Saturday, 30 April 2011

I've been busy .......

 .....not with  card making but with finding a new family member and making them feel welcome

Meet "BELLA"
Our new Lurcher puppy as she snoozes in the afternoon sun 
  We have been wanting a lurcher for years and after losing two of our dogs over the last two years.We (I)  felt it was time to get a new addition. It's taken me some time to find the right one and one Hubby was Happy with also and we found Bella. She is so sweet in temperament and fitting into the family so well. 
The kids cant wait to take her out on walks and into the woods 
 I  promise more cards  in the next few days but I'm  making the most of the sun just like Bella LOL  
Oh  and  I didnt come up  with the  name (Hubby  did) although it is  good and  twilight influenced lol

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Hush .. it's time for tea

Wakey Wakey 

  Dont you just love a cuppa in the morning 
Mine I have to say is a cuppa coffee before I speak to anyone in the early  hours but I think this little dormouse needs a cuppa something else to wake him up bless him.

Goodies used: Justinklined image,nesties,PTI tea for two stamp set,ribbon from stash SU word punch and scallop oval.

Hello Tuesday

Why is it when you think you spend time running round in circles trying to reach  a deadline and have things organised it all  goes*its up  and you end up twiddling your thumbs  or  running round in circles again.Grrrr ( now that's off my chest )
 Onto the card for today 
I thought I'd be a bit daring again and get my old neglected Kenny K images out while the sun is out 
(typical its gone in again now and gone so cold brrrr wheres the heat gone) 
I'm going to enter this one into the sketch n stash challenge(any sketch) I've followed no 59 except  for moving the sentiment over a bit as it didn't fit at the bottom oops.

 Goodies Used : Kenny  K image Copics (nope not written them down but  c's and r's I do  know), new papers, SU border punch  PTI sentiment and  SU scallop square punch,
  Oh and corner punches for the corner pieces.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Dance your Heart out

Wow just look at those tights a few piroets and twirls and she'll be performing on stage.
This image is from Justinklined and called Sugar plum Fairy
Now this post is scheduled as I should be enjoying a fun day out with the children again.I love this Easter Holiday we have been having so much  fun going places whether sun or rain  its been a blast.
Catch ya later

 OH goodies : gems from imag-e-nation, papers from stash, Lili of the valley sentiment

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Keeping it cool

  So my passion came out again this week when I discovered my uncoloured images box and I found some  lost but far from forgotten images I could colour up  
It was lovely to do a bit of glam
 I kept this card simple and understated all I did was add a bit of bling
(and a bling has popped off in transport from shed to table  Ha ha!! found it stuck to the star lol)
 Now I'm going to put this one into the Kenny K challenge of anything goes, just because.

Goodies : KK image, Copics Oh my not many but memory fails me numbers,Card stock from stash and  gems from stash. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A bit of fairy dust

One of  my first ever Lili of the valley makes  and I hope  the first of many
I do love these little stamps they are so cute I ordered this stamp as I  kept seeing her around and about and she just whispered "buy me you  know you want to "(don't you just love it when a stamp whispers lol)  

Also I received my replacement Tim Holtz ruler this week from Joanna Sheen (superb service). I've been trying to get hold of one for ages since my last one broke and shattered into little pieces its  the best ruler I've ever had and I've got a few.So I couldn't resist having a play with it along with my new purchases from the NEC I was quite reserved in my buying this time round that was until I got home and on the Internet OOOppppss. 
SO I'm entering this card into the Lili of the Valley challenge
 Im in an bit of a rush  today a  huge list and  no time to get it all  done 
Catch  ya later 
Goodies used : Lili of  the valley stamp,Copics bv's,yg's,e00's and nope cant remember the rest, cuddly buddly sentiment, Once upon a time dp,  home made card candy  and tim hotlz ruler and distress inks.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Dare to be bold

  I do love poppies 

 Now I'm on the slow curve getting ready to go back to school 
I can't say the same for the kids as they are enjoying themselves too much 
 So catch  ya later
Enjoy  : )

Goodies: Poppy image ???  Sizzix embossing folder, label nestie, cardstock and ribbon from stash and PTI  sentiment

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Bunny Hop... hop... hop...

Well its that time of the year this  week to see the little bunny ears bobbing along and children having fun finding chocolate in the garden and arguing as one child has more than the other  
Can you tell I've done a few easter egg hunts in my time lol.
      Here's how the easter bunny must feel after all that work and his reward of a well deserved carrot
for his acheivement.Yes this is dusty rabbit from Justinklined.I've coloured him with copics mostly  e's and yr's  for this one.  

   Now this image is one of the freebies you can get this month along with Mexican Phil too. 
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I know its not the normal springtime colours but I fancied a bit of orange as its  bright and cheerful. The flowers were difficult to find as I could only find one orange flower until I shook my box out onto the table and sifted through all the blooms Think its another visit to wild orchid crafts this month : )

I'm entering this  card into papertake weekly challenge to  use dimension
I think the flowers have raised the bar a bit  as well as the image

Goodies : Justinklined image,cardstock Papermill, SU dp,Su  punch,Label nestie Copics e's and y's and yr's  Leone EM Punch, Wild orchid crafts  flowers,PTI  sentiment

Thursday, 14 April 2011

I love this image... depicts hubby and daughter so well
 not only in our house but I guess in many other homes.
The image is from Justinklined isn't it just fab
I've kept it simple no reason, just did lol
 I'm enjoying the Easter hols still at the moment not the  dieting bit and avoiding chocolate though : ( 
 Hope your enjoying the hols too !

Goodies used: dew drops,papers from stash  and card stock from stash  PTI sentiment 

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A country escape

Well here's something a bit different for me I thought I would try
some of the decoupage card kits at Imag-e-nation. 
There's a lovely selection and really inexpensive for a quick  make  and a quick card
I love these shaped cards from pin flair,the various images are beautiful and so easy to put together. I love this one of the farmyard. All I added was a sentiment and its ready to go.You even get an envelope with it bonus! 

  I'm still  recovering from the walk round the woods on the weekend. We treated the kids and us to a relaxing day out at Dobbies yesterday, took a picnic and had lost the kids  in  the mazes for a while. The only disadvantage with going to Dobbies is the farmers market and the Pets corner. Croissants and cinnamon whirls were purchased from the freezer section(diet definitely AWOL) and the orders for new pets were given stink pot turtles and fire bellied newts were the decisions of the day lol.They only came out with some crystals and a gooey alien this time thankfully!!.

 Catch  ya  later  I'm  off to  do some tidying  and I may be some time.

Monday, 11 April 2011

A bit of love can cheer anyone

No matter who it is.I discovered my Kenny k images when I had my clear out (oh you should see the mess this week on my desk On second thoughts no you dont want to see it lol ) and this one was coloured up ready to go.
I have no idea on copic colours used except rs35,37,59  and bs93,95,97 oh and eoo,r20,e000 well that was better than I thought.
What I can remember is she was a dream to colour. I didnt know what to do with her last time she was out ( thats why  she was under all the  papers and had been forgotten about.So I went blog hopping as you do with a cuppa and no biccie(stupid diet) and found Jackie had made her DT card for the pink gem challenge and oooh  another sketch its fate and I have the time at the moment so here's my take on the  sketch using the KK image . 
  I  love doing sketches they take the problems out of cards and you've got them as inspiration for next time.

I'm recovering from a leisurely walk through the woods yesterday 2 and a half hours later we were still heading back to the car and oh boy do I feel it today I'm off for another soak in the bath I think.

Goodies used: DP basic grey,Ribbon from stash andSU ,Sentiment PTI,KK image,Flowers wild orchid crafts   Copics and black heart embellishments from imag-e-nation. 

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Yah its the weekend...;;

and that means movie night ,popcorn and a snuggle on the sofa with Josh and a few nibbles
of  his winning chocolate egg
Yes the little man won with his aussie inspired bonnet and wants to share his winnings with his mom
(diets gone awol then) as a thankyou(for tying a bit of string)
But I'm  not going to complain its CHOCOLATE !!

Here's one of the new digi stamps from Justinklined 
Its the Caterpillar from Alice's Wonderland you can get the full collection for only £10

I always found Alice in Wonderland quite a weird book so when Tim Burton remade the movie I was  gobsmacked that it completely reinforced how I had read it.  It's Bonkers! lol and I loved the tangent series  that was on syfy recently it gave Alice a new quirky twist.SO I love this themed set of digi's

  I thought I'd add this card to the papertake weekly challenge of Anything Goes.
Now I have the perfect Dp  for this image,its the Halloween pad from graphic 45I do enjoy distressing and grunging up my cards still I think its liking a feel for the vintage era (does that mean I'm  getting old, shock!!!)

!!!!Shudder over,
Okay so today is Saturday and my list is still huge so I'm off to get this  popcorn started I started my diet this week and its no biccies today  : ( but  popcorn instead : )
I've been good this week so a bit of chcolate should be okay too .
I'm fooling my body into thinking its full apparently by having a couple of strict days and then not so strict days and on the weekend I can go all out well sort of ( I got the tip  from the biggest loser but I think they lost weight because of all the exercise they are doing ) we will have to see.
Catch ya  later

Goodies used : Justinklined image caterpillar,copics (no idea I forgot sorry),Graphic 45 Halloween in wonderland dp,computer generatedsentiment.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

My pressie arrived in the post

 Isnt she gorguss my daughter asked me what I would like for Mothers day
and I went through the normal "nothing , I dont want anything"... etc
     I saw this mug and  I  do have a weakness for the gorjuss  girls  so my daughter had it delivered
She said it was a cliff richard mug that she had ordered  
NOOOOOOOOOo( not that Ive got anything against Cliff Richard) 
  It arrived in the post 
I love it my kids are awesome
and Here's Josh in his  Easter  creation   Easter goes down under I think  
 He's not a happy chap in the mornings 
I was impressed as all I had to do was take the backing off the foam bits and tie the string on 
Josh had his creative head on him

A little hula

 I was sad to see another craft shop close this week,there have been so many of  late.Many people have blamed the online trade however its online shops that I've noticed that are closing too.
Its a sad thing : (
Silly monkey crafts had a huge sale and I got this little gem from the greeting farm amongst my treasures. 
She is a cutie and while on my daily digest of blogland I found another little challenge blog
Ladybug crafts ink TLT challenge
 They had a sketch to follow well I can't resist them its inevitable lol.

I used some papers this time that I've had for an age, they were nearly thrown out in the clearout. 
Shock Horror!!!!!!   and I have added some little gems of flowers I got from add some sparkle 
They had a lovely little stall  next to us at the NEC loads of ickle goodies : )

Goodies used : DP  ???? ,Greeting farm stamp, flowers add some sparkle,nesties, Kars gems
Copics ha! I remembered: 
face e21,r20,eoo,e000 Hair  c9,c7,c5,c1 Flowers bvooo,bv13,bv01,bv17 clothes yg11,yg06,b97,95,93.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Buttons and bows

 is the theme on  Mo's digital challenge blog  this week
well I love this theme its one of my favourites.
  Here's one of my favourite Mo Manning images
I have quite a few favourites now lol
 I've made some button flowers for a change and found some fab pink bows from Wild orchid crafts.

   Is it me or is it cold no matter how long the sun stays out !

 I've not got time to chat today as I'm having to help make an Easter bonnet with Josh and how we make it cool enough for him to wear. (there's no hope at that )

Goodies used: PTI  dp,pearlised card stock PDA card and craft, lili of the valley sentiment, buttons from stash and corner punch, Bows from wild orchid crafts.  

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

A little bit of fairy dust

Well I thought this week couldn't get any worse and its only Tuesday
  I'm tempted to go back to bed for the week. 
Yesterday's  Blog hop went a bit AWOL but I got there in the end and ever since then it seems as if the world is  against me even my cards lol

      This card was supposed to be a hanglar and stanglar one for the lovely hanglar challenge well it all went askew when my ink pad  slipped out of my hand,landed on my image and ruined it (don't you just hate it when that happens)so it was back to the drawing board with this one, however by chance I had this little lady from Tiddly inks coloured up and itching to be mounted onto a card so a new sentiment was found out  and  I was back on the ball I will add this to the Stamp something challenge  now as its a digi image.

Goodies  used : Digi image Tiddly inks, SU dp,card stock from papermill,Flowers punched and dew drops added to centre,Martha Stewart edge punch,PTI stamp for background and sentiment.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Instructions/Tutorial for Chocolate box

 Can be found HERE on splitcoast stampers  such a fabulous  forum and resources for  all types of  templates and techniques join up and put it into your favourites. 

Just inklined to Hop in April

   Our theme is ...........
Bring in Spring
 chosen by our host for this month  Jeni  
Now you should have come to my blog from Debbie's

Here's the order of the hop again  for you

Be sure to pop by and say hello to everyone : )
So onto my card.....
Well it's not just a card it's a chocolate box 
(with no chocolates in it as I ate them on Mother's day I'm a sucker for a chocolate lol)
I've used the Flower Cross  image as its getting close to Easter and to me thats spring 
little newborn lambs, chicks and ducklings (dont they make you go all gooey inside)
Ohhhh and it makes me think of  CHOCOLATE

     Here's a close up of the image beautifully penned by Jim Harker.I love this image it is one of my favourites.As you can see I've gone with a bright orange along with the more subtle yellows and greens and its my first chocolate box template I have made I'm well chuffed (I really should challenge myself again with different templates as I do find them fun to make)
   Now I'm off to get a cuppa and a biccie while I can as Im scheduling this post and its really saturday afternoon and Ive been fighting with the oven trying to get it clean and having a debate with the washing machine and weather it will not rain today I need to get my washing dry lol.
  SO enjoy your monday I'm sure I will (not) as my list of jobs for next week is huge and I want to get things done before the kids break up so we can enjoy the Easter break as the new job starts after Easter and I doubt I will have time for the big jobs like decorating then. Now you  need to go to  Meesh's Blog now  she's got something fabulous for you to see

Goodies Used: Justinklined image Flower Cross,Copics e31-37, yooo-y16, g85,g21 I think lol, Papers  are from a stampeezee kit of the month basic grey, flowers wild orchid craft , creatable die,oval nestabilities, and a mcgill  leaf punch.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

OOOOOOh thanks to Leelou

 for the gorgeous  blog template  my love of chocolate and patchwork quilts has been put together in this fabulous   layout  I  love it  mind you  I  love  many of her  layouts  they are just fab check them out  HERE

Super duper quick card

 with an image by Mo Manning (Whats  cooking )
(apologies again for bad light , note to self: take in morning light not evening )
I had fun with this one a bit of lace Oh my I've got loads of this stuff and don't use it 
I found my punches out from underneath a pile of papers
( oh yes I'm discovering lost items of stash  in that pile you know ,you have one of cut paper and embellishments that didn't work with one card and you  said I will put it back in a mo and it didn't happen lol )
  I coloured the image with copics and inked the edges for a misty look

Goodies used :  whats cooking image Mo Manning,copics( cant remember numbers), lili of the valley sentiment stamp, lace from stash,gems from stash PTI dp,SU ribbon.