Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Okay, you know how it is when you're trying to think of a good idea for something like this, they all stay firmly locked in the Good Ideas Vault? So I confess, I've just recycled an old one, but I think it'll give enough scope to all those in the circle.
So anyway, the first photo is the front cover of the book, lots of "real" sewing around the papers and to fix the ribbon on, then some doodled stitches added for good measure.
Then just a glimpse of the intro page.............
And this is my own first page - I'd planned to do a couple more pages before it went out, but someone stole the time away from me, you know how it goes, so I've "reserved" the next double page to do when the book comes home again. At least that gives plenty of time to think what those pages will be for.
and now just a glimpse of the signing in instructions.....
The little bobbins fold out to give space for the circle members to write a message.
And finally the back cover - which says it all really!
Now comes the waiting, for each book to arrive for me to add something to, and eventually for the whole circle to be completed and our books back with their originators - I wonder what everyone will put in mine, and will they be happy with what I do in theirs - it's all so scary!
Friday, February 23, 2007
Well this week my turn to set the dare came round again and a sudden flash of inspiration, or maybe insanity led me to the title 20/20 Vision and the idea of using sets of 20 items on one card.
So I can claim the full 20/20 for this one, though I'm sure someone somewhere could make a card with 20 different ribbons on it - which was what I really wanted to do....anyone up for the challenge!
Here's the card I've made for little cousin Sam's first birthday. I've been wanting to try the fold I saw on Tracey's blog for ages and it seemd a good one for this card - I can enter it in the "Oh Boy!!!" male cards midweek challenge too :-)
I'm not sure where the paper came from, I've had it for ages, it was a set of patterns in the same colour so that makes matching difficult blues much easier! I made the number from some cereal packet "chipboard" covered with more paper and some Glossy Accents over the top. The die cuts are QK and I've used stickers for the name - the first time I've ever used them!
And I've two more new cards to show, both using papers from the MM Simply Fabulous range and both using the same layout. The blooms are from various places - the green ones are fab, they were from a little pack in my Christmas stash, some have glitter, some are plain and some have spots.
Now, everyone else's responses to this are a whole lot more interesting than this one, but I did obey the rules to the letter and reach for the nearest book!
I was tagged by Paula in response to the 123 book meme.
So here goes;
1. Find the nearest book
Got it, it was on the shelf next to the desk, but it's one of Hubby's computer books .....
2. Name the book & the author
3.Turn to page 123.
OK I'm there...
4. Go to the 5th sentence on the page & copy out the next three sentences onto your blog.
"If it finds a variable, it assigns the value to it."
"In this case, x holds the value 20."
5. Tag 3 more people.
Em Gillian Keryn
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
We went off and had a few days in Canterbury in celebration of Hubby's birthday. Eventually I'll have some photos to put on here, but Himself insisted that we shoot "raw" as it makes sorting the dross and then improving the light and stuff on the OK ones easier. As I don't know how to do the "developing" I'll just have to wait until he has time to do them for me.
The light definitely needs a bit of help though as Canterbury was grey, very grey - though it didn't actually rain, so we should be glad of that. Well, it didn't rain till yesterday when we went to the seaside to get our "fix" of seeing the sea before heading for home. Ah well we managed to get a walk along the prom at Tankerton past all the cute beach huts (I love 'em, he hates 'em) which was good. On a whim we decided to go to the Isle of Sheppey - just because it was there and it's somewhere we'd never be likely to go for any other reason. Well, we've been now and don't see the need ever to revisit......good bridge though.
We arrived home, chilled out for a while then went out for a rather delicious Chinese meal.
Today, of course, with our little holiday over, the sun has come out. Typical.
And this is just a glimpse of Hubby's birthday card. Mucho thanks to Jane for the inspiration - gleaned from her gorgeous card for the "In the Fold" dare this week.
Whilst I call the embellishment a rosette Hubby of course only said "You've made me a card with a flower on it" - so, fellow DCM girls - do you recall what I told you his reaction would be?
Told you so!
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Now if only I can come up with something for hubby's birthday, and get my CJ ready to send I'll be a happy bunny
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
" Maybe you have been inspired by an Ad in a magazine, the colours or design that has been used. Or incorporate actual magazines & newspapers onto your card; maybe chop up letters (ransom note style) to create the sentiment So grab that latest edition of your favourite Mag, or pick up your newspaper, because there is so much inspiration there, Just waiting for you to discover! "
The DCM blog has all the fantastic, inspirational cards from the team on show, so don't forget to check them out and to visit the individual blogs for more information about each one. We 're hoping you'll have loads more ideas on how to use this theme for your own cards and we're looking forward to seeing how everyone rises to this challenge!
Well, this week my first two ideas ended up in the bin! So this is number three and I think if I'd had a bit more time I'd have refined this one, maybe kept to a tighter colour scheme. I started by cutting out loads of "sale" type words from the local rag and some other junk advertising stuff, then I arranged all the little pieces on to a plain sheet of paper which I scanned and printed onto vellum. Actually, the first print went straight onto card but it didn't look right so I tried the vellum. This was stuck to the card in the middle with double-sided tape and at the corners with blads. I added a piece of plain white card across the centre, plus some narrow lengths with computer generated "Sale" labels, then inked with red and stuck above and below the plain card.
The bags are a mixture of QK and Bosskutz ones and I used several different types of card and paper to make them. As I said, I'm not happy with the colours - the reds of the scanned ads came out quite orangey, which is why I chose the patterend papers I used for some of the bags - but with hindsight, I don't think I really needed to do this. If I made this card again, I'd stick to a red and white colour scheme for the bags, and probably just have palin bags with the "SALE" word on in various styles.
The "Shop Till You Drop" words are meant to look like garment sales tags.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Well, I've now started on my first few pages, so here is the "title" one for January, I wish I'd done something else for the "Happy New Year bit - if I come up with a better idea I'll rip it off andreplace it! I think it looks a mess.
The second picture is of my first little LO "proper" - it's of my New Years Day Show-stopping pud! I quite like this one and it was a good chance to open my Holly Crate paper pack!
The little journalling label thing is one of the SA Kit stamps from a couple of months back
No ribbon, no flowers, just a lot of inking and a couple of brads, QK Olivia lettering and QK photo corner die cuts.
I didn't take many photos in January as I only thought of doing this a couple of weeks ago, so don't have many pics to choose from. I've got another page to do though - believe it or not of the last lot of snow we had, though today's is much more impressive! Still, beggars can't be choosers....!
Keep safe, wherever you are
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Only just got this card finished in time to do a photo before the light went! It's for the latest Daring Cardmakers' Little Extra - which is to make a card to go with whatever weather or season you've got in your part of the world. With visitors to the blog from all over the world it should be fun to see how everyone gets on with this one.
I love snowdrops, they are a glimmer of hope that winter is drawing to an end at last, and here in Hertfordshire there are snowdrops all over the place - it's still freezing cold and we've had lots of frost, but it really cheers me up to see the snowdrops.
I've been busy with cards today, I had an order for an engagement card which needs to go to the office tomorrow - and I only remembered about in the middle of the night - had to get up and leave myself a note or I'd have forgotten again!I've also done my card for Friday's DCM challenge, not without a good old struggle along the way, though, and finished one of the birthday cards I need to make for little Sam's first birthday. This one's for my aunt and uncle to send to him so I hope they like it!
Tomorrow I'm hoping to get another "Sam" card done - the one for us to send this time, and maybe even do a page or two for that mini scrapbook....And I've yet to do any new pages for the "Sam Scrapbook" this year so should try and get some Christmas ones doe=ne before I forget where all the Christmas bits and bobs are.
Oooh yes my luverley, yummy new SA Kit arrived today and it is seriously fab, with some great dingbat style stamps, some chipboard plaques, flowers, ribbons and of course, some lovely paper and card. Are you jealous? Well you should be!
Friday, February 02, 2007
Over on the friendly forum that is Scrapstars this weekend sees a Cyber Crop with loads of classes to join in with. Lythan is doing a card class, I'm doing a bit of Shrink Plastic and there are scrapbook LOs, a canvas class and something called a LOVE JAR oooooer missus!
I thought I'd give a sneaky peek here of some of the cards I've made with the shrink plastic I did for my little class - hopefully to tempt you to have a go!
And now back to our fab DCM challenge for this week.