Friday, July 29, 2011

Totally Papercrafts and Stamp Something Challenges :-)

Hi all :-) I hope all is well with everyone and you’re enjoying the summer :-)

This week the theme on the Totally Papercrafts Challenge was chosen by Anne and she chose ,,,, BLING IT UP and the Stamp Something Challenge s is SUMMER so I combined the 2 ,,, I have visitors arriving soon so I am pushed for time and took a short cut :-)

The lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring both challenges so a fab voucher to spend on the Stamp Something Challenge and a fab parcel of goodies on the TPC. The TPC also have an extra sponsor, The Stamp Fairy is offering a fab choice of digi images too :-) Lots of lovely prizes !! :-)

For my card I followed the fab sketch on the Sketch and Stash Challenge

I used this lovely CC Designs Bubbles Lost Lagoon image. I coloured her with Copics , cut her out and popped her onto a foaming sea, created using a Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug folder and sprayed with Diamond Glimmer mist ( very sparkly IRL :-)) The clouds were made using my Copic air brush and a scalloped nestie die cut. The card, papers and ribbon are fall new and are from are Stampin Up ( available from Mandi) and I bought the flowers at the NEC. I finished with some Hero Arts flat back pearls and used a Viva Decor Ice White Pearl Pens to pop some pearls in her hair. I used Star Dust stickles here and there and some Frosted Lace stickles on the foamy water :-)

Thanks for looking :-) The DT’s have made some gorgeous cards for you too see so please hop on over to the challenge blogs to see them Smile

This card is now available in my BRAND NEW Etsy Store , Lorraine Loft :-) ( I did have a Lorraine’s Loft store but I couldn’t access it so had to knock the ‘s’ off and start again) Sad smile

Challenges :

Sketch and Stash ,,, Sketch

Crafting for all Seasons ,,,, Beach/Ocean

Diva’s By Design ,,,, Summer

Stampavie and More ,,,, Summer

Top Tip Tuesday ,,, Make it Girlie

Ooh La La ,,,, Circles

Crafty Pad ,, Embossing,, Heat or Dry

Craft Your Days Away ,,,, Summertime

Crafty Calendar ,,, Under the Sea

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Simon Says ,,,,,,,, SHAPED CARDS ,, no squares

Hi all :-) Thanks for all your fab entries last week ,, there were some really unusual ways to use newsprint ,,, I remember in the olden days when it was torn into strips and hung on a nail on the loo door ,,,, no kiddin !! :-) ,, eee lass, them were the days ,,,,, :-)

OK ,, less of my trip down memory lane and onto this weeks theme ,,,

SHAPED CARDS /CREATIONS ,, no squares :-)

The DT are showcasing Spellbinders Dies this week, if you have them we would love to see them used on your cards but you don't have to use them to join in :-)

As usual we are sponsored by the lovely Heidi and one lucky entrant will win a voucher of $50 to spend in the FANTABULOUS Simon Says Stamp Superstore :-)

For my card I just HAD to use my new House Mouse Give Peas a Chance ,,, aww ,, sooo cute :-)

I decided to make a circle easel card and used my Cricut to cut out the basic circle shapes . I coloured the image with Copics and cut him out using a Wonky Rectangle, I decoupaged the peas at the front, inked the edges with Vintage Photo and distressed with a paper distresser. The papers are Echo Park from the Fly a Kite paper pack. All the papers were inked and distressed and I run around all the edges on my sewing machine. the sentiment is from a HM unmounted set. The ribbon and button were in my drawer and I used a little bit of Jillibean twine to make a bow. Of course I had to add some Star Dust stickles for sparkle too,,, tis compulsory ! :-)

So for a chance to win this fab $50 Voucher to Simon Says Stamp get crafting and join in :-)

And don't forget to keep an eye on the 'All New Just In' pages ,, lots of yummy new goodies arriving daily fresh from the CHA !! :-)

Thanks for looking :-) It is Nadine’s last challenge with us and I would like to thank her for being such a fabulous designer for us Smile xx Nadine and the DT have made some gorgeous creations for your inspiration so hop on over to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog to see them Smile

Challenges :

Cheerful Stamp Pad ,,, Going around in Circles

Crazy Challenge ,,, Ribbons

Cupcake Craft ,,,, Shabby Sparkle

KB Challenges ,,, Food and Drink

Lexi’s Creations ,, Shaped Card

Ooh La La ,, ,,,, Circles

Totally Gorjuss ,, Punch or Die Cut

Card Makin Mama’s ,,,,,, Food and Drink

Crafts 4 Eternity ,,,, Shaped cards

Stampin’ for the Weekend ,, Paws for thought ( 4 legs)

Forever Friends ,,, Animal + Not Square

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winner of my ABC Challenge and Blog Hop

Hi all :-) I have just pressed the button on the random gen ,,,, and what number did it pick ?????

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2011-07-26 08:00:30 UTC

The lucky winner is Cathy !! :-) Congratulations Cathy,, the stamps will be in the post to you today ! :-)

, Papertake Weekly ,,,,,, Dawny’s FAB Sketch :-)

Hi all :-) I hope you are all OK and enjoying the summer holidays :)

This week on the Papertake Weekly Challenge Dawny has once again dreamed up a fabby sketch for us to follow ,,, I truly LOVE this one :-)

We are sponsored by the lovely Heidi @ Simon Says Stamp so a fab $20 spree for one lucky entrant :-)

Now ,, I have to admit, this card made itself ,, nothing to do with me ! Does that happen to you ?? sometimes cards take ages and nothing looks right and others just ‘fit’ together immediately ! I really enjoyed making this one :-) I just bought this fab Snoopy the Bus Driver stamp and LOVE it , I am starting a collection of Snoopy’s now ! :-) I love the fact that you don’t have to mess about shading ,,, as a cartoon they are just a block of plain colour ,,, simples ! I layered this so that Snoopy and the passengers are inside the bus :-)

The papers are My Minds Eye‘ Fly a Kite and I cut out the big circle on my Cricut ( after dusting it off !! ) I made the traffic lights by punching lots of circles, gluing them together and colouring, then covering with a huge blob of glossy accents. The letters and numbers are die cuts from a TH Typeset die and the sentiment os from a Lawn Fawn Alphabet set.

Thanks for looking :-) The DT have made some fab creations so please pop over to the PTW to see them xx

Challenges :

Die Cut Dreams ,,,,,,, 4 legged friends

Corrosive ,, All about Kids

Here comes the Boys ,, Masculine + Travel

Secret Crafter ,,,, Numbers

Totally Gorjuss ,,, Punch or Die Cuts

Fuzzy Wuzzy ,,, Animal + Get Punchy

Charisma Cardz ,,,,, Sunshine Colours

Friday, July 22, 2011

Stamp Something ,,,,, and use your fave embellies !! :-)

Hi all :-) I am back again with another card, this time it is for the Stamp Something Challenge and this week we have ,,,Stamp Somethin ,,,,, and Embellish it :-)

We are sponsored by Funky Kits so a fab prize of 4 Sugar Nellie stamps on offer for one lucky entrant :-)

For my card I followed the fab sketch on the Sugar Bowl Challenge :-) Iused this lovely Party Frills image, coloured with Copics and star dust stickles added to her shirt and frosted lace stickles to the lace on her socks, I then inked the edges with Stormy Sky distress inks. the papers are from a Basic Grey Marjorlaine paper pack, I love the colours in this one ! The doily was a RAK from my buddy Cathy, I sprayed this with diamond glimmer mist and inked the edges slightly with pink chalk ink . I sewed all the edges and added my fave embellies , some fab ribbon from The Ribbon Girl and a few Robins Nest dew Drops. The sentiment is from LOTV and I added a bit of American Tag twine to the tag.

Thanks for looking :-) the DT have made some gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the challenge blog to see them :-)

Challenges :

Sugar Bowl ,,,, Kiki’s Sketch

A Spoonful of Sugar ,,, Tags ,, ( is the sentiment tag enough ? )

Basic Grey Challenge ,,, Doilies and Ribbons

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Totally Papercrafts ,,,,,,, Boys will be Boys ,,,

Hi all ,, well last week we had Girly Girly, now its the Lad’s turn ,,, don’t all groan at once lol ,,,,

Before moving on to the challenge we are welcoming a new DT girlie to the team ,,, Welcome to the team Jeni , if you haven’t seen Jeni , aka Flip Flop Creations then you’re in for a treat ! :-)

It was Mel’s turn to choose so you can all throw your tomatoes at her :) Actually I do like making cards for Lads, generally more simple and less faffing about with embellies :-)

We are sponsored by Charmed Cards and Crafts and one lucky entrant can win a choice of 2 digi bundles :-) Fabulous prize :-)

I needed to make a card for my nephews 18th birthday ( I doubt that he will read this ,,, ) He is having flying lessons and his ambition is to be a pilot so I HAD to get this fab Snoopy Flying High stamp ! and a while ago I saw fab card on Debby’s blog using the Torn Paper stamp and thought it would work with this stamp too :-) I coloured the image with Copics ,, no shading cos its a cartoon. I then stamped the torn paper stamp onto some Graphic 45 Cirque paper and cut out the ‘hole’ I then made a cloudy sky using Copics behind it, then stamped it onto white card and cut out the torn edges,, phew ,,, what a job !! . The paper actually said Death Defying before I stuck a cloud in front of it !! :-) The clouds are CC Designs cloud dies and the Happy Birthday strip is punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

Don't ya just LOVE Scoopy !! :-)

Thanks for looking, the DT have made some gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the TPC to see them and don't forget to go and say hello to Jeni Smile

Challenges :

Crafting for all Seasons ,,, Furry Friends

My Mum’s Craft Shop ,,,, For Teen ( 18th B’day card)

Craft Your Passion ,,,, Use Text

Stamptacular Sunday ,,,,,, Animal Antics

Cute Card Thursday ,,,,, For His eyes Only

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Simon Says ,,,,,,,, Use Newspaper !! :-)

WOW !!!!!, THANK YOU so much to everyone who entered our Anything Goes challenge. We have never had to many entries and can't thank you enough for sharing all your fantastic creations with us. The final tally was 1121 entries !! AWESOME !!!
The DT have REALLY tried to get to visit you all but as you can imagine it may be difficult to visit you all, we are trying though :-)

Before moving on to our new challenge this week we would like to welcome two new DT members to the Simon family, Joy aka Less is More and Britta . I am sure you will have all visited both Joy and Britta's blogs but if not, you are in for a real treat ! Welcome aboard Joy and Britta.

This week's challenge is to use NEWSPAPER !

It can be the real mccoy, newspaper print designer paper or even a stamped image with newspapers featured on it, even something found inside a newspaper, Debby had a fabulous idea ,,,, :-)

As usual Heidi will be giving one lucky entrant a $50 voucher to her FANTASTIC Simon Says Stamp Superstore !! See the NEWEST stuff on the All New Just In Page For fabulous tutorials, inspiration and candy you should keep an eye on the Simon Says Stamp Blog too !!! :-)

I needed to make a card using 2 House Mouse stamps so a Joy fold card it was !!

For the outside I used my new Extra Extra stamp ( I bought this specifically for this challenge ,, any excuse eh !! ) Here is Amanda reading THE most important bit ,,, stale donuts on offer !!! Where there’s mice there is usually food ! Smile I coloured her with Copics and kept the colours very neutral I then inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. The papers are from a Tim Holtz Lost and Found paper pack, I inked all the edges with the ink, distressed them with a Paper Distresser and sewed all the edges. I used a Idea-ology word stick that can swing across to hold the card closed and another Tim Holtz thingy that I can’t remember the name of ,,,, :-)

I have to thank Scoopy for the stamped image called Donut Bliss, I NEEDED this image for this card !! This is Muzzy eating Monica’s donut ,,, naughty Muzzy ! :-) I stamped some mice feet using a Penny Black stamp ( retired) and the Happy Birthday was made using a Lawn Fawn alphabet set.

I really enjoyed making this card and I hope you like it Smile

The DT have made some fanbloomintastic cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the challenge blog to see them Smile

Challenges :

Anything Goes ,,, More than one fold

Tuesday Throwdown ,,,, Something Metallic

Craft Your Days Away ,,,,, Fancy Folds

The Stamp Man ,,,,, Anything ‘Tim’

Rainbow Lady’s ,,,, A Stitch In Time

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ABC Christmas ,,, ‘O’ for Old ,,,

Hi all :-) ,, it is really difficult to think about Christmas when the sun is cracking the flags !! it is HOT here in Gozo ,,, phew !!

It is time for a new theme over on the ABC Christmas Challenge. This time it is Jayne’s turn to choose the theme and she chose

‘O’ for Old ,,,, use an old stamp, ,,, easy !

Unfortunately this is Jayne’s last challenge with us as she has decided to step down from the DT and move on to pastures new. It has been fabulous working with you Jayne and I wish you all the very best xx

We are sponsored by the lovely Dulcie at Wild Rose Studio and one lucky winner will get to choose 2 gorgeous stamps ! :-)

The DT were all given images to use and I chose this very cute Christmas Friends stamp

I coloured the image with Copics, added glossy accents to their noses and star dust stickles here and there. I then inked the edges with Stormy Sky distress ink. The papers are downloads from Pink Petticoat and I used an EK Success snowflake border punch and Martha Stewart snowflake punch too. I embossed a strip of white card using a Swiss Dots folder and added some ribbon and Robins Nest Dew Drops to finish.

Thanks for looking, the DT hae made some cracking cards for your viewing pleasure so please hop on over to the challenge blog to see them Smile

Challenges :

Everybody Art ,,,,,, Dots

Sweet Stamps ,,,, Winter Blues

Creative Inspirations ,,, X mas in July

Paper Sundaes ,,, Christmas in July

Crafty Emma ,,,,,, Christmas

Winter Wonderland ,,,, Wet/Dry embossing

2 $50 vouchers to be won on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge !!!


IF we make it to 1000 entries this week Heidi will give a $50 voucher to 2 lucky entrants to spend in the Simon Says Stamp Store !!! Please link any creations that you have made since last Wednesday ,,,, at the bottom of the Anything Goes Challenge post !!! :-)

Good Luck to all :-)

Lols and all at Simon Says Stamp x x x

Papertake Weekly ,,, Getting Cute

Hi all :-) I think the HOT HOT HOT challenge was a bit too optimistic for those of you in the UK, but even though it was teeming with rain you rose to the challenge and got your HOT pinks and oranges out :-) thanks for joining in !

This week on the PTW we want to see CUTE creations :-)

We are sponsored by the lovely Wendy at Digital Delights so a fab choice of digi images for one lucky winner :-)

For my card I used a new release stamp from the Wild Rose Studio, this one is called Millie Baking, isn’t she cute :-) I coloured her with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and used a little glossy accents on the rim of the bowl. The papers are a Pink Petticoat download and I used a strip of cream card, embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and made the border using a Arch Lattice punch. The flower was made using an EK Success Buttercup punch, a button from my drawer and some American Tag twine. I used my new Magnolia Heart Swirl die to pop underneath. I love this die, very pretty :-) The ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl and the charm was in my drawer, I used some new Hero Arts Floral Dots and the sentiment came with the stamp.

Thanks for looking , the DT and GD’s have made some gorgeous cards for your inspiration so hop on over to the challenge blog to see them Smile

Challenges :

Bling It On ,,,, Anything Goes

Card and Scrap ,,, Punches and Dies

Sir Stampalot ,, Anything Goes

Fuzzy Wuzzy ,,,,, Get Punchy

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

HM&F Monday 100th Challenge and Happy Hopper Hop !! :-)

Hi all :-) I hope you all had a fab weekend and enjoyed some sunshine ,,, we had loads of that here !! scorchio !!

It is the 100th challenge on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge so we thought a fab celebration with a hop was in order :-)

Lisa chose the theme this week and she chose ,,

Buttons, Bows and Bling ,,, use one or all of those options.

Unfortunately this will be Lisa’s last challenge as part of the DT as she has decided to up & leave us meeces to fend for ourselves :-( I would like to wish Lisa all the very best for the future xx

If you arrived here from the ever so talented and very witty Lori’s blog then you are going in the right direction, if not you may need to start at the very beginning ,, cos thats a very good place to start ,,,,,are you singing along ?? :-)

We have a fabulous list of sponsors so a huge thank you to all of them + the DT all have some candy on their blogs to give away too ,,, LOADS of prizes on offer !!! :-)


We are very lucky to have these FABULOUS SPONSORS who have GENEROUSLY
donated amazing prizes.

Sponsor #1

*The official House-Mouse Designs site;*

(A $25.00 Electronic Gift Certificate to the official site's store)

Sponsor # 2

Joanna Sheen*

(10 packs of House-Mouse Decoupage)

Sponsor # 3

*Di's Digi Downloads*

(*Will have 2 winners for 3 Digi Downloads Each)

Sponsor # 4

*K n' K Designs*

( 4 Free Digi sets)

Sponsor # 5

*Pizzazz Aplenty*

( A $10 embellishment gift package)

Sponsor # 6

* R K Stamps*

(2 of the new House-Mouse Designs release stamps)

Sponsor # 7
*Emma @ Crafty Emma's Store*

( A £10.00 voucher to Crafty Emmas Store, excluding P&;P)

Sponsor # 8

Simon Says Stamp

( a $15 Gift Card PRIZE to the wonderful Simon SaysStamp store )

Sponsor # 9* *

Bearly Mine Designs

*Offering a £10 gift voucher*

My blog candy is sponsored by the lovely and very generous Heidi from Simon Says Stamp who has kindly given me a $10 voucher to the fabulous store :-)

For my card I used my brand new release, ever so cute, House Mouse Cake for One image (Happy Birthday Samantha :-))

I coloured the image with Copics and added star dust stickles to the roses and glossy accents to the candles. The papers are Echo Park Springtime ( need more of these ! gorgeous !! ) and the sentiment was made using a Lawn Fawn clear stamp alphabet set. I sewed all the edges on my machine and finished with a bow and button :-)

aww ,, here is a close up of Mudpie with an iced rose ,, look at his big tummy and boz eyes lol ,, how cute is he :-)

Thanks for looking :-) From here you need to hop along to Natascha's Blog ( I love her blog name !! )and see her fantastic card ,,, sooo cute !! :-)

Before you leave don’t forget to leave me a comment and if you would like a chance to win this fab $10 voucher to spend in Simon Says Stamp then please leave a link to your HM&F entry with Mr Linky before the challenge closes on Sunday, July 31st at 8:00 PM EST Smile


Copic Creations ,,, Pastel Colours

Fab n Funky ,,,,, Food

Die Cut Dreams ,,, 4 Legged Animals

Birthday Sundaes ,,,, Anything Goes

I Did It Creations ,,,, Animals

Stamptacular Sunday ,,,,, Animal Antics

Crafty Sentiments ,,,, use Stitching

Do You Stack Up ,,,, Stitching

Crafting for all Seasons ,,,,, furry friends