Thursday, 29 July 2010

Gorjuss Pink Bumble Bee!!

Hi everyone hope you are all well. Now did you notice something different with my photo?? Thanks to Tracy Vinson over at the Crafters Digital Art Centre I have now managed to put a water mark on my photos.
I had to use Picassa - there is a link over at CDAC to get a free download.
Anyhow, on to my card. I decided to get my Bumble Bee Sugar Nellie stamp out again (I won this in one of Melly's candies - thanks hun). I have paperpieced her again, but I think she really suits this method. I have made this card for a work colleague - hope she likes pink!!!

Here is a close up.............

and of course having used a Sugar Nellie stamp I had to join in the challenge at The Sugar Bowl which is to choose a sketch and do what you like. So I chose the sketch from Challenge # 21 shown below....

and now you can combine with other challenges - right up my street!! Let me know what you think.


Simons Says Challenge - Lets Go Dotty (I know there are not many on mine but they are there if you look at the scalloped border!!)

Flutterby Wednesdays - Anything goes (does a Bumblebee count as it has wings?)

Flourishes Timeless Tuesdays - Pins

Ooh La La Creations - Birthday card

Sarah Hurley Challenges - Anything Goes

Stampin' B's Design - Birthday Card

Paperplay Challenge - Anything Goes

Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Pink and Black

Practical Scrappers - 7 or more items (Pins, glitter, design Paper, flowers, ink, Promarkers, paper piecing and distressing).


Papers: Papermania Capsule collection - Red Hot Paper Pack.
Embellishments: Flowers (RAK), Diamond Sparkles - Butterfly Trails, Pins (RAK)
Medium: Promarkers
Cardstock: Hot Pink Pearlised card (stash)
Tools: Tim Holtz Distress tool, Spellbinders Labels Eight, Classic Scalloped Circles Large and Big Scalloped Border Grand. Distress Ink Worn Lipstick.
Sentiment: Crafters Companion Patchwork Polly

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Hybrid Layout

And now for something completely different - a digital layout with a stamp - Shabby Chic Tilda so I think this is called a Hybrid!!!! I wanted to do a summery, beachy card but I don't have any of the new release from Magnolia yet, so I had to put my thinking hat on. I thought Shabby Chic Tilda would look good on a deckchair. I had to import a deckchair picture from google into my Digital Scrapbook Artist2 and made up the scene. I used one of the kits from Daisytrail called Pebbleshore, there are also free kits here which can be downloaded to your Scrapbook artist or as PNG files.

Here is a closeup................


..........but you still can't see her glittery wings!!!!

Please let me know what you think. Off to the park with my eldest Dragonlette who will be posting some creations at some point during her school holidays!!!!!

Just a few challenges this time...........

Crafty Catz - Summer Time

Crafty Creations - Summer Loving

Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Summer

Magnolia-licious Highlights - It's a Nautical Bloghop

Gingersnap Creations - Sunshine

Flutterby Wednesday - Open theme but must have a butterfly, fairy or angel


Image:- Shabby Chic Tilda
Medium:- Promarkers and glitter
Background:- Pebbleshore Daisytrail Kit.
Cardstock:- Deep sea Blue from the Papermill.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Let's Ink It Up DT Call

I've been meaning to get around to this for ages but keep getting sidetracked!!! So here I am with my post about the new Challenge blog being set up by my team mate at Aud Sentiments, Suzanne. It is called Lets Ink It Up and basically Suzanne wants to see us inking up our rubber. Suzanne is looking for 8 DT members - this has just been expanded due to the success she has had finding sponsors.

So here is my post to say - "Please can I come and play Suzanne".

These are some of my favourite cards using stamps and hopefully show my style.

Fingers crossed.

Suzanne also has a candy with the aim of getting 100 followers by 5th September 2010 - no problem I am sure but don't miss out on this lovely candy.

You will need to pop over to Lets Ink It Up to check out the rules.

Good luck everyone.

Jodi has amazing Birthday candy!

Jodi has gone mad and is giving away 5 prizes each one as good as this one. So pop on over to her blog Inked Inspiration so that you can see the rules and check out the other prizes.
You have until Midnight (PST) on 31st July 2010 to join in.

Good Luck everyone

Monday, 26 July 2010

A few candies for you

The first candy I am posting about is the fabulous Pink Gem candy from Janet. What a brilliant selection of goodies. You have until 29th July to enter and the winner will be announced at 6pm on 30th July.

The next candy is to announce a new challenge blog - Craft Your Days Away

The challenge blog was started by the DT from Magical Crafts, which has had to close. So a new challenge blog was born and its first challenge is on 7th August 2010 and it will run fortnightly.
The prizes are as follows:-

Prize 1

£10 gift certificate for Crafty Emma's Store,

Prize 2

Prize 3

You have until 6th August to enter the candy and then join in the challenge fun the next day!!!

Here is another candy from Gini - doesn't it look amazing - for her first Blogaversary. 

You need to check out her blog - Beadz - to find out the rules. You have until 21st August 2010 to join in.

Good Luck everyone.

House Mouse Birthday

Good Morning everyone, hope you are all well. My daughter is now full of the joys of summer again having spent most of Saturday night being sick!!!!! Just relieved it wasn't something more serious - as all Mothers (and Dads of course) I am sure are the same as me - worry that it may be a hospital visit and something life threatening!!  

So my card for today -  I used a House Mouse stamp. Now I had up till last week only one HM stamp which I purchased on ebay and was not cheap - admittedly it was a big one!!! Nevertheless I have not bought any more for that reason as they were only wood mounted. So as I was watching Create and Craft last week Joanna Sheen came on showing some unmounted HM stamps - boy was I pleased so I waited until they were on the JS site and purchased some (she is still cheaper even with the members 10% discount). This image is from the Birthday Ice Cream set - isn't it fun - as are all the HM stamps.

Here is the closeup....................


I have coloured the image with my trusty water colour crayons - I always go back to them.

The sketch is from Friday Sketchers shown below...........

..............thanks Jeanette.

I am trying something new now, I will put everything I used at the bottom of my post in list form - not sure if I will like it but will give it a go. But first the challenges I am going to enter:-

Sentimental Sundays - Funny plus a sentiment,

Stamp Something - Flowery,

Polka Doodles - Special challenge for colouring mediums,

Rainbow Ladys Challenge - Oranges and Lemons,

Crafty Creations - Happy or Sweet,

House Mouse and Friends - Orange, Yellow and red, and

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge - B is for Birthday (also bun, bubbles, berries, bling and brown mouse!)

I would love to know what you think, thanks for popping by.


Papers: Polka Doodles and Smirk.
Image: House Mouse - Ice Cream
Embellishments: Anitas Gems, Crafters Companion SWALK CD paper flowers, glitter glue.
Medium: Caran D'Ache water colour crayons. 
Cardstock: Orange card and white card from the PaperMill
Other tools: Tim Holtz Distress tool for edges and Tea Dye Distress ink. Spellbinders Labels Seven

Sunday, 25 July 2010

OSAAT Guest Designer for Challenge #23 Black, White and one other colour.

A couple of weeks ago one of my cards won at One Stitch At A Time and along with some fabulous digi images I was asked to be a Guest Designer for this weeks challenge. So the challenge is to make a card, layout or any other creation with the colour theme of Black, White and one other colour. So my choice was....

....................was to use red as my other colour. I have used this beautiful stamp from Lili Of The Valley ......sorry the set I bought has sold out but they are supposed to be getting more in stock!!!
Here is a closer look................

 I have coloured him with Promarkers and added some glitter on the snow. The background papers are from a MyCraft Studio CD Rom called "Classic Christmas" and the shaped background is from a glitter Stack by DCWV . I have punched out the snowflakes and added some Kaiser Scrapbook Rhinestones I received in a RAK last year.
I used the gorgeous sketch from Lili of the Valley by Bev..........

 .......but of course I have added the bottom bit for the easel card.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:-

Meljens Designs - Easel card,

Three Muses - I know this is very tenuous so please remove my entry if you like - Mail Art,

Your Next Stamp - Easel Card,

Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie, and,

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Cats and/or dogs.

Must finish now as I have a sick little girl to deal with as I write this - Saturday scheduled for tomorrow - hopefully!!!

Have fun everyone.


Thursday, 22 July 2010

Aud Sentiments Challenge #7 Any Christmas Sentiment

What do you think of our new badge - hasn't Aud done a great job and I hope you like our new look challenge blog too. So after a record number of entrants for our last challenge you might just want to check who has won at the Aud Sentiments blog.

Now for our next fortnights challenge we would like to see YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS SENTIMENT- any one you like - on your creations. So here is your chance to get a head start with your Christmas cards - you can never start too early.
Our sponsor this time is........Digi Doodle and the winner will receive a $10 Gift certificate
...................and the team were able to choose an image to do our cards.............

I chose Santa Baby Carols - they are so cute and easy to colour, here is a closeup.......

Now I would love it if you could check out my team mates blogs to see what they have done.


and The Two Pink Ladies - Emma and Susan.

I can't wait to see what you come up with so please join in.

Nearly forgot to enter a few challenges!!!!

Friday Sketchers - I used the sketch,

Stamp Something - Digital,

The Stamp Man Their first challenge is anything goes,

Christmas Stamping All Year Long - Bling it up (I used blue miri card and glitter),

One Stitch At A Time - Digi Madness,

Practical Scrappers - Use stash that is pover a year old (I have had the miri card for at least 2 years, and

Everybody Art Challenge - Blue and White.


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Donkey Smiles

 Good evening my fine crafting buddies, hope you are all well. I can't believe how long a card can take when you have to fit crafting it in between work, children and sleep!!! oh and I forgot - cooking, housework and more sleep!
Anyway, I read all about Michelle's accident, visit her blog Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles, and saw this wonderful image when I checked out the latest challenge at A Spoon Full of Sugar. The challenge here is to use the image and send a card to Michelle to let her know how many of us are thinking of her.
I tried something a little bit different with it, I printed the image onto seven different colours of a Funky Fairys paper kit and then paper pieced the Donkey.

I then used a different FF kit for the polka dot squares and some Purple glitter sheets by Craftime for the other squares. They have all been distressed with my Tim Holtz distress tool. I then inked the scalloped circle with Tim Holtz distress ink -Dusty Concord. The flowers are from Quixotic Paperie called Icy Blooms and the ribbon is from my stash. I have used the sketch from Crafty Creations shown below............

.............nice and simple.

Now before I fall asleep I must enter a couple of other challenges.....

A Crafty Little Place - Distressing,

Wild Orchid Challenge - Their first one i ssay it with flowers, and

Pear Tree Designs - Glitter and Sparkles.

Night night everyone.


Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Another fabulous Crafters Companion release

Just look at these fantastically cute images. They are the new release from Crafters Companion - the SWALK Collection. Check out the blog and visit all the fantastic DT to check out their wonderful sneak peeks. You could also be in with the chance of winning some candy too.

Good Luck

Elisabeth Bell has some awesome candy

I know the picture is small but it is all I could find to show you for the fabulous candy at Elisabeth Bells Blog. There are 36 stamps including, Whiff Of Joy, Belles and Whistles and SCACD totally amazing. Don't delay as the candy closes on 16th July 2010.

Good Luck everyone!!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Candy Winners!!!!

Hi everyone and yes you did read correctly. I decided to have two winners, one for the main candy and one for the extra bits I added. That way I can spread the happiness a bit further (you will see how far when you hear who the winners are!).

I decided to use a very scientific method to find out the winner. I asked my two Dragonlettes to pick a number between 1 and 99 - the number of comments. The winner was number..................

6 and that just happens to be





and the other winner is number 91

which is





So one prize to England and the other to South Africa - just shows how far blogging goes. Could you ladies contact me by Friday if possible so I can get your prizes off to you.

Congratulations to you both


Sunday, 11 July 2010

Digital Scrapbooking!!

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you have all had a good day. Before I fill you in on the picture I just wanted to say a BIG YIPPPPPEEEEEEEE - I have reached 200 followers!!!!
When I started blogging I never dreamed I would have that many people popping in to my blog, I know you don't all have the time to comment and I totally appreciate that  - neither do I - especially when I follow too many blogs to mention. It just makes this all worth while. The only down side I can think of is that I haven't got enough money to buy all the things on my wishlist!!!!!
Talking of wishlists - I bought something after watching a pick of the week on Create and Craft ( you would think I would know better!!) the Digital Scrapbook Artist version 2 to be precise. I received it on Friday and have been having a play and this was my first page. My two little dragonlettes playing at their Aunties house a few weeks ago.
You can also join a forum called Daisytrail. I registered, and was so upset that someone was already there calling themselves Dragonlady.... but never mind I am Craftydragons there!!!!

But I digress, I must enter my new creation into a few challenges and here they are!

Creative Craft Challenges, Cute Card Thursday, Delightful Sketches and Polka Doodles all have a Summer theme,

Create 4 Fun and The Creative Cottage both want Anything but a card,

Flutterby Wednesdays - open theme but with butterfly, angel or fairy,

Meljens Design Challenge - Circles galore,

Alphabet Challenge Blog - K is for Kids and,

Totally Gorjuss - Water, water.

So there you have it. I will be posting about the winner of my candy tomorrow so you still have a little time to enter.


" I Can't Believe It.........Blogaversary Candy!!



Yes, it's true I can't believe it will be my First Blogaversary on the 11th July - a whole year of craziness!!!
I have met some wonderful crafters during my journey through blogland .......................BUT  I am not going to single them out they know who they are and I love them all!!!
You are what has made this journey so enjoyable. 
So to say thank you I have come up with a little candy for you.

This includes:-
Sugar Nellie, Diana Duda, Curtsy Stamp
Sugar Nellie, Mary Hall, Jumping Elves Stamp
Dovecraft 72 sheets of DP 6x6 - Fantasy
6 Craft stencils ncluding butterflies, sun, moon, sunflowers, violets dragonflies and ladybirds.
Stampin Up Corner rounding Punch
Pack of assorted die cut shapes
Pack of 180 brads
Papermania Brad and eyelet pack
12 blush fabric flowers.

For every 50 comments I will add something extra.

Edited to add I have had more than 50 comments now so as promised I will be adding something extra to my candy but it will have to remain a surprise for the moment!!!!! 


The rules are simple.
Please put a link on your sidebar with the picture back to this post.
If you would like to follow me that would be great but only do so if you intend to stay and you like what you see!!!! I get desperately upset when a follower leaves me - I know it's rather sad but thats how I feel.

You have until 11th July Midnight GMT to enter and I will announce the winner on the 12th July.

Hugs to everyone.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Aud Sentiments Challenge #6 No sentiments

Well, here we are again, July already and nearly time for the UK schools to break up for summer. Here at  Aud Sentiments we are on to our sixth challenge, but firstly, I must say thank you to everyone who took part in our last challenge. We got 50 entries, the most so far and the choice was very difficult so well done to the winners.

Now for this fortnights challenge it is a NO SENTIMENTS theme, and here is my card....

I have used a beautiful image called Kei with Leaf from a great designer - Spesch Stamps who is our sponsor for this challenge - and the lucky winner can choose 3 digis or one stamp of their choice. I think they are great and just that little bit different.

I have coloured the image with Promarkers and the rest of the card has been made using various scraps I had left in my stash and some practice pieces - like the swirly embossed background and the flower.

Please visit my team mates blogs to see what they have been up to and also I am pleased to announce that we have been joined by The Two Pink Ladies - Emma and Susan - welcome ladies.


I am also entering this card in the following challenges...........

Sketch Saturday I have used their sketch,

If the Shoe Fits.... - Spread your wings,

KLSNS Challenge - Summer,

Bee Crafty - 3D and a digi image,

Craftalicious Challenge - Cute,

Alphabet Challenge Blog - J is for jewels (three in the bottom left hand corner and a jewel brad),

Totally Papercrafts - One for the Girls and,

Creative Craft Challenge - Summer Lovin.

Hugs to you all