31 Oct 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

We took the kids out Trick or Treating so they are happy because they've come home with a bag full of goodies!

I've been at work so no crafting for me today but thought I would post another card I made on Saturday ... this time for a family friend who celebrated his 80th Birthday at the weekend.  Once again I have used a LOTV die cut image.

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ LOTV die cut
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Masculine'
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards

* Challenges *

MAWTT ~ No Girls Allowed
Cards for Men ~ Animals

That's all from me!  Just heard a knock at the door ... wonder who it could be lol!

30 Oct 2011

Romantic Times

Good Evening

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed an extra hour in bed this morning !

Today's card is for a lovely couple who are celebrating their 30th Wedding Anniversary today.  I was a bit short of time when I made a start on this card yesterday afternoon so decided to use this sweet LOTV die cut .... not sure if this design is still available because this is one of the sheets I bought last year.  In fact it would probably have been quicker to colour an image because it took me ages to find papers to match.  I ended up using 3 different designs (Magnolia, Craft Creations and Henbury Lane).

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ LOTV die cut
Papers ~ Magnolia, Craft Creations & Henbury Lane
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Seam Binding ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls/Lace ~ Stash

* Challenges *

LOTV ~ Sketch
Dream Valley ~ Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew ~ Fallin' in Love

That's all from me ... now off to sort something out for tea and do some ironing before X-Factor! 

29 Oct 2011

A Gem of a Challenge #33 ... Cold & Frosty

Good morning

It's time for a new Pink Gem Challenge and our lovely boss Janet is hosting again with the theme of Cold & Frosty.  The prize for one lucky winner is 6 digi stamps from Pink Gem Designs.

I decided to use this sweet Snowflake Chloe image ... I bet she is feeling a little chilly holding that frosty snowflake!  I have added lots of Star Dust Stickles and Crystal Glamour Dust to make it extra sparkly! 

* Card Recipe *

Sentiment ~ LOTV
Doily ~ Craft show
Pearls & Button ~ Stash
Snowflake/Snowflake border ~ MS punches

* Challenges *

Totally Papercrafts ~ Glitter It!
Simon Says Stamp ~ Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz ~ Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers ~ Anything Goes
Hanna & Friends ~ Glitter

Now off to take Jamie to football so will link up the challenges when I  get back. 

Don't forget to check to see if you were one of my candy winners ... see post below.

Hope you all have a great weekend :-)

28 Oct 2011

Candy Winners!

Hi Everyone

Thank you to everyone who entered my candy and left me birthday messages.  There were 56 entries and 7 entries from some lovely members of the Crafter's Companion Facebook Group who don't have blogs so that made a total of 63 entries. 

So the winners as chosen by Random.Org are ...........

56 Debbie (2 x Lili of the Valley Stamps)
43 Pink Dandelion (3 x SWALK or Humphrey Stamps from Crafter's Companion)
18 Pamela (2 stamps or 6 digi stamps from Pink Gem Designs)

Congratulations Ladies :-)  Please email me at christopherthompson622@btinternet.com with your stamp choices and address.

 I had an early start this morning because I had to be in at work at 8:00 for mandatory training which lasted most of the day ... thank goodness that's over for another year! I stopped off at Sainsburys on my way home for pizza and wine ... not good for my diet but think I deserve a treat today :-)

That's all from me ... see you all in the morning with my Pink Gem DT card!

Birthday Candy!

This Candy is now closed ... winner to be announced shortly!

Happy Birthday to Me!

 I have had a great day and was spoilt with lots of lovely cards and presents from my family and friends.  Really looking forward to the weekend because we are going out for family meal tomorrow evening and on Sunday I am meeting up with my mum for lunch and maybe a little bit of craft shopping :-)

To celebrate I have Birthday Candy! Rather than putting together a selection of goodies I have decided to let 3 lucky winners choose their own prizes from the following stores.

1)  2 single stamps of the winner's choice from Lili of the Valley
2)  3 SWALK or Humphrey stamps of the winner's choice from Crafter's Companion
3)  2 single stamps OR 6 digi stamps of the winner's choice from Pink Gem Designs

So for the chance to win one of the above prizes all you need to do is:

1)  Leave a link to your blog
2)  Post the above picture in your sidebar linking back to my blog
3)  It is not necessary to be a follower of my blog to enter but if you would like to that would be great :-)
4)  No 'Candy Only' blogs please

This candy will run until 6:30 pm next Friday 28th October.  The 3 winners will be picked using Random.Org and announced the following day

Thanks for entering and Good luck!

24 Oct 2011

Twinkling Star

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all well and had a good start to the week ... because it's half term I am doing my hours over 2 days instead of 3 this week so didn't have to go in to work today :-) 

As I mentioned yesterday, I had planned to move some of my less used craft stash into a storage cupboard in the garage but I just wasn't in the mood for it this morning so I made a card instead and after lunch we took Jake for a walk so it still isn't done!
* Card Recipe *

Image ~ LOTV Twinking Star
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Jolly Happy Christmas'
Sentiments ~ Cat's Life Press
Flowers/Leaves ~ Prima
Metal Corner ~ Ebay
Seam Binding/Pearls/Brad ~ Stash

* Challenges *

LOTV ~ Bingo (Gems, Flowers, Ribbon/Lace)
Secret Crafter ~ Wrap Up Warm
Crafts 4 Eternity ~ Metal Embellishments
Colour Create ~ Burgandy, Gold, Green & Cream
ABC Christmas ~ Unused Stash (New Stamp and Metal Corner)

Don't forget you still have time to enter my Birthday Candy :-)
23 Oct 2011

Happy Birthday Crafter's Companion

Good evening

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend.  Mine has been brilliant ... had a lovely meal last night and a great day with my mum today :-)  Sadly that's my birthday celebrations over for another year.

However, the birthday celebrations continue because Crafter's Companion are celebrating their 6th birthday this week with some great special offers, competitions, exclusive new products, freebies, prizes and much much more ... check out the website to find out more.  Sara has lots of shows coming up this week on Create & Craft so the Crafter's Companion DT have been super busy making samples.

One of the new products is a Reddy Flower Fairies Die-Cut Decoupage collection and below are just a few of the cards I made using these beautiful fairies.  The papers were printed from the Flower Fairies of the Garden CD's

The Cornflower Fairy 
The Stitchwort FairyThe Chicory Fairy

I am going to be busy tomorrow moving some of my craft stash  into a storage cupboard in the garage.  This is the second cupboard we have bought this year because my stash keeps outgrowing my craft area ... don't know how this happens - think it must multipy overnight lol!  It's half term so I have my two helpers to assist me ... that will keep us busy for a few hours!

That's all from me ... now going to settle down to watch X-Factor :-)

15 Oct 2011

A Gem of a Challenge #32 ... Janet's Sketch

Good morning

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.  It's a beautiful sunny morning here which is good news for me because Jamie is starting football club today.  He loves football but has been reluctant to join any teams until now so fingers crossed he likes it!  If he does you know where i'm going to be every Saturday morning from now on ... think I need to invest in some extra warm clothing for the upcoming winter months!!

It's time for a new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and this fortnight our lovely boss Janet is hosting with a sketch!  The prize is 6 digi images of the winner's choice from Pink Gem Designs.

I decided to use Nativity Philip which is a digi and is available as a line art drawing for you to colour or pre-coloured.  I was feeling a bit lazy when I made my card so opted for the pre-coloured one!  The papers are a mixture from my 'bits box'.  Sentiment is from Sentiments 4 You.  Finished off with a couple of punched snowflakes, pearls and die cut corners.

Right now off to get my little 'Beckham' kitted out! 

Hope you have a great weekend and manage to squeeze in some craft time :-) 
14 Oct 2011

SWALK Winter Cheer Blog Hop

This post will stay at the top until launch day on Friday 14th ... please scroll down for new posts.

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion Blog Hop to celebrate the release of the SWALK Winter Cheer stamp range and papercrafting CD-ROM.

If you have landed her from Wendy's Blog then you are hopping in the right direction. If not then you need to pop over to the Crafter's Companion News Blog to begin.
The DT have had a great time creating with the stunning new SWALK 'Winter Cheer' collection and to celebrate the launch on Friday 14th October we have decided to give you the chance to see some Sneak Peeks and also the chance of winning a fabulous prize:

All 12 new SWALK stamps and the co-ordinating papercrafting CD-ROM!

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 Blog to leave your name with 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 the morning of Friday 14th.

My letter is: L

From here, you need to hop to Leann's Blog


Hope you like my first sneak peek :-)

Happy Hopping!!

12 Oct 2011

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Good morning

Well after a wet start the sun is now trying to come out so hopefully it might turn into a nice sunny autumn day :-)

Just sharing another SWALK card before I get on with some housework.  Only 2 more sleeps until the new Winter Cheer collection is launched as POTW!

This little cutie is from the 'Let it Snow' stamp plate.  The papers and sentiment have been printed from the CD.  I finished it off with some ribbon and punched snowflakes.  I love this red & blue colour combo for Christmas cards ... think I will be making more in the coming weeks.

* Challenges *

CES ~ Seeing Red
Wild Rose Blog Hop ~ Christmas

 Hope you have a great day (hopefully a crafty one) but unfortunately for me I need to crack on with the housework! 

10 Oct 2011

Another SWALK 'Winter Cheer' Sneak Peek!

Good evening

Hope you are all well and haven't been blown away in this wind!!  We had a power cut when I got home from work this afternoon but luckily it came on again after an hour or so but believe it had been off since midday ... trouble with overhead cables!  Anyway thought I would post another SWALK sneak peek while i'm waiting for the tea to cook.

Aww how sweet is this little cutie cuddling her dog ... definitely one of my favs from the new SWALK 'Winter Cheer' collection but saying that IMO they are all adorable :-) 

The image has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  The papers and sentiment have been printed from the Winter Cheer CD.

* Challenges *

Papertake ~ Anything Goes (+ something punched option)
Christmas Stampin ~ Purple Passion

Before I go just want to remind you about the SWALK Winter Cheer Blog Hop where you have the chance of winning all 12 stamps and CD-ROM ... see here for details.

9 Oct 2011

Pretty in Pink

Good afternoon

Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday ... just thought I would share a card I made this morning before I make a start on the ironing! 

I love this adorable image ... she has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs and Star Dust Stickles have been added to her wings and fur trims to make her extra sparkly :-)  I was going to add a few punched snowflakes but decided not to because I didn't want to cover up the gorgeous backing paper.

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Dream Street 'Wonderland Sparkle'
Gems ~ Stash

* Challenges *

The Sugar Bowl ~ Sketch
Jingle Belles ~ Pink Christmas
Flutterby Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Bah Humbug ~ Glitter & Glitz
Secret Crafter ~ Anything Goes as long as it sparkles

I will be back in the morning with another sneak peek from the SWALK 'Winter Cheer' collection :-)  I loved making my DT sample cards with this collection .... the stamps are sooo cute and the CD is jam packed with gorgeous papers, inserts and much much more!

That's all from me ... ironing is calling!

1 Oct 2011

Crafter's Companion - Santa's Little Helper

I'm back again with my DT card for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge which is a colour challenge ... Pink & Green :-)  Last month we had a few problems with Mr Linky going AWOL and it didn't seem fair to pick a winner so this month the lovely Sara hs donated 2 x £30 vouchers to spend at Crafter's Companion.

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ Humphrey's Corner 1st Christmas stamp set
Papers ~ Magazine freebie
Sentiment ~ Above stamp set
Flowers ~ Flora Doodles

* Challenges *

Cute Card Thursday ~ Animal Crackers
Some Odd Girl ~ Colour inspiration

Hope you have a great weekend!

A Gem of a Challenge #31 ... With Love at Christmas

Good morning

Hope you are all enjoying the gorgeous weather we are having in the UK :-)  Shame we couldn't have had it in the summer ... oh well better late than never!

It's time for a new Pink Gem Challenge and once again the lovely Jenny is our host and has chosen 'With Love at Christmas' (a Christmas card with a heart/hearts included somewhere).

* Card Recipe *

Pearls ~ available here

* Challenges *

Papertake ~ Sketch
Simon Says Stamp ~ Anything Goes
Paper Play ~ White + 1
Penny's ~ Anything Goes
Whimsical Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

I have been busy the last few weeks with DT work so I have decided to have a break from crafting for a few days.  Chris is working today so I am off shopping with Chloe and Jamie this morning.  MIL is coming over later so Chris and I can go out for a meal together this evening :-)  Hoping we might go to the coast tomorrow.
I will be back later with my card for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge.