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30 May 2011

In the Summertime

Morning peeps! Well what a horrible day it is here in the Midlands today - rain, rain and more rain!  Looks like it's here for the day!  At least my garden will get a good water.

I would like to welcome on board my new followers and hope you enjoy your visits to my blog.

I got a little bit of crafty time yesterday and here is the result:

Card Ingredients:

LOTV Best Friends Stamp
Bunting Stamp
Anita's Peeloff Greeting
WRS Polka Dots Paper
PM Gems
Bazzil Basics Cardstock

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Willow Sketchie

Thanks for popping in.

28 May 2011

Sweet Stampin' DT Card - Ooh La La

Good morning, so glad it's the weekend and very happy as I have broken up for Whit week and not back in work until 6th June.  It was also Mark's last day at work today, so he will be spending it with me :O)

Welcome to another challenge at Sweet Stampin'. Unfortunately this is my last DT card for the challenge, after a tough decision, I have decided to step down from the DT for varying reasons.  I have had an amazing time with the girls, they have all been so friendly and welcoming and very supportive as there have been many changes along the way.  I will certainly miss you all, but I have offered to come back as a GDT when possible and will look forward to taking part in the challenges too!

So onto this week's challenge - Ooh La La - something french, cheeky or saucy - it's entirely up to you how you interpret the challenge.

Here's my take on the theme:

I made this card for my Nephew, it was his 19th Birthday on 19th May.  He was really pleased with it! LOL.... I wonder why?!

Card Ingredients:

Kenny K Carmen Electrifying Digi Stamp
DCWV & Kanban Papers
Buttons & String from Stash
Kanban Embossed Swiss Dots Cardstock
Personal Impressions Greeting Stamp

Our sponsor this week is Quixotic Paperie

I hope you will play along with us this week.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

One Stop Craft 133 Buttons & Bows
Polkadoodles 21 Male Theme
Totally Gorjuss 82 Strings the Thing
Charisma Cardz 21 Boy Oh Boy

Thanks for stopping by today.

26 May 2011

Is That Snow?

Good evening everyone - It's a windy and wet day today here in the Midlands and feels very much like an October/November evening!  I do hope the weather improves for next week as I have a week off from work - half term! Woohoo!

Right onto my card for today which I am entering into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly Pale, Pretty Pastels
Oldie But A Goodie Teddy Bear's Picnic & DT Call
Crafty Hazel's Christmas 21 Let's See Some Scallops
Creative Card Crew Anything Goes
Fab n Funky 74 Let's All Go Cute & Cuddly

Card Ingredients:

LOTV James Bear - In The Snow Stamp
Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Papers
PM Classic Christmas Papers
PM Gems
Stickles - Crystal Ice
Kanban Swiss Dots Cardstock & Mirri Card
Sizzix Texture Plate - Tween Vines

Hope you like what you see.  Enjoy the rest of your evening.

25 May 2011

A Handful of Cupcakes!

Evening everyone - hope you are all well?

I've got a quick card to share with you this evening which I'm entering into the following challenges:

Divas by Design 2 One For The Girls
Creative Card Crew Cute & Girly
Crafty Emmas 37 Embellish It
Creative Inspirations Cupcake, Lace, 2 Flowers & Pearls
My Time To Craft 142 Use A Die Cut

Card Ingredients:

CC Designs Cupcake Birgitta Stamp
MME Hazel Papers
Flowers & Lace from Stash
PM Pearls
Crystal Stickles

Thanks for popping in.

22 May 2011

Owls in Love

Yep I'm back .... bored yet? LOL

This is a card I have made for my Mum & Dad's forthcoming Anniversary on 1st June.

Card Ingredients:

DSB Love Owls Digi Stamp
Back to Basics II Papers
PM Gems
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Anita's Peeloff Greeting

I have also decorated the inside of the card to compliment the front.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

MAWTT 99 Sketch
Craft Your Passion 58 Cutie Patootie
Secret Crafter 135 Anniversary

As always, your comments are greatly appreciated and always make my day!

Thanks for popping in!

Card and a Half

Hello again, have been making up some time in the craft room today after a week of absence!

My next card is for the new challenge at  Card and a Half with their sketch.

Card Ingredients:

DSB DIY Jim Digi Stamp
Back to Basics II Papers
Kanban Mirri Card
Cardstock from Stash
Card Candy
Anita's Peeloff Greeting

I am also entering this card into Digi Stamp Boutique May


The Christmas Club - Margaret's Challenge

Afternoon all - well I am really behind with my card for the Christmas Club where a group of us gals get together every fortnight to make a Chrimbo card.  Margaret set us with a challenge to use glitter, trees, berries, snow and no square!  A tall order and I think I have missed the tree ..... unless the holly bush could count? LOL.

So here's my creation which I am personally not to sure about!

Card Ingredients:

PM Classic Christmas Papers
Stickles - Frosted Ice
Die Cuts & Greeting from Stash
Card Candy

Looking forward to seeing what Chris comes up with for the next challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 56 - DT Card

Good morning peeps and welcome to another challenge at Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  This week sees the turn of the fabulous Donna who has provided us with this super sketch:

And here's my take on it:

Card Ingredients:

LOTV Dad's The Word Stamp
MME Hattie Papers
Card Candy
Anita's Peeloff Greeting

We are sponsored this week by Paper Pretties and there is a fabulous prize for one lucky winner.

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

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Stamptacular 112 BEARnecessities

20 May 2011

Something A Little Different

Evening everyone, sorry I've not been around at all this week, but its been quite a week and I have to say I'm so glad it's the weekend!  Mark only has one week to go at work and I've been asked if I would like to extend my hours at school - so after a few days of calculations, etc I said yes!  I will be doing more hours from September 8.30 - 4.30 Monday to Thursday and 8.30 - 12.00 Friday.  When am I going to craft? LOL - well I'll still have term time and weekends for lots of playtime :O)

So I did manage to get into the craft room throughout the course of the week as I was asked to make a Christening Banner for my friend whose little Jake will be Christened next weekend.  Well it's the first time I have had such a request and made a banner, so would love to know what you think.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Truly Scrumptious 57 Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts 67 Don't Be Square
Polkadoodles 20 Anything But A Card

It's quite long and very difficult to photograph - click for larger image

Here's a close up

Card Ingredients:

Kanban Pearlescent Cardstock
Kanban Die Cut Letters
Pink Gem Giraffe Stamp
PM Gems
White Organza Ribbon
Holes made using Cropadile

Thanks for stopping by.

14 May 2011

Sweet Stampin' DT Card - Sketch

Good morning everyone - what a nightmare over the last few days with Blogger - I hope anyone who lost posts gets them back soon!  Well it's that time again for another challenge at Sweet Stampin'.  This week we have a sketch or an alternative of dots, stripes & sparkle and if you are feeling really adventurous, you can use all four options!

Here's my take on the sketch, together with some dots and sparkle.

Card Ingredients:

Magnolia Princess Tilda Stamp
Dovecraft Back to Basics II Papers
DCVW Cardstock
Stampin Up Old Olive Ink
Personal Impressions Greeting Stamp
PM Gems

This week we are sponsored by Fairy Dust Crafts.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Stamp Something Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Fancy A Punch
Die Cut Dreams 89 Princess Birthday

I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing all your fabulous creations.  Thanks for stopping by today.

13 May 2011

Shopping Our Stash

Evening everyone, thank goodness it's the weekend, this week has been a long one!

I'm so glad Blogger is behaving itself now, have been quite lost without it over the last 24 hours.

A new challenge blog has just been launched Shopping Our Stash and their first challenge is an open house one where all you need to do is show a piccie of your craft room or crafty space.  So here's mine:

As you can see there's not much going on at my desk, but you can see lots of goodies on the shelves, walls and desk LOL.

10 May 2011

Robin Redbreast

Good evening all - well what a day!

It's SATs week at school and today we had an unannounced visit by OFSTED to check that we were dealing with the papers correctly and the children were sat in the correct exam setting - that was quite scary, but luckily we were doing everything correctly and she was very happy! Phew!

And then we had a further blow, my partner Mark is being made redundant and will be out of work at the end of the month - so a few worrying weeks ahead, but I'm sure we will pull through and get him back into another job soon!

So onto my card which I am entering into the following challenges:

Stamp Something May Digi Day

Card Ingredients:

Pink Gem Designs Robin With Mistletoe Digi Stamp
Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Papers
Card Candy
Hobbycraft Mirri Card
Ice Stickles Crystal Ice
Ice Stickles Lime Ice
Computer Generated Greeting

Lastly I would like to welcome on board my new followers and thank you for stopping by, your kind comments are always greatly appreciated.

8 May 2011


That's it, my fourth and final post for today ..... talk about on a roll ...... don't blog for a week, then post a whole load in one day! LOL

Some of my blogging friends may recognise these tags, as they were made when I sent them some goodies and it was a good opportunity to use up some scraps & stash.

Card Ingredients:

Papers & Ribbons from Stash
Miss Anya Stamps
The Greeting Farm Stamps
Totally Gorjuss Stamp
PM Gems Selection
Sizzix Jumbo Scallop Tag Die

I'm entering these into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz 18 No Cards Allowed
Secret Crafter 33 Dust Off Your Stash

Thanks again for stopping by, knowing me, I'll probably see you in a week LOL.

Anya's 21st!

Back again so soon, I hear you say!

This is another card I made a few nights ago which I am entering into the following challenges:

The Crafty Pad 120 Spots & Dots
Ooh-La-La 79 Tres Chic
Bling It On 3 Flowers

Card Ingredients:

Miss Anya Stamp
Back to Basics II Papers
PM Gems
Cardstock from Stash
Personal Impressions Number Stamps Using Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue Ink
Flowers & Brad from Stash

Hope you like it!

The Christmas Club - Sylvie's Challenge

Afternoon everyone, I am very behind with posting my card for The Christmas Club, where a group of us ladies get together every fortnight to make our Christmas cards.  For a full list of those involved, take a look at my sidebar.  Last fortnight it was the turn of Sylvie and she provided us with a theme of pink, white and a colour of our choice, so I chose silver, and this is what I made:

Card Ingredients:

Penny Black Gift of Giving Stamp
Dovecraft Christmas Fancy Papers
Crystal Ice Stickles
Frosted Lace Stickles
PM Gems
Sakura Pens

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations 59 Glitzy & Bling
Totally Papercrafts 65 1 Image, 2 Papers & 3 Embellishments
Winter Wonderland The Colours of Christmas

Thanks for popping in .... will be back again shortly with some more posts.

Sunday Sketch & Stamp 54 - DT Card

Good morning and welcome to another challenge at  Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  This week Team 2 join you and it's my turn to provide the sketch:
 And here's my card:

Card Ingredients:

Fizzy Moon Little Messages Stamp
Dovecraft Back to Basics II Papers & Buttons
Hobbycraft Cardstock

The prize this week is 5 of the most popular digi stamps from Crafts 4 Eternity.

I do hope you will join in with the fun this week and I look forward to popping along to your blogs.

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

Paperplay 18 Show Us Your Style
CES 35 favourite Colour Combo

Have a great day!

5 May 2011

Dancing Queen

Good evening everyone ..... hope you are well?  I can't believe it's nearly the weekend again already!  The week's seem to be flying by, another 3 weeks and I will be on holiday again LOL!

Tonight's card is for the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers 64 Song Title - Dancing Queen
Divas by Design 1 Anything Goes
Southern Girls Let's Hear It for the Girls

Card Ingredients:

WOJ Dancing Willow Stamp
MME Hattie Papers
PM Gems
DCWV Cardstock
Anita's Peeloff

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of your evening.

4 May 2011

Just Flying By to Say ........

Hello, just a quick post for a couple of challenges:

Totally Gorjuss Easy as 1,2,3
Elephantastic 26 Birthday / Party

Now I should be OK showing this card now, as it was made for a very special blogging friend for her Birthday and she should now be in receipt of it (fingers crossed).

Card Ingredients:

Back to Basics II Papers & Buttons
Sugar Nellie Totally Gorjuss Stamp
Anita's Peeloff Greeting
Cardstock from Stash

Thanks for stopping by.

1 May 2011

Just Tracy's 3 - DT Card - It's Only Words

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying this extended Bank Holiday?

It's the 1st of the month, which means another challenge at Just Tracy's and this month the theme is It's Only Words - small images are allowed, but the main focus must be the sentiment.

Here's my card:

Card Ingredients:

Kanban Cardstock & Sentiment
PM Gems

(The colour is in fact a deep purple, but it's come out blue!)

We are sponsored this week by our very own Tracy and one lucky winner will receive 2 sentiment stamps.

I hope you will join in with the challenge this month and I look forward to visiting your blogs to see your creations.  Do take a look at the rest of the DT's inspirational work.

Claire x

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