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30 April 2011

Sweet Stampin' DT Card - Try Something New

Good Morning!  I hope you all enjoyed the Royal Wedding yesterday!?  Don't Wills and Kate make a fantastic couple?

It's time for another challenge at Sweet Stampin' and the theme this week is to try something new!
So I had to get my thinking cap on .... there are quite a few techniques and makes that I haven't yet done, but I opted for Flock which was a freebie with a magazine quite some time ago and I stumbled upon it during another clean up session in the craft room.  To make the stripes I used double sided tape and then added the flock.  Here's my card:

Card Ingredients:

Wild Rose Studio Hey There Stamp
Double Sided Tape
Kanban Embossed Dots Cardstock
Personal Impressions Greeting Stamp, stamped with Brilliance Ink - Pearlescent Sky Blue
PM Gems

Our weekly sponsor is Tiddly Inks and one lucky winner will receive a $10.00 voucher.

And our monthly sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and one lucky winner will receive 7 digi images of their choice.

We are also having a DT call, so if you are interested read the challenge blog carefully for full details on how to apply.

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

I Love Promarkers No Designer Papers

I hope you will join in with us this week and look forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations.

Thanks for visiting.

Claire xx

28 April 2011

Easter Bunnies

Me again, can you tell I am playing catch up LOL.  I don't blog for a week and then have a mad session!

Now yes I know I am VERY late posting these cards, but I have been busy in DIY land.

These 3 cards were made for my Son, Daughter and Step Daughter for Easter Sunday.  I should have taken individual pictures, but just didn't have the time!

Card Ingredients:-

DSB Girl & Boy Bunnies Digi Stamps
Wild Rose Studio Polka Dots Papers
Kanban Dots Embossed Cardstock
Greeting Stamp from Stash using Brilliance Pearlescent Inks
Card Candy

I am entering these cards into the following challenges:-

Cupcake 139 Fluffy Bunnies
My Time to Craft 138 Perfect Pets
Stamptacular Sunday 108 Pile It On!

Thanks for stopping by.


Afternoon, well that was a quick week - have been back to work for 3 days and have broken up again today for 4 days! LOL.

Here's a card I made a few days back with all good intentions, but it didn't come out quite how I wanted it too, but am showing it anyway - it's quite girly and probably far too much card candy!

Card Ingredients:-

Kanban Shoes Stamps
Kanban Greeting Stamp using Brilliance Pearlescent Purple Ink
K&C Sparkly Sweet Papers
Ice Coffee Stickles
Card Candy
Kanban Embossed Cardstock

Obviously as I am my own worst critic with cards I am really not sure about, I would love to know what you think - honestly LOL.

I'm going to enter this into Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes

27 April 2011

Happy Tilda

Good evening, hope everyone is well?  I managed to grab half an hour in my craft room this evening to play with some of my new goodies.  I was very lucky to win Debbie's Birthday blog candy which arrived in the post today.  Thank you hun for some amazing items, I love them all! MWAH!

So here's a little number I knocked up:

Card Ingredients:-

Magnolia Happy Tilda Stamp
MME Hazel Papers
PM Gems
Cardstock from Stash
Kanban Ribbon
Sakura Glitter Pen

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Polkadoodles 16 3 Patterned Papers
Totally Gorjuss 77 Bling It On!
Craft Your Passion 55 Show Us Your Layers

Thanks for popping in tonight, your visits always mean alot.

24 April 2011

The Christmas Club - Keryn's Challenge

Afternoon everyone - just chilling in the conservatory after eating my Sunday roast and catching up in Blogland.  Mark is busy DIYing again, but I'm trying to rest my knee as for the last couple of days I have had severe shooting pains in it again when I go up and down stairs or try to sit down - it's been just over 6 months since my op and all has been well and now suddenly I feel I'm back to square 1, so I am going to see how it goes over the next few days .... it maybe a visit back to the docs/hospital!! :O(

So last fortnight saw the turn of Keryn for our Christmas Club challenge and she gave us a fab challenge, to choose 3 items from a grid - I chose Penguins, Red & Ribbon and here's my card - it's a very quick make.

Card Ingredients:-

Dawn Bibby The Wonder Of Christmas Die Cuts & Cardstock
American Crafts Ribbon
PM Gems

This fortnight sees the turn of Sylvie and she has set us a challenge to use pink, white and one other colour.

For a list of all the members in our Christmas Club, see my sidebar.

Thanks for popping in.  I hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend.  The weather here is not as nice today, no sunshine, but its still nice and warm.

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 52 - Happy 2nd Birthday Challenge! - DT Card

Well good morning everyone - sorry I haven't been around much this week, although it has been the school holidays I have found it really hard to get into the craft room and blog, hence the lack of posts and this gorgeous weather hasn't helped either.  Also we have started major works on the front of the house, so all free time has been diverted elsewhere.  I hope to be back to some normality soon!

Anyways, prepare yourself as this post is a long one! LOL. Firstly I would like to say a BIG welcome to my new followers, thank you for joining me and secondly it's Sunday and time for our challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp and this week is a very special challenge as it is our 2nd Birthday!  There are two big surprises, the first is that we are becoming a weekly challenge and the second we are announcing our new DT members and on top of this, we have a fabulous prize for the winning card and we are also having a blog hop!

Firstly I would like to welcome onboard our 7 new DT members:-

Please pop on over to their blogs and give them a warm welcome.  They will be joining us officially with effect from 1st May 2011.

So onto the Birthday challenge - Maggie has produced our fabulous Birthday sketch this week with the added theme of "Birthday".

 And here is my take on it

Card Ingredients:

LOTV Rosie With Cake Stamp
Dovecraft Back to Basics Papers & Buttons
Crystal Stickles
DCWV Cardstock
Rub-on Greeting

We have some fabulous sponsors this week too!

For those of you taking part in the blog hop, my Birthday is 17th November.  Make sure you visit everyone's blogs, in no particular order and collect the Birthdays and send the full list to the challenge email address with the title "2nd Birthday Blog Hop".

As well as the new DT members listed above, here are the existing DT members blogs you should be hopping to (16 of us in total). And don't forget, some of the girls are offering their own special Birthday candy too!

And finally some sad news! Arianne is leaving us and this will be her last challenge, she is really busy with life and work.  We will miss you hun and hope you will pop back and visit us regularly.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

I Love Promarkers 62 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion 54 You've Been Spotted
Stamp With Fun 107 Birthday
delicious Doodles 22 Anything Goes

Well I think thats about it (hope you are still with me LOL) - phew that was a long one!  So I do hope you will join in with us this week for our Birthday challenge and I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your fabby creations.

16 April 2011

Sweet Stampin' DT Card - Choklit

Good morning crafty peeps - well one week of the half term has passed already and it's absolutely flown!

It's that time again for another challenge at Sweet Stampin and this week see's the turn of Lorraine and she has chosen the theme "Choklit" - so you can use an image including choklit, the colour brown, etc.

We are sponsored this week by The Stamping Boutique

Here's my take on the theme:-

Card Ingredients:-

CC Designs Fairytales Cupcake Belle Stamp
Dovecraft Sugar & Spice Paper
PM Gems
Cardstock from Stash
Anita's Peeloff Greeting

I am really pleased with this card - love the paper and the sweet image and would like to enter this into the following challenges:-

MAWTT 94 Mmm Chocolate
Stamptacular Sunday Girls & Swirls

I do hope you will join in with the fun this week - afterall it is "choklit" and look forward to visiting your blogs.

Thanks for visiting.

15 April 2011

Happily Ever After .......

....... not on this card LOL!  You know when you try to experiment with things cos you've seen them on tutorials and on the TV and you buy the products and then get really disappointed as the end result looks nothing like it should .... well this is how I feel with this card and I think I should stick to what I know!

Card Ingredients:-

Brilliance Pearlescent Purple Ink
Dawn Bibby Misty Mauve Shimmer Spritz
Mirri Card
PM Gems
Fimo Embellishment Handmade by Moi
(I went through a phase of Fimo well over a year ago and this was one of my creations)
Magnolia Greeting Stamp

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

Papertake Weekly Truly Dimensional
Polkadoodles Tie The Knot

Would love to know what you think of this one as I am really unsure about the whole card.

13 April 2011

Sweet Friend

Afternoon, I'm back with my second card for today.

Card Ingredients:-

LOTV Best Friends Stamp
Vintage Papers
PM Gems
WRS Greeting Stamp Using Stampin-Up Really Rust Ink
Pearlescent Card & Roses from Stash

I'm entering this into the following challenges:-

Lili of the Valley 91 Peach & Green
Simon Says Stamp Card for a Child
ABC S is for Sugar & Spice

Thanks for stopping by - your comments are always appreciated.

A Bagful of Wishes

Good morning all - well hasn't the weather took a turn for the worse today?  It's just started to rain and is really cold here in Coventry today!  So what better place to be than in my crafty space!

Here's my first card which I am entering into Moving Along With The Times 93 using their sketch.

Card Ingredients:-

Dawn Bibby Designs "I Love Handbags" Stamps
Vintage & K&C Sparkly Sweet Papers
Brilliance Pearlescent Purple Ink
PM Gems
Cardstock from Stash
American Crafts Ribbon

Also thanks to those who got in touch about the box cards - I still have 3 packs available to send to anyone that wants them (see previous post), so if you are interested get in touch.

Thanks for popping in today.  Will be back later!

11 April 2011

Box Cards Freebies

Hello everyone - firstly I would love to thank you all for your lovely comments on my recent box card make, it did make me feel better and realise that the card wasn't a total copout, but these are cardstock that I just won't be using very often.

The set consisted of 50 cards, so I have kept 4 back for myself - used one already and now have a further 9 sets of 5 cards & envelopes to anyone who would like them!

Just send me an email via the link on my home page with your name & address details or leave me a comment if I already have your address and I will pop 5 of them in the post to you.

10 April 2011

The Christmas Club - Sally's Sketch

Evening all - another gorgeous day had by all I hope?  I'm a little late posting my Christmas Club card today because I've only just made it!  I've been in the craft room this afternoon and had a really good catch up, 2 DT cards and even Keryn's Christmas Club Challenge card has been completed!

So last fortnight we were given this sketch by Sally
 And this is my take on it - it was a great one to work with.

Card Ingredients:-

LOTV James The Bear In The Snow
Dovecraft Jolly Happy Christmas Papers
PM Gems
Ice Crystal Stickles

I'll be back on 24th April for Keryn's great challenge and if you want to see the rest of the gals cards today, take a look in the link on the right of my page.

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

Paperplay 11 Critters Galore
Totally Gorjuss 75 Fluffy

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 51 - DT Card

Good morning peeps - well I've now broken up from work for two weeks and let's hope the weather stays as warm as it has been for the last few days - just lovely.  I visited Dunelm Mill yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see that the shop had had a makeover and a new little section for craft stash - so obviously had to buy some items as they were very reasonable indeed LOL.

So it's Sunday and that time again for another challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp and this week sees the turn of Arianne and she has provided us with this fabby sketch.

And here's my take on the sketch:-

Card Ingredients:-

Stampendous Happy Couple Stamp
Mirri Card
PM Confetti Papers
PM Gems
Anita's Peeloffs

We are sponsored this week by Stitchy Bear Stamps.

And one lucky winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:-

Oldie But A Goodie 16 Wedding or Anniversary
Charisma Cardz 14 Weddings/Anniversaries

Thanks for popping in today - hope you will join in with the fun this week and I look forward to visiting your blogs. Enjoy the sunshine!

6 April 2011

Box Card Frenzy

Hello, me again - thought I would pop into the craft room to try and take my mind of feeling so rubbish, so really not the time to be thinking about more complex makes!  I bought some box cards from QVC absolutely ages ago and you know how it is, they make them look so great on TV, yet when I produce something with one, it really doesn't seem to look the same!  No wonder they have just sat there in my cupboard for so long!!!

So here is my finished card ...... I have to say I may not be using these cards again anytime soon and so they will sit in my cupboard for many months more LOL!

Front view - lying flat

Front view - stood up

Side view - stood up

Card Ingredients:-

LOTV Rosie With Cake Stamp
PM Capsule Collection Heather Papers
Cardstock from Stash
PM Gems
American Crafts Ribbon
Die Cut Flowers

I am entering this into the following challenges:-

Moving Along With The Times 92 More Than One Fold
Craft Emma's 30 Children
Craft Your Passion 52 Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes

So I would love to have your really honest opinion on this one - there may be some box cards going free to a good home LOL.

Thanks for popping in!

Jolly Snowman

Afternoon - what a gorgeous day its turned out to be, pity I feel so rubbish though to actually enjoy it!  Think I have picked up a viral bug from school - quite a few of the teachers have had it, constant headache, fuzzyheaded and dizzy! Not very nice and I hope it goes as quickly as it came!!

Just a quick card today, which I made last night for the Sketch n Stash 58 challenge.

Card Ingredients:-

Dovecraft Jolly Happy Christmas Papers
Kanban/Dawn Bibby The Wonders of Christmas Die Cut & Greeting

Another one to add to my tally!

3 April 2011

Those Cheesy Mice!

Yes, I'm back again - on a roll this afternoon, but this is my third and final post for today! LOL

Card Ingredients:-

House Mouse Stamp
WRS Floral Papers
Kaisercraft Flowers
PM Gems
Cardstock from Stash
Rub-on Greeting

I'm entering this cheesy number into the following challenges:-

Delightful Flowers
Allsorts 97 Blooming Blossoms

Right that's it, off now to visit some blogs.  Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Floral Fantasy

Hello again - here's my second post for today.  This card is a little different as I was experimenting.  My fab friend Keryn sent me some images recently and one of these was embosed in white embossing powder, so I decided to make it stand out a little by colouring the unembossed areas in and cutting it out with a nestie, so I would love to know what you think as I'm a little unsure with how this one turned out.

Card Ingredients:-

Hero Arts Large Blossom Stamp Embossed in White EP
Sakura Gel Pens in Blue & Green
DCWV Cardstock
Die Cut Greeting
American Crafts Ribbon

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Polkadoodles 13 No Printed Backing Papers

Love Me Tilda

Afternoon everyone ..... Happy Mother's Day to all you Mum's out there.  Hope you received lots of lovely goodies.  Where has the weekend gone already?  The week's seem to be flying by ...... still only one week and I break up for the 2 week Easter break, can't wait and hopefully more crafting time for me!

Right onto my first card which I am entering into the Delicious Doodles 19 challenge.

Card Ingredients:-

DCWV Papers
Love Me Tilda Stamp
Card Candy
PM Gems

Thanks for calling in.

1 April 2011

Just Tracy's 2 - DT Card

Good morning and welcome to Just Tracy's challenge for the month of April.  The theme this month is RAINBOW so we would love to see your creations featuring rainbow colours or rainbows, the choice is yours.

We are sponsored by Rainbow Studios and one lucky winner will receive the stamps below.

Here's my card - I decided to go for a pastel option.

Card Ingredients:-

Image from Clipart
K&C Sparkly Sweet Papers
American Crafts Ribbon
PM Pearls
Cardstock and Beads from Stash
Woodware Greeting Stamp

I hope you will join in again with us this month, it would be lovely to gain some new followers.  Do pop on over to the blog to see the rest of the DT's fabulous creations and I look forward to popping along to visit your lovely blogs.

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