Monday, 28 April 2008

DCM, Tigger's 40th, Caroline Crop, Some Cards and Some Photos

Well I've been busy since I've last been on. Have gotten 2 DCM dares done, been to Tigger's 'surprise' 40th birthday party, went to Caroline's crop, taken loads of photos for CJ's Painting with Light course, made some cards and bought a few stamps online too.

I'll start with the DCM dares. This weeks one was 'Most Distressing.'

Hi it's Keryn here and it's my turn to Distress you all, or at least your cards with this weeks dare. You can make a card for any season, any holiday, any occaision but you need to use either a fingernail, curled edges, sandpaper, tearing, anything you like really as long as looks like it's had a fair bit or wear and tear.

I made two cards for this (well really 2 versions of the exact same card) and another almost identical one that has no distressing because it just didn't suit the colours.

The lighthouse is one of the stamps I bought in my little shopping spree.

I also tried out Lythan's doodling tutorial and I have to say I love it. Thanks so much Lythan. Here are the two doodled cards I did.

On Friday night it was Tigger's 'surprise' 40th birthday. We were all asked to wear black and orange out of respect for her tiggerness. I had nothing black or orange so I bought a €3 top in Penney's and altered it with some felt and fur.

Here's a group shot of all the crafter's . I'm second from the left.

Me and Caroline - thanks for the seat for the night Caroline : )

Eva and Tigger admiring the birthday LO's.

More admiring.

Then on Sunday I went to Caroline's crop. Another great day with a fab class. There was an option of either a mini book or a LO with the kit, which was REALLY generous.
The mini-album was absolutely gorgeous, I loved how it was bound but I though I have quite a few that have never had any photo's in the yet, and I had a picture that suited the LO so I took the easier/lazier option and went with the LO.

The green cardstock with the picture on it is a flap that lifts up to reveal a space where there should/will be jouranlling at some stage.The photo is my mum and granny taken at my Mum's 50th last year.

Then I did this LO all by myself using Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl papers from a pack I got in the US last October that had never been opened. I'm really happy with how it turned out and that its finished with nothing else to be added (for a change.)

The photo was taken the same night as the one in the other LO, when we were all together for Mum's birthday.

I also made some cards. I bought a flowerpot shaped punch from Meg - well it was half price so I had to. Made a few variations of the same kind of card.

Also made some cards using my new Magnolia Tilda stamps and a sketch from My Paper World.

This cake and candles stamp is a Magnolia one too.

Cut the scallop circle and inner circle for this on my CraftRobo.

Oh and the pictures I took for CJ's course last week.

Well its taken me ages to load up everything for this post, so if you are taking a peek please leave a comment, if only just to say hello.

TFL, Jan

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Some cards and photos

Well since we've gone back to school after Easter I've been hectic. I don't have a minute to myself and really I'm only crafting as is necessary - basically birthday cards that are due.

Here's some I've done recently

Got the idea for this one from Jackie's tutorial on Scrapwest. Thanks for sharing it Jackie.

Used the CraftRobo for this one. Can't take credit for the boot template though. I'd never have had the time to come up with it myself so thanks to 'Sugar and Spice' over on UKS for putting it up.

Again Thank You here was cut on the Robo. (Apologies for rubbish photo. It was a really 'get it in the post asap' so photo was taken at night in my craftroom)

I haven't had time to keep up with any of the recent dares over on DCM, but have a look at this weeks Little Extra. It's a FAB tutorial from Lythan that I can so see myself using loads. Its brilliant. Definitely worth a peek!

I've been busy keeping up with CJ's Painting With Light photography course too. It's only the second module but I'm loving it.

Here are the 3 photo's I submitted last week.

First is a picture of our washing line - well Mum's really. I'll be perfectly honest and say I never really have much to do with it.

Then this is obviously a swan. Taken at the Lough in Cork for anyone who knows it.

Last one is the arm of a rocking chair we have. I don't know what it is about this one but I really like it.

Here are the ones that nearly made the cut.

View into our garden from the gate.

Another swan.
TFL, Jan

Monday, 7 April 2008

DCM Shrink to Fit

Kathy set the challenge this week, it was a bit tough but I enjoyed it.

Shrink to Fit
I used to be able to make cards with lots of "white space" around the designs, but lately when I've tried to do this my cards just look sooooo naked!
So this week I'd like you to think small - not small cards, but small spaces of embellishment on regular sized cards.
You are allowed to cover no more than a 5x5cms area of your card with paper or embellishment - the rest of the card must be left plain.
How you use those valuable cms is up to you. So you may choose to split up those cms to use around your card, or use them in a block or a line. It might help to cut a few 5x5cm squares then cut those up to work out good ways of using your allotment. Making your whole card a miniscule 5x5cms is NOT an option!! Lets have no cheating (I know what you lot are like.....),but because I'm feeling generous, I'm going to let you add a SIMPLE greeting as extra to your 5x5 allowance! :-)

The greens match better IRL.

I also made a birthday card for someone I work with. I think the patterned papers are 3 Bugs and the greeting is cut on Craftrobo.

We got our first assignment for Cheryl Johnson's Painting With Light photography course so I was out snapping over the weekend. Some of the other doing the course have produce some fab pictures. Here's one that I took, don't think it's going to be in the top 3 but we'll have to see.

TFL, Jan

Friday, 4 April 2008

DCM Pretty Pastels and a bit more

The theme is Pretty Pastels, I think Jane was feeling all springlike and summery when she came up with this one!!! And you know what she was right - they do look scrummy all lined up on the blog don't they. We would love to see what you make of this theme!

I'm a bit late with posting this. I'm back to work after the Easter Holidays and for some reaon I seem to have less time for crafting and blogging LOL. I actually did this challenge on the day it was set but haven't had time to upload it. Had 3 cards to do for the one lady so it was great to get a bit of a push. I embossed some white card with the Paisley Cuttlebug embossing folder and chalked it in pastel colours. The greeting is computer printed because it was a personalised card and I didn't have time to stamp the whole greeting with individual letters. Here are the other two i made for her.

The photo's are poor because as usual they were taken in a rush before I had to give them away.

Last weekend I went to the Cork Croppers Crop and had a great day. This is the LO we did. Caroline had done hers with loads of pictures of 'Me Trough the Years' but I couldn't arrange my pictures in a way that I liked so i took the easy option and just put in one picture. Its my mum and me at my brother's wedding last year.

I did get another LO (almost) done. I just need to add the journalling. I'm waiting to use a journalling stamp that I have ordered. Hopefully it'll arrive this week and I can get the LO done, I even know what I want to say!

Must say thanks a million to Joanne who gave me a little storage box. Can't believe she was giving it away. I have about 7or 8 of them, I find them so handy. Thanks to Ber too who brought stamps and loads of papers that she didn't want anymore. Actually I used some for the right hand birthday card above. She also gave me some baby rub ons because my brother (the one who got married last June) is going to a Daddy soon (wow that's wierd) so I'm hoping I'll have loads of pictures to scrap.

Anyway, TFL, Jan