Saturday, June 30, 2007

JB Challenge part 2

Finally finished so here goes.

Challenge 2-Fab Blooms
Challenge 3 - Die Cut Dreams

Challenge 4 - Simply Stamping Challenge 5 - Remember To......
Challenge 6 - Paper Roses
Challenge 7 - Something To Wear
Challenge 8 - Flowers To Die For
Challenge 9 - Born on the 4th July
Challenge 10 - Doodle Doodle Doo
Challenge 11 - Using Your ScrapsAnd last but not least

Challenge 12 - Tavelling Trails

Slave drivers exactly what they are on the JB forum I turned my back for 5 minutes and 8 more challenges appeared! This is just what I need as we are now sandbagged in the house unable to leave the village except in an emergency and it is raining steadily. Just what we don't need!

So far I have managed 3 so here goes.
These are the final 3 dividers for my folder......

I've used Cuttlebug flowers and Rhonna Farrer Swirls 2 stamps, both favourites at the mo.

Est26 set this challenge and here are her instructions:
Your challenge should you choose to accept it is to create a LAYOUT with an animal theme. This could be of an actual animal, a child (or adult...!) dressed as an animal or feature somebody who has an animal nickname!!! The only stipulation is that an animal word MUST appear on your page
And here are my puddytats!!

and my template challenge by Bex

and this is my page-floodwater just behind where we live!

NB I'm not trying to make light of this situation as a lot of my dear friends live there and have lost everything. I have had ties with the village for over 13 years as two od my kids went to school there and I worked in the school for 7 years. One of DD's dear friends lives in the house next door to the shop with the red crosses on the windows. My mum remembers the last time Toll Bar flooded in 1947. I just wanted to preserve this memory as (hopefully) we will be lucky enough to escape this horror.

I feel very guilty over the fact that we are dry and they have had to move out. I desperately want to help but we can't leave. I shall be there though to help them clean up and if I can supply things like curtains we don't use then I will. A lot of the residents are single parents too and have no house insurance. As well as household possessions, the kids will have lost toys and books etc so at least I can help to replace those.

I will be back later with more of the challenges.

Friday, June 29, 2007

DCM beady challenge

This week it's Saffa's turn to set the dare on the Daring Cardmaker's blog and she said

"Well this week is my dare (Saffa). Its quite a simple challenge really. All I ask is that you make use of beads on your cards. They can be seed beads, big chunky beads or little sequins, whatever takes your fancy."
My one card turned into 3 for some reason :)
This card was embossed with the Big Shot Embossing Plates and after using the Cuttlebug embossing folders, I don't like these. They aren't deep enough. I coloured the background and the tag with chalk and threaded beads onto pale pink organza ribbon. The flower is cut from a sheet of paper from the 6 x 6 Young Girls pad by K & Co.

These letters were hand cut from the Tutti Frutti papers and card from Craftwork Cards. I tied a piece of cream ribbon onto the 'm', the 'l' is wrapped with pink and green seed beads threaded onto silver coloured wire and the 'i' is dotted with a Prima flower finished with a spotty brad from my stash.

and finally the butterfly on this card is again cut from the Young Girl pad (it's actually from the same page as the flower above. The body of the butterfly is made from pink and clear beads threaded onto silver wire. The small butterflies are cut with the new X-Cut border punch.
And now for the exploding boxes. I made one and a half yesterday and have finished the order off today-3 in total but for 2 different people.

Update on the flood is that we are still completely cut off from the rest of the world, no traffic except emergency vehicles is allowed in or out of Bentley. They have been pumping the High Street since last night but the water is still rising. They are pumping from there so that they can start pumping Toll Bar! It looks as though we are going to get it from one side or another. We have our sandbags at the ready and our chins are still up LOL
Take care and stay dry and happy wherever you are.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Flood watch

Well we are now like a little island. We are sat in the middle of all the flood water. So far we have been lucky in that the water hasn't reached us yet but we have had sandbags delivered and the council workers are still delivering so they are expecting something to happen.

These are a few pictures my daughter took on her mobile phone this morning.

This is just over the back from us.......the village I worked in for 7 years. This water is about half a mile from us in one direction.
The new local water taxi!

This was our only exit from the village but it has just been announced on the radio that we will only be allowed in or out in an emergancy as the flood water is rising!! We are officially stranded. The positive about this situation is that we have been advised not to use washing machines so no ir**ing, the downside is having to wash the dishes in the sink instead of the dishwasher.
Today we have taken photos, my tiaras and jewellery and the camping stoves upstairs. Tomorrow I will start shifting my craft stuff as I have received 2 civil ceremony stationery orders this evening!

And now the good bit.........last week I ordered the scrummy Twirl collection papers from this fabby web site, A Card 4 You and it came the next day so yesterday I placed another order and it came this morning. So I got
Crate Paper Baby Bee
Doodlebug Colour Coordinates-Basically Black
Doodlebug- Let's Kit Together Baby Boy andDoodlebug Colour Coordinates Pretty Pink Kit
I have been making exploding boxes all day so will get them photographed and added tomorrow. Night night. x

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Midweek dare

I have just finished a quick card for a customer and made it with the midweek dare in mind. This is what they had to say :

So what Little Extra treat have we dreamed up for you to play with this week?
Well, there's a lot of wedding talk around on the design team with two weddings coming up soon. So inspired by this we'd like you to put some LOVE into your cards this week. Wedding, Anniversary, Engagement or simply to say "I love You" - there are lots of opportunities to get lovey-dovey and slushy, so get out all the romanti
c stash out and show us what you can do. After all, you know what they say;"All you need is Love, Love, Love"

This is the card I made.
The little squares were embossed with the super Cuttlebug embossing folders, dusted with I'Kan Dee shimmer chalks and edged with lilac ink.They were then mounted onto silver card (although it has scanned black!). I finished it off with a piece of silver organza ribbon. The greeting was done on the pc.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My first scraplift

I have been a little slow off the mark with these to challenges but have finally done them. The scraplift was announced by Nicky on Friday evening on the Just Bex Forum

This is Nicky's fabulous page, and the one below is mine

The next page is for a competition announced by Samm a few days ago and here are the instructions. Or should that be here is the instruction!

Teeheehee, I want you to complete a layout using only one photo, the catch is, the photo must be cut in at least 3 pieces.

And again, this is mine.

I just love that photo. He didn't realise that, although we were basking in a heatwave of over 40 degrees, the water could still be freezing. He soon found out though. LOL

I shall now finish the DCM midweek challenge and post it in the morning. Oh and I will get into the habit of writing down which goodies I use too. :))

Thanks for reading.


Water, water

Well what a day!

We have been on flood alert all day after all yesterday's rain but seem to have escaped unscathed. DD was sent home from school yesterday lunch time as the school was being used as an evacuation centre as the River Don burst it's banks. Hubby got in from work yesterday tea time and said they were closing roads behind him.

The A19 has been closed all day at the end of our road as it is under about a foot of water but we seem to be on a slight hill so it ran from our garden straight down the road. DH and DD have been at home all day as they couldn't get past the end of the road. The phone was off this morning and we couldn't use the mobiles either as the networks were busy. We will remain on flood alert until after the weekend as more rain is expected.

My heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones in this terrible weather. Also to the people who have had their homes and possessions wrecked or lost. I just cannot begin to understand how they must be feeling.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Another template

This is the second card from the SWOT. I had made 2 new home cards and a birthday card this afternoon before I realised that I could have used Sue's template, doh!

So here are the 3 which don't fit ...............

............and here is the one which does fit it!

I love this stamp. It's one of the new Papernation ones.

Till tomorrow!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Nautical LO

Another scrapbook page for a competition on the JB forum The brief is:

we have a new competition with a FANTASTIC prize donated by the wonderful TANDA STAMPS your mission is to make a LO with the theme of SEASIDE / NAUTICAL YOU MUST INCLUDE STAMPING
and here is my page. The journalling is behind the photo.

As I have only done about a dozen pages I'm not sure if I am developing a 'style'. When making cards I know my style is definitely 'less is more' and I really like clean and simple but I'm not sure that is enough on the 12 x 12 pages! Helllllllpppppp. LOL Materials used are: freebie paper and sun from a mag, large Dovecraft pastel brad, paper ric rac from a new Crate Paper kit-Twirl, curly arrow from Revolution die supplied c/o Sue W, sand castle etc cut from sandpaper with QK dies, deck chair, beachball is a Thin Cuts die and song stamps are by Rubbadubbadoo and the postcard stamp is from an old SA kit.
Right I need to go and get dressed now as I have to go and buy card! Be back later as I have loads to do this afternoon and evening.

Well I went to buy some white 12 x 12 card as I have two exploding boxes ordered and came home £40 lighter :( I bought a pack of white card, a pack of cream card and a huge pack of all different coloured 12 x 12. Oh and I also bought a storage box for my Cuttlebug collection.

My box is like this one but the medium sized square one. I have 2 of the large 12 x 12 boxes like this and use one for papers and the other for card. I also bought myself a new XCut craft knife.
I had a quick play when I got home and did my dividers forthe 3rd part of the June project on Just Bex
OK folks so time for the next bit! The next section ties in very nicely with the diary - and is all about ACTUAL Challenges. SO get your divider done and then ........... Have a good rummage round and print out the various templates, challenge instructions etc to work from. I have sorted out my challenge section and am still to do the divider - but I have numbered them and added the numbers to the deadline date in the diary section. I have to say though - this section is looking VERY busy this end - I really need to achieve some of these challenges this weekend as they are all FAB. So remember - To get the point and be in for staying on track with the bonus 5 points you need to upload by 7pm Friday Night. AND as we only have a week or so before the end of the month - and the next project launch - I will be announcing the remainder of the binder on Sunday evening xxxxx

he he, I had a play with my new Cuttlebug die and decided to stick the flowers on here. I stamped the Rhonna Farrer Swirls in white then went over them with a white gel pen. I also outlined the flowers with white gel pen too. Quite amateurish but I like it and I enjoyed doing it too.

Here are some of the challenges in print. I've done them in date order.

Oops, I forgot to flip the photos before I uploaded them! lol

Friday, June 22, 2007


Gosh my title looks cryptic.............but it's not really!

I missed out on the mid week dare this week as I have just been up to my eyes in work. However, tis now the weekend. Hubby is working tonight and tomorrow night so they will be Jackie craft time LOL We were supposed to be going camping today but I am a fair weather camper and didn't fancy sleeping in a boggy field (if I wanted that I would have gone to Glastonbury!)
Well this week I have been crafty (no pun intended!) again and combined the DCM challenge and a SWOT from the JB forum

This is Sue's WO Template

This week it was Rhi's turn to set this challenge: Now onto this weeks dare...Everything we buy has packaging, some of it excessive, some of it beautifully designed. Tags, labels, stickers... all sorts of bits and bobs that we can recycle onto cards.I dare you to make a card using a tag, label, sticker or anything else you can find, thats from packaging and would normally end up in the bin. Of course you can ink it, change it, distress it and add anything else you like!If you're feeling brave, I DOUBLE DARE you to make it a card for a man!

This is my card

I double dared! I made my card for a man using the tag from one of DH's new t shirts, card from DCWV Neutrals Mat Stack, rub on and vellum is from stash and the screw brads and happy birthday tag are from CBC

I would just like to say thanks to everyone who reads my blog and leaves lovely comments. I can believe that my stats show over 1000 people have looked!

I may be back later as I still have a couple more challenges to complete and I have completed quite a few orders this week so have cards to add too.

These are my additions to my craft folder for the June challenge on Just Bex, my diary and divider.

The third part of the challenge will be announced shortly. I'm looking forward to seeing what Bex has in store for us tonight!