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