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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Challenge card

Hello everyone, well we are back to winter here today, blowing a gale out there!
i feel a bit under the weather today, dunno why!
OK so onto my card
Over on Tuesday Throwdown they are asking for Florals
I have punched flowers and roses are printed on the dp from Pink Petticoat range Perfect Papers
so hopefully that will count
Doesn't show well but the colours are pale blue, black and white, card is 8x8"
Thanks for popping to see me
mandi xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Creative Cottage challenge

Good mornign everyone
it;s a sad day today as it;s th last challenge on
  The Creative Cottage 
Tracey has decided to close the challenge after this week so she has more time to concentrate on her digi designing..YAY! There will still be a Creative Cottage Blog and the shop
The DT aren't 'sacked' we will be busy little bees, designing cards for Tracey to display on her 
Creative Cottage Blog That has made us very happy!
You must check this out, become a folower as it is always packed full of inspiration and regular freebies! Plus there will be monthly competitions!
I would like to say thank you to the girls, I've thoroughly enjoyed interacting with them each week, so I'm so glad this won't be goodbye
Special shout for our fabby Tracey as I know this was such a hard decision, but, so right for her
Our last challenge is
Blank or white space
I wonder who picked that LOL
The DT girlies have done a super job, but, Im sure I could hear them all groaning hehe
My card using Strawberry Garden kit
All the buttons and flowers are from an embellishment sheet in the kit. I cut them out and shaped the flowers, they look FAB in real life [Dont mean what Ive done, the images are fab! lol]
This freebie is also on the blog, but, you don't have long to grab it!

Thanks for stopping by
mandi xx

Monday, 28 March 2011

Clean & Simple 133

Hello everyone
There's a super sketch this week on
for my entry I've used these adorable gerberas form Amberink
There are various sheets of the flowers to choose form...or like me you get them all! Aren't the colours vibrant!
These are from a sheet of the individual heads, I cropped to print out a whole A4 sheet to then cut out.
They do have cute little smiley faces in the centres, which would have worked well for my Get well soon, but, me being me I had to add gems!
Thanks for popping by
See you soon
mandi xx

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Get Sketchy Challenge

Oh flip I just did this post on Less is More! WHOOPS

Ok so here we go
Im entering this card on the Get Sketchy #80 challenge
Whist Im on my Torch Bearing duties for Amberink we make cards for certain challenges. this is because the super generous Amber and Pam are sponsoring Get Sketchy

If you haven't been over to Amberink before, you need to!
There are some fabby designs and so versatile
As you can see on my little card, I've only used one digi paper
Spin Pin [hot pink] and the flower head from the 'Wee Bee' range
I resized the flower on a Word Document then printed it onto the already printed out digi paper
Easy peasy, but, I love oversized flowers!
Good to see you, thanks for popping over
mandi xx

Friday, 25 March 2011

"Less is More" Week 8

Morning everyone
Well we had another bumper week last week, over 200 entreies again!

This week on "Less is More" we have a sketch for you to follow
This is what I did

Stampin Up Growing Green
Pink Petticoat
Orchid & Pistachio
Font Tall Paul here

Here's the tut I did for colour matching the digi papers:

My little tut for this week is about matching a computer generated font to the colour in digi papers [or any scanned image in your computer files]
All digi papers are made up of a Red, Green and Blue colour palette,
so we need to determine what combination they are made of.
I do this using Paint as it's normally built into your computer.
On the start menu type Paint in the search box and open the program.
Then go to File 'top left hand side' A box appears select Open
From here you need to tell it where your particular paper is stored. Once you locate it, 
click Open and that paper will appear in the paint window
On the left hand side are 'tools' Select the little icon that looks like a pipette [3rd down on mine]
Click it onto the colour you want to match
Click Colors
Then Edit Colors [from a pop up box]
A box appears and click Define Custom Colors
There on the bottom right you will see, for instance
Red 231
Green 18
Blue 97

Make a note of these and you then change your font colour using these numbers

Hope you like it
Do join in, it;s a great community everyone is so lovely
Even me n Chrissie....honest lol

Have a great Saturday
mandi xx

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

First Amberink Card

Hi everyone, it's a beautiful morning here in sunny Shanklin
So here I am with my first Amberink card, as I'd said I have the honour of carrying the torch for the lovely Amber and Pam for the month of March. How cool!
Amber is the most fantastic artist, you must go have a look at her FAB designs
For my card I've used her turtles, aren't they adorable!
Excuse my pants grey shading, dunno what I was thinking, maybe I had my eyes closed lol
I had a tortoise as a child, Bobby he was so cute!
Do also go check out my other torch bearers, they are so talented

Entering into these challenges
The Crazy Challenge Any Shape Card but no Square
Craft Pad Use a Digi
Pink Gem Designs Anything but Square
Thanks for popping to see me as always
mandi xx

Monday, 21 March 2011


Im so excited to tell you that I've been invited to be a torch bearer for the fabby
I carry their torch for the month of March along with some other super girlies
I've been passed the torch form me lovely Scoopy 
Thanks hunni
If I do half as good a job as you I will be happy

The other girlies also carrying a torch are

Will be back tomorrow with my first card

Thanks for popping to see me
mandi xx

Saturday, 19 March 2011

"Less is More" Week 7

Hi everyone
I know I say it every week, but, Chrissie and I are continually blown away by the amount of entries we are getting. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine such support. Waht's great also is everyone is enjoying making CAS cards, so that's just FAB
So our theme this week is 

I wanted to create cards with no stamping and pretty much no theme. I've so often been asked for a card for a man that has no interest in sport, or any hobbies etc. So for me some texture goes a long way. I originally wasn't going to put the Fleur de Lis, but, found it whilst rummaging for my embossing folders. You could easily recreate this design with just the strips of card and maybe a bigger sentiment.
Recipe: 15cm square card [A4 folded in half, then I trim off 6cm from one side]
The bottom black strip is just over 15cm x 1cm wide
The copper is 15cm x 0.5cm
The next black Swiss Dots strip is 12cm x 1.5cm 
The Fleur di Lis mirri strip is 10cm x 2.5cm
There is a great little community going on, such fabby people, so do join in

Have a great Saturday
mandi xx

Friday, 18 March 2011

Totally DT card

Hello everyone
Well it's Friday and that means the start of another challenge on 
Totally Papercrafts and this week the theme is 
We are generously sponsored by
who has some fabulous digis for sale, do go have a look

I did a paler option too, realsie I took the pic before I stamped the sentiment. Will change pics later
The other DT girlies have made some super cards again this week, they are so talented
Bit of a short post for me as I'm chasing my tail again
Happy friday all
mandi xx

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

DT card for Creative Cottage

Over on The Creative Cottage the challenge this week chose by our lovely,
is appropriately
We are sponsored as ever by Tracy herself, owner of the shop
There are some super digi images and papers to choose form and so versatile
I'm not a 'cutesy' person but I've made no end of cards with her kits.
Mostly just by using the papers, they are so yummy!
OK so here is it, using the Cherry Accessory Kit [papers also available]

 2 pics as Im showing you how I took the pearls over the spine of the card for a bit of interest

The branch is cut with my Cricut
I did draw one, about 5 times but was Mrs fussy knickers and threw them LOL One of those things, was quite easy, hardly showed, but!!

Thanks for popping to see me, as always

Monday, 14 March 2011

Challenge card RESQ-73

Over on Res Q Challenge hsi week is 
Just a hint of pink on our project
Well unusually for me here is a card without much pink Shock horror lol
Had to make it pretty quick today, hence the ready made handbags
The card is 8"x8"

Thanks for popping to see me
See you again tomorrow
mandi xx

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Challenge card Little Claire's

Good morning everyone
Been raining here, but seems to be brightening up!
Over on Little Claire's this week their challenge #2 is
so with a bit of sticking and punching 
Here is my card..
papers are Tilda, I love these!

Thanks for popping to see me
Have a great day
mandi xx

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Less is More this week

Hello and a very good morning everyone
A lovely one here, the sun is shining and it feels milder!
We're already onto week 6 over on "Less is Moore"
Time flies when you're having fun, as they say!
Overwhelming response and support from so many
Thank you!
Ok so onto our theme
This week it's One Layer and the theme is
Here is how I did mine

Also had an award form the lovely Valerie
Thank you so much hunni
What's really funny is that I'd not 'met' Valerie before but she lives where I come cool!
Anyways mahoosive thank you for the award, much appreciated

Thanks for popping to see me, do hope you join in this week
Be great to see you
have a great weekend
mandi xx

Friday, 11 March 2011

Totally DT card

Over on Totally Papercrafts this week we have a theme of
our FAB regular sponsor is
Here is my card

The card etc is form Craftwork Cards, the gems and background are lime green No idea whats happened 
That's all from me in need to get a wiggle on
Have a good Friday all
mandi xx

Sunday, 6 March 2011

All sorts challenge

Over on Allsorts this week this Charlene is 
Well here is mine
this girl was spending her 15th Birthday in Paris
luckily my SU set Artictic Etchings fitted the bill perfectly!
The papers, Lap of Luxury are fabulous and had passed me by!

Glorious day here today, but, still a tad freezing!

Have a good Sunday
mandi xx

Saturday, 5 March 2011

"Less is More" Week 5

Cannot believe we are into our 5th week of "Less is More"
Feels like we have been going forever, with all the wonderful support we have had!
We broke the 200 entry barrier this week
Well I should say we SMASHED it!
Cannot thank you all enough!

As you know we don't give weekly prizes, but, monthly
we award one to the person we feel has contributed lots and fully deserved of the prize
this month we are delighted to be sponsored by

We are so grateful to Amber and Pam for doing this 
So this week being the first of the month we start the rota again and it's 
You can interpret this however you like but it must be a CAS
[clean & simple] 
card with lots of 'white' or card base blank space

Here is my card

Yes pastels, but, Ive also used black
Black is such a brilliant 'grounder'
I always think of pastel as 'sickly sweet' by adding black it becomes 'Simply chic' 
Do hope you like it

Papers are Pink Petticoat
Thanks for stopping by and for leaving me a comment

mandi xx

Friday, 4 March 2011

Totally Papercrafts DT card

Hi everyone and a happy Friday to you all
The end of this week can't come quick enough to be honest
I dunno if Im on foot or horseback LOL

Over on Totally Papercrafts this week the theme is

Here is mine

I decided against a sentiment as I can add that for a suitable occasion

The generous sponsors this week are

Going out tonight, Andy Abraham is coming to do a  gig at our Con Club
He is FABBY so can't wait

Have a  great Friday all
Don't forget to pop back tomorrow for our new challenge on
"Less is More" 

mandi xx

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Creative Cottage DT card

Mega quick post as i'm up to me neck in it atm!

Creative Cottage this week have a challenge of

The DT girlies have come up with some wonderful samples
mine isn't so wonderful!
I've used the papers from Tweet Valentine which are so delish!

Sorry again for rushing, my mojo is a bit frazzled

Thanks for popping to see me, I do appreciate it

mandi xxz

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