Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Just passing the time...

Morning all, well had a meeting at Amelia's school this morning, I felt like i was a little school girl again, sat with loads of other mums and dads listening to the teacher! It was nice to hear what she was saying though! Tomorrow Amelia will bring her 1st book home from school! She has been waiting to bring one home for ages and I know she will be so excited tomorrow! We have had a sleepless night from Nancy - we think she has croup again, she is still sleeping now, so I have been crafting but only doing little bits that I can stop as soon as she stirs! 

So yes I have been doing a bit of decoupage, Its for a friend of mine, we have a party at the weekend and I am looking forward to going (she throws pretty good parties!) its a BIG ONE for her and so i felt she needed a BIG Card!

Ok so its kinda cheating, pre folded card, die cut decoupage all I needed was silicone! It has felt like so long since I have done decoupage it made a nice change though! 

Well there you have it! A bit of a boring post really! I will try to get back later to add this to some challenges, Right now i don't want to get into something and not giving either this or Nancy my full attention! 

Will see you all later! 


Monday, 26 September 2011

Going Crimbo Crazy

Morning all, well yes its official, i have gone crazy of how soon christmas is! some of you may have noticed the fab little ticker at the bottom! Yes 88 days to go - still have so much to do, also want to try and beet the christmas rush this year - hate trawling the shops and not being able to get what I want for people! May do it all online this year - mmmm! 

Well as some of you may know I went to the Big Stamp and Scrap-booking Show yesterday at Alexandra Palace yesterday! Had a fab day - although i did swear at my dads sat nav on more than one occasion, oh and mum forgot to set it to take us home - good job I chose to ignore what it was saying!

I did make a number of purchases, Lili of the Valley Stamps, Card Blanks, Liquid pearls and many many more bits! I didn't know where to start once I had got the kids to bed, and so I inked each stamp up and started colouring, nothing felt like it was going right last night! But then it all fell together! 

This is one of the lovely new stamps from Lili Of the Valley called Angel Harp - She is just stunning, I was so worried about colouring her - especially after seeing the FAB samples at the show yesterday! Didn't think I was going to be able to do her any justice at all! But I shocked my self! I coloured her in using my copics - I must remember to start taking notes of what colours i'm using! 

This is the edge of the card blank - I thought it seemed quite Christmasy - I distressed it using tim holtz ink and then added liquid pearls and stickles to add some sparkle! 

The die is one of the x-cut nesting shapes - again new purchase yesterday! I love them and cant wait to use them again! I couldn't believe how well they matched the shaped card blank - and i didn't even think about it at the time! 

I coloured her using my copics, i then used my pencils around the edge and used the oil and stumps to blend, I then went all out and used my TH DI around the edge too! I was so happy when I looked at here - I added finishing touched using liquid Pearls! You cant see it very well but i did cover her wings in stickles too! 

Well I hope you like what i have created, thanks for taking the time to stop by! If you have a moment please let me know what you think! I love reading what you all have to say! I would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

Corrosive Challenges - Punches or Dies
One Stitch at a Time - Favourites (My Pens!!)
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Sparkels Forum Challenges - Sparkles (her wings are covered in stickles)
The Squirrel and The Fox - Anything Goes
Marks Finest papers - Things with Wings
Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you soon! 


Friday, 23 September 2011


Morning all, well since my post a couple of days ago I have done NO more cards! AHHHH! I should so be getting my head down but its just been non stop with it all - viewings on the house ect, want to get out of here before Christmas, I suppose i'm trying to delay christmas in my mind, its horrible really! I should be looking forward to it, I know Amelia cant wait - she keeps going through the cataloguse 'can i have one of them' oh and one of them please!?? 

I have been browsing the net today looking for inspiration to get on with things and so i have decided to share a few pictures with you! I hope they may help some of you! Not sure if they have me, if any of you can point me in the right direction for 'the bug' let me know! 

I love snowy scenes, and I love the packages in the postbox! I think the sky is amazing on this one too! 

I love the colours and how 3D it all looks!

Reindeer... I hear the sleighbells

I love how modern this one is, and the colours!

I so have to try a car like this! Love how simple it looks! 

Well I hope some of you may be inspired! 

See you all soon 


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

94 Days.... Thats not enough!!!

Morning all, well it has to be said, there is only 94 days until Christmas.... That means I need to be making 3 cards every day to make sure they are all done, now i'm sure its not going to be that bad, its just I NEED to find the bug! I have loads of bit half done and some are for Amelia for school so she can do them... 

Well I have managed to do one in the past couple of days but I am finding that I am becoming somewhat critical about what i do an how i'm doing it, I never find my stuff good enough, but then again I did have someone run up to me in Tesco this morning and tell me they need cards for their wife. So from now on... what i create is what it it, it will never be to everyones taste, but i have made it and that is that... OK lets get on with what i'm here for! 

Ok so this stamp is from the Whiff of Joy set- Come let us Adore him,, I had been looking for it for ages and came across it on e-bay, I believe it is available from Simon Says Stamp - I love this set, I love Whiff of Joy Stamps!!! They are lovely to colour!  I used a charm from my stash and the twine is from Crafty Emma's I thought its FAB for christmas!!! 

I have coloured him using my copics, I watched a you tube video from MIC about creating folds and creases in images, it was completely by accident that this has turned out the way it has, I coloured it in about 20 mins, while hubby watched the end of the bikes! I was so happy with him I couldn't stop smiling and I had to share it with a  few people! 

I wanted to used a different sentiment but it didn't look right so I used one from Lili of the Valley, I punched it out and then ran it through my cuttlebug embossing folder! I ten dabbed the top with tim holtz distress ink! 

Well I was quite happy with the way it turned out, I dread to think how many more i need to make, so on that not i would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Stamp With Fun - Anything Goes

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Less.... Is More

Afternoon all, well last week has knocked me sideways! Im thinking that i was definitely not born for early mornings! But its part of having the kids so I best just get on with it I suppose! Its been a strange weekend! We went to a party as a family yesterday and it was lovely - other than while Mark was chasing one child - I was chasing the other!

well I decided to try another clean and simple card, I thought at first it was going to be easier 2nd time round, but I wanted to try something different! I wanted less on it, but it looked blank... its taken me 2 days of staring at her to realise what I needed to do! 

I used the lovely Sugar Nellie image Bad Hare Day available at Funky kits.  I coloured her using copic pens! Ahhh they are lush to colour with, this was my 1st attempt with them and so I was pretty shocked at how well she came out! To say half of it was done in the dark! 

I used my cuttlebug embossing folder down the side of the card just to add something as she could look so plain otherwise! 

Im sorry for how blurry the photo is but i just wanted to take a close up of her! her cheeks look really dark there but they don't look like that on the card! 

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

Sugar Nellie Facebook Challenge - Less in More!
Crafty Ann's -Outside of comfort zone - (i like pretty papers too much!)
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Clean and Simple Christmas

Afternoon all, I apologise again for my silliness with my post for TTT! I don't know why i didn't schedule it!  If you here from TTT welcome, you will see my post for the birthday bash below! 

Well we took Amelia to school this morning, I thought I would cry, but I didn't! I feel kind of bad for not feeling more up-set! I did get teary when we got her dressed for school! Here is a picture of her! 

So grown up! Now she is home and 'bouncing' off the walls, i just want a little bit of her energy to get me through the rest of the day, 7am starts do not like me!!

Anyway im here to share another card I have made! Over on Facebook Sugar Nellie have a challenge every week and this week they are after Clean and Simple creations! Im not some for loads of different papers on one card, but i like one! so this was not the easiest for me! But I have tried!

This is another of the beautiful new stamps available over at Funky Kits! isn't she just adorable, and I have 'tried' blond hair, not too sure on my attempts on this but it will all come with practice! 

I have decided that rather than listing everything that i use in my post, i'm going to try and start giving you all more information about what products I use and where I have got them from when I create a card - you will see these towards the end of the post, let me know what you think! 

here she is up close, i just lover her expression! so sweet and innocent! 

Shaped Card Blank - Crafty Emmas
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots (available at many online shops)
Sentiment Stamp - Lili Of The Valley
Wish Upon A Star Stamp - Funky Kits
Pens - Pro-Markers

Well I hope you like her! I would like to enter her into the following challenges;

Stamptacular Sunday - The Sky's the Limit (I always use one paper!!)
I Did It Creations - Girly Girl 
Crafting When We can - Anything goes
The Crazy Challenge - Spots (or stripes)
Make It Monday - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon 


Happy Birthday Top Tip Tuesday

** EDIT - Silly Me only saved this post, forgot to schedule it - Smack on the wrist for me! Sorry Guys**

Good Morning!! How are we all today, I have been naught and had a lay in! Last day of holidays before Amelia starts school! So much to try and get done but don't want to do any of it!! 

Well today is a very special day for Top Tip Tuesday! Its our birthday!! Yeah 1 year old! So have we all had fun!? are we looking forward to another year of fab top tips and fab cards from the amazing DT?!?

I sure am, while Im here I would just like to say I know I haven't been with TTT long but the DT are such a fab bunch! 

Now this weeks theme was chosen by YOU! and you fabby people have chosen one of my favourite cards to make! 

Easel Card/Easel Box Card

Now if you are unsure you can pop to the TTT blog and see the tutorials we have one making these!

Now as we have so many prizes we have a few bits to tell you on how you can win some FAB prizes!

  • Enter an easel card or an easel box into the challenge (link it to the inlinkz below).  You can enter this up to 3 TIMES.

  • Leave a tip on your blog and write 'TIP' next to your name on 'inlinkz' to be in for a chance to win our 'Featured Tipper' prize.

  • 1 prize will be given to someone who has taken the time to go and visit a DT blog and left a comment on there.  The more DT blogs you leave a comment on, the more times you will be entered into the drawer, so we have 13 DT members so that could be 13 entries into the drawer!

  • 1 prize will go to someone leaving comments for another challenger on their blog - The more comments you leave the more chance of winning you will have.

  • We now have a facebook page!!  Visit us at the TTT Facebook Page'like' the page and then tag us on a picture of your creation and you could win a GDT spot here! 

  • So many prizes this week I would be here all day listing them all! So i will give you a sneek, pop over the the TTT blog to see them all! 

    Stamp and create $25 voucher

    Fred, she said $20 voucher

    the Crafty Pad 2 Digital images

    and that is just a fraction of whats on offer! 

    Ok so onto my card, I was meant to make a birthday card, but somehow I ended up making.....

    Yes... A Christmas card, but it still fits with the easel cards! So i was Ok there! This is one of the FAB new stamps by Sugar Nellie available over at Funk Kits, I just had to have him, i fell in love and that was it! I used my fab christmas sentiments from LOTV, and since making this card I have been out to try and get a punch to use with them, but the one that I have brought is slightly too bug, so back on the hunt I think! The papers are from the I Believe collection from My Minds Eye! Ahhh they are lush!

    you cant see it too well but i did used a shaped card blank, on the bottom i added gems to try and point it out! 

    Here is is up-close, I coloured him using my Pro-markers, I forgot (once again) to note what colours i used! But if i ever remember I will edit the post for you! 

    I just love his face so much!!! 

    here is a little charm i added too! I thought a reindeer was best for him! 

    Well i hope you like my card and that you will pop back soon!

    i would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

    Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
    Creative Craft Challenges - Use at least one Charm
    Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes (optional shaped card)
    Crafty Boots - Anything goes

    Thanks for stopping by and remember to leave a comment if you have come from TTT to be in with a chance for more prizes


    Monday, 5 September 2011

    Back to School....

    Afternoon all, well there was me hoping that we would have established a routing by now! But Oh No! Amelia still doesn't want to go to bed at night, i just hope that school wipes her out and that she will start sleeping!!!

    Firstly I would like to tell you about the DT call over at Lets Ink It up. you can see the post here, why not pop over and take a look?!

    Ok so the important stuff out the way!  I actually managed to get quite a bit done with my cards yesterday! Been spending so much time colouring that I haven't created much, so had a fab night last night sat down enjoying making some creations!  Im here to share with you one that I made.  the image was coloured so long ago and I have no idea as to where my little book of notes is, but as soon as i find it I will up-date this post! 

    I so love this stamp! this is Winking Student from Sugar Nellie, she is available from Funky Kits, I love how she looks slightly cheeky! The shaped card blank is one that i brought from here, I have a little 'things' going for shaped card blanks at the moment! They are so versatile as you can create anything with them!  

    The papers are from a HOTP 8x8 school stack that I brought a few weeks back again they are available from here.  I wasnt too sure when i first looked at them, but they are growing on me! The tabs are also from the paper pack!

    Heres my coloured image up-close, isnt she soo cute!! 

    I would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

    Lets ink It Up - Anything goes and DT call
    Stamptacular Sunday - Anything goes
    Catch the Bug - Anything goes
    Crazy 4 Challenges - Back To School
    One Stop Craft - Back To School
    Fashionista Friday - Back To School
    Simply Betty - School Related

    Well I hope you like here! If you have time it would be lovely to hear what you think! 
    Hope to see you again soon! 

    Saturday, 3 September 2011

    Way out of the comfort zone!

    Afternoon all! How are we all on this fine weekend! The weather is lovely here today, sun but not too hot! But i have to be stuck inside as i have so much to catch up on before Amelia starts school on Wednesday! I don't know where the summer holidays have gone!

    Well i'm here to share with you something that is completely OUT of my comfort zone, doing that quite a bit at the moment! Well I decided that I wanted to learn to colour better with pencils.... now i'm not one to sit in a class room or have someone stand over my shoulder telling me what i should be doing.... I learn by making mistakes! 

    While craft shopping I saw a set of 'skin tone' pencils and thought... 'I can do it', and so I purchased them, well the 1st attempt I thought was shameful! But I walked away for a while and then went back and realised that it wasn't that bad at all - all this time I have been colouring with PM's and I have learnt from that! it just needed tweaking! 

    I shared the picture with a few friends and one of them suggested that I tried using blending stumps and Zest oil! OMW! Fab stuff, i'm addicted! It makes life so much easier - and now i like colouring with pencils!!! 

    Oh and yeah I have a new bit of Sugar in my draw, I have wanted this stamp for SOOOO long now and decided as it was my birthday a few weeks ago I would treat my-self! Ahhh i'm so happy I got her at last! 

    So there is the close up, I was somewhat impressed, thats only attempt number three and I think i'm getting better each and every time! I can see me needing new pencils soon! LOL! She is completely coloured with pencils and I used the Zest Oil, I even tried to do a ski (that doesn't look so good!)

    Here is the finished card! 

    I would like to enter this card to the following challenges;

    Sugar Nellie Facebook Challenge - Strait lines
    Make It Monday - Anything Goes

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