Sunday, 30 November 2008

Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge

It's another fab sketch this week - I do love working to sketches, I think it's my very favourite kind of challenge. I love seeing how each card made for the challenge is so different from the next. For example MichelleO and I have used the same stamp for this weeks challenge yet both cards are totally different. Both of us have flipped the sketch, but each in a different way!!

Apologies for the bad pic, I hate these dark days!! The flowers are the same colour as the pomegranate colour of the paper (I coloured the flowers with Purely Pomegranate ink) yet they look tomato red in the pic argh!!

I went with some gold mirri card to try and brighten up the card as it was so dull with the dark colours - not sure if I like it but I'm calling this one done now.

The Sarah Kay image which I got from Sparklybits has been coloured with the usual distress inks/H2O's. It's a fab image to colour - really quick and easy to do.
The papers are Anna Griffin. I didn't have a narrow enough ribbon for the top of the card to break up the red so used the ribbon pattern off the paper and made a paper bow.
The sentiment is a Sizzlets die

I have also received two awards today, this one from Tanya, Joane and Suze - thanks for thinking of me sweeties xx

And this one from Moni - thanks so much for the award hunny xxx

I would love to pass these on individually but am so snowed under with work just now so if you're reading this and don't have either of these awards please help yourself lol.

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Tilda in lilac - 6 challenge combo

I hate doing this but if I don't combine challenges I will never do all challenges that I would like to do. So, this card is for Mojo Monday - Julee has the most fab sketch (all her sketches are!!), Our Creative Corner is Snow, Everybody Art is Winter, ABC is Snow (note the winter theme going on here lol) and Cute Card Thursday is Lilac. It's a colour I hardly ever use (why? I love it now lol) so had to scratch around for some paper with lilac in. The border punch is Martha Stewart - love this one as it punches and embosses and the ribbon was white silk which I coloured with H2O's - thanks for the tip Nettie, it worked a treat. I've also just realised this fits in LOTV challenge this week which is sprinkle and sparkle, the snowflakes certainly do that lol.

I coloured the image with the usual distress inks and H2O's, and added Liquid Pearls for the Mistletoe berries in her hair. I used the Stampin Up pricking mat set to prick the corners.

The snowflake is a cuttlebug die and Martha Stewart punch and I have coated the snowflakes with the most yummy crystal flakes that the Gorgeous Rach sent me. Thanks so much sweetie, I LOVE it xxxxx. The idea is from Anna at Sassy and Sweet - she has the most amazing blog and I spend hours drooling at her work!!! The silver finding is from Eggstravaganza and the brad is Papermania. The DP is Karen Neuburger which I have had for about 3 years (shows how often I use lilac!!). I hope the close up of the snowflake shows the sparkle and texture from the crystal flakes. Looks like spun sugar!!

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Whiff of Joy blog candy from Katharina (and a bit from me too)


The ever generous Katharina has once again given us some more candy to give away!! I have the Herb with Baby stamp and have added a few bits and bobs to make it a "pink" Christmas lol.

The candy up for grabs is the delish Herb and baby stamp and I have added a DCWV Rose Tinted Christmas pad, pink sparkly glitter, pink flatback crystals, 5 pots of flatback gems, 3 of my crochet snowflakes, 3 white felt snowflakes, some spacers and some snowflake charms cos it's getting close to Christmas. I'm putting my Xmas tree up on the weekend woohoo! (yes I love Christmas!!!)

All you need to do is link my candy on your blog and leave a comment here when you have done so. I will draw the winner using a random generator on Thursday 4th December. I will post worldwide and this is open to ALL, so if you don't have a blog leave a comment on this post, if you're leaving an anonymous comment please make sure you state your name in the comment.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Sarah Kay Spring Blossoms does PTW

Dawny P has the most mega sketch for Papertake Weekly this week so I had to give it a try.

Mandy from Sparklybits sent me a few Sarah Kays to play with, they are so cute. She has also had a delivery of the new Magnolia Xmas stamps and has quite a few in from the Winter Stamp Club kit for those that missed out on it.

I've coloured the image with the usual distress inks and H2O's. The new range of SK stamps definitely seem a lot easier to colour - not so intricate and this one stamped beautifully thank goodness.
The papers are Making Memories from the Hobby House
The gorgoeus border punch is one of the new Martha Stewart punches (thank you my dear friend for getting these for me xxx)
The sentiment is from the General Sentiments set by Whiff of Joy (how did I ever manage without these!!) and the punch is by Stampin Up.

Thanks for the brilliant sketch Dawny, I really loved working with it

Thanks for looking,

Kadoodle DT call


Kadoodle is looking for dedicated crafters willing to join our team

for 6 months

** January - June 2009**


Europe, USA, Canada and Australia

Every 6 to 8 weeks, our DT members will receive a kit with a selection of Kadoodle stamps, papers and embellishments to make some samples. We will require the selected DT members to make and send us 3 to 5 cards/pages per kit (more if they want). These will be used as samples for the blog and the shop and might also be used for publication.

If you would like to apply, please email us 3 (and 3 ONLY) of your latest cards/pages using coloured images along with a few words about yourself:

- your name and address

- your blog address

- also tell us if you belong to any forum or other DT team, if you ever take part in challenges or have ever been published and any other information you think might be relevant.

Please send all the information and cards


DECEMBER 1st 2008


We will make a first selection and ask those entries to be sent by post for the final selection.

Applicants must be able to speak and write in English


Thanks for looking,

Whiff of Joy challenge 10 - anything but a card

Challenge 10 already!! The intention for this weeks challenge was to make a bookmark, but with it being such a busy time for us all we've opened the challenge up to anything but a card - so a wallet, altered notebook, bookmark, candle, door hanger .. the possibilities are endless and you get to make a nifty little gift into the bargain.

I started off with a bookmark that grew into a gift card holder from a bookshop so it's a bit of both lol.

I cut two pieces of card with the largest scalloped Nestabilities, scored a line across the top (just under 1/2" from the top) on both the back and front. I printed the quote in Word with white on pink, cut it out with the scalloped nestie and attached it to the reverse of the front circle (see 2nd pic). I inserted 3 eyelets to hold the bookmark/gift card holder together and tied with bits of ribbon. I cut the DP with the largest Nestie cirle and trimmed a piece off the top so it didn't interfere with the fold. The "card" don't look right cos it's one I printed off t'internet (didn't have time to call in to Borders for one tonight and as per I left this till the last minute!!)

I cut another circle out of the DP (same size as the one on the front), trimmed it and attached to the inside of the bookmark. And there you go - Bob's your Uncle, you have a little useful keepsake that also holds the book token gift card.

Melinda reading book
by Whiff of Joy is coloured with distress inks and H2O's.
Paper is Basic Grey Urban Prairie
Flowers are Prima (I think)

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 24 November 2008

One card, four challenges

When I started this card I had intended it for the fab sketch on Saturday Sketchers, decided to 3D the bear so it fitted the Saturday Crafter challenge, Dutch Dare calls for three flowers this week, three flowers I got and lastly Lili of the Valley challenge calls for four legged friends - and voila, a four challenge combo he he he!

The Forever Friends image is coloured with the usual distress inks and twinklers.
Colours used - distress inks: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint
Twinklers: Golden opal, Indian copper, Poppy red, Golden Jade, Fern, Buttermilk
The little holly stamp is from a Studio G set, the sentiment is Cuddly Buddly
The ribbon I picked up at Dainty Supplies last week, love it!!
The label punch is Stampin Up.
Gold spacers are from Eggstravaganza
Paper is Papermania Christmas pad

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Stampavie vs Magnolia challenge - Texure

The challenge this week is texture so I've used an embossed doiley, ribbon, stitching, flat back pearls, I've 3D'd the bells in the top corner and used glitter on the snowflakes and sentiment mat.

I've coloured Tilda from the Winter Stamp Club kit with distress inks and H2O's and I've stamped the green background mat with a canvas background stamp from Stampin Up. The sentiment is a Studio G set.
The paper is K&Co Peppermint Twist
The doiley is from Ribbon Oasis
The green layer is punched with one of my new Martha Stewart punches that Sally got for me. I love the embossing on it although it's not showing very well in the picture
The pearls are from Sally
The gold findings are from Eggstravaganza

I have received this award from the lovely Anne, thanks so much sweetie, much appreciated.

Wow, it must be award week this week lol. I received this lovely award from Kathy, thanks so much sweetie. As I have passed on quite a few awards this week I am going to leave these for all my fab blog readers who have not received either of these awards.

Thanks for looking,

A card from me at last

Sorry I've been awol, not felt much like making cards this week and my mojo has gone walkabout big time!! It's taken me a couple of days to come up with this one and the more I fiddle and try to improve it the worse it's getting so I'm going to leave well alone now and hope I find that missing mojo soon!!

The card is for Cute Card Thursday challenge which is Snow & Snowflakes. I think this Whiff of Joy Herb in love image is just so cute and wanted to use the snowflake that I have crocheted.

I have tried several patterns and not been happy with any of them so combined a few patterns to come up with this one which is small enough to use on cards (now I've got to try and work out how I did it to write instructions for those that want them, so bear with me till I get them done.)

I coloured Herb in love with distress inks and H2O's, with Sakura Stardust pens on the swirls on the couple. The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy Winter Love set which I stamped, cut into a rectangle and punched two little half circles in the centre of each short side to look like a ticket. I love the Autumn Leaves Ticketed but cannot justify the price so keep on window shopping lol.
Papers are Daisy D's Snowflakes Paisley,
Crochet snowflake is one I made earlier lol
Snowflakes are punched with Martha Stewart and Carl punches
Charms and brads from stash.

I received this award from the lovely Rach, Sandra, Scotspanda Camilla and Michele - thanks so much sweeties, I appreciate the honour!!

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement . Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who may then pass it on. I've seen this award do the rounds yesterday, so if you've already received this then your extra special :).

So, now I'm passing it on to Terrie, Kim, Natalie, Nikki, Chris, Kim, Catherine Suze and Kathy - these ladies are amazing crafters and inspire me no end.

I have also received this award from Desire from Doing Life and am so honoured and touched to have been included in her line-up of amazing crafters!

Here are the RULES for presenting this, hopefully soon sought after award:
    • Pick 5 bloggers that you consider as your best blogging buddies and deserves this award for their contribution towards the blogging community, no matter what language.
    • State the name of the author of each blog as well as a link to each one's blogs.
    • Each blogger (upon acceptance) of this award should do a post and show the award on their blog and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award.
    • Link to DOING LIFE's blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
    • Show these rules.
So, with great difficulty I have narrowed this down to:

Rach, Katharina, Camilla, Jacqui and Marlene

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Guest Design Team call - Whiff of Joy !!!

The current guest design team slot is sadly coming to an end - Aija and Suzy have made the most amazing and stunningly beautiful cards - all can be seen on their blogs and also in the Whiff of Joy inspiration gallery.

So, Katharina has announced the next call. She has decided to to hold the actual GD call at the new Papercraft Planet platform, because we can there collect all the entries in one photoalbum, which makes it easier for me to see all your creations. So if you are interested in becoming a GD for Whiff of Joy Stamps, head over to Papercraft Planet, join the Whiff of Joy group and get all the details what you have to do. Here's the sketch you will need to work with

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Whiff of Joy challenge 7 - a little sketch

Heather has done another amazing sketch for us this week at Whiff of Joy challenge blog, I loved using it and will certainly use this one again and again.

Designer Digitals had a sale on last weekend and these papers were amongst the whole bunch I bought to download (well, you just can't stop and one set now can you??l) Aren't they gorgeous papers!! And they print out beautifully too.

I've used Herb with Baby and have coloured with distress inks and H2O's as usual. Colours used are:
Inks - Weathered wood, shabby shutters, worn lipstick, broken china
H2O's - Pink Anthurium, Hot Cinnamon, Fern, Midori Green, African Jade, Bashful Blue.
The sentiment is also Whiff of Joy Merry & Bright
Ribbon is Anita's
Snowflakes are punched using a Martha Stewart punch
Spacers and charms from stash
Sentiment is punched with a Stampin Up Word Window punch
Corner is punched with a Stampin Up corner punch
Brads are Papermania
Papers are Merry Cheermas from Designer Digitals
The little pompom I found lying in a drawer - can't remember if it was part of a kit or not (it's me age you know!!!)

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Another three challenge combo with Whiff of Joy

I'd forgotten just how much I love Willow with umbrella, and when I saw the Mojo Monday sketch I knew straight away I wanted to use her. Then I saw My Time To Craft challenge is Rain this week - I had just the image and sentiment - perfect!! I also wanted to use these Basic Grey papers, I love the deep, rich colours so am also entering this card in this week's Sugar Nellie challenge which is flowers. Another perfect challenge for me seeing how much I love me flowers lol. I've deviated from the sketch slightly - I haven't put the 3 pearls at the top of the card, they looked lost and overwhelmed by the image so I've put them at the bottom of the card.

I have coloured Willow from Whiff of Joy with distress inks and H2O's. I used the following colours
Distress inks: Weathered Wood, Antique Linem, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain.
H2O's: Cinnamon Brown, Chestnut Brown, Cedar Wood, Poppy Red, Sunburst, Fern.
The papers are Basic Grey Stella Ruby from The Glitterpot - I stamped some flourishes on with Autumn Leaves stamps and a beige chalk ink on the top green portion of the paper
The border punch is Martha Stewart Lace Doily
The pearls are from Sally - what would I do without these!!
The flowers (small and medium) are Prima, the large one is punched from the same card as the image mat and embossed with a ball tool to give texture.

Thanks for looking,

Monday, 17 November 2008

More Magnolia winter club - two challenges combo

I'm so loving the winter club stamps, they are just so cute. I've done this card for two challenges, Ismaki has a fab sketch by Isa with the option to use blue and copper - a combo I've never tried but love!! and Papertake Weekly is snow. Anything snow related - snowmen, snowflakes, snowy scenes etc! I just love these SU felt snow flakes and started the card off working around the gorgeous shade of blue (more like Soft Sky I think - my fav SU colour which was last year's "in colour". Such a shame it's only available for a short time.

The copper mirri is reflecting the lights horribly so I will try and get a better pic tomorrow - if it ever brightens up out there!!

I've coloured the image with distress inks and Twinkling H2O's- the colours I used are:
Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Antique Linen, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Frayed Burlap
H2O's: China Black, Cedar Wood, Chestnut Brownm Lemondrop, Buttercup, African Jade, Blue Ice and Majestic Blue.
The papers are K&Co Peppermint Twist (I actually plucked up the courage to cut some!!)
I coloured the cuttlebugged layer by inking up the inside of the embossing folder with Soft Sky ink and ran it through the cuttlebug.
The little snowflake stamp is from a Rubber Stamp Tapestry set, stamped again with Stampin Up Soft Sky and then I added some Glamour dust (gotta have me sparkle)
The felt snowflakes are Stampin Up Snow Flurries (LOVE THEM!!)
The sentiment is from a Studio G set punched with the 3/4" Stampin Up circular punch.
The corner is punched with the Stampin Up photo corner punch.
The brad is from Papermania.

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge - this weeks it's a sketch

The sketch this week is based on a DL card, not done one of these for ages (square cards are so easy aren't they) but loved the sketch

Sarah Kay image coloured with distress inks and H2O's.
Sentiment is a Sizzlits die, glittered the edges with a glue pen and glitter
I don't know who the paper is by - it's the last piece I had and used the part with the name on first.

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Saturday, 15 November 2008

My Magnolia Winter stamp club is here!!

Woohoo! Got me winter stamp club today and I'm in love!! How cute are these two little snoggers - bless!! I'm entering this in Sketch Saturday challenge - these another fantastic sketch this week and am also entering this in Cute Card Thursday challenge which is red and green.

I think the card base should have been green, the white is insipid so I may still pull it to bits in the morning.
I've coloured the images with the usual distress inks and H2O's, the sentiment is from Whiff of Joy Winter Love set - how perfect is this sentiment with these little cuties!!
The papers are Basic Grey Wassail - still not sure about the colours but it's done now.
The snowflakes are punched with a Martha Stewart punch and the gold snowflakes are from Eggstravaganza - they have the most amazing gold findings and filigrees (Rach I got yours today lol). I get all my gold findings and filigrees from them - their selection is fantastic!!

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Whiff of Joy Lizzie with Muff does 3 challenges tonight

I've had to combine challenges again I am so behind (as ever!!) I'm entering this card in Cupcake Challenges "Spots & Dots", Spoonful of Sugar "a card for a child" and have used Dawny P's delish sketch for Paptertake Weekly challenge this week (although I've tweaked it a bit to add the ribbon).

I've coloured the Whiff of Joy Lizzie witih Muff image with distress inks and H2O's (unfortunatley the sparkle from the H2O's is reflecting from the lights in the lightbox - it's not supposed to do this??)
The paper is from last years DCWV stack
The snowflakes are Cuttlebug and Martha Stewart punch
The sentiment is Whiff of Joy Winter Love set of 6 sentiment stamps
Spacers and brads from stash.
The snowflakes stamped on the background are from a Rubber Stamp Tapestry set, which I have Glamour Dusted for even more bling lol.

Thanks for looking,