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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Use Orange at Divas by Design

Good morning.
It's a lovely bright and sunny morning here in Gloucestershire today - which is just perfect for what my DH and I have planned. We are going to a Craft Fayre at Westonbirt and then for a stroll around the arboretum so fingers crossed the weather holds.

Today it's the turn of Team B to share some inspiration over at

DIVAS BY DESIGN

and this week the fabulous theme is

USE ORANGE

As I am all 'Halloween'd' out I decided to get ahead and make a birthday card for my brother:




Card Ingredients:
Image: 'Need for Speed' from our sponsor this week - Kenny K
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Bo Bunny 'Autumn Song' from The Stamp Basket 
Sentiment: Stampin Up
Memory Box: Cosmic Stars
Spellbinders: Labels 22 and Plain Circle Nesties
The cardstock I have mat and layered onto looks black in the photos but it's actually a bottle green that co-ordinates beautifully with the DP's

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

Challenges I would like to enter:
LEJ Designs - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Photo Inspiration
Feeling Crafty - Autumn
Heck of a Challenge - Autumn Colours
Crafty Boots - Autumn
Lady Anne's - Autumn/Fall
Lexi's Creations - Birthday Celebrations
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Inspired by a Film (Need for Speed)

Thanks for popping by today.

Hope you have a wonderful day whatever you have planned.

TTFN

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Sketch Time at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon.
Hope you are all keeping well and those not I wish well soon.
Also hope everyone is keeping safe from the storms that have been hitting the UK - especially those in the South of England.
I have my second session of acupuncture this afternoon but before I head off for it I'm here to share my DT project for the new challenge over at 


and this week it's our fabulous

SKETCHIE FREE FOR ALL

or you could use the new sketch Dawny P has made for us - as I did:




I recently had a request for a 'cute' Anniversary card and I immediately knew which image I wanted to use - well what could be cuter than a LOTV couple :o)

Card Ingredients:
Image: LOTV 'Love Balloon'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: First Edition 'J'adore'
Mix of flowers - Prima, WOC and Live Love Crafts
Ribbon and adhesive pearls from stash
Sentiment: LOTV 'Set 7 - For You'
Memory Box: Precious Hearts
Spellbinders: Marvelous Squares

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous

Simon Says Stamp

and Heidi is generously offering 1 lucky winner
$20 to spend in their online store.

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:

ABC Challenges - X for X'tra Special
Card and Scrap - Anniversary
LOTV - Anything Goes
Cards Galore - Flowers
Created with Love - Anything Goes
Cutie Pies - Cute & BINGO - Flowers, Ribbon and Glitter
Hobbycutz - BINGO (Pearls, Flowers and Sparkle)
Crafty Little Fairies - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by today.
Hope to catch up with you all later.
Have a wonderful afternoon.

TTFN

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Teddy with Present - GDT The Stamp Basket

Good morning.
Hope you're having a good weekend so far.
John & I went to the cinema yesterday to see Captain Phillips - it was a true story based on Somali pirates and the highjacking of an American cargo ship and it was brilliant from start to finish. When we got home we had a surprise visit from my squidgiliciuos Grandson Oliver - he told his Mum when he got up that he wanted to come and see his Grandma so they called in after they had been out or tea.

Today I'm here with my 2nd GDT project for


and this time I have a gone for a pretty in pink girlie make using





Card Ingredients:
Image: Wild Rose Studio 'Teddy With Present'
Colouring Medium: Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Design Papers: Magnolia 'Cloudy Hearts Pink' and 'Vintage Pink'
Sentiment: Molly Blooms 'Celebrate Banner'
Die Cuts: La La Land 'Heart Fence' 
Memory Box 'Snowflake Corner'
Marianne Createables Open Leaves
MFT Mini Royal Roses
Frantage: Shabby Pink

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

Thanks for popping by today.
Think we might pop down to The Mall to make a start on the Christmas shopping. just love this time of year :o)

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Saturday, 26 October 2013

More Red & White for Christmas

Good morning.
Hurrah it's the weekend and also the start of the half term holidays for Jack - think he's ready for the break - he seems to have had so much more work to do - as expected though since he has now started his GCSE courses. My DH is also off for the week so we have quite a few things planned to keep us busy and allow us to spend some quality time together.

So today I'm here to share an other festive make with you. I took my inspiration from a card I saw recently on Debbie's blog - here (thanks for the inspiration Debbie)

I loved the look of the embossed parchment so decided to give it a go myself and here's what I did:




Card ingredients:
Parchment Paper embossed with Embossalicious Folder 'Christmas Elegance'
Freebie image from Simply Cards stamped onto red cardstock and heat embossed with white EP
Die cut using Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011
I added a touch of Star Dust stickles to each dot  and the middle of the snowflakes on the embossed parchment.
Red gingham ribbon from stash and a few adhesive gems to finish it off.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Winter Wonderland - Check this Out 
Christmas Cards all Year Round - Getting Ready for Christmas

Sorry I didn't get round to see any of you yesterday. I had my first session of acupuncture on my shoulder and arm and then I was out for lunch with Rowena and my snuggalicious Grand-daugher Ruby Mae.
My arm wasn't so good last night so I was in bed by 9:30pm but I'm happy to say that it feels so much better this morning.

Before I go I just thought I'd share a photo of Ruby Mae taken yesterday getting ready for her lunch - she has just started having baby porridge and she loves it:


She is sooooooo petitie and dolly like that we had to try and mold her buggy cosy toes around her so she didn't fall out of the gap in the highchair lol!!!

Thanks for popping by to see my today and for all the lovely comments you have left recently - I always appreciate your support.

Have a fabulous crafty day.
TTFN

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Shape Up at MAWTT

Good morning.
My squidgilicious Grandson Oliver is home from his jolly holibobs and will be coming to play this morning.
Hope the weather is a bit better than it has been so far this week - it would be nice to get out for a walk and maybe even feed the ducks :o)

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


and the lovely Laurie has picked the theme

SHAPE UP 

Here's what I did:



Card Ingredients:
Image, Sentiment, F and Design Papers from the gorgeous Craftwork Cards 'Christmas Post Collection'
Base card: Craftwork Cards 'Fanciful'
Dewdrops: The Ribbon Girl
Festive Berries Distress Ink

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

Thanks for popping by to see me today - you are always welcome and I always look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a wonderful day.
Hope to catch up with you all later this afternoon/evening.

TTFN

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Oh Christmas Tree at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon.
Hope your morning has been a good one.
I've been busy in my little crafty haven still trying to get ahead with some DT work and preparing for my Christmas Fayre on 1st December.

So with that in mind I have another Christmas make to share with you today for our new challenge over at

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY

and this week the fabulous theme is

OH CHRISTMAS TREE

I just had to use this adorable LOTV image so aptly named 'Oh Christmas Tree'
(That gives you a bit of an insight as to how my brain works sometimes lol!!!)




Card Ingredients:
Image: LOTV 'Oh Christmas Tree'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Dovecraft Back to Basics 'Vintage Christmas'
Sentiment: LOTV
Spellbinders: 'Heart Squares' 'Poinsettia' 'Ribbon Banners'
Ribbon and Adhesive Pearls from stash

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:

LOTV - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas is Coming
Polkadoodles - Christmas is Coming
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas/Winter Holiday

Thanks for popping by today and for all your lovely comments left recently - I really do appreciate it.
Have a fabulous afternoon.
TTFN



Monday, 21 October 2013

Sketch #20 at Sketch and Stash - Optional Stitching 'Real or Faux'

Good morning.
Hope you had a lovely weekend.
Mine was fairly quiet but enjoyable nonetheless.
Just a quick post from me this morning before I pop off to the Dr's about my shoulder.

So today sees the start of a new challenge with a new sketch to play with over at

SKETCH N STASH 

and the option of

STITCHING 'REAL or FAUX'

This fortnight our wonderful sponsor is the very lovely Janet and Pink Gem Designs
Now being on Janet's DT means I am spoilt for choice for uber cute images to play with and today is no exception as I chose to colour up a scrummy Gingerbread Man:




Card Ingredients:
Image: Pink Gem Designs 'Gingerbread Man'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Freebie last year with Quick Cards Made Easy
Sentiment: Craftwork Cards
Ferns: Magnolia Doo Hickey 'Sprawling Ferns'
Natural Raffia from stash
Berries and Jingles Bells from stash
Festive Berries and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Diamond Stickles
Viva Decor Pearl Pen 'Ice White'

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

Thanks for taking the time to come and see me today - I really appreciate your visit and always look forward to reading any comments you may wish to leave.

Have a fabulous day.
Stay dry :o)

TTFN

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Guest Designing for The Stamp Basket

Good morning.
At long last I can now share one piece of my exciting news that I have referred to in a number of posts recently.

I am thrilled to have been invited by Janet to be Guest Designer for 


So for the next 8 weeks on Sundays I will be sharing my crafty inspiration using some scrummy crafty goodies from The Stamp Basket and my first project is using one of the most adorable new images from Wild Rose Studio 'Bluebell with Presents'




I coloured this adorable image using my long neglected Promarkers and Flexmarkers - might have to have another play with them again soon :o)
Then I fussy cut the images and layered them onto a Spellbinders Plain Circle and my new Marianne Stitched Circle Die.

Other scrummy items used from The Stamp Basket:
Design Papers: Bo Bunny 'Silver and Gold'
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics 'Cardinal'
Image stamped onto: Neenah Classic 'Solar White' using Memento Ink 'Tuxedo Black'
Sentiment: Wild Rose Studio 'Christmas Labels'
Snowflake Border: Joy Crafts 'Winter Wishes Ice Crystals Border'
Snowflake Circle: Joy Crafts 'Winter Wishes Circle with Ice Crystals'
Sparkle: Crystal Glamour Dust
 Pearls: 3mm, 4mm, 5mm Ivory Silk
Edges Inked with: Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Card Base: Craftwork Cards 'On the Edge Scalloped White'

Challenges I would like to enter:
ABC Christmas - U for Under the Tree (Presents)
52CCT - Bling it Up
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Getting Ready For Christmas
Polkadoodles - Christmas is Coming
Crafty Little Fairies - Christmas in October
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas/Winter Holiday
Crafter's Circle - Cute
I Love Promarkers - Snowflakes

Thanks for popping by day - I really do appreciate your support.
Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Merry and Bright Christmas Hugs



Good morning.
Thank you to everyone that wished me well with the Physio yesterday - unfortunately it didn't go too well as she was unable to 'do' much with it because the area was so sensitive and painful when she was just examining me. She wants me to go back to see the Dr. to get the pain relief sorted before I go to see her again next week - she also suggested acupuncture before having any treatment to help with the pain :o(
So I have an appointment to see the Dr. again on Monday morning and then to see the Physio again on Friday.
Anyway there people suffering far worse than me so that's enough wallowing!!!

Today I'm here to share a card I have made specifically for the Lovely Lili challenge that finishes today over at The Ribbon Girls and for the monthly challenge over at Lili of the Valley which is Anything Goes.

I have used some of my scrummy new stash I bought last weekend when I attended Dawny P's LOTV workshop:




Card Ingredients:
Image: LOTV 'James and Snowman'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: LOTV 'Raspberry Road Beach Bliss'
Joy Crafts Ice Crystals Snowflake
Martha Stewart Snowfake
Memory Box Mittens Die
Seam Binding: 'Paradise Aqua'
Scrummy crocheted lace from LOTV shop
Red Roses from LOTV shop
Adhesive Pearls from stash
Lashings of Glamour Dust 
Christmas Red Stickles
Broken China Distress Ink

Challenges I would like to enter:

The Ribbon Girls - Lovely Lili
LOTV - Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies - Christmas in October
Simon Says Stamp - Christmas/Winter Holiday

Thanks for popping by - it's always so lovely to see you here.
Have a fabulous weekend.

Before I go here's a sneak peek of my share for tomorrow when I will be letting the cat out of the bag about one of my new adventures :o)


TTFN



Friday, 18 October 2013

Too Cute to Spook at Totally Papercrafts


Good morning.
Can you believe this weather we've been having for the past few days - well down here in Gloucestershire anyway - it's been glorious - nearly had to dig my shorts back out lol!!!
I don't think it's set to last though - I've heard we are expecting to have the worst snow in decades heading our way early part of November - possibly lasting on and off through to February!!!! 
So maybe it's the lull before the storm :o(

Anyway enough doom and gloom I'm here to share my last DT project for 


and this week I have picked the theme

TOO CUTE TO SPOOK

I would just like to say a huge thank you to the lovely girls over at TPC - thank you so much for having me on the DT - it has been a pleasure working alongside you all - but as I've hinted before I have some new adventures coming up and just had to 'let go' of some current commitments.

So here's my last DT project:



I created the background to the image by masking the image off and inking with Peeled Paint Distress Ink - I also added a touch of Walnut Stain to the edges - then spritzed lightly with water and blotted with some kitchen towel.

Card Ingredients:
Colouring Medium: Copics
Crafters Companion Die'sire 'Enchanted Spring'
Flowers and adhesive pearls from stash

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:
Crafting for all Seasons - Too Cute to Spook
2 Creative Chicks - Halloween
Emergency Crafters - Halloween 
Sparkles Forum - Halloween or Autumn Colours
Crafty Sentiments - Halloween 
Oldie But Goodie - Spooky (My image and DP's are more than 6 months old)
ABC - Halloween 
Crafty Boots - Halloween 
Saturated Canary - Season's Greetings
Polkadoodles - Halloween

I have my first physio appointment today for my shoulder - hopefully I'll still be able to move when I get back - but I've heard they can be fierce lol!!! Wish me luck :o)

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

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN




Thursday, 17 October 2013

Red & White for Christmas

Good morning.
Having a lazy morning this morning - no rushing around trying to get Jack up and ready in time for school as he's at home today because the teacher's are on strike!!!
He will also be at home tomorrow as it's an INSET day.

Today I would like to share a non-DT make with you.
I have a Christmas Fayre planned at the beginning of December so I have been busy trying to get ahead with some Christmas cards - here's one I made a few days ago using some gorgeous freebie stamps with this month's Simply Cards and Papercraft that co-ordinate with Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011:




You might remember this card I made a few weeks ago - well I made another background but this time I then covered it with a sticky adhesive sheet and added some clear micro beads from Creative Expressions - the texture is amazing IRL - it gives the image a sort of frosty look - fabulous!!!
I stamped the images onto red cardstock using Perfect Medium and heat embossed with True White EP then die cut using the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2011 dies.
Finished off with a touch of co-ordinating twine and a few adhesive gems.
(The hair showing in the close - up photos is an optional extra lol!!!)
I'm quite pleased with how this turned out - hope you like it too :o)

Challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Christmas
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Sparkle and Shine
Inkspirational - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafter's - Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - Christmas in October
Crimson Cloud - Christmas Cards
Deep Ocean - Christmas is Around the Corner
Holly Jolly Christmas - Inpsired by a Christmas Carol/Song (Let it Snow)
Craft Your Passion - Embossing

Aaron, Kerry and my squidgilicious Grandson Oliver came home from their jollies yesterday and I and off to meet them for lunch today for a good catch up and squidges from Oliver.

Thanks for popping by - it's always lovely to see you.
Have a fabulous day.

TTFN


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Autumn Colours at Divas by Design

Good morning.
Can you believe that it's the middle of the week already!!!!
Hope you're having a good one.

Before I share my 3rd DT project of the week with you I would just like to say 
Happy Birthday to my lovely MiL - hope you are having a lovely day.

So today I'm here with my DT inspiration for 


and this week the theme is 

AUTUMN COLOURS

I took my initial inspiration from a gorgeous burgandy/red tree that I see every morning at this time of year when taking Jack to school - I just love the rich colour and that's why I decided to give my gorgeous image this fabulous colour for her hair.
Hope you like it :o)




Card Ingredients:
Image: Saturated Canary 'Autumn' from MCH
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: Kaisercraft
Sentiment: LOTV
MFT: Mini Scalloped Rose
Martha Stewart: Frond Punch - Gilded with Autumn Breeze Gilding Flakes
Platinum Stickles
Seedless Preserves and Old Paper Distress Ink 

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

Challenges I would like to enter:

Creative Craft - Anything Goes
Lady Anne's Challenge - Autumn/Fall
Stamps and Fun - Autumn
Pan Pastel - Falling Leaves
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Autumn - Not Halloween

Thanks for popping by today - it's always so lovely to see you.

Have a fabulous day.
I'm off to meet up with Rowena and my snuggalicious Grand-daughter Ruby Mae for a coffee and some snuggles.

TTFN