Monday, 6 October 2014

Candy

Would you like to win some yummy candy? Please check out my candy page and enter. Only entries via the link on my page will be entered into the draw. Closes 6th October. Good Luck.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

New Born


A friend asked me to make a baby boy card for her and looking through my blog she asked for this stamp, which I was very pleased about it as it is still my favourite baby stamp, though there are a few other Sugar Nellie and LOTV very close behind.
Image - Whiff of Joy
Medium - Copics
Papers and sentiment - First Edition It' a Boy!
Dies - Memory Box
Punch - Martha Stewart simple scallop
Lace - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges 
My Mum's Craft Shop Dies or punches
Crafts and Me Time for anything
Divas by Design Anything goes
A Creative Romance Anything goes
Delicious Doodles Fancy and frilly
Bunny Zoe Lace

 Hope you have entered my candy, see my candy page.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Same stamp as 4/9 but completely different look


Yes another Stamposaurus sample using one of the lovely new sentiment stamps. This time I wanted a more vintage look so stamped it with white ink on kraft. The background was embossed and sanded. I added some Memory Box die cut butterflies, IO floral lace heart die cut and flowers and pearls. I love the Autumnal colour combination of this card.

Challenges
Bearly Mine Autumnal colours 
Vintage Stamping Anything goes 
Deep Ocean Vintage
Simon Says Create your own background 
Paper Shelter Embossing

Have you entered my candy yet?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

I'm so excited

I was so excited to receive an email on Friday saying I had been chosen to join The Sugar Bowl DT. Thanks for all your supportive comments on my post a while ago when I submitted my card for the DT call. Sugar Nellie were some of the first stamps I ever bought and I have always wanted to join The Sugar Bowl DT. 

This is a first for me typing a blog post on my phone so I can't link to the challenge. Our next challenge is September 25th so I hope you will play along. If you are a Facebook member there are some cute freebies on offer as part of the Kit and Clowder party.

Scroll down for today's card and up for candy xx

Santa's hat again


I have some very exciting news I am bursting to share with you. Hopefully I will do that later today.

Another of the samples I made for Little Claire using the new Santa's hat stamp. I wanted to get lots of texture and dimension to this one.
Image - Little Claire Santa's Hat
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft krafty Christmas
Punches - MS holly border, Woodware holly
Other - K&Co embellishment, card candi, green burlap, Stickles

Have you entered my candy yet, see above.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

18th


This is my second DT post for today. Please scroll down for my Little Claire card and scroll up for candy which you need to enter via my candy page.

Our challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is milestone Birthdays. Although it isn't my team's week to play I often join in with the other team as I love using these images so much. I had an order for an 18th Birthday card in purple with a girl with dark hair and a horse and here it is. I merged three images, Chloe, horse and straw in Photoshop. It's the first time I have done that and I couldn't believe how easy it was using the PNG images.
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Dreamcatcher
Numbers - American thickers
Die - Memory Box banner
Horseshoes - 3d sticker set bought in America
I found the sentiment already stamped in my stash so I don't know where it came from.

Challenges 
A Creative Romance Anything goes
  Allsorts Sugar and spice 
Divas by Design Anything goes 
TTCD Anything goes 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes

Gardener's Birthday


This month's challenge at Little Claire is a really easy one, a Birthday card. Now you don't have to use a Little Claire image but we would love to see them if you have them. As I have been away and scheduled this post I can't tell you what the prize is but it will be something lovely from Little Claire so check out the challenge and my fellow DT's work and see what you could win.
Image - Little Claire Silhouette Gardening set
Papers K&Co Hopscotch
Dies - Marianne watering can, Memory Box plant pots
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Other - green burlap, cabuchons

Challenges
Hobby Cutz For the boys
Creative Knockouts Outdoors 
MAWTT Add texture
Sweet Stampin' Spots and stripes

Friday, 12 September 2014

Love you to the moon and back


Another new stamp from Stamposaurus, This one was requested by Jayne's son so I assume he had somebody in mind to use it for. I used a Spellbinders die and inked the edges with DI Weathered Wood. I wanted to make a girly card so added some large flowers and quilled leaves made with a Sue Wilson die.

We have been away in Worcestershire since Monday, driving home today so I hope you enjoyed all my scheduled posts these last few days bringing you lots of new released stamps. We stayed in a lovely barn conversion in the countryside. The WiFi wasn't great in the barn and we were out a lot enjoying the sunshine so apologies for not commenting as much as usual this week.
I hope you have entered my candy too, see my candy page.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Quite literally the first Christmas


Over at Crafty Ribbons where our challenges are now fortnightly we have a new challenge of First Christmas. I have taken this very literally and here is my card using the new Bethlehem image and sentiment stamps from Stamposaurus. The image has been coloured with Copics and I have also used Sakura pens for the stitching. The papers are First Edition Silent Night. The ribbon is from a previous Christmas collection but you can see all the new Christmas ribbons here. A simple card to highlight the lovely image.

Challenges
Without Words Celebration 
Vintage Stamping Anything goes 
Bizzy Becs Anything goes 
Inky Chicks Stitching
The Ribbon Girl Add ribbons
Have you entered my candy, see my candy page?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Scarf and hat shop


Yes today brings yet another of the new stamps from Little Claire and this is such an unusual one. I coloured the image with Copics adding Stickles for the snow and then made a frame with kraft card which I then sprayed with gold spray and sparkle, the same as I used on the Little Claire sentiment. The papers are First Edition Vintage Noel and I added some MS punched snowflakes.

Have you entered my candy yet, see my candy page?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Zentangled owl


I had some fun with this new stamp, snowflake owl from Little Claire. As the image already had some zentangling I decided to zentangle the rest which gave a lovely contrast against the brightly coloured paper which is a very old Papermania one I found in my pile of oddments and was perfect for my card. The sentiment is from Little Claire and I added some snowflakes using glitter card and Joy and Marianne dies. The snowflake border was made with a TH on the edge die and I inked the edges.

Challenges
Completely Christmas Anything goes 
Sweet Stampin' The Great Outdoors 
Stamping Sensations Things with wings

Monday, 8 September 2014

Santa's hat


Have you seen all the fabulous new Christmas stamps from Little Claire. This one is Santa's Hat. I think this is such a fun image and so quick to colour with Copics. I used a shaped card and cut the paper to fit using the card as a template. I added some old foam snowflakes, MB die cut snowflake, Stickles and pearl pen dots.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland Scandinavian style
Crafty Little Fairies Sparkle and bling

Sunday, 7 September 2014

That stamp again


A Wedding card made for an order with one of my favourite Inkylicious stamps. I used two of the Spellbinder resplendent rectangle dies, Papermania oyster papers all edged with DI Antique Linen. I used a MS heart border punch, Impression Obsessions floral lace heart die, Sue Wilson quilled leaf die, wooden heart and couple inked with DI Vintage photo and various flowers. The sentiment was made using the PC and cut with a Go Kreate die.

Challenges
Not just cards Anything goes 
Paper Shelter Stars or hearts 
Papertake Anything goes
Sister Act Anything goes

Check out my new candy, see my candy page.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Really CAS


Although it looks big on the screen this sample I made for Little Claire is only 4" square as this is the dinkie version of the new Snowflake Owl stamp. I stamped it using a white stamp pad onto kraft. The background was made with sanded Core'dinations and a swiss dots embossing folder. I added a snowflake made using white glitter card and a Joy die and some pearls. Simples.

Challenges
CCAYR Keep it krafty 
A Creative Romance A touch of kraft
Papertake Anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday Anything goes
TTCD Anything goes

 I have my second craft fair of the week this afternoon. The one on Wednesday at the hospital was really good and I sold loads of cards and a few other bits and pieces. Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Bird plaque


Today I have the pleasure of posting a project on the Little Claire blog. As I needed some more plaques for my craft stall, having sold out last month I decided to make one for my project. The gorgeous bird ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. For all the other details please head over to the blog and if you would like to leave a comment there too that would be very much appreciated. There is also a chance to win some of the newly released Christmas stamps so check out Thursday's post.

Challenges
Natalie and Amy Things with wings 
A Creative Romance A touch of kraft
Papertake Anything goes 
Delightful Don't be square 
MAWTT Shape up 
Not just cards Anything goes

Check out my new candy, see my candy page.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

New sentiment stamp


I am sharing another sample I made recently for Stamposaurus using one of their new sentiment stamps. I love using sentiment stamps for Wedding cards as they suit all ages. I used an Embossalicious embossing folder with Centura Pearl, DI Weathered Wood, Marianne Designs die, pearl strands from Wild Orchid, roses and rosebuds and wooden butterflies painted with white acrylic paint and heat embossed with shabby white frantage,

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' Embossing
Simon Says MondayBoldly go into Stamptember
My Mum's Craft Shop Dies or punches
Natalie and Amy Things with wings
ABC S is for shabby chic
A little bit crafty Distress it
Crafty Cardmakers Dry embossing
Papertake Anything goes

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Published online again


My latest card for Cardmaking and Papercraft is now on their website and you can see it here. Please hop over and check it out.
Image - LOTV art pad
Papers - LOTV Up, up and away
Sentiment - LOTV
Ric rac - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Spellbinders labels 10 and curved borders
Other - enamel dots, Sakura pens for sentiment

Challenges
My Mum's Craft Shop Dies or punches 
Let's Craft and Create Anything goes 
Incy Wincy Cute critters 
Cutie Pie Two's company
LOTV Pretty papers
Papertake Anything goes

I am selling at one of my regular craft fairs at the hospital today so I will be back to link up and catch up with some of you later.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Nativity


A modern twist on the traditional for my card today, which is a sample I have made for Crafty Ribbons to showcase one of their gorgeous new exclusive vintage ribbons. I will be making some more like this as I think they could sell well.
Image - Freebie from Completely Christmas challenge
Papers - Dovecraft 'Tis the Season
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Memory Box star
Other - doily, wink of stella brush on the star

Challenges
Delightful Layer it 
Penny's Christmas 
Simon Says Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut People matter

Monday, 1 September 2014

Robin wreath


Back wit a second post for Little Claire using one of the September club stamps. I kept this card very simple with two layers of gingham paper which I was sent with the stamps. The image is coloured with Copics and I used a Wink of Stella brush on the bow and added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and pearls.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland Gingham or checks 
Without Words Celebration

Robin Birdhouse


First of the month means a new club set from Little Claire and the birdhouse is one of the new stamps in this set which is full of robin stamps. The birdhouse is also part of the changing birdhouse range so I have used it with the birdhouse stand.
Image and sentiment  - Little Claire
Medium - Copics
Dies - Doohickey slender firs and fence
I used white acrylic paint on the fence and trees, gold spray and sparkle on the smaller tree and lots of shabby white frantage.

Challenges
Simon Says Anything goes
We Do Doobadoo Add Texture
Sweet Stampin' Embossing (I embossed using frantage)
Allsorts Early Christmas makes

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bethlehem


This is one of 2 new Bethlehem stamps available from Stamposaurus. They were originally cross stitch designs and have been made into stamps. When I first received the stamps to make samples I thought they were quite a challenge to colour but they look stunning when finished. The photo really doesn't do it justice.
Image - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics and Sakura pens
Papers - First Edition Gilded Winter
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Marianne poinsettias

Challenges
Simon Says Anything goes
Allsorts Early Christmas makes
Craftyhazelnut People matter

There are 2 new large sentiment stamps just released as well and I will be showing a sample of one of those on September 4th. In the meantime look out for candy coming soon.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Sledging with Daddy


I have so many Christmas cards scheduled for the week ahead with the various samples I have been making but I made this card last night so I am back with a second post today. Please scroll up for my Pink Gem DT card. I was lucky enough to win this cute stamp on the LOTV daily candy.
Image - LOTV Sledging with Daddy
Medium - Copics
Sentiment stamp - Inkylicious Papers - Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas
Die - Doohickey slender firs sprayed with silver Spray and Sparkle
Punch - Woodware holly, MS holly border
Other - ribbon, Stickles, pearls, pearl pen

Challenges
Winter Wonderland Gingham or checks 
Lili of the Valley Christmas 
Allsorts Early Christmas makes 
Di's Digis All about animals 
Brown Sugar Anything goes

Up the City


Our challenge this week at A Gem of a Challenge is It's Summer Time. Clearly the challenge was chosen before the weather changed to give us a chilly and wet Bank Holiday Monday. I chose to use Footballer Boy to make a card for my stock with Norwich City colours.
Image - Pink Gem
Medium - Copics
Papers - Papermania Happy Days
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Setiment - Craftwork Cards
Football die - Sizzix with some old football card
Cup - old diecut from stash

Challenges
Bizzy Becs Anything goes 
 Vintage Stamping Summer days
Divas by Design Happy Birthday

We are meeting some friends at Frankie and Benny's tonight for a meal, not been there for ages. Day at home tomorrow I think as we have been out a lot this week. Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Penguin Hugs


Well I promised you some gorgeous new stamps were coming from Little Claire for Christmas cards and here is the first release, Penguin Hugs. I love this one and can see me using it for some Christmas cards. I made a couple of small fairly simple cards. Both coloured with Copics with Stickles for the fur on the hats.


I die cut this one with a Marianne die and used DI Worn Lipstick, Spellbinders curved die and some baker's twine. More new Little Claire Christmas stamps coming soon.

Challenges
Craftyhazelnut Merry and bright
Penny's Christmas
Simon Says Anything goes
Deep Ocean Something sweet

We are off out again today, going to visit Lynsey and her daughter Grace. Looking forward to hearing all about her holiday, visiting a new craft shop and lunch out.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Is that loud enough?


Over at Crafty Ribbons we are celebrating Crafty Ribbon's Birthday so all of the DT are playing along with inspiration. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize from one of ours sponsors, Bugaboo, Stamping Boutique or Treasured Times is to enter a Birthday creation including ribbon. Craft Ribbons will also be offering prizes for the top 3 and there will be guest designer spots too, so lots of chances to win.

Image - Penny Black you make me bop
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Country Gent
Die - MB virtuoso music
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Thanks to all those of you who left me such encouraging comments yesterday, I do appreciate it.

Challenges
Let's Craft and Create Anything goes
Crafting Musketeers 1,2,3 (1 image, 2 hedgehogs, 3 papers)
  TTCD Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy Pets or favourite animals (I love the Penny Black hedgehogs)
Divas by Design Happy Birthday
Simon says Anything goes

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Hello Little Robin


Regular readers, for which I thank you, will know how much I love Sugar Nellie stamps from Funky Kits. They were one of the first companies I ever bought stamps from and I have added to that collection many many times since then. I love the Sugar Bowl monthly challenge and was sad to see it disappear but it is coming back, hooray, and with a DT call. So this is my entry for the DT call. I would absolutely love to join their DT so fingers crossed. Is my card good enough, I don't know, but nothing ventured nothing gained. If I am unsuccessful well I shall have the pleasure of playing along with the challenge again every month.

Image - Sugar Nellie Hello Little Robin (rubber)
Medium - Copics
Papers - Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Simon Says Kate snowflake, Doohickey slender firs
Other - doily, pearl pen, Stickles

Challenges

Completely Christmas Anything goes 
Craftyhazelnut Merry and bright 
In the pink Fairies and elves 
Inky Chicks Fairies or angels 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sunny Garden


Well as I scheduled this yesterday afternoon it was raining and had been all morning but I live in hopes of more sunny warm days to come this Summer. So a lovely bright card to cheer anyone's day.
Image - Penny Black
Medium - Copics
Papers - K&Co Hopscotch
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Sizzix
Flower punches - EK Success and Xcut
Other - pearls

Challenges
Bunny Zoe Summer colours 
Natalie and Amy Diecuts and flowers 
Penny Black Floral fantasy 
Vintage Stamping Summer Days 
Divas by Design Pretty pearls 
Allsorts Bright. sunshiny colours

I had a very productive afternoon and evening yesterday. Off to the coast this afternoon and then we have tickets to see The Simon and Garfunkel Story at the theatre. I have always been a huge fan of theirs and this is supposed to be an excellent show.

I have noticed that whilst the number of comments is staying around the same the number of visits is going up. For one recent post I had 93 views but only 31 comments. If you are visiting please leave a comment as I love to read them. Thank you xx

Monday, 25 August 2014

Pink Gem and washi tape


Three clean and simple cards today, all using Pink Gem pre coloured images and washi tape. These are 5x5 cards and I need these to be quicker cards to make. I have lots of washi tape and rarely use it but as I am loving trying various cas techniques decided to have a play with it and I really love how these turned out. The sentiment is an old LOTV stamp. All these images are also available as black and white outlines to colour yourself which I normally do.



Challenges
Penny's Christmas, children or critters (I managed all 3) 

Hubby is off for most of the day and evening volunteering. He drives a rescue boat at the powerboat racing at Oulton Broad and today is a big day there with a fete and fireworks later. So a crafting day for me after a lovely day off yesterday. Both doing some of the things we love today. Enjoy your day.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Snowy scene


The Christmas cards are coming along nicely, still loads more to make though. I love stamping on kraft with white ink, so effective and quicker than heat embossing too. 
Image - Woodware
Medium - Copics
Papers - various oddments
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - burlap, Stickles, pearls

Challenges
Divas by Design Pretty pearls 
Penny's Christmas, children or critters 
Fan-tastic Tuesday Anything goes 
Simon Says Monday Anything goes 
CCAYR Sparkle and shine

Taking a day off today, no jobs at home, no crafting. Planning a day out starting at a vintage market and then on to the coast.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Silver Wedding


This 8x8 card was made for an order for 3 girls to give to their parents. I had previously made a white on white card for their Mum, a friend of mine, and she loved it so I kept to white on white with just silver numbers. I hate trying to get a good picture of wow cards as they never come out looking as good as in real life. I used Centura pearl card and the background was made with an A4 embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. Dies used are Memory Box birdcage, Impression Obsession lovebirds and Doohickey butterfly. I added some gems and Wild Orchid rose along with some rose ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

From a very elegant outside to a fun inside as the 3 daughters all love many types of dancing including ballet. The two left images are All Dressed Up and the one on the right is Little Miss Muffet.

Challenges
We do Doobadoo Shabby chic
Natalie and Amy Diecuts and flowers
Charisma Wedding Anniversary
Papertake To Die For
Scrapology Use dies as a focal point