Monday, February 28, 2011

Tummy Yummy with The Crafty Pad

 Before I get to this weeks challenge at The Crafty Pad I would like  to share with you all a quick photo of our weekend.
This weekend we were blessed with a super quick 48 hour visit from hubby who flew home to help us celebrate Our Little Miss Emile turning the BIG ONE!


The time goes so slow between his visits home but so fast when he is here :( We had a wonderful weekend and Little Miss Emilie loved having her daddy home even if it was only for a blink of an eye :(  It is moments like these I have come to treasure and hold close to my heart.

But enough with the tears and onto things that make us happy and that would be crafting away to this weeks challenge and I assure you it is something really yummy this week!
You guessed it! This week The Crafty Pad girls wanna see 
SOMETHING YUMMY FOR YOUR TUMMY!


And this week we are being sponsored by the lovely Crafty Emma Store.
The random winner will scoop up their choice of Memory Box 6x6 Paper Pad!
Have you seen these papers? 
They are so adorable that if you haven't seen them then I assure you you will be adding them to your wish /must have list! 

This week I could not resist getting my Copics out & coloring The Crafty Pad Berry Sweet Strawberry that you can purchase HERE.   I thought this would go perfectly as a label for one of my jars of homemade Strawberry Jam.  A jar of jam can't be given alone, so I whipped up a gorgeous little piklet/pancake hamper basket to go with it.  





The hamper contains a mix & shake pancake satchel, a can of ready whipped cream, the jar of homemade strawberry jam & a few chocolates thrown in for good measure :)

I got creative with my embellishments this week & set to making some of my favorite flowers in pink.  I added one to the lid of the strawberry jam & I made a really nice big one to place on the basket handle.  I added some adorable strawberry buttons I found at Scrappers Haven the other day & to keep with the homely feel I went with raffia today & added one big ribbon bow on the basket handle. 

This little basket full of goodies I am donating to my girls daycare center for them to use on a cooking day.  I think little finger people would love shaking the mix up & I am sure those little tummy's will love eating the results :P

Remember - to play along with The Crafty Pad Challenge you do not need to use a Crafty Pad image but we sure do like to see them, so please use them if you have one :) 


I hope I will see you at this weeks challenge - you have till Saturday Evening at 8pm GMT to get your entries in!
See you THERE!
Challenges this creation is entering:
* Allsorts - #92 Make your own flowers - Sat
* Little Claire's Designs -  #1 Anything goes - Monthly
* Mark's Finest Papers - #44 Food - Sat
* Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge -  #123 Sweet Treats - Sat
* One Stop Craft Challenge - #120 Spring Flowers - Sat
* Stamp Something -  Something with flowers - Fri
* Studio 313 - HSC1 Nature Elements - The rafia is natural along with the basket and the jam - Monthly
* Crafty Sentiments - Spring - Thur
* Do You Stack Up - #8 Anything goes - Thur
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Furry Friends with Gingerloft Challenges #12

Good evening all!
Where has this fortnight gone? 
I have been flat out like a lizard drinking drinking this week, 
but I still found some time to get down and crafty. 

This fortnight the girls at Gingerloft Challenges are showcasing 
off furry friends in challenge #12. 

I stumbled across a box of empty snow-globes in the shed during 
a clean up that I didn't even know I had, 
so I chose this week to play and make 
a snow-globe for Chloe in honor of Winnie The Pooh 
and in hope that she will keep her paws off my glass ones! 
(The theory is good but the practical is not working out the best just yet :$ )

This is the first time I have played with a snow-globe 
and I was quite amazed at how much it magnifies the 
original image. I was going to add some ribbon over the top and s
ome little embellishmentslike some leaves and maybe some gems 
along the bottom but I had to beg Chloe to be aloud to have it for 
just one momentto take a photo of it, 
let alone get my hands on it to add more pieces.

With the amount she is handling it I think it is best to leave 
any of the additional wishes on hold, as she will just end up pulling 
them all off and probably eating them.
(She is 2 and everything goes in her mouth STILL! ! ! )


I think he turned out rather cute!

I used New Polar Bear image from GingerLoft and guess what ???
He is a FREEBIE so why don't you head over there now, 
grab him and play along with us at Gingerloft Challenges in this weeks challenge 
#12 Furry Friends

Fair Winds and following seas, 
The Navy Wife

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Challenges this creation is entering - 
Lexi's Creations- #33 Bears
A Spoon Full of Sugar - #139 Anything but a card
Frosted Designs - No patterned paper
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Color me with Red, Pink and Black @ The Crafty Pad

Color me in Red, Pink & Black 
with The Crafty Pad Challenge this week!


Now that is a yummy combination on its own at the best of times.
But this week, it's the tune the girls at  
The Crafty Pad are playing along to!

And with a Joanna Sheen £10 gift voucher up for grabs! 
I know you wanna play along with us too! 

With a voucher to go shopping up for grabs
I thought I would get ready to go do some spending 
and crafted a gorgeous paper handbag / purse! 

I tried a new technique this week and used some shrink plastic! 
Never played with it before and it was a new one for me.  
I did freak out a little when it all rolled into a ball but as you shall 
see it all flattened itself out in the end *phew* :) 
I also made some adorable handmade flowers using my
favorite technique & the material is from an old chemise of mine that 
I have been hording but have now faced the reality my 
boobs will never go back to "pre-children" size lol  
And added a touch of pearls to 
finish with the posh pins.

I used a Core Dinations paper and distressed and sanded it down to 
bring out the flourish pattern and black core color.  
I also inked over it with my Brilliance Dew Drop Ink Pad
and the flowers in the bow are from my stash of 
Prima Pink Songbird Vine. (So in love with these!)

Today I also chose a Crafty Pad Image
Rose for 0.99p that you can purchase by clicking HERE
And I colored it with ... My NEW COPICS - 
Yes ... I have finally brought some and am staring a collection :$






I think she looks beautiful to the point that I don't know how I am 
going to part with it and send it lol.

Now ... It's your turn to show me Red, Pink and Black 
and by sure to drop by The Crafty Pad for some more scrummy
inspiration from the DT girls.

With no requirements to use a Crafty Pad image there is 
no excuse for not playing along with us!
Though we sure do like to see those images
on your cards!
Challenges this creation is entering:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts -  #9 Spring Flowers Everywhere
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge - Plastic - I have shrink plastic heart charm
Crafty Cardmakers - Hearts - metal heart charm & heart shrink plastic charm
Cupcuke Craft - #129 I *Heart you - metal heart charm & heart shrink plastic charm
Kaboodle Doodles -  #54 Hearts & flowers - metal heart charm & heart shrink plastic charm and I have flowers.
Woodware USA - #14 Embossing - The DP is embossed (Core Dination)
Bearly Mine - #4 Ribbon & pearls - I have pearls and fabric ribbon
Digital Tuesday - #98 Use a Die Cut - The shrink plastic heart is a die cut as well as the 'latch' on the purse
Papertake Weekly - Putting on the Glitz - I have pearls and shiny satin fabric & the white paper on the 'latch' is a metallic shim glitter paper
Scrap-Creations - Spring Fever - Flowers
Creative Belli -  #111 Felt or Fabric - Handmade flowers are made from my old chemise.
The Creative Cottage -  #33 Fabulous Flowers  *** EDIT*** Made Creative Belle of the Belli :)) 
Forgotten Scraps -  #3 Spring Flowers
Simon Says Stamp - Make your own embellishments - Flowers are hand made and shrink plastic heart charm
Stampin' Royalty -  #59 Mark It Up - used copics to color the image on the shrink plastic heart
Truly Scrumptious - Swirls & Pearls - Swirls embossed on the DP and I have pearls
Charisma Cardz - #7 Spring has sprung
Digi Doodle Shop - #47 Anything goes 
Dutch Dare - DDCC#100 Sparkle/Glittler/Bling - I have pearls and shiny satin fabric & the white paper on the 'latch' is a metallic shim glitter paper
Guylou's Inimitability - Anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - PCJ 4 Anything goes
Paper Play - Add shine - I have pearls and shiny satin fabric & the white paper on the 'latch' is a metallic shim glitter paper
Pixie Dust Studio -  #62 Don't be square
Samuel Taylors Crafts - Use Copics 
Shelly's Images - Show us what you got - Anything goes 
Blog-a-Doodle - Ribbon, embossing and bling - My fabric I have cut thin to be my ribbon, the DP is embossed and I have bling pearls &the white paper on the 'latch' is a metallic shim glitter paper
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days -  #2 Distress it
Crafts 4 Eternity - Hearts, glitter & pins - I have hearts, the white paper on the 'latch' is a metallic shim glitter paper & I have pins. 
Res-Q-Challenge - RESQ71Make a card including something that makes you happy - I love flowers and I love bling and pearls but I really love making my favorite  flowers.
The Stamp Man - #16 Hearts a theme - metal heart charm & heart shrink plastic charm
Stamp Something - Funky - I think this is funky & hip with the big flowers the satin shine finish
Totally PaperCrafts - #54 Do it with a digi

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Crafty Pad - Hearts #108

Good evening all! 

Wow can you believe a week has gone by already? 
Where does the time go?
I am going to make this one a short one this week as I have a crafty card idea in my head itching to get out!

This week at The Crafty Pad we are challengeing YOU 
to use HEARTS on your projects (Challenge #108).

Our sponsor this week is Creative Craft World

If you have not had a peak at their site then you need! You will be sorry if you don't!

That's enough talking form me and on with the pictures!

I created a beautiful bookmark for hubby for valentines seeing as he has become a study worm of late.
And it of course had to have its photo shot with one of Chloe's Winnie The Pooh Books as she insisted on it!
I used Teds In Love Image from The Crafty Pad and you can purchase it from here.







Fair winds and following seas,
The Navy Wife

Challenges I am entering: - 
There are plenty around with Valentines Day on our doorstep,
but this week I am limiting myself to just a few :P
*Craft Your Passion - #44Anything goes (Mondays)
* Crafty Card Markers - #39 Hearts (Mondays)
* Lexi's Creations - #33 Bears (Mondays)
* Digital Tuesday - From the Heart (Tuesdays) 
* Creative Card Crew -  For a loved one (Tuesdays)
* Everybody Art - #128 Valentine (Tuesdays)
* Simon Says Stamp - Anything but a card (Wednesdays)
* Paper Romance -  #37 Clean and Simple Valentine (Thursdays)
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Paris and English Roses

Paris and English roses to me on a general note do not mix, but this is what I had in mind while piecing this card together.  I will say that English roses are not my general thing nor is Paris my style but I had a plan in mind and ... nope it still did not go to the plan.  I was originally thinking all straight lines and a good two or maybe 3 matts but ... Creativity goes where the imagination leads and today I let it lead me. 

I decided I was going to play along with the challenge over on Picture & Scrap and this week we have to play with this image.  
 (I added a dark rose tint to mine)
This is what I ended up with.  As I said, not generally my style but this is growing on me the longer it sits on the mantel piece :)   I love how the feathers soften the picture and I so am in love with the chipboard sign and the posh pins! I even took a flame to the papers to give it a real distressed look and it worked magic on the black cardstock and really brought out a true distressed color.



Fair winds and following seas,
The Navy Wife

Challenges I am entering:
* Picture & Scrap: #2 Use picture provided

Sunday, February 6, 2011

LOVE is in the air with a twisted easel post it note

Very excited today!
Today is my first DT post for The Crafty Pad and I would love you all to play along with us!

This weeks challenge is #107 - Love In In The Air!
Too easy! for you all with Valentines around the corner!
This week our sponsor is the beautiful Robyn Fetish.
You could be in the chance to win 5 of her gorgeous digital images.
(Now that's worth playing for! ! !)
She has some stunning didi stamps - 
Click on her name or badge to be see her FAB collection!

Today I have used Robyn Fetish - Love Birds
The Crafty Pad Sentiments -  For Someone Special - Circular & Daisy Chains of Summer Ticket
.
I think this image is adorable and tweet, and I have colored the image with my water color pencils.
I made a standard easel card with a slight twist and turned it into a Post-It Note holder for my best friend for a Valentines gift.  I have also added a tricky little magnet so when the gift is closed it is held shut so the notepads do not fall out when in the gift bag, and when it is opened the magnet(s) are hidden. Tricky! 
It was a good use and new life for my old fridge magnet calendars!

 Easel Standing 

 Side view

 Back view standing 
(I covered the whole back so when if someone was sitting it on a desk  it looks complete from behind as well and also for the presentation as a whole - I feel it completes the quality of the look)

 View open before standing the easel.
(See that flower and bow - That piece is attached to a magnet to hold it down and then you lift it up and close it on the magnet on the front that is hidden with paper so it all closes smoothly and the best part .... 
is it is all hidden.)

The back view.
The front view - closed.

I love the feathers on this piece - I can't help running my fingers over them as this sits on my desk waiting to go in the gift bag lol  As I made this with the intention of it being displayed I didn't want to write on the card so I have popped my personal greeting under the sentiments on the post-it note.  
I think this turned our stunningly well.

Now ... Its your turn to show me 
Love is in the air!
So hop to it & be sure to pop by 
The Crafty Pad- peak at all the  
DT's inspiring eye catching beauties!
And enter this week's challenge!   

Fair winds and following seas,
The Navy Wife

Challenges I am entering :-
* Allsorts -   #38 It must be LOVE LOVE LOVE - (Saturdays)
* Craft Your Passion - #43 Bling on your love (use bling and red or hearts)
* Crafty Cardmakers - Water - I have colored the image with water color pencils (Mondays)
* Digi's by Phooka -  #2 Love is in the air (Mondays)
* Double Dutch - DDC #61Love is in the air (Mondays)
Karber Weekly - #23 Use something old - The calender  fridge magnets are old (2009) horder yes I am lol (Mondays)
* My Partner in Crafting Crime - #18 Scoring  - I had to score for the fold, especially the magnet holding flaps and the box to hold the post-it notes (Mondays)
* MyGrafico - Anything goes Feb (Monthly)
* Wild Orchid - #16 Love is - (Mondays)
* Woodware USA - Anything but a card (Mondays)
* City Crafter - #42 All you need is love (Tuesdays)
* Claudia & Company - #73 Unique Fold (Tuesdays)
* Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - FTTC #103Valentine (Tuesdays)
* My Time To Craft - #126 Flourishes - I have flourishes on the DP (Tuesdays)
* Papertake Weekly - Anything goes plus optional flowers (Tuesdays)
* Scrap-Creations - Friendship - Made this for my BFF (Tuesdays)
* Top Tip Tuesday - Anything girlie *Bonus* added my magnet tip as well :P  (Tuesdays)
* Try it on Tuesday - Feel the love (Tuesdays)
* For Fun Challenges - Spring  - I have the nesting love birds, the feathers and warm colors (Wednesdays)
* Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - #46 Hearts a flutter  - The love birds 'flutter' and have hearts on their chest and I have used heart DP (Wednesdays)
* Simon Says Stamp - Love is in the Air (Wednesdays)
* The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything goes 3rd and last entry (Wednesdays)
* AiFactory - Pink and red (Thursdays)
* Blog-a-Doodle - Love / Valentine (Thursdays)
* CCEE Stampers - CCEE1105 Tools/Punches - The base the image is on is made from punches (Thursdays)
* Crafty Purple Frog - # Valentines Day/Romance (Thursdays) 
* Delightful Challenges - Come fly with me (Thursdays)
* Do It With Digi's - #3 Valentines (Thursdays)
* Do You Stack Up - #5 Red Hot (Thursdays)
* Guylou's Inimitability - Hearts (Thursdays)
* Melijens Designs - #44 Fun Folds - I have the fold for the easel plus a few for the post-it note box holder (Thursdays)
* Moving Along With the Times - #83 Red 1st entry (Thursdays)
* PaperPlay - #5 Stamp it out (Thursdays)
* Shelly's Images - Love (Thursdays)
* Card Makin Mamas - Valentines - 1st Entry (Thursdays)
* Digi's With Attitude - #8 Red & White or Pink & White (Fridays)
* Prairie Fairy Friday - #45 For a sweetheart (Fridays)
* Fairy Knoll - #36 Hearts - 2nd entry (Fridays)
* If The Shoe Fits - #65 Get your pink on (Fridays)
* Off The Wall - #44 Pink, white & Red (Fridays)
* Raise The Bar - #52 Hearts (Fridays)
* Sew Many Challenges - #42 Anything goes (Fridays)
* Simply Create - #36 Give your heart away (Fridays)
* Stamp Something - February Digi Day Challenge - (Fridays)
* Stampin' for the Weekend - #3 Valentines (Fridays)
* Stampin with the Dragon - Anything goes (Fridays)
* Totally PaperCrafts - Friendship (Fridays)
* 2 Sisters Challenge - The world is your oyster - Pearls - I have pearls on the corner of my image matt (Saturdays)
* Allsorts - Love love love (Saturdays)
* One Stitch At A Time -  #48 Do it with a Digi - Anything Goes (Sundays)

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The Color "RED" with Gingerloft Challenge

At Gingerloft Challenges this week we are playing with 
"The Color Red - GL#11

With Valentines day just around the corner this one should be an easy one for 
you all so there is no excuses for not playing along with us.

Today I have used The Kiss Gingerloft image.

Black, red & white are the only colors I have used and it has turned out strikingly well! 
One single handmade red ribbon rose flower, with some hand embossed gold leaves a stamped sentiment and some pearls, jewels and a little red glitter paper on the sentiment ... 
I don't think dearest hubby should mind getting this in the mail :) ssshhhh


Fair winds and following seas, 
The Navy Wife

Challenges this card is entering:
* Cards for men - #3 Valentine / Love - This is for my husband (Mondays)
* Craft Your Passion -  #43 Bling on your love (use bling and red or hearts) (Mondays)
* Double Dutch - DDC #61Love is in the air (Mondays)
* Karber Weekly - #23 Use something old - The pearls threaded on the string are old from my beading days (Mondays)
* MyGrafico - Anything goes Feb (Monthly)
* Paper Playtime - #36 Anything goes with a digi (Mondays)
* Simon Says Stamp And Show - Some Love (Mondays)
* The Shabby Tea Room - Get Creative No DP and handmade embellishments (Mondays)
* Wild Orchid - #16 Love is - (Mondays)
* City Crafter - #42 All you need is love (Tuesdays)
* Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - FTTC #103Valentine (Tuesdays)
* My Time To Craft - #126 Flourishes - I have flourishes on my stamp sentiment (Tuesdays)
* Papertake Weekly - Anything goes plus optional flowers (Tuesdays)
* Try it on Tuesday - Feel the love (Tuesdays)
* Crafts and Me - Red (Wednesdays)
* Crafty Creations - My love is like a red red rose poem inspiration - (Wednesdays)
* Creative Belli - #110 Jewelry - I used my old peals from bead making days (Wednesdays)
* Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - #46 Hearts a flutter  - I have a heart (Wednesdays)
* Simon Says Stamp - Love is in the Air (Wednesdays)
* The Paper Variety -  Hearts (Wednesdays)
* Blog-a-Doodle - Love / Valentine (Thursdays)
* C.R.A.F.T Challenge - #88 In the roll of a die - Use a diecut (Thursdays)
* Crafty Purple Frog - # Valentines Day/Romance (Thursdays)
* Do It With Digi's - #3 Valentines (Thursdays)
* Do You Stack Up - #5 Red Hot (Thursdays)
* Guylou's Inimitability - Hearts (Thursdays)
* Moving Along With the Times - #83 Red 1st entry (Thursdays)
* PaperCrafting Journey - #3 Love is in the air - 1 entry (Thursdays)
* Pixie Dust - #60 Say it with Roses (Thursdays)
* Shelly's Images - Love (Thursdays)
* Card Makin Mamas - Valentines - 2nd Entry (Thursdays)
* Digi's With Attitude - #8 Red & White or Pink & White  (Fridays)
* Prairie Fairy Friday - #45 For a sweetheart (Fridays)
* Fairy Knoll - #36 Hearts - 2nd entry (Fridays)
* Off The Wall - #44 Pink, white & Red (Fridays)
* Phindy's Place - #41 Embossing (Fridays)
* Raise The Bar - #52 Hearts (Fridays)
* Sew Many Challenges - #42 Anything goes (Fridays)
* Simply Create - #36 Give your heart away (Fridays)
* Stamp Something - February Digi Day Challenge - (Fridays)
* Stampin with the Dragon - Anything goes (Fridays)
* Tellen's Place - Hearts (Fridays)
* 2 Sisters Challenge - The world is your oyster - Pearls (Saturdays)
* Allsorts - Love love love (Saturdays)

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