30 Jun 2012

Teddy For MIL!

Good evening

Hope you are all having a good weekend.  We had a few things to do in town this morning so we decided to go early and have cooked breakfast in one of the tearooms :-)  When we got back we caught up with a few jobs around the house ... feels good to tick a few things on the 'To Do' list.

Anyway it's been over a week since my last post so thought I would share a card I made earlier this week for MIL's birthday.  I am ashamed to say I rarely use any of my stamps more than once because I have so many still waiting to be used but it's the second time I've used this LOTV stamp this year.  I used it for my Mum's birthday card back in January and thought I would use it for MIL's card too! 

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ LOTV 'Teddy - For Mum'
Papers ~ MME Miss Caroline - Howdy Doody
Sentiment ~ Pink Gem Designs
Seam Binding ~ Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearl Brad ~ From the NEC

* Challenges *

CYDA ~ Teddy Bears
Charisma Cardz ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter ~ Punches and/or Dies
MAWTT ~ Happy Birthday
Crafts 4 Eternity ~ Bear Necessities
The Poodles Parlour ~ Cute and/or Cuddly
Sketch N Stash ~ Free choice

That's all from me ... now going to sort something out for tea and I am planning to have a catch up in blogland later tonight :-)

22 Jun 2012

The World's Best DAD!

Hi Everyone ... TGIF!!!   

I've had such a hectic week so i'm glad the weekend is here at last.  I am popping round to my friend's for a coffee tomorrow but haven't got anything else planned so looking forward to some R&R and cardmaking!

I haven't had time for crafting this week but thought I would share the Father's Day card I made last weekend for Jamie to give to Chris.  Once again I turned to a pre-coloured image because I was running short on time!  

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ Lili of the Valley die cut 'Special Occasions' 
Papers ~ Docrafts Wellington
Sentiment ~ Pink Gem Designs

* Challenges *

Ready Teddy Go ~ One for the Boys
MMCS ~ About the Boys
Cards For Men ~ Sports with a Sentiment
Cupcake Craft ~ Something in the Eyelet

Hope you all have a great weekend :-)

15 Jun 2012

Keep in Touch

Good afternoon

Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend :-)

I haven't felt too well the last few days so haven't really felt like crafting but made this card a couple of nights ago using a Little Claire die cut because I didn't feel like colouring.  I am pleased to say i'm feeling much better now which is good because we are off to a BBQ at my Mum's tomorrow night ... fingers crossed the weather is dry!  There about 50 people coming and Chris and I are in charge of the BBQ's so think we are going to be busy!

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Authentique Collection: Glory
Sentiment ~ Wellington die cut
Star ~ X-Cut die using above papers

* Challenges *

Delightful ~ For the Boys
Dream Valley ~ For that Special Guy
Totally Papercrafts ~ It's Raining Cats & Dogs (to include rain, cat or dog)

Just a quick post because i'm off now to the hairdressers!

Hope you have a great weekend :-)

12 Jun 2012

Elise ~ Shades of Violet

Good afternoon

Hope you are all well and having a good week so far.  Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post ... it does feel very strange not having any DT work but  I do feel it was the right decision.  

Over the weekend I had a look through my stamps and found sweet Elise by Sugar Nellie so decided to make a card for The Sugar Bowl challenge where there is a fab sketch and the optional theme of Shades of Violet.  Hope the Sweeties don't mind too much but I have tweaked the sketch very slightly because I don't really like my images to be at an angle!  I think they look great on other people's cards just not my own ... I have a similar issue with buttons lol!

* Card Recipe *

Image ~ Elise
Papers ~ Prima 'Sweet Fairy' and 'Meadow Lark'
Sentiment ~ Little Claire die cut
Swirl ~ Joy Crafts
Flowers, Leaves & Gems ~ Stash

* Challenges * 


The Sugar Bowl ~ Sketch & Theme
Bunny Zoe's ~ Girls
CAGI ~ Colour challenge
Crafty Calendar ~ Flowers in Bloom (optional swirls)
Sugary Sunday (SN FB group) ~ Dies or Doodles

That's all from me ... MIL wants a birthday card for her friend for tomorrow.  Luckily I have something suitable in my box so now quickly going to do an insert.

Hope you have a lovely evening and i'll catch up with you all again soon.

8 Jun 2012

Tough Decision!

Good morning

The weather is truly awful here today ... typical because I have the day off and we were hoping to go to the coast for a walk along the beach and a nice pub lunch on the way home. Not sure what we are going to do now but seeing as Jamie is watching TV, Chloe is on her iPod and they are still in their PJ's don't think we are going anywhere just yet!

The reason for my post today is to let you know that I have decided to step down from the Crafter's Companion DT.  This wasn't an easy decision because I have enjoyed my time with CC but over the last few months with work and family life I have been struggling with DT commitments so knew it was the right one but it didn't make it any easier .  I had recently stepped down from Pink Gem Designs to free up some time but feel I need to break away completely from design team work and for cardmaking to be just a hobby again.  

I am going to miss everyone at CC but will continue to keep in touch through blogging, FB etc.

I'm not saying I never want to be on a design team again but for now I am looking forward to crafting without the pressure/deadlines that come with being on a design team.  I am hoping I will have more time to enter challenges and start to use my poor neglected stash :-)

That's all from me ... Now going to make myself a cuppa and turn the heating up because i'm feeling chilly!

Hope you all have a great weekend ... fingers crossed the weather improves!

7 Jun 2012

Close your Eyes

Good evening

It was my first day back at work today after the Jubilee weekend but luckily I am off tomorrow so it's only been a 1 day week for me ... oh it's going to come hard next week when it's back to normal lol!  

I made this card at the weekend for my friend Marianne and her hubby Graham for their wedding anniversary which was on Tuesday. 

* Card Recipe *

Papers ~ Marianne Design 'Roses are Red'
Sentiment ~ Sentiments 4 You
Flowers ~ Wild Orchid Crafts but not sure about the small red flowers because they were part of a challenge prize
Ribbon & Pearl Button ~ Stash

* Challenges *

Pretty Little Ribbon Shop ~ Lots of Layers
Really Reasonable Ribbon ~ Flowers & Ribbon
Crafty Creations ~ Wedding or Anniversary
Anything Goes ~ Anniversaries
Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl ~ Ribbon or Lace
Creative Card Crew ~ Song Inspired (Close your Eyes ~ Westlife)

Hope you all have a lovely evening :-)

6 Jun 2012

Candy Winner!

Good morning

Well it's all back to normal following the fun of the Jubilee weekend :-(  Hope you have all enjoyed the celebrations  We have been busy decorating Chloe's bedroom most of the weekend so haven't been to any local events but did enjoy watching the Pageant on the Thames and the Jubilee Concert at the Palace.  Yesterday we went to the coast ... it was a bit chilly but we had a great day!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Jubilee Candy and also a big welcome to my new followers :-)  

The winner (chosen by Random.Org) is .....

#29 Katina

Congratulations Katina!  Please email me at christopherthompson622@btinternet.com to claim you prize :-)

That's all from me ... I have a "not so fun" day of washing, ironing and food shopping planned for today!!!

5 Jun 2012

Jubilee Candy ... Please scroll down for new posts!

Hi everyone

I haven't had much time for blogging recently so thought I would join in with the Jubilee celebrations and have a blog candy giveaway for my followers.

£10 Lili of the Valley gift voucher
MME 'On the Sunny Side' 6 x 6 paper pad
Kanban Butterfly stamp set
Marianne Design flower dies
Woodware paper flowers
Dovecraft gemstones

So for the chance to win all you need to do is:-

1)  Leave your name in the link box below
2) Post a picture in your sidebar linking back to my blog
3)  This candy is for my followers only

The candy will close at 6 pm on Tuesday 5th June and the winner will be announced the following day.