Saturday, 31 August 2013

Still Enjoying the Summer


Hello again everyone. I hope you are having a good weekend.
 I am thrilled and very excited to show you my first card as a Temporary Designer for the wonderful 
Thank you so much for asking me Tracy, it's such a BIG honour.

As we are still having such lovely weather here in the UK, I decided a Summery card using sweet Skippy and Bobbin by Elisabeth Bell together with some wonderful papers from Bo Bunny


Items Used - All available at Dies to Die for

Stamp - Whimsy Stamps Elisabeth Bell Skippy and Bobbin coloured with Promakers


               -Memory Box Cherry Blossom
                -Memory Box Meridian Border
         -Whimsy Mini Postage Die


Embellishments  - MME Enamel Dots Noteable Cute

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

Elisabeth Bell - Sizzling Summer Days
Crafts Too Challenge - Summer Days


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog once again today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend
bye for now







Use 2 Backing Paper at A Gem of A Challenge

Hello to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well, sending hugs to those in need of them.

Today is the start of a new
This week it was my turn to pick a theme so I chose a nice easy one

Use 2 Backing papers

The prize for the winner will be.....
2 Individual Digi images
(NO SETS, PERSONALISED WATERMARK'S OR SENTIMENT SETS) 
of the winners choice from PINK GEM DESIGNS.....


Here's my card, I love this cute tortoise  from Pink Gem Designs with her pretty flower and happy face.


Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Pink Gem Designs Tortoise coloured with Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Love Letters
Spellbinders Labels 28
Memory Box Honeysuckle vine
Spellbinders Edgaeabilities Classic Scallop
Tonic Studio medium flower punch


If you take a look at A Gem of a Challenge you will see the wonderful creations made by this week's design team and also the wonderful Squirrel who is our Guest Designer this week.


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

Bearly Mine Designs - digi days 
Dream Valley for a Child
Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment
Delightful Challenges - Make the cut
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin'- Spots and Stripes

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog once again today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend
Bye for now
hugs



Thursday, 29 August 2013

No Flowers at Lili's Little Fairies and an announcement!

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well and having a good week. Sending hugs to those in need of them.

Right then, today is the start of a new Lili's Little Fairies Challenge.

Our theme this week is 
No Flowers 
And the first of our sponsors this week is Natali from IVA NOVA CHEST with a goodie bag of loveliness

I have coloured a gorgeous image from the LOTV Jack, Patch and Puss Sketch Pad.
These images are fabulous and I think could be used for a both male and females.
I created the sentiment banner using my dienamics fishtail flag by cutting it at both ends and then folding. 


Items Used:
Image - From  Jack, Patch and Puss Sketch Pad coloured with Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Love Letters
Sentiment - Sentiment - Clearly Besotted A little Sentimental 
Memory Box Simple Banner
Dienamics Fishtail Flags Stax
Crafter's Companion Chevron Embossing folder
Stardust Stickles


If you pop over to the Lili's Little Fairies Challenge you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team.

So onto our big announcement about the challenge:

Times change, and we Fairies are changing with them.  This will be the last ever challenge as Lili's Little Fairies.  No, please, don't be too sad, read on.  

We have had a blast as LLF but it is time for a new start and from next week (5 September), we are becoming Crafty Little Fairies, a new look and a new address to follow soon.


Something else new and, we think, very exciting - we are opening the challenge up to use images other than LOTV.  So, you can still use your Lili's and we would love to see them, but you can also use other images too.  How cool is that?!  I am sure the Fairies will continue to share their love of Lili with you all but this does mean more of you will be able to join in the challenges with us.

So, we hope you are as excited about all this as we are - see you next week for the first ever Crafty Little Fairies Challenge!

And because it is our last LLF challenge, the ladies at Lili of the Valley have offered 
TWO £10 prize vouchers, as a good luck in our new venture
Thank you Anne and LOTV xx
(the winners of these vouchers will be drawn by Random Number Generator)


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

Created with love - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - No Flowers
Tammy's Scrappin Corner - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Pretty Polka Dots

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog, I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make.
Bye for now
hugs



Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Winter Animals at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge


Hello to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well and having a good week.

My card today is part of the mid way reminder for the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge.
This time our fun theme is
Winter Animals

For this challenge we are sponsored by the wonderful Quixotic Paperie
the prize is a £10 voucher!

I used a stamp that I won last year from High Hopes Stamps, it was good to finally use it and great fun to colour.




Items Used
Stamp - High Hopes Snowy's Friends coloured with Promarkers
Papers - LOTV Krafty Christmas
Embossing Folder - Crafters Companion Let it Snow
Sentiment - LOTV Christmas Senitment Tags
Memory Box Precious Snowflakes
Spellbinders Labels 1 and Scalloped Labels 1
Glamour Dust Diamond
Pearls and ribbon from stash.


If you take a look at the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge, you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team

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

Totally Papercrafts - Hearts and Tags (hearts on image, please delete if not acceptable!)
High Hopes Stamps - Pearls or Gems



Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog once again today, I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
bye for now
hugs



Tuesday, 27 August 2013

It's Sketch Time at Papertake Weekly Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends
I hope you are well and having a good week. Sending hugs to those who need them.

Today is the start of a new Papertake Weekly Challenge, I am really enjoying being a Guest Designer for them.
This time the theme is 

Sketchie Free For All

There is a new sketch for this week or you can use any other Papertake Weekly sketch that you can find on the challenge blog.
The fabulous sponsor for this week is

Prize $20 voucher to spend online for the lucky winner.


I have used another of my Penny Black Stamps, I seem to be using these a lot lately. I used a 'just for you' sentiment so my card could be used for a variety of occasions.



Here is Dawny's fabulous sketch for this week which I followed


Items Used:
Stamp -  Penny Black Embrace coloured with Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Bird Song
Joy Crafts Flower 1 die coloured with Tattered Rose Distress Ink
Martha Stewart Frond Branch punch
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch

If you pop along to the  Papertake Weekly Challenge  blog you will see the wonderful creations made by the design team and see who was the winner of the last challenge.



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

Penny Black - August Bright and sunny
Penny Black and More - In the Garden 
Creative Corner Challenges - cute critters
Pile it On - Designer Paper
Polka Doodles - All things bright and beautiful (all creatures great and small!)
Penny's Challenge - dies and/or punches
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes

Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog once again today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
bye for now
hugs

Monday, 26 August 2013

DT card for Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends
I hope you are all well and that you had a good weekend.

Today is the start of a new Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge. This time we are onto Sketch #16
Our optional theme chosen by the lovely Janet is Monochromatic.

For this challenge we are sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Individuals
Please see the challenge blog for details of the fabulous prize.


So here is my card, it's a really easy sketch this time. You can add any embellishments you wish but I decided to keep it fairly simple.




Here is the sketch:


Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Digi Stamp Boutique Mac and Flowers coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Pink Petticoat Daisy Bouquet
Punches - Tonic Studio and EK Success
Spellbinders Circle and Labels 22
Sentiment - Craftwork cards


If your take a look at the  Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge, you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team and see who were the winners of the last challenge

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

The Cutie Pie - Anything Goes
Digi Stamp Boutique - August customer challenge
Sister Act Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
Bye for now
hugs 




Thursday, 22 August 2013

All About the Boys at Lili's Little Fairies Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well and having a good week so far. Sending hugs to those in need of them.

Today is the start of a new Lili's Little Fairies Challenge
This week our theme is

All About the Boys

For this challenge we are offering a 2 week GDT spot to the lucky winner!

I used to struggle a bit with making male cards but just recently I have found that has changed and I did actually enjoy making this card, probably helped by using this adorable image which is from one of the LOTV sketch pads.


Items Used:
Image - from LOTV sketch pad Vintage Boys. Coloured with Promarkers
Memory Box Honeysuckle Vine
Marianne Designs Bird on Branch small


If you take a look at the Lili's Little Fairies Challenge you will see the wonderful creations made by this week's design team and see who were the winners of the last challenge


I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
Stamping Sensations - Wings and Things with a touch of vintage
Inky Impressions - Masculine
Penny's Challenge - dies and/or punches
C...is for Challenge - Animals
Lisa B Designs - Vintage

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
bye for now
hugs


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Guest Designer card for Papertake Weekly Challenge

Hello again everyone.
This is my second post for today (please scroll down to see my Passion for Promarkers DT card)

Today is the start of a new Papertake Weekly Challenge. I am really enjoying being a Guest Designer them.

This week the theme is one of my favourites

Flower Power
Add something floral - papers, image, embellishments whatever you choose

For this challenge we are sponsored by
The prize for the lucky winner is a £10 voucher to spend online

I used a gorgeous Digi stamp from Janey's Digi Designs and went for a lilac colour scheme. In real life the colours of the petals do match my papers!!

Items used
Digi Stamp - Janey's Digi Designs Phlox coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Papermania Capsule collection Boysenberry
Memory Box Fabulous Phlox

If your take a look at the Papertake Weekly Challenge, you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team.

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

Creative Inspirations - Monochrome.
Simon Says - Monochrome

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog once again today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
Bye for now
hugs 







Favourite Colours at the Passion for Promarkers Challenge

Hello to your all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well and having a good week. Sending hugs to those in need of them.

Today is the start of a new Passion for Promarkers Challenge
This week our theme is

Your Favourite Colour Combination

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful Digi-Stamp Boutique
The lucky winner can choose 6 digi stamps of their choice.


I have to admit that I do have a couple of favourite colour combinations.
 In the end I went with blue, beige and white, mainly because I wanted to use my pretty papers from Lili of the Valley!
I made this card to give to my daughter before she set off for Summer School at Sussex Uni on Sunday. I just wanted to remind her how proud we all are of her.


Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Wee Stamps - Hopeful. Coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.
Papers - LOTV Petal Fresh
Sentiment - LOTV Inspirational Sentiments 
Memory Box Corner Bow Die
Flowers Stamps - Heartfelt Creation Posy Patch coloured with Promarkers
Martha Stewart Frond Punch


If you take a look at the Passion for Promarkers Challenge you will see the wonderful creations made from this week's design team.

I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Always Anything Goes
The Cutie Pie - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodle - song title or quote (Shine by Take That and a sentiment quote too! )



Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog today, I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make.
I'll be back later with my GDT card for the Papertake Weekly Challenge
bye for now
hugs 




Saturday, 17 August 2013

Strawberry Jam !

Hello and good morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope all is well with you, sending hugs to those who need them.

Goodness, it's Saturday already!  My son is playing his usual cricket matches today and tomorrow and then on Sunday evening my eldest daughter is going to a Summer School at Sussex University. She will be staying for 3 nights which will hopefully give her a taste of Uni life and help her make some decisions about the future. 

My card today is one I made simply because I love the image!
These Penny Black hedgehogs always make me smile.



Items Used:
Stamp - Penny Black  -  Strawberry Jam coloured with Promakers
Paper - Doodlebug Designs
Sentiment - Pink Petticoat Happy Birthday Sentiments
Crafters Companion Embossing folder Petite Dots
Ribbons from stash



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

Penny Black Challenge - Bright and Sunny
Penny Black and More - In the Garden 
As you like it - favourite ribbon or twine. I  love spotty and gingham ribbon, they seem to add that little bit of extra interest to a design without distracting from the image.
I ♥ Promarkers - Summertime
Crafty Ribbons - Use 3 of something - 3 ribbons
Sweet Stampin'  - Bold and Beautiful

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog again today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
Bye for now
hugs

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Dies and Punches at the Ready Teady Go Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends
I hope you are well and having a good week, sending hugs to those who need them.
Thank you once again for all your lovely comments, you have all been so kind.

My card today is part of the mid way reminder of the Ready Teddy Go Challenge
This month our theme is 
Use Dies and/or Punches

Our lovely sponsor is Lili of the Valley who will be giving a £10 voucher to the lucky winner.

I have used another Bobbi Bear image from Digi Stamp Boutique. Can you tell I love this bear!
 I think he is just so cute and was a joy to colour.



Item Used:
Digi Stamp - Digi Stamp Boutique Bathtime Bobbi coloured with Promarkers
Paper - Forever Friends New Arrival
Die Namics Blueprints 3 die (for the bow)
Whimsy Banner Pennants Die and Sentiments
Spellbinders Large Circle die
Ribbon and button and felt from stash


If you take a look on the  Ready Teddy Go Challenge you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team.


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

Digi Stamp Boutique - August Customer competition
Pollycraft - Buttons and Bows
Creative Card Crew - Banner/Pennant
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge  Boy/Male Card - old items are button, felt and ribbon

Thank you once again for taking the time to stop and look at my blog today. 
Your support and kind comment this week have really meant so much to me and I am so grateful to you all.
Bye for now
hugs 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Guest Designer card for Papertake Weekly Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends

I just wanted to start by saying a big heart felt thank you for your comforting words about the loss of our cat, I was deeply touched reading them. I don't normally share much personal stuff on my blog but I knew that you would all understand and be so supportive and I feel honoured to call you my friends.

So, it's Tuesday so that means the start of a new Papertake Weekly Challenge  which I have such pleasure to be a Guest Designer.
This week the theme is

Occasion -ally (make something for an occasion e.g. birthday, wedding etc)

The sponsor for this challenge is

I coloured up these cute love birds from Digi Stamp Boutique. 
I think this could be used for either a Wedding of Anniversary.



Items Used:
Digi Stamp - DSB Cute Love Birds coloured with Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Love Letters
Spellbinders Floral Oval
Spellbinders Labels 18
Memory Box - Precious Hearts
Sentiment Clearly Besotted A little Sentimental - again !(can you tell I love this set!!)


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

Jellypark Challenges - Cuddly Wuddly
Digi Stamp Boutique - August Customer competition

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog today. I really do appreciate, your support and encouragement means so much to me
Bye for now
hugs



Monday, 12 August 2013

DT card for Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge.

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.

Just wanted to start by saying sorry that I have been a bit quiet recently. One of our cats, Claude, suddenly became very ill last week  and we had to make the heart breaking decision to have him put to sleep yesterday. Our pets become such a big part of our lives, it's so hard to say goodbye to them. So, we shed a lot of tears yesterday, but at least he is at rest now and no longer in pain and we have lots of special happy memories.

Anyway, today is the start of a new Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge.
This week we are onto sketch number 15 and our optional theme is use handmade flowers.

For this challenge we are sponsored by the fabulous Ooh La la Creations
The prize is a CD of the winner's choice and some bling!

I decided to ink up one of my older Penny Black Stamps. Obviously, I made this card before Claude became ill,  now I will dedicate it to him, he brought so much happiness into our lives.



Items used:
Stamp - Penny Black Cat Bath coloured with Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Blank Canvas
Cheery Lynn - Mini Fanciful flourish
Memory Box Norland Flower


Here is the sketch for you to follow, as you can see, I have rotated it


If you take a look at the Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge blog you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team and we have introduced our fabulous new teamies too.

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

Polkadoodles - In the Garden 
Sweet Stampin' - Going Krafty
Pile it On - Outdoors
Penny Black Challenge - Bright and Sunny
Penny Black and More - In the Garden 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make.
Bye for now
hugs


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Embossing at the Joanna Sheen Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are having a good weekend.

Today is the start of a new Joanna Sheen Challenge.
This week our theme is

Embossing (dry or heat)

As always the wonderful prize for the lucky winner will be a £15 voucher to spend online at Joanna Sheen.

After printing a cute image from the Joanna Sheen House Mouse Project CD Rom, I decided to try something a bit different and made a shadow box card.
It was really easy, there is a fabulous totorial for this on the Papermill blog here


Side view to show the dimension. I love how the card folds flat to fit into a normal sized envelope.


Items Used:
Crafts Too Embossing folder - Seed Heads
Joy Crafts Vintage Butterfly
Spellbinders Labels 28
Sentiment - LOTV Handwritten Phrases

If you take a look on this Joanna Sheen Challenge blog you will see the wonderful creations made by this week's Design Team and see who were the winners of the last challenge.



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


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog again today. It really means so much to me and I love to read any comments you may wish to make.
Bye for now
hugs 

Saturday, 10 August 2013

It's Summer at A Gem of a Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well and having a good weekend.
 Yippee - the sun is shining here and it looks like it's going to be a nice day.

Today is the start of a new
This week our fun theme chosen by Ria is

Summer

The prize for the winner will be.....
2 Individual Digi images
(NO SETS, PERSONALISED WATERMARK'S OR SENTIMENT SETS) 
of the winners choice from PINK GEM DESIGNS.....


I have made another centre stepper card and coloured sweet Ice Cream Ellie. I had intended to use some bright coloured papers I have which are covered with ice-creams but, as you can see, in the end went with a blue and yellow colour scheme to tie in with her dress and the daisies on her hat.



Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Pink Gem Designs - Ice Cream Ellie coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Papermania Blueberry Pie
Memory Box Summer Kites
Memory Box Blooming Posie
Tonic Studio small flower punch
Pearls and Gingham ribbon from stash


If you pop along to A Gem of a Challenge  you will see the wonderful creations made by this week's design team and a very special guest designer too!! 

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

Sentimental Sunday's  - Child's Play
Creative Inspirations - Something old something new - new digi stamp and kite die (very)old papers
Fab 'n' Funky - Anything that looks like Summer
Crafty ribbons - anthing goes with ribbon
QKR Stampede - No Squares Allowed

Thank you for taking to time to look at my blog once again today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
Bye for now
hugs


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Christmas in August at Lili's Little Fairies Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends
I hope you are well and having a good week. Sending hugs to those in need of them.
Thank you so much for your very kind comments on my recent cards, it really means so much to me.

Today is the start of a new Lili's Little Fairies Challenge.
This week our theme is

Christmas in August 
Our sponsor this week is the wonderful  IVA NOVA CHEST
Prize - goodie bag of charms and embellishments

I coloured one of my favourite LOTV Christmas stamps from last year's release.


Items Used:
Stamp - LOTV Teddy with Penguin coloured with Promarkers
Spellbinders Labels 18
Memory Box Snowflake corner
Memory Box Star Flourish
Whimsy Holiday Mini Postage Stamps and Die
Stardust Stickles and Diamond Glamour Dust



If you take a look at the Lili's Little Fairies Challenge blog you will see the wonderful creations make by the rest of this week's design team and see who were the winners of the last challenge.



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

Addicted to Stamps and More - Make your mark
ABC Christmas Challenge - P is for ...(Penguin!)

Thank you for taking to time to look at my blog once again today. I really do appreciate it and love to read any comments you may wish to make
Bye for now
hugs











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