Friday, 25 November 2011

Susan's off sick :(

I'm James, Susan's husband. Unfortunately Susan has been admitted to hospital with a broken leg and DVT so won't be about for a while.


Monday, 21 November 2011

Sort of out of commission

Sorry folks, I hurt my leg last week and have been hopping ever since. I went to the doctor this morning and I have an infection, but I should get some crutches tomorrow. It's uncomfortable both getting to and being at the pc at the moment, so I may not reply to any messages as quickly as would normally be the case. I'm still around, just not very mobile.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

It's coming to an end :(

It's been an absolute joy to be on the StampInsanity DT, but all good things must come to an end, and beth has decided to close the challenge blog, although the store will stay open for a while longer, so you have time to buy up any stamps that you've had your eye on.
Beth, you've been a truly WONDERFUL team leader, and I thank you so much for the chance to work with you. I've made my last DT card using Lilith from the Devil Dolls set at StampInsanity because she's always been my favourite and it seemd only fitting, and I computer-generated the sentiment because it reflects my feelings perfectly.
So, what's the final challenge? CASE one of the DT cards (it doesn't even have to be one from this challenge - look back through and you'll see some stunners which will hopefully inspire you. I was inspired by THIS CARD by Kapree. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration Kapree, I loved your card!
Here's my version, using papers from the Symphony of Grey set at Crafty Chaos Designs.

These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Sketch Saturday - sketch 181
Shopping Our Stash - never been inked or neutral colour scheme. I've used this image lots, but I hope the monochrome greys count as a neutral colour scheme. And I do have FAR too many stamps that I've never used, so I'm hoping this challenge will give me the impetus I need to use them.
Paper Sundaes - use a digi
My Time to Craft - take two (I've used two papers, two different colours of gems on the frame, and two pieces of lace placed back to back so that I didn't have a straight edge on one side)
Divas by Design - monochrome
Cutie Sundays - monochrome
Ooh La La Creations - Bingo Tic Tac Toe (I used lace sparkle and metal)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Dystopian films!

It's time for another challenge at Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls and this fortnight we'd like you to be inspired by a film that portrays a dystopia. Has your mind gone blank? There are lists of such films HERE and HERE, so you have loads to choose from.

I chose to use Artificial Intelligence: AI as my inspiration, and used a Bugaboo digi to represent David and his teddy bear, waiting patiently for their Mom to come back and love them. The original digi has two normal arms, I just swapped one for a robot arm. The papers are from the Broken Dreams set at Crafty Chaos Designs. And the sketch came from Willow Sketches, only I got the weeks muddled up.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Dream Valley Challenges - stitching
Cutie Sunday - monochrome
Heartsong Inspirations - gold or glitter
Simply Create - love you bear-y much
Timbroscrapmania - monochrome
The ABC Challenge - D is for Dazzle

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Thank you kindly!

It's time for a new challenge at the Corrosive blog, and for this fortnight we'd like to see your grateful creations. Thanksgiving or Thank You, your choice. I've used a Tickled Pink stamp that I've had for a while but never used, which is just ridiculous, because I love it. The papers are from Flash of Inspiration by Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Pretty Patterns - sketch #35
Tickled Pink Challenges - vintage
Craft Your Passion - brown
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - giving thanks
The Sisterhood of Crafters - giving thanks
Digital Tuesday - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - thank you or Thanksgiving
Paper Sundaes - use a digital image
Sentimental Sundays - thankful

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Fallen ATC

Here's an ATC I made using "Stripey Girl" by Dilly Beans Stamps. (I added the wings behind her to make her an angel)
These are the challenges I made it for:

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge - angels
CR84FN - black, pale pink, neutral
Digital Tuesday - anything goes

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

CAKE!!! It's the whole reason for birthdays, right? :P

If you're looking for my Ruby's Rainbow post, please scroll down.

Here's a birthday card I made using Wednesday image by Simply Betty Stamps, Just Here For The Cake sentiment by Graphicat Stamps, and papers from a new set at Crafty Chaos Designs that aren't in the shop yet, but will be soon.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:

Graphicat Sketches - November sketch
Quirky Crafts - attitude (I LOVE this theme, I already have an idea for another card that will fit)
Birthday Sundaes - birthday card
Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
CR84FN Challenges - black, pale pink and neutral

Things with Wings at Ruby's Rainbow

We have a new theme for you at the Ruby's Rainbow Challenge blog, and this fortnight we'd like to see your creations that feature "things with wings"
My card uses an image by KelleyKids and papers from Crafty Chaos Designs.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Deconstructed Sketches - sketch 26
One Stitch At A Time - use a digi
Quirky Crafts - attitude
Totally Stampalicious - anything goes
Crazy Challenges - things with wings
Crazy Amigos Challenges - swirls
Digital Tuesday - anything goes
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - monochromatic plus ribbon, with an optional pop of colour
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - ribbon
Flutterby Wednesday - friendship
Tuesday Throwdown - your favourite colour combo. I am LOVING greys at the minute; I just looked back, and I've done seven different projects in the last month that are all or mostly in shades of grey

Saturday, 5 November 2011

You love us!

I've made this postcard today using four different images by Dilly Beans Stamps. The sentiment, and the general theme, is from You Love Us by the Manic Street Preachers.
These are the challenges I made it for:
Gloomy Art - sketch
Little Red Wagon - purple and/or monsters
Scrappy Frogs - something that flies (two of the images have wings)
Magical Monday Challenges - stripes and circles
Incy Wincy Designs - dots and stripes
City Crafter - postcard
Scrapbook Sisters Card Challenge - anything goes
Raise The Bar - no embellishments
Forever Night Freaky Friday - evil dark and creepy (I really don't think this one is evil, I think it's cute, but I guess since it has ghouls zombies and monsters it counts)
Southern Girls - can you hear the music?
Crafts and Me - let the music move you
Crafty Emma's Store Challenge - inspired by a film or a song
Bizzy Bec's Store Challenge - circles

Friday, 4 November 2011

Watching over you

Here's an ATC I made today using the Gross Anatatomy Profile Head from Smeared Ink.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Smudgy Antics - dark and gruesome
Forever Night Freaky Friday - evil dark and creepy
ATC Challenges - vintage or anything goes
Crafting When We Can - anything but a card
The Pink Elephant - distressing
Cooking It Up with Katie - anything but a card
The Three Muses - vintage
Aud sentiments - make us laugh (I was undure whether to enter this here; it makes me laugh, but my sense of humour may be a bit of an acquired taste :P)
Paper Crafting Journey - use a digi
Crafty Catz Challenge - anything goes

What uncommon nonsense!

Here's an Alice-themed ATC I did using images from Simply Betty (girl), Squiggle Stamps (flower clock plant) and The Octopode Factory (teapot).
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge - Alice in Wonderland
Simon Says Stamp - buttons
Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
Pollycraft Challenges - anything goes
Craft Your Pasion - Bingo (I used buttons, free space, sentiment)
Charisma Cardz - cute projects

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Shine like stars

This week at StampInsanity we'd like to see your projects using icy blues. I've used Lilith from the Devil Dolls set because, frankly, I can't get enough of her. The sentiment comes from Shine Like Stars by Primal Scream, such a beautiful song and I have it running though my head :)
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Fetch A Sketch - sketch 10
Crafts and Me - let the music move you
Creative Inspirations - lashings of sparkle
Divas by Design - use metal
Kaboodle Doodles - sassy girls
Little Darlings - not square
Riley & Co - use stamps that are more than a year old (Lilith was released in Sept 2010)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes with optional extra of sparkle and bling
Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
Pollycraft Challenges - anything goes

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Waiting for you

Here's a set of ATCs I made that look ridiculously simple and yet have taken me days, lol, you know when just nothing you try looks right? I've changed the colours, the layout, the flowers, the bows, in fact everything except the skulls in the centre and the text at the top has been changed and changed again and again :P
These are the challenges I was working with:
Unscripted Sketches - sketch 130
Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge - set of three ATCs
Forever Night Freaky Friday - flowers
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Charisma Cardz - anything goes

Scary kids!

It's time for a new challenge at Beyond the Burtonesque Dolls, and this fortnight we'd like to focus on Scary Kids, or scary kids' films.
I've chosen Children of the Corn and used a Tiddly Inks image to represent those terrifying kids running through the corn and killing all the adults. The image is MUCH sweeter in his original form, and he's holding a flower not a scythe, but with just a teeny bit of modification I've made him suitably scary, I hope.
These are the challenges I'd like to enter:
Card Positioning Systems - sketch 242
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - Savannah colour scheme (red, orange green yellow)
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - I've used a digi, free space and fall colours
Craft Your Days Away - Autumn/Fall
Charisma Cardz - anything goes
Digi Doodles Shop's Best - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
The Paper Shelter - anything goes
Tiddly Inks - anything goes