Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Wee Hamish in kilt

Finally got to make a card this week! My new Sugar Nellies arrived yesterday so I stayed up late stamping and managed to finish this earlier today. I adore this wee lad, the adorable Hamish in kilt. I think this one will be well used in the New Year! I paper pieced his clothes and boots.

Christmas is almost upon us so I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, hope you get lots of stash in your stockings! Best Wishes for the New Year and look forward to catching up with everyone after the festivities! Thank you all so much for visiting and leaving me such lovely comments!
Supplies: Cream and green cardstock, sugar Nellie stamp 'Hamish in kilt', Patterned paper Sizzix Little Sizzles, Dovecraft brads, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

My Christmas Wreath

Look what I made today! There hasn't been much creating done around here this past week but I did find some time to make my door wreath. I love it! This is the first time I made my own so I am very proud of it!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

A bird in the hand

The Arty Girlz challenge this week was to use handcutting. I used paper piecing on this stamped image which is my handcutting.

Supplies: White and dark green cardstock, Magnolia stamp, Basic Grey Dasher and Figgy Pudding, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Sugar Nellie Pirate

Another of my new Sugar Nellies - Pirate! He is fab, a year or so ago it was nearly impossible to get a decent pirate stamp, now there are a few to choose from but I love this one! I used one of my Karen Foster charms too from her pirate range. I have bought a few more Sugar Nellies so watch this space!

Supplies: White and navy cardstock, sugar Nellie Pirate stamp, Karen Foster charm, Greeting printed on PC, dovecraft brads, household twine, gingham ribbon from stash. Patterned Paper K & CO.

Monday, 10 December 2007

My Elf name

Your Elf Name Is...
Happy Fruit Cake

this is so funny! I made a mistake at first I was floppy slave o santa but I like this one better, suits me, loving fruit cake!

Candy Stripes

A very quick and simple card for the DCM challenge this week which was :

This week is my turn (Saffa) to set the dare!I love the stripey candy sticks that are around at this time of year so inspired by this I challenge you all to create a card featuring stripes of some kind, the occasion is up to you but you must use some form of stripes on your card. Maybe stamps, or paper, or ribbon...

I have just bought this gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamp and have been desperate to make something with her. The candy stripe challenge was ideal!

Supplies: White and pink cardstock, Sugar Nellie with spring flowers stamp, Maya Road ribbon slide, Basic Grey 'Stella Ruby' paper, velvet ribbon from Papermania. Image coloured using watercolour paints.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Prize Goodies!

My prize from the Papertake Weekly Challenge came this weekend! Look at these fabby goodies, don't you just love this kind of mail! Thanks so much Steph, I love them and especially for the gorgeous card!

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Cards for the Fair!

I made these 3 very quick cards for the Christmas Fair we held in the village today. I never do decoupage but these came free in a magazine and I thought they would do well at the Fair. They did, they all sold! I still have some more from the mag so I will keep hold of them for next year's fair! I think we did quite well, we had a great turn out, it was a cold day but stayed dry so that always helps. It has been a busy day, tonight we had another fundraiser, a quiz night which is great fun as it is a family night. We were lucky we had our little ones as we were the only ones who knew who the garage owner's name in Noddy!

Supplies: white and navy cardstock, Margaret Sherry decoupage sheets, I don't know what make the stamps are as I lost the packaging.

Friday, 7 December 2007

Christmas with a twist

Saturday Stampers has an interesting challenge this week, Christmas with a twist! You can't use obvious christmas pics like Santa or use the word Christmas. Here is mine:

Supplies: Cream cardstock, Basic Grey stamps 'winterland', PP Sandylion, Prima flowers, rikrak Papermania and ribbon from Ribbon Oasis. Brads by Dovecraft.

Off to make some mince pies for tomorrows christmas fair!
1 1/2 hours later : they are delicious you must try this pastry recipe!
Enough for 12 mince pies
7oz plain flour
1oz ground almonds
3 1/2 oz butter
2oz icing sugar
1 large egg yolk
3 tbsp milk
plus 1 x 411g sweet mincemeat.
use beaten egg to glaze and icing sugar to dust.
Mmm, just had to try a second one, just to be sure they are good you understand, it might just have been because I was hungry, playdoh would taste good if you were hungry. Yes, they are yummy! Can't wait to try them with brandy cream, just as well I don't have any in or they might not make it to the fair!
I don't know where this recipe came from I had scribbled it down in a notebook but the pastry is deliciously sweet and light. I wizzed all the ingredients up in my blender, such an easy way to make pastry then put it in the fridge for 1 hour before rolling out.
to my American friends, if any of you need help with the conversions let me know as I have an English friend living in Canada who helps me out when I need a recipe converted!

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Buttons and Bows

This is for the DCM Santa's Little Extra helper no 7 Buttons and Bows. I made a tag rather than a card as I needed one to match this paper. The wrapping paper is from Phoenix Trading and is so gorgeous and luxuriously thick. I buy my wrapping paper from them all the time and normally get the tags but this year they were sold out of the matching tags for this paper.
I dug out some old letraset rub-ons for the word, it worked a treat!

Supplies: Blue cardstock, Sizzix tag die, Phoenix Trading wrapping paper, red raffia, gingham ribbon, rik rak and buttons from stash,

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers

After seeing this around on a few blogs recently I decided to take a look at the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers last night. It looks like fun and a great way of finding more blogging buddies! If you are interested pop on over, there is still space in group 4 but they seem to fill up fast!

A bit about me for the group : I am married with 4 children aged between 7 and 14 and although I don't go out to work there still never seems to be enough hours in the day. I love cardmaking and do a bit of scrapbooking when I can fit it in. I have been making cards now for about 3 years although if you count cross- stitched cards it is probably more like 13 years! I have only been playing with bits of paper and stamping for about 3 though.

White Christmas

Managed to photograph my card finally although the weather is so grim I am not sure it is much lighter than last night! Very dark and wet here today!
The Papertake Weekly Challenge was to make a card predominantly white, although an accent colour or 2 were okay.

Supplies: White and black cardstock, Angel stamp by Panduro, flourish stamp by Basic Grey 'winterland' set, ribbon was a freebie from a magazine, mulberry flower from stash, pin from haberdashery, beads from a child's jewellery making set, tiny half pearl things from my daughter's old Fashion Polly set.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

I won!

Yey, I won the Papertake Weekly Challenge for my 3 Reindeers card, I am ecstatic! This is the first time one of my cards has won a competition, I had even forgotten it was a competition when I loaded up my card so it was a lovely surprise! Thanks to those of you who have already congratulated me, I think you knew before I did! Also, special thanks go to the Papertake Weekly design team who chose my card!
I have just finished my card for this weeks challenge which is White Christmas, to make a christmas card with lots of white. It is so dark here already that I don't want to photograph it yet so will post it tomorrow morning!

Monday, 3 December 2007


I have been tagged by the very talented paperbabe Kim, pop over and look at her blog, not only does she make fabulous cards but you should see her drawing!
I have done this before so I shall keep it short and sweet!

the rules:
-Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
-Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.
-Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
-Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1. I make every greeting card I send, I haven't bought a card for at least 2 years!
2. I love mountains, just as well living amongst them.
3. My first crafting was making tiny clothes for my dolls with scraps of material and lace.
4. My fave christmas song is The Pogues and Kirsty McColl's Fairytale in New York.
5. I love Christmas and my tree is already up.
6. My fave way to relax at night is to curl up infront of a log fire.
7. I love silence and often sit and craft in complete silence.

I will bend the rules as I have already tagged people for this one but please let me know if you haven't done this one yet and I will tag you!

Tweet Tweet

The DCM dare this week was:

This week its Rhi here to Dare you... and the theme is to do with our feathered friends!(Are you remembering to feed them now it's chilly out)Robins, love birds, cartoon birds, stamped birds, paper pieced birds, dingbat birds. Its up to you. I dare you to make a card with a bird or birds on, it doesn't have to be a real species, the more weird and wonderful the better!

My bird is tiny but I wanted another excuse to use this stamp which is one of my favourites this year!
Supplies:white and burgundy cardstock, Basic Grey clear stamps Winterland', Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper, Versacolor inkpads in green, pinecone and burgundy, organza ribbon from stash.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Gingerbread people

It was my friend's birthday yesterday so I made this card for her. She bakes the most delicious cakes and her gingerbread people are the best I have ever tried so this paper from Love Elsie Noel range was so perfect for her card!
We have had a great but very busy weekend, had a retirement party on friday to go to for our wee one's teacher and we were all out last night til late too so the kids are all having a lie in, it is so lovely and peaceful here this morning!

Supplies: White and pink cardstock, People handdrawn and cut from Bazzill, Love Elsie Noel patterned papers- measuring cup and quilted, Doodlebug tiny bloom, Dovecraft brads, freebie rub-on, ribbon from stash.

Friday, 30 November 2007

We 3 Reindeer!

This is my entry for the Scrummy Stash Cafe challenge set by Samm:

It's my turn, Samm, to set the challenge today.
I challenge you to make a card or layout using just ONE colour, you can use different shades of the same colour, but just the one. I'll allow patterned paper, as long as the majority of that pattern contains the colour you choose.

I cheated a bit stamping onto cream cardstock but I have actually chalked the background in brown, it looks darker inreal life!

It also fits into the Papertake Weekly Challenge to have 3 images on your card! I haven't had much time this week so I have needed to double up my challenges!

Supplies: Cream and brown cardstock, stamps by Studio G, Paper I think is Sandylion, ribbon from stash, Dovecraft brads.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

RAK from Jackie

I received this RAK from Jackie yesterday for guessing the song on her DCM song without words card. It is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for cheering me up during an otherwise strained week! Thank you Jackie!

Thank you to all who left kind messages yesterday wishing the kids better!
My younger 2 children have returned to school but my eldest is poorly today...I think they will be putting an exclusion zone around us soon! Luckily at 14 she takes to her room and quietly watches tv, coming down occasionally for calpol or drinks. Yes I did say calpol, at 14 she still can't swallow pills! it is such a relief to have the sick bed removed from my sofa!
I am hoping to get a card made today so might have one to share soon! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

O holy night!

I haven't been around as much lately due to various illnesses doing the rounds just now. I have 2 little ones off school today and one has been off all this week! I haven't made a card at all since friday! Luckily, I had this one I made last week to show and it fit into one of the challenges for this week too!
A square card for the Arty Girlz challenge this week! I took this idea from Rose Ann's beautiful starburst card here. The instructions for the original starburst card by Donna Moore are here.
The shape of mine is obviously different as I didn't have the tag punch that Rose Ann used so I used the Sizzix circle frame instead. I have a added staged photos underneath so you get the idea.

Supplies: Cream cardstock, blue vellum, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding 'silent night' paper, Rub-on by Provocraft, Sizzix Circle tag die, charm I have had a while but I think it is Karen Foster.

Some photos to show how the flower/star is made up.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Toy shop

This card is made for Caardvarks challenge to use Rub-ons. I recently bought these fabulous rub-ons by Love Elsie in the Noel range. The pack was a Toy Shop theme so I thought about lining them up on shelves just like a toy shop! My daughter recognized what it was so hope you can see it too!

Supplies: White cardstock, Love Elsie Noel Quilted Paper, Love Elsie Noel rub-ons, Doodlebug flowers and brads, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Friday, 23 November 2007


2 in 1 challenges for this one. First, wednesday stampers asked for diamonds so I kind of had this in mind, then today the DCM dare is:

This weeks theme is brought to you by Lythan
Song without words
I would like you to create a card inspired by a song or a carol - it could be for Christmas or not! (you may have got all your Christmas cards done by now...) BUT there is a twist. the words of the song are NOT to be seen on the front of the card. You could leave it to us to guess! Have fun!
Hopefully you can guess the song I have based this on, I will leave a clue under the photo!
I was going to do 'When Santa got stuck up the chimney' but my chimney was pants so I abandoned the idea of doing a Christmas card. I was going to do Rudolph but I used my stags head yesterday and didn't want to show the same stamp twice in two days. Anyway, when I thought about this card that I did make, I kept singing the song so I had to use it! I know exactly who to give this card to, a friend who just loves her jewels!
Clue: Shirley Bassey
Supplies: White and navy cardstock, Basic Grey Lily Kate paper, Navy velvet paper, Navy organza ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Punched out flowers - Woodware punch, Papermania 'diamonds' adhesive stones and wire from my stash.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Stag in a pub?

DCM Santa's little extra helper no. 5 was this:

This week we'd love to see you making cards on the theme ofBaubles, Bells & Bows See how much of a dent you can make in the "I need to make X number of Christmas cards" list with this one.

I have no bells or baubles and really I do bows all the time so I was struggling a bit until I came across my new stamps. They are a bit small but there are baubles on there, really! I played around with this one last night for ages not really happy with where it was going. I think that although I like the paper, the stripey paper reminds me of an old fashioned pub wallpaper so I kept thinking that this looks like a framed picture of a stag on a pub wall!
Supplies: White and brown cardstock, DCWV The christmas stack 6x6, Dovecraft brads, Basic Grey clear stamps 'Winterland', Provocraft rub-ons 'Christmastime Sentiments', Maya Road ribbon, Organza ribbon from Ribbon Oasis. Versacolor inkpads in Pinecone and brown. Old eyeshadows for 'chalking'.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!

This week the Arty Girlz challenge is to use ribbon or fibres on your projects. I used this gorgeous thin organza as the boot laces on these hand drawn and cut ice skates. It was tricky getting the ribbon through the tiny eyelets and I have ruined a needle threader, I think I will have to make a new one with some stronger wire!

Supplies: White and brown cardstock, DCWV patterned paper from The Christmas Stack 6x6, Versacolor inkpad in Pinecone, Making Memories eyelets, Ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Rub-on is Provocraft Christmastime Sentiments, beads from stash.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Oh Christmas Tree revisited!

The Papertake Weekly Challenge this week is Christmas Trees! I have this fabulous Basic Grey Forest paper which I just had to use! I have also been waiting for just the opportunity to use the fab rub-on sentiment which I love. Unfortunately, the first letter went squiffy so I had to use the sticker as a stand-by but I think it blends in quite well!

Supplies: cream and green cardstock, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding and Dasher papers, CardArt die cut trees, Provocraft rub-ons Christmastime sentiments.

Monday, 19 November 2007

Doodled lovebirds!

The Scrummy Stash Cafe set a challenge at the weekend to use doodles! My doodling could be better but here is my effort. Doodled robins/lovebirds with a doodled frame, not sure I will do this too often but it was fun!
Supplies: green and white cardstock, DCWV patterned paper, Prima flowers, Dovecraft brads, Papermania ribbon.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Deck the Halls!

I used Beate's weekend sketch #28 for the layout of this card. I used my new Basic Grey Figgy Pudding 'pepperberry' paper and Basic Grey Clear Winterland stamps.

Supplies: white and dark green cardstock, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper, Basic Grey clear stamps Winterland, Versacolor inkpads in brown, evergreen and burgundy, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Rub-on - Provocraft Christmastime Sentiments, Dovecraft brads, Sizzix circle frame.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

OH Christmas Tree!

4x4 friday challenge this week is to use a tree on your card. It just so happens I took delivery of these fabulously gorgeous papers, rub-ons and stickers this week from Love Elsie's new Noel range. This paper is Toyland and I love it lots! Couldn't wait to use some but only wanted to use a little, it is a dilemma isn't it? Luckily, the 4x4 cards are fairly small so still have lots left! It is such a cute card, not sure I will be able to give it away, might have to send it to myself! If anyone is after the Noel range I got mine from Scrappydo's, they were fab, I received them the day after ordering, how is that for service?

supplies: White and brown cardstock, Love Elsie Noel paper, cardstock sticker and rub-on, ribbon by Craftwork.

Friday, 16 November 2007

Golden Wonder!

I almost didn't share this one as I think it is OTT, I am not good with gold and tend to avoid it but this week the DCM dare was to use gold. I wish I had stuck to a bit of gold ribbon but no I had to go all the way and now I don't have time to do another one, so many chores to do this afternoon! Here is the dare by Keryn:
Going back over my cards I seem to have a liking for gold as an accent colour. So this week I'd like you to make a card for any season or occasion but must include gold somewhere. It could be a brad, metallic card, heat embossing, ribbon, anything at all as long as it's gold.

Supplies: White and bergundy cardstock, Basic Grey Clear stamps 'Winterland', gold embossing powder, dovecraft brads, Making Memories gem brad, Papermania chipboard tag triple embossed and then stamped with EK Success stamp, Patterned paper from DCWV The Christmas stack, ribbon from a box of chocs!

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Getting Corrugated!

The DCM dare was set by Jo and was to use corrugated card on your card!
Hi all :) This week it is Jo here to set the dare...
I seem to have developed a little bit of a fixation with old cardboard boxes....! My dare this week is to use some corrugated card on your card - it could be corrugated craft card or an old box etc. taken to pieces :) You could make the card blank from it or die cut shapes etc...
I am very late with this challenge as I couldn't find any corrugated card anywhere. Luckily, I received a delivery on tuesday and the packaging was made up of tons of the stuff!
Supplies: white and brown cardstock, K & Co patterned paper, mesh from a Papermanic kit, corrugated card flowers made with Woodware punch, Dovecraft brads, buttons, ribbon, string and safety pin all from stash.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

handstitched hearts!

I finally got around to doing some hand stitching on my card! I used hearts for the Arty Girlz challenge this week and paper pierced them then hand stitched them with embroidery thread. The hearts are made from felt paper in a lovely rich navy blue colour. The handstitching is for both Caardvarks and also the Scrummy stash cafe challenges. Although the paper I used is Doodlebug Christmas range I actually think I can get away with using this card either for an anniversary or valentines. What do you think? does it look Christmassy?

Supplies: White and blue cardstock, Doodlebug patterned paper, Felt paper, Dovecraft brads, ribbon and cord were freebies from a while back. Hearts are hand drawn and hand cut.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Christmas Convertible

Today's card is just for fun! After I made the train a couple of weeks ago both my youngest children asked for it to be their Christmas card. I decided that I would make another but in more girly colours as I felt the train was a bit boyish. The girly train then became a car, a convertible suitable for a little princess!

Supplies: White, red and black cardstock, handrawn car, sizzix circle wheels, EK Success snowflake punch, Personal Impressions holly punch, Doodlebug paper frill, Making Memories gem brad, Papermania adhesive stones, Dovecraft brads, DCWV Paper from the Christmas Stack. Eyelets, ribbon and wire from stash, tiny label made on computer and printed.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Rustic Santa

I used the CPS sketch # 39 for the layout for this card. I am not totally satisfied with how it turned out, I am having one of those days I feel - creative block or missing mojo! I found these cute stickers last week in WHS and couldn't wait to try them out.

Supplies: Cream and red cardstock, Stickers from WHS, sewing machine for paper piercing, Papermania adhesive stones, ribbon from stash.

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Speedy Recovery!

The Papertake Weekly Challenge was to make a Get Well card. Conveniently, I just happened to need one for next week!
Supplies: White and brown cardstock, Pink Petticoat image, Patterned paper by Creating Keepsakes, Dovecraft brads, Scissor Sisters Sweet Bella Blossom, ribbon from stash.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Make a wish!

The Scrummy Stash Cafe Blog has some great challenges at the moment. Samm set a challenge asking for scallops!

Yes, it's day two of the challenges and today I, Samm, get to set the challenge.I would like you to use scallops somewhere in your card or layout, they don't need to be perfect so grab those scissors, die cutters, scalpels and go to town, you can even use pre made scallops, we just want to see your wonderful creations. You can use your own stash for the challenge, it doesn't have to be from a particular kit, we just want to have some fun!
I have a scallop template which was a magazine freebie recently so I drew around it and handcut my scallops. I made the other wording in Word and printed out before adding the chipboard word.

Supplies: White and pink cardstock, Creating Keepsakes patterned paper, K & Co chipboard word, Scissor Sisters sweet bella blooms, mulberry flowers, buttons from stash, Papermania adhesive stones, velvet rikrak from Ribbon Oasis.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

In a sky full of stars

I haven't managed to complete any challenges today as I needed a male birthday card. I find them so difficult to do but I found this very masculine paper and took some inspiration from it.

Supplies: Brown and white cardstock, Sandylion patterned paper, Dovecraft brads, rik rak from stash.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Blingy Snowmen

This card works for 3 challenges this week! First of all I used Dawn's sketch which can be seen here. Thanks Dawn for the inspiration it is a great sketch! If you haven't already seen this hop over to Dawn's blog, you have til friday to get your entry in, she is giving away a RAK for the winning entry!
The DCM Santa's Little Extra helper is Snowmen and Snowflakes! I have added both to this card!
This card also fits into the Arty Girlz challenge which is to use bling! Made for me this challenge as I rarely make a card without bling! Anyway, I added a little extra bling to this card speshly! Look closely and you will see some tiny shiny stones on the snowmen's noses and hats! Aswell as the big stones in the brads running down the side of them!

Supplies: White and navy cardstock, Basic Grey Dasher papers, corner rounder for scallops, Studio G stamps, Making Memories Bling brads, Papermania adhesive stones, organza ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Dovecraft brads.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Merry Christmas Postage

The 4x4 challenge is to use faux postage and Saturday Stampers was collage. For some reason I usually think of these two together, I think they go so well so this card is for both challenges. I don't often think of doing a collage so it is great to be set one as a challenge.

Supplies: White and green cardstock, Paper from a pack I have had ages, Documentation label is a freebie from a magazine, stamps are from an INkadinkado set 'Merry Christmas Postage', Primas, Dovecraft brads and some ribbon from my stash.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Angel of Peace

After a busy weekend I finally got around to doing Beate's weekend sketch #26. Yet another Christmas card but I am hoping to have them all made by early December as I will have lots to mail this year.

Supplies: White and burgundy cardstock, DCWV Christmas stack paper, Stamp by Panduro, Papermania ribbon, Dovecraft brad, wire and beads from stash.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Partying Lolas!

I made this last week for some friends having a joint birthday party but couldn't share until after the party!

Supplies: ~White and black cardstock, Lola images from Pink Petticoat, Circular wording made in word, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Making Memories cheeky flat clip, Papermania adhestive stones, button and beads from stash.

Friday, 2 November 2007

and Cut....the Santa Express

I made this train template back in the summer for a card for my friend's little boy. Earlier this week I was thinking about it and thought about making it into a Christmas train. When I saw the DCM dare this morning I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use the template again as Tracie asked us to do some handcutting. This card took a fair bit of handcutting and it took ages to make! It was great fun though!
Here is the dare:
This week its Tracie setting the dare and it is to make a card and CUT!
Any theme goes, so for those of you needing a break from Christmas crafting this is the perfect opportunity to have a change. All styles are welcome but there MUST be an element of handcutting somewhere. It could be a greeting, a shape, letters printed on your pc and handcut, anything goes as long as you did it by hand.
Supplies: Cream, red and green cardstock, DCWV patterned paper for background, Doodlebug paper for presents, Doodlebug paper frill, Sizzix circle frame die, Santa express made on pc, Holly punch by Personal Impressions, Dovecraft brads, Papermania adhesive stones, other items from stash of unknown origin.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Winter Warmers

I decided to try doing the Papertake Weekly Challenge which for this week is Winter Warmers! This is the first time I have even seen this challenge but I am sure I will be back! I used the Sketch this:cards layout for this week.

supplies: White and dark green cardstock, paper is DCWV Christmas Stack, Clear stamps by Will n Way and Studio G, Flower is Prima, ribbon and jewelled brad from stash.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Happy Halloween!

This week Cynthia or Rainbow Lady as she is better known set the challenge over at Arty Girlz. She asked us to use just 3 colours from the rainbow spectrum. Being Halloween I decided it had to be a Halloween card which also tied in with the 4x4 friday challenge to use pumpkin or Halloween or both! So here it is a Halloween Pumpkin card with the colours orange, green and just a touch of blue! 2 great challenges in 1 card!

Supplies: Black and white cardstock, Little Sizzles patterned paper, Stickers from Asda, Papermania brads, Unsure of make of ribbon.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

DCM Little Extra

The Little Extra this week is still about ribbon, this time we have a recipe too!

We're still playing with those wonderful Ribbon Oasis ribbons but this time we've got a Ribbony Recipe for you to play with.
The ingredients you need to use on your cards are:
4 brads/eyelets
3 circles
2 rectangles
and lashings of ribbon!
What sort of card you make is up to you this time - as long as you've got all those ingredients on there the choice is yours.
I put 4 brads in the corners, my 3 circles are the large obvious one and 2 buttons, the 2 rectangles in the middle of the card and the ribbons! Recipe followed, card made!
Supplies: White, dark brown and blue cardstock, cuttlebug embossing circle, rik rak and velvet ribbon from Papermania, organza ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, paper from DCWV christmas stack, Papermania chipboard tag, Papermania brads and Papermania adhesive stones.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Snowbear 'Z' card

I have been desperate to try this 'Z' fold card for Beate's weekend sketch #25. It was as much fun to make as it looked, I will definitely be making this type of card again. It looks a lot more complex than it is, it took no time at all, especially as I already had this snowbear ready stamped and painted! Beate has a tutorial for this card on her blog.

Supplies: Dark green, red and white cardstock, Stamp from PSX, papermania patterned paper, Papermania ribbon, Primas and mulberry flowers, Papermania brads.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Birthday Lola

It has been a busy weekend with the children so I will share a card I made earlier in the week. Another Lola, I made this one for fun, just because I wanted to put these colours together again. Actually, I recently bought this gorgeous ribbon in a pack and wanted to try it out so it really dictated the papers I could use!

Supplies: White and dark brown cardstock, Sandylion patterned paper, blue is Crate, Taylor Collection Playtime, Papermania ribbon, narrow ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Lola image from Pink Petticoat, Papermania brad, machine stitching and machine paper piercing, picture hanger from hardware store.

Friday, 26 October 2007


I have been tagged by the very lovely and incredibly talented Rose Ann of Paper Delightz, I am sure most of you are familiar with her blog but anyone who hasn't been there should pop over, her cards are fabulous!
I have 5 questions to answer!

1. If you could have 100.00 worth of scrapbook paper or assorted embellishments, which would you choose? So tough! I would prefer half and half but given that I have to choose today I would choose embellishments, because you can never have enough!

2. If you had to choose between using only stamps or rubons, which would you choose? Oh, you are mean, how can I choose? Ok, stamps, no rub-ons, no stamps!

3. If you knew how to do both awesome cards and layouts but could only do one for a whole year...which would you do? No contest here, cards no probs, I dabble in scrapbooking but only for myself, making some family albums but hey, they can wait a year, couldn't put my cards on hold though!

4. Would you rather own a scrapbooking store or have your own scrapping room at home...(can't have both he he he) Own room definitely, although I would love to languish all day in a store I wouldn't want to have to do the tedious paperwork!

5. And last but not least, what is your CURRENT cardmaking or scrapping style....Now this can be tough to nail down!This is tough as it is whatever takes my fancy at the time. I am using quite a lot of stitching just now and matting which I love. I love my cards to be covered with gorgeous things, lots of ribbon and bling!

Now for the hardest part, to pick only 5 people to tag!

1. Andrea at Andrea's World
2. Marlou at Scrapping with Love
3. Dawn at Daily Scrapping Inspiration
4. Anne at Always making stuff
5. Vanessa at Ellepiggo

Have fun!

Wrap it in ribbon for Christmas!

What a fantastic dare this week set by DCM! It is sponsored by the fabulous Ribbon Oasis who have an amazing selection of ribbon in their shop! I am already a huge fan! Here is the dare :
here's a little sweetener: Bea is giving a ribbonful prize to one lucky darer this week. All you need to do is make a be-ribboned Christmas Card especially for the DCM

Supplies: White and black cardstock, DCWV christmas stack, Pink Petticoat image, Papermania rikrak, Sizzix circle frame, Papermania Just Flowers? papermania brad, Sentiment made in Word on Computer, Papermania adhesive stones, Organza ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

CPS sketch #36

This card was made using the CPS sketch #36. I think maybe it should have been narrower and longer but this was what I ended up with. The greeting was made in word with word art and the scalloped circle was made using a corner rounder. It has the obligatory ribbon and bling!

Supplies: White and green cardstock, DCWV christmas stack, Sizzix circle frame, EK Success corner rounder, Personal Impressions holly punch, Prima - Got Flowers?, Papermania stones, organdy ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007


The DCM Little Extra this week is a sketch, nine little squares! I thought of snowflakes immediately for some reason. I punched out the snowflakes first out of pearlescent card then punched scalloped squares around them, how simple! The centre snowflake is punched from blue velvet paper, scrummy it is! I don't know if the colour shows up very well here but it is all on navy card, matted onto white then onto a navy square card. This is one of those cards that looks so much better in real life, the photo doesn't do it justice.

A close up trying to show the pearlescent card!

Supplies: Navy card, white pearlescent cardstock, Navy velvet paper, Scalloped square punch by Woodware, Snowflake punch by EK Success, papermania adhesive stones.