Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hello all! Just a quick one today to say that two of my favourite craft sites are offering free postage this bank holiday weekend (until midnight on Monday 31st)...

The Craft Barn - click here
Crafter's Cove - click here

I was fairly good and only picked up some Woodware punches and Stamposaurus 'Boy' stamps. Can't spend too much this month!


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Flowers for Nan...

Well we all saw that coming didn't we? Bank Holiday = RAIN! What a surprise! Never mind, at least it means an extra day off work though :o)

Just a quick post today but it's my Nan's birthday next week so I made her a card to celebrate...

I kept it nice and simple, nothing fancy - sometimes you don't need a central image or embellishment to make a card look nice...

I coloured the sentiment in with a promarker again to match the paper...

Martha Stewart punch making another appearance...

Gorgeous flowers from Papermania and Prima...

See? Nice and simple!


That's all from me today. Have a great Saturday!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Finally Friday...

Hurrah! It's finally Friday on what has been quite a stressful week. I am very much looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend as I am sure you all are too! Hopefully I can fit some craft time in :o)

Anyway! I have quite a few birthdays in May and I made this little cutie for a friend of mine at work. Hope she likes it! I decided to enter it into the Promarker Challenge this week with their theme of 'Anything Goes'. Check out the AMAZING prizes they have on offer...I am guessing they are splitting the prizes out (or at least I hope so!) as it would be good to see quite a few people win.

I took ages colouring Anya in - especially her hair! I tried out the Ryman card and it worked perfectly! It's not as stiff as other card I have but most importantly it doesn't bleed. Massive yay!

I decided to cut out the bow twice and stick with a foam pad with a jewel centre...

Love the purple and green together! I put faux white zig zag stitching round the edges - must try with a proper machine again soon...

Cute little sentiment which I coloured with a promarker. Perfect little butterflies too! You can just about see where I stamped purple pearlised ink on the green card...


Finished card...

Looking at it again now, am thinking it's a bit too busy but I am sure she will love the fact that it is handmade!

Roll on 3.45 when I roll on outta work! Have a great rest of the afternoon :o)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Blog Look...are we liking?

Hi guys! Just a little post today to see how many have you have noticed the new look? As most of you are ladies, I have no doubt that you have noticed that something is different! I am so pleased with the new layout and think it looks absolutely FAB. I must mention Heather from LeeLou Blogs who was a massive help in sorting this out. Thanks Heather! So...verdict on the new blog? Are we liking or not feeling it so much?

I must be honest that my blog is like my baby...I LOVE updating it and it's a sort of diary for me too which is great. Massive thanks to those of you that read regularly/comment/just pop by now and then - I really do appreciate it, genuinely. Better things are to come! I honestly can't wait until I leave work now - it's less than 5 weeks to go. I can be a lady of leisure for a few weeks and craft away the days.

Bought some coated cardstock last night from Ryman's so I'll give that a go tonight with my trusty promarkers. Atty is working late so it'll be card mania! I also stumbled across Wild Orchid Crafts. I am sure I am a bit slow on the uptake here but they seem to be responsible for many of the beautiful flowers I see on people's creations when I blog-hop. I bought a few bits from there including some hat pins which I can't wait to try out on some of my cards! Still undecided on distress ink...thoughts anyone?

Have a fab day!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hands up if you love pink?


Where has the sun gone?! I think it might make an appearance later on but with the British weather, you never know!

I managed to create this card last night before I went out for a curry (yum!) - am trying to get rid of my cold/hayfever, but alas, didn't really work! I have a couple of birthdays coming up and this is for a friend. Pink and girly never fails and as I haven't used a TGF image for a while, their birthday Anya came in handy!

I was pleased with the colouring for this image...just need to practise a bit more...


A glittery headband and gem centre for her bow completes the look...

I snuck a little butterfly into make the card even more girly...

Simple stamped sentiment with a punched glittery border...

Gorgeous Prima flowers make their appearance. I pinned a few together with a glittery white brad and embellished the leaves with glitter...

I decoupaged (must look up that word to check if I am spelling it right!) the cake; stamped, coloured and cut out the image twice to create the pop-out effect...

Et voila! I love PINK as I am sure you can tell from reading my blog and love the different tones of pink in this card...


I have decided to 'invest' (at least that's what I say to Atty when he groans: "What are you buying now?!" at me) in some products that I have not tried before...I might even do some reviews on them. Now which one to buy first?!

  1. Tim Holtz Distress Ink - it always look so unusual so this technique intrigues me!
  2. Silkies - I think they produce a similar effect to Smooch accent ink but we'll have to see...
  3. Flower soft - I have seen some amazing things done with this product so again, I am intrigued!
  4. Mirri card - no idea what this does but I'll find out! I've seen a few people use it...

I didn't get the job which totally sucked (big time!) BUT things happen for a reason and it just wasn't meant to be unfortunately. Is it going to stop me from pursuing my dream? It certainly isn't. I know if I work hard and be patient, I'll get there...you'll see!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Best cardstock?


Hello loyal bloggers in blog land! Hope you are well on what is another gorgeous day. Shame I am stuck indoors....Nevertheless, the crafty side of my brain is alway switched on and I would like to pose a question to my fellow craft enthusiasts regarding cardstock.

Now I am a loyal lover of Letraset Promarkers and have grown quite fond of them since my purchasing my first pen in 2009, however, I have recently been drawn to Copics and how well they seem to colour. This got me thinking (dangerous I know) about the cardstock I have been using. I have had to try a few different types since alot of them seemed to bleed as soon as I got near it with a promarker. So, the big question is....what type of cardstock do you use when using promarkers/copics?

I have heard some good things in blogland about coated card with Ryman selling it. A trip into town might be in order (yay, payday!) BUT £10 for 100 x 200gsm sheets seems like alot to me...or do I need to shut my inner bargain hunter up on this one? Any advice will be greatly appreciated on this one!

I am trying to distract myself since I am patiently waiting to hear whether I have been successful with a new job. It's a dream role and I was over the moon just to get an interview but I am literally crossing everything.....so I just need to wait. What's meant to be, will be! Right?! :o)

Everything happens for a reason...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Farewell Kim...

As most of you who read my blog regularly know, my pal @ work (Kim) left work on Friday so I thought I would post a couple of pics of her last day! Here is a pic of her beautifully decorated desk (if I say so myself...!)

Me & Kim...*sniff*

Group shot No.1....

Some random weirdo in the background...ahem...

Tanja & Kim having a bevvy...

Group shot No.2...

Faith, Kim & Janet...


Kim & Ralfy...


A wonderful day was had by all. Plus I got to leave work early to enjoy the rest of the sunshine - hurrah!


The knitting cow...

Good morning everyone! It is looking to be a b-e-autiful day here in Sussex - too bad I am stuck inside working *sniff* Never mind...it's paying for my craft habit lol!

I was a bit poorly at the weekend which was a bit rubbish but I still managed to summon up the energy to make this card for the Pink Gem challenge. The colour theme was Pink, Burgundy and Green and here is what I came up with...

This lil' cutie is from the Pink Gem range. I made this card for one of my best pals @ work who is off to Africa for 5 months in August to teach english. She is a knitting fanatic so this image was perfect. The cow is coloured with promarkers (who says you can't have a pink and green cow?!).....

Love these paper embossed flowers with a bit of bling...


Simple congrats will suffice...


Paper candy dots for the finishing touches...

The card looks brown in the pics but I can promise you it is burgundy! I had trouble finding burgundy flowers but I thought they are close enough...

I must admit and be honest that I did struggle a bit with this colour scheme but am a firm believer in trying new things...and different colour schemes! I thought I'd try out for the GDT spot - no harm in trying is there? It would be a great opportunity, so fingers crossed and wish me luck!

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday sunshine....


Well it's a bit of a scorcher here today in sunny Sussex :o) Love the weekend's when the weather is as beautiful as it is today! This is just a quick post to spread the word of Debbie's amazing blog candy...


Debbie is offering...

1 @ Set A set of 72 Copic Ciao Markers (WOW! in it's own right!!!)
2 sheets of Sweet Pea Stamps
The Greeting Farm 'Buddies' Stamp Set.
12x12 K&CO Speciality Paper Pad ~ Madeline.
12x12 K&CO Speciality Paper Pad ~ Berry Sweet.
12x12 Basic Grey Collection ~ Green at Heart.
6x6 Kaisercraft Paper Pad ~ Lilac Avenue.
6x6 Kaisercraft Paper Pad ~ Tea at Elsies.
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page set ~ Double Loops.
EK Success Medium Retro Flower Punch.
Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Scalloped Ovals Dies ~ Small.
Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Scalloped Ovals Dies ~ Large.
Tim Holtz Alterations Die ~ Elegant Flourishes.
Marianne Designs, Creatables Die ~ Butterfly 1.
50 (25mm) Two-Tone Paper Roses in assorted colours.
50 (25mm) Paper Roses in assorted colours
25 Champagne Pink Gardenias & 50 matching Cherry Blossoms.
25m Saddle Stich Ribbon in assorted colours.
300 (4mm) Flat Backed Pearls.

Candy closes on 28th May - click here to enter and check out Debbie's fab work too!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cupcake goodbyes...

Woop! It's the weekend. Double woop since the sun is also shining brightly! Atty is out all day with the boys so I am spending the day with my lil' sis which will be groovy. Yesterday was a bit of a weird one as it was Kim's last day so it was a day of mixed emotion's as well as presents, tears and lots of a'drinking! Was a good day though and I have no doubt that I will be seeing her again very soon :o)

Anyway, I was asked to make a special card for the team to sign for Kim and couldn't post it earlier in case she wandered onto my blog! As she is the 'Cupcake Queen', it seemed very appropriate to have a big cupcake on it!

This cupcake looks good enough to eat!

Decided to make it stand out so layered one on top of another...

The baby blue compliments the baby pink and lilac. Love all the different textures...

DCWV stack came in useful as usual...sweet as candy...

Gorgeous felt flowers from Making Memories with a furry brad centre...

Lots of different layers...


Have a great Saturday! No cards for me today but will definitely crack on tomorrow with a few orders! :o)

Love,

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lucky Cat...

Cats are supposed to be lucky aren't they? Or is it bad luck? I can never remember! Either way it doesn't matter too much since my lovely friend Kim adores the furry critters so I had to have one on her leaving card.

The first wave of leavers depart from the office tomorrow and unfortunately, the situation is becoming all too real :o( I'm so sad that one of my bestest work pals is leaving and I don't want to think about it too much until it happens! Definitely an ostrich moment :o) Never mind, just means that we'll have to have more non-working lunches! Always a silver lining and all that jazz.

So....I have bought her THE coolest thing in the world as her leaving gift - more on that later - but I wanted her to have a funky and bright card from me to try and detract away from the depressive situation - is that silly? I picked out a really, really busy backing paper and went from there...


This little minx is from TGF and I decided to blend her with the background using Promarkers and embellished with glitter glue and Smooch accent ink...

My Martha Stewart punching is becoming a little bit obsessive so maybe I need to branch out a little! I do find it quite hard to punch sometimes so I punch some bits of tin foil to sharpen it!

A sparkly K&Co flower keeps the card cute and girly...

Simple sentiment with co-ordinating ribbon at an angle makes it a little quirky...

Only a few raised pieces on this card (think it's only the sentiment and the two circles)...

I gave it to her about an hour ago along with her gift and she loved it! Always makes the time you put in to creating cards so worth it when people realise it's handmade. Here is the present I got her....


A cupcake caddy! She is the Queen of Cupcakes and they seriously are to die for...she is so talented! So I thought this would be perfect for carrying them around :o)

Anyway, this has been a very long post (well done if you've read this far lol!) so I will leave it at that. Hope you have a fab day!

Love,