Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Yay..for me,

thank you for hoping that the postman comes soon...he came today with my new Tilda's from Sparklybits and the Spring StampClub kit from Magnolia. Nothing for hubby though :(

Well after Ez mounting the club kit I just had to have a play. I am also entering this card for Mand's blog candy where she would like to see cards with Faux stitching on them. Seems to be something that I just can't stop doing these days!

I Used:
Paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock - Papermill
Brads - Papermania
Small Flowers - Prima
Large Flower & Ribbon - Poppicrafts
Button - Local shop
Stamp - Spring StampClub Kit - Magnolia

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Challenge Ismaki #17

This is my entry for the Challenge Ismaki #17
. I have never taken part before but thought that I'd give it a go today.

I found this layout to be quite interesting and it gave me a chance to use craft wire and beads again.

I Used:
Paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock - DCWV & Papermill
Faux Stitching - Cutter Bee Bug and Zig Marker
Ribbon - Poppicrafts
Eyelets - Stash
Wire - Stash
Beads - Stash
Stamp - Magnolia

Where is my mail?

The postman has spent all week avoiding me, ok so I was down at the same pub as him on Saturday night. I did say hi, I didn't get drunk (that happened later at the night club where Hubby and I drank ourselves through far too much money) I can remember everything and we didn't even have why is he not bringing me any post?

I want my Magnolia stampclub package, some Magnolia's from a site I have never used before, Do Crafts are sending me something to make a card for their next mag (hope it's Basic Grey or Doodlebug!) and Hubby is waiting for some shields. Oh the agony!!!

Anyway, this was meant to be a post about this card, not a rant. This is my entry for My Paper World sketch #9 and for Papertake Weekly
Elegant Embossing

I Used:
Paper - Making Memories
Cardstock - DCWV & Papermill
Eyelets - Making Memories
Brads - Doodlebug Designs
Ribbon - Poppicrafts
Stamp - Magnolia
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and sanding block

Monday, 28 April 2008


This is my entry for the Tilda & Co challenge. This weeks theme is "EYE EYE ITS A NATURAL FEELING"

"For this week's challenge it's abit of a double up,I Would like to see you use Eyelets if possible ( if you do not own them, then you can leave that part out or use brads)Along with anything Natural, Could be fibres, Leaves, Straw, Twigs, Papers etc as long as it is Natural with Eyelets ( if you have them )"

I don't really have any natural products in my stash. I did have some darice twigs but for the life of me I can't remember where they are. I ended up using a sort of rafia.

I Used:
Paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock - Papermill
Brads - Papermania
Flower - Prima
Buttons - Local needlework shop
Rafia - Stash

Thursday, 24 April 2008

I've Been Tagged

Crafty Wanderings tagged me, so here are seven facts about me, which you may or may not find

1. I was born in Guernsey.

2. I am morbidly fascinated by serial killers.

3. I used to play AD&D (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) every week.

4. My favourite band of all time is Great White.

5. I prefer the smell of petrol to perfume.

6. I used to play netball for the County

7. I was blessed by Pope John Paul II

Now I have to tag 5 other people and they are:

Cathy, Cass, Mand, Debs and Suzy

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 7 "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"

This is my entry for the Cute Card Thursday challenge. The theme this week is "Girls just wanna have fun".

I really wanted to avoid pink after my last card so I decided to go with this paper from DCWV. It has a salmon tone to it so I wondered if I could tie in some orange also...I think that I have just about pulled it off.

I'm not too happy with Tilda. I find anything from the yellow and orange pallette really hard.

I Used:
Paper - DCWV
Cardstock - Papermill
Ribbon - Papermania
Brad & Eyelets - Papermania
Flower - Prima
Stamp - Magnolia (oops seem to be on a phase with them at the mo)

Monday, 21 April 2008

Papertake Weekly Katharina's Sketch #2

This is my take on the wonderful sketch challenge from Katharina at PTW.

I love working from sketches (as I think I've mentioned a few times now) but this was an absolute dream to work from.

This card is going to be sent to someone on the Do Crafts forum to say thank you for all the wonderful Penny Black challenges. If you know who I'm talking about, please don't let on because as far as I'm aware she doesn't visit my blog (if you do Samantha, fess up now! lol)

Tilda & Co Girly But Blue ~16~

This week on the Tilda & Co challenge blog the task is

"Girly but Blue!You don't see many girl cards/projects in blue very often, They are normally pink! Well i would love you to make your projects this week in BLUE! Has to be suitable for a female. This is a pretty broad challenge this week, It could be a simple card, A altered art project etc"

So here is my effort, normally I love working with blue but I'm not too sure that this one works.

I Used:
Paper - Basic Grey & DCWV
Cardstock - Papermill & DCWV
Adhesive Gems - Papermania
Ribbon - Stash
Button - Papermania
Flower - Petaloo
Stamps - Magnolia (obviously)
Faux stitching was created with the help of my new Cutter Bee Bugs, they're awesome, if you don't own one you should lol!

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Cute Card Thursday "It's a man's world!" #6

This week @ CCT the challenge is "It's a man's world!" where they would like to see cards made for the men and boys in your life.

Perfect challenge and on a perfect day too as my son is out for the day! This card will be from his youngest sister.

I used:
Paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock - Papermill
Buttons - stash
Brads - Poppicrafts
Die cut wording - Sizzix
Stamped wording - Making Memories Magnetic Stamps
Stamped Image - Shy Edwin and mini skull and crossbones - Magnolia

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Arty Girlz Challenge #30 'Ribbons'

Although I have had quite a busy day I did find the time to make my 16 year old daughter a notebook (because she saw my Tilda notebook and she wanted one of her own). It's really nice for me to make things for her again. She has been having treatment for a recurring brain tumour, which she has had since she was 4, and hasn't really had the energy to ask for anything. Now a year on from her two year course she is really starting to get back to her old girly self (just in time for her GCSE's lol)

Anyway this is also my entry for the Arty Girlz Challenge.

I Used:
K&Co paper
Bind It All
Maggie & Patch Stamp from Bootiful Stampz
Ribbons from local shop
Prima Flower with a Papermania Brad
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

The postman paid me a visit today at 12.45!!! I forgave him though as he had some parcels for me. One from Cutting Edge Crafts, two from Joanna Sheen and one from Sir Stampalot...yippee! I have been like a kid in a candy shop all afternoon and all my Christmas's came at once!

To top that off we bought Mario Kart for the Wii today, looks like a fab game. I came 11th and then 12th so I can't get any worse lol.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

All That Glitters

This is my entry for the PTW challenge where you just need to add glitter.

I really dislike using glitter and I can never get a good photo so apologies for that (will try for another tomorrow in daylight) but you can just about make it out if you click on the picture. Funny though as last week I made a box for my glitter glues and now I've made a card using them. I don't think that I've used them for a year!
Walk through as the photo is poor:
Tilda has her wings and petticoat glittered. I added glittered dots around the scalloped rectangle. The letters are cut from glittered card and the backing is glittered...think that's enough glitter for now lol!

I Used:
DCWV - Glitter Stack
DCWV - Cardstock
Glittered cardstock from a local shop
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Prima Flowers
Papermania Brads
Fun Serif Sizzix Die

Updated picture which is slightly better.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Tilda & Co Challenge ~*~ 15 ~*~ Ribbon Galore

This week over at Tilda & Co the challenge is "RIBBON GALORE!
We would love to see lots of ribbon on your work,As many ribbons you can get on your work as possible.You all have heard of the saying "less is more" well we want MORE MORE MORE!You could use Ribbon Knots, Ribbon Bows Or even make your own fancy bow of our lot's of Ribbon.Let your creative flare release this week.
Once again your work could be a Card, LO ( scrapbook page ) Handmade Gift, Altered Art Item, Atc, anything that takes your fancy!"
This is my Notebook and pen set for the challenge. I had great fun using the Bind It All and was surprised how quick and easy my project came together. I am going to use this for my craft shopping list as I always forget the important stuff when I get distracted by all the eye candy!
I Used:
Paper - Papermania
Ribbons - Mostly Papermania
Flower - Prima
Brad - Doodlebug Design
Pen - Wilko

Saturday, 12 April 2008

Tomorrow is an important day!

It's my little one's tenth birthday and we have a busy day.

Georgie wanted clothes for her present, so Hubby and I took her shopping today. It seems a little odd that she knows what she's getting for her Birthday already but we thought it best to take her with us. She's a real girly girl (but one who likes playing with snails in her best dresses!) and growing up so quickly that we'd have probably bought items she didn't like.

No party tomorrow, we're taking her and five of her friends to see High School Musical on stage on Friday (Hubby & I are dreading it, not much street cred for two hard core Metallers lol)

We have Grandad down for lunch and then we're all off out to Arundel WWT for the afternoon, hopefully the weather will be kind.

This is Georgie's card which I made a while ago (note to self "close blog before going to bed so she doesn't spot it"). Guess I'm going to be behind with the Tilda & co challenge this week but I don't suppose one day will make much difference.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #5

This week over at CCT the theme is "Things with wings".

How lucky was I that the postman turned up with my new Maggies from Bootiful Stampz? This is Pixie, she is so adorable and dead cute too! I just couldn't resist using her for this weeks challenge. I have covered her holly as I didn't really want to make a christmas card today (it is wonderfully sunny here today).

I used:
Paper - Basic Grey
Cardstock - DCWV
Flowers - Prima
Brads & Gem - Papermania

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

It drew blood.

This weeks PTW challenge is to create a box from two sheets of card. I'm not quite sure where I went wrong with the measurements but mine looks nothing like the examples by the DT!!! Oh well, it is a box and I did use the measurement given so please excuse the "odd" shape.
Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong and I even pricked my finger with one of the needles from the BIA kit (it's a huge needle!), and please also excuse the blood on the lid! Good job I was making this for me and not as a gift.
Anyways, I am using this to store the glitter glues that I never use. I couldn't decide which way round it would sit on my shelf so I made two labels, just to be on the safe side lol. I went for a hinged lid for ease of access and knowing me I would only go and lose the lid if it wasn't attached!
I used:
Paper - Laura Ashley - Dovecraft (again!)
Bookplates - Thick Cuts die
Cardstock - Papermill
Brads - Papermania
Ribbon - Local craft shop

Mojo Monday Week #32 - Mojo Madness

This is my take on the sketch over at Mojo 32. I seem to be making quite a few male cards this week & along came another.
I used:
Stamp - Whipper Snapper
Papers - Basic Grey
Cardstock - Papermill
Punch - Woodware
Metal Tag - Papermania
Ribbon - Local craft shop
Brads - Papermania
Paw stencil - Sizzix
Inks - Whispers, Palette and Colorbox

Monday, 7 April 2008

A Quick Make

I have been making a few quick cards today just to try and stock up a little. I love having ready made cards at the ready for all those unexpected or forgotten events.

I like cards without sentiments. It makes them very flexible, sometimes there is no occassion, just a quick letter to write or a note of thanks.

My Dad loves to receive cards and keeps them all out in the house (or perhaps he gets them all out when we go to stay lol).

I used:
Paper - Laura Ashley
Cardstock - Papermill
Stamp - Penny Black

Tilda & Co 14 Stitch Me Up.

This weeks challenge over at Tilda & co is:

"Stitch Me Up
We would love to see your work involve Stitches!!! ,
Now This could be as simple as Hand stitching , Machine Stitching or even Faux stitching,
Whatever your stitching is try to make sure it is the main focus of the work to get the Stitching Point across."
This is my entry. I have hand sewn the buttons and flowers. I used faux stitching on the paper and cardstock.
I used:
Papers - Laura Ashley - Dovecraft
Cardstock - Papermill Shop
Flowers - Prima
Buttons & Brads - Poppicrafts

Sunday, 6 April 2008

More snow, a small rant and last night's card.

An hour later...

The craft shop in Worthing has changed hands and everytime I go in there I'm overcharged, told that she hasn't any money to buy stock (the products I would like to see in stock apparently won't sell because her customers are "old fuddy-duddies") and scolded for "not" supporting my local craft shop (I payed Blade Rubber Stamps a visit whilst killing time in London and was stupid enough to mention it to her) so yesterday I hopped on the train to visit Harmony Crafts in Shoreham-by-sea. Diane, the owner was friendly but not pushy and has some amazing stock, things I want to buy, oh and I didn't get over-charged, in fact I picked up some Alchemy embossing powder at 50% retail! I also picked up the new Laura Ashley papers from Dovecraft, Tim Holtz Black Soot distressing ink and some Jolly Nation stamps (which are a little blocky in my opinion).

I bought this Toybox stamp in February on the aforementioned trip to London but have never used it. I decided to give it a go along with my new embossing powder last night. It looks stunning IRL but the photo doesn't capture this.

Hopefully I'll find some more time to play over the next week as the children are on their hols for a fortnight.

Look what we woke up to.

These are pictures of my Hubby and our youngest this morning. Georgie is so thrilled to see snow! We rarely get a good covering on the South Coast, and when we do the children are always at school. As soon as it started it was on with the coat and wellies and off she went! The rabbit and the guinea pigs are all nice and snug with fresh hay and hutch covers on.

A thought went out to my poor old Dad who is scrub clearing at his local park in Kent. He always gets a lot of snow and I can picture him now in a mini blizzard looking out over the Medway River wondering why he volunteered to tidy up the park!