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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Use 2 Backing Papers at A Gem of a Challenge

Good morning.
Hope you've all had a lovely week and are looking forward to a great weekend.
Not that I wish it to go too quickly but I really can't wait until tomorrow evening as my DH will be home after working away all week and then having a few days visiting his brother in the Lake District.

Today sees the start of another fabulous new challenge over at

A GEM OF A CHALLENGE

and this week it's the turn of The Gems to share some inspiration on the theme picked by the very lovely Sue

USE 2 BACKING PAPERS 

Here's what I did:
(Hope you don't mind it being another Christmas make
but I love making them and NEED so many too lol!!!)




Card Ingredients:

Image: Pink Gem Designs 'Chloe With Snowflake'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Pink Gem Designs 'Pretty Snowflakes'
Sentiment: Pink Gem Designs 'Christmas Circle Sentiments Set 2'
Spellbinders Plain Circle to create aperture in front of card
Marianne Createables for frame around aperture
Spellbinders: Poinsettia Die
Joy Crafts: Winter Wishes Ice Crystals Border Die
Spun Sugar Distress Ink
Lashings of Glamour Dust
Prima Say it in Crystal Adhesive Gem

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

Patties Creations - Anything Goes
LOC - Girly
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment
In The Pink - K.I.S.S
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas - Q for Quick
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Digi Image and/or Digi Papers
Crafty Sentiments - Make it Girly

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

Have a fabulous weekend.
TTFN

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Sketchie Free for All at Papertake Weekly

Good evening.
Apologies for my late DT post today for 


and this week we have a fabulous sketch for you to work with - or you can choose to use any other Papertake Weekly sketch from our archives here.


I chose to work with this week's sketch and here's what I did with it:




Card Ingredients:
Image: LOTV 'Teddy with Robin'
Colouring Medium: Copics
No Design Papers
Embossing Folders: Embossalicious 'Christmas Elegance' and 'Holiday Holly'
I inked the embossing folder first before embossing the cardstock and then inked the edges as well.
Joy Crafts Winter Wishes 'Ice Crystals' Border Die
Joy Crafts Winter Wishes 'Ice Crystal 3 Snowflake Die
Hobbycraft snowflake punch
Ribbon from stash
Lashings of Star Dust Stickles
Sentiment: Kaisercraft

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fab prize on offer this week from our wonderful sponsor:
Simon Says Stamp

and to see the awesome inspiration from my lovely DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

ABC Challenges - No Flowers
Fashionista - Christmas
Lexi's Creations - Sparkle and Shine
Ooh La La Creations - Inspired by a Song (When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbing Along)
Stamp and Create - Glitter
Love to Scrap - BINGO (Bling, Embossing, Ribbon)
Hobbycutz - Create Your Own Background
Creative Corner - Cute Critters
Jingle Belles - Tic Tac Toe (Die-Cut or Punches, Red or Green, Dry or Heat Embossing)
Ready Teddy Go - Die Cuts and Punches
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Winter Animals

Thanks for popping by to see me and for all the lovely comments you have left recently - I really do appreciate your support.

We had a fabulous few days in Leeds visiting my MiL and we did manage to get to Scarborough on Sunday - the weather was beautiful - we all enjoyed some scrummy Fish n Chips, a ride on a steam train and on an open top bus all finished off with a well earned ice cream - yum yum!!

John and Jack thoroughly enjoyed the football at Old Trafford last night - even if it was a 0-0 draw and they didn't get home until after midnight!!!

Had a surprise visit from Lola Arizona and Ruby Mae when I got back home too - which was just what I needed after a 3 & 1/2 hour drive home :o(
Just need to muster some get up and go to empty the suitcase - maybe I'll feel more like it after a good night's sleep :o)

Hope to catch up with you this evening and tomorrow.

TTFN
 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Sketch #16 at Sketch n Stash

Good morning.
Hope all are enjoying the extended Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK.

Hopefully Mr Blogger has played nicely and published this scheduled post as we are currently away visiting family in Leeds.
Yesterday we had a trip planned to Scarborough - subject to the weather - so hopefully it was nice enough to go - I'll let you know if we got away when I get back :o)

John and Jack are mega excited as this evening they are going to Old Trafford to see Man. Utd. play Chelsea.

So today I'm here to share my DT card for 


and this week we have this fabulous sketch for you to play with 
with the additional option of 

MONOCHROMATIC

Here's what I did:



Card Ingredients:
Image: Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament 2011
Just Rite 'Vintage Christmas Ornaments' Heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Gold EP
Sentiment: Just Rite 'Noel Christmas Ornaments'
eBosser Regency Embossing Folder
Gold Satin Ribbon from stash
Shabby White Frantage

Our sponsor this week is:

offering 1 very lucky winner this fabulous prize:

Wish I could enter myself lol!!!

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

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

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Summer Fun - Part 2

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you are all well and looking forward to the extended weekend.

Not sure the weather is actually going to play ball and behave - typical UK Bank Holiday :o(
Hopefully it does though as we are heading up to Leeds after lunch today and hoping to fit a trip to the seaside in tomorrow - subject to weather!!!

A few weeks ago I shared this card with you as a DT project and I mentioned it was one of two I made as requested by a friend for boy and girl twins that were having a pool party themed birthday party.
So today I would like to share the one I made for the girl:




Card Ingredients:

Image: Digistamp Boutique 'Molly and Tom Summer Fun'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Magazine Freebie
Martha Stewart: Double Dot Border Punch
Memory Box: Party Banner Die and Numbers and Alpha Die
Ribbon and Flower Gems from stash
Sentiment: PC Generated

Challenges I would like to enter:
Card Crafter's Circle - Bright Colours
Crafts-Too Challenge You - Summer Days - Beach Colours
Daring Cardmakers - Life's a Beach
Digitally Sweet - Summertime Colours
Polkadoodles - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Simply Create Too - For a Child
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Right must dash - lots to sort out before we head off.
Have a fabulous weekend.
Hope to catch up with you all soon.
TTFN

Glossy Accents and Diamond Stickles

Friday, 23 August 2013

Tags and Hearts at Totally Papercrafts

Good morning.
Hope you are all keeping well and those not I wish well soon.
We had a successful 'school uniform' shopping trip yesterday so that's a relief :o)
Not only did we get everything Jack needed but we did it without falling out with each other - what a bonus!!!

I have another DT card to share with you today and this time it's for 


and the lovely Sue has picked the theme

TAGS AND HEARTS 

Here's what I did:



Card Ingredients:
Image: Sponsor image 'Lenny Christmas 1'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Dove Craft Vintage Christmas
Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2013 
Just Rite Vintage Christmas Ornaments and Noel Christmas
Ribbon: East of India
Sentiment Tags: LOTV
Glamour Dust

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fabulous inspiration from my DT buddies and to see the details of the wonderful prizes from our sponsors this week.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Aud Sentiments - Anything But a Birthday Card
Craftin Boutique - Anything with a Bear
Crafty Ribbons  - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Christmas Card Challenge - Non-Traditional Christmas Image
Ready Teddy Go - Die Cuts and Punches

Today we are going to take a look at a new Gym that has recently opened and is offering an almost unbelievable membership deal - hopefully it's not too good to be true - I really need to focus on shifting some weight - so fingers crossed.

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

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Use Twine at Divas by Design

Good morning.
Hope you are having a lovely week so far.
The gorgeous sunshine weather seems to have returned so most of my time yesterday was spent helping DH tidy up the hedge and bushes in the front garden. But I was rewarded with a scrummy ice cream up on the hill after we had taken the garden waste to the recycling centre :o)

Today it's time to share my DT card for 


and this week the theme is 

USE TWINE
Here's what I did:



Card Ingredients:
Design Papers: Bella Carta 'Winter Fun'
MFT: Fishtail Stax 
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Adhesive Gems Jingle Bells and twine from stash
Star Punches

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

Craft Room Challenge - Something New (New Jingle Bells)
Creative Craft Challenge - Not A Square
ABC Challenges - Lots of Layers
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Paper Playtime - Use Pearls

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

Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Flower Power at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon my lovely crafty friends.
Thank you for all your kind words yesterday :o)
It's been a beautiful start to the day here in Gloucestershire and looks like it's going to last a little longer.

So today's post is to share my DT card for 


and this week the fabulous theme is
FLOWER POWER

Here's what I did:




And here's how I did it:

MDF Heart: Indigo Blu painted with Acrylic Paint. When dry I stamped the Blazing Poppies image using FlitterGlu  and then gilded with Winter Dawn gilding flakes
I also stamped the Blazing Poppies onto Centura Pearl card using Dusty Concord Distress Ink and dragged the ink out then fussy cut the flower heads to 3D onto the MDF heart.
I added some Stampendous Frantage Encrusted Jewels in shades of purple
Sentiment: LOTV 
Some ribbon and cord to hang it up and job done!!!

Please pop over to then main challenge blog to check out the details of our sponsor this week and to see the stunning inspiration from my wonderful DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Hobbycutz - Create Your Own Background
Joanna Sheen - Embossing - Heat or Dry
PanPastel - Create Your Own Background
Pile it On - No Designer Paper
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Emma's Cards - Floral
Crafty Ribbons - 3 of Something
Creative Creations - BINGO (Anything but a Card, Image, Ribbon)

No cooking for me this evening as we are going over to Aaron and Kerry's for tea - after all 'the boys' have been to the driving range.

Thanks for popping by to visit me.
Enjoy the rest of the day.
TTFN

Monday, 19 August 2013

Anything Goes at Cutie Pies

Good morning. Hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Sorry I've not been around for a while but I've been enjoying some family time as my DH is off for a couple of weeks.

This post was originally scheduled as we were supposed to be on our way down to Devon for a few days but unfortunately we have had to cancel :o(
Not sure what this week will bring now - but I'm sure I'll have some crafty playtime and some catch up bloggy time in there somewhere :o)

So today we have a new challenge theme for you over at 


and it's the most simplest ever

ANYTHING GOES 
(but don't forget to make it CUTE)

Last week it was my Great-Niece's first birthday so here's what I did:




Card Ingredients:
Image: From Sponsor Milk Coffee 'Charlotte and Bunny Love Balloon'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Bo Bunny 'Smoochable' - MCH
Spellbinders: Classic and Scalloped Ovals
Memory Box: Cosmo Border - MCH & Corner Bow - MCH
Number: Tim Holtz Word Play
Flowers, Gem and Ribbon from stash
Sentiment: PC Generated
Glossy Accents added to balloons

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes
Colour Me Creative: Anything Goes
Sugar Creek Hollow: A Child's Life
Totally Gorjuss: Die Cuts and Punches
Word Play Saturday: Childhood
Simply Create Too: For a Child



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

Have a fabulous day.
See you tomorrow with another DT post :o)

TTFN



Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Occasion-ally at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon.
Hopefully Mr Blogger has published this scheduled post for me today whilst I am currently enjoying a family day out at Weston Supermare.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at 


and this week the theme is 

OCCASION-ALLY
a card for any occasion

It will be my 16th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday so I took this opportunity to make a card for my DH




Card Ingredients:
Sentiment and Design Papers: Pink Petticoat 'Just An Old Fashioned Girl' 
Martha Stewart Scalloped Heart Border Punch
Ribbon, Metallic Cord and Heart Charm: Candy won from the lovely Jules
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fabulous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies and to see the wonderful prize on offer from our sponsor this week.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Little Claire's - Wedding/Anniversary
Our Creative Corner - Words Words Words
Just for Fun - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy's - Celebrate Something

Before I go I would just like to say a mahooosive THANK YOU for all your lovely comments on my new DT post yesterday - it really does mean a lot.

Enjoy the rest of the day.
TTFN

Monday, 12 August 2013

Challenge #119 at Sketch n Stash

Good morning.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend - I certainly did :o)
I met up with my bestest blogging buddy Claire on Saturday at the Great British Craft Festival and had a wonderful day of shopping and catching up - it was sooooo lovely to see Claire again and I can't wait until the next time :o)

I have some exciting news to share with you today that I have managed to keep quiet for what has felt like ages lol!!!
I'm thrilled to say that I have been picked to join the talented Design Team over at 

and today I'm sharing my first DT make for them with you.

Here's the fabulous sketch for this fortnight:
with the optional theme of 

HANDMADE FLOWERS

and here's my take on it:



Card Ingredients: 
Image - Pre-coloured Topper 'Wee Stamps - Let it Snow'
Design Papers: Bella Carta 'Winter Fun'
Spellbinders: Floral Oval, Layered Poinsettia 
Memory Box: Madeira Corner
Embellishments: Hobby House 'Large Blossom Spacers' and 'Snowflake Charm' , Kaisercraft Sparklets, 
Ribbon and Metallic Cord from stash
Star Dust Stickles

Our sponsor this week is 
offering 1 lucky winner 
a CD of their choice

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

Challenges I would like to enter:
The Hobby House - Christmas
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas
Christmas Cards all Year Round - Make it Fussy and Fancy
As You Like It - Favourite Twine or Ribbon (mine is the metallic twine - great for tying on charms and the satin ribbon because it makes great bows)
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Die Cuts
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by today - it's always lovely to see you here.
Looking forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Summer Time at A Gem of a Challenge

Good morning.
Hopefully Mr Blogger is playing nicely and has published this post for me whilst I am on my way to meet my bestest blogging buddy Claire at the Great British Craft Festival.
So looking forward to catching up and having a good crafty shop - after I give her a great big hug as she needs one right now me thinks :o)

So today it's the turn of The Gems to share their inspiration over at 


and this week the theme is 

SUMMER TIME

Here's what I did:




Card Ingredients:
Image: Pre-coloured version of 'Chloe with Ice Cream'
Design Papers: First Edition 'Summer Breeze'
Card Base: Craftwork Cards
Martha Stewart: Floral Border Punch
Spellbinders: Floral Ovals, Scalloped and Plain Grand Nesties
Memory Box: Precious Hearts, Madeira Corner
Flower: Bo Bunny 'Blush' - MCH

The prize on offer as always is:
2 Individual Digi images
(NO SETS, PERSONALISED WATERMARK'S OR SENTIMENT SETS) 
of the winners choice from PINK GEM DESIGNS.....

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
A Little Bit Crafty - Summer Sun 
Cute Card Thursday - Die-ing to Punch
Hanna and Friends - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter - Punches and Dies
In the Pink - Happy Ist Birthday Pinkies

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

Have a fabulous weekend.
Hope to catch up with you all later.
TTFN