Friday 29 June 2012

Summer Time Spent with a Special Friend

Hello my blogging buddies

I hope this finds this well, I don't know about you but I'm glad it's Friday, it's been a hectic week here.
Anyway, at least my card is relaxing! 

I was given some gorgeous Faye Whittaker Decoupage sheets for a present and this is one of them. I spent absolutely ages trying to decide on a layout for this card. It's such a lovely image that I didn't want to go over the top with embellishments. I tried adding so many different things, I was surprised how much old stuff I had lurking about and was pleased to find the metal star fish ( I haven't a clue where it came from) 
So,as you will see I have made a twisted easel but at the moment it is looking quite plain. I tried adding some ribbon and a bow but it just didn't look right to me.

This is one of those cards that looks much better in real life. I added some stickles glitter glue to the waves which you cannot see on my picture. Also the bottom panel has been inked and then embossed with a paper crimper.

Here's a couple of close ups to try and show you what I mean:

So, I may make some changes to this at a later date, not sure yet!

Items used:
Faye Whittaker All Our Yesterdays Decoupage 
Papermania Textured cardstock
Metal charm and starfish from stash
Martha Stewart zig zag border punch
Stickles glitter glue - diamond
Paper crimper

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Joanna Sheen summer Daze
Here Come the Boys - metal and/or embossing
Cutie Pie - one for the boys
Crafty Pad - more than one fold
Creative Inspirations -  anything goes
Charisma cardz - anything goes
Tuesday Alchemy - furry companion
Fussy and Fancy - fancy folds

That's all from me for now, just off now to check out what you have all been up to.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Fab 'n' Funky DT card Challenge #127 Cute and Girly

Good morning everyone

I'd just like to start by thanking you all for all of your support and encouragement that you have given since I started my blog just over 4 weeks ago, you really are the best.

Right, its time for a new challenge at  Fab 'n' Funky, my first as part of their wonderful design team.

This week our host is the lovely Pat and she has chosen one of my favourite themes ...

Cute and Girly

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Joanna Sheen

with a super prize of a £10 voucher to spend in her on-line shop - lucky you!!

So, onto my card and you have probably guessed it, I used one of my cute Lili of the Valley images. I think Rosie looks so sweet carrying that big birthday cake, on her way to have some fun at the party. I hope she doesn't drop it!

Items used:
Image - LOTV Rosie with Cake coloured wih promarkers
papers- Echo Park Spring Time
Memory Box simple bunting die
Spellbinders classic and scalloped circle
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
craftwork crafts sentiment

Be sure to check out the fabulous cards made by the rest of the team on the Fab'n'Funky Challenge blog.
I look forward to seeing all of your entries.

I'm entering this into the following challenges
Lilis little fairies - time to play
Willow Sketchie - sketch and bold and bright
Allsorts Challenge - any die will do
Sentimental sundays cute and girly
Dream Valley  things with wings
Love to create - anything goes
MAWTT - happy Birthday

bye for now

Monday 25 June 2012

Daisy Daisy

Good Morning everyone

I hope you all had a good weekend. We had surprisingly good weather here and it looks like we may have a sunny day today too.
Did you watch the football? Maybe it's better if I change the subject!

Before you see my card today you may need to find your sunglasses. I promise that the colours really are not that bright in real life, honestly! I just felt like making a bright summery card to cheer everyone up!!

The daisy image from Sheena Douglas come in a set with some poppies and sentiments and was very good value for money, just what us crafters like! 
The white panel is embossed with a flower pattern but doesn't show up too well on the picture.

anyway here's my card

Items Used:
Image - Sheena Douglas sketchy poppies and daisy stamp coloured with promarkers
papers - Crafts Too
flowers and butterflies  - woodware
Sentiment -Craftwork cards
ribbon and pearls from stash

I am entering this card into the following challenges 
Charisma cardz  - summer
Sweet stamping - ribbons and bows
Totally Gorjuss - something yellow!!!
Daisy Doodles - anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - welcome summer
Pile it On - make your own embellishments ( flowers)
Stamping for the weekend - show us your style ( I love making floral cards)

Right, off now to catch up on all of your lovely creations
Bye for now

Saturday 23 June 2012

Best Friends

Hello my lovely blogging buddies

I hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend so far. I know a lot of you have lots of rain so I hope today is better for you. At the moment we have some sunshine, my son and hubby are playing cricket this afternoon so it would be good if it stays fine.

For my card today I have used a digi stamp from Tiddly inks. These two are called Wyrn and Emmy. I think they are delightful and perfect for a friendship card. It would also be lovely image for a sister too but I don't have one of them!!

Anyway, here's my card

Items used:
Image : Digi stamp  Tiddly Inks Wyrn and Emmy BFF coloured with Promakers
Papers : Doodlebug designs and Dovecraft
Memory box Sofia Heart
Martha Stewart medium Monach butterfly
Tonic studio flower punches
Craftwork Cards sentiment

I do hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Tiddly Inks Challenge - pretty in pink
Creative Inspirations - case it (using Chris's fab card for inspiration)
Delicious Doodles - 1,2,3 recipe ( 1 image, 2 butterflies, 3 flowers)
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge - Double trouble (2 girls, hearts and butterflies)
Bunny Zoe's crafts - girls,girls,girls!
Divas by Design - to 'die' for


Thursday 21 June 2012

Gypsy Dancer with glitter

Good Morning my lovely blogging buddies

I hope you are all keeping well, it's a shame the sunshine didn't last for long, back to our normal summer weather here today.

I hope you don't mind but I'd like to share some more good news with you today. As some of you already know I applied to be on the Design Team of the Fab 'n' Funky Challenge. Well, I was told on Tuesday that I had been successful and I will be posting my first DT card for them next Wednesday!! I was so thrilled to be picked to be part of such a wonderful team.

Anyway, onto my card for you today. I have had this Saturated Canary image for some time but hadn't felt confident enough to colour her. I think it is the hair that I find a bit daunting. Well I must have been feeling brave yesterday and decided to give it a go. I'm just glad I have some fine nib attachments for my promarkers or I would never have managed it. I did enjoy colouring her though and now think I may be tempted to buy another one so I can practise my colouring a bit more. The only difficulty will be choosing as they are all so beautiful.

Here's my card:

The pretty first edtion papers have glitter on them but I'm not sure how well you can see that on my picture. I also added some stickles glitter to the corner die and the bells on the dress.
I have tried to take a close up for you, not sure if it's any better or not but here it is:

Items used:

Image - Saturated Canary digi stamp Gypsy Dancer coloured with promarkers
Papers - First Edition Isabelle
Corner die - memory box Macarena corner
Corner punch ( sorry don't know make of it!)
Stickles glitter glue -diamond
craftwork cards sentiment
Gems and ribbon from stash

Right, that's it from me, thanks for popping by. I really do appreciate it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Passion for Promarkers - Glitter and pastels
Dies to Die for - pink and green ( items I used that are available in store are the papers, promarkers and      
                                                   memory box die)
Divas by design - to 'die' for
Crafts and Me - anything goes

Bye for now

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Pretty Bouquet and Kraft

Good morning Everyone

I hope you are all well and maybe even enjoying some sunshine where you are? Let's hope it lasts a while.

I would like to say a massive thank you for all of your kind comments on my first DT card yesterday, your lovely words of encouragement mean so much to me.

For today's card I wanted to use Kraft card as I have seen lots of fabulous cards made with it on lately. I was very lucky to find a big pad of this card on sale last year but now I am nearly half way through it I need to think about buying some more - I don't want to run out do I!
I coloured in this gorgeous lili of the valley image with colours to match my papers but then realised that I couldn't really give her brown or green flowers so they are pink and now I'm not sure if they look right or not. Never mind, it's too late now!

Items used:
Image - LOTV pretty bouquet coloured with Promakers
papers - Alla Prima
Martha Stewrt butteflies border punch
Nellie Snellen floral punches
Memory box - lorelai leaf
Craftwork cards sentiment

Thank you for taking the time to look, I really love to read your comments.
Just off to look at all of your fabulous creations now, I love to see what you have all been up to.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

MAWTT - lets get Krafty
Divas by Design - A Summer theme
Crafting when we can - mint choc chip
Lili's Little Fairies - in the garden
Bearly Mine Challenges - flowers

Monday 18 June 2012

My First DT card for Sketch n Stash Challenge 90

Good Morning Everyone

I hope you all had a great weekend.

Those of you that have read my title will realise that I have some exciting news to tell you!!
Last week Sue from the Sketch n Stash Challenge asked me if I'd like to join her Design Team.
To say I was shocked to be asked is an understatment!!  Well of course I said yes, I feel truly honoured to have been asked to join such a great design team in such a fabulous challenge.

So today is the start of a new challenge and we are up to Sketch 90 which is a free choice so you can select your any of the sketches from the SKETCH n STASH CATALOGUE.  There are so many fabulous sketches to choose from you will be spoit for choice!

This time we are sponsored by.............Di's Digi Downloads

Prize - 5 digi images of winner's choice

Please remember to add a picture of your chosen sketch and also to tell us what your new/neglected stash is that you used on your creation.

so onto my first DT card then!
I choose sketch number 76

Items used:
Images - a fabulous freebie from Beccy's Place coloured with Promarkers
Papers - papermania capsule collection Aqua
Sentiment - personal impressions
Martha Stewart border punch
Lace and ribbon from stash

So that's my card. Check out the Sketch n Stash blog to see the stunning cards made by the rest of the design team. I'm really looking forward to seeing which sketches you choose and what you create with them

Bye for now

I am also entering this card into the following challenges
Joanna Sheen - lavender and lace
Beccy's Place - use any Beccy's Place image

Saturday 16 June 2012

Summer in the garden

Good Morning Everyone

I hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend

I just wanted to start by thanking you all again for all of the support and encouragement that I have had since starting my blog less than 3 weeks ago, your really are the best. I honestly feel that I have made so many new friends and count myself very lucky. You have really given me a much need confidence boost.

Anyway enough of that! I have a summery card for you today and believe it or not it is actually sunny here at the moment too. My's son's cricket match has just been cancelled though because the pitch is still water logged from last weeks flooding.  I love this pretty girl in the garden with her little dog looking up at her. I have gone for colours that I would not normally use together, but I like the papers so I hope they look o.k.
I had a go at making my own roses using my Spellbinders Rose Creations die, they took me a while - more practice needed with them I think.

Items used:
Image - Sarah Kay Fleur Gathering flowers coloured with promarkers
Papers - First Edition New Leaf
Flowers- Spellbinders Rose Creations Die
Leaves and butterflies- Woodware punches
Craftwork cards sentiment
Ribbon and pearls from stash

I hope you all have a wonderful week-end. 
Bye for now

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Diva's by design - summer theme
Bearly-Mine-  tic tac toe (Dies/flowers/sentiment)
My Time to Craft - hats and/or handbags
Crafts and Me - Pearls and roses
Crafty ribbons - butterflies and bows

Thursday 14 June 2012

Birthday Cake and Bunting!

Hello Everyone

I hope you are all well.  It finally stopped raining yesterday and we had one sunny day. It started off bright this morning but the sun has already disappeared and we are due more heavy showers.

I decided to make a more colourful card and I wanted to play with my new memory box bunting die that I bought with my birthday money. The Pink Gem challenge has a fab sketch so thought I'd have a go at that. I know that the bunting is not strictly part of the sketch so I hope my entry will still be counted.

As you can see I have used another Lili of the Valley image, can you tell I'm a big fan of them? I do love these mice, I can't help but smile when I colour them in - that's got to be a good thing!

For the balloons I cut the shapes and shaded them with my (very old) chalks. I haven't used them for ages so I was surprised I managed to find them so quickly. I'm going to keep them out now and try to use them more. The balloon strings are very thin pieces of card that have been wound around a cocktail stick to make a loose spiral.

Items Used:
Image - LOTV Cake Shop coloured with Promakers
Papers - Echo park spring time
Memory box simple bunting die 
Craftworks cards sentiment 
Spellbinders labels 6

I'm entering this into the following challenges
Allsorts - Ice cream colours
A Gem of a challenge - #48 sketch
Oldie but goodie - banners or bunting (old item used - chalks)
Craft room challenge - furry four legged family
Inky Impressions - celebration
Passion for Promakers - lots of layers
Nutcrafters - Spots and/or stripes

Right, off now to check out your fabulous creations.
Bye for now

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Birthday Tree

Good Morning Everyone
I wonder if it is going to stop raining!  Lots of houses nearby have been flooded and many roads have been closed so we have been very lucky here so far.
My card today is one that I made for a very special friend who isn't really into cute and girly stuff. So my good old Kanban stamp set has come to the rescue, I've used it quite a lot lately. The stamp set comes with lots of other images too, some smaller tress and flowers which I haven't used yet, might think about using them soon as they are lovely.
Anyway here is my card

I used the largest Spellbinders lacy circle nestlie to cut out the aperture from my backing paper and layered it onto the image which I stamped in  grey ink for a softer look.
I love decorating these tress with pearls and flowers.
Here a closer look at the sentiment and those gorgeous papers:

Items Used:
Image - Kanban Spring garden clear stamp set
Papers - Prima Annalee
Spellbinders Nesties Lacy Circles
Cheery Lynn Fanciful flourish ( love this so much!)
Martha Stewart punch around the page and medium butterfly
Tonic studio daisy and small butterfly punches
Pearls from stash

I'm entering this into the following challenges
Fab 'n' Funky - go green (2nd entry and DT call)
Dies to Die for - anything goes with a die cut
Fussy and fancy - swirls and flourishes
Let's Ink it Up - favourite embellishment - ( definitely my Cherry Lynn fanciful flourish die)

Thanks so much for taking the time to look, I really do appreciate your feedback and the encouragment and support you give to me.
Hope you all have a fabulous day
Bye for now

Sunday 10 June 2012

By the river

Good morning everyone

Hope you are all well and enjoying the week-end. My son has another cricket match today, I'm not too sure if it will stay dry this time, we were very lucky with the weather yesterday.

Since I have been making lots of girly cards lately I decided to make one for a boy this time.
Yesterday's card used one of my favourite LOTV images, this one is another favourite of mine. I think it's because it reminds me of my son although he is older now his hair still looks like that!!

Sorry about the blurry photo again, I think when I enlarge the image it goes out of focus a bit

Items used:

Image - LOTV By the river, coloured with promarkers and white gel pen
Backing papers - creative memories and doodlebug designs
Embossing folder -craft concepts retro circles
ribbon, thread and charm from stash

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Paper Crafting Journey - colour it up
Bearly Mine challenges - how charming!
Creative Inspirations  - card for a male
Jellypark Challenge   - boy crazy
Lilis Little Fairies - one for the boys
Delicious Doodles  -  for the fellas
Phindy's Place - fathers day or male card
Cute Card Thursday - water water everywhere
The Crafty Pad - lets hear it for the boys

Right time to catch up with all of your lovely creations again I think.
Hope you all have a good day, despite the weather
Hugs for now

Saturday 9 June 2012

Flower girl birthday

Good Morning Everyone

I hope you are all well and enjoying the week-end. Well, it's actually quite sunny here at the moment. I'm hoping to will stay dry for the morning at least as my son is playing in a cricket match ,they have already had most of their matches called off this season.

My card today is made using on of my favourtie Lili of the valley images. I have made this birthday card for a little girl but I think this image would be suitable for all ages and many occasions too. That's probably why I've used it so many times.
As you can see I stamped the sentiment directly onto the backing paper, I always get a bit nervous doing that!!
Items used
Image - LOTV flower girl coloured with Promarkers
Backing Paper - Wild Rose Studio
Butterflies and punch around page - Martha stewart
Flowers punch - nellie snellen
sentiment stamp - personal impression

I mentioned in my last post that I am applying for the DT post at Fab'n'Funky Challenges and this is my card for their Go Green challenge
I'm also entering into the following challenges:
I love Promakers - for a little girl
Cutie Pie - Die cuts and punches
SirStampalot Challenge - bingo( green/polka dots/ribbon)
Polka doodles - lots of flowers
Crafty Anns Challenge - it's a girl thing

Right, off now to check out all of your lovely creations, I do love to see what you have been up to!
Bye for now

Thursday 7 June 2012

Magnolia Thank you card

Hello Everyone

I would like to say a big thank you for all of your kind birthday wishes yesterday. I had a lovely quiet day with my family, it worked out well that the childern are off school this week so were here to spend the day with me. I am so lucky, I have lots of new craft goodies to play with and some vouchers to spend too!
Which brings me onto my card for today, a thank you card for my mum in law. She loves Magnolias and I was delighted to find this free digi from Beccy's Place. Beccy is so generous, there are loads of free images on there and lots of tips and tutorials too.
I coloured the image with a mix af Promarkers and Flexmarkers this time and I used my new Memory box die for the leaves
Here's my card

Items used
Image - magnolia digi stamp from Beccy's Place 
Papers - Prima Annalee
flower punches - Nellie Snellen
Leaves- memory box lorelai leaf
Spellbinders labels 8
border punch - martha stewart lacy doily
Sentiment computer generated
Ribbon, lace and pearls from stash.

I love making cards for my mum-in-law because she is always so grateful, makes it all worthwhile

Right, I'm going to make a 'green' card now for the fab'n'funky challenge . I notice that the have a DT call going at the moment and I have decided to apply. I would really love to be part of a DT team. I don't have many cards on my gallery yet but I'm hoping they may look at the ones I have on my Do-crafts gallery too.
Better get on I suppose
Bye for now....

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Beccy's Place - use a Beccy's Place image
Craft Pad - ribbon
My Mum's craft shop  - Bingo (flowers, pearls,diecuts)
Cutie Pie - die cuts and punches
Lollipop crafts - flowers in bloom
Ooh La La Creations - make it girly

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Catnap - my favourite stamp

Good Morning Everyone

I hope you have had an enjoyable Jubilee week-end so far. We were lucky here yesterday I think as we had a dry day and sunny afternoon.  It looks like today may be a bit of a wash out though so I'd better catch up with some housework later ( sorry to swear!)

I made this card for a good crafting friend who adores cats. So, what better reason to use my favourite stamp which is a digi-stamp from This kitten is so cute and a joy to colour.
I choose to use brighter colours as my friend prefers these shades which I must admit was right out of my comfort zone. I hope that the colours don't clash too much!!

Here's my card

The backing paper is quite old, I'm not sure if it's still available . It's so lovely and glittery but unfortunately that doesn't show up on my photograph.

Items Used:

Image - digi stamp called catnap from coloured with Promarkers
Spellbinders Nestabilities labels 18
backing paper - Bo Bunny
Cherry lynn fanciful flourish
Joys crafts small flowers die
Martha Stewart  lace hearts border punch
Sentiment stamp - woodware

Enjoy the rest of the day.
Bye for now

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stamping challenge - favourite stamp
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Swirls and flourishes
Cutie Pie Challenge - die cuts and punches
I Love Promarkers - use a digi
Shelly's Images TTT - pick at least two ( digi, ribbon, punched border)
The Crafty Pad Designs - ribbon
Oldie but Goodie Challenge - anything goes (backing paper)
Ribbon Carousel Blog - birthdays

Sunday 3 June 2012

Cherry on Top - Side Stepper card

Good Morning Everyone

I hope you are all well and enjoying the week-end.  We had lovely weather here in West Sussex yesterday up until the evening but today isn't so good, never mind.

Anyway, onto my card. I wanted to make a red white and blue card but then discovered I only had a lighter shade of blue so I decided to add some pink too.
I have had this LOTV stamp for a while but this is the first time I have used it with the Birthday Recipe stamp as I had found it hard to fit onto the same card. Thats why its a side stepper card, I had to make sure I got the measurement of the card exactly right for the punch to line up all around the edge.  I have had the cherry ribbon for years, it was one of my charity shop finds, I think it works well with the image.

Here's my card, I still need to work on my photography I think.


I have tried to take a close so you can read the recipe but it's not too clear I'm afraid.

Items used:

image > LOTV Cherry on top coloured with promarkers
blue card > Papermania
Border punch > Martha Stewart
Ribbon and gems from stash

I am entering this card into the following challenges 
My Mum's Craft Shop - red, white and blue
Totally Papercrafts - more than one fold
Shelley's ImagesTTT Challenge- pick two ( punched border and colour blue)
Creative Challenges - red, white and blue
Delightful Challenges - red, white and blue
Bunny Zoe's MC - anything goes
Moving along with the times - red, white and blue
The Ribbon Girl Blog - use ribbon or lace
The Cutie Pie Challenge - punches/die cuts

Thanks for stopping and looking at my card today, I really appreciate it.
Hope you all have a good day.

Bye for now

Friday 1 June 2012

Lilac and Blue Fairy

Good Morning Everyone

I just wanted to start by saying a massive THANK YOU to you all. I have had so much help and support since I started blogging less than a week ago and I am so grateful to each and every one of you. You have no idea what a great confidence boost this has all given me!!

Anyway, my card today is my first card that I have made to enter a blog sketch challenge so I hope it's alright. Whilst looking through the blogs that I follow I had noticed that lots of you had already made a card using this sketch so thought I'd give it a go it's from Sketch n stash challenge 88.
Also, as part of the challenge, I had to use my newest or neglected stash. Well, I enjoyed colouring my Silver Fairy from Wee stamps so much that I decided to buy another digi from the same site.( This one is called Spring Bringer, she is so pretty. In fact I love all of her stamps and will probably be going back to buy some more sometime. (Luckily it's my birthday next week so may have some spare pennies to spend!!) Actually I did use some neglected stash too because I had forgotten that I had the pretty Wild Rose Studio papers that I used.

Here is my card

It's not a great photo I'm afraid, I tried to take a close up of the image but the colours went a bit blue

I think I need to have a play about with my camera and figure out how to take some decent pictures!!

Items Used:
Image - Wee stamps digi Spring Bringer coloured with Promakers
Papers - Wildrose Studio
Flowers - Nellie Snellen punches
Butterflies - woodware punches
Sentiment - craftwork cards

Anyway, that's all for now, I hope you all have a good day. I'm so glad it's Friday and half-term for my children next week - yippee!! I love to have them at home with me, let's hope for some good weather!!

Bye for now

I am entering this into the following challenges
Sketch n Stash challenge 88
Crafts and Me - add a ribbon
Party time Tuesday - anything goes
LEJ Designs - ribbons galore
Divas by Design - anything goes
I love promakers - use a digi


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