Friday, 30 October 2009

Too Many Scallops ---My Time To Craft Challenge

Cute card thursday

This is the only stamp that has anything to do with drink on it but being as tea is my favourite tipple surely this counts as drinking

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Wedding Card

The theme at One Stop Craft challenge is celebration........I followed the sketch at Cupcake Challenge and Die Cut Dreams have the theme of wedding so thats 3in1. The stamped design is a Sugar Nellie, the backing paper is from Debbie Moore, the embossed design of this paper is delish and is fab for celebration cards.The vellum is from the Laurence Llewelin collection and the border is punched using the heart Martha Stewart punch.The three metal roses are from a bead show. I used crystal sickles to highlight the dress detail.

White Christmas Card

The theme at colour create this week is All White......bit of a challenge this week as I don't possess alot of white stash ...but had a dig around, its surprising what you find especially all the stash you forgot you had, better not tell hubby as I won't have an excuse for more retail therapy.Anyway back to the challenge I used a stamp from Personel Impressions...really sweet church design me thinks (you are allowed to colour the image) its had glamour dust and Flower Soft snow effect  added, the background was punched and the snowflakes embossed in Holographic, I embossed the background using cuttlebug snowflake and added white pearls and ribbon. Snowflake embellisments are from Papermania. The sketch was followed from Sketch Saturday and at Simon Says this weeks theme is All That Sparkles and this card has cetainly got alot of sparkle but doesn't photograph that well....Creative card Crew have the theme of Snowflakes Stamp with fun have the theme of a scene

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

My First challenge Card

This is my first card as a design team member at  My Time To Craft the theme this week is RIP IT UP, so this is my take on the challenge. The papers I have used are from the Paperbox, as I love plaid I just had to buy this paper not bad at £3.49. The edges have all been torn and distressed inked. I inked the edges of the background paper and then stamped the border.The sketch is from Sketch and stash (the papers are new)

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Design Team Member

OMG I have been picked by Wendy to join her on her Design Team over at My Time To Craft, I only found out when I went to see what this weeks challenge was, what a great surprise.Just wanted to say hi to the other design team members and hope that we have lots of fun and inspire everyone to join in the fun.

Anyone for Anya

First  time for this challenge the designs are really sweet, I'm into distressing tags now since going to the workshop last week. I've distressed the tag using a Tim Holtz mask of a swirl (love swirls) added diamond stickle swirls on the masked area for a bit of glitz then I distressed the backround paper to match, finalled added stickles to the brads for extra glitz and voila....

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Princess for a day

We had a girlie day out today, that is my mum, daughter,sister and myself however we did let Ethan come along as he is our little prince. We went to the NIA in Birmingham to see Disney on Ice, ohh it was so sweet and all the little girls were dressed in their princess outfits, we decided we want a prince but not sure which shop sells them. Got home to find hubby in bed showing all the signs of swine flu, so it wasn't a great end to the day, just hope we don't all go down with it.

Distressed Magnolia

Thought I'd have a go at a bit of distressing for this card having played with distressing inks this week. The papers used are MME, the flowers were spritzed with cosmic shimmer Lava Red which gives it a lovely sheen to them.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Delightful Daisies

Used a Cuddly Buddly stamp for this design and followed the sketch over at the Cuddly Buddly challenge site for this months challenge, the theme at Charisma Cardz is delightful Daises, a spring feel.At Secret Crafter this week the theme is a colour challenge of Orange and another colour. The image has been coloured with cosmic shimmer and twinkling H20's paints. I put lace under the punched (doiley) strips to add more texture.Papers are MME. love them.

Sample tags

Here are a selection of the sample tags that I made at the workshop at The ArtistTrading Post, I loved making them and I'm brimming with ideas to make some more. I've included ones using masks from Tim Holtz loved this technique all of the tags have been made using Distress Inks.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Artistic Playtime

I'm off tomorrow attending a workshop run by The Artist Trading Post, we are playing with distress inks and stamping......... should be fun and probably messy as they said bring an apron if you want to, thought I'd just get mucky. My husband ,son and grandson are off having a visit out and about in the area whilst they wait for me, aparantly there is a childrens soft play area in Ashbourne so I guess they'll go and check that out. watch this space and I'll post what I made.....

Just got back and had a whale of a time got mucky hands but had lots of fun and learnt so much will post my tags as soon as I get enough light to photo them........ I hate these dark days

Papertake Sketch

I followed the sketch over at Papertake but rotated it again I have used another Pink Gem design the papers are K&KO

Pink Gem Design

Another great sketch at Spoon Of Sugar kept the card simple cos I like simple also love Pink Gem stamps.At Creative card crew the theme is babies and children cards.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Have to admit I have never done a Halloween card before so had to adapt stamped Tilda To fit the theme but there are so many challenges out there that are Spooky themed thought I'd better have a go. I followed the sketch from Create for Fun and the following challenge sites have the theme of Spooky or Halloween One Stop Challenge,Rosie Dee, Cupcake,Roses on Paper and Stamp with Fun. Just to let you know that Stamp with fun also have a DT call. Over at Everybody Art they are also having a spooky day

Monday, 19 October 2009

Manga Birthday Card

This is my first time using one of these designs and I have to admit I like them although at first I thought they weren't for me, but you can get a little creative with them......although I would quite like my hair dyed these colours lol, I followed the sketch at Friday Sketchers will def. be using this again. and over at Stamp Something Friday the theme is Bling....... loving bling. This card is for a someone who is very much into Manga so I hope see likes it.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Bright & Zingy

I hope this card fits the theme at Magnloia this week, its about as bright and zingy as I get. I followed the sketch from Sketch and Stash as it was a simple sketch but gave you the opportunity to jazz it up,the new stash I used for this was the flowers  the blue ones are from and the other two flowers are from Tabby Crafts .....loving these. My Time to Craft have a DT call and the criteria is quick and cute well I managed to complete this card in under 30mins, which is quick for me lol....

Baby Card

Another Pink Gem stamp used for this one entered into a couple of challenges, followed the sketch at Sketch Saturday and the theme at Die Cut Dreams was 'Baby'

Sport = Crafting

Morning fellow chocoholics I think I might have overdone the choccy tasting this week (it was chocolate week ) I'll diet today ready for tomorrow after all its Sunday a day of rest, well it usually means Grand Prix in our house before I'd moan like hell, not anymore its the perfect excuse to take myself off to my little room and craft to my hearts content. So watch this space for Sundays card later on.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Blog Candy

Over at Jak Heaths blog  (Crafters Kitchen) she has an Ab.Fab candy to win a Silhouette SD by Quikcuts worth £299 OMG it doesn't get better than that does it !!!!!!

Pink Gem

One of my fave stamps so I entered it into a couple of challenges this week, I followed the sketch over at Truley Scrumptious and at Cupcake Challenge this week the theme was buttons and stitching I'm hoping faux counts, I've also posted it on Pink Gems site.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Simon Says

Love the variety of different challenges this week at Simon Says the challenge is a sketch, I also entered this card into the challenge over at Lili Of The Valley as the theme was a christmas card for a child and who better to do one for than Ethan my grandson. Stampavie also have the theme Christmas so its 3 in 1 today added glossy accents to the boots to make them stand out as well of lots of glitter!!!!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

A Spoon full of Sugar

I love it when you can enter a card in a few challenges and this weeks sketch at Spoon full of Sugar fits the bill just nice because over Create Card Crew the challenge this week is to use scallops,Everybody Arts challenge is to use shapes or punches and finally Cute Card Thursday want a charm included on the card, hopefully this card meets all of those criterias....yay!!!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Chocolate Week

Hi all you chocoholics out there this week is chocolate week......yay I hear you all shout any excuse to eat more chocolate.I dieted for a whole day so that I was fighting fit ready for this week.Thorntons are touring the country this week tasting and demonstrating as well as making chocolate art, so if you are in Birmingham high street, London, Reading Oracle,Nottingham or Edinburgh then pop ino Thorntons and meet our chocolatier

Did you know:
  • It takes a whole years crop from 1 cocoa tree to produce just 1lb of cocoa.
  • Over 60% of the worlds cocoa comes from Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
  • Cocoa butter gives that delicious 'melt in the mouth' feel because it melts at body temperature.

Keith Hurdman putting the final touches to the chocolate Eiffel Tower at St. Pancreas Station
I actually stood next to this when I went to our conference earlier on in September....they wouldn't let me take a nibble of it though, shame

Monday, 12 October 2009

Just Magnolia

Another little pony card as you can tell I love this image kept the colour scheme simple.... mint green and added buttons with faux stitching also entered the card in Creative Card Crew challenge as the theme is celebration and this is a great baby card as well One Stop Challenge as the theme is a Birthaday card so 3 in 1 for this one yay........

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Create 4 Fun

Another great template to use again this week,as soon as I saw it I thought I'd start straight away instead of leaving it to the last min. I used a sugar nellie stamp as it matched the template perfectly I added a pleated bottom to the card  to match the dress in the image and added embellishments and lace to finish it off.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Create For Fun

Another card left to the last min. will I ever learn.......Oh well this was certainly a bit different. My minds eye papers and Whiff of Joy stamp. "One stop challenge" this week is Autumn, and "Stampin for the weekend" also have a colour challenge of orange, brown and green

Everybody Art

Trying out different techniques and styles, I love the stamps from Crafty Individuals I also put some Tim Holtz rock candy on the stamped image to get the crackle effect, its quite a nice effect espeially just dabs of it instead of covering the whole image.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Birth Card for Saturday Secret Crafter Challenge

I followed the sketch from Mojo Monday and then developed the card into a birth celebration card


Another card but with a difference I followed the sketch at StampARTic this is a fab site with lots of tips and techniques, I've embossed acetate with gold and then used the reverse side to get a gold/black effect for the embellishments.The theme at Stamp with Fun is to use acetate this week so I've entered it into that challenge as well. Love black and gold so I think I'll be doing this combo again.

Mojo Monday Challenge

I think the sketches are just the best and I look forward to Mondays for the next one, they're simple but not if that makes sense, thought I'd try folding the mount round..... bit tricky though to get it to stay down, embossed and stitched the background

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Paperarsty workshop

Another workshop we did was one run by Leandra from Paperarsty where we made a mini book featuring Archie a new stamp thats just come out. The image was stamped onto metal and then we textured it as well as stamping on the pages inside the book with various stamps the papers are lovely and are from the christmas Rum & Raaisin collection. Loved the wired binding of the book something different.

Artistic Stamper Workshop

At the weekend I visited the 'Artisan craft' show near Leamington Spa with my daughter, we thought we'd have a go a something different so we signed up for Jennies workshop (she runs The Artistic Stamper) and we made a frame using alcohol inks dabbed over the frame that had been covered in metallic paper and grungeboard for the flowers,never used any of these materials before but we had a go so here is my finished frame the picture that is going in it is the butterfly one but can,t print it off just yet but I thought I'd let you see it as I thought of this picture as soon as we got going.Will post the updated version as soon as I get the photo printed

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Chocolate Week

Just wanted to let you choccy loving folks out there know that next week is chocolate lovers week, now I don't know about you but I thought every day was chocolate day unless it means for a week you can eat twice as much chocolate, in which case I'm all for it.I'll have to keep you posted when I find out more info about this event.

Sunday Sketch

Got up early to post this card hopng I'm in time for this weeks challenge must remember to do them earlier lol  used a Pink Gem design stamp loving these stamps

Friday, 2 October 2009

Pink Gem

Here are a selection of cards using Pink Gem stamps

Happy Birthday To You.....

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Ethan,

Happy birthday to you.

Whiff Of Joy

Morning...... thought I'd post my card early this morning as we are off to my grandson's1st. birthday party this evening OMG where has this year gone!.... but its been a wonderful year.

I've used the thanksgiving stamp for this weeks entry over at Whiff of Joy and tried a completley different colour scheme for me,well out of my comfort zone..but liking it.Also entered into Basic Greys challenge this week as it includes embossing and I've used the papers from the Boxer collection (first time I've used them)

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Snow Buddies

I've followed the sketch for this card from Mojo Monday's challenge, the greeting has been stamped onto acetate and then heat embossed with cosmic shimmer embossing powder, the background panels have been embossed with dots to represent snow. Over at ABC challenge the theme is embossing and My Time To Craft's challenge this week is the title  "Snow Buddies" so I've entered this card into all three challenges.