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Monday, 31 March 2014

Butterfly and Blooms

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.  My daughters treated me to lunch out today.  The weather was gorgeous and we sat out in the pub beer garden having a glass of wine and eating our lunch.  It was beautiful.  
But it's back to work tomorrow.  A couple of weeks ago I had a big decision to make at work.  They have offered voluntary severance to staff in my pay grade.  I have worked there for 30 years but have not been happy for the last five of those.  I have therefore made the decision to take the money and run lol.  It has not been an easy decision but I know I have made the right choice.  I don't actually leave work until June but am now looking for a little part time job.  Hubby has said that I can't craft all day every day lol.

Anyway, enough rambling and onto my card share for today, a little Mothers Day card.


The main scalloped circle shape and image is from Crafts U Print.  I got some free design sheets from them in a magazine many months ago and thought it was about time I used them.  I cut out the main scalloped circle shape and matted it onto some silver mirror card.  I cut out four corner shapes from silver mirror card using my Brother Scan and Cut.  For embellishments I added some lace and pearls.  The lettering is die cut and I added some glitter for added sparkle.  The sentiment has been done on my computer and simply matted onto mirror card.

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

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Glitter and lace
Dream Valley - Mothering Sunday
Sassy Studio - Pretty pastels
Cute Card Thursday - Floral delights
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Delicious Doodles - Mothers Day
Crafts 4 Eternity - Special Mums
Sister Act - Anything goes
A Creative Romance - Spring flowers
HIMCR - Anything goes
OSAAT - Anything goes
Pile It On - Floral fantasy
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Disdigidesigns - Welcome spring
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Spring is coming
Whoopsi Daisy - Lace and pearls

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy Mothers Day

Hi Folks
Happy Mothers Day to all you lovely Mummy's in the UK.  Hope you have all had a good day.  My daughters got me some flowers and choccies and are taking me out for lunch tomorrow.  They are such good girls and I have had a lovely relaxing day.  

Today's card is one I made for my Mum for Mothers Day.  I have made several Mothers Day cards this year so prepare to see a few more over the next few days.


I recently treated myself to a Tonic Verso Delicate Lattice Ovals die and this is my first creation using it.  It cuts beautifully and created a lovely centrepiece for the card.  The flowers are from my Spellbinders delicate asters die.  I used pink card as a contrast to the white (although it looks more peach coloured in this photo lol).  The embossed background is an embossalicious folder.  The butterflies are a punch and I added a white ribbon bow and some pearls to the centre of the flowers.

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I do enjoy reading all your comments.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
LEJ Designs - Favourite die cuts
Crafting for all Seasons - No designer papers
Dream Valley - Mothering Sunday
Love to Create - Bingo (pink, die cut, ribbon)
Crafty Sentiments - Mothers Day
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Jellypark - Mothers Day
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Special Mums
Sister Act - Anything goes
HIMCR -  Anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - Think pink
Allsorts - Use those dies
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Natalie and Amy - Embossing

Friday, 28 March 2014

Steampunk Birthday

Hi Folks
Well it seems to have been a long week at work.  Thank goodness it is Friday and as if by magic it feels like I am getting a cold too.  Been running hot and cold all day and feel very sniffly.  Gonna dose myself up before bed tonight and hope I can shrug it off.

Today I am sharing a card that I made for my Mum's birthday a couple of weeks ago.  She is into cardmaking too so I always try and come up with something a bit different for her.


The images and papers are from the Steampunk Emporium CD from Kraftyhands.  I did all the matting onto black cardstock.  The corner pieces and the cogs are wooden laser cuts from Hobbycutz.  I did some embossing on them with metallic copper embossing powder and also added some mica powders.  The flowers are all metal and I added some black ribbon to two of the corners.  

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I love reading all your comments.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Craft All Day - Anything goes
OLLCB - Special Lady
Hobbycutz - Girly but no pink
OSAAT - For a woman
Pan Pastel - Metallics
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - For the ladies
Crafty Sentiments - Special lady
TTCRD - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Jellypark - Special female
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.
Another week has flown by and today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Use your favourite colour combo

We have two great sponsors joining us this week
StampArt - prize of 5 digi images to the winner
Eureka Stamps - prize of 5 digi images to the winner

Here is my inspiration project.


I used a cute image from StampArt called Allie and Angel which can be found here.  The image was coloured in promarkers and I did add some grass at the bottom of the image.  The pink background paper was in my paper box and I have had it for months.  Think it was a magazine freebie.  All the matting has been done with kraft card as I love pink and kraft together.  The sentiment came with the image.The corners are a memory box die and I added a doily behind the image.  A ribbon bow, some punched butterflies, gems and a rose finished the card.  

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges to join in with us.  The design team have created some gorgeous inspiration for you.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Stamping Sensations - Pretty in pink
A Gem of a Challenge - Female birthday
Lacy Sunshine - Anything goes
Melonheadz - Girly
Lexis Creations - Punches and dies
OLLCB - Special lady
Ladybug Crafts Ink - For a special lady
Sassy Studio - It's up to you
Cute Card Thursday - It's a wild world
In The Pink - Kiddies corner
QKR Stampede - A little birdie told me
Polkadoodles - Spring is in the air
Patties Creations - Anything goes
HIMCR - Let's get digital
Sister Act - Anything goes
Craftitude - Anything goes
OSAAT - For a woman
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - Flowery springtime
Love to Create - Bingo (pink, die cut, ribbon)
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Dreaming of spring
Craft Your Passion - For the ladies
Whoopsi Daisy - Spring
Crafty Sentiments - Special lady
TTCRD - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter - Spring delights
I Love Promarkers - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes

Monday, 24 March 2014

Cameo Silhouette Birthday

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.  A quick post from me tonight as it is getting late.  I really must try and make time to do my posts earlier in the day lol.

Todays card is one I made for my nephews to give to their auntie for her birthday.


The image, papers and sentiment are from a very old copy of Making Cards (must be at least two years old).  I thought it was about time I started to use them.  I used gold mirror card for all the matting.  As it felt quite vintage I added some lace across the centre.  The paper flowers and pearls are from The Hobby House.  The final touch was a couple of metal flowers and some buttons from my stash.

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  Off now to do a bit of commenting before bed.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Unstampabelles - Geometric Shapes (square, oval, circle)
The Hobby House - Buttons
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Female birthday
Open Minded Crafting - Use some buttons
OLLCB - To a special lady
Papertake - Girly
Top Tip Tuesday - Metal or faux metal (small metal flowers)
Creative Corner - A little texture
Crazy 4 Challenges - Anything goes
Sister Act - Anything goes
Craftitude - Anything goes
OSAAT - For a woman
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - For the ladies

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Playing with Stencils

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well.  I decided to get crafty today by using my stencils and sparkle medium from Imagination Crafts.  I do love using sparkle medium as it gives an instant wow to your projects with the lovely sparkle.

Here is one of the cards I made using the Alium and honeycomb stencils together with sparkle medium.  Now you might need your sunglasses on as it is quite bright.


I used the rose shimmer and golden pine sparkle medium to do the alium.  Once dry I used distress ink and the honeycomb stencil to add some interest to the topper.  I used orange and black cardstock for the matting and the background paper is from Papermania.  Some ribbon, a dazzler, sentiment, gems and a parchment glittered butterfly finished the card.  I also added a little bee metal charm near the bow.

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I love reading all your comments and thank you for your support and kind words.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Lisa B - Stencils
Creative Moments - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Female birthday
OLLCB - To a special lady
Papertake - Girly
Crafty Sentiments - All about spring
Top Tip Tuesday - Metal or faux metal (bee charm)
Inky Impressions - Think spring
Crafting by Designs - Use a ribbon
Delightful Challenges - Welcome spring
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Crafty Girls - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Bling it up
Creative Corner - A little texture
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes
Polkadoodles - Spring is in the air
We Do Doobadoo - Sweet as honey
Sister Act - Anything goes
Craftitude - Anything goes
Hobbycutz - Girly but no pink
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Are We There Yet?

Hi Folks
Hope you have had a good day.  Bit of a mixed day weather wise here, a bit of sun, a bit of rain and some wind thrown in lol.  Luckily I had nowhere to go today so spent the day in my pj's. I just love pj days.  Got a few jobs done and some crafting too.  Just relaxing now ready to watch a film.

Today's card share is one my daughter asked me to make for a friend's little boys birthday.


I used a cute pre coloured image from Lily of the Valley for this creation.  This is from one of their art pads and they are just perfect for a quick card.  The papers are from K & Company and I used kraft card for the matting.  A simple layout but didn't want to make it too fussy as it was for a little boy. The little corners were done using a punch.  A sentiment from Craftwork Cards and a button finished off the card.

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

I would like to enter the following challenges:
ALBC - Are we there yet
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Open Minded Crafting - Use buttons
Disdigidesigns - Include a person and an animal
Sentimental Sundays - Cute and cuddly
Pile It On - For a guy
Crafting From The Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - For the kids
Craft Room - Transport
Fab N Funky - Boys to men
Crafty Girls - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes
Allsorts - All about the boy
Crazy 4 Challenges - Anything goes
Craftitude - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes

Friday, 21 March 2014

Tea Cup Zoo Collection

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.  After a stressful week at work I have nothing planned for this weekend so a nice restful time is planned.  May even have a pyjama day tomorrow.  A bit of crafting and lounging around in my pyjamas sounds like the ideal plan lol.

Todays card share is one I made using the latest CD from Kraftyhands - Tea Cup Zoo.


I dug out my Bookatrix embossing board from the Glitter Girls for this easel card creation.  All of the papers and the images are from the CD.  I used lots of bling and stickles on this card for added sparkle.  The flowers and butterflies are from my stash.  

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I appreciate all your comments and love reading them all.  

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Animal antics
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Animals
A Gem of a Challenge - Female
Sentimental Sundays - Cute and cuddly
That Craft Place - Flowers
Hobbycutz - Shaped cards
Love to Create - Classy and elegant
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
OLLCB - To a special lady
Papertake - Girly
Divas by Design - Flower Power
Crafting by Designs - Use a ribbon
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Cute Card Thursday - Its a wild world
Crafty Girls - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Bling it up
Creative Corner - A little texture
Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything goes

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Buttons and Bows at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
A quick post from me to tell you about our new challenge starting today over at Penny's Paper-Crafty challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Buttons and Bows
We have two great sponsors for you this week:
Bugaboo Stamps - prize of 7 digi images to the winner
Meljen Designs - prize of 4 digi images to the winner

Here is my inspiration project using a cute image from Meljen Designs.


 The image has been coloured with promarkers and I added some liquid pearls and stickles.  The image was then mounted onto yellow cardstock and some faux stitching added.  The backing paper was in my stash and was a magazine freebie many months ago.  For embellishments I added some ribbon, a bow, paper flowers and some buttons.  As this turned out to be a lovely cheerful card I added the get well soon sentiment.  Very spring like too.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your lovely entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges to enter.  Don't forget to check out the gorgeous creations from my wonderful teamies.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Great Impressions - Spring celebrations
Feeling Crafty - Use a digi and bling
Crafty Calendar - Animal antics
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbon and bows
As You Like It - Fav coloring medium (promarkers for great colours and ease of blending)
QKR Stampede - Anything goes
Craftyhands - Buttons and bows
Simply Create Too - Animals
HIMCR - Colour it
Open Minded Crafting - Use some buttons
Paper Creators - Spring is in the air
Sentimental Sundays - Cute and cuddly
OSAAT - Use a digi
Lacy Sunshine - Anything goes
Aurora Wings - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - All about spring
TTCRD - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Think spring
Divas by Design - Flower power
The Paper Shelter - More than 5 flowers

CAS at The Crafting Cafe

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well and having a good week.  

I am here today to share a little inspiration for our March challenge over at The Crafting Cafe.  Our theme for this month is:
Clean and Simple

Our sponsor for March is LEJ Designs with a prize of 4 digi images to the winner.  

All of the design team have used an image from LEJ Designs for their inspiration projects.


I printed the tulips image onto white cardstock and then used distress inks to colour the image.  I also added a wee bit of glamour dust to the tulips for added sparkle.  For matting and the punched border I used some purple coredinations cardstock.  Some ribbon and a sentiment from my stash finished the card.  

Now CAS is something that I do struggle with but quite pleased with how this turned out.  I hope you have been inspired to have a go.  Just pop over to The Crafting Cafe to enter the challenge.  Keep your eye out for more inspiration throughout the month from the design team.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
That Craft Place - Flowers
Love to Create - Clean and simple
Crafting for all Seasons - No designer papers
Crafting by Designs - Use a ribbon

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

For a Special Friend

Hi Folks
Had a busy day at work today so just settling down to have a look at some of your lovely blogs.  Things are a bit hectic here at the moment, with one thing and another, so apologies if I don't get round to visiting your blogs as much as I would like.  

My card share for today is one I made for one of my daughters to give to a friend.


I have used a decoupage image and papers from the Lucy Cromwell collection from Papermania.  I have had this papercrafting set for a couple of years now so thought I ought to start using it.  I used kraft card for all the matting as I love the combination of pink and kraft card together.  For embellishments I added some lovely metal corners, a ribbon box type bow, some flowers and some punched butterflies.  I did add some stickles around the sentiments and some liquid pearls to the main decoupage topper.  I think it has rather a spring like feel to it.  

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I look forward to reading all your comments.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
In The Pink - Card for a special lady
Fussy and Fancy - Birthdays
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbon and bows
Cute Card Thursday - Girls, girls, girls
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Female birthday
Allsorts - Pretty in pink
Paper Creators - Spring is in the air
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
That Craft Place - Flowers and/or Mothers Day
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
OLLCB - To a special lady
Papertake - Girly
Crafty Sentiments - Its all about spring
TTCRD - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Metal or faux metal

Monday, 17 March 2014

Happy 1st Birthday

Hi Folks
Well the weekend flew by, yet again.  We had a lovely day yesterday as we were all invited to a first birthday party.  One of my daughters friends has a little girl and she was one yesterday.  My daughters love her to bits and they are both going to be godparents when she is christened.  

Tonight I thought I would share one of the cards I made for the birthday girl.


Quite a simple card but very effective I thought.  I started by matting a square of white card onto pink gingham paper and attached this to a scalloped square card blank.  I went around the edge with some faux stitching.  I used a template I had for the number 1 and cut it out of gingham paper.  The sentiment was done on the computer.  The butterflies and flowers were done using punches and I added some little gems to finish off the card together with a little bow.  

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

Before I go my daughters offered to make the birthday cake.  They were thinking of doing a simple decorated sponge cake but their friend had other ideas and asked if there was any chance they could do a princess castle.  Now, they are not professional bakers and have never tackled anything like this before but they did not want to disappoint.  Here is the finished result and I think they did an excellent job.

  
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
In The Pink - Special lady
Fussy and Fancy - Birthdays
Dream Valley - Big birthdays
Bunny Zoes - Monochrome
Crafting by Designs - Things with wings
Cute Card Thursday - Girls
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Jellypark - Pretty pastels
A Gem of a Challenge - Special lady
Allsorts - Pretty in pink
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Love to Create - CAS
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - For the kids
OLLCB - To a special lady
Butterfly Challenge - A stitch in time


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Art Deco with Crafting Musketeers

Hi Folks
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. My two daughters have a friend whose little girl will be one today so we are going to her first birthday party.  My daughters love her to bits and have made her birthday cake for her.  Will pop back later and show you a couple of pictures of the cake.  Gotta let the birthday girl and her Mummy and Daddy see it first.

Anyway, today I am here to share some inspiration for the current monthly challenge over at Crafting Musketeers challenges.  Our theme for this month is:
Art Deco
We have been sponsored by the wonderful Debbi Moore.  Just pop over to Crafting Musketeers to check out the fabulous prize on offer to the winner.

Here is my inspiration project.


I used a lovely decoupage image and papers from Papermania for my card.  This card was requested by my eldest daughter to give to one of her friends for her birthday.  I used black card for all the matting.  Some ribbon, chocolate box bow, feathers, black rose and bling finished the card.

Thanks for popping by and don't forget to pop over to Crafting Musketeers for more inspiration from my talented teamies.  Looking forward to seeing your entries.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - Birthdays
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Charisma Cardz - Birthday girls
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Imagination Crafts Mid Month Inspiration

Hi Folks
We are now halfway through March and time for some mid month inspiration for our challenge over at the Imagination Crafts challenge blog
Our theme for this month is:
Imagination In Bloom

You can enter with any project but if you use any Imagination Crafts product you could win a £40 voucher to spend in store.  So get those Imagination Crafts goodies out and have a go.

Here is my inspiration project using a gorgeous clematis decoupage stamp and a sentiment stamp.


I started off by using an embossing stencil to emboss some parchment.  The parchment was then attached to some green card using some little metal brads.  The sentiment was stamped onto parchment and embossed with white WOW embossing powder.  I used a spellbinders die to cut it out and matted this onto another spellbinders die.  The clematis stamp was stamped onto parchment and embossed.  I cut the flowers out and added them to the card together with some white fabric leaves that I had in my stash.  Some dazzlers in the centre of the flowers was the finishing touch together with some small pearls on the background.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries to our challenge.  Just pop over to the Imagination Crafts challenge blog where you will find more gorgeous inspiration projects from my wonderful teamies.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Great Impressions - Spring Celebrations
Cards Galore - Use a stamp or digi stamp
Crafty Boots - Green
Oldie but a Goodie - Spring has sprung (brads and leaves old stash)
Top Tip Tuesday - 3, 5 or 7 of something (3 flowers)
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Spring into spring
Artistic Inspirations - Green/Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Green
Inky Impressions - Green
Delightful Challenges - Green
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Delicious Doodles - Green
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything goes
Jellypark - Pretty pastels
A Gem of a Challenge - Special lady
Sweet Stampin - Special Lady
Paper Creators - Spring is in the air

Friday, 14 March 2014

Simple Birthday Card

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well and looking forward to your weekend.  I am so looking forward to my weekend.  I have had a big decision to make at work this week which has not been easy.  Can't say too much at the moment but changes are coming.  
Our youngest daughter had some fantastic news this week.  She has been accepted into university to train to be a midwife.  She has wanted to do this for a few years now and she was so excited to be accepted.  We are so proud of her and know that she will a great midwife.

Anyway, enough waffle and onto tonight's card share.  I have been having another play with my Brother Scan and Cut using some free cutting files from Birds Cards.  


The background and the Birthday Wishes in the centre were cut from pink card using my Brother Scan and Cut.  I mounted the birthday wishes onto some purple card after threading some ribbon through the slots at top and bottom.  A lace bow and some pearls in the corners of the card were the only embellishments needed.  Such a quick and easy card to do but very effective.  Think I will be making a few of those for my card stock box.

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I love reading all your comments.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - Birthdays
Love to Create - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes/Favourite colours
TTCRD - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Ribbon and bows
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Anything Goes at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Hope you are all well on this happy Wednesday.  My favourite day of the week as we are halfway to the weekend lol.

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is:
Anything Goes
Our sponsor for this week is Lacy Sunshine who is offering a prize of 3 digi images to the winner.

Here is my inspiration project using a gorgeous image from Lacy Sunshine.


I managed to combine my DT project with a commission card I was asked to make, so win win for me this time.  I coloured the image with promarkers and cut out using one of my spellbinders dies.  Some light pink ribbon was then threaded around the edge of the die and a bow tied at the top.  The papers were from my scraps box.  A few flowers, gems, heart embellishment and a chipboard number finished the card.  The sentiments were done on the computer and I added stickles around the edge for added sparkle.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your entries.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges to upload your entry.  Don't forget to check out the super creations from my lovely teamies too.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Little Claires - Monotone
Feeling Crafty - Use a digi and bling
Stamping Sensations - Pretty in pink
Cards Galore - Use a stamp/digi stamp
Bearly Mine - One for the girls
Melonheadz - Bright colours
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Happy Birthday
In The Pink - Mothers Day or Special Lady
Totally Papercrafts - Female birthday
Fussy and Fancy - Birthdays
HIMCR - Super scraps
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Dream Valley - Big Birthdays
Love to Create - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion - Young at heart
Whoopsi Daisy - Birthday
Bunny Zoes - Monochrome
Papertake - Bingo (flowers/diecut/gems)
Digi Choosday - All about the girl
TTCRD - Anything goes
I Love Promarkers - Lets get spotty

Monday, 10 March 2014

Kraftyhands Teacup Zoo

Hi Folks
Welcome again to my little corner of blogland.  I hope you are all well and had a good weekend.

Today sees the launch of a fab new CD called Teacup Zoo over at Kraftyhands.  The CD features a collection of zoo and cuddly animals in vintage style teacups.  The images are totally adorable and the CD is full of toppers, papers, card making sets, inserts and much more.

Here is one of my samples made using a cute bunny image.


The papers and topper are all from the CD.  I added a doily behind the topper for extra depth.  The ribbon, flowers and gems are from my stash.  I also added some stickles around the topper.

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

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Natalie and Amy - Flowers
Corrosive - Animals
Crafty Calendar - Animal antics
Papertake - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - 3, 5 or 7 of something (5 flower embellishments)
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
CRAFT - Mothers day/Female
Crafty Girls - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Make it sparkle
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Pan Pastel - Use 3 textures (ribbon, paper, flowers)
Love to Create - Anything goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Anything but a square

Candy Winners

Hi Folks
Just a quick post to announce the winners of my blog candy.  Thank you all for taking part and welcome to my new followers.  I hope that you will continue to follow me and enjoy my blog.  

As you all know the blog candy on offer is the crafty items below and a £30 voucher to spend at Imagination Crafts.


In total (after discounting duplicate comments) there were 77 names that went into the draw.  I allocated each comment a number.  Hubby was asked to pick a number between 1 and 77 and he chose number 39 which is:
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I have also got a second surprise candy for one of my followers who regularly comments on my posts.  
The winner is:
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Well done to Donna and Carole.  If you could both email me at magagi@btinternet.com to claim your candy.

Thanks once again for taking part.  I am not too far off getting 400 followers.  I think more candy will be in order when I hit 400.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Who's Room?

Hi Folks
Sorry I have not been around much the last two or three days.  My sister, brother-in-law and nephews have been to stay with us this weekend.  It has been lovely to see them and we drank and ate far too much.  The weather has been lovely today and it was so nice to be able to sit outside in the garden with a glass of wine and good company.  Hopefully, I will get round to visiting your lovely blogs in the next couple of days.

Tonight I thought I would share a little wall hanging that I made a little while ago using Imagination Crafts products. 


I used one of the MDF Frame and Charm sets.  I used acrylic paint and crackle glaze on the frame itself.  When it was dry I used the Leaf Swirl border stencil and sparkle medium.  Whilst this was drying I took the MDF butterflies from the frame set and coloured them using mica powders over versamark.  I added some lettering, a bow, some gems and a little wire flower that I had in my stash.  

I was really pleased with the way it came out and it now has pride of place in my craft room.  Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.

I haven't forgotten about my blog candy and will post the winners tomorrow evening.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
As You Like It - Favourite 3d texture and why (sparkle medium through a stencil, a lovely crisp finish and lots of sparkle)
Jellypark - Things with wings
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Open Minded Crafting - Use something green
Papertake - Anything goes
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Sassy Studio - Make it fly
Crafty Girls - Anything goes
Brown Sugar - Make it sparkle
Delicious Doodles - Anything but a card
Card Makin Mamas - Splish Splash (acrylic paint)
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Lisa B - Use a stencil

Friday, 7 March 2014

Easter with Kraftyhands

Hi Folks
Well, here we are on the verge of another weekend starting.  Don't know about you but the weeks are just flying by at the moment.  We have got my sister, brother in law and two nephews coming down to spend the weekend with us.  Looking forward to seeing them and having another birthday celebration.  So far my birthday celebrations have lasted nearly three weeks lol.

Anyway, today sees the start of a new challenge over at Kraftyhands Challenge blog.  Our theme for this month is:
Easy Easter

Here is my inspiration using the Preferably Pastels CD available from Kraftyhands.


All of the papers and image are from the CD.  I used yellow coredinations card for the matting.  Some ribbon, gems and a parchment butterfly finished the card off nicely.  

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your creations. Just pop over to Kraftyhands Challenge blog to enter the challenge. Don't forget to check out the lovely creations from my teamies.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
HIMCR - Spring colours
Allsorts - Spring is coming
Hobbycutz - Celebrations
Pile It On - Sweet/Soft
Great Impressions - Spring celebrations
Artistic Inpspirations - Anything goes
Papertake - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Spots or dots
Digi Choosday - Spring florals
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Spring into spring
That Craft Place - Anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon
Crafty Girls - Anything goes

It's Candy Time

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Hi Folks
Well I must say that I have certainly got caught up in watching the Winter Olympics.  Very exciting today when Team GB got a bronze medal in the womens curling.  Will be hoping for gold tomorrow from the mens curling team.  

Anyway onto the reason for my post today.  As some of you may have read from previous posts it is my big 50th birthday next week, on the last day of the month to be precise.  I was actually born about 10.00pm on the 28th and it was a leap year.  If Mum had held on for a couple of hours I would have been a leap year baby.  

So my way of celebrating with all my blog friends and followers is by offering some candy.


I have put together some crafting goodies which includes a die set, stamps, gems, ribbons, pins and various embellishments.  All the things that I like.
I will also be adding a £30 gift certificate for Imagination Crafts.


So what do you need to do to win this little lot.
1.  Be a follower of my blog
2. Add a picture of my candy to your sidebar
3. Leave me a comment below

But please no candy only followers.  I will be checking that you have all followed my simple instructions.  Also I will be giving a little surprise candy away to one of my followers who regularly pops by my blog and leaves lovely comments.  You all know who you are.

Good luck to you all.  As I will probably be a bit busy next weekend celebrating I will keep my candy open until the week after my birthday - Friday 7th March.


Thursday, 6 March 2014

Happy Anniversary

Hi Folks
Now I bet I have caught a few of you by surprise with my very early morning post.  I managed to find enough time last night to schedule this post before I went to bed.  Now that doesn't happen often lol.

Today I wanted to share an anniversary card with you that I made.


I used a free cutting file from http://www.birdscards.com/ for the white layer.  This is a great site and Bird has lots of cutting files and images to download for free.  I scanned the cutting file image into my Brother Scan and Cut and then got it to cut it out.  It worked perfectly and an excellent cut.  Once cut I mounted it onto pink coredinations cardstock.  For the centre I simply cut a square, rounded the corner and added the wording using a peel off.  For embellishments I added a bow, pearls and some flowers.  I also went round the edge of the cut panel with stickles.  

Thanks for popping by and would love to know what you think.  I love reading all your comments.

You still have a couple of days to enter my blog candy too.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Bunny Zoes - Hearts or Love
The Squirrel and The Fox - Something spooled (ribbon)
Creative Moments - Anything goes
Natalie and Amy - Flowers
Catch The Bug - Anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Anniversary
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
OSAAT - Anything goes
Robyns Fetish - Anything goes
Hobbycutz - Celebration
Pile It On - Soft/Sweet
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
Pan Pastel - Frame it
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes
OLLCB - Happy Anniversary
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Papertake - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - 3, 5, or 7 (3 flowers)
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
That Craft Place - Anything goes

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges

Hi Folks
Another week has flown by and it's time for a new challenge over at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.  Our theme for this week is
Anything But A Square

We have two fab sponsors joining us this week:
QKR Stampede - prize of 5 digi images of the winners choice
Penny Blossom - prize of a $15 gift voucher

Here is my inspiration project using an image from QKR Stampede (baseball boy).


I coloured the image using my promarkers and cut it out creating a mat of black card for the image to sit on.  
For the background of my card I used my cloud embossalicious embossing folder to create the top part of the little scene.  Some polka dot paper was torn and added to the bottom along with a grass border.  I added my star burst die from Signature dies, a happy birthday sentiment and some little letters from my stash for the word star.  
For those who are interested the image, the mat for the image, the sentiment and the grass were all cut using my Brother Scan and Cut.  For cutting out images it is fabulous, I would never have got such a neat finish or created the black mat by cutting out with scissors.

Thanks for popping by and looking forward to seeing all your creations.  Just pop over to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges to enter.  Don't forget to check out the work of my teamies using a variety of images from QKR Stampede and Penny Blossom.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Patties Creations - Spots or dots
QKR Stampede - Anything but square
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Delicious Doodles - One for the boys
Paper Crafting Journey - Make it manly
Catch The Bug - Anything goes
Totally Gorjuss - Happy Birthday
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
OSAAT - Anything goes
Robyns Fetish - Anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything goes
Open Minded Crafting - Use some green
Disdigidesigns - Make it green
The Ribbon Girl - Birthday
Cards Galore - Use a stamp or digi stamp
Eureka Stamps - Anything goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Use embossing
Craft Your Passion - Birthday
Crafting from the Heart - Anything goes
Papertake - Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments - Spots or dots
TTCRD - Anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink - One for the boys
Craft All Day - Anything goes
Divas by Design - Lets hear it for the boys
The Paper Shelter - Anything goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Happy Birthday
That Craft Place - Anything goes