Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Creative Inspirations diamonds/sparkle

Morning lovely people! Yep I am in a fabulous mood today!
I totally overdid it on the curry yesterday oops so I have to be a bit more limiting on the calorie front today, lots of water and salad it is then!
I am off to the hairdressers today too, my hair needs a good cut so I am taking the plunge!
And some extra good news I have a job!!!!!
I am thrilled as it is with the same company I was with (and never wanted to leave) but with one of my old bosses who I adore. I start in 2wks when the kids go back to school yay!
No wonder I am smiling!
On to todays card which is for the new challenge over at Creative inspirations... Diamonds/sparkle.
We are sponsored by the fab Paper Shelter who have given us some images to play with..
I have used yummy papers from the scrap cake for my card with some fab flowers from mulberry crafts and prima. My butterfly is little snippets, my sentiment Waltzingmouse and the rest of my goodies are from stash.
My Sweet image is so pretty and has been coloured with prisma pencils. I have added glamour dust to all the green bows for some extra sparkle along with my blingy corner.
I would like to enter this into..
Sentimental sundays pocket full of posies, OLLCB make it girlie, Kaboodle doodles anything goes, Theres magic in the air bingo (circles, twine and bling), Creative card crew dimension and Party time tues anything goes.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog. Do check out the rest of the teams stunning creations.
Big hugs
sparkle -

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Crafty Sentiments anything goes

Hi all! I really am such a bad blogger at the moment! Blame this wonderful weather and of course my lack of organisation!
The Olympic torch comes to our town today!!!! I don't know if I will be able to brace the crowds with the kiddies to see it this evening, but how exciting?!
I have also decided I need to loose some pounds and I am just absolutely no good at dieting, as soon as I decide to go on a diet I have a sudden urge to eat half a packet of fruit shortcakes and a kit kat chunky! So instead I am calorie counting with It's pretty good actually as it makes me completely aware of what I am eating (it really was very poor) and I can have anything I like but if I have something bad I just need to cut down somewhere else to balance it all out, well 3 days in and I'm not fighting the need to consume a multipack of snickers so maybe this could work for me? Of course there is now the added exercise I am getting walking the dog so I am looking forward to shedding those few pounds!!!
Enough waffle it's card time... Over at Crafty Sentiments this week we have the fabulous challenge of ANYTHING GOES (everyone's favorite) I'm not all that sure of my card, but then when I haven't crafted for a few days I never am...
My colours are quite poor this morning even though I have used photo software, oh well.
I have used papers from Fancy pants along with some flowers from WOC and Mulberry crafts, my sentiment is Hanglar and everything else is from my stash.
My sweet Annabel mermaid stamp has been coloured with prisma pencils and edged in peeled paint ink before mounting.
Do check out the rest of the teams wonderful creations this week.
I am now off for my black coffee, no sugar (all 2 cals worth!) and not much else as I am having a friend over tonight for takeaway indian so I need to watch my count today!
Thanks for coming by!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Saturday, 26 May 2012

A Gem of a Challenge Photo inspiration challenge

Morning all, I hope everyone has great plans for a glorious weekend with this stunning weather! I have lots of lovely beds to change and get some kiddies doing their homework (or it will get left to the last minute) and there is also a birthday party that we need to attend this morning too!
On to my card which is for the new Challenge over at A Gem of a challenge and this time we have a fabulous photo for inspiration, here is my card...
My fab papers are again Teresa Collins with a mass of flowers from WOC and Mulberry crafts. My sentiment is SU and my butterfly is little snippets.
My totally cute image is one of the new fab digis over at Pink Gem Designs, this is cartwheeling Jodie, she is just adorable! I have coloured her with my prisma pencils as always and have inked the edges and added some pearls.
I would like to enter this into..
Paper pretties bold bright colours, Aud sentiments any sentiment, Papercrafting journey anything for kids goes and Digi doodle shops best spots, 
Please check out the rest of the teams fab creations this wk and we hope we can inspire you to join in!
Thanks for coming by my blog again
Big hugs
sparkle -

Friday, 25 May 2012

Crafty Sentiments new mini stamp release

Whoops! Morning folks! I scheduled my post for this card for the new Crafty sentiments stamp release but I hadn't put any waffle with it lol!
I've just come back from a mini walkies with the dog and realized ha ha!
I'm guessing you know there is a new fab stamp release over at crafty sentiments and this is the adorable Angel Primrose - Innocence awwww....
I have used Tim Holtz shabby chic papers (older than the hills but I still love em!) along with some blue tulle (yes no cheesecloth!) and some fab blue lace from Bunny Zoes. My butterfly is a wooden kaiserkraft one which has been given the crackle paint treatment, my flowers are WOC and my sentiment is Papertrey ink.
My sweet image has been coloured with prisma pencils with some stickle sparkle and glamour dust on her wings. She is sitting on my new floral doily nesties which I have added some paint to for a frosty look, aren't these fab? I got mine from Janet at Pink Gem designs who has the cheapest price on nesties I have seen!
I am entering this into..
Hooked on craft challenges flowers, Top tip tues dig out the old (my papers), Crafty creations pastel pearls and lace, Pennys paper crafty anything goes, Crafts and me flowers and Delightful 5 or more flowers.
Do check out the rest of the teams creations and the other new stamps in the mini release HERE
Thanks for coming by my blog!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Saturated Canary bookmarks!!!

Evening folks! Let's just say punctuality isn't my strong point at the moment! I still haven't sorted my Divas card (only 2 days late!) and now I'm late posting this creation!
It has been glorious today and we had the school summer fair so I queued in the sun for face painting and glitter tattoos, a good day for it! I don't think our little Siberian husky is enjoying this heat though!
On to todays challenge at Saturated Canary and *groan* it was a challenge for me. This time we are making bookmarks. Don't get me wrong I need loads of bookmarks and my girls are always asking for them but to me this is like making a CAS card, practically nil on the embellishment front and just so limiting!!! I'm not sure I can pull this sort of thing off!
Of course there was only one theme I was going to go for......
I have used one of Kristas new digis My Twilight Mama available in the new Saturated Canary store! I love both the little girl and her mum but as I was limited on space for my bookmark and didn't want the image to be too small, I edited out the girl and just used the mum part of the image. I also used the most fabulous DCWV Immortal love stack (especially for Twilight fans!) along with some black bling, MS punched butterflies and some beads for the dangly.
My gorgeous image has been coloured with Prisma pencils and lightly inked in black around the edges before mounting.
For my dangly I have used numerous beads, pearls and charms bought from different suppliers on e bay. I do love a dangly on my bookmarks!
For those in the know and wondering why all my Twilight books are white and not black, these are my "special" copies! I do have the standard black ones which all look worse for wear, broken bindings etc through so much reading (the way a good book should look) but these are my white copies with red edged pages and have never been read hence the perfect bindings (yes I know just a little bit crazy!)
I would like to enter this into....
Dis digi designs show us some bling, cupcake crafts book lover, Bearly mine anything goes, LCI wings, rubys rainbow wings and Deep Ocean swirls.
Do check out the stunning bookmarks made by the rest of the team!
Thanks so much for coming by friends
Big hugs
sparkle -

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Creative Inspirations Anything goes DT card

Hello everyone! Goodness it has been forever since I last blogged, sorry! Things have been busy here behind the scenes, both crafting and not so my apologies for my absence!
Our dear pup has had her final vaccinations so she can go out for walking soon which will be great as she needs to be tired out, she is getting into allsorts right now!
It's always busy this time of year for us too as we seem to have birthday parties by the tonne, the kids always stay out or up later as it's so bright, there are school fetes and sports days and then we have the jubilee parties organised by school and brownies/guides. My eldest is going on guide camp for the first time in a week and then as soon as she comes back we are off on a family holiday to butlins (we also come back the day before my daughter's birthday!) So I have resorted to making lists of things I need to do and organize or else nothing would get down out of sheer panic!
Enough of my excuses it's challenge time again at Creative Inspirations and we are lucky enough to be sponsored by the Fabulous Simon Says stamp for our most brilliant theme of ANYTHING GOES, phew thank goodness for the easy one!
My apologies for the card on the challenge blog, I took it late at night so it's with the flash and I retook for this as I'm not a big fan of flash enhanced photos!
My card has been made with stunning Teresa Collins papers (ooo so want some more of these they are yummy!) I have also used a little cheesecloth and a large heart doily. Some folks have been asking lately where I get my cheesecloth and i get it from Amazon generally or e bay depending on price and it comes in a fairly big pack that lasts me ages.
I was meant to machine stitch all my layers and then totally forgot and stuck it all down duh!
My pretty flowers are WOC, prima and Mulberry crafts with my sentiment from waltzingmouse and my butterfly from little snippets.
How do you like my new watermark too? Janet at Pink Gem Designs has some fabulous ones and so cheap!
My darling image is one from the Emerald faerie garden. I adore this image for baby cards and really should break out my EF images more often as they are adorable! I have coloured her with prisma pencils and stamped the corners with a stempelglede flourish stamp.
I would like to enter this card into..
Crafts 4 eternity wonderful wings, Fussy and fancy new baby, Secret crafter anything goes, sweet stampin faeries and angels, Allsorts buttons and bows, Stamp scrap and doodle flowers, OSAAT anything goes and stamptacular In the garden.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again folks. Do check out the rest of the teams stunning creations this week. I am hoping to be back soon with my Divas by design card!!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Friday, 18 May 2012

SFTW sketch challenge DT card

Morning all! Well wasn't it rotten weather yesterday morning? I had experience of this first hand as I went to Chester zoo with the year 5's of school yesterday and we stood in the rain for 3 hours before we had a glimpse of the Queen who was nice and dry in the monorail I might add! It was fun, the kids were really good actually considering how much waiting they did and we got a really good view of the Queen. We also then had some fun at the zoo!
Anyway, enough waffle we have a new challenge over at Stampin for the weekend and this time we have a fab sketch, do check it out on the challenge blog!
We are sponsored by the fab In 2 Stamps and this is my card...
I have used Black market paper society papers (letters from paradise) My flowers are from Mulberry crafts, my lace is from WOC and my butterfly is e crafts. I have used a whimsy sentiment on a magnolia cut tag
My image is another stunner from Mo's, she is so cute! I have coloured her with prisma pencils and inked the edges in worn lipstick DI.
I would like to enter this into..
Pollycrafts colour photo inspiration, Truly scrumptious anything goes, Whimsy anything goes, Fab and funky use fabric (cheesecloth), For fun challenges flowers, Crafts and me pearls and lace, totally gorjuss pink and green and Delightful add ribbon.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again everyone, hope you all have wonderful weekends planned!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Thursday, 17 May 2012


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Creative Inspirations CASE it DT card

Good morning!
Well the circus was great! We were a bit dubious to start with (ever the doubtful!) but it was actually brilliant. I was astounded by what these people could do with their bodies, I sat in my unfit shameness scoffing skittles and candy floss!
The kids loved it though so it had the desired effect all round, even with a bit of a later night than normal.
Today at Creative Inspirations we have the challenge of CASE it again. We have a fab card for you to case over on the challenge blog provided by our lovely DT member Caroline and we are sponsored by the pretty little ribbon shop this week. Here is my version....
I really wanted to make something with lilac in! I have felt that I have neglected my lilac stash of flowers for too long so hunted out some papers that suited! These are from Prima (that I have had for ages) although I have done a good  job of hiding most of them again!
My lace, pearl string and flowers are WOC, my metal corner and butterfly are e crafts, my pearls are kort and godt and my sentiment is SU.
I have given all my paper edges the crackle paint treatment as well as my metal corner and button. My flowers, butterfly and base of my image have been given the snowtex treatment!
Now, there are not many Tildas that I just HAVE to have. I see a few I like and buy some now and again but this one I just adored as soon as I saw her so even had her on pre order! I will be using her a bit I reckon, she is adorable! I have coloured her with prisma pencils and have added stickles to her wings.
I would like to enter this into
Fairytale challenge things with wings, 2 sisters make it girlie, Catch the bug things with wings, Magnolia stamp lovers image with a flower, Paper sundaes things with wings, Bunny Zoes anything goes, Papertake weekly in the garden and Tuesday throwdown fabric
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again! There is a new challenge over at Divas by design again today and it involves PINK so why not check that out too!
Do check out my CI teamies on this challenge!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Crafty sentiments Bingo DT card

Hello again all! Well I am a busy bee this week! It's Amelia's SATs this week so she is a little worried but we are just trying to encourage her not to worry. I keep reminding her that both Alan Sugar and Simon Cowell have barely any education and look at them! Of course we want her to do as well as she can but I don't want her stressing over exams at 11 years old!
As a treat to take her mind off things we are going to the Circus this evening! I haven't been since I was a small girl so it should be fun, none of the kids have any idea we are going yet so it will be a surprise after school!
Today we have another new challenge over at Crafty sentiments, we hope you enjoyed the blog hop showcasing all the new images! Our challenge is a bingo one, check out the challenge blog to see the bingo grid. I have used Buttons, coloured image and pearls on my creation...
I have used Echo park This and That papers for my card along with flowers from WOC which I have used some Glitter snow on. My ribbon is SU, my sentiment papertrey ink and my butterfly e crafts.
My sweet image is the new Annabel collecting blueberries (except for the purpose of colour matching today she is collecting gooseberries!) I have coloured her with Prisma pencils as per the norm. I have inked the edges in peeled paint DI and all my paper edges have had the crackle paint effect.
I would like to enter this into..
Sweet stampin flower power, Whoopsidaisy spring colours, Craft your days away all creatures great and small, Last crafty Emmas challenge anything goes, Stamptacular butterfly kisses, OLLCB ribbon and twine and The crazy challenge outside.
Did anyone else have hail the size of golf balls yesterday evening?!
This was taken around 5pm when we were attempting to have dinner! We had thunder and lightening and this! What happened to spring?!
Nikita didn't seem to be bothered though
She has grown so much already!!! She has floppy ear syndrome as she is teething. She is only 9 wks I promise lol!
Thanks tonnes for coming by my blog again, do check out my teamies creations!
Big hugs
sparkle -
For my Crafty Sentiments blog hop please go HERE

Saturday, 12 May 2012

A Gem of a Challenge DT card It's a sketch!

Howdy Ho partners how are we all?!
Well it is supposed to be a sunny day here today so I'm hoping to get some washing dry, although that does mean I need to tackle that mountain of ironing!
A dry day also means having the door open for easier doggie toilet training! I shouldn't complain, it's rare she does anything on the carpet but she doesn't contain herself to the paper! Note to self though, must try to pick up the post as soon as the postie delivers it as I found her relieving herself on a letter to Amelia from her new High school! And I thought I had passed all this with the kids! She can however sit and lay down on command now and she is just 9 wks bless her!
On to today's card which is a new sketch over at A Gem of a Challenge. We also have some sad and some exciting news over there. Sadly our wonderful teamie Lisa is leaving us and we will miss her, but excitedly we have a DT call going on! So if you adore Janet's images why not give it a go?!
Here is m card today...
Do  pop across  and check out the sketch on the challenge blog, I have flipped it on it's side for my card. 
I have used MME Miss Caroline papers along with a little cheesecloth and pearls from stash, flowers from WOC, butterfly from little snippets and wooden tag from Prima.
My stunningly cute image is Milly with Chickens from PGD, she is in digi format and Janet has some of  the most adorable new digis in the store at the moment! I have coloured her with prisma pencils and have lightly edged in spiced marmalade DI.
I would like to enter this into...
ABC O is for orange, Crafty ribbons flowers, DYSU flowers, Card makin mamas may flowers and Jelly park friends girlie girl.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again, do check out the rest of the teams creations and why not go in for that DT call!
Big hugs
sparkle -