Monday, 28 July 2008

Jacqui's blog candy

Jacqui (Cats Whiskers) is giving away the most fabulous blog candy, so get yourself over to her blog now to be in the running for it!!

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Three challenges, one card again

I managed to combine two challenges today, Papertake Weekly's challenge this week is Cool Yule, so I combined it with this weeks 2Sketches 4 You sketch which I think is perfect for Christmas cards, so simple and quick to do yet oh so effective. I also enjoyed making a rectangular card for a change, all I seem to have made lately is square cards.

Edited: I am going to add this card to the OCC challenge for this week as it fits the Christmas theme

PSX (Santa Rosa) stamp coloured with Prismacolors
Paper is by Anna Griffin
Sentiment stamp from HOTP Xmas set (love these stamps!)

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Sunday, 27 July 2008

What a difference a month makes!!

And how true that is!! A month ago we came very close to losing our Amy, yet a month on and lots of TLC from the hospital, doctors, consultants, her mammy and daddy and prayers and good wishes from so many friends this is Amy today! She still has lots of tests to undergo but just to see her smiling has made my year!!!

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Friday Sketchers 12 Kadoodled

I've used Daisy for this weeks challenge at Friday Sketchers - isn't she just the sweetest little girlie!!!

Daisy stamp from The Craft Barn coloured with Prismacolours
Papers are Basic Grey also from The Craft Barn (they were part of the fabulous DT kit from them!)
Stampin Up Ticket Corner Punch and Fiskars Threading Water Punch
Large brad and rub on HOTP

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Spoonful of Sugar Challenge 9

A Spoonful of Sugar has a gorgeous sketch this week, it's one of Katharina's and I love her sketches

Papers from DCWV Christmas Stack
Hanglar image coloured with Prismacolors, OMS and blending stumps
HOTP Sentiment stamp
X-cut snowflake punch

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Sarah Kay Challenge #4 - Scallop Sketch

The sketch on Sarah Kay this week is a gorgeous sketch! I love scallops (as if you didn't know already!!) so this one was right up my street! Pop over and take a look at the other DT cards - they are mouth-watering!

Sarah Kay stamp coloured with Prismacolors, OMS and blending stumps
Papers are my favourite!! Papermania Simply Elegant pad
Stampin Up Ticket Corner punch
Prima flowers, Papermania pearl brads, Dovecraft daisy brads
Corners from Cuttlebug Vintage set
The large scallops are made by punching circles and sticking behind the mat layer

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Saturday, 26 July 2008


I am so behind with the challenges this week, and have just made this one I think! The Tilda & Co challenge is BUGS!! I don't do bugs - sorry so the best I could come up with is 2 dragonfly brads lol.

Magnolia Summer kit stamps (coloured with Distress Inks & Twinkling H2O's) & Stampin up Sentiment
Following on from the DCM challenge I dug out some more oldies - papers are Mary Hughes & Dovecraft

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First card for Daring Card Makers Challenge

When I saw the challenge this week was for Golden Oldies ......with so many new things /latest papers/ trendy stuff constantly coming on the market, we thought it would be nice to have a look back, and dig out some of our 'old' papers and embellishments and make a card with our 'preloved' treasures. I think the tendency these days is to get on the 'latest must have' band wagon, sometimes, its nice to recognise what we already have- even if it isn't the 'latest' embellishment/paper.

So true! Some of my favourite papers are the golden oldies that never seem to get used any more, so I dug some out and made this card using one of Katharina's sketches again, I love love love this sketch and will be using it over and over I think! I also inked up one of the first stamps I bought - another thing I've not used in a while.

Rubber Stampede and Stampin Up stamps
K & Co Papers
Rest of stuff from stash

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Friday, 25 July 2008

3 challenges and a bit of Sugar

I just love Sugar Nellies!!! Thought I would try three challenges with this card, for CCT the challenge is things that grow hence loads of flowers lol, Dutch Dare challenge 7 is to make a round card, and Sketches! {by Tamara} is a sketch of a round / circle card (I tried to follow this but flipped the sketch and got lost off a bit but I'm calling this card done so hope it qualifies for the challenge) :D It's the first challenge of Tamara's that I have entered but it won't be the last - check out some of the sketches, they are amazing!!

Sugar Nellie image coloured with Prismacolors and OMS, sentiment is Studio G
Papers are Laura Ashley
Flowers - one of my flowers, Hydrangea from Bedazzle Beads amd daisies are Michaels wedding confetti (thank you Sally). Flowers all edged with Stickles for a little bit of bling.
Zoomz are from Stamp Galaxy
Rest of stuff from stash

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Another award!

I received this award today from Rach Scrapmumur Natalie and DawnyP thank you so much girlies - love ya for brightening my day!!

It's the Wylde Women Award and the rules are:

1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blogsite ( so Tammy can go visit all these wonderful women.and remember the Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

Now, to the list of who I am passing this on to .. this is going to take a while lol


Anne Marie

Phew! I;m sure I've left lots of people out - sorry it's not intentional but I'll be here all night at this rate lol.
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Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Kadoodled Papertake Weekly

The PTW challenge this week is another of Katharina's fabulous sketches. I inked up one of the Kadoodle stamps I got in my DT kit last week and had a play.

Kadoodle Amelia & Swing stamp from the Craft Barn coloured with distress inks and H2O's, HOTP sentiment
Papers, brads from DT kit

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Monday, 21 July 2008


Rach and Gisela have given me this award, thank you so much girlies, you've made my day!

The rules of the award.
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 thankyou to those who take time out for wonderful comments to boost your day.
Okay - I have dedicated this award to.....


There are so many others and it was so hard just picking 5!!

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The Craft Barn's Extravaganza Weekend in September!!

The Craft Barn are having their extravaganza weekend in September. This posting is on their blog. I just wish I lived closer - I would be there like a shot lol

We are pleased to be able to release further info regarding our September extravaganza weekend. This is going to be a fantastic event and amazingly is still FREE! We have managed to arrange a truly sensational line up of demonstrations and workshops for you.

Beatrice from Katzelkratft (her first time in the UK), Jean and Malcolm from Crafty Individuals, Leandra from Paper Artsy, Little Claire Designs, Kay Carley, Sandra Dry with her new Kadoodle characters, Christine Dark with her new Kadoodle cottages, Isabelle Norris, Wendy Horrod, Carole Cann, Carol Staples, Carol Cockbain, Paula Pascual (Sunday only), Jane Collman (workshops), Kassie Spires (workshops).

We will be releasing details of the workshop programme shortly. The workshops will cost £2.50 and you will make a complete project to take away with you. They are limited to 12 people and last for 1 hour each. We are also running the lucky dip again for those who book and attend the workshops and, as those of you who came last time will know, all of the prizes have a value greater than the cost of the workshop.

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Sunday, 20 July 2008

Snowflakes and Snowmen

The Penny Black challenge this week is SNOW, so it was the perfect push to get another Xmas card made. I've used the Sketch Saturday challenge 8 for this card.

Stamps - Penny Black Armful of Hollies and Elzybells sentiment stamp
Papers - Anita's Classic Blue pad
Snowflakes (large cut on Robo), small X-Cut punch

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Sarah Kay Challenge 3 - too posh to be square

The Sarah Kay challenge this week is Too posh to be square, so no square cards, or books, coasters, altered art etc. Here's my take on the challenge

To answer the questions I have had by email - the shape is hand drawn and cut as is the scalloped mat (just got lucky that the shape and size fitted the scalloped scissors I was using without too much tweaking). I'm okay cutting other peoples files with the Craft Robo - but designing them?? Uh oh, I leave that to the professionals lol. I got the idea for the card this week when I was having a clear out and a heart shaped gift tag fell out of a box I was moving and landed on it's side and the idea was born. Not often I have a eureka moment I can tell you lol.

The image is coloured with a combo of Distress Inks and Tombow markers (I wanted soft and pretty and wasn't getting that from the inks alone so combined the two and they work really well together I think). The papers are from the Making Floral Cards magazine, the patchwork paper is gorgeous. The scalloped mat is DCWV from the Brights stack.
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La Pashe Series 3 - The Gardener

Well, that's what I like to call him lol. As soon as I saw this set I knew what I was going to do with it. I think it's perfect for those difficult to make mens cards, how many people can remember doing just what that little lad is doing when they were young?

LaPashe Series 3 3D sheet (to be released soon) from Imag-e-nation
Stampin Up Chocolate Chip cardstock
Hero Arts sentiment stamp
and my trusty Cuttlebug!!

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Friday, 18 July 2008

2 cards from me today

The CCT challenge 18 is Animals Only - No People Allowed and I needed to make a get well card for a friend so combined this challenge with the Mojo Monday 46 challenge (first time I've done one of these and loved it!!) I've tweaked the layout a little by adding the crochet rose bit think it needed something as the circle was too big (that will teach me to CHECK things before sticking them in place!!) I also wanted to try making on of my crochet flowers using bling embroidery thread and it worked a treat, soooo ... I am no longer restricted to crochet thread colours now, I'll be using up all my embroidery threads too lol! No faffing with this card, it was done in under 10 minutes.

Penny Black I'm so cute stamp
K & Co papers
Rest of stuff from stash

The second card is one for a colleagues birthday, so I thought it would fit with the Arty Girlz Challenge this week - why are men's cards SO difficult to make (probably cos they don't do cute lol). Went back to basics for this card, the background is made by stamping the harlequin backgorund stamp onto SU soft sky card with soft sky ink. The image was made by brayering different shades of blues and greens, then stamping on the lobster shack image then sponging chalk inks around the border to give a frame. I loved making this card, even though I did it last night and despite scrubbing my hands with bleach they are still a gorgeous shade of turquoise!!

Inkadinkado Lobster Shack and HOTP scrolls and sentiment stamps, Judikins Harlequin background stamp
Stampin Up! Soft Sky and Basic Black cardstock
Stampin Up Soft Sky ink and various Impress dye ink pads for brayering, Cats Eyes Chalk inks for sponging

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Mmmmm Blog Candy

Marlene is giving away some of the most delicious blog candy, so you'd best get yourself over there now to be in the running for it, and whilst you're there take a look at her fantastic work!!!

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Spoonful of Sugar 8

Woohoo - what a day I've had today, got the rest of my outstanding Sarah Kay's that I ordered back in April, plus my DT packs from Kadoodle and LaPashe. I didn't know what to do first, talk about a kid in a sweetie shop!!! Decided to ink up this Sarah Kay stamp and have a play!

I'm entering this in the Spoonful of Sugar challenge 8 - one for the girls - as Sarah Kay and High Hopes stamps can also be entered in their challenges. I went with another kick-stand card (I really love doing these!) I've lined the inside of the card with matching pink c/s and contrasting stripe paper from the same pad used on the front of the card, though the picture doesn't really show much!

Sarah Kay stamp coloured with distress inks, Stampin Up Circle of Friendship sentiment stamp
DWVW cardstock
K & Co La Boutique paper
Flowers, brads. ribbon and charms from stash (I coloured the flowers with cats eyes chalk inks to get the colours to match with the c/s)

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Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Papertake Weekly - Teenage Kicks

Loved the challenge this week at PTW so had a play tonight and this is what I came up with. I used one of Katharina's sketches - they are so brilliant to work with.

Pink Petticoat image and HOTP sentiment stamp
HOTP papers
Bits and bobs from stash

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Monday, 14 July 2008

Distressed Tilda

The Tilda & Co challenge this week is to distress! Now I just don't do distressed - it distresses me lol!!! Soooo ..... here's my effort. I think I need to go and lie down in a darkened room now, I'm traumatised lol.

Edited post: Okay, so I went and attacked the card!!! I got out the sandpaper and sanded as best I could, got out the inks again and attacked the card with that so if this ain't distressed then I'm a lost cause.

I wish I had left well alone, I need counselling now lol

Magnolia stamp coloured iwth distress inks, Studio G sentiment
DCWV Eastern Blooms papers
L-EM leaves punch and Sizzix Tag
Rest of stuff from stash

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Sunday, 13 July 2008

Friday Sketchers 10

Loved the sketch on Friday Sketchers this week, by Heidi. I was going to enter this in the Tilda & Co challenge but didn't think it was grungy or distressed enough (I so can't do distressed lol!!!). Not my usual sort of colours or papers but they seemed to jump out at me when I was going through my paper racks.

Magnolia Tilda with Lilacs stamp coloured with Prismacolors and Stampin Up Short & Sweet sentiment
Papers are Paper Adventures Linda Maron Mod Brown Paisley & Mod Stripe
Card stock Stampin Up Certainly Cenlery (again lol) and Whisper White for the image (this is by FAR the best card stock to use for colouring with Prismacolors)
Flowers, ribbon, brads from stash
Sizzix oval tag die

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Sarah Kay Challenge 2

The challenge this week on the Sarah Kay Blog is a gorgeous sketch. Please pop over and take a look - we would love to see your entries!

Sarah Kay image coloured with Prismacolors
Anna Griffin paper
Scroll corners are cut with the die from the Cuttlebug Vintage Die set
Stampin Up rub-ons and Stampin Up punches (ticket corner and window punch)
Fiskars Threading Water scallop punch
Corchet flower (one of mine) with Sizzlits fern leaf die, braid from egg-crafting stash

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