Sunday, 31 July 2011

birthday wishes

It's been far too long since I joined in Krafty Thursday over on the Spotted Chick's blog. So I got my new pack of Papermania Kraft out the cupboard and set to work.

The stamp is also new. It's called 'waiting' and is from the Simply Gorjuss range. I'm normally not too keen on images without mouths but I do quite like these. Never say never I guess!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Parisienne Happy Birthday

Good morning Penny Black fans!

There were some fabulous starry entries last week, check out the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog to see who won those gorgeous ribbons.

This week the challenge is....

Penny Blackground

What do we mean by that? Well, we want you to use your Penny Blacks on your background! Easy, right? I have chosen stamps from a clear set 'Mimi in Paris' and used the Eiffel Tower stamp on my background and Mimi for the main image. You should see what my team mates have done. Wow!

This weeks sought after prize is a guest designer spot with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for the month of September. Cool, huh?

Friday, 29 July 2011


I think this might be the last of my current run of vintagey shabby chicness. Back to cute for tomorrows Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

For this creation I used K&Co papers, I think one of the first paper packs I ever bought! The cage and bird stamps are from a clear set by Woodware. The seam binding and buttons are from Sew Sweet, and if you need to stock up on ribbon, buttons and all things haberdashery now would be a good time 'cos there's 10% off.

I am entering this weeks Truly Scrumptious challenge 'buttons and bows'.

And, yay, it's the weekend. Might go see Harry Plopper, I've heard it's very good.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

best friends

I'm sticking with my vintagey shabby chic look for a bit longer. This time I have added a bit of sparkle 'cos the cupcake challenge this week is 'shabby sparkle'.

I made a card blank from papermania kraft card. The papers are My Minds Eye, I think they may have been called 'bloom and grow' but I no longer have the cover sheet. The butterflies are die cut and layered up with gems. I also made an effort and did some machine stitching. Pretty pleased with this one!

OK then, off now for a nosey round the blogs but I will be back tomorrow with more shabbyness!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

best friends

Between one thing and another I have missed a few Less is More challenges. But, when I saw this weeks challenge mentioned the button word I was in!

Not much to say about this card. Two snippets of card and paper, seam binding, twine and, of course, those buttons.

The seam binding and buttons are from my gorgeous DT kit from Sew Sweet.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

on a summer's day

I wish there were more summer days like today. Not a cloud in the sky so we took ourselves off out for a picnic courtesy of M&S! We didn't fancy too long a drive so about 20 minutes took us to Pollok Park. Picnic scoffed and Sunday papers read we then strolled around the gardens of Pollok House and then along the river bank. I had a lovely Sunday.

So my card tonight is a little different. I found these pre-printed images called 'storybook pages' in my local craft shop ages ago and finally got round to using one. The seam binding and vintage buttons are from Sew Sweet.

I am entering my card into the challenge over on Stamp Something 'embellished' . I have used my all time favourite embellies....buttons!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Mimi says Happy Birthday

Good morning Penny Black fans!

It was great to see so many entries last week, it's clear you all love bunting as much as I do!

So, what's this weeks challenge? It's....


Well, I have to say I struggled a bit with this one at first and nearly missed my DT deadline, oops! Anyway, after a mooch through the crafty cupboard I found these rubbery/foamy stars and built my card around them. Then I just had to use my Penny Black Mimi stamp 'sealed with a kiss' 'cos Mimi really is a little star.The papers by My Minds Eye 'fly a kite'.

We have a fabby prize this week from one of our regular sponsors. Fantastic Ribbons is giving our lucky winner a choice of 4 rolls of ribbon from their brilliant range.

So c'mon join in the Penny Black Saturday Challenge and show everyone what stars you are!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

spaceman henry

And here are todays creations featuring Spaceman Henry, brand new at the DigiStamp Boutique. I paper pieced rocket man and coloured space man with copics. The papers are ' blast off ' by BoBunny.

This weeks challenge over on Papertake is 'getting cute'. So I am entering Henry there. 'Cos I'm sure you will agree. He is very cute!

oh-oh, watch out for that big crater in front of you!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

fridge magnet....

....but not on my fridge! This is taking pride of place on the magnetic board in front of my crafty area. Really (really) easy to do, a perfect little project to keep the kiddiewinks amused during the hols, don't you think?

I got a pack of magnets from here, the Sew Sweet shop, which is where the little trio of buttons also came from. I already have a couple of other ideas for these magnets, so you will be seeing more of them soon!

I am entering my little creation into this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge... going round in circles.

Monday, 18 July 2011

bright colours and butterflies.......

........I think this fits the bill for the Cuddly Buddly challenge!

I have used a digi image 'just saying hi' and coloured with prisma pencils. The papers are 'country drive' by echo park and I have used more gorgeous ribbon from Sew Sweet, fuchsia/pink stripe grosgrain.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

fly with me

Good morning everyone, I don't know about where you are but the rain cannot come down fast enough here! The perfect day to make some cards. We are off out tonight to the local Italian with some friends so apart from a (very) quick tidy up round the house I have play time until 4pm, woohoo!

So, here is todays creation. I have used 'fly with me' by Penny Black and coloured with watercolour pencils. The papers are 'fly a kite' by My Minds Eye. And that gorgeous ribbon is thick twill in celery/white and is available here from Sew Sweet.

I am entering the Simon Says challenge....anything goes!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

birthday parade

Good Morning Penny Black fans!

Thanks to all those who managed to get a head start on Christmas and joined in last week. Pop over to the Penny Black Saturday challenge you might be our lucky winner!

This week we have one of my favourite things to put on cards, the challenge is....


We have this fabulous prize, a cute PB stamp 'ladybug n hedgehog'...

from our generous sponsor....

For my card I stamped 'team teddy' directly onto my card blank and coloured with watercolour pencils. I stamped Hero Arts bunting onto spotty paper and cut out. I die cut some clouds, added some doodling, twine and a button to finish.

For loads more inspiration and details of how to enter visit the
Penny Black Saturday Challenge.
See you there!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Happy Christmas

Another one for the Christmas box! This time using a snowman from the 'snow peeps' set at the DigiStamp Boutique. The papers are from the new Papermania set 'noel'.

Remember if you make a card using a Boutique image you can enter it into the customer competition to win some freebies. And on the subject of freebies there's a super cute Molly and Tom image up for grabs here!

And woohoo, I made the top three this week over on Creative Inspirations for this card. Thanks gals!

And another woohoo! I created a set of Penny Black 'mimi in paris' cards for the pull out and keep section of this months Papercraft Essentials magazine. And one has made it onto the front cover! I'm so chuffed!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

bloom where you are planted

My little creation tonight is for the TeddyBo challenge which is to use a TeddyBea image. So, the perfect chance to use this Bea image which has been floating in cyber space waiting patiently for me to bring her to life!

I used prismapencils to colour and the sentiment and flowers are from a sticker set I found in TKMaxx for one earth pound. A bargain!

Monday, 11 July 2011

summer fun....

....with Molly from the DigiStamp Boutique.

I coloured Molly with promarkers and the papers are 'happy birthday to you' a new range from Papermania. I used glossy accents and little beads on her ice cream, pretty cool I think!

I am entering two challenges....

Creative the seaside

Cupcake....challenge 36 summer

Sunday, 10 July 2011

something a bit different....

....felt brooches. Now this is my first attempt so be gentle! But I have to say, really easy and fun to do.

A bundle of gorgeous wool felt in every colour imagineable arrived in the crafty room the other day. Along with some even more gorgeous ribbon, seam binding and buttons, but more of that later! How lucky am I to be a Sew Sweet Sweetie?

Anyway, the flower shapes were cut with my bigshot and all layers are sewn together through the middle. There is a proper brooch pin attached to the back. If you fancy having a go all the supplies you need can be found here. And for more inspiration, well, that can be found here.

I am entering my brooches into these challenges.... and easy

Simon Says...a stitch in time

A Spoonful of Sugar....sewing

Papertake....anything goes

Saturday, 9 July 2011

caroling trio

Good morning Penny Black fans.

It's only 168 days until Christmas. That's why this weeks
Penny Black Saturday Challenge is ....

Christmas in July

Get out your glitter, snowflakes and holly and why not be organised this year! We have a fabby prize from our regular sponsor 1-2-3 Stitch of $20 to spend in their online store.

I have used a Penny Black Slapstick Stamp 'caroling trio' and coloured with water colour pencils. The paper is by basic grey and I used my snowflake embossing folder. The gorgeous ribbon and little buttons are from Sew Sweet. And if you haven't popped by Sew Sweet for a nosey at all the gorgeousness of their ribbon and twine, buttons and brads then you are in for a real treat.

So, you know the drill. For more inspiration from my teamies, to find out if you are last weeks lucky winner and for all the info' on how to enter visit the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. See ya there!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

short break

Having a little crafting and blogging break. Just for one week, so I shall see you all next Saturday 9th July bright and early for the Penny Black challenge.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

so nice!

Good Morning Penny Black fans.

This week the challenge is...

Desert Island Stamp

So you have been marooned on a desert island. But luckily before disaster struck you had time to grab one of your precious Penny Black stamps. Which one would it be? I have grabbed 'frolic'. Why? Well every time this stamp catches my eye on the shelf it makes me smile.

There are two fabulous prizes up for grabs this week. A gorgeous bundle of ribbon, trim and lace in some delicious colours from our sponsor The Ribbon Girl....

And 'daisy fields' rubber stamp from our sponsor Penny Black Inc....

Check out the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where you will see the stamps my teamies would take to their island, find out if you were last weeks lucky winner and get details of how to enter. See ya there!

Edited to add - Hi Jo, the papers are 'wild blossoms' by Pink Petticoat (free with a mag). Hope you see this as I can't seem to reach you through blogland!

Friday, 1 July 2011

Anyone else.....

....having trouble leaving comments?

I don't know if it's Mr Blogger acting up again or something to do with my connection 'cos I've had a few problems recently.

I've had a peek in the known problems and nothing is mentioned.

Oops, just realised. Obviously if I get no comments there must be a problem!