Welcome to my blog. This is where I love to share all my cardmaking. I'm a DT Member for Lili's Little Fairies,Crafty Emma's Store (CES Challenge Blog) and Dream Valley. I have no willpower and am a hoarder of paper pads, pens and rubber stamps galore. I love visiting other crafters blogs and have gained many cyber friends threw blogland. Thankyou for taking the time to look at my blog today and I love reading each and every comment.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

THE NEW C.E.S Challenge has Finally Arrived!!!


Yep, today is the launch of the brand new C.E.S Challenge blog, and I am privileged to be working along side a wonderful bunch of girls who are also on the DT.
For our first challenge we have a theme of "Anything Goes". Nice and easy this time just for you.
For my card I have used "Milton with Stocking" from Wild Rose Studio's.He's been coloured with Copics and Prisma Pencils and have added Gold Stickles and Glamour Dust to the stocking. The Papers are Pink Paislee "Mistletoe & Co" and the sentiment is Cats Life Press. All of these products are available at Crafty Emma's Store, so go take a peak and see what goodies she has and more coming soon! The Flowers, Lace and Punches are from my stash.


For this weeks prize, Emma is giving away a 12 x 12 MME "Ooh La La Paper Pad". These papers are lush!!!

I've a wedding to go to today so wont around but will be catching up on all your beautiful creations over the next few days.

Thanks for looking and do hope you will be able to join us in our 1st challenge!

Card Challenges

Secret Crafter - Make a Start on Christmas
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas in August

xxx

Thursday, 26 August 2010

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!!!!



Another week has flown past and we see another new challenge at this weeks LOTV Challenge Blog. The theme this week is Lets G0 Dotty for Circles.
Meet James the Bear, he has been coloured with Prisma Pencils and Odourless Mineral Spirits. Cut with my Nesties and edged with a Gold Adirondaak Dabber. Yep, I'm still hooked on Glimmer Mists and have used lots of the Gold on this card. The papers are V & A and Secret Crafter. SU Punch for the circles and a Marianne Die for the Doily shape behind the image.
I thought while I'm making so many christmas cards at the moment I may as well put one to use and made this from my youngest to her Dad this year. Its going in the suitcase as we have just booked 2 weeks in Mauritius over the Christmas Period. This will be our 3rd Christmas there and we stay at the same resort every time. 2 weeks later, me and hubby are off to Las Vegas for 5 nights. Our house sale had fallen threw and we cancelled our summer holiday to the caribbean so at least now we have something to look forward to!

Anyway, I do hope you can join in with this weeks challenge, the rest of the DT have gorgeous examples and we'd love to stop by your blog and see what you've made.

Heres my usual list of challenges for this card;

Crazy Challenge - Never to early for Christmas Cards
Sew Many Challenge - Christmas in August
Creative Inspirations - Christmas in August
One Stitch at a Time - Say it with Shapes
Ellephantastic Challenge - Male Card or Project
Simple Doodles - Come On, Lets Celebrate

And Heres a Top 3 Award I've just received!

Thanks for stopping.
Happy Crafting!

xxx

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Vintage Tilda Challenge Card

After experimenting I wanted to play some more with my older stash so this card is full and I mean full of Glimmer Mist. Every element including the image has been spritzed with antique brass, so lots and lots of sparkle on this card. Tilda was paper pieced with paper from Crafty Secrets and the rest coloured with assorted coloured pencils and odourless white spirit. Stitching done with a faux stamp but don't know what company. Butterfly is Marianne Designs Die Cut,loads of glimmer mist and distress stickles. Flower stems on backing paper are Tim Holtz, stamped with cocoa memento ink pad.
The postcard stamp is Prima and again glimmer mist and edged. Distressed paper edges with MM tool which I just love.

Sounds a bit long winded now so I'll stop waffling. Oh, forgot the lace, flowers (wild orchid) and leaves. They were all all attacked by Glimmer Mist to!


Well heres my list of challenges.

Pocket Full of Posies - Winged Things
Wild Orchid Crafts - Make it Sparkle
Stamp with Fun -Card for a Girl
Flutterby Wednesdays - 1 Sparkle (Glimmer Mist) 2 Designer Paper, 3 Button or Gems (on butterfly)
Stamptacular - Two's Better Than One
Totally Tilda - Stitching
CYDA - With Wings
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes
PaperPlay - Pink to make the Boys Wink
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything..Lord Tim of Holtz Inspired(Distressing, Glimmer mists, T.H Stamp)
Charisma Cards - Die Cuts
Polka Doodles - Vintage
Crafty Creations - Butterflies

I'm liking the idea of mixing cute and vintage.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today, and remember my candy which is at the top of my page. So many entries in just one day!!!
Thanks for looking.......
xxx

Friday, 20 August 2010

Altered Canvas - T.Holtz.

This is by far the total opposite of what I'm used to doing but a few years ago I was making a lot of altered projects. I recently bought the T Holtz Caged Bird Sizzix Die and that is what inspired me to make this canvas. A bit of a challenge as its been some time but boy did I get a buzz when it was finished. Its not the best of photo's I'm afraid. Stayed up till the early hours to get it done and am so pleased with the way it has turned out. Maybe I'll be making more in the future. I covered the canvas with Distress Ink Pads and Glimmer Mists. Edged with Distress Crackle Paint and went over once dried with Gold Adirondaak Dabber. Used a few Prima Stamps for the background. Die was cut with Grungeboard and coloured with Distress Ink Pad, Black/Gold Glimmer Mist and Gold Dabber. Flowers spritzed with Brass Glimmer Mist and have added Vintage Photo Distress Crackles.


I am entering this into a few challenges that I wouldn't normally do, purely because its altered art and not a cute card.

Crafty Creations - Butterflies
Studiol3 = Distress Stickles
Mixed Media Monday - Embellish it
Everybody Art - In the Garden


Please let me know what you think, was it worth the effort??
(I'll try and take better piccies over the weekend I think)

Thanks for taking the time to stop at my blog. Appreciate it!
xxx

Thursday, 19 August 2010

LOTV DT Card (New Releases) & Challenges



Today we have a brand new challenge over at the LOTV Challenge Blog. Another brilliant sketch by Bev. I have used todays NEW RELEASES called Christmas Animals and 2 other really cute stamps "Back To School". This is called Cracking Christmas. He's been coloured with Promarkers and stickled. The papers are KaiserCraft - Dear Santa Collection. I found them in a draw, uncut. Love them!!! The tag is another thing I found lying in a draw. Its amazing what I come across. Must of bought all this at some stage but I don't remember. Shows I've got way too much stash and will never get threw it all but needs must..........
Quite a simple card and for once no flowers but think this would also be suitable for a man to.
The rest of the LOTV DT have also made gorgeous cards. You need to check them out via the LOTV Challenge Blog so you can see more from the NEW RELEASES. The Christmas Animals Stamps + 2 Back To School Stamps can be purchased at the LOTV SHOP.
Heres my usual list of challenges that this card fits into. Nearly 170 on my sidebar now so you can image how long it takes me to type up each post.

Creative Cottage - Christmas
Anything Goes - 3 Layers (3 layers papers on card)
ASFOS - Christmas

I've also got candy to post. I forgot to do it last week so promise to post it shortly. Just need to get a piccie to pop on my blog.
Well thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Hoping for a quiet day indoors today. Its a toss between catching up with my sky+ or crafting, but know doubt I'll find time for some blog hopping.

Thanks for looking and I really do appreciate all the comments I receive. A great boost when I need it!

xxx

PS: Jacqui has scrummy candy on her blog, look HERE for more details.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

My First Round Easel Card.....


This is my first attempt at a round easel card. I got the Colour My World Template yesterday and had so much fun putting this card together though it did take longer than expected. I used quite a lot on this so will list them underneath. Don't make many purple cards but I think they are always so pretty and I hope you like my efforts. I've coloured this cute stamp with Copic Markers. Its from the Sweet Little Donkey Set 1 by Alota Rubber Stamps.


Here are a few challenges my card fits into;
The Crafty Pad - Glitter & Glitz
Corrosive Challenge - Faux Tecniques (faux stitching)
Marks Finest Papers - Think Flowers
Secret Crafter - What Are Little Girls Made Of
The StampMan - Easel Cards, anything goes
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog - P for Punches
Craftalicious - Pearls & Swirls
If The Shoe Fits - Die cuts
Crafty Catz - Animals
Donna's Den of Crafts - Something Sweet (I think this is, just so...)
Sew Many Challenges - Sticking on your Card (faux)
My Time to Craft - Farm Fever
Pocketful of Posies - All that Glitters
Wild Orchid Challenge - One for the Girls
2 Sisters Challenge - Stitching (faux)
CYDA - Favourite Things (handmade flowers)
ABC Challenge - A for August
Creative Craft Challenge - Animal Antics


Just a few challenges then, My own fault as I have over 160 challenges listed in my sidebar so feel free to scroll threw them.

Now to work out what I'm going to do next.
Back soon & Thanks for looking!

xxx

Paper - Prima Pulse Collection
Image - Alota Rubber - Sweet Little Donkey set 1
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Stickles - Stardust & Silver
Nesties - Label 4
Bazzil cardstock
Adirondaak Dabber - Silver
Ticket - TH Sizzix Strip
White Inksential Pen
Sentiment - Autumn Leaves
Leaf Punches
Swirl - Marianne Designs
Pearls - Lilca Viva Pearl Pen

Friday, 13 August 2010

LOTV Post It Holder



Took to my craftroom this afternoon as the weather has been naff and inbetween the rain, thunder and a short power cut I made this post it holder using my Big Shot Express and Sizzix Bigz Die "Memo Holder". 1st time I've used it but think these make great little gifts.


Papers are from my scrap draw. The stamps are Prima. Image is a LOTV Fairies - A Big Bouquet although I've only used a tiny portion.Coloured with Copics, Stickles and Clear Glaze on her Crown. SU Punches to cut her out. Flowers are Wild Orchild which have been Stickled with Stardust & Gold. I've edged the papers with Adirondaak Gold Dabber. I have used Papermania Magnetic Clasps which I have to say work very well.


Taken a few photo's as trying to get different angles. A lot prettier IRL.


Here are a few challenges this fits into;

Stamp Something - Fairy Tale Something
Alphabet Challenge - P for Punches
Wild Orchid Crafts - One for the Girls
CYDA - Favourite Things (Girly & Summer)

Thanks for looking and back tomorrow with something to tell!!
xxx

Thursday, 12 August 2010

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!


Hello everyone, its time again for another challenge at the LOTV Challenge Blog and remember as of today we go weekly. Instead of a sketch this time the challenge this week is "4 Seasons". Make a card of either Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. Or you may choose to combine, its up to you.
For my card, I have used Bear & Butterflies. It has been coloured with Copic & Promarker Pens. I used a clear gloss pen for his glasses and added stickles to the net and butterflies. The border is a rubber stamp and I have added gold stickles for a bit more depth. The paper is K & Co - Wild Rasberry. Sentiment I found on the internet and a mix of flowers that have all been stickled in gold & stardust. Gold Viva Pearl Pen for the Pearls & MS daisy punch & Rafia Lace to finish.


For all you LOTV fans out there, more new releases are on their way 19th August. These include the Animal releases and 2 Back To School. Some of the DT have made samples with them for this weeks challenge. Hope you can find the time to pop over to the LOTV Challenge blog and see what other gorgeous creations the rest of the DT have come up with. Even better, if you play along this week we are giving the winner a £10 LOTV Voucher, but remember you must use LOTV Stamps or Dies to be eligible.


Now here are a few other challenges my card fits into today;

Creative Friday - Things With Wings
Scrappy Frogs - A Stitch In Time
Creative Craft Challenge - Animal Antics
ABC - A for August
Sentimental Sundays - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Winged Things
Flutterby Wednesdays - Open Challenge
Little Red Wagon - Summer Theme

Off to play!!!

Thanks for looking....
xxx

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Make A Wish


This is a quick make late last night. Thought I'd use a DL for a change. I coloured this gorgeous stamp "Victoria Case for SCVACD - Bee Mine " with Copics & Promarkers. Papers are a mix of BG. Flowers from stash that have been stickled and Viva Pearl Pen used on ribbon & Viva Silver Glitter Pen used around the edges.


Sorry its not the best photo, I'll try again later.

Here are a few challenges;
Pocket Full of Posies - All That Glitters
Magical Monday - Pink & White
Incy Wincy Designs - A Bugs Life
Basic Grey - Pearls
Everybody Art - Check it Out

Thanks for looking!

xx

My Exciting News!!!


I'm shouting from the rooftops today. Crafty Emma has recently opened her own Online Craft Store which is full of scrummy goodies and had a DT Call for her new challenge blog C.E.S Challenges which launches 28th August. Lucky me has been picked to be part of the DT. I am working along side some very talented ladies and cant wait for the New C.E.S Challenge Blog to launch.



Pop on over to the C.E.S Challenge Blog as Emma has some candy up for grabs.




Looking forward to the new weekly challenges and do hope you can join us once it goes live on the 28th August.


Woohoo!!!


xxx

Sunday, 8 August 2010

"DayDream"


Last night I found my mojo & made this card just doing my own thing. The stamp is PB "Daydream" and I haves coloured her with Copic Markers. The sky is Sea Glass Glimmer Mist and have added stitching round the border the a rubber stamp. Papers are Papermania - Summer Bloom and Flowers from Prima that have been stickler with Stardust. All the papers have been distressed with the MM tool and coloured with a Chalk Ink Pad. Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch and Sentiment by Stampotique. I just love this sentiment and thought it so fitting for my card. I have also used Viva Pearl Pens which are becoming a favourite of mine!!



Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog today and here are a few challenges that my card fits onto;

Sweet Stampin Challenge - Pretty In Pink
Stamp & Create - Flowers
Creative Card Crew - Cute & Girly
Incy Wincy Designs - Summer Fun
Scrap Creations - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs - A Stitch in Time
Penny Black at Allsorts - Glitter & Glitz
Flutterby Wednesdays - Butterfly, Fairy or Angel
ABC - A for August
CYDA - Favourite Things

xxx

Thursday, 5 August 2010

LOTV DT Card & Challenges!


Today over at the LOTV Challenge we have another gorgeous sketch made by the lovely Bev for you to work with. Here is my take using "All Wrapped Up" which is one of the new Christmas Releases. Coloured with Copics and Stickles. Paper are Basic Grey. Got a collection of the new Viva Pearl & Glitter Pens
so you will be seeing these used alot on my cardmaking. Background stamps are a new set I just got from Paper Artsy. I have a box full of these somewhere as I was more of an altered girl when I started out but think they blend perfectly with the cute side as well.

Good News - As of now, the LOTV Challenge will be going back to being a weekly challenge blog so you'll have more chances to play with your gorgeous stamps.
Don't forget the winner gets 2 LOTV stamps but you do need to use LOTV stamps or die cuts to be eligible.

I took my card in the garden to be photographed yesterday, This was before the heavens opened!
The rest of the DT have also made some cracking cards. We would love it of you could join in our weekly challenge.

Here are a few challenges that this card fits into;

Creative Inspiration - Anything Goes
Crafty CardMakers - Punches(snowflake,border & leaves)
Ai Factory - Christmas in July
Pennys Challenges - Anything Goes
MAWTT - Christmas
Our Creative Corner - Christmas in July

Now I have a box full of new stamps that are waiting to be inked up, so wont be long before I'm back with another card and I'm just waiting on another piece then I will post my blog candy.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.......

xxx

The lovely Emma is looking for a new DT to help promote her new shop. If you are interested please look HERE for more details. Emma is a lovely lady and I love to visit her blog!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

LOTV DT Card & Challenges


Here is a card I made following this weeks Sketch Saturday. The image is one of the many new releases from LOTV. Its called "Bringing Gifts " and is available from the LOTV Shop. Coloured with Copics, papers from MME and lots of stickles for sparkle. Border punch is Martha Stewart and the sentiment is from Fairy Doodle. I dotted around the background with a Grey Copic marker then went back over randomly with the colourless blender.



Here are a few more challenges that this card fits into;

Creative Inspiration - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Chrismas in July
One Stop Craft - Patterns
Crafty Angels - Something Old, Something New (old sentiment, new image)
Stamp Something - Christmas in July
Ai Factory - Christmas In July
Aud Sentiments - Choose Your Own Christmas Sentiments
Polka Doodles - Generic Male & Female
Lollipop Challenge - Anything Goes
Mami Doodles - Anything Goes
Paperplay - Anything Goes
DutchDare - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Christmas in July

Its so nice to be back crafting. Had a rubbish week but trying to think positive and move on.
Thanks for taking the time to take a look!

xxx


PS; Candy will be posted on my blog over the next few days. Just my way of saying thanks.

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have been making handmade cards for a few years. Enjoy all the new stash that comes on the market and alot end up at my place!!!!!