Saturday, 30 April 2011

Can you spot my mistake

If you can't I'm not going to point it out, I'm not totally daft.

Another card for my son's friends who leave 6th form in a couple of weeks only another 4 to go. This one a change had to be pink based with red hair but not ginger, hope I got the colouring right.I was asked to used Rapunzal from set 6 sassy girl set for this one which you can find at funky kits, along with many other wonderful stamps.

I as usual coloured with Promarkers and sakura glaze pens. The papers are from my scraps folders and I think both are K and co papers. The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment I made into a tag is LOTV mounted on pink paper. Again clean and simple but I think it looks fresh like the spring days we are having of late.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Pear tree designs-colourful
creative inspirations-pink,yellow and green
Sketch n stash-layout of your choice I chose 29 from the catalogue
Fussy n fancy-springtime
CRAFT-1 tag, I ribbon,2 squares and 1 circle.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Bye bye birdie

Some of my son's friends will be leaving school wel 6th form in the next few weeks and he will be sorry to see them go but wishes them all well , he asked if I would make him some cards to send them on thier way with his good wishes. It originally started at a couple but this keeps growing, so you may see more in thew next wek or so.

He has chosen the images he would like including at least one I have had to order , hope it arrives in time. This is the first of a couple he has asked for with this sassy girl. The colours are to match with his friends colouring and as the leavers all seem to have bought commemorative hoodies in colours of their choice the first cards he wanted in purple which was the colour choice of the hoodies some of his friends bought, but the cards all have to be different. No pressure or challenge there then from him.

I coloured my image with Promarkers and used Sakura glaze pens for the eye pupils. The papers are all from my scraps folder and each I edged with purple promarker just to tie it all together. The gems and pearls are from my stash as is the ribbon. The tag will be where I put the sentiment though as yet my son hasn't decided what sentiment to put, miss you, good luck or something else but thats where it will go.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Cook with Katie-ribbon bows and a tag
MAWTT-anything goes

Thursday, 28 April 2011

A card for a special grandma

Hope today finds you all fit and well and for those in the UK looking forward to another long weekend. I seem to be in a patriotic mood  again with the colours this card but this one was at the request of my son. It's his Grandmas birthday in a few days so he's chosen which image he wants and all I have to do is make it, I've not shown him yet but I'm hoping fingers crossed he approves. He's not into girly cards so when he chose a girl for his card I was a little surprised but I think he's beginning to understand what girls like, could this be worrying for me now he's just turned 17, ....not sure, I don't think I'll think about that right now plenty of time to worry later.

Anyway my card I was amazed at how many challenges it actually fits, which is always a nice surprise when you make a card and then look for challenges, well I think so anyway. I stamped the butterflies straight onto the card in ultramarine ink and then added the red stitched ribbon. The card I used for the base of my image and the cc design wee girl from the spring sugarplums last year is the base of a bought card as I like the linen effect. The base is mounted on red mirri card and both layers I distressed, I still don't like doing this but it fit with the chintz shabby look I'd decided to go with. I then edged with the ultramarine ink again. The swing is also from the same sugar plum set and I was brave and stamped it directly onto my card over the base layer and paper pieced the branch and the seat, just for a different look. The girl I coloured with promarkers and added a wee gem for a bit of bling to her top and used sakura glitter pen to sparkle up her socks.

I then finished with a lotv sentiment again stamped in ultramarine and distressed and 2 ribbon flowers I made sewn together and stuck on with sticky square.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

The ribbon girl-red,white and blue
Oldie but goodie-fit for a queen or princess
Lollipop -shabby chic or vintage
Shabby tearoom-butterflies
Scrapbook sisters-distressing
Crafty creations-white space,hope there's enough to count
Fab n funky-red,white and blue +3 ribbons
Colour me crafty-black hair
Phindy's place-paper piecing
crafts and me-distressed/vintage

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

OOps I'm late

Sorry all I'm a little bit late with this post, good job I'd already made my card.

It's another biweekly challenge time over at Penny's and this time you will be putting your thinking caps on as we have a challenge entitled 'Welcome Home'. Now our wonderful and talented leader dreamt up this theme when thinking of the anticipation of her darling hubby returning from Afghanistan, can't blame her one little iota for having his return on her mind don't know how she does it when he's away. I have to say not having a hubby to welcome home after being away made me wonder what I would do, I thought about welcoming a new baby home but it's not really the baby but the mum you are welcoming home as you are just welcoming the baby to the world. Then I thought about new home like many of my teamies but wasn't sure about that either but I thought how it was lovely to be welcomed home from the hospital after my recent surgery by my son and how when my parents and in laws have been abroad and they return how we welcome them home. It could be a student who has been away at university or as my son was talking about some friends he is looking forward to seeing over the summer who have been on scholarships in the USA. Loads of interpretation can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

My card I used a Meljen image as I thought this would be a nice way to be welcomed home kisses and flowers. I used magazine freebie papers that I found when having a move around of my craft room. The image is coloured with promarkers and the buttons are from a set by and can be found here at stitchy stamps. I simply printed them and triple embossed them with clear embossing powder. The flowers are from my stash. The tag is sprayed with moonglow spritz from the stampman and hand written using a blue sakura pen.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Simon says -anything goes
Pixie dust-spring /easter
Prairie fairy-flowers or april showers
Colour create-pink, blue and brown
Crafts for eternity-handmade buttons

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Let's party!

Any excuse is good for a party and this sassy girl Bella from Sugar Nellie by the wonderful and very talented Krista Smith is getting ready to party maybe a street party as part of the wedding breakfast on Friday, her invite must still be in the post along with mine, I do love a good wedding don't you.

I decided to go with the patriotic colour theme just for a change and then found some challenges that it will match so was meant to be. The layout I love clean and simple though I'm sure many with dress it up to look wonderful but I'm hopeless at that most of the time and I do like clean lines.

The papers I think are papermania but not 100% sure as have had them like forever and the mirri card is from my stash. The buttons are my fun bit with white ribbons attached with red ribbon just for fun.

I would like to enter my card for a few challenges:-
Craft your passion-lets see your layers
A spoonful of sugar-a right royal knees up
The sugar bowl-layout and buttons
Raise the bar- nautical recipe
crafty cardmakers-colour+/ wedding challenge
incy wincy-buttons and bows
quirky crafts challenges-a right royal affair


Well friday wasn't only Good friday but it was earth day too and this time at Creative craft challenges we are sort of doing our bit as our challenge is recycle. Thinking caps on and time to reuse and save some energy for our planet.

The design team have some fab inspiration for you this time round they are such a talented and creative bunch and fab sponsors once again too some odd girl has digis on offer, pretties from cratfy ribbons and our fab DT Ali has some goodies too for the top 3.

How can you not play along.

I decided that I would dress up some recycling, I'm sure we all do it without thinking, pop a plant in a tub that use to hold food. I recently had a move and sort out of my craft stash and found some alcohol inks I'd forgotten about and decided to dress a couple of pots for my plants.

The first was a mascapone cheese tub, I used a scouring soap pad to remove the writing and had a play with the alcohol inks, I then did the same thing with a steamed pudding tub think this one had a christmas pud in it but love how they turned out.

Looking forward to see what you recycle too.

I would like to enter these pots into the following challenges:-

Fresh brewed coffee-sparkle and shine
Anything goes challenge-pink and brown , hope pink and bronze counts
If the shoe fits-recycling

Monday, 25 April 2011

Sparkly fashionista

Good afternoon one and all and hope it's a great Monday for everyone even those who aren't off for the end of the Easter weekend and are at work skiving by checking out blog land.

The card I have to share today is a commissioned card for a granddaughter, the young lady in question I think is 19 or 20 not sure which so hope she likes this. Her grandmother normally gets her one of my cards but last year they were away on holiday and she bought one to send and it didn't go down well at all. The lady commented how funny she thought that was, as none of the girls' family ever send cards for the rest of the family birthdays but then feel put out if they don't receive nice cards when its their birthdays.

I decided to have a play with my Sassy girls, I did think I'd have my new ones to play with as I ordered them a week last Saturday but as yet they haven't arrived, so tomorrow I will contact the house of sugar just to make sure they haven't got lost along the way. I coloured my wee girl in promarkers and used sakura glaze pens for her eyes and glitter decorations on her dress and socks for extra sparkle. The papers are scraps I'm trying to use up and I think the check is forever friends and the dotty pearls one is from Costco.
The flowers are from my stash as is the ribbon and the pins I made.
The background inside the card is stamped lace using a stampman stamp as is the 'granddaughter' and both were stamped using brilliance twilight ink and embossed with holographic powder.

I would like to enter this tent card into the following challenges:-

Totally gorjuss-bling it on
RRR -violet, lilacs and plums
Fairytale challenge-tent card
Crafty Ann's-fancy folds
Addicted to stamps -layout
I did it creations-1 image,2 papers and 3 embellishments
Timbroscrapmania-metal and lace
There's magic in the air-multifold card
St. Luke's Hospice challenge-say it with flowers

Sunday, 24 April 2011

OSAAT new challenge

Happy Easter one and all and I hope the Easter Bunny has been good to you all but if he has brought you loads of chocolate no making yourself sick on

Well Sunday brings a new challenge over at OSAAT and this time we are showcasing the fathers day/sports collab which can be purchased here for $50 or is free with purchases over $10 or more, bargain if you ask me.

We have more fab sponsors too and prizes from


This time round I was given a cheerleader to play with by the talented Sue from Beary dust you can get her here .

I decided to print her straight onto my card and stick with a red black and white theme. Took me ages to decide how to make her in to a fathers day card, as cheerleading isn't that big here in the UK and was unheard of when I was at school so please forgive me if my sentiment is all wrong and far too English. I wrote my words on word using Wordart and then printed the insert too.

The image is coloured with Promarkers and the pompoms took a while and a few attempts to get right but I ended up with gift wrap ribbon which I cut in to small strips coloured some with Promarkers and left the other bits. I curled the ends with scissors and stuck them on with PVA letting each couple dry, as I found otherwise they slid out of place. I think it looks fab and am pleased with it but then again what do I know about cheer leading zilch!

The inside I wrote DAD!

Can't wait to see what you all come up with. The theme isn't just fathers day though you can do sporty things too, well many Dads love their sport don't they?

The rest of the DT have done some fab work as always awe inspiring so please pop by and show them some love for all their inspiration and then play and have fun, beats eating chocolate in my book and it's healthier too.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

Claudia and co-clean and simple
I love promarkers-anything goes
Delicious doodles-anything goes
Pile it on- 2 or more ribbons do all my little gift wrap ribbons count?
creative inspiration challenge-use a digi
stamping with the dragon-sports

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Happy birthday to our wonderful son

Sorry long post and lots of pictures too.

Our son Andrew is 17 today, so hard to believe he now towers above me at around 6ft and is as everyone says such a big lad when he entered this world at 26 weeks gestation and was given a 2% chance of survival, not brilliant odds at all.

He was bigger than everyone expected when he arrived too, I had been told as I was wheeled down to theatre for an emergency section due to pregnancy problems that if he weighed 2lb he would be a really good size , I wasn't convinced as I hadn't been able to eat much during my pregnancy and had been living mostly on 1/4 cups of milk every few hours, hardly fantastic for baby growth and I'd lost loads of weight. My wonderful son arrived weighing a grand 2lb 10 1/2oz and measured 30cm but had transparent skin and was bright pink and looked oh so tiny.These pics were all I saw of my son for the first 3 days as I was in intensive care and his chances of survival were slim to none, but we obviously had a fighter as we are so happy to celebrate his birthday, not that he's bothered and wants it to be just another day. 

17 going on 70! I don't think he really means it though.

I said  yesterday that I had almost finished his card well here it is. I love this design hope he does too, but I changed the dimensions from the tutorial on splitcoast stampers and made it bigger.


I used a catch the bug image which I once again coloured with promarkers and sakura pens.
The card front I stamped with a see-d stamp which is tiny swirls in deep pink and purple.

The slide I used brilliance blue ink and holographic embossing powder for the word sentiments sorry not sure of make,

and the happy birthday stamp I actually got from Asda when they tried selling craft products but they stopped after what seemed a few weeks.The streamer image I used is also from the same see-d set, which I stamped in gold used the same embossing powder and added colour with sakura pens.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Tip top tuesday-open challenge
Ladybug-anything goes
Scrap creations-use a digi image
Tueday morning sketches-suprise pop up card
sweet stamps-use a frame
A spoonful of sugar-celebrate
Simon says-emboss it
Charmed crafts-spring theme or colours(wasn't sure what colours I was limited to so went for a walk around the garden to see what spring colours were there see pics below)

Friday, 22 April 2011

Glitter cup cake

Wow I can't believe it's Saturday again where has this week gone, well most of it I have been in my craft room but unfortunately not crafting. For the past few weeks one of the floor boards has been sinking when walked on which really meant it needed looking at and possibly replacing, problem was it was right in the middle of the room. I should explain I have 2 desks and 2 cupboards and 3 6'6" bookcases around the edge of the room so it meant I had at least half of them to move and most are full of craft stash and others are full of paperwork oh forgot to say 3 stacking units and a entertainment unit too that weighs a ton(hubby's old toy).
So anyway managed to move half the stuff into various rooms so I could move the larger furniture and just managed to get to the floorboard. It wasn't just lose but cracked and not attached to anything at one end and held by one nail at the other. I lifted it to replace it only to find it wasn't attached as there was nothing to attach it to and the adjoining one wasn't much better. The problem was that when the boards were lifted to gain access to the electrics the kindly soul who did that cut the boards right next to the joists and just replaced them leaving them floating. Anyways I did fix it by finding some wood I managed to cut to size to fit between the joists and brace the boards. It took me nearly 4 hours but I no longer have squeaky floor boards.
Now you are all thinking if I fixed that why no crafting, well I decided I'd move the furniture round and have a sort out of all my craft stash and that has taken me 3 days, looks far better and I found stuff I had forgotten about along the way but can't say I liked being stuck indoors when the weather has been so nice and no crafting and loads needed too, so now I'm going to be busy and have almost finished my son's birthday card for tomorrow thank goodness.

Today I'm sharing with you a card I made for Mandy(a sprinkling of glitter) who's birthday was on the 17th, Andrew my son picked the image which is a catch the bug cutie. I coloured with a mix of sakura pens and promarkers and of course added some glitter in the form of stickles. The papers are all from my scraps and some may recognise the magnolia packaging.The image is mounted on vellum which has been stamped with happy birthday in pink brilliance ink.I finished with a peel off sentiment and ribbon again from my stash.Now when I made this I did have a few challenges in mind but those deadlines are well and truly missed so will have to see if there are any around to submit it to.

Found some. I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Little miss muffet-glitter and shine
Crafty purple frog-texture and ribbon
Stamp with fun-happy birthday
Cupcake craft challenges-lots of layers
Whoopsi daisy-free and easy
Paper sundaes-texture

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sassy sunday ?

Happy happy Sunday to one and all.Another Sunday and another challenge over at the OSAAT challenge blog and one you can really get your teeth into well so to speak time for SASSY!

Now when I saw this I have to admit I wasn't altogether sure what sassy really means, I know its something we probably use alot but do we get it right? I decided I best look it up and this is what I found:-

sas·sy 1 (ss)
adj. sas·si·er, sas·si·est
1. Rude and disrespectful; impudent.
2. Lively and spirited; jaunty.
3. Stylish; chic: a sassy little hat.

I decided to go with the lively and spirited and thought these fab pink and chocolate papers from JLJ designs over at Stitchy bear stamps that I got to play with fit the bill perfectly. I was cheeky not sassy and asked if I could have this Kelley's kids tease pixie to play with too as I thought she definitely would look sassy in pink.

The flowers and backing paper are all from the same paper pack by JLJ as are the papers I used for her wings dress and hair the only bit I coloured was her skin for which I used Promarkers.

The sentiment is one I made up on the computer and I thought it makes a fab girly card which could just be to say hello or even for a birthday, not really decided which yet but I think either would be good.The base card is brown pearlised sorry it doesn't show well but I think it suits the papers really well.

We have a fab sponsor again Joanna Sheen and she has so many fab things on her web site you will be spoilt for choice, pop along and be tempted even if you don't win as p and p is free and I can tell you from experience they have a super fast service and very helpful customer services too.

My card, best show you so you can see if you agree it's sassy , so you can drool over the papers before you pop across to check them out for yourselves, as they are digital you could order them and have them to make your super sassy entry. I'd check the other fabby DT blogs first though as you may well be inspired to go shopping for some of the fab sassy things they've used too from some of the other talented designers we have.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

Sweet stamps-one for the ladies
Fab n funky-all spotty and dotty
Paper romance-paper flowers
Pixie dust studio-say it out loud
Do it with digi's-fairies pixies and elves
Auds sentiments-anything goes


Can't wait to see what SASSY you use, wonder how many of each definition we'll get. Thanks for popping by Julye

Friday, 15 April 2011

Smile like a cheshire cat

Hi all well I've managed to catch a few mins here and there over the last couple of days to make a card. Andrew is doing really well and has now started to get around walking for short distances around the house so that makes life easier for me than when he has to move everywhere in the wheelchair, though from the bits of foot I can see through the dressings his foot is some lovely shades of purple and he is complaining it's itching and sweaty, always a good sign that he is on the mend.

My traumas this morning are the burglar alarm on the house we are having building work done on as it keeps going off when the builders aren't here, and not sure why but it is driving me and the neighbours mad as I can't stop it and just have to wait for it to reset, fingers crossed it doesn't do it again especially in the night, or I'll be really unpopular.

My card is a fab digi from Dustin Pike one we were generously given to work with for the challenge at Creative craft challenges. I decided to have a play and make my own backing paper to co-ordinate which I actually made last Sunday morning.The image I managed to find the right colours for using Promarkers , the sentiment is LOTV and dusted in mica powders from moonglow via the stampman. The ribbons and mirri card are from my stash.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Dustin Pike Doodle dragon studio-birthday
For fun challenges-colour challenge, I used green, purple and pink
Bizzy Becs store challenge-make your own DP
Critter sketch challenge-layout
Addicted to stamps-birthday
Simon says-for a child
Ladybug crafts- celebration
crafty catz-furry friends
Digi doodles-stripes

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Hoppity Wednesday all and another scheduled post just in case we are still at the hospital, have to try to be prepared for every possibility. This morning brings another challenge at Penny's and it's a nice easy one Easter. Even if you don't celebrate Easter you can always just make a card with bunnies or chicks or ducklings or lambs on and make it for some other occassion, just don't put a sentiment on it and then you can add whatever sentiment you want later, but don't tell I said that.

My card I used a fab image from our sponsor Lili of the Valley. If you haven't seen their stamps and squares you really should pop along they are super duper cute and very reasonably priced for rubber stamps too.

I used the bunny hop image, they did provide us with a couple to choose from but this I think was the most Eastery but I will try and do something with the other images too to show you when I get time and son sorted. I coloured my wee bunnies with Promarkers and added white flower soft for the fluffy tails. The ribbon I think came from JTF many moons ago and the flowers are from my stash as is the green vellum which I punched and the green backing card. The flower centres are brads again that I seem to have had ages and from my stash, sorry so old the packaging has long gone so not sure of the brand.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Frosted designs-use brads
Sarah Hurley -Easter
Stampin fro the weekend-Easter
Papercutz-lamb/chick/bunny or eggs
Delicious doodles-use ribbons for Easter
sweet stampin-layout
Fun at fairy knoll-eggs or ovals
Crazy for challenges-brown, green and vanilla
Creative inspirations challenge-Easter
The crafty pad-spring is inthe air
There she goes-vellum
Scrappy frog-Easter
Cutie sunday-Easter
Digi's with attitude-Easter
Die cut dreams-Easter
Creativeinspiration wednesday challenge-Easter

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Emboss it!

Good morning all , hope you have all got over the Monday morning blues , another 2 weeks have gone not sure where this month is disappearing to let alone the year. This post will hopefully pop into blog land when its suppose to as I will have been at the hospital with hubby and son as my son is having yet more surgery, I think he has had his fair share of operations in his lifetime enough for all 3 of us and more, but hopefully this one will remove the pain he is in when walking along with the large screw that is causing it with out having to have too much bone chipped away to get to it.

Right as it is Tuesday it's challenge time over at Creative craft challenges and we have some fab sponsors this time too so lots of goodies to win.

Our sponsors for the main challenge are The Crafty Pad, Crafty Individuals and Which craft .
Our top 3 sponsor is Doodle dragon studios.

Hopefully with all these fab goodies we will get a few more entries than on our bookmarks challenge.

Suppose I best tell you the challenge, well it's Embossing, now you can do wet powder embossing, or dry embossing with a machine or stencil by hand so lots of choice. Looking forward to seeing your projects and all the diversity too. For more inspiration why not pop over to the challenge blog and the DT's blogs for more details on their projects.

My card I used one of the fun Alice in wonderland images Dustin Pike gave us to play with. I decided to try and be clever, not sure it worked quite as well as I hoped and dry emboss the image as well as my base card. I used Fiskars boards , swirls for the base card and on the smoke on my image and scales ion my caterpillar. I coloured with promarkers and then kept the layout quite simple. I wanted a fun sentiment but as yet haven't come up with one I like. I did think it would make a fun get well card for my son and thought about staying chilled on the drugs or just popping by to say High, but the latter would be totally lost on him so any thoughts would be great fully received as you are all such a talented bunch.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:-

The craft garden -four (buttons in the corner)
Totally Papercrafts-layout
Cute card thursday-tropical (colours)
DYSU-yellow, follow the yellow brick road(wrong film I know)
Crafts for eternity-colour challenge, yellow , blue and green
The stampman-embossing
Crafty catz-embossing
Craft your passion-2 by 2
Paper Sundaes-childhood memories- have to say though Alice in wonderland is a childhood memory not a good one as I can remember being dragged from te cinema by my mum as a young child screaming not sure if it was falling down the rabbit hole or the cheshire cat that bit actually elludes me but Alice in wonderland does spark a childhood memory even if its not a good one.

Will have to add the links at a later point hopefully son will be discharged today but who knows , I've got to the point that I never bank on things then there are no disappointments.