Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Happy New Year's eve!

Just a quickie to wish you all a happy new year for tomorrow and to let you know that I am still around (just!) and will have a crafty post tomorrow! Just not finding the time at the moment and have just caught a cold which hasn't helped (still have to drag myself in to work tonight)!

Thank you all for still dropping by when I have been so bad and not visited anyone! It will continue to be like this for another month - hope you can bear with me :/ as I sure can't wait to get my mojo back and play with all the crafty stuff I got over christmas (hubby got me LOTS of Copic ciao markers :D) plus all the lovely DT stuff which is starting to land on my door and I really must try and start using!


Saturday, 20 December 2008

Christmas fun!

I am sooooooooooooo sorry for not posting or visiting but my days have been taken over by work at the moment and any spare time has gone into sorting out christmas and hubby! He is fine but just not very mobile as he still can't put any weight on his ankle yet. I'm at work all day and don't get home till 11pm by which time I'm in no mood to craft just want to crash and chill for a couple of hours before bed!

Anyway, hope you understand and I hope to get some mojo back in the new year as it should be less busy and hubby should be back on his feet by the end of Jan (fingers crossed) although I do have my sister visiting for a week then too so shall have to see!

Even though I've not had time to craft I've managed to shop for more stuff (well I need something to cheer myself up during my lunch breaks at work and luckily we have pc at the shop LOL) and have got myself some of the lovely new Sarah Kays over at Silly Monkeys (though not had a chance to use them yet!), some of the new Leanne Ellis stamps over at Funky kits and just managed to sneek into the last post for some new Magnolias over at crafts u love yesterday!

I've got lunch off today so have managed to quickly knock this card up as it didn't require much colouring (It's from the Kerry Jo christmas set)!

I know I'm late but I think this can qualify for both this weeks CCT (which is an open theme) and for Tilda & Friends ATC as the central image is ATC size (I think the girl is cute and round faced enough and it is christmassy). Both challenges will be back on the 7th and 8th and I hope to be able to get mine done in time for those ones! Also hoping to pull my weight a bit more with my other DT roles and should have some fabulous new Whiff of Joy releases to share with you and other fab goodies from Silly Monkeys and Toodles and Binks.

Until then I would like to wish you all a happy and relaxing (!) christmas with your family and loved ones and hope 2009 will bring you good health and happiness!


Thursday, 11 December 2008

CCT ~ Punches: 'sweetie'

CCT this week is to use your punches (not die cuts) so I've used a couple of my Martha stewart border punches, scallop dots and picket fence (can just about see them behind the main image) and the leaf 'frond' punch too. The image is one of the new Toodles & Binks stamps, Matthieu & Arthur, think he's so cute (if you look on the Toodles site you will see sneek peeks of 2 more new ones, both boy stamps too).

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Tilda & Friends ATC: Winter wonderland

Yeah, managed to make my ATC for this week's challenge which has the theme of 'frosty'. So, another quick creation from me. Stamped trees in the background and simply cut out and stuck Tilda in front. Used lots of 'decoart snow writer' and glamour dust on the trees to try and give it a frosty look. 'winter wonderland' made with ATB tapewriter. Just noticed I've not cut out the bit of white card between her legs . .oops!

Monday, 8 December 2008

Quick B'day card for FIL

Hello! Still not finding much time for crafting at the moment but did manage to knock this up quickly the other night as I needed a birthday day for FIL and didn't think he'd appreciate my 'cute' cards LOL. Back to basics with good old heat embossing and a bit of matting and layering! I used Sakura glaze pens to colour in the fish after embossing with gold embossing powder. I like the enameled cloisonne look you get with it. Hubby liked it so that's o.k!

Talking of hubby, thank you for all your well wishes. He is fine and his ankle is on the mend but it's going to take time. He can't put any weight on it for at least another 4 weeks so it's still crutches until then which he is finding pretty frustrating as it basically limits what he can do and he's getting restless staying home everyday, whilst I'm out at work all day! I keep telling him I wish it were the other way round too ;D(well, maybe not the bad ankle bit but I am looking forward to being at home again and getting my craft time back, which looks like next year now! :/)

Managed to make my 2 DT cards on my day off so will have 2 more posts this week (Wed & Thurs) anything else will depend on how creative I feel at the end of the night when I get in! Will try and do a bit of a blog hop during my lunch breaks this week and try and catch up with everyone. Have a good week.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

CCT & my late WoJ PoM

This week has been manic so no time to be creative unfortunately. Luckily I had this Herb image already coloured in sitting on my desk and it had hearts on it so it fitted this week's CCT theme of 'hearts'. Managed to quickly knock this one up late last night (think you can tell as layout is so simple and bare!) I love the sentiment that is from WoJ too, just think it's so funny with this stamp. Coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2O's and everything else is from my stash.

I tried and tried to come up with something for the Whiff of Joy Project of the month, which was to decorate a cookie tin or container but it just wasn't happening so just left it at this!

I have used Willow with cookies, masked her then stamped the christmas tree so it is in the background. It did start out bigger but the bag I made was very small so had to cut the image down to fit. Image has been coloured with Promarkers and all I've done is cut it out with my labels nesties, stuck it to the bag then added a felt flower (Tesco's xmas decorations - garland of 12 of them for £1.50, needless to say I grabbed a few :)) and ribbon - very boring and not at all happy with it but that's all I've got for now!

Just drove hubby for his check up on his ankle and have left him there (I've had to start driving again after not having too since I passed my test over 17yrs ago . . yikes! thank goodness we have an automatic!) Off to work now for the rest of the day/evening. Hope to try and sort myself out bit better for next week.

P.S I know I promised to send my candies yesterday but haven't had the chance yet, will do them either this afternoon or tomorrow- sorry!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

WoJ winners

Thank you to everyone who entered my WoJ candy (donated by Katharina). The 2 winners are . .

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-12-02 00:57:27 UTC

So that means winners are:

Hi what a fabulous prize. These stamps are georgeous. I have put a post on my blog.



Whohoo!! I don't have either one of these!! I will put a link in my sidebar right now!! Thanks for the chance at these cute stamps!! :)


So Jayne will get first choice and Kathy will win the remaining stamp. Congrats ladies! If you could contact me we can sort out addresses and who's getting which one :) (If I don't hear from winners by Friday I will pick another winner.)

If you weren't lucky enough to win then pop on over to Katharina's blog and try your luck with the WoJ daily advent calender candy draw.

I'm afraid I've still got no creations to show, hopefully tomorrow, you'll have to bear with me whilst I try to adjust to my new work schedule, it's seriously sapping my energy and hampering my mojo :/

Monday, 1 December 2008

'WoJ Advent Calender' event

Hi, have you missed me?! Apologies for not posting anything for the last few days but I'm afraid my blogging/crafting time will be seriously limited for the next couple of months.

The reason? Well I mentioned hubby did his ankle in a couple of weeks ago thinking he'd just strained his tendon but he had in fact fully ruptured his achilles tendon which meant he's had operation to repair it (have been very impressed with the efficiency and standard of our local hospital, he went in Thurs for test and they offered surgery for the next day). So he is now in a cast and out of action for at least 4 wks before he has physio to start walking again. As we have our own business it just meant I suddenly had to go from helping out a bit to working full 6 days now :( but at least hubby is on the mend now.

Hope you will bear with me until things return to normal. I'll try to post a few cards just to keep my blog going and to meet my DT duties but if I'm not 'around' much for the next 2 months you'll know why.

I shall leave you with fab WoJ news. Katharina has a fab advent calender event and everyday, starting today at 00.01GMT time she will 'open' a new window and one lucky person will win a WoJ stamp. So that's 24 chances for you to win a stamp. Click on picture to take you to blog for full details

Good luck! Don't forget my WoJ candy is still open, until end of tonight. I will pick and announce winners sometime tomorrow and will also try to post my Project of the month for WoJ too. There's already some fab ones by the other DT ladies here

Keep warm. Hugs,

Thursday, 27 November 2008

CCT #38 lilac: meet Toodles

CCT this week is 'lilac'. So nice refreshing change if you've been making christmas cards in reds and greens and other more christmassy colours! I could have made a lilac christmas card but fancied a break and it was good excuse to ink up this gorgeous new stamp from Toodles & Binks.


  • Images: 'Toodles & Binks skate' stamp and 'figures of 8' quote from Stamp Galaxy
  • Colouring: Watercoloured with distress inks and lots of twinkling H2O's as I wanted this to shimmer to go with the shimmer in the DP. You might see it better if you click on photo
  • DP: DCWV nursery stack
  • Others: cardstock from papermill, flowers, brad and zoomz from stash

Well, thanks for stopping by and I want to wish any US readers out there a happy thanksgiving day!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Tilda & Friends ATC: 'baby it's cold outside'

ATC theme this week is 'warm & cozy' which immediately makes me think indoors, in front of a fire. However I made a tilda card in front of the fire not long ago and didn't want to repeat myself. So ran with the 'indoors' theme and came up with this . .

All stamps are from the current christmas/winter Magnolias and the window has acetate 'glass panes' and is raised on foam pads so that the snowy scene outside looks like it's in the distance and Tilda is nice and snug inside :) Stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2o's. The scene outside has lots of snow and glitter added. The sentiment (typed out with ATB tapewriter) just seemed to fit plus I'd just finished watching 'Elf' so had that song stuck in my head (love that movie, so funny) :)!

Hope you're all keeping warm and having a good week. See you tomorrow for CCT.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Double Whiff of Candy!

CANDY NOW CLOSED. See here for winners
Do you smell that? Yes, it's time for some Whiff of Joy candy, courtesy of Katharina. She has generously given me not 1 but 2 gorgeous Whiff of Joy stamps for blog candy.

Yep, I am giving away 'Charlie with presents'
and 'Teenage Lizzie', as shown in the photos along with the cards (made with my stamps, you'll get brand new ones still in it's cute lil packet. Charlie comes with the matching sentiment too, not shown in photo).

So all you have to do to enter is comment on this post and spread the word, that's it! It's open to ALL and I will pick 2 winners next Tuesday 2nd Dec. The first winner will get to choose which stamp they would prefer and the 2nd winner will obviously get the remaining stamp.

Good luck!

Monday, 24 November 2008

Award, card and WoJ guest DT call

I got this lovely award from Camilla last night and then again from Kathy this morning:

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.

Kathy beat me to it as I was going to pick her but the fact she picked me too (great minds think alike LOL) just got me thinking that in theory the 5 you pick are more than likely going to pick you so rather than try and see who's fastest! I'm going to leave this for ALL my blogging buddies, who drop by every week and always leave me such lovely comments - you'll know who you are hopefully ;D !!!

I'm going to leave you with this card I made last night to fit the Ismaki challenge (option was blue & copper) but as usual I've left it too late to enter


  • Stamp: 'Herb with bird' and sentiment from Whiff of Joy
  • Colouring: Promarkers
  • Papers: BG Figgy pudding pad & copper cardstock from DCWV metallic stack
  • Tools: Scallop squares nesties (thought I'd use the old ones for a change and not just my new lables ones haha), Martha stewart picket fence border punch, cuttlebug snowflake die (top left of card hard to see in photo)
  • Others: metal eyelets and metal embellie from stash

Speaking of WoJ, if you love these stamps and would like a shot at guest DT for the next 2 months, you need to head on over to Katharina's blog for details of how to enter - good luck!

Off to spend day with Hubby now so will try and catch up with everyone later tonight or tomorrow. Have a lovely, if not slightly chilly, Monday!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Spoonful: Blooming marvelous Sarah Kay

So after a mega busy weekend at the shop (does the cold weather make people want more take-out food because it was manic ?!!) thought I'd give christmas cards a break and made this just to unwind (hence another simple layout, nothing too taxing)!
Love Sarah Kay and the new ones will be out soon, just in time for xmas wish lists ;), which will include this cutie (which I already had from before Stampevie got the license). Then realised I can enter it for the spoonful challenge this week, 'blooming marvelous'!

Materials (linked items are from Silly Monkeys, click on them to take you to store):

It really feels like winter now, brrrrrr. Although living in the north west, near the coast we seem to have missed all the snow, it's just very wet and windy. . . Perfect weather to stay in and get inky :) . . but then I really must start sorting out christmas presents this week, seeing as it's end of Nov already, eek!

Award thanks!

O.K I am very bad when it comes to awards - I do appreciate them but just never seem to get round to posting them so huge apologies to Heather and Kimberley who gave me this pretty looking award a few days ago

and also to Fiona and Helen for this touching award which I got today
This one has a lovely sentiment behind it, which is:

"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 eight blogger’s who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

I really don't like picking, so would like to pass these on to everyone on my bloglist but also to all my regular visitors/commenters - you know who you are ;D

Big Hugs,

Saturday, 22 November 2008

1 for the weekend: WoJ Tree

Didn't manage to make as many cards/blog hop as I thought I would - got sidetracked by sorting out bits in my craftroom the other evening and then weekend = work (total opposite to most people I know!). You know how it is, start off wanting to just tidy up one thing and then it all snowballs which is why I try not to have too many tidying sessions LOL. So now I've only got the one card to show and it's not to any challenge, just what I thought best for the image.

This gorgeous tree is from Whiff of Joy (as is the sentiment) and it was love at first sight - fantastic for someone like me who loves colouring in :) although I'm not that happy with this one as I rushed it a bit and the apples and gingerbread men look a bit flat :/

Not going to list materials etc as pretty straight forward and I didn't think it needed much else as I wanted the image and sentiment to be the main focus. Used my Promarkers and lots of glitter, stardust pens and clear glaze pen over the apples so nice and shiny - not sure if you can see that when you click on photo. Any questions just ask. Will try and catch up with everyone's blogs etc tomorrow, as off to work soon. Have a lovely evening.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

CCT: snow & snowflakes

CCT theme this week is 'snow & snowflakes' so perfect excuse for me to ink up a couple of my Herb stamps but just looking at them I've just realised one is a 'she' so I think I'll call her Herbette LOL. Anyway, this is a nice simple card I made, all stemming from scrap piece of DP I had on my desk.


  • Images: 'Herb' and 'Herb with teacup' from Whiff of Joy stamps, cut out and stuck on with silicone glue so that they curve off the card. Sentiment is 'christmas wishes' set from Whiff of Joy too.
  • Colouring: promarkers and cosmic shimmer paint in 'icicles' for the snow (might be able to see it better if you click on photo)
  • Paper: BG Wassail dp and matching red card from scrap box. Snowflake cut from white glitter card.
  • Tools: Mega curved rectangles nestabilities, cuttlebug snowflake cut & emboss duo die
  • Others: ribbon and brad from stash. Glittered around the sentiment with glue pen and glamour dust.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Fri Sketchers: Waiting for santa

Wasn't sure I was up to tackling Fri sketchers this week but then it all fell in place once I selected to use this big fireplace stamp and this cute tilda from the winter kit. It was just a case of cutting up dp to go behind it all and as the stamp was so big and detailed I didn't need to add anything else.


  • Images: fireplace is a creative expressions stamp from Sir stampalot. Tilda and the snowflakes on the green panel are from the Magnolia winter kit, circular santa sentiment from Magnolia christmas/winter '08 collection.
  • Colouring: Promarkers then H2O's and Sakura glaze pens on various bits of the fireplace scene for added sparkle. White fluffy stuff on the tops of the stockings and stickles on tilda's wings. Tilda has been cut out and curved before sticking on with foampads so she is 3D but not obvious from photo
  • Paper: DCWV christmas stack from 2 yrs ago I think.
  • Others: word window punch to cut out the 2 little tabs (top left) then 3 gems to finish. Top right of card looked a bit bare so I stuck scrap red strip going across which I think works quite well - kinda reminds me of the wooden beam you get across a room and I think balances the card out better.

Tilda & Friends ATC: time to decorate

Tilda & Friends ATC theme this week is 'time to decorate' so anything to do with christmas decorations and it doesn't have to be magnolia stamps (see blog for details). There's a fab Tilda & presents stamp for one lucky participant this week, so why not give it a go.
I've used Tilda decorating (just love her) but I didn't get the magnolia tree stamp that goes with her. Instead I remembered I had this very old christmas set which has some fir branches in it and I knew I could use that when I bought this Tilda. So I stamped and masked Tilda then just stamped random branches all around her in the shape of a tree. I've coloured with Promarkers and twinkling H2O over the top for that added sparkle and glitter. Diamond glaze and glamour dust over the baubles then the tinsel around the tree created with liquid pearls (not used those in years!) Then it's been matted onto a bit of scrap blue card and I found a scrap of dp which had baubles on it so stuck that on at an angle. Then little sentiment added across the top and a brad in the corner. I'm afraid the photo's a bit dark but if you click on it you might be able to see it all better.

Think this is another ATC which will be turned into a christmas gift tag, just need to get the presents soon :/

That's all for now (may be back later if I finish the card I'm working on before work tonight, if not see you tomorrow for CCT).

Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

not a challenge in sight : Lizzie 'Joy'

I'm back with a card, as promised. Was going to do one of the 'gazillion' challenges that are around but then I was taking so long trying to decide on image and sketch etc that I stopped myself and just simply made a card without it having to fit anything - think I sometimes forget that I am allowed to do that, LOL!

Used another of the gorgeous new 'Whiff of Joy' releases, this is Lizzie and I think she is just too cute. I've watercoloured her with distress inks and sakura stardust pen on her fur trim (so super sparkly). Chalked around the edges after cutting with my other set of nestabilities labels (just love these new sets). Used embossing folder on scrap of green card and the dp is from an old DCWV christmas stack. The sentiments ('joy' and 'lots of presents') are also WoJ stamps then the only other things I've added are ribbon and a couple of gems from stash.

Have a lovely evening and I'll be back tomorrow with my Wed ATC.

Blog candy winner . . .

. . . out of the 295ish entries (had a few duplicates so ignored those) I had, using . . .

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2008-11-18 00:12:15 UTC

which would make it . . .

craftyb said...
Hi Fran, oh such YUM-E candy....very generous of you....huge congratulations on those massive hits!! bx

Congrats Bernie! If you could email me I will send you your goodies this week.

Thanks to everyone who entered and for all your lovely comments! Hopefully you'll have better luck elsewhere (as I've noticed quite a few blogoversary candies around at the moment, seems Nov was a popular month to start a blog :)) If you're still after some more candy I've still got some WoJ goodies to come in a couple of weeks . . so keep your eyes peeled!

Hopefully be back later this evening with a card, until then, have a good day!

Monday, 17 November 2008

2 quick gift card/tags

It's the start of another week and I'm running behind already! Didn't manage to make any cards over the weekend what with work and hubby pulling something in the back of his ankle after a short burst of badminton on Sun (and as he says -'he hadn't even started to break a sweat!) so I had to work Sun evening and he's going around limping and milking it for all it's worth ;/ (although he did give me a fright when it happened so am glad it wasn't something worse. Even though this is probably going to take a while to heal in itself.)

I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner of my candy and hopefully with a card too. I shall leave you with 2 quick gift cards/tags I did recently but haven't got round to showing. Just really simple, images coloured with promarkers and matted onto scrap DP. One's 'Daisy' from Sugar Nellie and the other is a cute Hanglar girl.

Have a good evening and remember to warm up properly before excercise!!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Toodles & Binks news

Hope you're all having a good weekend. Just a quicky to say . . have you seen the 2 newest additions to the Toodles & Binks stamp range? This is Toodles & binks and there is a fab sentiment stamp to go with her.
The second one is just a sneek peek but he looks so cute, can't wait to see the full image.
Details here and there's candy too if you can guess the names of him and his friend. So pop on over and have a go - good luck!

Friday, 14 November 2008

2 for the weekend

O.K the weeks are just going by way too quick for my liking, how come it's Fri already? and we're already half way through Nov? I haven't done anything for christmas yet - no lists, no purchases, nothing. Was way more organised last year and had all the presents bought by now, best get my skates on, eh?!

Anyway, at least I'll have the cards ready, LOL. Here are two more.

This first one is a 5x7 " card (I do like this size as alternative to 14cm square cards as the other standard rectangle sizes I either find too small or too big!). It's 'non cute' and is for the Penny Black challenge of 'sentiment only'. This PB stamp is huge so doesn't really need anything with it! Just used the black and white scraps from my earlier Lizzie card and teamed it with some silver mirri card and a splash of red ribbon to tie in with the holographic black embossing powder I used on the text which has flashes of red and silver (you probably won't be able to pick up in the photo). The silver die cuts are various cuttlebug dies and the black piece at the bottom has been embossed with the snowflake folder and that's all there is to that one. Not that keen on it but it'll do for my 'non-cute' pile.

Now, back to cute. This one's using the sketch over on Papertake Weekly and another of my cute Herb stamps from Whiff of Joy:


  • Images: 'Herb with baby' stamp from Whiff of Joy. sentiment is from a studio g 99p clear set and the flourishes are part of an Inkadinkado set
  • Colouring: Prismacolour pencils blended with sansodor and twinkling H2O. I went for the distressed/grungy look to this card and to get the snowman white I've stamped onto white paper and coloured/distressed the paper all around him so that the only white bits left is Herb himself. Added a little bit of pale blue shading to Herb and lots of pearlescent H2O all over him for that glow/shine
  • papers: Last years DCWV christmas stack and white glitter card. They already had the 'dirty' look to them I just added more around the stripe mat to make it 'pop' a bit more.
  • Tools: spot my new nestie, heehee? I've been wanting the new 'labels' set and finally found some in the UK ( 'Once upon a stamp' if you're interested, £16.99 and if you get 4 sets it works out £15. First time I used them and no probs - got them in 2 days. Exchange rate not that great anymore to buy from the US- works out about the same now doesn't it! :/) This is 'labels 1' but 'labels 2' is fab as well. The stars are nesties too. Martha stewart scallop dots border punch, corner punch and snowflake die used too.
  • Others: Ribbon from stash - just stamped 'merry christmas' across it with green StazOn ink and olive green brads (I know they look black in photo) added to just add splash of colour besided the blue and vanilla.

Well, that's my lot for this weekend. I see the Magnolia winter kits have arrived for some of you, so have fun with those! (I've still not had post today but doubt mine are here yet as money only went out on the 12th as I left it quite late before I ordered. Talking of which - what did they charge you for postage? They took 45Kr for mine, I thought it was 35Kr - has it gone up?)

Have a fab weekend everyone.


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