Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Batch baking invites!!

My mum's cousin asked me to make some invites for her husbands 70th birthday in May. The brief was...."very simple and blokey, one image of sailing boat, two colours." She also wrote the text for the inside too.
I decided on a digi stamp design, haven't decided yet whether to add it to the website! Printed off 12 images and painted them with watercolours and silver H2O paint. The image was drawn with the "two colours" in mind so that it was a simple white and blue.
My card batch baking is like how I used to do buffets with my mum years ago, it's a kind of production line. Cut, paint and prepare all the elements then whack them together...LOL!!!
Deciding and drawing the image took longer to do than making the cards!!
So here are the ingredients ready to go....
A few hours later (I had a lot of interruptions!!) This is the result 12 cards completed with printed inserts. I added a small version of the sail boat to the inside too and added a little colour with a pencil.

Now all I have to do is post them!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Michele xx
P.S Don't forget the C4E monthly kit goes on sale tomorrow!!!

Monday, 30 March 2009

C4E sketch card #2!!!

Happy Monday!!
I made this card last week for the C4E sketch challenge then realized that there was the additional challenge of yellow and green!!! duh!! Pretty daft considering I set the challenges! In my defense the challenges are set a month ahead!! Any way This card was made for a friends foster daughter who had her first birthday last week, she is an adorable little girl! I had planned to make a really girly baby pink card but somehow the image ended up with more lilac than pink and the card ended up lilac, not a bad thing really as I love lilac!!!
The image is the 2nd of my new Rachelle Anne Miller stamps called "Playtime" Beautiful images!! I have coloured with pencils and added lots of glitter glue. The #1 is a chippy number covered with paper and lashings of glitter glue, cs is bazzill, papers are DCWV from a million years ago!! Ribbon from stash.
The glitter is not clear in the photo as usual so you will have to take my word for it!!! LOL!!

That's it from me, I will be back again with some batch baking invites!!
Have a lovely Monday!
Michele xx

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Sunday sketch challenge #25

Sunday is here again and time for a new sketch over on the C4E blog
This week we are setting the additional challenge of using
Lovely spring colours.
For my card I have used a Rachelle Anne Miller stamp called "Peek-a-boo" . It's coloured with watercolours and markers. The PP is an old QVC kit , ribbon, brad and blooms from stash.

I think I went a bit made with the glitter glue! It gives the card a pretty twinkle, which is not clear in the photos! I fell in love with the adorable Rachelle Anne Miller stamps!!!

Back again soon with another Rachelle Anne Miller stamped card and a batch bake of invites!

Have a lovely Sunday
thanks for stopping by
Michele xx

P.S don't forget the first C4E monthly kit goes on sale 1st April!!!!!!!

Friday, 27 March 2009

A couple of things to share!

Just a quick post today to share a card and gift bags with you!
The first card was for my uncles birthday. I drew the boat for a set of invites I am doing for another family member. The card is nothing like what I normally do but thought it turned out ok!!

The image is coloured with watercolours and silver twinkling H2O's The sails and boat twinkle slightly in real life.

These little gift bags were made for the 2 mums for mother's day. Inside I put 3 mini toiletry samples from asda. The image is a Maggie stamp, coloured very quickly with markers!

Thank-you for all the lovely comments you have been leaving I appreciate them very much! I will get round to see everyone soon, it's just so busy here at the moment!!
Have a lovely day see you all Sunday for the C4E sketch challenge!
thanks for stopping by
Michele xx

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Sunday sketch challenge #24

I hope you all have a lovely day today!
I have a card for you today it's Sunday sketch time again at c4e I have posted a new sketch today and the DT have made some lovely cards for you too hop over HERE to see the sketch and cards!
I have used the adorable Alf and Alva stamps from Magnolia for my card. Coloured with pencils and markers. The pp is some old K&Co papers i found in my stash, cs is bazzill ribbon from stash. The flower and brads are from the first c4e monthly kit! more about that in a mo! here is the card....

and lovely Alf and Alva they look like they are holding hands!! bless!!
The first c4e monthly kit will be available 1st April here is a little sneek peek...

I will share some more another time!!
Have a lovely day
thanks for stopping by
Michele xxx

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Cute Card Thursday

This week CCT are celebrating their first birthday!! There are lots of sponsors this week! There is a fab sketch to follow and beautiful DT cards to help...see it all HERE
For my card I have used one of my new Magnolia stamps, sitting Alva, she is so pretty! I have coloured her with watercolours and markers. The CS is all Bazzill and PP is daisy bucket. I whizzed the tag through the cuttlebug with the divine swirl embossing folder and rubbed an inkpad over the top.
There is a little strip of lace which I recently found in my spring clean! Enough chatter here is the card!!!!

and pretty Alva!!

I am probably too late with this weeks challenge but I did enjoy the sketch and have lots of cards to make!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Michele xx

Sunday, 15 March 2009

C4E Sunday sketch challenge #23

Hello and Happy Sunday!! Hope the sun is shining where you are!!!
Today I have my C4E sunday sketch challenge card for you. You can see the challenge and the gorgeous DT cards HERE
As well as the sketch this week we are looking for Mother's Day cards too!

I have used the lovely Mabel digital stamp again for this card, she is coloured with watercolours, H2O's and markers! The PP is Basic grey and CS is Bazzill. Printed sentiment, bloom and ribbon from stash.
Sorry to be quick today, lots to do!!
Have a lovely Sunday
thanks for stopping by
Michele xx

Saturday, 14 March 2009

C4E March ATC challenge

It's been one of those days where you plan to something and end up doing something totally different!!! oh well!! LOL!
This is the last of my C4E March challenges, the ATC challenge. This month there is a sketch to follow. Hop over HERE to see the challenge.
I have used Mr & Mrs Owl for the ATC coloured with watercolours. The PP is Basic grey left overs from a card earlier in the week. Button are from stash...which are now all sorted into jars according to colour! (not what I had planned to do today!)
I am slowly catching up now so will now have to start on the April DT work! I am re-organizing things here and hope to enter more challenges!! I have joined a team on UK scrappers and will need to fit in their challenges too!!
I will be back tomorrow with the C4E Sunday sketch challenge card.
Have a lovely Saturday evening!
Thanks for stopping by...
Michele xx

Thursday, 12 March 2009

C4E Scraplift Challenge

The March scraplift challenge has begun HERE on the C4E website. This is the LO I made for everyone to lift. It's called Cat Nap. The photo's are of my youngest son Alixander when he was very small. Bless him he loved to take his naps in that swing chair!
The papers are the lovely storytime papers from Cosmo Cricket. I covered some chippy letters to match for the title and date.

I made this LO last month but couldn't share till the challenge was posted! I realised after I had photographed it that there is not much embellishment on the LO I might go back and add some ribbon and flowers sometime!
The challenge runs until the end of March so there is plenty of time to join in!
thanks for looking
Michele xx

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

C4E Mini book challenge

This month's theme for the C4E mini book challenge is Mothers. All about mums or a gift for mum. My mini book is also the free project download for March. If you would like to make one hop over HERE for the download and HERE for the challenge details. The challenge runs until the end of March so there is plenty of time to join in!
I have made my mini book with my small scallop nestibilities set, my cuttlebug, Bazzill cardstock, some PP, buttons, ribbon and brads from stash. The lilac flowers I cut from left over Bazzill CS and inked the ends. The Chippy letters on the front were covered in the PP.
My mum will not forgive me for sharing these photos!!!! LOL!

I have chosen photos from across the years including some humorous ones!

The quotes are computer generated and cut with a nestie die and my cuttlebug.

I love this photo of mum! It's one from my wedding, she did look pretty! And the one below is her working on her allotment! We get a lot of veg from there!

Sorry mum I couldn't help myself with this one :p!! LOL!!!

There you have it a little mini book of photos and quotes for my mum!
Thanks for looking
Michele xx

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

C4E Calender chalenge

Over on the Crafts 4 eternity website the March calender sketch is now posted. The sketch is left open for as much or as little embellishment as you like. You also do not have to use a photograph on your pages. All the sketches posted so far can also be found in the C4E library as well as some 2010 calender blanks.
This is my March page. I am not adding photos at this stage as my mum and I are taking photos throughout the year to add to them at Christmas. The finished calenders will be sent as gifts for Christmas.
Unusually for me there isn't much embellishment at all on this months page, I may add some more to it when I add the photo.

The paper is the lovely Storytime paper from Cosmo Cricket. I stamped a little butterfly on the title, I think I put 1 too many!!LOL!!
If you would like to join us for this challenge hop over HERE to see the March challenges.
Thanks for stopping by
Michele xx

Monday, 9 March 2009

Saturday sketch and C4E 321

A bit later than planned! I was going to post this last night but took the night off! Had a lovely day yesterday, mum cooks a mean roast! yum!!! We got blown across the seafront and it snowed too!! It certainly blew out the cobwebs! Shame it couldn't blow away my headaches!
Today I have a card for the Saturday sketch challenge #41. This week it is Ria's turn, fab sketch! The challenge is sponsored by Funky Fairy's Papercrafts. I used the sketch to make a card for the C4E 321 march challenge HERE All the March challenges are now posted. I will post more of my challenge makes over the next week.
Here is the card....
The image is the new digital stamp called Mabel from C4E available HERE
The PP is from Basic grey, beautiful papers, it's the first time I have tried BG and I am impressed! I cut the flowers from the PP and inked the tips attached a brad and mounted on sticky fixers. The CS is Bazzill (available at C4E!), the organza ribbon is from my stash.
Mabel is coloured with watercolours and H2O's, she has a slight twinkle!

That's it from me, check out all the challenges I have mentioned, C4E website, C4E blog and Saturday sketch, they are all worth a look and all the DT's have done some beautiful examples for you!!!
Time for a coffee!!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Michele xx

Sunday, 8 March 2009

C4E- Sunday sketch challenge #22

Good Morning!!
Hasn't it been lovely to see the sun this week! Except for one horrible day when the heavens opened and threw freezing sleet on us just as I was picking Mikael up from school, and had to park at the other end of the country!!! We were soaked and frozen to the bone!!! But it has been nice to see the sun and the daffodils.
Well it's Sunday again, funny how there is always a Sunday...LOL!!! and it's time for the C4E Sunday sketch challenge (I really should change the name, it's sooooo long!!).Hop over to the blog to see the sketch and fab DT cards HERE.
I have two cards for you and a sneek peek at two new digital stamps from C4E!!
Why 2 cards?
.... I wanted an image for my in-laws anniversary card, couldn't find one I liked so set about drawing one! I ended up with a cute little giraffe, which my sister named Mabel. 1st card made and when I look at it, it's not quite my in-laws!! So set to drawing another image....Mr & Mrs Owl!! This was in the wee small hours of Saturday morning!!! So I have two cards and two new digital stamps to add to the store!!
Here is the first card with Mabel the giraffe.....
The papers are from Daisy Bucket. Mabel is coloured with pencils, fibre from stash and the #7 is a chippy no. covered with paper.

The 2nd card...this is the one for the in-laws anniversary.

The image is coloured with watercolours. The Papers are really old from Hot of the press! ribbon is the reverse of some WRM ribbon. Buttons and bloom from stash.

Both Digital stamps will be available at the C4E store shortly.
Well I am off to my mums for lunch today, my aunt and uncle are down from Birmingham to visit so roast beef, Christmas pud (yes I did say Christmas pud!!! We had one left from Christmas and saved it for their visit!!!!) then a walk along the prom!! I will be back later with my Saturday sketch and C4E 321 card (it's Mabel again!!)
Have a lovely Sunday
Michele xx

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

A lovely award

Nicki (littleted) and Linda (pinklilac) have both given me this lovely award! Thank-you so much girls I really appreciate it.

I would like to pass it on to....







Kim (Dellow)

Jacqui (cats whiskers)

Wear it with pride ladies and enjoy!!


Michele xx

Sunday, 1 March 2009

C4E- Sunday sketch challenge #21

It's Sunday again!! Where did the week go? Do you know that there is only about 6 weeks till Easter!!! The year seems to be speeding past!!
Sunday means crafts 4 eternity Sunday sketch challenge (that's a mouthful!! I should change that!!) I have added a new sketch to the C4E blog HERE Hop over and check out the sketch and the lovely cards from the DT, they have done a great job as always!!
Here is my card for this weeks challenge. It's another card for mums birthday.
The PP is from a QVC kit image is gorgeous Tilda (I need more but can't decide which ones!!!lol) ribbon from stash. The lace I found in my recent "spring clean". I have used my nesties and pierced holes with my piercing tool and a needle (for the sentiment!) Tilda is coloured with pencils and markers.

I added some detail to the inside of the card. I printed a poem from the computer adding a flourish background using PSP, You can see the that if you enlarge the picture and the words too! Its a sweet little poem, I love my mum to bits, she is the best!! I am lucky that we are also great friends too!

The card matches the ATC I posted yesterday.
The March challenges, tips and just words will be added over the next week to the C4E website, gab a cuppa and take a look! There is lots of lovely inspiration in the galleries too! Plenty of room for more if you'd like to share!!
Thanks for stopping by
Michele xx


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