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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Double birthday

It was Dad's birthday as well as my brother's at the weekend. I had to make some quick cards because we are still dashing around to hospital appointments in between emergency call outs to Mother in Law in the night, and sorting out her carers etc, and not telling her all that is going on so we don't worry her.
We bought my Dad a couple of duck sculptures from the National Trust shop a few weeks ago, it is hard to know what to get him really, but I had this stamp in mind. Oh Duck is by Sheen Douglas, I haven't used it before on a card but I remembered I had stamped sheets of it (I hoped I remembered correctly - I did phew!), and after searching through 3 boxes of stamped and printed images I found it (might have been quicker to stamp it again lol). I added a bit of colour with Prismacolor pencils, a bit of manly ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and die cut Dad (Spellbinders) and Happy Birthday (Impression Obsession). Unfortunately the words ended up decidedly crooked and the the permanent Xyron sticker adhesive was unforgiving so they had to stay wonky!

My Brother's card, he asked me if this was because he lives in S Wales (hadn't even crossed my mind, it was a toss up between this and the Silly Moo image). This is also a Sheena Douglas stamp, again the words are wonky and you can see the adhesive - I did rub a bit more off before I gave it to him. I used more of the masculine ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, and die cuts by Spellbinders and IO dies as before.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Quirky caterpillar

It's Quirky reminder time, and I am sad that only two people have entered something that fits the challenge I set last week. The challenge is about children or animals playing dressing up, and the project must include ribbon.
This is such a cute image called Bugaboo Brats Bugs - Caterpillar. I put my sleeping child on a die cut bench, using a Joy Crafts die, in the garden (where all good caterpillars should be) surrounded by butterflies, and I used chiffon polka dot ribbon, and grosgrain ribbon with hearts both from Crafty Ribbons.
The papers are Marianne Rose Garden, and I used a Marianne icicle die to make the grass. The pink rose border is die cut with another Marianne die.
Marianne products used:
Marianne Design Creatables Die - Icicles LR0135
LR0212 Marianne Design Creatables Anja's Roses Border
Marianne Rose Garden paper stack and decoupage die cut butterflies - free with a magazine.
Inside I used more of the Rose Garden paper pack by Marianne.

This card has crawled into the following challenges:
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes (23rd March)
Papertake Weekly - happy anything (Tues)
Catch the Bug - March Bingo Spring image, ribbon, button (25th March)
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes (Thurs)
Crafty Ribbons - anything goes with ribbon (Thurs)
Cute Card Thursday - Spring fever
Polkadoodles - birthday (Fri)
Creative Fingers - #72 anything goes (Fri)
That's Crafty - wings and things (27th March)
Graph'it Markers - Spring colours (27th March)
Fussy and Fancy - #135 girly (3rd April)
Marianne Design Divas - for a boy or man (April 13th)
Die Cut Divas - Spring/children (March)
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - go green (April 20th)

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Playing Quirky Dressing up.

Happy Mother's day to all of you who are celebrating today, and this challenge is perfect for today because it is about children or fur babies!

It's my turn to set the challenge at Quirky Crafts and I chose Let's play Dressing up, with ribbon.
I want to see children or pets dressed in costumes pretending to be something else, either photos or stamped or digi characters, and you must have ribbon on your project because one of our sponsors is Crafty Ribbons and our first place winner could win these gorgeous new animal ribbons!

The other sponsor is Bugaboo and they provided the great images the team have used today, and you could win some images too.
I have here two little boys dressed as rabbits. I started off with the very cute Bugaboo Brat - Boy Easter Bunny, who is fast asleep, then I thought what is he sleeping on - had to be Easter eggs they were perfect, and I added a friend who is carrying a WOE Big Egg, because all the digis come in .png as well as .jpg it was easy to create this scene. The ribbon is a Crafty Ribbons exclusive Animal Silhouette - Rabbits and is perfect to go with my little bunny boys.
I coloured the images with Promarkers and Graph'it markers, then cut them out with Spellbinders dies. The background paper is a freebie with a magazine. The stamp used for the sentiment was also a magazine freebie.

So hop on over and play dressing up with us, and see some wonderful examples by the rest of the team at Quirky Crafts Challenges.

This card has hopped into the following challenges:
TTCRD - Anything goes (March 10-16) 
Cute Card Thursdays - Celebrate
Moving along with the times - bingo (ribbon, die cut, flowers) (Thurs)
Chocolate Coffee and Cards - for a child (Fri)
Creative Fingers - #71 Anything goes (Fri)
Catch the Bug - Spring into Spring (21st March)
ABC - F is for Festive (Sun)
Pile it on - use 3 of something (3 digi images) (Sun/Wed)
Graph'it Markers - Spring Colours (27th March)
Die Cut Diva's - Children/Spring (March)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

WOYWW #301

 I promised I would be here for #300 and I just couldn't do it, it seems like just when things are getting you down life comes along and kicks you again! I won't go into details today but we are under a lot of stress once more and waiting for results which could be bad.
I had cellulitis again too, while we were staying with my son and daughter in law and little grandson, so once more I had to go to Hemel Hemsted hospital for antibiotics, I have finished them now but couldn't carry on with my crochet or do much until it had healed up again, I hope it has healed up completely, I'm not sure it has totally gone.
Anyway now I am sitting here with a numb mouth due to toothache which kept me up all night, and I have some pain relief inserted into the tooth after an emergency dental appointment this afternoon and it seems I have an irreversible infection on the nerve and I will be having root canal treatment. I also have bad sciatica in my left leg and the same pain in my arm (arm sciatica??), so a lot of pain and none of this relates to the problem I mentioned.

The photo above is part way through decluttering magazines, I couldn't just pick up the pile and dump them could I? I had to flick through in case there is something "vital" I need, and the open mags around the space are those with something that interested me. So take out the pages and file them I hear you say, been there done that and ended up with files full of pages I never look at again so I have decided I need to try all of the things here then chuck the magazine away. I did get rid of a pile of mags about 2 foot high! I have an idea, which might not happen - if I can dig my way to the box of offcuts I can either put the box of yarn under it (that's the easy option, I can do that for sure), OR I can give all of the offcuts to the neighbour for the school to use (shock horror) and fill the box with more yarn.
I have decided that the ideal solution would be to get that Really Useful Storage mini unit that you use as a desk and it expands to double the size when you work and is full of RUBs which all of the stuff on the desk could go into. BUT it costs a lot of money, not sure I can justify it at the moment lol, and what about all of the stuff under the current desk, where would that go?
The other side of the desk, I have dropped a few things that need picking up again - can you tell? There are lots of things still to be sorted and put away, mostly stamps.
If I had that lovely Really Useful unit how tidy it all could be...........

I bought a couple of balls of that novelty ripple scarf yarn at a show, it was only £1 a ball, not sure I really like these scarves and I wasn't happy when halfway though there was a knot in the yarn, but I carried on until I hit a broken part! I had to undo it, check the whole thing and start again and I had to use the whole ball or it would have been too short, knots and all.

Have I shown you this before? Apologies if I have. A friend's daughter is expecting any day now, and we don't know the gender so I hope this 12 pointed star blanket in contemporary colours will be acceptable for either boy or girl and I hope it is big enough, I tried it on Captain Cuddles. Pattern was from Inside Crochet, I didn't add the pom poms to each point for H&S reasons.

Hop on over to The Stamping Ground if you want to go on the best desk hop around.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Quirky recipe reminder

 The first photos I took of my box were awfully dark, I thought the mini photo studio was faulty - luckily I took a look and it has 6 screw in bulbs and they were all loose, so phew it is working properly now!
I had this paper mache box on the shelf for a long time, and decided it was time to use it. This is my example for the Quirky Crafts Challenge reminder, the challenge is called Pretty in Pink, and is a recipe: pink, green, cream or white, flowers and ribbon or lace.
I painted my box with Paperartsy Blush Fresco paint and dabbed a bit of Rose Fresco paint on the lid. The images are from our sponsor Stitchy Bear's digital outlet and I used Dandy Flower by Floppe Latte (I think it is lovely) coloured with Promarkers, and a beautiful butterfly by Sentimental Susan which I coloured with Graph'its in Turquoise and pink Promarker pen before cutting out.
I painted over the whole thing with Ranger Rock Candy Crackle paint which is clear so a sort of crackle glaze really. When it was dry and cracked I applied some Treasure Gold gilding wax to the edges and all over the crackle glazed top. I added cream and pink ribbon round the lid and made a bow using the Bowdabra, ribbons and Bowdabra were from Crafty Ribbons.

I might need to add a bit of rose to the sides of the box. Inside I lined the box with pink paper printed with more butterflies in pink and green by Sentimental Susan. It is all ready to be filled up now, Mother's day is coming and it would be perfect to hold a small gift.

My box has flown into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes (Mon)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes (Tues)
In the Pink - for a special lady (Thurs)
Graph'it Markers - Shabby Chic - vintage colouring (March 13th)
Creative Fingers - #70 anything goes (Fri)
Allsorts - Spring is in the air (Sat)
One Stitch at a time - anything goes with women (Sun)
That Craft Place - Mother's day (Sun)
Crafts Galore - anything goes (March)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

As pretty (in pink) as a Quirky picture!

This is a very Quirky card, my neice will love these Musical Hamsters, and Musical notes by Sentimental Susan, she has pet hamsters, plays in a band and loves pink (I hope she's not reading this). I coloured the hamsters with Graph'it markers and Pink Promarkers, added lace from my local market, Prima blooms and half pearls, and die cut Happy Birthday with IO dies. The rectangles are cut with Spellbinders dies.

This is the photo inspiration for our challenge set by Monica, and you just need to have pink, green, cream or white with lace or ribbon and flowers on your project.
Come and play with us at Quirky Crafts. You could win these musical hamsters, and more images provided by our sponsor Stitchy Bear, or some images of your choice.

This card has danced it's way into the following challenges:
The Stamping Boutique - layers (Fri)
Ribbon Girl - add flowers (7th Mar)
TTCRD - anything goes 3rd to 9th March
Creative Fingers = #69 Anything goes (Fri)
Die Cut Divas - Spring or children's cards (March)

Friday, 27 February 2015

More Quirky Inspiration

 Just a quick reminder and a couple more cards, the first one is a Sweet Pea image called A Maiden and her Unicorn, by Concetta Kilmer. You know that thing - you spend hours colouring an image then your paperwhite pen blobs a huge blob all over it - yeah that! Tried to recover it but it can still be seen. I see a green nose, and I have no idea how that happened (doh - it's the watermark).
Coloured with Promarkers. Die cuts are Spellbinders and IO. Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

This card has magically entered the following challenges:
My Time to Craft - Fantasy (Sat)

This is a Bugaboo image called Kidz Boy Puppy again coloured with Promarkers. DCWV paper and ribbon from stash. Die cut with Spellbinders.

This card has woofed into the following challenges:
Creative Fingers = #69 Anything goes (Fri)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

A Quirky cat

You know I have a thing about cute cat images don't you? Well this cat is so cute I had to show you, I don't think I have coloured it well, but I did my best. The cat image is from one of our great sponsors, for the challenge ending Saturday at Quirky Crafts,  Sweet Pea Stamps and it is called Happy Himalayan by Concetta Kilmer.
I coloured the cat with Promarkers and die cut it with Spellbinders long rectangles and long scalloped rectangles, the tail was a little outside the box. I added some perfect cat silhouette grosgrain ribbon which is exclusively available from Crafty Ribbons.

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts to play with us, show us your perfect pet, real or fantasy or the pet you want to own.
I have moved my printer from one side of the monitor and keyboard to the other, had to unplug it of course. Then I had to find a longer cable - now it won't print! If I get it sorted I could be back with another example - maybe!

My card has happily purred it's way into the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes #48 (Mon)
Tuesday Throwdown - #24 anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Letters of the alphabet C is for Cat (Tues)
Papertake Weekly - take your pick cool colours (Tues)
Creative Fingers - #68 anything goes (Fri)
TTCRD - anything goes ends March 2nd

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Our Quirky pets.

I should have made this card last week, apologies to Bugaboo who are one of our two sponsors this time. The images are from the brand new Mini Kit Kidz Clowns, such a cute set with lots of images and the sentiment, I haven't used all of them there is one very cute girl in a clown costume one too, great value for money - or you could win it!
I coloured the images with Promarkers, and added some white Prismacolor pencil to the girl's face afterwards for clown make up. I cut round the image and mounted it on red sparkly card. The badge is cut with Spellbinders circles and scalloped circles. The paper was free with a magazine, so happy I remembered it as it is perfect here. I added some grosgrain ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, eyelets. a star button, mini pom poms and bakers twine. I recently bought this cute ticket die by Trimcraft, (with one other really cute die) called Fun Fair,  which the wonderful Sam Hirst of Samaflora kindly got for her friends at the cost she bought them at (plus postage) they were a bargain and I really appreciate it, again this was perfect for this card and is one of the row of three tickets. I just kept thinking of these little bits to add to the card, I had so much fun making this, I regret there are some marks on the green card I didn't see - hand cream I think!

 I made a detachable pin brooch too, it was supposed to pin through two holes but the layers made it too thick to do properly, so I added twine through the holes and pinned the brooch to the twine. I worry about pins on cards for children, I am not sure what age they are safe but I would give this to an adult too.
Inside the card I used the same paper, and the other two die cut tickets, a die cut panel with a Spellbinders die, and the brooch is here again detached.

A flat view of the inside.

Back of the pin brooch, it's got a safety catch - I have a whole bag of these.

We are also sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps and I hope to have another example or two later.

So if you want to join in and show us your pets, or a pet you would love - even a fantasy pet, then hop over to Quirky Crafts to play with us and see some more wonderful examples.

My card has tumbled into the following challenges - TA DA:
Papertake Weekly - bingo - ribbon, die cut, punches (Tues)
I love Promarkers - make us laugh (Wed)
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes (Thurs)
LOC - #66 dies or punches (Fri)
A Gem of a Challenge - children's playtime (Sat)
ABC - D is for die cuts (Sun)
Creative Fingers - #68 anything goes
Cards Galore - use a stamp or digi (Feb)
Crafty Boots - Sentiment (Feb?)
Creative Card Crew - Birthday with sentiment (3rd Mar)

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Our Quirky best friends.

The challenge set by Myriam at Quirky Crafts this fortnight is about your pets, either real or imagined. You can have cats, dogs, unicorns or owls, or any other animal on your project as long as it is a pet!
I chose The Kitty Collector by Regan Kubecek from Sweet Pea Stamps, and she has taken me several hours to colour with Promarkers. Some crazy cat lady, isn't she great!
The papers are from a lovely stack by Me and My Big Ideas, and the swirly clips are HOTP. The brads are Papermania and the panels are cut out with Spellbinders Card maker dies in A2 and 5"x 7". I added some ribbon threaded lace too.
I'm late due to daily crisis calls from Mother in Law who came home on Wednesday - and I thought it would get easier! Ah well, give it time. I hope to get a good night's sleep tonight - really hope!
Please excuse the photo, we have visitors over and I couldn't set up the mini photo studio, and tomorrow we are going to a funeral.

We are so happy to have Sweet Pea Stamps sponsoring us for the first time, alongside our one of all time favourites Bugaboo and both have provided images to the team and prizes.

I hope to complete my Bugaboo project tomorrow night.

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts Challenge blog to see some more great examples and to play along and win prizes.

This card has purred into the following challenges:
Crafty Gal's Corner - #6 anything goes (Fri)
Crafting from the heart - anything goes #47 (Mon)
Creative Fingers - #67 anything goes (Fri?)
Graph'it markers - spring or green (27th Feb)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015


I know a young lady who is at University and she needs people to fill out her  interesting short survey, so if you can spare a few minutes it will be appreciated. It is anonymous and lasts 10 to 15 minutes.

My Rosalind cardigan - at last! (and despite the pattern).

Some time ago I decided to make a jumper that featured in an Inside Crochet magazine, it was called the Torquay jumper and was a pretty lacy summer jumper worked in Sirdar Recycled Aran which is 50% cotton from recycled tee shirts, and 50% acrylic.

I purchased the yarn and worked a tension swatch, there was no way I could get the tension because the length was right but after many increases in size of hook the number of stitches still wasn't right. I contacted the magazine who insisted that there was no error and gave me some "helpful" advice by several of their "experts". Some was possibly useful, use a bigger hook was not - it would come down to my knees! Anyway it is possible using the measurements given of the finished garment and the number of stitches to prove the tension swatch is wrong - but I had gone off the idea of making it and decided to make the Rosalind cardigan from issue 47 Christmas 2013. Designed by American designer Rohn Strong, and worked in Rowan pure wool aran originally. I thought it would work in the recycled cotton yarn - and the tension swatch worked up perfectly with the given hook (also proving the Torquay tension must be wrong). I liked that this cardigan was more challenging and had cables. In cotton it could be a summer cardigan too.

I had to purchase more of the yarn, I researched the yarns and worked out the length per ball of each then ordered the extra. By now the originally inexpensive jumper had become a much more expensive cardigan! I am trying not to spend too much on clothes because I hope to lose at least as much weight as I have already - but seem to have got into a loop where I lost and gained but stayed the same overall in 2014, hopefully I can get stuck in and concentrate in 2015!

Now I am going to give you the whole story, this could be a long post, but this pattern is so full of errors and inconsistencies that it is amazing I ever managed to complete the cardigan - I was pretty determined though! I hope this helps someone else who has tried and given up, or wanted to try this pattern, which is a lot more challenging than the 4 stars given!

First of all I started the back, now I did make a silly error which I will come to, but the first problem I encountered was after completing the "ribbing" the instructions were given to begin the cables which also increased the stitches. After starting three cables there is an instruction to "4ftrf (centre cable made)" then another three cables, so you have a centre cable and three each side. Makes sense, but the centre cable is never referred to again, and not in special stitches where the 3 stitch cable is described.

I contacted the magazine, via email and Facebook messaging, but got no reply. I think that maybe a few things went wrong when the pattern was translated from US terms to British crochet terms, in addition the pattern testers found it too challenging and maybe made modifications - these are my thoughts, I guess I will never know the full story.

I left this over Christmas while I concentrated on other things, but sitting visiting mother in law in hospital then the home for all of January until tomorrow (she comes home on Wednesday) gave me the opportunity to work on it. There was a lot of frogging to her great amusement, and she is expecting to see me wear it in now!

Having studied the photo I decided that the centre cable is in fact two 2 stitch cables and the special stitches for this should read:

Centre cable, or 2 stitch cable times 2.
Miss first rtrf, rtrf round next st, rtrf round missed st, repeat once.

On the row that you work your cable crossing (special stitches) for the 3 stitch cables you also work the centre cable crossings (special stitches as above).

So my back was going well and completed, but my centre cable was not centred and I didn't notice this until after I had completed my first attempt at the fronts - then while taking a photo - EEEEK!
 Apologies for the packing boxes this is on, and the photo isn't that good. This is the back with correctly centred centre cable.

By this time I had got to the sleeves and found the pattern unworkable, so I assumed the non centred centre cable was also a pattern error - but it was me. I had started off making a smaller size on the basis I would lose the weight, and after completing the rib forgot that decision and worked the next size up - doh! So I had to frog it (unravel) and hook the back over again.

There is one other small error in the back instructions: after the armhole shaping, the pattern tells you to work until the back measures 51(23,55,57)cm. Clearly the second size should be 53 not 23 cm, but that is pretty obvious.

At the point of discovering the car crash that forms the sleeve instructions I attempted again to contact the magazine, leaving them messages on Facebook, and their website, and emailing them. I got nothing back until I messaged them one last time saying that it seems that the sleeve errors were beyond their capability to correct, so I was going to sit down and work it out myself.

The magazine photos didn't help here, the photos seem to be of two different garments to me - I could be wrong but the photo of the model on p[age 46 holding her Rowan berries doesn't seem to show a ribbed cuff at all, and the close up of the cuff on page 48 does show ribbing - and that matches the photo on the front cover!

THEN I got a most apologetic email from Charles Voss, who said that my messages had gone into some black hole and been overlooked, and clearly I was an experienced crocheter, and had spent much time and love on this cardigan so he would help. He later emailed me new sleeve instructions - I will talk about those later in this post. He promised me instructions for the centre cable as soon as the designer got back to him - I haven't heard a thing since although I did reiterate that I thought I knew how to do the centre cable.

So onto the fronts, pretty straight forward (or so I thought initially). I completed them and joined them to the back, well one of them because it was clear to me that there should be some sort of neck shaping and there isn't.

The other odd thing about the fronts, if you study the photos the cable on the sleeve side tapers off and vanishes, as do the cables at the sides of the sleeves. This tapering off is not mentioned and my front cables go all the way to the top without going near the sleeve shaping - I think this must be the smallest size shown as it is a model lol.

I had mentioned the lack of neck shaping as being a bit odd in one of my emails to Charles, which has received no response so far. The photos seem to show shaping, as does the crude diagram of the garment. I had three attempts at creating some shaping, the third attempt was a EUREKA moment after really studying the close up of the neck, and finally it clicked.

This photo shows the fronts attached, the one on the left of the photo was attempt number two, and the right is the final solution.

The shoulder shaping instruction tells you to 3ch then tr in each st across. This is what you do on the back, so I did it. But actually you need to either sl st across (if you start at the neck edge), or only work trs until you have left a number of stitches (if you started at the armhole edge), then turn and do your shoulder shaping htrs as described.
So how many sl sts or stitches to leave unworked if you have started from the armhole side? Well the photo shows them starting just before the second cable going from the neck side, and I think you should sl st (or leave) either 11 or 12, I think it is 11 for all sizes.

So onto the sleeves, the pattern gave the two "rib" rows and instructed you to work these two rows until "cuff measures 15cm or 6" from start". It then goes on to detail some increase rows and tells you to work until it measures 35cm or 13.75 from the beginning, but doesn't say if you continue the two ribbing rows.
If you attempt to do as described, you will have a total unshaped  tube measuring 15cm of ribbing, then more ribbing to above your elbow then a very small section of cabling which has to be increased then shaped right away, it sounded crazy.

I gave up and left it for ages, and as I mentioned, the magazine didn't reply to my pleas for help until I got the wonderfully apologetic email from the Technical Director - Charles Voss. Charles did try (and promised to get back to me further when he got hold of the designer), and he provided some new sleeve instructions however I was not convinced they were right either, partly because he repeated the two rows given and the instruction to work until 15cm, then he instructed what would have resulted in ribbing most of the way across but flattened near the seam with the increases but it then said to work until the piece measured 15cm (hang on - didn't I already get to 15cm???). The body of the sleeve instructions that followed could have been ok, there were three 3 st cables created.

I decided to try my own version, and this is what I did. I followed the pattern in the magazine (and the beginning of Charles' rewrite) and did the first two rib rows, then I increased on every 3rd
row three times, so on the 5th, 8th, and 11th rows while continuing in the rib pattern. I increased by working an extra rtft or rtrb in the last tft or trb of the increase rows. This sometimes resulted in three rtrf or rtrb in a stitch, and on the row following that I would work into the back of the 3rd stitch to turn it the other way.
I continued until the cuff measured 15cm then began the body of the sleeve.

The cables on the sleeves are where the increases happen, the pattern in the magazine tells me that after doing the cables I have increased by 4 stitches, and yet there are only 3 cables where you increase by one each time.

I wondered if the intention of the designer was to have a centre cable on the sleeves and I have done this on mine, which allowed me to do two increases at the centre cable, one each at the two flanking cables giving me the 4 stitches I wanted. If anyone needs more details on this let me know.

 Close up of sleeve.
Sleeve again, different angle.

 A year or so later and finally the cardigan is finished! I didn't need the 4 extra balls which were the most expensive ones I have purchased, and I have found I could have got some for nearly half the price online!

 Ermm, didn't have a Rowan branch, so grabbed some artificial flowers. Look back at the first photo, the model wears the cardigan with a gap down the middle and belt to hold it together - she is a lot thinner and more shapely than I am, I grabbed the nearest belt to try it, doesn't look great, oh well moving swiftly on...
Ouch, side view with no belt, looks even worse - go back to the previous shot immediately, or better still shut your eyes!

Anyway I hope this makes sense and maybe helps someone complete a Rosalind cardigan.

It's Quirky Lovely

I'm sneaking in so late, missed last week altogether - sorry about that. I have some pretty heavy family stuff going on right now. Anyway I used Love Birds together with Pussy Cat Luv and added a die cut branch and heart shaped leaves and flower petals and I found a heart shaped flat back pearl for the middle. I made the sentiments up and die cut them with an X Cut set, and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, It has nearly run out so I much get more. I coloured the images mostly with Graphit markers and Promarkers and die cut them with Spellbinders card maker dies. The paper is by DCWV. White highlights are Sharpie paint pen.

The images are from Robyn's Fetish who are one of our sponsors at Quirky Crafts this time. You only have until Saturday to come and play!

This card has smooched it's way into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps - photo inspiration (Wed)
Cute Card Thursday - crazy in love 
Fussy and Fancy - #132 It's all about love (Fri)
Crafty Gals corner - Pinkylicious (Fri)
Allsorts - #297 love is all around (Sat)
ABC - C is for cupid (Sun) -10
In the Pink - Love is in the air (Thurs 19th)
Pan Pastels - love is in the air (Sun)
Craft Hoarders Anonymous -  How I Love Thee (Feb)
Crafty Cardmakers - Love Love Love (Feb)
Die Cut Diva's - words and sentiments (Feb)