Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Willow Sketchie Challenge

It's been a long day today, we had Basic Life Support training at work & then I still had to work til 6.30 (we usually get to go home early on a training day) so I'm feeling a bit whacked tonight but at least it's my day off tomorrow (hooray!)

It's been a while since I've entered the Willow Sketchie challenge & this time they have an added incentive: you can win a Letraset wallet filled with ProMarkers! (the sketches are always fab too).  I kept my card quite simple cos I didn't want to hide this gorgeous sparkly paper which is from the "Up, Up & Away" paper pad from First Edition.  The image is from The Paper Shelter & called "Sleepyhead Moon", the sentiment is from Raindrop Echo & I finished the card of with some ribbon & a charm.  

 The challenges:
Truly Scrumptious - Clean & Simple
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Critter - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Let's Celebrate (10)
Allsorts - Clean & Simple
My Craft Spot - Ribbon
Paper Makeup Stamps - Size Matters
Celebrate the Occasion - Any Occasion (must use ribbon)

Thanks for looking & I hope you're having a great week :)

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Make Your Own Flowers :)

Thank you so much to all who entered Di's Digi Designs 1st challenge & it's time for the 2nd challenge which is "Make Your Own Flowers", I tried to make a fabric flower with 6 petals all gathered in the middle but it just wasn't happening lol (I need more practice, I'm hoping to make one good enough to be used on my DT sample for tomorrow but not sure if I will) SO I ended up making the old favourite rolled flowers but I did use felt for a change :)  The paper is digi & was  free I believe (I will try & remember where from & post the link) - FOUND IT: it is from Computer Scrapbook & called "Garden Path" (there are loads of fabulous free kits on there). I used Di's image called "Off for a Walk" & coloured it with ProMarkers, finishing the card with punched & glittered butterlies, pearls, lace & a greeting. Our fab sponsor is Joanna Sheen.  

The Challenges:
Die Cut Dreams - Flower Power (use 5 or more flowers)
Crafty Sentiments - Happy Birthday
Card Makin Mamas - Punches
Simon Says - Dies &/or Punches
My Mum's Craft Shop - Girls & Boys
Flutterby - Open (with a butterfly, angel or fairy)
Wags 'n Whiskers - Lace
The Lily Pad - Bling

 Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Friday Fun at Jellypark Friends :D

As it is Friday it is also time for a new challenge at Jellypark Friends & this time it is to use a colour palette from Design Seeds & there are tons of them!  I wanted to do a Christmas card with this fab new release called "Snowball Girl", isn't she the cutest :)  so the palette I used was "Holiday Sparkle" & I coloured the image in with ProMarkers, the papers are digi & I finished off with a snowflake border punch, die cut Christmas tree, gold ribbon, eyelet, gems, greeting & some Glamour Dust.  There's lots of inspiration from the other DT members on the Challenge Blog too so I hope you can join us.

My challenges:
Lexi's Creations - A Card for a Child
Crafty Hazelnut - Sparkle
Sparkle - Optional Sketch
Creatalicious - Anything Goes
Crafter's Companion - Christmas Wishes
The Crafty Pad - Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
My Mum's Craft Shop - Boys & Girls
Digistamps4Joy - Anything Goes
Glitter Fairies - Christmas Cutie
Christmas Crafting - Sparkle
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Cutie Sunday - Christmas Cards
Jingle Bells - Suzie Snowflake

What a Cutie!!

Well it's Friday again & that's another week that has just whizzed by (scary isn't it).  But as it's Friday it's time for another Stampin' for the Weekend challenge which this time is "What a Cutie" & we are sponsored by the wonderful Wee Stamps & the DT were lucky enough to be given some of Sylvia's gorgeous images to use :) I chose "Spring Bringer" & coloured her with ProMarkers with a touch of sparkle, the papers are digi & I used my sewing machine around the edges.  I finished off with flowers, punched butterfly, pearls, greeting, eyelet, ribbon & I also used my new Martha Stewart "Vine Trim" punch.  I love all things cute so really enjoyed this challenge & if you do too please play along :)  I'm entering this card for the Simon Says challenge which is Dies &/or Punches.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Keeping It Nice & Easy...

The Paper Shelter challenge this week is the old favourite of "Anything Goes" so no excuses not to join in ;)  I've made a wedding card for a change using TPS cute image called "The Happy Couple" as you can see I used the coloured image (short of time again & it is so handy getting the images in colour or the b&w outline).  The papers are from Dovecraft & they have been in my stash for ages.  I used my new Martha Stewart border punch & finished off with a rub-on greeting, flowers, pearls, ribbon & charm (ooh & a smattering bit of Glamour Dust).  I decorated the inside with the reverse of the papers used on the front.  I hope you will join us & check the other DT members fab creations for lots of inspiration.

As always we have a lovely prize for you. If you use a TPS image you have the chance of winning a wooping $20 gift certificate, and if you chose not to use a TPS image and still want to play, you have the chance to win a digi of your own choice. How great isn't that?

The challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Card Makin Mamas - Punches
Pollycraft - Swirls & Pearls
PaperPlay - Punches & Dies
Digital Tuesday - People Images
Cardmadfairy - Lots of layers (+ digi)
Shopping Our Stash - No Colouring Allowed

I hope you're all having a good week & managing to fit some crafting in.   I had 2 days without food, only clear fluids as I had a little hospital procedure yesterday - I couldn't wait for cup of tea & a teacake when I got home.  Hopefully I can get back to normal today (my friends say I'm a grazer: I like to eat little & often lol) & as it's my day off  I'm hoping to get back on track with my crafting :D

Sunday, 18 September 2011

What a Great Week...

I hope you've all had a great week.  I have: the beginning of the week was spent in the Cotswolds for a nice relaxing break with my hubby & Friday was my birthday which was spent with my friend Kelly & her little boy & also my brother & nephew. Then I spoke to my  darling grandchildren (& son & DIL) on the webcam & we went out for a lovely meal in the evening.  GUESS what I got for my birthday - lots of crafty goodies lol (I've finally upgraded my Zip-e-Mate to a Big Shot). Anyway that also explains why I haven't blogged anything for a week (& also why I haven't been able to comment but I am trying to catch up now).  

This card was made for the Sentimental Sundays challenge which is Monochromatic, I found this image on The Graphics Fairy Blog (& the label image too)  & just added a touch of metallic rub-ons.  I used some Muslin, a small doily, flowers, greeting & I made a decorative pin using a headpin & some beads (from my jewellery making stash).  I decorated  the inside very simply  to match.  

The challenges:
Scrappy Frog - Vintage
Dutch Dare - Monochromatic
Sweet Stampin' - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers
Papertake - Things With Wings
My Mum's Craft Shop - Happy Birthday
Flutterby - Open (with Butterfly, Angel or Fairy)
Fab 'n' Funky - Bingo (Embellishment, Digi Image, Flowers)
Everybody Art - Flowers
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Emerald Faerie - Pearls
Little Miss Muffet - Things With Wings
Papiravisen - Anything Goes
Anything Goes - Vintage/Shabby Chic
The Pink Elephant - Vintage
Tuesday Throwdown - Pearls
Paper Creations Ink - Vintage or Distressed Look
Shopping Our Stash - Vintage, Distressed or Shabby Chic
Ladybug Crafts - Flowers

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Autumn is Here!

Well I always thought Autumn started on 21st September so strictly speaking it isn't here yet but the weather is making it feel more like winter lol.  This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Autumn" & for my card I used this cute image from The Paper Shelter called "Autumn is Coming" (I used the pre-coloured image with just a bit of chalk added as I have been short of time this week & it's great to have the choice), the papers are from Basic Grey (not digi!), the sentiment is by Raindrop Echo & I finished of with some flowers & gems.  I also decorated the inside for a change (nothing fancy lol). 

The challenges:
Everybody Art - Autumn
Craft Us Crazy - Autumn Colours 
Freshly Brewed - Something New (Big flower & image)
Scrapalicious USA - Fall Theme
Truly Scrumptious - Decorate the Inside of your Card
Lexi's Creations - Autumn
The Crafty Pad - Goodbye Summer 
For Fun - Red, Brown & Yellow

& here's a little matching gift box :)

I hope you're enjoying your weekend - we're off for a few days away to the Cotswolds, hopefully for a nice relaxing break though they do say there's a hurricane coming tomorrow :s  Take care & have a great week too.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

There's a New Challenge in Town!

Well not exactly in Town but in Crafty Blog Land lol.  Some of you may have seen the wonderful Di's Digi Downloads & today is the start of her new challenge blog :) I've been on Di's team for a quite a while now & I love using her images & I was very excited when she said she was going to start a challenge blog - well we all love a challenge don't we!  It's a nice n easy theme to get you started "Anything Goes".  I've made another Christmas card {hooray} & I used "Maisy & Crew Carol Singing" which I coloured with ProMarkers & added some Polar White Flower Soft for the snow.  The papers are digi, the lil greeting is stamped & I finished off with some holly made from a Christmas decoration & some gems, ribbon, flower, brad & some Glamour Dust.  I hope you will join us for the first challenge (you can use any image, stamped or digi so there really is no excuse lol).

The challenges:
Crafter's Companion - Christmas Wishes
Delightful - Bling It On
Crafty Catz - Ribbons
Crafty Ribbons - Festive Cheer in September
Cardmadfairy - Add Flowers
Scrap-Creations - Winter Wishes
Christmas Inspirations - Christmas Card With Glitter
Scrap-Card - Christmas Card
Christmas Crafting - Christmas Sparkle
Crazy Christmas - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes

Have a fabulous weekend & I hope you get some crafting done & have some fun :) (ooh I'm a poet lol)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Pass It On...

This fortnight's challenge at Jellypark Friends is "Pass It On" which just means to create something& actually give/send it to someone & I made a birthday card for a special friends birthday that is coming up (it's ok she doesn't blog lol).  I used one of Jellypark's newly released images called "Dressing Up", isn't she adorable!  I coloured the image with ProMarkers, the papers are from The Paper Shelter & are called "Sweet Gardener".  I finished off with a doily, flowers, brad, charm, punched butterfly, greeting & an abundance of pearls.  I adore this image & think she is my favourite of Claire's illustrations so far & if you want to see the other new release & more get more inspiration please check out the challenge blog & the other DT members cards including our fab guest designer: Sara :)

I'm entering my card for these challenge:
I Love ProMarkers - Metal Embellishment or Charm
I Did It - Girly Girl
Flutterby - Open (with Butterfly, Angel or Fairy)
C.R.A.F.T. - Children
For Fun - Kids at Play
Crafty Purple Frog - Birthdays

I hope you've all had a great week, I'm really glad it's over cos we're on holiday now & are off to the Cotswolds for a few days - I can't wait :D

Tickled Pink at Stampin' for the Weekend

This week's challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend is "Tickled Pink" so we would like to see projects that are Pink, Pink, Pink & more Pink!  I used this cute image from Di's Digital Downloads called "Crown Princess" & coloured her with ProMarkers.  I've had these papers from PaperMania for ages & I never use them (I now know why  - I don't really like them lol).  I finished my card off with a die cut doily, gems, flowers & chipboard sentiment.  I do hope you'll get out you pink "bits & bobs" & join us for this challenge. The design team's creations are all very different so if you're looking for inspiration why not check them out :)  I'm entering this card into the Stampalot challenge which this month is "It's a Frame Up".

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Embossing (of any kind) at The Paper Shelter

Wednesday's are good for several reasons, not least cos is my day off (though I have to go to the dentist today but I'm trying not to think about that) &it also a fab new challenge at The Paper Shelter & this week, as the title suggests ;) is "Embossing of any Kind!"  I have a confession to make about my card: I had finished it & was just about to photo it when I realised something was missing - I'd forgotten the embossing lol (I hate it when that happens) so I embossed a Christmas tree panel (which was my original plan that I had completely forgotten) & added it in :D  I used TPS "Snowman" image which I coloured with ProMarkers, the papers are digi, I added some Glamour Dust & finished off with flowers, gem brads, beads & a charm.  I hope you will join us & check out the wonderful creations from the other DT members.

The challenges:
I Love ProMarkers - Metal Embellishment or Charm
The Crazy Challenge - Spots &/or Stripes
Stamp Something - Digi Day
Papertake - Anything Goes
Woodware USA - Anything Goes
Scrap-Creations - Winter Wishes

Hope you're having a great week & enjoy today (I will once I've finished my root canal treatment).

Monday, 5 September 2011

Jellypark Sponsors Fetch a Sketch!

Hello everyone, it seems like ages since I last blogged (well it is over a week & that is a long time for me) & I am getting withdrawal symptoms.  I've had so much catching up to do with my craft & I don't know if you remember I said that I started jewellery making a  while ago ( obviously if it is your first visit here you won't know ;) ), well my friend Duang & I are hoping to do a craft fayre so I have been busy preparing for that too (I wish I didn't have to go to work as it really does get in the way of crafting lol).  Anyway things should be more or less back to normal this week :D

Today Jellypark is sponsoring "Fetch a Sketch", it is a nice & easy sketch too (I love sketches).  My cute image & sentiment is (of course) from Jellypark & coloured with ProMarkers, the paper is digi & I finished the card off with fabric/wool flowers, ribbon, pearls & a charm.  I hope you'll have time to join in the challenge last for 2 weeks & you could win a £5.00 gift certificate (& they also have another prize on offer too!) .

The challenges:
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Gem of a Challenge - Colour Inspiration
Mark's Finest - Bring on the Bling
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
The Poodles Parlour - Animal Antics
Crafty Purple Frog - Birthdays
Crafts & Me - Add a Charm
Truly Scrumptious - Rocked up Pink
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Creative Craft - Just Charming
Scrappy Frogs - Time For Some Bling
Bearly Mine - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking & have a great Monday!