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Designer/maker of hand knitted, hand crafted, handmade items, avid collector and reluctant seller of vintage china, mum, home-educator and book lover. Blogging about our crafts and makes, our home education journey, and reviews of books we use.
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Sunday, 26 February 2012

You perk me up

Today's post is my entry for this week's challenge over on CAS-ual Fridays, where the theme is "Jest for the pun of it".

My entry for CFC41:

You perk me up!

My second card is an entry for Love to Create challenge #3, which is to use Navy, Pink and one other colour.

Card number three today is an entry for Catered Crop's latest challenge, the theme of which is RED so here's my entry:

And last but not least for today's cards, is my entry for Addicted to Stamps latest challenge, which is a birthday card with dots, to which I've added dots, stripes, a coordinating rhinestone heart, a gorgeous little stamped mouse which I've water coloured, and a stamped 'birthday wishes' sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, 21 February 2012

7-year old Birthday bling

It's Mr YC's great-niece's birthday soon, and like most soon-to-be 7 year old girls, she's very into handbags, shoes and jewellery.  She's also extremely fond of pink, purple and gold.

I spotted a bargain priced stamp set in town yesterday, and immediately thought of Charley when I saw it.  I inked around the card edge with the purple inkpad that came with the set, stamped the dress in black and coloured it with a pink gel pen, adding some glitter around the edges, and a paper-pieced panel.  The flower centres are coloured with a gold glitter gel pen.  The bag, shoes, mirror and necklace are stamped in a gold ink from an Anna Griffin set, and I've added a bit of silver glitter-glue bling to the mirror.

The 'princess' part of the sentiment came with yesterday's stamp set, with the 'birthday' part from another stamp, as the original said "pretty princess" and I wanted to make this into a birthday card.  I've also added more "bling" in the form of some sparkly purple glitter around the sentiment.  The card is finished off with some gold ribbon from my stash, and I made a matching bow.

The theme over on CAS-ual Fridays this week is a party card with ribbon, so I'm entering this card there in challenge CFC40, and as adding glitter to any card is totally out of my comfort zone, I'm also entering this week's "Fab and Funky" try something new challenge #108.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Less is More Week 55

We've had a quiet, rather lazy weekend following a very long and hectic Friday when we had to do a 500-mile round trip from Yorkshire to Portsmouth for my aunt's funeral.  It went as well as any funeral can go, and despite it being such a sad occasion, it was nice to catch up with various family members, many of whom I haven't seen for a very long time.

Saturday brought some reasonably nice weather, so we went out for some fresh air and so Mr YC could take some photos of local churches in good light.  It was very cold, so the Possum (who's gone down with a cold) and I stayed in the car, but I did take some 'arty-farty' shots of a tree because I liked the way the light was shining on it.

Tree outside Badsworth church
Later, I made a couple of mini cards, both using stitching, and tried to catch up with the latest challenges for the coming week.

Stitched mini silver butterfly

Stitched snowflake
Having not had the materials to enter the last couple of challenges over on the "Less is More" blog, I knew I wanted to enter this weeks, which is a clean and simple card, using punches or die cuts.  So my entry for Less is More Week 55 is this one:

Entry for Week 55 on Less is More
I also used some of the same papers and die cuts to make this next card, but I think there's a bit too much "stuff" on it to count as a clean and simple card, so I'm entering this into the Digidoodles Challenge 95 "Anything Goes".

Entry for Digi Doodles Challenge 95
Once the cards were finished, we took advantage of a lovely day to get out and take some more photos, again of churches.  Mr YC has got a thing about HDR images at the moment, and old buildings do give some lovely results.  If you want to take a look, you can visit his online gallery.  I love the effect HDR gives of painted images as opposed to photos.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jess.
Thursday, 16 February 2012

Christmas Girl

Today's post is my entry for another Christmas challenge blog, Christmas Challenges with sketches challenge #20.

And my interpretation of the sketch:

Another blue and white Christmas card, and this time I've used a square 5" x 5" card, a pretty little girl with a Christmassy basket digi stamp by Inger Harding of simplyinger.blogspot.com, which I've hand coloured with my pencils - still hoping for some Promarkers for my birthday! - and used up various papers from my stash.

And a stamped sentiment on the inside with Color Box sky gray.

I rather like this little girl, and the sketch layout, so I've made 3 of these cards in various sizes.  Thanks to Christmas Challenges for the great sketch!

Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012

One for the boys

When it comes to making cards, there's just so much stuff out there for making pretty, girly cards.  Masculine cards though, are a different matter, and it's nice to know there are a few challenge blogs out there dedicated to blokey cards, and that others sometimes put up "for the boys" as the theme.

I made this card for a particular friend whose birthday is next week, and I chose this digi-stamp (from www.simplyinger.blogspot.com) especially for him as it reminded me of the time, when we were both around 10 or 11, that I buried him and another friend in a huge snowdrift and took a photo of them both with just their heads and arms sticking out of the snow.

It's just a very simple one-layer card, without any sentiment on the outside; inside I stamped 'happy birthday'.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

DigiDoodleShop Challenge #94 - One for the Boys
Hotshot Craft Challenge #4 - One one for the Boys
SweetNSassi Digis SNSDC40 - Hat off to you (any image or element that includes a hat and uses a digi image)
KaboodleDoodles - Where the boys are
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #12 - One for the men or boys

Knitted squares and cards

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's been a strange day here in the YC household.  As it's half-term, Tiger has stayed with us for an extra couple of days, and for some reason, both Mr YC and I both thought today was Sunday, resulting in general confusion and a missed appointment.

The ice out the back has finally all melted so the kids were able to play outside safely, and I managed to knit a couple more 'squares' towards the blanket I'm determined to make.  Only another 300 or so to go!!

On the card side, here are some I made last night and this evening.
Birthday or occasion card for someone special

Any occasion card

Get well soon card which I'm entering into a new challenge blog "Love to Create" as the challenge is Buttons and Bows, and this card has both!

Any occasion card, perhaps birthday? with paper pieced bird houses.

I had great fun making these, using the "Sweet Tweet" stamp set and papers that came with a magazine.

Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, 11 February 2012

Today's cards

Second post for today, although almost 23 hours after the first one.  Somewhere inbetween posts, I did manage to get some sleep, get a load of stuff listed on eBay as it's a free listing weekend here in the UK,  do some boring domestic stuff and also managed to make a few cards!

The first one is my entry for CAS-ual Friday's CFC39 challenge, which is a clean and simple card with paper piecing.

I cut two strips of coordinating pink backing paper, then stamped directly onto the card with a bird image that came with a magazine, and also a 'sweet tweet' sentiment that came with the same set.  I then stamped the bird image again onto another piece of the plain pink paper, cut out the wings and overlaid them onto the image.

They don't show up too well in the photo because the paper's so pale, but they're there, honest!

The next two cards aren't for challenges or anything in particular, other than to add to my slowly growing stash of Christmas cards.

A hand-stamped and hand-coloured Christmas candle, with a stamped sentiment, some peel-off snowflakes and a bow.  Despite watching numerous tutorials on how to tie bows, and seeing some wonderful ones elsewhere on other people's cards, I'm still crap at them.  Definitely more practice required.

Again, hand stamped and hand coloured images, and a slightly improved attempt at a bow!

I wasn't anticipating creating the last card I'm posting today, but when Mother-in-law announced that it's her friend's grandaughter's first birthday tomorrow, I couldn't resist making a card for her.  It won't get there in time for the day itself, but hopefully the little girl (or at least her mum!) will like it.
Thanks for stopping by, and hope you're having a great weekend.


Christmas again!

This card is based on CPS Sketch #5 of their 15-day 5th anniversary challenges so I'm entering this there, and as it has no people or animals and is a Christmas card, I'm also entering it into an all Christmas challenge over on Crimbo-Crackers.

Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, 10 February 2012

Kitten love

Another quick post, this time my entry for CPS 5th anniversary challenge #4, the sketch for which is this:

 and my interpretation:

A gorgeous kitty, pre-coloured digi image, a "with love" stamp that came with a magazine stamped with Stampin' Up's "Cajun Craze" hung on some pink cord, and finished off with a pink ribbon bow.  I think he's kinda cute, and I'll be sending him down to my cat-loving mum, who's feeling rather down at the moment, to cheer her up.
Thursday, 9 February 2012

Birthday love

Second post for today is this card which I'm entering for CPS-Card Sketch 5th anniversary challenge #3 which is based on this sketch:
and my interpretation, using a digi image from http://simplyinger.blogspot.com/:

Thanks for stopping by, and hope you're having a great day!

A blue and white Christmas

When I was growing up, I remember my Mum alternating the Christmas decorations, with one year being the more traditional red/green/gold and the following year being blue, white and silver.  I always looked forward to the blue and silver years, as somehow the tree always seemed to look nicer in these colours.

I've been experimenting lately with stitching on paper/card and have been making some stitched Christmas baubles with a view to getting well ahead with my stash of Yuletide cards so I don't have the same mad rush as I did last year, where horror of horrors, I ended up buying cards instead of making them.

I put this card together last night to salt away with my Christmas card stash, and this morning found what I think is the perfect challenge to enter it into, over on Winter Wonderland's 'blue and white' challenge.  I'm hoping they'll forgive the few silver embellishments as these were already on the card before I found the challenge!

I'm also entering this for Christmas Crafting Challenge #8 - Blue, White and Silver.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Back on your feet

I'm lagging well behind on the 5th anniversary challenge sketches over on CPS Card Sketches as they're already on sketch #10 and today's post is for Challenge #2.

And here's my interpretation:
I've used a 'get well soon' turtle digi stamp - I honestly can't remember where I found him - which I printed out twice, then cut out and coloured the centre piece which is mounted on foam pads over the first piece to add a bit of depth.  Not having yet been blessed with any Promarkers, although they're very high up on my birthday wish-list, he's been coloured in with pencils.

Have a lovely day, and thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Time for Tea

Another card-making challenge blog, CPS Card Sketches, is celebrating its 5th anniversary this week.  I really musn't have been paying attention for longer than I thought as I've only just discovered the wonderful world of challenge blogs!

Anyway, a very happy 5th birthday to CPS, and to celebrate their anniversary they're having 15 days of sketch challenges, with the first being this one ...

so here's my card, based on this sketch.  I've used some raspberry card, with tea-themed backing papers, and a tea-time stamp by Anitas, stamped with a pale pink ink.

From Russia, with Love

It's been a very long time since I blogged about anything at all, and somehow almost a year's gone by with us seeming to get overtaken by life events.  So it's a bit of a shame in many ways that my somewhat sporadic card making got a kick start this last week with me having to make a bunch of sympathy cards following the loss of my Aunt, and then my parents' neighbour.

Wanting inspiration from other card makers for something a little lot more cheerful, I went scouring the net to find inspiration ... and stumbled headlong into a whole new thing for me ... card making challenges.

Feeling a bit like stone-age woman who's suddenly found herself in a modern-day sweet shop, I've spent my free time over the last week happily browsing all number of challenge sites and wondering if I dare pluck up the courage to enter any of the challenges as unlike my knitting, I'm not so sure my card-making would stand up to public scrutiny!

My "style" - if I have one - leans more towards what is apparently known as "CAS" which stands for Clean and Simple, so I've decided to enter the latest challenge over on CAS-ual Friday's, where the theme this time is to make a card inspired by a favourite movie.

I've always loved James Bond, and for me, there's no Bond better than Sean Connery, so my entry is based on "From Russia With Love".  Here goes nothing!!

Back later with another entry for another challenge :)