Saturday, 29 September 2012

Happy Birthday Mason Rain! 3 Today!

 I can hardly believe that my grandson Mason is three years old today, and three years ago I was typing in a Seattle Motel on my blog letting you all know he'd arrived into the World safe and sound! 
Maria emailed me last week (just before we left, still away by the way, should be back later today) that he was into Diego (who? I know Dora, the shouty little 'explorer') and directed me to Colouring Pages For Kids  So here's Mason's card from me and his G-pops, as Maria calls her dad! What's wrong with Granddad? Grandad! (sorry it might be spelt wrong but I like it with one D!) You'll be happy sad to know, the freebie papers I used from PaperCraft Inspirations magazine 'Wild Thing' from waaay back in 2009 are still available HERE BUT are no longer free (sorry!) although they are only 99p to download the whole set. There's a link on my side bar that should take you to some of their other downloadable freebies  (worth a visit but I'm sure you have to 'sign in')
The Card, first covered in green,  then black card, then the Jungle paper. Added some brown raffia, then added the image, coloured with Promarkers, of course. Fixed on some punched out leaves from the same paper and, very rare for me, used gold peel-offs for the Happy Birthday and the number 3. (Woodware round punch and a small scalloped circle Nestie)
 I'm sure the paws and the bug buttons came from one of those huge crafty stores near Seattle. (when we were over for Mason's birth, now they're on their way back!) In the shop they were in a large container and you just helped yourself to what you wanted. So much better than having to buy about 5 for £2, when 3 of them you don't really want! 
The Font, I've used on the inside of the card, is one of my favourites. It's called Pea Leslie's Happy Font, Download HERE (Link always on sidebar) It comes with smiley faces, clouds, stars and the word 'Love' is the = or + sign!
I had one day home from dog sitting, before we zoomed off again (when I typed this post out) only to find Blogger had at last (after threatening to for months, I kept changing it back!) changed me over to the 'new' format and what a load of old twiddle it is!! The pictures won't go where you want them and at least with the 'old stile' you could change the size of pictures further even though you'd selected 'small' or 'large', and where's the 'proper' preview? When I previewed this post it was suddenly on my blog! I think they've gone backwards rather then improving it. But! I quite like the strike button and always said, it needed an 'undo button' Anyway, That's it! We should be back later today, when I hope I can add some...
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Friday, 28 September 2012

It's Friday Freebie Time Over on Bugaboo!

I'm still away but I managed to get a very very low Internet connection (which keeps cutting out)  so had a go at doing this weeks Bugaboo Friday Freebie entirely on the computer!! Not very good but at least you won't forget to pop over to Bugaboo and grab this lovely Ginger Bread girl!!  More new digi's here. The Catch The Bug Team have made some fabulous cards. I hope to make a 'real' one as soon as I get home!!
The font is a freebie it's called 2PeasGoofball and you can download it HERE 
The Red spotty paper and the green are freebies from another Shery K Design called Lady Bug! Yep there's Lady Bugs too! Catch You Later!!
 CCEE Stampers- Food or Drink (1 Entry)
Crimbo Crackers -Gingerbread
 Chocolatecoffeecards-sweet treats
Simply Create -Anything Goes
Pattiescreations-Anything Goes (2 Entries only)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Wednesday CLOSED Time!

Hi Bloggers! I'm still not here, but I suddenly had an Internet signal so thought you'd like these freebies! (PNG and Jpeg, just click and save to your computer)You may've grabbed the PNG as a one day freebie last year...Please don't share my digi's on forums, blogs or shared sites! Links back here are always welcome.  Leave a comment if you can! CLOSED
Look who's already made a card!!! Fantastic!!! Thank you Stephanie!!


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Monsterous! Quirky's Been Bugged By A Pike Again!

Back again and 'Dustin Time!' Quirky Craft's new challenge has already started over on the challenge blog. This fortnight we are sponsored by two fabulous digital artists! Bugaboo and Dustin Pike. Please scroll down to see my Bugaboo DT card in the post below this one and connect to some links. Cazzy set the theme and she wants to see...
Here's my card using six of Dustin's fabulous MONSTERS! (We can only see five) Wait! The other one's inside the card!
First I had to decide which Monster to use, and once I'd type Monster Party Time on that Notice sign one of the monster is holding, I decided I had to use more that one monster for this card! They were ready for a party! I put them all in Word, printed them out, coloured them with PromMarkers, fitted them to some black card and then fitted that, using gel glue to a blank card I'd already covered using some left over Pink Petticoat paper.
The Foot PaperClip came from Tesco's...
The Font on the front of the card is a freebie it's called IguanaLover BTN download it HERE (some sites do charge)
I've made the inside so that it sort of pops out, well, folds out. I've used the same paper (Pink Petticoat) The striped paper is Promarkers. This font inside is also a freebie, as soon as I find it I'll add the link! Come and join in over on Quirky Crafts with the challenge. Add all your crafty monster creations! I'm not here, this is one timer. Scroll down for more monsters! Hope I can later add some...
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Corrosivechallengesbyjanet-animal companions
Totallypapercrafts-for a child

Monsterous! Quirky's Been Bugged By A Pike!

I know, how do I think up these titles?!? It's easy. Add Monsters, Sponsored by Bugaboo and Dustin Pike and you've got Quirky Crafts New Challenge! Cazzy is setting the theme this time and she wants to see...
And as I said, Bugaboo and Dustin are our sponsors this time. Bugaboo are offering our winner 7 Digi's of their choice from their Bugaboo Store. And Dustin is offering $10 to spend in his Doodle Dragon Studios store! Here's my Bugaboo card. My Dustin Monster card is coming up in the next post!
I've used,
on the outside of the card, Birthday-Monster-Sign. And on the inside of the card, Birthday-Monster-Balloon pop over and see all the other monsters! Don't you think they'd make great place setting for a Monster Party!?!
As almost always, I've 3D-ed the monster and coloured him with Promarkers. First added the whole digi, then just the 'Happy' with the monsters fist attached, then the monster's face and last the blue balloon in front.
The papers were freebies with a crafting magazine a while back, the spotty ribbon also came from a crafty mag, everything else from my crafty stash. The stripy paper has been embossed with a Happy Birthday embossing folder. I added the yellow paper clip because it just happened to be to hand and matched those tiny brad buttons!
Inside, The Font is a freebie, although a few sites do charge, it's called Curlz MT, and you can download HERE for free.
Well, that's it! Click over to Quirky Crafts Challenge blog and join in!! I'm not here for most of the week, so apologies for not answering email, although I will have my laptop with me (it's surgically attached to my hip!) I may not have internet connection... and if I do it's £5 per half hour!!!! Seeing what happened after I used Hubby's dongle last time, (Google closed my email and blog down thinking I'd been invaded by aliens from Saudi Arabia or Russia) I probably won't use it ever again! Nah, Hmmm... can I see me using it anyway! Look out for the next Quirky DT card coming up using seven of Dustin's Monster's!! Thank you for stopping by...Will try and add some...
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Stella Says Sketch!! Over On Catch The Bug!

A Stella says Sketch has started over on Catch The Bug! (Or will be later today) As I'm not here this is on timer and there's two more posts coming up later today!!! (I work harder when I'm not here!!)
This is my card, featuring Make it Snappy Stella Witch, from the Bugaboo store. She comes with or without the sentiment, so you can write your own... this is my own! I did have the idea of filling the card with spider poo, but decided on spider sequins instead! I typed the sentiment in that little space under the digi in 'PaintNet', which is a freebie, just Google the name. The freebie font is Arial Rounded MT Bold which you probably all ready have on your computer.
Here's my take on the sketch. I've added black eye-lash wool, purple ribbon, purple card candi and a lilac felt flower. Papers are all by PinkPetticoat. Pop over and see what the Bug Team have come up with and join in! Wish I was here! I had a few challenges in mind for this one (sniff!) Never mind! Coming up,  another Bugaboo card followed by a Dustin Pike card for the next Quirky Crafts challenge coming up later!! Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Catch The Bug Colour Challenge!!

Argghhh!! Definitely not here, and I know right now I'll be biting my nails wondering if all the posts I have put on timer have gone out! This is one, a colour challenge should/may/will have started over on Catch The Bug! sometime today. My Pink Petticoat papers are purple/lilac and yellowy-green...even though they don't look it! Sorry for using the same paper again!! (I'm using up my bits!) Anyway...That's my card, and not a grape in sight! I've used Bobblehead hween Frank
The font
is a freebie of course, I've linked it a few posts back, it's called A Lolita Scorned, you can download it for free HERE
New Follower! Hi ((Wave)) to Snappy Scrappy  who has loads of fabulous blogs!! Bye for now...this is Lyn..typing into the night sometime before we left. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Friday Freebie At Bugaboo!!

It's Friday!! It's freebie Day!! Get over to Bugaboo, now!!! Find this little sledge boy (If not you'll find last weeks) for free and lots more of his friends in the store! Better still, pop over to see what the team have made, using him! I've 3D-ed him over a PinkPetticoat back ground, used some 'shiny' Christmas papers from a Crafty magazine, Some spotty Christmasy Card Candi, a boarder punch with some holly detail and a bracket punch. There's also a line of gold peel off and a some green elastic cord!
The font is a freebie, it's called Talking To The Moon. Download it HERE. I've opened it in WordArt, choosing the one that 'flows' with a slight shadow. That's it!! I'm not here.... see you next week I hope! (Watch out for more coming on timer) Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

WOYWW??? The Heap Grows Higher!

Sorry guys, for not getting round hardly any of you last week, just sooooo busy and this week I'm not home (Dog sitting and then away for a whole week!) this is my desk as I left it!!!
Thank you to Joynana for sending me some fantastic bags!!! Can't wait to get back to make something with them!! Oohooo, my camera thingy from last week which Hubby made, so I could video me making something, works! See me colouring here it can only get better!!
Probably won't link today as I doubt I'll have internet and I don't feel it's fair if I'm not here to call in. Putting this on timer. See you all when I get back!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Bugaboo New Realease Day

New Release time over on Bugaboo! and in a style that's a little different to the 'norm' I think! Some of you may've been brave enough to watch my mini (practise and very first) video of me colouring this Halloween image last week, so you got a sneaky peak. I made this card very very tiny! I rather like the size, but I can just see it getting lost in the post!
This is, I think, called Make It Snappy Witch and you'll find her over in the Bugaboo store! Go HERE to see what The Bug Team has made using this image. I've used a tiny scrap of Pink Petticoat paper and two tiny bits of lilac ribbon either side of it and the Happy Halloween bit has been 3D-ed. Pop over and see Bugaboo images that are New For September Catch you later! I'm not here... will try and add challenges later!! (See posts below for links to freebies) Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, 16 September 2012

A Witch, A Cat, Some Pumpkins and Freebie Links!

First! Happy Birthday Maria! (daughter in Seattle) Just a quickie Halloween card, using one of my own digi's! yay! Two of them, in fact! Witch-Hazel and her cat, and the pumpkins, mainly coz I wanted to add a link to the freebie papers I've used before I forgot where I found them!
You can download them and many more from There's ten Halloween papers in the set, you'll find them HERE by Shery K Designs.
The little loops of paper I made by printing out a 'poem' I made up years ago, typed out loads of times and printed out. I was going to use it here but there didn't seem a need to, hence the little loops instead. Might add the sheet of typing later as a freebie too.
And talking about paper, if you look closely you'll see why I might not finish this card. I bought a packet of 'Ultra Smooth White' yesterday, which I wasn't very happy with. The Promarkers just bled all over them, and even started roughing up on her hat! (just like the old Whisper pens used to) I know how many of you have this problem, so if YOU have found some fab paper/card, please tell us where!!!
I've done a bit of mock stitching, added two tiny brad buttons, three purple larger ones and some Dovecraft Glitter glue, bit more for your money than the Stickles, so I thought I'd give it a try, as you can see here, put 'crystal' over black and it shows up as green.
Bit of a bish-bosh inside the card but at least you get to see some of the freebie papers!
The Font I've used under the witch is called Janda Happy Day download it free HERE The Font I've used on those little loops and inside the card is called A Lolita Scorned, you can download that for free HERE
New Followers! Hi and a big ((wave)) to Sylvia Hon! and Ann Flanigan Giannini (no links) Thank you for following! I'm not here...back later to add more links, and maybe more pictures! Have Fun!!
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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Eyes Down! It's Bingo @Bugaboo!

Another Bugaboo Challenge has started over on Catch The Bug! (It's all go over there!) It's nice and easy so everyone must get over there and join in now! It's a...
which means, for those of you who might not know, all you have to do is choose three things in a line to add to your card from the bingo card below! Easy!
In fact sooo easy all I really had to do was to rip a bugaboo image in half... (but who would want to do that!?!) because I chose the line 'Tearing.... A Bugaboo Image.... and a flower!'
My Card: I knew I had a bit if this 'grass and daisy' paper somewhere, (Hobby Craft) hunted it out and it was 'just' big enough after tearing around the edge to cover the card.
Printed out Clyde the Dragon (AKA Clyde - Clyde Friend) a couple of times so I could 3D him, coloured with Promarkers, did a bit of detail with a white gel pen, added a shake of micro glitter to the ladybirds. Added a wooden ladybird which I prised off a tiny peg, then made my own flower by colouring some paper with a red Promamarker and punched out about 9 different sized 'flowers,' scrunched them up and then put them together with a yellow brad, added some leaves (Used Woodware punches) then speckled them all with some red Stickles glitter glue. (some of the micro glitter got on them too!)
Because I had no more 'grass' paper, inside I've used Neighbourwood' 6x6 Designer Pack, half the papers have glitter. My pack has 48 sheets and it was only 2.99. So quite a bargain!
And even better, I remembered I won the whole set of Neighbourwood clear stamps waaaay back in January for having one of my cards in the Trimcraft Newsletter! Must use them!!
I've photographed two insides for this card coz I couldn't make up my mind which one to use. First one is with the sentiment that comes with the digi and the second picture shows the sentiment that hubby chose. I actually liked the dragon, tasty, crunchy and ketchup one I did best, but that probably would go better with a meaner looking dragon, and I didn't take a pic of that one... next time!
The font (In the second pic) is a freebie. It's called Candy Round BTN Download HERE.
Using scraps I've made a pocket on the inside for birthday money or anything else you can fit in there.
New Follower! Hi and A Big ((Wave)) to Becky Woodall! No links yet, but I might find you later!! Found you!! Becky is a SU demonstrator!! Go see her blog, Just B Creative Crazy!
That's it I think! Don't forget to go over and join in the Bugaboo, Catch The Bug Bingo challenge! And win some prizes!!Back Later to add links... when I get back from wherever I've been!
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Simplycreatetoo-anything goes
Stamp and create-anything goes (monthly)
Digidoodleshopsbest-anything goes 2nd Prize!!!

Friday, 14 September 2012

It's Friday Freebie Day! @ Bugaboo

Right! Two treats... depending on the way you look at them... One, it's Friday Freebie day over on Bugaboo Pop over anyway to see the fabulous cards made by the Bug-Team! See more halloween mummys here.
Here's my card.
Now, for those of you in England, The Little Mummy boy, or girl (I have added both boy and girl spiders!) is holding some Halloween Candy Corn. Which I wouldn't've known if we hadn't gone over to Seattle when our grandson was born, (nearly three years ago now!)
I didn't really like them at first but in the end we scuffed loads! Had bags in the car and just filled our faces. The ones I liked best were the ones with chocolate flavoured bottoms, which is why my candy has a brown bottom!
Talking about bottoms, I wasn't sure if that bit at the back of the mummy was the mummy's bottom (or other foot) or if it was part of the candy, as it gave him a whole new look if coloured the same as the candy and made it look as though he was wearing it! (Good both ways!)
I've 3D the little mummy, coloured him with Promarkers. The little green hand is a paper-clip from Tesco's. (added just to see, but got stuck there so stayed) All the papers are by PinkPetticoat.
Now the second treat, which really isn't one. Hubby made a thingy holder for my old camera, as I had this idea to film me making my shaker card... that didn't happen, but this is my hands... first go, practising! (turn it up if you really want to hear me talking to myself!

If you haven't ran away screaming...(or fallen asleep) back to the card. The inside has a pocket for birthday or treat money or tickets to a favourite film or show. I've added a BOO! label attached to a strip of acetate.
The font is a freebie. It's called Spiderfingers, Google the name or find it HERE. It prints solid black (or any colour) but if you want it like this put it into WordArt on your computer.
That's it! Don't forget to pop over to Bugaboo to grab your freebie, make something and join in with their challenges!! I'm not here at the moment, this is on timer, so back later to add some...
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

How To Make A Halloween Shaker Card. Using A Bugaboo Image

It's the middle of my last month (boo hoo hooo) as a Guest Designer at Bugaboo, which means it's time for my Bugaboo Tutorial. Tammy suggested I redo my 'How To' make a Shaker Card tutorial, adding a Bugaboo Digi to it instead, so here it is! I did try to film this. John was very clever and made a clampy-whatsit-thingy with an old bendy lamp, which he pulled apart and screwed my old camera (That no longer takes pictures but can still film) to it. I had a practice, and filmed me colouring, but decided it would take too long to film my hands making a shaker card. Bit like a naked Sooty and Sweep Show.
To start...Pick a card in the colour you want to use, failing that, cover it with the colour you'd like, and some nice backing paper (Freebie from Bearly Mine Designs). I used photo glue and a strip of double-sided sellotape to do this bit. (The rest is just Photo Glue)Choose what size of frame you'd like to use and cut out a square from some strong cardboard. I used the card from the back of an art pad and covered it with contrasting paper. Bend the paper around the frame before you try glueing it. Snip off the corners so they fold neatly.
Add acetate, (mine was cut from what was once a box for cards) to the back of the frame with double-sided sellotape, and then 3D foam strips. If you don't think the 3D tape is thick enough, you can always add another layer.
Choose a picture to go inside your frame. I picked Scene-it-Halloween Peekers from Bugaboo Putting it into Word I added a starry sky (PinkPetticoat) back ground then coloured the digi with Promakers. Cut it out so it will fill the frame then fix it to your card.
Here I've added some (my last tiny bit!) black eyelash wool to the frame and some black ribbon to the card. The ribbon goes round the card through a little snip in the fold and fixes on the inside with tape.
I would do the inside of the card before you add the shaker frame, this will hide any ribbons, cords or brads you may have fixed to the front. If you plan on fixing brads to the front, do this first. If you think about it afterwards, fix the brads to small circles of card and then using a dob of silicone glue stick them to the card.
Add beads or sequins, (If you're making a Christmas card you could use snow flakes or even white flower soft) to the centre of your picture and then carefully fix the frame over them and press down firmly. (Don't sneeze!)
Add any embellishments you'd like. Above I've added Lavender Stickles Glitter Glue, later I added gems, flowers, and some purple sparkly elastic cord. And there you have it...
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