23 Jan 2012

Tea Party

Good morning

Hope you all had a good weekend.  This is a scheduled post because I am at work today and hopefully I am feeling better!

I coloured this image a couple of weeks ago and finally made it into a card yesterday afternoon.  Not my usual choice of colours but I took inspiration from the gorgeous Basic Grey 'Picadilly' papers which were a Christmas gift from my friend Marianne.

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ LOTV Tea Party
Papers ~ Basic Grey 'Picadilly'
Sentiment ~ PGD Birthday Wishes
Flowers, Rafia, Pearls etc ~ Stash

* Challenges * 

Sunday Sketch & Stamp ~ Donna's Sketch
Basic Grey ~ Favourite Things (LOTV stamps, pearls & flowers)
Secret Crafter ~ Food and/or drink
Birthday Sundaes ~ Birthday card with sentiment
Hotshot Craft ~ Flowers

I will link up the challenges and catch up with you all when I get home from work.
22 Jan 2012

Share the love and win ♥

Good morning

With Valentine's Day just around the corner Crafter's Companion  have been looking through all their romance themed products and have put them into a special category on the website.  This will make it easier for you to find the perfect products to make a special card for your Valentine :-)

With this in mind Crafter's Companion are running a competition.  All you need to do is make a Valentine's Day themed card using Crafter's Companion products and post it on your blog, Facebook or Twitter page and link it to the linky tool over on the Crafter's Companion News, Views and Inspiration blog.  The competition will close on Sunday 29th January and one lucky winner (picked at random) will received a £25 voucher to spend on the website.

Here's a card I made using the adorable SWALK Thinking of You stamp which has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  The heart print paper has been printed from the SWALK Vol. 1 CD

* Challenges *

Scrabook Sisters ~ My Sweet Valentine
Just Tracys ~ Love is in the Air

I didn't feel at all well yesterday so had a very lazy day watching the TV and takeaway in the evening.  I'm still not feeling great but have things to do so need to get busy and stop feeling sorry for myself lol!
21 Jan 2012

A Gem of a Challenge #38 .... My Sketch!!

Good afternoon

It's time for a new challenge at A Gem of a  Challenge and this time it's a sketch by me.  The lovely Janet is offering the prize of 4 digi image for one lucky winner chosen at random.  It is not necessary to use a PGD image to enter the challenge.

I haven't been feeling too well with a cold the last couple of days and didn't feel like colouring so decided to use a pre-coloured image.  When I was looking through my papers I found some I had printed off months ago from The Clipart Fairy and the colours were a perfect match for this sweet Faye image. 

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Love to Sew (The Clipart Fairy)
Sentiment ~ Elzybell's
Flowers ~ X-Cut punch
Pearls ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Colour Create ~ Pink & Green (optional handmade flowers)
Pollycraft ~ Bingo (Line ... Flowers, Punches & Pearls)
MAWTT ~ Things with Wings
Cooking it up with Katie ~ Pink, Pearls & Flowers
Truly Scrumptious ~ Something Forgotten (Papers, Sentiment stamp & X-Cut flower punch)

That's all from me ... hope you have a great weekend :-)

13 Jan 2012

Fairy Faye

Good Evening

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend.  We are going to be busy clearing out our bedroom so we can decorate it ... think there will be a few bags for the charity shop!

The lovely Janet has been busy drawing a new fairy image for Pink Gem Designs.  Her name is Faye (French for fairy) and she is just sooo sweet!!  There are currently 2 Faye digistamp images available which can be found here

I think Faye looks like a Woodland Fairy so decided the colours/designs in the gorgeous Dovecraft 'Princess Fairytale' paper pack were perfect for this sweet image.

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ Faye
Papers ~ Dovecraft 'Princess Fairytale'
Flowers ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment ~ Craftwork Cards
Gems/Ribbon ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Charisma ~ Happy Birthday
Pixie Dust Studio ~ Put your heart into it!
MMCS ~ Here come the girls!
Birthday Sundaes ~ Birthday Card
Winter Wonderland ~ Birthday Wishes

That's all from me ... now going to link up the challenges and sort something out for tea.  No idea what we are having but guess it will involve salad and jacket spuds because i'm back on the Slimming World diet!

7 Jan 2012

A Gem of a Challenge #37

Good morning

It's the first challenge of 2012 over at A Gem of a Challenge and our host is the lovely Rebekah who has chosen this gorgeous photograph for inspiration.

The DT girls have made some stunning cards so if you get a chance pop over to the challenge blog.  Sadly we are saying goodbye to Christine who was one of the original DT girls at Pink Gem Designs.  However, I am pleased to say the lovely Gemma has joined the team :-)

I have used the adorable Summer Milly ... oh how I long for warm summer days!  The card layout is cardmate which has been printed from the Crafter's Companion Strawberry Kisses CD.  These are just perfect when you are short of time and need a quick card.  I have decoupaged the printed embellishments and added some flowers and gems from my stash.

Pink Gem Designs has a January Sale ... 40% off mulberry flowers and 15% off all Polymer stamps and Digital downloads!  Why not pop across to grab some bargains!

Now going to finish my cuppa and then clear up my craft area ... can't believe the mess I made making one card when I got home from work yesterday afternoon!!

Hope you all have a great weekend !
5 Jan 2012

Birthday Kitten!

Good afternoon

Hope you are all managing to stay safe in this wind!  I can't remember the last time it was so windy here in East Anglia.  It kept me awake most of the night so an early night for me tonight!

Thanks for all the lovely comments you left me yesterday ... I am feeling much better today :-)  I went back to work today and it actually felt good to be back into the routine of work/school etc ... I know I must be crazy lol!

Before I make a start on the dinner I thought I would post another card I have made for the new Strawberry Kisses collection which is released at 12 noon tomorrow on Create & Craft. 
This adorable image is Birthday Kitten and has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  Papers and sentiment are printed from the coordinating CD and I found the ribbon in my ribbon box ... have had it years so no idea where it's from! 

* Challenges *

My Mum's Craft Shop ~ Something new (new collection)
Simon Says Stamp ~ Something new
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes

Best link up the challenge before I make a start on the lasagne and then help Chloe with her maths homework ... no rest for the wicked lol!

4 Jan 2012

Party Girl

Good morning

Just a quick post because i'm not feeling too great today ... bad headache and stomach pains!  Think it might be a food intolerance because I often have this type of reaction when i've eaten something that doesn't agree with me.  Chloe and Jamie are back to school and the Christmas decs are down for another year so i'm feeling a little down in the dumps today.  Oh well work tomorrow and Friday and then it's the weekend :-)

Anyway enough of me feeling sorry for myself and onto my card which is another Strawberry Kisses sneak peek!

This time I have used the adorable Party Girl which I have coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  The papers, sentiment and flowers are all printed from the co-ordinating CD which is chockablock full of gorgeous papers, printable embellishments, sentiments and more!!

Right said it was a quick post ... Now going to have a quick tidy up and then having a lazy day until it's time for the school run at 3 o'clock!

3 Jan 2012

Party Animal

Good morning

Hope you are all well and getting back into some sort of routine after Christmas and New Year.  Chris went back to work today and school starts back tomorrow so guess that means the holidays are officially over :-(

Today I am sharing another sneak peek from the Strawberry Kisses collection.  This little cutie is called Party Animal and has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs and I have added a little sparkle with a Sakura 'Clear Star' pen.  The backing paper has been printed from the accompanying CD.

We are now off to do some shopping and when we get back the Christmas tree and decs are coming down.  As much as I love Christmas it always feels good to put it all away for another year!

1 Jan 2012

Happy New Year & Strawberry Kisses Sneak Peek

Good morning

Hope you all had a great time last night seeing in 2012!  We had a lovely evening at home ... buffet, wine and TV entertainment! 

We didn't go to the coast yesterday as it was a bit too damp and chilly for my liking and I was feeling pretty tired after Christmas and a busy week at work.  Instead we stayed at home and after I had caught up with a few jobs  I managed to squeeze in some crafty time and made some DT cards for the new Crafter's Companion Strawberry Kisses collection which is being launched on Friday 6th Jan.  The collection consists of a CD-ROM and 12 cute stamps which have been designed by Sally Hunter ~ the creator of Humphrey's Corner.

This cute image is called Little Miss and has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs.  The papers, flower and sentiment are all printed from the CD. 

If you would like to see more sneak peeks and the chance to win 12 new stamps plus the co-ordinating papercraft CD-ROM there is a Strawberry Kisses blog hop taking place today.  Unfortunately i'm not taking part because I didn't know whether I would have any cards made in time but the first stop is over on the Crafter's Companion News Views & Inspiration Blog

That's all from me but before I go I would just like to wish you all a Happy New Year ... hope 2012 is going to be a good one for us all!