Friday, 17 February 2017

In My Dreams

Well, that little break from blogging lasted slightly longer than I intended.  I had originally planned on a few weeks off whilst preparing for my son to fly the nest to university.  As you can imagine, my mind was in a mess and my card making was less than regular.  Funnily enough, once he'd gone I coped better than I imagined. I knew he was happy and coping so I was happy and coping. However, I had gotten out of the blogging habit.  I still followed all my usual blogs (sorry I wasn't commenting folks, I was following you on the Tab and it wouldn't let me).

What has finally got me back on the computer you ask? (Well, in my mind you asked).  This week's Less is More Challenge, that's what.  Quite an odd one for me to become obsessed with I have to admit.  One layer cards are my absolute nemesis.  I avoid them like the plague but when I saw the subject of 'Opposites attract' I got an image in my head that stuck with me all week.  So here I am posting my card for the Challenge.  I hope you like it.

I still think it is way to plain for one of my cards but I needed to try it so I could forget it.  The image is from 2 Cute Ink and you can find it here.  I seem to be using Heidi's images a lot lately and have even signed up for her club.  You have no idea how much this is me in the gym.

Anyway, I'm hopefully back now and will be entering a few more challenges when I can.

Thanks for Reading

Love Dawn x

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Wheely Wheely sorry I've been AWOL

I can't believe I've not found time to post for so many weeks.  Finally we got some decent weather so the Cricket club has been ramming in as many games as possible.  I've just managed to grab five minutes on the computer before I'm out for the Sunday XI on the beautiful Queen's Park in Chesterfield. Not literally out - I'll be the one with the score book.

Anyway, whilst I had five minutes (OK, maybe a few more than five).  I decided to join this week's challenge at the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog as the challenge fitted in with a card I'd been asked to make by one of the girls at work.  This week's challenge is 'Wheels'.  My friend Vicky had asked me to create a card for her dad who was due to take his motor bike test so I've decided to enter the card I made for him.

The image is one I bought a while ago from Just Inklined called Born to be Wild.. It's perfect for those awkward men's cards.  I hope you like what I did with it.

What I really need is for Vicky's dad to like it.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Pretty Flamingo

This week's challenge at Passion for Promarkers is to be inspired by a song title.  As soon as I saw the challenge I knew exactly which stamp  I would use for this.  Why?  Because every time I open my From the Heart Stamps folder I see this image and start singing this song.  I had a lovely time colouring the image (something I'm not getting to do too much of due to the cricket season) and I'm really pleased with the result.  It's coloured with Tria Markers and I just kept the background to black and white with a hint of pink to help it stand out.  The background is velum stitched onto the same pink paper as the circle and I just added the gems to finish it off.  I hope you like it.

and here's the song that inspired it

Any excuse to watch Paul Jones!

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Wild Thing!

I don't normally double up on challenge cards but as I was making this card for Squirrel's Random Challenge I realised it would also fit nicely in with this month's Naughty or Nice Challenge.  I hope nobody minds.  Squirrel's Challenge was entitled 'Wild Things' and the Naughty or Nice Challenge was to 'Man Up'.

The image I've used was one I had on my wish list when Meljen's stopped selling digistamps.  I love the image but have to admit it has it's limitations for the type of cards I normally have in my box.  I do wish I had a few blokey charms as I think it could do with something but my stash is very girly I'm afraid.  Here's the card, I  hope you like it.

I did forget to take a picture of the insert which does fit it more into the 'naughty' category.

I just says 'You can Blame it on the Mid Life Crisis'.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Lots of layers - honestly!

Well, I'm back.  I have a nice new (old) laptop to play with so I expect my card making productivity to go down to next to nothing again.  Before it does I intend to enter this week's challenge at the Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog. I have to say, when I saw the challenge was lots of layers, I instantly went to my Sketches board on Pinterest.  I have hundreds of pins saved for just such an event at this.  However, I got distracted by a stamp on the desk and decided to play.  I've been trying to clean my desk up (don't ask, it isn't going well) but there is stuff everywhere.  I can't remember when I used this stamp last but I found it so I'm going with it. It was only after colouring it and making it up into a card that I realised I had used 'lots of layers' just not in the way I had originally envisioned.  There are four layers on the card base and I layered my image too.  This has to be the most CAS layered card I've ever made.  I hope you like it.  I do.

Thanks for reading.  It's good to be back.

Love Dawn x

Monday, 30 May 2016


Just to let you all know that I have not dropped off the edge of the planet.  My computer has died - grrr.  I've just pinched my son's for a few minutes. I'm getting filthy looks as I type.  New machine is on the way so normal service will be resumed shortly, God willing.

I'm still following blogs on Bloglovin (I've just followed you Vi - thanks for following me).  It's frustrating as I can see all your lovely work but it won't let me comment.

Hopefully, see you soon.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

'This week we are setting you a real challenge'

The title of today's post is a direct quote from this week's challenge at the Sweet Stampin Challenge blog.  How prophetic that turned out to be!  I lost my marbles completely and did something I've never ever done before.  I created a card which relied totally on my colouring skills.  I've always used something else - designer paper, embossing folders, die cuts etc.  I've never ever just coloured.

The challenge this week was 'Terrible Teens'.  I had a suitable Kenny K image already printed so I was ready to go.  However, I couldn't decide what to do with him.  He needed a cool background, not some pretty paper so I nipped over to Make it Crafty  and bought a brick wall background stamp.  That, I decided, was way to plain to be cool so off I trotted to Little Miss Muffet Stamps for some suitable graffiti to adorn the boring wall.  In the end I had three different stamps from three different companies but they came together brilliantly.  Just my dodgy colouring to worry about in the end.  Here is my card:

I daren't ask my terrible teen what he thinks.  I think it turned out OK.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x