Sunday, 30 January 2011

My Blog Candy deadline is tomorrow

Eee!!! 24 hours and counting down to tomorrows deadline !!!!
There is still time to enter here

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Evening All

Good Evening lovely followers,bloggers and visitors xxx

This is just a short post to remind everyone that my Little Candy giveaway is fast approaching the deadline.You only have until Monday to enter to win this super - fabby Polka Doodles Cd. Just for you I am making one change - I WILL POST ANYWHERE - so not just to the UK !!!!
Click here to enter - go on you know you want too !!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

You make me smile

I am so in love with is little boy x He is so cute and I just want to cuddle him x I just had to use him again x

Can you remember I told you a couple of posts back that I got him free with a magazine ? He came with an equally cute little girl and some sentiments and no surprise that she will be making an appearance here very soon.
The Recipe today :
  • Brown -light and dark shades - coloured Bazzill cardstock
  • Molly Blooms Acrylic Stamps
  • Blue/white Polka Dot paper from Kirsty Wiseman's Colour Me Crazy Cd
  • Promarkers and Copics
  • Thickers/American Crafts Number 5
  • Buttons and white card from stash
  • Glossy Accents and glitter on balloon
I would like to enter the following Challenges:
1.Charisma Cardz Challenge 3 - Magic Numbers
2.Papercutz Challenge 75 - It's your Choice
3.Stamp Something - Cute Somethings
4.Sweet Stampin Challenge - Clear as Mud ( Brown and 1 other colour)
5.Woodware USA Clear Stamps 11 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Emboss,emboss,emboss ...

The great theme at My Time to Craft Challenge this week is Emboss,emboss,emboss and I have been itching to get some ideas down on to paper/card for this challenge. The trouble was, the embossing powders I had ordered to do the design I had in mind, still hadn't arrived when the deadline approached ! Panic ? Me ? Never ! haha!! As it happened I went to a local Papercraft Show on Sunday and although I was worried about not being at home and actually crafting, I definitely wanted to go because we don't have many shows in my part of the world and I didn't want to miss it. I needn't have worried because I definitely came away with lots of inspiration and a few little purchases including a super embossing folder that I used to make this little card :

The embossing folder is called Sycamore and it's by Craft Concepts - I love it and it was reduced (even better ) !! It embossed cleanly and with good depth so I decided to try to bring out the image even further with a little chalking. I used a creamy lemon colour which I thought coordinated well with the base card I had used.
I am using a lot of buttons on my work at the moment even though I don't have a great stash of them but luckily these buttons work well with the 2 Kioshi Basicgrey papers I have used.
To complete the design I used a spotted ribbon in lilac and stamped a sentiment from the Papertrey Button Bits stamp set on to lilac card which I then cut with a Nesties label die.
I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges :
1.Craft Your Days Away Challenge 12 - LOVE
2.Everybody Art Challenge 126 - My favourite thing   (Buttons)
3.Craft Your Passion Challenge 42 - Use 2 Patterned Papers

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Happy Birthday Little Man

Last week-end I did something I don't do very often - no I didn't down a couple of bottles of Red nor did I scoff a full box of Chocolates ( or anything else editable !) No, it was much better than that - I bought a craft magazine because it had a super set of free stamps from Molly's Blooms.You have probably seen the magazine and stamps. Anyway,it gave me the inspiration to try and do something with them.Here is my effort :

To start with I chose some of my favourite papers from Polka Doodles Not for the Girls Cd and then I coloured the stamped image of the boy with Promarkers to coordinate with the papers.I am still learning how to colour in images successfully and I veer mainly from using Watercolour Pencils to Promarkers or even a mixture of both. I can spend hours practising but most of my efforts sit in a box and never get used on a card.Some are okay but inspiration fails when I come to using them but this time I managed to come up with this design.

To complete the design I used coordinating glitter card and ribbon,used Glossy Accents on the balloon and layered paper and card stars to add dimension. I'm not totally,100%  happy with it but I do love the colours and the little man is very,very cute.
I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges :
1.Creative Card Crew - For Men
2.Allsorts Challenge 87 - Male / Boy

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Pay it Forward

I have just joined in a fabulous game over at Dorcas Designs Blog called Pay it Forward and this is how it goes :

I promise to send something handmade to the first five people who comment on this post. However, there's a catch. You must post this, offering something handmade to five other people.

The rules state that it must be something handmade or homemade by you and needs to be sent to five other people during 2011.
I can't promise exactly when but it WILL come!

If you'd like to join in the fun, then be the first 5 people to post a comment and something handmade or homemade will be coming your way at some point this year.
Isn't this a fun game ?
Come play and join the fun !

By the way,if you haven't come across Dorcas Designs before, then you are missing something special - go see - her work rocks !!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Dotty About Dots !

. . . . . Are you as daft about dots as I am ? . . . . . .  If the answer is yes then you are in for a treat this week as the Theme at My Time To Craft Challenge this week is Dots and Spots or if you prefer Spots and Dots lol (Sorry I couldn't resist. You can tell I don't get out much can't you ?). Lots of ideas went through my mind for this challenge but I ended up making this little Dotty Purse.

I like making things other than cards and like a lot of ladies I love purses and bags. This design is from K and Company Kit which I bought a few years ago. They are perfect for small gift boxes and I have made and given away several already and there are still loads left to make.
It is not obvious from this photo but I added a green and blue Tartan ribbon to the band around the purse which I was pleased to use as I have had it for about 10 years (wow). I made the handle from beads and ribbon I got yonks ago with a Magazine which were intended to make a bracelet (wow wow).The tags were part of the kit and I secured them with a metal ring.

I hope you like my little effort this week and you get the time to pop over to MTTCC and see the fabulous inspirational work by the other team member.Also a little reminder about my Candy Giveaway which closes at the end of the month - the link is on the side bar x
I hope my little purse qualifies for the following challenge :
1.Craft Your Days Away Challenge 11 - Anything Goes

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Blog Candy Reminder

The front cover
This is a photograph of the actual Polka Doodles Love and Cherish CD rom that I have as Candy for my lovely Followers. I wanted to show that the CD is brand new,unused and waiting for a lovely crafter to explore and use the fabulous designs and images to full effect.
All you have to do to win this Candy is to click on the link on my side bar and follow the rules.
Go on - don't be shy x
You have a very good chance of winning this fab candy but time is running out !!
The back cover

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Chocolate Anyone ?

Oh! if only I could !! I'm still on my diet so when I was given the theme for this weeks challenge at My Time to Craft Challenge I wondered how I would cope. I thought that maybe I should taste a few chocolates to give me inspiration but I was good and came up with these paper sweeties instead which are calorie free. Not the same as the real thing but I did get quite inspired in the crafty sort of way,which is much better and less fattening lol
I actually came up with several ideas for this challenge but settled for this design which, as you can see, represents 9 square chocolates,in paper cases presented on a doily. I also made a shallow box to complete the design.
'Iced' Decoration

A close up of the Lid showing the Tag
The Challenge is not just about Chocolate Sweets,the Theme is Chocolate and the DT have come up with a great selection (heehee) of design ideas to inspire you.It would be great if you had time to join us this week.
The ingredients I used were :-
3 Shades of Brown Card from American Crafts
White paper for the Doily
Pink Pearlescent Card from stash
Liquid Pearls in Petal Pink and White Opal
Sentiment stamp from Papertrey
Punch around the Page from Martha Stewart
Tag Punch from Woodware
Satan Ribbon from stash
I would like to enter the following challenges:
1.Craft Your Days Away Challenge 11 - Anything Goes
2.Tip Top Tuesday Challenge 17 - Anything Goes
3.The Cuttlebug Spot- Inspired by a Song 
         (Sweets for My Sweet - The Drifters)         
4.Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge 64 - Food and Drink
         (Chocolates are a delicious food - yum yum x)   

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

First Ever Blog Award

I have just received my first ever Blog Award and it came from Chrissie aka Simply One of a Kind. Thank-you Chrissie for thinking of me x

Digi's with Attitude have some fabulous images and this award comes along with a $5 Gift Certificate, if you complete the requirements.  

In order to qualify for the $5.00 Digi’s With Attitude! Gift Certificate you must state 3 things that make you different from everyone else and you must nominate 5 Blogs. Lastly, you must display the Blog Award Badge (above) in your sidebar and link it back to the Digi with Attitude Blog
If you have been awarded the “I got the Attitude! Blog Award” and you have followed all the steps please email dwacblog@live.com to claim your Gift Certificate. Include your full name and your Blog name. Only one gift Certificate per person / Blog. 

Gift Certificates will be sent to you within 48 hours of receipt on a business day via a reply to the email received.

OK now I need to tell you three things which make me different from anyone else which is impossible really so forgive me if I'm the same as you :
  1. My parents were Italian
  2. My childhood home was an Ice Cream and Sweet Shop
  3. I had lots of friends  (lol)
Now I would like to pass on the award to :
1.Lindsey - Loopy Lindsey's Craft Corner
2.Debbie - Love Paper Crafting
3.Wendy - Crafty Butterfly Blog
4.Cheryl - Cheryl's Creative Cards & ATC's
5.Patricia - My Work in Progress

Fingers crossed that I have done everything right x Happy Crafting Everyone x

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Up in the Air

What does "Up in the air " mean to you ? Well at the moment to me it means 2 things :
1. My whole routine is up in the air and the pieces haven't fallen to earth yet
2.It's the fabulous theme at My Time To Craft Challenge this week
Version 1
I finally got myself semi-sorted and actually put together 2 cards using the Everyday Button Bits Stamps from  Papertrey Ink.I bought them over a year ago but have hardly done anything with them however when I saw the theme for this week at MTTCC I immediately thought of  the Hot Air Balloon stamps and set about trying to come up with a card design as my DT contribution.
I stuck with a simple,mainly white design which I thought would emphasise the main feature - the buttons. To give more interest I embossed the white card using two different embossing folders from Provo Craft (Swiss Dots and the never used before Bloom Dots).To complete the design I used foam pads to add dimension and lift (very appropriate I think lol)
Version 2

A close up
I would like to enter this card design into the following challenges :
1.Simply Create - Challenge 34 I'm the Boss ...
2.Ladybird Crafts Ink TLT - Challenge 9 Anything Goes
3.Paper Sundaes - Challenge 50 Something New