Monday, 12 September 2011

Come Fly With Me!

I made this card for my husband's birthday. Building & flying model planes was his hobby when we first met and as funds allowed he has since changed to flying full sized light aircraft. Therefore, as soon as I saw this LOTV image it was the obvious choice for a card for him.

When the stamp arrived I hid it so well I thought I had lost it but luckily I found it just in time! I used my copics to colour it. The papers are from Fine & Dandy True Blue and Papermania Secret Garden. I used matt Gold Mirri as the backing and used one of my favourite MS punches. The tiny flags were cut from a different sheet of the Fine & Dandy paper. I don't very often admit to being happy with my work but must say, I think this was one of my better efforts, even though it was made in a bit of a rush.  Sorry the photo isn't very clear.

I'd like to enter it in the following challenges - always hoping that I meet all the rules!
Georgiegirls MSE Challenge/ Change Anything Goes Challenge 72 Anything Goes Anything Goes Inspired by a song – Come fly with me. It’s a man thing Masculine Inspired by a song – Come fly with me Green

Thank you for looking

Margaret xx

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Move It......

This card was made for my lovely godson & his wife who have been married for just one year - how time flies - it doen't seem that long since I was fretting about what to wear for the big day. The papers are a Back to Basics lilac star and a pretty darker lilac floral/heart patterned one that I have had for so long I can't remember where it came from but it may have been Pink Petticoat. The image is LOTV from their recent romantic collection. I used an MS corner punch for the corners and cut the hearts with my cuttlebug in the same card as the backing layer. 3 pearls and a simple sentiment and it was done. On the basis that a swing 'moves' I'd like to enter this into the current MSE Challenge 'Move It'.

I think it also fits the criteria for the following: Anything Goes Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Margaret x 

Friday, 19 August 2011


I made this card for my oldest brother's birthday. Men's cards are always tricky and after a while I run out of inspiration based on their hobbies so have to resort to something neutral, and this is it. The image is, of course, a LOTV die cut square. The paper with trees is from an 12 x 12 SU pad, the green spotted paper is from one of the first packs I ever bought, Papermania Secret Garden and the matt gold card was from Hobbycraft. A bit of careful lining up and punching with my MS border punch and it was done apart from adding a strip of Crafty Ribbons ribbon and a Craftwork sentiment.

I'd like to enter the following challenges please: One for the boys Birthdays ---Oops Too Late! Masculine Anything Goes

Thank you for looking

Margaret x

Card for an MSE friend

I've not blogged for so long I've almost forgotten how! and I've got quite a few cards I'd like to share with you, hopefully over the next few days if I get a bit of time to myself.

I made this for one of my lovely friends, Susan, who I 'met' on the MSE card making thread. She had received some very distressing news and I wanted her to know that she was, and still is, in my thoughts even though she has priorities other than card making just at the moment.

I scanned the image from a calendar because I loved it, I thought the cat looked very relaxed and calming .........and pink!. As the background was already coloured I used white card to make the scalloped border and used Pink Petticoat papers, plain, gingham & dotty punched with an MS border punch. A simple Craftwork ready made sentiment was the only other thing I needed to add.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges: non-stamped sentiment Anything Goes Animal image Pretty in pink

Thank you for visiting
Margaret x

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

OAP's MSE Challenge

Blogger is being a B*gger and not letting me upload the photo's of my card.
Will try plan X as all other efforts have failed!

Update: 23/06/11 - Blogger let me upload my photo today - HURRAH!

The lovely Toni (aka OAP) set us a recipe challenge on the MSE card making thread.

1 Square Card - check
2 Patterned Papers - check
1 Plain Paper - check
1 Ribbon or Lace - check
1 Focal Point/ Image - check

The only missing ingredient was my imagination but I added a few ounces of grit & determination instead and managed to make a card. Not sure just what sort of card it is but think I'll use it as a notecard as it's not quite pretty enough for a female birthday neither is it particularly male with the flower. All 3 papers are all from a Stamping Up Pad, the image is one I liked when I found it on a leaflet that came through my door! The ribbon, flower & card candy are all from my stash.

Thank you for visiting

Margaret x

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

How Long!?

My brother & sister in law have been married for 35 years and this is the card I made for their anniversary. It's very simple and probably too 'cute' for them but after all these years it must be the thought that counts!

I've used a fab die cut image from LOTV and tried to pick up the pinky red tones with Pink Petticoat leaf print paper, dark pink 'Gemstones' backing card from Co-ordinations, a few pearls and ribbon from my stash and to keep the love theme going I included a doily heart. The sentiment is a freebie download from Nettie's blog - Thank you Annette! The little bow isn't quite as crooked as it appears on the photo but it did look a bit sad despite my best efforts with my bowmaker.

I'm going to search out a few challenges for it but in the meantime thank you for looking.

Lily of the Valley - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Margaret x

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Just because I can.......

........Blog, that is!
I've struggled to get on here even to comment for over a week now and didn't realise I'd miss it as much as I did.

I'd like to share this card with you, I made it for Tina's (artydoll) birthday. I started with the image which is one of my favourites. I coloured her frock then added rather more glamour dust than I intended! and 'Glossy Accented' her wings. The green card is the back of whitewash card stock, the backing paper is I think Laura Ashley, the other paper was part of a swap so long ago I can't remember who sent it - do you? The corners were punched with a MS punch. I made all the flowers myself, two are punched from dotty bazzil card and I made the other one based on a fab demonstration I saw at Craftwork Cards in the Harrogate Show as I didn't have any others in the right dusky pink shade. As ever, I used a Craftwork Cards sentiment and card blank and the pearls are from my stash.

I'd like to enter my creation into the following challenges: 3 or more flowers things with wings Anything Goes Make your own flowers

Thank you for looking

Sunday, 22 May 2011

MSE May Challenge

Here is my entry for the MSE challenge set by Louise (Cardpaperscissors) for a card using red, blue and white and a circle. I made this for my oldest friends 60th birthday. The two little girls on the LOTV image remind me of when we were at infants school together, Susan was very dark and I was a light auburn. Those were the days! The papers are dotty blue back to basics, Pink petticoat blue check and home bargains red holographic card. The greeting is Craftworks, the numbers are red table confetti, and a few gems from my stash. 

The photo's aren't very good as I had to copy them from my pc to the laptop due to technical problems which mean I am unable to easily access blogger, I apologise that I haven't commented much of late because of those problems I will catch up as soon as I can.
Thank you for looking.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

My Birthday Cards

At last, I've managed to take photos of the lovely handcrafted cards I received for my birthday. Don't they look wonderful? I must confess I haven't taken all the shop bought ones down yet as the sitting room will look so bare without them but I will have to bite the bullet tomorrow as the dust is accumulating!

From the top L to R they are from Jennie (The Wife), Debbie (Padster) Caroline (CT1972) Sarah ( Rainmac) Alison (Ali.b) and Jo (Jowri)
Next row Dawn (Addams) Claire (Wanna b) Claire (Mad frog) Toni (OAP) Jenny (Dragonllew) front Jan (Scatty Jan) back Susan (a friend from infant school!)
Bottom row Connie (Mum of friend Susan) Charlotte (my God Daughter) Susan (TomsMum) Karen (Flourgirl) and Tina (artydoll).

My photography skills aren't great at the best of times and the camera battery ran flat in the middle of the photo 'shoot' so the lighting on some of the following is a bit grim. Sorry! But I can assure you that in real life they all look fabulous and were very much appreciated.

Now I've photographed them I'm going to rearrange the huge noticeboard in my office so I can squeeze them all on there - not an easy task as it is already full of all the other hand crafted cards I've received, maybe it's time to move the Christmas cards from 18 months ago?

Toni Jenny & Tina

Karen Susan & Charlotte

Sarah Jo & Alison

Caroline Dawn & Claire

Jennie Debbie & Jan

Susan Claire & Connie

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet

Margaret xx

Monday, 2 May 2011

Last Minute.......Again!

Over on MSE the lovely Caroline (CT19720) set us a challenge sketch and this is my take on it. The challenge was due to end yesterday but I'm hoping my entry will be allowed as I don't think the draw has been made yet.
I celebrated my birthday yesterday with family and friends. I received some lovely gifts and need to send some 'proper' thank you's in addition to texts and MSE mentions. I will use this card as one of my Thank You's. It is very simple (and a bit wonky - blame dodgy eyesight). I stamped the tree with rich cocoa Memento ink, (it's a Kanban stamp), added some brown jewels & pearls, my first hometied bow, some gold stretchy cord and finished it with a sentiment stamped in the same rich cocoa ink. The card blank is from Craftwork cards and the brown backing from a now closed Papermill shop.

Oh! whilst I am here you might like to see this photo.

Last week we visited a scarecrow festival at Wray village. Wray stage the Scarecrow event every year with a different theme, this year it was Royalty. I love the fact that nearly every house participates even if they only put a scarecrow doll in their front window and the range of the exhibits is amazing. There were lots of brides & grooms, and beheadings representing the 'cuts' but this was the first one I saw of a few on the same lines and I thought it was funny, hope you do too. 
Thank you for looking

Margaret x

Monday, 11 April 2011

When I'm..........

I made this card for my friends husband's birthday. I've made cards for him before featuring his football team and pictures of ships that he is interested in and wanted to do something a bit different. So I dusted off my Ronnie relaxing digi (again!) and coloured him with my copics. The remote control, the sweetie bag and the mug have all been treated with Glossy Accents. The papers I used are MME 'Fine & Dandy True Blue' backed with Gemstones card that matched Ronnie's shirt. The green paper was cut with my MS zigzag border punch to add a bit of interest and in lieu of the flowers I'd use on a female card I've used stars. The sentiment was sent to me in a stash swap some time ago.

Now the fun bit, my friends husband is 64 and for the days it was taking me to make the card I was singing the Beatles song and couldn't get it out of my head - so annoying! But I wanted to include it somewhere. So I used the full lyrics of the song and made my version of a watermark, added a 'Birthday Greeting & Bottle of Wine' and to be on the safe side took it round the day before with a real bottle of Rioja. Here is a photo of the inner I think it works OK.

I'd like to enter the following challenges with this card:

C. R. A. F. T challenge  - Animal/pet
Catch the bug - 4 or more layers
IDIC  - Sing a Song "When I'm 64" - you should be able to relax a bit then!
Our Daily Bread  - No Ribbon
Fairy Tale Challenge  - Happy Birthday
Papertake weekly - Anything Goes
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Inspiration

Thank you for visiting my blog
Margaret x

Sunday, 3 April 2011

3 Days Later.........

Jennie (aka The Wife) set us a challenge over on MSE to make an Easter card or one featuring spring colours of yellow and green. I chose to go the Easter route. Thank you for setting the challenge Jennie. My entry's a bit more wishy washy  Pastel than I expected, even in 'real' life I should have used a stronger yellow. The image is 'Warren' part of a set from Craftwork cards. I coloured him with a mixture of Copics and chalk. The paper is PP daffodil gingham and the back of co-ordinations whitewash run through the cuttlebug with a swiss dots folder. The flowers, gems and ribbon are from my stash and I made my own sentiment cut with SU scalloped oval punch.

Apologies for the strange photo at the top - I tried to put a fuzzy edge to it and ended up wiping all the outside edge instead! and had no more time to spend on it.
PS Just realised I could post the 'unmessed with' photo as well I did!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:
MSE Easter or Yellow & Green Pick 3 (hope this means AT LEAST 3 ‘cos I’ve got 4!) Circle, dry embossing, corner punch and a home made sentiment Pastels Add an animal Use Yellow Easter Easter

Thank you for visiting
Margaret x

Monday, 28 March 2011

Just Because........

Oops! Another wonky photo - much as I'd like to blame the camera (and we'd like a new one!) I think it's down to my lack of skill........

I'm finally managing to make a few cards ahead of when they are needed and this is one of them.

One of my lovely MSE friends sent me this cute image and I finally plucked up courage to colour him. Then I started to play with the papers I'd need, I was heading towards my trusty PP spots when I saw the freebie calendar from Basic Grey and just HAD to use it. Sadly, the image was so big that you can't see all of the lovely pattern which has lots of detail and the lemony lime is brighter in real life than it looks here. I will have to try to use it again sometime so you can see just how nice it is. The other backings I've had for ages and were amongst the first ones I bought, maybe Laura Ashley? Anyway, I used my new MS punches for the edge and to make a couple of corners to reduce the white space on the image. Swirls, a home made flower and a new style Craftwork sentiment completed the card.

I'd like to enter it in the following challenges:  Die cuts or punches springtime Adult Birthday Spring

Thank you for reading
Margaret xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Simple Animaltastic!

Oops! It all looks a bit crooked now but it's too late....... no time to do another.
I don't usually make cards 'to order' but my colleagues insisted I made one for one of the chaps at work who is retiring tomorrow. I decided this image, bought here in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, looked suitably 'retired'. By the time I'd coloured him with my Copics I realised he would only just fit in the largest of my circle dies so no framing was possible (I really should learn to think things through!). I love this cheers paper for men's cards and I'm sure you'll have seen it here before. The backing paper is from an old 'Away in a Manger' download, mat gold Hobbycraft card backs that, and the sentiment was printed in word and raised with a foam pad. The only other embellishment Craftwork Card Candy (before it was renamed for the USA market). I do hope Terry likes it......

I'd like to enter it in the MSE Animaltastic Challenge
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Keep it Simple
OSSAT - One for the Boys

Oh & just before I go here's a photo of my stash purchases at Harrogate. My favourite LOTV images, MS punches, Craftwork Sentiments, images, yummy coloured Stickles, Candi (with stars on) and a couple of ink pads. Now I just need to get something made with it all!
Thank you for looking
Margaret x

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Mother's Day

It was Dawn's (Addams) turn to choose a topic for the MSE challenge and she chose Mother's Day which was good for me to get ahead as I'm usually on the last minute.

My MIL almost always wears pink/lilac colours so that was the starting point. My colouring isn't good so I tried to colour this little bear with my Copics like the illustration on the stamp. You can't tell from the photo but I added glossy accents to the top of the brolly. The backing paper is Pink Petticoat, the lilac card the back of coordinations whitewash, the glitter card came from Hobbycraft and has a slight pink tinge, that I didn't notice when I bought it but it works here. The ribbon, flowers and tiny gems are from my stash and, for once, I made my own sentiment! Phew!

Sparkles forum - Mother's Day

Thank you for looking!
Margaret x

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Pastel Pink and Green

Sadly, neither of these photographs give a good account of the card and you can hardly tell what colours I've used.  It's been posted to the recipient so I can't try again. Think I need to look again at the settings on the camera. Any suggestions Anyone?

The inspiration for this card came from these very cute bear pictures that I found whilst we were sorting through my MIL's house. They tell a story of the little bear buying flowers, crossing a field and knocking on the recipients door. I thought they were perfect for birthdays. I scanned and reduced them and layered with a springlike green card, again it's the back of Co-ordinations whitewash. Why can I never find the colour I need anywhere else in my stash? The pink and green stripey paper is from SU Sweet Pea range and brighter than it looks here. The pictures were going to look a little flat just matted so I layered the first and last with foam pads to add a bit of dimension. The Craftwork sentiment was double layered too and attached with foam pads. The tiny pink flowers I punched with my Tesco punch added a Papermania shimmer dot and stuck them on with glue dots.

Thank you for looking.....I'd like to enter some challenge

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 
Alys Sunday Challenge - Anything Goes
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Challenge  - Anything Goes
Little Claire Designs - Flowers
Lily of the Valley - Say it with Flowers
Bearly Mine - Birthdays

Margaret x

Sunday, 27 February 2011

99 Red Balloons - not quite!

I wanted to use a bright blue/red colour combination for a change, but what to do with it? 
My lovely friend Tams (aka Rusty) had sent me this lovely stamped image so I coloured him in denim tones with my trusty copics and gave his balloon and jumper star a coat of glossy accents for starters. Now what? Ooo I know! my new MS edge punch to add interest to the layers. I used Paper Mill red card, Papermania back to basics dotty and Pink Petticoat gingham papers for the blue. The recipe challenge at Cards for Men asked for 1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellishments (same or different) and this is where I got stuck, does the sentiment count or not? hey ho, go for it. I found the 3 balloon image, copied it onto stiff, slightly shiney card and cut it out myself !!!! The sentiment was printed on the same card in a 'balloon' font, cut with my oval SU punch and to cover the join I used Craftwork Card Candi (note the new spelling). Two slivers of red card made my 3rd embellishment.

I'd like to enter the following please:

Cards for men - recipe
I did it Creations - Punches & dies
ECP Challenges - Something for the boys
Stamping with the Dragon - Birthdays
Wags & Whiskers - Punches
Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes

Thank you for looking

Friday, 25 February 2011

MSE Bingo

Over on MSE Jan (Scatty Jan) set us an interesting challenge she called bingo whereby we could choose any one of 3 lines each containing 3 card making elements. I was inspired to select Line 1 Circles Spots and Glitter. Above is the result. I shaped the whole card with my largest scalloped nesties, the PP green spotty paper was cut using the next size down plain circle and the flowers are on another, smaller scalloped circle. The fine glitter isn't very clear on the photo but is on the outer rim of the card (and all over me & my desk!). I coloured the flowers with Copic pens and used some fime silver cord to trim the top edge, having found all my ribbons too heavy for this little card.

This card seems to meet the criteria for the following challenges so I'd like to enter: /Green /flowers /spots/dots /circles / shaped card round cards
Thank you for visiting

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Out of my comfort zone!

These colours are so not me! I love this LOTV image die cut square and that was my starting point. I struggled to find some paper to co-ordinate with the main colour of her frock. I eventually found this digi paper that's been in my drawer for so long I don't know where it came from - sorry. I spotted her frock with a Copic and used the same on her hatband & flower. A little glossy accent on her bag clasp, mirror, her beads and hat flower and she was ready to go! The green card is the back! of co-ordinations whitewash and the brown is from MME Fine & Dandy recently purchased from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn (brilliant service). The spots on both papers are actually more aqua than green and I think they match very well. The ribbon is self adhesive and was part of a long ago swap with the lovely Toni  (OAP1945). Thank you! I punched the little flower from a previously debossed scrap. The spotted buttons are Papermania and tied on with fine silver cord.

Thank you for looking. 

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges: use a square anything goes Use green Sketch spots and stripes


Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Made in Extreme Haste!

Those who I chat to on MSE may remember me asking about the Turtle image last week. Tams (aka Rusty) very kindly pointed me in the direction of Mejen's images at Whimsy Stamps. Thank you Tams.

Above is the reason I wanted it, to represent tortoises, a long standing joke between DH & me. I'd managed to get the image sorted but had run out of time to do anymore with it & abandoned the idea. UNTIL....... yesterday, when DH declared he was "Going out for a walk" in the determined tone that meant I wasn't expected to go with him. OMG! best do something with that image just in case....

I didn't have time to mess about, I didn't know how long he'd be out. I used 'Home Bargains' red mirri type card to mat the image, cut the words and the outline hearts in the same with my Cuttlebug, and table confetti for the tiny solid hearts  I wanted to use the doiley heart but it wouldn't show up on the front and the colour of the lovely Sizzix paper was wrong to go with the red Mirri card so following the trend of decorating the inside I did just that. Oops! just noticed I think the paper is actually upside down.

Not a very sophisticated design especially with my hand written sentiment on the front but I'm pleased to say he loved it. Phew!

I'd like to enter the following: - Challenge Hearts - Challenge Hearts - February Valentine Challenge I Love you

Thank you for visiting


Sunday, 13 February 2011

Lots of MSE Birthdays!

On the MSE card making thread we try, when we are able, to make each other birthday cards and 3 of my friends have birthdays over the two days just gone.  I hope they have now all received the cards, I was a bit late making them as I've had eye surgery and my vision is still 'wobbly'.

Here is the card I made for my friend Caroline.

The green and white papers are Pink Petticoat and the paper with the big roses was amongst some that the lovely Sarah sent to me. I coloured the image with Copic pens, covered her skirt with glamour dust, her wings with glossy accents and added some gems to her belt. Bling! The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards and the bow is a ready made Papermania one. The flowers at the Rt hand corners were punched with my little Tesco flower punch and the centres blinged too.

I'd like to enter this card in: Make it Pretty I did it creations Bling it up Pink and flowers  Copics

This card is the one I made my friend Jennie.

Pink Petticoat paper again (I do have others honest!). I coloured the cake image with Copics trying to give the plate stand a look of glass. I added glossy accents to the strawberries and cherries on the cakes. I used my MS doily punch on some vellum and some very glossy wrapping paper that just happened to be the  right colour to trim the bottom edge. A few daisies from my stash, another Craftwork sentiment, vellum and a bit of bling and the card was finished.
I'd like to enter this in: Lovin' from the Oven Bold and Bright Anything Goes Clean & Simple Copics

My friend Claire shares the same birthday as Jennie. I needed to put my thinking cap on to come up with a different style of card.

I decided to use my butterfly die. This die is notoriously difficult to get the die cut out of the die and as I haven't got round to buying the recommended ejection foam I tried to use some packaging foam instead. It didn't work! But I liked the gossamer effect it gave and used it over a solid pink & silver butterfly shape. The silvery grey card is from the Papermill, I embossed it with tiny flowers and the pink backing paper  is a matt version of a shiny one I found in a recent magazine. Ribbon from my stash, a blingy butterfly, a flowerand another craftwork sentiment completed this card.

I'd like to enter this one in: Dry embossing

Thank you for looking at my efforts

Margaret x

Monday, 10 January 2011

Missed the Boat Again!

I started to make this card last week using the lovely rose bouquet digi stamp from Glitterbabe for I Did It Creations to enter their challenge. As often happens with me, the challenge was over before the card was finished.

I coloured the image with copics and added glossy accents to the wrapper to try & make it look like cellophane (not sure this worked as well as I expected) I also glossed the centres of the roses as florists now like to add a gem don't they? I edged the die cut with some delicate pink glitter chalk. The backing papers are MME Quite Contrary and Co-ordinations Gemstones card with a Craftworks pink sentiment enhanced by two tiny ribbon butterflys. I cut the fancy photo corners with my MS corner punch and added a bit of bling to them and the ribbon round the flowers.

As luck would have it by the time my card was done the lovely Caroline had set a Flower challenge on MSE so for once I would be in time.

I would like to enter this card into the following

MSE - Flower Challenge
Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Something New - (the digi image)
Creative Craft World - Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesday Challenge - Butterfly Fairy or Angel
Stamp Challenge Blog - Use A Digi
Kaboodle Doodles - Do it with Digis

Thank you for taking the time to look.

Margaret x

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

My First Card Make of 2011

What is it about my family birthdays that makes them all come at once? I have 3 on consecutive days in August and the rest are bunched in November December and January and by the time the last couple come along I'm running our of design ideas. The images have been made easy by LOTV and the hobbies of the recipients, but how to make then look different without flowers ribbons etc? I was lucky with this card, I spotted a sketch on Cards for Men - so I went for it!

The image is a cute LOTV fisherman, the backing paper Cosmo Cricket Earth Love, the tree paper is from SU, the dark green leaf paper is Papermania Secret Garden. I made a double frame for the picture to give a bit of depth and added some Craftwork card candy to the (not quite matching) swirls on the tree paper. I made my own sentiment on the PC and backed it with Hobbycraft *matt gold mirri* to match the base layer of backing paper.
* is that a contradiction of terms?!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Cards for Men - Sketch
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Celebrate Something
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes

Now, I can't wait to do something pink & girly!
Thank you for looking

Margaret x