I’m So Excited…

…And I just can’t hide it!!

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Well, as it goes, there’s no need to anymore!  I’m over the moon to have been invited to be a Polka Doodles Digi Queen!!  From Tuesday 2nd September, there will be weekly inspirational posts from the team, sharing some amazing projects featuring the amazing digi images that are waiting for you in the Polka Doodles Digi Store!  Not only that, but there are some delicious prizes to be won too!

Here’s a sneak peek of my very first project – I’m literally colouring it up now…

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Head over to the Polka Doodles Blog to find out about the rest of the team!

Shake It, Shake It!!

I’ve had a lot of sticky fun preparing my projects for this weeks’ challenge over at Sentimental Sundays!!  We are sponsored by The Cutting Cafe for this challenge and our theme (if you haven’t guessed already!) is Shaker Cards!!

I have two cards to share with you today – here’s the first one:

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I used the butterfly topper cut file for this card.  Although I have made shakers before, I had a quick peek at the handy tutorial video that is available on The Cutting Cafe website and found out it is loads easier (and cheaper) to use foam sheet to raise the panel, rather than double sided foam tape which gets stuck to everything!

I couldn’t bring myself to leave off the cut out butterflies, so I folded them in half to add dimension, and stuck them to the vellum with a little Glossy Accents.  I also like the way I hid the shaker area of the cards a little by doing this!

For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on a scrap of fuchsia card, popped it up on 3D pads and added a silver brad.

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My second card is one for my (tiny) Christmas card pile!  Using the star shaker topper this time, I cut the star from Kraft card and added a little vellum for the panel, instead of acetate, giving a frosted look to the panel.  Inside, I used up some left over sequins and seed beads in shades of gold and yellow.  As the shaker panel is 3D by design, I simply stuck the panel to a slightly larger gold glittercard star and popped it on the card, leaving a couple of points hanging over the edge of the cardbase.

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The sentiment was printed directly onto a scrap of Kraft card (I love the way this font looks hand stamped!), and a star punched out of the banner.

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love a shaker card!!  Take a little time to make one this week, and come over to Sentimental Sundays to share it with us!
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Frozen Lolly Tree

Absence makes the heart grow fonder……  A t least I hope that’s the case, as I know I’ve been a bit absent recently!  I think it’s just been caused by the school holidays – it’s so easy to lose track of the days, until I realise that another week has flown by and I haven’t spent much time on crafty stuff.  I’ve also had the chance to try my hand at some other projects, so these have taken up a little more of my time too.

In today’s post, I’d like to share one of my other projects with you.  I was recently asked by a friend if I could think of any table decorations for a Frozen themed party – and this was what I came up with!

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I’ve wanted to try making a lolly tree for a while – I took a few days searching for some tips online, then took the plunge!  And it was sooooo easy and fun to do!  I used acrylic paint to paint the styrofoam ball and wooden dowling, made a solid, weighty base out of plaster of paris and popped all my lollies on!  This ball deceptively holds in excess of 50 lollies, each encased in several layers of tissue and a square of cellophane.

My favourite bit has to be the pretty, glittery snowflakes at the base of the ball with the gem at the centre – I cut them from glittercard on the Silhouette, and glued two back-to-back so the glitter would be seen from both side, and they would be a little more sturdy.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with my project for Sentimental Sundays’ new challenge – hope you’ll be able to pop by!


Tiddly Inks

You may remember that earlier this month, I screwed my courage to the sticking point, and posted an application to join the Tiddly Inks Design Team.

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Would you believe I had this card sitting, finished, on my desk for 3 full days, before I finally submitted it?  I umm-ed and aaah-ed and spent ages comparing my finished project to all the fantastic cards that had already been submitted.  I was completely filled with self-doubt – and I don’t like not doing well!!  On the other hand, I feel like I’ve reached a point where I need to push myself on to the next level to carry 0n developing, otherwise I’ll just coast along, and sometimes it better to be a very small fish in a very big pond (if you get my drift!).

Well, the results were posted over the weekend…  And while I didn’t make the team this time around, I was delighted to have made it into Cristy’s list of Top 25 designers!  Thank you!!  It was such a boost to read the lovely comments that were posted about my card too.  Congratulations to all the Top 25 and, of course, the new design team members!


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Jolly Snowfolk

A new challenge is starting today over at Crafting From The Heart.  As always, our theme is Anything Goes and our sponsors are Dilly Beans and Angie’s Digi Images.

As I’m sure you know, I’m a huge Dilly Beans fan, so I jumped at the chance to use one her her great stamps.  As Christmas is also rapidly approaching, I decided it was time to break out the Snowman Border!

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Why is it that the simplest things sometimes end up taking much longer than they really should.  My card isn’t complicated, there aren’t many detailed layers, just some cute snowmen, who had a little Tea Green ProMarker and blender added to their edges and a paper pieced hearts and scarves.

Well, technology has failed me today!  My Silhouette firstly decided not to cut Kraft, then decided not to cut anything at all.  So I dug out a trusty craft knife and cut my frames by hand (a little wonkily, I’m afraid!).

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The embossing was easy – my Cuttlebug obliged happily!  But then came the button decision….  I settled for my 5th choice – it’ lucky I had a deadline to meet or I’d still be puzzling over it now, I reckon!

So, long story short – Dilly Beans have some great, versatile images that are a pleasure to use – and I’m going to avoid technology, decisions and buttons for the rest of the day!

Make time this week to share your projects over at Crafting From The Heart!

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I’d like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes

Christmas Card Challenges – Embossing

Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes

Avenue 613 Create – Anything Goes w/ no twist

Monochromatic Challenge

This week’s challenge at Sentimental Sundays is sponsored by Aurora Wings, and our theme is “Monochromatic”.  I used Oriental Poppy for my project – although I haven’t quite made a card….

Let me explain!  My brother has been researching our family tree for several years now, and is making good sense of our shared past.  There are many sepia photographs and medals relating to family members who were served in World War I, some of which have been mounted in display frames.  With the recent commemoration of the start of WWI, I thought this would be an alternative way to use this gorgeous poppy image, adding to it a quote by John McCrae.

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I coloured it in sepia tones to blend well with the photographs, using a combination of Satin, Pastel Beige, Sandstone, Cinnamon and Cocoa ProMarkers.  The edges of the postcard were softened with Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo Distress Inks, before mounting the finished image on a piece of Kraft card.

Pop over to Sentimental Sundays to see how the rest of the DT have used their images!

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Gable End Boxes

In all the excitement at the end of the school year, I totally forgot to share these gorgeous boxes!  Created using a cut file by Jamie Cripps, I quickly made cute little thank you gifts for my children’s teachers!

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The papers are from The Barn Swallow Design Back To School digi collection – I loved the little pencils on this particular paper!  All in all, these were simple, quick and fuss-free to make, but they were very well received!!  I popped a handful of mini Toblerone into each box, and personalised each of the tags across the front.

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