Clean Simple (& quite quick!)

>> Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog today. Life seems to get busier and busier even though, in theory, I should have a bit more free time now I've given up my office job! We had lots of visitors at the weekend so we had a big roast lunch and then a yummy tea of scones & jam - I even broke my 'no cake' rule and had one.

Do you like my new profile picture? I had some shots done at the weekend for my website so I thought I should replace my badly lit photo with a new black and white one. I definitely think I look better in black & white!! The photographer took some really nice shots of me with Thomas too - I've included one at the bottom of this post.

Onto my card and I really wanted to get in my craft room and play this evening but I also wanted to watch 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' too. So I compromised and made a card using this weeks Clean & Simple layout.


The cute little dog is one of Janet's designs and was a freebie with the Craft Stamper magazine. I coloured him with my aqua pens and cut out his flower and replaced it with a punched one. The sentiment is stamped on a Sizzix die cut and the papers are NitWits.

I'll leave you with a picture of me & Thomas.

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A Gem of a Challenge

>> Saturday, 22 January 2011

We have a new challenge for your at a Gem of a Challenge. Sadly this will be my last challenge as part of the Pink Gem Design Team. I have reluctantly decided to step down as work will be taking up more of my time now. It's been fantastic to be part of such a lovely team and I remember feeling so thrilled when Janet contacted me and asked me to join them. Thank you ladies!

For this challenge we would like to see some ribbon and lace on your card.


This is Kaya in Boots and I have coloured her with distress inks / aqua pens and then paper pieced her dress. All the papers are MME Bloom & Grow with the larger flowers being cut from one of the papers.

I had my chipped tooth repaired at the dentist today. Our dentist is lovely and she managed to do the whole thing while Thomas slept on my lap! He had falled asleep on the journey there and then stayed asleep until we left. It now feels like I have a small piece of chewing gum stuck to the inside of my tooth. Luckily we have an NHS dentist otherwise the cost would have probably been 3 times as much!

Have a fantastic weekend.

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Truly Scrumptious Challenge #49

>> Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Hi everyone, thanks for visiting my blog today. Unfortunately work seems to be cutting into my crafting time more than I would have liked but hopefully things will soon settle down and I'll get more than a couple of hours a week with my stamps, papers and glue!

We have another challenge for you on the Truly Scrumptious blog and this time we would like you to use Brown, Pink and Green as your main colour theme.

I decided to get ahead of myself and make hubbies Valentines Day card. This Tilda is one of my all time favourites and I've coloured her with a mixture of Promarker aqua pens and distress inks. It is slightly debatable whether the papers are pink! They come from a Paper Mania pink selection pack but they look a bit more red than I would have liked! The brown paper is Cosmo Cricket.


Here is a picture with the tag outside of the pocket.


The border stamp is from Ladybug & Friends. I have only used a tiny bit of green, on the lace of her dress. The string and button are recycled from a clothing tag.

We had a fantastic number of entries for our last challenge and I hope you will be able to join us this time.

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Happy hAnglar Birthday

>> Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Hello, thanks for visiting my blog today. We've had a busy few days in our household. Thomas had his first day at pre-school yesterday. He seems to have settled in really well. I stayed a few minutes with him Tuesday morning and less time this morning as he was keen to do some finger painting! And it gave me a free morning to play some tennis which I really enjoyed.

I coloured my hAnglar image several days ago and I knew I wanted to use these papers with her.


The papers are a Papermania Capsule Collection and I love that you get 30 different sheets in the pad. I treated myself to some gorgeous Prima flowers just before Christmas and this is one of them. One of my new years resolutions is to use the lovely embellishments I buy and not just look at them and then put them away in a drawer again!

I'm going to enter this card into these challenges:

Wild Orchid Crafts - sketch
Just Magnolia - anything goes
ABC Challenge - lace (I've used my lace doily punch so I hope this counts!)

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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A Gem of a Challenge

>> Saturday, 8 January 2011

Hello, thanks for visiting today. I hope the first week of 2011 has been a good one for you. It was strange not going into the office (very nice though!) and Thomas had his first visit to pre-school so we've had quite an interesting week.

Today is our first Gem of a Challenge for 2011. The challenges are fortnightly now so there are even more chances to join in the fun. This week we are sponsored by Letraset and the winner will receive a fabulous set of Promarkers.


For this challenge Debby has designed a fab sketch for you to use.


Isn't this little fella adorable? He is coloured with Aqua Promarkers and distress inks and the papers are DCWV Linen Closet (again - sorry if you are bored of these by now). The other DT ladies have made some gorgeous cards and we would love you to join in with the challenge.

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First Truly Scrumptious challenge of 2011

>> Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and Santa put some crafty stash in your stocking. My husband and I only buy each other small gifts and this year he bought me a box of Aqua Promarkers which I love. It's great to have more colours to use alongside my distress inks and I find the promarkers blend better than the inks so I think I will slowly start to collect all the colours.

This is the sketch we would like you to follow for our first challenge


And the optional theme is "Dreaming of Summer".

For my card I have used a Wild Rose Studio image called Faye with Flower. I've coloured here with distress inks and Aqua Promarkers and added plenty of glitter to her wings. The papers are by Daisy D's and the sentiment is also from Wild Rose Studio.


It's been lovely to get back into my craft room again after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and I'm looking forward to visiting all my friends' blogs again.

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