Thursday 30 June 2011

it's your birthday

Oh dear, I need a new brown copic pen. Emergency visit to the crafty shop! Anyways, todays creation features Bella from the DigiStamp Boutique and has been made for two challenges....

Digital Tuesday....flower power

Creative Inspirations....summer

Wednesday 29 June 2011

you are so...sweet

Yesterday I reached for my crafty tweezers, not there! Nowhere to be found. Not even in the bin, which is where I find most things that go missing!

Today I opened the crafty cupboard. Disaster, obviously one too many Penny Black stamps on the middle shelf and it could hold on no longer!

Tomorrow, who knows? As long as nothing happens to my Big Shot...or my pens...or my papers...

Anyhoo, tonights card. The other day I made my design team card for next weeks Penny Black challenge. And I have to say I was so pleased with how it turned out I have made this one very much along the same lines. The stamp is Sugar Sweet Dreams by Penny Black and the papers were a freebie with a magazine.

I am entering my card into this weeks Cupcake Challenge 'cooking up a storm'.

Tuesday 28 June 2011

teddy bo gift bag

Teddy Bo is trying to figure out if that's real candy he can see! Hasn't he turned this little plain gift bag into something totally cute?

The papers are 'lime twist' by MME and I have used prisma pencils to colour.

My little creation has been made for the Teddy Bo challenge...anything but a card.

Monday 27 June 2011

sew sweet

Popping on another of my "experimental" cards!

Still trying to get to grips with the old distress inks and what you can do with them. All the stamps are Hero Arts. The background was stamped and embossed with 'happy definition' and then I inked up and water misted 'silhoutte flower' and stamped over the background. I then stamped 'special moments' and coloured with distress inks. A little bit of twine to finish.

I am entering my creation into the photo inspiration Stampalot Challenge, just under the wire!

The eagle eyed among you will have noticed a new badge on my side bar. Yes, I am a Sew Sweet Sweetie. How cool is that? They stock the most gorgeous collection of ribbon, twine, wool felt and my personal favourite....buttons and so much more! The Sew Sweet shop can be found here and for loads of inspiration the blog is here. Enjoy!

Sunday 26 June 2011

just married

How cute are these little wedding doodles from the DigiStamp Boutique? Modern and trendy, I rustled up this little card in next to no time!

The card base is a sheet of kraft card cut in half and folded over. I coloured the image with promarkers and used up two bits of paper from my 'bits' box. Added some ricrac to finish off.

Don't forget the July give-away and the June competition are still open over on the Boutique blog.

And, woohoo, I won top three on the TeddyBo challenge for my shaped card, thank you so much, glad you liked my card.

And, I received this good blogger award from the lovely Claire, thanks a lot.

Think I might put on an extra lottery ticket this week!

Saturday 25 June 2011

Good Morning Penny Black fans.

I'm a little later than usual, it was the Take That concert last night, spectacular! Anyhoo, did I have a prize? You betcha I did! I had this fabbby prize....

A Penny Black clear stamp set from....

And the lucky winner is....

Helen (molecraft)

Please contact Kath who will arrange to have your prize sent to you.

We had a brilliant response to our third birthday blog hop celebrations. Check out my teamies blogs to find out if you are a winner of one of the other prizes.

So, what about this weeks challenge? Well, it's....

Stitch It Up (real or faux, we don't mind)

We have a lovely new sponsor for this week....

They will send the winner this cool Penny Black stamp....
So, for lots of inspiration from my teamies and to enter your creation pop over to the Penny Black Challenge, see ya there!

Tuesday 21 June 2011

on your birthday

The big day has arrived. Yes, tomorrow is new kitchen day! I now have plates, bowls, pots, glasses, the contents of the 'messy drawer' etc etc in every nook and cranny. I plan to be holed up in the crafty room, music on with a four pack of Greggs strawberry tarts. Wish me luck!

So, my creation tonight features my new obsession, TeddyBo images, although this cutie is a TeddyBea! I coloured with prismapencils and added some stickles to her bubbles. I have had to get the light box back out as it would appear we are in the middle of monsoon season here in the West of Scotland. If it brightens up tomorrow I may re-do this picture.

I am entering the challenges at....

Teddy Bo....bling it on

A Spoon Full of Sugar....ribbon and bows

Monday 20 June 2011

Paper Collage Sampler

A few weeks back I made this, and now I have made a slightly smaller version. The frame has been painted with distress paint and the squares have been filled with butterflies, hearts and flowers. It's for sale in my newly opened Folksy shop!

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my blogoversary, you guys are the best. Tonight I need to get the Christmas crafty stuff out of the depths of the crafty cupboard and work on my latest magazine commission. I don't usually have anything to do with snowflakes and glitter until at least October!

Sunday 19 June 2011

It's my blogoversary!

And I wanted to make a card using one of Sally-Anns gorgeous digi doodles. Why? Well, Sally-Ann was the very first person who asked me to join a design team. I can still remember how excited I was. Someone thought my cards were good enough to showcase their images.

Since then I have made many blogging friends, joined other design teams, guested on teams and the biggest thrill of all be published in Papercraft Essential magazine (and soon to be Simply Cards and Papercraft but more of that later). The support and encouragement you receive in blogland is amazing. So a big thank you to everyone who visits, leaves a comment and decides to follow.

Anyway, I'm welling up now so I had better move on and tell you about this little creation. It's for the latest colour challenge on the Ribbon Girl blog 'pink and cream'. The image is Olivia from the DigiStamp Boutique coloured with Prismapencils. The paper is by Cosmo Cricket and the little bow is cream seam binding and twine from the Ribbon Girl.

Saturday 18 June 2011

three today

Good morning Penny Black fans.
It's a very special day at the Penny Black Challenge this week.
We are three years old!

So to celebrate we are having a birthday hop with loads of prizes from all our regular sponsors. But first I must tell you that this weeks challenge is....

Pesky Creatures

Cats, mices, hedgies, doggies or in my case a turtle! Take your pick.

So when you have made your card you enter it in the normal way. But then to be in with a chance to win one of the prizes you will need to hop around the DT members blogs and leave a comment on each one. Only the Penny Black boss Kath knows where the prizes are hidden and she is keeping it a very closely guarded secret!

It doesn't matter what order you complete the blog hop. There is a list of all the DT members who are taking part on the Penny Black Challenge blog. Along with details of all the fabby prizes we have.

And guess what? My own little blog is three tomorrow. And one of the first challenges I entered was the Penny Black Challenge! You can see my entry here. It's kinda weird looking back at your older cards!

Thursday 16 June 2011


....just popping on a quick make in case you think the wardrobe has fallen on top of me! Crafting and blogging has taken a bit of a back seat. Preparing for new kitchen which at last is to be fitted at the beginning of next week and an elderly mother who decides to get the painters in!

Normal service should, hopefully, return soon.

Tuesday 14 June 2011

with love

Tonight's card features the adorable Wallace from the DigiStamp Boutique. Don't you just know he is the sort of dog who would just lick you to death!

Wallace is on special offer just now and you can see him in his various poses here. And don't forget that you can enter the customer competition here and enter the July give-away here.

I am entering my card into this weeks Stamp Something punched challenge.

Sunday 12 June 2011

less is more

Here is this weeks Less is More entry. The challenge is 'in the frame' whilst keeping your card to one layer. Quite a challenge!

I have used a long forgotten embossing folder to provide my frame. A sweet little Penny Black stamp for my image which I watercoloured.

Off now for a nosey round the other entries.

Saturday 11 June 2011

happy birthday

Good morning Penny Black fans.

So, here we are at another Saturday morning. That means it's time for another Penny Black challenge and this week it is .....

One for the Guys

The prize this week is this super cute Penny Black wood mounted stamp
'Love Nip'. Kindly donated by a special friend of the Penny Black Challenge Carole.

For my card I used a PB stamp 'hedgehopper' coloured with watercolour pencils, papers by MME 'fly a kite' and gorgeous ribbon from the ribbon girl.
You'll be seeing a lot of that ribbon I think I bought a metre in every colour!

Thursday 9 June 2011

make me smile

Tonights creation is for this weeks Papertake Challenge 'anything goes'. I have watercoloured these two little playful hedgies by Penny Black. Mounted onto black card and finished with a Hero Arts sentiment.

Dashing off to the airport now to pick hubby up. May just have to stop at the crafty shop on the way!

Wednesday 8 June 2011

meet the Spencer kids....

....two of the Spencer family. Just released over on the DigiStamp Boutique. The Spencers are on offer along with the Polly penguin and Wallace the dog collections, all very cute.

I am entering my creations into this weeks challenge on Stamp Something...digi day.

Just a short post today as I am on my lunch break and work beckons. Be round for a visit later.

Tuesday 7 June 2011

I'm a cutie....

....a cupcake cutie!

Each week the gals over on the Cupcake Craft Challenge choose their cuties. Last week they liked this card so much they have made me a cutie! I will wear my badge with pride.

I'm afraid I haven't been very productive so far this week, feel a bit out of sorts. I have three cards on my desk all half done and not coming together at all. Never mind, think I will stop trying for tonight and go for a nosey round the blogs instead.

Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with something new from the DigiStamp Boutique. In the meantime check out the Cupcake Challenge and you could be a cutie too!

Sunday 5 June 2011

friends forever

This weeks challenge on Less is More is 'monochrome', shades of one colour. The colour I have chosen is victorian velvet distress ink.

First off I stamped and heat embossed my Kaisercraft script stamp onto water colour paper. Then I spritz inked it with the victoian velvet. Then I overstamped the Inkadinkado flower stem. I then stamped a second flower stem, coloured the blooms and cut them out. Added a sentiment, job done.

Saturday 4 June 2011

hello friend

Good morning Penny Black Saturday Challenge fans.

You sure do love your girlie cards we had an amazing turnout for last weeks challenge. Pop over here, you might be our lucky winner.

So what have we got for you this week?


So, pens at the ready and doodle on those cards! My team mates have come up with some fabulous ideas this week, have a nosey here.

This week we have three amazing prizes. This super cute rubber stamp from our regular sponsor Penny Black.....

From The Ribbon Girl, 5 packs of 10 metres of Bakers Twine....

plus any 2 packs of 10 metres of button twine...

What are you waiting for, get doodling! chuffed am I? One of my cards has been highlighted on
The Penny Black Blog. Woohoo!