Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Tilda & Friends ATC Challenge

This week's challenge on the Tilda & Friends ATC Challenge blog is

It's a wrap
A nice easy theme for everyone
this week! We would like you to wrap up your ATC with ribbon, string, paper,
wire, or anything else that comes to mind. The design is up to you, just
remember to use a cute faced image such as Magnolia, Hanglar, Alota or Cuddly
Here is my ATC. I've used an Alota stamp for this one. She's been coloured in with promarkers and some areas have been highlighted with a clear star sakura pen. The orange backing papers are from Stampin Up. I wrapped some purple fibres around the ATC for the theme and then added a tape sentiment which says "spooky" using a tape machine.

If you would like to join in with this week's challenge you can find all the details on the blog here


Whiff Of Joy Candy

The very talented Frances is offering up a Melinda blowing kisses, Whiff Of Joy stamp and some embellies on her blog. She is also showing a beautiful card that she made using this stamp, stunning!
You can find out about her blog candy here


Sketch Saturday

It's a lovely sketch this week on Sketch Saturday. Love doing these.

Here's the sketch

And here is my card. I've turned the sketch 90 degrees.

I've used Stamping Up papers for this one. The image is from an Alota stamp set called Molly Moo she has been coloured in with promarkers. The sentiment is also from an Alota set called Country Girls.

Papers:- Stampin Up designer papers - Brocade Background

Stamp:- Alota stamps

Monday, 29 September 2008

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

This week's challenge is a sketch designed by the very talented Camilla.

Here is the sketch

And here is my card
I'm really sorry but I don't have a clue who makes the stamp as I was given it in an image swap ages ago. Looks a bit Whippersnapperish to me. I've coloured it in with promarkers and a clear star sakura pen. All the papers are by Papermania and the lace borders are by Papercellar. I used my nestabilities to cut the circles out. I tied some ribbon around the main image and added the snowflake charm for an embellie and then added the two snowflake brads.

Papers:- Papermania - naughty or nice

Lace borders:- Papercellar

Snowflake brads:- Dovecraft

Snowflake charm:- Jeneca Beads

If you would like to join in with this week's challenge you can find the sketch and all the details here


Sunday, 28 September 2008


Ok so I know I am soooo bad at doing this sort of thing, I think to myself I'll do it later when I've got time and then I forget all about it. I apologise now if you've ever tagged me and I haven't followed it on. I do appreciate it and love to receive the messages. I'm doing this one now because Michelle tagged me (thank you Michelle) and I thought right do it now while you remember..... ( and DH has taken over the TV to play his PS3 anyway! ;0) )

Here are the rules....

1. Link your tagger and list the rules on the blog
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of the post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blog.

So here are my 7 facts all about me..

1. I am very quiet and shy. I hardly speak to anyone in "real" life only DH and kids. ( Don't feel sorry for me it's the way I like it):0)

2. I am a perfectionist.

3. I'd rather be with animals than people.

4. I completely loose it when I get the giggles. Can't speak, breathe or stand up.

5. I passed my driving test the first time , 14 years ago, drove once on my own but have never driven since. I absolutely hate being a passenger in a car on the motorways and Rob tells me to read a mag because I am so bad.

6. I'm desperate for DH to get out of the army and for us all to live a "normal" life by the sea.

7. I've lived in Germany for 7 years but I still can only speak and understand the really basic words.(shame on me).

Can I add just one more? I'm extremly proud of all my kids and the things they have achieved.

I know most of these girls have probably been tagged already but I'd like to nominate them anyways.
It's to all the girls on the DTs that I am on, Alota, Tilda & Co, Tilda & Friends, A Spoon Full Of Sugar and Cute Card Thursday. They always surprise and amaze me with their fantastic work , week after week. Thank you to all of you.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Tilda & Co challenge blog

Another Sunday and this week on the Tilda & Co Challenge Blog it's challenge # 38 and it's a sketch.

Here is the sketch

And here is my Autumnal card. I turned my sketch around to do this card.

I've used Basic Grey papers for this one. On the first layer I used a plain mustard coloured piece of BG and stitched around it with burgundy thread. I then layered onto it a patterned BG paper. Using plain BG I made two ovals with my cricut and then two strips with a word window punch. I added a brad to each of the strips. The tab was cut out using my wizard and then I embossed over it with a cuttlebug embossing folder. I then went over it with sandpaper to make the embossing stand out. Next I coloured in the Magnolia image with promarkers but then I cut out some more of the stamped flowers to make it 3D. I then adhered her to the ovals. Then finally I added the burgundy ribbon and the blooms and leaves. I think it is very Autumnal looking don't you?

Stamp:- Magnolia

Papers:- Basic Grey - Perhaps

Blooms & leaves:- Prima

Strips:- SU word window punch

Ovals:- Cricut cartridge-Plantin Schoolbook

If you would like to join in with this week's sketch challenge the details are all on the blog here


One lucky winner will win a ticket stamp this week.

Have a great weekend and I hope to see your ideas on how to use the sketch.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Nessy's candy

Nessy is giving away some great candy for her birthday. All you have to do is show her your glittery card on your blog. Easy!!
You can find her blog here


Thursday, 25 September 2008

Christmas Wishes

This card is a just because I felt like it card. I was looking through my sketches and came across this one by Tiets. Thank you Tiets. (if you read my blog!)

It's a fantastic sketch and I'm sure I'll be using it again.

And here is the card I made using it.

The image is again from American Art Stamps and is from the Winter Wonderland set, as is the sentiment. I layered up the image and sentiment onto grey card and then went around the edges with a sakura clear star pen. I also added some of the pen to the image. All the papers are from a Dovecraft pad. To give it a bit more sparkle I added the snowflake embellies and the gems.

Stamp:- American Art Stamps - Winter Wonderland

Papers:- Dovecraft - Winter Wonderland pad

Snowflakes:- Papermania Elements

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday

This week's challenge on the Cute Card Thursday blog is....

Lots of Sparkle

You can add bling, glitter, baubles, stickles, anything that makes your card

Here is my card. Of course with sod's law you can't see the sparkle properly but in real life it sparkles beautifully!! The main image is called Cupcake from American Art Stamps. I've coloured it in with promarkers and then added diamond stickles and gone over some areas with a sakura clear star pen. I then sponged the edges with ink and layered it onto some purple card to match the papers. All the papers are from a pad from Papermania. The sentiment is from another American Art stamp set. To finish it off and give it a bit more sparkle I added some purple gems.

Stamps:- American Art Stamps

Papers:- Papermania - Sweet Nothings

The DT have made some beautiful items this week so why not go over to the blog and see for yourself and maybe join in? You can find all the details here


This week there is a great stamp to be won for one random winner. It's a Sugar Nellie stamp called Christmas Honey.

Friday Sketchers

Just had time to get my Friday Sketchers card done. Is it me or are the weeks flying by????

Anyway here is the sketch designed by Kristine this week.

And here is my take on the sketch

I've used an American Art Stamp set called Dogs for this card, coloured in with promarkers. The image and the sentiments are from the set. All the papers used are from K&Co. I've used some metallic thread to make the 3 stripes down the left hand side. Finished off with some little gems.

Stamps:- American Art

Papers:- K & Company

If you'd like to have a go at this challenge all the details are here


Tilda & Friends ATC Challenge Blog

A bit of a change this week for the Tilda & Friends ATC Challenge blog.

Something Different

This week we would like you to do something different with your ATC. Although
Artist Trading Cards are meant to be traded, sometimes we make them for a blog
challenge and end up with a pile in a box, so this week we hope to give you some
ideas for using them on 'Something Different'.

Here is my ATC.

And here is my card that I used the ATC for as the main image.

I've used a School Tilda for this one and framed here with a stamp from Rachelle Anne Miller. It's a clear frame stamp with a little flower stamp to go with it. I coloured over the frame with a white signo pen and also gave it some sparkle with a sakura clear star pen. Pity you can't see it on the photo. I've used the flower stamp to decorate the background paper. The sentiment is from a stamp set from Hero Arts called Sparkle Clear. All the papers are from a Basic Grey pad. And the lace border across the middle is a paper cellar self adhesive tape that I got on Saturday from Hobbycraft. (sshh I got 3 different ones!) I just added some photo corners to the top paper to finish it all off.

Stamps:- Magnolia & Rachelle Anne Miller

Sentiment stamp:- Hero Arts - Sparkle Clear

Papers:- Basic Grey - Perhaps

Lace border:- Paper Cellar

Photo corners:- Ellison thin cut die.

If you would like to have a go at this challenge, and remember you can use any "cute faced character" stamps now, then pop over to the blog. You can find it here


The DT have again made some great ATCs and projects.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Mellow Yellow/ Children in Need

The Papertake Weekly Challenge blog have come up with a fantastic idea to help Children in Need. The theme is

Mellow Yellow / Children in Need

They've asked everyone to make a yellow card so that they can send them off to Children in Need who will then make them all into a giant Pudsey Bear card. This will then hopefully break the record of making the biggest handmade card. Here's the criteria

You're able to use any products/materials you like but the finished card
needs to be yellow!! The preferred size for the card is a standard A6 (approx
4x6 in).

Here's my card. I used 3 Magnolia stamps for this one and paper pieced Tilda's dress and socks with some scrap papers. I then used promarkers to colour in the rest of the images. I 3D her onto a nestability square, which I sponged with blue and saffron inks. I love the background paper it is so cheery. I then used a square brad along with two circle brads for embellies.

Stamps:- Magnolia

Paper:- Sweetwater - squeeze

Brads:- Papermania & SU rhinestone brads

Why not join in too, it's for a very worthwhile charity!! :0) All the details are here


A Spoon Full Of Sugar

This week's challenge on the A Spoon Full Of Sugar challenge blog the theme is

So Charming

To use a charming character or Charms on your card

For my card I've used a Forever Friends stamp, inked up onto a nestability square and coloured it in with promarkers. I used a Forever Friends paper pad for all the papers. I then added a strip of ribbon and hung two charms from it. The charms were meant to be little snowflakes but I coloured them in with a sakura pen to make them look like flowers. The sentiment is from another Forever Friends stamp. And the final touch was two blooms with a brad in the middle.

Stamps:- Forever Friends

Papers:- Forever Friends - Party Time

If you would like to join in with this weeks "charming" challenge you can find all the details here


There's also a great prize this week of a CC Designs "Wintertime Fun" stamp kit. Wish I could enter!

Monday, 22 September 2008

House Mouse & Friends

The challenge on the House Mouse & Friends blog this week is...


We would like to see stitching of any kind on you work. This could be a
reference to stitching in the text/sentiment. Real or faux stitching or just use
a stamp that would fit the theme!!

Here is my card. I've stitched around all the layers of my card with a green thread (I found a new stitch on my sewing machine!). The image was sent to me a while back now so sorry I can't remember who it was. I've used promarkers to colour it in. All the papers are by Basic Grey. On the bottom layer I used two embossing border folders and cut around one of them to make a scalloped edge. To finish off I added some gems and a photo corner.

Stamps:- House Mouse

Papers:- Basic Grey Sultry

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Back Again

Hello I'm back and very tired, so a quick post today.

This week on the Tilda & Co Challenge blog , the theme is....

Spend, spend, spend .... No! Save, save, save!

This week i would like you do make your work on a budget ,The work must not cost
no more than £1 $2/1.26euro to make.This time of Year it is always “pennies are
tight” people are trying to be good and save,Please state on your Blog The costs
of the items used & the price of each item and then give your work a total
cost to make,But remember not to spend no more than £1($2/1.26euro)on your
make.Of course your stamps, Tools, Pens/ink/pencils etc are excluded from the
Costs along with your glue,But anything you can see on your work must have a
price list

I've used two of my new Magnolia school stamps. Edwin with glasses and the desk. The blackboard and book shelf I got from the Mekka and I can't remember who made them, sorry. I used a black piece of card for the board and wrote on the words with a white signo pen. All the images have been coloured in with promarkers. The light blue border was made with a cuttlebug embossing folder and the letters and numbers were cut with my Cricut.

Stamps:- Magnolia

Papers:- g.c.d studio "schooled" papers

Cricut: cartridge - Plantin Schoolbook

The cost of my card works out as follows...

Blank card - Papermill megabox - 2p a sheet

Letters & Numbers - 50p a sheet -1/8 sheet - 12 1/2p

White card - 2p a sheet 1/4 sheet - 1/2p

Black card - 2p a sheet 1/4p

Blue paper - £10 a pad of 24 sheets - 1/4 sheet - 6p

School paper - £10 a pad of 24 sheets - 1/4 sheet - 6p

Grand total of..... 27 1/4p

If you would like to take part in the challenge you can find all the details here


Friday, 19 September 2008

I'm Off!

I'm off to the UK in 30 mins, another whirlwind visit I'll be back in the early hours of Sunday. We are going to Hobbycraft and Meadowhall on Saturday afternoon. And hopefully we'll be able to fit in a Costa coffee! My favourite.
Have a good weekend everyone and see you on Sunday with my Tilda & Co challenge card.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Wading For You

I love this stamp from Alota, showing off the fuller figure lady. Great stamp don't you think? She's called Beach Lady and the sentiment "wading for you" matches perfectly which is also from Alota.

I've used my nestabilities to creat the embossed circle for her to stand on and then layered her onto a scalloped circle. I then coloured her with promarkers. I cut out some words from the papers and layered them onto a word window punch shape. All the papers have been layered onto cream cardstock and to finish I added the Alota sentiment.

Stamps:- Alota stamps

Papers:- DCWV Summer Stack

Cricut cartridge:- Mini Monograms

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday

This week's challenge on the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog is...


Here is my "Cupcake" card. I've used four of my new Magnolia stamps. They have all been coloured in with promarkers. The gorgeous cross stitch look papers are also from my new stash as is the ticket, which I stamped with one of my new Hero Art stamps. I die cut a corner and then embossed it with an embossing folder.

Stamps:- Magnolia

Papers:- Cosmo Cricket - Honey Pie

The DT have made some gorgeous cards again this week. You can see them all on the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog, which is here


Hope you all join in and I look forward to seeing your work.

Sketch Saturday

I found the time to do the Sketch Saturday today. Here is the sketch

and here is my card..

I've use an Alota stamp for the main image. She is coloured in with promarkers. All the papers I have used are by Studio K. I've layered them up with contrasting card stock. The embellies are all from my stash.

You can find the Sketch Saturday blog here


Tilda & Friends ATC Challenges

This week's challenge on the Tilda & Friends ATC blog is...

Pink , Blue and Green

This week we have a colour challenge for you to create your ATC with Pink, Blue
and Green and there is a prize of Sakura Souffle pens in those colours plus
stamped images of the new Magnolia Autumn Tilda and Edwin stamps. Don't forget,
we no longer limit you to working with Magnolia stamps, you can use any cute
round faced images you might have.

And here is my ATC. I've used Basic Grey Euphoria paper for the background and drawn around the sides with a clear star gelly roll pen. I then coloured in Tilda (isn't she cute with her spider web dress?) with promarkers and I also highlighted some areas with the same gelly roll pen, including the spider web part of her dress. The "hey!" stamp and the gems, which came as part of the stamp set are from the sparkle clear range from Hero Arts. These are really nice acrylic stamps and cheap too!

Why not go over to the blog and see the other DT members work? They are stunning. You can find all the details on how to join in with the challenge here


Tuesday, 16 September 2008

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

Onto this week's theme for A Spoon Full Of Sugar Challenge and it's

Christmas is coming

Now for this weeks Challenge
we would love to see you make a Christmas card
this week

Of course I had to use some of my new stamps that I bought at the Mekka. So I've used an American Art set called Winter Wonderland, the image and the sentiment are from the set.
I've stamped the image onto a circle cut out with a nestability frame and then coloured the image in with promarkers. I've then layered it onto a scalloped circle cut out with my Cricut. The papers are from Dovecraft. I've layered them up onto blue cardstock too. To finish off I used a snowflake brad to hold the ribbon in place and tied two small bits of the same ribbon to make bows. And then an extra snowflake to the top right hand corner.
Stamps:- American Art Stamps - Winter Wonderland
Papers:- Dovecraft Winter Wonderland
Snowflakes:- Dovecraft Christmas glimmer brads - Blues
Scallop circle:- Cricut cartridge - Mini Monograms
This week there is a prize for one lucky random winner of Lola with bird. So why not join in and give it a go. You can find all the details here
Also Jacqui who has been a guest designer this month has agreed to become a full time DT member. So welcome Jacqui! Her work is stunning so I look forward to working with her.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Stempel Mekka Part 2!

Here are some photos of what I bought at the Stempel Mekka yesterday. I had a brilliant time and I can recommend it to anyone, well worth a visit! Roll on next year.