Saturday, 30 June 2012

Crafty Sentiments Design - Christmas in July - Day 1

Morning all - OK so this is my 2nd post for today - if you haven't seen my 1st its nothing too important - but 5 years ago today my big girl arrived! How time has flown! Were having a busy day with ballet, parties and family dinners so I don't think I will be about much till late! 

Anyway back to my reason for being here now!

Yep today Christmas is coming round far too fast - I have now made 2 Christmas cards - I should really start getting more on the ball! Over at Crafty Sentiments Designs this week we have so much inspiration and you will be able to get all the stamps on the 11th July from here!

I would like to introduce you to Jasmine - winter skates! She is just so adorable! 

Now I will confess that this was a last minuet put it together for me - I have been on another planet - the days are just flying by! Anyway I used a 5x5 kraft card blank, the image was coloured with copics, the papers and charm are from my stash and the sentiment is from LOTV.  

She was so lovely to colour and I think she will be getting quite a bit of use over Christmas! I hope you will pop over to the Crafty Sentiments Design blog and take a look at the AMAZING creations from the DT and the GDT - I will be back later in the week with some more previews! Hope to see you then! 




Happy Birthday Amelia - 5 Today!

Morning all - well I can't believe that my big girl is 5 today, where has the time gone.  

She has learnt so much about life already and yet she still has so much to learn! This was her this morning opening her presents - she was over the moon with what she got! 

She's not quite there yet though - not till 20:14, Its strange looking back and seeing the changes year by year!

Thats all I wanted to share right now! Im going to have some quality time with her before the busy day begins! 

see you later 


Friday, 29 June 2012

Dilly Beans Mad!

Morning all - yes I think I have gone Dilly Beans Mad! I just can't help my-self at the moment! I keep colouring and sticking and making some very simple yet effective cards! Meet Abby Framed available here 

I decided to go all wacky and crazy with my hair colour again! the image was coloured with Copics; 

E000, E00, E02, R20, R83
*Hair colours will be added*

The paper is a loose one from my stash - not 100% certain where it came from! LOL! The sentiment 'you hold the key to my heart' was purchased from a friend! I hope you like her! I have so many wacky ideas with here - just hope I start to find more time soon! ohh and if you haven't seen - I have some candy here - join in if you fancy it!



Wednesday, 27 June 2012

My Mums Craft Shop - Your Favourite Stamp

Good Morning!!! OMW - where are these weeks going? I can't believe we are over half way through the year, there are less than 6 months till Christmas and my big girl is 5 on Saturday - only feels like yesterday that she was born!! never mind, anyway I'm nattering again so let me get to my point of being here!

Well what amazing entries we had for the challenge last week! Pop over to the My Mums Craft Shop Challenge and take a look at our winners! 

Onto the challenge this week! We are looking for you to

Use your Favourite Stamp

Now I think this was a toughie - I can't let on to all these beautiful stamps that I have ONE that I like the most - cause I like them all! OK so one does get used a lot at the moment.... Yes you guessed it, the gorgeous 'A little bit of Country' from Sarah Kay

I couldn't resist - I am trying to get my hands on a few more of these beauties - there are a few I have in mind - but everywhere I look they are out of stock :( - I think its trying to tell me something!  The die is from Die-namics - I have got to sit down and cut some more - they are SO cute and I have layered them up for the first time!

All the papers were mounted onto kraft card stock and the edges were distressed using my SU distressed and TH Tea Dye ink pad!  The image was coloured with copics; 

E000, E00, E02, R20, 
E33, E35, E37
V28, V22
R47, C4, C7

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the papers are available form My Mums Craft Shop, they are Prima 6x6 Sun Kiss Collection.  Well I don't think I can tell you much more! I hope you like my creations.  I would like to enter this card into the following challenges; 

LEJ Designs - Summers Here
Wild Orchid Crafts - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by - I would love to here what you think! 
Ohh and before I forget I have some candy here - pop over and take a look 

Hope to see you again soon!


Plain and Simple

Morning - I can't believe how behind I am with everything! I have so much to try and catch up on and I don't know where to start - Im hopeful that today I will get the time to catch up with myself! I think I will have to write a schedule to get through all of this - so much to try and get ahead of before our holiday! less than a month till we go now! 

Anyway last week I didn't get to do much due to 'the tooth' but I also went through a bit of a simple card making moment - I like to have some very plain and simple cards here as I like to pop a note in the post to a few friends of mine! and I never know when I'm going to have forgotten a birthday or something so its always handy! 

This is the gorgous Heart Fairy Framed from Dilly Beans Stamps - I just fell in love with her when I saw her! and then she somehow made me release my 'pink' side! I can see her in so many different colours - there is endless possibilities with her and I can't wait to try all my ideas - but I think that will be a while yet! The image was coloured with copics;

E000, E00, E02, R20, R83
*Will add hair later*

The paper is a loose piece from my stash - when I find out what one I will add! I hope you like her! I hope to be back later with some more creations - thats if time will allow it and if I don't spend too much time gossiping later! Ohhh and I have some candy here - please take a look and if you fancy link up!

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again really soon! 


Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Morning all, how are we?? Well dentist cancelled the appointment - something to do with electricity problems - was I up-set - well yes and no - I had my head set that is was being done but I wanted to chicken - so it worked in my favour! Anyway I'm here to remind you all of the latest challenge over at TTT! Were looking for your 

Starts and Stripes or Independence Day Creations

Now if you pop over to the TTT blog you will be able to see the creations that have caught our eye with this challenge! Some lovely creations this week, please pop over and take a look! 

So as some of you may remember I didn't have a card last week and so I do have one to share with you now! 

This was inspired by a friend of mine, her son had his Karate grading over the weekend and passed, so I made him a card!  his little face was a picture when he opened it! The image from Redonkulous was coloured with copics; 

E000, E00, E02, R20
E33, E35, E37 

The paper and stars were freebies that I found on the internet and I added the letters into the stars using text boxes, I then attached them to the back of the image on small springs using silicone.  Im so happy with how this turned out!  I would like to enter this card into the following challenges; 

Art with No Boundaries - Anything Goes
Cards for Men - Sports With A Sentiment 
Desmet Designs - For the men and Boys
House of Gilli - Red, White and blue

Thanks for stopping by - remember to pop over to TTT!, I would love to hear what you think! If you haven't signed up I am running a Candy for all my followers - please take a look here - anyone is welcome to join in! Hope to see you again soon! 


Sunday, 24 June 2012


Afternoon - what a strange kinda day! The weather has been beautiful one min and then showers the next, just wish it would make up its mind - I have given up with trying to pull the kids in from outside as it starts to rain as by the time they are in it has stopped again!

Anyway as you know I have been back on a bit of a roll - even though my teeth are pretty sensitive so back on the pain relief again! But I have been getting my crafty on!  This is another beautiful digi from Dilly Beans Stamps 

I kept it pretty plain and simple as I thought it would make a nice note card.  The image was coloured with copics and the paper is from my stash.  I can't tell you too much more.  I would like to enter this card into the following challenges; 

Corrosive Challenges - Summertime Girls 
Dream Vally Challenges - Things with Wings

Thanks for stopping by, remember I have a candy running here - its open to anyone in the world so please feel free to take a look! Hope to see you again soon 


You hold the Key to my Heart

Morning! Hope are we today? I can't believe I have hit 200 followers - so firstly I would like to thank you all! 
If you haven't seen yet I am running a little candy here, I am waiting on a few bits to arrive to add and if I get to 250 followers while it runs I will add more! 

Well due to the 'evil tooth' I haven't been crafting much, I haven't been able to put my head down to colour or type very much - I am only having to take pain relief  first thing in the morning and just before bed at night now - so we are on the up.  Ok I'm going to stop nattering now and get on with why I'm here! 

Last week I was introduced to Dilly Beans Stamps - I had never heard of them before - but oh boy am I glad I have come across them.  So nice and completely different to what I would normally go for! Meet the beautiful Girl and Butterfly  - you know why I couldn't resist!

The image was coloured with copics; 

E000, E00, E02, R20 
Y21, YR12, YR14, E15, E18

The paper was a scrap from my stash and the sentiment is a new stamp I purchased from a friend on Facbook group.  The charm and corners were from my stash.  All in all for a quick and simple card I am quite impressed! I can't wait to colour this one up again - thinking a bit more on my wild side for next time though! 

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

2 sisters challenge - Anything Goes
Inspire me Fridays - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, remember my candy is open to anyone in the world - so why not take a look? If you have a moment I would love to hear what you think! Hope to see you again soon! 



Wednesday, 20 June 2012

More Big News!

** I apologise - I forgot to schedule this!**

Morning! How are we all, well my trip to the dentist ended with antibiotics, they are starting to work but still in lots of pain, keeping on with the painkillers and hopeful that only another 24 hours or so till I no longer have to take them! 

Well its been a busy week and I confess that I have got myself behind with all my DT work due to my teeth!  But I do have some more big news to share with you.  While being a vegetable I had a message from the Lovely Carlyann from Sweet and Crafty asking me if I would like to join the DT over at My Mums Craft Shop Challenges - I applied a couple of weeks ago and completely forgot that I had! and so what more could I say - Have you seen the talent over there? I just had to say yes! 

DT Badge

I didn't think that I was going to be able to share the news this week due to my tooth but I managed to put something together to share with you today! Before I share my creation with you let me tell you about this weeks challenge.  

'For The Boys'

Yes - we are looking for your creations for all the boys out there.  Our sponsor this week is the wonderful 

I hope you will pop over to the shop to take a look at what they have to offer! Some lovely stamps over there! Well I suppose I best share my creation.  On the 28th June my amazing husband and I will have been together 8 years! (I'm sure I would get less for murder - only kidding!) I can't believe that 8 years ago we didn't really know each other and here we are married with two amazing little girls (well sometimes!) So I have made him a card - just to jog his memory! 

I have used the beautiful 'A Little bit of Country' from Sarah Kay, the image was coloured with copics; 

E50, E51, E53, E55 E57, and a splash of R20

The Image was cut out using Spellbinders scalloped ovals, they have been sat in my stash for quite a while and never really been used! 

I used Tim Holtz Tea Dye to distress the paper the image is stamped on,  the papers are Prima Sun Kiss 6x6 stack and the mini flourish in the corner is cut using Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork all these are available from My Mums Craft Shop. The flowers are a mix of Wild Orchid Crafts and some I purchased from e-bay a long time ago! 

I just had to sneak a close up of this in - at first it was meant to be a 'trial' to see if I could colour in sepia effect - I was so impressed when it turned out the way it did! I would like to enter this card into the following challenges; 

Crafting for all Seasons- #29 For Men (1st wk)
Desmet Designs -  For the Men and Boys (ends 29th June)
Scrappy Frogs -  Celebrate Men (ends 30th June) 
ATCs & Cards With Attitude -  Anything Goes / Fathers Day 

Thank you for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon!  If you get time pop across to the My Mums Craft Shop Challenges and take a peek at the very talented DT creations and hopefully join us with the fab challenge!


Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Top Tip Tuesday - Stars And Stripes

Morning all, well still on painkillers but feeling slightly better - hope that today may be the last day I need to take them - Its OK till I eat and then all I want to do is cry! Well As you can guess I haven't managed to craft much the last four days and I am really getting withdrawal symptoms - Every time I try to look down to colour the pain sets off again!  Oh well it will have to be over soon! 

As you can guess I don't have a creation to share with you just yet for this weeks challenge over at TTT - but I am hopeful to get one together soon! Maybe even today if I'm lucky - I will have to see how I am after the school run!   ANyway I Will let you know about the challenge we are looking for... 

Independence Day or Stars & Stripes

creations, it could be a card, a scrapbook page, a gift, who knows! We would also like to know a bit more about how you are celebrating! Our sponsors this week are 

Prize offered to 1 lucky winner is 3 packs of die cuts.Crimson Cloud is a mother/daughter venture - a way to indulge our joint passion of cardmaking and crafting. We only sell products that we have tried, tested and love using. We have developed our own exclusive range of dies cuts, digital stamps, svg files and "Make Your Own Card" kits which reflect our styles of card making - and hopefully yours too!"

One lucky Random winner will win 7 Digi images for their choice

We are also doing things a bit different this week... 

We want to focus on YOUR Top Tips for this challenge so here's what we want you to do....
  • Add a Top Tip (your own tutorial or written tip) to your blog.
  • In your post link back here, stating it's a Top Tip for TTT.
  • Add that post to our Mr Linky adding (TIP) after your name. 

  • Once you've added your Top Tip we want you to visit other TTT Top Tippers.
(They will have (TIP) after their name on Mr Linky)
  • Leave them a comment stating you are a Top Tip Collector (TTC) from TTT

At the end of the challenge we will pick x2 RANDOM TTC comments (from our Top Tippers' Blogs - NOT THIS BLOG) to win a small surprise gift each, even if you don't win you will have a huge array of Top Tips collected along the way!(The prizes will be small token gifts donated by Carol & Samantha - we'd just love to get you all sharing your Top Tips and so would like to offer a couple of small gifts as a thank-you)

Monday, 18 June 2012

Freebie AT CSD

Morning all, how are we? Well another rubbish night and I'm counting down to go to the dentist, I can't stand this pain, so tired and grotty and have so much I need to do! 

This is a very quick post I was hopeful that I was going to be able to make a card last night but it didn't happen - ended up curled up on the sofa with Nancy till silly AM and so no crafty time! Im here to let you all know there is a lovely freebie over at Crafty Sentiments Designs - why don't you pop over and grab it! If all goes well at the dentist I may get to do something later and edit this post! 

hope you will pop over and get the freebie and I can't wait to see what you create with it! 



Sunday, 17 June 2012

Big News

Afternoon, How are we toady? Well I have been suffering with stooped toothache since Friday evening, I am now taking paracetamol and Ibuprofen every few hours and I look like a hamster... oh if only I had a food store, I'm so hungry right now, but can't eat :(

Never mind onto my BIG news... well sat at my computer the other day and the lovely Joanne from Crafty Sentiment Designs sends me a message on Facebook, I had to read it twice before it sunk in, she was asking me to be on her DT! I couldn't believe it! I was chuffed to bits of course you know what I said.... YES! - now we had a new release on Friday and I did everything I could to make a card for it, but the evening went crazy, and then with the toothache arriving I haven't been up to much! 

Meet Kaye - Thinking Of You, she is available over at the Crafty Sentiments Design Shop

I think she is so adorable and I can think of so many things I want to do with her.  She was coloured using copics and the papers are all from Prima Sun Kiss Stack.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps and the flower is made form some Prima petals I had in my jar.  

Well I hope you like her! I can't wait to do more creating for Crafty Sentiment Designs! I will be back really soon! 



Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Morning! what a shocking morning, after being in winter socks yesterday I am shocked to say that today I am wearing a summer dress... yes the sun has come out! I can't quite believe it myself! I thought I had been abducted this morning when I got up! 

Anyway I have been on a bit of a roll recently! Quite enjoying trying new things when colouring and colouring images that I never thought I could or would - and I have actually used a rubber stamp! Yes, another shock! I was quite scared as its been so long since I have used a clear stamp and well... it turned out kinda well! 

This is a beautiful new stamp from Sarah Kay, I have always loved her images but never been confident enough to colour them... in the past i have had her stamps and sold them on without even using them... but this one is different...

They are just the cutest couple ever! I struggled to find a nestie to fit them, I seem to have more square than round, must change that! The image was coloured using copics and the papers are from Prima Sun Kissed 6x6 stack.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts - (I'm slightly obsessed at the moment) the butterflies are cut using Die-namics Butterflies die.  The lace and rhinestones are just from my stash, the edges of the image were bruised with Tim Holtz Old Paper DI. 

Just had to share a close up of the image, so happy with her dress and his trousers, I can't wait to colour this image again! I hope you like it as much as I do, I would like to enter this card into the following challenges; 

Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - One or more Pins

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon 

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

When Betty From The Movies Went Sepia

Evening, how are we all? Well been non stop with school runs today! Nancy loved her 1st day at nursery, I'm dreading Thursday though... think she cottoned on that I snuck off, we will have to wait and see how it all goes! Anyway tonight I have been a busy bee.... I decided that i was going to try and colour in sepia...

And I think I'm part way there - OK so this was the second attempt, my first attempt hasn't been mounted yet, may try to do that later tonight!!  But I'm so impressed with how she turned out.  SHe was coloured using Copics 

E50, E51, E53, E55

The papers are from the Bo Bunny 6x6 Gabrielle Collection, I distressed the edges using my SU distressing tool and then used Tim Holtz Tea Dye around the edges. The flowers were all from my stash and so were the pins.

To say I only used four pens I am so happy with how it all turned out! I hope you like my card as much as I do, I would like to enter this card into the following challenges; 

Simply Challenged Challenges - Embrace you inner Betty
Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Girls Girls Girls 
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty - Monochromatic

Monday, 11 June 2012

Mr and Mrs

Quack Quack, yes I'm learning duck as I feel its only appropriate for this weather, at least if I were a duck I would enjoy this dam rain! I was hoping to take Nancy out today to celebrate the last day before she starts nursery tomorrow but I'm going nowhere in this weather! so I think I will have to try and get crafty and get her involved today! 

Anyway I'm here with a commission on a wedding card, I couldn't believe it when my friend asked me to make another Cadburys purple wedding card just like the one I did a few weeks ago.  I said I would make it but it would be different to her one.  Then I stumped my-self, how was I going to do this on? I had to spend some time searching the internet for sketch ideas as I wanted this to be different... and then I cam across this sketch at Mojo Monday 

It took me a while to think about it as the design looks more 6x4 or 5x7 and I was working on an 8x8... but I did it!

Yes I think I managed to do it - It took me a few hours of moving stuff and thinking but I did It! (Slightly annoyed that i have missed linking this up :( Oh well!) The image is from Mo Manning - I love this one for weddings - so elegant!  The image was coloured using copics, the flourish is from the hobby house and the circular sentiment is from Lili of The Valley. 

Well I hope you like my creation, I would like to enter this card to the following challenges; 

The Ribbon Girl - Use Ribbon or Lace
Craft Punked - Celebrations
Fussy and Fancy - Flourishes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Bronte And Bellas Challenge - Anything Goes with a Mo Image

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon 


Sunday, 10 June 2012

You Are A Star

Morning! well it appears so far to be a dry day, so much to do again today, can't believe the kids have been off school for half term, Amelia is in her last term of reception and Nancy starts pre-school on Tuesday - where has time gone? It only seems like yesterday I announced I was pregnant with Nancy let alone shipping her off! 

Anyway after a busy day yesterday I finally sat down and chilled and coloured something other than an order - I have the local village fete next weekend and so needed a few to bulk the box up!

I would like to introduce you to Movie Gala Betty - she so belongs on the red carpet! 

I was so excited the other week when Simply Betty Stamps and Make It Crafty joined up in their 'Guess the Movie' release! I just had to have them all! and so I did... I just then stumped myself on where to start..... It wasn't until I saw over on Simply Challenged Challenges Betty is looking for you to release your inter Betty.. I just had to join in! 

She was coloured using Copics and my black Prisma pencil, Its need so long since I have used pencils and pens together! as all my bits are in the other room I will pop back later to add the details of the pens! 

Skin - E000, E00, E02, R20, R83
Hair - Y21, YR12, YR14, E15, E18
Carpet - R29 R37, R46

The ticket stamps are from Whimsy - I am so in love with their stamps at the moment, LOVE the tickets and circles so very much! 

Well I hope you like what you see! I hope you have a moment to let me know what you think! Before I go I  would like to enter this card to the following challenges; 

Simply Challenged Challenges - Embrace your Inner Betty

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon 


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Cameoflage JoJo

Morning, oh what a week, the weather has been awful - hence why not much computer or crafting time! then I thought I had a chilled morning only to find that Amelia had ballet... oh well.  Now this is going to be a quick post as we have 101 things to do today and there is not enough hours to get it done - two orders to finish as well as get the stock together for next weekend! 

Last week Amelia and Nancy had a birthday party to go to, I had to make the card pretty quick, all I could think of was camouflage.... And so (I apologise for the photos - they do not show it very well at all!) this came together... 

Yes it was all a bit rushed and as I say the photos make it look rubbish! But i wanted to share him anyway!
He was coloured with copics and the paper was from online somewhere!

I think the best bit was the cheesecloth that I coloured to match the paper, I was pretty impressed with that! 
Anyway I best crack on - hope to have some bits to share later/tomorrow or even next week - See you soon! 


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Surfs Up!

Afternoon! Ewww what another grey horrible wet day! I can't believe that every time the kids break up for holidays here is rains... Not much we can do with the weather though! Anyway I'm here to share another creation with you! I have been trying to make my cards a bit different and I cam across the lovely Life Guard Christian from Simply Betty Stamps - Now I wasn't sure what to do with him at first and so I decided to purchase the lovely Beach digi from Make It Crafty.  Now I have never tried colouring a whole scene before and so I was very surprised with myself when it turned out like this.... 

Ok so I could do with wokring on the sky and sea a bit, but not bad for a first attempt if I do say so myself! I used so many different colours I can't remember what ones though! 

I love the colours that I used for his top and shorts, i think they may have been BG15, BG13, BG10 - I will double check that one a bit later! 

I used papers form my stash, mail just 12x12's and Kraft.  The ticket stamps are from Whimsy stamps and the charms are just from my stash! I would like to enter this card into the following challenges; 

Sundays With Chrissy - Tags and Tickets
Cute Card thursday - Water Water Everywhere
Delightful Challenges - Fun in the Sun 

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon! 

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