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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Birthday Hannah x

My niece is 8 today !!
Happy Birthday Hannah !!

Here is her birthday card courtesy of Kanban with a kit I have had for a while. 


Super quick and easy matting and layering with some Papermania Capsule Collection ribbon, bows and buttons.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Challenge #135 Seeing Spots over at FCCB x

This is the last challenge for the current DT term over at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog,
it has been a wonderful 3 months and lots of fun has been had by all ...
Many of the DT are "retiring" so we will have lots of new talented ladies joining us from the 1st November.
Please look out for them and show your support.

Back to this week and we are seeing spots !!

"Make a project using Polka Dots"
with
at least one Cricut cut.

Challenge #135 runs from 0800 Monday until 2400 Sunday US Mountain Time 

Please come and visit the DT at FCCB and add your own project !!


My project is made with 3 toilet rolls and a kitchen roll cut in half !!
I thought it was time for a bit of up-cycling having spent the last few weeks throwing things away in the name of decorating !!
I have also used a freebie 6x6 paper pad which is definitely seeing spots and scraps of ribbon from my jar.
The only purchased items are the rings from my stash and 2 sheets of lilac 12"x12" Basil Basics cardstock.
Step 1 is to squash and score the rolls so they are as flat as possible.
6x6 is the perfect size - quick tip is to trim BOTH sides rather than using 1 edge as the rolls are by no means straight !! (OCD alert lol !!)
Step 2 is to make holes in the rolls by whatever means you have- I used my trusty hammer and had fun making a little more noise that strictly necessary !!
Step 3 In comes the Expression to cut lots of shapes to use for photos and journalling. I'm going to use mine as an address book and birthday reminder for cards that need posting.
I used George and Basic shapes in various sizes to fit snuggly in the rolls and then added "Family" from Cricut Sampler.
Step 4, once all the shapes were cut, was to distress every edge with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I doodled on all of the shapes to make them pop.
I then used lots of stamps and randomly scattered them over all the pages, again using Vintage Photo - I decided not to use embellishments inside because it was already quite bulky.
Step 5 was to add lots of ribbon around the edges of the rolls and on the silver rings, it's a fab way to use up some of the scraps I can't never bear to throw away !!
I found one of my hand made flowers which matched perfectly hiding in the ribbon jar (Made with my favourite Spellbinders) and stuck it onto a George and basic shapes flower blending and stamping on it as before.
These mini books are fun to make and I'm in danger of losing it to my daughter before I even get it finished lol,  they are great for memory gifts filled with pictures and precious memories !!

Please don't forget to visit  FCCB and look out for a few changes happening from 1st November in addition to our new teamies... I'm super excited all over again .....More soon x


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Happy Birthday Mum x

Yippee !!
Yippee !!
Yippee !!

Oh it is far too long since I played with my crafty toys lol

What better way to get back on the wagon than with my Mum's birthday card, I won't be there in person to celebrate with her so Kanban will go represent me with one of their newest and most gorgeousest kits ever !!


Purple is my favourite colour so this kit is made for me, I've added some distress ink to the beautiful card and matted the topper on silver mirror card with a few of the embellishments and some silver gems... super simple !!



Monday, 15 October 2012

FCCB Challenge #133 !! x

MONDAY 
it's 
MONDAY !!

Which means its time for another challenge to start over at FCCB ...

This week we are 
DOWN ON THE FARM

So, everyone is making a project with a farm animal on it 

Challenge #133 runs from 0800 Monday to 2400 Sunday US Mountain Time 

Please show your support for the fabulous DT HERE

I'm afraid my project has had to be quick and easy this week and apologies for the lack of recent posts too, I have been decorating with the help of my beautiful daughters and their very clever other halves.
The whole house has been in total chaos and in between working and socialising its taking us a while but it is sooo worth it !! !!

My Cricut lunch box has been cut on the fit to page setting using the amazing Tags Bags Boxes and More 2 cartridge.
I cut a pig (Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge) to fill the longest side and doodled over both him and the box.
I used Cricut Lyrical Lyrics for the "Piggin Hungry" slogan.
I'm afraid there are no embellishments as I simply can't get to them at the moment lol !! !! !!


I have a run of birthdays coming up so I hope my posts will be a bit more regular again very soon
and having retrieved my expression from the cupboard my fingers are starting to itch ... always a good sign of happy crafty days to come !!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Challenge #131 Get 'em Squished !! x

Monday Morning Greetings Ladies ... once again it's my challenge week over at FCCB...
... A fab challenge this week with a VERY important message:

GET 'EM SQUISHED !! !! !! 

Challenge #131
Make a project using the colour Pink
 for 
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Our usual rules apply, use at least one cricut cut and follow the design instructions.  The challenge is open from 0800 Monday until 2400 Sunday night, US Mountain time.
Please come and visit the amazing design team HERE
I used Simply Charmed for my balloons and Elegant Edges for the butterfly background.
This is a very simple card with a message far bigger...

TOGETHER WE CAN FIGHT BREAST CANCER !! !! !!

I found a lump this time last year and following a biopsy I was lucky enough to be told that it was benign.
I will always be thankful to the fantastic nurses and Dr's at out Breast Clinic here in Lincoln, their empathy and care at such a traumatic time is truly amazing !!

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