Sunday 27 November 2011

Let it Snow........

Afternoon peeps, just sat down after cleaning the windows in the conservatory ready for Christmas, I spring clean just before I put the tree up, sad I know, its just at this time of the year the windows look dirty when the sun know what I mean. So I've just got the rest of downstairs to do next week. I've nearly finished my shopping which is just as well as it was really busy at work yesterday.
I fininshed this card this morning and it features sweet Teddy Bo dressed as a Snowman, I've used blues and purples to colour this delightful image as the theme for the Teddy Bo challenge this week is Christmas but no red and greens, the papers are some from a craft magazine ages ago, I thought it was about time I used up some of my scraps.

The Sweet Stop.....sketch
Sweet Stampin'......Punches and dies.
Crazy 4 challenges......some snow.
Crafty Catz.......Snowman.
Totally Papercrafts.....Christmas,
4 Crafty Chicks....snowflakes.
Ladybug Crafts Ink......Winter Blue.
Teddy red and green Christmas.
Addicted to card.
Dream Valley......sparkle.
Paper Sundaes.......winter wonderland.
Ribbon Girl........Jingle all the ways to Christmas
Think I need a Nana nap after all that hard work
hugs n' smiles

Friday 25 November 2011


Morning peeps well I don't know what happened to Thursday just a blur, I did do a sales event at a Spa selling cards and chocolates but unfortunately hardly anyone turned up so it was a disaster evening if you know what I mean, oh well its Friday and its time for another challenge at Polkadoodles and the theme this week is to use the colours of the Italian flag which are red, green and white, the theme was chosen by Miria who lives in wonderful Itlay near Rome......ciao hun.
I've kept my card very simple using the lovely Rudolph script paper from The Paper Boutique CD, the word stamp is from Crafty Idividuals as is the Santa image in the stamped frame, that stamp is by Viva.

Papercrafting.......anything goes.
Moving along with the Times.....ribbons and bows.
Crimbo Crackers.......Santa.
Simon Says.....tag your it.
Paper Pretties.....tags.
Little Red theme.
Delightful Challenges....... Red and green
Frosted designs.....sketch.
hugs n smiles

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Santas list........

Evening peeps well I've not done much today as Ethan is poorly and we've spent most of the afternoon curled up on the settee watching kids TV, we did go out earlier to get some food shopping so ot much crafting done today oh well not much on the telly on a Tuesday so I'll play catch up as I have a couple of DT cards to do.
However I did make this one a couple of weeks ago and being as Christmas is fast approaching I thought I'd enter this card in a few challenges. The image is by Karen Middleton called Santas List available from Cuddly Buddly as are the digi papers. The image has been coloured with Prisma pencils and lots of glamour dust for bling.

Everybody Art......Christmas card.
Digital Tuesday.... Sparkle and Shine.
Lollipop Crafts......anything goes.
Crafty Pad.....Red, Green and gold.
Glitter shopping.
Really reasonable ribbons.......CAS Christmas and ribbon.

hugs 'n smiles

Monday 21 November 2011

Sketch n Stash........

Ohhhh its Monday and back to work after my couple of days off, we had a lovely day in York on Saturday, we walked until our feet ached, the train museum is well worth a visit for young and old alike, its lovely to see Historical trains like the Mallard and the Golden Arrow up close, there is even Queen Victorias carriage complete with bathroom. I didn't realise how big these trains were, the wheels stand taller that I am and we were expecting to see just a couple of trains not loads of them. i managed to get most of the rest of my Christmas shopping done......feeling very organised this year. On Sunday we went to Warley train show at the NEC and we took Ethan with us, he thoroughly enjoyed himself and even had a play on a Steam train, pulling all the levers he loved looking at all the layouts and didn't want to leave but we were
Todays card is for Sketch N Stash and this weeks fabbie sketch is by our teamie  Kevin, loving this sketch. I've gone over board with gems and glitter for this

The winner gets to choose 4 images of their choice.

The image and papers are from Cuddly Buddly, the image is called Elisa Christmas Star and is coloured with Prisma pencils. The Poinsettia is a Marianne die and the corner die is from Spellbinders.

Winter Wonderland......Cutie.
Dream Valley.......stitching real or faux.
Totally Gorjuss.......swirly whirly.
Oh La (gems, diecuts, flowers)
Pile it On.....things with P (Poinsettia, pink, polka dots, pink)
hugs n smiles

Friday 18 November 2011


Morning, another glorious day yesterday, we went to Olney to visit LB Crafts and Lin let me buy some of her plastic 12x12 stacking paper trays for £1 each which I've been after for quite a while so I was well over the moon..... thanks Lin, her shop closes the week before Christmas but she will still be teaching......yay. I did end up spending a smidge more as well on stamps which my hubby and daughter are buying me for Christmas, I still want them wrapped up the way back we stopped of at a craft centre just outside the village of Weedon on the A5 and my Mum fell in love with a tree which was about 8' high now considering I had filled the boot of the car with 20 shelves we still managed to get the tree in which I brought her for Christmas but the car was rather full with us all in and a
Today see the start of another challenge at Polkadoodles this week the theme is a shaped Christmas card, I made a stepper card with papers from the Magical winter Cd, I love the papers on this Cd. I've cut some of the trees out and then mounted them on top of each other for dimension.

Paperplay.....shaped card.
Stampavie......anything but square.
Paper Pretties.....non traditional christmas colours.
Digital Tuesday........Christmas time.
Oh La La.....Bingo (ribbon, diecut, and sparkle).
off to York tomorrow for a shop and to go to the train museum 
and the day after that I'm going to a train show so I'm having a chuffing
hugs for the weekend

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Winter Wonderland.......

Morning peeps the challenge at Crafty Individuals this month is Winter Wonderland and I had a couple of hours yesterday afternoon after Ethan had gone home so I had a play in my craft  room  and then being as the football was on the telly last night I managed to finish this hanging.Instead of making a Christmas card for my sister and brother-in -law I make them an ornament for their tree, so this is for them. I think there is more glitter on this than I have ever used
I started off by re-cycling an old Cd using Viva Ferro to get the texture, marking out the mini shadow box before applying the paste. If you heat dry Ferro you get lots of little bubbles which makes a great texture, I then used Viva precious metal paint to highlight. The box was painted using Viva crackle paint and again highlighted with precious metal paint, the images in the box are all from Crafty Individuals Christmas book as is the stamp of Santa on his sleigh. The tree is a Marianne die which I distressed with broken China and then heat embossed with Aurora embossing powder from Cosmic Shimmer the snowflakes were done in the same way and then lashing of stickles added to everything......told you I like


Crafty Individuals.....winter wonderland.
Oldie But a Goodie.......let it snow (santa sleigh is oldest stamp).
Crafty Cardmakers......recycle (Cd).
Papercrafting journey......embosssing
Pink Elephant.......embossing.
Crafty Creations......recycle
ABC Christmas.....w for winter sports
Divas by Design.....monochromatic
Fab n its cold outside

Hugs n' smiles

Monday 14 November 2011

Monday morning........

Morning all, hope you all had a good weekend and feel energised ready for the start of another week......can't say I am, I'm  feeling tired before I've even started, at least I've got a couple of days off at the end of the week for a rest before the Christmas rush starts at work, although I've got a feeling I'll probably be catching up with all those jobs that need to be done before Christmas and not crafting which is what I want to
Talking of which I finished this card yesterday featuring Toby sweet but it did take a while to colour, I wanted to get the snow to look realistic so after finishing the colouring with Prisma pencils, I added glamour dust and then painted with white acrylic paint over it building uo the layers in places for depth and texture. The image is called ..... Got something for you and is available fom Cuddly Buddly. the papers are from First Edition called Christmas Joy.

Paper images.
Totally Gorjuss......Christmas traditional.
Wags n Whiskers.....Christmas.
Crimbo Crackers.....make it sparkle.
Divas by design.....use metal.
Creatalicious..... Christmas with sparkle
Crafty Calendar......Winter wardrobe
Cupcake......twos company
Heartsong Inspirations......Gold or glitter.

hugs n' smiles

Friday 11 November 2011


Morning peeps gosh the weeks are flying by at a rate of  knots, I can't believe its Friday again, so that can only mean one thing its time for a new challenge at Polkadoodles, this week I got to choose the challenge so being as I love all things girly and pretty I chose the theme  'Pearls and Swirls' with pretty pastels and not only that there is a fabbie giveaway from Letraset for the winner......ohhhhhh. The winner gets a set of ultrafine Promarkers, so what are waiting for........
My card featues Maddie from the Pretty Sweet Cd, there are lots of delish papers and images to choose from as well. Image was coloured with Prisma pencils.

Cooking up with Katie.......use a different fold, make it fancy and add flowers.
Corrosive Challenge.....with a flourish.
My Mums Craft Shop.......sugar and spice
Poodles Parlour........when I grow up
Hugs n' smiles

Thursday 10 November 2011

Blue bird......

Evening peeps hope you're well and haven't had too much rain today, its been mild here so we went out on a Garden Centre crawl,.......bit like a pub crawl but with coffee and cakes instead of beer. I couldn't help resisting to buy Ethan a wooden whistle the kind that you pull the end out and it varies the whistle, hes taken to sticking 2 fingers in his mouth and then shrieking as if hes whistling......I've never been able to whistle like that myself, there must be a knack to it but hes obviously seen someone whistle like that and thinks he can do it as hes got a proper whistle so he can make a lot of noise, I did appologise to my daughter.......tee hee!!! I'm such a naughty Nana. Right I want you all to practice whistling now................
Todays card is from the new release at Cuddly Buddly from Karen Middleton called Star Birdie, the papers are also by Karen Middleton called Enchanted Wishes. When I went to the NEC there was a stand with some fabbie new dies on and this little birdcage was one of them......I'm so in love with it and at just £4 it was a definately must have.

My Time To Craft......sun, moon,stars.
Digital Tuesday......anything goes.
Ok you can all stop

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Vintage Christmas......

Morning peeps hope you are all well, I'm up bright and early waiting for my Grandson so won't get the chance to blog later because I will be too busy playing trains and horsey around the poor back again!!
I've made a vintage Christmas card that I thought I'd show today as it seems ages since I've done anything remotely distressed or grungy. The stamps I've used are from Viva, lots of lovely Vintage Christmas designs and at only around £5.99 a sheet they are brilliant value and they stamp well, I ussually prefer rubber for a better image. I've spritzed all the images with lashings of Heirloom gold perfect pearl mists which doesn't show that well on the photo. The papers are a gorgeous Christmas book that I picked up in a sale last year in fact I brought two of them as the papers are divine and I didn't want to use them because I can't get any more......sad I know!! the paper pad is called Joyful Peace by Tina Higgins from g.c.d studios. I added vintage glass glitter by Melissa Frances to the edges of the Poinsettia die by Marianne designs and then added the button with the the threaded ribbon through on top. the sentiment is the freebie stamp on the cover of this months Craft Stamper Magazine designed by the dropped through the door at the right moment.

Make my Monday......vintage/traditional christmas card.
Sunday Stamper.......Christmas.
One Stop Crafts....three of something (3 Stamped images,3 DPS)
Addicted to Stamps......shabby/vintage.
Ribbon Girl......jingle all the way to christmas.
The Stampman.....collage style card/background.
ABC Christmas....V for vintage.
Pixie Cottage.....Christmas.
Three Muses.....vintage collage/memories
Top Tip Tuesday......anything Christmas, my tip is use glossy accents to adere glass glitter because its a chunky glitter it doesn't stick well with other glues
Truly Scrumptious.......Bingo (lace,flower,Ribbon)
Hugs 'n' smiles

Monday 7 November 2011

Sketch n Stash.......

Morning peeps well thats another week done and Christmas is fast approaching, less than 50 days for crimbo shopping.....arggggh. At least I've made a start, I've got Ethans pressie for him but I can't tell you incase he reads this post and it spoils the (I know..... he's only three).
Todays sketch at Sketch n Stash is by our lovely teamie Vicky.......great sketch hun.

Simon Says Stamp has very kindly donated $15 to spend in their
store for one lucky winner.Check out their on-line shop for lots of delish crafting goodies, 
better make a cuppa before you start though.

For my card I've used one of those delightful images from Teddy Bo called.......Ballerina Bea.The image was coloured with prismas and the papers are from First Edition called Hideaway. I added little tiny flower sequins around the edge and popped a small pearl in the centre to create the flowers.

Secret, ribbon and lace
Digital Tuesday......Cute and Cuddly
Teddy Bo......pastels
Heart Song......anything goes
 Have a great week all.

Sunday 6 November 2011

Pretty Tuff.....

Evening peeps just got back form the NEC with my daughter, I really look forward to our girlie day out, I did have to deposit her on a seat for awhile as she wasn't feeling too well, cup of tea with 5 sugars  in later and she was feeling better so I guess her sugar level was low due to lack of food......I did stick to my list but got side tracked only a smidge in fact my daugter kept asking when I was going to start, I must have been feeling ill as well, I did buy quite a few dies as there were quite a few bargains to be had and it would have been rude not to buy two or three of them. I did manage to catch up with Nickki from Polkadoodles, her stand looked lovely, loads of samples and goodies, when I went back in the afternoon she was still swamped so I'll have to catch up with her another time. The card that I've made features one of the new images from the CD Pretty Tuff, the papers are also from the same CD which was launched at the NEC this weekend and will be available to order online tomorrow.I used my prismas to colour the image.


Our Creative Crew.....masculine card.
Totally Papercrafts......stitch it.
Poodles Parlour.....Lets hear it for the boys.
Paperplay.......Button up.
Oh La La......stitching real or faux.
Simon Says.......Buttons
Off to unpack my goodies

Saturday 5 November 2011

Trash to Treasure.....

Just wanted to let know that the ubber talented Lynn Stevens is  having a three year blog anniversary giveaway, her art is awesome and if you want to check out her blog Trash to Treasure click here to be transported to a world of inspirational goodies. Sorry for not getting round to many blogs tonight but my silly computer is playing up. Thank goodness for my son who has just fixed it for me. I'm off to the NEC tomorrow and I've written a list which I know as soon as I get there will probably be out the

Friday 4 November 2011


Morning peeps, hope you are well, its Friday and that can only mean one thing its challenge time at Polkadoodles, and the theme this week is a shaped card, this is a centre stepper card using the delish papers and image from the Cd Pretty Sweet. If you struggle with guy cards check out the CD Pretty Tuff, lots of papers and images for all those guy cards and is availabe soon from Polkadoodles, the launch is at the NEC so if you're going this week pop by and say hi to Nickky and see her latest Cd. The image whch is called bella has been coloured with prismas.I've cut out some of the flowers from the paper and added lots of stickles to the centres as well as around the edges.I'm off to the NEC on Sunday just hope there are some goodies left to I am taking a list this year trying to be good which I know will be out the window as soon as I get to the first stand.

Stampavie.......anything goes.
Creative Inspirations.....lashings of sparkles.
Dream valley......anything goes.
Colour Create......Turquoise,deep pink and ivory
Have a good day and thank you for your comments

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Ready Teddy Go......

Morning peeps hope you all had a Happy Halloween yesterday and had lots of trick or treaters, we didn't get so many this year so I've got lots of chocolate skeleton, ghosts and pumpkin lollies left to eat, however I did get an extra special trickster knock on the door dressed as a mini cute is my little monster Grandson Ethan. My daughter did a brill job on the makeup he was a lovely shade of green, when he knocked on the door instead of saying Trick or treat he said hello Nana its me and walked into the hall and started to get undressed.....hasn't quite got the hang of it yet, his mum and dad did take him round the local neighbours and he returned with some sweets and a a packet of crisps which he gave to his uncle.......bless.

Today sees the start of our new monthly challenge at Ready-Teddy-Go, the challenge is to make an easel card using your fave teddy stamps.The stamp I've used is one of those cute Fizzy Moon ones called Little Star, coloured with Prismas and lots and lots of glitter. The papers are Fizzy Moon 'Celebrations' even the delish papers have and just in case there wasn't enough glitter I added diamante stars for a bit of added bling.

Pollycraft......anything goes.
Lollipop Crafts.......Anything goes.
Our Creative Cnr.....fancy folds.
Sweet Stampin'......anything goes.
Papertake......anything goes with a bit of bling
have a great day, I'm off to an area meeting in Luton
gonna be another long day........