Thursday 31 January 2008

Ismaki sketch #7

I twisted the Ismaki sketch #7 around to suit this Pink Petticoat image. This card is for my daughter's friend so I used very vivid pink to suit a teenage girl. I am not sure about it though.
My daughter chose the paper a while back so hopefully they like it!
Supplies: White, pink and black cardstock, Pink Petticoat image, DP Leisure Arts by Jenna Lynne 'curves-pink and black', Basic Grey rub-on flourishes, Making Memories Cheeky flat clip, Ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

You Cheer Me Up Award

I was tagged by Carol and Dawn and awarded this fabulous Cheer Me Up Award! Thank you ladies, I love it and am very honoured. I have seen this about a bit already so rather than awarding individuals I am awarding it to everyone who comments on here as you all cheer me up, lets face it we all need that at this time of the year! So if you don't already have this award, take it and class yourself as awarded by me!

Tuesday 29 January 2008

!st birthday bunny

The Papertake Weekly Challenge theme this week is hearts. How lucky am I? I was already preparing this card for my Nieces 1st birthday, that is 2 weeks running I was making the right themed card on monday before the theme was announced, do,do,do, do (twilight zone)!
I have used my gorgeously sweet Panduro stamp again, I don't think I will ever tire of this one!

Supplies: Pink and white cardstock, K & Co Romanza paper, Papermania flower (white), Scissor Sisters Sweet Bella Bloom (pink), Papermania adhesive stones, Vintage ribbon, eyelets and brad from stash.

Monday 28 January 2008

Check out the pirate!

This is for a new challenge over on UK Stampers using Sugar Nellie stamps. The theme this week is to use checks. I downloaded the checked paper from ShabbyPrincess from their freebie section. The strip across the middle was from a freebie from Kirsty Wiseman. I have gone digi for the first time and love it!

Supplies: White and black cardstock, digi downloads from ShabbyPrincess and Kirsty Wiseman, Sugar Nellie stamp 'pirate', Dovecraft brads, ribbons from Ribbon Oasis.

Sunday 27 January 2008

Tilda with baby

The Tilda & Co challenge this week is 'Baby'!
For this weeks challenge i would like to see you all make something "baby" related, Be it a card for a newborn baby, be it a album for baby photos? would about a scrapbook page about a baby? Anything goes once again so let you imagination take over on this one.

Perfect timing as I need a few baby cards for this spring, is there a baby boom this year?
The brown pattern is all stitched on my sewing machine using the embroidery stitches. I tend to forget about these stitches and it is the first time I have used them on paper.

Supplies: White and pink cardstock, PP - DCWV Text print paper stack, Stamps - Magnolia 'Tilda with baby', Panduro baby tag, heart and milk bottle stamp from set, vintage lace, Bazzill bling flower, ribbon from stash.

Saturday 26 January 2008

Chocolate valentine

I made this card for Marlou and Katharina's blog challenges, they are both offering blog candy, you still have time to enter! I also did it for the 4x4 challenge hence the size and shape of card. This week the 4x4 theme was open! This stamp is Tilda with Gingerbread but I think it could so easily be chocolate!

Supplies: cream and brown cardstock, Magnolia stamps 'Tilda with gingerbread' and 'steps', ribbon from Ribbon Oasis and sentiment made on pc.


I have been tagged by my great blogging friend Carol, it is a new tag so here goes-

Five things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. working part time as a nurse
2. had only 2 of my children then
3. crosstitched
4. preferred tea to coffee
5. loved chocolate..and still do
Five things on my to do list today:
1. post this on here
2. make cullen skink (smoked fish soup)
3. do some stamping for a swap
4. tidy up work desk
5. make toasties for kids lunch (they are telling me to hurry)

Five things I will do when I'm a millionaire:
1. Buy a huge house in the middle of nowhere with great views
2. Buy up every stamp, paper, tool I have ever wanted
3. Help the less fortunate
4. Build a new village school
5. Get the kids a chauffeur

Five things I'll never wear again:
1. short skirts
2. maternity wear
3. fur (not that I ever did)
4. fishnets (didn't wear them either but this is hard)
5. jump suit

Five of my favorite toys:
1. paper
2. scissors
3. stamps
4. ink
5. paint

Five banes of my existence:
1. laundry
2. grocery shopping
3. busy shops (other than craft shops)
4. busy roads
5. having to drive in bad weather

I think I have to tag 5 people. I haven't ever tagged any of my SBS group so i will tag the first 5 on my list, so in alphabetical order
1. Alison 2. Carmen 3. Chelsey 4. Chris 5. Diana

Thursday 24 January 2008

Tilda with blanket

I used the CPS sketch #48 for the layout for this card. I still have my son off school today but he is singing at the moment so obviously better now, back to school tomorrow! Thanks to everyone who sent their get well wishes!

Supplies: Cream and brown cardstock, DCWV patterned paper, Magnolia stamp 'Tilda with blanket', ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Papermania brads.

Wednesday 23 January 2008

Arty Girlz animals!

Arty Girlz challenge this week is animals! I have made a very quick card today as we have sick kids again! Luckily, I found this topper I have had a while, one of those things you buy you love and don't want to use! Finally, I was tempted to use it! I don't have the packaging so don't know what make it is.

Supplies: Dark green and light green cardstock, DCWV Pocket full of posies stack, topper, ribbon and buttons from stash.

Monday 21 January 2008

Oriental Violets

I just had to try out Nicola's great sketch over at My Paper World. I think it has worked really well for this Oriental themed card. Papertake Weekly Challenge this week is to use Violet or Blue and it just so happens I used this lovely violet colour on this card, must have had a psychic moment!

Supplies - Cream and violet cardstock, Patterned paper - Sandylion 'Damask', The Vintage Workshop 'Asian Correspondence', Clarity Stamp, Ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, small gems from Papermania embellishment pack.

Sunday 20 January 2008

Tilda & Co Shiny Silver

The new challenge is now up at Tilda & Co, this week the theme is Shiny silver!
It could be some shiny mirror card in silver! or could be some metal work/wire, What about some little mirror tiles? or even sequins as long as there is some shiny Silver on your work,
Go on give your work that shine and show off your lovely Shiny silver with magnolia stamps.
Once again any form of work goes, be it a card, Scrapbook page, Altered art etc, Try & think outside the box!
Here is my DT card for the challenge, lots of shiny silver! The silver balls were actually pulled off our used christmas crackers, I knew they would come in handy for a card!

Supplies: White and silver cardstock, Patterned paper - Scissor Sisters 'Winter', Magnolia stamp 'Tilda and star', Ribbons from Ribbon Oasis, other embellishments of unknown origin.

Friday 18 January 2008

Hide and Seek

The challenge over at DCM today was to make a card with a hidden component. I had this card half-made from a class I attended 18 months ago so I just had to add the background paper (which was difficult to match to the rosette) and the Sugar Nellie image (thanks to Andrea for this one too)!

and the hidden component!

Supplies: Green and brown cardstock, Sugar Nellie stamped image, Crate paper - Uphill and Bounce, Studio G clear stamp - boy, other papers unknown origin!

Thursday 17 January 2008

Warm wishes friends

This card is made with the Ismaki challenge sketch. It was a tricky one! Both Papertake Weekly and Arty Girlz are having a red challenge and I have made this a 'friends' themed card to also fit into Claudia's challenge to make a card for a friend. First time I have managed 4 challenges with one card!

supplies: brown and cream cardstock, Sugar Nellie stamp 'Maggie with dotty scarf', PP is Rusty Pickle and K&Co Hannah, Studio G 'friends' stamp, Woodware clear word stamps, EK success flower punch, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, buttons unknown origin.

Tuesday 15 January 2008

Musical Valentines!

As Gillian and Lynne are both leaving the DCM design team the Little Extra this week was to make a card in the style of one of them. Both are very talented and I will miss seeing their DT cards but I chose to do a card in the style of Gillian as it is quite different to my usual style!

I also made this a musical themed card so that it fit in with the 4x4 friday challenge this week!
Supplies: Cream cardstock, Bits & Pieces music papers, K&Co Life's Journey paper, K&Co Life's journey Beyond Postmarks metal embellishment,Basic Grey 'Wintertime' stamps, ribbon, treble clef from stash, words made on pc.

Monday 14 January 2008

Shopping Hanna

I struggled with what to do today so I sought inspiration with Julee's Mojo Monday sketch over at Poetic Artistry. My SSBS4 sister Kelly sent me this lovely image of Hanna, which was a joy to paint! I just received an order from Ribbon Oasis and this lovely olive coloured one came so that gave me the colour combo I needed. I don't love how it turned out but I think it is growing on me!

Supplies:White and pink cardstock, Hanna stamped image, watercolour paints, Patterned paper DCWV Text prints paper stack, Scissor sisters Sweet Bella Blooms, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Dovecraft brads and buttons from stash.

Sunday 13 January 2008

Tilda & Co challenge 2 ~ Numbers

The second challenge is now up on Tilda & Co with a great theme to use numbers on your card or project along with a Magnolia stamp! Pop on over to check out the challenge and see the fabulous cards by the Design Team!
This is my card for this week's challenge. I needed an 18th birthday card for my Goddaughter, don't know how that happened, I still think of her as a little girl! I used a black and white colour scheme to make it a bit more grown up!
Supplies: White and black cardstock, Silver paper from a Little Sizzles pad, Magnolia stamp 'Tilda shopping', Basic Grey DP Scarlet's letter 'fare thee well', Ribbon by Maya Road, Number stamp - See D's alphabet set, Painted with watercolour paints and paper pieced, stones, eyelet and wire from stash.

Saturday 12 January 2008

A card by Andrea

I have had a lovely day stamping and painting up some gorgeous Magnolia and Sugar Nellie images but didn't put a card together so nothing of my own to show today. I did receive this beautiful card from Andrea (I know you all know her), the other day so thought I would share it with you. Andrea is an amazing stamper with the widest range of stamps I have ever known and she always colours perfectly. It is even more perfect in real life! Did you get your Magnolia stamped cards in for the challenge? Deadline is 12pm tomorrow! Get ready for the next challenge which will be posted around that time too! Can't wait!

Friday 11 January 2008

Me and My Shadow

2 cards for one challenge today!

The DCM challenge this week was set by Jane:

I want you to create not just one but TWO cards ! But wait........there's more ! I want both cards to contain the same embellishments and papers, ribbons etc- but arranged in a different way for a different occasion....the only thing being different is the wording....I'll let you have different wording ! (How nice of me eh?)

Supplies: Cream, white and brown cardstock, Sugar Nellie stamp, K & Co patterned paper, organza ribbon from Ribbon Oasis.

Thursday 10 January 2008


I made this one very quickly today with an image the very lovely and very talented Andrea sent me, thank you so much, it was just what I needed today! I had to make a thank you card for my son to give to his friend who bought him a Christmas gift. I have given up on him getting round to making one himself......boys!(sigh). As luck would have it, the challenge over at Papertake Weekly is to make a thank you card!
The stamp is, of course, a Sugar Nellie! They are unfortunately not in stock at the moment at Funky kits
I do hope they re-stock soon, they are fab!
Supplies: White and brown cardstock, Crate paper-' Wheelbarrow from the Garden Collection',
Sugar Nellie 'Cowboy stamp', EK Success flower punch used for ticket corners, rub-on sentiment was a freebie, suede rope was on a candle I was given at Christmas!

Wednesday 9 January 2008

You make my day!

The very lovely and super talented Em has given me this award, wow, I really feel honoured!

the rules are:

Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times! So, to narrow it down to ten….

It is so difficult to only choose 10 people for this because everyone I visit comes under this category so I decided to go with the 10 people I have 'known' longest. So in alphabetical order:

1. Andrea

2. Anne

3. Dawn

4. Flossie

5. Kristy

6. Leann

7. Louly

8. Marlou

9. Nicola

10. Rose Ann

Kelly's sketch and Arty Girlz buttons

2 challenges in 1 for this card, I used the sketch on Kelly's blog challenge for the layout and added buttons for the Arty Girlz challenge this week.

Supplies: Black and white cardstock, Sizzix circle frames die, Studio G greeting stamp, Will n Way Holiday Things clear stamp set, Snowflake punch, ribbon, buttons and gems from stash.

Tuesday 8 January 2008

New Tilda's!

Look what just arrived in the post.....oh happy, happy me!
I ordered these from sillymonkeycrafts on sunday night and they arrived today, how is that for service! So, now you know where to go if you don't have any and want to join in the Tilda & Co challenge!
They also do free delivery over £15! Can you tell I am impressed!

DCM Little Extra

the DCM Little Extra is back this week, the challenge is
We want to see your Crafty Christmas Presents ! Make a card using a new toy you had for Christmas, or in fact any crafty goodies that you received. Its a great chance to try out all your new toys/papers/embellishments! We'd love to see what crafty presents Santa dropped into your stocking...

I got this lovely Papermania Pop-up embellishment, I hadn't seen them anywhere before so I have been looking forward to using them.
I used the CPS sketch #46 for the layout.
I love what this sweet embellishment does, it houses this fantastic banner in its little pocket!

Supplies: White and pink cardstock, Little Sizzles patterned paper, Papermania Pop-up Accessories, mulberry flowers and buttons from stash.

Monday 7 January 2008

Tilda & Co First Challenge

The very first challenge on Tilda & Co Challenge blog is
For our First Challenge this will be FLOWERS, would like to see any type of flowers on your work, be it Die Cuts, Blooms, Primas, or even Flower Printed papers etc. Anything goes aslong as it involves having flowers on your work.You choose what you would like to do, Be it a Card, Scrapbook page, Altered Art etc.Also Due to this being our First Challenge we are giving away some sweet Blog Candy!!!
Remember the only rule is that your work must have a Magnolia Stamped Image on, along with the Challenge for this week - which is Flowers.
What a fantastic first challenge! Blog candy will be given to 2 participants so the closing time for entrants is Sunday 13th January at 12pm.

This is my card for this weeks challenge, the ever so cute Tilda with bird in hand. I paper pieced her clothes, hair and even the bird! I love this technique and how else would she get such a gorgeous cardi? I so want one just like it!

Supplies: White cardstock, Daisyd's Patterned papers, floral paper is called 'Lullaby small flowers', Scissor Sisters Sweet Bella Blooms, Dovecraft brads, Ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, mulberry flowers from stash.

Sunday 6 January 2008

Tilda & Co Design Team!

I have some great news to share, I made the design team of the Tilda & Co Challenge Blog! If you have any of the Magnolia Stamps and would like to take part in some fabulous new challenges pop on over and join in. There will be a new challenge announced every sunday! I am so excited, can't wait to see all those fabulous Tilda's in one place!


I made this with Beate's weekend sketch #29. I am so glad to see her back to blogging and producing her fabulous sketches. I bought this Clarity stamp when away in England, they had a few that were half price so I picked up 4 of them. I love them, they stamp beautifully!
I stamped the image with black stazon and chalked the background for a moody effect.

Supplies: Cream cardstock, Crate Papers - Uphill and hopscotch, Clarity stamp, Ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Papermania adhesive stone.

Saturday 5 January 2008

New Year

The DCM dare this week is
The first dare of 2008 is set by me (Lynne).For this weeks dare, I would like our cards to celebrate'New'So not only New Year, but maybe New Home, New Baby, New Job or maybe a card for someone who is starting a new chapter in their life.
As I already made a new baby card and don't know of anyone who may be moving house this year I decided to make a New Year card. I used the sketch over at Caardvarks for the layout.

Supplies: White cardstock, DCWV Christmas stack patterned papers, Bazzill blooms, mulberry flower and pearl brad, ribbon and pin from stash. Greeting stamp from Woodware 'Must have Christmas Words'.

Friday 4 January 2008

Hamish with sleigh

Another Sugar Nellie, I promise something completely different tomorrow! this one is so cute, he is Hamish with sleigh. My SBS4 sister Kelly told me of a challenge on SCS to make 10 Christmas cards per month all year which I think is a great idea, well I did say I wanted to start early after running out of time for Christmas just gone! I don't know whether I will ever manage the 10 but anything is a bonus for me! Anyway, it feels right posting this one today as it is so snowy outside, we are having our first real snow of the year, the kids have even had the sledges out! Must admit the snow was a bit thin for sledging but that never puts them off! The mountains are looking fabulous just now almost completely covered in snow.
Supplies: White and brown cardstock, DCWV patterned paper, Little sizzles patterned paper, Studio G stamp, Sugar Nellie stamp 'Hamish with sleigh', Papermania adhesive stones, buttons from stash.

Thursday 3 January 2008

It's a boy!

We have a new baby nephew so I made this card for him. I added the bling so it would fit the challenge over on Papertake Weekly Challenge.

Supplies: White and pale blue card, Panduro teddy stamp, Studio G 'boy' stamp, Papermania adhesive stones, dovecraft brad, ribbons and eyelet from stash. Papermania patterned paper.

Wednesday 2 January 2008

Bedtime Maggie

Another fabulous Sugar Nellie, 'Bedtime Maggie'. I again paper pieced her clothes, teddy and toothbrush. I am so excited as Sugar Nellies are hoping to have a new range ready for January, can't wait to see what they come up with!
Supplies: Cream, white and blue cardstock, DCWV patterned paper, Little sizzles patterned paper, Sugar Nellie stamp, Dovecraft brad, mulberry flower and ribbon from stash.

Tuesday 1 January 2008

First card of 2008

The last DCM challenge of the year is a team challenge :
Hi All. Today we have decided to revisit your most favourite dares of 2007. The four top dares, decided by the number of comments you made on them are (in no particular order): 'buttons', 'ribbons', ...'and cut' and 'frames'. We would like you to use this week as many of those dares as you like to make your card in any theme and any style
I used the 'and cut' in the paper piecing, buttons and ribbons if you class rik rak as ribbon! I used another of my new Sugar Nellie's, this time Hamish with tractor. I am also working on Maggie in PJs today so hopefully will share that one tomorrow!
My first card of 2008!

Supplies: White and pale blue cardstock, sugar Nellie 'Hamish with tractor', label and buttons from a papermania embellishment pack, dovecraft brads, papermania patterned paper, Little Sizzles PP and DCWV PP. Rik Rak from stash, sentiment printed on PC.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
I hope you have all had a fabulous time over the festive period, I have so enjoyed Christmas it was so busy and exhausting but so much fun, so sad that it is all over. Now I just want the fairies to come and take down the trees and decorations, I don't like that job at all!
We had a lovely party last night to celebrate Hogmanay and I didn't get to bed until 4am! I did clear up before going to bed so thank goodness I didnt have that to face this morning. I am looking forward to a nice quiet day today and hoping to get some cards made, having not made a single one in well over a week I am desperate to make a start especially as I got some lovely crafty goodies from Santa!