Saturday, 29 December 2012

Hi to all, hope that christmas was good for you and those that were unable to join in the joy and festivities I do hope that 2013 is going to be much kinder...the world can sometimes seem grim and doomed but we set a foot forward, looking onwards to positive outcomes! My card is to celebrate 'friendship'..Krista gave away this fabulous SC digi image 'Nikki'..she's absolutely gorgeous with her skates on ready for the winter, I coloured her with Promarkers. Their challenge has a lovely pic for inspiration, used one of my fave corner grunge stamps from's heat embossed, paper is d/load from Polka Doodle cd, framed grunge sentiment from LOTV (love it), bottom sentiment is from a QVC foam stamp many years ago that I separated by masking it off. Finished with lovely posh ribbon from Meiflower, and some glitter glue.
Challenges are several..Saturated Canary, Stamptacular Sunday, Paper Pretties, Bunny Zoes 3rd, Crafty Sentiments, Bearly Mine, Papertake Weekly (going with anything goes), Simon Says, Crafts and Me, CCT, Stampin for the weekend and Promarker 2nd. Wishing you all a very 'happy and bright 2013!'

Happy Saturday to you all! I thought you might like to see what I've been knitting alongside making cards. I picked up this inexpensive tank top pattern early on in the year from my local charity shop..very old pattern but I enjoyed working with it and my hubby bought me the wool (double knitting). I knitted the cream in it to vary from the pattern and I'm so glad to say he loved it to bits!!! He's a broad shouldered, big chested man and he's asked for a couple more to keep him warm in the winter months, I'm more likely to start knitting sometime after summer 2013 as they are big, I don't like to put my knitting needles down for long as things never get finished when I do that. Back in a bit with my card.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Morning crafty I've got a couple of quick makes. I've wanted to make these crackers for a while after seeing them across blogland..they look difficult but far from it. I got a freebie pre-coloured template from one of the cardmaking sites (the blue one which does come with its own topper but at the last minute it's gone missing would you believe it, had it in my hand, then the next minute its gone (: Beautiful template, I used it to make another from one of Nikky's fabulous cd's Sundae of Seasons paper (see below), sentiment is old wooden stamp, single punched out snowflake on top left, lovely twine from Meiflower which could easily be used to hang on the christmas tree! I think you can see what I filled mine with, but any little stocking filler miniature toys would do too. Lots of fun with this one, I've 4 to make for us as these will be gone.
So as there are many  christmas challenges at the moment I'll go for another 10...Charisma, Christmas Crafting, Stamptacular sunday, Crafty Ribbons, Ladybugs Crafts Ink, Christmas at Sweet Stampin 2nd, Love to Create, Bunny Zoes 2nd, The pretty little ribbon 3rd final and Crazy. Onward to the next creation, bye!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Good evening to last my card entry is completed for the House Mouse challenge, was lucky to win the last one, many thanks, so looking forward to a spend with my gift voucher. This one is 'finding  friendship'  unique image, love it! Coloured with Promarkers, slight dusting of Glamour Dust, used up some scrappy bits of d/loads and finished with a ticket sentiment.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Hi, today it's a card but not really a celebratory one...I try to keep one in my box for those delicate moments when someone has lost a loved one and the last thing on their mind would be 'happy ...' so I kept it very minimal (hope you can see the spellbinders impressabilities embossing stencil) bit of faux stitching, fab sheer ribbon from Meiflower, lovely sentiment from LOTV (comes with the new stamp 'thinking of you'), bit of glitter glue, punched out X Cut snowflakes with mini brad, some stamping in a row on the right side. This is already on its way to a very dear friend who lost her husband a couple of months ago after 48 years of marriage, she's such a wonderful lady, joy to be around and always there to help. I'm thankful she has a brilliant family who I know will help her adjust.
Close one of the charm and snowflake
Inside just says it all... from Elzybells stamps.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Morning to all! Today I've used 'thomas with champagne' LOTV stamp for my celebratory card..absolutely love this image, there's such a variety of cards you can make using this one..brilliantly cute! I'm hoping everyone is warming up with plenty of mulled wine during this freezing fog period, very chilly again. There's champagne in order for today..coloured with Promarkers, paper from stash, as is narrow ribbon, stamped sentiment is old wooden one, now I know there's 3 punched out snowflakes that I'd glittered in a batch for a reason (LOTV challenge asked for 3 dies/punches) and I do think that I misread it and placed 3 please disregard it if it's not the right one, I won't mind at all!

I left the tag plain as I'll want to place the persons name on it, no glitter (ran out) my daughter will be getting me some later today. So 10 challenges..LOTV, Creative Craft, CYP, Sparkles Forum, Cutie Pie, Pretty Little Ribbon shop, Cupcake Craft, Incy Wincy, Joanna Sheen and Dream Valley. All these challenges are based around christmas, have a good day all!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Hi, what a chilly day it's been, I thought a bit of warming up with some hot drinks was in order...I found this gift box freebie kit on one of the cardmaking sites and gave it a go (it's the pink one which comes out pre-coloured and you just glue it altogether) the blue one I made myself for the boy version using some d/load paper from Creative Cottage which is sadly no more. So the digi image on the boy one is from Paper Pretties 'winter warmer', (a win, many thanks), coloured with Promarkers, sentiment from a stamp in my stash.
The tops of both using an oval and some freebie stamps that came with a magazine.
Closer one
The inside bases lined.

Maybe a tangerine or two is less fattening. Hope you liked the inspiration...I'm afraid there's lots of challenges to get through mainly on the Christmas theme so I'll list them here..Papertake Weekly, Lexis Creations, Promarker, i Love Promarkers, Ladybug Crafts Ink, LEJ, Stamp and Create, Natalie & Amy, Paper Shelter, Allsorts, Love to create, Paper pretties Wednesday, Sentimental Sundays, Incy Wincy, Bunny Zoes, Creative Card Crew and Dream Valley. Whhhhopppeeee..that's a lot there! Many thanks for coming over, stay warm wherever you are, bye!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Good evening crafty people! Hope all is well in the crafting card is showing my latest win from LOTV..absolutely stunning stamps, if I was a millionaire I'd buy them all!!! The centre image is 'playtime kitten', perfect for a baby card,coloured with Promarkers, mini tags and bottom wording stamps from 'babys companion stamp set', paper from Nikky's Sundae of Seasons spring section, faux stitching, a fern punch used, ribbon and paper rose from stash and oh the base card is using the Go Kreate dies from My Mums Craft shop.
The inside..didn't want it to be too busy as the front just says it all really, washing line is from the Babies Companion set and the sentiment from a Nutcrafters wedding set. As my base was black, I thought it's always a good idea to make life easier for the person writing it.
The Back using 'everyday grungy messages'.
Hope you like this one as much as I've enjoyed creating it!!! Challenges I'm entering are firstly LOTV 'pastels', Glitter n Sparkle 'flowers' as is J and C Creations, Paper Pretties Monday 'use ribbon', Craft Pad 'stitching', ABC 'c for clear out'..the black card was bought some years ago, House of Gilli 'anything goes'. Many thanks for visiting and hope you'll keep an eye on the LOTV Ideas to inspire blog for oodles of fab inspiration from their very talented team, bye for now.

Friday, 30 November 2012

It's the end of the working week...but I feel a nurse will be on shift through the weekend, hubby feels the symptoms of a cold which he calls 'flu' and the stomach/vomitting bug is having a field day going through the whole family!!!  But we can't let that get us down so to cheer myself up I found a piece of strong card from some kind of packaging and turned it into a sort of stepper card. All the elements including the dotty paper (which I stamped some snowflakes in silver) and snowman are from the Season Of Sundaes Polka Doodle cd. Coloured with Promarkers I've kind of tried to put shading on one side of the trees to make it look distressed, turned some plain cream twine into a coloured one by entangling and twisting a blue twine. Spellbinders die cut heart and gem, ticket sentiment to finish.
So there are 10 challenges... Polka Doodles 'dies', Charisma ' red, green, gold' as is Hooked on crafts, ABC Christmas 'X marks the spot', Cards for men 'merry xmas', Love to Create 'non traditional holiday colours', Bearly Mine 'silver & blue', Promarker 'distressing', I Love Promarkers 'anything goes' as is Simon Says. Many thanks for coming over and leaving your kind comments, have a pleasant weekend all!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Hi crafty I've no card to show you but some magnificent new release stamps from LOTV..I was one of the lucky hoppers who won on their blog hop last week here and they all arrived this morning. I've been keeping a close eye on their sites so I don't miss anything and it's paid off. You know what they say 'you've got to be in it to win it'. So really a massive amount to get through from this Babies & Bears range and the nicest of people they are, I've been sent Everyday Grungy Messages (which I did have my eye on) and also Babies Companion Set. What else is there to say except 'Thankyou so very much LOTV', you'll keep me very busy indeed inbetween finishing off my hubby's pullover/tank top I'm knitting that I'm under strict orders to finish before the snow comes!!! But I think I can fit in these gorgeous lovelies too without him knowing ;))))) Many thanks again for this bundle of yumminess!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Hi, very quick card to show...using a digi win from CRAFT challenge some weeks ago, beautiiful butterfly (thankyou), some scraps from previous card, pearls and rhinestones, image coloured with Promarkers.
Hope you can see the layering..challenges entered are  CRAFT colour inspiration as is Charisma, sketch from Flutterby Wednesdays although I left the sentiment off as I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for, Paper Pretties 2nd and, LIM 'glamour & glitz'. Have a fab evening, thankyou for leaving your wonderful comments.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Hi blogging crafters...hope the weekend was good for everyone. Today my creation is a baby card for my box. Stamp used is House Mouse 'bunny buggie', lovely lovely stamp..I just adore it so much and so much easier to colour in as only minimal is needed with my Promarkers, fab paper printout from Nikky's Sundae of Season cd, luscious blue satin ribbon from The Pretty Little Ribbon shop, lace, white bows from stash, lovely pearls form Meiflower, sentiment from Create & Craft many years ago.
So 10 challenges entered...House Mouse 'thankful for babies'..I have a couple of them no longer babies but young women, so happy to have them in my life and they mean the world to me :))) Papertake Weekly 'ribbons & pearls', Crafty Ribbons 'use 2 or more ribbons', Stampin for the weekend 'textures..lace, ribbons etc', used the sketch from Friday Sketch, Crazy 4 'put a bow on it', Cupcake Craft 'black, white and 1 other (blue), Stamp and Create 'lace', Fab n Funky celebrating their 3rd Birthday (I used 3 pearls, 3 bows) and Kaboodle Doodles 'stripes or dots'. Thankyou for your visit, I hope you'll come and see my next creation, bye.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Good evening crafters of the blogworld. Hope everyone is good. I'm showing some pre-coloured  images from Nikky's fab new PickNix CD 1 ( I feel extremely lucky, won it from the very talented Enfys blog, so many thanks). The lovely paper used is a print from there too..cut out my own aperture, Anita's glaze on the pie filling and the strawberries, some silver peel offs which I'm having a sort through for the top sentiment. Hope you like it!
Carried on in the inside with the same paper, lots of faux stitching on this one.
The back with my own personalised stamp which you can order from Bunny Zoes Crafts.  Onto my challenges.. Polka Doodle 'square with round element', Crafts & Me 'circles', Paper Pretties 'cas', Crazy 'inside card decorated', Totally Papercrafts 'all stitched up', Dream Valley 2nd, Creative Card Crew 3rd final entry. So there we have it, this will probably go in my 'wait till someone needs one' box, have a great weekend all until next time, bye.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Hi, another dismal and grey day..what better way to get through it than crafting away with some of the most gorgeous images in blogland. This creation has actually come to life as I've had it swirling around in my head for several days. I believe this is 'rose red' from Krista , freebie from Saturated Canary, coloured with Promarkers, I'm watching Create & Craft Letraset shows to get my colouring right as I'm so dissatisfied with day I'll get there! Lovely d/load paper from Nikky's fab Polka Doodle cd's (these are scraps left over from previous cards would you believe). Lots of die and punch work, Go Kreate dies for main shape, Martha Stewart fence punch, EK Success butterfly layering punch, made my own pleated fan, gorgeous lilac ribbon from The pretty little ribbon shop, beautiful pearls from Meiflower.
So onto some challenges...Saturated Canary 'fairytales', Ribbon Girls 'shades of lavendar', Papertake 'ribbons & pearls', Stamptacular Sunday 'recipe..ribbon/twine, pearls/gems, dies/punches', J and C Creations 'floral delights', House of Gilli 'die cuts', Cupcake Craft 'paper pleating', One Stop Craft 'monochrome', Creative Card Crew 2nd entry, Craft Your Passion 'scraps' and Inky Impressions 'make it girly'. That's it for now, family are all run down with bugs and colds but I'm so glad I had fun making this one as it's an escape from being the nurse! Bye for now.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Afternoon bloggy crafty friends! Wow, time is really flying...looking through my d/load files I came across some Pollycraft images from last year (sadly the company is no more), cute, gorgeous, pretty, very well drawn images. This is 'too cool for christmas', coloured with Promarkers, lime backing sheet from stash, scraps of  gorgeous d/load paper from Polka Doodles and a ticket to finish off..oh a button from stash and a tiny bow made from some shiny twine from Meiflower.
Challenges entered are 10...Charisma 'cool colours', Fashionista 'blue christmas', Crafty Pad 'christmas' as is Cards for Men, sketch from Sunday Sketch and Stamp, Paper Pretties 'buttons', Kaboodle Doodles 'buttons & bows', Incy wincy 'square', Creative Card Crew 'anything goes' as is Paperplaytime. Have a fab Tuesday all!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Hi to all. First of all I must say a huge 'THANKYOU' to Katie from Nutcrafters..what a brilliant service and kind gesture...I won a voucher from their challenge blog but was unable to use it straightaway as they're revamping their website, Katie kindly said she'd send out the stamps to me, there was P&P outstanding and I offered to pay by cheque.. but the nicest of people they are at Nutcrafters they waivered it and I've been sent some of the loveliest stamps to use on my creations.They really have the most variable of stamps and digi's too, very reasonably priced and some in bundles too!!! Hope you can find time to take part in their fab challenges and win some stamp goodies for yourselves, really you can't lose, I've had a lot of fun participating on their blog, hope you do aswell!
Onto my card which I've sort of shaped and cut myself into a present from black card..covered with some d/load paper from last years scraps, used this cute 'Moonbeams' stamp from Nutcrafters, lovely size..has some more stars around it but I chose to snip round the image and therefore lost them, coloured with Promarkers, silver glue gel for moon and the little girl's wings, fab posh ribbon from Meiflower for bow, great freebie sentiment from Paulette which I thought was so apt. I love this beautiful designed moon stamp and can see it used often.
So challenges entered are several... Nutcrafters 'christmas presents/gifts', Promarker 'moon & stars', Creative Craft 'bingo..bling, stamps, distress (paper)', Love to create 'Fancy edges', House of Gilli 'celebrations', Natalie & Amy 'fave colour & black', as is Craft Us Crazy, Ribbon Girls 'sparkle', Dream Valley 'anyhting goes' as are One Stop Craft, Sweet Stampin 2nd, and Crafty catz, Crafty Mess 'nursery rhymes..Twinkle Twinkle little star' as is Crafty Ribbons,Totally Papercrafts 'cute & girly', Cute card Thursday 'starry, starry night'. Many thanks for visiting, all comments are so appreciated.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Morning to everyone! Today I'm showing my card which resembles 'Red in Remembrance'.  It's dedicated to all those who've lost their lives in Wars and more recent conflicts...' we remember who we've lost, pray for the families who've lost loved ones and think of our freedoms which we are lucky to have'.
I've been kind of doodling and came up with a 'field of poppies' using my Promarkers, MS fence punch with some brown paper, ribbon from stash and a lovely meaning sentiment from a fab set from Paper Pretties. So a few challenges.. Simon Says, Creative Inspirations, Crafty Sentiemnts, Crafts & Me, My Mums Craft shop, Sweet Stampin, Crafty Catz, Kaboodle Doodles, Papertake Weekly and Bearly Mine. Have a good day!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Good afternoon, hope all my friends are safe and well in the USA..what news I've heard this morning..that now there's another storm on the way although it's not going to be as bad as the first one. Thinking of all that have been affected by this and pray life gets back to some sort of normality.
 My creation for today is using Faith's monthly freebie digi image if you played along last time..I didn't but guess what, i won a voucher from LUFP for their October link up and bought it so I could take part 'many thanks LUFP and Designed 2 Delight'. Used some Go Kreate dies onto some thick card, some digi paper from another card, bottom sentiment from Sweet & Sassy Stamps (from a few years ago), other sentiment on the signpost from the lovely Paulette 'many thanks', some twine around the post, beautiful luscious ribbon win, found a little silver bell charm, image coloured with Promarkers and finished off with  generous dusting of glamour dust.
Fur around the mittens and hat decoupaged
So challenges are 10...Designed 2 Delight, ABC Christmas 2nd 'v for vibrant', Sparkles Forum christmas challenge 2nd 'contemporary' as is J and C Creations,Chrsitmas Crafting 'decoupage', Pretty Little Ribbon 'die cuts/punches, ribbon/charms', Crafty Calendar 'wrap up warm..string/twine', Fab n Funky 'bingo.. shaped card, charm and distressed', Creative Craft 'special birthday', and Crimbo Crackers 'snowmen'. Wow it's taken me so long to write up that I think I could have made another card, thankyou for the lovely comments left here, they're always greatly appreciated!