Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Simon Says ….. Let’s Hop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For the second year in a row, Simon Says Stamp and Show & The Simon Says Stamp Challenge are joining forces to bring you a SUPER hop and treasure hunt to celebrate the approaching fall and winter holidays.

To help celebrate we will be giving a BIG BASKET OF CRAFTING GOODIES tothe winner of this hop! PLUS 3 $25 VOUCHERS to the Simon Says Stamp Store ! The vouchers will be the hidden treasure on 3 DT blogs and you have to find them.

The Blog hop will finish on September 5th, 2011 at on the Simon Says Stamp & Show Blog.
The theme for both challenges this week will be ANYTHING GOES. You can make anything you like … a card, an ATC, a Scrapbook layout … the possibilitiesare endless!

You will need to hop through each blog, find the little parcel of goodies and make a note on which designer’s blog you found them. You do not HAVE to comment on all the DT blogs but we would appreciate any comments you would like to leave. If you lose your way at any time a full list of all the participating blogs with links will be available on Simon Says Stamp Challenge and the Stamp and Show Challenge blogs
For more details please refer to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge or the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blogs for more details.

If you arrived here from Linda Coughlin then you are going in the right direction otherwise you need to start at the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.


I will be back later with picture links for my supplies I used on my card …….. The gorgeous stamp  is a Fairyopolis stamp by Crafter’s Companion which available from Simon Says Stamp Online Store. Papers are Basic Grey (love this pad) …. other products up in a bit xxxx

From here you need to go to the super talented Sarah Engels-Greer for more inspiration :-) I would appreciate a comment if you would like to leave one Smile

The last stop on the hop is the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog. You will need to leave a comment there with the names of the 3 blogs with treasure chest pictures. The comments will be moderated so you will not be able to see the answers.

Have a lovely day xxxx

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

little reminder

Hi all :-) Did you remember to write the date on your calendar ?? The SOOPER DOOPER Stamp-tember Hop and Treasure Hunt starts TOMORROW, Wednesday 31st August at 12MN Ohio time (6pm CET, 5pm UK time) on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog

Be there or be SQUARE !! :-)

Come along and join in the FUN !!!! :-)

Also there will be lots of fantastic candy giveaways on the Simon Says Stamp blog throughout September ,, so keep a close eye over there for plenty of chances to win some yummy goodies :-) 

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Gorgeous free digis.......but you need to be quick

Oh my word, I have just come across this fabulous blog, you need to pop over and start following it right now!!!! For every new follower a free digi will be added but only until tomorrow so hurry hurry hurry. They are just beautiful, I really recommend a visit. Don't forget to spread the news on your blogs

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Afternoon .... looks like I am ever so slightly late...... again, lol. Well I shall just say I was researching my music choice last night and got a little side tracked in the pub hehehehe.

I have been meaning to share this song for ages but something else always pipped it at the last minute. I still love it though and always gets me dancing so here you go - hope you enjoy it too......

Some songs are always going to be popular ...... think this will be a firm favourite for a while yet.

I hope lots of you can join in this week. Just grab the little pic for your sidebar and then share your link to your blog post below on the blue frog.

Have a great weekend xxxxxx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Whimsy Inspirations GDT – Anything goes with a sentiment!

Here I am back again and I am so excited about this post. I was asked if I would be Guest Designer for this week on Whimsy Inspirations Challenge – I am so thrilled because I am their first GDT. I love their stamps and it was really tough choosing what to use but how could I not fall in love with this gorgeous stamp called “Nose to Nose’ by the mega talented Crissy Armstrong.

The theme this week is Anything Goes with a Sentiment and there is a fab prize up for grabs - $15 gift certificate to spend at Whimsy Stamps Online Store.


I have used my speccies to colour this today and the yummy papers are from Tracy at Dies to Die For and they are available ‘here


My Time to Craft - Here come the girls
Kaboodle Doodles - Ribbons

Thankyou so much to the team over at Whimsy Inspirations for allowing me to join them this week – good luck for the future!!

Simon Says ….. Time for a sketch

Hi there, it is Wednesday so time for a brand new challenge on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog and also a little bit of news about what will be happening in September …..


Before moving on to this weeks challenge we need you to cancel all your plans for next week, all leave is cancelled !! ha ha We need you all here to join us on a
HUGE Stamp-tember Blog Hop and Treasure Hunt !!

For the second year in a row the Simon Says Stamp and Show & the Simon Says Stamp Challenge are joining forces to celebrate the approaching fall and winter holidays. Be sure to come back on August 31st, (MN Ohio Time, 6 pm CET ) to start the hop. It will run through to September 5th. Simon Says Stamp is offering a FANTASTIC GRAND PRIZE , and there will be other opportunities to win some hidden treasure too ! So make a note in your diaries and make sure you are here to join in the FUN !! :-)

So back onto this week and we have a gorgeous sketch by our lovely Dawny P. Lots of the DT are using Lawn Fawn stamps too so why don’t you join us and play along.


I am just loving the brand new paper pads by Authentique … aren’t they divine. Picture links to the products are below if you fancy a little shop ….


Stamp with Fun - Summer


There you go! Back in a bit with another card – are you impressed lol xxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Papertake Weekly – Dies to Die For

Hi guys, here (a little later than expected) is my DT card for this weeks challenge on Papertake Weekly

We have been sponsored by the lovely Tracy at Dies to Die For and so we thought that our theme should be to use dies.


Tracy has some really lovely things in stock so make sure you pop over and have a look – I have added picture links below to make it even easier :o)


Wild Orchid Crafts - A Sketch
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Happy Birthday


There you go guys – hope you all join in this week xxx

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Humphrey's Corner decoupage card - this weeks 'Pick of the Week' on Create and Craft

Hi there .... have you all managed to see this weeks Pick of the Week on Create and Craft yet???? It is something not to be missed! Crafter's Companion have got loads of gorgeous Humphrey's Corner die cut decoupage at the studio - there are everyday and christmas designs so it is perfect for all year round.

Here is a card I made with the christmas set - you really do not need to add anything to your card for stunning results. I saw this one on the last show with Leann :o)

I have used papers from the Humphrey's Corner CD Rom and just added a little bit of stickles here and there for a bit of sparkle.

Back tomorrow with another card :o)

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Morning .... I am a bit late this week - sorry. I have been a lazy bum cos I was out with my friend Dawn last night dancing the night away. York was chock-a-block because of the races but it was a great atmosphere.

Ok, so down to business ..... Music Saves My Soul Saturday .......

Let's be honest, there was only ever going to be one song that I shared with you all this week ..... my idol 


She can do no wrong in my eyes ..... a true idol ....... loving the video, hope you did too!!!

To play along just post a song on your blog then add the direct link below on the little froggy. Spread the word if you can by adding the little pic to your sidebar - thanks folks

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Simon Says …….. Food or Drink

Morning lovely bloggers, I can hardly believe it is Wednesday again!!!! The time is just flying by and I am wondering where on earth summer went this year …… might be a nice day today though :o)

This week on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog we would like to see you create something with food or drink ……. unfortunately my weekend tales do not count so I have made you this card instead!


I am totally loving these papers by Kaiser Craft sooooo much. You can’t really tell in this picture but the apples on the panel at the bottom of the card are mirrored and are just beautiful. A full clickable list of my products used are just below …… go have a little look at the Simon Says Stamp Online Store ……. it has everything you could possibly wish for …… and more!!!


Heidi for Simon Says Stamp Online Store has kindly sponsored us again, offering one lucky person a $50 spending spree ….. all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to enter our challenge.

Simon Says Stamp $50 Credit Voucher

So now that you know what to do to win go get busy :o)

Shopping list……

schooldayspopcornnnnmementoblackQ4 6 X 6 Paper pads.inddPrimaPainterlyPetalsHydrangeaRose533472but2667ch171SO00483

Challenges …..

Hope you all have a fab day xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Papertake weekly ..... and still no lines!

Hiya, I am stuck at work so I haven't been able to do my post properly - luckily I had save my images to a draft post so at least they can be shared with you all.

I have another card for you with the 'no lines technique' .... see post below for more info and I have to say I love stamping like this. Here is my card for Papertake Weekly DT this week ....... it is BINGO time, woop woop

She looks a little fuzzy, think my camera must struggle to focus without the dark lines ... I know my eyes were struggling, lol. I does look a little fuzzy in real life too but I kind of like it this way :o)

A few more details later when I get home - hope lots of you try this technique, it is fab to do!!!!

Monday, 15 August 2011

And now for something a little different ..... who pinched the ink???

Good evening, well I have been trying something brand new since yesterday and oh my word is it hard!!!!! There are a bunch of mega talented crafters who have started me onto something a little different ..... and I love it!!! Stamping without using the traditional black ink .... sounds easy doesn't it ...... well don't you bet on it!!! I have never felt so frustrated or rubbish in my whole life ...... but having said that, I have never been so pleased with an image than this. I know it is not perfect and I know it needs lots of improvement but oh my, it made me look at colouring in a whole different way. It sure gets tough when the stamped lines start to disappear under your ink rofl .......

I love the softness that results from not having harsh black lines everywhere and have to admit I am kind of hooked already. I have another image (the very first one I coloured this way) to show tomorrow on my Papertake Weekly DT card so watch this space. Thanks to Zoe and her image which inspired me! Also a special thanks to Sheila who gave me a gentle shove (well, more like a nag nag nag) into having the guts to try it.

My image was coloured with my speccies and prisma pencils ...... think I need a lie down now lol

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Spoilt Princess

Afternoon ….. the sun is out (sort of) and at last we have some pleasant weather. I had a great time with my lovely friend yesterday ….. you just can’t beat good company can you. She is really excited because she has set up her business to help make us all gorgeous – I am so proud of her. I would love it if you popped over to her website for a look …… Spoilt Princess. Well done Dawn, wishing you every success!!!!!!


I thought I would share a card with you all that I made a little while ago ….. Tilda certainly looks like a Spoilt Princess!!!


Lots and lots of lovely blooms from Wild Orchid Crafts – I sure love using flowers lol. I am so pants at taking pics of easel cards!


I did a bit of masking here, think it turned out not too bad.

Will pop it in for the following challenges……

Bunny Zoe’s  Crafts – Easel Cards
Oldie but a goodie – The Great Outdoors
Creative Craft Challenge – It’s Summertime
Copic Creations – Landscape Deisgn
Just Magnolia – Holiday Fun
Fussy and Fancy – Use a lot (flowers)
One Stop Craft Challenge – At the Beach
Magnolia down Under – Inspired by the Sea (Beyond the Sea)

Phew, think that’s enough don’t you,lol
Have a great day …… the clouds are here now … must have taken me ages to write this post … oh well :o)

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Music Saves My Soul

Morning, oooh did I shock you???? Not surprising .... I am here ... on time!!!!!!!

So glad you have popped in for a bit of music - you are in for a bit of a treat today on Music Saves My Soul ... more of that in a minute.

So I have lterally heard this song a couple of times but half way through the first time I went and looked it up on YouTube and started my post for today!! That is the first time I have ever been so organised on MSMS ..... I really hope you enjoy it - I think it is going to be a massive hit..... Maroon 5 and Christina ...... turn it up and get dancing!

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did ...... if you would like to share your favourite song of the week then just post it on your blog and then link it to the blue froggy below. If you could put thelittle logo on your blog/sidebar that would be great too - the more people that play along the more music we get to hear!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend - I am meeting a very dear friend for lunch and wine by the river in York - one of my favourite places to spend catching up with her. I am alsoso excited because she was my best friend during our training at uni and at last we will be working verrry close to each other. I will be in A&E and she will be right through the double doors in ICU you Dawn :o)

So, have fun, love one another and make somebody smile today ...... life, after all, is far too short xxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 12 August 2011

I love being a grown up who is allowed to ‘colour in’

Hi there guys, no card from me today but I thought I would share this gorgeous stamp ‘Me and My Pony’ by Lili of the Valley that I coloured a couple of nights ago. 

I need my legs slapping and I am sure mummy fairy (aka Jacqui) will do it cos I didn’t get my DT  card done for this weeks LOTV challenge which is THANKYOU

I will get this made into a card asap though and post it up here when I get chance.


This has all been coloured using my yummy Spectrum Noir pens …… I am still completely in love with them. 

Here are the colours I used…..

Clothes/roses – 77, 83, 65, 68, 171, 178
Hair/boots – 91, 96, 98
Horse/mouse – CG0.5, CG1, CG2, 109, 27
Apple – 141, 135, 167
Stable door – 100, 104
Wall – 29, 169
Leaves – 42, 173, 175
Flesh – 132, 133, 136, 142
Grass – 43, 48

There, all done …… I will be back tomorrow with Music Saves My Soul …. don’t faint – I will be on time AND I have already chosen my song ….. getting better in my old age lol xxxxx

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Even more exciting news ..... Sundays with Crissy

Hi guys, oh my, what a month August is proving to be. Can you believe I have even more amazing news to share. I am over the moon to be able to share with you that the fabulous and talented Crissy Armstrong asked me to join her DT over on Sundays with Crissy!!!!! Like, oh my word, I have loved her images and stamps for as long as I have been crafting so I couldn't believe how lucky I was to have been asked. Anyway, of course I said YES!!!!!!

Please pop over to Sundays with Crissy to find out all about this months challenge .... and this really was a challenge for me ......

K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple Stamper

I am finding it so hard not to put some flowers and gems all over this card but I have been good and kept it to a minimum (for me, lol)

The gorgeous paper was a real bargain that I picked up yesterday from The Range ..... and was just over a pound for 20 A4 sheets .... so pretty. I also picked up a couple of pretty paper packs for only 2 pounds each - well, it would be rude not to wouldn't it :o)

I really adore this image so much. She is one of Crissy's brand new images which is available from Whimsy Stamps and it is called 'Forget me not' ........ isn't she just gorgeous!

I have used the yummy new Spectrum Noir pens to colour this with - I am so impressed with them, I only used the packs of 6 for the whole card so I cannot wait til I have all the others too. It just shows how great the colours have been selected to get such lovely shading. A lady at Slimming World asked me what the rainbow things were that I kept talking about on my facebook .... after a couple of minutes I realised she meant my speccies ..... not bad when a non crafter is showing an interest too :o)

Spectrum Noirs

Yellow 33, 35, 37, 38, 45
Green 42, 48, 163, 175
Pink 86,88, 147
Skin 132, 133, 135, 142, 196
Essential 109
Brown 100
Turquoise 178

I have been asked what I used for her hair, well it was only 2 colours - I used 109 and 100 .... hope that helps xxx


Cute Card Thursday - Clean and Simple
Stamp Something - August Digi Day
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge - Ribbons and Bows

Have a wonderful day .... see you again soon.


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