Wednesday, 30 September 2009

ATC punch it: 'too cute to spook'

Managed to make an ATC for this week as it's a nice and simple theme . . punch it! So for mine I used this cute Pixie stamp and couple of my Martha Stewart punches (mmm, have you seen some of the new ones due out . . just wish they were smaller to store as I have way too many but they are just so addictive LOL)

The sentiment is from another CC Designs set which is available from Silly Monkeys and I thought was just perfect for this cutie.


  • Stamps: 'Pippa' Swiss Pixie, sentiment from the 'Ollie & Griselda' halloween set CC Designs
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: from my scrap box, think the main piece is Bo Bunny
  • Tools: MS Bat punch & MS Picket Fench border punch (which I have snipped at some of the panels to make it look like the scary fench border punch which I have always liked but can't really justify having both when I can do this!)
  • Others: Ribbon

  • Tuesday, 29 September 2009

    last minute Simon says Copics: Christmouse

    Need to start making more christmas cards seeing as it's fast approaching October. Still not found my mojo but at least I've managed to finish a card even if I'm not 100% happy with it.
    I've used the colours over on Copic Colour Challenge and all the faux stitching on it means I can enter this into the 'Simon Says' challenge too, if maybe a tad too late! I've used another cute Henry mouse stamp and some old papers I found during my stash clearout.


  • Stamps: 'Henry Mouse with christmas bauble' Whiff of Joy stamp, circle seal stamp from SU set
  • Colouring: Copics with added Sakura stardust pen over the bauble and his hat plus some glamour dust & stickles for added glitter . . not christmas without some glitter!
  • Paper: old Papermania xmas pack, textured white core cardstock
  • Tools: Petite scallop circle nesties, cuttlebug holly embossing folder, MS border punch, xcut flower punch, xmas tree punch for the leaves. dressmaker's tracing wheel to create the faux stitching holes
  • Others: ribbon, bella's baubles for centre of flowers

  • Monday, 28 September 2009

    A card, at last!

    Hello! Sorry for the lack of cards but last week was spent sorting stuff out and trying to clear some bits on "that auction site" . . it takes soooo long and their fees aren't cheap are they?! Anyway, have managed to clear some things including some of my cards (probably cos I batched them up and sold them cheap but rather that then them overtaking all the space in my room as I just can't use them all!) Think I may try selling them individually next and see how that goes.

    So feel a bit less cluttered now (but not much!) and can try and get crafting again. I finished this card which has been sitting on my desk for over a week waiting patiently. It was for a sketch challenge somewhere but that's long finished so have adapted it to fit this week's WoJ challenge - 3 papers, 2 flowers, 6 brads. Nothing fancy but this cute 'Autumn Charlotte' image from WoJ is so cute I don't think it needs much else.


  • Stamps: 'Autumn Charlotte' Whiff of Joy Stamp. Circular seal image is Cats Life Press
  • Colouring: Copics for image and bit of distress ink around edge of oval.
  • Paper: MME 'Bloom & Grow' for 2 of my papers & brown textured cardstock for my 3rd paper
  • Tools: Petite Scallop Oval nesties, MS branch punch
  • Others: 2 flowers, 6 brads (2 pearl ones in centre of flowers, 4 leaf brads), twill ribbon

    Right, going to try and catch up on some of my DT things then see what I've missed in blogland. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Tuesday, 22 September 2009

    Missing Mojo

    Hiya, just popped on to say the cards are going to be a bit thin on the ground this week . . . Mojo seems to have gone AWOL. Think it may be buried beneath my overflowing, messy craftroom. So I'm going to have a mini break and tackle a big clearout in the hopes that I'll find it very soon! Hopefully normal service will resume soon as I do have lots of yummy stamps to play with and show you.

    Friday, 18 September 2009

    Truly scrumptious: 'trick or treat'

    Even though we don't really celebrate Halloween I just couldn't resist these CC Design cuties (available at Silly Monkeys now) and made this card using the sketch/challenge over on truly scrumptious, the 'extra' being to use minimum of 3 stamps. I've used 'clown trevor', 'cow emma' and the 'bench' and have stamped them using masking technique.
    Think the MME bloom & grow papers work well for Autumn/Halloween cards as it has that fab orange colour in it. AND if you didn't fancy a full pack you can now get little 'part packs' over at Silly Monkeys for a £1!! perfect if you just wanted to try them or only wanted it for the odd card.
    Right must dash, have work tonight . . will fill in the stash bit later.

  • Stamps: Images & sentiments all CC Designs, Sugarplum range from Silly Monkeys
  • Colouring: Copics with bit of stardust pen over the pumpkins for sparkle
  • Paper: MME bloom & Grow 6x6 pack, brown cardstock from Dovecraft textured cardstock
  • Tools: Oval Petite scallop nesties, MS fence border punch, bat punch, Cuttlebug die for the sentiment
  • Others: ric rac ribbon, 'olive' flatbacked pearls

    If you're looking for the candy winner to my mini WOJ candy its under this post.

  • Thursday, 17 September 2009

    Candy winner . . .

    . . . (sorry for the delay, my internet connection been playing up all evening) . but I can now reveal the winner of this

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    . . . which makes it Penni. Congrats! Please email me with your snail mail and I'll pop your little win in the post.

    Thank you to everyone who entered and better luck next time! (and there will be another one soon ;) )

    CCT~ Hidden treasure: 'merry little christmas'

    CCT theme this week is 'hidden treasure'. So for mine, I decided to incorporate a hidden message somewhere. I chose another cute Henry mouse stamp, this time he's skating. Then the rest I made up as I went along, which I think shows, as it's not as polished & co-ordinating as I would have liked. I really can't make a card in one sitting, it has to sit and stew for at least a day LOL If I make another one I'd choose a less busy paper for the background as poor Henry is a bit lost amongst it all!

    Where's the hidden message I hear you ask? Well, you just pull the little ric rac strip and Henry will skate along to reveal this . . .
    Sorry for the poor photos, just couldn't get it to look right. Here's a close up of cute Henry. The eagle eyed amongst you may notice the slight colouring booboo I made, which I have just noticed but have since rectified (Clue: someone must have been talking about him, LOL!)

  • Stamps: 'Ice skating Henry Mouse' WoJ stamp. sentiment from a Doodlebug xmas set
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: DCWV winter matstack from last year
  • Tools: EK border punch, MS and xcut snowflake punches
  • Others: flatbacked pearls (centre of snowflakes), PM adhesive shimmer dots (his coat buttons & holly berries), ric rac ribbon, 'fluffy stuff' with glamour dust for his hat trim (gave blast with heat gun to make it extra puffy)

    Right, will be back later to announce winner for my WOJ turkey stamp candy and will try and visit my bloglist tonight- this week seems to have flown by.

  • Wednesday, 16 September 2009

    ATC: layer up with WoJ Henry Mouse

    ATC day today. Theme this week is 'layer it up' i.e decoupage. It was an easy choice this week as to which stamp to use, seeing as I had all these super cute WoJ Henry mouse stamps arrive yesterday. So I chose one which would fit on an ATC and would be fairly easy to cut out to create my layers.

    Isn't he adorable?! I tell you, I'm just so glad I don't have to choose which ones to get as I think all 12 designs are just too cute.

    I've just grabbed a bit of scrap dp for the backround (embossed it with one of the new cuttlebug folders - snow dots one but hard to tell) then have decoupaged lil Henry and stuck him on with silicone glue. He's made up of 2 to 3 layers depending on which bits I thought should stick out more. May be able to see the layers a bit better on this photo . . .

    The cutting out and colouring is a bit shoddy in places as it was another rush job, so don't look too closely!

  • Stamps: 'Henry Mouse with lantern' WoJ stamp, just released. sentiments are from a studio g 99p set from last year
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: scrap dp from MME Laundry line.
  • Tools: cuttlebug snow dots embossing folder used on the background piece of dp then sanded. my trusty fiskars scissors and silicone glue for the cutting and decoupage
  • Others: white distress crakle paint around edges of dp, woodware white 'fluffy stuff' on his hat trim, snowflake brad in corner.

  • Tuesday, 15 September 2009

    WoJ & PTW: simple 'thankful'

    Just a quick post today. Made this using the WoJ challenge of 'turq & orange' and also the sketch over on PTW which ends today! Image is another cutie from the WoJ Autumn collection, again watercoloured with distress inks when I want a more rustic/softer feel to the card.

  • Stamps: Willow with corn basket and the sentiment WoJ stamps
  • Colouring: stamped with Versafine onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with distress inkpads
  • Paper:MME 'Magnolia'
  • Tools: MS border punches
  • Others: ribbon, 4mm flatbacked pearls in 'olive'

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    WoJ have released some gorgeous christmas stamps today, but I didn't get my stamps in time (just landed on my doormat today). But then I don't think you'll need any inspiration from me, they are all so adorable you'll want them all. However, if you need inspiration check out what my fellow DT teamies who got them in time, have already come up with here. Right, off to go play with mine now - hmm, which one first?!!

    P.S don't forget my lil turkey candy is still open, see post under this one.

    Monday, 14 September 2009

    Mini Candy time

    As promised, I have the cute turkey stamp & sentiment (as used in my last card below) up for grabs, courtesy of Katharina/WoJ. I've added in a small 6x6 stack of MME papers from my stash (Wild Asparagus).

    If you would like to enter the draw, just leave comment by Wed 16th Sep and I'll pick random winner on Thursday - simple! Good luck.

    Friday, 11 September 2009

    WoJ DT ~ 'Happy Thanksgiving'

    I received some more fabulous DT stamps from WoJ and had this scene pop up in my head so just had to make it, even though we don't celebrate thanksgiving over here. Not to any challenges or anything, just went with the flow, just for fun.

    I've stamped this cute turkey (which I will be offering as candy next week), masked it then stamped the lovely fence just to the left of it, using Versafine ink onto watercolour paper. I wanted a vintagey looking card so started by watercolouring my image for a change, using distress inkpads and twinkling H2Os.

    Then chose a country/rustic colour scheme and papers which were then all distressed and torn around edges, with added distress crackle paint too (Kathy's fab idea which I had to try - thanks Kathy, I love this stuff ! got the white, linen and couple of metallic shades too, want the others now LOL especially as it comes with the brush in the pot - ready to use, no phaffing, just how I like it!) bit of faux stitching, added garden twine and made the sentiment into a tag and voila!

    It's probably not everyone's cup of tea but I really like it - my sort of colours. I especially love the subtle shimmer you get with the H2O's which I added to the grass and the ultra cute fat turkey . . might see it better in this photo, if you click on it for closer view;

    If you love your WoJ stamps don't forget Katharina currently has call out for guest DT slots and is still open, see here .

    Also, some uber cute christmas stamps will be released next Tues, some of which you can see here and I'm hoping to get my stamps soon so should have some cards made for next week - can't wait as it's cute Henry mouse in christmas mode!

    May have another card for the weekend but if not, have a good one and I'll see you all next week. As always, thanks for dropping by!

    Thursday, 10 September 2009

    CCT: strawberry mint julep . . .

    . . . a.k.a pink & green is the challenge for CCT this week. And as the sun was shining yesterday it actually made me reach for this summery fresh piece of patterned paper which had the required colours and the rest just sort of fell into place.

  • Stamps: Miss Anya & circle sentiment - Greeting Farm
  • Colouring: Copics, stickles on bows and shoes
  • Paper: DCWV 'sweet stack' & kraft card for matting (love this stuff)
  • Tools: MS border punches, petite scallop oval nesties, EK flourish punch
  • Others: white gel pen for doodling, 4mm green flat backed pearls

    Thanks for dropping by and all the lovely comments - I do appreciate it. Got lots of DT stuff to play with but not sure where to start! . . Although clearing some room on my desk & chucking out the rubbish might be a good place to start :/ Have a good day, it's another sunshiny day here, albeit very 'autumn in the air' feel to it!

  • Wednesday, 9 September 2009

    ATC: shrink 'em: 'jam packed'

    Time for my weekely ATC, sorry bit late - forgot to schedule it! Theme this week was to use shrink plastic or mini images. Afraid the old brain wasn't feeling too creative so it was a quick one this week. I've used a some Alota stamps (oven glove & jam jar) and shrunk the jam jar with shrink plastic then just added this cute tilda from the fall kit and then hand wrote a little heading/sentiment. The jam jar is huge as it still looks big after shrinking it! (got it for my images to sit on before Magnolia came out with theirs).

    That's all for today (at work so can't chat)

    see you tomorrow with my CCT card.

    Tuesday, 8 September 2009

    Truly Scrumptious: 'pick of the patch'

    Bit later than planned, but here's another cutie from CC Designs. I thought I'd used the sketch over on Truly Scrumptious but it's not entirely 100% - that's what happens when you scribble the sketch down, but not very well! Think you can still see the main parts of the sketch and the colours are Indian summer even if the images/theme aren't! Not doing very well am I, LOL?!

    Anyway, here it is. There are 6 or 7 seperate stamps used on this card including the sentiment and the leaves in the strip running behind her;I love the sentiment, which will go with all my other veg/fruit themed stamps I think. All available to pre-order here. The 3 pumpkins at the front are raised on 3d foam and they shimmer, but hard to capture on film. Can see this stamp being very versatile as you can cut off the pumpkin in her cart and put other things in it instead.

  • Stamps: 'pumpkin Emma', 'pumpkins', 'fence', 'leaves & garland, 'autumn sentiments' - all CC Designs stamps available from Silly Monkeys
  • Colouring: Copics, touch of twinkling H20 over the pumpkins
  • Paper: MME 'Bohemia'
  • Tools: MS & EK border punches
  • Others: ric rac ribbon, distress crackle paint around edges of paper

  • Sketch & stash: 'cheers'

    Productivity's been a bit slow over the weekend and this cutie has been sitting on my desk all weekend waiting for me to stick together & photo. I've used the sketch over on Sketch& Stash and the scraps of dp left over from my last card (trying to use up big bits of dp as I go then smaller bits get put into pile for me to use in my ATCS then when pile gets too big it gets chucked in the recycle bin - this is my new system else it just gets out of hand! Also helps me decide what papers to use as that usually takes me forever to decide too

    This is my favourite from the Belles & Whistles stamps by Elisabeth Bell (fell in love with it whan I first saw it as a sketch & have been hoping it would be turned into rubber) and it finally got here last week after customs held her hostage for over a VERY long time.

  • Stamps: 'lemonade anyone?' Belles n' Whistles stamp
  • Colouring: Copics with Sakura clear stardust & glaze pen in places for bit of subtle sparkle/sheen
  • Paper: BG Sultry
  • Tools: Labels nesties,MS border punch, frond leaf punch, EK retro flower punch
  • Others: buttons, cord, gems, glossy accents

    Right I need to go try and get more done today but this horrid weather is just making me feel very sluggish at the moment! Hopefully will be back later tonight with another CC Designs cutie that Bryony now has up for preorder here .

  • Saturday, 5 September 2009

    Anya: 'hi Friend'

    After the disaster that was yesterday's card thought I'd go for a nice simple one and made this using the fab sketch over on 'Anyone for Anyas' challenge. Missed their first one last week so wanted to make sure I joined in this week. ( Also used 'pink & brown' for the Basic Grey challenge but that finished and it's a new one today!) Much happier with this one although my photo skills are rubbish - couldn't get it to look right and you can't see the little sentiment in centre of the flower too well.

    Have a great weekend everyone, especially those of you in the states with your extended labour day weekend.


  • Stamps: Anya from Dressy Anya set, Greeting Farm. flourish edges from Autumn leaves 'on the edge' set. sentiment in flower centre from a studio g 99p set
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: BG 'Sultry'
  • Tools: Fiskers 'apron lace' border punch, EK retro flower punches and a mini circle punch
  • Others: heart buttons covered with glamour dust for bit of bling

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