Saturday 21 March 2015

A little bit of James!

Hello again! Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
I am massively jealous today, as my daughter and her a couple of her friends are off to do the Harry Potter Studio tour.......its been something I've wanted to do, but haven't quite got there yet. To console myself, I decided to delay the ironing in favour of a bit of me and James time!
My hubby got me this stamp for Christmas and I have to say it is fab to play with......I always love the crispness of the LOTV stamps and the furriness of all of the James images is just adorable. 
This card features:
  • LOTV Laptop James
  • coloured with promarkers, with added Sakura white gelly pen for highlighting and a very subtle bit of pink chalk on the cheeks.
  • green gingham paper was a download
  • Have used an Embossalicious embossing folder to create sentiment
  • section of xcut star die to create fishtail
  • also used a Crafts and Me dotty embossing folder
I would like to enter:
Passion for Promarkers - check it out
dis digi designs - lots of green

Ok, well the pile of towels, school uniform and bedding isn't getting any smaller, so I supposed I'd better just man up (or should it be MUM up) and get stuck about the ironing :(

enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

Friday 20 March 2015

Friday Hugs!

Hello there and thank you for visiting me today!
So, did you manage to catch a glimpse of the Solar Eclipse this morning? I was at work and wasn't able to sneak outside as I had planned.....but, it was pretty cloudy here in my part of Kent so I don't think I missed out much.....It did go eerily dark though.
I've had this card on the go for a few days now but managed to finish it this afternoon, once again I sought inspiration from a sketch challenge for the layout.

This card features:
  • Dandelion Girl from Wee Stamps
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Have used a spellbinders fancy oval die, also sizzix tag die and joy craft flower dies
  • embossed sentiment
  • enamel dots, twine and button from stash
  • gingham paper from stash and the bottom one is Papermania Eau de nil
I would like to enter this into these challenges:

sweet sketch Wednesday

pennys challenges - use your favourite embellishement - I love tags!
passion for promarkers - check it out
aud sentiments - use a two word sentiment

Hope to have a bit of blogging and catch up time over the weekend, but for now I'm sending hugs xx

Sunday 15 March 2015

Anything Goes with Creatalicious!

Hello there, hope you're having a lovely as its the 15th of the month, its time for a new Creatalicious Challenge
and our theme this time is a nice and easy - Anything Goes.
Our very kind sponsor is
who are offering this wonderful prize!

My own DT card is now very special to me, as it is coincidently the Christmas card that I'd made for my parents from my kids. With the busy run up to Christmas I'd never got around to blogging this and then losing Dad just after Christmas I wasn't going to post it at all - that was until I realised that The Paper Shelter were sponsoring this challenge, and then it felt just right (this is a Paper Shelter digi)

this card features:
  • Christmas Carols from The Paper Shelter
  • coloured with promarkers
  • dies used Nellie Snellen, scalloped rectangle, MB fremont crest, Marianne snowflake
  • buttons and ribbon from stash
With a fab challenge to join in with and some gorgeous inspiration from our lovely DT, why not hop on over and see us!

Tuesday 10 March 2015

three little chicks!

Hello there, hope you're having a good week so far......sending you hugs if life is not so good just now.
Had a lovely walk out with dogs and my Mum after lunch, and then set about finishing this card that I'd started last night.
I seem to have a bit of a thing for sketch challenges at the moment - this card is based on the fab sketch this week at sketch Saturday
This card features
  • Pink Gem pre coloured image - "an eggs-tra special day"
  • papers from Bo Bunny
  • Xcut scalloped edge border die
  • ribbon and gems from stash
  • own sentiment using times new roman font
I would like to enter this card into:
enjoy the rest of the day......thanks for stopping by xx

Measurements for my Fancy Fold card

Thank you for the lovely comments on this card, on the actual post itself. I have had two emails about the measurements and sizes of the card, so in case anyone else is interested..........

I had found a template for this shape but for whatever reason my folds didn't seem to be in the right place and my card looked after a bit of trial, error and a few sheets of A4 screwed up in rage, lol, I finally managed to make it work using my own sizes. I have attached a photo of the card laid flat with relevant measurements of horizontal length and vertical height. The matting and layering inside of the card was pretty much measured by eye.

I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the edge of the front panel. It had been my intention to go all the way up with the punch but I found when it levelled off on the back panel it just didn't look right. Can't remember the "name" of the punch as I've had it for ages, but I thought it worked well on this card as the pattern isn't too deep.
Any questions, please feel free to ask xx 

Monday 9 March 2015

when the Cuties did some Fancy Folding!

Hello there, and thank you so much for visiting me again. I always appreciate every visit and every comment means a lot to me xx

Anyway, so it's time for a new Cutie Pie challenge, and our theme this time was chosen my my wonderful "second in command" the lovely Sue is:
Cute cards with Fancy Folds

Now, this is taking me a wee bit out of my comfort zone, but this is why its called a challenge, right? I found a simple template for an accordion fold and I actually really enjoyed making this card. It wasn't the easiest of cards to photograph but here's a wee glimpse of the inside


Our lovely friends at Meljens are our sponsors for this challenge, and are offering a wonderful prize of digi stamps, which as you can see are just adorable!

This card features:
  • Both super cute Mouse images are from Meljens 
  • Coloured with Promarkers 
  • Sentiment created using Tempus Sans font
  • Dies used are MB precious hearts, and Sizzix tag die used to create detail
  • Martha Stewart border die
My other teamies have also made some amazing cards for this challenge so do hop on over for a looksie and to join in!

I would like to enter these challenges:
ooh-la-la-creations - lots of folds
dis digi designs - birthdays
meljens designs - seeing double

thanks again for your visit today, have a great week xx

Friday 6 March 2015

Feeling Sketchy!

Hello there and Happy Friday to you, hope its been a good day.....we've enjoyed another lovely sunny day today and the weekend seems to be promising good weather too.
Went to Cameron's parents evening last night, and I was pleasantly home he is a typical 14yr old boy (a bit smelly and would rather be kicking a ball or playing call of duty on the playstation than reading or doing homework!) However, all of his teachers were full of praise about how engaged and enthusiastic he is at school and how they have high hopes for him as he continues with his GCSE work over the next couple of years. Both of my kids are massively competitive and whilst Megan excelled with 10 A's and 2 B's, Cameron would love to get even just one A* to better her!!! Her ladyship is working really hard with her A levels. She is studying Maths, Psychology, Physics and Ethics so she certainly hasn't chosen easy route, but is enjoying the challenge and is already looking at potential Universities........eeek, where did my little babies go????
Anyway, family rambling to one side and on with todays card. I was in the mood for a sketch this afternoon, and found a fab one at Sweet Sketch Wednesday (2) 
this card features:
  • Bedtime Sophia from Digistamp Boutique
  • coloured with promarkers
  • Doodlebug Twine "cupcake"
  • dies used are: Sizzix mini tag and MB precious hearts
  • papers, I think, were from a Fizzy Moon stack
I would like to enter the following challenges:

sweet sketch Wednesday
cute card thursday - die cuts and punches
crafting for all seasons - girly girls
paper minutes - get well soon

Hope you have a lovely weekend and are blessed with some sunshine too. Thanks and hugs for visiting me again xx

Thursday 5 March 2015

the one with the glossy butterfly

Hello there, hope your week is going well! Have been treated to a bit of sunshine over the last couple of days.....isn't it nice to feel like Spring is on its way. I have to get up for work at 4:45 in the morning and now its lighter its not feeling quite as bad!
I've been able to get a bit more crafting in recently (hence more blog posts than usual, lol!) which has been lovely......after walking the dogs and doing a wee bit of housework - this is what I've made today.........couldn't resist this old favourite from LOTV
this card features:
  • Millie - Just for You
  • coloured with promakers
  • blue gingham paper is freebie download from Bev Rochester's blog
  • rikrak and card candi from stash
  • sentiment is taken from section of embossilicious embossing folder
  • butterfly die from Marianne coated with glossy accents
I would like to enter this into these challenges:
crafting for all seasons - girly girls
pennys challenges - one for the girls
paper take weekly - anything goes

thanks again for visiting, take care xx 

Tuesday 3 March 2015

a bit of simple furriness!

Hello there, hope your week has got off to a good start!
Managed to squeeze a bit of crafting time in last night, and seeing as I'd really enjoyed making the Owl card in my previous post, I decided to keep with the CAS. I'd also spotted that the current theme at Less is More is "this makes you happy", so the choice of image for this card was a proper no-brainer. I chose Mac from DSB as he looks soooo much like my gorgeous westie Nippy......and that little four legged bundle of fluff and mischief  makes me happy every day.
When you get home from work, every day he is delighted to greet you and I've spilt many a cup of tea because he had decided that its time for a cuddle and he'll settle down beside you and nudges his nose under your elbow!
this card features:
  • Mac from Digistamp boutique
  • lightly highlighted (if that is such a thing?) with warm grey promarkers
  •  cheery lynn border die
  • ribbon and button from stash
I would like to enter this into these challenges:
thanks again for popping in, its always lovely to know that you folks are there and as always I do thank you for your lovely comments xx


Sunday 1 March 2015

Simply for Mum!

Hello there, and thanks for visiting me today......hope you're having a lovely weekend. Yesterday was such a grim, damp and bleh sort of day but when I was woken by sunshine this morning I wasted no time in getting up and about and I am now enjoying a cuppa having just got back in from taking the dogs out for a lovely stroll along beside the river in Rochester.......we even had the cathedral bells chiming as our "soundtrack".
So I noticed yesterday that the new A Gem of a challenge theme is Clean and Simple......this prompted big smiles as I had been planning on using a particular PG digi on one of the Mothers day cards I will be making. As my hubby is away for a few days, Megan was at a sleepover and Cameron was busy killing whatever species it is on Call of Duty, yesterday afternoon turned into a crafty one!
this card features:
  • Owl in hat from Pink Gem - used the pre coloured image as time saver, but also the colours are fab anyway!
  • faux stitch and sentiments created on serif page plus (times new roman and great vibe fonts)
  • pearls from stash
I would like to enter these challenges:
big hugs from me.......enjoy the rest of the weekend, oh and Happy St David's Day to my welsh followers xx