Thursday 28 April 2011


Hi lovely blogging friends - hope your weather is fabulous. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the sun will shine on the happy Royal Couple tomorrow ~  and isn't is great to have something joyful happening in the world.
Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun last week with the recycling challenge at MAWTT - there were some really amazing projects!
This week at MAWTT the Challenge theme is Pami's choice - "Anything Goes" - Yaayyy I hear you all shout!!  I know I did (thanks Pami)!! because I decided to indulge in a messy inky-fingers kind of day, and get out those Alcohol Inks which I love, but rarely use. So, here is my DT card:-

The Lavinia fairy has been stamped onto acetate with Black Staz-on, and only the image has been inked on the reverse with Alcohol Ink, with a little Glamour Dust here and there. 
The background was created on a second piece of acetate,  with more alcohol inks, then placed behind the main image piece. These were then layered onto white cardstock and secured with inked brads.
The black and green layers are SU card.  
The Toadstools and  branches at the base of the card are also Lavinia stamps.
The cream lace has been lightly coloured with Distress Inks.
Sentiment - Hero Arts.
So peeps - let's see your fabulous creations - the prize this week is a beautiful floral Hero Arts stamp set  from our lovely Sponsors -
The Stamp Man
I would like to enter my card into the following Challenges:-
Sparkles Forum Challenges - Anything Goes.
Joyful Stamper -  Anything Goes.
The Artistic Stamper - "Build it Up" (Layers).
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes, plus a BLOG HOP to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary!
Love to all ~

Wednesday 27 April 2011


Hi lovely Bloggers - just popping by with a card for the
Less Is More Challenge, which this week is "OFF CENTRE". I was in one of those "dark colour and bling" moods, when I made this (plus a ginormous Butterfly), so here it is!!

The purple card is Bazzill, the Butterfly die is Marianne (coated with Glamour Dust) and the stamped swirl is from Crafty Individuals. "With Love" sentiment - a very old favourite from PSX. 
Hope you like it ~

Sunday 24 April 2011


Happy Easter Sunday, Peeps!
At the Sentimental Sundays challenge  this week we would like you to use Three or More Punches  (plus a sentiment). Quite an easy-peasy one, so get out those punches and join in the fun!  As always, there are prizes to be won!
For my DT project I decided not to make a card (just for a change), but it could have been the thought of yummy chocolate eggs which inspired me to make an Easter basket. 
 The punches I used are :-
MS Doily Lace border punch.
SU heart punch for the base of the basket.
Woodware circle punch for the sentiment.
Woodware Daisy punches in 2 sizes for the flowers.
Other items used :-
All the papers are from Nitwit's "Egg-stra Special Collection", printed onto cream card.
Nestie circle for the outside border on the sentiment.
Sentiment - my own, created on the 'puter.
Glamour Dust.
Olive Green seam binding - from Wild Orchid Craft.
Mini chocolate eggs - Cadbury's (had to buy a second pack of these as I ate most of the first lot whilst I was making the basket)!!!!
The basket template can be found here:-
I would like to enter the little basket (but not the chocolates) into the following Challenge:-
CES - Spring Colours/Image.

Have a happy sunny week, wherever you are in the world.

Thursday 21 April 2011


Hi peeps - gorgeous weather again - hope it is where you are too. Had a fabulous day out yesterday with my 8-year old Granddaughter - we did the "ladies who lunch" bit, and lots of shopping for all things pink and sparkly (sadly, not for me)!! Then onto the climbing frames, metal tunnelly-slidey contraptions, and all things impossible for Grandmas to swing from (but the ice cream was fab.)!
So - back to the plot! I'm so excited to be sharing my first DT card today, for Moving Along With The Times,  and as April 22nd is Earth Day, the challenge this week is to use something Recycled on your project.
Do pop along to see what gorgeous creations the DT have come up with, and join in the fun!
Our lovely sponsor this week is Lady Bug Crafts Ink, and the prize is one stamp of the winner's choice.

My recycled bits and pieces are:-  Kraft wrapping paper from some packaging, a remnant of gingham from something I made several years ago, and two pieces torn from a VERY old dictionary which I have had since my school days (told you it was VERY old)!! If you enlarge the photo, you will just about see the wording.
Here's the dictionary - I would never destroy a book, but this is beyond redemption - it is genuinely "distressed"!!
The beautiful image is "What's Cookin''" from Mo Manning.
Other items used - Copics, MS border punch, circular sentiment from Papermania (a freebie), layered onto a Kraft and gingham flower made with the smallest die from Tim Holtz Tattered Florals. Some machine stitching and paper pricking to finish, and a Tiny sentiment from a KandCo stamp set in the top corner.
I would like to enter the following Challenges:-
Try it on Tuesday - Upcycling
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge
Crafts and Me - Pink and Sweet.
Have a wonderful Easter ~ 

Thursday 14 April 2011


OK Mr Blogger -  what have you done with my Lovely Followers - I miss them and want them back NOW!!
Update - HERE COME THE GIRLS! My Followers are back home after a 2-day holiday - I'm so happy to see them! 
Hope everyone is having a great week - I am popping by to share a couple of things with you, firstly a card for
Chrissie and Mandi's
Less is More Challenge which this week is to make a
ONE LAYER CARD with the SENTIMENT AS THE MAIN FOCUS. Mmmmm - not as easy as I first thought!!!
After seeing Chrissie's fab. tutorial on Nestie embossing, I so wanted to try it out.  Of course, my design is nowhere near as intricate as Chrissie's but I did eventually manage to achieve the embossed outline, using a Nestie Labels #4. 
The Sentiment stamp is from PSX.  I  punched out a tiny heart in the bottom corner, and added pink organza ribbon to finish.
If you haven't yet seen the LIM challenge site, do pop over and join in the fun - I'm sure you will love it.
Finally, I have some great news to share.
I have been offered a DT spot at Moving Along With The Times, and will be working alongside the mega-talented Team as from next week, and I'm over the moon!
Please pop over, join in the fun, and leave some lurve!

Sunday 10 April 2011


Update - 30th April - my card won a Top 3 place in the Sir Stampalot April Challenge - whoo-hoo!
Hi lovely bloggers - I do hope you are all enjoying some sunshine, wherever you are - the last couple of days have been beautiful in West Yorkshire, and don't those little sunbeams make you feel glad to be alive!
So, down to business - grab a cuppa, it's a loooong one today!!  
Time to share my DT card for this week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays - "Treasured Memories" (plus a sentiment).

I'm sure we all have lots of treasured memories of one kind or another, and I knew I wanted to use a "family" theme, (maybe the children, or grandchildren), but I decided to go further back in time, with two vintage photos which I have always treasured - one of my Mum, one of my Dad, taken in the early 1920's, before they were married. I only have a few photos of them in their youth, as cameras and photos were quite a luxury in those days. 
I think I may pop this into a suitable picture frame so I can actually look at the photos - seems a shame to keep them hidden away doesn't it.
My card recipe:-
Black SU cardstock - spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist.
Backing paper - Urban Junque from Rhonna Farrer. Edges distressed with scissors and inked with Distress Inks - Antique Linen/Brushed Corduroy.
Sentiment - Personal Impressions.
Apertures - Nestabilities, Labels 4.
Organza Ribbon and flower from stash.
So - get your thinking caps on peeps, and let us see more of your fabulous creations! There are prizes to be won, and our two mega-talented sponsors this week are:-
Melissa Jenkins of Mel Jen's Designs and
 Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs. Her sentiments can be found Here
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
Sir Stampalot - "Ladies and Fashion"
Creative Inspirations - Punches or Dies.
Have a fabulous week ~ thanks for popping by!

Monday 4 April 2011


Hi peeps, hope you are well and happy and enjoying beautiful Spring weather (although it's actually raining here today)! 
Another short post and another CAS card for Chrissi and Mandi's very addictive (in a good way!) Less Is More Challenge.  It's week 9, and A Touch of Red is required.  
I still get that "oooh something's missing" feeling when I am left with so much empty space though!!
Recipe: - 
Cinnabar stamp - Stampington (I really must buy some new stamps - it's so tempting to keep using the old favourites). 
Bliss stamp - SU
Distress Ink - Fired Brick
Versafine Ink - Onyx Black
Teeny red gem on the headdress flower.
I would also like to enter my card into the following challenge:-
Gingersnap Creations - "Geishas"
Have a happy week everyone ~