Sunday, 29 November 2009

Anyone for Anya - a sketch

Good morning lovely people in blogland - how are you all today? I have just had THE best sleep I have had in ages and am raring to go. Hubby and I are planning a nice day strolling around York and taking in the atmosphere at the St Nicholas Fayre - I love York at this time of year :o)

Dawny has been busy creating another fab sketch for you all to follow on Anyone For Anya and it is dead easy to follow so pop over and have a look at all the gorgeous DT cards and not forgetting the great prize we have on offer!!

I have seen this gorgeous lady about quite a bit these last couple of weeks and I just had to buy her - I am such a sucker for Miss Anya, she is just so with it isn't she. Been using my scrummy MS punch again that I bought from Dies to Die For , pop over for a browse when you get chance.

Finished with some felt ribbon I have had for ages and a couple of little flowers. No stickles today but the snowflakes have a bit of bling on them so I feel ok, lol.
Have a great day and I will see you about in blogland xxx

Saturday, 28 November 2009

PBSC and my candy winner

Hello, here I am ... better late than never. Phew, what a day I have had. Been working extra at work today vaccinating lots of our patients against swine flu - am shattered now, been a long day :o)
Can I just say a huge thankyou to everyone for all their fab comments and entries on last weeks Countdown to Christmas - are you a winner????? There are lots of you mentioned over on the challenge blog so pop over and see if it is you!

So here is my card for this weeks PBSC and we have a really great sketch by our lovely Beth - isn't it a useful sketch and so easy to follow too.

Sticking with nice bright colours for a change lol and these delish papers are from Tracy at Dies To Die For and are by MME. Oodles of stickles everywhere - everyone I know is hooked on this stuff now and again, you can buy this from DTDF.

Just one final piece of business left ....... the winner of my blog candy from last weeks hop.


Drop me an email sweetie with your tree in the woods and I will get Mr Pigeon to drop your goodies off for you hunny.

Have a lovely evening ... who is going tonight on the X-Factor????? xxx

Friday, 27 November 2009

Just Magnolia - Martine's sketch

It is a strange old week on Just Magnolia - we have some news, some sad and some good! Kim, Martine and Rach have sadly had to step down from the DT due to other commitments. Thanks so much for all your fabulous work and support ladies – you will be hugely missed. Which brings me to a little announcement. Jacque, Sheila and Jane have joined our team!! Welcome aboard ladies, we’re thrilled that you have agreed to join us. So that means lots of new styles to drool over which is always fab for the old inspiration!!

We have a really gorgeous sketch by Martine to follow and I just loved it so much - I am really going to miss your sketches sweetie. Unfortunately I have been battling with bad light due to finishing work late etc and even tried 2 different cameras (hence the slightly different colours of my pics) but nothing has helped. Will retake piccies if I get chance.

I love this image so much, I got her from The NEC a few weeks ago and am so happy I managed to pop some ink on her .... isn't she so pretty! More delish Magnolia papers too (you can buy lots of Magnolias and their papers from DTDF .... huge sale on right now on loads of products too!!)

My card also fits with these challenges ...

By the Cute and Girly - Winter Wonderland
Kaboodle Doodles - Buttons, Bows and Bling (hope the bow on my image counts, lol)
Pollycraft - Christmas
Creative Card Crew - Favourite Things All things Magnolia at the moment and of course my flowers and bling!
Papertake Weekly - Christmas Crackers
Crafty Creations - Christmas
Charisma Cardz - Anything Christmas
Colour Create - Green, Red and White
Crafty Catz - Angels and Fairies (Tilda is an angel)
The Pink Elephant - A Recipe

Phew .... that's your lot, lol ... not bad huh!
Have a lovely day xxx

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Anyone For Anya plus the catchiest song for ages!!!

Hi there and welcome to another challenge on Anyone For Anya . This week we are sponsored by the fab Dies to die For so pop over to the challenge blog for details of this weeks prize!. The theme this week is ...


Still opting for the nice bright colours - I think we all need them with this dreary weather we have been having. Picked some of my fave Making Memories papers - so scrumptious! And just how cute is my Anya .... so very sweet. You can grab loads of them from HERE. I have followed the sketch over on Friday Sketchers and I love it!

I am loving my gorgeous large rose which I bought from my lovely buddy Tab - isn't it lush. I have spruced it up with some stardust stickles which is THE thing to have it seems this month. Tracy has just got a load in stock so head over and grab some before it all sells out. Also I am really excited to let you all know that Tracy is going to be stocking Copic Ciaos - I think she is putting them on the website this week. You can keep up to date by becoming a follower of the DTDF blog which gives you all the updates of new stock etc.

Before I go I just want to share this rather catchy tune with you all. It isn't often a song keeps me awake at night but I swear I was still singing this after 1am this morning (groan). I absolutely love, love, love it and thought I would try and keep you all up singing too ..... turn up the old volume and just wait for the chorus - you are gonna love it!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Penny Black Winter Wonderland BLOG HOP!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning to you all and are you all ready for a very special week here on Penny Black Saturday Challenge. We are all in a festive mood on PBSC and have lots of goodies to give away to you all. All the individual DT members have candies to give away plus we have a HUGE prize up for grabs on the challenge blog. Our theme this week is


Can you guess this well known Christmas Song

---O--- T-- --- N---- -----E--

a little of Santa's helpers

it has five words and we have given you another little clue by filling in some of the letters but to collect the rest of the letters you need to visit each member of the Design Team including our lovely Guest Designer for this month Debby......solve the puzzle and then e-mail your answer to

and please include in your e-mail a link to your blog

Entries will close at midnight GMT on Friday 27th November


and all the lucky winners will be announced on Penny Black Saturday next Saturday

Here are my letters for the song D and H

Make sure you visit all the other DT members plus Debby our GD for the other letters. Check the main blog for all the rules please.

My candy is a secret candy but I can promise you there will be lots of scrummy goodies in there including images, embellishments, ribbons, charms and spacers etc - it will be fab!!!

To be in with a chance for the individual candies you must make a new card for this weeks challenge PLUS also comment on the DTs blog.

I followed the sketch for this weeks Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Friday, 20 November 2009

Just Magnolia - Masking

Good morning and it looks lilke another grey day is ahead of us here. I hope you are all safe and not affected cy the floods I have seen on the news. We stayed in yesterday and managed to almost complete the decorating in the bedroom - what a difference it makes! Onto our challenge this week on Just Magnolia and we would love to see some masking. I love the effect of masking even though I don't always get it right first time.

I have used 2 of the new stamps from this years christmas range. Remember to stamp the image you want at the front first and then follow with your 2nd stamp (after masking off your image). Magnolia really do make the most beautiful accessory stamps and this snowflake circle is too beautiful.

I have used more of my precious Magnolia papers too - I think I will always use these now when using my Magnolia stamps because they compliment the images so well. Tracy at Dies to die for has a fabulous range of Magnolia stamps and papers as well as MS punches etc so pop over for a little look.

Lots of stickles again - Kim ..... how did I manage without it? Your cards are such an inspiration! You know me, I just had to follow a sketch and I managed to find this pretty one over at Create4fun . That's it from me - dashing off to work again so please have a great day whatever you are doing xxx

Other challenges

Copic Creations - Golds

Creative Inspirations - Sparkle

Crafty Creations - Metal

PS Sorry about the piccie - was taken last night when it was dark - will replace with decent ones over the weekend x

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Lili of the Valley - A Sketch

Good morning and what a windy day it is here in North Yorkshire. Definately a day to be indoors! I am about to start decorating my bedrooom so I will still be playing with paper and glue but on a larger scale, lol. We have a lovely sketch for you all to follow on Lili of teh Valley this week so pop over and have a look. I would like to welcome to new members to the Design Team - Caz and Nicola (aka my mum). They both produce gorgeous cards and I can't wait to see their fabulous creations every week.

Sorry for the rubbish piccies - was dark when I got home so I will try and retake more later today. I have used the really sweet teddy called Christmas Ted Big Star and I love him!

Got last years 'Naughty & Nice' Papermania papers out (you will be seeing these again this week) and I really do love the bold pinks and greens so much! Lots of stickles again everywhere for that christmas sparkle! All the flowers are from my Crafty Feeling kits ... aren't they lovely! Hope you all get to join in - it really is a lovely sketch to work with and remember you do not need to use LOTV products to join in. We are also happy for you to combine with other challenges.
Have a fab day xxxxxxx

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

LOTV Blog hop winners

Good morning everyone. I just wanted to say a huge thankyou to all of you who took part in the blog hop for Lili of the Valley this week. We had a tremendous response there was - the new stamps have just been flying off the shelves. You can check out the challenge blog for a full list of all the winners ..... were you lucky???? Go have a peep here.

I have picked one lucky winner from all of you who left me a comment to win a stamp of your choice ...... CONGRATULATIONS to Karen from 1 Wacky Woman . Please can you email me with your home address and the stamp of your choice please and I will make sure your prize is sent out to you asap!

Don't forget to pop back tomorrow for a brand new challenge and remember, if you were not lucky enough to win you can still have these beautiful new stamps at the bargain price of £3.50 each - how can you say no!!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Lili of the Valley Blog Hop

If you are wanting to take part in the LOTV blog hop just click HERE to be taken to the correct post xxx

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Anyone for Anya

Hi there, guess who forgot to schedule this post ..... oops. So here I am - better late than never. We have had a tiring day after the contest (up at 6am .... 1st band on to play) and are now waiting for the rest of the bands to play before the results are announced this evening. They played ever so well it was sold out so plenty of people enjoyed the music. Anyway, onto crafty things and here is my card for Anyone for Anya ....


I have chosen this gorgeous Pink Petticoat dotty paper and paper pieced Anya's dress and bow. I love this soft, delicate shade of pink - so girly! I have kept it all very simple with my colour scheme and lay out. Circle are present with my nesties, papers and dies along with the nice curved edges on my ribbon tag.

Lots more stickles about again, think I better get some more ordered at this rate - I am just loving it so much. Right, I really need a cuppa and a lounge about on the sofa. Catch you all later xxx

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Penny Black

Good morning folks, lets have a big cheer for the weekend!!!! I cannot believe it is a week since I was at the NEC - it has gone by so fast. We have a really fab challenge for you this week on Penny Black and we are joined again by the lovely Debby


I have tried to keep my card nice and simple and found that these BG papers are just fab for male cards - nice bold colours and nothing too fussy. I have followed the sketch over on The Pixie Cottage and it is a nice simple one to follow.

Oodles and oodles of stardust stickles on here .... how did I live without this stuff?????? Tracy at Dies to die for has just got hold of a load and it should be up for sale very soon so make sure you keep checking her site!
Have a fab weekend everyone - I am scooting off to Gateshead later for the weekend to watch Ryan compete in 'Brass in Concert' - this is an incredible contest with the best bands in the world all performing an entertainments programme. It is also recorded for sale as a triple DVD so I can't wait for it to come out!! Have a good one folks xxx

Friday, 13 November 2009

Just Magnolia - Mina's sketch

Hello everyone and Friday again already!! It will be Christmas before we know it! This week on Just Magnolia we have a really lovely sketch by our very own Mina . Before that though we have some wonderful news to share with you all ..... woohoo Dawny P has joined us as a permanent member of the Design Team and I am so happy! Welcome aboard chick, I can't wait to see your gorgeous Magnolia creations!!!!

I have had the chance to play with some of my new goodies that I got from the NEC last weekend. Aren't the new Magnolia images just gorgeous!! Little Tilda with mistletoe is so gorgeous in fact that lots of us used her this week ... oops! I also managed to get hold of a couple of sentiment stamps too - I just love this one so much.

I ws very brave and cut into my Magnolia papers too - OMG I think I may now need therapy, lol. The quality of these papers for any of you who have not seen them is just incredible. They are fabulously weighty papers with a really lovely texture to them .... me likey very much! I am now also the proud owner of my snowflake dies (as you may have noticed) which means I can now cut acetate snowflakes and cover them in diamond dust - woohoo!!!!!!

A little peep from another angle and that's your lot! Hope you can join us again this week and share all your wonderful interpretations of Mina's sketch xxx

Thursday, 12 November 2009

GD card for Pink Gem Designs

Good morning lovely blogglies - how are you all today? I have had a tremendous sleep after a hectic day at university yesterday (and battling delayed trains etc) so I am going to enjoy my day off!

Pink Gem Designs are celebrating their 1st birthday this week - congratulations Janet! There are 2 brand new stamps now available just in time for all your christmas creations - 'Snowflake Mimi' and 'Mimi in coat & scarf'' and these can been seen on PGD homepage so go and have a look!!

I have a really sweet image to share with you all today. Janet sent me Winter Kaya to have a play with .... isn't she pretty! I have used the usual copics to colour with and some fab fun flock for the fur trims (love the effect of this stuff). I had to get me some stardust stickles at the NEC after seeing how amazingly sparkly Kim's cards are in real life. They are the most beautiful creations in real life and I am in so much awe of this beautiful woman (love ya sweetie)

I have also managed to pack a few challenges into this little creation too (how much fun, lol) ...

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Snow much fun
Crafty Creations - Snow
Creative Craft Challenge - Christmas fun
Creative Inspirations - New or neglected (my image,spacer, MS punch, stickles and dies are all new)
La-La Land - Get punchy
Charism Cardz - Merry and bright
Cute Card Thursday - Glitter me silly
Allsorts - Bring out your bling
Create 4 fun - Sketch
One Stop Craft Challenge - Cards for kids

Don't forget you can buy lots of dies, MS punches, embellies, papers and oooh just about everything from the lovely Tracy at Dies to die for

Have a great day xxxxx


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