Monday, 31 May 2010

Pear Tree Designs Weekly Challenge # 2

Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Just thought I would post this early, as we are off to Brighton today, Georgia has pocket money to spend, so a visit to the Bear Factory is the first port of call, lol! I have tried finding a decent craft shop there, but haven't been successful yet, must to David's delight!

Here is my DT card for Pear Tree Designs , we had a fantastic response to our first challenge last week. This week the theme is 'Floral Delights', so obviously we want to see flowers of some sort on your creations. The DT were given a choice of images to use, and you could win four digital images from our sponsor, Stitchy Bear Stamps . You have until next Sunday 6th June 2010, to enter.

My Card Recipe :

Butterfly Image from Stitchy Bear Stamps
Black Bazzill Bling Cardstock
Dovecraft 'A Hint of Pink' Paper pack
Prima Flowers
Black Lace Ribbon
Black Buttons from Stash
Doodlebug Large & Small Pink Stones
Coloured in using Promarkers - Magenta & Ice Grey 3

I want to wish my best mate Hazel a wonderful birthday, enjoy your day hun and thanks for being such a great friend, luv you lots!!!

Have a relaxing bank holiday,

luv & hugs



Sunday, 30 May 2010

In The Garden Card & Photo's

Good afternoon, hope you are having a lovely relaxing Sunday? I am, having got up at 7am today, I had a lovely crafting session while the rest of the house slept, heaven! Then Amy and I popped to Hobbycraft where I brought some more sets of Promarkers, they are reduced to half price at the moment, so go grab yourselves a bargain!

Anyway, I managed to finish my card in peace which I am entering into the wonderful Penny Black Saturday Challenge , where the theme this week is 'In The Garden' and also Secret Crafter , where their theme is 'Buttons & Blooms'. I have used my very under-used PB image called 'Friendly Surrpise'. The rest of my card is made up of Peach & Light Green Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey 'Green at Heart' paper, Beige Raffia Ribbon, Labels III Nesties, Hero Arts Sentiment, Prima Hydrangeas and buttons from stash. The little image was coloured in using Promarkers and I have inked around the image using a Momento inkpad named Bamboo Leaves.

I am going to dedicate this card to my lovely cuz Maree who is standing on her head in Oz, she has a fabby blog and makes such beautiful cards, do pop on over. The reason being, is that my card is slightly back to front or upside down, I stuck the bits on upside down, so it is now a back-to-front Easel card, lol! Well it was very early when I put it together, lol!

I wanted to share these photos of Molly with you, as you can see she is sitting in the rabbit's run, she is going through a mad phase, she thinks she is a rabbit! She is always jumping around like them and has now taken to sleeping in this run. Also, the second photo was taken yesterday when Georgia and Molly were having a lovely cuddle on her bed, I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the sun if you have any!




Thursday, 27 May 2010

MAWTT Weekly Challenge # 48

Hello, it's Thursday yet again, yippee!!! Nearly the end of the week, with a lovely long weekend and then a week with my girlies to look forward too, with lots of things planned to do together. Amy and I are going to see 'Sex & The City 2', can't wait as I just love the series and the last film. Jess & I will be doing some clothes shopping and Georgia and I love to craft together, and I may even share my recently purchased goodies with her, lol!

To my card, it's my turn to come up with a theme this week over at Moving Along With The Times , I have decided on 'Fold' cards and I have made a Tri-Fold card using a lovely cupcake image from our sponsor Stitchy Bear Stamps . The prize will be some digi images.

My Card Recipe :

Chocolate Chip & Pretty in Pink SU Cardstock
Bo Bunny 'Love Bandit' 'Tweet Heart' Paper
QK Scallop Die
Hero Arts Sentiment
Hero Arts Heart Buttons
Hero Arts Heart Pearls
SU Pnk Ribbon

Have a lovely afternoon, am spending mine crafting and maybe some housework, enjoy yours!




Wednesday, 26 May 2010

WOYWW # 51

Good morning, its Wednesday again, time to share your workdesks and mess, lol! If you want to join in, add your link on the lovely Julia's blog here. My desk is slightly messy this week, I have lots of little projects on the go at the moment. I must admit, I am not keen on working in mess, as I am a Virgo, I am always tidying up between projects, so most of my day is spent clearing up instead of crafting, so many wasted minutes, lol!

On my desk this week, Copics and Promarkers, my NEW paper box, papers recenty brought. Some unused lush Laura Ashley stamps, left them on my desk so that I WILL use them. New holepunch, keep losing them, not sure where they go! Anya surfer dude image to colour for a birthday coming up. New Cherry folder which Jess keeps trying to pinch, may have to get her one. Blog candy which I recently won from the lovely Emma. SU stamp sets which I am using for a commission. Momento inkpads, scissors, glasses, SU card set recently made at a friends party. Papermania fabulous butterflies which my friend brought me, phew thats it, I think!

Also, here is a picture of my little orchid. You may remember that I shared a photo a couple of weeks ago, well its in full flower now and it has a slight scent, just beautiful!

Had better go take Georgia to school and get on with my commissions, be back tommorrow with my DT card for MAWTT, it's my turn to do the honours this week, hope you will pop on back to see what I have made.

Enjoy your day, whatever you do. Thanks for popping over here.




Monday, 24 May 2010

Pear Tree Designs, Weekly Challenge # 1

Good morning peeps! It's another scorcer here in Sussex today, too hot to sit outside at the moment. My little cat is suffering in this heat and is flopped out on the patio. She has a hairball at the moment, and we will have to take another trip to the vets this week if it doesn't clear up. She was very naughty at the weekend and caught one of our baby robins, it died from the shock unfortunately, so she has been in our bad books, nature isn't kind sometimes!

I have been asked to join a new Design Team on a new Challenge blog. Pear Tree Design's is run by Donna and today we are launching it's first challenge. It's a fabby sketch to follow and a wonderful Stamping Up card kit set is the prize, it is a wonderful set, I already have it, lol! The little Cupcake image used, can be purchased by clicking on the link.

All you have to do to join in the challenge, is to make a card, become a follower of the blog and leave a link so that the design team can pop on over to your blog and say hi! We have so many great challenges coming up with wonderful sponsors, so please do join in the fun!

Here is the sketch and my take on it -

My Card Recipe:

Pink and Green Stamping Up Cardstock
Doodlebug Check Paper
MS Doily Lace and Flourish Punch
QK Scallop Die
Doodlebug 'Happy' and 'Birthday' Sentiments
Kaisercraft Green Stones
Red button from stash box
Coloured in with Promarker Pens

Am going to sit in the sun and chill for a while, have a large ironing mountain to climb when it gets a bit cooler, lol!

Enjoy your afternoon,

Take care,



Saturday, 22 May 2010

Penny Black Saturday Challenge # 102 - 'Lots of Dots'

Hello peeps, have had a really busy day here. I got up early and did Tesco's before the girlies got up and since then, have been enjoying the lovely hot and sunny weather we are having here! As I have since, spent most of the day in the garden, thought I had better get out of the sun and come do my favourite challenge of the week, Penny Black Saturday Challenge . This week, the lovely DT ladies, want to see 'Lots of Dots' on your creations. There is a beautiful stamp up for grabs if you enter.

My Card Recipe:

Penny Black 'Primp' Image (My all time fav stamp of their's)
Orange & Brown Cardstock from Stamping Up
Stamping Up Papers 'Sweet Always' set
Imaginisce 'Bitty Blossoms'
Daisy Bucket 'Sentiment'
Orange, Pink & Brown Jelli Dots
Kaisercraft Pink Stones
Coloured in using Promarkers, mainly Autumn set

My lovely friend Hazel rang me today, to tell me that I had won some lovely candy from Emma over at the Allsorts Challenge Blog, they had a birthday blog-hop last week, I have won a lovely Popcorn Bear stamp and lots of lovely embellishments, am so excited! Thanks Emma for picking out my name.

We are having a barbeque this evening, so must get on and prep away, enjoy the rest of your Saturday afternoon,

big hugs



Thursday, 20 May 2010

Moving Along With The Times Challenge # 47 - Hazel's Sketch

Good evening, another week has passed and the Moving Along With The Times Challenge is upon us once again. It's the wonderful Hazel (Dido Design's) turn to do the honours, and she has come up with a fabby sketch again. This is my third Christmas card this week, I did make loads more, but my friend brought them off of me! So I have to start all over again, only 106 to go, lol!!

This week, our sponsor is Hambo Stamps and is offering a $15 gift voucher to use on their online store. The DT have used some of the images. You have until Wednesday, 26th May at 8pm when a winner will be chosen.

My Card Recipe :

Blue Bazzill Cardstock
Forever Friends 'Christmas Snow' Paper Pack
MS Snowflake Punch
Silver Jelli Dots
Winter Wishes Brad from Stash
Coloured in with Promarkers

Enjoy your evening, thanks for stopping by!




Wednesday, 19 May 2010

WOYWW # 50

Good morning, welcome to my What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! Lot's going on in my craftroom at the moment, am having a real tidy up, today it's the turn of my Penny Black stamp drawer. I do love love these little stamps, especially the cat ones! You can also see some FF papers and an embellishment box as I hav just finished my DT card for this week, which will be uploaded tommorrow. Some SU cards that I have just finished from a class I went too, some new Imaginisce stamps of a dandelion and a large flower, will be buying more of them I expect. My MS Snowflake punch came out for an airing yesterday, to finish a Christmas card I have been making. I am still trying to get my mini album done, I have finished covering it am not sorting my photos to put in it.

Hope you will join us and Julia over at her blog, am looking forward to nosing around everyone's stash today!

Have a lovely afternoon!




Sunday, 16 May 2010

Pretty In Pink - Three Challenges!

Good morning, Sunday again! After all of the excitement of the footie yesterday, which we didn't watch, lol! We had a girlie film afternoon, popcorn, chocolate and vegging out, we are recovering from sugar overload today and having a lovely quiet day here!
Am entering my card into the following three challenges :

Crafty Angels Challenge # 34 - 'Something For The Girls'

The Allsorts Challenge Birthday Blog Hop are, celebrating their first birthday. Each DT member is giving away some lovely prizes. You must following the instructions on the blog, and enter a 'birthday' themed card.

My card is very pink and girly, I was asked to make this for my friend's daughter's 20th birthday, she has a shoe fettish!

My Card Recipe:

Black & Pink Bazzill Cardstock
Hero Arts 'High Heels' Stamp Set
Hero Arts Sentiment and Flower Stamp
SU Flower Stamp
QVC Black Dotty Ribbon
Kaisercraft Clear Stone and Black Pearls

Have DT cards to make before I get stuck into the ironing, have a super day!

Thanks for stopping by and any comments left, as always, they are gratefully received.

love and hugs



Friday, 14 May 2010

MAWTT Weekly Challenge # 46 - Clare's Sketch

Good evening, was hoping to post my card earlier, but haven't felt too well today, as I have a bit of a bug, anyway, better late than never lol!
Here is my DT card for Moving Along With The Times , my dear friend, the lovely Clare has done us proud with a fabby sketch and we have another new sponsor, Jodie of Bugaboo Stamps .

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the fab prize of '7 Bugaboo Digi Images', is follow our sketch with any image you want and leave a link over at the blog. The DT ladies will then pop on over and leave you a comment. The winner will be picked randomly at 8pm next Wedneseday, 19th May 2010.

My Card Recipe :

CC Designs Stamp 'Rainy Day Emma'
Bo Bunny 'Island Mist Double Dot' Cardstock
My Mind's Eye 'Be Loved' Passionate Paisley Paper
Nestibility Scallop Die
Woodware Heart Punch
Making Memories 'Turquoise Chanille Ric-rack Ribbon
Prima Flowers
Hero Arts Sentiment
Turq Jelli Dot
Kaisercraft Green Pearls

Am off to do some much neglected blog-hopping, have a super weekend enjoying all the sun we have been promised!

Thanks for your comments,

love & hugs



Wednesday, 12 May 2010

W O Y W W # 49

Good morning! The lovely Julia over at Stamping Ground hosts WOYWW or 'What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday', I have been joining in for a couple of weeks now and am totally hooked! It's a great idea, to be able to pop over to other bloggers to see what they are working on and also a nosy at their stash, lol!

My desk this week is once again a bit on the messy side! I am in the middle of making a mini album and have been busy covering my new Papermania scalloped one, with the lovely new Hampstead papers, which my mate Karen kindly gave me. They are lush! As you can probably tell by now, I don't really like parting with my papers, so to make a mini album is the perfect way to hold onto them, lol! Also there are my three fav craft products, my Fiskar's trimmer, my Cropodile and my Momento inkpads. My large box of Jelli Tots, must have every colour now and the usual suspects, double sided tape, ruler and scissors.

The above box contains most of my ribbons, I recently gave it a complete overhaul and they are all nice and tidy! It won't last, I will be rummaging in their again later! I tend to go for the feel of a ribbon rather than a colour, the SU ones are my fav's at the moment, I have quite a collection going.

I was asked by several ladies, to show some of what is living in my sixteen 12 x 12 boxes. Well as a tease, I have opened up one of them today, lol! As you can see they are in a bit of a jumble, thats my next project, lol! My friend Karen keeps threatening to come on over and sort them for me, may take her up on her offer, as I never seem to have the time! Box # 1 - SU cardstock 'Brights' pack, SU paper packs x 3, October Afternoon and My Mind's Eye Papers. Various colours of Bazzill Cardstock and some vellums.

Finally, I know I have rambled on enough, but I just wanted to show you this picture, one of my little Orchid's has got some flowers! I have been waiting for two years, so had to take a photo. Also Georgia's little cactus has started to flower, they are so pretty, don't you agree?

Enjoy your day, I have to do my DT cards and then go groom my little Lion's Head bunny who looks more like an afro at the moment, I have to brush him everyday, which I just love doing! his sister is a short-haired Lion's Head, they are so totally different, will share a photo of them again soon, if they will keep still long enough!

Take care

luv and hugs



Monday, 10 May 2010

Penny Black Saturday Challenge # 100 - Blog Hop!

Good morning, apart from it being freezing here, the sun is out which has put me in a fantastic mood! Have a really busy week ahead, so am trying to get organised and do all of my cards and blogging today.

My card is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge . I have used my brand new image, a Slapstick Stamp called 'You Are The Bestest'. I just love it, it reminds me of my old puss, Tom who looked just like this image. Penny Black are having a blog-hop to celebrate 100 challenges, there are some great prizes on offer, fingers crossed I win some, lol!

Craft Bits Used

Celery Bazzill Cardstock
Basic Grey 'Kiosi' 'Lili' Wonderful Paper (both sides)
Bazzill Green Flower
Scallop Dies
Craftwork Cards 'Sentiment'
Button, Linen Thread and Sem Plus Flowers from stash
Coloured in with Promarkers & Copic Pens

Am off to share my chicken sandwich with Molly, she has already spyed it on the counter, then to sit in my garden and enjoy the Robin family which is living in my neighbour's shed. Not sure, she knows they are there, lol! The mum and dad are so tame, they were sitting next to my feet yesterday afternoon, they had massive worms in their mouths, thought they were going to give them to me, lol! I can't wait to see their babies flee the nest.

Take care, enjoy your afternoon and thanks for any comments left!




ps. thanks so much for all of your lovely emails, texts and comments on David, he is on the mend xx

Saturday, 8 May 2010

DT Makes to Share

Good afternoon, sorry I am late posting all of these this week, have been busy nursing David who in lots of pain with Tendonitus (spelling???) and is on strong pain relief, so I have been running around like a headless chicken over the last couple of days. Things have been spiralling out of control, housework, shopping etc., but I have managed to complete all of my DT work and while he is watching the rugby match, Huddersfield -v- Warrington, I am uploading them before he calls, lol! Bless him, he never really moans or complains, thats generally my thing, lol!

Ellephantastic - New Digi Image Release 'Elle'

Helen has created this little beauty and the DT have all been busy doing projects with her. We were under instruction to make something 'girly'. A friend of mine has recently had a new baby girl, so this Elle Door Hanger is going to live on the Nursery Door.

Craft Items Used

Pink Bazzill Cardstock, Daisy Bucket Paper, SU Flower Stamp and Grey & Pink Ribbon, QK Large & Small Scallop Die, Nestie Large Scallop Die, Jelli Dots and Hero Arts Sentiment.
Copic Ciao's have been used to colour her in.

Helen's Elle Shop will be re-opening with a new shop & challenge blog on Saturday 3rd July, so please do put that date on your calender and come join in the fun!

Moving Along With The Times Challenge # 45 - Sponsored by Sandra Dry

We are truely spoilt this week, our lovely new sponsor is the wonderful Sandra Dry and we have been given her new images 'Storybook Girls'. The DT team have had 'Alice' and 'Dorothy' to play with and Sandra has used 'Bo Peep' on her card. She has generously donated SIX of her digi images for the lucky winner. Clare (Threadbare) has done a lovely simple sketch for you to get your teeth into! I have used Alice, I just love her crochet mallet!

Craft Items Used

Denim Blue Bazzill Cardstock, Daisy Bucket Papers, QK Edge Die, Prima Flowers and Clear Raindrops. I have coloured her in with Promarkers.

Willow Sketchie Challenge - 'Look At Me' New Digi Release

Over at Willow Sketchie , we have all been playing with the lovely new download 'Look at Me', isnt she lovely! Great for all of those girly cards! On our card, we had to have 'Something Flowery, Pink and Pleated'. Hope you can see my green 'tulle' under her skirt, lol!

Craft Bits Used

Purple Co-Ordination Cardstock, Papermania 'Spring Burst' Paper pack, Bazzill Green Tulle, Prima Hydrangea, MS Flower punch, SU Sentiment and Kaisercraft green stones.

Enjoy your evening, I am off to cook home-made pizza for the troops and hope to get some crafting done, if I get the chance, take care,




Wednesday, 5 May 2010

W O Y W W Week # 48

Molly Moo helping me craft!

Good afternoon, yeah its Wednesday again, keep thinking its Tuesday, lol! I am nearly not here today, I got into bed last night, next to a snoring David and was greeted on my wall, by the largest spider I have ever seen outside of the zoo! It would have definately have swallowed me whole and after the whole house got woken up, the spider is no more. What a brave hubbie I have, lol!

To my WOYWW . I had so much fun going around all of the lovely ladies from WOYWW last week and have met some wonderful peeps, who are just as mad as me, lol! Thanks to all who left me such lovely comments, I think I managed to get around to all of you.

To start with, here is my Molly who lives on my desk and makes crafting on there sometimes impossible! She can watch the pigeon's in our garden from my desk and often knocks everything off, when she makes a quick dash to catch them, lol!

Here is the photographic proof that I did spend all of the the bank holiday, clearing up my craft room. I haven't included the before's as my room was a complete mess and a total embassessment!

As you can see, I do have a lot of stash (only a few boxes). I am ashamed to admit that I am an addict! A paper addict. I have named and shamed myself, there is no hope for me, give me a fresh new piece of lovely paper and I am gone! Stroking and smelling is compulsary, especially with Cosmo Cricket and My Mind's Eye, lol!

My ever expanding papers boxes and Christmas stamp draw.

My wooden stamp draw, recently purchased papers and ribbon overspill.

On my desk, my Copic's & Promakers, images for my DT cards, a couple of finished cards, new basket for my cardstock.

My Magazines, all in date order (how sad!)

Right had better go blog hopping, then get some lunch, am hoping my eldest Amy will offer to make me one lol! Enjoy your Wednesday, thanks for popping by and listening to my rants.

Enjoy your Wednesday afternoon!

luv & hugs



Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Three Challenge Card

Hi everyone, hope you all had a fabby weekend? Not sure where the sunshine has gone, but my toes are freezing today! There is a large black cloud hovering over my house, ready to drop buckets of rain over me when I go to get Georgia from school, lol!

I have decided to enter three challenges with my card, they are :

Anyone For Anya Challenge # 10 - 'Lots of Layers'

Paper Sundae's Challenge # 16 - 'Red, Yellow & Green'

Create 4 Fun Challenge # 18 - 'Sketch'

All three challenges have some super prizes to be won and their DT cards are just stunning, do pop on over to take a look!

My Card Recipe :
Anya Image
Red Bazzill Cardstock
Crate Paper 'Lillian Collection' Papers, Flower & Tag
QK Scallop Die
SU Large Green Strip Ribbon
Prima Yellow Flower
Doodlebug Red Stones
Promarker Pens

Have a 'warm' afternoon, am off to grab myself a sandwich and find some socks, lol!

Take care,




Monday, 3 May 2010

Willow Sketchie Challenge

Good evening, I have been a very absent blogger but wow what a weekend I have had! Been busy, busy, busy sorting my craft room and wow it's so tidy out there, I can't find anything now, lol! I have been itching to make something especially as I popped out and brought some new Promarkers earlier today, couldn't make my mind up between two sets, so brought them both, naughty me!

I am very late in posting my little Willow Sketchie Challenge card. The recipe is Something Fabric, Something Gingham and Something Green. The Design Team have come up with some stunning cards, do pop on over and take a look and leave them a comment, if you can. This little image is one of Sharon's newest creations called 'Making Magic' which is available from Sharon's shop.

My Card Recipe :

Pink and Blue Bazzill Cardstock
Imaginisce Papers
Dark Pink Raffia Ribbon (My Something Fabric)
Doodlebug Blue Gingham Ribbon (My Something Gingham)
Kaisercraft Green Stones (My Something Green)
Hunky Dory Sentiment
Large Scallop & Circle Nesibility Dies

Right, have Georgia to bath and uniform ironing to do, before settling down to watch 'Avatar', which Amy brought home this evening. If I get some time to myself, I am determined to get some colouring done, using my new pens, lol!
Enjoy your evening!