Friday, 19 December 2008

Lisa Vollrath's Christmas Countdown

It's that time of year again, lots of seasonal downloads here
Thanks Lisa

Sunday, 23 November 2008

DCM Cafe Chic

When I saw this weeks dare on DCM I knew exactly what I was going to make
Stamping Bella's Java Bella

Friday, 21 November 2008

Laura's Sketch 13

Here's my version of Laura's Sketch 13 on 2S4U
Stamp is from a Kerry Jo set

Friday, 14 November 2008

DCM - Sparkle and Bling

This week its Jozza's turn for the Dare and as its Fireworks week here in the UK she has gone all sparkly - so the brief was lots of bling!!

Here's my effort, it's a gatefold card but scanned so it looks a little flat

Friday, 7 November 2008

Meet Mica..

Another mushroom card from Nikki - they're great fun!!
I used an old Di Hickman sketch for this one

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Craft Stamper Blog

Craft Stamper Magazine have just started blog & have some fab blog candy here

Friday, 31 October 2008

Sketch This 73

My order from Dewdrop Craftz arrived this morning & I just had try out the adorable mushrooms
This weeks Sketch This design was perfect
Here's Coni the Mushroom
I coloured in 2 of his friends as well, couldn't leave him on his own could I ;-)

Thursday, 30 October 2008

It's Been a While

Haven't had much of a chance to make any cards during the School hols but when I asked the kids what they'd like to do this afternoon the response was make some cards - how could I refuse!!

I made this for my niece who recently passed her driving test
Stamping Bella image and sketch 12 from Taylored Expressions

I made this for my dad earlier this month
I thought I'd get a telling off for what I put on it but I think I got away with it ;-)

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Charlotte's B'day Card

It was Charlotte's birthday earlier this week and as ever I made her card at the last minute so I used this weeks sketch from 2 sketches for you
Here's what I made, it's a terrible scan - our camera's not working :-( the paper on the right matches the hearts on the left but the raised flowers have distorted itThis image is Charlotte to a tee, she loves riding her scooter to School

Thursday, 25 September 2008

iheart2stamp sketch & CBC stamping challenge

On CBC Jennie challenged us to make a card using stamps but no patterned paper. I needed a bit of inspiration so used the sketch on ihearttostamp
Here's my card
I really enjoyed this and it's the 1st time I've stamped my own background

Friday Sketchers #20 CBC number challenge

Kristine from Friday Sketchers has come up with this fab sketch
Here's my take on it & the card was also made for a challenge on CBC to include a number on a cardWill definately be using this sketch again, it's lovely to use

Sunday, 21 September 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 17

I've been checking out the challenge blogs to get motivated & found A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 17 ~ Christmas is coming
Now for this weeks Challenge we would love to see you make a Christmas card this week
Here's mine
qk snowman and cuttlebug snowflakes and embossing folder

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Tiny Funky Fairies and Elves Challenge 4

I found this challenge blog for the kids, perfect for the summer hols
The challenge for the next fortnight is set by Abigail and Maddie. They want you to make something that has flowers on it.
Here's Jamie's card (age 4)
And big sister Charlotte's (age 7)

They've both been posted to Nanny to say thanks for a lovely weekend last week!

Friday, 22 August 2008

DCM _ This Way

I'm an early bird for a change, this is today's DCM dare
OK, this week it's Tanya's turn to set the dare and this time it's a dare with a POINT! A nice sharp point, at that!
This Way!
I want to see arrows on your cards - whether big, small, staright, curly, lots or just one arrow
Here's mine
PP Basic Grey Recess, scallop calendar from Sarah's Cards (comes white but I inked it, you can't see it too clearly but you circle the date of the recipient's b'day)

Friday, 15 August 2008

Oh So Quiet

Kid's are at Nanny's for the weekend & Hubby's working tonight, so it's lots of cardmaking with a bottle of red wine chilling in the fridgeI made this card for the challenge on Sarah's Cards blog:
Create a card using...3 patterned papers 2 Aunty Sarah's Bloomers 1 ribbon
I used my July Sassafras kit and the funky owl stamp is Sassafras too
The sketch I used is Chris Ross's Bonus Sketch #2 from Page Plans

Blog Candy

I found this blog by following a link & they've got some gorgeous stamps with 2 characters called Charlotte & Charlie (more to add to my evergrowing wish list)
Katharina is offering some blog candy to celebrate reaching 100 000 hits on her blog
The winner of my blog candy give away gets the complete Whiff of Joy Guardian Angel Collection by Elisabeth Bell ( 4 stamps ) for free
AND I (or better Whiff of Joy Stamps ) will host a blog candy give away on the winners blog. You can choose the terms and I will sponsor your blog candy with another complete set of the Guardian Angels

Sunday, 3 August 2008

2 Sketches 4 You

Here's this weeks sketch on 2 Sketches 4 You
And here's my take on it (excuse the bad photo but I was trying to avoid hubby sticking his foot in to give a sense of scale)!!

It nearly qualified for the challenge on Sarah's Cards blog to make a card using 3 patterned papers, 2 Aunty Sarah's Bloomers and 1 ribbon from a card kit. Will have to make another soon with 2 Aunty Sarah's Bloomers instead of 1!!

Friday, 1 August 2008

Keeping the postman busy!!

I was lucky enough to win some gorgeous American Crafts papers and thickers from Sarah's Cards which postie delivered yesterday - thanks Sarah

What with this, some dies that I bought from a couple of people on the cbc forum and a Stampin' Up catalogue I rec'd from Rachel I think my postie deserves a week off!!

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Chinese Whisper

I've been playing chinese whisper on the cbc forum. This is how it works
I will email a template to the first person on the list and they will make a card like the normal template challenge. They will then email an image of that card to the next person in the group and send me a copy at the same time, no one else will see. They will then make a card using this card as the template Then they email the image to the next person and so on.

This is the card I made for the most recent round
Papers and ribbons part of a kit from Sarah's Cards and the bird is a die cut.

This is one I made a month or so ago and forgot to blog!

Not too sure where the papers came from for this one - it's a double-sided sheet that I got fro m a swap.

DCM - Golden Oldies

It was hubby's b'day earlier this week & i made this for him the night before during the adverts of a tv programme we were watching!! It also qualifies for this weeks dcm dare of golden oldies (the die cuts had been cut out about 2 years ago but never used)
NOW ! - on to this weeks dare - we have a team dare this week, and we were thinking.....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.


Saturday, 19 July 2008

DCM Spot The Difference

I had to make a quick birthday card last night and managed to use this weeks dcm dare.

Hi, it's Rhi here this week to dare you, and it's...Journalling spots. They're used all the time in scrapbooking where it's extra personal to read someone's words and memories in their own hand. Use a journalling spot, be it stamped, premade, handcut, digital or doodled, to frame your handwritten message on your card. Have a look at the cards we've made, then share your creations by leaving a link, I dare you!
Stamp is from Sassy Crafts and papers are from one of my Sarahs Cards kits

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Sassy Crafts Project Lift Competition

Emma's set a competition on Just Bex
Project lift (yes another ) but you get to choose which project you would like to lift from the Sassy Crafts Blog.
Here's my entry:
I've used the card template from Sian's gorgeous Magnolia card.
Stamping Bella image and the papers are from a kit from Sarah's Cards

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Page Plans Sketches #12 / JB Flower Power

I made this card using Lesli's sketch from Page Plans

It also qualifies for Sue's challenge on the Just Bex Forum ;-)

OK ladies a REALLY easy challenge for this wet Wednesday I need a card with FLOWERS couldn't be easier here you go

PPs are Basic Grey's Infuse, stamp from Stamps Away

Off for a riverside walk & pub lunch with hubby in a mo - hopefully the rain will hold off!!


Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Sassy Crafts Dovecraft Competition

Sassy Crafts Competition
Your challenge is to make a craft project (it can be a card, LO or anything else you fancy) using at least 3 Dovecraft products. Now this will be real easy as they make papers, brads, eyelets, stamps and many many more.
Here's my entry, it's a really c**p scan, the pp that I've used for the squares is a much richer colour but where the snowflakes are raised they look washed out.

I used 3 different papers from Dovecrafts Christmas Blues pack, Neon alphabet and Cuttlebug snowflakes.

It's also a cardlift from

Please don't think I'm really organised as it's a Christmas card, I'll probably make the rest on Xmas eve!!

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Lisa Vollrath's Father's Day Countdown

More fab images available to download here:
Not sure how much longer they're available for

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Page Plans Sketches #8

Here's this weeks sketch, though I've just noticed it's a Father's Day theme - whoops but it's a lovely sketch & perfect for the stamped image I used.Here's my take on it, the papers are Basic Grey's Infuse.Sue

Monday, 2 June 2008

Page Plans Sketches #7

Just managed to make a card for my best friend (whose b'day was yesterday (oops)) I'll blame last weeks half term ;-)
I followed a link from Jackie's blog for a sketch from Page Plans
which was perfect for the card I had in mind
Papers & bloom are from a card kit from and the stamp is a Catslife Press Stamp from


Thursday, 22 May 2008

Something New

At http://www.craftsbycarolyn/ on the May 2008 Week Challenge Sue challenged us to use something new.

I ordered these fab stamps from and the postman delivered them this morning

Papers are from Paperchase wrapping paper, middle panel Floral Fantasy cuttlebug embossing folder and I ran the bloom across an ink pad to distress it.

Saturday, 17 May 2008

Take One Envelope

Over on Sarah challenged us to make a gift bag out of an envelope.

This one was made from an A5 envelope: And this one from a money envelope:And both of them together:

They're really easy to make & I'll definately be making some more !!

Friday, 2 May 2008

Lisa Vollrath's Mother's Day Countdown

There are some fab images to download here ideal for atcs. A new image every day until 11th May.

I have made a few cards this week but the scans and photos have been really pants so I need to have a good practice at taking them.

Monday, 31 March 2008

Get Stuck in

On the Just Bex forum we were challenged to use some of our new stash!!

Now there's no excuses for most of you for this challenge Lots of you have been mentioning having this weekend off and soooooo many of you have been boasting on here about all the new stash you've been buying lately So this challenge should be quite simple really, although maybe not for some of you paper know who you are !!!! Simply make anything, but it has to be using your most recent stash.....that means cutting into those new papers girlsNow there's no excuses for most of you for this challenge

Here's what I came up with, the stamp is a Crafty Individuals which came from and the paper is Basic Grey's Infuse that I bought from a craft shop on Saturday

Had a lovely weekend, met up with a friend and her son & we were all blown along the seafront at Millford which gave us a good excuse for hot chocolate and chips afterwards!!

Charlotte was invited to a friends party on Sunday at a playcentre so we bought Jamie a ticket & he played too - the only downside was that it started at 10am and was half an hours drive away, not good for the morning that the clocks go forward!!

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Chinese Whisper

I joined in the Chinese Whisper on and this is what I came up with

Papers are the English Paper Company, blooms from Whs Smith and I used the negative cut from Ellison's Neon alphabet.

Monday, 3 March 2008

Get Girly Challenge

Another fab challenge from

This is a weekend for celebrating women, so we're giving you this challenge set by Lisa (Funky Fairy), and we're asking you to.....get girly! Let's see all your 'girly' cards, the girlier the better

Here's my card
Provocraft paper, sizzix scallop frame embossed with cuttlebug folder on the inside & the outer edge embossed with my cropodile. Dress embellishment came from a cheapy shop.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Mother's Day Cards

These are the cards I made for Mother's Day on Sunday

This one for my mum

And this one for my m-i-l

The papers for both cards are from Dovecraft and the raffia flowers are from Tracy at

I also made this post it note holder for my mum (I made one for my m-i-l's b'day last month in case you wondering where her's is ;-) )

The stamp was from

I'm determined to make some more cards this weekend, I've been in a card rut the last couple of months and I'm planning a catchup tomorrow!!

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Template Challenge From JB

This was my entry for the template challenge on at - I intended to do more challenges over the week - maybe next time ;-)

This was the template

And here's my version of it

Friday, 1 February 2008

Wedding Planner & Brownie Tag

One of my friends is getting married later this year so I made her this for all of her last minute jottings.
Stagettabella image, dress coloured in ivory h20s and cuttlebug embossed hearts.

At Brownies everyone's bag is put in a heap so I made this for dd's bag so it's quick for her to find

Sizzix dress ups girl and the tag is embossed with the blooms dot cuttlebug embossing folder