Monday, 30 August 2010

Pear Tree Designs Weekly Challenge # 15 - 'Sketch'

Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Hope you are having a lovely one? It's week 15 of Pear Tree Designs Weekly Challenge and there a great sketch to follow. We have all been given images from our sponsors :

Who are offering five digital images/papers as the prize this week.

My Card Recipe :

Brown Bazzill Cardstock
My Mind's Eye 'Quite Contrary - Jack & Jill - 'How sweet it is' Paper
QK Revolution Autumn Leaves Die
SU Linen Thread
Brown Card Candy
Hero Arts Sentiment
Kaisercraft Brown Pearls
Coloured in with Promarkers

Housework awaits, am having lots of Jess's friends over tommorrow for the day, so lots of tidying up to do, although probably shouldn't bother, as I will only have to do it all again when they have left, lol!
Enjoy your afternoon!




Sunday, 29 August 2010

Ladybug Celebration Candy!!!

Good evening, my lovely friend Lisa @ Mess 2 Magic is celebrating her four DT places and nearly reaching 150 followers and is sharing some lovely candy, so well done Lisa, you deserve it hunny! There is a twist though, you have to make a project using 'Ladybugs' as the theme, ie. colours, images or just get inspired by the photo below. Then leave a link to your blog to qualify.

My project is a 'Side Stepper Card', something I have never attempted before and are a lot easier than they look, lol! I have gone a little 'dotty' with the colours, but I really loved making this! I have used a little image from 'Rachelle Anne Miller', called 'Giving Shelter', which has been sitting in my stamp drawer for far too long. Lots of red & black Bazzill cardstock, Doodlebug paper, Ribbon from QVC, my favourite SU Flower stamp, Papermania buttons and Craftwork Cards 'sentiment'. Red Kaisercraft pearls and the ink pads used were Momento - Black and Versamagic - White. Coloured in with Promarkers.

Do join in Lisa's candy hop, hope you have had a lovely Bank Holiday Sunday, the weather here has been pants again today, typically bad! I am off to make some more of these side-steppers, they are quite addictive!

Off out for the day tommorrow, weather hopefully will be better, lol! Going to buy Jess a computer for her birthday next month, so have lots of shops to visit to get the best bargain!

love & hugs



Saturday, 28 August 2010

Crafty Emma's Store Challenge # 1 - 'Anything Goes!'

Good afternoon, hope it is sunny and warm wherever you are, it is her today! At last I can hang the washing out and get some gardening done, lol!

There is a fabulous new challenge blog opening it's doors today, it has been started by the lovely Emma over at Crafty Emma's Shop Challenge Blog who has a wonderful on-line shop, which you can pop on over Here .

Her first challenge has the theme of 'Anything Goes' and there is a gorgeous 'My Mind's Eye' pack of scrummy papers as the prize.

Whilst rummaging through my stamp draws today, I found my large stock of 'Sarah Kay' images, I forgot that I had them, lol! Anyway, this little one, which I think is called 'Elodie' jumped right out at me, so I just had to use her. I found some scrap card in beautiful Autumnal colours. I wasn't too sure about the pink, but the 'Bo Bunny' papers that I have used, do have this tone of pink on them, so I think it goes really well together. Have punched out a MS Lace Doily border using the Pink Bazzing. Have coloured her in with Promarkers, have given some Cosmic Shimmer to the watering can, punched out some MS Hydrangea flowers, added some gold card candy and once stuck all together, I think she has turned out rather well, lol!

Do pop on over to see the Design Team's creations, they are just beautiful!

Am off to cook tea and check out this evening's telly!

Have a good one!




Thursday, 26 August 2010

MAWTT Weekly Challenge # 60, Autumn Theme & Recipe

Hello, it's challenge time again over at Moving Along With The Times , this week it is my turn to host the challenge. I have chosen the theme of 'Autumn' using the following recipe :

3 x Flowers
2 x Papers
1 x Ribbon/Yarn/Thread

The prize this week, will be a Two Week Guest Design Team Spot on the team. The Design Team want to see Autumn colours, scenes, animals. Anything that represents Autumn.

I have chosen to alter a canvas for my entry. I have distressed inked the surface using 'Brushed Corduroy', 'Antique Linen' and Tattered Rose' and have stamped over a swirl die. Have then covered with various leaves, swirls, flowers & birds using scraps of autumnal coloured papers & card. The main sentiment and papers are Bo Bunny. QK Swirl & Bird & House Die, Prima Flowers, SU Thread and Kaisercraft/Doodlebug stones.

You have until next Wednesday 1st September 2010 at 8pm, until we choose a winner and our top three for the week. I do hope you will join in.

I am also going to enter my canvas into the following challenges :

Papertake Weekly - 3-2-1 Recipe
Tree House Challenge - Theme of 'Fall'

Dinner to cook and ironing to finish, have a lovely evening!




Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday # 64

Good morning, am up early crafting again, does anyone else wake up in the middle of the night, with lots of ideas and has to play? Probably just me, I do have some weird and wonderful dreams, lol! Anyway, I thought I would get organised and do my What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday! Us mad WOYWW's share our desks/creations/recent purchases each week, a cult started off by the lovely Julia @ Stamping - Ground . If you haven't already joined it, then do so this week!

I am so sorry if I didn't manage to get round to you last week, I do apologise. My computer seemed to have a meltdown. I will endeavour to visit all blogs this week.

On my desk this morning, well as you can see, its a bit of a dumping zone again! My lovely puss, knocked over a glass of juice which ruined some samples that I had finished, so everything had to be moved. Anyway, I have forgiven her as soon after she came and gave me a big cuddle to say sorry, lol!

To start with some canvases that I am working with for a DT project, Bo Bunny papers, QK dies, Distressed Inks, Kohr-I-Noor pencils that I have found again, Doodlebug stone sets in various colours, new stamps and embellishments and my usual suspects, scissors, tape, etc.

Here is a lovely wooden cat that I recently found in a small craft shop, just love it!

Here are my recent purchases, SU 'Bird on a Branch' set & some felt flowers & leaves, they are so lovely, I should have brought two sets so I wouldn't have to use them, lol! Is it just me who does this extravagant thing with papers & embellishments? I am sure I am not the only one that duplicates everything, or am I, lol????

Am off out today with my girls, Amy is off today, so its not often the four of us get to go shopping, can't wait! Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by my blog.



Monday, 23 August 2010

Pear Tree Designs Weekly Challenge # 14 'Wedding Theme'

Good morning, Monday again already! My girlies go back to school next week, am all sorted with uniform and shoes, got them early before the mad stampede this week, lol! So I can relax and do lots of crafting, if allowed! We are having a Wii tournament again this afternoon, the weather here is pants again, we have large grey clouds over our house, so am staying firmly indoors today. I keep on getting beaten, am absolutely crap at Mario Kart but great at tennis and ping pong! We all get so competitive, it such great fun!

Anyway, onto my DT card for today. Monday means Pear Tree Designs . This week's theme is 'Wedding', it can be a card, scrap page etc.

Our sponsor for the week is :

They are offering 4 x Digital Images as the prize. We are also looking for a Guest Designer to join our team for a month, so get entering!

My Card Recipe :

LOTV Wedding Image (Soz can't remember the name)- RAK from Shell thanks Shell!
Grey & Pink Co-ordination Cardstock
Forever Friends Grey/Pink Flowered paper
Cuttlebug 'Dots' Embossing Folder
QK Hearts Dies
Doodlebug 'Love You Forever' Sentiment
SU Flower Stamp
Large Pearls from stash
Clear Stones from Kaisercraft
Coloured in with Promarkers
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter

The girls have started their games without me, better go and catch up, have a lovely day!

luv & hugs



Sunday, 22 August 2010


Good evening from a wet & cold Sussex, its been raining here most of the day, so lots of crafting has been done, lol!

I have been given this lovely award by my Little Claire teamie, Mary , thanks Mary! You have to give this award to five blogs that you love and inspire you. I know that most of the Little Claire DT have been given this award, so I am passing on this award to blogs that I also love and visit often.

Georgia - my lovely daughter who makes the most wonderful cards & creations.
Hazel - my best friend, agony aunt and the person I laugh the most with, thanks for being there!
Maree - my lovely cuz in Oz. Who is more like my sister and who I wish lived closer, lol!
Clare W - for being a good friend/teamie and mad woman, lol!
Lisa - a fellow teamie, who always stops by my blog, leaves me wonderful comments and whose creations inspire me!

Also, I have to list three things that I love :
(1) My lovely Girls, I am so blessed to be their Mum. They brighten up my life with smiles, giggles & fun!
(2) My childhood Steiff 'Hammie' Hamster Toy, I have had him since I was five, he is so precious!
(3) Crafting - my hobby that lets me play with colours, images, flowers & buttons - heaven and has allowed me to meet such wonderful friends.

You also have to show a picture you love and explain why!

This is of my lovely mum aged about 17. I love and miss her beautiful smile!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your evening!




Friday, 20 August 2010

Creature Comforts - Craft's Beautiful

Here are my cards that were chosen to feature in 'Crafts Beautiful' - October Edition. The top one is in a poly bag, so sorry if there is a glare to the photo. I really love playing with these stamps, they are fantastic to stamp up and colour in.

Once again, thanks to Gill & Steve over at Little Claire's for choosing my cards. If you like these new stamps, you can buy them now via the link, with postage starting at £1, what good value!

Thank you to all of you lovely peeps that have left me messages and emails today, I have been inundated and am so grateful for you taking the time to leave them for me.

Enjoy your weekend! I am hoping to get some challenges done, kids permitting!




OMG I am so Excited!!!!

I am sooooooooo excited! Three of my Little Claire's cards are featured in Crafts Beautiful - October Edition (Pages 36 & 37), out to purchase today.

I was so chuffed to of been chosen, a great big thanks to Gill & Steve. I really loved using these gorgeous images, I am sure you will too! Pop on over to the Little Claire's shop via the link above, and take a look at all of the wonderful things to buy!
I will upload the photos of my cards later!

Am off to celebrate!




Thursday, 19 August 2010

MAWTT Weekly Challenge # 60 - 'All That Glitter's'!

Good morning, it's Thursday once again, time for Moving Along With The Times weekly challenge. It's my mate Hazel's challenge this week, and we want to see lots of 'Glitter' on your creations. I have used the image 'Kokeshi Dolls by Sylvie's Designs' , my photo doesn't show up my glitter unfortunately, if you look hard enough, you should see some, lol! Do pop over to the main blog to see what beautiful creations the other DT have made using some Stitchy Images.

Our sponsor this week is :

They are offering 5 digital images as the prize, so get spreading that glitter! You have until next Wednesday, 25th August @ 8pm to enter our challenge.

My Card Recipe:

Black Swiss Dot Cardstock
Daisy Bucket 'Black Tie Affair' Paper
Little Claire's 'Big Pointy Frames' Dies
Hero Arts Sentiment
Prima Turquoise Flowers
Black Jelli Dots
Large Dotty Button from Papermania
Kaisercraft Turquoise Stones

Am just off out with the girls shortly, going to visit some friends and have lunch.
Enjoy your day!




Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Good morning peeps! Lovely sunny day here in Sussex today, so nice to see the yellow thing in the sky again, its been a while, lol!

It's Wednesday and time to share What's On Your Workdesk! Do drop on over to the lovely Julia @ Stamping Ground and share yours. Us WOYWW will then pop on over to have a nose.

My desk, as always, is very active! Buttons, new Little Claire Stamps, Doodlebug scrummy rub ons and my Bind-It-All are liviing on it today. Have been binding up a few books for Georgia to use as scrapbooks, she will show you her finished results on her blog soon. Also the top photo are of two little owls that she has given me, if you know me well, you will know that I just love owls, so these little fella's take pride of place on my desk.

My other photo is of some wonderful little stamps that I purchased at Stamparama @ Stevenage, I could have brought the lot, but was very restrained for me, lol! They are so lovely to stamp up and a pleasure to colour in!

Am going to have a really lazy day today, well am going to try! Have mountains of housework to catch up on and lots of cards to make. I love having my girls home, but we have been on the go so much recently, I am so looking forward to having some ME time, when they go back to school in two weeks. Anyway, whatever you do, enjoy yours!

Thanks for popping in,




Tuesday, 17 August 2010

AWOL! I do have an excuse ....

Good evening, am so sorry that I have been a bad blogger this week, I do have a good excuse, lol! I have been very busy making samples for my Little Claire demo's at Stamparama @ Stevenage. After a two hour car journey and only got lost once, (Watford is such a pretty place, lol!), I had such a fabby day working with Steve and met lots of you lovely bloggers. Big hello, especially to Julie, Cazz & Julie. (Julie, hurry up and get your blog up and running, I want to see your creations, lol!)
Here below are a couple of pics of the day.

Pictures of my cards to follow. I was such a good girl, I didn't spend too much, only some goodies from the LC stand. Yes, some stamps and Promarkers came home with me, not that there was much left at the end of the day, it was extremely busy all day, but great fun!

Have to go attack my ironing mountain, I have been putting it off for a few days, have been out and about with the girls shopping today. Enjoy your evening! I will be back tommorrow with my WOYWW, see you then,




Friday, 13 August 2010

MAWTT Weekly Challenge # 59 - Hazel's Sketch

Good evening, here is my DT card (late again!)with no excuse other than I have been busy decorating the girls bedroom and generally trying to keep them busy, before I get those wonderful words 'Mum, i'm bored', lol! My dear friend Hazel, has come up with a wonderful sketch over at Moving Along With The Times , with the theme being open. The DT have been lucky enough to play with some of the sponsor's images, I have used 'Emma on a Swing'. Our sponsor Whimsy Stamps who are offering as a prize, 5 Digital Stamps, so hurry up get those creations made and leave us a link to your blogs. You can also enter by email, just send to the mail address on the sidebar of the main blog.

My Card Recipe:

Turquoise Bazzill Cardstock
My Mind's Eye 'Quite Contrary' Papers
Nestibility Die
QK Swirl Die
Scallop & Oval SU Punches
Craftwork Cards Sentiment
SU Flower
Jelli Dots & Pink Stones from stash

Off to watch Martin Clunes & Dawn French before I fall asleep, have a lovely evening!




Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Whats On Your Workdesk # 62

Good morning WOYWW's, Wednesday has come around again. The lovely Julia started this fabby craze which now takes up all of my Wednesday's commenting on other WOYWW, it's great fun, so why don't you join in!

On my desk or I should say desk's this week, I have spread myself over the dining table as well. I have lots of DT and Christmas cards that I am finishing so it is easier to spread! Anyway, on my craft room desk : Cuttlebug, new Little Claire Christmas Stamps, Momento inkpads, Dynamo Tape Machine, new 'Born to Shop' 'Green' stamps and paper pad, 'My Mind's Eye' Christmas Papar Pack, Bo Bunny 'Love' Album kit and Fiskars Border Punch.

Above on my dining room table, Promarkers, Hero Arts Sentiments Stamps, MS Zig Zag Border Punch, DT card, 'My Mind's Eye' Quite Contrary yummy papers, QK Flourish Die, tape, glue, scissors etc.

The girls and I had a lovely day shopping in Brighton yesterday, it was raining cats & dogs here, so shopping was the only thing to do, lol! Poor David got dragged around every shop, lol! Georgia got herself a lovely new panda from Build-a-Bearville and Jess picked up some bits from New Look. No, I was very good and didn't get anything, I will be craft shopping this weekend, can't wait!

Had better get on with those cards, have a lovely day, hopefully crafting!

Thanks for popping by,




Monday, 9 August 2010

Pear Tree Designs Weekly Challenge # 12 'Male Theme'

Hello, well I have had a fun packed day, not! Georgia accidently locked us out of the house this morning and I had to go to a neighbour's barefoot, with no purse or phone. My elderly neighbour was a star and after an hour and several cups of coffee later, David came home with the key, lol!

Anyway, here is my DT card for Pear Tree Designs . This week's theme is 'Male Cards'.

Our sponsor this week is :

They are a excellent shop selling loads of crafting supplies and at the moment I do believe that they have a 50% - 75% sale on, so go and catch a bargain!
They are offering our challenge winner a special kit consisting of:
Popcorn Bear Stamp Set
Papers & Cardstock

My Card Recipe :

Brown Bazzill Cardstock
Papermania Green Dot Paper
Kitchen Tin Foil
Nestibility Labels 6 die
QK Fish Die
Hero Arts Sentiment
Raffia Ribbon
Doodlebug Bling Stones
Buttons & Linen Thread from stash
Coloured in with Promarkers

Have a lovely evening, I am going to spend mine catching up on all of the jobs I didn't manage to do this morning, lol!




Saturday, 7 August 2010

Little Claire's New Christmas Stamps

Good afternoon, am up to my eyes in paint yet again, we are decorating the girls bedroom this time. I am covered in pale pink paint from head to toe, lol! I have taken a coffee break and wanted to share some samples I have made up using the fabulous new Christmas stamps from Little Claire's . Aren't they gorgeous??? The stamps are not only fantastic value, but are some of the best I have ever stamped up. The images are all so very clear. All of my cards have been made using lots of my scraps. I have a rather large box full of paper and card scraps and I really loath throwing it away, so its been great using it up!

'Deck The Horns' - Easel Card

I really chuckled when I first saw this little image, he has such a sweet cheeky face! I love comical stamps! I have used some pale green & pink Bazzill cardstock, K & Company Papers, QK Oval and Circle Dies, Fiskars Scalloped Edge Punch, Stampendous little sentiment, buttons and card that I have twirled from my scrap box. I have coloured in the image using Promarker pens and have smoothered with Cosmic Shimmer.

'Star of Wonder' - Fold Card

This card opens up from the right and lets the image really stand out! I have used Navy Bazzill Cardstock, Pebbles Christmas Paper, MS Snowflake Punch, Doodlebug Star Button, Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Cosmic Shimmer & Promarker Pens.

'Christmas Pals' Card

This litte image is definately my favourite of the bunch, the snowman and the dog have such adorable faces. These little stamps are truly a pleasure to use! Large White Card, Turquoise Bazzill Cardstock, Bo Bunny 'Tis the Season' Papers, Scallop & Circle Punches, QK Corner Die, MS Snowflake and Kaisercraft Pearls and Promarker Pens.

All of the new Christmas stamps from Little Claire will be available very soon from their website. They also have some wonderful new peel-offs, MS punches, flowers and gorgeous papers, postage is only £1, so please do go check them out!

Back to the painting and I have to cook tea as well, lucky me! I may cheat and get take out tonight and why not, lol!!

Enjoy your evening,




Thursday, 5 August 2010

MAWTT Weekly Challenge # 58 - Shell's Theme

Hello, it's Week 58 already over at Moving Along With The Times and it is Shell's theme of 'Christmas' this week. It's a great chance to get your Christmas cards started! There is no sketch to follow, so anything Christmassy will do!

This week, we are being sponsored by :

The lovely Gill from Foilplay is giving away a £10 voucher to spend over there.

My Card Recipe:

Penny Black Image - 'The Manger' (not used bargain stamp)
Green Bazzill Cardstock
My Mind's Eye 'Colourful Christmas' Papers
MS Zig Zag Embossed Punch
MS Snowflake Punch
SU Scallop & Oval Punches
Penny Black 'Peace' Sentiment
Doodlebug Cream Stones
Coloured image using Promarker Pens

You have until next Wednesday 11th August 2010 @ 8pm, to enter our challenge and us DT girlies, will pop on over to see your Christmas creations.

I had to take Georgia to get her eyes tested today and she needs glasses! I have never seen a ten year old so excited! It took nearly half an hour to try on about twenty different frames, until she choose hers. When I was her age, I got glasses too. My frames weren't as glamourous as her's, they were NHS Specs, torteshell, em they were lovely, not! I was teased badly as not many girls in my class wore them, lol! Thank goodness most of Georgia's friends wear them, so she will fit in well lol! She did want a pair of Red or Dead ones, they would have set me back nearly £100, thank god I talked her round, lol!

Am off to cook tea, need feeding up, as we are having a marathon uniform-buying session tommorrow, am not having too much luck getting trousers to fit, as Georgia's legs are so long! Fingers crossed we will find some or she will be wearing her jeans to school next term! We have lots left to buy, shoes, trainers etc., etc., the list goes on and on.......

Have a lovely evening, whatever you do!




Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday???

Hello WOYWW'ers! If you haven't become one yet, pop on over to Julia's Blog and join in the fun. All you have to do is, show us what you have on your workdesks and any projects that may be in progress.

My desk is very different this week. My girls and I have been busy sewing felt things. Jessie has made a butterfly and heart keyrings. Georgia, a flower and a heart. I have started an owl, but I havent managed to complete one yet, as Georgia needs lots of help, lol! We found some old templates and I am doing mine free-hand after being inspired by my little owl keyrings. Anyway, it is keeping them very quiet and they are really enjoying themselves.

I took a trip to The Range this week, I was extremely good. I need to top up on essentials, tape etc., but I wanted to find something special to go on my newly painted craft room wall. As soon as I saw this beautiful butterfly, I know it had to come home with me, hope you like it! It is stunning against the cream wall.

Unfortunatly, our little guinea pig Carrie is poorly again. So he is living on my Workdesk again. He has lost a tooth and we think that is why he had an infection before. The vet is very optimistic that he just has another infection in his gum, so he will be staying in our cat box until his anti-biotics have kicked in. Anyway, here he is, rather camera shy, lol!

Have a wonderful day! The weather looks pretty pants here today. I expect it will be another stay-in and sew day for us. Thanks for dropping by, I will be over to see your workdesks later.




Tuesday, 3 August 2010

I'm So Gorgeous!!!

Morning Peeps! Firstly, I am not gorgeous, but my little PB cat image is, lol! Here is my slightly-late DT card for Pear Tree Designs , as you know I have been having camera problems, but my lovely hubs has sorted it out for me, bless him!

There is a sketch to following this week by the lovely Donna, its was great to use! The prize will be 3 x Digital Images from :

I absolutely love this little Penny Black 'Primp' image, she is so my cat Molly, who spends all of her days, cleaning and preening herself, lol! I am also going to enter my card into the following challenges, as it fits their criteria's purrrrfectly, sorry had to fit that one in, lol!!

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Kath's Recipe : 1 Circle, 2 Papers & 3 Flowers

Allsorts Challenge - Fleur's Theme - 'Dressing Up'

My Card Recipe:

Black Bazzill Bling Cardstock
Pink Provocraft Paper
Glamourous Provocraft Paper
SU Flower Stamp
Black Lace Ribbon
Black Jelli Dots
Purse Charm from my lovely friend Lisa-Jane (Thanks hun x)
Coloured in with Promarker Pens, Ice Grey 2/3/4, Vanilla & Antique Pink &
Copic Pen 'Cerise - RV06'

Hope you have a wonderful day, am waiting for the girls to get up so we can decide on what we are going to do today.

Big hugs



Monday, 2 August 2010

Little Claire's August Stamp Set - My DT Card

Good afternoon, long time no blog for me! My camera has been playing around big-time since my eldest decided to play with it! Anyway, its back to its old self and am now playing catch up with myself. I also have to post my Pear Tree Designs card later, I really hate being late for things!

Here is my card using the fabby new image from Little Claire's , using the 'Lazy Days' stamp set. You can get this brand new stamp if you join the club in August. You can make your own gorgeous Little Claire cards. These are the stamps that you will receive, together with all the materials/instructions to make one card with your stamps and two more colour project ideas for these stamps. You will receive a new Little Claire stamp (or set, we vary every month), pre-cut materials & colour project ideas etc each month for 6 months and only pay £7.50 per month ( pound p&p). If you want to take up this fabby offer, just pop on over via the link.

My Card Recipe:

Blue Bazzill Cardstock
My Mind's Eye Paper (Soz can't remember the name)
Scallope and Circle Punches
Large Orange Button
Doodlebug Stones
Coloured in image using Promarkers : Denim Blue, Ice Grey 2, Burnt Orange & Sandstone
Hope to be back later with my Pear Tree Designs DT card, if blogger will let me, lol!
Enjoy your evening, 'Who Do You Think You Are?' will be on my box tonight along with Episode I of 'Sherlock', I loved number two last night, so am catch up on programmes too!