Thursday, 26 May 2011


Update - whoo-hoo! My card was voted into the top 5 at Stamp Something - thank you ladies!  
And it was also featured on Tiddly Ink Fabby Friday - whoo-hoo again!!
Hi peeps,  it's Thursday so let's Move Along With The Times!   We have a fabulous challenge for you at MAWTT this week, chosen by the Lovely Lisa - HOLIDAYS! 
My DT card Recipe:-
Base card - Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up
Papers - Stella Rose - My Mind's Eye
Ribbon - Gisela Graham
The fabulous "Bathing Beauty" image is from Tiddly Inks
and has been coloured with Copics.
The little starfish are from the Tiddly Inks "Queen of the Castle" digi set.
The postcard was made by photocopying the top part of a mini postcard, (it had some printed wording on the bottom, which I didn't want)!, onto a piece of lined Stella Rose paper, I distressed the edges and added the hand-written wording.
To finish - a punched flower attached to Bathing Beauty's hat.  Distressing and stitching around all edges.
The "water" was roughly torn and the 3 starfish were coloured with DI.
I would like to enter the challenge at:-
Stamp Something- Beachy.
So, get out those caravans, flip-flops, sunglasses, aeroplanes, bikinis, or whatever, and join in the holiday fun!  Hope to see you soon!
Our sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish and the prize is 3 digi images from their on-line store.
Love to all ~

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Hope you are well lovely bloggers.
I have missed the last two challenges at LESS IS MORE, and as I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms I really HAD to join in this week - Chrissie and Mandi have asked us to use a Butterfly/Butterflies - and here is my little card!

The card measures 4" square, and the Butterfly (from Elusive Images) is stamped onto white shrink plastic using various shades of Staz-on, then coloured with Sakura JellyRoll glitter pens before shrinking. Now, I'm sure anyone who has tried shrink plastic knows how difficult it is to get a totally flat result, so that's why mine has lumps and bumps - hope you don't mind!!
Edges have been inked with a Krylon Gold pen.  
The background stamp is from SU and the wording was a freebie from Craft Stamper magazine.
I would like to enter my card into the following Challenge:-
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Things with Wings.
Thanks for popping by - love to all ~

TWO YEARS IN BLOGLAND (and a little bit of candy)!

19th June -  Blog Candy now closed.

Hi Peeps - I can hardly believe it's two years today since I very tentatively entered Blogland, and wow, what fantastic inspiration and friendship I have experienced!!
So, lovely friends and followers, I would like to celebrate, and say Thank You, by offering Candy for two of my Followers - not a huge basket of goodies I'm afraid, but the first two followers to be drawn from the hat by  Hubby's Hairy Hand will each receive a £10 gift voucher to spend at Joanna Sheen's wonderful on-line store (free p&p too)
I didn't make this card by the way - it's a photo of one of the gift vouchers!!
So if you would like the chance to win - here are the "rules"
You must be a follower.
Leave a comment on this Post, before midnight 18th June.
Please spread the word on your sidebar.
Only one entry per person please!
All comments will be printed, cut out and put into the hat, and the TWO winners will be announced on the 19th or 20th June. 
Thanks a million ~ love to all

Thursday, 19 May 2011


Update - 31st May
Wow - I'm doing star jumps today!!
My card won 1st prize in this month's  Sir Stampalot Challenge Thank you so much DT! 

Anyhoo - onwards and upwards, and onto this week's DT card for another fab. challenge at MAWTT.
This week the "sketch" challenge has been chosen by the lovely Hazeland our Sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps and they are giving $10 of digi stamps to the winner!
The DT have used digi images available from Stitchy's on-line shop, so do pop over to see their fab. creations!
I chose this beautiful "Mermaid" image from Sylvie's Stamps (available at Stitchy Bears) for my DT card, coloured her with Copics, added a sprinkling of Glamour dust on the bubbles, and pearl gems on each corner. Weathered Wood DI applied around the edges.  The patterned backing paper is from the gorgeous Kaiser Craft "Magic Happens" paper pad which I won in Mina's Candy several weeks ago (thanks Mina)! The design is what I imagine it to look like on the sea-bed, with floaty deep-sea plants, though I've never been diving so what do I know!!!
The 3 rectangles are also cut from the same pad and embossed on the CB.
The tiny sentiment is from a set by Hero Arts (I think)!, circular punch from Woodware, and black circular border is a CB die which is exactly the right size for the punch!
Black cardstock from SU.
Look forward to seeing more of your amazing creations, and thank you for all your fabulous entries last week.
I would like to enter this card into the following Challenge -
Sir Stampalot - Magical Worlds.

Thursday, 12 May 2011


Hi peeps - isn't it great to be blogging again!
This week's challenge at MAWTT is the lovely Brenda's choice - her initials are BB, so she would like you to use at least two items beginning with the letter B on your project.  Also, if you pop over to Brend'a Blog, she has a fab. surprise for you!
So, you could maybe use Buttons, Bows, Blue, Burgers, Balls, or even Bees - (no real ones though!) Please tell us which B's you have used on your project - I can't wait to see what you come up with this week.  Do pop over to MAWTT to see the B's which the DT have used!
Our lovely Sponsor this week is ~
and the Prize is this gorgeous Bloom and Grow garden-themed stamp set .  We hope you will join in the fun - the entries last week were amazing, as always, and thanks to everyone who took part.  
For my DT project I have made a cute little double-pocket bag for my DIL's birthday.  There is a slip-card in the front pocket, which I will personalise later, and when the bag is given to my DIL  there will be a gift voucher (from a rather nice clothing shop, at DIL's request) in the back pocket. So - a card and gift all in one!!
~ My choice of B's ~
Black, Beads, Bag, Butterflies, Bow.
Very Vanilla textured cardstock - SU.
All Papers - SU Love Letter.
Butterfly stamp - SU.
Black beads from an old necklace.
Rose Petal seam binding - Wild Orchid Crafts.
Black ribbon and eyelets - from my stash.

The butterflies were stamped with Distress Inks, Spun Sugar and Tattered Rose, then cut out.
The papers were machine stitched onto the front and back of the  bag.
Four holes punched, and eyelets set, with a Provo-Craft Silent Setter.
Close-up of the back of the bag, and the slip-card.
I would like to enter the following Challenges:-
Flutterby Wednesdays -Anything But a Card.
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes.

Love to all ~ have a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, 7 May 2011


Hi peeps - hubby is happy today as it's rained on his allotment - yaay! Personally,I prefer the sunshine!
There is a fab. challenge this week at Mandi and Chrissie's challenge blog  Less Is More - WHITE ON WHITE. These challenges certainly get ya thinkin' don't they!!! By the way - we are officially known as LIMettes when we take part in the LIM challenges - isn't that great!! So - here is my LIMettes white on white card:-

Nesties Lacy Squares
SU Bird and Branch punch (one of my all-time favourite punches)
CB With Love embossing folder
SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
I am entering the challenge at:-
Wags 'n Whiskers - Use dies or punches.
By the Cute and Girly - Anything Goes.
Have a Wonderful week ~

Thursday, 5 May 2011


Hi everyone - I do hope you are all having a happy week.  Yesterday I went to see the exhibition of John Atkinson Grimshaw's wonderful paintings at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate. I love his work, and it was an absolute joy to see it in real life, particularly his painting "Iris", which is amazingly beautiful.  For anyone who is interested in his work, the exhibition is in Harrogate until September, before it moves to London.
Ok - it's time for another fab. challenge at MAWTT, which this week is  Shell's choice -  "Have Some Cake", so we would like to see some yummy cake on your projects please!
Our lovely Sponsor this week is Bows and Berries, and the Winner will receive 2 digis of their own choice from the shop.
They are also giving everyone a  25% discount on any of the fabulous digis bought from their shop during the week of the Cake challenge - the Code you need to quote is BB25.  
Please click on the link above to take you to the shop! 
The DT have used Bows and Berries images this week, so do pop over to MAWTT to take a peek at what they have created! I chose to use the Heart Cake, which I paper-pieced with the Prima Sweet Fairy paper, and cut it out with the Stampin Up Sizzix die "Top Note".
A second die cut was placed underneath, slightly to one side.
Diecut edges inked with Distress Inks.

Other items used :-
Backing paper - Sweet Fairy from Prima
Rose Petal seam binding - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl hearts on a stem - from stash
Die cut tag, and heart - CuttleBug
"Sweet" sentiment - Kars "New Baby" set
Base card - SU
Stitching and scissor-distressing around paper edges
SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter on cake hearts
and a  3-d layer at the base of the cake.
Hearts coloured with Copics.
Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Anything Goes challenge at MAWTT last week - there were over 400 entries, and some really awesome designs.
So lovely bloggers  - let's see what you can do with CAKE !!

Challenges entered:-
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Paper Piecing

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


Hi lovely bloggers - almost at the last minute, here is my card for this week's
challenge at Less Is More, which is a choice of "Thank You", or "Congratulations". 
The photo is not very good at all - I always struggle with white card and pale cream card - (this is Very Vanilla from SU). After taking photos in a tent, outside a tent, swinging from the chandeliers, I decided this one was the best of a very big  bunch!
So, back to the plot - I bought this stamp a few years ago to make a special card for my eldest Granddaughter, Grace. Why? because in the centre of the frame was the word "Grace" - see, there is method in my madness (sometimes).  You can see what I mean from the photo of the stamp below.
I masked the word Grace before inking the stamp with Versafine Vintage Sepia. After stamping the frame, I stamped Thank You in the centre.
Both stamps are by Anna Griffin.
Pale pink chalk has been swirled around the image. An embossed frame was created around the edges of the card, using an Eazi-Score Board.
Light brown pearls added to each corner. 

So peeps, if you would like to take part in Chrissie and Mandi's fabulous Less is More challenge, do pop over and join in the fun. (Warning - it can be addictive).
Love to all ~