Sunday, 30 May 2010

Feelin Ruff!!!

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.
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....

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
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.

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!!

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
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 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.

Trish x

Sunday, 9 May 2010


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, 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!!
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 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