Thursday, 31 March 2011

Crafty sentiments blog hop winner!!!

Howdy ho folks! I was one of those cheeky peeps hiding a digi during the crafty sentiments blog hop last wk so I picked a random commenter and out popped Marie-Anne!
Please e mail Jo at to recieve your digi!!! Hugs
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Crafty sentiments mothers day challenge

This is my 2nd post for the day please scroll down for my Craft us crazy post!.....
Hi there everyone, thanks for coming by my blog again! Today at crafty sentiments we are celebrating our mums as this sunday is Mothers day in the UK. I have made my card using Wild Orchids sketch and some gorgeous digi papers from Nitwits. I have also used one of these adorable Amy digis which were launched last wk with our blog hop and my circular sentiment is also crafty sentiments.

My butterfly is again from e crafts with my flowers coming from both wild orchids and mulberry crafts and everything has been glittered to the max! My ribbon is from stash and my image has been coloured with prisma pencils

I would also like to enter this into Cupcake crafts flowers for mum challenge, Incy wincys sparkle and shine, My time to craft mums the word, Whoopsidaisys glitter and glitz, Allsorts for a special lady, Craft your days away for mum, Dream Valleys mothers day and crafty pads for the mums.
Please pop across and see what the other fab DT have been up to and join in with us again this wk you could win 3 digis from the crafty pad!!
Hugs all
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Craft us crazy easter/spring challenge

Hi everyone! Well I just about managed to get all the kids back to school and I came down with their dreaded lurgy! I felt as rough as old boots yesterday, which was less than productive seeing as I had time to myself and just didn't have the energy to use it! Surely we have to be on the road to good health now?!!
It is time for another challenge over at Craft Us Crazy and this time we have the theme of easter/spring and are lucky enough to be sponsored by Peggy loves vintage for our fabby challenge! I have made my card today using a cute sweet november image which I got from All that scraps last easter, what a cutie! I actually followed last wks sketch at the all that scraps challenge but forgot that by the time I posted this the challenge would have changed duh!!

I have used papers from wild rose studio with my sentiment ticket stamp from whimsy. My pearls, metal corner and butterfly are all from the fabulous e crafts (anyone noticed I have gone slightly butterfly mad of late!!) I have just had a new order of butterflies in and still have some glitzy ones on their way lol! My flowers are wild orchids and mulberry crafts.

Anyone else having blogger problems of late? It keeps smooshing all my stuff together and taking out all my spaces which I then have to correct in HTML mode ggrrr!
Anyway I would also like to enter this into The shabby tea rooms photo inspired challenge, Tuesday throwdowns florals, ABCs R is for roses, Crafty creations bunnies and totally gorjuss spring is sprung.
I hope you can check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT! Thanks for popping by here, hugs all

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Creative cottage last challenge!!!

Hiya folks! Yep the title is as it seems, today is the last challenge over at the creative cottage. We have been running the challenge for over a year now and it was originally set up to help promote the creative cottage products. However Tracy feels that it isn't really suiting it's purpose and has become just another challenge blog so we are shutting it down. But don't worry! The DT are still working with Tracy to produce projects working with her kits as samples for the creative cottage blog and Tracy will be having a monthly competition over there which in order to be eligible for you must use something from the creative cottage. So onto our last challenge which was chosen by our fab DT member Mandi and she has chosen for us to use white/blank spaces in our projects. This is a massive challenge for me as I'm not generally the minimalist sort of card maker! I have made my card using the simply gingham set which Tracy is giving away free to her followers over at the creative cottage blog! I have used a simple butterfly from e bay for the centre piece which is on my white embossed cardstock and a sentiment from whimsy. I want to enter this into Pollycrafts friends challenge, Top tip tuesdays nature, Paper crafting journeys up in the air, Alphabet challenges U for up in the air and Creative fridays embossing challenge. I do hope you can join us for our last challenge it has been a pleasure and please check out the new happenings at the creative cottage blog! Hugs to all
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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Creative card crew challenge for a child

Hi peeps, I know it's been a few days since I blogged but it has been one sick child after another in this house! I'm hoping we are coming to an end of it now! We do have a new challenge over at creative card crew this wk and it is "a card for a child" challenge. We are sponsored by the Stitchy bear store too for our fab prize! My card has been made with an adorable image from Kelleys kids at the stitchy bear store, isn't she cute! I have also followed the sketch this wk at friday sketchers. My fab DP is a stunning digi set from Pink gem designs, gotta love these colours! My chiffon ribbon is some my mum sent me in the post (she saves all her bits of ribbon, bags boxes etc so that magpie here can store it all for future use!!) My button is from stash amd my metal corner is from the fabby e crafts. My flowers are a mix of wild orchids and mulberry crafts and my sentiment is whimsy. It's my daughters best friends birthday tomorrow and she is 9 so I can just about get away with a cute card like this before I have to move on to the more grown up images! I also wnat to enter this into Moving along with the times metal challenge, Totally stampalicious for BFFs, Paper playtimes digi mon and the fairytale challenge pink and green combo. Please pop across and see what the other DT have made for this challenge, some superb work going on out there in blogland! Thanks for coming by here again, I hope you manage to join in our challenge hugs to all sparkle -

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Pink gem designs DT spring feeling

Hello folks! I thought I would celebrate the little bit of sun we have had recently by making a bright and cheery spring card as a DT offering for the fab Pink gem designs.
My card has been made using the fab sketch over at cute card thursday this wk and with My minds eye papers and this gorgeous Milly stamp from Pink Gem designs.

I have used my new whimsy banner die cut to make my cute little bunting! My sentiment is also pink gem designs from the new A6 sets available and my flowers are mulberry crafts. I have coloured my image with prisma pencils and used spiced marmalade for my edges.

I would also like to enter my card into stamp with funs spring challenge, Paper pretties spring, sew many challenges spring fling, Totally papercrafts cute and cuddly, Paper cutz 3 DP, Prairie fairys oh so spring and stamp somethings spring something.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again! Hugs to everyone
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Friday, 25 March 2011

A saturday sketch with poodles doodles

For crafty sentiments blog hop please scroll down .....
Hi folks I have a new card today to show you with a brand new digi from a fabulous blogging friend Jacqui! She has a brand new store the poodles digi doodles with some supercute digis in and I just love em!! This is the adorable Ruby.

I have followed the sketch over at sketch saturday for my card and have used lovely prima sweet fairy papers. My lace and ribbon are from stash with my butterfly from e crafts, my flowers from wild orchids and mulberry crafts and my ticket sentiment from Whimsy. I have coloured sweet Ruby with Prismas and really think she is just the most fab image!

I would also like to enter this into Paper playtimes green and purple combo challenge, Delightfuls pastels and ribbon, delicious doodles floral fantasy and digi doodles shops best ribbons and bows challenge.
Thanks so much to everyone who pops by here today, I really appreciate all my visitors! Hugs to all
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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Crafty sentiments blog hop and new release!!

Hi folks its a celebration day today! We are celebrating the release of the new Amy digis by having a crafty sentiments blog hop and an Amy challenge. If you have come from the crafty sentiments challenge blog then you are in the right place as I am first on the blog hop list! Our challenge this wk is Amy! There is a fabulous freebie on the challenge blog of the most adorable Amy and you can make whatever you like, however you like, as long as you have that Amy on your creation.
I have altered a notebook for my blog hop project with my cutesy Amy digi.

I have used these cheap £1 notebooks from Asda with openable binders. I have covered it with Tim Holtz stunning shabby chic paper and have used MS doily punch to create a bordered edge. My sparkly ribbon is from hobbycraft and my gorgeous flowers mulberry crafts. My fabulous butterfly is incredibly sparkly but the sun doesn't really show it, that was an ebay purchase. My adhesive gems are from stash and my stamped butterflies are all hampton arts.
I have coloured Amy with prismas and covered the back of my notebook with the lined Tim Holtz shabby chic paper.

I have used some fibres and a metal butterfly charm on the binding and have created a monogram charm as this is for my niece Kira, for her birthday this wk. I took a simple chipboard letter and used first glossy accents which I used my heat gun on and then my shimmer paint. I got the idea from Janet who used glossy accents under her crackle paint to create a much better crackle effect but I didn't have crackle paint in the colour I wanted so used some blonde moments shimmer paint and actually really like the effect. I then added a metal eyelet to create the charm.

The prize for this wks challenge is 3 digis from the CS store! Not only that but there are 5 digis to be won on some of the blogs around the hop so don't forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning a digi from the store!
From here you need to pop along to Doreens blog to continue the hop!
I would like to enter my notebook into Cupcake crafts monochrome challenge, Lollipop crafts butterflies, Lexis ribbons with no bows and knots, Spoonfull of sugars ribbons, gems and flowers, Tuesday throwdowns anything but a card, flutterby wednesdays open challenge, ladybug crafts ink mono challenge and paper shelters flower power challenge.
Thanks for coming by here again! Hugs to all
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Wednesday, 23 March 2011


Hello! It's that time again!!! If you want to join in with the WOYWW fun then pop across to the stampin ground to join in!
My desk is a little messier today with a DT project for tomorrows blog hop with crafty sentiments!
The little picture on my desk back has been painted by my son and I have hung my family photos up now which were on my old desk.

Remember those notebooks I was preparing to alter? Well I have actually made a start here. That stunning butterfly is from an ebay purchase and my yummy papers are of course Mr Holtzs finest. My liitle monogram K is a chipboard letter which I have given a paint and heat gun treatment, the details of which I will put in my DT blog hop post tomorrow.

Hope you have enjoyed having a mooch about, time for me to run off and have a mooch too! Hugs to all
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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Creative card crew 1st DT project!!!

Hello lovely folks! I'm so excited to be able to show you my first DT project with creative card crew! I was thrilled when asked to join the team! We are split into 2 DT groups for alternate weeks and it's not even my teams wk but I couldn't wait to get started so joined in anyway lol!

Our challenge this wk is to make something using no stamps! We are happy for you to use digi stamps or no stamps at all but no rubber or polymer stamps allowed. We are so so lucky to be sponsored by Whimsy for this fab challenge and so I have chosen to use this fab Meljens digi which you can buy over at the whimsy store for my card.

I have used nitwits papers and have followed the sketch over at creative inspirations. My fab lace is wild orchids with my american crafts spotty ribbon (prize again!) and chiffon ribbon from stash. My sentiment is waltzing mouse and my beautiful flowers mulberry crafts. I have coloured my image with prismas and added stickles sparkle to the bubbles along with some adhesive pearls.

I also want to enter this into stanp somethings something sweet challenge (he is v sweet!), 2 sisters furry friends, Crafty pads use a digi, Corrosives recipe and card makin mamas animals challenge.
Thanks stacks for coming by my blog, I hope you can pop across and see the other teamies fab creations and join in with our fun ths time. Hugs to all
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Monday, 21 March 2011

A Friday sketchers fairy and candy winner!!

Good morning folks! Hope you have all had lovely weekends. I'm a bit blearly eyed this morning, after a weekend of work and looking forward to a good monday full of crafting it's all gone slightly Pete Tong here! My darling son started to be sick at 3.30am and has continued right through having been sick 9 times so far in 6 hours, poor mite! He is currently bundled up on the sofa watching cbeebies.
I have got this card I have made to show you though, made with the most fabulous digi stamp I got from Mo's digital pencil isn't she adorable?!

I followed the sketch over at friday sketchers for this and used pink petticoat papers, which I haven't printed off for a bit. My gorgeous doily heart is from poppys cabin and I do need some more of these! My lovely lace is from wild orchds with my spring American crafts ribbon coming from the fab prize I won from Paper pretties through midnight madness. My beautiful embroidered butterfly is from a fab range of similar goodies at little snippets and my flowers are mulberry crafts.
I have coloured my sweet fairy with prisma pencils and my sentiment is hampton art.

I also want to enter this into Digital tuesdays it's a magical world, Paper shelters spring fling, Creative fridays spring awakening and Stampin with the dragons bring on the spring. Oops Edit just had to run off to clean up a sickly boy again, this day looks like it's going to be fun! Thank goodness the sun is out as my washing machine is working on overdrive right now!
It's also time to announce the winner of my blog candy........

Thats Hazel!!! Congrats Hazel! Please e mail me at with your snail mail addy for your prize. I will also give your details to tracy at the creative cottage for your £10 purchase at her store!
A little bonus for someone else though is that as Hazel is already on the crafty sentiments DT she has the digi I was giving away already so I popped the numbers into Mr random again and out popped Annika! Congrats please e mail me as above so I can pass on your digi to you!!
Thanks so much to everyone who joined in with my candy and added to my already amazing amount of followers, I hope you will continue to stay!!
Hugs to everyone
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Sunday, 20 March 2011


This is a sticky post that will stay at the top until the candy ends so please scroll down for other posts thanks!!!
I am celebrating my 200 followers with a blog candy, yay! In order to be eligible please become a follower if not already, please post a piccy of my candy in your sidebar with link back to me and just leave a comment on this post with your blog link. I will then draw a winner at random on March 20th.

There is loads in the candy including 2 sugar nellie stamps, a charmed delectable stamp, a pixie cottage stamp, an elzybells stamp, 4 wooden backed stamps, charms, pins, ribbon slider, sakura souffle pens, assorted ribbons and embellies, lace, wooden tags, 6x6 paper and thats not all! The lovely Tracy has donated a £10 voucher to spend at the creative cottage store.

And the fab Suzette has donated this fab Vicky digi image from the crafty sentiments store that I used just recently on my crafty sentiments DT card!

So if you want to grab some goodies just follow, advertise and comment!
Thanks to everyone who joins in! Hugs
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