Wednesday 22 October 2008

Happy Autumn Award

I love autumn, it's my favourite season, full of gorgeous browns, reds and gold colours everywhere. The air feels crisp and clean and fresh.
So to receive this award not once, but twice is fantastic!
My friends Tracie and Pauline have both passed this award onto me - Thanks ladies! Happy Autumn to you both! xx
I now have to pass this onto 6 more people...


Happy Autumn Ladies! and Happy Autumn/Fall to the whole of blogland! xx

Saturday 18 October 2008

Sketch Saturday #21

Here is my card using the sketch for this weeks challenge over at Sketch Saturday.
The stamp is called 'cats bearing gifts', I think it's a great christmas image for any cat lover.
The plain green paper was embossed with my swiss dots folder, and the patterned paper is by basic grey and is called 'Dasher'. The poinsettias were freebies with a magazine, and although not essential to the design I think they finish the card off nicely.

Friday 17 October 2008

House Mouse sketch challenge

Its challenge #9 over at House Mouse & Friends this week and Emma has given us a beautiful sketch to work with. Thanks Em!
The image I have used is also thanks to Emma, as I don't have any HM stamps yet so she kidly sent me some images.
The mixture of card & papers are all from my stash, the 'lace' was made by using my corner punch. I found the beads in amongst my jewellery making tool box, I loved how they shimmered in the light, I have attached them to the card using Anita's 3D gloss.

This card will go to my niece, her bf and their baby girl, it will be Taylor's first christmas this year, so I will probably add a greeting to the bottom of the card too.

Wednesday 15 October 2008

Jules' Fantastic Blogoversary Candy!!

Oh WOW!!! I couldn't believe it when I saw the yummy blog candy being offered by Jules!
Stampin up designer papers, inkpad, ribbon and a Sarah Kay stamp!
Julie is very kindly offering this candy to celebrate her blogoversary on the 20th October.
To go check it out for yourself and to get your name down to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize CLICK HERE!
Happy Blogoversary Jules! xx

I've joined up! there's just 3 places left, get your name down now before they all go!
"Joined what?" you may ask.
Well, it's the....

Stampers 10 club!

The club has 10 members & runs for 10 months
Each month every member commits to ordering a minimum of £15 worth of Stampin Up products plus P&P
Each month one of the members is selected as a "virtual" hostess and receives the hostess benefits which will be a minimum of a Level 1 hostess stamp set and £15 worth of FREE products.
Each member will receive a FREE copy of the catalogue.
Jules will also be sending freebies and tutorials over the course of the 10 months.

Stampers 10 is a great way of building up your stash each month without breaking the bank.

If you would like more information CLICK HERE before it's too late!

Saturday 11 October 2008

Sketch #20 - cupcake card

It's week #20 at Sketch Saturday, and here is my card for this week.
I have used patterned paper which was part of a TSV from QVC, the burgundy paper is pearlised (hence the shimmer), the image was given to me by my friend Emma (Thanks again Em! xx) I have coloured it with watercolour pencils. The sentiment is a tiny greeting from Stamps Away. The little cupcakes were hand drawn and coloured to match.
Please go take a look at the rest of the design teams fabulous cards, they are awesome!

Tuesday 7 October 2008

An inch of rain...

My friend Fi from Inchy By Inch gave us the theme of rain or water for our inchies this week.
Here's mine, really easy one to make actually, 2 inchies punched from acetate and brown card, cut out the 'windows' from the brown inchy so that it looks like a window frame, adhere onto of the acetate inchy. Finally, add 'raindrops' using Anitas 3D clear gloss and leave to dry, et voila!

Sunday 5 October 2008

Penny Black challenge #17

There's a great sketch to follow this week over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge :)
It's quite a dull day here today so the photo isn't too good, but here is my card..

I have used 'Family Translation' paper by Creative Imaginations, then used my cuttlebug embossing folders and soft silver shadow ink on the grey & dolphin blue papers.
The 'lace' was made with a corner punch (removed the corner guide off the punch first of course)
The lovely duck image is coloured with watercolours.

Saturday 4 October 2008

Sketch Saturday's 1st DT week!

This week is Sketch Saturday's first DT week! woohoo!
and sketch #20 has been designed by the lovely Gill.
Not only that, Gill has very kindly donated a beautiful Whiff of Joy stamp as a prize for one of you lucky challengers!

Here is my card, I have used dovecraft paper, a snowflake embossing folder and blue organza ribbon on the base of this card, The image was given to me by Tracie (Thanks Tracie! xx), I coloured the image with watercolours, and added the 3 square gems for a bit if icy bling ;)
The greeting was cut from a sheet that was free with a magazine, I stamped a snowflake design (by Anita's), coloured them in with a sakura clear glitter pen and then cut out each of the three snowflakes by hand, they were extremely fiddly to do, but I think they look better than if i'd have just punched them out as circles. (I've just noticed that the top of one snowflake has bent down a little *doh!* I never realised that when I took the photo!!)

Thanks for looking, please go check out Sketch Saturday now, we look forward to seeing your entries.... GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! xx

Friday 3 October 2008

Stars in your inchies!

...Tonight Matthew, i'm gonna be...... a star! ;)
Well a 'trio of stars inchy' to be precise.
This week Fiona has asked us to add stars to our inchies, I used my x-cut star trio punch on black card then trimmed off a little from the sides before gluing it on top of a gold inchy blank. All I did after that was add a little glitter and get my white gel pen out...really easy one this week!
To check out the challenge for yourself please click HERE

Thursday 2 October 2008

Marlene's Birthday blog candy!

Firstly, let me wish Marlene a very happy birthday, I'm sure it will be a birthday to remember! looks like her hubby is planning to make her birthday really special (and so he should eh girls? lol) ;)
To celebrate her birthday, Marlene has some totally scrummy blog candy on offer, which includes beads, charms, ribbons, bling brads, yummy papers, tags and sentiments, not only that but 2 (yes 2!) Hanglar stamps which as you know are like gold dust at the moment.
Thank you Marlene for offering this amazing blog candy, I shall cross my fingers and hold my breath until next Wednesday ;)
Many Happy Returns!
Jo xx

Gill's Celebration Candy!

Wait til you see the awesome candy that my friend and fellow DT member, Gill, will be sending to one lucky blogger! Not only is there a wonderful assortment of crimbo goodies all in a blue theme, but there is also one of the most cutest snowman stamps i've ever seen.
Why celebration candy? Well not only has Gill reached over a whopping 11,000 blog hits but it's also her birthday on the 9th October (which incidently is the closing date to get your name down for this yummy candy)
Congrats Gill! and wishing you a wonderful birthday, full of happiness, cake and craft stash! ;) xx

Wednesday 1 October 2008

removing the 2 line border from around your header

Presuming you are using the Minima template on blogger, here's what to do...

click on customise then layout then click on edit html

it is always a good idea to make a backup of your current template before altering the html

now, scroll down until you see this bit of code...

/* Header

#header-wrapper {
margin:0 auto 10px;
border:1px solid $bordercolor;

#header-inner {
background-position: center;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;

#header {
margin: 5px;
border: 1px solid $bordercolor;
text-align: center;

can you see in thefollowing bit of code in the #header-wrapper and #header sections?

border:1px solid $bordercolor;

well change that to

border: 0;

Now, preview if you want to to check that it has worked... then SAVE it!

Jeanettes Blog Candy!

Woohooo! 10,000 hits! wtg! *claps*
my friend and fellow DT member Jeanette is celebrating 10,000 hits on her fabulous blog, it's jam packed with outstandingly beautiful work, please go see for yourself, notice especially how she colours her images.........WOW!
Jeanette is going to give some fab candy to someone lucky out there in blogland, so why not link back to her and put your name down, it could be you!
Apart from a totally cute magnolia stamp you could also win 20 images, some prima flowers, a small versa ink pad, a couple of sentiments and embellishments.
So generous of Jeanette don't you agree?

Congratulations Jeanette! and here's to the next 10,000 (which i'm sure you'll hit real quickly too)
Jo xx