Wednesday 29 April 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ Mirror, mirror!

This week the theme on Cute Card Thursday is Mirror mirror! To use something shiny. You might be wondering where my shiny thing is........look very closely and you still might struggle to see it! I used glossy accents on the glasses, doesn't show up well in the photo though! I also used a metal plaque and my eyelets are quite shiny. Well, that is about as shiny as I get!
I used the sketch from the Friday Sketcher's challenge, I have seen this one used so many times this week, wasn't it a fabulous sketch?

I am also entering this card into the Spoonful of Sugar challenge which is blue and green this week.
Thanks to everyone who has asked about my finger, it is improving and I am able to use it much more but it isn't perfectly healed unfortunately, looks like it will take a while and still feels a bit numb! The stitches are out but it still looks a mess!

Back to CCT we have another fabulous prize, a Stampin' Up stamp set kindly donated by Jenny of Made on the Farm. We have Marcea and Sam who are our guest designers and of course some fabulous cards made by our regular design team.

Supplies ~ Stamps ~ Magnolia

DP ~ Basic Grey ~ Marrakesh

Embellishments ~ Metal plaque, flowers, ribbon and fibres, eyelets and brads.

Tools ~ Cuttlebug, nestabilities

whimsy challenges and stamp something

The Whimsy Stamps Challenge this week is to create something monochromatic. It had to be all shades of one colour plus a neutral. I think I am stretching the neutral a little as I needed to have brown for the hair, didn't think she would look too good with cream hair!
I used Whimsy Stamps Rainy Day Emma as she fits the theme of Showers or flowers perfectly over on Stamp Something so I can enter this there too!
I decided to make a bookmark as I have just discovered the Twilight novels (thanks Denise) and am using a piece of card as a bookmark. I followed Suzanne Dean's fabulous tutorial for the corner bookmark! They are pretty quick and easy to make!
Last night I realised both my little ones were reading without bookmarks (where do they go?) so I reckon they will both be getting one amongst their birthday pressies!
I have just had a sneak peek at the 2 new kids collection Whimsy stamps, they are adorable, no hints just yet but I promise you will love them, can't wait to get my hands on them!
We also have a new DT member, I am sure you will all know her, Claire of CraftyC!
Watch out for more of her amazing creations!

Sunday 26 April 2009

The Angel Company mini album

A few weeks ago my friend and SBS4 sister Diana asked if I would be her April WOW blogger! I was delighted to be asked and was thrilled with the fantastic The Angel Company products she sent for me to use!

The stamp set reminded me of summer and the coasters and small envelopes came with the set so I felt it was crying out to be made into a mini album.

The Stamptacular challenge this week was to use a charm along with a stamped image. My stamped images are on the front of the album and the charm is hanging inside the book here.

Supplies: The Angel Company papers and stamps, coasters and mini envelopes.
embellishments : various rub-ons and ribbons

Hope you are having a lovely sunday, it has turned chilly here, good day for staying in crafting! We are making up the party bags for the little ones birthday next week!!! Kids are doing most of it themselves, they are clever little cookies!

Saturday 25 April 2009


I used the fabulous sketch over at Ismaki designed by the very talented Isa this week. The option was birds but I forgot to add one..whoops! Wonder if Melinda's wings will count?
The image is sweet 'Confirmation Melinda' from Whiff of Joy. This image I coloured a while back with watercolour paints before I got my Copics. My paintbrushes have been neglected since they arrived!
Supplies: Stamps ~ Whiff of Joy 'confirmand Melinda' and studio G
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Sugared'
flowers are punched as shown in this tutorial

I found this fabulous live streaming of some nesting ospreys, anyone interested it is well worth a peek, they are sitting on 3 eggs! See here! I am so distracted by them, I can't stop watching!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday 23 April 2009

Just Magnolia

My cards are like buses, you don't see one for a week then you get 2 in one day! I just realised the Just Magnolia challenge will end today, where did that week go?
The sketch by Donalda is fabulous and so quick, luckily!
Keeping this post short and sweet, stamp is Magnolia, DP is Basic Grey Porcelain. Gems are Kaiser. Image is coloured with Copics.

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ Getting Edgy

First of all I have to thank everyone who left sweet messages for me following my mishap! It is healing well but stitches aren't out until monday now! It is feeling better though and I am managing to create with the other 3 fingers and thumb! I had these images coloured up from last week but hoping to try colouring later today!This card is for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge, I must say a huge thank you to Andrea for stepping in and writing up the post for me to give my finger a break! (Hopefully she will be tempted to come back full time..hehe!)

The theme this week is 'Getting Edgy', you can distress, tear or sew your edges.

I love this challenge, it was one Lynn set before her break!

Hopefully you can see all the distressing and I managed to do a little tearing inside!

I am also entering this card for the Truly Scrumptious challenge, the sketch is amazing, so many layers, just the way I like them! The theme is also to make a card for a child! Whimsy stamps is sponsoring the challenge, you could win a fabulous Whimsy stamp and sentiment stamp set.

I used my Whimsy Kids Collection Baseball Connor, the larger size is on the outside and the regular is on the inside. I think it is so cute to use both sizes. You can still get the larger size Baseball Connor for a limited period and at a discounted price over at the Whimsy Online Shop!

My son chose the sweeties he wanted in his card so the fold was measured accordingly! The little envelope holds some money.
We have a fabulous prize over at CCT this week generously donated by Lisa from C&T Publishing!
We have the very talented and sweet Marcea as our Guest Designer for the next 2 weeks!
Please check out the rest of the Design Team's fantastic cards, they really are amazing!
Supplies: Stamps ~ Whimsy Stamps ' Baseball Connor' large and small sizes,
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Archaic'
Embellishments ~ Basic Grey rub ons, BAsic Grey Archaic brads,

Sunday 19 April 2009


I had a nasty little accident on friday, gave myself a deep cut with a kitchen knife on the index finger of my right hand, such an inconvenience, it affects so many things!
I ended up in A&E having 5 stitches!
It is still very sore and I am having difficulty typing and don't know when I will complete a card, I will be trying though, where there's a will there's a way!
I hope to get around to visiting again soon but due to the laborious way I am having to type my comments will be short and sweet until my finger heals!
Stitches out on friday so fingers crossed!
Take care, hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday 15 April 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ Floral Fantasy

Our challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday is 'Floral Fantasy'! Very simple challenge to use any kind of flower! Do pop on over to check out the amazing creations from the DT and Jacilynn is once again our Guest Designer for this week. We have a fantastic prize again this week from Daisy May Designs!

I needed some inspiration for my layout so found a great sketch over at Sketch Saturday!

I used this sweet stamp called 'Reflective' by Sugar Nellie! The papers are Basic Grey 'Sugared'. The image is coloured with my new Copic pens, I love the depth of colour you get with these, so quick to use too which is just as well at the moment!Supplies: Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie 'reflective', Studio G sentiment

DP ~ Basic Grey Sugared

Embellishments ~ Prima flowers, spacers from Ebay, Dovecraft brads

Whimsy Challenge and Ismaki

Not at all sure about this card, I am out of my comfort zone using red and green! I usually save this colour combo for Christmas cards but decided to give them whirl. Think I will keep them for Christmas in future!
This card is for 2 challenges, first of all the fabulous new Whimsy Stamps Challenge which is celebrating its first week so the theme is 'Occasion Celebrations', so I made a birthday card!
The winner can choose any 2 stamps from the Whimsy Animal Collection, what a fantastic prize!
I used the fabulous sketch over at Ismaki this week created by Elisa.
Supplies: Stamps ~ Whimsy Stamps Kids Collection 'Rainy Day Emma', SU 'Circle of friendship'
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Infuse'
Embellishments ~ Papermania adhesive pearls, ribbon and eyelets, Prima flower

Saturday 11 April 2009

Whiff of Joy and Stamp Something challenges

What fabulous service from the Craft Barn! I ordered my copics on thursday and they arrived on friday! This was my first dabble with them, I have put off buying them for a long time but after seeing Rach's fabulous tutorial over on StampARTic I had to give them a try!
I nearly gave up in the first 5 minutes, they are so different from painting but I persevered and now I love them!
I used Katharina's fabulous sketch for the Whiff of Joy Challenge. I used the Whiff of Joy 'Melinda with muffiin basket' stamp designed by the fabulous Elisabeth Bell. The new summer kit by Elisabeth is going to be available to pre-order this monday, after seeing the tiny sneak peek I will definitely be ordering! This card also fits into the Stamp Something Challenge as it has lots of shapes on it. They are giving away a fabulous Sugar Nellie stamp as a prize this week!
Supplies: Stamps ~ Whiff of Joy 'Melinda with muffin basket', Script stamp of unknown make
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Marrakesh'
Tools ~ cuttlebug, nesties, Martha Stewart zigzag border punch, L-Em leaf punch
Embellishments ~ ribbon, Papermania adhesive stones, Panduro wooden heart, Provocraft memory rub-on sentiment
Colouring ~ Copic pens

Hope you are all having a fantastic Easter weekend and get to eat lots of chocolate!
I am off to finish off decorating this bedroom now, fingers crossed it will be finished today!
Thank you so much for your visit and kind words!

Wednesday 8 April 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ marshmallows and chocolate

With school holidays and decorating kiddies bedrooms I am not finding much crafting time so I made this card for 3 challenges!
Cute Card Thursday has a colour challenge Marshmallows and Chocolate or Pink and brown! We have some sweet High Hopes stamps for blog candy kindly donated by Fran our DT member!
I used the sketch from Friday Sketchers which is being sponsored this week by Whimsy Stamps! You can win two of the fabulous, newly released animals stamps!
A Spoonful of Sugar asks How Old? and wants a card with a person's age on!
I used the very sweet Pajama Time Emma from Whimsy stamps, the papers are Basic Grey Sugared.

Supplies: Stamps ~ Whimsy Kids Collection 'Pajama Time Emma', Whiff of Joy 'Presents', SU 'best yet', Panduro 'tag'

DP ~ Basic Grey 'Sugared'

Embellishments ~ Basic Grey buttons 'Porcelain', ribbon, beads and eyelets.

Sunday 5 April 2009

Whimsy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Whimsy Blog Hop!

Hopefully you will have already been to visit Denise and Vicki but if not pop on over there as we are holding a Whimsy Blog Hop today through 'til wednesday.

This is my creation for the Blog Hop, the theme was to use punches! I made my box using nestabilities for the top and bottom, I used a strip of card for the middle. I used a Fiskars lace edge punch for the decoration on the side, an EK success flower punch and Woodware flower punch for the flowers and my favourite L-Em leaf punch. The Whimsy image I used is 'Pajama Time Emma', she is such a sweetie and you can get her at a special price just now at the Whimsy Online Shop! I used my circle nestabilities to get just a portrait. The papers are Basic Grey 'Porcelain' also available at the Whimsy Online Shop.

You can also now get your hands on the newly released Whimsy Animal Collection 'pig', 'lamb' and 'geese'!
The next Whimsy DT member on the blog hop is Erin, hop on over to check out her creation. She will also tell you the next DT on the list to visit! You should end up back at Denise's blog and have visited everyone to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

The DT call for the Whimsy Challenge blog ends today so make sure you get your entry in asap! The challenge goes live next monday, 13th April!

The 'little sister' sentiment is a Basic Grey Rub-on from the Sugared collection.

All flowers are handmade using punches and the same Basic Grey papers!

Okay, that is it from me for today. Fingers crossed that it worked as I had to schedule it as we are away for a few days. We should be well on our way home as this posts though, so I will catch up with you all soon!

Now, don't forget to hop over to Erin's blog now to continue on the Whimsy Blog Hop!

Have a great sunday, thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday 1 April 2009

Cute Card Thursday ~ citrus colours

The challenge this week on Cute Card Thursday is

Citrus Colours!

You can use any combination of hot pink, orange, lime or lemon!

Do pop on over and check out the DT's fabulous creations, guaranteed to brighten up your day!

I made a little gift bag using nestabilities and a handmade paper bag insert.

We have a fabulous new sponsor this week Lisa of C&TPublishing is donating a fabulous Fantastiques set.

Our guest designer this week is Joanne, many thanks go to Joanne who has been a fantastic guest designer for us the past 2 weeks!

Supplies: Stamps ~ Sugar Nellie ' Gorjuss girl', 7 Gypsies 'Notting Hill'

DP~K&C0 'Hannah'

Embellishments~ lace, ribbon, pearls, book page