30 Nov 2011

Megan's 18th and PC problems

Good evening

Both schools were closed today because of the strikes so I've had a lovely day shopping with Chloe and Jamie.  I managed to get a few Christmas presents and we also had lunch out.  Well I wouldn't say I would class Chloe's as lunch because she opted for Chocolate Cake and Hot Chocolate!!  I wouldn't normally let her have this for lunch but decided to let them have a treat today.  Jamie doesn't like cake so had a Sausage Roll and Diet Coke.  I'm back on my diet after putting on a few pounds at Craftaganza so was very healthy and had a Jacket Potato & Chilli.

I started making this card last night and managed to finish it off when we got home this afternoon.  It's for Megan who is celebrating her 18th birthday tomorrow.  Megan is Chris' cousin's daughter ... not sure what relation that makes her to us!!


* Card Recipe *
Image ~ Ladybug Crafts Shopping Nikki
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Princess Fairytale'
Sentiment ~ Pink Gem Designs
Flowers ~ Prima
Pearls ~ Stash

* Challenges *
Sketch & Stash ~ Sketch (new stash - papers)
Fab & Funky ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp ~ Anything Goes

For the last few weeks we have been having a few problems with the PC and yesterday it finally decided to stop working.  It has gone off to be repaired so I am having to use the laptop which doesn't have my photo editing software and watermark on it so I apologise for the quality of the picture.

That's all from me ... work tomorrow and Friday and on Saturday we are helping my Mum decorate my Nan's lounge so don't think I'll get a chance to get crafty for a few days.
27 Nov 2011

A Gem of a Challenge #35 and Craftaganza

Good morning

Hope you are all well on this chilly November morning.  I can't believe it' been 2 weeks since my last post!!  The reason for my lack of posts is that I have been busy at home so no time for crafting and also because I have been away since Wednesday night for Craftaganza.

* Craftaganza is a 3 day crafting event in Darlington organised by the fabulous Crafter's Companion *

I had a fantastic time and it was great to be able to meet some of my CC design team buddies, CC staff and lots of lovely crafters.  We made a variety a fantastic projects which I hope to have time to share with you in the next few days.

Anyway today I am sharing my Pink Gem DT card because it's time for a new A Gem of a Challenge.  The lovely Christine is hosting again and the challenge is Monochromatic cards with a sentiment but not Christmas. 

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Craft Creation & Papermania Capsule Collection
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards
Pearls ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Sweet Stampin ~ Punches & Dies
Divas by Design ~ Monochromatic
Fab 'n' Funky ~ Happy Birthday
Creative Card Crew ~ Monochromatic

That's all from me ... I have a busy day ahead food shopping and housework and then i'm back to work tomorrow. I hope to be able to get time for some blog hopping tonight so I can catch up with you all.
13 Nov 2011

I ♥ Mince Pies

Good afternoon

We had a great day at the Top Gear Live show yesterday but are all feeling tired today because we didn't get home until late.  I didn't feel like doing any housework this morning so while the roast chicken was cooking I decided to make a card using this cute image and papers from the new SWALK Winter Cheer Collection
* Card Recipe *

Image ~ SWALK Mince Pies
Sentiment ~ Cat's Life Press
Pearls/Poinsettia ~ Stash
Holly ~ X-Cut punch

* Challenges *

Sweet Stampin' ~ Gingham
Totally Gorjuss ~ Christmas Traditions
Samuel Taylor's ~ Christmas

That's all from me!  I'm now going to make some custard to go with the sticky treacle pudding :-)  X-Factor and I'm a Celeb tonight ... that's me sorted for the evening!

Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday :-)

12 Nov 2011

A Gem of a Challenge #34 ... Sketch with a Twist

Good morning

It's time for a new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and our host is the lovely Christine with a sketch but there is a twist because you also need to include stitching and a sentiment.  The stitching can be real or faux.

Now i'm useless with a sewing machine and my hand drawn stitching is ... well the less said about that the better lol! so I cheated and used a patchwork paper with printed stitching.

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Bearly Mine Designs (patchwork) and Papermania 'At Christmas Time'
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Flowers/Leaves ~ Prima/Petaloo 
Bird embellishment ~ Local craft shop
Pearls/Brad ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Crafty Calendar ~ November Wardrobe
Anything Goes ~ Stitching (Real or Faux)
Papertake ~ Christmas
Ooh La La ~ Stitching (Real or Faux)
Top Tip Tuesday ~ Anything Christmas
Cute Card Thursday ~ Red for Remembrance

Well that's all from me as this is a scheduled post and by the time it publishes we will be heading up the motorway to the NEC for the Top Gear Live show.  We are all Top Gear fans and went to the show last year and absolutely loved it!  We booked tickets for this year's show a few weeks ago but haven't told Chloe and Jamie so it's going to be a surprise.  We've told them I am going to watch a craft demonstration and they are dropping me off ... to say they are not impressed is an understatement lol!  Can't wait to see their faces when we tell them.

Hope you all have a great weekend :-)
9 Nov 2011

Sparkly & Bright ... Shine a Light!

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all well.  I can't believe it's been over a week since my last blog post.  I haven't been feeling too great the last couple of weeks (cold, sore throat etc) but I have also been catching up with a few jobs that have been on my 'To Do' list for some time.  I do, however, have a card to share with you today which I have made with a few challenges in mind.  I coloured this sweet LOTV image a couple of weeks ago so it was only a matter of choosing my papers etc and putting it together.

Whilst looking through my papers I came across a 6 x 6 pack of Webster's Pages.  Now I bought these last year but couldn't bring myself to cut into them so they have sat in a drawer ever since ... does this sound familiar with any of you lol!  Anyway I decided to use one of the sheets on today's card!
* Card Recipe *

Image ~ LOTV 'Shine a Light'
Papers ~ Webster's Pages 'Waiting for Santa' and Memory Box 'Yuletide'
Sentiment ~ LOTV
Ribbon/Gems ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Sketch & Stash ~ Vicky's Sketch
LOTV ~ Bright & Sparkly
Christmas Stampin' ~ Favourite Sketch
Simon Says Stamp ~ Photo Inspiration
Crafty Ribbons ~ Bingo Board ... Glitter, Flowers (on paper) & Gems

Now off to tidy up ... can't believe how much mess I have made from making one card lol!

1 Nov 2011

CC Monthly Challenge ~ Let it Snow!

Hi Everyone

It's the 1st of the month so that means a new challenge has been set at Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge.  Nice and easy ths month ... Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!  I am sure over the next month most of you will make a snowy card which fits this theme :-)  As always the lovely Sara has kindly donated a £30 voucher for the Crafter's Companion website.

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ SWALK 'Kisses from Heaven'
Sentiment ~ LOTV
Snowflakes ~ Woodware punch
Pearls ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Sweet Stampin' ~ Anything Goes
(Punch, Sentiment, Bling)
Papertake ~ Anything Goes + Bling (optional)
By The Cute and Girly ~ Christmas Girls

I woke up with a really bad sore throat so i'm not feeling too great today :-(  Now going to heat myself up some soup for lunch.