Friday, 29 January 2010

Something Sweet

Hi Everyone
Tonights post is short but sweet as Dean is waiting to take me out for the evening and I just realised I hadn't written my post! Whoops!

So without further ado here is my card which is Something sweet from the Penny Black challenge and used the absolutely scrummy sketch under Truly Scrumptious.

This sketch was lovely to use and I will definately use again. I used this really cute PB cat and mouse stamp from the Pieces of my Heart set and coloured it with distressed inks and H2O's. The tissue paper flower was inspired by one of the tutorials on Paper craft planet.

Recipe: Stamps Penny Black - Piece of my Heart. Papers Doodlebug designer - Love Potion Flocked Cardstock, Red pearlescent card. Punch - Tag fromStamping up. Tissue paper and brad from stash.
Thanks for looking

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Blooming Gorgeous

Hi Everyone

Boy I've been so busy this week and although I have made some cards I haven't had time to post them! I've missed a few fantastic challenges as well ho hum!.

Todays card covers a massive four challenges to make up for my absence :

Just Magnolia - Fabulous Sketch
Secret Crafter - Colour Challenge
Totally Gorjuss - Dimension
Cute Card Thursday - Blooming Gorgeous

So I used this very cute Charlston Tilda from my winter Magnolia pack. She just looks like she is on her way out to paint the town red! However instead of red I took a rest from Valentines pink and red and used these very delish BG Wisteria papers, which I really have not used enough. I have double mounted her and embossed the paper to provide plenty of dimension and of course applied plenty of stickles to basically everything!

Recipe: Stamps: Magnolia - Charlston Tilda. Papers: Basic Grey - Wisteria. & coordinations  - eggplant. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Daisy Pattern. Martha Stewart Lever Deep Edge Punch - Garden Trellis. Sentiment from craftwork cards. Ribbon and flowers from stash plus loads of Star Dust Stickles

Thanks for looking

Monday, 25 January 2010

Papertake Weekly - Pretty Pink

Hi Everyone

Sorry I have not been around, but I have been spending all my free time with Dean as he is finally back from SA. Its been really strange not having him around even though we spoke everyday! Of course I wasn't happy to see the huge pile of smelly laundry appear on the kitchen floor shortly after his appearence, but he must have missed me cos he did it all while I was a work on Saturday. I'm still in shock as I didn't think he even knew how to switch it on! lol

So my card tonight is for the challenge over at PTW which has a theme of Pretty Pink. I made this card very quickly last week when I was at my parents and is actually a very dark dusky pink although the camera seems to have turned it red!!LOL

It was very simple to make as it only involved some embossing folders and some embellies.


Recipe: Stamps: none. Papers: from stash. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Heart Blocks,Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss Combo Set - Textile Hearts,Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders - Valentine Set. Ribbon and diamante from stash.

Thanks for looking


Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Back Again!!

Hi Everyone

Back again with my second post of the day so this will be very quick. This card is for the challenges on Whiff of Joy, which is this lovely sketch and there is a photo inspiration over on Basic Grey from which I used the colours.

I have used the very cute Melinda with Bouquet and coloured her with copics (I'm still on limited supplies!). I have used a selection of papers from a BG Granola pad for all the layers and the flowers.

Recipe: Stamps Whiff of Joy - Melinda with Bouquet, General sentiments. Papers: Basic Grey - Granola. Nesties - Flower creations. Brown Tulle from stash.

Phew all finished! Tomorrow I will be winding my way down the M6 & M40 back to Surrey. It sure was nice to spend some time with my parents as when you are working these trips are hard to organise. I also managed to get my crafty Mojo back and made quite a few cards between all the shopping!

So up the hill to Bedfordshire for me

Thanks for looking


Double take

Hi Everyone

At last some good weather with a bit of blue sky showing its face. Looking at the weather forecast tonight it won't be for long, but at least all the previously forecast snow is not going to be as bad as predicted. Of course as the weather was nice today we only ventured out for a little while and spent the rest of the day crafting (typical me! LOL). So I managed to make quite a few cards, but am only posting two last minute ones for challenges and will post the rest when I don't have a card to show.

Firstly this one is for Truly Scrumptious, which was a sketch and an added option to use the colour combo, pink, green & black and also for a Spoonful of Sugar which had a theme of 'lots of layers'

The card has 6 layers including the image so I think it definately qualifies. I used the absolutely gorgeous fairy on tiptoe from Lily of the Valley. They have a new release of stamps due out on Monday 25th and judging by the sneak peaks I have had this week on the DT sites these are going to be very popular. I have included the copics I used below and then I painted everything in site with Stardust Stickles just for a change!! LOL

Recipe: Stamps - Lily of the Valley - Fairies - Tiptoe. Papers - DCWV Nana's Nursery, Coordinations. Sentiment - Craftwork cards. Flowers - Prima. Punch - Martha Stewart

I will be back shortly with my second card

Thanks for looking


Monday, 18 January 2010

Life is a journey.............

Hi all
My post today starts with some very exciting news about an event by Brenda over at Floral Fantasies.

On the 1st February there will be a very special ‘One Off Challenge’………with some rather special candy as the main prize. No ordinary candy, but a really serious piece of equipment that all of us would love to have in our craft rooms.

There will be some sneak peeks of the prizes on offer over the next three weeks........yes ‘prizes’ because as well as the main challenge prize, there will be runners up prizes and a Blog Hop with prizes to be won at each stopping point.

They need help to spread the word and make this as much fun as possible for everyone ........and there is even a prize for doing that. Does this all sound fun or what ? I'm sure you will all want to get involved and join in so head off to Brenda's blog now and get your name down for the first draw. All the information you will need to join in will be found there.

Back to reality now and my card today uses some of the papers that leapt into my basket yesterday when I was at Cardcraft Plus. They seemed to fit perfectly with the theme over at Simon Says Stamp which is Shabby Chic. I also used the great sketch over at Papertake Weekly.

The stamp is one I have not used for a while called Gretel from CC Designs. I have coloured her with copics and this time I have shown the ones I used underneath. I am always amazed at how many different colours I use just for a pretty simple stamp and I have just noticed I missed two out!!

Recipe: Stamps: CC Designs - Swiss Pixies - Gretel. Papers: Bobunny - Flutter butter breeze, Flutter butter cutouts. Cardcraft Plus - Brown Pearl card. Butterfly embossing plate from Bringing Crafts-Too you. Stardust stickles everywhere!!

Thanks for looking


Sunday, 17 January 2010

New year, new challenge

Hi there

Well at last the snow has gone and as Dean is still in South Africa (watching us throw away the last cricket test to draw the series), I took the opportunity to take a little trip up to my parents in Lancs. My Mum is also a crafty little minx so I have spent the last two days crafting and shopping!
Today we went to the new outlet for Cardcraft Plus in Preston. Their old premises was very small and parking was a nightmare. Now they have a fabulously large place with loads of new products. Of course I had to have a little spend didn't I? LOL, but only bought some paper (as if I didn't have enough!) and some tape.

Todays card is another multi challenge entry for:

Cupcake Challenge - Going girly
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Creative Inspirations - New year, new products
Colour Create - Colour theme Kraft/White/Blue with an added requirement of texture

Because I was limited on the materials I had brought with me I had to use the reverse side of my lovely new Life Stories papers from Minds Eye for my piece of Kraft (basically looks like cardboard!). I did have a little whimper as I cut into it, but it was only a small piece so not too bad! I textured it with a new cuttlebug folder, that I had yet to use.

The very cute stamp is from Whiff of Joy and is coloured with copics. The rain drops and umbrella are highlighted with glass effect gel and stickles.

Recipe: Stamps: Whiff of Joy - Willow with Umberella, general sayings. Papers: Basic Grey - Mellow, Chocolate brown & Blue Co-ordinations, My Minds Eye - Life Stories. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Distressed Stripes. Nesties  - large circles and large scalloped circles. Sentiment - Craftwork Cards. Viva Glass effect Gel in crystal Clear, Stardust Stickles and ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking


Monday, 11 January 2010

Here come the girls

Evening Everyone

I finally managed to escape today and catch up with all the chores that involved a car. I was slowly going up the wall couped up at home and couldn't settle at anything.
So as a consequence I have no card for today. Instead I thought I would show you a photo of a card we made at a class just before Christmas with the remarkable Jane Gill. Woodware have just brought out a very cute set of trucks and tractors (designed by Jane herself) which are great for all those difficult boys cards!!!

The tractors have been simply stamped in versafine and coloured with Inktense pencils. The sky has been chalked using a simple mask and the grass has been punched using a Leone Em Punch. Everything can be bought from the Glitter Pot

As you may have noticed from my posts there are a number of us that regularly attend Jane's class and have all become very friendly, so for her last class of the year we all brought a contribution for lunch and had a little party as you can see below. I can't take credit for the photos as although you can see a camera next my plate I had forgotten to put back my SD card in.... Duh! Anyway both of these photos were taken by the very kind Gill Penny who then emailed them on to me. Thanks to Gill for the photo's and Jane for organising the party.


Sunday, 10 January 2010

New Beginnings

Evening all                                                                 I know its a bit late to be writing about my new years resolutions but I have not been able to get into my crafting mojo zone this year.                                                           I think the fact that Dean has been away in SA since Xmas day, all this cold and snow and a little bit of a nasty sniffle have all combined to give me a bit of the winter blues.                                                          I don't really do resolutions as I find the whole thing a bit negative so on day 9 of 2010 I have agreed a few goals for myself that I would like to achieve over the next 12 months.    

 - Double the number of posts on my blog this year.                                         
 - Learn a new interest. (last year was knitting even if it was only a couple of scarves!)
 - Finish the renovations on my house. (only been waiting 7 years!)
 - Get to grips with my photo editing suite
 - Weigh less at the end of the year than the start! (doesn't everyone!)

 So to start the year off in the right frame I have loaded some of the little fridge lists that I made for some of my friends and family this Xmas. They all follow the same design and are basically mount board covered with these delish My Mind's Eye Double Sided Paper - Be Loved. I have then attached a Gorjuss girl, which has either been coloured with copics or  paper pieced. Each one has different wording dependant on the recipient. I am entering these into two challenges,  Papertake Weekly and Stampin' for the weekend which both have a theme of 'new beginnings'
 The memo pads were from WH Smith & I just cut off the front cover and stuck them on. On the back I have stuck three strips of magnetic tape so it can attach to the fridge.

Last but not least I have included my basket of goodies, which were used as prizes when we played games over the festive period.  They are small bags of sweets or bath treats, which are tied with ribbon and sealed with a stamped paper tag. On the back of each tag is a little message which was in keeping with the image on the front. ie snow man kisses, reindeer droppings or santa wishes.

 Ingredients: Stamps: Gorjuss girl- Little miss attitude from Funky Kits Papers: My Mind's Eye Double Sided Paper - Be Loved - Smitten Stripes, Dearest Dots, Lovely Loops. Magnetic Tape all from The Glitter Pot. Die cut letters by Go Create - Skipton from click on crafts  

Thanks for looking


Thursday, 7 January 2010


Gosh cold isn't it?

Not much going on today in Cobham, Surrey as the snow that came down yesterday has now turned to ice and has made our whole cul-de-sac into a skating rink and only a few hardy souls have skidded their way out.

Here are a few shots from yesterday lunchtime  about 2 hours after the snow started in ernest.

From living room (too chicken to go outside and Iwas a bit worried I might turn into a snowman!)
View from the back of the living room to the side of the garden

View to side of garden once again showing the camellias and honeysuckle all frosted with the early snow. You can't see any of this now as it is all covered in one total layer of snow!

Although it all looks very pretty for about 24 hours I am official bored of it all now and dearly wish I was in South Africa in the 35 degree heat with Dean especially after the fantastic draw that the boys managed to pull off today!

Anyway back to some crafting, here is a card I made for a friends mother's 70th Birthday in December.
I am entering this in the ABC Challenge for this week which is L for Layering and there are plenty on this card!

This is a take on the Xmas quilt card I made a few weeks ago and I think it looks so pretty in these muted chocolate and pale pink colours

The paper panels have all been stamped using rubber stamp tapestry and the words are stamped using Janes Script.

The delish papers are from the Recency range from Papermania  with all four panels tied up with a ribbon which is attached to the back of the third section. Everything came from the Glitter Pot.

The third panel was finished off with a cute little butterfly from RST - garden of blue set
and Nicky and in particukar her mother were very pleased with it to so mission accomplished!

Ingredients - Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry: Garden of Blue, Christmas Garland, Partridge in a Pear tree. Papers: Papermania Signature - Regency, coordinations and glitter paper from Stash. Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon and pearls are from my stash.

Thanks for looking and I hope you are not  struggling too much in the snow if you are in the UK!