Saturday, 31 March 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

Firstly appologies if you have been recieving spam emails, looks like I've been hijacked, I don't know, have these people got nothing better to do.
Mind you I did have to go to bed early last night as I've come down with a flippin' cold and was going through the achey shivery stage. Just when its extra busy at I didn't get round anyones blog, so sorry.
Today challenge at Sugar Creek Challenge is Birthdays and this weeks sponser is...

For my card I have used one of their images called Mr Brown goes shopping, coloured in with Prismas and the papers are Websters which were a freebie in a magazine.

CRAFT....things with wheels.
Delicious Doodles.....texture.
Frilly and Funky.....favourite vintage style (distressed edges) girls allowed
Hugs n smiles

Friday, 30 March 2012

Easter Hop at Polka Doodles

Morning peeps, have we got a treat for you.......we're having a blog hop at Polka Doodles as well as having a fabbie Easter theme challenge.

So hi everyone! Welcome to our fantastic blog hop and candy giveaway!

Our fabulous sponsors Marianne Design are giving you the chance to win this adorable Garden themed Craftable as part of our blog hop! Craftables are new from Marianne Design and offer more variety to your die-cutting with the additional embossing options and you can also decoupage layers if you're clever with them! We also have this lovely cuter than cute Snoesjes stamp, a fabulous 32 page paper pack and we adore this stunning flower ribbon - this candy is just scrumptious!!

In addition to this wonderful Marianne Design candy the first prize winner will receive a brand new Sugarplum Daisy CD AND a Candy Doodles CD from Polkadoodles PLUS 2 further winners will also receive a Candy Doodles CD - so there are 3 chances to win in our Hop and Challenge!!

Here is what you must do: (you might find some extra candy along the way from the DT so make sure you go visit them all!!)

CHALLENGE STAGE 1: Now, we know not everyone likes to do a hop for whatever reason, so we still have our normal challenge for the week which is EASTER themed - you must make a card or project which is Easter themed.

But that's not all...

CHALLENGE STAGE 2: Our second challenge is the blog hop - if you hop along with us this week you will find that the Easter Bunny has arrived early and left some hidden goodies on some of the Design Teams blogs - but you have to hop though the whole list to find who the Easter Bunny has visited!

You need to complete both the Easter themed challenge and the blog hop to be in with a chance of winning one of the fantastic prizes on offer! If you've never taken part in a blog hop before it's easy peasy...all you need to do is visit each blog in turn and for this hop each Polkadoodler will give you a LETTER (be careful - some of the Polkadoodlers may have more than one so make sure you collect them all!)

Now add all the letters together, unscramble them and leave a comment on the Polkadoodle Challenge Blog (comments will be moderated!) telling us what the word is. You MUST follow this blog and link to the blog hop on your own blog to be eligible to win, so make sure you click follow in the sidebar!

Your entry will automatically be judged for the Easter themed challenge BUT we will know if you have completed the Blog Hop so if you haven't you will still only be eligible for the random blog candy hidden amongst some of the Polkadoodlers.


Now if you have just arrived from Lisas blog you are in the right place for the next letter which you need to hop over to Lanas to collect the next letter.

For my card, although not strictly an easter card it does have a cute bunny on.

Crafty Catz.....use a digi.
Chococlate, coffee and cards.....fancy folds.
Fairy Tale challenge.....everything goes.
Fussy and fancy....anything but square.
Pixie Cottage....cuddly critters.
Creative card crew.....spring.
Digital tuesday.....favourite colour (pink).
MTTC.....Easel card.

Have fun

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Whitby Crafting.....

Evening peeps thought I'd post the pics of one of the projects that I did on my two day workshop with Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals, we were told to take a small picture with us and I have wanted to do something with this photograph for ages as its one of Ethans first outings. We decided to go to a butterfly farm for a day out and as soon as we arrived one flew staight on his head almost covering his face, unfortunately I didn't have the camera ready then but when one flew on his foot I couldn't resist the look of wonder on his face......hence the flower that has wonder as the centre of it. I have never done a framed scrapbook picture before but I have already planned my next one to go in Ethans new bedroom which is Mickey Mouse themed.
I've used lots of goodies available from Crafty Individuals, including the frame with the mother and child, the film strip with flowers on and the the lovely vintage tag. and the delish dyed silk ribbon is by Stef Francis also available from CI.

The (swirls, metal, ribbon).
Stamp and fun=creativity.....make your own flowers.
Pink Elephant.....butterflies.
Party Time......anything goes.
Creative Beli.....anything goes.
My Mums Craft Shop......stamp it (stamped butterflies on fabric).
Simon Says.....anything goes.
Truly Scrumptious......use lace

Have a lovely evening
hugs n smiles

Monday, 26 March 2012

Sketch n Stash......

Well its Monday again, only two weeks till Easter and lots of yummy chocolate especially for all you peeps who gave it up for Lent, I did consider doing that for a Nano second but knew I'd not complete the will power is nil.I went to the NEC yesterday and spent a few pennies mostly on dies, I only brought one stamp, thats a first for me but I did pick up some sweet angel beads off The Hobby House, so they will be on my special Christmas cards this year.

We will be so busy at work for the next two weeks icing Easter eggs my poor wrist and fingers will be fit for nothing and my daughter wants me to decorate Ethans room after Easter when I'm having a break, so I guess thats no rest for me. Hes having a new bed with a slide and hes so excited and came into my shop yesterday to tell me and to ask me to paper his room can I say no to that.Just hope I manage to get some Crafting time in.

Well on to todays fabbie sketch for this weeks challenge at Sketch N Stash, this week our lovely teamie Angie has come up with a lovely one for you to play along with.

We are sponsered by My Mums Craft Shop this week and the lucky winner gets £10 to spend

I have use a new stamp from Molly these stamps although I only have a couple. The oldest stash is my papers that are Hideaway from First edition. I coloured the image in with Promarkers.....slowly getting to grips with these but still love my pencils.

Lollipop Crafts......anything goes.
Pile it on.....for a man.
Totally gorgeous.....spots and stripes.
sweet Stampin'.....anything goes.
Cute Card Thursday.....anything goes.
Paperplay.....spring colours.

Hugs n Smiles

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

Afternoon peeps hope you are all well, today sees the start of another challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow, this week the theme is Steampunk .......seems ages since I did anything steampunky...hmmm wonder if that is a word, I was inspired by the backgroud paper that I used which is from Graphic 45, I love corsets although they must have been painful to wear mind you I think I could do with one to hold my love handles in......due to eating far too much chocolate.
The stamp I used is by B Line and its a double sided one, for the background of the corset I used a cog stamp from The Artistic Stamper and masked the corset image.The steampunk flower stamps are also by the Artistic Stamper, I embossed these with copper and layered them up using sprockets and gears.

Secret Crafter....shabby chic/vintage.
Stampin' for the Weekend.....anything goes.
CRAFT.....hand made flowers.
Simon Flowers, pearls and charm.
Bunny Zoe......vintage.
Creative Inspirations.....anything goes.
Divas by Design......distressing.
Creative Card Crew.....vinatge

Hugs n smiles


Morning peeps I'm back.....actually its seems as if I was away for more than 2 days, probably beause we packed in so much with crafting and sightseeing. Hubby took me to Whitby for a two day workshop with Jean Hardy who is the maufacturer of the gorgeous Crafty Individual stamps, well Malcolm her partner makes them as well as all the gorgeous images as hes a photographer. We were so well looked after and I must have put on another seven pounds in weight with all the gorgeous food that Kay laid on for us......amazing salmon and brocoli lasagne.

I'll post pics of what I made at the class later as I need to photograph them, but I though I'd share with you some pics of where we stayed for the first night.....not your usual B&B in fact they don't allow children under the age of 8 as its a bit spooky, but brilliant. The B&B is called Bats and Broomsticks and is well worth a stay especially if you are into Goth/Horror or just plain adventurous. The rooms are all themed with all things Goth, as is the whole of the place, in fact I had this full sized model of a vampire and coffin outside my room so when I need the loo I had to shimmy past it as if you touched it its arm went up and only got me the
Its not every night that I share my fourposter bed with a bat and other assorted creatures.

on the skirting board by the fire place there was a little gothic arched wooden door with a mouse by the side of detailed, even the bathrooms were themed.

We met another couple the next morning at breakfast so we were all doing a tour of all the bedrooms in the place as each was different but brillliantly decorated, the attention to detail is amazing,inside the wardrobes you get a wooden stake, hammer and well as a heat magazine rofl.
When we went downstairs for breakfast the room was dimmly lit and we had a candlelit full English breakfast, the attention to detail is amazing.

......check out the pic of the cutlery, even the toast was branded

Catch up with you all later

Monday, 19 March 2012

Ooh La La......

Morning to you all, hope all you Mums had a fabbie day, I popped up my Mums with my Son and had a yummy breakfast cooked by my sister......hmmmmm so scrummy.
Well after a hectic and very busy Saturday its back to work to put out all the Easter eggs for the Easter bunny, actually my son used to come and dress up as the Easter Bunny and hand out chocolate to all the children, might get him to do it again this year if I can get a costume.

Today sees the start of another challenge at Ooh La La, we want to see your Thank you cards this fortnight, so a nice easy one. I have kept my card simple using a daisy image which I layered up from the Fleur d'imagination CD, I used glossy accents for the centre of the daisies and then sprinkled in some yellow glitter for a smidge of bling.

Lots of green.......

Thought I'd share with you a card that I made for a lady last week, she had brought a card from me the previous week and asked me whether I would make a card for a 70th birthday for a special friend, the recipient lives in Bulgaria and has a vineyard so I used a stamp I have never inked up before of some grapes which I thought would be appropriate, it always worries me to make special requests as I would hate the person to say that they like it but secretly thinking yuk, well I thought I'd have a go for her. I used papers from MME.....and then over stamped it with a stamp from B Line using green ink.I sprinkled some gold embossing powder on part of the image that was stamped with Cocoa ink, the image was then coloured with Prismas blended with a blending pen.

Sweet Stampin'.....use lots of green
Crazy 4 Challenges......use green.
Praire Fairy.....ditress it.
Totally Papercrafts....male card.
Simon Says.....use green
Party Time.....monochromatic
Have a lovely day
hugs n smiles

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Happy Mothers Day....

Morning everyone hope you all have a loving happy fun filled Mothers Day, and that you get to put your feet up and be pampered for a day, I'm ussually the first up in my house so there will be no cup of tea in bed.....well there would if I stayed in bed until
I'll tell you a funny story about one Mothers Day, when my son was at school he did Domestic science and he made a lovely sponge filled flan and in the centre was fruit, It was scrummy, so for Mothers Day he decided to cook another one for me as a surprise, now you need one of those tins that has the centre filled in to make the flan part and we didn't have one, anyway on the day I got presented with another scrummy looking flan.....he confessed that he had used the DOG bowl to cook it in, he did say he'd washed it before using it, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, its one of those little memories that will stay with me for ever, by the way I didn't eat it although he said he'd washed the bowl out......thats kids for you.

Thought I'd share with you a couple of cards that I made using images from The Ooh La La Cd called Fleur D' the vintage looking doily images with the pretty floral papers with the posies on.

Glitter Geeks....Mothers Day
Delightful challenges....someone special.
Moving along with the times.....special lady.
Creative Inspirations.....something for Mum.
My Mums craft shop....Mums the word.
Everybody Art....easel card. for the girls or Mum

Thank you for all of your supportive comments and welcome to my new followers so nice of you to join.
Hugs n smiles

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow.....

Afternoon peeps its Saturday and its the weekend......yay, well it will be when I get home after a busy day and then I get the day off on Sunday so its time to put my feet up, and then I can catch up with everyone as I'm sorry I haven't had the time to blog and next week I'm off for a couple of days to Whitby for two days of crafting with Jean Hardy from Crafty Individuals......can't wait. My hubby is going as is my Mum so whilst I'm playing they are off to visit the area.

The theme this week at Sugar Creek Hollow is to make a Primative, vinatge or shabby chic card with lots of layers we got to play with an image from Robyn’s Fetish, who are also the sponsers for this weeks challenge.....and the winner gets 5 digis as the prize this week

I got to play with a primative doll image from our lovely sponsers,I have crimped the background paper which is from Polkadoodles and used papers and Promarkers for the main image adding twine and button for the embellishments adding faux stitching to the scalloped border. Have to say I have never done a primative card before and found this abit of a challenge but I quite like the finished result

Stampin' for the weekend......shabby chic in pale pink, blue and white.
Poodles Parlour.....anything goes.
4 Crafty Chicks......chicks rule
Pixie Cottage.....pastel

Have a lovely day
hugs n smiles

Friday, 16 March 2012


Morning peeps gosh I'm normally complaining that the week is flying by but this week its going twice as fast, I've had no time to blog or even catch up with the challenges, which is why this is a short post.
The theme for this weeks challenge at Polkadoodles is animals or birds and this week we could play with our stamps and use papers from Polkadoodles, but then Nikky our boss lady is bringing out a new Cd which will be launched next week, so I decided to give you a sneek peek, cos the images are just sooooo darn cute and there are more delish papers......think you're going to like this one, it definaitely has the ahhhhh factor.I kept the colour scheme simple to just two colours......spring like.

Digital Tuesday....think Spring (colours)
Ladybug Ink Crafts......anything goes
Sweet Stamps.....think Spring.
Really Reasonable Ribbons.....spring with a ribbon.
Wags n Whiskers.....use green
Simon Says....use green
Better get ready for work as all you Mums will not be getting any chocolates this weekend.
hugs n smiles

Monday, 12 March 2012

Sketch n Stash......

Wooo hooo what a fabbie Sunday we had yesterday, lots of lovely sunny weather, I had Ethan for a sleep over on Saturday night so I didn't get much blogging done, just playing until I managed to get him into bed and a couple of stories later he fell asleep, by that time I was pooped. I did had a lovely surprise on Saturday when I found out that I had won one of the new Cds from Crafty Companions called Paintbox Poppets , I've loved all the sneak peeks that the design team have been showing all week,the Cd contains some gorgeous images......can't wait to get my hands on it.

Today sees the start of a new challenge at Sketch n'Stash this week our fabbie teamie Michelle has done us proud with her lovely sketch.I have used a Saturated Canary image coloured with Prisma pencils and the papers are from First Edition

This weeks sponser


Crafty Pad.....Mums the word.
Crafts 4 Eternity.....Special Mums
Paper Sundaes.......girly.
One Stop Craft.....Mothers Day with ribbon.
Crafty Catz......Mothers day.
Totally favourite things (my prisma pencils).
Crafty Ribbons......Mothers day.
Simon Says......Mothers Day
Top Tip......Mothers day

Have a lovely evening

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

Aternoon peeps hope you are all well and enjoying the start of the weekend. At least the weather has improved and is more spring like, only a week to go to Mothers Day so its starting to get busy at work. Its amazing how many women come in buying chocolates for their hubbys mother. I do love this season though as I love the children coming in to get their Mothers a gift especially the sweet.

Todays sees the start of a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow, this week the theme is Monochromatic green, the stamp that I have used is a new one that I picked up when I was in France the other week. I found this delightful shop full of scrummy goodies at the next town that we were staying. I think the town was called Lagney sur la Marne, the shop was open on the Sunday and the town was delightful with a local market on at the time. The stamp was made in France so it was a great souvenir. I stamped the image with green and sprinkled some gold embossing powder on part of the cage

Sweet Stampin'.......layers
Paper Shelter.....anything goes.
The Stampman challenge......vintage.
Chocolate coffee and cards......feathers and fur.
Creative Inspirations....greens and cream.
Craftroom challenge......shabby vintage
Sweet stamps......monochromatic
My Craft spot.....birds

Have a lovely weekend

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Creative Beli....

Evening peeps, just a quick post, a few weeks back I was chosen as the Belle at Creative Belli challenge, so here is my card that appears on my GD spot for this week at Creative Belli. For my card I used one of the new Fizzy Moon stamps with papers from First Edition, I used Prismas to colour the image

Divas by Design.....favourite things, teddies, flowers pink and purple.
My Mums craft shop.....spring colours.
Simon Says.....Mothers Day.