Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Victoria Case Challenge

I have made this card this evening following a sketch over at the Victoria Case Challenge blog
The image is a Victoria Case Digi stamp which I have coloured in with Promarkers, there are two different papers on the card both fomr Scrapbooking mad called fishing blue although you cannot see the second pattern so easily, it has fish on that one. I have done the sentiment on my laptop and cut out with nesties and stuck it to the card with 3d foam. Thanks for looking x

Update on blog candy

I have changed the picture on my blog candy post to an actual photo of the bits I have got for now, as I said in my previous post I am still waiting for some bits I have ordered to arrive so I will add them when I get them.

Friday, 24 July 2009

No card from me today but I will be offering some candy soon

I haven't made any cards today and probably won't over the weekend as we are taking 2 of our kids and our nephew to Marwell Zoo tomorrow, I hope the weather will be better than today. I am starting to get some blog candy together which I hope to post in the next week as my birthday is next month and I have now had over 4000 hits since April 1st this year, I would love to get to 5000 hits in time for my birthday which is on 27th August so watch this space, I will be posting the candy soon. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Thanks for looking x

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Yippee I won first prize in last weeks Charisma Cardz challenge

I am so pleased to have won the first prize for last weeks Charisma Cardz challenge The prize was a lovely Giraffe Whimsy Stamp. I like to think my Grandpa who died in February this year was sending me a bit of luck as Giraffes were his favourite animals and its such a cute stamp, I am so pleased to have won it and can't wait for it to arrive. Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Victoria Case meets Charisma cards and Our creative corner

Its weather is horrible, its raining here in Dorset so it gave me an excuse to stay in and make a card.
I have followed a very nice sketch by Charisma Cardz, the image is a digistamp by Victoria Case Its called Just Ducky, I think she is simply adorable, sooooo cute!!! I have coloured her in with Promarkers, the colours used are Rose pink and Pumpkin, her hair is vanilla and skin colouring is blush, I normally use Ivory for skin but I can't find that colour amongst all my craft stuff at the moment. The sentiment is a stamp from Cuddly Buddly which I have then cut out with my circle and scalloped circle nesties. The flowers are primas. I have put a white button in the centre of each one, I have used 3 small Papermania orange brads in the top right hand corner. The little daisies on the ribbon have been cut from an X-Cut daisy mini punch which I have added a pink gem in the centre. The ribbon is from American Crafts. The Hot pink colour card is actually pearlescent but this does not show up too well in the photo. I have used my new Martha Stewart Lace Doily punch on both sides of the white card strip at the bottom. The drips and the puddle have been covered with crystal lacquer so they look wet. I would never have thought of putting these three colours together but I have decided they work quite well and I am quite pleased with the result.
I am entering the card into these three challenges
1/ Victoria Case to use Hot Pink, Orange and White which I have done, I have also used one of their images which is compulsory for their challenges.
2/ Charisma Cardz I followed their beautiful sketch
3/ Our Creative Corner where you must use at least 3 different types of embellishments from their list, I have used buttons, brads, ribbon and crystal lacquer from their list but I have also used gems and punched flowers too so feel that covers everything.
Thanks for looking x

Monday, 20 July 2009

Doodle Palace version 2 photo meets Delightful Sketches

I have just found at that Doodle Palace have a challenge ending soon so I have quickly made a card, the theme was to make a card using the colours of their website being pink, black and green. I have followed a sketch by Delightful Sketches so I am also entering this card into their challenge. The image is a digistamp from Crafts for Eternity called Gotcha, I have removed the tie and coloured it in with Promakers, pastel pink, apple and meadow green. I will try and load another photo tomorrow when its light as I have taken this photo in the dark and it is not showing the colours properly. The base card is pink, the green card has been run through a Cuttlebug swiss dots folder and then stuck onto black card. The image is has been cut out with a square nestie and then stuck onto pink card and then black card and then mounted onto card with 3D foam. The pink spotty ribbon is from Hobbycraft. I have added green gems on 2 of the corners and pink flourishes cut from a sizzix sizzlit die. Thanks for looking x

I hope everyone has had a great weekend

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a good weekend, I ended up giving the bathroom a thorough spring clean and then tidying up the garden which took forever and that was only the front garden, gardening is not my favourite past time but it was starting to look really weedy etc.

I have only managed to make this one card since last Wednesday so I am going to enter it into 4 challenges. The digi image is by Dustin Pike and is called Bubble Dragon. I have coloured him in with the requested colours this week at Passion for Promarkers, the colours were Ruby and Gold. I am going to put some glossy accents on the bubbles but I wanted to get the card posted before the challenge deadlines. The two designer papers I have used are from Papermanias 8 x 8 Love paper pad, I have used my corner rounder punch to take off the corners of the paper. I have cut out the image with my oval nesties and layered onto a scalloped oval nestie cut out and then stuck some red pearls on either side of the dragon. The daisies have been cut using 2 sizes of X-Cut daisy punch with a red pearl in the middle. I am entering the card into the following challenges
1/ Passion for Promarkers
2/ Digital Tuesday where the theme was 1,2 3 where you had to use one digital image, 2 designer papers and 3 embellishments the same of different, I have three daisies on my card
3/ Stamps and Smiles as I have followed their sketch this week
4/ Dutch Dare where the theme was to use cutting dies and or punches
Thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Altered Candles - Stamping on Candles

These are the two altered candles I have made for the girls christenings this week photographed out of the cellophane wrapping so you can see them better. I followed the instructions here I used a forever friends christening bear stamp (which I also used on their christening cards so they match) and coloured with H2o's on the tissue paper before melting into the candle and the personalisation I printed from my laptop onto the tissue paper. I hope they like them.
I am going to enter Charisma Cards challenge the theme this week was to alter something. Thanks for looking x

Christening cards for Stamps and Smiles challenge

Here are the two christening cards I mentioned yesterday that I have made to go with the candles (that I posted on my blog the other day) for my late best friends nieces. I have followed the sketch over at Stamps and Smiles so I am entering them into their challenge.
The card is actually pink pearlised card although this is not too clear in the photo. I have added the personalisation on the circles using wordart, it took me ages but I got there in the end lol!!!. The image is a Forever Friends stamp that I have coloured in with H20's although you can't see the pearlised effect very well in the photos, I have used the heart border Martha Stewart punch and her Lace Doily punch. The ribbon is from Hobbycraft. I have cut out the letters of their names out with a Quickutz Alphabet and stuck on with a glue pen. Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Lady luck is watching over me at the moment

Lady luck is watching over me these last couple of weeks, I have been so lucky and won another challenge, this time from Creative Card Crew's blog My prize is a lovely bag of ribbons, I can't wait to receive them.

I have been busy making a couple of matching christening cards to go with the candles I made the other day for my late best friends Nieces, unfortunately she died almost 8 years ago so never had a chance to see them, but I keep in contact with her family and her son Ryan who is my Godson and wanted to make them something. I hope to post the photos of them tomorrow.

I am taking my children to see the new Harry Potter film tomorrow, I hope its as good as we are led to believe as they are really looking forward to it. Thanks for looking x

Monday, 13 July 2009

Digtal Tuesday meets Promarkers and Papertake

Here is a card I made today to enter 3 challenges with. I have followed a sketch and coloured my image in with the required Promarker colours, this weeks colours were Cocoa and Cornflower. The image is a digistamp by Instyle Stamps she is called Mellie and they were giving her away for free for the whole of July so if you haven't got her yet hopover now! The backing papers are from CSSR The big one 12 x 12 paper pad and the A5 pad of papers from Daisy and Dandelion range. The flowers are Primas with brown brads in the middle I have printed the sentiment in brown and cut out with my nestabilities. I am entering this card into Passion for Promarkers challenge as I have followef the sketch and used correct colours. I am also entering it into Digital Tuesdays where the theme was sweet birthdays, you need to make a birthday card with something sweet on it, gosh that lovely chocolate cake that Mellie is holding looks really really yummy and the third challenge is Papertake Weekly where the theme was My Favourite things. I have used my favourite crafting things which are my nestabilties, I love chocolate cake as well !!!
Thanks for looking x

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Win $1,000 at

I have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out

Sues 99 things blog candy

Sue is offering some yummy blog candy but to be in with a chance of winning it you have to state which of the following of the 99 things have you done. My answers are in the darker colour . I need to live a little obviously !!!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world/Disneyland Paris
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Made a Snow Angle
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Stood in the rim of the Grand Canyon
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an erupting volcano in person.
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Cookies for charity
62. Gone whale watching
63. Been given flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
70. Visited Buckinham Palace
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt or blanket (Crocheted a blanket of lace flowers that needed to be pieced together)
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Been to the top of the Empier State Building
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Now hop over to Sues Blog to be in with a chance of winning, ends 17th July. Good luck everyone x

Another post from me today

I've been busy making this card this afternoon, I have followed themes and a sketch for 5 challenges and am going to enter this card into all 5.
I have followed a beautiful sketch from Mojo Monday. The image is a Forever friends which I have coloured in with Prisma Pencils, the backing paper is from CSSR big one 12 x 12 pad, I have used my new hearts border punch on the pink piece of card under the image, there are 2 different pink ribbons on this card, 1 is satin (underneath the sentiment and the organza one above the hearts, I have also used the organza ribbon to make a couple of bows. The sentiment is a stamp from Cuddly Buddly which has a heart in the middle of it, the pink daisies have been cut with my Daisy X-Cut punch and I have put some Papermania buttons in the middle.
The challenges are below.
1/ Forever Friends theme, Pink, Brown and Flowers.
3/ Creative Card Crew theme, ribbons
4/ Mojo Monday Followed their lovely sketch
5/ A spoonful of sugar theme, hearts
Thanks for looking x

Cupcake Craft - Black and White

Here is a card I made for a friend who wanted me to make a black and white themed card for her friends 50th, as the theme for Cupcake Crafts challenge this week is a black and white card I thought I might as well enter it. The imaged are stamps from Woodware and Imnpression Obsession which I have stuck on with 3D Foam pads. The letters have been cut from my Quickutz alphabet. The champagne and glasses are a silver peel offs that I changed to black with a peel off pen. The ribbon is from Hobbycraft. Thanks for looking x

My first attempt at stamping with candles

I thought I would have my first attempt at stamping with candles today as my late best friend's nieces are getting christened next Sunday and I thought it would make a unique gift, one candle seemed to go really well but I had to have a few attempts with the second one. I have a heat gun which is the hair dryer type, I used to have a hobbycraft one but it was far to powerful so I sold that. I have found you normally have more control over the hairdryer style type, maybe thats where I went wrong and you do need the more powerful one to transfer your stamped image on the candle in less time. Anyway these will have to do as I have run out of candles now lol. I hope everyone is having a great weekend, thanks for looking x

Saturday, 11 July 2009

High Hopes meets Sunday Sketch & Stamp and I've won another challenge !!!

Well luck must be on my side this week, I have now won last weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge I am gobsmacked!!!
Its raining here today so I've stayed in and made another card, this one is to enter 2 challenges High Hopes this is the first time I have entered theirs as I only got one of their stamps at Newbury last Saturday. I am not sure if you have to use their stamps or can use any but I thought if I use this one I have a chance. The image is called Grillin Joseph which I have coloured in with Promarkers. The theme was to use polka dots so I went mad, the brown polka dot paper is from CSSR Big one 12 x 12 pad of papers, the green polka dot paper is from Daisy and Dandelion A5 pad, I have embossed the brown card with my Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder so I think I have done enough Polka Dots !!! and I thought the brads might count as dots too as they are round !!
The other challenge I am entering this into is Sunday Sketch and Stamps challenge as I have followed Barbs fantastic sketch, I liked this layout very much and am sure to use it again. Thanks for looking x

Friday, 10 July 2009

OMG I've won 2 of last Thursdays Challenges

I have just been checking Thursdays challenges and found I have won 2 of them Yippee, I can't believe it. The first one was Stamps and Smiles challenge 22 and the second one was Willow Sketchie challenge
I am so pleased, its made my day. Have a good weekend everybody x

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Another post from me today

Another post from me today as I have made another card, this one is for 3 challenges. I have followed the beautiful sketch from Stampin for the weekend I am also entering this card into Just Magnolias challenge where you have to use a Magnolia stamp and also for this week a metal embellishment charm. I have used a little metal dragonfly which I thought was really cute and went well with the rest of the card. I am also entering the challenge at Pollycraft where you had to add an arrow to your creation. I have added 2 little arrows to the bottom right hand corner, I ran them through the swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder to give them some texture. The image has been coloured in with Promarkers, the sentiment is a rubber stamp from Cuddly Buddly, I have used my new Martha Stewart heart border punch along the top, this one seems to be working ok. I am still getting poor results with my scalloped one and think I may need to contact the company that I bought it from at the Newbury show. The backing papers are from the Daisy and Dandelion range A5 paper pad and the buttons are from Papermania. Thanks for looking x

Wow I've won some Blog Candy from The Squigglefly Blog Hop

I have just found out that I have been very lucky and won Maria's lovely blog candy that she was giving away as part of the Squigglefly blog hop, the three notelets she made look fantastic, I can't wait to receive them and there is a goody bag too, Thank you Maria for picking me as your winner, you've really brightened up my day. Thanks for loooking x

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

1 Card - 4 Challenges

I have been busy with some card orders today but I have managed to make this card to enter into 4 challenges. I have followed a nice sketch by Dutch Dare, the image is a Penny Black clear stamp which I have coloured in with a Poppy Promarker and Ivory on the cat. The patterned paper is by Basic Grey. I have used a corner punch on each corner of that paper but you can't see it very well in the photo. The flowers are Primas with brads in the middle, the sentiment is a stamp by Cuddly Buddly which I have cut out with my circle nestie and scalloped circle nestie. The blue spotty ribbon is from Hobbycraft.
I am entering this card into the 4 following challenges
1/ Dutch Dare I followed their sketch
2/ Three Clovers Design Their theme is Red, White and Blue
3/ Penny Black Their theme is Red, White and Blue
4/ Our Creative Corner Their theme was also Red, White and Blue too
Thanks for looking x

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Help!!! I need some help with Martha Stewart Punch

This is my second post today so scroll down for previous posts

I went to the Newbury Show at the Weekend and picked up some Martha Stewart punches as they are so lovely but I am having trouble with one of them so I was wondering if anyone could help me and let me know if its something I am doing wrong or if its a faulty punch.
I don't know if you can see it very well in the photo but when you look at the border where the joins are there is a ridge and the right hand side of the scalloped edge is deeper than on the left is this normal because of the design or could I be doing something wrong.

I notice on this punch that there markers on both sides of the punch as well as in the middle of the guide, these markers are not on either of my two other Martha Stewart punches so I am wondering if I might not be using it correctly.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks x

Cute card meets Charisma and Stamps and smiles

Another card from me today. I am entering this into 3 challenges, Cute card Thursdays their theme was stitching either real or faux. The next one is Charisma Cards where they wanted you to use buttons and the third one is Stamps and Smiles where there was a sketch to follow.
I have followed their lovely sketch. The image is a Little Claire clear stamp which I have coloured in with Promarkers and Marvey Le Plume pens. I have drawn stitching around the image with a brown pen, I'm not very happy with it, I hate sewing of any kind and I am really rubbish at it. I have used my new Martha Stewart punch on the green card on the left hand side of the card, the pink card has been run through a cuttlebug embossing folder. The buttons are Papermanias, the sentiment is a stamp from Cuddly Buddly which I have cut out with my nesties. The pretty backing paper is from a 6 x 6 pad by Crafts Too. Thanks for looking x

Monday, 6 July 2009

1 Card - 3 challenges

I hope everyone had a great weekend, its raining here in Dorset at the moment so hopefully it won't be as muggy as it has been. I've only had a chance to make 1 card since my last post but I have managed to combine it into 3 challenges.
I have followed the sketch at Papertake Weekly
I have used the colours set my Passion for Promarkers colours were Moss and Poppy plus something tasty, I just love homemade jams, especially cherry.
I am also entering it into A Spoonful of Sugars challenge I think this card looks summery with the jam making and the flowery background and green reminds me of lush lawns in the summer.
The image is a clear Penny Black stamp which I have coloured in with Moss and Poppy Promarkers, I belive you are allowed to also use skin tones so I have coloured the mice in with skin colours, they would have looked weird in red or green. I have put the backing papers through a couple of Cuttlebug embossing folders. The flower is a prima which I have put a punched out daisy and sun, then a peel off in the centre. The sentiment is a peel off that I have stuck onto a punched out deckled tag and then backed that onto red card. I have stuck the image on with 3d foam so the image is actually raised which I don't think shows too well in the photo. Thanks for looking x

Sunday, 5 July 2009

I made the top 5 in Allsorts Challenge!!!

I am so pleased to hear I made the top 5 in the Allsorts challenge with my Baby Pram in Acetate gift box, I can now display the above on my blog. If you want to see my entry
you can find it here
Second photo down. Thanks for looking x

No card from me today - I went to Newbury yesterday

Well no card today from me as I am going to be busy have a craft sort out. I went to Newbury craft show yesterday and spent far too much as usual, these are the goodies I came home with. I actually managed to get hold of a Martha Stewart Doily lace punch and the heart one too, I have been trying to get hold of them for ages online but everyone has sold out so I was really chuffed to find a stall selling them and I saved on postage charges too!!
It was a great show and I am really pleased with my goodies. I'm hoping to go to Alexandra Palace show in September too so I better get saving, I never realised shopping for craft bits was so addictive before I started making cards, all my spare cash ends up spent on crafty bits. I can't wait to play with my new stash soon. I hope everyone is having a great weekend, thanks for looking x

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Stampin for the weekend challenge - My entry

Phew it sooooooo hot here in Dorset today. I should have gone food shopping but couldn't get the enthusiam to go so I stayed at home and have made a pocket card instead he he he!!!
I have made this card to enter this weeks Stampin for the weekend challenge - to make a pocket card or a wallet card so here is my pocket card.
The card has been made with double sided 12 x 12 paper from hobbycraft and folded to make the pockets. The image is a Whiff of Joy stamp called Willow with flower basket which I have coloured in with Promarkers and then cut out with some oval nesties. The tags have been cut with my Sizzix Tag Original red die . I have threaded eskimo wool through the hole. The flowers are Primas with a brad in the middle. Thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Squigglefly Blog hop today and tomorrow

For those of you not aware Squigglefly are having a two day blog hop today and tomorrow. There is a chance to win some free images and some blog candy from the DT so head over there to be in with a chance and to get some inspiration, the link is here Good luck everyone x

Delightful Sketches Challenge 1

There is a brand new challenge blog for those of you that don't already know called Delightful Sketches This is my entry for challenge 1. The image is a freebie linked to the site, he's really cute isn't he. I have decoupaged him (four levels) and coloured him in with Promarkers. The backing paper is actually pearlised pale green which doesn't show particularly well in the photo, I ran it through a tiny bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder. The brown piece of card I ran through a distressed wood Cuttlebug embossing folder. Both ribbons are from Hobbycraft. The sentiment is a freebie download from the same link as the toad. I have rounded off the corners with a round corner punch. Thanks for looking x

Sugar Bowl and Three Clovers Designs challenges

Its such a beautiful day out there today but too hot to go out, so I have been making a card to submit into 2 challenges, the first is Sugar Bowls, where there is a sketch to follow which I have done although I turned it 90 degrees and to use the colours brown and cream. You also have to use a Sugar Nellie stamp, I have used custard the cow, I have coloured the patches in with Prisma pencils. The sentiment is a stamp by cuddly buddly which I have then cut out with my nesties. The backing card is Coredinations which I have run through a corner cuttlebug folder to give it some texture. The flower is a Flora Doodles flower with a punched stamen and a brad in the middle. The spotty brown ribbon was from hobbycraft.
The other challenge is Three Clovers Design where the theme for your card is "Where are you from" I was born in Somerset, then lived in Hampshire but have lived in Dorset for the last 9 years, I come from the lovely countryside so I have made a card with a cow with flowers on it. Thanks for looking x