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From x stitch I moved into card making - now I am playing around with mixed media! I am taking part in different workshops and with help from crafty pals, learning about different mediums and techniques. Hope you feel inspired to create after a visit to my blog - Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Olive Owl

it's not really, it's certain celery..it just sounded better... :)

The lovely Purple Princess set the sketch and theme for this weeks challenge on the CMLI group on Craftbubble and the theme was monochromatic. Determined not to use black I had a flash of inspiration about this punch and CC ink and card

I have also managed to shoehorn a lot of unused items on this card (owl punch, flower punch, leaf die and background stamp!). How good am I ??

Stampin Up! Certain Celery Card and Ink
Stampin Up Owl Punch
Stampin Up Sentiment
Nesties (Circles and Banners)
Marianne Flower Die
Double Do Vine Die
Ribbon from stash
Gingham Background Stamp by Stamp'n'Stor
Card Candy by Craftwork Cards

I must try and use the owl punch more!!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Waste not Wednesdays  - for fun
Truly Scrumptious - All creatures great and small
The Crazy Challenge - use a die or punch
Allsorts - your choice

Monday, 20 February 2012

My Funny Valentine

A bit late I know but I had to blog this card after the event! It's an 8 x 8 scalloped edge card , so lots of piccy's!

Image by Forever Friends
Coloured with Promarkers
Dies by Spellbinders and Memory Box
Beads from stash
Papers by Pink Petticoat (for him)
Glossy Accents
Heart Punch
Raffia from a friend
Button from stash

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Quirky Crafts - Love story with ribbon and charm (used raffia and charm)
Stamptacular Sunday - charm me
Fussy and Fancy Friday - with all my heart
By the Cute and Girly - love is in the air
Crafty Creations - warm and cuddle teddy bears
Truly Scrumptious - All creatures great and small
Sketch'n'Stash - yummy sketch (new stamp, neglected charms)

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Let's have a celebration!!

I saw this fabulous sketch over on the Clean&Simple Challenge and knew I had the perfect (new) stamp for it! These gorgeous balloons are made by Magnolia and I used glossy accents and glamour dust (Thanks Wynneth!!). Stamp and papers from stash.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Night at the Movies..

is my theme this week as I am GDT on the CMLI group on CraftBubble and this is my sketch

You can take this theme any way you want, to make it easy for everyone to join in.

So... my 'Movie' is Octopussy..

I went a bit mad with the stickles and glossy accents!!

The papers are a bit pale on these pictures but the bottom ones are bubbles and the other ones are spotty.

Hope you like it!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Allsorts Challenge Blog - anything goes
Truly Scrumptious - All creatures great and small
Alphabet Challenge Blog - A for Animals
Waste not Wednesdays - for fun, using up unused/uninked (papers never used up and stamp not inked up before)

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Happy Valentines Day Wedding!!

I can't believe I scheduled just a heading..... oh well it was my first week back at work after being off long term sick...anyway...what a delight we have for you today! One of my friends got married yesterday and this is the card I made for her. She has been making cards for years so I hope she likes it!

It's all about LOVE!! 

Papers by Pink Petticoat
Marianne Tag Die
Marianne Flower Die
Ribbon and gems from stash
Tim Holtz Ticket
Lotv Diecut

Congratulations Carole and David!!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

The Crazy Challenge - Valentines Day
Lexi's Creations - Love
Dream Valley Challenges - Love
Addicted to Stamps - Love/Valentines
Totally Gorjuss - Love
One Stop Craft - Heart, flower, ribbon
Delicious Doodles - All loved up
Fussy and Fancy Friday - With all my Heart
Delightful Challenges - Love
Cute Card Thursday - Pink Valentine
PaperPlay Challenges - Love Letters
Do You Stack Up -Love

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Sittin on top of the world..

well that's what my oh thought when i showed him this card!! The lovely Karen chose the theme for this week's sketchie over on the CMLI group.

The theme was 'get your baubles out' and luckily I had just bought a new Penny Black stamp which was perfect for the challenge!

Karen has decided all her dt slots on the group will be Christmas cards so there is no last minute panic!

I used my newest Martha Stewart corner and edge punch which I love!

Papers from Stash
Image by Penny Black
Coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment and Candy from Craftwork Cards
Martha Stewart Punches
Ribbon from Stash
Glamour Dust
Glossy accents

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Sketch Saturday - yummy sketch
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - colour challenge (red,green,gold)
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge - angel or fairy
CES Challenges - lots of layers
Charisma Card Challenges - things with wings
Crafts and Me - use a new image
The Crazy Challenge - fairies

Friday, 10 February 2012

Sketchie Challenge

Hello to my new follower and Thanks to all those who regularly leave comments!

Some of you will know that I am part of a group on a craft forum (Craft Bubble) and we have a regular Dt and Gdt slots (mine is coming up!!!). This week's sketch and theme was set by the lovely Lauren (DT) who set the theme as 'take it as red'. So many different options to choose from! I have already started my oh's valentine card but I know he checks my blog out so that will have to be finished and then posted after V day. Even tho was we walked into Tesco last night he uttered...Oh Crap! as he saw all the stuff for V day. He honestly does not know the date of it! Ho hum..anyway onto this card. 

Image -  Forever Friends
Coloured with Promarkers
Glossy accents
Brad from local craft shop
Ribbon - American Crafts
Punch - Martha Stewart
Papers -  3 bugs in a rug and stash
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug spots and dots
Sentiment - bargain bin special
Faux stitching - Fineliner pen

I'm such a sucker for balloons on a card! Sorry about the quality of the pics, it isn't picking up much of the shading on the bear but maybe it's overshadowed by the red!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Ready-Teddy-Go Challenge - Im in Stitches
Alphabet Challenge Blog - A for Animal Antics
Moving Along With the Times - cute critters
Papertake Weekly Challenge - anything goes
Pixie Cottage - Red
Craft Your Days Away - stitchy challenge

Hope you are all warm and snow free! Have a great weekend

Monday, 6 February 2012

Craftathon 2012

Long post - maybe get a cuppa??

Well what a fabulous weekend! I met up with my crafting pals who I know from Craftbubble .(Kathy, Cherry and Wynneth). This year we had  2 more crafters join us, it was lovely to meet Nicola and Clare and we were already talking about next years event!
It was organised by Kathy aka Purple Princess , who found us a hotel and booked a church hall for us to craft at, thanks again Kathy!


Kathy, Clare and Cherry also did some demo's for us, supplying all the equipment and helping (me) to overcome some crafting fears!!

First all all Clare supplied a canvas for us all and showed us different ways to decorate it. Thank goodness for gesso as I hated my first attempt! We were asked to pick a focal image and bring papers/embellishments to match prior to the weekend and I had the idea of a boudoir themed canvas :).

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

The Cutie Pie Challenge - anything but a card
Stamp with Fun - Love
Lexi's Creations - Love
Cupcake Craft Challenges - pink and red
Craft your Passion - anything goes with no design paper
Stamps R Us - Love/Valentine
Dream Valley Challenge - Valentine
Really Reasonable Ribbon - red and pink with ribbon
Addicted to Stamps - Love/Valentine
Sweet Stampin Challenge  - The one I love
One Stop Craft Challenge - For the one I love

Next up was Kathy...she gave us some gloves to wear and supplied glossy paper, buttons,cd's and seam binding ribbon...we got messy with alcohol inks and had a fab time!

Cherry gave us the last demo and it was shrink plastic...oh no!! The two hearts were die cut and stamped with alcohol inks and then attacked with a heat gun! Thanks to Cherry for saving my first attempt from being a ball of plastic!!

Some of the creations from craftathon.

I have watermarked it as unfortunately there are some unscrupulous people who steal others work.

Special thanks to Kathy who helped me with embossing paste and hopefully I will get a chance to show you some examples over the next week!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what we got up to!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Congratulations on your new home!!

Now that I know this card has arrived I can blog it! A friend has recently moved house along with her menagerie of chickens and dogs,  oh and family of course! I thought a celebration card was in order and decided on this delightful LOTV image as I think she looks like she is skipping/dancing with delight!

Coloured with promarkers
Punches by Martha Stewart
Sentiment by SU!

She actually has sparkly bits on her dress with a glitter pen but I have obviously completely forgot to try and take a pic of the shimmer..ah well, it is there honest!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Mojo Monday - yummy sketch

Thursday, 2 February 2012


My Mum asked me for a couple of male cards as she had to buy one and she said they were pants!! I rustled up some uber quick forever friends bear with a champagne glass. I have used this before for Father’s Day cards and think it’s perfect for men’s cards.I also kindly put a handful of other cards in the post for here..I better make sure I have enough birthday cards for the exchange!!


I used a square and scalloped nestie and embossed the backing nestie with the spots and dots folder. I used my new ribbon tags trio three, used an elzybells sentiment and used a chocolate ribbon from stash.

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

Divas by Design - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp  -animal antics
The Pixie Cottage - clean and simple
Do You Stack Up - anything goes (forgotten stamp)
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - favourite things (kraft and colour, teddy bears, nesties, ribbon and celebrating!)
Sweet Stampin - animals