Saturday, 24 January 2015

I love Edwin!!

Morning Folks!
Hope your weekend has started well and that you're keeping warm and cosy!
I'm planning a quiet weekend with a bit of crafting, just keeping my fingers crossed that my plan works out! If you are crafting this weekend don't forget to check out the new challenge at Sweet Stampin' which is an all time favourite of mine:

CUTE AND CUDDLY
and is sponsored by the fabulous Craft Mojo 
who are giving our lucky winner a £10 voucher

My stash diet is continuing (painfully) and I also realized  that not only do I have a lot of rubber stamps that have never seen an inkpad, I'm also guilty of hoarding digi stamps and then never printing them out! Here's one such purchase, the super cute Edwin from Digistamp Boutique:


I think I'm in love with this little chap, look at that sweet expression!


The background paper and sentiment is from LOTV, the other paper is from my scraps box. Diecuts are Memory box Pippi Butterfly and Lavish branch - cut on the trusty cuttlebug. The flowers, gems and jute ribbon are from my stash!

Thanks for visiting today and for any comments you leave - I love reading them!
I'd also like to enter the challenges at:

Digistamp Boutique - January Customer Challenge
Cute Card Thursday - Colourful
Dream Valley  - Anything goes
The Crafting Cafe - Lots of layers
Cuttlebug Mania - Wildlife
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Stamping Sensations - Dies & Punches
Die Cut Divas - Anything goes

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Baby Bunny

Afternoon Folks!
I hope your weekend is going well so far! 
I just popped on to share a card I finished last night, but I left photographing it until today when we had a brief but very welcome hint of sunshine. I've been trying to use up old papers and stamps again - so far the stash cut back has lasted - no papers or stamps bought this year but it's hard going!! So many lovely stamps and tempting papers out there... sigh!

Anyhow, I'm not going to be flashing new stash but here's my new baby card using a wooden Happy Hoppers stamp I rescued from Ebay many moons ago. 


So cute with her little dummy!


If I have remembered correctly the papers are DCWV and Dovecraft Garden Party. The stamp and matching die cut are by Stampin Up. 

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

House Mouse & Friends - Sketch +/or Anything goes
Natalie & Amy - All things new
Crafty Catz - New Beginnings
Clear it Out - Pink theme and Pink stash
Crafty Calendar - What's New 
Gruffies and Guests - I'm going for the Anything goes option!
In the pink - Anything goes with pink
Fab n Funky - Something New 
Papertake Weekly - It's all New
Wags n Whiskers - Anything goes

Thanks for popping by! 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Girly but NO pink!

Morning Folks!
Hope you're all OK and have not been blown away by the recent high winds!
Thank goodness it's the weekend, I think I got far too used to relaxing over the festive period, work seems to be hard going!! 
Talking of relaxing here's my card for the new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this week which is  

GIRLY BUT NO PINK

kindly sponsored by All Dressed Up


Here's the vision in blue but NO pink!

 I had a real struggle with this - I'm not good at girly cards at the best of times and I think Mr Mojo might have got packed in the loft along with the Christmas decorations. Eventually I decided on using this fun image from Bugaboo called Dottie Bath and the sketch over at Passion for Promarkers  :
Challenge 278 - sketch

Here's the bathing beauty and check out the glitter - still on my desk from Crimbo! As I was colouring this it crossed my mind that she probably won't be too happy when she gets out of the bath to find the floor flooded and the downstairs ceiling about to cave in!!
I'm quite pleased with the finished result, it does look something like I imagined, and also I used up some paper scraps and some glass dewdrops that haven't seen the light of day for years. I'm determined to limit my crafty spending this year and try to use up some of my stash before I rush to buy the latest thing or special offer. Have to say though the 'stash diet' is harder going than I thought it would be ... trying not to crack and we are only just into double figures in January!! 

Thanks for looking and for any comments too! 

I'd also like to enter the challenges at:
That's Crafty - Blue is the colour
Crafts 4 Eternity - Blue tones
That Craft Place - Monochromatic
ABC Challenge - A is for Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Clear it out - theme = Anything goes + stash = Anything goes
Catch the Bug - Anything goes

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year Celebrations!

Hi Everyone!! 
I'd just like to wish you all a 

Happy New Year !!

Here's hoping it's a good one!!

Have you made lots of New Year resolutions?? I'm rubbish at keeping them but after trying to tidy up my room this morning I am really beginning to think I should go on a stash diet .... I didn't really realise how many stamps I have collected this year and how many have not been used - OOPPPSS!! Along with papers I should have enough to last me for at least a year! I've also resolved to try to tidy up as I go along but I can't see that lasting as it doesn't come naturally (or even reluctantly) to me ... LOL!

I grabbed a bit of time to play this afternoon and decided to get cracking and ink up a new HM stamp I got for Christmas - no time like the present and all that.... and I thought these cuties were quite appropriate for New Year celebrations!

Apologies for the photos, my camera is refusing to see gold glitter properly .... looking forward to Spring and some decent light already!!

Here's a closer look at the little mice mounting an expedition to grab that olive! 
This stamp is quite small and quite fiddly to colour, thank heavens for fine nibs.
The streamer and the glass have some glitter pen highlights IRL!!


I'd like to enter a few challenges (some things never change) :

House Mouse and Friends - Christmas and New Year
Sketch Saturday - Sketch 341
I love promarkers - Anything goes
Simon says challenge - Anything goes
Craft- Dee Bowz- Anything goes with a handmade bow
That Craft Place - Anything goes

Thanks for visiting and for any comments!!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My favourite cards of 2015

Evening Folks!
I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to the new year. I done a bit of catching up with blogland this afternoon and thought it would be fun to join in with Debby's 5 Favourite cards of 2014.


Now I didn't think it wouldn't be too hard to choose 5 cards for this year, mainly because my production rate was a little low ;-) However, narrowing it down was a bit more of a challenge than I first thought, lots of dithering with a cup of tea in hand to sustain me!! Indecisive, me?? Yes, definitely..... but anyhow here goes, click on the links for more details:

I had to include at least one LOTV image in my selection and I was really pleased with the colouring and the CAS look of this card. Plus of course it has the very cute James the bear taking centre stage!

This stamp was a bargain from ebay and it has very quickly become one of my favourite Gruffies images ever. This card felt more embellished than my usual style and at first I was worried that it was a bit too much but I think it works. Also dared to cut into some papers I had been hoarding!! 

I was very honoured to be a guest design team member over at House Mouse and Friends during July and August and this is one of the cards during my time with them. Although I have lots of decoupage sheets in my stash I rarely use them so this was a bit unusual. I also love the soft colours on this. I sent it to my Auntie and Uncle who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, I thought it was a romantic image with just a few small touches of gold.

Well I just had to include a Penny Black card in my selection, they are still stamps I come back to time and again and the hedgehogs are a particular favourite. I like the layout on this card and I also managed to use up a few flowers gathering dust in my stash.

And finally drum roll please.....
My all time favourite card of 2014 is:

This Little Claire image always makes me smile and this was one of those very rare cards which was a dream to make, all the papers matched, the colouring was OK and it came together pretty much as I had imagined it in my head. Not something that happens very often!!

I could have included at least another 5 cards in my selection but I'm going to leave it there, before I change my mind again. Thanks Debby for a great idea for some New Year fun! 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

A spot of fishing ....

Hi Folks!
Hope you've all had a lovely Christmas time. I can't believe we are starting our last challenge of the year over at Sweet Stampin' , where did 2014 go ?? I think I must have missed a couple of months somewhere!

The new challenge is everybody's favourite:

ANYTHING GOES

so if you've got some new goodies from Santa it's a good excuse to play along. We are sponsored this time by 

When I made this card I decided I needed a break from all things Christmas, so I inked up an old faithful LOTV stamp and had a rummage around in my paper scraps. Here's the finished result - not a snowflake in sight!!


He looks like he is having a good time:


Love this sentiment from Crafter's Companion:


Thanks for visiting and for any comments you'd like to leave - I love reading them!!
I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Pick a fave 
(I've gone for anything goes)
I love promarkers - Anything goes

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Oh Christmas Tree!

Afternoon Folks!

Hope you're all OK and gradually getting ready for the arrival of the big guy in the red suit! My hubby is just hunting  for the outdoor Christmas lights in the loft, garage and shed - I'm keeping a low profile as I haven't got a clue where we've put them! I'm better at indoor decorations!! 

Over at Sweet Stampin', we are starting another fun challenge: 

OH CHRISTMAS TREE

and we would love it if you'd join us !

Here's my second card - the first attempt is in the bin following an unfortunate incident involving a cup of tea and an almost finished card. Note to self here tea and promarkers is not a good blending combo!!

The cute penguin is from Di's digi designs and the papers are a mix from Dovecraft, bazzill and Stampin up (??) 
I bought the Christmas tree die  while I was on holiday in the Netherlands this summer, it's by Yvonne creations.


Here's a closer look:


We are sponsored this week by:

I'd also like to enter a few challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Christmas
Die cut - Free - Glitter
Fab n Funky - Christmas
That Craft Place - Christmas
Wags n Whiskers - Merry Christmas
That's Crafty - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Last minute Christmas 
Alphabet challenge - V for variety (3 papers)
A Crafty Mess - Anything goes / traditional Christmas colours

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THANKS FOR VISITING!!