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30 January 2011

Presents Galore!

My third post for today - on catch up again LOL!

I would like to say a really big hello to my new followers - welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy your visits, your support is really so appreciated.

My next make is a fairly simple one which I am entering into the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • WRS Polka Dots & Kanban Papers
  • Card Candy
  • Die Cut Greeting
  • Nestie Using Cardstock from Stash
  • Parcel Image - Recycled Topper from a Birthday Card
Thanks for popping in.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

It's That Fairy Again!

Hello again, just had my roast dinner, which was scrummy and now I'm back with a card for the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • LOTV Fairy On Tiptoes Stamp
  • PM Capsule Collection Aqua Papers
  • Promarkers
  • PM Gems
  • Die Cut Greeting
  • Stash: Cardstock & Flowers
Now I used the sketch from Digital Tuesday Challenge and realised that when I had finished the card, I hadn't used a digi - DOH! So can't enter it into that one!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 46 - DT Card

Good Morning everyone, it's Sunday and that time again to welcome you to another challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  This week sees the turn of Erin who has provided us with this fabulous sketch.

 We are sponsored by Di's Digital Downloads and one lucky prize winner will receive 5 digi's of their choice.

 Here's my take on the sketch:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • Di.s Digi Downloads Home Sweet Home Digi Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • V & A Hanovarian Linen Papers
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Cardstock from Stash
  • Anita's Peeloffs
I hope you will join in the fun this week and hop on over to take a look at the fabulous DT's creations and I look forward to visiting your blog very soon!  Have a great day!

29 January 2011

Love Hoot

Morning peeps - well I feel like I have already had a weekend off as I finished work on Wednesday and had Thursday & Friday off due to Teacher Days where I don't have to work, so it's lovely to have an extended one.  Just a pity about the miserable, cold weather we've got here in the Midlands!  Still I've had plenty of time for crafting and spent most of Friday making Valentine cards which will be sold in my hairdresser's salon.

And here is one of those cards:-

I'm entering this into the following challenges:-
Card Ingredients:-
  • Pink Gem Love Hoot Stamp
  • Papermania Love Colossal Papers
  • Promarkers
  • Heart Sequins, Glitter Brad, Die Cut Tag - From Stash
  • Greeting Stamp
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you like what you see.

24 January 2011

Flower Fairy

And my final post for this evening ...... phew!  This card is for Lili of the Valley 81 Sketch and guess what .... do you recognise the papers? LOL.  Unfortunately I had to take this piccie under my day light as the light in the house this morning was rubbish, so its not the best I'm afraid.

For this card I used:-
  • LOTV Fairies on Tiptoe Stamp
  • America Crafts Ribbon
  • Promarkers
  • V&A Hanovarian Linen Papers
  • Cardstock from Stash
  • Glossy Accents (On wings - but you can't see them very well!)
  • PM Pearls
I'm really pleased with this card and because I like it so much, I thought it would be perfect to enter into the DT call over at Creative Inspirations where I need to post a recent creation.  It would be a fabulous DT to be involved in and to be able to join a talented bunch of ladies, so wish me luck!

Right thats it - I am done for tonight.  I will be able to get into the craft room on Thursday and Friday as I have two teacher days and I don't have to work them, so a nice short week for me YAY!

Thanks for popping in tonight, see you soon!

Baby Emily

Hello again!

My second post for this evening and this time it's a card for the following challenges:-

I've rotated the MAWTT sketch and I think I should have incorporated flowers as well - whoops too late now! Never mind.

Card Ingredients:-
  • Prairie Fairy Baby Emily Digi Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Kanban Die Cut Numbers
  • Anita's Peeloff
  • Paper, Card & Glitter Paper from Stash
  • American Crafts Ribbon
Would love to know what you think.

Miss Anya

Evening everyone ..... I've had such a busy day at work today, but it's flown, have made the packed lunches, eaten tea, loaded the dishwasher and can at last sit down to blog!

I had a great afternoon in the craft room yesterday, so now catching up posting them all LOL.

My first card is for the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • The Greeting Farm Miss Anya Stamp
  • V&A Hanovarian Linen Paper
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Promarkers
  • PM Gems
You may notice I am using this paper quite alot on my cards, but I LOVE IT! The colours, the design and the texture and I must buy some more LOL.

23 January 2011

And The Winner Is .....................

Hello again!  Right it's time to announce the lucky winner of my Blogoversary candy.  Firstly I would like to thank all of you who entered and to also welcome on board all of my new followers, it's lovely to have you here and I hope you will enjoy your visits and my blog will be of some inspiration to you.

68 of you entered in total and I have used to select the winner.

And that lucky winner is number 21 Nicki @ Little Ted Cards.  Well done hun!  Send me your address details via and I'll arrange to get your surprise parcel to you this week.

Again, thank you to all of you who entered and thank you for the continued support.

Pink & Girly

Me again LOL! My third posting is for the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • Sugar Nellie Cheerleader Stamp
  • Wild Rose Studio Polka Dots Papers
  • Pearlescent Card
  • Iced Stickles
  • Promarkers
  • Card Candy
  • Anita's Peeloff
I actually am really pleased with this card, much more than the last two I posted - I am lovin' these papers too!

Now don't forget to pop back later to find out who the lucky winner of my Birthday candy is!

Sweet Dreams

Hello again, my second post for the morning and this one is for the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • Pink Gem Bedtime Hoot Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • Papers & Cardstock from Stash
  • PM Gems
  • Iced Stickles
  • Nesties & Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Anita's Peeloff
Thanks for popping in again!

Just Lazing Around!

Good morning!  Well its not a very nice day here again in the Midlands, has rained overnight and is dull and cloudy.  I managed to get into the craft room yesterday, so be prepared for many posts today LOL as I've been on catch up!

My first card is for the following challenges:-

For this card I used:-
  • House Mouse Stamp Image - given to me by a friend
  • DCWV Paper from Stash
  • Yellow Paper from Stash embossed with Sizzix Floral Texture Plate
  • Promarkers
  • PM Gems
  • Nestie & Scallop Punch
  • Flowers Coloured With Promarkers
Would love to hear what you think as your comments always inspire me.

22 January 2011

Sweet Stampin' DT Card - Clear As Mud

Good morning crafters - boy what a week and I'm really sorry I haven't posted much!  Hopefully normal service will resume very soon LOL.  This week at Sweet Stampin' sees the turn of Abi and she has chosen a great theme "Clear As Mud" where you use brown and add one other colour.

Here's my take on the theme:-

For this card I used:-
  • Image - given to me by a blogger friend
  • MME Wild Asparagus Papers
  • Cardstock from Stash
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • PM Pearls
  • Die Cut Greeting
It's not one of my better makes, but with the week I've had, it will have to do!

The sponsor this week is Zoe Bunny's Crafts and one lucky winner will receive a £10.00 gift certificate.

So why not pop over and see all the other Sweet Stampers great work and I look forward to popping over to your blogs too!

I'm entering this card into the following challenge:-

20 January 2011

There's Still Time to enter My Blogoversary Candy


There are a couple more days left until my Blogoversary candy is drawn, so if you haven't yet entered, you can do so here.

17 January 2011

Sending You Thanks!

Hello again!

WOW I have hit over 100 followers!!!! How fantastic is that!?  I would just like to welcome all of my new followers on board and thank you for supporting my blog and I hope you enjoy what you see.

Now onto my next card for the day which I am entering into the following challenges:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • Penny Black Stamp - Not Sure Which One!
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Promarkers
  • PM Gems
  • WRS Floral Papers
  • Flowers from Stash
  • Die Cut Greeting
I am trying to be really good and use up some scraps on all my cards as I have a whole basket of cards and papers just sitting waiting to be used, as well as embellishments - so far so good - wonder how long it will last? LOL.

Don't forget if you haven't yet entered my blogoversary candy draw, there is still time before the draw on Saturday.  Enter here.

Also there are still 2 spaces available for the Pay It Forward if you would like to take part and have a bit of fun, leave a comment on that post.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit.  Have a great day whatever you are up to.

Sitting Amongst The Flowers

Morning peeps! Well what a morning .... I'm not in work today as my daughter Megs woke up with a swollen eye and looked like she had had a few rounds with Mike Tyson LOL. So off to the doctors we went and she is now on antibiotics and a day off school!!  Unfortunately I had no-one today who could look after her and I was supposed to be in work all day today ..... typical eh!

So have spent the morning catching up on the housework and have just sat down with a cuppa and onto today's post.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:-
Card Ingredients:-
  • CC Designs Heidi With Flowers Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • PM Gems
  • MME Quite Contrary Papers
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Glossy Accents
  • Brads from Stash
Thanks for popping in - will be back shortly with another!

16 January 2011

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 45 - DT Card

Good morning everyone, it's Sunday and that time again for another  challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  This week it's the lovely Emma's turn to provide the sketch.

 And here's my take on it:-

Card Ingredients:-
  • LOTV Little Ballerina Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • V&A Hanoverian Linen Papers
  • DCWV Cardstock
  • Pearlescent Card Using Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Pearls & Greeting from Stash
  • Iced Stickles
This week we are sponsored by The Ginger Loft and one lucky winner will receive a great prize.  Hop on over to the blog challenge to take a look at all the fabulous DT cards.

I am entering this into the following challenges:-
Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to popping over to your blogs.

15 January 2011

Pay It Forward 2011

Hello again!

It's time for a bit of fun.  I've entered a Pay It Forward over at Clair's blog so it's my turn now to Pay It Forward.

I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who comment on this post.  However, there is a catch, you must repost this, offering something handmade to 5 other people.  The rules state that it MUST be something handmade or homemade by YOU and must be sent to 5 other people during 2011.

If you would like to join in the fun, then be the first to post a comment and something handmade or homemade will be coming your way this year. 

Stylish Award

Well my lovely blogger friend Keryn decided to present me with a Stylish Blogger Award!  How lovely is that?

And now I have accepted it, I have to tell you 8 (YES 8!!!) things about myself ..... so here goes.  Hopefully I haven't duplicated anything I've said before:-
  • I met my partner Mark through Dating Direct!
  • I have always wanted a dog .... still waiting
  • I am terrified of flying and would prefer to drive everywhere even though flying is supposed to be safer!
  • When I was 3 I ran through a glass front door and only had to have 1 stitch in my thumb!
  • I love crafting and blogging - it's my me time
  • I love to paint .... it's so therapeutic
  • I would love to have my own craft shop and be my own boss
  • I have the longest engagement ever .... Keryn will know what I mean LOL
So now I have shared my 8 random things with you, its time to pass this onto 5 other people and I have chosen the following:-
  • Em whose blog is fantastic and whose work always inspires me
  • Vicky Whose cards are amazing and always leaves me such lovely comments
  • Kelli An amazing person with a sense of humour and a great friend who is always in touch with me on Facebook too! LOL
  • Marie A fellow DT member who has a fab blog and leaves me lovely comments
  • Debs A very caring and lovely lady who produces amazing and inspiring work and has a fabulous blog and is a lovely friend
Personally I would have loved to give this to so many more of you (maybe next time hey?).

Thanks for popping in and staying - join me tomorrow for my DT card with Sunday Sketch & Stamp

Happy Blogoversary!

Morning everyone - well I can't believe I have been blogging for a whole year!  It's gone so fast and during this time I have made some fabulous likeminded crafty friends and I am only 6 short from 100 followers - how amazing is that!?

So to say a BIG "thank you" to all of my lovely followers I have a special Birthday candy on offer.  Now as you will see from the piccie, I'm not giving anything away - its a box full of over 30 goodies which will be a lovely surprise for one lucky winner.

All you need to do is leave your details via Mr Linky and if you want to add the link to your sidebar, but this is not a necessity.

I will make the draw using on Sunday 23rd January so good luck!

13 January 2011

A New Beginning

Good morning fellow crafters!  This is just a quick post before I head off to work.

My Sister and her partner of 18 months did the deed on New Year's Eve and they have got engaged, so my make for today is a card I have made for them.  They have both been married twice before and this time I think she has certainly found her match, he is just lovely and they are very well suited to eachother.

I'm hoping this looks OK as have had to take this picture using my day lamp as its still really dark here!

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:-
For this card I used:-
  • Digi Stamp Boutique Alex & Felecity Digi
  • V&A Hanoverian Linen Paper (New)
  • Computer Generated Greetings
  • Promarkers
  • Card Candy
  • Pearlescent Card Using Sizzix Decorative Corner Punch Die
Thanks for stopping by this morning and I hope you like what you see.  As always your comments are greatly appreciated.  Don't forget to stop by on Saturday as its my 1st Blogoversary and there will be candy on offer!

9 January 2011

Hedgie Spreads Some Love

Afternoon all .... just where has the weekend gone?  Before I know it I will be back at work!  Just a quick make to show today for many challenges.

Phew there's alot there today! 

For this card I used:-
  • DCWV Paper - this was a multi coloured sheet, but as I wanted red dots, used my Sakura Ruby Red Glitter Pen over them all
  • Penny Black Sweet Surrender Stamp
  • Glitter Paper
  • E-Z Rub-On Greeting
  • Promarkers
  • American Crafts Velvet Ribbon
  • Cardstock using Sizzix Hearts Texture Plate
  • Heart Gem from Stash
Thanks for popping in, hope you have had a fab weekend!

8 January 2011

Sweet Stampin' DT Card - Try Something New

Good morning all and welcome to my first DT project with the Sweet Stampin' girls.  This week it's Team Fluff's turn and the challenge is to try something new, a new technique that you have not done before.

This wasn't a difficult one for me, as in my drawers sat a brand new heat gun, together with embossing powders and pens that I purchased months and months ago, but have never ever used until now! LOL.

And here is my creation!

For this card I used:-
  • Penny Black Poppy Poem Stamp
  • Heat It Up Crimson Red Embossing Powder
  • American Crafts Ribbon
  • Papermania Ivory Black Creative Tones Paper
  • Cardstock from Stash
  • PM Gems
I have to say I am really pleased with how this turned out and will definitely be using the heat gun more!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:-
I would love to hear what you think as always your comments are truly valued.

Hope you enjoy your day whatever you are up to.

6 January 2011

First Christmas Card of 2011

Evening crafters.  Well it's nearly Friday and I've survived my first week back at work (school) LOL! and I am loving my new hours (except for the couple of full days which is only temporary!) but it's been hard getting up in the morning, so I will be looking forward to a nice lie in on Saturday.

Well I know we have only just got Christmas over and done with, but here is my first Christmas card for 2011!  Unfortunately I was struggling with the light today and the picture hasn't captured the deepness of the purples.

I have decided that I will be making a handful each month, which means I will be more prepared this year.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Card Ingredients:-
  • Pearlescent Card Using Sizzix Spots Texture Plate
  • Glitter Paper & Die Cuts from Stash
  • Pink Gem Designs Funky Snow Girl Stamp
  • Promarkers
  • PM Gems & Glitter Dots
  • Frosted Stickles
  • American Crafts Ribbon
I'm really pleased with this one, so let's hope I don't lose the motivation to carry on with them LOL.  Enjoy the rest of your evening whatever you are up to.

3 January 2011

Well Thank You!

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

For this card I used:-
  • Image ??? - Received in a Blog Candy
  • Promarkers
  • E-Z Rub-Ons
  • Papermania Gems
  • Pearlescent Card using Sizzix Texture Plate
  • From Stash: Vellum, Cat Charm, Cardstock & Flowers
Unfortunately due to the light you cannot see the rub-on greeting very well - it's in the top right hand corner! LOL  Not really pleased with how this turned out, too much going on I think - never mind!

Before I go, I would like to say a HUGE welcome to my new followers - it's great to have you on board!

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

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