Tuesday 24 December 2013

Last Card for 2013

Good Morning. Well here we are at Christmas Eve I am so excited I'm hardly sleeping! Everything is now done and just the final clean and preparation this morning then we are off out to meet my sister in Lytham for cocktails and a bite to eat!

I am so sorry I have not been around much in the last few days but my feet have not touched the ground.  With having my grandsons and son here at the weekend and then all the dashing around with Christmas preparations.  I have one last card to show you then that will be it until the New Year.

The image is Nutcracker Kiddles from Digital Delights and the papers are Nitwits.  Coloured with Copics and Spellbinders and Sizzix Dies used.

I would like to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful Christmas/Holiday and a fabulous New Year in 2014.  Thank you so much for all your comments and support throughout the year and if you don't leave a comment thank you for visiting me I really appreciate each and every one of you!  I am looking forward to seeing what you all create in 2014 until then take care xx

Sunday 22 December 2013

Anything Goes at Hobbycutz

Well here I am with my last DT card for 2013 (well sort of). Today over at Hobbycutz Challenge we have a fabulous challenge to finish the year of - Anything Goes!! Here is my card:

I used a fabulous Bildamalarna image and coloured her with Copics and Stickles.  The papers are Silent Night by First Edition.  For the embossed panel on the left I swiped my embossing folder with Versamark and then ran it through to emboss the card, then I sprinkled silver Embossing Powder over it and heat set it.  The ribbon is Martha Stewart and I put a sparkler in the middle.  The swirl is one of the fabulous lasercuts from Hobbycutz which I painted and then used silver Embossing Powder on.

I hope you can join in the challenge at there are loads of prizes up for grabs, go check out the challenge here.  Here is another view:

This is late should have been posted this morning so sorry Kobie but I have had my gorgeous Grandsons and Son here for the weekend so I have had no time for anything! They have gone back now, here is a picture I took of them with the dancing snowmen yesterday:

Harrison just turned 3 in October and Rafe was 1 last week!

Thank you so much for looking! Take care xx

Friday 20 December 2013

Paper Shelter Blog Hop Winner

Just a quick one from me today!  A big thank you for all who joined in the blog hop at The Paper Shelter to celebrate our third birthday. Each of the Design Team have selected a winner from the commentators and they will win a free digi from The Paper Shelter.  My winner from the Blog Hop Commentators is:

Congratulations Karen and if you go over to The Paper Shelter Challenge you will see details of how to claim your prize.  A big thank you to all who took part!

Thursday 19 December 2013

Delightful Thursday

Good morning to you, hope you are all well and if not I wish you a very speedy recovery!  Today is the last Delightful Thursday of the year over at Digital Delights Blog and the DT have some fabulous cards for you to see.  Here is mine:

I have used Pickles the Penguin which is available to purchase here.  I coloured Pickles with my Copics and Stickles.  The background paper is Nitwits and I free cut some snowy mounds with Centura Pearl and Glitter card.  The Santa and sleigh are a Cheery Lynn die. Quite a simple card but it looks real cute in real life.

Please pop over to Digital Delights Blog to see the rest of the DT work there are some fabulous cards on show. And don't forget the challenge over at Delightful Challenges where the theme this week is Celebrations you would be in with the chance to win a $15 gift voucher for Scrapyland!

Well I got my cake marzipaned yesterday:

And I also made Mary Berry's Mincemeat Tray Bake which has homemade mincemeat and a struesal topping, it was on The British Bake Off Christmas Special Tuesday night:

For some reason it has come out yellow on the picture but its a lovely golden brown IRL, I can thoroughly recommend it, it tastes delicious and I have frozen it for over Christmas. The recipe is here.

Well I have to do my menus today because I am starting my food shopping tomorrow so I will have to know what to get lol!  Need to do that this morning because I am out for lunch with my Aunt and my Cousin who has come over from Yorkshire.  Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for calling! Take care xx

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Chocolate Anyone???

Good morning to you all hope you are on top of things for the big day in one week's time!!!!  I have finally got all my decorations up and our suite has arrived in the store so they are delivering on Friday - whew!  Done most of my present wrapping just a couple left to buy today and wrap.  I will marzipan my cake today and decorate it at the weekend.  Still haven't finalised my menu plans but I am slowly getting there.  Still haven't posted my cards either - eekkkkk!

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter and it is our last challenge of the year and will last three weeks to give us all a break - yay!  The theme is everyone's favourite:


Nice and easy and here is what I did:

I have used the irresistible Christmas Candy Fairy from The Paper Shelter coloured with Copics and plenty of Star Dust Stickles.  I cut the milk box carton out on my Cameo and added some acetate to the window to stop the chocolates falling out into my mouth! I cut the image out with Spellbinders Labels Eight and the holly is a CC Designs die.  The letters are by Trimcraft and have been painted with Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint.  The ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.  Now I made this way back in October and I am very pleased to say the chocolates are still in it!!

As usual there is a fabulous prize on offer for the lucky winner:

Please go over to The Paper Shelter Challenge to see what all the DT both Team A and Team B have done - wow you will be blown away!

Right I am off to marzipan my Christmas Cake and then I am meeting up with a friend for a Christmas coffee may just have a mince pie too! Thank you so much for looking and big big hugs to you if you are not feeling well! Take care xx

Sunday 15 December 2013

Let's Get Folding!

Good morning hope you are all well! I don't know where the time is going eeeeeek! We have our carpets down now so much better just waiting for furniture and carpets - hopefully this week????

Today sees the start of a new monthly challenge over on Facebook for Sassy Designs.  It has previously been on Papercrafting Planet but has now moved to Facebook here. The new month long challenge starts today and we would love to see your creations.  The theme for the month is Show Your Folds which can either be on your card i.e. criss cross, easel, step, etc or the folds on clothing on your image.  The design team are all showcasing Katniss Girl of Fire Sassy.  Since I am loving my shadow box cards at the moment I went with another one:

I coloured her with my Copics.  The papers are really old 12 x 12 from my stash.  I used Centural Pearl and Coredinations for the embellishments which were made with X Cut, Memory Box, Cheery Lynn and Dienamics dies.  The sentiment is Craftwork Cards.  Here is another view:

To play along with the challenge just head over to Sassy Studio Design Facebook Fan Page!  Thanks for looking today! Take care xx

Thursday 12 December 2013

Delightful Thursday

Good morning and a Happy Thursday, only 13 days to go oh my goodness! I am in a state of disarray here, the decorator came Monday and decorated the lounge and the carpet fitter is coming today and tomorrow to lay the new carpets to the lounge, hall stairs and landing.  This means that we have furniture and everything scattered all over the house!  We did get our tree and decorated it yesterday as that goes in the conservatory so I am hoping Dave will be able to manage to get everything back in the lounge today after the carpet fitter has been and then I can get the rest of the house sorted!  I won't be here as I take my Aunt out for lunch today and then I am taking her to the opticians.

Well today is Delightful Thursday over at the Digital Delights Blog and it means the DT get to showcase some of Wendy's delightful images.  I have used Snowy Lola and made another shadow card:

Lola is available here to purchase and I coloured her with my Copics and Stickles.  The sentiment is from Christmas Hugs Sentiment Set and is available here to purchase. The papers are Sugar Plum by Recollections as well as some mirri card from my stash.  Dies used are Cheery Lynn Tags 2, Memory Box Frosty Border and Spellbinders Ovals and beaded ovals.  The twine, star button and card candi are all from my stash.

Here is another view:

I did give a quick tutorial on how to make these on the Digital Delights Blog on Monday if you are interested, it is not my design there are lots of tutorials available on the internet. This week on Delightful Challenges the theme for the challenge is use Red and Green.  The lucky winner will receive

Thank you so much for looking today! Take care xx

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Christmas Time

Good morning to you all  I hope you are having a good week!  Today sees the start of a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments and the theme this week is Christmas.  Here is my card:

I have used Snowman and Friends which is available here from Crafty Sentiments.  He has been coloured with Copics and Stickles and I added some Liquid Pearls for snow.  The background has been put through a snow embossing folder.  The poinsettia is a Marianne Die and I added some WOW embossing powder to the veins.  Tag is Cheery Lynn Tags 2 and the image has been cut and matted with Spellbinders.

We have a fabulous prize this week:

and you can get up to 6 chances to win by: popping a 3 after your name if you have used a Crafty Sentiments product, pop a 3 after your name if you become a follower of the Crafty Sentiments Inspirations Blog or put a 6 after your name if you have done both!!

We also have some exciting news to share:

Whoo hoo make sure you tune in to see some fabulous products!!

That's all from me for today thank you so much for looking and take care xx

Monday 9 December 2013

Let it Snow

This is my second post today if you would like to see my other one please scroll down.

I am back again hanging my head in shame!  The reason being that it is a new challenge at Lexi's Creations and this is the last one for the year with the theme of snow, here is my card:

Mmmm doesn't take a genius to see that there is a distinct lack of snow here!!  I had a very blonde moment and thought the theme was Christmas which was the theme for the last challenge lol.  Susan who runs the challenge was very kind to me - thank you!  I only made the card yesterday so I really didn't have any time to make another.  I have used my Grand Nesties for the card shape.  The image I received in my candy from Rachel (thank you x) and is Hollie Hobbie, reminds me of my daughter when she was little!  I coloured the image with Copics and added some Antique Linen to the edges.  Papers are First Edition. Here is another view of my snowless creation:

Our sponsor for this challenge is:

who have very kindly donated a £10 voucher for the lucky winner.  Please go over to Lexis and see the DT's creations - complete with snow!! Thank you so much for looking and take care xx

Hostess Monday

Good Morning to you all, hope you had a nice weekend.  We had a quiet one as we have both been laid low with this virus.  I am now starting to have a mild panic about Christmas preparations.  I have done most of my Christmas present buying just a couple to get.  The decorator is coming today to decorate the lounge and the carpets are being fitted on Thursday and Friday but no date as to when the suite is coming!!!  I haven't been able to get any of my Christmas decorations out yet and I haven't planned my menus - eeeek!  Is anyone else starting to feel a slight bit of panic setting in?  I guess it well be alright on the day as they say - here's hoping!

Anyway today my card is one I made for Digital Delights Blog as it is my turn to Hostess:

Yes another shadow box card! I do love them they look really good in real life and so easy to make!  I have used Digital Delights Standing Santa and he has been coloured with Copics and Stardust Stickles.  The snowflakes paper is Nitwits.  Spellbinders Dies Labels Thirteen, EK Success Border Punch, Cheery Lynn Tags Two and Whimsy Snowflake Die.  The tree and deer are Marianne and have been covered with Frantage. Here is another view:

Thank you so much for looking today, I will be back later with my second post of the day!! Take Care xx

Sunday 8 December 2013

Christmas Decorations

Good morning and thank you for all your get well wishes it was lovely to read them and I am starting to feel better, thank you.

Today is the start of a new challenge at Hobbycutz and for this week's challenge we would like to see you make a Christmas decoration.  Here is mine:

For my base I used Hobbycutz Fancy Oval Decorative Frame which is available at the Hobbycutz store here.  I painted it with some gold acrylic paint then added Frantage to it.  The deer is from my Tim Holtz die which is cut out of chipboard then painted with acrylic and sprinkled with Bedazzles.
The flowers, berries and star pin are all from my stash.  I added a bit of paint to the flowers just to make them look a bit more festive.

Please go over to the Hobbycutz Challenge to see the rest of the Design Team's work.  Thank you so much for looking today! Take care xx

Saturday 7 December 2013

Ho Ho Ho

A big good morning to you all.  I must apologise for not being round to visit you as I have been laid low with a chest infection.  I will catch up with you all over the weekend.  We have a new challenge at Card Makin' Mamas and the theme for this is Merry Christmas. We are sponsored by Bugaboo and they very generously gave us an image to choose.  Here is my card:

I used the image Ho Ho Ho which is available here. I paper pieced the letters and baubles with papers from Nitwits Ho Ho Ho Collection.  I cut the holly out and put in on some foam squares for dimension.  Gold Stickles to the top of the baubles.  The border dies are MFT Dienamics.

Here is another view:

We are also having a DT call at Card Makin' Mamas if you are interested hop over and have a look!  Thank you so much for looking, take care xx

Thursday 5 December 2013

New Releases at Digital Delights

Good morning to you all!  Its quite windy and wet here in Blackpool today.  As today is the first Thursday of the month it means it is time for the new releases at Digital Delights.

Wendy has designed some fabulous images for Christmas, you can see them all here.  Here is my card:

I have used Gift Giving Susie which you can purchase here and Christmas Hugs Sentiment Set which you can purchase here.` The papers are Bo Bunny Blitzen and some silver mirri card.  Susie has been coloured with my Copics, some Shabby Shutters DI around the edges  and then cut and matted using Spellbinders Long Classic and Scalloped Rectangles.  I used Memory Box Precious Ornaments, Cheery Lynn Tags 2 and Large and Medium Roses. I also used my favourite SB Curved A2 Border which you can just about see!  Here is a side view:

The challenge this week at Delightful Challenges is You're a Gem (Use Gems) and the sponsor is Scrapyland with a $15 gift certificate.

Thank you so much for looking today I really appreciate it! Take care xx

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Happy Birthday Hop

Good morning to you all and I have some exciting news today!  On December 8th The Paper Shelter will be three years old!! Whoo hoooooooo! To celebrate this big event we are having a hop over at The Paper Shelter Challenge!

We are having a "Special Birthday" theme for our challenge which will last two weeks and both teams will be participating.  Each member of the Design Team will award one commentator a Paper Shelter digi of their choice as well as the main prize, details of which will be found at The Paper Shelter Challenge. You should have arrived here from the lovely Lydia's blog if not please head back to The Paper Shelter Challenge to see the full list and join in the fun.

Here is my card:

I went for a criss cross card as its for a Special occasion!  I used the scrummy A Curious Cake which is available here from The Paper Shelter.  I had lots of fun colouring it in with my Copics, Stickles and Glossy Accents.  The papers are Wild Rose Studio "Candy Floss."  I cut and matted the image with Spellbinders Grand Nesties.  Martha Stewart punch for the borders and Lil' Inker die for the bow.  The roses are made using Cheery Lynn medium and large Rose dies and SB Rose Creations the leaf sprays were made with a punch.  I made the sentiment on my pc.  Here is a compilation:

Hope you like it I had so much fun doing this and The Paper Shelter images are brilliant to colour in but if you don't have time or don't like colouring you always get a coloured image as well!

Right back to the HOP - from here you need to be heading out to luscious Lorraine's blog as she is next on the list.  Don't forget to leave a comment on all the blogs that way you will have more chances of winning!  The hop will stay open until the 17th December and the winners announced shortly after.  Thank you so much for looking, take care xx

Monday 2 December 2013

Candy Winner

Good morning to you, hope you had a nice weekend.  I had a fabulous time but very tiring!  I am sorry that I was late drawing the candy winner but I didn't know I would be away  on the 30th.  Anyway I have used Random.Org's number generator to pick a number but can't figure out how to show the number without paying for it so you will all have to trust me!  The winner of my candy is:

Number 10: Debs from Especially For You

If you could contact me at my e mail address on the side bar I will arrange to get it sent off to you! Thank you all for entering and I am sorry there can only be one winner! Take care xx

Sunday 1 December 2013

Christmas Cheer

Good morning - another scheduled post from me fingers crossed it works!  Today sees the start of the last monthly challenge for 2013 over at A Little Bit Crafty.  The theme for this month is Christmas Cheer.  Here is my card:

I have used the gorgeous Partridge in a Pear by one of our sponsors Eureka stamps which is available here.  I coloured the image with Copics and used Twinkling H2Os for the background to add sheen, which you can probably see better in this close up:

The papers are Nitwits Woodland Wishes.  I have used a Dienamics border die.  The tag is made using Cheery Lynn Tags 2 and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.  I added Martha Stewart glitter to the Card Candi in the corners.  Here is another view:

We have some fabulous sponsors this month:

Prize to be Confirmed

7 Free Digis

Please go over to A Little Bit Crafty to see what the rest of the DT have done there are some stunning projects as always! Remember you have almost a month to join in and you can make anything it does not have to be a card!

Thank you so much for looking! I will announce the winner of my Blogaversary Candy tomorrow when I get home - sorry for the delay I didn't realise I would be away when I set it up! Take care xx

Saturday 30 November 2013

Second Blogaversary Candy

Christmas Hop at Sassys

Good Morning to you and I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend.  I am scheduling this as I will be in London with my daughter visiting my gorgeous grandsons!

Today its time to hop at Sassy Studio Designs as we have the new Christmas images to showcase. You should of come here from the fabulous Sara's blog if you are just starting out on the hop I will show a full list in order at the bottom of this post.  I was given the gorgeous Candy Cane Sassy to work with and we had to follow the theme of Silver and/or Gold, I chose gold:

Candy Cane has been coloured with Copics and I added Stickles to the bells on her outfit and also the Candy Cane, of course she had to be wearing Louboutins didn't she? I used Centura Pearl and gold mirri card.  The panel behind Candy Cane has been embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  The snowflakes are a Martha Stewart punch and the bells are a CC Cutter die.  The tag is Cheery Lynn Tags 2 and I used a Clearly Besotted sentiment embossed with gold embossing powder.

Here is another view:

From here you need to go over to the very talented Gemma's blog.  If you have gotten lost along the way don't worry here is a full list of the blog hop order:

SSD http://sassystudiodesigns.blogspot.com/
Kitty http://intruderlady.blogspot.com/
Carrie http://carrieshandmadecards.blogspot.co.uk/
Adina http://mommyisscrapping.blogspot.com
Jacki http://www.papermoments.blogspot.com
Sara http://luminousinmychaoticdreamslife.blogspot.com
Susan http://craftinsuzie.blogspot.co.uk/
Gemma http://handmadebygem.blogspot.com/
Chris http://cattsscratchingpost.blogspot.ca/
Karal http://karalscreativespace.blogspot.com/
Lindsay http://socallinz.blogspot.com/
Lori http://lorib117.blogspot.com
Debbie www.craftingwhenican.blogspot.com
Jackie http://stampingsister.blogspot.com/
Kim http://itsallaboutcrafting.blogspot.com/
Valerie http://lafeerieduscrap.blogspot.com/
Greg http://latestwhims.blogspot.com
Michelle http://ladyofleisureink.blogspot.com
Amanda http://oldenough2beakid.blogspot.com/
SSD http://sassystudiodesigns.blogspot.com/

Well thank you so much for looking today! Take care xx

Thursday 28 November 2013

R U Green?

This is my second post to see my Digital Delights post please scroll down!

Back again with my card for Dare to Be Sassy Thursday Challenge!  This week we want to see you re-use or recycle something on your creation.  This was easy for me as my sister went to Riga recently and brought me a lovely scarf back which was packaged in really pretty paper:

As soon as I saw the paper I thought I would keep it for a card.  So here we are:

I think it looks really pretty.  I used Sassy Designs Elizabeth Bennett which was coloured with Copics.  I cut and matted her with Spellbinders Long Classic and Scalloped Rectangles and used Labels 8. A Martha Stewart punch for the border and Cheery Lynn Tags 2 for the Waltzingmouse Sentiment.  The flowers are Wild Orchid, ribbon, bird and lace heart from my stash.  Here is another view:

Challenges I would like to enter:

Die Cuttin' Divas - Thank You
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Blue and White
Oldie But a Goodie - Ribbon and/or lace (My Old items are heart and flowers)
Di's Digi Design - Thanks
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Well I am really dashing now.  Off to take my Aunt out for lunch and I really must get ready as my daughter, Stacey, and I are going down to London to spend the weekend with my BOYS!!! Thank you so much for looking, take care xx


Good morning to you all!  Thursday already where is this week going?  Manchester was great yesterday all the cabins in the market were lovely didn't have any mulled wine but went to the champagne bar instead!

Over at Digital Delights Blog it is time for Delightful Thursday with some fabulous creations from the DT.  I have made a 'magic' card (hence the name of my blog post) following a tutorial on Marianne's blog Mariannes papiverden which can be found here.

I have used the delightful Christmas Flower Daffy which is available here to purchase.  The papers are Papermania Silent Night and I have coloured her with Copics and added Liquid Pearls around the image.  The border punch is by EK Success.  I have cut and matted her using Spellbinders Grand Oval and Grand Oval Scallop Nesties.  The felt roses are made using Marianne dies and I have put them on some holly leaves using CC Cutter die poetic license as I know roses don't have holly leaves!  Here is the inside:

I have used Digital Delights Christmas Hugs Sentiments which are available here to purchase. The sentiment has been cut using Spellbinders Labels 18.  Here is a side view:

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at the Delightful Challenges blog and the theme this week is Favourite Things (use your favourite embellishment or technique). The prize is a £10 voucher for Crafty Ribbons!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Simon Says - Anything Goes
Stampin' For The Weekend - Feeling Festive

Thank you so much for looking today, I will be back later with my second post of the day!! Take care xx

Wednesday 27 November 2013

Shop Til You Drop

Good morning dear friends, hope you are well today - if not wishing you a speedy recovery!  Well, our trip to London went well.  It was a Celebrity Pointless and also had the theme of the Eighties. So Alexander and Richard came out wearing Eighties clothes and permed wigs!

Time for a brand new challenge at The Paper Shelter and the theme this week is Shopping Spree!
Quite a good one for me as I am off on the train today to meet my friend in Manchester for exactly that purpose as well as lunch and look round the German Market!  Here is my card:

I decided to make an Easel Card and used the super gorgeous Follow Me On Fairy Book which is available here from The Paper Shelter. She has been coloured with Copics and I used chalks for the sky.  The papers are Nitwits - Always and Forever.  I have used Spellbinders Labels 18 for the sentiment which is computer generated and says "Take it easy on your birthday - shop on line".  I also used Memory Box Precious Hearts, Spellbinders Rose Creations, Marianne Ivy and MS Cherish border punch. Here is another view:

As usual there is a fabulous prize up for offer:

This is really worth entering as I love Paper Shelter images they are so much fun to colour AND if you don't really like colouring or don't have a lot of time then they come with a coloured image too! Please go over to the challenge to see some fabulous work from the rest of the A Team.  Thank you so much for looking today, take care xx