Wednesday 30 October 2013

A Big Purple Tea Cup.....and the pitter patter of tiny paws!!!

Hello and thank you for stopping by today, hope you are well.
As my kids are on their half term break, I am taking the rest of this week and some of next off from work....Yay, I am soooo looking forward to a lay-in tomorrow!
I'll come onto todays card in a mo, but first I have a bit of news to share.......Ok, so you may know that earlier in the year we took in a rescue dog called Daisy, anyway, when the vet checked her over, before she came to live with us, he couldn't determine whether or not she'd been "done"....turns out not because she came into season in September and despite our best efforts to keep them apart, Nippy managed to..... well, I'm sure you know where this is going, and we are now a few weeks away from the arrival of a bundle of west highland/jack Russell/shih Tzu pups. To say I am feeling a little anxious about the arrival and care of these little things, is a bit of an understatement.....(if any of you have had any experience in this and can offer me any tips or advise, please do either here or if you would prefer to email me).......but we will give it our best! I have put my foot down right from the start, that we will not be keeping any of the puppies though as two is quite enough. I will keep you all informed as we get closer and I'm sure there will be photo's aplenty too.
So, back to the card, and this was made for a lovely friend from work. Thought I would  give the paper stash a rest and use an embossing folder that hasn't got out and about much recently.
The image is from Bugaboo, and is coloured with promarkers.
Have used elegant swirls cuttlebug folder, also lacy circles die for the sentiment. The ribbon is from my local haberdashery and pearls from Hobby house.
I would like to enter this into these challenges:
simon says stamp - anything goes
i love promarkers - anything goes
lexis creations - birthday celebrations

thanks again for your visit, hope you''ll come back soon xx

Monday 28 October 2013

Eyes down for Bingo with The Cutie Pies!

Hello there, and thanks for popping in today, hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the extra hour on Sunday! I always say I could with there being 13 hours in the day, so I was very happy.....had what I would consider a lay-in, got up and did some housework, took the dogs out for a run and  was still home way before lunchtime, which left me with a lovely "crafternoon"....will share with you later in the week, what I got up too!
So, my goodness me, what a day today has been....My house is at the top of a hill and is the end house on a corner, I was woken in the wee small hours by the gusty winds whipping around the house, and was feeling very apprehensive about driving into work, but thankfully got there and back without any problems. There are quite a lot of fence panels and tree's down but I'm sure it could've been much worse. I do hope you are all safe and warm.
So anyway, its Monday and time for a new Cutie Pie challenge and its time for...............
Embellishment Bingo!
this is our board
you can visit us here to find out more about this challenge and also check out the other amazing DT work.
We are sponsored by
and with such a fabby prize on offer.....its gotta be worth a go!
So, this is my DT card...........
I have recently become the proud owner of some Pollycraft Lil' Dumplings Digi stamps and this is the adorable Fleur. She is coloured with promakers. The papers are from Joycraft, the dies used are Cheery Lynn border and MB labels (cut in half on the side of the card), the ribbon is from a local haberdashery, the flower charm is from Hobbycraft, the pearls are from Hobbyhouse and once again the twine is from Homebase (I do love my job at times!!!) Will be saving the card for December for my kids to sent to my Mum.
I would like to enter these challenges:
thanks again for visiting xx 

Thursday 24 October 2013

The Pink Hair Project!

Hello there all, hope you're having a lovely week!
If my memory serves me, I don't think I have ever coloured an image with a hair colour other than a shade of brown or a blonde-vanilla but when I spotted that this weeks I love promarkers challenge theme is "Pink Hair" I thought it was time to shuffle out of my comfort zone.........and now I've had a bash, I'm sure I will do this again!
For my card I used "Willow" from Little Musings (sooooo, love her hat, but that's another story) she is coloured with the promarkers. The background paper was a magazine freebie and the pink dotty one is from a me to you stack. The sentiment is my own work, the twine is from Homebase and the pearls are from Hobby house.
I would like to enter this into these challenges:
i love promarkers - pink hair
passion for promarkers - things beginning with "P" - pearls and pink
craft your passion - think pink

that's it for me, for now......thanks and hugs for visiting me today xx 

Sunday 20 October 2013

a little bit more tag-tastic!

Hello, to you all....I hope this finds you all fine, well and happy. Don't know if anyone has noticed by lack of bloginess this past week, but I have been doing extra shifts in the evening at work, as we have been putting Christmas stock out it didn't really feel like work, but come the weekend my poor weary and achy bones certainly did feel like they've been working. Had a good rest yesterday but found myself stripping wallpaper in Cameron's bedroom today in preparation for the plasterer coming in this week.
So anyway, and onto my card as this is a kind of  midway reminder, if you like, for the current Cutie Pie "Cute and Tagtastic" challenge
This adorable Hanglar image is coloured with the promarkers, and a wee dotting of  white sakura gelly pen. The gingham paper is a freebie download from Bev Rochester's blog. The tag is cut with a sizzix die, and the snowflake is a Marianne die. Charm from Ewe can craft and the ribbon and candi from stash.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
stampin for the weekend - anything goes
crafty little fairies - Christmas in October
moving along with the times - Christmas Cuties
i love promarkers - snowflakes

So, that's all for now and as I'm back to my normal hours at work from tomorrow, I will endeavour to be a better blogger and try and visit you lovely lot a bit more........sending hugs for now xx

Monday 14 October 2013

Just how Tag-tastic are the Cutie Pies!

Hope you are all fine, well and keeping warm and goodness what a change in the weather! Don't know if its maybe suffering the Autumn blues but my pc has been playing me up this weekend, and running on a major go-slow, so I do apologise if I've not been able to visit as many of you to comment on the gorgeous work I've been seeing in my newsfeed. If that wasn't bad enough somehow I managed to knock something on my mobile phone too and that changed the language settings on blogger......apparently my Arabic is a little below par, cos stuff was there on the screen but I didn't have a blumming clue what was going on - grrrr, technology!!!
Anway, its Monday and time for a new challenge with The Cutie Pies 
and our theme this time is
Cute and Tag-tastic
we would love to see the gorgeous Tags you've been making either as an addition to a card or as a Tag itself.
We are sponsored this time by our lovely friends at
and they are offering a fab prize to our winner.
So onto my own DT card and I have used one of Ruth's gorgeous designs - Baxter, isn't he adorable and how cute is wee jogging suit! I have made this card for my own wonderful dad for his birthday in November. The papers are from Summer Driggs "boy oh boy" download. I have die cut my tags using an original sizzix die, which is one of the first I brought - quite a few years ago. 
We would love to have you join in with us, so hop on over and also check out the other gorgeous Cutie DT inspiration.

Monday 7 October 2013

Is James the Official Bear of Christmas??

Hello there, hope you had a lovely weekend. We are One Happy House at the moment (well, Megan and I) following the return of Glee on Friday...woohoo....and the lovely mild weather was a bonus too!
 Before I go onto todays card I just wanted to share a little update on my brother, Richard and the treatment he has been having for cancer in his oesophagus....ok, so he has now gone through three and a half weeks of radiotherapy and a weekly session of chemo, and will be meeting with his consultant next week to discuss what happens next and when and whether he would have an operation to remove the tumour. I have been so proud of how bravely he has handled his treatment so far, and the staff that have been caring for him say they wish more patients had his positivity. Thank you so very much to those of you that have been so supportive with you kind words.
Anyway, I've been noticing this year, that if there is Christmas card with a bear on it, nine times out of ten it is the adorable James, so I thought I should dust this little sweetie off too!
The super cute chappie himself is coloured with Promarkers, the Christmas Tree die was a freebie in this months "Simply Cards and Papercraft" - I don't tend to buy a lot of magazines but as soon as I saw this die I couldn't leave Morrisons without it. The paper I used to cut this is a kind of pearlescent kraft from  Payper box. The starry paper I've used here is also a freebie download from the same magazine, although I did tweak the colour in serif to suit the image. Ribbons, pearls and slider from stash.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
crafty catz - anything goes
crafty ribbons - anything goes with ribbon
moving along with the times - anything goes

Thanks and hugs for your visit xx

Thursday 3 October 2013

Here comes Santa!

Hello there and thanks for stopping by again...sooo forth post of the week, this must be some sort of record for me.
Hope you've had a good day, not sure what came over me but when I got home from work today I got my steam cleaner out and did both the bathroom and kitchen from top to bottom.....looks pretty good too!
Anyway. mundane ramble aside and onto todays card - another Christmas one!
This sweet Santa and Robin image is from The Hobby Book and is one that I was lucky enough to win, a few weeks ago. I have used the trusty promarkers to colour and added some crystal stickles, and sakura white gel pen. The paper is from Bo Bunny, the sentiment is a freebie from bizzy becs. The snoflakes are a Marianne creatables die and the candi is from my stash.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
christmas at sweet stampin - Here comes Santa
i love promarkers - songs (Here comes Santa Claus, not sure who by, but it is featured on the Phil Spector Christmas album)
simon says stamp - dots
christmas card challenges - anything goes

thanks again for your visit today....and for the lovely comments too xx

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Hello there, its me again! Finally getting round to a bit of crafting and blogging this week which has been great and very destressificating! (ok, so that's not a real word as such, but i'm sure you'll know what I mean, lol!) Mind you, that was until I was informed by my mother that the craft fair that we usually do at her church and is usually at the beginning of December is actually being held on the 9th November this year....yikes!!! Gotta get cracking on the reindeer food!!!
Another Christmas card big surprise there, and this time I've used a Heather Ellis image.
She is coloured with the promarkers, and an added dotting of Sakura white gel pen on her cheeks. The paper is an oldie from Cuddly Buddly which was in black and white but I changed the colour tone in serif page plus. The sentiment is also an oldie which I think came in a set from two peas in a bucket and is mounted onto a spellbinders lacy circle. Pearls from Meiflower and buttons from local boot fair bargin!.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
I love Promarkers - songs  (walking in a winter wonderland)
pennys challenges - #147 anything goes
simon says stamp - we're going dotty

Just nipping out to pick my boy up from youth club, then I will be back for some browsing.......thanks and hugs for stopping by xx

Tuesday 1 October 2013

If I could be a digi stamp........

.......then this super cutie from Prarie Fairy would be the one for me!!!
I just love how chilled out and relaxed she looks....and after the weekend that I had at work, a good long soak in the tub is just the ticket!
Today has been a bit more normal - yay, and I even had some crafting time this afternoon. I had spotted the sketch for this weeks Less is More challenge a few days ago and decided to use it for this card (do hope I haven't veered too far away!)

I have coloured Gilly with the promarkers, added glossy accent to enhance her specs and added some stickles to the bubbles. The paper is an oldie, so cant remember where it was from, the flowers are a Joycraft die and the pearls are from Meiflower.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
less is more - sketch

bunny zoes - something blue
dis digi designs - show off your colouring skills

that's all for me for now, will be back in the next few days with more Christmas cards, but for now thanks and hugs for popping in to see me xx