Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sentimental Sundays Challenge

This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "With Sympathy" (+ a sentiment), these have gotta be the hardest cards to make & I always think CAS is best for these type of cards.  We are sponsored by Pink Dolls Art & I used Miko with Flowers & I didn't use any colour apart from on her cheeks.  The DP are from Craftwork Cards & so is the greeting.  I just finished the card with some organza ribbon.  

The challenges:
Doodle Panty - Digi Image
4 Crafty Chicks - With Sympathy
Simply Create Too - Keep it Simple
Polkadoodles - Girly But No Pink
Lunagirl - Black & White
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Black & White
Suzy Bee - Anything Goes with Twist: Make it Girly
Di's Digi's - 2 or More Designer Papers 

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.  I'll be back tomorrow with some exciting news...

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Give Us a Smile :o)

I've just heard that May 18th - June 18th is National Smile Month & this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Funny Sentiments" & we are sponsored by our very own Sandy!  I used Mr Wool Smiley & Celebrate Everything digis.  I coloured the edges of sheepy with light grey ProMarker, added some liquid embossing to his nose, chalked a cloud background & added some die cut grass; finishing the card with some punched stars & pearls.  We all need some fun in our lives so I hope you can join us :o)

The challenges:
Ruby's Rainbow - Humour
Southern Girls - Animals
Little Claire - Outdoors
Chalk N Stock - Chalk (sky)
Simply Papercraft - CAS/Anything Goes
The Stamping Boutique - Die Cut or Punch
Natalie & Amy - Animals
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 
Tip Top Tuesday - Animals

I have something to smile about - we've just booked a holiday to Bulgaria  :o) We both really need a break from our stressful jobs so I can't wait! Hope you're having a fab weekend xxx

Monday, 11 May 2015

Let's Get Girly!

This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Happy Mother's Day/REALLY Girly" (+ a sentiment).  As we've already had Mother's Day in the UK I took the opportunity to make a card for my friend Kelly's upcoming birthday.  We are sponsored by All Dressed Up and I (& several of the DT) used their gorgeous "Party Frock" digi image.  I coloured her with ProMarkers, the paper is digi & I finished off with a greeting, lace, gems & flower (with Glamour Dust).  I kept simple cos the image is so stunning :o)  I also printed the image onto Neenah Solar White Ultra Smooth paper/card which made sooo much difference, there was no bleeding of the ink at all.  Nice easy theme this week so I hope lots of you will be able to join us.

 The challenges:
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps - Colour an Image
All Dressed Up - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Flowers
Fan-Tastic - Pastel Colours (& square or rectangle)
Fab 'n' Funky - May Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Flowers for Her
Fussy & Fancy - Lots of Flowers
Sprinkle & Sparkle - Anything Goes with loose glitter...
Crafty Hazelnut - Patterned Paper
Come & Get It - Flowers 

I hope you've had a great weekend, they do go rather too quickly for my liking though lol.  I'm just off to work - have a great week everyone xxx

Monday, 4 May 2015

Work It Out!

There's nothing better than some exercise or meditation to make you feel better (though not always easy to find the time/motivation lol) & "Work IT Out" is the theme of this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge (+ a sentiment).  We are sponsored by Paola's Papers & I used their Yoga Pose Juno digital stamp which I coloured with ProMarkers.  The papers are various from my stash & I added some punched hearts, butterfly, paperclip with crocheted flower & a sentiment.  

The challenges:
Pile it On - Mother's Day/For a Lady
DoubleClick - For Mom or Girly
Simply Create Too - Pretty Woman
Kitty Bee - Girly
Dream Valley - Recipe
Whimsy Stamps - Colour an Image 
Come and Get It - Female Project
Hiding in My Craft Room - Let's Get Digital
Corrosive - Hip to be Square 
Eureka Stamps - Feminine Cards

I hope you're enjoying your (long) weekend. We're now off to see our youngest son Stuart for a meal & taking the inlaws :o)  Thanks for looking xxx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Colour Inspiration Challenge

Yes the Sentimental Sundays challenge this week is a colour challenge (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by A Day for Daisies & I used their gorgeous "Fairy Prayer" image which I coloured with chalk.  The papers are digital from Designs by Krista (I'm not sure if she even has a shop now they are very old lol).  The words are stamped with Brilliance ink & did some random stitching & distressed the edges, finishing off with some lace & gems.  I am a little late posting this cos we have been visiting my son & 3 grandchildren for the weekend (my DIL was away for the weekend) & had a wonderful time, although it went way too quick!

The challenges: 
A Day for Daisies - Add Lace
The Crafting Cafe - Flights of Fancy
CCC Digi Creations - Add Some Sparkle
Chalk & Stock - Anything Goes with Chalk
Crafty Catz - Things with Wings
Allsorts - Bring on the Bling
Melonheadz - Add Sparkle
Eureka Stamps - Add Some Bling
Crafty Boots - Things with Wings

Thanks for looking & I hope you will join us.  Have a fab week! xx

Monday, 20 April 2015

Get Well Mousey

Sunday AGAIN oh my goodness can't believe it.  Today is a very special day cos it's my wonderful hubby Mark's birthday :o)  He's out playing footy this morning so I've had time to catch up with a bit of crafting which includes finishing my card for this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge which is "Animal Love" (+ a sentiment) & our sponsor is The Doodle Garden.  I came across "Dearie Dolls" free digi stamps while browsing online and thought this image was cute (& it was coloured which I needed due to lack of time - I just added rosie cheeks).  The papers are various from my stash & I added some Liquid Embossing to the balloon & finished the card with a crochet flower, button, sentiment & pearl.  I hope you can join us!

The challenges:
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
Oh La La - Lots of Layers (at least 5)
The Crafter's Cafe - Animal Antics
Crafty Creations - Seeing Spots
Di's Digi Designs - Include an Animal
Crafty Calendar - Add a Sentiment
Suzi Bee's - Anything Goes with a Twist...use a Die or Punch (punched border)
Dragon's Lair - Add an Animal 

Enjoy the rest of the day whatever you're up to - we're at the Inlaws for a birthday meal later :o) (yey I haven't got to cook!) & have a great week xxx

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Domino Art...

Helloo sorry I've been AWOL but we had family visiting for Easter which was wonderful :D & I had lots of sorting out to do (& moving of craft stuff lol).  I hope you all had a fab Easter & Spring is springing where you are.  On to this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge which for the first time in it's history (I believe) is "No Sentiment" lol.  Our sponsor is Fairy Tangle Art & I used their "Hoot Owl" digital image.  I wanted to do something different so I printed the image the size of a domino (hence the title), coloured it with chalks & stuck it to mount board.  I inked the edges with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink & triple embossed it - it was great fun, it's been ages since I had the heat gun out :o)  The hole was punched with my Cropodile & I used 2 gold jump rings to attach it to the chain.  As the challenge is nice & easy this week I really hope you can join us.

The challenges:
ABC - G = Go Digital
Art by Miran - Anything Goes
Chalk N Stock - Use Chalk
Deep Ocean Challenge - Things with Wings
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Anything but a Card
Sassy Studio Designs - No Cards Allowed
Simply Papercraft - Freestyle/Steampunk

Thanks for looking & Happy Sunday! xx

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