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Saturday, 30 April 2011

I'm Charmed by you!

Hi guys,
ooooooo the Bride looked gorgeous didn't she! and her bridesmaid's too the little ones so pretty and the maid of honour dress so slinky!
oh to be able to look like THAT in THAT dress lol!

sorry enough of my rambling not what you're here for right! lol

Our challenge today at Basic Grey  is for a charm/s to be added to your project nice and easy for you eh!
my card is for for my hubby for our Wedding Anniversary in three weeks, I've used one of the Fizzy Moon bears as I love his banners and you can do so many different things on them,
my papers are from the Pyrus paper pad and I thought went great for a man's card,
He is of course coloured with Copics and has Diamond Glaze on his nose and button which of course hasn't shown up on my photo, since I've had to change rooms again I just can't find the right light, any ideas?
I've used my scroll stamp for a little extra detail using my Distress Inks,
thought I'd use twine for hanging the charm as it seemed to fit the card and the colours,
Now I know men don't usually do flowers but seeing as it's our 31st Wedding Anniversary he was having some on the card whether he wanted them or not, lol and hopefully it's not made it look too pretty 

challenges
Crafts for eternity ~ Anything goes
Simply create ~ Rock the metal/anything goes ~ hope my charm and metal web edges count,sorry if not!

off tonight for a meal as it's my mums 81st Birthday,
but hopefully I'll see you later if not I'm back tomorrow with my
ATSC
and I will see you then lol
have a lovely weekend,
have fun!
love and hugs Liz xx

Friday, 29 April 2011

Butterfly dreams

Hi guys,
Are you watching the wedding?
shame the weathers not as lovely but having said that when your the bride I don't think you bother too much, too many other things to think about lol,

I made this card using mainly creams and beige, a first for me lol
but I just happened to use my roses border and placed some beige cardstock behind and thought  I like that lol,

This gorgeous Magnolia image was sent as a Rak from Mandy, thanks so much hunny, I love her
she coloured with copics, but I've edged the card with antique linen Distress inks then used a grunge scroll stamp in the same colour over the top,
the gorgeous butterfly is a Prima one that I've added some D I 's too and of course a hint of stickles,
finished off with a few pearls and some gorgeous small roses and rose buds from WOC,

Challenges
Magnolia down under ~ lovely  Sketch
WOC ~ white plus two colours plus roses

Just a reminder  I have candy!
have a lovely day!
love and hugs Liz xx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Butterfly kisses

Hi guys,
it's bloomin freezing here this morning, a really cold wind and rain, though having said that the sun's just peeking out at me lol,

it's my mums Birthday this weekend and so I have finally finished decorating, honestly if I don't see a paint brush and paper for years it will be too soon lol,  sorry I'm rambling he he, anyway I've made this for her using this gorgeous image from the latest collection and I've masked it with the lovely Magnolia  tree,
My card  edges are distressed and I've sewn the papers too, My lovely friend Mandy sent me a beautiful card using a PATP and it reminded me too use mine so thanks hunny for your lovely inspiration,
my images are coloured with Distress inks and the flowers and her hem have Stickles on them,


My last craft room which was my son's bedroom was great for the light for my photo's now I'm hunting round again lol,

Challenges 
Just Magnolia ~ Sketch
The shabby tea room ~ butterfly wishes
Magnoliamania ~ Pink and
will check later to see if it fit's any more too,


Recipe,
Flowers ~ WOC and Prima
Pearl string ~ Hobbycraft
Small Butterflies ~ X cut punch

well all for now guys, see you later,
love and hugs Liz xx

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Just because Your special

Hi guys,
having a break from decorating, the weathers been gorgeous and were have I been? painting and stripping wallpaper, 
 last night after tea the wind got up, we had thunder and lightning and rain, then  this morning it's gone all dull so at least I won't be as bothered at being in  lol,

the card I've done for today it's for Totally Tilda's challenge and this time it's for 
paper piecing,
we are being sponsored by our lovely Lynne of
and of course I have used her gorgeous sentiment digi,

well you know how I've not been able to get to the craft shops, of course I had no small print papers the went together easily and the only one I could find was this small spot, and believe me I tried to find some, I printed my different stamps out on all sorts of papers and none of them looked right lol,

do check out my teamies though who have done gorgeous creations with their's 

I have given my Distress inks an airing, I've done the background again too, need to practise more though lol,
I've also used some cheese cloth which is a pain I can tell you, as it wants to curl up when you've cut it as you can see on the piccies as when I made it it showed all under the main layer, will make a note to self to cut it larger to allow for shrinkage next time lol,

A little while ago I saw some cards you could buy with the edges cut off like above, well me being me thought I can do that myself! well I have a few times but gosh is it harder than I thought, trying to cut them similar and on a curve, should have bought the ones I saw after all lol,

Challenges
Cupcake craft ~ Lots of layers
A spoon full of sugar ~ lets's celebrate
Creative card crew ~ Recycle something~ cheese cloth
Lady bugs crafts ~ anything goes

 Recipe
Image ~ Magnolia
Die ~ Spellbinders lacey squares
Cheese cloth ~ stash
papers ~ magnolia, Tim Holtz
leaves ~ Crealies
Distress inks ~ Ranger
Dragonfly  Die ~ quickcutz

well Happy Easter Sunday!
I hope I can get to you soon, 
by the time I've decorated, cleaned up and showered I just crawl into bed lol,

have fun,
love and hugs Liz xx

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Easter wishes!

Hi guys,
We are having gorgeous weather, beautifully warm, well hot actually and I hear so are you lol,

It's Thursday and time for colour create and paper play challenges,
I've used the same card for both as life has been a bit hectic lately lol,

Paperplay's challenge
Is for Easter so anything to do with Easter is fine,

Colour create's challenge
Is mine! and it's for the colours pink, blue and brown
with the optional extra of acetate or cracked glass effects,

Here is the image

I must have been mad to choose this as I've never done cracked glass effects before and with my son's upheaval I had run out of acetate and didn't get chance to buy some more lol,
so here's my attempt!
I've used this gorgeous Magnolia stamp with her little lamb, it's been coloured with copics, but do beware that when you add embossing powder it does change the colours slightly as her hair was more dark on the left to go with the right lol,
as I said it was my first attempt at the cracked glass look but I only had fine embossing powder so needed to use 4 layers instead of one thick one, oh well I'll know for next time,
Recipe:
Papers ~ Tim Holtz and Basic Grey Hopscotch
Flowers~ Prima and other
pearls and feather ~  stash
pearl accent ~ prima
Seam binding ~ gift
Challenges
Stempeltraume ~ Easter
Die cut dreams ~ Easter 
Paper Sundaes ~ Texture
Sunday sketch and stamp ~ fabulous Sketch
Stamptacular Sunday~ Magnolia-licious
Simon Says Stamp ~ Emboss it
Dutch Dare ~ cracked glass

Wishing you all a lovely Easter weekend,
Jim's got the decorating bug, so guess who will have to help!!!!
I will be back on Sunday with  my Totally Tilda  creation,
see you soon
love and hugs Liz xx

Sunday, 17 April 2011

I'm late!!

So sorry girls, this should have been put on scheduled post but I completely forgot to do it! 
well at least I'm honest lol,

First I want to wish my lovely friend Mandy
VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

It is of course our second addicted to stamps challenge today, and this time we have a gorgeous sketch for you by our lovely Nadell

as always you can interpret this as you like,

I've used this image I've had a while and not used much, don't know why because she's lovely!
need to check up who's she is unless any body knows that is lol,
She's been coloured with Copics, my Distress inks will  really be  thinking they are neglected, although I have edged the circle in a light covering of Antique Linen,
I machine sewed my edges but for a change just made holes with my machine on  my image mat, the papers are from a magazine and were a freebie,
Hopefully you can see the glitter too,
challenges:

Before I go I want to show you the gorgeous Deer we had across the road this morning ,


Aren't they gorgeous, we think it's a mum and her calf, we stood for about 15 minutes just watching them and taking pictures of course, which is fab because normally they run for cover lol,

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday,
will see you later as Jim has got the decorating bug!!

love and hugs Liz xx

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Yeah it's Basic Grey Challenge time !!

Hi Guys,
thanks for all your lovely comments yesterday it's much appreciated, I've felt a bit at sixes and sevens to be honest!

Anyway our Basic Grey challenge is set by our lovely Heather and it's 
EASTER
you can use bunnies, eggs, chicks, daffodils, colours, religious etc,
I'm sure this won't be hard as there is quite a few Easter challenges out there at the moment lol,


I've used another Teddy Bo image, just love these cute bears and it's coloured with Copics,
I've tweaked a basket project which I found on the WOJ blog and made it larger,

 my papers are  from the  Basic Grey Hopscotch 6x6 pad


I made my bunny into a stand up tag by adding a little strip on the back so it could stand alone, the sentiment is from Lynne's sentiments 4 you  web shop here,

of course the yummy eggs I used for decoration had to be tested, well they would have gone off wouldn't they lol !!!

Challenges
Double Dutch ~ Easter Basket
A spoonfull of sugar ~ all creatures great and small
Creative Belli Blog ~ eggs/ Bunnies
Simply create ~ Egg-tra special challenge ~

we're decorating at my daughters house today so I will check up with you soon,
remember to let us know what Basic Grey product you have used,
 it certainly helps me as I don't know them all lol,

I'm back tomorrow with my ATSC project,
so see you then if not before lol,
have a lovely weekend
Love and Hugs Liz xx

Friday, 15 April 2011

Hi Guys

Hi Guys, have you missed me?
what do you mean no!!!!
lol

I had to change my craft room AGAIN as Simon unfortunately had to come back home to live, not his choice!
so it's been moving all my craft stuff downstairs and all his stuff upstairs!
I tell you my stuff is dizzy and so am I lol,
I will be back tomorrow with my DT project for Basic Grey,

hope you  are all ok 
love and hugs Liz xx

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Tilda's from around the world

Hi guy's
I wrote this last night after a day of gorgeous sunshine! it was really hot and hardly a cloud in the sky, so in case we have some more tomorrow I've got in front,

of course it's time for the Totally Tilda challenge and this time we want to see our Tild'as from different parts of the world, as you will see from the lovely DT cards their are some gorgeous Tilda's out there from all over, so get yours out and join us,
I've used one of the  Japanese Tilda's which I've coloured in soft peach and cream to go with my papers, yes I've used those papers again!!!
again it's coloured with Copics, I'm going to have forgotten how to use my Distress Inks soon lol,
I've used my fan embellishments and some gorgeous paper flowers which I just added a pearl in the centre as I thought it made them look like oriental blossom, the coin is from stash I've had for years,the butterfly is of course a Martha Stewart punch,
I layered two strips of ribbon top and bottom of my middle paper strip but you have to hunt to see it lol,

I had a go at black hair, but boy is it hard to do,and you have to be careful when photographing  as it can look blue lol,

Challenges
Anything goes ~ Pearls
Crafty Calendar ~ May flowers

well I hope your all having a gorgeous weekend too, with lovely weather and having fun!
I will see you soon, Love and hugs liz xx

Thursday, 7 April 2011

I'm Back!!!!

Hey I'm back, twice in one day with a third card lol,

I fancied making a card a bit different from my usual style, ie no distressed edges with a tool and no stitching lol, has it worked or should I go back he he,
I've made the card for the Magnolia Down Under challenge which is to use Heavy Metal,
I've used my favourite Tilda and coloured her with Copics, my poor Distress inks will think they've been forgotten about !

Now I couldn't leave my edges plain could I so they are distressed with Tim Holtz crackle paint lol, the papers are all Magnolia,
the Victorian edge was done with my trimmer


flowers are prima and the metal centres are from a local craft shop, the butterfly was a Birthday present from Christine, thanks so much hun,
lace from craft fair,

Here's a close up of the layers lol, as you can see there's quite a few lol,
right guys I'm off,
see you soon, hugs Liz xx

So What!

Hi Guys,
Yesterday was like summer so warm, today's like winter it's bloomin freezing lol, just thought I'd pass on that useless bit of information !

Colour Create's challenge today is our lovely Julies choice and it's for 
Black,Pink and white with optional use of Tulle,


I've used a Lily of the Valley girl, had her ages but never used her before, smack my hand, but she just seemed to fit this challenge some how lol,
I've followed the fab sketch from CLP and used the Sizzix  dies as they seemed to go so well too, lol

She's coloured with Copics, the papers are Magnolia and Tim Holtz,
Challenges:
CLP ~ Fab Sketch
A Spoon full of Sugar ~ Tons of texture
Charisma cardz ~ wedding/ Anniversary

 The Paper Play  Challenge is
Critters Galore
use animal stamps on your projects,
I've used these adorable Digi stamps from Teddy BO,
love these,
It's my sisters wedding Anniversary later this year and I just couldn't resist them, 
again these are coloured with Copics,
the paers are BG from the Curio pad, yes I've used them again lol,
flowers are from various places, the hearts are made from a small punch the raffia was from The Range,
Martha Stewart Heart border punch was used too,
Aren't they so cute!
I used some small letter stamps I have, to stamp Love on the tags too,
Challenges
 The Crazy Challenge ~ Just add flowers
Timbroscrapmania ~ Tag and plaque

Look forward to your creations,
Have fun!
See you soon,
Hugs Liz xx

Monday, 4 April 2011

For you mum,

Hi Guys,
Earlier this week I made this for my mum for mothers day, so thought I'd put it on here and show you lol, 
I've seen a few of these book cards in blog land lately and thought I'd have a go, 
make a brew I've a few pictures lol!
My mum loves pale colours and daffodils, well I had no stamp with just Daffs so I masked tilda with tulips on to a fence which had a few peeking out,
I've coloured these with copics and edges the are distressed with Antique Linen Distress ink,
The paper is from the Tim Holtz shabby pad and my edges are sewn,
I did the inside in the book style and on the left is a pocket for a removable tag on which I used the distress ink again and with the same colour did a border using the same colour with a Stempelglede grunge stamp,
I put a few words in the middle,
I did the same frame effect on the top and around the book,
Here's a close up of the book, I edged the top edges with a Martha Stewart border punch, then I distressed it with Vintage photo for a bit of  an aged look,
I hope you can see the frame effect on the card too,

Back to the front,

I used various flowers then took a butterfly button and a pearl button and took off the shanks, ( not easy) I can tell you, they ping all over the place lol, then I  mounted them with the flowers, Magnolia swirl die, and pearl strings
The top left corner has a quickcutz die and some more pearls finish off the card on the card and inside on the MS Butterlflies,
Challenges
Just Magnolia ~ Anything with extra buttons
Stampin for the weekend ~ For Mothers day
Sarah Hurley ~ Mums the word
Flutter by Wednesdays~ Buttons and Bows
Stampin for the weekend ~ For mum/ mothers day

Edited to add,
Did you notice my buttons are missing on my first picture, my camera's been playing up so I was testing it only I hadn't put them on then,
know what's worse, I've only just realised, lol

It's really cold and raining now here,
where did spring go lol !!!!
See you soon,
Have a lovely day
Love and hugs Liz xx

Sunday, 3 April 2011

It's here!!

Hi Guys,
Today's the day for the
we're so excited!
the first challenge is  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

a nice easy one that for you, go check out my teamies creations they are gorgeous!!
I've used a hAnglar stamped image sent as a Rak, wish I had this one too lol,
again I've coloured her with Copics,
The background I coloured with Copics and also for her shadow then edged the card with Distress inks, the edges are also  machine sewn and some are disressed using my distress tool,
I thought I'd have a change and use the large flowes which were white and I added a little distress ink to give a hint of colour,
Challenges
Charisma ~ Bling and sparkle
By the Cute and girly ~ Cute and girly
Allsorts ~ Bloomin Blossoms

The papers are Magnolia, the leaf die is a Marianne one,
Fence Die is a  Magnolia Doo Hickey,
Ribbon and Gems from stash,
Tim Holtz ticket
To finish of there is a little glitter on the fence,
we can't wait to see your creations so come and join in the fun,
Love and hugs Liz xx

Saturday, 2 April 2011

A Rose for you

Hi Guys,
it's Saturday and time for the Basic Grey challenge which is to use 
MORE THAN ONE FOLD
I've made a card which has  five in, 
 thought it was a good idea at the time lol,
My papers are of course Basic Grey from the Curio pad as you will have guessed I love these papers the image is a hAnglar stamped image sent to me as a RAK thank you,
I so wish I had this one she's gorgeous!
My photo's look wishy washy at the moment I don't know if it's my camera or the card that goes in it, any body got any ideas?
I must admit I made this when my Mojo had gone for a walk, dont you just hate that lol,
all edges are distressed, 
Flowers ~ Market
Leaf Die ~ Marianne designs
Butterfly punch ~ Martha Stewart
Fence die ~ Magnolia Doo Hickey
lace ~ Market
border punch ~ Martha Stewart
Colouring ~ Copics
Hopefully you can see the folds on this picture,
Challenges
ABC ~ R is for roses
Moving along with the times ~ More than one fold
Dutch Dare ~ Distressing

well guys, have fun,
 see you soon enjoy your weekend
I'll be back tomorrow with the Addicted to stamps challenge,
love and hugs Liz xx