Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Love Letter - Spoonful of Sugar

We have a great sketch from Camilla for you this week on A Spoonful of Sugar challenge. There is also some great candy on offer from Michelle, and you really need to see my Fellow DT members card, they are fantastic.

Sorry this is going to be a quick post today, have got to go to Canterbury this morning, Isn't she just the cutest little image, she has been coloured with Distress inks and H2o's. The papers are Basic Grey and K & Co, Large flower Prima, buttons Basic Grey. Hopefully will be back later.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Blue Christmas - Sketch Saturday

Sketch No 18

Where is this year going, I cannot beleve we are up to Sketch 18 on Sketch Saturday Challenge, Jo always supplies a great sketch for us to work with and her Dt members produce scrummy cards.

I did warn you that you would be seeing a lot of these cute Sugar Nellie Snowman available at Funky Kits. BP is from a Dovecraft set of papers, The Large Ric-Rac is from last months Raspberry Ribbons Kit, The white snowflake shapes are punched and glitters with Glamour Dust, flowers from stash.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Ahoy There - HH Challenge 1

So many new challenges this week, but this is one I definetly cannot miss, not only because there are so many of my favourite bloggers on the DT but also I love these cute stamps they are just so perfect for the Grandchildrens cards. So why not click
here and see for yourself.

I have made a card like this before, but hope this is an improvement on that one. All the stamps are from HH Pirates collection. I have done my first bit of masking, after I had stamped up the treasure chest I masked it and stamped the map over it, really pleased with how it turned out. Map was stamped with Brown Versafine ink and distressed with Antique Paper TH Inks. I have added beads to the treasure chest and small pieces of eight in the corner these are all from stash as are the brads which I think came from Poppicraft, but don't quote me.

Autumn Walk - Tilda & Co

An Autumn Walk
Tilda & Co Challenge

There is a nice easy sketch to follow on Tilda & Co Challenge this week, I recommend you drop in and see my Fellow DTs fantastic work and get started on it.

Tilda has been walking in the woods today picking up leaves, berries and nuts for her school nature table, (teachers pet). All the stamps used are magnola, and have been coloured with distress Inks, I have layered all the leaves berries etc in the corner with Silicone, the ovals ave been cut with Nesties, I also used silicone for the tree trunk for Tilda to sit on. The papers are BG and the ribbon from a box of Chocolates thats why the bow has had to be stuck on the front, not to happy with this.

A close up of the corner decoupage

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Lighting the way - Friday Sketchers

Mumur from France has produced a lovely sketch for Friday Sketchers Challenge this week, Thank you Mumur

I am so sorry its another Christmas Card from me but who could resist playing with these gorgeous Sugar Nellie Father Christmas and Snowmen Stamps, available at Funky Kits, you wil be seeing a lot more of this in the future. I am still waiting to get some new christmas embellies so have had to raid my stash box to try to make a Christmas Rose the labels are also from stash no idea where I got these from, but I can tell you the papers are from Basic Grey Fruit Cake collection, and as always Daddy Christmas has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's

Snow Patrol - Penny Black Saturday Challenge


At Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week we are asking you to make a project or card depiciting one of the 4 seasons. There is some candy for one lucky person to win, there has been a bit of a communication breakdown this week between the DT and most of us have come up with Winter cards, we have to thank Kath who made another card late last night. Bless you Kath!!! To join in with the challenge and see the rst of my fellow DT's fantastic cards press here.

This image is great to colour with lots of little detail, the base card is pearlised dark green, and the image has been matted onto pearlised dark red. The Designer Paper is BG. I have run some more green pearlised card through the snowflake cuttlebug folder and then sanded it for added interest. The snowflakes have been also been cut with CB, rest from stash.

Have a great time all you lucky girls going to Ally Pally this weekend, wish I could join you, don't spend to much lol.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Let it Snow - CCT

Thats the challenge on Cute Card Thursday, with Christmas just 3 months away (sorry about that) sparkle could only mean Christmas Cards and with this lovely Sugar Nellie Snowman falling through my letterbox this morning I couldn't wait to get started. There is a really Cute Stamp as candy for the winner this week and also some great cards from the DT so why not join go over there and join in.

I have decided to make my Snowman in to a Snowlady, hope he/she dosn't mind, and have coloured her with Distress Inks and lots of H20's. Papers are from last years stock, and have been matted onto blue and pink SU card, Ribbon is from this months Raspberry Ribbons kit, I have punched the snowflakes from Glitter Card which dosn't realy show up, rest from stash. I think I was a bit too eager to work with this stamp and next time will add the glitter a bit more sparingly, I don't like it around her face or on her lantern so am not to happy with the overall effect, it was going to go in the bin, but then I realised I havn't got much more of this great paper left, So!!!!

Hello - Tilda & Friends

Tilda & Friends have asked us to do something different with our ATC's this week, what a good idea. I have decided to 3d mine onto an image holder to send to a friend.

This Hangler Stamp has so many uses with her holding her little message banner. She has been coloured with Distress Inks and 3d onto the ATC, I have added a fabric brad and little pink paperclip from Poppicrafts. The Dp are all little scraps. The flowers are from stash. I have had a lot of queries as to the punched leaves, this punch is called Ash Branch and can be found at JDG Crafts it is quite expensive but I use it a lot.

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Welcome Baby - Lili of the Valley Challenge

Lili of the Valley
have decided to start a challenge blog and I was lucky enough to be asked to be on the Design Team and co-ordinate the Challenges. Well today is launch day so hope you can come and join in the fun, dosn't matter if you don't have Lili of the Valley products the first few challenges are open so you can use whatever stamps or decoupage you have, so hit this Link and come and join us.
The first challenge is


Welcome Home, Welcome Baby, Welcome back etc. We have a great prize on offer donated by Lili of the Valley A cute Rocking Horse Stamp, Matching Backing Papers and also Matching Greetings, the winner will be chosen at random next Thursday.

The design team have created some great cards for your inspiration don't forget to come and join in the fun.

The cute Rocking horse has been coloured as usual with Distress Inks and H20's (you must get fed-up with me saying that), Backing papers are Imaginise. I have punched the flowers from the same backing paper. The cute baby ribbon is from Poppicrafts and Sentiment from Lili of the Valley. The colours are actually lighter IRL but the weather is so downcast its hard to take a good picture. Hope to see you this week don't forget just click Here

Sketch by Katharina - WOJ - Challenge 1

Wow we are off the first Whiff of Joy challenge is up and running, and what a start we have the lovely and talented Katharina has designed a sketch for us and also supplied the prizes, (yes thats right 3 prizes) It is the cute Oakley in the Bathtub Whiff of Joy Stamp for 3 lucky winners, and if you think that is great just wait to see whats on offer next week. So come on pop over to Whiff of Joy Challenge and join in the fun. We are looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.

Oakley has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's with a little glitter on the bubbles. The papers are a free download from Shabby Princess, I do adore these papers, the buttons are Basic Grey and sentiment from stash.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Helping Hands - Stamp Something

Stamp Something - Embellish something

What a lovely challenge it is this week from Stamp Something Challenge, I am trying to work on improving my use of embellishments and everytime I visit your blogs I study your creations for ideas, so this is a chance to see if I have learnt anything. I have used one of the Fabulous Nikkis sketches, that you can find here Thanks. Nikki she has some really unusal sketches for us to use so please go and see them.

This is the first time I have coloured up this WOJ image she is so beautiful and what a wonderful Mothers Day Card she would make, Melinda has been coloured with distress inks and H20's and is rather more pastel than I usual paint my images, but I like it. Papers are Basic Gray and K & Co mounted onto Green and Pink Brazill Basics. I was tidying up all my boxes and found lots of punches I forgot I had, the little white doileys were punched with one of these, I think I bought it from C&C. Corners were cut on CB, sentiment ticket stamps are from Autumn Leaves, rest from stash.

Sunday Drive - A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge

This weeks Challenge is - Charming
To use a charming character or Charms on your card this is the challenge A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge has set this week. Come on have a go we love to see your fabulous creations.

We have a fabulous prize this week of a CC Design "Wintertime Fun" Stamp kit which has been very kindly donated by Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts. This cute little set comes in a metal storage tin. As usual my Fellow DT members have come up with some great takes on this charming theme so why not go and have a look.

Owen is taking Olivia for a romantic Sunday drive, I wonder if he is going to pop the question this afternoon. This is another cute PM stamp, I have cut the hearts with Nesties, and the strip of Mauve Brazill Bling was punched with a daisy punch I have had for ages. The papers are left overs from previous cards that were on my desk and I thought they matched quite well. The flower embellishment with feathers was an idea I borrowed from Debbie, and swirls were cut on CB, Charm from Crafty Krafts.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Snow Fun - Sketch Saturday

Jo over on Sketch Saturday Challenge always comes up with great sketches for us to follow and this week is no exception, I really enjoyed working with this one Jo thanks!!. The DT obviously enjoyed it as well they have given us some great cards for inspiration so pop over and join in.

Being as the New Lili of the Valley Challenge is launching on Thursday this week, I decided to use one of their great new Christmas Stamps for this card, isn't he cute, he has been coloured with distress inks and H20's, I have added Flower soft for the fur and whist the glue was still drying sprinked glitter onto it. The papers are Figgy Pudding by BG, ribbon by Poppicraft, sentiment is WOJ and the rest from stash. Sorry for the poor quality of the picture my daylight bulb went pop, will have to get a new one.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Another Christmas Card - PBSC

Thank you everyone who joined us last week, this weeks challenge is in fact a bit of a challenge, Decorate the inside of a card, I am sure we will see some fantastic takes on this challenge. Thanks for all the support you have given Penny Black Saturday Challenge, we have been overwhelmed with the response and hope you carry on entering with your fantastic cards and creations.

I have made this little folder card for my entry, the base card is Red Su, and papers are all BG Figgy Pudding, I love this set of snowy stamps and I thought this was a good way of displaying them altogether for a change. The sentiment is also a PB Stamp. Off to see Charlie, Rob and Ben now, what a lot of lovely cuddles I have got to look forward to. Don't forget to pop over to PBSC blog and see the great creations by my fellow DT members

Friday, 19 September 2008

1 Card, An Apology and some news

First the card, this one is for CUTE CARD THURSDAY Challenge which this week is FOOD a subject close to all our hearts. Willow with her lovely biscuits straight from the oven is a WOJ stamp and is gorgeous. She has been coloured as usual with Distress Inks and H20's. Papers are Crate Paper and rest from stash.

Now the apology: I am so sorry that I have not been round to you all for the last couple of days (I should really say weeks), I know i have been a very bad blogger and you can give me a virtual smack on the hand, but I have been very busy, and as you know I have to get my regular Charlie Fix. I hate not visiting as I love to see everyones creations and pinching some of your ideas.
Now the news: There is another new Challenge Blog starting next Thursday, not another one I hear you say, but this is a bit different this is an Official Challenge sponsored by Lili of the Valley products, and they will be giving away a prize every week and its not just for stampers, decoupage and paper folding will also be encouraged. As the bl...y is playing up and will not let me save this post I cannot give you the link for the challenge here, but there is a link on my side bar. Please pop over and give it a look see and hope you can join us next Thursday.
Now I am sure there will be loads of spelling and grammatical mistakes in this post but I just not going to take the chance of losing it. Will correct it tomorrow, if blogger is not still on strike

WOJ Challenge

What you have been waiting for

There is now a Whiff of Joy challenge blog up and running!! The first challenge starts on Wednesday 24th September! Click on the banner to go to the blog for all the details.
If you havn't ordered you Whiff of Joy stamps yet hurry over to WOJ and get them now
Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Christmas Purse - Double Dutch Challenge

I found this new Challenge Blog quite by accident when visiting Marlenes fantastic blog last night, Although as the name suggest Double Dutch, is run by Dutch Girls they have kindly written it in english as well so we can all have a go, the instructions for this little purse are on the Blog, and is very easy to make. So go on have a go

I used SU red card for the base and a sheet of 12x12 paper from last years christmas stash, so sorry don't know who it is by. I have used all the stamps from the christmas set of Forever Friends, coloured with Distress Inks and H20's. All the sentiment stamps on the tags are by PB, the little round sentiment is by SU, Flower stamped with Stempleglede Retro Flower and cut with Retro Punch, everything else from stash.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Two in One - Ismaki and Cute Card Thursday

It is not very often I manage to combine my challenge entries, but I knew the image I wanted to use but didn't have a layout I liked, so was going to skip Cute Card Thursday this week and then I looked on Ismaki and found this brilliant sketch which seemed to fit the bill so voila.

This Scary King of the Jungle!!!! is another of Janets wonderful stamps from Spiral Whisper, and I hope he qualifies for Cute Card Thursday theme of Cats and Dogs. He has been coloured with (would you guess) Distress Inks, with Gold stickles on his crown. The great backing papers are a download from Shabby Princess, After seeing Beckys use of wire lately I thought I would have a go so this green wire, which is the stem of the pink flowers, has been wound round a pencil and then stretched out. The two sentiment stamps are PB rest is from stash.

Blue Christmas - A Spoonful of Sugar

Challenge 17 ~ Christmas is coming

I was asked to be Guest Designer for 4 weeks by Debbie & Nikki of A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge, this was to be my last card, but to my great surprise they have asked me to join the DT on a permanent basis, Wow!!! as you can image I jumped at the chance, who wouldn't want to work with such a talented bunch of ladies, so thanks Debbie & Nikki, hope I live up to expectantions.

We would love to see you make a Christmas card this week, as you now you can now use any make of stamp. There is a great stamp donated by the Fantastically talented Lim for one lucky person this week so come on and join us this week. There are some beautiful cards from my fellow DT members to give you inspiration.

I have used Nikkis great sketch from last week again for this christmas card, the sweet Penny Black Image was a RAK from the Fabulous Bev and has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's, The DP is from BG and snowflake stamp from WOJ, ribbon from Raspberry Ribbon, snowflake charm fron Rach, sentiment is by PB and rest from stash

Monday, 15 September 2008

Celtic Princess - Friday Sketchers

Heidi from Norway has given us a really great sketch to work from on Friday Sketchers Challenge, thank you Heidi. The Dt members have produced some beautiful cards if you need inspirtion.

This beautiful Elizabeth Bell stamp from WOJ is a joy to colour (excuse the pun), She reminds me of a Lavender and Lace Cross Stitch Chart I used a couple of years ago, I think it was called Celtic Winter, I have used the colours in that embroidery as inspiration for the colouring. She has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's with Sukura Silver Stardust pen, this doen't show up very well on the photo but is really shimmery IRL. Papers are BG Figgy Pudding matted onto Dark Blue Pearlised card, Snowflakes cut on Cuttlebug. Rest from Statsh.

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