Thursday, 31 December 2009

Quixotic Challenges Candy

Look what is on offer at Quixotic Challenges - yes a mystery gift pack worth approximately £40 - wow how good is that.
All you have to do is post details of the candy on your blog and the fun part is chose your favourite card of 2009. Then go back to Quixotic Challenges and put a direct link to your post on Mr Linky - there is only one entry per person. The deadline is 5th January 2010. Also don't forget to check out everyone else's entries!!

Now I have chosen to show the card that was most challenging and fun for me this past year. It also turned out to be my most successful!!!

The full details of my step card can be found here.
Now I am off to a New Years Eve Party tonight with the whole family - we may even do a sleep over!!!!!
So I would just like to wish you all a very Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.

See you in 2010 for more fun, challenges and candy!!!!!


Wednesday, 30 December 2009

New Year Flower

I had a bit of inspiration and using a freebie at Rusty Pickles Digital Delights I made this flower

and another view

I like it so much I have shown it twice!!!!!!
The background paper is from Funky Fairys where there is an amazing closing down sale - unfortunatley Shaz has decided to close her fab shop so pop over there as soon as you can to get some fab stuff at 50% off.
I coloured the leaves using my new prezzie - Inktense crayons - I am so pleased with them. I have used one of the sketches at The Pink Elephant as shown below -

 The final touch was some glitter and a sentiment using a freebie from Miss Cutie Pie with an added peel off.

I have connected the leaves/petals together using a pearl brad. Also I have used my nestie, I am so pleased with this purchase.

I will also enter this card in the following challenges :-

The Little Paper Shop - Navy Blue, Pale Blue and Silver,

My Time to Craft - Anything Goes,

Penny's Challenge - monochramatic New Year and,

Lots To Do - Free theme.

Looking forward to your thoughts.


Tuesday, 29 December 2009

The Stamp Man Blog Hop and awards

There is currently a blog hop over at The Stamp Man which lasts until midnight on the 3rd January 2010. The prizes are amazing so don't miss out.
The other event happening here is an award which is given to you if you chose your favourite project of 2009. Well, I have only been doing this seriously since July so I only have half a year to look at but it wasn't an easy decision. However, I have chosen the word book I made for my darling little dragon, Emily on her third birthday.

It was also made for my first ever Guest Design spot at the Tuesday Taggers - for more info see the full post here.
I loved making this card and ended up gettig my first commission from it too!!!


Monday, 28 December 2009

Happy New Year!

Good evening everyone, I hope your mojo's have been given a well earned rest and are raring to go again.
I have made something other than a card today - a box for a wine bottle. The family have been invited to some good friends for New Years Eve so I thought this was the ideal opportunity to make something special for them.
I have used one of the templates from a MyCraft Studio CD Rom - A Classic Christmas. I have added a couple of fab freebies one from Dustin Pike Celebration Dragon and a ticket from Miss Cutie Pie and can be found here - thanks Jan for the tip. Here is a close up of the image which has been coloured using Promarkers and Sakura Stardust pens.
I put the dragon on using foam pads so he could peek over the ticket. I added the words and used a freebie font called Santa's Big Secret.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Crafty Cardmakers - Favourites of the year - I have two since starting in July I have discovered digi images and Promarkers,

Cute Card Thursday - New Year,

Passion for Promarkers - Anything but a crad with a Christmas or New Year theme,

Crafty Creations - No rules,

Simon Says Challenge - Party!!

Cupcake Crafts Chalenge - Time to celebrate,

Everybody Art Challenge - New Year,

Allsorts Challenge - Anything But a Card,

Daring Cardmakers - New Year and

Paperplay Challenge - New Beginnings - mine is New Year.

I do hope you all have a Wonderful New Year and you are as lucky as I have been meeting some fantastic, supportive and generous crafty people.


Sunday, 27 December 2009

Happy Birthday

Hi everyone and I hope Santa brought you everything you wished for. Now this is a quick Birthday card for a colleague at work. I have used the beautiful Elzybells stamps called Teddy Surprise which I won in Elizabeths count down to Christmas.

They have been coloured using my watercolour crayons and then mounted on pale yellow card. The gems and butterflies are from my stash as are the sentiment strips. I couldn't fit this set into a sketch so I chose the challenge at the Little Paper Shop - Keep it clean one layer card.

I will also enter this card in the following challenges :-

Lots To Do - Free theme,

Polka Doodles - Free theme,

Charisma Cardz - Anything but a Christmas card,

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Time for celebration,

Crafty Creations - No rules,

Flutterby Wednesday - Butterflies, angels or fairies and

Pile It On - Crystal Clear you can use rhinestones, acetate, mirrors etc (I hope the gems are OK)

Now you know the score, please leave me a comment - I am addicted you know!!!

PS Don't forget my  BIRTHDAY candy here.


Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas Everyone

Just a quick post to say HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all my followers and to say thank you as I have just reached the magical 100 followers. I have tried to get round to everyone with a personal message but didn't quite manage it so sorry to those of you who I missed out.
Have a wonderful day - now I am off to feed the little dragons their breakfast!!!!


Thursday, 24 December 2009

Blog hop reminder

Hey everyone, it's Christmas Eve and this is just a reminder that there is a Blog Hop at the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog - so hop over to join in the fun and be in with a chance of winning some prizes. This is the new Christmas Challenge site - the sister of ABC Challenge Blog - and it has been set up to help us make enough Christmas cards and projects for next year.


Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Last Minute Christmas card.

Good evening everyone, and hope you are all well and warm!!! We have had some hard frosts over the last couple of days - quite hairy when you are driving one way and the car is going the other way!!!
Anyway here is my last Christmas card - bit of a last minute thing as I realised I had forgotten someone - whoooops!!!
I have used the sketch at Friday Sketchers, a great one by Aud, thanks hun, and I wanted to try it.


I also fancied trying something new so I am having a go at the Spotlight challenge from Sunflowers and Dragonflies. I used a fantastic freebie image from Tracey Malfonski at The Stamping Boutique, her images are so gorgeous so please visit her shop - here. I decided to spotlight Audrey on the reindeer.

I used my favourite watercolour crayons plus a little bit of Sakura stardust gold pen on the bells and stars. The burgundy paper is from my stash - possibly from a Crafters Companion paper pack? Then I have used some papers from another favourite Seasons Greetings CD Rom from Artylicious. The polka dot paper is from Funky Fairys but I can't give you a link as the shop is closed!!! Also another favourite some glitter card.
The jewels are from my stash as are the tiny snowflake like buttons!!! Then I punched out some snowflakes in the glitter card and burgundy paper - plus some bright pink glitter card.
So there you have it. I am also entering this card in these other challenges :-

Die Cut Dreams Challenge Blog - Snowflake Surprise (since when are they pink!!)

DareU2Digi Stamp Friday - Last minute card,

Simon Says - Merry Christmas,

Digital Tuesday - Snowflakes,

Alphabet Challenge Blog - J is for jewels,

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog - Free for all,

S2G Challenges - Holiday Cards,

Colour Create - Pink, Burgundy and Ivory,

Crafty Angels - Use a new Technique,

If the Shoe Fits - Favourite colouring medium,

Rainbow Lady's Challenge Blog - Deer or large animal,and

Bee Crafty - Circles plus a digi.

Please let me know your thoughts. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

PS Don't forget to join in my Birthday Candy it runs until 21st January 2010 when I am - no I can't reveal that sort of information!!!!!


Friday, 18 December 2009

Traditional easel card

What a beautiful bright morning today in Devon. No sign of the snow that the South East has had. Just dropped No 1 dragon at school for her last day!!! No 2 dragon is downstairs with hubby who has finished work for the holidays too.
Her is another easel card - just love making them and this time with a Magnolia stamp I bought from a fellow crafter - thank you Sue.

This picture shows the easel shape and the next one shows the front better.

So I have gone for traditional colours. I coloured my Tilda with water colour crayons and a bit of glitter on her furry bits!! Here is a close up of the image to show the glitter better.

I have used my one and only Nestability for the scalloped circles cut from gold miri card and a piece of paper from the Artylicious CDRom Seasons Greetings. The paper on the bottom is also from here - finally I am using this CD - have had it since it was first released and hardly used it - but since joining in with challenges I have used it several times - yeh!! Under the scallops is a piece of torn vellum from my stash. I used the sketch from Midnight Madness shown below. These

are always fantastic but I find them harder to do - don't get me wrong that is good - they are challenges after all!!

The sentiment was from a card pack from Hot Off The Press called Paper Pizzazz sheets - Christmas. I have just mounted it on gold miri card and used it as the stopper to keeo the card up. the other embellishments are some buttons from my stash and some lace I won in a candy from Martine - thanks hun.

Now unfortunately I missed a couple of challenges because I didn't manage to post this yesterday but things conspired against me - like they do!!!!

Here are the ones I haven't missed!!!

Simon Says Challenge - Merry Christmas,

Quixotic Challenge - Lace,

Crafty Creations - Red, Green and Gold/Yellow,

Cute Daisy May - Green and Gold,

Little Paper Shop Recipe - Paper, Stamp and Embellishments,

Crafty Angels - Tear It Up,

The Pink Elephant - Winter/Christmas,

Sophisticat Challenge - Christmas theme,

Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes plus DT call and

Create 4 Fun - Easel card.

Now something else to tell you about - it's my Birthday in the middle of January plus I have nearly got 100 followers and 10,000 hits. So guess what I am going to have a candy, watch this space!!!!


Thursday, 17 December 2009

Rusty Pickles Copic Ciao Candy

Hi everyone. here is my weekly reminder to you about the fantastic candy going on at The Rusty Picle's Digital Delights Store - you have the chance of winning these -

and are they not just too delicious for words. Here is a reminder of what you need to do to get your hands on these gorgeous pens.

1. Get one entry for every $10 worth of images purchased from the Rusty Pickle

2. Get another entry for posting about this challenge on your blog.

3. Get ONE entry each week that you post about it again between now and December 25.


Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Jude's Mega Birthday Candy

This is what you could win over at Jude's blog AKA Crafts International, I can't believe she has anything left in her stash!!! The list of goodies is amazing so head on over for your chance to win. The draw will be on 7th January 2010.

Good Luck everyone.


Monday, 14 December 2009

Tilda Bag

Another evening post, but it will have to be short as I have a rather sore blood shot eye - I know you don't want the details but I need to rest it! I am having problems putting this Magnolia stamp down, she is great. I have used a bag I won in a candy from Jude AKA Crafts International - thank you.
Firstly, I used a Kay Carley stamp from the sheet called Oh Christmas Tree which is, incidently on offer at the Stamp Man down to £9.95 from £19.90 , there are other offers there too - bother!!! I used my versamark ink pad and some gold glitter embossing powder.

I then coloured my Tilda in using Promarkers and glitter. I made the sentiment using word and them mounted it on a small scallop from my new Nestability - I do however want some more - surprise surprise!!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:-

Passion for Promarkers - Mega Christmas challenge, Anything but a card with a Christmas/New year theme,

Magnolia Down Under - Bedazzled,

Simon Says challenge - Let It Snow,

Crafty Catz - Brown, Cream, White and Gold,

Just Magnolia - It's Christmas,

Frosted Designs - Holiday theme and

Stamp Something - Winter Wonderland.

Thank you for all your comments, they are much appreciated.


Sunday, 13 December 2009

Going for Gold

Good evening all, sitting here watching Sports Personality of the Year whilst I do this post - the joys of wireless!!!!
My card tonight has been done using MyCraft Studio again. I have used the paper sentiment and image from the Classic Christmas CD Rom. The colours are all shades of gold except for a touch of crystal glitter on the snow in the globe.

I also added the silhouette of santa and his sleigh in the sky - I just love this image.

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

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Monochrome,

Creative Card Crew - Gold or Silver,

Papertake Weekly - Red and Green must not be seen,

Frosted Designs - Holiday Theme,

Sunflowers and Dragonflies - Snow, snowmen or santa and his sleigh,

Our Creative Corner Holiday Theme and

Simon Says Challenge - Let it Snow

I hope you like it - please let me know.

By the way the winner of the Sports Personaliy of Year is ................. Ryan Giggs - I was expecting it to be Jenson Button bu tthere you go!!

Hugs Ali x

Saturday, 12 December 2009

I've found my Mojo!!

Hi everyone just a quick post before going to see my SIL and MIL for the day. I have managed to do the sketch at Mojo Monday and here it is.

I have had very little time this week so I decided to use MyCraft Studio to make my card. I used the images from the MCS CD roms - Classic Christmas and Magic of Christmas.

I have also entered this card at the Creative Belli Challenge where they want flourishes and Cooking it up with Katie where she has a recipe - Christmas, ribbon and a current sketch.

Yep, that's all folks!!! Your comments as ever are always welcome.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Die Cuts R Us have a fab offer for you


This is the amazing offer from Die Cuts R Us and this is what they have to say on their blog.

"Everyone loves getting gifts this time of year. But what happens when the tree is down, paper picked up, and candy canes are all gone? We KEEP GIVING!! What you ask? How about a NEW QuicKutz Epic Six Die Cutting System and a grab bag of QuicKutz dies to get you started!!!! No, you are not seeing things and this is no trick! In the spirit of the season, we want to give one lucky blog follower this fabulous prize! So, what needs to happen for us to hand this prize pack over?? Well, we need to hit 500 followers by New Year's Day!!! We know you can help us do this! Spread the word of this giveaway on your blog, forums, facebook., twitter, EVERYWHERE YOU CAN! If we can reach the 500, someone in that 500 gets the New Epic Six & the dies!!! The more people you tell, the better chance we have of reaching 500 and you will be in the pot to win! So, help spread the word, make sure you are signed up on the right as a follower, and comment on this post telling us you want to win! Start the New Year off right with a NEW QuicKutz Epic Six and NEW Dies FREE!!!! Good luck luck and happy following!!!"

So what are you waiting for.