Monday 29 November 2010

entering a few challenges

Brrrrr! cold innit?!

so I decided to make a more summery card by using my lovely SU 'tea party' papers. Actually this card has a pocket inside so I can add a small gift or RAK.

The image is of course a lovely Hanglar, a perfect image for sending something to a friend. I coloured her with SU markers to match the papers.
I'd like to enter this into the following challenges...

Sketchy Colors - lovely sketch by Maya

Cute Card Thursday - Blast from the past - to revisit an earlier challenge
I chose challenge 9 - "Gems and Jewels", way back in May 2008

A Spoonfull of Sugar - Anything goes

Charisma Cardz - One for the girls

Sunday 28 November 2010

Blog Hop Winner

Thank you for entering my Sweet Stampin blog hop candy, the winner of my gift wallet with candy is...

Debs! (pink dandelions craft space)

Congratulations Debs, I hope you will like the candy :)
Please EMAIL ME with your postal address so that I can get it sent out to you.

To see a full list of winners, please go to Sweet Stampin :)

Saturday 27 November 2010

Combined DT card.

I don't usually like to combine my DT commitments as I like to make a card for each one, but I was a little pressed for time this week, my son is 12 today :)
Happy Birthday to Jake xx  He's growing up so fast!

So here's my card for Sketch Saturday and Sweet Stampin...

picture quality isn't very good, sorry.

I have used this lovely Hanglar image and coloured her with watercolour pencils and promarkers.
The patterned paper is called 'ski slope' by Stampin Up (love it)

The layout is using this weeks sketch from Sketch Saturday, our sponsor this week is the fabulous The Craft Barn.

The challenge over at Sweet Stampin is 'buttons & bows'
I have made a paper bow and used the same paper beneath the clear buttons.
The added pin is by Pretty Pin Embellishments, who are our sponsor for this week and gave the DT a pin each to use on their cards (thank you PPE)
don't forget, we also have a monthly sponsor too, Blackleaf Studios.

And remember to stop by here tomorrow morning at 9am when I will announce the winner of my blog hop candy, you will also be able to see a full list of winners over at Sweet Stampin at the same time too.

Also, You have just a few days left to apply to be a Sweet Stamper yourself, our DT call closes this coming Friday, 3rd December at 10pm GMT.

I'd like to enter this card into the challenges over at Meljens and Fairy Fun Fridays, who both also want us to use buttons and bows this week.

Thanks for stopping by today xx

Friday 26 November 2010

Thank you

To those of you who entered my blog hop candy draw, I will be using to select the winner.
To find out if you have won please pop back on Sunday at 9am

A full list of winners will be announced on Sweet Stampin at the same time.

Tuesday 23 November 2010

sorry it's late!

Well I think my pooter is feeling a bit better now *fingers crossed*
I haven't lost connection today so that's promising :)

Here's my card for the current Sketch Saturday challenge...

I have used my scrummy 'Cat Nap' stamp from Artful Stamper and coloured it with promarkers, I added white glitter to the hat trim and used my glitter gel pen on the bell.
The paper is a freebie in a mag, isn't it gorgeous?
I can't remember where I got the sentiment from, it's a freebie digi. If anyone knows where it's from please let me know and I will give credit where credit is due.

Sketch saturday is sponsored this week my the fabulous Digital Delights by Louby Loo, where you could win $10 to spend in their store if you are our challenge winner :)

I'm sure you have already seen the gorgeous creations made by the rest of SSDT, but if you haven't please go visit these talented ladies, thank you so much xx

Saturday 20 November 2010

Happy Birthday Sweet Stampin!

Welcome to the Sweet Stampin First Birthday Blog Hop!

If you've just come from Faye's Blog then you are in the right place! While you're here, please leave me a comment, enter my Candy and then hop over to Lesley next.
Don't forget you need to enter this weeks Sketch Challenge at Sweet Stampin to be eligible to win any Design Team Candy! If you think you've lost your way, head back to Sweet Stampin and start from there!

Here is the gift wallet I have made which will be sent to one of our fab sweet stampin challengers...

We are sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads this week who very kindly gave the design team some images to play with :)
I have used Penguins Christmas Tree, such a cutie!
I've coloured him with promarkers, and added a little bit of flock to his hat to finish.
I used this weeks sketch layout but decided to add a few flowers too.The sentiment is from Stampin Ups 'best yet' stamp set.

So if you like the look of this gift wallet, and would like to win it, along with a surprise crafty present inside it too then please make a card using this weeks sketch from Sweet Stampin and leave a comment here so that I can come see your card and enter you into the prize draw.
Don't forget to visit the rest of the girls and leave a comment on the challenge blog too ;)

good luck! xx

We have a DT Call on at the moment if you'd like to be a sweet stamper :)
You have until 10pm, Friday December 3rd to apply.

Sketch Saturday
just a note to add that my DT work for sketch saturday will be a little late this week, I have had a few pc problems my cpu is permanently on 100% and it has completely slowed up my machine for anything else or has shut down completely, internet access is limited so I am adding a message to this scheduled post quickly before it slows up again.
will post my DT work asap, in the meantime, please visit my fellow teamies over at Sketch Saturday, thank you xx

Saturday 13 November 2010


Time for another Sweet Stampin challenge, and this week our theme is snowflakes.
OK, so you might be wondering why the "Arrrrrgh!"

this is why...

This card was a NIGHTMARE to make!
everything had to line up properly as there were 10 layers in total to match up

The house is an image from Tiddly Inks who happen to be our sponsor this week :) the image itself is 3 layers, I coloured it with pm's, cut it out, layered it, then glued it to the spotty circle then put foam pads around the edge before sticking the glittered piece on top.
The glittered piece is 2 pieces of acetate sandwiched together with silicone glue after putting glitter inside.
Then because of all the layers I needed to make the card layered too so that it was all flush. arrrrgh! I clearly didn't think this through lol
While trying to line everything up I messed up and fit the top square piece wonky, so had to slice the foam pads, twist it round slightly to line it back up then glue the foam pads back together!
That's when I realised that my craft knife had sliced the 2 pieces of acetate too! double arrrrgh!! I lifted up the card and had a lap full of glitter!
So I had to glue the whole lot again.
The idea for this card seemed great in my head, but in practice.... never again!

AND to top it all, my 'white' glitter and 'white' textured paint on the roof of the house looks beige!!!

Image - Tiddly Inks (coloured with promarkers)
Cardstock - Stampin Up (kraft)
Papers - Stampin Up (bella bleu)

Please stop by my fellow teamies to see their beautiful snowflake creations this week,
their links are over there >>>

tfl, enjoy your weekend, i'm working today and tomorrow.

Dear Santa...

Gotta love this sentiment! :D
I got it from Gingers House, there's loads on this blog and most make me giggle.
The image is from Bugaboo and is called Wavy Hair Girl. I coloured her with promarkers.
The dark patterned paper is a freebie from Miss Cutiepie, it's so lush, I love it.
The other paper is from Hot off the Press and is called 'memories'.
The holly images were stamped using a freebie stamp from a mag a couple of years ago and then coloured with pm's.

I made this card using this weeks sketch over at Sketch Saturday, this week we are sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp, and our lucky winner will receive a whopping $25 to spend in their wonderful store! :)

My friends and fellow teamies have produced as always the most stunning cards, please go visit them and see how they made them :)

Back in a minute with my sweet stampin card xx

Saturday 6 November 2010

wish me luck

I'm entering another card challenge set at Cardmaking & Papercrafts.
(remember that I won a prize in their chocolate card making comp recently?)
I don't think for one minute that I'd be lucky enough to win anything again, luck just isn't something that runs in my family! And besides, after making the card I realised it said CHRISTMAS sketch challenge!! doh!
But i'm entering anyway cos I loved the sketch and wanted to use this gorgeous stamp that I have just bought off Becky (thanks again Becky)

It's called 'You go first' and is a Lelo stamp from Stampavie. I stamped it 3 times, coloured it with promarkers, cut it out then layered it up for more depth...

The paper used is from the 'windswept' collection from Provo Crafts Bitty Scrap Pad. The pink piece has been stamped with a paw print stamp which was from TandaStamps.
I used my punches to make the pretty flowers andthe piece around the sentiment, which is a stamp set free with a mag.

Ok, off to submit it, wish me luck please!

Leonie's DT week

It's my week off at Sketch Saturday this week, because it's the lovely Leonie's DT week :)
Leonie has a special treat this week too, not only because her equally talented sister Sandra has agreed to be our GD for the month of November, but also because her sponsor for this week is Art Journey and there are 3 prizes to win, so that's THREE winners this week! yay!

Here's my card using Leonie's lovely sketch...

I've used one of the new images from Pollycraft for my card. Isn't it a fab image? I love it, and will be using it lots.
It's called Tis The Season - Door if you want it for yourself :)
I coloured it in with my promarkers.
The red paper is from my SU ski slope collection. the white piece is obviously an embossed piece of white card. The 'bricks' were hand drawn and coloured.
Sentiment is hand written. Not sure if the photo picks it up well enough, but there is white flock beneath the door and 'bricks' to resemble soft snow.

I wanted to use this image mainly cos I loved it the moment I saw it, but also because it's one of a set of images that you could win if you take part in Team Fluff's 'inspiration photo' challenge over at Sweet Stampin this week.

To see more stunning examples, please go visit my friends and fellow DT members to see what they have made this week :)

Have a fab weekend xx

Tuesday 2 November 2010

Matching set using my own paper design

I have made my own backing papers for the following matching card and envelope set...

I also used the paper to line the inside of the envelope too...

To make my card I  distressed the edges of my paper a little, I originally intended to have snowflakes embossed with gold on the yellow piece, however, after I stamped the snowflakes and applied my gold embossing powder, all I had to do was heat emboss it, thats when I found out that my heat gun had died,
can we have a minutes silence please... :(
...ok, so not wanting to start over, I brushed away the embossing powder and drew over the faint versamark image with a gold gel pen, not ideal but it looks sort of ok.
The image is of course a lovely hanglar, coloured with promarkers,
I cut out some hearts, layered them onto cream cardstock, and added the thread to replicate the heart in the image.
The sentiment is from a free stamp set in a magazine.
I then made my envelope using the same papers to match the card, then faintly stamped the postmark at the top, the stamp is by Stamps Away.

I'd like to enter this set into the challenges at

Charisma Cardz - who have asked us to make a matching pair of something

Wild Orchid challenges - who want to see red green and gold this week