Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Spots & Stripes.....

Another combo, wow!! I've excelled myself this week.
A great sketch over at Pink Elephant (#12) designed by Carol Houghton and Spots & Stripes being the theme at Papertake Weekly Challenge
Ingredients used :-
Papers - Basic Grey 'Cupcake'
Image - download from Pink Petticoat
OXOX rub-ons - Doodlebug 'All Mixed Up
deep yellow card from my stash
Tools used :-
Fiskars Paper Edgers 'Clouds'
Letraset 03 Drawing Pen

Blue & Green

This is a sketch over at Sketch Saturday (#48) and a 'blue & green' theme at A Spoonful of Sugar (Ch. 49) combo.
Both being great challenges.
The wording on the tag has bleached out with the scan, it says.....'simple delights' :-/
Ingredients used :-
Image - Walter Owl download from Willow Designs
Papers - Basic Grey '2 Scoops'
Pale green piece of card - Bazzill basics
blue base card, ribbon, green flat backed pearls and sentiment tag from my stash.

Tools used :-
Nestabilities Labels 1 Die
Fiskars scalloped border punch

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Monday, 27 April 2009

Orange, Green & Brown


This was the challenge over at Colour Create week 13, it also had to be a male card. Now don't we all struggle making male cards.
I had a sheet of vintage images and thought the dog was ideal for this, as I virtually have no stamps for a male.
Trying to keep the embelishment to a minimum was hard too, as I'm sure men don't like fussy cards.
Papers - Basic Grey 'Archaic'
Sentiment tag - Basic Grey Sublime
Base card, image, ribbon and charm from my stash
The buckle used was from an old cat collar...so a bit of recycling going on here too.

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Shaped Card

This was the theme at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge #29. And the perfect opportunity to use my big blooms to include the challenge over at Daring Cardmakers
The shaped card was one that our Sarn did for us on the forum and I didn't get round to doing more than fold the card...after a few tries, I might add.

So this was the perfect excuse to get this finished.....and I am pleased that I have.
Ingredients :-
Paper - Kay & Co Amy Butler Belle
Sentiment - one of a set of PSX garden theme stamps...years old
Everything else from my stash
Tools used :-
Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 1

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Just Magnolia meets Mojo Monday

A great combo again of a fab sketch at Mojo Monday week 83 with a great theme of 'Pink & Green over at Just Magnolia challenge #2
This was a card of mistake after mistake, all covered with corrections of some sort. lol!! Not telling though. :-)

Ingredients used :-
Stamped Image - Magnolia 'Tilda'
Paper - Basic Grey 'Sultry'
Green card - DCWV Christmas Matstack
Hydrangeaa, pearls, lace, ribbon and sentiment from my stash

Tools used :-
Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 1
Glue Dots
Letraset Pro-Markers - Blossom, Emerald, Lemon, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Apple & Apricot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tattered Rose

Friday, 24 April 2009

Friday Friends


Managed a sketch over at Card Sketch A Day which is a first for ages.
This is sketch #236 Friday Friends Challenge.
Great sketch. Printed the multiple sentiment on Word. The papers used were Papermania 'Olivine Essence'.
Card, ribbon flowers and gems from my stash.

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One for the Boys....

Have managed to do this one for Just Christmas & Birthday Cards, being sketch 28 by Amanda.
I have only managed the birthday one as my Christmas stash and stamps are all away, but I daresay I will have to get a couple of bits out to do a card to justify this great blog.
I was going to combine this sketch with the theme of 'Games and Toys for Boys' over at Daring Cardmakers but have missed the deadline. The words Mice and Men come to mind!! lol!!
Ingredients :-
Boy Image - Stick Kids Footballer by Mambi
Football image - misc. stamp
Striped paper - misc. download
Text - Bo-Bunny Press sticker
Black card, white card, round stick-on 'doo-dads' and sticky backed grass from my stash

Tools :-
Marvy Le Plume pens
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - black glaze
Versafine Onyx Black
Cuttlebug embossing folder

Thursday, 23 April 2009


At The Pink Elephant Challenge Blog this week the challenge #11 is - For Mom
(Happy Mother's Day or Happy Birthday Mom)and/or
Don't Throw That Away (Recycle, Reuse) So as I haven't got a mother now -Bless her - I chose the latter.
The only new or purchased items were the flower(newest purchase) and the pink card (had for about 6 years, a huge box).
The recycled items were:-
White and brown card from my bits box some of which are the backs of received bought cards.
The great spotty paper was free with a magazine my sister passed on to me.
The button is out of my dear old mum's button tin I inherited :-)
The thread through the button is a piece of cotton that had unravelled off my cotton throw with the fringe
and last but not least the sentiment is cut from a received bought card.

I really enjoyed doing this and I am a hoarder of 'useful' bits and bobs as us crafters are, I daresay.
The sketch Idea came from Clean & Simple 10 min. Monday

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge


Just about getting my challenges done now and this one over at Papertake Weekly Challenge>, being Dawny's Sketch #13 was lovely to do. The floral trim is actually shocking pink but looks very bleached out with the scan. :-(
I adore these images from Willow Designs, they are so cute.
Ingredients :-
Image - download of Winnie Owl from Willow Designs
Paper - Basic Grey 'Sultry'
Sentiment - clear sticker by Bo Bunny Press
Card and felted floral trim from my stash

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Karma Award

What a fabulous surprise and honour I have had this morning.

On viewing my blog comments the very talented Mandy has given me a Karma Award.

She makes some beautiful cards and is a very talented young lady and for her to give this award to me is an honour indeed, as I strive to keep up to speed with the ever changing face of cardmaking.

Thank you so very much Mandy, you have brought a smile to my face today!! xxx

So now, the really good bit is that I get to give this award to some other lovely people too.

The Rules

The Karma Award: These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.

Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I would like to pass this award onto the following people who are very talented crafters some being friends others having awesome blogs:

Dawny P

Now pass on the love girls :)

House Mouse & Sketch & Stash Combo.

A great sketch over at Sketch and Stash #8 which I teamed up with House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge being Challenge #34 Springtime.
For Sketch & Stash :-
I turned the sketch on it's head
New stash used :-
Pink flowers and green gem which I received for Easter off crafty buddies. Also the image is one I received in an image swap and never used.
The scan has bleached out the word on the chipboard sticker which says - 'SPRINGTIME'

Ingredients :-
Image - House Mouse
Pin & Green card - Bazzill
Flowers - Papermania Imaginisce 'Rose'
Gem - Doodlebug 'Jewels'
Paper - Basic Grey 'Sultry'
Chipboard sentiment sticker from my stash
Tools -
Letraset Pro-markers - Vanilla, Blossom, Sandstone, Apple, Rose Pink, Cool Grey 2, Cinnamon
Fiskars Scallop border punch

Monday, 20 April 2009

Penny Black Saturday on Monday

Week 45 was a busy sketch but thoroughly enjoyed using it.
This is a new pad of papers and I love them, yes! I know I'm well behind there are some lovely new papers out there and I am so trying to catch up.
Added no further embellishments to this card I just let the papers do the talking.
Image - Penny Black Stickeroo 'Unfolding'
Papers - Kay & Co 'McKenna'
Sentiment - portion of a Clarity/Imagina stamp
Cream card from my stash

Black, White & Pink....Just a bit Dotty!

Lovely colour theme at Colour Create week 12, with the addition of polka dots somewhere.
I kept this plain and simple...just like me...and came up with this card. Although the kanga is grey..that is a paler shade of black, isn't it? :-)

Ingredients :-
Image - download off Pink Petticoat
Paper - Doodlebug Paper Pot Pourri
Card & ribbon from my stash...actually the ribbon was a surprise gift from forum buddy Pat (Handy) hugs!!

Tools used :-
Letraset Pro-Markers - Cool Grey 2, Cool Grey 5, Blossom

Simples!! as that cute meercat would say. lol!!

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Do I need a Reason?.........

.......For being late with this challenge over at Mojo Monday.....wk 82. Tried it a couple of times and this was the best I could come up with, come back MOJO all is forgiven!
I lurve these cute little images from Pink Petticoat and haven't made enough use of them.
I didn't do much adorning of this card as I think the paper is too lovely to cover up.
Ingredients :-
Image - Pink Petticoat download
Papers - Basic Grey 'Sugared'
Colorbox Chalk ink pad in 'Chestnut Roan'
Rik Rak - Bazzill
Heart embellie, leather-look cream card and sentiment from my stash
Tools used :-
Fiskars scallop punch
Sakura Gelly Roll pens

Saturday, 18 April 2009


.....It's Friday Sketchers 48
Sketch that had me juggling my bits of paper. Watching the rugby at the same time, so please excuse any misaligned pieces lol! Another good day of using up pieces out of my bits box
Ingredients :-
Image - Ollyfant Stamps
Papers - a selection of bits of Basic Grey, 'Posh', 'Fusion' and 'Sublime'
Card - purple Bazzill Basics
Sentiment - Linda Maron Mod Designs
Flowers and gem dots from my stash

Tools :-
Nestabilities - Scalloped oval....used the waste 'frame'
Glue Dots
Letraset Pro-Markers, didn't make a note of the colours, sorry.
Colorbox Fluid Chalk cat's eyes 'Queue'...the purple one to edge card pieces

Friday, 17 April 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge No. 1

Great to see this new challenge blog so just had to use one of my many images I have stowed away.
I made a large card just for a change so there is more 'canvas' for working on.
I turned the sketch as my images are mainly portrait, so this would fit better.

Ingredients :-
Stamped Image - Magnolia Tilda
Floral paper - Basic Grey 'Sugared'
Sentiment - Clarity/Imagina stamp
Card, flowers, brads, ribbon and pearls from my stash

Tools used :-
Nestabilities - scalloped circle, plain circle, curved rectangle
Sakura gelly rol pens used as watercolour
TomBow gluestik
Glue dots to stick flowers
Adirondack dye ink - 'Stonewashed'

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Card for a Child....

....is the theme at Truly Scrumptiousbeing their challenge 5 with a sketch which got the old grey matter twitching.
All the papers used were from the 6 x 6 pad of Basic Grey 'Cupcake' they are gorgeous.
The cream card across the card was cut using my Fiskars wide scallop scissors
A Penny Black sticker was used for the image.
Everything else from my stash. It all seems a bit busy for me but I'm sure a child will love it. LOL!!

Chocolate Orange........

Oh! yummy what a delicious theme over at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge #27. Great to get away from purple which I have been doing all week for the forum April competition....watch this space ;-)
The sketch for this challenge was great too, not too many elements, which get me in a right old tizz.
Ingredents used :-
Scalloped cards - The Glitter Pot
Orange card - Bazzill Basics
Orange paper with bird print - free download from DoCrafts
Image - Tranparency by Chatter Box
Sentiment - stamp by Prima
Ribbon, gems, flowers, flat backed pearls from my stash
Tools used :-
Fiskars scalloped border punch
Versafine Vintage Sepia
Foam sticky pads

Monday, 13 April 2009

Sketch Saturday...just a bit late!

#46 is a great sketch over at Sketch Saturday
I chose to do another card with the cute Walter Owl from Willow Designs.
Also decided it was time to use up some of the paper scraps I have mounting up. Makes you feel real good when you do this.

So here are the ingredients for my card :-
Walter Owl - download from Willow Designs
Pale blue paper - " ditto "
Sentiment - sticker Bo Bunny Press
other paper pieces - scraps of HOTP
Base card, ribbon, and square gems from my stash

Tools used :-
Fiskars border punch
Tombow glue stick

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Chocolate, Coffee & Cream

This was the great theme over at Colour Create challenge blog this being week 11.
The added extra element was to add distressing.
I don't know why but this took me hours all afternoon. lol!! I was up and down like the proverbial.
Unfortunately, due to the bulkiness of the ribbon, the scan is poor. I still haven't got the ability to do great photos like some of you artistic ladies. :-)
2 Easter pressies were featured on this card the stamp and the 'Bug' embossing folder....aren't I lucky.
I distressed the core'dination card after embossing in the Bug.

Ingredients :-
Distressed brown paper - Kay & Company 'Roam'
Stamp - Sugar Nellie
Vellum Sentiment - Art & Crafts Direct
Core'dination card - 'sand castle'
Lace, ribbon, brads, base card and card pieces from my stash.
Friendship Circles - Stampin' Caz

Tools used :-

'Bug' embossing folder - 'Bird Call'
Nestabilities dies - round pinking and curved rectangle
Fiskar's wide scallop edge cutting scissors
Emery board for distressing
Pro-markers in vanilla, spice, sandstone, pastel pink, coral, cinnamon, apricot and raw sienna

Happy Easter Everyone

Friday, 10 April 2009

Eat Cake.........

A great sketch over at Sketch Saturday which was Tracies #45.
I was combining with a citrus challenge too but have missed that one. Where does the time go when you are having fun?
Anyway here are my ingredients for this yummy little number.

Backing paper and image - download from Funky Fairy Papercrafts
Card Candy - Craftwork cards at The Glitter Pot
Base card and strip of card - Bazzill basics
Ribbon and chipboard embellishment from my stash.

Tools used
Fiskars Border punch
Woodware Corner Rounder
Pro Markers - Rose Pink, Canary, Apple