Monday 27 June 2011

Happy Monday :o)

It is a very happy Monday for me cos I have an extra day off today :o)  I spent this morning sitting in my Aunty's garden having a good ol' chin wag, I had to rush home though (& rush I did & it was v hot biking) as the cable guy should be coming to fix our cable tv box (between 12 & 4 so we'll see - it is 1 now & I daren't have my lunch in case he comes when I'm half way through it lol.

I saw this image on A Day For Daisies & fell in love with it & had to make a card, I did it the theme of their challenge which is "Pastels But NO Pink".  I coloured the image with ProMarkers & added Glamour Dust to the wings,  I did a bit of paper piercing & stitching, used some velum (I've not used velum for ages) & finished off with lace, ribbon, flowers, buttons, pearl brad, punched butterflies, gems & a couple of tags.

The challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Things With Wings
Totally Gorjuss - Ribbons & Lace
The Crafty Pad - Bright/Bold Colours or Soft Pastels
Crafts & Me - We Are In Stitches
The Poodles Parlour - Come Fly With Me
Bunny Zoe - Fairies
2 Sisters - Fairies
Paper Sundaes - Purple, Gems & Wings
Our Creative Corner - Your Style (girly, pretty colours, sparkle & I love fairies)
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
By The Cute & Girly - In The Garden

Enjoy the rest of today & I hope the sun is shining where you are too!

Saturday 25 June 2011

Wooo Weekend!

Hooray for weekends!  I'm so glad it is Saturday even though I had to work this morning - it was ok though cos it was the last Saturday I have to work for a while (hopefully indefinitely) :o)  I hope you're all having a good weekend, it has been freezing here today & it is  meant to be the start of a heatwave tomorrow so it is gonna have warm up by about at least 15 degrees lol.

I've made a rare non-girly card  (though I am trying to do more cards for those awkward males). I love this image called "On the Bench" from Di's Digi Downloads again (I love her images & am so lucky to be on her design team).  I used ProMarkers & some chalk to colour the image, the papers are digi & I finished off with punched stars, twine, buttons & pearls.  The ticket is a stamp from Raindrop Echo Designs.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
My Mum's Craft Shop - One of the Boys
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Everybody Art - Anything Goes
Willow Sketchie - Sketch(ie)
Tuesday Throwdown - Masculine Card
Cards for Men - Stars
Pixie Cottage - Outdoor Fun (&/or sketch)
Just Some Lines - Spotty Dotty
Creations by Gill M - Use the Colour Blue

Friday 24 June 2011

Stampin' For The Weekend - My Favorite Things

We're being really kind to you this fortnight because the challenge at Stampin' For The Weekend is to use your favorite things - you pick the theme, the colours & the sketch & just tell us what your favorite things are - it doesn't get much better than this lol ;o)  For my card I used this gorgeous image called "Have a Splash" from Di's Digi Downloads which I coloured with ProMarkers.  The papers are digi & I finished off with a doily, flowers, beads, ribbon, gems & a charm (all of which are some of my favorite crafty things).  I'd like to enter this card for the Emerald Faerie Garden challenge too which is petals :o)

I decorated the inside too for a change:

This Week's Friday Release at StampFairy

I hope you've all had a wonderful week, the weather has been very odd here: torrential rain & thunderstorms one minute & glorious sunshine the next (not so much of the sun though unfortunately).  I have managed (so far) to keep dry on my bike ride to/from work.  

This week's Friday release at StampFairy are these cute lil snail images.  I've made another bookmark but not a corner one this time, just a simple one with a couple of layers of card.  The image was coloured with ProMarkers & Glamour Dusted round the edges, I finished off with a puffy star, ribbon, gems & some staples.  Don't forget the free image every week & why not check out the DT creations for lots of inspiration.

I'm entering this bookmark for these challenges:
Aly's - All About Kids
Pile It On - Show Me Some Metal (staples)
Crafty Creations - Let It Shine
Rainbow Lady - Digi Day

Sunday 19 June 2011

Sentimental Sundays "Celebrate Summer" Blog Hop!

Hello, I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend & welcome the the Sentimental Sundays "Celebrate Summer" Blog Hop.  Tuesday 21st June is the official 1st day of summer in the northern hemisphere and we are ready for all the summer fun to begin :o).  For our friends down under who are moving into winter & may not feel like creating a summery project they are welcome to create something sparkly or shimmery. You don't have to enter the challenge to do the Blog Hop though it would be nice if you did ;o)

You should have arrived here from CEAL's fabby blog.  If you didn't & would like to join in the Hop please start from Sentimental Sundays challenge blog.

My card is made using an image from StampFairy called "Patsy Beachtime" which I coloured with ProMarkers (& a bit of Prismcolor pencils).  I did some machine stitching round the edge of the papers, added lots of flowers, 2 ribbons, a punched border & 2 tickets (there was a cute wooden butterfly on the fence which balanced the card nicely but I didn't notice it had fallen off when I took the photo lol).

We hope you will join us in our "Summery or Sparkly" (+ a sentiment) challenge this week.  Our sponsor is the fabulous Ann Vento of Raindrop Echo Designs & the prize is 4 individual sentiment sets. Your next stop on the Hop is Tameko (you will find lots of inspiration on her blog).  If you happen to get lost on the way you can find the Blog Hop list over at Sentimental Sundays challenge blog.  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog cos there are 3 mystery DT members who will each choose a winner from the comments left on their Blog Hop posts: the winners will each get a $10 gift certificate for Whimsy Stamps!  The Hop ends Friday 24th June at midnight EST & the winners will be announced on Sentimental Sundays challenge blog on Sunday 26th June.  So Hop on over to the next stop & Good Luck!

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts - Die Cuts & Punches
PaperPlay - At The Beach
My Mum's Craft Shop - Seeing Spots 
Moving Along With The Times - Inspired by a Song (In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry)
Crafts 4 Eternity - Embellishments beginning with the letter R (ribbon, roses)
The Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes
AiFactory - Summer Fun
Aud Sentiments - Summertime
Cupcake Craftroom - Flowers & Leaves
Just Some Lines - Spotty Dotty
Challenge Up Your Life - Circles
Lollipop - Inspired by a Song (as above)
Stamp & Create - Summer

Friday 17 June 2011

Ahoy Matey!

Hello & Happy Friday :o) I'm really glad the weekend is nearly here & as it is Friday it is time for some wonderful new releases at StampFairy & this week we have "Pirates".  I made a corner bookmark, these are really easy to make: I just get a rectangle of printed card, find the middle of the shortest side & fold to make a point but if you're interested there are some instructions HERE.  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, used my EK Success border punch & finished off with ribbon & staples.  Don't forget there's a freebie image every Friday too.  (There's only one photo at the moment as it started raining when I was in the garden taking the photos but I will try & get another one at the weekend).

The challenges:
Dutch Dare - For the Boys 
Delightful - Anything Goes
Papertake - Dads & Lads
Incy Wincy - Father's Day/Masculine
C.R.A.F.T - Include Stitching
Pile It On - What's Your Angle?
Divas by Design - Anything But a Card
Bow & Berries - Masculine
Hooked on Craft - Anything Goes
Cupcake - Boy oh Boy

Sunday 12 June 2011

Sentimental Sundays Challenge...

This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is to make a Father's Day or Masculine card (with a sentiment) & as it is my brother's birthday soon I've made a card for him.  I used "Jim" from Digi Stamp Boutique, the papers are from Designs by Krista & I finished off with some punched tags, string, eyelet & computer generated greetings.  This week we are lucky to be sponsored by Meljens Designs.  The DT have gone all out this week & there are some stunning creations to check out & don't forget there are free sentiments too!

The challenges:
Creative Belli - Branches
Secret Crafter -  A Male Card
PaperPlay - Father's Day/Male Card
Fussy & Fancy - Card For a Man or Boy
Fab 'n' Funky - Magnificent Men
Everybody Art - Distress
Digital Tuesday - In The Garden/Outdoors
Creative Inspirations - Card For Dad/Man In Your Life
Word Play Weekend - Birthday 
ABC - F for Father's Day (or card for a male)
Wags 'n Whiskers - One For The Boys
Miami Doodles - Card For Boy or Man
Paper Variety - For The Boys
Sisterhood of Crafters - Celebrating Dad/Man in Your Life
Craft Us Crazy - Father's Day &/or Masculine
Deep Ocean - Anything Goes

I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend.  I can't stop thinking that today is the last day of our holiday & it's back to work & the daily grind tomorrow :o( (I'm really trying not to though lol)

Friday 10 June 2011

Colour Combo at Stampin' For The Weekend

This fortnight the challenge at Stampin' For The Weekend is a colour combo of "Lemon & Lime", nice fresh colours & we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  This gorgeous image is called "Who do I Pick" & is from Di's Digi Downloads which I coloured with ProMarkers, with a touch of Glamour Dust on the flowers.  The papers are digi & so is the ticket.  I finished off with flowers, hearts, punched border, lace, charm & pearl brad.  I hope you will be able to join us & if you're looking for more inspiration you will certainly get it from the fabulous DT creations.

I hope you've all had a wonderful week & have an even better weekend!  I''m going to Norwich tomorrow morning for a bit of retail therapy & then we have a wedding in the afternoon :o)

Fabulous Friday Release at StampFairy

Friday again & it really has come around too quickly this time, it might have something to do with the fact I've had the week off work.  But Friday means another fab new release from StampFairy and this week it is "Peepers Kids", isn't she just so cute & I've coloured her with ProMarkers with a flower in her hair.  The papers are from DCWV & I finished off with more flowers, punched butterfly with beaded detail, bow, gems & the sentiment is from Designer Digitals. The other DT members have done a fantastic job using this image so why not check them out too.  Nearly forgot to say there is a digital freebie every Friday too!

The challenges:
Paper Sundaes - Let's Get Sentimental
Critter - Let's Get Crafty
Craft Room - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Florals 
Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes
Shelly's - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Something Punched 

Tuesday 7 June 2011

Yummy Chocolate!

Well if you're wondering why the weather has changed from lovely summer sunshine to torrential rain I have the answer it's because I have the week off from work lol.   How annoying we were looking forward to doing lots of walking, taking in the fresh air & feeling the suns rays on our faces, maybe having a picnic or 2 - oh well never mind at least I'm NOT at work & will have more time for crafting (though not too much as I feel a bit guilty when hubby on holiday too & it is of course nice to spend time with him - even if it is in the rain!).

The image I used is from the Zoe collection from Digi Stamp Boutique & she is my fav character (might have something to do with the chocolate & the giant cupcake).  I coloured her with ProMarkers, the papers are MME & I did some machine stitching around the edges & the ticket was a freebie (sorry I can't remember where from).  I finished off with Lots of flowers & some lace.

I'm entering this card for these challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Embellish It
Creative Craft World - Use 3 or More Flowers
Speedy The Cat - Flowers
Wags 'n Whiskers - Stitches
Crafty Purple Frog - Things of Beauty
Card and Scrap - Flowers
Divas By Design - Florals
Papertake - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes

Sunday 5 June 2011

Inspired By A Song at Sentimental Sundays

This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Inspired By A Song" (with a sentiment).  I've had this Bugaboo image for ages & think it's such fun (it has extra appeal to me as I work in a doctors surgery lol).  I coloured "Nurse Margaret" in with ProMarkers, the sentiment comes with the image, the papers are from Designs by Krista & I finished the card off with some pearls & ribbon for a splash of colour.  My song is "Night Nurse" by Gregory Isaacs (I'm rather partial to a bit of reggae) & Simply Red also covered it.  I hope you can join us & that you'll check out the DT's creations (including our fabulous new members) & don't forget the free sentiments every week.

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Stamp Something - June Digi Day
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Stampinsanity - Anything Goes
Shelly's - Seeing Spots
Crafty Emma - Clean & Simple
The Crafty Pad - Stripes
Gingerloft - Tie a Yellow Ribbon
I Did It - Hats

Friday 3 June 2011

You're A Peach!

Friday release time again at StampFairy & this week it's these cute images called "Lenny Fruits".  I coloured him with ProMarkers, the papers are digi from Bearly Mine, the sentiment is this week's freebie & I finished off with some padded hearts & stars (that I've had in my stash for ageees) & some gems. Oooh & I decorated the inside too for a change :)

I hope you've all had a great week, mine has flown & we got some good news at work yesterday - we don't have to work any more Saturdays after the end of June :) (Hoooray!!!).

I'm entering my card for these challenges:
Pollycraft - Be My Teddy Bear
Fab 'n' Funky - What'eva
Digital Tuesday - Animal Friends
Creative Inspirations - Cute Bears/Animals Only!
The Paper Variety - Fruity Fun
Penny's - Anything Goes
KB - Anything Goes
Totally PaperCrafts - Get Fruity 
Crafty Catz - Lots of Circles