Monday, 30 June 2008

Scrummy Blog Candy Alert!!!

Jennifer is offering some scrummy blog candy, as she has just taken delivery of some gorgeous stamps. Visit before 15th July to be in with a chance.

Lorraine is also offering great blog candy to celebrate her birthday on 29th July. See her blog at by 29th July to see goodies are up for grabs!

Friday, 27 June 2008

Blog Candy

Dana is offering some fab blog candy in celebration of reaching 1000 hits, visit and leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning it.
Emma is also offering blog candy, to celebrate reaching target weight. Check out to see what goodies are up for grabs.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Friday Sketchers challenge no 7

I enjoyed making this card for Friday Sketchers challenge no 7. I used a Rubber Romance image which I received from Jilli recently in a PIF (I must PIF myself soon so watch this space!) Image coloured with Marvys and Jelly Roll pens. Good old cuttlebug elegant swirls embossing folder used on red backing card and black, silver and glitttery DCWV cardstock. Sketch finished off with silver ribbon down left side of card. I have not put a greeting on this yet, as I am hoping to be able to save it for a certain someone when they pass their driving test .... not that she has put in for it yet!

Cute Card Thursday Challenge, No Patterned Paper!!

The CCT challenge this week is to make a card without any PATTERNED PAPER!! Had to have a think and a cup of coffee for this one...... I came up with this, a little different from my usual style, I tend to put the image on my cards square, rather than at an angle which a lot of crafters do. I tried it today but as you can see it is still fairly square on, although I have cut the card at an angle and mounted the backing cards at different angles. The image is an H & S image I won in Heidi's blog candy recently, they are gorgeous, coloured in with watercolour pencils. The backing card is pearlescent and has been embossed with cuttlebug embossing folders, elegant swirls and swiss dots. This card will qualify for the DCM challenge this week, which is to make a quick card - less than 30 minutes. This one took me about 25, so two in one!

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Been Beading....

I haven't made any cards yet this week. I went beading last weekend and this is the necklace I made. I am really pleased with the end result. I made one in blue and gold beads last week, which looked great, especially with a suntan, I imagine, as I am still trying to get one this year!

Have been busy this week, at work and home. Ellie has just become a Body Shop demonstrator, so had my party on Monday, had to drop her off and collect her from one last night and spent tonight updating Barry's cv.

Am off to make a couple of cards now, and should have plenty of playtime tomorrow, as its my day off....yippeee!! Catch up then.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Lilac Medallion, Stamp Something Challenge, Friday Sketchers Monochrome Challenge

Not very good photos I'm afraid but I'm getting tired now and ought to be in bed, but have to upload these first This is my entry for the Stamp Something Challenge this week which is a monochrome challenge, I have chosen silver for my neutral colour and used 2 other shades of purple. I have used this weeks sketch from Friday Sketchers for the layout of this card. I stamped and heat embossed 6 images of the stamp on alternating colours, cut out the various layers, glittered and assembled with 3d foam pads. The card in the middle was dry embossed using the cuttlebug divine swirls embossing folder. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly.
I had forgotten how much I enjoy making medallions, must do some more soon.

Ellie passed her theory test!!!!!

Had a really good day today, my daughter passed her driving theory test this afternoon .... Here is the card I made for her using a Rubber Romance stamp. It is quite appropriate really as the stamp is called 'Elle Racing Her Car' and she has taken to spelling her name Elle lately, although she still has a way to go before racing her car ( I hope)!!
I have made several cards and have a few more under construction, mojo has definately returned, so much so that I don't want to go to work tomorrow, I want to stay at home and craft - again!
I am going to use this card as my entry for this week's DCM challenge which is to make cards with wheels on.

Cute Card Thursday Challenge, Birthday Card

I haven't made many cards lately, other than those I have to, but I'm not quite sure why, so I thought as its my day off today I would shut myself in my craft room, and get making some. I haven't managed to join CCT challenge for the past 2 weeks so thought I would start with the new challenge for this week. Now I seem to have got my mojo back, for today at least, so here we go with the birthday card which is this week's challenge.
I have had a lovely morning colouring in some images I won from Heidi recently. I can see I am going to have to treat myself to some of these stamps, that are now going to be easier to get hold of over here I believe......
Am off to make my daughter a cuppa and some lunch, as she is busy revising for her driving theory test this afternoon, be back later with some more cards and hopefully some good news!!

Monday, 16 June 2008

Melanie the Shopper, Rubber Romance

Here's a card I made this weekend, just because I wanted to, not for any challenge or anyone in particular! The image is from Rubber Romance, 'Melanie the Shopper' stamped in brown and coloured with my new watercolour pencils..... Background paper from DCWV paper stack. Happy Birthday peel off added to punched circle with ribbon tag, attached to card with 3D foam pads. I really must order some EZ mount as this was the second attempt at stamping the image, the first time the stamp fell off of the acrylic block onto the card I was going to use, so I ended up using double sided tape to make it stay in place!

Cuddly Buddly Emmy with Basket

Here's a birthday card I made recently using Emmy with Basket and Happy Birthday rubber stamps from Cuddly Buddly. Image coloured using watercolour pencils. Letters cut with Cricut George & Basic Shapes cartridge. Background paper from Papermania I think, pink and base card from Papermill. Gems from Docrafts.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Fab PIF from Jilli, Rubber Romance images

The postman delivered this fantastic PIF from Jilli this weekend. There is a lovely folder, shown in the centre of the picture, which contained 15 Rubber Romance images - and a packet containing gems, brads, ribbon and some acetate flowers..... I love working with RR images, and struggled to choose which ones to order recently, so was chuffed to get these Jilli, thank you so much. Think I may have to order some more of these stamps soon!

Fathers Day

Here are the Fathers Day cards I made for my Dad and FIL, using the George at Work download from Charmed Cards & Crafts. The images were coloured with watercolour pencils, takes me back to my childhood colouring, although I don't go over the lines so much these days!! 'Dad' was cut using Cricut Beyond Birthdays cartridge. Paper and card from stash. The top card was for FIL as he is a bit of a DIYer, bottom card was for my Dad, even though I can't remember the last time he cut the lawn!

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Look what I've won!!

Look what I had waiting for me when I got home today!! A while back I mentioned Heidi's blog candy and I was one of the lucky winners...... I received a beautifully crafted gift bag and 20 Hanglar stamped images.I have never worked with these stamps before so am looking forward to having a play with them! Thank you so much Heidi, they are fab,I don't know how you could bear to give away the gift bag it is gorgeous!

Monday, 9 June 2008

2 in 1 challenge using my SWISS DOTS embossing folder!!

Its been ages since I've blogged, as last week I was busy organising a weekend away for me and DH, without my teenage daughter finding out!! We were going to leave her 'home alone' for the first time, but she is nearly 18 as she keeps reminding us! We had a great weekend away in the New Forest, even managed to find a couple of craft shops! Everything was fine when we got back, daughter still alive and kicking! She did phone me to ask how to boil an egg earlier today tho!!

Anyway, I've had 3 days away from the computer and crafting so was getting a bit twitchy, so once I had got all the washing sorted I headed to my craft room to do a couple of cards. One was an order from a colleague, which I will post later (if I remember) and the other was for the My Time To Craft challenge this week which is

'Brads & Eyelets'- Use brads or eyelets or both!

I have combined this challenge with the Friday Sketchers challenge in a bid to get back on track with challenges!

I used 'Melanie the Shopper' stamp from Rubber Romance, with a brad 'I love shopping, mounted onto the background papers using brads. Image was stamped with Brilliance ink pad, pearlescent lavender and coloured with pearlescent orchid and marvy pens. I used my new Swiss Dots embossing folder, which I managed to track down at long last (like looking for hen's teeth trying to track these down!), handmade paper, pearlescent card and ribbon from stash.

We went to Shaftesbury on Saturday and found a wonderful bead shop, of course I had to buy a selection of beads! I have several projects in mind, got so much I want to do, could do with more hours in a day, not having to sleep, or packing up work!!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Happy Pink Birthday Jo - Only Joking

Happy Birthday Jo! Hope you have a fantastic day. Great news on your blog hits and other news.... wouldn't it be great if you got a surprise visitor on your birthday!
I bought this 'Blonde Moments' paper a while ago to use while scrapbooking my daughter's prom pictures, and had forgotten about it until I sorted my craft room out recently.
The image is a Pink Petticoat download, which I coloured with my good old Marvys and Glamour Dust for the sheep's coat. The background papers are from Blonde Moments, DCWV Spring Stack, silver mirri card and pink card from stash. The flowers were cut using Cricut George & Basic Shapes flowers and mounted to the card using brads. Greeting is from Cuddly Buddly, I have just discovered these stamps, had some delivered last week, but can feel another order coming on soon!!
Check out Jo's blog
for some fabulous cards and to see the great blog candy she is offering, but be quick as you need to make a pink birthday card by midnight 4th June.

Monday, 2 June 2008

How to make a Diamond Fold Spring card

Take a piece of A5 card. Make 3 small marks evenly spaced along the long (21cm) edge at the top and bottom of the card, 5.25cm, 10.5cm and 15.75cm. Mark halfway down the shorter (15cm)edge, 7.5cm on one side.

Score diagonally from the top first to the bottom third mark and from top third mark to first bottom mark. Score vertically between the top second and bottom second marks, do the same on the third marks, see attached photo.

Cut from the middle mark on the left edge to the first mark at the top and same again on the bottom. Make the folds as shown in the photo and decorate as required. I have described as best I can, it sooo much easier to demonstrate than describe the process!!

Look at for the template available.

Good luck and have fun making your diamond spring cards.