Monday, 30 January 2012

Sketch n Stash.....

Morning peeps well thats another weekend gone and I have to say I did have to have a Nana nap in the afternoon, showing my age
Today sees the start of another challenge at Sketch n Stash and the challenge this week is to use a previous sketch from the archives, don' forget to tell or show us which sketch that you have used cos we'll be checking........ as you can see I used sketch no 57, my old stash is the flowers and the new stash is the papers.

Cuddly Buddly are the sponsers for this challenge with 
free digis for the winner (the ones we have used)
I  have some Cuddly Buddly stamps for sale here

The papers I've used are Deam Catcher from First Edition,
flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, swirls using Marianne die.

Winter Wonderland....pearls and swirls (non Christmas)
Dream Valley.....Animals.
Crafts for Eternity........Clean and simple
Paper Shelter......pearls and swirls
My Mums craft
Moving Along With the Times.......blooming marvelous
Everybody Art......swirls.
Sweet Stampin'....animal
Creative Inspirations......anything goes
Papertake.......highlight part of the image with glitter, glossy accents etc
Lollipop Crafts.....anything goes
My Craft Spot.....anything goes.
Pollycraft......favourite things (teddies, flowers, swirls)

Hugs n smiles

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow............

Wow another weeks gone and we are fast approaching Valentines day which is our next busy occassion at work, on Thursday I went to a meeting and got to try some of the new Easter Eggs that Thorntons are making this year, Banoffee, Eaton Mess and Lemon Merangue, I have to say the eaton mess one  is soooooo scrummy, strawberry flavoured chocolate with freeze dried berries and merangue mixed in.........sorry if this has got you all  thinking hmmmmm Chocolate, its part of the job to try them all, which is why I shall never be a size 14 again let alone a 12.

For my card today at Sugar Creek Hollow, I used the delish papers called Ella Blue by g.c.d. studios a lovely collection of browns and blues the papers have a linen texture to them and some even have a flocked effect, I stamped straight onto the papers using the Butterfly stamp set by Tim Holtz and then mounted  butterflies on top of two of them for added dimension. the ribbon is by Marianne, love the check effect.

Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow..
This week we have a color challenge for you. We want you to make
vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards featuring CREAM, BLUE & BROWN.

One random winner will receive a digi of our choice and a winner's badge
to display. In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card
of the Week and the creator will receive a badge and will be in the
running for a Guest Designer spot.

Our Design Team has created wonderful cards with this color scheme to
inspire you. If you want the details on their cards, just click on
their name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

Crafty Catz......things with wings
Simon Says.....anything goes
Secret Crafter......ribbons
One Stop Craft......stitching real or faux
Crazy 4 Challenges......layer it up and embellishments

                                                I have some stamps for sale click here to view

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Spring Clean........

Evening peeps, I'm getting bad at not blogging at the moment, slap on the hand for me, I have been pretty busy with a meeting on Wednesday and  housework today as well as playing catch up with a couple of Dt cards.Thought I'd have a bit of a clear out of my craft room and sell some of my stamps, so if your interested in any of them please email. All of my stamps have been well looked after and in some cases only inked once. original prices of stamps were £3.99 and £5.99(Toby Tumble)
£2.75 inc p&p....SOLD

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£2.75 nc p&p

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Hugs n smiles

Monday, 23 January 2012

Ooh La La......

Bonjour peeps, well today is Monday and the start of another week, not looking forward to the weather this week as it sounds like its mostly rain especially for tomorrow.....oh well I think I'll take Ethan to Jam Jam Boomerang and have a play on the slides and climbing frames tomorrow, I need some
Todays card is for the new challenge at Ooh la La, the theme this week is to use a double image, rather than use the same image twice on the front of the card I decided to decorate the inside as well, with a smaller version.

The images are from the Carnival of Colour Cd.

Have a great day
hugs n smiles

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Red Roses......

Afternoon peeps, another weekend nearly over but at least I had a little play time this morning before going to a local train show.......there are some really talented people out there as some of the lay outs are so detailed, Richard managed to spend some of his money, my son has sooooo much train stuff he just needs to get the time to start a lay out of his own although he's trying to persuade his dad to convert the attic, I did say that if the room was big enough I'd have the attic as a studio and he could have my craft room for his trains.....seems a fair swop to
Being as valentines is approaching I thought I'd make a couple of cards, now I haven't inked up these two stamps in a long long time and its been ages since I used these K.&Ko papers as well, I'm trying to be good and use up some of my older stash. The key I embossed in gold and the heart chip board shape I covered with matching paper then sprinkled red glitter into the glossy accents and let it dry. The image has been coloured in with Prismas which I coloured yesterday in my lunch break.......stops me eating and if you believe that you'll believe anything.

Penny Black (monthly) and hearts.
wags n whiskers......valentines/ love card.
Poodles Parlour.....Valentines/ love.
Papercrafting Journey.......floral. add flowers or papers 
Crafty Creations.....Valentines.
Magnolia mania......sketch.
Creative Card Crew.......seeing red
Corrosive challenge....I heart you

Hugs n smiles

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow

Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and a new challenge. This week we want you to GO GIRLY and make very feminine vintage, shabby chic or primitive cards.

One random winner will receive a digi of our choice and a winner's badge to display. In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week and the creator will receive a badge and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Check out the girly vintage cards created by our incredible Design Team. They are joined this week by a wonderfully creative Guest Designer, Claire Chapman.

Now I'm just loving the theme this week so for my card I've gone pink and black, the stamp I've used is by Stempelglede........I know the images are Christmas designs but I covered the sentiment up with flowers so I think that you could then use the image for other occassions, I also did some recyclying on this card as the pink angel hair behind the image was actually a wrap around some flowers I recieved ages ago, I'm getting terrible for saving everything now I becoming quite a little The backing paper is from My Minds Eye Blush, and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.The lace stamp is a B Line design and is a scrummy detailed lace stamp which I embossed with white embossing powder by Wow and I definately think it has the wow effect, stamps are available from That's Crafty.

lace detail

Fab n Funky.....Bingo (2 diff. papers, Florish and Vintage).
Pixie Cottage.......embossing.
Truly Scrumptious.......something forgotten (angel hair).
Gingersnap Creations......favourite DPs.
Try it on you believe in fairies. theme
Moving along with the times.....things with wings
My Sheri things  (stamps)
Have a lovely weekend
hugs n smiles

Friday, 20 January 2012


Morning peeps hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend althought the weather forecast isn't good  it sounds like it should be great for crafting, although I have a certain little visitor staying over night on Saturday so no early cuppa and craft for me on Sunday.
Todays card is for the new challenge at Polkadoodles, this week Nikky has drawn us a sketch to follow, I've used quite abit of artistic licence for this we also got to play with a stash box stamp but the papers I've used are from The All Around and Everywhere Cd.

4Crafty Chicks......summer in January.
Totally Gorjuss.....welcome
Have a great day

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Jingle Bo......

Afternoon peeps, thought I'd post this card today although its another Christmas one, I coloured the image before Christmas hoping to make it before the big day but I didn't get time so I made the card this week and finally fininshed it today.
The image is from Teddy another sweetie of an image and I used Prismas for the colouring. The papers are from First Edition, I made a stepper card because I wanted to create a scene with a layered effect, so the first step is made up of several torn papers in white and blue to represent the snow, I then used Snow Writer by Decocraft for the snow and added stickles to the top of that when it had dried for added sparkle.I also placed a folded tree ontop of another tree which had been distressed using Pine Needles and then embossed in Cosmic Shimmer Aurora to get a dimensional one.

Little Red Wagon......2 different ribbons.
Paper pretties.....use glitter.
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas.......use a dig image or paper.
Teddy Bo.......anything goes.
Crafty floral embellishments.
Heart song inspiration.....glitter and or white on white.
Hooked on Craft......try something new (stepper card).
My Craft spot......snow much fun.
Paperplay....ribbon every which way
Hugs n' smiles

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sketch n Stash......

Morning all, brrrrrr its cold again this morning,well thats another week gone, I hope you all had a great weekend, I  had a lovely relaxing day yesterday and managed to get my DT card done, watched Sherlock (loving this new TV series) and generally didn't do alot of anything else.....a perfect Sunday.

Well its back to work today but on the bright side its another challenge at Sketch N Stash, todays sketch is by our fabbie teamie ......Julie. Lots of lovely layers to this sketch so you you really play around with your papers to create a lovely layout. You can put embellishments where you want. Don't forget to use your old and new stash.

This weeks winner gets £10 to spend

For my card I have gone for a Spring look using this little sweetie by Karen Middleton, the image is called Primrose Chick have to say I love her designs and this one is perfect for Mothers Day or Easter, the papers I have used are from Prima......Annalee, such pretty colours and so fresh and spring like. The image is coloured with Prismas. For my old stash I used the lace and the image is my newest.

Crafty Pad.....sparkle and glitter.
Moving along with the times.....spots and or stripes
Cooking it with me some pink posies and pearls. (Flowers, punches and pearls also Diecut, lace, and pearls).
Pink Elephant......favourite colours, pink lilac
have a great day.
Cutie pie.....ribbon(mine is a paper ribbon across the middle) and lace.

hugs n smiles

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Little Star......

Morning peeps, what a glorious morning all frosty and white with the sun shining, a perfect day for crafting and that is exactly what I did when I got up first thing this morning, I love Sundays a whole day off with usually nothing to do, well apart from the usual chores, I always get up and take a cup of tea with me into my little oasis and have a play and this mornings card is what I created, although I did colour the image in previously.

I dug out some old papers that I had from Kars which were perfect for this shabby Winter card, I left off the word Christmas so that it could be either a Christmas card or a winter Birthday card. The image was coloured with Prismas and I used Snow writer for all the textured snow as well as tea Dye and Broken china inks for the distressing, the trees were then heat embossed with Aurora embossing powder by Cosmic this stuff and I think I'll need some more real soon.

The image is by Karen Middleton, she does do sweet images and this one is called Little Star available at Cuddly Buddly.

there are quite a few challenges that this card fits in so appologies for entering so many......
Sketch saturday......sketch.
Totally a star.
Sweet Stampin'......glitter and bling.
One Stop Craft.....on the spot and ribbon.
Crazy 4 Challenges.......monochromatic blue.
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas......use a digi image.
Fussy and Fancy.....let it snow.
Stamping for the weekend.....out with the old (use old stash, papers, snowflakes and ribbon).
Totally Papercrafts.....spots and stripes
ABC Christmas......anything Christmas goes.
Creative Beli.....Snowflakes.(old embellies, snowflake buttons, and ribbon)
Simon Says.......spots and strpies (paper and ribbon).
Stampavie .......winter.
Pixie Cottage......stitching.
Creative Card Crew.....snow days.
Digital Tuesday....punch it out (snowflake border)
Papertake.......make it cute and use a diecut.
Pile it on......fuzzy friends
Better go and do a couple of chores before catching up with Sherlock Holmes.......loving the new TV version
of this, and then its back to catch up on a DT card for next week.
have a great day
hugs n smiles

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

Afternoon peeps, firstly thank you for your lovely comments that you have left me this past week and secondly appologies for not being around much this week, I have had Ethan until later on in the evening and as all you Grandmas out there know its tiring, I'm hoping that next week will be back to normal and I can get some time to post some cards rather than nodding off in the early evening.
So here we are again with another fabbie theme at Sugar Creek Hollow for some embossing.
We got to play with some images from The Digi Doodle shop.....just love this image but it did take some colouring as there were so many elements but it was well worth it.

Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow.
This week we have a great challenge - EMBOSSING. You can create your vintage, shabby
chic or primitive card with dry or heat embossing.

Join us in saying hello to Digi Doodle Shop, a lovely new sponsor who
will be providing one random winner with a $10 gift certificate to their store. The random
winner will also receive a winner's badge from Sugar Creek Hollow to
display on her blog. In addition the Design Team will select one
project as Card of the Week and the creator of that card will receive a
badge to display and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

The Design Team has used a number of the fabulous images from Digi Doodle Shop and have
created some wonderful inspiration for you.

For my card I used some new papers from My Minds Eye Lost and Found called Blush a gorgeous collection of scrummy papers, I coloured my image with Prismas and added a gold Sakura pen for the highlights,I sanded back the embossed card for a more shabby effect.

The Stampman......use red.
Delicious Doodles.......all things new (papers).
Crafty Catz.....use something new (papers).
Alphabet Challenge......Y is for You can choose.
Paperplay.....In stitches.
Crafty Creations......Something new.
Gingersnap Creations......ribbon.
Everybody art.....shabby.
Cupcake......something new.
Simon Says Stamp and letter day.
Shabby Tearoom......vintage boudoir
Ces .....Vintage dahling.
Digi Doodle Shop.....embossing

Hugs n Smiles

Monday, 9 January 2012

Ooh La La......

Morning peeps, first of all just to let you know Lee, Ethans dad has had his operation on Saturday and is now back home recuperating.......well as much as a boistress three year old will let you, so thank you for your comments and best wishes most kind of you all and also a big thank you for all the lovely comments I recieved for my previous post.......its your inspirational comments that really make it all worthwhile.

Well today sees the start of a new challenge as well as a new start for me with the team at Ooh La La Creation Challenges.......the theme is New Beginnings, new home, wedding, new baby, lots of choices for you. For my card I chose to do a wedding one using images from the Passion for Fashion Cd, love the vintage images and papers and the cd is on sale at the moment for just £6.99 with free p&p.

inside of card

Dream Valley ....anything goes.
CES.....anything goes.
Crafty beginings.
Crafty beginings.
Lollipop Crafts......Anything new goes.
By The Cute and beginings.
Crafty floral embellishments.
Cupcake..........something new
hugs n smiles

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

Afternoon all......well here goes, today is my first day as a member of  the Sugar Creek Hollow design team, I was thrilled to be asked to join them as I love vintge as well as doing cute designs, so now  I have the perfect excuse for doing more vintage designs.

I appolgise for not getting round to any blogs last night but Ethans dad was taken into hospital with appendicitis, so after taking down one of the Christmas trees, bathing Ethan and putting him to bed I was totally pooped, you should have seen Ethan with one of my T shirts on pinned up to stop it falling off  because we weren't pepared for him to be stopping the night......he looked so sweet.

Happy New Year and welcome to our first challenge of 2012 at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want you to save some trees and RE-PURPOSE PAPER TOWELS, TOILET PAPER OR COFFEE FILTERS. Instead of buying some designer paper for your project, go to your kitchen or bathroom and grab one of the above items and let's see how you can transform it and incorporate it into your vintage, shabby chic or primitive card or other paper-crafted project.

This week one random winner will receive a digi of our choice and a winner's badge to display. In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week and the creator will receive a badge and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Our new Design Team is in place and everyone has worked hard to create some inspiration for you. If you want details on how they re-purposed the various items, click on their names to go directly to their blogs.

I have made the flowers on my card as well as the background with the text on from Kitchen paper, I spritzed a couple of sheets with Tuscan Sun, Vintage Rose and gold glimmer mists, I then heat dried them and used the Tim Holtz flower die to cut out several layers at the same time, I used the two smaller flower dies  it was a bit fiddly separating all the layers, (tip .....use a pokey tool to slide in amongst the layers ) I added brads from Basic Grey to the centres of the flowers. The text stamp is from The Artistic Stamper and I used a deep purple, I then stuck this down with matt multi medium. The main paper is from My Mind Eye called A Beautiful Life which I then wiped White Picket Fence stain over the top......great effect.

Don't forget to pop over to see what the other members of the team have made, 
and remember no cute designs for this challenge.
Truly Scrumptious.....shabby pastels and paint
Have a lovely weekend
hugs n' smiles

Friday, 6 January 2012

Polkadoodles.......shades of grey

Morning all, today is back to work day........drat, I was just getting the hang of having days off, having fun making cards, watching TV, eating Turkey sarnies, and just generally chillin', and now its getting up early and work, oh well nearly the weekend, and being as its Friday it also means that its the first challenge of the year at Polkadoodles and this week Nikky has set the theme .......Shades of grey with a sketch to follow as well.
For my card I've done an anniversary card which is from The Love and Cherish Cd, I printed the main image onto textured card for a more canvas look and as you can see not a drop a colour in, I did add silver to the edges of the card with a Krylon marker pen.

There is also a fabbie prize of a selection of grey
Flexmakers from Letraset.

Oh well better go and get ready 
for work.