Sunday, 27 February 2011

Darkroom Door Trees

Just love this stamp so much - thanks Kathy. Loving using DIs and Sepia ink too.

What are you loving at the mo? Hugs Cherry XXX

Just playing

Have had lots of fun playing with Gesso, Glamour Dust and Cosmic Shimmer Pigments to play along with Kathy's Christmas Receipe and 'Snowdrop' challenges over on the 'Craft Mad &Loving It' forum. Thanks Kathy for the inspiration.

And it's another three Christmas cards done. XXX

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

CAS Inspired by Nature

Whilst away I managed to make a card using Kathy's sketch on the Craft Mad & Loving It group. the first time I have used Gilding Flakes which I love. My friend Kathy let me play with hers before I got some of my very own and let me play with the self-adhesive backed paper which the Marianne D die cut through before the gilding flakes were applied. Thanks to Debs for the lend of the Cuttlebug which appeared better than my Big Shot at cutting this (much despair on my part!). Sentiment is one of my new Darkroom Door Stamps stamped in Sepia ink.

I am entering this card into the Allsorts Challenge - Inspired by Nature, as always the girls have the most amazing creations to share.

A big thanks to Kathy for the lovely presents I received this morning as a thank you for driving at the weekend I am now the proud owner of a Tim Holtz Ruler and Darkroom Door Tree stamp - woo hoo. Look out for them in the near future.

Wonderful Weekend

A wonderful weekend away with fellow crafters and a workshop by Rachel Greig of Darkroom Door has refreshed me and my creativity more than I can say. Thanks to Kathy for the organisation and thanks to Debs, Wynneth, Karen, Kathy and Jacqueline for their excellent company and creativity. Wynneth made us all lovely badges.

Kathy had organised a wonderful Hotel The Maple Lodge, run by Phil and Sandra. They were very accommodating and allowed us to craft in the dining room, which just added an extra element of fun to the weekend.

The Saturday was filled with craft shopping and our workshop at the Dawn bibby Design Studio with Rachel and her lovely Darkroom Door Stamps and montage sheets and film strips. It was great to play with these and products from the Viva Decor Range. We made a lovely book.

Kathy made us all lovely thank you cards which was a lovely end to our weekend.

Can't wait until the next one now.


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Old-fashioned Hugs and Kisses

Here is my entry for Rosie's lovely sketch challenge with the twist 'hugs&kisses'' over at Craft Mad & Loving It. I am also entering it in the ABC Challenge 'O' for Old-fashioned. The DT have created lots of varied interpretations on this theme.

I have used PMs to colour the old-fashioned Sarah Kays image, adding a little gentle sparkle. Papers are DVWV and gems by Anitas and threads by DMC. The die cuts are Nellie Snellen Ovals.

It is a very exciting weekend starting tomorrow as myself and five other crafters are off to Accrington to stay for the weekend and attend a workshop on Saturday at Dawn Bibby's shop with Rachel Greig of Darkroom Door. Expect pictures on my return of all our fun together. A big thanks to Kathy for doing the organising.

Have a great weekend what ever you have planned. XXX

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Christmas Receipe in Neutrals

Clare set the receipe over on Craft Mad & Loving It Christmas Receipe Challenge : the ghost of Christmas Present!

1. As White as a ghost
2. A present or gift
3. A touch of traditional Colours
4. A knot or bow

Obviously I've gone for a White card, a touch of gold and a little blue, a knot on the bell and the rope holding the Angel up! The biggest creative bit is the present! I wanted not use my new LOTV stamp so it has to be the gift of the news of the immaculate conception as told to Mary by the Angel. It's in the present because it is a child's nativity play.

I've used Distress Inks to colour with a touch of Sukura sparkle. Hope you like.

I think it also fits with The ABC Challenge N for Neutrals - go and check out the lovely DT Creations and the lovey Whimsy Prize.

Thanks for stopping by. XXX

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Thinking of you

I spend much time thinking about those I hold dear as family and friends - sometimes I do not say it enough or make it clear in anyway that I am - it is too easy to believe that you do not matter - so perhaps we should be explicit about our thoughts. So this is a card in this spirit where the three little words have centre stage.

Papers are yet again Wild Rose Studio ( I will use others next time lol). The aperture was cut with a circle Nestie and flowers with Sizzix dies. All the sparkle is Stardust stickles. The sentiment and butterfly are I think D&D.

I have based the LO on Karen's sketch this week on 'Craft Mad & Loving It' with the theme Flowers. I am also entering it in the Crafty Creations 'Three Little Words' Challenge - some more lovely sentiments that should be vocalised more often so check them out.

Thank you for your time and support and many warm thoughts to my followers, especially those I know of who are having hard times.


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Just because ...

Of Beauty.

Sending Red Lurve!

I have been trying and trying out the Distress Inks for colouring and think I am getting there. Any tips gratefully received. I have totally enjoyed colouring my new Tilda in even though she is from the Christmas Collection. I think she works well for other occasions too.

All over the challenges this week there are beautiful Reds and Hearts so I hope this card hits a few. Go and check out the amazing creations and PRIZES on offer on each of the Blogs. A lot of the time I kinda feel inadequate when I look at the creations made by others but I enjoy the process so keep going. It is always good to have something to aim at.

1. Cupcake Craft Challenge - 'Seeing Red'

2. Stamping for the Weekend - St Valentine's Day

3. Moving Along With The Times - 'Red'

4. Crafty Cardmakers - 'Hearts'

5. Allsorts challenge - 'It Must Be Love, Love, Love'

I've used Wild Rose Studio Papers and Marianne D and Sizzix shapes. Lots of Stardust Stickles with some lace and some red heart gems. Not to mention buttons. This is a card I am quite happy with even though it is quite OTT for me.

I'm still spotting Valentine's gifts that are worthy of pictures for their oddness or inventiveness. Sending love.

Thanks for stopping by and any thoughts left. XXX

Sunday, 6 February 2011

More signs of Spring

Just delicate but tough in the wind!


Romance Bunnies

These deliciously cute bunnies are by Lili of the Valley and I have coloured them with PMs and Sakura Clear Star Glitter and Glaze pens and StarDust Stickles.

They are teamed with Wild Rose Studio paper and DCWV card stock. I've added more Stickles and a few red swirls and a D&D sentiment.

I have to say I think the LOTV images are great and have just treated myself to some new ones! Can't wait for them to arrive.

I am entering this card in the LOTV Challenge 'Romance' and the I Love PMs challenge 'Anything Goes'. It also fits nicely into Karen's Sunday themed Challenge over on Craft Mad & Loving It Forum 'Nature'.

Lurve is in the air - just love looking at all the little things that appear at this grey time in the shops with splashes of red and heart shapes. I'm on the lookout for the oddest - hopefully I'll get a pic too to share with you. Let me lnow if you spot anything fun.

Hugs C CXX

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Things to enjoy looking at ...

The Snowdrop...

The Glitter pot ...

What do you like looking at in February?