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Thursday, 30 June 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - Anything But a Card

I'm back from my holli jollies again ! The girls had 3 TD days in a row so that was a good excuse to get the caravan out again ! Not far again, only to a place called Woolsbridge Manor Farm which is next to Moors Valley Country Park in the New Forest and a beautiful area it is too.

We took our bikes with us and went into Moors Valley Country Park on Saturday to join in a family cycling quiz. It was only when we were about half way round that my hubby decided to inform us that the quiz was in fact 4 miles long ! Boy, did I have a sore undercarriage !!!

At PaperPlay Challenges we have another challenge for you - ANYTHING BUT A CARD !

We are being sponsored by La-La-Lands Crafts.

As soon as I saw Scout Marci I just knew what I wanted to make. Being the bad Mum that I am, I have failed miserably in sewing Mollie's Brownie badges to her sash. In my defence, the sash is so stiff that I had terrible trouble sewing the ones on that I did and there is no material to "catch" the thread. Everyone else's sash is lovely and soft so we must have had a duff one !

Anyway, I made her a box to put her lovely badges in and she is thrilled to bits ! I am a good Mum after all !!!





The box has been recycled, it did hold tealights.

The DP's I used are American Crafts "Campy Trails" and I machine stitched all of these.

The image is Scout Marci from La-La-Land Crafts and she has been coloured with a mixture of ProMarkers and Copics.

The letters are all American Crafts Thickers which go with the Campy Trails papers and the pennants hanging from the branch is an American Crafts felt embellishment which also goes with this set.

The "stamps" and metal "journey" embellishment are by Making Memories and are from the "Panorama" set which has been in my stash for a while now.

We hope you can join us in our challenge this week.

I am entering my box into the following challenges -


Crafty Emma - Anything but Square

My Mum's Craft Shop - Something Old, Something New

Scrap Creations - Anything But a Card

Shopping Our Stash - Recycle Something (box)

Try It on Tuesday - Alter a Box

Stamps R Us - There was a little girl.....

Thank you for your visit and have a great week !


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Simon Says Challenge - A Sketch




Welcome to another Simon Says Challenge !

This week, we have a fantastic sketch made by our very own Jane and what a beauty it is ! I was a bit worried about the number of layers and whether I would be able to match that many papers but it was a dream.





The lucky winner will win a $50 shopping spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store !






The DP's are Graphic 45 "Le Romantique" and have all been machine stiched.

Tilda is "Longing Tilda" and she has been coloured with a mixture of Copics and ProMarkers. I also used nestabilities lacey circles.

The lace is from my stash.

The butterflies were punched with a Martha Stewart Monarch butterfly punch

The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp from the set "Anytime Messages"

The flowers are a mixture from my stash and Wild Orchid Crafts.

We hope you can join us in our challenge this week. The DT have made some amazing cards for your inspiration, please hop over and take a look.

I am entering my card into the following challenges -

TOMIC - Summer

Creative Inspirations - Stitching

City Crafter Challenge Blog - You're #1 !

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Include Stitching

Thank you for your visit !



Papertake Weekly - Here Comes The Sun !



I am so sorry for the lateness of my post. Yesterday was just one of those days.

We have another challenge for you over at Papertake Weekly and someone is bursting with optimism because the theme is "Here Comes The Sun" !!!

We are being sponsored by The Ribbon Girl and the lucky winner can win a special selection ribbon kit !







I am so sorry that I keep using images of me on these cards !

The DP's are BasicGrey "Hello Luscious" which were just perfect for their colours and also their name ! All the DP's have been machine stitched.

The image is of course by Kraftin Kimmie who I modelled for a little while ago ! and she named this stamp "Judy". "Judy" has been coloured with a mixture of Copics and ProMarkers.

The raffia and pearls are from my stash.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The little stamp is by Whimsy Stamps

We hope you can join us in our challenge this week although you may have to close your eyes and imagine a nice sunny day !

I am entering this card into the following challenges :

Anything Goes Challenge - Here Comes Summer

Everybody Art Challenge - Anything Goes

Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Use "Red" in your project

Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes with a Sun theme

Paper Creations Ink - Beach theme (hope it qualifies !)

We hope you can come along and play with us this week. The DT have made some amazing cards as always for your inspiration.

Thank's for your visit !

Thursday, 16 June 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - At the Beach





Sorry I am so late posting my card for PaperPlay Challenges. I have been out all day on a pre-school trip to Paulton Park and "Peppa Pig World". We had a great day even though we got drenched by the downpours and met Peppa, George and the whole family and friends !!



Well, you wouldn't know it by all the rain but we want to see your projects with the theme "At the Beach" this week for our challenge ! Just close your eyes and dream...... !!!


We are being sponsored by Just Inklined and they are giving the lucky winner a $10 voucher to spend instore.



The DP's are by Pink Paislee and are called "Soiree"

The image is by Victoria Case for SCACD and is called "Just Chill'n". She has been coloured with a mixture of Copics and ProMarkers.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts

The ribbon and pearls are from my stash.

I am entering my card into the following challenges :

Card Positioning Systems - Sketch

Amber's Crafts and Stuff - Vacation

Crafting for all Seasons - Summer

For Fun Challenges - Summer or Bright Colours

Little Darlings Challenges - Summer

We hope you can join in with our challenge and we look forward to seeing all your Summery projects.

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave !


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Simon Says Challenge - Let's Play Bingo !






Good morning and welcome to another Simon Says Challenge !

Are you ready for a game of bingo ? Eyes down, here is your bingo card !




You can use any line of three, down, across or diagonal and it would help us if you could tell us which line of three you have chosen. The Design Team are this week featuring stamps by "The Greeting Farm". We would love to see any Greeting Farm stamps you have but if you don't have any, you can still join in with our challenge.

The lucky winner will win a $50 shopping spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store !






I took inspiration for my card from my blogging buddy, Dotty Jo as she made this wonderful card and made the image look like a polaroid photo (remember them ? !). Lucky for me I also had the same two stamps she had used so asked her permission to copy the image she had made and she agreed. Thank's Jo !! xx




The row I am doing is shape (circle and banner), lace and flowers.





The DP's are BasicGrey "Hello Luscious" and these have been machine stitched.

The Greetings Farm images are "Ruby" and "Sassy Suzi" and these have been coloured with a mixture of Copics and ProMarkers.

The pearls, lace and flowers are from my stash.

I also used some Tim Holtz film strip ribbon

The banner is an MFT Die-Namic Banner Strip and Mini Alpha Die set

We hope you can join us this week in our challenge and we look forward to seeing which line you choose !!

I am entering my card into the following challenges :

Crazy Amigo Challenge - Pink

My Time to Craft - More than one image

Hooked on Crafts - Anything Goes

Stamp with Fun - Pearls and Flowers

Thank you for your visit - it was so lovely to see you ! We hope you like this challenge and if you need inspiration, hop over to see what the rest of the amazing DT have done !




Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Papertake Weekly - Dad's and Lad's




Good afternoon and welcome to another challenge over at Papertake Weekly !


Our challenge for you this week is "Dad's and Lad's".


We are being sponsored by Whiff of Joy and the lucky winner will win a "Handsome Oakley" stamp.



The DP's are DCWV "The Green Stack" and have all been machine sewn



The image is BBQ Riley. He has been coloured with a mixture of Copics and ProMarkers.



The pennant banner has been made with an MFT die called "Banner Strip and Mini Alpha set"



The buttons and ribbon are from my stash.



We hope you can join us in our challenge this week, we look forward to seeing your creations.


I am entering my card into the following challenges :


Bows 'n' Berries - Masculine


Cards for Men - Blue and Black


Cupcake Creations - For Dad's


Ooh La La Creations - Father's Day


Creative Inspirations - Father's Day



Thank you for your visit and hope to see you again soon ! Enjoy the sunshine !





Saturday, 11 June 2011

BasicGrey Challenges - Colour Combo - Hot Pink, Lime Green and Brown/Kraft



Good morning ! Beautiful sunny morning here today and I've been up with the lark as Mollie is having fun day out with Brownies today and we had to be with Brown Owl by 8am !

I can't believe the time has flown by so quickly and this challenge at BasicGrey Challenges took me completely unawares, I was convinced it was next week this challenge was going live. I ended up making my card very late yesterday but the good thing was, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, I just had to bring the making of it forward by a few days !!

We have a lovely colour combo for you this challenge, HOT PINK, LIME GREEN and BROWN/KRAFT.

There are lots of BasicGrey papers in these colours and for your inspiration, the DT have made some terrific cards for you again this challenge and listed what they have used and there is a good mix there of various BG products in these colours. Of course, you don't have to use BG papers, you can use any papers you like but YOU MUST use at least one item of BG to qualify for the prize !

We are of course being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp again and the lucky winner will win a spending spree in their store of $25.



The DP's I used are BasicGrey "Sweet Threads". I have machine stitched these.


The sentiment in the centre is a set from My Favorite Things called "Four Point Frame". At the time of buying this I thought it was expensive but you do get a metal die in the pack (to make the jigsaw shape) and about 22 different clear stamps in the set which can be used with or without the die.


The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts


The lace and gems are from my stash.


We hope you can join us in our challenge and we look forward to seeing your amazing creations again !


I am entering my card into the following challenges :


Crafts and Me - Stamp Something


Fabulous Friday - Stitching


Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes


Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes


Crafty Sentiments - Add some sparkle


Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave. Hope you have a terrific weekend.


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Simon Says Challenge - Let's Get Fruity !





I hope you all enjoyed your half term holidays with the kiddos last week ? We went off in our caravan (yes, again !) down to Looe in Cornwall and we had a fantastic time and the weather even decided to behave itself by the end of the week too !

I can't believe that its come round to Wednesday again and time for another Simon Says Challenge.

This week our challenge is "Let's Get Fruity" and we have a photo too for your inspiration.







The lucky winner will win a $50 shopping spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store !








The DP's are BasicGrey "Lemonade"

The image is by Penny Black and from a clear set called "Micey Day". This has been coloured with a mixture of Copics and ProMarkers.

The flowers and seam binding are from my stash.

The lovely flourish is a Magnolia Doohickey called "Heart Swirl".

The sentiment is from a little set of BasicGrey Gamma stamps I bought a long time ago but they were perfect for this image.

We hope you can join us in our challenge this week and we look forward to seeing all your fruity projects !

I am entering my card into the following challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Doodlebug ! (I doodled on my DP's !!)

Craft Room Challenge - Anything Goes !

My Time to Craft - Wildlife

Tuesday Throwdown - Animals

Cupcake Craft - Things with Tails !

Make It Monday - Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave - they always mean so much !


Thursday, 2 June 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - Colour Challenge - Citrus Colours




Thank you to everyone who joined in with our challenge last week, it was great to see all your fabulous entries.

This week over at PaperPlay Challenges, we have a colour challenge for you - a Summer Citrus splash colour theme so use greens, yellows, oranges.


We are being sponsored this week by Simon Says Stamp who are giving the lucky winner a $15 voucher to spend in the store !




The DP's I used are a mixture of BasicGrey "Origins" and "Sugar Rush"

The image is one of the new Gorjuss Girls and she is called "Ruby". Ruby has been coloured with a mix of ProMarkers and Copics.

The flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts and the flourish is a new Magnolia Doo-Hickey.

The rest of the DT's cards are amazing - please pop over and take a look - a great inspiration !

Thank you for your visit and I hope you can join us in our challenge !



Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Simon Says Challenge - Father's Day/Male Card




I hope you are having a good week so far and enjoy your holidays (again !) with the kids !

With Father's Day coming round so quickly we need to get making those male cards so our challenge for you over at Simon Says Challenge all this week is Father's Day/Male cards.

The Design Team are this week highlighting Tim Holtz products - a huge range of which is in the Simon Says Stamp Store !

The lucky winner will win a $50 shopping spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store !







The DP's are Graphic 45 "Curtain Call" . Would you believe I used a lovely sheet of this on my card and then after I taped the edges with Tim Holtz tissue tape and added all the other details, I realised I had completely covered the lovely sheet of DP !!!


The Eiffel Tower image is from the Graphic 45 pad as are the tickets running along the bottom. The other image of the boy is a Tim Holtz stamp called "Hotel" which I have stamped onto Graphic 45 paper.

I also used a strip of film strip, a hinge clip , muse token and Vintage Photo distress ink. I also rubbed the edges with some Adirondak gold paint dabber.

The rest of the DT's cards are just gorgeous. Please hop over and take a look - great inspiration !

We hope you can join us in our challenge.

Have a great week and thank you for your visit.


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