Friday, 29 July 2011

Time for cake.....

Afternoon Folks,
I just wanted to share my card that I finally managed to finish this morning for the 100th House Mouse & Friends challenge and blog hop. I coloured this cute Gruffies image on Monday night but it has taken me the rest of the week to get the card finished - I think I must be the slowest crafter in the country!! The speed wasn't helped by the fact that I didn't the right width of ribbon for the bottom until I went shopping yesterday. My husband couldn't believe that despite having a huge ribbon collection, I didn't have something 'that would do' - I was trying to explain that the idea that 'something will do' doesn't work for me - it has to be how I want it to look!! Not sure he got my meaning but he is very tolerant and didn't roll his eyes too much when I left the shop with more ribbon!!

Here's a closer look at the image called Beary Nice Celebration, isn't he so cute stuffing his chops with cake!! I've coloured him with promarkers and added stickles to the frosting and candles to make them sparkle - wish the picture was a bit better so you could see the glitter on the image and the papers properly.
The finishing touch is a few ribbon streamers - I love the internet, I googled ribbon twirls and found this great tutorial on how to bake grosgrain ribbon!! Yes, my husband is now certain I have lost the plot after I removed a baking tray of cooked ribbon wrapped around wooden spoons from the oven!!! I'm really pleased with the finished effect though!!!

Thanks for looking I'm off to complete the House Mouse blog hop.

I'd also like to enter the following challenges too:
Hooked on Crafts - Cute and cuddly
Forever Friends - Pastel colours
Passion for Promarkers - Animal Crackers
Top Tip Tuesday - Make it girly (hope this is suitable??)

I love promarkers - Anything goes
Truly Scrumptious - Buttons and Bows
Stampin for the weekend - Paws for thought
Crafts and Me - Ribbons
Wags n whiskers - Buttons & Bows
Card Makin Mamas - Food and drink
Charisma Cardz - 4 legged friends
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Bling it up (glitter paper, stickles and pearls)
Simply Create - Favourite Animals (it has to be bears!!)

Edited - Lucky winner at:
Feel free to pinch me :)

& lucky blog hop winner too:

HM & Friends

and a lucky winner at

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Fairytale bookmark

Morning Folks!
Hope your week is going well!!
It's time for a new challenge over at CRAFT, the theme is


We are sponsored by Glitterbabe, and the prize is a $10 gift certificate for her shop.

I have used Glitterbabe's Unicorn digi to make a corner bookmark. I have seen these around blogland but hadn't made one myself before now, but they are great fun to do and not too time consuming!! I followed the tutorial here. Still using up scraps from my box and coloured with gold glitter pen and promarkers. Hope you like it !!

The book of course is Paddington -LOL!!

Thanks for looking today, see you soon!!

Monday, 25 July 2011


It's one of my favourite challenges over at Lexi's Creations this fortnight:


I needed a quick card for a small friend so I decided to use Popple on a large scale - printed on to pale green paper with promarker highlights. The tongue is just a triangle of glittery paper posted through a slit cut in the mouth. The eye has been glittered with stickles and I couldn't resist adding a large goggly eye and a pom pom too!! The metallic backgound card has been embossed for a bit of extra interest! Quick to make but it seemed quite well received!!

Hope you can join us at Lexi's, we are sponsored by Letraset so a nice prize on offer too!!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesdays - Shaped cards
Crafts 4 Eternity - Shaped cards
The corrosive challenge - All about kids
Whoopsi Daisy - Anything but square

Edit - Lucky prize winner at:

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Hey Old Timer!!

Hi Folks!!

Hope your weekend is going well. Has anyone seen a glimpse of sunshine in the UK at all?? I'm beginning to think that we are heading towards autumn already and that somehow I missed the summer!!

Anyway, if the weather is not great, it gives us an excuse to do more crafting and we have a new challenge over at Here Come the Boys for you:


I think it is going to be quite popular as men and travel do seem to go together!!

We are sponsored by Ewe2can craft this time


with this great prize:

Now I have to admit that I'm not too sure about my card, you know how sometimes you set out with an idea to make a card and the finished result is nothing like your original plan??
Well this is one of those cards!!
The photo doesn't help either - my camera seems to have insisted on making the copper metallic card orange and the beige backing paper a bit pink - groan!!
Anyway, enough winging here it is:

The penny farthing stamp is by rubber Stampede and has been combined with various nesties and a few carefully selected letters from K&Co!!
Here's a closer look at the image, heat embossed in copper!!
I didn't have any large copper brads so I heat embossed some card candy to match too!!

Thanks for looking today and I hope you will join us at HCTB too!!
I'd also like to enter a few challenges:

Simon says Stamp & Show: Embossing ( I hope this is a suitable style for your challenge??)
Kaboodle Doodles: Embossing
Tuesday Throwdown: Something metallic (Copper Embossing!!)
Dig Doodle Shop: Clean & Simple

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Thank You Teacher

Morning Folks!!
As lots of you are bracing yourselves for the long school holidays ahead, we have a very appropriate challenge for you over at CRAFT this week:


I consulted my son on his teachers possible likes and dislikes and the best he could come up with after giving it a moments thought was "Something pink and girlie". After that incredible brief here's my card:

I'm still trying to be good and use some of my older neglected stamps and paper scraps. I think most people like the Forever Friends bears so I figured this was a safe bet. The brown stripey paper is a scrap of Doodlebug bon bon stripes and the pink dotted one is from the Dovecraft Piece of Cake collection. I've used quite soft pastel promarkers to colour the image and a Marianne die for the background frame. The dust was also blown off the MS Doiley lace punch for the border!!

I wasn't very keen on the plain kraft inside so I decorated that too and then just as I was finishing this, Lynne at Sentiments 4 you posted the perfect freebie sentiment to finish it off. Thanks Lynne!!

Our sponsors for this challenge are Lauretta's Digital Stamps
& The Stamping Boutique 5 images of your choice

so please head over to the main blog to join us!!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Cupcake Craftroom - Polka Dots
Forever Friends - Stripes
Allsorts - Free & Easy
Stamptacular Sunday - Animal Antics
Papertake Weekly - Getting Cute
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration
(I've used the colours as inspiration and also daisy flowers)
Fab N Funky - Animal magic
Crafty Creations - Seeing double (mirrored borders)
MAWTT - Cute & Cuddly with a punch
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Mine's a raspberry ripple.....

Afternoon Folks!
What a miserable wet morning it has been here in Hampshire and a lot of other places too I suspect! I've managed to get a bit ahead on DT commitments so I decided to play!! I bought this Penny Black cutie off of Ebay last summer and came across him again this week and decided it was the season for getting him inked up!! Well I can pretend the sun is shining!!

Here's a closer look, he certainly seems to be enjoying his ice cream, do you like the glace cherry gem on the top??

I couldn't resist so I'd like to enter a few challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges: Your Favourite cupcake challenge, I've used this sketch (not sure if it's #45 or #35)

I love promarkers: Recipe - 1 ribbon, 2 design papers (glittery pink & stripey) and
2 brads, gems or buttons (1 on bow and cherry on ice cream)

Fab N Funky Challenges: Baker's dozen
Tuesday Throwdown: Fun In the Sun
Bunny Zoes crafts: Fun in the Sun
Passion for Promarkers: Gingham (ribbon)
Paper Pretties: Animals
Crafts & Me: Summertime
Divas by design: Pastels
Allsorts : Free & Easy July
Lollipop Crafts : anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday: Animal Antics

Woo Hoo!! Celebration time !!
Blinkie - Top 5 Passionista

Thursday, 14 July 2011

A row of butterflies

Hello again!!
I can't believe how quickly these days are flying past lately,
it's time for another new challenge over at CRAFT. A nice easy one:


I have been tidying up my stash for the last few days and I came across these 'window' cards that I've had for about 4 years. I bought them at a craft show and have never used them, now I can't remember what the original idea was! So with this as the card base I set myself the challenge of going through my stash and scraps box and using up other old stuff too, so here's the end result using stickers, ribbons and some paper scraps....

We have 2 fantastic prizes this week,
Craft Obsessions (one of my favourite stores) are offering a £10 voucher for their shop

& Floppy Latte are also sponsoring us

so please come over and join the fun!!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Might need shades!!


Hello again! Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend!!
I think the bear on this card is certainly enjoying himself:

It's my design team card for Lexi's Creations this fortnight, where the theme is 'At the beach'. Actually, this image was originally a Christmas release, called 'Can I go again - Paulo Bear' and the little bear is supposed to be buried in snow. When I was deciding which image to use something struck me about this looking like a bear buried in sand, perhaps it was the paws sticking out! The backing paper is by Basic Grey - Isabelle from the Oh baby girl collection. I had to really push myself to cut into it !!. The die cuts are by Jolees and have been in my stash for the last 5 years at least!! About time I used things instead of collecting them methinks!!

Thanks for popping by and don't forget to join us at Lexi's !

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

Just Tracys Crafts - Summer holidays
Creative Inspirations - To the seaside
Do it with Digis - Spots or Stripes
Card Making Mamas - Summertime
Totally Gorjuss - Summertime
2 sisters challenges - Summertime Fun
Allsorts - Free & Easy July
The Stamping Boutique - Summer scene
Pollycraft Monday: The Great outdoors
The Crazy Challenge - Summertime
Mami Doodles - At the beach

Winner at Totally Gorjuss 16th July!!!

Winner at Mami Doodles 29th July too!!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

HCTB Challenge : Sporty

Morning Folks!
I do hope your weekend is going well. Our new challenge over at 'Here Come the Boys' starts today and we have a nice easy theme for you:


I had a rummage through my stamps and found this old favourite which I thought would be quite suitable. It's called Fishing Ted and is by Funstamps, I bought it about 3 years ago at a car boot sale!!
I teamed it up with a recent paper purchase, Karen Foster's Green fish Texture as the backing paper, plus a few bits and piece from my scraps collection (which is growing again!!). The little 'Have Fun' sentiment is by LOTV.

Here's a closer look, the image is coloured with promarkers and a touch of stickles for the water. The fish charm is from Ewe2can craft.

Thanks for looking, please head over to the main blog for all the prize details and the rest of the design team girls fantastic creations. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments - use a sentiment with at least 2 words
Rainbow Lady: In the country
ABC Challenge: Y is for yesterday (I've had the stamp for ages!!)
Pixie Cottage : Wet and wild
Crafters Companion: One for the boys
Allsorts: Free & Easy July
A Gem of a Challenge: Lets hear it for the boys

Thursday, 7 July 2011

All boxed up!!

Morning Folks!!

I am in such a good mood today - it's the first day of the Summer holidays for me - no work until September - woohoo!! I am planning on settling back and doing a bit of crafting later, the only snag is my craft area looks like a bombsite and I haven't seen more than 6 inches of my desk for the last fortnight!!!! Will have to get myself organised after another cuppa!!

This weeks challenge over at CRAFT is


so get out those templates, scoring tools or ready mades and join us!!
We are sponsored by Toucan Scraps this time.

I got to play with this cute box from Angela called 'Hannahs wedding floral Box' which is a bargain and really quick to make!!

I love yellow and for some reason as soon as I saw the shape of the box made up, I immediately thought of using one of my favourite Penny Black stamps on it - Bah Quet.

The little sheep has been coloured with promarkers and the face has been stamped twice and cut out and mounted on foam pads to give it a bit of depth. Ovals cut out with nesties but somehow a scalloped oval nestie didn't look quite right so I went for an oversized Heidi Swapp flower for a background frame instead!

I added a bit of wild honey distress ink to the edges for a bit more definition, a few butterfly gems and some green and yellow ribbons to tie it shut.

I'm really quite pleased with the finished result, especially considering how quick it was to make!! Thanks for looking and please head over to the main CRAFT blog to see the rest of the DT's lovely creations!

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

Penny Black at Allsorts - Flower Power
Totally Papercrafts - Bingo - gems, flowers and die cuts!
Crafty Catz - Colours of summer
Allsorts challenge - Free and Easy
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Desert Island stamp (it's nearly impossible to choose a favourite PB stamp but I think any of the sheep ones would be at the top of my list!!)
Sparkles Forum - recipe 1 image, 1 flower, 2 ribbons
Craft your passion - anything goes
Papertake weekly - Anything goes
Creative Craft challenges - Pretty blossoms
Passion for promarkers - tie a yellow ribbon
Get Creative - Green, orange and yellow
Delightful Challenges - On the farm

Edit : Made the Top 3 at Sparkles !!!