Friday, 31 December 2010


Couldn't let 2010 go without saying Thank-You to my lovely followers and all visitors to my little Blog
and wishing you all a 

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Santa Baby

Morning all x I hope your Christmas preparations are going well and you are looking forward to the big day. Our preparations are moving in the right direction. I have done very little crafting but especially for you I have pulled out all the stops and made not 1 but 2 cards to finish off my crafting for 2010.Tomorrow my craft room will be tidied (eeek !),tools stored away,table cleaned and dismantled and basically the house prepared for 16 visitors for the big event !
But now  (drum roll) I would like to share with you these cards which follow today's challenge at MTTCC - Santa Baby.

I used the Corset Clarity Stamp which I have had for a while but hadn't used and I coloured the stamped images with Promarkers. The background paper is from Kirsty Wiseman's Colourful Christmas Cd. (I think). The holly was left over from a Holly Wreath Christmas card I did previously and I completed the designs with silver mirri card and glitter,a few gems and red ribbon all from stash. I am not sure if you can tell from the photo but with the second card I stamped the image twice and layered a cut out version on to a base image which gives a little 3D .

As I haven't made Hubby a card I thought I might surprise him with the first one thinking I could be his Santa Baby this year ( wink wink say no more !! ) but he came in just as I was doing this Post, picked up the card  and said " ooh ! Who is this for? I could have sent you that one as you are my Sugar Baby " Aww !!!

Lastly,just another reminder that I have Candy to be won and so far only one lovely follower has entered. The candy is open until the end of January so you still have plenty of time.Hugs x

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Today is Tuesday

Forgive me for stating the facts - Today is Tuesday and as you already know, it has been Tuesday all day !! The problem is I forgot !! I have been rather distracted with all the Christmas preparations and I think I have finally ground to a halt ! However I will always have enough energy left to tell you about the latest challenges at My Time To Craft Challenge. The brief this week is called Around the World Tour  and we would like you to create a card which depicts a Country of your choice. It is a great challenge and gives you lots of scope to wander to a favourite Country. I hope you will have time to visit the Blog,see the DT cards and maybe enter the challenge.

PS. Don't forget to enter your name in my little Blog Candy - Hugs x

Monday, 13 December 2010

A little Candy as promised

Good Evening All. I hope this Monday evening is finding you well and you are not panicking about everything that still needs to be done - unlike me !! All of a sudden I feel swamped, so like a lot of people I need to take a deep breath and stay calm !
As promised I am offering a little Candy in gratitude to winning a fabby prize from the Polka Doodles recent Blog Hop and what is more appropriate than to offer a prize of the Love and Cherish Cd rom from PD ?

The Cd ( This is a picture from their web site and not the actual one I have at home which has a slightly different front cover ) has over 1000 printable elements and is perfect for all your Valentine and Wedding Cards that will be coming up next year.

If you would like to win this CD you MUST :
  • BE A FOLLOWER ( all new followers are more than welcome),
  • I am sorry but I can only post the Cd to a UK address. 
  • EDIT- Just for you I will now post this Cd  to any Worldwide address

I will leave the Candy OPEN until 31st January 2011 so you have plenty of time to enter and it lets us get over the Christmas and New Year Festivities.On 31st January I will put the names into a 'hat' and draw a winner which I will announce the following day.
There are not many of you therefore you will have a very good chance of being the winner so I do hope you will enter. Good Luck x

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Who's a lucky girl ?

ME !!!!!

I'm sure you will know, or at least have guessed, that I am a big fan of Polka Doodles and I have most of Nikky Hall's Cd's. I think her designs are unique and I and many other people looooove them !
So why am I a lucky girl ?
Well, because I received this today -

I was the very lucky winner of this prize on Nikky's Blog - it was one of the prizes on the recent Polka Doodles Blog Hop. Isn't it a fantastic prize ? I still can't believe that I was so lucky (still jumping up and down with excitement) x
I feel so fortunate and therefore I would like to share my good luck with my lovely followers. Over the next few days I am going to put together a little bit of Candy for you to win - so watch this space ! I will be back very soon !!!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Reindeer Greetings

Good Morning Everyone.
Greetings from me and my friend Rudolph x
(That should be Good Afternoon now !)

I knew I wanted to make this card even before I found out that the theme at MY TIME TO CRAFT CHALLENGE was set this week as Reindeer Greetings. I feel in love with him when I saw Nikky showcase her then new, Polka Doodles CD, Paper Boutique Vol II, on Create and Craft months ago and I knew I wanted to make him. I even purchased the red sparkle paper at a Craft Fair back in the Summer (yes we did have one - can you remember?) especially for Rudolf's nose !!!

Basically all you have to do is choose either a coloured or blank version of the design template,print it out,cut it out and assemble it the way you want it to look.It might look complicated but it isn't - you just need a steady hand and a bit of patience - simples !! For my version I added black glitter to his eye-lashes,white glitter to his hat and green glitter to the Holly leaves,Glossy Accents to the berries and to complete the design I used a white Sakura pen to add high-lights to his shiny nose. Aww x
Well I am a little behind with my usual routine thanks to me being abducted by my DD1 and taken off to do Christmas Shopping at The Metrocentre yesterday for "a few hours" which turned into a marathon 8 hour session of me following said daughter from shop to shop on her spending spree ! I enjoyed it really except I was so hyper after drinking so much coffee at Costa and Starbucks that I couldn't sleep last night - lol

I am hoping I can come back and maybe enter a few challenges with this card later today but we will have to see - fingers crossed x
1.A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 133 - Christmas Card
2.The CD Sunday Challenge - Christmas Sparkle
3.2 Sisters Challenge Blog Challenge 16 - Sparkly Christmas 
4.Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 112 - Christmas

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Counting the Days to Christmas

How many Advent Calendars have you put up this last week ? Well if you have children and you are like our family then you will have at least one per child - full of yummy things to eat ! My children have their own homes and family now and I did make Advent Calendars for them but today I want to share one of two I made for our home. This one is much more healthy - no sweeties - shame I hear you say !!!

It is 12" by 12" and was made using various Sizzix Advent Calendar Dies. My daughter Natalie bought the dies last year and she kindly let me borrow them - I think they are fabulous.

I chose traditional colours to make mine but Natalie is much more modern than me and she chose pastel colours.

All 25 images were cut,pieced,glued and embellished. It was time consuming and fiddly - not really my 'thing' but it was worth it I think. Mind you if you wanted to make them to sell the labour costs would be very high,especially at my speed ! lol  The main card used is Bazzill with various bits from stash.

I would like to enter this into the following Challenges:
1.Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge PP25 - Anything But A Card
2.The Paper Players Challenge 27 - A Christmas Theme
3.ABC Christmas Challenge - Y For Yuletide

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Yet Another Snowy Day

It has been snowing here in the Northeast of England for the last 8 days and although it looks beautiful when it first falls it causes a lot of disruption.These days I prefer the white stuff on pictures, photographs, film or even through a window from a warm and cosy house.I took this photo the other day and the snow is even deeper today - brrrr !!!

A much better place for snow is on a Christmas card. I made another one today using the lovely Bunnies from LOTV. I love this image so forgive me for using it again. This time I have used a sketch from Papertake Weekly and teamed it with a lovely satin ribbon.
The Bunnies are so cute and I just love the little mouse in the bottom left corner delivering the presents - awww.

I have made quite a few Christmas cards now thanks to the inspiration from many fabulous challenge blogs and their design teams and this card is ear-marked for someone special. I hope she likes it x
I hope to enter this card into the following Challenges and say Thank-You to them all :
1. Papertake Weekly Challenge 51 - A Sketch
2.Creative Inspirations Challenge 48 - Christmas Gifts
3.One Stop Challenge 108 - Christmas Cuties

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sew Sweet Vintage

Thanks to this weeks challenge at My Time To Craft Challenge I have managed to get my creative juices back on track.It is a great theme and we would like you to make a card with a Vintage feel. The theme allows for many interpretations for all sorts of occasions.My contribution will eventually travel several hundred miles to my sister in Italy for her birthday early next year (shh don't tell her).

Sewing was one of our favourite pass-times when we were still at home,infact we both went on to study Textiles/Dressmaking in further education. When the kids were little I made most of their clothes and it's only in relatively recent years that both of us haven't done much sewing.

I love the colours of these papers from Cosmo Cricket called Material Girl although I would not have said they were my favourite colours before I saw these papers. In real life they are vibrant and I think they suit the vintage feel of this card perfectly.Altogether I used 4 different designs from the paper stack and teamed them with cream,greens and a deep orange.

The sentiment label and cotton reel circle are also Cosmo Cricket,the Tailor's Dummy is from Clarity Stamps and I have added ribbon,buttons and lace from stash. The pins are also from stash but I coloured them with Promarkers to match the design.One last thing - I machine stitched the papers to the cream base card.

I hope to enter this card into the following Challenges:
1.Paper Cupcakes Magical Monday - Anything Goes
2.Papertake Weekly - Cut it out
3.Tip Top Tuesday - 12 Anything Goes
4.Ladybug Crafts - 5 Caz's Colour Wheel

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Cute Christmas Bunnies

Hello my friends I hope you didn't give up on me this week ! I have been looking at all your fabby creations but it has taken me until today to pull myself together and get some crafting done.It helped that I finally received a prize I won many weeks ago (Mr. Postie has been very naughty) and I have used one of the LOTV Cute Square which was the prize from the lovely Dawny in a Blog Hop.

Aren't these Bunnies just so adorable ? I have been wanting some LOTV images for a while so I was over the moon to win some.
I followed the Sketch from the LOTV Challenge this week and used my never-ending stack of the Daisy and Dandelion Christmas Collection - A Winter's Tale. I die-cut the papers and mirri card with a Nestie, punched a Martha Steward Snowflake Border and added some glittered K and Company Snowflakes. To finish I added a silver sentiment circle.
I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges :
1.LOTV Challenge Blog 75 - Bev's Sketch
2.Allsorts Challenge 80 - Monochrome
3.2 Sisters Challenge 15 - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
4.Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club Challenge 45 - Use a Die Cut

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Tag Along

Apologies for not being around since last week and I'm afraid it might be like this for awhile as appointments and family commitments have caught up with me.I hope you won't abandon me as I will be here but maybe not able to share my crafting as much as I would like. However,today is Tuesday and I wouldn't miss  Challenge 116 at My Time To Craft and I hope you won't either. This week the theme is Tag Along (add a tag to your card).
I think you know how much I loved the Martha Stewart Gingerbread Stamps I used before so no surprise then to see that I have used them again.

This time I have used them individually on A6 size Kraft Cards but the techniques and materials are very similar.I used the Distressing Ink and Gingham again but this time used Stickles for the eyes and buttons and I felt the reversible red and green ribbon was ideal to compliment the colour scheme.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Window Fun

Another week has passed and here we are with another super challenge at My Time to Craft Challenge today. The theme this week is entitled Window Fun. The DT have made some fabulous samples to inspire you and it would be great if you had a look and joined us this week with your wonderful offerings.

I chose to do a layered design with a scene showing a room which is set for Christmas.The tree is ready with it's tinsel and shiny red star and the wall is decorated with a Christmas picture.

I designed and cut out the window on my Silhouette and assemble the scene using papers from stash to represent  wallpaper and a carpet. The tree was taken from KW Colourful Christmas Cd and double layered using foam pads for depth.I decorated the tree with Stickles for the tinsel and added some star gems for extra sparkle.The red star was highlighted with Glossy Accents to make it shine.

I  order to make the window more realistic and to give it a little more strength,I added acetate to the back of the frame before it was adhered to the front of the card. Finally to finish,I added a little Flower Soft Polar White to represent snow on the window frame.
I hope to enter this into the following challenges:
1.2 Sisters Challenge 13 - Christmas
2.Craft Your Days Away Challenge 8 - Christmas Trees
3.Totally Gorjuss Challenge 56 - Traditional Christmas Colours

Monday, 15 November 2010

A Heathy Option

Healthy eating and the obesity 'bombshell' especially regarding kids is such a worry, so I hope this more healthy option of a favourite fast-food meal will be just the thing for one of my Grandson's this month.

I have made this design before and it comes from Polka Doodles Not for the Girls Cd again.The Burger and Fries have been cut out and layered with foam pads for dimension and the printed blue paper folded to make the carton or pocket for the Fries.The tickets and sentiment strip are both on the Cd .

See what happens when you get a 'lift' - you start making cards again !!!! (see previous post!)

I needed a 'lift' today and I got one tonight

Hope you don't mind me posting this but I have been struggling to produce anything crafty for days and 5 minutes ago I checked one of the challenges I had entered to see if winners had been announced. I actually let out a scream when I saw my name in the Top 3 !! I am excited,thrilled and very happy and I feel 'lifted'.

Thank-You 2 Sisters for liking this card :-

It may be because I am fairly new to this and I don't know about other crafters but I really do love people looking at my work and liking it. I enter challenges to share my work,not necessarily to win (although that is great) but most importantly for me are the lovely comments I get - that's the real buzz for me. Comments are the nourishment I need to feed my creativity  xox

Saturday, 13 November 2010

A surprise win

Isn't it great to get a nice surprise ? Well I got a message today from Trish to say my handbag card had been selected at Simple Doodles for a Top 3 win and it was just the 'lift' I needed today.Its very exciting to know that people like some of my work and it gives me much needed encouragement to stay on this particular journey.
This is the card in question -
Thank-You Simple Doodles and thank-you everyone for looking xox

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Rapsody of Roses

Didn't I tell you I would be back with this design idea ? I might as well apologise now because I just can't get enough of this design and I know I will use it again. Do you forgive me ? Do you mind ?
This time I have made a bright and summery version as a very special card for a special friend who is celebrating her birthday this month.It is also my DT card today for My Time to Craft Challenge this week.

The fantastic flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the papers are K and Company Madeline.
As the papers are quite 'busy' I wanted a contrast to break-up the detail, so I chose quite a bright green Bazzill card stock as the base. To be honest I am not sure if it isn't too bright but at least it is cheerful.
The Roses are definitely the best bit of this card and if you haven't got your hands on some yet I would head over to have a look at them here - I'm sure you will love them too.

As for the rest of the design I used :-
Scraps from my box for the leaves,
2 Xcut Botanical Punches,
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch,
Spellbinders Fancy Labels,
Sentiments from Craftwork Cards,
Ribbon and pearl-head pins from stash.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
1.2 Sisters Challenge Blog 12 - Birthday
2.Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge  6 - A sketch or One for the Girls 

Monday, 8 November 2010

Wishing You a Sweet Holiday

At last I have had the inspiration to use the Martha Stewart Gingerbread Men stamps I purchased at least a year ago and although the photo doesn't do the colours justice, I am inclined to think that I have found THE Christmas card design I will reproduce to send to a lot of my friends. I looove them !!

I have based my design on a sketch at Waltzing Mouse but I also hope to enter other challenges too.

I don't do a lot of stamping mainly because I am still learning and I don't always get the results I want as you can probably tell with this effort and it puts me 'off '. Other reason's are my lack of stamps and inks - crucial you will know for this technique lol x However, I am hoping the subject justifies using far from perfect images - since when where gingerbread men expected to be perfect !
Now for the details.I have used Kraft Card for the card base,the mat and the tags. I distressed/inked the edges with Rangers Distress Ink (Brushed corduroy) and stamped with Archival Ink (Coffee). I cut,frayed and machine stitched red and white cotton Gingham to the base with red embroidery thread. To complete the design I added RED stitched ribbon and RED and GREEN bead gems to the tags - contrary to the colours in the photos!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
1.Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge - 22
2.Totally Papercrafts Challenge  41 - Tag it ..
3.Delightful Challenges - Stitching
4.Charisma Cardz Challenge 44 - With love @ Christmas
5.Dutch Care Card Challenge - 90 - Clean and Simple

Friday, 5 November 2010

It's Windy Today !

Actually it is windy today but although it is overcast and dull,the rain hasn't arrived - yet !!!
Today I would like to share with you a little project I attempted this week- a large card with a little extra !!

The card is 8"x 8" and I have used all papers and card from stash, as used in other recent designs.The fabulous image is from Polka Doodles Paper Boutique Vol.II (again) but this time the 'extra' is inside.
I added 2 page pockets that hold notepapers and envelopes which are designed to be used to say Thank-You for Christmas gifts.I used a stationery set design from Cute Companions Christmas Collection CD.
Typically after I had taken the photos I realised that the inner pages were a little plain and although I have now added stamped snowflake images and a greeting, I am sorry that I haven't been able to retake photos.Forgive me x
I would like to enter this into the following :
1.Dottie's World Challenge - Anything Goes - A Christmas Project
2.TipTop Tuesday Tip 8 - Christmas Inspired Challenge
3.Pollycraft Monday Challenge 68 -"It's Chill Time"
4.Patties Creations Design Challenge 3 - A Christmas Card or Creation
5. Bah! Humbug Challenge 43 - Fancy Folds

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Even more Candy to be won and a new Blog to follow

In my travels for MTTCC I visited Dorcas Designs Blog and I liked her work so much I became a follower. She is offering some great candy to celebrate getting 100 followers :
For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave her 3 interesting things about yourself and you don't even have to become a follower. Why not go and see what I said  and leave your own comment ? Let me know if you win mind !!

More Candy to be Won

There is some fabby delicious Candy to be won HERE and you have until next Monday to enter so be quick!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Happy Birthday Brother

You have probably worked out by now that I am a big fan of  Polka Doodles - Nicky Hall's fabulous designs. In this latest card I have used her Not for the Girls - definitely for the Men CD.
I made this card for one of my brothers as it is his birthday this month.I'm not saying he is as old as the cars on this poster but I think as a car lover,he will appreciate their classic style and design.
All of the papers and images were taken from the CD and all I added was the cream base card,gold mirri card,a bit of ribbon and 2 fancy tool brads.I used the 'poster' of the cars as the main focal point of the card and arranged it so that it could be removed from behind the ribbon to be viewed properly.
The sentiment and image on the back are from the CD too.
I hope to enter this into the following challenges:
1.Cards for Men Challenge 22 - Anything Goes (as long as it's male)
2.Papertake weekly Challenge - Penny for the Guy
3.Paper Sundaes Challenge 42 - For the Boys

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A Win

Forgive me for being excited by another win but I found out this morning that I was Challenge 65 Winner at OLLCB and I am very happy that people thought my work was good enough. It was with this card :

AND while I am here I want to add a BIG THANK-YOU  to my lovely followers and I am sorry I haven't posted much this week but I am suffering with the dreaded C O L D !!! I'm still managing to do a little crafting but rather slowly however "I'll be back asap" xox

Quick and Cute

It is Tuesday again and time for another challenge over at My Time To Craft. This week the theme is Quick and Cute. It is a perfect theme after the stress of half-term holidays and Halloween. Why not relax and enjoy making something quick and easy and instead of nasty ghosties and creepy things you can indulge in cuteness and sweetness ? Ah !

This card was definitely quick and easy to make and the mouse image is so cute. Not only that but the total cost was minimal because I used the My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary papers that came FREE in a Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine which I bought back in August and had never used.They are lovely summer colours and a nice change at this time of year.Even the sentiment was included in the paper stack.
The layers are raised using foam pads to give dimension,the image was coloured with Promarkers and I couldn't resist the final cuteness - two tiny pink flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Pop over to MTTCC this week and show us your quick and cute creations as I would love to see your fabby creations xox

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Autumn Wreath

I have been wanting to try this design idea for a while and now I have done it and I can see I will definitely be doing another. I think it lends itself to all sorts of possibilities don't you think ?
To start with I cut out a circular frame using my Nestabilities in a brown Bazzill and then I arranged and layered leaves that I had punched out with 3 of my Xcut Botanical Embossing Punches.I used various patterned papers from previous work that were basically scrap (I never throw anything away !)
The finished wreath was then adhered to a cream Bazzill base with foam pads to give it additional dimension. To finish I threaded a brown satin ribbon through a Shapabilities die cut fancy label which I had stamped with a Waltzing Mouse stamp. This was then wrapped around the front of the card. One final touch - the brown gems on the label (I love gems ).
I would like to enter this into the following Challenges:
1.For Fun Challenges - Red,Brown and Cream
2.Crafty Creations Challenge 90 - Red,Brown and Green
3.The Cuttlebug Spot Challenge - Welcome Fall
4.Rainbow Lady's Challenge 123 - Autumn Foliage
5.Daring Cardmakers  - Autumn Leaves

Would you like to pick a pocket or two ?

It is Tuesday and time for another challenge at My Time to Craft Challenge and this week we would like you to make a card or other project which includes a pocket - or two! It is a great theme and it would be fabtastic  if you shared one of your creations with us.

I had great fun making this animal print, handbag shaped card. I don't watch soaps and I may be completely out of date but I thought it was very 'Betty Lynch' - have I got that right ?

I have used this shape before but it was much more twee last time. I had one sheet of animal print card so I was hoping nothing would go wrong when I cut out the shape on my Silhouette Digital Die Cutting Machine and I teamed it with a gold embossed card which I used for the back of the card,the pocket and trims.
I hand-stitched around the pocket before adhering it to the front of the card and added a fancy metal "Hello" brad. The tiny envelopes in the pocket where made using a punch and the same paper I used to line the inside of the card. The sentiments where stamped with Waltzing Mouse stamps.I couldn't resist adding ribbon and a heart charm.
To save card I could have made the back of the card with plain card but what the heck - this looks much better I think.
 I have added this last photo just to show that I also added a pocket to the inside of the card together with two more tiny envelopes.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges :
1.Mejen's Designs Challenge 30 - Anything Goes
2.Paper Cupcakes - Magical Monday - Die Cuts
3.2 Sisters Challenge 10 - Anything Goes
4.Simple Doodles Challenge 29 - Shape it out

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Cute Baby Carriage

No apologies for using this super cute image again from Kirsty Wiseman's Colour Me Crazy CD as it is a favourite of mine and as I was asked to make a card for a baby girl this week I thought this would be very welcome (pun intended).I have based the design on a sketch from Cute Card Thursday but I also wanted to enter a few of my favourite challenge blogs.
The card base is a pink Bazzill cut to 6"x6" square and I used Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut the different sized squares other than the yellow Polka Dot which I cut with a trimmer to 51/2"x51/2". I also incorporated pink glitter card to give a little sparkle to the design. I matted and layered the shapes using foam pads to give dimension .The sentiment was computer generated and cut with a Tag punch.To complete the design I used Sakura Glaze Pens and a black marker to give some definition to the shapes.
I hope to enter this card into the following :
1. Cute Card Thursday Challenge 135 - A Sketch by Lynn
2.Kerber Weekly Challenge 10 - Kids and Babies using a Digi Design
3.Polka Doodles Week 42 - Welcome New Baby