Monday, 31 March 2014

Christmas Card Wk 15

Just a quick post as I want to get out in the garden while the sun shines!

Bugaboo image, LOTV papers, Colouring by Promarker.

CCWS - Super sketch by Christina
Completely Xmas - Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers - Anything
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - Kraft
Fab n Funky - Christmas

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Mama Hen

I haven't got a Mother's Day card to share with you today, but I have a super cute image of a hen on her nest knitting beside her chicks - it's a lovely imageby Milk Coffee Stamps.  I've double printed it so that the knitting sticks out from the card.

Papers are LOTV and Tim Coffey and that's that die-namics die in action accross the middle of the card.

Allsorts - Dies - Retro strip & circles
Milk Coffee Challenge - Spring
Crafty Calender - Animal Antics
Di's Digi's - Spring
Krafty Hands - Easy Easter
Brown Sugar - Easter
Digi Haven - Things with Wings
4 Crafty Chicks - Spring

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Buttons & Bows

Today it's back to team B at Diva's and a new challenge theme of

Buttons & Bows

A great theme and one that lends itself so well to ladies/girly cards.  Me being me though I decided to do something different!

So here is my male card!

The card was inspired by Lisa of You Made Me Ink - great blog name and a super card idea wouldn't you say.  Lisa's card can be found here and she said it was ok for me to pinch her idea - thanks Lisa!

Sponsoring the challenge this time around is Iva Nova Chest who have a lovely prize lined up for our winner.

Die Cut Diva's - Emboss it & use a die - bow die & stripe emboss
Flat Friends - Cards 4 Men
Allsorts - All About The Boy
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Girlz - Challenge 14 - Anything Goes
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Buttons

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Photo Inspiration @ MAWTT

Morning everyone - as I type this up its a gorgeous Spring day - the sun has already appeared but no sign of my son & husband, who are still in the land of nod!

A perfect time to schedule a post for this weeks challenge over at  MAWTT.  This week it's the turn of Pami to set the theme and she has posted us a super inspirational picture to work from,

So it's up to you what you choose to use from this picture.  My thoughts went to Easter, eggs, and flowers - I'm also not a huge fan of pink so I chose to go down a Spring route rather than a sugary pink!

So here's my card;

The image is a Di's Digi I won a while back - this year I decided to positively use digi stamp prizes as opposed to simply collecting them! I'm please I did too as I love this image - very sweet!

The paper is old Tim Coffey, then the dies a Memory Box Pippa butterfly and flower border.

Now head back to the main challenge page as we all went down different routes this week, and canme up with some brilliant cards - so even more inspiration there!

Fairies Challenge - Easter
The Kreativekauf Challenge - Easter Bunny
LadyBug Crafts - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Welcome Spring
Crafty Calender - Animal Antics
Krafty Hands - Easy Easter Jx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


I'm working a bit ahead of myself here, but I was asked to make an 18th card last month for a dog lover - so I made it to tie in with the theme of this weeks Oldie But A Goodie challenge which Alison chose to be

(Please also use something older than 6 monthe on your card and tell us what it is.)

A great theme and there are some really super bunting dies out there - my favourite however is the La-la Land one used below.

My image is another beauty by Hannah Lynn - I so love these images and am gradually increasing the number I have.

ABC Challenge - H for Hair
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
A Gem of A Challenge - Special Lady - Catriona's 18th
Fussy & Fancy - Birthdays
4 Krafty Girls - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Girls Birthdays
Crafty Ribbons - Anything goes with ribbon

& the prize this time around...

for our lucky winner!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Party Princess

Hopefully my niece will stay off my blog this week as this is her card for next month!  Think this about the 4th card I have made for her this year - the others going to relatives, then today I found this new stamp and thought ... Eilidh, so I ditched the previous make in favour of this one!

So, the image - its a freebie by All Dressed Up - heard of them? I hadn't, then kinda stumbled onto their blog - and loved what I check them out!

Papers are a mix - the main sheet being a Karen Foster 12x12 - ballet stripe - the rest are form scrap mountain!  The sketch this time is from SSW2 - love the fish tails & wish I'd bought both sizes to I could layer them up - but I didn't so I went with inky edges instead!

Colouring is by Promarker/Flexmarker & the dress is finished with a glitter trim.

All Dressed Up - Use a button
SSW2 - Super sketch - again

Stamping Sensations - Pretty in Pink
I Love Promarkers - Lets get spotty - the middle fish tail...perhaps not enough?
Simon Says Stamp - Mothers day/ Special Girl - My niece is a very special girl!
Allsorts - Pretty in Pink
Cute Card Thursday - Girls, Girls, Girls
Sweet Stampin - For A Special Lady - My niece Eilidh on her 8th birthday

Christmas Card No 14

On Sunday night I got back to my card making and managed to make my weekly Christmas card.  I was going to skip this week as I'm a bit ahead, but then thought I'd be better keeping my spares till the holidays when the boys are home.

So my card uses two PB's - got that Sam! and old Craft Creations paper.

CCWS - Wasn't sure about this weeks sketch ladies, but now it's made up it's grown on me! Think it was the double image requirement which threw me!
CHCE - Anything Xmas
Completely Christmas - Anything Xmas
CRAFT - Xmas
Crimbo Crackers - Cute Xams
Holly Jolly - Ribbon or lace - Ribbon for me!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Sun Has Got His Hat On!

Morning all! Beautiful day, washing out and a card made...and it's not even ten o'clock!  It's one of those days I have a jobs list a mile long, so hopefully by this evening I'll have ticked most of them off and be back at my cards!

For now, a Spring Birthday card using a super Penny Black - Sam told me I wasn't using enough PB's these days and she has a point as I do love their stamps, (too!)

Papers are by Papermania and Basic Grey and colouring as always by Promarker.  And the flower is by a Memory Box die from Debs.

Sketch Sat - 310
PB@Allsorts - So Sweet
Bunny Zoe - Monochrome - Yellows
Crafting For All Seasons - Spring into Spring
Charisma Cardz - Birthday Girls
Milk Coffee Cards - Flowers - At least 2 - daffodil & Die cut
Fussy & Fancy - Birthdays
Die Cut Divas - Emboss it
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge - Emboss It Jx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Yeah, Spring has finally arrived, we have had consecutive days of sunshine, the washing machine has been maxed out and the grass has had it's first cut of the year.  I love Spring!

So, it's Wednesday again and back to team B at Diva's for the latest challenge, which is...


So that's basically any stamp by the Magnolia company as your main image, including, Tilda, Edwin, or any of the animal characters they have. Simply to use a Magnolia die or design paper is not enough!

Now it's positively ages since I've done a Tilda card and all my Magnolia stamps are years old, but thanks to Mrs Laurie Magnolia, I now have more recent Tilda's - thanks Mrs M!

Sorry for the shadows - it's the sun!

So, my card, it uses a gorgeous Spring Tilda image, I've then used Tim Coffey, K&Co papers and Andrea Jayne, Hot Diggity Dog papers, Kraft, WOC flowers and some die cut foiliage (thanks Debs).  Colouring is by Promarker and the card completed with a PB sentiment and lagre pearls.

Sketch n Stash - 134 - A new image and old (very) papers!
The Kraft Journal - Green - Thanks also for my super prize from last months challenge - it arrived yesterday and I love my new krafty goodies
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything goes
Great Impressions - Spring
Digi Choosday Challenge - All about Girls
Magnolia Down under - Birthday
Make My Monday - Spring

Sponsoring us this time are the fabulous Magnolia-licious this is a new site to me, but they have some fab offers on, great tutorials and obviously everything Tilda - well worth a visit.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Mr & Mrs Snowman

Today is one of those days when I want to do everything!

I was supposed to be in the garden again, but look at me - inside making Christmas cards.  But it's not my fault - it's Sue's!!! Sue very kindly gave me a Bugaboo gift voucher for my Birthday - so clearly I had to spend it then use said stamps!!! Thanks Sue, you know hiw much I love Bugaboo!

CCWS - No 113 - love it!

I'm A Spring Chicken...

Yellow and small, I got a lot of feathers and I'm not very tall!

Colin used to sing me that song - wonder if he can still remember all the words?

Anyway, my card - Spring and Sunshine inspired...

and obviously cat inspired too!

And why is my computer off whilst I'm typing a post - hmm, that would be Merlot - his favourite key on the keyboard is sleep and with unfailing regularity he shuts down my computer... but obviously I still love him!

SSW2 - Just made it!
PB@Allsorts - So sweet - Well how sweet is that cat being to those chicks - mind you he's maybe heading to the cooker with them!  Thanks also for my prize last month, Jx
Sweet Stampin - Inspired by a film, song or book - mine that the song I mentioned at the start of my post - don't know the title as it came from school, but I'll see what I can find on you-tube!

Finally, a huge thank you to Debs for my Birthday dies from Memory Box - the flowers are down to you, and I love them!!!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Intoxicating Tea Party

I realise my blog activity has been much reduced this past week, but that's because I was helping my neighbour with a huge fund raiser for the North East Romanian Support Group charity.

Well the event was yesterday - an "Intoxicating Tea- Party" - where cocktails were made and served from gorgeous china teapots into pretty china cups.

The event was a huge success, all 120 tickets were sold by word of mouth without advertising, the food and cocktails were absolutely delicious and the best bit of all...

The group managed to raise in excess of £2700 - final figure later once all monies are in!

So, the afternoon started with a welcome from the group leader then a party game.  There was then a fashion show, cocktails & cake stand treats (- don't they look delicious,) vodka jellies and a raffle, cocktails, another game and another cocktail then finally supper and if anyone still wanted...a cocktail or two more!

A lot of hard work went in to organising & running the event but when the group saw just how much money they had made it was agreed that it was certainly worth all the hard work and effort.

Great fun too! Jx

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Moody Blues

Morning everyone, another lovely day here and another new challenge over at Moving Along With The Times.

Today Debs has choosen an Inspirational Board for us to work with, so just follow a theme inspired by the pic below.

For my card, I went along with the silver blue theme and made my 12th Christmas card of the year.

Catch The Bug - March Anything Goes
CHCE - Anything Goes - March
Kitty Bee Designs - Monochrome
Crafty Sentiments - Spots or Dots
Inky Chicks - Monochromatic
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/sparkles
Through the Purple Haze - Use a digi

Finally, I'd just like to thank everyone who left such lovely comments on the post below - Eilidh is just delighted to read them all as am I. Jx

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Thanks Girls

Today I was out for Birthday lunch at my twin sister's house along with my nieces, Sarah & Eilidh - they popped home from school at lunchtime as it was such a special day and Eliidh drew her cat loving auntie this...

Isn't it just brilliant - don't think I could draw this good at age 7.
I love all these pussy cats - aren't their faces just brilliant, and they are all doing such interesting things.

Lunch was a very interesting Mulligatawny soup followed by an even more interesting chocolate cake - only joking Liz, lunch was fab!

So thanks everyone who sent me lovely cards and goodies in the post - you have all been really generous, I've had a lovely Birthday and hopefully will have a fun evening too.


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Spring Has Sprung

Hi folks and welcome to the latest challenge over at an Oldie But a Goodie.  Today, Helen is in the driving seat and has set the theme as

Spring has Sprung
(Remember also to use an item older than 6 months on your projest and to tell us what it is.)

So it's up to you how you interperet this - I went with Spring & Spring cleaning - the washing!  I used a fabulous digi I won from Di's Digi's and LOTV papers for this one along with a lovely bunny ribbon & button.

Glitter n Sparkle - Add A Sentiment
Sketch Saturday - Sketch 299
The Ribbon Girls - Birthdays
Allsorts - Spring is coming - Spring cleaning
Sweet Stampin - Cute

White Christmas

Super quick post this morning ahead of my scheduled OBAG one.  Another Christmas card following the super sketch at Christmas Challenges With Sketches.

Sorry about photo - it's a wet grey day.  Use the flash and it over exposes if too close - hence the jaunty angle!

** Why is it that once you photo a card, you see layouts better - or is that just me?  Once I looked at this card on my blog I thought the sentiment would sit much better on the right - so it moved!  This meant a few more embellishments were needed, but in the end the card looks like this and not the one above!

The image is my favourite Delicious Doodles one which I used last year in it's original rectangle shape.  Today, lots of zooming and cropping & it's a circle!

CCWS - Another super sketch - I love layers!
Delicious Doodles - One For The Boys - A Male Christmas Card or am I stretching things here???