Wednesday 30 November 2011

Whiff of Joy Christmas Blog Hop

Good morning campers!! Today the design team from Whiff of Joy are bringing you an abundance of inspiration in the form of our Christmas blog hop. There will be prizes, of course ;) 

If you've arrived here from Lori's blog then you're good, but if not, then head back to Katharina's blog where the fun begins. 

I have chosen to use Christmas Dancer and if you'd like a chance to win her leave your name in Mr. Linky below. Each of the DT members will be offering a prize and there is a grand prize too – a ‘Yearly Stampkit Subscription’ for one lucky person!!

Make sure you leave comments on all participating blogs, starting at Katharina's blog and ending at SplitCoastStampers.

I've trimmed my image out and adhered her to an oval which is matted with a scalloped oval. My papers are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas, matted and stitched onto brown and cream cardstock.  To embellish I've used some flowers and pearls. The flowers have been given some Star Dust stickles for sparkle.

Your next stop on the hop is Sonja who has some more inspiration for you.

Don't forget to leave your name in Mr. Linky below to be in with a chance of winning this beautiful stamp. Be sure to comment after you link up :)

Tuesday 29 November 2011

DT Quixotic Paperie - Sweetest Wishes

Hi everyone!! Man it's cold here today - 5C and raining heavy as we speak. Winter is definitely in, another couple of degrees lower and we'd have snow. Perfect weather for a blazing fire and a good movie :)

Today I would like to share a card I made using one of Some Odd Girl's rubber stamp sets - Holly Day Gwen which I have stamped onto Make it Colour blending card and coloured with Copic markers. Then I trimmed my image out and adhered it to the card on 3D foam dots. 

The papers I've used are from My Mind's Eye and I've stitched them down onto teal cardstock. The sentiment comes with the image set. The gift is from another Some Odd Girl Set called Deer Mae.

To embellish I've just added some pearls, a flower and a button which I have threaded some Sew Easy fancy floss {bakers twine} through.
Have you entered this month's sketch challenge yet? The prize up for grabs is £15 gift voucher for the Quixotic Paperie Store. You can find the sketch and details HERE
Challenges - 
Some Odd Girl - Recipe
Crafter`s Cafe Progressive Challenge - Recipe: 1 Ribbon, 2 Design Papers, 3 Embellishments
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
 Paper Playtime - Say It With Sentiments
Stamp with Fun - Stitching
The Outlawz Anything Goes
 The Ribbon Reel - Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away  - Buttons or bows
Little Claire's  - Shaped Cards
Sweet Stampin - Punches and Dies

Thanks for dropping by today. 

Sunday 27 November 2011

Color Me Creative - Non Traditional Hair Colour

Happy Sunday!! We have a new and exciting challenge over on the Color Me Creative Copic Challenge group and this time your challenge is all about

** Multi-Colored Hair / Non Traditional Hair Colors **
This is a FUN CHALLENGE--use colors on hair you wouldn't normally use, mix in lots of colors but just have fun with it!

You may use any image you like of course but NO BRUNETTES, BLONDES or BLACK hair!!

We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, COPIC REFILLS OR COPIC AIRBRUSH SYSTEM (Or ProMarkers if you have them)

The Prize for the winner of this challenge (randomly chosen) will get:


**Prize from our sponsor Simply Betty Stamps!!
**1 pack of Cryogen Cardstock

In addition, each month there will be a random winner chosen from ALL the entries that month to recieve a $50 Gift Certificate to! So you have 2 ways to win

Challenges - 
2 Sisters - Holiday
 Hiding in my Craft Room - Holiday-any holiday
So Artful Challenge - Sew Pretty
Fairy Tale - Christmas
Jingle Belles - Christmas – Holiday Food, Drink or Candy
Patties Creations  – Christmas
Meljens Designs - Twine or String

Friday 25 November 2011

La-la Land Crafts Inspiration Friday

Hi everyone! It's Friday which means it's time for another Inspiration Friday on La-La Land Crafts. Before I get to my card I have some SALE news!!
 Black Friday through Cyber Monday SALE!! 
Starting right NOW until Monday - receive a 20% DISCOUNT on ANY Purchase of $50 or more!! Clearance items and Digis INCLUDED!! Please enter this CODE upon your checkout - THANKS20. And that is not it - every order will be entered into the DRAWING for a chance to WIN our December RELEASE (eight NEW stamps!) 
For my card I coloured up Li'l Rocker Luka with Copic Markers -
Skin - E000, 00, 01, 11. R20
Pants/Shirt sleeves/hat - BG70, 72, 75
Shoes/Shirt/hat - E50, 51, 53
Hair - E23, 25, 27
Guitar - W3, 5, 7, 9. R05, 14

My papers are MME Lost & Found and Kraft cardstock. All of my papers have been stitched down. I cut my image out with classic circle nestabilities and mounted it on 3D dots for dimension. The stars are inked grungeboard and the sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

Challenges - 
Inspire Me Fridays - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog - For Someone Special
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Rainbow Lady's -  Cards for Men
 Fab 'n' Funky - Happy Birthday
Papercraft Star - Anything goes
Bearly Mine - All My Favourite Things
Creative Craft Challenges - Free For All Week
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes
Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Inky Impressions Challenge - Handmade Embellishments

Hi everyone! We have a new challenge over on Inky Impressions today - We would love to see some handmade embellishments.

On my card I've used Nicholas on Ice and he's been coloured with copic markers. I made the rosette from a 12"x1" strip of paper, scored at 0.25" intervals. Then I stamped my sentiment, cut it out with a circle nestabilities and adhered it to the top of my rosette.

My papers are Bo Bunny Blitzen stitched down onto Brown and white cardstock from The Paper Mill. 

Check out what the rest of the DT have created over on the Inky Blog!

Friday 18 November 2011

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Red, Lace & Pearls

It's Friday and that means it's time for Inspiration Friday on La-la Land Crafts. This week our challenge is:
Red, Lace & Pearls!

I have used Hunny Bunny Marci on my card and coloured her with copic markers {listed below}.

My papers are from My Mind's Eye and they are matted and stitched down onto red and white cardstock. The pearl bling is by Prima. My white flower and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the red roses are from my stash. 

Copic Markers -
Skin - E000, E00. 01. 11. R20
Hair - E23, 25, 27
Reds - R05, 14, 24, 29
Yellows - Y13, 15, 19
Greys - C1, 3, 5{necklace & glasses} W3, 5, 7{shoes & hat}

We are having another fabulous GIVEAWAY!! You need to go "LIKE" the La-La Land Crafts Facebook Page and send all your friends over to "LIKE" the page also. When our Facebook Page reaches 2,000 fans, we will GIVE AWAY a set of 12 Copic Markers in new colors, a pack of X-Press It Blending Card, plus a $15 credit to spend in the La-La Land Crafts store!! 

Challenges - 
Charisma Cardz - Lace and Pearls
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - BINGO (*Dimension, Lace, Sparkle)
Whimsy Inspiration - Flowers
LilyPad - Texture

Tuesday 15 November 2011

DT Quixotic Paperie - Christmas Elf Floppy

Good evening bloggers!  Today I have a card to share with you that I made using one of Make it Crafty's Christmas Elves. This little guy is called Floppy and  is one of many cute elves available from Quixotic Paperie. Floppy has been coloured with Copic Markers. 

My papers a mix of Crate and October Afternoon and I've matted them with brown, white and blue card. All of my papers are machine stiched. I painted the chipboard chipboard snowflakes, also from Make it Crafty, with white acrylic paint and once they dried I added loads of glitter to them. 

The Ribbon and basic Grey pearls are from my stash. 

Challenges - 
Bearly Mine - One for the Boys 
Digital Tuesday - Christmas Time
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Cards und More - Colour Challenge* Blue Pearl
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Anything Christmas with Pearls
Cards For Men - Christmas Card
Make it Monday - Always Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - 1 Image, 2 Papers, 3 Embellishments

Thanks for dropping in!

Sunday 13 November 2011

Colo{u}r Me Creative - Colours of the Sea & Sparkle

We have a wonderful challenge for you over at Color Me Creative, the theme is "Colors of the Sea & Sparkle". You may use any image you like but you must use Colors of the Sea and you must use copics or promarkers!! 

My papers are by Prima and I've matted them with blue cardstock from The Paper Mill. I used classic oval and scalloped oval nestabilities to cut out and matt my image.  I've added loads of star dust stickles for sparkle.

The Prize for the winner of this challenge (randomly chosen) will get:
**Prize from our sponsor Michelle Perkett Studio TBA!!
**1 pack of Cryogen Cardstock

Michelle Perkett Studio is having a SALE through midnight 11/12
50% off her images so run & stock up (click picture below)

We also have our regular monthly sponsor, Oozak so you have 2 chances of winning when you enter the challenges. Plus you could be the lucky entrant and win a Guest DT spot for a future challenge.

If you are interested in taking an online Copic class, check out Suzanne's  Color Me Creative Classroom. Check out details and pricing HERE

Challenges - 
Crafty Catz -  Use a Digital Image
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - Texture
Daisy Doodles - Anything Goes with a Digi
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Punches and Dies
Moving Along With The Times - Fairy Tale Cards
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Stamp Insanity - Chilled Out Blues
Creative Inspirations - All Stitched Up


Saturday 12 November 2011

Basic Grey Challenges - Mix 'n' Match & DT Whiff of Joy

Good morning and happy Saturday. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Hubby has abandoned me for The Footman James Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham so I think it will be a movie day for myself and the little ones :) :) :)

Today we have a new challenge over on Basic Grey Challenges and it's themed

We want you to mix up your Basic Grey collections on your creation. I find this a great way to use up those few leftover sheets you tend to have in each pack  and I have mixed Wassail with Jovial on my card.  

My sweet image is one of the new release stamps for November from Whiff of Joy as is called Penguin's First Snow. I have coloured him with Copic markers and added Star Dust Stickles to his hat, and to the snow, for added sparkle. My card fits the theme over on Whiff of Joy Challenges, which is Let it Snow,  so I'm entering into their challenge. 

My sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and both the twill ribbon and doily are from my stash.

Challenges - 
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Use a stamp that has never seen ink.
Inspire Me Fridays - always anything goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. - Cute
Charisma Cardz - Cutesy Project
Crimbo Crackers - Make It Sparkle
Delightful Challenges  - Snowflakes
 Simon Says Stamp - Photo Inspiration
Papertake Weekly - First Christmas

Thanks for dropping in!

Friday 11 November 2011

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Mauve, Silver & White

Happy Friday!!! 

Every Monday and Friday the La-La Land Crafts Design Team will bring you a new and inspirational theme. 

This week our theme is a colour combo of 

Mauve, Silver & White

For my card I used Angel Marci and coloured her with copic markers, listed below:
Skin - E00, 01, 11, R20
Hair - E50, 51, 53
Yellow - Y13, 17
Purple - V12, 15, 17

My papers are Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather which I've matted onto silver mirror card and machine stitched. 

For embellishment I've added some white lace, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and loads of star dust stickles for sparkle. 

Challenges - 
Charisma Cardz - Cutesy Project
Crimbo Crackers - Make It Sparkle
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Punches and Dies
Paper Take Weekly - First Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Christmas Goes
LilyPad - Texture

Thursday 10 November 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge #45 - Vintage

It's time for a new challenge on Tickled Pink Challenges and this week our theme is 


I love making tags when I am trying to create creating a vintage look. I used one of the Lil Victorian Christmas stamps  - Lil Victorian Christmas Lolita Ivy - perfect for the theme! She's been coloured using copic markers, trimmed out and mounted on 3D foam dots. 

My papers are Basic Grey. I've added some lace, satin ribbon and some metal embellishments. To finish I added some Kaisercraft pearls. The music note/butterfly card and the vintage image are both from an eBay purchase. 

REMEMBER to use an image from the Tickled Pink Stamps Line on your project!
The winner of this challenge will receive 1 DIGITAL Stamps of their choice

Challenges - 
Crafty Ribbons - Anything BUT a Card
Pals Paper Arts - Photo Inspiration
Whimsy Inspiration - 1 Ribbon, 2 DP, 3 embellishments
Truly Scrumptious - Bingo {Lace, Flowers, Ribbon}
Digital Tuesday - Anything Goes
There She Goes - Holiday Projects

Thanks for dropping by. Be sure to visit my teamies' blogs and leave them a little love. 
Have a wonderful day

Inky Impressions Challenge - Glitter it Up

Good morning bloggers!! Ooops, I got my dates mixed up a little when scheduling my post so I'm a little late with this... 

A new challenge has begun over on the Inky Impressions Blog and this week we would LOVE to see your creations SPARKLE! As the title says - GLITTER IT UP! :D 

For my card I've used Lili's Secret and coloured her with Copic markers. 

My papers are Basic Grey but which collection escapes me at the moment. I've added loads of Star Dust Stickles to the flowers and they certainly sparkle. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps

The winners of this challenge will receive: 
A$10 gift certificate to one winner USING AN INKY IMAGE.
A Christmas Digi for one winner not using an Inky image.

Challenges - 
Digistamps 4 Joy - Gratitude
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Give Thanks
Sisterhood of Crafters - Giving thanks
Stampavie and More - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge -  Stitches Real or Faux
Die Cuttin' Divas - Lets be Thankful
Partytime Tuesdays - Bling It On
Heart Song Inspirations  - Anything Goes
iCopic Challenge - 2E, must use Copics - Thankful
Incy Wincy Designs - Stitching
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
The Outlawz - Sentiment required - Give Thanks

Sunday 6 November 2011

Christmas is for Kids Banner Hop - Day 2

Welcome to Day #2 (Sunday) of the Christmas is for Kids Banner Hop!  Did you remember to set your clocks back one hour early this morning, when Daylight Savings Time ended?  So you've got an extra hour to spend with us on this hop. 

If you've arrived here from Dena's blog you're on the right track - if not you can hop back to Ellen ♥ CardMonkey's Blog where the hop begins. 
It is my pleasure to be a part of the CHRISTMAS is for KIDS BANNER HOP, where fantastic and generous crafters donated their talents, time and holiday banners to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care in Bucks County, PA. (See www.PediatricSpecialty.Com

On this hop, we have 34 generous hoppers who have created fabulous banners. Please scroll down for the full list of today's hop stops.

And there's BLOG CANDY to be had!!  THANK YOU to our generous sponsors who have provided prizes to those who hop along. 

Here are our sponsors and their prizes:

One winner will receive four free digi-images of
their own choosing from! will provide one winner with a code
valued at $20 toward your purchase from their terrific site!

Beautiful ribbons, embellishments, charms and more are on the site.  They'll be giving a voucher valued approx $32 USD.

All hoppers are eligible to win.  Here's how:

Follow the blog and comment on as many projects as you choose -- the more blogs where you comment and follow, the more chances you have to win. There's just one catch: please actually comment on the project, which shows you've looked at the project, not just cut/pasting random comments ("CUTE! TYFS") only to win the prize. will choose the winners, subject to verification that winners have met the above-stated criteria.

Without further ado, here is my banner:

and a closer look.....
The Elves are from Make it Crafty, available in both digital and rubber. They are also available in rubber from Quixotic Paperie

Next stop is Alina's blog and below is the whole list of participants for today's hop...

  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Michelle -
  3. Carol Carlson -
  4. Debbie Trevenen -
  5. Linda Simpson -
  6. Rachelle -
  7. Jamie -
  8. Lori -
  9. Dena -
  10. Sandie - {You're here!}
  11. Alina -
  12. Lisa L -
  13. Janet S -
  14. Beckie -
  15. Sandra -
Thanks for popping in! 

Saturday 5 November 2011

Inky Impressions Inspriation Blog - Holiday Gift Bag

Hi everyone. I was very honoured to be invited back to Inky Impressions Stamps as guest designer for November & December and my first post is up on the Inky Impressions Inspiration Blog today. This is a project I created using their cute new release stamps - it's quick, easy and the kids will LOVE it. 

Challenges - 
Crafty Catz  - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Always Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers -  Anything Goes {must be Christmas}
Delightful Challenges - A Very Sparkly Christmas
Cooking It Up With Katie - Anything but a Card
Paper Shelter Challenge - Christmas Fun
Ruby's Rainbow - Metal 
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes

Friday 4 November 2011

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Bling it On

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

For my card I've used Big Panda Marci - how cute is she?!! 

I have coloured her using Copic Markers - 
Skin - E00, 01, 11, R20
Hair/Boots - 23, 25, 29
Pants - B91, 93, 95
Hat/Shirt - R30, 32
Panda - W1, 3, 5, 7

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 - Cutesy Project
Forever Friends - Something old, Something new (old papers, new stamp)
Colour Create - Color Inspiration* Turquoise, Deep Pink and Ivory 
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge - Stitches Real or Faux
Digital Tuesday - Cute & Cuddly
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
Lily Pad - Texture

Waltzingmouse Stamps November SOAP Day 4

Welcome to Day 4, and the last day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps November SOAP. Today I have a mini album to share on which I've used St. Nick's poem from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas on my front cover. 

I have so many bare chipboard albums that are crying out to be altered and I am determined to get them done. This one is from Basic Grey and you can find it HERE My papers are My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas. 

See that lush ribbon on the front?? Well a very sweet friend sent that to me 2 yrs ago and it's taken me until now to use it. It's Stampin' Up ribbon and as I can't get Stampin' Up over here I have been hoarding it like nobody's business. 

We hope that you have enjoyed, and have been inspired, the past few days from our Stamp of Approval Parade; highlighting Claire's lovely Christmas and holiday sets. Now it’s time for you to get your craftiness on as we invite you to participate in a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) competition. 

Find a card or project from any of the projects posted over the past few days by the WMS Design Team, CASE that project using Waltzingmouse Stamp images, and link it using the Inlinkz on Claire’s blog at At the end of the competition, one project will be randomly selected to be highlighted with a Parade of its own on several of the Design Team blogs. 

We hope you will enjoy this competition and that it will inspire you be creative. You have one week to complete and link your project as the competition will close at 8:00 AM Claire’s time on August 10th, which is 3 AM Eastern, 2 AM Central and Midnight, Pacific time. The winner will be announced on Claire’s blog on November 11th.

Please do check out what the rest of the DT  have created... 

Thursday 3 November 2011

Just Inspirational Challenges - Week 1 - Photo Inspiration

This is my 2nd post today, if you are here for the Waltzingmouse Stamps November SOAP keep scrolling down or click HERE

Today sees the start of a brand new challenge blog - Just Insirational Challenges and I've been invited to be their guest designer for the grand opening. 

We are being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps and the desgin team are showcasing some of Bugaboo's images. 

The first challenge is a photo inspiration challenge

I have taken the colours and used Basic Grey Mellow papers. My cute image is Ava Flower Patch and she can be found HERE

Be sure to check out what the wonderful design team have created over on the Just Inspirational Challenges blog.  
Or visit their personal blogs to leave them some love - 

Challenges - 
Freshly Brewed - Anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Scrapalicious - Fall. Autumn
Stampavie and More - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Photo Inspiration
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes

Waltzingmouse Stamps November SOAP Day 3

Good morning bloggers!!

Welcome to the third day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps November Stamp of Approval Parade (SOAP). Over four days the Design Team will be sharing projects made with any and all of the WMS Christmas stamps

Today I am sharing a card I made using Nordic Winter. I just love this set, so much so that it's inspired me to bug my mum into knitting Nordic design hats for my kids, lol. She's warming to the idea ;)

Supplies - 
Stamps: Nordic Winter
Papers: Bo Bunny Blitzen Collection
Ink: Stampin' Up
Twine: Quixotic Paperie
Tools: Sewing Machine, Corner Rounder
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts

And here is the list of ladies set to inspire you today -

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Clare Buswell
Julia Aston
Jennifer Holmes
Kate Whelan
Kelly Schirmer
Lynn Mercurio
Mona Pendleton
Sandie Dunne
Tosha Leyendekker
Claire Brennan (Owner)

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps November SOAP Day 2

Today is the second day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps November Stamp of Approval Parade (SOAP). Over four days the Design Team will be sharing projects made with any and all of the WMS Christmas stamps!

Today I am sharing a gift box I made from a plain metal tin.

I painted the tin with white paint before layering on some My Mind's Eye paper, transparency swirls and a sentiment from Seasonal Remedies that I had stamed with Brushed Cordoroy. I distressed the papers, and my flowers, with Antique Linen. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Craftts and they have also been inked as well as stickled for added sparkle.

The gift box holds some small chocolates but can also be used to hold notelets or small cards.

Be sure to peek in to see what the rest of the DT have created for your viewing pleasure...