Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Give a dog a bone ..........

.......... and he will  __________ (fill in the blank/s) lol
This week at My Time to Craft Challenge the theme is 'Very Funny' - anything that makes you smile or chuckle - and this little dog makes me smile and chuckle : )

He is sweet and I love his cheeky antics. The stamp is called Bonnie Westies and is by Little Claire Designs. I stamped the design on to Neenah card and used a mix of Promarkers and Copics to add minimum colouring here and there. I'm not very good at colouring in animals so don't look too closely.

I wanted to keep the design reasonably simple so I stuck with a limited colour palette of blue and white with a bit of brown. You have noticed the string of bones of course and you will forgive me for using  bunting again - I think I am getting obsessed by it so watch out for more.I drew the bones onto scraps of Bazzill card,cut them out and strung them together with Butchers Twine.The bunting is simply fastened onto the front of the base card.The blue background paper was printed from the Polka Doodles Paper Boutique Vol 3. You can't tell from the photo but it has various doggie related words on it such as bark,growl,and woof. The stamped image has been mounted onto a white scalloped square cut using a nestie, which matches the base scalloped square card.

To complete the design  I added the ..... give a dog a bone ..... sentiment which I made on the computer and cut out with a Spellbinders Shapeability Label Die using a technique I picked up HERE from my team mate Chrissy (Thank-you Chrissy it only took me 3 goes to get it right. lol). Finally,I added tiny black gems to the noses - not sure if they look right but I love added dimension so I just went for it !!!

It would be great if you joined us this week with our challenge over at My Time to Craft Challenge with your Very Funny creations x

Well I'm off now as Hubby has his 6 week review at the hospital today so hoping all goes well - see ya later x
Update - Very happy to say the Doc was pleased with Hubby's progress - everything is healing well and all the signs are good for a full recovery . He is now discharged from that particular hospital and he just needs to continue with the Rehab Programme at Durham. Huge relief x Thanks so much for all your concern and best wishes xxx
I would love to enter the following Challenges :
1.The Paper Players 49 - Anything Goes
2. Make it Monday 39 -Always Anything Goes
3.Ladybug Crafts Ink 39 - Make your own Embellishments

Thursday, 26 May 2011

My First Blogaversary

WOW!! Where has the last year gone ? I can hardly believe that I took my first tentative steps into Blogland 12 months ago and even more surprising that I am still here.
Seriously, it does surprise me because it is not always easy for me to keep motivated and be productive.I don't want to go into the difficulties but the real reason I am still here is YOU ! If it wasn't for my amazing followers and the lovely people who drop-in to see me now and then I honestly don't think I would still be blogging.
So it is all your doing LOL
In an appreciation of your support and encouragement I have put together a little Candy for my followers.

What you have to do to win this Candy :
1.Be a follower or become a follower
2.Put a picture of my candy on the side bar of your Blog (I will check hehe!)
3.Leave me a comment under this Post so that I can put your name into the 'hat'
That's it except to say that the Candy is open until Thursday 30th June and I intend to draw the name from a 'hat'  a day later.
Here is a list of what's included :
  • Go Green Born to Shop clear stamp set - by Docraft
  • Pack of 10 self-adhesive Springs - by Piggy Tails
  • Red and white Decorative Sticky Tape (30m Roll) -by Dots and Spots
  • 4 Petaloo Peony flowers - green and peach
  • 4 metal charms
Bye for now xxx

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Happy Birthday Bunting

It is my darling husbands birthday tomorrow and he never likes any fuss so what will he make of this :-

Does it look 'girlie' ? In real life the colours are much deeper and quite masculine I think but probably I should have made straight edged hearts and not scalloped. Nevermind,I hope it appeals to his never-to-be shown feminine side LOL

It just so happens that the theme at My Time to Craft Challenge today is Die Cuts so I was able to combine my DT work with making something special for the birthday celebrations. (I have made a few more things to go with the bunting but I can't show you yet - hopefully on another day x)

The Recipe :
Cut scalloped white hearts from card stock
Cut straight edged hearts from patterned paper (in this case Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934)
Adhere patterned hearts to white hearts
Cut lettering in black card stock (I used Tim Holtz Vintage Market Die)
Adhere lettering to centre of hearts
Punch small hole near top of hearts
Use ribbon or Butchers Twine to string hearts together as desired
Display banner as required

I would love to know what you think of my banner so please leave me a comment if you have time x
AND did you see my post yesterday ? A sneak peep at some candy I am putting together for my lovely followers,coming very soon !

I would love to enter the following Challenges :
1.Truly Scrumptious 57 - Anything Goes
2.Crafty Catz 83 - Anything Goes
3. Make it Monday 38 - Anything Goes
4. Polka Doodles 20 - Anything but a Card

Monday, 23 May 2011

It is nearly 1 year

I can hardly believe that it is nearly 1 year since I started this blog. It was a very scary prospect because I hadn't done anything like it before and the nearest I had got to blogging was on a craft forum (now closed) and on facebook (plodding along nicely - not fb, me on fb lol).
Anyway the point of this post is to say that I intend putting some Candy together to celebrate my First Blogaversity so watch this space and here is a sneak peek  ;-)

 More details soon xxx

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Saving Daisy

Awww ! Isn't she so cute !!!

If you don't know Daisy's story please click on this link  Kirsty

It would be wonderful if you could help by buying a raffle ticket and you could win a HUGE stack of crafty goodies too.Please hurry as the raffle closes on 24th May.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Toybox Treasures

Over at My Time To Craft Challenge this week the theme is Toybox Treasures and for my DT card I went back to one of my favourite designers for inspiration and made this great shaped design.

Have you guessed who the designer is ?
Here is another image with a few additional props :

Yep ! It is from the creative mind of Nikky Hall at Polka Doodles.I used the Two by Two template from the Paper Boutique volume 3. As I was pressed for time this week (my 'nursing' duties take up a lot of my time I'm afraid )  I utilized the print,cut and create templates. They are brilliant and I would recommend them to anyone.Why not go and have a look.

Here is the back of the card and as you can see it is also printed with a mirror image.

This strange photo shows you the inside of the design which I printed a blue and white spot design (again from the Cd). The sentiment too is PD.I cut it with a scallop Nestie and matted it on to a larger scallop cut from  left over card. I did the same with a small flower punch. You may have noticed that the front design is layered and that the back is flat. I used foam pads to give dimension to the front layers and Glossy Accents to make the windows shiny.
The design lends itself to a few occasions I think - a child's birthday,birth of Twins,Engagement or even a New Home.In this case I settled on the sentiment "Congratulations" (it covers a few of the above) and used a stamp from Waltzing Mouse Stamps cut again with a Spellbinders die. Oh! nearly forgot - I couldn't resist the little bow ; )
I would love to enter the following challenges :-
1.The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge 9 - Babies
2.Make it Monday 37 - Anything Goes
3.A Spoonful of Sugar 152 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

I love a scallop or two

Morning Peeps x I hope you are enjoying a good start to this lovely Tuesday and it progresses into a wonderful day for you all x I don't know why I feel happy today but it might have something to do with having my super Hubby home for a whole week !! No more long journeys to the hospital every day and lots more 'us' time - heaven !!
I am also quite happy with my My Time To Craft Challenge DT card this week,especially as my Mojo up and left and only reappeared the other day - phew !! I had serious words with him (it has to be a him to be so naughty !!) Anyway,here is my little effort:

Cream backdrop showing a cream card base isn't the best way to show my design this week,so forgive me for poor photography but this first shot is to show the layers I have used to give depth and dimension.

The challenge this week at MTTCC,as you might have gathered, is Scallops and I have made full use of them by using red and white scallops cut from Bazzill card as my main focus.The cake image was stamped on to Neenah card using a free stamp set from Molly Blooms. It was free with Simply Homemade Magazine a while back.By the way,it is the first time I have used Neenah card and I must say I was very pleased with the quality and performance. I'd definitely give it 10/10.

I deliberately kept the base card plain because I felt there was enough going on with the shaped card and the added banners,hearts,stars and button elements.A patterned background,I felt,would detract from the main design but you decide and tell me what you think.I won't be offended if you don't agree.I used Promarkers to colour in the main image and all the other elements and secured them in place with foam pads.The final touches included adding faux stitching,Glossy Accents and 2 red gems as cherries on the cakes.

I would like to enter this into :
1.Make it Monday - 36 (Anything Goes)
2.Papertake Weekly - Fancy a punch ?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Fancy a Burger or Two ?

Do you mind if I show you some fabulous crafty work one of my daughters has done ??? I hope not. But if you do,please excuse a proud Mum xxx

Can you guess the size ?

Wouldn't fill me !!

And here are the components :

I looove this and so clever,especially when you realise the actual sizes she has created.

Natalie has inherited her Dad's patience. If you would like to see more of her crafts please pop over to

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


A big 
for all the lovely messages of support 
He is doing fine - he just needs to build up his strength now.
xxx HUGS xxx

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

My first twisted easel

I hope you don't mind that I have used another LOTV image to do my DT card for this weeks challenge at My Time To Craft Challenge but because they are so lovely I just can't resist using them. Can you guess the theme just by looking at my card ?

Yep ! You got it right !! A Red and White Challenge. A bit obvious I think especially as I went totally OTT with the colour scheme.

I have made many easel cards as they are a favourite of mine but this is the first time I have made a 'twisted' easel.It wasn't difficult but I see that you clever people now do double and triple easels - wow! I might get around to it one day but I will never catch up lol.
Okay here is my recipe :
White Bazzill 6"x6" as the base card
Floral backing paper from Crafters Companion
Red card from stash
White paper from stash
LOTV cute square
LOTV stamped sentiment
Martha Stewart Punch around the Page
Nestie scalloped circle die
2 red gems
3 hand-made flowers (shown on previous tutorial and highlighted in picture below)

It would be great if you joined us at MTTCC this week. Why not pop over to see the fabulous examples the other team members have made for you ? - go on you know you want to xxx

I would be pleased to enter this into :-
1. Paper Cupcakes - Birthday challenge
2.Totally Gorjuss 78 - 3-2-1 
( 3 hand-made flowers,2 punch around the page,1 circle sentiment )

Monday, 2 May 2011

Two more Thank - You Cards

Fingers crossed we will be able to give our thanks to the great staff at The James Cook Hospital very,very soon (hopefully this week !)

I have used this cute little nurse image from Heather Ellis and I coloured her with Promarkers to coordinate with the colours from the designer papers from Cosmo Cricket - Garden Variety. The sentiment is from Waltzing Stamps and I used a Woodware Tag punch to cut the shape.I used my Nesties to cut the circles and tried the 'out of the box' technique for the first time.

This version is using the same Heather Ellis image but the colour scheme is more girlie to again coordinate with the mix of papers I have chosen. The pink card is Bazzill,the gingham background paper is Crafters Companion and the floral paper is from Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose. The sentiment this time is Papermania and cut using this time a small Woodware Tag punch. I used my oval Nesties again with the same 'out of the box' technique.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
1.Craft your passion 56 - Anything Goes
2.Pollycraft 91 - Anything Goes
3.Papercutz 89 - Anything Goes
4.Wags and Whiskers 53 - Use Dies or Punches