Monday, 31 August 2009


"Crumbs DM" said Penfold to Danger Mouse. I'm saying "Crumbs" an awful lot at the moment, my hubby has just got off the phone with his mate who wants me to price up some Wedding Invitations for him. I made a birthday card for his other half which you can find here and they'd like it along those lines which isn't the problem.
The thing is they want a price for 500 invites. I have no idea how to price something like this. The biggest I've done previously is 100 but they were nice and simple and were done in a few hours. These are a little more complex because of the extra little card on the front but like I said not a problem to do. If anyone has any ideas how to price this I would be so appreciative of your help and advice.
Many thanks
Penfold......sorry Sam x

Farfs Mug

Said I'd be back....I'm getting quicker at this malarky you know! Anyway you've most probably got this weird look on your faces at the moment over the title. Farf is my name for my grandad and it's how he's been known all of my life.
Right explainations out of the way, onto the cards. The top card for my Farf, is from a template that I downloaded from Mirkwood Designs .There are some fabulous templates on this site and it's well worth a visit. All I've done is added some letters that I've cut out and put on some double sided foam and lined the inside with some paper that's been in my stash for quite some time and made a little pocket to house a tea bag and added some peel off letters saying "Have a Drink on me" as he drinks an awful lot of tea!
The second one is just another 3D decoupage. I saw this image and the one from a previous post in a little shop called Grandmas Patch in Watton, Norfolk when I took my daughter for a dentists appointment earlier in the year. I think the sheet was by Le Suh (is that right? I'm terrible for names) and it just caught my eye as the art work is stunning. I love this sort of stuff. A word of warning though if any of you seek this out - it is very fiddly to cut out. The times I nearly threw my craft knife and tiny scissors across the room.
But I persevered and I'm reasonably pleased with how it came out in the end.
Okay that's me done for now - I really must do my hoovering and possibly my ironing before I play any more.
Sam x

Challenge 35 at The Crafty Pad

Morning all. Just finished this off for this weeks sketch challenge at The Crafty Pad .I've used Just Ted holding a heart and I used my watercolour pencils to colour him in. I also used the freebie stamp pack from Creativity magazine for the sentiment. On the quarter of a scalloped circle in the top corner I put some dots of Stickles Waterfall randomly and also went around the outside of the shape. To finish it off I added some paper roses down one side. Right I'm off to enter this in the challenge and after that I have another two cards to show you all.
Back soon
Sam x

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Whoopeeeee!!!! I won.

Wow, I just found out that I've won a prize from Rozzys first ever blog candy which was run in conjunction with the challenges over at The Crafty Pad
I don't know which stamp it is yet as she had already sealed the envelopes before the draw. Anyway I'm real chuffed and can't wait for the postie to bring it to me.
Big thanks coming to you Rozzy and hugs too.
Sam x

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Morning all, the lovely Andrea :- has given me this award. Now I'm pretty sure that there is nothing else even remotely interesting about me that I can possibly think of (the last one was an effort - my head STILL hurts). And to be honest I can't pick out just 7 bloggers that I can can give this to as in my mind, everyone deserves it. So if you are one of my followers and don't already have this award, please feel free to take it for your blog and if you leave me a comment to say that you have done so, I'll put a link on this post back to you so that everyone can see what stunning work you all do.
Thanks again Andrea
Sam x

Friday, 28 August 2009

3D Decoupage Card

Made this very quickly - well as quickly as you can cut out fiddly decoupage sheets anyway for this months technique challenge on my buddy Junes forum. This is my last post for the day as I've now got to do dinner before I go to work this evening - boo hiss...and I'm really enjoying myself too. Anyway I'm sure I'll be back at some time over this Bank holiday weekend and I hope everyone has a lovely time what ever you do.

Take care

Sam x

Sympathy cards

Morning all, sorry the mood is a bit sombre, but my nan passed away yesterday morning so sympathy cards needed to be made for my dad and my aunties and uncles. I haven't got any of the traditional sympathy images so I made these with my Papermania Love Jesse Edwards clear stamps and papers. Another apology for there being so many, but my dad was 1 of 10 children. Unfortunately we lost my auntie Mary when I was a youngster hence there being only 9 cards.
Thanks for any comments that you may leave for me.
Bye for now
Sam x

Thursday, 27 August 2009

More Smirk Shaker Double Cards

Morning all, I got a little carried away with this style of card as I thought it suited the little shaker stickers perfectly. Incidentally I got these stickers from Cheryl a while back. Cheryl makes stunning collage ATCs and great cards too. So please go and click on her name and pay her a visit and check out her fantastic blog.
Take care all
Sam x

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Smirk Birthday Card

Afternoon all, I'm back with another quick creation. This one has been made for my husbands workmates wife who is going to be 21 on Saturday (bless - she's just a babby) and I thought the Smirk range from Trimcraft/Dovecraft is perfect for that age range. I think I'm going to make another couple now as I enjoyed doing this one.
Take care
Sam x

The four seasons Roundies

I've made these for the hosted swop on Trimcraft and the theme - obviously - is the four seasons.
Right then from the top. The spring one has been made with a scrap of paper from my stash as a backing, then I have layered another piece on top using a Papermania Motifation and some yellow flocking powder. Then to finish it off I added some bubble stickers from my stash and a couple of butterfly stickers also from my stash.
The summer one I've used a freebie embossing board from one of the mags to make the sun, the footprints, flip flops and the beach ball. I've also added a little of Anitas 3D gloss to each of these elements. For the background I've used some blue card from my stash for the sky and some sandpaper for the sand.
The autumn one was made using a blank roundie that my good buddy Cheryl sent me and I just stuck on some skeleton leaves and a couple of leaf embellishments from my stash and for the wording I used some rub ons onto some brown slightly metallic paper.
Lastly for the winter one, I just recycled a Christmas card from last year, added a bit of sticky ribbon and blobbed some liquid applique down the side to resemble snow.
I've got a few more bits to add later on so I'll catch you all later
Bye for now
Sam x

Friday, 21 August 2009

CD Case Tutorial - well sort of :)

Good morning everyone. Well this should be a bit of a laugh. This is, as the title suggests, a tutorial....sort of heheheehe!!! My fellow blogger Dazie and good buddy from a couple of forums asked how to make these as she wants to have a go.
So here is my best attempt and please excuse the photos.

You need to cut your card stock ( I've used 290GSM cardstock for this one, (nothing too thick otherwise it won't fit after you have put your covering paper on)) to approximately 135mm x 118mm so that it fits into your CD case.

I then inked the edges of my base cards with PINK PASTEL from my COLORBOX QUEUE CHALK CATS EYES.
I trimmed the covering paper down to the size that I required and then inked the edges of these also with my CATS EYES from COLORBOX in WARM RED.

Apply DS tape all the way around your covering paper so that you don't have any loose edges, as you may notice the paper I've used is recycled from an last years calendar.

I also got all my other bits that I was about to stick on ready at this stage. I find if you are unsure of where you are sticking your bits, then the tabbing system works beautifully.

Stick your main paper where you would like it on your base card.

Next attach your calendar tab which I also inked the edges so that it stands out with the DARK PEONY from my COLORBOX QUEUE CHALK tower.

Then I attached my main image which is also recyled from the same calendar .... the art work is by A.M. GIRLING by the way.

If you want to doodle on your completed page, you can but I felt this didn't need anything else although I did have a pen at the ready just in case.

This is a view from above of the completed calendar.

This is the completed calendar from the front (complete with mess although most of it has been cropped out heheheehe). I will eventually cover the out side of the calendar as well so it isn't just plain, but I don't believe any of you need help for that - you could also use alcohol inks I should think but I don't have any of those so I'm not entirely sure.
I hope this helps Dazie and any of you out there that would like to give this a go.
Take care all and have a lovely day.
Sam x