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Saturday, 31 January 2009

A card for Elena

My card today is for Friday Sketchers No. 37. I needed a little girl card so I used this layout. It's a really great sketch. The card and paper came from my craft box and I have no idea where I got them from or even who the manufacturer is. I do know they have been wallowing in one of my many craft boxes for ages. The image is from one of the Woodware Clear Sets and coloured in with promarkers. I am also hoping that I can use this card for My Time To Craft this week because they want 'A Little Bit of Sunshine' and the colours I have chosen remind me of a sunny day. I hope you like my card and thank you so much for taking the time to look at my cards, and leaving lovely comments which are always appreciated. Beryl x

Friday, 30 January 2009


Well, I've finally managed to make a card. I've started back by using the great sketch this week for Papertake Weekly. For the life of me I cannot remember where the co-ordinating papers came from. I have got a whole load of these 6 x 6 papers in lots of different colours and designs. They must be DCWV or Papermania. The stamp is from Elusive Images (Glenda) and I have embossed it with Halo Gold ep. Sorry the picture is a bit squint, it's the only way I could stop getting a flare off the sparkly ep and ribbon. I hope you like my card and thanks for stopping by today. Beryl x

I've Been Tagged

I have been tagged by Lorraine, and the rule is that I go to My Pictures, pick the 6th folder and then the 6th photo. I am the worst possible person in the world when it comes to cataloguing things and my photos are all over the place. My 6th folder happens to be my card pics and as you have seen almost all of my cards I went to the 7th folder and came up with this. It was taken at my youngest daughter's wedding in September 2000. It is the three of my daughters from left to right Amanda, Joanna and Trudy. I now have to tag another six bloggers which is getting increasingly difficult because there are so many wonderful bloggers out there. Anyway here are my six in no particular order Ann, Irene, Ann, Cynthia, Frankie and Sandie
Beryl x

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


I have been so lucky recently and been awarded a whole bunch of awards. As most of you know I have been in a lot of pain recently, and although much better I still cannot sit at the PC for too long. I have been checking out all of your fabulous blogs on my lap top which only has brain dead games and a wireless connection so that I can play, surf and of course shop whilst lying down.

Thank you so much ladies I really appreciate these awards , but I am sure you will understand if I don't comply with the instructions about passing them on and stating my addictions (far too many lol) because my sitting time is coming to an end. I do hope I haven't missed thanking anyone, but if I have I am really sorry and do not wish to offend. I will be back later to check out your blogs and look in on my forums. For anyone finding my blog by accident please hit the links and look at their wonderful creations, you will certainly
Beryl x

Monday, 26 January 2009

Thank You All

Many thanks to you all for wishing me well. My back is beginning to settle and I managed to sit long enough today to make a card for a friend. I'm taking things slowly and will catch up with all your blogs before too long. Many thanks also for all the awards you have given me and I am sure you will appreciate it if I don't pass them on. I have been overwhelmed by the response from you all. When I first started my blog it was mainly to share my cards with my family, as they all live on the mainland; and to take part in some challenges. I never dreamt that I would make so many friends. Thank You
Beryl x

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Just a note

To let all of my blogging friends know that I won't be posting for a few days. My back is giving me h*** at the moment and I am more or less completely incompacitated. I know a lot of you have back problems and will understand. Thank you all for being my friends and I will be back blogging, crafting and keeping up with my forum pals asap. In the meantime I'm laying here with my laptop playing brain dead games, as my concentration levels are not too good. I have even bought myself a Nintendo Ds and when not playing the computer games I'm playing with that Sad or what lol.
Beryl x

Saturday, 17 January 2009

One for Two

Today's card is for two challenges. Firstly for the fanstastic sketch this week from Friday Sketchers. Secondly for Rainblow Lady's Challenge which is for Fashion. When it comes to fashion the only place for me to look is Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique. This is one of my favourites. The scroll on the sketch gave me the chance to use my lovely swirly scroll stamps that I discovered courtesy of Beryl, if you haven't seen her blog do take a look, you will not be disappointed. I used Stardream card - I think this one is Quarzt. I used the co-ordinating backing paper from the cd. I matted the image onto Gunmetal Silk Mirri, which I then mounted onto the same Stardream, where I had stamped the scrolls with Versafine's Smokey Grey. I added a couple of contrasting flowers from my stash, as I didn't have any that would co-ordinate with the colour sceme. I hope you like my interpretation of the sketch and my card in general. Thank you very much for stopping by. Beryl x

Thursday, 15 January 2009

A second one for today

I got a phone call late last night from a friend who had forgotten her husband's birthday (!!!) which is tomorrow. Anyway I was going to make a card for the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is a fantastic sketch so I used that to make this card for her. The main backing paper is Papermania which I have had in my craft box for ages. I then used a silver semi-mirror card which I topped with the matching backing paper for the image which is from Joanna Sheens Jane Netley-Mayhew cd. I matted the image onto black card and then onto some gunmetal mirri silk card also from Joanna's shop. I used this for the central strip required for the sketch and also to put the sentiment on. I also cut out the dolphins and some of the sea to 3d the image which doesn't show up that well in the picture. I hope you like my interpretation of the sketch and thank you for calling and for all the wonderful comments you leave. Beryl x

Outer Space

My card today is for my DD, she is a Registered Childminder and one of her charges is going to be 5 next week and she asked me to make this. I used Crafters Companion Boys n Girls CD for the background paper and the insert. Then used the co-ordinating rubber stamps for the space man and rocket tethering them together with a bit of silver thread. I coloured in with Promarkers and added a few peel off stars and mounted it all onto lapiz stardream and silver mirri. I had a slight accident earlier this morning, I had two ep pots open and managed to put one of the powders into the wrong pot. I salvaged as much as I could but not all of it - so his name is embossed with a mixture of silver sparkle and baby blue sparkle. Of course now I see the effect created it wasn't an accident at all .... I did it on purpose lol. The number is one of the Cute Companions ones stamped onto shrink with blue Stazon. I hope you like this one many, many thanks for stopping by. Beryl x

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Another Award

I am honoured to have been awarded another award , this one came from Ann In fact she gave me another award as well, which is the Encouragement Award which I have already received. As there are so many awards out there doing the rounds again. I hope Ann won't mind if I just leave this on my blog and dedicate it to each and everyone out there in blogland. If any of you would like to take the award and pass it on to your friends please do. Thank you once again Ann.
Beryl x

Monday, 12 January 2009


This is my first ever ATC and I have made it for the Ooh-la-la Creations Challenge which is 'Small is Beautiful'. The image is cut from a larger picture on Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion cd and mounted onto lapiz stardream. I stamped the card with a soft blue script stamp which I think is an Aspects of Design one from The Stampman sorry it didn't scan very well. I finished it off with some very pale pearl gems which was one of the last things I bought from Lakeland before they stopped doing crafty stuff. Thank you very much for visiting my blog. Beryl x

Encouragement Award

I have just been give this Encouraged Award from Hazel of Dido's Designs. Thank you so much Hazel. If you have not seen her blog do drop by as she has some amazing cards there. Now comes the hard bit I have to pass this onto five other bloggers. There are so many of you out there in blogland who have encouraged me since I started this blog last year. So in order not to offend anyone I am choosing the first five people who helped me set up my blog and gave me advice. They are in no particular order.
Thank you ladies for your help and advice when I first dipped my toes into blogging. You have opened up a whole new world for me.
Beryl x

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Sketch Saturday

It's an awful day here in Shetland today - gale force winds and horizontal rain. This gave me the idea for this weeks Sketch Saturday's challenge No 33. The image and matching backing paper are from the Joanna Sheen CD featuring the work of Pamela West, who is a wonderful artist just take a look at her web site. There are also some wonderful examples of how the images can be used in the Gallery section on Joanna's site. I have used lapiz stardream card for the base, the other bits have all come from my stash. Thank you very much for popping in today and as always a big thank you for your comments. Beryl x

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Second Post For Today

I'm catching up with the challenges at last and here are another two that I have done today. The first one is for the new Sketch and Stash Challenge. For this card I have used some gorgeous blue silk mirri card from Joanna Sheen, some paper from my stash box which I think is Papermania and the image is from Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD which is one that I keep coming back to time and time again. The embellishments are from my stash again, I think the flower was a cover gift from a craft mag ages ago.

My second card is for this week's Friday Sketchers. I needed a card for a man and once again I went back to Joanna Sheen's Victorian Companion CD for the image and the co-ordinating backing paper. I used Judikins sports ball cube from Stamp Addicts and used cricket balls instead of flowers, the backing card came from my off-cuts box and I have no idea where it came from, but it has the most gorgeous golden sheen I think it might be one of the newer stardream colours. Unfortunately I've haven't got any more of it. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the fantastic comments that you have been leaving. They inspire me to try different techniques, and to persevere when I get 'one of those days'. Thanks again, Beryl x
PS I have only just noticed the shine on the photo of this card really sorry about that, the text reads 'owat!!' Beryl x

Quick Card

My card today is for the Tanda Teaser this week which is a Quick Card in a Quarter. in other words make a card in 15 minutes!!!! Anyway I managed it, didn't think I would tho. When sorting out my stash after Christmas I came across my Encaustic Art box which I bought about three years ago and put away as I couldn't get on with it. Recently I saw the most amazing exhibition of Encaustic pictures at our local hospital and was completely blown away by them, so I thought I might give it another go. I will never reach the standard of those pictures but have thoroughly enjoyed playing with the wax again. Many bits have ended up in the bin and a few others kept to possibly use as backgrounds. This is one of the bits that I saved, I cut it into two inch squares and mounted onto siver mirri. I added a couple of similarly coloured flowers to the centre, corner peel offs and sentiment. Thank you for taking a look at my cards and I really appreciate all of the comments left. Beryl x

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

First Challenge for 2009

I've finally got around to making my first card of 2009. This is for Sketch Saturday's Sketch 32. The background paper came from my free papers through the Graphicus Guild I also punched the flowers from the same paper and added a little gem to each of them. I matched the card by scanning the paper into PSP and using the eye dropper to pick up one of the colours, then printed off a piece of thin card using that colour. I have teamed the image and the corners with a matching silk mirri card which I got from Joanna Sheen. The stamp is actually a Christmas Bauble, again from Graphicus, but with not using the top bit, it just looks like an ordinary round stamp. I do hope you like my card and hopefully there will be a lot more to follow as I get back into the swing of things. Thank you so much for dropping by. Beryl x

Monday, 5 January 2009

Happy New Year

Hi Folks,

I'm back and I hope you all had a great a Christmas and that Santa was good to you all, especially to your children and grandchildren.

I've finally got OH back to work - he always gets a two week break over the festive period and hogs the computer and generally gets under my feet so crafting is nigh impossible with him around. I shouldn't complain tho because his work schedule is quite hard - 8 or 10 hour shifts for 12 days and then a weekend off. So he really needs his two week break at the end of the year. I did pick up some cross stitching tho and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've not actually made anything cardwise yet but, have done my yearly crafting clear out today and worked out what new stuff I absolutely need and must have lol. I am now ready to get going properly and am looking forward to joining in with some challenges very soon.

Thank you so much for all of your good wishes and especial thanks to Rita, Wendy, Lorraine, Edna and Ann for the award nominations. Your blogs are always inspirational and your work is fantastic, which makes the award soooo special. I haven't managed to get around to visit all of the blogs I follow yet but will do so over the next few days, I'm sure your cards will be absolutely stunning as always.

Love Beryl x