Friday, 31 October 2008

Juliet's Blog Candy

Juliet at Juliet's Paper Palace is celebrating 10,000 hits on her blog with some really fab candy.There are three paper pads, Forever Friends, Creative Imaginations and DCWV Neutrals cardstock, a fabulous Wings and Flowers CD which contains some beautiful images to print off, a set of teeny alphabet stamps, two Studio G stamp sets, a pack of Christmas toppers, a pack of WR Memory Keepers designer brads and snaps, two pots of glitter in pink and red, a pot of snaps and an assortment of flowers, brads, buttons and ribbon. Ends next Saturday 8th November.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Suzanne's Thank-You Giveaway!

Suzanne at Suzanne's Card Crafts is giving away a Joanna Sheen CD of your choice (WOW) to celebrate 50,000 hits. Ends on Thursday. What a great giveaway, I love JS CDs.

Leonie's Blog Candy

Leonie at Leonie Design is celebrating 10,000 hits on her blog with some great blog candy. You can win 20 pieces of design paper, 8 x 1 meter ribbon and some Elzybells stampprints! Ends on November 1st.

Blog Candy at Saturday Secrets

Olga at Saturday Secrets has some fab Papermania blog candy to celebrate 1000 hits. You need to leave a comment on her blog before 11pm on 6th Nov. Open to UK and Ireland only.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Blog Candy at Kreativ Kristin

A fab Rachelle Anne Miller stamp up for grabs in blog candy to celebrate 15,000 hits over at Kreativ Kristin's blog. It ends 1st November 12 noon.

The Glitter Garden opening and Blog Candy

Helen at Ellephantastic Cards is offering some fab blog candy to celebrate the opening of her friend Katy Jane's online craft shop The Glitter Garden. I've visited the shop and it looks great, some lovely products from BasicGrey and 7Gypsies (2 of my faves) plus lots more. Wishing you good luck Katy Jane. Ends on Saturday 25th October.

Regina's Blog Candy

Regina has some great blog candy up for grabs. It ends on 26th October at 6 o'clock.

ABC Challenge

The challenge at ABC this week is 'N' for 'Nature'. It can either be a creation using images (stamped or otherwise eg. leaves, flowers) or the colours of nature. I've come up with something very different for me.Everything on this card is stamped. I used a dark pink pearl DL card. For the background I stamped some leaves with Versamark, then rubbed a couple of shades of green chalk over them. The main image of the rose is stamped with Versacolour greens and peony pink, with green chalk smudged round the edges. I added some pink ribbon and a French sentiment, with a leaves punch.

Friday Sketchers Challenge

The challenge at Friday Sketchers is sketch #24. I made a Christmas card using Dovecraft Victorian papers. I coloured Edwin with Lyra Aquacolours with some Stickles glitter, and added a couple of poinsiettas and a sentiment. I wasn't too happy with the colouring on this card, I'm thinking of getting some Copics for Christmas.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Whiff of Joy Candy

Hurry up'cos this is being drawn today! Jen has a set of WoJ Guardian Angel collection stamps to give away. What great candy!

Blog Candy from Julie at Scrapping Away

To celebrate the fact that she is now an independant Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (UK), and to say Thank you to everyone who visits her blogs, Julie at Scrapping Away has decided to do her very first blog candy giveaway. It includes: 5 Sheets of American Crafts THICKERS, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber, Pot of American Crafts Typehouse Numbers, and last but definitely not least Ranger Perfect Pearls!!. Saturday 1st November at 10pm (UK Time) is the closing date.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Blog Candy at Papercrafts by Rach

Rach at Papercrafts has blog candy of a Whiff of Joy stamp plus more to give away on Tuesday 28th October. I'll be entering as I NEED a Whiff of Joy stamp.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Sassy Crafts DT Call

Theres a call for new Design Team members at Sassy Crafts. I wasn't going to go for this as I'm still very much a novice with my card making, but I changed my mind. I thought about it and came to the conclusion that I should have more confidence in my work. It's not the end of the world if I don't get on the DT, there's always time to improve and try again. I've only been doing this for 7 months and am getting better all the time. More important than anything else, I love it.
Emma's requirements are to show a stamped project, your favourite piece of work made up to now, and a project that contains 4 squares, 3 small and 1 large (new work only).

My stamped project: A Sarah Kay stamp on 7gypsies paper. (already on blog)

My favourite piece of work so far is this bird stamp on BasicGrey Granola papers. (already on blog)

A project that contains 4 squares, 3 small and 1 large. I used a Tilda stamp, watercoloured with pencils. HOTP Heritage papers with a little BasicGrey Granola. I turned the 3 small squares round and added flowers.

Maxine's Blog Candy

Maxine is offering some great candy on her blog as she's reached 1000 hits. Up for offer are
1 Dovecraft winter wonderland decoupage kit
1 pack of 2x12 winter wonderland papers
2 sets of Dovecraft chipboard stickers
You've got till the end of the month to enter.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

It's Autumn!

Been busy today. Felt like making an Autumnal card. It also fits in with 4 challenges. I used a brilliant sketch from Lynda Benden at Our Creative Corner . The challenge at Cute Card Thursday is to make an Autumnal themed card. The challenge at BasicGrey is to show some stitching in your creations, it can be faux or real, and to use at least one item of BasicGrey. I used BG Granola papers. The challenge at Cupcake Craft is to use any form of heat or hot colours on your creations. I triple embossed the bird stamp.
I used my gorgeous brand new bird stamp from Crafty Individuals for this card. I stamped it with Vintage Sepia Versafine, stamped all over with Versamark, then triple embossed with clear powder plus I added a little Glamour Dust. I used BasicGrey Granola papers. The brown paper, I put through the Cuttlebug using the Script ef. I then distressed it and added some gold ink and layered it on top of the other papers. I put scallops in the flowery paper and added faux stitching to the background paper. Also added a blue ribbon with a brown HOTP brad. Added the image with foam pads to give it some dimension.

Spiral Whisper Challenge 5

I thought I'd have a go at the Spiral Whispers Challenge. The challenge is to follow a lovely sketch, which was perfect for a Christmas card. I'm hoping to get some Spiral Whisper stamps after payday, but I hope my entry will be allowed as it's from a free download of Seemore the giraffe by Debbie Moore . The background paper is from Helix. I coloured Seemore with watercolour pencils and added a couple of shades of Stickles for the snow. Then I layered the image onto scalloped edge card on which I used a brown Whisper pen for a faux-stitching look. I added a sentiment and put 4 gold gems in the corners.

My mystery package from Crafty Krafts

Crafty Krafts were doing a promotion where you got a 2kg box of goodies worth £135 for £35. Only thing was you didn't know what was going to be in the parcel. I thought I'd take the gamble and received my package last week. I was very pleased with what I got. Some of the items were: a Magnolia old lady stamp, a Lily & Milo stamp, 3 Papirloftet stamps including a gorgeous baby one, some alota rubber stamps,2 paper pads 6 x 6, 3 Memories ink pads, 2 small vibrance ink pads, 3 packs of ATCs, pearl cards and envelopes, holographic glitter card, scissors, tweezers, glue stick, tape strips, glitter, brads, flowers, stamp cleaner, rub ons, chipboard stickers, punch-outs, die-cuts and ribbon stickers. It's all in the picture.(Doesn't include the Lazy Town comic that's under the table!) A pretty good deal I think.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

A Spoonful Of Sugar Challenge

On A Spoonful Of Sugar this week is a fab sketch challenge by Lim. I decided to make this into a Christmas card as I still have so many to do. The sketch was fun to follow. The backing paper was a freebie from a mag, which I layered on plain pink paper. I put the second circle through the cuttlebug to give it some texture. Used water colour pencils for the Tilda image and added some stickles to the wings and bobble on the hat. Added some gorgeous pink self adhesive gems as the finishing touch.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Martine's Blog Candy!

There's so much blog candy around at the mo. Martine at The Craft Table is offering some great candy in the form of a Crafters Companion Papercrafts collection CD rom twinset and a collection of stamped images. I'd love to win this one. It ends on Saturday the 18th October 3.00pm.

Tracey's Blog Candy!

Tracey over at The Stichinwitch's Rat Cage Blog has some blog candy up for grabs after reaching 100 hits. She's not sure what it will be yet only that it will be Christmassy and crafty. It will finish on 31st October. To enter just leave a comment and a link back on your blog.

Paul's Blog Candy!

More fab blog candy available at Paul's blog. He's celebrating over 15,000 hits WOW. The set includes some stamped images (cut out with nesties) and scalloped shapes for easy matting and layering, some blank shapes which fit onto the nestie scallops so that you can stamp onto them, some notelet cards with apertures, some large tags, various die cut kits (including banners, snowflakes, teddies, grass, snowman, aeroplanes and people) and some die cut shapes for creating the take away boxes. You have until the end of the month to enter.

Joanne's Blog Candy!

Joanne at Bubble's Crafty Corner has some blog candy up for grabs.
Joanne says: 'It's kind of celebrating 3 things a belated blogoversary, sailing past 10,000 hits Wow I still can't believe that, thank you so much and my forthcoming birthday next week.
So I've made up a little parcel of goodies which include various different 8x8 sheets of dp, a roll of pink velvet ribbon, a pack of assorted buttons, some of my flower stash and a brand new Sugar Nellie 'Baby Millie' rubber stamp designed by Rachelle Ann Miller.
I will also include a handmade card and maybe some stamped images and other bits and pieces I come across!'
To join in all you have to do is add a link on your blog referring to Joannes's candy then go back and leave a comment on the post.Closing date and time for her candy is Friday 24th October midnight UK time.

10,000 Hits Blog Candy!

Jill at Jill's Cards is celebrating reaching 10,000 hits on her blog with some fab candy which includes a brand new Forever Friend stamp, dovecraft papers, adhesive ribbon, flowers and 2 brad ribbon sliders. It's going to be drawn at 6.00pm on Saturday 25th October. All you need to do is leave Jill a comment and post a link on your blog.

Anything But Square

The challenge this week on Our Creative Corner is 'Anything But Square'. I used a baby dress template and Three Bugs In A Rug Celebrate paper, added vellum and pink ribbon in the shape of bows. Added a 'BABY' rub on to the vellum.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Christmas Candy!

Emma at elf-creations has some fab Christmas Candy on offer. The draw will be on Friday the 17th of October and is open internationally.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Blog Candy

Priscilla's blog over at Skraptacular Designs has some fab blog candy for reaching 1000 hits. Head over there for the chance to win "House Mouse stamped images, Sarah Kay stamped images, Sugar Nellie stamped images, Prima flowers, ribbon, brads, stickers, chipboard embellishments, etc... I'm sure I'll find more goodies to add between now and when the winner is announced!"

House Mouse meets Basic Grey

This card is for the challenges on House Mouse and Basic Grey. The House Mouse Challenge was to follow a sketch, which is one I will definately use again, it was really good fun to follow. The Basic Grey Challenge was to make a card using a choice of colour combos. I chose blue and gold for my card. This is the first time I've entered either one of these challenges.
I used Basic Grey Granola papers, they're gorgeous. I layered the papers onto gold mirri card, used blue brads in the corners and added blue ribbon. For the stamped image I used Tombow pens direct to stamp, then blended a little, (was really pleased with how the image turned out).I used gold ink round the edges of the card with the image on then I added it to gold mirri card, with only one side of the gold showing. I then added a few blue flowers. I did the sentiment in gold ink and in the same way as the image round the edges. I also added gold ink round the edges of the card.

Thanks A Bunch

This card is for the Penny Black and Secret Crafter Saturday Challenges. At Penny Black the challenge is Week 18 -Thanks A Bunch. On Secret Crafter Saturday Challenges there is a sketch from Sue to follow for Challenge 2. I really enjoyed following the sketch and found it went so well with the PB image.
I used Laura Ashley Contemporary papers for the backing paper. I stamped the hedgehog with a single flower as I didn't want to include the flowers in his other hand this time. Added some leaves and watercoloured. Mounted on green pearlised card and added metallic green brads after cutting the corners away. The sentiment is a peel off sticker on the same green card. Added ribbons and more green brads from stash.

Gotta Wear Shades

The challenge at Daring Cardmakers this week is called 'Gotta Wear Shades'. The challenge is to be bright. Clashy is good, hot colours are good, anything super duper bright is good too. I decided to use Vanessa's sketch from her midweek dare as it's a fab sketch.
I used HOTP Birthday backing papers and added swirls, flowers, pink peel offs and a couple of circle stick-ons from my stash. The colours are very bright, and they certainly clash.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Blogoversary Candy!

Visit Natalie at for the chance to win some fab blog candy as it's her first Blogoversary on the 18th October.

2 Sketches 4 You Challenge Laura's Sketch 10

The challenge at is a sketch by Laura. As I've not made many Christmas cards yet I decided that this would be my theme. I used HOTP and Dovecraft backing papers, gold ribbon and Dovecraft chipboard with brads. Added some gems and a sentiment. Lastly, I brightened up the swirls in the backing paper with some gold Stickles. The picture hasn't come out very well, it looks much better in real life.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Hanglar & Stanglar

I've managed to do one card for 2 challenges. The first is from where the challenge was to use the colour scheme of pink and green. The second is from where you had to make a card based on a sketch by Ceal from the DT.
I water coloured a Hanglar & Stanglar stamp, cut out and put on a pink oval background. The background papers are from Heidi Grace. Added ribbon and slider, then image on top on foam pads. I punched out some green sparkly card and added flowers with gems, and lastly a 'Birthday Wishes' sentiment. It was a fun sketch to work with, and I didn't realise until now how well pink and green go together on a card.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Ooh-la-la Creations Challenge 19 Shabby Chic

Ooh-la-la's challenge is to make something in the style of Shabby Chic. I hope I've pulled it off ok with this card.
I used HOTP emerald papers which I sanded to give them a distressed look. I painted alcohol inks onto glossy card and ripped the bottom, then added the lady's face stamp (Paper Artsy) onto vellum, which I then layered onto the alcohol inks card and framed. Painted the frame and added gems. Lastly, I added a ribbon and the word 'dream' and another piece of the ripped alcohol inked card in the top corner.

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 1

Here is my entry to the SCS Sketch Challenge. The sketch was perfect for a baby card, especially as my niece was due to have a little girl 2 days ago.
I used backing paper from stash. The embellishment of a pram was mounted onto scalloped card and then layered onto a circle of pink glittery card. I added a sentiment, flowers, a little heart and pink peel offs.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 17

I've been crafting now for 3 days in a row, not very often I get that privilege. So I thought I would use my time to enter some more challenges, Here's my entry for the Penny Black Saturday Sketch Challenge 17. I had to follow a sketch and include at least one PB image. I've used a little hedgehog stamp, watercoloured with pencils. I used a scallop punch, then layered the image onto a circle in brown card. All papers are 7gypsies Savannah range. Added white lace, 3 brads and a sentiment with a little gem in the centre.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Caardvarks Challenge

The Caardvark challenge this week is to create a ***NEW*** item that incorporates scoring in a special technique. I made my first spring card and box yesterday for this challenge. They both needed a lot of scoring, and took me a while to do as it was my first attempt at a box (I have to do things the hard way and start off with an awkward shaped one). It was also my first attempt at a Spring card. I printed the rose decoupage image (which I layered onto silver mirri card), and backing paper for the card from a Robert Addams CD 'Roses' that my friend Barbara lent me. (Thanks Babs). The base of the box was made with 300gsm white cardstock and the lid from pink glittery card. I cut an aperture from the middle after scoring it and added acetate, put a base in, then added a pink bow on the lid.

Double Dutch Challenge 2

I really enjoyed making this card. The sketch was great to follow. I used a Sarah Kay stamp (again), watercoloured, and layered on the new gorgeous 7gypsies Savannah paper. Embellishments included a flower, a brad in the tag and a metal 'love' brad. Finished off with 3 dots of Pearly Stuff.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Cupcake Craft Challenge

I thought I'd better hurry up and enter the Cupcake Craft challenge as it finishes early tomorrow morning.
I've decided to enter this one as it's a fabric card, although they don't look as good in a picture as they do in real life. Also, this image depicts what Christmas means to me, kids round the tree on Christmas morning opening their presents and having lots of fun. I'm afraid the pic's a bit wonky, but you can see the card ok.
I kept the card quite simple as I didn't want to take anything away from the image. I used a patterned gold mirri card on some red card with gold and silver ribbons and added some lovely red gems. Lastly I used gold stickles for the candle flames on the tree.
Here's the url for the challenge:

On a different note, I've had a lovely day crafting today. I'll upload the results tomorrow. While I was crafting, my daughter and her boyfriend decided to thoroughly clean my bedroom and the bathroom for me as a surprise. I was thrilled to say the least, and can't wait to get into my nice clean fresh bedding tonight. x

Friday, 3 October 2008

Sarah Kay Weekly Challenge Week 13 True Blue

I thought I'd enter my first blog challenge. I've chosen the Sarah Kay Weekly challenge as they are my favourite stamps at the mo. The challenge is to produce a Sarah Kay card or project themed around the colour blue including at least one Sarah Kay image.
I stamped the Sarah Kay image with black Versafine, then watercoloured it. Added blue and brown ribbons and fibres to a piece of blue card. The sentiment was stamped with brown Versa colour. Everything was matted and layered onto backing paper from stash.
It's probably a bit soon for me to be entering blog challenges as it's so early in my card making days. Also I've only just started my blog so it needs a lot of work and learning yet, but I just thought I've got to start somewhere, sometime so why not take the plunge and have a go.
If you fancy having a go, here's the url :

Thursday, 2 October 2008


I haven't posted on my blog for a couple of weeks now as I've had abit of a flare up of my illness. Hopefully, I'm now coming to the end of it and should catch up.
I made a new ATC for swapping in the Trimcraft forum. It's called 'Embrace life'. I used alcohol inks on the background, then stamped and embossed in silver and added a picture of a little girl. It brings my grand total of ATCs now to 7.
I've ordered a cuttlebug from my local craft shop, so expect to see lots of embossed cards in the next few weeks as I get used to it.