Monday, 28 February 2011

What a lovely surprise. Have been rushed of my feet, so this award from DEBS of Deborahs Gems is so wonderful.

Thank you so much.

Now part of accepting the award is to pass it along and follow a few simple procedures:
  1. Thank and link back to the person giving the award - Done
  2. Share 8 things about myself!
  3. Forward the award to 8 crafters recently discovered.
  4. Contact the 8 people involved and tell them about the award.
Now I have to tell you eight things about myself - this is fun!!
  1. I am very passionate about science.
  2. I love swimming
  3. I love new gadgets (especially crafting ones).
  4. I have 3 whacky but good kids
  5. I love going to Wales to stay with my wonderful friend. (just need more time to go)
  6. I am looking forward to whatever challenges redundancy brings. (more crafting time)
  7. I love photography.  (again need more time)
  8. I really miss my little Megane (written off last winter)
Now for the sharing part:
this is going to be many to choose from......

               Linjan Creation - Linda
              Crafty Ramblings - Dawn
              Handmade Little Things - Kirsty 
              Mawgs Magic - Mawgan
              Once upon a stamp - Gordon and Robert
              Work in Progress - Andrea M

Now to tell all these wonderful bloggers.

I have a couple of cards ready, but one of them is for my husband and I honestly can't remember if I told him this blogs name.
Will be back very soon
Buffy xx

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Purple flower haze

Here is my attempt at the Card Patterns sketch 102 challenge. 
I have enjoyed making this one as I know the lovely lady I work with is going to adore the colour scheme I chose.

This is the sketch they set:
A lovely simple sketch with a million possibilities

But this was how I envisioned it.

Sue loves all shades of purple, so I decided to limit the use of colour. The stamps are done in Momento Grape Jelly, then using a piece of cut & dry I frist highlighted the edges with Angel Pink. I followed this by dragging  the tips of the sections with Lulu Lavender.

I used a small scalloped circle cutter and pink/purple tissue paper to make the flower, which is fastened in the centre by a pearl brad.
In the top lefthand corner I placed two papermania glitter gems.

Back soon
Buffy xx

Valentine desire

Now that it is all over I can finally display the card I made my husband.
I was too worried he'd find this blog and spoil the surprise.

I've had this rose stamp for several years, but this is the first time I have tried glazing it after colouring with stardust pens. But I'm quite pleased with the outcome.

  • Copper mirror board
  • Rose script stamp
  • Copper pearlescent card
  • Dark red card
  • Nestabilities Mega Deckled rectangle
  • Sakura Stardust pens
  • Crafters glaze
Buffy x

Sunday, 13 February 2011

A new challenge and a bit of revenge

My sister in law hates cute and girly, so to kill two birds with one stone, I've created this card for the Truely Scrumptious challenge #50 and her birthday next week..... : )

This was this times challenge sketch

I only hope this effort is worthy of the Truly Scrumptious challenge sketch.

I've used three lovely girly colours for the background, a peel-off I coloured pink using a sharpie pen, the reflective image was created using a rectangular make-up sponge. I topped it off with a multi-coloured paper flower and butterfly pee-off.

  • Papers - pink pearlescent, blue nancy watt design freebie and yellow freebie
  • Free dog & dragonfly stamp
  • Promarkers - (main image) Tan, Cool grey 2, Mint green, Tulip yellow, Orchid and Powder blue.
  •                       (reflection)  Satin, Cool grey 1, Pastel green, Buttercup, Bluebell & Pastel blue
  • Tim Holtz distress inks - Stormy sky & Brushed corduroy
  • Fizzy Moon - Clelebrations paper blossoms
  • Peel-off - I think they are Anita's peel-offs, but I can't remember
 See you soon
 Buffy x

Friday, 11 February 2011

Foxy little number

I found the cable...woohoo
Although my son is 17 on sunday, he loves foxs, more to the point he loves cute foxs. I wanted to explain this before showing you the card because it looks more like something you would give to a 7 yr old.
But I know he will go all slushy when he sees this cute little guy

This sweet fox and other elements are from the Nitwits - In the woods kit. They have a wonderful array of digital kits.

I printed the fox 3 times so I could build him up, to give the card a more 3d feel.

  • white A4 card
  • Nitwits- In the woods kit
  • 1mm foam squares, roller glue and glue pen
  • Ultra fine glitter (sun rays)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

See you soon
Buffy x

Oh where, oh where

can that little cable have gone to this time!!!! I only used it yestarday to upload some photos.
Oh well, I'm sure it will turn up soon and when it does I shall have a cute new card to share with all of you.

I have to say a HUGE thank you to Nitwits, if it wasn't for their gorgeous digital scrapbooking kits I don't think I would have ever found the right fox for Anthony's birthday card.
And when I find that cable.......

Off to hunt some more, hopefully back soon
Buffy x

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Wishes for a friend

My fellow lab rat, who I work with Martin, finally received an invitation for an interview....woohoo.
Although he seemed excited for most of the day, his nerves started to show. So to try and reassure and encourage him, I made him this little card and wrote him a little verse

verse inside;

"when they meet you,
I'm sure they'll know,
that the other candidates,
have to go!"

I hope it makes him feel better. I'm sure they will give him the job!

A little note for my dear friend Debs (Debsgems), when Mawgan and I do find time to get up to see you I promise to bring the cute stamp set with me. Then we can have lots of stamping fun!

Buffy x

A self-inflicted challenge

Hello peeps,
I saw a lovely demo in town on saturday (not for long though, my 9yr old was fidgetting), Sue made a stepped card. Not knowing any of the dimensions, I have patiently sat with ruler, paper and pencil trying to work out how she created it. I cracked it and it only took me two and a half days ( must be getting slow in my old
So here is my first proper attempt, I hope you find it interesting

 It's basically, two cuts and several folds.

The photos hasn't come out as well as I would have liked, but at least they give the basic idea.

I've had a few ideas for this shape card and when I have a some more free-time, I shall create and share them with you. I will also try to draw a sketch of how it is made for anyone who hasn't come across this style before.

Buffy x

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Polka Doodle doo

As promised I've created a card using my new Polka Doodles stamps that arrived the other day. Not sure it meets the waltzing mouse challenge, but I need to make a couple more cards for some fellow work-mates who are also being made redundant at the end of march. (Ooh, lots of crafting time soon)

I used green pearescent card from my stash, papermania "Lemon Sorbet" gingham paer for the background, Doily Lace trim punch (martha stewart), nestabilities plain & scalloped ovals, Canteloupe momento ink pad and of course my ultimate favourite Pro-markers.
I used grey for the actual building as I felt the background of the card was colourful enough.

I truely adore these little fairytale houses this set contain.

Well, best dish-up the sunday dinner otherwise it may get ugly round here.
Best for now
Buffy x

Missed the close date

After working hard to create a card that met the CR84FN13 challenge colour choice, I go and miss the closing date, so frustrating!!!
Ah well, here is what I managed to come up with:

I used brown script paper I had on my computer for the background, a dark red paper from my stash which I cut with nestabilities "deckled mega rectangle" and the edges aged using distress ink. Turquoise blue flower.

The sentiment tag I found on the canon scrapbook website, there is a large selection of downloadable images and even a few papercraft projects. This tag did not contain the words, these were a stamp I had lurking in the bottom of my stamps box, that I inked up with Momento dew drops "Bahama blue", which worked very well with the tag colours.

I'll be back in a bit with another card created with my new Polka Doodles stamp set.
Buffy x

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Challenging times

Hello everyone, I am counting down the days to my final day at work, redundancy blessing or nightmare? Ah well, life goes on, I may even find more time for crafting. 

I've had a little difficulty with this one, Waltzingmouse sketch challenge #32, WMSC32
here is the sketch,

I hope you all like my effort

Stamp - Script rose (rose cut out)
Ivory pearlescent card stock
Sakura Stardust pens (dark red & dark green) smudged by finger to create subtle colouring
Martha Stewart punch around the page (deco fan)
Distress Ink (black soot) to highlight the punched pattern

These pieces were layered up, with the lowest leaf brought forward over the sentiment tag.

I look forward to any and all comments
Buffy x
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