Monday 30 June 2008

I have won an award

I am honoured to have received this award from Cathy and Jacqui.

The rules for this award:1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.2. Link the person you received your award from.3. Nominate al least 7 other blogs.4. Put links of those blogs on yours.5. Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated.

As there are so many wonderful blogs out there I am bound to duplicate but I will put my favourites here and leave a message and I am sure that they will be pleased anyway.

I am not able to nominate Cathy and Jacqui back but my choosen blogs are -

Sunday 29 June 2008

ABC Challenge

Just a reminder that the ABC Challenge starts on wednesday please, please join in if you have chance as I am one of the members of the design team!

Friday 27 June 2008

I am so lucky

I have ha a wonderful delievery off the postman, I have had 3 sarah kay stamps and a penny black of my husband for our anniversary on monday (7 years) and I have also had a gorgeous card of Annie, enclosing a magnolia chair and some stamped images I won on Tilda and Friends Midsummer Nights Dream ATC challenge. Unfortunaely blogger will not allow me to upload photo's at the moment but I will put a picture of them on later.

Lorraines Birthday Candy

Lorraine ( is celebrating her birthday on the 29th July (this would have been my mothers birthday) and is giving away some wonderful blog candy - I really recommend you visit her blog as her cards are superb and will really blow your mind.

Wednesday 25 June 2008

Tilda and Co - Dotty

I got really stuck with this after some inspiration form Cathy and Jacqui, I finally got it sussed. Tilda is coloured in watercolours and is sitting on a dotty circle. I originally had her sitting at a window wil snow falling outside but think one of Tilda and Co's design team did that a while back and I did not want to copy. The background colour is a bit too pink even for me, but it is intended for a 9 year old girls birthday so I think it will be ok!

SBS18 - Just to say

Here is my DT member card for Donna's Just to say challenge. I hope you like.

Tuesday 24 June 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 2 - Friendship

A cute little hedgehog stamp of two friends chatting. I have used circles again - fond of them with faux stitching at the moment. The papers are a lovely RAK from Cathy. I loved the purple and had to use straight away. Image watercolured as per normal.

Cute Card Thursday - Birthday Card

A simple card I am afraid but effective I think. I have matched the wrapping paper on Tilda's present to the backing paper used, and made the card to resemble a present by use of ribbon. I have mounted the image on pink paper and added a black border around the card. Tilda has been watercoloured as per usual x

I am still here!

Sorry I have not updated for nearly a week now. I did the race for life last wednesday night and was very pleased with myself, then we went away for the weekend and I have lost abit of my mojo too. Thank you to friends whom have sent images and papers and I hope to put some work up tomorrow if not tonight.

hugs x

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Tilda and Friends ATC - A Midsummer Nights Dream

I loved this challenge - nearly went and found my A'level text - so don't be surprised if I do another one. Yeah I got to use my new stamp Tilda in Nightdress which I adore. I have coloured her in using waterpencils and H2O, in lilacs and pinks. The backing paper is dovecraft fantasy and was so apt. The grass is a bit of hologram vellum which I have had ages and was an offcut. The flowers have tiny flower brads in the centre to which I have added pink glitter.
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mustardseed and Moth are pictured with Tilda in the picture, the flowers are meant to represent the love in idleness which Oberon bids Puck to bring him.

Tuesday 17 June 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge.

A new challenge blog started this week, and one of the design team is my good friend Jacqui. I did not have any Penny Black Stamps, so I brought this little one called 'Field of Dreams', and it arrived from Glitter Pot this morning. (Also in the same post Jane kindly sent me some stamped images - thank you).
The theme of the weeks challenge was - We would like to see you using your first Penny Black Stamp that you brought. You can make a card, atc, alterted art, etc.. what ever you wish but it must include your first stamp.
Well this is my first stamp. The papers are dovecraft - I tend to liek using plain backing papers for male cards - don't ask me why, but I have fauxed stitched around to give it more definition rather than using black borders. The image has been watercoloured and the message is from my sticker stock.
Hope you like it x

Monday 16 June 2008

Tilda and Co - Serendipidy

Well I was happily making my card when Edward wanted to have a go at sticking all the little bits of paper as they do this with tissue paper I think at nursery so I let him have ago, and thought why not let him make an ATC. So I got out a prestamped image - no way am I letting him loose on my stamps, and let him colour it. Jacqui then suggested a card so I let him use the glitter glue pens to colour onto black card and then mounted it for him. I have shown an example of the ATC of baking Tilda, papers are all odds and bods, the finished card and a picture of Edward (27 months) taken on saturday.

Thank God it's friday Challenge - cats

This is for the thank god it's friday challenge this week. The sketch was inspired by a card of Janes. I have used the new simply elegent papermania papers and off set each sqaure by 3cm. The image is Lily with kitten and is watercoloured in the same colours as the backing papers.

Fathers Day Cards

Well a quick show of my fathers day cards for my Dad, DH's Dad and Grandfather. All on a fishing theme all with fish oriental paper backing and handprint inside


Friday 13 June 2008

My first Hanglar & Stanglar - A Fathers Day card

My first attempt at a card using Hanglar & Stanglar, and image I won in Heidi's blog candy.

I have coloured him in primary colours to make him childlike. The hair seems very bright blonde but my two sons have very bright light hair and I wanted the card to match them as it a fathers card for their Daddy my husband. I have matched the colours using plain papers from Dovecrafts and the brads are from making memories. I have used craft creation sticker borders to add definition.
I designed the card myself and have kept the sketch with the dimentions if anyone would like a copy please let me know.

Thursday 12 June 2008

Tilda and friends - Bits and Pieces

The challenge this week is to use some of those bits and pieces of card and paper which we all have lying around on our desks. We would like you to make your ATC using bits and pieces which measure no more than 1" x 2" (2.5cm x 5cm) - we won't be measuring though
Well I have taken them at their word and raided my craft bin for all bits which I have stuck all over the background! I had to use the shabby chic Tilda that Jacqui sent me as a stamped RAK as she just seemed to fit beautifully! Could not tell you what the papers were or from where - sorry! Nearly added a flower on top lefthand corner, do you think it needs it?

Wednesday 11 June 2008

How lucky am I?? Thank you Heidi

Thank you so much Heidi, they are fantastic, too scared to colour them as they are so wonderful.
These are the pictures of the wonderful candy I won off Heidi, I have just got to share as they are so fantastic.

Tuesday 10 June 2008

Race for Life 2008

Well I do the Race for Life next week, the first time I have been able to do it since my mother died from breast cancer 3 years ago, due to just having a baby and being pregnant! Please, please, please if you have not competed yourself or sponsored anyone else, please think of me.
The photo is of my mother and I at my wedding in 2001.

New Challenge blog - Saturdays

There is a new challenge blog starting this saturday for all Penny Black Lovers called pennybfriendssaturdaychallenge. I have had a sneak look and it looks fab. One of the design team is my good friend Jacqui so please, please support them. They have some fantastic Penny Black stickers to give away as a welcome start blog candy.

So please, please support them xxx

Added a blog counter

I have added a blog counter as I am interested to know how many people visit my blog and I can then offer blog candy when I reach milestone hits!

Monday 9 June 2008

23. Tilda and Co Challenge = Swirls

Challenge 23 - SWIRLS An easy one for you all this week , for those that are still getting over the shock from last weeks challenge!I heard you all shouting at me when you realised it was no cards!Right this week is swirls, You can do what you like aslong as it has swirls involved somehow.Of course you work must involve atleast 1 Magnolia Stamp

I had to have a go at this one as it is the first challenge when my good friend Jacqui has designed one of the example cards and I am so proud of her!

I have drawn the sketch myself and I am very chuffed with it. I have used dovecraft backing paper in a mauve, the glitter swirls in the corner are from my stock pile. I have added Dovecraft Glitter Brads (which are fab and I got from Donna at Krafty Crafts - see an earlier post) in a pale blue. The paper behind Tilda is from Papermania Venetian Tones and is swirly. I have then added further triangles in a light gold paper from my misc stock. Tilda is my new one, with bouquet, which has been waterpenciled with a H2O wash over it.

I think it looks fab x

Saturday 7 June 2008

SBS18 Challenge 4 - unusual fold and pink, red, white and black

I am so so proud of myself, it has taken all day but I have made a card from scratch! It is one of my new Lily and Milo stamps and I have watercoloured it. I have used border stickers in red and pink to accent the shape as it is a fold card. I have also done a border in red gem flowers. I think it is fab!

Unfortunately you cannot see the sparkle on the photo so will try and take another one in daylight.

Tagged again!!!!

I have been tagged again so will reply and not pass on as I think everyone I know has done this whilst I have been away!!!


Gosh having to think of this 2003 so been married 2 years, working as an Underwriter and I think we were on holiday in Austria this week! Made DH do the Sound of Music tour!


Wash all the holiday clothes
Catch up on Facebook and the blogs
Do a few challenges
Stamp some images for Jenny to post on monday


Amazing Mr Blunden
Sound of Music
Wizard of Oz
Notting Hill
The Harry Potters - have cried at all
anything girlie


Gosh - do all the costume dramas I could and try and keep the clothes!!!



Magnolia challenge 22 - A Photograph Frame

Challenge 22 NONE CARD WEEK!

Now you may be looking at the title and thinking what? No cards? But i only make cards?
Now is the time to experience New things!,
For this challenge you are NOT allowed to make a Card,
Now there is so many things you can do with Magnolia Stamps, You only have to look @ Myself & the Design Teams work this week!
You could do a Gift Tag, Bookmark, Atc, Scrapbook(layout)Page, Gift Bag, Book The possibilities are endless!
So The rules are, Anything as long as it isn't a card, Has to have at least 1 Magnolia Stamp on ( remember it doesn't have to be Tilda or Edwin) , And last of all most important one is HAVE FUN!!!

I have made a photgraph frame using black card and watercoloured dala tilda. I have added star brads, a leather flower and a pink border sticker. It is on the plain side due to only getting back off holiday late last night, but really wanted to enter the challenge. I have added a background of fantasy dove craft paper, till a photo is added. Hope you like x

Friday 6 June 2008

I am back has anyone missed me?

I have been away on holiday for my husbands birthday and did disappear into one or two craft shops on my travels hahaha, only got some new papers though, even though I had his wallet. I am trying to hold out as our anniversary at the end of this month and I am hoping to have some new stamps instead of perfume or flowers.

So excited to have won on Heidi's blog candy though :-)

Will get round to doing all the challenges and the tagging over the next few days x