Retreat!

Hi again!!

So, as I mentioned previously, last weekend was my Annual Mad Inkstincts Team Retreat! There were 12 very talented, beautiful, funny and awesome ladies who attended (including me, lol).  One of the challenges that I set for the weekend was a Sketch Challenge.  I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch #151. And this was my card:

I had purchased this set, The Open Sea, from our current Mini Catalogue to use in a Class.  I wanted to have a little play before the class to see what I could come up with.  This card has a lot going on with embossing on the Not Quite Navy Background and distressing and layers of stamping.  I was quite happy with how it turned out though.  Do you like?  It can be tricky to do a boy card but I think this one works.

Anyway!  Enjoy your Sunday wherever you are and I’ll be back soon with more stuff from Retreat!

Mad
xo

Inkspirations Sketch for Baby Jane!

Phew, just scraping in for the Inkspirations Sketch this week!!  If you want to know why i’ve not been crafty then this is your reason:

Because I’m a grot! LOL

BUT! I did create some stuff because I had a perfectly little pink reason to!!  And her name is Jane – Look:

I know! Perfection!!  Wanna know what I made??

This canvas using retired Raspberry Tart DSP. These were some of my fave papers ever and I cracked my last packet to make this:

And as I’d been checking out the latest sketch from Makeesha and her DT I thought it would work to make the card! And whilst it doesn’t “match” the canvas (gasp! I know!), I think it’s pretty cute!

And the sketch it was based on:

If you’ve got any questions about the card, drop me a line.

Until next time (whereby, I hope to have a clean desk!),

Happy stamping!!
Mad
xo

Challenges, Challenges….& perhaps some procrastination!

Well I SHOULD be emptying boxes and packing things away in my new study!!  I know I promised pictures.  Here’s a sneaky peak for now.  I did want it to all be perfect but I’m realistic to know that it’s probably never going to be perfect!!  What you are looking at in the picture below is the end of the room.  I think it’s pretty self-explanatory.  To the left of the picture, the cupboards wrap around a little way and my computer and printer is on that desk.  I’m very happy with it.  I’m totally in love with Ikea and of course my dear darling husband who did so much of the work to get it to where it is today.  Thanks also need to go to the ‘lations who helped!  Peter B for the building work and Adam & Jim for the installation of the cupboards.  I am so pleased with the outcome!  It will be even lovelier when I pull my finger out and put everything away!! 

Now for the challenges.  I’m so loving just being able to get to the majority of my stuff that I HAD to create.  The need was too great to ignore!  First card is for a challenge over at the Elite Challenges Blog.  It’s called “Take to The Sky” and it was a colour challenge.  Colours were Soft Sky, Taken with Teal and Purely Pomegranate.

Cardstock: Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White & Taken with Teal
Ink: Taken with Teal, Purely Pomegranate
Other: Linen Thread, 1″ & 1/2″ Circle punches
Stamps: Short & Sweet, Polka Dot Background

The next card is a combination of both the Elite Sketch Challenge #15 and Paula at Precioso’s Midnight Madness #3 Challenge.

Stamps: Always
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Ruby Red and Pixie Pink
Ink: Soft Sky, Ruby Red
Other: Scallop Punch, 1 1/4″ Circle punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Sponges

Anyway, hope you like what i’ve done.  I was happy to get in and do some stamping!!  Who knows – this baby might even make an early entrance and then who knows when I’ll get stamping again!!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!!
Mad

Sketch Challenge!!

Woo hoo!! I stamped!!  I stamped!! I can’t believe I stamped!!  AND what’s even more exciting was that it was just for fun!!  Can you imagine????  Gosh, it feels like forever since I made something just because I wanted to!!

Last week when I was in Warwick I stole borrowed My Mums Lovely As a Tree Stamp set! (Thanks Mummy!!)  I’ve had a few ideas running around in my little head and I loved the Splitcoast Sketch this week as soon as I saw it so voila the following cards were born!

The above cards used Lovely as a Tree and the swirl from Season of Joy.  I also used the Merry Christmas from Occaisional Greetings.  I used Handsome Hunter, Real Red, Kraft and Whisper White Cardstock.  I tried to get a tricky picture of the Dazzling Diamonds that are on the trees.  I just used my old favourite – 2Way Glue pen, to adhere the Diamonds.  Love the ease of it!!  The ribbon is the Striped Real Red Grosgrain.

The next card uses the same sketch except turned on it’s side.  I did love this card!  Cardstock is Kraft, Real Red, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.  I used the Mat Pack to pierce the cardstock, another trusty tool I wouldn’t be without!! The flowers and the circle are cut out by hand and adhered to the top of the Olive image with Dimensionals.  I’ve used the Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon again.

The next photo is to show you just how ordinary my current space is at the moment.  Can you imagine being 38 Weeks pregnant and trying to squeeze into this space??

That’s my bed with all the stuff on it in the bottom left hand  corner and my tall boy on the right hand side.  I have a big mess in there at the moment because i’m trying to squeeze a whole room into less than a square metre!!  Tough isn’t it??!!  LOL.

Anyway! So glad I got to play today even if it was only for an hour!!  Won’t be long and i’ll be all sorted in my new craft space!!  What will come first though??  The baby or the room??!!  LOL.

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping!!
Mad