Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!!!

As I'm not in France at the moment I haven't been able to make any cards (even though I got mountains of craft stuff for Christmas). I promise when I get back to France I will get cracking on lots of new cards, I need to replenish my stocks as I didn't do all that badly at the Christmas market a few weeks ago!

Anyway, in the meantime I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy & Prosperous New Year! I hope that 2009 is a year to bring lots of happiness, love, luck and good health! Thank you all so very much for all the support and wonderful comments that you leave, I can't tell you how happy I am to have made lots of new friends this year through blogging! Speak to you all in the New Year xxx

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Phew!!! The vegetables are peeled and sliced, the turkey is thawing and the presents are under the tree! It's time to relax and get ready for Santa making his rounds and dropping a few surprises down the chimney! It's hard work this Christmas lark, but I'm spending Christmas with my family so I think all the hard work will be worthwhile! Hence the reason I haven't been blogging, or crafting much! I did do a Christmas Market last Saturday in the town where I live, selling my cards to the Frenchies. It was pretty quiet but I was pleased with the overall result! I had some lovely comments too! Anyway, here's a little card that I did for the market...




I just love this little Tilda image, she's so cute! I coloured her with Distress Inks, papers are from Papermania, Sentiment from Woodware. The rest is from my ever increasing stash! I'm gonna enter this card for Cute Card Thursday Challenge as there is an open theme until Jan 8th.

Well, I'd just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for all your support and comments since I started my blog earlier in the year! Take care and have a great Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy New Year - a bit early!

Happy New Year...that's the challenge over at A Spoonfull of Sugar until tomorrow! I've just gotten this one finished on time! I used my Penny Black stamp "Par Avion", coloured with w/c paints. Paper is a scrap I had left from Dovecraft last year, snowflakes are punched with a Woodware punch. Can't remember what make the sentiment stamp is, one of those bargain ones I think?! Ribbon, buttons from stash...


Thanks for popping by, better get back to the housework (yep I know, but I just can't put it off anymore)...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Congrats to Alexandra - X Factor Winner!

Last night cheered me up! Not feeling too good, loaded with cold but thoroughly enjoyed last night's X Factor final! I have to say I wanted Alex to win, she has an outstanding voice, but can also perform/dance. She definately merited her win! I warmed to JLS in the last few shows, they're good too, and do some pretty smooth harmonies, but Alex just topped it on the "Halleluliah" song for me! I don't usually watch the programme, I didn't see it at all last year, but have to say I got hooked on it this year! Little Oeghan Quigg was a good finalist too, just think he's a tad young to cope with all the pressure? Anyway, it was pretty entertaining for Saturday night telly!

Penny Black Recipe!

This kind of recipe works a treat! Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week has come up with a super recipe: Three flowers, two papers, one ribbon. I used my "Meeting Sheltie" stamp, which I've never used yet, don't know why as I think the pony is just so cute! It's a big card (A5), I don't do many of these so thought as the stamp was a big 'un I'd give it a go...


Papers are from Papermania (I've had these for ages), stamped image is coloured with w/c pencils, felt flowers from stash and added buttons, also attached other flower using Crop-a-dile. Hello stamp is from my stash, as is ribbon etc.

I enjoyed using this image so I did another card, very similar but with a different colour scheme...


So there's my latest creations, don't think I'm gonna have much time to do cards in the next week as work is hectic, my parents are coming to stay, and the obvious of course...Christmas is coming!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sweet Heart!


A quick little card for Cute Card Thursday, the theme is "Hearts". I've done a baby girl card; image is Sugar Nellie (coloured with brush markers and blended), paper is Papermania Nostalgia Warm Collection, embossed Cuttlebug hearts, brown/pink ribbon is from Bazzil Basics, prima flower, gems and button from stash.

Anything but a Christmas card!

As I'm not too much in the Christmas spirit at the moment, I thought I'd do a few non-festive cards using the sketch from this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge (considering I got mixed up and did a Sugar Nellie card with it the other day). I've kind of adapted the sketch by rotating it. I've used PB Stickeroo's on both cards, paper on frog card is one of the first I bought (Clover I think the company is called), the hegehog card has Papermania DP on it. Little flowers punched using Woodware punches (from my visit to The Glitter Pot). Rest is stash!




Maybe I'll be feeling a bit more festive later in the week? Hope so!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Not been the best blogger lately...Mmm!

Ok, I'm gonna apologise for my lack of enthusiasm lately. I don't know what it is but I just can't get into the blogging at the minute. Time is pretty short what with Christmas looming etc, and the weather is freezing cold, the days are short...so maybe I have that illness, Seasonal Affective Disorder is it? Or maybe it's just that I can't be bothered with much at the mo! Even my crafting has slowed down (shock, horror)!! Yesterday I spent all day wrapping presents; I usually like doing it but I just found it to be a chore! Bah, humbug! I'm supposed to be doing my Christmas tree later, but I just don't know if I can be harrassed! What a miserable cow I am! So no surprise that my blogging has slipped too!

On a brighter note, I have done a couple of cards. The first was for my MIL's birthday last Friday...


The image is Sugar Nellie, coloured with w/c paints. Rest is from my stash.

The second card was meant to be for a challenge, but I'm so away with the mixer this week I used the sketch from Penny Black Saturday Challenge, with a Sugar Nellie stamp! Never mind, I'll have to do another card with a Penny Black stamp this time! I do like this little fisherman though!


I'm off to make a cuppa now, see if it'll give me some inspiration (I'll need more than a cuppa)...and maybe, just maybe I'll put my Christmas tree up! Take care, and thanks for listening to my moaning lol!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Mam!

Today is my Mam's birthday! Unfortunately I can't be with her on her Special Day as we have a few miles between us (and the English Channel) so I've sent her a little card to say I'm thinking about her! I think I can safely show you the card, as she should have opened it by now! Inside there's a lovely verse, I hope she likes it!


If you're reading this Mam, just hope you know how special you are to me! Make sure you have a lovely, relaxing day!

Sketch Saturday




A couple of quick cards I did using the sketch from Sketch Saturday. I used Dovecraft papers, including the image. Really quick! Not my usual type of card but I'm doing a Xmas Market in a few weeks time so need lots of cards in a hurry! Added a bit of glitter for that extra bling factor!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Two Awards!

I've kindly been given two awards by Tracy at Blue Daisy Crafts, who makes the most gorgeous creations with beads, pearls and pins! Thanks for thinking of me, and for the lovely comments you leave on my blog!


This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger's who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

Now for the rules for this award .......... The winner may put the logo on their blog. Put a link to the person who sent you the award. Nominate 5 blogs and put links to their blogs and leave a message for your nominees.

I would like to pass both these awards to the following people! They pop into my blog now and again to say hi, and are full of creative imagination!

Lyndsey
Caroline
Pascale
Katy
Vicki

Monday, December 1, 2008

I've been busy!

Yey, I've had some crafting time at last! This weekend I managed to get a few cards done, some of which fitted in with challenges on the go this week. The first one is for a Spoonfull of Sugar challenge, which is a fab sketch by MichelleO. I've based my card on the sketch but turned it around. The images are from Elzybells (I think - they were a RAK from Tracy, thanks), just perfect for a chilly card! The sentiment is from a Dovecraft stamp, DP from Doodlebug, I love this paper!



This next card is for Friday Sketchers challenge, a nice easy sketch this week! The image is "Royal Mail" by Penny Black, coloured with w/c paints. I've added glitter to the snow. DP is again from Doodlebug, and I've added a little bell to embellish.





Finally I made a card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, where the theme this week is "No Patterned Paper". The PB stamp I used is called "Par Avion", and the sentiment stamp is from Oogaloo. I used my Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing folder, and my new snowflake punch!



Tomorrow I hope to have more time to catch up on some blogging, a few people have left me things on their blogs (Thank you) so I'll hopefully get around to putting these on my blog! Thanks for popping by xx