Sunday, 30 January 2011


Update - 18th Feb. - Wow, my Oriental card won First Prize at The Stamp Man -  a fabulous £10 voucher to spend in The Stamp Man store. Thank you Jill - that has really made my day!

Hi everyone - hope you are having a relaxing and enjoyable weekend, and thanks so much for popping by!
Wow, these Sundays come around very quickly don't they!  So, another DT card for Sentimental Sundays today, and I would love to see what everyone comes up with for this interesting challenge (and of course, a sentiment is required on your project please). The prize this week is four individual sentiment sets from Raindrop Echo Designs at Whimsy Stamps.
This beautiful "Cinnabar" stamp (Stampington and Co.) has been at the back of a drawer for a loooong time so I was very happy when I saw this week's Challenge title at Sentimental Sundays - "Chinese New Year or Asian Inspired".   So peeps - I blew the cobwebs off the stamp, inked it with Black Staz-on and stamped the image onto acetate, then applied gold leaf on the reverse - great idea I thought, until I came to take a photograph that is!! (Naughty acetate)!
The side panels are strips of handmade gold crinkle paper (Washi Momigami), layered onto red card.
My Mizuhiki Knot is made with red Mizuhiki strands, but I know I went wrong somewhere with the ups and overs and unders - (it's so long since I made one)! They are stunning when knotted properly by an expert, and some amazing examples can be found on the www.  There are also various websites which sell the strands and the beautiful Washi papers.
The black card is from SU, and the beautiful sentiment by Ann Vento is printed onto red card.
Edges gilded with a Gold Krylon pen.
Inside of card lined with patterned Washi paper.
I am entering my card into the Oriental Challenge at The Stamp Man. ,the "Whateva" challenge at Stamptacular. and the "Love is ..." challenge at
Wild Orchid Challenges
Have a wonderful Sunday and a very happy week.


Yes - two posts in one day again, but things will be back to normal very soon!!
The challenge at OSAAT this week is "Inspiration from a photo":-
and I chose this beautiful "Lady Klimt" image of Claire's (Hope Jacare), which is available to purchase from Stitchy Bear Stamps. 
I printed the image onto white card and coloured the background with Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks, swirled on with a shaving brush (AKA an Ink Duster!) 
The image is coloured here and there with Copics, and mounted onto black card.
I used Yellow Bazzill cardstock and an Anna Griffin template to make the bag.
Added two lengths of satin ribbon - one green, one black, to secure the opening.
The  bag charm was made with punched circles glued back-to-back to create a "sandwich", with a thread through the centre and a couple of beads at the bottom.
I would like to enter this project into these challenges -  Cute Daisy May - Any shape but square and Everybody Art - A Bag or A Box.
Thanks for visiting - have a fabulous Sunday.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Wow peeps - you've just got to pop over to
Lovin Ink. There are TWO (yes two) free places up for grabs at the Lovin Ink Retreat at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, 26 - 28 March. Full details of how to enter can be found by clicking the link above - so what are you waiting for?!!!  Good luck (I've got my fingers and toes crossed)!!
See the fab. candy on offer too!!

Sunday, 16 January 2011


24th January Update!! My little birdie has been chosen as "The Shabby Tea Room Tea Time Terrific Top Three Winner" - whoo-hoo and tweet tweet!! Thank you so much
Hi Peeps - hope you are all having a great weekend ~
This is my DT card for the "Winter" challenge at Sentimental Sundays and I hope you like it.
Thank you to everyone who entered their fabulous projects into the last Challenge - pop over next week to find out if you are a winner!  More prizes are up for grabs this week,  so get your thinking caps on crafters! Winter is something we have all experienced, so I know you will have lots of amazing ideas. (As always, a sentiment is required on your project). 
PLUS - there are freebie sentiments and DT inspiration if you need it!!
My DT card recipe:-
Easel card created with Nesties Labels 1.
My favourite SU punch - "Two-step Bird" (love it)! I layered two birds to give dimension.
Distress inks to lightly colour the Robin - Antique Linen, Tattered Rose and Spiced Marmalade with a light touch of Antique Linen on the larger Nestie.
A huge amount of Glamour dust (did I go over the top)?
Flowers - EK Success Retro Flower punches.
Swiss Dots CB embossing folder.
Pearl sprays and pearl gems.
Sentiment - my own (computer generated).
I would like to enter the following challenges:
 Sir Stampalot - A Winter's Tale, 
 Crafty Cardmakers - Use Red and a Die Cut.
The Shabby Tearoom - White and Bright.


Hi peeps, here I am again!  Wow - two posts in one day, that's a record for me!!
So - here is my DT card for this week's challenge over at OSAAT. The theme is New Beginnings, which gives you quite a wide range of options - new home, new baby, new job, new love - oooh the list is endless!! Can't wait to see your wonderful projects, and thanks to everyone who took part in the fun last week - your creations were fabulous!
This week's prize is a £10 voucher from our wonderful sponsor Joanna Sheen to spend in her on-line shop.
My take on the theme, is the beginning of a new season - Winter into Spring, when the new green shoots and tiny buds start to appear. (I love Spring)!
I have used a beautiful tree image from a digi set by Gingerloft, available to purchase from Stitchy Bear Stamps (please see the link in my sidebar).
The Winter tree scene is sprinkled here and there with Glamour Dust, and the Spring tree is the same image with Distress inks for a hint of colour, Copics to create some tiny flowers, and a kiss of craft chalk for the sky.
SU card for the layers, and some green Anna Griffin ribbon to finish.
The sentiment is computer-generated.
Did you know that OSAAT will be ONE YEAR OLD
on Feb. 14th?
Have you picked up your
1st Birthday Bash banner yet? 
If you want to know what this is all about - pop over to
OSAAT  for the details ~  there are prizes to be won.......!!
Wishing you all a splendiferous week!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


Don't you just LOVE it when the time comes to re-decorate your crafty space - what a frustrating week it's been!  Crafty stash and storage boxes all over the place, computer out of action a lot of the time, and me as hubby's gofor, and painter of doors and skirting boards etc. - oh what fun!! 
So, as well as joining in at the lovely Julia's WOYWW, this is also an apology for my lack of blogging/commenting/visting this last few days. (I've missed ya all)!! The good news is, the room is now finished, the carpet fitter is coming today - Yaaay!!! so normal service will be resumed pretty soon!!
~ Love to everyone ~

Sunday, 2 January 2011


Update - January 18th - my card was chosen as "Card of the Week" at Phindy's Place Challenges!! 
Hope you have all recovered from the Christmas/ New Year celebrations (and all those choccies)!! Now tell me honestly - how many of you can't wait to put the trimmings away and get back to normal, and how many of you feel a tinge of sadness when the tree comes down, and those beautiful twinkling lights are packed away for another year?!!
So peeps, here is the first Sentimental Sundays challenge of 2011, which is "Celebrate Friendship". Details can be found by clicking the link above, and there are some fab. freebies up for grabs too, and of course some great DT inspiration!! Thanks to everyone who entered last week's challenge - lots of fabulous projects once again. Winners will be announced on the SS Blog on Tuesday.
My DT card recipe is:
The fab. "Fishing" image, which I printed onto Kraft card, is from Phindy's Place,
coloured with Copics, edges inked with Broken China DI.  I used a soft touch  of white colouring pencil on the collar and cuffs.
Sentiment - by Ann Vento at Raindrop Echo Designs.
Kraft card - Stampin Up.
Card layers - Core'Dinations "Cappucino", edges distressed with sandpaper and scissors.
Paper layers - Amy Butler Sola (KandCo).
Linen thread - Stampin Up.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
My Time To Craft - Something New, which could be a technique or crafty stash etc. (Using Copics on Kraft card was a first for me, and the SU Linen Thread is brand new)!,
Incy Wincy - Distressing, and
Phindys Place - Distressing.