Welcome to my blog!

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!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Under the mistletoe

The lovely Rosie set the Saturday sketchie in the CMLI group on Craftbubble. The theme was 'standing under' and the dt created some lovely cards. Big congratulations to Kathy aka Purple Princess who has joined the team!

I used the gorgeous die cut from Lilli of the Valley with a cute couple under the mistletoe.

I was thinking of card candi or buttons for the sketch and thought the heart buttons were perfect as they are obviously in love!

Sentiment is Forever Friends.

Hmm not sure if you can make it out but the panel behind the picture has been embossed with a papermania snowflakes folder. Ribbon is from polka doodles. This was such a great sketch to work with, I hope you like it!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Secret Crafter Saturday - Ribbon
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge - square Christmas card (mine is 6x6)
Allsorts Challenge Blog - one or more hearts
Critter Sketch Challenge - use 3 embellishments
Oldie but a Goodie - have a heart (papers, button are at least 2 years old)
Little Red Wagon - Winter Wonderland
Inky Impressions - heart you
Simon Says Challenge - anything goes
Pixie Cottage - love and kisses
Do You Stack Up - ribbon
Simply Create Too - love is in the air
Stampin for the Weekend - embossing
Penny Black and More - love and hearts

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Fairy Happy Birthday


This weeks sketchie on Craft Bubble’s CMLI group was set by the lovely Kathy (aka Purple Princess). I have slightly deviated from the sketch (hope you don’t mind Kathy!) and also used a stamp that has never seen ink before….I know , I have already ordered another 2 LOTV stamps in the sale without using all the ones I have!!
I have used new nesties from Christmas and the papers are Pink Petticoat. Butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch. Image is coloured with promarkers and I have used icicle stickles.

IMG_3144bCorner punch is Martha Stewart.

Sentiment is by Pink Petticoat.


I will be entering this card into the following challenges

Make it Monday
The Paper Shelter - pearls (on butterflies) and swirls
Simon Says Challenge - anything goes
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
I Love Promarkers - purple and pink
Waste not Wednesdays - uninked stamps
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - anything goes 

Monday, 16 January 2012

Christmas Presents

was the theme set by the lovely Karen over on the CMLI group on Craft Bubble. I know...another Crimble Card but at this rate I won't need to make any by December!

It gave me the chance to use this yummy new MS punch which was a Crimble Present. I wanted to use the stars out of the punch but they would have got lost in the backing paper!

Sparkly gems from stash.

I also used new nestie dies and a new image from Stampin Up! which I got last November but has only just seen ink! He is coloured with Spica glitter pens and promarkers.  Waterfall stickles around the edges (need more practice with them!) Glamour dust on hat and on ground.

Paper and ribbon from stash, sentiment by Craftwork Cards.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Make it Monday - linky party
Sparkles Forum - new crafty goodies
Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
Sentimental Sundays - ribbon and sentiment
Secret Crafter Saturday - anything goes with blue
Sweet Stampin - all that glitter
Sketch Saturday - yummy sketch

Just a note to sat despite all the problems people had over the weekend, I had no problems at all and use firefox as my browser.

Hope your Monday is going better than mine, pulled my sciatic nerve exercising and now in pain and need help getting dressed!!! Thank goodness for lovely oh's!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Spotty Stripy Smiles :)

I seem to have lots of birthdays in the first half of the year so I need to start getting on top of them...hmm maybe I should just buy a Valentines Card...KIDDING!

Oooh button!!

 I don't usually put Happy Birthday on my cards, that way I can use them for just to say Hi or Just a note..I may have to stray from that :)

I coloured this image in last year when practising with my derwent pencils but this image has never been on a card yet (even though the set was bought for me a couple of years ago....ahem..)

I will be entering this card into this following challenges;

The Pixie Cottage - fabby sketch
Totally Papercrafts - spots and stripes
Moving Along With The Times - spots and/or stripes
Simon Says Stamp - spots and/or stripes
Papertake Weekly - die cute special
Craft your Passion - mythical creatures (fairy)
Crafty Cardmakers - no floral embellishments
Magical Mondays - anything goes (mythical creature)

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Predominantly Purple

is what they are looking for at the Less is More Challenge blog this week. This was a perfect challenge for my  craft buddy the Purple Princess who is up to her 7th entry..pop on over and check out her fablicious entries!

I decided to go for a sympathy card as when they are needed the last thing you want to do is be looking for your mojo. I used Kraft as a base and stamped in memento grape jelly (think that's right) which was unopened until now.

I added some gems to the centre of the flowers just for the extra loveliness.

Here's hoping I don't need to use this card anytime soon, the stamp is by Kanban and it lends itself to endless possibilities.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012


to Scott and Nikki who welcomed baby Lillie to the world on Sunday!

Luckily it's easy to find colours/papers for a baby girl and I used Pink Petticoat.

Gems and ribbon from stash.

Hand from a candy win and image from LOTV.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Cupcake Craft Challenges - something new
Craft your days - New Beginnings
Crafty Catz - A new beginning
Lilli of the Valley Thursday Challenge - New beginnings
PaperPlay Challenges - New baby
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - New Beginnings
Papertake Weekly - Die Cute Special
Ruby's Rainbow - something for a baby
My Mum's Craft Shop - something new
Simon Says Stamp - new something

Hope your week is going well so far!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Another Christmas Card?!?

I know two in one week, maybe I should set up a counter system..anyway the Christmas Challenge Blog that I entered earlier in the week has come up with a scrummy sketch to follow so I just had to had a go!!

I decided to use a c6 Kraft card base as the sketch seemed to encourage it, I hardly seem to do c6 type cards anymore.

All papers, image and ink are Stampin Up! Sentiment is Craftwork cards, pearls from stash and corner punch is my spangly new MS one that arrived Saturday ( I must use my new stuff more!!).

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Dream Valley Challenges - anything goes
52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown - yummy sketch
CES Challenges - Anything goes

Saturday Sketchie is back!!!

On the craft bubble forum our group (Craft Mad and Loving it) has a challenge on a Saturday. The DT have had a well deserved break and the first challenge for 2012 is a sketch with a theme of old, new and recycled set by the lovely Rosie.

My BIL has passed his driving test, he has had lessons on and off over the years but has finally bit the bullet at 40 and passed first time - Well Done!!

Old - stickers
New - corner and punch all over the page punch which arrived today, flag nestie, papers from secret santa
Recycled - blue card snippets , image from a friend

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Crazy 4 Challenges - new toys
CES Challenge Blog - anything goes
Delicious Doodles - All things new (crafty stash)

Hope you are all having a good Saturday, see you tomorrow with another card :)

Friday, 6 January 2012

First card of 2012

and it's a Christmas card!!

I hurriedly put a card together as one of my cb buddies told me about a new Christmas blog. You can't go wrong with a teddy bear!!

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown - anything goes
Clean and Simple - sketch

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

My Top Twelve of 2011

After seeing this on a few other blogs I thought I would pick mine...I made a Christmas card nearly every month..who knew???  Actually it's probably something to do with all the Christmas Challenge Blogs that try and make things easier!!

Ok January..it's obviously a Valentines card.

February...a birthday card.

March..bookmark for Mum

April..gotta love this little guy!

May...another birthday card.

June..monochrome Father's Day card.

July...love this stamp.

August..love how this card went together.

September..my first and possibly only ATC.

October..love how fresh looking this is!

November....birthday card for my sister,

December..yes it's a Christmas Card!

Hope you enjoyed them!!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year

and welcome to my new followers! I have been mia over New Year as we were visiting family and I did not take my laptop.....oh the shame and angst!!!!

I will try and catch up on people's blogs but you may have posted several posts since I was last here...anyway!

This is the card I made for my lovely oh and obviously couldn't blog it before Christmas..I do love this stamp!!

I will be entering this card into the following challenges;

Make it Monday

I also got a lovely surprise from my sister who isn't crafty but saw this being made at a craft fair..(it's a coaster)

so thought I could do the same with this stamp...

Wow, love your faith in me!!!  I am going to another craftathon in February and three of the gang do art journalling so we will see if I pick up any tips there!

Hope 2012 is a fabulous year for you all!