Monday, 28 February 2011

Sketch N Stash......

Gosh where did those last two weeks go.....I got to visit so many lovely entries for the last challenge. but now its another Monday so there is another fabby sketch for you to Lizzy and this fortnight we are sponsered by Pink gem Designs, who do a lovely collection of stamps as well as digi stamps.....I must admit I've got my eye on the baby digi papers, they look so cute.

Congratulations to the Top three 43 95 and
Mary 107..............don't forget your blinkies.
.......and the winners randommaly drawn are......drum roll please..
No 62 Dorte and No 144 Franka.

Here is my card featuring ...... Cool Dude Frog from Pink Gem Designs
I don't normally do green but frogs are green so
hence my very green card....with bling. the background circle was made
using an embossing folder and then embossing in clear on the top of the swirls.
Corners are from Marianne dies, papers are from K&Ko, Hopscotch.

A Gem of a challenge.......use some buttons, bows,brads, beads or all four.
Wild orchid......anything goes.
Pollycraft....3 circles.
Crafty creations....At the bottom of our garden lives a .........frog

Looking forward to seeing what the entries are again these next two weeks
Hugs and best wishes for the week

Sunday, 27 February 2011


Evening crafty peeps ....another day of rain, will spring ever come, painting the fence panels are on hold again however I did get to play with my stamps. So todays card features a stamp from Crafty Individuals which I put a stambord domino on......I've been following the techniques over at The Craft Barn altering dominoes using various colouring materials and Krylon pens, sorry I don't have one of those so I improvised using metallic paint from Viva, they also have a challenge this week featuring using the techniques.The images were coloured with distress inks and the dominoe was triple embossed . The papers are from Craft works and DCWV and the flower is from Wild Orchid crafts. The edges of the papers were distressed with Mahogany as are the swirls.

Challenges include Sketchy colours whose colour theme is pink and beige. Hels over at The Sunday Stamper has the theme of Paris.....and being as we're going there this week it seemed appropriate. We're taking Ethan and his mum and dad to meet Buzz Lightyear and Mickey at Disneyland, just hope the weather improves for next weekend. The sketch that I followed is from Our Creative Corner who also want you to include distressing. The Stamp Mans challenge this week is to include swirls and curls as is the theme at Theme Thursday.Rainbow ladys challenge is Shabby Chic. Simon Says they want coffee and cream as well as having a Dt Call.

Thanks for taking a peek
your comments are inspirational ....many thanks

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Eliza and Bro.....

Evening, anther day of rain here today.... just had Ethan round for a couple of hours whilst mum and dad went to a local Thai......I had fish n chips but we did have fun chasing a balloon around the room whilst waiting for mum and dad to get back, when Ethan gets the giggles its very infectious and you can't help but laugh. Today card is one of the new designs I've been working on for Kim at Cuddly Buddly, there are 6 new images to chose from this one is called Birthday Girl available as a digi or stamp. I've used the stamp for this card, and the papers are from the Cottage collection. I've used distress inks to colour the image, with star dust stickles for bling.

Sweet stampin'......Girly card.
Alphabet challenge.......Q for quotes or sayings.
If The Shoe Fits......purple.
Paperplay.....add a sentinent.
C.R.A.F.T......shades of purples, pink and green.
Creative Cottage.....fabulous florals.
Fab n Funky......1 image,2 embellishments and 3 papers.
ABC Challenge.....O for ovals.
Spoon Full Of Sugar.....Birthday card.
Thank for taking a peek

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Compendium of Curiosities.....

Afternoon peeps just woke from having my afternoon nap with my Grandson......its an age thing lol. I started this tag the other night and wasn't sure what I was doing for it, so its one of those it kinda just developed tag....The technique this week at Compendium of Curiosities is Altered Metal using Alcohol inks, I saw Tim demoing using these inks on the new metal foil, for the intense colours he just scribbled the ink straight onto the metal foil. for the technique this week you'll have to consult the 'inky book of techniques' or I'll be in trouble with Linda, why not pop over and see some of the awesome work from other entries. Some other challenges this week are Simon Says Show and Stamp.....stripes, the background was made using a Kabuka mould from TSS.....just love the little buttons.The Shabby Tearoom challenge is Buttons and bow. Gingersnap Creations have a colour challenge using jewel colours with added gold......the gold is the dewdrops and the gold beads threaded through the top.The stamp for the corset is from B Line and the challenge at Moving Along the

Sunday, 20 February 2011


Well many years ago the trade show at the nec was called Stitches, when I went to the very first show that they held, it was in a local hotel in Solihul and was opened by the actress Una Stubbs, how times change. I've just back from the show and thought I'd share some piccies with you of Tim Holtz doing his thing and some of the amazing work on the Sizzix stand featuring the new dies which will def. be on my gotta buy list.

The finished tag using the new colour stains, purple perfect pearls mist (yummy)
and the new butterfly stamps.....gosh he makes it look so easy.

lots of goodies on the Sizzix stand

Off to have a play with my stash

Friday, 18 February 2011


Evening fellow bloggers....gosh its been cold again today, just starting to thaw out. Todays card is a real bling one.....lots of stickles, diamantes and pearls. The image is from L.O.T.V the challenge this week at Lili Of The Valley is to use your favourite colours, the image is coloured with sakura pens, the papers are digi downloads from Cuddly Buddly they're called The cottage collection and come in a wide range of colour pallettes, my favourite is this blue with pink range. The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts who have a challenge this weeks ..... to follow their sketch. Other challenges are; Paperplay.....add shine, Cute Card Thursday .....shiny happy cards.Truly Scrumptious....Swirls and Pearls. Papertake.....putting on the glitz. Top Tuesday......stitching real or faux. Everybody Art......3 papers,3 flowers and the option of ribbon. If the Shoe Fits......Happy birthday card. Totally Papercrafts.......use digis (papers). Fussy and Fancy......something edible

Thanks for taking a peek
have a great weekend

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Compendium of Curiosities.....

Afternoon peeps, I've just managed to finish off my tag for this weeks challenge over at Lindas pad, click here to be transported to this weeks technique, which can be found on page 59, Inking and Stamping Masks.The car stamp is from Elusive images.....sorry Tim I haven't got your car stamp, the colour inks I used were Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo, I spritzed the tag over the masks with Cocoa Glimmer mist.....this has muted the colours of the inks for a more faded look, not intentional but I love using mists as you get a soft sheen. The clock has also been embossed in Tea Dye distress embossing powder, the cog stamp is from The Artisitic stamper and the image in the embellishment is from Crafty Individuals, I didn't think my cropodile would cut through the bottle top but t did....yay. I love making these tags for men so this one will be for my Brother-in-laws birthday card next month.

Compendium of Curiosities......Inking and stamping masks.
Spoon full of Sugar......anything but a card.
My Time To Craft.......going around in circles.
Simon says....make your own embellishment.
Fab n' Funky.....make your own embellishment.
Little Red Wagon.......misting.

Got lots of painting planned for the next week
unfortunately the painting is fence panels, only 23 to do,
however the colour is a lovely muted grey green.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Valentines for hubby..........

Here is the ACT that I made for my hubby today.....ahh I' feelin' the lurrrrrrrrrve, I used a piece of card spritzed with tea rose and gold perfect pearls, I then stamped on the rose and script stamp from Elusive Images with chocolate ink......I love these rose stamps. I added colour to the leaves with Bundled Sage distress ink, and added some gold embossng powder to parts of the rose, and then added gold to the edges to finish.

Pink Elephant.....Valentine.
CupCake.......I Love You and add a heart.
Crafts 4 and chocolate.
Paper Sundaes......use some of the following,flowers,lace,distressing and Pink.
The Crafty Pad.....Hearts.
Totally Gorjuss.....Love.
One Stop is in the air.
Secret Crafter.......stamped flower.

Have a lovely evening,
 hubby brought me a strawberry trifle and a heart shaped biscuit.....ahhh I'm filling up.
well actually I am full up now after eating
oh well I'll start the diet again tomorrow

Sketch n' Stash...........

Evening peeps and a Happy Valentines to you all, my hubby left me a card this morning for when I woke up....bless, lots of adjectives on it .....mushy!, he'll get his heart shaped lolly with his iced name on later and I've made him an atc with valentines on so I'll post that later for you to see...........
Well today is Monday and its the start of another challenge at Sketch N' Stash, there were lots of lovely entries last week making it hard for Vicky to pick the Top  3. The sketch this week is by our team member Jackie and this week we have 2 sponsers.....Simon Says and Bunny Zoes Crafts, can't be bad.
My card features Tabitha from the Toby Tumble range and is one of the new  Spring Collection from Cuddly Bunny by Czes sweet hanging out her washing, coloured in with distress inks and sakura pens. Seems appropriate for today with the heart slider on the ribbon from Marianne designs and the little hearts on her dress......

Have a happy Valentines day
Thank you for your kind comments
much appreciated

Friday, 11 February 2011

Compendium Of Curiosities.......

Evening peeps I finished my tag for this weeks challenge overs at Lindas for this weeks Compendium of Curiosities and  must admit this was a real easy technique but ohhhhh so fabby  when done, I used Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo and how did I do it......sorry its hush hush, I'd be expelled if I told you , but all the deets are in the book on page 44 and the technique is called Rusted Enamel. I also tried a new colouring technique for the heart which is over at The Craft Barn, they having a watercolour technique week, well worth a visit. the stamps are all from Elusive Images, roses have been spritzed with Gold perfect pearls and Tea Rose glimmer mist, then I added platinum stickles to the petals.......... there are lots of challenges this week for Valentines so here they are:
Compendium Of Curiosities.....Rusted Enamel.
The Craft Barn.......Watercolouring technique.
Stamp with Fun....Love.
Pink Elephant......Valentine.
Crafty Cardmakers.....Hearts.
A Spoonfull of
Everybody Art....Valentine.
My Time To Craft...Hearts and Flowers.
Try it On Tuesday.....Tag featuring hearts and flowers as well as a blog hop.
Rainbow Lady....Love.
Theme Thursday....Words.
Stamp Something .....Valentine.
Stampin' for the weekend....Valentine.
The Stamp Man.....Hearts.

Thanks for taking a peek
and I hope you all have a lovely Valentines Day

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Mini Album.....

 What a drab afternoon .......raining and grey, mind you I have had a snooze this afternoon with Ethan, lazy or what, its him he wears me the papers I've used are from DCWW, they feature butterflies and botanical prints, some of the images are embossed and are all glittery and blingy, so this was a nice easy album to do, every page has a flap either under wings of the butterflies, or I've made pockets for pics to go in, there are also some journalling tags on the pages one of which I've added some charms to.The nice thing about doing this album is all the bling you can add, I've added little words as titles to each of the pages as well.........

pic showssides of pockets I've made to hold the photos

I thought I'd show you a couple of the photos that will be going in the album
they are of Ethan at about 6months, as soon as we entered the butterfly farm a butterfly landed on his face
straight across his eyes unfortunately we didn't get a photo of that.


Gingersnap Creations....use charms.
Fab n' Funky......Tempting texture.
Simon Says.....anything but a card.
Oh La La......for someone special (album is for my daughter).
Sir Stampalot......All creatures great and small.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


It seems ages since I last joined in with Julia's woyww.......actually it's before christmas, so sorry but time flies and being as I managed to make a mess on my desk making my mini album I thought I'd celebrate and show you my desk previous pics. have always been neat and tidy, allthough it still doesn't look that messy but I can assure you it I've never made a mini album before so after buying 3 sheets of delish papers from DCWW featuring butterflies from my local craft shop I started Monday covering the pages, and then I was hooked I finally finished covering the pages last night, so I've just got to add the finishing touches and photos. I think I shall be doing a few more of these as they're great fun to do but fairly quick. Will post the finished pics. of the album tomorrow...................

Have a happy woyww

Sunday, 6 February 2011


I started having a play around on Friday, but have been feeling abit under the weather for the past couple of days, so I  finally finished it today,I've used lots of elements as well as lots of gold perfect my bling. I used a victorian style valentine card as inspiration, so I distressed and spritzed a doiley and then made a collage for the centre panel using a script stamp for the background from The Artistic Stamper, I cut out part of an image featuring the Eiffel Tower from a stamp from Crafty Individuals, I used a bronze embossing powder from Wow on parts of it. The victorian vignette image I got last year from Holland.I added a layer of angel type hair paper......actually it some packaging around some flowers, so abit of recycling there to the base of the collage and then added red rose from Wild Orchid Crafts.The red sparkly hearts I made using red cosmic shimmer embossing powder, the heart stamp is from Debbie Moore. The lace was spritzed in gold as well and then I added the word love whick are letters from Dovecraft cystal gem letters....

Crazy 4 Challenges.....Valentine.
Secret Crafter.....Valentine. Love Love.
Stampin' for the Weekend.....St. Valentines Day.
Polka Doodles......hearts.
Paper Sundaes....use more than 1 image.
Crafty is in the air.
Artistic Stamper.....All things Love.
Lets Ink it Up......Valentines.

Have a great week
and thank you for your comments
they're inspirational

Friday, 4 February 2011

Eline designs...

Evening  peeps, first things first thank you for your kind comments with regards my chicken pox ill Grandson, update is .....they don't seem to bother him that much and hes running around as near normal as he gets, although hes still in quaranteen, its all of us that are sitting here itching, guess we've all in sympathy with Ethan finished off his piece of art for his mum.....I think hes going to be pinching my stash real soon, he loves painting but insists on doing it all himself even if my Twinkling H2o's are now covered in glitter, he even picked and placed the gemstones for me to glue.....won't let him near that

I did write the Mummy for him......

Now for today I thought I'd share with you the quickest card I've ever made.....ussually Kim from Cuddly Buddly will email me to make a card for a new release and a few days later it appears but I litterally recieved the email on Tuesday night and made it that same night, I must admit there was no colouring involved just printing and cutting but the designs by Eline are so darn cute I just gotta share it with you.

Click here to see all the designs

Stamp Something.....use something digital
Have a great weekend
can't believe it's here again

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Compendium of Curiosities.....

Health grandson Ethan has Chicken Pox, so we have been looking after him instead of going to nursery and today the itching has started.....poor thing although luckily he hasn't got many on his face, just got to wait now and see if anyone else goes down with it.
Yay I've managed to join in the challenge early.....well it is for me as I usually enter on Sunday afternoons, I've gone for another valentine card......well its only a couple of weeks away, the shop is full of hearts and teddies at  the moment, we're all loved up at work. I've tried a couple of techniques on this card, the background paper of the main card has a white wash over the top and then I stamped and embossed hearts in red, the sentiment stamps are by 'A Catslife'.......the amour and valentine sentiment, the image is from Crafty Individuals and is framed in a metal tag frame which along with the other metal sentiment follows the technique....Altered metal with paint, the details can be found on page 48 in A Compendium Of Curiosities. The background has then been embossed with the heart stamp but embossed with clear this time. All the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


Compendium of Curiosities......altered metal with paint.
Simon says Stamp and some love.
Papertake......anything goes with flowers.
Simon is in the air.
Creative Beli ......use jewels eg. pearls,rhinestones.
Crafty roses.

Thanks for taking a peek
your comments are greatly appreciated