Thursday, 31 March 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Couples

Over on Cute Card Thursday this week the theme is couples!
You can use an image with 2 of something in, they don't have to be the same thing, can be a person and an animal, something and a background or you can just use 2 of something on your card!
We are sponsored this week by Whimsy Stamps who are offering two fabulous stamps as prizes for this week!  Pop on over to CCT to see more details!
Huge thanks to Denise at Whimsy for stepping in at short notice to sponsor us!
It just so happens that the image I used is a digital image available at Whimsy Stamps designed by Melissa Jenkins, it is the adorable 'cuddle bun buddies'. 
There are more of these sweet bunnies available, hop on over to check them all out!
I used the fabulous sketch on Friday Sketchers and it also fits into the Crafty Creations challenge, bunnies!

I also used the pennant banner die  from Whimsy stamps to create the banner on the front of the card.  
All of the sentiment stamps are also Whimsy Stamps designed by Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs.

My custom design stamp on the back of my card is also from Whimsy Stamps.
Please pop over to CCT to check out the rest of the design teams amazing creations!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Less is More ~ sketch

Phew, it has been a busy week so far, I am convinced it is Thursday today so I keep panicking that I haven't done things!  
Anyway, a nice quick and easy card for the less is more challenge this week, they gave us a fabulous sketch with a DL card size.  Actually, mine is a scaled down version as I have to make a few more of these for my youngest daughter's party.  She will most likely share the party with her twin brother as they generally choose to do but his invitations will have to be a bit more boyish.
I used my Stampin' Up set 'Tropical Party', love these stamps but it is the first opportunity I have had to use them! The flowers are popped up on 3d foam pads.  The You're invited stamp is a small pack of party stamps from Studio G.
gotta run, lots to catch up with....
thanks for dropping in!


Really, Wednesday again?  I only just realized when I spotted some other WOYWW in my blog list!
first I have to show you how my lovely papers from Emma's Paperie arrived the other day!
It was like receiving a gift, all wrapped up perfectly in tissue paper and a freebie roll of ribbon attached! Now that is service!

Onto my desk!  Got my pencils out to colour this very adorable digital  image from Whimsy Stamps designed by Melissa Jenkins

Above the pencils  is another layout in progress for my daughter's album, this is only number 3 so I really need to get into gear with it!  Only have 5 months left!  She really is growing up too fast, I thought I had lots of time before having to wave off my offspring but no, come September she is off to college in New York, blub, blub! All the more reason to have her album filled with special memories for her to take with her!
***Edited to add***
the goodies inside the box from Emma's!

Okay, need to get cracking with my card.  If you want to join us in showing what you are working on today, pop over to Julia Dunnit's blog to see what it is all about!
Thanks for dropping by!  

Friday, 25 March 2011

A spring card!

This is one my old sweet Sugar Nellie's designed by Elisabeth Bell, she is 'chick-a-dee' and unfortunately this stamp is now retired.  
The sentiment ticket stamp is Whimsy Stamps 'Treasured Moments Tickets'
I used her with the Make it Crafty digi stamp 'petals and palings' from the secret garden collection!
They are coloured with prismacolor pencils.
I used the fabulous sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches for this one.  The image and colours are so perfect for the Stamp Something ~ spring somethings challenge!
Cardmaking Mama's challenge wants animals ~hope my little chickie counts!

The stamp on the inside is Whimsy Stamps 'Spring Letter Seals'

So glad it is Friday!  It seems to have been a long week!
2 of my favourite challenges are out tomorrow so I will be having a peek at them but don't know if I will get any crafting time this weekend.  Have to rearrange my eldest son's room after buying some new storage units (in the hope that he stops storing stuff under his bed)
Whatever you are doing this weekend, hope it is a good one!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch by Me!

This week on Cute Card Thursday it is a sketch designed by yours truly!
It is a very basic sketch because I am very basic, but that makes it a nice easy one!
We are sponsored this week by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!
I used the sweet Mo Manning image 'What's Cooking' she was only $1 last week and all proceeds were to be sent to the relief aid in Japan, a very worthy cause! she raised £1000!  it was such a success that Mo will do another fundraising stamp!
I coloured this sweet image with Copics and Prismacolors and am entering this image into the 
Make it Colourful challenge which is to blend green and yellow (as on her little pinny)

Although I opted not to make a book card for this one I still wanted to give the insides a good make over too!
I used one of my all time favourite papers Basic Grey 'Lily Kate'

I added this little tag for a challenge over on Colorful Creations my jeopardy square was to add a tag to my card!  The sweet postage stamp rubber stamp is by Whimsy Stamps from the Raindrop Echo Designs sentiment selection.

I used a variety of punches to create the flowers, leaves, butterflies, edges and corners.

I tried to make the back mirror the layout on the front.
My personalized stamp is from Bunny Zoe's Crafts!
Other challenges I am entering with this card are
Cutie Sunday ~ Spring Colours
A Spoonful of Sugar ~ ribbon, pearl/rhinestones and flowers
My Time to Craft ~ Ladies Day
Papertake Weekly ~ its a mom thing/ girly
Simon says stamp challenge, ~ mothers day/girly
Everybody Art ~ Happy Birthday
Please pop along and see the rest of the DT's gorgeous creations and I so hope you get the chance to play along!
thanks for dropping in, have a fabulous day!
EDIT * Sparkle is donating $5 to the Japan Relief effort  for every Rin stamp sold until the end of March*
Just ordered mine!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday!

Wednesday again, already?  
It is such a beautiful morning here, cold, crisp and sunny!
Today I am hoping to work on this card and have a nice quiet day as I know this evening is going to be crazy hectic, even more than it usually is!
Do you see my lovely new craft mat? it is so big compared to my other one, I love it!  My friend Kerys called me last week to ask if I wanted it picked up from TJMaxx, it was only $5!  What a bargain!
Jingle remarked last week that with my desk this way round there is room for a friend and how right she is! I did have that in mind so that Kerys could come to play but what was so lovely was my son and daughter joining me on Saturday to create!  Ethan created 4 fabulous cards which you can see on his blog.  Milly finished a card but she had to go out just as it was finished and she was giving it to the friend she was going with, glue still wet, so we didn't manage to get a photo of it!  She used the image she had coloured last week for Make it Colourful, we were so thrilled to discover yesterday that she had won!
If you would like to play along hop over to Julia Dunnit's blog to find out what it is all about and maybe join in!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Less is More ~ masculine cards!

 for my Whimsy Blog Hop post please click here!
The theme on Less is More this week is
masculine cards!  Obviously, while adhering to the other Less is More guidelines!
Keeping it very simple, I stamped my Lily of the Valley 'Top Chef'' and coloured him with 
Prismacolor pencils then die cut around him with a Nestabilities die.
There is still plenty of room for a sentiment when I eventually decide what this card will be for!
My 10 year old son decided he wanted to do some colouring so he grabbed my spare image and crafted along with me!  
He is just learning the shading technique and I think he did a fabulous job!
He has started his own blog here!
Thank you for dropping by, hope you are having a great Saturday!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Music

for my Whimsy Blog Hop post please click HERE
Our theme on Cute Card Thursday this week is 
It is open to interpretation but some ideas are music themed papers, charms or even dancing!  
We are sponsored this week by Alota Rubber Stamps. 
I used the fabby sketch over at 
I made another of my book cards which I always make for my children.  Have made lots of them lately as 3 of my kids have birthdays in spring!  
Here is a tutorial I created a year ago for them.....Book Card Tutorial

I used the newly released Whimsy rubber stamp 'Brooklyn Babe' by Kenny K.  She is coloured with Copics and Prismacolors.
I also used the new Treasured Moment tickets from Whimsy Stamps and the new banner pennant die.  These are all available to purchase in the Whimsy online store.  
You might also just be able to see the Whimsy Stamps
'music notes' background stamp, I stamped it in white and embossed it for the layer beneath the image.

 The new Whimsy Stamps banner pennants die and the quote/sentiment is from the Spring seals stamp set. 
 I had to make a double layer of pockets as the chocolate was rather large, I chose it for its colour rather than anything else!

a little simple back detail to finish off!
other challenges I am entering with this card
Pollycraft ~ Teen card
Totally gorjuss ~ pearls and lace
ABC challenge ~ q is for quote
I hope you will pop over to see the rest the DT's fabulous musical makes, thank you so much for dropping in!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Help for Japan

For my Whimsy Blog Hop post please click HERE!

Buy this image for only $1 from Mo's digital pencil and all proceeds of the sale will be donated to Japan!

Less is More!

for my Whimsy Blog Hop Post please click HERE
I have come across a  lot of people playing along in a new challenge over the last few weeks.
You have to keep the card clean and simple, one layer, lots of white etc....
also this week they are asking for 'off the edge'
Not my usual style so quite a challenge for me!
I decided to keep it super simple and do some straightforward stamping.
I used the newly released 
Time Flies stamps designed by Raindrop Echo Designs for Whimsy Stamps.

Whimsy Stamps March Release Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Whimsy Stamps March new rubber release BLOG HOP!

We have 13 fabulous new Whimsy Stamps plus 2 new wonderful dies to show you today! These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites. We also have our wonderful special guests joining us for this hop - Beate Johns, Deb Routledge, Jacque Beddingfield and Elaine Hughes!

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been sneak peeking these fabulous stamps for the past 4 days, so if you missed them be sure to hop on over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog for some more inspiration!

Here is a full list of the wonderful new rubber stamps and dies being released today:

4 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
Benny & Joon Have Cake ~ Celebrate Big! ~ Tippy By The Tail ~Valerie & Kitty sitting pretty

2 stamps from Meljen's Designs
Rainy Day Duckling ~ Little Puddle Duck

4 stamps from Kenny K
Brooklyn Babe ~ Club Kid ~ Strong Island ~ Let’s Party

3 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Treasured Moments Tickets ~ Time Flies ~ Spring Letter Seals

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Banner Pennants Die Set ~ Double Scallop Border Die

If you would like to participate in the hop and you didn't arrive here from Simonne's blog, please CLICK HERE to return to the beginning of the hop at Crystal’s blog.

The hop starts today (Wednesday March 16th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday March 23rd at noon EST.

For this hop we have 6 different prize draws! We have not one but TWO grand prize draws, so two lucky hoppers will win a large selection of new release stamps. Grand Prize 1 will be for those who help us advertise the hop, and Grand Prize 2 will be for those who hop along with us. Also, we have 4 mini candy stops throughout the hop where you can enter to win a new release stamp! I'm not going to tell you where they are, so if you haven't found them you'll just have go back to the beginning and start hopping! *wink*

For my blog hop creation I used .... Valerie and kitty sitting pretty by Crissy Armstrong, a sentiment from the Time Flies set, Treasured Moments tickets and the Spring Letter Seals designed by Raindrop Echo Designs.  I also used the banner  pennants die set. I used the Whimsy ticket die to cut out the tickets.
I love to decorate gift bags, so much nicer than shop bought ones.   Along with the new Whimsy stamps I used Tim Holtz papers and the new Tim Holtz die 'mini paper rosettes'.

I kept the back very simple just adding a spring letter seal stamp.

So now it's time for you to continue the hop by hopping on over to Annika's blog.

Finally, here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

Thank you so much for hopping with us today and I hope you enjoy the new releases!


I don't know if you can tell but I have turned my desk around, like it much better and I can use more of it! I have stashed all my 'need at hand stuff' next to the window so I have the rest of the desk to work on.
It also means I get to the windows to give them a much needed clean and also open them once the days warm up, which I am hoping is very soon!  You might be able to see out the window there is still plenty of white stuff! It is gradually melting back!  I am happy to see the lighter evenings now that the clocks went forwards but not happy at the darker mornings again!  Will be so happy when it is light when I get up at 6am!
I am finishing off a little project which will be shown on my blog later today during the 
Whimsy Blog Hop.
You can probably see I have been making more of the Tim Holtz rosettes, love them! Also, you might just see the pennants I am working on, the die to make these is also being released today at 
Whimsy Stamps!  You will see these in action on my creation at noon (EDT) when I post for the hop!
If you want to play along with WOYWW pop over to Julia Dunnit's blog to find out how!
Thanks for dropping by......hope to see you later!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Whimsy Sneak Peek!

Here is my sneak peek for the newest Whimsy rubber stamps release!
I have used 
Spring Letter Seals by Raindrop Echo Designs
they will be released for purchase along with the rest of the new stamps on Wednesday 16th March!

I love these seals, Ann designs them beautifully.
I use it to decorate up a notebook from Michaels. It is perfect for a little gift for a friend or even to keep for myself as a little book for my handbag, very useful!
Don't forget the Whimsy Blog Hop is happening tomorrow at 12 noon (EST), be sure to join in, there are lots of prizes to be won!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Whimsy Sneak Peeks!

The March release of the latest rubber stamps from Whimsy Stamps is this coming Wednesday 16th March!
I hope you will join us then to see all the fabulous releases from the very talented artists Crissy Armstrong, Melissa Jenkins, Ann Vento and Kenny K.
IN the meantime between today and Wednesday you can see daily sneak peeks of the new designs.
Today the following DT members have peeks on their blogs to show you, just click on each name to visit!