Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Winner and DT invites

Hi all.
Have had some more lovely news lately - I have won another challenge at The Outlawz Challenges for May - which is utterly fab! Also, I've been invited to join the Design Team at Friday Sketch Challenge and Crafty Creations Challenges!
Who's going to be a busy bee then?

I must admit, I do love being asked to join Design Teams! I enjoy the challenges it brings and it also helps me spread my wings in the crafty world because, as everybody knows, I'm such a shy, wallflower type and I need 'bringing out of my shell',,,,,,yeah right!
But it really does help me spread those wings because I'm relatively new to all this blogging and craft stuff. I wish I'd found it years ago. It amazes me how some people have being doing what I do for donkeys years! I didn't even realise this craft world existed - Wow!
And, I fell upon it by accident too. I was looking for something to do, other than cooking, after I finished working and found a couple of pinterest pages where people had made things from paper; bunting, boxes etc. So. I did some papercrafting too and totally loved it. I have never looked back.
I did art at high school and also at college but left it behind for one or two (MANY) years; but, now I'm back on track and I'm learning things all the time. I'm also finding that, in cardmaking, there are numerous techniques which can be used but some I just don't like and others I adore. Even the products I use can be loved or not! for example, I love the CAS style of cards and the Lili Of The Valley stamps. In digital stamps, one of my faves is the range at 'From The Heart Stamps' and there are loads and loads of websites/blogs which give different views on products and techniques.

All in all, there's so much going on in blogland/craft challenge land at the moment that some days I find it really hard to get excited about housework.

And. on that note, I am going to watch the football (Russia v S Korea - world cup from Brazil) and nurse what I think is going to be a rotten cold because I can feel it building up into something horrid!

L x

Jewellery/Anything box!

Happy Tuesday peeps!!!

I have just enough time to write this post before I go to the hygienist at the dentist. I really do not like going there because they usually leave me in discomfort for an hour or two :( I am such a wuss!!!

I found a great challenge on Stampotique Designers Challenge - boxes - and made this jewellery/bit bob box.
I have made a couple of these before and I actually have one here in my craft room which I use every day. Each drawer has small things in it- eg, pins and needles, paperclips, brads etc....
I do enjoy making these boxes. They can be one layer or two layers or whatever you fancy really.
I printed the template from a CD I have by Debbi Moore Designs and, once I'd 'built' it I covered it with the Joanna Sheen "A little bit oriental" paper collection. For the top, I used the co-ordinating stamp set which I heat embossed then picked out little elements of the design with white and pink marker pens.
I made the little drawer knobs from an old necklace!!! Talk about upcycling!
I fed each bead onto black cotton and, with a needle, I attached them to the drawer fronts!
I love the sentiment too - 'In the Cherry Blossom's shade, there is no such thing as a stranger'. Very deep.
So, here we are. One finished box which I am sure I will add to over the next few days as new ideas pop in!

Here it is....

L x

Friday, 13 June 2014

That Friday Feeling!

Happy Friday everybody!
Hasn't the weather been beautiful these last few days? Here in the NW of England it is glorious! Exactly what summer should be at last.
Have had a busy few days including visiting the dentist (twice) and not even going out for breakfast once :( Just haven't had time.
Anyway, today I'm putting this card into the challenges at  :

The Outlawz - Twisted Thursday
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge blog
City Crafter Challenge blog
Dazzling Diva #29 - Graduation
That's Crafty! challenge blog - birds
Creative Corner Challenges - Just for boys/men

Items used : From The Heart Stamps Birdbrain Graduate image and sentiment
                   Spectrum Noir Markers
                   First Edition Paper Pad - Blank Canvas
                   Marianne Design pretty papers bloc
                   Generic striped paper
                   Jute twine
                   White Cotton for stitching

L x