Tuesday, 10 March 2009

New Challenge Blog Going Live Today and some Gorjussness

Good morning and hope you are all waking up to some nice sunshine! unfortunately all i woke up to was rain and a miserable dull outlook! even the chickens were'nt in a hurry to be let out this morning!

Well i have some exciting news this morning, the new challenge blog goes live today! It has been set up by my lovely friend Tasha and her friends Paula and Sharon. I am thrilled to be part of this new challenge blog, and hope that you will all join us when you have time.

This weeks challenge is to use Green, which i have to admit was a bit of a challenge for me. I like Green but usually only when i mix it with pink! or red (for christmas). For reasons i wont bore you with, i didn't know i had to make a card till about 6.30pm last night!!! so this is a rush job, not sure if im totally happy with it, but hope you will find some inspiration from it.

The papers are unknown im afraid, it was some odd papers i found in a packet! the image of course is one of the fabulous Pollycraft images, and my favourite one!!! Once again coloured with my pro-markers.
The border punch is the new punch i brought at the weekend by Fiskars called apron lace. Im already loving this punch. I brought it from Sugar and Spice. A lovely shop at the Barleylands Centre in Billericay, well worth a visit if you are ever nearby. Ribbons and flowers from stash and sentiment printed myself. Mum is die cut using the quickutz merry and bright alphabet.

Some of you will already know that my darling daughter Jasmine has her own blog. She was invited to be a guest designer on the challenge blog which really made her day. Her card is below using one of those fabulous High Hopes images.
So moving on, these are the gorjuss girl cards i made at the weekend. The first one is one of my favourite images. Papes are basic grey.
Then my other favourite image was this one. These girls are just gorgeous aren't they? i love their hair they look kind of devlish too!
Again papers are from Basic Grey the sentiment i believe is one from a kanaban kit i brought ages ago, the leaves are a macGill punch and the flower i brought from a nearby florist wholesaler in their clearance basket.

Some of you will know i was moaning about the quality of my pictures. Some of you gave me your top tips to better photos, so thank you. It will not suprise many of you to know i found a simpler remedy last night!!! oh yes, im a techno phobic as you know, and only someone as stupid as me would not think to clean the lens of the camera!!!! yes, honestly, thats all i did last night before taking my challenge photo, and what a difference!!!!! So from now on hopefully my photos will be a bit clearer. The bottom photos on this post were before i cleaned the lens and i think the difference is noticeable!
So ladies, hoping to see some of you taking part in our challenge this week see you again on Friday.
Hugs Linda x


Chrissy said...

Love the green, it just makes you smile and think of spring. Your daughter's card is very lovely too.
A clean lens definately helps for a better visual image.
Good natural light is another single thing that improves image quality a lot. I choose a light filled place on a bright day. To get really good detail, I will take my art outside. I crop rather than use the zoom too much and try to hold the camera as steady as possible.
Hope that helps, now I will go back and take another look at your lovely work, I could use a little inspiration right now ;)

Maria Matter said...

Hi Linda!
hey, who knew cleaning your lense would make such a difference. LOL
Sharpens the pictures,doesn't it?!
These are beautiful cards! Congrats on the new blog, absolutely love this green card!
And the Gorguss girls....gorgeous!I like their little striped stockings!
Blessings, Maria

Moni said...

Gorgeous cards, I definitly will join your new challenge blog. Hugs, Moni

Karen said...

great cards as always, and looks like Jasmine has mum's talents too.
your cards always inspire me they are gorgeous x x Have a great day Linda x x

Paula said...

Hi Linda your card is Fantastic as alway's and your daughter's card is Stunning im so glad she agreed to be GD on our New Challenge blog.
Paula xxxx

Sharon said...

Gorgeous cards Linda. Love the green card; it has such a fun image and you've added beautiful details.
Sharon xx

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

Linda, well you have been busy. Your card is lovely even though I hate the colour green!!! Jasmine has done well with her card as well - she's certainly got her artistic flair from her Mum. The Gorjuss cards are beautiful as well. Yet more things to put on my wish list. Godd luck with the new challenge blog. Best wishes. Kym xxx

joey said...

whoooooo hun how do you find the time to make so many gorgeous cards! I have to say green being my fave colour I love that card muchly!. joey.xxx

Annie said...

love the fabby green card you made for the new challenge blog, and your daughter made a fabby card too! You have been busy with those gorjuss girls, I am struggling to make just one card today! hugs, annie x

Erin... said...

Boy have you been stamping. Those gorjuss girls are gorgeous!! Love your green card it's so fun and springy!! Thanks for the tip on the new challenge site, can't wait to check it out!

Donna said...

Wow Linda, how do you manage to make such gorgeous cards so quickly, I need some tips lol. And Wow Jasmine! stunning card from you hun, I'll have to show Jessica when she gets home. Take care. Donna x

Denise said...

Linda, love all your cards. Love that green color. Hope your day is going good.
Hugs & Aloha~

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

Gorgeous cards Linda, love all the cute images and pretty papers. Jasmine's card is so pretty. Hugs Nikki x

Rach said...

Hi Linda love all of your cards hun, especially the first, doesn't look like a rush job to me.. boy i wish my rush jobs looked so good.
no i haven't got my specs yet.. but am getting terrible blog and card withdrawal. i am just plodding on as best i can.. when the words on the computer start merging and i can't work what they say then i know i have to have a break..lol.. hugs rachxx

Riet said...

wowwww Linda,what a beautiful cards,l love the image and colours.

hugs Riet.xx

Crafting Joanne said...

All gorgeous cards Linda, I think my favourite is the first one for the card crew challenge, the greens are so yummy.

Joanne x

Natalie said...

Beautiful cards. I love the gorjuss cards especially. x

gina said...

Wow, you have been busy again, fab cards Linda, my fav as always are the gorjuss girls, i can not get enough of them :)
Gina xxx

Donna said...

Wow Linda, you have posted some pretty awesome cards today and I am definitely loving your green card its gorgeous hun and so beautifully embellished too, good luck with the challenge blog, will try and hop over and join you at the weekend :) Donna x

Dawn said...

Hiya Linda

Wowee your recent cards are stunning and your Gorjuss Girls well they're Gorgeous!!!


Michelle said...

Love the cards!! Those girls in the last two cards are just toooooooo cute!! LOVE THEM - please tell me where you got them!!!

Macpurp said...

these are beautiful! i love the green card and the gorgeous girls are beautiful! I missed out on getting them but hope they will be released again soon.

beautiful cards!
hope you are fine
love tina x

Bev said...

I'm LOVING the GG cards honey - they are brilliant!! Congrats on the new DT post - I can't believe you just whipped this card up - it's brilliant!! x

Simone P. said...

Hi Linda!
I love these cards! The images are wonderful! I had to buy them!I usually just scan in my cards...I am not a good picture taker!

Susie Sugar said...

Breathtakingly beautiful cards darling
Love Susie xx

The twins mum said...

Oh Linda you are such a talented crafter. Your cards are just beautiful, even the green one
Take care my friend

Jeanette said...

Sometimes the solution is the simplest thing...not the most complicated!
Love your cards....they are all so very delightful. I am in love with the Gorjuss firls as well!
Hugs Jeanette

Trina said...

Great cards!! I love your green card...love the dp and your image! Love the high hopes and gorjuss cards too! They look great!

Cheryl Walker said...

Hi Linda, I love them all hun!!! Youve been busy havent you :)

Yes Im alive...LOL ive just been really busy lately, with sickos in my house. Hubby was home sick today, I was sick, the kids were sick, sheeesh we all have been sick lately. Anyways hun, sorry I havent been around much, just been working and try'n to get in as much crafting as i can :) Hope you are doing well :) Talk to you soon hun, and hope you have a wonderful week k!!!!

Hugs to you!!

LOUISE said...

Wow Linda, you have been a busy bee! Love all the cards, and your daughters card is lovely. Sorry I missed out on the Gorjuss Girls, kicking myself now! Meeting up at Barleylands in the Summer sounds great, would be nice to meet up with someone you have been blogging with! Have a great day. Lou x

nessy said...

oh the green is fab (made a green card myself the other day~really stand out don`t they?)
wow you have been so busy and so many gorgeous cards as well~don`t know how you do it!!
vanessa xx

Debbie said...

Fabulous cards Linda, love the images, colours and all the beautiful details. Jasmine did a great job as GD..love her card too! Debbie x

cats whiskers said...

Oh Wow hun some fabby cards here love them all, you have a way with the gorguss girls I adoe=re them, and your green card is fabulous, will try to join in, best of luck with the new challenge
Hugs Jacqui x

my5bratz said...

both of them are gorgeous cards...love the image on yours :0)

Emma said...

Love the green Linda...gorgeous cards all of them.
Lol at your camera!!!
Emma x

All Pink girl said...

Wow these are fabulous ,
when you make cards you realy make cards ,stunning work again xxx
hugs Dawnxxx

Greg B said...

Looks fab. Well done on the cards all together!

Thanks Greg

Gill said...

Fabulous cards Linda, I love the green, I think you did a super job and of course the others are simply gorjuss!!
hugs Gill x

Love to Doodle! said...

Cripes! How stunning are these Linda....loving the green theme and of course the Gorjuss girls are just that! All so wonderful - Good luck with your new challenge blog - how exciting! xx

Beth Norman said...

That green is fabulous!!! It wasn't an easy challenge, but you really rocked it!

Deb said...

fabulous cards, I wish I could make that many cards in a week, have so many I need and so little time!
We had grotty weather here too today, very dull and miserable, fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine tomorrow!
have a great night, hugs Debx

Tasha said...

Hey hun, im so sorry about the mix up {{{{{{huge hugs}}}}}} hope im forgiven!!! I love your card for our chalenge its beautiful as is jasmines i hope she will be a guest designer for me next week if she has time!
These Gorjuss cards are beautiful - i love the colours and the mood you made - sensational
love tasha xx

Heather said...

Oh My Linanna,

You have a great blog and I so enjoyed your nice long comment on my blog a few hours ago!!!

I love your idea for creative card crew and I hope I can play along soon!!!

I know how you happened along on my blog because I saw your name on a comment on Heather Hev's blog and it looks like you are making cards for her grand opening of Incy Wincy Charities store. I am making a couple of cards as well!!!

Nice to meet you!!!

Heather Schlatter

Steph said...

Can't believe you've got the Gorjuss stamps! I'm so jealous, I can't wait to get some myself! Hope you are ok. Will email you soon x

Anonymous said...

Hi Linanna...

Thanks for the lovely comments you left me.
Your blog is amazing, gorgeous work, mmmm stunning i should say...
I am off to check out your daughters blog too, wonder where she gets her talent from...lol.
Take Care...
Hugs Angel

Paula said...

Hi Linda there is somthing for you over on my blog.
Paula xxxx

leann said...

These are all gorgeous Linda ~ why can't I be so productive??!!
Hugs x

Aija said...

Gorjuss girls looks so fab!
Also your green card is done so elegantly, you are so good with this :)

Linnie said...

Fantastic work i am really looking forward to seeing your creations with the Cute Daisy May Designs

Linnie said...

Fantastic work i am really looking forward to seeing your creations with the Cute Daisy May Designs

strawberry fields said...

Hi Linda

Sorry I've been so out of touch. I've been a bit tired from the pregnancy. I MUST get back to card making. Your blog is looking great! :)
Fiona x

Holly said...

Hey Linda! Absolutely gorgeous work here! Hey, you are the winner of the card on my blog. If you'll e mail me your address I'll get it right to you!

Maria said...

Wow, Linda! All your cards are GORJUSS!! I really love those stamp images. . .they are so cute and adorable!! All your cards are just so pretty. Gosh, you've been BUSY!

I think your photos turned out nicely. Funny just a simple thing as cleaning the lens makes a whole lot of difference. I think I may need to look at my lens. . .I never thought to clean it!


tiggertastic said...

such fantastic cards, i love your gorjuss girl cards, the colours are excellent and the choice of basic gray papers are so pretty

Sarah x

Rleen said...

You've been very busy my friend. I LOVE all your fabulous cards. Those green cards are my faves. I love your colouring and all the papers that you used. Awesome job as always.
I'm so glad you love all the stuffs I sent you. You are welcome my friend.


Cazzy said...

That is a good point, cleaning the lens!

Lovely cards Linda and Jasmine.

Cazzy xx

Chris said...

Fabulous cards Linda all so perfectly finished and with such gorgeous images and colouring. Good luck with the new challenge blog, I'm sure it'll be lots of fun. Hugs, Chris xx

Jodi said...

You have been so busy Linda! Your cards are so cute and I love the gorjuss girls too! The new challenge blog looks like fun too!
Jodi =)

Vicki May said...

Hi Linda, oooo different the green card, but really like it. Jasmine's card is fab too, I can see where she gets her talent. I'm just off to have a look at the new blog. Hopefully you can email pictures too. Have a great day big hugs oxo's Vicki

Kim Piggott said...

Wow Linda these are just fabulous!
So many wonderful creations!
kim x

weewiccababe said...

love the Gorjuss Girls - aren't they just fab to play with??

stardustgemsandribbon said...

Totally amazing cards again Linda! Beautiful green Sherbet stamp and such adorable Gorjuss Girls...good luck with your new challenge blog.
Carole x

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