Monday, 28 February 2011

Die Cut Dreams Challenge #84 Spring Garden scene.

Good morning everyone, hope you had a good weekend. It's time for a new challenge at Die Cut Dreams Challenge but before I reveal it I would like to thank everyone for their fantastic new baby girl creations. It made for difficulties when choosing our favourites!!!

So this fortnight we would like you to create a


Now here is something funny/odd you decide but every time I look at this card I smile and I love it even more each day!!!! I have used an image from a Fairy Doodles set which I must confess I won in a candy over a year ago!!! Can't believe I haven't got round to using this until now.
I have coloured the image with watercolour crayons, glittered the wings and then distressed the edges of the die cut. The patterened paper is from Smirk and is called Love and Friendship. I have cut all the shaped pieces using the Spellbinders nestability Labels 8. The piece behind the image is centura pearl card embossed using a Victoria and Albert Hanoverian folder.

The lace was from a local Haberdashery shop and I have threaded through some ribbon to coordinate with the rest of the card. The flowers and leaves are from Wild Orchid crafts (I think!). Finally the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley - Dreamy Days set. Oh and by the way have you seen the sneaky peaks of the new stamps due out on 9th March - overdraft here we come!!!! Nearly forgot to say the background is stamped using a couple of stamps from the Clearly Hand Stamped set by 3 Birds - can't find it for sale anywhere -sorry.

Anyway I can't wait to see what you come up with and if you would like some more inspiration please check out my teammates creations. Their links are on my left sidebar.

Just a couple of challenges for this card!!!!

Fussy and Fancy Friday - Embossing or paper piecing,

Paperplay Challenge - Let's get sentimental,

Paper Pretties - Glitter,

Crafty Creations - Bottom of the garden,

Flutterby Wednesday - Open plus fairy/butterfly/angel,

Scrap Creations - Birthday,

Oldie but Goodie - Spring is in the air, and,

A Spoonfull of Sugar - Birthday wishes.

Hugs to you all.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

"Lasting Memories" Challenge #27 A Sketch

Lasting Memories

I can't believe how quickly the weeks are going at the moment. Half term is over, girls are back to school tomorrow and I'm back to work on Tuesday - time to relax!!!! Yeah right!!
So it's time for another challenge from Lasting Memories, and we have a sketch for you.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with.

I have used the sketch to show off my flower photos taken last week.

As usual I have used Digital Scrapbook Artist to make the layout but I have only used a few things from digikits. The flower broder at the bottom is made using the flower heads from my pictures. The background is also from one of my photos. Really getting into the manipulation of photo side of things.

Please check out my teammates for some more inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

Just a few challenges to enter

Papercutz Challenge - Spring,

Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes.

I would love to hear what you think.


Thursday, 24 February 2011

Another boys card

My card today is for my other nephew who will be 12 next week. I have used the By the River stamp by Lili of the Valley - and yes I used to play by the river when I was little - well they were rhynes (pronounced reens) if you are from Somerset you will know what I mean. I used to collect frog spawn and look at the newts too and I was probably only 6 or 7. I'm not sure I would be happy for my 6 year old to play in the same area although she can swim (I couldn't at that age) - did my parents know where I was - who knows!!!!

The image was coloured with water colour crayons and cut out with my nestabilities Large and small labels. The background is made from the Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder on centura pearl card distressed with China blue Distress ink. The papers were from a freebie set I received on a Magazine so long ago I can't remember which one. The buttons were from a Polka Doodles CD called Candy Doodles with some orange ribbon in the middle. The dragonfly is from a set of gems by Anita which I have had for at least 6 years. Oh and the sentiments are from Lili of the Valley too the Boy Oh Boy set.

Here are the challenges I am entering:-

Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes,

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Birthday Wishes,

Scrap Creations - Birthday,

Craft Your Passion - Male card,

I Did It Creations - Anything Goes,

Paper Sundaes - Male colours,

Pile It On - Childhood Dreams, and,

Crafty Catz - one for the boys.

Please let me know you have visited your comments are always lovely to receive.


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

A new award

I have been very naughty by not posting this award sooner so huge apologies to Mel who gave it to me. Thank you so much for the award and also for all the support she has given me. Now on with the rules.

You have been TAGGED .Create a post where you post the 'LOVE BLOG' image.You should also blog the person link that gave you the award and inform her/him that you accept the award.You can then choose 3 to5 favourite blogs which you also link in your post, then each blogger will inform you that they have been tagged.

This is the difficult bit - narrowing it down to 5 people. I have decided to give this award to some new friends I have made in the world  of scrapbooking. As many of you will know it is a new area to me and I am really enjoying making layouts with the thousands of photos I hardly ever look at!!!!

So this is for you guys at Lasting Memories - thank you for having me.

Tiffany (Happy Birthday hun),

Ashley and a special mention for Ashleigh Karen's daughter.

Yes, I know that is more than five but how could I choose!!!!

Hugs from

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Lasting Memories Candy

Lasting Memories

Hello again and welcome to the winners post. My candy has been won by Aunileigh congratulations to you.
Could you please email me with your details so I can send your winnings to you.


Lasting Memories Challenge #26 Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Lasting Memories


Now for some more awesome news!! We have another sponsor this week!  Heart Song Designs offers hand drawn digital stamp images perfect for all your papercrafting needs. We offer a varitey of digis from elegant to super cute. Come visit us at the Heart Song Designs shop and find digis that make your heart sing.

Now onto this weeks challenge! We'd like to see you reduce, re-use and recycle your scraps or something you have laying around that you could incorporate onto your layout! Me -  well I chose to use some Peacock feathers my children found when we were on holiday last year.

The image on the left hand side is the one I chose to use from Heart Song Designs called Bird Cage

as you can see it has been flipped and I coloured it using Promarkers.

Please check my team mates for some more inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

Just a few challenges to enter:-

C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Not a card,

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything but a card,


Allsorts Challenge Blog - Inspired by nature.

Happy Sunday everyone!


Oh by the way - I have a candy winner to announce - I nearly forgot!!!!!

BUT I am writing this at 10pm (scheduled for tomorrow midday) and the challenge doesn't finish until 2am GMT - I should be having a lovely dream then - children willing!!!!!!!
I will do a separate post tomorrow to let you know who the lucky person is.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Craftykitten has some candy................

...................and I thought I would tell you about it!!!!

It includes:

2 Sheets of Gorjuss Girls decoupage

3 packs of Flower Fairy Unmounted Rubber Stamps

1 Pack of Craft Beaded Ribbon

1 pack of flat backed pearls

1 pack of Glittered chipboard shapes

7 Promarkers

How fab is that so off you go to check out Craftykittens blog for all the details.

Good luck with reaching 200 followers hunny and many more.


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge # 22 Cool Sentiment.

Thank you to everyone who gave us such a laugh over the last fortnight - there were some fantastic cards with some fantastically corny sentiments. Please check out the Aud Sentiments Challenge blog to see who won and the top three.

This fortnight our challenge is to use a COOL SENTIMENT and we are being sponsored by Kenny K Downloads

The DT were allowed to choose an image to use - I chose Alice Chains - I really like the Gothik Angelz and they are certainly something completely different for me.

Here is my card....

As you can see I have chosen to use my favourite colour - purple - and I just felt it had to be black with the Gothik theme. The papers are from a Summer Driggs kit called Bubblegum and Licorice - I did slightly change the colour of the papers. I have used the Labels Two Nestabilities to got out the image and then drew around the outside to get a slightly larger matt on black glitter card. I have edged the image with Dusty Concord Distress ink.

I have coloured the image with Promarkers and Silver stardust gel pen. The sentiment and wings are from a Clearly Hand Stamped set by 3 Birds. The wings have been embossed with black glitter embossing powder. There is also a peice of black Magic Core'dinations card which has been embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The flowers are a mixture of petaloo and Papermania (I think!) with a bit of shiny purple candy on top.

I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with, and please check out my team mates to see some more inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

Just a few challenges to enter:-

Stamp With Fun - Sketch,

Paper Sundaes - Choose your topping (flowers and distressing),

Digital Tuesday - Die Cuts,

Creative Craft Challenge - Card for a teen,

Crafts and Me Challenge - Spread your wings,

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - three patterned papers, and,

Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge - circles.

Happy crafting everyone!


Monday, 14 February 2011

Die Cut Dreams Challenge # 83 It's a Girl (baby)

Good morning everyone hope you had a relaxing weekend. Thank you to everyone who joined in with our last challenge and boy was it hard to choose our favourites. Please check out the Die Cut Dreams Challenge blog to see who won.

Our challenge this fortnight is "It's a Girl (baby)".

Here is my card...........

 I wanted to do something a bit different so I chose to make a double easel card - I saw the technique on Create and Craft and thought I would have a go.

I used a 21cm square card folded in half. Then cut down the front side at 10.5 cm towards the fold. You then need to score a diagonal line from the centre fold out to the edge of each 10.5 cm square. Fold over to make a triangle on each side.
You then need two 10.5 cm squares to go on the front of the triangles. You will need to be sure to check which way you attach the squares to be sure they are the right way up when the card is assembled. Decorate to your taste and place a raised piece in the middle of the bottom half of your card as the stand.

I hope that was not too confusing (I am writing this while watching the BAFTAS) I did try to draw a diagram but it was proving rather difficult so I appologise for not being very professional in my description. I found it very easy to do without any instructions so hopefully if you have done an ordinary easel card you will find it just as easy. 

Here are a few more pictures.....

and another

I have used one of the fabulous stamps from the Crafters Companion SWALK range - Special Little Person. The image is coloured with watercolour crayons and the edge is glittered with pink glitter. The sentiment was from another Crafters Companion set - Popcorn - Bundle of Joy. I have used the Spellbinders Nestability Labels Nine, flowers from a candy win, pearls from my crafting buddy and team mate Dawn AKA Craftykitten. The bow is from the Papermania Capsule collection - Red hot. I also used a cuttlebug embossing folder - Divine Swirls on centura pearl card. The paper on the base of the card was from Craftwork Cards.

Please check out my team mates for some more inspiration - their links are in my left sidebar.

Finally just a couple of challenges:-

Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes,

Do You Stack Up - Ribbon,

Paper Sundaes - Pick your topping - I chose pink and flowers, and,

Crafty Creations - Three little words.

Let me know you came by I do like to receive your comments.


Sunday, 13 February 2011

"Lasting Memories" Challenge # 25 and some candy

Lasting Memories

It's Sunday again and I hope your weekend is going OK. This week at the "Lasting Memories" we are having a blog hop and we have our very first sponsor - yes, our first and it is Stef AKA Glitterbabe and we have 4 digis as the prize.

This weeks challenge is a fun one. We thought with Valentine's Day (literally) around the corner, we'd love to see RED, WHITE and/or PINK on those layouts! Feel free to use other colors as well, but we need to see these 3 colors. We also have ANOTHER surprise for you this week!! As you check out the DT blogs for inspiration, you're going to find some yummy blog candy along the way!! You just never know what you'll find, so be sure to visit each DT member, leave a comment, then come back and play along with us! You have to join us in order to be eligible to win. It's as easy as that!! Enter as many times as you like. Winners will be announced next Sunday with our challenge! Remember, to be eligible to win any of the prizes, you just have to link your entry below by Saturday, Feb 19 @ 9pm EST!

Here is my layout...........

Yes, that's where I got married!!!! I am not one for being the centre of attention and I didn't have anyone to give me away so we went for the combined wedding and honeymoon thing. My Mum did come - don't worry she was at a different hotel!!!! Again I haven't looked at these pictures for a couple of years so it was good to get them out and show the girls where we got married.

Now on to my candy which is a Button Box from My Mind's Eye

All you have to do is play along and don't forget to leave me a comment to be in with the chance to win.

Please check out my team mates for some more inspiration and they may have some candy too - their links are in my left sidebar. I look forward to seeing your creations.

I am entering this weeks layout in the following challenges

                                                 Wee Memories - Live, Laugh, Love,

Frosted Design - Sketch,

Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Challenge - Love is in the Air,

Crafty Catz Challenge - Love/Valentine,

Rainbow Lady's Challenge - All about love,

Dutch Dare - Love is in the air/Red, White, Pink,

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything but a card,

Papercrafting Journey - Love is in the air, and,

A Spoonfull of Sugar - Let's see some love.

Friday, 11 February 2011

A boys card

Hope you are all having a relaxing evening or morning depending where you are. Tonights offering is the card I have made for my nephew - it's his birthday on Monday.

I have used this super image from Lili of the Valley called Riding my Bike (yeah finally got the sentiments I have been after!!!). Here is a close up.......

I have used my watercolours and then layered the image using my nestabilities. The edges have been coloured with Broken China distress ink. The papers are from Summer Driggs - Happy Fathers Day, Relax and Dryer Lint. I have finished it off with a ribbon and some doggie related buttons from my stash. The sentiment was a free gift from Craftwork Cards.

Here are the challenges I am entering -

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes,

Scrap Creations - Animal Antics,

Tuesday Throwdown - Buttons,and,

Hope you all have a great weekend.


Sunday, 6 February 2011

"Lasting Memories" Challenge #24 Die cuts/Cricuts

Lasting Memories

Another week has flown by and we have another great challenge for all you scrappers out there or new scrappers like me. We would like to see you use your cricut or, if like me you don't have one, your die cuts.

The die cut is the cute badger sitting on the mushroom, it is a Do Crafts die cut from the Woodland Folk range. I have teamed him up with some photos of my daughters taken a few years ago. I love the way Emily is looking up at Alex with that adoring look - shame it is not there now!! They were taken by the lady who ran the nursery they went to - just loved the mushroom cushion.
The background and frames are from a freebie for Digital Scrapbook artist called Fairytale made by Wendy P. The other bits and pieces are from several digikits which can be found at Daisytrail.
Please check out my lovely team mates for some more inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

Just a few challenges for this one

Sir Stampalot Challenge - All creatures great and small,

Totally Papercrafts - Friendship,

Sew Many Challenges - Anything Goes.

Hugs to you all.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Let's Ink It Up Challenge # 9 Romance/Valentine

It is with some sadness I have to say that my term at Let's Ink It Up has come to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there and working with such a talented and inspiring team. Thank you to Suzanne for giving me the chance.
I would also like to thank everyone who played in our last challenge. The standard was amazing and the team found it very hard to pick our top 5. I look forward to seeing you inking up your rubber for our next challenge ...............

We have two sponsors for this challenge - Whiff of Joy.

They have given the prize of Willow with Champagne shown below,

who have provided a prize package of a set of three markers a pack of A6 Xpress It card and a Copic swatch book.

So here is the card I made,............

.......................... thank you Dawn for the image I used. She is coloured with watercolour crayons and the heart has been glazed. I have stamped and embossed the hearts in glitter black and red. The sentiments was embossed in black - I think it is an Anita's one.

Please check out my fellow team maters for some fantastic inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

A few challenges as well!!!

Totally Tilda Challenge - Tilda with lots of hearts,

Wild Orchid Challenge - Love is...

Try It On Tuesday - Feel the Lurrrvvveee,

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Love Is In The Air,

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Show some love,

Stampin' for the weekend - St Valentines Day,

Saturday Challenge - Valentines,

Raise the Bar - Hearts,

Pixie Dust Studio - Say it with roses,

Moving Along With The Times - Red,

Just Magnolia - Anything Goes,

All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge - Queen of Hearts,

Bunny Zoe Crafts Challenge - Love is in the air,

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Valentines,

Creative Belli Challenge - Jewellry, gems, rhinestones,

Crazy 4 Challenges - Valentine, and,

Crafty Creations Challenge - Poem (red, red rose).

Let me know you have popped by.