Saturday, January 31, 2009

Daring Cardmakers - 3 patterned papers

Hello again can't keep away today!I have done my first Daring Cardmakers challenge of 2009. The challenge is to use 3 patterned papers. I used BG Eva papers Leanne Ellis image used again, well they are adorable. I used a rosebud to make the rose on the image 3D I added some faux stitching and embellies from the stash.

Penny Black Challenge - Circle card

I have made this card for the Penny Black challenge. I used the little hedgie I used on my previous card. I had coloured in the one on the sketch saturday card the other day in anticipation of this challenge and of course you made it an out of the box challenge. So here is a quicky I have just made for the circle card challenge.

Sketch Saturday

Here is my interpretation of the great sketch at Sketch Saturday . I have made my final Valentine card for the babes. Apologies for the glue still looking wet. I am not a patient girlie! It has to be NOW!!!!

Basic Grey challenge - Sketch

The challenge at Basic Grey is a great sketch. This is my interprtation of it. I have used my beautiful Annie stamp by Leanne Ellis. I coloured in using metallic H20's I love metallics and the granola papers by Basic Grey are great for this. I added some gems and some wire. I used some co-ordinating metallic papers and added some more gems and some embellishments.


New stamp swapping blog!

Take a look at Emmas new blog Stamparound They are looking for 25 posties. If you become a follower you will be able to participate in the swaps. Check it out!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Tag you're it! - Purple

In honour of the prize this week at Tag you're it, the theme is purple. The prize is purple onion stamps. I have made this tag using imaginisce snag'em stamp. I added some torn paper, ribbon, buttons and a sentiment.

Friday Sketchers

I have made this card for my eldest son for Valentines day so one more to do for my baby boy. I used the sketch Friday Sketchers from for it. The prize is brilliant this week it is stamps from Simon stamps in the US. Take a look.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Love is everywhere! - Sugarbowl challenge!

Well I see Love is everywhere! Another challenge including the theme Love. This week at the sugarbowl the challenge is love. But hey a glorious thing it is too. I used my newly brought Annie stamp to make this card. Keeping it fairly clean and simple. I used H2O's for the image and promarkers for the flesh and background.

Award Time - Thank you Faye and Dawn!

Finally I have a bit of spare time from family and crafting to post up these lovely awards from Faye , over in the USA and Dawn in Scotland! Thanks my lovely friends. If you haven't already go and visit them as they both have unique and beautiful blogs.

Award from Faye
It is given in appreciation of your lovely and witty comments and for always knowing the right thing to say at the right time...just how nice is that! A great way to give someone a hug that you've never met but who means something special to you. Pass it on to 10 others...

Award from Dawn
I am awarding them to all the people who take the time to visit me and leave encouragement and support. I could not choose just a few. So if you haven't please do!

BEV's Candy Go and have a look! Gotta be quick though!

Hello The lovely Bev has some beautiful candy and a whiff of joy stamp to give away so pop over very quickly ( Click on Bev's name) as the offer ends Sunday 1st Febuary

Good Morning - Cute Card Thursday Valentine

The old man has taken the babes to school as I am off to a meeting. I have quickly made this for my youngest daughter and Cute card Thursday challenge . She has coloured in her own version of the stamp too. Both my girlies were oohhing and ahhing when she arrived the other day. What a gorgeous stamp to colour.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Whiff of joy challenge - Valentine

This is for my eldest daughter who loves these stamps and I thought I would make each of my children a valentines card. The theme at the challenge Whiff of joy is Valentines. Make a card for someone special. Well I have made the old mans so just my adorable babes to go!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Arty Girlz Challenge #70 - ATC

I am a little bit peeved today as justice is never served to decent and honest people. It seems to benefit from our system you have to be corrupt and created your hole! We need some legal advice but because it is not around eviction or for a court case we are deemed non urgent. And my photography is all naff.

I used my favourite colours black and purple for this challenge. I received some more sugar nellie stamps today and some H2O's so I thought I would use the theme at Arty Girlz of an ATC the to have a play.
I cut out elements of the stamp and coloured in using a mixture of sakura pens and H20's I then put them on foam pads and added them to the background black card with various H2o's on. I used wire and beads to make the branch and I used the same ones for the centre of the flower. I think I will save it for a card topper or I may frame it, as I am really loving it!

Double bubble - Papertake weekly and A spoonful of sugar

That's the old man's card sorted for Valentines Day! Oh and two challenges in one. The two challenges being spoonfull of sugar and Papertake weekly I have made this cheeky card for my lovely partner in crime, Jimmy! He likes a laugh so I hope he likes it. I used an imaginsence image. They are such a bargin at only 99p. I used my nesties to make a frame and I cuttlebugged it to give a bit of definition. I used papermania oriental spice papers perfect as they include lily pads. I made the sentiment on word and added the same background as the image. Added some embellishments and used foam pads to again add some interest.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The sugar bowl - challenge number 2

Well as you can tell from my recent entries this is a favourite stamp of mine at the moment. This is my entry for thesugarbowl challenge Check it out the prize are superb! I chalked this beautiful Leanne Ellis stamp and then glossed it to seal in the chalk. I have used 3 designs of papermania papers and cuttlebugged a scrap of plain basic grey paper. I have also used some gold card to layer with. I made my one embellishment out of 3 embellishments, wire, ribbon and gems. I loved this challenge. I haven't forgotten but I have a couple of awards to post. If the children behave I may get to do this later, if not I will by the end of the week.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Magnolia v Stampavie - Double Trouble

I have made this card for the Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge. I have not used these Sarah Kay stamps for a while. I decided to use one as the main image and one as a shrink plastic charm. I love black and apparently blue is this seasons colour so I used a lot of blue. I cuttlebugged the black coredinations card with some border embossing folders and then I sanded it. I used papermania papers. I really loved making this card. I am starting to improve on my colouring so I feel more inspired in creating images that I am proud of. I coloured the shrink plastic with coloured pencils and promarkers.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Penny Black Challenge - Frames

Hi the challenge over at Penny Black challenge is to use frames. You must use a Penny Black product. I brought some stickers recently in one of the sales that are on. So I used this lovely sentiment to frame. The cardstock is from a papermania kit. It is prembossed. I made a frame using my nesties. I cuttlebugged one of the smaller nesties and layered the sticker onto some contrasting card. I then arranged my flowers and added some beads for there centres. I love using sentiments as they can say so much!

2 -4-1 - Basic Grey challenge and Sketch Saturday

Hello again! Blogger seems a bit more co-operative this afternoon!!!! I have made one card for two challenges! The challenge at Basic Grey challenge is the following recipe.
2 Patterned papers - I used EVA
1 Button - from the stash
1 Ribbon and bow - made from a top in the wardrobe
3 brads - I omly had yellow ones to hand that were in the style I wanted and so I used a black permanant promarker to colour them in!
I used the sketch over at sketch saturday . I used the gorgeous Leanne Ellis stamp ,made by the brilliant sugar nellie. Please click on image to get a closer look!

Friday Sketchers

Pop over to Friday sketchers and check out the amazing sketch by Beatrix it is so wonderful and versatile. I used this image by Elizabeth Bell. I used paperpiecing on the hat, top and one of the knee patches. I used brush pens and promarkers to colour the rest of the image. The ribbon is from my stash. The flowers are prima flowers. I put seed beads in the middle. I used some beads and wirework and the papers are Basic Grey "stella ruby" I loved doing this it was a pure joy.

Thank You to Queen Bee

Okay ,this morning I was reading my comments ,when I got this one from the supertalented Queen Bee all the way from the USA. If you enjoy using the cuttlebug then pop over and take a look at Betty's work as it is inspirational! The award is for people who show attitude or gratitude. There are a lot of people who do that and I appreciate everyone. I am passing this award to the following 5 people. Thank you all for the special things you say and do! And the lovely Sue has also given me this award!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thank you Ann

I have received this award from the lovely Ann and from the lovely Joey It is so kind of her go check out her lovely blog! I want to pass it to all my lovely followers and every one that leaves a comment on my blog as they are all creative geniuses!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Whiff of Joy - Katherina Sketch #15

A lovely sketch at this week. I made this monochrome card for the whiff of joy challenge. I used paperpiecing and kept colour to a minimum. I have had the most delightful day. It is my birthday this week and mum's next week so we went to Covent Garden which is bus ride away from my home. We shopped till we dropped and we had lunch in a posh brasserie! My baby got a little fractious as they do when you are trying to enjoy your day. But it was still a fabby day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A spoonful of sugar - Baby Card

This is a baby card for the A spoonful of sugar challenge. I used a free paper from a CD rom I got with papercraft essentials. Great print quality. I used normal Tesco value photo copy paper. I used a stamp that came with a copy of craft stamper for both the main image and the shrunken image. I then co-ordinated with coredination card. Click on the image to ee in more detail.

Arty Girlz challenge #69 - Transparent with guest designer Fabrizio

Hi I used my transparent shrink plastic to make this little bag charm for the challenge over at the arty girlz challenge this week. I coloured this lovely sugar nellie stamp using my permanent promarkers and sakura pens. I added a mobile phone charm hanger. I am going to give it to my daughter so she can distinguish her Hannah Montana bag at school. Great challenge from the GD Fabrizio! Click on my not very good picture to get a better view!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Forever Friends and Stash and Sketch

The forever friends challenge this week is to use ribbons creatively. Easy one for me as I love to use a ribbon or two when crafting. I used some satin ribbon on this boy baby card. I tied it around the blanket to make it look as if it is keeping the blanket together and also as a tag embellishment at the side I am really upset Woolworths is bust as I got this ribbon from there and a few other bits and bobs. I also used this card for the sketch and stash challenge. A yummy sketch very simple to use but stylish. There is a chance to be a Guest Designer too. I used mostly new stash including my scalloped nesties, papermania paper, coredination card and my forever friends stamp.

It's my Birthday!!!!

Thank you to kind and talented Joey who sent me a beautiful card!!! I will treasure it. It is made using black and a bold orange just my cuppa tea! It also has an adorable Tilda on it!!! I adore it and it made my day!

This is my birthday present from my babies and hubby! I only have a corner for crafting so this is perfect! My beautiful daughter also made me a covered washing up box and filled it with Roses. I am so lucky. I went for a meal last night at my fav restaurant with lots of friends so I have been so spoilt. I got money from my aunt and Dad and Mum is coming with some goodies in the next few days. I am also getting a sideboard but that is not until the store get a delivery. I got my bonus from work today and it was a lush box of body shop goodies!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Penny Black Challenge - Get Dotty!

Hi this week over at the Penny Black challenge over at is to get dotty. I have used some stickeroos as I only have one set of Penny Black stamps and thought it may be fun to try these. I used some stash backing paper with dots on. I cuttlebugged some more dotty borders and then I just matted and layered and added my stickeroos to matching card stock. Not sure how well it has worked.

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #34

Here is my entry for the sketch saturday challenge I have used basic grey stella papers and I have used and I cuttlebugged and inked the background. I added a homemade embellishement and some stickles. I had a great day yesterday I acquired a new work desk!!! A combined christmas and birthday present. So watch this space for pics of my new crafting corner. I must admit though I felt shattered after spending 4 hours in Ikea with 4 hungry, tired children. As you do we ended up picking up a few other bits and bobs.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday sketchers - Murmurs sketch

A stunning sketch at Friday sketchers. I have just had the most wonderful arty evening creating this one! It is the first night I have not had to lie with the baby most of the evening, in about two weeks! I loved making the beaded embellishments. Not played much with beads in months. Mental note to do more often. I had a rubbish day as the place was way too tiny. I have a horrible blocked head and so this made up for all that.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

LORRAINE's Blog candy NO2!!!

The lovely Lorraine over at The crafty coo is giving away another great blog candy. Pop over and have a good look!

Whiff of Joy - Purple and Green

Okay so I have more pro's than cons so it looks good for tomorrow! If we get a garage a definate yes as it equates to another room! Gotta store your excess stash somewhere! LOL!! Infact I could put a light in and make it my craft space. In the words of Cliff Richard, dream, dream, dream, dream.
Back to cardmaking, I have made this card for the whiff of Joy challenge. I used the coffee cup image she looks so cosy with her hot drink! I love green and purple so i used various shades. The papers are all from the "Eva" pack as are the cut out flowers. The daisy's are from Prima and the image is coloured with a combo of ink pads and promarkers. I also used a rub- on from the neverending stash for the sentiment.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Hello everyone! I have one big dilemma. We are first to view a property and I have been to have a sneaky look and I don't know what to do. I am going to do a pro's and cons list and see if things are any clearer. I have been busy with my dilemma so I have not been able to post these lovely awards until today. I have received three so I want to thank all the people who gave them to me!

Firstly the lovely Lorraine over at Lorraines Loft gave me this award! Thanks Lorraine I so appreciate the support.
Secondly lovely Sue over at scoopy's stuff very kindly awarded me the following award.

Thirdly the very lovely Sara over at SK SCRAPS gave me this award! It sums up how I feel about receiving all these fantastic awards from these fantastic ladies. I am a bit pushed for time at the moment a lot on with house situation and third child going full time nursery and a poorly baby so I want to award them to all the wonderful people who leave such wonderful encouragement on my blog it gives me so much inspiration to visit you and learn new things. So if you haven't received them already snag it!!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Spoonful of Sugar - Paper piecing

Marvellous theme I love paper piecing as it means you can become a fashion designer. I got some fabby papers from The happy stamper today. More basic grey so I have used these. They are the recess range. I used the Whiff of Joy stamp. I used sakura pens to add extra detail.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Papertake Weekly - Dawny's sketch #6

The challenge at Papertake Weekly is to create a card using Dawns sketch. I used it in a gatefold card and I used the gorgeous sugar nellie stamp that I coloured with Marvy pens and colouring pencils and also some Basic grey boxer papers. I loved the sketch!

Finally a post that isn't about candy.... On the other hand Boo

This is my entry for the challenge over atForever friends challenge blog It is to make an ATC with your forever friends goodies. I only have two stamps at the moment so you will see lots of baby stuff!!!! I am so excited today we are first on the list for a maisonette so I am just praying to God we stay there till Midnight so we can view it!!!

Whiff of Joy Amazing blog candy!!!

Pop over to Katharina's blog where you can find the most delicious blog candy! CLICK HERE