I hope you enjoy your visit and like what you see.
When you've finished browsing here, why not pop over to MAKE SOMETHING NICE and take a peek at some of my tutorials.

Monday, May 30, 2011

PIZZA BOX (or not)?

I was in a box swap recently and we had to make our own box from scratch...not alter or decorate a ready made one. I made a standard 'pizza' type box with the lift up lid and strengthened it with a thick piece of card top and bottom. The papers I covered it with are the fabulous 'Ella Blue' from GCD studios. I can't remember where I got the little lock charm or the key but it fastens with one of the Basic Grey mini magnets, which are perfect for this kind of thing. The embellies on the top are done with Marianne dies (you've got to love her dies).

In case you're wondering why it's full of Galaxy bars it's because it went to a friend in France who loves the stuff but finds it hard to get hold of. I have to be honest, when I'd finished this, I really didn't want to part with it, lol.

Entering into:
EMERALD FAIRIES - Anything goes.
PAPER SUNDAES (if a box is allowed) - Shabby Chic.
SPARKLES FORUM - Something metal.
2 SISTERS - Anything goes.
MYCREATE INK - Colour challenge.
FAIRY TALE CHALLENGE - Anything but a card.
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Anything goes.
TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS - Anything goes.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Grrrrrr!!!!! to blogger. Hasn't it been a nightmare recently, I hate it when it goes AWOL. I hope they're all sorted now..I can't live without my blogs, lol so a couple of cards in this post today.

Challenge #67 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS is to use Pearls and we're sponsored this week by DIGI DOODLE SHOP with a $10 gift certificate for the store. The DT all used images from the store and I chose to use a new image called Crawling Baby.

The papers are, I think, called Foundations. I used a nestie for the circle and a Marianne D for the base of my flower embellie. The sentiment is from Pollycraft although I did change the original text.

Entering into:
CREATIVE CORNER - Beautiful Baby
BEE CRAFTY - Little one's birthday.
INSPIRE ME FRIDAY- Anything goes.
SIMPLY CREATE - Special day/event.
DIGI DOODLE SHOP - Anything goes.

The new challenge (#123) at THE CRAFTY PAD is a recipe. 3 papers, 2 ribbons and 1 flower. All the design team used images from the new Thank you Teacher collection available from THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS and it's got to be worth a visit as there is a 30% off sale on until 2nd June. The sponsor this week is Michelle's Scrap.

My papers are from Basic Grey's 'Lime Ricky' pad, ribbon and flowers from my stash. The image is coloured with Promarkers.

Entering into:
CARD CUPIDS - Ribbon or Fibres.
EMERALD FAIRIES - Anything goes.
2 SISTERS - Anything goes.
CATCH THE BUG - Bright Colours.
RAISE THE BAR - Teachers Pet.

Also over at Crafty Pad Designs is a new release set of stamps that make the most adorable little story book for a little boy. You can alter the text and put your own child's name in and finally, our Maggie has a project printed on page 29 of the new Crafts Beautiful magazine. Way to go Maggie, well done hun.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


This weeks challenge over at I ♥ PROMARKERS is Animals, so your cards have to have an animal on them. The sponsor this week is CRAFTY EMMA with a £10 voucher to spend in the online store.

I considered using an animal as my focal image but then I found this Sarah Kay stamp still unused in my drawer. The bear she's painting wasn't really enough of an animal so I searched for a cat image and found this one in an Ollyfant set of stamps by Kars, so I stamped it and masked it before stamping the main image. Ok, so the cat is a 'little' large, but hey ho! lol.

My papers are from the V & A collection and I inked them all around the edges. Using my Tim Holtz ruler (the one with the holes down one side) I used my pokey tool and punched around the edges of the panels then added a few flowers and half a dozen pearls and that was basically it. Oh, and a Martha Stewart punch for the mat.

Entering into:
AMBER'S CRAFTS 'N STUFF - Cats and/or dogs.
CRAFTS AND ME - Anything goes.
CREATIVE CARD CREW - Cute and girly.
DIVA'S BY DESIGN - For the girls.
PAPER PRETTIES - Use flowers.
TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS - Anything goes.
A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - Anything goes.
CLAUDIA AND COMPANY - Birthday for a girl.
MAKE IT MONDAY - Always anything goes.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Anything goes.
STAMP SOMETHING - Anything goes.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Some time ago I made a storage book for my nestie dies. It was in an issue of Craft Stamper magazine and I thought it was a great idea and so easy to make with some card and magnetic paper sheets. I used Basic Grey papers (Infuse and others) to cover them.

Anyway, it's now so full that I can't actually get any more pages in it and I have dies all over the craft room so I've just made another one. The new one has all my Marianne D, Joycraft and Nellie Snellen dies in it and the old one now has all my nesties safely stored together. These are on my desk all the time and used constantly. So much better than keeping them in those horrible stiff plastic cases they come in.

Papers for this one are Basic Grey 'Urban Couture'. The stamp on the front of this one is from the Rescue Remedies set at Waltzingmouse Stamps (another Craft Stamper discovery). Really, that magazine costs me a fortune, lol. These stamps are 'nestie friendly' which means that when you've stamped it out, it will fit perfectly inside one of the nestie frames. A bit of distress ink around the edges and it's all you need.

Entering into:
BY THE CUTE AND GIRLY - Anything goes.
DESERT ISLAND CHALLENGES - 3 items from itinerary (paper, ribbon, stamp).
CREATIVE COWGIRL - Anything goes.
EMERALD FAERIES - Anything goes.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME - Anything goes.
SCRAPPY FROGS - Anything goes.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Nope, I haven't spelt holey wrong. It's not Holy Sunday it's a holey card. :o) This weeks challenge over at THE CRAFTY PAD is HOLES. Yep, holes in your cards. The sponsor this week is JOANNA SHEEN with a £10 gift certificate to spend in her online store. I love her store, she has so many goodies and free postage too...what more could you ask for.

The design team all used the CUPCAKE set of images this week, available from Debbie at THE CRAFTY PAD DESIGNS.

I coloured my cupcakes with my Promarkers and then coloured a piece of card with the same pink pen so that my mat matched exactly. A nestie circle die and an embossing folder made my background, so it's quite clean and simple too. I cut the sentiment using a nestie and I backed the holes in the circle with some more pink card and punched 4 holes in the corners to finish it off.

Entering into:
ECP CHALLENGES - Pastel colours.
OUR DAILY BREAD - Recipe: At least 2 die shapes, dry embossed background, 1 sentiment
CRAFTY CREATIONS - Anything goes.
DIVA'S BY DESIGN - Anything goes.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


What a cock up blogger has caused this time. Have you all lost your comments and stuff too? Hours of time wasted. *sob sob*

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Nope, he's not been on the booze...he's just 'legless' but I love him anyway, lol. I'm talking about the image I've used for this weeks I ♥ PROMARKERS challenge sponsored by ROBYNS FETISH. I actually didn't notice he had no legs while I was colouring him, it was only when one of our other DT's mentioned it and it made us laugh. The theme this week is a colour challenge of PINK AND BROWN. Always nice together, but still I did wonder what I could do with the image I'd chosen and my only definite was that pigs are pink. Anyway, here's what I came up with.

My papers are Daisy and Dandelion and the ribbon was buried in my stash from long ago. The flowers are Prima 'Got Daisies' something else I'd not used in a very long time. I made the bow with my bowmaker to put in the centre of one flower with buttons in the others, the doily is...well a doily I suppose, lol possibly Magnolia and the sentiment is one of my own designs available HERE from Craft Downloads - which reminds me, I've got half a dozen new designs to upload so I better get cracking with those and I've got more sentiments and tickets in Photoshop to finish too.

Entering into:
FAB 'N' FUNKY #72 - Buttons and Bows.
FLOURISHES - Anything goes.
PAPER AND SUCH - Birthday card.
THE CRAZY CHALLENGE #66 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY - Anything goes.
SIMON SAYS STAMP & SHOW - Anything goes.
MY GRAPHICO - Anything goes.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Sheesh, I'm still trying to catch up with stuff but everytime I think I've made some headway, something else crops up. Oh well, plod on I must!

Time for challenge #64 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and this weeks challenge is to use a song title. You really need to go have a look at all the DT's cards this week, they really are fabulous. We're sponsored again this week by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN with a £10 gift certificate for her online store.

I used one of my minute collection of Tildas for this one (that'll be 3 lol). I never really liked these gobless images, but they are definitely growing on me and I want lots more.

My paper is a sheet of K & Co that I'd bought 5 of to cover a box and I stitched around the edge on my machine. For my border, I used one of the Marianne D's corner dies that stay attached to the card. But...it was an afterthought so I haven't got them lined up perfectly. Next time, I'll cut the card before I stamp and colour my image. Roses and ribbon from my stash, the leaves were punched and the ticket sentiment is from The Crafty Pad Designs.

Entering into:
DIGI DOODLE SHOP #56 - Anything goes.
SPOONFUL OF SUGAR - White/one main colour.
PAPERTAKE WEEKLY - Anything goes.
TOP TIP TUESDAY - Open Challenge.
TRY IT ON TUESDAYS - Something old (ribbon & roses), something new (stamp & corner die).
CRAFT YOUR PASSION - Anything goes.
HOUSE OF GILLI - Layers and Stitching.
MAKE IT MONDAY - Anything goes.
POLLYCRAFT - Anything goes.
MAGIC IN THE AIR - Birthday.
Related Posts with Thumbnails