Saturday, 11 September 2010

Update

Hi My Friends,
I have an apology to you all for not being able to blog lately due to my health. I also wanted to let you know that I am going into hospital on Monday 13th September for an operation and will be out of commission for a while after.
If you believe in prayer, please remember me if you get a chance- I would really appreciate it- Thank you.
Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back amongst my cyber friends and back to my blogging which I was enjoying.

May I share with you all a happier thought. My son and his wife are expecting their first child. It is due around St Valentine's Day (Feb 2010) We are all very excited about this- especially as David has had a really tough time with testicular cancer approx 3 years ago. I'll keep you informed on the progress when I return.

Thank you all for your support and I hope to see you all real soon.

Hugs,
Trish xx

Saturday, 31 July 2010

The ALOHA DT Blog Hop





This is my 1st ever Blog Hop and I'm actually very nervous about it all, especially as everything that could possibly go wrong at the last moment... HAS LOL!!!
The main theme for this Blog Hop is to use one of Michelle's lovely images she made especially for this, and also to thank the now finishing design team for all their hard work over the past 6 months.
Michelle created LEILANI and freely gave it to us all to use today, she is sooo generous and talented and the image is beautiful and so very easy to work with. If you are interested in getting this image, it is free to download as a follower of her PCP blog.
ALOHA is the sentiment that comes with the image and it means hello, goodbye and thank you- so appropriate for each of the DT members.
Personally I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone on the design team for all your hard work and inspiration. Each week I have really enjoyed seeing your gorgeous creations. Thank you also for all your generous compliments when I started my own blog and entered into the weekly challenges.
This is the blog hop list of all those taking part....



Start with;

www.michelleperkett.blogspot.com



Helen:

http://h2designs.blogspot.com


Marilyn:

http://marilynscardsandmore.blogspot.com

Sandi:

http://oneofakindcreations-bysandi.blogspot.com

Tammy:

http://tmaynard.blogspot.com


Maria:

http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com


Jean:

http://jeano9.blogspot.com


Claire:

http://clairescraftycreations.blogspot.com


Lynne:

http://doodlebuglynne.blogspot.com


Randi:

http://hobby-for-sjelen.blogspot.com


Mari:

http://trailsofpaper.blogspot.com


Linda:

http://cardchallengesandmore.blogspot.com


Shelley:

http://shelleyscreations.blogspot.com


Pattie:

http://pattiescreations.blogspot.com


Lee:

http://stampingwithgrandmalee.blogspot.com


Amanda:

http://colouringourworld.blogspot.com


Pauline:

http://paulineguttrey.blogspot.com


Jan:

http://jans-gonestampin.blogspot.com


Ileana:

http://allthingsthatmakemehappy.blogspot.com


Jana:

http://stampingeek.blogspot.com


Tammy:

http://mycraftcentral.blogspot.com


Trish (Me!):

http://wwwhillsidecraftscouk-trish.blogspot.com (You are here)


Denise:

http://myinkimprint.blogspot.com


Jasmine:

http://oysterflowers.blogspot.com


Kerri:

http://fotf-constellations.blogspot.com


Bev:

http://beeceecreativity.blogspot.com


Laralee:

http://racinggrandmacrafts.blogspot.com


Ann:

http://annfran9093.blogspot.com


Margie:

http://creativityplace24.blogspot.com


Rhonda:

http://bluepoohbear753.blogspot.com


Margaret:

http://deniquecrafts.blogspot.com



Michelle Perkett Studio Challenge Blog:

http://michelleperkettstudio.blogspot.com

Now on to my card.
I wanted to try something special for today and I decided to make a stepper card, but with the addition of acetate. This is something new for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. The only problem is getting photographs of the card to show it properly!

Items used;
Michelle Perkett 'Leilani' digi image, outside coloured using Tumbled glass distress inks. The rest of the image is coloured using promarkers. It is cut using Nellie Snellen multi frame rectangles. Green pearlidoodles added to skirt and tiny pink gems added to center of flowers.
White stepper card with A4 sheet of acetate
Fish, waves and octopus are "In the depths" buttons- Dress it up by Jesse James Co.
Sky, water and sand DP's are from DCWV- "The photo stack"
The sky was cut using Martha Stewart doily punch
Shells and stickers from own stash

Thank you for having a look at my blog, I hope you have enjoyed what you see. Best wishes for the remaining part of your hop.

Hugs,
Trish x

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Kindness






I would like to share with you some photos of a gift that a very dear friend sent me. I was so touched by her kindness and by the time and love that must have went into making it. My very talented friend's name is Margaret, and here is a link to her blog to see more of her work.
It is a prayer pillow, or another name for it she says is a 'biscornu', which apparently is French for 'quirky'! The cross on the front is beautiful, but the back is where I overlooked the amount of detailed work put into it. I honestly thought she had bought the material mottled like that and then added the wording, but I was sooo wrong.. Margaret actually stitched every single stitch to make that mottled background- how neat is looks.
Thank you once again Margaret, for your very welcome gift, and of course the lovely card also.

I am so very blessed to have made a couple of really lovely friends on the internet, through crafting. I have never met them, and probably never will, yet these friends have been so very supportive and we have fun sharing our highs and our lows also. You know who you are and I thank God for each one of you.xx

I am looking forward to this evening, when my daughter and her boyfriend arrive from Scotland to spend a week with us. I know things will be upside down and I'll be even more sore and tired, but I can't wait to see them.

Hugs,
Trish

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Little Boy Blue




What awful weather we're having over in Northern Ireland. Today is very muggy and thunder storms with torrential rain. I suppose the only good thing to come from all this rain is that we don't need to worry about watering the garden- God has saved us the bother!!



I have 2 cards to share today. The first card uses a really cute image by the very talented Phindy. Phindy has recently released a series of 'summer cuties' as digital stamp images and they really are sooo cute!
Entering this card into the following challenges:
1) Stamp something- 'Something digital'
2)Papertake weekly challenge- 'Cutie patootie'
3) Paperplay challenges- Week28- Sketch by Sandie Dunne which I used today
4) Digital Tuesday Challenge 68- Happy Birthday
5) Phindy Friday challenges- Challenge 14-'Got the blues?'

Items used: 6"x6" white card
Image by Phindy- 'Catch anything?' Coloured using promarkers and cute using Nestabilities small labels.
DP's Little boy blue from Craftwork cards
Matting- Blue designer paper by Dovecraft
Sentiment- 'Happy birthday small fry' From Fisherman Fin by Firecracker Designs

2nd Card uses a stamp called 'Stitch' by Leanne Ellis- Sugar Nellie (A gift from my lovely friend Elaine.. thought you'd like to see it being used!!)
Entering this card into the following challenges;
1) The Sugar Bowl- A sketch by Lilian and the colour Blue
2) Wild Orchid Challenge week 1- Very appropriately 'Say it with flowers'
3) Totally Gorjuss- 'Thinking of You'

Items used; 6"x6" white card
DP's- From flowersoft
Flowers and pearls- Wild Orchid
Matts- Designer papers by Dovecraft
Image-Stitch, stamped using clear versamark, then embossed using silver detail embossing powder. Image then coloured using promarkers
Sentiment from Craftwork cards
Memories sentiment- Heartfelt memories by Crafty secrets

Hope you are all having a creative time. I need to go feed my cat and dog as they're standing with a knife and fork in their hand... do you think they're trying to tell me something LOL!!!

Many hugs,
Trish

Friday, 16 July 2010

Late again!!

Hi,
I am really struggling to get my act together with this blogging... I wanted to enter this weeks challenge over at Phindy's. It was to have embossing somewhere on your card. I found this week's card patterns layout and proceeded to make my card, only to find the challenge finished yesterday... Doh!! LOL
Anyway, I love the finished result and have decided to enter it into a couple of other challenges..
!) Card patterns- Sketch 72
2)Stamp something- Go digital
3)Stampavie- Anything goes
4) 2 Sisters- Anything goes
5) Papertake weekly- In the garden

A brief list of items used:-
6" x 6" White card
BP's My Mind's Eye- Quite contrary (These were a free gift with 'Cardmaking & Papercraft' magazine)
Image: Petticoat Patty by the talented Phindy
Image cut and embossed using Labels1 nestability and coloured using Promarkers
White card embossed using Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder
'Squares' cut using a Creative Memories punch which my good friend Alice brought me from USA. (Hope you like seeing what I make with it, Alice!!)

Tomorrow is going to be a long day here, as my hubby is away from very early in the morning, to a craft fair at Dunluce castle, Portrush. It is one of his favourite craft fairs of the year, I only pray that the weather will be favourable as it's been very windy with heavy rain all this past week. They depend a lot on passing tourists, it really is so scenic and beautiful on a good day! Hopefully I will get a couple of card orders finished- it will help to keep me busy.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend- however you are planning to spend it.

Hugs,
Trish x

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Treats for All


Hi Everyone,
Many apologies yet again for being such a terrible blogger. Health and holidays have hindered me a little which gets me down a lot. I've not been on holiday(unfortunately not able to!) but it is the holiday season here in Northern Ireland and my niece, hubby and little Stephanie were over visiting from Scotland. It was fabulous seeing them and I enjoyed my time watching and playing with Stephie- she's now 9 months old and looking so well after having a tough beginning to her wee life.

There has been lots happening on many blogs and I have added a couple that I love and think you might also enjoy....

Michelle Perkett is having a blog hop which I have now signed up for. This will be my first ever experience of being part of a blog hop, so do come and join in the fun as it sounds exciting.

Simon Says stamp is having an incredible Christmas in July giveaway (see image at side of my blog) The more people that leave them a comment- the more they will give away... it's a win win situation. They have already started the giving, so do have a look and leave a comment while you're there.

The next giveaway I want to mention is from Crafter's Companion. They have a new CD and a range of the most incredibly cute stamps being released this week. The range is called SWALK and to promote it, they are giving away a complete set to one lucky person. Do have a peek- the stamps look really good and there are some lovely cards made by their talented DT's.

Todays card was a commission for a friend's 70th birthday. I used a pyramage set called McDooli clan. I chose this particularly as the recipient was from Scotland and I thought it would be appropriate.

Thank you all for your patience with me and I hope things will improve and my blogging become more regular.

Many hugs,
Trish x

Monday, 28 June 2010

Emerald Anniversary (3)

Hi Everyone,
This is the 3rd in my series of 3 emerald anniversary cards which were made for friends Anita & Mickey, This one is from myself, so I wanted to try something different, and this is very different from anything I've previously made.
The background embossing was made using another 1 of the Glitter Girl's embossing boards, then the segments were trimmed using gold fine line border peel offs to enhance it.
This card was particularly good for using up lots of little bits of scraps etc.
Please let me know what you feel about the card- hubby doesn't like it and says it 'too busy/fussy'
All I know, is it took me ages to make, but the jury's out on this one!!
I welcome all comments.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
1) Allsorts challenge 58- use any form of embossing

Later this afternoon, I have a dental appointment to remove a wobbly tooth which was recommended by the hospital before I have my surgery. I am not looking forward to it at all!! One good thing though, the receptionist has asked me to bring in any cards I have ready, for the prospect of buying- so something good might come out of this appointment after all!!

Hope you all have a good day.
Hugs,
Trish x

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Emerald Anniversary (2)


Hi,
Today's post will be quite short as I feel I waffle on too long sometimes!! Please feel free to tell me if you agree with this.


As mentioned on yesterday's post, this is the 2nd emerald anniversary card. It is from Anita to her husband.
I wanted to make a very special card, so I used a white scalloped edge card, 8"x8"
The embossed background is from using the Glitter Girls embossing board- I love using all their different boards.
Using my knife, I cut away areas to reveal green hologram card.
Finished off by using gold fine line border and text peel offs.
Yet again, I will enter this card into Michelle Perkett's challenge on fancy cutting.
I was pleased how this card turned out and so was the recipient.

If you have a minute, please have a look at my friend Elaine's blog- here,. She is giving away some gorgeous stamps, but her cards are a joy to look at.

Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs,
Trish x

Friday, 25 June 2010

Emerald Anniversary (1)


Hi,
This has been a very mixed week of emotions- up and down like the proverbial yoyo! I had the pleasure of having my sis from Scotland stay for a few days. We didn't do very much which is what she really needed as she works hard, but it was lovely having her company and nice long chats. The weather stayed really good and we were able to use our new decking area to lounge about on and to eat our meals. This area has been a very welcome addition to our house.
Also on the positive side was my daughter's birthday on monday- she loved her 'big boots girl' card (see previous entry for details) and she's looking forward to her teaching term finishing soon to go on a well deserved holiday.
It was also my friend Elaine's birthday this week. She is a very special crafting friend who is very generous with her time and helps me sort out my blog problems etc even though she's new to it all herself (I think I must be a slow learner!!)
On the downside, wednesday saw the 1st anniversary of my Nanny passing away. She was a very remarkable lady who managed to reach her 100th birthday 2 months before passing. She was blessed to have all her faculties intact and lived life to the full- infact she had a better social life than I did!!! I still miss her terribly, but thank God for her life and the special times we had together.

Todays card was a commission for my mum's dear friends, Anita & Mickey. 55 years is quite an achievement. This card is to be sent by my mum.
It is quite a basic A5 white card and punched using 2 of Martha Stewart heart punches and some lovely green hologram card.
The green square is a hologram peeloff and the heart charm is from Craftybitz.

I am going to enter this into Michelle Perkett's challenge of fancy cutting
I made 2 other emerald anniversary cards and will post them in the next couple of days.
Hope you all have a lovely day, especially if it's spent crafting.

Hugs,
Trish x

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Feeling my age!!


Firstly can I apologise for not posting regularly. I have many health problems which mount up at times and generally floor me for a while. Hopefully those who have chosen to follow my blog will have compassion and understanding- thank you for this. As I have previously mentioned, I appreciate you taking the time to look at my blog and all the comments are very welcome and help build up my confidence to try different things.

Todays card is for my daughter, Ruth. Her birthday is on Monday- the longest day. I always say that I was very well aware it was the 'longest day' when I was lying in the maternity hospital- I thought the day was never going to end LOL!! That was nearly 24 years ago and it honestly feels a lot less. So much has happened in those 24 years, much of which I can't remember, yet I can distinctly remember giving birth to her. I thank God every day for my children, Ruth and my elder son, David.

When Phindy released this digital image, I knew I had to buy it, as it brought back memories of my daughter when she was about 4 or 5 years old and she came shuffling out to the garage where we were at the time. When I looked down she had her dad's old work boots on her feet, with untied laces dangling- what a sight! We actually have it captured on video, but unfortunately I don't have a photo of her as I would have liked to show you just how alike this image is of her.

Items used;
Phindy- 'Big boots girl' digital image
8"x8" square white scalloped edge card- Craftwork cards
Hot pink & lime green card- Hunkydory
Circular flower die cut, flourishes and ribbon border- Marianne creatables
Hot pink ribbon- old stash
Coloured using promarkers
Layout using Card patterns sketch 68
Happy birthday sentiment- Craftwork cards

Entering this card into the following challenges:
1) Bee crafty challenge 31- Bloomin marvellous
2) Card patterns sketch 68
3) Donna's den of Crafts- This is the 1st challenge... Happy Birthday theme
4) Paperplay week 24- Something old (My ribbon- it's so old and part of a kit I bought about 4 yrs ago!!)
5) Phindy's Friday challenge number 9- One for the girls

Hope you all have a great weekend and that the weather stays nice here in the UK.
Hugs,
Trish x

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Feelin Ruff!!!



Hi,
Hope you are all enjoying the long weekend here in the UK and Memorial weekend for my friends in the USA. If you're lucky you might even get a chance to lie on in bed for a little longer, unlike me who hasn't slept much. I went to bed exhausted around 10.30pm and fell asleep while reading my new Magnolia Ink magazine (which I'm loving, by the way- even though I don't pocess any of the stamps,... YET!!!! LOL) Unfortunately, I woke up at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep again, so spent the evening catching up with emails/ blogs etc.

Todays card is for my best friend, Mel, who is recovering from having her Gallbladder removed- I thought this might help cheer her up! It is the first time I have used the 8"x8" size card. At first I thought I would never really be able to fill the space, but there was no problems re this at all. I followed a sketch from a challenge blog called Stamp for fun (challenge 60) I enjoyed using this layout and will probably keep it for future reference. Unfortunately I am too late to enter the challenge as I missed the deadline. I can't get my head around the time differences in America & here- something I need to work at.

Items used in today's card:-
White 8"x8" scalloped white card- from Crafts superstore at a very good price for this size
BP's- Matts are lilac pearlescent papers (own stash)
- Printed papers from Papermania CAT collection!!! (even though I used it for a dog image, some were very suitable for this!!)
Circular scalloped frame & Flowers are using dies from Marianne design Creatables
Gorgeous pearl brads- The Hobby house
Dog & kennel brads- The eyelet outlet
Pink striped ribbon- My own stash
Jasper the dog digital Image- I won from Michelle Perkett. She set a challenge for her followers to name a new dog image she had created. I named him Jasper after my own gorgeous dog and I won the challenge; she sent me the image as a prize. Michelle is very generous and a really talented artist and we do have good fun on her site.
Jasper was coloured using Promarkers. Although the real Jasper is B&W, I'm not clever enough to know how to colour him properly and found I was able to do shades of brown easier... so for today- Jasper is a brown dog!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges;
1) Michelle Perkett- Challenge 31- Circles & Ribbon
2) Charisma Cardz- Week 21- Going round in circles
3) Crafty Creations- Challenge 69- Use your favourite stamp (It has to be Jasper, of course)
4) Passion for Promarkers- Week 53- Anything goes (This is my 2nd entry for this)
5) Pixiedust studio- Challenge 24- Going round and round

Going to try to get a little sleep before my son & DIL come round. Susan & I are going to watch the film 'My sister's keeper' and apparently I will need a box of tissues beside me!!

Hope you all have a lovely day however you spend it.
Hugs,
Trish x

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Why are men so difficult!!!





This is the cry we hear constantly in the crafting circles!! As a girl we tend to like 'blinging' things up, but I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed making this fishing card. It will be going to my friend Amy's husband who has just got home from hospital after having an operation. Hopefully it will help cheer him up.
Talking about operations- I found out, after a hospital appointment this week, that I need to have an operation myself. It will probably be a couple of months on the waiting list before it happens. Anyone that knows me, knows what happened at my last op and that I am really scared of this one. (If you read my profile, you will understand this a bit better) I will be doing a lot of praying between now and then.

Back to my cards, the first one is a fishing get well card made using the following:
BP's: Making Memories- Ethan collection, also
K & Co- Hopscotch
Digital Image by Phindy- fishing.
The frame was cut out using Nellies muli frames- squares
Coloured using Promarkers
Sketch I followed was this week's Papertake Weekly Sketch No 41

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;
Phindy's Friday challenge
Allsorts-Use a tag/label
Dare you to Digistamp: Challenge 38- One for the boys
Papertake weekly Challenge, Sketch 41
Passion for Promarkers, Week 53: 1st Anniversary: Anything goes

The 2nd card is a bookatrix wedding card that was ordered. The lady loved it, so that made me really happy.

There is a great blog candy giveaway over on Lili of The Valley challenge blog. One lucky person will win a complete set of gorgeous new stamps that are not even available to buy until 1st June. Do take a look if you get a chance as they are sooo cute! Hopefully this link to it will work....
http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.com/2010/05/extra-special-new-release-blog-candy.html

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog and leave such really lovely words of encouragement.

Many hugs,
Trish x

Monday, 24 May 2010

Flower power!




Hi folks,
Hope those in UK are enjoying this incredible weather. I know it's just a freak few days and they're forecasting it to become cooler from tonight. I do like the sun, but my poor dog Jasper really struggles in it and tries to find the coolest spot available!
I spent today making this card to enter into Michelle Perkett's challenge which is entitled 'Flowers galore' The image of a vase of flowers usually comes with a Thank you sentiment which I didn't want to use on this particular card- hope Michelle doesn't mind. I needed to make a couple of special birthday cards as orders- this will help with one of them.
Please excuse the colouring of the cards in the 2 photos. The close-up is more like the real colours. I messed about in Corel photoshop with the other image as there was a very bright sheen that I didn't like, but I didn't realise I had totally changed the colour of it- sorry!
I followed the Card Patterns sketch No.65, I really like these sketches as they aren't too difficult to follow for a beginner like myself.

Ingredients used to make this card:-
Pink solid and pink floral BP's-Making memories (Kate collection)
Image-Michelle Perkett and cut using Spellbinders Labels 1 nestabilities
Border-punched using a Fiskars floral punch
Birthday tag-Eyelet outlet
Bling-stickles
Crocheted flowers/brads/flower charm/flowers- all from my own stash (I wish I knew were I got those gorgeous crocheted flowers from as I'd really love some more!!)

Going to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Michelle Perkett- flowers galore
Allsorts-Use a tag/label
Card patterns-Sketch 65
Charisma Cardz challenge-Week 20-Theme is 3D (I have used the floers)
I love digi challenge 7-Charms
Papertake weekly-Say it with flowers
Stamp something-" of something (I used 2 colours, pink and white and 2 papers pink solid and pink floral)
Totally Gorjuss-Bling (Blinged the centers of my floral paper)

Since I'm in a flower theme, I thought I would show you a gorgeous flower that I grew from a bulb. It's an amaryllis and was a christmas pressie from my lovely friend Audrey. I am so pleased with it... it's stunning I think, but sad that it doesn't last very long in this full bloom state.

That's all for now, hope you like what you see and thank you for the kind words of encouragement, I do really appreciate it.

Hugs,
Trish x

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Christmas come early!!!

This week over at Phindy's she and her DT have asked us to think about a challenge which I would normally never think of doing at this time of year 'Christmas in Spring'.... Think I'm going mad!!

Ingredients;
Large card bought from C&C in their Jan. sale
Image- Digital image from Phindy, cut using nestabilities labels one and coloured using Promarkers
Ribbon-Gorilla crafts
Gems, flowers etc from own stash

Going to enter this into the following challenges;
Dare you to Digistamp (anything goes)
I love digi challenge
ABC challenge (unused stash.. christmas charms)
Papertake weekly (say it with flowers)
Cupcake craft challeng (bloom and flowers)
Card patterns (sketch 64 sponsored by Gina K)

Thank you for taking the time to read this and leaving such encouraging comments
Hugs,
Trish x

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Biggest Card


Yesterday was my DIL Susan's 30th birthday and my son asked me to make her a special card from him. I had previously bought this gorgeous Kanban art deco lady card kit from QVC and it had a couple of really big A3 size cards. I have never made such a big card before. There were quite a few layers which I was able to shape and decoupage using silicone glue. Unfortunately my photography doesn't show this, but believe me, it's even nicer in real life!!
The insert due to its size, wasn't able to be printed out the normal way in my verse editor, so I typed it into word, resized and printed it onto A4 size paper. I then used a Kreaxtions punch for the top 2 corners and Martha Stewart punch for the bottom border. This was then backed on to black card which really made the design pop.

The lovely handbag card was printed from a CD which was made by a very talented lady called Wendy. You can get this CD along with many other designs and some downloads from her website www.theclipartfairy.com It's well worth a visit and tomorrow she's releasing a brand new CD on book easel cards- these have to be seen as my description wouldn't do them justice!

The handbag was printed on white linen card which gave a lovely texture. I then decided to make a handbag charm to help decorate it. I used what I had lying in my craft box and was delighted with the result.
I got a phone call from Susan to say she was very pleased with the cards, so that made me happy. (I know it doesn't take much!! LOL)

Have a good day whatever you're planning to do.

Hugs,
Trish x

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Facebook


















I have been MIA this week from my blog as I have needed to spend time with my DIL, Susan, setting up a page on facebook to promote Martin's work and linking it to our website, www.hillsidecrafts.co.uk I have also been preparing lots of photos of new products which Martin has been working on. These will hopefully go on this week, just keep checking the website if you are interested in our products. Sincere thanks to all who have done so.

Todays card is very similar to one I made last week; an easel card using one of Michelle Perkett's gorgeous images (how much do I love these!!) The difference being this one is for Mother's Day which was celebrated in USA & Canada yesterday, and it's Pink!!

Papers are from Be Blessed
Card is Bazzill bling
Pearls in 2 sizes from the Hobby house
Stardust stickles for the wings and middle of flowers
Coloured using Promarkers and shimmer chalks

I manages to do some paper piercing on the dress, it showed up far more once I added the chalks. I needed to use an extra fine needle as I found the holes too big otherwise.
Did you notice the sentiment... I used what was left over from the fancy frames tag by spellbinders. I liked it and thought it was far too nice to throw away!!

I would like to enter this card into a couple of challenges if I am able to do the linking thing properly!!!

Michelle Perkett-( Mother's Day challenge)
The Pink Elephant- (Mother's Day)
Raise the bar
Creative craft world challenge 5 (easel cards)
Crafty creations
Crafts and me challenge 3 (sparkle)
Dare to digistamp challenge 37 (anything goes)

Many thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you leave a comment- even more thanks!!
Hugs,
Trish x

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Barge Card


Sorry I've not been around for a couple of days, but I had a trip to the hygienist which was awful and left me in even more pain than normal! I'm feeling a bit more like myself now and thought you might like to see a card I made for my hubby's birthday last week. He has always been interested in barges and narrow boats etc and would love to holiday on them at some time. Basically I told him this was as close to a holiday on a boat that he'll get!!!

NEWS!!! I have just learnt that I have won first place in Phindy's challenge No.2 with the baby girl card that I showed in my previous post. I am soooo very pleased to be chosen YIPPEEE!!

Today & tomorrow Martin is away to a craft fair at Shane's castle. I pray the weather stays favourable and that he has a successful time. I only wish I was well enough to go with him, but it's a long day and I have not slept all night yet again!! If anyone is interested in seeing more of what Martin makes, please feel free to have a look at our website, it's www.hillsidecrafts.co.uk and let me know what you think of his work. Personally I think he is incredibly talented, but I know I'm biased!!!

Whatever you plan to do today- hope it's a good one.
Hugs & Blessings,
Trish x

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Baby card for Faith




I really enjoyed making this card, but with that many layers, it took me ages to do. I think if I got used to using sketches that it would help speed things up as I take ages deciding my layout and then my colours etc.
I will be entering this card into the 2nd Phindy's Place challenge. You had to use 1 of her lovely images to make a card or a project and include ribbon. The image I used is called 'Contentment'

I'm not sure how you know what challenges your cards are suitable for, I'll have to suss that out!!

The following was used to make the card;
Pastel pink and pastel green Bazzill card
Pink gingham- Making Memories- Kid's collection
Pastel green paper punched with Martha Stewart heart border punch
Pink ribbons- Avec baby girl collection
White organza ribbon- Create and craft
Frame-Scalloped edge frameabilities-Spellbinder
Sentiment- Deja Views "A babe in your arms with all of it's charms, undeniably from God"

I've used a couple of different ribbons across the card, then I laced the organza ribbon through the frame. I have never tried this before, but I think it's quite effective.

As I have previously mentioned, my daughter-in-law's brother & wife had a new little girl at the weekend and they are calling her Faith. This card will get posted to them very soon.

Thank you again for visiting my blog.
Many hugs,
Trish x

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

60th Birthday
















Firstly today I'd like to say congratulations to my hubby, Martin for winning the doorhanger challenge from Michelle Perkett. $15 to spend on more gorgeous images from her shop- yippee!! Many thanks goes to Lynne Armstrong who set up this great challenge.

Todays card is a lovely bookatrix my sister ordered for her friend Doreen's 60th birthday (yesterday) Hope you had a great day, Doreen, surrounded by family and friends.

The Bookatrix is formed using the Glitter Girls board. I have accumulated quite a number of their boards, but this one is my favourite and gets used more than the others.

Base card is white textured from the Papermill
1st Layer; Blue pearl card
2nd Layer; Silver mirri paper
3rd Layer; White embossed pearl paper from QVC
60 Flowerpot from flowersoft
Blue & White flowers from Wild Orchid crafts
Handmade flowers made using Martha Stewart punch- medium waterlily from Joanna Sheen

Well I watched Avatar on DVD last night and thoroughly enjoyed it- one of the best films I've watched in a while- even had a wee tear at the end. Did anyone else feel moved by this film?
Unfortunately I never managed to get any sleep last night, so I'm going to try get an hour now (if possible)
Hope you all have a great day whatever you're doing and thank you so much for taking the time to leave me such encouraging comments.
Many hugs & God Bless,
Trish x

Monday, 26 April 2010

Enchanted easel card


This card is going to be entered into the Michelle Perkett studio challenge 26; Use a colour combination (Pale blue/ Turquoise/ Celery & Olive ) and an easel card.
I love making easel cards, they are so easy to make yet they look so effective.The image I decided to use from Michelle's many gorgeous images is 'Enchanted slumber'
I think this card will be suitable for a new baby, probably for a boy with the green and blue colours. I don't have anyone in mind to send this to, so it can go into my box for future use. Shame the colours weren't pinks as my daughter-in-law's brother and wife had a little baby girl in the early hours of Saturday morning. They are calling her Faith- how beautiful is that name. At least I have an excuse to make a similar card in pink!!

Items used to make the card;
Michelle Perkett- Enchanted slumber image
White A5 card with chevron lace- Red Hot Bed
Pale blue Bazzill card
Be Blessed BP in Cool Mint & Knit Together
Sentiment 'A Glimpse of God in my child's face' - Be Blessed rub-ons and cut into shape using Spellbinders Fancy Tags
Gorgeous pearls in 2 different sizes- The Hobby house
Coloured image with Promarkers
Stickles for fairy wings and center of flowers

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this, I really do appreciate it so very much.
Now I am going to watch Avatar which was just released today- Yippee!! Afterwards, I hope I get some sleep as it really has been in short supply lately.

God Bless and many hugs,
Trish x

Sunday, 25 April 2010

First post




Hi Everyone,
This is a big step for me to have my own blog. I would like to thank Tammy for her help and encouragement to get this going. Ultimately this blog will be used for my card challenges and in return, maybe I can be a little bit of inspiration to others. I look forward to your feedback and getting to know you more along the way.

My very first challenge is for reaching 300 followers in the PSP group of Michelle Perkett. This challenge was set up by Lynne. As yet I have to learn how to do the linking thing, so you will just have to go to Michelle's blog and have a look under the challenges- sorry bout that! In saying that, you will totally enjoy looking at Michelle's images, I am such BIG fan. Lynne has asked us to make a door hanger and include one of Michelle's images, she has included a tutorial on making the hanger if anyone needs it.
Fortunately I have a hubby who works with wood every day, so I asked him to make me a couple. I also asked him if he would like to try burning one of Michelle's images onto the hanger.Martin is a very talented guy and he makes a lot of gifts etc from wood then burns the artwork and personalises them by pyrography. I think he did a great job and he really enjoyed working with this particular image- it's called 'Butterfly fairy'

My door hanger uses the same image as Martin's and the items used are as follows;
Flower BP from DCWV- the stack 6
Floral embossed glitter vellum from Papermania- Spring floral
Michelle Perkett 'Butterfly Fairy' image
Butterfly ribbon slider from Red Hot Bed
Pink lace
Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart
'So fairy special' greeting from Heartwarming vintage stickers- Fairy enchanting
Gems- clear with aurora borealis coating
The image was coloured using Promarkers

Apologies for not having the photos in the order and in the place I want them, but I still have a lot to learn, so please bear with me and do come back to see what else I've been creating.
Many hugs,
Trish x