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Monday, 30 July 2012

"You Can Look Back But Don't Stare..."

So my first challenge for you is to name the song this particular blog title comes from. I have been thinking about getting a new tattoo and these are the words I want, all I have to decide now is where I want them and in which font.
I remember the first time I heard these lyrics they had quite a profoud effect on me. I spend a lot of time looking back, mulling over the things I can't really change. Now I'm not saying that I will never look back again but this particular song really made me realise that it was okay to visit your past, just don't let it be where you live full-time.
I have had a really great weekend so far watching The Olympics. The opening ceremony was absolutely stuning, it went way beyond what I expected it to be, especially as everyone kept saying we couldn't possibly put a good show on following Beijing, then there was all the negative talk about the countryside setting!! Well yar boo sucks to all of you naysayers out there, we put on an amazing show and the actual lighting of the torch was beyond spectacular. My God, even Her Majesty The Queen joined in, the James Bond spoof was brilliant and you only have to look at her permanently miserable looking face to know she has zero sense of humour!!
On to this weeks card for Kenny K's Krafty Krew and challenge #104 is Banners, Pennants & Bunting. Plus there is the extra bonus of having a new release to show you. Kenny's latest collection are all Retro characters and this is what he has to say about his latest release:
This Sunday we will be releasing our newest digis from our Retro collection, which were inspired by the current Facebook trend of accompanying classic old-timey literary illustrations with modern-day sarcasm and politically incorrect commentary with a wink. This new release includes some fun and stylish art deco and flapper ladies, a 50's martini-toting party girl, and classic film noir-era comic-book panel imagery, just are screaming for your witty sentiments!
I have used the following images on my card; Big Surprise, Smart Aleck, Total Drama and Wise Guy. I was trying to make a card that looked like a comic book. I used Spellbinders dies and a skull and crossbones charm, the barcode is from a Sight and Sound magazine! This collection also includes some other amazing images which you should check out at Kenny K Downloads and I really love what the other members of our team have achieved too, treat yourself, go have a gander!
Anyhoo, hope you like it and I will be back again in a few days with yet another creation I am particularly proud of,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered Into: Critter Sketch Challenge #126 - Anything Goes
Make It Monday Challenge #100 - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime Challenge #80 - Anything Goes
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner Challenge #21 - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time Challenge #124 - Use A Digi
Twisted Tuesday Challenges #17 - Free For All
The Stamping Boutique Challenge #44 - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesday's Challenge #79 - Anything Goes
Jackson's Digital Expressions Challenge #16 - Anything Goes (Optional Sketch)
Die Cuttin' Diva's Challenge #76 -Anything Goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge - Dies and Punches
Bearly Mine Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge #72 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

"These Are Me Salad Days, Slowly Being Eaten Away..."

Over to this weeks challenge at I ProMarkers, it is Challenge #127 Gold Silver or Bronze. You can use one or all three, the choice is yours. As you can see, I have chosen to use gold (such a shame it didn't photograph very well, even though I used natural light) and our sponsor Digi Doodle Shop have given us a few really nice images to work with. I have used The Jockey - Lucky#7 (available here) and a Spellbinder die which I have cut in half and used it to bracket my finished image. Papers are from my stash and I used a little spotted ribbon around a pice of layered Basic Grey 6x6 cardstock. This is the first time I have ever coloured a horse and I think I have done a decent job, I'm not really a horse lover so it was hard to try and work out where all it's muscles would be.
Hope you like it and I will be back soon with more delightful cards for you to peruse,
take care,
hugs 'n stuff

Monday, 23 July 2012

"Digital Love..."

Another day, another challenge! This one just happens to be my latest creation for the wonderful Squigglefly and this is for Squigglefly Challenge #29 (SFC2912) - Paper PIERCING. The image I have used is called Sassy Sally and Bella Play Hide & Seek by one of my favourite digi artists Cheryl Alger. The image is a new release and appears to be SO new it isn't on the Squigglefly site yet but I am sure it will be there very soon. If you haven't checked the site out yet then please give it a look because they have an amazing site with literally hundreds and hundreds of digi stamps. Cheryl Alger has even had some of her images made into proper rubber stamps and I have bought a few over at Quixotic Paperie featuring another of her adorable characters, Lulu.
Our theme this week is paper PIERCRING (not to be confused with PIECING, which we did a couple of weeks ago too!) and as I am not adept at using a sewing machine I tried the Tim Holtz faux method, I used his ruler which has evenly spaced holes which are perfectly sized for a decent pokey tool. All the papers used on the card are Basic Grey (obviously!), the flower die is by Memory Box and the Rosette is a Tim holtz/Sizzix hybrid topped with a Lily Of The Valley sentiment stamp.
So there you have it, I hope you like it and I will be back again in a couple of days with another card for you to peruse. Take care,
hugs 'n stuff,
Entered Into: Crazy 4 Challenges #146 - Stitching Real or Faux
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #165 - Use Stitching
Willow Sketchie Challenge - Anything Goes
Crop Stop Challenge #82 - Colour Inspiration
Dutch Dare Card Challenge #175 - Colour Challenge
Inspired By Challenge #34 - Photo Inspiration
Inspired By Stamping Inspiration Challenge #19 - Inspiration Photo

Sunday, 22 July 2012

"Strawberry Fields Forever..."

Good morning and a big hello to all my new followers, including Ann Marie who made a fantastic card for the Krafty Krew challenge (sporty) last week.
So I forgot to mention in my last entry something quite disgusting that happened to me recently. This will show you how lazy I really am because I was prepared to drive around with it for over a month before doing something about it!!
As a preamble to my story I must first tell you about how we get our shopping. Because Jo is no longer able to walk without a great deal of pain and I can't get around without having to sit down and rest my back, a very good friend of ours volunteered to do our shopping for us on a friday afternoon after she finished work, all I had to do was go to the shop, pay for it and then take her home before unpacking it. This has been such a massive help to us both, words can not express how much it has meant to us.
So, about five or six weeks ago I started to notice this really funky smell in the car. To me it smelt like cabbage, white cabbage that has been left in a plastic bag and the heat has gotten to it and it has just started to emit a noxious odour. Obviously, rather than check the car I just opened the window until the smell went away.
Over the following weeks the smell got stronger and stronger until about two weeks ago I got in the car and there were a load of flies on the inside of the back window and near the bottom of the windscreen. I knew what this meant; something had died in my car and I now needed to investigate. I had the bonnet (hood) up - couldn't see anything. I opened the boot (trunk) to look around and couldn't see anything. I was baffled.
We went to our friend's house for lunch one day and while we there, Isabel, our friend's mother said she thought the smell was a dead rat! She lives out in the sticks and is surrounded by fields and has had the same problem, a rat crawled into her car and died and it took a garage ages to find it. So armed with this new information I left it another week or so before finally ringing Ford and asking them to look for the source of our problem. As we are on the Motability scheme (if you are not familiar with this and have a disability, give it a look up on the web, it's well worth doing) and the garage couldn't find the source of smell. They were on the verge of giving us a new car as the smell was thsat bad, when our Motability rep Justine asked us to have a look in the boot as there were a load of maggots and flies in it! I had already inspected the boot a couple of weeks ago so I found this a little odd, until I actually moved the storage box we have (in case of emergencies, torch, blanket, foot pump etc) and found a missing bag of ASDA Smart Price chicken breasts, which our friend had bought as part of our shopping and we had spent weeks wondering where it had gone or if in fact we had even ordered it! Obviously it was no longer frozen. In fact it was so far beyond frozen it was now literaly a smalle scientific experiment about slime and ooze.
So with the offending item removed and the odour almost gone, I still need to give the boot a good scrub out but it is nowhere near as bad as it was! But this does not exactly put either Jo or myself in a particularly good light does it???
On to this weeks card for the Kenny K Krafty Krew and Challenge #103 is Strawberries and Cream. As you can see, I have used the rather fabulously named Capt. Locke (available here for the very reasonable price of only $3.00). This is the first time I have coloured her and she is a real joy, so many lovely curves and highlights to get your teeth into (Oo-er Matron!!). My papers are all Basic Grey and I have used a pretty diamante flourish which I think comes from Creative Expressions. The ribbon and metal Strawberry are both from my ever-increasing stash. Hope you like the finished item and that you too will have a go in the challenge, the colour combo is a great one to try and was totally new to me.
Take Care and hope to see you again very soon,
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered Into: The Corrosive Challenge #154 - Cheeky, Saucy and Sassy
Great Impressions Challenge - Show Us Your Best Stay In The Lines Colouring
The Hybrid Chick Challenge #23 - Ice Cream
Come And Get It Challenges - Bingo
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - Photo Inspiration
Colour Me Creative Challenge #48 - Anything Goes with a Girly Twist
My Sheri Crafts Challenge #90 - National Ice Cream Month
ATC's and Cards With Attitude Challenge #18 - Anything Goes
Splendiferous Creations Challenge - Die Cuts
Fat Pages and Cards With Attitude Challenge #18 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays Challenge #68 - Anything Goes!
The Poodles Parlour Challenge - Use A Digi Stamp
The Stamp Man Challenge - Anything Goes/Summer Colours
Jackson Digital Expressions Challenge #16 - Anything Goes (Optional Sketch)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

"I'm Beautiful In My Way, 'Cause God Makes No Mistakes..."

"I'm On The Right Track, Baby I Was Born This Way"

How I wish it could be that simple. Lady GaGa is such an inspiration, not just to me but to millions of fans all over the world (her 'little monsters'). She writes really personal lyrics and like Madonna before her she is blazing a trail so bright it's blinding at times. Her music videos are becoming like mini must-see movies and I have started to collect them all so I can watch them again and again. My personal favourite at the moment is Alejandro, there is imagery in there I am still strying to decrypt but there seems to be a strong Francis Bacon inspiration. She uses a lot of religious imagery (again, a lot like Madonna before her) but unlike Madonna who related her mistrust of the church from her own upbringing, GaGa uses it to reafirm her own faith and to show others to question theirs.

I used to be 'made' to go to church on a Sunday morning, this was my Mother's time to lie-in and lister to The Archers in peace and as with any repeated practice it started to become something I looked forward to, the church became a place of solace for me, somewhere where no-one else could reach me and where I could commune with someone who always listened. Over the years I have attended church less and less but I have always known where my nearest church was and I always know that when the time comes to return to HIM I will be welcomed home and I find that gives me an enormous sense of well-being, safe in the knowledge that there is always someone out there who loves me and who will welcome me home again with no judgement about where I have been or why it has taken me so long to return home. Of course that doesn't mean I don't talk to HIM because I do, quite often really and especially in times of great stress, my belief has always been like a like a warm winter blanket, something I can wrap around myself and that keeps me warm and safe.

Wow, talk about free association! I had no idea I was going to write about my own religious beliefs when I sat down to start this entry, in fact I was just going to put the card up and that was it! I suppose it shows how much Lady GaGa has meant to me since she emerged from nowhere only a few short years ago.

So on to this weeks card for the I ProMarkers challenge #126. We are originally given the theme of Fireworks or Sparkle but the Fireworks have been dropped due to no-one being able to find a suitable image! Our sponsor this week is my sister who own Digital Downloads and she is offering £10 to spend on her wonderful website where she is offering a whole range of items such as backing papers and templates all available in enough different styles and colours to suit everyone. The card uses an image from my trusty Mimics Creations CD-Rom (available from Create and Craft here) which has a wealth of contemporary images to colour and I love this particular image of GaGa which I coloured using my PM's and then added some orange stickles to her gloves and hoody to make it 'sparkle'. I have used a new nestie with a really intricate cross design on it and one of their lovely 'wind-up' flowers which has also had 'sparkle' added using the same stickles. The sentiment was cut out using a Sizzix alphabet strip (because I have a load of them and I hardly ever use them!!) and finally I finished it off with some brass nail heads and a little hand mirror from my stash. Any questions then please feel free to contact me, your comments/questions are always welcome. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome all the my new followers, thank you for taking the time to make an old man feel very happy!

So there it is, hope you like it and I will be back again soon,

take care of yourself,



Entered Into: Crazy Amigo Challenge - Anything Goes

Jackson's Digital Expressions Challenge #14 - Anything Goes

Divas By Design Challenge #44 - Anything Goes

Fab 'n Funky Challenges #130 - Make Your Own Flowers

The Paper Shelter Challenge #73 - Anything Goes

The Perfect Sentiment Challenge #41 - Anything Goes

Saturday, 14 July 2012

"You Gotta Fight.. For Your Right.. To Paaarty!!..."

So tonight I crossed yet another example of how society is crumbling around us. On my way home from work I was approaching some traffic lights, doing a steady 30mph, on my left was a bus just pulling in to a stop and the car behind it overtook the bus without indicating or slowing down and nearly slamming right into me. I hit my horn really hard and as I apporached the next set of lights where I turn off to go home, this young 'lady' (and trust me, if we were face to face and I wasn't writing this for everyone to read, I wouldn't be using that word to describe her!!) actually slowed her car down and wound her window down to flick the V's at me before I turned the corner!!! How unbelievable is that? She nearly runs me into some traffic lights and yet I'm the villain of the piece because I had the temerity to sound my horn in her general direction. I'm telling you peeps, I really do not like a large portion of today's society, they are crass, rude, selfish and thoughtless - a winning combination eh!
I have had a fairly good week and it got a little better today when we managed to get the gardener in, yes there was a sufficient enough break in the weather that actually allowed the grass to dry out long enough for him to be able to cut it. There's so much pleasure in seeing your garden looking all tidy and bright green and yet I can't think of anything worse than walking back and forth with a hover-mower and tidying all the edges up, I would sooner iron or hoover, at least you can TRY to keep your carpets clean but there is no way on God's green earth you are gonna stop the grass growing!! My back and Jo's hip have always stopped us doing the gardening but if I'm honest I wouldn't do it if I could. When I left school I worked on a YTS (remember those!!) scheme as a landscape gardener prettying up a rundown village near me and I think that pretty much put me of gardening for life.
On to my latest creation and this week over at Kenny K's Krafty Krew the theme is Get Sporty! The image I have used is called Strong Island (available here) and the cardstock is Basic Grey with a couple of Memory Box dies and a lovely bird embellie from Tim Holtz. I am really enjoying my time on Kenny's blog, I know it's still early days but the enjoyment I get from colouring his images is just immense and I feel really proud to be a part of such a creative team. Hope you like the card and keep you eyes open for another creation any day now,
take care
Entered Into:
Great Impressions Stamps July Challenge - show us your best stay in the lines colouring
One Stitch At A Time Challenge #122 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

"You Got Me Running Around In Circles Over You..."

Another day, another challenge! This time it's the turn of the I ♥ ProMarkers Challenge Blog and their theme this week is (drum-roll please...) Circles.
I had originally intended to make a card using the Olympic Rings and I had another Tilda all lined up and then we got a new sponsor - Nitwit Collections. Their papers are so gorgeous I just had to make a new card to go with the papers they gave me. They are called Fairytale Too (available here) and as with all the Nitwits papers, you get an amazing assortment that all match each other perfectly and that look really beautiful when printed out.
I had already coloured this Tilda and the lovely dragon and castle and fortunately they all matched the papers to perfection so this was a no-brainer really. As for the finished card, I don't hate it but it is A4 sized and I don't usually work within that size and I have to say I found it a little daunting. If you normally make 6x6 cards, going to A4 gives you so much more room to fill and I should have looked at it like a Scrapbook page as I suppose I would have found that a little easier to work with!! My reason for working on such a big card? I did the Tilda scene and that nearly filled a 6x6 alone so I had no choice really!! Anyway, it's done now and I will just have to live with it won't I!
I have been so busy of late it's been a little overwhelming for me as real life keeps creeping in on the craft world and I like to keep those two separate at all times. I had a doctors appointment yesterday and apart from getting weighed (a monthly thing that never seems to get any better!!) I was nervously awaiting a prostate exam as I had had to have blood taken last month as I have been having a few problems lately (it's all down to my age I'm sure). My back was really bad yesterday so I told the Doctor that unless it was absolutely necessary I was in no mood for a prostate exam unless 100% necessary "Don't worry" he says "I have little fingers"!!!
How bad is that?? Anyway, I didn't need an exam because my blood came back okay so that was a massive relief. Then he dropped the bombshell that my blood test revealed I am on the verge of Diabetes and need to have another test to make sure I'm now not a diabetic. I'm still in a little bit of shock about this one because it's not something I have every really thought about before, even though most of my wife's family are diabetic and I have a nephew who has to inject himself daily. So keep your fingers crossed for me that when I have my next blood test it comes out okay.
Of course I know exactly why I am on the verge. I keep putting weight on and just can't seem to do anything about it. My back is now so bad I can barely walk and have to take the car everywhere I go, so exercise is really limited. I could swim, but I refuse to get into a pool where people are going to stare at the whale wearing the Bermuda shorts! I am so self conscious now, I am beginning to feel like a shut-in. Thank God we have no full-length mirrors in our house or I would probably get the Dyson out and use it's extra-strength suction pipe to remove the world's largest muffin top. I never had a weight problem as a kid, it only started when I got married the first time and I had to eat chips with everything because that was all my first wife could cook! Since then I have struggled with my weight and now I am the size of a small housing estate in Carmarthon I am beginning to panic as I feel I am literally now at tipping point! I work at it every day and hopefully one day I will get it under control before it finally does me in.
And on that bombshell I am going to say ta ta and get back to work on my next little work of art. Kenny K is next and I am already really happy with the final coloured image so it's just a case of putting it all together now.
See you again really soon, take care

Monday, 9 July 2012

"Bright Lights, Bigger City..."

So after weeks of talking myself up (some might say I'm really good at that!!) I am finally launching myself as part of the Squigglefly Design Team. And for my very first challenge with them - well didn't I just have a roller coaster of a week!
Going from one DT (I ♥ ProMarkers) which uses Blogger for everything I was a bit surprised to find there was another way to organise the team and that was through Yahoo! I was sent my invite to join the team and with great excitement I logged on, only to find that I was unable to do anything on the blog and I was being sent round and round in circles (this actually drove me mental for at least two days!!). With the help (and patience, I must add) of the lovely Holly Barnhart I did eventually sort that little problem out and after taking a couple of days to get used to the differences between the way the two blogs run I was off and running.
We were given a couple of really lovely images each and after choosing the rather enchanting I Love NY (available HERE) by Squigglefly artist Mike Eustis I made the card above. I took my normal photo and uploaded the card only to find that the challenge for this week (Challenge #2712) is PAPER PIECING!!! Still in the ProMarkers mindset I thought nothing about the challenge theme, so determined was I to get the card done and uploaded I didn't give anything else a second thought.
As with the Kenny K DT, we are split into two teams and I am on the lovely Rhonda Zmikly's team - Rhonda's Rowdy Rascals. I never imagined I would get to 48 and start being called a rascal! After finishing this entry I will be putting a link to all my Squigglefly team mates on the side-bar for you to have a look at if you so want and I can't recommend them highly enough. As for the Squigglefly shop itself, If you have never heard of it before, it sells a huge selection of Digital stamps at very reasonable rates by a massive array of great artists, there are even a few freebies for you to try before you purchase anything else, a Try Before You Buy if you will.
As for the card I have entered, well I don't hate it but it's definitely not one of my most favourite, not by a long shot. I hope you like it though and I will see you again soon,
take care,

Sunday, 8 July 2012

"(Come On Baby) Light My Fire..."

SO what a week! I'm finally finding my feet on all three Design Teams, and I feel I really owe a certain Mr. Andrew Murray of Scotland a HUGE apology. I sat glued to the TV today watching him fight with every ounce of his fibre in one of the most exciting matches I have ever seen. I wrote the man off and I didn't expect to see such a massively improved game (and attitude) from him, he was amazing to watch and his match against Tsonga was an epic battle, especially in the third set. So again, well done sir, you were awesome and I hope your effort is matched by Team GB at the Olympics, I might even get excited about it yet!!
On to this week's challenge over at Kenny K's Krafty Krew and the theme is Big Birthdays. Kenny and Elena are celebrating their second birthday in blogland and have this lovely message to share with all their fans and followers:

"Kenny and I are thrilled to be celebrating our 2nd anniversary in digi-land! The card making community has welcomed us with warm hearts since day one, and we are very thankful for all the love you have shown us. Thank you to our amazing and super-talented DT members, past and present, for your amazing support, creativity and hard work each week; The Krew ROCKS!! And a very special thank you to our DT Coordinators this year, Susie Little and Sarah-Louise. Ladies, we are grateful for the dedication, generosity and love that you put into running successful challenges week after week, working at getting great sponsors and managing all the little details that have made this challenge blog a success!! Looking forward to continuing our journey with you all and the many new projects and ventures we are lining up for the future!"

And as if this wasn't enough, there is a birthday Blog Hop for you to follow too. Now I must admit to you all that I have never come across this phenomenon before and if I am honest with you all I still don't really understand it, but as far as I can make out, you have to go from person to person (in the order stated below) leaving a comment about their Big Birthdays Challenge card and then when you have reached the end of the list of names you go to the KK'sKK site and leave a comment letting us know you have completed the hop and then you need to make a card yourself and enter it into the challenge! The prize for doing all of this? MASSIVE is the only word for it. There are 15 - yes 15 digi stamps from Kenny's back catalogue. A Prize package from Marianne Designs, Whimsy Stamps are giving 4 of their July releases, a great package from Inky Impressions, Bearly Mine are giving away 3 digi sets and Kattiz from K-Designs are donating 3 rubber sentiment stamps from her new release.
So here is the list of people you have to visit (from top to bottom):


And there you have it, give it a go and let me know what you think of this weeks card. I am using Kenny's summer mini release and he's called Olympic Runner (available here). The numbers are from a template set I bought ages ago from Wendy Rhodes designs and the dies are (of course) Spellbinders. I'll be back again soon with my first Squigglefly card, see you then.

Take Care



Entered Into: Cards For Men Challenge #14 - Happy Birthday

Celebrate The Occasion Challenge #70 - Happy Birthday

Craft Room Challenge - Sport

Tip Top Tuesday Challenge #80 - One For The Men!

The Crafty Bloggers Network Monday Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Crafts For Eternity Challenge #79 = The Olympics

Our Craft Lounge Challenge #124 - Usa A Die Cut

Paper Play Challenge Week 27 - Happy Borthday

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

"You Thrill Me..."

So this weeks challenge over at I ProMarkers (#124) is Music Related and as you can see I have chosen an image (from the Mimic Creations CD-Rom (Create & Craft)) of one of my all time favourite performers, Michael Jackson. The fence die is a Marianne Designs, the alphas are from Sizzix and the black roses have been in my stash forever, this was the first time it seemed appropriate to use such dark coloured flowers. The colouring is obviously my trusted PM's and some Flex markers too (I love the way the brush tip allows for a really smooth blend). I hope you like it as much as I do. This is one of those rare cards that you make and can't ever see yourself parting with! It would break my heart to give this away to anyone.
So what have I been up to besides card making - well to tell you the truth, nothing! I am now on three design teams and the Squigglefly team start this week too so I don't think I will have a lot of spare time from now on! But I am not complaining, oh no, this has been a really exciting time in my life, I feel like more and more people are beginning to see my work and I get left the most amazing compliments, so much so that sometimes it's a little tough to read as I have never really accepted compliments very well in the past, I like to think of myself as a very modest person (of course, what others think of me I will probably never know!).
I have started another new craft though - knitting!!! I learnt to knit as a kid, my mother taught me, but I only ever really learnt knit and purl and I have never made anything of any note (I did make a cardigan about twenty years ago but it was enormous). Jo and I went to our friend Elaine's house a couple of weeks back and her mum said she would teach me a pattern as I wanted to make a blanket for our bed, I like the thought of making something that will last the pair of us the rest of our days! By the end of the day, Elaine's mum Izzy had taught me a twelve row pattern with a cable design!! I couldn't believe that it was actually me doing it but it was and after a few hiccups I have really mastered the pattern and am now knitting up a storm - well on the rare occassion I am NOT making a card that is!
Picking up the knitting again made me think about all the different things I have had a go at over the years and that I have been crafting since the age of about 12 or 13, so that's over 35 years now. I have made pom-poms, learnt to knit and crochet, used CD-Roms to make cards, done Scrapbooking then Digital Scrapping, Painting and drawing (my favourite medium has always been pencils, especially 2B's), Photography, Digital art using Photoshop, Kumihimo, Stamping, Alcohol Inks, there have been so many over the years it's difficult to remember them all and I imagine it is a similar story for you too, but I have truly found my place in the crafting world now with the use of alcohol based markers and stamping. I used to love colouring as a child but what I am capable of doing now is such much more advanced and so much more rewarding too. It has really helped me over he last few years and I have the Magnolia Ink magazine to thanks really as it was all the amazing colouring going on in that mag that really made me sit up and take notice of what you could do with marker pens. So I now consider myself on a journey of discovery as to where my new found skils can take me but I am sure that the journey itself is going to be ten time more rewarding than the final destination.
Have a good weekend and I will se you again soon,
Hugs and Stuff
P.S My favourite Crafty Passion - easy to answer this one, it has to be COLOURING!!
Entered Into: Bugaboo Stamps Catch The Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Caft Your Passion Challenge #118 - Gone Gothic
Make It Monday Challenge #97 - Anything Goes
Great Impressions July Monthly Challenge - Show Us Your Best Stay In The Lines Colouring
Stampalot July Challenge - What's Your Crafty Passion?
That Craft Place Challenge - Anything Goes
ATC's and Cards With Attitude Challenge #17 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge #16 - Anything Goes

Sunday, 1 July 2012


O.M.G. the big day has finally arrived. I am now officially a member of Kenny K's Krafty Krew and we are LIVE!! Am I excited? You bet your boots I am.
The first challenge (#100 - even that has a special ring to it eh!) is called 'Raise Your Flag' and we have had to make a card using the colours of our national flag so I obviously went for the good old Red, White and Blue for En-Ger-Lund, En-Ger-Lund, En-Ger-Lund. The image we were sent, Warrior Princess really reminded me of Boudica, the woman who led an army against the might of the Roman empire. As with all of Kenny's women she is sassy but incredibly strong, a force all of her own doing, an image of woman as the true goddesses we all know you are.
The majority of elements have come from Papermania's "Portabello Road" range. The bottom layer is just Cor-din-ations card stock then a free cut out that comes with the 12x12 pack and a Memory Box die. The button is also from the same Papermania range and the ribbon was from a company called Simply Ribbons, a company which produce a really high quality ribbon at a very competitive price.
So there she is. My first effort for one of my favourite artists. I hope you like her as much as I do. Take some time to visit his site and have a look at some of the great digital downloads he has and if you have never used a digi before well maybe today is the day you give it a go.
Take Care.
Hugs 'n Stuff,
Entered into: 2 Sisters Challenge - Red, White & Blue (optional glitter/bling)
Crafts and Me Challenge #46 - Big Hair
Divas By Design Challenge #42 - Red, White & Blue
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge #213 - Celebrate - Any Occasion Card
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #83 - Red, White & Blue
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge #46 - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts Chalenge - Anything Goes
Oozak Challenge #4 - Bright Colours
Die Cutting Diva's Challenge #72 - Red, White & Blue plus add a Patriotc Symbol (The Flag!!)
Crazy 4 Challenges Challenge #144 - Show Your Countries Pride
Allsorts Challenge #162 - Red, White and Blue