Friday, 26 November 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge # 44 'Untraditional Christmas Cards'

Good afternoon, chilly willy here in Sussex today, we are expecting snow over the weekend, so I have the camera ready for some snowy pictures. Hope you are well and warm wherever you are?

Firstly, thank you to all of my lovely new followers for joining my blog, thanks for any comments left, they are very much appreciated!

Secondly, it's Friday, so it's challenge time again over at Totally Papercrafts Challenge . The theme this week is a a real cracker! Untraditional Christmas Cards, that means NO, Red, Green, Gold & Silver! Challenges aren't meant to be easy, lol! The DT love to mix it up and will be popping over to see what you come up with.

Our lovely sponsor this week is :

Simon Says Stamps and they are offering a $10 voucher as the prize

My Card Recipe :
White Scalloped Card Blank, Brown Bazzill Cardstock, Dotty Paper (forgot name soz), Nestibility Large Scallop & Circle Dies, LOTV Snowman Image Sentiment Circle & MS. Snowflake Edge and Snowflake punches, Silver Card Candy and Cosmic Shimmer. Coloured in with Promarker pens.

Have a busy weekend ahead, hubs and I are sorting the loft so that should be lots of fun, I have lots of Christmas shopping to get done and then the dreaded wrapping! Hopefully we will be able to do some snowman making too!
Whatever you do, enjoy!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

MAWTT Weekly Challenge # 74 'More Than One Fold'

Good morning, its freeeeezzzzzing here in Sussex today, well I expect its like that everywhere, lol! I haven't warmed up since I went to watch Georgia play in her first football match yesterday, my toes are still numb! It was such great fun, her team won the first game 1 - 0, she helped set up the goal and my god can she move on the pitch, lol! I was a very proud Mum and was slightly embarressing screaming 'come on Georgia', lol!

Anyway, it's Wednesday again and time to share my DT card for Moving Along With The Times . It is the lovely Brenda's turn to host the challenge and wow what a theme this week! Your card has to have folds, as many as you can come up with.

Our sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish Store , they are offering THREE digi images as the prize, so hurry up and get folding!

To my card, well my printer is out of ink, so I have used one of my new images from LOTV, I treated myself to at the NEC, its such a lovely image, have made so many birthday cards using it.

My Card Recipe :

Red Bazzill Swiss Dot Cardstock, Basic Grey 'Eskimo Kisses, Reindeer Games' Paper, Papershaper Flower Punch, Queen & Co. Pearls, Cosmic Shimmer. I have coloured in the image using Promarkers.

I have lots of cards to make, some orders, DT and Christmas, so must get on with them, keeping warm eating lots of toasted teacakes and endless cups of fresh coffee, yum! Whatever your going to be doing, keep warm. This cold weather has put me in such a good Christmas mood, must go find my Xmas CD, lol!




Sunday, 21 November 2010


Good evening, thanks so much for all of you that helped me celebrate over 40,000 visits to my blog.

I wish all of you could win, but all of the names were put into a hat where Georgia picked out the name of :


Well done She, please mail me your address to : and I will send you your candy.

Thanks again, have a lovely evening!




Friday, 19 November 2010

Totally PaperCrafts Challenge # 43 'Snow & Snowflakes'


Good evening, hope your Friday has been fun! I am nearly over the flu and have been catching up with lots of housework and homey things today, thanks so much for all of your lovely mails and get well messages.

The theme this week over at Totally Papercrafts Challenge is right up my street 'Snow & Snowflakes'. The Design Team have made some fabulous projects this week, please do pop on over there to see them.

We are lucky enough to be sponsored this week by Squigglefly. The prize are FIVE digi images, so hurry up and get making your cards and cover them with snowflakes and snow!

My Card Recipe :

Turquoise Bazzill Swiss Dot Cardstock

Craft Creations Snowman Paper

Little Claire Large Scallop & Circle Dies

Penny Black Snowman Image,

Hero Arts Christmas Sentiment

Anita's Sheer Ribbon

MS Snowflakes

White buttons from stash

Promarkers in shades of Turquoise & Blue

I am also entering my card into the following challenges :

Have a lovely weekend, I will be spending mine Christmas shopping and making some Christmas cards, enjoy yours whatever you do.




Thursday, 18 November 2010

MAWTT Challenge # 73 - Sketch


Good evening, it is my turn to host the challenge this week over at Moving Along With The Times and I have decided to come up with a sketch, just to mix it up!

On my card I have used the following crafty products : Black& Cream Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock, Black/Cream Snowflake Paper, Little Claire 'Christmas Pals' Image, Little Claire Pointy Frames Die, MS Aspen Snowflake Punch & Gold Card Candy. Coloured in with shades of dark grey Promarker pens.

We have been very spoilt this week and have been given Little Claire's new Christmas stamps to play with. The MAWTT Design Team have come up with some stunning creations using them, please pop on over to the main blog to see them. The prize to the winner of our challenge will receive this fabulous stamp 'Lampost Snowman', isn't he lovely?

You have until next Wednesday (24th) to enter our challenge.

Have a lovely evening, am off to watch 'Im A Celebrity', am loving this series this time, such a great group of campers!



Saturday, 13 November 2010


Hello, hello blogging peeps! I am celebrating having over 40,000 blog hits, and am thanking you all with some lovely blog candy. Lots of crafty bits to get your mojo flowing! I have been blogging now for two years and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I have made some wonderfully caring, supportive friends, learnt lots of new crafting techniques, spent an absolute fortune on new craft bits and it has also brought me a fantastic new job. I have laughed and laughed until my sides have ached with like minded ladies/chaps and it has made me a very, very happy blogger! Thank you so much for every comment left, I appreciate and love them all!

Candy includes :

Woodware Christmas Stamp Set, Hero Arts Borders, Christmas Stamp Set, Whiff of Joy Stamp, Sarah Kay Stamp, Flower Die Frame Set, 3 x Stamping Bella Stamps, 3 x Smookie Stamps, 2 x Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps, 2 x Snag Em Stamps, Christmas Snag Em Stamp Set, Parcel & Robin Stamp Set, Papermania 3 x Glitter Glues, Anita's Sticky Ribbons, Forever Friends Gold Peel-Offs, Anita's Stockings Ripple Stickers, Petaloo Mulberry Flowers, Papermania Paper Flowers, Blue Satin Ribbon & 3 x Doodlebug Ribbon Sets

Right to my candy, to qualify and be in it to win it, please do the following :

(1) Become a follower of my blog. If you are already, thank you, you can still enter my candy.

(2) Please advertise my candy on your blog.

(3) Leave me a comment, telling me why you want my candy, like my blog etc. lol!

The winner will be picked randomly by Georgia, my lovely daughter, on Sunday 21st November 2010 at 6pm and announced on my blog that evening. Only genuine bloggers can apply, thank you!

Once again, thanks so much for taking part, good luck and thanks for making the last two years so special for me.

Good luck to all,



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Friday, 12 November 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge # 42 - 'Black & Purple'

Good morning, thank Crunchie it's Friday! It's been a very long week for me, so am so glad the weekend has come around again. Friday means challenge time again over at Totally Papercrafts Challenge . This week, the DT have made projects using the colours 'Black & Purple', they are stunning, do whizz over and take a look via the link above.

The lovely Mandi Moore is sponsoring the challenge this week and the prize is a gorgeous set of Stamping Up stamps, (one of the sets on my wishlist).

In addition to this Mandi, has very generously thrown in an extra special offer. For anyone who places a SU order with her during the course of this challenge week they will be entered into a draw to win a co-ordinating bauble punch worth £15.50If anyone would like to order any SU goodies you can visit her blog.

To my DT creation, I have altered a purple candle. I brought it at ASDA and OMG it's smell of berries, is just gorgeous! I have wrapped around it, a Black Bazzill Smootie band, with punched edges from my new EK 'wave' punch and some black silk ribbon. Have cut out two Nestibility shapes and attached together with a purple stoned brad. Stamped up my new lush LOTV stamp and sentiment circle stamp and edged them with my Momento 'Grape Jelly'. The image is coloured in with Promarkers and have added some small MS snowflakes and clear stones. My friend Sharon loves candles, so I will probably give it to her. We often go candle smelling at a local shop here, yep people watching do think we are barmy, but Yankee candles are so scrummy, lol!

Georgia is off of school today, she has a temperature and a tummy ache, so we have been snuggled up with the cats watching movies, 'Christmas with the Kranks', this morning and now 'Narnia'. I really must get on with my Christmas cards, have so many left to do. I started off the year really well, having made about thirty, but as I have been working alot, I just haven't had the time, I would so love to be organised!

Anyway, have to go get Georgia some lunch, have a lovely weekend and keep warm!



Thursday, 11 November 2010

Moving Along With The Times # 72 'Nice & Bright'

Good evening, it's challenge time over at Moving Along With The Times . My bezzie Hazel has chosen the theme of 'Nice & Bright' this week. We want to see lots of bright colours, flowers and embellies, just jazz your creations up!

Stitchy Bear are kindly sponsoring us again this week and the DT have been playing with their images, they are offering some digi images as the prize.

My Card Recipe

Using 'Molly Cat & Birdhouse' Stitchy Bear Image, Brown Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey 'Pyrus' paper, Prima Flowers, SU Sentiment & Thread. Buttons from stash. Have coloured in with Promarkers.

Have had a pretty grot week here, the weather has been awful, heavy rain and winds. I have wanted to hibernate! Also my little rabbit had a stroke yesterday, he is a little better today, but we have to watch him hourly.

I got a lovely surprise this week, I have been asked by the lovely Jenni to be a Guest Designer for Crafty Creations Challenge this month, will be showing my first card next Wednesday.
There challenge this week is to include buttons.

You have until next Wednesday, 17th November 2010 @ 8pm to enter our challenge, get playing and I am looking forward to coming by your blogs to see what you have made.

Enjoy your evening!



Tuesday, 9 November 2010


Helloooooo! Sorry didn't manage to join in the fun that is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday last week, it was the first time I haven't joined in since I started back in the Spring. I was up to my eyes in samples & packing for Birmingham, which was fantastic, great to meet so many of my friends at last, putting faces to names etc.,

Well, that time of the week has come around again, if you have been on another planet for the last year, you will not know anything about the lovely Julia , who started this trend. Once a week, a group of mad bloggers share their workspaces and creations. It is truly wonderful to see so much crafting out there. Julia has gathered us all together, her blog is amazing, so inspirational, do whizz over there and take a look and if your feeling brave, take some piccies and share them with us all!

To my desk today, is a total mess! Haven't had time to tidy up and put away my crafty bits & purchases from the weekend, it does give you a nosy at what I have. My dear friend Hazel, couldn't believe that I have fifteen boxes of paper, yes I know I have a paper problem. Is there a group out there called 'Paper Horders Anonymous'??? Well I need to sign up for some sessions, I have to stroke and smell them on a regular basis, well I am coming out and am standing proud lol! No haven't had a drink yet, just high on the smell of some My Mind's Eye that I have recently brought, lol!

Anyway, have been catching up with housework and getting my car MOT'd, Polly Punto passed, yippee!! Her brakes needed tweeking but nothing too major, thank goodness. Stamps, stamps and more stamps, punches, etc., etc., what you can see all needs to be tidied and sorted. I didn't get too much time to shop at the NEC, but managed to pick up some Penny Black's, LOTV stamps, some templates, flowers & a lovely new punch from EK Success.

I also wanted to share my clock with you. I made it at a craft party last night. The design is by the lovely Cary, I have tweeked it very slightly, I just love it! it is taking pride of place on my book case, it is so beautiful, hope you like it? I have been so inspired, am going to find lots of bits to alter and hopefully get finished, lol!

Had better go, school run using a canoe in our bad weather and some DT's to finish.

Have a crafty inspired day!




Sunday, 7 November 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge # 41 'Tag It'

Good afternoon, am late in posting this, got back from Birmingham last night and am very tired today but had lots and lots of fun. It was great to meet so many of you lovely ladies that I blog with but especially my dear friend Clare. We have been blogging for two years now and have never met, she told me that she wouldn't be going, so you can imagine the shock with I saw her standing in front of the stand, lol! I will get my own back sweet-cheeks, I will turn up on your doorstep one day, lol!
It was also lovely to meet Fleur & Lou, Lyndsey and Fleur and of course, the lovely Cazz, who always stops by for a chat at each demo I do. Big hello to Darcy and her mum, who I promised I would say hi to, don't forget to send me some photos of your lovely cards.

Right, to my DT entry for Totally Papercrafts Challenge , the lovely Anne has given us the challenge of including 'TAGS' on your creations. The DT have come up with some beautiful creations this week, if you want to be uber-inspired, do pop on over and take a look!

Our sponsor is the lovely Sally-Ann of Digi Stamp Boutique who is offering SIX fabulous images as the prize.

To my tag, well I kept it simple, I cut out a Little Claire Tag Die using some brown Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock, some Papershaper flowers in Pink and some scrap paper, a stamped SU sentiment, Doodlebug Stones and SU Dotty Ribbon. I have coloured in this digi image with Promarkers.

Have a case to empty, washing to do and catch up with the X-Factor & Strictly, enjoy your afterenoon, be back tommorrow with a challenge or two.

Big hugs



Thursday, 4 November 2010

Moving Along With The Times Weekly Challenge # 71 - Kelli's Sketch

Good morning, happy Thursday to you! Challenge time again over at Moving Along With The Times , my lovely teamie Kelli is hosting the challenge and she has come up with a great sketch for you to follow.

I have made a tag and have tweeked the sketch slightly. I was watching X-Factor while I was making this. Not sure whether that helped me or not, but this is what I came up with, lol!

Tag Recipe

Little Claire's Tag Die Set, Black Bazzill Smoothie, White & Brown Bazzill Swiss Dot Cardstock, Daisy Bucket paper scraps, SU Bird and branch punch set, MS Rings Border and Aspen punches, Red Metallic Cardstock, Paula Pascual Christmas Sentiment, Papermania ribbon and Doodlebug Stones. I have added Cosmic Shimmer all around the tag.

Our sponsor this week is Clare @ Threadbare and she is offering some peel-offs as the prize.

As always, you have a week to enter, so make sure your entries are with us by 8pm, next Wednesday 10th November, when a winner and top three will be picked.

Am going to be absent from blogging for a few days as I am off to the big exhibition @ The NEC Birmingham, I will be demoing on the Little Claire stand, so please do pop by and say Hi!

Have a lovely weekend, take care!