Friday, October 30, 2009

April Roses :-) ( Lovely name eh :-))

I have been following a fabby blog for a little while now, April Rose in new to blogland and I thought I should let you all know about her blog, go an see her fabulous work ,,,Amazing !! :-)

you can see April Rose's blog here

Our Rooster RIP

It seems we jumped to conclusions re Rooster being shot. There was an entry wound and as the hunters are out in force we wronly presumed that is what had happened to him. He has had an autopsy and it appears that he was stabbed. It can't have been accidental as the wound was behind his shoulder ,,, so he couldn't have jumped and impaled himself. Poor Rooster, he was so friendly he would have gone to anyone who called him ,, I think this is even more sinsister and wicked than being shot :-(

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just Magnolia and Basic Grey Challenges :-)

Before we go to my card I would just like to tell you that I didn't make the HM&F DT but wish the ones who got through the very best of luck :-) It was a tough competion and the successful ones were BRILL :-) I am a tad disappointed but I will get over it :-)

so ,, moving on,,,,,,

Martine has made a fabulous sketch for the Just Magnolia Challenge this week and I decided to combine it with the lovely colour scheme of red, green and blue on the Basic Grey Challenge ;-)

I used a new Tilda with flower wreath stamp ,,,, well she is an old one but new to me :-) I coloured her with copics and added copic glitter to the flowers, zip, toggles and shoes. I then 3D'd her onto a cream nestie oval. the papers are from the BG boxer pad. All of these items and the prima flowers and Martha Stewart leaf punch are from the Simon Says Stamp Store

The ribbons are from my drawer and the sentiment is from Funky Fairys Papercrafts

thanks for looking ,,, please leave a comment before you hop off :-)

Cute Poorly House Mouse Candy winner :-)

Thanks to everyone who entered my candy :-) I had to omit one comment as it was from the staff at Simon Says Stamp so it wouldn't be fair to put their name in eh "!! :-) So there were 31 entries andthe random gen chose ,,,,,

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-10-28 08:48:34 UTC

the lucky winner this week is Christine, Nanaseaside :-)

Congratulations Christine :-) If you would like to email me your address I will ask Heidi to pop one in the post for you :-)

Simon Says All that Sparkles :-)

Thanks everyone for joining in our Get Well soon Challenge last week ,, I was sorry that some of you were poorly or had a poorly child to take care of ,,, hope you're all OK now x x

This week we have a fabulous challenge for you :-)
ALL THAT SPARKLES !! :-) Glitter, Gems,Charms, Glimmer mist, shiny paints, cardstock , glitter pens,ribbons,, oohh the list of possibilities is endless ;-)

Now the first things that came to mind with this challenge were either Christmas or Girly ,,, well ,,, I wanted to play with my lovely Tim Holtz goodies and this is what I came up with :-) I actually really like this and I am going to frame it and put it up in the loo ;-)

I started by making the background paper using black doot, dusty concorde and faded jeans distress inks. These were dabbed onto a craft sheet and sprayed with water. Then a piece of card was swirled around in it,, dried ,, then dabbed in the leftover ink , I repeated this step a couple of times. Then I sprayed it with some home made glimmer mist :-) In a small spray bottle I put a little water,, some drops of antique linen re inker ( the only re inker colour I have :-)) and a couple of small scoops of perfect pearls ,, I used a pale pink one :-)

When it was dry I stamped the Tim Holtz chandelier using Black soot ink, cut out using a nestie then smothered with clear Rock Candy crackle paint,, which was a lovely gift from Heidi as were the Basic Grey gems that I used. The gems are lovely ,, some are clear silvery and some are darker ,, more pewter colour ,,, gorgeous !! :-)
The papers are from Creative Expression, all the edges were inked with dusty concorde ink and distressed. I also used some black/grey coredinations for layering :-)

I added a few dots of black stickles to the chandelier,, a ribbon ,,, which was distressed with black ink too. I also used a chandelir charm to add even more sparkle. the text is also from a Tim holtz set :-)

As usual Heidi at Simon Says Stamp is giving a fabulous $25 shopping spree to a lucky winner :-)

The DT have made some fabulous creations for you to see so pop over to the Simon says Stamp Challenge blog to see them and don't forget to leave them a nice comment :-) You may find some hidden candy on your way :-)

I will be giving away one of these lovely Tim Holtz Chandelier stamps in my Weekly Candy sponsored by Simon says Stamp :-) See the post at the top of my blog for more details :-)

Funky Fairys Touchy Feely Challenge :-)

Oh it was lovely to see all your photo's last week :-) This week we have another lovely challenge for you !!
We would like to see some dimension on your creations:-) Don't forget that to enter the Funky Fairys Challenge you must use at least one Funky Fairys Papercrafts item :-) There are some lovely freebies on the Blog Of Inspiration too :-)

For my card I used one of the lovely newly released Chloe digi images Isn't she cute :-) I printed 3 of these images so that I could 3D her for added touchy feeliness :-) I coloured her with copics and paper pieced her shopping bags :-)
All the papers are from the gorgeous Lets Get Traditional set I bought this a while ago and it has gorgeous papers in it ,, not just for christmas ! :-)

The oval Christmas text is also from Funky Fairys Papercrafts These are called Oval Punchem's and they are the right size for a SU oval punch :-) I added a flower, a charm, a ribbon, a button and loads of glitter and some liquid pearls for added textures :-)

There is the weekly prize of a lovely download for one lucky entrant so pop over to the Funky Fairys Challenge and see what the rest of the DT have made ,,,, brilliant !! :-)

I have a blog candy at the top of my blog if you would like to take a peek :-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Weekly Blog Candy,,, another cute HM stamp for you :-)

I used this stamp for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week and thought you might like to own one of these cuties :-) This one is called House Mouse Rubber Stamp MOUSE DROPS

To have a chance to win this you have to enter the Simon Says Stamp Challenge and I would like it if you added my candy blinkie to your sidebar,, the code is on my sidebar :-) You do not need to leave a direct link to your card but you can if you like ;-)


Good Luck to all x x

Papertake Weekly last week's GD candy :-)

Oh I am so sorry ,,, I completely forgot all about this today !! I promised a candy draw for all the peeps who left a comment on my Papertake Weekly GD card for last week :-) Thanks everyone for your lovely comments and it seems that you were practically equally divided as to which version you preferred :-)

So drum roll here ,,, The random gen chose

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-10-27 15:43:16 UTC

that is Daisychain :-)

Congratulations Christine :-) If you email me your address I will pop them in the post for you :-)

Papertake Weekly Challenge Spots and Stripes GD card :-)

Oh I can't believe I am already into week 3 of my 4 weeks as GD on the Papertake Weekly Challenge :-) This week the theme is Spots and Stripes ;-) The first thing that popped into my head was Zebra's ,,'stripes !! ,, and as I have a fabulous set of Zoo Animals Vacation stamps I thought I should ink it up ! :-)

My friend's daughter has just got engaged and this card just sort of made itself into an engagement card ,,,, I didn't start with that intention in mind ,,, that just sort of happened by accident !! :-) I hope they like it !! It is unusual for an engagement card eh !!
A Zebra were stamped with memento ink, masked and then the background one was stamped. I coloured them a little with copics ,, making the boy one a bit darker :-) I added jewellery to the girl ,,, a diamond solitaite engagement ring ,,, :-)

The papers are Basic Grey Granola papers, the flowers are from prima ,, I sprayed them with home made glimmer mist ( few drops antique linen distress ink, water and perfect pearls )The lovely charm is from Blue Moon Metal Charm Tokens OX BRASS HEARTS and were a gift from Heidi at Simon Says Stamp The sentiment is from SU :-)

Thanks for looking :-) The DT have made some gorgeous creations for you to see so pop over to the Papertake Weekly Challenge to see them and don't forget to leave comments ,,, we all appreciate them :-)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge :-) 1st DT card :-)

I have been keeping a secret for the last week or so :-) Becky asked me to be on her DT for the Sketch and Stash Challenge :-) How fabulous is that wooo hooo !! :-) Of course I said YES immediately :-) I was their 1st Guest Designer and I have always been very grateful that they gave me my first break ,, I was very new to blogland then and didn't know anything !! :-) Thanks Becky and the DT for making me feel so welcome :-) I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone better :-)

I have just found out that my lovely blog buddy Pascale will be joining us as GD too :-) Congratulations Pascale,,, so well deserved :-) I am really looking forward to working with you too :-)

So onto my first DT card ! :-)

Becky gave us this fabulous sketch to work with :-)

For the Sketch and Stash Challenge we ask that you follow the sketch and use either something new or old and neglected on your creation :-) I have just bought this Helz Cuppleditch stamp from Bunny Zoe's Crafts and the lovely paw print paper is by American traditional Designs which I bought on a recent visit to the UK,,, I bought 2 pieces so I could use one !!! :-)

I coloured the image with copics and inked the edges with antique linen distress ink. The dog patterned paper I have had for ages ,, that is from a DCWV Pet Stack. I used some craftwork chocolate drops in the corners. The ribbon and charm were from my stash :-)

Thanks for looking :-) The DT have made some wonderful cards for you to see so pop by the Challenge blog to see them and please go and leave them all a comment too :-) Before you hop off I have a candy at the top of my blog if you would like to take a peek :-)

Thanks for leaving me a comment ,, don't foregt to leave one so I know you popped in for a visit :-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dawny P's Fabulous Blog Candy :-)

Dawny P is giving this fabulous candy to one lucky entrant !! Hope it's me :-) IF by chance my number IS drawn ,,,, then Dawny can re do the draw for the Martha Stewart punch as I already have one and would like someone else to win it ,,,, :-) You have until Sunday 8th Nov to enter :-)

Go and get your name down for this fabby candy ;-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge DT Call

Ok ,,, I have finally finished my 2 cards for the House Mouse Monday ChallengeDT call :=) The first up is the OTT one :-)

I have seen several easel cards around and thought I would have a go at making one :-) I love this idea ! :-)

I chose a stamp called Purrfect Nails for my cards :-) I coloured the image wih copics and 3D'd it ,, I made several layers. The papers are from My Minds Eye. I distressed the edges with worn lipstick and a stitch unpicker ( I don't have a proper tool and find that works really well :-))

I used some Dusky pink card and grey coredinations too. the fancy edge was punched using a Martha Stewart border punch. The flower is from Prima and I sprayed it with silver glimmer mist,, the flowers and the mist were gifts from Heidi at Simon Says Stamp,, so thanks Heidi :-) x x The flower looks lovely and shimmery but it doesn't show up too well in the piccy :-/ I added loads of pearls and shimmer dots ,, some wide satin pink ribbon from the habberdasherry and the silver ribbon is from Bunny Zoe's Crafts. I think the big bow is definitely OTT and did think more than twice about putting it on but when Ray asked if this card is the 'Minimalist' one I thought I'd better plonk it on :-)

I just took this side viwe to show the 3D ing :-)

The next up is the 'Simplicity' one ,,, we were asked to keep it simple so the image itself is the focus of attention. I decided to keep the colours clean and simple ,, mainly white with a black contrast :-) I used some Doodlebug glitter card and some gemstones white coredinations, a strip of Papermania handmade paper ,,, gorgeous !! a little bit of white lace and that was all. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp Exclusives set :-)

I coloured the images with copics ,,, only using greys and a light purple colour and a greem :-)

I would like to thank everyone for your good wishes and for keeping things crossed for me :-) A special mention to Funky Fairy Anne who is also keeping her eyes crossed lol :-)

This has been alot of fun and as much as I hope I am chosen I wish my fellow finalists all the very best of luck too :-)

Thanks for looking and I really appreciate your comments ,,,, I will be keeping EVERYTHING crossed ;-)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

House Mouse Monday Challenge DT Call ,,, sneak peek ;-)

As some of you may know I have reached the finals for the House Mouse Monday DT :-) wooohooo !! :-) I am thrilled to have got this far and am really hoping to make it onto the team ,,, but the competition is hard ,,, the other 10 in finals are all so talented ,,,, but as they say ,, you have to be in it to win it :-) so I am going to try my best and hope it's enough. We have to make 2 cards with the same stamp ,, one OTT and one minimalist. Well I had a play today and completed my OTT one :-) I am not showing the whole thing until the minimalist one is ready ,,,, but I just thought I would give you a sneak peek ,,, I must admit I like this one ,,,:-)

Wish me luck peeps and keep your fingers crossed for me,,,, :-) This is really good fun and even if I don't make it I will have enjoyed the ride ;-)

Thanks for looking,,, I won't keep you in suspenders long,, I will put them on here as soon as they are both ready ;-)

Now coming to see what everyones been up to :-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

MAWTT meets Friday Sketchers :-)

I decided to have a little play with one of my new downloads from the Cutting Cafe and make a box so that I could join in with this weeks Moving Along With The Times Challenge ,,,,,,who's theme is Anything But a Card have to be quick writing this ,,, I think I might just make the deadline !! I will add all direct links after I post it !!
I thought Carole's fab sketch on the Friday Sketchers Challenge would be perfect for a lid for a gift box so I used it :-)

The papers and tag are from a new Shabby Christmas kit from Funky Fairys Papercrafts. I used a little bit of white coredinations which I cuttlebugged and glittered ,, some plain red card ,, a snowflake eyelet and a little red ribbon ,,, some punched snowflakes and a few gems and thats it ,,,, done :-)

Thanks for looking ,, please leave a comment so I know you've been visiting :-) Have to go and link this ,,,, clock's ticking ,,,,, :-)

The winner of the lovely HM Blowing Dandelions stamp is :-)

The random gen chose >>>>>>

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-10-21 08:33:35 UTC

The lucky girl this week is Pinky :-)

Congratulations :-) If you email me with your addy Heidi will pop this cutie in the post for you :-)

Funky Fairys Picture It Challenge :-)

Your entries for last weeks challenge were fabulous ,,:-) This week we have a fab challenge for you :-) Picture It !! :-) We would like you to make something using a photo :-)

I really need to go to a proper photographer and get a better better quality print to change this photo but I haven't had time yet ,,, so this is a temporary one :-)

This photo was taken in York on my recent visit home to the UK. From left to right it is my friend Sarah, her daughter Lucy, my daughter Amy and Emma who is Amy's friend and our next door neighbour here in Gozo :-) Emma joined us for a week in Yorkshire and she said it was the best holiday EVER !! AND she's been on a Caribbean cruise and to Disneyland!!! but no ,,, she prefers good ol' Yorkshire :-)

The photo was taken on a very famous street called 'The Shambles' It is very 'Goth' looking and was the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books :-)
The papers I used are from Funky Fairys Papercrafts, I used the Fancy Flourish set and Its so Distressing papers :-) The alphabet circles are from the Doodlementals set :-) The fancy border was made using a Fiskars border punch, the ribbon was from my stash. The 'SMILE' is from a Simon Says Clear Stamps SIMPLY THE BEST SENTIMENTS Lot Exclusive Set

We will be welcoming a GD to our team for a couple of weeks so I am just going to the Funky Fairys Challenge blog to say hello ,,, :-) Come and see the fabby creations the team have made ,, brilliant !! :-) Don't forget to enter the challenge you must use at least one Funky fairys item ,,, loads of freebies on the blog of inspiration or you could treat yourself and buy a download :-) Go to the Funky Fairys Papercrafts Webshop and have a good look around :-)

Please leave me a comment so I know you've been visiting :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Simon Says ,,,, Get Well Soon :-)

It was lovely to see your cards last week ,, I am sorry if I didn't get to visit you all but as the challenge is getting more and more popular I am finding it difficult to keep up,,,,, but I do try !! :-)

I am hoping that you are all OK ,, I know one or two of you have been a bit poorly with viruses so I hope you're feeling better now x x When we chose this weeks challenge ,,,, a while ago ,,, there was alot of publicity about the dreaded flu and thought we might all need a GET WELL SOON card or 2 ! :-)

This week we have a very special guest joining us in the Designer Spotlight,, her name is Hanna of Hannas Hobbyblog,,, she is only 13 years old and is an inspitation to all ,, if you haven't visited her blog,, you really should ,, her work is stunning :-)

The usual fabulous prize from Heidi applies :-)

I made my card using a gorgeous HM stamp,, this one is called House Mouse Rubber Stamp MOUSE DROPS Get Well :-) Cute eh !! :-) I followed the fab sketch on the Create4fun Challenge I flipped the sketch and used an oval instead of a rectangle ,, hope thats OK ?? :-)

I coloured the image with copics and cut them out so I could decoupage them onto the background,, they look more well fed when I do that ,,, more rounded :-)

It is not showing up very well on the photo but the poorly mouse does have a red blush to his cheeks ,,, caused by the fever !! :-) The papers are Basic Grey from the Granola pad ( I think but don't quote me cos the cover fell off ! ) the flowers are white prima that I coloured with copics and home made glimmer mist,, using antique linen distress ink and pale pink perfect pearls :-) They do look lovely and shimmery IRL. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Clear Stamps SENDING SUNSHINE Exclusive Set The ribbon is from my stash and the brads are by Kaiser
,,, I must say these brads are lovely ! The leaves were punched with a Martha Stewart punch :-) Think thats all :-)

Hanna and the DT have made some wonderful creations for you this week ,, there may be hidden candy so go and visit all the blogs to find it ! :-)

I have chosen this fabulous HM stamp as my weekly blog candy sponsored by Heidi at Simon Says Stamp store :-) Would you like it ??? The candy post is at the top of my blog ( or will be soon if you arrived here early !! :-)

Thanks for looking and I really appreciate your comments so please leave me one :-)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Papertake Weekly Dawny's Sketch :-)

This is my second week as GD for the Papertake Weekly Challenge and Dawny has made yet another fabulous sketch for us to follow :-) I am having a fabulous time but I think I have given Dawny a headache this week ,,, I was so undecided about my card ,,, I just couldn't make my mind up !! This is a long post so get coffee and sit comfy :-)

I decided to use one of Paula's new images from Pollycraft,, this is only available as a digi image for a limited period so if you like it go and get it !! :-)

As you can see I made 2 versions :-) The image was coloured with copics and her trousers were 3D'd :-) The papers are lovely new ones from Funky Fairys Papercrafts these are from the Shabby Christmas set :-)

The leaves were made using a Martha Stewart punch and the snowflake was made with a spellbinders die cut :-)

Now for some candy :-) I have bought a few bits to offer as a candy :-) I would like you to tell me which version of this card you prefer ,, the leaves or the snowflakes :-) I will draw the winner from all the comments next Tuesday,,, even the ones that don't answer the question ! :-) I forgot to add some charms to the photo but I will add 10 charms,,, all different so you will have a good choice :-)

Thanks for looking :-) I have another blog candy at the top of my blog if you would like to take a peek :-)
The DT have made some fabulous cards for you to see so don't forget to visit them too and leave a nice comment :-)

Oohh it's getting chilly,,, Autumn is here :-)

I made this card following the fab sketch on the Sketch Saturday Challenge I flipped the sketch and moved the sentiment position ,,, it just didn t look right in the proper place so I hope thats OK :-) I also made this for the Anyone For Anya Challenge,, I was the lucky winner of some fabulous stamps last week so thank you very much :-) x x

I don't own this stamp ,,, yet ,,but she is at the top of my wish list :-) My teamie Jo, Rambling Boots, was kind enough to send me a couple of images to get me started so thanks Jo x x

I coloured the image with copics and 3D'd the umbrella. The papers are HOTP Sarah Papers, they do have a lovely delicate leaf pattern which you can hardly see ,,, but they are there :-). I used some copics spica pens for sparkle and some prima flowers,a doodlebug brad and some ribbon and a charm from my stash :-)

The sentiment is also from the Greeting Farm,, it was with the Hope and Grace set :-)

Thanks for looking ,,, please leave a comment so I know you've been :-)

I have a blog candy at the top of my blog if you would like to take a peek :-)