Wednesday 30 July 2008

Cute Card Thursday ~ in the house

This week on Cute Card Thursday the challenge is
'in the house'
anything you can find inside a house on your card.

I don't have much in the way of furniture stamps etc so I thought I would do Bedtime Maggie from Sugar Nellie who is in her PJs! So she will be indoors!

We have fantastic candy again this week, the very sweet and super talented Katharina is sponsoring the challenge this week with her brand spanking new stamps on offer!

Check out her new shop you can pre-order her first range of stamps now!

We have Charlie and his dog and Charlotte decorating the Christmas tree for one lucky winner!
Do check out the rest of the DT creations, they have had some fantastic ideas for the theme!

Supplies ~ Tools : sewing machine, eyelet setter
Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie 'Bedtime Maggie'
DP ~ Basic Grey'Infuse'
Embellishments ~ Scissor Sisters flower, lace, ribbon, button, eyelet, pearl brad from stash

Tuesday 29 July 2008

A Spoonful of Sugar ~ Animal Magic

The challenge this week on A Spoonful of Sugar is Animal Magic
to use an animal image on your card.
Go and check out the challenge, Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts is donating a gorgeous High Hopes stamp to one lucky winner chosen at random next week!
I finally inked up my Halloween stamps from Sugar Nellie! I made this one as a birthday card for my eldest, she is having a fancy dress party and this image reminds me of how she dressed up for Halloween for many years. When her cat costume got too small my youngest then used it. As soon as I saw this stamp I knew I had to have it!
Do go and see the rest of the DT cards, they are fantastic and don't forget you can use Sugar Nellie, Rachelle Ann Miller, High Hopes and Hanglar images on your cards!

Supplies : Tools ~ sewing machine
Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie
DP ~ ~Basic Grey 'Perhaps'
Embellishments ~ Ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, Flowers from Laura Ashley (stamped with script), pearls, charm and fibre from RAK from Camilla

Friday 25 July 2008


I received this fab award from my good friends Debbie and Bernie!
Thank you both so much, I am thrilled to receive it from you both!
here are the rules
1. Only 5 people allowed. 2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog 3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world. 4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.
Quite simple really it is a way of saying thank you to those who take time out for wonderful comments to boost your day.
So I award it to
1. Hannah who with her friend Zoe has created a fabulous challenge blog for kids
2. Bernie, I chose her before I received this award from her so it still counts
3. Chris, my SBS pal who helps with the admin of the group
4. Alex, my faithful friend leaves the loveliest comments
and my new one
5. Zoe, who got a mention earlier, is one of the newest bloggers I know
Check out the crafty monkeys newest challenge here!

Wednesday 23 July 2008

Cute Card Thursday ~ Things that grow

Cute Card Thursday this week is all about 'Things that grow'
We are lucky enough to have some fantastic stamps and card blanks as a prize kindly donated by Lynn of Flutterby Crafts pop over here to see them
I used one of my Sweet Art Ebony stamps from Sugar Nellie for this stamp as the flowers on the image fit the theme perfectly!
Supplies: Tools ~ sewing machine, ribbon slot punch
Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie
DP~ Imaginisce 'for Peep's sake'
Embellishments ~ prima flowers, wire, beads, charm and ribbon from stash

Tuesday 22 July 2008

Spoonful of Sugar ~ Katharina's sketch

This week on A Spoonful of Sugar we have a sketch designed by the uber talented Katharina, I am sure you have all heard that she is embarking on a new venture to produce her own range of stamps Whiff of Joy, congratulations Katharina and good luck!
Fabulous blog candy is on offer again this week, a very sweet Sugar Nellie stamp of
baby Millie.
I just got the gorgeous Christmas collection of stamps from Sugar Nellie last week so had to use this cute little boy, this stamp is called
Pip and Presents!
Supplies: Tools ~ Cuttlebug, nestabilities, sewing machine
Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie 'Pip with presents'
DP ~ Love Elsie 'Noel'
Embellishments ~ ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, charm from Jeneca Beads, flowers and brads from stash

Sunday 20 July 2008

gift bags

Not quite a tutorial but a few peeps asked me to show how the gift bags were made a while back, I know, I am very late at putting these up!
Anyway, here is the brown bag I used, once you have one of themes it is very simple!
You simply cut your card to fit the size of your bag!

Here are the the two pieces of card stuck onto the bag, complete with handles cut out.
Then the bag is ready to decorate any way you would like, here are the other 2 teacher pressies I made for the end of term. Many thanks once again to Camilla for the inspiration!

Blog Candy draw

Thank you to all who entered my blog candy draw, I so enjoyed reading your comments!
The winner was chosen using this morning and is
Linanna Designs
Please email me your details so I can get your candy out to you!

Saturday 19 July 2008

blog candy

Marlene has some fabulous blog candy, a sweet Hanglar stamp to celebrate the start of the summer holidays
Donalda is celebrating her 10,000 hits, so has a gorgeous Magnolia stamp to give away!
Dont forget to drop by tomorrow to see who has won my blog candy draw, it ends at midnight tonight!

Friday 18 July 2008

Christmas Honey

Running short of time today so a quick card and a quick post, give me a shout if you need to know anything.
Image is of course the gorgeous 'Christmas Honey' from Sugar Nellie designed by Elisabeth Bell. The Merry Christmas stamp came as a freebie extra when I bought all of the new Christmas Honey and Pip stamps from Sugar Nellie!
DP is Basic Grey 'Figgy Pudding' my all time favourite Christmas papers!
Flowers are Primas.

Thursday 17 July 2008

Cute Card Thursday ~ Animals only

The theme this week on Cute Card Thursday is
Animals Only
That means you mustn't use any image with people in it.
I had this fab image sent from Marcia my SBS4 sister and it was perfect for the challenge.
Once again we have some fabulous blog candy for one lucky participant who will be chosen at random next week!
Please pop over and check out the design teams work, they have made fantastic cards as usual and you can find more ideas and inspiration on their blogs.

Supplies: Tools ~ ribbon punch, eyelet setter
DP ~ Kelly Panacci
Stamp ~ house mouse
Embellishments ~ dovecraft brads, Provocraft Memory rub-on, ribbon from Ribbon Oasis, star charms from Jeneca-beads

Wednesday 16 July 2008

Ismaki #28 ~ birthday bag

The Ismaki sketch #28 this week was designed by Kianel, as soon as I saw it I knew it would produce some very special cards. I have seen a few of them and they are stunning!
Here is my take on the sketch, took me ages to even decide what to do with it!
I used a paper bag as my base and turned over the bottom of the bag then folded the rest in half to make a kind of book. The top edge of the bag remains open so I can use it to pop in
images or a gift card.
I used Magnolia stamps from the new Summer Party set, these are the perfect stamps for a birthday, I love the glass of fizzy! I only just realised though that I coloured the bottles of wine red and they are in an ice bucket, doh...well maybe they are sparkling rose! Yes, of course that is what I meant to do!!!
Here you can see the opening ready to pop in images to send as a gift to a friend!
Supplies: Brown Paper bag
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Infuse'
Stamps ~ Magnolia 'Summer Party', Basic Grey ' Winterland'
Embellishments ~ flowers all from Prima, Charm K & Co 'Beyond Postmarks', Dovecraft Charm Brad, pearls Kaiser from TracyJaneCrafts, spacers from Jeneca-beads, brad, lace and ribbon all unknown origin

Tuesday 15 July 2008

Blog Candy

You have got to check out this fabulous blog candy on Maya's blog, I really need this bag of images! Make sure you enter here

Spoonful of Sugar ~ one for the girls

This week is the turn of the girls over on A Spoonful of Sugar challenge. This week the theme is 'one for the girls'
Silly Monkey Crafts are now sponsoring the challenge so in honour of that we can now use Sarah Kays and also High Hopes stamps! Go and check out the fab blog candy!
I am sure I will be back to using Sugar Nellies next week though as I have just ordered the gorgeous Honey and Pip christmas stamps from Sugar Nellie, they have just got them in at Funky Kits today, can't wait!

Supplies: Cardstock ~ cream textured, pale blue and white creative smooth from Craft Creations
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Lily Kate'
Stamp ~ Sarah Kay from SweetnSassystamps
Embellishments ~ Prima flowers, charms from Jeneca beads, Pearls 'Kaiser' from TracyJanescrafts.

Saturday 12 July 2008

blog candy

Fantastic news for Shary she has been asked to join the Alota design team. To celebrate she is giving away a fabulous Alota rubber stamp as blog candy, check it out here

Don't forget you can still enter into my blog candy, see here

Do you have a child who likes to craft? If so then ask them to join in the challenge over at Crafty Monkeys, the second challenge is Summertime, you can enter here

they are giving away some fantastic blog candy too!

My daughter has a made a few cards for this challenge you can see them here

Friday 11 July 2008

More Blog Candy

Andrea has some delicious blog candy from Magnolia pop on over to see the fabulous stamps she is giving away

Ismaki #27 ~ Fairy

This is my card using the Ismaki sketch #27 designed by Manue, the option this week is Fairies!
When I saw the fairy option I had to use this gorgeous image sent to me by Marcia my lovely SBS4 sister.

I have a thing for decorating the insides just now!
Supplies : Cardstock ~ Cream textured, green plain
DP ~ K & Co. Margo collection
Stamp ~ Stampingbella 'Patricia birthdaycake' Autumn Leaves 'Ticketed'
Embellishments ~ flowers 'prima', spacers, coaster and lace from RAK from Camilla

Thursday 10 July 2008

Don't forget to enter into my Blog Candy draw!
you can find the post here

Wednesday 9 July 2008

Cute Card Thursday ~ For a child

This week the challenge on Cute Card Thursday is to make a card for a child!
Once again we have some fabulous candy to give away this time donated by Ali from Clevercut who is very generously giving one lucky winner a set of super cute Polly and Pip stamps. You can see the pic of them on the challenge blog!
I did a concertina type fold on my card and used this cute Precious Moments image sent to me by Nicola of My Paper World.
The design team have come up with some amazing cards, do pop on over and check them out and get more information and inspiration from their blogs!
Supplies: Pink cardstock, yellow DCWV textured cardstock
DP ~ Basic grey 'two scoops'
Embellishments ~ Flowers, pearls and spacers from RAK from Camilla, small flowers, brads and ribbon from stash


I have been given this fabulous award by Bernie (craftyb), Vicki May (juscoscards) and Joanne (Bubbles)
Thank you all so much, I really appreciate you giving this award to me and for your kind words!
I am going to duck out of passing it on for now, I might come back to it when I have had a think! The rules for this award are :
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated.

Sarah Kay Challenge ~ Lilac

My Sarah Kay stamps arrived yesterday just in time to play in the new Sarah Kay Challenge
the theme for the first challenge is Lilac!
Not a huge fan of purples must say but I did get this paper in a pack and thought it would be a good reason to use it! Also got these gorgeous flowers in a RAK from Camilla so I had to make something lilac anyway!
I kind of quite like it for not liking lilac, funny isn't it?
Donna and Lorraine are giving away a fab new Sarah Kay stamp as blog candy for their first challenge.
Here is the inside, just love decorated insides! Actually, had to decorate the inside as the front was so heavy I needed to balance it!
Supplies: Cardstock ~ white textured, Lilac plain, white creative smooth
DP ~ got in a mixed pack from TracyJanes crafts, unsure of make
Stamp ~ Sarah Kay
Embellishments ~ assortment from stash

Tuesday 8 July 2008

A spoonfull of sugar ~ for the boys

Here is my card for this week's A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge the theme this week is
One for the boys!
Our super talented Camilla has donated a fab new stamp for the candy this week, a Sweet Art Ebony stamp from Sugar Nellie.
I have used my new Karate Kid stamp from Sugar Nellie, it was waiting for me when I got back from holiday and I knew it would be perfect to use for this challenge.
I have coloured it to look like my nephew who is becoming a teenager in a couple of weeks, he even has the yellow belt so that was the inspiration for the colour scheme. Luckily, I had this fabulous Crate paper which has hints of yellow in it but still looks like masculine.
I did do a bit of stamping on the paper as it looked a little bare at first.
The fab coins came in my lovely little birthday package from Camilla.
Don't forget to enter into my blog candy draw in the post below!
Supplies: Cardstock ~ cream textured, DCWV textured white core
DP ~ Crate 'new garden collection'
Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie 'Karate Kid', Autumn Leaves 'ticketed' 'for the record 2' 'big swirls'
Embellishments ~ coins and photo corners in RAK from Camilla, Dovecraft brads, photo turns and ribbon from stash, photo hanger from hardware store

Blog Candy

Blog Candy to celebrate my Blogoversary ( a couple of weeks ago), my birthday ( a week ago) and my counter very close to 30,000 hits!
Many thanks to all of you who come along and visit, those who leave me lovely comments and good wishes and those of you who have sent me fabby things over the last few weeks!
Here is a little token of my appreciation!
Just leave me a comment below the post and I will chose someone at random to win this little lot plus some images of your choice! closing date midnight (GMT) saturday 19 July.
To make it interesting you can tell me what your favourite birthday present was for your latest birthday or your most unusual present. For my birthday this year my DH bought me a load of wood which he and my eldest son are going to make into a raised vegetable bed and also a cold frame to start off my veggies! I hope it will be made by spring hehe!

More blog candy alert!

Check out these blogs, fabulous blog candy on offer!!!






Saturday 5 July 2008

back from holidays to more birthday cards!

We are just back from our holiday and I found loads more birthday cards waiting on the doormat! They were sent to me by the Tilda and friends group, my SBS sisters and from the spoonfull of sugar girls. Thanks a million to you all, what a fabulous birthday I had!
I have loved receiving all your gorgeous cards!
Here are the cards I came home to!