Sunday, 28 February 2010

Anyone for Anya? - Sketch Time!

Happy Sunday.... even though it is actually Friday night for me! I'm off to play with my girlies this weekend so I am scheduling my Anyone for Anya DT card in advance. Rare for me to be so organised, isn't it?! This week we are sponsored by Squiggle Stamps and our very own Dawny P has created another of her wonderful sketches for you to play with! Here is my take......

I. Want. To. EAT. This. Paper. How delicious?! It's the new My Minds Eye 'Quite Contrary' and if you don't have it in your stash already, head over to Tracy at Dies to Die For right now as.... it is totally to die for!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Madelynn by The Greetings Farm, available from Dies to Die For.
Paper: Quite Contrary by My Minds Eye, in stock here at Dies to Die For.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, Y21, YR23, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG63, YG67, BG15, BG34, BG49, W1, W3, W5, W7.

Whatever you have been up to, I hope you have had a fabulous weekend. I can foresee that mine will be one of girlie giggles and lots of naughty food!

Thanks for stopping by,
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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Friday Sketchers #90

Oh crikey, I need to face it, I have a total Zoe Pearn addiction! I just cannot get enough of that lovely lady's papers! These are my latest additions.....

Loving this cute little TGF image as well and was most delighted when Tracy sent this beaut to me in my last DT package! These babies were available briefly at the start of the year but aren't officially released until 1st March. Of course, Tracy already has these bad boys (and girls!) ready to go so get ready for Monday!

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Happy Days' by The Greetings Farm, from Dies to Die For.
Paper: Away We Go - Zoe Pearn, available from Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, R20, R22, BG15, BG34, BG49, Y17, Y21, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Prima flowers, ticket from Zoe Pearn paper kit, brads and gems from stash.

Ooh, nearly forgot to say, this one follows the layout over at Friday Sketchers! I really enjoyed playing with this sketch so I think it is one I will definately use again.
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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 53

Hello peeps. It's going to be a super quick one from me tonight I'm afraid as I've had a day full of meetings and I am utterly cream crackered. I just want to share with you the card I made for this weeks Copic Colour Challenge. We're sponsored by Stretch n Bubbles and the DT got to play with some of their images. This little birdie was perfect for this weeks colours - YG03, C7 and Y17.

I'm currently making a bag for my friends birthday present so I added a bit of stitching to this card whilst my little Janome was out. Still love the effect it gives. Because of the stitching, I can also add this card into this weeks challenge over at Stamp with Fun.

Goodie List........
Stamps: Stretch n Bubbles.
Paper: Pink Petticoat free kit.
Copic Markers: YG03, YG63, YG67, Y15, Y17, Y21, C3, C5, C7.

OK, thats all from me today. I'll be hopping in to my lovely bed soon! Oh well, only 1 more day at work until I have 3 days off! Woo-hoo!
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Monday, 22 February 2010

Crazy 4 Challenges

Crazy 4 Challenges is a new challenge for me but I'm really glad I found it because I loved this weeks sketch!

This is one of the 8 cards I made over the weekend.... I tell you, I've never been so organised! I really adore these papers but don't tend to use them much as I find them quite tricky to work with. Glad I was brave this time though as I love how this one turned out!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Birthday Anya, in stock here at Dies to Die For.
Paper: 'Everyday' by American Crafts.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E50, R20, R22, R32, YG03, YG63, YG67, B00, B02, B05, Y17, Y21, YR23, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Gems from stash.

Thanks for stopping by today and for any lovely comments you may leave. Hope your Monday is going well!
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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Anyone for Anya - Something Completely Different.....

Thanks for popping by today - it's Anyone for Anya? challenge time! This week, we are sponsored by the splendiferous Tracy from Dies to Die For and we are challenging you to create something completely different. By that we mean that we want you to make something you wouldn't normal make or using a technique or a style that you wouldn't normally use. You get the idea, right? For my card, I decided to make an unorthadox RSVP card for my best friends wedding. Her colours are green so I thought this colour scheme might be appropriate......

For this challenge, I decided to drag out one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders and used it instead of my beloved design papers. I also tried to produced a CAS card. I say tried as I've not done it very well! I have lost count of the amount of times I ripped that green panel off and repositioned it because it was wonky. The thing about CAS cards is that they have to be perfect.... far too much pressure for me! I think I'm safer when there are more layers to distract the eye from general wonkiness!

Goodie List........
Digi Stamp: The Greeting Farm.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E33, E43, E47, E49, E50, R20, R22, R32, G21, G85, G99, Y21, YG23, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, ribbon and button from stash.

BTW, I can safely say the Thai last night was utterly delish. The best thing I had was some kind of chicken peanut curry thing {with a name I've forgotten already} which was totally to die for..... making my mouth water just thinking about it!

Right, I'm going to grab a coffee and then do a bit of blog hopping! Happy Sunday lovely ladies!
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Saturday, 20 February 2010


I am on FIRE today - I've made 5 cards! I've even got ahead of myself on the challenge front ☺. Feeling very pleased with myself! 

The first one to show you is a sweet little one using one of the new CC Design images and a stunning freebie Zoe Pearn kit.....

I'm entering this one in to quite a few challenges. Getting quite good at this challenge combining malarky!

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Spring Time.
Crafty Angels - Fantastic Flowers.
Cute Card Thursday - Metal Mania.
Stamp with Fun - Sketch.
Stamp Something - Touch of Spring

Goodie List........
Stamps: Darby & Bumbles by CC Designs, in stock at Dies to Die For.
Paper: Sweet Nothings by Zoe Pearn.
Copic Markers: R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, B00, B02, B05, YG03, YG63, YR04, YR07, E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Prima flowers, Dew Drops, ribbon, brads and button from stash.

So excited about tonight..... it's our anniversary so we are testing out Southampton's new(ish!) swanky Thai restaurant! Can't wait! ~♥~

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!
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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Whimsy Magical Mythical Tour Blog Hop‏

Welcome to the Whimsy Magical Mythical Tour Blog Hop! If you have hopped here from Ann's blog, that is brilliant - you're in the right place. However, if you have just happened upon my blog, you are going to want to go right back to the beginning, back to Simonne's blog..... well you wouldn't want to miss anything would you?!

Today is the launch of the new Mythical collection over at Whimsy Stamps. We will be launching 4 gorgeous fairy inspired images by Katie Sowa and 3 fabulous sentiment sets designed by Raindrop Echo Designs.
Make sure that you follow the hop right to the very end as one lucky winner drawn at random with receive all 7 new stamp sets plus a few other little bits seen below.....

So...... do you want to see what I made with the new images?! I just love little Shy-Ann so she just had to be the first little fairy to get inky! I also seem to have caught a bit of an 'Easel Card' type bug which means I just HAD to make another one of these fabulous style cards!

And from the arty, side shot.......

For the layout, I followed the sketch this week over at Create 4 Fun.
Goodie List........
Stamps: Shy-Ann and Snippets Set 2, both by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: Ever After by Cosmo Cricket.
Copic Marker Colours: E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, E93, Y17, Y21, G21.
Tools & Embellishments: Nesties, EK Success punch, Prima Flowers, Dew Drops, glitter and pearls from stash.

So that is all from me. The next person on the hippity-hoppity list is Nikki! Thanks for stopping by today and thanks for supporting Whimsy!
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Copic Colour Challenge 52

Crikey, I'll be spoiling you all today you know. This is going to be the first of 2 posts! Almost unheard of for me! I'm more of a 'pace yourself' kinda gal! 

Anyway, the first post today is to share my Copic Colour Challenge DT card with you. I really enjoyed playing with this weeks colours C3, R11 and G21. Such a pretty little combo and pretty easy to work with, which is always nice! We're also sponsored by InStyle, which would explain this super cute image....!

I'm totally getting in to my soft and springy colours again. It is so nice to get back to this, especially after the chilly winter we've had! I also used the layout over at Friday Sketchers this week - fab sketch, huh?

Goodie List........
Stamps: InStyle Stamps.
Paper: One of my many Zoe Pearn sets from Sweet Shoppe Designs!
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E50, Y17, Y21, YR23, R20, R22, G21, G85, G99, C1, C3, C5, C7, BG01, BG05.
Tools & Embellishments: Nesties, glitter and ribbon from stash.

Make sure you pop back later - I'm in the Whimsy Magical Mythical blog hop!
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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Whimsy Sneak Peeks!

Just a quick little teaser post from me today...... just to whip you up in to a frenzy about tomorrows Whimsy Magical Mythical Tour blog hop! Whimsy are releasing a new series of fun stamps and 3 new sentiments sets which you are going to LOVE. And just to whet your appetite, here is a little peek of what you can expect to find on my blog tomorrow.......!

How could you resist a set of eyes like that?! Make sure you drop back tomorrow around 5pm (GMT) to join in all the blog hop fun!
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Monday, 15 February 2010

Be My Valentine....

I finally made an easel card! I've been threatening to do this for months and eventually got round to it on Saturday morning when I made Ali's Valentines card! Completely love the effect and can't believe how easy it is.... expect to see more of these on a blog near you very shortly!

I pulled out my favorite papers from Pink Petticoat and am so pleased with how it turned out. I think it is nice and lovey-dovey whilst still being a little bit masculine. Well, Ali liked it anyway!

This card is also eligible for a few challenges..........

Cute Card Thursday - In the Name of Love.
Creative Card Crew - Valentines. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I think I am slowly getting myself organised and am gradually making my way around all your lovely blogs to leave some nice comments! I'll get there in the end, I promise!
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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Anyone for Anya? Flower Power

Happy Valentines Day! Hope you are all enjoying the weekend and that you have been spoilt rotten by your loved ones. I was lucky enough to receive a very large bunch of red, white, dark pink and light pink roses. He's a lovely boy, isn't he?! Especially as I abandoned him last night to go to a roller disco with my girlies. It was so much fun and I was one of the only ones NOT to fall over! Result! Lets just say, vodka, wine and wheels don't generally mix well! ☺

As it is Sunday, it is time for another Anyone for Anya? challenge! This week we are sponsored by Stempelstudio and the theme is flower power! Nice and easy, there is no excuse for you all not to join us this week!

I picked up this paper pad in Hobbycraft last Sunday and I've been dying to attack it all week! I flipped this weeks sketch at Sketch Saturday 180 degrees and used that for the layout. I changed it a little bit so I hope it still qualifies for the challenge.

Goodie List........
Stamps: Miss Anya 'Love', in stock at Dies to Die For.
Paper: 'Just Chillin' by Making Memories.
Copic Colours: E00, E11, E33, E50, V12, V15, V17, R20, R22, R32, Y21, YG23.
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon and gems from stash.

I have the day to myself today so I am off to do some more crafting. Have a great day!
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Thursday, 11 February 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 51

Morning all. Well, this post is officially a day late but I've been having all sorts of problems with the PC. We are in the process of repairing my (high spec but unstable!) PC and replacing Ali's older and slower one which we have been using for the last couple of years. We spent ages transferring everything off the old one and putting it on the external hard drive. We then plugged in the freshly repaired machine and...... nothing! Flaming techonology! Anyway, after much faffing, the old set up is back, the other PC is back in the repair shop and this post is a day overdue! Oh well, you can't win them all, can you?!

This weeks colour combo at Copic Colour Challange was a total joy to work with - I loved every minute of it. I suppose it also helps that the layout I used from this weeks Friday Sketchers totally ROCKS too!

I finally got round to inking up this Kraftin' Kimmie image - isn't she the cutest?! I also got to play with some of the new Bo Bunny paper from the 'Love Bandit' range. Tracy at Dies to Die For has all of these stamps and papers in so make sure you hop over and check them out ☺

Goodie List........
Stamps: Drucilla by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, in stock at Dies to Die For.
Paper: Love Bandit by Bo Bunny, in stock at Dies to Die For.
Copic Colours: E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, R29, R35, R59, RV23, RV35, B12, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon and gems from stash.

I'm also going to enter this one in to the Stamp with Fun challenge as the theme this week is hearts. I think I have a few of them on this lovely paper so I should be covered!

Hope you are all having a good week and are all looking forward to the weekend.
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Monday, 8 February 2010

Challenge Combining.....

I always feel a bit of a cheat when I do this, but I am going to enter todays card in to 6 challenges - Papertake, Creative Card Crew, Paperplay, Charisma Cardz, Stamp Something and Crazy 4 Challenges! All of these challenges involve hearts, love or Valentines in some way, so I hope my card fits the bill!

I went crazy with my metal ruler for this one and distressed the heck out of my papers! Not something I do often, but I really like how it turned out.

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Valentine Flopsey' by MFT, on special offer at Dies to Die For.
Paper: Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Copic Colours: E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, R35, R37, R59, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon from stash.

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

A Late Night AFA....

I swear. I'm losing the plot. I'm floating around in the bath, reflecting on the week that was and the week that is going to be, when I suddently realise that it is 10:30pm on a Sunday night and I still haven't posted my DT card for this weeks Anyone for Anya challenge! Truly, I've been a total doofus lately, I have no idea where my brain is....!

This week over at Anyone For Anya? we are sponsored by Hobbystempels who have very generously offered up a gorgeous set of Basic Grey papers and some lovely stamps. To be in with a shot of winning, all you need to do is make something that is good enough to eat! That's right, we want to see all of you food inspired colour combos.... strawberries and cream..... lemon and lime..... you get the idea, right?!

Hopefully you can tell from this card that I went for mint choc chip as my yummy inspiration! The colours aren't brilliantly accurate from this picture though as, try as I might, the light is so rubbish at the moment, I just can't get decent pictures. Although, I have no idea what I would do without the editing help of Paint Shop Pro!

Those eagle-eyed crafters among you will probably notice that I followed this weeks sketch over at Sketch Saturday. Always love their sketches! I'm also entering this one in to the 'Spots and Dots' challenge over at Cute Card Thursday.

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Savannah' by TGF, in stock at DTDT.
Paper: 'Abbey Road' by MME, in stock at DTDF.
Copic Colours: E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, R20, R22, YG03, YG63, YG67, BG15, BG23, BG49 in stock at DTDF.
Tools & Embellishments: Brads, Primas gems from stash.

I did a lovely bit of shopping today. Took a trip to the local outlet village, grabbed a Starbucks enroute and picked up two £50 jumpers for £10 each! And they make me look slim - shock horror! Even better, I then went into The Paper Mill shop and got charged {wrongly, I assume!} half price on the whole set of Cosmo Cricket 'Everafter' papers! Genius, huh?!

Okey dokey, seeing as it is pretty much past my bedtime and I have to work tomorrow, I guess I had better skiddaddle.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend - sweet dreams my friends ♥
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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 50

Whoops, another flying post from me today! It's week 50 over at the Copic Colour Challenge and we have a chocolately combo for you this week - E18, E42, E77. I was completely useless and only had one of these colours but hopefully, what I've used is somewhere close enough that you won't notice the difference. If I hadn't already told you that is......!

I did something a bit weird with this layout but it didn't really photo well. The bit where the wavy line runs is actually a little narrower than the base below.... if you get what I mean. It looks better (and less wonky!) in real life anyway ☺.

I just love this image. It is from part of a rather large set from Our Craft Lounge which Tracy has on special offer at the moment. It's so cute and you could use it for some really fun cards. 

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Pat the Dog' by Our Craft Lounge, on sale at Dies to Die For.
Paper: Cupids Confectionary by Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Copic Colours: E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E43, E51, R32, R35, R37, R59.
Tools & Embellishments: Nestabilities, EK Success Punch, Martha Stewart Bakers Twine, button from stash.

Hope you are having a lovely day!
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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Colour Create

A real quick post from me today folks, I'm at work, being naughty and posting on my blog. Can you tell that my manager's room is a whole floor away from my office?!

Over the weekend, I got chance to play with some fab stamps that my lovely DTDF DT boss Tracy sent me. As soon as I saw this little fella, I just knew I had to make a little bookmark. Yep, he's a bookworm, just like me!

Isn't he a cutie?! I decided that, coupled with this fab Zoe Pearn paper, he would be perfect for this weeks challenge over at Colour Create - Pink, Blue, White and Silver. Horrendous picture, I know but I snapped it as I ran out of the door this morning!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Bookworm by High Hopes, in stock at Dies to Die For.
Digital Paper: Irresistible by Zoe Pearn, Sweet Shoppe Designs.
Copic Colours: B00, B02, B12, R35, R37, R81, R83, R85, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Eyelet and embroidery thread from stash.

That's it from me. See you tomorrow ☺
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