Monday 31 March 2008

A Couple of Bits

Hi, hope everyone has had a good day. Here's a couple of bits I made last night. I wanted to try out my new boarder stamps and tried something basic with no image stamps...

And a little altered book. Unfortunately the beautiful pink ribbon hasn't photographed very well. I haven't decided yet what to use the book for yet, but I'm sure I'l find a good use for it.

Thanks for stopping by :-)x

Sunday 30 March 2008

Cute Card Thursday - People

Well I finally did it, my card for Cute Card Thursday - People.

I knew if I went back to it, it would come together eventually. I used Pink Petticoat papers and the image is Lola - Pink Petticoat. I made her trousers to match the leopard skin papers and gave her handbag a little bit of bling..

Tilda + Friends ATC - Blue + Yellow

Hi everyone I'm back, but slowly does it... I'd like to say a big thankyou to everyone for your lovely get well wishes. Although my hand is better, I'm not a 100% so I will take it slow.. so I apologise now if I cant round to leaving a message for everyone on this challenge. I tried to make a card for Cute Card Thursday but gave up in the end after about 5 attempts... arrrhh !!! just couldn't get it right. I know when Im feeling this its best to give up and try another day, so hopefully I'll be back later with something.

But I did make this for Tilda + Friends ATC Challenge - Blue + Yellow. I was inspired by Becky's RAK ATC to do some stitching, and had such fun, it brought back memories of when I was young stitching with my nan...

Here's what I made:

The papers are Pink Petticoat, the ribbon and button is from my stash.. love this flower button.

Friday 28 March 2008

Arte Y Pico Award (again)

Thanks to Maddie I've been given this award again.... oh my thank you soooo much, it is such an honour.
The Arte Y Pico Award is given to those who share their art and creativity and making their contribution to the blogging world.
There are 5 rules attached to this and they are -1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award itself.4. Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte Y Pico" blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.5. To show these rules.
So now I pass this on to 5 people for their creativity and inspiration:
Maddie (right back at ya hun)
This morning I rececieved this award back from Cynthia, thanks you so much..
So here's another 5 bloggers that I am passing this onto for their creativity and inpiration - the first is
Jo (for creating my lovely blog header)
The rest are new to me or new to blogging, and think you should all visit their blog to see their lovely creations, if you have'nt already
Enjoy girls and have a fab weekend :-)x

RAK - ATC + Im a Winner of Blog Candy

Hi everyone hope you've all had a good week.

I just realised today that I hadn't posted my lovely ATC received as RAK from Becky - sorry hun. And a big thankyou, I will treasure this one thats for sure.

I'm sure you will all agree, it's a beautiful ATC - so why not visit Becky here and see all her lovely creations, I know you'll love them.

I also need to apologise sincerley to Enfys as I haven't had a chance to post the lovely blog candy I won on her blog a little while ago. So here are the fabulous stamps I won and I'm looking forward to having a play with them when I feel better. Thankyou Enfys :-)xx

Have a good weekend all and I hope to be back soon (hopefully Sunday) with a few cards. I must say I'm getting very frustrated not being able to make anything :-( at the moment, but loving veiwing all your loving creations :-)xx

Tuesday 25 March 2008

PTW - Template

Oh my what a day, first day back to work and with less than 5 hours sleep being up half the night, I struggled to get through the day. I have a long term repetative strain/arthritis in my right hand and think I must have over done it this long weekend making cards and blogging. So this post is probably going to be the only one for a few days as I need to rest it, as I cant do that at work. :-(

So if there's any type error's please forgive me as I'm doing this left handed.

I made this card last night for Papertake Weekly Challenge - Template, but didn't get a chance to post it. I'm loving this template, thanks to Kathrina for setting this challenge. Sorry I didn't slant the centre pieces - hope this is ok.

Here's the sketch:

When I started this card, as I'd seen it on Kim's blog before the post was on PTW and decided to do something different - no pink ...... Yes you read this correct, no pink, and thought I'd make a black + white card which I haven't done in ages. Then when I just went on PTW I saw Dawn had made a b+w too, but I'm sure she'll not mind, as mine is no comparision - her's is just sooooo fabulous, a piece of art is what describes it best, lol.

Anyway enough rambling as this is tricky enough left handed as it is. I'm going to apologise now if I cant view everyone's blogs tonight, but will sure to be back once my hand is better.

Thanks for stopping by :-)x

Monday 24 March 2008

My Paper World - Sketch # 7

I had a go today at the sketch on My Paper World - Sketch # 7, I've visited this blog often but never found the time to do any of the challenges. I had so much fun with this challenge, I made 2 card, I gues you could say I got carried away.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my cards, the first I was just playing around, Im not sure I like it that much. I love the flower papers from Prima Hybrid but wasn't sure they went very well with the other papers.

So I made a second card which I used my Bubbly Images from Pink Petticoat to make my mums best friend (who I've known since I was a baby) who's birthday it is in a few weeks.

(Another) Tilda + Co Challenge - Sketch

I was playing around with this last night, but didn't get a chance to finish this one. I thought that Shary's idea at doing ATC's for this challenge was great, so I had a go.

Here's my ATC - hope you like it :-)x

Sunday 23 March 2008

Playing with New Stamps

I've had a chance to play today with some new stamps, I have recently brought alot of new stamps but unfortunately didn't have enough time to play with them all. So here's a couple I did manage to do.

This one is for my mum, as she's not feeling well at the moment and hope this would cheer her up. The stamp is from Pink Cat Studio and the papers I brought a little while ago (sorry can't remember name)

And this one, I was just playing around.

I used my Pebbles Inc - Pearlescent Chalks to colour these in, and although I love them as they are a little sparkly I'm still getting used to using them. I think I over did on her trousers, lol

Tilda + Co Challenge - Sketch

Hi everyone, hope your all having a lovely Easter and munching on lots of chocolate.

I had a bit of time on my own today while the boys where watching football and made this card for Tilda +Co Challenge - Template

Here's the template:

And here's my card I made, I'm sorry but the picture doesn't compliment the colours very well it does actually look better in the light. And Im still not getting the hang of photographing my picture - sorry. Hope you like it :-)x


Saturday 22 March 2008

Arte Y Pico Award

Arte Y Pico (Art and More Award)

I am in shock and overwelmed to receive this award today from Kath at 'All That Glitter'. Thank you so much this is such an honour.

The "Arte Y Pico" (Art & More) is given to bloggers who share their art and creativity making their contribution to the blogger world.

The rules! 1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language. 2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone. 3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself. 4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award. 5) To show these rules.

Ok here are my 5 that I am awarding this to, for their fabulous creations (I'm just sorry I cant give it too more of you). I know some of you have received an award from me before, but felt that this one I think is a very special one that you all deserve for your: creativity, design, hard work and contributions to the blogging community.

Dawn (aka Pink Piggy Wiggy),

Dawn (aka All Pink Girl),

Terry B,



Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend girls :-)x

Friday 21 March 2008

Cute Card Thursday: All Creatures Great + Small, and Arty Girlz: Doodling

Wow what a lovely relaxing day I've had today, its so nice to have a few days off work and catch up on some cards. Hope your all having a nice relaxing time too.

I made this card for 2 challenges, Cute Card Thursday- All Creatures Great + Small and Arty Girlz Challenge - Doodling.

I used my yummy stamps from Pink Cat Studio and the colours, I was inspired by some new ribbon I brought yesterday. I must say Im please with the outcome, although very basic I did have fun with this, especially the doodling. Although I've not had much practice yet, as you'll see, maybe next time I'll use a finer pen.

Wednesday 19 March 2008

For My Little Sis

Something made with Henrietta Hippo for someone special, my little sister. Who will be celebrating her 25th Birthday on Saturday - Oh how I remember those younger years... party, party, party, lol x And if Im right she'll be doing just that. But I didn't make a card for her on this theme, thought she'd like something girlie.

Thanks for stopping by :-)x

Tilda + Friends ATC - Chocolate

Wow the only other thing Im made about than Pink and that is CHOCOLATE, and thats what this weeks challenge at Tilda + Friends ATC is.
I had so much fun with this challenge and the inspiration came to me straight away, that's a first, lol xx
Thanks girls for another great challenge. Here's my ATC:

Tuesday 18 March 2008

A Couple Of Easter Cards

I thought I'd show you a couple of Easter Cards I made last week, using the gorgeous Chick images from Pink Petticoat

The first is for my lovely nephew - Evan.

The second is for my cousin's little girl - Emily. Who still has my Christmas card I made her out on display as she loves that it has her name on it, bless her, lol. I didn't put her name on this one, maybe I should - dont want to upset her. x

RLC #4 Brads and Eyelets and PTW

Hi everyone hope you all had a nice weekend. I made this card yesterday and it started out for Rainbow Lady's Challenge #4 Brads and Eyelets I've been meaning to do this one all weekend but just didn't find the time or inspiration. Then I saw yesterdays challenge at Papertake Weekly - Weather and it ended up a a double challenge.

I started of with these papers Double Take - Sugar Plum Series that I haven't used for ages and got the inspiration to use them again by Han. Thanks Han I forgot I had these. The image and sentiment is from PP which I used to make a Summer Greeting. As like most people Im fed up with this Cold, Windy weather we're having lately and cant wait for some beautiful summer sunshine.

Hope you like it and its ok for both challenges.

Sunday 16 March 2008

Cute Card Thursday #1 New Beginning

To celebrate the launch of the new site Cute Card Thursday I couldn't resist participating in this great challenge and they also have some candy up for grabs.

The theme is new beginnings or 1st's. This could be new baby, new home,new job, wedding or anything else 'new' or any other 1st you can think of.

I found this one tricky, as I'm only starting out, and couldn't think of anything appropriate in my stamp collection for this theme. Then it came to me - 1st Anniversay, for which I used a Penny Black Stamp from the Love Collection. Im sorry girls but its pink again.... The papers are Pinkie Pops and the posies are from Doodlebug Design.

Saturday 15 March 2008

Tilda + Friends ATC (PINK)

Oh my how excited was I when I saw this week challenge at Tilda + Friends ATC Challenge - Pink.

For those of you that know me, you'll know why - PINK, PINK, PINK

Not only am I excited about this fab challenge, this is my 1st ATC. So hopefully you can imagine how excited I was, lol.

Here's my attempt, I kept it simple by just adding a piece of pink ribbon

DCM - Teen Spirit

Hope everyone has had a lovely day.

Heres my card for the Daring Card Makers Challenge - Teen Spirit.

I decided to make a girlie one (sorry) but I am a very girlie girl. I used some fab papers from Prima Hybrid, which I love and Penny Black Stamp. I designed this card on the Ismaki Sketch 10 but changed it a bit and had lots of fun with this one.

New Stuff and A Few Cards

Look what I picked up from the PO yesterday, my new goodies from Poppicrafts, aren't they yummy. And I had lots of fun last night playing with them.
If you haven't checked out Poppicrafts, I recommend you do Michelle has some lovely crafting goodies.

And heres what I made with my new Nutmeg and Daisy Stamps - The first is for my friends son

And this one I made for fun

Thursday 13 March 2008

Sweet Sugar Challenge

I found a new challenge site yesterday the Sweet Sugar Challenge. The theme is Black, Pink and White - so I had a lots of fun with this one, as of course these are my favourite colours.
I have also just brought some new Sugar Nelly stamps so was really excited about this challenge.

Tuesday 11 March 2008

PTW - Frame Card

Hi guys I've not been much in the mood for challenges the last few days, but did manage to have a go at the Papertake Weekly Challenge which was set by Claudia and her fabulous tutorial to make a Frame Card - thankyou, I certainly couldn't have done this one without it.

I made it simple, no stamps today - just pink, pink + more pink, oh and of course flowers and ribbon. The gorgeous check brad which I've hesitated using as I love them so much is from my stash brought from Michelle at Poppicrafts

Monday 10 March 2008

Altered Art - Flowery Tin

Hi hope you all had a good weekend and loving this wonderful weather we're having just lately.... not!!! LOL, I dont think it stopped raining all day, we even had some thunder & lighting in the mix. Roll on the sunshine xx

Well although the weekend was a nice relaxing one, I didn't feel much up to do any challenges, thought I'd have a go at something elso. So decide to decorate one of the two tins I brought whilst shopping with mum last weekend. So here it is before

I wanted this one to put all my flowers in as Im getting a bit of a collection and there just in bags at the moment and thought this nice tin would be good storage for them. I decide to use some different papers that I've had a while and not used yet. Dovercraft - Amethyst Floral Prints. I do like these papers, but think my tin turned out with too much floral... I'm still not sure I like it, and I think the next one wil be less .... um, floral

So here it is:

Saturday 8 March 2008

Fantasy Film

I went to a Workshop this week at my local craft shop and made a couple of cards with Fantasy Film. I don't know if any of you have used it before but it was great fun. We inked up the butterfly stamp and then placed the fantasy film on the inked stamp, covered it with greaseproof paper then ironed it - yes ironed it (only for about 30 seconds). This we did 3 times and then cut out, layering the butterfly. We then glued the first image to the card and then layered each section with silicon glue on the inside edge of the wings, to add the depth to the butterfly. The fantasy film gives off different colours effected by the light.
So these are the two cards I made - nothing like I would normally make, but that's why I enjoy the work shops it gets me out of my comfort zone.

This one is my favourite as I liked the design better - little window and the stamped flower image on the inside paper.

And the inside:

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 3 - Pockets

Hi hope your all having a good weekend. I started this afternoon off planning to make a card for my nephew for Easter, then gave up as I was getting nowhere. So then I decided to try my hand at Raindow Lady's Challenge 3 - Pockets It was not what I was going to do originally but ended with Pink and Black as I had made a small bookmark the other day just for fun and this was also Pink and Black, so I thought I'd incorporate the colours of this on my card. After much frustation I ended with this

I'm still not sure I like it very much and think I must have lost my mogo today, maybe I'll find it tomorrow :-)x

My New Blog Header

Im so excited I have a new blog header and this was designed by the lovely Jo at Siggi Shop. Oh my what a fast service she has too, just wonderful. Why not check out her wonderful work here which you'll aslo find is very good value for money too.
Thanks Jo :-)x

Thursday 6 March 2008

2nd - You Make My Day

This is my 2nd 'You Make My Day' received by the lovely Enfys. Thank you so much, and right back at ya. I have to pass this on to 10 favourite bloggers, but before I do I want to say I wish I could send it to you all - sorry x So here goes 10 new bloggers I have found recently that inspire me and that make my day everytime I visit them.

Dawny P, Maddie, Pesc, Ana, Katie, Han, Judy, Marieke, Pearl and Terry B (I know you have received this but wanted to give something back - coz I love ya work)

Now you all need to pass it on to 10 bloggers.


'You Make My Day' Award

I received 2 Awards this week - Im so excited

The first is from the lovely Terrie B, thanks hun, right back at ya.
I have received this award a little while ago and as I have won 2 Awards Im going to pass this on to the first 5 people that leave a message - as you all make my day with your lovely comments and work xx

Tuesday 4 March 2008

Double Challenge

Hi hope you've all had a good day.

I started to make a card for Papertake Weekly - 'Be There Or Be Square' and whilst making it thought I'd include Daring Card Makers - 'A Little Hand Stitching'. This was a first for me.

I thought I'd use my new stamp by PennyBlack and make something Pink (sorry girls, it's very Pink, lol) Also thought I'd give myself a night off Pink Petticoat and used some backing paper I've had a while but can't remember where its from (sorry). I have also used my new Cuttlebug Machine (loving this lots) and embossed the pink paper behind the stamp.

My first card for a long time with no PP, ribbon, flowers and brads.

Here's my card - Enjoy :-)x

Sorry about the photography - bit wonky again, lol :-)x

Monday 3 March 2008

Tilda and Co - Spring Is In The Air

Hey all, hope you all had a good weekend. I went to see my mum all weekend so didn't manage to get any blogging and crafting done, but it was lovely to see my mum and we spent some quality time together.

I was very sneaky though (to get my fix of crafting) I asked my mum to meet me in a lovely little village called 'Olney' which is only half another from hers, as there was a craft shop I wanted to visit. Of course she didnt mind and I brought a couple of bits and we also had an idea to make a Scrap Book for my Auntie (mums sister) whos 60th birthday it is in April, so stocked up on some goodies, I will post the SB later. We had a lovely girlie day, and a good day was had by all. And then I took her to her favourite Garden Centre on Sunday (which is massive - and can spent at least 3-4 hours there) and we had another lovely day shopping and lunch.

Ok enough about my weekend, onto this weeks Challenge at 'Tilda and Co' - Spring Is In The Air

You could make an Easter card, a gift box for Easter eggs or other goodies, alter a flowerpot for some spring flowers or a spring themed card or layout. Absolutely anything, as long as it has at least one Magnolia stamped image and follows the theme!

I had a bit of trouble with this one as I don't have any Tilda Easter stamps, so I made something with Spring colours and flowers. This Tilda was sent to me by a very lovely blogger friend (you know who you are, lol) thanks :-)x

I got there in the end, but couldn't resist using my lovely 'dotty' papers again and my lovely large brads from Poppicrafts.
Here's my card.