Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Especially For You

 Good afternoon. It's been a few days since I last posted - no reason specifically but I think my sickness bug  wiped out my Mojo too :o)
Anyways I have been in my little crafty haven today having a play and here's the first of a few cards I came up with:

I took inspiration for the layout from the fab sketch by Dawny P at Papertake Weekly this week.
Image - Wild Rose Studio 'Buttercup in Meadow' coloured with PM's

I love the fresh Spring like feel to the colours of the scrummy DP's - the floral one is Pink Petticoat 'Wild Blossoms' and the Spotty one is from Me to You 'Especially For You'
Sentiment - Papermania

This also used:
Spellbinders - Floral Doily Accents - I used the positive and the negative of the border die and threaded some pink & white bakers twine through it.
A few adhesive pearls and a touch of Glamour Dust to finish it off.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Papertake Weekly - Sketch #65
Cards and More - Glisten & Sparkle
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Pink & Girlie
Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Birthday Card with Dots
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Dies to Die For - Anything Goes
Fairytale - Spring 
Stampin for the Weekend - Bingo (Flowers, Polka Dots & Die Cuts)

Thanks for popping by.
Have a fabulous afternoon.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Last Week for Free & Easy February at Allsorts

Good morning. Hurrah it's Saturday so that means it's time for another new challenge at 

and this is our last week of 


Here's what I decided to make this week:

And this is how I did it:
I started by creating a 5"x7" base card using some textured Bazzill card stock in Buttermilk and then I cut another piece of textured card stock in Kraft to mat and layer over the front slightly smaller. Using a Spellbinders Blossoms die I die cut and embossed an aperture in the Kraft card and added some gorgeous red seam binding around the lower half. Before I adhered this to the base card I positioned it and mae some light pencil marks around the inside of the aperture so I could get the right position to stamp the Hero Arts Dogwood image direct to the base card.
I then stamped the image again onto another piece of the Buttermilk card - coloured both the images with PM's - and then cut and layered the flowers. I added some co-ordinating Card Candi to the centre of the flowers. 

To finish the seam binding along the bottom - I added a bow and the sentiment that was stamped onto two tags - using Sizzix TH Tiny Tabs and Tags dies  and then a few adhesive pearls to finish.

The Kraft card with aperture was adhered to the card base using 3D foam pads.

I enjoyed making this card and I hope you like it too.

Our sponsors this week are

offering 1 lucky winner
$10 Store Gift Certificate

$15 voucher Love to Stamp
Love to Stamp
offering another lucky winner
$15 Voucher

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to see the rest of the DT's gorgeous inspiration this week - there is some beautiful work as always.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Card Makin Mamas - Happy Birthday
Stempelsonne - A Flower for You
Aud Sentiments - Include a Sentiment with Happy in it
Crop Stop - Include at least 3 Flowers
DRS Designs - Use a Tag
Papertake Weekly - Get Krafty
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Birthday

Thanks for popping by.
Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Lots of Layers at MAWTT

Good morning. Today we have a new challenge for you over at 

and this week the lovely Sandra is hosting it for the first time and has picked


Our sponsor this week is
and they are offering 1 lucky winner 
3 packs of die-cuts of their choice from the online store

Here's my card

I love this LOTV image but have been very naughty as it's the first time I've inked her up since I bought it at the NEC in November :o)

Image coloured with Spring Colours Limited Edition PM.s
with lashings of scrummy Glamour Dust.

Design Papers - Pink Petticoat 'Wild Blossoms' and the 'text' paper DCVW 'Sweet Stack'
A few adhesive gems, some pleated ribbon. a button and some bakers twine to finish it all off.

Please pop over to the main challenge blog and check out the gorgeous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies - you won't be disappointed :o)

Challenges I would like to enter:
Cupcake Crafts - Fluffy Pink Cupcakes
Divas by Design - Bling 
Flutterby Wednesday - Photo Inspiration 
My Mum's Craft Shop - Buttons & Ribbons
Simon Says Stamp - 3 Different Papers
Cards and More - Glisten and Sparkle
My Time to Craft - Bring on the Cake
Crafty Boots - Food Glorious Food
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Ribbons & Buttons

Just a quick post from me today as I am nursing Jack - he was up all night throwing up - I was up the night before and all day yesterday doing the same :o(
We both had MacDonalds on Tuesday evening so maybe that's why :o(
I feel achy but soooooooo much better today so hopefully Jack will feel better soon too :o)

Thanks for popping by.
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Red White and Ribbon for An Oldie But Goodie

Good morning. I can hardly believe that 2 weeks have past since our last challenge at 

this year is disappearing fast!!! 
But not quite as fast as the British Gas engineer said when he came to fix a leaking radiator for us last week - quote - "it'll soon be Christmas" - slight exaggeration me thinks :o)

Anyways it is time for a new challenge theme and this fortnight my very lovely friend and DT buddy Claire has picked:



Here's what I came up with:

And here's what I used:
Image - Pink Petticoat - (this is my more than 6 months old item) coloured with PM's
Gingham Ribbon - Also more than 6 months old
Spellbinders Grand Nesties - Scalloped Circles and Plain Circles and Standard Scalloped Circles and Plain Circles
Marianne Designs Rolled Roses
Magnolia Foliage Punch 

This card was for Aaron, Kerry and Oliver when they moved 'again' yesterday into another new home - I'm quite happy they have moved again though because they are now even closer - so hopefully I might get to see Oliver even more :o)

Our sponsor this week is 

and they are very kindly offering 1 lucky winner
$10.00 gift certificate to spend in their online store


Challenges I would like to enter:
Catered Crop - Red
Corrosive Challenge - Another Dimension
OSAAT - Use a Digi or No Image
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Don't be Square
Clearly Inspired - Let's Get Shapely
Crafty Ann's - Bold and Bright
Totally Papercrafts - Ribbon and/or Bows
C.R.A.F.T - No Designer Papers
Cupcake Craftroom - New Beginnings
Scrapbook Sisters - New Home

Before I go I just wanted to share a couple of photos of Oliver after he had his first taste of my chocolate cake on Sunday.

This first photo was when Jamie (my eldest son was behind the camera)

and then when I was taking the picture:

I am blessed that this is how he smiles at me all the time - long may it last :o)

Thanks for popping by.
Have a fabulous day.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Have a Wonderful Day

Good morning. Well half-term is over and Jack is back at school, John is back to work and I'm back to spending the day on my own with little Pickle-Lili cat to keep me company - oh and of course not forgetting I have my little crafty haven to play in :o)

Today's share is made using one of Krista's new Saturated Canary Digi images - this one is called 'Duck Duck Goose - available here
 I took inspiration from Sketch Saturday for the LO - using their fab sketch and also from Crafty Emma's for the DPs' as they are looking for Spots and Dots this week :o)

Image coloured with the new PM's Limited Edition Spring Colours - except for the hair were I used some other PM colours 

Design Papers - DCVW Nana's Nursery Girls
I 'freestyle' stitched around the papers - is this artistic flair or a good excuse not to worry about wonky stitching :o)
I do however quite like the end result :o)
I have kept the card simple so the main focus remains on the scrummy image.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Addicted to Stamps - Birthday Card with Dots
CES Challenge - Spots and Dots
Crazy 4 Challenges - Stripes and Polka Dots
Sketch Saturday - Sketch #195
Delicious Doodles - Pink
Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures Great and Small
The Stamping Boutique - Stitching

Thanks for popping by.
Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Another Free & Easy Allsorts Week

Good morning. It's Saturday again so that means it's time for another new challenge at

except that it's not a new challenge as we are sticking with our


theme but we do have some new inspiration for :o)

Our sponsor this week is 
4 images of winners choice
and Ruth is offering 1 lucky winner 
4 images of their choice 

Here's what I decided to make this week:

I recently treated myself to some Ink Dusters and have been itching to get inky with them - I usually use the blending tool and I have to say I quite like the effect from the dusters - it somehow seems a little softer and blends a little easier :o)
I started with embossing a 5"x5" square piece of linen effect textured card using Creative Expressions 'Delicate' Mask. 
Then I used Martha Stewart 'Cherish' PATP and inked with Dusty Concorde Distress Ink
This was mat and layered onto a larger piece of cardstock that I rounded the corners of and attached to a co-ordinating basecard.

I die cut a frame using Spellbinders Labels 1 and Plain Squares and used foam pads to give it some dimension. The sentiment - part of a set from TPC Studio 'Floral Collage' was stamped onto a smaller Labels 1 and heat embossed with clear EP and then inked with Dusty Concorde with a few adhesive pearls added.
To finish I added a few velvet rolled roses to the corner - which on the photos they look a strange blue colour and look like they don't match - but IRL they are Lilac and tone in perfectly - how strange!!!!!

I really enjoyed putting this card together - I hope you like it too :o)
Please pop over to the main challenge blog and take a look at the gorgeous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies - you won't be disappointed :o)
Hope you can find some time to join us this week - I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Stamp Man - Texture
C.R.A.F.T - No Designer Papers
Cute Card Thursday - Flower Power
DRS Designs - Words Only (no image)
Dutch Dare - Distressing 
Sassy Cheryl's No Designer Paper
Anything Goes - Bingo (Make your own Flowers, Your Choice, Dies/Punches)
Crafty Cardmakers - Monochromatic 

Thanks for popping by.
Have a fabulous day.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Time to Celebrate with Silver Fairy

Good afternoon. Today I would like to share a card I have made for Jamie's girlfriend Rowenna - her birthday isn't until the end of next month but I have so many cards to make for March birthdays and Easter and other occasions that I thought I would try and get ahead when I can :o)
I bought this 'Silver Fairy' digi image by Wee Stamps before Christmas and this is the first time I've printed her out and coloured her in and I'm quite pleased with the result :o)

I mainly used Flexmarkers to colour with this time - with the hair being the exception - note to self I need to get some brown FM's
I teamed the scrummy image with some more of the HOTP DP's that were free with this month's SC&P

I took inpsiration for the LO from this week's fabulous sketch at Sketch Saturday.

This also used:
Glamour Dust on the wings.
Sentiment - Craft Stamper - mat and layered onto Spellbinders Floral Doily Accents.
Felt flower die cut using Spellbinders floral die - with pearl brad for centre.
Scrummy resin flowers - 'Spring Romance' - My Craft Heart 
Glass Peeble - Prima
Martha Stewart - Butterfly Punch

Challenges I would like to enter:
Sketch Saturday - Sketch #194
Sparkles Forum - Things with Wings
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything Goes 
My Craft Spot - Girly Girl Project
Paper Pretties - Use Flowers
Stamps & Fun - Birthday

Before I go I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that left kind words and best wishes regarding my 'Golfer's Elbow' - I am so pleased to say that the pain from the injection has now almost completely gone - I do still have the 'normal' pain from the condition - but hey ho I've had that for 6-9 months now so I guess I can live with it :o)

Thanks for popping by.
Have a fabulous day.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Get Well Soon at MAWTT

Hello again - this is my second post for today and this time it's to share my DT project for

and the theme this week has been picked by our lovely Shell


I almost feel I could send this to myself today following an appointment I had at the hospital yesterday. I have been having some pain in my left elbow - a bit like when you bang your funny bone but the pain is almost constant - for most of the time over the past 6-9 months I have been ignoring it but lately it has got worse and I have difficulty picking things up so I thought it best to get it checked out. Anyways it turns out I have a condition known as 'Golfer's Elbow' - to which I replied when the consultant told me "but I don't play  golf" - he laughed and said it's the same as Tennis Elbow but it affects the muscle on the opposite side of the elbow.
So to cut a long story short the treatment option he suggested was a steroid injection in the elbow - if I could let him do it because where he needed to inject is right where the pain is and it really is sooooooooo tender to touch - but I bit my lip, squeezed the nurse's hand and he injected my elbow - OOOOUUUCCCHHHH 
I cannot express the pain and today my whole arm feels like a sack of spuds is hanging from it :o(
and the pain is at least twice as bad as it was before the treatment - I really hope that doesn't last too long!!!
The next course of action if the steroid injections don't work could be surgery - so I am not looking forward to that at all :o(

Anyways enough rambling here's the card I may just send to myself lol!!!!!!

I have used an uber cute LOTV die cut - available here and what a bargain - 6 images for just £1.00
I used a Spellbinders Small Labels 1 re-cut mine.
The scrummy spring like DP's were a Digi downlaod by Michelle Coleman from Memory Makers 'Wild Sorbet' collection but the link doesn't seem to be available now - sorry :o(
The sentiment was a freebie with this month's HOTP Paper Pack from SC&P  and I thought it matched perfectly :o)

To finish I added a Spellbinders flower die cut topped with pearl brad, a few Memory Box leaves and some adhesive pearls.
Hope you like it :o)

Our sponsor this week is 
and Di is offering 1 lucky winner $10 to spend instore

Please pop over to the main challenge blog and check out the fab inspiration from the rest of the DT - you won't be disappointed.

Challenges I would like to enter:
Lil's Little Fairies - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures Great and Small
Partytime Tuesday - Get Well Wishes
Anything Goes - Bingo 'Flower, Free Choice, Animals'
Crafty Emma - Lots of Layers
Totally Papercrafts - Rainbow (the striped paper has all the colours of the rainbow)

Thanks for popping by.
Have a fabulous day.
We're off to Weston Super Mare for a stroll and Fish N Chips - scrummy yummy :o)
Hope to catch up with you all later.