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Monday, 31 August 2015

#188 'Signs of Autumn'

Time for another challenge at Ooh La La. Last fortnight Michelle asked us to make 'One for the Boys,. We had some great entries and I know Michelle has had a difficult task choosing her top three. If you ant to see who is gracing the Top Spot this time then pop over to Ooh La La challenges (link in the sidebar) and see if it's you!!

It's Pauline's turn to choose the theme this time. She has gone for a lovely theme 'Signs of Autumn'. The colours of Autumn are always glorious so I'm sure you'll love creating something Autumnal this time around.

I browsed through the Paula Oakley OLL CD. This is fast becoming a firm favourite with me. There are so many images on there that are suitable for most occasions. It's well worth investing in and I know you won't be disappointed.

This was a simple card to make as everything I used was on the CD. So just a case of printing the background and image and  ribbon strip arranging landscape orientation and voila!! The greeting is from 'Carnival of Colour' another great CD from OLL.

I'm sure you'll enjoy creating something for the challenge this time. Why not grab a cuppa, sit back and realx and pop over to OLL to see what the rest of the design team have created. There are some fab inspirational cards for you to view. Don't forget to visit their blogs and give them some love. Have fun!!!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Dragonflies are back!!!

Did you know Crafting with Dragonflies is up and running again. Hilde is now returned to good health and decided to re-launch the challenge blog. We wish her well and I'm sure if the support she has received thus far is anything to go by the challenge blog will once again be very successful.

This fortnight Hilde asked us to create something for the theme 'Under the Sea'. Now she doesnt' want to ships and lighthouses etc but you need to under the water to find your treasures.

I had a great time browsing through my stash and came across this old decoupage sheet by Gerri called 'Ocean Treasures'....perfect for the challenge. I love the colourful coral and the seaweed.

I decided to make a side stepper card and found some lovely 'fishy' background card to create 'mats.' for the steps. The decoupaged 'Ocean Treasures' image was placed along the front step. I found some diecut shells and a starfish and placed them alongside. Then I googled 'seahorse images' and found this colourful fellow. I fussy cut it out and placed it on the tall side step. More diecut shells and starfish were placed on the steps behind. Finally I added a cute greeting ' Best Fishes' from my stash (not sure of origin... if you know please tell me know and I can acknowledge the creator) and Voila!!

So I am back enjoying designing creating for 'Crafting with Dragonflies'. Please pop over to the challenge blog and give Hilde your support and blessings. Remember this doesn't have to be a greeting card it could be anything crafty. Go on have fun you know you want to. I look forward to seeing your creations!!

Sunday, 23 August 2015

CD Sunday "Bear with me"

Good Morning fellow crafters. I hope you're enjoying the hot weather in the UK and I hope you aren't shivering in Oz.
Last week at CD Sunday Jocelyn gave you a lovely photo to inspire you. We had some great interpretations ......very inspiring. Pop over next week to see if you are in Jocelyn's Top Three.

This week it's Sue's turn to challenge you and she's asks us to "Bear with me". I'm intrigued to see what you conjure up with this title. This is my interpretation.

I used a lovely CD from Ooh La La. It's the Paula Oakley collection. The image and the background paper are both from this CD. Isn't that teddy adorable! The sentiment tag is from Debbie Moore Shabby Chic Collection...... "Sending you Teddy Bear hugs"..... The main card is an A4 piece of card stock folded landscape style.

If you need more inspiration pop over to CD Sunday (link in sidebar) and see what my teamies have won't be disappointed. Don't forget to use a CD to create your card and tell us which one you have used.

Have a good week and happy crafting!!

Monday, 17 August 2015

#187 'One for the boys' at OLL

Good Morning crafters. Are you ready for another challenge at Ooh La La.....hope so. Don't the weeks fly by. Last time we asked you for all things 'Nautical'. I think you liked that theme....I know I did. We had lots of fab entries. So thank you for showing us your creations. I really enjoyed visiting some of you to see how you made your projects. If you pop over to OLL now you'll see if you're in our top three (link in sidebar)

Now on to this times challenge and its 'One For the Boys' chosen by Michelle. Now I know a lot of you don't like making cards for men or boys but we've got some wonderful inspiring pieces of work for you from our design team. So pop over and visit and get your 'mojo' working.

 This is my card for you

It was made using the Quick Cards section on the new Paula Oakley Collection.CD from Ooh La La. There truly is something for every occasion on this CD so well worth won't be disappointed . The artwork throughout is stunning. The only extra I did to this quick card was to add the greeting which I printed off from another OLL CD 'Carnival of Colour'

Have a fun week and I look forward to visiting you and sending you some love.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Midway at Unstampabelles

Can you believe this month is halfway'll soon be there's a thought!! How many of you have started on your Christmas cards yet. I've done one or two but never start in earnest til September and then always rushing at the last minute!

It's time for our midway inspiration at Unstampabelles. This month Susan has challenged us to use white and a hint of one other colour. The prize is fabulous pack of lace ribbons donated by Susan.

Some yummy goodies there for you. My inspiration for you is this sympathy I made using two new embossing folders that my crafting colleague brought to the group for us to try. Not sure who its made by.

It's a gatefold card as you can see. Each side is embossed with a different folder. The black flowers were a RAK which I think may be from Susan..not sure....but they arae lovely. Thank you whoever sent them to me. I added a diecut flourish to them and also popped one in the corner. On the opposite side I used two diecut ovals, one black and one white, and layered them. Finally adding silver peel offs 'Just to say'. I printed of a verse from the CD Cardmaking Factory and added a black flourish above the verse to link it with the front.

I hope you find a moment to pop over to Unstampabelles (link in sidebar). You won't be disappointed with the inspiration from my other Belles. Please visit them and give them some love. If you're tempted to join in the challenge don't forget to follow the theme and don't add any stamped image or greeting....remember it is Unstampabelles.

Have a good week whatever you get up to.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

CD Sunday

Good Morning from a sizzling hot Cyprus. Yes we are still in the middle of a mega heatwave.....Phew!!! Bring high factor sun blocker if you're visiting this week.
What a crazy week it's been here which culminated in OH changing over to Windows 10. Well it was a nightmare. It didn't like blogger at all and I seriously thought I'd have to give up what would I do then lol!! Anyway Wendi from Ooh La La sent me a link to change back to Windows 7 and it worked a treat. So thank you Wendi and I'm hopefully back blogging again. Well not quite still having probs uploading piccie but after a bit of Percy I've managed to give you something but in a roundabout way lol.....I won't bore you with the details.
Time for our next challenge at CD Sunday but first let me thank you all for your fab creations for my choice of theme 'Rock Star' I know this is going to be difficult to choose my top three, as we had some 'rocking' entries!! Check out CD Sunday in two weeks to see if you were a winner!! (link in sidebar)

This time Jocelyn has given us a photo for inspiration.....something a bit different....

Lots there on this tile to inspire you with this tile pattern I'm sure you'll agree....colours, shapes etc.

This is my creation. (Better picture than earlier after many hours of hair tearing!!! Long story.....won't bore you lol)

You can see I was inspired by the colours and the background paper seems to reflect the design of the tile.
I've used Ooh La La's CD with Paula Oakley's amazing artwork for image and background paper plus the greetings is from Ooh La La too 'Carnival of Colour'. The whole design is on cream card stock.

I hope this has inspired you but if you need more inspiration please visit CD Sunday challenge page and check out what the rest od the design team have created. There's also some breaking news on there but I won't spoil the SURPRISE!!! off you go.... click on the link in the sidebar.
Have a great week and keep cool if you are visiting and keep out of the sun.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Ooh La La #186

It's time for another challenge at Ooh La La. Last time we asked you to show us your Christmas cards. There were many fab entries and choosing a top three was difficult as usual. This time it's a Nautical theme and this makes me think of wonderful sailing weather which it is here at the moment. It would be lovely to be out on a boat when it's hot with a breeze to cool you down.

My inspiration for you comes from Ooh La La's latest CD with the wonderful artwork by Paula Oakley. The range of beautiful images on this CD is amazing. If you haven't already purchased it you are missing out guys. Pop over to the Ooh La web site and check it out you won't be disappointed.

I chose a side stepper design for my card using Kraft card. The background paper is from the same CD. I added the image to the first step at an angle. The sign above the image, To the Beach, was from my stash. The verse on the back step was originally a bookmark with sentiment also from OLL. I thought the card would be appropriate for a retirement card so I added the greeting, "Congratulations on your retirement" which was in my stash. The starfish wooden embellishments that I added to finish it off have been in my stash for eons...not sure where they came from sorry. The bottom step I  left blank to personalise it later.

If you want more inspiration please pop over to see what the rest of the team have created. The link to OLL is in the sidebar.

Have a crafty week and I look forward to visiting you all soon.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Unstampabelles #49

Whewwww it's hot hot hot here in Cyprus. Too hot for crafting even!! Sticky hands are no good for crafting. I hope you've all had a good week. I know there's ben lots of rain in the UK here's hoping it's stopped for you now. It'll be nearly Spring in Oz I think or it's just around the corner. Lovely time of the year.

OK that's enough about the weather and on to this months challenge from Unstampabelles. Thank you for all your fab entries last month for the Bunch of Flowers challenge. We are still deciding on the design team's winner. Susan will let you know next week. It's White on White with a splash of one other colour this month. The prize is another fab one courtesy of Susan.

It's this a fabulous prize. All that yummy lace. The widest piece is 14cms. Soooooo generous Susan.

My inspiration for you  is a Wedding card and I added a silver matt for splash of another colour.

The card was made from white card stock and I chose to make a gatefold style and the semi circular die cut could be placed on the two front openings. The semi circular die is one from Tonic. One side says Love and the other is Beautiful Wishes for a Beautiful Day. Perfect for a Wedding or Anniversary card. the die cut was placed on top of a silver matt. I added a banner strip of white card across the front and added white ribbon and flat backed pearls. The ribbon was threaded through a fancy buckle die cut. This acted as a closing for the card. To finish I added pearls randomly across the image and the two top corners.

For more inspiration please pop over to Unstampabelles (link in side bar) to see what the rest of the team have created. If you are inspired to join in the only rules are not to use a stamped image and to follow the challenge theme.

Have a crafty week and I look forward to visiting you  soon.