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28 April 2010

I'm a Winner!

Morning everyone ....... no card yet, but received some good news this morning that I won the "Spring Rain" challenge at Truly Scrumptious and have won a Milly in the Rain Stamp from Pink Gem Designs

I just love the Pink Gem Designs stamps and this will be another fabulous one to add to my growing collection, so can't wait to receive it.

Hope you all have a great day and no doubt I'll be back later, hopefully with a card or two to show!

27 April 2010

Anyone for Cake?

Good morning! Well I made this card at the weekend for the Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge 42 but typically of late I missed the deadline DOH! but I am going to upload it anyway and it will be another card to go into my sale stash.

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black Cinnamon Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus Papers
  • Kasiercraft Flowers
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Hobbycraft Gemstones
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Kanban Greeting with Stampin-Up Ink
  • Brads from Stash
  • Sakura Pens & stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush

I seem to be making quite alot of "green" cards of late, must be a mood thing! Must change colour. Hope you like it.

26 April 2010

Animal Antics

Hello on another Monday morning .... weather here can't seem to make its mind up today .... one minute we have rain, the next we have sun, then its hot and then it goes cold again! How on earth can you decide what to wear when its so up and down! LOL.

I made the following card yesterday afternoon, but didn't get chance to post it, so here it is ....... for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • My Mind's Eye Papers
  • Penny Black Join In Stamp
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Kaisercraft Flowers
  • Brads, Bow & Buttons from Stash
  • DCWV Cardstock

I just love the PB little hedgehogs, they are so cute!

Hope you like it, be back later after work with another post. Have a good day whatever you are up to.

25 April 2010

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 1st Birthday

Hello everyone, where's the weekend gone already!? They just go so fast don't they!

Today's card is for the Sunday Sketch & Stamp 26 Its their 1st Birthday celebration and the design team have given you a choice of past sketches and you can choose you're favourite. I chose Sketch 10 and came up with the following design.

For this card I used:-

  • Lili of the Valley Teddy With Flower Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus Papers
  • Papermania Pearls
  • DVWV & Kanban Cardstock
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush

I hope you like my favourite sketch and design, I'm really pleased with how this one turned out.





23 April 2010

Crazy for a Challenge?

Good Evening, a late posting tonight. Its been a gorgeous day here and I'm looking forward to much of the same over the weekend .... the girls have been out all night on the trampoline ... we were given a 14ft one by a friend as they were moving and no longer had room for it .... so Mark built it tonight and we couldn't get them off it! LOL.

My card today is for the Crazy 4 Challenges 33 Theme: Sketch

Its a simple card and I used:-
  • Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Purrfect Friend Stamp
  • Brenda Pinnick Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Flowers
  • Brads from Stash
  • Papermania Shimmer Dots
  • Stampin-Up Inks & Sakura Pens with Waterbrush

Hope you like it!? Enjoy the start of you're weekend.

22 April 2010

And Another 4 Challenges .......

Evening everyone and what a gorgeous day its been, lets hope it stays like this for the weekend! Can't believe we are nearly at the end of another week, boy has that gone fast! Another card made today for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Pink Gem Designs Birthday Hoot Stamp
  • My Mind'e Eye Papers
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • Embellishment from Stash
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush

I look forward to you're comments as always.

21 April 2010

Just Magnolia's 1st Birthday

Evening all, well I've just managed to finish this card in time to post for Just Magnolia's 1st Birthday Challenge using their sketch and the theme "Thank You" being an appropriate way to celebrate! Luckily I managed to get a decent enough photo as it was dark .... phew!

Its not one of my better cards, made it in a rush as I knew the deadline was tomorrow! Oh well at least I got my entry in.

For this card I used:-

  • Magnolia Ink Spring Tilda Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Pretty Please Papers
  • Pearlescent Card from Stash with MS Heart Border Punch & Sizzix Die
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Anita's Peeloffs

Let me know what you think!

20 April 2010

Spring Rain

Morning everyone and what a gorgeous morning it is .... the sun is shining here in Coventry and it certainly makes you feel good doesn't it!? Today's card is for the Truly Scrumptious Challenge 30 using their sketch and the optional theme being "April Showers".

So I decided that my new Magnolia Tilda Stamp would be perfect for this!

For this card I used:-

  • Magnolia Ink Tilda in Spring Rain Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Asparagus Papers
  • Kanban Cardstock
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Kaisercraft Flowers
  • X-Cut Scallop Punch
  • Brad from Stash
  • Brilliance & Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush

I'm really pleased how this card turned out and would love you're comments as always.

19 April 2010

Pink & Blue Monday

Morning all, early post today as I'm back to work after my two weeks off! And where has the sunshine gone, its a little grey out there this morning! I made this card yesterday for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Pink Gem Designs Milly in Heart Digi Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Pretty Please Papers
  • Kaisercraft Flowers
  • Pearlescent Card & Brads from Stash
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • Sakura Pens & Waterbrush

Hope you have a great day and would love to receive you're comments on the card.

18 April 2010

I'm Back!

Evening all - well I did manage to get crafting this afternoon after a week's break and my card today is for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Sarah Kay Picnic of Daisies Stamp
  • Kaiser Craft Flowers
  • Wild Rose Studio Floral Papers
  • Cardstock and Brads from Stash
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush

As always, value you're comments - hope you like it! Enjoy the rest of you're evening.

A Week Gone By .......

Morning everyone .... firstly apologies for my lack of posts this week - in fact no posts at all LOL! I've been so busy on my final week off, entertaining kids and doing the normal housework, etc. Went to see Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang on Wednesday at the Cinema and have spent Thursday, Friday, Saturday and this morning mainly painting and decorating .... my craft room is not far off now from being complete and I also redecorated our bedroom and with everyday life in between have had absolutely no time to craft and boy have I missed it!

Secondly, I would like to announce that I have been chosen as a Guest Design Team Member at Sunday Sketch and Stamp for a 2 month period in May and June. I was so pleased to accept this and can't wait to be part of their challenges. Why not take a look at their blog as they are celebrating their first birthday with Challenge 26 and there are chances to win some goodies along the way.

I'm back to work tomorrow, but hope to be able to upload some cards either this afternoon or in the morning .... must go DIY calling!

See you soon!

11 April 2010

Barrow Full of Flowers

Hello again, second and final post for today - a card for the following challenges:-

I rotated this sketch in order to fit my image better and am really happy with the end result.

For this card I used:-

  • Wild Rose Studio Milton & Co, Milton with Barrow Stamp
  • K&C Sparkly Sweet Papers
  • Cardstock, Flowers & Brads from Stash
  • Inca Get Well Soon Stamp
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Stampin-Up & Brilliance Inks with Waterbrush

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Buttons Galore

Afternoon all .... what another gorgeous day it has been and still is! Been busy DIYing today and Mark has finished plastering the craft room, so in a few days once all dried out we are ready to paint and install fixtures and fittings, etc.

Whilst he was busy doing that I managed to make some cards in my temporary home of the conservatory which considering the weather of late was lovely to work in.

This card is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge 96 Theme: Buttons Galore

I decided to use a pink and green theme again, having done so on a previous card, it seemed to work OK and am pretty pleased with how this one turned out.

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black City Divine Stamp
  • K&C Sparkly Sweet Papers and DCWV Cardstock
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Buttons from Stash
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Anita's Peeloffs

Hope you like it!

10 April 2010

Tilda Says Lets Dance

My second and final post for this evening is for the following 3 challenges:-


For this card I used:-

  • Magnolia Ink Charleston Tilda Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Asparagus Papers
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Sizzix Decorative Corner #2 Die
  • X-Cut Floral Border Punch
  • Large Circle Nestabilities
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush and glitter
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Brads from Stash
  • Its a Girl Thing Stamp

I'm really chuffed with this card and would love your comments on it too! Hope you have a good evening.

A Child's Card

Evening everyone and what a gorgeous day it has been today - just like Summer! What a difference it makes too. My other half is still busy on my craft room, plastering the ceiling and walls this weekend, should be ready for me to paint in the week and hopefully another week and I can move in! Can't wait.
My card today is for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Pink Gem Designs Giraffe Stamp
  • Cardstock & Paper from Stash
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Kanban Die Cut Numbers
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Papermania Gemstones

I love the pink on this card and hope you like it too!

9 April 2010

And Finally .........

......... my third post for this morning is again for more challenges! I must be completely challenged out this week - thats what working term time does!

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black Cupful of Love Stamp
  • K&C Hopscotch Papers
  • Pearlescent Card using Sizzix Squares Texture Plate
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Greeting Stamp from Stash
  • Papermania Pearls

As always appreciate your comments. Enjoy you're day!

A Spring Theme

Yes I'm back already - well did say I was on a catch up didn't I!? My next card is for the Forever Friends Challenge with their theme being Spring and a chance to be a design team member too!

I'm really pleased with this card, although fairly simple, I don't think its anything inspiring but will enter the DT call anyway!

For this card I used:-

  • Forever Friends Image
  • My Mind's Eye Papers
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Papermania Shimmer Dots
  • Brads & Flowers from Stash
  • Anita's Peel Offs

As always would love to hear your comments.

Creative Inspirations Challenge 31

Morning all, up bright and early today for some reason - can't seem to get my head around why when I have to go to work I can't get up and when I am on holiday I'm up at the crack of dawn! LOL. Anyway had a busy afternoon crafting again yesterday in the sunshine and have quite a few posts to upload! My first creation is for the Creative Inspirations Challenge 31 with their theme being Lime Green and Black with flowers.

Unfortunately, no matter how many piccies I took in different locations and light the camera would just not bring out the colour of this card properly. It is in fact a really vivid lime green and looks fab against the black, but this does not reflect it properly which is a real shame!

For this card I used:-

  • Sugar Nellie Bear Hug Stamp
  • K&C Sparkly Sweet Papers
  • Flowers, Brads & Cardstock from Stash
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Anita's Peel Offs

Hope you like it!

8 April 2010

Just Cute Bears

Welcome to Thursday and a lovely sunny one at that .... what a difference a bit of sunshine makes! Have been up since 7.00 am this morning as I am waiting on a delivery and then off to the hairdressers to have something done with my hair! Have been growing it and its now quite long, but its getting on my nerves! LOL.

I made the following card yesterday, but as I had already blogged three posts I thought I would leave this one until today! This card is for the Just Cute Bears Challenge 11 Theme: Colour Combo Yellow & Green.

For this card I used:-

  • Stampavie Garden Bears Stamp
  • Wild Rose Studio Floral Paperstack and Greeting
  • Brenda Pinnick Cardstock
  • Papermania Pearls & Gems
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush

No doubt I'll be back later LOL! Have a great day!

7 April 2010

Allsorts 46

Obviously on a roll today - my third post!! This card is for the Allsorts Challenge 46 Theme: No designer papers allowed!

And because there were no designer papers allowed, I decided to make a simple card with pearlescent card which I ran through my Sizzix Big Shot Express using one of my many floral texture plates to give the card an embossed look and finished off with a matted and layered stamped image and embellishment.

For this card I used:-

  • Sugar Nellie MacKenzie Stamp
  • Pearlescent card, flowers and brad from Stash
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Sizzix Texture Plate

Hope you like and as always welcome any comments and thoughts.

More Challenges!

Evening everyone and what a lovely day it has been here - sunny and mild. Had a lovely afternoon crafting whilst the girls entertained themselves on their PCs!

Another card for more challenges! LOL and got the chance at last to use my new stamp from The Greeting Farm which is one of a set of 3 - today we have:-

For this card I used:-

  • The Greeting Farm "Rain" Stamp
  • Kanban Cardstock
  • Hobbycraft Gemstones
  • Anita's Peeloffs
  • Ribbons & Paper from Stash
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush and Sakura Pen

I'm really pleased with this card and am thinking I must invest in some more stamps from The Greeting Farm as they are just adorable.

Hope you like it too!


Belated Easter Bunnies!

Morning all. An early post from me today for another couple of challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black Daisy Bunnies Stamp
  • Embossed Flower Card & Papers from Stash
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush
  • Papermania Pearls
  • Wild Rose Studio Greeting Stamp

Not so sure about this one personally, it seems that when I have a break from crafting, the first card I make (which was this one) lacks inspiration!


6 April 2010

A Gem of A Challenge

Hello everyone, hope you have all had a great Easter and received lots of choccie eggs! I haven't been able to craft for a few days now, just haven't had the time, so today managed to get a chance to do a little bit and today's make is to be entered into A Gem of a Challenge 2.

For this card I used:-

  • Pink Gem Designs Love Hoot Stamp
  • My Mind's Eye Spring Papers
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Wild Rose Studio Greeting
  • Flowers & Brads from Stash
  • Papermania Pearl Stones
  • Stampin-Up Inks with Waterbrush

As always appreciate any comments.


1 April 2010

What a week!

Hello everyone, I havn't had chance to post anything this week and haven't done any crafting either, it was my last week at school this week and end of term is always a busy one! Broke up for the Easter Break yesterday and looking forward to my two and a half weeks off! Been busy with general home life too.

I did manage to make a card this morning for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-

  • Penny Black Poppy Fields Stamp
  • Wild Rose Studio Greeting Stamp
  • DCWV & Brenda Pinnick Cardstock
  • My Mind's Eye Papers
  • Stampin-Up & Brilliance Inks with Waterbrush
  • Flowers & Brad from Stash

I'm really pleased with how this turned out, I was a bit wary for the green and pink, but it worked! As ever would love you're comments.


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