Thursday, 31 July 2008

A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge

Animal Magic

Another great challenge from A Spoonful of Sugar this week and what great DT cards there are for our inspiration. With so many stamps now being eligible for this Challenge site it has become one of my favourites so please pop over and see the DT cards and enter this weeks challenge by clicking here

I have used three of my High Hopes stamps that are available from Bryony at
Silly Monky Crafts they have been coloured as usual with Distress Inks and H2O's the background was stuck down flat and the lovely Giraffe and large sun were 3d to the image. Basic Grey DP has been layered onto moss green BP, sentiment from Lizzie Ann Designs. Hope to be able to do a few more challenges now it is cooler, I know we shouldn't moan about lovely hot weather but it does cut down on crafting time.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Stamping with Sarah Kay - Sketch

We have a lovely sketch this week on Stamping with Sarah Kay, this is my first card as a DT member for the challenge and I have really enjoyed designing it, thanks Moni and Girls. Please pop over and join us this week, although the blog is in German its easy to follow the sketch and we could do with some more entries from around the world

Amelia is going on a picnic today, so hope the weather stays fine for her. Image painted with Distress Inks and H2o's Dp are Little Yellow Bicycle and Crate Paper, Flowers from stash, I have added stickles to the edges to jazz them up a bit, Ribbon is also by Little Yellow Bicycle. TFL

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge No7 Down on the Farm

Challenge 7 - Down on the Farm!!
this week we would like you to use images of anything you would find down on the farm!
As always its entirely up to you what you make - card, atc, altered art etc.. as long as it features
at least on penny black image.
This week we have some fabulous stickers for one lucky winner

Thanks everyone who took part in last weeks Challenge, there were some fantastic entries. I would like to offer my apologies that I didn't manage to visit everyone who entered this week but have had a hectic time. Will try to do better this week.

This great stamp is called Ladies Devine, don't you think it is hilarious. Very Plain and Simple card this week due to the time restraints. Dp is Little Yellow Bicycle (Thanks go to the fab Rach for putting me onto this glorious papers). Ribbon by Poppicraft, flower by Prima, and sentiment by Lizzie Anne Designs.
Looking forward to seeing all your fab creations, so come and join us at Pennyblack Saturday Challenge

Friday, 25 July 2008

Stamping with Sarah Kay

Circles, Dots and Coffee Colours are the challenge this week on Stamping with Sarah Kay.
My Image has been coloured with Distress Inks as usual, and is layered on Dp from K&CO and brown and cream pearlised card. The cream card was put through the cuttlebug in the swiss dots folder, the flowers are Prima and the button from a selection at Crafters Companions.

I also have some great news, the lovely Moni from Stamping with Sarah Kay has asked me to join the Design Team so my first Dt card will appear next week, I am really honoured that I have been asked and hope you will visit Stamping with Sarah Kay and give me your support. TFL

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

A Spoonful of Sugar -Challenge 9 Sketch

We have the gorgeous Katharina as our guest designer this week who has created this fab sketch for us, if you haven’t paid her a visit pop over and take a look at her fab blog, and wish her well on her new adventure whiff of joy.

What a great sketch Katharina has given us for this challenge on A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge. With the sun shining and the temperature soaring it as been a challenge just to make one card today, I carried the sunshine onto my effort this week with nice bright orange and green. Amelia has been sunbathing in the garden and has picked a little flower for you all. She has been coloured as usual with Distress Inks and H20's. The DP are Basic Grey Buttons from Poppicraft, flower by me, spacer was a gift, senimemnt stamp and ticket stamp are from Art from the Heart.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Sarah Kay Challenges - No 3

*Week 3*
Too Posh To Be Square. No square cards, or books, coasters, altered art etc.
You are free to create anything you like as long as it's not square!Please remember your work must include at least one Sarah Kay image
This is the challenge on Sarah Kay Challenges this week.
I saw the layout for this card on a blog quite a while ago, but I cannot remember whos blog it was, so sorry, it is an A4 sheet of Bp cut to 8"x10" and scored at 4", 8" and 10".
The DP are all basic grey and once cut have been edged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The images have been painted with Distress Inks as usual, the Memo stamp is from Maya Road, Swirls were cut on Cricut, Green and Pink Flowers Prima, crochet flowers by me.

Very short post today as my Pro-markers have arrived and my High Hope Stamps so I am off to have fun. Have never used Pro-markers before so I am not sure how I will get on, but if results are good enough may give you a peek tomorrow.

Monday, 21 July 2008

High Hopes Heaven

Oh wow my High Hopes order from Canada came today and the new release stamps are fantastic. I had great service from Tina at High Hopes, and the stamps were so reasonable with the Dollar Pound exchange rate, I cannot recommend them enough so why not go and have a look at their great site here
On Guard Obrto, Treasure Map, Polly and sentiment are all from the new Pirate release and have been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's. I stamped the map with the Frayed Burlap ink and then dragged the colour out with the waterbrush, not sure if it was successful, tore the paper and rolled the corners. Dp are Basic Grey. Brads from Poppycraft.

Whiff of Joy - Guest Designer Challenge

I am sure that you all know Katharina, she must be one of the most talented Ladies in Blog Land, she will soon be launching her own range of wonderful stamps, which will also include some by Elizabeth Bell, whose stamps have been such a success already. Whiff of Joy will be the name of Katharinas new on-line shop and to celebrate the launch she has given all us lucky ladies the chance to be guest designer. For more info on this please go to Katharinas blog by clicking here. She also has a fantastic DT team on board cannot wait to see their cards with these new stamps.
I have huffed and puffed about putting this up for the challenge as there are so many of you talented ladies out there but nothing ventured nothing gained.

This beautiful Elizabeth Bell image has been coloured with Distress Ink and H20's, the DP is Basic Grey swirls were cut on Cricut, I dug into my memory to remember how to make the double crochet flower, which was crocheted with perle cotton and layered with a Prima Flower, the so sweet image came with the first release of the stamps. TFL

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Friday Sketchers - Sketch by Claudia

Alota Rubber Stampsare offering 2 great stamps this week for one lucky person to win on Friday Sketchers Challenge Blog. The sketch this week is by the talented Claudia.

Since I received my great Honey & Pip Stamps by Elizabeth Bell from Sugar Nellies I have been stamping and colouring and using every chance I can to use the images. This sweet Honey and Snowman stamp has been coloured with Distress Inks, Surprise, surprise. I do not have much christmas DP and I am not to sure where this small sheet came from, the corners and snowflakes have been cut with the cuttlebug and the corner embossed on same. I have added a little Glamour Dust to the snowflakes on the DP and added small stick on jewels to the middle of the blue snowflakes.
I am off now to play some more. TFL

Tilda & Co - Bugs

This weeks challenge on !Tilda & Co is "bugs"
Please show us in your work insects, ants, ladybugs, you name it if its a little creepy bug then show it off this week

I do not have any bugs stamps so had to use my lovely lady bugs from Joanna Sheen, The background stamp and Tilda has been coloured with Distress Inks, the paper is from K&Co, flower is Prima Painterly Petals. TFL

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Stamp Something Challenge - The Sweetest Thing

A Challenge close to my heart over on Stamp Something they are wanting your card to bring out the sweet tooth in you, anything that involves sweets is eligible, it can be something sweet you have cooked even.

I am not brave enough to show anything I cook on here so I have stuck with a card, I have used a fabulous sketch I found on Tiets blog, she has 5 new sketches on there and they are so usable, I am sure I will find loads to do with them. I have coloured my Housemouse stamp with Distress Inks and H2o's and layered it up on lots of different scraps of DP, I think I went overboard with the pearls today, but I am quite pleased with it. Sorry about the quality of the photo but weather is not very good.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Snow

We would like you to make a Christmas card what features snow in some way, it can be papers, brads, embossing what ever you like as long as we can see snow and of course at least one penny black image as always its entirely up to you what you make - card, atc, altered art etc..This week we have another fantastic prize what has been kindly donated by one of our fabulous sponsors Sir Stampalot. Some great Acrylic Stamps are up for one lucky person. If you have never visited Sir Stampalot they have a great range of stamps, and their service is first class, I have always received next day delivery from them.
This large stamp is called "Snowmen Melt your Heart", I loved colouring this as it has so much detail, it was coloured with distress inks and H2O's, I was going to add Glamour Dust but then thought it didn't need it. The maroon CS has been embossed with Cuttlebug Folder Swirls, and sentiment cut of the Cricut Basic George cartridge, Christas Tree Charm from Crafty Kraft, and snowflake brad from stash.
Please join with us this week there are some great cards from my fellow DT members on the blog Here and also a picture of the great stamps to be won. Have a great weekend everyone

Friday, 18 July 2008

Stamp with Sarah Kay No 3

Its sketch no 3 atStamp with Sarah Kay and it is a lovely sketch to work with this week. The image has been coloured with Distress Inks, Dp's are K&Co, Diamonds and swirl corner cut on cuttlebug, Flowers Prima, Charms Crafty Krafts and Buttons from Poppicraft. Sorry I have not visited many blogs today will try to get around to you all tomorrow, I am having terrible trouble with the laptop today. Have a good weekend everyone.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

CCT - Animals only - No people allowed

Challenge 19
Animals Only - No People Allowed
The challenge this week is to make a card using animal images only - NO PEOPLE OR CHARACTERS AT ALL!!
We have another fabulous prize to give to one lucky winner which has been donated by a member of the DT, a gorgeous Sarah Kay stamp - A Little Help From Margot

My Scor-pal has arrived from Crafts-U-Love, I knew the first thing I was going to make was the Image folder that Nikki had made and shown on her blog, the tutorial for this folder can be found on the talented Moni's blog.
The Image is a lovely Housemouse Stamp (Bunny Bath), it has been coloured with Distress Inks, then mounted on to a Nestablities Scalloped Circle. I chose the sentimemt -Inspire- as I want to use the folder to send some stamped images to a friend and I thought it was apt. It was cut on the Cricut. The BP are imaginise and Ribbons from Poppicraft. Don't forget to have a go and also look at the brilliant Dt cards on Cute Card Thursday

Tilda & Friends -Our Animal Friends

Here is my ATC for this week challenge on Tilda & Friends ATC Challenge where the guest designer for this month is Michelle who you may know better as the Donkey Lady, if you havn't already please visit her blog she has some great work on there and also some funny Donkey stories. Her challenge is Our Animal Friends.
My little black sheep was coloured with Distress Inks and then had black and cream flower soft sprinkled on him, the background is a small section of Magnolias Background stamp. Thanks for a great challenge Michelle

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

A Spoonful of Sugar - One for the Girls

One for the Girls we had boys last week so we couldn’t leave out the girls,We would like you to make a Girlie inspired card.As of this week we now welcome you to use the cute Sarah Kay and High Hopes stamps in our challenges. We have some fantastic blog candy to send one randomly chosen winner this week, which Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts has kindly donated. Silly Monkey Crafts have the Sarah Kay stamps in stock and are also taking pre-orders for the new High Hope releases.

I had a fantastic post day today my lovely new Sweet Ebony Stamps were delivered from Funky Kits
Wow Sugar Nellies have really given us some fantastic stamps here. I was going to take a photo of the stamps to post on here by couldn't wait to start stamping. I have used the Stamp called Pen Pal isn't she adorable she has been coloured with Distress Inks and layered on to 2 different shades of Mauve. The DP is Basic Grey. I used the Cuttlebug for the swirls, Flowers are Prima Tea and Silk, Charm from Crafty Krafts, the rest from stash. I hope you like my effort and please pop over to A Spoonful of Sugar for fab Dt inspiration and have a go yourself

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Teenage Kicks

A Teenagers card, my heart sank, I think these are the hardest to make cards for, then I remembered my Lili of the Valley stamps, voila a card for Papertake Challenge. There is also a lovely download on offer for one lucky winner from Auntys Store These stamps are great to work with and perfect for teenagers. I have coloured the image with Distress Inks as normal and kept the card very plain to show off the VERY Bright Card stock, (Shocking Pink and Lime Green both from Papermill). The two Nestablities circles are free hanging from the ribbon, the image has been 3d. The number cut on the Cricut and card embossed with Cuttlebug. Ribbons and Brads from Poppicraft.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Sarah Kay - No 2

A couple more early morning efforts. The sketch this week on Sarah Kay Challenge is brilliant, I really enjoyed using it hense two cards for one.
The Papers are all small off cuts from my stash, this sketch is a good way of using up those little bits we cannot throw away. Buttons, Brads, Flowers, Crochet Flower and ribbon are all from Poppicraft, everything else from my bits and pieces box. Have a great day everyone and TFL

Funky fairy -Get Well Card

What a lovely morning it is here in Kent, hope its the same for you all. It was very muggy last night and I found it difficult to sleep so as one does at 2am, I decided to try to get my stamps sorted into some sort of order, that lasted about 10 minutes as I found my Sofa and Window stamp from Alota that I received a few weeks ago and hadn't used, here is the result. It is all coloured with Distress Inks, I used Magnolia background stamp for behind the window, the panes were cut out and I glued acetate and the background behind, that sandwich was gluded flat onto the card, I then 3d the sofa and Bandage Tilda in front. I decided to decorate the inside of the card, I am really pleased with this, The swirls are Basic Grey Stamps, and the Prescription is a stamp from Maya Road. Hope you like the result of my late night, early morning crafting. As this is a Get Well card I have just realised I can enter it for The Funky Fairy Challenge which is for a get well card
The inside of the card

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Tilda & Co - Distressed Tilda

This is Challenge 28 - Distressed Tilda
Make her Distressed looking, a little rough around the edges, a bit of grungy!
So stay clear of these cute pastel colours if you can help it and get down and dirty with tilda! and there is a great prize for the winner, an sheet of beautiful Retro Stamps from The Artistic Stamper so pop over to Tilda & Co and have a go.
This week was really way out of my comfort zone I always think of Tilda as sweet and innocent and a Grungy Tilda was hard to imagine. I have as always coloured her with Distress Inks and H2O's, I have given her deep purple hair to go with the grunge theme. The lovely card layout was another one from Katharinas blog, which I have been waiting to use for ages. Papers are Basic Grey, Flowers from Poppicraft and Joanna Sheen, centre of flower was from a broken bracelet that I knew would come in handy sometime.
The inside of the front flap

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Friday Sketchers N0.10

Week No 10 over at Friday Sketchers and a fabulous sketch from the talented Heidi from Norway is the challenge. There are 5 stamps from Rachelle Anne Miller for the winner
Eloise is from Stamping Bella and is so easy to colour I have used distress Inks and H2O's to colour her. Nestabilities were used for the circles and Sizzix for the swirls. The papers are Basic Grey, the little pearls on the stamens of the flower are from Joanna Sheen, flowers and buttons from Poppicraft. Have a great weekend everyone.

Penny Black Challenge - No 5

We have a lovely sketch this week for our challenge on Penny Black Saturday and also some great candy on offer for one lucky person donated by Donna at Crafty Krafts. Remember the only stipulation is that you must use at least 1 Penny Black Stamp. The response last week was fantastic thank you all for the great cards, I really enjoyed visiting your blogs, there are so many talented crafters out there.
Its another Cat from me this week, it has been coloured as usual with Distress Inks and H2O's with Glamour Dust added to the bubbles. The papers are all Basic Grey Euphoria collection, Flower, Eyelets and Brads from Poppicraft.

Magnolia Blog Candy

Have you every visited Andreas Blog, if not now is your chance, Andrea has some fantastic Magnolia Blog Candy on offer, all you have to do is post the news of the blog candy on your blog and link it to Andrea. Her blog is an inspiration and I visit it every day I have learnt so much from her, so why not pop over and get some inspiration and have a chance of winning some of the lovely new Magnolia stamps and accessories.

Friday, 11 July 2008

Stamp with Sarah Kay - Challenge 2

There is a lovely sketch for the Challenge on the German blog Stamp with Sarah Kay. This stamp arrived this morning and I couldn't wait to use it. She has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's the DP is Basic Grey, I cut the swirls on the Cuttlebug with a Sizzix dye as it looked a bit plain. The flowers are from Joanna Sheen and ribbon from Poppicraft.

Crafty Monkeys 2nd Challenge

For all the young crafters Crafty Monkeys 2nd Challenge starts today, It is a lovely theme "Summertime", and there is some great Blog Candy on offer to one lucky crafter. Don't forget this is open to anyone undr 16 and if they do not own a stamp Zoe and Hannah would be pleased to see their hand drawn card. Go on have a go

Cute Card Thursday - A Card for A Child

A Card for a Child is what we were asked to design on
Cute Card Thursday this week. When ever I am stuck for a layout I pop over to the very talented Katharina's blog, I can always find one there, this is her sketch No.10.
This lovely Cuddly Buddly Robbie stamp has been coloured with Distress Inks and H2O's I have 3d the image on to Cream Card Stock, all the DP are Basic Grey, the sentiment stamp is Autumn Leaves and the brads are from Poppicraft. TFL

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Tilda & Friends-Perfect Pearls

Perfect Pearls is the theme this week on Tilda & Friends, You can use anything pearly, such as pearlised paper, Perfect Pearls, Pearl brads etc. I have used Pearlised card and Distress Inks on this ATC with self adhesive pearls added to Tildas Ribbon and the ribbon down the side of the card, and Pearly Doodles on the watering can, I actually smudge the pearly doodles as I was taking the photo, serves me right for not waiting for them to dry. TFL

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge and A Spoonful of Sugar

Wow two for one this time I have used the very talented Katharinas Sketch no 6 which is the challenge this week on Papertake Weekly Challenge Blog and used my new H&S stamp for the image which means I can enter it for A Spoonful of Sugar where the challenge this week is One for the Boys. I have used Blonde Moments DP and very bright Orange and Lime green base card. The image had been coloured with distress inks and H2O's and then cut out and 3d onto the circle.
The ribbon and brads are from Pippicrafts and the little rabbit buttons have been in my button box for years and I think they were by DMC the jade charm is from stash - which means I cannot remember where I got it from.
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