Saturday 28 June 2008

More birthday cards

Here are some more of my fabulous birthday cards, many thanks once again to you all!

Friday 27 June 2008

Birthday Cards

Here are some of the gorgeous cards I received in the past few days! They are all so fabulous and I have felt very special this week, thank you to you all, there is nothing quite like receiving a hand made card!

I will save some to show another day!

Thursday 26 June 2008

Cute card thursday ~ No patterned paper

The challenge this week at Cute Card Thursday is No patterned paper!
What this means is you can't use any bought patterned paper but feel free to make your own using stamps, inking, doodling etc.
I had great fun making some patterned cardstock, I used my Basic Grey Wintertime stamp set to make this flourishes pattern on some textured cardstock. I also added some inking to the edges.
I used more of my bits and pieces sent to me by Camilla, I have so enjoyed using these I cannot thank Camilla enough for these fabulous goodies! If you would like to win some of these gorgeous embellishments pop over and enter into Camilla's blog candy draw, she has a fab
sketch for you to use.
This week we have another fabulous sponsor, Maggie of Banyan Craft is donating some
gorgeous tear shaped card blanks for one lucky winner to be chosen at random next week!
The rest of the design team have come up with some fabulous ideas for this challenge, all amazing cards do pop over and take a peek!

Supplies: Tools ~ sewing machine, cuttlebug, nestabilities
Cardstock ~ dark brown, cream textured, DCWV white core cardstock
Stamps ~ Sarah Kay, Basic Grey, Autumn Leaves
Embellishments ~ flowers, spacers and charms in RAK from Camilla

Wednesday 25 June 2008

fab mail week

I am so lucky! I have had lovely mail every day this week, I feel very special and so look forward to the postie coming. How disappointing it will be when it all ends and she only brings bills!

My lovely SBS4 sister Chris sent me this gorgeous RAK and fabulous card. How fantastic are all these goodies? Thank you so much Chris, you made my day!
I have loads of birthday cards to share with you but my computer is on a go slow tonight so I will post them tomorrow and share them over the next few days!
I also have some blog candy to offer you but I want to add something more to it first so watch this space!

Tuesday 24 June 2008

Spoon Full ~ Checks

This week over at A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge the theme is checks.
Once again there is some fabulous blog candy this time donated by Donna at
When I was looking for some checked paper I found this gorgeous tartan effect pattern which screamed out Hamish's kilt. I adore wee Hamish so just had to use him!
I also used some of the fab buttons and charms that Camilla sent me last week, just love them too!
Supplies ~ Tools ~ sewing machine
DP ~ Basic Grey
Stamp ~ Hamish in kilt by Sugar Nellie
Embellishments ~ Dovecraft brads, rub on, raffia and eyelets from stash, charms and buttons RAK from Camilla

Monday 23 June 2008

saturday workout ~ handcutting

This is my entry into the Saturday's workout challenge which is to use hand cutting!
I had to hand cute the cover as it was too large to put in my guillotine, also I hand cut the little handle at the top with a craft knife and of course I cut around my figures, so this is so well qualified for this challenge!
I hoped to post this last night but unfortunately my computer froze again, it is being such a pain!
Anyway, this is my version of the beautiful gift bag that Camilla sent to me, see the post beneath for hers!
I had some brown paper bags that I wanted to decorate for the teacher's end of year presents so was delighted to not only receive such a fab gift but also the inspiration I needed to make my presents.
I did get Camilla's permission to use her bag as a template before casing it! I also used some of the gorgeous flowers and charms she sent me!

Supplies: Tools ~ Cricut,
Cardstock ~ burgundy, cream, white creative smooth
DP ~ Laura Ashley, Basic Grey 'Dasher' and 'Mellow'
Embellishments ~ assortment from Camilla

Sunday 22 June 2008

Gift from Camilla

My birthday came early last week, I received this fabulous gift in the mail from Camilla.
This is the most amazing gift bag so beautifully decorated i was absolutely thrilled with it and imagine how ecstatic I was to find some gorgeous bits and pieces inside!
I haven't shown you the back but it was just as stunning as the front, Camilla is one incredibly talented lady, if you haven't yet seen her blog you really must go and take a look at her fabulous creations.

I have some more gorgeous cards to share with you over the next few days!

crafty monkeys

Do you have children who like to craft? There is a new challenge blog about to launch this friday dedicated to kids who make cards or who would like to make cards!

Some of you will already know Hannah and Zoe who will be running the challenge with their Mum's help.


I've been getting some fabulous mail over the past few days, first my lovely stash from Tracy Janes Crafts came. She recently sponsored CCT and if you place an order and enter the quote she will give you a free gift, I got the lovely sparkly brads seen in the pic!
I haven't had a chance to use any of these papers yet but can't wait they are scrumptious!

Thursday 19 June 2008

Cute card thursday~birthday

A nice easy challenge over on Cute Card Thursday this week,
simply make a birthday card!
Of course that was going to be too easy so I decided to try a new fold, unfortunately my computer froze while I was browsing for instructions so I did it from memory, it didn't quite come out the way it was meant to.
I call this the Kimono card as I don't think I have seen it anywhere before!
We have another fantastic prize again this week, donated by the lovely Korin from
do pop on over to the challenge to see the rest of the design team's fabulous creations with more details on how they made them on their blogs!

Supplies: tools ~ nestabilities
cardstock~ white, olive
DP ~ Laura Ashley

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Penny Black Saturday ~ First Stamp

I really wanted to play along with the new challenge at Penny Black Saturday but I don't have many stamps, mostly just my newest ones which are a christmas set. It was only when I saw the challenge was to use the very first Penny Black stamp you bought that I went rooting around in my older stamp box and discovered this was a Penny Black! I never knew or at least if I did I forgot!
I still love this stamp, it comes out every now and again and I think this card may end up going to my eldest daughter as she and I go for a Starbucks every time we go shopping. That is the most pleasant time we spend together because the shopping is a nightmare, imagine standing holding lots of heavy bags, in hot shops with loud music blaring while daughter browses and tries on numerous outfits!
I loved the cut off card I made last week so I based this one on that design with the addition of the bow to keep it closed.

Supplies: Tools ~ cuttlebug, nestabilities,
Cardstock ~ white and olive
DP ~ Laura Ashley 'contemporary'
Stamp ~ Penny Black 'Shop til drop'
Embellishments~ Flora Doodle flower, Laura Ashley brad, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis

Tuesday 17 June 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar ~ Celebrations

This week the challenge on A Spoon Full of Sugar is Celebrations!
Fabulous blog candy to be won again this week, Joanne is donating a fab Sugar Nellie stamp Nellie with horse!
For my card I used this fab image kindly given to me by Debbie. You will notice that I have used a Hanglar image this week, well, it is now allowed. Because of the announcement from Sugar Nellie to start producing the Hanglar stamps in the UK Debbie is opening up the challenge to all Hanglar images!
My card is to celebrate my nephew's forthcoming christening.The DT cards are all fabulous again this week, do pop over and take a peek!

Supplies: Tools ~ Sewing machine, Cricut, wire cutters
Cardstock ~ White and navy
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Lily Kate', Doodlebug and Sue Dreamer
Stamps ~ Hanglar and Panduro
Embellishments ~ wire and beads from stash

Thursday 12 June 2008

Cute Card Thursday ~ 3 Embellishments

The Cute Card Thursday challenge this week is being sponsored by Tracy Janes Crafts
we have a fabulous prize from her to give to one lucky winner chosen at random next week! Pop on over to the CCT and have a look at the gorgeous goodies!
The theme this week is to use 3 different types of embellishment.
On my card I used ribbon, eyelets and a charm. The hard part in this challenge was to stop myself from using more than that, it was very tempting!
This image is another one I was sent by Nicola, I just love these Precious Moments characters!
The design team have once again made fabulous cards to inspire you, please drop by and check out their blogs!

Supplies: Tools ~ sewing machine, eyelet setter
Cardstock ~ cream textured, dark brown
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Mellow'
Embellishments ~ eyelets, ribbon and metal charm all from stash

Tuesday 10 June 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar -picking apples

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge this week is a recipe!
You have to use 3 brads, 2 papers and 1 flower.
Easy eh? I found the hard bit was keeping to just the recipe and had to stop myself a few times from adding just a little bit more!
I used my new favourite stamp, picking apples designed by Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie. Check out the challenge as we have a brand new stamp of this image to give away as blog candy for one lucky person chosen at random next week!
I used a very new style of card for me, I got the inspiration from Claudia of Pretty Pressings who made this fabulous card! Congratulations to Claudia too as she has just joined the DT at Stampavie!
Do pop over and check out the fabulous DT work on A Spoon Full of Sugar, they have all made fantastic cards!
Supplies: Cardstock ~ cream textured, brown plain and white creative smooth
DP ~ Laura Ashley 'contemporary''traditional'
Stamp ~ Sugar Nellie 'picking apples'
Embellishments ~ flower by 'flora doodles', rub-on, wire, beads, brads all from stash

Monday 9 June 2008

Ismaki#23, Ooh-la-la and Caardvarks

This card was made using the Ismaki sketch for this week #23 with the option to use just 2-3 colours which I think I have pretty much achieved.
Thanks to Nicola for the fab image and to Bernie for the gorgeous papers and sentiment sticker.
I am also putting this card in for the challenge over on
Ooh-la-la-creations challenges where the challenge is to use ribbons, this one fits in nicely! They have some ribbons to give away as blog candy to the winner of the challenge!
And finally, one I haven't played in a long while but really loved the theme this week is
Caardvarks the theme is 'drink up' to add some sort of beverage to your card, well here is a whole bottle!

Supplies: Tools~ Cuttlebug, nestabilities
Cardstock ~ cream textured, brown,
DP ~ from Bernie, Autumn Leaves
Stamp ~ a bella image from Nicola
Embellishments ~ ribbon, bling and charm from stash,

Friday 6 June 2008

Ismaki and a very late Saturday Workout!

I had such a job trying to get this post on here, I tried to get it on last night but it was obviously a bit late as I accidently posted it on CCT! Quickly removed it and then couldn't get the photo back on, still having problems with that today but finally worked out a way. Now, my Saturday's workout challenge is a week late, I was already leaving it very late posting last night but the new challenge is up so I missed it! Oh well, better luck next time!

This is my card using this week's Ismaki #22 sketch. I have turned it around in case you don't see the sketch immediately!I also made this card for the Saturday's workout challenge but of course it is nearly next week's challenge now so cutting it very fine, sorry for my lateness with this card. the theme was stitching.I don't know where all my crafting time has gone lately! I do hope to get caught up thisweekend!This image came to me this week from Nicola of My Paper World, I was thrilled to receive it, it is so cute, couldn't wait to use it! Thanks a million Nicola!The sentiment stamp came from Debbie of Crafting Fairy, thanks for that one too, think I might have to invest in these stamps! They work perfectly with the Nestabilities!

Supplies: Tools ~ sewing machine, cuttlebug, nestabilities
Cardstock ~ Cream textured, green plain, white creative smooth
DP ~ K & Co Margo range
Embellishments ~ Dovecraft brads, flowers from stash

Thursday 5 June 2008

Cute Card Thursday ~ Christmas Card

This week on Cute Card Thursday we are having a Christmas theme!
We have been given a CD of christmas designs from Wendi of Ooh La La Creations
do pop over and check out her website!
I made my card with my BAsic Grey Dasher pack, always go to this one first when thinking of christmas! The sugar and spice stamps are also Basic Grey from their Figgy Pudding range. The main image is of course a Hanglar kindly sent to me by Debbie. How fantastic that we will be able to get them in the UK soon courtesy of Sugar Nellie!
Do pop over to see the design teams fabulous cards, they are so gorgeous!

Supplies: Tools ~ sewing machine, corner rounder
Cardstock ~ white textured, olive plain
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Dasher',
Stamps ~ Hanglar & Stanglar, Basic Grey 'Figgy Pudding Winterland'
Embellishments ~ Prima flowers, Papermania adhesive stones, dovecraft brads, DMC gold strand.

Tuesday 3 June 2008

A spoon full of sugar ~ colour scheme

The second challenge on A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge is a colour scheme, this is what Debbie asked from us ~
This week we are asking you to use all the following 3 colours on your cards Pink, Blue and Green (any shades) + you can also use flesh colour and a little bit of brown for hair or Animals.
This is very colourful for me and yet still in my usual muted tones, I am not sure about it but I am having one of those weeks where I don't like anything I make.
I did sneak in a bit of extra beige, sssshhh, don't tell anyone! I made the ticket stamps and stuck them on before realising they shouldn't have been in that colour! That is me in the naughty corner!
I used the two ticket stamps together for the first time after seeing fellow design team member Camilla using them like that, love the effect and you get two greetings in one! Thanks for the inspiration Camilla! Pop on over and check out her card and the rest of the team's work, they are so gorgeous!
As if you need any other excuse to play Debbie is donating a super cute stamp by Rachelle Ann Miller to one lucky participant who will be drawn at random next week!
supplies: Tools ~ Sewing machine
Cardstock ~Cream textured cardstock, olive and white creative smooth
DP ~ K & Co 'Hannah' range
Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie 'kitty' designed by Elisabeth Bell, Autumn Leaves 'ticketed', Cat's life press 'handmade card'
Embellishments ~ flora doodles, scissor sisters flower, Dovecraft charm brad, bling from stash