Thursday, 31 July 2008

More Blog Candy

Janet is offering some blog candy to celebrate the release of her new stamps Max & Milly at Spiral Whisper and also to celebrate that she has had nearly 15,000 hits to her blog. Why not pop over and take a look.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

I've been playing with my cuttlebug folders again...

My mum asked me to do some more cards for her friends at work, which are my main customer base! They really like my cuttlebug and pink petticoat combo's so I sat and ploughed a few out last night. Here are a couple of my favorites. I've water coloured them using my Whispers pens which is again another new technique to me!

I think this little owl has got to be one of my favourite pink petticoat images. She's so cute. I've coloured her in using very pastel lime and peach a combination that seems to go together really well.
I really like this snail image too! I've gone for a red and green combination on this one and have embossed using the Perfectly Paisley folder.
I had to do a few with Lola Rose on and I really like this one of her with her shopping bags. I've gone for a red and black colour scheme to this one and have embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.
And the last but not least, a little bumble bee. I've used the stylized flowers embossing folder and have coloured the flowers to match the image. I quite like this card. Yellow is not a colour I use all that often.
And lastly for today, its my sister-in-law, Kirsty's birthday today. Happy Birthday to you! Here are the cards I sent her.
This one is from Adam to send to his Auntie. The spotty paper is pink petticoat as is the shoe image which is from Lola's Boudouir Collection. I like the black and pink combination. The flourishes in the corners are part of my new Basic Grey stamp set which I've fallen in love with!
And this one is from me and my husband. I've gone with a brown and mint theme. The papers and image are agian from Pink Petticoat.

All the coloured cardstock used is Doodlebug Crisscross, I love it, and can't get enough of it! and all the ribbons are from Ribbon Oasis, which reminds me I really must do another order soon!

Tuesday, 29 July 2008


What on earth has happened to the Docrafts website? I went on holiday and when I came back it had all changed! I find it really slow and more difficult to navigate now. I used to spend hours ploughing through the gallery. I have to say that since I started my blog I've spent less time on there and more time "blog hopping" but every now and then I'd go on and have a browse and upload some cards. I think I'm going to give up on that now. I've just registered on the Trimcraft website today, so hopefully I'll get on a bit better with that one!

Monday, 28 July 2008

Lorraine's Birthday Blog Candy

Lorraine is offering a yummy lot of blog candy to celebrate her birthday on 29th July. Happy Birthday Lorraine! and oh my word, I've never seen so many entries left on a post before, 172! wow, thats impressive!

What a lovely day!

Good morning everybody, its a beautiful and hot day here again today! Hope you all had a good weekend. I spent the day in the garden on Saturday and had a bbq in the evening and on Sunday I took my little boy Adam to the Jump Up Nickjr event at The Bowl in Milton Keynes. It was really good. All his favorite characters were there, Peppa Pig, Fifi, Diego & Dora and Sportacus. He got a great little goody bag with lots of colouring and activity packs. I think I enjoyed it more than he did though! I've uploaded more pictures into my Pisca public gallery and also some other family pictures.

I've made another card using the stamped images from Gina. I've used the same layout as the one below but this time I've coloured the image in using my chalk inks. It never occurred to me to use them to colour in, but I like the result as it gives a deeper colour than my watercolour pencils. I shall certainly be giving it a go again. The red papers are downloaded free, from Summertime Designs and the green floral paper is by Anna Griffin.

Finally, Its my father-in-laws birthday today and here is the card I made for him. As you've probaly seen I've used this layout a few times lately, and was originally inspired by a card made by Netty on the Docrafts gallery. The picture I've used is actually of my father-in-law racing his motorbike which I thought would be nicer than using a picture of somebody else!

Thats all for now. I'm off to enjoy some sunshine while it lasts!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Award Time!

Thank you Sue, for giving me with the Blogging Friends Award!

The rules of the award are:
1. Only 5 people allowed
2. 4 have to be dedicated followers of your blog
3. One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.quite simple really it is a way of saying thank you to those who take time out for wonderful comments to boost your day.

So here goes:

As far as I'm aware I dont have anybody from another part of the world checking out my blog, but if you are from somwhere else that's not the UK let me know!

And another one....

It's called the WYLDE WOMEN award and the purpose of it is "to send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy"
The rules are:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you.
2.Make sure you link to their site in your post.
3. Link back to this blogsite so Tammy can go visit all these wonderful women,and
4. Remember the Purpose of the Award.
I am sending this award onto Kerry, Emma, Chrissie and Gina I Could sit here all day listing people to pass this onto, but I'm tired and am ready for bed so if you are reading this, please accept this award from me!
I know that some of you have already received these awards. Its very hard to pass these awards onto people who don't already have them! and as it should be too! Please accept them as a compliment from me if you have already received them!
I will update more tomorrow but for now I'm off to bed.

Friday, 25 July 2008

My First Ever Magnolia Card

First of all I have to say a big Thank You to Gina for sending me a huge bundle of stamped images...and here are my first cards made with them. I don't own many stamps and I often sit enviously looking at everybody else's wonderful creations. The problem is, is that now I want more! I know I can't have any right now, but I have a big birthday coming up in a few months so maybe if I'm patient I will get some then!

The blue and white spotty paper is from Shabby Princess and the floral paper is from a fab site that Stacey mentioned on her blog recently, Summertime Designs where you can download for FREE lots of gorgeous digital scrapbook kits. I spent quite a while downloading them all! I have to say I really like the first card. I really didnt have anything in mind when I was making it, it just came together on its own. I think its a bit different to my usual style, but one that I'm hoping to create more like!

Well this card was a bit more experimental and did not fall into place like the first one did. I coloured the stamp in first and then worked from those colours. The orange floral paper is from Summertime Designs and I've cut round the edge of the flowers before sticking it down onto the green spotty paper which is from the Epsom site. My husband bought me some goodies last weekend which included a clear unmounted stamp set of Flourishes by Basic Grey, which I've stamped and embossed onto the green paper. Ive then torn the corner and backed it with the left over orange paper. All the edges have been inked and so has the flower as it wasn't quite orange enough! I'm not too sure about this card. I think I like it but, Im not sure if I've over experimented with new techniques!

Monday, 21 July 2008

Im Back!

Well I've been absent from the blogging world for a few weeks now. I spent 2 weekends away in the caravan and then the third weekend was for Adam's 2nd Birthday which was actually on the Thursday. We took him to Waddington Airshow as my stepdad loves his planes and so does Adam now! We had a great time and stayed there for 4 days in total. The caravan site was right next to the runway, literally! From there we thought we'd head out to the Lincolnshire coast for a couple of days before returning home on the Friday to get ready for Adams birthday party on the Saturday! I feel like I've just about stopped spinning now. I have to say I seem to have lost my creative spark even with a trip to Hobbycraft and Colemans warehouse, where I bought some delicous goodies. How is it possible to have so much yummy stuff and yet have no idea what to do with it?

I was really please to see that Kerry at Curly Girly Me and Kerry from A Load of Old Pickle had both had awarded me this weblog award. Thank you so much, its a huge honour to receive recognition for my cards especially from two ladies as talented as the Kerry's!

The rules for this award are:

1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.

2. Link the person you received the award from.

3. Nominate at least 7 other follow! watch this space.

4. Put links of those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message on the blogs you have nominated.

I've been Double-Tagged! by Gina and also by Vicky

'This or That'

Chocolate or Vanilla ice cream: Vanilla

Big Mac or Whopper: Whopper

Coke or Pepsi: Coke

Beer or Wine: Beer

Coffee or Tea: Tea

Apple Juice or O.J.: Apple Juice

Facebook or MySpace: Facebook

Summer or Winter: Summer

Windows or Mac: Windows

Cats or Dogs: Cats

WHAT WAS HAPPENING 10 YEARS AGO? I struggle to remember what I did 10 minutes ago let alone 10 years ago.

NAME 5 THINGS TO DO TODAY: Ironing, Tidy Craft Room, More Ironing! Make a card for my sister-inlaw and go out for a meal with friends,which i'm really looking forward to!

SNACKS I ENJOY: anything thats not good for me, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, however I am on a diet so I'm not currently enjoying any of these although I'd like to be.

THINGS I WOULD DO IF I WERE A MILLIONAIRE: The usual, new house, new car, holiday, take care of immediate family. Maybe set up a nice little craft shop and caravan site and run crafting caravan retreat holidays. Just a thought!

PLACES I HAVE LIVED: Boring i'm afraid but just Northampton. I like it here, its where my family are!