Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Baby Bath-Time

Using this brilliant free image from Pink Gem Designs I've made this baby card for the Friday Sketchers Challenge.

Thanks for the great image Janet - will certainly be checking out your designs in the future as they are right up my street. Jx

Monday, 27 December 2010

Gone Fishin

... Well not at the moment at the lakes round here are frozen solid!

However this fella has caught a big one which by my reckoning would easily meet John West's standards!!!

My card follows the layout for the current Sugar Bowl challenge and as always uses a Sugar Nellie stamp. Jx

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Snowy Photos, Boxing Day 2010

Went out for a Boxing Day walk today for a breath of fresh air, took my camera to let you see we still have snow! Jx

Hope I haven't bored you!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Sketch Saturday

Using my final Stamporium Spring stamp I've completed this weeks Sketch Saturday Challenge. I've coloured the bluebells with Promarkers & used Papermania, Capsule Collection DP. Think I may have gone a bit too purple on this one, & prefer my whiter options! Jx

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


Another lovely Spring flower hidden under a mountain of snow, but ideal for this weeks Allsorts Challenge and also the Papertake Weekly Challenge where anything goes. I'm also entering it into the Crafty Catz Challenge, which was to pick a favourite challenge from the year passed. I chose Embossing, which I think was on week 36. The card itself uses another Stamporium stamped image mounted on embossed panels with a MS punched border & finished with a ribbon & buttons.

Also, for the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge we have been asked to show both our newest & oldest works. I don't still have a photo of one of my first cards, but hopefully this link to my very first Do Crafts post will suffice!

This was posted in Feb 2008.

Finally, the Top-Tip Tuesday Challenge is to Get Embellishing - now I'm not an OTT decorator of cards - this is about as full on as it gets! Hopefully some buttons & a ribbon counts as enough!


Saturday, 18 December 2010


Snowdrops...A sign of Spring, but first we need to get rid of the snow!
I've made this one using the Friday Sketchers layout, using embossed panels in the two layered rectangles.

Happy Christmas Sketchers! Jx

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Letraset New Site Launch & Promarker Giveaway

Letraset are having a new site launch & promarker giveaway!

In Celebration of their new site they will also be running a ProMarker Giveaway!
For your chance to win a huge prize of 10 assorted ProMarker 5 sets (pictured above) all you have to do is follow these 2 simple rules.

1. Share a Link to the Letraset Blog and their New Website , and briefly explain the competiton on your own Blog, Facebook or Twitter.

2. Leave a comment on their blog telling them where you shared the link.

I for one will be doing this & I guess you lot will too as we do so love our promarkers don't we!!! Jx

Daffodils are such pretty flowers, & the ones on this Stamporium wooden stamp are no exception. So following the layout on this weeks Sketch Saturday Challenge, I've made a start to my next years cards. Jx

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Teddy Boy

Well I think I'm all Christmas carded out for this year, so it was a lovely change to make this baby card. So using my Anita's teddy stamp some card candy & a lot of bits off the craft table this was the result. I'm entering it into two bear challenges, one over at Crafty Catz where their challenge was birthday bears - now I know I'm kinda stretching it, but then again what is a baby card if not the celebration of a birth-day?
The other challenge this one's for is, the Crafty Creations Challenge which was to make anything so long as it had a bear on it! Jx

Monday, 13 December 2010

Quick Cards!

The pressure was on at the weekend, a night out, all hand made cards used up... & more cards needed! So, a rather simple & plain card came to the rescue - well ten of them did actually. So the stamp is Anita's, grey card stock & I used card candy, & gems that's about it!

I'm entering this one into;

Allsorts Challenge - Last Minute Projects - they certainly were!
Papertake Challenge - Red & Green must not be seen.

Monday, 6 December 2010

A Christmas Birthday!

...Well almost! My husband's birthday is on the 12th Dec,so this card is for him from our 2 boys. Initially when I looked at this weeks Friday Sketchers layout, I thought I'd just leave it, but challenges are meant to challenge aren't they, so I got stuck in, & this is the result. Now the stamp is one of my favourites - a 2005 PB called Cat on the moon. So I'm also entering this card into the following challenges;
Oldie But Goodie - Christmas Birthday
PB @ Allsorts - Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder, and if you know me, you'll know that Cats come high on my list of wonderful creatures and obviously things of beauty. I could fill a gallery of cats photos I think they are so lovely!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Christmas Tree

Just a quickie cause I've spent all weekend carding & I must re-surface into family life! Made this one for the I Love Promarkers Challenge which was Christmas Trees & have done lots of white embossing for behind the image. Jx


Mass production went into full swing this weekend, when my neighbour announced she wanted some of my stuff to go on her sales table at a craft fair next weekend.

By then I thought most people will have bought & sent their Christmas cards, so I thought wallets would be more popular. I've gone for a very simple design & made 4 different types of card, but 20 cards in total. The Crafty Creations Challenge this week is for wallets so I'll enter these into that one. Jx

Holly - Days

...Well it certainly feels like the holidays cause my boys haven't been at school for 7 days now, due to the snow!

The ABC Christmas Challenge had a number of themes this week, but I've gone with the red & green & holly options. My stamp is Anita's & the papers Dovecraft Jolly Happy Christmas. Jx

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Tilda - The Return Of!

Another card using Angel Tilda, this time done in shades of blue for the last Bah Humbug Challenge of the year & using the layout in this weeks Papertake Challenge. Feel like a polititian "fiddling" my expenses here as there's been a bit of flipping on the set layout! If this isn't allowed - appologies now! Jx

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

More Mono!

I'm quite liking playing around with my monochrom Christmas cards, so here's another offering. Again I've used a Penny Black stamp with my shades of grey, promarkers. Paper is Anitas.

I'm entering this card into the Crafty Creations Challenge which is Xmas is Coming, along with the first Simply Create Challenge which again is Christmas, but with glitter - mine is on my snowflake. Jx

Monday, 29 November 2010

Magna Girl's Back

I stamped & coloured this image ages ago, which turned out nice & handy cause I've a girls card to do for early Dec. I'm quite into my embossing these days again, & love my MS border punch, so I've combined both for the backing. Finally there's a wild orchid rose bud in the top corner.

I'm entering my card into this weeks Papertake Challenge which is Cut it Out & also Crafty Cardmakers Challenge which is White & Splash.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Monochrom It Is!

2 of the challenges I regularly do are both set as monochrom this week, so this card ticks both those boxes, along with the layout one for The Friday Sketchers Challenge.

Again I've used my PB hedgehog stamp Exhilirating, but instead of the colours of the last few weeks, I've just gone with shades of grey. All colouring done with promarkers.

So, I'm entering this into The Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Allsorts Challenge , Friday Sketchers. And the Crafty Creations Challenge which is, Christmas is coming & finally, Crafty Catz Challenge, which is also Christmas. Jx

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Gorgeous Girl

I had to buy this stamp, as it's my niece Eilidh's absolute favourite. Normally I do her with blonde hair just like Eilidh, but this time I've gone for black, in keeping with the black/white + 1 other colour theme for the Sugarbowl Challenge. As always, we have a great layout to follow with this challenge too.

I'm also entering this one into the I Love Promarkers Challenge which this week is anything goes.

Finally this card can also go into the My Partner in Crafting Crime challenge, where their challenge too is black/white + one other.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Skiing Hedgie!

I'm loving playing with this new stamp, and as we are allowed to enter 3 cards each month into the Penny Black @ Allsorts Challenge, it would be rude not to do so!

Their current challenge is, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas."


I love paper piecing, so loved the challenge set by Top Tip Tuesday this week which was layer upon layer & paper piecing. Jx


Well PB Saturday team, I've used your stamp, (thanks again), I've followed your tutorial, (thanks Debbie) & I've even followed the layout in this weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge. Not sure that the snowflakes add anything to the card but as it was a challenge element, they had to go on!

I'm also entering this one into the Penny Black @ Allsorts Challenge this month where the theme is, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas."


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Lilac Snoowie

I've made this card using my Magnolia Snoowie stamp to tie in with the snowman theme on the I Love Promarkers Challenge. I've chosen lilac as my colour to tie in with the Bah Humbug Challenge, & finally I've followed the layout on the Sketch Saturday Challenge.
Papers, Doodlebug. Ribbon, Fantastic Ribbons.


Get Well Soon

I love this Woodware doctor stamp, & thought he was perfect for this weeks Crafty Catz Challenge which was to make a get well card.
So using Basic Grey papers and the layout given by Friday Sketchers I made my card. As I've added buttons, I'm also entering it into this weeks Top Tip Tuesday Challenge. Jx

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


I struggled with this card 2 nights ago when I tried to do the corner diagonals in paper. With a change of plan and a raid on the ribbon box my card eventually came together!

I followed the sketch on Sketch Saturday, so I'll enter my card in that one. I also used a reindeer, which was this weeks Bah Humbug Challenge.

I also added distressing which was last weeks Oldie But Goodie Challenge - missed that one, but luckily for me, this weeks challenge is glitter so hey ho, it can do that one as well!

Finally, the ABC Christmas Challenge is X for Christmas with the optional added extra of flowers, so I popped one onto my snowflake.

My stamp is Anitas & the paper Dovecraft from a coulpe of years back.


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Icy Snoowie

Well after failing miserably to do a sketch challenge last night, I moved onto a different sketch and proceeded at pace to make tonights card!

The sketch is part of this weeks Allsorts Challenge, and as the colours are icy blues I can also enter this one into this weeks I Love Promarkers Challenge which was icy colours.

The image is Magnolia Snoowie, but the rest of the card used is untitled & from our local papermill at Stoneywood.


Monday, 15 November 2010


I've made this card using a PB stamp and the layout given in the Papertake Weekly Challenge. All other items were bits & bobs on the craft table but don't know what make they are!

I'm also entering this one into the Alphabet Challenge Blog as they are on c for cats and I love my cats!

& Into the Wagsnwhiskers Challenge where you had to use acetate tissue or vellum - I've used dotty vellum.

Finally I'm also entering it into the Cute Card Thursday Challenge which is, anything goes.


Sunday, 14 November 2010

PB Lady

Firstly I'd like to thank the PB team for picking me as the winner last week & for awarding me such a great prize. Went about smiling all day and couldn't keep off the craft table as a result!

So for this weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge the theme was favourite things - I've therefore used one of my favourite & most used PB stamps. I also had to be using my Cuttlebug as that's one of my favourite pieces of crafty kit & finally a bit of paper piecing as I love that technique too.

I also love buttons, & by popping on a couple I can enter the Crafty Creations Challenge. Jx

Eye Spy!

I love this PB sentiment stamp & tend to use it on it's own-e-oh instead of combining it with an image. The card I've made follows the layout in the Friday Sketchers Challenge, but I was alos trying to tie it in with the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - only I wasn't quite sure what all the challenge wanted, it speals of colouring, birthday and image/sentiments??? As I've used the sentiment as my main image I hope it counts, but if I've missed the point, please let me know! Jx

Saturday, 13 November 2010


This is the first time I've used this Sugar Nellie stamp which I bought in the summer, but as there is rugby on TV I thought I'd give him an airing!

I've followed the sketch in this weeks Sugarbowl Challenge, but instead of the doily I've done a rugby ball circle. I've also raised the ball on the main image next to the played by double stamping it & placing it on a foam pad. Hopefully all these modifications are within the rules - apologies if not!

Now one of the basic grey backing papers was ripped before being applied so that's the challenge on Crafty Catz.

Finally, The Pixie Dust Studio challenge is "It's All About Men/Boys In Our Lives, so as my husband played rugby as a youth I thought I could do this one too. Jx

Monday, 8 November 2010

Santa's Hat

Tonight's card is made using a lovely PB image sent to me by my pal Sam. I've coloured it using a range of promarkers, then for that added Christmas glitz I've used stickles on the fur trim & bobble. Papers are Anita's Classic Christmas, (you'll be pleased to know the pack's almost finished now!) & the glitter snowflake is Papermania. Now this doesn't often happen for me, but it fits several challenges including;

Penny Black @ Allsorts - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Let it Snow
Sir Stampalot - Christmas Traditions
Allsorts - Twas The Night Before Christmas
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Marker Madness
Top Tip Tuesday - Christmas Inspired

Baby Cards

I made some boy & girl baby cards at the weekend, these involved dry embossing, which is the challenge over on Crafty Cardmakers this week.

For the boy card I used my star folder & co-ordinating star buttons & for the girl I went with hearts.

Penny For The Guy

Over on Papertake this week the challenge is to make a male card, so I've chosen to do a baby card using my Sugar Nellie Messy Rabbit stamp & Joanna Sheen baby papers.

Friday, 5 November 2010


Another white based Christmas card - not sure about it though - other people seem to do them so much better!

I've made it using my Magnolia Snoowie stamp, Anita's Classic Christmas paper & a Papermania snowflake brad. I'm entering it into this weeks ABC Christmas Challenge along with the I Love Promarkers Challenge which is snowflakes. Jx

Thursday, 4 November 2010


What a great sketch this week on the Sketch Saturday Challenge - was a bit put off by the stripes to start off with, but I'm so glad I stuck with it cause I'm really pleased with the end result! Papers again Dovecraft Jolly Happy Christmas. I've also used glossy accents on the baubles around Rudolph's antlers and given him a nice red dew drop nose! Jx