Sunday, 15 February 2009

Whiff of Joy #18 - sort of!

It was Tracey's opening day in her very own new shop yesterday, so I made her this card using the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog for inspiration!

This week it was a receipe

3 patterened papers
2 flowers
1 button or brad!!

Simple right???? Not for me I got it wrong, d'oh, I used 3 flowers, lol
anyways here is the card


Whiff of Joy - Melinda Hugging Heart
Daisy D's - 6x6 paper pack - Autum collection - Fall In Love
Stickes - Crystal and Frosted Lace
Mark Richards - Crystal Stickers
Prima - flowers
Basic Grey - Desginer Brad
Charm - butterfly - taken from my daughters belt
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads
Brushed Corduroy
Worn Lipstick
Black Soot
Fired Brick
Vintage Photo
Walnut Stain
Antique Linen

Thanks for Looking

Milk Carton!

It was Tracey's birthday yesterday and it was the opening day in her new shop. I didn't want to give her two cards. I had also given her, her birthday present from us earlier in the week. I remembered seeing a tutorial on making a paper Milk Carton on Katharina's blog. So I made one and put some sweets inside. To see the tutorial go here! and Katharina I followed your instructions very easily, thank you! The best thing about this design you only have to use one piece of 12x12 paper.

I distressed the paper by splashing some inks over the paper and inking all edges.


K and Company - Beige Damask and Script flat paper
Whiff of Joy - Teenage Lizzie with box of chocolates
Mark Richards - Crystal Stickers - black
Penny Black - Happy Birthday wooden stamp
Ribbon - Brown from my stash
Prima - flowers
Charm - Heart charm from my daughter's broken belt, lol
Stickles - Cyrstal
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink pads
Brushed Corduroy
walnut Stain
black soot
antique linen
weathered wood
fired brick
worn lipstick

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Card Sketch Challenge!

Over on the Card Positioning Blog they hold a sketch challenge every week, this is my first time entering! This is the sketch that is this weeks challenge

and here is the card I made with the sketch!

My good friend Sue is selling her craft shop to my good friend Tracey!!! So it is a sad and happy time! I owe a lot to Sue for her brilliant inspiration, her kindness and her being a very good friend! I popped down to see her today as it is her last day trading, she is handing over the shop tomorrow to Tracey. I would like to wish Tracey all the Irish luck that I can give her in her new venture, and I shall be propping up the counter and drooling over her supplies!! Good luck hon, you deserve it!

I would also like to wish Sue all the best and hope she can find the niche that she is looking for and as always my offer of help is still there!

I made this card for Sue just to wish her luck, I thought the sentiment fit just right.

As you can see I have been painting again, a bit better than the first attempt!

Whiff Of Joy Stamp - Melinda reading book
Stampendous sentiment wooden stamp - Precious Memories
White Bazzill cardstock
K & Co paper
Brown Ribbon
Prima flower

Tim Holtz inks I used are
Antique Linen
Fired Red
Faded Jeans
Black soot
Vintage photo

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Whiff Of Joy Challenge #17

I finally have used one of my beautiful Whiff of Joy Stamps!!! I have been admiring these stamps for ages, and Steve said he would get some for my birthday, and lucky me got to pick six of them, so here is the first stamp that I used - Melinda Blowing Kisses. My SIL's birthday is today and I decided to use the stamp! I was blog hopping to get some inspiration and I came across the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog, which had a fantastic sketch by the very talented Donalda. I have never used a sketch when making cards, I always just struggled along, but now I am defiantly converted and will be looking to sketch's to make cards in the future, just as I do with most of my scrapbook pages!

Here is the fantastic sketch

and here's what I did with the sketch.

Some close up of the glitter work

I haven't got any of the expensive pens to colour the images, and I can't afford them right now, so I used my Tim Holtz distress inks and a paintbrush!!! Not bad for a first try, but looking at it now, I am ever so sorry that I coloured the green around the image, should of just left it alone, live and learn! I know it's not as neat as it should be and I went outside the lines in a few places, think I am going to invest in some good quality paintbrushes as the ones that I have are cheap naff ones!

I am going to enter it in the Whiff Of Joy Challenge, just for fun, as the cards that are entered into this challenge will blow mine out of the water, lol So if any of you talented ladies have any comments, hints, tips, techniques you would like to share with me I would love you to! If you use Distress inks to colour your stamps, which one do you use to colour the face and body????


Whiff of Joy Stamp - Melinda Blowing Kisses
Penny Black Stamp - Happy Birthday
Cream Bazzill cardstock
Mellow Basic Grey Paper
Stickles - Icicle for the wings
Stickles - Cyrstal for the swirls and buttons
Buttons - have for ages
Metal Photo Corners - Inspirations (thanks Ruth)
Green Crystals - have for ages for the desgin on her top
Blue Crystals - have for ages for the text corners
Papermaina flowers - Silk blues
Gold Sparkly Organza Ribbon - bought in Paper Paradise
Scalloped edge - traced around a Woodware chipboard desgin
Hearts in the scalloped border - heart hand punch
And the list of Tim Holtz Distress inks -
Face and body - Antique Linen
Top and hair band - Pine Needles
Jeans - Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fired Brick
Jewelry - Fired Brick and Pine Needles
Belt - Mustard Seed and Pine Needles
Hair - Vintage Photo
Outside border - Pine Needles, which I wish I didn't now

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Puppet Power!

A family at Aimee's school needed to have laser treatment on their eyes to improve their eyesight, they had to travel to London to get the treatment! A doctor at Sheffield's children's hospital is trying to get laser there, but it costs £120,000 to get! The family arranged with St Joseph's School and Puppet Power to hold a charity Puppet Show to raise some money. Puppet Power put on shows all over the country and have even traveled to Africa to perform. These fantastic people take no money for themselves all money raised goes to whatever charity that they are supporting! The amount of effort and the talent that goes into putting on one of these shows is huge!!! These people deserve huge amount of praise! This is their website - PUPPET POWER - , well worth a visit and if you get a chance to go see them do, you will NOT be disappointed!!!

I bought tickets for Aimee, my niece Georgia and myself to go see the show, and boy am I so glad that I did. I wasn't sure what to except, but what I saw truly blew my mind, it was amazing, I actually forgot that I was watching puppets! The show is quite funny too, and there is a special appearance of another famous singer, I don't want to say in case any of you actually manage to get to see the show, but it was fantastic and Aimee recognised him immediately, which I am happy to say, lol as he is one of my all time favourite singers!!!!

Here are a few photos form the performance, we were asked not to take photos until the finale, so my camera went into overdrive then!!!!

This is the Narrator, it was all singing no spoken words!

This is Joseph on his way back to his father and brothers

This is Jacob, Joseph's father

Here is a photo of Joseph reunited with all his 11 brothers

The finale song: Any dream will do
Joesph's coat opened into this amazing display! There was a bang and you can just about see it, lots of different coloured paper exploded into the air

But wait the show still wasn't over, they started to sing Any dream will do again, and Joesph's coat opened into an even more amazing display

Then there was an even bigger bang, and as you can see I caught the coloured papers fantastically, well I was going to as I was one of the few people sat right underneath the "shower" who got absolutely covered with them!

Usual me I asked one of the puppeteers if I could get a photo of Aimee and Georgia with the main star Joseph, and he very kindly said I could!! I think Georgia was kind of overwhelmed, lol!!!

I also found this clip on YouTube, it isn't a great but it gives you an idea of the show!

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