Saturday, 31 December 2011

And now for the second half

Didn’t want to bore you all to tears with a whole year of my favourite cards yesterday, so here’s the other half.













I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, I hope it’s going to be a good one for us all Smile

Simon Says Stamp Saturday Surprise


It’s Simon Says Stamp Saturday Surprise again, and this week the lovely girls at Simon Says Stamp have given me the super cute Edwins Package to give away

As always please leave your name in the linky below and I will draw a winner tomorrow night

Friday, 30 December 2011

Crafts U Print winner

We have a winner for the £15 voucher kindly sponsored by Crafts U Print!







317. Pinky

Congratulations Pinky, please email me to claim the voucher (please put CUP in the subject line)

Some of my favourites

I thought I would join in with the favourites of 2011 that some of my blogging buddies are doing.  This is proving to be so hard chosing which ones not to pick lol.  It’s taking so long I am going to do the first half of the year today and the second half tomorrow else I will never get to work!  And you will soon suss out there’s a pink thing going on here lol.







April (late March actually but I could not leave this one out!)






Thursday, 29 December 2011

A give-away for you

Rob at Crafts U Print emailed me a couple of weeks ago offering a fab prize of £15 worth of downloads from their website to one of my followers.  Not only is there loads of craft downloads, but cutting files, scrapbooking, and even knitting downloads!  So do pop across and take a peek at their vast range.
And by now you all know the drill lol, just pop your name in the linky below and I will draw a winner on Friday evening.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Last Christmas card

Oops, I just found a Christmas card I had done and completely forgot about, it didn’t even get it’s photograph taken till last night!  Talk about dizzy, that’s me lol.  The image is Nellie Snellen Take a Present


The gorge papers are Maja Design Old Fashioned Christmas.  The flowers and organza ribbon are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and I popped one of the pine cones that I made from the Tim Holtz Tattered Pine Cone die.  All liberally doused in white acrylic paint and diamond Stickles.  The flowers used are trellis rose, carnation, 15mm roses, 8mm semi open roses


The sentiment stamp is Lili of the Valley Grunge Christmas Postmarks.

The image was coloured with Copics and a black prismacolor pencil

Skin: E11, E00, E000, R30
Hair: E39, E37, E31, E30
Greens: BG96, BG93, BG70
Reds: R89, R39, R37, R35, R32
Bunny: C3, C1, C0
Sack: E35, E31, E30


I am heading off to work now ewww, so don’t want to go in Sad smile



Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Sarah Kay

Whenever my mojo goes walkabout a Sarah Kay stamp always helps me find it and this past few days the old mojo didn’t only go walkabout, it got totally lost!  I had to force myself to sit down yesterday to get some DT work done but just could not find it in me so I decided to dig out my Sarah Kays and have a little play.  I set out to colour the image with only Prismacolor pencils but reached for the Copics as well, I must be pre-programmed to reach for them lol.


I stamped Zoe gazing at the butterfly on Kraft coloured card and used the following colours:

Skin: E11, 00, 000, R20
Hair & basket : E39, 35, 30 and dark umber pencil
Aqua: BG13, 11, 10 and muted turquoise pencil
Red: R29, 24, 22 and tuscan red pencil
Grass: YG67, 63, 61 and olive green pencil

The little clouds are a Memory Box Puffy Clouds die, the little die cut flowers are a Doo Hickey Hellebores die, the Ivy leaves are a Marianne Design die that will be on sale in January and the beautiful paper is Basic Grey Picadilly.  The seam binding and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, I used 25mm wild roses, 8mm semi open roses, 15mm roses, 20mm roses.  And the gorge border punch is one of the new Martha Stewart PATP sets that a lovely friend in the US sent me xxxx

I sure hope I can get some motivation to do some work today … doubt it though lol.



Monday, 26 December 2011

Simon Says Stamp winner and stuff

Did you all have a good Christmas?  Ours was fab – time spent with wonderful friends and family, lots of laughs and fun.  It is amazing to see the day through the eyes of a child.

My granddaughter Amy is Lady Gaga crazy and even calls herself of Amy Gaga.  Well she wanted blue hair and a big pink bow like Lady Gaga and that’s what Santa brought her lol. 

Amy Gaga

And if I can get myself motivated I might get a card on sometime – I am so in the kick back and chill mode right now and loving it.  In the meantime I need to announce a winner for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Saturday Surprise.  And the lucky lady is

102.  Maryann

Congratulations Maryann, please email me your address, and please put Vintage Tilda in the subject line.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Penny Black Candy winner

I am heading off out now to meet up with friends, so thought I would quickly draw the winner of the Gift of Giving Penny Black stamp.

And the lucky lady is

317. Linda (Lindyloo)

Congratulations Linda , please email me your address so I can pop your stamp in the mail for you on Wednesday

Simon Says Stamp Saturday Surprise

It’s Simon Says Stamp Saturday Surprise again, and this week the lovely girls at Simon Says Stamp have given me the super cute Vintage Tilda to give away
As always please leave your name in the linky below and I will draw a winner probably Monday.
I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and also to thank you all for your support and comments, you really are the best Smile

Friday, 23 December 2011

Where’s them shades??

Well, I am all set for the fat bloke to arrive Smile 

Food shopping – check
Presents bought and wrapped – check
Housework – check

So now I can kick back and relax for a few days, although I am at work next week Wednesday to Friday – first time in years I have worked between Christmas and New Year, but I am saving my holidays for CHA woohoo, 5 weeks and counting Hot smile

You need your shades for today’s card, it was made on behalf of Lili of the Valley for the latest Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine that went on sale this week.


I love these little mice, so cute and a doddle to colour too.  The stamp is The Potting Shed, and the sentiment is from their Circular Sentiments sets.  The delish paper is K & Co Sweet Nectar from Dies to Die for as is the gorgeous Memory Box Pearl Lace border die. And talking of Memory Box dies, Tracy has all their news dies up for pre-order and we all know how fast they fly!

Must dash, else I will be late for work again.



Thursday, 22 December 2011

Gift of giving …. some candy for you

I have some candy to give away today, and I thought the name of the stamp was just perfect for this time of year!  It’s Penny Black’s Gift of Giving wood mounted stamp that is just one of many duplicates in my craft cupboards!

pb gift

It’s the usual drill, if you would like to enter the draw just pop your name in the linky below and I will draw a winner on Christmas Eve.

And on that note I am heading off out early to finish off the shopping that I couldn’t get at Asda last night – deep breaths Bev, Tesco here I come!!


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Patchwork Angel

Are you done with your Christmas shopping and prep yet?  I’m not and am starting to panic big time.  Went into town last night to get some presents in and OMG it was soooo busy, people shoving and pushing (me no likey crowds) and after an hour my poor hubby was in such pain we had to come home.  So I managed to get 3 presents in eek!  I wish I could go to sleep end of November and wake up mid January each year and miss the whole wretched lot.  The stress of it just clean takes all the pleasure away Sad smile

Okay, so I got my bit of bah humbug off my chest lol, so on to today’s card which is another of those patchwork/paper piecing cards I did for SCPC magazine a while back.  The paper I used is from Nitwit Collections Oh the possibilities kit.  This was super easy to do, I just cut 5 equal sized pieces and stitched them on to pink backing card.  Then coloured Summer Icy Angel from Lili of the Valley and paper pieced her dress.  Job done Smile  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Drafts as is that gorgeous pink satin ribbon.  The sentiment comes with the stamp (love 2 for 1’s lol) and those sweet little ivy leaves are by Marianne Design, they are the new dies that are part of the January release.


Tonight I am hitting Asda for food shopping, I want to cry at the thought – wish I had been more organised and ordered it all on line.



Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Whimsy Wee Stamps sneak peek #3

Here’s another sneak peek from the amazing Whimsy Stamps December release.  I’ve used Wee Stamps Spring Bringer on my card today, loving those little bells on her crops lol. 


She is available from Whimsy Stamps in the USA and from Dies to Die For in the UK.  I have used the stunning Eline’s Winter Huis papers, the colours are so so pretty in this pack.  I have used one of the Postage Stamps Sentiments.

She has been coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I had a bit of a play and tried a new hair colour combo (new for me that is).  It’s not quite red, more of a strawberry blonde.

Hair:  E33, E53, E51, E50 and goldenrod pencil
Skin:  E11, E00, E000, E0000, R30
Aquas:  BG11, BG10, BG70 and muted turquoise pencil
Pinks:  R83, R81, RV000, RV0000 and mahogany red pencil
Greens:  YG63, YG61, G20
Bells:  YR24, Y11



Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you will have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day. To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12:00PM EST tomorrow.  Please visit the Whimsy Inspirations blog view all the amazing new goodies that make up Decembers release.

And the ladies taking part in today’s mini hop are

Little and Large lol

I don’t have a card to post until later today for the Whimsy Wee Stamps sneak peek so I thought I would post another Christmas ornament I made.  This ornament was made from a goose and a duck egg with a lot of cutting with an air drill (similar to a dentists drill driven by a compressor).   This ornament takes pride of place right in the front of the tree.  My bezzie mate Karen has it’s twin on her tree.


Once it was finished I decided I loved it so much I wanted to try it on something bigger, so made one from a Rhea and Goose egg.  You can see the difference in the sizes in the picture below.  A Rhea shell is a lot thicker than a goose egg but not quite as bad as an ostrich shell which is horrendous to cut, but this still took hours and hours to cut then decorate with ultra fine braid, glitter and rhinestones.  All the flowers are paper tole hardened off with a resin type liquid which makes them as tough as porcelain.


A close up of the larger egg, which I (not so cleverly) taught at a convention – I pre-cut all the shells for the students.  Never ever again lol.


It wasn’t long after finishing these two I stopped decorating eggs …. I wonder why lol.



Monday, 19 December 2011

Sharing a biscuit

It’s our last challenge for 2011 at Wild Orchid Challenge and we’re closing off the year with a theme -  Christmas Friendship.  I just think this Nellie Snellen stamp – Sharing a Biscuit fits the theme to perfection.  And I couldn’t have found a better sentiment if I tried – this is from the Peace on Earth sentiment set by Tina Wenke for Stampavie.


The gorgeous paper is K & Co Glad Tidings pad.  The satin ribbon,  flowers and metal corner are from Wild Orchid Crafts


Have a great week



Sunday, 18 December 2011

Simon Says Stamp candy winner


This week’s winner is


Congratulations Edna, please email me your address, please put Sweet Christmas Edwin in the subject line

Something I did earlier

When I was putting my Christmas trees up a few weeks ago I rediscovered some of the ornaments I had made years and years ago, the flowers were looking a bit worse for wear so I pulled them off and replaced them with new Wild Orchid Crafts roses.  It became a bit of a tradition with my bezzie mate Karen who got one from me every year.  Since discovering rubber stamping I’m afriad she has not gotten one from me Embarrassed smile  Best remedy that next year!  The ornaments are made from blown goose eggs.

The first onejust simple marking, painting and glittering with a waterslide transfer and some topaz rhinestone chain.


This one I cut an oval out of the shell, reversed the cut out bit and stuck it back in, then glued on bought finials  before applying crackling to the shell. The print is a silk print.  Some more new WOC flowers, flowersoft and berries and job done