Monday, 30 January 2012

Some wonderful news

Good morning everyone, I am so excited to share my fabulous news with you all. I have been invited to join the Design Team for The Paper Shelter – woohoo. Their images and papers are so beautiful – I feel so lucky!!!!! You may have already read about this on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog where they announced it at the weekend ….. lots of new teamies to meet!!


My first card won’t be for a couple of weeks but I bet I am back before then with a card …. how can I resist. Why don’t you all pop over to The Paper Shelter Online Store and have a peek at the stunning images …… you can then get creating and join in the challenge blog too.

Have a fabulous day xxx

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Simon Says … Anything Goes

Morning folks, looks like a slightly better day than yesterday so far….. definately drier anyway. A day off for me so I am going to do a bit of crating and I might nip out later for a mooch around the shops, will see how I feel after lunch.

So it is another week and another challenge here on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. Our theme is ….. Anything Goes! The Design Team are all showcasing products by Echo Park.


Pink and black is a really great combo, really need to use it  more often.


I am still trying my dot thing around the edges of the image – quite liking it now I am not quite as dotty!!


A different angle …. found these glittered letter stickers in my stash from years ago. They fit really nicely in the circles don’t you think. A full list of the products I have used are below :o)

One lucky winner will get a $50 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store …..


So there you go …. get creating and join in!!!

Products used….


Papertake Weekly – Happy Highlights (stickles)
My Time to Craft – Favourite Embellishment (flowers)
Deep Ocean Challenge – Sparkle/glitter
Crafts & Me – Pink and Sparkly
Creative Inspirations – Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious – Something Forgotten (stamp)
Moving Along With The Times – Things with Wings
Pixie Dust Studio – We are going Dotty
Paper Play Challenge – Ribbon Every which Way
Crazy 4 Challenges – A Child’s Birthday Card
Anyone For Anya – Bling it On

Have a great day xxx     

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Hiya, sorry I am a bit late with this weeks song choice but I am having a lazy day and am only just getting round to my post. I still need to visit you all from last week so that is the next thing to do so it shouldn't be long until I am listening to your tunes.

I really wanted to play this song all week even though I have been having a real trip down memeory lane the past couple of days. I have been listening to all the 'Now that's what I call music' albums right from the beginning. I am really enjoying it and have rediscovered some brilliant songs. Imight pop one on the end just to be cheeky lol.

Here is my choice for this week, you really must turn the volume up full blast!!!

Oooh, I just love it - what a fab beat! Great to see Mick Jagger too, how funky lol. How good does J Lo look, life is so unfair, sigh.

Ok, here is my guilty pleasure for the week ..... you just have to love this ......

So there you go, my songs for the week. I hope you can join in and share what you are listening to and loving. To play along all you have to do is add your blog post link to the little blue froggy below and then we can all come and have a listen too. You can play any day of the week, not just Saturdays. Hope to see you soon xxx

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Simon Says …. Use Domi’s Sketch

Morning lovely blog people ….. how are you all today? Not as cold I hope!!! I have a day off today so I am going to head off to the gym shortly and then catch up with a few things and finally fit a little crafting in.

We have a really gorgeous sketch for you this week by Domi, our lovely teamie. The thing I love about sketches are that they really help you with inspiration with pulling your card together. The other thing I love is looking at how other crafters have interpreted the sketch. The DT have some great examples for you over on Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog.


I am so happy with my card this week. I pulled a load of my old stash out to make this and even got the distress inks out!!!!! 


I have been playing with different colours this week and I am pleased with how my image turned out. Usually I am not that happy so I am just going to try and like what I do a bit more in future. I wanted my Miss Anya to have beautiful auburn hair because this card is for my sister – she has amazing auburn hair.


I really love the texture of these Prima flowers – all product links are below  if you fancy having a peek.

Simon Says Stamp

As usual our lovely Heidi has a $50 gift voucher for one lucky winner to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store.


So there you go!!
Products used:
rainsnowshinetgfumPrimaCalcuttaPetalsPinkIcefrondpunch msmonarch dizzydoilydienamicsmftthinkmilledlavender262b_1_b_7115_1rangercutndryfoam


I hope you all have a wonderful day xxx

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Strawberry kisses …… Little Miss + Spectrum Noirs back in stock!!!

Howdy doody, well it is Saturday night and I am sat at home instead of being out on the town … oh deary me! When both my hubby and I work shifts it does make it tricky to get a weekend off together but never mind, hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get out. In the meantime I have my stamps and pens to play with …. not a bad alternative!

I have spotted lots of Strawberry Kisses around blogland already – aren’t they just the sweetest images! Crafter’s Companion have really excelled themselves again haven’t they!


I love Snow (the cute little kitty) and I think Sally Hunter is just a remarkable artist – she manages to get such wonderful expressions from her characters. I love this stamp and the next time I use it I am going to paper piece the bag to make it a lovely funky bag I think.


The papers have been printed from the matching papercraft CD-ROM and I swear it is crammed full of gorgeous designs and templates – a real must have!

Great news too about Spectrum Noir pens – they are back in stock so make sure you grab yours if you have been waiting to get them or to complete your collection! There is also a brand new dvd coming out showing lots of hints and tips for using these fabulous pens …. here is a little clip to wet your appetite…..

Woohoo ... cracking stuff Leann!

I am entering my card for the following challenges…

The Crazy Challenge – Lace and/or Pearls
Crafty Creations – Something New (stamp)
Pixie Dust Studio – Put Your Heart Into It
Moving Along With The Times – Spots and/or Stripes
Crafty Catz – Something New (stamp)
Stampin’ For The Weekend – Out With The Old (doily lace punch)

Have a lovely evening
Marcea xxx

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Good morning my lovely blogging people, oooh what a frosty start it is here today. Love days like this - sunny and crisp ..... gorgeous!!!

Time again for Music Saves My Soul and this week it was really easy for my choice. I noticed my followers are at 910 (wow - thankyou so much guys) and then that just led to this song ...... come on, I only need one more follower lol.......

Haven't heard this for ages so it was good to hear it again. I hope you can play along and share your link to your post on your blog below (on the little blue froggy)

Have a great weekend whatever you choose to do

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Bird Fairy .... Sundays with Crissy

Hello everyone and welcome to another inspirational post for you for this month's challenge on Sundays with Crissy. Our theme is beat the mid-winter blues so feel free to interpret this in anyway you like. I have gone for a summery theme but with the colour blue included but it is up to you what you choose to do.

I have used the beautiful 'Bird Fairy' which available from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, drawn of course by our lovely Crissy :o)

I need to pop out to SW to get weighed but will be back in a couple of hours and will add the other details about papers etc so see you soon xxx

Have a wonderful evening 

Simon Says …….. Spots and/or Stripes

Good morning, half way through the week already, where is it going???? Hope you are having a nice week so far. I am enjoying my week off work and I am catching up with friends and things like that so it is a real treat. I am also venturing back to the gym – new year and all that, lol.

So onto this weeks card for Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog – this week our theme is Spots and/or Stripes. The Design Team are also showcasing Memory Box products.


A nice spring like card from me today… just love Memory Box’s papers and dies – full links below. I used my copics to create a spotty background but I think I have gone a bit mad, lol .... too many but I shallperfect the next card I make - hate all the white space around images :o)

As usual we are sponsored by the wonderful Simon Says Stamp Online Store …….

Simon Says Stamp

….. and they are giving one lucky winner $50 to spend online at their wonderful store……


Products used from Simon Says Stamp Online Store ……


There you have it. Right I am going to go and get ready to meet my lovely buddy Emma and her ickle baby ….. spot of crafty shopping and a cuppa, what a lovely way to spend the day xxx

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Love is in the air ……<3

Hi there, this is late for me to be posting but I thought I would give you all a little reminder about the Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge Blog …… our theme is ‘Love is in the Air’ so why don’t you get a head start on those Valentine’s Day cards!


I have used the fabulous Winter Cheer SWALK CD-Rom and stamp …. this stamp is called  ‘Love You’ and is a winter take on the classic SWALK couple. This set of stamps is great all winter and they are so versatile. It is lovely having stamps that can be used all winter and not just for christmas.

I am really proud because this is one of the cards I had featured in this months Papercrafts Essentials (issue 74). I made 7 cards showcasing the fab SWALK ‘Winter Cheer’ and one even made the front cover :o)

papercraft essentials

My little moment is over, ooh I was so proud to have been asked by Sara to do this and even more surprised with the cover!

Anyway, enough of all that nonsense, back to the job in hand. Get your bums over to the challenge blog and take part – there is a fab prize up for grabs but you have to go and find out what it is yourself lol ….. well, I can’t make it too easy can I!!!!

I had a fab day today. I went to see my Mother-in-Law and we had a crafty day. I am trying to convert her into a stamper. Armed with my Spectrum Noirs and stamped images I headed over there. We  had a great day and talked more than coloured but I think there may be a chance that we have a new stamper on the block. She has already bought a few sets of speccies and has told me she is going to sit and colour all night. I am so excited. I will be going again soon for a more productive day so I may even take my camera nd get some evidence to share with you all.

Right, off to watch a spot of telly and soak in a huge bibble bath (or a bubble bath as my lovely little Squirrel likes to call them, nuts she is!!!) ….. not at the same time, don’t have that luxery I am afraid.

Have a lovely evening xxxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Music Saves My Soul

Good morning, well after a few weeks off I am back again with Music Saves My Soul ….. I really hope you can join in with me sharing a song you love each week.


So my choice this week is quite different to what I usually choose so I hope you like it. I just adore Ed Sheeran’s album and this song just makes me smile …….

To play along just share the logo somewhere on your blog, post your video (read HERE how to do this) and then add your post link to blue froggy below .... easy!!!!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Strawberry Kisses – Ooooh pretty shoes!

Good morning, are you all ready for the launch of Strawberry Kisses from Crafter’s Companion today?????? I am sure you can’t wait to get your hands on these super cute stamps. Make sure you tune into Create and Craft TV at midday for the launch of Pick of The Week with our lovely Leann Chivers.  Full details of all the live shows can be found HERE.


As soon as I saw this stamp I fell in love with it – it is perfect for me and so many girls I know lol.


This picture shows up the sparkle brilliantly. I used a can of Spray & Sparkle in Silver to add some bling … and boy does it sparkle in real life. I actually have a pair of shoes very similar in real life although I am not as lucky to own a pair of Louboutins hehe.


Here are the inspirational shoes that I am wearing … along with a rather hideous face that I am pulling – what on earth am I doing?????? Sigh!

Here are the show times:

Friday 6th: 12pm, 3pm and 5pm
Saturday 7th: 8am, 1pm, 5pm
Sunday 8th: 9am, 4pm, 6pm
Monday 9th: 2pm, 5pm, 6pm
Tuesday 10th: 8am, 12pm, 5pm
Thursday 12th: 8am and 6pm
Friday 13th: 9am

Have fun …. I am at work all day so I have got the shows set to record – can’t wait to see everything and all the demos too – should be brilliant. See you all tomorrow …… Music Saves My Soul will be returning so get your songs ready to share xxx

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Strawberry Kisses – Flower Power!

Hi there, not long now until the launch tomorrow on Create and Craft TV at midday for the beautiful Strawberry Kisses range!! We are all so excited at Crafter’s Companion about this latest release because the images are just so cute. The CD-Rom is crammed full of pretty papers with some really stunning designs. I am in love with it so much and know you will all be as soon as you see the shows. I hope you have been enjoying the sneak peeks from the Design Team. If you also pop over to the Crafter’s Companion website you can view all our samples in the Strawberry Kisses Gallery.

So onto another of my sneak peeks …….. how adorable is this stamp!!!!!!!


I have to admit this image is one of my favourites, but then again I love them all so it is such a hard choice to only pick one favourite.
Remember also that the sentiment comes with the main image which means even better value for you!


As usual I have stamped onto Neenah card and coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens. I really like adding the grass to my images now and am going to do this a lot more often in the future. It is so easy to do and finishes it nicely.


I have matted and layered using the scrummy Core’dinations card and also used it to punch out the butterfly ….. it has a really great texture to it and is still beautiful when it hasn’t been sanded.

I shall be back in the morning with another card to share along with the times of the live shows. Have a fab evening and see you all in the morning!!


Our first challenge – Lili’s Little Fairies

Oooh here we are …….. a brand new challenge for all you Lili of the Valley fans with a brand new Design Team. How exciting!!! I adore LOTV stamps so I am so pleased we still have somewhere to come and play and share our creations.

Our first challenge is New Beginnings, a popular theme so lets hope lots of you join in!

My card today just seemed to make itself and gave me a little bit of my mojo back at long last. I know I have neglected my blog recently and I am so grateful for those of you who still visit me so thankyou.

Therefore I am using this card as a new beginning for me! Plus, I am also going to spend a bit more time looking after myself this year. I seem to look after everyone else and worry about them but this year I am allowing some of that time for myself – indulgent but hey, I am worth it ….. right????


I have used my gorgeous new papers too for this card – OMG they are so gorgeous ….. I have popped the usual picture links below to make it easier for any of you who want a closer look at individual products, etc.


I love the sentiment that comes with this stamp. I am pleased that so many companies are now putting sentiments with the stamp.


Magical Monday – Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant – Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes (new papers & stamp)
Creative Craft Challenge – Resolutions (to pamper myself … because I deserve it!!)
Totally Papercrafts – Time To Party! (we all need to get ready!)
Secret Crafter – Anything Goes
CES Challenges – Party, Party, Party

Thanks for joining us – see you later with another card from the delicious new Strawberry Kisses range from Crafter’s Companion


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