Monday, 30 November 2009

Triple Challenge Combo Monday!

So, lets see if I can do a little bit better this week and can get all the way to the weekend, posting every day?! The first card I have to show you manages to include 3 challenges - I'm feeling very pleased with myself, I can tell you ☺......

The fabulous sketch - this is a corker which I am keeping on file to use again!

Favourite Things - As you all know, I LOVE my Zoe Pearn papers, and this set is no exception! 

Christmas Card

So there we go! There is my bright and bold creation! I've switched the card that I am stamping on and I have to say, I'm really impressed. I managed to get an A4 pad of Bristol Board in my local art shop for about £5, which was a bargain really as I've not seen it below £7/8 before. However, I really do think it was worth it as I'm blending much better. What do you reckon?

Goodie List........
Stamps: Christmas Time by CC Designs, from Dies to Die For.
Paper: Kitsch Christmas by Zoe Pearn, from Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Gems from stash.

Ok, I make that lunch time. Covent Garden soup, here I come!
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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Anyone for Anya? Another FAB Dawny P sketch!

Ok, Ok, I failed... I only managed to post Sunday - Thursday last week! Still not bad for a slacker blogger though is it?! Well, I'm back today with my DT offering for Anyone for Anya? This week, we have another soo-pah sketch by the one and only Dawny P. It is a nice and easy one so there should be no excuse for you not to all join in! Especially as we are sponsored by Stemples & Zo, who are offering a very scrummy prize!

For once, I decided to make a boy card! I find them hideously hard but hey, I could do with the practice, right?! On the up side, I can also enter this one in to this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge as the brief is to make a card for a young laddie... this one counts, I hope!

Goodie List........
Digi Stamp: My Guy Autumn by The Greeting Farm.
Sentiment: MFT Sassy Sentiments.
Paper: You Rock! by Zoe Pearn, from Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch.

Seeing as the weather is blinkin' awful AGAIN, I am going to take the opportunity to get going on my 'bulk' christmas cards. I've realised that there is no way I will be able to make about 30 more individual ones in time as I have left it far too late. So my plan is to make little batches of a few different designs to help top me up. Fingers crossed it all works out OK!
Hope you are all having a fantabulous Sunday!
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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Whimsy Holiday Card Contest!

The wonderful Whimsy Stamps has now been up and running for a whole year and to celebrate that and the forthcoming festive season, Whimsy are running a holiday card competition! All you need to do is to make a holiday themed card using your favourite Whimsy stamps by Saturday 12 December and you could be in with a shot at winning a $50 shopping spree in the Whimsy online store! For all the details, take a hop, skip and jump over to the Whimsy homepage. We can't wait to see what you create!

Whilst we are on the subject of Whimsy, I thought I would share one of my latest DT cards with you. I have always loved this stamp so I was so pleased to get him inky. I used the layout from Sketch Saturday as my base and used yet more papers that I have had sat festering in a box somewhere! As the challenge this week at the Whimsy Challenge Blog is to make a christmas card, I think this card will qualify as my entry!

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Whimsy Moose' by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: Dovecraft?! Maybe.... not sure really!
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon and Stickled snowflakes from stash.

Hope you are all having a lovely evening. I'm off to make some smoked haddock fish cakes for tea.... not that I've been dreaming about them all day or anything....!
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 41

It's Wednesday again which means that it is time for another fab colour combo from the Copic Colour Challenge, so lets give those Copics some exercise! Woo-hoo! The combo this week is gorgeous - E29, YR16 and G99. I was a bit rubbish and only had the G99 and so had to improvise with the others. No worries though as it is all allowed in the rules! We are sponsored by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps this week so I thought it was only right that I use one of their fantabulous images on my card ....

I followed the Friday Sketchers sketch for this one. An oldie but certainly a goodie! I also did a bit of sponging again around the outside of the image. I'm really quite liking this effect at the moment. In fact, I like it so much that when I don't do it, I start thinking my card looks a little naked! I know, I'm bonkers. ☺

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Posy' by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - from Dies to Die For.
Paper: 'Boo to You' by MME, from Dies to Die For.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamagic in 'Thatched Straw' & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Nestabilities, Card Candy from Craftword Cards and ribbon from stash.

By the way, did you receive the latest Dies to Die For newsletter? Tracy is going to be stocking Copics soon! Yippee! The good news is that the DT are working hard to put together their favourite colour combos so that you will be able to buy them in sets that actually work. Great for those of you who are just starting out, or even those of you who are already Copic fans but just fancy mixing up your colour combos! So exciting! ☺

Right, enough waffling. See you soon!
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

A Whiff of Joy

Well, day 2, and here I am again! It's going well this posting every day malarky.... so far anyway! It is ages since I joined in at the Whiff of Joy challenge blog but when I saw the fab sketch they had this week, I just had to play!

This card is full of neglected stash! I bought this stamp last year but think I have only ever used it once - how naughty is that?! No idea why either as I really love it. Even the paper has been sat in a box, untouched for a year. Feeling very pleased that I was able to use both on this card ☺

Goodie List........
Stamp: Carol Singing Charlotte by Whiff of Joy.
Sentiment: Imaginisce Snag 'Em.
Paper: 'The Winter Matstack' by DCWV
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Nestabilities, MS punched border strip, ribbon and button from stash.

Thanks for stopping by today. So sorry I've not been leaving comments on your blogs of late - I'm hoping to put that right this week sometime! Thanks for sticking by me, you lovely crafty chums ☺

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Simon Says Stamp

Howdy folks. I realised at the weekend that the only cards I've been posting are challenge DT ones, so this week I am going to try and sort that out. So.... (she says holding her breath!), I am going to try and post every day this week and join in a few more fun challenges ☺. Wish me luck!

Kicking things off, I thought I'd share the card that I made for my Mum's birthday. As the theme this week at Simon Says Stamp is 'Animal Antics', I think this little bad boy works perfectly! It may seem a strange card to give your Mum for her birthday, but she is desperate for a Chihuahua and is actually on the waiting list with the Chihuahua rescue people. Fingers crossed she gets her pup before Christmas as she is totally desperate for one!

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Spike' - It's All in the Accessories by Mo Manning.
Paper: Basic Grey - Urban Prairie
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Gems from stash.

Right, that's it from me for today - see you tomorrow!
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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Anyone for Anya? - Make a Fake!

Whoopsie-daisy.... I got so caught up in my little craft fest that I totally forgot to post my Anyone for Anya DT card! This week, we want you to make a fake. So bring on the faux stitching and handmade flowers and stuffs. Tracy at Dies to Die For is our sponsor this week and she is offering the most gorgeous Greetings Farm stamp as a prize. To be in with a shot of winning, bring on that fakery!

I spotted this new Anya in the digi section of the Greeting Farm website and I just had to have it! Just check out those Uggs.... isn't she the cutest?!

My fakery is obviously the faux stitching. However, I guess you could say that the paper is fake as well as it is the digi version of the MME stuff, not the real version!

The eagle eyed among you will note that I used the Mojo Monday sketch for this one. I also reckon this is pretty teenagery and so I am going to try my luck with Cute Card Thursday this week too!

Goodie List........
Digi Stamp: Miss Anya Autumn from The Greetings Farm.
Paper: Little Joys by Zoe Pearn, from Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Nestabilities, ribbon and button from stash.

Right, I'm off to watch Top Gear - see you soon gorgeous girlies!
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 40

Just a VERY quick one from me today as I am sneakily posting at work again - oops! Am stupidly behind with everything at the moment as we have had about 8 swimming filled weekends on the bounce and, as this is when I do the majority of my crafting, I'm now struggling to keep up!

Anyway, enough of my whining. Here is my card for this weeks Copic Colour Challenge. The colours this week are RV23, YG06 and YR04 and we are sponsored by the super-dooper InStyle Stamps.

I am amazed this card looks this neat actually as I made it in 40 minutes last night before bed! Can't wait until the weekend when I can have a proper craft fest!

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Sarah' by InStyle.
Paper: 'Tutti Frutti' by Zoe Pearn, Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Gems from stash.

Right gotta dash - it's time for spinning!
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Sunday, 15 November 2009

Anyone for Anya - Getting Round to It

A flying post from me today I'm afraid as I'm actually posting this on Saturday, just before we fly out of the door to another 2 swimming competitions! This weekend, we will be taking in the (probably wet and windy) sights of Croydon, Dartford and Enfield - lucky us eh?! M3 and M25.... in this weather! ARGH!

Anyone, enough waffling. I want to share with you my DT card for this weeks Anyone for Anya? challenge. The theme is 'Getting Round to It' and we want you to use as many round things on your card as possible. We are sponsored by Paper & Pictures this week so make sure you join in!

Do you think I used enough round stuff? Round nesties, round gems, round button, round spots on my ribbon.... I tried really hard!

Goodie List........
Digi Stamps: 'Alice Anya' by The Greeting Farm.
Digi Paper: 'A Colorful Christmas' from Designer Digitals.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Nesties, button, ribbon and gems from stash.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and that the sun is shining wherever you are.

P.S. Thanks so much to all of you who visit my blog regularly and leave such lovely comments. I'm aware I've been a terrible blogging buddy lately, so I really appreciate each and every one of you for sticking by me ~♥~
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 39

Sorry I'm a little late in posting this weeks Copic Colour Challenge card. I couldn't get my act together this morning to schedule it and unfortunately, I was actually working at work today! Work is such a pain, don't you think?! Ah well, at least it keeps stash on the table ;o)

The colour combo this week is rather a bold one - G05, R29 and Y08. Unfortunately, I had a little bit of trouble with it so I was pretty pleased when I was able to knock something together that I wasn't totally appalled by!

I couldn't find any ribbon in my stash to match my card so I got colouring some plain white satin ribbon with my Copic markers. Works a treat but it doesn't half make the ribbon go crunchy! Also attempted a bit of sponging around the image and tried to use the Flowersoft again.... with varying success!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Nora by CC Designs, in stock at Dies to Die For.
Paper: 'Fairy Lights' by Pink Petticoat.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: MS BP Punched strip (thanks Sheila!), ribbon and button from stash.

Anyway, I'm off to do a spot of crafting now as the laptop is playing havoc with the internet connection and Ali is struggling to play his new Call of Duty game online!
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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

On the fourth day of Christmas....

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

Yep, that's right! We're getting you in the Christmas spirit early with a Whimsy blog hop! As you can probably tell, I'm 4th on the list of hoppers. If you've hopped to me from Erin, that's great. However, if not, you are going to want to start right back at the beginning with our amazing guest designer, Bev! You wouldn't want to miss anything, would you?!

Denise and the DT are SUPER excited about this release as we have got to play with Whimsy's brand new line, designed by none other than Crissy Armstrong! What a phenomenal talent that lady is! I am personally LOVING the new images - expect to see my blog smothered in them soon ☺. And on that note, here is my blog hop card.....

Isn't this the cutest thing you have ever seen?! And what is more this stamp is totally versatile - combine it with different papers and you have yourself a birthday card for a card lover!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Very Present Helpers, by Whimsy Stamps.
Sentiment: Holiday Postmarks by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: My Mind's Eye - Colorful Christmas, in stock at Dies to Die For.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Gems from stash.

Right, so now you have checked out my offering, you need to hop on over to Ann's blog where she will serve you another slice of temptation! By the way, you are sure to want to finish the hop as there will be some sugar sweet candy on offer right at the end ☺.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Whimsy Sneak Peeks......

You are SO going to want to come back at 5pm's another Whimsy blog hop! And just to tease you all a little bit more, check out these sneak peeks!

See you laters alligators!
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Sunday, 8 November 2009

Anyone for Anya? Recipe Time!

Hello lovely people. I honestly thought that life was going to calm down this week and that I would be starting to get more time..... not a chance! With one thing or another, it has been manic again all week. Oh well, maybe next week?!

Anyway, enough whining from me..... you want to check out my Anyone for Anya DT card don't you?! This week, it is recipe time and we are challenging you to use 3 papers, 2 buttons and 1 ribbon/bow. Easy huh?! We are also sponsored by the very wonderful Tracy from Dies to Die For this week - remember you have to be in it to win it!

You may be forgiven for thinking that I have cheated this week, but I promise that this is a TGF image! I do fear I should have left a little bit of white in her tail though.... must remember that next time I colour her in!

Goodie List........
Digi Stamps: The Greeting Farm.
Paper: 'Tis the Season by Bo Bunny.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Stickles, ribbon and buttons from stash.

Before I go, I need to pick your brains about something..... snowy Flower Soft. I bought some this week after seeing loads of cards 'snowed up' with it. Could I get it to look any cop on this card? Nope. I had to scratch it off and chuck it in the bin. Did it go wrong because I was covering piddley areas or it is just a pain in the bum to use?! Answers on the back of a postcard please...... or to save postage, the comments box below is fine to use too! ☺

Hope you have a lovely Sunday and that you are able to join in with AFA? this week!
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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Copic Colour Challenge 38

How can it be Wednesday already?! Is it just me or it time literally flying past at the moment? I'm very lucky today as I have the day off and I am going down to Bournemouth with my family to visit my Great Aunt who has not been too well recently. Looking forward to a Brady family expedition. We don't get to do many these days, so they are always a treat when they do happen!

Anyway, better get back to business... I have a new card to share with you today! This is my DT card for this weeks Copic Colour Challenge. The colour combo is a bold one (R85, G02, B02) and was chosen by me, so apologies if you have trouble with it!

Loving these papers. They are just my kind of colours and they go perfectly with the colour combo I picked. Amazing what you can do when you don't actually think about it isn't it?

Goodie List........
Stamps: Fishing Santa by High Hopes, in stock at Dies to Die For
Sentiment: Computer generated.
Paper: My Minds Eye, in stock at Dies to Die For.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Embellishments: Ribbon and matt gems from stash.

Hope you can join us this week - especially as we are sponsored by the fabulous Paper Pretties!
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Unclaimed Blog Candy

Unfortunately, my Whimsy blog candy from the latest hop hasn't been claimed. Therefore, I thought I would draw again and hope that the new winner hops by my blog to find a nice surprise waiting for them!

The new winner of the foxy Whimsy stamp is...........

Congrats Cassandra! Drop me an email and I will get the stamp in the post to you!

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Anyone for Anya? Patriotic Anya!

I just lurve this weeks theme at Anyone for Anya...... we are challenging you to make a patriotic card using the colours of your nation! Cool huh?!

We are also sponsored by who have been extremely generous and have offered up a Miss Anya Dressy set to one lucky winner! So what are you waiting for? Get cracking with the {no doubt} Red, White and Blue!

 So here is my offering. Pretty pleased with how it turned out actually. I suppose it helps that I am totally in love with this new Pink Petticoat 'Fairy Light' kit! It's is just so gorgeous, that I have decided that I am going to make all of my 'bulk' christmas cards from it this year! Now.... the eagle-eyed among you will notice that I have included some snowflakes on my card. IRL, these are extremely sparkly. But, from the photo......? Not so much! As I would like to enter this card in to this weeks Simon Says Stamp challenge where the theme is 'Glitter and Sparkle', I thought that I had better prove that there really is some glitter and sparkle on my card! So, for those interested, please click on the close up below where you should see a tiny bit of sparkle!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Rain, Snow and Shine by The Greetings Farm.
Paper: Pink Petticoat 'Fairy Lights'.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Nesties, Stickles, Liquid Applique, Dovecraft snowflake punch & Fiskars Apron Lace border punch.

Hope the weather with you is better than the storms we currently have in Southampton!
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New Stash at Dies to Die For!

The weather is awful so why not stay in and do a little bit of online craft shopping?!

Tracy has got the brand spanking new Greeting Farm and Kraftin' Kimmie stamp releases in stock!

Head on over to Dies to Die For ASAP as there are even a few extra special offers to be had.......!

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