Tuesday, 30 November 2010

warm wishes

Last week we had booked to go north for the weekend to a lovely little hotel we found on laterooms. Then the snows came and it wasn't to be. Luckily we had time to cancel. Never mind, we can still enjoy our Monday and Tuesday off. A trip into Glasgow and maybe a visit to Craft World in Hillington. Then on Monday morning the winter vomitting bug struck me down. I won't go into details, it's all there in the title! Vomitting aside, the snow is now about 10inches deep and still falling so I guess it's going to be a tricky journey back to work tomorrow.

Anyways, feeling a bit better now. Lunch has stayed where it should be and I managed to finish off this card.

I used this cute digi image 'Christmas George' from the DigiStamp Boutique and coloured with Promarkers and Copics. The papers are by BoBunny.

I am entering George into two challenges....

Digital Tuesday....animals at Christmas time

Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge.....lilac, pink and white

And I must mention the great service from the Ribbon Girl. I placed my order at the weekend and it arrived this morning, even through all that snow!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Warm and Cold.....

....or should that be cold and even colder!

Good morning Penny Black fans.

Everyone enjoyed following Pauline's sketch last week.
This week the challenge is.....

Monochrome Christmas

We have 3 fabulous prizes up for grabs.....

15% lifetime off discount voucher from PB Stamps

4 Rolls of ribbon of the winner's choice from Fantastic Ribbons

and 6 Promarker pens from Letraset....

This week I used the Penny Black wood mounted stamp 'warm and cold' and coloured him with Promarkers and Copics. For the background I stamped Hero Arts 'cling dots' and embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (sorry don't know the name). I finished off with ribbon and silver card candy and if you look close enough you can see a reflection of me and my camera!

So, hop on over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog for loads of inspiration and to find out if you are last weeks lucky winner.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Milly Singing Carols

Brrr, don't know about where you are but it's freezing here! Heating on full blast and might even need to wear my bed socks tonight!

Here's a little 12cmx12cm quick card. I have used 'Milly Singing Carols' from the DigiStamp Boutique coloured with copics and promarkers. The papers are by Basic Grey.

I am entering my card into these challenges.....

A Spoon Full of Sugar.....anything goes

Digital Tuesday.....let it snow

.....cut it out

Sunday, 21 November 2010

with love at Christmas

I adore this latest nativity set from the DigiStamp Boutique. So cute and so easy to colour. This time for my colouring I used a mix of copics and promarkers. I had printed the image on to super smooth card so the pens work really well.

The papers are from the 'Let it Snow' 8x8 pad by Dovecraft teamed with teal glitter card. I didn't have card candy to match so I coloured some cream ones with my copics, good trick!

The twine is from the Ribbon Girl and the sentiment from Craftwork cards. I am entering my card into these challenges.....

The ABC Challenge.....H for holidays

Simon Says.....Sparkle

Sir Stampalot....Christmas Traditions

Sketch Saturday....a fabby sketch.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

joy to the world

Good morning Penny Black fans.

Another week has whisked by and here we are at Saturday once more. We had a bumper number of entries for last weeks challenge. Obviously Penny Black stamps are amongst your 'favourite things'!

This weeks challenge is a


I love sketches. Great to follow for those times when my mind just goes blank, which these days is more and more often!

We have two brilliant prizes, this set of Promarker pens......

and, from.....

this super cute kitty.

So for all the info', fabulous inspiration and to find out who is last weeks lucky winner visit the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

Friday, 19 November 2010

For a Special Mum

I haven't been a very good blogger this week, have I? Christmas shopping and catching up with housie chores. Normal service should resume soon.

Well, after tomorrow, cos' it's my lovely Mum's birthday and we have a full day planned. Hairdo's in the morning, shopping in the afternoon, dinner out and then back here for a little family soiree. I'll be exausted, well you try keeping up with a 78 year old!

See you bright and early tomorrow for Penny Black Saturday.

Monday, 15 November 2010

spotty dog and spotty cat

I'm much too young to remember the original Spotty dog but I'm sure he wasn't as cute as this adorable spotty pair.

Fresh from the DigiStamp Boutique they make cardmaking easy peasy.

Visit the Boutique blog for fabulous inspiration and find out all about the November competition here, you could win 5 images.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

All My Favourite Things

Good Morning Penny Black fans!

I hope you are all still in one piece after this week's gales and rarin' to go with another challenge which this week is.....

All My Favourite Things

Not surprisingly my favourite things include lots of buttons, some gorgeous ribbon, some cool twine and my current fave Penny Black stamp 'caroling trio'.

We have two prizes up for grabs this week....

$20 voucher from 1-2-3 stitch

6 Promarkers

These are the colours that our talented guest designer Debbi is using this week in her tutorial. So why not pull up a chair, make yourself comfy and pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. You will find loads of inspiration from the rest of the team. And, who knows, if you entered last weeks challenge maybe you are a lucky winner.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Lovey Dovey time

Don't this pair just look too cute?
Perfect for an anniversary, valentine or just to say 'I love you'.

They are Valentine Henry and Valentine Zoe from the DigiStamp Boutique. The papers are from Doodlebug and I coloured with Promarkers/Copics.

I have left off a sentiment 'cos I think the look on their faces says it all!

I am entering this sweet pair into the challenge over on Digital Tuesday 'never used stash' as this is the first I have used these papers and images.

See you tomorrow for Penny Black Saturday.

Talking of Penny Black I am so chuffed to have been 'spotlighted' this week on the Penny Black Blog.
Woohoo, go me!

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

My Light Box

First off you have to nab an empty box from work, there will be plenty of these kicking about, usually beside the printers.If not, I'm sure your local supermarket will oblige.
Cut out the two sides and top leaving a frame.

You are now supposed to cover the cut out bits with muslin. I used one of hubby's white shirts. Luckily he is going through his blue period.

Cover the back and the bottom with white paper. Shine a lamp from above into the box and you are now good to go.

Let me know how you get on.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Let it Snow

Ok then, the new light box works quite well, hubby is down one white shirt, but more of that when I show some pics tomorrow!

There are loads of festive themed challenges out there just now and I am entering Milly from the DigiStamp Boutique into these three.....

Allsorts.....twas the night before Christmas

A Spoon Full of Sugar....snow/snowflakes

Sketch Saturday....another fabby sketch to follow

Saturday, 6 November 2010

November Crafty Calendar

Hello again, second post of the day.

This time to share my card for Novembers Crafty Calendar Challenge which is.....

Winter (added optional extra...snowflakes)

For more winter themed inspiration, to find out about this months prize and last months winners check out the Crafty Calendar challenge blog.

Oh, and we are looking to increase our happy little team so if you are interested and can create one card a month and leave some lovely comments for our entrants then you will find all the info you need here.

Happy Winter

Good morning Penny Black fans!

Oh my goodness it just seems like yesterday since I last said that. Aren't the weeks just flying by. Seven weeks today, that's all I'm saying!

Anyway, on to this weeks Penny Black challenge....

Let it Snow

We have two fabulous prizes this week.....

this super cute hedgie stamp.....and

5 Promarker pens.

These are the colours that our Guest Designer Debbi used to colour her hedgehog this week. Check out the link from the Penny Black Challenge blog to Debbi's tutorial on using Promarkers to colour hedgies. It's brilliant!

Friday, 5 November 2010

bits and bobs

First bit of news to share.....

The DigiStamp Boutique is having a bit of a sale this weekend.
15% off all images until midnight on Sunday 7th November.

Second bit of news.....

The Crafty Calendar Challenge is on the move from the first Friday of the month to the first Saturday. Last month we had 12 prizes up for grabs. Well, Lisa has made the draw and all the winners have been listed here.

So tomorrow our new challenge will be announced for November.

But that's not all, we are looking to increase our happy little team. If you are interested in joining us simply put DT after your entry. All that we ask in return is one card a month and some commenting duty. Find out more tomorrow when the details will be posted on the Crafty Calendar Challenge.

See you tomorrow for Penny Black Saturday and, of course, this months
Crafty Calendar!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

a quick merry christmas

I hate the fact that I can't get a decent pic' of my makes, it's dark in the morning before work and dark when I get home. I was having a moan about this to hubby and was saying that I may just take the camera and cards with me and pop out in my lunch break to take a pic'.

Anyways a bit later he said he had googled my problem and was going to make me a light box, bless. So I am home today with an empty printer paper box for him to work his magic. I will let you know how I get on.

This is a quick make with what was left of last months DT kit from Simply Create. Sometimes you just want to do something quick and easy and these stickers fit the bill.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

simply create

Just thought I would pop this on to share another make from my Simply Create kit this month. The papers and stamps are My Minds Eye 'Holly Jolly'.

Do you fancy winning 48 Prismacolor Art markers (similar to promarkers and copics)?

Yes, please!

Well, take yourself here 'cos Jacqui my boss at Simply Create is giving them away!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Meet Hoot and Hootie.......

.......just two of the latest images from the DigiStamp Boutique.