Wednesday, 30 November 2011

On Safari

The theme on CD Sunday Challenge this week is - on safari. Now I don't have many nature scenes, and none that would fit this theme, so I have taken a slightly different tack - hopefully the ladies will allow LOL! I don't suppose they were expecting to see any shoe entries when they set the challenge.
These images and DP are from the Shoes in Bloom Cdrom, I used Leopard jungle, zebra jungle and monkey shoe - if you look closely you can see him on the smallest shoe!
I'd also like to enter the card into Divas by Design challenge where this week it is anything goes.

What a lucky girl I am - just look what I won from the Docrafts website.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Christmas sentiment

I'm back again with that stamp and that same technique as yesterday. I have got a bit of a "thing" about doing this image at the moment LOL! I've added a Paula Pascale sentiment stamp and then simply mounted onto green mirri card and then onto some free Christmas paper from last year (could be the year before!). So  glad I remembered where these papers are this year and they are getting used.
I'd like to enter the card into Aud's sentiments challenge which is for "a Christmas sentiment".

Monday, 28 November 2011

Pink, white and gold

Pink, white and gold is the colour combo over on Colour Create Challenge this week. I'm not one for gold normally and I would have preferred to use silver, but I thought I would give it a go and it's not too bad.
I used the white cotton Stazon to stamp onto the gold mirri card. I used free background papers for the snowflakes and accents. The border and side flourishes are cut with my new ironwork accents dies.

Here's a picture someone took of us performing on Saturday.
Slightly closer look reveals me in the third row!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

LIM week 43 - a bit of bling

This is actually the second card I made for the Less is More challenge - which this week is a "bit of bling". I've used a Cardmadfairy digi  which I coloured with promarks and stuck on gems on her dress, then went a bit mad and put small pearls on for her jewellery. Hopefully the amount of  white space left will balance out a lot of decoration (fingers crossed!). I'd also like to enter her into the I love Promarkers challenge- anything goes and Sir Stampalot challenge - blue and green..
This is the first card I made - more LIM but I decided I could do better. At least two free Christmas stamps from last year have eventually seen ink LOL. Id also like to enter this card into the Polka Doodles challenge- Italian Christmas.

It is now nearly midnight and I have had a busy day. I was in the first public performance of our Rock Choir earlier. It went really well and as we were singing outdoors we were so glad it didn't rain. Off to bed then......

Friday, 25 November 2011

Winter wardrobe

I've taken the digi Imogen with hat from Cardmadfairy and made her supersize! This is an 8x6 card, I made her this size because I wanted to use a snowflake stamp to pattern her coat and hat. I've coloured her with aquamarkers. The snowflakes are cut with my silhouette and the ticket was a freebie last year from Miss Cutiepie. Here is a little close up to try to capture the diamond sparkles I added over the wording.
I'd like to enter this card into:-
Crafty Calender Challenge-winter wardrobe
Cardmadfairy digi days challenge- Winter wonderland
Kaboodle Doodles challenge-Baby it's cold outside
Ladybug Crafts challenge-winter blues
Digital Tuesday Challenge-sparkle and shine
Charisma Cardz Challenge-snowflakes

I had a lovely time at the literary luncheon today. Unfortunately Alan Titchmarsh didn't make it as his wife was taken ill and he had to turn back home.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

An artist.......

I've made this card using paper from the Repro Depot pattern book on cdrom. I also cut a nestie out from the same paper with my one of my newest "ironwork" dies. the tree is embossed and it came with the sentiment from the same stamp set that I got at the Doncaster show a few weeks ago, it is becoming quite a staple item in my craft box. The three roses were also bought at the show.
I'd like to enter this card into CD Sunday challenge - trees and Crafts and Me challenge-shabby chic/vintage.

I'm going to the annual Notts Literary Champagne luncheon tomorrow - the guest speaker is Alan Titchmarsh so I think it will be entertaining.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Christmas labels

Me and my neighbour have been to a Christmas gift party tonight and I bought five jars of home made chutney-and did a lot of tasting in the process! One which I bought for the OH is Beetroot, cabbage and horseradish relish - I know he is going to love it, I didn't hate it but it's not to my taste as I don't like beetroot or horseradish!
Anyway, I have found time to get crafty and make this Christmas card. All the paper and card I have used is SU. I cut with nestie labels number 2 and used the Waltzingmouse stamp that fits the label, I then used the SU Dasher stamp and embossed with sparkly Gold embossing powder. The sentiment is from a Creative Expressions Christmas set of stamps. All mounted on a "postage" card from Cardcraft plus. I've left decoration as such to a minimum as I think this will be a male Christmas card.
I'd like to enter the card into Waltzingmouse challenge- sketch and Papertake Weekly Challenge-Christmas crackers.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

One layer

We went to see Rumer last night, if you have never heard her, she has an amazing voice which reminds me so much of the late great Karen Carpenter - those were the days! The only down side was she didn't come on until 9pm and finished at 10.30pm so it made for a late night with work today.
I've made this card using ink dusters and a big and juicy Waterfall pad. I masked an area where the globe would be with a post it. The main stamp and sentiment are Lindsay Mason, the others are Debbie Moore and Lavina. I added a dusting of diamond sparkles in blue zircon.
I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:- Allsorts-one layer card and Flutter By Wednesday - open challenge.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

LIM week 42-theme-silhouettes

The challenge on Less is More this week is silhouettes. Blogger is really playing up as I write this and so is Google chrome so I have reverted to IE8 and will keep this short!
The pink is more "shocking" in real life.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Penny Black & More DT Christmas Challenge

Morning everyone. Brenda who runs the Penny Black and More challenge at Allsorts sent the DT a selection of Christmas papers and vellum roses, pins and ribbon and asked us to make a card. This is what I came up with. Pop over the the blog to see what the rest of the DT did with their kit.

There is still time to enter this month's challenge on Penny Black and More - the theme is All Creatures Great and Small. We have over 100 entries so far, let's see if we can make 200! I'm having loads of fun commenting on creations and would love to have some more entries to look at, there are some fab prizes on offer.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Baby it's cold outside

I've got a day off today due to the long day I worked last Friday - so time for crafting and cakes to bake for a get together at work on Friday.
This is a card I have made using images from MCS Festive Deco Follies - I've added some Diamond sparkles and used my silhouette to cut out the snowflakes. The background paper I have had for ages.
I'd like to enter this card into
Fab n Funky challenge- baby it's cold outside
Crafter's companion challenge-Let it snow
Divas by design challenge - monochromatic
I'm all over the place today with my thoughts about cards I want to do - I have made a list of the jobs I need to get too so far managed to cross two off!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


 I've used an image from MCS Dressing up Dolly Divas - you can see here what she originally looked like before I recoloured her dress to match my Anna Griffin papers.
I had some paisley peel offs I had bought to go with the paper and so thought I would put a few on the dress for added detail. This is a large card at 7x10 inches.
I've made this card for the challenge on CD Sunday  challenge which this week is "Paisley".

Monday, 14 November 2011

Pudsey bear

It's that time again in the UK for the Children in Need Appeal and Pudsey Bear. I bought this stamp from Lili of the Valley as part of the proceeds go to the Appeal. I had great plans for making and selling some Pudsey cards to sell for the Appeal, but only this one got made!
I've used a scrap of printed paper from my box - it was a freebie download from a mag, a scrap of silk card and coloured Pudsey with promarkers and added just a touch of diamond dust to the spots on his scarf.
I'd like to enter the card into these challenges:-
C.R.A.F.T challenge-cute
Lili of the Valley challenge - creature comforts
BTW - the poppy brooches arrived today! Oh well, got them for next year.

Sunday, 13 November 2011


I love poppies (blog background kind of gives that away!) but I also wanted to make a card to mark Remembrance Sunday. Myself and some colleagues ordered these beautiful poppy brooches from the Royal British Legion but unfortunately they haven't as yet arrived.
I have so many stamps to chose from but this is a set by Papermania. I used ink daubers to get the different areas shaded in different colours cut around the image with a nestie and embossed and then edged with a red promarker.
I'd like to enter the card into these challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp Challenge- photo inspiration-poppy field
Cute Card Thursday challenge- Reds for remembrance

Saturday, 12 November 2011

LIM week 41 one layer- leaves

I've really missed my crafting this week. On Monday I flew to Glasgow for work and didn't get back until late Tuesday evening. Yesterday I left the house at 5.45am and got back at 8.45pm from Croydon - the trains were a nightmare and no drinks either! So, time to chill out today and enter this week's Less Is More Challenge which is for one layer and leaves. I've actually made two cards. The first one is using Tapestry stamps through a leaf stencil and the second is a stamp that I added a few glitters one of which is called Autumn fire and is strands rather than particles of glitter. I hope to be back to my normal commenting this week, so sorry to have missed all the Limette cards for the last couple of weeks.
I'd also like to enter the second card into the DYSU challenge-inspired by a song - Autumn of my Life - Bobby Goldsboro.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

LIM week 40 - red and orange

I've used a stamp from a set I only got this week for my entry at Less is More who want to see orange and red this week.  The stamp is from Sparkle n Sprinkle, my first order from them as they had another stamp I have wanted for ages - that is yet to make an appearance! Also in my package was a couple of small stamps and some glitters which I didn't know where in there until I was tidying up and thought, why is this envelope rattling.
Anyway, I have stamped the image in SU Rose red then used an orange promarker to colour some of the white areas, used a red promarker for the lips, the sentiment also came as part of the set.
I' also like to enter it into the Crafty Catz Weekly challenge- anything goes.
Another busy week for me going to Glasgow and Croydon with work so may not get to do much commenting.
Please see my post below, I'm now a DT member for the newly launched challenge "Penny Black and More" we would love it if you would join in, there are some fantastic prizes to be won - pity I am on the DT now! You've got all month to enter and the theme is "all creatures great and small".

Exciting news..........

Hey! - I have been asked to be a DT member on the newly retitled challenge "Penny Black and More" and I jumped at the chance. Looking forward to working with the lovely DT who have made me feel very welcome. This is my card for the first challenge "All creatures great and small" and I've used one of the images from the PB "Micey Day" set then added some sentiments from other stamp sets.
Here's a summary of the changes to the challenge, we have some fantastic prizes so please come along and join in this fantastic challenge:-

  • We are opening up the challenge entry criteria and starting with our November challenge you will be able to use any stamp on your work, although strictly no digi images.
  • And we are changing the day of our challenges which in future will launch on the first Sunday of the month.
  • There will still be lots of prizes on offer and all eligible entries will go into the draw, plus there will be an additional prize each month for entries using a Penny Black stamp or stickeroo.
  • And as if all that was not enough, we will be having a “Who’s in the Spotlight” feature every month. The DT will be keeping an eye open as they go on their rounds and each month we will feature two entries which stand out to us. Those entries will be able to display our special logo....................and we will invite those peeps to write a short bio about their crafting journey which will be published on our blog. The first will be on or about 20th December based on November challenge entries.
  • There will be a slight change to our name to take account of these changes and in future we will be know as ‘Penny Black and More’.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Bright and Sparkly

 There are a few challenges for sparkle at the moment and so with arrival of some new lilac diamond sparkles, it was the perfect opportunity to try it out along with one of  my new LOTV stamps which I coloured with promarkers and edged with a fleximarker. I then used two different glitter papers for the mat and background paper. The sentiment is Paula Pascale.
I'm not sure why I haven't got a closer picture in the first shot - maybe because it is a DL card, but here is a closer look at the image and sparkle.
I arranged for a parcel to be redelivered today, they had originally tried to deliver on Wednesday. I waited from 9 to 5.30 and no parcel. Then at 6pm my neighbour brought it round, it had been delivered yesterday!!! and the driver went there because there was no one in at my house - what is the point of arranging a delivery, getting confirmation and then just bringing it when they like! Rant over - except it was crafting goodies and the order is wrong and a stamp I had been waiting for since 1 Oct I find from the delivery note is out of stock and not available - yeah, I know not like I don't have loads of others to use, in fact that is what I spent most of today doing, reorganising the craft room and my stamps, so no chance of finding anything for a while LOL.
Anyway, I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:-
Lili of the valley challenge - Bright and sparkly
I love ProMarkers challenge - Glitter and glitz
Winter Wonderland challenge- Make your card sparkle
Creative Inspirations challenge-Lashings of sparkle
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Cutesy

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A blingy cat

I've taken the challenge at CD Sunday challenge for Cats and the challenge at Papertake Weekly - anything goes with optional bling and combined them to produce a Blingy Cat! All the elements are from a MCS cdrom Reigning Cats and dogs. I originally bought it thinking I would make the MIL a card as she loves cats, but none of them look like her cat - so this is the first time I have had a chance to use it. I added the butterflies to the background and the tiara to the cat and then used a sprinkling of diamond dust on them for the bling.
I'm sorry I haven't done much commenting this week. You will see from an earlier post I had a girlie weekend in London and didn't get back until late Sunday evening. I then had to catch a train to Newcastle lunchtime Monday and got back late last night. I was determined to make a card tonight though ;)