Tuesday, 30 November 2010

First present finished!

Do you remember this box I made a couple of month's ago for my sister-in-law? Well I have now filled it with a candle and a handmade bookmark from the lovely Crafty JuJu...

I bought a pure lavender candle that came in a boring looking tin so I decided to cover it up. I used some dotty paper and added glamour dust to the spots. The flower is 3 Prima flowers kept together with a pearl brad. The flower has also had the glamour dust treatment. The beading around the lid rim was a candy win from the lovely Mandy x
Thanks for looking x

I am another year older!

As lots of you know, it was my birthday on Monday. Here are the beautiful handmade cards I received, most from my wonderful cyber friends, thank you so much, I was so touched and my living room looks just gorgeous with so many gorgeous cards, no two the same ;-)


So top row from the left - Padster aka Debbie; Marg aka Margaret; Ali; Bottom row: TheWife aka Jennie; Rusty aka Tams; The Messy Crafter aka Lesley x


Top row from left: Jan my next door neighbour; CT aka Caroline; Tomsmom aka Susan; Bottom row: Brenda my aunt; Addams aka Dawn; Doreen from Doreen's Dream x


From the left: Gemm (I haven't taken a pic of the bracelet Gem as I am wearing it!), Flourgirl aka Karen x


This beautiful set is from Tams, I love the box, it is a beautiful shape x


These items are from Karen, my boys LOVED their chocolate Karen and the decorated covers x

Some beautiful lace and ribbon from Jennie, images from Doreen, a wallet of images and pretty flowers from Ali and some diecut LOTV squares from Margaret, the soaps have already been unwrapped and in use as they smell so lovely. If you sent me some chocolate and it isn't pictured I have eaten it ;-)

It's nearly advent...

I have speedily made another matchbox advent calendar, this time for my boys. In each box are two chocolate figures and also a Christmas themed joke. I have used some DCWV papers and the numbers were downloaded (for free!) from this fab site. I picked up the basket in Home Sense for a couple of quid.


Just hope the boys like it!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

CYDA Challenge 9 - Time to add some texture!

It's time for challenge number 9 at CYDA. This is a very special challenge for me as it is the first challenge I have hosted, the theme I have chosen is 'TEXTURE'. Argh, what does that mean I hear you cry, well it simply means using some different mediums on your work, ribbon, glitter, embossing, stitching, distressing... there are so many ways this can be achieved.

We are being sponsored by the fab Simon Says Stamp, one lucky person will win a $10 voucher to spend at the store. Please do come and join in the fun and check out the gorgeous creations made by my lovely team mates x

So onto my DT card, I decided to make a card using a new Tilda stamp. I have added texture by distressing and Stickling the edges of my papers, using glittered paper, adding ribbon, pearls, pins and some beautiful crystal drops...


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Supplies:
Image - Secret Tilda by Magnolia from Crafty Ideas by Kaz coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Officially Winter Seal by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store
Paper - O Christmas Tree by MME
Pearls - The Hobby House
Pins - stash
Crystal stem - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon - Dovecraft
Stickles - Frosted Lace
Tools - Magnolia Tilda Lace die from Crafts U Love, scissors for distressing

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

A card for a lil Harry Potter fan

My son Jack is only 6 but is really into Harry Potter and has just seen the latest film at the cinema with his dad (I took Thomas to a very busy indoor playcentre whilst they were at the cinema, think Rich got the better deal!). One of Jack's friends is also HP mad and is soon to turn 7 so I made him this card with the fab Har Repotter digi image from Bugaboo. I won this image from a challenge blog win but I have since gone back and bought several more. There is a 50% off ALL Bugaboo stamps code for the month of November here ;-)
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Supplies:
Image - Har Repotter from Bugaboo
Paper - Making Memories I think, this was a leftover piece
Sentiment - Time To Celebrate Seal by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store and other is generated using the PC (a Harry Potter quote)
Pearls - The Hobby House
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Tools - scissors for distressing, Stickles Frosted Lace along distressed edges

A Sparkly Snowman

Here's another sparkly Christmas card, I saw this image on the Sir Stampalot site and I just had to buy him, I think he is gorgeous and love how his hat is too big for his head.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Supplies:
Image - Sweet Snowman Slapstick by Penny Black from Sir Stampalot coloured with Promarkers
Paper - October Afternoon (I love this paper)
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Ribbon (merry & bright) - The Hobby House
Sentiment stamp - Officially Winter by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store
Pearls - The Hobby House
Tools - circle & scallop circle Nesties, glamour dust (used on snowman hat), Stickles Icicle (used on edge of Winter sentiment), scissors for distressing

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Karen's Sketch Challenge

My lovely friend Karen aka flourgirl set a sketch challenge this week on MSE. The sketch is my kind of sketch, nice and easy with scope to add bits! This is the card I have made to fit Karen's challenge, I have used anough sparkle to make any Christmas grotto look dull!


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Karen's Sketch Challenge on MSE
Passion for Promarkers - Week 79, Old and New (new stamp, old Promarkers and sentiment)

Supplies:
Paper - O Christmas Tree stack by MME (I am loving these papers at the moment!)
Image - James Bear in the Snow from Lili of the Valley coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Flowers - Prima
Brads - The Hobby House
Pearls - The Hobby House
Cardstocl - Bazzill Basics
Tools - Circle and scallop circle Nesties, Glamour Dust, Snow Writer (I used this for the snow on the ground and while wet sprinkled with Glamour Dust)

Tilda is all white

The challenge at Just Magnolia this week is 'White plus one', I thought it was a pretty hard challenge then I remembered this beautiful glittered sledge paper and the card layout continued from there. I do have a teeny tiny bit of yellow on the star, hope that is allowed ;-)


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Supplies:
Paper - O Christmas Tree stack by MME
Imgage - Star Tilda from Crafty Ideas by Kaz coloured with Promarkers
Sentimnt - Officially Winter by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store
Lace - LB Crafts, Olney
Ribbon - Craftwork Cards
Pearls - The Hobby House
Tools - oval and scallop oval Nesties, Glamour Dust, Stickles, scissors for distressing

Monday, 22 November 2010

It's Christmas Time at Cards for Men...

It's time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men today and the theme is 'Happy Christmas' (n.b. card must be for a male). Our sponsor this time is Bunny Zoe's Crafts. Nikki is offering a £10 gift voucher to one lucky entrant!
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"Bunny Zoe's Crafts is a family run online Craft store who ships worldwide. We provide friendly and efficient customer service, with quick processing and dispatch of orders. We sell a great range of Rubber Stamps from around the world, Digital Images, Personalised Stamps, Designer Papers, Stamping Essentials, Copic Ciao's, Distress Inks, Dies, Flowers, Ribbons & Lace, Buttons. Charms, Flat back Pearls and many, many fabulous card making goodies."
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Please pop over to the challenge blog to check out the details of our new festive challenge! As always the DT have made some wonderful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there. So, onto my DT card, I have used a new Edwin stamp, I think he is adorable.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle! (Stickles & pearls)

Supplies:
Image - Lightening Edwin by Magnolia from Crafty Ideas by Kaz coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Jovial by Basic Grey from The Glitter Pot
Sentiment - Officially Winter Seal by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store
Pearls - The Hobby House
Glitter - Icicle Stickles
Little string of lights - from my lovely cyber friend Kelly, thanks Kelly they are gorgeous x
Ribbon - stash

Friday, 19 November 2010

A Christening Card

I needed to make a Christening card this week, I've used a gorgeous Meljen's image I have used before. I also had a play with some new Basic Grey papers, ooohhh I really love these. It was hard to distress them but I do like the finished look ;-)

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Supplies:
Papers - Marjolaine by Basic Grey from The Glitter Pot
Image - Loved Little Bear by Meljens from Whimsy Stamps
Sentiment - A Day To Remember Calendar by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store
Guipure lace - Cuddly Buddly Crafts
Pearls - The Hobby House
Pearl stem - stash
Tools - scissors for distressing, circle & scallop circle Nesties, Magnolia Tilda Lace die, Frosted Lace Stickles used around the edges of the circles

Saturday, 13 November 2010

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!


It's time for challenge number 8 at CYDA. Our challenge this time has been chosen by the lovely Lesley and the theme is 'CHRISTMAS TREES'. We are being sponsored by the fab Charmed Cards & Crafts, one lucky person will win TWO digi bundles of their choice - what a prize! Karen of Charmed Cards & Crafts has designed a gorgeous Christmas Tree digi that you can grab FOR FREE here and use for the challenge. Please do come and join in the fun and check out the gorgeous creations made by my lovely team mates x

So onto my DT sample, I decided to make a box and fill it with yummy chocolates. The box has been made following this tutorial and decorated with a little cross stitched tree and some of the most beautiful Christmas papers (a new purchase).

Supplies:
Cross stitch tree - design by Lizzie Kate taken from this chart, stitched with DMC theads
Sentiment - Fa La La La La by Catslife Press from Crafty Emma's Store
Papers - O Christmas Tree by MME, an impulse buy from Hobbycraft
Ribbon - from stash
Lace - from a beautiful craft shop in Olney, Bucks
Stickles - Icicle
Mini pine cones - pinched off the floor at Center Parcs ;-)
Mini leaves - Wild Orchid Crafts
Tools - Nestie Labels One, circle & scallop circle, MS Scoreboard
Chocs - Elizabeth Shaw mints

Monday, 8 November 2010

A New Challenge at Cards For Men!

It's time for a brand new challenge at Cards for Men today and the theme is 'Animals' (n.b. card must be for a male). Our sponsor this time is Hope Jacare and the DT had the opportunity to choose some gorgeous images to play with - big thank you Claire! Claire is offering a rubber stamp from her new forthcoming release as our sponsor prize this time (it's the same design as on my DT card).
This is what Claire has to say about herself - "I'm a SAHM with three young children. I trained in Textile Design at the Glasgow School of Art and I love all things handmade, but especially papercrafts. I love to doodle ... and my doodles are available to purchase as digital images through Shop Handmade." For everyone who enters the challenge. Claire has very kindly offered to send to them this gorgeous digi for FREE...

Just pop over to the challenge blog to check out the details! As always the DT have made some wonderful cards, please do pop across and have a peek and have a go at the challenge while you're there.

So, onto my DT card, I had a play with the super cute Mouse House digi image (soon to be available in rubber!), Mouse House can be purchased here. I think this image can be used for lots of different types/colours of cards, I love it.


Supplies:

Image - Mouse House by Hope Jacare from Stitchy Bear Stamps coloured with Promarkers and Glossy Accents
Papers - True Blue by MME from Dies To Die For
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics
Raffia - Papermania
Tickets - Tim Holtz from Crafty Emma's Store
Mini pine cones - freebie from Center Parcs, picked up several of these, thought they may come in handy for cards. I've sprayed these with a touch of Glimmer Mist

Saturday, 6 November 2010

A Blog Award With Attitude!

My lovely friend Jenny has nominated me for this Digi's With Attittude award...


Thank you Jenny! In order to qualify for the award and be given a $5 gift certificate to spend at Digi's With Attitude I need to state 3 things that make me different from others and nominate 5 other blogs for the award.

So my three things are:
1. I have just come back from the best ever holiday at Center Parcs
2. I have the best group of cyber friends in the world
3. I have one pupil (in the eye) larger than the other - wierd but true!

I would like to nominate the following fabulous blogs for this award:
1. Doreen's Dream
2. Nannieflash
3. Handmade by Tillymint
4. A Personal Touch
5. Antonia's Attic

Info on how to accept this award and claim your $5 gift certificate can be found here x

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

It's Karen's Birthday!

I hope Karen doesn't mind me posting this today, this is what I made her for her birthday. I used a new Tilda stamp, she is actually a new Christmas stamp but I think she looks pretty good in pink on a flowery card ;-) The box has some chocs in it and is decorated with a Lili of the Valley die cut square (thank you Tams x) that I have run through the Big Shot. The wallet is holding some Basic Grey bling.

Hope you have a wonderful birthday lovely lady xxx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Supplies:
Card blank - Craftwork Cards
Image - Star Tilda by Magnolia from Crafty Ideas by Kaz
Papers - Tickled Pink by MME from Dies To Die For/ paper on card is Papermania Summer Blooms (I think!)
Flowers & leaves - Wild Orchid Crafts
Little girl image (on top of box) - die cut square from Lili of the Valley (cheers Tams xxx)
Pearls - from stash
Ribbon - from stash
Guipure Lace - Cuddly Buddly Crafts
Ticket on wallet - Tim Holtz from Crafty Emma's Store
Tools - Nestie oval, scallop oval, labels one and MS scoreboard