Saturday, 1 November 2014

Returning to normality and .......

Hubby is home :-)

Hi everyone.  Hello out there, I hope that you are all well and had a fabulous Halloween.

My apologies once again, for not being around much, but for those of you that follow my blog regularly, you will know that Andy arrived back home for good on the 24 October.  He start's his new contract on Monday :-)

We have had a fabulous week and have accomplished much.  We had a lot of catching up to do on some much needed sorting and things that we had put off for the past 2 years.  New furniture for our bedroom, including some fabulous Ikea PAX wardrobes - which we managed to put together and we are still talking to each other LOL!

I also have not been totally idol on the crafting side, however, maybe a little bit different.  Emily is the only one dressing up for Halloween this year as she is going to a party at friends.  She is very much into the games Legend of Zelda, you may have to ask you kids about this one LOL!  She wanted to see if I could make her a costume for her to dress up as Link.

Anyways, she was really pleased with how it turned out.  I made the green tunic and the hat, we used a polar neck sweater for under the tunic, along with some cream winter leggings.  Luckily had an old pair of Shannon's boot's that now fitted Emily and worked well with the outfit.


The highlight in Emily's hair is real, she had it done back in the summer :-)


Of course she had to have the Master Sword, unfortunately we ran out of time to make the Hylian Shield :-)


We made the sword out of foam board, and used acrylic paints and electrical tape for the handle. The things us crafter's will do for our kids eh!  


And ready to take on the Dark Link at any time :-)  Again check with your kids LOL!

I am also in the middle of sorting out my ink storage again - and Andy kindly put up some lights in the top of my storage cabinet where my inks are kept - it looks so much better and will be even better once the storage is done.  Also re-purposing some old stamp blocks into inking blocks, so will show you all this when I am finished.

Thanks again for continuing to support me and my blog, for the fabulous comments and support you have shown me and the laughter and virtual hugs when I needed them most.

Will be back up to speed with you all soon and back to crafting too :-)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Post from Etty :-)

Hi everyone.  I am sharing this post over at Sheila's blog today, She's a Sassy Lady, for my monthly visit.

I want to thank you all for your lovely comments and support, and the joy that you know I am feeling because Andy is finally coming home.  Only 3 more sleeps - whoop whoop! :-)

Today, I decided to have a go at using the Mojo Monday sketch, as my mojo sort of took a break recently.  Here is the sketch.


And here is my take on the sketch.  


I used all elements from one of the new Polkadoodles CD's.  This is the Winston Deluxe Papercrafting Collection and is now also available for immediate download and can be found here.

This is Etty, and I used one of the decoupage design sheets, that are in this fabulous collection.


There are so many lovely images, embellishments and amazing selection of papers.  This Collection is truly wonderful and so versatile.

For the inside I did the same layers as the front, and added a pink panel to leave a message and couldn't resist adding another picture of that fabulous post box!


And finally another shot of the outside.  I inked all the edges of all the layers with CTMH Cotton Candy and added a little pearl dot to the little flower.


I love how crisp this looks, the papers are so wonderful.

This is the collection I used.

**  Winston Deluxe Papercrafting CD Collection

I am entering this card into the following challenges.

Mojo Monday - Challenge #368 (closes 26 Oct)

Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge /192: Anything Goes (closes 27 Oct)

Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Challenge #58: Anything Goes - twist add some flowers (closes 27 Oct)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Oh No! Christmas is coming! ;-)

OK are you ready for this!

There are only 68 days to go!  There are only 10 more weekends till Christmas.  So you better get your creating heads on :-)  Or your shopping heads, which ever you prefer :-)

And I will just mention that there are 7 more sleeps till Andy is home for good  :-)  :-)  :-)

This fortnights challenge starts at Polkadoodles today and our theme is Christmas Fun.  So anything to do with Christmas.  Doesn't have to be a card, could be a gift or decoration too.  We all need that inspiration this time of year - so off you go.

I gave you this sneak peek the other day :-)


I decided to make a pop up box card.  I was challenged to use the Work and Play collection to make my Christmas creation. 


I used the little ballerina from the Work & Play 2 Collection, the papers are also from this CD.  I then added some butterfly wings, pre-coloured digi from the Bonbon Belles CD Collection, to turn her into a fairy :-)  She has been coloured with my Prismacolor pencils, which I have listed below this image. (The numbers in brackets are my own numbering system)


Hair - 1012, 942, 1034, 941
(9, 10, 12, 114)
Skin - 927, 939, 1092, 928
(37, 42, 32, 33)
Dress - 122
(22)

I also added some Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, Stardust, and added it to her wings, dress and hair band. Was difficult to get a photo of the sparkle, but looks better in person. 


The trees, and mushroom house are pre-coloured digis, these and the sentiments, and other embellishments are all from the fabulous A Home for Christmas CD.


She is so adorable.  Did you know that there are more and more single digis being added to the store each week? This ballerina is available all on her own too and you can find her HERE.


There you have it, my little bit of inspiration for you this week.  You have until Noon GMT, Friday 31st October to enter.  So why not get your Christmas hat on and enter our Polkadoodles Challenge.

I used the following collections for this creation.  Clicking on a picture will take you to the store :-)

** Work & Play Collection 2   Bonbon Belles Double CD Collection

A Home for Christmas CD Collection

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog - Monthly Technique Challenge: Pop Up Box Card (closes 14 Nov)

Inky Chicks - Challenge #40: Christmas (closes 25 Oct)

Inky Impressions Challenges - Challenge #181: Anything Goes (closes 21 Oct)

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Challenge #199: Anything Goes (closes 21 Oct)

Crafting From the Heart - Challenge #40: Anything Goes (closes 19 Oct)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More Practice and counting down the days :-)

Hi everyone.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and that all my fellow Canadians had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Monday, for the very last time I took Andy to the airport to go back to Winnipeg.  I will be picking him up again on the 24th October - and he will be home for good!!!!

So only 9 more days and counting!

I have a little bit of Prismacolor practicing to share with you today.  And just in case you are wondering what the numbers in brackets are, I have added my own numbers to the pencils 1 - 150, as they are not numbered numerically and by doing this I have made them easier to locate - well for me anyways :-)


I love both of these colour combinations.  Sorry I hadn't got around to doing the dark haired face yet :-)

I also have a little sneak of a creation I have made for the next Polkadoodles Challenge, starting this Friday.


Happy Hump day everyone.  Will be catching up with you all today.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Let's Play!

Hi everyone.  It is Friday and here in Canada a long weekend for us as we celebrate our Thanksgiving.  Hope all my Canadian friends have a wonderful weekend.

It's also inspiration week over at Polkadoodles for our Anything but Square Challenge.

For my little bit of inspiration this week, I have made a hexagon shaped card with the little gamer boy off of the Work and Play 2 CD.  He is also available as a single digi here.


As I explained yesterday, my laptop is out of action and therefore unable to use my Cameo. However, I didn't let that stop me making a shaped card.  I used Word, and printed a hexagon shape onto the back of the papers, in different sizes for the layers, and then used my good old paper trimmer.  See we can get by when we need to :-)


I coloured the gamer boy with my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  Quite pleased with how he turned out.  I popped him up on some foam dots to add a little depth to the card.  I have listed the pencils used below.

Prismacolor pencils
Skin  927, 939, 1092
Hair  941, 1082, 946
Top  922, 924, 925
Jeans  1024, 1025, 901

For the inside I used the same layers as the front and then added the cream panel and stars to leave a message.


I inked all the edges of all the layers and then some ticket sentiments to finish off the card.


So glad to be back in blog land.  Although it will be the middle of next week now before I have something else to share. 

Thanks all for stopping by - appreciate each and everyone of you.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy crafting.