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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Simon Says....Stamp-temper Blog Hop and Treasure Hunt !

For the second year in a row, Simon Says Stamp and Show & The Simon Says Stamp Challenge are joining forces to bring you a SUPER hop and treasure hunt to celebrate the approaching fall and winter holidays.

To help celebrate we will be giving a BIG BASKET OF CRAFTING GOODIES tothe winner of this hop! PLUS 3 $25 VOUCHERS to the Simon Says Stamp Store ! The vouchers will be the hidden treasure on 3 DT blogs and you have to find them.

The Blog hop will finish on September 5th, 2011 at on the Simon Says Stamp & Show Blog.

The theme for both challenges this week will be ANYTHING GOES. You can make anything you like … a card, an ATC, a Scrapbook layout … the possibilitiesare endless !

You will need to hop through each blog, find the little parcel of goodies and make a note on which designer’s blog you found them. You do not HAVE to comment on all the DT blogs but we would appreciate any comments you would like to leave. If you lose your way at any time a full list of all the participating blogs with links will be available on Simon Says Stamp Challenge and the Stamp and Show Challenge blogs

The last stop on the hop is the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog. You will need to leave a comment there with the names of the 3 blogs with treasure chest pictures. The comments will be moderated so you will not be able to see the answers.

For more details please refer to the Simon Says Stamp Challenge or the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blogs for more details.

If you arrived here from Dan's Blog then you are going in the right direction otherwise you need to start at the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.












Oooh I'm just loving making Christmas things at the moment !


The DP's I have used are Pink Paislee "Father Christmas" and these are soooo yummy ! I have machine stitched them all.

The image is by La La Land Crafts and this is "Santa Marci" - isn't she the cutest ? Simon Says Stamp has just started stocking these stamps and carries a huge range of them ! She has been coloured with a mix of ProMarkers and Copics. I have covered her trimmings with Diamond Stickles


I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Snowflakes" and I cut the embossing out with Nestabilities Large Deckled Rectangles

The chipboard Christmas tree is from my stash. I inked it with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and then added some Diamond Stickles to it.

The sentiment has been made using some ribbon from my stash, a tag cut from Nestabilities Tags Five and words from a Hero Arts sentiment sent to me in my DT pack from Heidi.

The flower is from my stash. I took out the stamens and placed a punched snowflake in the centre and then replaced the stamens. The snowflake is from a Martha Stewart snowflake punch.

From here you need to go to the super talented Linda Coughlin for more inspiration :-) I would appreciate a comment if you would like to leave one Smile


Thank you so much to everyone who has already voted but I am still begging for votes for my card over at La-La Land Crafts Challenge !

You can see my card
HERE and there is a link so you can leave a comment to vote for me - pretty please !! There are also details at the top of my sidebar - I am desperate as you can tell !!! My card is number 17 so I would love it if you could comment/vote for ~17 !!


Happy Hopping !!












Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Papertake Weekly - A Sketch !

Phew, that a day ! Hubby has a few days off and we are making the most of the last few days of the holiday and its been a busy day with some retail therapy and gardening which the girls love ! I'm no gardener but even I saw it was becoming a jungle !

Now, before I tell you about this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge, yes, you know what is coming..... !

Thank you so much to everyone who has already voted but I am still begging for votes for my card over at La-La Land Crafts Challenge !

You can see my card HERE and there is a link so you can leave a comment to vote for me - pretty please !! There are also details at the top of my sidebar - I am desperate as you can tell !!! My card is number 17 so I would love it if you could comment/vote for ~17 !!


Here is the next exciting thing I need to tell you about !







Hi all :-) Did you remember to write the date on your calendar ?? The SOOPER DOOPER Stamp-tember Hop and Treasure Hunt starts TOMORROW, Wednesday 31st August at 12MN Ohio time (6pm CET, 5pm UK time) on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog

Be there or be SQUARE !! :-)




Come along and join in the FUN !!!! :-)

Also there will be lots of fantastic candy giveaways on the Simon Says Stamp blog throughout September ,, so keep a close eye over there for plenty of chances to win some yummy goodies :-)


Now onto this week's challenge over at Papertake Weekly.

We have a fantastic sketch for you designed by our very own Dawny

We are being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp this week with a fabulous prize of a $20 shopping spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store !








The DP's are the super yummy new My Mind's Eye papers "Lost and Found - Blush". I have sewn all these on my sewing machine.

The image is a gorgeous Hanglar girl. She has been coloured with a mix of ProMarkers and Copics.

The lace and pearls are from my stash.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts

The sentiment is from a stamp set by Hero Arts.

We hope you can join us in our challenge this week and we look forward to seeing your take on Dawny's sketch.

Thank you so much for your visit today and I hope you can vote for me ! Not long to go now until voting closes and you will never hear me pleading again !

See you tomorrow for the start of the Stamp-tember blog hop !


I am entering card into the following challenges :


Just Magnolia and Hanglar Challenge Blog - Bingo (gems, flowers, ribbon and lace)


Heartsong Inspirations - Anything Goes and/or Favourite Colour Combo


My Craft Spot - Stitching/sewing/faux or real


Pile It On - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun !





Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Simon Says Challenge - A Sketch !





What a bright and beautiful day we have today ! I'm running late with my post today as this is the second time I have typed it all out as it just doesn't seem to be working for me today so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it is second time lucky !!

Before I tell you about the new challenge over at Simon Says Challenge, I have a couple of other things to tell you about.

I am still begging for votes for my card over at La-La Land Crafts Challenge !

You can see my card HERE and there is a link so you can leave a comment to vote for me - pretty please !! There are also details at the top of my sidebar - I am desperate as you can tell !!! My card is number 17 so I would love it if you could comment/vote for ~17 !!





Thank you so much to everyone who has so far voted - I am so grateful to you x

The second piece of news is very exciting :

We need you to cancel all plans next week ! We need you to join us on a HUGE STAMP-TEMBER BLOG HOP AND TREASURE HUNT !





For the second year in a row the Simon Says Stamp and Show & the Simon Says Stamp Challenge are joining forces to celebrate the approaching fall and winter holidays. Be sure to come back on August 31st, (MN Ohio Time, 6 pm CET ) to start the hop. It will run through to September 5th. Simon Says Stamp is offering a FANTASTIC GRAND PRIZE , and there will be other opportunities to win some hidden treasure too ! So make a note in your diaries and make sure you are here to join in the FUN !! :-)



This week Dawny has made us a fabulous sketch to follow, thanks Dawny xx You may rotate/flip the sketch as you like but the original sketch must be 'there' to see :-)




As usual Heidi will be giving one lucky entrant a $50 voucher to spend in the Simon Says Stamp Store !





The DP's I have used are October Afternoon "The Thrift Shop"

The image and sentiment are a gorgeous stamp set from Fawn Lawn called "Sew Lovely". I have paper pieced the dress.

The flowers are some Prima flowers I found in my stash.

I am also entering the following challenges :

Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes

Crafty Ann's - Scallops and/or fancy edge

Paper Playtime - Anything Goes

Deep Ocean - Light Blue

Sketchy Colours - Shades of Blue

Make it Monday - Anything Goes

We look forward to seeing all your takes on Dawny's sketch. The rest of the DT have made some amazing cards for your inspiration again this week.

Thank you for your visit and I hope you have a super sunny Wednesday !




Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Papertake Weekly - To die for !

So sorry I am late in posting my post this week. I have been out with the family this morning to the Oasis in Swindon and had a fantastic time in the pool there and then off to Pizza Hut for lunch. I'm just about ready for a kip in front of a DVD now !!

Yet again, before I tell you about this week's challenge over at Papertake Weekly, I would like to remind you of my plea !!!

I am still begging for votes for my card over at La-La Land Crafts Challenge !

You can see my card
HERE and there is a link so you can leave a comment to vote for me - pretty please !! There are also details at the top of my sidebar - I am desperate as you can tell !!! My card is number 17 so I would love it if you could comment/vote for ~17 !!


Back to this week's challenge over at Papertake Weekly. Our challenge is "TO DIE FOR" so we would like you to use die cuts on your creations this week.


We are being sponsored by Dies to Die for and have a fabby £10 gift voucher to win !


The card I made was for a commission a couple of weeks back for a teacher leaving the girls' school. I also made a matching gift box to go with it. I misread the brief for this challenge and though "to die for" was something "to die for" not to use die cuts !!!! Luckily I did use a die cut on my card and box !!!






Now you can probably see why I chose this card to use for this challenge ! The image is of Tilda (to die for !) and she has been coloured with a mix of ProMarkers and Copics (to die for !).



The DP's are Websters Pages (to die for !) and these have all be machine stitched and I used a gold leaf pen around the distressed edges to give a more distressed look. The pen is again, to die for !



The gathered up proper vintage seam binding in the most gorgeous green colour (to die for !)



Butterflies from a Martha Stewart punch (to die for !) and pearls from my stash.



Gorgeous flowers too (to die for !) and a Magnolia Doohickey die (you do die when you see the prices of these things !) to finish things off !




This is the inside of the card. I made the inside like a "post-it note" with around 10 or so pages so that the staff could all have space to sign and yet the card wasn't A4 in size !




This is the top of the gift box I made. I also used some K and Company paper on the top too and also another Magnolia Doohickey die, the tag die. All again "to die for".


I am sure you can see where I was coming from now !!



The rest of the DT have some amazing cards to show you this week and using die cuts too ! We hope you can join us in our challenge.



I am entering the following challenges :



Magnolia Down Under - Flutterbys



Heart Song Inspirations - Shabby Chic and/or pearls



Hooked on Crafts - Wings



Corrosive Challenge - Girlie



Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Flowers


The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge - Recycle (I did recycle the base card as it was originally a folder !)



Thank you for your visit. See you back here tomorrow for Simon Says Challenge ! Have a great day !


Saturday, 20 August 2011

BasicGrey Challenges - Anything Goes !




Morning dudes ! It's BasicGrey Challenges time !

Before I tell you all about the new challenge over at BasicGrey Challenges I am still begging for votes for my card over at La-La Land Crafts Challenge !

You can see my card
HERE and there is a link so you can leave a comment to vote for me - pretty please !! There are also details at the top of my sidebar - I am desperate as you can tell !!!


So, the theme over at BasicGrey Challenges is ANYTHING GOES ! Very easy but please do remember you need to use at least one BasicGrey product in your project. Unfortunately we had lots and lots of entries in our last challenge who didn't use any BasicGrey products and so didn't qualify for our fantastic prize of a $25 shopping spree in the Simon Says Stamp store. For more details of how to enter our challenges, please see the challenge blog.



The DP's are BasicGrey "Archaic" which were just perfect for this surfing dude ! The papers have all been machine stitched.

The image is by Tickled Pink Stamps and is called "Lil Lad Stefan". He has been coloured with a mix of ProMarkers and Copics.

The buttons are BasicGrey buttons.

The string and wooden beads are from my stash.

We hope you can join us in our challenge this next fortnight and we look forward to seeing all your wonderful projects ! The rest of the Design Team have made some wonderful cards for your inspiration this week.

I am entering the following challenges :

Alphabet Challenge Blog - O only 3 embellishments (buttons, twine and beads)

Raise the Bar - Beat the Heat ! (nothing better than beating the heat than heading out into the cool surf !!)

Stampin For the Weekend - Holidays

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and let's hope that sun gets shining on us !

Take care dudes !


Thursday, 18 August 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - A Recipe !



Rain, rain go away ! Another dark and miserable day for the kiddos :(

Before I tell you all about the new challenge over at PaperPlay Challenges, can I please beg you to vote for me over at La-La Land Crafts Challenge ?

You can see my card HERE and there is a link so you can leave a comment to vote for me - pretty please !! There are also details at the top of my sidebar (when it decides to work) - I am desperate as you can tell !!!

So the challenge over at PaperPlay Challenges this week is a recipe :

3 different embellishments, 2 papers and 1 lace.

Our sponsor this week is Just Some Lines



My 3 embellishments are the butterfly, the flowers (which are both from Wild Orchid Crafts) ad the pearls.

The 2 patterned papers are from My Minds's Eye "Hattie" and they have all been machine stitched.

The image is by Just Some Lines and is called "Emo Amber and Alek Sitting" and I have coloured it with a mix of ProMarkers and Copics.

I am also entering the following challenges :

Crafts and Me - Blue/BlueGreens

Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Stitching

Gingersnap Creations - Teens

Ruby's Rainbow - Stitching

Truly Scrumptious - Lace

We hope you can join us in our challenge this week and we look forward to seeing your recipe creations. The rest of the DT have made some amazing cards for your inspiration.

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave. Have a great day !

Back soon !

Jo xxxx

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Simon Says Challenge - Food and Drink




Good morning ! Looks like its going to be a nice day today, perhaps I might be able to get out with the girls to the park or somewhere. Yesterday was very miserable and raining so we stayed in and made chocolate cupcakes - yum !

It's time for another Simon Says Challenge. Thank you to everyone who joined in with our "All White" challenge last week, looks like you really enjoyed that one ! Thank you for all the lovely comments I received for my card too ! I was amazed at the response and so grateful.

This week our challenge is FOOD and DRINK !



The rest of the DT have made some amazing cards for your inspiration again this week and we are thrilled to have Heather back with us too !

The lucky winner will of course win that super duper $50 spending spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store ! Thank's again Heidi for being so generous.






The DP's are My Mind's Eye "Hazel" and I just adore all My Mind's Eye papers as you have probably noticed ! These have all been machine stitched by moi !

The image is my MFT "Pure Innocence" "Popping By" and she has been coloured with a mix of Copics and ProMarkers both of which Simon Say Stamp now sell in their store ! The sentiment is in the stamp set too

The film strip is an MFT die-namics die called "Mini Film Strip"

I also used the MFT "Small Scallop Border" Die-namics die too

We look forward to seeing all your yummy creations for our challenge this week.

Did you see my Papertake Weekly and La-La Land Crafts card yesterday ? The one I would be so grateful if you could vote/comment on ? ! Well, Simon Says Stamp are now selling La-La Land Crafts stamps now and have a huge range of them in stock ! You can find them in the "All New - Just In" section.

I am also entering the following challenges :

Hooked on Crafts - Sweet Treats

The Crazy Challenge - Movies

Paper Playtime - Anything Goes

Paper Sundaes - Just Saying Hi

Thank you for your visit and hope you have a great day !

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Papertake Weekly - Bingo ! and La-La-Land Crafts Challenge !




Good morning ! I hope you are all OK, fit and well and enjoying the Summer holidays with the kiddos ? We had a lovely day spent with friends yesterday, a walk by the river and canal and then a pint in the pub - would have been even more fantastic if it hadn't have been under the shelter of umbrellas !!!

Here we are again with another Papertake Weekly challenge. Thank you to everyone who joined in with our "Grow Your Own" challenge last week, it was fantastic to see all your homemade flowers.

This week we are playing a game of bingo !!







We are being sponsored by the fantastic Ribbon Girl this week !

I have also made my card this week for the content that is going on over at La-La Land Crafts. They are celebrating the first birthday of Marci and Luka with the most fantastic prize of a set of 36 Copic pens !! Now naturally I would give my right arm to win this prize and I am hoping you can help me !!


If you like my card I would be soooo grateful if you could go over to the La-La Land Crafts blog and leave a comment voting for my card to win ! Here is the link for you

http://lalalandcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/08/contest-with-sweet-prize-36-copic.html

So, here is my card :



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

The image is of course by La-La Land Crafts and is called "Marci with Flower". I have used the digi version. Marci has been coloured with Copics.

I used two Martha Stewart punches for both the fence and the grass.

The sentiment is by Hero Arts "Anytime Messages"

The flowers and silver corner are by Wild Orchid Crafts and I have used a Magnolia Doohickey behind the flowers.

I am keeping everything crossed that you can vote for me *big grins* !!

I am also entering these challenges :

Pink Elephant Challenge - Stitching

Crafty Calendar - Hot Colours

Card Makin' Mamas - Happy Birthday

Crafty Sentiments - Punches and Die-Cuts

We are looking forward to seeing all your bingo entries. Have a great day and thank you so much for your visit !


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Simon Says - All White !






Good morning and welcome to another Simon Says Challenge ! I know I keep saying it but boy, doesn't the time fly by ?!

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our challenge last week, we had lots of fabulous entries.

This week we have an interesting one for you - ALL WHITE. We would like to see your "all white" creations with exception to the image which of course can be coloured. The DT have some amazing cards for your inspiration this week.




The lucky winner will of course win that super duper $50 spending spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store ! Thank's again Heidi for being so generous.








I made this little picture/topper using the lacey circles nesties and classic circle nesties.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder called "Argyle" on the centre circle.

The Tilda I have used is called "Secretive Tilda" and I just love her. She has been coloured with a mix of ProMarkers and Copics. Did you know that Simon Says Stamp now sells ProMarker pens ? They sell lots and lots of sets of them together with the proper paper to use them on too ! Just search under "Promarkers" or "Copic" and you can see the whole range of pens !!

The flower has been created using the MFT die "rolled flower" and I have added a pearl to the centre.

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

I am entering my picture/topper into the following challenges :

Just Magnolia and Hanglar - Anything Goes (with the option of glitter)

A Spoonful of Sugar - Happy Birthday

Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Happy Birthday/Celebration

Craft Room Challenge - White on White

Dutch Magnolia Lovers - Bingo (cream, pearls and white)

Thank you for your visit. Have a great day !

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Papertake Weekly - Grow Your Own !



Helloooo ! I hope you are all OK and still enjoying the Summer holidays ? We have been out and about and been busy doing lots of things we don't normally get the time to do.

We are back again with another Papertake Weekly Challenge and this week we want you to GROWN YOUR OWN ! We want you to include flowers on your work but the catch is that they have to be homemade and made by your own fair hand with dies and punches or altering a bought one or using things from your stash.


The rest of the DT have lots of inspiration for you this week.


This week we are being sponsored by Whiff of Joy.




The DP's are Fancy Pants "Its The Little Things" and these have all been machine stitched.

The images are from a MFT stamp set called "Four Point Frame". I absolutely love this set as it has so many stamps in it and its very versatile. It also comes with a metal die too !

The flowers have been made with an MFT die called "rolled flower" and I have added a pearl to the centre.

The seam binding and pearls are from my stash.

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

Thank you for your visit and see you back here tomorrow for Simon Says Challenge !




Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Simon Says - Christmas in August !




Welcome to another Simon Says Challenge ! Thank you to everyone who joined in with our challenge last week, we had lots of amazing entries.

We have two challenges running at the moment. One of them is the CHILDREN'S CHALLENGE of ANYTHING GOES which is running from 1st to 29th August and we have two fabulous prizes of a $25 shopping spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store for two lucky winners !! All details of the challenge can be found on the challenge blog.

The new challenge we have starting today is CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST ! So we want to see all your Christmas creations !!

The lucky winner will of course win that super duper $50 spending spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store ! Thank's again Heidi for being so generous.








The DP's I used are Cosmo Cricket "Mitten Weather" and these have been machine stitched.

The image is by CC Designs and is called "Cocoa Emma" and she has been coloured with a mixture of Copics and ProMarkers.

The ribbon is from my stash.

The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado clear stamp set called "Christmas Tag Wishes"

We hope you can join in with our challenges and we look forward to seeing your amazing creations again and don't forget to get your children involved too !!!



Thank you for your visit - it was lovely to see you !!!





Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes !



Welcome to another Papertake Weekly challenge ! Thank you to everyone who joined in with Dawny's sketch last week, we had some fabulous entries.

This week our challenge is ANYTHING GOES with the optional extra of using metal. We are being sponsored by Lili of the Valley. We also have two new Guests joining us so please hop over and give them a warm welcome.




Before I went off on my hols to Cornwall last week I had this image already half coloured up and so I decided that as I missed last week's challenge, I would use the wonderful Dawny's sketch.

The image I used is by Tickled Pink Stamps and is called "Lil Lad Stefan"

The DP's are by American Crafts called "Campy Trails" and I just lurve these ! They have all been machine stitched.

I made the sentiment on my PC.

I added some little brads to the corners so that's my metal !

This chap reminds me so much of my holidays last week, anyone who was anyone was a Surfing Dude !!

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

Thank you for your visit !


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