Friday, 28 September 2012

It’s almost time…… The Toread Collection



Morning, ooh I am so excited. The brand new Toread stamps from Crafter’s Companion will launch today on Create & Craft at 12 noon!! The design team have been giving you sneak peeks all week and now it is almost time for you to be able to get your mitts on them. I cannot remember another launch that has had the DT so excited before.


This sweetie is one of the Create & Craft exclusive stamps so if you want it you better be quick!! It has proved ever so popular. You can see what it looks like coloured for a boy HERE.


hairdresser here so got to go arghhhhh, will finish post later xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I’m back…… hair all cut and coloured and I look much more presentable.

Here is my last pic for this card


So now there is only 20 minutes until showtime…… make sure you get your orders in your basket and checked out asap then enjoy the shows. I can’t wait to see what you all make!


Thursday, 27 September 2012

Flora sitting pretty


Good afternoon my lovelies, well I am all refreshed after a whopping 12 hours sleep!! I can’t remember the last time I slept that long. I feel as fresh as a daisy now though so I thought I would share another sneak peek of the fabulous Toread stamps before heading into town.


This cute little stamp is called Flora and she is so pretty sitting there with her flowers in her hair. As usual I have coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens on Neenah cardstock. I have added colour around the edges of the image using eye shadow. I bought a huge palette off eBay for my cards but I suppose you should really use chalks lol.


I have matted and layered her up. I love aqua and purple – certainly one of my favourite colour combos. The scrummy Core’dinations card was from a pack that was already embossed (links below). All I had to do was sand it and voila – gorgeousness in 30 seconds!


Keep checking all the DT for lots more inspiration, we are all Toread crazy so there are loads of samples flying around blogland.


12 x 12 Cardstock - Core Impressions Modern Prints Collection Pink PaisleeSand It Set.Neenah Classic Crest Card Pack - Solar WhiteTuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad


Stampin’ for the Weekend – Feeling Floral

Deep Ocean Challenge – More than 2 colours

Divas by Design – Fairies and Fantasy


Back tomorrow with another card – and then you can ALL get your orders in too :o)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

You can clearly see …..


…… I need more practice!

Oh dear, sometimes the card you see in your head doesn’t quite come together in reality does it lol. Never mind, I am still kind of proud that I tried something different even if it isn’t quite right.

It is my second project for today and look, not an alcohol ink in sight! This time my card is for Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. Our theme is Anything Goes – a real favourite with you all. The design team are all using products by October Afternoon.


So look, this is really different for me. I have stamped onto acetate and then used embossing powder for this lovely glitzy finish. This was so pretty in my head.It is the first time I have stamped onto acetate though so I can only improve.

As always Heidi will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!




*October Afternoon CAKEWALK Wrap Pack EM878*Hero Arts Clear Stamps WISH BIG 2012 CL576*Hero Arts Clear Stamps *CL575 HOORAY 2012*Embossing Rubber Stamp Pad EMBOSS CLEAR INK Tsukineko*Ranger GOLD EMBOSSING TINSEL Industries ETJ00006

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog



Less is More – Recipe (#11, #15, #75)

Thanks for looking xxx

Something sweet



Morning all, I have 2 posts today for you …. Wednesdays are so busy! My first post is my DT creation for The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog. Our theme this week is …..


Soooo, I thought I would try something other than a card …. just for a change.


The Paper Shelter has some really pretty printables – this was so easy to make. I just printed it, cut and scored, added some acetate and voila…. job done! Oh yes, I also had to buy some Flumps ….. the only ones left out of the huge bag are the ones which are inside my project lol ….. I might need to have a tasty little treat when I get home from work tonight lol.

Pop over to the challenge blog for details about our prize this week and for more inspiration by the team.


Lexi’s Creations – Make a Gift

See you all later xxx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Awww…. baby Toreads!



Good evening folks, ooh what a busy day I have had hence the lateness of my post. Still, better late than never. As most of you know by now the launch of Toread stamps and CD-Rom is on Friday. It is brought to you by Crafter’s Companion and will be Pick of the Week on Create and Craft at 12 noon. You just know they will not last the week, in fact I will be surprised if the last til the end of the weekend.


Now isn’t this the cutest baby you have seen in ages! I believe this stamp will be one of the exclusive stamps to Create and Craft so you will have to tune in to order it.


I have stamped him onto Neenah using Memento ink and then coloured with my Spectrum Noirs ….. talking of which have you seen the brand new pen storage solution from Crafter’s Companion yet??? It has caused quite a stir on my Facebook page when I posted a pic of it earlier – more details tomorrow about that!



Oldie but a Goodie – Show us your ribbons (gold card & ribbon)

Totally PaperCrafts – For a Child


Have a great evening and see you all tomorrow xxx

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The Toreads are here!!!! Crafter’s Companion Hop

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion blog hop to celebrate the launch of the Toread papercrafting range! You could win the new Toread CD-ROM, simply by hopping around the Design Team's blogs and being inspired! Pop over to the Crafter's Companion News blog for the full list of Design Team members who are taking part.

The Design team have loved crafting with the new range but I think I have loved it the most lol. I remember having decoupage of these cuties when I first started crafting.I am so excited that they are now stamps. They are perfect for all ages and there are some fab images for those difficult to make male card!. So we're celebrating the launch of this gorgeous new collection on Friday 28th September by giving you a chance to see some sneak peeks and have the chance to win a great prize!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is visit each of the Design Team members blogs. They will each be showing you some of their fabulous Toread creations. Once you've been inspired, simply head back over to the Crafter's Companion News blog and leave a comment on their blog hop post, saying which is your favourite Toread character and why.

One winner will be drawn at random after 10am on Friday 28th September, and will be notified by email.

You should have arrived from Elaine’s blog.

Now I would like you to meet XERU …. a very cheeky looking chap I think you would agree!


I have stamped this onto Neenah card and coloured with my Spectrum Noir pens. I will do a tutorial soon how to create a leafy/camouflage look for those who are interested.


I have used the papers from the CD-Rom and added some netting and a button (tied with twine). The sentiment was created using the verse writer from the CD too –how useful is that!


Your next stop should be with Rachel so hop on over for more inspiration

I should hopefully be fast asleep now, had a very hectic night last night at work in – remember that if you love someone please tell tell them ….. x


Crafty Catz – Buttons

The Secret Crafter – Distressing

Sketchy Colours – Green, Brown & White

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts – Distressing

By The Cute and Girly – Boys / Men

Creative Craft Challenge – Anything Goes



Good luck and happy hopping!


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Enamel amour!

Good afternoon, well apparently it is Wednesday although my poor brain is completely jumbled and is a day behind!! I had a slight panic last night when I realised it was Tuesday and not Monday and I had to rush to get my DT card made for Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. I managed to finish it time thankfully and also had the chance to play with some new goodies too.
The theme this week is
This can either be heat or dry embossing. I have to say I had so much fun doing this and discovered the most amazing product that I have fallen head over heels in love with!
The design team have created some awesome projects for your inspiration, we are all featuring Stampendous Products this week, you don't have to use them to join in but we would love to see them used if you have them :-)

So here is my card. I am pleased with how it turned out, especially as I was having kittens because I had forgotten to make it lol. I have used one of my new Miss Anya stamps by The Greeting Farm which only arrived a couple of days ago. It is a while since I used a Miss Anya stamp, they are always such great images for teens I think.

How do you like her Ugg boots – aren’t they fab!! I have used my Copics to colour the image apart from the flesh which I used Spectrum Noirs.

Ok, so here is my new love. Check out this embossing enamel. I thought I would just have a go on my butterfly to see what it would look like. Wow, you should see this in real life – it is stunning!!!! I added 3 layers although I don’t think I really needed that many. The incredible thing is it completely covers the base card. Both butterflies were punched out of different card – one was dark brown and the other was from my backing papers. The incredible thing is they booth look the same. I am going to use up all my old scraps now using this enamel – so pretty!!!!

Here is a plain old white flower given the enamel treatment ….. thank goodness I could find my heat gun today!! No more dull flowers for me from now on!!!

A different angle showing the pretty glittered First Edition papers.
As always Heidi will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store!

*Stampendous SHABBY PINK Embossing Enamel FREG028*The Greeting Farm MISS ANYA SCARVES Cling Rubber Stamps*First Edition Paper 6 x 6 LOVE LETTERS Premium Pad FEPAD009*Tonic Studios BUTTERFLY Multi Detail Punch 925A*Embossing Rubber Stamp Pad EMBOSS CLEAR INK Tsukineko*Tsukineko MEMENTO Full Size Ink Pad TUXEDO BLACK*Prima Flowers AUTUMN Splendor Collection Leaves 553548*Martha Stewart DOUBLE SCALLOP Edge Punch Edger 284016*Copic 12 Bold BASIC SKETCH MARKER SET Colors*Crafter's Companion PALE HUES SPECTRUM NOIR MARKERS 404546
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog
Southern Girls – It’s Well Bling Bling
Crazy 4 Challenges – Anything Goes With a Fall Twist
The Ribbon Girl – Pink & Green
The Crazy Challenge – Spots or Stripes
Papertake Weekly – A Hazy Shade of Autumn
Oldie But a Goodie – Show Us Your Ribbons (Papers, Flowers, Brads)
Creative Craft Challenge – Anything Goes
Divas by Design – Lovely Layers
Latinas in America – Fall is Here
Anything Goes
Have a wonderful day xxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

My candy winners....

Well I have finally drawn all 16 winners for my follower's candy. Thankyou so much to all of you who follow my blog and also for entering my candy. If each winner could please contact me .... there is a link to my email on my sidebar or leave a comment here with your details (I won't publish any comments containing emails to help maintain your privacy)


PRIZE 1 - #116 Pauline C CLAIMED

PRIZE 2 - #48 Nicola CLAIMED*

PRIZE 3 - #57 Penni CLAIMED

PRIZE 4 - #15Maria Mendoza CLAIMED*

PRIZE 5 - #11 Sandra H CLAIMED*

PRIZE 6 - #40 Claveh CLAIMED*

PRIZE 7 - #106 Sheila CLAIMED

PRIZE 8 - #26 Tina CLAIMED*

PRIZE 9 - #90 Sharon CLAIMED*

PRIZE 10 - #12 Sue N CLAIMED

PRIZE 11 - #104 Kelly Lou

PRIZE 12 - #65 Cathy Rumball CLAIMED

PRIZE 13 - #62 Mary Lou

PRIZE 14 - #95 Lydia CLAIMED*

PRIZE 15 - #60 Christi Hicks CLAIMED*

PRIZE 16 - #86 Frea CLAIMED

Phew, there you go ...... thankyou to everyone who took part - you are ALL amazing and I wish everybody could have won something.

Before I go I want to give out an extra prize. This is for a very special lady who has not been well recently and she missed my candy because she was in hospital. She always leaves me lovely comments on my posts and I truly appreciate them. Get well soon hun x


...and that really is your lot. Remember to get in touch with me asap for your prize xxx

Monday, 17 September 2012

CC Challenge and Got to Dance



Afternoon folks, how is the start of your week? I am off until Thursday night and I am enjoying my time making DT samples which you should all see in a couple of weeks. We have been teasing lots of people on Facebook about what the launch is going to be but noone has guessed yet. All I can say is it is something brand new from Crafter’s Companion and it will be Pick of the Week on Create and Craft from the 28th September. Watch out for sneak peeks coming soon.

It has been an exciting weekend too because my lovely friend Gemma was in London auditioning for Got To Dance. The audience really loved her. You can see comments on the official FB page and it would be great if you could follow her on Twitter @gem2dance. The show isn’t aired until January so we are all keeping everything crossed for her.


Anyhoo,onto my card. It is one for this months challenge on Crafter’s Companion Challenge Blog and our theme is GOLD. A few of the DT are providing midway inspiration so pop over and join in the fun.


Here is a card I made for Sara to take over to Germany for her shows over there. I have only used the 6 Spectrum Noir pens from the yellow pack and a couple greys.


A closer view of these gorgeous little friends from Humphrey’s Corner.


Hope you can join us – challenge closes at 6pm on 30th September xxx


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