Thursday, 31 March 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge #25 Sentiment/Card for a child

Hi everyone and welcome to the new challenge at Aud Sentiments. This fortnight we would like to see....


We are being sponsored by Digi Doodles...........

...................and the team were able to choose an image to use.............
I chose Carousel - my kids love going on the carousel at a playpark called Crealy.

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

 Sorry about the photo, the sun was going down so I got a few shadows on it!!! Shouldn't complain should I!! I have coloured the image with Promarkers and added glitter. The edge of the card has been distressed and inked with Spun Sugar distress ink and then glittered. I used a corner punch to make it a bit neater.
The letters were from a Crafters Companion CD - Cute Companions. I made them small enough to fit on the sides of the card and then glittered them with spray (not sure you can see this in the photo). Here is a closeup.........................

So I can't wait to see what you come up with. Oh by the way don't forget to check out my team mates creations for some more inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

Here are the challenges I am entering...........

Creative Card Crew - For a child,

Paper Playtime - Digi monday,

Pile It On - Cutie patootie,

Fun with shapes and more - No designer paper, and,

Hope you have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Aud Sentiments Announcement

Yippppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeee we are having a blog hop over at Aud Sentiments.

It will run from April 14-April 26th.

There will be loads of inspiration from the team and loads of prizes from our fabulous sponsors so be sure to mark your calendars!
It would be great if you could help to spread the word by making a post or putting the badge on your sidebar.

Thanks so much!

Monday, 28 March 2011

Die Cut Dreams Challenge # 86 Food themed digi

Morning everyone, hope you had a lovely weekend. I would like to thank everyone who entered our last challenge - please check out the Die Cut Dreams blog to see who won and got the DT's vote!

Onto this fortnights challenge and we would like you to show a


We are sponsored this time by Digis With Attitude who let the team use some of the Grumpy Gretchens.

Here is my card a side stepper made using the Chef Grumpy Gretchen and a few images from the Polka Doodles CD - All Around and Everywhere.

The ribbon was from Crafty Ribbons. I added a bit of glitter on the cakes and some glaze on the buttons on the sentiment. Here is a closeup.............  

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

Just a couple of challenges to enter with this card.

Charisma Cardz Challenge - Birthday for a teen,

Delightful Challenge - Pastels and Ribbon,

The Stamping Vacation - What's New Cupcake,

Stampin' B's Design Challenge - Male card, and,

Everybody Art Challenge - Birthday.

Hope you have fun with this one.


Sunday, 27 March 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #31 A Sketch

Lasting Memories

It's Sunday so it must be the next challenge at "Lasting Memories" Layout Challenge. Firstly, I would like to thank those of you who played in our recipe challenge check out the "Lasting Memories" blog to see who won.

This week we have a sketch for you to follow...................

.................and here is my interpretation............

(Edited to say that the three shapes at the bottom are supposed to be squirrel shapes!!!)
As you can see I have flipped it and it is completely digital. The picture was taken out of my front door looking into my next door neighbours garden!!!

Please check out my team mates for some more fantastic inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Just a couple of challenges today -

Crafty Creations - Stitches,

Crafts and Me - Anything Goes,

Tuesday Throwdown - Anything but a card.

Hope you have a lovely Sunday.


Friday, 25 March 2011

Magnolia Birthday Card

Hello everyone, isn't it wonderful that the sun is still shining and everything is blooming. I have a few birthday cards to make one of which is extra special - for my Mum who will be 84 and loves flowers - hopefully this card will fit the bill! 
The image was a pressie from my bestest friend Craftykitten - thank you my darling. It is of course a Tilda from the You Are So Special set and is called Congratulation Tilda. Here is a closeup.........

The swirly bits and dots in the image have been glittered with a purple glitter and the rest of the image was coloured with watercolour crayons. The swirls in the background have been stamped using the Best Friend Swirls set from Sheena Douglass - in pink and purple ink. The embossed centura pearl card was done using the Divine Swirls cuttlebug folder. The word paper was from an old book, I covered it with Dusty Concord and Worn Lipstick distress inks and then sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Pearl), then I ripped the paper to make it a bit more interesting!

The beautiful pins were a Birthday Present from Dawn AKA CraftyKitten - thank you hun. I have used them behind some flowers I bought at Quixotic Paperie called Icy Blossoms (only they don't have the colour I have used)

I will enter this card in the following challenges:-

My Time to Craft - Ladies Day,

Moving Along With The Times - Precious Metal (silver of the pins),

Just Magnolia - Bingo (Embossing, Flowers and Pins),

Delicious Doodles - Floral Fantasy,

Crafts and Me - Anything Goes,

Crafty Catz - Pearls and Swirls,

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Mother's Day/Girlie,

Paperplay Challenge - Distressing,

Papertake Weekly - It's a Mum's Thing or just be girlie,

Everybody Art - Birthday, and,

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Swirls and Pearls.

I would love to know what you think. Also a big thank you to all my regular commenters. I am finding it hard to get round to commenting on everyone I would like, so I must apologise to you all.


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Lasting Memories Challenge #30 A Recipe

Lasting Memories

Another week has past and we are now on to our 30th Challenge at Lasting Memories and this week we have a recipe for you.


Now the regular visitors to my blog will know that I am a digital scrapper so I have a little surprise for you this time because I have done a "proper" page today.

There will be no surprise that it features my two little dragonlettes and I have even managed to find a use for the shells they keep bringing home EVERY time we go to the beach!!!!
The green paper is from a Debbi Moore CD Rom and I have had the butterfly vellum for at least 5 years. The two brads were silver until I set too with a green Promarker! The die cut sandcastle was a freebie from a Scrapbooking magazine I bought some time ago. The lace is from a local haberdashery department and the glittery circles in the corner are from a kids pack of foam shapes! The title was done on my digital scrapbooking programme, printed and then stuck on the layout. So there you have it, although I have done a normal page before I have definately spent more time and effort over this one and I suspect Karen was beginning to wonder if I was going to send her mine for the challenge post!!! - Hope you like it Karen.

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

I also have a few challenges to enter:-

Tuesday Throwdown and Creative Craft - both want to see lace,

Saturday Challenge - Anything but a card,

Our Creative Corner - Don't throw that away (the shells),

Creative Belli Challenge - C embellishments (my circles),

Creative Card Crew - Green and,

Papercutz - Anything Goes.

Have a great Sunday everyone, hugs

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge #24 Get Well Soon


Good morning fellow bloggers and welcome to the next challenge from Aud Sentiments. We had a bumper crop of goodies for our last challenge making the teams top picks another difficult choice but check out the Aud Sentiments blog to see who won and our top 3.

Before I tell you what our next challenge is I have some really exciting news - we have a new DT member - Catherine Pooler. She is a whizz with the video tutorials and you can check her first one for us out here.  

So for this fortnights challenge we would like to see..........


....................and our sponsor is Sassy Studios Design.

The team were able to use some of their images for our cards - here is mine......

My image is Little Honey's Nurse and you can find her here coloured with watercolour crayons. The Nestability I used is Labels Four a favourite of mine. I had to draw around the largest one to get the matt for my image. I have edged the image with spun sugar distress ink - same on the sentiment which I made myself. The cute flowers were made by Rachel a very talented young lady - I won her candy a while back. I have used a Summer Driggs paper from the Angel Mother kit - I do so love her papers. Then I have used a strip of pale pink glitter card topped with some lace with ribbon threaded threw it. There are four tiny buttons that I have had in my stash forever that were the right colour - matching the matting card.

Please check out my teammates creations for some more wonderful inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar. 
I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:-

Pollycraft Monday - Teen card,

The Crafty Pad - Buttons,

Our Creative Corner - Fabulous fabric,

Papertake Weekly - Triotastic,

Wild Orchid Crafts - Die cuts,

Paperplaytime - Pick a challenge (Pink and glitter) and,

Creative Craft Challenge - Lacy Lovelies.


Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Good Luck .....Meeeow!!

Hi everyone, and I would just like to say thank you to those of you who gave me your honest opinions on my less is more card - I will definitely try to do some more of this type of card because, believe me it is a challenge!!!!
So back to my more usual style and I just had to ink one of these Lili of the Valley images up quickly - Lucky Cats  is just so cute don't you think. They have just released a gorgeous set of stamps ideal for this time of year and the cooks amongst you!!!!
Here is a closeup......................

I have used my Promarkers to colour the image and it has been mounted onto a die cut from my friend Susie at Die Cut Dreams - the shop is currently closed, due to open again in May.

The paper was a freebie from a magazine recently - distressed and glittered - and the sentiment is from a set of Messy Rabbit stamps. I have glittered around the edge of the sentiment. The ribbon was from Crafty Ribbons - an NEC purchase last November and the gems are from Papermania.

Just a couple of challenges tonight - nearly bedtime!!!!

Lili of the Valley Challenge - Say it with flowers,

Stampin B - Bling,

Allsorts Challenge - Luck, and,

Alphabet Challenge - Stripes.

Goodnight everyone

Monday, 14 March 2011

Less is more - not sure

I have been seeing a lot of the clean and simple style recently and love how good the cards can be but am not entirely happy with my first effort. The stamps are from Crafters Companion three birds set, I put some gems on the sentiment to bring a bit of life to the card.  

I am entering this in the following challenges!!
Less is More One layer and stamp off the page (not sure if this satisfies the challenge?),

Paper Sundaes - Keep it simple,

One Stop Craft Challenge - Clean and simple and

Stampavie and more - Birds.

Let me know what you think - constructive criticism is encouraged here.


Die Cut Dreams Challenge #85 Special Friend/Mother's Day

Where do the weeks go?? We have a had a lovely fortnight of Spring Garden cards at Die Cut Dreams - please check out the blog to see if you are our lucky winner.

Our challenge for you this week is.....


...........and the prize is:-

3 Chipboard door hanger kits, Colours may vary. These can also be found at Die Cut Dreams (currently closed but will open again in May) to buy.
Here is my card to give you some inspiration - it is actually going to be for my Mother-in-law who is a keen gardener.

I have used a Penny Black stamp I won some time ago but you can find it here. I have coloured it with Promarkers ..... here is a closer look..........

..... the colours are a bit better than the main picture as I used the "I'm feeling lucky button" in Picasa!!!!
The border was done using an EK Success large edger punch called Garden Flower in purple glitter card. The word was done on my Cuttlebug using a Spellbinders Alphabet set called Childhood. The paper I used was from a Papermania pack called Henbury Lane - I can only find the A5 pack but I used A4 card. The swirl is from Mariannes Creatables  and the nestability is Labels 7 and the gems are from Anita.

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

I am entering this card in a few challenges............

Penny Black at Allsorts - Welcome Spring,

One Stitch At A Time - Glitter and gems,

Stamp Scrap and Doodle Saturday - Spring has sprung,

Saturday Challenge - Flowers for Mum,

Raise the Bar - G.(Garden scene)R.(Rose) E.(Embellishments)E. (Embossed edges) N. (Nestabilities)

Fab 'n' Funky Challenge - Make it girly,

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes, and,

Sunday, 13 March 2011

"Lasting Memories" Challenge #29 Green and White

Lasting Memories

This weeks challenge is to use GREEN and WHITE on your layout! I'm excited to announce we're being sponsored by our very own DT member, CTMH Consultant, Leisa! The winner will receive this prize pack. Included is CTMH's "Lucky" paper pack, blue ribbons, assortment of "Lucky" embellishment, Thickers letters and a hand-made card.

Feel free to use other colors, but the main colors MUST be green and white to be eligible for this weeks prize.

Here is my layout.....

Check out my new watermark, isn't it cool and all thanks to my best mate Craftykitten and Lynne at Sentiments 4 You.
This time I used the CraftArtist Platinum programme along with some of my swan photos - they were taken last year when the Swans had four signets. The main photo was when they were about 4 months old and teh background photo was when they were about 6 months old. Again some nature photos I was really pleased with - and now I get to show them off!!!

So what sort of layout will you create? Why don't you check out my teammates for some more inspiration - their links are on my left sidebar.

I am entering thsi layout in the following challenges......

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes,

Stampavie and More - Birds,

Papercrafting Journey - Things with wings,

Meljens Challenge, Little Red Wagon and Delicious Doodles all have a green theme, and,

Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes.

Hope you have fun


Sunday, 6 March 2011

"Lasting Memories" Challenge # 28 You're the Boss

Lasting Memories
So sorry I'm a bit late today, didn't manage to schedule this post last night and only just finished the Sunday morning rituals!!!!!
Anyhow, it's Sunday so that means a new challenge at "Lasting Memories" and that is

YOU'RE THE BOSS that means show us your own scrapping style.

Also we have another fantastic sponsor - Tiffany Doodles - and guess what?

We have THREE prizes to give away this week!

1.FIRST PRIZE = 5 digi's

2.SECOND PRIZE = 3 digi's

3.THIRD PRIZE = 2 digi's

Tiffany let the team choose a digi to add to their layouts - mine was Mushroom in grass.

As you can see I used the image twice and flipped it at the bottom of my page. It has been coloured with Promarkers and added to my digital layout.
As I have said in my journaling I love taking pictures of mushrooms - not sure why? I suppose it is anything in nature because I have loads of birds, insects and other animals in my photo arsenal!!!!

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

Hugs to you all

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Aud Sentiments Challenge #23 Birthday cards and gifts

Good morning everyone and welcome to the next challenge at Aud Sentiments but before I go any further I would just like to say thank you to everyone who joined in with our last challenge - U Rocked!!!!

Our challenge this fortnight is.....


We are being sponsored by th every talented Lauren Meader the owner of My Time Made Easy. Lauren let the team pick a template some stamps and some digi papers to make our creations - how generous was that - thank you Lauren.

Here is my creation using the Boxed Lunch template (digital), the Lunch Box Love Notes stamps and Sweet and Sour digital papers.

Here is a closeup of the card.....

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

I have a few challenges to enter -

Tuesday Throwdown - Tag,

The Creative Cottage - Tag You're It,

Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything Goes,

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Tags,

Bearly Mine Challenge - Birthday,

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Anything but a square,

The Crafty Pad - Yummy for your tummy,

Marks Finest Papers Challenge - Food,

Saturday Challenge - Sweet Treats, and,

Paperplaytime - Digital and anything goes.

I hope you have fun with this challenge.