Friday 30 April 2010

Stamp Something - Sketch Somethings

Good morning and happy Friday. It's a very wet day here, all the sunshine has disappeared. I do hope it's a better day where ever you are :)

Our challenge on Stamp Something this week is Sketch Somethings. What a fabulous sketch Denise has created for us to work with. 

We are being sponsored by our regular monthly sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, and one very lucky winner will receive a store coupon to spend on whatever they wish :D

I am also entering in to Simon Says Stamp challenge which is "Buttons, Bows and Bling" and into A Spoonfull of Sugar's challenge which is "3D Something". I have mounted my image and the daisies onto 3D foam dots :)

For my card I used about the sweetest SN stamp called Daisy. Isn't she soooooo pretty. This is the image I used at my class last week and everybody loved her. She is just perfect for colouring. 

I've coloured her using distress inks and added some stickles to the flowers in her hair. The daisies have been punched out, inked with Weathered Wood and I've added tiny yellow buttons to the centres. The sentiment is a Studio G.

(apologies for the bad pic, the light here has been awful for the past few days)

Image: Daisy from Funky Kits
Papers: BG Sugar Rush
Tools: Daisy punch, distress inks, stickles.
Heart Pin from Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon, buttons and pink gems are from my stash. 

Please do take a little time to visit my teamies' blogs. Links are over there --> 

Have fun and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday 28 April 2010

ABC Challenges - T is for Thank You

Good morning. Today I would like to share with you my DT card for ABC Challenges. Our theme this week is "T is for Thank You".

We are being sponsored by Whimsey Stamps , who are offering a $15 gift certificate to our lucky winner. 

I used one of Whimsey's images, called "Hang in There" and added a computer generated sentiment to tie in with the theme.

I coloured my image with Copic markers and added a little touch of stickles to the flowers. I won the Prima fabric flowers (and some Prima BLING!!) from Creative Scrappers Word Scramble game earlier this month.

My papers are all BG Archaic. I used an x-cut scallop punch for the borders. I didn't know that X-cut had really nice border punches and they are sooooooo inexpensive... less than €5 each!!! Check them out!! All of my papers have been inked with Brushed Cordoroy. 

Thanks for popping in, please do make sure to say hi...  and don't forget to hop over to my teamies' blogs to see their wonderful Thank You creations.

Now I have the unenviable task of sorting out my kids toy boxes before they get home from school and see what I'm getting rid of!! I've been putting if off for ages but it's reached crisis point now, lol. I really don't know what I'm going to do with the toys, I used to send them to an orphanage in Dublin but they stopped taking them, as did our local hospital. It's a shame because they toys are in perfect condition, my kids have just outgrown them. I guess I'll just have to land on my SIL's doorstep with toys for her kids, won't she be thrilled, haha!! 

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday 27 April 2010

Creative Card Crew - April Showers

Good morning. I'm a little late with my post as I could not get into Blogger this morning.. grrr!! 

Over on Creative Card Crew we have a seasonal challenge for you

April Showers brings May Flowers

This fortnights sponsor is Crafty Addicts

and the prize for one lucky winner is this fabulous stamp.

And my take on the challenge... 

Other challenges I am entering into:
 Image: The Greeting Farm
Papers: Basic Grey
Tools: Copic Markers, paper trimmers, McGill Pine Leaf punch
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Doily and pearls from my stash

Monday 26 April 2010

Crafty Angels - Summer

The theme we have over on the Crafty Angels challenge blog this week is "Summer". 
The stamp I've used is called Chelsea, from the Wild Sprout collection. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning Chelsea all you need to do is play along in our challenges. Each week there is a Top 3 picked and at the end of each month all the Top 3 winners will be entered into a draw to win.

Image: The Greeting Farm "Chelsea"
Papers: Basic Grey
Tools: MS Scallop Dot punch, copic markers
Pearls, Prima flowers, ribbon and button from my stash

Don't forget to hop over to the Crafty Angels blog to see what Summery creations my fellow DT ladies have made.

Friday 23 April 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend - Getting to Know You

2 posts in as many hours, lol.. If you are looking for my Stamp Something DT you will find it HERE.

This fortnights challenge on Stampin' for the Weekend is...
"Getting to Know You"

Use inspiration from your favourite book.
We have two sponsors for this challenge and they are
Who is offering 12 of her greetings cards and a digital image of the winners choice..


Tracey from Spesch Stamps is offering a prize too

The Winner will be able to choose three Digital Images from the current selection of Spesch Stamps!

There is also some sad news over on the SFTW blog. Kimmi, co founder of the Stampin' challenge blog has decided it's time for her to step down for personal reasons. Please pop over and wish her well. On behalf of the team, I know she will be missed. 

For my card I took inspiration from my favourite books as a child, which were the Malory Towers and St. Clare books. I read every single one of them and have all but "In the First at Malory Towers" collected for my own daughter to read when she gets a little older. They are such fun books, filled with school shinanigans and midnight feasts!! I hope she will enjoy them as much as I did... I may even read them again :D 

Again, I used the sketch over on Mo's Dream Team blog and my image is called "Psst... Dani and Taylor".

I coloured my image with copic markers and added a touch of stickles to the heart. My papers are BG Nook & Pantry and coredinations cardstock. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts :) I added some pink skittles, from Pezadoodle Designs, around the corners of my papers and finished off by adding stickles around the edges of my image. All of my papers have been edged with Vintage Photo distress ink. 

Well that's it from me today.  Friday is my busy, busy, busy day and I'm away tomorrow giving a class in Galway. 

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Stamp Something - Charmed Somethings

Good morning and happy Friday!! The card I want to share today is my DT submission for Stamp Something. We have a great theme this week - Charmed Somethings. 

We are being sposored by Bunny Zoe Crafts.
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I used a great image by Mo Manning and am entering into their sketch challenge. 

I used copic markers to colour my image. The papers are from the Brook Collection by Crate Paper Inc. I made the border with MS Checkerboard punch. I attached my charm to the twine and secured it with silicone glue. The buttons, charm and pearls are from my stash.

Thanks for visiting me today, please do make sure to hop over to my teamies' blogs to see their Charm ;)


Tuesday 20 April 2010

Just Magnolia - Sketch with a Twist & a sneak peek...

Just Magnolia are celebrating their 1st Birthday.... yay!! Happy Birthday JM!!

This week they have a fabulous sketch done by Mina, with "Thank You" as an optional twist. 

This sweet Tilda is the one I won on Scrap Whispers in March. She is so pretty!! I've coloured her using copic markers and distressed the background with TH inks. 

My flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. As always I've added a little sprarkle to them. The little tag is handwritten.. woah, talk about biting nails, lol. What is it about hand writing sentiments that makes me break out in a cold sweat??!! LOL. 

My papers are from Magnolia's spring range. The heart shaped pin and lace are also from Wild Orchid. 

The little yellow pearls were in the kit I received from Kerry, for the Galway Extravaganza class that I am teaching this coming weekend .... which leads me to my little sneak peek. 

To book this class and learn all about using your distress inks for images and shading just pop over to An Siopa Bui. Places are limited so don't delay.

Thanks for dropping by

Monday 19 April 2010

Crafty Angels meets Anyone for Anya?

Good morning! No sun here today, but none of that volcanic ash that's hovering over us either!! I do feel for those who are stuck abroad and can't get home.

The Crafty Angels challenge this week, as set by Shirley, is to make a wedding card. 

Don't forget that each week there will be a top 3 chosen and at the end of each month all the Top 3's will be entered into a draw for this super cute  Greeting Farm stamp.

For my card I used a CC Designs image and coloured her using Copic markers. I added a little glitter to her veil and bouquet.
Recently a very sweet FB friend, Marlene, was so good as to pick up a pack of SU card for me and I have to say I've never loved using my copics as much. This paper is fantastic to work with. No bleeding and blends like a dream!! Thank you so much Marlene.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I've added just a touch of stickles to them. I'm fast running out of my little roses, they are just so pretty that i love to use them on just about everything, lol. The heart pin is also from Wild Orchid.

I am also entering my card into the Cute Card Thursday "Touchy Feely" challenge and  Anyone for Anya? challenge this week which is "Sweet as Sugar"... they would like to see something girlie and pretty and what could be sweeter, girlier or prettier than a bride :)

Don't forget to hop over to my teamies' blogs to see their Wedding cards and leave them a little love.
 Remember, to enter you need to link your card (not your whole blog) and link back the Crafty Angels challenge in your blog post :) 

Thanks for popping by, have a great Monday

Sunday 18 April 2010

Waltzing Mouse April Blog Waltz

Waltzing Mouse is dancing again!! April's blog waltz has a Mother's Day theme to it, as our Stateside friends have not celebrated Mother's Day. 
From Claire's Blog......

So if you are new to Waltzingmouse Stamps, here's how to follow our Waltz - pop on over to the WMS Forum here and register if you haven't already, it takes just a sec and we don't ask any awkward questions, lol.

Go to the 'Play Room' and you will see the Blog Waltzes posts, if you are participating in the waltz, you will want to add a direct link to your blog post in the thread called April 17th Blog Waltz, Link list and if you just moseying through soaking up the inspiration, this is where you will find all of the links to see what we have all made, it is super easy to follow the waltz from here, don't miss the tips to make browsing quicker.

The participants prize!

I will pick, at random, one April waltz participant to win a stamp set of their choice and yes! if you win, you may also have the choice of some of the upcoming May releases!!!!!

The viewers prize!

As you waltz your way through the gorgeous cards on view, you will see that some of the DT ladies are participating. The DT ladies and I have hidden a little flower motif in some of our waltz pictures!

Check the DT photos (and mine) very carefully, and if you see any of the floral motif, note them down and count them all up. Post your flower tally in the chat thread that accompanies the hop list and I will pick a random winner from the correct answers to win a free Stamp set of your choice, I'll pick the winner on Sunday night, so there's plenty of time!!!

So there ya have it!! Here is my Mother's day entry, a sweet gift box made from labels 4 and using Claire's labels 4 stamps. 

From the side...

The back....

Thanks for looking.. i'm off to count flowers.. AGAIN!! 

Friday 16 April 2010

Stamp Something - Layered Somethings

Good morning and happy Friday!! It's another sunny morning here so I'll be going for a walk when I get the kids off to school. 

On Stamp something this week we would like to see some LAYERS!! We are being sponsored by Karen's Doodles and she has the most amazing digi images. My image is called Love at First Sight and I've coloured her using copic markers. My papers are from the Paper Dolls collection by Crate Paper Inc. The flowers are Prima & Wild Orchid Crafts and my sentiment was a freebie on a magazine.

Thanks for popping by. Please do check out my teamies' blog to see what wonderful creations they have made. 

Have a wonderful weekend

Wednesday 14 April 2010

ABC Challenges - S for Sparkle

This week on ABC Challenges we have a sparkly challenge for you.
We want to see lots of sparkle on your cards. It can be glitter, glimmer mist, glamour dust, gems... anything really that sparkles.

We are being sponsored by The Secret Crafter
Wendy is offering 2 of her fab Manga stamps, Jake with Kitten and Shy Mollie. These  are exclusive to the Secret Crafter

So let's see your sparkle, and we want LOADS of it!! Don't forget to  pop over to my teamies' blogs to see their sparkly creations.

For my card I used the SUPER sweet Paper Dolls collection by Crate Paper Inc.They are so great to work with and have to be one of my favourite girly papers so far this year. From one pack I made 3 cards, 2 layouts and a mini book. I have loads of stickers and diecuts leftover so definitely great value too. I was so impressed that I had to get the Brook Collection too :D

I added glimmer mist to brown paper and stickles to my dolls and sentiment. 

No matter what way I positioned the card I just couldn't get the camera to pick up the glimmer mist but it's so nice IRL. 

The ribbon and pearls are from my stash. I used Fiskars Apron Lace punch for my border and the sentiment is a Studio G. 

Happy Crafting

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Creative Card Crew - Birthdays

Happy Tuesday!! This is my first week on Creative Card Crew as DT member and the theme, set by Janna, is "Birthdays"

We are being sponosored by The Stamping Boutique and Tracey is offering 5 images from the to our lucky winner!

For  my card I used Audrey with a Birthday Cupcake and you can find her HERE. I coloured her using both copic markers and distress inks.

My papers are from the Brook Collection by Crate and they have been edged with Vintage Photo & Tea Dye inks.  I printed out the sentiment and the image on Bazzil white card and it worked really well with the copics.. not so much with the distress inks though. My large flower is from Tabby Crafts and the rose was in my stash. 

Thanks so much for your visit today, I really appreciate it. Please do check out the very talented DT ladies over on Creative Card Crew.

I am off out for a walk now before it gets any warmer, lol.
Have a wonderful day

Monday 12 April 2010

Crafty Angels - My Favourite Things

A very quick post today as the kids are back in school and my routine is all over the place.. eeeek!! I will be back later to announce the winner of my candy.

Over on Crafty Angels this week the challenge is set by Evonne and she would like to see your favourite things to work with.

There is also a prize up for grabs this month. Each week a Top 3 will be chosen and at the end of the month they will all go into a draw for this Greeting Farm stamp:

I went with a layout for this challenge and used a few of my favourite things (yes, I'm singing that in my head, lol) - Bo Bunny, Buttons & of course one of my kids :D 

The Bo Bunny papers, photo matt, bazzil cardstock are all available on the Crafty Angels website. 

Thanks for coming by and have a creative Monday

Friday 9 April 2010

Stamp Something - Stitched Somethings

It's Friday and the start of the weekend!! Or the end of the Easter break for the kids :) Just their normal weekend off and back to school on Monday. They are looking forward to it and SO AM I, lol. 

Stamp Something have a great challenge this week.. Stitched Somethings. Real or faux we want to see some stitching on your projects. 

We are being sponsored by Paper Jewels, home to Bildmalarna stamps. Just click the pic to go to their store.

I will be entering into Paper Jewels challenge, which is to use stitching and buttons :) I was delighted to win their March challenge with THIS card and can't wait for my stamp to arrive. :) :) 

I went with an easel card as I am also entering this into the Bildmalarna Blog's challege.

I used Papertake Weekly's fantastic sketch to make the front of the card.

Image: Mimosa's Flower Basket (I got it HERE)
Sentiment: Studio G
Paper: Basic Grey Wisteria
Tools: Distress inks, Twinkling H2Os, paper piercer, X-cut butterfly punch
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace & buttons from stash

Please don't forget to check out my teamies' blogs to see their delightful creations. Links over there -->

The weather has really picked up so we are off out to the park soon. Tomorrow I get to crop, yay!! 
Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting.