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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Our challenge #34 at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is Pearls and Swirls. We are being sponsored by POLLYCRAFT and she is offering 5 digi images to the winner. All the design team used one of her images so go and take a look at their blogs to see what's available. Or better still, go to Pollycraft.

For my card, I chose 'Secrets'. I thought the little girl sitting under the flower was lovely. I cut the image into two so the flower is stuck to the background and the girl is on foam pads. My background paper is Bo Bunny. All my pearls are actually 'Liquid Pearls'. I've had bottles of this stuff for a couple of years and never used it but I've finally got the hang of it, so thought I'd give it a try. Much cheaper than using all your others too, lol.

I used a rub on for my greeting and made the yellow bow using my 'Bow Easy' from BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS.

I'm entering this into:
ANYTHING GOES -Going Round in Circles
AI Factory - Anything Goes.
INCY WINCY - Anything Goes
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Anything Goes.
CHARISMA CARDS - Anything Goes.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I ♥ PROMARKERS challenge week #33. Where do the weeks go?

This weeks challenge is white on white. The only colour allowed is on your image and the rest has to be white. I wasn't sure about this but have to say, I love it and I'll be doing more of it in the future. The design team have come up with some stunning examples so please go take a look.

We are sponsored this week by DIGI DOODLE SHOP, one of my fave places for digi images and the prize is $10 to spend in store.

So not a lot to tell you about this. White card, cuttlebug folders and promarkers to colour, lol. I still haven't decided whether or not to put a greeting on it.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I've just showed my 3 year old granddaughter, Maukie and she said it sounds like he's farting, pmsl. Has anybody else thought that? I just thought he was purring. Tee hee!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010


Oooops! I'm a bit late this week. Sorry.

Challenge #32 at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is a sketch with an optional theme of 'rip it up'. The DT all used the ripping, tearing and distressing. Our sponsor this week is SIMON SAYS STAMP and a $15 spend in their online store is up for grabs. They'll even pay your shipping costs.

I used 7Gypsies papers and walnut stain distress ink for my card. The tag stamps, I've had for so long, I haven't a clue what/where/who....
It's taken me right away from cute and back to what I love best, so I enjoyed making this one.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


..and this weeks Challenge #31 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS has the theme of transport. Lots of interpretations possible for this one, so let's see how you all get around, lol. We are sponsored this week by LETRASET and the winner will receive a pack of 5 Promarkers.

I wanted to do something with a vintage type look to it so I chose my paper (just the one) from the V & A collection. My image is 'Tricycle Trip' from CHARMED CARDS & CRAFTS. It was coloured with Promarkers, of course, and I also put a layer of Glossy Accents over the red bike frame.

I'm entering it into the following challenges too:
CHARISMA CARDZ - Inspired by a song. My song is Main Road (lots of lines about a lucky little girl on a little red bike).
BEE CRAFTY - Anything goes.
COWGIRLS SUNDAY - Anything goes.
CRAFTY CREATIONS - Transportation.
PENNY'S CHALLENGE - Happy Birthday.

The lovely lyrics of MAIN ROAD BY LUCINDA WILLIAMS (and others).

On The Red River, on Bayou Pierre
Rosalee worked in White's Grocery
I'd get in trouble for goin' down there
She'd give me corn pops for free

Little red bike out on the main road
Lucky little girl
Little red bike out on the main road
Lucky little girl

Early in the mornin' brother and sister off at school
Mama sent me for wild flowers
Buttercups in the mornin' dew
A little red bike out on the main road too

Ghost tracks, water towers, picnics in a haunted roost
Horses waiting to be groomed need a little sugar too
Train game, moss monster, playin' down in the woods of bamboo
Mr. Black Snake ate all the bad snakes, Mr. Black Snake'll eat you too

Games turn into life
Once a tomboy now a tomwife

Little red bike out on the main road
Lucky little girl
Little red bike out on the main road
Lucky little girl
Lucky little girl

Monday, September 06, 2010


My crafty mate, Jane posted this on our craft forum. I love it, so had to post it here for you to read. Thanks, Jane for the chuckle.

Dear Dogs and Cats,
The dishes on the floor with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does not mean that is suddenly your food, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the top of the stairs is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It Is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space that you are taking up, is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the bathroom! If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years - canine/feline attendance is not required.

The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:


(1) They live here. You don't.

(2) If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'-niture.

(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don't speak clearly.

Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:

(1) eat less

(2) don't ask for money all the time

(3) are easier to train

(4) normally come when called

(5) never ask to drive the car

(6) don't hang out with drug-using people

(7) don't smoke or drink

(8) don't want to wear your clothes

(9) don't have to buy the latest fashions

(10) don't need a gazillion dollars for college

(11) if they get pregnant, you can sell their children ....

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Well, I've got a couple of cards for you today and very different they are. The first one is my DT card for I ♥ PROMARKERS. The theme this week for challenge #30, as chosen by me, is Myth and Magic. Lots of scope here...dragons, fairies, mermaids...etc. We are sponsored this week by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN who is offering a £10 gift voucher to the winner to spend in her online store.

I have had my dragon image for a long time now so I'm sorry, I can't tell you where I got it from as I can't remember. The papers are Papermania 'Hampstead'. This is the first time I've actually found them suitable for a card, lol. I used walnut stain distress ink to ink all the edges (after giving them a good distressing with a sanding block) and did the same to the Sizzix 'Tim Holtz' hinge dies to try and make them look a little rusty. The swirl at the bottom is a nestability shape and the trellis is a Martha Stewart punch. I am also very fond of this fold and use it quite a lot now.

I'm also entering this at:
CHRISTMAS STAMPING - Anything but Christmas.
GINGERSNAP CREATIONS - Ancient Ages (I think this card has a distinct medieval look to it).
CRAFTY EMMA'S - Anything Goes.

So, do you ever go back to basics? I am finding at the moment that crafting seems to have gone full circle and things that were popular at the beginning of the craze are now popular again. I am seeing more heat embossing, dry embossing, die cuts and other things. I am currently involved in a ZENTANGLE swap. Google it to find out what it's all about, but let me tell you that I, and I suspect many of you, were doing it as a child and possibly still do it without knowing that it's now got a fancy new name. Basically, it's doodling, lol but doodling with rules. Go search and you'll find some fabulous examples.

My second card resurrects another basic which also seems to be all the rage again now and it's paper piecing. Now, this is the first time I have ever done it as I didn't like it before, but using DP's for clothes and things seems to make such a difference and so I've used it on this card and I must admit, I quite like it, lol.

I think you'll agree...two VERY different cards from me this week.

My image is 'Charley' stamp from Cuddly Buddly and the papers are MME which was a freebie pad in a mag a few weeks ago. Her dress and hat are pieced and the rest of Charley and her flowers are coloured with my Promarkers. Labels eight nestability, Martha Stewart heart punch, Prima flowers and a bit of lace finish it off.

I'm going to enter this at:
FAB 'N FUNKY - Material World.

The lovely DAWN has given me this super blog award.

Thanks so much, hun. It's much appreciated.
Now, I have to nominate 7 people to pass this to, so I'll be back soon with their names and blogs. :o)

Well, I've written a bit of a tome this week, pmsl so I'll shut up now.
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