Tuesday 28 May 2013

Vintage Wedding

Here's a wedding card I made as a sample for Meiflower, I wanted to use the new little satin rosebud trios, and thought the vintage image would go perfectly with the brown, gold and ivory roses.

Image - Vintage 50 Grab bag 7 - Digital Design Boutique
Couture Creations embossing folder - Washed Away
ribbon, rosebud trios and taupe stick on gems - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by,
have a great day,
Colette xx

Saturday 25 May 2013

Owl ya need is love!

Well it's another Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK and you know what that means - rain LOL!, actually we might be lucky this time as they have forecast sunshine for today and tomorrow, although sadly the rain will be back on Monday..

It's also time for another Paper Creator challenge and this time around our theme is
You don't need to use Paper Creator products to enter the challenge but if you do you get an extra chance to win the fabulous £10 voucher to spend in store.

This time around I've used the cute Owl ya need is Love card kit. As well as the backing papers, image, jumbled pyramage and sentiments the kit also contains a matching envelope and box.

Owl ya need is love card kit - Paper Creator
Lace - Stash
Flowers - X-cut palm punch - daisy
Ribbons, charm and gems - Meiflower

Don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous creations from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Thursday 23 May 2013

Rose Wedding

Here's a quick wedding card using a scrap paper, a set of dies, an embossing folder and some gorgeous Meiflower embellishments.

Polka dot paper - Scrap box
Lifestyle Nesting Doily Die - circles
Couture Creations embossing folder - Intrinsic
Bride and Groom embellishment - Meiflower
Ribbon, Diamante heart ribbon slider and Rosebud trios - all Meiflower

This really was quickie as when I found the paper in my box of scraps, it was the perfect size and didn't need to be cut, the white card was also in my scrap box and was already embossed, so I only needed to die cut the circles and ink around the edges, I then cut one in half and fixed a piece to each side before layering up the rest of the die-cuts and the embellies.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Monday 20 May 2013

My Besties Challenge, Blog Candy winner and a freebie

Did you enjoy the blog hop, I certainly did, so many beautiful creations from both team A and team B and a fabulous selection of blog candy prizes.

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and a big welcome to all my new followers.
The randomly drawn winner of my Blog Candy is
Natalie Z. *Paselska*
Please contact me via my email address in my profile and put Blog Candy winner as the subject and I will sort out getting your prize to you.

The theme for this weeks challenge is
and we would love to see your fabulous birthday creations using a My Bestie image.
The winner receives a massive $30 gift certificate to spend in store.

Image - Sweet Mary Lou - Coloured in Photoshop
Digital Papers - Flowers after the rain - Sweet shoppe Designs
Marianne Creatable - Anja's leaves 3
Sentiment by me (freebie below)
Flower - scalloped circle dies
Ribbons, diamant√© ribbon slider, gems - Meiflower

The flower is made from tissue paper, I folded a piece of tissue paper up until there were nine layers then used the 3 smallest scalloped circle dies to cut it out (cuts through all nine layers at once, so quick and easy). I layered these up from largest to smallest and pushed a brad through the centre. I then scrunched every layer, one by one, around the centre brad (this takes a bit of time), and then opened them out again to make the flower. I was trying to make something similar to the flowers on her headband and waistband, and was quite pleased with the result as it does look similar.

I also changed the colour of the digi stamp to a medium brown then darkened around the eyes and the eyelashes (every girl needs lashings of mascara).

You can find lots of gorgeous Bestie images in store HERE
and don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and check out the rest of my teamies fabulous creations.

You can snag the sentiment circles by clicking on each one to make it larger, then right click and "save as"

Thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely day,
Colette xx

Sunday 19 May 2013

Woohoo ! I'm a Besties DT member, Blog hop and freebie!

This post will stay at the top until the blog hop is over,
please scroll down for other posts

Woo hoo! I'm on the Besties Design team, I am still having to pinch myself to make sure that I am not dreaming, I may have mentioned one or twice (or more LOL!) how much I love the images, and now to be part of the design team, it really is like a dream come true.
With all the new DT members we now have two teams and will take it in turns to host the challenge, I am on team A and this week the theme is......

Mother's Day or Thank You.

You are welcome to use any Digi or Rubber Stamped Image
from any stamping company for the next 2 weeks. 

Here's my card
Image - Lolita Besties Digi Stamp by Sherri Baldy (coloured using Photoshop)
Papers - Oh So Pretty Kit - Just So Scrappy
Lifestyle nesting circles die
Anja Vintage swirls - Marianne Creatables LR0271
Rose - Die-namics Mini Hybrid Heirloom rose
Punch - EK Success
Sentiment stamp - made by me (you can snag it as a freebie below)
Gems - Meiflower  

To celebrate the new design team members we are having a blog hop.
Everyone has some candy to give away as well as a fabulous Bestie rubber stamp,
Its so easy to play along all you have to do is...

become a follower of the Besties Challenge blog and leave a comment,
then hop to each DT members blog in the list and leave them a comment too...
when the hop is over, the randomly drawn commenter from each blog gets the candy
That's it!

Here's what I have for you

Plus today's card.

There is also a fabby prize package on the
One randomly drawn commenter will win $30 gc digi stamps and 3 Bestie clear stamps.
Go check it out

If you are hopping along then you should have arrived here from Katie's blog, and your next stop will be Marrie

and just in case you get lost along the way, here is the full hop list.


Team B will be continuing the hop next week so don't forget to play along again then.

Phew! I think that is everything, and if you have managed to get through it all, then here is the promised freebie.There are two versions - the one I used - and a blank one so you can add your own message.

Just click to make larger, then, right click and "save as"

Thanks for stopping by, 
Colette xx

Saturday 18 May 2013

Little Fishy

I used the cute Little Fishy Topper sheet from Paper Creator to make today's card, I love fish, we have a couple of small tropical fish tanks at home, one in the living room and one in Meg's, room, I used to have a really big one, but it took up too much space, and with Meg being in a wheelchair there just wasn't enough room for her to manoeuvre, so we had to downsize. My tank is full of neons, I love the bright colours and to watch them darting around, I also have a couple of glass catfish in there, you can see right through them - totally weird!

Anyway today's little fishy is a cutie, I printed the sheet out twice so that I could add some decoupage layers, I also added googly eyes and some dewdrop bubbles. There is a blank square on the sheet and I added my sentiment to that.
The card front has been cut down to half it's height and shaped around the topper which is fixed into place on what would normally be the inside of the card. I cut around the waves and attached them along the top of the card front.
Images - Little Fishy Topper - Paper Creator
Paper, wave border - Pool Party - Just so Scrappy
Dewdrops - stash
Ribbon - Meiflower

See you Monday with the new Besties Challenge and Blog hop Candy winner,
Thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely weekend,

Colette xx

Friday 17 May 2013

Burgundy Wedding Invitation

I have recently put together a few wedding card samples for Mei and keep forgetting to blog them, my daughter says my forgetfulness is due to the fact that I am sooooo old, but I keep telling her that one day she will be as old as me and I wonder how she'll feel then, her answer is - that by then I will be even older and even more doo-lally so she won't seem that bad!!! she's probably right too LOL!

Anyway, before I get any older and a few more brain cells die off, here is the first of the samples, a burgundy wedding invitation.

Digital Papers - Manhatten - Sassy Designs
Tonic Geared Punch - Victorian Border
Wording - computer generated
Ribbon, diamante and pearl heart, mixed size stick on pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx 

Thursday 16 May 2013

House of Zandra

A couple of weeks ago at a local craft show I came across a company I had never heard of before, House of Zandra, their stand was full of gorgeous card samples, and 3D templates. As well as picking up the Fabulous Shoes CD (card HERE), I also bought  - an A4 sheet of pretty butterflies,there were nine on the sheet, 3 of each size - a matching background paper and - card template, (they had a sample card made up using all three and I thought it was beautiful), so today you get to see my version of the card, which is much the same as theirs except that I made mine with a white card base (theirs was cream), and I added a sentiment and some gems. The items I bought only seem to be available at the show as I have searched their online store from top to bottom and couldn't find any of them.

  I wish I had picked up a few more sheets of the background paper, as I would have liked to have covered the back of the card too, and I still have 2 sets of butterflies left, so could have made a couple more cards.

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Today's my birthday and look what Google did!

This totally freaked me out last night when I first saw it, but now I love it LOL!

Just after midnight last night before going to bed I decided to have a quick browse through my emails, when I accessed the internet and the Google homepage came on I saw that Google had been spelled out in cakes.

Oooh I thought to myself, I must share a birthday with someone who is famous for making cakes, (the picture usually represents some famous person's birthday).

Imagine my surprise, when I moved my little hand pointer over the picture to see who it was and this popped up.
It says Happy Birthday Colette!!! I nearly fell off my chair !. It's obviously only on my homepage, everyone else in the house has Frank Hornby's birthday on theirs, but how cool is that!
Thank you Google, brilliant surprise.

Also I wanted to show you this gorgeous card I received from my bestest friend Karen, we met about 27 years ago when we worked together in Otis elevators and have been friends since. Karen used to make the most beautiful quilled cards, but unfortunately she now has a lot of health problems that prevent her from doing much crafting and I know how hard it is for her to make a card - what would take us a few hours, takes Karen days and even months depending upon how ill she is.

As you can see it is in my favourite colours, and has a fairy and glitter, everything I love in a card. 

Thank you so much Karen, the card is beautiful and I really appreciate that you took the time to make it for me, you mad woman! LOL!

Also a big thank you to my wonderful hubby for my new computer,
he really does spoil me, but then again I deserve it - haha!

See you tomorrow, 
Colette xx

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Frou Frou Stepper Easel card with template

Firstly, if you've been joining in with the My Besties blog hop, then a quick reminder that you can hop through Team B's creations this week, with blog candy to win on every blog, and if you'd like to join in with the challenge then this week the theme is
give it a go, you could be the winner of a  $30 gift certificate to spend on My Besties digis.


Now, onto my card for today which was made using the Frou Frou CD from Crafters Companion, there are lots of  pretty images perfect for the ladies in this collection.

all printed components from  Frou Frou CD rom.
Lifestyle nesting die - doily circles
Feather from stash
Cats eye dazzlers (butterfly bodies) and Gems - Meiflower
Quickie glue pen and glamour dust on skirt

The card is made from an A4 sheet of card and if you fancy having a go at making this style of card then here is my measuring, cutting and folding guide.

hope you can make use of it.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Colette xx

Saturday 11 May 2013

Another one for the boys

Just a quick reminder that we are halfway through our 'One for the Boys' challenge at Paper Creator, so you only have a week to get your entry in and be in with the chance of winning a £10 voucher to spend in store.
You don't have to use Paper Creator products, but if you do, you get a second entry into the draw.

Here's another one of the many male themed cards that you can find in store.

I made up the Soccer Star Gatefold card, using the decoupage layers on the ball and whistle and adding ribbon, a football shirt charm and polka dot buttons from Meiflower. I also made up the matching envelope.

Thanks for popping in,
have a lovely weekend
Colette xx

Friday 10 May 2013

Fabulous Shoes

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Sincerely Yours Craft show at Leigh and while there I picked up the Fabulous Shoes CD, the artist herself had a stand at the show (they also have an on-line store) and there were lots of samples on show using the CD as well as some gorgeous decoupage sheets, card templates and kits.
Now I mentioned in the previous post about my collection of CD's and how I very rarely use them, (even though I keep adding to them LOL!) so I am quite astonished that here I am showing you another card made from a CD, (two in one week, - you never know if I carry on like this I might get to use all of them hehe!). 

I kept the card quite simple, as the shoe is very decorative and I wanted it to be the main focus.
I used the decoupage sheet from the CD, so although you can't really tell from the photo the shoe is layered up, it is also glittered to within an inch of it's life ( I do like a bit of sparkle).

Shoe, flower and sentiment - Fabulous Shoes CD
Background papers - With a Cherry on Top - Just So Scrappy
Quickie glue pen and glamour dust

Thanks for stopping by,
Colette xx

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Party Paws Anniversary

Have you seen the cute Panda - Bamboo - on the Party Paws CD from Crafters Companion, he is just too adorable, so I had to find a space for him, in my 'little' CD rom collection, (I use the term - little - very lightly here, as it's actually quite large, but I am trying to kid myself that I haven't spent an absolute fortune on CD's that very rarely get taken out of their cases - too little time, too many digi stamps LOL!).
Bamboo won me over with his sweet little face though, and I actually managed to get the disc in the disc drive and make a card.

Images and papers - Party Paws Paper Crafting CD
Sentiment Circle - rose image from CD, sentiment computer generated.
Pink Pearls, Pink Polka Dot ribbon and Satin rosebud trio - Meiflower

I made up the card shape myself, cut a circle aperture in the front and then added the sentiment to the inside of the card, when closed the sentiment almost fills the aperture.

Thanks for dropping in,
have a lovely day,
Colette xx

Saturday 4 May 2013

Paper Creator - For the Boys

It's time for the next challenge at Paper Creator and this time our theme is 
One for the Boys
Now I mentioned in a previous post about how difficult I find it to come up with cards for the male of the species, but Paper Creator has taken all the hard work out of it, you can just browse the site,  find the perfect card, download, print, put it together and viola! done in no time.

The randomly selected winner of the challenge will win a £10 voucher to spend in store and you don't even have to use Paper Creator products, but if you do, you get yourself a second entry into the draw.

Here's my card for the challenge

Sailboat Plate set - Paper Creator
Anchor charm, brown metallic cord and black pearl - Meiflower

 Hehe! I think I should have straightened the plate up a bit before I took the picture,
the sea is flowing downhill! 

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous creations from my teamies, we would love to see your masculine cards (mainly because I need the inspiration LOL!), so don't forget to enter our challenge.

thanks for stopping by,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Friday 3 May 2013

Last of the Gorjuss and Kraft Notes cards

Phew! I've finally made it to the last of the Crafty Devils card samples using the last Papermania releases, Simply gorgeous and Kraft Notes. The kits and embellies, were just so gorgeous that I got a bit carried away, and with one thing and another it has taken me weeks to get them all blogged.

Gift bag and matching card
Gorjuss A4 decoupage - New Heights 
Kraft Card
Kraft bag - Local pound shop
X-Cut Nesting dies - Scalloped rectangle
Gorjuss 1M ribbons
Gorjuss ribbon bows
Gorjuss Metal Brad
(shaped flap, heart and framed image on bag all came from the kit packaging)
X cut circle punch (cut swirls and rolled up to make small roses)
stick on pearls    

 Off centre diagonal gate fold, over the edge card

Thanks for dropping by,
enjoy your day
Colette xx