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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Christmas Ornament - Frantaged

Good morning.
It looks like it's going to be a dull damp miserable day here today - but only weather wise :o)
Jack and I are going to the cinema this afternoon to see Monsters University - I remember the first Monsters Inc. from 2001 - Jack was only 3 1/2 and he loved it - hopefully he'll love this one just as much :o)

Today I'm here to share a non-DT card and I have been continuing on with some Christmas makes.
 I love my new Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011 dies and my favourite scrummy Frantage:




I die cut the largest of the ornament dies and then embossed it with Couture Creations 'Tied Tigether' embossing folder. Edges inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then sprinkled with Shabby White Frantage.
Background embossed with Papermania Snowflake embossing folder and edges inked with Walnut Stain and then sprinkled with Shabby White Frantage also.
Sentiment from Pink Gem Designs - 'Christmas Circle Sentiments Set 2' 
Snowflakes: Spellbinders Create a Flake and Martha Stewart Punch
Adhesive Pearls and Mini Bow from stash

Challenges I would like to enter:

Craft Room Challenge - Heat Embossing
Die Cuttin Divas - Anything Goes
Creative Creations - Anything Goes
Eureka Stamps - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenges - Make Your Own Background
Pan Pastel - Embossing 
Milk Coffee - Emboss It
Crafting for all Seasons - Christmas in July

Thanks for popping by today - I really do appreciate your visit and always look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a fabulous day whatever you get up to.
TTFN

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Sketch Time at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon.
Hope you're all keeping well - those not I wish a speedy recovery.

Today I'm here to share my DT card for

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY

and as it's the last challenge for this month it's the usual

SKETCHIE FREE FOR ALL

So you can use this fabulous sketch the uber talented Dawny has provided for us or any other sketch from the Papertake Weekly archives.


I chose to use the fabulous new sketch #81 and here's what I did with it:




Card Ingredients:
Image: LOTV 'Christmas Dance'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Dovecraft Back to Basics 'Vinatge Christmas' - Love these papers :o)
Sentiment: LOTV
Spellbinders: Labels 20 and Basic Oval
Memory Box: Precious Ornaments - MCH 
Frantage: Aged Gold
Adhesive Pearls from stash
Star Dust Stickles

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous
Simon Says Stamp
Offering 1 lucky winner $20 to spend in their amazing online store

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the awesome inspiration from my DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Lexi's Creations - Christmas in July
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Merry Monday - Anything Christmas Goes
Stamp and Create - Christmas in July
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas in July
Crafty Catz - Christmas in July
Creative Corner - Christmas in July

Thanks for popping by today.
Let me know you've been so I can pop by to see you too :o)

Today Jack and I are going to tackle clearing out his wardrobe - wish me luck :o)

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Monday, 29 July 2013

Home Decor - NOEL

Good morning my lovely crafty friends and welcome to my latest new followers - thank you so much for taking the time to follow me - hope you enjoy your visits and stay a while.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The weather was somewhat strange - threatened showers and thunderstorms and then glorious sunshine all within the same day - certainly not the weather to iron outside as I did on Friday :o)

Not sure what today's weather will bring - at the moment (7:30am) it's very blustery and cloudy but with an air of brightness as well - if that's possible??!!!

The best thing to do when the weather is so unpredictable I guess is to have a little play with my crafty goodies - so that's what I did over the weekend and today I would like to share a piece of home decor I have made which will be a gift for either Jamie & Rowie or Aaron & Kerry for Christmas using an MDF piece I got from either the NEC earlier in the year or I think it could have been from Harrogate last year!!!




I started by painting the letters using a pearlised paint and then added the following die cuts:

Memory Box: Lindeman Snowflake - MCH
Precious Ornaments (with the bows snipped off) -  MCH
Spellbinders: Poinsettia
Martha Stewart: Arctic Snowflake
Gingham Ribbon and adhesive pearls from stash
A touch of Star Dust Stickles

Challenges I would like to enter:
Anything But a Card - Christmas/Winter Holiday in July
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Pile it On - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas in July
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Christmas in July
Polkadoodles - Christmas in July
Simply Create Too - Anything But a Card
Creative Moments - Anything But a Card

Thanks for popping by today - I really do appreciate your support and I always look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Friday, 26 July 2013

Use Proper Lace at Totally Papercrafts

Good morning.
I can't believe that it's the end of the week already - hope yours has been a good one.
Looks like it going to be a lovely sun shiny day here today.
My share for today is my DT card for:

TOTALLY PAPERCRAFTS

and this week Team B are sharing some inspiration on the theme picked by the lovely Cathy

USE PROPER LACE

Here's what I did using an adorable image from our fabulous sponsor this week and some scrummy new Design Papers from Pink Petticoat:


Card Ingredients:
Image: Saturated Canary 'Jelly Bug'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Pink Petticoat 'Beach Cottage'
Spellbinders: Scalloped and Plain Ovals
Memory Box: Forget me Not Stem - MCH
Mesh Butterflies: MCH
Ribbon: Ribbon Brights - MCH
Viva Decor Pearl Pen: Ice White - MCH
Lace and adhesive pearls from stash

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the gorgeous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies and to see the full details of the prize on offer from our fabulous sponsor:



Challenges I would like to enter:
Crafty Ribbons - Anything with a Ribbon
Cute Card Thursday - Beside the Seaside
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Whimsy Inspiration - Ribbon and Lace
Inky Chicks - Summer Colours
Crafting Musketeer's - Ribbon and Pearls

Thanks for popping by to visit me today - I always appreciate your support and look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

I'm off to set the ironing board up outside - a great way to get the ironing done whilst staying cool and topping up my tan at the same time :o)

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Anything Goes at Divas

Good morning.
Hope you are having a lovely week so far.
I'm off to see my squidgilicious Grandson Oliver today - not seen him for nearly 2 weeks as he's been away on his jolly holidays. I'm hoping Rowie will be meeting us later too with my snuggalicious Grand-daughter Ruby Mae. Will try to get some photos to share another day :o)

So today sees the start of a new challenge over at 


and it couldn't be a simpler theme

ANYTHING GOES
Here's what I did using an image from our sponsor this week:



Image: Dilly Beans 'Daisy Girl  Framed'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Grace Taylor 'Blossom'
Martha Stewart: Scrolled Lace Border Punch and Butterfly Punch
Flowers: Memory Box 'Fabulous Phlox' - MCH  die cut in white card and coloured with Copics
Leaves: 
Adhesive Pearls from stash

Our sponsor this week is

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the gorgeous inspiration from my DT buddies and to see the full details of the sponsor prize this week.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Birthdays
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Stamp With Fun - Celebrate
Through the Purple Haze - Flowers
Great Impressions - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by to visit me today - you are always welcome.
I love to read any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Die'ing For a Punch at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon.
Hope you are all keeping well and those not I wish well soon.
We had a mahooooosive thunderstorm in the early hours of the morning and the sun has disappeared under a blanket of cloud :o(
So the best place to be for me today is in my little crafty haven to get ahead with some DT work so that when the sun puts in another appearance I can get back to topping up my tan :o)

So today we have a new challenge for you over at

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY

and the theme this week is

DIE'ING FOR A PUNCH
so lots of dies and/or punches on your projects please.

Here's what I did - taking the opportunity to add another Christmas make to my box:



Card Ingredients:
Snowflake: Spellbinders Snowflake Pendant 2011 and Pendant 2012 and Create a Flake 1
Bling on snowflake created using Stamp and Bond and then Stampendous Halo Glitter
Snowflake centre: Ribbon Girls Diamante Spacer and Acrylic Aurora Gems
Adhesive Pearls and Snowflake charm - Hobby House
Martha Stewart: Scalloped Border Punch
Creative Expressions: Tint Dots Mask - used to emboss background

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous


Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the awesome inspiration from my lovely DT buddies and to see the fabulous prize on offer.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Christmas Card Challenges - Snowflakes
Squirrel and The Fox - Use Something Spooled
Addicted to CAS - Glitter
Sweet Stampin - Christmas in July (if my stamped sentiment ins't enough - please delete my entry)
Creative Corner - Let it Sparkle
Clearly iStamp - Christmas in July
As You Like It - Favourite Occasion (mine is Christmas - a time for families and celebrations)
Happy Campers - Bling

Thanks for popping by today - I really appreciate your continued support and always look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Enjoy the rest of the day.
TTFN

Monday, 22 July 2013

Pretty in Pink at The Cutie Pies

Good morning.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend.
We had a lovely family BBQ yesterday - still making the most of the glorious UK weather :o)
Although my squidgiliciuos Grandson Oliver and his Mummy weren't there as they don' t get back from their holiday until later today - it' s only one of a few weeks I haven't seen him since he was born and it does feel odd!!!

So It's the start of a new week, the start of the school holidays and also the start of a new challenge over at

THE CUTIE PIES

and this fortnight we would like to see your projects that are uber cute and

PRETTY IN PINK 

Here's what I did




I went all out pink and girly for this card using one of our fabulous sponsor images.

Card Ingredients:
Image: Pink Gem Designs 'Chloe with Balloon'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: First Edition ' Birdsong'
Memory Box: Corner Bow and Precious Hearts
Spellbinders: Scalloped and Plain Circles
Martha Stewart: Elegant Scroll Border Punch
Sentiment: LOTV
Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Adhesive Pearls, Pearl Hearts and Spotty Grosgrain Ribbon from stash
Glossy Accents added to the balloon.

We have two wonderful sponsors this time:

offering 1 lucky winner 3 digi images of their choice - and with so many scrummy ones to choose from you'll be spoilt for choice :o)
and
i-heart-sweetstamps
offering another lucky winner
$10 gift certificate to spend in their online store.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Addicted to Stamps - Lots of Layers
Challenges 4 Everybody - Always Anything Goes
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - It's a Girl Thing
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Girly
In the Pink - Pink and Pearlie
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by to visit me today - as always I really do appreciate your support and I look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Anything But Square at A Gem of A Challenge

Good morning.
Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend and also the start of the school holidays.
We don't have much planned but it will just be nice to chill out and relax and spend some time together.

Now I wouldn't normally be here this week with my DT card for 


but we have had a change around with the Teams and this week ii is the turn of The Gems  to share some inspiration on the theme

ANYTHING BUT SQUARE

My card is a bit of a last minute Betsy make - sorry!!!




Card Ingredients:
Card base made using Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011
Spellbinders: Poinseitta and Leaf Die
Shabby Pink Frantage
Sentiment: Pink Gem Designs 'Christmas Circle Set 2'
Martha Stewart Snowflake Border Punch
Adhesive Pearls and Ribbon from stash

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the far more gorgeous inspiration from my DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Christmas Stampin' all Year Long - Techniques ' Heat Embossing'
Creative Corner - Let it Sparkle
CAS on Sunday - Christmas in July
Christmas Card Challenges - Embossing (Wet or Dry)
Crafting When We Can - Christmas in July

Thanks for popping by to see me today - I really appreciate your visit.
Have a fabulous weekend.

TTFN

Friday, 19 July 2013

Christmas??? In This Heat???

Good evening.
Mahooosive hello and welcome to my latest new followers - it's sooooo good to see you here.
Are you feeling HOT HOT HOT????
It's been scorchio here today - but there is also a wonderful breeze too :o)
I know this heat doesn't suit some - but I LOVE IT :o)

I actually made today's share last night after the sun had gone down and it was a little cooler in my little crafty haven - which I haven't spent much time in this week - too busy soaking up the sun in the garden.

There seem to be a number of Christmas challenges around at the moment and as I LOVE making Christmas cards I took the opportunity to make one.




Card Ingredients:
Design Papers: LOTV 'Kraft Christmas'
Martha Stewart: Cherish Border Punch, Snowflake Punch and PATP
Memory Box: Riveria Scroll
Aged White Frantage on snowflakes
Diamond Stickles
Adhesive Pearls from stash

Challenges I would like to enter:
Lils' Little Fairies - Christmas in July
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Let it Sparkle
Fairy Tale - Christmas in July
As You Like It - Favourite Occasion 
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Christmas in July
Fab n Funky - Christmas in July

Thanks for all your support and well wishes regarding my elbow - I had my 'big' dressing taken off yesterday and saw the scar and mass of bruises for the first time since the Op - not a pretty sight I can tell you - I did think about sharing a piccie but I don't think you would appreciate it lol!!!
It does feel good to have that dressing off though - it was starting to get itchy and really uncomfortable.

Hope you've had a lovely day.
Thanks for popping by.

TTFN

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Bloomin' Lovely!!!

Good morning.
Bright and early start for me today so that I can get out in the garden and enjoy some more of this glorious sunshine - well we don't get it very often so let's make the most if it :o)

Yesterday I had a lovely visit from my snuggalicious Grand-daughter Ruby Mae who is now the grand old age of 6 weeks :o)
I know I'm biased but isn't she 'Bloomin' Lovely'!!!
And no wonder - here are her equally lovely parents striking a pose on my sun deck :o)

Anyway onto my share for today I made for my MiL - one of 3 I made for her friend that celebrated her 80th birthday earlier this year:




Card Ingredients:
Image: LOTV Pre-Coloured Art Pad 3 'Wild Flowers'
Spellbinders: Timeless Rectangles
Martha Stewart: Floral Lace Border Punch and Butterfly Trio Punch
Craftwork Cards: Sentiment and Number
Flowers, Ribbon, Brad, Pins and Adhesive Pearls from stash

Challenges I would like to enter:
Lili's Little Fairies - Happy Birthday 
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Female Birthday
Creative Craft - Numbers
Just Inspirational - Photo Inspiration 
Crafty Cardmakers - Birthday

Thanks for your continued support - I really do appreciate it.
I always look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN