Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Crafty Creations - 100th Challenge Blog Hop Celebration!

 Hello and welcome to our Crafty Creations 100th challenge celebration blog hop!  The Crafty Creations Design Team have organised a very special challenge with lots of prizes to be won! 

 If you arrived here from Amy's blog then you are on the right track!!  Please be sure to stop by each members blog and leave a comment to be in with a chance to win the prize on offer at their blog.  You will then finish at Crafty Creations where you should leave your final comment!

My prize is kindly sponsored by Jennifer at Craft Brulee.  Here's what Jennifer says about her store:

Here you will find handmade embelishments as well as other products to help you make wonderful projects, layouts and cards. There is loads of wonderful lace to choose from.

 Here is the fabulous prize on offer to one lucky winner (who will be chosen at random).  The winner will be announced on Tuesday 11th January 2011 - good luck everyone!

Now the challenge at Crafty Creations will be quite special in honour of our 100th will run for 2 weeks so that gives everyone some time to enter!  All winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th January 2011. The challenge has 3 elements:
  1. A sketch (designed by Jaime)
  2. A colour combination (chosen by Deena)
  3. Use a recycled element (chosen by Claire)
For my card I have used Jaime's sketch, Deena's colour combination and my recycled element is some cardboard recycled from one of the (many) parcels I had delivered - I used a nestie to die-cut my star!  The adorable image is from Bugaboo Stamps - one of the many sponsors of our 100th challenge celebrations!  You will find full details of the challenge requirements, all the sponsors and the fabulous prizes on offer at Crafty Creations blog!  But for now, your next step on the blog hop is Claire.

Thanks for joining in and good luck to everyone!  Please remember to return here on 11th January to see if you are a winner! bx

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Crafty Creations - Angels

Finally i get to post my card for last weeks Angel theme at Crafty Creations!  Fortunately I had the card made ahead of time - because i was "down" with a double dose of sickness!!  Gosh it was a looong dose...but thankfully, I'm finally on my feet again!!

I loved this flying angel in the recent Magnolia kit and HAD to use her for this see I loved her so much I made a "set" of these cards!

I do hope you had the chance to see the other fab samples made by the DT and even join in the fun yourself!  Wink Wink Ink is our great sponsor and is offering a fab prize to one lucky (random) winner. 

Tomorrow is our next challenge theme - we have a special celebration in would be great if you could join us! bx

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Crafty Creations - A Photo Inspiration!

 Isn't this photo just dreamy...i looooove the soft colours, the mix of patterns/textures, the hint of vintage with pretty new ruffled bedding....and it just happens to be the photograph inspiration for this week's challenge at Crafty Creations!   Here's how I interpreted it:

I followed the patchwork effect using some scrap papers (Doodlebug, Melissa Frances and My Mind's Eye), stamped the sentiment by Penny Black and cut it out using a Magnolia Doohickey...the flowers and pearl swirl are by Prima; the pink pearls are by Basic Grey...sorry i can't remember who supplies the ribbon or pearl pin.

To see my fellow DT's interpretations and the prize on offer please pop across to Crafty Creations! bx

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Crafty Creations - Bear projects

This week at Crafty Creations Claire wants to see all your projects using a sweet!! 

We are proudly sponsored by Purple Panda who kindly gave us a few images to play with!!  By the way - Kayla is the artist and she is only 16 - isn't she a talented young lady?! 

I chose this adorable lil guy...couldn't resist!!  I printed the image onto the spotty paper and cut it out...i cut foot pads and ear "bits" from scraps of pink and added a lil bow....sooo cute!!

I made a small box....and adhered the top and bottom to scalloped squares (cut by nesties)...the lid was layered then with patterned paper and my cute bear...oh, I almost forgot, I used my crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the lid and threaded some spotty ribbon (can't remember who this is made by) through so that the lid is easily removed!!  A few Basic Grey pearls finish my "beary sweet box" (nothing like blowing your own trumpet ehh girls?!! lol)

Hope you get the chance to join our fun challenge this week - there is a fab prize on offer for one lucky winner!! 

A Head's up - you may like to know that we are planning a special event to celebrate our 100th challenge - lots of fun ahead!! bx

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

I've been a lucky gal....

  I was thrilled to discover I'd won all these fab goodies at Erica's stop on a bloghop by Double Dutch!  There is just too much to fit into the photo (yep...that IS a big bunch of Hanglar Stanglar images...woohoo!!).  New stamps, perfectly co-ordinated patterned paper, cardstock and embellies - what more could a girl ask for!! Thank you so much Erica - i shall enjoy this lot immensely!!
I also received this beautifully decorated gift bag - what a cutie!!
And....there's more!! I recently won this adorable Tilda in a candy from my friend Maria!  Thank you so much Maria - I shall enjoy Tilda immensely! bx

Monday, 6 December 2010

LOTV - 12 Days of Christmas Candy

Have you seen the 12 Days of Christmas Candy currently going on at Lili Of The Valley...?  I love their cute images - so am gonna join in the fun! bx

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Sugar Nellie's "Grand" Competition - Round One!

Have you seen the new "toy" Spellbinders have's the Grand Calibur!! And it just happens to be the prize that Karen at Sugar Nellie is offering to one lucky winner in her Sassy Competition!!  Wouldn't that look GRAND under your christmas tree...or MINE?!!!  lol

After much debate I decided to crack open my christmas present and ink up a Sassy Gal to enter round one of the competition!  Karen wants to see WOW cards - White on White (she's a hard task master!!).  This is my entry:

I was going to make a "non-card" project but after checking the post again it stated card (I didn't want to take any chances!! lol) so i opted for a tent style card.

I chose the ultra cute Bella Bunting, coloured her with prisma pencils and then cut her out.  I paper pieced the banner with some of my favourite papers - My Mind's Eye of course!!    I cut 3 borders, layered them up and topped them off with some pom-pom trim.  I stitched around the edges a little, mounted my gal on foam squares and gave her centre stage!  Her "stage" is finished off with some sheer ribbon, a white Prima flower, a Creative Memories fuzzy brad, a Melissa Frances sentiment rub-on and 2 Basic Grey pearls to finish - lots of my favourite products on this card!!

Ok, I'll go enter my card now, I've already spotted one or two "crackers" so good luck to all! bx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Crafty Creations - A Giftcard Holder!

Jeanet chose a lovely theme this week at Crafty Creations - she wants to see a  Gift Card Holder!  Very handy for the upcoming season!

We have a fab prize from Simon Says Stamp this week - might get some-one a few extra goodies for the big day!

I have often seen these cute little projects on other blogs - but this is my first time making one...i enjoyed it thoroughly and as they are easily made, I'll make some more!!

I chose this lil elf image (Stampendous) as the matching sentiment is perfect for the project (I think!!).  I love the spotty MME paper...and i believe that lovely spotty ribbon came from my friend and fellow DT member Sharon (thanks hun...matches the paper perfectly!!).

I'm sure I'll get a few more ideas for projects this week when I visit you all - have fun creating!! bx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Crafty Creations - Christmas

Well it's getting all Christmassy over at Crafty Creations thanks to this week's hostess Amy!  We are kindly sponsored by Blackleaf Studios who are offering a fab prize to one lucky winner!!

I couldn't resist using this lil Magnolia Edwin for my card though (coloureed with Prisma pencils)....I wonder what's in that parcel he's holding so tightly?!!  This is a sketch from ages ago that i had printed out but didn't get around to using at the time....!  The papers are a mix from MME and The Girls Paperie.

I liked how this one turned out - thanks for visiting and for any comments - it's getting closer!! lol bx

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Crafty Creations - Beautiful Insides!

Jaime set the challenge at Crafty Creations this week - Beautiful InsidesPlease pop over and have a look at all the fabulous projects the team created this week!

Instead of a card, I decided to make a "bag in a box" after seeing the fab tutorial by Beate!  I then used one of my nestie labels to create a tab for my bag of yummy Thorntons chocolates to go inside my bag!  I love the pretty papers and colours (more suited for Easter maybe rather than the upcoming Christmas celebrations!! lol)

The bag-in-a-box was soooo easy to make - I'll be making a few more of these methinks!

We are sponsored by Whiff of Joy this week - and have a beautiful stamp for one lucky (random) winner! bx

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Crafty Creations - Buttons

This week at Crafty Creations it's Jenni's first turn as hostess and she has chosen the theme of "Buttons - either real or handmade"!

I opted for a lil change in style this week - and used this fab Magnolia christmas tree as the focal point of my card!  I simply "decorated" it with an itchy titchy star button!!  I also layered a couple of buttons and adhered that to the twine.

The yummy papers are by Memory Box - you will see that I opted for non-traditional christmas colours - my favourite kind!!

So a nice "easy" theme this week - buttons are so versatile I can't wait to see how many ways they are used in your projects this week! Thanks for visiting and for your sweet comments! bx

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


Wow...have you seen the latest beauties due for release by Sugar Nellie?  They ARE "Simply" beautiful!  The 2nd collection of Simpy Sassy is also due to be released soon......better get saving girls!!!!!!!!!! bx

Crafty Creations - Fables and Fairytales

Deena chose a "novel" theme for us all this week "Fables and Fairytales"!  We are sponsored by  Meljen's Designs and were given some cute images to work with....I loved this lil character and chose him!

Although, I must admit, this theme had me stumped!  First I thought i could try and make a castle for him...but he's a dwarf so the castle thing wouldn't work....then I thought I could make him a lil cottage....but I made the haunted house last then i thought I'd have him out searching in the forrest for Snow White (obviously that's why he is unhappy....)  so I made this 3D card!!

I thought these Basic Grey papers were perfect for the "forrest" look; the fringes represent the foliage he has to trample through; the scrap of "net" and silver embellishments represent the "things" that dangle in a forrest (i'm not sure what they are exactly but there's always things "danglin'" in the forrest in the movies lol

So that is my lil project for this week - I ended up having a right laugh at my efforts, but that's part of the fun!! Please pop across to Crafty Creations and see the fab projects my teamies and our guests created and details on our fab prize!! bx

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Motivet Sketch Challenge!

I love this wee Motivet image - and even better, i was lucky enough to WIN it!!  Yep, a while back i won the Motivet weekly draw for commenting - thanks again Motivet!!

I coloured the image with Prisma pencils, used Basic Grey papers, part of a verse stamp by Stampendous, a fuzzy brad by Creative Imaginations - but I'm afraid I do not remember who the ribbon, large snowflakes, snowflake trim and snowflake charm are by!!

Do you like his wee paper pierced boots - couldn't resist (thats a scrap of paper by Making Memories)!

I'm entering this card into the Motivet sketch challenge - and thats another christmas card made...phew!!

I'm also entering this into the Stampavie and More challenge as their theme this week is Christmas! bx

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 46

This week its Marlene's turn to create the sketch for The Sugar Bowl - and this is my entry!

I really need to get cracking with my christmas cards - don't want the panic setting in!! lol

I love this penguin couple - suitable for "old" couples and "new" couples!

I used Basic Grey papers, (part of a) sentiment by Stampendous, bling by Prima - sorry I can't remember where I got the 2 ribbons/trims!!

As always there is a FABULOUS prize on offer - too good to miss the chance really! bx

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Crafty Creations - Fall or Halloween!

Halloween is almost upon us once more - so we have a very seasonal theme this week for you all at Crafty Creations!  Claire is sponsoring the prize this week and is offering some YUMMY MME goodies!!

After seeing this fab tutorial on Cosmo Cricket (thanks guys!!) I decided to have a lil go myself - and hey presto they're right - it IS easy and it IS addictive!!

I've made this lil treat bag from a 12x12 sheet of K & Co paper, used some Bo Bunny paper trims, and ready to go stickers by Bo Bunny and 7 Gypsies (bling, brads and ribbon from stash!).

I'm looking forward to seeing all your fab projects this week! bx

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Crafty Creations - A Colour Recipe!

This week at Crafty Creations "our" Melissa has set a colour challenge for us all!!  She wants to see red, brown and green on our projects (you can have other colours but these 3 colours must feature).

Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Stamps who kindly gave us 4 images to work with this week!  I loved this lil witch - she looks a bit sad but that makes her so adorable in my book!!

I coloured her with Prisma pencils, used some Basic Grey papers and MME (the scalloped edge), the tiny sentiment is cut from a Halloween sheet by 7 gypsies, the bat brad is by Making Memories. 

So that's it - i felt like doing something a little different this week - so I created a scene (like a proper drama queen!!).  Now......can the eagle eyed among you spot my mistake?....I started to type my 'fession but then I thought I'd see if anyone else spotted it....? 

I can't wait to see what you all come up with this week! bx

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The Sugar Bowl - Tiet's Sketch!

Tiets has returned to the Sugar Bowl (yaaay) and she produced this awesome sketch!! I am usually very CAS - but i always admire the layers that Tiets adds to her when I saw this sketch i was determined to give it a go!!

So this is my take of the sketch - together with this cute girl and lots of yummy MME papers!!  I think the colours of the papers lend themselves to the optional theme of Autumn...maybe "she" is crossing her fingers in the hope that summer lingers on for a while...? lol

I coloured the image with Prismas; used an A Muse sentiment, used some 7 gypsies waxed thread for the stitches; added Papermania bling but can't remember where i recycled that raffia-type trim from!!

I'm also going to enter this card to the Cute Card Thursday theme which is "What's buggin' you?" - thanks to my lil butterfly!! bx

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Crafty Creations - Show a Number!

This week at Crafty Creations Sharon is hosting her first challenge - she wants so see a number somewhere on your project!

We are sponsored by Sketching Stamper this week.  Each DT member was lucky enough to be able to choose an image to work with - I have to say it was a difficult decision (check out those pumkins, the pram  and the shoe!!) but I chose this image (any guesses who might get this lil "number"? lol)!

I coloured with Prisma pencils, used MME papers, Making Memories alpha's, the word Love is a stamp by Kim Hughes, Prima letters/numbers and Prima bling (twine unknown and the doily is from a restaurant!! lol)

Do check out the Sketching Stamper site for amazing inspiration - Chris's colouring is simply amazing!

My teamies have come up with some cool projects - please stop by and have a look! bx

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Crafty Creations - A Sketch plus!

This week at Crafty Creations Jeanet created a fabulous sketch for us to use - but she added another 2 elements:

1.  you must use a rubber stamp on the project
2.  you must use lace or ribbon

I decided to use my gorgeous new LOTV christening stamp which i coloured with Prisma colours.  I used some Prima papers and flowers - also new!  The little beads on a stem are recycled from my cousins wedding stationery!!

I do hope you can join us this week - there is a fabulous $20 gift certificate to be won!!  My teamies have created a range of beautiful projects - you can see them here!! bx

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Pour moi...?

My sweet friend Maria shared this pretty pink award with me!!!!!!!!!!  There are a few rules that go along with this blog award:

1. Thank the person who sent you this award ~ Thank you sooo much Maria!

2. Post the award on your blog

3. List three things about yourself

I HATE cleaning.........I LOVE crisps......but even better......I LOVE my hubby hubster!

4. Post a picture you love

5. Pass this award on to 5 friends

I'd like to share this award with Claire, Deb, Juls, Marley and Sharon! bx

Sharon's Sweet Candy!

Calling all sweet candy lovers...look at the gorgeous Leann Ellis stamp and other goodies up for grabs from my sweet friend gotta be in it to win pop over and join in the fun! bx

Crafty Creations - Owls

This week it is the turn of Amy to set the Crafty Creations challenge and she chose OWLS

We are sponsored by Blackleaf Studios who kindly provided the team some images to work with - this lil guy was my favourite!!

I coloured the image with prisma pencils, used some Basic Grey Oliver papers, my sentiment is by Stampendous, the trim is by Martha Stewart, the pearl swirl is by Zva Creations and of course the ticket is by Tim Holtz.

So let's see your owls this week ladies......on paper, charms choose! bx

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Crafty Creations - Falling Leaves

Here we are with a new challenge once again......i am shocked how fast these weeks are flying by....!! This week Jaime set the challenge - Falling Leaves! We have certainly been having autumn weather in this neck of the woods!!

I am ashamed to say that this is the first time this stamp has been inked up...but I thought she was perfect for this challenge. I coloured her with Prisma pencils and pulled out an older collection of Basic Grey, with perfect fall colours! I stamped the leaves onto scraps, cut them out and crumpled them slightly. That trim is by Making Memories and the pearls are also Basic Grey.

So to see what my awesome teamies have come up with and for your chance to win a fab prize please join us here!! bx

Saturday, 18 September 2010

The Sugar Bowl - Judy's Sketch

I made this card for the current sketch at The Sugar Bowl and promptly forgot to include buttons - good job the theme is now optional!!

Thank goodness to get this gal inked....she is a cutie!! I teamed her up with some Basic Grey papers, prima flowers, Basic Grey pearls, a butterfly stamp by Memory Box and zig zag trim is unknown! I'll add a sentiment when I need to use the card!!

Because of the lil butterfly this card is also eligible for the challenge at Cute Card Thursday!!

It's a horrible rainy day here...and I have errands to jammie day for me today...sigh!! bx

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Crafty Creations - Music or Dance

This week our lovely Melissa set her first challenge for Crafty Creations - she would like to see creations with a Music or Dance theme!!

Tiddly Inks is our sponsor this week...each DT member got an "allowance" to spend in the store...WOW....I have to say I was spoilt for many fab images...but in the end I went with this gal for our theme! As soon as I saw her the song "i'll put a spell on youuuuu, make you miiiine"....came into my head...and that's music right...? Good job you can't hear me singing it though!! lol

Yes, you are right, I DID use MME Halloween papers, and I had lots of fun colouring this image (as you can see with the purple hair!! lol) I think all the brads are by Making Memories, the big flower is by Prima; I got the felt musical notes trim in America last year but I can't remember who makes it! I thought the sentiment fitted this theme well too - it is by My Sentiments Exactly!

So thats how I interpreted the challenge - can't wait to see what you come up with!! bx

Friday, 10 September 2010

A Sweetie Wannabe!!

The Sugar Bowl are currently looking for some new "sweeties" I thought I'd give it a whirl!!
I think this is the last of my uninked Gorguss Girls (I hear your gasps!! lol)...I coloured the image with Prisma Colours aside from her frock which i paper pieced! I used Basic Grey papers, (I love the soft colours), the large flower is by Prima although I'm not sure where I got the smaller roses or the hatpin! The sentiment tile is by Making Memories.
I've distressed the edges, stitched a little et voila - my entry!! bx

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

CCC - Transportation!

Claire set the new challenge this week at Crafty Creations...she would like to see your creations with a "transportation" theme! Of course that can be intrepreted any way you feel fits the challenge....I chose to go with this (Woodware) bike image!
There is a bit of a story behind this card....all i can say is that "some-one" was a bit "mad" on a bike!!
I've used MME papers, Melissa Frances rub-ons and prima gems! bx

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Back to School...

This Sugar Nellie cutie always reminds me of a school girl...not sure why...but I decided to ink her up for the Back to School challenge at Stamp Something!
I've used lots of favourites - papers by October Afternoon, Prima trim and flower, the flower centre is by Basic Grey (slightly altered for my needs!!) and I also recycled a Jenni Bowlin package by adding one of her rub-ons onto part of it (again I altered the rub-on slightly)...oh those teeny button brads are by Making Memories and thats a Fancy Pants pin...not sure which restaurant i received the doily in!! lol's off to work I go! bx

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

A Challenge - White Plus One Colour!

The new challenge set by Jenn this week at Crafty Creations is to create using White plus ONE colour!! I did find this a bit of a challenge...but thats what it's all about it!! Some people are sooooo creative when it comes to this kind of challenge or a mono look, so I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!!

I inked up this new cutie from PI and thought I'd slip another christmas card in....before the panic starts to set in!! lol

Of course christmas cards is a great time to dig out the fun flock and puffy you can see, I did a lot of paper piecing on lil miss's outfit, including a fun flocked hat and scarf (and snowballs) and blue fun flocked boots!

So lots of dimension and texture on this card....let me know that ya think! bx

Monday, 30 August 2010

A Gift for You!

Lilian designed the latest sketch at The Sugar is nice and simple, leaving you to fill it as you will! As always I've gone for the less is more style...even though I did try to add more flowers it just didn't flow for me...BIG sigh!! I need more practice!!

This is the latest stamp to escape from the "never seen ink in all it's days" box....a lil beauty which would serve many occasions methinks.

I teamed her up with some Basic Grey Wisteria and Prima leaves and flowers.

The added extra for this challenge is "pearls"....again the less is more won over!!

OK...I'm off to STUDY the flower-thing!! bx

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Crafty Creations - A 3 2 1 recipe!

My turn to set the theme this week at Crafty Creations. I came up with this recipe challenge:

3 patterned papers

2 ribbons (or trims)
1 charm

Of course your project can have more than this on it, but this is the minimum!

As Mo's Digital Pencil is sponsoring our challenge this week I got to inking up this fab image I got a while ago! I love these 2 characters, and this sentiment came with it!

My 3 patterned papers are from Basic Grey (Nook & Pantry), I think the pink twisty ribbon is by Making Memories and the lace trim is from Walmart, and I got this girly charm from Bunny Zoe's online store!

I must say the other DT girls have come up triumphs with their fabulous projects! I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with using the recipe! bx

Deb's Candy!

Would you look at this yummy candy...waiting to go to a new home...? Deb is celebrating a return to all things crafty - pop over and welcome her back!! bx

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Happy Birthday Anya!

I inked up this groovy chick for a couple of challenges! Firstly it's for the challenge at Anyone for Anya (been a while since I joined in there and their birthday hop seemed like the ideal time to join in!!). The theme is "Happy Birthday Anya" - and this gal certainly looks as if she's all ready to partaaaay!
I used the sketch at Friday Sketchers - thank you ladies, I enjoyed your sketch.
Stamp With Fun's theme is "a card for a girl".
And finally I'm entering this into the challenge at Stamping for the Weekend as their challenge is "anything goes"! bx

Monday, 23 August 2010

Sugar Bowl Challenge 41

I finally got some time this morning to have a play in the "toy" room...and I thought I'd start with The Sugar Bowl challenge...well, the prize is pretty awesome!!

This year is zooming at a furious rate and I need to get lots more christmas cards made so that led me to choose this Diane Duda Penguin stamp. I love the tender expressions these 2 share (awwwww)!

I christened my magnolia swirly doohickey and placed 3 around the image (but if this does not meet the requirements of this sketch thats ok).

I've just realised that this also fits the theme at A Spoon Full of Sugar (Christmas in August) so I'm entering this card there!

Right I'm off back up to the toyroom!! bx

Edit: What I forgot to mention (and you can't even see in the photo) is that I stamped, coloured and cut out a 2nd Mrs Penguin and HALF glued to the first layer, and put 1mm foam pads on the other half so that there is a bit of dimension on the card!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Flutterby Butterfly!

The new challenge this week at Crafty Creations is "butterflies"....I am not into butterflies in the big way that so many in craftland are, but I do love this lil charm! But as long as there is one butterfly on your creation that is fine!!

I "christened" my new wee stamp for this challenge...i think she is soooo cute! I've used some yummy MME papers, some Prima flowers...yep, pretty much the usual from me!!

Of course we have a fab prize on offer from Simon Says Stamp, so I hope you can get the chance to join us this week! bx

Sunday, 15 August 2010

A Couple of Tilda's....

I'm entering this cutie into the Totally Tilda challenge - they want to see Stitching on your card...this is one of my favourite ways to decorate a card! I have stitched a little tag on this card (r hand side)!

And just for fun I'm going to enter this Tilda into the Allsorts Challenge - they would like to see Paper Piecing - another fun technique! I thought Tilda looked cute in her paper pieced wellies....fortunately we're still sportin' the flip flops for another while!! lol bx