Monday 31 December 2012

Top 12 of 2012

Its that time of the year when you look back over the past twelve months and reflect and make resolutions for the new year.I didn't do very well with last years resolutions....oh  well I'll try harder this time, I promise.The year seems to have flown by and the high lights were my Son got his Masters degree with a distinction and my daughter has given us an adorable new Grandson.......Zachary.

Here are my top pics of 2012












Just had finish off the year with a picture of my Grandsons.
Ethan and Zachary

 Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year

Sketch n Stash.......

Morning peeps hope you all had a fabbie Christmas, I've stuffed myself with far too much turkey and choccies so guess my New Years Resolution is to loose the weight, why does it take moments to settle on the hips and then takes months to shift it........
Today sees the start of a new challenge at Sketch n Stash, this fortnights sketch is by our fabbie teamie Janet.

One lucky winner gets to spend £10 

For my card I used this sweet stamp from LOTV, as is the sentiment, the image I coloured with Prisma pencils, the papers are from Papermania, New Arrival, such pretty pastel colours. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the pearls are from Meiflower.

hugs and best wishes for the 

Tuesday 25 December 2012

Pan Pastilles.......

Now I bet your're wondering what is she on about pan Pastilles......well I wrote to santa and asked for some Pan Pastels this Christmas, just a few colours to have a play with, so what did he send me ....yep you guessed it.....

.......a pan with some pastlles you eat in it.......ha ha ha......, now you think my hubby and son would learn that my sense of hummour is not brill, luckily he did get me some of the proper ones as well so hes off the hook again, but only just. A few years ago he asked me what I wanted  for Christmas so I said a Tuscan Villa......ok I was being ambitious but you never know......I got a chocolate with a label saying Tuscan Vanilla on it. 
Hope you all having a great Christmas just got back from having a cuddle with my two Grandsons.....mwaaaaahhhh.

Sunday 23 December 2012

2 sleeps to go......

Morning peeps wow what a final with Strictly last night.......all three were winners, but the lift that Lewis did was brilliant, such strength. Oh well off to work again  today, phew I'm really getting tired. Just looking forward to a rest.....roll on tomorrow evening.
I thought I'd share with you a card I made using images from The Ooh La La cd Yuletide Wishes, The image is for a bookmark but I have made it into a card just adding bows and buttons......nice and simple. Check out those sweet penguins.
I would like to wish all my followers a Happy Christmas and a very peaceful New Year, thank you for all your lovely supportive commments and I appologise for not getting round these past few weeks, hopefully  things will settle down and I will get back into my crafting, I didn't even get time to make family cards this year so I have had to get shop brought ones....shame on me.

PaperCrafting Journey......anything goes.
Paperplay....use something old and new [buttons old ribbon new]
Crimbo Crackers.....sentiment as focus.
Crafty Hazelnuts ....anything goes.
Sweet Stampin'....seeing double.
Crafts 4 eternity....anything goes.
Sentimental Sunday......focus on the sentiment
hugs and best wishes

Saturday 22 December 2012

3 sleeps.....

Morning peeps, well this should be the busiest day of the year....wish me luck, I'm getting tired now as I'm not used to working six straight busy days so I guess I will sleep when its all over. Thought I'd share with you a card I made using the images from the last Polka Doodles Cd called......Here Comes Christmas. All of the papers and images are from this CD.

Simon Says.....anything Chrismassy.
Creative Beli...Christmas.
Celebrate the Occassion....Christmas anything goes.
Ladybug Crafts Ink....anything goes at Christmas.
Digital Tuesday....layers [the trees are layered].
Top Tip....anything goes Christmas.
Craft us Crazy...Christmas/New Year.
Looking forward to The strictly final tonight, all four are so good.
my faves are Kimberley and Lewis, gonna be a good show, just hope I can stay awake
hugs and best wishes 

Friday 21 December 2012

Baby Card....

Morning peeps, gosh the time is flying and I've only just written my cards, the pressies are still to be wrapped, I don't know why but these two things always catch me out and I then run around catching up, we are busy at work so I just get home and fall asleep......its  an age thing!!.
I thought I would share with you the card that I have made for my daughter on the birth of baby Zachary, although I am really late giving it to her, I hope she forgives me. I have used a stamp from LOTV, such a sweet bear. The image is coloured in with ....yep you guessed it Prismas. The papers are called New Arrival from Papermania, think I'll have to get some mmore of these as I love the soft subtle papterns and colours.

the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the sentiment is from LOTV,
and the ribbon is from Italy, I always buy something crafty on my holidays, instead
of tacky souvenirs I buy ribbon and crafty I'm not the only one.

LOTV......something new.
Delightful challenges.....anything goes.
Dies To Die For....celebration.
hugs and best wishes

Monday 17 December 2012

Sketch n Stash.....

Morning peeps hope you all had a fabbie weekend, we went Christmas shopping  yesterday to get us in the Christmas Spirit, I had got most of the pressies ready for Santa to deliver but I still managed to buy a couple more. We then stopped by to visit my daughter and Grandsons......that will take some getting used to saying.... Grandsons. I took my Mum with me to see her new Great Grandson and she had a little cuddle.

There is a new sketch challenge at Sketch n Stash starting today, the sketch is by our lovely Sarah-Jane.

Our sponsers for this challenge is
Teddy Bo & Co

For my card I have coloured the image in with Prismas, the corners were cut using a Joy die in each of the corners of the Prima papers.

hugs n smiles

Sunday 16 December 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow.....

Evening peeps firstly I would like to thank you all for your lovely supportive comments, they have meant so much to me, I'm sorry that I haven't had chance to pop by your blogs and see your lovely creations but time has got the better of me these past couple of weeks, but I think I've just about caught up with everything, well I hope I have.
This post should have been done yesterday but I couldn't get any half decent pictures of this gift bag that I have made for this weeks challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme this week is .....For a Gift. This is the last challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this year but we will be back on Saturday 5th January.

I have used papers and images from Live and Love Crafts, the papers are called Christmas time by Maja Design. The Tim Holtz die cut I embossed with a lovely deep burgundy embossing powder from Stampendous. The snowflakes with images on I confess to having ages ago and can't remeber the manufacturer.

hugs and best wishes
Craft us crazy....its beginning to look alot like...
Fab n Funky....vintage christmas.
Die cuttin' spirit.
Everybody art....anything goes.
Delicious doodles....anything but a card.
My Sheri Crafts....its a wrap.
One stop crafts.....distressed Christmas.

Saturday 15 December 2012

Baby pictures.....

Phew its been a tad busy at work today but at least I'm off tomorrow so we will get to see baby Zachary and Ethan after going Christmas shopping, Ethan absolutely adores his baby brother and gave him his teddy to cuddle. .....awwwww. Mind you I had to laugh when my daughter told me Ethan got his medical kit and tried to check Zacharys reflexes with his hammer...... think this baby will have to grow up real fast.

one proud Nana, you forget how tiny they are.

I took this picture of my son holding Zachary, he looked straight at the camera and smiled.
He is only 18 hours old.....can you believe it.
proud Grandad and Mum

hugs and smiles

Friday 14 December 2012

Nana again.......

Evening peeps just had to let the world know that I have become a Nana again to little baby Zachary, born this morning. My daughter came out this afternoon from hospital they only keep you in for a few hours these days, in the olden you stayed in for nearly a week, how times have changed. Will post pictures tomorrow,

Wednesday 12 December 2012

I'm fininshed.....

Well its official I have finished the marathon, four weeks of painting and two days of carpet laying, moving every piece of furniture in the house, I've spring cleaned, well winter cleaned, I've decluttered and I am pooooopppppped, oh and I managed to get the Christmas trees up as well, just wanted to mark the occassion being as its 12122012. My daughter went into labour yesterday but has gone off the boil, we thought she was going to give birth today as she has a thing about 2's, my daughters birthday is the 22nd, Ethans birthday and her partners birthday is the 2nd so it seemed fitting that the next one should have a 2 in as well. I can get into my craft room again and catch up with a few Christmas cards that I have yet to make.

Monday 10 December 2012

Ooh la La......

Bonjour everyone, its official I have finally fininshed the painting of al the woodwork, a marathon for three weeks nearly, I didn't even get time to put up my Christmas tree ....awwww. So will have to do that on Tuesday and then the upstairs is being carpeted on Wednesday, I have had to empty my craft room today and pile everything into my bedroom ready for my new crapets, there is just enough room to squeeze into bed, unfortunately I won't be able to craft this week as it will take me all day to put everything back.

Today sees the start of a new challenge at Ooh La La Creations, the theme is REFLECTIONS I have used one of the images from the new Cd called  Yesterdays Memories, lots of lovely vintage images and papers to play with. I have distressed the edges with tea dye ink to age the image.

hugs n smiles

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Have you checked out the mega blog candy that Jean of Crafty Individuals is offering......oh my what an awesome haul for one lucky person.

 There is a VERY Cool £150 + worth of goodies, including ALL the new Alice Palace stamp designs, lots of other of our most popular stamp designs, miniature books - both background and image, glossy, and matt A4 image sheets, die cuts, tags, some Tando goodies (including a heart, and a Christmas tree printer tray), a CI die, and a mask. WOW!

To be in with a chance of winning this little lot you will have to be a follower of the blog and a blogger yourself, then you will have to display the above candy image somewhere visible on your blog with a link back to the post, and link in to your lovely blog via the inlinkz tool at the top of the post. This will help to spread the blogging word for all of us, and also makes the post more fun for the viewers as they can go on a lovely blog hop - hopefully around the world! Do hope you can join us and give yourself the chance of winning. You have until the 10th of December to do your duties and then we will be randomly picking a lucky winner.

I have had a play with one of the new stamps by Alice Palace, if you love quirky you are so gonna lurvvvve these stamps pop over here for more lurvvvvvelly inspiration using these lovely new stamps.

I have spritzed the background with red and gold glimmer mists, stamped the image and coloured with Prismas and then paper pieced the Robin and added a gold embossed jewelled crown, the paper is from CI christmas paper pad, the band is just a torn piece embossed in gold.

hugs n' smiles

Monday 3 December 2012

Sketch n stash....

Morning peepsters hope you all had a lovely weekend, mine was jammed packed with painting, I never want to see a tin of white paint again especially if it has the word Gloss on the side.....phew what a marathon. I also took my daughter to Leicester yesterday first thing so she could get her last bits n bobs for Christmas......due day ....Today. we went to the bear factory shop, never been in one before but all those dinky little clothes you can get are amazing and oh so sweet. I love how you have to pick a heart and kiss it before it gets put inside. The children were enraptured by the process......think I might jave to buy myself a bear so I can play dress

Anyway enough of my ramblings today sees the start of a new challenge at Sketch n Stash, and this week we have a lovely sketch by Sue.
We are sponsered by Dis digi downloads who have kindly donated 5 images for one lucky winner.

For my card I have used a Tilda stamp and some papers which I have had for a few years.
My newest stash is the metal holly leaves available from The Hobby House, I've painted them green and then rubbed over gold to highlight the veins.

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas.......Make it girly.
Totally Gorjuss....anything goes and glitter.
My Sheri Crafts.....tis the season
Penny Black monthly....anything goes.
Addicted to stamps....Christmas time.
Fashionable die for.
The Corrosive challenge.....anything goes.
Ribbon girl...Christmas.
My Craft Spot....merry Christmas

Hugs n smiles.