Sunday, 29 December 2013

Last Challenge of the Year at Sentimental Sundays...

For the last challenge of the year at Sentimental Sundays Calypso our wonderful leader has chosen some of her favorite challenges & creations.  There are 19, yes 19 (if I've counted right lol) to choose from so there's no excuse not to join us (unless of course you're very busy & don't have time - then we will let you off).  

I hope you WILL be able to join us & check out the other DT members wonderful creations.  Here are my cards that Calypso chose:

Challenge #144: Fairies with Wings

Challenge #150: Tag You're It

Challenge #171: Something Tweet

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas :o) I did although it did seem rather quick as I worked til 5.30 pm on Christmas eve & was back in again on 27th at 7.45 am.  I can't believe that is another year nearly over.  Now to think about those New Years Resolutions...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

We Wish You A...

I hope you all have a fabulous time :o) 
Wishing you a Happy & Healthy New Year too!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

More Christmas...

Another last minute Christmas card (I'm still not finished lol), luckily this week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Non-traditional Christmas Colours" (with a sentiment) & we are sponsored by Simply Betty Stamps & lucky enough to choose one of their fab images.  I chose "Rio & Frosty" & coloured it with chalk (& a bit of Prismacolor pencil too) for a change & edged the image with Glamour Dust.  I adore these papers "Twenty Five Days of Joy" which are digital & from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I finished the card with a punched snowflake, tag sentiment, ribbon & gems.  

The challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut - Whatever is Urgent to Make
Simon Says - Let It Snow
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas Sparkle
Milk Coffee - Christmas in Non-traditional Colours
ABC - Y = You Make Your Own Embellishments
Digitally Sweet - Frosty the Snowman 
Digi Haven - Merry Christmas
Crafty Hands - Season's Greeting/Winter Theme 
Brown Sugar - Christmas
Di's Digi Challenge - Christmas in Non-traditional Colours
Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe - Christmas with Chalk
Pan Pastels - Snowflakes

I hope you're having a great weekend, why do they go soo quickly... I still have loads to do lol

Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Month Reminder :o)

Wow! This is such a busy time for me (it is so annoying that I have to go to work lol) & it is a struggle to fit everything in.  But I did manage to make another couple of cards for the Jellypark Friends Christmas month long challenge.  The first image I coloured with ProMarkers, I used scraps of paper & punched a big flower, scrunched it up, covered it with Glamour Dust & added a button with twine.  I finished the card with a sentiment, pearl & some sequins (ooh & added a  If you've got any Christmas cards still to make (I have!) - or if you're starting for next year ;o) I hope you will join us.

The challenges:
ABC - Y = You  Make Your Own Embellishments
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Passion For ProMarkers - Mega Christmas Challenge - include a sentiment
Cute Card Thursday - Christmas Catch Up
Papercrafting Journey - Christmas Time
In The Pink - Pink Christmas
Milk Coffee - Christmas in Non-traditional Colours
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas Sparkle
Inky Chicks - Christmas
Bunny Zoe's - Wings
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Parade Your Crafts - Christmas
Whoopsi Daisy - Christmas Using Non-traditional Colours

My 2nd card uses "Penguin Christmas Tag" digital stamp which is also coloured with ProMarkers, I used glitter for the snow, a pompom for his hat & a brad & star.  The chipboard Christmas tree was inked & gems added.  The papers are MME & I finished the card with ribbon, twine & charm.

The challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Cold & Frosty
Papertake - Christmas Creatures
My Mums Craft Shop - Winter/Christmas
Crafty Little Fairies - Let It Snow
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes (with ribbon)
Sassy Studio - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Simon Says Stamp - Let It Snow

Well I don't know about you but I absolutely love everything about the build up to Christmas - the decorations, trees & lights, choosing presents for loved ones, Christmas movies & of course Christmas crafting :o)  Thanks for looking & have a fab weekend! xx

Friday, 29 November 2013

Month Long Christmas Challenge!

I've had this week off work & have been doing some Christmas shopping (not doing too bad, still left with the same awkward people lol) & today we are going to a Christmas market :o)  Looking forward to putting the tree & decorations up at the weekend - I love Christmas!  Jellypark Friends month long challenge is (as the title suggests) "Christmas!".  For my cards I used "Snowman" & "Girl with Stocking" digital stamps which I coloured with ProMarkers.  I used various papers from my stash & the snowflake border is a Memory Box die.  There are 2 new fabulous gingerbread man/lady digital stamps available too.  I hope you'll check out the other DT members fab creations for lots of inspiration.

The Challenges:
Lexi's Creations - Christmas
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Papertake - Sketch (Snowman)
I Love ProMarkers - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment
Stampin' for the Weekend - Feeling Festive
Stampavie & More - Christmas
Songbird - Die Another Day

We also have some wonderful new DT members joining us & you can meet them HERE!  A very warm welcome to the group ladies :o) I hope you've all had a nice week & we're looking forward to seeing all your lovely Christmas creations :o)

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

This week the challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Winter Wonderland" (+ a sentiment) & we are sponsored by Meljens & so for my easel card I used this cute image called "Bitty Christmas Tree Bears".  I paper pieced the tree & coloured the image with ProMarkers.  The papers & shaker sentiment I've had ages, I used Flower Soft polar white for the snow & edged the image with Glamour Dust finishing off with die cut poinsettia, punched holly, gems & pompom trim.  I hope you can join us :o) (& we're still looking for new DT members if you're interested).

The challenges
Christmas Cards All Year 'round -  Winter Wonderland
Crafty Hazelnut - For a Child
Crafty Calendar - All Things Christmas
Gem of a Challenge - Sparkles
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Crafts 4 Eternity - Glitter & Sparkle
Happy Campers - Glitter It
Allsorts - Bring on the Bling

I hope you're having a lovely Sunday, we're going to see the Christmas lights switch on near us & do a bit of shopping & watch fireworks later today & we're on holiday this week so hopefully I can get the Christmas shopping finished.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

DT Call at Sentimental Sundays

Happy Sunday everyone :o)  I hope you're having a great weekend.  This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Giving Thanks" & we are sponsored by Saturated Canary & the DT were lucky enough to chose an image to work with.  I chose "Grow" cos it fitted the challenge perfectly.  I coloured her with ProMarkers.  The papers are digi & did some machine stitching (my sewing machine is working again - Hooray!), finishing off with a punched border & butterflies, flowers & pearls.  We are also having a DT call at Sentimental Sundays so if you want to be part of a wonderful team & get to work with some fab sponsor images & get lots of inspiration please add you link :D

The challenges:
Delightful - Thankful
Simon Says - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Saturated Canary - Sketch 
Crafting for all Seasons - Stitching Real or Faux 
Pattie's - Giving Thanks or Thank You
Simply Create Too - Give Thanks
Crafty Creations - Dies & Punches
Aud Sentiments - Feminine
Shelly's - Give Thanks
Oh La La - Stitching - Real or Faux
Card Makin Mamas - Thankful Tidings
Pile It On - With Thanks
Lexi's Creations - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Paper Pretties - Give Thanks
Tuesday Throwdown - Gratitude 
Pile It On - With Thanks
Flutterby - Open (with Butterfly, Fairy or Angel)

Thanks for looking & I hope you can join us (for the challenge or the DT call or Both!) xx

Friday, 15 November 2013

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

It's time for a wonderful new release at Jellypark & today it is this fabulous Scarecrow image.  Every time I look at it I can hear "I'm a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow with a Flippy Floppy Hat" lol.  Isn't he adorable!  I coloured him with Promarkers (with chalk for the sky), the papers are digi & I finished my card with a punched fence & die cut leaves.  There is a new challenge starting today at Jellypark Friends which is "Happy Thanksgiving/Giving Thanks" & we would love to see your wonderful creations so I hope you can join us :o)

The challenges:
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Get Krafty
Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend - Autumn/Fall Colours
Kitty Bee Designs - Fall Colours
Digi Haven - Happy Fall Y'all
Fun-Day Friday - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes or Falling Leaves

Thanks for looking & have a fab weekend :o)

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Warm Winter Wishes :o)

This week's Sentimental Sundays challenge is "Warm & Cosy" (with a sentiment) & for my card I used Jellypark's "Snowball Girl" digi stamp & coloured her with ProMarkers & added Glamour Dust & a pompom snowball.  The papers are digi & I doodled a frame to match the image around a printed sentiment.  I finished the card with ribbon, brad, metal holly & the heart mug is a stamp.  We are sponsored by Mayzy Arts & there is the chance to win 5 of their wonderful images :o)  I hope you can join us!

The challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - Winter Wonderland
Crafty Hazelnut's - Outdoors
Stamping Sensations - Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Christmas/Winter Holiday
Delightful - All That Glitters
Crafty Calender - All Things Christmas
Freshly Brewed - Snow/Christmas
Hanna & Friends - Glitter
2 Sisters - Christmas Sparkle

I hope you're having a fab weekend.  We're off to visit family this afternoon & tomorrow I have an extra day off (using up my holiday) & we're going to the cinema to see Saving Mr Banks (don't know what it's like as it's a free preview screening but I LOVE the cinema :o)

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

The title of this post is something that I try to do (or not to do lol).  I always have tried to look on the bright side (the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" could have been written for me hehe) & appreciate what I have (I think having lost my precious Mum just before I got married has made me treasure my family & friends & try to enjoy every day as you never know what is around the corner). I tell my family all the time how much I love them.  I was told some devastating news by an old friend (she was my best friend in my teens & though we are not so close now she is very dear to me) that she has bowel cancer (she is only 49) & she is distraught as you can imagine, especially because she lives alone & has no children.  This has made me re-evaluate everything again - biking to work in the rain I felt so blessed, instead of being cheesed off lol.

So now you know how I'm feeling lol I'll tell you about my latest creation which is a card for my wonderful DIL Zoe who's birthday was yesterday.  I used DCWV papers & distressed the edges, the image, which looks just like her :D is from DigiStamp Boutique & coloured with ProMarkers.  I finished the card with some a flower (with glittered petals, though it's hard to see in the photo), button, ribbon, gems & a greeting.

I'd like to enter these challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge - Gems Gems Gems
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations - Birthdays
Totally Papercrafts - Use Glitter
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Feminine
Divas by Design - Use a Digi
Penny's - Lots of Layers
Paper Makeup - Lots of Layers
Lexi's Creations - Birthday Celebrations
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
I Love ProMarkers - All That Glitters

Crafting & all my crafty blogging friends make me happy too :o)  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend & doing something that makes you happy ;o) xxx

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Falling Into Autumn


This week the challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Falling Into Autumn" (with a sentiment) & we are sponsored by Fred She Said.  For my card I kept it quite simple just a sentiment (from Whimsy Stamps), digi papers, ribbon, flowers & pearl.  I've been trying to get a move on with my Christmas cards too as I'm way behind.  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend & managing to fit in some crafting time (there's one good thing about these dark nights - they're perfect for crafting).

The challenges:
Cuttin & Stampin - Autumn Harvest
Perfect Sentiments - Fall or Halloween
Divas by Design - Use Some Orange
Crafting for all Seasons - Autumn Colours
Wags 'n Whiskers - Fall Colours
Craftitude - Anything Goes/Use Twine or String

Have a fabulous Sunday - we're off to see our youngest son & then going to a firework display (weather permitting), gotta be home in time to watch Downton Abbey lol

Friday, 1 November 2013

Anything But A Card

 The new challenge at Jellypark Friends is "Anything But A Card" & this is one of my favourite challenges as I love making lots of different things :o)  I altered a old coaster using Jellypark's "Teacup With Rose Design" digital stamp which I printed onto pink DP & coloured with chalk.  The paper is from "The London Line" (Dovecraft I think).  I covered the paper & image with sticky back plastic (I tried Modge Podge but it didn't look as good).  Why not start making those Christmas pressies & join us :D

The challenges:
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Oh La La - Food &/or Drink
Created With Love - Anything Goes
All Crafts - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Halloween/Anything Goes
Rhedd & Rosie - Anything Goes
Twisted Tuesday - Free For All

I hope you've had a good week, I'm so glad it's Friday.  Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Monochrome Happy Birthday

This week's challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Monochrome" & as it's the last challenge in our Happy Birthday month it is Monochrome Happy Birthday :D (with a sentiment).  For my card I did some distressing, the paper was from a pad from Create & Craft, the image was free from The Graphics Fairy & I made a little ribbon flower, finishing off with a couple of stamped images (the bodice & corner), greeting & pearls.We are so lucky to have not 1 but 4, yes 4! wonderful sponsors:  From the Heart Stamps, Inspired by Stamping, Pollycraft & Silly Dilly :o) I hope you can join us.

The challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - Distress
Whimsy Stamps - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes/Use Some Lace
Crafty Little Fairies - Anything Goes
Craftin' Boutique - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Craftitude - Anything Goes
Crafty Hands - Anything Goes

I hope you're having a good weekend.  We're supposed to have gales & horrible weather here today so it will perfect for staying in & crafting (I'm soo enjoying my lovely tidy & organised craft room).  Hubby & I are just gonna pop out for some lunch when he's finished footy :o)

Monday, 21 October 2013

A Tidy Craftroom...

From this...
Is a rare thing but after days & nights of sorting (good job I had a couple of days extra holiday to take) - it's finished!  It is soo lovely to have room to create (& actually move without standing on anything).  I've just gotta find my mojo & get on with making everything that I want to :o)

To This!
While I'm here I would like to mention the Sentimental Sundays challenge which this week is to make a "shaped or easel card" (with a sentiment), I didn't have time to make anything this week cos I was in the midst of crafty mess but if you have time it we would love to see your creations.

Also I'm lucky enough to have one of my cards (Christmas Elf) published in Digital Crafting Essentials magazine along with the rest of the Jellypark team :o)  I can't wait to receive my copy & see what the cards look like in print.  There are 2 free CDs with the mag  including lots of wonderful Jellypark Christmas images.

I hope you've had a good start to the week & thanks for looking :o)

Friday, 18 October 2013

Pink October!

The Jellypark Friends challenge today is "Pink October" & we're supporting Breast Cancer Care with all the proceeds of this wonderful new digital image going to the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity!  For my card I used some scraps of card (& I have a lot of those lol) I coloured the image with ProMarkers & paper pieced the ribbon finishing the card with some random stitching, stamped sentiment & gems. It would be fab if you could join the challenge or purchase the digi (or both ;o) it's for a wonderful cause.

The challenges:
DL.Art - Linky Pinky Party
Doodle Pantry - Digital
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Paper Piecing
4 Crafty Chicks - Multiple Layers

I hope you're having a great week, I have today off (& Monday) so a lovely long weekend though I am spending most of today in my craft room (still - it will take a few more days off I fear lol) trying to get it sorted.  (think it's time for a tea break now though - gotta keep my strength up ;o)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sentimental Sundays Month of Birthday Challenges...


& it is week 2 of our month long celebrations for our wonderful leader Calypso & this time the challenge at Sentimental Sundays is "Happy Birthday - Sentiments Only".  I do like to have a focal image so this challenge was tricky for me.  The sentiment I used is from TLC & the papers are digi from the Sweet Shoppe.  I used my MFT loopy bloom die with felt & finished off with a few gems.  We have 6 wonderful sponsors this week - YES 6! how cool is that!  I hope you can join in our birthday celebrations.  

The challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes 
Papertake - Two by Two
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
My Heart Pieces - Anything Goes 
Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes
Paper Creator - Dies & Punches
2 Sisters - Anything Goes 
Inkspirational - Anything Goes
All Dressed Up - Anything Goes

I hope you're all having a fab weekend.  I'm still in the process of sorting my craft room, I haven't had time since last weekend & there is still LOTS to do (hopefully I will be finished by Christmas lol).  I did sort out my winter woollies & put my summer stuff away as summer is definitely over :o( here.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Birthday Blog Hop for Calypso!

Calypso is having a birthday today!  We are so excited to share with you a Surprise Birthday Blog Hop!!!  Every stop along the hop has a surprise birthday card or project for Calypso created by members of two Design Teams... 

Calypso keeps all of us so organized; is such an inspiration to all of us and also is right there with unfailing support and compassion for any of the team members.  
Her talents abound and we adore her!
Please join us in the (surprise)
Birthday Hop for Calypso 
and stop by her blog at the end to wish her Happiest of Birthdays! 

Happy Birthday, Calypso!

This is my card
For my card I used a Pink Petticoat image coloured with ProMarkers with added pearls.  The papers are "The London Line" from Dovecraft (I love these they are so pretty & sparkly).  I finished with a cupcake border, doily & die cut banners.
Next head on over to 
Nick's blog for the next project!

Be sure to comment on the Birthday Hop post on one or both blogs 
one person will be randomly chosen (on October 8th) from all comments collected from both blogs to receive a prize in the mail.  
The prize will be sent to you and we welcome you from anywhere in the world you reside in!   

Here's the lineup in case you get lost 
(Make sure your last stop is CALYPSO so you can wish her a Happy Birthday!)

We'll start with Angi of Sentimental Sundays....
Doreen of Sentimental Sundays...
Vicky  of Scribbles Designs...
Jennifer  of Scribbles Designs...
Archana of Sentimental Sundays & Scribbles Designs...
Deanne of Scribbles Designs...
Sharla  of Scribbles Designs...
Julie of Sentimental Sundays...
Karolina of Sentimental Sundays...
Lisa of Scribbles Designs...
Cely of Scribbles Designs...
Sam of Scribbles Designs...
Tracey of Sentimental Sundays...You are here :o)
Nick of Scribbles Designs...
Sandy of Sentimental Sundays & Scribbles Designs...
(Your last stop is CALYPSO so you can wish her a Happy Birthday!)

The challenges:
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Designed to Color - Use a Die
4 Krafty Girls - Anything Goes
Craftin Desert Diva's - Anything with a Sentiment
ABC - W for Words 
Robyn's Fetish - Use a Digi

Thanks for looking & I hope you will be able to join in the Hop & send Calypso lots of birthday wishes & don't forget there is also the chance to win a fabulous surprise package :D  Have a great week! xoxox

Sunday, 6 October 2013

A Month of Birthday Celebrations!

This month at Sentimental Sundays we are having different birthday challenges every week & it kicks off today with "Birthday + doily, pearls, ribbon or lace" (+ a sentiment).  We have lots of sponsors too so that means lots of chances to win :D  For my card I used a die cut birdcage from Craftwork cards which I inked & stamped 2 birds on card & stuck behind it.  I distressed the edges of the paper & finished off with lace, pearls, doily, greeting & flowers.  We always need birthday cards so I hope you will be able to join us ;)

The challenges:
Whimsy Stamps - Shabby Chic/Vintage
Cute Card Thursday - Signs of Distress
Creative Romance - Fairytale or Winged Creations
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Happy Campers - Show us Your Flowers
Cards Galore - Flowers

I hope you're having a fab weekend.  Unfortunately I had to work yesterday as we had a Flu Clinic but at least the time went quickly.  I'm in the middle of trying to sort my craft room (it's gonna be a long job!) so the rest of the day was spent trying to do that.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Anything Goes at Jellypark Friends

Wow, it's Friday again where are the weeks going?  Today's challenge at Jellypark Friends is  "Anything Goes" :D  For my card I used "Angel Girl Nativity" digi stamp which is one of my (many) favourites.  I coloured it with ProMarkers & glittered her wings.  The papers are various from my stash & I finished the card with gems, greeting, brads, gems, punched corners and die cut flower.  There are new releases at Jellypark today too & also a DT call: you can see my post HERE if you're interested.

The challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Fairies & Fantasy
Sparkle Creations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - We're Going Dotty
Delightful - Holiday Spirit
ABC - 3 or more Patterned Papers
Sparkle Monthly - Fairies or Butterflies
Flutter By - Open (with fairy or butterfly)
LEJ - Things with Wings
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Winged Things

I hope you can join us :o)