Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Jen's Sunshine Blog Hop

Paper Makeup Stamps & Party Time Tuesdays Challenge Blog proudly presents "Jen's Sunshine" Blog Hop
This hop will remain open till Tuesday Sept.4th
Winners announced Sept. 7th

Today we take time to honor our friend and fellow crafter Jen Scull.  If you are here hopping with us, then I am sure you know Jen is battling breast cancer.  She has been fighting this nasty disease since February.  On behalf of Jen, we thank you for being here. 

We ask as you hop along with us, please consider donating at least $1 using the paypal donation button at any stop along the way.  Your donation will go directly to Jen. Thank you.


It wouldn't be a hop without prizes.  To see a full list of the prizes up for grabs, please visit 


To be eligible to win a prize from our sponsors, collect the hidden letters located throughout the hop.  Once you spell out the secret phrase, please email Jenn Cochran at  This will get you entered to win one of several fabulous prizes.

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - Zesty Summer Colours 
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi 
Bunny Zoe's - Summer
LEJ Designs - Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door - Diva or Anything Goes
A & T Emerald Fairies - Punches/Dies

Friday, 24 August 2012

New Releases at Jellypark!

Any of you that follow my blog or visit often will know that I LOVE Jellypark designs (& am sooo lucky to be on their Design Team).  Claire, the illustrator is so talented & every other Friday she brings out new releases & for my card today I have used her new "Vase of Flowers" image but there is also a fabulous girly wardrobe image too :)  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, added some Glamour Dust & pearls & finished the card off with a doily (made with my Cheery Lynn die again), ribbon, greeting & the paper is digi (from one of my favourite designers - Zoe Pearn).  If you're up for a challenge the Jellypark Friends challenge starting today is "Quench Your Thirst" so you'd better get your thinking caps on lol

The challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - Leaves
Digi Doodle - Pearls
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Bearly-Mine - Anything Goes
For Fun - Happy Birthday
Papelitos - Celebrations
Paper Crafting Journey - Happy Birthday/Celebration

I've just gotta get through today at work & then it's the long weekend - hooray!  I've got a craft fayre on Monday so have a lot of stuff to get ready,  Have a lovely weekend whatever you're up to :D

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Anything Goes at The Paper Shelter!

This week's challenge at The Paper Shelter is "Anything Goes" (so no excuses for not entering ;) ).  TPS have some wonderful digital images & papers & for my card (which was for my MIL's 70th Birthday) I used their gorgeous "Arizona Fantasy" pack which includes images (black & white & colour), tags, papers and more.  I printed the paper on to velum & punched a lace border, I added some Shimmerz paint to the petals (though you can't see it in the photo).  The doily was made using my Cheery Lynn French Pastry die & I finished off with corners, pearls, bow, Glamour Dust & a sentiment.  

As always we have a gift certificate up for grabs for our winner. It's worth $20 and it can be yours if you use a Paper Shelter image on your creation. If you play with another brand you have a chance to win three digi's of your choice :D

The challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Flowers
The Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's - Birthday
A&T Emerald Faeries - Punches & Dies
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Cheery Lynn - Doilies 
Lollipop - Anything Goes

I hope you're all having a great week.  I'm talking to my grandchildren on the webcam while writing this - the best way to start a day off!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Hooray For Weekends!

Thank goodness it is the weekend!  This week has been so busy at work with people on holiday & off sick (& in a small surgery like ours you really notice it).  As it's Saturday it means time for another Di's Digi Challenge which this time is "Wedding, Anniversary, Engagement".  As you can see I made an Anniversary card with this fab image called "Secret Kiss" but you could use it to make an Engagement card or just an I Love You card :D  I coloured it with Prismacolor pencils & kept the card really simple: just using one dp, ribbon, flowers, pearls & finishing off with a punched tag with digi greeting.  I kept it really simple to show off the image :) (& I didn't have much time ;) ).  Our fab sponsor this week is Joanna Sheen!  I hope you can find time to join us :D

The challenges:
Tammy's Scrappin Corner - Add Some Flowers
Paper Pretties - Square Cards
Critter - Digi Week
Sweet Stampin' - Weddings & Anniversaries
Craft Your Days Away - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Purple Pizazz (& ribbon) 
Pink Gem - Animals or Teddies 

 Have a fab weekend & hope you're  enjoying the sunshine as we are here on the east coast.  The In-laws are doing the first BBQ of the year tomorrow so I'm looking forward to that.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Bee Happy!

I can't believe it is Friday already, why do weeks off work always fly by???!  At lease we still have 3 days of nice stuff left to do - today we are taking hubby's parents to North Norfolk to go on the steam railway, have a wander & get some lunch, tomorrow we're off to Kent for the day to see Craig (eldest son, who just got married) as it is his birthday Sunday & Sunday it is MIL's 70th birthday (yes same day as Craig - & FIL's birthday is the same day as my youngest son Stuart! - what are the chances of that lol) so we are out for a meal in the afternoon to celebrate :D

As it is Friday it is time for a new challenge at Jellypark Friends & this week it is "Summer Bugs".  Did you know that the is a new Jellypark Club?  It's entirely free stuff& your can grab yourselves some freebies like this fab image I used for my card & lots of other cool stuff.  I coloured my image with PrismaColor pencils & used Glamour Dust on the wings & trail, the paper is from The Paper Shelter & I thought it was just perfect for this card, the greeting comes with the image & I finished off with some stamping, eyelet, charm, pearls, wooden butterfly & ladybird & some googly eyes.  I hope you can join the challenge & while your there why not check out the 2 new wonderful images released today too.

The challenges:
Digi Doodle - Things with Wings
C.R.A.F.T. - Add a Charm
Critter - Round it Up
Ladybug - Summer Fun
Anything Goes - Summer Days
Simon Says Stamp - BINGO (Die cut, Free, Glitter) 
Pile It On - Add Some Metal 
Challenge Up Your Life - Everything Goes

Thanks for looking & have a great day & fab weekend :D

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Happy Birthday Bethany!

It was my youngest granddaughter Bethany's 1st birthday on Monday & I made this card for her (it was a bit of a rush job unfortunately & I'm not very pleased with it but at least with her being only 1 I'm sure she won't mind ;) ).  I used The Paper Shelter's cute image called "Happy Birthday to Me!" (thank goodness for the option of pre-coloured images). The papers were from my stash & I finished off with Glamour Dust, die cut heart & No.1, ribbon, gems, sentiment & charm.  This week's challenge at The Paper Shelter is "Going Round & Round", they would like to see circles &/or spots & dots.  We have as usual our gift voucher up worth $20 up for grabs if you play with a Paper Shelter image. Using a different brand will give you the chance of winning three digis of your own choice - how fab is that! You have nothing to loose :D

The challenges:
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Fashionista - Birthday or Babies
Lexi's Creations - Sparkle & Shine
Bearly Mine - Sparkle & Shine
Delightful - Birthdays
Crafts & Me - Use a Digi
Papertake - Anything Goes

& here she is!

 I hope you're all having a great week :D We're on holiday this week so are having some days out & about but today is a day of tidying/sorting/cleaning lol Hopefully we can pop out for a bite to eat later (I don't want to be cooking too!)

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Wedding Photos & Card

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend :) I've been catching up with crafting & today we went to the In-Laws for dinner so that was nice (no cooking/washing up).  
I've got a few photos of my son's recent wedding to share with you:

Craig & Zoe & my granddaughters Abigail & Bethany (who were flower girls) & the 3 bridesmaids
Stuart (my youngest & bestman), my grandson Ryan & my hubby Mark
Me & my 2 sons (Craig, groom & Stuart, bestman)
Ryan & Abigail xxx

& here's the wedding card I made:

I used Pink Petticoat paper, the image was from Birdie Brown on Etsy & coloured with ProMarkers.  I finished the card off with die cut hearts, pearls, gems & ribbon.

I would like to enter my card for these challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Bling with Ribbon
Cute Card Thursday - Clean & Simple
Critter - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes 
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - Bingo (Ribbon, Pearls, Image)
Die Cutting Divas - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking & have a great week :D  We're holiday this week so I hope the weather is nice so we can go out & about.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Not So Square!

I'm still trying to get back to normal & organised with my crafting not that easy but I am trying hard lol as I love being in my lil room & getting lost in my creating :D  I made this corner bookmark for this week's Di's Digi Challenge which is "No Squares Allowed".  I used Kraft card & folded to a point, I added some pearlescent card, punched butterflies, die cut butterfly border & lots of pearls.  This fab image is called "Window Bear" & I coloured it with ProMarkers.  We sponsored this week by the fab Digi Darla Designs .  The DT have come up trumps as always so please check out their wonderful creations & I hope you will join us :)

The challenges:
Incy Wincy - Anything But a Card
Dutch Dare - Anything But a Card
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Anything But a Card
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes

Have a fabulous weekend whatever you're up to & I hope you get some sunshine (& manage to fit some crafting in too).

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

I'm Back & I Have Exciting News...

Hello everyone, sorry I've been AWOL but I have a very good excuse :D My eldest son Craig got married to his long-term girlfriend Zoe (they have 3 adorable children so it's about time they made it official lol ;) ).  We had a long weekend down in Kent (where they live & the wedding was) which was wonderful & the wedding day was just perfect in every way.  I will post photos soon for anyone who is interested. (I made some jewellery to go with my outfit & if you want a lil peek it is HERE :)

Sorry this photo is rubbish (I don't have the card to redo)
Those of you who follow my blog or visit me (thank you, I do appreciate it!) will know that I am part of the Jellypark design team & Claire our wonderful illustrator has generously made a CD full of her gorgeous images to be given free with this month's Complete Cardmaking magazine & the DT were asked to make some cards with the images on the disc - how cool is that!  I haven't actually seen the magazine yet (I ordered it yesterday & can't wait for it to arrive) & my card is on the front cover :D  While I'm talking about Jellypark Claire has started a Jellypark Club which will have lots of freebies & special offers for members.  This fortnight's challenge at Jellypark Friends is "Olympic Fever" if you fancy entering (you can use any image).

I would like to enter my card for these challenges:
Totally Gojuss - Pearls
Creative Inspirations - In the Garden
The Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes
Once Stop Craft - Just Good Friends
Crafty Catz - All That Glitters
The Crafty Pad - Things with Wings
Sassy Cheryl - Pretty Papers
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes

Oops I nearly forgot to tell you how I made the card ... or should I say buy the mag ;)  The papers were from my stash & I did some machine stitching around the edges.  The image was die cut & the edges inked & glittered (Glamour Dust).  I finished off with a doily, various flowers, pearls, punched butterflies & a stamped sentiment.