Monday, 12 March 2018

Hi de HI

Hi all!

So, not  a jot happening here at the moment - certainly not as far as card making/papercraft projects go anyhoo! I won a $15 prize towards a colouring class at Kit and Clowder by entering my sunflower card into the challenge at Outlawz Challenges (see previous post!)  and I chose a fab class which helps me to improve my alcohol marker skills------Skills? Me? Lol!
I've been watching the video tutorial and picking up tips but, it's time consuming and doesn't leave a great deal of time to create new stuff and, I found I needed some new Flesh tone markers so I'm waiting for them to arrive before I tackle any "skin" projects!!!

So to fill in some spare time, I thought I might just  "dabble" for a while - play with my new sparkle pens and some dies and see what happens.......not much to be fair!

Then..........our new kitchen arrived on Friday and the kitchen fitters were here at 8am prompt this morning to start fitting it!!! Woohoo!
At loooooonnnnnnggggg last, there IS light at the end of that enormous tunnel :D

Here is a piccy of  the new kitchen stored in the new kitchen space! The decorator mist-coated the plaster ready for decorating in a week or so AND we have a floor at last!!!

This is today's piccy from a different view!

So, it's all go again and I'll definitely create some new stuff in the near future! 
Oh yes, I've had to make a new card for Papercraft Inspirations magazine (issue 178) but I can't upload it until the mag's on sale so be sure to buy it!

Hope you all have a good day - even though it's wet and miserable here, I'll keep smiling and look a little insane as usual!

Lesley x

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Winner winner Sunday dinner!!!

Hi all!

I've had two lovely surprises this weekend!

I've been selected as a TOP 3 winner for my submitted card to the All Dressed Up February Challenge! I'm proudly displaying my Top 3 badge here on my blog for all to see! I've decided to enter their call for DT members too. I think I could do with more to do at the moment and I love creating so.....let's see what happens!
Also, I have won a $15 prize over at The Outlawz Challenges for my pretty sunflowers card!
So, there's a super ego-boosting weekend if ever I had one!

My winning entries can be found here and here!

I hope you pop in and have a look at them.

I haven't been idle this week either.
I had a couple of cards to make and here's one of them using an All Dressed Up digi image Feeling Spoilt.

I've used Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils on Sheenas stamping card to colour this lovely image and a generic card/paper pack for the rest.

I also had some wonderful news from our niece and her husband.
Yep! you've guessed it! they're having their first baby in August/September and I couldn't be happier for them.
The bonus bit is they live a couple of hours drive away so I won't be needed for babysitting too often! Lol!

I made this CAS card for them, featuring this cute Elephant from the wonderful Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Again, no fancy paper pack, just one I purchased at The Range but I've used Spectrum Noir marker pens to colour the image. The embossing folder for the background was a free gift with a craft mag but I can't remember which one :(

A busy time but there's never enough hours in the day!

Have you managed to survive the cold, stormy weather we've had this week? We had 2 fence panels which came down with the strong wind but, we're not sure who is responsible for them as we've not long since moved here so, I went to the neighbours which was a lark! To get there I had to walk what seemed like miles as there's no direct route to their house - it's round a few corners and down a ginnel!!! Lol! And to top my adventure off, the couple, who are in their 80's are both deaf so we had a jolly time lip-reading (Amazing skill) and trying to sort it out! I'll go back with my daughter and hopefully we'll all be able to fix things!!!

That's it for now. There's a delivery driver bringing a new washer and dryer soon so I need to make room for them in the partial building site downstairs! It never ends!

Lesley xxx

Monday, 26 February 2018

All Dressed Up!

Hi all!

After a horrid couple of weeks with a very poorly back (again!!!), I'm feeling a little more positive and confident that the pain-relief patches will do their work and get me back to normal (my kind of  normal I mean!!!).
My OH put my final two shelves up in my craftroom yesterda
y (yaaaaaayyyy!!!) and I've had fun sorting through some boxes and deciding what to keep, what to throw, what to sell............blah, blah, blah and now I need some pretty boxes to keep my "keeps" in!
I think I'll have a mooch around that well known Swedish website and see what's on offer! I've already got some fab stuff from them and they don't cost the earth, which is great as I've no money! Lolz :D

The builders have finally completed the building work ready for the new kitchen etc.
The new floor will go down next weekend (courtesy of my OH) and the new kitchen should be delivered on the 13th March.
We all can not wait!
It's really hard trying to survive on take-out, microwave meals and eating out and I've put on half a stone (7lbs) at least since this all began on the 3rd January!
I'm looking forward to cooking my Slimming World meals again and even to feel motivated to go to group and have a chat with everyone!
For now though, I'm going to try and eat healthier meals and stop stuffing my face with the good stuff - pie, cake, bread................Mmmmmmmmmmm Hahahaha !

So, on to todays project!
I decided to enter the February challenge at All Dressed Up!
I bought some digi images from them years ago and enjoyed using them and it's great to use them again! Sometimes doing something a little out of the ordinary can inspire me to speed up my mojo and feel good about creating again.
Anyhoo, enough yap! Here's my card on the theme of Romance, Hearts , Love.

Yet again, it's a rubbish photo but I think you get the idea!

I created a background using Versamark ink and white embossing powder on a "love" stamp and soft pink backing paper. I added some sparkly Ranger Stickles to it for extra pzazzz!
The frame is a Spellbinders die with the First Edition Wanderlust paper pad layered onto another die cut frame in black cardstock.
I coloured my cutie with spectrum noir markers.

All in all, a pretty little card.

Hope you're all having a great day :)

Lesley xxx