Thursday, 23 June 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch by Lisa!

 Cute Card Thursday this week we have a fantastic sketch by Lisa.
We are sponsored by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.
I used this sweet new Whimsy rubber stamp designed by Meljen as one of her digital images and was included in the Whimsy Stamps June rubber release last week.  
The sentiment is a digi also from Whimsy Stamps.  
 I already had the box base so just had to create a lid and cover it.  Thought it would be nice to be able to add some little pick-you-ups inside so I added some Emergen-C and some immune system boosting teas.
Challenges I am entering
The Corrosive Challenge ~ ribbons and bows
Spoonful of sugar ~ ribbons and bows
Hope you get a chance to play along this week!  Pop on over to check out the rest of the Design Team's fabulous creations!
Thank you so much for dropping by, I am not around as much as usual, you know how summer is,  but am trying to do some visiting from time to time!

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


 I am glad it is Wednesday, WOYWW  tells me it must be, I have been a day ahead all week!
Just look at all this new stash on my desk!  We were given so many goodies at the 
Creative Keepsakes Scrap and Play 
at the weekend! I haven't managed to get it all put away yet!  
You can also just see the last layout I need to finish, I didn't have any suitable photographs for this one with me so I had to wait til I got home to find some.  
 These are a mix of prizes, goodie bag (given each day on entry) and I did have to buy a Simple Stories kit after using one to make our travel albums, you can see it in this post!
 During the event we made 3 double page layouts, the travel album and the 4 cards below.  The cards aren't my usual style and I finished them in half the time whereas I was struggling to keep up with the layouts but I do love the stamps we were given to make them!
We also had a small make and take from Provocraft which was super cute!
It was the most amazing event, I loved every minute of it, it has certainly given me an appetite to do more scrapping, and hopefully the confidence to get my pages done a lot quicker than usual!
Hope you will share your workspace this week, check out Julia Dunnit's blog for details!

Monday, 20 June 2011

CK Scrap and Play

I attended my very first Scrapbooking event at the weekend with my friend Kerys.  It was the Creating Keepsakes Scrap and Play event.   I can highly recommend it if you are near Idaho or Pennsylvania which is where the next 2 events are being held!  For details see here!
Below are the pages of an 8x8 album just waiting for the photos. We made this using Simple Stories 'Destinations' products and the album was a blank Maya Road.   We were given free crop time in between classes and I managed to add the photos to most of my layouts.
 The finished album, so love this!
 The front page, I managed to complete a tag and add some lettering and photos to most of this project during the open crop time.

Of course, we had to visit the candy bar a few times!
 and drooled over the prizes!  they gave us so many lovely goodies, it is well worth the trip and the registration fee for those alone, but apart from that the classes were amazing!  I loved everything I made!  
 The event started on Friday evening, we finished at midnight and then started again on Saturday morning at  9am and finished at midnight if you had the stamina.  
This is the tea room at the hotel, it was so cute, just had to take a pic!

Sigh.....can't wait till they come to our place again!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Whimsy Stamps June Rubber Release Blog Hop!

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

We have 15 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, 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:

3 stamps from Crissy Armstrong
Bart’s BBQ ~ Fairy Day Dreams ~ Journey Into The Sea

4 stamps from Meljen's Designs
Garden Bird House ~ Garden Fence ~ Mailed With Love ~ Sick Little Bear

4 stamps from Kenny K
Alice Chains ~ Bling Baby ~ Showgirl ~ Surfer Dude

4 stamps/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
The Good Life Tickets ~ Into The Farm BG ~ Summer Letter Seals ~ Thank You Tiles

2 dies/sets from Raindrop Echo Designs
Cloud Die Set ~ Hot Air Balloon Die

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

The hop starts today (Wednesday June 15th at noon EST) and ends on Wednesday June 22nd 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*

For my blog hop creation I used…Crissy's 'Journey into the sea', she is coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  The papers are Websters pages and the die is a Marianne creatables die.

I am entering my card into the following challenges
Paper Sundaes ~ girly girl
Totally gorjuss ~ flower power
Stamp something ~ something punched

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

Today sees the launch of the brand new Whimsy Magazine, it is just amazing, free too!  You will find lots of inspiration in there! Here is the link enjoy!

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


 Time for Whats on your workdesk Wednesday, this is going to be a good marker for me as all the days are merging now that the kids are on school holidays!  
The above delightful creature was one we stumbled across at the weekend on a walk, think it is a garter snake so non venomous, still, gave me a gliff!
So, with the beautiful hot weather we are having this is my desk at the moment!  Sitting outside, trying to read my book but unsuccessfully at the moment, am hoping to colour out here sometime too but at the moment worried the heat will melt the pencils, 
actually my real desk is covered with the things I need to pack for a scrapbooking event, sooo excited!
 drinking icy pink lemonade
 keeping an eye on the kids in the pool and lovely conversations with our Mums who are visiting us from the UK! Bliss!
 My eldest's graduation last Friday, such a special day....
 we are so proud of her!
I hope you will share what is on your workdesk today, whatever you are doing this week!
Pop over to Julia Dunnit's blog for details!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Whimsy June Rubber Release Sneak Peek!

Today I have a sneaky peek of the June release of rubber stamps at Whimsy Stamps!
This cutie is illustrated by Crissy Armstrong, you can see more of Crissy's designs also being released on Wednesday by dropping in on the Whimsy DT.  You can see the list of DT member participating in Sneak Peeks each day over at the Whimsy Inspiration Blog.
Challenges I am entering
Kaboodle challenge ~ mystical creatures
Crazy Challenge ~ Father's Day
Cupcake Challenge ~ Things with tails.
Supplies list
Stamps ~ Whimsy Stamps ~ Barts Bar BQ, coloured with Prismacolor pencils,   Whimsy Stamps 'Time Flies'
Paper ~ Websters Pages
Inks ~ Distress Inks ' tea dye, antique linen and walnut stain
Tools ~ martha stewart large Star punch, small punch from Marvy

Thank you for dropping by, hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!  Don't forget to drop back on Wednesday for the release blog hop, lots of fabulous prizes will be given away!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Cute Card Thursday - Pins and Pearls

 A very feminine theme over on Cute Card Thursday this week ~
pins and pearls!
We are sponsored by 
I decided to try out this painting technique as shown by Minna in this post.  I couldn't find the textile additive that she uses so I made my own with cotton wool, love the textured effect.  I can also enter the One Stop Craft Challenge, the theme there is texture!
Also entering
Hope you will get a chance to play this week, do pop over to check out the rest of the DT's creations, they are just beautiful!
Thank you so much for dropping by, I will be back with a sneak peek of the June rubber release on Saturday, the release and blog hop is next Wednesday 15th June, you won't want to miss these amazing stamps!
Stamp ~ Sugar Nellie 'Romantic Dreamer' by Krista Smith (Simply Sassy Range) coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.
Paint supplies ~ DecoArt Textile medium, cotton wool, white acrylic paint. 
Inks ~ Distress inks ~ antique linen and tea dye.
Paper ~ Basic Grey 'Marjolaine'
Embellishments ~ Tim Holtz ideaology word sticks, Prima flowers, Karen Foster scrappers floss, heart, pin, pearls and vintage ribbon of unknown origin.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011


Woohoo! Part of my major reorganizing/spring clean I tidied up my desk.  I love it!  I actually did this over the weekend and then promptly messed it up again!
 Only a little messy though!  Played with some paints!  
Having to schedule this as our Mums should have arrived late last night so will be too busy to actually post today!  
 Played around with some glue, cotton wool and acrylic paint, loving the texture.  Might be playing with this stuff all summer!  Awww, see my lovely xmas Starbucks mug, it was my fave and I dropped it, smashed into many pieces but I still couldn't part with it so glued it up and it now holds my paintbrushes! I almost took a swig of my paintbrushes while playing cos my coffee cup was just to the right of it! Whoops, still, better than a swig of painty water!
Hope you are all having a fabulous  WOYWW.   Sorry not had much to show this past week but at least I have a clean house to show for it!  Will be back tomorrow with a CCT card and then again Saturday with a Whimsy Stamps sneak peek from the next rubber release...very exciting!
Hope you will show what is on your workdesk this week, if you want to play along or want to find out more pop on over to Julia's blog!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011


It is a special day over at WOYWW no 104 is here which means it has been going for 2 years!  I wasn't there at the beginning as I was starting to pack everything up and spent oodles of hours doing research for our move over the pond!  Yikes, that was almost 2 years ago too!
Not much crafting going on here this week either....I am spending most of my time getting the house organized and super cleaned before our Summer visitors arrive!
 Summer has finally arrived (after some last minute snow at the weekend) so I thought it time to do some gardening. I thought I would show that instead of my desk where nothing has changed in the last week! 
We spotted this large container at the weekend and Hubby had the idea to make it a large planting area, obviously he didn't want  to have to make me another wooden one! Still, he lugged it about for me and filled it up with potting mixture and I could merrily add my little plants yesterday in the sunshine!  Bliss!
I planted a jalopeno, red pepper, cucumber, watermelon and pumpkin and a little bit of basil.  This year will be a test as growing anything here will be a challenge with our hot, arid summers! 
 The strawberry plants are a bit of a cheat, they already have some strawberries on!
 and the hubster thought hanging tomatoes would be a good idea, tell you what though, these things are tough to fill up, I didn't have anywhere low enough to fill it so had to get my older boy to come and hold it while I planted!  It holds a few weeny tomato plants, some basil and some parsley!  
Next I have to find some potato plants and more herbs oh and definitely some lettuce seed as they grow quite quickly I find them fairly easy to grow!
I had better get back to the spring cleaning, probably won't be around much over the next few weeks what with kids finishing school for summer next week and visitors etc but will be dipping in now and then and I do have some things already made for the Whimsy June rubber release in a couple of weeks. 
If you want to join in with WOYWW head over to Julia Dunnit's blog for details.  You don't have to play every week and there is no membership, just jump in when you like!