Saturday 31 March 2012

1300 followers candy

Well when I saw that I had reached over 1300 followers I just had to offer some candy to one lovely follower. There are 70 sheets of assorted 6 x 6 papers 20 Wild Orchid flowers and a set of bunting stamps kindly donated by Jayne from Stamposaurus.

I thought I would do something different this time for my candy so the number of entries will depend upon you. I will count all the comments from this post and every post starting from today (20th March) until Saturday 31 March. Regular followers will know that I sometimes post more than once per day so that could be a lot of chances for you to win. The more comments you leave (one per post only please), the more entries you will get. You must also be a follower and post a pic of my candy on your sidebar with a link to my blog. I will post anywhere in the world.

You must leave a comment on this post as your first entry so that I know which commenters are entering my candy.

This post will remain at the top until 31 March. Please scroll down for newer posts.

Amongst the flowers

If Mr Blogger is laying nicely this scheduled post will be be up on Saturday morning as I will be setting off to do a car boot sale. It's indoor so not weather dependant fortunately. Just bits and pieces to get rid of including some craft stash from my clearout. Our challenge this week at Totally Gorjuss is swirly whirly. I went for a layout for a change as I have so many photos still to do pages for. The photo mat is K&Co. I've used DI Spun Sugar on the papers and doily. The swirl, butterflies and the corner were made with Memory Box dies and the corner has been sprayed with spray and sparkle silver. I've used a mix of flowers. Very proud of myself as the ribbon flowers were the last of a packet. Although I love tem it is good to actually use the last of something sometimes rather than have lots of packs with a few in each. The large pale pink flowers are from Crafty Emmas, cherry blossom from Wild Orchid. I made the other flowers using my new TH Tattered Flower border, Core'dinations and DI Tattered Rose.

I would like to enter this into the Anything but a Card challenge at Creative Craft and Anything Goes at Simon Says.

Enjoy your weekend everyone. Last chance to enter my candy today and also gain another entry for every post you leave a comment on. Sorting out the numbers to choose a winner tomorrow will be fun!

Friday 30 March 2012


I'm back with a second post today and what a cutie he is. He's a new rubber stamp from Crafty Sentiments Designs. I don't think he is on the website yet but should be shortly. There's also a very sweet new little girl, called Kaye available today as a digi and not forgetting the new releases due out next week which the DT will be previewing. I've had a good afternoon, finishing off one card and making two more, one of which was using a technique I haven't tried before. I'll be sharing that with you on Sunday probably.

Anyway on to my card for tonight. I used Papermania Portobello Road papers. I love the red, white and blue and the slightly grungy look and really must use them more. I've used Di Worn Lipstick and added some faux stitching around the image which has been coloured with Promarkers. I tried a different colour combination for the bear of henna, cocoa and raw sienna and really like the golden look it gives him. I've added a couple of very old letter epoxy stickers. In fact they were one of the first sets I ever bought so must be at least 5 years old. I've added some card candi and a Craftwork cards sentiment. I felt the card really didn't need any more embellishment.
Sketch n Stash Fab sketch (new stamp, old letter stickers)
Simon Says Anything Goes
DYSU w it
Moving along with the times Cute n cuddly

I'll also be entering this into Lisa's (Wishcraft) waste not Wednesday challenge for using my old letters.

I have a stall at an indoor car boot tomorrow so have scheduled my DT post for Totally Gorjuss and I'll just say that it is another scrapbook layout.

It Takes Two and some exciting news

It's Friday and that means time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland. It's my turn to host this week and I have chosen the theme of It Takes Two, so we want to see two people/animals/snowman on your cards. We are sponsored this week by Simon Says, so definitely worth playing along. I have chosen to use this sweet Nellie Snellen image, edged with DI Worn Lipstick and coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers with a little gold Sakura pen. I've added German glass glitter for the fur. If you use this with PVA glue rather than a glue pen it gives a really fluffy look. The papers are Forever Friends Timeless, a bargain a while ago in Hobbycraft. I've used an MS holly border punch, Craftwork cards sentiment, scrim, MS punched snowflakes, Go Kreate die cut tag and snowflake charm tied with baker's twine.

There's a lot of Easter challenges this week but at ABC Christmas the challenge is F is for furry friends and Incy Wincy have a tag it challenge so I would like to enter my card into those two challenges.

Now for my exciting news. I have been chosen as a guest designer for The Stamp Basket for April. My posting day will be Monday so my first post for them will be on Monday 2 April. They stock so many wonderful products in their store and they currently have an Easter sale running until next Thursday and a weekend sale so hop over and check them out. I've been sent some gorgeous goodies to play with and can't wait to show you my first card on Monday.

Have a good weekend everyone and remember my candy ends tomorrow.

Thursday 29 March 2012

Strawberry time

This beautiful weather continues so this image seems appropriate. Its another of the new ones from LOTV, and a very different image for them. Much as I adore cute images it is nice to try something different and when you are selling cards you need to make cards for all tastes. My least favourite colour is lime green and the Promarkers and Flexmarker I used on the colander have been used very little but I actually like them with the red and they match the Raspberry Road Summer Goodness papers perfectly. These were free in this month's Quick Cads mag and as soon as I saw the strawberry paper knew they would be perfect with this image. I've added some vintage seam binding, a couple of Sizzx die cut corners and a few of the Memory die cute butterflies to match the ones in the image which have been coloured with Sakura clearstar and rosestar pens.
Papertake Dawny P's fab sketch
By the Cute and Girly In the Kitchen
My Mum's Craft Shop Stamp it
Simon Says Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity In the Kitchen
Wags n Whiskers Green
Hotshot Red
Party Time TuesdayAnything Goes

Just two days left to enter my candy. See the post above if you haven't entered yet.

Wednesday 28 March 2012

Daffodils for Easter

Another gorgeous sunny morning and I've decided I must start some spring cleaning today by making a start on cleaning out my kitchen cupboards. Before I do that I have an Easter card to share using one of the gorgeous Sugar Nellie Pips which has been coloured with Flex and Promarkers. The papers are MME Blink of an Eye. I've added some seam binding, Memory Box die cut butterflies, an assortment of flowers some of which I coloured with a Promarker, pearls from The Hobby House and leaves from a bargain purchase at a craft show.
Simon Says Anything Goes
Delightful Easter treats

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Daisy, Daisy

This weather is unbelievable for March, isn't it. We did some gardening yesterday and the ground is very dry. Rather worrying really as our hosepipe ban comes into effect next week. We also sorted out lots of stuff from the loft ready for a car boot sale on Saturday so I only had time to make part of this card which I finished off this morning. It's another of those gorgeous new LOTV images, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. I've used some of my fave Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby papers which have been distressed. I've use DI Antique Linen and Tattered Rose, some lace from Wild Orchid, die cut and embossed and sanded hearts, LOTV sentiment stamped with DI vintage photo onto kraft, metal scrolls from Jolee's Boutique and pins, ribbon and bow from stash.
Cupcake Sound of Music (music paper and inspired by Daisy, Daisy (give me your answer do))
Divas by Design Distressing
Secret Crafter Shabby chic/vintage
Sweet Stampin' Anything Goes
Lili's Little Fairies Jacque's fab sketch which I rotated

Monday 26 March 2012

Another gift bag

Well the sun did come out yesterday though there was a rather cool wind. That didn't stop some people from thinking it was the middle of Summer, with their shorts and sandals. This morning the sun is out and I want to get out and get some gardening done but before I do will share this gift bag with you. The bag is from Hobbycraft, I have lots of different bags I need to decorate for upcoming craft fairs. I used one of my new stamps from the NEC. This cutie is from Stamposaurus, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers, I've used a couple of odd bits of paper which I have faux stitched using my TH ruler and fineliner.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid with MS rose petal punched leaves. The little kraft butterflies were cut wit a new Memory Box die which cuts lots of tiny different shaped butterflies. Really pleased with that as once through the Bigshot gives me lots of butterflies for future cards.
Willow Sketchie Great sketch
CES Photo inspiration (I chose pink, green and butterflies)
2 Sisters Spring is in the air

I will also be entering Lisa's (Wishcraft) challenge for fun of waste not Wednesday as I have used some odd papers on my bag.

Sunday 25 March 2012

Flying high

Good morning. It's a dull day here after all that lovely sunshine yesterday, the mist came down last night and its still murky here. I've been playing with some more of my new stash and this is one of the gorgeous new LOTV stamps due out next week. Coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers with Sakura pens for a bit of glitz on the balloon. Papers are MME Blink of an Eye. I was really taken with the colours of these papers, can't wait to use them again. I've used Core'dinations and a Darice cloud embossing folder and then sanded the clouds. The side paper has been hole punched and cut to look like memo paper. I've used sanded Core'dinatiosn for the punched border and then inked with DI Spiced Marmalade. The little ticket is another new purchase, part of a Go Kreate die set with an added sentiment. A couple of punched stars and some pearls and a cute card finished.

I've used the great sketch at A Gem and would like to enter anything goes at Stampin' for the weekend and animals at Passion for Promarkers where I made the top 5 last week.

Saturday 24 March 2012

Keys to the Kingdom

This is my second post today, Please scroll down to see my Totally Gorjuss DT card. Please scroll up to enter my candy.

I had started the year off well with layouts for my scrapbooks but have been so busy lately with cards that I hadn't made one for about three weeks so decided to take time out this afternoon and make one.

On our last trip to Florida we did a behind the scenes walking tour at Disney's Magic Kingdom. I think it was 5 hours and it was absolutely fascinating. I thoroughly recommend it. We had to be there for 8.45 and as the park didn't open until 9am we were told we could come in any time after 8am which meant we got some great pics as the park was practically empty.

The unlock the magic sign was in a shop window ad I thought how appropriate it was for this page. The keys to the kingdom was part of a holder with a lovely pin inside. I sanded the edges of the Kraft core Core'dinations, papers are DCWV and Michaels. I made some bunting and then used my sew easy to hand stitch it to the page. (Tip, stick the bunting down first before sewing.) I added a couple of border stickers, a camera and some locks and keys to finish.

I would like to enter this into the Disney challenge at Glitter Geeks.

Awww, how cute

Good morning everyone. I had a lovely play with more of my new stash last night and used one of the new LOTV stamps, a card I will share with you later or tomorrow. This one is an LOTV image I bought some time ago, stamped up and only got round to using this week for my DT card for Totaly Gorjuss where the challenge is spots and stripes. We are sponsored by LOTV and with their new images out next week you are going to want to play along. I've used Papermania capsule papers with a bit of lemon from Prima Sweet Fairy. I used my TH ruler to prick some holes and a fineliner pen to join them for faux stitching. The lace I bought at the BSSB show last year, pins from the Hobby House,sentiment comes with the stamp, Nestie die cut hearts and charm from Dunelm Mill.
ABC L is for lavender and lace
Kaboodle Doodles How cute is that
Delicious Doodles The Wonder of Life
Crafts and Me Light airy springtime colours
Truly Scrumptious Lilac, lemon and cream
Crafty Catz Spring is in the air

Having been away I need to catch up on housework this morning, unfortunately, and then we are off to Pizza Express and the theatre tonight to see The Hollies in concert. Have a good weekend whatever you are doing. Hope the sun is shining like it is here in Norfolk. Don't forget to check out my candy above and remember the more comments you leave, the more entries you get.

Friday 23 March 2012

Playing with my new stash

I've had a lovely couple of days away. We drove up to Birmingham Wednesday lunchtime and stayed overnight and then I went off to the NEC yesterday with Lynsey and Lisa and hubby drove down to Gaydon Motor Museum. We all had a lovely time. I had kept some Christmas money and had been saving a bit most weeks so that I could get lots of lovely new stash at the show. I met several blogging and Facebook friends, some of whom I hadn't met before. It was so lovely to meet people and I'm only sorry we couldn't chat longer but we all wanted a good look round the show.

You'll be seeing lots of my new stash over the next few days and weeks I'm sure and this card is no exception. I absolutely had to use this fabulous multi layered sketch from Christmas Challenges with Sketches so I was very pleased that one of the new stamps I bought on the LOTV stand was a Christmas one. Everything used on this card with the exception of the Marianne snowflake die and white glitter card are new. Bo Bunny Snowflake papers which are gorgeous, LOTV image and sentiment, doily coloured with chalk and part of a Memory box die. I've coloured the image with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and added glitter to her wings and used a Sakura Bluestar pen.

Other challenges:
Incy Wincy Things with wings
Creative Inspirations Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday Anything Goes
I could have spent all my money in the first half an hour buying Memory Box dies and LOTV stamps but restricted myself. I did pick up 3 of the new stamps and 2 from the last 2 releases. There's lots of dies left on my wish list. Here is my lovely new stash.

I also bought some stuff for my next candy. In the meantime don't forget if you want to enter my candy please add a comment to the post above. Every post you comment on between 20th and 31st March will gain you another entry.

I managed to do some commenting whilst we were on the road on Wednesday, thanks to my IPad. However I fell behind with it all now so will catch up with you as soon as I can.

Keep Calm and Carry On

This was another of the samples I made recently for Stamposaurus using the keep calm and bunting stamps. I teamed them with Papermania Portobello Road paper and some punched stars. I coloured the flags with Promarker and added some faux stitching. I can see me using these a lot especially this year as this phrase is everywhere and union jacks are very popular with the Olympics and Queen's Diamond Jubilee coming up in the Summer.

I have scheduled this post as we were at the NEC yesterday and will be out food shopping this morning. If you would like the chance to win a set of the bunting stamps please see my candy post above.

Thursday 22 March 2012


Yes. your eyes aren't deceiving you, it is a CAS card from me, a rare occurrence I know but it was a sample for Crafter's Companion where the main feature has to be the embossing folders. I used three lace borders from Darice and three shades of blue Core'dinations. I sanded two of them and added DI Broken China to the middle one. A simple ribbon, bow and rose and a sentiment from the Paintbox Popperts CD and job done. 

I've scheduled this post as I am at the NEC today spending lots of money and meeting up with lots of crafting friends. we stayed overnight last night but will be travelling home after the show so it will be a late night so I have a post scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Wednesday 21 March 2012


Just one post from me today. I'm building up my stock of men's cards. I seem to have several for boys but not many for men. I bought a lovely A5 vintage set of stamps from crafty Sentiments and this is one of them. I've used Papermania capsule papers and the MS cherish border punch with baker's twine. The square tiles I bought at a show and the anchor charm came from The Works.

Please see post above for my candy and please make sure you leave a comment on that post to register your interest in winning the candy.

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Wheels and cogs

Something very different for my final post today. Please scroll down for others. I love making girly cards but I also love making this type of card as it really gets you thinking when it comes to layout and embellishment. The main image ad sentiment are rubons from Michaels. I bought a sheet with about 6 on for $1. I used kraft card and Core'dinations to make this card along with We R Memory Keepers Travel Light papers. I've used some of that scrim again but this time used DI Vintage Photo on it as I didn't want it left white. Lots of tearing, distressing and sanding apart from 2 of the cogs which I heat embossed. I've used Tim Holtz clock die, on the edge steampunk die and metal cogs.
Pollycraft Check it out
Sarah Hurley Steampunk
The Crafty Pad Perfect pair (2 papers, 2 wheels, 2 metal cogs)
Te Paper Shelter For the boys

To enter my candy please see the post above.

A card, an award and some bargains

This is my third post today, one below and my candy post above. I've used one of the Simply Sassy girls, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The papers are three from my bits and pieces pile, which doesn't seem to be going down much, ho hum. I've added some baker's twine which I love using and trying it in different ways on my cards. The flowers were made with two Marianne dies, paper scraps and pearls.
Marianne's Design Divas Spring into Spring
The Sugar Bowl 3rd entry using this sketch
One Stop Craft Handmade Flowers
Sir Stampalot Inspiration from the DT (I chose the colours)

I have been given this award by several of my lovely followers, Thanks you all so much.

Have you seen my ad in my sidebar for the lovely new Spring stamps coming from Crafty Sentiments Designs? They also have some special offers at the moment.
Time for lunch, then some ironing and more crafting. Who knows there may even be another post depending upon my DT cards I want to make this afternoon and that means another entry into my candy if you leave me a comment.

Beatrix Potter POTD

It's another gorgeous sunny morning here, hope it's the same where you are. I'm bringing you a couple more makes from the new Beatrix Potter launch starting tonight at 9pm on Ideal World. My first one is a doorhanger made from Core'dinations. The paper, ribbon, gems and decoupage are all from the new launch. I've sprayed the decoupage with Spray and Shine. The letters were made with a Tim Holtz die.

I would like to enter this into the decoupage challenge at Forever Friends.

My card was made using papers and toppers from the new Timmy Tiptoes CD. The stamp is from the new stamp set and I added some Crealie die cut swirls and a ribbon flower to make a new home card. I would like to enter this into the new home challenge at CRAFT and a bit o' green at Simon Says.

I'll be back in a while with another card I am currently working on and as I have now passed 1,300 followers, a fact which amazes me, I think it is time for some candy so watch this space.

Monday 19 March 2012

New Dress, Vintage Style

I'm back with my second post for today. Please scroll down for today's Beatrix Potter card.
After a busy morning I spent the afternoon in my craftroom. I had 3 cards to make for Crafter's Companion and then I had time to make this one. I am totally in love with the vintage style at the moment.
Crafty Pad image
DI Vintage photo
Bo Bunny Et Centera papers
MS simple scallop border punch
Flowers from Wild Orchid with MS punched leaves
Part of Marianne Designs Sign die
Nestie for image
Ribbon scrap, lace, tiny buttons and dress embellie which has been distressed

The Crafty Pad monthly challenge Anything Goes with a Crafty Pad image
Bunny Zoe Shabby chic or Vintage
Penny's 3 buttons, 2 DPs, 1 ribbon
Allsorts 3 in a row (mine's tiny buttons)

Monday's sneal peek

Well after a horrible rainy weekend we woke up to a sharp frost and now the sun is shining, so looks like a beautiful day. I need to get some housework and ironing done this morning but before I do I wanted to share another sneak peek of the new Beatrix Potter collection launching tomorrow from Crafter's Companion. This is an 8 x 8 card using papers from the Benjamin Bunny CD along with a stamping tag. I stamped a sentiment and bunny from the stamp set coloured with Spectrum Noirs. I've used some of that scrim I told you about yesterday, baker's twine and button from stash along with some of the new Beatrix Potter ribbon and gems. The swirl is part of a Memory Box die and the corner a Sizzix die.
Cute Card Thursday Happy Birthday
Stamptacular Cute as a button

Sunday 18 March 2012


Here I am finally with my second post today and my DT card for Totally Gorjuss where our challenge is Spring. Our lovely sponsor this week is Heather's Hobbie Haven. I have used the second of my Sugar Nellie Pip digis which I have coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The papers are Prima Sweet Fairy again. I've seen some people using plasterer's scrim on their cards so off to B&Q I went last week and bought a huge self adhesive roll for just £4 so you'll be seeing a lot of this on my cards. Yellow is probably the colour I use least on my cards but wanted to pick up on the daffodils so used yellow Core'dinations and a Sizzix corner die. The hearts came out of the die cuts. Some ribbon and MS punched butterflies with pearls as well.
ABC DT Springtime
Passion for Promarkers Yellow and pearls
Simon Says A bot o' green
Sparkles Spring
Digital Tuesday Think Spring
I love Promarkers Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes Photo Inspiration
Waving hello to my lovely new followers. Only 4 more and I have reached 1300, which I find absolutely amazing. Thanks you all so much for visiting and your lovely comments. It's good to know I am not waffling on to myself here.

Sunday's sneak peek

Another scheduled post as I will be visiting my Mum this morning. This is another sneak peek of the new Beatrix Potter collection from Crafter's Companion. I've used some of the die cut decoupage, with papers from the paper pad, ribbons and gems. The sentiment is from one of the new stamp sets, die cut with a Nestie label die. I've used a Tim Holtz embossing folder and added some small flowers to finish it off.

Saturday 17 March 2012

Another sneak peek

I've scheduled a sneak peek for you as I am selling at a craft fair today. This is from the new Benjamin Bunny CD which will be part of POTD on C&C next Tuesday. Another fab collection from Crafter's Companion. This is an 8 x 8 card using paper, a card companion, sentiments and decoupaged image from the CD. I've added some punched butterflies sprayed with Spray and Sparkle, Marianne die cut flowers made with sanded Core'dinations, punched leaves and pearls.

Friday 16 March 2012

Anyone for an Easter Egg?

This is my third post for today.Please scroll down for other posts.
I couldn't resist buying this sweet digi from Sugar Nellie which I have coloured with Promarkers. I love colouring dresses with folds and one day I may be perfect at it. I used a colour combo for her dress that I haven't tried before, marine, turquoise and duck egg blue. The papers are Prima Sweet Fairy, a pad I have rediscovered recently. Isn't t lovely when you find a paper pad you had completely forgotten you had. I've been delving in my odds and ends flower jar again. I couldn't find any small yellow flowers so coloured some white ones with a Promarker, sprayed with gold Spray and Sparkle  and added some pearls and Woodware punched leaves. The butterflies were made with a Fiskars tiny punch and more Spray and Sparkle. The card used is Core'dinations.
The Sugar Bowl 2nd entry using this great sketch
Passion for Promarkers Yellow and pearls
I love Promarkers Anything Goes
Willow Sketchie Embellish it

Magical Christmas

I'm back as promised with my second post today which is my DT card for Winter Wonderland where Karen has challenged us to use a fairy or angel on our projects. I've been so busy this week with samples for Crafter's Companion that I just didn't have time to colour an image but that's where these LOTV die cuts are so useful. The backing paper is from a sample pack so I don't know the name of it but the colours go so perfectly with the image. The other paper is HOTP with added ribbon.  I'm trying to use up bits and pieces and the poinsettia was the last red one in a pack I won from Hooked on Craft last year. The holly was made with a Woodware punch, embossing tool for definition and card candi. The sentiment is from an old pack from The Range.
Ladybug Crafts Ink Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Evergreen
Hotshot Crafts Ribbon
Simon Says A Bit O' Green

I'll also be playing along with Lisa (Wishcraft's) Waste not Wednesday challenge.

I'm off the hairdressers this morning for a cut and highlights so have packed my book to read because that will be a long session. Selling at a craft fair again tomorrow so have some bits and pieces to finish off for that when I get home.

Two Bad Mice

A quick post from me as I shall be back shortly with my Winter Wonderland DT card but I wanted to show another sneak peek of the gorgeous Beatrix Potter CDs. My card today was made using pyrimage and paper from The Two Bad Mice CD. As well as the new CDs and stamps being POTD on C&C there will also be a special offer on the other CDs too. I have also used some of the new Vintage Flower Power Core'dinations with one of the new Darice lace embossing borders ad an MS Cosmos and Xcut flower die. I have sanded them all to show off the lovely effect you get with this card. Gems from the new Beatrix Potter collection. Catch you all again shortly.

Thursday 15 March 2012

Sneak peek 3

A quick post from me this morning as I must get some domestic chores done today. I'm sharing another sneak peek from the gorgeous new Beatrix Potter collection coming next Tuesday from Crafter's Companion. I've used a decoupage frame and papers from the CD with a sentiment form the stamp set. I've used some of the fabulous new Vintage Flower Power Core'dinations with some raffia and leaf buttons.

I also used one of the inserts from the CD which match the designs so well.

Sketch N Stash Fab sketch (new - CD, Core'dinations, stamp. old - buttons)
Simon Says a bit o' green
Paper Shelter For the boys
CD Sunday From me to you

Don't forget to play along with the bloghop for the chance to win almost £75 worth of prizes. Click here for my blog hop post.

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Sneak peek 2

If you are looking for the blog hop post please see my first post for today. This card was made using some of the brand new products from Crafter's Companion. I tend to think of clean lines for Beatrix Potter but I do like a bit of distressing and this image seemed to suit the distressed look. It's part of the new die cut decoupage kit, which is fabulous. It's lovely quality and only a few pieces for each one so not too fiddly. I've picked up the colour scheme from the fox's outfit. The paper, sentiment and ribbon are also new Beatrix Potter products. I've used some gorgeous new Vintage Flower Power Core'dinations which has been sanded and torn. I've added some Prima flowers and a brad and used an MS border punch.

I would like to enter this into the ribbon challenges at Charisma and Hotshot.

Beatrix Potter Sneak Peek and Blog Hop

This is my first sneak peek of the new Beatrix Potter range from Crafter's Companion. There are 3 new CDs and stamp sets, Jeremy Fisher, Benjamin Bunny and Timmy Tiptoes. There is also a range of die cut decoupage, rub ons, card blanks, paper pad, ribbons and gems. As if that wasn't enough there are two fabulous new Core'dination pads as well. 

I decided to make a dinky easel card using Nestie scalloped circle dies and Centura Pearl card. I have used one of the stamps of Timmy Tiptoes, coloured with Spectrum Noirs with glossy accents added to the top of the umbrella. The matching paper is from the CD, sentiment from the stamp set. I've used DI worn lipstick and just added a bow.

For Fun Circles
 So onto the Crafter’s Companion Blog Hop to celebrate the release of the new Beatrix Potter CDs and stamps.

If you have landed here from Louise then you are hopping in the right direction. If not then you need to pop over to the Crafter’s Companion News blog to begin.

The DT have had a great time creating with the new range from Crafter’s Companion and to celebrate the launch of these stunning new collections on Tuesday 20th March as Pick of the Day on Ideal World, Crafter's Companion have decided to give you a chance to see some Sneak Peeks and also have the chance of winning a fabulous Prize:

All three new CDs and all three new stamps (worth £74.94)!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is visit each blog in order and then go back to the Crafter’s Companion News Views and Inspiration Blog to leave your link. Along the way you will notice that each Blog will give you a letter - make a note of these as they will make a phrase which we will ask you for if your number is drawn by Random.Org on the morning of Tuesday 20th March.

My letter is: E
From here, you need to hop to Edna's blog.


Good Luck everyone. The DT will be showing more sneak peeks of all the new products over the next week so be sure to pay us a daily visit. Some of us may even have more than one sneak peek a day.

Please leave me a comment to show you have visited and if you are not already a follower, it would be great if you would like to become one.

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday 13 March 2012

At the gate

I have a busy crafting afternoon ahead. DT cards and more Crafter's Companion samples to be made so a quick post from me with my card for today. Waving hello to my two new followers thanks for joining me.

I've used one of the stamps I won from Kath, a gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamp, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The papers are bits and pieces from my to be used pile so I shall be joining in with Lisa's(Wishcraft) waste not Wednesday for fun post. I've added some faux stitching, MS and Fiskars punched butterflies and pearls. The flowers are from my assorted odds and ends jar. Sometimes it makes a change to use bits and bobs like this. I was thinking of the lovely Spring blossom when I chose the colours for this one.
Papertake For the girls
ABC DT Springtime
My Mum's Craft Shop Spring colours
2 Sisters Spring colours
Willow Sketch Fab sketch

I'll also be playing along with the Sugar Nellie Facebook challenge. Right, time to link my card and then back to the crafting.

Monday 12 March 2012

An Easter card with a difference

Just noticed I lost a follower today, so waving goodbye, maybe you'll be back, who knows. Thanks to all those of you who take the time to come and visit and leave comments. I appreciate it so much.

I was asked to make an Easter card for someone who loves pink so decided to use one of the gorgeous Fairyopolis images from the Crafter's Companion CD. I teamed her with some Henbury Lane papers, raffia lace, an MS punched butterfly with pearls and a gorgeous sparkly flower from Michaels.
Crafts and Me Things with wings
Allsorts Say it with flowers

Just heard on the news that we have a hosepipe ban coming into force next month which is bad news. Shan't be buying lots of plants for the garden this year unless they are drought tolerant. Much as the dry weather is nice we really need some rain. Wouldn't it be lovely if it could rain every night whilst we are asleep.

Sunday 11 March 2012

A little present

What a beautiful day it's been and we've been out and about and then came home and had loads of paperwork to do but I have managed to make decorate this bag today. I want to make more of these to sell at craft fairs. I have two so far, so a few to go yet before I have enough to display. I have used some of my fave papers from last year, Papermania Henbury Lane. Love the sparkle on these papers. The image is a Sugar Nellie stamp, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.

I've just added some flowers and brads for embellishment as I didn't want to cover up too much of the gorgeous papers.
The Sugar Bowl Fab sketch
Kaboodle Doodles Think Spring - flowers
Everybody Art Paperbag
Crafty Purple Frog Pink and girly
Allsorts Say it with flowers
Sweet Stampin' Let's see those layers
Let's Ink It Up Show us those flowers

Saturday 10 March 2012

Egg Painting

Here's my second post for today and this one is my DT card for Crafty Sentiments Designs. It's our second monthly challenge with a nice easy challenge of Easter. I've used one of the cute Easter stamps coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The sentiment is a digi from Crafty Sentiments too. The papers are Prima Sweet Fairy, a pad I had forgotten I had, oops. I've used My MS doily die, some more of that sweet rabbit ribbon and some card candi. The egg letters were from an old pack from Poundland. I hope you'll come and join in the fun as you could win a £10 voucher to spend at Crafty Sentiments. There are some gorgeous new dies and a fabulous AF vintage set of stamps, which I bought and which I am itching to use.

Pink and Purple

It's Saturday and that means time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss and this week it is anything goes with a button. We are sponsored by Crafter's Companion, woo hoo. I have used one of the gorgeous Saturated Canary digis, coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. Te papers are First Edition Dreamcatcher and I have used an MS deep edge punch. I've added some lace pins, MS punched butterfly, pearls and Prima flowers with brad. The button is from Crafty Emma's, sentiment Craftwork Cards.
Quixotic Fab sketch
Passion for Promarkers For Mum/female relative
Divas by Design Favourite things (Everything on this card including the colours)
Simon Says Mother's Day/Special Girl
Totally Papercrafts Favourite things (Everything on this card including the colours)

Friday 9 March 2012

Hubby's Birthday Card

Here I am again with my third and final post today. Please scroll down for all cards, storage and a winner.

This is the card I made for Hubby's Birthday yesterday. He often gets cute teddies but as he really likes this style of card I thought I would do something very different this year. It's an 8 x 8 card which gave me plenty of scope for embellishing. The background paper is some of my fave Tim Holtz Shabby Vintage. I've gone for a distressed look with DIs and sanded Core'dinations. I've used various Tim Holtz stamps from the journey set, TH on the edge die and sprocket gears, some magic mesh and Marianne scroll die and Sizzix scroll corner die. The grungy postcard is a Lili of the Valley stamp with Happy Birthday handwritten.

Here's a close up of the tag, which uses 3 of the stamps. Wise words.

I would like to enter this into the text me challenge at Stamptacular and Birthday card with a sentiment at Birthday Sundaes.

A bear, new storage and a candy winner

Here's my second post for this morning and I'm starting it off wit this cute bear digi from Crafty Sentiments. There is a really fun challenge at Ready-Teddy-Go which is It's a Wrap. You have to make something based on some packaging. I looked through my kitchen cupboards and found all kinds of products which inspired me but I wanted to go for something different and remembered this tin.
It was the packaging for a watch my hubby bought at Disneyworld, isn't it great packaging. I also wanted to challenge myself with a colour scheme I wouldn't normally use. I've used up odd bits of old papers on this one too along with some buttons and twine. The border punch is MS simple scallop.
Other Challenges:
Emma's Cards Stripes
Cupcake Red and yellow
Incy Wincy Something old/new (Old papers, new digi)
Hubby is decorating the lounge and we had a silver shelf unit on the wall which we decided we didn'want to have in the lounge anymore so here it is in my craftroom. Plenty of space on there for more goodies.

I'll be adding this pic to my craftroom page.

For the winner of my CD I added up all the comments on the sneak peek posts and put them into Random Org and it chose

That's you, Mamma Mia.
Congratulations. Guess what I will be singing all day now.
Please e-mail me your address so Crafter's Companion can post out your CD.

Thanks to everyone who entered and welcome to my new followers. I really appreciate all your comments. I would love to return them all but do my best to comment as much a I can. Thanks also for your wishes for Hubby's Birthday. We had a lovely day, the sun shone and I thoroughly recommend Legally Blonde - The Musical. If you love Hairspray this is the musical for you. Really fun and feelgood. Great music too.

Crafter's Companion Blog candy

This post will stay at the top until Friday 9 March.
If you would like to win a copy of the new CD launching on Friday then leave me a comment on my sneak peek posts. The more posts you visit, the more chances to win.
 I will draw the winner on Friday.

Today's the day

Ooh, today's the day for the launch of the Paintbox Poppets so I thought I would share one last card with you. I have used one of the stamping companions from the CD which includes the buttons and the sentiment on the sheet. I stamped the image and coloured her with Spectrum Noirs and added some faux stitching. I would like to enter this into the  green or good luck at Paper Sundaes. I'll be back shortly with another card and the winner of the CD. Candy entries now closed.