Saturday, 30 April 2011

All dressed up

Yippee, how pleased am I, I sorted out the problem with my blog background at last. I also made the top 3 at Little Claire and won the challenge at Delightful Challenges. Part of that prize is to be a guest designer one week.

This week at Totally Gorjuss Net has challenged us to 1,2,3. My DT card has 1 paper, 2 flowers and swirls and I've used 3 Go Kreate dies to make this cute easel card with a Wild Rose image. The gorgeous glittery paper is Henbury Lane and cherry blossom flowers are Wild Orchid with Sizzix cut swirls. I've used Promarkers as always and a Sakura clearstar pen on the dress detail and jewellery.

I would like to enter this into the challenge of a right royal knees up (royalty, posh frocks etc) at A Spoon full of sugar and fashion at Ladybug crafts Ink where they also have a bloghop.


Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Fizzy Moon Flowers

I hope you are all having a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.  This is my second post for today. Scroll down for a Christmas card.

Aren't these Fizzy Moon bears just adorable. I've teamed him with some butterfly and flowers papers from one of the Crafter's Companion Everyday CDs, some MS punched edges and butterflies with gems. I've also used some of my fave raffia lace from Quixotic Paperie.

Challenges:
Charisma April showers/May flowers
CD Sunday Butterflies
Crafts 4 Eternity Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog Purple and lace

Snow much fun

Well, the Royal Wedding Day has arrived at last and the sun is shining here. I just want to see the dress and will watch the highlights programme tonight. I played around with my blog last night as I wanted to have bigger pics of my cards and couldn't do it with my old template. I'm really pleased with the result but still need to do some sorting out, such as the heading and the background which doesn't come to the top of my blog for some reason.

This week at Winter Wonderland it's my turn to host the challenge and I have chosen the theme of Snow much fun. We have a new sponsor, Stampin with the Dragon who are offering 3 digis to the winner so I hope you'll play along with those images of anyone or an animal having fun in the snow.

I've used a Pollycraft image. She's made the bottom of the snowman and is having a rest before tackling the rest. Bet she has a cold bum, ha ha. I used glitter flocking on her clothes and added lots of glitter to the snow. I've used my beloved new MS cherish punch again along with my fave MS snowflake punch and pearls. The trees were die cut from glitter card using a Sizzix die which I haven't used for ages. The Christmas ribbon is from Papermania.

I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas I is for Indigo, Ice and Inspiration
Sketch Saturday Fab sketch which I rotated.
Cute Card Thursday Use any sketch (see above)
Crafts 4 eternity Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts Glitter
Wags 'n' Whiskers Use Die or punch
Pollycraft Fun and games

Lastly I would like to say welcome to my two newest followers, Coops and Elly P.

Edited - I've sorted the header by making it bigger. Isn't Kate's dress beautiful and don't they make a lovely happy couple.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Relaxing

A very quick post from me as I am meant to be doing some housework. Off to visit my Mum this afternoon, This post is for my mum to give her husband for his Birthday on Sunday. The image is from Digistamp Boutique where I would like to enter their monthly competition. The fab sketch is from Sunday Sketch and Stamp. Papers are Hampstead and ric rac is Papermania.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Sugar Nellie Wedding

Weddings are definitely all around us at the moment so I decided to join in and use this gorgeous SN image. I love making Wedding cards and I also love making 8 x 8 cards. There's so much scope to embellish. The papers are Papermania Confetti. I added some organza ribbon, punched leaves and various flowers. The corners are Sizzix and I used 2 of the punched out hearts from them on the corner of the image. Faux stitching and card finished.



Challenges:
MPICC Photo inspiration
Totally Papercrafts Weddings
Let's ink it up Stitching
Kaboodle Doodles Here comes the bride
Cardmaking and Papercraft Sketch

I am also entering this into the Facebook Sugar Nellie challenge of butterflies.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Fluttering by

This is my second post today. Scroll down for cake.

I decided to have a go at another of these stepper cards which are great fun to make. I used one of my fave images from lOTV and some of my fave Papermania Capsule papers. The butterflies on the side were punched with an MS punch with added pearls. The border is from K&Co. The left hand side has a Sizzix corner swirl with roses from Michaels.

Here's the detailed image, complete with glitter.

Challenges:
Magical Monday Monochromatic
Flutterby Wednesday Open
Paper Sundaes Choose at least 2 from the toppings bar (I chose sparkle, pearls and die cuts)

Let's have some cake

What a change in the weather today, dull and cool. I've even had to put the heating on for a little while. I've used the yummy Squiggle cupcake stamp for this card and paper pieced the cases for a change. I love these yummy strawberry and chocolate colours. For sparkle I used glitter on one card, sequins on the second and gems on the third. The papers are Dovecraft piece of cake and I've used that new cherish MS punch again.

Challenges:
Squiggle Cake
The Crafty Pad Circles
Colour Create Pink, blue and brown
One Stop Craft Chocolate
Delightful Challenges Paper piecing

Monday, 25 April 2011

Easter Bunny

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter. We've been out and about today, Garden Centre, Sainsburys and the Range where a couple of new things popped into my basket. This is my last Easter card to share with you. The sweet image is Sugar Nellie and papers are some of the last of my Basic Grey Euphoria. The bunny ribbon I bought in the US along with some new Sizzix corners, of which the swirl I used here is one. Flowers are Wild Orchid.

Challenges:
Basic Grey Easter/Spring
Paperplay Easter
Crafty Sentiments Easter
Dream Valley Easter
CES Spring colours/image
2 Sisters Photo inspiration
Penny's Easter

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Listening to my tunes

Hope you are all having a lovely Easter. We decided to go the coast today and left our house in lovely sunshine. When we got to the coast there was a sea mist making it rather cool so we ended up walking about with tops zipped up. Hubby had gone in his shorts and taken his jeans, luckily, which he had to change into as soon as we got there. There were more coffees than ice creams being consumed. Moved on down the coast after a while and it was worse. You could hardly see the sea! Had a some lovely fish and chips though and a nice walk around. As soon as we left and came inland to come home the sun was shining. Got home to lovely weather. Oh well at least we got some fresh sea air.

So onto my card which I made yesterday using this cute Pollycraft image and some Doodlebug papers. I used my lovely new MS PATP Cherish punches and Sizzix stars with buttons. The embossing was done with a CB folder.

Challenges:
Stamp with fun Birthday
Digital Tuesday Punches
Simon Says Embossing
Papertake Spots n stripes

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Dancing Queen

This week at Totally Gorjuss the DT were lucky enough to be given our choice of digis from our sponsor Whoopsie Daisy. It's a nice easy challenge too, bling it, so let's see that bling. For mine I added glitter to her dress and flower in her hair, used pearlised card for matting and sparkly gems were added to the punched flowers. The papers are First Edition again and I added some seam binding and ribbon.

I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
Bling it on Digi and bling
Cupcake Lots of layers
Ladybug Crafts Ink Anything Goes
I love Promarkers Anything Goes
CRAFT Flowers
Cute Card Thursday No text
ABC S is for Sparkle
Crafts and Me Pink and Sweet
Delicious Doodles Anything Goes
Secret Crafter Pink, cream and brown

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Teddy Celebrations

No cardmaking for me on this beautiful sunny day as I did some gardening this morning and then sadly went to a funeral this afternoon of a lovely lady I used to work with for many years. She was only 56, much too young to go. It was however lovely to see so many old friends and work colleagues.

This card is one I made for Crafter's Companion using the Everyday CD. Such lovely bright papers and a decoupaged teddy. I cut some bunting from scrap card and drew some faux stitching wit black and white pens. I would like to enter this into the challenge of pets/animals at Creative Inspirations.

Happy Easter everyone. Enjoy your Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

April Showers

The weather here just keeps getting better and better. It's like a Summer's Day and I'm off for
walk shortly to enjoy some sunshine. The garden badly needs some rain though. What happened to April showers which have inspired this card?

I'm on a roll this week with Sugar Nellie stamps. The papers are my new First Edition Desert Blooms I bought last Sunday. I added some ribbon, a charm and some card candi. I also added glossy accents to the puddle and top of the umbrella.
Challenges:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Crafty Calendar April showers bring forth May flowers
Cute Card Thursday Weather inspired
Sarah Hurley April showers
Top Tip Tuesday Open theme

I had a lovely surprise today.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

I am sailing

I love the elephants from Little Claire and when I saw there were a couple of red, white and blue challenges thought they would fit this image perfectly. The papers and sentiment are Forever Friends from the retro pack and the chipboard embellies are K&Co.

Hope the weather is as good for you as it is here in the east of England. I have a line full of washing drying which will smell great but unfortunately will all need ironing when I'd rather be crafting.

Challenges:
Little ClaireAnimals
The Ribbon Girl Red, white and blue
Incy Wincy Bright and bold
Crafts and Me Ribbon
Crafty Cardmakers Royal Wedding (Red, white and blue and/or Wedding)

Is it just me or does blogger keep messing about with the spacing on your blogs too?

Monday, 18 April 2011

A new Fairy


This is my second Sugar Nellie post today. This was the stamp I bought yesterday, one I have wanted to buy for ages. The papers are new too and are so scrummy and glittery. They are First Edition Spring Feast, and they really are a fest for the eyes. I added lots of glitter to the fairy too so this card really sparkles. I used the fab sketch at CES. Flowers are from Wild Orchid whose challenge of Wings I am entering. I would also like to enter the pastel colour challenge at Flutter By Wednesday .
I love using this Marianne doily die but hate the way all the bits stick inside the die. If you don't then spend ages picking them out it doesn't cut properly the next time. Is anyone else as frustrated as I am by this? They're the only dies I have this problem with.

Cheerleader

A quick post from me as I need to get on with cooking dinner. I'm waiting for some more stuff from Crafter's Companion to make some samples. It hasn't arrived yet so I had time to play with some new stash this afternoon and enter the Sugar Bowl challenge of purple and green plus the sketch. I bought this SN cheerleader a few weeks ago and used her with some old papers, my new MS Cherish punch and Sizzix primitive stars. This die was another ting I have been trying to find and was so pleased to buy yesterday. The star circle was another new buy (a Marianne die) as were the lovely sparkly buttons. I used my trusty Promarkers and Sakura clearstar pen with lots of glitter. I would also like to enter this into the spring colour challenge at Card Makin' Mamas. I'll be back after dinner.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Pandas


A good friend of mine asked me to make a Birthday card for her daughter, who loves pandas. When we went to Washington last year we were lucky enough to see some giant pandas at Washington Zoo. I bought a pack of decoupaged Joules pandas in anticpation of making a scrapbook page of the event. I was able to make use of two of them for this card. The pandas are so soft and tactile. I used papers from Papermania aqua capsule collection and die cut some circles from pearlised card with a Marianne Die. Flowers are Prima, patterned and velvet with brads. Loads of different textures on this card making it perfect for the challenge at Paper Sundaes and as it is dimensional also fits the challenge at Papertake .


Had a lovely day with Lynsey at the Sincerely Yours show and finally managed to buy the MS PATP Cherish set which I have wanted for ages and couldn't find in the US. I also bought some gorgeous papers, just one stamp(!!), and some other goodies. Met some lovely people on the stands and saw some demos. Have so many ideas now, can't wait to play.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

No designer papers


Here's my first DT card for Totally Gorjuss and it's the challenge of no designer papers. This is a great reason to get out those embossing folders I don't use often enough. I used C'ordinations whitewash card stock from Crafter's Companion, D'vine swirls and Bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folders ad sanded them down to show the blue cardstock. The image is from Little Claire. The ribbon was on a Birthday cake, sentiment from Craftwork Cards. I hope you'll play along this week as we are sponsored by Simon Says.

Friday, 15 April 2011

A little Mistletoe


This week at Winter Wonderland Lynsey has challenged us to use a little mistletoe so here is my DT card using a sweet Pink Gem Teddy Bear. We have a fantastic prize of a £10 voucher to spend at -
so you are definitely going to want to enter this week.

I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles Cute and cuddly animals
Creative Craft Embossing
Crafty Catz Furry Friends

I'm off to a Sincerely Yours craft show at Thetford on Sunday, meeting up with Lynsey there. Not quite up to Ally Pally or NEC standard but as I was on hol in America couldn't make either of those. Probably just as well this is a small show after the stash I got on hol.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Get well soon teddy

Another bright card for my second one today. Lisa stamped this sweet LOTV image for me months ago and I've finally got round to using it. It's just perfect for a poorly child. The papers are Country Diary and are free with this month's C&PC mag. The Sizzix corners were a new buy in America. Flowers are Wild Orchid cherry blossom with roses from Michaels. Challenges: Cupcake Doctors and nurses Simon Says Card for a child Sketch N Stash Fab sketch which I rotated. I just had to move the sentiment slightly as it wouldn't fit otherwise.

Gone fishing

Another card made with an LOTV square. As there was a lot of whit space around the image I die cut it with a Nellie die. Papers are K&Co Hopscotch. I love these bright papers, just right for male cards. The border is also K&Co. I used one of my new punches which is Michaels own make. For those of you who have been to the US and shopped at Michaels I have exciting news. They hope to open in the UK at some stage, could be a couple of years time though. However they are going to extend their website to sell in the UK. How great will that be.
Challenges:
Aud Sentiments Anything goes
Bunny Zoe One for the boys
DYSU Scallops

Divas by Design

Sadly some challenges have finished but there's a bright new one heading our way on Wednesday 4th May. They have some great candy on offer and a DT call until 20th April. You are definitely going to want to enter these fortnightly challenges so check out this link, enter the candy and ad it to your Wednesday challenge list. They have a great name too, Divas by Design.

I would love to join their DT so need to show 3 of my favourite pieces of work. This is always so difficult but I've decided to choose 3 from this year and have chosen these.





Digistamp Giveaway


There's a new giveaway at Digistamp Boutique which closes 30 April. You could win this sweet image, Olivia and a £5 voucher. So what are you waiting for, hop over and enter.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Two little girls

Had a lovely day crafting with Lynsey today. We both got a DT card made plus some stock. This is one I made using one of the cute LOTV squares. Papers are some of the last of my Pink Parfait pack and the MS punch is a new one in bought in the US. Flowers are Wild Orchid with MS punched fern leaves. I'm still playing catch up with my commenting so apologies if I haven't been to visit you yet.
Challenges:
ABC Sugar and spice By the Cute and girly Cute and girly Craft your Days Away Spots and stripes Incy Wincy Flower frenzy My Partner in Crafting Crime Layer it up (at least 3 layers)(I have 10)

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday Grace


Today is my friend Lynsey's daughter's 3rd Birthday and here is the card I made for Grace who takes after her mum in loving pink. The sweet image is one I won recently from Heather Ellis. Papers are K&Co, flowers are Prima and the ballet shoe charm is from the Hobby House. I have been very busy the last two days with housework and ironing in the mornings and cardmaking in the afternoons for Crafter's Companion for a Create and Craft TV show on 19th April. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow when Lynsey is coming over a day's cardmaking. The rest of the ironing will just have to wait.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges: A Spoon full of Sugar All creatures great and small Ladybug Crafts Ink Celebration Paperplay Critters galore CES Monochromatic

Monday, 11 April 2011

Candy winner and some exciting news

As you will know if you read yesterday's post I am just back from holiday in Florida. While I was away I had some exciting news as I was asked to join the DT at Totally Gorjuss for 6 months. You'll see my first card for them this Saturday.

I also made the top 3 at Sparkles Forum Christmas challenge

and I won the challenge last Saturday at A Gem of a Challenge.

Now the news you have been waiting for. Thanks to everyone who entered my little candy and welcome to me new followers. I do hope you'll stay. Thanks also to everyone who left me a comment whilst I was away. I'll have some more candy next month for you.


The winner of this candy is

Congratulations Aussie Loz, please e-mail me your address so I can post it to you.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Candy Time


This post will stay at the top until 10 April. Please scroll down for other posts.
Time to give away a little candy. You could win a pack of LOTV cute squares of love and romance, a Spellbinder tulip embossing folder and a pack of Papermania flowers.
All you have to do is:
  • Be a follower of my blog
  • Post a pic on your sidebar with a link back to my blog
  • Enter via the blue frog below

Closing date 10 April.


DID YOU MISS ME?


Hi everyone, have you missed me? You may have wondered why I haven't been entering any challenges nor visiting you and leaving comments. I did leave some scheduled posts and my little candy. I have been away on holiday in sunny Florida and only got back home yesterday afternoon. We had a fabulous time. Now it's back to reality but luckily the sun is shining so I can hang out some of the washing.

I didn't think I bought much craft stuff this time but when I put it all together when I got home I can see there is more than I thought. The pretty box, which is empty, is for my ribbons. I also got a few goodies for another candy which will be coming shortly.

If you haven't already entered my candy then do it now because it closes tonight. I'm off to do some food shopping now. It's gonna take me a while to catch up with you all but I'll do my best this week. I've got some DT work for Crafter's Companion to do and of course piles of ironing, oh joy.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Easter chicks

Time for another challenge at Stampin’ for the Weekend and this time the challenge is Easter. I have used this adorable image from Digistamp Boutique for my DT card. I made the shaped card and layers with Go Kreate and Nestie dies. The papers is K&Co Daisy. I didn't feel it needed much embellishment so just added some tiny buttons and a bow from the Honey and Hugs range. I would ike to enter this into the April competition at Digistamp Boutique.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Fairyopolis



When I made the Fairyopolis samples for the Crafter's Companion launch I never got round to showing you these 3 samples so here they are today. These fairies are so pretty and the papers are such gorgeous colours. The CD contains so many toppers, decoupage and pyrimage too. The top card image and sentiment are from one of the stamp sets, the middle one is a topper and the bottom one an A5 Pryimage.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Birthday Teddy

I've used a Pyrimage image of Popcorn and Souffle for this month's DT card for Crafter’s Companion where the challenge is brown and aqua. I know this is a popular colour combo so hope to see lots of you playing along. Remember you don't have to use a CC image but we would love it if you do. I have used Clare Curd papers, MS PATP double loop punch and yes, you've guessed it some card candy to finish off this A5 card.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Teddy Bears' Christmas

Time for a DT card for this week's challenge at Winter Wonderland. Denise has chosen Teddy Bear's Christmas as her theme, one which suits me perfectly. The image is from Pollycraft, papers are Forever Friends Cosy Christmas. I added glitter flocking to the image and glossy accents to the baubles. The sentiment is part of a K&Co border, holly leaves are from a Sizzix die and that card candy has come out again. There's a great prize from Sassy Studio Designs so get out those teddies and come and play with us this week. Don't forget to enter my candy (post at the top of my blog),