Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Dottie's World :: Wishing You Well

The Dottie's World challenge is "Wishing You Well"

I thought this would be a good card to send to someone going through a hard time.
I just LOVE these new girls... they are such fun to colour however for this challenge I used the coloured image and layered it in photoshop with this cafe scene which I took in Aix last year!

It's not the best photo (but will have to do for now)!

Close up of the cafe scene :)

inside of card (using my Hanna Stamps coffee bean stamp)

I can show this NOW as it's finally arrived!!
This is the book that I made to send my sister in Paris for Christmas - my other sisters and I bought her a voucher to Gallery La Fayette .... so I used some photos we took in Paris as the backgrounds for the Girl about Town downloads..... these lovely images are available to buy at Charmed Cards and Crafts

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Magnolia vs Stampavie

I thought I'd have a go at the Magnolia vs Stampavie challenge ... There is a great sketch by Donna for this challenge... and a wonderful prize too! :)

I decided to make little windows for the heads to look through :)

Thanks for looking!


Dottie's World :: Red, Green and Gold

It's Christmas today.... MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!! I hope you have had and do have a great day celebrating with family and friends!!

The challenge on Dottie's World this week is Red, Green and Gold - Great colour choice Nicola and perfect for Christmas :) Here's my card!!

There are some AWESOME cards by the Design Team this week! Go see :)

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

His Kingdom will not end :) *edited*

Well.. I can't believe it's Christmas Eve eve, still got a fair bit to do.... Nothing much to post... I've done a fair bit of colouring.... a few more Christmas cards (can't show them yet) I did however manage to have a play with Lou's new images..... have sent a little something off to Paris and so.. this is all I can show you for now...

I am Sooo tired... can't wait till the new year (and a week off in January) :)

Working for a church (doing admin) means life is fairly busy right now preparing for Christmas it's easy to just get caught up in the busy-ness and stress and forget about what Christmas is.

To me - ultimately it is the celebration of the birth of Christ (that he came to earth as a man .. to live and to die for the salvation of many). Thanks be to God!
It's great to be able to celebrate Christmas .. .to spend time with family and friends and give gifts to each other :)

Isaiah 9:
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


What does Christmas mean to you??

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Linda's 10,000 hits

Linda has some AWESOME blog candy on her blog (open until she reaches 10,000 hits)!

Well done on all those hits Linda!! And if you have not been to Linda's blog before pop on over :)

Friday, 19 December 2008

New Girl about Town

Ooooh... she's done it again!!

the wonderfully talented Louise has brought out a new download bundle.... Girl about Town available here. It's a very sophisticated set (C'est Tres Chic!!!)
I LOVE it and I'm sure you will too....

think you'll be seeing a few of those images around here (AFTER CHRISTMAS) lol!

Crafty Muse :: Boys will be boys

It's a new friday fortnight and therefore a new CraftyMuse challenge.. so what's the challenge???

Please make a card/project for a male (we all need more practice at that right ...)

I have used the Hiker Hugh image - available on the CM blog. I thought I'd try my hand at a pop-up card this time.. .Here is my attempt:


OPEN CARD - with pop up images

side(ish) view

Thanks for looking - pop on over to Crafty Muse and join in - you can use any image you like - not just a Crafty Muse one! :)


Thursday, 18 December 2008


Today is my Mum's birthday!! Oh yes - It was a nice big one!!
This is the card that I made for her!!

* Sorry about the quality of the photo... I took it in Orange on my mobile phone on the weekend*

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog

There is a new challenge blog starting up in January ... my very talented blogging friend Becky is going to be posting sketches and we are all encouraged to use stuff from our stash that is new/ has not been used!?

To celebrate the launch of the Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog
they are offering some blog candy! One lucky person will win a Willow with Umbrella stamp from Whiff of Joy.

How exciting!

Karen's MEGA MEGA MEGA Christmas candy

Karen is giving away the most Amazing Mega Mega Mega Mega Christmas candy!!
Pop over to Charmed Cards and Crafts too for some yummy scrummy crafty goodies!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Pudding Dottie - on a Tag

YAY!!! I have done another Dottie's World Challenge (early in the week)!! :) back on a roll!!

Louly set the challenge saying

Oooh Christmas is nearly upon us and I'm starting to feel Christmassy now! However!.....I have to confess to being a tad tired of Christmas cards so this week I'm challenging you to make tags. Nice and easy eh? That's what I thought.

I must admit I am sick of Christmas cards too.... Making a tag was fairly quick and easy - particularly with Lou's precoloured images! lol. Here is my tag:



Sunday, 14 December 2008

The weekend

It's been quite a busy weekend... just got back from Orange where we went for the weekend for my Mum's 60th party!! It went well!!

2 of my sisters came with us... So we picked up M from the airport on Thursday night (after finding out on Tuesday she was coming home from Chile ... what a surprise) and S from the airport on Friday and then we set off!!

Self portrait (in the kitchen at the party)!

During the week just gone I finished off LOTS of Christmas cards + the presents for our annual friends/family Christmas party (which we were not able to attend this year) ... we filled up clear baubles with lollies (after personalising them with each person in the families' names!)

This week I am hoping to/ have to:
Finish Christmas presents/ shopping etc
Clean up the craft room
get some stamps made
make some cards
stop neglecting my blog friends!
AND finish a card for the Crafty Muse challenge starting this Friday!!

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Dottie's World Challenge

The challenge on Dottie's world this week is ribbon and lace... I have ribbon and a lacey kinda effect with the hole punch at the bottom.
The photo is shocking will try and take a better one tomorrow!!

Have not been feeling well these last few days... but I am still hoping to get around all your blogs for some proper visits and commenting this week!!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

the boys have names

FINALLY, they have names :) The boys are called:
1. Carson Mac is on the laptop
2. Jake is playing the guitar
3. Hugh is a Hiker with curly hair
4. Hunter is a hiker with spiky hair
5. Dylan is the cute skiier
6. Carl is canoeing
thanks ladies for your suggestions... please email me if you chose on of those names and I will reply with your image! :)

It's all about Christmas

Why not come over and join us for this fortnight's challenge on CraftyMuse

It's all about Christmas

I have doodles a few Christmas images and will be giving them away over at Crafty muse during the next fortnight!!

I made 2 cards this time....

THANKS for looking!

what a fairytale

Paula from Pollycraft has the most amazing candy on her blog.... a wonderfully gorgeous handmade fairytale book with 9 little presents inside... some of the new elves... ooh.... I would love some of those gorgeous little elves :)

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Happy Birthday Mel

It's my friend Mel's birthday today!! She is always REALLY good at making people cakes and cupcakes for their birthday!! I think she is the cupcake queen and so ... I drew this girl holding a cupcake to go on her card!!

I made her card to the recipe on the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is:

1 ribbon
2 rectangles and
3 small, round embellishments (zooms, eyelets, brads, buttons, gems etc!)

thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Advent Calendar from Whiff of Joy and a SALE

Katharina is running an Advent calendar and is up to Day 3!!

Pop on over and see!! :)

do you live anywhere near Chester in the UK??? You may wanna go read Dawny's post here

Dottie's World

You really better pop on over and have a look....

Louise is celebrating her birthday with some yummy scrummy candy ... that's right a download bundle!! How lovely!!

oooh... and she says there will be a new collection coming soon.... yay!!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


It's Louise's Birthday today!! *

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOU!! Have a wonderful day!!

*My card *is* coming but unfortunately will be belated!

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Where did it go???

I seem to have lost a couple of things ...
My Mojo seems to have run off, I don'thave much of that energy stuff and and the weekend appears to have disappeared as well - if you see it please send it back - I would love some more time!! :)

I just thought I'd show you a few more pics of the stamp making in action!!
I'm slowly getting the timing and washing worked out :)

Exposing the image

Post exposure wash

the end result!

I promised a card, but as I explained earlier... due to the missing Mojo and time you will have to make do with a VERY sparkly purple Princess Amber. Speaking of purple.. why not head over to Crafty Muse and join in our purple challenge???

I did finish off the order of Christmas cards to send to my Mum and also to give her some to take into the bookshop where they sell my cards in Orange... whoo!! they can go postal tomorrow!

Here's one of my favourite...

I will be taking preorders for stamps on Crafty Muse and through this blog too... email me if you are interested.

I will also be offering the service of turning your artwork into stamps ... as I had troubles trying to find somewhere to do that for me :) Email me for more info!

Thanks for looking ... I will be ending the neglect and coming round your blogs in the next few days (sorry for the absence).

Friday, 28 November 2008

We have lift off

I am busy in the kitchen cooking stamps!!

I have made one sheet of little Angeliques and will be making some cards with her tomorrow, right now I have an Amber and a sitting Angelique under the light!! It's so exciting seeing the images become stamps!!

I will have to make enough to send some little packets off to the DT girls and then I will start taking pre-orders for stamps!

Got any good boy names up your sleeve?? please scroll down and suggest some for my boys!

Thanks for looking and next time I'll have a stamp or 2 to show :)

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

The boys and an award

Well, The boys are ready for release... they will be available for purchase on Crafty Muse around this time tomorrow!

But for now... I will be running a Naming competition right here... please suggest a name for the following:
1. laptop/ guitarist
2. hiker 1
3. hiker 2
4. skiier
5. canoer

The person who chooses the winning name(s) will receive that image as a free download.

This award has been doing the rounds and I would like to say a huge thank-you to Tracey, Emma and Becky for passing this on to me..

The details of the award are as follows:
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships!
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger's who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I would like to pass this onto (+ back to) the lovely Crafty Muse DT as well as my good friends Jac and Lea {I never professed to be any good at figures}

COME ON OVER to Crafty Muse and enter Challenge #2

*Oh and some exciting news .... we have ordered a stamp maker and I am expecting it to arrive tomorrow...ooh... eager anticipation - watch this space*

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Great Mail

Look at this lovely card that I received in the mail today!!!

Our Goddaughter Rachy sent it to me - I think that she has done a wonderful job with this card!!
I can't believe how good her colouring is - especially on the tiny Angeliques at the bottom.

I LOVE this card!! :)

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Birthday wishes!!

It's my big sisters birthday today!!

She lives in Chile now so I do not see her very often and I miss her ... I wish we could have coffee together often and to that end.. here is the card I sent her :)

the stamp is from Hanna Stamps

It is also my blogging buddy Tina's birthday today!! She has been a great friend to me online and an Awesome help in helping me with my new venture Crafty Muse! :)


Oh - this is just a part of the card I sent Tina for her birthday!! :)

Friday, 21 November 2008

Sugar Nellie

SUGAR NELLIE has some VERY yummy scrummy candy -- > go see!!

and check out their new designers whilst you are there!! Can't wait to see all their new stamps!!!

Debbie's blog candy

Debbie has the most amazing blog candy.

Check out Debbie's blog.. she is one very talented lady :)

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Crafty Muse :: Challenge #2

The second challenge over on Crafty Muse is to make something using the colour purple...

Here are my 2 cards...

For the first card I used a variety of different purple papers .. I coloured Princess Amber* in with my purple Copic# and my purple Spica pen and added some blooms on top of each other... along with some kindyglitz :)

My second card is for a special little girl going into hospital (to get her tonsils removed) in the UK this week... Her Mum - Cathy asked for some cards :)
I very much doubt that it will get there in time... but it should be a nice surprise for when she does get out (I'm also sending her some printed Princess Amber pictures to colour in).

*Princess Amber is now available for download from CraftyMuse

Some more sneak peeks

Hello there!
I wish I had more time in a day! lol .. don't we all??!!

Well .. a fortnight has passed and It's time for a new challenge tomorrow at Crafty Muse - yay!!
Meanwhile... here is a little peek at some things I've been working on...

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Crafty Muse & BOY stuff

Only a short amount of time left for Crafty Muse Challenge # ONE... come on you know you want to enter.... :) Angelique is available as a freebie download until Friday!!

I have been working on ideas and some images for boys and man cards!!
Yes... male cards and images are soo much harder than girly ones!! LOL!

I have done a couple of outdoorsy images of guys and have a few other ideas up my sleeve...

there is a sneak peek of one of these guy images on Crafty Muse :)

Reader question :: What images would you like to see available for Boy/ Men cards???

Monday, 17 November 2008

Just Christmas and Birthday card blog

I had a go at the Just Christmas and Birthday card challenge this week....

Check out this great site - there are some pretty Awesome cards that the DT have made :)

Here are my attempts at the sketch that Simone designed!
I do like the idea of making the two cards at one time.

thanks for looking!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

One Stop Craft Challenge :: Pretty Petals

When I saw that this weeks One Stop Craft Challenge was
Pretty Petals
I was inspired to create a card with LOTS of petals... not only is Milly Rose's skirt made of Petals but I made BIG petals out of paper for her to stand on!

the glitter did not show up very well...

Milly Rose is available to purchase at Crafty Muse :) and Don't forget that the DT call/ first challenge is still open until this Friday when a new challenge will be set!

Ria's Funky Fairy blog candy

Ria, a DT member for Funky Fairies - has some blog candy up for grabs and is celebrating too. well done on all those hits and posts Ria!! Keep up the wonderful Creations!
She is giving away a Funky Fairy stamp + some other yummy goodies. Pop on over!

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Dottie's World :: Colour Me Silly

I'm just scraping in (again) ... But could not let Sunday come without getting my Dottie's World Challenge card made!

Juliet set the challenge this week as:
"Colour me silly"... she wants to see LOTS of colour!!

So here you have it.... Fairy Dottie is very colourful (thanks to M for the idea of a rainbow skirt)!

Milly Rose

I've joined the new online community for paper crafters - Papercraft Planet. Let me know if you are a member and I'll look you up!

Today I joined the cuttlebug group and thought I'd take up the first challenge... so here is my favourite folder (that I have ... the Swiss dots folder is on order at my LSS).

I Thought I'd use my Milly Rose image for this card!! I have left room at the top to write a name or sentiment when I decide who gets her!! :)

I'd like to introduce you to my newest little flower girl... this is Princess Amber... she will soon be available for download at Crafty Muse (along with Angelique and Milly Rose)

Come along to Crafty Muse and join us in our first challenge! :)