29 Sept 2011

Garden Visit

Good morning

Just a quick post before I get ready for work!

Today I am sharing a thank you card I made for my friend Marianne and her hubby Graham who kindly took me to Ally Pally on Saturday (I know it has been received so it's okay to blog it).  I had to have a good look through my stamps to find an image which would be suitable for both of them ... didn't think Graham would appreciate a cute girly image lol!

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ Penny Black 'Garden Visit'
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Sugar & Spice'
Sentiment ~ Cudlly Buddly
Flowers ~ Prima
Pearls ~ Stash

According to the Met Office it's going to be another scorcher here today ... such a shame it's a work/school day!
28 Sept 2011

A Rockin' and a Shakin' Snowman!

Good morning

It's another beautiful sunny morning here in Norfolk ... such a shame the children are back to school because it would have been a perfect day to go to the beach for a picnic. 

I have another Snowman card to share with you today.  Hope you are not getting bored of Snowman cards but I haven't got anything else to show at the moment because I am making cards for an upcoming Crafter's Companion launch.

This is a rocker card which again has been printed from the new 'Walking in the Air' CD.  There are several different rocker card designs and all you need to do is print, cut and assemble so they are perfect for quick Christmas cards.  I decided to make a shaker card so this did take a little longer to assemble but still very easy to do.  All I have done is made a frame for the image using my nesties, backed it with acetate and filled it with fake snow (the stuff you put on Christmas trees).  Think I might have put a little bit too much in because the Snowman looks like he is standing in a drift lol! 

That's all from me ... I had a busy day catching up with shopping and housework yesterday so am hoping to squeeze some crafting time in today after I have tackled the ironing pile!

26 Sept 2011

The Snowman

Good morning

I can't believe it's Monday already ... this weekend has just flown by! 

Thought I would share another card I made using the 'Walking in the Air' The Snowman CD which was launched as part of the POTW by Crafter's Companion on Friday.  The POTW sold out within a couple of days but I believe all the items are still available just not part of the original POTW offer.

I have printed one of the card blanks and cut it in half and used the front for the inside.  I have matted the remaining piece onto a piece of silver card, stuck it to the front and cut out a circle.  I have finished it off with the snowman and a couple of punched snowflakes. 

* Challenges *

CD Sunday ~ Winter Wonderland
Jingle Belles ~ Here comes Suzy Snowflake

Now off to get ready for work!

25 Sept 2011

Ally Pally Goodies and Snowman Card!

Good morning

Hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend.  It's a beautiful sunny morning here in Norfolk ... oh I love sunny autumn days :-)  I had a wonderful day yesterday with Marianne and Lynsey at Ally Pally yesterday.  Lots of craft shopping and chatting and we also met up some lovely blogging friends ... waving at Vicky, Jacqui and Heidi :-) 

I have recently been sorting through my craft stash and have found lots of unused stamps, paper pads etc so I didn't buy a huge amount but am really pleased with what I came home with ... i'm sure this will keep me busy for a little while :-)

The new Crafter's Companion Snowman collection was launched on Friday as Pick of the Week on Create and Craft.  The POTW contains a bumper cardmaking kit and a special edition CD-ROM.  The cardmaking kit is £24.99 and features card blanks, rub-ons, die-cut decoupage, flocked snowflakes, stickers and much, much more!  It even comes in a special keepsake Snowman folder. 
You can make over 48 cards with the kit alone so it's great value for money!

Also included for FREE is the special edition CD-ROM.  This CD is different to the previous one because it also contains templates and designs to enable you to make lots of different shaped cards.

Here is one of the cards I made using the CD-ROM.  I have printed various elements and made an acetate front card.  I printed one of the card blanks and cut it down to create the scene behind the snowman and sprayed it with iridescent Spray & Sparkle.  Unfortunately you can't see from the photograph but IRL this is really sparkly.  I have then decoupaged one of the Snowman images and placed it on the scene.  Just finished it off with some punched borders, ribbon and pearls. 
Show Times

Fri - 12 pm, 3 pm, 7 pm
Sat - 8 am, 1 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm
Sun - 11 am, 4 pm, 6 pm
Mon - 1 pm, 5 pm
Tues - 8 am, 12 pm
Thurs - 11 am, 4 pm, 6 pm

That's all from me ... Hope you enjoy what's left of the weekend!
21 Sept 2011

All Wrapped Up!

Good afternoon

Hope you are all having a good week.  Only 3 more sleeps and then I am off to Ally Pally with Marianne and Lynsey :-)  What can be better than craft shopping and meeting up with friends ... oh I can't wait!

I have been busy the last few weeks with DT work but last night I found time to make a non-DT card and came up with this Christmas card using one of my favourite LOTV stamps.

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ ? ... I will add details later
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Flowers/Leaves ~ Prima
Gems ~ Stash
Swirl ~ Magnolia die

* Challenges *

LOTV ~ Red, Green & White
Bunny Zoe's ~ Sketch
Winter Wonderland ~ Girly Christmas
My Mum's Craft Shop ~ Boys & Girls
Sweet Stampin' ~ Flowers
CES ~ Embellish me more (use at least 4 different embellies)
Simon Says Stamp ~ Dies to die for
Bah Humbug ~ Flourishes/Swirls
The Crafty Pad ~ Diamonds are a girl's best friend (add bling)
Christmas Stampin' ~ Photo inspiration

That's all from me ... must dash and prepare tea because Chloe has Guides tonight.

17 Sept 2011

A Gem of a Challenge #30 ... Jenny's Sketch

Good afternoon

Sorry I am so late with my DT card for A Gem of a Challenge ... I had scheduled the post last night because I knew I was going to be busy this morning but unfortunately it didn't publish.

It's Jenny's turn to host the challenge and she has designed a great sketch for us.  The prize for one lucky winner is 6 digi images from Pink Gem Designs (subject to availability).

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Docrafts 'Penelope & Percy'
Sentiment ~ Cat's Life Press
Snowflakes ~ Woodware punch
Pearls ~ Marianne Design

I have been busy with DT work this morning so am now popping to the shops to buy a few goodies to nibble while we watch X-Factor tonight :-)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

13 Sept 2011

Christmas Humphrey ... Launch Day!

Good afternoon

Just a quick post to share another Humphrey card and to remind all you Humphrey fans that today's the day the new Christmas Collection is launched.

The launch show is tonight at 9 pm on Ideal World with Sara and Leann!

Other live show times are:
Tuesday: 11 pm
Wednesday: 8 am, 10 am , 12 pm (Create & Craft), 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm
Unless otherwise stated all shows are on Ideal World (Sky 644, Freeview 22, Virgin 747 and FreeSat 812) and are subject to change and stock permitting.

Thanks for all the lovely comments you have left on my Humphrey sneak peeks.  Hope you will be watching the launch show with me tonight :-)

12 Sept 2011

♥ All I want for Christmas is you ♥

Good afternoon

Hope you all had a great weekend :-)  We had a lovely time at the Norfolk Gala Day yesterday.  Jamie loved the Monster Truck shows and Chris paid for us all to have a helicopter ride which was great fun.  Marianne had a stall selling her lovely crafty makes so we popped by to say hello and Chloe bought a pretty notebook.  We also bumped into some friends we hadn't seen in a few years so that was nice.  All in all it was a great family day out :-)

I am sharing another Humphrey card today prior to the Pick of the Day launch tomorrow.  Just one more sleep and then you will be able to get your hands on the new Humphrey's Corner Christmas collection ... 12 adorable stamp sets and a twin CD-ROM.

The adorable image has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs and the papers are printed from the CD. 

For more DT sneak peeks pop over to the Crafter's Companion News Blog

That's all from me ... now off to prepare jacket pots and chicken salad ... mmmm :-)

8 Sept 2011

Humphrey Sneak Peek 3

Good afternoon

Just a quick post with another Humphrey sneak peek before I head to Slimming World to be weighed ... so far I have lost 6 lbs since 18th August so hoping I will have lost another lb this week and then I will have lost ½ stone.

This little cutie is from one of the Jingle Bells stamp plates and has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  The sentiment is from the same stamp plate and the papers have been printed from the CD.  The snowflakes are Marianne die cuts and have been cut from glittery card for extra sparkle with pearls, ribbon and lace from my stash.

Right must dash!

7 Sept 2011

Back to School!

Good morning

Well the school hols have come to an end and Chloe and Jamie started their new schools today.  They both looked so grown up in their new uniforms ... they are growing up too fast :-( 

To wish them good luck I made them both a card ... I actually bought the stamps months ago but because Humphrey has been keeping me busy I only got round to making the cards last night ... talk about cutting it fine!  Just so typical of me lol!

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ WRS 'Mia at School'
Papers ~ First Edition 'Summer Breeze'
Sentiment ~ Computer
Pearls/Ric Rac ~ Stash

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ PGD Schoolboy Andy
Papers ~ MME 'Lime Twist - Fly A Kite'
Sentiment ~ Computer

* Challenges *

Sketh & Stash ~ Sketch (Jamie's Card)
Fussy & Fancy ~ Sketch (Chloe's Card)
Crazy 4 Challenges ~ Back to School
If The Shoe Fits ~ Back to School
Divas by Design ~ Back to School
Papertake ~ Anything Goes
One Stop Craft ~ Back to School

Now going to catch up with some housework before it's time for the school run ... can't wait to hear all the tales from their first day :-)

I will be back tomorrow with another Humphrey sneak peek.

6 Sept 2011

Christmas Humphrey ... Sneak Peek 2

Good morning

Just a quick post because we are going to my mum's today and I have a few jobs to do before we go.

I have another Humphrey card to share with you today ... again it's using one of the new Christmas stamps and the accompanying CD. 

I have stamped this adorable image of little Lottie onto Neenah card and coloured it with Spectrum Noirs.  The sentiment is from the same stamp plate.  I have once again used my new Martha Stewart Beaded Arcs punch (lovin' this punch) and the pearls are from my stash.

* Challenges *

Forever Friends & Co ~ Use your dies ... Nestie
Crafting When We Can ~ Anything goes
Pile It On ~ B is for ... Blue

Don't forget to pop across to the Crafter's Companion News Blog to enter for the chance to win the full new Christmas Humphrey collection (Twinset CD and 12 stamps)

5 Sept 2011

Feeling Festive with Humphrey ... Sneak Peek 1

Good morning

All you Humphrey's Corner fans will be pleased to hear that Crafter's Companion are launching a new Christmas collection :-)  On the 13th September 12 stamps and a twin CD set will be launched on Create & Craft as Pick of the Day.  The DT will be sharing some sneak peeks every day up until the big launch and if you pop across to the Crafter's Companion News Blog you can enter for the chance to win the full new range.  The winner will be picked at random on Tuesday 13th at 9:00 am.

This adorable Humphrey image which has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs and the papers are printed from the CD.  The poinsettia is made from Marianne Design dies and the pearls/brad are from my stash.  The border has been punched with my new Martha Stewart Beaded Arcs punch

* Challenges *

Samuel Taylors ~ Christmas card using any rubber stamp
CYDA ~ Make your own flowers
Crafty Hazelnut ~ No Sentiment

We are popping into town today to pick up the last few things before they start their new schools on Weds ... I can't believe the summer hols are nearly over :-(

I will be posting more Humphrey sneak peeks this week ... just love these cute little elephants :-)

3 Sept 2011

A Gem of a Challenge #29 ... photo inspiration

Good morning

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.  Finally summer arrived in Norfolk yesterday and we had a beautiful sunny day ... fingers crossed for an Indian Summer :-)

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since my last blog post!  Even though my blog has been quiet I have been busy behind the scenes with DT work for Crafter's Companion ... all will be revealed on Monday :-)

A new challenge has been set at A Gem of a Challenge and Mandy has given us this gorgeous photo for colour inspiration. Use the picture for inspiration plus you can add black or brown if you want to.

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ Christmas Eve Chloe
Papers ~ Papermania 'Mistletoe Kisses'
Sentiment ~ Let it Snow A7 sentiment set
Flowers ~ Marianne Design Poinsettia die cuts
Embellies ~ Stash

* Challenges *

MAWTT ~ Handmade Flowers
Charisma Cardz ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons ~ Festive Cheer in September
MMCS ~ 1,2,3 (1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellies ... ribbon, flowers, pearls)
Crafty Sentiments ~ Ribbons & Bows

I am going to be busy with DT work this morning but hoping the weather is nice so we can go to the coast later this afternoon for a walk along the beach and perhaps fish & chips for tea :-)  Not that I should really have any because I am doing Slimming World but I have lost 5½ lbs in the last 3 weeks so think I deserve a little treat :-)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!