Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to pop on before starting to do the rounds of visiting and wish everyone a very merry christmas! Hope you all get lots of lovely presents including some fab stash! Will see you after the big day!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Been quiet

I've been a bit quiet for the past week. I've been trying to get some more Christmas cards made. I still have around a dozen more to do. I really need to get a shift on!

Here are a few cards that I have made.

The first is using an old sketch from Papertake Weekly and one of my fave cards I have made in the last few days. I have once again used those delish papers from K&Co. The scallop border is using the ever-so-fab SU punch and the scalloped oval and circles are the very useful nestabilities. I really want to get my hand on the rest that I need and of course the very new labels which are gorgeous! I have also entered this card into the Cute Card Thursday challenge which was to use punches.

Stamp: Magnolia
Sentiment: Papermania
Paper: K&Co - Peppermint Twist
Other: Punched snowflakes, flowers and brads

The second card is a twist on an old sketch from Friday Sketchers. I have a notepad that I joy sketches down for future reference and it is becoming very useful when trying to overcome lost mojo. Again I have used those papers! My trusty cuttlebug was used to emboss the snowflakes on the white oval which was cut using nesties as well as the scalloped oval. I have also glittered the snow on the bench.

Stamp: Magnolia
Sentiment: Studio G
Paper: K&Co - Peppermint Twist
Other: Punched snowflakes, flowers and brads

The last card was using my own sketch. Not only do I use the notepad for sketches from challenge blogs etc but if something pops into my head that I could use it goes in there to for the future! This is a card I gave to my friend Lyndsey. I had to make her one especially because she had seen all the others! This card I also entered into the This Thursday challenge which was to make a naughty or nice card. I thought this would be a nice card - the candy cane and gifts. The candy cane is nice to eat and the gifts nice to give and receive!

Stamp: Magnolia
Paper: DCVW - Christmas Wishes
Other: Punched snowflakes, flowers and brads

All the images were coloured using Derwent watercolour pencils. I splashed out last week on some promarkers. Unfortunately I just cannot get used to using them. I don't seem to be able to get the shading right. I'm going to persevere at the moment and keep practising with them. I might invest on a few more colours, light and dark to see if that makes a difference. If not I might sell what I have and put the money towards some prismas!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Sketch Saturday - Sketch 27

Soon be the weekend again! How quickly do the weeks fly by? Today at work I was that busy I put up the Christmas tree in our office. I was feeling in the christmas spirit by the end but by the weekend I might be sick of it as we still have to put our tree up!

Here's the card I made for the sketch over at Sketch Saturday. I really enjoy using sketches, it kick starts the creativity. Had to use my fave papers again!

Stamps - Magnolia
Paper: K & Co - Peppermint Twist
Sentiment - Studio G
Coloured by - Derwent Watercolours
Other - Punched Snowflake, Flower, Brad and Ribbon

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Blog Candy Alert!

Suzanne has some fab Whiff of Joy candy to give away.

Claire (not me hehe!) has the MOST amazing blog candy to give away to celebrate 36,000 hits in a year!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Secret Crafter Challenge 9

Heres a card I made for the Secret Crafter challenge using a lovely sketch by Sue. I really enjoyed making this card - strayed away from the "normal" christmas colours and used pink and black, such a modern colour scheme.

Stamps: Magnolia
Paper: DCVW - Rose Tinted Christmas
Sentiment: Studio G
Other: Flowers, Punched Snowflake, Brad and Gems

Monday, 1 December 2008

Friday Sketchers

Here's another card I made at my crafty day yesterday. It's a card for the challenge over at Friday Sketchers. It was such a simple sketch but so much can be done with it. Really loved it!

Stamps: Magnolia
Paper: Paper Salon - Dazzle
Sentiment: Studio G
Other: Punch snowflakes, flower and brad
I just want to say thank you for everyone who has visited my blog over the last couple of weeks and left such lovely comments. I appreciate them so much, it really keeps me going so thank you!

Whiff of Joy Advent Calendar

Over at Whiff of Joy Katharina is giving away little gifts everyday in an advent calendar. What a fabulous idea. Go and visit the WoJ blog now!!

Sunday, 30 November 2008

More challenges!

Today I spent a fab day with my friend Lyndsey (hello if you are reading this!). I made a total of five cards and finished another one that I had started last night. She left here with six cards made and was very happy, which is the main thing! Here's a couple I have made for various challenges (mainly sketches).

The first is made for a Spoon Full of Sugar. It's using a fab sketch by MichelleO.

Stamp: Magnolia
Paper: Paper Salon - Dazzle
Sentiment: Studio G
Other: Punched/Die Cut Snowflakes, Flowers and Brads

The second card is made for Paper Take Weekly. This was using another fab sketch by Dawny.

Stamp: Magnolia
Paper: K & Co - Peppermint Twist
Sentiment: Studio G
Other: Punched Snowflakes, Flowers and Brads
I'm now going to spend a little while looking through old posts at some of the challenge blogs and make up a little notepad of sketches. I find them very inspirational and really does help kick start my creativity. Hope you have all had a good weekend. Shame is Monday tomorrow and back to work :(

Friday, 28 November 2008

End of the week

and boy am I glad! It seems to have dragged on endlessly. Nevermind it's over with now for a couple of days! Tomorrow I am off to the hairdressers and then off to do a bit of christmas shopping and then on Sunday I have my friend coming round to make loads of cards!

Here's another card. I still absolutely love these papers and can't stop using them! I think this stamp is still my fave. I received another 2 new Magnolias today together with a new Sarah Kay stamp which is lovely. You might get to see them soon!

Paper: K & Co Peppermint Twist
Stamp: Magnolia
Sentiment Stamp: Studio G
Other: Punched snowflake and gems
To be in with the chance of winnng some fab candy hop on over to Bev's blog who is giving some great Whiff of Joy candy!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

3 Cards - 3 Challenges

Here are three more cards I made at the weekend.
The first made for Friday Sketchers. It's a sketch for a DL card. I haven't made one of those in ages but really enjoyed it and I love the finished result!

The second one is for Sketch Saturday. I wasn't sure about the sketch at first but once I started to put the card together I really like it.

The third and final one for today is for Magnolia vs Stampavie. The challenge was to use texture on your card. I used an embosed panel and some very lovely velvet brads.

Supplies for all three cards:
Stamps: Magnolia
Papers: K&Co - Peppermint Twist
Other: Punched snowflakes, flowers and brads

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Spoon Full of Sugar - Challenge 26 and Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 37

I woke up this morning to a dusting of snow. It felt so christmassy! That put me in the mood of a card making session. So this afternoon I made five (!!) cards. Sometimes it takes me a day just to do one!

Here is one that I made for the blooming marvellous challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar. I absolutely love these papers that I bought a week or so ago. Most of the images I've coloured this week I've used colours to match these papers just so I can use them again and again!

Stamps: Magnolia
Papers: K&Co - Peppermint Twist
Other: Punched snowflakes, brads and flowers
Here is one that I made for the snowflake challenge over at Cute Card Thursday. I think I've managed this challenge quite easily - lots of snowflakes on the papers and a few die cut/punched snowflakes! I love the new snowflake die and embossing folder that my mum bought a couple of days ago and was just dying to use it!

Stamps: Magnolia
Papers: Dovecraft -Winter Wonderland
Other: Punched and die cut snowflakes and brads
It's back to work for me tomorrow which is a shame because after the session I've had today I still have a few ideas swimming around but probably won't get a chance to do anything until next weekend and by then I'll have forgotten!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

More candy and a busy bee!

I've had this week off work and although I have been out and about, I have had a couple of days at home relaxing and crafting. I have made a couple of cards but have not yet taken any photos of them. I also today received some new SU goodies which I had a little play with and made only one card (!) I do have a couple of ideas floating around! Here are a few cards I made last week.

Cardstock: Ruby Red, Olive Green and Chocolate Chip
Ink: Ruby Red, Olive Green and Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Season of Joy and A Holly Jolly Christmas

Here is a card made using a stamp from the Magnolia Winter Club. Isn't it just gorgeous!

Paper: DCWV Rose Tinted Christmas
Stamp: Magnolia
Other: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Snowflake Punch, Gems
Here's loads more candy up for grabs:
Lacey has a fab bundle of candy to give away to celebrate her birthday and 30,000 hits. Just take a look at her amazing blog here.
Debbie has the most amazing candy to give away to celebrate 12,000 hits. Wow! Take a visit to her blog here.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Somebody's giving away some candy

Whilst blog hopping again I've found some more FANTASTIC blog candy giveaways.

Fran is celebrating one year of her blog, visit it and see the candy.

Janet is opening her new business and to celebrate she is giving away some fabulous stamps to one very lucky person. You can see the blog here. I love the look of her new stamps, may have to invest!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

All Christmassy

So over the past couple of weeks I have been playing with my SU christmas stamps and have started to make some christmas cards. I love this set, Season of Joy, so much. There's so much versatility with this set. I have even used them for non christmas cards!

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Olive Green, Ruby Red and Close to Cocoa
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Olive Green and Ruby Red
Stamps: Season of Joy
Other: SU Scallop Border Punch and Ribbon

Tuesday, 4 November 2008


Since being back from my holiday I've not been blogging. To be honest I've not done much crafting in the way of cards or scrapbooking. Over the past couple of weeks I've done a lot more. I need to take some pictures of some of the bits I have made. I also have become a SU! fan and I have been busy making Christmas cards with a couple of their stamp sets which I love!

Have been blog surfing and have come across some fab blog candy. I never enter for any of these so I thought I would give this a go!

Bev has some great Whiff of Joy blog candy to give away. Please take a look at Bev's FAB cards.

Julie has a fabulous set of SU! hostess stamps to give away as blog candy. Congratulations to Julie for her SU! promotion.

Monday, 25 August 2008


Opps have done a bit of a disappearing act lately. No excuse I'm afraid. Hope you have all enjoyed your Bank Holiday weekend. I've been grateful for a little break. Only two more weeks and I'll be jetting off. Really must get the suitcase out!

Here are a few cards:

The first was made ages ago using a sketch but now I can't remember who it was made by. If you recognise it please let me know!

Supplies: Magnolia stamp, Sassafrass Lass papers, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and flowers
Again another one made using a sketch so long ago I've forgotten whose. Again if you recognise it please let me know!
Supplies: Sugar Nellie stamp, Sassafrass Lass paper, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and flowers
This card was using the sketch from the Friday Sketchers, very simple sketch but turned out great!
Supplies: Sugar Nellie stamp, Cosmo Cricket paper, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and flowers
This card was made for last weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge which I didnt have time to take a photo and post it. Again another sketch by the talented Katharina.

Supplies: Sugar Nellie stamp, My Minds Eye paper, Hero Arts sentiment stamp and flowers

Monday, 28 July 2008

Long time....

no post! I had a couple of days off last week and so I had a break from the net too. We went off to Hunstanton last Thursday for the day - it was so hot!! It was a lovely relaxing day. We then went up to Lincoln for a spot of shopping where I spent far too much money! Then on Saturday I ventured down to London to see Kylie at the O2 Arena. Boy she puts on a good show! She had me dancing all the way through from start to finish! Yesterday I literally could not be bothered to do a thing!

Back to work now. It's lunchtime at the moment so I thought I'd sneak a few minutes blogging and also do a bit of blog hopping. I nipped out to grab some lunch but soon ran back to the office as it was too hot out there for me - thank god my office is air conditioned!

Haven't made a card for days! So nothing to show you although I am trying to get photobucket to load! I was going to post a few older cards I've not yet shown but it doesn't seem to want to play :( Ah well hopefully I might post again later!

Monday, 21 July 2008


Here are a few more cards for you all to see:

The first was actually made to give to somebody!! It was my friend's birthday last week and this is what I sent her. I used Farmer Tilda which has to be one of my fave stamps.

Supplies: Magnolia Stamp, Crate Paper, Pink Petticoat Sentiment, Making Memories Clip and Flowers

The second card is using an Elisabeth Bell stamp from Sugar Nellie. I wasn't sure about these stamps when they first came out, then I saw more and more cards with them and then they bought out some new designs. I took the plunge and ordered a couple. I have now fallen in love! I'm so excited to see Elisabeth designing a new range of stamps for Katharina's new stamp company, Whiff of Joy. I can't wait to see the new stamps.

Supplies: Sugar Nellie Stamp, My Minds Eye Paper and flowers

The third was made for my dad to give to my mum for their Wedding Anniversay yesterday. It started as a sketch for the Friday Sketcher's Challenge but it wasn't working for me so I changed it slightly. Again I used one of the Sarah Kay stamps. I'm actually not too keen on it but my mum seemed to like it so that's the main thing!

Supplies: Sarah Kay Stamp, Basic Grey Paper, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Ribbon and Flowers

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Nearly over

The weekend is nearly over, back to work tomorrow. Glad I only have a three day week this week. I have a couple of days off at the end of the week and I can't wait. My holiday is still 7 weeks away and I am in so need of a break!

This weekend I have managed to do some stamping and made a few cards.

Here are a couple of cards I made last weekend:

The first is the birthday card I made my dad last week. Used a cute Magnolia stamp.

Supplies: Magnolia Stamp, K & Co Papers, Print Works Collection Sentiment Stamp, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Buttons

The second is a card based on a sketch by Katharina. I've used a Sarah Kay stamp. I love it! I really need to get my hands on a couple more of those stamps.

Supplies: Sarah Kay Stamp, My Minds Eye Papers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Hobby Art Sentiment Stamp, Various Flowers and Brads

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

More cards

It's been so hot here today, unbelievably so! I was surprised as it didn't give such nice weather! Shame I was at work and not able to enjoy it. Hope it stays like this for a few more days! I don't think it will, this is England!
Here are some more cards that I have made:
The first is another Magnolia card. I love these papers, they are definitely my favourite.
Supplies: Magnoia Stamp, Daisy Bucket papers, Flowers (various), Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

The second card is yet another Magnolia, yes I love these stamps!! Again using those yummy papers.

Supplies: Magnolia Stamps, Daisy Bucket papers, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, buttons (various), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

The third card is my favourite of three today. I've used another Sarah Kay stamp (I only have two, this is the other one). This is for the Sarah Kay Challenge blog. The challenge was to use the sketch.

Supplies: Sarah Kay Stamp, My Mind's Eye papers, Ribbon (various), Flowers (various), Hero Arts sentiment Stamp

Sunday, 13 July 2008


I've moved blogs. I was fed up with the old one, I needed a change and here it is. I've made some alterations and additions to the old one - check out my galleries below!

Here are a few cards I made over the past couple of days. The first one is the birthday card I made my mum:

Supplies used: Magnolia Stamp, Crate Paper, Flowers (various)

The second is another card I made for my mum's birthday for my dad to give to her:

Supplies used: Magnolia Stamp, Crate Paper, Flowers (various)

The third is one I made today is using my first Sarah Kay stamp. I didn't really know whether I liked these or not so I bought one, stamped it, coloured it in and now I quite like them, so much so I bought another!

Supplies used: Sarah Kay Stamp, Basic Grey paper, Hero Arts sentiment, Flowers (various), Ribbon