Friday Sketchers / Just Magnolia

>> Saturday, 27 February 2010

The weekend has finally arrived but I think its going to be a soggy one!  We might escape the rain today but the forecast for tomorrow is awful which is typical as my parents are visiting for the day and we like to get out of the house for a walk when the weather is nice.  However, my dad did say he would help lay our new bathroom floor so at least that might get finished!!


My card today is for two of my favourite challenges –Just Magnolia and Friday Sketchers.  This card came together very easily, although I did my usual thing of adding something after most of the pieces had been stuck down!


jmfs2 I’ve coloured this Christmas Tilda with distress inks and added some stardust stickles.  The border stamp is from Ladybug & Friends and my papers are a mixture of Magnolia and Melissa Frances.  I’ve spritzed my Prima and Wild Orchid Craft flowers with pearl Glimmer Mist and added a snipped piece of a Prima ‘Say it with Pearls' swirl.  The sentiment circle is cut with a Quickutz die and the sentiment is from Wild Rose Studio.  The button brads are from Making Memories.  After I’d stuck everything down I decided to add the strip of lace so I had to apply a big dollop of glue under Tilda’s feet to stick her down again!

I hope the sun shines wherever you are this weekend.


Papertake Weekly / Project Tuesday

>> Tuesday, 23 February 2010

I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was pretty uneventful but because of the rain Dave couldn’t work so we had some nice family time together.


I’m entering this card in a couple of challenges.  I’ve used the great sketch from this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge and made a gift card holder (Project Tuesday).  The papers are Daisy D’s and came from a fab online store called The Craftz Boutique.  I’ve only shopped there once but the service was excellent and they have every paper imaginable and more, plus their Bazzil cardstock is a really good price.

PTW2Tilda is coloured with distress inks and I used my Martha Stewart punch to create the pink vertical strip.  I attached a 10cm square card to the centre which opens up to reveal a small envelope which is just the right size for a gift card.  And I’ve just realised that there isn’t a flower in sight – that must be a first for me!

I hope you like it!  Have a great week.


Sketch & Stash for Pink Gem DT card

>> Friday, 19 February 2010

I hope you have had a good week.  It’s been a bit busy in our house as we’ve been decorating the bathroom and trying to do that with a toddler running around the place means it takes AGES.  I’ve also been putting together some flat pack furniture from Ikea which I find strangely  satisfying!!


HPIM2007 I’ve used the sketch from the latest Sketch and Stash challenge for my Pink Gem DT card.  Get Well Milly is coloured with distress inks and I’ve used the inks to edge all my papers too.

Truly Scrumptious Crafts is sponsoring this weeks Creative Card Crew challenge which is to make a ‘Get Well’ card so I thought I would join in the fun.


Happy Birthday Truly Scrumptious

>> Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Wow, the Truly Scrumptious challenge blog is one year old!  It’s been great to visit so many wonderful blogs over the past year and I hope you will continue to enjoy our challenges for the next year and beyond.

For our birthday challenge we have not one but three prizes to give away.  The first prize is a $20 voucher to spend in the Digital Delights store and two runners up will receive a mystery prize each from Truly Scrumptious Crafts.

This is the sketch for our challenge

 17 Feb sketch

And this is my card.  I used an adorable image from Wild Rose Studios and coloured him with distress inks.  The papers are the new range from Wild Rose Studio, as is the sentiment.


I hope you are able to join in our special birthday challenge.


Pretty in Pink

>> Friday, 12 February 2010

Hello, I hope you have had a good week and are now looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  I don’t think my weekend will be particularly exciting.  Dave is going to Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea play tomorrow so Thomas and I will be choosing the new paint and flooring for our bathroom as I’ve got next week off work to do a bit of decorating.

I’ve been dying to ink up my new Magnolia stamps and finally tonight I got to do just that.


I’m really pleased with how this turned out.  I think this Tilda is so cute and she definitely has a bit of attitude!  The papers are a mixture of Bo Bunny and Basic Grey (Lemonade and Bittersweet).  I’ve embellished the card with ribbon (Truly Scrumptious Crafts), flowers from Wild Orchid crafts and a Prima swirl.


It was fun to make an easel card again.  I used another Magnolia stamp to decorate the inside with a Prima flower centre.



I think I will keep this card for Mothers Day as I always have to make 4 cards and it always seems to end up a bit of a rush.

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

Just Magnolia – Love

Colour Create – pink, brown & red

Basic Grey – sketch

Cute Card Thursday – In the name of Love

Stamp Something – Something Cute


Lovely new Wild Rose Studio goodies!

>> Thursday, 11 February 2010

I think I mentioned that a lovely DT package of new Wild Rose Studio goodies landed on my doormat last week.  Since then I’ve been busy making cards for Dulcie to display at a trade show later this month and I thought I’d share one of these cards with you.


Isn’t this little fella adorable?  As well as really cute stamps Wild Rose Studio now have their own line of patterned papers, coordinating brads and sentiments – all of which I’ve used on this card.  I’ve used a Martha Stewart border punch for the layered panel and added a length of grosgrain ribbon from Truly Scrumptious Crafts. 

The layout is from a great sketch by Ria at Sketch Saturday for this card so I’m going to enter it into their challenge.


Pink Gem DT / Papertake Weekly

>> Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good week so far.  Last week my February Pink Gem DT stamps landed on my doormat and I couldn’t wait to ink up Football Miki.  Thomas loves kicking a ball and  last weekend he started at Little Kickers which he absolutely loved  !  He chased around kicking every ball he could and tidying up the cones the coaches were trying to set out! 

PG DTBack to my card and I used Dawny’s Papertake Weekly sketch and kept it very simple.  The papers are My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus and the sentiment is from Paper Mania.  Sorry about the rather  poor picture quality. I need to find a better way to photograph my cards with artificial light – any tips would gratefully received!


The First Gem of a Challenge

>> Monday, 8 February 2010

I’m so excited to be part of the first Gem of a Challenge.  We will post a new challenge each month and the winner will get to chose 2 Pink Gem stamps of their choice.  There will also be a ‘Top 3’ chosen by the DT.

For our first challenge we have a fab sketch for you:

First gem challenge sketch 

Pink Gem 1

Pink Gem 2I’ve used Snowflake Milly and rather than colour her dress, I’ve paper pieced it.  I stamped the dress three times and then layered each one, gluing them flat at the top and using silicone glue at the bottom to give the image some dimension.  You can see that a bit more clearly in my angled photo.

Pink Gem 3The papers I used are MME Bloom & Grow.  The flourish is a Sizzix die, flowers are punched using EK Success retro punches and the corner decoration is a Cuttlebug die.

I do hope you will join in our very first challenge.


A little WOJ love

>> Saturday, 6 February 2010

Thank goodness its the weekend.  It’s been another hectic week, and lots of crafting ‘stuff’ going on too!

Firstly, I was thrilled when Janet asked me to become a permanent member of the Pink Gems design team!  I feel very honoured to join such a talented team and I hope to show you a Pink Gem card later this week with my new stamps.  Then I received my very first magazine commission which necessitated a bit of lateral thinking and then a bit of craft shopping!  And then yesterday a huge DT package from Dulcie at Wild Rose Studios arrived through my letterbox.  Not only were there some adorable stamps but also some sentiments, a fabulous set of brads and two packs of gorgeous papers.  So I’m going to have a lot of fun in the coming weeks playing with all my new stash.


Enough waffling, I want to show you the card I’ve made for this weeks Whiff of Joy challenge.   I used a layout I saw on the fabulous Hanna’s blog.  If you haven’t seen her work then do visit her blog as you are in for a treat.  The papers I’ve used are a mixture of MME Wild Asparagus and Papermania Regency collection.  The flowers are a mixture from Wild Orchid crafts.

Have a great weekend!


Truly Scrumptious – Buttons & Bows

>> Wednesday, 3 February 2010

It’s time for another Truly Scrumptious challenge. This is the sketch we have for you this time

3 Feb sketch

And the optional extra challenge is 'buttons & bows’. There is a lovely prize for the winner of this challenge – your choice of ribbon & button kit from Truly Scrumptious Crafts.



I think I’ve gone a bit overboard with the embellishments on this card! I’ve coloured Leisel with distress inks and filled her wheelbarrow with buttons. I think the DP is My Minds Eye but it was the last piece I had so I can’t be certain. I hand stitched around the smaller panels and all the edges have been inked and then embossed with sparkly powder. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and all the buttons and ribbon are from Truly Scrumptious Crafts.


An Award

The lovely Danielle has given me this sweet award

Thank you so much Danielle, I'm very touched that you thought of me. Now I have to tell you 10 things that make me happy:

My adorable, mischievous son
My wonderful husband
My family & friends
Enjoying a game of tennis
A beautiful sunset
A family trip to the seaside (and the sun shines!)
Singing out loud in the car
Sitting in the garden with a nice glass of Pimms

I'm going to pass this onto 10 blogging friends (in no particular order) Angela, Dawn, Danita, Debbie, Christine, Heather, Mina, Michele, Nicole and Kim.


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