Thursday, 26 May 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch by Me!

It is my sketch this week on Cute Card Thursday, hope you like it!
We are sponsored this week by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
This week I decided it was time I made my eldest daughter's graduation card.  I found this sweet Mo Manning image a few weeks ago and decided it was just right for her.  Her graduation cap and gown will be white, hence the colouring here! The image is coloured with Prismacolor pencils. 
The swirls are by Recollections. 

 The sentiment stamp is from Whimsy Stamps and is part of the 
Birthday Postage Stamps collection designed by Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs,
it is so perfect for all kinds of occasions, definitely the one I have used the most!
 The little hearts are Martha Stewart and I gave them a paint treatment and then topped it with crackle glaze, it doesn't show up well on here though. The gorgeous papers are Basic Grey 'Capella'.
 As my daughter is not big on cards ( I know, can you believe it?) I decided to make her an easel card with a drawer to add a little trinket to.  I couldn't find an actual tutorial for this but just made a large drawer roughly following the  tutorials for the small drawers and then created the top and bottom layers to fit.  
Challenges to enter
Crafty purple frog challenge ~ things of beauty
paper sundaes ~ pop it up
the paper shelter ~ anything goes
The rest of the design team have done a fabulous job with the sketch, hope you will drop by and see their fantastic creations!
Thanks for dropping by!

Whimsy Stamps May Rubber Release Blog Hop Mini Candy Winner!

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 The winner of my Whimsy Stamps blog Hop mini candy draw is no. 37 The Great Leveller congratulations Alison you win the two Whimsy Stamps designed by Kenny K!
Please send your details to Denise at Whimsy Stamps - whimsystamps@gmail.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Hope those of you in Iceland, Scotland and the North aren't being too badly affected by the volcanic ash, can't believe that has happened again!  We have the Grannies coming over for our eldest's graduation in 2 weeks just hope the travel chaos of last year doesn't happen again!
We are having a lull between storms today, it is going to be a beautiful hot day today, in the 70's woohoo! but then downhill towards the holiday weekend after that!  Isn't it always like that?
 so onto my desk today, actually the pics are from yesterday as I had intended scheduling but didn't quite get around to it!  We have had a crazy few days here in Chez Routledge!
A sweet little Mo Manning image for my daughter's graduation card.  The box is part of her card.  
The stickers are so fab, I picked them up at a church rummage sale along with the little stamp, 25 cents each!
The tin box holds the pencils etc that my kids use, they aren't allowed my Prismas!
And there is my little pot of pencil shavings always on my desk, someone asked if that was one session of shavings but no, I tend to let to build up for some time before eventually deciding I need to empty it!  I kinda like pencil shavings!
Below I was dabbling with some paint effects, altering some hearts that I thought might look good with a crackle effect!  I have since used the smaller hearts but the doiley heart kind of disintegrated!
so, whats on your workdesk today?  If you want to join in head over to 
Julia Dunnits blog to get the lowdown, see more desks and maybe join in!
Have a fabulous Wednesday and thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Whimsy Stamps May Rubber Release Blog Hop!

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

We have 18 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, Deb Mitchell and Elaine Hughes.

The Whimsy Stamps DT have been sneak peeking these fabulous stamps for the past 5 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:

5 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
Baby of Mine ~ Mystic ~ Thunder Lizzy ~ Wee Snippet ~ Wee Snippet & Mystic

4 stamps from Meljen's Designs
Birthday Cake Mouse ~ Birthday Cup Mouse ~ Gruffy Little Gnome ~ Happy Little Gnome

4 stamps from Kenny K
Devastatia ~ Hockey Girl ~ Queens Cutie ~ Super Mom

5 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Celebration Pennants ~ Film Strip Sentiments ~ Magical Mini Letter Seals ~ Street Art BG ~ Welcome Baby Sentiments

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Film Strip Die ~ Welcome Baby Die Set

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

The hop starts today (Wednesday May 18th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday May 25th 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. We also 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*
What I can tell you is that I have one of the mini candy giveaways here!
You can win Hockey girl and Devastatia, just be sure to leave a comment and link up via Mr Linky!

For my blog hop creation I used Kenny K's Queens Cutie and Raindrop Echo Designs Street Art BG and Film Strip Sentiments.  I also used the Film Strip die to cut out the Film Strip sentiments, essential for all those tiny holes! I coloured the stamped images with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.
I made a side stair step card following these fabulous instructions from Andrea Walford.

Challenges I would like to enter
Kenny K krafty girls ~ die cuts and punches (stars are punched and film strip are die cut)
Totally gorjuss ~ not square
Stamp Something ~ anything goes
So now it's time for you to continue the hop by hopping on over to Crystal's Blog.

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


 So after a weekend of summer temperatures it is back to this! Ridiculous to think the kids were in the pool Saturday and Sunday, I was just about to put away the winter gear too!
Last year I learned not to buy any new plants until June.  I bought hanging baskets in May and within a week it had snowed and they were dead!
This pic was actually taken yesterday as I am scheduling too  busy tomorrow morning!
So, for all those who think I am a neat freak I thought I should own up and show the whole desk! yikes!
You can see the back of my just finished card, it will be posted a  little later today!  Hope you will come back to see it, also have a little giveaway but can't tell yet, come back at 12 noon (EST) to find out!
So what is on your workdesk today? if you want to play along visit Julia Dunnit's blog for deets!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Cute Card Thursday - So distressing!

Our theme on Cute Card Thursday this week is my favourite style - 
So distressing!
We are sponsored this week by Simon Says Stamp!
This post went missing on Thursday and somehow only returned as a draft in a half written form, I have no idea what else I said and don't really have the time to rewrite it but here is the missing card anyway!
The stamps I used are from Whimsy stamps!
I have had a fun but hectic weekend, we threw 2 birthday parties (twins) and hosted the Pre-prom gathering for photos, I am feeling a tad wrung out today!
Don't forget to check out the latest sneak peeks from the Whimsy DT and guests, you should be able to see the list of sneaks over on the Whimsy Inspirations Blog sometime today!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Whimsy Sneak Peek!

Today is the second day of Whimsy Stamps sneak peeks!  Today we are peeking at the fantastic new stamps designed by Crissy Armstrong!
We shall have daily peeks until Wednesday 18th May when we shall hold our release party blog hop and you will finally be able to get your hands on these fabulous new stamps!  Of course, there are many opportunities during the hop to win some stamps too!
 Here is my sneak peek (I hope!  have to schedule as we have a hectic weekend with multiple birthday parties  and a pre prom gathering to organize) of one of the new, soon to be released rubber stamps from Whimsy Stamps this one designed by Crissy Armstrong!
This stamp is called 'Wee Snippet and Mystic', the sentiment stamp is also from the new release and is part of the magical mini seals set designed by Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs.

 decorated inside and out as usual
 the image is coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.
You can see more fantastic sneak peeks by visiting the rest of the Whimsy stamps DT you can find the links in my side bar or by visiting the Whimsy Website!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Wednesday again and the sun is shining, makes me very happy to think that the whole summer is before us!  I love it!  Some fabulous heat coming our way for the weekend which is making me doubly happy!  
So, not much going on on my desk just yet, the scraps are from a card I finished yesterday but it is for tomorrow's CCT challenge so can't show it unfortunately.  
 The pile of receipts are from a pack by 7 gypsies, they are so fabulous, I love them!  I did use one of them on my card so you can see that in use tomorrow!  
I had to hide some Whimsy coloured in images that I am about to work on but they are for next week's rubber release, they are just gorgeous!  you can start to see some sneak peeks on Friday, I will add a link here Friday morning and I will have my sneak peek ready for Saturday morning so don't forget to come back to see it then. 

I may have mentioned that we have a resident squirrel in our attic!  Well, today it seems a rogue squirrel got in there too, what a noise they made, running around and one of them squealing!  Next thing, I see a squirrel running over the front lawn, followed by another one hot on his heels!   They ran back and forth like this maybe 7 times until a magpie then joined in the chase!  
I am just wondering now if the squirrel doing the chasing is ours or if ours is being evicted! We have tried to get him out of there but somehow he always finds another way in!  He isn't much trouble although last summer he caused a flood in our guest room after chewing through some pipes to the air conditioning unit!  
I have gone way off track, back to WOYWW, if you would like to join in head over to Julia Dunnit's blog!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Chocolate!

The theme for Cute Card Thursday this week is
I like chocolate a lot
you can use chocolate colours or use an image involving chocolate in some shape or form!
We are sponsored this week by The Stamp Shoppe

 I finally got myself some Teddy Bo images and so I am going to enter the 
Teddy Bo challenge too, this week it is 'Easel Cards'
also entering
Flutterby Wednesday ~ open theme, must have fairy, butterfly or angel
Incy Wincy ~ I do
Pollycraft ~ anything goes
Please excuse my cutting out, my teeny weeny scissors that are perfect for cutting around images have mysteriously vanished, coincidently after my 11 year olds were using my desk!  Doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to work that one out! Of course they can't remember where they put them! I was not a happy bunny yesterday having to use chunkier scissors!

Our fabulous design team have created some amazing chocolate themed cards, pop on over to check them out!
Thank you so much for dropping by!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


 Yey!  Finally it isn't snowing this Wednesday!
It is beginning to look a lot like spring and the sun is out, feeling good! (that is almost 3 songs in one sentence!)
The chipmunks are back in the yard, the prairie dogs are sitting around the golf course and my daffodils have finally bloomed! I do love this part of the year, the snow has just about melted away, everything starts to green up and I know I have the whole of the summer to look forward to!
 This is my desk this morning, sitting in the sunshine.
Only a peek at the card I had to finish this morning as it is for tomorrow.  
Time for a sort out on my desk!
Pop over to Julia Dunnit's blog if you want to find out what WOYWW is all about and join in!