Friday 31 January 2014

CMM - DT Craft Spaces/Rooms on Show

Good morning to you all.  Have you anything nice planned for the weekend?  My son and two gorgeous grandsons are coming up today for the weekend - I am in a state of mega excitement! I've been baking away in anticipation.

Today is the fifth Friday of the month so at Card Makin' Mamas Challenge we are doing something a bit different and the DT are showing off their craft rooms.  This was the reason I had a mega tidy earlier in the month - not before time I may add.  My craft room is in the loft, my husband converted it for me a few years ago and I have gradually taken most of it over now, he just has a tiny desk in the corner!  There are a few pictures so get comfy!

As you walk in this is on the right. The basket has bits and pieces, mainly new things waiting for me to try out.  The CD holder holds my smaller dies in CD folders arranged by type.  The plastic basket has my Magnolia and Lily of the Valley stamps.  My husband made the rack for my Stickles, they don't all fit in so my less used ones are in a drawer.

Below that shelf is a storage unit for most (not all) my Coredinations Card stock and in the drawers are ink pads, gems, embellishments, Stickles etc. Behind it are pull out shelves and there are all my flowers, scrap books (waiting to be done) 12 x 12 patterned papers, more card stock!

My storage for Copics above some re-inkers and various glues.

This is my work area. Love my carousel it keeps my scissors, Primas, Distress Ink Markers, spare Copics and all sorts. On the little shelf things I use a lot like Black Memento and Versafine and bits and bobs.  In the little drawer unit on the end are charms, brads and all sorts of bits.

Underneath that is more storage - tapes and foam dots, acrylic blocks, Promarkers, envelopes, polybags, stamps, some larger dies such as Dienamics and Cheery Lynn, more ink pads, glitters, chalks.

Next to the drawers are some shelves where I keep more glues, glitters, even more Coredinations, Paper pads, folders with papers in and Martha Stewart punches.  Then I have my Cameo and printer and pc.

On the other side I have my guillotine which is sitting on top of a big unit from Storage 4 Crafts which has all sorts in - white card for stamping, ribbons, flowers, stamps, coloured card, felt etc.  Beside my guillotine is my Big Shot Pro which is sat on top of a drawer unit which has all my Spellbinders dies (I do have quite a few of those lol).  On the worktop my scraps and card stock in the racks, Cuttlebug, Melting Pot, Embossing folders, heat gun.  On the shelves are buttons, cards from blogging buddies and some of my ribbons.  My sewing machine is just on the floor and there are more shelves underneath you can just see which have all sorts of stuff on and my finished cards!

Here is a closer look at the top.  I store my 6 x 6 pads along the back.

And that's my craft room.  Because its in the loft its a bit awkward because there are no straight walls.  All along the end is a row of wardrobes my husband built which I just put my winter or summer clothes in all hung up and then swap them around each season!

Hope I haven't bored you too much but if you are like me I love looking at people's craft rooms especially some of the super duper ones you see on Pinterest!  If you fancy having a look at the other DT's crafty spaces clink on the InLinkz below and it will take you there and you can have a peek!

I've schedules this as I will be at the hospital with Dave - our second home at the moment.  Thank you so much for looking, take care xx

Thursday 30 January 2014

Delightful Thursday

Good morning - its 4:30 in the morning and I have been up two hours - the joys of insomnia!! I would like to welcome my two newest followers Tina and Vi thank you so much for joining me on my crafty adventures.

Today sees the start of another Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights Blog where you will find lots of inspiration from the talented DT.  Here is my card:

I have used Flying Roxter which is available here to purchase. The sentiment is from the Birthday Sentiment set which is available here. Roxter has been coloured with Copics and chalk for the background.  The papers are Bo Bunny On the Go and Linen cardstock.  I used my Dienamics Stitched Rectangle Stax for the image and the border is made with Spellbinders A2 Brackets Border One. The felt clouds are a Memory Box Die.  Here is another view:

Over at Delightful Challenges this week the challenge theme is Anything But A Card (Love Theme) with a fabulous prize for the lucky winner.

Well its now 0453 and I'm still not tired, will have to think of something else to do!! Thank you so much for looking I really appreciate you taking the time to come and visit! Take care xx

Wednesday 29 January 2014

All Wrapped Up

Good morning to you and half way through another week and almost through January - where did that month go?  Today is a new challenge at The Paper Shelter and our theme this week is "All Wrapped Up." Here is my card:

I have used Warm in the Winter which is available here to purchase.  She has been coloured with Copics and lots of Glamour Dust for added sparkle.  Papers are Nitwits Holiday Bouquet and some glittery card from my stash.  The corner detail is Joy Crafts and I have embossed it with some WOW embossing powder.   I have used Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8, Labels 8 and Classic Petal Edgeabilities. Some tulle from my stash, ribbon and pearl from The Ribbon Girl.  The tag is made from Cheery Lynn Tags 2 and Hero Arts Sentiment.

Here is another view:

As usual there is an amazing prize for the lucky winner:

Please go over to The Paper Shelter Challenge to see what the talented DT have done for some more inspiration.

Well I am off to meet a friend for a spot of shopping, lunch and chinwag.  I hope you have a wonderful day whatever you are up to! Thank you so much for looking I really appreciate you taking the time out to call round. Take care xx

Sunday 26 January 2014

Oops should have gone to Specsavers!

Good morning to you and a Happy Sunday.  I had a lovely time yesterday at The Great British Craft Event at Craftwork Cards so nice to be surrounded by crafters as none of my friends craft.

Today I have a card that I did for next week's Paper Shelter Challenge but I hadn't read the remit properly so I ended up doing another!  So I may as well share it with you today:

I really enjoyed doing this one, I always love colouring the Paper Shelter images too.  This one has been coloured with Copics and Prima Pencils.  The papers are all digital M Mullens I Am Enough which are available from The Sweete Shoppe wow check them out if you love digital papers the choice is amazing.  I used my Spellbinders Edgeabilities for the border, Dienamics Stitched Rectangle Stax, Memory Box Corner Bow, Cheery Lynn Large, Medium and Petite Rose and Impression Obsession butterfly.  Ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl and the sentiment tag is LOTV.
Here is another view:

Challenges I would like to enter:

Di's Digi Designs - Spots and Dots
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge - Ribbons and Bows
Sweet Stampin' - Stitching real or faux
Delicious Doodles - Use Ribbon
Creative Knockouts - Birthday
Digistamps 4 Joy - Add Ribbon

Its pouring down buckets here as I am typing I think the forecast for today is pretty miserable. Unfortunately its housework day here and hopefully a bit of crafty time but we will be seeing Dave's grandchildren later which is always lovely, I hope you have something nice planned. Thank you so much for looking today, take care xx

Friday 24 January 2014

Friends With Flair

Good morning to you.  Hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. I am going over to Leeds tomorrow to the Great British Craft Workshop at Craftwork Cards so it will be an early start for me with Mr Sat Nav as my companion.  It is a while since I joined in the fun at Unity Stamp's Friends with Flair so I thought I would rectify it this week.  Here is my card:

The stamp and sentiment are from Unity Stamp.  Coloured with my Copics and a little heart gem from my stash added.  I left the design CAS.  Here is another view:

Challenges I would like to enter:

Unity Friends With Flair - Anything Goes with Unity Stamp
Card a Day Blog - Get Well, Valentine or Thank You
KreativeinKauf - Hearts
Addicted to Stamps - CAS
Nutcrafters - CAS

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

Thursday 23 January 2014

Moon Walk Billy

Hello there! Thank you for coming to see my little blog its always a pleasure.  Today is Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights blog when the DT get to showcase the wonderful images available at the Digital Delights Store. Here is my card:

I have used the super cute Moon Walk Billy which is available here.  I have coloured Billy in with my Copics.  The paper is Nitwits.  Dienamic Dies: Jumbo Ric Rac, Blueprints 11, Pierced Circle Stax and By the Numbers with Spellbinders Scalloped Circle. Some Card Candi coloured with Copics and Glossy Accents to top it.

Here is another view:

Over at the Delightful Challenge the new challenge is up today and the theme is You Have My Heart (Include a Heart) with a fab prize of $10 Voucher to Yours or Mine Paper Crafts.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Deep Ocean Challenge - Birthday
Digi Sketch - One for the Men
Dream Valley - Boys/Men
Alphabet Challenge - Y for Young One

Thank you so much for looking today and any comments you may leave. Take care xx

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Whose Birthday Is It??

Good morning to you all and I hope your week got off to a flying start.  Today is the start of a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments we had over 200 entries for the last one!!  This week our theme is:


so whose birthday is it then? You must have someone with a birthday coming up or maybe just one for your stockpile? Here is my contribution, put your sunglasses on:

This will chase away the winter blues won't it?  I have used the scrummy Primrose Butterfly Girl which is available here.  Card base was made using Spellbinders Grand Decorative Labels One. The tree is a Memory Box die and the bird, fence and envelope are all Marianne. Sentiment is a rub on. Here is another view:

We have a fabulous prize for the lucky winner this week:

This fabulous rubber stamp 2 Hearts from the New Collection being released tomorrow! And remember you can have up to 6 chances of winning: become a follower of Crafty Sentiments Inspiration Blog then put a 3 after your name, if you use a Crafty Sentiments image put a 3 after your name and if you are both a follower of the Inspiration Blog and have used a CS image then put a 6 after your name.

We are also having a Design Team call for our Inspiration Blog check out all the details here. Please go over the Crafty Sentiments Challenge Blog and see the beautiful creations from the rest of the DT.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Through the Purple Haze - Favourite Colour (Mine is Pink)
Stampin' for the Weekend - Happy Birthday
Little Miss Muffet - Fussy Cutting
Seize the Birthday - Colouring

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

Monday 20 January 2014

Fancy Folds

Here I am again! This is my second post, please scroll down to see my post with Crafty Sentiments New Release peek!

Over at Lexi's Creations there is a new challenge starting today and we want to see your Fancy Folds!  You have almost a fortnight to enter so plenty of time to get your thinking caps on and look at tutorials on the Internet!  I followed a tutorial in Quick Cards magazine for mine:

Yes I know it looks like a plain card, but here is the inside:

A bit tricky to take a photo of but I think you can see it from this shot.  The image is by Wee Stamps called Mountain Lily coloured with Copics with plenty of Stickles, Glamour Dust and Liquid Pearls.   Papers are First Edition Spring Feast.  I have used Cheery Lynn Scalloped Square Mega Doily to mount the image on.  The sentiment and frame are stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Please go over to Lexi's Creations for further inspiration from the DT.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Fairydust Crafts

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

New Release Peeks

Good morning I am here today with one of the new images from Crafty Sentiments which are being released on the 22nd January.  My image is called Dayna and here is what I have made:

Well I couldn't resist giving him some red toe nails - maybe he's a she anyway! For more inspiration and sneaky peeks why don't you go over to Crafty Sentiments Inspiration Blog?

Thank you so much for looking I will be back again with my second post today! Take care xx

Sunday 19 January 2014

Lots of Layers

Good morning, hope your weekend is going well.  Today sees the start of a new challenge at Hobbycutz and it is my team, Team 1, this week.  Our theme for this challenge is Lots of Layers. Here is my card:-

My image is Steampunk Amelia from Sassy Studios and she has been coloured with my Copics. Papers are Prima Engraver.  For the background I have embossed some Kraft Core Coredinations with Couture Creations Without a Lock Embossing Folder then lightly sanded it to bring up the pattern.  Diecuts are all Dienamics Notebook Edge, Blue Prints 11, Bracket Edge Duo and Stitched Rectangle Stax.  The fabulous flourish is from Hobbycutz please check them out there are some wonderful designs and they really give your card that extra pzazz!  Here is another view:

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous:

Sassy Studio Designs check out their Sassy images! So please head over to the Hobbycutz challenge and see what the rest of the DT have done - wow!

Challenges I would like to enter:

Simon Says Stamp - Emboss It
Gem of a Challenge - For the Boys
Digi Galore - Monochrome
Charisma Cardz - Its a Boy Thing
Milk Coffee - Monochromatic
Paper Pretties - Monochromatic
Die Cuttin' Divas - Out with the Old (Bracket Edge Duo Die) In with the New (Stitched Rectangle Die)
Papertake Weekly - New Year New Stash (Stitched Rectangle Die)

Well thank you so much for calling round to see me I really appreciate it! I will be back tomorrow, take care xx

Saturday 18 January 2014

Move It!

Good morning to you all and a Happy Weekend, have you anything nice planned?  We have both been laid low with flu and are just starting to recover so a nice easy weekend and hopefully catch up on my crafting as I have not been able to do any this week!

We have a brand new challenge at Card Makin' Mamas and the theme is Move It - we want to see interactive cards!  I made a surprise pop-up card following a tutorial by Beate Johns on Splitcoaststampers which you can find here.

Pull the button at the top and:

Here is a side view:

Card Recipe:
Image: Honey 4 from Scrapper's Delight
Sentiment: Inkadinkado
Markers: Copics
Papers: Megham Mullens Here's the Story Digi Papers
Dies: Border die I think may be Nellie Snellen, bow is Lil' Inker

We have a fabulous new sponsor:

Scrapper's Delight who kindly gave us our images too - thank you! The lucky winner will receive three images of your choice from Scrapper's Delight.  

Our challenge at Card Makin' Mamas is now going to be run on the first and third Friday every month so you will have two chances to join us each month from now on. Please go over and see what the rest of the DT have done.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Fancy Folds
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Fairytale Challenge - Bows
Jellypark Friends - Buttons and Bows

Thank you so much for looking and I will see you tomorrow! Take care xx

Thursday 16 January 2014

Lovin and Relaxin Barnaby

Good morning to you another week whizzing by.  Over at Digital Delights it is Delightful Thursday where the DT get to showcase Wendy's fabulous images.  I loved working with Lovin and Relaxin Barnaby so much that I have used him again this week:

Barnaby is available here and I have coloured him with my Copics.  The sentiment is by Digital Delights from the Cupid's Quotes Sentiments available here.  Papers are also Digital Delights from the Loving Hearts Digital Paper set available here. I used my Dienamics Stitched Rectangle Stax for the image and Fishtail Stax for the Sentiment.  The felt bow is made using my Lil' Inker die.  Here is another view:

Please go over to the Digital Delights blog to see what the rest of the DT have done. This week at Delightful Challenges the challenge is Brrrr(Anything Winter) if you fancy having a go.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown - Stripes

Thank you so much for calling today! See you soon, take care xx

Wednesday 15 January 2014

What's New Pussycat?

Here I am again, this time with my Sassy Creation.  If you would like to see my Paper Shelter post it can be found here or scroll down.

Over on the Sassy Facebook Page there is a new challenge starting today which will last til 14th February.  You get a fab image to play with Sassy Pin Up Cat please see the post on Facebook for all the details of how to get your image.  Here is my card:

Now that is one Sassy gal!  I have coloured her with my Copics and cut her out with my new Dienamics Stitched Rectangle Stax.  Papers are Bo Bunny Crazy Love.  I made the sentiment on my PC and cut it with Lil' Inker Stitched Pennant, another favourite.  The cats and heart are Marianne dies and the border is a Dienamics die.  Here is another view:

So get your skates on and pop over to our Facebook page here and find out how to get your hands on this Sassy Girl.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Thank you for calling by today its always nice to see you! I will be back tomorrow, take care xx

Winter Blues

Good morning! I can't believe its five days since I last posted and today I have two posts.  I decided I needed to clean up my craft room since as soon as I put anything down it was swallowed up into the dreadful messy abyss of my craft room. I should have done before and after pictures but I think I would have been too ashamed to put the before pictures up.  I have almost finished, another hour or two today and I will hopefully then be able to do a bit of crafting.

Today sees the start of a brand new challenge at The Paper Shelter and the theme this week is:


here is my card:

Hmph more like winter washed out blues! I really struggled to take a decent picture of this, the first lot which I did and edited were all pink!  Anyway I have used the gorgeous Winter Goddess which is available here. I coloured her with my Copics and added lots of Stickles and Glamour Dust.  I have also got my Frantage out!  The paper is from First Edition Silent Night.  Sentiment from LOTV. I used  my new Dienamics Pierced Rectangles Stax to cut the image out I really love these dies and have just got the circles, waiting for the squares and ovals but can't get them at the mo!  I then gave my sewing machine a treat and sewed around the edges of the card.  The corner embellishment is from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have frantaged that too.  The snowflake border is a Memory Box die called, aptly, Frosty Border.  Ribbon from stash and the Dazzler is Creative Expressions. Here is another view:

As usual there is a fabulous prize to be given to the lucky winner:

So please go over to The Paper Shelter Challenge for some more inspiration from the talented DT.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp - Ice Challenge
Cuttin and Stampin - Anything Goes with Winter
Craft Your Passion - Cool Colours
Kaboodle Doodles - Winter Wonderland
Papertake Weekly - New Year New Stash (My Dienamics Pierced Rectangle Stax - love them!)

Thank you so much for looking today, I will be back at 1100 with my second post!! Take care xx

Friday 10 January 2014

The Rowan Fairy

Good morning, well I don't know where this week has flown to! I haven't done much at all, in fact I haven't been out as both Dave and I are full of a cold.  I am taking my Aunt out this afternoon for a spot of lunch but I will try not to breathe on her! I haven't seen her since before Christmas and she would be so disappointed if I cancelled, we were supposed to go out yesterday but I postponed it until today.

I bought some digis from Wee stamps and have been having a play, here is one of the cards I made:

This little beauty is called Rowan Fairy and I have coloured her with my Copics.  The papers are digi by K.Cronin-Barrow and J. Barrette called  Good Things and available from Sweet Shoppe.  Dies used are Spellbinders Grand Ovals and Scalloped Ovals, Dienamics Blueprints, Dienamics Photo Corners and Lil' Inkers.  The sentiment is a rub on and pearls from The Hobby House. Here is a side view:

Challenges I would like to enter:

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Milk Coffee - Celebrate
Divas by Design - Let's Celebrate
Fab 'n Funky - Let's Celebrate
Inky Impressions - Something New (Image and Papers)
Rhedd and Rosies - Going Dotty
Scrapper's Delight - Let's Celebrate

Well that's all for me today, I hope you have a wonderful day whatever you are doing.  Thank you so much for looking and any comments you may leave, take care xx

Thursday 9 January 2014

New Release at Digital Delights

Good morning to you from a very dark Blackpool this morning, I can see a difference in the evening with daylight lasting longer but I hope it starts to get lighter earlier in the morning soon! Today sees the start of a new challenge at Digital Delights and its quite a lovey one!  Here is my card using the super adorable Lovin and Relaxin Barnaby which is available here:

Such a cutie!  I decided to just keep the colouring simple as he is so cute I didn't want to detract from him!  He has been coloured with Copics and also some Star Dust Stickles.  I used Centura Pearl Card and a Martha Stewart PATP and Memory Box Die.  Here is a side view:

If you want to see the rest of the New Releases -

head over here to Digital Delights you will also find a New Year Sale going on where you can get 20% off a single purchase if you spend $10 or more.  Over at Delightful Challenges this week the challenge theme is Use Patterned Paper with a fabulous prize of $10 Gift Certificate to DiesRUs!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Out With the Old in with the New (New Image, Old Punch and Die)
Emerald Faeries - Things With Wings
Animal Friends - Punches and Dies

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

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Cameo Role

Good morning hope you are okay on this sunny Wednesday morning - no rain so far!! Thank you so much for your kind comments yesterday its so nice to know there are such wonderful people around in blogland!

Today I have a card I made Monday for fun.

A very wonky photo and yes I am wearing a red cardie - that bloomin' mirri card!  The stamps are all Waltzingmouse stamps and I have used Spellbinders Ovals,  Floral Ovals and Labels Four to cut and mount.  The card is Centura Pearl so IRL has a lovely sheen.  The corner die is a Marianne die.  Ribbon from stash, pearl rope and button from The Ribbon Girl and spacer from E Bay.  Here is a side view without my cardie:

I will come back and enter challenges.

I hope you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing! Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit me and any comments you may leave, I will see you tomorrow! Take care xx

Tuesday 7 January 2014

New Year and Mega News!

Good morning to you.  Thank you so much for all your kind words of support yesterday regarding Dave it means a lot and everyone is so kind.  He has had his bone scan and the CT appointment came through yesterday for the 16th and he will see his Oncologist on the 22nd so everything is crossed!

Today I have the most exciting news in the world to share at the end of the post but first there is a new challenge at Crafty Sentiments the first one for 2014 so to kick start the year we want to see Anything New.  This could mean new stash, New Year or anything new.  Here is my card:

I decided to go with a New Baby.  This cute little couple is called Couples and is a Digital Stamp from Crafty Sentiments available here. The papers are Nitwits Bumbleberry and I made my own sentiment on the PC.  Dies used are Spellbinders Large Circles and Scalloped Circles, Dienamics Open Simply Scallops Trio and Fishtail Flags Layer Stax.  I coloured the image with Copics and Chalks. Here is another view:

Please go over to Crafty Sentiments to see the rest of the DT work and more details of the challenge!

Challenges I would like to enter:
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes + Pearls or Buttons
Craft Your Passion - Fancy Borders
The Corrosive Challenge - New Beginnings
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes +/- Celebrate Something New

Now for my big news:  the reason I chose to do that card is that my precious daughter  is pregnant!!!  She is now 25 weeks and I have been so dying to announce it for months and months! They are expecting a little boy - that will make three grandsons for me!  It has been a very difficult battle for her I don't know if any of you remember but she became ill 18 months ago and had to come and stay with Dave and I.  That was because she had come off her medication on medical advice to try for a baby but in only six weeks she became ill.  She was put on different medication which eventually worked but she could not get pregnant on it as it would be too harmful to an unborn child so this meant she had to change all her medication to another in order to try for a baby.  My daughter is Bi-Polar and I am full of admiration for her.  She holds down a full time professional job and is such a loving girl I could not ask for a better daughter.  Her new medication does not really suit her it has some unpleasant side effects and it does break my heart to see her having to go through all this when it should be such a happy time for her.  So it looks like 2014 will be a very eventful year for us for very different reasons!

Thank you so much for looking today and any comments you may leave. Take care xx