Friday, 25 December 2009


I'd just like to wish all my lovely blogging friends a very
and a 
Happy and Healthy 2010

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Last for this year?

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Well I hope this is my last Christmas card for this year anyway! It's for my sister and her family and of all the people I make cards for, my sister and her twins who are 8, are the most satisfying. They really appreciate them and the work that goes into them. The twins are wonderful little crafters in their own right (I got them into it while they were still babies!!) and love all my projects so it was a delight watching their pleasure when I gave them this yesterday. I've made it for 6 challenges starting with the wonderful sketch at Mojo Monday. The backing papers are my own from the polished stone brights collection and the embossed dots earth tones collection and the image was created using the snowman and oval holly frame digi stamps - all of them available from Crafty Ann's. As you can see, I've had a field day with the glitter and where I haven't used glitter, I've used twinkling H2Os so there's a lovely sheen and sparkle to this card which my sis loved. I've also used glitterations borders.
The other challenges I'm entering this into are:
Tanda Teaser - It's cool to be square - this one is a 20cm square easel card (they hadn't seen one of these before so it was quite entertaining watching them work it out!!)
Simon Says - Merry Christmas
DU2DS - Last minute Christmas card - well this one is even more last minute that the other one I entered so I couldn't resist entering again!
Stamp Something - A holiday themed card
OCC - Let it snow - rather apt as it is snowing as I type this and am very grateful that we visited sis and family yesterday.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Crafty Ann's Challenge #4

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This is my first 'proper' post since I decided to come back to blogger and how nice that it should be my Christmas card for my husband and for my own challenge! It's for several others too so I'll tell you the card details and then list them all.
I've used the royal blue backing paper from the polished stone brights collection and the Bridge over stream digi stamp, both from Crafty Ann's.  I changed the colour of the digi stamp to blue in publisher and added a little extra blue ink as paint in a few places and have touched crystal glitter here and there to give a frosty look. Other than that, all I've use is silver mirri card, die cut letters and snow flakes, gems and glitterations borders. I'm happy to say that my husband loves it. :o)

The challenges I'm entering it into are:
Crafty Ann's - Any colours except red or green
Sketch and Stash - the sketch and new or neglected stash which in my case is the snowflake die at the two corners of the picture
The Pink Elephant - Winter/Christmas
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
MTTC - Yuletide Wishes
Cooking It Up With Katie - Christmas theme, ribbon and any current sketch
One Stop Craft - Christmas Love
Saturday Spotlight - a project which represents your favourite music - mine is Country
Wednesday Stamper - Blue and white
DU2DS - Last minute Christmas cards - I've only just finished this one!
C.R.A.F.T. - Free for all!

There was a time when I would have been so impressed with myself managing 11 challenges, but I've visited some blogs lately that put this tally to shame! It's still a personal best for me though, so I'm still pleased :o)

Thank you for popping by today, especially at this busy time of year - I do hope you'll be able to find time to join us for the Crafty Ann's Challenge, you have until 30th of December and we'd love to see your creations.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Green and Gold for Christmas

Originally published on wordpress December 2009

Goodness! It’s our last Cute Daisy May Challenge of the year already!! We have a lovely one for you this week – Gold and Green for Christmas and I really enjoyed making this card although I can’t say that I enjoyed trying – and failing miserably – to get a half decent photo of it! In real life the greens go together much better than they look to in the pic. I’ve used an Artylicious bp and the image (from sheet 23) has been coloured using sakura pens and a little crystal glitter – weeeeell, it is Christmas! I’ve used a punch down both sides of the gold mat and threaded parcel ribbon through the holes.
I’m also entering my card into these challenges:
Stamp Something – Winter Wonderland
Die Cut Dreams – Glitter Me Silly
OCC – Holiday Theme (Christmas or Hanuka)
Saturday Challenge – Snow
Wednesday Stamper – Winter
I hope that you’ll pop over to see the glorious inspiration from the rest of the CDM DT and join us for this last challenge of the year.

Twinkle Into Christmas

It’s Cute Daisy May Challenge time again already!! Before we get onto this week’s challenge there is the little matter of last week’s Blog Hop prize to sort out. Thank you all who entered, we were thrilled. For my prize I cranked up the random number generator and it picked out………….(drumroll please!)………

number 18 and that is HAZEL!

Congratulations Hazel, go to the Backing Paper Collections page at the top of the blog and choose the 3 collections you’d like then send me an email to: with your choices.
Now onto this week’s challenge.

Originally published on wordpress December 2009

Net’s gone all starry eyed this week and wants our offerings to twinkle. Come Christmas, I don’t need any excuse to break out the glitter so twinkle is what she got!!
The image is one I’ve used before from sheet 15 and is a real favourite. Apart from her hair and skin tones, she has been coloured entirely with Fool’s gold, silver, white and crystal glitters and boy does she twinkle! I’ve used the sketch from Friday Sketchers, which I’ve put together with silver holographic card and two of my own backing papers – having worked out the size I needed the 9 squares to be, I printed them off that exact size so which means that I don’t waste ink and haven’t added to my already overflowing scraps boxes (note the plural!) The sentiment stamp is from funstamps and has been embossed with silver detail ep. The snowflake c/bug folder and a couple of snowflake buttons add the finishing touches.
I’m also entering this card into the following challenges:
Stamp Something – are looking for ‘Glitzy’
Allsorts – are asking for the colour purple
Pile it on – Tinsel Town, lots of glitter
Lots to Do – Snow
The Pink Elephant - Favourite Christmas colours – have to be silver and gold.
Incy Wincy Designs – Snowflakes
Thank you for your visit today and I do hope you’ll join us for this week’s challenge.

Crafty Ann's Challenge #3

Originally published on wordpress December 2009

Good Friday morning everyone – a whole fortnight has gone by since the last Crafty Ann’s Challenge and it’s already time for a new one! This week, we’d like to see TEXTURE on your work. As usual, you can make any project you like, using anything you like. I’m having a very difficult time with my back and sciatic nerve at the moment which severely limits my crafting so am still in Christmas mode – although that’s not the case for all the DT so do check out what they’ve come up with (they manage to blow me away every time!)
I’ve gone for both real and faux texture on mine and have finally attempted my first easel card! I’ve used the red  embossed stars paper from the brights collectionwhich is the faux part of the texture and edged it with Fool’s Gold glitter on narrow dst. I’ve embossed the Holly Frame digi stamp using gold super sparkle ep and decoupaged the holly and berries. Both the holly and the bear have been painted using a mixture of Twinkling H2Os and Distress inks. The BP behind the bear is one I’ve just been working on and will find it’s way onto the website as soon as I’m up to sitting to do it. The one I’ve used here is stone from the earth tones collection but it doesn’t show too well in the artificial light. I’ve added texture to this too by putting it through the c/bug swiss dots folder.
As my crafting is so limited at the moment, I had a look to see how many other challenges I can support with this card and am entering it into the following:
Crafty Calendar – Winter Sparkle
Stamp with Fun – Christmas
DU2DS – Red, Green and Neutral of your choice
Saturday Spotlight – Hats On
Digital Tuesday – Christmas Sparkle
Thank you for your visit today and I really hope you’ll join us at Crafty Ann’s this fortnight – once again there is a prize of two digi stamps and one backing paper collection (which is 6 sheets of paper) of your choice. If you entered the last one, don’t forget to pop over and see if you won it – also there is the GD announcement for January and we’re looking now for February.

A Gem Of A Blog Hop!

Originally published on wordpress November 2009

It’s Monday and that means Cute Daisy May Challenge time again! This week though, it’s rather different because we have a blog hop for you – if you haven’t been there already, you need to go to Beccy first. As you travel around the blogs, remember to make a note of all the letters you find and when you have them all, the word they spell out is the answer you need – return to the Cute Daisy May Challenge blog, leave a comment there and e-mail your answer to Linnie to be in with a chance of winning the main prize. Please do not leave your answer in the comment. The email link is on the challenge blog

As you travel around the blogs, you’ll see blog candy from each DT member and to be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is leave a comment. My blog candy is 3 of my Backing Paper Collections of your choice. To see what you can choose from, click here and to be in with a chance, don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and don’t forget to check back next Monday to see if you are the lucky winner.

On to this week’s card, apart from Linnie’s wonderful image and the challenge which is to use gems, I’ve taken my inspiration from a couple of other challenges, Friday Sketchers and their lovely sketch and Daring Cardmakers who are dreaming of a white christmas! The image is from sheet 66 and she’s so adorable I just couldn’t resist her. I’ve set her in one of my Crafty Ann’s digi stamp frames and used a Sheena Douglass swirl corner stamp with silver detail ep. After cutting the frame out, I covered it with versamark and silver ep to two layers. The bow has been decoupaged on top. Apart from our lovely little angel’s hair and skin tones, the only colour used comes from sakura stardust pens and glitter.All you need to do now is collect your letter from me which is………R……..and then pop over and visit Katie to see her stunning card and collect the next letter. Good luck! :D

Red Christmas

Originally published on wordpress November 2009

It’s Monday and that means Cute Daisy May time! This is the other card that distracted me over the last few days (see previous post). Our theme this week is Red Christmas and I love red at Christmas so really looked forward to this one. I’d like to thank Friday Sketchers for the sketch  here, I moved it around a bit but really enjoyed working with it. The large bp is an artylicious one and the rather nice piece of gold card is quite unusual in that it’s kind of ’shot through’ with gold rather than a uniform colour so the different facets the embossing gives it look really effective. Unfortunately, I have no idea where I got it and used it from my scraps box anyway so only have a wee piece left. I edged this piece with Anita’s glitterations peel offs to make it ‘pop’ a bit. Daisy May is from sheet 101 and this is such a lovely image to work with, she’s a real cutie! I’ve coloured her with Whispers strokes pens and added Crystal glitter to the ‘furry’ bits.
I’m also entering my card into the Lots To Do challenge which is a free theme this week. I do hope you’ll join us at CDM this week, remember you don’t need to use CDM images but you will be in with a chance of winning a sheet of your choice if you enter, :D

Let It Snow.......Maybe!

Originally published November2009

…or then again, maybe not!! Those of you living in the UK are no doubt very familiar by now with the small market town of Cockermouth (hitherto best known for being the birth place of the poet William Wordsworth) because of the unprecedented floods seen here and in other parts of Cumbria. Although I moved 25 miles away from there 2 years ago, it’s my home town and I still have family and friends there so have been spending most of my time over the last few days either glued to sky news or on the phone to my sister. Everyone is safe but it’s been a real shock.
Last night I decided to make a couple of cards to distract myself and I’m showing you one today and one tomorrow. This one is for 5 challenges. The Sketch is from Stampin’ for the Weekend (I hope I’ll be forgiven for moving the sentiment) and the colour scheme comes from Digital Tuesday Challenge which is purple and white + sliver or gold.
I’ve used purple pearlescent paper and silver mirri card both of which have been put through cuttlebug folders. the sentiment is a See D’s stamp embossed with silver detail powder and the snowman is a Crafty Ann’s digi stamp coloured with whispers strokes pens and crystal glitter. Anita’s silver glitterations peel offs add the finishing touch. I’m also entering this card into these three challenges:
Allsorts – A Christmas Carol or song title…..Frosty the Snowman!
One Stop Crafts – Snowflakes
Crafty Creations – Metal or Metallic finishes.
Thank you for dropping by today and for all the lovely comments you leave me and if you enjoy challenges do pop by my new one at Crafty Ann’s Challenge Blog

Black and White + 1

Originally published on wordpress November 2009

We’re already onto our 2nd challenge at Crafty Ann’s and this fortnight our theme is Black and White + 1. If you pop over to the Challenge to check out the fabulous DT cards, you’ll see that most of us have made Christmas cards so that probably tells you how far behind we are! You can make a project for any occasion you like though.
For my card, I have taken myself totally out of my Christmas card comfort zone – but it’s growing on me. :D I’ve used one of my new Christmas digi stamps, the Blank Hanging Ornament, with a stamp I’ve had in my stash for about 7 years that was part of a set I got from QVC. I’ve had a whale of a time with the glitter, using black, red and crystal. The bp is from the embossed stars brights collection that I’ve added glitter highlights to. The sketch is the current Sketch and Stash Challenge and my new item is the digi stamp and neglected stash is the santa head rubber stamp.
I’m also entering my card into the following challenges:
Lots to Do – Embossing (the white panel has been put through the swiss dots folder)
Saturday Challenge – Four Seasons
Creative Inspirations – Sparkle
DU2DS – Glitter
Thank you for your visit today and I do hope you’ll pop over and join in – you don’t have to use Crafty Ann products to take part.

18 Again!

Originally published on wordpress November 2009

No, not me (not for the first time anyway!!) It was our Grandson’s 18th earlier in the month and on wednesday our nephew is 18. I have to admit to being a bit of a coward and feeling that something to do with music is reasonably safe ground for this age group! On this occasion, I’ve used electric guitar 2 from my own digi stamp collection and coloured it with coloursoft pencils and sakura pens. The bps are: the red one from the Polished Stone Brights Collection and the grey one is from the Embossed Dots Brights Collection which I lightened a little in my graphics program. All the papers have been edged with Anita’s glitterations borders in black which helps to both define it and give it a lift. I’m entering this card into this week’s Stampin’ For the Weekend Challenge who want a card for a ‘big’ occasion.
Thank you for your visit today and don’t forget you still have until 6pm on thursday to enter the first Crafty Ann’s Challenge and be in the draw for the prize.

Christmas Garland

Originally published on wordpress November 2009

I have another Christmas card to share with you today and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed  making it. I started with the lovely sketch at Sketch Saturday which I turned round. The image is the Christmas Garland and is just new on the website and has been coloured with coloursoft pencils and sakura pens then highighted with crystal glitter. It’s much more glittery in real life than the photo shows. The bp one of my own. A scalloped mat cut on the robo, ribbon and a few gems finish it off and make it suitable for these 5 challenges too:
By The Cute and Girly – Winter Wonderland
Penny’s Challenges – A Winter Theme that must include glitter or sparkles and ribbon
Digital Tuesday – Holiday Wishes
Papertake Weekly – Digi Sparkle – use a digi image and something sparkly
Creative Card Crew – Ribbon and Gems
Thank you for your visit today and don’t forget that you still have plenty of time to enter the new challenge at Crafty Ann’s Challenge Blog - you don’t have to use Crafty Ann’s products to enter and there’s a lovely prize to be won.

Christmas Glitz

Originally published on wordpress November 2009

I’m in Christmas mode at the moment as I seem to have got a bit behind so went looking for some appropriate challenges to inspire me and found quite a few. Some I’m entering today and some I have another card in mind for.
The first challenge to inspire me was DU2DS with this fabulous sketch and because I’d just finished these bauble digi stamps it seemed to be tailor made for them – thank you Larissa :D . It all came together with help from Allsorts Challenge wanting bling, Saturday Surprise with ‘in the round’, MTTC who want ’so many scallops and Cooking It Up With Katie who has come up with a yummy recipe – ’start with a Christmas theme, add some sparkle and finish with a border’.
The bp is from my Polished stone brights collection and I’ve used sakura stardust pens and twinkling H2Os to colour the small baubles and Art institute glitters for the larger one.
Thank you for visiting today and I’d also like to thank you for the lovely and much appreciated comments you leave.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


Originally published on wordpress November 2009

At long last, the day of the first  CACB challenge is here and I’m so nervous, it’s untrue! I have a fantastic DT so do check all their samples out. I’ve wanted to do this for ages and really hope you’ll pop over and play along with us.
Because I’ve been wanting to do this for so long, CELEBRATE seemed to be the perfect choice for the first challenge and you can celebrate anything you like . I’m a bit behind on Christmas projects so had planned something Christmassy and then I realised that I had scheduled the first challenge for the day before our eldest GS turns 18 so really there couldn’t have been any other choice for my project could there? He’s just coming to the end of the second week of basic training with the Royal Engineers though so whether he’ll have the energy to celebrate tomorrow night could be a moot point!!
On to the card, it’s 20cm x 20cm so it’s quite large. The black and silver cards are from my stash and the blue embossed stars BP is one of my own and will be up on the website today. The image is Electric Guitar 1 and has been coloured using coloursoft pencils and a silver sakura stardust pen then mounted onto an old CD.
I’m also entering my card into the Theme Thursday Challenge which is to add borders to your project – I’ve used the silver card and peel offs to create mine, and the Tanda Teaser Challenge which is to use metal and I’m hoping the foil on my CD will count here.
I hope you will pop over to CACB and join in with our first challenge – it runs for two weeks and you don’t have to use Crafty Ann’s products to enter but you could win some if you join in!

A Little Witch For Four Challenges

Originally published on wordpress November 2009

Now before you say anything, I know Halloween is over, but in my own defence, there are still four current challenges that this card fits! It’s actually a swap card for a forum buddy and is the first halloween card I’ve ever made so I had to share it with you. :D
I must admit that I did enjoy making it and also using these colours which I don’t tend to do very often. My image is a Cute Dasiy May from sheet 7 and isn’t she just the cutest little witch you ever saw? She’s been coloured with coloursoft pencils. The sketch is from Sketch and Stash which I liked as soon as I saw it – the stash part of this challenge is the Dasiy May image and the corrugated orange card which I’ve had in my stash since Adam was a lad and just cried out to the used on this card.
The other challenges that this is for are:
TGIF – Little Witches
Saturday Challenge - Halloween
C.R.A.F.T – also Halloween.
Thank you for popping by today, your visits and comments are always appreciated.
Don’t forget the new challenge starting on Friday at Crafty Ann’s Challenge Blog – hope to see you there!

 Originally published on wordpress October 2009

Good Monday morning to you all. It’s Cute Daisy May Challenge time again and this week it’s simply entitled ‘Fairy-nuff’ – this is because Linnie is really quite partial to fairies and I must say that I totally agree and she’s drawn some beauties for us to play with too. Once again, I’ve taken my inspiration from several challenges and I’ll share which ones with you as I go along.
The sketch from the card is from the current Friday Sketchers although I have changed it slightly from oval to round so I hope that’ll be ok. It’s a lovely sketch though. My CDM fairy (from sheet no:8) has been coloured with coloursoft pencils which have a lovely sheen, it’s such a pity that it doesn’t show too well on photos – and she’s sitting on the edge of a circular frame that comes complete with bow that I’ve coloured using inktense pencils and then added twinkling H2os to when the inktense was dry. The frame will be available from Crafty Ann’s – hopefully either today or tomorrow. Daisy and the frame were mounted onto a piece of white card that was put through the c’bug d’vine swirls folder. The colour way for this card came from DU2DS where we have been challenged to use ‘Yellow, Orange and Black or White’ ….erm I seem to have managed to use all four! My two bps are from K&CO and Crafty Ann’s. I’m also entering into Lots to Do who want us to use ‘Bright Colours’ and Ooh-la-la-Creations who ask us to use shapes this fortnight.
I hope you’ll come and join us at CDM this week – the other DT cards are definitely worth checking out. Don’t forget that you can use any image you like, it doesn’t have to be a Cute Daisy May – but you would be in with a chance of winning a sheet of images if you enter.

Autumn birthday

Originally published on wordpress September 2009

Wow – two cards in one week!!!!! This one is for our daughter-in-law’s birthday next month. It’s 21cm square and has been inspired by these challenges:
The Pink Elephant for the lovely sketch which I can see me using again.
Ooh-la-la Creations, Creative Inspirations and Stamp with fun all have an Autumn/Fall theme
Digital Tuesday is falling leaves – my fallen leaves are on the main image.
The bps are all my own and the glittery ‘mats’ have been created with a very narrow DST and glitter. The burnt orange bp has been put through the cuttlebug birds and swirls folder.
The image is one of my own and is available as a digi stamp from Crafty Ann’s and has been coloured using coloursoft pencils and inktense pencils.
Thank you to all the above challenge setters for the inspiration and thank you for your visit today.

Catch A Falling Star...

Originally published on wordpress September 2009

I think Daisy might have trouble  putting this one in her pocket!! This week’s challenge at Cute Daisy May is texture and I thought I’d add another one to the christmas box. I’ve loved this image ever since I first saw it and it just seemed ideal for this challenge. Unfortunately, because I used a glittery ep it’s been difficult to get a photo that picks it all up. The 2 bps are my own and are actually purple and lilac but they have a but of a bluey tinge in the photo that isn’t there in real life. I’ve stamped and embossed snowflakes all over the paler bp and also the greeting at the bottom of the darker panel – which it is possible to read, honestly! lol!! It’s one of my all time favourite christmas stamps and says “May the spirit of Christmas last all year.”  Every time I use it I live in hope…….
The image is from sheet 92 and has been coloured with inktense pencils and sakura pens. I’ve used white glitter on Daisy’s clothes and  crystal glitter on the star. The cuttlebug swiss dots folder and a piece of grossgrain ribbon finish it off.
I’m also entering my card into these challenges:
Stamp Something – favourite colours or papers……purple and lilac certainly fit that bill!
Allsorts – snowflakes in september
Alphabet Challenge Blog – x is for……….Xmas in my case.
I hope you’ll all come and join us at CDM this week – we do look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your lovely creations.

Baby Aaaaahhhhh!!

Originally published on wordpress September 2009

It’s monday and that means that it’s Cute Dasiy May Challenge time again and Net has given me the push to get ahead of myself this week. :-)   The theme is ‘baby’ and as we don’t seem to have any new ones in the offing in the near future I decided to make our youngest Granddaughter’s first birthday card ready for next May!!
I have to say that this photo is the best of a bad bunch, this card looks much better IRL – but I suppose that’s what you get when you use white pearlescent card, guilded ivory emossing powder and white sparkly peel offs!  I decided to use a spring card and then took it a stage further and added two tiny ones for the animals. If you’d like the instructions for this type of card, along with an oval shaped variation, you’ll find them here. You  get the best results if you use a good card weight – in this case the card I used is 300 gsm. I made it from a sheet of A4 and the two small ones came from the piece I cut off so it was all from the one sheet. The measurements for the two small cards are 3cm x 6cm and I made them so that I could have the stuffed toys sitting upright. I love how it looks like Daisy is playing that game so beloved of babies of throwing her toys from the high chair for Mum or Dad to pick up lol! Daisy is from sheet 90 and the animals are from sheet 40.
I’ve coloured the images with Derwent coloursoft pencils and a sakura clear stardust pen. The diamond and base of the card have been stamped with a creative expressions corner flourish stamp and embossed with guilded ivory sparkle and sprinke embossing powder. The only other embellishments are the ribbon and the pink pearls. (I’d be lost if someone took my ribbons and pearls away!!)
I’m also entering my card into these challenges:
Digital Tuesday - It’s all about the kids
Stamp Something – Favourite embellishment (I’ve used two so I hope that’s ok)
Wednesday Stamper – open theme
I hope you’ll pop over to the Cute Daisy May Challenge blog and join in with us this week, we do enjoy visiting your blogs and don’t forget that you don’t have to use a Cute Dasiy May image to join in.

Day Trip

Originally published on wordpress August 2009

I’ve had this in mind for about 3 weeks! It’s for our card swap on the Creating Rainbows Forum and our brief this month was anything BUT a card and this has been such fun to make. I decided to go for a wall hanging and I love how Linnie draws the Cute Daisy May images in different positions which gives lots of scope for using them. Here I’ve combined 4 images from sheets 46, 54 & 71 although there are lots of others I could have chosen. I hope they’re enjoying their day out but I think I’d better keep an eye on the little one on the bridge because she looks somewhat out of her comfort zone to me! I’ve added them to one of my own scenic digi stamps and this little ’snapshot’ has been framed behind one of the new frames I’m working on. I’ve used a variety of media to colour this project – coloursoft with and without baby oil, inktense, distress ink, brilliance ink and sakura pens.  I’ve decoupaged the flowers in the corner of the frame although they are an instrinsic part of the frame so I didn’t actually need to.
I’m entering my wall hanging into these challenges:
Cute Card Thursday – Lazy Dayz
Theme Thursday – Seasons
Truly Scrumptious – anything but a card
The Pink Elephant – summer
Our Creative Corner – a colour challenge

Originally published on wordpress August 2009

Well, I think the late Mr Hope would be rather proud of our Daisy! I thoroughly enjoyed making this card and knew I would as soon as Net set the challenge for this week at Cute Daisy May. She simply called the challenge “The Word” and wanted the sentiment or saying to be the main focal point of the card. It took all week before the idea got from my head onto card stock but that was because of real life getting in the way but I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I saw this fabulous image from sheet 70. There are now 81 sheets when I looked this morning but past experience tells me that by the time you take a look there’ll probably be more! :-)
I’m entering this card into 3 other challenges too:
DU2DS – Blue, Green and White or Cream
Lots To Do – Free Theme
ABC Challenge – A is for Anything Goes
The dp is from K & Company and I edged it with memento Blue Danube ink. The Text is computer generated and happily, almost an exact match for the ink! The frame is one of my own that I’ve started working on and everything has been coloured with twinkling H2Os. The only other embellishments are the blue flat backed cyrstals.
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you enjoy looking at the card as much as I enjoyed making it.
I hope you’ll pop along and join us for this week’s Cute Dasiy May Challenge and be in with a chance of winning a sheet of your choice.

A Toast To A 21st and Two Challenges!

Originally published on wordpress August 13th 2009

This card is for one of my nephews who will be 21 in a few days time. The stamps are a Create – a – Scene set and make great cards for men. I stamped onto stardream card and embossed with a brown fine detail ep that was supposed to be gold and I just kept it and bought a different gold one. It’s come in quite handy for cards like this one but it’s one of those situations that when it’s gone that’s it. I’ve added a little colour to the image using inktense pencils. The sketch is from Friday Sketchers that I’ve wanted to use since I saw it and it has proved to be ideal for this card. I cut out the two shaped mats and the 21 using the robo which makes it suitable for Saturday Surprise where the theme is shapes.
The card that looks beige in the photo is actually subtly shot through with gold and I put the rectangular piece through the cuttlebug.
Thank you for visiting today.

S Is For Birthday??

Originally published August 11th 2009

This card is for my sister’s birthday and 3 challenges (although I personally have doubts about the legality of baby sisters actually being allowed to turn 40 at all – but we’ll let that pass!!)
It’s a flip card with a stair fold on the inside.  I’ve kept it simple but fairly tactile – my sister has no problems with her eyesight but as far as she’s concerned the more tactile the better. I’ve used white pearlescent and gold mirri card for everything except the image inside. The image is one of my own digi stamps – tropical beach and has been coloured with coloursoft pencils. Her very own tropical island – this one is called Margaretique lol!! The challenges it’s for are:
Rainbow Lady – S is for…….in this case it’s scene
Stamp with Fun – Birthday
Pile It On – No pattern paper and combining with at least one more challenge.
I really enjoyed making the card but won’t tell you how long I struggled to get photos of it and I’m still not really satisfied with them but as I needed to get the card in the post, they’ll have to do. Thank you for your visit today and for the comments you leave, they are all much appreciated.

Hats Challenge

Originally published on wordpress July 21st 2009

This lovely image is from Cute Daisy May sheet 51 and I have sat her on the WOJ tree stump. It’s for Rainbow Lady’s Challenge which is Hats this week.
I’ve coloured the image with coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil and sponged brilliance sky blue ink for the sky. The two white triangles have been put through the cuttlebug divine swirls folder and edged with pentouch silver ink. The main bp is one of my own. The silver mat was cut out using the robo. The embellishments are a piece of satin ribbon and two butterfly crystals.

Never Leave Home Without One

Originally published on July 2nd 2009

I’ve made this card for three challenges and ironically, am only making the one that sparked the idea by the skin of my teeth! Stampin’ For The Weekend want a pocket card and I couldn’t resist taking it literally lol! The jeans image is one of my own digi stamps and originally started off just as a pocket that evolved! The lovely little “Guardian Angel” is from Cute Daisy May sheet no 41. All the colouring has been done with Derwent coloursoft pencils and the denim backing paper is from Joanna Sheen’s Fashion Boutique CD. The layout is courtesy of the sketch at Our Creative Corner and Cute Card Thursday want stitching, either real or faux.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing this and hope it’ll make you smile.

Wish You Were Here

Originally published on wordpress July 1st 2009

This is a card I thoroughly enjoyed making. It’s for a swap on the Creating Rainbows forum. Our subject was sun, sea and sand. I decided to draw a new digi stamp for this and I’d love to find somewhere this idyllic to park my body for a week or two – in fact I think I’ve drawn my own private island! The digi stamp sheet will be on the website very soon.
I’ve coloured the picture with Derwent coloursoft pencils and all the bps are my own. The with love stamp is from papermania and the self adhesive sequins are from my stash.
I’m entering this card into these challenges:
DU2DS – the sketch
The Pink Elephant – my favourite colours
Created by Hand – Summertime
Digital Tuesday – Summertime
Thank you for your visit today and for all the lovely comments you leave

As you like it!

Originally published on wordpress June 29th 2009

The start of another week already! That means it’s Cute Daisy May Challenge time again and this is my DT card for this week. The theme is “As You Like It” which means exactly that – a free reign this week.
I couldn’t resist creating another scene which won’t come as a great surprise to regular readers of this blog! All of the digi stamps except the tree are from cute daisy may sheets. The tree is my own. There are three ways of creating a scene such as this with digi stamps: totally digitally in a graphics program, collage style with individually cut out elements or a combination of the two. I’ve gone with the latter, the wishing well and daisy sitting in front of it and the tree and swing were done and positioned digitally. The other two Daisy Mays I cut out and added afterwards for the extra dimension although I placed them as part of the scene as I was creating it to get the sizes in proportion then moved them to a different part of the sheet before printing.
The images were coloured with a whispers strokes pens and twinkling H2Os. The large backing card is stardream but I can’t remember which colour I’m afraid but it does seem to set the image off beautifully. That and the other pieces of bp are from my scraps making it suitable for Digital Tuesday’s challenge to use up scraps. The embellishments are ribbon, crystals and fabric flowers making it suitable for Stamp Something Challenge. I’m also entering it into MTTC - In the garden and Charisma Cardz which is Rubber Necker week – any theme, any style


Originally published on wordpress June 22nd 2009

This is one of those cards that started with a germ of an idea and just grew! (to 21cm x 21cm to be precise lol!) I’ve always enjoyed mixing and matching rubber stamps from different sets and companies to see what I could come up with and when I saw this week’s DU2DS challenge – which is called create a scene – I decided to do the same thing with digi stamps and then took it further and mixed with rubber too!
The digi stamps I’ve used are:
2 of my own, the cat in the washing and the fence, (this is now available as 1 digi stamp. I have amended the digi sheet to include the original cat in the washing, the fence and the two combined as you see above)
Cute Daisy May fairy from sheet 36
Dahlias and leaves from Fred She Said which were part of a prize I won recently from Digital Tuesday
The rubber stamps are both from stampscapes and the shrub was created by using the leafy part of a tree and the texture of the grass was created with the sedge filler stamp.
I coloured all the images using inktense pencils and/or twinkling H2Os.
The bps are one from my stash and the lighter one is my own.
The sketch for the card is this week’s Pink Elephant Challenge and I’m aso entering it into the Allsorts challenge of wings, Saturday Suprise where the theme is Question, and Pile It On where the theme is Purple and combining with at least one other challenge.
I’ve really enjoyed creating this, especially as it’s for a special person.

Another Year Already!

Originally published on wordpress 18th June 2009

It’s hard to believe that it’s a whole year since I shared this card for our Grandson with you, but it is! He is at music college and a guitarist so it’s variations on a theme – any suggestions for his 18th next year will not go unappreciated!! For this year, I’ve gone down the gold disc route and have drawn the electric guitar (which will be on Crafy Ann’s as a digi stamp soon.)
As an avid rubber stamper, I didn’t really think that digi stamps would be my ‘thing’ and I have Linnie to thank for my conversion. One of the things I really like about digi stamps is being able to decide what size I want it to be. In this case, I’ve gone for an 20cm square card so needed the image to be fairly large as it was to be the focal point. I’ve used coloursoft pencils along with the blender and burnisher pencils and sakura stardust pens to colour it.  I decided to keep the rest of the colour scheme simple with black and gold. The two black panels were put through the swiss dots folder then accented with a card ‘ribbon’ and a satin ribbon to keep it masculine. The sentiment and Josh’s name were cut out of the same gold card using an x-cut alphabet set in my cuttlebug. I hope he likes it as much as he did last year’s. I’m entering it into these challenges:
Stamp with fun – Dots
The Cuttlebug Spot – Father’s Day/Masculine projects
Pile it on – 2 different ribbons and at least one other challenge
Created by Hand – Free Choice
Simon Says – Let’s celebrate (the blog is celebrating it’s first birthday)

A Fairy A Day?

Originally published on wordpress June 13th 2009

I’ve had such fun making this today. It’s for no less  than 7 challenges and a bit of fun that we’re having on the Creating Rainbows forum this weekend. If you’re interested in joining us at CR, you need to contact Cynthia, but please be patient, she’s off on holiday for a week.
The bps are my own as is the bowl of apples digi stamp which I’ve coloured with coloursoft pencils. The little cutie pie sitting on one of the apples is one of the latest cute Daisy May images from sheet 35 and she’s also been coloured with coloursoft pencils and crystal glitter.
I’m entering this into these challenges:
Stamp Something (sketch)
Lots to do (open theme)
One stop craft (Add some sparkle)
OCC (border punches – used on the red paper)
Charisma Cardz (something yummy)
Creative  Card Crew (geometric designs)

Originally published on Wordpress May 25th 2009

This is my DT sample for this week’s Cute Daisy May Challenge which has monotone as it’s theme. It was made easy for me in a way as our DIL gave us another granddaughter last week and this is for them. As you can see I’ve chosen pink for my one colour but took a bit of artistic licence with her hair :-)
The bp’s are my own and I’ve stamped various baby paraphanalia in versamrk and embossed in clear ep on the smaller piece. Daisy is from sheet 24 and has been coloured using twinkling H2os. The two shaped mats were designed in design master and cut out with the robo and the ribbon was coloured using alcohol ink and is an almost exact match for the mirri card mat although the photo doesn’t really show this. The look is completed with a couple of  cuttlebug dies for the corner and the tag and some lovely padded hearts.
I’m also entering this card into these challenges:
Digital Tuesday – tag you’re it
Tanda Teaser – Oh Baby!
Saturday Challenge – New Beginnings
Do come along and join in the CDM challenge if you can, you can use any image and would be in with a chance to win a Cute Daisy May sheet of your choice and a blinky for your blog (like the one in my side bar).

Cat That Got The Cream

Originally published on wordpress May 15th 2009

This card is for my SIL, who gained her Phd last week.  At the weekend she said that she’d spent the previous 2 days grinning like a cheshire cat which promptly put the above image in my head! It means that she’s had to wait for her card because I had to draw it first and my back hasn’t wanted to play ball this week so I haven’t got anything much done of anything but I’ve got there and I hope she’ll think it worth waiting for!
You could be forgiven for thinking that I’ve got stuck in this kind of peacock blue shade just recently but I’ve taken the colours from those of her university (where she also works as a lecturer). The main bp is one of my own and the rest is from my stash. It’s an 8×8 card which meant I could have Dr Cat a good size (one of the big pluses of digi stamps is being able to re-size them easily.) The white card behind the cat topper has been put through the ‘bug argyle folder and the scallop border was cut out with the robo. Dr Cat and the scroll images were painted with twinkling H2Os.

I used the sketch from the current Sketch and Stash challenge and the new item is my Dr Cat digi stamp which also makes it perfect the the Animal Antics challenge at PTW.
Hope you like Dr Cat and thank you for your visit today.

A Good Tuck In!

Originally published on wordpress May 5th 2009

Good afternoon all, the card I’m sharing today is for four challenges:
Rainbow Lady’s - four legged friends
DU2DS – sketch
Saturday Surprise – open theme
The two half circles of the sketch have been put through the cuttlebug birds and swirls folder because it went rather well with the subject matter of the topper. The squirrel is one of my own hand drawn digi stamps and is available  here – the scenic digi stamp is also now up there for those of you who have been asking. I’ve coloured the image using coloursoft pencils and the blending pencil. The bps are from my stash (I’m afraid I don’t know the manufacturer) and edged with a silver pentouch pen, and the embellishments are white satin ribbon and silver dome sticker ‘gems’.
Thanks for popping by today.

Bridge Over Not So Troubled

Originally published on wordpress April 29th 2009

Some of you are aware that I’m very fond of creating scenic cards with stampscape and create a scene stamps – I put it down to being fortunate enough to spend my life in the lake district! The main reason I bought the stamps is because I honestly thought I’d never be able to create my own from scratch. However my recent forays into drawing have encouraged me to try and you can see the result above – you can probably guess where my inspiration came from!! I have turned it into a digi stamp which is on the website. It is a complete scene so all you need to do is add colour in whichever way you choose – perfect for those of you who say you wouldn’t know where to start with the stamps!
The trees on the digi stamp are naked branches so that you can use the picture for any season you wish. I created the leaves on the trees by stippling two shades of brilliance ink – the paler one from the peacock pad and pearlescent ivy, and the sky with brilliance pearlescent sky blue. The rest of the scene was painted with twinkling H2Os. I added the birds afterwards with a grey pen.
The flourish stamp is one of my absolute favourites by umount and the small flower blossoms are from the blossoms digi stamp sheet and have been coloured with twinkling H2Os and sakura stardust purple. The centres are yellow dimensional paint and the sentiment is from a papermania set I bought at the weekend. The frame was cut out using the robo.
I’m entering this card into three challenges:
Thank you for your visit today and I hope you like my first foray into scenic.

Cute Daisy May Gem Challenge

Originally published on wordpress April 27th 2009

This is my DT sample for this week’s Cute Daisy May challenge – Gems. The bps are from my stash with the scalloped mat cut out on the robo. The flower embellishments are my own, printed out to two different sizes and have the gems in the centre. Daisy May and the flowers have been painted with twinkling H2Os and a sakura stardust pen. The only other embellishments are a white satin ribbon and the feather.  It’s ages since I used this colourwayand I love the vibrancy of it. I hope you’ll join in with the challenge, you don’t have to use Daisy May images, any cute one is fine and there is a prize of a download of your choice up for grabs.

What's New Pussy Cat?

Originally published on wordpress April 21st 2009

This the second card of my ‘thinking outside the box’ mode that I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  It’s for two challenges that are new to me, Stamps and Smiles Sketch Challenge and Saturday Surprise, which is songs and music. I used the cuttlebug music embossing folder on the base mat and also on the silver mirror card. The patterned bp is Artylicious. The image is one of my own digi stamps and is available here. There is a story behind this digi stamp – we love to feed the birds and often have a garden full of them. The only trouble is that a couple of the neighbourhood cats (very large toms) have cottoned on! We have nothing against cats but it does seem somewhat cruel to feed the birds only to make them cat fodder, so OH has cleared out the bits of the garden that they used as hiding places so that they could creep up on the birds and when he’d finished he said “well there’s only one place left for them to hide now and that’s in your unmentionables!” I’d like to point out at this stage that the cat in the image is a kitten and I’d like to think that my unmentionables couldn’t house a large tom cat!! I coloured the image with inktense pencils and sponged the background with brilliance sky blue ink. The flowers have been water coloured with a sakura purple stardust pen and the scalloped mat cut out with the robo. I’ve just realised that this one also fits the MTTC challenge this week which is metallica

Hitchin' A Ride!

Originally published on wordpress April 20th 2009

I’ve finally got around to thinking about a couple of challenges and decided to ‘think outside the box’ for them just to give my brain some exercise after this last week of printing and cutting 8,000 fliers (don’t ask!) and before we start the next lot. The result is this card and another that’s just waiting to be transferred out of my head. This is for Rainbow Lady’s Challenge that has been set by forum and blogging friend Jenny this week. Jenny’s theme is transport………..well, the piglet isn’t walking is he? lol! (I told you it was outside the box!)

The image is one of my own digi stamps. The patterned bp is one of my own and the text is computer generated. The image was coloured with Derwent coloursoft pencils – not blended this time. The navy card stock, ribbon and silver ‘gems’ are from my stash. Thank you for your visit today and I hope my little piggy friend makes you smile too.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Swinging Daisy May

Originally published on wordpress April 15th 2009

This card has been in progress since Monday but real life keeps getting in the way!! One of those months I think. Back to the card. It’s for the Cute Daisy May challenge which is called “shape up” and is for a shaped card and also for Rainbow Lady’s Challenge, “Danglers” which I’m just making by the skin of my teeth! I cut out the octagonal card on the robo, the bp is artylicious, the gold mirri card has been put through two cuttlebug folders and daisy may had been coloured with coloursoft pencils and a touch of sakura gold stardust pen. The embellishments are narrow yellow satin ribbon, a couple of flat back pearls and a tiny flower that came with a magazine freebie a while back.
I have to ask though – what is Daisy doing to me??? Until she came along, I rarely did cute and even more rarely did yellow and now look at me! I think I must have gone for the yellow because I’m celebrating – I’m delighted to be able to tell you that I am now part of the Daisy May DT so I’d like to say thank you to Linnie for inviting me and congratulations to the other new DT members and it goes without saying that I definitely now do cute! lol!

A Little Bird Told Me...

Originally published on wordpress April 16th 2009

Well it didn’t tell me exactly but I am hoping that it’ll tell the friend it’ll be on it’s way to soon, just how much I appreciated the kindness they showed to me.
I’ve used  sketch # 47 from Friday Sketchers for the layout. The bp is a double sided paper from my stash and I’ve used both sides of it. The image is one of my own digi stamps and is now available from Crafty Ann's Digi Shop I’ve coloured the image with coloursoft pencils. The corner scroll has been embossed with fine detail silver embossing powder.
Thank you for your visit today.

Let's Start With Bling

Originally published on wordpress April 12th 2009

This is my first proper post on this new blog. This card was for a forum friend in a swap and our brief was “April Showers”. I’ve used another of my own digi stamps and a selection of card from my stash. I’m entering it into this week’s Dare You To digi stamp challenge 2 – bling. Anything shiny, I’ve used a lovely, sparkly silver ribbon, silver peel offs and a pearl centred flower.
I know my partner liked it and I hope you do too, thank you for visiting today