Saturday, 30 October 2010

Glittery Fishies

I love making fishy themed cards :)
So here's another... Lots of sweet fishies, glitter and goggle eyes - love 'em all. 
Glittery Fishies
Happy Weekend everyone - have FUN.


Thursday, 28 October 2010

on the move...

Here's a card I made using some of my favourite My Mind's Eye products.  I really love MME at the moment... their products are so pretty and feminine and girly. :)
on the move - Close-Up
Hope you are having a good week.
Mine is flying by :(

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

My lovely sister

I am blessed with a loving sister, who never fails to amaze (offend) me with her honesty. :)
After a long skype call, we turned the conversation to my cardmaking. She occaisonally browses my blog, like the rest of my non-crafty family, and tonight, happened to comment that one of my cards was the ugliest card she'd ever seen.
How's that for honesty.  :)
My husband comes a close second - he ALWAYS says exactly what he thinks.
Still - I guess it's all a matter of taste - how boring would life be if we all liked the same things!
So Emily - this one is for you. What do you think??  And don't feel you have to hold back on account of my feelings ;)  I miss you Emily - I really really do.
Miss You
Miss You - Close-Up
Anyone out there blessed with a sister who never holds back :)

Monday, 25 October 2010

Birthday Girl

Happy Monday everyone - I am celebreating as I am on holiday this week. Yay.
Here's a birthday card I made recently, using some cute alphas and gorgeous patterned paper.  
Birthday Girl
I always fail miserably at vintage, however hard I try - but this is my effort. :)
Have a fun day.


Sunday, 24 October 2010

Big Flower!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
I have a huge secret mission that I am working on - lots of work, but such fun too. :)  
So I thought I'd pop in and share a card I made a little while ago using my new Tim Holtz flower dies.
Big Flower
I cut the flowers from some My Mind's Eye paper (from the Be Loved range), inked the edges with Wild Honey distress ink, and layered them up.  The background paper is HERE.  I used Powder Layering Paper for the base, and punched the scallop with THIS punch.  Finally, the sentiment is from THIS set and the button is Papertrey ink (I adore it!).
Have a fab day.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Christmas Star

Hi!  I have 2 cards to share today!!!
First, here's a little card I made using gorgeous Penny Black stamps.
On this card, I took only a tiny fragment of a much larger stamp to make a mini card.
Here is the stamp I used - Royal Greeting:
And here is my card!

See, I used JUST the tiny little bird on top of the post box. :)
Be Merry
I coloured the birds using Prismacolors, perched them on a stitched line, and added a sentiment from THIS Penny Black set.  I added a tiny bit of glitter with a Spica pen to finish.
Be Merry - Close-Up
And secondly, I LOVE this Penny Black stamp... So versatile.
It's the same one I used for THIS card. 
Poinsettia - Close-Up
Here, I just stamped onto some Papertrey Ink paper, added a pool of Glossy Accents to the centre and added a pile of beads.  The sentiment is from THIS set.
I'm pretty addicted to kraft at the moment... and distress inks...
Penny Black are sponsoring the current Caardvarks challenge... don't forget to check it out HERE and make a card.  There'll be some awesome prizes!
And holidays!  I have a whole WEEK starting NOW!!!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Jingle all the Way

It's time for a new Caardvarks challenge, and we are sponsored by Penny Black. Yay!
I had so much fun creating with some of the FAB hedgehogs from their 'Best Day Ever' set.  Love me my hedgehogs. :)
Jingle all the Way
I added some ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, and a bit of Glossy Accents to make the bells shiny.
Jingle all the Way
So head on over to Caardvarks to check out the challenge.  You have to make a card that's decorated outside AND in. :)
And you could win a TON of Penny Black stamps.
Good luck.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop 7

Welcome to the 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop 7!   Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving different designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  You also might see some projects from the JustRite design team, using some of their newly released line of cling stamps!  You can find JustRite's new collection of cling stamps HERE.  This week, Spellbinders and Caardvarks design teams are joining in the fun, and I had to play along.
Here is my card:
Peace and Love
I used the Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verses set on this card, combined with some old Basic Grey stickerswhich I covered in Glossy Accents, and some lovely satin ribbon from The Ribbon Girl.
Hope you want to join in the fun.  Scroll down to see the blog hop list, or click HERE to go to the next blog on the hop.

Lucy Abrams (you are HERE)

Monday, 18 October 2010

My new Prismacolors...

So when I was in America, I took the plunge and bought some Prismacolors.
WOW.  I LOVE them.
They were 50% off!!!!  I couldn't believe it.  England doesn't DO sales like that!  We don't even do vouchers. :(
And although my lovely friend Kathy said I should buy the big set, I resisted, and got the 78 pencil tin.  (If only I'd listened to her... I want MORE).
So today I had my first real play with them.  Delicious.
Blue Blossoms
I used THIS Hero Arts digikit, printed it straight onto kraft cardstock, coloured in front of X Factor (yay!) and assembled.  Simple.  I added lots of white dots, a la Kathy, using THIS fab white pen.  Love the way it pops.
So thanks Kathy and Jennifer for forcing me to buy my Prismas.  I am DEFINITELY a happy customer. :)
Oh, and Kathy has an amazing giveaway HERE and Jennifer HERE.  Check them out.
Happy Monday.  This is a good week, as it's the build up to my half term holiday on Friday! Yay.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

miss you...

My lovely lovely friend just left work on maternity leave. Excited as we all are about the baby, we're missing her already!
I made this card for my department to give to her.  The owls represent each member of my department (I'm the pushy little turquoise one at the front!)
See, we're all really wise :)
Miss You
miss you... - Close-Up
I had so much fun making this card.  I used THIS set of Hero Arts owls, and added THIS tiny one, stamping them onto papers by Papertrey Ink and perching them on some yummy Ribbon Girl twine.  The sentiment was typed and printed onto the kraft cardstock, then I added THESE Thickers. Love 'em.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Trio Challenge: Day 5

It's the fifth and final day of our blog challenge...  :(
And today we are using Penny Black's 'A Christmas Star'.
I stamped the image onto eleven colours of Papertrey Polka dot papers, cut out one petal from each, inked the edges a little and adhered to kraft cardstock with foam adhesive.  The sweet sentiment is from THIS Hero Arts stamp set.  I added a lovely vintage Papertrey button and twine to the centre.
I hope you have enjoyed this week as much as me.  I've had such fun seeing what Jennifer and Kathy have created with the same products, seeing their styles reflected in their beautiful cards.
I do hope they will consider another challenge like this in the future...

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Trio Challenge: Day 4

It's day 4.
And today we've gone digital.
We're using Hero Arts' 'Flower Faces' digikit, and here is my card:
I printed the image three times onto some digital polka dot paper, cut them out and inked the edges with Scattered Straw distress ink.  The background stamp is THIS one, of of my favourites, stamped in Antique Linen distress ink on Papertrey Ink's Rustic cardstock.  The sentiment is from THIS HA digikit.
Don't forget to check out Jennifer and Kathy's digi masterpieces now...

Monday, 11 October 2010

Wedding Card and Garden Love

OK, here's a little card I made for a lovely girl from the HA Flickr Family who got married yesterday. Tami Hartley organised a wedding card event, and loads of people joined in.  Click HERE for wedding card heaven...
Here's my little CAS card:
For Jenny
I used Hero Arts digikit 'To Have and to Hold', and typed my own font.  The flowers were paper pieced and covered in Diamond Stickles and little pearls.
On a different note...
Yesterday morning, I took a little stroll in the garden, and took a few photos to share with you all.  I can't believe so many things are still blooming...
This is my favourite - a new pair every morning.
and this rose just keeps on getting better and better:
Our fuscias are still going strong...
We have a whole load of these mini cyclamen under the tree at the back of the garden.  They are so sweet:
Coming down to a new carpet of these apples each day has been such fun!
And we get to eat whatever this little guy leaves us:
And finally, a early evening in Autumn shot.  Love the dappled sunlight...
And finally for today, the winners of my SRM stickers giveaway are:
I've emailed you both.

Have a great Monday.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Trio Challenge: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Jennifer, Kathy and Lucy blog challenge.
Today's stamp is Hero Arts' Classic Holly.
I had fun with this card... although it took a while!
I stamped the holly onto some Papertrey Polka Dot paper, then added Crackle Accents.  These leaves were paper pieced onto the final card.
Lots of Hero Hues pearls, and a greeting from THIS Hero set.
I can't WAIT to see what Jennifer and Kathy do with the stamp...
CLick HERE and HERE to see. :)
P.S. You have to the end of the day to enter my SRM Stickers giveaway. Click HERE to see.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Trio Challenge: Day 2

Day 2 of the Jennifer, Kathy, Lucy blog challenge begins...
And today, we are playing with Lawn Fawn's CUTE whale stamp from the sweet 'Critters in the Sea' set.
Here is my card:
I decided to keep this card clean and simple, and added my own typed sentiment onto some Papertrey Ink grid paper. The whale is smothered in Glossy Accents and covered in turquoise glitter. Finally,  I used some sweet alphas to finish.
Now see what the fabulous Jennifer and Kathy have created with the same stamp...
And check back soon for Day 3!!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Trio Challenge: Day 1

I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend with two incredibly talented and lovely girls this summer: Jennifer McGuire and Kathy Racoosin.  While together, we decided we'd have a three way blog challenge:
Take one stamp and 3 styles and see what happens.
Jennifer's style = distress inks.
Kathy's = colouring.
Mine = patterned paper.
So here is my Day 1 card, using Penny Black's 'A Thorney Affair'.
I paired it with THIS cute sentiment, and some fun patterned paper I found buried in my stash!  I stamped the cute hedgehog on kraft cardstock, and inked with distress ink.  The holly was stamped on green polka paper, then inked and covered in Glossy Accents.  Lovely shiny holly leaves. :)
Now make sure you check to see what the incredible Jennifer and Kathy have done with the same stamp.  

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Circles, circles... and a giveaway!!!

 Today a new challenge starts over at Caardvarks, and the sponsor is SRM Stickers.  They are SO generous, and sent me a whole BUNCH of stickers to play with.
So I made this card using some of my favourite MME chipboard shapes, and a sticker from THIS cute set.
Three Bees
Three Bees - Close-Up
And then, not wanting to waste all the leftover die cut circles, I made another card, using some Alphabet Soup boy chipboard shapes and a fab white sentiment sticker from THIS set...
Three Fishies
Three Fishies - Close-Up
And best of all, because SRM Stickers were so incredible generous, I have lots to give away too.
Leave me a comment here by Sunday 10th October and I'll pick some lucky winners to receive some of their gorgeous new releases...
So, leave me a comment, then head on over to Caardvarks to see the challenge and be in with a chance of winning a huge pile of stickers.  The challenge is to scraplift one of the DT's cards... hope you pick mine. :)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Winking Reindeer

So excited... today I am the Guest Blogger over at 2Peas.  I was so honoured to be asked by the lovely Jamie.  There's a little interview, and she's posted lots of my cards too. :)
Here is the card I made for her:
LOADS of Hero products used here.
I LOVE the new Winking Reindeer.  I stamped him on some 7Gypsies text paper from THIS fabulous pad. Such cute tiny text!  The background is THIS fab grid stamp, and the sentiment is from THIS set.  I also added Music Background behind the kraft.  I stamped it in Fired Brick distress ink on Grenadine Layering Paper.
You can see I've bought a Tiny Attacher too. So cute.
Click HERE to see my interview :)
Have a happy Sunday.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

Here's a little card for YOU my lovely blog readers.
I used more of THESE chipboard shapes, a sentiment from THIS set, and some digital paper from THIS kit.
Wishing you a happy World Card Making Day!
(I've certainly made some cards today!!! What about you??)

Friday, 1 October 2010

Mr Smiles

Woo hoo - Jane's Beljo of Jane's Doodles is releasing REAL LIFE rubber stamps now, and I got a sneak preview of her first ever stamp.  Introducing... Mr Smiles???
For this card, I played along with The Ribbon Girl's current colour challenge - check out the details HERE - you have a few more days to play along, and the prize is very generous.
Jane's FAB stamp is available to buy HERE.  Go and see.
Oh, and to celebrate her release, Jane's having a yummy giveaway over on her blog.  Click HERE :) And while you're there, look at what the rest of her DT has created with Mr Smiles too.