Friday, 27 November 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ Snips and snails

Apologies for being so late, we were so busy celebrating Thanksgiving I didn't get a minute to get online!
Here is my card for this week, the theme is Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
to create a boys card.
This is one of my favourite Sugar Nellie images for boys, so cool! I need to send my nephew's birthday card early as it is my nieces birthday today and her card hasn't arrived in time! I am gutted, I allowed a week and 2 days and it still didn't make it!
As usual on CCT we have a fantastic prize and the rest of the DT creations are amazing! Hope you find time to play along!
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

whiff of joy challenge and Papertake Weekly

Love this new Whiff of Joy stamp designed by Elisabeth Bell. Used it on my Whiff of Joy challenge card which was a sketch.
This card is also perfect for the Papertake Weekly challenge which I haven't managed to join in for an age. They want to see your Christmas cards!
This is a versatile stamp and I only decided to make it a christmas card at the last moment when I finally decided on the sentiment!

Sorry I haven't been around visiting lately, busy busy, the holidays are starting today so hopefully I will get some time to drop by over the next few days, so ready for this break as are the kids. We are very excited to be celebrating our first real Thanksgiving this week!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Whimsy Holiday Card Competition

Whimsy Holiday Card Competition

Whimsy Stamps is holding its first ever Holiday Card Competition!
To enter all you have to do is use a Whimsy image to create a Holiday Themed card. You can enter anytime from now until 11.59pm (EST) on December 12th.
The Whimsy Design Team will choose 3 finalists who will go onto the next round and enter a poll on the Whimsy Website.
Each of the finalists will win a prize and the overall winner of the reader's poll will win a whopping
$50 gift certificate for Whimsy Stamps!

The Whimsy Stamps Challenge is asking for a Christmas card this week. I used the Whimsy stamps Reindeer

The papers are Basic Grey and MME, flowers Primas, icicles are a Martha Stewart punch.

The winner will be chosen on December 20th and the winning card will appear in the Whimsy Newsletter on December 23rd and also in the Whimsy online gallery!

You can check out the full details and rules here at the Whimsy Website!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ Teen Terrors

is being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps this week
you can win this fabulous stamp from the Crissy Armstrong Collection. It is called
Very Present Helpers
the kitties are so cute and it is a great stamp to paper piece. It is part of the Christmas collection of stamps but as you can see here this one is very versatile!

The theme this week is teen terrors - whilst my image might not depict a teenager they certainly look like cute little terrors! I can just imagine them getting into all kinds of mischief together! I made my card a little more grown up looking though so I think it is suitable for a teenager.

Stamps ~ Whimsy Stamps 'Very Present Helpers', Whimsy Stamps 'circular postmark sentiments'
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Sugared'
Flowers ~ Prima
Leaves ~ L-Em punch
Gems ~ Prima

The bread was perfect by the way, just off to make anot
her loaf today! think I have started something I might regret!
Have a great day!

Friday Sketchers

have an amazing sketch this week, it seemed a bit different and that always appeals! It was perfect for this sweet CC designs image that Denise sent to me. Thanks so much Denise, you singlehandedly kept me in paper, stamps and images for the middle part of this year! I really appreciate it! It was a traumatic time being parted from my crafty stash for so long and yet now it seems like no time at all, it feels like it went over in the blink of an eye!

I have been on a roll with my cardmaking over the last week, mainly because my youngest 2 had 3 birthday parties to go to on saturday so I had to become a cardmaking machine! I also wanted to get a load sent to the Uk along with pressies etc Got a few more xmas cards to make then I can start on some gifts. Hoping to rope in the eldest with some colouring etc as she is complaining she needs a hobby!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Stamp Something ~ sketch something

HOw cute is this little bug?

I followed the sketch over at

Love the sketch, very versatile! the image is a High Hopes stamp as is the sentiment. Papers are Basic Grey 'Granola'.

I'm off back to my breadmaking, having to do it the old fashioned way as I left my breadmaker in the UK. Never had much success the old fashioned way I must confess and it is even harder with the high altitude so I am a little nervous of how it will turn out. I will let you know!
have a great afternoon,

Sugar Bowl ~ a Gorjuss sketch

I followed Judy's fabulous sketch over at
for this card.
I used one of my Sugar Nellie 'Gorjuss girls' and the paper is Basic Grey 'Lily Kate'.

flowers are prima.
Another quick post, have to get sorted, ready to decorate our guest room later in the week, so much to do as the holidays approach!
Hope you have a great day!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Truly Scrumptious sketch ~ ski-ing Edwin

Here is my entry for the Truly Scrumptious challenge which was a tricky sketch! You also had to incorporate some texture so I embossed some cardstock with a cuttlebug folder, first time I used it, so glad these challenges make me use my bits and pieces!

I used ski-ing Edwin from Magnolia, he is one of my favourite Edwins, I am sure I will use him lots over this coming winter! the paper is Basic Grey 'Archaic' my fave male papers and the sentiment stamp is Whimsy. The ticket stamp is Inkadinkado.
IN a hurry as usual, spent an hour in the dentist this morning then did some xmas shopping and some Deb shopping yey! so i am running behind...again!

Hope you all have a great monday!

Friday, 13 November 2009

ICS ~ Whimsy kitty

Another of the fabulous newly released Whimsy Stamps from the Crissy Armstrong range.
This is Purrfect Gift!
The Whimsy Blog Hop is ending soon, you still have a little time to play along and enter to be in with a chance to win some fantastic stamps!
This stamp is purrfect for paper piecing and adding a touch of 3d.
I used the sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches this week.

A few people mentioned that it was sunny on my photos, I have to tell you it is sunny here almost every day, blissful! It means I can take my photos outside most days although it did snow last night so there isn't a clear surface to photograph on today but it is sunny!

Stamps ~ Whimsy stamps 'Purrfect gift'
Papers ~ My minds eye
Flowers and leaves ~ Prima
Sentiment ~ Rub on

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ Glitter Me Silly

the theme on Cute Card Thursday this week is
'Glitter me Silly'
I hope you can see the glitter on my card, I used stickles all over the snowman and also on the delicate snowflakes.
I used the new Whimsy Stamps 'N'ice Friends' cute little snowman!
He was just released this week and is one of the new stamps by new Whimsy artist Crissy Armstrong!
The little sentiment stamp is also Whimsy designed by super talented Ann Vento.
Papers are Basic Grey 'eskimo kisses', flowers are Prima,
Scalloped punch by Martha Stewart, small doiley and scalloped circles are nestabilities and shapeabilities pendant.
Please pop over and see the rest of the design team's fabulous glittery creations and as always, a great prize to be won!
Don't forget to check the website, tomorrow at noon EST, for the announcement of the blog hop winner!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Whimsy Blog Hop

You can continue the Whimsy Blog Hop here

Layers of Color - Reindeer Walz

This is my last week as guest designer for Layers of Color, it has been fun, thanks so much Laura! But I can't say goodbye before the release party this weekend! Do hope you can make it, there will be prizes, free party favors to pick up and lot of fun things going on!

This is my card for this week, using the fabulous Layers of Color Clear Art Stamps Reindeer Waltz. This reindeer is rather elegant so called for an elegant card, not too much fuss!

Papers are Basic Grey, flowers are Prima. Sentiment is a rub-on.

Gotta run, chasing my tail today, don't forget Whimsy Blog Hop ends Noon friday EST!

Have a great evening!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

On the Second Day of Christmas....

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me...
Two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.
If you want to here any more of the song you can listen here
Hopefully you came here via Bev's blog who is starting off the Whimsy Stamps Twelve Days of Christmas blog hop today! If not you will want to go over and see her stunning creation! Then follow the leads until you have finished the whole hop, by then you will be singing the Twelve days of Christmas all day! Feeling festive yet?
I am sure you have heard by now that we have a fantastic new artist join Whimsy this week, the fabulously talented Crissy Armstrong has designed the sweet new Festive stamps for us and she is even playing along in the blog hop today!
This card is made with her sweet Whimsy Stamps 'Jolly Puppy Kisses' stamp. How fabulous is he? A very jolly Santa and the pup is so adorable!

The papers I used are My Minds Eye and the Sentiment stamp is Cat's life press.
Now for you to continue the hop you need to go caroling over to Erin's blog to see the next amazing Whimsy Creation, you are going to love these new images!
Have fun hopping and don't forget to leave comments as there are prizes to be won!
Have a great day!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Whimsy Stamps Challenge - Watercolours

Whimsy Stamps Challenge
The theme for the Whimsy Stamps Challenge this week is Watercolours!
I had to dust mine off, it is so long since I got them out but I enjoyed using them again, bit rusty though!
I used my supercute Whimsy Stamps Fall Fox, he is available now in the fabulous newly refurbished Whimsy Shop!

Don't forget to join us tomorrow at noon (EST) for our twelve days of christmas blog hop where Whimsy will launch their brand new range of stamps designed by the fabulous
Hope to see you then!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Whimsy news and award

Some exciting news from Whimsy!
WE have a brand new holidays release this week with a Holiday Blog Hop to coincide!
Also, Whimsy has a brand new illustrator, we are very excited to have

join the Whimsy team! She has created the most adorable new Holiday stamps for us! Make you sure join us next tuesday 10th November for the first reveal. You can steal some sneak peeks on the Whimsy website so watch out for those!

The lovely Caz gave me this award this week, I was so thrilled as it is the first in a while. Now, normally I don't get around to posting them but this one looks like fun!

The rules are:
I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word.
So here we go:
1. Where is your
cell phone? … pocket

2. Your hair? …blondish
3. Your mother?…England

4. Your father?… Heaven
5. Your favourite food? … chocolate
6. Your dream last night?… forgotten
7. Your favourite drink? … latte
8. Your dream/goal?… living it
9. What room are you in?… craftroom
10. Your hobby?… Crafting
11. Your fear?… many
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?… anywhere
13. Where were you last night? … Home
14. Something that you’re aren’t?… genius
15. Muffins?…pumpkin
16. Wish list item? … papers
17. Where did you grow up? … england
18. Last thing you did?… vaccumed
19. What are you wearing?…jeans
20. Your TV?… many
21. Your Pets?…dog
22. Friends? … precious
23. Your life?… content
24. Your mood?…Creative
25. Missing Someone?…always
26. vehicle?… ford
27. Something your not wearing?… cardi
28. Your favourite store? …Roberts
29. Your favourite colour?…brown
30. When was the last time you laughed?…yesterday
31. Last time you cried?…forgotten
32. Your best friend?… many
33. One place that I go to over and over? …Starbucks
34. Facebook?… No
35. Favourite place to eat?… home
I’d like to pass this award on to the following blog friends:
this is the hard bit and why I never post, I hate to leave anyone out but here goes....

1.Debbie 2. Judy 3. Denise 4. Bernie 5. Karen

Cute Card Thursday ~ Primary Colours

This week on Cute Card Thursday you are to use Primary colours!
I had to do Christmas as I don't have any papers that you could say were primary colours!
Even this is stretching it a bit as I should have had blue and not green, yikes!
Hope you can manage to play along, we have a fabulous prize again this week, the fabulous Kim Reid of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is offering one lucky winner the choice of any 3 of her stamps!
I used my sweet 'Miss Clause' from Sugar Nellie, she reminds me of my eldest so this may be her chrissy card! She used to love drawing Manga images when she was a bit younger so it will be a blast from the past for her!
The papers are the fabulous Basic Grey 'Wassail' still one of my favourite xmas papers.
The merry christmas stamp is Cat's Life Press.
The flowers are prima and the buttons and snowflakes are from packs from Roberts.
Feeling all festive this week, don't know why as it has heated up here again, almost hit the 70's yesterday! Snow forecast for the weekend tho', strange old place this!
Happy Bonfire night to those celebrating in the UK!
Keep safe!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Layers of Color ~ Reindeer waltz

I am so looking forward to Christmas over here, can you tell?
This stands like a card but is actually going to be a table decoration telling everyone what they will eat for Christmas Lunch, not that they need telling as we have had the same Christmas lunch for over 20 years!!!
What can I say, I am a creature of habit!

I have used my fabulous Layers of Color Clear Art Stamp Set 'Reindeer Waltz'. I totally love this set! I am going to use it loads this Christmas. The two reindeer are part of the set but I also used parts of the other reindeer to create the inked border around the edges. I was a bit scared at first but love how it turned out! The antlers make fabulous swirls!
I used Basic Grey papers which give it a very elegant look. I am hoping to make matching place cards as our old ones have seen better days, they are about 10 years old! Love them and won't part with them as they come from my cross stitch days but time for a change I think!
don't forget that Layers of Color are having a release party November 14 -15 with lots of fun things going on plus prizes and free digi giveaways!
See here for more details of the release party!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Whimsy Challenge ~ rounding up love for Jaimie

I made this card to send to Jaimie Cates who recently was the victim of a horrific crime. Whimsy Stamps owner Denise and Erin have arranged a fabulous, humongous blog hop and created a special new blog to encourage us all to send a card to Jaimie to help create some hope and lighten the dark days. Many amazing people have taken part in the blog hop and there are a huge amount of prizes! Although I am sure once you read Jaimie's story you will want to send a card no matter what!

To take part in the hop start here at Katharina's blog.

Here is my card for Jaimie and also for the Whimsy Stamps Challenge which is to create a card for Jaimie!
I used my Whimsy Stamps Fall Raccoons, they are such cheeky chaps they are guaranteed to bring a smile!