Monday, 27 February 2012

Sketch n Stash.....

Phew I'm back and well and truly pooped I could do with a couple of days off to Ethan had soooo much fun, not a big fan of some of the rides but he got to meet all of his favurite characters so he was more than happy. I'll post pics later on in the week when I've managed to catch up.

Today card is for Sketch n Stash, the sketch is by our fellow teamie.....Jill,

For my card I used some very old papers called tutti Frutti and as you can see they are very colourful, so my cake image was coloured with Promarkers to co-ordinate with the papers and a smidge of glitter was added, kept the card very simple with no extra added embellies.

Gotta dash and I'll catch up with you all later

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow.....

Afternoon peeps had to write this post on Thursday before we left for Disneyland Paris so when you read it I might be on my favourite ride....thunder mountain, mind you we nearly didn't get there as my daughter phoned me late on Wednesday to say she couldn't find her passport and would't be be able to, so I went round to help with the search and she'd turned her house upside down looking for it and when she said upside down she wasn't turned up in the end altough she said she'd looked there already twice. When we picked Ethan up from Nursery the ladies there asked us to plan an Itinary for them when we get back as we do Disney on a budget and they wanted to take their children and couldn't afford booking through the Disney website, so perhaps that will be a new vocation for

The theme at Sugar Creek Hollow this week is to create something that inspired you. For my card I was inspired by another card which I recieved from my friend Annette. I love roses as does my Mum whose garden is full of them, she has alot of David Austen roses, so I decided to make a Mothers day card for her. The image is from The Graphics Fairy which I distressed with Tea Dye and added gold peel off borders to it. The doiley I spritzed with Gold and Vintage pink Glimmer mist. The background paper is from First Edition called Isabelle. The fab heart die is by Joy and I've used some more pleated ribbon that I got last week.....I should have brought more as I love it and don't fancy pleating my own, might have a go myself when I have a bored moment.

Allsorts.....anything goes
Our Creative cnr.....over the edge.
Poodles Parlour.....Mothers day
Paperplay.....for a Mother
Moving along with the times.....lots of layers.
Cooking it with Katie......3 favourite things (vintage, ribbon and distressing
Catch up with you real soon

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Bon Voyage.....

Evening peeps, firstly so sorry for not getting around many blogs this week, my silly computer has been playing up and running so slow that its has almost stopped, so after much huffing and puffing I decided to give up...... well until my Son could sort out the was the router apparently.
My card for today is for a member of my staff who is leaving to go and work in Australia as a Nanny for 6 months hence .....Bon Voyage, I hadn't got an appropriate sentiment for that so I used another which I think is so apt anyway. The image is a Saturated Canary freebie which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it and is so like the girl that is leaving I thought it was just perfect for her, so I hope she likes it along with her pressie.
I coloured the image in with Promarkers and used Prismas for some highlights, just begining to get the hang of these markers. The papers are from First Edition.....Isabelle, the flower punches are X-Cut and the ribbon I picked up at the show on Sunday......just loving the pleats and rich brown colour.

Sweet (Die cut,Ribbon Bling)
Everybody Art......sketch.
Pink Elephant......use text or script.
Cutie Pie.....flower power.
Lollipop crafts.....anything goes.
Corrossive....another dimension.
Creative beli.....1 ribbon, 2 Dps 3 colours and pearls.
Paper Pretties.....use punches or diecuts

Catch you all later

Monday, 20 February 2012

Ooh La La.....

Bonjour et bienvenue...... I'm practicing for when I go to Disneyland this as they all speak English and my French only gets me a bag of chips and a room for the night. Well its Monday again yesterday was a bit of a blur, I went to a local Papercraft show at Coventry to stock up on tape and if you believe that you'll believe anything. I did purchase some other bits but have realised that I must have far too much stash cos I brought the same set of sentiments again.......what a numpty. I did pick up a gorgeous Cd with lots of scrummy French papers on but my Son has whipped that away for Mothers Day for me so I shall have to act all surprised when I get it although to be fair I don't know what is on the CD apart from a few images.

Well back to Monday and today sees the start of another challenge at Ooh La La, today there is a photo for your inspiration. as you can see from my card, I chose to use the colour scheme rather than the flowers. I have used a topper from the CD All Dresssed up...... and printed it out twice to layer up the dress and bag, I spritzed white flowers with glimmer mist using orange and red colours to get the colour right for the flowers and added a bow.

Better go and get ready for work
Catch up with you all later
hugs n smiles

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow.....

Morning peeps hope you are well,
Welcome to another Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow and a new challenge for you. This week we want you to use the following SKETCH with an added challenge.

Because we are a vintage, shabby chic and primitive challenge blog we discourage "cute" cards with "cute" images but this week we are going to let you pull out a cute image and want to see how you can turn it into one of the three styles we do want to see. You will notice that our designers have done just that with these adorable images from our new sponsor, Inked Treasures.

This week Inked Treasures who will be providing 3 images from the Inked Treasures store as a prize for one random winner. That winner will also receive a winner's badge from Sugar Creek Hollow to display on her blog.

The Design Team will select one project as Card of the Week and that creator will receive a winner's badge and will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.

Our designers have worked their magic to create some wonderful inspiration for you.  To get the details, just click on their name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

For my card I got to use the elephant image and first thoughts were .....this is gonna be a bit of a challenge, I used Prisma pencils for the colouring and the papers were from my fave Ella Blue.....a yummy collection of browns and blues.

Totally Gorjuss....Lace
Sweet Stampin......3 in a row (lace, ribbon, pearls.
Secret (Ribbon, flowers, glitter)
Allsorts .....anything goes.
My Mums Craft shop.....pearl and swirls.
Truly Scrumptious.....all creatures great and small
Creative Inspirations......Brown, blue and cream

Have a great weekend

Friday, 17 February 2012

Polka Doodles.....

Morning all, gosh the week has flown by, I've been busy at work with Valentines and then relaying the shop after the event, so I spent Wednesday cleaning all of the shop windows inside and out and then filling up, so by the time I got home I was totally pooped so all I managed to do on Thurdsay was colour my hair and finish off a DT card, I'm trying to get ahead with them as we are all going on a weekend away next week to Disneyland. We got a year ticket last year, so we are making a return trip with Ethan and his Mum and Dad as the pass runs out in March and we are driving down at night then catching the train and coming back by the boat so Ethan is so gonna love that.

My card for this weeks challenge at Polka Doodles is a sneek peek of the new revamped Candy Doodles CD that is being launched this Sunday on Create and Craft at 9.00am and 2.00pm, so tune in to see lots of fabbie projects by the rest of the team. The challenge is to use 1 image, 2 Papers and 3 embellishments (type or quantity). All papers, sentiment and scalloped border is also from the same CD.

Totally Papercrafts.....ribbon and bow.
If the Shoe fits....anything goes
Fairy Tale Challenge....spring
Papercrafting Journey.....make it cute
Glitter Geeks......girls/boys

Hugs n smiles

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Pen & Paper Circle...............

Morning peeps, hope you all had a fabbie romantic day yesterday, wined and dined and spoilt rotten, doesn't happen in this house, I must have picked the most unromantic bloke in Britian although I did get a card, and we had a fish n chips for tea but that was only because I hadn't cooked the tea.........good job he makes a good Lasagne or I'd have to dump We did ice a 'will you marry me' in Las Vegas on a chocolate heart in the shop so I hope we get an invite to the wedding I fancy a trip there.

Thought I'd share with you a card that I made for Polkadoodles new stamp club called The Pen &Paper Circle, in fact the first issue is sold out but you can pre-order the next by 7th March for £12.99 you get stamps, mag with instructions and ideas, tips etc. and a CD with lots of delish papers to.

Hugs n Smiles

Monday, 13 February 2012

Sketch n Stash.......

Morning peeps hope you are all well, well thats another Sunday gone and I was going to get soooo much done yeaterday and guess what I had a nap and slept most of the afternoon, I think I'm turning into a dormouse so apart from a couple of DT cards I didn't get much else done, I say nothing if I was going to bedlate but I still manage to sleep all night.
Todays sketch for Sketch n Stash was done by yours truly, it seemed appropriate that there should be hearts included on this weeks sketch being as tomorrow is Valentines Day, disappointing at work as we haven't really iced any naughty messages or any will you marry me ones. Talking of marriage I decided to do a wedding card featuring a new Fizzy Moon image and I've managed to colour it in with Promarkers......but still need lots of practice and a few more colours me thinks.The old stash I've used are the papers which are Papermania and the new is the stamp.

This fortnights lucky winner gets £10 to spend......

Crafty Pad......B is for Bears, bling, bow
Totally Gorjuss......Lurve
My Sheri is in the air (plus 2 hearts).
Jelly Park.....shades of love.
By the cute and is in the air.
Crafty Calendar......Love and marriage
Bunny Zoe.....Celebrations
Off to work to sell more chocs for those lurvvvved up folk
catch u all later

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

It is Saturday, it is sensational and it is time for a new challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. This week we want you to make a MASCULINE VALENTINE card in a vintage, shabby chic or primitive style.

One random winner will receive a digi of our choice and a winner's badge to display. In addition, the Design Team will choose one project as Card of the Week and the creator will receive a badge and will be in the running for a Guest Designer spot.

Our Design Team has created gorgeous cards for your inspiration and if you would like the details, just click on their name to be taken directly to their blog.
For my card I have gone very traditional with a red and black theme, the image I used of cupid is available from The Graphics Fairy and was the main inspiration for this card, I love doing collage cards as you might have guessed from previous posts so I used other Valentine images to complete it. The word Amour and the sentiment are from Loast Coast designs, the wings, heart and Love word are from Prima. I just love thos new corner die from Marianne designs called Anja, so I went mad and did all four corners. After putting it altogether I still wasn't happy, you know when you fiddle and replace items but it still has that missing piece.....anyway I looked at it and thought oh well just spritz the whole thing with gold Glimmer mist if its ruined what the heck, so I did and was pleasantly surprised with the result.

Rainbow Lady......have a heart.
Paperplay......Love letters.
C.R.A.F.T......Valentines Day.
4 Crafty Chicks......Love is in the air.
Little Red wagon......Cupids arrow.
Try it on for a true love.
Top Tip......Valentines.
Party Time Tuesday......Valentine.
Digital Tuesday.....Pink or red.
Crafty Catz.....Valentine.
Delicious Doodles.....All loved up. and easy.
CES......lots of layers.
Secret Crafter.......Red white and black and texture
Hugs n smiles to you all
Busy weekend with people buying
their love ones chocs for Valentines.
Have to say we have a lot of Mums buying chocolate hearts for their children...... awwww.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Je t'aime.......

Bonsoir ........I definately have a French theme going on this week,I've made a collage card using papers and a stamp from Crafty Individuals, the paper book is called Springtime and a Paris theme stamp CI 260, love the fresh Spring like colours of these papers which also happens to be the challenge over at Crafty Indviduals this month.........Spring. The swirl die is by Joy, love the new ones that have recently come out including a scrummy heart and butterfly. I added turquise and purple foil to the swirls and then heat embossed with Ranger rainbow embossing powder for a lovely glittery effect. I used Broken China and Dust Concord for the background of the image, then spritzed this with Irridescent Gold Glimmer mist before stamping. The border and corner die are from Marianne designs called Anja.The bow is made out of wire, I brought it ages ago at the NEC its like a tube of knitted wire that you twist and tease out to create bows, butterflies or flowers.

The Eiffel Tower is made from gold utee, I dusted the mould with Perfect Pearls before
pouring in the utee. 

Simon Says.....Love is in the air.
My Mums Craft Shop.....It must be Love.
Fab n Funky......Love is in the air.
Divas by Design.....Love is in the air.
Everybody Art.....Love.
Papertake.....anything goes, optional extra love/heart.
Make my Monday.....Romance.
Crafty Individuals.......Spring (Spring in Paris).

Hope you are all keeping warm, its still cold here but so far no more snow. Have to tell
you about Ethan on Tuesday. After de-icing the car we went for a walk in the park,
now we avoided all of the frozen puddles of ice until on the return journey back home when
Ethan decided to run up to the biggest one and would he listen when I said no....yep you guessed it
he jumped straight in it, skidded, landed on his bottom and the ice broke and there
he sat in the middle of a deep muddy home he had to have a warm bath,which he thought was fun, well we were playing with bubbles. I had to get hubby to nip round to his house to get a change of clothes. The first thing my daughter said to me when she picked him up later was....."he wasn't wearing that earlier, whats he done"?......its never a quite moment in our house.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Ooh La la......

Morning peeps did you have fun in the snow yesterday, we did, Ethan was beside himself when he had a sleep over on Saturday night with all the snow, at night he loves a story and he likes made up ones and all have to start with ....Once upon a time there lived a little boy called....., I started the story different this time and was promptly told no Nana it starts Once upon a time there lived a little boy this point Ethan adds the name and for some reason the little boys name was Jeremy.....don't know where that came from, anyway Jeremy built a snowman and we always fininsh with The End. we did get to have a snowball fight outside witch was great fun. Anyway todays card is for the new challenege at Ooh la La, the theme this fortnight is ......'Be my Valentine', I have used papers and  an image from the Fleur d'Imagination cd,I layered up the bow and flower, the diecut is from Marianne designs.

Sweet Stampin'.....the one I love.
My Sheri Crafts.....Love is in the air (must have 2 hearts).
One Stop Craft.......For the one I love.
Dream Valley....Valentine.
Poodle Parlour......anything goes.
Stamp with
My Craft Spot......Valentines day.
Lollipop Crafts.......Valentines crafts

Off to work, its getting busy now with Valentines fast approaching, 
lots of loved up messages to ice on the chocolate....awwww
hugs n smiles

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow.....

Afternoon peeps, when this gets posted I shall be at work in the freezing cold, cos we have to have our doors open unless its blowing a gale, although we might be under a foot of snow as you are reading In complete contrast to the weather this weeks challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is a beach theme.....'Vacation at the Beach'.
For my card I used papers and an image from Crafty Individuals, but the suitcase is a stamp from B Line. The shells I have used on this card are some I have collected or brought whilst on holiday, the larger shell which has such beautifull colours inside I brought from a shop in Amsterdam, now this shop was in the middle of the Red Light district tucked inbetween a drug shop and a sex shop, funny place for a shop like that to be, and before you say anything you have to explore the local places of interest whilst on, they did have some amazing shops there all  rather too naughty to describe and we didn't pop into any of the cafes either. The little shells I picked up from lake Garda last year, they are sooooo dinky, just knew they would come in handy one day.

The shell corner stamps are from CI and I embossed them with Tea Dye distress embossing powder so that it looked and felt like sand

Looking forward to seeing your vintage designs for this weeks challenge
Have a lovely weekend

Challenges and easy
hugs n smiles

Friday, 3 February 2012


Mornig all, no snow yet but the head lines in the papers say a week of snow so they must be right cos they don't tell Its back to work for me today so no crafting today, well thats not exactly true as I ussually spend my lunch break colouring. I'm trying to colour with Promarkers at the moment and I have to say I'm struggling, I'm so used to blending colours and mixing them together and of course with Promarkers you can't get the same effect, they are great for covering large areas, I did colour this image with Promarkers but I wasn't totally happy with the finished result so I applied glamour dust on top and turned it into a sparkly The theme this week at Polkadoodles is Show us some love and include a heart. I used the image and papers from The Sundae of Seasons CD. I just love the string of hearts and kisses that the bear is holding, I did add glossy accents to these and I coloured the buttons as they were originally white.

Ladybug Ink.....Loves me loves me not.
Craft us Crazy.......anything goes.
Heart Song Inspiration.......buttons/ brads.
Fab n Funky.......use a digi image.
Paper Pretties.....use ribbon or twine.
Cute Card Thursday.......Buttons and bows.

Oh well better get ready for work
hugs n smiles

Thursday, 2 February 2012


Morning peeps brrrr.... another cold day we've got huge icicles hanging from our garden water feature in the pond, looks very pretty but no snow yet. I had a lovely day yesterday and I've got another day off today, I could get used to this, hubby spent the day cleaning out the kitchen cupboards and I spent most of the day playing in my room......did I feel guilty? only when he brought me a cup of tea, he's going to put my pictures up on the wall for me today so that I can organise my room a bit better as they are sitting on a shelf at the moment. When visiting blogs I'm amazed at how organised and neat and tidy some look, thankfully some that I visit look like mine, organised in a more creative way

Well I managed to catch up with a couple of Dt cards yesterday and finish this one thats been a working progress for the best part of the week, sometimes, well truth be know most of the time I stamp something without any pre plan as to the colours or what the fininshed card will look like, I just keep adding bits until eventually it kind of works. This card definately falls into that catergory, the main image was a play at first with the background, then I glimmer misted it then I added some silver embossing to it, then I thought I know colour the leaves with Prisma pencils to see if they colour on top of pre coloured card.......and yes they do. The stamps I used are by Chocolate Baroque called Harlequin Rose. I did get mine when they were called Elusive Images but the stamp set is still the same.

Then I thought, stamp and colour the rose and puff it out for added dimension. The one thing that I knew I wanted to use was the delicious ruffled ribbon which is shimmery and such a lovely colour, then the rest of the card was a trial and error, like the pink hearts that I stuck to the punched out border using a Martha Stewart punch which fit perfectly over the heart punched out bits (you can get those from MeiFlowers).I know its the not a traditional looking Valentines card but I quite like the colour combo, I used Victorian Velvet, Brushed Sage and Dusty Concord for the background and used a Vintage Rose glimmer mist by Tattered Angels to spritz on the top.

Truly and hearts.
Little Red Wagon....Valentines.
Divas by Design......anything goes.
Creative Beli.....Hearts/Valentines.
Top Tip.....Valentines.
Oldie but A Goodie.......have a heart
Snazzy Design Team......Love/Romance.
Paper Sundaes.....Valentine
Corrosive Challenge.....I heart you.
Crafty Pad.....Valentine/Anniversary.
Cooking it up with Katie......Herats, punch and embossing, punched border, ribbon,flower and bling.

Hugs n smiles