29 Dec 2009

My favourite cards of 2009!

Good Evening

I saw a great idea on Kath's blog where she has posted her favourite cards of 2009 (one for each month) so I thought I would join in the fun!  So here are my favourite cards of 2009!

JANUARY



FEBRUARY



MARCH



APRIL



MAY



JUNE



JULY




AUGUST




SEPTEMBER
 


OCTOBER
 


NOVEMBER



DECEMBER





28 Dec 2009

Our Christmas and Pink Gem Candy

Good Morning

It's been ages since I last posted. Life has been so busy and I just haven't had time to blog. Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We have had a wonderful time but it has also been very busy. We spent Christmas Day at home with the children and Chris' Mum came over for the day. Had a bit of a rest on Boxing Day ~ just popped to The Range with Jamie while Chris put together Chloe's desk. Yesterday we went to my Mum's and had another Christmas Day so more food and presents. So today I really need to do some housework!

I was very lucky this year because Chris bought me a new camera. It is a Panasonic G1 Lumix. I will definitely need to read the instruction book but luckily it has an automatic mode because I think I will need it! I didn't get any crafty presents this year but did get some money so think I might visit my favourite online craft shops later to see if I can find a bargain or two!

Now on to the Pink Gem Candy! How would you like to win 6 stamps from Pink Gem Designs? If you would then pop over to Janet's blog to enter.




I also thought I would let you know that Pink Gem Designs has a NEW YEAR SALE. There is a 15% discount off all products (excluding gift vouchers) until the end of January, while stocks last.
19 Dec 2009

Allsorts Challenge ~ Anything But a Card

Good Morning

It's certainly a 'Winter Wonderland' here in Norfolk here today. If only it could have waited until next week so we had a 'White Christmas' because no doubt it will have all disappeared by then.

This week at Allsorts Debs has set the challenge 'Anything But a Card'. This week our sponsor is Ruth at A Passion for Stamps. Don't forget to check the challenge blog to see if you were last week's winner or one of Brenda's Top 5.

I decided to make another page for my Christmas 2008 album. The photograph is my daughter on Christmas morning last year. The papers are K&Co and embellishments are from my stash.


12 Dec 2009

Allsorts Challenge ~ 'Pearls and Swirls'

Good Morning

I can't believe it's a week since I last posted. Last Sunday my son and I came down with a nasty viral illness and were quite poorly for a few days. Thankfully we are now both on the mend. 

This week at Allsorts Brenda has set the challenge and she has chosen 'Pearls and Swirls'.  We are once again being sponsored by the fabulous Sir Stampalot and one lucky person can win a gorgeous 'swirly pearly' prize.  Don't forget to check the challenge blog to see if you were the winner of the Stretch N' Bubbles digi stamps or one of Gro's Top 5.

I still have quite a few to make so i'm afraid it's yet another Christmas card.  I haven't decided whether to give this card to my Mum or MIL.  Think I might make another one in a different colour and then decide. 




Image ~ Whiff of Joy 'Melinda Christmas Angel'
Papers ~ Craft Creations
Ribbon ~ Local craft shop
Rose ~ Tabby Crafts
Holly ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment ~ Done on PC
Pearls ~ Kanban

Hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned.  Chris and I are going Christmas shopping in Norwich today.  Hopefully it won't be too busy because Chris isn't keen on shopping at the best of times lol!
5 Dec 2009

Popcorn the Bear

Good Evening

Hope you have all had a lovely Saturday. My friend Sarah came over for lunch today with her little girl. I haven't seen them for a few months so it was lovely to have a catch up. Anyway later this afternoon I had a spare couple of hours for a little crafting and made this card for Chris' mum to give to her friend so hope she likes it. 




Image and Papers ~ Popcorn the Bear 'Frosty & Bright' CD
Snowflakes ~ Blue (punch - ? make), White (K&Co Swell Noel)
Ribbon ~ American Crafts
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards
Artificial Snow ~ Poundland

I am entering this card for the following challenges:~

It's a Crafter's Companion ~ Sketch and to include blue, white and silver, shaker element and ribbon

Pollycraft Monday Challenge ~ Christmas

My Time To Craft ~ Winter Pals

ASFOS ~ Non-traditional Christmas colours

I am now off to watch the rest of the X-Factor.  Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Allsorts Challenge #30 ~ 'Purple'

Good Morning

It's time for another challenge at Allsorts but  first I would like to say thank you to everyone who entered my 'Buttons' challenge last week.  There were so many gorgeous cards and projects. Don't forget to check the challenge blog to see if you were the winner or one of my Top 5.

This week it's Gro's turn to set the challenge and she would like to see the Colour of Advent ~ PURPLE.  To be honest I didn't know that PURPLE was the Colour of Advent.  They say you learn something new every day lol!

This week we are being sponsored by Alison at Stretch N' Bubbles. The prize for one lucky winner is 4 digi stamps of their choice.

Alison provided the Design Team with images to use on their projects this week.  For my card I have used this cute 'Jillyan with Present' image which has been coloured with Promarkers.  The papers are DCWV Rose-Tinted Christmas.




I am also entering this card for the following challenges:-

PaperPlay Challenge ~ to make a Christmas/festive creation without using red & green.

Sophisticats ~ Snowflakes & Sparkle.

Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend.
4 Dec 2009

Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Winter Sparkle'

Good Morning

It's the first Friday of the month so that means it's time for another challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenge. The challenge for December is 'Winter Sparkle' so we would love to see your winter themed cards with the optional extra of sparkle and bling. 




Image ~ Tilda under mistletoe
Papers ~ Forever Friends 'Gift-wrapped'
Flowers ~ Prima (sprayed with glimmer mist and glamour dust)
Holly ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Gems ~ Stash
Ribbon & Bows ~ Craft Fairy

I hope you will be able to join in the fun this month.  The design team have created some fantastic cards, so if you fancy a peek pop over to the challenge blog.

I am also entering this card for the following challenges:-

Just Magnolia Special Monthly Challenge which is to make a card for someone special. This card is for my daughter, Chloe.

Creative Card Crew ~ Christmas.
1 Dec 2009

Anyone for Anya

Good Afternoon

I can't believe it's the 1st Dec today ~ this year has gone so quick!  I have done quite a bit of my Christmas shopping but still have quite a few things to get  and lots of cards still to be made! 

I have had a little break from making Christmas cards because I needed a card for Megan's 16th Birthday which is today.  (Megan is Chris' cousin's daughter ~ are you still with me lol!)  I must admit I really enjoyed making this card.  It all came together just how I wanted.  In fact I enjoyed it so much I have also decorated the inside and made a matching box. 

This card is for this week's Anyone for Anya challenge which is a fab sketch.  I was so pleased when I saw the sketch as it was perfect for Megan's card.  It is the first time I have used any of my Miss Anya stamps but this image was an absolute dream to colour.





Image ~ Miss Anya
Papers ~ Doodlebug Paper Potpourri (Lilac boutique)
Flower ~ Craftime Handcrafted Rose (sprayed with iridescent gold glimmer mist)
Brad ~ Papermania
Ribbon ~ Anita's
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards
Gems ~ Stash
28 Nov 2009

Allsorts Challenge ~ Buttons

Good Morning

Well Saturday is here again so it's time for another challenge at Allsorts. This week it's my turn to set the challenge and I have chosen 'Buttons'. I love buttons and have lots in my stash but must admit I really struggle to know what to do with them so this was quite a challenge for me lol!

This week our sponsor is Digisparkle (an online digistamp company). Digisparkle has a variety of digistamps that they are adding to on a regular basis. The prize for one lucky winner(chosen by random.org) is a voucher which entitles the winner to a month's free, unlimited access, to the Digisparkle store.

The DT were very fortunate to be allowed to chose a free image to use for our projects this week.  I decided to use this month's freebie ~ 'The Ballerinas'.  There are 4 ballerina images and they are perfect for girly cards.  If you would like these images they are available here.




Image ~ Digisparkle 'The Ballerinas'
Papers ~ Daisy & Dandelion
Sentiment ~ PC
Flowers, Buttons, Ribbon & Gems ~ Stash


I am also entering this card for the following challenges:~

Sassy Designs by Susie ~ Pink and Sparkly

DU2DS ~ Glitter


Hope you have a great weekend.

24 Nov 2009

Charity Candy

Good Morning



Victoria at Blue Jelly Too has some fabulous blog candy on offer until 9th Dec. But this is no ordinary candy because Victoria is giving away this candy to raise funds for charity ~ SANDs Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity.




This charity is very special to Victoria because 3 years ago her first baby, Flynn, tragically died when he was just two days old following birth complications at 42 weeks.

When I saw Victoria's candy post I really wanted to help her raise money for this charity because 6 years ago I lost our baby boy, Ben, when I was 22 weeks pregnant because of a congenital birth defect. We were absolutely devastated by the loss of our baby son and even now I can clearly remember how grief stricken we felt.

So if you would like to help Victoria raise funds for this fantastic charity here's what you have to do. Victoria would like you to send her your handmade cards and/or gifts wrapped with envelopes in a saleable state. She will then pass these on to SANDs who will sell and keep 100% of the proceeds to help set up new SANDs groups across the UK. For every card you send you get 1 blog candy entry. So 1 card = 1 entry, 10 cards = 10 entries etc.
21 Nov 2009

Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning

This week at Allsorts Kirsten has set the challenge and she would like you to take inspiration from a Christmas carol or a song title. The prize this week is a cute 'Jolly Tilda' Magnolia stamp from the new Christmas collection.


'Frosty the Snowman'



Image & Papers ~ 'The Christmas Collection' Messy Rabbit CD
Flowers ~ Crafty Feeling
Gems ~ Dew Drops
Sentiment ~ Kanban
Tools ~ McGill Pine punch, Cuttlebug Holly embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend.
19 Nov 2009

Just Magnolia ~ Mina's Sketch

Good Afternoon

Just a quick post because I am just about to leave to take the children for a hair cut. I had a spare couple of hours before collecting the children from school so I decided to make a card for the Just Magnolia challenge as I could resist inking up one of my new Tildas.





Image ~ Christmas Morning Tilda
Papers ~ 'The Winter Wishes Collection' Complete Cardmaking with your PC CD-ROM
Sentiment ~ As above
Flowers ~ Prima with gems

Hope you have all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend!
14 Nov 2009

Allsorts Challenge #27 ~ For a Child

Good Morning

This week at Allsorts Emma has set the challenge and she has chosen 'For a Child'. I decided to make a Christmas card and I think these cute LOTV die-cuts are perfect for little girls. Emma is donating a fab prize this week ~ a set of 4 Promakers! Don't forget to check to see if you were last week's winner or one of the Top 5.





I am going to make a few cards using these die-cuts for the Christmas Fair I am doing in a couple of weeks so I would be most grateful if you could let me know what you think and also what you think is a reasonable price to charge for a handmade card (6 x 6 size).

Image ~ LOTV Christmas Angels Trumpets Die-Cut
Papers ~ Forever Friends Gift Wrapped
Holly ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Flowers ~ Red (Crafty Feeling), White (Stash)
Brad ~ Dovecraft Jewel Brad
Gems ~ Kanban
Sentiment ~ Daisy & Dandelion Die-Cut

Have a great weekend.
7 Nov 2009

Allsorts Challenge Week 26 'Bring out your Bling'

Good Morning

It's Saturday again and time for another challenge at Allsorts. Thanks to everyone who joined in with Amanda's 'Wedding' Challenge. Don't forget to check to see if you were the winner of the Stampin Up Xmas Stamp or one of the Top 5.

This week Jules has set the challenge and she has chosen 'Bring out your Bling'.

We are being sponsored by Digistamp Boutique this week and Sally-Ann very kindly let the DT choose an image of their choice from the boutique. There are so many gorgeous images and I really was spoilt for choice. As my daughter's name is Chloe I decided to have the 'Chloe with Snowball' image.





Image ~ 'Chloe with Snowball' Digistamp Boutique
Papers ~ Craftwork Cards 'Candy Cane' and DCWV 'Rose Tinted Christmas'
Flowers ~ Flora Doodles Poinsettia
Sentiment ~ Papermania Elements

Sorry about the quality of my photograph. I took about 20 photographs and this was the best one I could get. Think it might be because the Craftwork Cards paper is slightly shiny.

I am sure there will be lots of Bonfire Parties tonight and if you having/going to one hope you have a fab time but please remember to stay safe and follow the Firework Code.

Have a great weekend!
6 Nov 2009

Crafty Calendar Challenge #2 ~ Weather

Good Morning

It's the first Friday of the month so that means it's time for a new challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenge. Firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone who joined in with our 'Autumn Challenge' and if you did please remember to check to see if you were the winner of the 6 Sketching Stamper Digi-Stamps.

This month the challenge is to make a card associated with a type of weather with the added option of pearls. Our sponsor this month is Nikki at Bunny Zoe Crafts.

As we are heading towards winter I decided to make a snowy/frosty card. This is the first time I have used this sweet Sugar Nellie 'Snowflake' stamp as I was saving her for this challenge lol! I have recently bought some Gemstones cardstock and it has a lovely shimmer to it which was perfect for this card.




Image ~ Sugar Nellie 'Snowflake'
Papers ~ Kars Xmas Collection Specialty Paper Pad
Cardstock ~ Gemstones
Snowflakes ~ Martha Stewart Punch & Blue pearls
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards die cut

Hope you are all looking forward to the weekend. I know I am because we are picking our new car up tomorrow. Anyway must go because I am at work today.
5 Nov 2009

Penny Black ~ Pink Christmas

Good Afternoon

Hope you are all having a good week so far. This morning Chloe said she had a 'tummy ache' so after trying to work out if she was really unwell or trying to get a day off school I decided to let her stay at home. To be honest she doesn't make a habit of trying to get a day off school but has been known to now and again lol! I think today could have been one of those days as she seemed fine when she was on the computer and watching TV so it's off to school for you tomorrow young lady!

Anyway while she was on the computer I managed to make a card for the following challenges; 1) Susie's Sassy Challenge ~ Christmas. This is a new fortnightly challenge and there is a fantastic prize worth over £60 for one lucky person. 2) Create4Fun Challenge ~ Sketch and again another fab prize of Nestabilities Octagons. I am keeping my fingers crossed lol!




Image ~ Penny Black 'Wishes for Kisses'
Papers ~ Bearly Mine Designs 'Designer Extreme Vol. III'
Snowflakes ~ Martha Stewart 'Arctic Snowflake' punch with pearl centres
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards die cut mounted on an oval nestie
Ribbon ~ Papermania

I really must go and tidy up the dining room table (or craft table as Chris calls it!) so we can eat our tea.

Many thanks for stopping by and your comments are most appreciated.
3 Nov 2009

Popcorn the Bear

Good Evening

The children went back to school today so I spent most of the day tidying up. However, I managed to find a spare couple of hours this afternoon after the school run to make this card. It's the first time I have used any of the Popcorn the Bear Christmas stamps. I love these cute stamps but they are a quite big for the 6 x 6 cards I like to make and I couldn't make my mind up whether or not to put something in the top left corner but in the end I decided not to and think it was the right decision.

This card is for the following challenge; Creative Card Crew ~ 'Ribbon & Gems', My Time to Craft ~ 'So Many Scallops' and Stamp Something ~ 'Cute & Fuzzy'




Image ~ Popcorn the Bear 'Snow Love'
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Tis the Season'
Sentiment ~ Popcorn the Bear 'Christmas Hugs'
Ribbon ~ Local craft shop
Gems ~ Red dew drops

Thank you for visiting and any comments you make are most appreciated.
31 Oct 2009

Allsorts Challenge #25 ~ Weddings

Good Morning

Thanks to everyone who participated with the 'Furry Friends' challenge at Allsorts last week. There were over 100 entries! Don't forget to visit the challenge blog to see if you were the winner or one of the Top 5.

This week the challenge has been set by Amanda and she has chosen 'Weddings'. It can be anything related to weddings (i.e. wedding/anniversary cards, invitations, favour boxes, scrapbook layouts etc). Amanda is offering a Stampin Up Xmas 'Perfect Presents' stamp for this week's prize.




Image ~ Forever Friends
Papers ~ Bearly Mine Designs 'Designer Extreme Vol. III'
Pearls ~ Prima E Line
Flowers ~ Stash

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween and hope you have a spooktastic evening!
28 Oct 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge ~ Celebration

Good Afternoon

One Stop Craft Challenge are celebrating their blogoversary and the challenge this week is 'Celebration' so I have made a birthday card.

This card is for Uncle Mike's birthday. Uncle Mike isn't a relative but Mike and his wife Pat have been friends with Chris' Mum and Dad for over 50 years and Chris has always called them Auntie and Uncle. I am sure most of you have an Auntie Pat or an Uncle Mike lol! Anyway Mike is a keen bowls player so I decided to make him a card using this cute Jolly Nation bowls man.



Image ~ Jolly Nation Bowls Man (die-cut decoupage)
Papers ~ Jolly Nation and Dovecraft Masculine
Sentiment ~ Daisy & Dandelion die-cut

Hope you are all having a good week (especially those of you with children lol!).
24 Oct 2009

Allsorts Challenge ~ Furry Friends

Good Morning

This week at Allsorts Debs has set the challenge of 'Furry Friends'.

Our sponsor is Wild Rose Studio and the DT were very lucky to be able to choose 1 of 4 really cute images to work with. I have used this cute mouse on a bauble. Please pop across to the challenge blog to see what my DT buddies have done with the other images.



Image ~ Wild Rose Studio coloured with Promarkers
Papers ~ DCWV Rose-Tinted Christmas
Flowers ~ Woodware Cherry Punches
Gems ~ The Craft Garden

I am also entering this card for The Craft Garden monthly challenge ~ 'Flowers'
17 Oct 2009

Allsorts ~ Monochrome Christmas Sketch

Good Morning

It's Saturday again so that must mean it's time for a new challenge at Allsorts. This week it is Brenda's turn to set the challenge and she has chosen 'Monochrome Christmas plus a sketch'. Monochrome can be black and white or different shades of a single colour.





Image & Sentiment ~ My Craft Studio 'A Classic Christmas' CD
Papers ~ Bearly Mine Designs 'Designer Extreme Vol. III' CD
Embellishments ~ Snowflakes K&Company 'Swell Noel' Layered Accents and Kanban Gems

This week our sponsor is Nikki at Bunny Zoe's Crafts and the prize is this super cute Bildmalarna stamp ~ Tossa on Ice.





We are going to have a busy day today because we are taking the children and a friend to Planet Zoom which is an indoor play place and then tonight we are going out for a meal to celebrate my birthday. It's just going to be the 2 of us because Chris' mum is coming round to look after the children. It feels strange to go out without the children as we do lots of things together and to be honest I always feel mean leaving them at home but I am sure they will have a lovely time with Nanny.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
14 Oct 2009

Popcorn the Bear

Good Afternoon

I had a spare couple of hours this morning and it was a toss up between making a card and housework! Yep you guessed it I decided to make a card! I really need to make lots of cards because I am having a stall at the Christmas Fair in our village on 28 November. This is the first time I have done anything like this and to be honest I am a little scared. My 9 year old daughter Chloe is coming along to help me (hold my hand lol!).

A few weeks ago I bought Popcorn the Bear Cosy & Warm CD so this morning I decided to print off some papers. There is a huge variety on this CD and I know I am going to make quite a few cards using it in the next few weeks in preparation for the Christmas Fair.

This card is for 2 challenges.The challenge at It's a Crafters Companion challenge is a fab sketch and there is a DT call because one of the DT members has decided to step down because of family committments.




Image & Papers ~ Popcorn the Bear Cosy & Warm CD
Ribbon ~ The Craft Fairy
Corners ~ Cuttlebug die
Gems ~ Kanban
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards die-cut mounted on an oval nestie
11 Oct 2009

Die Cut Dreams ~ Halloween

Good Morning

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. I have been up since 6 o'clock so have made another HALLOWEEN card using the Daisy & Dandelion die-cuts. This one is for the Die Cut Dreams Challenge which is a fab sketch and to use the colours Black, Purple, Orange & Green.

I decided to make this card look a little more spooky by inking the flowers and the orange cardstock. The paper is from the Bearly Mine Designer Extreme Vol III CD, Ribbon from stash, Flowers are Green Tara (Purple & Green) and the orange one is Petaloo (I have removed the yellow gem and replaced it with a black Kanban pearl). This card is for my daughter, Chloe, so hope she likes it!



Sorry about the photo ~ my camera didn't like the colours for some reason!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. It is sunny here today (and a little chilly) so I am now going to take Jamie for a bike ride.
10 Oct 2009

Allsorts ~ Week 22

Good Morning

Well Saturday is here again so it's time for another Allsorts Challenge. This week Gro has set the challenge and she has chosen HALLOWEEN. We are being sponsored by Pink Gem Designs and the prize is this cute stamp.





Here is my DT Card




I decided to use these cute Daisy & Dandelion Halloween Pumpkin & Aubergine die-cuts for my card. They are great value because you get 4 sheets for £1.99 and are ideal for making quick & easy Halloween cards, invitations and goody bags. I have also used MME Bloom & Grow paper, black shiny cardstock, Kanban black pearls, purple spotty ribbon from stash, a die-cut frame, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and Fiskars border punch.

I am also entering this card for A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge as they also have a HALLOWEEN theme this week and Simon Says Stamp BOO!

Hope you can join us at Allsorts this week as we would love to see your SPOOKY creations.

3 Oct 2009

Allsorts Challenge 21 ~ 'Kraft'

Good Afternoon

I would just like to say thank you so much to everyone who left me such lovely messages yesterday. It really means a lot to me.

Sorry I am so late with my DT card for this week's Allsorts Challenge but I had to work this morning.

This week at Allsorts the challenge is to use the colour 'Kraft'. The prize is a free download from Pink Petticoat and the DT were very fortunate as Liz at Pink Petticoat gave us all the fantastic download 'Big Fella' to work with. Thank you so much Liz! Also if you use Pink Petticoat products for your entry you can link twice so you have double the chance to win!



Image & Papers ~ Pink Petticoat 'Big Fella'
Flowers ~ Prima
Brads ~ Dovecraft
Ribbon ~ Local craft shop

Autumn has definitely arrived in Norfolk today. It's very windy and leaves are blowing everywhere. Last night it was so chilly we had to turn the heating on for an hour to warm the house. Perfect weather for crafting don't you think!
2 Oct 2009

Crafty Calendar Challenge and In Memory of my Dad

Good Morning


Well today is the lauch of the Crafty Calendar Challenge. This month Georgia has set the challenge AUTUMN and there is also an optional extra of PLANTS AND VEGETATION. Autumn is my favourite season and I love flowers so I really enjoyed making my DT card. This is a monthly challenge with a new challenge posted on the first Friday of every month so you have plenty of time to join in the fun!





Image ~ Autumn Milly (Pink Gem Designs)
Papers ~ MME Bloom & Grow
Flowers ~ Green Tara and small tea rose
Leaves ~ McGill punch


__________________



IN MEMORY OF MY DAD


One year ago today I lost my dearly loved dad. He was such a funny man and always had a joke to tell me every time I saw him. Chloe and Jamie often talk about 'Grandad John' and we all miss him so much.



This is my favourite photo of dad with Chloe and Jamie (Christmas 2005).




'Love and miss you always Dad'

26 Sep 2009

Allsorts DT Card 'Autumn Days'

Good Morning

This week at Allsorts it is my turn to set the challenge and I have chosen 'Autumn Days' so I would like you to be inspired by Autumn. It can be the colours, image or whatever makes you think of Autumn.




This week our sponsor is The Craft Garden and the prize is a tote bag, pack of Essentials Animal Bash, Pack of Olive Painterly Petals and a pack of Caramel E-line flowers.



In addition Kerry is also offering all our blog readers a 10% discount in the shop until 31st October when you use the code allsorts at checkout. How fab is that! The shop address is http://www.craftgarden.co.uk/


Here is my 'Autumn Days' DT Card



To be honest I am not sure I like this card. I had it all planned out in my head but it didn't quite turn out as I had imagined and I don't think it is very 'inspiring'. The rest of the Design Team have come up with some fantastic work to give you inspiration. I am sure they would be thrilled if you have time to visit their blogs to show your support.

Image ~ Stylish Tilda
Papers ~ MME Bloom & Grow
Ribbon ~ MME Bloom & Grow
Flowers ~ Prima Hydrangea, Green Tara and Petaloo
Leaves ~ Woodware punch
Sentiment ~ From Buzzcraft Fairy Doodles stamp set

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

19 Sep 2009

Snowflakes in September

Good Morning

This week at Allsorts it is Kirsten's turn to set the challenge and she has chosen 'SNOWFLAKES IN SEPTEMBER'. The winner this week will be our GUEST DESIGNER for the whole of OCTOBER. I love making Christmas cards so really enjoyed this challenge. It was the ideal opportunity to ink up this cute Penny Black stamp I bought a couple of weeks ago.










Image ~ Penny Black 'hand-mailed'
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Tis the Season'
Flower ~ ? Petaloo
Leaves ~ Woodware punch
Snowflake ~ Martha Stewart punch
Brad ~ Dovecraft Jewel brad
Gems ~ Kanban
Sentiment ~ Kanban

Sorry I didn't post my blog candy yesterday but we took the children to Pizza Hut when I got home from work and when we got back it was dark so couldn't get a decent photograph. I will hopefully do it later today or tomorow.

Lisa x
17 Sep 2009

Blogoversary and DT News

Good Evening

Today my blog is celebrating it's first birthday. I can't believe one year has passed since I first decided to start blogging. I would like to say a big thank you to all my blogging friends and to everyone who visits my blog. I am sure you will agree with me when I say it brightens my day to receive such lovely comments.

I also have some exciting news to share with you. I have been chosen to be one of the new Design Team Members for the Crafty Calander Challenge. Thanks so much for choosing me Georgia. This is going to be a monthly challenge set on the first friday of each month. The first challenge will be posted on the 2nd October. I hope that you will be able to join in the fun.

I have therefore put together some celebratory blog candy which I will post tomorrow.

Lisa x
13 Sep 2009

Autumn Days and Passion for Promarkers Blog Hop

Good Morning

I think autumn has definitely arrived in Norfolk today. There is a chill in the air and it just feels very autumnal. We have been very lucky as we have had very little rain all summer unlike other parts of the UK. I love autumn and it always makes me think back to when I was at school and we used to sing 'Autumn Days' in school assemblies and harvest festivals. I will be singing this all day now lol!

Just thought I would let you know about the Blog Hop at Passion for Promarkers. The blog hop will last from 10am today until 9pm on Thursday. The lucky winner will win a whole set of 56 new colour ProMarkers kindly donated by Letraset. WOW what a fantastic prize. Don't know why I am spreading the word as I want to win them lol!



So if you would like the chance to win join in the fun HERE.

Crafty Cardmakers Sketch Challenge

I recently discovered a new challenge Crafty Cardmakers and this week it is a sketch challenge. This is just my kind of sketch so couldn't wait to get started on my card. I recently bought some die cut toppers from Lili of the Valley and these are ideal when you need to make a quick card.



Image ~ Lili of the Valley 'Best Friends ~ Tea Time' Die cut
Papers ~ Bearly Mine Designs (Designer Extreme Vol. III)
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards
Flowers ~ Cream (Papermania), Brown (Green Tara)
Brads ~ HOTP
12 Sep 2009

PBSC ~ Domi's Sketch

Good Afternoon

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Jamie fell asleep on the sofa this afternoon so I had time to make a card for the PBSC which is a fab sketch by Domi. This card is for one of the doctors at work who has recently had a baby girl.





Image ~ Penny Black 'Pacifying'
Papers ~ DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl
Flowers ~ Pink (Petaloo), White (Papermania), Rose (Joanna Sheen)
Sentiment ~ Die cut (The Range)
Ribbon and Bow ~ Local Warehouse Clearance shop.

I am sorry about the photograph. For the last few weeks I have noticed that I am struggling to get a decent photograph of my cards. I have had my eye on a Canon EOS 450D for quite a while so might have to buy one soon.

Lisa x