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31 December 2010

My Fave 5 Cards for 2010

Good afternoon blogger friends - well it's finally New Year's Eve - we have nothing planned, just a quiet one at home and I have to say I am looking forward to a brand new year - so roll on 2011!

The fabulous Debby over at A Scrap Journey is asking you to post your favourite five cards for the year - I mean how hard is this to choose!?
 No. 1 - I love this card - the colours, the LOTV image and the layout


No. 2 - The hessian makes you want to reach out and touch it!


No. 3 - The cute image from LOTV is just perfect for this christening card - I love the soft pink and gingham paper


No. 4 - this is a recent card for an Anniversary - love the silver and green


No. 5 - I made this for a friend's Birthday - love using red, white & black together - just striking with the Bugaboo image


So thats it - my fave five!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for following and supporting my blog and look forward to another fun packed year of blogging in 2011.  I hope you have a fantastic evening in whatever you are up to and would like to wish you all a Happy & Prosperous New Year.

28 December 2010

Oldie But A Goodie 9 - GDT Card

Good morning - firstly I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas!

It's that time again for another challenge at an Oldie But A Goodie.  This is my last GDT card with them and I have really enjoyed being part of their challenge blog for the month of December.

This time Francesca has provided the following sketch:-

 And here's my take on it - I really enjoyed working with this one:-


For this card I used:-
  • CC Designs Heidi Stamp
  • WRS Polka Dots Paper
  • Promarkers
  • Frosted Lace Stickles
  • PM Embellishments & Gems
  • Kanban Mirri Card using Scallop Nestie
  • Anita's Peel Off Greeting with Nesties
So why not pop on over to their blog and take a look at the design teams fabulous creations and take part in their fantastic challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today.

23 December 2010

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas!

Hello peeps.

Just a short post to wish all my followers and friends

A Very Merry Christmas & A Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

and to thank you all for following my blog and leaving such lovely comments and inspiration which is greatly received.  I have made some lovely friends during my year of blogging and hope to make many more in 2011!

I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and you get everything you want from Santa! LOL.

Christmas Hugs


22 December 2010

Lots of Cards!

Afternoon people - well what a busy few days I've had - all presents bought, wrapped and delivered, all cards made and delivered and the food shopping is done!  Phew!  And all because of the weather - we were supposed to have a heavy snowfall overnight, but had nothing and just a few snow flurries this morning - thankfully as I've really had enough of the snow and the cold weather now.

Well I would just like to say a BIG "thank you" to my new followers, its great to have you on board and I hope you like what you see!

Now I have loads of cards to show today, not for any challenges as I just haven't had the time to be honest, so here goes:-

This one is for my Daughter Megan


This one is for my Step Daughter Danielle


This one is for my Son Matthew


This is a gift card I made for my Son Matt



This one is for my Sister and her Partner


This one is for my Mum & Dad (Gatefold Card)


And this one is for my Partner Mark


I have decided next year not to leave this lot until the last minute as I am not happy with some of them.

Right off to get the bins in (at least they have been collected today!) and get some dinner - afterall I need to feed this cold that doesn't seem to want to leave my presence LOL.  Have a good day and keep warm and safe wherever you are.

20 December 2010

Sad Farewell

Good morning crafters on this freezing cold day!  Well Friday was my last day at work and I have now finished until the New Year - woo hoo!!!!  Its been a busy few weeks, I feel like I've been on catch up since having the flu and now on my 4th week, still not fully recovered - really fed up with it now and I haven't been able to blog much either, just don't seem to have enough hours in my day!

One of the ladies that I work with left on Friday as she has a new job at a secondary school as Head First Aider, she will really be missed and I made her this card.

Card Ingredients:-
  • DSB Nurse Suzie
  • Papers & Flower from Stash
  • Promarkers
  • PM Gems
  • Computer Generated Greeting
She loved it.  We also participated in 2 secret santas, had jacket potatoes delivered in and had a real good last day also followed by some good news that I will now be doing mornings rather than afternoons, plus 2 full days until the afternoon post is filled, so I am very happy about that!

I need to get out today, but the roads are so icy and dangerous I may not even contemplate it - bloomin weather!

Thanks for popping in.

15 December 2010

Simply Amazing!

Morning everyone, no card today, just an update from last night when I went to see Simply Red at the NIA for their Farewell Tour.  I have been to everyone of Mick's concerts and he just keeps getting better and last night was no exception - WOW absolutely amazing!

So now I will bore you all with a selection of piccies LOL!  Some are not the best quality I'm afraid.

Macy Gray was the support act and I have to say, although I'm not a fan, she was very good.


This is the crowd at the NIA (National Indoor Arena) Birmingham:


Here's Mick and the band on stage:



And here he is again, a little closer this time:


This was Mick on his guitar doing Holding Back The Years: Just Brilliant!


And waving goodbye to the fans at the end:

I took loads of pics which will be very memorable.  I had the most amazing time and it was worth every penny. Can you tell I'm a big fan!? LOL.

Thanks for popping in.

14 December 2010

Oldie But A Goodie 8 - GDT Card

Morning peeps!  Well I am very excited today, firtsly I am very lucky to have been selected as a Guest Design Team Member for Oldie But A Goodie challenge for the month of December.

And secondly, I am off to the NIA in Birmingham tonight to see Simply Red on their Farewell Tour - I have been to every one of their concerts and Mick is just amazing.  I just hope that my cold and cough, together with newly developed conjunctivitis hold up - I think I need to be put down, I really don't need anymore ailments!

Anyway back to the challenge with a theme of "You're A Star" to make a creation with a star on it.  Here's my card:-

For this card I used:-
  • Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Papers
  • Pink Gem Designs Sparkles Stamp
  • Mirri Card with Sizzix Star Die
  • Promarkers
  • Iced Stickles
  • PM Gems
Why not pop on over to their blog and take a look at the fabulous DT creations and join in with the fun.

I'm entering this card into the following challenge:-
Thanks for popping in.

13 December 2010

James & Jenny The Bears

Good morning folks - well its cold here in the Midlands, but very damp and miserable, a bit like my cold! LOL.

Firstly a very warm welcome to my newest followers, glad to have you on board.

Here are a set of cards I made over the weekend for the cleaners at the school, who are all lovely ladies.


I'm entering the pink set into the following challenges:-
And here are the green set:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • LOTV James & Jenny Bear Christmas Stamps
  • Promarkers
  • Iced Stickles
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Kanban Mirri Card
  • Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Paper
  • PM Gems
Thanks for finding the time to stop by today and look forward to your lovely comments.

12 December 2010

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 43 - DT Card

Evening all - I am a little late posting my DT card for the next challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp as I am again full of cold!!  Yes I know I have had the flu and now a cold on top!  This week we have a fabulous sketch by Arianne.
 And here is my take on her fab sketch:-

For this card I used:-
  • Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Papers
  • Whiff of Joy Henry Mouse Holding Christmas Wreath Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Die Cut Greeting
  • PM Gems
  • Cardstock from Stash
Crafts 4 Eternity are sponsoring this challenge and one lucky winner will receive 2 festive digi images from their Christmas collection.  This challenge will run until 2nd January 2011, so you have 3 weeks to get your entry in and is the last challenge for 2010.  I hope you will play along this time and look forward to visiting your blogs.

Thanks for stopping by today.

11 December 2010

Good News!

Evening everyone.  Just a quick post today as I have some fabulous news to share.

I have been very lucky to be selected as a DT for Sweet Stampin Challenge as part of Team Fluff, Faye's team.  I won't take up my post until January 2011, but am very excited and the girls are absolutely fabulous.

In the meantime, I will continue playing along with their challenges and do hope that you will join in with me in the New Year.

9 December 2010

Christmas Has Arrived!

Morning peeps!  Well I have managed to get one of my trees up in the house, myself and Megs put the one in the lounge up last night and here's the finished result!  We are finally starting to get festive.

Its a big 6ft tall and very wide tree, so struggled to find a space for it - but we got it sorted eventually LOL.  Now just need to put the one up in the Conservatory, together with the outside lights and we are there - that's mine and Mark's little job for the weekend!

7 December 2010

I'm Back!

Well good morning peeps, its been an age (well over a week) since I have blogged and unfortunately that was down to me getting a very bad case of flu, sinusitis and sickness which just knocked me out for a whole week.  I have to say, I'm glad I got it now rather than over Christmas, but its certainly a virus I don't wish to get again in a hurry!  I've never felt so ill in my life.  I'm still stuffed up, but feel so much better than I did, so its good to be back.  I have to apologise, as although I did try and visit everyone's blogs, I didn't post any comments as just wasn't up to it.

Anyways, managed to get in the craft room on Sunday (had no choice as so behind) to make my Sister a Birthday card as today is her Birthday.  It's really not how I had hoped for it to turn out, but with being ill my mojo and enthusiasm was not quite there!


Card Ingredients:-
  • Scrapbook Sisters Girl With Presents Digi Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Iced Stickles
  • Kanban Paper
  • Card & Flowers from Stash
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • PM Gems
Right, off to catch up ..... have never seen so much washing and ironing in my life, the house looks like a bomb blast and as for Christmas ...... whats that!?  Need to organise myself pronto to make up with a week I have lost!

Thanks for stopping by today, as always your comments are greatly appreciated.

28 November 2010

My This Boat is Heavy!

Hello, my second post for today!  Well I'm having a PJ day today as feeling very rough, full of cold and have a very sore throat, can't breathe and generally feel rubbish.  Just as well I stay indoors as its sooooooo cold outside!  Mark, bless him has just been out to buy me more tissues, cough sweets and some olbus oil!

I would also like to say a big "HELLO" to all my recent new followers, it's lovely to have you on board.

Anyways, here is my card I finished on Friday evening which I am going to enter into the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-
  • LOTV Sailing Boat Stamp
  • DCWV Papers
  • Promarkers
  • Button & Ribbon from Stash
  • X-Cut Scallop Border Punch
  • Nestibilities
Would love to have your comments, as always and hope wherever you are today, you are nice and warm and well!  Have a great Sunday.


Sunday Sketch & Stamp 42 - DT Card

Good Morning crafters, it's still really cold and frosty here in Coventry (had snow yesterday) and what's more I am absolutely full of cold and have a sore throat (keep losing my voice, much to the joy of my other half LOL!)

Well it's that time again for another challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp and this week it's Mira's fabby sketch.


This time we are sponsored by Freshly Brewed Designs and one lucky winner will receive a fab prize.

Here's my take on the sketch:-

For this card I used:-
  • Plum Purdy Too Much Snow Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Iced Crystal Stickles
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Kanban Embossed Mirri Card Using Sizzix Spots Embossing Folder
  • MS Snowflake Punch
  • PM Gems
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Papers
I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Thanks for popping in today .... enjoy your Sunday wherever you are.

26 November 2010

Crafts 4 Eternity 61 - Twinkling Stars - GDT Card

Good morning folks, YAY it's Friday and it's that time again for another challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity.  This is my final challenge as a Guest Design Team Member - it's only been 4 weeks and it has flown by.  I have really enjoyed being part of their team.

Here's this week's sketch with the added recipe of including stars somewhere on your project.


And here's my take on the sketch.


For this card I used:-
  • Crafts 4 Eternity Mr & Mrs Owl Digi Stamp
  • Dovecraft Christmas Fancy & Papermania Verde Capsule Collection Papers
  • Kanban Mirri Card
  • Promarkers
  • X-Cut scallop Border Punch
  • Glitter Stars from Stash
  • Anita's Peeloff
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:-
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will enter the challenge for a chance to win a fabby prize.

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