Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Digital Tuesday DT- Dazzling Diamonds

Time for another challenge over at Digital Tuesday and Michelle R is our hostess this week.
Michelle lives in Florida so lucky for her she doesn't get the cold snow that most of us do, but her Daughter would love for it to snow, so Michelle's challenge this week is for her Daughter. She wants us to use Dazzling Diamonds to make a Winter scene.
Our sponsor this week is Soft Pencil and Elizabeth is offering this weeks winner a $15 gift certificate to spend in her store. She also very kindly gave the DT some images to use for the challenge and she also made a card especially for the challenge, so do pop over to the challenge blog to check out all the eye candy, her images are just the sweetest.

Right onto my card, I could of just took a photo of outside and the challenge would of been covered because it's still snowing here lol, but I did make a card. I must confess though that this is my second card for this challenge because I made one nearly 2 weeks ago then gave it away on Christmas Day and had forgotten to take a pic lol. So here is my 2nd attempt.

I finished this card at about 10pm last night so there wasn't much light, which means another pants pic (I really must remember to take my pics when there if daylight), but you can still see the cute image and the Dazzling Diamonds.
The base paper is Stampin Up and the other one I used as a mat is by Sandylion. It has large embossed snowflakes which you can't see because I stuck my image on top lol.
The image is from Soft Pencils Winter collection and I coloured it with Copics as usual. I don't have much colours that work just now so just had to use the colours that worked, then I used a glue pen to colour over the roof and ground, sprinkled with Stampin Up heat and stick powder then added the dazzling diamonds glitter.
The lace and flowers are ones from my stash and the swirls were made with an All Night Media punch which I also covered in dazzling diamonds (not the punch itself, just the punched swirls lol).

I hope lots of you will join in this week as it is a fab prize. I know I would love to win a $15 gift certificate to spend on Elizabeths gorgeous images.
I can't wait to see what you make, and I promise I will come look at very entry this week. I must apologise for my lack of commenting on entries over the last few weeks. Life has been so busy and I just haven't had the chance to comment as much as I would like, but now that Christmas is over, I should be back to normal :)

Lora x

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Digital Tuesday DT, and a few pics of the kiddies

Good morning, I hope you are all ready for Christmas unlike me who still has half of her shopping to do lol. It's another blizzard here in Scotland........I am sooo sick of snow already lol.
The weather forecast this morning said it will snow until Christmas Eve then on Christmas and Boxing Day it will be sunshine......go figure. I just know that I don't like the cold and especially when it's -10 like last night.

Anyway it's time for another Digital Tuesday challenge and I have another quick make to show you and some pics of my 2 girls, so this is gonna be a long post. Mind you I haven't posted for a week so I really should have lots more to show but I don't because I forgot to take pics before I gave stuff away. Bet your glad about that lol.

Right the new challenge this week is "Let It Snow" and Michelle P is our hostess this week. She wants to see lots of snowflakes. Dustin Pike is back again this month as our sponsor with 3 of his digis to give to our winner.
I made an easel card for a change (my first one too) but I'm afraid the pics are terrible (did you expect anything else from me lol). I also followed the sketch over at Sketch and Stash.

I love how easy these cards are to make. I know I will bore you with these from now on lol.
I used Stampin Up papers again and a SU sentiment too. This one is from a hostess set and it's one of my favourites. The image is by Soft Pencil (which is my new stash for sketch and stash) and I coloured with the usual Copics and covered it in Dazzling Diamonds glitter and twinklets (Diamond Dust), the image weights a ton with all the twinklets I put on lol. You can't really see all the sparkle in that pic so here's another one of just the front when the card is closed.

Hopefully you can see the sparkle of the glitter and I know you can see the twinklets on the ground because I used loads lol.
Oh for my snowflakes, I have lots of snowflakes all over my papers and I punched some snowflakes from acetate and covered with Twinklets, with a pearl in the middle to finish.

I hope some of you will be able to join in with this weeks challenge in the middle of all the festivities. I know I will be doing some challenges this week when the kids are playing with their new toys (after I have had to build them and put in all the batteries etc of course). Although I have got Liam a few cool toys that I may just have to play with first lol.
The Digital Tuesday challenge will not be taking a break over Christmas so for those of you who like to still make cards over Christmas and New Year, you can still join in with our challenges as normal :)

Right onto my next make (I told you this was a really long post). I made a quick pocket thing to go over a bottle of booze (or any other bottle you wish, but I think I am going to use it on a bottle of Bacardi for my MIL....yuck I hate Bacardi lol. I have no idea what I will put in the pocket though because she doesn't really like sweets, except Brazil Nuts which I have bought for her but they won't fit lol, so any suggestions welcome :)

Obviously this should be hanging from a bottle but I haven't bought it yet (I am so un organised aren't I ?)
The directions for this are on Splitcoast Stampers but it is really easy to make. This is the first time I have made one and it only took about 10 minutes to make, except the little mouse mouse which I paper pieced.
I just used some plain shimmer card stock for the base and red shimmer card for the mat and a lovely die cut that Piali sent me. I saw some lovely ornaments that she made on her blog with these die cuts and she sent me some so I could make some ornaments but I haven't had time to yet......sorry Piali, I promise I wll try to make them.
The little House Mouse image is one I bought last year and this is the first time I have used it.
I am out of red Copics and I wanted the bauble and his hat to be red so I paper pieced it with the same red card and some kraft paper for the mousie. I also used some dazzling diamonds on the bauble and fur of his hat but as usual my photography skills are pants and you can't see that.

Now I promise I am nearly done but as promised here's a few pics of the girls from yesterday. They got their face painted and wanted to show you all their lovely rainbow butterfly faces, although Rhianna had smudged hers on her forehead by the time I got to take pics lol. The woman put glitter on top of the face paints too and it looked really pretty but you can't see it in the pics, so just imagine you can see the sparkle lol. They are just some quick snaps I took last night when we got home, so not really good photo's (as in the quality but that's nothing new for me) and I really should of fixed the red eyes but never mind, they are still cute :)

This is my 6 year old Rhianna. See what I mean about the smudged bit? A bit of a shame because it was really pretty but she did manage to keep the rest in tact all night :)
I have no idea why she is holding up a Christmas bauble lol. I think she was getting tried of the cat knocking them all off the tree. I think this is the first pic I have shown of her after she got her teeth out. keep singing to her "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" lol, bless her, she just laughs at me.

And this is my 4 year old Chiara. She's normally really shy so it's really hard to get a photo of her smiling like this. By the way their hair doesn't normally look like this, they had just took off their hats and just put their hair behind their ears so I could see the face paint lol.

And here's one of them both together. Just because I think they look cute :) Please excuse Chiara's lunch down her top though lol. Well they wouldn't be happy kids if they didn't get dirty would they? lol

And that's it from me. I hope you are not ready to sleep after that huge post lol.
I should be back tomorrow with a card and if anyone had any ideas for last minute gifts I could make (trying to save on the pennies as I still have loads of pressies left to get) then I may have something else to show too. I have still to get gifts for Barry's mum, dad and sister and her boyfriend and also for Barry, some for my kids (the girls and my 11 year old son) and something for Liam's dad as he will be here on Christmas morning too. OMG I just realised how much I still have to get (insert loads of exclamation marks here, because my exclamation key has broke lol). So any ideas would be gratefully received.

Lora x

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Digital Tuesday DT

It's the lovely Maria's turn to host the challenge over at Digital Tuesday and her challenge is "Happy Birthday", make a birthday something.
Our sponsor this week is Ildi Co who also offered the design team some of their images to play with. Unfortunately I couln't use the image I got because my printer is still broken :( so I had to use one that I already had printed.

The image I have used is by Soft Pencil, isn't she a cutie? I coloured with the usual copics.
The papers are Stampin Up and flowers are digital ones from Fred She Said.
I didn't finish this card till after midnight last night so had to take the photo indoors at night so the colours are nothing like they are in real life but never mind. I may try to get another pic later when the sun finally comes out.

Well that's it from me for today, gotta run to do the school run.
Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 14 December 2009

Cute Dasiy May DT card

I can't believe it's the start of another week, the days have just flew past this last few weeks. I still have most of my Christmas shopping to do and loads of cards to make for family and friends.
The Christmas fayre was a huge success and we made well over a thousand pounds but my cards didn't sell very well this year :( The rest of the things I made flew and I had to make more for the second day but loads of people had already bought their cards so didn't want to buy more. But Chiara's nursery teacher asked if I would come into nursery early today and set my cards up on a table in the nursery to see if any of the nursery parents want to buy as a lot of them didn't get a chance to go to the fayre, so fingers crossed that I get rid of some more today.

The challenge over at Cute Daisy May this week is Green and Gold and this is the last challenge of the year. The DT will be taking a break over the holidays and we will be back with our first challenge of the year on the 4th of January.
My printer is still broken but I found a CDM image that I had already cloloured, but I had coloured Daisy red, so I covered the red with green glitter and voila a green and gold image :)

I finished this card last night and had to take the pic indoors and the all the glitter and the mirror paper was just a nightmare to get a decent photo of, so this is the best I could do.
The paper is Stampin Up and so is the border sticker. Flowers are a mix of Prima, ones from Tabby Crafts and a rose from my stash, which I sprayed with glimmer mist.
The cute image is of course a Cute Daisy May which I went a bit mad with the glitter on and I also put some glitter around the edge of the scalloped circle which I cut with my nesties.
The gold mirror mat is some sticky backed paper I got in my blog candy win from Lorraine a while ago.

Well that's it from me for today, I will be back with a card tomorrow for Digital Tuesday.
I will be busy again most of this week at the kids school as they have their Christmas parties, the church service and I need to do a huge clean up today and put away Santa's Grotto, which by the way turned out fab and it was a HUGE success so all the effort was defo worh it :)
I do have pics to share but don't have time to show them today but I promise to show them during the week. But I need to get a move on now and get the girls to school.

Lora x

Monday, 7 December 2009

Cute Daisy May DT card and hop winner

Time for another challenge over at Cute Daisy May and this week the challenge is "Twinkle for Christmas. Net wants to see your cards with lots of twinkle. It can be glitter, stars or anything else that twinkles.
I have used one of the same fairies that I used on my card last week because my printer decided it would die on me and it's the only CDM image I had already printed. Not having a printer is not much use when I have to use digital images for 3 of the design teams I am on lol, so better get it fixed quick!
Anyway onto the card.
Another pants photo because I took it indoors last night. I really should do my cards during the day so I can get a decent pic in the daylight.
The papers I have used are all Bo Bunny. The darker blue strip is the reverse of the stripey paper.I love double sided papers because they always coordinate perfectly but I am not so sure about this one, I think the blue kind of looks a bit out of place. Maybe it's just the lighting in the pic because it looks ok IRL but I'm still not sure about it. But it's stuck down now so it will just be stopping there. For my twinkles I used some glitter on the fairy wings and my flowers which I found in my stash and the branches have been sprayed with glimmer mist.
I know you can't really see the glitter and glimmer mist here but I promise it is there.

Now that's the card done, I have a winner to announce.
Thanks to everyone who done the blog hop and for leaving me lovely comments, I hope those of you who are new to my blog will pop by to see me again sometime :)
Random org wouldn't work for me this morning and I am in a hurry to get the kids to school so I done it the old fashioned way and got Barry to pick a number and he picked number 3 so the 3rd person to leave me a comment was Dedou. Congratulations! Please email me with your address and I will get your goodies in the post.
If the winner does not contact me by Thursday evening, I will pick a new winner on Friday morning.

Thanks for stopping by to see me, hope you are all having a wonderful day even though it is Monday lol.

Hugs Lora x

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Christmas Sugar Bowl

I've managed to make a few cards tonight, some are for DT work that I can't show just now but I also made a card for The Sugar Bowl challenge. This is one of the challenges that I really don't like to miss as they always have a fab sketch.
The please include option this time is to use your favourite colour. I don't really have one favourite colour so I used two of my faves, pink and blue. I added a few embellishments to the sketch and changed the circle for a oval to fit the piece of paper my image was stamped on, but apart from that, I followed the sketch as it was.

I took the photo inside just a minute ago so the colours don't look like they do IRL. They are really much softer and the pink doesn't look orange like it does here but never mind, you will just have to take my word for it.
I love this image, isn't she just the sweetest? I coloured her with the usual Copics, well tried to colour her with a wonky hand lol.
The pink paper is the reverse of what I think is a Basic Grey sheet but I'm not 100% sure, and the blue snowflake paper is by Sandylion, it is a lovely thick embossed paper and it is really nice when you see the whole sheet together but I was £1.49 for one sheet!! OK it was a 12"x12" sheet but still I think that's a bit expensive for one piece of paper. That's why I only used a little bit of it lol. The pink piece under my image is just plain pink card which I stamped with the Stamps Happen Christmas Snowflake stamp from Janlynn.com
I just checked out the Janlynn website tonight and wow they have loads of new holiday stamps. I want so much of them!
Back to the card, the flowers are a mix from my stash and Tabby Crafts, the snowflake charm was from my local craft shop and other little bits from my stash.

I think I will have an early night tonight because I will be super busy tomorrow at the kids school. I have to set up Santa's Grotto as he is coming on Tuesday and Wednesday and then the fayre and open day on Thursday and Friday so busy busy week for me. In between all that I have to try make another 50 or so cards for Thursday and Friday! Somehow I just don't think that will happen lol.

Thanks for stopping by. I will be back in the morning with my DT card for Cute Daisy May and the winner of my CDM blog hop candy.

Lora x

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Another Christmas Card

Been really busy this week so not been able to blog much, but I did make a card just for fun.
I really need to get cracking on these christmas cards. I have to make loads to sell at the school but I have only about 10 done so far and they have to be all ready by Thursday!
It doesn't help that my whole right arm is not working properly! I woke up this morning and my arm was dead, I thought I had just been lying on it during the night and it would come back to life in a few minutes but it's been hours and it's still the same. It's took me ages to write this post because I keep making mistakes because my hand doesn't want to go where I want it to on the keyboard lol.
Anyway, here's the card I made.
Image is a Sugar Nellie coloured with Copics, paper is a double sided Bo Bunny sheet and other bits from my stash. The poinsettia was actually from a pack I bought last year and never used, so I have a few of those I can use this year :)

Well that's it for this post because it too hard to write lol

Hugs Lora x

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Digital Tuesday and By The Cute And Girly DT

It's the start of another month which means a new challenge over at By The Cute And Girly.
This month the theme is Lets Go To The Movies. Remember you can make anything you like as long as it fits the theme for this month.
The DT have came up with another fabulous array of projects this month, so be sure to go check the challenge blog out to see them all.
I've been really behind with all my DT stuff with being ill and all the stuff I have had to do for the school fayre but I did manage to make a card and a little gift card holder.
My card is using a digis from Digi Sparkle who is one of our sponsors this month and is inspired by the kids movie "Cats and Dogs". I know they don't look nothing like anything from the movie though lol.

The papers are stampin up and other bits from my stash.

And here's my gift card holder which was inspired by the film "Jerry Maguire"

If you have seen the film, you will know the bit that Jerry Maguire shouts down the phone "Show me the money"?, well I thought it would be a good idea to make a gift card holder (or a wallet with cash would of probably worked better), but I made it then thought oh no I don't have a gift card top put in it.......

So I used my Icelands Bonus card lol. Don't think it has the same effect that an actual gift card or cash would have do you? rofl. I would put a gift card in it if I were giving it to someone lol.

Here's a pic of the inside without the card in.

The stamps I used are a mix of freebie ones I got in a magazine, Inkadinkadoo and Stampin Up, which I stamped in black and used clear embossing powder on.
This was really easy to make. Only took about 10/15 mins from start to finish.
The paper I used is some I have had lying in my stash for ages and I have no idea where it came from.

I know you will all have much better ideas than me for this challenge!

My last card is my Digital Tuesday DT card. It's my challenge this week and I picked Christmas Sparkle. I want to see loads of sparkle and bling on your Christmas cards.
I think glitter and Christmas cards go hand in hand so this was a real easy challenge for me, just the way I like em lol.
Our sponsor this week is Mo Manning who is giving the winner 3 of her digi images! She also gave the DT their choice of image to use for the challenge.

I think I went a bit overboard with the glitter though lol, but isn't this just the sweetest image? The paper is by Crafts House and the snowflake punch is a Woodware one. I also used some Diamond Dust on the punched snowflakes.

A close up of this little cutie
Well that's it from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can join in with the challenges.

Lora x