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Thursday 24 December 2009

Christmas bauble!

It's fantastic here in the UK.....we have snow! It hasn't snowed so close to Christmas for years and my three children are loving it. Luckily, a few weeks ago I had the forethought of buying a sledge for each of them. So they have had an early Christmas present which has been well used over the last couple of days.

I thought I would make a special card for Lynn the owner of my local papercraft shop Flutterby Crafts in Newbury, Berkshire, in the UK. A few years ago she made a comment that not many people make her cards as they are scared what she might think of them! How sad for the owner of a papercraft shop not to receive hand made cards!!!! Nevertheless, it is intimidating to say the least.

I set about making my shaped bauble card from the Joys of the Season cartridge which has been welded together. I used the Craft Creations paper which I am loving and have already put an order in for next year as I have bought the last piece in the shop! I used my circle nestabilities and computer generated the wording on the card for the personal touch. I have blinged it up with the glitter snowflake from the same cartridge and used the silver ribbon to make the bow.

This morning I wrapped up, and took a photograph of the card out in the garden as the snow began to melt, shame!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken time to look at my blog (seeing as I am a newbie) and special thanks to those of you who have left such lovely comments.

Merry Christmas.

Joanna xx

Thursday 10 December 2009

I won a contest at BBTB!

Wow, I am sooooo excited click here.

I entered my card last week for the SCRAPNFONTS contest at Bitten By The Bug and I won!

They asked us to design a Birthday card using a cut from any Cricut cartridge and to use the colours GREEN and RED. Go and check the site out if you have a passion for making cards with your Cricut as they have an amazing design team.

Wednesday 2 December 2009

''B' is for Beth and 'B' is for Birthday

My daughter Alice has been poorly for the last few days and it's so difficult to concentrate on all of the million of jobs that need doing even though she is sleeping most of the time! Any how I made this card at the weekend but the weather has been so awful in the UK that today I managed to just take a photo of this card before the heavens opened again.

This card is for a special little girl who lives next door who I also look after a couple of days a week. She loves recognising her name and sounds out her letters all the time when she comes to play. So, I thought I would make her birthday card for next week when she is going to be four years old.....the letter 'B' for Beth or 'B' for Birthday.

I used a similar design a few weeks ago but whilst sickness is filtering around the house I have not too much time for inspiration. I used my CDS using the Storybook cartridge to weld the letter 'B' to a rectangle, stamped and coloured my Hero Art cake stamps, added a few stickles and pearls then layered all onto some 3 Bugs in a Rug paper.

I have entered this card into several challenges namely Bitten by the Bug for a birthday card. We had to use the colours Red and Green as the primary colours of the card with at least one cut from any cricut cartridge.

I have also entered this card onto the following challenges:-

Colour Create, 365 cards, Rosiedee, Corrosive Challenge and Cupcake Craft Challenge. I hope my card fits in with the challenges but sometimes it was not clear if it had to be on a Christmas theme or not!! Hey, ho it's the most challenges I have ever entered......must be catching up on lost time!

Saturday 28 November 2009

Happy Engagement

I was asked this week to make an engagement card for a friend. It's so long since I have made a card with my Cricut that I was thankful for the Design Studio. I used this lovely pale blue Tapestry Broderie cardstock which gives a luxurious feel to any card. I love this design which is found on the Wedding cartridge.

Monday 9 November 2009

'D' for Doreen

This is a special card for my friend Doreen, it's her birthday tomorrow! She was the first person to get me into card making!! She came to my house a few years ago to show my children how to do Iris folding, which they loved.

We both love using our Cricut machines and always exchange cards whenever there is an excuse! She very kindly lets me borrow her many cartridges for me to play with which I am so grateful for.

For this card I used my CDS to weld the letter 'D' to a rectangle, stamped and coloured my Hero Art cake stamps, added a few pearls and layered all onto some 3 Bugs in a Rug paper.

I haven't made a card for ages as life is fairly busy but I hope you like it and thanks for looking.

Happy Birthday Doreen.....may your birthday be sprinkled with fun! (stamped words inside).

Saturday 29 August 2009

Out in the garden

As you will have guessed by now my favourite craft tool is my Cricut so I have been looking a the BBTB challenges. This week we were asked to create a project using the Owl cut from the Wild Card cartridge. This is the first time I have used this cartridge and is was quick and easy to do. I used my left over Tapestry Broderie cardstock, some paper flowers which were perfect for the eyes of the owl. I added a bit of girliness by using the ribbon, button and tie to finish her off.

My gorgeous husband bought me a digital camera for my birthday because he was sick and tired of me borrowing his. You know what men are like when us women want to use their tools.....they don't like it one bit!!!! So, today I thought why not take my owl into the garden and try to take a photograph. The sun shone down in Newbury and worked. Hope you like her!

I have also entered this card in the Secret Crafter challange and they want to see anything with wings on our projects.

Friday 28 August 2009

It's a boy!

I have entered this card into the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #14 which want us to use any type of embossing on a card. I have also just realised that I can enter it in to Cute Card Thursday challenge #75 New Beginnings, such as baby, new home, new car, new job...whatever new beginning.

I have made this baby boy card with it's cute feet cut out on my Cricut to enter into both challenges. The lovely checked blue paper is by Craft Creations and is available where I buy all of my papers and card at Flutterby Crafts. I used my all time favourite Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for the background and used Stickles on each of the dots...phew! It does not show up well in the photo but it gives the background a stardust bling effect. I have used my circle nestabilities and computer generated the words.

Now I am in the process of making a pink one!

Sunday 23 August 2009

Apple for the teacher!

I have entered this card for the BBTB challenge this week and the ABC challenge. For the BBTB challenge we needed to create a project with a school theme using at least 1 cut from ANY of the cricut cartridges. I cut out a shaped card using the apple from Plantin Schoolbook. I must admit I love this cut and have used the words on the card before for another school project. With the children on school holidays I am spending very little time crafting but having great fun entertaining them through their summer break.

I used the 3 Bugs in a Rug paper called Home Grown and some ribbon from my stash. I coloured the pearls with my Copics and the card behind the greeting which was computer generated to match the ribbon!

The ABC challenge this week is the letter B is for Buttons so for the 1st time I have combined 2 challenges........I am a slow learner!

Sunday 16 August 2009

Sketch Saturday

I am trying a new challenge today called Sketch Saturday which has a lovely sketch that I am sure to use again. I am doubling this card up for my friends birthday which is on Wednesday so I am off to pop it in the post now!

Saturday 15 August 2009


I have made this card for the BBTB challenge which wanted us to use the square scalloped tag from the Cricut Celebrations cartridge. I thought I would give it ago because I just so enjoy using my Cricut for my cards. I used Tapestry White Broderie card for the base of my scallop which has a gorgeous luxurious texture to it. The card is available from Flutterby Crafts and comes in White, Blue, Cream and Black and is so scrumptious I just love it!! I then cut out a smaller square scallop in gold card. The letters and heart were cut again with the Tapestry Broderie card which may not show too well on the photograph. However, if you click on the photograph you can see the details of the Tapestry Broderie. I finally added some bling, flowers and some leaves. I hope it is worthy of the challenge.

Sunday 2 August 2009

Pink and green - Yummy!

Well I am really happy today. My 11 yr old boy who is not at all interested in my card making said this morning "Mummy that is the best card you have ever made, I even like it!!!" Well, I nearly fainted. Perhaps, it is the fact that the card is food orientated and yummy that caught his attention.....who knows, but it was one of those lovely moments.

I have entered this card into the CRAFT challenge #10 this week and they wanted something pink and green. Also, I have been very brave and entered my card into the Bitten by the Bug challenge which wanted the word yummy somewhere on the card. So I thought why not, go for it and enter 2 challenges in one go. I cut the melon on my Cricut with my CDS to weld the melon together to make the shaped card out of the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. Those of you who know me know that I love my Cricut to make shaped cards and anything pink (hence my blog name). The pink and white spotted card stock is from my favourite shop Flutterby Crafts and is by 3 Bugs in a Rug. I used some glitter card and ribbon from my stash. I then took a punch to take the nibble out of the melon and added the Kaiser pearls. Finally I computer generated the greeting. Hope you like it as much as my 11yr old son!

Sunday 26 July 2009

Teacher Notelets

At the 11th hour I decided to give 4 teachers at my children's school a box of notelets to say THANK YOU for a great school year. It seemed a good idea at the time but as usual it took a lot longer than I thought it would. I made 4 boxes which included six notelets in each (2 of each design). I am now well into my gorgeous Tilda Paper Stack cardstock which I bought from the lovely Lynn at Flutterby Crafts. I tried out my colouring on my stamped images. Please don't look too closely as I need lots of colouring practise but these stamps do make it very easy. After a couple of days colouring till 1.00 a.m. I was finished a day early before the end of term. I asked my 11 yr old boy "What did your teacher say when you gave her the present". His response was "I dunno I just left it on her desk" that's boys for you!!!!!!!

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Wedding Card

A friend asked me to make a Wedding Card last weekend and this is what I came up with. I used my Cuttlebug for the background, die cut a scalloped square and cut the heart with my Cricut. The heart is from my Wedding Solutions cartridge and is my favorite so you will see it popping up on several of my cards! This was layered on Bazzill Bling cardstock and the wording was computer generated. Oh yes a bit of ribbon and pearl dots for the girlie factor!!!

Thursday 16 July 2009

Quack, quack!!

Here is my entry for the CRAFT Challenge #9 this week. They want to see unusual shaped cards, no squares or rectangles allowed. I love this duck which I cut with my Cricut and CDS. I used the Craft Creations gingham paper and added a few embellishments to finish Ducky off! All I need is an excuse to send it to a young baby!!

Thank you

I would just like to say thank you to those of you that have put such lovely comments on my blog. I am so excited as I am so new to all this blogging experience!! Thanks also for the helpful comments about any little problems logging on, I hope I have now rectified the problem. Any other blogging tips very welcome to a newbie!

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Birthday card

I have entered this card into this weeks CRAFT Challenge #8 which is to create an age related card. I made this earlier in the week for a friends 60th birthday. I used my Cricut and Cricut Design Studio to cut out the numbers, then my Cuttlebug for the butterflies. She said that she really liked it and that it was so different from her shop bought cards of which several were duplicates!! The paper used was from the Tilda Paper Stack which has gorgeous double-sided papers. I have been so scared to use the papers as they are so delicious but now I am on a roll!

Tuesday 14 July 2009

Teacher Gift

I enjoyed making this little book which I will give to my youngest child's teacher as a small gift.....hope she likes. Not sure who created the saying, just googled teacher sayings!!! Hope it's not too corny! Although the photo does not show it I used the reverse of this 3 Bugs in a Rug paper which has butterflies on it for backing the inside front and back cover.

Teacher Gift

I enjoyed making this little book which I will give to my youngest childs teacher as a small gift.....hope she likes. Not sure who created the saying, just googled teacher sayings!!! Hope it's not too corny! Although the photo does not show it I used the reverse of this 3 Bugs in a Rug paper which has butterflies on it for backing the inside front and back cover.

I've done it.....started my blog

Hello, I've finally started a blog. Even my 9 year old daughter has one at school. I have come to realise that to enter more challenges I need a blog, so here goes. Please leave a comment otherwise I may lose all inspiration!!!