Tuesday 31 August 2010

Back to School with Creative Card Crew

Ok, so who else is having trouble believing it's the last day of August?!! The kids are back to school tomorrow and my little Princess will take her first step into a whole new world of learning. My stomach is in knots thinking about leaving her at those school gates :'( :'( Of course she is so excited and can't wait and thankfully she'll be finished at midday for the first week and a half.

So we have quite an appopriate theme on Creative Card Crew this week

Back to School

We are breing sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, our regular and valued sponsor.

My Greeting Farm image is a digi download and I've coloured her using copic sketch markers - which are on sale at a great price over in the Simon Says Stamp Store. 

I've been trying to use up papers that have just been sitting in my paper box begging not to be ignored any more. The ones I used on this card are from Kaisercraft's Gypsy Sisters collection. The red/yellow paper on the front panel is glittered and just so lovely. As the papers were such deep colours I brightened it up with a white doily, white ribbon and light coloured Wild Orchid flowers.

Thanks so much for looking in today. Be sure to visit my teamies blogs to see their wonderful creations.

I am also entering this card into Stamp Something's challenge - Back to School


Sunday 29 August 2010

Anyone for Anya? - Sketch by Dawny P

Morning!! Apologies for the delay in announcing my blog hop winner - I was totally wiped out last night after hosting a tea party for 4yr old girls. Within 10 mins they were in my little one's bedroom and there were dresses and tiaras flying everywhere!! I never realised that girls could go through a house like tazmanian devils, haha!! It was such a fun day - but the clean up afterwards was not fun :)

Anyhooo.. the winner of my blog hop candy, as chosen by Random. Org is....


Please use the Contact Me on the sidebar so that I can get your candy out to you!! Enjoy :D

Now, on to this week's challenge and it is a fabulous sketch by DawnyP. We are being sponsored by Squiggle Stamps and the winner will receive a £15 store voucher.

My sweet image is from the Miss Anya Dressy trio and she's been coloured using copic markers. The papers are from BG's Olivia collection. I made my borders using MS Doily lace punch and I've added some lucious white lace for Anya to sit on :)

My flowers are, as always, from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearl swirl is by Prima. The cute Sun charm was in my stash, not sure where I got it though. 

Skin - E21, E51, E00, E000, E02(cheeks)
Hat & Top - R20, R30, R32
Skirt & Bow - BG18, BG72
Hair - E50, E51, E53

Thanks for visiting! Have a great day and happy crafting :)

Saturday 28 August 2010

Crafty Emma's Store - Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone! Today sees the start of a great new challenge blog Crafty Emma's Store (C.E.S.) Challenges. And to start us off we have an open theme - Anything Goes.

I made my card using the sketch on Friday Sketchers and am entering into their challenge :)

My papers are from Pink Paislee's Bow & Arrow range - and are fantastic for Christmas cards. They've got the whole candy cane look going for them. The cute image is called Milton with Stocking - from Wild Rose Studio and has been coloured using copic markers. I've added stickles to the white areas of the Christmas Stocking.

Ribbon, Dew Drops and Charms are also available @ Crafty Emma's Store

The prize for this challenge is a gorgeous 12x12 paper collection by My Mind's Eye - Oh La, La from Crafty Emma's Store.
Bear - E 30, E31, E33 & E35, R30(ears)
Stocking - R24, R27, R29
Ribbons: Y15, Y17
Leaves: G21, G24, G82
Stickles - Star Dust

Thursday 26 August 2010

PaperPlay Challenges & a Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge

Hi!! I have 2 cards to share with you today. The first is one I made for PaperPlay Challenges. We have a Sketch Challenge for you this week, with the added option of using new stash. 

My card is quite a loose intrepretation of the sketch and I did move elements around to suit my image, which is called Little Bird, and can be found HERE. The sentiments also come with the image.

My papers are Webster's Pages - I'm still having issues with covering up these beautiful papers!! lol. I used the MS Cornice punch to do the brown border and used some Prima packaging for the pale green border. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The daisy head pins and ribbon is from my stash.

I'm also entering this card into Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge which is Make it Sparkle

Next up is another entry into the Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge. The head Mouse-tress, Claire, has kindly offered up 2 sets of stamps for the random winner of this week's challenge :D

I am really pleased with this card. I love the sketch and I've used my all time favourite christmas papers, Figgy Pudding (still using up scraps!!), with a deep red and plain white cardstock. The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse "Seasons of Love - Tags", which are nestie friendly too!!

I've added some Wild Orchid flowers that I've inked with Fired Brick distress ink. The sentiment has also been stamped and the background shaded using Fired Brick. I used my circle and scalloped circle nesties to make the card base and for the layering.  I've also added a white button threaded with red Scrapper's Floss and a beautiful MR crystal pin. The lace is from my stash - part of my great ebay bargain that I bought about 6mths ago & the red rhinestones are Kaisercraft!!

Thanks for popping by!! Be sure to visit my teamies to see their wonderful creations this week. Have a great day!


Monday 23 August 2010

Pocket Full of Posies - Winged Things

Hi! We have another great challenge for you on A Pocket Full of Posies - Winged Things. We would like to see wings on your projects... of any kind!!

We are being sponsored by Whimsy Stamps
and the DT were given some fabby images to work with. My image is by Meljen's Designs and they can be found only at the Whimsy Store.

My papers are  Pink Paislee - 365 Degrees and I was given FruFru Fairy Joy. I coloured her using copic markers and added stickles all through the image. 

The pin, flowers, ribbon and red gems are from my stash. 
I used the sketch from Papertake weekly so am entering this card into their challenge. 

Thanks for popping by. Be sure to visit my teamies' blogs to see their wonderful creations. 
Have a great day

Sunday 22 August 2010

Anyone For Anya? - Birthday Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Anyone for Anya? Birthday Blog Hop. The AFA? Blog is one year old and we are celebrating!! If you've come here from Sabina's blog then you are on the right track, if not you need to start back at Carisa's blog and follow the hop.

Each of the team are offering a little candy on their blogs but you must enter our challenge this week to be eligible to win any of the prizes. Once you have entered the challenge just leave your name below and I will pick my winner next Saturday @10pm GMT.

For my card I used a cute digi called Cupcake Anya. She is coloured using copic markers and i've added Star Dust stickles in various places around the card. I love sparkle!! lol. 

The papers are from K&Company's classic collection. I made the corners by cutting a 2" square diagonally and then punching them with my MS Cornice punch. My sentiment is a Studio G. The little pearls and lace are from my stash - I really wish I could remember where I got the beautiful lace as this was my very last piece :'( and I neeeeeeeeeeeed to get some more!!

Now, on to the sweet stuff... I have put together a selection of 6x6 papers from Basic Grey & Making Memories and some delicious Wild Ochid Crafts flowers. I will aslo add a selection of 10 stamped Greeting Farm images (not in pic) - the winner can email me to say if they use watercolours or copics/promarkers so that I can use the right card and ink :)

Your next, and final, stop along this hop is Yvonne 

 Thanks so much for hopping with us today. Good luck with the candy draws and we are looking forward to seeing all your wondeful entries.

Have a wonderful Sunday

Friday 20 August 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes

Happy Friday!! 

Well only another week and a half until the little ones are back in school. Life is very, very busy right now and I'm sure I'm not the only one, so to make things a bit easier we have an ANYTHING GOES challenge on Stampin' for the Weekend this week.

I recently purchased some Kenny K images but haven't had time to play with them so I decided to use one for my card this week. I have to say I really love these images. My daughter picked which one I had to use as she said it's her, lol.

I used the sketch on Sunday Sketch & Stamp and followed the challenge on Kenny K's challenge blog which was BOLD & BRIGHT. The colours I've used are certainly bolder and brighter than I'd normally use... this challenge dragged me  right out of my comfort zone!!

My papers are Basic Grey Olivia, LOVE THEM!! The colours are just fantastic!! I used copic markers on my image and added some star dust stickles to the ice cream :) 

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I'm also going to enter their challenge ONE FOR THE GIRLS. 

The pearls are from a prima swirl, the ribbon and sentiment are from my stash. 

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful weekend. 

Thursday 19 August 2010

PaperPlay Challenges - Pink Pink Pink

I'm baaaack!! lol. I survived the camping trip of Murphy's Law and am now safely back home. We had a great time even with all the hiccups we had to contend with. My mojo is a little slow about disembarking from the ship but I'm gently coaxing it home.... ;)

This week on PaperPlay Challenges our theme is quite simply PINK! We want to see all things pink on your creations. 

We are being sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts and the prize is a $15 store voucher. 

I am having a little girly get together for my daughter and her friends before they start school in Sept and yesterday we made invitations to send out.

I used the wonderful Afternoon Tea stamp set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps for both the sentiment and the tea pot. The tea pot has been paper pieced. The stamped border is also by Waltzing Mouse, from the Victorian Frippery set.  I based my invitations on the Waltzing Mouse sketch this week

My K & Company papers are from Crafty Alley's August kit and they have been inked with Victorian Velvet distress ink.

The lace and pearls are from my stash. 

Thanks for popping by today. Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's wonderful PINK creations on the PaperPlay Challenges blog. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!! 


Sunday 15 August 2010

Anyone for Anya? - Colour Challenge

Good morning. Well at this stage I'm either a die hard camping fan or I am counting down the hours until I get home to my warm comfy bed and my LAPTOP!!! 

Our challenge this week on Anyone for Anya? is a colour challenge based on the picture below.

I downloaded this super cute image, called HG Classy, from the Greeting Farm and coloured her with copics. I cut her out using my octogon nesties and shaded the background with Spun Sugar distress inks. The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse's Afternoon Tea stamp set.

My papers are BG Kioshi and I've used white, pink and purple cardstock. The ribbon and pearls are from my stash. As always I've added Wild Orchid flowers.

Don't forget to pop over the other DT ladies blogs' to see their wonderful creations!

Have a great Sunday

Thursday 12 August 2010

PaperPlay Challenge - Bon Voyage

Well I'm really hoping y'all are reading this because if not then blogger didn't publish my scheduled posts, lol. 

This week on PaperPlay Challenges our theme is Bon Voyage - as August is the month a lot of people take vacations. However Bon Voyage could also mean leaving your job, moving home or moving to a new country.. the choice is yours!!

We are being sponsored  by Simon Says Stamp and Heidi has very generously offered our winner a $15 voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp store. 

I used one of the new Tildas from Magnolia's Summer Kit and coloured her with copics. Have to say, this poor Tilda looks a little tubby around the middle, lol. Maybe she's coming home from a great vacation and forgot the diet ;) !! The shells are also from the kit. Of course my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I've added loads of my favorite embellies.. PEARLS!! lol.

Well that's it from me for today. I am probably washed out of it in the UK but hopefully not washed out to sea!! 

Thanks for visiting!!

Monday 9 August 2010

Pocket Full of Posies - All that Glitters

This fortnight on Pocket Full of Posies we have a shiny, sparkly challenge for you all - All That Glitters.

I've combined this card/gift box with Just Magnolia's special monthly challenge of using acetate,  Stamp Something's photo inspiration challenge and 7Kids College Fund Challenge of Pink & Dots

I made a card that houses an acetate gift box inside using very glittery Melody Ross papers from the Homespun Chic collection. I cut out some of the flowers and adhered them using 3D pop dots.

from the side..
the inside..

I also made the front of the card to the sketch on Waltzing Mouse Sketch challenges but I missed the deadline, lol.

I kept the inside pretty basic as I didn't want to make the card too bulky to close down. 

My stamps are :
Magnolia - Yummy for your Tummy collection - coloured with copic markers
Waltzing Mouse - Rescue Remedies & Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy - stamped using Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to go leave my teamies' a little love. Have a great day and happy crafting


Sunday 8 August 2010

Anyone for Anya? - Christmas in August

Good morning. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. We are off out in a bit while the rain has stopped. At this point we're all in dire need of some fresh air. - guess I'll be getting plenty of that from Tuesday on as we're going camping ..eeek!! 

This week on Anyone for Anya? we have a Christmas in August theme, just to be a little different, lol. 

We are being sponsored by Karen's Doodles and the prize is 2 fabby digi images. 

My Santa is CC. Designs digi and I've coloured him using copic markers and added Polar white flower soft to the 'fur' on his outfit. I outlined him to make him 'pop' off of the paper. I've using circle nesties to cut out the circle and shaded the background with bundled sage distress ink.

My papers are one of my all time favourites - Basic Grey Figgy Pudding. I'm still hoarding a pack and am using up scraps sparingly from the last pack I cut into, lol.

I got my ribbon from Fanstastic Ribbons - excellent value @ 20 rolls for £25 AND there is so much choice!! I've linked it up for reference only.. I can't be held responsible for any impromptu spending sprees!!

My fabulous poinsettia and leaves are from a jar of Prima Floral Embellishments. I just added a white button threaded with scrappers floss to the centre.

Be sure to check out the Anyone for Anya? blog to see what my very talented teamies' have created for Christmas in August.

Happy Crafting

Saturday 7 August 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend - Back to School

Woo hoo, it's nearly that time again! The kids are back to school in 3 weeks and it's not a moment too soon. Rain for most of the summer (again) has left them stuck indoors and very hard to amuse. Ok, so I'll miss the morning lie ins, the pj days, the easy going routine but I won't miss the fighting, crying, whining and screaming!!! Love my kids really :) 

Anyhoooo.. enough of my rambling. The challenge on Stampin' for the Weekend for this fortnight is Back to School.

We are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, our very generous monthly sponsor and the prize up for grabs is a $25 voucher to spend in their online store!! With all the new CHA stuff coming out this is definitely a prize to have :D 

My background paper is from Kaisercraft and is called Simon Says (how apt, lol) and I've paired it with some Bo Bunny "Sophie" and brown cardstock. 

The cute image is from The Greeting Farm and she's been coloured using copic markers. I used nesties Labels 2 to cut out my image and shaded the background with Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet distress ink.

Both ribbons, button threaded with scrappers floss, Wild Orchid flowers and pink crystal gems are from my stash. 

Copics Used:
Skin: E11, E21, E51, E00, E000
Cheeks: E02
Skirt & Hairclip: E15, E18
Shirt: R81, R83, R85
Hair: E50, E53, E45
Books: B12, B14, B16 (blue) & W1, W3, W5 (grey)

Thursday 5 August 2010

PaperPlay Challenges - A Recipe

This week's challenge on PaperPlay is a wonderful recipe challenge 

Two DP's - 3 Flowers - 1 Ribbon - 1 Charm

We are being sponsored by our regular monthly sponsor

and the prize is 4 wonderful images which some of the DT are showcasing today, so be sure to hop over to the blog to see the wonderful creations.

We are also joined by a very talented guest designer for August -  Jeannie

My images is called 16 Candles and can be found HERE

I coloured using copic markers and distressed all my papers with brushed cordory, the sentiment is a freebie from Create with TLC 

The metal charm and swivel clasp is from Tim Holtz's idea-ology range. My flower are Wild Orchid Crafts and the ribbon is from my stash.

I'm entering this card into Cute Card Thursday's challenge - Whateva (open theme)
Thanks so much for visiting today. 

Wednesday 4 August 2010

ABC Challenges - A is for August

Hi again.. a very quick post from me today. It's been one of those weeks where anything that could have gone wrong, has gone wrong, lol.

Anyway, the challenge for this fortnight on ABC Challenges is to make a card/layout/etc using your interpretation of August. For some people it could be vacation time, school time or even the beginning of Autumn depending on where you live in the world. 

We are being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and the prize is a voucher to spend in their online store.


I went with a Summer Vacation theme and am also entering into Simon Says Stamp challenge of song inspiration - We're all Going on a Summer Holiday by Cliff Richard is my song inspiration :) 

I used a cutie pie of a Magnolia image from last year's summer kit and masked her to sit on the rubber tube. I've coloured her using copic markers. I made the 'clouds' using a hand cut template and Tumbled Glass distress ink.

The lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts - so this card will also be entered into their challenge of Lovely Lace. The doily, Tim Holtz adage ticket and pearls are from my stash.

Be sure to pop over to the ABC Challenge blog to see my wonderful teamies' creations!! 


Tuesday 3 August 2010

Creative Card Crew - Cute and Girly

Hi everyone!! This week over on Creative Card Crew we have a sweet challenge for your  - Cute & Girly

We are being sponsored by Meljen's Designs and the winner will recieve 4 fabby images as their prize. 
On my card I used Firefly Fairy and she is available HERE.

I coloured my image using copics markers and added loads of Star Dust stickles to the swirls and wings. My papers are from Magnolia's Fairytale collection. My flowers have been inked and stickled for added sparkle :) The lace, pearls and pins are from my stash.

Pile it On - Butterflies, Bugs & Bees
Daring Card Makers - It's a Girl Thing
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Creative Friday - Things with Wings
TotallyPapercrafts - Movie inspiration: A Bugs Life
Digi Doodle Shop - Punches or Die Cuts
Digital Tuesday - Dazzle me

Thanks for poping by today. Be sure to check out the Creative Card Crew blog to see what my wonderful teamies have created this week. 

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!
 Happy crafting

Sunday 1 August 2010

Anyone for Anya? - Stitch It!

Good morning! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It's another wet day here, I think a movie and popcorn will be in the plans for this afternoon.

This week's challenge over on Anyone for Anya? is:

Stitch It - you can faux or real stitching on your card.

We are being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

And the prize is a $15.00 gift voucher 

For my card I used one of the fabulous CC Designs images and coloured her using copic markers. The sentiment is also CC Designs. My papers are Kaisercraft Gypsy Sisters and they're been inked with Brushed Cordoroy distress ink. As always I've added plenty of Wild Orchid Flowers and some pearls from my stash.
Be sure to hop over to the Anyone for Anya blog to check out all the wonderful DT creations and don't forget to link up to be in with a chance of winning the prize!