Tuesday, 31 July 2012

What is your favourite challenge?? ..... Ideas = a little candy treat

Hi everyone, well I am sat here getting ready to colour my image and I am looking through the challenge blogs on my sidebar for ideas of themes and sketches etc. Anyway, I got to thinking how much blogland has grown over the last few years. There are so many challenges now and I probably have no idea about most because I hardly get chance to blog hop these days.

So I would just love it if you could post your favourite challenges as a comment on this post. That way I can go and investigate all the new challenges out there.

As a way of saying thankyou I will randomly pick a someone to win a little surprise candy - thanks guys xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 30 July 2012

Still clowning around…..

Morning all, the sun is still shining here is North Yorkshire but it is definately cooler and much breezier. Not complaining though because it is a lovely day and it isn’t raining. Are you all enjoying the Olympics? I love them, I really do. It is great watching sports that you wouldn’t usually watch. I got really into the beach volleyball yesterday between Great Britain and Canada – what a nail biter it ended up!

I thought I would share one of my Morehead cards with you that I made for the Create and Craft shows. Did you all manage to buy your POTW? I have to admit these are one of my favourite releases so far from
Crafter’s Companion although I say that every time haha.

I have stamped my image onto Neenah card using Memento Ink, I have then coloured with my Spectrum Noir Pens. The die is by Marianne Design and I just love it sooooo much! 

I think this is proving to be a really popular stamp and I am not surprised, it is just so sweet. I have also coloured this using just my grey pens ….. you can see that post by clicking HERE.

I wanted to try something a bit different to my usual bows so I looped my ribbon and secured with a brad. I love how it looks and will be making more like this in future. Plus I have so many brads that I hardly use any more.

I forgot to write the colours down that I used but I promise to try and be good from now on though.

I am going to enter my card for the following challenges…

Whimsy Inspirations – Summer Fun

Secret Crafter – Bright & Cheerful


Have a great day, I am going to do a bit of crafting I think – oh what a surprise lol xxxxxx

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Some news ...... x

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday. I just wanted to share a couple of videos with you all. As many of you know my son Ryan plays the trombone and is doing really well. Anyway, yesterday he was playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival and it was aired on Sky Arts HD television channel. I have a couple of clips so I hope you can excuse me for being so very proud, I just HAVE to share with you all.

The group are called The Unthanks and Ryan is playing with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band who have been playing with the singers this year. Their music is just beautiful.

There was also another really great one shown last night which was Frank Skinners pick of the day so hopefully I will get a link soon.

Thanks for letting me be a proud mamma xxxxx

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Just Inklined …. Serenity

Good afternoon and what a great day it is. I have just finished watching the opening ceremony from the Olympics. Wow …… what an amazing show it was …. I feel ever so proud to be British. I have to say how touched I was seeing Muhammad Ali with the Olympic flag, it brought more than a couple of tears to my eyes. Let’s hope we have an enjoyable games without any scandal shadowing the performances.

Onto my card for today. I am sharing a gorgeous image with you all from
Just Inklined.

Now that looks like a good idea for a sunny day don’t you think. The image is called Serenity and the sentiment is from Create with TLC. I can always find the perfect sentiment from them and they just seem to enhance your creation.

I have a hat quite similar to this one so I may need to recreate this scene in my garden later … complete with jug of cocktail :o)

I have coloured with my speccies again. I have to admit I am really happy with the pretty pink shades that I can achieve with these. There is lots more inspiration for you over on the just inklined blog so please check it out.

Oooh I meant to let you all know that Ryan is playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival today with Brighouse & Rastick Brass Band who are playing with The Unthanks. It is a big festival and is televised on Sky Arts HD on channel 129 so fingers crossed I get to see him later. It is on at 6.30pm so I have set my sky box to record.


Digital Stamp SerenityNeenah Classic Crest Card Pack*Kaiser THE LAKE HOUSE 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad


The Pink Elephant - Summer

Have a wonderful weekend xxx

Friday, 27 July 2012

Not long until POTW Morehead launch

Morning everyone, sorry I didn’t get back last night to post a card after work. Had a busy day and was just shattered. I did catch the preview show which I had recorded on Create and Craft  for the new Morehead launch from Crafter’s Companion. I think it is certainly going to be a sell out when it launches today. You can catch the live shows at 12 midday, 3pm and 5pm so make sure you get those items in your baskets as quick as you can.

I just love this sweet image. I have also used the pretty butterfly and dragonfly stamps which are on the stamp sheet.

She has been coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and some stickles has been added to the butterfly and dragonfly wings.

I sanded some scrummy embossed Core’dinations card and finished with Prima flowers. The backing papers have been printed from the Morehead CD-Rom onto satin paper.

Here are the links to what I used…..

12 x 12 Cardstock - Core Impressions Modern Prints Collection Pink PaisleeSand It Set.Neenah Classic Crest Card PackTuxedo Black Memento Ink PadSatin Finish Printer Paper


Crafty Catz – All that Glitters


Finally I just want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  my lovely dad xxxxxx

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Are you ready …..?

Well it isn’t long now until the launch of the Morehead collection from Crafter’s Companion. As you know it is going to be the POW on Create and Craft tomorrow but listen to this …… there is going to be a PREVIEW LAUNCH SHOW TONIGHT AT 6PM.  Eeeek caps, never mind I think it has helped get the message across. Make sure you tune in because I am pretty certain this is going to be another sell out.
I am running ever so late this morning but I promise to post my card this evening when I get home from work. Off to set Sky + so I can watch the shows when I get back. Have a great day xxxx

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Simon Says … Anything Goes

Good afternoon ….. I am scheduling my post because I am at work so I am hoping Mr Blogger is behaving and that this is now up on my blog. Half way through the week already and what a gorgeous week it is. I just have today and tomorrow to work and then I get 10 days off. I am hoping to get lots done whilst I am off so I really can’t wait.

As you know I love Wednesdays because it means it is time for another theme over on
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. It is a the theme you all seem to love ……..


This week the design are all super excited because we are all using Simon Says Stamp very own
EXCLUSIVE DIES ……. make sure you check them out because they are amazing!!!!!

I have used the Allegro Corner die and it is just lush. The quality is amazing and the card popped straight out if the die after it was cut ….easy peasy!

I have coloured my CC Designs stamp with my trusty Spectrum Noirs. I am loving these more and more.They are just so easy to use so if you haven’t tried them yet I would recommend you have a go.

For a full list of what I used to make my card see the picture links below …… if you click the pic it will take you straight to the correct page ….. x

You all know by now that if you are the lucky winner then you are set to win a $50 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store – yes that’s right …. are we crazy????? Perhaps but you know that you have a great selection of goodies to spend it on so you would be crazy not to join in!!

Products I used…

*Simon Says Stamp ALLEGRO CORNER Craft DIE S106*C.C. Designs HEIDI AMONG THE FLOWERS Rubber Stamp Swiss Pixies*Basic Grey PICADILLY 6 x 6 Cardstock Paper Pack 3531*Martha Stewart CHERRY BLOSSOM Punch Around The Page Craft Set  42 60054*Crafter's Companion BRIGHTS 24 SET SPECTRUM NOIR MARKERS 751729*Prima Flowers VINTAGE Kennedy 558406


Just Inspirational Challenges – Photo inspiration

Cute Card Thursday – Fairy Nice

Southern Girls – Angels or Fantasy

Basic Grey Challenge – Things with Wings (Picadilly pad)



And that’s it all done … phew! Will pop a few challenges on later, hope you all enjoy the sunshine whilst I am slaving away xxx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Sneak Peek …… 50 shades more(head)

Good afternoon. Oooh what a glorious day it has been. Thank heavens it is my day off today, work was like an oven yesterday. I am just about to go and enjoy a bottle of beer in the garden but thought you might like to see one of the gorgeous new stamps by Morehead that Crafter’s Companion will be bringing to you from Friday.

Seeing as 50% of the population has gone 50 shades crazy, I thought I would just use my grey Spectrum Noir pens for this sample ….. with a little hint of red. The nose has glossy accents on it but you can’t really tell with my amazing photography skills.

I have also used 3 of the accessory stamps that come with the main stamp – there are loads of them so you can make your project have lots of different looks. The paper is from the CD-Rom and I used the colouriser to get the greyscale effect ….. such a useful tool.

If you head over to Crafter’s Companion news Blog there are details of how to win the CD-Rom and also some decoupage kits – you will also be inspired by lots of sneak peeks by the design team.

What I used…….

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink PadNeenah Classic Crest Card Pack


Crafty Catz – Monochromatic

Back soon with more sneak peeks from Morehead!


Saturday, 21 July 2012

I’m a lady you know

Good morning everyone – woohoo, the sun is out!!!!!! I had a wonderful evening last night with my gorgeous friend Dawn and we also met up with the equally gorgeous Ben who we trained with all those years ago. The 3 of us haven’t been together for a couple of years so it was great to have a good old chat and catch up.

Onto my card for today and it is a real beauty. I have used 'Charlotte' from Just Inklined and she is one of the new releases this month.  She is just so elegant – I love her.

I have used another word art from Create with TLC  and I am really enjoying using digital sentiments with my images.

Here are the links for the things I used….

Digital Stamp CharlotteJust Be Happy Set*Basic Grey PLUMERIA 6 x 6 Cardstock Paper Pack PLU3605*Copic 12 Bold BASIC SKETCH MARKER SET Colors


There you have it! For more inspiration make sure you check out the Just Inklined Blog. Have a wonderful weekend xxx

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Simon Says …… Dawny’s sketch!!

Me again and another dodgy post because my eyes are shutting whilst I type this so I apologise. The good news is I should be sound asleep by the time you read this. If any links are missing I apologise now but I promise to recheck and add anything later that I have missed.

So as you know it is our favourite time of the week on
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog because it is time for a new challenge. Today we have a fab sketch by the equally fab Dawny p – the cleverist(is that even a word??) sketcher in the land :o)

The design team are all showcasing products by My Favourite Things (MFT). You do not have to but it would be great to see what you create if you do.

I have used a super cute image from Whiff of Joy – she is just so adorable.

The image is coloured with my copics and the colours were chosen from my papers which are by Basic Grey.

I have used two different flourish dies from MFT which are detailed below on the picture links. The sentiment is from Create with TLC.
You all know by now that if you are the lucky winner then you are set to win a $50 voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp Online Store – yes that’s right …. are we crazy????? Perhaps but you know that you have a great selection of goodies to spend it on so you would be crazy not to join in!!
Here are the products I used:
*Basic Grey PICADILLY 6 x 6 Cardstock Paper Pack 3531*My Favorite Things LEAFY FLOURISH Die-Namics MFT*My Favorite Things VINTAGE FLOURISH Die-Namics MFT*Copic 12 Bold BASIC SKETCH MARKER SET Colors*Bo Bunny COUNTRY GARDEN Jewels iCandy JCC104
Fussy and Fancy – Photo Inspiration
Lexi’s Creations – For a Friend

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog
That’s enough I think for one day. News soon about my 1000 follower candy give-away ….. almost reached 1000 followers so will need to start thinking of a prize – thankyou all so much, it really means such a lot to me that you take the time to visit me xxx


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