Thursday, 28 April 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge #27 "Happy Mother's Day"

Wow everyone what a wonderful 1st Birthday Blog Hop. Thank you so much to everyone who took part and made it so much fun. Please check out the Aud Sentiments Challenge blog to see who got the prize and top 3 and also who won on the teams blogs too.
I would also like to welcome our new DT members - Carolina, Piali, Gemma and Amy D - welcome aboard girls.
The challenge is.............
This fortnight we are sponsored by

Paper Garden Projects and the team had lots of lovely flower pictures to choose from.
I chose the beautiful Daffodil which comes as part of a set of Spring Flowers.

I have used some gorgeous papers called Hideaway from First Edition. I have also used some pastel yellow glitter card and some lace I bought at Quixotic Paperie - this link is the closest match I can find. I made the sentiment myself.
Don't forget to check out my team mates blogs for some more fantastic inspiration - their links are on my sidebar.
I am entering the following challenges:-

Little Red Wagon - For Mom,

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Mother's Day theme,

Dutch Dare - For Mum,

Craft Us Crazy - Mums and flowers,

Alphabet Challenge - Y is for Yellow, and,

CES Challenge - Spring colours.


Monday, 25 April 2011

Die Cut Dreams Challenge #88 Wedding

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!!!! I was too busy watching the new Harry Potter DVD Deathly Hallows Part I last night and totally forgot to do my DT post for this morning. So I now have to keep telling the children to leave me alone for a minute because I forgot to do something - like that's going to happen!!!!

Boy oh boy how many gorgeous creations did we see last fortnight, the talent in blogland is outstanding thank you everyone for playing along and check out the Die Cut Dreams Challenge blog to see who won and got a top3 place.  

Our challenge for this fortnight is..........


I know we are going to see some fantastic creations this time.

Here is my bit of inspiration for you

I have used a lovely Popcorn stamp which I have had for ages - it is from the Wedding Day set. It is coloured with watercolours and the die cut has been glittered around the ages. The frame was made using an EK Success punch - Garden Flower chain - then I put pearls in the middle of the flowers. I finished it off with some flowers I bought at Hobby Craft last year and glittered. The background paper has been in my stash forever and has a lovely sheen to it.

Please check out my team mates creations for some more fantastic inspiration. Their links are on my left sidebar.

Just a few challenges to enter:-

Cute Card Thursday - No text,

Little Miss Muffet - Glitter and shine,

C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Flowers,

Fab'n'Funky - Here comes the bride,

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Let's Celebrate,

Stamping for the Weekend - Wedding,

Totally Papercrafts - Weddings, and,

Stamping Vacation - Oasis Occasion - Wedding.

So I guess weddings is a popular theme - can't think why!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone going to watch on Friday?


Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter Everyone!

I hope you are all well and having a lovely Easter Sunday. This is my last Easter creation using the Nitwits Egg-stra Special collection although I can see many uses for the papers for other cards.

Now I received a beautiful card from Helen who inspired me to try faux stitching again. This is what I won from her recently ( I have also decided that if ever I win something - which doesn't happen that often - I am going to post about it so I can remember who I won what from - if you know what I mean).

and here is a closeup of my attempt

and hopefully you can see the glitter too.

Just a couple of Easter challenges for this one!
Totally Gorjuss - Bling it on,

Crazy 4 Challenges - make an Easter card,

Crafty Catz - Childs card (Easter card for a child),

Delicious Doodles - Anything Goes,

Rainbow Ladys Challenge - Sweet Treats for Easter (I thought the eggs would qualify),

Paperplay Challenge - Easter Time,

Do You Stack Up - Easter blog hop, and,

My Time To Craft - Easter Wishes.


"Lasting Memories" Challenge #35 A sketch and my last DT post.

Lasting Memories

Happy easter Sunday everyone, I hope the weather is as good where you are. We are having a bit of a heat wave in South Devon - perfect timing for once as the whole of the Easter holidays have been lovely. Anyway it is with great sadness that I have to say this is my last DT post for "Lasting Memories" Layout Challenges. Karen gave me a wonderful opportunity and I have had lots of fun creating my digital layouts and the occasional paper one. A big thank you to everyone on the team - they are wonderful girls and I will continue to follow them and hopefully play along from time to time.

So onto our sketch for this week..........

....................which I have flipped - here..............

On our recent visit to the New Forest (sorry I didn't pop in Lyn - didn't realise I could!!!) we went to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. We spent the whole day - no not looking at cars but I had to keep DH happy!!! - there was so much to do so the children were happy. They asked me to take this picture of them with the car Mr Bean used in his film.
So please check out my teammates creations for some more fabulous inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar. Don't forget to play along and perhaps try out for a Design Team position.


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #34 Easter theme

Hi everyone, I'm back and posting my Lasting Memories layout for the current challenge - Easter theme, it can be an Easter layout, easter colours, even bunnies and duckies- and remind you that you have plenty of time to play along. I am a bit late because I have been on holiday with my children to the New Forest. My layout is about one of our days out to a steam railway called the Watercress Line. They were running special events over the Easter holidays and part of that was for the children to get their faces painted. Now I'm sure you all know how much children like this activity - and most of them will stay still long enough for it to be done!!!!
My layout was done using Craft Artist Platinum and one of the many kits you can find at Daisytrail.
Hope you like it.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Boy Oh Boy!

Good afternoon everyone this is an extra card I made from the one of the sponsors images at Sassy Cheryls - Nature Boy for the Aud Sentiments Blog hop and DT call post.
He has been coloured with watercolours and mounted on blue card which has been distressed round the edges. The papers are from Summer Driggs - Freedom Ain't free and Sweet Cakes - I love her papers especially for boys cards. The buttons are from my stash and I have threaded blue fibre through them. The sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley set called Boy oh Boy!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Cooking It Up With Katie - 1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellishments,

Simons Says Challenge - Card for a child,

Your Next Stamp - Texture,

Bunny Zoes Challenge - One for the boys,

A Spoon Full of Sugar - All creatures great and small,

Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes,

Paper Sundaes - Childhood Memories,

Sketch Saturdays - I used their sketch, and,

Fussy and Fancy Friday - Card for a child.

Have a great day and please let me know you have visited.


Aud Sentiments Challenge #26 and Birthday Blog Hop

Warning!!!! Long post, you may want to get a cup of tea/coffee and get yourself comfortable for this one!!
We have a lot of exciting things for you during this challenge! It is our 1 year anniversary and we are going to celebrate all during this challenge and we are having a DT call - check out the Aud Sentiments for all the details.

OK, now onto the challenge... We are so lucky to have Sassy Cheryls as our sponsor this week!

She has the most adorable images. If you haven't been to her store you should pop over and take a look.
Here is a little bit about them...
"Hi everyone! Sassy Cheryl here and I’m so happy to be sponsoring the Aud Sentiments challenge this week. I have been creating graphics and have licensed my work to companies such as Kohl's, Hobby Lobby and Shopko, among others, for over six years. I started creating digital images about ten ago. I absolutely LOVE to draw and always carry a small sketchbook for those times when a bit of inspiration hits. It's been a lifelong dream to become a working artist, and besides deadlines, I LOVE everything about what I do! It really helps that I have a very supportive husband and son (they also can be my biggest critics!) Through the digis I create, I’ve met so many wonderful, talented ladies. The projects they make using my images makes it all worth it. ‘Can’t wait to see what you will create with my Sassy images. " "

The theme for this challenge is ANYTHING GOES! This is perfect for all you trying out for the team to really show us what you love to make!
Here is my card using Bunny Chit Chat from our sponsor

(Just click on the image for a larger version)
Here is a closup of the button - very fiddly but hope you like it!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Fussy and Fancy Friday"> - Card for a girl,

Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes,

Digital Tuesday - Little women,

Creative Belli - Eggs or bunnies (old stash is the fibre in my button), and,

Simon Says Challenge - Card for a child.

Now for some more fun......
Now onto the Birthday Celebrations!
Each one of the DT members has picked one of their favorite sponsors to make a project with on their blogs. The sponsors are giving away prizes on each of the blogs so there are a lot of goodies to be won! All you have to do is...
1. Visit each of the blogs and leave a comment
2. Become a follower of Aud Sentiments
3. Leave a comment on this post about what you like about our challenges or any ideas that you would like to see
That's it! You will have until the challenge ends to visit everyone.
Have FUN!
Here are the DT blogs and who is sponsoring them.

Audrey from Aud Cards

Ali from The Crafty Dragon (Me)

Scrappy from It's A Scrappy World

Maria from Joyful Stamper

Lorraine from Coldwaters2

Tammy from Create When I Can

Denise from i. ink. i. can...

You should have reached my blog after commenting at Audrey from Aud Cards and once you have left me a comment you need to visit Yvonne from It's A Scrappy World if you get lost the list is up a bit!!

Here is the sponsor I chose ...........

........The Stamping Boutique - I just love these images and I used Twirling Fairy.

Lots of glitter and a bit of distressing as well. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley - Dreamy Sentiments.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Crafty Catz Challenge - embossing,

Allsorts - Anything but a square,

One Stop Craft Challenge - Monochrome,

Tuesday Throwdown - Sparkle and bling, and,

Flutterby Wednesday - Pastel colours and a butterfly, fairy or angel.

I can't wait to see all your lovely creations and don't forget to comment to be in with a chance of a prize from my sponsor.


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

More "Less is More"!!

Oh dear, these don't seem to show up very well do they ...... good job I have some closeps then!!!
Like so many other crafters I am having so much fun trying my hand at the "Less is More" challenge which this week is...

A One Layer Card with the SENTIMENT
as the focus of your creation.
I never manage to do more than one card at a time .................normally!!
but I just wanted to experiment..........
The images and sentiment are from Swirly Flutters and Florals and Flitters and Flutters by Kay Carley. I have used my Sakura stardust pens to colour the images and outline the swirls.

I am also entering these cards in the challenge at A Spoon Full of Sugar - All creatures great and small.

Don't forget the Birthday Blog hop at Aud Sentiments tomorrow - see you there.


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Dawn has some Easter Candy

Dawn AKA Craftykitten has some yummy Easter Candy for you. The candy runs until the 17th April so don't miss out.

You could win the following:-

A pack of 12 Glitter sheets

A pack of 4 glitter borders

A pack of Easter Die Cut shapes

A 2 pack of Papermania Alpha Minis

(Upper and lower case - in lemon)

Some Hobbycraft silk Daffodils

A bunch of lemon Mulberry Roses

A pack of felt flowers

A pack of yellow Butterfly stickers

(Yes I know they're upside down!!)

3 lengths of Easter Ribbon

1 Pack of Cadbury Mini Eggs (hopefully!!!)

A pack of pastel buttons

Don't hold your breath for the chocolate eggs - Dawn loves chocolate!!!!!!


Monday, 11 April 2011

Die Cut Dreams Challenge #87 Easter

Happy Monday everybody and welcome to the next challenge from Die Cut Dreams. A nice easy one for you this time - we would like to see your Easter themed projects. Here is mine................

The image is from Penny Black and coloured with Promarkers and I have used more elements from the Nitwit collection Egg-stra special. The die cuts are from the adorable Susie - her shop Die Cut Dreams is closed until June but keep her in mind for all your die cut requirements. The ribbon and gems are from my stash and the white eggs on the dp are glittered around the edge.
Please check out my teammates for some more inspiration - their links are on my sidebar. We have a new Dream Girl to welcome - Evgenia - have fun hun.

Just a couple of challenges to enter this time!!!!!!
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes,
Simon Says Challenge - Easter/Spring colours,
Scrap Creations - Pick 3 - Ribbon, Flowers, Pearls, Glitter, Buttons, Charm.
Passion for Promarkers - Yellow and Pink (not sure if I have managed this)
PaperPlay Challenge - Critters,
Everybody Art - Easter,
Do You Stack Up - Follow the yellow brick road, and,
Craft Your Passion - Two by two.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

"Lasting Memories" Challenge #33 Journaling

Lasting Memories

Wow what a fantastic turnout for our last challenge, check out the Lasting Memories site to see who won the fabulous prize and the top 3 picks.

Our challenge this week is to show us your

............JOURNALING .............

I am sorry this is a short post but I have caught a bug - I have no voice at all!!! Some may say that is a good thing especially the children as I can't shout at them. Sorry sometimes a Mother has to, especially when you have asked them something three times and nothing has happened!!!

Here is my layout

Again I have used paper and an embellishment from the Egg-stra Special collection by Nitwit, and my trusty Craft Artist programme. We went shopping a couple of weeks ago and these are the outfits they chose.
Please visit my team mates for some more fabulous inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

Just a couple of challenges:-

Sketches In Thyme - I have used their sketch,

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes,

Tuesday Throwdown - Spring, and,

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

Have a great day.


Monday, 4 April 2011

Lili of the Valley - Bunny!

My second post tonight is more in my comfort zone!!! One of my newest stamps is from Lili of the Valley - Little Acorn and I love it but I should have coloured it differently, never mind.
I have used watercolour crayons and then I distressed the edges of the nestie and mounted it on kraft card - I got it from Elzybells before she shut down. The backing paper is from a paper pack from the Woodland Folk series. I have distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distress tool and distress inks. The sentiment is also from LOTV - Dreamy Days Circular sentiments - also heavily distressed! I have used some ribbon from my stash and some flowers I won a long time ago. They have been glittered and teamed up with some pearls (I think I got from Craftykitten - sorry I can't remember hun!!!).

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Totally Stampalicious - Birthday card,

Birthday Sundaes - Anything Goes (birthday sentiment),

The Stamp Man Challenge - Anything Tim,

Simon Says Challenge - Sketch (not sure if it is OK tho),

The Crafty Pad - Flowers,

Crafty Creations - Bunny, and,

Craft Us Crazy - Easter or Spring.

Oh well off to bed - let's hope the dragonlettes let me sleep!!


Less Is More

My first card for tonight is another entry in the Less Is More challenge - A touch of red. I have used a set of stamps that was free from Simply Cards and Papercraft made by Pink Petticoat. Hopefully it has improved from the last one I entered. I would also like to say that I really appreciated the constructive criticism I received - it was very helpful and I agreed with the consensus of opinion.

The other challenges I am entering with this card are :-

Totally Stampalicious - Birthday card,

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes,

Birthday Sundaes - Anything Goes (birthday sentiment),

Dream Valley Challenge - Things with wings, and,

Polka Doodles Challenge - No printed backing papers.

Again I am happy to receive all your comments.

Hope you have a great day.


Sunday, 3 April 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #32 "Spring is in the air"

Lasting Memories

Hi everyone, hope you are having a lovely relaxing Sunday - especially all you gorgeous Mums out there (It is Mothering Sunday in the UK). This weeks challenge is all about spring! We want to see how you incorporate "spring" into your layouts! Maybe it's using spring time colors or maybe it's using butterflies, bees and flowers!

Our lovely sponsor this week is Leeanne of Artful Delight!

........................and the lucky winner will receive this...................

Here is my digital layout using a picture of cherry blossom. I have always wanted a cherry tree just for the blossom in the spring but I still don't have one, this is one just up the road from my house!!

The papers are from a Nitwit collection called Egg-stra Special - the papers are delicious and as you can see the embellishments can be used for non Easter projects!!! They will be featuring on a couple of my cards soon.

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

Before I mention the challenges I am entering I thought I would just let you know that "Lasting Memories" is having a DT call for the next four challenges. Please join in and put DT after your name for a chance to join the team.

I am entering the following challenges:-

Craft Us Crazy - Easter or Spring,

Flutterby Wednesday - Buttons, bows and butterflies (or angels/fairies),

Top Tip Tuesday - Nature inspired,

Saturday Challenge - Butterflies,

Allsorts Challenge - Blooming Blossoms,

Tuesday Throwdown - Florals, and,

Kaboodle Doodles - Spring has Sprung.

I llok forward to seeing your Spring themed layouts.