Sunday, 22 March 2015

Count Your Rainbows...

Well as promised I'm back with this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge which is "Buttons, Brads &/or Bling" (+ a sentiment).  This week are Sami Stamps & I used Umbrella Splash.  I paper pieced most of the image & added a brad to the umbrella.  I cut an aperture in my card with a circle die &  added some rainbow paper behind.  I finished off with a stamped sentiment & buttons.

The challenges:
Crafty Boots - Spring
Crafty Creations - Chevrons or Stripes
Time Out - Clean and Simple
Crafts 4 Eternity - Pastel Shades
QKR Stampede - Think Spring
Inky Impressions - Pastel Colours
{PIN}spirational - Spring Photo Inspiration 
Simon Says - Spring Pinterest Inspiration 
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Pastels
Little Claire - Springtime

I hope you're all having a nice weekend. My week ended horribly (with a visit to the dentist for a crown fitting & 2 filling in wisdom teeth & my cheek is still sore from the injections) so I was glad to have 2 days to recover.  Managed to do a bit of crafting which always helps me feel better :o) & this afternoon it will be watching tv with hubby & drinking tea :D  Hopefully the working week won't come around too quickly.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Better Late Than Never?

Well considering it's Saturday & there is a new Sentimental Sundays challenge tomorrow I'm pretty much as late as you can be lol BUT I have a good excuse... my mojo went walkabout :o(  We were given fabulous images from our sponsor Polka Doodles (I used Octavia Moonfly Wistful) so I really wanted to showcase them.  I had so many problems with this card, the colouring, the background (done with twinkling H2Os), the liquid pearls smudged etc, the list goes on, so don't look too closely!  I finished off with a doily, lace, die cut border & corner, pearls, punched & glazed butterflies, sentiment, Glamour Dust and a gem. 

The challenges:
Whimsy Stamps - Use a Die Cut
Just Inspirational - Flourish & Bling 
2 Cute Ink - Glitter 
C.R.A.F.T. - Mother's Day/Female 
That's Crafty! - Wings 'n Things 
Fussy & Fancy - Girly 
Card & Scrap - Use Layers  
Pile it On - Use 3 of Something (butterflies)

 See you tomorrow for the new challenge ;o)  

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Lace & Pearls (& a bit of Kraft for Good Measure!)

Wow! It's Sunday again & time for another challenge at Sentimental Sundays which is "Lace & Pearls" (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by the wonderful The East Wind & the DT were lucky enough to get some gorgeous images from them.  For something different this time I coloured my image with chalk.  The papers are The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady & were free with a mag ages ago.  I distressed the edges & finished off with lace, flowers, punched heart & butterflies, pearls, liquid pearls & stamped sentiment.  

The challenges:
Stampavie & More - Butterflies
Fairy Tale - Kraft
Brown Sugar - Spring
Creative Corner - Nature Inspired
Allsorts - Spring is in the Air
Digi Galore - It's All About Her/Mother's Day
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Be Part of a DT
Cute Card Thursday - Die Cuts & Punches 
The Pink Elephant - Girly Girl

I hope you're having a lovely weekend.  I went to the Knit & Stitch Show at Olympia in London yesterday which was fab, I got a few goodies & a few ideas :o)  Today was spent catching up with my crafting & the Voice (tv prog) & baking/eating buns.  Hugs xxx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Last Challenge at Jellypark Friends

I have always loved Jellypark images & I was lucky enough to be part of the DT since Claire started the blog.  Unfortunately all good things must come to an end & this will be the last challenge for Jellypark Friends.  The theme is "One For The Mums" & I hope you will join us & help us go out with a Bang!  For my card I used "Flowers in a Vase" which is one of my favourite images as it is so versatile & coloured it with ProMarkers.  I used Cheery Lynn doily die & added ribbon, pearl & a button, finishing the card with Glamour Dust & a greeting.  

The challenges:
The Paper Shelter - Make it Digital
Pile It On - Adhesive Embellishments (pearls)
Inky Chicks - Flowers
Freshly Brewed - 1 Image, 1 Sentiment
That Craft Place - Mother's Day/Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - Flowers
Digi Galore - All About Her
The Ribbon Girl - Add Flowers
Cheery Lynn - Doilies
Crafting Musketeers - Ribbons & Pearls

Have a great week :o)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Happy Anniversary

This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Anything Goes" (+ a sentiment) & I've made an anniversary card for my In-Laws (hence killing 2 birds with 1 stone, which is great for time saving :o) - I've only just realised how horrible that saying is though lol).  The paper was free with a magazine, I used a heart doily, punched hearts & butterfly & a die cut sign finishing off with some pearls.  Are fab sponsor this week is Rick St Dennis :o)  You have a free reign this week so I hope that you can join us!

The challenges:
Whimsy Stamps - Use a Sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Fancy Corners
Little Claire's - Love
Crafty Catz - Use Your Dies/Punches
Crafter's Cafe - Lots of Layers  
Penny's - Lots of Layers
Incy Wincy - Distressing 

Hope you're having a fab Sunday xx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Hey Chickie!

Single layer cards are the order of the day at Sentimental Sundays this week (+ a sentiment).  As I won 4 images from Bugaboo I thought I'd use one of those.  This was a really quick card as the image was already coloured :D  I did add hand draw/colour the branch though (I really thought I was going to mess the card up but it came out better than expected). I just finished off with a couple of pearls & some embroidery thread.  I've gotta keep this brief cos we're just in from a very bracing walk along the seafront & hubby is waiting for me to snuggle up on the sofa & watch a movie (& I could really do with a cuppa).

The challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks - Things With Wings
Southern Girls - Winged Things
Open Minded Crafting - Up In The Air
Eureka Stamps - Birds of a Feather
Crafty Boots - Add a Sentiment
Creative Craft Cottage - Include a Sentiment
QKR Stampede - Critters

Here is my original card, but realised it not strictly single layer lol

 Thanks for looking & enjoy the rest of the weekend & have a great week! xx

Sunday, 15 February 2015

All You Need is Love!

Well maybe not all you need but it is definitely needed in whatever shape or form :o)  This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Happy Valentines Day" (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by Paper Nest Dolls so you have the chance to win some gorgeous images, talking of gorgeous images I used "Heart Lollipop Avery".  I coloured her with ProMarkers, used a heart doily, die cut border, hearts & banner & finished off with a mini envelope, some pearls & a sequin (ooh & a bit of ink & Glamour Dust thrown in for good measure).  I hope you can share your Valentines creations with us this week.

The Challenges:
Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy - All About Love 
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Love is in the Air
Crafts 4 Eternity - Two's (2 die cut hearts)
House of Cards - Love 
Die Cuttin Divas - Photo Inspiration 
Deep Ocean - Love is all Around
Crafting by Designs - Love is all Around
Tuesday Throwdown - Love is in the Air

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day.  We had full English breakfast with friends & my lovely hubby got me a lovely pressie & card & today we're seeing our son Stuart & having roast dinner with the inlaws :o) Enjoy your Sunday & have a great week xx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Seeing Red!

Well I'm not seeing red lol that is this week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by the wonderful Aurora Wings & the DT got to use some of their fabulous images; I used Poppy Sprite which I coloured with ProMarkers, the papers were from my stash, I did some stitching & finished the card off with a punched flower, stamped ticket, ribbon & gem.  I haven't done any colouring for ages & it was quite therapeutic even if it never turns out exactly how I imagined lol.

The challenges:
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Hiding in my Craft Room - Colour Challenge
Digi Galore - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Stamp or Digi
Card and Scrap - Use Flowers
Card Mania - Add Some Red

I hope you're having a lovely weekend :o) xx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Mr & Mrs...

Happy Sunday everyone!  Though the weather here is not looking too bright; sleeting & windy.  It's okay for me as I'm warm & cosy in my craft room but poor ol hubby is out there playing footy.  Speaking of husbands... this week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Wedding/Anniversary" (+ a sentiment).  I kept it CAS using up some paper I've had for years & a Pink Petticoat sentiment (I love Pink Petticoat).  The hearts are a Martha Stewart punch - thinking about it now I think it's a little too plain so I'm going to add a couple of sequins or pearls but can't be bothered to photo it again so you will have to use your imagination lol.  I hope you will have time to join us.

I decorated the inside a lil too
 The challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Love/Valentines Day
Kitty Bee- Valentines/Love
Fairytale - Something with a Heart
Scraping for Fun - All About Love
Bunny Zoe - Hearts
We Do Doobadoo - Romance
C.R.A.F.T - Valentines Day/Love

Thanks for looking & enjoy the rest of your Sunday :o) xx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Everyone's Favourite Challenge...

Yes this week the challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Anything Goes" (+ a sentiment) & we have a fab sponsor - Sweet Pea Stamps & the DT were lucky enough to chose an image to work with, it was a hard choice but I decided (eventually) on Conie Fong's Spring Flowers digi which I watercoloured using Sakura Tiara (sparkle) pens & a water brush (the skin, hair & basket were coloured using ProMarkers).  It was a bit hit & miss but on the whole I'm quite pleased with the result :o)  The paper is Riverbank Revels by Helz Cuppleditch (Trimcraft) which has a lovely texture to it, I punched, inked & glittered a butterfly & finished off with lace, flowers, greeting & pearls.

The challenges:
Emerald Faeries - It's All About Bling
CCC Digi Creations - Digi/Flowers
Crafty Boots - Butterflies 
Just Inspirational - Sparkle
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons - Things With Wings
Ladybug Crafts - Say It With Flowers
Fussy & Fancy - Things With Wings
Allsorts - Lace & Pearls
Country View Crafts - Use Something New To You (flowers, paper, lace)
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Use Your New Stash (as above) 
Freshly Brewed - Favourites (butterflies, flowers, lace pearls)

I hope you're having a lovely weekend & can find some time to craft & join our challenge :o) xx

Sunday, 18 January 2015

It's Sunday....(again, how did that happen!)

 So it's time for another challenge from Sentimental Sundays & this week it's "New Beginnings" (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by Bugaboo & there is the chance to win some fab images :o)  My card this time is a bit different, I used scraps of fabric & my sewing machine to make a little house design with button windows and door.  With just an accent of Kraft card & a stamped greeting. I hope you can join us & I always look forward to seeing what wonderful designs you come up with :D

The challenges:
Crafty Calender - What's New
Papertake - It's All New
Fab 'n' Funky - Something New
The Male Room - New Beginnings
Simon Says - It's A Guy Thing
Kitty Bee - Scraps
Crafty Catz - New Beginnings

I hope you're having a great weekend & it's not going as fast as mine.  I've done some baking & made an apple crumble which I'm now going to eat with some creme fraiché & a cup of tea & watch a movie with hubby :o) (the perfect way to spend a winters afternoon).

Friday, 16 January 2015

Just a Quickie...

Many of you know there have been changes in the EU VAT rules that caused a lot of fabulous designers of digital images to stop trading.  This happened to one of my very favourites Jellypark but luckily Claire has been able to open her digital shop again HERE.  As you will see there are some gorgeous designs including "The Office Bundle".  (Oooh & don't forget to join the Jellypark Facebook page too & keep up-to-date with all things Jellypark :o)


Sunday, 11 January 2015

I'm Back!

Hello & Happy New Year everyone (hope I'm not too late to say that).  I hope you all had a very happy Christmas as I did :)  I'm really sorry I wasn't around much the latter part of last year but I'm determined to do better this year, I really missed blogging & visiting your fab blogs.  I managed to do some crafting though not as much as I would like & I just couldn't find time to keep up my blog.  I was lucky enough to only lose 1 follower so thank you guys for sticking with me, I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs again :o)

So to start this year off we have a new challenge at Sentimental Sundays & the theme is "Winter Sparkle" (with a sentiment) & our sponsor is our very own Sandy from Scribbles Designs & I used her Let it Snowmen image which I water coloured with Sakura glitter pens (though you can't see the sparkle in the photo).  I made an ATC with a little envelope to go with it (both have some Glamour Dust added too).  I hope you can join us & why not check out the other DT members creations for more inspiration.

The challenges:
Fairytale - Snow
Frosted Designs - White as a Snowflake
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers -  W for Wow it's Cold
Di's Digis - Winter
Crafty Hazelnuts - Inspired by Christmas Carol or Song
Order of the Opus Gluei - Anything but a Card
Quirky Crafts - Clean and Simple
CAS on Sunday - Christmas
Electic Ellapu - (Purple Team) Anything but a Card

It's soo lovely to be back :o)  Thanks for looking & have a wonderful week.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Christmas is Coming :o)

Yes, I love Christmas & have at last started making some Christmas cards (& decorations).  Work has got worse but luckily crafting is such a good stress reliever.  Luckily we're on holiday this week & having a few days away in London :o) (& hopefully recharge our batteries).  Today's new Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Brads, Buttons &/or Bows".  The image I used was from Crafter's Companion (I think), the paper from my stash & I finished the card with a punched snowflake, button, Bakers twine & greeting.  Our fab sponsor is Paper Pretties & there is the chance to win 6 images of your choice so I hope you can join us.

Sorry for the rubbish photo
The challenges:
Jingle Bells - The Great Outdoors
Crafty Calender - It's All About Christmas
Delightful - Happy Holidays
Cute Card Thursday - Red & Green
We Do Doobadoo - Christmas
Kraftyhands - Christmas Cheer

Have a great Sunday! xx

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Everyone's Favourite...Anything Goes!

Yes this week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Anything Goes" (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by our very own Scribbles by Sandy :o)  I made a couple of Halloween ATCs with envelopes (these were for a swap group I'm in on Facebook). They were made from black card with a bit of Stickles, some Sakura glitter pen, digi ticket, some lace & plastic spider.  I've been busy making a few Christmas cards/decorations for a craft fayre I have coming up & really enjoying it, just wish I had more time to do it!  Nice easy topic this week so I hope you can join us.

The challenges:
Crafts for Eternity - Tags & Tickets
Kitty Bee - Halloween
Milk Coffee - Halloween
Crafting by Designs - It's Halloween!!!
Inky Impressions - Halloween
Wicked Wednesday - Things That go Bump in the Night
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations - Halloween
Gem of a Challenge - Trick or Treat 

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend :o)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Too Cute Too Spook :o)

Halloween is fast approaching & I know lots of people don't like it but I love anything creepy & spooky so I love it :D  Our challenge at Sentimental Sundays this week though isn't creepy or spooky at all but it is Halloween themed "Too Cute Too Spook" (+ a sentiment) & our wonderful sponsor is Drawn With Choice so you have to chance to win 3 images of your choice.  My card was actually a recycled from some Halloween cards I have made previously (due to lack of time again) & the image is from The Paper Shelter.  The Halloween ticket is from UPrintables by Rebecca B (she has some fabulous images on her blog).  The plastic spiders are from Poundland.

The challenges:
Bearly-Mine - Halloween 
We do Doobadoo - Halloween
Fairy Tale - Happy Halloween
Crafts 4 Eternity - Creepy Crawlies
Speedy Fox & Friends - Layer Torn Paper
Sweet Stampin' - Halloween
Ladybug Crafts - Autumn &/or Halloween
Crafty Boots - Falling Leaves & Halloween
My Craft Spot - Too Cute Too Spook
Little Red Wagon - Spooky, Spooky!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend & it's not going too quickly (I had to work yesterday so it is flying by for me lol) :o) xx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Button Up...

Well that's another week that's flown by & it's the weekend again so that means time for another Sentimental Sundays challenge & this week the theme is "Buttons" (+ a sentiment).  Like I said previously due to lack of time for crafting I am keeping it CAS.  This card was made with another Pink Petticoat image, which is paper pieced. (I think the paper is PP too).  I inked the edges & added Glamour Dust & added 2 buttons & a  bell.  We are sponsored by Dee Dee Designs, I hope you have more spare time than me & are able to join us.

The challenges:
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Jingle Bells - Pink Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut - Something Round (dots & bell)
Little Claire's - Christmas Theme
We Do Doobadoo - Chrsitmas
Delicious Doodles - Christmas in October
That's Crafty - Keep it Simple 
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas 
Deep Ocean - Christmas in October
Tip Top Tuesday - Non-Traditional Christmas
Crafty Bloggers Network - Christmas

Happy Sunday xxx

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Celebrate the Season...

I really need to make more Christmas cards as I've only made a couple over the year & Christmas is creeping up on us (a bit too quickly for my liking as I have lots to do).  As our challenge at Sentimental Sunday is "Bling It Up" (+ a sentiment) I seized the opportunity & made a card with a Pink Petticoat's Diva Doodles digital image.  I colored the holly with Sakura Tiara pens & added gems for the berries.  The poinsettia is die cut from glitter foam & the centre is micro beads (the DP is from my never ending stash of papers),  ooh I added a bit of Glamour Dust too in case there wasn't enough sparkle lol.  Our fab sponsor is PPinkyDolls Art & do I hope you can join us.

The challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut - Something Beginning with P (Poinsettia)
Sparkle - Layer It Up
Coffee, Chocolate & Cards - High Heels & Purses
We Do Doobadoo - Christmas

Sorry about the rubbish photos :o( (it does look much better in real life).  Thanks for looking, enjoy the rest of the weekend & have a fab week :o)

Sunday, 28 September 2014

It's Clean & Simple All The Way!...

Oooh how I miss my papercrafting, blogging & visiting all your fab sites so I've decided I have to try & make more time & making CAS cards will certainly help? (hopefully lol).  I have learned to crochet which is something I've wanted to do for years but could never quite get the hang of it (only the basics but it's a start & I can make little flowers, which I've always wanted to do), so I am really chuffed!  

On to the important stuff:  this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Use Kraft Cardstock" (+ a sentiment).  For my card I used Pink Petticoat's Mr Moustache digital image stamp which I mounted on black card, added some twine & stars.  Our sponsor is Oak Pond Creations & there is the chance to win 3 of their wonderful images but - You've Gotta be in it to Win it! LOL   I hope you can join us & I look forward to seeing your fab creations.  Don't forget to check out the DT blogs for lots more inspiration.

The challenges:
A Gem of Challenge - Clean & Simple
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - It's A Special Occasion

Enjoy the rest of the weekend & thanks for looking :o) - Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back in the swing of crafting/blogging.  Hugs xxxx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sentimental Sundays Challenge...

Hello my lovelies, I hope you've all had a fab week & the weekend's not going too quickly for you.  We have a 3 day weekend here in the UK which is even better :o)  This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Shaker Cards" (+ a sentiment)  but I don't think you just have to make cards, we like to see all sorts of creations.  As usual I have not time so I have made 2 ATCs which I also need for a swap group I'm in on Facebook.  I covered playing cards with scraps of paper used some little frames I've had in my stash for ages & filled them with beads.  The balloons are die cut & I added some wire finishing of with stamped & computer generated wording.  I hope you can join us.

The challnenges:
Creatatlicious - Up to the Sky!
Papertake - To Die For
Frosted Designs - Chevrons
Allsorts - Warm Sunshiny Colours 

I've gotta be quick, we're now off to the in-laws for dinner, Mark (hubby)'s brother is home from London for the weekend & I'm already running late.  I'm gonna make some lil envelopes for the ATCs & if I have time I will photo them too.  Thanks for looking xxx

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Catching Up...

I am really going to try & get back to regular blogging cos I do love my lil blog :o)  
This is a card I made a while ago for my son's birthday but haven't got round to posting it yet.  It is very simple but I do like these monkey images from Bugaboo which I coloured with ProMarkers.  I've been lucky enough to have a couple of my cards published in magazines in the last few months & will (hopefully) get them posted soon too.  We're away for the weekend so I won't get any crafting done then & I've just gotta hope my mojo has returned next week so I can get back to creating.

Crafting for all Seasons - Feature a Creature
Kitty Bee - Birthday Boy
Scrap-Creations - Animals
Perfectly Rustics - Masculine Card
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Corrosive - Birthdays
Inky Impressions - Animal Friends 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Missing Mojo...

if found please return here.  It is bad enough when you have lots of lovely crafting time if your mojo goes awol but when you only have limited time it is even more frustrating! I think the fact that every surface in my craft room is yet again covered with paper & every crafting item I possess (well not quite but it looks like it lol) doesn't help SO as I have a (much needed) day off from work my mission is to have a good ol clear out & tidy up (wish me luck). 

I missed last weeks Sentimental Sundays challenge cos I just couldn't come up with anything that I wanted to post along side my wonderfully creative teamies & this week I had to make something cos it is my MILs birthday & I'm not happy with the card at all it has had to do.  The challenge is "Decorate your cards inside & out" (+ a sentiment).  I used a Hunkydory crafting pack I got free with a magazine.  I hope you will be able to join us & there is a fabulous prize up for grabs from our very own Calypso :o)

Just a couple of challenges this time:
Suzi Bee's - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Add a Sentiment

I'm really sorry I haven't had time to visit your amazing blogs lately too, perhaps that is part of the problem - I'm lacking inspiration, I will try as soon as I can xx  Have a great week & I hope the sun is shining where you are (& you manage to fit in some crafty-tme :o)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Christmas in July ... again

The Sentimental Sundays challenge has had a little break but is back today with a new challenge which is "Christmas in July" (+ a greeting), luckily the weather here has been far from wintery in fact it actually feels like summer!  My card is CAS mainly cos still not had much time for crafting & also cos I saw a similar card on Pintrest & thought it looked cool.  I punched circles of scrap Christmas paper & edged with gold ink, I used a tag punch for the tops of the baubles & finished with ribbons, peel offs & a stamped greeting. I hope you can join us & you might even win a prize from our fab sponsor Zlatoena's Design :o)

The Challenges:
Lexi's Creations - Christmas in July
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Non-traditional Colours
Delightful - Add a Ribbon
Creative Knockouts - Christmas in July
Southern Girls - Christmas is Coming
Dazzling Diva - Non-traditional Christmas Colours
That's Crafty - Christmas in July
Bloggers - Christmas in July

I hope you're having a fab weekend!