30 Jan 2011

Charity Shop Bargain Competition!

Good afternoon

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  I have been catching up with the housework and having a good sort out.  Chris took a load to the tip yesterday morning and then 6 bags to the charity shop in the afternoon.  I can't believe how much stuff we have hoarded in the 4 years we have lived here!  This afternoon we are going to make a space in the garage so I can have a cabinet (this one) for craft storage because it is slowly taking over the house lol!

Last Sunday when I was shopping in town with Chloe I spotted some rubber stamps in the window of one of the charity shops but unfortunately it was closed.  Anyway the next day after taking the children to school I decided to have a look and picked up a couple from the window display.  When I went to pay the lady in the shop asked if I would like to look through the other boxes of stamps that had been donated.  Well as you can imagine I wasn't going to say no lol! There must have been over 200 stamps inc Penny Black, Hero Arts!  This is what I came home with for the princely sum of £16 ... bargain!. 



They still had the original prices on them and I thought for a little bit of fun I would run a little competition.  Can you guess how much the above stamps would have cost new?  I will send the person whose guess is the closest some crafting goodies :-)

Catch up with you all on Tuesday with my card for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge.
25 Jan 2011

Teddy Bo Challenge ... 'Seeing Double'

Good morning

Wow the cards entered for our first challenge at Teddy Bo were stunning! The challenge this fortnight it is 'Seeing Double' so we would like to see 2 of the same.  Our sponsor is the fabulous McMahon Five Designs.com who are offering the winner a $15 gift certificate.  Hope you can join us because the design team love to see your cards using the adorable Bo and Bea :-)

I have made a double step card and decorated the steps with trellis using the MS Garden Trellis punch.




Image ~ Teddy Bo and Bea
Papers ~ Papermania 'Blueberry Hill'
Flowers ~ Wild Orchid Crafts and Magnolia
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards
Pearls ~ Wild Orchid Crafts



Challenges

Simon Says Stamp ~ Bingo (gems, flowers, punch/die cuts), Secret Crafter ~ It's a couple thing, Kaboodle Doodles ~ Bling it up, One Stop Craft ~ More than one fold, Passion for Promarkers ~ Let it shine, Wild Orchid ~ Let's get sentimental, CYDA ~ Love, Top Tip Tuesday ~ Flowers, Crafty Cardmakers ~ Floral, Stamp Something ~ Cute somethings, Teddy Stampers ~ Anything goes, The Creative Cottage ~ Shaped cards, By the Cute and Girly ~ Bling it on, Creative Craft World ~ Cute and cuddly



That's all from me today as I need to crack on with the housework ... no rest for the wicked lol!

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments.
19 Jan 2011

Lazy afternoon

Good afternoon

Just a quick post because I need to get something sorted for tea early tonight because Chloe is going to try out Guides tonight.  She doesn't really want to leave Brownies but she is going to be 11 in May so it's time for her to move on.  She is a little bit nervous but i'm sure she will be fine once she gets there. 

It's my Uncle's 65th birthday on Saturday so I made him a card using one of the cute squares from Lili of the Valley.  I have bought a few packs of these because they are perfect when you want to make a quick card or don't feel like colouring.  I actually added a little bit of colour to the leaves and grass :-)





This image is from the Vintage Boys pack and is called 'Lazy afternoon'.  I teamed it up with some Dovecraft 'Masculine' papers.  I finished it off with a Craftwork Cards die cut sentiment, a die cut corner and a couple of eyelets. 

Challenges

My Time to Craft ~ Spots and Dots
One Stop Crafts ~ Card for a Male
Simply Create ~ Punches
Penny's ~ Anything Goes
Pear Tree Designs ~ Free for all
Totally Papercrafts ~ Happy Birthday
Pile It On ~ Anything Goes

Work for me tomorrow and Friday but hope to be back with a card over the weekend with one of my new Lili of the Valley stamps :-)

18 Jan 2011

Lots of new goodies instore at Teddy Bo!

Good morning

Just a quick post to let you know there are lots of new goodies instore at Teddy Bo.  Love is in the air because the adorable Bo & Bea are getting all romantic in the run up to Valentine's Day :-)

Don't forget that you still have 3 days left to enter our FIRST Teddy Bo Challenge ...  the design team would love to see what you have been creating with Bo & Bea :-)

Catch up with you all again soon.
16 Jan 2011

Appley Dapply Blog Hop!


Hello and welcome to the Crafter’s Companion Blog Hop to celebrate the release of Beatrix Potter: Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes CD and stamp set.

If you have landed here from Marianne's blog then you are hopping in the right direction. If not then you need to pop over to the Crafter’s Companion News, Views and Inspiration Blog to begin.

Our DT have had a great time creating with the new range from Crafter’s Companion and to celebrate the launch of this stunning new collection on Friday 21st January we have decided to give you a chance to see some Sneak Peeks and also have the chance of winning a fabulous Prize:

The Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes CD and stamp set, plus a pack of watercolour card and a tin of 12 Derwent Watercolour pencils!

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is visit each blog in order, and then go back to the Crafter’s Companion News, Views and Inspiration Blog to leave your link on Mr Linky. Along the way you will notice that each Blog will give you a letter - make a note of these as they will make a word which we will ask you for if your number is drawn by Random.Org on Thursday 20th.

PLEASE DO NOT TELL US WHAT THE WORD IS ON THE CRAFTER’S COMPANION NEWS VIEWS AND INSPIRATION BLOG, WE WILL E-MAIL YOU FOR THE ANSWER IF YOUR MR LINKY NUMBER IS DRAWN.



Image & Sentiment ~ Appley Dapply Stamp Plate
Papers ~ Appley Dapply CD
Gems ~ Stash
Flowers ~ Prima 'Got Flowers'
(Christmas present from my lovely friend Marianne)

My letter is I

Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Jacqui


We hope you enjoy seeing the sneak peeks – thanks for hopping!
15 Jan 2011

With Love from Me to You :-)

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far.  I popped to the post office this morning to send some Ebay parcels and then I treated us all to a cream cake from the bakers ... yummy :-)

I made this card earlier in the week but haven't had a chance to upload it because I was at work all day Thursday and Friday and too tired when I got home at gone 7 pm both nights :-( 



Image ~ Teddy Bea 'Love letter'
Papers ~ Pink Paislee 'Sweetness'
Sentiment ~ Cuddly Buddly digi stamp



Challenges

Wild Orchid ~ Sketch by Bev (I have flipped the sketch)
Secret Crafter ~ With Love
Winter Wonderland ~ Paws for Thought
2 Sisters ~ Flowers
Paper Play ~ Cutie Patootie
Totally Gorjuss ~ Cuddly
Wags 'n Whiskers ~ With Love
12 Jan 2011

My First Christmas Card of 2011

Good evening

I am determined to be more organised with my Christmas cards this year so this is my first for 2011!  Just a quick and easy card using a LOTV die cut image.  I am not sure if you can still get these particular images because I bought them in 2009!




Image ~ LOTV die cut
Papers ~ Pepper & Friends Christmas Party
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You

Challenges

LOTV ~ Sketch
Bah! Humbug! ~ Holly and/or Fairies (holly backing paper)
ABC Christmas ~ Anything Christmas
DCD Christmas ~ Punch out your sentiment
Winter Wonderland ~ Lets go dotty

Just a quick post because I really need to tidy up my craft area/dining room and then sort something out for tea.  I am at work tomorrow and Friday so no crafting for me until the weekend :-(
11 Jan 2011

Teddy Bo Tuesday

Good morning

Following on from yesterday's post I am excited to say Teddy Bo's Store is now open for business :-) Why not pop across to view the collection of cute digi images. There is a 'Special Offer' from today until Sunday 16th Jan so if you buy 3 images you get one FREE :-)

Also launching today is the Teddy Bo Tuesday challenge and there is some rather gorgeous candy on offer from our first sponsor, Wild Orchid Crafts, for one lucky winner. There will also be a Top 3 who will each get to choose a digi stamp from Teddy Bo's Store. The challenges will be fortnightly on a Tuesday so there's plenty of time to take part.

Our first challenge is 'Anything Goes' but you must use a Teddy Bo or Bea image on your card. You can combine our challenge with any other challenges of your choice as long as the main image on your creation is a Bo or Bea, you will then qualify to be in the draw for the fab prizes. 



Image ~ 'When you wish upon a star'
Papers ~ HOTP Vintage (purple) and Create & Craft (striped)
Flowers ~ Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima
Pearls ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Swirls ~ Marianne die cuts
Star ~ Crafty Feeling kit
Ribbon ~ Stash
Sentiment ~ Cuddly Buddly digi stamp




Challenges

Sketch and Stash ~ Fab sketch
Fuzzy Wuzzy ~ Anything goes
(but you must use an animal image)
Teddy Stampers ~ Celebrations
Pollycraft ~ New things (image)
Cupcake Craft ~ Something new (image)
Kaboodle Doodles ~ Do it with digis

Hope you can join us at Teddy Bo Tuesday because the design team can't wait to visit your blogs and see your creations
10 Jan 2011

Teddy Bo DT News :-)

Hi Everyone :-)



I have some exciting news to share with you today ... I have been asked to join the Teddy Bo design team :-)

Teddy Bo and Teddy Bea are being launched tomorrow (11th Jan) so not long to wait until you get to see these cute little bears :-)

Word has it that Teddy Bea has made Teddy Bo go shopping so there will be LAUNCH candy!

Why not pop over and follow Teddy Bo's blog ... Can't wait to see you all over there :-)


8 Jan 2011

New Beginnings ~ Crafty Calendar Challenge DT

Good morning

The first challenge of 2011 has been set at Crafty Calendar Challenge and it is 'New Beginnings' with the optional extra of punched borders.  This month we are sponsored by Pink Gem Designs and the prize for one lucky winner is their most recent digi paper download 'Oh Boy' which is a gorgeous collection of baby boy papers.


Cuttlebug embossed background ~ Love Language
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Flowers, pearls and heart pearl beads ~ Wild Orchid Crafts

Challenges

Simon Says Stamp ~ New Beginnings
Creative Card Crew ~ New Beginnings
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes
Try it on Tuesday ~ New Beginnings
Creative Craft World ~ Anything Goes
Dutch Dare ~ New Beginnings
The Creative Cottage ~ Something New
Tuesday Throwdown ~ Embossing

Hope you get a chance to play along with us this month. 

Wishing you all a great weekend :-)
1 Jan 2011

Crafter's Companion January Challenge ~ DT Card

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a lovely New Year's Eve whether you were out painting the town red or like me seeing the New Year in at home.

It's the first of the month so a new challenge has been set at Crafter's Companion.  This month we have a fab sketch by my lovely DT buddy Jacqui and the optional theme is 'New'.  It can be new year, new baby, new products ... in fact anything 'New'.

You can choose to follow the sketch, the theme or both together and remember you don't have to use Crafters Companion products but if you do you'll be entered twice into the random draw for the £30 voucher that Sara is offering for one lucky winner :-)

I decided to make a new baby card because our friend and his partner had a baby girl, Grace, just before Christmas.  I'm not sure I like the flowers on this card but it's too late now because there are well and truly stuck down.



Image & Sentiment ~ Crafter's Companion Platinum Popcorn 'Little Cutie'
Papers ~ Craftwork Cards 'Sugar & Spice'
Ribbon ~ Stash
Flowers ~ Prima
Pearls ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment ~ Above stamp plate

We are going out shortly to see what we can buy in the sales and then later this afternoon Chris' mum is coming over for a buffet tea.