Our two new words on The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics challenge this time are Marriage/and or Age. I opted for Age for my altered beer mat and used a quote by Austrian novelist Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. It seemed to go well with this Crafty Individuals stamp in my collection!
The current challenge on Gruffies & Guests is Love Is In The Air. This is my DT work for this challenge. I'm not making cards as I have them coming out of my ears at the moment, so have decided to make a little book so this is the first page for it! I used an image from one of Joanna Sheen's CD's and then realised that I also have this as a stamp!
We are sponsored by Dawn till Dusk for this challenge and you could win a fab prize of a £10 voucher to spend online, so pop on over to the blog and take part!
Here is my version of Tim's February tag for 12 Tags of 2014. I had none of the components Tim used so went with the nearest things I had! I added an extra heart because my script was smaller than his!
Our next 2 words from The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics Challenge are Silence and/or Dazzle. I chose to use Silence for my altered beer mat and this quote is by Claude Debussy. I was pleased to be able to use a stamp I have had for a very long time and not had much opportunity to use!
Shaz has started a new monthly challenge blog called Gruffies & Guests, specifically for all Gruffie, HouseMouse and Happy Hopper images and I am lucky enough to be on the Design Team. We have 2 teams, and I am on Team B and will be posting halfway reminders. There are still 2 weeks left to enter and you could win a lovely prize of a £10 voucher from our sponsor, Crafty Ribbons.
I made my DT card using one of my HM stamps that I've had for quite a while, and coloured it in with Copics.
The new challenge from The Craft Barn for this year is Quotes and Lyrics, and our first word/s are Smile and/or Up. I decided to alter beer mats for this challenge, as I made ATCs last year plus I have a whole stack of beer mats that I bought in bulk in my early crafting days so it will be a good excuse to use them up! I will make a book of some sort at some stage for them to go in! I went for Smile as my word, and Googled some quotes and liked this one. Unfortunately it didn't say where it originated from. Looking forward to seeing what our next words are!
I have finally got round to taking part in Tim's Tags! I've been meaning to since he stopped doing the Christmas ones but not quite managed it! However, I have now made January 2014's one so am up to date for this year so far!! I don't have a lot of the up to date projects but managed to find enough things in my stash to make this. I used mainly Pumice Stone Distress Ink and the clock face is from a sheet of TH paper.
The Craft Barn ran the Alpha Challenge throughout 2013 and I am pleased to say I kept up with it and completed it on time! This is my finished book. Now looking forward to seeing what the new challenge for 2014 is going to be and wondering if I will be able to keep up with that too!
We have reached the last 2 letters of the alphabet on The Craft Barn's Alpha Challenge, which has been running all year. I am very proud of myself to have kept up for the whole year, a rarity for me! My last 2 ATCs are Insect and Xmas - which I was very pleased to have found was in the dictionary because otherwise I had no idea what I would use for X!
I will pop photos up of the completed set in the book I have made after Christmas. Too much going on at the moment to sort it all out!
I haven't stamped any candles for a while and came across two blank ones in my cupboard so thought I would decorate them for pressies. My first problem was my Stazon ink pad - it was completely bone dry! Admittedly I haven't used it for a while, but it was stored upside down, and this is the first ink pad over many years that has COMPLETELY dried out! Luckily I had a spare one! My second problem was several of my Marvy Le Plumes, also fairly old, were leaking so I had to make a few impressions that weren't smudged!
Eventually I completed two candles!! And am entering them for Ruby's Rainbow's Christmas Challenge!
My dear friend Shaz is starting a new challenge blog on 4th January, called Gruffies and Guests - where you will be able to use all your lovely House Mouse, Happy Hoppers and Gruffies images! She asked me if I would like to be on the DT and although I thought I had retired from all the challenge blogs I was on, House Mouses are one of my favourites so I came out of retirement and said yes!
If you would like to enter the DT call, pop over to Gruffies and Guests where you will find all the information you need. The call is open from today until 14th December, so good luck!
We are almost out of letters now on The Craft Barn's Alpha Challenge. This time we have the letter S. I was going to do Seaside for my ATC but it wasn't in my little pocket dictionary that I am using! So I went for Summer instead and still used the seaside stamps I was going to anyway!
I've finally made a start on my Christmas Cards and I need them to be quick and easy this year without too much being piled on them! So I have used a digi image by Pink Gem Designs and some bp from a huge pad I've had for years and kept it fairly simple. I am entering this for: Sparkles Christmas Challenge 'Have a Beary Christmas' . Sparkles Monthly Challenge'Animals'
I knew exactly which stamp I would be using when we got to Q on The Craft Barn's Alpha Challenge! As it didn't involve much work because the stamp took up pretty much the whole of my ATC I did a bit of paper piecing on it!
I don't seem to blog much lately, so to keep things ticking over here are my November calendar pages. I have just about managed to keep up with this project throughout the year, even though I am usually late finishing each month! I tried to get a foggy drizzly feel for these ones with a brighter blue for the day squares as we do occasionally get a bit of blue sky, like today!
At last I've managed to get my next ATC made for The Craft Barn'sAlpha Challenge - I've not had access to my craft room for a couple of weeks! Our letter this time is N and I went for Numbers for my word.
Our next letter on The Craft Barn's Alpha Challenge is L with the added twist of having to have a window on our work. I chose to do L for Look for my ATC and made what I hope looks more like a window than doors - they are shutters covering it! I will be blogging the book I have made for all these ATCs but thought I would wait until the challenge is completed and then take photos of all the pages!
Our next letter on The Craft Barn's Alpha Challenge is J. I decided to go for Jolly for my word as I thought it would go with Tim Holtz's lovely vintage Santa! I don't know if anyone else went for this word choice, I haven't checked the others yet! I've now made a book to keep all my ATC's in for this challenge, it's nearly full! I will miss this challenge when it ends!
I am married with 3 grown up children, 2 grandchildren and 3 dogs! I have always done crafting of some sort, originally knitting, cross stitching and tapestry, then I began paper crafting some years ago and haven't looked back!
I like to take photos of my garden for scrapbooking and the one on here is a sunflower that the birds kindly planted for me!
P.S. - Now I have gone back to doing a lot of knitting, crocheting and sewing too!