Monday, 31 December 2012

Don't get in a flap........

What day is it? Today feels like Saturday, but it will be a shock when I have to go to work later in the week LOL!
This is a card I made for a colleague at work. He has cerebral palsy and is not able to make his own drinks so I and others make them for him, he can be quite demanding if we forget! That said he is such an inspiration to all of us how he just gets on with everything.
So that is why I chose the mug template for his card. The stamp is from Ladybug crafts and the sentiment is computer generated.
I'd like to enter this card into Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT challenge - anything goes and Simon Says Stamp - anything goes.
Oh yes, I remember now, it's New Year's Eve- wishing you all a happy and healthy 2013.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Think of a number

This is my last week as December's GDT on CD Sunday challenge. Thanks so much for the ladies inviting me to GDT - I have really enjoyed it. This week the challenge has been set by Carol and it is "Think of a number".
I created this card using a character from the Country Companions Celebrations double disc cdrom. The background is a shamrock image I downloaded from the internet and I tiled it using MCS software. I then enlarged it to make the large one for the mouse to stand against. You might guess the recipient is Irish, so that is why I used the phrase "you're grand".
Here is the bunting I have made to go with the card to decorate his desk.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

It's as plain as black and white

The challenge over on Allsorts challenge blog is "It's as plain as black and white". I was prompted to get out my Gorjuss girl stamps as I had a notebook and diary for Christmas featuring them. I was going to use the packaging on the card, but then it occurred to me that this image would look good in mono, so that idea will have to wait! I coloured her with promarkers and then cut her out using a resplendent rectangle from Spellbinders. I stamped directly onto the card using a combination of Debbi Moore and Lavinia stamps. The sentiment is from Gourmet rubber stamps.
Thanks for looking, hoping to get some crafty time this weekend as it is pouring with rain and not fit to go anywhere.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Christmas old and new

Thought I would share a couple of cards I didn't get to blog before Christmas.

Christmas old and new........Both cards depict old really but I realised I had bought the first image and then the second image is more or less the same but with a more modern twist to it.

I'd like to enter these cards into Kaboodle Doodles challenge-Christmas, holidays or New Year
and Anything goes challenge - traditional Christmas colours.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone and if I haven't made it to your blog to say so I'm sorry.

My card today is not very Christmassy but it is my entry into Vintage Stamping challenge where the challenge is "Pocket full of posies".
I used a stamped chrysanthemum image from tonic drawn by the lovely Ruth Hamilton and coloured it with promarkers. The DP is from SU and is lightly inked with bundled sage from TH.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

LIM week 99 - Drinks

The challenge on Less is More this week is a recipe - drinks. I decided to use one of my fav stamp sets by PTI. I stamped the teapot onto some October Afternoon paper and then cut it out, stamping a "tea time" sentiment from another PTI set onto the pot. The "shelf" is also October Afternoon paper.The sentiment is one I think we should all observe at this time of year!
Thanks for looking at this busy time, hope you have a good one and that you are not affected by the misery of the trains being delayed and cancelled.

All about birthdays

I created this card using Debbi Moore's Paper Delights "A touch of regency" cdrom. This is my GDT card for the CD Sunday challenge this week where the theme is chosen by Christine is "All about birthdays". I used one of my nestie leaves to frame the image and then cut around the sentiment by hand.
I do hope you can join us this week. Just remember you must use something that is from a CDrom.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Winter Scene

So I got asked if I could make some last minute Christmas cards! No brief just what I wanted to do!!
Here's a winter scene I created using Sheena Douglass, Clarity and Paula Pascale stamps. I'd like to enter this into the challenge at Craft a Scene this month and also in Simon Says Stamp - Anything Christmassy.

After I did this one I decided to use one of the new clarity masks - this is the Paris skyline.
I've been doing a lot of baking. Here is a cake new to me that I baked  Jam Donought Muffins. They have jam hidden inside and melted butter is brushed on top with caster sugar sprinkled over, they taste like donoughts but without the frying etc.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Mid month reminder for Penny Black & More challenge

This is my DT card to remind you of our challenge over on Penny Black & More which this month is "it's your choice". I've used 30-1-3........wishes from Penny Black. I thought it had been a while since you had seen a poppy from me LOL!
I do hope you can join us as there as always some fab prizes to be won.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Teddy Bears at CD Sunday

Here I am with another December GDT card for CD Sunday this week. The theme this week is Teddy Bear's which is Wendy P's choice. I decided to make an easel card using elements from a Jem's Designs CDrom called Little Shop Window decoupage, although I chose not to decoupage up in layers in this case. I then put some K&Co emblishments on the card and used a Forever Friends paper for the background.

I do hop you can join us this week, I am really enjoying visiting all the cards. The only thing is I keep discovering new cdroms I need!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

My favourite

The challenge on Simon Says Stamp this week is "what's your favourite". Well at the moment it is this A4 embossing folder which has two patterns. I chose the more oriental looking one to complement the images. Then I lightly inked over it.
We had our Christmas lunch today and we went for a Chinese meal - really great food and a good time was had by all. Feel so full though even now!

Monday, 10 December 2012

LIM week 97 - in a row - one layer

The challenge on Less is More this week is "in a row" and it is also one layer week. I've been in London for the weekend so didn't think I would get time to do a card, but I remembered I had this cocktail stamp that Lisa Jane gave to me in the summer with some others and decided it fitted the challenge. I added a little line of sparkle dust and then put some in the glasses, with a hint of green glitter on the leaves.
I think Audrey would is she is in Madame Tussauds!
We went to see Thriller on Saturday, so I had to take this picture in Madame Tussauds too.
I was prompted to go to Madame Tussauds after a fellow blogger went and shared their photos, I hadn't been since I was a kid. They even have the Olympic athletes........
Well it is the big "50" for me tomorrow! As I sat in what used to be the Planetarium and is now a 4d experience I couldn't quite believe where all the years have gone!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Frosty Days at CD Sunday challenge

Here is my second GDT for the CD Sunday challenge. This week our challenge is Frosty Days set by Beryl.
I've used My Craft Studio CDRom Christmas with My Craft Studio. If I am honest I bought the cd rom for this image alone! I do love fashion. I printed a second hat box and decoupaged it over the image and then using various glitters and a glue pen went to town on making the image and snow and frost come to life. I used some glitter paper either side of the images. I added some TH glitter twine for more sparkle.
Thanks for looking and if you enter the challenge I will be over to see what you create - can't wait.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


I've used Penny Black wreath made of snowflakes for my entry into Simon Says Stamp challenge. I've used pale blue embossing powder and then for the wreath around the sentiment used some bling. The sentiment is from Paula Pascale.

I went to the hospital today and the good news is that there are some eye exercises I can do to help my balance, and the way I have been feeling is normal! Now I know that it doesn't seem quite as scary although this week I thought I had the Kate Middleton effect feeling very sick in the mornings, luckily I know it isn't from the same cause LOL!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Butterflies and buttons

I was having a rummage in the crafty bits and found all these pre cut buttons, so I decided I could make use of them with this embossing folder. I also found this peel off that I had at some point put onto vellum and then for good measure I added the two snippets of paper top and bottom so that means it can go into Pixies's Crafty Snippets week 49. I'd also like to enter it into Papertake Weekly challenge which this week is "anything goes".

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Penny Black & More monthly challenge

Hello again! As it is the first Sunday in the month I am here this time with my DT card from Penny Black & More challenge. This month the challenge is "your choice". So I have decided to use my newest stamps PB 40-118 New York and for the sentiment 30-103 ...wishes. 
I used pan pastels to create the background, then stamped the image, colouring it with aqua markers.

As usual we have lots of fab prizes over at the blog, so do come and join in, we would love to see you. Just remember no digis, and a stamped image must be the focal point of your card, but you can use any make of stamp.

I'd also like to enter this card into Simon Says Stamp challenge - anything goes.

CD Sunday challenge - Oh Christmas Tree and exciting news.........

Morning everyone. I am so excited to have been asked to be a GDT for the month of December for the challenge blog CD Sunday. I do love this challenge blog as it gives me a chance to get out my CDroms and remember what is one them, plus I actually use at least one of them once a week!

The challenge this week is set by Caz and is "Oh Christmas Tree". This is a sponsored challenge from THE ART OF CRAFT and a voucher will be given to the winner who is chosen by Random Organiser.

I made my card using a cd that was free with Cardmaking and Papercraft a few issues ago. I used the "Ditsy Christmas" design by printing the backing paper and digi trees which I then coloured in with promarkers. I cut a resplendent rectangle with mirri card and one on white card for the gourmet rubber stamp greeting the added a few peel offs. I used a pre made stepper card from Hunkydory for the base.

I do hope you can join in, just remember to use something from a CD rom for your work to be eligible. I look forward to visiting you.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

LIM week 96 - colour - red and green

The challenge on Less is More this week is a colour one of red and green. I am sure most people especially at this time of year will do a Christmas card, but the colours red and green say to me "poppies". I know I really have gone to town with poppies over recent weeks, but I bought this Clarity poppy stamp and it never saw light of day until now, so I wanted to use it before I forgot about it again. I have paired it with an Inkylicious stamp from a poppy set they do. I stamped by colouring the stem with a promarker in "grass", then I used Brilliance "pearlesence poppy" stamp pad for the poppy itself. I then mixed some Forever red mica powder and green mica powder and painted the image.

Also - it's so cold brrrr........