Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge #5

This week at Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge #5 there is a photo for inspiration.

This is my card inspired by the photo.  I have used one of CJ's images again because I thought it went with the country feel of the card.  The papers are from various digital papers from Tinker & Co.

I have 2 new images from Cowgirl's Stamp'en Ranch because I won challenge #4.  I chose an angel called Angela and a girl called Christy.  CJ has some great images and is added to them weekly.  Her store is Cowgirl up digital stamp'en ranch.

Thank you to everyone who has been to visit Rancorman's Ramblings it's given him the push he needed to get started again.  He's been out taking photos for his next review.

ATC Swappers - June Swap

I'm really late with this month's swap.  But hopefully Paul who organises ATC Swappers will get them in time to swap with someone.

June's theme was Animal Antics and I have used decoupage I have had for years.  I think it came from C & C many, many years ago.

I inked the backing card with various inks and I am quite please with how they turned out.  My favourite is the birds I really like the background colours on this one.

I'm off now to have a look at the calendar and see what else I'm late for.  I should have paid for my daughters school trip by the end of June, who knew it was the end of June now.  I've got some initials and numbers written on my calendar, don't know what they mean.  I will eventually remember I usually do.

Will try to get more organised and must start entering more challenges.  Too many fantastic blogs out there to read and too little time to do anything else.

Night, night, I should re name my blog Poppet's ramblings.

P.S.  I would love it if you would hop over to my son's blog Rancorman's Ramblings and send him some of your positive thoughts.  He does a mean review on his new Transformers and is really good at drawing with MS Paint.  He's not been well and needs a little encouragement to get him started again.  It's all his own work my job it to download the photos he takes and that's it.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Anything Goes #2 + Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en #4

Quick post as once again I have left it very late to enter the Anything Goes Challenge #2 but on the other hand I will be entering the Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en #4 on the day it was published.  Just one extreme to the other.

Anything Goes Challenge #2 - Pink & Cream + Pearls & Lace.

Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge #4 - Sketch by Andrea

The pink paper is by Tinker & Co and the cream paper is from stash. The lace is about 40 years old and I pinched it from my mum's old needle case.  I knew I kept it 27 years for a reason. I hope that having pearl-escent card candy counts as pearls because short of cutting up my necklace they are all I have. Ooohhh, I just remembered one of my tops has pearls round the neck, I think the top will look just as good with a plain neck.  What do you think?  Maybe next time.  My image was a freebie I got from CJ the owner of Cowgirl stamps, I happened to mention there wasn't a button to her shop on her blog and she sent me this lovely image as a thank you.  The sketch I followed was by the talented Andrea.

It was about 10:30pm when I started this card, I was going to go to bed when I remembered the Anything Goes Challenge, I am really please with how it turned out.  The colours are a lot more vibrant in real life.  P.S. Who is stealing the days, I'm sure there used to be 7 in week but it only feels like 5 now.

I hope everyone had a good weekend and I will be visiting you soon.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Scrapbooking at Craft Den

This is a LO I did last night with Lynne at Craft Den Studio.  It is of my son & daughter in one of her 'love you brother moments' and at the moment we don't get many of these.  Everyone got to place their pictures on the LO how they wanted so they all look quite different.  To see another example hop over to Natty's blog.

We used Bo Bunny papers.  First we made an aperture 10" x 10" and then inked and curled the edges.  I have never curled paper like this before and found you really need to work the paper to get it to give and curl nicely.  We then put the aperture paper over another 12" x 12" paper.  We then used a stamp set from Diamond Card Craft called Flourish Clear Stamps to stamp a border design, highlighted with an Inkssentials white pen.

Lynne had cut us some flowers out from a Tim Holtz, Bigz die and she showed us how to shape them to give them some dimension.  We also learnt how to make swirly roses.  I really like making these flowers so you may be seeing some on my cards in the future.  All  the items we used can be bought from Lynne at Craft Den Studio.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

1 picture, 2 awards.

I was awarded this award by 2 lovely and talented ladies Lorraine and Ildz, please hop over to their blogs, you won't be disappointed.

I have to post, link and thank the person who gave it to me so THANK YOU, Lorraine & Ildz.

I also have to pass it onto 7 people, this is the hardest bit as I really enjoy visiting everyone's blog (or I wouldn't have such a long list and no time to craft).  Anyhoo here goes.  I have tried to give an award to all the people who regularly leave me some encouragement and who I haven't passed an award to before.  Please don't be offended if I have missed you out.  (This is why it always takes me ages to post awards so far I have been at this an hour and I have only chosen 7 blogs).

Virginia -

Vicky -

Martina -

Teri -

Lynsey -

Debby -

Lynne -

I have tell the above they have a little something on my blog.

I now have to tell 6 lies and 1 truth about myself.

1, I am a size 10.

2, I own 3 dogs.

3, I craft on a board on my knee.

4, I drive a Ford Focus.

5, I love watching reality programmes on TV.

6, I own a Caravan in Cleethorpes.

7, I used to sing on the Northern Club circuit.

Will you guess which is the truth?  I may/might (don't know which is grammatically correct) let you know on my next post.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Anything Goes #1... and it went + Tellen's Place Challenge #20

This was my entry for Anything Goes Challenge #1 - Blue, Yellow & Brown, but I've mis-read the date and thought I had time to post this on Tuesday.  I may just see if I can still link as it's only just Tuesday.  I have chosen a photo of my son at Legoland in 2007.  He loves going to Legoland but is getting a bit big to go on his favourite rides.  I have used 2 pattern papers from a DCWV Stack 6 and plain paper from Papermania.  I cut the LEGO out with my Craft Robo.  I am also entering this LO into Tellen's Place Challenge #20 - 2 designer papers.  I hope it passes for Tellen's as you can only see a small amount of the 2nd designer paper.

Only a short post today as I am very tired and going to bed now.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010


For the last It's a Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog (the challenge blog is hopefully being revamped and should rise like a phoenix from the ashes), we were asked to recycle magazines/newspapers, use 3 buttons and glitter.  Here is my entry.  The picture looks a little washed out because the light wasn't too good.
I based the flower on a Youtube video.  It was cut from newspaper and the edges were coloured with distressed inks.  The buttons have a piece of paper ribbon (the type you use on presents to make the curly ribbons), and the sentiment is stamped using 'peeled paint' distressed ink.  The paper used if from a 6 x 6 K & Co paper pad Classic K.  I have used stickles to highlight around the flower and on the flower itself. As the flower is so deep I will have to make a box to put it in.

Did you know... + Thank you card

I will start with the 'did you know'.

I went to the post office today to post a 11cm x 11cm card  to be told it was smaller than the minimum size for posting.  Apparently the minimum size for the envelope is 14cm x 9cm so I had to buy an envelope to send the card and envelope in and it wasn't as nice as the envelope I used.  The staff at the post office said that Royal Mail are clamping down and if I wanted to make sure it got to it's destination I should make sure that my envelopes are the above size or above up to the maximum size.

Now onto my card.

I made 2 of these cards to send to the staff at the Hospital where my OH had to go with his Kidney Stones. The image is from Sliejke digi Stamps I love her images and they are all free.  She is a very talented artist and it would be well worth a hop to see her work.  The image is coloured with Copics.  The papers flowers are punched from some scraps of paper I had in my box from CC & Tinker & Co.  The card is from a pack from The Range, now I know they are too small to make cards to send through the post I am using them as mats and stepper cards.  If you open them out they will fit a C6 envelope.  The sentiment was printed on my printer (who knew you could do that when you didn't have the right stamp - DOH)!!!  I have tried to distress the edges of the white card and chalked with blue chalk but it doesn't show very well on the photo.

Haven't entered this into any challenges as I couldn't find one to fit.  Happy Crafting everyone.  :-) xx

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

RAK for Jayme

Jayme's sister has asked if her blogland friends could send card to her sister.  Here is an excerpt from Lisa's blog.

I am having a special event for my sister Jayme. She is in her early 50's and has terminal lung cancer. To make it worse, her sweet dachshund Molly passed away a couple weeks ago. Today we learned her cancer has spread to several other areas and her time is running out. I am asking for all my card making friends to send her a fun card...not really get well cards obviously, but something pretty or funny that will make her smile. She is a frog collector so frog cards would be awesome! I have been blessed by all those I design for to have a wonderful offer of blog candy. Details are below on how to enter. I will choose a winner June 2nd.

I have left this late to let you know about the candy but I'm sure you can still send a card.

The image is a Pollycraft frog, the flowers are Prima and the charm is from Hobby House.  The base card and pink mat are from a set of cards and envelopes from The Range.  The image and ribbon (C & C) is coloured with Copics.

A simple card but made with love.  I hope it makes Jayme smile.