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Friday, 22 May 2015

Clean and Simple

Hi Folks
Thanks for popping by today and hope you are all well.  It is a bank holiday on Monday in the UK and I am really looking forward to this weekend.  My daughter and her fiance are coming round tomorrow for a barbecue before we sit down to watch Eurovision.  Then on Sunday we are going to our local pub as they have a few live bands playing during the afternoon and evening.  Hopefully I will get some crafty time in Monday if I am not too hungover lol.

Today's card is a clean and simple male card using distress ink and a stamp from Papermania.


I started by creating the background colour.  This was simply done with distress ink on white card.  The watches stamp is square but I wanted to put a sentiment in the middle.  I therefore masked off the centre of the stamp and stamped it with memento ink.  Then in the masked area I used a sentiment stamp.  The Happy Birthday is an All Occasion die from Robert Adams.

A really quick but effective male card.  I would love to know what you think.  Thanks for popping by and hope that you all have a good weekend.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes
Pile It On - Not cute
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Keep it simple

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Anything Goes at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Back again for my second post of the day.  My posts are like buses, nothing for a while and then two come at once lol.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Anything Goes
A nice easy one for you and I anticipate a lot of entries.

We have two great sponsors for this challenge:
Bugaboo Stamps - prize of 7 digi images of the winners choice
Lacy Sunshine - prize of a $20 gift certificate

Here is my inspiration project using a cute image from Bugaboo Stamps.


I coloured the image with my promarkers before mounting onto some purple card.  The background paper was an odd bit in my paper stash.  I added a sentiment, ribbon, bow, dazzler and flowers to finish the card.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super inspiration from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Graph'It - Anything square
Simply Create Too - Fav colour combo (anything with purple)
Lacy Sunshine - Monochrome
Love to Create (Pan Pastel) - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Ribbon or lace
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Add a bow
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes

Vintage Treasures from Kraftyhands

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well and having a good week.  I received some very sad news yesterday.  As some of you know I left my job with the civil service last year.  One of my ex colleagues who I worked with was tragically killed in a car accident on his way to work yesterday morning.  He was a lovely guy and we did have some laughs.  He will be missed by all who knew him.  My thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.

Today I would like to share a a project that I have done over on the Kraftyhands blog.  This project was created using the Vintage Treasures CD which can be found here.  However, I am only going to give you a sneaky look here.


For details of how I created this card and to see the full project just pop over to the Krafyhands blog.  Would love for you to leave a comment over there letting me know what you think.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Around the World with The Crafting Cafe

Hi Folks
Hope you are having a good weekend.  
I am popping by today to share my inspiration for our current challenge over at The Crafting Cafe.  Our theme for this month is:
Around the World

Our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and I used one of their super images for my project.



I do have a tendency to keep old boxes for recycling.  This is a Turkish Delight box that I got for christmas.  I coloured the image with my promarkers and matted onto a diecut.  The box was covered with chocolate themed paper from my stash and some chocolate themed ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.  Some flowers, a bow and pearls finished the box.  

Thanks for popping by and don't forget to check out the full challenge details at The Crafting Cafe.  The theme is open to interpretation and looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lacy Sunshine - Monochrome
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
Catch The Bug - Bingo (Recycle/3D object/sentiment)
Sentimental Sundays - Funny/cute sentiments
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Use a Die Cut at Crafting Musketeers

Hi Folks
Welcome back for my second post of the day.

I am here to share some inspiration for the monthly challenge over at Crafting Musketeers.  Our theme for this month is:
Use a Die Cut

We have two sponsors for this challenge so two chances to win a lovely prize.  The sponsors are JGD Crafts and The Hobby House.

Here is my inspiration project for you.


The background has been embossed using a swirly embossing folder and then matted onto silver mirror card.  The inner frame is a Sue Wilson Noble Die.  I stamped the sentiment in the centre and used some silver mirror card behind the die cut.  The flower is a Spellbinders die - delicate asters.  This has been cut out of silver vellum.  Some pearls around the edge of the card and some punched butterflies finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and don't forget to pop over to Crafting Musketeers to check out the challenge.  My talented teamies have been busy creating some super inspiration for you.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Things with wings
Penny Black and More - Dies and punches
The Stamping Boutique - Die cut or punch
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Creative Card Crew - Embossing
Crafty Girlz - Anything goes

The Great Outdoors at Little Claire

Hi Folks
Well, another week has flown by.  After the hen party antics of last weekend I am planning a bit of a quieter one this week.  Will definitely be fitting some crafty time in too.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Little Claire's Designs.  Our theme for this month is:
Outdoors
You can enter any project you like as long as it fits the challenge theme.

Here is my inspiration using the rubber stamp set Hot Air Balloons which can be found here.


First of all I stamped the hills and then coloured the background card using distress ink.  The balloon was paper pieced.  The sentiment is one I have had ages in my stash.  I used some green polka dot paper and kraft card for the matting.

Now it's your turn to get creative and enter our challenge.  The winner will receive this super prize from Little Claire.


Just pop to Little Claire's Designs to check out the full challenge details and enter the challenge.  Don't forget to check out the great inspiration from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Countryview - Simply scenic
Love to Create Pan Pastel - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - The great outdoors
The Male Room - Colours
QKR Stampede - Balloons
Sister Act - Anything goes
Allsorts - No squares allowed

Friday, 15 May 2015

Button It Up at Winter Wonderland

Hi Folks
Hope you are well and had a good week.  I am spending today helping my youngest daughter to sort out the final plans for her sister's hen weekend in Marbella.  We go in three weeks and the wedding is two weeks after that.  The time is going by so quickly and we are all getting very excited for the big day.  It will all come and go so quickly now.

Now enough of my waffling and onto crafty matters.  Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  Our theme for this week is:
Button It Up
You can create any project you like as long as it fits the challenge theme and is christmas related.

Here is my inspiration project:


I used a wreath bubble stamp from Woodware for this project.  After stamping the image I filled in all the bubbles with a selection of buttons, gems and pearls.  I mounted onto green and black card.  A stamped sentiment and bow from my stash completed the card together with some faux stitching.  This is a small 4 x 4 inch card and was really quick and easy to do.  Could be mass producing these come Christmas.

Our sponsor for the challenge at Winter Wonderland this week is:
with a prize of a £10 voucher to the winner.

Just pop over to Winter Wonderland to upload your entry and check out the full challenge details.  You will also find some gorgeous inspiration from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes
CHNC Extra - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Bunny Zoe's - Buttons and bows
TTCRD - Anything goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
ABC Challenge - J is for Jewels

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

It's All About the Folds at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Thanks for popping by today and many thanks for all your kind comments on my last project and the hen party.  It is much appreciated.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
More Than One Fold

We have three sponsors joining us this week:
Sparkle N Sprinkle - prize of 3 digi images of the winners choice
The Stamping Boutique - prize of 3 digi images of the winners choice
Di's Digi Stamps - prize of a $12 voucher for the store

Here is my inspiration project using a cute digi set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Friendship Flowers.


The card blank is a vintage stepper from Whichcraft UK that I have had for months.  I coloured the image with promarkers and cut it out to match the shape of the front of the card blank.  I also added some distress ink around the edges.  The sentiment is from the stamp set.  For embellishments I added some ribbon and lace across the bottom, some flowers and a sparkly metal butterfly.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your creations.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super inspiration from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Aurora Wings - Flowers
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Spring has sprung
Patties Creations - Use a flower/flower image
Deep Ocean - Flowers
QKR Stampede - Nature
Sister Act - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - More than one fold
Disdigidesigns - Flowers
The Ribbon Girl - Shaped card
Eureka Stamps - Flowers
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Digi Choosday - Flower Power
TTCRD - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - More than one fold
I Love Promarkers - Flowers
Crafting by Designs - Flowers
Creative Moments - Anything goes

Monday, 11 May 2015

It's All About The Shoes

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.  Finally managed to pop by and leave a post.  It has been a busy weekend with hosting a hen party for my daughter on Saturday evening.  My youngest daughter arranged everything, organised the food menu, games etc.  I just provided the venue and the help.  Everyone seemed to have a good day and my daughter loved it.  I have posted a couple of pictures at the end of this post.

But now onto crafty matters.  Today's card has been made using a Woodware stamp that I purchased while at Ally Pally.  It is called Large Shoe.


I stamped the shoe onto white card and then paperpieced with some black and hot pink card.  I also added some glitter to parts of the shoe and a dazzler at the front.  I love the sentiment which came with the stamp set.  The card has been mounted onto some pink, white and patterned paper.  A ribbon and bow finished the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
In The Pink - Fussy and Fancy or Clean and Simple
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes
OSAAT - Anything goes special lady
Brown Sugar - Layers
Sister Act - Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - Girly
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Robyns Fetish - Lots of layers
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Ribbon or Lace
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes with swirls

Now here are a couple of picks I promised you.


This is a selection of cake pops that we made.


Me and my two beautiful daughters.


A group photo taken from the bedroom window.

Now we have the second hen weekend in Marbella to look forward to.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Lace and Pearls at Kraftyhands

Hi Folks
A quick post from me today as I have lots to do preparing for the hen party on Saturday.  Housework, shopping and making cake pops are on the agenda for today.

We have a new challenge today starting over on the Kraftyhands blog.  Our theme for this month is:
Lace and Pearls
You can submit any project you like as long as it fits the challenge theme and has both lace and pearls.

Here is my inspiration project using a lovely CD called Deco Delights which can be found here.


The topper and papers were all printed from the CD before being matted onto dark blue cardstock.  For embellishments I think I used a bit of everything lol.  Ribbon, lace, pearls, flowers, feathers, pins, skeleton leaves and finally some stickles around the edge of the topper.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to the Kraftyhands blog for full challenge details.  You will also find some gorgeous inspiration from my talented teamies.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Anything Goes at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Back again with my second post of the day.  

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Anything Goes
A nice easy one which I know you all love.

We have two sponsors joining us for this challenge:
Inky Impressions - prize of a $10 gift certificate
Paper Creator - prize of a £10 store credit

Here is my inspiration project using a cute image from Inky Impressions called warm hello circle which can be found here.


I cut the image out using one of my spellbinder dies.  After colouring the flower I did add some glamour dust for sparkle.  The spotty backing paper was in my stash - sorry not sure who it is by.  Some brown raffia was tied to one side and the topper was mounted onto some gauze.  A few flowers in the corner finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details. Don't forget to check out the super inspiration projects from my talented teamies.


Let's Go Mono at Little Claire

Hi Folks
Today sees the start of a new digi stamp challenge over at Little Claire's Designs.  Our theme for this month is:
Mono
You can create any project you like as long as it follows the theme and you have used a digi image.  It does not have to be a Little Claire digi image but if you do have any we would love to see them.

Here is my inspiration project using a lovely image called Digi Silhouette Lighthouse which can be found here.


I printed the image and sentiment, cut them out and edged them with black soot distress ink.  They were then matted onto some black card.  The gingham paper is also from Little Claire.  Some black and white ribbon across the centre and some card candi finished the card.  Quick and simple but very effective I think.

Now it's over to you to get those digis out and enter the challenge.  


The prize for the winner is 5 digi images of the winners choice.
Just pop over to Little Claire's Designs for full challenge details.  You will also find some great inspiration from my talented teamies.  


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

What A Hoot

Hi Folks
Got a busy week ahead as we are hosting a hen party at home for my daughter on Saturday night.  We are looking forward to a night of cocktails, canapes and games.  I think the younger girls are heading into town to a club later on in the evening but I will decline that one.  My clubbing days are well and truly over lol.

Today I would like to share a card that I have made using the What A Hoot CD from Kraftyhands which is available here.


For full details of how I created this just pop over to the Kraftyhands blog and take a peek.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creatalicious - Embossing
Aud Sentiments - Things with wings
Corrosive - Hip to be square
Crafty Boots - Things with wings
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Things with wings

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sports Shirts CD Launch from Kraftyhands

Hi Folks
The guys at Kraftyhands have launched a new CD to their collection today.  The CD is called Sports Shirts and is just perfect for any sports mad person.  The CD is packed with papers, toppers and shaped cards.

The CD can be found here and is a real bargain at £9.99.  Look out for inspiration shows on the British Craft Network.  

Here are a couple of samples that I have done for the launch.



All of the papers and topper for these cards were from the CD.  I just added some ribbon, dazzlers, twine and card candi from my stash.

Thanks for popping by and see you again soon.

Some Exciting News

Hi Folks
Hope you have all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.  

Today I have some exciting news to share with you all.  A couple of weeks ago I applied to be on a design team.  I had to make something and send it off to be considered.  I am happy to say that I received an email to say that I had been successful and I am now on the design team for Personal Impressions.

The new Personal Impressions blog has now gone live.  Would love for you to pop over and take a look.  Click the follow button to keep up to date with the latest news and inspiration.


Here is the project I created for the design team call.


I used brushos for the splatter background.  Lots of distressing on the butterflies and sentiment.  I made the flower using a Tim Holtz tattered floral die and products from Anna Marie.  

Thanks for popping by and for all the lovely comments you leave me.  

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Things with wings
Love to Create - Anything goes
Corrosive - Hip to be square
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Crafty Girlz - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Things with wings
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Inspired by nature
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything goes
Catch The Bug - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Things with wings
Pile It On - Mothers Day/For a lady
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Feminine cards
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Incy Wincy - Moms the word
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
OSAAT - Anything goes with a special lady
The Ribbon Girl - Mother/female theme
Dragonfly Dreams - How does your garden grow

Friday, 1 May 2015

Clean and Simple at Winter Wonderland

Hi Folks
Hope you are well and looking forward to the weekend.  I have been sorting out the garden and putting some new plants in.  Looking forward to seeing a bit of colour in the summer.

As it's Friday today sees the start of a new challenge over at Winter Wonderland.  Our theme for this week is 
Clean and Simple
You can create any project you like as long as it is christmas related and follows the theme.

Here is my inspiration project.


I used some gold and kraft card to make my topper.  I stamped a sentiment at the bottom of the kraft card, attached some tartan ribbon and a felt star.  This topper was then attached to a cream card blank.  A really quick and easy card to do.

Our sponsor for the challenge at Winter Wonderland this week is:


The prize for the winner is a $12 gift voucher.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all the lovely entries.  Just pop over to Winter Wonderland for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the inspiration from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Thats Crafty - Keep it simple
HIMCR - Any holiday
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Fab N Funky - Christmas
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
CHNC Extra - Anything goes

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Little Claire's Blog Project

Hi Folks
Just thought I would pop by and share with you a project that I have created for the Little Claire's blog.


I used a digi image called digi man squares.  For full details of how I created this male card please pop over to the Little Claire's blog.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Corrosive - Hip to be square
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Eureka Stamps - Add some bling
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Crafty Girlz - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything goes

30% off at Little Claire

Hi Folks



It is Carol's birthday today and Little Claire thought it would be nice to give you all 30% off your goodies just for today.


Why not pop over to Little Claire and treat yourself.  Don't forget to enter the code Carol30 at checkout to receive the 30% discount (40% for club members).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROL

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Anything But Square

Hi Folks
A quick post from me today as I am busy working on some more of my daughter's wedding stationery.  June 21st is coming round far too quickly lol.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Anything But Square
You can enter any project you like as long as it fits with the challenge theme.  Please remember no back linking and only 3 entries per person.

We have two sponsors joining us this week:
Bugaboo Stamps - prize of 7 digi images of the winners choice
Little Blue Button Stamps - prize of a $10 gift certificate for their online store

Here is my inspiration project using a cute image from Little Blue Button Stamps.


I created a little clean and simple easel card this week.  The image was coloured using promarkers and I used a die cut to cut out the image and the card blank.  I added pearls all around the image.  For the base I used some paper from my scraps box and added a crotchet flower and two sparkly butterflies.  

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges for full challenge details.  Don't forget to check out the super inspiration from my talented teamies.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
TTCRD - Anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Dots
Digi Choosday - Spots and dots
Deep Ocean - Shaped card
Crafty Girlz - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Not Just Cards - Anything goes
Thats Crafty - Keep it simple
Polkadoodles - Anything but square
Allsorts - Bring on the bling
Disdigidesigns - Fun/fancy folds
Robyns Fetish - Easel cards
Passion for Promarkers - Easel does it
Creative Card Crew - Fancy folds
Craft Your Passion - Anything goes

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Wedding Invitations

Hi Folks
Hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.  Just to update you on my hospital treatment.  I went on Thursday and they did the angioplasty.  I was a bit sore on Thursday evening.  However, when I got up on Friday no pain or anything and so far the results are very good.  I am not experiencing the pain in my calves when walking.  Fingers crossed that this continues.  Just got to watch my diet and exercise a bit more.  I will certainly be looking forward to dancing at my daughters wedding in June now.

So today I thought I would share with you the invitations that I have made for my daughters wedding.  She wanted all the information together rather than on different bits of card and so we went for a book style.  


The front cover is ivory card.  I used a die from All Occasion dies for the bride and groom.  The bride has been cut out using glitter paper.  The wording was also an All Occasion die.  Some blue ribbon and a pearl heart slider were used to link the pages of the invite together.

Here is how it looks on the inside.

Each page was cut out of royal blue card and the corners rounded with a punch.  I printed all the wording on the computer.  This was certainly a labour of love as I had to make around 90 in total.

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.