Thursday 29 April 2010

Cute Card Thursday ~ Make your Own

Fantastic theme on Cute Card Thursday this week
Make Your Own
Love challenges such as these as you have to get creative!
I made the flowers and the hearts from punched out shapes.  They were stamped, distressed and embossed! 
I got this sweet Hanglar and Stanglar  girl from Ebay last week, she came super fast despite the Volcanic plumes over Europe!
They are selling another set, of course had to buy that one too!
There are 2 other challenges this week asking for you own made flowers they are
Our Creative Corner asks for blossoms so another perfect challenge!
Our CCT design team is dwindling this week, hope they, their kids and pets are better soon!  Hope you can get around to visit the remaining team members their creations are amazing as always!
Also don't forget to check out our fabby prize from our Sponsor this week....
Stamp Hanglar and Stanglar coloured with distress inks ~ Victorian Velvet, Mustard Seed and Tea Dye
DP ~ Basic Grey 'Lily Kate'
Rub on~ Kaiser
Assorted Punches ~ Stampin' Up hearts, Woodware flower, EK success flower, Leone-Em leaf punch, Martha Stewart leaf punch. 
I have another card posted on the Whimsy Inspirations Blog today so why don't you drop in there to get the latest Whimsy news! Some exciting things happening in the next week or so!
many thanks for dropping in today, have a great day! 

Wednesday 28 April 2010


 Wow, doesn't Wednesday come around fast, I am still wondering what happened to my weekend!
here we are again at WOYWW
This is my workdesk this morning, I am polishing my halo now as I cleaned up last night.  Now this is not normal for midweek so don't expect to see it again but I finished a card and so decided to give myself a clean space to work on today! 
It is such grim day and yes, that is snow outside, ugghh!  The pics are rubbish as the light is so poor but hey, you can't pick the weather!

   So stuff on my desk today...a Whimsy Carousel horse coloured and ready to make into a card and a Sugar Nellie image under that with the card partially made..must get it finished!
New stamps from Belles and Whistles to make party invites, the kids are hoping for a pool party, lets hope the weather improves dramatically!
and a new stampin up punch still waiting to be released from its bag.
The other bits and pieces are just that, bits left over from previous projects and never seem to find their way back home.
The white lantern is from TJ Maxx and so pretty, just have to have it sitting there!
and yey, the rose is still alive!
and by special request, here is another of those coasters....
can't wait to come and have a nose....
so WOYW?  if you want to join in go and visit Julia to leave your link!
Have a great day!

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Out on a limb!

Here is my card for Sundays with Crissy Challenge, the theme being dots, do you think I have enough?
I used Crissy's supercute Whimsy Hang in there digital image along with Ann Vento's (Raindrop Echo Designs) Hang in There digital sentiments for Whimsy Stamps.
I also used the fabulous sketch from
Stamp with Fun challenge.
I also 'distressed' it for the Saturday Challenge
and I am just in time for the Charisma Cardz challenge which asks for 'Quotes'
Stamps are Digital from Whimsy Stamps
Designer Papers are Pink Paislee
Little screw brads are Karen Foster

Must dash, so late posting and American Idol has already started!
have a great night!

Saturday 24 April 2010

Just Magnolia Sketchers

Finally got my Edwin made into a card this afternoon, kept it simple, had no mojo at all this week, hope to find it by next week!
the theme on Just Magnolia this week is
Anything goes.... so I think this will fit!
I also used the fabulous sketch over at Friday Sketchers.

Stamp is Magnolia coloured with Distress Inks
DP is Pink paislee 'Bayberry Cottage'
Rub-ons are Kaiser 'All boy'

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Friday 23 April 2010

Who loves Hanglar and Stanglar stamps?

Quick, hop over to Rach's blog now for some fabby Hanglar and Stanglar candy! Not to mention the uber talented Tim's fabby papers!
and if you are not lucky this time, watch this space as I have a spare set on its way here to offer as blog candy for my 3rd Blogaversary, coming soon!

Thursday 22 April 2010

Cute Card Thursday ~ A Sketch by Andrea

Andrea has given us a fantastic sketch to follow this week on
I used my new stamp 'Gwendolyn' from Kraftin' Kimmie's Stamps, she is illustrated by Crissy Armstrong who also illustrates for Whimsy Stamps she has recently given us some gorgeous digi stamps and very soon we should have some new rubber from Crissy at Whimsy!  Watch this space!
Gwendolyn is coloured with distress inks.
I used Pink Paislee 'Queen Bee' designer papers, the flowers are Prima as is the pretty stone in the centre.  The little looking glass charm is taken from a charm bracelet I got in a Walmart sale! 

This was the first day in months that I have been able to photograph outdoors, much prefer it.  It was lovely to finally uncover the garden table and chairs! 
We have a fabulous prize again this week, from our sponsors Alota Rubber Stamps.
Hope you can join in with us this week and drop by the rest of the DT, they have come up with some amazing cards! 

Wednesday 21 April 2010


Have you come across Whats on your workspace Wednesday?
I love to see what is on other people's desks so thought it only fair to show mine!
First though I have to show you it clean, this was Monday morning, I love to sit down at a clean and tidy desk but it doesn't happen too often as I usually have things rolling on into the next day!
You can see my well worn mat, the obligatory Starbucks, my morning treat, the other essentials to the right, my cutters which never get put away, my distress ink plate and stampin' scrub.  The rose plant was a Valentines gift from hubby and yes, it is still alive!!!!

Yikes, and this was this morning....

Those images are for my youngest kids birthday cards, need to get to work on them soon as are the card blanks ready to cover.  Not even sure why the other images are there, no plans for them just yet! 
This is my current coaster, I have a set of them we brought over from Scotland, they are hilarious and I love them all, might show another one next week!

Perched on the edge of my desk today are some of my latest purchases, a couple of stamps from Susanas Custom Art and Card Design, very fast delivery and she added a sweet little pack of goodies as a thank you!
My Whimsy digital images are underneath and a Magnolia Edwin that I may be using as a card for my Son's friend for this weekend,  it seems to be party season again!

Let me know if you are playing along with WOYWW I would love to come and have a nose around!
Have a great day!

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Whimsy sponsors A Spoonful of Sugar

Whimsy Stamps are sponsoring A Spoonful of Sugar challenge this week, you can win a $15 gift certificate to spend in the Whimsy Online StoreDebbie (happy birthday!)  asked the Whimsy Stamps Design Team to be guest designers with the them to make something for a birthday. 
I was a little late with my offering though as I was away on holiday so this was a bit last minute  so  sorry if it looks like it was whipped up in no time, it was!
Luckily I had the digi image of Pebbles the Cat drawn by Crissy Armstrong and the Friends sentiment designed by Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs both from Whimsy Stamps so I was putting the card together in minutes! 
This card is perfect for Ann's Sentimental Sundays challenge which this week is themed
Blooming gorgeous!
I am also going to enter it into the Charisma Cardz Challenge which is monochromatic.
Seem to have lost my mojo a bit this week, instead caught a bit of spring cleaning fever and I don't get it very often so thought I best run with it.  I am sure I will be fully recovered and back to normal next week!
Hope you are enjoying some lovely hot, sunny weather like we are!

Friday 16 April 2010

Happy Birthday Just Magnolia plus new Whimsy Sentiments!

are celebrating their 1st Birthday today! 
I can't believe they are only 1, it seems like they have always been there!

They have a fabulous sketch for this week's challenge and are also holding a blog hop, both with fantastic prizes from Simon Says Stamp
one of my favourite stores now I am on this side of the pond!

I used this very sweet Tilda from Magnolia, she is quite old now but still my favourite although I have decided it is time to get some of those new ones, aren't they adorable?

The sentiments are from Whimsy Stamps designed by our very own talented teamie Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs.  I have used her sentiments all week as there is now something for every occasion, I may never need buy another sentiment!  Although I am sure when Ann designs some new ones for us I will certainly be using them again!  Ann has a new challenge blog starting this Sunday 18th April using Sentiments called Sentimental Sunday!  Can't wait!
You can get Ann's Whimsy Digital Sentiment stamps now in the
along with Whimsy Stamps Newly launched Digital Range!
The leaf flourish stamp I used around the edges of the circles is also a Whimsy Stamp, it is part of a set called 'spring stepping' from Crissy Armstrong's Carousel Horse Collection. 
The paper is Basic Grey Porcelain and the roses are from Prima.
Hope you are having a good end to your week and hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday 15 April 2010

cute card thursday ~ Touchy Feely

Click here for my Whimsy Stamps blog hop post!

This week on Cute Card Thursday the theme is
Touchy Feely
My touchy feely is that gorgeous fringed ribbon. 
I used the utterly adorable 'Maya blowing bubbles' digital image from Whimsy Stamps
illustrated by Crissy Armstrong.
Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs has given us oodles of fabulous sentiments with I think another set hitting the Whimsy Online Store today! 
I loved this quote but couldn't resist using another one on the inside of the card!
The sentiment stamps are such good value with each set giving you at least 4 sentiments or quotes.  The sentiment set I used is called 'Maya blowing bubbles sentiments' designed especially to work alongside Crissy's Maya image but in no way are they limited to this use!

The designer paper is Basic Grey Eva and the flowers are Primas.
The other challenges I am entering this card into are
Papertake Weekly - cutie pie
Pollycraft challenge - Pink and brown plus yellow or green
cupcake craft - childhood memories
A spoonful of Sugar - sketch by Nikki
I hope you get the chance to visit the rest of the CCT design team their creations are just beautiful and of course we have another fabulous sponsor!
have a great day!

Wednesday 14 April 2010

Whimsy Digi New Release ~ Gift Horse

For the Whimsy Digital Stamps blog Hop please click Here!

Whimsy Stamps are sponsoring I love Promarkers challenge this week
you could win a $15 gift certificate to spend in the Whimsy Online Store!
They have a fabulous sketch over there which I followed. 
Unfortunately, I have to confess to not owning a single Promarker so my image is coloured with Copics therefore I am not really eligible for this challenge but still, I couldn't resist the amazing sketch!
Other challenges I should be eligible for are
totally gorjuss - texture (my textured fabric)
Stamptacular - spots and dots
Stamp, scrap and doodle - birthday card
I have used one of the new digital images released this week by Whimsy Stamps.  This one is illustrated by Crissy Armstrong and the fabulous matching sentiment is by our own Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo Designs!
Today you will have to pop over to the Whimsy Inspirations Blog to see a fantastic tutorial by
showing how to attach charms to your cards.

Have a great evening, see you tomorrow for CCT!

Monday 12 April 2010

It's a Celebration!

My eldest daughter just passed her road driving test, yahoo! No more alcohol free weekends waiting to go pick up teenagers way past my bedtime! 
I struggled to find an image I wanted so ended up having to draw her new car with a little help from PSP I might add, I am no artist!  Believe it or not, she is not a card person but she seemed quite chuffed with this one and put it up on her shelves! If it didn't show her car I am sure it wouldn't have been the case but she does love her little 'bug'!
I followed the sketch on Everybody Art by Tina but I am afraid it may already be too late as I am sure the next challenge is in the morning and of course its already 2.30am in Europe
I didn't want to post this until I was sure she had passed!
The 'Celebration' sentiment is one of the fabulous new digital sentiments now available to purchase and download from Whimsy Stamps. There are so many fantastic sentiments and quotes to choose from we are now utterly spoilt rotten!
I also used a Whimsy Accessory stamp, a gorgeous swirl which is part of the Proud Mama  Rubber Stamp set  from the Carousel Horse Collection designed by Crissy Armstrong,
You can also see the brand new Whimsy Stamps Digital Collection of images designed by Crissy Armstrong and Katie Sowa!
The hop is currently taking place and you have until noon (EST) on friday to join in and leave a link on the Whimsy Home Page to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize
a $15 gift certificate for the Whimsy Store
plus digital images from Crissy, Katie, Ann and Whimsy Stamps Design Studio. 
 See Whimsy Home Page for more details!
The designer paper is from the Paper Company, the letters stamps are from a very old See D's pack, the calendar stamp I think is a mini imaginisce stamp and the gorgeous key is one of a 3 pack set from Making Memories 'metal pebble key'.
did you all enjoy a back to normal day today after school holidays etc? those that have had them, I know some places have still to have their spring break, lucky people! 
Hope the weather continues to improve for you all, not so good here, more snow forecast, I am so finished with snow now!  Roll on summer!
Have a great day! 

Whimsy Stamps Digital Stamp Collection Release Party!

Hope you all had a fabulous Easter/spring break!

We are just back from a week at Disney World, we had an amazing time, came back absolutely shattered, we packed so much into our week! Apologise for lack of visiting, I had a week away from the laptop, we didn't even take one with us!


Welcome to the Whimsy Stamps Digital Stamp Collection Release Party!

Here it is, the release of the Whimsy Stamps Digital line! Now you have the convenience of grabbing some brand new digital images illustrated by Crissy Armstrong and Katie Sowa and Ann Vento's fabulous digital sentiments from
Please join us in the hop today to see how the Design Team have used the new digital images. Hopefully if you are hopping you will have arrived here via Sharon's blog, if not you can start the hop at Crissy's blog!

We have a new digital collection with exclusive designs from Crissy Armstrong, Katie Sowa and Ann Vento as well as some others from Whimsy's previous rubber stamp collections. All will be available for download upon completion of purchase. Each download will contain a zip file with 3 versions of the image, a JPEG, TIFF and PNG all at 300 dpi resolution. Images can be flipped, resized or rotated to suit project needs!

I used one of the new images illustrated by Katie Sowa called 'Awww, So Tweet'! Aren't they fun? They would be fabulous on a wedding card but I made this for an Anniversary.
This card also fits into the Stamp Something challenge which is asking for stitched somethings.

Also Our Creative Corner has a 'bows' theme.

The Bee-crafty challenge has a 'wedding, engagement or anniversary' theme
and the Allsorts challenge is petals and pearls!
You can continue the hop over at Stacey's blog!
Of course at the end of the hop on friday 16th April there will be a blog candy prize draw. The prizes are a $15 gift certificate for the Whimsy Online Store, Crissy's digi 'Pebbles the Cat', Katie's digi 'Awww, so tweet', Ann's digi sentiments ' Mother's Day sentiments' and Whimsy digi 'Princess Coach'.
Also our lovely Ann has designed a freebie you can collect for joining in the blog hop see details on the Whimsy Home Page at the end of the hop.
Hope you are having a great start to your week, look forward to catching up with you all soon!

Sunday 11 April 2010

Sundays with Crissy ~ Guest Designer

Super talented Crissy Armstrong has a brand new challenge starting today called Sundays with Crissy. A new challenge will be posted every other Sunday. You can use any image, digital or rubber but only entries using at least one of Crissy's digital images will be eligible for the chance to win the candy. Crissy will be offering fabulous candy once a month and today her candy is a set of 12 Copic Ciao markers plus another 3!
Whimsy stamps are launching their digital range tomorrow and Crissy has designed some fabulous new images for Whimsy. I used one of Crissy's fabulous images which will be available through Whimsy Stamps tomorrow! This one is called 'Hang in there'.

The theme of Crissy's challenge this week is to use a combination. I combined one rubber stamped sentiment along with my new Whimsy Stamps digital image illustrated by Crissy Armstrong and also a digital image also from Whimsy Stamps designed by Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs.
Don't forget to drop by tomorrow for the Whimsy blog hop digital launch party which begins at noon EST!

Friday 9 April 2010

Whimsy Stamps digi sneak peeks

Here is a sneak peek of one of the new Whimsy Stamps digital images from the new range about to launch on Monday 12th April!
This one was illustrated by Katie Sowa and is called Love Bunnies!
The fabulous sentiment stamp is also one of the new Whimsy digital range designed by our own
Ann Vento aka Raindrop Echo. She has given us a huge range of sentiments and quotes, just wait till you see them all, something for every occasion!

I have another sneak peek on Sunday with one of the new Crissy Armstrong digital images from Whimsy Stamps also being launched on Monday. Hope you can join in with Crissy's new challenge which is also launched this Sunday, see the details here!
Also, hope you will drop by for the hop on Monday when the new digital range will be launched!

Thursday 8 April 2010

Cute Card Thursday ~ Monomania

Here is my Cute Card Thursday card for this week, the theme is
I always have to use pink with this sweet image she is
Whimsy Stamps 'pajama time emma' and she is just adorable. The sentiment stamp is also one from Whimsy Stamps.
Monday sees the launch of a new line at Whimsy Stamps
a brand new set of digital images!
They are so cute and fun, can't wait to show you them. You won't have to wait long as some of the design team are showing sneak peeks tomorrow so drop by here to find out where you can see them first!
Hope you can drop by the rest of the CCT design team and see their fantastic creations, we of course have another fabulous prize from this week's sponsor.

Monday 5 April 2010


A very quick post from me today, we are busy enjoying Spring Break with the kids so no crafting going on this week!

I hope you are all enjoying the Easter Weekend and are seeing plenty of sunshine!

Only a week to go before Whimsy releases the brand new line of digi stamps and I have to tell you, they are so fabulous! Pop back on friday for a sneak peek!
With my ribbon and bow this fits perfectly into the Stamping for the weekend challenge!

Enjoy the rest of the Easter holiday and hands off the kids' eggs!
Whimsy Stamps are releasing a brand new line in digital stamps next Monday, all this week you will be able to find sneak peeks on the blogs of the Whimsy Stamps Design Team!

Thursday 1 April 2010

Easter Album

The Cute Card Thursday theme this week is
'So Egg-citing!'
Time to show us your last minute Easter treats and cards!
I decided I would like to make an album to pop our family photos in, once we have had Easter that is!
I used the super cute Whimsy Stamps bunny from the 'Bunny with snowman' stamp. The papers on the cover are Basic Grey 'Lily Kate'.

The papers inside are K&Co, I think they are from the Margo collection. The flowers are Primas. I have left spaces for the journalling and the photos will be stuck over the places that are stamped with 'memories'

My inspiration for this album came from this amazing blog I could look at her work all day!

WE have a fantastic sponsor once again this week! Hope you will drop by the rest of the Design Team's blogs, their Easter creations are fabulous!
Hope you all have a fantastic Easter