Monday 31 October 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #100

Good morning and Happy Halloween!!!

I'm starting this post and HOPING that when it comes to adding pics Blogger is gonna play nice, because it's not been playing nice for me all weekend! I set up a Wordpress account way back in 2009 and am thinking about moving if Blogger doesn't get it's act together. Any thoughts/advice would be very welcome :) 

Kraftin' Kimmie are celebrating their 100th challenge and their 2nd birthday so they are having a special challenge and all you have to do is use one of your FAVOURITE KK stamps to enter. I have MANY favourites but Charlotte has always had a special place in my heart - I look exactly like her at 8pm every night, just before I put the kids to bed... lol. 

I coloured her with copic markers and then trimmed her out, used dimensional dots to mount her onto the card. My papers are MME Lost & Found Rosy, they've all been stitched down onto red cardstock. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and it's perfect for Charlotte - love it! 

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The ribbon, pearls and pins are from my stash. 

Challenges - 
Come and Get It Challenges - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday - Border and/or Frame
Sweet Stampin - Anything goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Lily Pad - Texture
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by! 
Have a great Halloween 

Friday 28 October 2011

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Snowflake

Good morning. Every Monday and Friday the La-La Land Crafts design team bring you an inspirational theme and this week it's SNOWFLAKE

For my card I used Caroling Luka and coloured him using Copic Markers. My papers are a mix of October Afternoon and Crate Paper Inc. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

Copic Markers 
Skin - E00, 01, 11, R20 
Hat/Coat - R32, 35, 37, 39 
Pants/Hat/Gloves - E51, 53, 55 
Shoes - E42, 43, 44 
Book - E30, 31 
Holly Wreath - G20, 21, 24. R24

Don't forget to link up in the Customer Gallery if you play along. You could be the lucky winner of our monthly prize.

Challenges - 
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
 Crimbo Crackers -  Anything Goes
Colour Create -  Colors: Burgundy, Gold, 
Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration -  Buttons
Digital Tuesday - Buttons & Twine
Partytime Tuesdays - PTT #38 Anything Goes

Thursday 27 October 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge #43 Photo Inspiration

Hi everyone! It's Tickled Pink Challenges time of the week and this week we have a Photo Inspiration Challenge for you. The photo is Halloween but I decided not to use the theme but rather take the colours for my inspiration.

I used the fabulously sassy Christina and coloured her using Copic markers. My papers are Bo-Bunny ETC and they've been inked and machined stitched down onto kraft card. The vintage tag and postcard are from an Ebay purchase.

Copics Used - Skin: E00. 01,11, R20. Hair: E41, 43, 44. Shirt/Boots/Hairband: R32, 35, 37.
Pants: E50, 51, 53, 55. Trim: Y00, 02, 04. Watch: Y21, 26.

REMEMBER to use an image from the Tickled Pink Stamps Line on your project!
This includes the Pinkettes, Lil Lad & Lolitas, Cherrie, Lil Pets
What can you win? Up for grabs we have....1 DIGITAL Stamps of your choice!

Challenges - 

Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge - #37 Anything goes
sScrapbook Sisters - #58 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesdays - PTT #38 Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Use KRAFT Paper
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet - must include Kraft cardstock - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in. 

Monday 24 October 2011

Basic Grey Challenges & Quixotic Paperie

Good morning afternoon! It's still pretty dark and dismal here - the kind of weather that zaps your energy and enthusiasm for doing much of anything except snuggling up in front of the fire with the kiddos, watching kiddie movies and drinking hot chocolate- all I need now is a log cabin on a snow-capped mountain and I've got my own little fairytale, lol. We can but dream... 

Onto my card for today, which is a double up DT card for Basic Grey Challenges with the theme Hallween/Fall and Quixotic Paperie Inspirations.

This little guy is called Leif Monster and my papers are Basic Grey's Mellow

I coloured my image and shaded the background with copics and used nestabilities to cut out the circle/scalloped circle. The matching sentiment comes with the stamp.

I also used the sketch from the very first Quixotic Paperie sketch challenge when creating my card. Have you entered??? Don't forget - a random winner will receive a £15 prize to use at Quixotic Paperie! You can find the post HERE

Challenges - 
C.R.A.F.T. - Autumn 
If the Shoe Fits - Halloween/Fall
Little Red Wagon - Fall
Wags 'N Whiskers - Fall Colours
Totally Papercrafts  - Layer Upon Layer
 4 Crafty Chicks #60 - Marker it Up
CCEE Stampers CCEE1142 - Fall Theme or Related to Fall
Sweet Stamps - layers
Totally Paper Crafts - layers
Top Tip Tuesday - layers
By the Cute and Girly - anything goes

Thanks for looking. 

Sunday 23 October 2011

Some Odd Girl - Black and White

Well it seems that lately I can't hold a date in my head for love nor money - at least not when I'm organised and ahead with my DT projects *hang head*. I swear my offspring are to blame, driving me demented fighting because they're stuck indoors due to awful weather again. Anywhooooooo......

This is my last project as Some Odd Girl's guest designer. Wow, the last 2mths have FLOWN by. Our theme for this challenge is to use a Black and White Image. Your project doesn't have to be black and white but your image must be. For my card I've used Mad Hatter Kody

I decided to go all black and white and used Meadowlark papers by My Mind's Eye and black & white Sew Easy bakers twine

 This challenge runs thru Tuesday Nov 1 @ midnight EST. And the prize for the winner will be 2 digis from

Check out what the fabulous ODD DT have created over on the Some Odd Girl Blog  

Challenges - 
365 Cards - day 235 Seeing Spots
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - 3E - at least one metal embellishment
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - Spots & Stripes
Simply Create - shades of black
Southern Girls - Stripes and Polka Dots
Simon Says Stamp - nursery rhymes/fairy tales
Have a great day 

Saturday 22 October 2011

Haunty Halloween Blog Hop

Good afternoon!! Today a group of bloggers have come together to bring you a Haunty Halloween Blog filled with tons of spooky inspiration and an opportunity to win prizes!! 

You should have arrived here from the Stampendous! Blog but if you've just stumbled here or you've lost you way on the hop you should make your way back to Cyndi Bundy's blog.

The hop runs through Wednesday October 26th 8pm EST and winners will be selected randomly from the comments left on all the participants blogs, so make sure to visit each of the blogs. The full list is below. 

I have made my card today using Buccaneer Marci by La-La Land Crafts, one of our fabulous sponsors. Details of all the prizes are at the end of this post.

Next on your hop is the fabulously talented Tanya Johnson

And here is the full list -
Sandie Dunne {You're here}

AND the fabulous Halloween prizes from our wonderful sponsors!

Stampendous! ( 5 winners... 1 Halloween bg cling stamp each winner..Crowscape, Graveyard, Beware Gate, Castle Gate, Pumpkin Fence) U.S. ONLY
Karber Digital Designs...2 digis to one winner
Skipping Stones Design...Halloweenie set U.S ONLY
Smeared Ink  5 single digis
Strange Skin...1 set of choice (except Zombies)
Jens Digi Stamp...(5 images to one winner)
Simply Betty Stamps...($10 Gift Certificate)
La-La Land Crafts ($10 Gift Certificate)
Dreamweavers Stencils: 3 prizes: each is 4 stencils, 2 brushes,  with 3 technique sheets each! U.S ONLY

Have fun hopping!! 

Friday 21 October 2011

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday

Good morning and welcome to another Inspiration Friday with La-La Land Crafts. This week the inspiration is PUNCH IT OUT. All the details can be found HERE.

For my card today I used Dress Up Marci, coloured her with copic markers, trimmed her out and placed her onto an embossed circle which I had adhered onto a scalloped circle and lace doily and mounted on 3D foam pop dots.

My papers are from My Mind's Eye and I got them free on a cardmaking magazine earlier this year. They have all been machine stitched. I punched out a white border using my Martha Stewart Antique Lace punch. 

 I added a pearl to the centre of the flower on her hat, some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and a punched butterfly for embellishment.

Copics Used -
Skin - E00, 01, 11, R20
Hair - E41, 43, 4
Pinks - R81, 83, 85
Teal - BG 70, 72, 75
Yellow - Y02, 04, 08

Challenges - 
Charisma Cardz - Embossing (Heat or Dry)
 For Your Inspiration - Photo Inspiration
 Crafts and Me - Blue, Green, Pink
The Sketch File - 2 Circles To Go
The Stamping Boutique - Someone Special
Top Tip Tuesday -  Layer It

Thanks for dropping by. 
Have a wonderful Friday

Saturday 15 October 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps October Release Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to Waltzingmouse Stamps October new release blog hop. If you've arrived here from Sarah's blog then you're on the right track, if not then you need to head back over to Claire's blog where the hop begins and where you'll find the full list of participants today

I do hope you've enjoyed the DT's previews over the last 3 days, as we showcased Seasonal Remedies, Nordic Winter, 2011 Holiday Ornaments and Santa's Coming to Town.  

Today we have the final 2 fabulous sets - Candy Jar Christmas and Candy Jar Christmas Fillers.

All of the new sets will be available to purchase once the store re-opens at 7.15pm GMT {which is 15mins from now!!}

I made a little gift set of a Candy Jar and matching Card.

For the candy jar I made a rosette and adhered my image, from Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, into the centre. The image has been shaded using copic markers G20 & G21.

The circular sentiment is from the Candy Jar Christmas set. 

These sentiments fit the Circle Nestabilities dies but I trimmed it out with a scissors and sponged the edges with Antique Linen distress ink.

Both the image and sentiment on my card are from Candy Jar Christmas. I hand cut around the image and mounted it on dimensionals. I cut the sentiment out using the 2011 Heirloom Nestabilities dies from Spellbinders.  

There will be a prize of a stamp set of choice from a random drawing from one of the Design Team's blog so be sure to leave a comment on all the blogs.  You will have until October 17th 11:59 PM, 5:5 9AM Central, 3:59 AM Pacific and 6:59 AM Eastern.
The winner will be selected on October 18th.

Thank you so much for dropping by. Next stop on the hop is Julia's blog.

Happy Hopping!

Friday 14 October 2011

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Halloween

Every Monday and Friday the La-La Land Crafts design team aim to bring you a new and inspirational theme. This week our theme is HALLOWEEN

I am also using this card for  Color Me Creative, and the challenge is Fall/Halloween.
For my card I used the super cute scary Pirate Luka 

My papers are a mix of Halloween themed 6x6's that I bought recently. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

Copic Markers -
Skin - E00, 01, 11, R20
Hair - E41, 43, 44
Hat/Pants/Boots - W1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Coat - E07, 08, 09. Y21
Sack/Shirt - E41, 42, 43
Parrot - BG45, 72. R08, Y06, YR65

Challenges - 
Charisma Cardz - In Stitches
Hanna & Friends - Autumn/Halloween
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Halloween (ends 16th Oct)
Stampin' B's - Use a bird on a card
Fab 'n' Funky - Fall colors
House That Stamps Built - Halloween/Fall
Paper Pretties -  Halloween inspired
7 Kids College Fund -  Halloween
Simon Says Stamp - Halloween/Goth

Waltzingmouse Stamps October Previews - Day 3

Good morning and welcome to Day 3 of our Waltzingmouse Stamps October release previews. Do you have a favourite so far??!! You might want to hold off on that decision until after you see today's fabulous sets 2011 Holiday Ornaments and Santa's Coming To Town

The red pattern paper is from Bo Bunny Blitzen 6x6 pad. I stamped my Heirloom Ornament with Close to the Heart ink and used the matching nestabilities to cut it out. I punched a hole in the top using the crop-a-dile and threaded some yellow/white bakers twine through. 

I also made some tags, using the Nestabilies tag dies. I used Antique Linen and Momento black ink for the image/sentiment and then sponged the background with more Antique Linen. These tags are perfect for Christmas Gifts.

I used various different ribbons threaded through a punched hole at the top of each tag. 

Check out what the rest of the DT have created - 

Thursday 13 October 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps October Previews - Day 2

Good morning!! I do hope you're enjoying the Waltzingmouse Stamps previews. Today we have another fantastic set - Nordic Winter. I really had SO much fun with this set.

First I made a card and gift bag set, but the idea of the gift bag is to have some Reindeer Feed in it. The kids would LOVE.IT!!

This set is just so amazing that I even made my own background paper. Not a scrap of MME or BG to be seen!! The ink is Stampin' UP Ruby Red and for the sentiment I used Momento Rich Cocoa. Not sure where I got the red cardstock. The gingham ribbon is from my Raspberry Ribbons kits.

I stamped the gift bag using the same ink - SU Ruby Red - and added some narrower gingham ribbon through 2 punched holes to secure the top. The border work was done using Martha Stewart Antique Lace punch. I cut the circle and scalloped circle with Spellbinders Nestabilities.

While I had all the red and white out, lol, I decided to make a Stocking Gift Card Holder - which is a FREEBIE template over on the Waltzingmouse Stamps store. Again I used the SU Ruby Red ink to lay down my pattern and I sponged on some antique linen distress ink. I found some reindeer charms in my stash, perfect for this project. 

The sentiment is from yesterday's preview set Seasonal Remedies.

As I said, I was having so much fun that I really didn't want to stop so I made another card.... only this time I DID break out the patterned papers -  Bo Bunny Blitzen. 

I stamped my reindeer image with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the sentiment with the Rich Cocoa Momento. I love how the sentiment fits perfectly between the Reindeer. I cut it out with Nestabilities Tags dies, added some blue organza ribbon and some pearls. All of my papers have been machine stitched. 

I had one more project in the pipeline but the kiddos were home from school and they wanted dinner! I will save it for another day ;) 

Thank you so much for dropping by, I hope you were inspired to be a little bit creative. 

And here are the ladies who are previewing Nordic Winter today...... 

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Swimming for Katie Blog Hop - Day 3

Good morning!

  If you are here for my Waltzingmouse Stamps preview please click HERE

Welcome to Day 3 of the Swimming for Katie Fund Raising Blog Hop. Be sure to read right to the end as we have a very exciting prize update. 

From October 10-12 some of the best stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer. If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year. This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight. A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer. Her first post about it is here. The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.

This exclusive stamp used in my sample, designed by Becky Oehlers is available as a clear stamp, as well as a digis or a dig and SVG cut file. 100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family. Her husband Kevin and her three young children need our help and support. In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True =D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale. Direct donations are also being accepted. Information central is HERE. This is a permanent page that will stay active at i {heart} papers with current information and the full 3 day blog hop listing, as well as the donation button.

$5.50 with free shipping

$3.00 with instant download

$3.50 with instant download

$3.50 with instant download

$5.00 with instant download

I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation. The following is a list of everyone who has projects posted today. I hope you will be inspired by them and moved to purchase or donate. If you would like to send Katie a card, her mailing address is:

Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913
Thank you!

List of participants
Amy Heller
Jackie Pedro
Julie Masse
Kecia Waters
Sandie Dunne
Susan Liles 
Latisha Yoast
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Arana 
Lisa Henke
Lisa Silver
Lydia Fiedler
Lyn Bernatovich
Maria Gurnsey
Meg Craig
Melissa Bickford
Michelle Woerner
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Robyn Weatherspoon
Sarah Jay
Sarah Martina Parker
Savannah O'Gwynn
Stephanie Washburn
Susanna Boyd
Tobi Crawford
Julie Lacey
Kim Kesti 
Shemaine Smith
Danielle Lounds
Debbie Carriere
DoBea A.
Fran Gumprecht
Geny Cassady
Gina K.
Holly McMillen
Jak Heath
Kimberly Crawford
Jeanne Streiff
Trudy Sjolander


To help raise money for Katie, Creating for Causes ( has generously donated a FREE ticket (value: $249.95) to one of their upcoming 3-day Scrap & Stamp Retreats.

The winner of the free ticket will enjoy 3 days of non-stop fun and creativity with fellow scrappers, stampers and paper crafters, and can choose between the Charlotte, NC Scrap & Stamp Ritzy Retreat at The Ritz-Carlton on October 21-23 or the Orlando, FL Scrap & Stamp Retreat at the Marriott World Center on November 4-6. Both retreats promise to spoil you and provide 48-straight hours of creating, camaraderie and fun!

To learn more about the events, please visit:

Not only will you be raising money for Katie by making a donation, you get a chance to win a wonderful weekend getaway for yourself! And, because all of Creating for Causes' events are charity events that raise money for local charities, you'll be giving back twice!

Wow, a weekend retreat for you and two chances to help others. Does it get any better than that?

Here's how it works:

Simply make a $33 donation (or more) for Katie and indicate that you want to be entered in the Creating for Causes Retreat ticket drawing. Everyone who makes a qualifying donation will be entered into the drawing and one lucky person will be attending this 3-day retreat for FREE! That lucky person could just be you!  (If you have already donated and wish to be included, just email kate(at) iheartpapers (dot) com)

DEADLINE TO ENTER FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS FRIDAY 9PM EST, although other donations will be accepted for weeks to come.

Waltzingmouse Stamps October Previews - Day 1

Good morning! Today Waltzingmouse Stamps are previewing one of the new sets for October. This set is amazing and I know it's going to be a strong favourite for many people.

Introducing Seasonal Remedies!

- a holiday version of Rescue Remedies. Sooooo exciting!!

As I've started my Christmas cards and gifts I decided to make a Drawer Box {instructions on Splitcoast Stampers}. This will be one of the gifts for my little one's teacher.. we are going handmade all they way this year!!

Now you must hurry over to the rest of the DT blogs to see their fabulous works of art.

Papers - My Mind's Eye: Lost and Found Christmas
Cardstock - The Paper Mill
Stamps - Waltzingmouse Stamps : Seasonal Remedies
Ribbon -  Stash
Pearls -  Kaisercraft
Flower - Wild Orchid Crafts 

Tuesday 11 October 2011

I do hope you're sitting comfortably....

.. because guess who's playing catch up a-gain! One or other of my kiddos has been sick since last Wednesday and although I am getting some crafty time, blogging time is limited! So while hubby is amusing the latest casualty to the virus picking on my family I am blogging quickly and trying not to get sidetracked :)

Oh, and of course it's never a completed week without some form of a drama like.. say... the memory card in your camera dying right after you photo a whole tutorial.... won't go there right now!

Soooooo, I have a *few* cards to share....

First up - Color Me Creative
Man this is late, there are only a few more days left on this challenge,which is Vintage/Distressed. The Prize for the winner of this challenge (randomly chosen) will get 3 Magnolia Stamps of their choice from Magnolia-licious and 1 pack of Cryogen Cardstock.

And each month one winner is chosen to receive a $50 gift certificate from OOZAK.

As you may or may not know, Suzanne {owner of Colour me Creative} runs online copic classes filled with wonderful tips and techniques. However, if you want to learn to colour using your copics and live near San Jose, CA you could be lucky enough to be able to attend one of Suzanne's classes. There are only a couple of spaces free on October 22nd and 23rd. Click here for more information. I so wish I lived close enough :(

I am entering this card into the following challenges -
Just Magnolia - Anything goes with option of coffee and cream
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes
Heart Song Inspirations - Use Die Cuts and/or Sponged Backgrounds
Karens Doodles  - Distress It
Simon Says Stamp and Show... - Things with Wings
Woodware USA - Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad  - Vintage
Hanna & Friends - Bingo {Pearls, Lace, Dies}


I tell ya I got very excited when I saw the new stamps for October on Whiff of Joy. I ADORE Norma Fickle's Gnomes!! 

This one is called From Heaven Above. I've coloured with copic markers and sponged the background. I made the holly leaf tab using the Banners Trio dies. 

The papers are from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas 6x6 paper pad. I added some stardust Stickles to the wings - no wings are complete without it :) 

This next image is called A Boy and his Star. Again, I used copic markers and created my background by adding little dots around the image. 

I have no clue what brand the papers are, I bought a bunch of loose 6x6 sheets. I added some blue organza ribbon, blue bakers twine and a winter charm for embellishment. 

Challenges - 
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Little Claire's - Christmas
One Stop Craft - Anything goes


- Just One of Those Days!

This card is one I made for Quixotic Paperie,  using one of Kraftin' Kimmie's wonderful stamps - Angry Ballerina

The background stamp is by Paper Makeup Stamps and the papers are from My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found - Rosy collection. I coloured my image with copic markers and added some star dust Stickles to the frill on her dress. Then finished off with pearls, Cherry Red bakers twine and a punched butterfly for embellishment.

Challenges - 
Secret Crafter - Anything goes as long as it sparkles
Sweet Stampin - 2E, must Stamp - In stitches
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Krafin' Kimmie - Sparkle and/or Shine

And last, but not least - 
- Nursery Rhymes/Fairy Tales

For my card I used one of Tickled Pink Stamps' images - Mad Hatter. My papers are Basic Grey Little Black Dress. 

The 'Admit One' stamp is from Tim Holtz. I had lost it, but it turned up stuck to the side of my clear copic marker storage, lol. The 'Believe' disc is also from Tim Holtz's collections and the clock charm is one I picked up at the NEC last year. 

I do believe that's it! lol. If you are still with me, thank you for sticking it out. 

Back tomorrow with my card for the Swimming for Katie Fundraising 3 Day Blog Hop. 
Have a great day