Saturday, 28 January 2012

Little Giraffe

Afternoon Folks!
I was lucky enough to win some digi's  from Pink Gem this week and as soon as this cute little giraffe arrived I wanted to colour her up. While colouring I thought how sweet this would be for a new baby girl card, so this afternoon I dumped the duster and finished off this card using the sketch over at A gem of a Challenge. My mojo wouldn't run to a freestyle arrangement as well as colouring and sorting out matching papers  :-) !!!! 
I'm feeling quite proud of the end result, I've made quite a few masculine cards lately and it was nice to rummage through the embellishments and go a bit girly for a change!! I also used up some bits and pieces that I've had for ages. The paper is Chatterbox scrapbook walls which I bought in the January sales 3 years ago and the lace was a RAK from 2 years ago and the peach satin ribbon, underneath the lace to make it stand out a bit more, has been in my ribbon basket forever!! 

Here's a closer look at the details. I do wish the light was better, IRL the colours are more of a soft peach and pale coral! 

Thanks for looking today and for any comments you might leave, they are all special to me!!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe Crafts - Picture Inspiration
Card Makin Mamas - Something Old ( papers, lace, ribbon, flowers)
Digital Tuesday  - A new beginning
Paperplay challenges  - Lovely lace
MAWTT - Blooming Marvellous
Cute Card Thursday - You're a gem ( Gems On 1 flower and sentiment, pearls on other flowers)
Totally Papercrafts - pearls and Lace
Alphabet Challenge - Z for zoo animals
Crazy for Challenges - layer it on
CES Challenges - check it out (backing paper) 
DitzyCraftyMess challenge - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin - Animals

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Piggin Cute!!

Morning Folks!
Just looking at the date and I'm very pleased to see January is nearly over!!
We have a fun recipe challenge for you over at CRAFT this week - nice and easy even if you aren't a great cook!!! Here are the details:

The Stamping Boutique

I love pigs so this image, called Patchwork pig, was the obvious choice from our sponsor, The Stamping Boutique.

Mr Piggy has been printed on to pink and cream paper and then layered up to give the card a bit of depth. Also added a few little highlights with promarkers to give him some extra definition. 

Here's my card:

The papers are from my stash (yes I will use some of it up) and I think pink and brown look great together. I've added a bit of saddle stitch ribbon and a few buttons. I've also been brave and doodled on a bit of faux stitching to link the image and ribbon a bit more. By the way, we are lucky to have two additional sponsors over at CRAFT this week, so there are lots of prizes on offer!!

Doodles by Hope Jacare

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz - pretty in Pink
DYSU - Ribbons
Penny's Paper Craft Challenges - Ribbons & Buttons


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Eric the Dinosaur .....

Morning Folks!

Hope you're enjoying the weekend - I'm hoping for a snoozy, possibly crafty, kind of day but I'm not sure if it will actually happen......fingers crossed!!
If you have a few spare minutes, you might like to have a look through your stash and hunt out your


and join us over at Here Come the Boys!

We'd love to see you !!

I've had these Basic Grey 'Archaic' papers for ages - I knew they would come in handy eventually!!

The cute dinosaur, who has been nicknamed Eric, was a freebie from Digi Stamp Boutique a while ago - I just love those little eyes and the way he seems to be marching along!!

Thanks for looking and stay cosy!!

Eric would like to enter:
I love Promarkers - Anything goes
Truly Scrumptious - Something forgotten (photo anchors)
Charisma Cardz - Clean and simple 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Take it Easy....

Afternoon folks from a rather grey and dull Hampshire. 
Hope you're enjoying your weekend!
I ditched the housework this morning in favour of finishing off a card I started in the week for the Black & White only challenge over at House Mouse & Friends. Sounded simples right.....Oooohhh how wrong can you be, this was much tougher than I thought.!! First the temptation to colour the mouse was quite difficult - he still seems a bit 'naked' but I'm getting used to it. Then I didn't realise how many different variations of black papers there are when you get them together. Got my act together and then found my small white flower collection seems to have disappeared so I ended up cutting my own flower centres with nesties carnation dies! Finally got to taking the pictures and the camera wanted to use the flash and got stroppy and added a pink tinge to things when I turned the flash off!!! Anyway, here is the finished result:

I got there in the end!!
Thanks for looking today and enjoy the rest of the weekend!! 
I'd also like to enter:
Pixie Cottage - Embossing (Swiss dots folder)
2 sisters - Embossing (Swiss dots folder)
Stamptacular Sunday - texture (embossing and flowers)
& Joanna Sheen Challenge - Celebrations 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

I demand a recount.....

Morning Folks!
Can anyone tell me how it is Thursday again, this last week seems to have gone so fast and it doesn't seem like 5 minutes since I posted about the last CRAFT challenge!!

Anyway, this week we'd like to see you


We have 3 great sponsors for this challenge, so lots of chances to win a great prize!!

DigiDarla and Digital Stamp Club

Floppy Latte Designs

Now, I have to confess I am a BIG fan of Bugaboo stamps because they make me laugh, so I decided to use Gus Birthday Recount, I just love the grumpy old bloke attitude - I'm sure we have all met someone like this!!  I was also brave with this card and broke into a new paper pad, My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy Boy, which has previously only been stroked and admired - finally plucked up the resolve to actually use it!! Does anyone else have that trouble???

Here's a closer look at that stare!! If the light was a bit better you could see the glossy accents on his glasses and the balloon. In real life it does add something - honest!!

Thanks for looking today and hope you can join us over at CRAFT this week!!

I'd also like to enter Gus into the following challenges:
I love promarkers - Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers - Humour
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
Party time Tuesdays - Happy Birthday
Paperminutes - Anything goes
ABC challenge - H for Happy Birthday
Bugaboo - Birthday Celebration
Card Crafters circle - happy Birthday
Totally papercrafts - Spots & stripes
Alphabet challenge - y for you choose

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Daisy Bear

Afternoon Folks!
Hope you are managing to stay warm, it has certainly turned decidedly chilly here in Hampshire today!! I was looking through my scraps collection last night and came across this lovely cheerful stripey paper which was just shouting out to be used!!
The image is another new cutie from Di's digi's called Daisy Bear and is also available at Squigglefly here .

Sentiment is from Craftwork cards and the metal corners are by American Crafts.
Thanks for looking today!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
Squigglefly - Button it up
Papertake Weekly - Buttons, bows, bling and blooms
Incy Wincy - Bold & bright
I did it creations - animals 
OSAAT - Anything goes
Paper Sundaes - Favourite previous challenge - #101 
Something old (paper, flowers) , something new (image)
Alphabet Challenge - Y for you choose
Crafty Catz - Something New (image)
Aud Sentiments - Any sentiment but use scraps
Crafty creationsSomething New (image)
I love promarkers - Cute and cuddly
& Simon says Stamp - Spots +/ or Stripes

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Glass of bubbly??

Morning Folks!
I know it is a bit early in the day but does anyone fancy a glass of bubbly to launch the new 
challenge over at CRAFT which starts today??
I decided to take a break from stamping with this one and instead set about using up some more old supplies. I've used some Forever Friends decoupage, mirror card and glitter peel off strips. The background is embossed with a Divine Swirls cuttlebug folder.
 We have 3 great prizes on offer this week so I hope you can join us!!
Crimson Cloud

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Cake and Candles

Hello Folks!
I finished this card last night but had to wait until this afternoon to get a halfway decent photo - roll on Spring!!  My House Mouse addiction continues to grow and looks like lasting well into 2012. I was lucky enough to get this stamp set for Christmas which I think is just adorable and a pleasure to colour. The nesties are also new!!

How cute is this mouse with a full tummy??!!
There is a bit of glitter gel pen on the frosting but I just can't get my camera to pick it up - sigh!

Thanks for looking!
I'd like to enter the following challenges:

House Mouse & Friends - New (HM goodies!!)
Papertake weekly - Die Cute Special
Passion for Promarkers - Inspired by a song (Happy Birthday or it's my party)
Stamp and Create - Anything goes
Cupcake craft challenges - Something new (stamp & die)
Lollipop Crafts - Anything new goes (stamp & die)
Crafty Cardmakers - No floral embellishments
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything goes
The corrosive challenge - Ring in the New year (new stamp and die)
Cupcake Inspirations - photo (candle inspired me)

The Saturday Challenge - Let them eat Cake
CES Challenge - Anything goes
Card Makin mamas - New (stamp and die)
Cute card Thursday - What's new (die and stamp)
Inky Impressions - Anything goes
Simon Says - Something new (die and stamp)
Crafts and Me  - Anything goes
Fab N Funky - Something new (die and stamp)
Top tip Tuesday - Anything goes
Challenge up your life - Bingo (I used purple, die cuts and sparkle - glitter on cake and blingy gems)
& last but not least ..
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Celebrations 

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Just fishin' ...


Morning Folks!
Hope you are having a relaxing weekend! 
We have a nice easy challenge to get you back into the swing of things over at Here Come the Boys, we'd like to see your creations using this sketch by our lovely team leader Woo:

 Here's my card:

As you can see I have rotated the sketch to suit the image better. I was lucky enough to win some Digi's from Di's Digi downloads recently and this is the first time I have used this one. It's called "Quality time" - so cute even though Daddy & baby bear aren't having much luck in the fishing department!! The backing papers are from The Digital Scrap Cafe with a few starry card candies added!!

Thanks for looking today and be sure to head over to HCTB to see the fab inspiration from the rest of the design team!!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Anything goes (and new stamp!)
Critter Sketch - Celebration
Party time Tuesdays - Something new (stamp and candy)
Crafts and Me - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - Birthday card
Birthday Sundaes - Birthday card
Dream valley challenges - Anything goes
& Di's digi Designs Challenge- Something New (new stamp ;-))

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Soppy Spaniel

Morning Folks and Happy New Year!!
Here's my first card for 2012 for the new challenge over at CRAFT which starts today, our theme is:

Thank you !

I've used a lovely image for my card from Karen's Doodles who are one of our sponsors this week. 

We also have Prizes from Just Tracy's and In2stamps. The cute image is called Puppy with her bone and was a real joy to colour with the old promarkers.

Here's a closer look at those BIG puppy eyes!!

The papers are a recent purchase from Nitwits and I've also used card candi and a sentiment from Craftwork cards,  plus ribbon and brads that have been dug out from my stash. I'm trying to use up bits and bobs that I've got, not a full New Year's resolution but I do think a bit of restraint wouldn't go amiss!!!!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

OSAAT - Use a digi
Sentimental Sundays - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Paper Pretties - Brads or eyelets (on sentiment)
Crafts & Me - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Anything goes