Saturday, 31 July 2010

Simon Says .... Going Dotty

Hi everyone, well finally I think my computer virus is sorted!!! This week has been terrible. Just a quick post because I am worried I lose my post! This is the ever so delayed card for this weeks challenge on Simon Says Stamp and our theme is going dotty ... which believe me I have!!!! You also have the option to use prima products like myself and the rest of the DT have.

I have used the sweet Mermaid Anya by The Greeting Farm. Look out on Tuesday when I will be starting my regular TGF candy kindly sponsored by Heidi at Simon Says Stamp!!

Prima products are the gorgeous Lilliput Roses and I also chopped down this pretty vine and butterfly too.

As usual one lucky person will win a $25 shopping spree to spend online at Simon Says Stamp
Have a great weekend xxx

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Sorry I have been so quiet

Hi everyone, just to let you all know I am still here. I have had a virus on my computer and now (fingers crossed) think I am back up and running again. I thought it was fixed a couple of days ago but no joy but I am pretty sure it is all ok again.I will post my card later for this weeks Simon Says Stamp challenge so why don't you pop over and check out the DT's cards in the meantime and join in.
Have a great day xxx

Friday, 23 July 2010

Just Magnolia - Vintage

 Morning and woohoo, Friday at last! Gee, it sounds like I wish mylife away butyou know what the first week back at work is like after your hols. It has actually been ok so I shouldn'tgrumble and I am going out tonight with my wonderful husband :o)
This week on Just Magnolia I actually groaned when I saw the theme .... only because it is so out of my comfort zone. We want to see VINTAGE themed creations. Now I just usually do nice bright colours and to be honest I wasn't really sure what I should do for my card.

In the end I decided to try and make my card look like an old photograph, so lots of sepia type tones instead of my usual brights! I actually really enjoyed making my card so it just shows it is always really good to try something new.

I have used Magnolia's 'Newly Weds Bridal Couple' from the Wedding Collection and teamed it up with some of my very first papers I bought ...  Papermania's Elegance Collection. I have distressed the edges of all my papers with the amazing Tim Holtz Paper Distresser - OMG how did I ever manage without this great little tool!! Bet you know where my flowers are from ... yep Wild Orchid Crafts ... thanks Paul and Siri, I love them! I have covered my heart with pearls which was punched using Martha Stewarts Lace Scallop Heart Punch - love this punch.

 I have also entered my card into the following challenges .....

Creative Craft Challenges - Here comes the Bride
Creative Inspirations - Use old stash ... papers

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Lili of the Valley

Wow, I can hardly believe it is Thursday already ... where is this week going. We have a really pretty sketch for you all this time on our challenge blog at Lili of the Valley. There are lots of gorgeous cards by the DT girlies using the new christmas stamps so make sure you check them out, they are so beautiful. There are still a few left in stock so hurry to make sure you get them asap. Don't worry if you miss out tho because the gorgeous Lisa and Laila are expecting new supplies in the next week or so.

I have used the very sweet 'New Hat' and used oneof my fave colour combos .... such a girlie card. More fab flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, I really can't get enough of these amazing blooms.

I will also be entering my card into the following challenges .....

Papertake Weekly - Cutie Patootie
Crafty Creations - Happy or Sweet

I hope lots of the wonderful crafters that I spoke to at Doncaster at the weekend will join in with us .... I have been telling the world about our fun challenges and the gorgeous stamps that can be won. So come on, you know how much you all love sketches and how you all adore these gorgeous stamps!!
Have a fab day xxx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Simon Says ........ Sketch time!!

Good morning, thank the Lord it is my day off, I am shattered after only 2 days back at work after my holidays .... think I need another holiday already! At least I can sit and relax with some crafting - my favourite way to spend my free time. We have a really gorgeous sketch for you to follow this week on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog by our very talented Martine

As usual we have a rather fabulous prize of a $25 spending spree on the jam packed full of crafty must haves webshop by Simon Says Stamp ... thankyou Heidi for your kindness!

So as you can see I have been a very good crafter and followed the sketch without any little changes (artistic license, lol) that I usually do ... so proud of myself for behaving!! I thought I would have a play with this little cutie by CC Designs. She is called Rosalie with Roses and is available online at Simon Says Stamp. The papers are Basic Grey and are from the 6x6 Lemonade pad which is full of gorgeous colours and designs. Still loving my Martha Stewart doily lace punch and think I always will, it is so pretty and layers up beautifully. My roses are of course from Wild Orchid Crafts blinged up with my trusty stardust stickles!


Basic Grey - Gingham
Bunny Zoe - Summer Days 
My Time to Craft - Check it Out
Papertake Weekly - Cute
Stampin' for the Weekend - Recipe 
Allsorts - Summer Days

I hope you all have a great week and get chance to join in our challenge this week. We all love visiting your blogs and remember we have a great prize up for offer. Before I go just a little reminder about the DT call that for the new Simon Says Stamp vintage blog that will be launching soon ..... check out all the details about how to apply here but hurry, you only have until Friday to apply!! 

Have a wonderful day xxx

Monday, 19 July 2010

Star of Wonder ..... loving the new LOTV stamps!

 Well here I am again!!!!! I just had to post this cutie of a stamp this evening, I couldn't leave her until the morning. Just how much are you all loving the new christmas stamps from Lili of the Valley .... I really cannot choose a favourite and neither could all the fabulous crafters I met at the weekend ... one stamp is never enough is it!

 I have coloured the very pretty Star of Wonder with my copics and added lots of fabulous glamour dust (oooh it feels good to be covered in glitter again, lol). There are still a few of the christmas stamps available on the website but you will have to be quick because they have almost all sold out. Don't worry though if you miss out this time because more are on their way and stocks should be replenished again in the newxt week or so .

Here are a few challenges that I am entering ....

Crafty Creations - A Sketch 
Charisma Cardz - Pink
Cute Card Thursday - Get a head Start
Alphabet Challenge - Lace
Wild Orchid Crafts - Say it with Flowers

I love making christmas cards in non traditional colours, it means you can use your favourite colours all year round. I have added loads of bling again on my card - I just adore these rhinestones by Kaiser Crafts, can you tell????? Heidi has plenty of bling in stock here on the Simon Says Stamp website so make sure you check it out. More gorgeous blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts, I love these flowers. So many LOTV customers were asking about these flowers at the weekend that I expect there will be a mad rush onto their website this week .... you can't mistake quality and value for money can you! I have edged the roses with my most favourite stickles ..... Crystal .... this works so well along side the glamour dust.

Right, that is more than enough ramblings from me, I expect I have sent you all off into a deep sleep, lol. Back with more cards through the week - hope you have a good one! xxx

DT Call for brand new challenge blog by Simon Says Stamp!!!

Oh boy, you are not going to want to miss out on this DT call!!! Simon Says Stamp are launching a new blog ... here are the details below from the main blog ......

Copied from the Simon Says Stamp blog

We have a New Vintage styled Challenge Blog going live in August! Simon Says Stamp and Show. The new challenge is devoted to All Things Vintage! The Style is inspired by the likes of Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, 7 Gypsies and Graphic 45 - among many other Vintage enthusiasts.

The Design Team Call is from now until this Friday, and we would love to hear from you! Please go HERE for the details! The new challenge is Directed by the infamous, worldly, and OOOOBER talented Linda Elbourne! We are so pleased and honored to have her join us! Thank you Linda! I have been eying Linda's work for almost a year and had the luckiest opportunity in the world to meet her in person and sit across from her for Ranger U! It was a thrill and delight. Please join us in welcoming Linda to our Team!

We are soooo excited for the new challenge! The prizes are FANTASTIC! We have loads of variety packs of Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies, Jenni Bowlin, Ranger, Wendy Vecchi goodies...and SO MUCH MORE!

We hope to offer you weekly challenges that will inspire you to let your creative juices flow, feed your soul, and (as Wendy would say)...make art!

Hope to see you over at Simon Says Stamp and Show!


How exciting is this ..... I hope lots of you apply and fingers crossed you can be lucky enough to join the very happy family that is Simon Says Stamp!

LOTV Christmas Candy

Good morning. What a busy weekend I had at Doncaster with the Lili of the Valley team. Bev, Jacqui and I were all the demoing the gorgeous new stamps that have been released for christmas and they flew off the shelves - well done if you were lucky enough to get hold of them.

How would you like the chance to get these 2 gorgeous stamps ......

These both sold out at the show so just pop over to our inspiration blog for details of how to win .... you better hurry though because you only have until Wednesday 21st July!!

I will be back later with a card using one of the new stamps.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Just Magnolia - A sketch

Good morning, ah it is good to be back in my craft room although I am missing the gorgeous weather I had on holiday. I couldn't believe my luck when the postie brought me my new Magnolia stamps from the summer kit just in time for me to make this weeks card on Just Magnolia - how lucky was that!
 The stamps all have a nautical.sea theme to them and I couldn't resist this super sweet mermaid Tilda which you can pre order from Simon Says Stamp I have used Magnolia papers too and they seemed to be perfect with lots of bubbles on them just like in the image.The aqua paper is actually christmas paper but why wait for christmas when you can use it now, lol.

 I used my clear spica pen over the scales and bubbles for a lovely shimmery appearance - it looks so pretty in real life.

I am also going to enter my card for the following challenges ...

Creative Card Crew - Die Cuts
Stampavie & More - Anything goes
Scrappy Frogs - Girly Girl

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Guest Designer for A Pocket Full of Posies

 Hi everyone, just thought I would pop on and let you all know I am back from my hols ...... had a wonderful time with Glen and can hardly believe we are home already. I just wanted to share a card with you all that I should have posted earlier this week. Before I went on my holiday I was asked of I would be a guest designer for a new challenge blog on their 2nd week. The blog is for all of us crafters who love using flowers on their cards ..... of course I jumped at the chance. Why don't you pop over and have a look at this weeks challenge with Pocket Full of Posies which is a sketch to follow.

 I have used a beautiful Stampavie Sarah Kay stamp called Rose's Garden and have taken my colours from these gorgeous rich papers out of Basic Greys Indian Summer 6x6 pad. The stamp and papers are available from Simon Says Stamp online store. The flowers ae a mix of Magnolia blooms, Wild Orchid Crafts roses and the pretty bud and leaf sprays were a prize I won from Bunny Zoe Crafts a few weeks ago. You have 2 weeks to join in so I hope you get chance to play along.

Sorry this is such a quick post but I have loads to do ... shopping, washing etc but I will be back later trying to catch up with my other posts. It is good to be back ...... sort of xxx

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Simon Says ... Photo Inspiration

Good morning and are you all ready for another challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog. We have a photo for you to use as your inspiration this week and you can see it over on our blog.

I have used the colours as my inspiration and the summer feel so I hjope you like my card. Heidi at Simon Says Stamp store has a wonderful selection of Sarah Kay stamps by Stampavie including this little beauty.

Papers are also from the webstore and they are from the Willow Bee pack by Nikki Sivils .... love these!

Remember you can be the lucky winner of a $25 gift voucher so please try to take part for the chance to win.

I am heading off to the airport shortly to jet off on my holidays .... see you all when I get back xxx

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

A Card drive for Michelle with the help of A Spoon Full Of Sugar

We would like to share some sad news today, some of you may already know from her blog, that Michelle had an accident about two weeks ago, which has left her with the loss of her right eye and a long road of recovery ahead. In an effort to cheer her up and raise awareness for what happened to Michelle we are holding a card drive in her honour. We have many generous companies and individuals helping us with this special card drive and we hope you will help too!

The girls at A Spoon Full of Sugar are holding the card drive and they have very kindly invited myself and the other DT members from Just Magnolia to join in with them because Michelle is a valued DT for both teams.

If you pop over to a spoon full of sugar's blog you can read all about it and get this gorgeous donkey download for free generously produced by Whimsy Stamps and all the details of where to send your completed card.

I do hope lots of you join in because Michelle is one of the sweetest people in blogland and it would be just wonderful for her to recieve lots of cards from you all.

Thanks so much for reading and please help spread the word about the card drive xxx

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Just Magnolia - Criss Cross Card

Hi there, a little later tha usual but here is my card for this weeks challenge on Just Magnolia. I haven't been well this week but am happy to report I am now back to 100% and even better is that I now have 2 whole weeks off work - woohoo.
We would love to see you make a criss cross card. There are lots of tutorials on the web and inspiration on th JM blog, including a video tut so do have a go.

We are very lucky to have the fabulous Simon Says Stamp sponsor us as usual for our monthly challenges and you could win an amazing £30 to spen online with them!

 Don't forget Simon Says stocks lots of gorgeous Magnolia stamps (over 500 in fact!!) so make sure you pop a few in your basket.

Well thats it for me today, short and sweet
Hope you all have a great weekend .... still hot and sunny .... what going on .... is this really summer in England ... loving it xxx


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