Wednesday 28 September 2011


Another card using my distress inks - crushed olive, faded jeans and scattered straw. The stamps are Andy Skinner 'Flight of Fancy' and the gears have been die cut and inked.

I wish I could pay heed to the sentiment. The fear I have doesn't stop me flying it just makes me need a very large vodka!

I am entering the sketch challenge on Less is More and the clean and simple challenge on Truly Scrumptious.

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Sketchy Snow Person

Meet Sketchy Snow Person, new from the DigiStamp Boutique. Tonight I decided to get inky. I used Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass distress inks to colour my background after heat embossing some snowflakes. Sketchy was coloured with Promarkers and cut out. The white ricrac is from SewSweet, a die cut snowflake and a Craftwork Cards sentiment finish it off.

The great thing about digi images is you can print them off in any size you need. My tag was made in pretty much the same way as the card except I used a smaller Sketchy Snow Person!

I am entering the challenge over on Digital and white.

Monday 26 September 2011

Birthday Wishes from TeddyBea

It's a holiday Monday in my part of the world today and we are just back from spending a lovely one night break down in the Scottish border region. A cool wee town called Peebles, only one and a half hour drive, practically on the doorstep! Fab hotel, good food, lovely bottle of red and the weather was very kind to us.

So here is todays creation. TeddyBea number 75 coloured with prisma pencils. The paper is from Pink Petticoat and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

I am entering two challenges....

Teddy Bo....things with wings

Cupcake....if you go down to the woods today

And, if you do some colouring with prisma pencils as homework you can earn yourself a free graphic from TeddyBo. Find out what I am on about here!

Sunday 25 September 2011


This little fella is trying to be scary, but he's not scary at all. He's far too cute! He is from the DigiStamp Boutique and the bats and Boo! are available too. I coloured him with promarkers and the spotty paper is by BoBunny.

Don't forget that if you make a card using any of the Boutique's images you can enter the September customer competition. All the details are here.

I am entering two challenges...

Cupcake...'the darkside' black and purple

Simon Says Stamp...use dies and/or punches

Saturday 24 September 2011

Snowy says Merry Christmas

Good morning Penny Black fans!

It was lovely to see all those friendship cards last week, pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog, the lucky winner has been announced.
So onto this weeks challenge...


I have used Snowy and coloured with Promarkers and a glittery pen that doesn't show up in my pic'. The red border was trimmed using a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch. Some red bakers twine, a tag and a few snowflakes finish it off.
I love Snowy, he has such an infectious grin!

We have another cool prize from one of our regular sponsors...

Four rolls of ribbon of the winner's choice.

OK then, you know the routine. All the inspiration you will need and all the info' about how to enter is here on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog.
See you there!

Thursday 22 September 2011


I'm late with my card tonight but wanted to quickly pop it on as it's my third and final Less is More card. This time I have used a Penny Black stamp from the transparent set Mimi's Christmas and coloured with Promarkers. Very quick and very simple!

Monday 19 September 2011

Alluim Buttonallis

This is a first for me, a second entry into a challenge! Well, it would be rude not to help the girls over on Less is More to 1000 entries for their anything goes challenge.

On my card tonight is the very rare button plant 'alluim buttonallis'. It flowers only once every 10 years so the buttons it produces are very special and very, very rare. But I can let you into a little secret. These special buttons can be found here in the SewSweet online shop. The only stockist of these special buttons in the whole wide world!

Sunday 18 September 2011

with love

I'm a bit later posting this tonight, had to stop and watch the X Factor. Didn't want to miss a bit of gorgeous Gary! When the guy sang 'Back for Good', the look on Gary's face, priceless!

Anyway, my card tonight is for Less is More 'anything goes'. I may enter more than one card this week to help them on their way to 1000 entries!

I stamped Hero Arts 'silhouette flower' with distress inks crushed olive, victorian velvet and scattered straw. Inked the little tag with crushed olive, added the sentiment and popped on a little button.

The seam binding from Sew Sweet started off life cream but was easily changed to match my card by inking it with the crushed olive.

Saturday 17 September 2011

special friends mean so much

Good morning Penny Black fans.
Another Saturday is with us already and time for another challenge. But before that I have to tell you how yummy your 'delicious' creations were last week. Pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, you might be our lucky winner.

So, onto this weeks challenge....


And, here is this weeks fabulous prize....
Four chick friends all dolled up for a night on the town!
This PB wood mounted stamp has been kindly donated by
Carole, bestest friend of PBSC.

For my card I used the bear and tortoise image from the PB 'eat cake' transparent set and coloured with water colour pencils. The sentiment is from the PB 'teddy & co' transparent set. The papers are 'chapter one' by Kaisercraft. The little row of flowers is a Martha Stewart border punch.

All the info' on how to enter and for some gorgeous inspiration from my teamies visit the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

I am entering two challenges....

Creative Inspirations...anything goes
Cute Card Thursday...anything goes

Thursday 15 September 2011

What have I been up to?

So here we are at Thursday and nothing made or blogged since Monday and not many visits to you guys either! But I have really good excuses.

Tuesday evening we picked up our new car. A lovely black VW Polo, love that new car smell! Wednesday we had our house inspection for adopting a dog, a retired greyhound. We passed, so in a few weeks time I should be able to share some pics of our new housemate, can't wait. And so to tonight. I had a full points card for my (fairly) local craft shop. £25 to spend and it was burning a hole in my purse. They are open late on a Thursday and here is what I got.....

Penny, Tim and Martha! Hopefully I will have something to share made with my new goodies soon.

Monday 12 September 2011

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Don't you just love a good pun!

I have inked up my Woodware gnome stamps for the very first time tonight. The reason? Well, this weeks Less is More challenge is 'seeing double' and this little pair immediately sprung to mind. I coloured with Prismacolour pencils 'cos when it's a one layer card my copics/promarkers show on the other side. I also wanted the colours to be bolder than water colours. So the prismas won tonight!

Sunday 11 September 2011

DigiStamp releases

I have had the most relaxing Sunday morning colouring these images which are part of a new set, released today, over at the DigiStamp Boutique. I have kept the cards clean and simple to show off the images.

Of course, I didn't realise there was rain in the air when I went outside to take my pics. But fear not any little droplets you can see here dried in nicely!

I coloured using my Prismacolour pencils and blending solution and the sentiments are computer generated.

The nativity set is on special offer this month and can be found here.

There is also a new cute Halloween set here, which is also on special offer!

And, don't forget, if you make a card using any of the Boutiques images you can enter the customer competion. All the details about that are here.

Saturday 10 September 2011

Delicious Happy Birthday

Good Morning Penny Black fans!
It's Saturday and you know what that means.
It's time for another challenge over on The Penny Black Saturday Challenge.


Make your creation as yummy as possible!

We have a $20 voucher to give away from our regular sponsor...

Last weeks winners have already been announced over on the Penny Black Challenge blog so hop on over there, it might be you!
While there you will find all the details on how to enter and some delicious inspiration from my team mates.

Thursday 8 September 2011


I have developed a real soft spot for TeddyBo and look forward to entering the fortnightly challenge. Can you guess from my card what the challenge might be? Yep, it's 'Say it with Flowers'. I think I have got 'flowers' well and truly covered here!

I coloured my teddy with prisma pencils and the papers are Jillibean Soup.

Tuesday 6 September 2011


Yep, spooky times ahead!

I have used a Penny Black kitty all dressed up for halloween, coloured with copics and cut out. The papers are 'whoo-ligans' (brilliant name) by BoBunny. The webbed ribbon trim is perfect for a spooky card and is available here in seven great colours.

My card is for two challenges...


Papertake...anything goes

Sunday 4 September 2011

Hippy Chick

This week on Less is More the challenge is 'metallic'. Mmm, my little Tim Holtz hangers that I won in Kath's candy would be just the job! And teamed up with this cute die cut outfit they make a groovy card.

The sentiment is computer generated and I added some teeny tiny gems to finish.

On Your Birthday

I thought I would try and hold on to a little bit of our so called summer and make a cheerful, bright card. I'm just not quite ready to turn myself totally over to all things glitter!

I have used Ava from the DigiStamp Boutique and coloured with promarkers/copics. The sentiment is Lili of the Valley and I used a Martha Stewart punch for those wide flower borders. The paper is 'lilac avenue' by Kaisercraft and the narrow ricrac is from Sew Sweet.

I am entering the challenge over on Stamp Something....digi.

OK then, I am way behind with my visits round the blogs. So I'm off to make a cuppa and have a right good nosey at what you have all been up to.

Saturday 3 September 2011

Happy Birthday!

Good morning Penny Black fans!

Well, you all enjoyed Nat's sketch, so many different interpretations, all amazing.
So, onto this weeks challenge....

Make a Scene

For my little scene I used 'hedgehopper' coloured with water colours and cut out. The papers are all from a 6x6 pad 'fly a kite' by My Minds Eye. The sentiment is computer generated. Some punched flowers and doodled borders finish it off.

We have prizes for two lucky winners this week....

'Christmas Fairy' PB rubber stamp from our regular sponsors Penny Black Inc.
And, if you pop over there, you will see all the Christmas 2011 new releases.

Green mini ribbon kit from The Ribbon Girl, yummy!

OK then, you know the drill. Pop over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog for details of how to enter, to find out if you are last weeks lucky winner and for some brilliant inspiration from my team mates.
See you there!