Sunday, 31 August 2008

Jaime's candy

Jaime is doing blog candy but hurry it ends wednesday, quick quick quick!

Quad challenge card

Wow think this is a record for me... 4 challenges covered in 1 card! I used the sketch provided by Taylor's cupcake challenge, the Papertake Weekly challenge 'A Stitch In Time' the Penny Black challenge 'Stars & stripes' and also the Dutch Dare challenge 'Card for a girl'.
I've used:
  • Ribbed white card
  • Stars and stripes papers from the Kaboodle Doodle kit 'All star'
  • PB image 'Buzz in the air' coloured in with marvys
  • Felt flower with pink pearl centre bead
  • 'Smile' dome sticker
  • Deep pink paper
  • Silver gel pen for the faux stitching

Lots To Do- Craft Your Name

Hi everyone! this week's Lots To Do Challenge has been set by me, and I want you to Craft Your Name... it could be something with your initials on, the meaning of your name, something with your name on to personalise it... hey even something with your kid's name on it like a door plaque or door hanger, etc... So come on come join in my challenge!
I've used:
  • A beermat
  • Green, yellow, silver and orange ink
  • Permanent marker
  • Chipboard flower
  • Gold eyelet
  • Orange circles ribbon
  • Swirl stamp

Thursday, 28 August 2008

It's a puzzler!

This week's challenge over at This Thursday is 'It's a puzzler'... so after a little while of thinking and reading over the ideas on the challenge blog I decided that love was a good theme as it's puzzling how it happens and works.. and then i took the obvious idea of a puzzle and ombined the two :)
I've used:
  • Heart puzzle template
  • Red, pink, black, silver and magenta ink pads
  • Chunky card
  • Love text stamp
  • Butterfly stamp (thanks to the ooh la la team)
  • Dovecraft fantasy fairy stamps (thanks to the spoon full of sugar team)

In the water!

This week's challenge over at Cute Card Thursday is 'In the water', so I decided to alter my note pot as it's been looking rather dull on desk full of altered and colourful bits.
I've used:
  • Blue tissue paper
  • Lots of PVA glue
  • Light blue dotty ribbon
  • Blue and white sequins
  • Pink Petticoat download images from 'Best Fishes'
  • Marvy pens for colouring in

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Little gem with flowers

Yay my first batch of Spiral Whisper stamps arrived today so I just had to use one! This is a double challenge card for the Spoon Full Of Sugar challenge '3 different ribbons' and the Arty Girlz challenge 'Summer'.
I've used:
  • Spiral Whisper 'Little gem with flowers' stamp' (so damn cute!)
  • Marvy pens
  • Blue and yellow inks for the border and background
  • 4 lilac primas
  • 2 orange primas
  • 6 pearl ball beads
  • 3 different colour hobbycraft flowery print ribbons

Dog canvas

Here's the second canvas that I've made... I used the tissue paper canvas technique found here... though sadly the photo does show the outlines of some of my tissue paper but that may be as I had a double layer on one sheet of the tissue didnt realise till i'd glued it :( so it's meant to look like a graffiti wall scene.
I've used:
  • 5x7 canvas
  • Permanent inks and watercolour pencils
  • PVA glue
  • Tissue paper
  • PB 'Just next to you!' stamp
  • Swirl corner stamp
  • Heart doodle and heart swirl stamps
  • Swirl flower stamp
  • 2 little red primas and pearl bead centres

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Bling It On!

This week's SBS challenge has been set by Donna and she picked the theme 'Bling It On'... and there's a prize on offer too so come join in!
I've used:
  • Papers and images from the Kaboodle Doodle kit 'Animals'
  • Blue glitter
  • Coloured gems
  • 2 gold eyelets
  • Sparkly gold ribbon
  • Foam pads
  • Sparkly Birthday peel off

Monday, 25 August 2008

Baby Girl

Wow a very pink card, not my usual type of thing but I needed to get using the kit and it fitted beautifully with some of this weeks challenges. The Ooh La La theme this week is 'Babies' and the Scrummy Stash Cafe challenge is a sketch which I used to design the card.
I've used:
  • Pink mottled card
  • Dotty paper, sentiment and image from the Kaboodle Doodle kit 'Baby'
  • 2 prima flowers
  • 2 small pearl beads
  • foam pads
  • grid strip done using the distressed grid technique

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Lots To Do- Iris Folding

This week's challenge over at Lots To Do has been set by Mags and she picked the theme 'Iris Folding'.... so after many hours of cursing, confusion and frustration I finally managed to get this done.... thanks Donna for scanning urs to show me how lol... So I ended up making a door hangar for Mags.
I've used:
  • Kaboodle Doodle kit 'Skulls' for backing paper and the paper for the folding
  • Word art for the text
  • Marvys to do the colouring
  • 2 pieces of thick card

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Kaboodle Doodle challenge #1

Wahey so here's the first challenge over at Kaboodle Doodles, all you have to do is download the kit from the blog and make something from it!
Cheeky me I've made my design piece also my entry for this weeks 3d designs challenge which is to use the milk carton template.
I've used:
  • Paper from the KD free challenge kit
  • Foam pads
  • Red and clear gems
  • Red scruffy strand ribbon

Xmas square box

The Ooh la La challenge is 'Christmas' so I made this fab little box that could be used for small presents or choccies, etc... I found the template whilst blog hopping, to see where I found it click here.
I've used:
  • Blue marble card
  • Metallic silver pattern card
  • Silver fragment sticker
  • Hero Arts penguin stamp
  • Blue dotty ribbon
  • Velcro

Triple challenge card

Here's a triple challenge card that I've just managed to get finished... it's for... the Daring Cardmakers challenge 'This way!'.. the Arty Girlz 'shapes' challenge... and the Stamp Something challenge 'birthday somethings'....
I've used:
  • Light blue card
  • Kaboodle doodle paper from All star kit
  • Arrow and star shape from Lil Flyer digi kit
  • Hamish image coloured in with marvys
  • Greeting circle from Dotties World blog
  • happy birthday star stamp

Thursday, 21 August 2008

More pearls!

These are my last 2 pearl jewellery sets for a while as I'me totally out of stock lol... but I've put them in proper jewellery boxes as they are going to be xmas presents for the kids of the lady who ordered them... the blue box one is slightly different than my usual as I've used different size pearls... mainly so the kids have different one's so they can tell the difference and can't say the other stole/broke/lost theirs lol!

Bright colours & Sketch

Here's a double challenge card that I've just finished... it's for this week's Cute Card Thursday challenge 'Bright Colours' and Stamp with Sarah Kay challenge which was a sketch..
I've used:
  • Sarah Kay sketch
  • White ribbed card
  • Yellow dotty paper
  • Funky Fairy download paper
  • Felt flowers
  • Orange circles ribbon (hobbycraft)
  • Sarah Kay image coloured with marvys

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Something Summery

This week's Stamp Something challenge is 'Summer Somethings'... and the Penny black challenge is 'no cards'.... so I decided to use the canvas that came with my fab hobbycraft mini easel..
I've used:
  • 5x7 canvas
  • Orange, yellow and lime inks, making the background using the kitchen towel technique found here
  • Swirl corner stamp
  • PB 'Embrace' image stamped onto the canvas
  • Marvys and water
  • Watercolour paints
  • Variety of prima flowers
  • Tiny pearl beads as flower centres

beautiful days!

This week's SBS challenge has been set by Jenny and she's picked the theme 'Beautiful Days' as she went to the beautiful days festival last weekend... so we had to make something hippy, flowery, camping based or musical to fit the theme... So i made my funky, bright flower card.
I've used:
  • Orange corrugated card
  • Retro paper (recycled HSBC junk post lol)
  • Bohemian ribbon
  • Summer tilda coloured with marvys
  • Lots of funky love stamp
  • 2 orange brads
  • 2 flower shapes inked with ornage, brown, bronze, gold and purple to make their colour

... and of course my £2.49 hobbycraft easel to display the card on :)

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Kaboodle Doodle Challenge blog

Righty ho everyone.. I know how you all love challenges so i'm excited to tell you that there will be a new one starting on Sunday! Kaboodle Doodles (just click the words to get to the blog) will start their first challenge sunday and it will be dead easy and open to all sorts of creativity... all you have to do is go there on sunday and download the freebie kit and make somethign using it.... simple as that :) so i look forward to seeing all your lovely entries :)

F is for..... Fairies!

This week's challenge over at ABC challenge is F is for fairies... now had i have known i was getting the lovely goodies from a Spoon Full Of Sugar i would have used those for the project but i had made this when the bits arrived... I've made an ATC for my DT piece...
I've used:
  • ATC size card
  • Gold, yellow, brown and bronze inks for the background
  • 2 eyelets
  • Metallic gold ribbon
  • Rock Hard Fairy image (thanks donna) made 3d with foam pads

So come join in again this week :)

double challenge card

So this week I've managed to combine Tilda & Co challenge 'Cold as ice' with the sketch challenge over at Spoon Full Of Sugar.
I've used:
  • Melthoria dotty paper
  • Blue floral paper
  • Hoho paper
  • Blue dotty ribbon (hobbycraft)
  • Tilda angel image colourd with marvys
  • Merry Christmas peel off
  • Marble effect blue card

Tagged by Jacqui

Right so jacqui has tagged me.... oh dear....

* If you are tagged, you must firstly post the rules:
* Write 7 strange characteristics about yourself. They interest us all!
* Tag 6 other people at the end of your Post.
* Visit everyone that you have tagged and leave a comment on their blog to let them know that they have been tagged.

So here are my seven strange characteristics:
1. I don't get hungover regardless of how much I drink
2. I want a tattoo but I've managed to talk myself out of it since my 18th birthday
3. I'm a total neatfreak
4. I get fed up of being on the ground
5. I've never seen myself as one of the girls at all
6. I'm attracted to bright colours
7. I hold grudges far too long

My 6 people to pass this on to are....
jenny, jo, leann, tracey, zoe, lyn

Monday, 18 August 2008

Animal print digi scrapbook page

This week's Dutch Dare challenge is 'use an animal print/design'.. I've made a digi scrapbook page of our neighbour's dog that we looked after the other night... she's a jack russell called Snoop... as in snoop doggy dog not snoopy lol...
I've used:
  • Animal print paper from Night Safari digikit
  • Red ribbon bow from Night Safari digikit
  • Flower embellishment from the Stendhal Angelique digikit
  • Frame from from the Stendhal Angelique digikit
  • Text art done in Photoshop
  • A photo taken in our garden

Initial Art

This fortnights challenge over at Funky Fairys has been set by Meayla and she's picked the theme 'Initial art' to make something with your name or initials on... So I've made a name banner to go above my ribbon rail...
I've used:
  • Funky Fairy red and black flower download papers
  • Gold eyelets
  • Black sequins
  • Red chunky gems
  • Black ribbon
  • Red mesh ribbon

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Lots To Do- Recycle It

This week's Lots To Do challenge has been set by Andrea and she's picked the theme 'Recycle It'.... recycle anything; beads, buttons, papers, stamps, bottle tops, etc..
So I made a bracelet out of completely recycled bits...
  • charms from broken keyrings
  • chain and clasp from a broken necklace
  • ball beads and spacer beads from necklaces from a charity shop

So come join in!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

PB ribbons challenge

This week's Penny Black challenge is 'ribbons' and boy do i love my ribbons... pretty colours, patterns, metallics.... so anyway back to my card...
I've used:
  • Black cardstock
  • Kate Night 'Hint of pink' designer paper
  • Deep pink ribbed ribbon
  • 2 wooden flower embellishments
  • PB 'embraceable' image coloured in with marvys
  • 'lots of funky love' stamped along the bottom

Cupcake challenge #29

This week's Cupcake challenge is another yummy sketch by Taylor and I've even managed to pull out the cupcakes again for it :)

I've used:
  • Orange marble effect card
  • Kaboodle Doodle paper from the 'Berry Bright' kit
  • Purple flower ribbon (hobbycraft)
  • Cupcake, heart and love stamp inked with colours

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Celebration card

This past fortnight's challenge over at Funky Fairys has been 'Celebration'.... so I've made a celebration card that could fit a couple of occasions, though I expect it will get used as a wedding anniversary card..
I've used:
  • Magnolia image 'Cheers' coloured in with marvys
  • Forever rub off sentiment
  • Flower and borders from the Happily Ever After download kit
  • Backing papers from a Funky Fairys download kit
  • Chunky lime green brad

Sarah Kay sketch challenge

This week's challenge over at Sarah Kay (the german one) is a fab sketch, which is so simple to use and makes such lovely cards!
I've used:
  • Kaboodle Doodle's upcoming kit 'Berry Bright' for the sentiment, stripey and flowery papers.

  • Lime green and bright orange cardstock

  • Dotty ribbon to tie on the buttons

  • A flower button, 2 orange buttons and 2 candy pink buttons

  • A hot pink felt flower

  • Sarah Kay image coloured in with marvy pens

  • Foam pads to make the sentiment and image 3d

Wednesday, 13 August 2008


Yay I've managed to combine this weeks SBS Challenge design team piece, Papertake Weekly challenge with something that I've been needing to make for a while... i've made a button storage box as my piddly tray they were in was starting to overflow so it wouldn't close... This started out life as a tub of jelly beans.. I then covered it with white tissue paper and PVA glue... then i stamped another sheet of tissue with a red ink pad and then covered that with PVA onto the pot as well... after many hours drying I could add the dotty ribbon, then the red felt flowers and finally some dome letter stickers to spell out the word 'buttons'... so there we are practical, useful and fun to make... oh and very messy lol!
So come join in this week's SBS challenge 'something useful'!

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Magnet clipboard

Ok so here's an idea that I found on Deena's blog a little while ago... I didn't use the chunky coasters like she did, I had beermats so I used the last one to make this...

I've used:

  • Dotty paper from kaboodle doodle download kit 'Grey'
  • One lime green brad
  • Chunky dotty black and white brad
  • Lime butterfly ribbon
  • Lime green bulldog clip
  • Lime green paper and flower template

Puppy Love ATC

Just a quick piece this time.. it's my entry for 2 of this weeks challenges... Arty Girlz theme is 'no shop bought pattern papers' and Scrummy Stash Cafe 'all that glistens is not necessarily golden'.... so I've made an ATC with a stamped background using the dovecraft puppy love set and the swirls set, then i stamped my gold inkpad all over it to add sparkle... i used my new PB stamp 'Just next to you!' which i coloured in with marvys and added gem hearts to replace the stamped hearts.. and finally i added some of the gold hearts rescued from my mum's wedding presents lol... so in this case gold is glistening mainly.. but the red hearts sparkle too :)

Monday, 11 August 2008

Happy B'day Anne-Marie

It's one of my SBS 18 sister's birthdays on happy birthday for wednesday Anne-Marie... i've been a bit busy recently so I didn't manage to get a card made and posted off to the USA for her... so I made her a digi scrapbook page nstead and emailed it over :) The papers are from the new kit from kaboodle doodle 'party picnic' with happy birthday cupcakes and lollies stuck over the papers. I used a stamp flower image and then put the message over the top of the image... very similar to the signature Anne-Marie has at the end of each post... I then added pink ricrac, a red tag and pink brads to look like they are securing the tag to the page... and i'm glad that she liked it :)

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Torso tag swaps

So here are my long awaited torso tag swaps that I've received from some of the lovely ladies on the lots to do forum.. they got lost along the way and got hidden under the passenger seat in my OH's car.... so thanks to monalisa, claireabelle, hilmof and carian :)

Lots To Do- Oriental

This weeks Lots To Do challenge has been set by Alison and she has picked an Oriental theme.... so I picked a template I've been holding onto for ages and finally gave it an outing... so I've made a kimono shaped card using peppermint green card, floral print paper and purple crocodile print card... why not come along and join in the fun :)

I Love Your Blog

I was given this award by Dawne, thanks :)

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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Heffalump Love

Here's a double challenge card that I've just finished... It's based on the sketch over at Penny Black Saturday challenge and uses the colour scheme challenge of green, pink and blue over at Stamp Something... it's the first outing of my new PB stamp 'embrace', such a cute image... i've used; dark blue card stock, deep pink paper, light blue paper, blue dotty paper from the kaboodle doodle baby kit, lime green butterfly ribbon, 3 felt flowers, lots of funky love sentiment inked in lime and my image coloured in with watercolours and marvys :)

Now to try and use the other 3 PBs i've bought in the last week or so in a challenge lol....

Friday, 8 August 2008

Black & white wedding card

This is was a relaxing card to make after a stressy shift at work.... it's for Susie's blog candy challenge black & white, as she's celebrating that she's getting married soon... i know it's cheeky but it also happens to fit in with the Dutch Dare challenge this week 'black white and one colour' and Cute Card Thursday's 'The 2 of us'... but the card will be sent to susie anyway... I used black, white and shades of grey as my colours, well except for the skin tone lol... i took white cardstock and distressed the edges with black ink... stuck on my backing paper from the kaboodle doodle paer kit 'grey'... stuck on my coloured Anita's wedding stamp image.. silver inked the wedding sentiment and made it 3d with glue dots... then finally i added some silver ribbon to the bottom and tied a bow :)

Allstar Pinwheel

I've been wanting to make a pinwheel for ages after i saw it on several Stampin' Up ladies blogs... so i took 2 papers from the Kaboodle Doodle kit 'Allstar'.... pinned them with a chunky yellow brad... the stick is a McD's straw recovered with pink paper and the seal of the paper covered with sticky godl ribbon to hide it :)

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Altered treasure chest

Playing around with some more Kaboodle Doodle bits, this time it's the skulls kit using the images instead of the papers. The treasure chest was originally part of a clever wedding present given to my mum but i accquired it once the present had been dug up lol (there was a treasure chest theme to the present)... so i took some black and gold tissue paper and pva glue and recovered the whole chest.. then i glued on and glazed over the skulls images and placed a treasure map on the base of the inside of the chest... now i can use it as a bead stash box lol!

Jane's candy

Jane is celebrating her blogoversary with some blog candy :)

'My blog will be 1 year old on 21st August. I can't believe how quick it has gone and is all thanks to my friend Wendy who started her blog just before and got me hooked - thanks hun!!!!
As a thank you to all the people who visit here I will be giving away some candy to 3 people.
All you have to do is comment here and link to my blog - if i leave you a comment you are entered.
I will get my daughter to draw 3 names out on 22nd August so you have until midnight 21st August to post.'

You're Leaving...

My mum ordered a leaving card for a colleague who recently bought a new mini convertable. Her mini is purple so i found an image of a purple coloured mini driving up a german mountain road... driving away seemed apt for a leaving card... The mini hasbeen decoupaged in 4 layers... The sentiment has been hand drawn in silver pen then inked over with silver and lilac then made 3d with glue dots... then i added some gems round the edges and a chunky piece of silver ribbon tied into a bow... this means i can also enter the card for the challenge over at This Thursday where the theme is 'Bowdacious Ribbons and Bows'.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Wooden cube necklace

Okies, so here's a necklace that I've made today for the OH... some of you may recognise the style if you watch Top Gear closely, as Richard Hammond wears one like this but with darker wooden cubes... so because my OH thinks Hammond is great I had to make him one of the necklaces.. so just a quick, simple make using; clasp, jump ring, 7 wooden cube beads and black cotton thong... now I'm just waiting for him to say he wants to grow his hair like Hammonds lol!

Seasons ATCs

So the new challenge over at Tilda & Friends has been set by Vanessa and it's going to last for a whole 4 weeks! Her theme is seasons, so we have to make an ATC for each season using a magnolia character or stamp, I've used 3 tildas and an edwin for my ATCs.

My spring ATC uses an image of Tilda skipping coloured in with mavrys, flower vellu for the backing (thanks alison i've recycled it) and some green butterfly ribbon.

My summer ATC uses an image of tilda going swimming coloured in with my marvys, 2 felt flowers, backing paper from the kaboodle doodle kit 'skulls' and some papermania sticky ribbon.
My winter ATC uses a christmas edwin image coloured in with marvys, backing paper from the kaboodle doodle kit 'allstar', a wire crafty bits star and a christmas tree from a pack of Anita's dimensions stickers.
My autumn ATC uses a windswept tilda image coloured in with my marvys, wood effect backing paper, 2 gold eyelets, a wooden leaf embellishment, papermania stickers, and some wired wool from my ooh lal la goodies :)
One mammoth challenge completed, thanks for the great challenge nessy!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Blog candy!

So bev is celebrating her 5000, no 10000.... no 15000... oh nearly 20000hits on her blog... so she is giving away some fabby candy! What are you waiting for give it a go!

Gisela is also celebrating reaching 5000 hits with some candy!

Maria is also giving some gorgeous candy!

Katharina is celebrating 100,000 hits with some fab whiff of joy candy!

Vintage with a twist

This week's Arty Girlz challenge is 'vintage', so being me i had to do it with a bit of a twist lol. I got the image from crissi's blog. I took a beermat and stripped the papers off, then i used neon colour inkpads dragged across it to create the background, then smeared back around the edge and finally stamped swirls and hearts onto the mat... then the image was stuck on top... so i guess that makes this kind of retro vintage lol!


Ok so this week's challenge over at A Spoon Full Of Sugar is 'recycle' and here's my piece for the challenge... the recycled part are the chunky blue buttons that my nan found buried in her room from a jumper long ago thrown away along with a variety of other buttons... i've used; white card, kaboodle doodle backing paper from the allstar kit, red dotty ribbon, blue gem brad, 2 chunky blue buttons and a sugar nellie image coloured in with my marvys again :)

E is for... embellishments!

Ok so this fortnight over at the ABC challenge we have chosen the theme 'E is for embellishments', between us we have tried to use a variety of embellishments to inspire you.
I've made an altered beermat where i've inked the background, added a tilda image coloured in with watercolour pencils and then embellished the remaining space. My embellishments are; mulberry ribbed ribbon, a gold eyelet and pink felt flowers.
So come give the challenge a try, you can make whatever you like.. and who knows perhaps you could introduce us or other viewers to a type of embellishments we haven't seen or used before :)

No pink hedgie!

So here's a double challenge card that I've just made, it's for this weeks Penny Black challenge 'no pink' and this weeks Scrummy Stash Cafe challenge 'Angie's eyelet challenge'.... So i've made a card using; white cardstock, lilac decorative paper, gold ribbon, 2 gold eyelets, gold hearts, 2 gold star brads, 2 vellum flowers and a stamped image of my new PB stamp coloured in with my marvys :) not a hint of pink in sight :)

Monday, 4 August 2008

It's A Boy!

Ok so one of the ladies I work with is due in a few weeks and she knows that she's having a little boy so i merged a challenges together with some of my kaboodle doodles download kits to make her a card... ooh yea i forgot to mention i'm on the kaboodle doodles design team now lol... so anyway i've made this card to fit in with the Arty Girlz challenge 'blue'... it's been made with a simple bit of white card, dark blue ribbon and the rest is from the kaboodle doodles download kit 'Baby'.