Fave Quote Courtesy of Dyan Reavley Art from the Heart

Don't wait for the light at the end of the tunnel........ Stride on down and light the bloomin thing yourself!!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Kenny K's Challenge #71

Haven't had chance to enter KKKG challenge for a few weeks so thought I'd make an early start this week lol.The challenge was stitching, faux or real so I went for both!!
The background was created using the serif craft artist software. It has loads of embroidery brushes and I wanted to use them all! Maybe I went a bit ott but never mind. The colour scheme is one I haven't used much before but I really like it. I used Kittykatastrophe digistamp from KennyK and coloured her in with promarkers.
I added loads of bling using stickles and foils on her jewels but the pic doesn't do them justice!The sentiment was computer generated.
A wide ricrac was coloured with promarkers to match the colourscheme and I hand stitched it to the left hand side of the card using a herringbone stitch in silky machine embroidery thread. This stitch is ideal for stitching ricrac n gives a pretty finish.
I finished off with a huge bow recycled from a posh box of choccies and a vintage button off my mam which I attached using the machine embroidery thread to match the border.
Pleased with the overall look .... fits in with the girly 'best friend birthday' sentiment.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

WOW!!!!! Craft Barn Blog Candy to be won

Wow!! Take a look at the FAB Blog candy up for grabs at http://thecraftbarnblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/look-look-look-blog-candy.html? You've got until the 25th November to be in with a chance of winning over £200 of crafting goodies to celebrate them reaching over 600 followers. Congrats Craft Barn. Good luck with the blog candy prize xx

Sunday, 13 November 2011

i'm a teddybo-aholic !!! LOL

I made this card for a competition in papercraft essentials mag. You had to create a birthday card using some type of digital elements.
The focus of the card was a digistamp from http://teddybo.com/. which I coloured using promarkers in a pastel pink and lilac to give it a really 'girly' feel.
The ruffly part of her tutu was finished in lilac glitter which looks soooo pretty but you can't see it properly on this  photo.To add a bit of extra texture I used a quickie glue penon the pompom on her hat and once it had gone clear I pressed some cottonwool onto it, giving it a woolly fluffy look. Isn't she just adorable? I'm quickly becoming addicted to these gorgeous teddy images !
The background of the card was created using the serif craft artist digital software. I'm not an expert but am getting more comfortable with it and it's so easy to create dimensional embelishments like this metallic look swirl which I highlighted with a jewelled brad to create more dimention. Fingers crossed for the comp :)

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Lest We Forget

I came across this  poem on Dyan Reavley's blog and it really touched me so I wanted to share it with you. Hope Dyan doesn't mind!

Good night God bless

The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To my Church have you been true?

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough
And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep..
Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

Author Unknown

RIP all those who have lost their lives and are still losing their lives in conflict. our thoughts are with you and your families.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Teddy Bo Challenge #21 and the ST. Lukes November Challenge

Hi came across this fabby blog recently and absolutely LOVE the digi images of TeddyBo (boy) and TeddyBea (girl). This weeks challenge was to make any card using pastel colours. I decided to make a start on my family christmas cards and kill 2 birds with 1 stone. lol.

The theme for St. Lukes Challenge for November is Christmas so I'm entering this card in that challenge as well.
I've used a TeddyBo digiimage and coloured him with promarkers. For the background I decided to use my Serif Craft Artist and some elements from digikits from Daisytrail to build up the look I wanted. Pleased with the way it's worked out and especially like the dimension on the snowflakes. I finished the card off by adding a matching ribbon, a sentiment from Hot off the press, a few jewells on the snowflakes and LOTS of glitter!!!
A closer look at TeddyBo. How cute is he???