Tuesday 26 February 2013

a bit of a dusty one!

Hi all....hope this week is going well for you all. I notice I have a few new followers....Hello to you, lovely to see you, I am nearing the 200 mark, so I might have to think about some candy! Things are a little chaotic for me as we are having our bathroom done.....not just a little bit, oh no, we are talking one wall being knocked through and a doorway being filled in, new bath/sink/toilet all sorts. We are in day two and as I type my gas has been switched off, so I am blooming freezing and despite the sheets all over the place there is a layer of "dust".......I have to keep chanting the mantra of the week "It'll all be worth it when Im soaking in the tub". A personal high point for me so far, was earlier when the toilet light went off and after watching my hubby and one of the builder chaps faffing around with the fuse box, with a lot of head scratching.....clever dick here suggest that maybe the lightbulb had gone......guess who was right!!!

So onto my card and as I am a bit of a pastel fan I decided to make a mid challenge DT card for the Pretty Pastels Cutie Pie challenge.

This sweet little stamp is called Mimosa's Teddy Bear from  Bildmalarna, and is coloured with promarkers. It is mounted onto a Nellie Snellen die with Freemont Crest die from Poppycrafts in corner. The paper is from a Fizzy Moon stack with sentiment printed on. Ribbon, button and pearls from stash
If you'd like to join in or see what else our DT have been up too, you can click here

More from beneath the dust sheet later in the week xx

Friday 22 February 2013

Invitations Update!

I posted on here earlier in the week about making sample wedding invitations for my step-daughters wedding, thank you to everyone who replied to this, with some really helpful comments, I thought i'd share with you all what I've come up with..........thank God for dies and embossing folders!!!!

They have chosen  the one in the top photo that is embossed and has pink gems, although this are going to be replaced by purple pearls to fit in with the colour scheme, apparently they were delighted with all the options.......and this might lead to a commision for another friends wedding.
Thanks again for your're the best!

Monday 18 February 2013

The one that was very white!

Another card.......well, you can tell im off from work this week, hehehe! So I hope you've had a good day. Had to go to the hospital today with The Hubby. He had to have a CT scan following a few problems he has had with his "plumbing". I knew he was anxious because when the Nurse told him to go into the cubicle and strip down to his undies, he just shuffled off and did as he was told - no innuendo or lewd comment or anything, so unlike him!!! He looked such a sorry sight sitting in the waiting area with his gown that just about came down to his knees and two pale legs sticking out at the bottom, and I couldnt help wondering if this was the best day to be wearing Homer Simpson socks.

Anyway, back to the card, and when I noticed that this weeks Simon Says Stamp challenge was "White on White".....I hoped I'd get time to make a card for this one - havent done WoW since before Christmas, and I do like it.

To be honest I cant remeber whereabouts this gorgeous image came from, but she is a little sweetie isnt she......I have coloured (hair, skin, tiara, and a little grey highlighting on her dress) with promarkers. I have also added Stardust Stickles to make her wings look sparkly and gossamer-like. The sentiment is a LOTV stamp, layered onto a Lacy Circles nestie. The border is a Cheery Lynn die and I have embossed the main section of the card with a Cuttlebug folder. Finally added a cute little charm which is attached with a white mini brad.

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
love to create - all that glitters stickles on wings
hiding in my craftroom - embossing
stamp-n-doodle - bingo metal embellie, digi image, sparkle

Thats all for me for now.....will catch you all tomorrow xx


After much shilly-shallying, feet dragging and generally faffing around my step-daughter has asked me to make her wedding stationary for her forthcoming wedding - in July (yep, July!!!)

It was originally discussed two years ago when they got engaged, but then she turned up at my house on Friday and out of the blue asked what was" happening about the invitations". If im being honest there is a part of me that would like to tell her where she can shove the said invitations, particularly as when I asked what sort of thing she wanted....she had no idea, did she want modern or tradtional....still no idea, I just about managed to extract a colour scheme out of her and told her that I'd make up a few samples for her to have a look at during the week.

So, I am wondering if any of you lovely folkies have made Wedding stationary either for yourselves or someone else - do you have any pictures on your blogs that I could have a peep at for inspiration, or do you know of any blogs that might inspire me........

thanks in advance!

The Cutie Pies and the Pretty Pastels

Hope you all had a great weekend, as its half-term I decided to book the week off from work, to have a bit of Mum time.......

But, yes its Monday and its time for another challenge with THE CUTIE PIES.....and after all the vibrant reds of Valentines day, we are going a lot more subtle with our theme of
Pretty Pastels
We are lucky enough to have two lovely sponsors this time and they are
the winner of this prize will have a gift certificate to spend in the store!
Our second sponsor is MILK COFFEE DIGITAL STAMPS ,
  They are offering 5 digi stamps of the randomly drawn winners choice,
I have used one of these adorable images from MilkCoffee for my own DT card.....isnt she a sweetie.
Image coloured with Promarkers with Go Kreate circle and scalloped circle.  The paper is from Bo Bunny. Also used  Memory Box Savannah Border with Joycraft flowers. Each flower has a clear dewdrop which was stuck down using baby blue liquid pearls. The sentiment is my own creation and was finished off with a  woodware corner rounder.
I would also like to enter this card into these challenges:
thats about all for now,  off to do a little browsing methinks!

Sunday 17 February 2013

A little bit of something different.....

No card today, but do have something a little different to share with you all......and it did come out rather yummy, so I wish I could share it with you all too!
Have got a week off work, so I decided to ditch the usual sunday housework frenzy and do some baking instead. This is a growing love of mine and I usually stick to cupcakes or a basic sponge cake, but today I went for a Banana Cake, and I was quite pleased with the way it went....

inside view..
Hope you're all enjoying your weekend, whatever you're up to!

Wednesday 13 February 2013

The Pink Dotty one

Hi all....hope you're all keeping well and warm and having a good week so far. Took Nippy out for a good run this afternoon, oh my word, was I cold when I got home!!! So, I thought i'd bring you all a little glimmer of spring with todays card!
I used Sweet Daisy from Sugar Nellie for this one....a bit of an oldie now, but still a treat to colour, and talking of colouring, I have used the promarkers, of course.
Have used a Marianne craftables square die.
The papers are from Bo Bunny (bit of a fave at the mo!)
Gems, flowers and ribbon from stash, have used a button to create the bow.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thats all for me just for now....will catch up with you all very soon xx

Thursday 7 February 2013

Simply Tilda!

I do enjoy a sketch challenge......its so good for the mojo and when I spotted this one on monday's

I couldn't resist! I had been asked to make some "flat-ish" cards, so I thought this would lend itself really well.
So, as you can see I have used a very sweet Tilda image, she is coloured with promakers. The papers are from a Me to You stack. The sentiment is a freebie from Netty's and is mounted onto a lacy circles nestie. The ribbon and brad are from my stash.
I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thats all from me for to bed soon, but will back to catch up with you all tomorrow xx

Forever Friends Monthly Candy Give-Away

So we have just launched our candy give-away for February and to be in with a chance of winning we would like you to.......

Help us advertise some important changes that are happening to our monthly challenge dates...

From March 2013, you will be able to see the Monthly DTs

fabulous inspiration on 2 postings per month

The Monthly challenges will now start

on the 1st day of each month

with an inspirational mid-way challenge reminder posting

on the 14th day of the month

(the Fortnightly challenges remain the same - every other Monday)

Take a look at these gorgeous prizes, which have been donated by Lisa, Sandra, Tracey, Diane (members of the Forever Friends Design Team)

One Lucky winner will receive these 6 fabulous prizes...


To enter February's Candy Give-Away Draw and be in with a chance to win the fabulous prizes, here is what you have to do...
  • Enter your name into the draw
  • Become a Follower of the Forever Friends Challenge Blog
  • Upload this Forever Friends Badge to your side-bars and link back to the Forever Friends Challenge Blog

(Participants who do not follow the above instructions,
will be deleted from the draw)
Good Luck Everyone !!!


Forever Friends Monthly Challenge - Feb

So, Im back today with my DT cards for my second month of being on the Forever Friends DT.
The theme for February's monthly challenge is
We have 2 wonderful sponsors for this times challenge, who are both offering some super prizes - Joanna Sheen and Saturated Canary (to be in with a chance of winning this prize you need to feature a Forever Friends image)
I hadnt intended to at first, but for both of my DT cards I went for Butterfly's
I have used: Forever Friend image coloured with Promarkers
Paper: have had this one for ages, I think it was made by English Paper Co., but if anyone recognises it, I would love to know!
Dies: Go Kreate scalloped circle, Joycraft flowers, Poppycraft tendrills die
also: ribbon, pearls and butterfly from stash, twine from Homebase!
For my second card, I've gone for a Saturated Canary image, together with a wonderful sentiment that I stumbled upon. She is coloured with promarkers.
dies: Memory Box Savannah border
also: gems from stash, butterfly's woodware punch.

Monday 4 February 2013

The one where the Cutie Pies got loved up!

Hi all, hope you had a good weekend! So, its Monday and that means is time for a new challenge with The Cutie Pies and this time we are dimming the lights a little, and throwing on a Barry White CD and getting all romantic....cos our theme is
Yep, we want to see your super cute Valentine  projects.
We are lucky enough to have two wonderful sponsors and they are:
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who are offering this lovely prize
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and also
So thats gotta be worth a look!
Onto my own DT card, and this is what I have made and will give to The Hubby.
I have used one of the adorable images from Bugaboo, that we were given to play with, coloured with promarkers, the stripey paper is from a stack from The Works and the dotty paper from Bo Bunny. The sentiment is printed and cut out onto a Memory Box label die. Card Candi, ribbon, doily and charm from stash.
To join in, or just to have a peep at the other wonderful creations our Cutie DT have made, click the link at the top!

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:
bunny zoes crafts - anything goes
created with love - Valentines
dream valley - Valentines
allsorts challenge - lets get cute
di's digi designs - Valentines
my time to craft - love is in the air
ladybug crafts - Valentines?Love
i love promarkers - Love is all around
simon says stamps - anything goes

Sunday 3 February 2013

Yehaaawww...or words to that effect!

Hope you're all having a great weekend, allbeit a blooming cold one!
So, how exciting is this, I'm only doing a cheeky little Guest Designer spot this weekend at
Take Our Badge!
You may already know this but Here Come The Boys are, I suppose you would say, the Brother blog of The Cutie Pies, so its been fun to do something with them for a change. The theme this time round is Western/Cowboys/Indians theme......what fun!

I have used:
Image - Cowboy Billy from Pink Cat Studio, coloured with promarkers and glossy accents on ballon
Papers - Bo Bunny back to basics (used this one on my last post and you will see a fair bit more of it - love it!!)
Faux stitching - printed straight onto card stock
Sentiment - created by HCTB very own Woo, layered onto an Xcut star die
twine and card candi - from stash
Hope you'll hop on over, check out the other fabby DT cards and maybe even join in!


Saturday 2 February 2013

The gorgeous owly one!

Hi to you all.....thanks for stopping by, hope you've had a good week. I seem to have had a really busy week at work, and hadnt really done much in the way of crafting until Thursday when one of my colleagues asked me to make her a card that she needed for a birthday on Friday!!!! She is a "regular" so I didnt want to let her down, and as soon as she said that the recipiant was an owl-lover I knew I that this adorable Pink Gem image would be perfect. (it is a fave of mine, and even featured in my blog header for a while!) 
So what have I used here:
Image from Pink Gem (pre-coloured), cut out with Go Kreate dies.
Papers, Pink dotty one is from a Me to You stack and the greeny one is from Paper Cellar.
Sentiment tickets are my own creations.
Gingham ribbon and button from stash
pearls from Meiflower.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
crafty ribbons - anything goes (with ribbons)
allsorts challenge - lets get cute
A Gem of a Challenge - Ginghams

thats it from me for today......will be back tomorrow with a card for a GDT spot, which I was very excited to be doing....