Thursday, 23 February 2012

Harley the Hippo

Morning Folks!!
A quick post from me today, I'm running a bit behind schedule!! Just wanted to let you know our new challenge has started at CRAFT and we have this great sketch for you from our team mate Sheryl:

Challenge 143, 23rd of February 2012

We have 3 great sponsors this week too:

I loved this sketch and I have once again managed to use up some old papers!! Small cheer because there are still lots to go...

The cute image with those gorgeous BIG eyes is Harley the Hippo from Sew Many Digital Stamps who are sponsoring the February Star of the month! He is coloured with promarkers and the sentiment, flower and card candi are all from Craftwork cards. The picture doesn't show the real colours very well, the candi is very pale blue and the flower is a silvery dove grey.

Must dash......Bye for Now!!

A  few challenges:
Paper Sundaes - Birthdays
Sketchy colours - Blue and grey

Incy Wincy - Birthdays
Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes
OSAAT - Digi or don't
The Crazy Challenge - Dies or punches
Paper Pretties - punches die cuts
Delightful sketches - Patterned paper
Paper crafting journey - Make it cute

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Prepare for take off.......

Good Morning!! How's your weekend going?!! 
If Mr Blogger is behaving himself I will hopefully still be under my duvet catching a few extra zzz's when this goes live!! Our new challenge at Here Come the Boys for this fortnight is: 
which I must admit is not exactly my strong point - although I do find it easier to do 'masculine' rather than girly vintage for some strange reason!! 
Anyway, here we go.. prepare for take off......

I've had this Papermania stamp for ages and when I rescued it from the bottom of the drawer I couldn't think why I hadn't used it more. Seven attempts and a lot of cursing later, I remembered why it was in the bottom of the drawer... it's a real **** to get a decent image from, & it is now back in the drawer!! The papers are a really random mix from my brown scraps file, there's a bit of Nitwits paper in there, some Basic Grey and several odds and ends!! All a bit distressed with brown chalk ink!!
Thanks for looking today and please head over to Here Come the Boys to see the rest of the teams great cards and to check out the prize from our new sponsor Digi Doodle shop!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Hotshot craft blog - One for the boys
Simon Says stamp & show - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Punches & Dies (variety of nestabilities used!)
Kaboodle Doodles - Boys / Men
Shopping our stash - Metal  mania (brads)
Allsorts - Anything goes
DYSU - Layers
Delightful sketches - Use your scraps
Crafts & Me - Distressed
Sparkles Forum - Things with wings
Divas by Design - Wings and things

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Fluffy Bunny Rabbit!

Morning Folks!!
Are you all sitting comfortably?? Then I'll begin ...LOL!!

Thursday already, this half term holiday is going way too quickly for my liking!! Good news though we have a new challenge starting over at CRAFT


We have 3 great sponsors this week :

Meljen's Designs

My Creative Classroom

Here's my card for this week using Fluffy Bunny from Meljens. I stayed inside my comfort zone on this challenge and just stuck to using plain cardstock with a bit of embossing to add interest!! 

I found this embossed bow ribbon in Hobbycraft recently and I thought it matched the bow on the bunny really well!! The ribbon wasn't that expensive and you get loads and loads of embossed bows in a metre, I just snipped them apart. They also done daisy and teddy bear designs too!! 

Thanks for dropping by today and for any comments you leave!
Hope you can find time to join us at CRAFT!!

I'd also like to enter:
Allsorts - Free & Easy February pt 2
CES - lots of layers
DYSU - Layers
Paper crafting Journey - Make it cute
Paperplay - critters
& Meljens Challenge - Anything goes

Friday, 10 February 2012

Love Hearts

Afternoon Folks!
Hello from a snowy Hampshire, hope you're keeping warm in this chilly snap. We only had about 2 inches of snow here last night which was a bit disappointing really!! I was hoping for a snow day and an early start to half term!!

Also wanted to share a little confession with you.... clears throat nervously...

"Hi, My name is Jacky and I am addicted to House Mouse stamps and am finding it increasingly difficult to not fall in love with all of them!!"

I couldn't resist this stamp which I bought in a half price sale (well it seemed rude not to!!) last month and I thought it would be useful for Valentines Day and also anniversary and engagement cards!! This is it's first outing!!

Here's a closer look at those cute mouses:

I'd also like to enter a few challenges too:
The Alphabet challenge - A for Animal Antics
Crafts 4 Eternity  - Raspberry Delight Colour challenge
Fussy & Fancy Friday - With all my heart
Crafty Catz - Valentines
Jelly Park - Shades of love
DYSU - Love
Patties Creations - Valentines and love
Cute card Thursday - Pink Valentine
Rainbow lady - Have a heart
MAWTT - cute Critters
Paperplay - Love letters
Creative Belli - Hearts (heart brads are about 3 years old!!)
Crafting for All seasons - Love is in the Air
Crafts and Me - Use a new image
Fab N Funky - Love is in the Air
Divas by Design - Love is in the Air
My Mums craft shop - Must be love
Simon Says stamp - Love is in the Air
Creative Inspirations - Lots of love
I love Promarkers - Love is in the Air
Papertake weekly - Anything goes and optional love hearts
Tuesday Throwdown - Be my Valentine
Stamp and Create - Valentines / love
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Love is in the Air
Crafty Calendar - Love & marriage
Allsorts - One or more hearts
Truly Scrumptious - Love & hearts
The Pink Elephant - use Pink

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Puppy Love

Morning Folks!
Yay!! Thursday - one day nearer to half term...!! It's also time for a new challenge at CRAFT and no prizes for guessing that this week our theme is:


I've used a really cute image from our sponsor Bugaboo which is called Puppy Love Heart String

Here's my finished card, the papers are from a DCWV pack which I have had for a couple of years but found again when I was hunting for something else!! Thought I'd better use them quick before I lost them again!! The sentiment is a rub on from letraset.

I'm thinking of giving this to my husband, so I've left it quite CAS, he isn't one for flowery cards!!!
Hope you can join our challenge this week, we also have prizes from Truly Madly Crafty and Stitchy Bear stamps !!!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:

Catch the bug - February Anything goes
Digital Tuesday -Pink and; red
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes and optional hearts
Creative Craft Challenges - Bingo (Brown, brads, scallops)
Shopping our Stash - Hearts, Valentines (papers are about 2 years old!!)
Cards for Men - Seeing Red
Cupcake Craft - Pink and red
Die cut dreams - Pink, red and a heart
Lollipop Crafts - Valentines card
Come and get it - Love is in the air

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dog tower!!

Afternoon Folks!
Hope everyone is OK??
Just wanted to share this card with you that I finished last night for the Penny Black Saturday challenge which intrigued me over the weekend. The challenge was to CASE this card made by Debby

which I thought was just sooo cute!! I'd also found one of my first ever PB stamps which is nicknamed Dog Tower in our house, but it's real name is Circus Act. It hadn't seen ink for a while but it seemed the perfect shape for this challenge. It's still a stamp that makes me smile, easy to colour and I love the way most of the dogs can't see what's going on!! I've taken inspiration for the shape, layout and faux stitching from Debbys card. The papers are by Nitwits with some doodlebug ribbon and card candi! 

Thanks for looking !!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics
Paper Pretties - Use ribbon or twine
Allsorts - Free and easy February
Crafty Ribbons - One for the Men / Boys
CYDA - Get stitchy with it!
Just some Lines - It's a dogs life

Edited to add:


Sunday, 5 February 2012

Love is in the Air!!

Evening Folks!
I hope you're all managing to stay warm and cosy if you've had snow today. We didn't get much more than an inch really, much to the disappointment of my son, and what we did have is now nearly gone!! I've managed to fit in lots of crafting time this weekend by ignoring the laundry mountain!!! 
I particularly wanted to make another House Mouse card because
a) I'm getting addicted to these mice
b) I bought this stamp in the sales and hadn't inked it up yet and
c) House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge have a great blog hop and challenge which I can't resist entering!!

3 good excuses for ignoring the ironing I'd say!!

Here's my finished card:
It's a bit unusual for me because it is 8" x 8" and with a lot of embellishments on!! Not my usual style but I love the end result !! 
 The stamp is called ' Lovely Confetti' and the papers are a mixture of Forever Friends Pink Parfait collection and Papermania Henbury Lane.

Now as you all know there are lots of Love challenges going on at the moment (can't think why??) and I can't resist a challenge so here goes:

Sweet Stop - sketch
Joanna Sheen Challenges - Love is in the Air
Crafty Calendar - Love & Marriage
By the cute and Girly - Love is in the air
Addicted to Stamps - Valentines / love
Stamptacular Sundays - Colour challenge
DYSU - Anything goes
Daring Cardmakers - Colour challenge
Tuesday throwdown - Use hearts
Top Tip Tuesday - Valentines
The Stamp Man - embellish it!
My time to Craft - Adorable 
Inky Impressions - Use pearls or bling
Truly Scrumptious - Love and hearts
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics
Allsorts Challenge - Free & Easy February
Saturday Challenge - Hugs & Kisses
Sweet Stampin' - The one I love
One stop Craft Challenge - For the one I love
Card Makin' Mamas - Valentine
MAWTT - Have a heart
Polka Doodles - Show some love
Dream Valley Challenges - Valentines

Ship Ahoy!!

Morning Folks!!
What are you planning today?? I'm hoping for a nice warm and cosy day at home with a nice dinner tonight and a bit of crafting this afternoon!! Perfect Sunday!!

The new challenge at Here Come the Boys starts today and this time the theme is


Now I have to say, this was a bit tricky as I have quite wide musical taste and would find it impossible to ever pick a favourite song cos there are so many I love!! After a bit of head scratching I went for ...

SAILING by Rod Stewart

which gave me the perfect excuse to use this stamp!!! I know a little bit of a cheat!!

The image is of course from LOTV and coloured with promarkers. 

The digi papers are from Summertime Designs - The Freedom kit. I must say I'm getting to be a fan of digi papers, I especially like being able to just print another copy if I make a mistake or change my mind about a layout!! The sentiment is a Letraset rub on and the card is finished with card candi and this cute ships wheel charm from Ewe2can craft.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can join us at Here Come the Boys!!

As usual I'd like to enter a few challenges:

Allsorts - Free and easy February
The Poodles Parlour - Anything goes
I love promarkers - Photo Inspiration (red, white and blue)
For fun challenges - Masculine birthday card
Cards for Men  - seeing red - hope this has enough red on!!
Dude time doodles - A touch of red
DYSU - Anything goes
Birthday Sundaes - Birthday card and sentiment

Edited to add:
Lucky winner at 
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& top 3 at

Grab our Badge

& a Poodle pick at:

Thursday, 2 February 2012

A colour challenge for you ...

Morning Folks!
Thank Crunchie it's Friday tomorrow and one day nearer the weekend - I can't wait!!
We have another of our fun colour challenges for you over at CRAFT this week, here it is:

Remember you can use all or just some of the colours shown! 
Once again we are lucky to have 3 sponsors:

The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs

Crimson Cloud
Sassy Studio Designs
so lots of chances to win a great prize!

These colours made me think of Valentines Day and I have used an image from The Crafty Pad, called Lady in Gondola to make a romantic easel card. I have to admit this is quite a small card, I cut out the shapes with my heart nesties, and it's not my usual style but I quite liked it ...until I came to try and get a decent photo. Grrrrr, easier said than done. These are the best photos I could manage! 

Once again I'm feeling proud that I used up some more odds and ends, the paper is DCWV and I think the sentiment was a magazine freebie!! 

Thanks for looking today and hope to see you over at CRAFT!!

I'd also like to enter the following challenges-

Allsorts - One or more hearts
Crazy 4 challenges - Layer it on
Cupcake Inspirations - Challenge  145
OSAAT - Anything digi
Paper Sundaes _ Valentines
The Crafty Pad - Show some love
Top Tip Tuesdays - Valentines
Ladybug Crafts - Loves me, loves me not
Crafty Sentiments - Punches / Dies
Digital Tuesday - Red, white and black
Stamping Boutique - Valentines
Truly scrumptious - Love and hearts
Creative belli - Hearts / valentines (I've been hoarding the lace for ages!!)
Fab N funky - Use a digi
Pennys Paper Crafty challenge - love is in the Air
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Delightful sketches - Punches & Dies
DYSU _ Anything goes
Paperplay Challenges- Get in shape
Digi Doodle Shop - Love is in the air