Sunday 29 January 2012

Tickled Pinks Stamps Sponsors Paper Sundaes - Valentines

Hi everyone!

Looking for my La-La Land CHA Release post?? CLICK HERE or keep scrolling down.

Today, Tickled Pink Stamps are sponsoring Paper Sundaes and I have the pleasure of being Paper Sundaes guest designer for this challenge, which is VALENTINES

I am using not ONE, but TWO of the fabulous new Gods and Goddesses from Tickled Pink Stamps. I merged them together so that it looks like Apollo Lestat is protecting his love - Aphrodite Willow

My papers are from the It's the Little Things collection by Fancy Pants and I've matted and machine stitched them to black and white cardstock. The flowers are from Prima marketing and the ribbon is from my stash. 

Thanks for dropping by
Have a great day 

La-la Land Crafts - CHA Release Showcase

Good morning bloggers!! Today is release day for the NEW stamps by La-La Land Crafts. The FABULOUS design team are showcasing each of the new stamps for your pleasure. Check out these CUTIES over on the La-La Land Crafts blog, where you'll also find the full list of DT members showcasing today!!

My card is .... yes.. it's a BOY card!! Not something you see very often on this gal's blog, lol. This is the wonderful SITTING LUKA, and the best part is that he's got something to sit on!! YAY!!! We have some amazing new accessory stamps to coordinate with our sweet Marci and Luka. 

As always, my chosen colouring medium is copic markers - 
Luka - Skin: E000, 00, 01, 11. R20. Hair: C3, 5, 7, 9. Shirt/Hat/Shoes: YG21, 23, 25. E30, 31, 53.
Fountain: C1, 3, 5, 7. BG000, 11.

The papers I've used are so old I can't even remember the name of them - but I will look them up later and fill in the details. They've been machine stitched onto cardstock. To embellish I've added some half pearls and flossed buttons - 'cause flowers just didn't look right, haha! ;)

Thank you so much for visiting. Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT have created - you'll find the full list over on the La-La land Crafts blog!! 


Saturday 28 January 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge - Handmade Embellishments

Morning all! Wow, yesterday was one long day... and I saw all 24hrs of it! So much for my smooth journey, what could go wrong - DID!! Well I'm here in Anaheim ready for my first CHA experience -  EXCITED!!

Anywhoooo.. we have a new challenge for you over on Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps challenge. Our theme this week is Handmade Embellishments - my favourite challenge ever... NOT!! lol. Boy do I struggle with this theme! So I decided to make some flowers out of patterned papers and add card candy centres.

On my card I've used one of the new Goddesses - Aphrodite - and coloured her with copic markers. My papers are .. erm.. ok, I'm drawing a complete blank here .. but anyway... I've machine stitched them onto brown and white cardstock. I used Whiff of Joy dies to cut the flowers and added some card candy or Wild Orchid Crafts flowers to the centres. The sentiment comes with the stamp. 

Don't forget to hop over to the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge blog to see what delicious creations the rest of the DT have come up with - and to find out what the prize for this challenge is! 

Have a great day

Friday 27 January 2012

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Love is in the Air

Hi everyone! Well I'm on my way.. here's to no traffic delays on my way to Dublin, a smooth flight with no delays, a quick stopover with time for coffee!!, another smooth flight with no delays and a hassle free shuttle to the hotel!! lol.

As you know by now, every Monday and Friday the design teams from La-La Land Crafts bring you a new and inspirational theme and this week our theme is......

Love is in the Air
On my card I have used a digi scene which can be bought as a digi HERE or as individual stamps - Marci with Heart Balloon, Luka with Heart Balloon & Garden Bench Set

They have been coloured with copic markers-
Marci - Skin: E000, 00, 01, 11. R20. Hair: E50, 51, 53, 55. Dress/Hairband: R81, 83, 85. Shoes: C3, 5, 7, 9
Luka - Skin: E000, 00, 01, 11. R20. Hair: E23, 25, 27. Shirt/Shoes: B41, 45. Pants: E42, 43, 44.
Garden Bench - C3, 5, 7, 9
Balloons - R22, 24, 29

 My papers are  called Love Me and they are from My Mind's Eye. I've matted and stitched them onto pink and red cardstock.

The sentiment die cuts came with the kit. I have added some glossy accents to the heart on the You + Me ticket to give it more dimension.

The pearl/diamond swirl is from Prima and the acetate "Together Forever" circle is from the Love Letter collection by Little Yellow Bicycle.

Challenges -
Inspire Me Fridays – Link Up Party
Poodles Parlour - Valentine / Love 
Simply Create Too - Love is in the Air
Stampin With The Dragon - Anything Goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - Valentine / Love
Crafty Purple Frog - Valentine's Day/Show us some love

Thanks for dropping by!
Have a wonderful Friday

Thursday 26 January 2012

DT Whiff of Joy - Bon Voyage :D

Hi everyone. Today I am sharing a card I made using one of the Travel stamps from Whiff of Joy. As I am off to the CHA convention tomorrow I felt it appropriate to have a travel themed card today, lol.

This little guy is called Waiting for the Train. In hindsight I should have used Catching the Plane.. or Around the World, as  a train is about the only means of transport I won't be taking in the next few days!!

My papers are BG Indie Bloom, and I've matted and stitched them to both white and kraft cardstock. The luscious ribbon is also from Whiff of Joy, it's a beautiful satin ribbon that comes in many colours - you can find it HERE.

To embellish I've added some half pearls

Ok, well I had better get myself off to bed for some sleep. I am packed, my email confirmations have been printed and I have my kindle/iPod charged up for the long journey!

Have a great night.. or evening if you're to the left of me ;)

Wednesday 25 January 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie/Art du Scrapbooking Blog Hop

Welcome to a fantastic joint blog hop featuring Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and the Art du Scrapbooking store in Quebec! 

Grab a cup of coffee and sit back to enjoy all the gorgeous creations using the January release of new stamps from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps! 

You should have arrived here from Martine's blog but if not and you’d like to start the hop from the beginning, head over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps challenge blog. Be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky random stampers will WIN some prizes!! 

All the new images are now available at the Art du Scrapbooking store online and in person or from the KKS online shop, where you will find ALL our stamps! Get ready....get set.....HOP!!

On my card I have used Artemis, coloured with copic markers. All of the papers {My Mind's Eye, flowers {Prima} and embellishments are available from Art du Scrapbooking. 

 Your next stop on the hop is Manon.

Happy Hopping!!

Monday 23 January 2012

Basic Grey Challenges - Favourite Things

Our challenge this fortnight over on Basic Grey Challenges is "FAVOURITE THINGS". We would like to see you using all the things you love most in making your projects !  

You MUST use a Basic Grey product somewhere in your creation and please let us know which BasicGrey product you used in your blog post.

As always, our wonderful sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering one lucky winner a fab $25 shopping spree in the Simon Says Superstore 

On my card today I used a Fairy image which the very generous Victoria Case sent to me. She is offering this freebie to her Facebook fans and in return all she asks is that you colour it up and post it to her wall. 

My papers are Basic Grey Indie Bloom 6x6 and my favourite things are Fairies, Ribbon, Flowers, Glitter & Bling. 

Challenges - 
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Kenny K Krafty Girlz - "Get your Bling On"
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Must use a digi – Ribbons / Bows
Hotshot Crafts – Flowers
Inspire Me Fridays – Link Up Party
Moving Along With The Times - Things with wings


Sunday 22 January 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenges - In The Spotlight!

It's Sunday.. which means I'm late posting my card for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!!
Yesterday was just one of those days.

This week our challenge is to spotlight part of an image, or stamp a portion of an image (rather than the whole image)! The prize for this challenge is the "Roxy" stamp that is featured on Elaine's card.

On my card I've part stamped Judy. The sentiment also comes with the stamp. My papers are Garden Party from Making Memories and they are Spring/Easter papers. I've stitched them down onto green or pink cardstock.

I used copics to colour my image and then cut it out with a classic circle nestabilities. The gingham ribbon and pearls are from my stash and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
The inside of my card is decorated to co-ordinate with the outside. 
Challenges - 
Secret Crafter - Food and Drink
Card Makin' Mamas - Something Old {papers}
Fairy Fun Fridays - California Dreaming
Hotshot Crafts – Flowers
Inspire Me Fridays – Link Up Party
Stampin With The Dragon - Anything Goes
Colour Create - Colour Inspiration* Pink and Green (optional: Handmade Flowers)
Thanks for dropping by. Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team ladies' creations over on the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge blog. 


Wednesday 18 January 2012

DT Whiff of Joy & Whiff of Joy Challenge

Hi everyone!! Well good ole' blogger let me down again and didn't publish this post for me.. but my silver lining is that it fits the new Whiff of Joy Challenge - Love is in the Air - which starts today :D 

On my card I've used another of the wonderful Valentine release stamps - Henry with Large Bow. This little guy just oozes CUTENESS!!!!! 


 I embossed some white cardstock with my swirl embossing folder and stitched it down onto some red card. Before stitching it, I adhered the ribbon so that it too would be stitched on each side.

I coloured Henry with Copic markers and trimmed him out, then I adhered him with 3D foam dots for added dimension. 

The sentiment is by Waltzingmouse Stamps and I've cut it out with my cuttlebug and a classic circle nestabilities and then mounted it on foam dots. For embellishment I've added some white pearls.

Challenges - 
Card and Scrap - Clean and Simple
Just Tracys Crafts Challenge - Love is in the Air
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop -  Be my Valentine
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Valentine's Day
TCP Tuesday - Embossing
Outlawz - Color Challenge* Twist, Embossing

Thanks for popping in!
Have a wonderful day

Tuesday 17 January 2012

DT Quixotic Paperie - Ally & Beeble Live Laugh Love

Hi everyone!! I would like to share a card I made for Quixotic Paperie using one the very sweet Emerald Faerie Gardens characters - Ally and Beeble.

I've designed my card based on this months sketch, which can be found HERE. A random winner of the sketch challenge will receive a £15 prize to use at Quixotic Paperie!

I used copic markers to colour my image and cut it out using circle nestabilities {first trimming out around the feet, then I stitched it down onto a scalloped circle which as was also cut out with nestabilities.

My papers are Fancy Pants Designs - It's the Little Things, and they've been stitched down on to white cardstock. My base is kraft cardstock.  To embellish, I've only  added some cream pearls 

Challenges I am entering
Digi Makeover Challenge - "A Fairy Nice Day"
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Bloggers - Wings and Things
Alphabet Challenge – Y … You Can Choose
Inspire Me Fridays – Link Up Party
Simply Create Too - More than 2 Layers

Thanks for dropping by! 

Monday 16 January 2012

DT Whiff of Joy - Puppy Love

Good afternoon! Today I would like to share a card I made using one of the Valentines release stamps from Whiff of Joy

I have absolutely no clue what brand my papers are. I have a huge tote bag filled with papers that has been untouched in about 2yrs. I'm on a mission to use up what I have, but the call of all the fabulous new papers is sometimes too hard to resist, lol. 
I coloured my image - Called Puppy Love -with copic markers. Then in matted and stitched my papers. The inside of the card has been done in coordinating papers.  The gold rimmed brads are also from Whiff of Joy.

Challenges - 
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
MyGrafico - Love and Valentines
Paper Creations Ink - Love/Romance
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Colours: Pink, Grey
Card Cupids - Valentines 
Pile It On - Fuzzy Friends
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Something new {stamps}

Thanks for dropping by today. 

Sunday 15 January 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie January Release Blog Hop

It’s Krafty RELEASE Day and it’s our first release of the year!!  Today Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps is releasing their new JANUARY stamps and there’s SO much awesomeness to SEE!! 

If you've come here from the Jeanne's blog then you're on the right track. If not you need to head back to the Kraftin' Kimmie blog where the hop begins. 

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of FUN new stamps for you to get inky with!  We’ve got something for everyone!! There is a fun new SET by Cheryl Alger for the little ladies in your life!!  It’s called LOVELY LULU!  We also have TWO fantastic sets from Emilie Goulet called KITTY KAPERS 1 AND KITTY KAPERS 2!!!  And of course we have an amazing new set of six GORGEOUS GODDESSES stamps from Annie Rodrigue!  PLUS we are also releasing a sassy coordinating set of GODDESS SENTIMENTS!!
The Goddess I've used on my card today is Athena and I've used a matching sentiment from the Goddess Sentiments set. 

You will get to see most of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our JANUARY Krafty Hop!  If you want to start from the beginning, just head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge Blog!  As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible stamps from the new release!!  And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are NOW available! 

And of course, as always, we have our Gimme Kimmies Kits available for those of you who ‘need it all’!!  (You’ve been buying presents for everyone else all month long….don’t you think it’s time to reward your krafty self a little bit??!! ) The stamps are grouped together by artist and are available at a discount, but only for a limited time!!

Next on your hop is Cheryl and, in case you've lost your way, below is the full list of participants today. 

1. Challenge blog
2.  Kerry
3.  Peggy Marsh
4.  Melanie
  5.  Elaine
6.  Amanda
8.  Annie 
9.  Angie
10.  Jeanne  
11.  Sandie {you're here} 
12.  Cheryl
13.  Jenny
14.  Nicole 
15.  Michele 
16.  Sharon
17.  Diana
18.  Pam 
19.  Emilie
20.  Kimmie  

Have fun hopping!

Saturday 14 January 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie January Release Sneak Peeks - Day 3 and Challenge

It’s the third day of Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps release previews AND the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps challenge which is a fabulous sketch to work with. 

We have an amazing release by Annie Rodriguez - The Goddesses!! 

My image is called Gaia, isn't she just fabulous?!! I love the John Lennon quote that comes with her - absolutely perfect! 

My papers are from Authentique, and have been machine stitched. I've added some Wild Orchid flowers and Kaisercraft pearls for embellishment.

There will be 2 lucky random commenters who will each get three of Annie's new stamps so make sure you comment as you go through the full list of ladies showcasing these stamps today.

Thanks for dropping by! 

Friday 13 January 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie January Release Sneak Peeks - Day 2

Good morning. I do hope you enjoyed yesterday's pre-release peeks from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. Today the team are showcasing the fabulous new stamps by Emilie Goulet. 

There are 2 super sweet sets being released and my cute little image from
Kitty Kapers 1

I went really clean and simple with this card and I just love it. The sentiment is perfect with it and the white background makes the image pop. 

I used white, blue and brown cardstock and stitched them all down.

To embellish I added some blue sateen ribbon and a few pearls. My kitty was coloured with copic markers.

Make sure you visit all the Krafty Girls, the full list is over at Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge Blog. And don't forget to comment as you go because Kimmie is going to give TWO random commenters one of the sets each.

Thanks for dropping by! 
Back tomorrow with another peek for you ;)

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday

 Hi everyone!! Every Monday and Friday the design teams from La-La Land Crafts bring you a new and inspirational theme and this week our theme is......

Create a Scene

 I had such fun with this one. The image above uses 3 rubber stamps- Sweet Heart Marci, Panda, &  Heart Chair or the readily created scene in digital format is available here

Skin - E000, 00, 01, 11. R20
Hair - E50, 51, 53, 43
Dress & Shoes - R81, 83, 85, 89
Shirt - Y02, 04, 17
Heart Banner - R22, 24, 29

Panda: C1, 3, 5, 9 and tip-to-tip C5 to C9

B00, 02, 04
E21, 23, 25, 27
YG21, 23, 25

Make it Crafty Background Digital Stamp:
Floor/Picture Frame: E41, 43, 44
Fireplace: E07, 19, 59, 93, 95, 97. Fire: Y04, 17. YR14, 23, 31

Other Challenges -

Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - No Floral Embellishments
House of Gilli - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
The Outlawz - Sending a Hug/and Luvin
Craft a Scene - Must include a Scene - Anything goes

Thursday 12 January 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie January Release Sneak Peeks - Day 1

Good morning! It's the first day of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps December peeks and today the Krafty team are showcasing fabulous new images by Cheryl Alger. 
This stamp comes as part of a set of three images with five coordinating sentiments and is called Lovely Lulu

My papers are by Magnolia and I've stitched them down onto blue and white cardstock.The ribbon is from Wild Orchid Craft. I've flossed the button with baker's twine and tied it around the ribbon. 

I added clear skittles to look like water droplets. 

My sweet Lulu was coloured with copic markers and then I used circle nestabilities to cut out the circle, mounting it onto a blue scalloped circle also cut with nestabilities.

You can find a list of direct links to all participating design team members HERE
Be sure to leave comments as one random commenter will receive Cheryl’s new set! 

Have fun!

Sunday 8 January 2012

Colo{u}r Me Creative : Retro Fun -- Hot Pink/Black/White

Good morning!! We have a new challenge up over on the Color Me Creative group.

Your challenge this time is all about

** RETRO FUN--Hot Pink/Blacks/Whites**

Show some retro fun by using a hot pink-black-white combo!

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

Use Inspiration Pictures Below as well!

-Use any image you want BUT MAKE SURE YOU LINK BACK TO THE CMC CHALLENGE in your blog post!!


-Image MUST be colored with Copics or ProMarkers or Colored Pencils!

Entries MUST be tagged and uploaded to the photo gallery by Jan. 19th at 8:00 pm EST!



Visit their store for a great selection of digi stamps perfect for copic/promarker/pencil coloring!!
One (1) Lucky Winner will a fabulous prize from
GuyLou's Inimitability

Other Challenges - 
One Stop Craft - Bingo {embossing, punch, flowers}
Fabulous Friday – Cardstock only, no patterned paper 
Create Me Pink Challenges - Black and white plus a splash of color
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters  - Black, white, and one other color
Paper Take Weekly - Anything Goes with the option of New Theme

Thanks for dropping by! 
Have a wonderful Sunday

Saturday 7 January 2012

Basic Grey Challenges - Something New {from your craft supplies}

Hi everyone! Only 2 more days until the kiddos go back to school and the endless round of uniforms, lunches, homework and school runs begins, lol. It's been so nice having them home but they are eager to see their classmates and are looking forward to being back in school.

We have our first challenge of 2012 up over on Basic Grey Challenges and our theme is Something New - we would like to see you use something new from your craft supplies. Your 'new' product does not need to be Basic Grey but you must use some Basic Grey on your project. 

My Basic Grey Papers  are a mix of Two Scoops and Eskimo Kisses. They've been machine stitched onto some pink/white/brown cardstock.

My image is from Some Odd Girl and she's called Alice Mae. I've coloured her with copic markers and added some Star Dust stickles to her dress.

I have layered on loads of bling, flowers and stickles throughout the card and added a sentiment from Lily of the Valley. The crushed velvet ribbon is from my stash.

Other Challenges -
Some Odd Girl - Bling It Up"
Inspire Me Fridays – Link Up Party
  Jellypark Challenges - Something Old AND Something New {old papers, new bling}
Simply Create Too - More than 2 Layers
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Any Sentiment (but you must use your scraps)
Sassy Studio Designs - Use Something New
Inky Impressions - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - New Something {stash!}
CES Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

 Don't forget to check out what the other BG ladies have come up with!

Happy Saturday!!

Friday 6 January 2012

Love Bug Banners for Kids Blog Hop

Welcome to the “Love Bugs Banners for Kids” Hop.

Almost forty very talented crafty people have come together for a two day hop (Friday, January 6th and Saturday, January 7th) to showcase handmade banners that will be donated to the children at Pediatric Specialty Care. The hope of these banners is that they bring smiles to these children's faces and awareness of Pediatric Specialty Care to all those that hop along.

The “Love Bugs Banner for Kids” Hop has some awesome sponsors and prizes to give away to all those that hop along and leave comments. The more blogs you visit and leave comments at, the more chances you have of winning. That means if you hop through all 20 blogs each day and leave a comment on each blog then you are in the drawing 40 times!

Our Generous Sponsors are:

Jellypark Digital Stamps will award
2 free digi-images to the winner of this prize!
The winner of this prize will be selected
via RANDOMdotORG from all the
comments received on Day #1.

K Andrews Designs (thank you, Kristal!) will donate
one fabulous stamp set to the winner of his prize!
The winner of this special prize will be presented
to the creator of the banner picked by the kids
at Pediatric Specialty Care as their favorite.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Designs will donate
FIVE (5!!!) digital images to the winner of this prize.
The winner of this prize will be chosen via
RANDOMdotORG from all the comments
posted on Day #2 (Saturday).

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.

Now on with the hop....If you have come from Ellen's Blog then you are on the right track but if you have come here by chance – great! but please start from the beginning at and continue through from there.

For my banner I used a selection of digital images that I got from various stores, I can't remember some of them, sorry :(

Meljen's Designs

Whimsey Stamps

Thank you for joining us today on our “Love Bug Banner for Kids” Hop for the children of Pediatric Specialty Care. Please continue on to Lori's blog and have a wonderful day.

Here is the full list of participants today - 
  1. Ellen ♥ CardMonkey -
  2. Sandie Dunne -
  3. Lori Apgar -
  4. The Scrapbooking  Queen~
  5. Linda Simpson -
  6. Lisa Lam-
  7. Jenny (Crazy About Cricut) -
  8. Ashley -
  9.  Haidee-
  10. Edwina -
  11. Jearise -
  12. Janet S -
  13. Denise -
  14. Jamie
  15. Teresa -
  16. Dena -
  17. Martha- 
  18. Erica