Friday, 30 July 2010

Dark Duck!

This is the first time I've done this little duckie in darker shades, but I think it works quite well? Anyway I've followed the layout in this weeks Papertake Challenge & used my Funstamps - Puddle Duck stamp & Basic Grey, Lime Rickey papers. Jx

A Grand Day Out...

Well as Gromit would say, or was that Wallace, "It's been a Grand Day Out!", I've at long last, been to Simply Create in Alford, & what a lovely, lovely shop it is. Will have to go over there in the middle of winter & hopefully get snowed in for a week!

Well we were greeted by the lovely Ann on arrival, who popped on the kettle & chatted to Craig, my lovely husdand & driver, whilst I had a good look round. Clearly I could have spent a fortune, but I showed great restraint & only bought a selection of things I really needed! Needless to say I am already looking forward to my next visit.

Anyway I've posted pics of some of my treasures, & just had to tell you about my "Travel Guillotine" It's so lovely, with 2 compartments for bits & bobs too - ideal to take on holiday with me next week! (Sad I know but I'm now thinking it's an addiction I now have rather than a hobby!)

Thursday, 29 July 2010


Crafty Cardmakers challenge 26 involved using the following recipe;

Stickers or punches - I chose my MS leaf punch.
Yellow / orange - I chose a bit of both!
Animal or fish - Mr giraffe.

The green paper used in My Minds Eye, don't know about the yellow as it was just a scrap!


Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Summer Lovin

You can tell it's Summer time, & holiday time by the fact that the number of cards flying off the card table is down! As the boys are off I'm not spending so long crafting, so my cards are trying to catch more than one challenge.

This one covers the elements for the following challenges;

Allsorts Penny Black Challenge - A Burst of Summer Colour
Crafty Creations - Summer Lovin
Friday Sketchers - Used the sketch given.

The card uses Basic Grey, Lime Rickey paper, my Martha Stewart leaf punch & my Penny Black "Captivated" stamp.


Christmas in July?

This years Christmas cards started off really well for me over on Do Crafts as Maureen, (Snoflake), set us a challenge to make one Christmas card a week throughout the whole year. I was doing really well till about June, then the amount of cards I was making for Alan & his Mombasa trip kind of took over & I stopped my Christmas challenge. It's therefore been nice to do another Christmas card after about a 6 week break.

Now as luck would have it, a number of blog challenges are also looking towards Christmas, so I can enter this card 4 times;

The Penny Black Challenge - Christmas in July
I Love Promarkers - Christmas in July
Snoflakes Christmas Challenge - Make a Christmas card a week for a year.
Sketch Saturday Challenge - To use their layout.

My stamp used is an all time favourite Penny Black called Snowball Fun.
The papers are Anitas Classic Christmas, Blue
& I also used my snowflake embossing folder with my bug.


Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Baby Boy

There are so many challenges out there & so many lovely stamps! Am I the only one that mixes them all up? Made a card this afternoon using a Sugar Nellie stamp, using the LOTV layout - what a twit!!! Doesn't meet the criteria for either of these challenges however I'm lucky that it does fit this weeks Allsorts Challenge which is Babies or Children!

And in a slight variation of the theme, here's the girls card to go with it.


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Under The Sea

I've made this card, to enter 2 challenges this week, the first being The My Partner in Crafting Crime, where the theme was under the sea & also for the Pollycraft Challenge where you had to make a birthday card.

Can't tell you much else about the card, as the stamp was an Ebay America purchase & has no name & the paper was a single sheet which has long since had it's pedigree chopped off!


Summer Time

For this weeks Summer Time challenge on Crafty Catz, No 42, I've made this sunflower card using Basic Grey, Lime Rickey paper & an Anita's Sunflower stamp.


Thursday, 22 July 2010

Laid Back & Late!

Well the dog in this card is so laid back - he missed the challenge (No 23) by a day!!! This was to be my entry for the I Love Promarkers Challenge, but I now see the challenge changed yesterday - woops!

Anyway it's last weeks lay out & doggy theme I've used for this thankyou card. The image is PB & the papers, My Minds Eye.

Woo - hoo ! In a stroke of true carding genius, this card now fits the challenge this week, wk 24... can you tell what the late addition was?


Pretty Lady

Well what a week I had planned... my other half & youngest were off on a trip to Hull so I thought, big crafty week... If only.

Here I am Thurs lunchtime, rushing to get my Friday Sketchers Challenge card in.

So here it is, a PB image & some doodlebug papers & voila!

As well as card making, the plan was to really boost Alan's Mombasa fund, & yipee, we're through the £1000 mark & almost half way! Really pleased with our progress, & as I'm on a roll, it's another car boot this weekend. Everyone has been so generous giving us stuff to sell. We really have got good friends & neighbours.


Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Play Station

For the Lili of The Valley Challenge I've used another new stamp and the given layout. Papers used are My Minds Eye. Sentiment done on computer.


The Return of Tilda!

Haven't made a tilda card in ages, so made this one for a challenge over on Docrafts along with the following challenges;

Allsorts 61 - where the challenge was "Summer Days" &
Crafty Creations Challenge - where the challenge was "Happy or Sweet."

Along with my Tilda stamp, I used Basic Grey, Lime Rickey paper.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Magna Fairy

Can you tell I'm going through a phase of Magna stamps?

This one is Magna Fairy & I'm using her for this weeks Crafty Creations Challenge.

Whilst I'm posting this I also want to say that this was a very good weekend for fund-raising for Mombasa. Alan & I both did some waiter/waitressing along with another car boot, & what do you know, the fund now sits at £973. - Hopefully we'll break £1000 this week.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Anything But A Card

This Weeks Crafty Catz Challenge was to make anything but a card, so I chose to make these little gift sets, (12 in total). I've dressed up these toiletries, in an attempt to make them more "sellable at this weeks car guessed it, in aid of Alan's Mombasa Fund. Jx

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Open Season!

With the Scottish Open underway I thought a golfing card appropriate for this weeks Penny Black Challenge. Can't tell you about the spotty paper cause it was an odd sheet I bought. Also used candy dots and a PB sentiment. Jx

Tuesday, 13 July 2010


Well I made this other card tonight & used my wooden bits from Designs On Pine, a local shop which also does online orders.

The card I've made will go into this weeks Allsorts Challenge where you have to "Show Your Heart" - Not sure if mine are big enough but they are the biggest I have!

The card is also being entered into this weeks Pollycraft Challenge where cards have to be "Bright & Bold" again I'm not sure if I'll be allowed as I'm defo bold - but not very bright! (My hubby says the latter too, so that's my excuse if I'm not quite meeting the challenge!)



In The Garden

The Papertake Challenge this week is "In The Garden", & that's exactly where I've been all day, only I wasn't gardening, I took the ironing board outside & caught up on basket full of clothes!

Didn't think an iron would fit the challenge card too well though, so I put lovely summer flowers on my card instead.

I'm also including this card for the first Wild Orchid Challenge which is, "Say it With Flowers."


Monday, 12 July 2010

Happy Anniversary

Today was a good day & I set off with my hubby & son to find the Papercraft Shop in Elgin - you know the one - it does the Funky Kits / Sugar Nellie stamps - & the Magna Girls. Anyway I bought some new stamps - all 2009 designs, but when I got home my hubby said he preferred this years stamps with the rock chick & her fella. So poor me, I'm just going to have to go back for them next week!!!

The other thing I learned was that they are holding a Craft Day in Ellon. Now I don't know if any of you that jump on here are from the area, but if you are, & you fancy going, let me know cause I think I'll be going.

Now, the other reason for the post, the Papertake Weekly Challenge using the given layout & obviously one of my new stamps - minus misletoe - as it's a Christmas one really! I just thought it was too nice to wait till then to use it! Jx

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Wild Orchid Crafts

Just in case any of you haven't noticed, they're about to start doing challenges on Wild Orchid Crafts - the place with all those yummy flowers. Also, if you link to follow their blog, there's candy to be had! Check them out on this link; Wild Orchid Crafts
Now I know you guys always manage to post such info down the side of your blog - but I don't know how to do that - Sam you are slipping up, I feel another tutorial is needed!

On a different note, you'll be pleased to hear we did another car boot today & raised a further £120 for Mombasa - YIPEE! Mombasa Thermometer now reading £800!!!

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Holidays 'r' Here!

Well the schools broke up with us last Friday so we're now officially on holiday - well my boys are anyway. Sadly they are passed the beachy days where you jump around on rocks, pick up shells & prod at crabs! This stamp however sums up happy childhood holidays for me. We stayed on the coast, & if it was sunny, (& sometimes even when it wasn't) we headed for the beach.

Anyway enough of a story, & onto the card. Using the layout on the Sugar Bowl Challenge & a Funky Kits stamp called Rockpool Fun, this card has appeared!

I'm also entering this card for the challenge on My Partner In Crafting Crime, where the theme is summertime.

I'm actually quite pleased with my choice of papers on this one too. I used Basic Grey Cupcake Papers. Normally I really struggle with cards requiring 3 papers, but this time, the orange represents the sun, the wavey blue the sea, & obviously we all have an ice-cream on a sunny day at the beach!

Finally, the challenge is called Scallops - so I had to include a little charm of one on the side too.

Lovely Lady

This is one of my new LOTV stamps & I love her. Made her up for the Pollycraft Challenge using Wild Rose Studio papers. Jx

Dog Gone

Made this card for the Sketch Saturday Challenge using a PB stamp and some of my new basic grey papers.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

All Stitched Up.

I initially made this card for one of the other challenges this week, then realised the image was too big for all the bits to fit in, so in a change of plan, I've included faux stitching & will pop it into the Papertake Weekly Challenge. No I won't - Sadly I'm a week out posting it!!!

On a different note, those of you who read my blog will know that the door of my fridge snapped off last month then there was a burst to the water mains, so I was waiting for No 3. Well it happened on Sun, the central heating / hot water packed in. So with a new circulation pump fitted we can once more shower, & hopefully that's my bad luck passed for a bit.


Sunday, 4 July 2010

More About Mombasa

Just had to post this to tell you all what a fantastic day we had today - despite the terrible weather...

Was up at 5.30 this morning to get ready for a local car boot sale which began at 8am. Woke to pouring rain & would definately have called off were it not that this was a fund raiser for Mombasa & others were going too.

& boy oh boy was I glad we went - we all made over £100 to go towards the trip & we had a great clearance into the bargain. It was so much fun, I can't wait for the next one!

Anyway, the highlight of the day was when a family stopped & asked about a sit on tractor toy with trailer. Before the deal was sealed, the little boy was on the seat & scooting happily off with it - needless to say we had a sale! The picture above is of Alan & the 2 other boys who are going on the trip + the little toot on his tractor.

Fund total now stands @ £647

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Eye Test

I bought this PB stamp at the beginning of the year & haven't used it too many times, but I still think it's a clever image & I'm glad I got it.

I've used it for this weeks Red, White & Blue Penny Black Challenge, & for that American theme I've included stars & stripes.


Friday, 2 July 2010

In The Jungle

Made this card tonight using an image I'd coloured during the week whilst out in the sun. I'm never always too keen on multi-layered cards, I much prefer simpler designs, but as always you have to try!

Anyway this is my this weeks attempt at the Friday Sketchers Challenge. My papers are Basic Grey Archaic & the stamp is a PB.