Saturday, 31 December 2011

My Top 5 of 2011

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Debby, whose cards I’ve admired for a long while now, is doing a round up of 2011 and asking us to share our Top 5 Cards of 2011. Here are mine:

1. I love pink and butterflies, so this one had to make my top 5!

2. This year I started joining in the LIM challenges and this is my favourite, both WoW and CAS!

3. I loved making this card using all Digi Papers, image and sentiment from Pink Petticoat and it won their ‘Celebrate Spring Competition’

4. My Dad turned 70 this year and I had to make him a special card so used my favourite DP of this year and one of my favourite stamps too!
Lili of Valley Boys Card (3)

5. Finally this made my top 5 as it was one of the first cards of 2011 where I tried to embellish a bit more. I’m not good at adding things to my card, much like in real life as can’t accessorise an outfit!

All in all this has been a good year, I managed to win the Pink Petticoat Competition ‘Celebrate Spring’, be a runner up in Pink Petticoats ‘O Christmas Tree’ Competition, I got a third place in the Madeira category in Cardmaking and Papercrafts ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ and I was a runner up in Papercrafts Essentials ‘Papercrafter of the Year’ (getting my cards pictured in the current issue was the best Christmas pressie I could have wished for!). And with us looking for a new house at the moment and perhaps thinking about extending our family, 2012 promises to be a good year as well.
Thanks Debby for letting us share and Happy New Year to all.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Whoop Whoop….

…I’m in print!!

Anyone read Papercraft Essentials Magazine? If so have a look at Page 25….. my cards are there.

I’m a runner up in their Papercrafter of the Year competition but haven’t been allowed to tell anyone until now.

This was Christmas come early for me and I’m still grinning now.

I think I’ll offer a little candy in the New Year to celebrate, but for now…

Merry Christmas

Bye for now



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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Less is More – Music

It’s a lovely clear day here and to really get in the Christmas spirit I’ve been doing the housework with some very cheesy early 90’s Christmas movies on the TV (‘m a big kid at heart).

I’ve been trying to think of what do for this weeks LIM Challenge where Chrissie and Mandy want us to use the theme of music. I don’t have any music stamps at all so I have taken the other route and made a card for a song…’Love is in the Air’ from one of my favourite films ‘Strictly Ballroom’.

I had a little play with some new stamps last night and this is what I came up with‘


Thanks for stopping by and if I don’t blog again before Christmas I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Bye for now


Items: 5x5 white card blank, various red inks, blue and grey inks, stamps by Unity Stamp Company, sentiment handwritten, Stickles Glitter Glue and Glossy Accents.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Most wonderful time of the year…

…and I’ve had a lovely evening. Hubby went out for one of his Christmas Do’s (I say one because he has four in total and wives aren’t invited…hmph). So I’ve been sat here with some chocolate, a glass of fruit cider, watching Twilight Eclipse and wrapping presents.

I’ve been quite successful and wrapped everything I’ve far. I still have a few little bits to get but the main stuff is all done.

Anyhoo here is my next try at this weeks LIM where it’s one layer week with a theme of let it snow.


This was the card I started making as A5 landscape and then trimmed it down to a square as I didn’t like it. Still not sure I like it but it may grow on me.

Bye for now


Items: Pearlescent card from Papermill Direct, Sentiment from Little Claire, Script Stamp from Prima Marketing,  Various Blue Inks, Clear Embossing Powder, Blue Ribbon and Pearls from Stash

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Sarah Hurley Challenge – #56

Cute Christmas Card (1)

Hello I’m here to share my card for the last challenge of 2011 over at Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog, where the theme this week is:


We have been sponsored this time by Limited Runs Digi and I’ve used an image of theirs called ‘Little Tree’ and teamed it with some gorgeous papers and embellishments from Sarah’s Tinseltown CD.

Please hop over to Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog and see what the rest of the DT have made.

Bye for now.


Items: 6x6 white card blank, Tinseltown CD from Sarah Hurley, Glossy Accents, Ranger Stickles, Letraset ProMarkers and a white gel pen

A Quick Less is More Card…

….as I’m supposed to be looking at houses on the internet with hubby, which is actually quite exciting. I’m looking forward to getting back into a house of our own, especially as we are getting used to the area now.

I’ve made three cards for this weeks challenge but only this one is completely finished hopefully I get some time to post the others later when my little one is in bed. This is actually the second card I made and is the result of me chopping the end off the first one, the offcut looked small and sweet so I made this.


This is one of my all time favourite stamps, the detail on it is gorgeous and it stamps beautifully. I’ve lightly dragged the colour from the image with a water brush to give it some subtle colour. The sentiment is stamped with the same ink and embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. I rounded the corner on the right of the card and then the left hand side looked a little plain so I added a very fine ribbon (sssh don’t tell anyone but it’s the ribbon I cut from the inside of a new top…you can get some fab little pieces of ribbon doing that!) and a few clear gems.

I would also like to add this card to OLW, this week the theme is something that says peace, and to me the colour blue is very tranquil and peaceful.

Thanks for stopping by.


Items: Pearlescent card from Papermill Direct, Stamp by Inkadinkado, Sentiment from Pink Gem, Various Blue Inks, Blue Ribbon and Papermania Clear Gems

Monday, 12 December 2011

Critter Sketch Challenge – #94

Hope everyone is well this cold and wet Monday morning. I’m up early today as I’ve got a lot of things to do and hubby has the afternoon off for us to go shopping for his Christmas present.

Waffle over I’m here to share my creation for this weeks Critter Sketch Challenge where the theme this week is:




I rotated the sketch 90 degrees anti-clockwise and used this gorgeous image from Stampfairy who we are lucky enough to be sponsored by this month. I was trying to practice my colouring/shading skills with my ProMarkers and was quite pleased with the results until hubby said Santa looked more like an Octopus…hmph. Anyway I still like it and I love the little lights and you can just about see in the picture that they have been covered in Glossy Accents.

Please hop over to Critter Sketch Challenge and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Bye for now.


Items: White Scalloped 8x8 card blank, Patterned Paper from Forever Friends Papermania, Plain card and holo card from my stash, Image from Stampfairy, Sentiment Stamp from Pink Gem, Letraset ProMarkers, Ranger Stickles and Gems from Papermania

Thursday, 8 December 2011

PCJ – Challenge 25

I have had one of those days…you know the sort where you wish you never got out of bed! Nothing bad has happened I just feel a bit off and restless.  It hasn’t been helped by the weather, it’s been awful today, I dread to think what it’s been like up in Scotland with all those gale force winds, a good excuse to stay in and make cards me thinks.

Enough waffle, I’m here to share my creation for the last challenge of 2011 over at Paper Crafting Journey where the theme this week is:



Such gorgeous images from Meljens (who are the sponsors of this challenge) I had to keep the rest cards simple.

Please hop over to PCJ and see what the rest of the DT have made.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

    Both Cards:

    Second Card:

    Bye for now.


    Items: ProMarkers, Images Meljens, Smooth White Card from Ryman's, Core-dinations cardstock, 6x6 scalloped card blank, 6x6 plain card blank, pearls from stash, Stickles glitter glue and sentiments from Pink Gem

    Less is More - Green

    Just a very quick post as it’s my my bedtime.  I’ve been trying to sort some things out and I would rather go to bed with them done so I can rest properly that go to bed knowing they have to be done tomorrow.

    Anyhow I have made a card for this weeks LIM Challenge but I fear I’m going to be on the naughty step as my card has some red on it……ok hands up A LOT of red on it. It’s just that I wanted to try out a technique I read about on someone’s blog ages ago (sorry can’t remembers who’s blog) and also wanted to use a neglected Poinsettia stamp that’s been gathering dust in my stash and well they are red…lol.


    The background script stamp was inked with various shades of waterbased green ink and then spritzed with a mix of Perfect Pearls and water before stamping onto smooth white card, this way you get a nice soft background. Next I stamped the Poinsettia stamp from top to bottom across one side of the card and coloured with ProMarkers. A little bit of yellow glitter for the centres, a matt of green card and sentiment and that’s another last minute Christmas card to cross off my list.

    Thanks for another great challenge Chrissie and Mandy and I’m sorry in advance if my card has to much red.


    Items: White A5 card blank, green card from stash, Ryman's Smooth White Card, Prima Marketing Script Stamp, Poinsettia Stamp from Little Claire, Various Green Inks, Letraset ProMarkers, Versafine Onyx Black, Pink Gem Sentiment, Ranger Stickles

    Saturday, 3 December 2011

    Sarah Hurley Challenge – #55

    It’s time for another challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog where the theme this time is:


    This week we are lucky to be sponsored by Letraset, so hop over to the challenge blog to see what you could win.

    Non Traditional Cute Christmas Card (19)

    Non Traditional Cute Christmas Card (10)Non Traditional Cute Christmas Card (11)

    I've gone digital! I wanted some easy to produce Christmas cards, so on the computer I've layered up some gorgeous backing papers and an embellishment (all from 'Tinseltown') and then printed onto smooth white card. To this I've added a 'Digi Stamp Boutique' image coloured with ProMarkers to match the background, a dab of Stickles and a drop of Glossy Accents. Very little cutting and sticking means quick cards!

    Please hop over to Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the DT have created for your inspiration.

    I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:

    Bye for now.


    Items: Papermania Kraft card blank, Rymans Smooth White card, ProMarkers, Sarah Hurley’s Tinseltown CD, Image from Digi Stamp Boutique, Whispers Brush Markers (used to draw faux stitching) and Stickles Glitter Glue.

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