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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Sketch Saturday Challenge

This week over at Sketch Saturday http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/ the challenge is to make a card using any of the last 30 sketch's. I chose to use sketch #17.




To make, I used a Magnolia image, coloured with distress inks, mounted onto purple bazzil which was embossed using a cuttlebug folder. DCWV backing paper, ribbon from stash, a Pink Petticoat sentiment, sparkly gems and craft work cards sherbet drops.

Here's my bling!!!

Here it is - my lovely ring. Couldn't decide which pic to post so thought I would post both. Not so sure I like my hands being pictured, defiantly need to invest in a descent hand cream! lol. x






Morning all - hope to get a bit of crafting done today, but so far I've just blog hopped!!!! In the process I've come across some amazing candy which is up for grabs: In no particular order....
Over at Spiral Whisper they are giving away a set of the new release of stamps and a chance to win a set - they are super cute!
Kath has FAB blog candy but you have to be quick it finishes today. Take a look here :)

Monday, 29 December 2008

Is the luckiest girl in the world!!!!!

I got engaged! & not on Christmas Day - My boyfriend finally decided to pop the question - when I was looking my most glamorous in my over sized fluffy dressing gown and towel wrapped round my head! Sooooo romantic - and so exciting. Obviously I said YES, I have a lovely ring (will post a picky very soon).
I need to go back to work to have a rest - its been manic here for about the past 10 days what with one thing and another.
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, and recieved lots of lovely pressies, ate and drank loads, and are now looking forward to some good old New Years celebrations. Have fun.

Friday, 19 December 2008

A lovely award

Vicky over at Cuddly Cards http://cuddlycards.blogspot.com/ has given me this fab award. Thank you Vicky, so very kind of you.


The rules are to give it to five others, who shall give it to five others.. You shall link the one you got it from, and also the ones you give it to:) And let them know. And there is more... You have to write down five things you are addicted to.


The 5 thing I am addicted to:

1: Lovely things to craft with.

2: Scrummy roast beef monster munch yummy - so happy they have re released this flavour - not sure my waist line agrees.

3: Diet Coke or Pepsi Max.

4: Days off.

5: Oh and the boyfriend ;) x

I am going to pass the award onto (in no particular order):

Heidi: http://thecraftygoatgirl.blogspot.com/
Sue: http://susiesunshines.blogspot.com/
Poppet: http://poppetsathome.blogspot.com/
Sally-Ann: http://www.lovetodoodle.blogspot.com/
Sue: http://suelesley.blogspot.com/

Lindas amazing blog candy

Linda has the most unbelievable blog candy to give away, hop on over to linda's place and take a look at all her fabby creations and amazing candy. There is not a person in crafting land who would not love to win this stash. x

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

Cor blimey 3 post in one day........... What ever next??? I made this card earlier in the week for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. http://thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/

The image is High Hopes, coloured with pro markers, and high lighted with a gel pen, the wings coloured with shimmerz, cut out with nesties, the backing paper is K & Co, sentiment from Pink Petticoat, mounted onto bazzil cut out using a cuttlebug die, sparkly gems from my sparkly stash.

Cute Card Thursday Challenge

This weeks theme over at Cute Card Thursday http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/ is any theme - so I used one of Sally-Ann's downloads available from http://grab-a-doodle-do.blogspot.com/, I coloured her with pro markers, cut out with nesties, the shimmery paper is gorgeous it came from Hobby Craft, it is lovely but didn't like being cut out with the nesties!!! Backing paper from my stash, as is the ribbon and gems.

Papertake Weekly Challenge

I have been such a bad blogger of late, all I can say is all work and no play is absolutely no fun what sooooo ever!!!! Two more shifts this week, 3 days off, play day Christmas eve, then 10 lovely day off. Total R & R, cant wait :)

This weeks challenge over at Papertake Weekly is monochromatic, here is my first ever ever attempt at monochromatic - not sure exactly that it counts due to skin and hair colour - but never mind, I love colouring these images - so much so I have a little pot of coloured cut out ones! Why I don't know......
Apologies for the blurry pic - I'm not the greatest with the camera, may have had the wrong setting plus dodgy lighting, I might start scanning cards in to see how that works. I used a cc deign download, coloured with pro markers & copics, highlighted with a sakura gel pen, stuck onto DCWV paper, I raised the wing with a 3d foam pad. Cut out the shapes with nestabilities, sentiment is studio g, gems from stash.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

More lovely candy

Gorgeous blog candy over at PollyCraft - one lucky winner will receive a completely hand made, Old Woodland Elves Fairytale Book..... containing 9 little presents..... ALL 9 stamps from The new range!.....check out all the designs here nearly £40 worth of stamps!! Pop over to the Pollycraft Blog for all the details :)
Claire has some gorgeous fantastic blog candy on over, pop on over to her blog and make sure you are in it to win it :) Clare is celebrating a huge 36000 hits on her blog.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Pink Gem Candy

Janet the very talented Creator of Max & Millie, is celebrating reaching 5000 hits since 7Th November. So is giving away the cutest Mimi stamp. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is put a link on you blog. Go check it out at Pink Gem Designs.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Another double

Two cards in a day!!!!! Must have hangovers more often! lol

Here is a card for this weeks Lili of the valley challenge - where the theme is Sprinkle & sparkle - how fantastic http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.com/. Love any thing that sparkles. It is also based on the sketch at this weeks I {heart 2 stamp} http://iheart2stamp.com/ technically I have not stamped anything, as the image is a download, however I am playing any way ;)
Apologies for the scewiff pic! I have used CC Design Angels download, I love these little cuties (there's not much I don't love at the mo. lol) Coloured with pro markers, high lighted with a very temperamental sakura gel pen, and loads of glamour dust added to the wing.
Image has been cut out with nesties, doodled border, gems added to sparkle and a craft work cards sentiment.

Duuble Challenge

This week over at Cute Card Thursday the theme is Lilac. I thought I had more lilac bits & pieces than I do - but never mind I got there in the end. I have used the sketch which is the challenge over at Simply Fairy's. I love this sketch and am sure to be using it again.
I have used the gorgeous Angels downloads by CC Designs, coloured her with pro markers, added glamour dust to her wings. I cut the image out with nesties, added a doodle border. The swirly paper is Pink Petticoat, its really lovely when printed onto silk paper. The circle dots are from craft work cards as is the sentiment.
Looking at teh card now, I should have run the base layer through the big shot with an embossing folder - never mind - will do next time. x


Monday, 1 December 2008

Gorgeous candy galore

Joanne is celebrating 2500 hits with a fantastic FF Christmas stamp set giveaway - her candy offer ends 3/12 so now is a good time to check her blog out :-)
Bev is offering a gorgeous WOJ stamp donated by Katharina plus some fabulous "pink Christmas" goodies she has added - Bev's blog is brill (in case you have not seen it already) ends 4/12
Ila is offering 2 fab packs of stamps, papers and more if you visit and tell her your favourite Xmas film or song .. by 4/12
Claire is offering a stunning array of candy including stamps, BG papers, images .. the list goes on .. to celebrate a massive 36,000 hits in one year - how impressive is that?? Congratulations to you.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Sketch Saturday

Well here she is again, the gorgeous Lilly, available from http://grab-a-doodle-do.blogspot.com/
I have coloured her with pro markers & copics, cut her out with nesties, mounted her onto bazzil. The backing paper is Laura Ashley, sentiment is craft work cards, and the gorgeous silver blobs are zooms, available from Stamp Galaxy. This card is based on the sketch over at Sketch Saturday. http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Cute Card Thursday

Continuing on the pink/purple theme, and again using those gorgeous sparkly new pro markers, I have coloured a panduro image, splodged loads of stickles an the snow flakes and bobble on top of the hat, cut it out using nesties, and layered it onto DCWV winter Christmas paper, the card is bazzil. The gorgeous lovely snowflakes are ribbon I brought down in Exeter a few weeks ago.
This card is this weeks entry to Cute Card Thursday, where the theme is Snow & snow flakes. http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/

Arty Girlz Challenge

Gosh, where does the time go? I cant believe I didn't post any thing last week. I did however buy Sally-Ann's latest download, print it off about 20 times and colour them all in! As you do.... lol This is Lilly, isn't she gorgeous? You can buy her from http://grab-a-doodle-do.blogspot.com/ downloads are definitely the way forward.


I coloured Lilly with my sparkly new pack of pastel pro markers, added stickles to the middle of the flowers, cut her out with nestabilities, mounted it onto bazzil, also cut out with nesties. The backing paper is doodlebug, the flowers are from my stash, and again I added a bit of bling by adding stickles to the middle of the flowers. I am entering this card to this weeks Arty Girlz challenge http://artygirlzchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ as the theme is: Your favourite colour/s. Mine is pink's, & purples. x

Thank you Sally-Ann http://www.lovetodoodle.blogspot.com/ for this lovely award, I'm so very flattered.


Here are the rules for this fab award...
Pick 5 bloggers that you consider as your best blogging buddies and deserve this award for their contribution towards the blogging community, no matter what language.State the name of the author of each blog as well as a link to each one's blogs. Each blogger (upon acceptance) of this award should do a post and show the award on their blog and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award.
I'm off for a blog hop - to see which of the blogs I love to visit has not got it.... Will be back in a bit. x

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Q = Quick card

Here is my entry for this weeks ABC challenge, the letter is Q.


Q is for.........Quick Card.


You are not timed on the colouring of your image, but after that you have 20 minutes to add your papers, embellishments etc to your card or project. http://abc-challenge.blogspot.com/


I have used a Penny Black image, coloured it with copics, added some diamond glaze to the flowers, matted it onto bazzil. The backing paper is DCWV, gems from my stash and a craft work cards sentiment.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Triple challenge

Wow, I managed to get a triple challenge out of this one!

The first challenge is Papertake Weekly - which is a sketch. http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/
Over at Cute Card Thursday, the challenge is Red & Green. http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/

The third challenge at My Time To Craft is Snowmen. http://www.mytimetocraftchallenge.blogspot.com/

I used a penny Black image, coloured it with copics, added loads of glamour dust. The card and paper is DCWV. The sentiment is Cuddly Buddly, stamped in brilliance ink and drenched in glamour dust.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Gorgeous candy

In no particular order:

Happy 40Th Birthday Elaine - to celebrate Elaine is giving away some fabby Letraset promarkers - check them out http://elainesden.blogspot.com/.

Vicky also has a birthday coming up, and is celebrating nearly reaching 5000 hits - which has now been smashed. Happy Birthday & congrats on all the hits. http://angeldrummer.blogspot.com/

Kaboodle are also giving away a stamp this week - which makes me smile every time I see it, it reminds me of Mavis (from Coronation Street - I think - showing my age)!!!!! lol http://kadoodlestamps.wordpress.com/

Bernie is giving away some really lovely candy - just because - how cool??? Pop on over to see what you need to do. http://craftybe.blogspot.com/2008/11/little-something.html

Anita is celebrating of her one year blogoversary and 25,000 hits!! Go take a peek at her gorgeous inspirational creations...you have until 25Th to get your name in the hat!!

Fran is celebrating her 1 year blogoversary and a massive 55,000 hits - how fantastic. Fran has an amazing blog and is a great place for inspiration & admiration. http://franmade.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Double challenge

Here is a card I made for the Raspberry Ribbons challenge, which is based on a sketch. http://raspberry-ribbons.blogspot.com/, having half made it, whilst blog hopping I came across Cup Cake Challenge, this week the theme is Spots & Dots, so I have doubled it up! http://cupcakecraftchallenges.blogspot.com/.

I have used an Elzybells image and paper pieced her dress, shoes and bow with the same Papermania paper I have used. She is coloured with copics. Cut out using nestabilities. The flowers are from my stash, attached with silicone glue. The card stock is bazzil, the sentiment is Studio G. The main image has been attached using 3d foam pads.

There is a great paper piecing tutorial over on Elzybells blog at the mo, check it out. http://www.elzybells.typepad.com/

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

I'm on a roll! Having got last weeks in by the skin of my teeth - I'm cooking on gas this week, the new challenge was only posted this morning!!!!! This weeks theme over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge is:
Sentiment Only

For this challenge http://pennybfriendssaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ I have used a sentiment from a transparencies kit, stamped using brilliance ink. The papers are from DCWV, the card is bazzil. The sentiment was cut out using nestabilities, the gems are from my stash.

Never Forget

In the run up to remembrance Sunday I have been trying to find a poppy widget - with no luck, so I decided to put an image up instead. I could not believe it when I saw this image, the wording is that of the tattoo my boyfriend Adam has tattooed on the inside of his arm. He had this done earlier this year when he came back from Afghan - he is a Royal Marine.

(This picture was taken a few hours after having it done, it looks nice now)

The wording is a quote by Laurence Binyon, it is part of a long verse which is read out at repatriations and military funerals. Adam was present at a couple of repatriations during his time in Afghan, he lost 3 friends out their during his tour, and then a lad from his company upon return.

Here is his latest work photo (he was air brushed - he had a spot!), he is a PTI (gets the new recruits fit). I'm so very proud of him. x




I am from a forces family, several generations of my family have served in the different forces throughout the different conflict's which our country has been involved in. All our service's do such a fantastic job - they should be remembered more often - and never forgotten.


For The Fallen:

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free.


Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres, There is music in the midst of desolation And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young, Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; They sit no more at familiar tables of home; They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound, Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, To the innermost heart of their own land they are known As the stars are known to the Night;


As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness, To the end, to the end, they remain.

Pollycraft Challenge

Here is a card I've made this afternoon whilst channel hopping! The image is so cute it is a download available at Pollycraft http://www.pollycraftdesigns.co.uk/epages/es110425.sf. This image is one from a set of 3 called Doodle & dreams Penelope (you get all 3 for £1.59 - what a bargain).

Pollycraft also have a blog, and a challenge on the blog, this card is for their second challenge, you have to use something available from their site - this fortnights challenge was - STRIPES.

To make this card I coloured Penelope in using water colour pencils, cut her out using nestabilities, matted onto bazzil which was also cut out using nestabilities. The stripy paper is also a download from http://summertimedesigns.blogspot.com/. Ribbon from stash. A studio g stamp - stamped with glue them glitter from stash sprinkled over the top. Gems also from stash.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Well I almost missed out on this one - this again is a classic example of good intentions not going quite to plan - or losing the mojo having started something. This weeks theme over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge http://pennybfriendssaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ was:
Get Sparkly/Bonfire night
I had the perfect firework stamp (I brought it at Exeter's big craft fair the other week) I used the small ink daubers QVC sold ages ago, I stamped it onto navy blue card loads of times - then I was stuck! Its taken me until today to finish it off with some small stamps from the transparencies sets, I coloured them with water colour pencils, the sentiment is doodlebug alphabet. I used a glue pad and sprinkled glitter over the letters.

I also tore a piece of green card to have the appearance of grass. Apologies for the poor pics - bad lighting this time of day! Have taken two pics one with and one without the flash. Will take a better one tomorrow.

Double Challenge

This week I have come by a new Challenge The Forever Friends Challenge blog http://www.foreverfriendschallengeblog.blogspot.com/- having already stamped this image and decided to give decoupage ago for the very first time, I thought I would have ago at this challenge, whilst being oh so slow in its production, Wednesday rolled round! This weeks ABC challenge is P = Pink. I love pink http://abc-challenge.blogspot.com/.
I have coloured the image with prismas and sansador, I just cant seen to get the colour quite right, so will keep practicing!!!! The image is in 3 layers, the heart and paws make the second layer and the paws the third. The heart was cut out with a sizzix die, & embossed with the divine swirls cuttlebug folder. I rubbed a silver brilliance ink pad over the raised embossed bits. The card is bazzil and the paper doodlebug, sentiment is Woodware and the gems are from my ever so messy stash!!!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Cutie Sunday Challenge

Here is my entry for this weeks Cutie Sunday Challenge http://cutie-sunday.blogspot.com/.

The image is Penny Black, coloured with copics, I have gone over the flowers with diamond glaze to make them shimmer & pop out. The image is mounted onto bazzil. The papers which are totally gorgeous are a download from http://summertimedesigns.blogspot.com/ I print them onto silk paper which makes them even more yummy. Flowers are prima the gems, button, charm and ribbon are from my stash, the leaves are good old woodware punches, the 3 zoomies are from Stamp Galaxy http://www.stampgalaxy.co.uk/catalog/.
The flowers look either red in the pic, they are actually pink!!!



Stamp Galaxy

I have to spread the word on some fantastic customer service I received this week. I like to give credit where credit is due. I have been eying up a new rubber stamp called Simone - she has legs I would just do anything to have!!!!!!!!!!! I know she is just a stamp lol.........
Kay at Stamp Galaxy http://www.stampgalaxy.co.uk/catalog/ was fantastic, really friendly, polite and helpful. The best bit is my order arrived all wrapped in pink :) the very next day - so not even 24 hour turn around form order to delivery. I can not recommend Stamp Galaxy highly enough. They also have a great blog http://toodlesandbinks.wordpress.com/

Here is a little picky of what I brought, I could not wait to open Simone, she is now trimmed and ready to be mounted, cant wait to stamp her up (I am aware I may be talking rather to fondly about this stamp! Oh well lol).

Thank you Kay. x

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Yay another award & I've been tagged!!!!

The lovely Vickyhttp://cuddlycards.blogspot.com/ has given me another award and tagged me, Thank you, its very much appreciated.

This one is pretty.


Here are the rules!

  1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
  2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
  3. Nominate 5 blogs.
  4. Put links to their blogs.
  5. Leave a message for your nominees

I have decided to tag these ladies as I regually pop over & visit:

Sally-Ann - http://www.lovetodoodle.blogspot.com/

Heidi -http://thecraftygoatgirl.blogspot.com/

Beth - http://mylittlecardblog.blogspot.com/

Michelle - http://www.cardgrotto.blogspot.com/

Arline - http://arlinesallsorts.blogspot.com/



Now for the tagging:

Here is how this one works.......Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Answer the five sets of five (this is the easy part) Tag 5 people in the last section by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Things I love:

  1. 1: My boyfriend Adam.
  2. My Family.
  3. My animals .
  4. Music.
  5. Any thing that sparkles.


Things I don't love:

  1. Rudeness/bad manners/liars/fair weather individuals (technically that's 4, I've cant list them individually - might give the wrong impression).
  2. Middle aged mans club at work - as it covers all of the above!!! Oh dear sounding a tad bitter now........... oh well lol.
  3. Clowns, real or drawn!!!! I have no idea why!
  4. The fact my tired old ankles can no longer cope with stupidly high healed shoes/boots etc.
  5. When my gorgeous dog brings in snails in the house hidden in his baggy mouth - drops and eats snails off the cream carpet!!!!!!! Why?????

Music on my Ipod: (I love my Ipod)

  1. Pink
  2. Girls Aloud
  3. ACDC (Don't tell the boyfriend... lol)
  4. Stereophonics
  5. Kylie

Fave food & drinks:

  1. Diet Coke/Pepsi Max
  2. Walkers sensation cheese & caramelised red onion chutney (Sorry don't know the proper title) even better with dips.
  3. White wine spritzers.
  4. Roast dinners, yum.
  5. Chinese take away.

Awards

Here are the awards I have received from two of my favourite fellow bloggers, I'm so so chuffed to have received them.
The first one I have been given it twice thank you Vicky http://cuddlycards.blogspot.com/, very kind of you. Also from the very talented Sally-Ann, who creates her own stamps and has a download blog http://www.lovetodoodle.blogspot.com/.
The second award is also from Sally-Ann. Thank you both so very much.

I would like to give these awards to the following: - sorry if you have already received them.
Vicky http://cuddlycards.blogspot.com/ the second one is for you.
Heidi they are both for you http://thecraftygoatgirl.blogspot.com/, thank you for the heads up on the Forever Friends new challenge blog - I'm onto that one. x
Kay, http://toodlesandbinks.wordpress.com/ to give credit where credit is due - for fantastic 1st class customer service and speed of delivery of my scrummy order - will post a pic tomorrow when the light is better. Thank you.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Magnolia Christmas Orders :)

Sorry I have been a rather bad blogger of late!!!! I've just gone back to work having had 5 months of poorly/sick - but now I'm better and back to it. All my friends said I'd be really tired when I went back - I listened but do you think I believed them???? NO I DIDN'T, anyway, I've been wiped out, what with that and trying to lose the stone I put on while off, I've been done in. I went to legs, bums & tums at the gym the other day, I now have total respect for that class and will never underestimate it again!!!! lol
Any way onto much much more exciting & important things, I have been given a couple of awards, thank you so so very much ladies, you know who you are (once my tea has cooked, I will be posting them :) and thanking you all over again).
Anyway I have just been onto the Magnolia club site, Magnolia Christmas stamps are being dispatched, I got in there early so I am really hopeful I will have them by this time next week :)
They are now taking orders for the spring collection, yes I have placed an order for them too - this is about as organised as I get, suits me..........

Thursday, 23 October 2008

More scruptious candy.

Blog Candy at http://ngcards.blogspot.com/
Natalie is celebrating reaching 1000 of her lovely blog so is celebrating by giving away some lovely candy, including a Sugar Nellie stamp! Check it out for a chance to win xxx

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Scrumptious Candy

Well I've been blog hopping again!!!! I love it, seeing all the amazing work that goes on, picking up hints, tips and ideas & of course news of lovely candy that is being given away - it would be soooooooooooo rude not to play along, so here is what I have found and am spreading the word about!
Rachel has some gorgeous blog candy up for grabs, all you need to do it leave a comment on Rachel's blog and put a link about Rachel's candy on your blog.
Jill is celebrating reaching a whopping 10,000 hits on her blog (well done Jill) and is giving away some great blog candy, which includes a gorgeous Forever Friend stamp.
Paul is giving away an fab blog candy, if your a lover of Elzybells you wont want to miss this one. You have time to enter till October 31st. Check here for details.
The very talented Nikki is giving away a decorated gift box filled with yummy things but as it's a gift it will obviously need to be a surprise! - I'm sure it will be filled with lovlieness, it ends 4 Nov, pop over to see what you have to do.
This is fab a 1st birthday blog celebrated by Terie B (happy blogging birthday), so to celebrate Terrie giving away some very gorgeous & generous candy, I would love to win!!! Terrie is ultra talented, I am totally inspired by her. x Terrie Bs 1 year bloggiversary - till 25th October
Ok, enough, I really should get myself to the gym now! lol

Monday, 20 October 2008

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge

That stamp again!!! :) I love this image, I have used it for this weeks Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge, http://thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/ This weeks challenge was:
"Blue, White and a little bit of snowflake!".
I used the Penny Black image coloured it with copics, added glamour dust to give a sparkly wintry snowy feel, mounted it onto bazzil, then onto some gorgeous DCWV backing paper, and again onto matching bazzil. I then cut out a sonw flake from a sizzix die (which I brought today - could not believe my luck when they had this set in), I finished with the cute snowflake sentiment, which I stamped in Mediterranean blue by brilliance. I brought this sentiment from The Stamp boutique on EBay ages ago, however the lady who made this stamp, Sally-Ann has her own blog http://www.lovetodoodle.blogspot.com/ which links you to her fab download blog/shop. She is very talented and has a range of cute stamps available from Spiral Whisper.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge

This weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge is based on a great sketch http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/.

Having coloured the below snowmen (in the below post) with copics I thought I'd have another go. This is another lovely stamp I brought at the Exeter craft fair, I love it - I love them all, lol...... I enhanced the flowers by putting glossy accents on them, so htey have a slight glimmer to them. I cut it out with nestability dies, then layered it onto silver matted card, also cut out with scalloped nestability die. I ran some matching silver card through the Divine swirls embossing folder. The silver strip across the front was also run through the dotted embossing folder, the brads are gorgeous made by papermania. The sentiment is by Pink Petticoat, mounted onto matching card cut out using a cuttlebug die.

1st Penny Black image coloured with copics.

I love this image, I brought the stamp a few weeks ago - again down in Exeter at the craft show in preparation for Christmassy creations!!! This is the first time it has seen ink, I have never coloured a Penny Black image with copics, but I broke that trend with this image, I was quite pleased with how it turned out.
I added glamour dust to the scarfs, mounted the image onto a pinky burgundy coloured card stock, then onto a pink card stock which I embossed using the snow flake cuttlebug folder from some fancy shimmery card from my local craft shop. The snow flakes are cut from a cuttlebug die.


Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Friday Sketchers challenge

I cant believe this is my 3rd post today - not sure what is wrong with me!!! lol This weeks sketch was great, I had fun making this card, its a good old Elzybells image, coloured with copics, layered onto dark blue bazzil. The papers are DCWV, sparkly ribbon from my ribbon draw, the sentiment is doodlebug cut out using nesties.

Guess what NO GLAMOUR DUST on this card, sure I will make up for it later......
This card was made based on the sketch for this weeks Friday Sketchers Challenge. http://fridaysketchersblog.blogspot.com/

Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge

It is the Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge - week 2. I love the sketch for this weeks challenge, so last night I had ago, here is what I came up with, I love the backing paper, I have had it ages, but it is one of those I just kept looking at/stroking - then I realised I can always buy more!!!!! How daft am I??? The image is Elzybells, coloured with copics, glamour dust added the to bees trail (I'm so predictable) pink grosgrain ribbon form my ribbon draw, and 3 pretty pink and white flowers I have acquired along the way. The sentiment is Studio G.
Check out the new challenge, its fab. x http://thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge.blogspot.com/

Stamp Something challenge

This week the challenge over at Stamp Something http://stampchallenges.blogspot.com/ is Something for a friend. So I had this lovely Laura Ashley paper, and a gorgeous Elzybells stamp, so decided to make a simple pink and yellow card. I coloured the image with copics, blinged up the wings with glamour dust, added some gorgeous sparkly gems in the corners - must get some more of this colour! I ran a strip of yellow bazzil through a cuttlebug embossing folder, used my lovely new threading water fiskars punch which I acquired at Exeter's massive craft fair the other week, then added a craft work cards sentiment.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

WOJ Challenge

I love these stamps, they are sooooooooo cute and so much fun. I decided to take the plunge and join the challenge this week. This is the 3rd challenge. http://wojmondaychallenge.blogspot.com/

The image is Whiff of Joy, coloured with copics and sakura highlighter pen, the wings have been glittered with glamour dust, mounted onto bazzil, the papers are all free from a magazine. Ribbon is one of many from my ribbon draw, the flowers are prima, buttons and cotton from my stash.

Cutie Sunday Challenge

This is a great blog challenge, this week the challenge is based on a great sketch.
The image is Penny Black, coloured with prismas and sansador, the flowers I enhanced with cosmic shimmer water colours, the papers were free with a magazine, and the sentiments are woodware.
Check out the challenge. http://cutie-sunday.blogspot.com/

Saturday, 11 October 2008

More gorgous candy

Nikki with some gorgeous High Hopes stamps to give away in the High Hopes blog hop, it's also Nikki's birthday today, so Happy Birthday, hope you have a fab day. x
Lim is offering loads of lovely stamped images, one of those gorgeous Martha Stewart border punches and some other goodies. Lim is also looking for storage ideas for her Magnolia stamp collection, so if you can help her out, pop over and maybe win some candy in the process! It ends today, so be quick.....
Camilla is offering a great Whiff of Joy package which includes a gorgeous folder card made by Camilla. Yum! This one also ends today......

Thursday, 9 October 2008

"PASS THE PENGUIN"
I have just picked up this little penguin from Vicky October is breast cancer awareness month so feel free to add him to your blog and raise awareness.
"SQUISH A BOOB,SAVE A LIFE!"
SO PICK HIM UP....PASS HIM ON!!!!!!!!

Sketch Saturday Challenge

This weeks challenge is based on a sketch. I have used a Sugar Nellie stamp, coloured it with copics, and a sakura gell roll pen to add high lights, matted it onto bazzil card, the papers are gorgeous they have a shimmer to them, they were free with a magazine. I added some glitter to some prima flowers, and added gems to the middle, also a pink petticoat sentiment, it was layered onto matching blue bazzil cut out using a cuttlbug die. Sparkly organza ribbon wrapped round the bottom.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Lili of the valley challenge

Its Lili of the valley's second challenge already http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.com/. This week the challenge is based on a sketch.
I have used my other forever friends stamp, coloured it with prismas and sansador, mounted it onto bright pink bazzil, and doodlebug backing paper. The sentiment is also doodlebug, ribbon is from my stash, and the hearts are cut out using a cuttlebug die.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Blog Candy

Marlene is celebrating a big birthday on the 10th, so is giving away some fantastic candy which includes 2 Hanglar & Stanglar angel stamps!!!!!!! OMG how exciting, someone is going to be very happy.
Happy Birthday Marlene, hope you have a great time celebrating. Check out Marlene's blog, I'm sure you have already seen her work, as she is so fab.

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Double challenge

Here is a card I have made - initially just by colouring in the image, however it soon turned into a birthday card for my cousins little girl Izobel who will be 2 - next May!!!!! I'm a bit worried as I am just not that organised........... I'm sure I will make her several more by then.
This card is for Cute Card Thursday's challenge is: Lots of sparkle!
You can add bling, glitter, baubles, stickles, anything that makes your card sparkle!
http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/

Also the card is for daring Card Makers is: King (or Queen) for a day, incorporate a Crown (or Tiara) somewhere upon your card!

I coloured the Sugar Nellie image with prismas and sansador, I coloured all the stars in with H2O's, added glossy accents to the tiara star, and glamour dust to the wings. I mounted the image onto some great sparkly/shimmery paper I got from the local craft shop, added a sentiment, and attached it with a small papermania brad, which is covered in tiny stars. The number is chipboard, covered in white card, smothered in glue with a dusting of glamour dust.

The picture has not come out as well as I would have liked as it is dark now, however I have added two pics, one with the flash one, one without, it shows the two tone shimmery paper off a treat!

The pic above was with the flash, and is what the papers look like, below is without the flash.

Lili of the valley challenge

Lili of the valley have started a new challenge blog http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.com/, so I thought it would be rude not to take part! This weeks challenge theme is WELCOME. I made a welcome baby boy card. Its not meant for anyone, but can stay in my box for now.

I used a Magnolia image, coloured it with water colours, and glittered the wings with glamour dust, I cut out the image using nesties, layered it onto white card, which had been embossed using a cuttlebug folder, I rubbed a blue brilliance ink pad over the raised dots, wrapped a ribbon round the card, added a sentiment and charm, then layered it onto matching green card stock.

I am looking forward to their second challenge - which is tomorrow. Nothing like getting your home work done by the skin of your teeth!!! lol

Beth's blog candy

Beth is celebrating posting her 207Th post on her blog (well done Beth), so is giving away a gorgeous Forever Friends stamp, and a lovely matching paper stack. Check out Beth's blog, its pretty, pink and girlie, with loads of lovely creations on it. x http://mylittlecardblog.blogspot.com/
I must get on now, and finish my other Forever Friend card - I'm blog hopping mad today. x

Arline's candy

Arline has recently added a counter to her blog, and is amazed at how quickly she has reached 1000 hits, so in conjunction with that and celebrating a recent birthday (so jealous - wish I was 25 again!!! lol), Arline is giving away some very lovely and generous Forever Friends candy. Go check out her blog full of loveliness.

Gill's Blog Candy

Gill is giving away some gorgeous and very generous blog candy
http://dolliedewdrop.blogspot.com/
Gill is celebrating over 10.000 hits! Congratulations Gill, the draw will take place on 9Th October which is Gill's birthday birthday. Happy Birthday. x

Spoon Full of Sugar challenge

This weeks Spoon Full of Sugar challenge is based on a sketch. http://aspoonfullofsugarchallenge.blogspot.com/
I used a Penny Black image, coloured it with prismas and sansador, mounted it onto a slightly shimmery bazzil card stock, the backing paper is DCWV which I love as it is sparkly. I used a fiskars border punch to create the pretty borders, and added prima flowers, the brads and charm - which says "made with love" are form the Exeter craft fair, I will add a sentiment to the card, when I decide who its for.

Scrummy Stash Cafe challenge

I'm hanging out for Funky Kits to release the new H & S stamps, however in the mean time I had a splurge last week at the big craft fair down in Exeter, I went on Thursday thinking it wouldn't be too busy as it's a week day, but it was heaving!!! I had fun, and spent a few pennies. Not content with the stash of Magnolias and penny Black stamps I came home with, I found myself on EBay buying 4 more, which arrived yesterday. They are all soooooooooo lovely, I'm wasting so much time just looking at my lovely new shiny bits, I've not used them yet!!! lol.

Anyway - I have also taken the plunge, and done what I said I "WOULD NOT DO", I was just not convinced by them, however, I gave in - having seen so many great cards on various blogs using the Forever Friends stamps, I have the will power of a wet Kitkat as that lasted all of 5 minutes, I am the proud owner of two!

Here is my first attempt at colouring the image, I used prismas and sansador, I'm not sure the colour is exact, but I'm not sure you will ever get it exactly the same, I mounted it onto purple card stock, ran a white bit of card through the cuttlebug swiss dots folder, mounted it onto matching purple card, wrapped some gorgeous ribbon I've had in my stash forever round the card, and added a craft work card sentiment.

The layout is based on a sketch used in this weeks Scrummy Stash Cafe challenge http://scrummystashcafe.blogspot.com/ the challenge is based on a sketch, and to use some vintage lace or edging, I don't own any lace (will have to sort that out) so I have used some old ribbon instead!

Saturday, 27 September 2008

I've been tagged!

Roxy over at http://roxysramblings64.blogspot.com/ has tagged me. Thanks Roxy :)

RULES:
1: Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2: Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3: Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4: Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Seven facts about me!!!!
1: Many many moons ago I trampolined for Great Britain.
2: I cant be anywhere near a clown, don't even like pictures of them.
3: I think I could run they country better than any politician!!!!! (Don't we all - lol)
4: Is gutted McDonald's have stopped selling whisper Mcflurry's :(
5: Loves it when New Look has a £5 shoe sale, I have small feet, so come out with loads of lovely leather pairs - it would be rude not to.
6: Used to take home injured birds/mice and other random injured animals I came across in an attempt to make them better, I would make them a bed out of a shoe box and flannels and towels - they always died! My poor Mum.
7: Is hopefully that one day the boyfriend will romantically surprise me with a great big sparkly diamond whilst on one knee!!!!! A girl can dream lol.

The seven people I have tagged are:
Sally-Ann http://www.lovetodoodle.blogspot.com/
Kerry http://aloadofoldpickle.blogspot.com/
Vicky http://cuddlycards.blogspot.com/
Teresa http://tandrward.blogspot.com/
Anne http://artisanne10.blogspot.com/
Joey http://joeysworldofstuff.blogspot.com/
Zoe http://craftyheaven.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Dutch Dare Challenge

This weeks Dutch Dare Challege http://dutchdare-cardchallenges.blogspot.com/ is "NO SQUARE EDGES", I used an Elzybells image coloured with copics, and added glitter to the trail of the bee. I cut the image out using nestabilities, I ran the green bazil card through a cuttlebug embossing folder, then mounted pink card onto, wrapped some sparkly ribbon around, I then stamped an Elzybells image onto the backing paper.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Elzybells Challenge 2.

Elzybells - which I am totally in love with have started challenges over on their bloghttp://www.elzybells.typepad.com/ . I didn't do the 1st one, but am well prepared for the second!!!!! The challenge is a sketch. I have used a new Christmas Stamp by Elzybells, coloured it with good old lovely copics, added some glitter for that bit of Christmas sparkle, I cut it out with nesties, I punched a hole in the layered up card, threaded some ribbon through and added a Christmas Wishes sentiment. I put the turquoise card through the big shot using the snow flake cuttlebug embossing folder. I also cut the corners out using nesties. To get the two tone effect on the turquoise card, I sanded down the card so the white center would show through.

Fairy Special Brithday

Here is a birthday card I made, this week the Arty Girlz http://artygirlzchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ are celebrating their first birthday. So Happy Birthday to them.
I made this card using an Elzybells image and sentiment. Cut out the image using nesties, coloured it with copics, added glamour dust to the wings. Then added a strip of backing paper to the bottom of the card, and a strip of ribbon to separate the join, I added some pink gems to finish. Loving the Elsy's. x

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