Friday, 16 September 2011

Christening Card

Hello everyone, I can't believe how quick the weeks are going at the moment not only is it just over 14 weeks until Christmas it is only 28 weeks until Benn and his friends have to sit their exams., how can that happen, I'm sure it was only a few weeks ago that he started school lol.  Well that's how it feels anyway.

I also can't believe that in this day and age people can be held as slaves or that it could happen where I live. The whole town is shocked to think that this was happening right under our noses to these poor peole and why the police left it so long from when they were first made aware to finally raiding the place.  All I can say is thank god they did though as it is absolutely shocking and so sad, I had never seen so many police around as there were last Sunday.

Well I know I haven't been blogging much lately but I haven't been very well, I have been suffering lots of migraines.  Saying that I haven't been slacking either as I have still had to get a few customer orders done but haven't had the time or indeed the enthusiasm to download them from my camera yet but I thought it was about time I updated my blog as I hadn't realised how long I have neglected it.

Here is a christening card that I was asked to do a couple of months ago but haven't had a chance to show you (see I told you I was pretty bad at downloading my photos didn't I).

I am going to enter this into the following challenges.

Crafty Ribbon - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow - For the Girls
Fab n Funky Challenge - Bingo (Embellishment, Ribbon & Diecut)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Monocromatic
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes

Well that's it from me today but I promise I won't leave it as long next time.  Hope you all have a good weekend.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

White Wedding

Good morning crafters, hope you have a great day planned.  We are off to my step-son's 30th birthday celebrations today (gosh I can't believe he is 30 now, I can still see him him the day he started school when he looked so tiny)  Well whatever you have planned I hope you enjoy it especially as the sun is shinning, its amazine how much better you can feel when the sun is out isn't it.

Well onto my card today.  I was asked to make a wedding card and as I have been seeing a lot of these near white ones I thought I would have a go.  I must admit I am really plesased with how it came out, what do you think?


Hope you like it.  Have a great weekend and I will see you again very very soon.

I am entering this into the following challenges.

hAnglar & sTranglar - Sentiments
Cuddly Buddly - Swirl and Bling
Cute Card Thursday - Weddings
Freshly Brewed - White/White + 1
Craft Room - White on White
Tuesday Throwdowns - Non Stamped Sentiment (Mine's computer generated)
Marianne's Designs - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Bring on the Bling (Glitter on Roses and hair)
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Flowers


Sunday, 14 August 2011

18th Exploding Box Card

Hi crafters

Just a quickie as I am off to bed now as I am off to Stamperama in Stevenage tomorrow so need to be up early.  I didn't get to the April one or the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show what with Brian having had his stroke at the end of the year, so am really looking forward to it.

I did this exploding box for a friends daughter for her 18th and have since had 3 more commisions for them.  I used the same papers that I used a few weeks back for my Mum's birthday card as I really love them (Nitwits Collection).  I added a musical candle to the birthday cake that plays the tune of Happy Birthday which went down a storm.

Well nighty night but thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back soon.  In the meantime I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

I am entering this into the following challenges.

Pixie Cottage - Say it with Flowers
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Gifts
Allsorts Challenge - Anything but a Card
Crafts and Me - Make it Count
Sir Stampalot - Whatever you fancy

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Birthday Cake Box Card

Hi everyone, another gorgeous weekend it's been, hope you have all had time to enjoy it.  Unfortunately I have spent most of it in bed with a migraine but thankfully it has now eased, just in time for work tomorrow lol so I won't spend too long on here as it won't help.

Today I thought I would share with you another birthday box that I had to do recently for a 30th Birthday, but this time I added a birthday cake complete with candles.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges

Diecut Divas - Sweet Treats
Ladybugs Craft Ink - Summer Birthdays
I love Promarkers - Anything Goes
Little Darlings - Girly
Scrapbook Sisters - Happy Birthday
Colour Create - Pink Green & White plus Cooking Option
Cardmakin Mamas - Food & Drink

Thanks for stopping by and I will catch up with you again real soon.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Play Time at Last

Hello everyone I hope you are having a lovely day, hopefully enjoying this gorgeous sunshine.

I have had a couple of days of work this week and I also have tomorrow off too so Friday my mum and I went spent the day at Coombe Abbey and enjoyed afternoon tea there courtesy of my lovely lovely daddy.  It was a really lovely day and such a gorgeous place with so much history so if you get the chance to go it is well worth a visit.  The kids are now on holiday which will be nice as I will also get to spend some time with Benn before he starts his final year at school (gosh I can't believe how time goes so fast as it seems just yesterday that I was stood at the gates of his infant school waving him off with tears in my eyes wondering where his baby years had gone.  Now it won't be long before I am waving him off to college and then Uni - boo hoo,

So onto my card.  After spending so much time recently doing commisions for people I have finally had a bit of time to just play so decided to do a birthday card (as they always come in handy for those last minutes ones don't they lol) so followed the sketch/theme over at Wild Orchid Crafts.  I wanted to keep this pretty clean so didn't do any inking on my image.  My Marianne Die mat had been cut out twice, once in White and once in red then cut and rejoined together.

Hope you like it, well gotta go now and enjoy the rest of this lovely weather.

I am entering this into the following challenges.

Sir Stampalot - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Crafts - Birthday
Allsorts - Free n Easy
Totally Gorgeous - Punch or Diecut
If the Shoe Fits Scrap It - Ruby
Southern Girls - Birthday

Thank you so much for visiting, it really means a lot.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Birthday Box - Just for a Change

Duh! stupid me, I only went and forgot to link my card to the challenges I was wanting to enter.  Oh well I have done it now lol.  See you soon x

Hi everyone

Hope you are all having a good weekend, I certainly am as I have spent the whole day scrapbooking with some great friends and boy did I need it.  It was lovely and relaxing and just what I needed, I even got 2 layouts completed.

As you know I have had real problems with my PC and so haven't had a chance to put on some cards that I had made previously so I thought I would try and show you on now, and yes another Box Card.  This was made for a lady who had seen one of my box cards that I had been commissioned to make for a friend of hers and she asked me to make one for her to give to her Sister.

Sorry about the photo, I didn't realise it was so dark when I took it and as I have only just managed to download them I have only just seen how dark they were.

Hope you like it, she certainly did.  I am entering this into the following challenges.

Crafts and Me - Favourite Stamp/Image
Belles n Whistles - Flowers & Pearls
The Paper Shelter - Lots of Dots
C.R.A.F.T. - Box
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Sentiments with at least 2 Words
Prairie Fairy Fridays - Swirls & Pearls
Wags 'n Whiskers - Birthdays

Thanks for stopping by and visiting, it means a lot.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Birthday Card

Gosh I didn't realise how long I had been away.  It started with my laptop dying on me and when I finally got it back I have had a real time of it with blogger then on top of that my mojo had gone walkabout.

I am really getting frustrated with Internet Explorer and blogger as there are so many lovely blogs that I love to visit and am not able to, a couple being Juls at The Glitter Chick and Pinky at Pinky's World.  Every time I visit my computer goes so slow but if I try and leave a comment my computer jams up.  So if you are both reading this I just want you to know that even though I can't comment I still love to see all you fabulous creations.

Even though my mojo has been missing I have still had to get some commissions done and will post them as soon as the events have passed but in the meantime I thought I would share one with you that I made for my mum for her birthday tomorrow.  I used this digi image from Crafts & Me which I think is absolutely gorgeous and is so reasonable at £2.00.

And now I am off to bed as I am shattered tonight, it has been a looooonnnnng week but hey a new one starts tomorrow lol.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafts & Me - Birthday
Allsorts -  Free and Easy
I Love Promarkers - Include Flowers
Birthday Sundaes - Birthday Sentiment
By the Cute & Girly - With Wings
Crafty Purple Frog - Swirls & Pearls

Monday, 9 May 2011

Kenny K Challenge - Retro

I know nothing for ages and then 2 in a row.  I can't stop but I thought I would show you a card I have done for the Kenny K's challenge this week which is retro and as I have had this paper by Fancy Pants for ages and thought it would be perfect for this theme,

 I had a little time yesterday to do some crafting before going to some friends for a bbq as Benn's football season has now finished (yippee some lay-ins) and this was the result.

Hope you like it and I will be back soon with some more creations that I haven't had the time before to post.

Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

GDT - One Stitch at a Time

Happy Sunday everyone, I have been so busy the last couple of weeks and haven't had any time for crafting but I have at least enjoyed the gorgeous weather we have been having.

Did you all enjoy the Royal Wedding, it was lovely wasn't it.  I so love William and Kate and really look forward to the day that they become King and Queen as I think they will both do a fantastic job and even though his Mum isn't here any more I know that she would have been so proud of William, in fact both of her boys.  I also think she would have definitely approved of his choice of bride and I wish them both a lifetime of happiness.

Well onto the only card I have managed this week.  I recently won over at One Stitch at a Time and they very kindly invited me to be a Guest Designer for their challenge this week which was fancy folds.  I almost went with an Easel card as this is my favourite type at the moment (not that you can tell, can you?) lol, but decided in the end to do a Side Step card instead (I think that is what it is called).  The cute little image is one of the images from Gillus Gallery over at OSAAT and can be found here, isn't he cute.  I decided to use him to do a Father's Day card so that I didn't end up making them at the last minute which is what always seems to happen.

The Bench and Table  was one of the images that I won from The Stamping Boutique

Well have a good week and I hope to be back again very soon with some more creations as I am hoping to get some time to play this week but alas we shall have to wait and see.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 22 April 2011

GDT Card for Raise the Bar

Good morning everyone, yippee Easter has arrived and I have a lovely long weekend off work, and to top it off ,the gorgeous weather we have been having is here to stay (at least for the duration of Easter).

Now then back to my card, and before you say anything, it is not an Easel Card Box or and Easel Card lol.   I recently won a challenge over at Raise the Bar (March 18th) and they very kindly asked me if I would join them as a Guest for their Nautical/Blue/White or Stripe challenge.  Well after realising that I don't possess anything remotely Nautical I decided to go with the Blue, White and Stripe version using a couple of the gorgeous little mini Tilda and background stamps along with the Alota camera.   I decided that if I didn't have the sea the next best thing was imagining a holiday (I know you normally see the sea on holiday but try to imagine a nice walking one lol), and what do we do on holiday, yes we take piccys or at least I do as the men in my life will be quick to tell you.  It drives them mad but we have to have those scrapbook piccys dont we.

Anyhow, this is the card I made for the challenge, I hope you like it.  Be sure to pop across to the challenge blog to check out all the other fabulous Bar-Tenders creations and feel free to join in the challenge too. 
I am entering this into the following challenges

Wild Orchids - Wings
The Pixie Cottage - Birthday
I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes

Images - Camera (Alota), Tilda & Background (Magnolia)
Papers - Manolia
Flowers - Wild Orchids
Ribbon - Wild Orchids
Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart
Base Card & Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again very soon.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A New Grandson

Hi everyone

I hope you have all been enjoying the gorgeous sunshine that we have been having over the last week, I know I certainly have, there is nothing like sun to make everything seems so much better and on that subject I thought I would let you know that Brian is doing so much better.  This last week we have seen such a difference in him not only with his energy levels and what he can do but mentally in himself.  He is even talking about getting back to work which is a very positive step.

On top of this Brian's Son and Daughter-in-Law have become proud parents to their second little boy, a baby brother for Luke and we have been blessed with another little Grandchild.  He came into the world a little early due to Amy having pre-eclampsia weighing 5lb 11oz but Amy is doing very well now and Ryan is absolutely gorgeous, I am enjoying having lots of cuddles lol.

This brings me onto my card, and yes another Easel Card Box, have I told you that I am doing so many of these at the moment, I actually have another 3 to show you but I will leave those for another day.I hope you enjoy looking at it, the box is just perfect to fit 2 newborn vests wrapped in tissue (onsie's for our US friends), but I forgot to photograph that bit, lol.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Fussy & Fancy Friday - Card for a Child
Papertake Weekly - Truly Dimensional
One Stitch at a Time - New Baby
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - One for the Boys
I Love Promarkers - Sketch
Simon Says Stamp - Card for a Child

Thanks for dropping by and I will catch up with you again soon, in the meantime enjoy the beautiful weather I know I will.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

I'm Back - Guest Designer for 7Kidsforcollegefund - Seeing Spots

Yes it is true, I am back and it feels like it has been forever.  I tell you, you forget how much you rely on your computer don't you.  Well I am pleased to say it appears to be working again now so keep your fingers crossed.

I haven't been slacking though, I have actually made a few creations but haven't been able to download them yet due to time restraints but I have got this one that I had downloaded before my computer went down ready for my Guest Designer spot on the 7 Kids for College Fund Challenge Blog.  The girls over there would like to see your creations using Spots.
This was for a gentleman that was celebrating his 30th Wedding Anniversary and was taking his wife away to the Bahamas.  He had supplied me with the message which was rather long and because it was so personal I didn't think it would be right to have it on show (as I had made an easel card) so I incorporated a secret flap on the front but you can't really see it in the photos but it is where you see the white mat on top of the green.  I then made the box to fit the card.

Well I hope that you all pop over and give all the girls some love as their creations are gorgeous, and we would love it if you would join in the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back again soon with some more.
I am entering this into the following challenges

House of Gilli - Ribbons & Pearls
Allsorts - A Special Lady
Crafts 4 Eternity - Theme (Something Hidden)
Thanks for looking

Thursday, 17 March 2011

PC Problems

Hi everyone

I Just wanted to let you all know I have problems with my PC at the moment so am unable to show you anything new or more importantly get round to visit you all. I have luckily been able to add this message via my iPhone but it is very time consuming so if you could bear with me hopefully it won't be long before I am back with you all.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Card for a Baby Boy

Hi everyone just another quickie as per usual I am running behind time.  It has been a very very long week but I had a lovely day yesterday as I went with a friend to London, had a meal and then saw Westlife in concert (we have gone to see them for the last 10 years).  It was a great evening as usual and a nice break.  Benn goes to his first concert next week up in Manchester to see Chase and Status who he thinks are brilliant, he doesn't think much to my addiction to Westlife though.  It will be lovely for him as his Brother is taking him which Benn thinks will be awesome as being in his late 20's and attending Glastonbury and numerous other festivals every year, makes him a cool dude.  So to be attending his first concert with him is going to be very special.

Well I have been very busy recently with making these great easel boxes as everyone and his mother seems to want them but I must admit I do love this one as there is nothing nicer than creating something special for a new baby is there.

Well must be off as I have to get off to football now as Benn will be wondering where I have got to.

I am entering this into the following challenges.

I love Promarkers - Babies
Raise the Bar - G (Gift/Glitter) R (Rose) E (Easel Card) E (Embellishment Ribbon) N (New Baby)
Crafty Creations - Baby Blue
Digital Tuesday - Welcome Little One
Whoopsi Daisy - Ribbons & Charm
Creative Inspirations - Easel Cards
Moving Along with the Times - Card for a Male

DP - Pink Petticoat
Ribbon/Flowers - WOC
Image - Sugar Nellie Adorable
Charm - My Stash

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 7 March 2011

A Little Wee Birthday

Evening everyone

You know recently that I told you that Sylvia Zet was going to be releasing her own digistamps and was giving this little cutie away as a thank you for spreading the word, well I thought I would show you an easel card I made using Wee Suzie.  Isn't she just the cutest little lady you have seen.  Well if you pop over to Sylvia's shop Wee Stamps now you will get to mee Wee Suzie's little brother Sam (he is just as cute lol).  She has also released some others too which I know you will love too.

For this card I I have used some Co-ordinations card for my base which I cut out with my spellbinder dies and then embossed with my Victoriana folder.  The background paper is from Me and My Big Ideas that I have had in my stash for ages along with the little dew drops and ribbon, the flower is a WOC one with some leaves that I have punch with my MS Frond Punch.

I have coloured her mainly with Promarkers but I have started to introduce my lovely new Copics in as well but (oh dear) I think I am in need of a few more lol.

Hope you like it and I will see you again soon.

I am entering this into the following challenges

Southern Girls Challenge - Dewdrops
Craft your Passion - Anything Goes
This Pixie Cottage - Spring
By the Cute & Girly - Springtime
Wild Orchid Crafts - Anything Goes
If the Shoe Fits - Spring
Fussy & Fancy Friday - Embossing

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Summer Breeze Birthday Card

Morning everyone, a nice bright day today so at least it will be better standing on the edge of the football pitch, so I must hurry up and get ready as I still have sooooo much still to do before I get out of the door.

It has been a busy week this week as I have been busy trying to get orders done so haven't had much time for crafting for myself plus Brian hasn't been very good.  His speech has deteriorated significantly and he has been quite dizzy and sick so we are back off to the doctors tomorrow as I am concerned that his blood pressure may now be too low with all the medication and may need adjusting.  Anyway, I will feel better once he has been checked over.

So onto my card. where I have used the fabulous image Summer Breeze by Barbara at Forgotten Scraps, isn't she just adorable.  I have used the sketch from Sketch Saturday and my DP's are a mix of Basic Grey and Stampin Up.  The flowers have been cut out using Marianne Dies which I have added a Craftwork Card Candi to them and a rose from my stash (not at all as lovely as the gorgeous flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, but it was the right size).  The sentiment is a Bizzy Becs one.

I am entering this into the following challenges.

Passion for Promarkers - Sugar Rush
Polkadoodles - Flower Power
Allsorts Challenge - Card for a Teenager
Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Little Miss Muffet - Designer Papers

Well thanks for popping over, have a great day and I will see you later on in the week.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Enfys and Letraset

Good morning everyone, just a quickie as I don't have a card to show you today as I have been so busy and just haven't had time to photograph them yet.

Anyway I just wanted to let you know that I am soooo excited as I was one of the five winners of the Letraset competition that Enfys held on their behalf.  I have won 2 packs of their new blending pairs which means 24 pens- yippee.  I have been using these fabulous pens for over a year now and love them so if you haven't tried them you really must.  Not only have I won the pens but I have to send my card to them as it will be used by them to show at exhibitions and such, ooh fancy that I shall just have to find out where and stalk it to see it proudly on show he! he!.

Well that's it, I just wanted to let you all know but have to go now and finish getting ready for work - roll on retirement lol.

See you all again very soon.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Another Letraset Card

Good morning everyone, what a dismal day after yesterdays nice bright spring day.  I took a couple of days off this week being half term but what with sleep-overs and such I ended up with a day to myself yesterday (heaven every now and then) so decided what better way to spend it other than crafting.  I was very pleased to be able to get a couple of commissions done but unfortunately I cannot share them with you yet but I did manage to get one made just for the fun of it and so decided that I would enter it into the Letraset competition that can be found on Enfys blog here.

For this card I used the following promarkers (I think I am going through my Apricot stage at the moment):

Girls Hair: Sandstone, Vanilla and Ivory
Boys Hair: Cinnamon, Sandstone and Ivory
Girls Dress: Ginger and Apricot
Boys Jumper: Kahki and Ivory
Girls Shoes: Apricot and Cool Grey 1
Bench: Cinnamon and Shale
Rope: Sandstone
Boys Shoes: Shale and Cool Grey 1

I have used a mixture of Bazzill, White Pearl card and a Nitwit download (Tippytoes) finished off with some of my new Craftwork Cards Candi and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers.  The sweet little image is by Lily of the Valley and is so adorable.  The gorgeous new Martha Stewart punch is called Cherish (and I think it is my new all time favourite, at least until they bring the next lot out lol).

Well have a nice day everyone, I will as I am off out for the day with my lovely Mum.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Birthday Box

Happy Sunday everyone, at least the weather is a bit better today than it was yesterday especially as I will be off in a little while to stand on the sidelines of a football match, lucky me lol.

Well who was a lucky girl then, yes you guessed it ME - OMG I was so amazed to find that I only went and won the Copic Marker giveaway that Donna from Bearly Mine Creations had been given from Cult Pens.  I only found out on Friday afternoon that I had won, sent my address to Donna and couldn't believe that they arrived first thing Saturday morning.  How was that for Customer Service.  I can't thank Donna or Cult Pens enough and will be having a play over the next few days so watch this space.

So onto my card.

Well this one is for a lady who saw my other box and asked me to do one for her daughters birthday, she didn't mind what I did but lilac had to appear too.  Hope she likes it.

I am going to enter this into the following challenges.

Creative Cottage - Fabulous Florals
Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Belles n Whistles - Favourite things with a Heart
Totally Gorjuss - Check it Out
Stamp Something - Fun & Funky
If the Shoe Fits - Happy Birthday
7Kids College Fund - Calling all Squares
Crafts for Eternity - Recipe (Hearts - Charm, Glitter - Flowers & Candy, Pins - Behind Rose)
Gem of a Challenge - Buttons, Brads, Beads or Bows
Forgotten Scraps - Spring/Flowers
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes

Materials Used
BP - Basic Grey Euphoria Frenzy, DCWV Baby Girl Stack, Red card from stash
Image - WOJ City Girl
Flowers - Wild Orchids
Charm/Pins - Hobby House

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back later with another card.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Letraset Promarker Challenge

Morning everyone, last one for the week I promise.

This is my challenge card for the Letraset Promarker challenge on Enfy's blog.  Letraset have come out with some new Blending sets that look really great, especially for newbies to these fabulous pens.  It takes all the guesswork out of trying to work out with colours pair and blend together.

Letraset are also holding a competition on their site too and they want to see what PAIRS do we think go together, there are loads but here are 3 that I use a fair bit.

I have used the following colours for this creation.

Neck, Arms and Feet - Blush and Vanilla
Hair - Cinnamon and Sandstone
Hat - Pastel Pink
Flowers - Lime Green
Jeans - Cool Aqua and Pastel Blue

Hope you enjoyed looking and that Letraset will too.  Have a fun day.