Monday, 31 January 2011

TTT - Wordart Book

...ok, so it's a short book! But a book no less. I got there in the end, thanks to the fantastic tutorial which Carol wrote on the subject. Thank you so much Carol both for the tutorial & the follow-up help, much appreciated.

I definately think this is a type of card I'll do again. Jx

Happy Anniversary

This Tilda Anniversary card was made using the Papertake Challenge layout and includes homemade flowers so I'm also entering it into the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge which was flowers this week. Thanks Leanne for posting that great tutorial - I'll give it a go, but I didn't have time this week - I was still working on the Wordart Book from the last tutorial!

Finally, I'll also enter this card into the Crafty Catz Challenge which is also flowers this week. Jx

Get Well - Man's Card

Can you tell I need get well cards for my box at work?

Using my Woodware stamps & some Doodlebug paper, I followed the sketch in this weeks Friday Sketchers Challenge, Jx

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Get Well Soon

Using the Sketch Saturday Challenge Sketch, I've made this simple get well card. Jx

Friday, 28 January 2011

Blog Awards

This special award, which is aimed at bringing unknown good blogs to light was passed to me from one of my bloggy buddies, Andria at Iona-Rose Designs. Thanks for that.

In accepting the award I have had to agree tothe following conditions;

1) You have been tagged, do you want to accept? YES! then create a post on your blog and post the love blog photo.
2) Link back to the person who gave you the award and say if you accept.
3) Choose 3-5 of your favourite blogs to tag, link these in your post too and tell the lucky people they have been tagged.

As the aim of this award is to bring unknown good blogs to light, please don't tag somebody with 3000 followers.

So Here are my chosen few:


Paper Pixie Wedding Invitations & Handmade Cards

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Wrapped Up Girl

You'd think I never owned a stamp prior to this Christmas, cause nearly every card I've done this year uses a new stamp - I so want to use them all!

Anyway, this little beauty by Sugar Nellie came to me from Debbi off her very generous candy post, (- thanks again Debz) & is perfect for the layout in this weeks Sugar Bowl Challenge. Papers are by Dovecraft - Jolly Happy Christmas. Jx

LOTV - Kitty Card

This is another of my Christmas presents, picked cause of that cute kitty! I've used this stamp in this weeks Lili Of The Valley Challenge which was to use their sketch. Jx

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Monochrome Sun Flowers

Thought I'd try something a bit different this time - has it tell me? I really want to learn more about Promarkers, and after reading bits on Debbi's blog, I thought this would be worth trying. So my card is made using my Anita's stamp, Doodlebug papers, & obviously my Promarkers - Warm Grey Shades. I've finished the card off with the palest of pink hearts & a ribbon.

I'm entering this card into a couple of challenges, namely, Moving Along With the Times as I used their great sketch, & The Crafty Cardmakers Challenge which is Floral.

Dustin Pike Image

Just a quick post with my ABC Christmas Challenge card made from black & white Doodlebug paper & this ever so cute, Dustin Pike digi image.

I'm also entering this one into the Simply Create Challenge which was to use punches. Jx

Saturday, 22 January 2011

7 Challenges!

This has got to be a record for me - one card - seven challenges! & better than that, none of it was planned!

Started off by looking for a layout I fancied, & I found it over on the Fussy & Fancy Challenge 28. Next I wanted to do a Valentines card so that ticked off The Passion For Promarkers Challenge & PB @ Allsorts Challenge as they were Love/Valentine themed. I added a sentiment so that fitted The Top Tip Tuesday Challenge. Next this weeks Penny Black Saturday Challenge - January Sales. Well the Doodlebug papers were bought from the Glitterpot sale as it's the Paper Plus value pack, & the heart nesties were also purchased then - sadly not reduced though!
So that then leaves The Papertake Challenge which was to include ribbons & pearls.

& finally if you're not asleep - the Crafty Cardmakers challenge was to include a red & a diecut.



I can't thank Prairy Fairy Designs enough for the lovely digi images they sent me recently from a challenge they were supporting. I'd never really looked at their stuff before, but once I did, I fell in love with their original designs & attention to detail - will definitely be visiting them again!

Anyway, coming from the coast, sea gulls are a common sight, (known locally as peelies!) and perfect for a number of challenges this week, including;

Crafty Creations - Birds & Polka Dots
Allsorts - Male Card
Sketch Saturday - Their layout although I had to switch a circle for a rectangle as I didn't have a big enough nestie!
I Love Promarkers - Keep it Sweet & Simple.

Papers - Doodlebug; Punch - Martha Stewart; Image - Prairy Fairy Designs; Colouring - Promarkers. Jx

PS Sorry the pic is so dark - think the battery needs to go on charge!

Friday, 21 January 2011

Spotlight on Pencils

I love the spotlight challenges on Crafty Cardmakers and this months challenge is another good one. Years ago I used to use pencils that was BP - Before Promarkers! Now however I had a job tracking them down, but track them down I did as the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge was to use pencils again. So using the first of my gorgeous new images - won from Prairy Fairy I've made this very out of season Christmas card. Coloured using Start Watercolour pencils! Jx

Monday, 17 January 2011


Another new stamp folks, & isn't she lovely!

She's coloured with Promarkers & mounted on Dodlebug Backing Paper along with a Cuttlebug embossed panel.

I'm entering this one into the following challenges;

Sunday Sketch & Stamp - their sketch
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Icy Colours. This is my 2nd card for this challenge, but if that's not allowed, sorry, couldn't see a limit on the number of entries. Jx

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Overdressed Duck

This is one of my new stamps from the Sir Stampalot sale & I love it already! I've used it in a couple of challenges this week.

The Penny Black Saturday Challenge which was to pick 4 set elements - I chose, Papers, Buttons, Ribbon & Twine.

The I Love Promarkers Challenge was to use punches - used my MS edge punch to create the top corner.

Just noticed you can enter the Pink Gem Challenge more than once so I will do as I just love their sketch.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Baby Boy

Afer my post Christmas splurge at Sir Stampalot, I have loads of new stamps I'm just itching to use...this was one of them. It's called "2 Feet" and is made by the Canadian firm GCS Artstamps.

I've combined it with Doodlebug paper & a ribbon & buttons.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges;
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Cold & Frosty Morning/Icy Colours - Blues,whites & greys etc.
Crafty Creations - New Beginnings.
A Passion For Promarkers - Baby Cards.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Shocking Pink!

The jury's out on this one... a bit too pink? I can't decide! However I so love another of my new LOTV stamps which I have used both for this weeks LOTV Challenge, which was to follow their layout along with the Crafty Catz Challenge which was Food & Drink.

I can also enter this one into the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge which this week is, anything goes.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Spring Wedding

I never find easel cards that easy to photograph, but hopefully you get the general idea. I've made this card to order & for a challenge set by Teresa on Do Crafts, however I'm also entering it into the following challenges;

Gem Of A Challenge - Their lovely layout.
My Partner In Crafting Crime - Something New - My stamp!
Allsorts Challenge - Fancy Folds - Easel Card

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Award Time

One of my ex-docraft buddies, Sharon very kindly named me on her blog as a recipient of this award...

Thanks for that Sharon!

In turn, I then have to tell you all 8 things about myself and nominate a further 4 people to recieve the award - this may take a while, but here goes;

1. I have been happily married to Craig for 22 years & we have 2 boys aged 16 & 13 & 2 cats called Tommy & Femo.

2. I struggle to write these sort of things & can't think of much else!

3. I have run the Race for Life in the past & hope to run it again this year - perhaps by writing this I'll actually sign up again!

4. My New Year's Resolution this year was to learn how to get more out of my Promarkers & learn how to colour properly.

5. I have a twin sister who is also my best friend.

6. I'm beginning to think I should hand back this award as it's taken me ages to get this far.

7. Hopefully I'm not as boring has I'm making this sound, but hey-ho, you are what you are!

8. I don't want to over load you with facts so number 8 will appear in a bit - assuming any of you actually read this or notice!

So, that bit out of the way, I'm now awarding the Stylish Blogger Award to;


Friday, 7 January 2011

Simple Christmas Cones

This card is made using one of my new PB stamps & a different card shape to normal. I have decided to do a few of these quick makes not only because of speed, but also cause they can be posted without needing a large stamp - unfortunately loads last year weren't so thin!

I'm entering it into this weeks ABC Christmas Challenge, which was anything Christmas, along with the Papertake Challenge which was anything goes. Jx

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

New Beginnings

...& it's a new Christmas stamp for me! Got this one (along with a few others, from my Mam & Dad), so have decided to use it in the first 2011 challenge over at Lili Of The Valley, where the challenge was new beginnings, which could include the use of a new crafty item. Jx

Woof Woof

There was a brilliant sketch this time at the Sugar Bowl Challenge, But I was limited in the choice of stamps I had to fit a landscape oval pattern. That's until "Angus The Dog" came to the rescue - twice! Jx

Monday, 3 January 2011

Thanks A Bunch

This thank-you card is made using Papermania Colossal paper & an Anita's stamp. I'm entering it in the Sketch Saturday Challenge as I used their layout & the Allsorts Challenge & the Papertake Weekly Challenges which were Thank-You. Jx

PB Valentine

No sooner are we done with Christmas, & the Valentine card production line kicks off! I love this Penny Black stamp which was perfect for a couple of challenges, especially Incy's one over on Do Crafts where we had to doodle on our cards!

I'm also entering it into the Penny Black @ Allsorts Challenge where there challenge is, in the words of the Beetles, "All You Need Is Love".

Finally, and a bit later than it should have been I'd just like to say thanks to the PB@A Team for my Christmas stamp prize from the Nov challenge. You are so kind, Jx