Monday 31 August 2009

My Favourite Things... and yours.

I have been cleaning ALL day - literally 10 a.m.-6 p.m.   It's been horrendous.  I feel very sad about it.

So, instead of posting a card (as I've not had time to make one), I thought I'd post a list of my FAVOURITE crafting supplies, and ask you what yours are.

And, the good news, I will award a prize for the most interesting comment.  I had a giveaway a week ago but the winner never claimed her prize.  So I have goodies up for grabs.  

My Favourite things:

2.  My sewing machine

3.  My thread.  I think I over-use it.

4. Hero Arts Notecards - current favourite: Spring mix.

  5.  Kraft paper - any kind.

6.  The GORGEOUS Cosmo Cricket mini decks.

Leave me a comment by Thursday 3rd September, telling me your favourite crafting supplies, and I will award the prize to the person who convinces me to buy their favourite thing :)  

Bye for now. X

Sunday 30 August 2009

Special Cards

I made these thank you cards for 2 special people involved in my wedding.

First, my mum.  She did so much.  I created a list of all the thing she did in Word, then printed onto some pretty My Mind's Eye paper.  Pink was the colour of my flowers - so I wanted to stick to this colour for my special thank yous.
Thank You Mum
Then this one, for a wonderful friend who did my make-up on the day.  As I don't wear make-up, this was a big deal, and she did brilliantly.  She is gorgeous, a real fairy godmother!  Oh and apologies to any French speakers - my friend is French and I had a go... I'm pretty sure it's grammatically incorrect :)
I used this gorgeous table confetti she brought along to my hen party.  I knew it would come in handy... they put it on every surface, and I carefully transferred it into a plastic bag after the party! :)  (I'm such a geek).
Thank You Isabelle
Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (sentiment, fairy); Paper - My Mind's Eye (Bella Bella); Martha Sewart Punch (just got it and LOVE it);  machine stitching.

Thank you Mum and Isabelle - you made my day so special xxx

Oh, and if JULIE is out there - the winner of my Core'dinations giveaway, please click this link.  You have until Monday evening to claim your prize, or I am going to have to redraw.  Where are you???

Saturday 29 August 2009

Digital Flowers

OK, I am addicted to digital...
This is from the kit called Botanical Tulips (here), and this was FUN to colour in.  It's for the Hero Arts 'ColorIt' challenge.

Supplies: Notecard and Stamps - Hero Arts (script background, sentiment, flower); PP - My Mind's Eye; Faber Castell colouring pencils; machine stitching.
Look how crisp the downloaded image is.  And the dimension on this flower is FANTASTIC.  I am also addicted to my sewing machine at the moment... I love it so much.

Friday 28 August 2009

Hero Arts Digital!

Hero Arts started selling digital images recently, and initially I thought I'd struggle to use them.
BUT - being a true Hero Arts FANATIC, I had to have a go.  And here's the result.
Supplies: Image, Stamp and Notecard- Hero Arts; Paper - Little Yellow Bicycle.
The images are so easy to download from 2Peas, print, cut out - infact this card took minutes to make.
I think I'll be downloading more - this image cost $0.99!  Or to me, 60 pence!  Fantastic value.

Wednesday 26 August 2009

I ♥ Crackle Paint

My first pots of crackle paint arrived yesterday  and I couldn't WAIT to crack them open.  What wonderful GLOOPY fun.

I made this card inspired (again) by the FABULOUS Jennifer McGuire - this card has been on my list of favourites for AGES.
Thank You

Supplies: Notecard and Stamps - Hero Arts (sentiment, script); Tim Holtz Crackle Paint (shabby shutters) and distress ink (broken china); Die cut - GCD Studios; white notebook paper; Crochet thread; Gems - Papermania and Hero Arts

I can't wait to use MORE....

Tuesday 25 August 2009

Kraft Gift Tags

I was (as always) so inspired by Jennifer McGuire's video yesterday that I had to get out my kraft cardstock and COLOUR.  I made this simple and quick set of gift tags.
Color It Challenge - Kraft Gift Tags
Kraft Gift Tag
Kraft Gift Tag

Supplies: Stamps, cardstock - Hero Arts; Ribbon - Bo Bunny; Eyelets - Making Memories; Coloured Pencils - Faber Castell.

I love the way the white really shines out.
Check out THIS and THIS too if you like coloring on kraft. Jennifer ROCKS this technique.  As does Tami Hartley - see HERE and HERE.
I love my Faber Castells, but I think I need some Prisma Colors now... :)

LOADS of cards!!!

So I've got going on my wedding thank you cards!  I made 18 yesterday - 3 each of 6 designs.  I've got to make about 100 so the more varied the cards, the better!  

Look at the eyes on this drunken owl!  I know which of my friends I am sending this one to :)

Stamps and gems - all Hero Arts; Paper - Bo Bunny, Pebbles Inc, Core'dinations, Buttons - various including Hero Arts; machine stitching; crochet thread; kraft and white cardstock.

I'm aiming to make another 18 today.
Wish me luck :)

Sunday 23 August 2009

Core'dinations Giveaway Winner

Hi everyone - hope you enjoyed the weekend.  Andy's father threw us a wedding party for friends who couldn't attend the actual wedding -so we've been spoiled all weekend AGAIN!!!  We are so lucky.

I just noticed that I have now had 25,000 visitors to my blog since creating it in March.  I am so so happy and shocked.  Thank you all so much.  And to say thank you properly, when  I reach 30,000 visitors I will have a BIG giveaway!

So to announce the winner of my Core'dinations giveaway.. using Random Number Generator... it is...

Blogger Julie said...

simple card, but very pretty

20 August 2009 04:44

Hi Julie - please leave your email address below. :)

Friday 21 August 2009

Thank You Emily!

I made this card for the Hero Arts 'Mail It' challenge - I will send it on Monday to my sister in Canada.  She was one of my bridesmaids, and also played her violin in the church during my wedding service - she surprised me by playing my favourite piece of music.  It made me cry!!!

Supplies: Stamps - sentiment -Hero Arts, frame - Pink Paislee; Background paper - My Mind's Eye, polka paper - Pebbles Inc; Ribbon - gift from Shanna Vineyard!; machine stitching; kraft paper.

The card is based on one by Dawn McVey - she is so talented and her 'Feel Better Friend' card HERE makes me all goosebumpy! 

Hope everyone is having a good day - last chance to enter my giveaway today, I will draw the winner on Sunday.

Thursday 20 August 2009

Caardvarks Colour Challenge

The new challenge at Cardvarks begins today, and it's a fun one.  You need to create a card using the colours in my card below: black, white and bright pink!

Supplies: Cardstock - Core'dinations; Stamps - Hero Arts (butterfly, sentiment); PP - Pebbles Inc; Gems - Papermania; Die cut - Spellbinders; Cuttlebug and swiss dots embossing folder.

The challenge is sponsored by My Stamp Box and they have a cute prize up for grabs.  Click here to see all the challenge details, and get your pink ink out! :)

Wednesday 19 August 2009

Blog Hop - last day and a GIVEAWAY!!!

It's the last day of the Caardvarks blog hop!
Here is my third card.

Supplies: Cardstock - Core'dinations Whitewash; Stamps - Hero Arts (leaves, flower, sentiment); Button - Hero Arts; clear embossing powder.

This card is inspired by THIS one by the fabulous Jennifer McGuire.  Isn't she just the most inspirational person in the world???

And a bonus card!  I couldn't stop...

Supplies: Cardstock - Core'dinations Whitewash; Stamps - Hero Arts (butterfly, sentiment); ribbon - Creative Impressions; Cuttlebug embossing folder.

The next stop on the hop is Heidi - click HERE to hop on.
Or click here to start at the beginning. :)

And I thought, given your total commitment to the Caard Hop, I'd do a little giveaway.

Leave a comment by Friday 21st August and I will enter your name into a random draw to win some yummy sheets of 6x6 Core'dinations Cardstock, and a few other random goodies. 

I hope you have been playing, having fun and getting inspired by all the amazing Caardvarks crew.  And maybe even winning a prize!  Good luck to everyone, and see you tomorrow.

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Caardvarks Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Caardvarks Blog Hop Day 2!!!

Here is my 2nd Blog Hop Caard!

Supplies: Core'dinations whitewash cardstock; Stamps - Hero Arts (deer, sentiment); Notecard and button - Hero Arts; Ribbon - creative Impressions.

Check below for details about the hop!  Or check over at Caardvarks.

Keep hopping...  Heidi's FABULOUS blog is next - Click HERE

Monday 17 August 2009

Caardvarks Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to the first ever Caardvarks Caard Hop sponsored by Core'dinations.
If you have just come from Ashley's gorgeous blog - nice to see you, hope you are having fun.

If not, click here to go to the start of the hop. Caardvarks will give all the instructions you need.

So here is my FIRST Core'dinations card of the hop!

Supplies: Core'dinations Whitewash Cardstock; Stamps - Hero Arts; Kraft Notecard - Hero Arts; Blue polka dot paper - Papertrey Ink; Cuttlebug embossing folder - Swiss Dots; twill - recycled Gap clothing label.

This Core'dinations Whitewash Collection is fantastic - so fun to work with! The colours underneath are so vibrant and fun, and the 12x12 pack has a wonderful selection of colours in.

I wanted to make a card that really showcased this gorgeous card so I kept the design fairly simple. I embossed the cardstock with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, then sanded the dots to reveal the core colour. Then, I just tore the bottom from the card to create the waves. So easy to make.

Here is the blog hop order:
Click HERE for the next stop on the hop - the fabulous HEIDI!
Click HERE for the start of the hop.

Have fun, and keep hopping.
See you tomorrow - good luck!!!

P.S. keep your eyes peeled for giveaways over the 3 days... I might even be doing one :)

Saturday 15 August 2009

Heartfelt Butterfly

I love this butterfly, and I love scallops.  So I've thrown them together in this card.

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (butterfly, sentiment); Heart gems - Hero Arts; Gems - Papermania; Die Cuts - Spellbinders Nestabilities; PP - Pebbles Inc; glitter; Versamark; embossing powder; seed beads; circle punches.

I love sparkly things...

Oh and don't forget the Caardvarks Core'dinations Blog Hop starts on 17th.  Check back here for details then. :)

Thursday 13 August 2009

Flowery Note Card

The final of the 3 notecards autoposting while I am on honeymoon, I hope you like them!

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (sentiment, flowers); PP - Pebbles Inc; Buttons - various; machine stitching.

Back with more cards soon...

Tuesday 11 August 2009


I'm not sure about grey... but when Tami Hartley drew my attention to these free (yes FREE) downloadable and printable polka dot papers HERE I was determined to have a go at using them.  Such CUTE little dots.  But I am not sure if it's lacking something.  

Supplies: Stamp - Hero Arts; Paper - Creature Comforts; Cardstock - Bazzill; Button - Hero Arts Summer; Die Cut Butterfly - K&Co; piercing tool; crocheting thread.

Perhaps it would do for a male thank you card?
What do you think?

Hope my autoposts are working while I am in Greece...
See you soon.

Monday 10 August 2009

Hero Arts Challenge cards

Andy and I traded time - he allowed me to stamp and I allowed him to watch football.  Both of these are banned honeymoon activities. :)

So I made a few cards for the current Hero Arts challenge - sketches.  Shari Carroll's designed some great sketches - they were so easy to work with.  Click here to see all 4 for this week's challenge.

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (script, giraffe, sentiment); Gems - Hero Arts; Paper - Doodlebug; Cardstock - GCD Studios; Spellbinders Nestabilities; Ribbon - Creative Impressions.

I also made this one yesterday for last week's challenge.  It was inspired by this one here.

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts; Notecard and Gems - Hero Arts; Ribbon - Creative Impressions

I leave tomorrow for Greece - see you all soon

Sunday 9 August 2009

Just Another Note...

The 2nd in the series...

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (deer, sentiment); Buttons - Hero Arts Spring; PP - Pebbles Inc; machine stitching.

Friday 7 August 2009

More Hero Arts cards

Here are some more of my Hero Arts cards, made for the current challenge at Caardvarks.  I just LOVE this new Cling stamp.  

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (Brane New Brocade stamp, sentiment); Kraft and coloured cardstock, Versamark and clear embossing powder; coloured pigment inks.

And I LOVE rainbow colours!

Click HERE to see the challenge, and get going with a winer themed card to win some FABULOUS Hero stamps.

Thursday 6 August 2009


Today is my dad's birthday.  I made him this card - it's the closest to masculine I can get... sorry dad, I know it's a bit girly. :)

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (sentiment, letters); Paper - My Mind 's Eye.

Happy Birthday Dad - lots and lots of love 

Wednesday 5 August 2009

Caardvarks Challenge - sponsored by HERO ARTS!!!

Woo Hoo - the new Caardvarks challenge ROCKS, as it is sponsored by my favourite company, Hero Arts!!! I LOVE everything they produce.

And us LUCKY GIRLS on the design team were sent new, never before seen stamps to work with - such a treat for a Hero ADDICT like myself.

This is the first card I created, almost the minute the stamps arrived. I knew I wanted to make a shaker card, and I went for a "snow globe" effect.

I made a few other Christmas cards too...

Supplies: Stamps - NEW Hero Arts (CL368 - Make Your Own, CL343 - Holiday Sayings; Heart pearl - Hero Arts; PP - K&Co, Papertrey Ink; Diecuts -Spellbinders Scallop Circle Nestabilities; machine stitching; confetti; colored pencils; buttons.

More cards to come in the next few days...

So now for the challenge...

Create a winter themed item (including holiday / Christmas items), and post at Caardvarks (via Mr Linky) before 15th August for a chance to win some NEW Hero Arts stamps!!!

Good luck!

Tuesday 4 August 2009

Special Birthday!

Today is the birthday of someone special.
Happy Birthday Donna!!!  

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (owl, letters, sentiment); Paper - My Mind's Eye; Pearls - Crystal Stickers; Buttons - unknown source; machine stitching.

Happy Birthday Donna - I hope you have a WONDERFUL day.

Monday 3 August 2009

Just a Note.

The first in a set of three mini notecards.  The rest will follow shortly :)

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts (sentiment, owl); PP - Pebbles Inc (blue) and Bo Bunny (yellow); Pearls - Papermania; Machine stitching.

Saturday 1 August 2009

Wedding Photos...

Just before I leave on honeymoon, I thought I'd share a few wedding photos taken by my family.  We didn't have a photographer - and I am so glad, I think my family did a VERY good job.  Thank you Dad, Paul, Mark and Daniel!!!  I was very happy and excited - it was the BEST day of my life and I didn't stop smiling once!