Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A quick Less is More Card

Just a quick post from me as the morning sickness is back a bit today and I’m feeling a little bit rough. Here is a quick card I made using this weeks sketch over at Less is More:


Not my best card ever (by a long way) but I made it so I thought I would share it.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 29 October 2012

Very exciting…For Me Anyway!

 Frosty Friends Christmas Card (4) 

Morning everyone. I was hoping to post this yesterday and share some really (really really really!) fantastic news but we took an impromptu trip to the in-laws to watch some of the Great South Run. We also watched my husband’s cousin, who was playing in a Samba Band along the side of the route. We did a lot of walking and I was so tired when we got home I didn’t have the energy to post.

So onto my news…… I have been lucky enough to join the Whimsy Stamps Digi DT for the next 6 months. Whoop whoop!  I applied a couple weeks back and didn’t hold out much hope as I was sure there would be loads more fantastic crafters applying, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out. Elliot did think it a little strange when Mummy started hopping around the lounge.

Whimsy DT Badge

I love the artists that design for Whimsy Stamps so I had to colour an image and make a card to share (to celebrate!):

Frosty Friends Christmas Card (2)

The image I picked is 'Frosty Friends' - StampArt Design by Kathryne as I’m trying to catch up on making some Christmas cards. The image has been coloured with ProMarkers and for a change I’ve used no patterned papers. However I have used plain Kraft and red card from my stash, a ‘Tied Together’ embossing folder, some Marianne Snowflake dies, some Scalloped Square Nesties, some card candy, some real and faux stitching (my sewing machine was having a tantrum so I gave up after the first layer, a sentiment from a Hobby Arts set, some tiny staples (coloured to match with a ProMarker) and plenty of good old sparkly glitter.

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

So thank you for stopping by and sharing my exciting news with me and if you fancy having a nosey at who the other new DT members are please hop over to the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog post here.



Saturday, 27 October 2012

21st Birthday Card…. A Masculine One

21st Male Birthday Card Close Up 

OMG. Making a 21st Birthday card and not being able to go over the top with the pretty stuff was a really hard task. So I dug out one of my favourite Popcorn the Bear stamps, coloured him in with ProMarkers in the colours of the recipients favourite football team and added just a little bit of bling!

21st Male Birthday Card (5)

I’ve used a really large card blank for me (8x8) and to this I’ve added red and gray card from my stash, the red gingham patterned paper is from the Melissa Frances Kitsch in the Kitchen 6x6 paper pad. I’ve used a few dies on this card…a Marianne Designs Star Border Die, Sizzix Framelits Nesting Star Dies, X-Cut Square Parenthesis Nesting Dies (which with some clever rolling I cut an elongated version for the sentiment) and Nestability Circle Dies. The sentiment is from a Paula Pascual Personal Impressions set. The numbers are a clear stamp set (not sure of the make) and I have cut them out by hand. Also used some felt, ribbon, glitter glue and glossy accents.

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

Hope you all have a good day, I’m off to keep warm in the craft room after lunch.

Thanks for stopping by on this very chilly Saturday.



Thursday, 25 October 2012

Ribbon or Twine at PCJ

Warm in the Winter Christmas Card Close Up

Happy Thursday! I may or may not be still in bed when you read this….I’m staying with my parents for a couple of days, whilst my Dad has a minor operation, and my lovely Mum always gives me the chance to have a little lie in by getting up with Elliot. Unfortunately though as the Baby Bump grows I am less and less inclined to lie in as the bed is becoming a bit uncomfortable….roll on January…wait a minute what am I thinking….then it will be back to night feeds and the like…good job babies are so cute.

Anyway enough of my waffle I’m here to share the new challenge at Paper Crafting Journey which this fortnight is:

Ribbon or Twine

A nice easy one for me as I use ribbon on (nearly) every card I make.

Warm in the Winter Christmas Card (3)

We are very lucky to be sponsored this challenge by The Paper Shelter who have very kindly given the DT an image to use. I chose the adorable Warm in the Winter and have coloured her in with my trusty ProMarkers.

I have kept the rest of the card quite simple. The patterned papers are (very old) from DCWV (I think). The frame has been cut using a QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Doily Squares die from green card. The little Christmas Tree Ribbon Buckles are another QuicKutz die. A bit of ribbon, some pearls, glitter , tiny staples and a sentiment from a Hobby Art set and that’s another Christmas Card ticked off the list.

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

Have a fabulous day


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Naming Day Present

Swiss Pixie Birgitta Door Plaque (1)   

Afternoon all. Just trying to catch up with blogging. I’ve been making things left right and centre but haven’t got round to blogging them yet.

We went to a Naming Day Party on Sunday for our Friends baby Girl and rather than go with a traditional type gift I though I would make a little personal handcrafted gift. So I created this door plaque for Baby’s room:

Swiss Pixie Birgitta Door Plaque (4)

The base is an MDF Door Plaque from Kaisercraft that I picked up during my little holiday to Blackpool. I found it in a lovely craft shop I discovered in Fleetwood called Crafty Company (a lovely big shop with a fantastic stamp selection, I could have browsed for hours but the rest of my family had other ideas!) I also bought the wooden letters there as well.

I painted the base with purple and then cream acrylic paint and then sanded back to distress slightly. The letters were done the same way but with pink and cream paint. I’ve also used a little Dusty Concord Distress Ink around all the edges.

Swiss Pixie Birgitta Door Plaque (6)

The top section was then covered with patterned papers that came free from a magazine (don’t know the make though). To this I’ve added an image called Sweet Heart Birgitta from All That Scraps (coloured with ProMarkers), flowers, pearls and metal corner from Wild Orchid Crafts, Viva Pearl Decor Pen and some mesh ribbon, satin ribbon and pearl strands from my stash.

Swiss Pixie Birgitta Door Plaque (7)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Moon Baby

Moon Baby Card (1)

Morning all, I’ve got an exciting morning of bathroom cleaning planned (I think this nesting business has a lot to answer for!) so I am just going to quickly share a card I made for some friends of ours. They know they are having a little boy and he’s due in a couple of weeks, so for once I got prepared and made the card in advance. All I will need to do when baby is here is add the date on the ticket and pop in the post.

I’ve used the digi I always go back to for new baby cards ‘Moon Baby’ by Pink Gem Designs and I have coloured with ProMarkers.

Moon Baby Card (1)

I have used some blue gingham paper from a magazine freebie and some scraps of First Edition Up Up and Away paper and Core’dinations card. The sentiments stamps are from a Paula Pascual Personal Impressions set, the ticket stamp is from Pink Gem Designs and the little flower stamps are from a Woodware Clear Magic Sentiment Set. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearls, doily and ribbon are from my stash.

It doesn’t show in the first photo but I have decoupaged the baby and the bear.

Moon Baby Card (4) 

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

Talking of new arrivals, here’s a photo of my enormous bump…..and I still have 3 months to grow…


Thanks for stopping by today


ProMarker Giveaway at Going Buggy

Enfys at Going Buggy has a huge ProMarker give away going on and it’s too good a giveaway not to share…’s for a whole set of ProMarkers.

Good Luck if you enter, I’m keeping my fingers crossed (and toes and arms!)


Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Simply Fabulous from Kanban

Not a good start to the week for me. We came back from our weeks holiday to a broken boiler,so no hot water or heat (luckily our shower is electric). Thanks to a lovely engineer who came out at lunchtime it’s now working again and I’ve warmed up enough that my fingers can type this post!

I’ve got some more of the dreaded housework to do so just a quick post to share another of my Kanban makes:

  IMG_5887 IMG_5888 

Kanban items used: Simply Fabulous Gilt Damask Background Card CRD1698, Regency Butterflies Black Toppers PCT1918, Baroque Cameo Toppers PCT1926,  
Gold Mirri Card A4MRGO, Mink Pearl Card A4PRL240MI Card, Ivory Card A4220IV, Butterfly Stamp Set STAMP03, Foam Pads and Gems

Items from my stash: Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Fiskars Border Punch, Ribbon and Glitter Glue.

I may well be back later with some more cards to share as I seem to be creating loads of personal cards for myself at the moment… including two birthday cards and a new baby card and I’ve still got a Naming Day card and present to finish.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, 12 October 2012

Cool Britannia Collection from Kanban

Happy Friday everyone, but for me it means it’s nearly the end of my holiday which is a shame as little one has really been enjoying himself.

I’m here to share another Kanban make and this time I’ve made a CAS Birthday card which I think would be well suited to those difficult to make for men.

London Red Bus Card London Red Bus Card (2) London Red Bus Card

Kanban items used: Union Jack bunting 900173, London icons transport toppers 900176, About town card 900189, Silver pearl, White Bubble Dots and plain Red and Navy card.

Items from my stash: Red Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Add Some Bling at PCJ

Wryn Birthday Card (3) 

Morning all. As you read this I should be having a nice little lie in on my holiday (hopefully Nanny and Granddad will have got up early with Little One). So I have scheduled this little post to share my card for the new challenge over at Paper Crafting Journey which this fortnight is:


Wryn Birthday Card (3)

I have used a gorgeous image from Tiddly Inks called Wryn Grow a Little Love. She has been coloured with ProMarkers. I used some fabulous papers from Crate Paper Random 6x6 Pad, my favourite papers at the moment I think! I’ve also used some flowers and bling from Wild Orchid Crafts, some ribbon and pom pom trim from my stash, a gorgeous butterfly die from CC Designs, a Sizzix/Tim Holtz Wonky Scallop border die and a sentiment from a Personal Impressions Paula Pascual set.

Please hop over to Paper Crafting Journey and see the rest of the DT’s inspiration.

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

Thanks for stopping by


Friday, 5 October 2012

Beautiful Kanban Butterflies

Good Morning All. I have scheduled this post as I should be packing for a little holiday to Blackpool as you read this. I don’t know who is more excited about seeing the lights….me or Little One!

I’m here to share another make using gorgeous Kanban goodies. I have used a set kit for this one but rather a mix of stamps, a die cut large topper and some patterned background card. And yes I did fussy cut all those butterflies!!

Lilac Butterflies (1) Lilac Butterflies (4)  Lilac Butterflies (3)  

Kanban items used: Plain White Card, Bubble Dots White Card, Pink Pearlescent Card, Fancy Floral Lilac Background Card CRD1787, Floral Gifts Lilac Toppers PCT2351, Foam Pads FOAM2, Pearls PRL3MMand  Butterfly Stamp Set.

Other items: ribbon, lace, Stickles, Memento Inkpad and Whispers Brush Markers.

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

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Autumn at Sarah Hurley Challenge

I’ve had a bit of hectic evening, so a little later than planned I’m here to to share my project for the new challenge over at Sarah Hurley Challenge. Emma has set the theme and for this challenge it is:


Elliot and Daddy 

I couldn’t get my Mojo in gear for a card (my usual make) with an autumnal theme so I decided to try something a little different and I’ve a digi scrapbook layout of a long weekend we took in Wales this time two years ago when Elliot was just 8 months old. It’s one of my favourite pictures of Elliot and Hubby together and that’s what I’m going to write on the little journaling card, once I’ve printed it out!

Everything I’ve used is from Sarah Hurley’s Digi Kit Farmers Market apart from the little wooden tiles spelling ‘holiday’ which are from Scrap Basics Digital Accessories Kit.

You have a whole month to join in with this challenge and don’t forget to pop across to the challenge blog and see what the rest of the team have created.

I would like to enter this layout into the Allsorts Create a Scrapbook Page challenge, hope it counts as mine is a digi page.

Thanks for stopping by


Ps see the post below if you fancy submitting a project for the Sarah Hurley Lookbook Volume2.

Sarah Hurley Look Book Volume 2

In the three weeks since Volume 1 launched we've had over 2300 readers. WOW!  If you haven't had chance to look yet, you can read the first issue here. Another piece of fabulous news is that out Guest Designers Sharon and Carol are joining us on a permanent basis.

So onto the main point of my post. We are starting to think about and create more fantastic projects for Volume 2 of the Sarah Hurley Lookbook and Sarah has been asked a lot of questions about deadlines and information for submitting projects.

Sarah has put together the following information for you all should you be thinking about submitting:

“Your projects can be any type of craft project - a card, scrapbook page or altered piece, it must be made using Sarah Hurley products (you can see everything here). You can email us your submissions for consideration here - all submissions must be received by midnight on 4th November to be considered. We will email successful people within 14 days of this date to confirm details.

A few tips for your submission!

  • Your projects look best photographed on a white or neutral background with little or no props and even lighting.
  • It helps to have one or two close up shots of any special features or details.
  • Your projects look best photographed straight on, not looking up or down or at an angle (you can use angles on your close up shots to show off details or 3D elements)
  • When photographing scrapbook pages, you may find it easier to lay them on the floor (near a window is good!) and stand over them to take your picture
  • Don't take your pictures in bright sunny daylight - mid morning or mid afternoon is usually the best I find
  • Please make sure your projects are original and have not been featured on your blog or published anywhere else before
  • You don't need to be a professional photographer, we just need a clear, well lit picture that shows off your project well - it can be the best project in the world but if your photo is dark and blurry no one will know!
  • Don't worry about sending instructions or materials lists etc... at this stage - we will ask you for the information needed if you are selected.

We look forward to seeing your projects!

Thanks for stopping by


PS:  Not to be missed…… On Friday Sarah will be running a fun promotion, just for one day only!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Mythical Creatures at PCJ

Between Blogger and Windows Live Writer I’ve been having real problems posting anything onto my blog, but with a little help from Hubby I have managed to fix it. I think.

So a little later than planned I'm here to share my card for the new challenge over at Paper Crafting Journey which this time is MYTHICAL CREATURES.

Mermaid Birthday Card (7) Mermaid Birthday Card (9)

We are lucky to be sponsored by Digi Stamps 4 Joy, who provided this gorgeous Mermaid image.

I’ve tried to use colours and dies cuts to create an underwater theme for my easel card. The papers are from MME Wild Asparagus 8x8 pad, along with some silver glitter cards and silver mirri which I have coloured with Alcohol Inks. The fish are made from a balloon punch with a little triangle for a tail and were cut from a scrap of pinky/orange patterned paper. I’ve used a Marianne Corner die and a CC Designs Fern leaf die. The sentiment is from a Paula Pascual Personal Impressions clear stamp set and I’ve also used a ribbon, lot’s of bling, glitter and Glossy Accents. Hope you like.

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

Thanks for stopping by


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