Monday 31 March 2014

And the Animals Came in Two by Two!

Good morning to you all - did you have a nice weekend? It was Mothering Sunday here in the U.K. yesterday.  My daughter came over with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and took me out to a Michelin Starred restaurant for lunch.  My sister came too as she doesn't have any children and has always been like a second Mum to mine.  We had a lovely time and I felt like the Queen!

Today sees the start of a new challenge at Lexis Creations and the theme this week is Easter we want to see your creations made for Easter, here is mine:

Mmmmm quite a busy card I think!  The image is by Your Next Stamp coloured with my Copics and chalk for the sky which you can't really see that well.  The papers are Nitwits Waddles Whimsy and the little duck in the corner comes from the set.  The sentiment is Inca stamps and I used Marianne die to cut it out.  Heart banner is La La Land and Dienamics Stitched Rectangles to cut the image out.  Here is another view:

Please pop over to the challenge at Lexis to see the rest of the creations by the DT.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Crafty Calender - Animal Antics
Di's Digi Designs - Welcome Spring
Open Minded Crafting - Animal Antics
Brown Sugar - Easter
Polkadoodles - Spring is in The Air
Aud Sentiments - Easter or Spring Sentiments

Well thank you so much for calling round to see me today and any comments you leave. Take care xx

Friday 28 March 2014

Ribbons and Flowers

Good morning and a Happy Friday to you all! A big welcome to Karen my latest follower - great to see you Karen. Today is my last card that I am making for Sassy Designs I have made the decision to step down with the baby's arrival in 12 days time I won't have as much time for crafting.  I would like to thank the team for being fab and very supportive I will miss working with the wonderful images. Big wave to my Sassy Sisters and Brother xx

Sassy are sponsoring Left of Centre Challenges today and the theme is Ribbons and Flowers.  Now I have only just realised they are a bit steampunky and goth over there so not sure how my card would go down but they won't see it so it doesn't matter I guess!

I have used Sassy Little Honey's Japan and coloured her with Copics.  Dienamics Stitched Rectangle Stax to cut her out.  The papers are ancient some I got years ago on QVC and never used, they came in a set with peel offs and decoupage things.  The flowers are Cheery Lynn and tag is Go Kreate. Here is another view:

Not sure where that pink hue came from I think it may have been too sunny when I took the picture.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Crafty Little Fairies - Add a Tag
Ladybug Crafts Ink - For a Special Girl
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Bow
Craft Your Passion - For the Ladies
Glitter 'n Sparkle - Use Some Blue
Pile It On - Pretty Hair
Pink Gem -  Special Female/Birthday

I am off with my daughter today for last minute shopping for things.  She is still in breech and with the baby being big and her having developed gestational diabetes they have booked her in for a Caesarian Section on the 9th April.  I will be relieved when it will be all done the only disappointment for me is that I was going to be with her during the birth but with a Section only one person is allowed. But not long now!

Thank you so much for looking today, take care xx  

Thursday 27 March 2014

You Shouldn't Have

Good morning again these mornings soon come round don't they? Over at the Digital Delights Blog there is another Delightful Thursday when the DT showcase some of the fabulous images available at the Digital Delights Shop. Here is my card:

Wow you shouldn't have - but thank you! I have used Gift Giving Susie available here and the sentiment is from the Spring Sentiments Set available here. Papers are Celebrate from Sweet Shoppe Designs.  I used my Copics to colour the image and then cut her out with Dienamics Pierced Rectangle Stax.  The sentiment has been cut and matted using Dienamics Fishtail Stax. The fancy border was made with Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One and then Memory Box Precious Hearts to finish. Here is another view:

Head over to the Digital Delights Blog for lots more inspiration from the DT. Don't forget there is a new challenge starting today over on Delightful Challenges and the theme this week is Out Like A Lamb (include an animal) sponsored by Reasonable Ribbon.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Marker Pop - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for looking today and any comments you would like to leave. Take care xx

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Spring Delights

Good morning its a beautiful sunny day here today hope it stays that way lots of washing to get out on the line! Today sees the start of a new challenge at The Paper Shelter and the theme this week is Spring Delights. Here is my card:

I have used Keeper of My Enchanted Forest which is available here she has been coloured with my Copics. The papers are First Edition Spring Feast.  I have used Spellbinders Grand Labels One and  Grand Decorative Labels One for the card shape and matting.  The image has been die cut out using Dienamics Pierced Rectangle Stax.  Other dies used are Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly Small 2, Dienamics Grass and Pierced Circle Stax, Lil Inker Small bow and various flower punches.  I stamped around the edge of the image with a Penny Black stamp in Victorian Velvet DI which I had seen Sue do and thought how pretty it was - thank you for the inspiration Sue. Here is another view:

As usual there is a terrific prize for one lucky winner:

Hop over to the challenge at The Paper Shelter for some more inspiration from the DT.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion - Mother's Day/For the Ladies
Fitztown - Dies and Punches
Kaboodle Doodle - Dreaming of Spring
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes

Well I went to the hairdressers yesterday and had all my hair chopped off! I do get bored with hairstyles and after a few years like to have a new style.  I loved Meryl Streep's hair in Devil Wears Prada so wanted a style like that, my fringe wasn't long enough but we are growing it.  I keep getting a shock when I catch sight of myself in a mirror!

Thank you so much for visiting today I really appreciate it and love to read your comments, thank you for taking the time to write them. I will be back tomorrow, take care xx

Tuesday 25 March 2014


Good morning thank you so much for coming to see me I really appreciate your visit. Today I have a card using a Sassy Design Studio image as Sassy are sponsoring the challenge at Just Inspirational Challenge where the theme is monochromatic.

The image is Sarah Sanderson Honey and I have coloured her with my Copics. The papers are Nitwits Truly Madly Deeply with Papermill Kraft.  I have used Spellbinders to cut the image out using Antique Linen to distress around the image though it seems to have a greenish tinge in this photo - not IRL though.  The border is Dienamics Simply Scalloped Trio.  The sentiment is LOTV stamped in brown Memento and cut out.  Sparkler from The Hobby House and ribbon and rose from stash.  Here is a side view:

Challenges I would like to enter:

Bunny Zoes - Monochromatic
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes with a Bow
Craft Your Passion - For the Ladies
MelonHeadz - Girly
One Stitch at a Time - For the Woman in Your Life
Bearly Mine - One for the Girls

Well thank you again for calling round to see me, hope to see you again. Take care xx

Monday 24 March 2014

Photo Inspiration

Good morning hope you are all refreshed for your week ahead.  We had a beautiful day yesterday with clear blue skies all day and this morning is the same although quite frosty at the moment.

We have a new challenge at Card Makin' Mamas and for this fortnight's challenge we have a photo inspiration.  Here is my card:

And here is the photo inspiration picture:

I used the colours and the vase of tulips for my inspiration.  The tulip stamp is by Hero Arts which I have had for many years and I actually coloured it with my Distress Markers!! Used some Glossy Accents on the vase.  The image was then cut out using my Dienamics Stitched Square Stax and matted on a Marianne die cut mat. Papers are Nitwits Petal Pixies and I used Memory Box Corner Bow. Here is another view:

I was quite pleased that I actually used my Distress Markers to colour the image as I have had them yonks and not really used them though I much prefer my trusty Copics.  Please head over to Card Makin' Mamas and see what the rest of the team have done.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Come and Get It - Easter/Spring
Sentimental Sunday - Flowery Spring
That Craft Place - Flowers and/or Mother's Day
Fairy Tale Challenge - One Old Stamp
Polkadoodles - Spring is in the Air

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

Sunday 23 March 2014

It's A Girl Thing

Hello there Happy Sunday and a big welcome to my two new followers Julie and Linda I'm so honoured that you have decided to follow me - welcome aboard.

The NEC was wonderful so tiring but great to see all the different things. I came back with loads of goodies to play with - picture at the end.  Today is a new challenge at Hobbycutz and this week we want to see Girly But No Pink! Easy peasy right? Although I must admit I do love my pink its still easy enough to make a girly card using other colours.  Here is mine:

I have used the gorgeous Faerie Dandelion from our sponsor Whimsy - thank you.  She has been coloured with Copics and I used Frantage Shabby Blue around the edges.  The papers are Nitwits Petal Fresh.  I used my Spellbinders Grand Circles and  Stately Circles to cut and mat her.  The die cut is Memory Box Chloe Stem and the leaf from Fabulous Phlox.  I painted my pretty butterfly lasercut with Acrylic paint and then Frantaged that too there are lots of lasercuts available here at the Hobbycutz store.  Here is another view:

Have a look at the Hobbycutz challenge for further inspiration from the Design Team.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Aloha Fridays - Things With Wings
Paper Creator - Spring is in the Air
Digi Haven - Things With Wings
Stampin' For The Weekend - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Things With Wings

Finally, a picture of my goodies:

Thank you so much for coming to see me today, I will be back tomorrow. Take care xx

Saturday 22 March 2014

March Hop at Sassy

Good morning and welcome to the March hop for Sassy Studio Designs.  You should have come here from Chris's blog if not please go back to Sassy and start over.

Today we have a Bingo board to play with and I have made this:

I recycled a green tea bag box.  I have used Sassy Easter Bunny and coloured her with Copics.  Papers are First Edition and the flower is made with a punch.

Here is the Bingo Board:

From here you want to go to Kim's Blog.

Sorry this is short but its Friday night and we have just got in and I am so tired through lack of sleep just want to go and chill out in the lounge before my early start tomorrow.. Thanks so much for looking, take care xx

Friday 21 March 2014

Meeting Molly - Blog Hop Day 2

Helloooo there! Welcome to Day 2 of our Blog Hop over at Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirations Blog.  The hop is to celebrate the release of new stamps featuring the adorable Molly.  Here is what I have made:

I made a Joy Fold Card using Molly Looking Pretty.  I also gave her the 3D treatment too.  Here are some more pictures:

Items Used:

Stamp: Crafty Sentiments Molly Looking Pretty
Papers: M Mullens A Little Lady and Centura Pearl
Markers: Copics, Stickles
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Rectangles and Home Spun, 
Whiff of Joy Heart Banner,
Impression Obsession Butterflies

You should have come to my blog from the lovely Diane's Blog, if not you need to go to Crafty Sentiments Inspiration Blog and start from the beginning. From here you need to be heading over to the  fabulous Rachel's blog I'm sure she will have a lovely treat in store for you there. You need to leave a comment on all the participating DT's blogs for today and yesterday and then leave a comment on the Inspiration Blog telling us you have hopped and which is your favourite stamp.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Charisma Cardz - Birthday Girls
Milk Coffee - Flowers

I am off to the hairdresser this morning and then Dave and I are going round to my daughter and her partner's house to assemble the nursery furniture (well the guys are doing that) and sort out all the baby paraphernalia. We went out for a Thai last night with my sister and her partner and I have been awake most of the night not sleeping again. I really need to sleep tonight so I will be fresh for the NEC tomorrow!  Thank you so much for coming round today, take care xx

Thursday 20 March 2014

Egg-stra Special

Good morning crafters hope you are having a good week.  Mine is so busy no crafting time unfortunately.  Out in Manchester yesterday with my friend, out today with my Aunt and Daughter, over to my Daughter's tomorrow AND  then on Saturday I am off to the NEC whoo hoo! Hoping to stock up on some crafty goodies as I have been a good girl for the last month and not got anything. I'd like to extend a warm welcome to my two latest followers Laurie and Julie its wonderful to see you here!

Today at Digital Delights it is time for another Delightful Thursday when the DT get to showcase some of the fabulous images Wendy makes and are available at Digital Delights Store.  Here is my make:

I have used the super cute Cindy Bunny which, unfortunately, is no longer available to buy singly in the shop. However she is one of the fabulous images included in the All Occasions DVD Volume IV which has over 90 images great value at only $24.99 and available here. The sentiment is from the Spring Sentiments Set available here. I coloured Cindy with my Copics and added a bit of Stickles and paper pieced her dress.  The papers are Nitwits Just Hatched.  She has been cut out with my Dienamics Pierced Oval Stax and matted onto Spellbinders Floral Ovals. The doily is Cheery Lynn Kiwi Doily, border I think may be Nellie Snellen, flowers Woodware punches with self coloured Card Candi and leaves are Memory Box Fresh Foilage. Here is another view:

Please go over to the Digital Delights Blog and check out the rest of the DT work - wow! Also, don't forget that a brand new challenge starts today at Delightful Challenges and the theme this week is Welcome Spring sponsored by The Craft Barn.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Crafter's Cafe - Square Card
Crafty Creations - Holiday
Divas by Design - Flower Power
Hobbybook - Spring
Inky Impressions - Spring
Just Inspirational - Easter
2 Cute Ink - Easter use a Bunny

Well that's it from me for today. Thank you so much for coming to see me and a big thank you if you have left a comment. Take care xx

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Spring Cleaning

Good morning to you hope you are enjoying your week.  I have a lovely crafty day today, first one for a while and the only one this week!  Today sees the start of the new challenge this week at Crafty Sentiments and the theme this week is:


we want to see projects with a Spring theme.  Here is my card:

I used the gorgeous Delightful Flowers available here and teemed it up with the Spring Sentiments available here. The image has been coloured with Copics - how cute is that bunny???!!  I then used my Dienamics Stitched circle Stax to cut out both the image and the sentiment.  I matted them on Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles.  The card has been cut using Go Kreate XXL Square Frilly #7 and I also used that for the mat.  Papers are Nitwits.  Border is Dienamics Mini Scallop Border, banner is La Las Land Scallop Pennant, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Woodware flower and leaf punch, flower ribbon and pearl from my stash.

Here is another view:

We have a fabulous prize up for grabs this week:

3 Digis of your choice from the Crafty Sentiments shop whoo hoo what a fab prize but remember you have to be in it to win it!  Go over to the Crafty Sentiments Challenge for some more inspiration from the rest of the lovely DT and for further detail.  And don't forget on the 20th and 21st we will be having a blog hop to celebrate the new releases - can't wait!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

2 Cute - Easter/Use a Bunny
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Catered Crop - Spring Fever
Sentimental Sundays - Cute and Cuddly
The Squirrel and The Fox - Autumn or Spring
Crafty Calendar - Animal Antics
Paper Creator's Craft - Spring is in the Air

Thank you so much for looking today and any comments you may leave. See you soon, take care xx

Monday 17 March 2014

Punches and Dies

Good morning I hope you had a lovely weekend and are all refreshed for the week ahead.  We had a fabulous time in London. We met Dave's son and his partner Saturday afternoon and went for a drink at the top of Centre Point overlooking all of London. Then we went for cocktails and a meal at a beautiful Art Deco Restaurant they knew in the West End followed by Phantom of the Opera.  Sunday we had breakfast at our favourite place and then strolled up to The British Museum and had a walk round.  I can't believe how lovely the weather was, people were walking around in flip flops and summer clothes, picnicking in the park and when we got up to Preston station to change trains it was blooming freezing!! I sometimes find it hard to believe the change in weather in such a small country!

Anyway I am a bit late this morning with this I suppose I should have scheduled it or posted it before I did my grocery shopping but I didn't!  It is the start of a new challenge at Lexi's Creations and the theme this fortnight is we want to see your punches and dies.  Here is my card:

I actually had this image coloured for a while as I made it for another DT but it was too big so I had to do another. She is called Honey 4 from Scrapper's Delight and I coloured her with my Copics.  I cut her out using Spellbinders Grand Ovals and matted her using Grand Scalloped Ovals. The corner dies are Dienamics and I have used my Martha Stewart Cherish Punch Around The Page Punch for the border and embossed panel.  Sentiments are LOTV and ribbon from The Ribon Girl. Papers are digital from The Sweet Shoppe - Meghan Mullens Unending Joy.  Here is another view:

Please go over to Lexi's to see the rest of the DT's projects.

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

Saturday 15 March 2014

Are We There Yet Reminder

Good morning just a quick post to remind you of the challenge over at A Little Bit Crafty. The theme this month is Are We There Yet?  How you interpret it is up to you - holidays, travel, modes of transport etc. Here is my mid-way card:

I have used some very much neglected Hero Arts Stamps.  The sentiment inside is Penny Black but you can't see that!  The map paper is from Prima Engraver pad.  I used Spellbinders Beaded Ovals, Dienamics Pierced Oval Stax and Mini Scallop border.  Here is another view:

A very quick and easy card but I thought it was about time I used these stamps and this challenge seemed a perfect excuse.

As usual we have some fabulous sponsors this month:

$5 voucher

£15 Voucher for Card Blanks

Some fabulous prizes wish I could enter! Please go over to A Little Bit Crafty and enter the challenge you have almost two weeks left!

Well I hope Mr Blogger behaves and posts this as I will be on the train on my way down to London with Dave.  Have a great weekend and a big thank you for coming round. See you Monday, take care xx

Friday 14 March 2014

How Green is Your Card?

Good morning hope you are well and if not here's a big cyber hug!  Have you anything nice planned for the weekend?  We have we are going down to London tomorrow morning, staying in our favourite hotel, meeting Dave's son and partner for drinks and then early dinner and then off to the West End to see my favourite show - Phantom of The Opera whoo hoo! Travelling down by train First Class so nice and relaxed when we get there too. I love Phantom and have seen it quite a few times but never fail to enjoy it.

Today sees Sassy Studios Design sponsoring the new challenge at Creative Fingers Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes with St. Patricks or Green. Here is my card:

I have gone for green as I really don't know anyone I would send a St Patrick's Day card to.  I have used the gorgeous Katniss Girl of fire available here. I coloured her with my Copics and used Dienamics Pierced Rectangle Stax to cut her out.  I think the DP is Basic Grey I didn't write it down so not sure.  The sentiment is a rub on and I made the tag with Cheery Lynn Tags 2.  Corners are Whimsy and the ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl. Here is another view:

Challenges I would like to enter:

Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Hobbybook - Make it Girly
Inky Impressions - Go Green
Twisted Tuesday - Make It Clean + Green
Artistic Impressions - Green/St Patrick's Day

Thank you so much for looking and any comments you leave its always lovely to know you've called, take care xx

Thursday 13 March 2014

Delightful Thursday

Good morning time to welcome you to another Delightful Thursday at Digital Delights Blog.  Its when all the DT showcase the wonderful designs available at Digital Delights by Louby Lou. Here is the card I have made for this week:

This little cutie is called Conductor Colin and is available here, I coloured him with my Copics.  The sentiment in the envelope is from the Groove On Sentiment Set available here. Papers are Nitwits On A High Note.  I cut the image out with my Dienamics Pierced Rectangle Stax.  The corners are a Whimsy die and the envelope is a Cutting Edge Die.  Here is another view:

As you can see I lined the envelope with a contrasting paper.

Over at Delightful Challenges this week the challenge is Wearing of the Green sponsored by our very own Digital Delights.

I have finally finished all my March DT work and am cracking on with April.  My daughter has been told she may have to have a C  section two weeks before the due date so I really need to get my skates on!!  I'm taking my Aunt out for lunch today at the moment its a bit miserable but I think it is going to clear up - fingers crossed! Thank you so much for looking today I will be back tomorrow. Take care xx

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Away With The Fairies

Good morning I hope you are having a smashing week.  Here in Blackpool it has been gorgeous weather - clear blue skies and sunshine and it looks like it may be the same today.  Over at The Paper Shelter there is a new challenge starting today and the theme is "Away With The Fairies".
We want to see your creations with a fairy on it.  I had no problem trying to find a Paper Shelter fairy image as there are loads of gorgeous fairies to choose from.  Here is the one I went with:

I used the adorable Everyone Can Fly which is available here. Now I have a real problem colouring blonde hair and usually avoid it at all costs because it always turns out brassy.  It doesn't matter what combination of Copics I use I always get brassy so excuse the hair I think she needs to change her hairdresser!  I have added glamour dust to their wings.  The papers are Nitwits Time for Tea with Coredinations card stock.  I used Spellbinders Grand Nesties Circles to cut her out and matted on Grand Stately Circles.  The sentiment is Waltzingmouse and I cut the tag with a Go Kreate die.  Impression Obsession Butterfly and hearts.    Here is another view:

Now remember there is a fabulous prize on offer:

So please go over to The Paper Shelter Challenge and check out the fabulous work by the DT - wow!

Also we still have the DT call on so if you are interested in working with these fabulous images please see the challenge blog for all the details.

One last thing, there is a new fun challenge on The Paper Shelter Facebook Page:

Here is the link to get you to the facebook page with all the details.

Well thank you so much for looking today I will be back tomorrow, take care xx

Monday 10 March 2014

Oh Baby

Good morning I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I had a good night Friday and Saturday night but not much sleep so consequently didn't get much crafting done!  Once I got my housework done on Saturday and washing and dinner on Sunday I spent the day in the lounge knitting and watching films!  I am really trying to get to May with my DT cards before the baby arrives but haven't even finished March yet!

Today's card is one I made a while back after being asked for some baby boy cards.

The elephant, sentiment and gingham paper are all Pink Petticoat.  The feet image is a Magnolia stamp and the heart and pearl are from The Hobby House.  I used different Spellbinders dies and Centura Pearl for the base. Very simple card here is a side view:

I would like to thank everyone who comes round to visit and leaves comments its always lovely to read them and I appreciate that it is time consuming.  Its always so nice to switch on your computer or I Pad and see that you have comments waiting.  I know there are people who regularly visit and don't leave comments and I thank you for your visits too Since I started my blog almost three years ago I have 'met' some wonderful and very helpful people and really hope that long may it continue.
Take care xx

Saturday 8 March 2014

Blog Hop

Good Morning and welcome to the Sassy Design Team Blog Hop!

We are celebrating the release of some Sassy SentiMits designed by our very own talented Greg!
You should have come to my blog from the lovely Karal's blog if not you need to go back to Sassy Studio Designs and start from there.

For my card I have gone totally CAS:

I have used the fabulous Cat Woman Sassy with Greg's Lion Attitude Sentiment.  She has been coloured with Copics and then some simple matting and layering.

From here you need to go to the lovely Lori's blog and see what she has done. You need to go to all the blogs in the hop and leave a comment and there will be a freebie somewhere along the way but comments need to be left on all the participating blogs.  If you get lost along the way please go back to Sassy Designs Blog for the full list. Good luck! xx