Monday 28 May 2012

Ooh La La Creations.............

Morning peeps hope you are all still basking in this wonderful sunshine, just enough breeze to cool things down.....a perfect summers day, although its rain later in the week but hopefully not for a whole month this time.I spent the first part of yesterday morning just finishing off the garden, popping in a few more plants and then the rest of it I was being chased around the garden by my Grandson as he squirted me with his water gun, not a pretty sight although I could have entered a wet Tee shirt competition as I was

There were so many gorgeous entries for the last challenge at Ooh La La Creations, so I'm sure your're going to love the new challenge that starts today as the theme is..... Make it girly.
For my card I used one of the fairy images from the last CD Fairies in Bloom called Margot. All of the papers and elemnts are from the same CD collection.

I'm off today, just loving these two days off together, but I had better get some housework done as I've a pile of ironing to do as well as cleaning through.

Saturday 26 May 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

Morning all, wow we are being spoilt with this gorgeous weather,I sure did scoop alot of ice cream yesterday, in fact if we are as busy again today I think we could actually sell out as my freezer is looking abit bare. I've brought a sun lounger for the garden and you can bet when I get to unwrap it on Sunday it will be, fingers crossed I get to use it, either that or I'll be hanging wallpaper if it snows.
Today sees the start of another challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow, the theme this week is Vintage fashion, our sponser is.... who have kindly donated $10 for our lucky winner, they also gave us an image to play with.

I have used Prisma to colour the image, the papers are from Prima called Natures Garden, I have used a parasol die by Die Versions called a Floral Parasol (these are quite tricky to cut as they are quite intricate), the rose trim is from The Hobby House, and the ticket stamps are also from Prima Natures Garden collection, the butterfly die is a Cheery Lynn one.

Tuesday Alchemy......butterflies.
Party time Tuesday.....vintage or shabby chic.
Creative card Crew.....dimension.
Everybody Art....lace and shapes.

Hugs n smiles

Friday 25 May 2012

Polka Doodles...........

Morning peeps hope you are all enjoying this sunshine, we're rushed off our feet with the ice cream at work, and Ethan has already had two this week. Hope you have managed to join in with our Birthday challenge at Polka Doodles this week, its an amazing prize for one lucky winner and if thats not enough for you we also have our regular weekly challenge starting today......the challenge this week is to add a doodled border.For my card I used the sweet mouse image from The Sugar Plum Daisy Cd, I have coloured the image with Prisma pencils, I then mounted the image onto an embossed background and added a doodles border to the edge, the background patchwork paper is also from Polka Doodles.

Truly Scrumptious......pretty in pink.
Creative Inspirations......anything goes.
Ladybug Ink Crafts.....something with wings.
Sweet Stamps.....anything goes.
stamps and fun =Creativity......anything goes.
Allsorts.....buttons and bows.
Addicted to and white plus 1
Paper Sundaes....pretty in pink
Crafty (buttons, glitter and embossing)
Hugs n smiles

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Polka Doodles

Woohoo, it's Polka Doodles 3rd Birthday celebration!...

Yes, today is our 3rd Birthday - 3 years ago today Nikky launched the Polkadoodles challenge blog and we've been bringing you some awesome inspiration from our amazing Design Team ever since!!
So to celebrate this fabulous occasion we're having a BIG celebration and you can win over £220 worth of blog candy - so make sure you enter today's EXTRA challenge to be in with a chance to get some wonderful candy! woooohoooo!! We want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who regularly enter our challenges from all across the globe for all your fabulous support over the past 3 years, here's raising a glass to another 3 and beyond!

So, of course, today's challenge is very simple - you need to make us a Special Birthday Card incorporating No. 3 to help us mark the occasion! The 3 can be 3 ribbons, 3 papers, 3 get the idea!...

For my card I used the Paper Boutique Cd all of the images can be layered up for extra dimension

As this is a really special challenge you have until 31st May to enter this one and we will announce it the following Friday. Our very most favourite entry will win a massive prize of TEN, Yes, I did say TEN, Polkadoodles CD's with a value of over £160!! In addition, in appreciation of all our regular people who join us week in and week out around the world, We will also give a CD prize worth over £15 to one entry from the USA and Canada, to someone in Europe (non UK), someone in the UK and also someone from the Rest of the World outside those areas - that's an extra 4 chances to win too!...

Looking forward to seeing what you create, hugs n smiles

Monday 21 May 2012

Sketch n Stash......

Morning peeps hope you are well, well its now afternoon as I am struggling with blogger and nearly threw my comptuer out of the window, but I'm getting closer to fininshing this post so finger crossed. On the plus side I actually managed to stay awake yesterday so I've made a start on the decorating, trouble is now the house is a mess with everything in boxes after having a clearout as well, so I'm going to have to crack on with it again today.
Today sketch for the challenge at Sketch n Stash is by our lovely teamie Jen......not only that we have two sponsers this week

Dies to Die for have doanted £10 to spend online

Mei Flower have kindly donated £20 to be spent in their store.
Two sponsers this month, how lucky are we......

For my card I have use an image from Cuddly Buddly called Toby Tumble walking in clover, which I haven't used for a long time,I have used papers from Prima called Sun Kiss and the flowers are my newest stash also from Prima to go with the paper. I have used Prismas to colour the image.

Secret the garden the garden

Sentimental Sundays........Whimsical.
Fingers crossed this posts ok
hugs n smiles

Saturday 19 May 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow......

Morning peeps hope you are well and, its the weekend end again, I'm sure I said that only a couple of days ago and not 7.
For this weeks challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow we have the theme of  SWIRLS and PEARLS but don't forget we want to see your Vintage/Shabby Chic/Primative creations not cutie ones unless they fit the theme.
This week we have a guest designer joining us, so welcome to Amelia Breytenbach, her blog can be found at

For my card I used the new Crafty Individuals 347 butterfly stamp and I tried something new, I stamped onto foil that I had sandwiched with angel hair, I also stamped onto the angel hair itself for the top butterfly and then coloured it with alcohol ink when cut out........not sure if I like the effect as the foil doesn't photograph very well at all and is quite dark. The image and papers are also from Crafty Individulas. I used Dusty Concord crackle paint on the sentiment frame, and then added pearls to secure it. My swirls are in gems rather than pearls for a more vibrant look.

Out of the (Flowers,diecut, bling and image).
Rainbow Lady.....lets get inky.
Moving along with the fantasy figures only real. 
Fab n Funky......use fabric (Scrim).
Craft room challenge.....Add or use fabric (scrim).
Simon Says......anything goes.
Crafts for Eternity.....wonderful wings

Hugs n smiles

Harry Potter.....part 2

Thought I'd share some more pics with you, in one of the studios all of the models are made out of white paper/card before the real thing is made, don't think I'll be making one of these as a challenge.....phew the work that goes into them is amazing.

one of the many paper models on display

part of the Potions class

Dumbledores office

Hagrids hut

Weasleys house including the self moving props of slicing the carrot, irioning and
washing up

One of the giant chess pieces, not dinky ones they were enormous and moved
by remote control

Diagon Alley

Takin hubby for a drive in one of the 17 cars that they built
no side door

this is part of the model of Hogwarts

Richard outside Olivanders.

                             Just to let you know my son took loads of piccies but I won't spoil your fun
if you get to go to the studios yourself
its well worth getting an audio guide as well.
Catch you all later
hugs n smiles

Friday 18 May 2012

Harry Potter.....

Evening peeps I thought I'd share with you some pics of our visit to Warner Bros studios to see the Making of Harry Potter.........didn't really know what to expect but was it worth it............YES.
It was amazing to get up close to the sets and props, we were amazed at how large evrything was, I was expecting small models but oh no Buck Beek was full size as was Hagrid, didn't realize how tall he was, although he is a half The details were out of this world and  the amount of people and skills that are needed to make a film is amazing, in fact the actors play a small part in comparison.

outside the great hall

The ice sculpture from the ball

The chocoalte creations for one one of the feasts, unfortunately it wasn't real but they added the smell
so it made you feel hungry.....hmmmm

The portrait that hided the door to the dormitory

The model of the castle, this was awe inspiring as it filled a great big room

Outside the room of Dolores, all pink and glam.

I'll post some more pics another day

Thursday 17 May 2012

Mid way reminder......

Well its just a couple of days late, thought I'd make a reminder card for the challenge this month at Ready-Teddy-Go, the challenge this month is to pick 3 in a row from our bingo board.

We have a lovely sponser Birdie Brown this month who has kindly offered a prize of 3 digis to the winner. Heres a little about her...... Hello everyone! I'm Torico, the owner of Birdie Brown.I'm a mom to two kids who live in Japan. I've been loving doodling since I was a child, and have a passion for cardmaking now! At my Etsy shop, Birdie Brown, I'm offering whimsical and cute (Japanese "kawaii") digital stamps created from my original illustrations.

For my card I used a Tatty Ted stamp from Papermania, coloured with Promarkers, the papers are also from Papermania, now I have been a little bit naughty and incorporated a full house off the Bingo board but remember you only have to do three in a row, I still managed to keep it simple though.

We are off to Warner Brother Studios tomorrow to have a look around The Harry Potter studios, I'm really looking forward to this as I think it will be great to actually walk on the set where they did the filming and see the Great Hall and where they made the models of Hogwarts as well as walk down Diagon Alley.

Challenges include
Simon Says.....clean and simple.
Pile it on.....clean and simple.
Sentimental Sunday.....Birthday and things that start with B.....Bear, Bling, Buttons,  Butterflies, Bow.
Top Tip.....Clean and simple.
Charisma......use a metal charm.
Cute Card Thursday.....a touch of sparkle.

Hugs n smiles

Wednesday 16 May 2012


Hiya peeps I so need your help, I have had a request for a card featuring a lighthouse, or a scene with a lighthouse, does anyone know of a digi stamp company that does lighthouses failing that a stamp will have to do, the only ones I've seen so far are the new Papermania ones Many thanks and hugs

Tuesday 15 May 2012

A gem of a challenge........

Morning peeps, well I mananged to stay awake for a whole day yesterday, it was touch and go in the afternoon, so I went outside and cut a tree down, now I don't normally do that, in case your are all thinking mad woman on the loose. I was also thrilled to find out that not one but two of my cards have been featured on challenge blogs, the first was on Sunday at Fashionable Stamping and then again on Fashionista. I was inspired by the sketch over at A Gem of a Challenge for todays card, must say its been ages since I've played there. I have used papers from First Edition Boho Chic, the flowers are from Prima, and the pearls are from Mei Flower and the sweet image is called Faye with Flowers available at Pink gem Designs this has been coloured with Prismas.
Challenges A Gem of a challenge.....sketch Corrosive challenge.....Flowers, doilies and bling. Paper Sundaes....things with wings. CES.....anything goes. Glitter Geeks....wings and things. and girlie. My Mums Craft shop.....fairytales. Truly scrumptious.....anything goes. Bunny Zoe Crafts.....anything goes Hugs n smiles

Monday 14 May 2012

Ooh La la.......

Morning peeps , well that's the weekend gone and guess who slept through most of it, I went out in the garden whilst the sun was shining and fininshed off the weeding, had lunch, went to fininsh off a card afterwards, and then felt tired, lay down on my bed for a Nana nap and at 6:00pm my hubby woke me with a start for dinner and then I spent a couple of hours feeling really groggy and yuk and then went back to bed and slept all night.........question, am I turning into a dormouse?, cos at this rate I'm never going to get the decorating, as I sleep all night and half the day.

At least I managed to get the card fininshed for this weeks challenge at Ooh la la.....which is Ribbon/Twine, you can use one or both, nice and easy for this weeks challenge.
For my card I used a very retro looking baby image and background paper from The Kiddiwinks Cd, this is a decoupage sheet, so the bottle and cup are layered up.I used the twine over the ribbon to hold this ceramic bottle button and added on a pearl and heart for additional embellishments.


Rainbow Lady.....decoupage.

Oh well I'll try and stay awake and catch up on some housework today being as I'm off.....well fingers crossed I stay awake.
Hugs n' smiles or should that be hugs n' yawns.