Friday, 28 October 2011


Morning peeps firstly thank you all for your kind  and supportive comments about my daughter,shes back home and resting if that is at all possible with a 3 year old, but hes great for cuddles, secondly whats happened to the weather, rained all day on Thursday, yuk......don't like the wet stuff and thirdly I went for a health check that the local docs invited me to, and apart from having slightly raised cholesterol  I'm not in too bad a shape, she gave me a diet sheet telling me which foods to avoid but when I said I worked for Thorntons she said that was ok because the chocolates are yummy, although I've got a slight feeling that they are on the foods to avoid list.
Anyway todays card is similar  to last weeks card in as much that I've used the same sweet image from Wee Stamps called Silver Fairy. I've gone for similar colours again, I tend to use the same colours for a time before I move onto the next ones, I'm like that with food I'll have the same sandwich for dinner for weeks until I get fed up with it......I guess I'm just weird.!!!! don't all agree at once please.
The papers are from the Polkadoodle Cd Magical winter part 1, I lurvvvvve these grey lilac colours and are perfect for any occassion. The theme this week for the Polkadoodle challenge is mythical creatures so you can join in with your faries, unicorns, dragons etc.I've made a shaker card, not done one of these before, I used a lovely vintage chunky glitter for the inside and the flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts.So don't forget to join in the fun this week.

Truly Scrumptious......shaker card/box.
Paper Pretties......embellish it, flowers, brads, bling.
Lollipop Crafts......Embellish it.
My Craft Spot......use acetate.They have the most delish looking twine and seam binding in awesome colours......I need to move to
Papercrafting Journey......Use a digi papers and image)
Crafty Ribbons......Bingo (Punch/dies, Flowers and ribbon)
Charisma......anything goes
Totally Papercrafts......glitter it
Crafts 4 Eternity.....Magical mystical
Off to work now to put up the Christmas tree in the about early
hugs n' smiles

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Too cute to spook........

Morning peeps, I shall be glad when today has gone as my daughter is in hospital, we were all devastated by her bad news but know that they have made the right descion for her and her family. I shall be in bits all day hoping that she is ok and I know that she is going to be so upset as she has been all week.Its horrible seeeing your child suffer even if she is 28, she'll always be my baby and I wish I could take her pain away.
I've been a busy beaver this week making cards to keep my mind occupied and this is one I made yesterday, when I saw this sweet cutie on Sylvia Zets blog I just had to have sweet !!!,the image is called Hazel the Witch and shes too darn cute to spook I love all the details in the image and that little Vampire bat is adorable, I've coloured the image with Prismas and added Diamond Stickles around the edge. The paper was a freebie from Bearly Mine designs, which I have to say is perfect for Halloween without having to use any other papers.

Top Tip Tuesday......Trick or Treat.
Die Cutting Divas......Halloween sing purple, orange, black and green.
Pollycraft.......spooky goings on.
Magical Mondays.......Halloween.
Crafty Pad......Halloween.
Sweet Stampin'......Trick or Treat.
Simon Says.......anything goes.
Fab n' Funky........Hubble Bubble Toil and Trouble
My Mums craft Shop.....Spooktacular
Back to work today

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


Morning...... gosh its dark this morning, not looking forward to the dark mornings and early evenings apart from anything its so hard to get good light to photograph finished pieces, I spent the weekend re-arranging my craft room again after another trip to Ikea I brought some wooden drawer units that are just begging to be altered, I want to find some 12x12 paper storage preferably the trays but can't find any anywhere so if anyone can help please can you let me know. I'm hoping when I go to the NEC that someone might do storage.....that doesn't break the Todays card is one I made having a play on Sunday, one of the challenges this week is faces so I started off masking and layering a couple of Gison girl images and misted the background, then started adding images from Crafty Individuals, the background paper is from Graphic 45, I hate cutting up these but if I don't I won't have any excuse to buy i did use the border of the paper to make the ribbon band so nothings wasted.I love the lace which is from Kaisercraft, a real deep vintage colour, yum yum.Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Sunday Stamper........Autumn colours or theme.
Sugar Creek Hollow......colours of autumn.
Fashionable and cream with a touch of dark chocolate.
Oh its just getting  lighter so I'm off to have a play in my room,
before my Grandson arrives although I might get a day
hugs 'n' smiles

Monday, 24 October 2011

Sketch n Stash......

Morning peeps I could have sworn that there was another week to go for this challenge but no today sees the start of another challenge at Sketch n' Stash, phew the time is flying by, I'm trying to get mt DT cards done in readiness for Christmas and in doing so I've managed to make extra cards for the same challenges, I'm slowly going batty, well it nearly again. However todays card is following the delightful sketch from our lovely Gemma......lovin' this one,

We are sponsered by Pollycraft this week
the winner get to chose 10 digis of their own choice
ohhhhh what a fabbie prize

I've used an image from Wee Stamps by Silvia Zet called Rose and Felix........I coloured the image with Prismas and the papers I've used are from Nit Wits called Promises, lots of lovely turquioses and lilac papers to choose from. lots of glitter again using star dust stickles and glamour dust.

Simon Says.....inspired by nusery rhymne/fairy tale (rapunzel).
Pixie Cottage.....sweet as candy.
Cupcake.....Denim and lace
Off for the next couple of days to support my daughter and help 
hubby build a shed

Saturday, 22 October 2011

On the wings of.....

Evening peeps time to put my feet up and watch the dancing whilst typng this posting featuring Crafty Individual stamps,the challenge over there this month is things with wings, I think I've made the challenge by the skin of my teeth. I've used a microscope slide holder painted with Fresco paints and the main butterfly stamp has been stamped on tissue paper, the images are also from Crafty Individuals, I've used metallic foil to add highlights, the butterfly pops up when you open the slide holder.The edges have been distressed with gold dabber.......
Its all kicking off with the dancers and judges tonight, think there'll be fisty cuffs soon as they're all arguing with each other......great drama, Craigs off on one again.

Crafty Individuals.....things with wings.
Totally Papercrafts......layer upon layer.
Fab n' Funky.......torn or distessed.
Corrosive challenge......Flying things

Friday, 21 October 2011

Spooky hanging......

Morning peeps Halloween is fast approaching I'd better get some goodies in, last year we had alot of Trick or Treaters and the year before none so I'd better be prepared. Todays challenge at Polkadoodles is to create something Halloween and there is a free digital download to use if you want to. For my hanging sign I used the Halloween sentiment off the downlad and the image is from The Sundae of Seasons Cd.......this is such a versatile Cd as you get lots of delish papers and designs. The image was coloured with Prismas and the background distressed using Chipped Sapphire Dried Marigold and Black Soot.Just to let you know that I layered my image by using the fence in the background and then layered the spooky Dracular ontop......just like masking but on a PC instead.

Crafty Calendar.......Spooky.
Crafty Cardmakers.......Cute spooky.
Hooked on Crafts.....Something spooky.
 Creative Cardcrew.....Spooky fun.
Digital Tuesday.......Happy Halloween.
Papertake......Spooky hues.
Divas by Design.....Something spooky
Stampavie and More........Halloween.
Alphabet challenge.....S for soon be halloween.
Jelly Park.......use an image that is a costume.
The Poodles Parlour.......Spooky Halloween
If the Shoe fits........halloween/fall

On a sad note I just wanted to let you know that my daugher had 
her amnio test results back and unfortunately it was bad news.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


Evening peeps what a glorious day today although a smidge cold, might have to get my coat out soon, usually the hot flushes keep me, I have had an inky play today using lots of techniques to create this Autumn/Halloween card, I started with a paper from Bearly designs and added extra distressing to the edges, the pumpkin doiley was sent to me by Diann at Dianns art spot......thank you so much.The pumkin label is a download that I added Picket Fence stain the effect you get and oh so easy to achieve as well as distressing the edges with Walnut Stain. The other pumpkin I embossed with Ultra thick embossing crystals, I then crumpled the embossed image to get cracks in it and again I used walnut Stain to rub in the cracks for a more aged look. The leaves were created by glimmer misting paper with oranges and greens and then I used one of the freebie stamps that you get on the front of The Craft Stamper magazine to stamp on this, embossing part of the inked image with Copper embossing powder from Wow.The little girl image was stamped onto tissue paper and then using Claudine Helmuths matt multi medium to stick it down, this then becomes see through so you can see part of the background.

Shabby Tearoom.....Pumpkin Garden.
Creatalicious.....distress the edges.
Paper Sundaes.....Halloween/Fall.
Dream Valley.....Halloween
Addicted to Stamps.....Halloween
One Stop Craft......Halloween.
My Sheri Crafts......pumpkins.
Drunken Stampers.....Halloween
Crazy for challenges......up and coming holiday, include heat embossing.
CES.....forever Autumn.
Wags n Whiskers......fall colour.
Stampin for the weekend.....colours of Autumn.
Fussy and Fancy.....Fall  or Halloween
Alphabet challenge......S is for soon be Halloween.
 Really Reasonable Ribbons......Halloween
Rainbow lady......falling leaves.
Top Tip......layer it up 
Oldie but a Goodie.....Forever Autumn (stamp is oldest) 
Phew I think that is a record of challenges for me 
Thanks for taking a peek

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Silver Fairy.......

Afternoon peeps hope you are all having a fabbie weekend, thought I'd post a card this afternoon as its motor racing on the TV.......a must see by hubby on Sundays, not into it myself its the droning noise, it fair puts me to sleep, so before I take a Nana nap I thought I'd better get typing.I coloured this Wee image by Sylvia Zet whilst I was on holiday and I've been playing with the LO for the past week, I don't know whether you guys do the same but I usually have several cards on the go in various stages as I can't just do one, well I very rarely make a card from start to fininsh in one sitting. The image is called Silver Fairy as you can see I've gone for dusty grey lilacs for the colouring using Prisma pencils and galmour dust for the glitter highlights. The papers are from Polkadoodles and Elusive images now Chocolate Baroque. Swirls are Marianne dies, flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts. The edge of the image has been distressed with Dusty Concord and Milled Lavender and then Stardust stickles added to parts of the edge.Underneath the edge of the image there is a heart shaped doiley which was misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mist.

Allsorts ......Lavender and lace.
Totally Gorjus......Bingo (Bow, pearls and bling) (flowers, swirls and bling)
Frosted designs,.....fancy trim (lace).
Fairy Fun Friday......sugar and spice and everything nice.
Crafty Ribbons.....ribbon and lace.
 Charisma.....In stiches real or faux
Bunny zoe crafts......lace it up.
Think I'll dash out and plant a few bulbs before the rain comes
brrrr......supposed to be cold this coming week
guess its time to get out the jumpers
Hugs n Smiles 

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Morning peeps first things first........the draw of my Birthday blog candy
drum roll please......
Yay its Frea, 
please send me your address and I'll get the pens in the post to you Frea.
Now for todays card its a spooky Halloween card, well there are so many challenges for Halloween cards this week that it would be rude not to make The background paper is a Freebie from Bearly Mine Designs, I have to say this is sooooooo lovely and I coudn't help my self but put glitter on the web for lots of sparkle. The image is from Polkadoodles and is available on the Sundae of Seasons Cd with lots of other Halloween designs to choose from. I added a teeny spider that I made from a black pearl and Black sewing thread for the legs, I added Glossy Accents to the legs to make them thicker.......that was a smidge, Ethan said he didn't like it as he's scared of spiders, along with crocodiles, lions and tigers which all live in my house...... apparently.The image was coloured with Prismas and distressed with Dusty Concord and Dried Marigold

Everybody Art......Halloween.
Creative Card Crew.....Spooky fun.
My Time To Craft........Orange a nd black.
Papertake.......use three different shapes (square, oval and rectangle)
Heartsong......use diecuts and/sponged background.
Fussy and Fancy.....Halloween or fall. and orange.
Crafty ribbons......Boo-tiful Halloween. pretty spooky.
Simon says......halloween or Goth
Pixie Cottage.....Dark and spooky

 My daughter has got her amnio test this morning so I shall be on tender hooks 
all morning worrying about her,
then we've got to wait a few days for the results
Oh well I'll keep busy a work.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Sketch n Stash.....

Morning peeps so glad to see so many cards entered for the last challenge using my sketch, the winners have been chosen, it was sooooo hard to pick just three as there were so many gorgeous designs, oh well on to this Monadys sketch at Sketch n Stash and this has been done by our fabbie Angie .......shes so good to us, as she makes our sketches look extra scrummy after we have given her our rough drawings.

This weeks sponsers are
Simon Says Stamp have kindly donated $15 to spend in their store.
They have so much scrummy stamping stuff you'll need a day to choose
and they've included free shipping. 

For my card I have used one of the new Christmas Lady images from Karen Middleton called Mistletoe. I have never coloured  a life like face before so I was nervous about doing this one.....but not one to be put off a challenge I had a go, the results were better than I thought they would be, I used Prisma Pencils adding bling with Stickles and Glamour dust. The papers are from Cuddly Buddly called Toby Tumble Christmas Papers which I've had for ages, but I love the mistletoe design which is so apt for this image. Just to let you know Kim has got over a 100 free digi images including papers on the site, might be best to sort by price to find them but there are some real sweeties.

CES......seeing red.
CRAFT.....bright colours.
By the cute and Girlie.......Anything goes 
Have a lovely day at least its not raining
just very windy

Saturday, 8 October 2011


Evening peeps what a change in the weather it is brrrrr..... cold, so I thought I'd dig out a snow covered card. I'm watching Strictly whilst typing this so it might take a while to get to the end of  the post, that Craig is sooooo mean to the poor dancers, thank goodness for Len, I love how he puts him in his place anyway back to the card this one features that sweet little Bunny called Toby Tumble with his little Ted called Hello There available from Cuddly Buddly.

Sweet Stampin' stitches.
Secret Crafter......anything goes as long as it Sparles.
One Stop Craft......anything goes.
Raise the Bar.......furry friends.
My Mums craft Shop.....all creatures great and small.
Ladybug DPs
Simon Says......sparkle and bling 

 Poor Anton hes got another left footed gal, you gotta feel sorry for the guy
I'd love him to to get to the final......but it doesn't look like it again, but hes sooooo funny. 
have a great Sunday

Friday, 7 October 2011


Morning peeps I'm feeling a whole better this morning, trouble is I've lost a day of crafting after sleeping for most of yesterday and I slept all night, anyway I'm awake now and its Friday and that means another challenge at Polkadoodles, this weeks theme is Handmade Flowers, a nice easy one for you to join in with, sorry another card from the Pretty Sweet Cd from Polkadoodles but I do so love these images.....all girly, the image I've used is called Maddie and the papers are from the same Cd, lots of scrummy shabby designs to choose from and oh so pretty......however for all you boy image lovers, I've heard a rumour !!! As you can see I kept the colour palette simple to just three colours in lovely pastel hues, adding pearls to the centres of the flowers.The image was coloured using a combo of Flex markers and Prisma pencils. The markers are great for colouring larger areas and then you can highlight with the pencils on top.

Fab n Funky.......Die cuts/punches.
Auds Sentiments......happy birthday 
Digital Tuesday.......we like to party (birthday) 
Fairy Fun.....sugar and spice 
Have a great day although the weather here is yuk, dark and raining
Oh well better get ready for work 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Shabby .......

Afternoon peeps well I can honestly say I have slept most of the day today, I have a thyroid problem and its a real pain as some days I am so tired  and all my joints ache, I can hardly stand up and today was one of those days,which is why I slept most of the day and I'll probably sleep all night, perhaps I'm turning into a
Todays card is a shabby autumn card, the image is actually from a spring image from a Polkadoodle Cd called A Sundae of Seasons, I loved the picket fence which I coloured and then added crackle glaze to and distressed with Tea Dye ink. The flowers were coloured with Prismas, I added glossy accents to the buttons in the centre. The papers are from My Mines Eye......'my beautiful world', I love the gorgeous shabby colours, I did add a colour wash of Picket Fence over the top as well just to distress the papers a smidge more, and there's not any glitter on thats a first for me.Oh well back to work tomorrow for hopefully I'll stay awake mind you I'm seriously thinking of puttting a sofa in my office come tearoom so have a power nap on in my lunch break.....I'll need an alarm clock to wake me

Pixie Cottage......fall.
Truly Scrumptious......Distressing.

Shabby Tearoom......Shabby Autumn.
Paper Sundaes.......lots of layers.
Artistic Stamper......Autumn colours.
Creative Inspirations.....friendship 
Paperplay.....Autumnal colours
Moving along the times.....Autumn Leaves 

Hugs n' Smiles to you all 

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

All tied up.....

Evening peeps, another lovely day but we can expect snow next week so the rumour, I had Ethan today, when he arrived at 8.00am this morning i was sweeping up leaves, such a thankless job as there seems to be as many leaves left as when you first started, after I had gathered a large pile of them Ethan stood in the middle throwing  them in the air......such fun, he then got his play lawn mower out to try and mow them up.We spent a lovely day playing tents and hopping around on a space hopper, then we went to the local soft play area and slid down slides and climbed and walked across knees are killing me
This is a card that I made as a sample for Polkadoodles, the image and papers are from the Magical Winter Cd part 1. I love the papers as they remind me of brown paper.I have crimped the panel for added dimension and used string to tie around the panel adding a snowflake using one of the dies from Marianne, just had to add lots of glamour dust for the snow and icicles, the image has been coloured with Prismas and blended with Sansador.

Papertake.....anything goes.
Christmas cards ayr......punches/ 1 halloween colour (black)
Crafty Cardmakers......anything goes.
Heart Song.....anything goes.
CD Sunday......natures wonder.
Crafts 4 Eternity......anything goes.
Hugs n' smiles 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Stamp out......

Just read a letter by Mo Manning on her blog about stamping out image theft.......pop over here to read it. I am so behind her on this,it really annoys me when anyone steals whether its images, films, and video games, I know from what my son does and how long it takes him to create something to be used in a game......Hours and hours, and then someone comes along and doesn't see why they shouldn't just download it for themselves and not pay.....its THEFT and if  you stole a product from a shop you would be prosecuted. Without artists in any category there would be no entertainment, whether its reading, watching a film, playing a video game, colouring in an image for a card.......Ok thats my rant over for the morning
Hope you all have a great day

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Polka Doodles.........

Nickky at Polkadoodles has put out a design team call so if you're interested read on....

New Design Team Member Call..........

Okkkaaayyyy! We're looking for some new teamies to join us here at Polkadoodles!

Yep, we need some new blood to join our lovely talented team on this challenge blog and also to make samples for shows and TV! So, if you LOVE colouring and you're great with your Promarkers, Copics, Prisma's and Watercolours (or any other colouring medium) and it's your speciality then please email us with a link to your blog and NO MORE than 50 words about yourself and why you want to be on the Polkadoodles team. It doesn't matter if you're a cardmaker, scrapbooker, a stamper or a CD crafter, we need someone who can be versatile and fit within the other talents on our fabulous, happy team. We look for all kinds of abilities and styles so you've gotta be in it, to win it, as the saying goes! You MUST have a blog where you post regularly. You MUST be able to commit to participating in the challenge blog 3 times per month, making TV samples when required AND commenting on challenge entries each week, so please ensure you can do all this before you apply - this is a permanent position and you must be able to offer the commitment we need. We will consider entries from around the world but as we need people who can also make samples, because of time constraints entries from the UK may have an advantage - if you're not in the UK please don't let that put you off, really we just need someone awesome, and we're looking for more than one person!! We will be choosing someone over the next two weeks and results will be posted here. Please do not leave comments etc, all bloglinks must be sent by email by 13th OCTOBER. Please ensure your links are correct and link to the homepage so we can see your blog properly. email us ( ) with a link to your blog and NO MORE than 50 words about yourself and why you want to be on the Polkadoodles team. (please note: Final decision will be announced on this blog after 13th October) ---- GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!! We can't wait to see your work! xx

Saturday, 1 October 2011


Wow 1st October and super hot, could be snowing next week, we should all be in for a really warm weekend, hopefully get the rest of my gardening done in preperation for the Spring. Its also the begining of a new challenge at Ready-Teddy-Go, some lovely entries again last month, the theme for the third challenge is 'Punch it out' we want to see you use punches for this challenge, I used a Martha Stewart punch to create this lacey frame, I threaded gingham ribbon through it and finished with a bow, the image is another Teddy Bo design this one is called 'Scratchy' Bo baby and trains. haven't done a baby card for a while, just loved this image, mind you i say that about them all. I haven't actually used any design papers under the image, I just mounted it on white card for the lace effect to show up. Image coloured in with Prisma pencils and Star Dust stickles added to the egde, a nice and simple layout.

This months challenge is sponsered by Kerry at Ladybug Crafts Ink
 The winner will get two free digis of their own choice.

Wags n'whiskers......hand made something (frame)
Papercrafting Journey.......die cuts or punches.
Cute Card Thursday....animal crackers.
Crafty creations......clean and simple.
Digital and white.
Cupcake......teddy bear.

Off to work and another record breaking day
of ice cream sales with all this sun
hugs n' smiles