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28 February 2010

Just Cute Bears

Evening everyone .... hope you've all had a good weekend, its just gone so fast again! My card today has been made for the Just Cute Bears Challenge No. 6 and their theme this week is colour combo mint and brown using a bear image.

For this card I used:-

  • Kanban Bear & Greeting
  • Papers from Stash
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Brenda Pinnick Cardstock

I hope you like it!

26 February 2010

Ever had that Friday Feeling?

Hi everyone and thank goodness Friday has arrived! What a week and I'm so looking forward to the weekend. I'm off to see my Sister tonight over in Sutton Coldfield, haven't seen her since Christmas! So it will be great to have a catch up with her, booked a table at an Indian restaurant, so food and drink will be plenty and I will be travelling back on Saturday morning.

So this morning decided to have a bit of crafty time before setting off to work later as I won't get chance tonight!

Today's card is being entered into the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • DCWV Papers
  • Pearlescent Cardstock with Sizzix dots textured impressions folder
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Greeting & Ribbon from Stash
  • Forever Friends Image

I will be back soon! Have a great weekend!


24 February 2010

Louis Says Thank You!

Hello all - my third and final post for today ..... I think 3 is quite enough don't you!? My last make to be entered into the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Wild Rose Studio Louis With Heart Clear Stamp
  • K&C Sparkly Sweet Papers
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Cardstock & Flower Punches from stash
  • Sakura Pens & Waterbrush
  • With Thanks Die Cut Greeting
  • American Crafts Ribbed Ribbon
  • MS Heart Border Punch

I'm really pleased with the pastel tones on this card - nice and fresh for Spring!


Crazy 4 Challenges C4C25

Hello again, my second post of the day! I've just made this card for the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C25 and this week there was a sketch to follow.

I decided to use one of my new stamps and make a moving home card.

For this card I used:-

  • Inca Greeting Stamp with Stampin Spots Inkpad
  • Helz Cuppleditch Home Sweet Home Clear Stamp
  • Cardstock from stash
  • K&C Winter Wonderland Papers
  • Die Cut Hearts
  • Papermania Gems & Brad
  • Sizzix Weave Texture Plate
  • Sakura Pens and Waterbrush

Unfortunately not one of my better cards, but not feeling myself today which may have something to do with it! Hope you like it!

Birthday Wishes

Morning everyone, hope you are well?! We had another flurry of snow last night, but luckily followed by rain, so nearly all the traces of snow have disappeared - hurrah!

Today is my partner Mark's 42nd Birthday! and here is the card I made for him, I put together a special verse inside for him too.


Right, I'm off to do some more crafting now, so see you soon!

22 February 2010

A Special Delivery

How exciting ...... when I got in from work today a nice big parcel had arrived ....... my new Big Shot Express and I just can't wait to get playing with it. My faithful original blue one has been well used and looks so dated compared to this.


I decided to treat myself and can't wait to use it with my texture plates, new dies and nestabilities!


21 February 2010

Mums Out and About ......

What a day! Woke up in the early hours to more snow, but luckily the sun came out this afternoon and most of it has melted away, but they have forecast some more for tomorrow!

After a busy morning, had a nice afternoon doing some crafting and one of my makes today is for quite a few challenges.

I have entered this card into the following:-

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black Out and About Stamp
  • DCWV "Mum" Paper
  • Pearlescent Card
  • Papermania Gemstones
  • Sakura Pens and Waterbrush
  • Greeting Stamp from my stash

I hope you like it!


18 February 2010

Here we SNOW again!!!!!!!

Just when I hoped we had seen the last of it ........ more snow falls and actually today it is really heavy and settling well! I have just got back indoors and a hot chocolate is definitely in order. Here's a piccie from my front window.

I do wonder why it couldn't have waited until next week when the kids are back at school ..... I could have had a snow day!? lol. It seems the weather people predicted it wrong again, we were supposed to have a light amount and tomorrow is going to be no snow at all ...... well lets see shall we?

Tuesday Morning Sketches 33

My second challenge card I made was for Tuesday Morning Sketches No 33 and I am really pleased with how this card turned out. Unfortunately the camera hasn't picked up the vibrant tan colour of the card - it is actually the same colour as the ribbon, so you can't get a true picture!


For this card I used:-

  • Sarah Kay Picnic of Daisies Stamp
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • K&C Winter Wonderland Paper
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Die Cut Greeting & Flowers from my stash
  • Sakura Pens & Waterbrush

I hope you like this as much as I do!

Sketch & Stash Challenge 29

Morning all - well after a busy and successful morning in town with the two girls yesterday spending the remains of their Birthday and Christmas money and gift cards, it was definitely a good time to retreat to the craft room for some peace!

I decided to make some of my challenge cards and the first one I made is for the Sketch & Stash Challenge No 29 and as you can see there's quite a bit of bling on it!

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black Evening Glow Stamp
  • Kanban Vintage Floral Distress Papers
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Sakura Pens & Waterbrush
  • Papermania Gemstones
  • Die Cut Greeting from stash

I hope you like it!


16 February 2010

Cupcake Challenge 78 - Keep it Simple!

Hello everyone and what a lovely day it is - the sun is shining at long last! My make today is for the Cupcake Challenge 78 with the theme "Keep it Simple". Not always easy to do as you get the desire to fully embellish you're card with beads, brads, ribbon and flowers! But I am very pleased with this design and managed to fully resist the urge, only using pearls and ribbon!


For this card I used:-

  • Magnolia Waiting Tilda Stamp
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities
  • Pearlescent Card with Sizzix Flowers Texture Plate
  • Papermania Pearls
  • American Crafts Satin Ribbon
  • Sakura Souffle Pens with Waterbrush
  • Anitas Greeting

I hope you like it!


14 February 2010

A Gem of A Challenge

Pink Gem Designs have some fantastic stamps on their website and I just had to make a card for their first challenge A Gem of a Challenge


For this card I used:-

  • Pink Gem Designs Bedtime Hoot Stamp
  • Anita's Dream a little dream Stamp
  • Pearlescent Card and Paper
  • Floral Paper & Vellum
  • Papermania Gemstones
  • Die Cut Shapes
  • Punched Flowers
  • Sakura Souffle & Glitter Pens with waterbrush


A Valentine Sunday

Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you received something nice!? This is the card I made for my wonderful partner Mark and he loved it!


I've entered this card into the following challenges:-
I hope you like it!

12 February 2010

Time to say Goodbye!

One of my friends Jasmine from school leaves her job today - she was covering maternity leave and unfortunately they can't keep her on. She will be greatly missed, so I have made this card for her and hope she likes it!


Its also the last day of term which is excellent news - for me this hasn't come quick enough, its only been a 6 week term, but its certainly been a long one! I surely do need a break so will make the very most of my week off next week!


9 February 2010

Red & White All Over!

I'm counting down the days now until I break up for half term and can enjoy a nice week off with the kids and hopefully be able to do loads of crafting!

Today my card is for the Cupcake Craft Challenge 77 and the theme is red and white all over!

For this card I used:-

  • Woodware Felecity Fairy Stamp
  • DCWV Co-ordinating Papers and Cardstock
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Fiskars Border Punch
  • Papermania Pearls and Gems
  • Die Cuts
  • Anita's Peel Offs
  • Sakura Gel, Souffle & Glaze Pens with waterbrush

I'm really pleased with how this one turned out today - the sunshine must have given me some inspiration this morning!

8 February 2010

Happy Birthday Balloons .......

Well its Monday morning again .... just don't know where the weekend's go!

This morning I have worked on a card to enter into 2 challenges, the first Sketch and Stash Challenge 28 using their latest sketch and the second Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Week 87 where the requirement for this challenge was to use a Penny Black item of your choice.

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black Birthday Balloons Stamp
  • DCWV Cardstock and paper
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Flowers from stock
  • Sakura Souffle, Gel & Glitter Pens with waterbrush

Its not one of my better cards, am a little disappointed with how this turned out, but I blame this on time this morning!

7 February 2010

Secret Crafter Challenge 69

I just had to make a card for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge using monochrome tones of one colour and white. So I jumped at using one of my new stamps for this with a co-ordinating green theme. I am really pleased with the result.


For this card I used:-

  • Sarah Kay Precious Moments Clear Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow papers
  • Ribbon by American Crafts
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Fiskars Border Punch
  • Papermania White Pearls
  • Penny Black Greeting Stamp
  • Sakura Gel & Glitter Pens with waterbrush


5 February 2010

Creative Inspirations Challenge 26

Good morning and "yay" its Friday! Today's make has been entered into the Creative Inspirations Challenge.


For this card I used:-
  • Magnolia Birthday Cake Stamp
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Minds Eyes Spring Co-ordinated Papers
  • Papermania Gemstones
  • Punched flowers
  • Die Cut Greeting
  • Sakura Souffle and Gel Pens with waterbrush

I hope you like it!


4 February 2010

Allsorts Challenge - Week 37

Morning everyone! Today I have worked on a card to enter into the Allsorts sketch challenge.


For this card I used:-

  • Magnolia Spring Tilda Stamp
  • My Mind's Eyes Co-ordinated papers
  • Papermania Flowers & Brads
  • Ribbon by American Crafts
  • DCWV Card Stock
  • Sakura Souffle & Gel Pens with waterbrush

I hope you like it!


3 February 2010

Storage issues

Over the weekend I started to have a good sort out of all my craft items and get rid of anything I didn't want or no longer used and look at new options for storing certain items, preparing for my new craft room!

Yesterday my new storage bag arrived for my ribbon collection - its the best thing I've seen for ribbons in ages! The Pull-E-Z Ribbon Purse is available from craftsulove and comes in 4 colours and priced at £17.99 its a bargain. It holds up to 200 ribbons and they don't tangle when you pull them out. All you do is thread your ribbon through the holes and you have easy access.

Mines not even half full yet, so I may need to invest in some more ribbon, LOL!


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