Monday 25 November 2013

The Cutie Pies have never been ones to Create a Scene

Well, actually we are 'cos that is the theme this time for todays new Cutie Pie challenge, but more about that in a mo, first of all - how are you and did you have a good weekend? We are a big Dr Who house, so really enjoyed the 50th Anniversary episode on Saturday - soooo good to see David Tennant back!
So anyway, back to the challenge, and like I say, the theme this time is to create a scene/background.
For my own DT card I combined two digi stamps from Bugaboo, and then added the cloudy day background using a template with a blue versamark ink. The images are coloured with Promarkers, and I added Hobbyhouse pearls and a Marianne butterfly die. 
 We are very lucky to be sponsored on this challenge by:
 The Cutie Pie DT have come up with some amazing creations for this challenge, we'd love you to hop on over to our challenge and have a look.
I really don't want to be a bore with too many puppy photo's, but I just wanted to share this one that I took this morning. The little chap is plumping up well, and Daisy is being the dotting mother too.
Thanks and hugs for popping in today, hope to catch up with you soon! 

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Introducing our new little bundle of cuteness!

Hello there, this is going to be a quick post from me, as I am stupidly we'd worked out that our Daisy was due to have her litter around about Friday, well, by teatime yesterday it became very clear that she was in the early stages on labour. The hubby was going to sleep downstairs beside her, and I went off to bed at about 11ish, only to be woken up just over an hour later, by Alistair (very excitedly) telling me that the first puppy had just arrived, so that was me up again! We waited and watched and waited some more expecting to see more arrivals but time went on and nothing was happening - as far as Daisy was concerned she was relaxed and calm and nursing her new pup, but we were getting anxious so eventually phoned an "out of hours" vet service. We were told to take her away from the puppy and walk her around for a bit, as that would get things moving (if there were any more pups to come) or otherwise monitor her closely for distress and other such signs. So, at this point both Daisy and the puppy have got through the day seemingly fine - she has nursed the puppy really well and she seems fine in herself, so we will just have to wait and see. The vet did say that it is feasible for a dog to have one single pup, especially as she is only a little lady herself, they only mated the once and it was right at the end of her season. I will keep you all posted anyway. But for now, I couldn't go off to bed without sharing a picture of Daisy and "Jack" (as in the rhyming slang , on my Jack, 'cos he was on his own!)

Sunday 17 November 2013

A little bit Pickled!

Hello there and thanks for popping in, hope you're having a good weekend, albeit probably a cold and damp one!
Not had an awful lot of time to hang out at my craft desk this weekend, and the "puppy prep" continues, and also though it was about time to get "Pickling" too. My Mother had an Uncle who always did the most amazing Pickled Onions, and its been something that I've wanted to do, in the run up to Christmas, for a few years now but always leave it too late - Well, I'm happy to report that three jars are now safely stored in my shed.....couldn't resist taking a photo of one of them first though!
 I did do a bit of colouring one evening, earlier in the week and I did managed to get as far as making one card at least, with one of the images.


Have used the very lovely Milton from Wild Rose Studio, and have coloured him with the old promarkers, and layered the image using Go Kreate Scalloped Circle die. For the embossed sections I have used a Cuttlebug folder, which seems to be a popular one this time of year, the paper is from Bo Bunny. The sentiment is stamped onto a MB label die to which I added the top section of a Sizzix Key die (I would like to say I did this to add creative flair, but in truth it was added to cover up a hole where I had added a brad, but changed my mind, hehehe). The green ribbon and the candi are from my stash, the red gingham ribbon was a bit of a find in Asda - £1 for three metres.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
crafty calendar - all things Christmas
little claires - Christmas
creatalicious challenges - Christmas time
ready-teddy-go - embossing
sparkles christmas challenge - have a beary Christmas
crafty ribbons - anything goes, with ribbon
moving along with the times - furry friends
i love promarkers - red & green

Thanks again for your visit, and especially for your lovely comments too....sending big hugs xx


Friday 15 November 2013

A little bit of James!

Hello, thanks for visiting me again, I hope you're having a good week so far. We are now just about a week away from the arrival of Daisy's puppies - yikes! The poor wee soul is waddling around and we have her nesting bed all ready to go - watch this space for piccies of the new arrivals!
Anyway, onto my card and I had a lovely surprise recently as, knowing that I am a bit of a James fan, one of my lovely blog friends sent me a couple of images to play with. The little chap and his snowman friend are coloured with Promarkers, I have used one of the doily's that I recently got in Wilkinson's and have used papers that were a magazine freebie. The lace is from a local haberdashery and have layered it onto a section cut with an Xcut scalloped border punch. The tiny bits of holly are actually a Memory Box die, which fair enough does call itself "Mini Holly Leaves", but I think I underestimated just how mini they actually are, so I'm a bit disappointed with this die, but hey-ho! Oh, and the card candi is from my stash.
I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
 crafty calendar challenge - all things Christmas
wordplay saturday - Snowman
christmas cards all year round - winter wonderland
sparkles christmas challenge - have a beary Christmas
thanks again for stopping by, hope to catch up with your blog over the weekend xx

Tuesday 12 November 2013

A Little Cutie with a big ooops!

Hello there, hope all is well with you. So this is a big ooops for me as I'd meant to blog this card yesterday to coincide with the start of our new Cutie Pie challenge, but for all sorts of reasons I completely forgot to do it!!!! Actually, yesterday was a busy day, I took my Mum to Maidstone after work to do a bit of shopping, as she and my Dad had decided to treat me to a new Die Cutting machine for my Christmas pressie. I have had my much loved "original sizzix" for about 7 years now, and it is still going strong, so I'm sticking with Sizzix and have chosen the new style teal coloured Big Shot.......although it is at my parents house now, and I am practising my best "surprised at Christmas" face!
Anyway, back to the card and as I already said it is time for a new challenge with the Cutie Pies and this time our theme is
 Little Cuties 
So its all about cards for babies and very small folks!
We are kindly sponsored this time by
Who gave us some wonderful images to play with, and I chose "Uh-oh" for my DT card.
I have coloured this with the trusty promarkers, and highlighted with a white sakura gelly pen. The Gingham paper is a freebie download from Bev Rochester's wonderful blog and the dotty paper is from Bo Bunny. The circular sentiment is from The Cutting Cafe'. I have added buttons, twine and candi from stash.

We very much hope to see you joining in with this challenge, you can find us here

Sunday 10 November 2013

a brief step away from Cute Christmas-ness

Hello there, hope you are well and having a good weekend. Despite being a wee bit chilly out, its lovely, bright and sunny here in Kent today, so I hope you're enjoying similar weather too.
Had a smashing day yesterday, we did a Craft Fair at the church my parents attend, and it went ever so well. It has been well advertised locally and as such the turnout was better than we've seen in previous years. Completely forgot to take photo's this time (grrr) but basically on our table we had: Cards, Fridge Magnet calenders, Reindeer Food, Snowman Soup, Marshmallow Snowman, mugs with knitted cover, and my Mum had crocheted little pouches to keep a supermarket "bag for life" in. If I am honest, we did keep our prices very low,  you get to know from experience, how much people are willing to spend as such an event, but we did end up making nearly £60, which I am really pleased with. Some of our profits will be donated to a Cancer charity that is connected to the hospital where my brother is being treated, but a fair bit of it too will most likely end up going through the till at Oyster stamps or other such establishments!!!
Anyway, onto my card for today, and I realised I'd made a lot of Cute Christmas cards so far this year, but not so many traditional/elegant so out came the Cuttlebug Christmas tree embossing folder. For the matting and layering I have used a "Cadbury" purple pearlescent card stock which looks gorgeous but doesn't photograph well and added matching pearls which are from Hobby House (Liking Lilac). Own sentiment, made using Allisa font.
I would like to enter this into these challenges:
 hobby house - Pearls - have used "Liking Lilac" pearls
cas-ual fridays - embossing
simon says stamp/wednesdaychallenge/ - CAS
thanks again for passing by this way today, I'll be back tomorrow with a new cutie pie challenge!

Wednesday 6 November 2013

A Christ-mousey one!

Hello, thanks for popping in, hope you are fine and well. Its a cold, damp day here and I've been back to work after 4 days off, so I decided to cheer myself with sometime at my craft desk this afternoon....and this is the result......

Who could resist this super cute little is from Sylvia Zet and you can find it as a freebie (woohoooo) here. I have coloured this little bit of cuteness with the promarkers, the papers I've used here are from a magazine freebie download too (another woohoo, methinks), the doily is from Dovecraft Tis the Season range and you get 40 doiles for about £1.50, the ribbon came from my local haberdashery and as there was only about a metre and a half left on the roll the lady charged me just for one metre, I got the snowflake brads at a craft fair ages ago - at a reduced price too! I know we are all pretty much watching the pennies at the moment,  so I think I've done quite well here.

I would like to enter this into these challenges:
bunny zoes - ribbon
without words - geting ready for Christmas
the squirrel and the fox - animal antics
a gem of a challenge - Christmas is coming
winter wonderland - white and blue
got to pop out for a while to get Cameron from his youth club, but will catch up with you all when I get back in xx


Saturday 2 November 2013

Its beginning to look at lot like Christmas......

Hello and thank you for stopping by today! Hope you've been having a lovely weekend. Its was a "food shopping" kind of morning, then a "clothes for the colder months" shopping kind of afternoon, so haven't been anywhere near my craft desk today, but will tomorrow. Despite being in my forties now, I am still a child when it comes to watching fireworks and we are very lucky in that our house is at the top of a hill that overlooks where there is a big firework display every year. So we have been out in the back garden, this evening, wrapped up snuggly and warm and with a mug of tea in hand.....and after the display, back indoors in the warm in two seconds flat!
So onto my card, and this was made last weekend, I have used another of the gorgeous Pollycraft Lil Dumplings, this one was available as a freebie for a short while.....isn't he a sweetie! Have used the trusty promarkers to colour this and added glossy accents to the nose and wording. The papers are from a Bo Bunny stack called Summer Fresh....but I thought they had a year round appeal to them (found this pad in Oyster stamps shop for £3.50 - bargin!!)  The candi and button are from stash and the bit that looks like a fish tail is the bottom end of an Xcut star shaped die.
I would like to enter this into these challenges:
abc christmas challenge - V for Vixen ( hope that the Reindeer costume will suffice
simon says stamp - anything goes
pink gem - Christmas is coming
allsorts - Crhistmas cheer

Off to bed soon, but will do some blog visiting in the tomorrow....busy day ahead as we are doing a winter fayre next weekend, so plenty to do!

Friday 1 November 2013

A "poshed-up" Poppy.

Hello, and thanks ever so much for popping it as wet and miserable, where you are, as it is here today?
No card today, but a project.......
First up, is my Poppy, which I always where with pride, for me its all about showing our gratitude to those that have gone before. My beloved Grandad, who we lost 10 years ago, served in the Royal Air Force and he in his own way was a very creative person, he was amazing with wood and I'm sure, well at least I hope that some of his creative imagination has been passed down to me......he was also fascinated with technology and he would have loved the internet if he'd still been with, this ones for you Grandad xx
 I gave it a coating with glossy accents and red and green glitter, and I am delighted with the results....its sooo sparkly and actually this has made the paper more robust too!

Off to town soon, so will catch up with you all later xx