Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Halloween!

Morning lovelies! Thought I'd show a pic of the cupcakes I made yesterday, it doesn't happen often! They're all gone now though! Not too bad are they? Still I don't think Martha Stewart needs to worry just yet! hahaha. Have a fun Halloween (Samhain) whatever you're doing, and to those in the Southern Hemisphere Beltaine Blessings to you:) Be back later with a card!

Friday, 30 October 2009

Stamp Something DT meets Sugar Nellie DT and I'm back!

Hi lovelies! I've been missing for just over a week and some of you have been wondering where I got to! Thanks for your concern! But actually I've been away for a few days to visit family, which I had planned to mention but I didn't end up getting online with one thing and another. Seems to have been a busy week all round:) Missed you all while I was away! So how have you all been? I have been sneaking in a few minutes here and there to check mr google reader out to see what you've all been upto! I'm sorry to say that I seem to be totally behind in my blog visiting, emails and the lot, I'm so sorry if I haven't replied to you, I shall do all those things shortly. Right onto the card, and then a bit more chatter;)

Todays card is for my Stamp Something dt card, with the challenge this week being cute and fuzzy, good theme isn't it? I've used this darling stamp I got in my dt kit from Sugar Nellie. Totally gorgeous! I absolutely loved colouring her and her little friend in:) All the papers are Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly, love this paper stack! The sentiment is by Stampendous which I got a little bit stung by while I was away as I picked it up, didn't notice the brand and for some reason thought it was 99p but then realised after I'd paid it was £4.99!!! I could buy a Sugar Nellie stamp for that! So you'll be seeing it a lot in different variations so I get me moneys worth! hahaha.

Stuff: Sugar Nellie stamp 'Angel Wishes' available from Funkykits here, copics to colour, sakura clear stardust pen to add glitter from Quixotic Paperie here, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly papers, bling from stash, SU choc chip cardstock, Papermania felt ribbon (from last year), sewing machine, distress ink in frayed burlap and worn lipstick.

Here's a little close-up:~
I'm going to enter this into a few challenges: Winter Wonderland (open theme), Simon Says (all that sparkles), The Pixie Cottage (celebrate), LaLa Land (ribbon).

So what plans do you have for the weekend? Any Halloween parties?! We're having a little party tomorrow then Saturday night we're taking Leo to a local country park that are having a Halloween party for kiddies-it sounds so fun! I'll tell you all about it after! We got lots of Halloween decorations and stuff yesterday and this afternoon Leo helped me bake some cupcakes which I'll ice in the morning! I'll have to take some pics of Leo in his costume to show you-he's wearing this skeleton outfit with glow in the dark bones! Cute! Well I shall be back soon with another Christmassy card probably tomorrow:) Take care and thanks for popping by to see me and any comments you might leave, I love hearing from you xxx

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Quixotic Blog Hop Day!

Good afternoon everyone! Today we're having another Quixotic Blog Hop day, with each of the DT using the gorgeous Elisabeth Bell stamp for SCACD called Danni! That means there's a prize to be won! So what could you win? If you leave a comment on all the Design Teams blogs (links are further down) you will be entered to win the following:

1 Danni stamp (as used in all our creations today)
1 Bag of mixed charms
1 Bag of flat backed pearls

A winner will be drawn randomly on Wednesday 28th October at 1pm GMT.

A few pics today for my project! When I got my 2nd DT package from Elaine she sent me some of her newly arrived wooden shapes and in with the mix was this lovely large heart available here and such a bargain at 99p! When I saw it I couldn't wait to start altering it!

Here are some step by steps for the heart plaque:
  • Paint the edges with Adirondack acrilyic paint dabber in Cranberry or similar and leave to dry.
  • I used some Tim Holtz grunge shapes for the wings, I painted them in the same Cranberry colour and whilst wet spritzed some Shimmerz in Mudpie. Leave to dry until tacky.
  • Apply Tim Holtz Sepia Accents (whilst still tacky) which will give it a protective finish, with a warm tint and used in this way (wet and with the Shimmerz) also gives a light crackled appearance. Leave to dry.
  • Apply adhesive to the wooden heart and cover with paper-I used some MME which had been spritzed again with Shimmerz and inked with distress ink in frayed burlay and aged mahogany.
  • File edges of heart to neaten.
  • Wrap some tulle around the heart-I used Bazzill tulle in truffle available here.
  • Adhere grunge wings to the heart with strong adhesive.
  • Cut Danni out with a circle nesties shape and matt on brown core-dinations card.
  • Colour Danni and mount onto the plaque.
  • Add a butterfly from the brown Prima Say it In Pearls sheet
Here's the main pic of the card which matches the heart plaque. Danni is coloured with copics and Ranger Sepia Accents applied to image after the wings were painted with Shimmerz Spritz in Mudpie (combined with the Sepia Accents it applies a light crackled effect). Used more Prima Say it in Pearls . Machine stitching all around the edges of the MME papers and image. All other ingredients are from Quixotic Paperie.The layout of the card was using the fabby sketch over at A Spoonful of Sugar. Since I've also used Danni I think I fit the criteria over at Flutterby Wednesday too.

Here's some close-ups:~

Flower details:~
So here's the links of the other DT members that you need to visit and leave comments with, I haven't seen their projects yet so am off to visit them myself! No doubt they will have created fabulous creations though-they always do!

Rosette (Guest DT)

Good luck! Thanks so much for stopping by today! xxx

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Quixotic Paperie DT project

Evening everyone! Hows your weekend been? All is good here, nice chilled weekend, just had a yummy chinese takeaway and gonna watch the x-factor results show in a sec! I am totally lovin Stacey and Jamie (I LOVE his hair!). Anyways...

On Saturday I got my second DT package from Elaine for Quixotic Paperie, ohhhh it was full of goodies-thanks Elaine! Was hard to chose what to make first. As you can see though I went for this totally adorable girly by Kraftin Kimmie stamps (Moonlight Whispers) 'Charlotte' available from QP here. She is just the cutest right? She reminds me a bit of both Angelica from the Rugrats and Lola from Charlie and Lola. Anyways...she was such fun to colour, especially the hair-I think curly hair on girls is so cute! I also made a little gift box to go with the card from a Papermania template I bought a few weeks ago.

Stuff: Kraftin Kimmie stamp (moonlight Whispers) 'Charlotte' available here coloured with Copics, Basic Grey Bittersweet papers, Bazill tulle in truffle from here, heart charm from here, mesh butterflies from Steph (thanks Steph!), red organza ribbon from stash, sentiment by dcwv, sewing machine, SU choc chip cardstock, fibres from stash.

Here's a little close-up:~
I'm gonna enter this into the follow challenges: Ildi Co's Creative Challenge-In stitches, Paperplay Challenges-Favourite Embellishment (Ribbons), If The Shoe Fits-Bling (on the butterflies)

Thanks for popping by and for any comments you might leave-love to hear from you! Enjoy the rest of your evening xxx

Friday, 16 October 2009

Stamp Something DT Project

Afternoon everyone! Not a card to show you today! I've made a notebook with my Bind It All and used one of my Sugar Nellie stamps from the Autumn Kit again with some yummy basic grey Indian Summer papers for my Stamp Something DT project. Aren't those colours just fabulous?! How could I resist buying those papers! So the challenge this week is to add Bling-really easy one right? Can't wait to see your sparkly entries!

Stuff: Sugar Nellie stamp from the Autumn Kit available here coloured with copics, Basic Grey Indian Summer paper pad here, sizzix flower die, kanban bling, tulle to decorate binding from here, SU cardstock in choc chip, sewing machine.

I've got a few bits of Quixotic Paperie news for ya today as well, Elaine has had a delivery of the totally gorgeous Basic Grey paper pads here including Nook and Pantry (had to order mine first thing!), eerie, Eskimo Kisses, and as used on my notebook Indian Summer papers, wooden shapes for altering here (I got some of these this morning and they're fab so you'll see some makes from me with these!)

Also these gorgeous crochet flowers in tons of colours-love em!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone-so what is everyone getting upto? Thanks for popping by and any comments you might leave-I love hearing from you. Speak of which I have transferred my email addresses so if you want to get in contact (I like a chat y'know!) then please use my new addy which has been updated in my profile and the email postcard thingy on the right sidebar. See you soon xxx

P.S. Sugar Nellie fans-have you seen the new sneak peeks on the SN blog? Annie's back!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

A Special Arrival

Evening all! Today's card is for my good friend Eliane, who I lived with at Uni, and she's just given birth to a baby girl! So huge congrats to Eliane and Greg! Can't wait to see the pics! I've gone for a bit of a different colour scheme from the usual pink, and chose purples, green and brown, and they go quite well together me thinks! Must say I am soooo glad I bought this Whiff of Joy stamp when the collection came out cos it's had a fair amount of use-more than I thought! Will get much more too as quite a few friends are pregnant at the moment! Awww I want another!

Stuff: Whiff of Joy stamp by Elisabeth Bell coloured with copic ciaos and sketch pens, Basic grey Wisteria papers, core'dinations cardstock, SU cardstock in choc chip, sewing machine, pearls from stash, pins (how beautiful is that big fancy one!) from Quixotic Paperie here, nestability label die, lace from here, lilac organza ribbon from stash, pokey tool for paper piercing around nestie frame.

I'm going to enter this over at Cafe Mojo (been too long since I played over there-hello Mavens!) as their theme is a momentous occasion as a new arrival certainly is that! Here's a little close-up of the main image:~
That's all from my tonight, I'll be back tomorrow with my Stamp Something DT project. Thanks for popping by and any comments you might leave! Sleep tight xxx

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Sugar Nellie DT meets Sketch Saturday

Evening all:) How we all doing? I'm not too bad, am having some back problems right now or at least worse than usual and am waiting on an appointment for another MRI scan but eh, I'll live! Anyways crafting is a happy distraction and have been playing with another of the Sugar Nellie Country Cousins Christmas stamps, I love this little chap-off posting his rather long list to Santa:)

For the layout I've used the fab sketch over at Sketch Saturday, it's been too long since I've joined in over there! Am also entering this card at: Cupcake Craft Challenges (buttons and stitching), and Everybody Art (shapes or punches). All the papers are the from the Cosmo Cricket jolly by golly paper pad, have added some little twinkly highlights here and there with some Shimmerz in pixie dust. Love that stuff! You just paint it right on, not messy at all and dries really quick. Decided it was high time I got my snowflake punches out, wish I could tell you the brand but I've no clue am afraid, I also added shimmerz to the punched snowflakes too, and popped some bling in the centre:)

Stuff: Sugar Nellie Country Cousins stamp available here, copics to colour, shimmerz bling in pixie dust here, buttons and raffia lace from Quixotic Paperie, Cosmo Cricket jolly by golly papers, SU cardstock in chocolate chip and sentiments by SU from Zoe, sewing machine

Here's a little close-up:~

Thanks for popping by and any comments you may leave-love reading them! I'm off to have some dinner and then watch the Twilight film (have finished the first book now!), might have to have some more crafty time later though as Katrina's blog candy arrived today that I won and it's so fab!!! Thanks hunny-hope you're feeling better! See yas soon xxx

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Mojo Time!

Evening everyone! Ooo I think I'll just about make the mojo monday deadline by the skin of my teeth! I hope anyways-am not much good at understanding all this time zone business with + this and - that! Tis contest time again...and I'm telling ya it is my mission to win once over there at some point...

Hope everyone's had a lovely weekend! In the end me and Ian went to Lincoln shopping on Saturday as our 'time away' and had a lovely time:) Had a leisurely lunch...had a wander then spent a good amount of time in the bookshop having a little read while drinking iced coffees, then back home in time to catch the X-Factor. Lovely! Both me and Ian love reading, I don't read now as much as I did before Leo, I often listen to audio books now, while I craft! But yesterday I decided to buy the Twilight series since well, it seems, everyone has read em and loves them. Have been resisting getting them as I didn't think it would be my thing, am not much into vampires but so far so good:) Am really enjoying em!

Anyways....I came on to show you my card! I got this super cute girly by The Greeting Farm as soon as Elaine at Quixotic Paperie got her order delivered the other day! Had my eye on her since she came out, I think she's fab! Totally enjoyed colouring her in too:) Elaine has also got all the other new Greeting Farm releases in over at her shop so fill yer boots! I used some more Urban Prairie papers, and had went wild and used two different thread colours on my sewing machine! hahaha.

Stuff: Laundry stamp by The Greeting Farm available here, basic grey urban prairie papers, distress ink in worn lipstick, sewing machine, tulle from here, bling from stash, core'dinations cardstock, pins from here

Here's a little close up of the girly...dreaming of better things me thinks, at least she looks pretty though, I don't look that good sorting out the washing!

I'm also gonna enter this over at Anya Ink, a new challenge blog set up by my Beautiful and super talented friend Tracey and Marcia, who makes gorgeous creations too! The challenge there this week is to use patterned paper (easy right?!) so do go check it out! Also at Caardvarks (new blog to me!) they want us to do something fabulous with ribbon,

I'm ashamed to say I haven't been getting round to visit you all....and I'm so sorry! I shall though! I am keeping a keen eye on everything through my little google watching! Soon I'll get round and do some visiting, thanks for coming by to see me and any comments you might leave-love hearing from ya!

Incase anyone's interested this card will be going over into my etsy shop shortly to find a new home:)

Saturday, 10 October 2009

World Card Making Day Blog Candy Winner

Hi everyone! Back quickly with the results of the winner for my World Card Making Day Candy!

The winner was, as picked by was no.31 which is...........

If you can email me hun I'll get your candy in the post! Well done! Thank you so much to everyone that entered! I'll have more candy for you soon!

Enjoy the rest of your evening, I'll be back tomorrow with a fun card:)

Friday, 9 October 2009

Sugar Nellie DT meets Stamp Something DT

Afternoon everyone! Nearly the weekend-wohoo!! Am really looking forward to this weekend as Ian has a rare weekend off and my mum is going to look after Leo for a whole day! Yea! Not sure where we're going yet but can't wait all the same!

Today's card is the last little Sugar Nellie lovely from my Autumn Kit, I think I might have saved my favourite till last! I just think this little boy peering at the last leaf on the tree is adorable-I love his little belly! So cute! Fantastic value as well for the price! This card is also for my Stamp Something DT card, with the challenge this week being brown and another colour-though I've used a couple of others! The prize this week over at Stamp Something is a set of copics-what better incentive to play along!

Stuff: Sugar Nellie stamp from the Autumn Kit, coloured with copics, DCWV The Green Stack available here (half price offer!), raffia lace from here, button from here, sewing machine

For the layout I've used the fab sketch over at Everybody Art and I'm also going to enter it for Stampin for the weekend for their yummy Autumn colour challenge. Here's a little close up of the cutie:

Well I'm gonna dash off to start the dinner, have a great weekend whatever you're going to be doing, and I'll see yas soon! Thanks for popping by and any comments you might leave-love hearing from you!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Sugar Nellie Door Hanging

Evening everyone! Hows your week going? Good I hope! Yesterday my Sugar Nellie DT package arrived and I just had to ink up this sweet little witch right away! Was hoping to have had this finished yesterday but Leo's been teething again (how he can't have them all yet I don't know!) so my craft time has been seriously eaten into, as has my sleeping time! Anyways..was so thrilled to have got this Mary Hall stamp in my package, she's just perfect for Halloween, and especially ideal for kiddies-some of the Halloween stamps around are quite scary!!!!!

I promised my friend Michelle I'd make her a door hanger/wall hanging for Halloween so this shall be going to her and her little boy. I'm also going to enter this into a few challenges, Simon Says Challenge (Halloween challenge), ASOS (Halloween theme), Fun with Shapes and More(Halloween again!), Pile It On (3d-my image has been raised by silicone glue), and the layout is courtesy of the sketch over at Midnight Madness.

Quite oddly I've not used any embellishments but I really wanted to show off the image and the gorgeous foiled papers, and well, just anything I tried to add, looked too 'overdone'. Here's a little close up:

Stuff: Sugar Nellie stamp by Mary Hall 'Little Witch' available here, ATD premium papers available here, copics to colour, sewing machine, core'dinations cardstock, spider web ribbon from here, black mirri card

Well I'm gonna catch up on a bit of tv, and then best get to bed as we're off shopping tomorrow:) Thanks for stopping by and any comments you might leave, I love reading them! Am sorry for being a bit absent on my blog visiting of late but will hopefully get to catch up a bit soon! xxx

Monday, 5 October 2009

A Simple Christmas Creation

Evening everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend, there was lots of fun stuff going on in blogland wasn't there to celebrate World Cardmaking Day!

My card today is a Christmas creation, but much more on the cleaner side than my usual, but everytime I started adding embellies and layers to it it looked wrong so this is how it turned out! Am quite pleased really. The gorgeous stamp, one of the new Sarah Kay's from the Noel collection is courtesy of the fabulous Elaine from Quixotic Paperie as she popped it in my dt package. Thanks Elaine! He's such a cutie isn't he! A pleasure to colour in too! The layout of the card is from the Card Patterns challenge blog (have totally fallen in love with their sketches), and am also entering this over at SimonSaysChallenge (green and red-the holly has green!), Creative Inspirations (Christmas in October) and Stamp with Sarah Kay (animals-think the little lamb counts). Here's a little close up:~

Stuff: Sarah Kay sheperd stamp available here, copic ciao and sketch to colour, distress ink in frayed burlap (used around image, sentiment and papers), Cosmo Cricket jolly by golly papers, jute ribbon available here, bell charms available here, su sentiment, bling from here, sewing machine.

Just a heads up, Funkykits are now selling the new Country Cousins Christmas stamps, get em quick girls before they sell out-they're soooooooo sweet! Also Quixotic Paperie are now selling the new Kraftie Kimmie stamps-you must check these out!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Anyone want to buy...? SOLD

I have 2 full sets of 10 of the new Papermania Bag and Box templates (brand new and unused), they retail at £2.99 per template and I'm looking to get £20.00 for each set of 10 which includes postage. I have em because I accidently ordered duplicates and ended up with 3 sets, which I why I'm trying to sell the other two.

The templates are as follows: goody bag, tulip purse, popcorn box, clutch bag, take out box, butterfly box, heart gift bag, milk carton, pyramid box, hexagon box. Send me an email if you're interested

Thanks! Enjoy the rest of your day:)



Saturday, 3 October 2009

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Morning Everyone! Happy World Cardmaking Day to you all! To celebrate this event Elaine, owner of the fabulous Quixotic Paperie has kindly given the Design Team some candy to each offer everyone! Thanks Elaine! Here's what you could win:

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment under this post to be entered to win! Easy! I will close the candy a week today, being Saturday 10th October and will announce a winner shortly after.

Elaine is also offering 10% off all weekend to celebrate at Quixotic Paperie. So if you've had your eye on something now's the time to grab it! (discount excludes pre-order items). Have a fabulous creative weekend! Hugs xxx

Thursday, 1 October 2009

4 Days Later......

Evening everyone! 4 days later and I'm back with something to show! Has been a bit of an odd week for me which is why I haven't posted, haven't felt well (the germs from leo must have finally got me! hehe) and my creativity packed its bags and went on its hols well and truly taking my motivation with it! Not a nice feeling. In any case I think a little break has done me good, I think that creating every day-will force you into a break every now and then to recharge. I did miss everyone though! I think I am almost back to myself now!

I bought this beautiful Sugar Nellie stamp a couple of weeks ago and haven't had chance to ink her up yet and thought now was the time since I've been dying to use her! It's one of the 3 stamps brought out by Sugar Nellie for their It's A Girl Thing fundraiser-all proceeds of the sale of these stamps go 100% to Breast Cancer Fundraising-this image is donated by Leanne Ellis-one of my all time fave artists! I actually coloured her in using a mixture of distress inks and twinkling h20's and shimmerz. I also stamped her out twice so I could layer her up with some silicone glue but left the wings so it kinda looks like they're fluttering out of the card:)

I haven't played over at Midnight Madness for a few weeks but totally loved this weeks sketch the minute I saw it so had to have a go! I've used my sewing machine to do some wavy stitches around the square layers so it doesn't look too um square I guess! I don't do clean lines it seems do I?! Over at 3 Clovers they want us to Think pink as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so this is so perfect for this card!

  • Sugar Nellie stamp 'Cherub' available here while stocks last (very limited edition so get these now-they won't be restocked!),
  • MME Wild Asparagus papers, hero arts sentiment, lace and prima say in pearls all from quixotic paperie
  • Core'dinations cardstock, distress inks and twinkling h20's, sewing machine

Almost the weekend.....can't wait, I'm having a rare night out with my friend Michelle Saturday night...I wonder where I put my dancing shoes;) Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you might leave me-they're very much appreciated! Huggles xxx

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Sorry for being slightly late announcing the winner but I've been through all the entries, checked em and all that jazz and the winner as selected by was number 54 which translates to :~

..........................Cheryl of Cheryl's Creative Atc's and Cards. Well done hun! If you can get in touch by email on the sidebar then I'll get your goodies sorted!

Thanks everyone who entered, and I do hope you'll stick around! I'll have more candy very soon;)