Saturday 31 December 2011

Review of 2011 part 2......

Here are my favourite cutie cards for 2011. I've had  a fun year joining Polkadoodles and Ready Teddy Go design teams so I get to indulge my other passion of cute images.













Happy New Year
Looking forward to playing along with Oh La La and Sugar Creek Hollow
this coming year as I've joining their Design Teams starting in January for 6 months
hugs and best wishes to you all
Have a wonderful New Year
.........Heres to 2012.........

Friday 30 December 2011

Diddy Doodles.....

Loving the name of this new challenge blog that Nikky from Polkadoodles has started, to join in the fun you have to be 16 or under and she has recruited two very talented girls Caitlin who is 15 and Darcie who is 7 to inspire. The challenge will be over a month so no shirking on the
The theme this month is ......Thank You.

just click here to join in the fun

Review of 2011.....

Thought I'd do a review of 2011 and pick my favourite projects from each month, this year I've split this into 2 posts this one is for my favourite arty projects and the next is for my favourite cutie images, the year has gone so quick and there are lots of exciting things to look forward to in the New Year, unfortunately I didn't win the lottery so I shall still be going to work......which plays havoc to my waist  Have you all made your New Year Resolutions, mine are: try and slim down, notice I say try...... at school I was told to try harder, not sure how long that resolution will last, another is to decorate the inside of my cards as I tend to focus on the front and neglect the inside and my final one is to start Scrapbooking again as I haven't done a LO in a couple of years and I've got lots of fabbie pics, and I thought if I did that I'd get through my stash alot quicker and then I wouldn't feel gulty  when I brought more because.....well....... I'd need



March.....class with Lin Brown









I'm entering the card I made in August into the challenge at The Stampman
This is their 3rd year of annual awards

Happy New Year to you all

Wednesday 28 December 2011

New Year.......exciting news!!!!!

Just had to let you know that Nickky from Polkadoodles has launched a new stamp club

Pen & Paper Circle is the brand new Polkadoodles Club!

*No costly membership signup*

Choose which issues you wish to subscribe to on pre-order only....

See the kit design before you order!

Great value!

Following the huge success of our Christmas magazine in conjunction with Practical Publishing we were overwhelmed with requests to produce a regular project magazine. So, we decided to go one better and give you an exclusive project kit AND magazine instead!!

Each Club issue will include a special exclusive* set of Polymer stamps, a printed paper pack, special Club offers and discounts PLUS our special, EXCLUSIVE CREATIVE CHRONICLE Club magazine which gives you 12 full colour step by step tutorials and inspiration on how to use your kit, with special projects from Nikky and the amazingly talented Design Team. Each magazine issue will include special offers and news from Polkadoodles, together with a preview of the upcoming next issue.

We realise this is not the cheapest Club around but QUALITY is really important to us and rather than give you a crummy photocopied badly instructed project sheet with your stamps we decided to go the whole hog and get our brilliant Design Team to contribute with Nikky instead. We are certain this magazine will be a collectable and we are working on bringing you some added extra's such as an organiser binder etc to build your tutorial library. Each issue will include at least 12 step by step tutorials complete with full colour photographs and loads of hints and tips from the team which will prove invaluable.

PRE-ORDER BY 18TH JAN 2012 (orders will ship 15th Feb 2012)
This first issue includes 10 printed A4 papers and an A6 Polymer stamp set as per graphic attached (includes large girl stamp, sentiment stamp and 2 flowers) together with the first Creative Chronicle issue.

To get your pre-order visit the Polkadoodles store click here

Sunday 25 December 2011

Happy Christmas.....

  Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas, shared with your loved ones.

Santas been, just hope he left me some crafting
hugs and best wishes to all of you

Saturday 24 December 2011

Just for you........

Morning peeps, phew it was busy yesterday and on top of that the weather was dreadful, lashings of rain, such a miserable day and most people came in soaked, oh well only one day to go and then its feet up time.....yay.

I'd like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and thank you for your inspirational comments that you have left, so todays cards is .......Just For You.
The image is by Sylvia Zet from Wee Stamps, the image has been coloured in with Promarkers, I wanted a real soft subtle look to the card, the papers are a combination of DCWV and First Edition, I used loads of glitter on this one......well it is Christmas.

and Happy Christmmas from Ethan.......

Creatalicious....purple, green, pink and white. 
CRAFT........pastelles for Christmas.
Paper Pretties......let it Snow.
Craft us crazy.....Christmas.
Top Tip.......anything Christmas.
Papertake......last Christmas card.
Simon (Ribbon, Gems, and glitter/sparkle)
Stampin' for the weekend......anything goes.
My Mums Craft shop.......anything goes.
Delicious Doodles.......anything goes.
Totally gorjuss......for someone special
Sweet Stampin'.......sparkle and bling
Crimbo Crackers........snowflakes
Digital Tuesday....winter wonderland

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Monkeying around......

Morning peeps, I think I'm ready, the shoppings done, the cards are wrote and sent, the pressies are wrapped ready for Santa to pick up, just got to get the Turkey.......yay. Today we are having the first day of our party buffet at work, for two days we bring in party food and then we have a buffet lunch, I do it over two days as all the staff don't work on the same day and I don't want anyone to miss out so its party time again tomorrow as well.....yummy. Ethan is joining us today so I'm just hoping he leaves some food for everyone

Todays card is a Lilyboo design from Cuddly Buddly I've used two images one called Monkey and the other called Jungle scene, the images were coloured in with a combination of Prismas and Promarkers. I did get a bit carried away with the sizing so had to keep the embellishments to a minimum.

Bearly mine......anything goes.
Everybody Art......anything goes.
The Cutie Pie Challenge.....use a sentiment.
Crafty Pad.....anything but Christmas.

Have a great day

Monday 19 December 2011

Sketch n Stash.....

Morning peeps hope you are all well and are in readiness for this week, I finally finished my cards and got them wrote yesterday, it was lovely because I was sitting in my room looking out to the snow that was falling although it didn't last very long however. I didn't manage to get any pressies wrapped so that will have to wait for Tuesday now as I haven't got Ethan that day. Did you all watch the final of Strictly on Saturday so glad Harry won he was amazing although so was Chelsee.......brilliant finale.

Today challenge at Sketch N Stash  is a fabbie sketch by Sue

The winner gets to spend $15 on digi images

The image I've used is Toby Tumble available from Cuddly Buddly called
Christmas Surprise, I've used Prismas to colour the image.

I made the wreath and added beads and a bow and then mounted the sentiment
behind it

Bearly Mine......non traditional coloured Christmas card
Papertake.....I'm dreaming of a (Favouite colour scheme, pinks and green).
Cute Card Thursday.....stripes.
Crafty Catz....santas hat.
My Mums Craft Shop .....cute and funky Chrsitmas.
Creative Inspirations.....anything goes
Creative Beli.....merry Christmas (beads old stash)

have a great day

Friday 16 December 2011

Polka Doodles......

Morning peeps are you getting excited yet another week to go and its .......CHRISTMASSSSSS!!!, sorry I'm getting a little carried away with myself, have finished the last of the shopping yesterday, we went to Leicester with Ethan  who demolished his Grandads scone with cream when we went for a coffee, getting it all over his nose, fingers and just about any where else he could but he so enjoyed it, we had brought him a childs picnic box meal with fruit, cisps, sandwhich and drink in, but he pinched the scone before we'd even sat down and his poor Grandad had to go and get himself another cake .....this time he came back with a strawberry tart covered in yummy strawberries and Ethan pinched some of them as well, not only that he ate his crisps and banana from his meal as well, hes getting expensive to take

Todays card is for the new challenge at Polka Doodles which I picked......the theme is 'Through the Window' so you're looking through to the design, apologies if this is a bit of a challenge but it is the last one until the new year, we will be back on Jauary 6th with a new challenge for, and there is also a £10 giveaway to spend at Polka Doodles for one random lucky person.

As soon as I had a play with the stamps called Be Neighbours I knew I wanted to create a Christmas scene, the image has been coloured with Prisma pencils on Kraft with lots of sparkle I used a white gel pen for the snow effect, the papers are from The Magical Winter Cd 2 and the tree and sentiment is from The Christmas Boutique pack which was brought out earlier in the year and is available at WH get stamps, embellishments, papers, stickers and an inspirational booklet by the teamies over at Polka Doodles. the snow on the windows is Flower Soft and looks realistic although it stuck all over the acetate window due to, so I spent alot of time cleaning the window.

Papercrafting Journey.....Christmas.
4 Crafty Chicks.....Christmas card.
Charisma......last Minute christmas makes.
Glitter Geeks......anything goes.
My Sheri Crafts........let it snow
Dream Valley.....Christmas.
Addicted to Stamps......snowflakes.

Hope you all have a lovely day
the weekend is nearly here.....yay

Thursday 15 December 2011

Simply Christmas......

Morning peeps sorry for not getting round many blogs but I'm snowed under, well not literally but ts starting to get busy and we've now got to open at 8.30 am until 6.00pm so I'm just getting back home ready to dash off to the train station and pick up my son who is studying until quite late at University, hes been going in at 6.00am and geting back at 7.00pm,we eat a late tea and then fall into bed pooped......only just over a week to go and then we can chill and sleep.
Thought I'd show a simple Christmas card today, the image is from Delicious Doodles I've used Prisma pencils to colour the image in with a smidge of Sakura pens for highlights, the sentiment is a stamp from Tim Holtz embossed in gold......, the die is a Marianne one and the papers are Papermania.


Pixie Cottage.....anything goes christm as style
Divas by Design.......Merry Christmas.
Crafty Creations.......embossing and glitter.
Auds Sentiments.....winter holiday sentiment.
ABC Christmas......anything goes.
make my ribbon
lollipop crafts....Happy holidays
Hooked on crafts.....Christmas.
Cupcake.....sparkly, shiny, gleams
CES......traditional Christmas
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas.....Traditional Christmas.
One Stop Craft......traditional christmas colors
Crafty Ribbons....traditional christmas colours
Really Reasonable ribbon.....anything goes & ribbon

Just started to rain here and we may get some snow later.....fingers crossed
I do love a sprinkle of snow for Chrsitmas

Hugs n smiles

Monday 12 December 2011

Stepper card.....

Morning peeps hope you all had a lovely weekend, I've managed to get two of the christmas trees up yesterday, only one to go in my sons room, but I need to get in his room first with a duster and a vacumn cleaner and hes busy fininshing off a project that he is doing at University so it might have to wait a couple of days. It took me all day to get the trees up and decorate the room and I'm pooped not only that I'm now coming down with a cold and my sore throat is coming back.....drat. I've ,well I say I, what I really mean is my son has popped on another blog background so that its also dressed for Christmas........which I think looks so sweet. I thought I'd post a non Christmas card today as I spent the early part of yesterday morning doing a production line of Christmas cards ready to post this week, just need to finish them off. The image comes from Pretty Tuff which is the latest Cd from Nickky at Polkadoodles  the papers and sentiment are also from the same Cd. I made the teddy by covering a diecut in matching paper distressed the edges and then added glossy accents onto the diecut sprinkling in silver get a lovely glossy sparkly bear which makes a great embellishment for this sweet image. The matching buttons are also a die from Dy-namics.

Crafty birthdays or Christmas.
Corrosive Challenge......anything but a Christmas card.
Allsorts ....use two colours and white.
Crafty catz......anything goes
Totally Papercrafts.....anything but Christmas.
Cute Card Thursday......anything goes.
Wags n Whiskers.....fancy folds

Off to work now, I've relented and let the staff start playing Christmas music
for the next two weeks, as soon as I go out the back I just know they'll change the Cd 
to play Slade or Wizard rather than something more traditional and the volume seems to go up as well......hmmmm!
We shall all be wearing our Christmas head gear, I ussually have a, well I have to look angellic,
the others have Santa hats or Reindeer antler bands so we all look festive and have some fun 
as it will be soooooo busy for the next two weeks.......well I hope it is.

Friday 9 December 2011


Morning peeps .......what a week I've had, feeling ill for most of it, but at least my throat is alot better, just felt ill all day yesterday and ended up going back to bed......which is a no no for me, however my grandson came up and put tinsel all over me whilst I was trying to get some sleep so I must have looked a right sight in bed decked out in gold and red tinsel.........bless.
The theme this week at Polkadoodles is ........'a quick Christmas card', actually I think I'd  better get my skates on as I still need to make a few more otherwise it will be shop brought again this year. I really need to start earlier.......think that will be one of New Year resolutions.
The image  used is from Magical Winter CD 1 and all I've done is added a bit of colour using Flex markers and sparkle. the card was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder and the background paper is also from the same Cd, just added doodling for an accent.

Delightful challenges.....Blue Christmas
Creative Inspirations.....Snow much fun.
ABC Christmas......anything chrismassy goes.
Top Tip......Let it snow.
Crimbo Crackers......embossing.
Ladybug challenges.....snowflakes and sparkle
Moving along with the last minute

Have a great day

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Vintage Christmas......

Afternoon peeps just go back from Jam Jam Boomerang, the soft play area for Grandchildren and their I wore ordinary trousers today instead of jeans and you go down the slides much faster, infact probably a bit too fast. Oh well we had fun although I shall ache again tomorrow. I have the mother of all sore throats and I've had it for over two days now,my glands in my neck are all up and I'm beginning to look like a hamster I can hardly swallow and none of the throat sparays are making a difference, think if its no better tomorrow I shall have to pay a visit to the docs, never had a sore throat like it before and I've run out of ice lollies.
Todays card is using a feebie down load from Cuddly  Buddly by Karen Middleton called Holly Bauble, the papers and ribbons are from Cart-Us which I found at my local garden centre Melbicks, they have a good craft department there so I can combine looking for things for the garden as well as things for crafting and they have animals, birds, reptiles and fish for Ethan to have a look at.

Sweet Stamps....Christmas bling.
Papertake.......anything goes, with optional dangly item.
My Time To Craft......Vintage Christmas.
Creative Card Crew......tis the season.
Pile it on......Bling it up.
Make my Monday......seasonal and add glitter.
Heart Song......Christmas card and/or red green and white.
Christmas cards AYR......anything goes.
Secret inspiration of a tree with red, green and gold.

Think I need a Nana nap now as I haven't slept very well for the 
past two nights, zzzzz.........