Sunday, 31 August 2008

Pretty in Pink - Sketch Saturday

What a lovely sketch Jo at Sketch Saturday has given us this week, thanks Jo!! and lots of congratulations to the New Design Team Jo has chosen, they have produced some great cards with very little notice to give us inspiration.

Another great sketch for using up scraps, the Dps are Imaginice and Daisy Bucket, I think, the ribbon slider is cut with a new Sizzix die on the CB I have added a punched flower to the middle of the ribbon to make it a bit fancier, and also added spacers and black pearls to the wheel of the cart, I am pleased with that effect. Ribbon adn flowers from Poppicraft.

Tilda & Co - Emboss It

*Challenge 34* Embossing
This week we are having fun with Embossing,
It Could be Heat Set Embossing, Dry Embossing, Embossing Boards, Embossing Folders The list can go on forever, So please show off your Embossing On your projects.
Please remember your work must include at least one Magnolia image.
This is the challenge for you on Tilda & Co and there is also a fab prize from Pollycraft Designs a £15 voucher to spend on their downloads, WOW!!! The DT girls have made some really stunning cards this week so don't forget to go and have a look. Looking forward to seeing all your great cards this week.

This new Tilda stamp has been coloured with Distress Inks, the Lilac circle was embossed with swirls folder then cut with Nesties. The scalloped frame was also cut with nesties and raised with 3d pads the spacers are sent to me by the very kind Donalda and I have added pearls to the centre of each one. The With Love sentiment was also embossed with CB. Papers are K & Co and flowers are Prima. TFL

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Cool Dudes - Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Thank you everyone who took part in last weeks challenge, it was a bit more tricky than normal but we had some amazing entries from you, thanks for joining us. This weeks challenge is not quite so difficult so please join Penny Black Challenge again, we do love see all your fab creations. There are some great cards from my Fellow DT members as usual on the blog, This weeks challenge is
this week we would like to see stars and stripes on your project and as always it is entirely up to you what you make - a card, ATC, altered art just as long as it features at least one Penny Black image.
This week the prize is sponsored by
FUNKY HAND and is their latest download called MINTY MADNESS

Another boys card from me this week, The image has been colourd with ProMarkers, I am begining to enjoy using these great pens now, I have used SU CS in Navy and Red to layer up the stripe papers which are from a download from "Nitwits" Cool Dude collection. The star brads are from stash, I think I got them from Lakeland.

I would like to say a great big thanks for all the concern you have expressed for Mum, fortuntely she is not physically ill, she has Alszhimers and her bad days are not bad for her, but very tiring for me, but I am lucky she has more good days than bad and sometimes the old Mum can be recognised. Since I started blogging I feel as if I have made some wonderful friends and your lovely comments and virtual company keep me going so a great big thank you to all of you xxxx

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Pool Shark - CCT No 25

In the Water is the challenge this week on Cute Card Thursday it can be anything to do with water, even snow or ice, there are 3 great stamps on offer from ALOTA and as usual the DT members have produced some great card for our inspiration, so why not have a go yourselves.

Another quick card from me again I am afraid, Mum has had a bad day and I really havn't had much time for crafting, did a quick blog hop earlier in the day, but didn't get into my Craft room until about 8pm by which time I was suffering from withdrawel symptoms, anyway made this card whilst watching Big Brother (I know I am SAD!!). This cool stamp is by Whippersnapper and has been coloured with distress Inks and H20's with a little stickles on the bubbles, I then cut 2 circles with my beloved Nesties, the blue strips were run through the CB in the Bubbles folder. DP is Daisy Bucket, Postcard stamp by Maya Road, rest from stash. Hope you like and thanks for looking

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Thank You Rach - And Els

I have received this lovely award from
wow what an Honour Lots of Hugs & Thanks Rach xxxx
I now have to pass it on to 5 people
I also received this award from Els - Thank you honey. I am supposed to pass this on to 7 others but cannot choose from all the fab bloggers out there so I am giving it to all visitors to my blog, please feel free to take this award and display it on your blog page
Hugs to you all

Birthday Bunnies - Housemouse Challenge No 2

Lace it up is the theme on Housemouse Challenge this week, if you havn't discovered this challenge and you love Housemouse Stamps pop over and have a look there are some great DT samples to give your loads of ideas.

This stamp is called "Hoppy Birthday" isn't it just so cute, it has been coloured with distress inks an H20's as usual, the DP are Basic Grey, swirls Sizzix cut on CB, buttons and Lace from stash. Sorry it is so rushed have got dinner on and have just heard the buzzer.

Stamping with Sarah Kay- Sketch by Katharina

We have been very lucky on Stamping with Sarah Kay our Lovely Friend Katharina has designed a Sketch for you all to follow this week, so come on Girls lets see all your great cards with this wonderful sketch. We had some really beautiful cards from you last week and it was so enjoyable visiting blogs I hadn't seen before. There are some great cards to help get the juices flowing on the blog from my fellow DT members and of course a special from Katharina. We have a very talented new Dt member to welcome this week Jacqueline fron the Netherlands has agreed to be our new DT member please visit Jacquelines lovey blog where she has some beautiful creations.

Was able to use my machine on this one, the papers are K&Co and have been matted onto Burgundy CS, the lovely image has been colourd with H20's and Distress Inks, The flowers are from Popicraft, Sentiment from Sassy Craft Ribbon from Raspberry Ribbon. Sorry this is very quick have to get Mum up as I had a bit of a lay-in this morning. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the great comments you leave.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

PTW-A Stitch in time

Papertake Weekly Chalenge have a new DT member this week, the very talented DawnyP not only does she make great cards she has a wonderful sense of humour it is always a treat to visit her blog, congratulations Dawny.
The challenge this week is Stitch in Time, can be any sort of stitching even faux, I wanted to use the Sewing Machine on my card, but Mum was having a sleep after a bad night and the sound of the machine always wakes her up, so I hope Cross Stitch Tilda will count.

After a hard day at big School Tilda is waiting in the kitchen for some lovely fresh baked biscuits her Mum made her for a treat, as you can see her little friend Moggy is pleased she is home. All the stamps are Magnolia, and have been coloured with Distress Inks & H20's, The Shelf, Biscuit Barrel, Tilda and Moggy have been 3d. Papers are from my overflowing box of odds and ends, I am being very good lately at using these up. Ribbon from Poppicraft, Label cut from Sizzix Gello die (on Cuttlebug). Rest from stash. TFL

3 Ribbons - A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge

Wow I have been asked to be a Guest Designer for the next 4 weeks by that very talented bunch of ladies over on a A Spoonful of Sugar thank you so much. This weeks challenge is to use 3 different ribbons on your card. There is a great prize from Silly Monkeys for one lucky person. Looking forward to seeing all your fab cards for this challenge. Don't forget to whizz ove to the blog and see the great Dt cards.
I have used Charlotte and her Cat stamp from Whiff of Joy and she has been coloured with Promarkers, the burgundy, white and green ribbon are from stash, I added self stick pearls to the burgundy ribbon. DPs are Basic Grey Figgy Pudding. Flower is stamped with Stempelglede Retro Flowers stamp and the large one is cut using the retro Punch and the small one cut by hand, Round sentiment from Sassy Crafts rest from stash. Hope you like my first DT card and thanks for looking

Monday, 25 August 2008

Fireworks - Sketch Saturday No13

Wow great sketch for us this week on Sketch Saturday, and a chance for me to use one of the new stamps from Sprial Whisper and designed by our very own Janet whos great creations you can see on Pinkgem.

Crate Paper Dp was matted onto Green CS and the same CS was embossed with CB, the lovely little boy -Max- has been coloured with Distress Inks, with lots of glitter for his sparkler. The sentiments are from Autumn Leaves. Very plain but it is a boys card and you know who much they hate anything "GIRLY"

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Tilda Back to School - Tilda & Co

*Challenge 22* Hands
( Tilda & Edwin with their Hands does not count) we would love you to produce some work showing “ hands”
Some ideas are: Hand charms, Hand Shaped Chipboard, Hand Shaped Card, Clock Hands, the possibilities are endless.

Donna (the Boss) has asked the design team to produce a card and an item to match this week, and as soon as my New Schooldays Tildas arrived I knew what I wanted to do, don't you think these new Tildas are the best yet. Well Tilda is back from her holidays and is starting "BIG" school at the end of the month, she has been collecting lots of pencils and rubbers so I have made a nice new box to put them in. The desk has been stamped on Watercolour paper and has been coloured with distress inks, the edges of the paper have been sponged with Anitque Linen Distress Inks, I have had the watch face and hands in my craft box for ages, I never throw anything away, Tilda has been coloured with distress inks and 3d. I have stamped a watch face over cream pearlesent paper to mount the central image on. Dp is Cupcake from Basic Grey, Ribbon is from Raspberry Ribbons, Flowers by Prima brad and charms from stash. The box was made using Crafters Companion Ultimate board and I have just punched circles from Dp and SU cardstock.

I had an e-mail last night from the fabulous Katharina to tell me she was featuring my cards on her YAOB this week, OMG havn't come down to earth yet, thank you Katharina for making my day

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Friday Sketchers - High Hopes Mermaid

It week No 16 on Friday Sketchers and they have a great sketch from Englands Carole of Star Dust Gems and Ribbons, there are some fab cards from the DT members to give you some inspration.

The High Hopes Mermaid and Fish stamps (sorry forgotten the names of them) have been coloured withDistress Inks and H20's with a little added glitter and have been 3d onto Lilac BC that has been embossed with Cuttlebug Bubbles Folder and layered on to Crate Paper DP, the Mauve Dp is also from Crate Paper. Senitiment from High Hopes, I have added the zooms hopefully they look like bubbles. TFL

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Not a Card

Thanks to everyone who joined the challenge last week, had a great time visiting all your blogs and seeing your fantastic creation. This week on Penny Black Saturday Challenge the challenge is for you to create anything but a card, it could be a box a candle, tag etc. We know how creative you all are so looking forward to seeing some great ideas and creations. Dont forget the only rule is you must use at least one Penny Black Stamp. There are some great ideas by my Fellow DT members so whizz over to Penny Black Saturday Challenge and join us.

This box is made with two pieces of 12 x 12 paper with about about a cm cut off of 2 sides of one piece for the base, the best thing about it is it needs no glueing it is just folded. I saw how to make this on Create and Craft, wish I had someone to take photos then I could show you how to do it. The papers I have used are Crate Paper, The image has been matted onto cream and brown cardstock, the Swirls are from Stempelglede, and Sentiments from Autumn Leaves, Ribbon, Paisley Slider and buttons are from this months Rasperry Ribbons Kit.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Circus Capers - Cute Card Thursday

Hope you have your sunglasses at the ready because the challenge they have set us this week on Cute Card Thursday is BRIGHT colours. They also have some fab candy for one lucky person from Spiral Whisper, 2 great Halloween Stamps designed by Janet whos blog can be found at Pinkgem

Well they wanted BRIGHT so I hope this is what I have given them, I have a confession to make I have an irrational fear of clowns and when I saw this Great High Hopes Stamp I didn't order it, but as one of my Grandsons loves them and his birthday is coming up love overcame fear. He has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's and matted onto red CS, the great DP are Basic Grey Cup Cake collection, Ideal for the new High Hope Circus Stamps, The Popcorn stamp is also from the circus collection. Everything else I have used has come from stash.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Angel Delia - A Spoonful of Sugar

Debbie has provided us with a briliant sketch this week for the challenge on A Spoonful of Sugar thanks Debbie it is a joy to work with. There is also some great inspiration from the DT members as usual., plus the chance to win one of Katharinas wonderful Whiff of Joy Stamps

This is Delia Angel with all her faithful friends, she is a High Hopes stamp and is available fromSilly Monkey Crafts. This sketch is a great one for using up all the little scraps of DP that we cannot bear to throw away, I have layered them all up on Bright Pink Brazzil CS. Of course she as been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's. Ribbon is from Raspberry Ribbons. Rest from stash.

Dont forget you can now use any stamp for this challenge.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Young Love - Stamping with Sarah Kay

Thanks to everyone who joined us onStamping with Sarah Kay Challenge last week, we had some really super cards from you and I really enjoyed visiting your blogs. This week we have a sketch by Betty and my fellow DT members have some great examples of what you can do with it so why not get out your Sarah Kay stamps and join us again this week.

I have been using blue a lot this week, No it's not the way I feel, I am not usually a blue person but these papers were all on my desk after making a previous card so it just came naturally. I had a struggle making the 3d frame then had the bright idea to us my ScorPal. The circles were cut with Nesties. The scrolls on the frame were a Sizziz die after cutting I inked them with Marvy Blending Blox in shades of blue then stamped them with a Versamark pad and added Glamour Dust, I must say I am quite pleased with them. I used Stempelglede Grunge Collection stamps for the flowers and swirls. Papers are Imaginisce, Ribbon fron Raspberry Ribbons rest from stash. Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Precious Moments - PTW Challenge

There is a great sketch by Katharina on Papertake Weekly there are some beautiful DT cards to give us inspiration and also some great downloads available for one lucky person donated by Andrea at Kaboodle Doodles

Think I have gone a bit overboard again and you cannot really see the beauty of the Crate Paper DP's, never mind.
Stamp Precious Moments
Flowers & Ribbon Poppicraft
Brads - Rak
Papers Crate paper
Coloured with Distress Inks and H20's
rest from stash

Spiral Whisper Giraffe - Friday Sketchers

It's a great Sketch from Mumur of France this week on Friday Sketchers, I will certainly be using this sketch again so thanks Mumur.

This lovely little Giraffe stamp is from a Stamp Company I discovered whilst blog hopping the other week and has been designed by a very talented fellow blogger Janet, she has some really cute and fun stamps that are distributed by Spiral Whisper they also have stamps designed by Chris whos blog Sketching Stamper I am sure lots of you know.

The image has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's with a little bit of stickles here and there. The Dps are Imaginisce, such beautiful baby papers, the flower is from Poppicraft and has also had Stickles added. The sentiment is by SU

I have also been tagged by Debbie today and these are the rules, Thanks very much Debbie
* If you are tagged, you must firstly post the rules:
* Write 7 strange characteristics about yourself. They interest us all!
* Tag 6 other people at the end of your Post.
* Visit everyone that you have tagged and leave a comment on their blog to let them know that they have been tagged. So here are my seven strange characteristics:
1. I am more than happy with my own company
2. I have never had the urge to learn to drive, prehaps thats because I cannot tell my left from my right.
3. I am not afraid of wasps or bees but am petrified of MOTHS!!!!
4. It takes me at least 2hrs in the morning before I can hold a conversation with anyone
5. I hate the telephone and do not own a mobile, I spend as little time as possible on the phone.
6. I have spent my whole life trying to put on weight. It is as bad being underweight as it is overweight.
7. I really love watching all kinds of sports on TV - being a Mum to 4 boys is most probably the reason for this.
Now I will have to tag 6 more of you unsuspecting bloggers, here goes

Monday, 18 August 2008

Cute Card Thursday - Soft Furnishings

Challenge 23
This week the theme for the challenge is
Soft Furnishings
you can use fabric, ribbon, stitching, buttons etc, anything you can find on the soft furnishings in the home ie curtains, cushions, sofas etc. This is the great challenge on Cute Card Thursday.
I have used Katharinas Sketch No 22 for the layout of this card, I think I may have gone a bit overboard with the embellies, I think I have mastered the painting now I must get down to practise the use of embellishments etc. The DP is printed from C&C Triple Treasures Christmas Cd, the oval has been embossed onto red card stock, but does not show very well in the photo seems to blend in with the DP. I have cut out the Whiff of Joy Charlotte stamp and 3d her onto red and green matted card, the swirls are from Stempleglede grunge collection. The 3 flowers are from Poppicraft and buttons from Crafters Companion.

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Tilda & Co - Cold as Ice

Tilda & Co Challenge 32 - Cold as Ice
The sun is now drifting away very fast and soon it will be as cold as ice....
Using the colours Blue & white Only . Show us how cold your projects can feel this week.
Please remember your work must include at least one Magnolia image.
There is a great prize on offer this week, so please go over to the blog and check it out, there is also some great cards from my fellow DT girls on there to give you some ideas.

I havn't bought any Christmas papers yet this year, and have almost used up all my bits and pieces from last year so at first I was a bit stuck for ideas for this one,
then I remembered I had the Funky Hands "Funky Seasons" CD, and found these great papers on there. I used toilet roll centre for the tag pocket, this was a brilliant idea I found on the fantastic blog of the very talented Camilla, Distress Ink and H20's with a lavish sprinkle of Glamour Dust was used to colour the images, "Baby it's cold outside" was computer generated, the Let it snow sentiment is by Penny Black from a set of 4, Snowflakes were punched. Ribbon fron Raspberry Ribbon August Kit, pearls and star brad from stash.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Ribbons

Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week is Ribbons.
This week we have a set of three gorgeous downloads ( 2 decoupage sheets and 8 backing papers ) to give away to one lucky winner chosen at random which has been kindly donated by our new fabulous sponsor :-

Polly Crafts
Sorry I am really late posting this weeks DT card, have had a hectic weekend, spent Friday with my youngest GS Owen who's 3rd Birthday it was we had a great day out at the Zoo. Then my DIL was meant to be induced on Saturday morning, but after waiting all day and all night they decided to send her home to see is she starts labour herself, poor girl, she had got herself already for it, but she is not actually due until the end of the month, it was just that she had high blood pressure and very badly swollen ankles but after a days bedrest it has gone back down to normal.

Down to this weeks card. As per normal it has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's I have 3d the label on to the card. The DP are Daisy Bucket, I think they are really different to my normal choice of paper and am really pleased with the result. The ribbons are from stash and flowers from Joanna Sheen, Sentiment from SU

Looking forward to seeing all your fab creations this week. Don't forget to pop over to the blog to get some great inspiration from my fellow DT members

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Charlotte & Her Reindeer

Had no time to craft yesterday, and to make matters worse my beautiful stamps from Whiff of Joy arrived just as I was going out of the door, bad timing or what, the stamps are gorgeous such great deep cut red rubber, easy to stamp and great to colour. Thanks Katharina and Alison.

It was hard to decide which stamp to use first but this really cute Charlotte and her Reindeer won, he just reminds me so much of the babycham deer, and he looks so pleased with himself. They have been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's and glitter has been added to her ear muffs and bottom of her trousers. Another plain card but the image is quite large and I didn't want to overwhelm it. I have layed the image and the Dp onto Lilac Brazill Basics an machined around the edge. Glitter has been added to the snowflake Brads. Ribbon is from Poppicraft, and rest from stash. Hope you all enjoy using these great stamps as much as I did.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Stamping with Sarah Kay - Sketch by Babs

This week onStamping with Sarah Kay we have a lovely sketch by Babs. Thanks to everyone who joined us last week and hope you take part again this week. There are some beautiful cards on the site from my fellow DT members so pop over and take a look. Looking forward to seeing all your great creations for this challenge

The image has been cut and matted on ovals cut with good old nesties, The papers are K&Co and have all been matted onto burgundy CS. Flower is by Prima, Buttons from Poppicraft, Sizzix Swirl,

A Spoonful of Sugar - A Secret Message

This is the challenge on A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge Blog A Secret Message

We would love you to hide a message somewhere in your card.
We have one of the new release High Hopes stamps "Juggles" to send to one randomly chosen winner this week. The stamp has very kindly been donated by Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts. Silly Monkey Crafts have lots of the new High Hope releases instock.

The Turtle Stamp is by Rachelle Anne Miller as is the inside frame, they have both been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's, then cut with Rectangle Nesties, The DP are Little Yellow Bicycle, Ribbon by Poppicraft, Flowers Prima and Buttons from Stash

Tilda & Friends - 4 Seasons


What a great idea from Tilda & Friends 4 ATC's over the month 1 for each season. There are some fabulous ideas from the DT team on the Challenge Blog if you are stuck for ideas.
I have decided to post mine 2 at a time then on the last week all 4 together. On both the ATC'a i have stamped and coloured the background stamps straight onto the basic card, then 3d the image with sticky pads. Plenty of glitter has been added to the Winter one to suggest snow, not sure that it shows to well in the picture though. Back next week with Spring and Summer.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Sarah Kay Challenge - Sketch

Wow another beautiful sketch on Sarah Kay Challenge This week, Thanks Donna and Lorraine. There are some fab DT cards on the blog to give us some inspiration.

I havn't used this cute stamp for a few weeks, so thought I would give her an outing. She has been coloured as ever with Distress Inks and H20's, Ovals cut with Nesties. Dp is Basic Grey Euphoria, Charms, flowers and ribbon from stash. Brad from my good friend Donalda.

Tilda & Co - Christmas is coming

Tilda and Co Challenge this week is looking foward to Christmas, the only rule is you must use a Magnolia Stamp somewhere on your card. So go over to Tilda and Co Challenge and check out my fellow Dt members great cards and join us this week

This is another of Katharinas great sketchs, I think I will use this one a lot, the DPs are left over from last year and I wish I could remember who they were from 'cos I love them, so if anyone knows please leave me a message. I have coloured Tilda with Distress Inks and H20's then cut her out and 3d her onto 2 Nestie circles. The flowers were punched with the large retro flower punch, I glittered round the edges and added Beadazzles (Disco Ball) in the middle. Sentiment by SU.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Sketch Saturday - No 11

We have had some great sketch challenges this week and the sketch on Sketch Saturday is no exception. I have decided to make another Christmas Card, (starting early this year, instead of the week before Christmas), The stamp is Flute Angel by Precious Moments, what a shame these stamps are only available now on e-bay, the prices they are reaching are quickly taking them out of my price bracket I am afraid. She has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's, the Dp are all scraps that I had over from last year, the snowflakes were punched, and I am not sure where I got the snowflake charms from.

I have added the close up as I have been asked quite a lot how to shade a white dress I hope this helps

Penny Black Challenge - Sketch

Thanks to everyone that joined us last week on Penny Black Challenge we had some really fabulous entries. This week there is a great sketch to follow. You can rotate/flip the sketch - as long as we can still see the sketch in your creations. 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 a fabulous stamp to give away to one lucky winner chosen at random which has been kindly donated by our sponsor :- Sir Stampalot We would love you to join us again this week and to get you started why not go and check on the fabulous cards fom my fellow Dt members on the Challenge Blog.

This lovely little Spring Bunnie is playing hide and seek with his brothers and sisters, he looks so cute peeping out from the pansies, and has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's. The mauve and green cardstock is from SU I wanted to keep it quite plain again in order to show off the great colours, So have just made more use of embellies and less of patterned paper, The flowers and brads are from Poppicraft, ribbon from stash, The beautiful flower and Butterfly charms were a RAK from my colouring Guru the fantastic Rach, I am sure by now that everyone has visited her wonderful blog, but if by chance you havn't go over there now and be prepared to be wowed!!

Looking forward to seeing all your creations this week. Have a great weekend everyone
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