Monday, 29 December 2008

Happy New Year - and a Card

Hi Everyone, hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with Family and Friends, I am still getting over a frantic 3 days. I must apologise for not getting round to visit everyone and leaving Christmas Greetings, we had a family crisis the week before Christmas, but things are looking brighter now, thank goodness. Some of you already know my eldest, Matthew, was diagnosed with a rotten condition and I feared the worse, but he is to have his Gall Bladder removed as soon as the holidays are over and hopefully things will not be quite so bad for him after that.
I made this card before Christmas but as my mind was on other things it never got posted

I originally made it for Sketch Saturday No 30 Challenge, so I am still going to enter it for this weeks challenge which is use any sketch from this year.
This little cutie is one of the new Elizabeth Bell images from Sugar Nellie, she has been coloured with Copics in shades of cool greys. The swirls around the edge of the image are a Stempleglede stamp. Papers are Basic Grey and flowers are a mixture of Prima and Retro Punch. Ribbons are from Stash

Just in case I don't post before the new year I would like to send you all


Saturday, 20 December 2008

Pop Up Bunny - Penny Black Saturday

Wow!! cannot believe I have actually managed to make a card at last. Thanks everyone who has left me messages and comments so sorry I have not been able to reply to you all, I have had the busiest week ever, Company everyday, plus looking after the Grandsons in turn so as their poor Mums can have at least one stress free shopping day. Hope all your christmas prep is well underway now. I think mine is all done although our Christmas Day will actually be on 27th the only date the whole family can get together, 16 of us, where are we all going to sit he!he!.

Our challenge on Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week is to make a multifold card, so I have resorted to my favourite Pop Up shape this week. The PB Samps have been coloured with Copics and cut with Labels Nesties and matted onto lilac Mirraboard and card, the butterfly backing card is from Redhot Bed and the butterflies and Dragonfly have been cut out from the same card, one of the butterflies has been stuck onto the end of a very narrow strip of acetate that has been glued to the back of the card.

I hope I will have time to make at least one more card before Christmas as I am having terrible withdrawel symptoms, but just in case I don't I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited my blog this year, your lovely comments have kept me going through some rough times, and the wonderful friendships I have made mean so much to me.


and look forward to seeing all your great creations and making more friendships next year.
Big Hugs to you all xxxxxx

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Tweet Tweet & Hot Chocolate

Sketch Saturday

Another lovely sketch this week on Sketch Saturday, I really enjoy taking part in this challenge, and this week the DT have some beautiful creations for us to see. Click Here to go straight to the challenge.

At last the Tree is up and decorated, I began to think I would never manage it this year. I thought I had finished with Christmas Cards after I had sent the Magnolia Challenge card below to Donna, but what popped through my letter box on Saturday, this adorable Sugar Nellie Elizabeth Bell stamp from Funky Kits, well come on could you resist colouring her just once. She hs been coloured with Copics, and cut out with the New Nesties, the papers are My Minds Eye and I have tried to pick out all the colours in my colouring. Snowflakes are punched and scalloped edge is MSDP.

Magnolia Vs Stampavie

Its is another sketch from Donna this week on Magnolia Vs Stampavie, this is the last challenge for the year and will run until 4th January. There is another lovely prize of a set of Copics for the winner. So pop along and join in.

This really is the last Christmas Card (fingers crossed), cannot wait to get back to creating "normal" cards. My mind went blank when I first saw the sketch, and I really didn't know what I could put in the little circles, searched through my Magnolias and found this little bird who makes a perfect christmas Robin, and he fitted just right. He has again been coloured with Copics adde some Flowersoft to the bottom of the circle to give the impression of snow. Papers are Basic Grey, Flower from Prima and the Let It Snow sentiment is a Sizzix Die.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Ellie Love

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Recipe Challenge


3 Flowers...2 Papers and 1 Ribbon
Hope you can join us in this great challenge on
Penny Black, There is a great prize to be won and the Girls have made some beautiful cards to give you some inspirations so just click HERE and join in.

Wow!!! I got here in the end, I realised after posting the Whiff of Joy Advent Calendar at Midnight that I had not made my DT card for this challenge, and it has taken most of the day to find the time to complete it. But I am here now, This lovely Ellie has been coloured with Copics (I am beginning to really enjoy working with these now). I have used the lables Nesties to cut out the image and border and have inked all the edges with Distress Ink (Worn Listick), The two Dps are Basic Brey and have both been punched on the bottom with the MSDP, Cannot remember where I got the flowers from I have had them an age. The ribbon is from Imaginisce. Sorry for the rushed post, have a great weekend everyone oh and by the way Christmas has come ealy, I am the winner of the great stamps that were the prize on last weeks Saturday Sketch Challenge Yippeeeee!!!!!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Not A Christmas Card and an Award

Lili of the Valley Challenge

We are celebrating the New Year on Lili of the Valley Challenge this week, so please come and join us, there are some fab cards from the DT Team and another GDT place up for grabs just click Here to join in

I have used a High Hopes Stamp this week isn't he a wonderful old man, I have used Copics to colour him . The Fabulous papers are by Lili of the Valley and the fabulous circles have been cut with the New Nesties. Swirl is Cricut, sentiment computer generated, rest from stash. Sorry for the very rushed post today. Going to do some Christmas Shopping.

I have received this very chic award from the fabulous and funny Michelle from Donkey Smiles, Thank you Michelle I just love visiting your blog and you always make me smile how ever down I feel, so lots of hugs are being sent to you.

The rules are to give it to five others, who shall give it to five others.. You shall link the one you got it from, and also the ones you give it to:) And let them know. And there is more... You have to write down five things you are addicted to. I know it is a busy time so I understand if you just pass it on to everyone who visits you blog, but I just want to pass on my appreciation for the Inspiration and friendship I have received from these 5 girls as well as from everyone else who takes the time to visit and leave such lovely comments, wish I could give it to you all.


My Addictions are:
1. The Grandkids (they are the light of my life)
2. Shopping for Crafty Goodies
3. Stamp and stamping
4. Licquorice (Sorry
cannot spell) Toffee (Thorntons)
5. Tea

Have a great day everyone !!

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Winter Willow and Helpful Friend

The challenge this week on Whiff of Joy Challenge will be the last before Christmas, the new challenge will start on 7th January. The theme is for a last minute Christmas Card but using no RED or GREEN. Katharina from Whiff of Joy has donated the fabulous Lizzie with Muff stamp as a prize for this challenge, thank you so much Katharina. So to be in with a chance to win this fabulous stamp and to see the DT cards just click HERE

I spent the whole of yesterday writing the greetings and envelopes for all my cards, thought I was finished but have found I still have 6 more to make, so this is the first of the 6 only 5 more to go.

Willow wih Lantern has been coloured with Copics, think I have got the hang of them now, really pleased with how this turned out, so if like me you were finding it hard to get the hang of the copics just keep going. The papers are all from the Forever Friends christmas paper pack, The oval frame was cut using the scalloped and plain oval nesties. I have punched three different papers with the MSDP and layered them up under the ribbon, the corners are cut on Cricut, as were the swirls which I have glued and glittered after cutting them. Rest from Stash

Stamping with Stampavie and
Basic Grey Challenge

This weeks theme is vintage on Stamping with Stampavie, My fellow Dt members have produce some beautiful cards for your inspiration so click HERE and take a look

Gone back to my beloved Distress Inks for this one, nothing does vintage better. The edges of all the Basic Grey papers have been distress with Frayed Burlap Inks and I have stamped the swirls on the image with the Stempleglede Small Swirl Stamp. I got the idea for the flowers from the fabulous Camillas blog, thank you Camilla, I get so much inspiration from her lovely blog. I have stamped out a text stamp onto white paper and then punched the flowers with the Large and Medium Retro punches, I have added Brown chalk eyes inks to the edges to give a more distressed look to the flowers. I have just realied I have charms on this card so I can enter it for the Basic Grey Challenge this week, which is "So Charming", thats good 2 for 1.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Happy New Year & Jingle Balls

This is the last challenge of the year on A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge, we will be back on 6th January, so what better theme to end the year with than Happy New Year, there is a great prize on offer and some fabulous card by the my Fellow DT Divas so why not click Here to check it out.

This lovely lying Tilda is quietly waiting for the clock to strick twelve and welcome in the New Year. She has been coloured with Copics, the clock is another Magnolia Stamp and I have added a clock face from my stash, the papers are BG. Sentiment is computer generated. I have shown a close up of the Flowers as I love how they turn out and thought I would tell you how I make them, I have painted a coat of Poppy Red H20's over the large Stemlegled Retro Hibiscus Stamp, then waited for it to dry and punched it with the MEDIUM retro punch I prefer the look when punched with the medium instead of the large punch, The gold centres are fron Eggstravaganza, I will try to find the link and add it later, then Red stickles where added to the middle of each flower.

Stamp Something

Stamp Something Challenge this week is SNOW, I didn't actually make this card for the challenge, I spent yesterday making cards for my Grandsons, no flowers or frills you know what I mean, and this one seemed to fit the bill for this challenge.

This great cheerful and fun stamp is by Whippersnapper, I find they do a gteat selection of stamps for those awkward Men, they have been coloured with Copics with glitter and Flowersoft added. The papers are a Mary Fran Christmas download and the embellies are from stash

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Tags Galore and Christmas Friends

Magnolia vs Stampavie

*Week 6* Xtra Tags

Make some Christmas Gift Tags...
If your anything like me you always run out of tags! or you may have an extra special gift that you would like to have that extra special personal touch on your gift,so make a gift tag of any size. And make as many as you like.
Click HERE to see the fantastic ideas from my fellow DT Members.

I wish I knew how Donna made my tags look so good on the challenge blog, unfortuantely I have not got the talent or perhaps the software so you will have to excuse my photos. The tags have all been cut on the Cricut and I have used ups scraps of papers that were too nice to throw away, the Magnolia images have been coloured with Distress Ink and Copics. This is such a great way to use up your bits and pieces that I will be making more of these

Sketch Saturday

Mariska has designed the most beautiful sketch for us to follow on Sketch Saturday this week, Thanks Mariska it was a joy to work with. Melissa, owner of Pink Cat Studio has kindly donated an amazing stamp set for one lucky participant!! so dont delay click HERE straight away and check out the fab sketch and the great DT cards.

After Trying to resist these lovely Pollycraft Winter Elves stamps for weeks, I had to give in and buy them, no will power you see, and boy am I glad I did get them they are fabulous. They have been coloured with Copics, I am still finding my way around using them and I will never give up my distress inks but they are too expensive to not use. They have been cut and mounted onto white and blue labels cut with my new Nesties. The papers are from Forever friends Christmas Paper Pack, I have added the swirls freehand with Silver Stickles,everything else from stash. TFL

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Ho Ho Ho

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Sketch Beth

Before we start I have some sad news the wonderful and talented Becky is leaving the DT this week, sob, sob,. Becky I will miss you and have really enjoyed working with you, I will miss seeing your lovely cards everywek
Our very talented Beth has created a fabulous sketch for you all this week, and sure you will all have fun creating something gorgoeus with it.
You can rotate, resize the sketch - but please do not move the elements around.
As always you must use at least 1 Penny Black Image. Becky has provided some brilliant prizes as well. So pop over to Penny Black Saturday Challenge and join us.

Simple quick card from me today. I have stamped this cute image twice, coloured both images with Copic Markers then cut the Santa and Snowmen from one image and 3d onto the base image. The papers are Papermania,, and Sentiment stamp is from Magnolia. The snowflakes have been punched in white and red with gold snowflake charm in the middle. Ribbon from Poppicraft, Michelle from Poppicraft has some fab new goodies added to the stock this week. I forgot to say I have used Flowersoft again on the Fur and Father Christmas's beard, I just love the way this looks

Friday, 5 December 2008

Double the Trouble

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 39

This week CCT would like to see some hearts on your card and have a fab prize from Louise at Charmed Cards + Crafts to give to 2 randomly chosen winners. The winners can choose either 2 regular sets of downloads or the Christmas set. What a great Prize to see the Fabulous DT cards and to be in with a chance to win this downloads click HERE

I didn't think I would have a card to post today but as I was putting this card in its envelope I realised it had 2 heart buttons on it, so I hope I can enter it for the CCT Challenge this week.
My hardworking and always cheerful Postie has just become a Grandpa to lovely twin boys and he asked me to make them a Christmas Card. I was a bit stuck at first then remembered this cute High Hopes Stamp. I stamped it twice and coloured with distress inks, once coloured I cut the poor babys head out (it didn't hurt him I promise), then I cut round half the baby's head in the main image and tucked the other one inside,(wasn't sure it would work but am quite pleased with the result). The papers are from My Minds Eye and Imaginisce, blue pearlised card and ribbon from stash, Snowflakes are cut with a fiskars punch, buttons from Crafters Companion. The sentiment was computer generated.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Lili of the Valley

Lili of the Valley Challenge No 11

This week we have a lovely sketch by Donalda to follow, I always like working with Donaldas Sketchs they are always that little bit different, thanks Donalda. Lili of the Valley have doated a sheet of grear little General Greetings as a prize this week
so don't delay pop over HERE staright away

Before I start to tell you about this weeks card can I say a great big thank you to everyone who has visited my blog this last couple of weeks, especially as I just have not had time to leave any comments at all, I have visited your blogs but have not left comments my time has not been my own, I have even found it very hard to keep up with my DT cards. I do so appreciate your kind words and at times like this they mean so much. Big Hugs to you all.

I have used Lilis Diecuts Miki and Kimi for ths card, I have added Flowersoft for the fur on both of them, as glitter dosn't mix with Flowersoft I sprinkle it on whilst the glue is still wet. The papers are from Lili of the Valley Miki and Kim die cut pack which includes backing paper and greetings as well as the die cut sheets. I have used my beloved MSDP for the scalloped edge, Ribbon and whtite snowflake are from Raspberry Ribbon November kit, Silver Snowflake from stash.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Whiff of Joy & Stampavie

Whiff of Joy Challenge this week is another of Heathers fantastic Sketches. Thanks to everyone who joined us last week. We know how busy this month is with the run up to Christmas so hope you will be able to join us again, we do love seeing your great creations. To see my fellow members great DT cards and check out Heathers sketch just click Here

Once again sorry for the quality of the photos today, the lighting is so bad in the evenings and as we have company this week I can only craft for the odd few minutes a day, everything has to be done when the rest of the world is tucked up asleep. Heathers sketch is a dream to follow, I have used My Minds Eye papers then cut two ovals with the Nesties, one in white crad and one in blue glitter card. Charlotte has been coloured with Distress inks and H20's (twice) then the whole of one image cut out and 3d onto the oval, the other image was cut leaving her wings behind and then 3d onto the base one. Everything else is from stash.

Stamping with Stampavie

The challenge we have for you on Stamp with Stampavie this week is to make a Star Card, there are some fabulous creations by the DT so click Here to see them

Most of the DT made cards in the actual shape of a star, I opted to go for my usual square card with a star cut out of it. The template for the filigree star is from Wendy Stenton, I cut the shapes out with a craft knife and glittered around all the edges, Silver Angel Hair was added behind the filigree. The cute Sarah Kay image has been coloured with Distress Inks and cut with the circle nestie. Rest from stash

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Lilac Lovely

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week on A Spoonful of Sugar there were some fabulous entries. This week challenge is a good excuse to get away from Christmas Cards, we want to see your

Thank You Cards

We have a fabulous prize this week of the below Sarah Kay stamp - "Country Girl". She has very kindly been donated by Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts. They have all the new Sarah Kay's currently in stock. They are disappearing fast but don't worry they have more arriving very soon
To check out the DT cards and the great stamp on offer just click HERE

My new Sarah Kay stamp arrived at the end of last week, I was really worried how they would stamp but these are just a dream to stamp, I think this little darling is going to be used the most, she is just so sweet. She has been coloured with Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender Distress Inks. The papers are from stash. I have used my new Labels Nesties again, Flowers are from Poppicraft, ribbon and charms from stash. Thanks for looking

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