Thursday, 30 August 2012

Moving Along With the Times - 'Flying High'

Time for a new Challenge over at 

Our hostess this week is the lovely Claire who has chosen the wonderful theme of ....

'Flying High'

So we want to see Planes, Balloons, Birds, Kites, Insects... etc... on your creations... remember it doesn't have to be a card as long as you follow the theme!

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous Stitchy Bear Stamps

 I have used one of their fab images called  Swirly Owl !!


The scrummy paper is First Edition - Sweet Owl... and I've used Nellie Snellen and Tonic Studios punch for flowers. Added a twine, owl charm and pearls from stash.... The border is Nellie Snellen.

I've coloured the image with Promarkers.....

Hope you can pop on over to MAWTT for more details and to see my Teamies wonderful creations... lots of fab inspiration!! Closing date for the Challenge is 8pm BST on Wednesday 5th September 2012.

Sorry this is short... I am still ill with bronchitis and asthma... so not feeling up to any crafting or blogging at the moment Sad smile
Fortunately I had made this card and done all the post in draft before I became ill.... 
I really hope that I start to feel better soon.. getting blooming fed up with it now... 
.... meanwhile I'm going to snuggle up with my book and my bestest buddy....Vick's VapoRub!!! 
Thank you for all your lovely comments and good wishes... 
Hoping to be back on form very soon....
Have a good weekend!
Love and Hugs  

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Gorjuss Winter Wonderland - My Crafty Heart...

Good Afternoon! Hope you are all doing ok... here is a card that I've made with some new goodies from My Crafty Heart...  Now the idea is supposed to be that this little lady is sitting on the roof looking out for Santa.... but now I am wondering what on earth she is doing up there in the cold and snow without a coat, gloves and hat!!! LOL  

I've used some scrummy papers that are new in at MCH ... My Mind's Eye - 'Winter Wonderland' - and they include some nice borders and tags etc... I've used the Merry & Bright border here.. and there are some gorgeous 'Winter Wonderland' Buttons to match as I've used here...

The Gorjuss Girl stamp is called 'On Top of the World' and I have masked the pigeons for this card... as it is winter... you don't seem to see pigeons very often LOL...they are probably snuggled up in their nest.. The snow on the roof is heated Embossing Powder ... but not sure that I would use it again.. not quite the effect that I was looking for... but one advantage is that it doesn't shed glitter everywhere... but the effect is not very even... but I'm hoping that you will think it is where Gorjuss Girl Scrambled up on the roof and disturbed the snow!!!! ROFL... 

All available from My Crafty Heart....

STAMP: Gorjuss Girl - 'On Top Of the World'
PAPERS: My Mind's Eye 'Winter Wonderland'
PRIMA FLOWERS: Lucerne - 'Fairy Belle' and Miss Godivas - 'Mermaid'
DIE: Marianne Design - 'Anja Leaves 2'
BUTTONS: My Mind's Eye - 'Winter Wonderland'

Lots of new goodies in at MCH... gorgeous Prima Pads... My Mind's Eye Christmas Pads and matching Buttons!! Winter Memory Box Dies... and lots, lots more... 

and some new Wee Stamps have just come in and they are SO sweet!! you will love them!! 

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Challenge 86 -  'Include a Building' ends 25/08/2012
Stamptacular Sunday use stamp Challenge 176 - Let's Hear it For the Girls ends 25/08/12
My Time to Craft - Challenge 185 - 'Christmas in August' ends 27/08/12
Craft Your Days Away - Challenge 52 - 'Anything Goes' ends 31/08/12

Sorry I am a really bad blogger at the moment.. I am ill with chest infection ... but will try and do a bit of commenting when I feel able... 
Hope you are all keeping well
Thank you for all your lovely comments and a warm welcome to my new followers! 
Big Hugs

Thursday, 16 August 2012

MAWTT Challenge 158 - 'Shape Up - Just Nothing Square'

Good Morning! Hope you are all doing ok.... today it's time for a new challenge over at...

This week it's the lovely Leesa who is hosting our Challenge and she has chosen the fab theme of...

'Shape Up - Just Nothing Square'

So we want to see your creations that are not square!! it doesn't have to be a card ... you could make a round tag... a heart shaped box... anything long as it isn't square...This challenge will run for 2 weeks.. so you have until 8pm BST Wednesday 29th August 2012

Now I have to confess that I am stuck in a bit of a rut... week after week of square cards... I asked my daughter for some ideas and she suggested an Octagon Shaped Card... I quite liked the idea and so... found a template online and this is what I came up with...

The gorgeous image is called 'Snow Goddess' by Michelle Perkett available on Etsy.. just click on the links for more details. I love her images so much and they are wonderful to colour.. I've used Copics, Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Spectrums!!! Star Dust Stickles on her fur trims.

 The gorgeous paper is Nitwits and is from Woodland Wishes Collection.... I've not added any embellies. The image is so beautiful.. I really don't think it needs any..

I've decorated the inside with the Nitwits paper. The Winter Wishes Sentiments were added on computer before printing out....

I really enjoyed working with this shape... definitely going to do more... and it stands up really well too... so I just need to figure out how to make an Octagonal Envelope now!! LOL....

We are sponsored this week by the wonderful Sir Stampalot!!!

and just look at the goodies they have kindly given us for this week's lucky winner!! Some gorgeous Molly Blooms Stamps and scrummy embellishments - all with a Christmas theme!! I wish I could enter!!!!

Hope you can pop on over to MAWTT for more details and to see my Teamies wonderful creations... lots of fab inspiration!!

I really hope you can join us in this challenge and look forward to seeing what original shapes you can come up with!!

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-
Lexi's Creations - Challenge 72 -  'Sparkle and Shine' ends 18th August 2012
Sentimental Sunday - Challenge 115 - 'Clean and Simple' ends 18th August 2012
Stamptacular Sunday - Challenge 12 - 'Shape It Up' ends 18th August 2012
My Time to Craft - Challenge 185 - 'Christmas in August' ends 27th August 2012
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Anything Goes' ends 12th September 2012 

Can I say a big thank you for all your wonderful entries in last week's challenge... we had 201 entries!! Wow! and they were all gorgeous... the standard was so high and it was very difficult to choose winners!

I'm really sorry that I haven't managed to get around to visit you in last couple of days... things have been a bit hectic at home... my daughter has just found out that her PhD Thesis has to be submitted in two weeks time instead of six!!!.... All the family have got chest infections... don't know why there are so many viruses doing the rounds... and in Summertime too!!

Anyway, I'm hoping to get some crafty time at weekend... and to catch up with you all very soon!
Thanks for all your lovely comments! 
Oh... did you see Who Do You Think You Are last night... wasn't it fab! and I'm also enjoying Great British Bake Off and Celeb Masterchef... it's nice to have some good tv at last.... 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Love and Hugs

Friday, 10 August 2012

Tickles - My Crafty Heart DT Card

This is a card made with scrummy goodies from My Crafty Heart.... the gorgeous stamp is called 'Tickles' by Penny Johnson. Isn't she a sweetie... This card did not come out as I planned it... not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing!! I think it's turned out with a rather Night-time Boudoir feel to it LOL !!! it's certainly different!! 

The gorgeous papers are by Glitz Design and are called 'Vintage Blue'.  If you haven't seen them yet take a look at the new Glitz Design and First Edition Pads - they are all really scrummy! Also lots of new Stampavie Stamps by Gillian Roberts, Penny Johnson and Helz Cuppleditch... :-)

Ooh I almost forgot... also new in are some gorgeous Prima Papers... you will love them so much... and some scrummy new Winter releases Memory Box Dies...

All available from My Crafty Heart...

STAMP: Penny Johnson - 'Tickles'
PAPERS: Glitz Design - 'Vintage Blue'
DIES: Marianne D - 'Anja Corner' and 'Anja Leaves 2',  Memory Box - 'Hibiscus Flower' and 'Scalloped Posie'
PEARLS: Jenni Bowlin - 'Blueberry Flowers' - I separated one to use on Anja Corner
PEARLS: Melissa Frances - 'Trinkets & Baubles' - the three larger pearls (bottom left)

Lacey Frame Nestie from my stash...

I've coloured the image with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and touch of Prisma Pencils... I think this little lady is all ready for her cup of bedtime cocoa and a snuggle with her little puppy!! Awww bless!

I would like to enter it into the following Challenges:-
Craft your Passion - Challenge 122 - 'Anything Goes' ends 12th August 2012
Incy Wincy Designs - 'Sugar and Spice and all Things Nice' ends 12th August 2012
Papertake Weekly - 'Anything Goes' ends 13th August 2012
Divas by Design - Challenge 47 - 'For a Female' ends 14th August 2012
Fab'n Funky - Challenge 133 - 'Use Pearls or Rhinestones' ends 14th August 2012
Crafty Catz - Challenge 145 - 'Anything Goes' ends 16th August 2012
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Anything Goes' ends 12th September 2012

Hope you are all doing ok and looking forward to the weekend... I'm hopefully going to find my mojo and do some Crafting and also watch some DVD's... 
Thanks for all your lovely comments... I really do appreciate them! 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Love and Hugs

Thursday, 9 August 2012

MAWTT Reminder... Some Exciting News... and a Thank You!

Hello! Well I feel a bit like the White Rabbit this week... I am behind with so many things... I had a hospital appointment on Monday... it went fine... but it has made me SO tired.... can't describe how much it has put me back with doing just routine things....

Anyway... enough wittering else I will never catch up will I!! ... I am here to say a few things... Firstly a reminder... I am hosting this fortnight's challenge over at

the theme is .....'Summer'- it doesn't have to be a card.. and you can enter up to 3 times! and closing date is 8pm Wednesday 15th August 2012... so you still have plenty of time to enter.. the entries so far have been fantastic!! 

My exciting news... well it is for me!! the Editor of Papercraft Inspirations contacted me a  few weeks ago and asked if she could feature one of my cards in their magazine!! Well of course I said yes I would be delighted!!! the card is this one.... and you can see more details about it on my original post here...

and here is the card in this months Papercraft Inspirations magazine... the little one top left! It's in the September Issue - I've just bought a copy and it's got a nice free gift of decoupage kit and scissors! Also a Masterclass on Pan Pastels.. something I've wanted to look into...

My blog was also mentioned on their website... Issue 103's Beautiful Blogs...

So would like to say Big Thank You! to Papercraft Inspirations for featuring me!! 

I would also like to say Thank You to Gloria who nominated me for the Leibster Award!! 

Thank you hun!! so kind of you to honour me with this award... I would like to pass it on to all my wonderful followers... !!! I must organise a little candy soon... it is getting near my 2nd BlogAversary! I really can't believe it will be two whole years at end of September!!! so I will have to do some candy to celebrate next month! 

I'm really sorry that I haven't got around to visit everybody this week... I will try and catch up in the next few days.. and I will be back very soon with a new card.... !!!
Love and Hugs

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Alice in The Morning - My Crafty Heart DT Card

This little lady is called 'Alice in the Morning'... and she is just one of the fab Sarah Kay images available at My Crafty Heart.

The wonderful papers are one of the new First Edition Pads now available at MCH and this one is called 'Boho Chic' - Ooh I do love this pad... the colours are gorgeous greens, oranges and browns...

I've used the sketch for  the challenge over at  Papertake Weekly - and I loved working with it... it's a really fab layout...! :-)

STAMP: Sarah Kay - 'Alice in the Morning'
PAPERS: First Edition - 'Boho Chic'
FLOWER: Prima - Rose Trim 'Natural'
PEARLS: MeiFlower - 'Coffee Mix

Ribbon and Buckle from MeiFlower...
Sentiment made on computer....

Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Stickles - 'Star Dust' on Petticoats and Slipper Pom Poms

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - 'Sketch 70' ends 6th August 2012
Bearly-Mine - Challenge 46 - 'Anything Goes' ends 6th August 2012
Scrap Creations - 'Anything Goes' ends 6th August 2012
PaperPlay - Challenge 31 - 'Layer it Up' ends 8th August 2012
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Anything Goes' ends 12th September 2012

The weathers not been too bad here in Manchester... sunny spells... although we did have some lightning at tea time!!! but no rain...not yet anyway!! my daughter is now home so we had a nice relaxing evening and watched one of our favourite films Lost in Translation Smile
Thank You for all your lovely comments... they really do brighten my day! 
Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Love and Hugs

Thursday, 2 August 2012

MAWTT Challenge 157 - 'Summer'

Good Morning! Hope you are all doing ok... can you believe we are in August now? the months seem to be flying by... it's my turn this week to host a new Challenge over at ..

Moving Along With The Times

and I've chosen the theme of.....

So it's a simple theme... anything at all to do with Summer... it doesn't have to be a card.. as long as your creation has a 'Summery' theme... I can't wait to see all your wonderful creations! :-)

I got my Distress Inks out again for this one and also did some heat embossing... and I'm hoping it looks like a Summer's Day in the meadows!! The paper is Kaisercraft 'Hunt & Gather' which I thought was perfect to go with these lovely butterflies. Our sponsors The Crafty Pad very kindly gave us some images to work with... and I chose 'Butterflies with Verse and Borders' - so I digitally coloured the butterfly images to match the paper and then cut them out.. added some pearls. I used the verse inside.

The sky background was done with cloud template and ink dusters - Memento Ink - Bahamas Blue... Oops! nearly forgot... the gorgeous grass stamps are all from a Inkadinkado 'Meadow' Set... I chose it as part of my prize from Simon Says Stamp a few weeks ago ...

I've decorated inside with Sara Schmutz 'Mist' paper from Design House Digital and added labels.

 The Butterfly Verse that comes with the butterfly images...

We are sponsored this week by The Crafty Pad

who are very kindly giving the Winner of this week's challenge 5 digital images of the winners choice or 3 images and 1 digital paper.

Hope you can hop on over to MAWTT for more details of the Challenge and to see my Teamies wonderful creations...

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

The Crafty Pad - Challenge 181 - 'Things with Wings' ends 4th August 2012
Dream Valley - Challenge 37 - 'Summer' ends 4th August 2012
Bearly-Mine - Challenge 46 - 'Anything Goes' ends 6th August 2012
Scrap Creations - 'Anything Goes' ends 6th August 2012
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 174 - 'In the Garden' ends 7th August 2012

Not long until the weekend... can't wait until Saturday... my daughter is back from York... she has been away all this week doing research in the Archives for her PhD... 
There hasn't been much on tv apart from the Olympics but... just read that a new series of Who Do You Think You Are should be coming up very soon... I love Autumn TV... hopefully there will be Downton Abbey... and there is a new Series coming to the BBC called The Paradise, set in 1890's Northern England and centred around a Department Store... so that might be worth a look! 
Thanks for all your lovely comments - I really do appreciate them... and a big welcome to my new followers... 
I will be back very soon! Winking smile
Love and Hugs