When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

A quote from April Green's - Bloom For Yourself Journal

Monday 30 April 2012

Yellow! Crafty Boots challenge

Happy Monday everyone - well today sees the start of another challenge over at Crafty Boots and this time the theme is Yellow, as chosen by the lovely Faye - so pop over and join us, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Right my card - 

I've chosen a Mo Manning digital stamp called 'Checking FB' for my card, I coloured her with my Pro/Flexmarkers using different shades of yellow. I matted and layered the script paper from the Papermania Book-print pad onto yellow and black card stock. A Martha Stewart punch created the black doily decorative strip. I embossed a piece of yellow Coredinations card before mounting my image on to it. I drew faux black stitches too. The sentiment is from the Papermania Urban stamps. And, as frequently found, I finished off with a black and some yellow buttons from my ever growing collection!

Hope you like my DT card, I sure enjoyed making it, that image was so much fun to colour!

Take care Zo xx

Sunday 29 April 2012

Blog Candy Reminder

Just a quick note to say that my blog candy which can be found HERE is approaching the end. It closes tomorrow night and I will get my boy to pull a name out on Tuesday 1st May. It's still not too late to enter!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend and not getting too wet where ever you are!

Take care Zo xx

Saturday 28 April 2012

In Stitches for a birthday!

Okay so it's not the best of titles, but it sums up what this card is for!

Wanted to post this card for you all and to enter it into 2 challenges.....yes go me, I've been slacking a bit in the "entering challenges department" but I saw the following challenges and knew I had to enter - right firstly the card -

It's an 8 x 8 Centura Pearl card base, covered with paper from Daisytrail pack of papers I had with a steam-punk set of digi-kits. The image is, of course, one of Krista's from Saturated Canary.  I rolled paper tubes to create the frame, the image is coloured with a mix of Pro/flemarkers and Copics. I made the flower using Tim Holtz Tattered Floral dies and the sentiment tickets are from Polka Doodles Sugar Plum Daisy CD-ROM. I chose them as this image and the thoughts remind me of me this week! Though I hasten to add I don't look anywhere near as lovely as this fine young lady! I finished off with faux stitching everywhere I could draw it! 

Here's a closer look - 

Right the 2 challenges are - 

Right I'm off to get myself sorted for football, last home game of the season today :0( I shall miss my footy friends and, of course, seeing my boys play, but I will be there when it all kicks off again in August!

Take care and enjoy your day! 
Zo xx

Thursday 26 April 2012

Love & Kindness are never wasted...

Good afternoon - well the weather is a little better today, but I'm still staying in looking after my boy who has been poorly this week. No matter their age, they always need their mum's when ill, don't they?

Anyway I wanted to share a quick card I've just put together using a coloured topper from the Polkadoodles Sugar Plum Daisy CD-ROM.  I love these images and the pre-coloured ones are fab, though I have printed out huge amounts of the Digi stamps to colour for myself too.

This last picture shows my lovely (well I think it is!) handmade wired coil I made using my new wire Gizmo.  You'll be seeing lots more of these embellishments from now on!

As you can see I used a topper from the CD, the paper was from my stash, I then used 2 pieces of Coredinations which I embossed and punched and distressed. Most of it got distressed and inked actually! The sentiment ticket is also from the CD, I printed it on to cream card and then inked it with Peeled Paint to match. I added some buttons and that lush flower and there you go! Simple.

But so effective - I love this shabby but pretty look. How about you?

Take care Zo xx

Just testing scheduling!

Please ignore this, am testing to see if I can get it right! Zo xx

Wednesday 25 April 2012

WOYWW 151 - wire Gizmo!


Happy Wednesday everyone - I'm all excited, I've got a new toy to play with.

Best let you see it first -

See the metal handle thing-y screwed onto the blue wood piece?  Well it's a wire coiling Gizmo, if you haven't seen one before. Now I'm no jewellery maker........yet, but I was fascinated by this little device. You basically wind wire onto it to create coils, which then can be used for jewellery or embellishments.  I love this idea - buying embellishments that are different costs money so I thought 'make your own, Zoe!' For those eagle-eyed of you, my first (yes my first!) coil embellishment is right there on the desk............see it?

Okay here's a better look -

Go me........I even put beads on the quite proud of myself!

So there you go, my desk with a new crafty toy.  I'm hoping over the next few weeks my own embellishments will get better and better and well, different! Right I'm off to make a coffee before nosing my way through the list again.  I usually manage to visit you all, and try my best to leave a comment, but if word verification is on, I'll attempt it once, but then give up I'm afraid, same with other pesky-puter-problems, if I can't comment easily, I don't spend ages trying, sorry!

I thank you all in advance, I'm looking forward to seeing what you're all up to once again and lastly..... big crafty hugs for anyone who leaves a comment <<<<HUGS>>>.

Oooh nearly forgot, if none of this makes sense pop over to Julia's place and see what it all means!

Take care Zo xx

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Busy old me!

Well not that old, but it sounded good as a title!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been leaving me comments recently, and to say hello to all my new followers and, of course, those of you who have been here all along. Don't forget my blog candy is still running, I shall pick a winner on 1st May, just click the picture on my side bar to see all the details.

For today, I thought I'd just show a few pics of some of the cards I've made over the last few days or so.

As much as I love stamping, inking and creating, there are times when you just need quick and simple cards to fill your supplies. What better than kits ready to go - the pink girlie cards are Kanban sets. And of course, you can't help but recognise 'The Snowman' cards, made using the kit from Crafter's Companion.  It was nice to just put these together knowing they'd look fab with me not having to think too much!

Thanks for looking and popping by.
Take care Zo xx

Monday 23 April 2012

Zoe Zentangles!

Eeek what a horrible day - it's grey, cold and wet, very wet!

Thankfully I haven't got to go anywhere, my boy is at home, not well, so I am on sympathetic mum duties!

Today I want to share some Zentangles with you. I recently rediscovered this wonderful form of doodling, after spying some fantastic creations while snooping the WOYWW desks. Anyway I bought a rather inexpensive art journal and started. My first creation was more about learning to 'doodle' in certain ways and creating forms. From then on I embraced this intricate (mine seem to be intricate and complex designs!) creation and went with whatever felt right. My first proper piece was formed around our initials (Z for Zoe & K for Keagan). It was on my desk the other week during WOYWW but now it's framed and on the wall -

I didn't want to keep it in the book I wanted to be able to see it, so I got it framed properly (my dad is an artist so I have a framer at hand!) and now I can see it every day, and I'm proud of it, it took a long time but it's special to me.

Some of my Zentangles will remain in that book, but others felt too creative to leave there. I drew a circular 'Zen-doodle' which I rather liked, so I took it out and cut it in half. I then backed it onto black card before mounting the 2 halves onto 2 cards.

See what you think? -

I kept the card simple - I felt the designs were detailed enough without over embellishing them. I'm really pleased with how they turned out, it's something different and I think these cards are unisex, and form a different style to many of my other creations. I will definitely be doing this more often!

Anyway take care,
Zo xx

Saturday 21 April 2012

Just for me

Hope this is a happy sunny Saturday for you all!

Well I've got my radio on, Rovers are away today, so I'm listening and will be shouting at the radio over the next few hours I suspect!

Today I want to share with you a rather self indulging make. When I was born (mid 70's) Zoe was a fairly unusual name around here. Though obviously it's become more common over the years.  One of the problems my parents had was that they weren't able to buy me things with my name on. As a mum now, I have the same problem (I know, I caused it!), my son is called Keagan, and I've never come across anything with his name on either.

This has an impact on my crafting as I do like to make things with our names on, so yesterday I set about making this hanging for my kitchen.

The base is actually a page from a chipboard album, which I painted with Gesso before using a mask/template to ink through using Peeled Paint Distress ink.  I then cut turquoise paper (Tim Holtz) to create a centre piece, inking the edges to blend it with the background. The flower was made with 2 layers both being inked with Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass through the mask I'd used before. I added the white flourishes, ribbon and lace completing it all with 3 Fanciful Tim Holtz buttons. The lime green and turquoise combination matches the colour scheme in my kitchen and I plan on hanging it in pride of place. My kitchen - my rules! Ha ha.

The majority of the products I've used are available, though shapes/styles may vary, from the on-line Crafty Boots shop including the chipboard albums, card and the fanciful buttons.

I hope you like my self indulging make! 

Take care Zo xx

Thursday 19 April 2012

Happy Birthday Gabrielle!

Good evening everyone - I wanted to share with you the card I made for fellow Crafty Boots DT lovely lady, Gabrielle's birthday. I'm sorry I'm late (well for me, am usually in bed by now!) but I've been out for the day. My lovely friend Debs took me (though I helped navigate using the list! ) down to Weston-Super-Mare, about just under an hour away, to the Dunelm shop. Fab place, and many homely bargains were bought. A few crafty bits did sneak their way in to my basket too!

Anyway, Gabrielle's card, which I know I can share with you as it arrived safely!

Now I know Gabrielle loves all things inky so I made sure I used some! The paper is from my Papermania book-print pad, I inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink, and then stamped the flourish stamp and embossed with gold WOW powder. The dress form is a Basically Bare product which I inked and painted with H2O's and then stamped and embossed again with the gold. Once it was all dry, I embossed it in a folder by running it through my Cuttlebug. The lace was white, but again I inked it and then added the ribbon. I inked the sentiment too, and finally splattered some water on to the whole card to create.......well splodges! I really enjoyed making this card, and am pleased with the effect!

So Happy birthday Gabrielle!

Take care Zo xx

Wednesday 18 April 2012

WOYWW 150 - colouring

Hello everyone!

Well it's time again to show you my desk, if you don't know why then pop over to Chez Julia's to find out.

Short & sweet (just like me!) this week, the desk -

Took this before the light went yesterday evening, I tend to set things up and leave them ready for the following day (also means they're ready if I can't sleep during the night!).  You can see (right) Kanban toppers, (middle) sheets of digi stamps which are Krista's (Saturated Canary) wonderful artwork and then (left) tubs of Pro/Flexmarkers & Copics. Yes, I do store them in what was liquid washing tablet boxes! Smells nice when I open the lid. I often change my colouring medium, switching between my Spectrum Noirs to my Pro/Flexmarkers & Copics or even water colour pens/pencils. Depends on my mood you see.

A new addition to the button collection has emerged following another visit to the local Haberdashery -

Sporting the wonderful WOYWW badge is the new jar of orange buttons!

Right that's me, I'm off to make a coffee and start my weekly snoop through the list. Thanks to everyone who pops by and a huge crafty hug to those that take the time to comment too. Take care Zo xx

Tuesday 17 April 2012

A canvas for your perusal!

Good morning (ooh yeah it still is, I had to check though!)

I'm supposed to be writing an article, but haven't even opened the page yet, too many distractions. Anyway today I want to share with you a canvas, I've made it to go into my son's bedroom. We're having a bit of a house makeover this year. We've lived here for 11 years so many rooms need updating and Keagan's room is top of the list!

He's chosen a neutral colour scheme of creams and browns but wants to add splashes of colour.  I think he'll end up choosing flashes of colour like blue & red to accent the room. He's got a wicked new duvet set which is a scene from London, with the London Eye, Big Ben etc on it. 2012 is certainly providing some fun and funky home d├ęcor furnishings. Perfect for a teen room.

I wanted to make something unusual, different, something none of his friends would have so I made this -

Once more the leftovers from my altered book were used to make the background. I just ripped and stuck! Then I used my new key mask to ink through to create the key effect. I smooshed, yeah that's how I can describe it, faded jeans and vintage photo distress inks in different areas before adding the large tag. I coloured it with the faded jeans first before embossing with the Cuttlebug key folder. I added buttons, die cut swirls and the ticket and peg. The weathered clock die cut was inked with a combination of the 2 colours. I used a brad to join the handles which I set at 6 and 10 to reflect Keagan's birthday! To finish off I inked and added some canvas resist pieces and splattered some water over it all!

As much as I love it, the real test was when Keagan saw it. Thankfully he liked it too and thought it was cool. Phew!

Take care and enjoy the rest of the day. Zo xx

Monday 16 April 2012

No Girls Allowed - Crafty Boots DT

Happy Monday to you all,

Well we're enjoying the last day of the Easter Holidays here as my boy doesn't go back to school until tomorrow.

Today sees the start of another Crafty Boots challenge which you can find Right here this time the theme is No Girls Allowed as chosen by the lovely Emma - so let's see your creations and remember no girls!

My DT project is a first for me, as I've never made anything like this before, but I have to say I'm really pleased with it and am planning on making a girl version too.

It's a wall hanging using the Paintbox Poppets CD-ROM. I've taken the framed card elements to create 3 boy framed pictures, which I've then laid a piece of ribbon across the back of all three and stuck down  before then fixing Centura Pearl card to the back of each picture to sandwich the ribbon to create the hanging.

Each picture is finished off with card candy, and complementing ribbon.  I think this could be hung in a playroom as well as a bedroom, anywhere really, I've got this one hanging on the door handle in my craft room at present as I'm so pleased with it, I didn't want to put it away just yet!

Thanks for popping by, hope you like my project and I hope to see your creations over at Crafty Boots.

Take care Zo xx

Sunday 15 April 2012

A Tag made by .....Me!

A Sunday afternoon post, not something I always do.

For ages I've admired the tags that people make, and often gain inspiration from many of my crafty friends.  I've always made cards and other papercrafting projects and have not really got into making tags.  But recently I've started to feel a little left out as I've seen some wonderful creations appear tag-based. So I thought I better get in on the act too!

My first 'real' tag is now peering at me, inspiring me to make some more. So I thought I'd share it with you all, instead of keeping it to myself.

I had no plan, no theme, I just wanted to create and play with some of the new things I have. I still have lots of torn pages from my altered book, so I've been using them to create bases for projects.  The die cuts - cog, flourish and tattered flowers (Thanks Stephanie-Emma!) were used as masks over the torn pages. I just inked over them to leave........well..... un-inked areas, so simple but I love it!

I've also just bought the canvas resist pieces from the Crafter's Companion website and wasn't sure what or how to use them so again I just played, and was surprised at how textual and fab they are.  I kept the same colour - vintage photo - distress ink as I knew everything would match that way, but played with the textures and finishes.

The cog and flourish were sprayed with Spray & Shine to give them a glossy finish to the rest.  In my local discount store they sell  little bags of things which is where I bought the bag of small pegs, perfect for attaching tickets etc.  Talking of which, I chose 'story' because I had the typed pages and it just seemed right at the time.

So come on, be honest, what do you think?

Take care Zo xx