Monday, 30 December 2013

DT card for Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends. 
I hope all is well with you and that you had a good Christmas.

It really is lovely having the children off school and college, the only problem is I loose track as to what day it is and I nearly forgot to post this card!
Today is the start of a new Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge.
This time we are using sketch #25 and our optional theme chosen by the lovely Janet is no designer paper.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is the wonderful StampFairy 
The prize for the lucky winner is $10 gift certificate to spend at StampFairy.com

Thank you to Stampfairy for letting the DT choose an image to use for this challenge. 
I picked Paul and Pauline in Love as I do have a soft spot for pandas.


Items Used:
Digi Stamp - StampFairy Paul and Pauline in Love coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Forever Friends Kraft Notes
Memory Box Precious Hearts
Sentiment - Woodware
Various ribbons from stash



Sketch to follow for this challenge
                                                         

If you take a look at the Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge you will be able to see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team.


I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
Sentimental Sundays - Pick from Favourite themes - I picked Challenge #141: Love is in the Air
Bearly-Mine - Anything Goes


This is my last post of the year so I would like to say a big thank you for all the support and encouragement you have given me during my first full year of blogging. It has been fabulous to be able to share my creations and get so much inspiration from all of you too.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
big hugs



Friday, 27 December 2013

My Favourite 5 Christmas Cards of 2013

Good Evening Everyone.
I hope you all well and have had a wonderful Christmas.
  I have enjoyed spending time with my family, it really has been lovely.

Unfortunately, I haven't got any new cards to show you today but I thought I'd join in with Debby's fun challenge and pick my top 5 Christmas cards this year.

I did enjoy looking through my cards but it took me ages to choose my favourites as I am my own worst critic and I am so indecisive!
Anyway, before I change my mind again here the are ( you can click on the title to take you to the original post)
















Thank you Debby for running this fun challenge. I have really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful cards everyone has been sharing.

Thank you all once again for your wonderful comments this last year, your support and encouragement means so much to me.
Bye for now
hugs



Saturday, 21 December 2013

Plentiful Petals to say Thank you

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

My card today is a very simple thank you card with some wonderful items from Dies to Die for.
I used a fabulous Die-Versions Die along the top edge of my card. I placed the die over the fold thus cutting through both layers of the card and leaving the top intact.
The flowers are Die-Namics Plentiful Petals which I have shaped slightly with an embossing tool.



Items Used:

Papers Bo Bunny Double Dot Blush and Tutu
Die-Versions Express Edges - Thank you


This is my last scheduled post for a week, although I will still be around to comment on your wonderful blogs.
 I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas. 
I hope it is filled with love, laughter and happiness. 


                                           Merry Christmas Penguins

Big hugs to you all.


 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

It's Anything Goes at Crafty Little Fairies Challenge

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

Today is the start of a new Crafty Little Fairies Challenge.
This time our challenge will run for 2 weeks and we have been kind to you with our theme of
Anything Goes
For this challenge we are sponsored by

So, onto my card. My final Christmas card to share with you this year. The fun image is one I bought from From the Heart Stamps after seeing Viv's fabulous card here. It just made me smile and hopefully the person receiving it will too!


Items used - 
Digi Stamp - From the Heart Stamps Seven Christmas Birds coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Doodlebug designs
Cheery Lynn Holly Leaves
Red Pearls
Stickles - Stardust
Polar White Flower Soft

If you take a look at the Crafty Little Fairies Challenge you will be able to see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team.

My Time to Craft - Christmas birds
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Last minute Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Last Christmas card of the year!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog today. I really appreciate it especially as I know how busy everyone is at the moment.
Bye for now
hugs 


Monday, 16 December 2013

DT card for Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well and had a good weekend.
We finally decorated our tree and put up our decorations yesterday so Christmas has definitely arrived here now and it looks lovely!

A couple of you have spotted that I just have reached 500 followers - I can hardly believe it! Thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support, I feel so honoured to have you there. I will be sorted out some candy after Christmas.

Today is the start of a new Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge
This time we are using sketch number 24 and our optional theme is Glitter and Sparkle.
Our sponsor for this challenge are

You have already seen the cards I made for my beautiful daughters so here is the card I made for my wonderful son. Do you spot a slight penguin theme going on, I do love them and luckily my family do too!


Items Used:
Stamp - LOTV Penguin Presents coloured with Promakers
Papers - LOTV Frosty Christmas
Sentiment - Pink Gem Designs
Stickles - Stardust
Glamour Dust - Crystal
Gems- Hobbyhouse Rhinestone Sparklers


Here is the sketch for you to follow


If you pop along to the  Sketch 'n' Stash 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:
Dream Valley - Christmas
Allsorts Challenge: Snowflakes

Thank you 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, 15 December 2013

Contemporary Christmas - Ready Teddy Go Challenge

Hello again Everyone
As promised I am back with my second card of the day. 
Please scroll down if you would like to see my Joanna Sheen DT card, thank you.

My next card is to remind you about the Ready Teddy Go Challenge.
Our theme this month is
Contemporary Christmas
There is a fabulous prize package for the lucky winner (please see challenge blog for more details)

I have used an adorable Wildrose Studio Stamp and I used one of my favourite colour combinations.


So cute!


Items Used:
Stamp - Wildrose Studio Christmas Teddies, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Papers - LOTV Krafy Christmas
Embossing folder - free with a craft magazine
Die-namics Pierced Rectangle Stax
Marianne Designs Creatables Snowflake
Ribbon and Gems from stash
Glamour Dust - Crystal
Small blue gems

If you pop along to 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:

Graph'It Markers - Anything Goes
Dis Digi Designs - Non Traditional Christmas Colours
Polkadoodles - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with Ribbon
ABC Challenge - B - Blue, Bows and Bling

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


Joanna Sheen Challenge - mid way reminder

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

I have 2 posts today so I will get straight onto my first one which is a reminder of the 
Joanna Sheen Challenge which is running to the end of the the month.
The theme is
Make it Sparkle
The Prize for the lucky winner is a wonderful £30 voucher to spend online at Joanna Sheen.

PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE CHALLENGE BLOG. This is the last Joanna Sheen challenge as the decision has been made to close it down. As you can imagine the DT are very sad about this. Not only did we love being part of such a fabulous team we know how much you enjoyed taking part.

Anyway, onto my card.
I have used a cute House Mouse stamp. There is lots of sparkle on the branches and flowers, I am not sure if you can see it too well on my rubbish photo.
The flowers are made from felt cut with Cheery Lynn Rose dies.  I stitched them together rather than using glue, they do look quite pretty in real life.

Items Used;
Stamp - House Mouse Winter Candle coloured with Promarkers.
Papers - Dovecraft Vintage Christmas and magazine freebies.
Dies - Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish
Cheery Lynn Holly Corner
Cheery Lynn Medium and Large Rose
Imagination Crafts Detail Sparkle - White Shimmer
Glamour Dust - Crystal
Sentiment - Craftwork cards


I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs - Sparkle and Shine ( unfortunately it doesn't show up too well on my card!)


I hope lots of you will be able to take part in what will be our last challenge!

Thank you for stopping by, I will be back later.
Bye for now
hugs



Saturday, 14 December 2013

Mimo Rocking Horse - Dies to Die for DT card

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well and having a good weekend.
For me it will be a day of writing out my cards and wrapping presents which I love doing especially when I have the Christmas music on in the background.

So, before that, I am sharing a Christmas card made with some gorgeous goodies from the wonderful Dies to Die for.

I have used an adorable Bildmalarna Stamp. The gorgeous papers are by Echo Park layered onto my favourite red Garnet Bazzill card. 
 The wonderful Die-namics Blueprints 3 was used to make the paper bow and the cute mittens are by Memory Box.


Items Used:
Stamp - Bildmalarna Mimo Rocking Horse coloured with Promarkers.

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

Bildmalarna - December Challenge Christmas card

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog today, I really do appreciate it even more so at this very busy time of year.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Bye for now
hugs

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Let it Snow at Crafty 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.

Today is the start of a new Crafty Little Fairies Challenge.
This week our theme is
Let it Snow 
Our sponsors for this challenge is are
The Ribbon Girl, prize - £10 voucher
and
Stamposaurus , prize - 2 fab stamps

I used one of my older LOTV images but definitely one of my all time favourites. I just need the remember who I have already given it too!



Items Used:
Stamp - LOTV Snow Bears coloured with Promarkers
Papers - First Edition (not sure of the name they are a quite old!)
Marianne Design Craftables - Circle,Flower and leaf stitch die and border
Joy Crafts Winter Wishes Ice Crystals Border
Glamour Dust - Crystal
Sentiment - Craftwork cards
Pearls and ribbon from stash

If you take a look at the  Crafty 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:
The Ribbon Girls - Ho Ho Ho Christmas Challenge
Songbird Challenge - ♫ Merry Christmas Everybody ♪
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge- Winter ( old papers and stamp)
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Christmas
Party Time Tuesday - Winter Wonderland

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


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Include a Sentiment - Passion for Promakers 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.

Today is the start of a new Passion for Promarkers Challenge.
This week we are launching our very special Mega Christmas Challenge which runs for a whole month and ends on January 7th 2014! 
Our theme is a nice easy one 
Include a Sentiment
 Please remember to be eligible for our prizes you must use your promarkers, flex markers, tria markers, metallic or aqua markers.

So now for the exciting bit – look at all these prizes!

Letraset are generously offering one lucky a winner a pack of their Autumn/Winter promarkers Ltd Edition set!

DigiStamp Boutique are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of a £10 voucher to spend in her store.

Bugaboo stamps are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of 10 digis of their choice.

Polkadoodles is offering one lucky winner a prize of a copy of their Bonbon Belles Double CD collection.

Clearly Besotted Stamps is offering one lucky winner 1 stamp set of their choice.

Dies to Die For are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to spend in their online store.

Bearly Mine Designs are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to spend in their online store.

WOW!!


So onto my card.
A few weeks ago I discovered Lee Holland's wonderful illustrations (available here) and I instantly feel in love with them.
I made this card for my wonderful hubby, which is good as this is one card that I have made that I really do like so I am glad I don't have to part with it - that doesn't happen very often I can tell you!!



I think this is one of the cutest images ever!


Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Lee Holland Penguin and Polar coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Sentiment - Whimsy Holiday Noteables 2
Penny Black Snow Scroll
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (used on ice berg)
Papers - Dovecraft (very old!)
Memory Box Giovanna Snowflake
Memory Box Precious Hearts
Shaped Card - Craftwork Cards
Hobby House Rhinestone Sparklers

If you pop along to the Passion for Promarkers Challenge you will see the wonderful creations made by the design team. I hope lots of you will be able to join in with this one.


I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
My Mum's Craft Shop - Christmas
Graph'It Markers - Colour Mixing / Anything Goes
Lisa B Designs - All the Glitters
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - For someone special - This is for my hubby!
Cutie Pie - Special Friend ( this is for my very best friend - my hubby, hope that counts!)
Stamping Sensations - Free and Easy
As You Like it - Favourite Digi and Why - This image is totally adorable, I love penguins and this image just makes my heart melt!



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

Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Very Cute Penguin!

Hello everyone
I hope you are well and having a good weekend.

Yesterday I showed you the Christmas card I made for my younger daughter.  Here is the card I made for my older daughter using another adorable penguin from Pink Gem Designs.

I placed a sheet of glittered vellum onto of my patterned paper and then added an embossed frame. 
For some reason my camera doesn't like pink, this is much prettier in real life!

I am pleased to say both of my beautiful girls were thrilled with their cards, the smile on their faces when they opened them was just magical! I honestly feel that I am a lucky mum to have such wonderful children!



Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Pink Gem Designs Cute Penguin coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - LOTV Christmas sentiment tags
Paper -  Forever Friends Kraft Notes
Papermania Holly Flourish Glitter Vellum
Embossing Folders - Crafter's Companion Snowflakes
 Cuttlebug snowflake dots
Joy Crafts Winter Wishes Snowflake
Woodware snowflake punch
 Hobbyhouse Rhinestone Sparklers



I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
In the Pink - Embossing ( not sure if I have enough pink - please feel free to delete if not!)
Winter Wonderland - Embossing
Little Miss Muffet - You've Been Framed!
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

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 comment you may wish to make.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend
bye for now
hugs

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Anything Goes at A Gem of a Challenge

Hello again everyone, as promised I am back with my second card of the day.
This time for A Gem of a Challenge
The challenge will run for the whole month and it's a nice easy one:

Anything Goes

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.....

As you know, I LOVE penguins so I was thrilled to see Pink Gem's newest images - they are totally adorable.
This card is for my younger daughter so it's very pretty and sparkly!


Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Pink Gem Designs Santa Stop Here coloured with Promarkers
Papers - Papermania Noel and Doodlebug Designs
Spellbinders Floral Ovals
Spellbinders Labels 18
Memory Box Precious Snowflakes
Sentiment - LOTV sentiment tags
The Hobby House Rhinestone Sparklers - Paradise Crystal
Crystal Glamour Dust
Silver gems from stash

If you take at look at the A Gem of a Challenge you will be able to see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team.


I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
Lisa B Designs - All the Glitters
Creative Inspirations - Contemporary Christmas colours
I ♥ Promarkers - for a Child
Digital Delights - You're a Gem
Creative Romance - Sparkle at Christmas


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
hugs


Robins on Presents and a tag - Dies to Die for DT card

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are well, sending hugs to those in need of them.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments recently, you really help to boost my confidence!

I have 2 posts today so I will get on with my first which is a Christmas card with a pull out tag made using some wonderful goodies from Dies to Die for.
The adorable stamp is by Wildrose Studio and the wonderful sentiment is from a set by Impression Obsession. I have used Die-namics Fishtail Flags Stax to make a banner for the sentiment.
Foam pads were used to attach the image to my card, leaving a gap so I could insert my tag.



The tag was made with a wonderful Tonic Studio die.  I applied white ink to the card before removing it from the die to show up the present design.



Items Used:
Stamp - Wildrose Studio Robin on Presents coloured with Promarkers
Prima Say it with Crystals Yellow - I love these!!


I would like to enter my card into the following fabulous challenges:
Penny Black and More - Traditional Christmas colours
Crafty Sentiments - Tag Along


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog today.
I will back a bit later with my Pink Gem DT card.
Bye for now,
hugs

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Snow Mail - GDT card for Stampart Designs by Kathryne

Good Morning to you all my wonderful crafty friends.
I hope you are having a good week, not too long now until the weekend!

I was extremely honoured to asked by the lovely and talented Kathryne of Stampart Designs to be a Guest Designer using one of her newest images.
So here is the adorable Snow Mail, such a cute snowman and I love the sweet bird. This image also comes with a bonus set of sentiments from which I have used the 'special delivery' message.
This is one of those images that you can't help but smile when you are colouring it in! Thank you so much Kathryne for asking me to be your Guest Designer.



Items Used :
Digi Stamp - Snow Mail  - Stampart Designs by Kathryne coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - 'special delivery' included with the digi stamp
Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing folder
Papers- Papermania Noel
Dies - Memory Box Precious Snowflakes
Small Heart Punch
Diamond Glamour Dust
Button and silver twine from stash


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

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Bingo - Buttons/glitter/die cuts
Bearly Mine Challenge # 115 - Christmas Sentiment
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Christmas Anything Goes and blog hop
Created with Love Challenge # 69 - Christmas

Thank you 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



Monday, 2 December 2013

DT card for Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge

Hello again everyone, as promised I am here with my second card.
If you would like to see my Without Words Challenge card please scroll down.

Today is the start of a new Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge.
We are using sketch #23 and our optional theme is let it snow.

For this challenge we are sponsored by the wonderful Crafty Individuals.

I have used one of the older James Bear stamps from LOTV. I have added glossy accents to the baubles and star and lots of red stickles to the tinsel.



Close up of James Bear!

The Sketch to follow:


Items used:
Papers - First Edition Nordic Christmas
Memory Box Party Lanterns
Sentiment - Craftwork cards 
Glossy Accents
Stickles - Christmas Red
Red Gems

If you take a look at the Sketch 'n' Stash Challenge you will see the wonderful creations made by the rest of the design team.

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

Sketchy colours - Red and Green
Sentimental Sundays - Traditional Christmas colours
Penny Black and More - Traditional Christmas colours
Fab 'n' Funky - Cute Critters
My Mum's Craft Shop - Winter/Christmas

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at my blog once again today, you support and encouragement means so much to me.
Bye for now 
hugs




For Nearest and Dearest - Without Words Challenge DT card

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

I have 2 post again today so I will get straight on with my first card.
Today is the start of a new Without Words Challenge
This month our theme is 
Nearest and Dearest
We would like you to make a Christmas or New Year card for someone close to your heart.

Our sponsor is Bunny Zoe's Crafts who will give a prize of a £10 voucher to the winner.

The fabulous image I have used is by the wonderful Mo Manning.
The paper I found loose in my box, I love the stitched/patchwork effect on it. I am not sure who it is made unfortunately!

Items Used:
Digi Stamp - Mo Manning - Shall I play for you coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Stamp (around edges) - Penny Black Snow Scroll
Sentiment - LOTV  Christmas Grungy Messages
Paper - Sorry it's very old and I just cannot remember!!
Bazzill Kraft Card
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Twine from stash

If you take a look at the Without Words 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:

Allsorts - Inspired by a Christmas Song or Carol - Deck the Halls ( ♪ Tis the Season to be Jolly! ♫)
Ladybug Crafts - Christmas/Winter
Graph'It Colour Challenge Vintage Polka Dots  ( I am not sure if I have enough dots on my card, just a few on the dog's scarf and the boy's hat so please delete my entry if necessary!)

Thank you 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.
I will be back later with my Sketch 'n' Stash DT card
bye for now
hugs


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Cheer at A Little Bit Crafty Challenge

Hello again everyone
As promised I am back with my second card of the day. Please scroll down if you would like to see my Joanna Sheen DT card, thank you.

Today is the start of a new A Little Bit Crafty Challenge.
This month our theme is
Christmas Cheer

Our Sponsors are:
Prize 7 free digis
5 digi stamps
and
Prize details on challenge blog

I have made another Shadow Box style card, I love making these, they are simple to make but they are tricky to photograph, that's why there are 3 photos - sorry!


side view


Close up of the image


Items Used:
Stamp - Hobby Art - Archie and Pals coloured with Promarkers
Spellbinders Labels 28
Memory Box Merry and Christmas Script dies
Memory Box Giovanna Snowflake
Crafters Companion Snowflake Embossing folder
Sparkly pearls and metallic twine from stash


If you take a look at A Little Bit Crafty 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 - Ho, Ho, Holidays
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Bearly Mine Challenges - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - Blue & White


Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog once again today. Your support and encouragement means so much to me.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.
bye for now
hugs


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