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27 September 2010

Happy Birthday Keryn!

Morning all - well I am back if only briefly after my operation on Saturday. All went well and now I have two weeks off work to recover from it. I have to say my knee is very sore today and its hurting more than it did over the weekend! Still, main bandage has to come off tonight and then stitches out on 8th October! Hopefully I will be back to normal soon.

I can't sit at my desk and craft at the moment, so spent an hour yesterday colouring in some images in the lounge, but I'm itching to make some cards!

Anyway here is a card I made last week for the lovely Keryn as it is her Birthday today and I just want to wish her a lovely day!

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Bugaboo JJ Tequila & Shoes Instant Fun Digi Stamps
  • PM Confetti Papers
  • Cardstock & Die Cut Paper from Stash
  • Promarkers
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • PM Gems & Stickles

Thanks for popping in today, hope you have a great day!

23 September 2010

So Not Happy!

Well you build yourself up for an operation and then what happens?! This afternoon I get a phonecall from the hospital to inform me that the surgeon is not well at all and can't perform the operation ...... but all is not lost they have an alternative - they have found another surgeon to carry it out, but at a different hospital and on a different day! Arrrrgggghhhhhh!

So the new date is now 7.30 am on Saturday 25th September at Rugby instead of Coventry .... so another day and another 2 sleeps to stress out. So for all those who read my earlier post, apologies as I will be around tomorrow now and not Saturday!

Happy days!

Teddy's Christmas

Hello everyone, here's a card I have finished off this morning for a friend - this is the last of her order, so hopefully I can get this off to her in the next few days.

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Kanban Decoupage Bear
  • K&C Christmas Paper
  • Cardstock with Sizzix Texture Plate
  • Kanban Mirri Card
  • PM Gems
  • Computer Generated Greeting

This will be my last post for a few days now, as some of you will know I am going into hospital first thing tomorrow for key hole surgery on my knee, so definitely won't be around tomorrow, but hope at least to be able to visit your blogs over the weekend and catch up with you all.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you all have a fab day!

22 September 2010


Well hello and welcome to another WOYWW (that week seemed to pass by very quickly!). Well my desk is looking so much more tidier this week, in fact my whole craft room is!

Not much at all going on, other than working on some Christmas card orders for a friend.

All tidy this side of the desk too! I'm going into hospital Friday for an operation, so the tidy craft room is to ensure that everything can be located easily for me or my other half to find when I'm out and up to crafting!

Even all my drawers are tidy! So as there is little else I'm afraid other than a piccie from my french doors in the craft room onto the newly finished garden!

Thanks for popping in today - sorry there is little happening this week, but I look forward to taking a peek into your craft rooms too.

Have a great day!

21 September 2010

Love Me ..... Love Me Not ......

Morning all, just a quick post this morning for a couple of challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-

  • Love Me Tilda Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • PM Capsule Collection Papers
  • Die Cuts, Ribbon, Flowers & Brads from Stash
  • Ice Stickles

Also to let you know that if I manage to get up to 50 followers over the next few weeks, I will be having a little candy draw, so watch this space for further details!

Have a great day!

20 September 2010

Let's Dance on Ice

Good morning - well there seems to be a change in the weather here in Coventry this morning, its sunny with blue skies! However I'm still cold so thats not so good. Here's a card I made last night:-

This is for the following challenges:-

Now I was a little worried about the colour combo here, but I took inspiration from the red berries that were in the paper and decided to go with it .... still a little unsure, but if you don't try you never know!

Card Ingredients:-

  • K&C Christmas Paper
  • Just Inklined Snowman IceSkating Digi Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Card from Stash
  • MS Snowflake Punch
  • PM Gems
  • Ice Stickles

Look forward to hearing what you think!

19 September 2010

Are You Looking At Me?

Afternoon crafty peeps - here's a card I made this afternoon for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • K&C Christmas Papers
  • MS Snowflake Border Punch
  • Gems
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • Reindeer

Thanks for popping in this afternoon, its just started raining here (nothing new eh?) - hope the weather is better where you are and you have an enjoyable evening.

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 37 - DT Card

Good morning everyone - can't believe its Sunday already and time for another challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp - when did those 2 weeks go?!

This week its Ger's sketch to follow.

We are lucky to be sponsored by My Favourite Things Stamps and the lucky winner will receive a $15.00 voucher to spend in their online shop.

All the design team received some of their images to use for their DT cards, so take a hop over and take a look at the wonderful cards produced.

Here's mine:-

For this card I used:-

  • MFT Christmas Owls Digi Stamp
  • K&C Christmas Paper
  • Promarkers
  • Gems
  • Mirri Card
  • Fiskars Punch
  • Anita's Peeloffs

Don't forget the rules - follow the sketch, rotate and flip if you wish, but ensure you STAMP something on your card - no stamping - no entry. You have until midnight GMT on Saturday 2nd October 2010 to enter. Good luck and look forward to visiting your blog.

18 September 2010

Sweet Little Girl

Hello, me again with my second post of the evening. This time my card is for a whole list of challenges!

For this card I used:-

  • Cuddly Buddly Crafts LillyBoo Digi Stamp
  • PM Rose Garden Papers
  • Promarkers
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Anita's Peeloffs

Thanks for popping in this evening - hope you are having better weather where you are? Its wet, windy and miserable here tonight. Enjoy your evening and see you tomorrow with my DT card for a new challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp.

Polka Doodles 36

Well I haven't been in the craft room much this week and my god does it show ..... my mojo seems to have done a runner LOL! Here's a card for the Polka Doodles 36 challenge.

Their theme was a sketch and to not use any fabric or ribbon, must have a shaped flap and use 3 brads. So I opted for a simple Thinking of You card, behind the flap is a white panel so you can write on it. Not very inspiring I'm afraid.

Card Ingredients:-

  • Pink Gem Designs Thinking of You Stamp
  • Kanban Mirri Card
  • X-Cut Flower Punch
  • Fiskars Border Punch
  • Brads from Stash
  • Brenda Pinnick Paper

Us crafters are always negative about our own creations, so of course would love to receive your comments whatever you think.

17 September 2010

The Nearly Finished Back Garden!

Hello peeps, as promised I have some piccies of the nearly complete back garden which Mark has been working so hard on this week. The block paving is complete and looks absolutely fab, the new lawn has taken really well and all that is needed now is for my plants to get bigger!

Here's another angle towards the conservatory

The existing shed will be coming down and a bigger one put in its place.

And the final view when you come out of my craft room doors onto the patio. Now need to shop for a patio table and chairs, a chimnea and some planters and we're all done!

Thanks for stopping by.

15 September 2010


Well good morning on this Sunny Wednesday! Its been a few weeks since I've joined in with WOYWW - just haven't found the time, but was determined to be there this week! To see what this is all about, take a visit to Julia's blog to find out!

As you can see my desk is just a BIG mess - currently working on an order for a friend's Birthday, plus catching up with more Christmas cards too. In the makeshift green box there are a load of recently purchased stamps waiting to be inked up and if you're wondering whats in the grey mesh drawers - these hold my promarkers which fit in there perfectly - a fab find!

In the middle of this pic is the recent candy I won from Oldie But A Goodie Challenge, which consisted of embellies, stamps, images, cards and much more. A basket full of all my scraps of card and to the right more piles of paper and card - must tidy!

And on top of the pile of papers and card, another basket full of scrap papers and to the right of that my Christmas card makes to date. So thats it really for today, perhaps next week you might be able to actually see the work surface! Thanks for stopping by today and look forward to having a mooch around your workspace too! Have a fab day!

14 September 2010

Oldie But A Goodie - First Challenge

Morning bloggers - well I didn't manage to post again last night - had a very busy day at school and was absolutely shattered when I got home, so here I am this morning bright and breezy ..... NOT with my creation for the Oldie But A Goodie first challenge.

To participate in this challenge you need to use a stamp that is at least 6 months old. Luckily I found my first ever LOTV stamp which is about 2 years old, which comes out now and again.

Card Ingredients:-

  • LOTV Wedding Couple Stamp
  • PM Confetti Papers
  • Kanban Mirri Card
  • Promarkers
  • Gems from Stash

I lost my mojo a bit with this card, so not that happy with it - started off with all good intentions, then it didn't quite end up how I thought it would! Never mind.

Thanks for popping in today - I hope the weather is better where you are today? Wet and windy here, which is not helping my OH finish off the blockpaving!

13 September 2010

One For The Boys!

Hello everyone on this miserable Monday morning LOL. Just a quick post before I head off to work later.

Here's a card I made last night for the Papertake Weekly 47 challenge using their fab sketch and also Lili of the Valley 64 with their theme "One for the Boys".

Card Ingredients:-

  • LOTV Sailing Boat Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Kanban Mirri Card and Card
  • Papers & Button from Stash
  • Anita's Peeloffs

This is one of my new purchases and I absolutely love this stamp.

Look forward to your comments and hope you all have a fab day. I'll be back tonight with another post.

12 September 2010

Santa's Feeling Blue

Hello again, back with my second post of today. Firstly if you are visiting for the first time "Welcome" and hope you like what you see. Secondly, if you are a regular visitor its nice to see you back.

This card is for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Plum Purdy Father Christmas in Sleigh Stamp
  • Plum Purdy Ho Ho Ho Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Paper & Card from Stash
  • PM Gems
  • Ice Stickles, Sakura Glitter Pen & Glitter
  • Sizzix Star Die Cut
Thanks for popping in, look forward to your comments and you visiting again soon. Have an enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

Fashion Throughout the Years

Afternoon crafty peeps - phew! have had a busy morning helping the OH with the block paving in the back garden and have now put the Sunday roast on and managed to get on the PC with a some creations I made last night.

The first is for One Stop Craft 97 Theme: Fashion Throughout the Years.

This image was given to me by my friend Keryn ages ago and knew that at some point there would be a challenge for it.

For this card I used:-

  • Stampendous Beaded Bodice Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Dovecraft Funky Vintage Paper
  • Sizzix Architectural Accent ie #1
  • PM Gems
  • American Crafts Ribbon

As this is something a bit different for me, I would love to know what you think.

11 September 2010

This Cracker is Heavy!

Hello peeps - its seems ages since I've posted a card - just haven't managed to get into the craft room, work has been busy and I've been really tired. However managed to get in there for a little while last night and produced this ......

Yes its another Christmas card, but hey I have alot to make afterall! I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-

  • K&C Christmas Paper
  • Cardstock & Bow from Stash & Sizzix Boutique Texture Folder
  • Promarkers
  • LOTV James Bear Christmas Cracker Stamp
  • PM Gem Dots
  • Ice Stickles

Thank you for popping into see me today - hope you have a fab Saturday! I promise not to leave it so long next time.

7 September 2010

Throwback Fred

Evening crafty peeps, well only 2 days in and already it feels like I've never been away from school, my god is it manic! Think I need another holiday LOL!

Today's card was made for the Caretaker Paul as it is his 40th Birthday today!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-

  • Just Inklined Throwback Fred Digi Stamp
  • MME Wild Asparagus Papers
  • Promarkers
  • Buttons & Card from Stash
  • Kanban Die Cut Numbers

Thanks for stopping by tonight and I hope you like what you see. Enjoy the rest of your evening.

6 September 2010

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 36 - DT Card

Hello there, we are running a day late with Challenge 36, as the Sunday Sketch & Stamp blog has had a makeover. Maggie has been working on this for a few weeks now, as well as having a page on Facebook and Twitter too! So hop over and take a look!

This week sees the turn of Erin and she has produced her first ever sketch for the challenge, which is a fab one!

And here is my card which has gone back into the eighties with the grey and pink LOL!

We are sponsored for this challenge by Meljen's Designs and the lucky winner will receive 4 images of their choice. The DT were lucky enough to receive some of their digi stamps to play with for the challenge. I chose Cupcake Mouse.

Card Ingredients:-
  • Meljen's Designs Cupcake Mouse Digi Stamp
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Promarkers
  • Card & Paper from Stash using Sizzix Texture Plates
  • Ice Stickles
  • Gems

I hope you will pop along and play and I look forward to visiting your creations over the next two weeks. Deadline for submissions is Saturday 18th September 2010 @ Midnight GMT. Good luck!

5 September 2010

Wedding Wishes

Good morning crafters. Not a very nice day here in the Midlands today, the rain has finally arrived! I've done the pile of ironing this morning in readiness to watch the MotoGP at 12.30 pm and will then chill out in my craft room this afternoon, enjoying my last day off of the Summer hols as back to work tomorrow!

This is a card I made yesterday.

I'm going to enter it into the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-

  • PM Confetti Papers
  • Just Magnolia Classic Bridal Couple Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Ice Stickles
  • Mirri Card using MS Hearts Border Punch
  • PM Gems
  • Peeloffs from Stash

Thanks for popping in today - enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

4 September 2010

Just Cute Bears 32

Afternoon crafty peeps - another nice day here in the Midlands, need to make the most of it whilst it lasts!

Today's card is for the Just Cute Bears 32 where they are also having a DT call, so I'm going to give this a shot too!

For this card I used:-

  • Cuddly Buddly Crafts Kissie Bears Digi Stamp
  • K&C Christmas Paper
  • Card from Stash using Sizzix Texture Boutique
  • Promarkers
  • Ice Stickles
  • PM Gems
  • Rub On Greeting

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you like what you see! BTW for those of you who commented about the change of hairdo - a new profile pic has been uploaded LOL!

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