Monday 31 August 2009

Circle of Friends award

Special thanks to my friend Sian for this award.


1. Make reference to the award and publish it on your blog
2. Share 5 things you like to do
3. Share with 10 blogs..or as many as you wish to!
4. Notify those you choose.

Here are 5 things I like to do...

1. keeping my little boy happy and healthy
2. designing blog backgrounds, making logos etc on Paintshop Pro
3. cardmaking, giftmaking, jewellery making - generally being creative
4. chatting to my friends and family for support, advice and laughs
5. finding/buying a bargain! ;)

The friends that I'm passing this award onto are...

**Gill** **Jeanette** **Ria** **Sandra**
**Tracie** **Coco** **Debbie** **Mandy**
**Emma** **Karen**

Sketch Saturday DT call

Interested? then please CLICK HERE to see the sketch and instructions of how to become part of our design team.

Thanks, Jo xx

Saturday 29 August 2009

Sketch Saturday - week 66

It's the last Saturday of the month, so that means that our sponsor this week over at Sketch Saturday is The Craft Barn! :)
Sandy is giving away 2 lovely stamps to this weeks winner, pop over to the blog to go see what they are and to see this weeks sketch too.

Here is my card this week...

Papers are by Stampin Up!, from their 'tea party' collection
The flowers were punched from the same collection, I added gold pearl gems to the centre of each one.
The image is of course Miss Anya, and i've coloured her in with ProMarkers.
The sentiment is handwritten, although the other circular sentiment around one of the flowers is by Stamps Away.

It's my Mom's birthday on Monday, I hope she likes her card.
Actually, I hope she doesn't look at my blog before Monday!!

My son has also made his Nan a card, I printed 'Happy Birthday Nan' for him and then he punched out the flowers and leaves and did the rest. I think this is so beautiful, and I know my Mom will love it...

Thanks for stopping by,
enjoy your weekend, and if you're in the UK, have a fab bank holiday too :)

Tuesday 25 August 2009

Change of logo code

Hi everyone,
Just a quickie to let you all know that I have changed the code for my Siggi Shop logo.
The image is exactly the same, but where I host it is different.
so if you do have my logo displayed on your own blog or website (thank you!)
I would be very grateful if you could change the code to the new one.
The code is in the sidebar
<<<<<<< over there
all you need to do is add it to a new gadget (html/javascript)
and remove the old code.

If you host the image yourself from your own site or from your own photobucket account then you don't need to do anything. If in doubt, please use the code in the sidebar.

I will be removing the image, along with others I am changing, from my old account over the next few days/weeks.

Thank you so much,
Jo xx

Saturday 22 August 2009

Sketch Saturday #65...

Hi everyone, happy weekend to you all :)

This week, over at Sketch Saturday, our challenge is sponsored by Digital Delights, and this week there is a $10 gift certificate prize for the winner!...
Wendy, owner of Digital Delights kindly gave me and the other DT a set of images for us to use on our cards if we wished.
Of course I said yes! ... once again, Thank you Wendy :)

Here is my card using Hallie the Horse and Farm Background images...

I've coloured the images with ProMarkers, the patterned paper is by Stampin Up and is from the 'Tea party' collection, the cardstock used is also by SU.
The sentiment was bought from Catslife Press Rubber Stamps.
The green velvet ribbon was free with a craft magazine.
The 3 'hay bales' at the bottom left of the card were made from lengths of twine and I used a brown promarker to add a little colour here and there so that the hay didn't look too flat.

Sunday 16 August 2009

Copic Buzz - challenge #9

I found a challenge blog yesterday, Copic Buzz,
Looks like loads of fun I thought, however, I don't have any copic markers.
so emailed Barbara to ask if it is ok to take part anyway.
She said yes! and also sent me the free 'Ben' image that has very kindly been donated by Mo's Digital Pencil Too, who is sponsoring this weeks challenge and is a fabulous artist, take a look, her work is wonderful you're sure to agree.
Thank you Mo & Barbara, I do hope you like my card...

I coloured little Ben with my limited supply of promarkers
The checked patterned paper is another download, I got it some time ago and cannot remember where from! sorry.
The flower is hand punched, I added a pearl to the centre and martha stewart punched leaves.
It needed something in the top left for balance, so I added 3 eyelets and tied a bit of raffia through them.

Glad I had time to craft today, I do love this little fella, and shall send this card to my husband's friend's little boy for his birthday.
Thanks for looking xx

Saturday 15 August 2009

Sketch Saturday #64

Hiya! it's Saturday, so must be time for a new challenge!
This weeks sketch is sponsored by Bunny Zoe's Crafts, and you could win £15 worth of goodies of your own choice from the store! fantastic prize eh?!

Here is my card...

I love this image, it's from the 'Summer by the Sea' stamp set by Stampin Up, I've coloured it in with SU inks.
I have also used SU card stock (more mustard) and the patterned paper is also SU (so saffron)
the flowers were punched using the same DSP but instead of the floral design side, I used the polka dots side.
The leaves are Martha Stewart 'branch' punch outs which I bought off a well known auction site.
The plain brown paper, raffia and small pearls at the centre of the flowers are just from my scraps box
The sentiments - the one next to the image itself is from the same stamp set and says
"Joy is not in things, it is in us"
the 'with love' sentiment is from a different SU stamp set called 'Yummy'

I'm really happy with how this card turned out, hope you like it too.
Please go take a look at my fellow Design Team members cards and of course our Guest Designer Mina, by visiting their blogs, their work is so inspiring :)

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend. xx

Saturday 8 August 2009

Sketch Saturday #63

Would you like to win a $25.00 gift certificate to spend on craft stash?........ well who wouldn't eh?! ;)
well you can be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize by entering this weeks challenge for Sketch Saturday, because we are being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!

This is my card this week...

I'm keeping this card to send it to my sister for her birthday next month.
I'm not sure of the name of the image because it was given to me (Precious Moments perhaps?), but I think it's so cute!
I have coloured it in with ProMarkers and added a little sparkle here and there with a clear, glitter gel pen.
The flowers were punched with my SU boho blossoms punch, the leaves were punched with my woodware 'ash' punch, and the frame around the flowers is by Prima.
The patterned paper is from my scrap drawer (I used the same paper to punch out the flowers).
The sentiment is hand written, I chose to write the letter 'e' backwards because when we were little my sister wrote my name on our bedroom wall with a backward e and tried to blame me, only the thing was, I wasn't old enough to write at the time so her plan backfired! lol!

TFL, Hope you all have a wonderful weekend xx

Thursday 6 August 2009

my cousins wedding card

I have made this card for my cousins wedding, I used Stampin Up 'basic gray' cardstock, added 2 circles cut with my coluzzle, the white piece was stamped with a stamp from my 'pocket silhouettes' stamp set (also SU), the pink dotty piece is from Paper Cellar's 'Wedding' collection.
The 2 hearts and the 2 scalloped border hearts beneath them were cut from my cricut (before I decided to sell it), the 2 top hearts were embossed using cuttlebug's paisley folder, then lightly inked around the edges with 'pretty in pink' SU ink.
The ribbon, heart pearls and heart pins are from my stash.

UPDATE 12.08.09
and here is the gift I have made for them...

A post bound photo album, with cello bags to house the photos (because I couldn't find 6x4" page protectors)

Pink Gem Candy

I've just entered the draw to win SIX Pink Gem stamps!!
All I had to do was leave a comment here, post the photo (below) on my blog with a link back to Janet's blog (click on photo)
The draw will take place on Tuesday 18th August at 6pm

Good luck everyone!
(although of course I want more luck than you...LOL!)

Saturday 1 August 2009

it is Sandra's DT week...

.... over at Sketch Saturday, and Sandra has created a wonderful sketch for us!

you decide if you want to add a sentiment, and where, or don't add one at all - it's upto you ;)

Sandra is also sponsoring her DT week, offering FIVE winners the choice of 3 single images each from her digi stamps site

Sandra Dry Digi Stamps have the most stunning designs, please go take a look at what is available by clicking HERE.

Here is my card...

I have used one of Sandra's new designs... Ruby, isn't she lovely?
although to get a better/cleaner look at this lovely image, please go to Sandras blog,
unfortunately my printer is in need of a thorough clean/service, and it is leaving ink streaks on all images that I try to print...very frustrating!!

Ruby is coloured in with ProMarkers (note the purple tights, because of those annoying ink lines)
The patterned paper is a scrap piece I had left, it is called 'family translation' , I think the collection name is 'Sonnets', not sure though to be honest.
I have used stampin up 'bordering blue' cardstock, which I have embossed with my paisley folder, and then sponged the edges with the same coloured ink.
The white piece was also embossed with my paisley folder.
The sentiment is a little sticker which co-ordinated perfectly.
The flowers were punched from the same patterned paper with my boho blossoms punch from stampin up, I used the largest and smallest flowers, used my embossing tool to make them more 3D and then layered them together, finishing with a pale aqua coloured pearl in the centre of each, the leaves were punched from pale lilac cardstock using my woodware 'ash leaf' punch.

Thanks for looking! please go visit the rest of the design team, their work is always stunning!

This week also starts our new MONTHLY guest designer slots, and for the whole month of August we will be joined by the very talented Mina - Welcome to our little family Mina! :)

Enjoy your weekend, Jo xx