Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Ruby's Rainbow #11 - A Recipe

We have a great recipe challenge for you for the next 2 weeks at Ruby's Rainbow, its a 3-2-1 challenge.
What we want to see is:

3 design papers
2 buttons or brads
1 flower

So, there's no excuse not to join in with us for a great and easy challenge - I look forward to seeing you there.

I have used a LOTV stamp for my design and have coloured it in with pro markers, the sentiment stamp is also another one from LOTV.  The papers are all from a Kay & Co pad and the buttons and fabric flowers are from my stash.  The baker's twine is one of the newest additions to my stash and I'm using it on everything at the moment!

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Passion for Pro markers - Anything goes + must use pro markers
Woodware USA - 3 papers, 2 types of embellishments (buttons & Flowers), 1 image
My Mum's Craft Shop - 1,2,3 (1 flower, 2 buttons, 3 papers)

And, don't forget to join in with our 3-2-1 challenge at Ruby's Rainbow!

Thanks for visiting,


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Happy 19th birthday Muffin - cute cat pics!

I love looking at other pets in Blogland so I thought that today would be an ideal opportunity to share some pics of my feline friends! 

Today is my old boy, Muffin's 19th birthday and as you can see from the picture, he is now a fragile little thing (with a slightly insane look about him!).  He is also very deaf - or does a really good job of ignoring me!  He had a little plate of smoked salmon last night as a treat and there may be a little bit more for today - if he's good!!!

He doesn't wander any further than the back garden now - this is his favourite spot, sunbathing by the rhubarb.  Can you spot him?

And, its not his birthday, but my other cat always likes to steal the limelight.  Here's the beautiful Monty ....

He is an indoor cat and is terrified of being outside, especially of walking on grass (I wonder if this is a real phobia??).  At 9 years old he is a total big baby and this is what he spends most of his day doing - lying down making himself look pretty!

His second favourite past time is sitting by the fish tank watching for hours on end, trying to catch the loaches when they swim by.  He never quite succeeds though, I wonder why???

Hoped you liked to see my little kitty pics!  I'll be back tomorrow with another card.

Thanks for stopping by,


Monday, 29 August 2011

Card for a Beer Monster ...

... actually, he's more of a "Red Wine Monster" than a Beer Monster but I couldn't find a digi suitable!

This card is a quick and easy one for my OH whose birthday is soon.  He never looks at my blog so there's no problem posting this before his birthday.  And as I type, he is far too interested in the magical world of Harry Potter, killing death eaters and finding horcrux's (via his PS3) to even notice that I've just made his card just a few feet away from him!  A typical chill-out Bank Holiday in my house - me crafting, him on the PS3.  We tend not to go out on Bank Holidays as it is too busy everywhere.

Anyway, the papers I've used are from a Kay & Co pad and the digi (from Pollycraft) has been coloured with pro markers.  I've kept the embellishments simple and just hand cut a star, added a button and a bit of baker's twine.  The sentiment stamp is from Hot Off the Press.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Challenge up your life - Something for a man
Crazy 4 Challenges - Card for a man
Card Mad Fairy - Buttons
Do you stack up? - For a boy/man
Craft us Crazy - Anything goes

Thanks for popping by,


Saturday, 20 August 2011

Cupcakes at Craft Your Days Away

Gaynor has set our new challenge today at Craft Your Days Away and it is a great one:


So, its time to make some delicious craft projects to enter into the challenge - remember, we are a multi-craft site so we look forward to seeing your cupcake creations.


Simon Says Stamp are sponsoring us for this challenge and they are offering a $10 voucher to one lucky winner.

I have used the image Kiki Cakes from Pollycraft available HERE and I have coloured her with pro markers and added a bit of extra sparkle with Stickles glitter.  The paper is from the Tea House collection by Dovecraft, as is the cute little cupcake brad.  I've added a little bow from baker's twine and the sentiment stamp is by Cat's Life Press.  I'e also used Spellbinders and Nellie Snellen dies.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Digis with Attitude - Anything goes
Poodles Parlour - Anything goes
Divas by Design - Birthdays
Simon says stamp - Food and Drink

Thanks for visiting today,


Friday, 19 August 2011

He Passed!

Just a quick and easy card for my son today.  He passed his driving test, 1st time, earlier this week!  We were all very proud of him.  I found a great digi over at The Clip Art Fairy called Driving Test - you can find it HERE and it was a bargain 25p!  I coloured the image with pro markers - trying to make the car look like my son's little silver Honda car (although I ddin't think he would appreciate any sparkle, hence the grey colour).

I am goingto enter this card into the following challenges:

Paper crafting journey - Anything goes
Cards for Men - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Ruby's Rainbow News and Challenge

I've some exciting news to share ... I have been invited to be part of the DT over at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge blog.  When I was asked, it took me about half a second to say yes!  Today is my first challenge card with them as part of the DT and the challenge is:


Ruby's Rainbow challenges are set every other Wednesday morning - so don't forget to join us with your stitched card for this challenge (either real or faux).

So, for my card I have used a Whiff of Joy stamp - Willow Shopping - and I have coloured her with pro markers.  The papers are from DCWV and the flowers are from the Fizzy Moon collection.  I just added a little metal brad as the centre of the flower and the brilliant sentiment was a freebie from Claire Curd's lovely blog.  I just love all of the "Keep Calm" things that are about at the moment.  I cut the sentiment out with scallop scissors and stitched around it with my sewing machine.  I also did a zig-zag stitch all around the edge of the base layer.

I am going to enter this card into Samuel Taylor's August challenge as I used their sketch for my design.  They have a fantastic Martha Stewart punch and Gorjuss rubber stamp as a prize!

I'm also going to enter the following other challenges too:

A Spoonful of Sugar - Birthday card
Try it on Tuesday - Anything goes
Paper Playtime - Anything goes
Don't forget to join us over at Ruby's Rainbow - I look forward to seeing you there!


Monday, 15 August 2011

Fizzy with flowers

I had made a little pact with myself not to buy any more papers as I have so many already.  These bright Totally Tropical papers are a freebie with this month's Card Making and Papercraft magazine - so I didn't really buy any more papers, did I?  They've got a lovely Christmas papers pad with next month's magazine so I may have to buy that one too!  The papers are certainly bright and very Summery with the tropical shades of jade, orange and hot pink.

I've coloured the Fizzy Moon stamp with pro markers and added some stickles glitters to the centres of the flowers.  I think the papers say it all on this one so I've kept the embellies to a minimum, using only a bit of ric-rac ribbon and a few gems.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Paper playtime - Anything goes
Creative Inspirations Paint - orange and pink
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar challenge - August hot colours
I love pro markers - sketch and must use pro markers

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Penny Johnson - "Looking Chic" card

Two Christmas cards in just over a week - that must be a record for me!  I love this stamp - and it always stamps really nice.  It is "Looking Chic" from Penny Johnson.  The papers are all from DCWV - I'm still trying to use up a DCWV set that I purchased from QVC a couple of years ago.  They were in 2 drawer boxes - I bought all 3 sets of them and I've still got loads left!!  Do you know the ones I mean?

I've coloured the image with pro markers and added some Glamour Dust glitter and a few gems in the corner.  The circular sentiment stamp is from Cat's Life Press and I've used my new Marianne's Poinsettia die.  As you can see, I'm still practising photographing glittery things - trying to capture the sparkles!

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - Divas with Glam and Glitter
Sweet Stamps - Bling it Up
Ruby's Rainbow - Gems
Ooh La La - Christmas Card
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - I used their sketch
Gingerloft - Make it Sparkle

Thanks for visiting today,


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Craft Your Days Away - Our first birthday!

Our challenge blog over at Craft Your Days Away has been running for a whole year now and so our challenge this time is a nice and easy one for you:


Crafty Emma's Store are sponsoring us for our first birthday celebrations and we have lots of amazing prizes for this challenge.  Pop over to Craft Your Days Away to see the lovely prizes we've got on offer for you.  Also, if you fancy being a Guest Designer for a future challenge, just add GD after your name when you enter the challenge.

I have used one of my favourite LOTV rubber stamps on my card, coloured with pro markers.  The sentiment stamp is also by LOTV.  The papers are from the Quite Contrary pad by My Mind's Eye and the flowers were from a £1 store pack.  I've also added a touch of Cosmic Shimmer glitter to the fairy wings and around the card.  I still can't manage to photo the glitter to catch the sparkle though!  Any tips are welcome!!

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:

Card Makin' Mamas - birthday cards
Charizma Cards - embellishment bingo (flowers, gems, circles)
Craft us Crazy - Anything goes
Crafts and Me - Anything goes
I love pro markers - Things with Wings
The Pixie Cottage - I used their sketch
So, don't forget to Craft Your Days Away with us!

Thanks for visiting today,