Monday, 23 November 2015

Crafty Friends DT Post - One for the Girls

Hi all!

Sorry I'm a bit late, I'm playing catch-up still - I've been ill a lot lately so I'm trying to take things easy :) Getting out and about tomorrow to meet a new friend for coffee, first time out of the house in ages, baby steps :P

Anyway, onto crafty things.

This week's theme over at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog is ONE FOR THE GIRLS.

We have two amazing sponsors this time.

All Dressed Up who are providing our lucky winner with 2 digis from their webstore

A Day For Daisies who are providing the lucky winner with a $12 gift voucher for their store. 

I used a beautiful image from All Dressed Up called 3 Little Summer Girls for my card :) 

Image - 3 Little Girls from All Dressed Up
Beach background from Make It Crafty
Papers from LOTV
Spellbinders oval die
Ribbons, charm, bling from Ribbon Girl and Ebay
Coloured with Copics
Liquid Pearls, Glossy Accents and although you can't really see it, loads of Stickles

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
All Dressed Up Challenge - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Favourite Season and Why  (Summer because I have SAD, winter is long, dark and torturous)

Friday, 13 November 2015

Wedding Anniversary card

Evening all :) 

Lots of news since my last blog post ^_^ I've been busy! 
Long post! TL;DR I got a new cat, I started college, I had labs and I've been busy with cards :P 

A nearby animal sanctuary put up a picture of a cat on their page, and she reminded me strongly of my two beautiful furbabies that I lost during the past year. I miss them both so much, so when I saw this little beauty's picture, I had to rescue her. She's about 10 months old and has already had a litter of kittens the poor thing, so first thing was getting her neutered. She got her stitches out yesterday so she's good to go now :) She's got boundless amounts of energy and is just great! Her name is Sparky (going along with the theme of Tim Burton movie afterlife dogs that I started with Scraps and Zero) and she is adorable. 
Look at that face!!!

I started back with college in September as well, which was absolutely a huge step for me. It's only part-time and online, but still a big deal for me - it's the first thing I've done since having to leave college in 2011 when I became ill and ended up in hospital for 11 months, so yeah, I'm pretty happy to be back doing something worthwhile with myself :) Great for the old self-worth and all that :) 

I had to go to Dublin to attend labs for it during the week and I was SO NERVOUS about those for the longest time! I was terrified that I'd be a miserable failure at everything, but I managed OK and everyone was just lovely, so helpful and nice! The air pressure in the labs was weird and because I have really low blood pressure it absolutely messed with my head so I blacked out three times, felt like such an idiot but everyone was just amazing and caring and made me feel like I wasn't a nuisance even though I knew I was. I had the best two days ever. I'm loving the course and loved the labs and am now trying to write up my reports and get it down from the 11 pages I have to the 6 pages they want, why can I not stop my fingers typing?! 

So aside from lectures, labs, studying and assessments, I've been horrendously busy with cards. SO MANY ORDERS! I told people in September that I was going back to college and would need more notice always, and so far I've had more orders than ever starting with "Hey Tanya so I know it's really short notice but...." And when I see that I cry a little bit inside. Not to mention that my crafty inspiration dried up and I wasn't able to make anything halfway decent at all for like a whole month. It was painful :P 

Anyway if you're still here after all that verbal spew, I appreciate your attention, it feeds my ego ahahaha :P Here's my card that I would like to show you today, I made it a while ago but never got around to blogging it.

Image, papers, sentiment - LOTV
Ribbon, gem, Liquid Pearls, Stickles - Ribbon Girl
Doohickeys heart border die
Heart, scalloped heart, fancy rectangle - Spellbinders
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment is heat embossed

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges: 

Thanks for looking :) 
Tanya x

Monday, 26 October 2015

Crafty Friends Challenge - Your Favourite Colour

Hi everyone!

The latest challenge over at Crafty Friends went live yesterday, and the theme is to USE YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR. 

We have two fantastic sponsors this time!


I have used a gorgeous Digi Stamps 4 Joy image on my card called "Tweety Birds".

Generally speaking, I'd say purple or burgundy is my favourite colour, but with regards to crafting and cardmaking, especially at this time of year, I cannot get enough of kraft! I absolutely love it on cards, and find myself pairing it with every other colour there is, everything goes with it so well and it just warms everything up nicely :) 

Image - Tweety Birds from Digi Stamps 4 Joy
Papers - LOTV
Flowers - present from my mum
Ribbon from Ribbon Girl
Burlap from a giant roll of it I bought from Amazon! 
Doohickeys fence die
Coloured with Copics
Gold Stickles, Liquid Pearls
Sentiment printed on the computer

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Pile It On - Cute/Spooky (I chose cute!)
ABC Challenge - T is For Two (two birds in my image, two of the smaller kraft flowers)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Throwback (I chose "autumn is in the air" from October 5th)

Thanks for looking and do pop over to Crafty Friends, and join in!
Tanya xx

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Walking in a Winter Wonderland...

Evening all

Over at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog, this fortnight our theme is PICK A SONG - Make a card inspired by a song :) We are sponsored this time by 

and also by

This is my second card for this challenge and I'm using an image by All Dressed Up :) 

It just didn't want to photograph well at all! It looks much better in real life. 
Image - All Dressed Up
Nitwits Papers
Ribbons, tinsel, charm, diamante embellishment and pompom trim from Ribbon Girl
Marianne Design tree die
Memory Box snowflake die and snowflake border die
Sentiment printed off the computer
Coloured with Copics
Stickles, Glamour Dust, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thanks for looking, head over to Crafty Friends and check out my amazing DT's cards, and enter yourself!

Tanya xx

Pick A Song

Evening all

Over at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog, this fortnight, our theme is PICK A SONG - Make a card inspired by a song :) We are sponsored this time by 

and also by

I've made three cards for this challenge, this one is my first one. I've used a Julia Spiri image for this one :) 
Isn't she adorable?!

Image Julia Spiri
LOTV Sentiment
Nitwit Papers
Charm from Ribbon Girl
Ribbon and jute from stash
Coloured with Copics
Stickles, Liquid Pearls, silver gel pen

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Don't forget to pop across and check out all our DT's lovely cards at Crafty Friends, and join in yourself! We'd love to see your makes :) 
Tanya xx

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Wedding card

Evening all

Here's another card for you :) This card was made for a friend to give to a special couple. I posted it to my friend, and for some reason, it never got delivered and got sent back to me. So during this time I made another card for her really quick and sent that one off to her. This one came back to me with a big tear in it, but I really liked how I'd coloured the image and didn't want to waste it. It had been personalised, so I ripped the personalised sentiments off, and...improvised :P 

The giant bow covers up the tear that the postal system added, and the dewdrops cover up the blemishes where the personalised sentiments were popped up on foam squares. I was pretty happy with how it turned out :) 

Image and Sentiment - LOTV 
Ribbons, dewdrops and gem from Ribbon Girl
Embossalicious embossing folders
Doohickey heart border die
Spellbinders oval die
Coloured with Copics
Stickles, Frantage and Glossy Accents

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Love This Technique (mine is dry embossing...and hiding mistakes haha)
As You Like It - Favourite Die (one of a few favourites, the spellbinders oval is great for adding some fanciness to occasion cards)
Creative Inspirations - Favourite Occasions (I love making wedding cards, not so sure on how much I actually like weddings though :P )

Thanks for looking :) 
Tanya x

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Shabby Chic 65th Birthday Card

Evening all
I made this one a while ago as well, hope you like :) 

I just love the LOTV mice images! Or any cute mice images, mice are long as they're not in my house :P 

Image and sentiment tag - LOTV
Marianne Design Numbers Dies
Maja Design papers
Seam binding from Live & Love Crafts
Pearl trim, organza trim, pearl embellishment and lace from Ribbon Girl
Cheery Lynn Doily Die
Spellbinders decorative oval die
La la land banner die
Coloured with Inktense Pencils
Frantage powder, Stickles, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearls, Distress Inks

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
As You Like It - Favourite Die (la la land banner die, it works with any type of card, male, female, baby, thank you, so versatile, and really adds detail and the finishing touch to any card)

Thanks for looking :)
Tanya xx