24 November 2011

AUD Sentiments - Anything holiday

Our new challenge over at AUD sentiments is 'Anything Holiday' (with a sentiment)

Our lovely sponsor this time is Polka doodles and I've used this sweet snowman digi for my project.

The poinsettia is made with a marianne die set and the sentiment is from a sheet of die cuts. the ribbon is from crafty ribbons and I've inked the edges of the paper with distress inks.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Charisma #46 - Snowflakes

Time for a new challenge at Charisma! Thanks to Natalie for choosing the theme of Snowflakes!

Here are our wonderful sponsors for this challenge:
Crimson cloud are offering 3 packs of die cuts of one winners choice!
is a £10 Voucher from the lovely Joanna Sheen!
The lovely Sally-ann at Digistamp Boutique is offering a lucky winner 6 individual Digis of their choice!

And finally, a mini surprise only available to our Facebook entries!!

Here's my inspiration card for you, as you might have noticed this snowflake stamp has cropped up a few times on my blog recently! I'm loving trying out lots of different techniques with it and getting so many different looks from just one stamp!

This time I've used gold and pink glitter embossing powders from a company called 'Wow' who make the most fabulous range of embossing powders you could ever wish for!
The papers is from a Basic Grey pad which is not christmas related at all but I thought the colours tied in very nicely! The ribbon is from stash and the sentiment is from craftwork cards. The little glittery snowflakes are made with a Marianne snowflake die!
Thanks for stopping by today :)

4 Crafty Chicks - Snowflakes
C.R.A.F.T. 1/5 - 'Unusual Christmas'
Colour Create1/1 Color Inspiration* Pink, White and Gold
Moving Along With The Times1/3 - Ribbons and Bows
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
House That Stamps Built -- Christmas card+snowflake
Little Red Wagon - Christmas
Scrapbook Sisters - Christmas
City Crafter Challenge - Must mention challenge in post - A Pink Christmas
Creative Craft Challenges - 2/3 - Free For All Week
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Christmas Card  
Paper and Such Design - 1/2- No Colouring Stamp Stick & Go
Paper Take Weekly - Christmas Crackers!
Partytime Tuesdays - 2/3 - Snow Us What You've Got
Hooked on Crafts - Punches and /or Diecuts
Kaboodle Doodles - Baby its cold outside
Paper Creations Ink - Christmas
Paper Playtime - Say It With Sentiments
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun
Whoopsi Daisy - Anything Goes at Christmas
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes

22 November 2011

Rockin Robin!

This is a Pink Gem image I coloured yonks ago with my prisma pencils and he was feeling a tad neglected! So I took pity on him and finally used him on a card, I think he looks much happier already!

I've followed the Sketch over at Sketch n Stash and my neglected stash is this poor little guy!The papers are from my huge pile of Xmas scraps and I've used a border punch by MS and a Martha Stewart doily die. The ribbon is from stash, the corner die is sizzix and the greeting and card candy are from craftwork cards.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenges1/3 - Free For All Week
Digital Tuesday - include a digital element - #138 Sparkle & Shine
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Christmas Card
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - 1/1- Winter Blues !
Partytime Tuesdays - 1/3 - Snow Us What You've Got
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - 1/2 (must use digi) - Christmas
Forever Friends - must include animal - Christmas is Coming
Hooked on Crafts - Punches and /or Diecuts
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun
Whoopsi Daisy - Anything Goes at Christmas
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Let it sparkle
Fabulous Friday - die cuts  
Floweret - Christmas
Phindy’s Place - 2/3 - Christmas cards
Sweet n' Sassy Digi Challenge - must use digi - all about birds  
Wags 'n Whiskers - Christmas
Winter Wonderland1/1 - any cute image
Crimbo Crackers - must be Christmas - Make It Sparkle
Forever Friends - M - must include an animal - Something old (digi), Something new (MS Doily die)
Moving Along With The Times - 2/3 - Let It Snow  
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
 Thanks for stopping by :)

21 November 2011

Are no two snowflakes alike?

Well certainly not when it comes to resist embossing!
I've used this big snowflake stamp from Inkadinkado, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then inked over the middle with milled lavender distress ink and around the edges with broken china.

The paper is from Papermania and the ribbon hole punch is by fiskars. The ribbon is one I got from the USA and the greeting is from craftwork cards.

Thanks for visiting :)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Get Hippity with Ippity - 1/1 - Embossing
Hooked on Crafts - Punches and /or Diecuts
Paper Creations Ink - Christmas
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun
Whoopsi Daisy - Anything Goes at Christmas
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - 1/3, no digi allowed - "I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas"
Let`s Ink It Up - 5E, Must use rubber stamp - Show us your Favourite Technique
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
PanPastel UK Challenge - 1/2 - Frosty and Bright
Pile It On - Anything with a "P" (DT Call)
2 Sisters - Let it sparkle
Crafty Emma - 1/3 - Snowflakes
Rogue Redhead Designs - only one designer paper
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Embossing
Crafty Catz - 1/1 - snowflakes
Floweret - Christmas
Phindy’s Place1/3 - Christmas cards
Wags 'n Whiskers - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - must be Christmas - Make It Sparkle
Moving Along With The Times1/3 - Let It Snow
Paper Crafting Journey - Embossing
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge - 2/3 - snowflakes

19 November 2011

My first Saturated Canary card

I am totally in love with Saturated Canary digis, but I've been initimidate by colouring them so I only bought my first 2 just the other day! I'm not the worlds best colourer and shader so I'm not completeley happy with her hair on this one but I think it's a reasonable first attempt!

I've coloured with Promarkers and used Antique linen distress ink around the edges of the image. The paper is by My Minds Eye, the ribbon is from stash and I've used a cuttleug Divine swirls embossing folder which I've used textured card in and sanded the raised swirls. The corners are cut from a Sizzix die, and the sentiment is a LOTV stamp.

 I have followed the Sketch at Willow Sketchie Challenge:


I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days Challenge - 1/1 must use a digi - texture
Fabulous Friday - die cuts 
Patties Creations -1/2 - birthday or Thanksgiving
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's -2/3- Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Fantasy 
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - 2/2 (must use digi) - Anything goes with a Digi
Hooked on Crafts - Punches and /or Diecuts
Simon Says Stamp and Show... - Some Women Only
Squigglefly - Happy Birthday )
The Pink Elephant - Embossing
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - Punch It

18 November 2011

Crafty Ribbons New England range

I was lucky enough to recently participate in the Crafty Ribbons 'New England' themed ribbon challenge, and here's what I made with this gorgeous collection:

These fab Christmas shoes are by Bugaboo and I've coloured them with promarkers. The edge of the image had been inked with Worn Lipstick DI. I've tied three colours of ribbon around the edge and used the happy christmas ribbon as the sentiment. The embossing border punch is by fiskars.

I made this little notebook with my guillotine and my crop a dile! The sweet ribbons hold it together. The paper is by My Minds Eye and I've added a flourish stamped in the corner and a little chipboard robin and tree.
I would like to enter the following challenges:
Crafty Ribbons - Anything BUT a Card
Crimbo Crackers - must be Christmas - Make It Sparkle
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Red and Green
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge - 1/3 - snowflakes
Digital Tuesday - include a digital element - Christmas Time
Sassy Cheryl's -1/3- Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - 2E, (must use digi) - Anything goes with a Digi
Hooked on Crafts - Punches and /or Diecuts
Karens Doodles - 1/1- Anything BUT a Card 
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Use Any Freebie (ribbons)
The Pink Elephant - Embossing
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - Punch It

15 November 2011

Seasoned with Mica powders!

I am loving my Mica powders at the moment!
Here I've used an Inkadinkado snowflake stamp with versamark and dusted three shades of mica powders over the top. Just a bit of ribbon and of course some gems to finish off!

The only problem I have with Micas is they are blooming hard to photograph! Thats not going to put me off them though! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Craft Your Passion - Let it Snow
Creative Stamp Friends - Light Cards
Stamps R Us - 2/2 - Bling It On
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Floweret - Christmas
Jellypark Challenges 1/2 - non traditional Christmas colors
Mami Doodles - Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers - Christmas
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - 1/1 - at least 2 Different Ribbon
Crimbo Crackers - must be Christmas - Make It Sparkle

14 November 2011

Funky Tree

This is a really cute idea on saw on our stand at the NEC, so I can't take credit for the idea but this is my take on it :)

The tree shape is a peel off and I've painstakingly added different gems and buttons to fit into the little circles! when I was getting towards the end I got a bit lazy and finished off with a few different shades of stickles. The greeting is a personal impressions stamp.
Thanks for stopping by!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cards For Men - must be masculine - Christmas Card  
Critter Sketch - Monochrome
Stamps R Us1/2 - Bling It On
One Stitch At A Time - Black and White
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Allsorts1/1 - Black White and one other
Floweret - Christmas
Mami Doodles - Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - must be Christmas - Make It Sparkle
Inky Impressions - glitter

12 November 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

I keep getting christmas songs stuck in my head recently! I can't help but sing along with my internal jukebox which annoys my colleagues no end!
I made this christmas card today using one of my new stamps from the NEC. The company is called Indigo Blu and they have a fantastic range of unusual gorgeous stamps.
The one I've used here is called Bare Forest, it stamped beautifully first time with versamark ink and I then dusted it over with silver Mica powder to bring out the image.
Bare Forest stamp with mica powder
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Silver and blue card.
LOTV sentiment stamp
MS Snowflake border punch and single snowflake punches.
Stickles for the falling snow
Thanks for stopping by :)
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Marks Finest Papers -Your favourite technique
One Stop Craft - Ribbons and Lace and a DT Call
Totally Gorjuss - Christmas Traditions
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - must be Christmas - use a stamp that has never seen ink Fabulous Friday - embossing
Fairy Fun Fridays - no black lines
Floweret - Christmas
Mami Doodles - Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - must be Christmas - Make It Sparkle
 Delightful Challenges - 1/1 - Snowflakes
 Paper Crafting Journey - Embossing
Inky Impressions - glitter
Partytime Tuesdays - 1/3 - Bling It On
Stamp-N-Doodle - Sparkle & Shine
Top Tip Tuesday - 1/3- Anything Christmas Goes 
Heart Song Inspirations - 1/1- Anything Goes
Squigglefly - NO Patterned Paper
There She Goes - Holiday Projects


a sneaky peek

Can ya tell what it is yet?

Well it's not finished at the moment, so I'm just going to tease you with this little close up :)

11 November 2011

F1 Smashbook page

So this is another page I've done in my 'Things I Heart' Smashbook! F1 race Weekends are marked on the calendar in our house, as sad as it sounds we try not to miss a race!
Anything can happen and as proved by Lewis Hamilton in 2008, World Championships can be won or lost at the very last corner of the very last race.

 The quote in the middle of the page was already there and is the reason I picked this particular page of the book! As you can probably tell we are McLaren supporters!
There is a blank page opposite this one so I may decide to update it every year entering the latest world Champion!
Lets hope the mighty Sebastian Vettel has a bit more competition next year as this past season has been quite a one horse race!

Even though the championship has already been decided, we will still be watching the remaining races, of course ;)

I really enjoyed doing this page and hope you have enjoyed browsing ;)

Thanks for stopping by, do drop in again soon :)

10 November 2011

AUD Sentiments - Thank you

This week at AUD Sentiments, our challenge is to make a Thank you card or a Thanksgiving card!

We are sponsored by the lovely Wee Stamps, and I got to play with this cute fairy digi for my project :)

What I used:
Prisma pencils, scalloped circle nesties, Tattered Rose distress ink, paper scrap from stash, inverted corner punch, LOTV sentiment stamp, flowers, ribbon and gem from stash.

Thanks for visiting me today :)

9 November 2011

My First Smash* Book

I've discovered I'm a very slow 'smasher' so I'll be sharing pages from my books one at a time!

This is the cover of the Black book, which I'm going to fill with things I love (or 'heart' as we say in our house!)

cover is by no means finished but I will keep adding little things here and there whenever the mood takes me!

I've started off a couple of pages inside too, here's a sneaky peek ;)


8 November 2011

NEC Stash!

My last day at the NEc was sunday but it was so exhausting it's taken me until today to recover properly, and now I'm off to work this afternoon, and college tonight! So back to the daily grind! But first I want to show alllll the stuff I got from the NEC! Most of it is from the stand I was working on as I didnt get many breaks but I did manage to sneak off to a few other stalls ;)

Here's all the Smash stuff I bought! Probably went over the top a bit but I just had to get one of everything lol :)

These are a lovely range of stamps, I wish  I could have afforded the whole lot but for the time being I just got a map backgroud and some trees :)

These 2 are matching stamp and die sets by Hero arts, I just couldnt resist!

Lots of dies! mainly Marianne ones but I did sneak in a set of Xcut squares too!!

Lili of the valley die cut sheets, 12 for £10! so naturally one of each lol ;)

LOTV tags stamp set

a copious amout of peel offs, not that I really need any but I have some ideas for my smashbooks with them :)

This is a lindsay mason christmas set, will come in handy for knocking out quick xmas cards!

all the embellies I got! The feathers are so cool! Got some Stickles which I dont have yet, and some candy bonbons which were 6 packs for a fiver

boring adhesives but necessary nonetheless

pretty papers! I really need to stop buying paper till I've sorted out a new home for them as my paper stash has now outgrown it's basket! also an embossing folder and an MS punch.

just a couple of distress inks

A gorgeous house and a key box that I'm planning to alter for christmas pressies

more boring stuff, card blanks!

and finally, some cut and dry, Flitter glu and gilding flakes! can't wait to play with these!

I am back to work and college now for the next 4 days so wont have chance to play properly until saturday!

Hope everyone else that went to the NEC had a great time and it was fab to meet those that stopped by to say Hi!  :)