Sunday, 16 December 2012

Bad Blogger - Christmas Candy :) lol

This post will stay on top until 6th January 2013.

Hi and good afternoon :)
Firstly I want to apologise for being a bit of a lapse blogger lately - :( 
I have struggled at times to keep up with my commenting due to my rubbish satellite internet (Avanti), and I usually pride myself on returning visits and comments and I love seeing what everyone has been up to.  Its often easier for me to visit every few days as it uses less of my costly bandwidth. 
I have moaned about my satellite internet in the past quite enough, but recently we were sold onto another company (QSat) without consultation,  and just checkout these prices and packages!! :(

Being very rural we have absolutely no other choice, and at times its cripplingly slow and imo rather costly to boot - Niall Quinn - take note!  We can only justify paying for 512kbps (like pulling teeth) and it has a very low usage cap.  As Scottish Rural customers we are not even allowed the nightsaver option!
Anyhoo - to celebrate reaching 400+ followers, and over 100,000 hits (how amazed and blown away am I) I would like to offer up some candy. 
Up for grabs are 2 of my very favourite Cheery Lynn dies (new ones, not my used ones! lol) and I will also chuck a few other bits and bobs in including a Prima Nature Garden 6 x 6 paper pad and a Kenny K rubber stamp.
This candy will stay open until 6th January, as my blog like many others is likely to go a bit quiet over the Christmas and New Year period - LOL
All I ask is that you are a follower (I always follow back) and please only follow if you like my blog.  Feel free to put a pic in your sidebar, or post about it, but its not compulsory (rules schmules!). 
Candy only blogs will be deleted (I will check).


Thanks so much for sticking with me, I always read every single comment and I appreciate all of them! :)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Santa Claus is Coming - Sweet Stampin

Good Morning! :)  I hope everyone has some fabby festive plans for the weekend.  We are off to see THE HOBBIT tonight, and I cant wait!
My card today is for our new challenge over at Sweet Stampin where this week our theme is 'Santa Claus is coming'.  We are sponsored by A Day for Daisies and our regular monthly sponsor Joanna Sheen, so brilliant prizes! :)
I layered MME Lost & Found Christmas papers onto Kraft cardstock and added quite minimal embellishments for me.  The stamp is an old wooden one I have had for ages, so no idea where I got it from and just finished it off with a few pearls, twine, wooden snowflake and a metal corner.
I use a photography 'puffer' (that I cadged off OH) to get rid of excess glitter and didnt notice that whilst I was puffing away my smallest dog Hector was sat underneath.  He ended up a lovely, shimmery, festive gold - lol.
I hope everyone has a smashing weekend and thanks so much for visiting my blog today,

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Tis' The Season - Cheery Lynn Designs

Hi and Good Morning :)
My card today is for our new challenge this week over at Cheery Lynn Designs, where this weeks theme is  'T'is the Season' and you still have bags of time to enter to be in with a chance of winning a brilliant prize so I hope you find time to play along.
Now I have loved making my christmas cards this year with Cheery Lynn Dies, there are so many fabulous and seasonal dies to choose from I was never stuck for ideas or inspiration. 
I started off with a  6 x 6 inch blank card base and I layered MME papers onto dark green bazzil cardstock.  I cut 2 Tiffany Border dies, enabling me to shadow the dark green with a splash of cream for contrast, and also did the same with the stunning O' Tannenbaum Tree.  I hand-beaded pearl seed beads onto the tree following the patterns on the die and this made it really easy and effective! :)  I  added a the Holly Lace Flourish, Christmas Lights and Holly Corner dies to the card panels before centering my main image onto matted oval stackers.  I finally added a bit of twine, wooden snowflake and a moonstone brad for a finishing touch.
All dies used on this card are:
I cant wait to see what you do with this weeks challenge, we are on the final stretch to christmas, and a hand-made card is always really special both to give and to receive.   Dont forget to check on our Cheery Lynn Designs blog for fresh daily inspiration and more fabulous creations by the very talented DT too.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and I hope you have a smashing week,

Sunday, 9 December 2012

With Love at Christmas - Joanna Sheen

Good Morning :)  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  I spent yesterday putting the finishing touches to my christmas decorations, and unwrangling a set of lights that had been bugging me! lol.
Today sees the start of our new challenge over at Joanna Sheen, and this time you have a whole month to join in and play along - just to make it easy! ;)  Our theme is 'With Love at Christmas', and as always the lucky winner will win a £15 voucher to spend online - brilliant prize!
I was sent this gorgeous set of Giordano decoupage sheets called Father Christmas and Friends, and it was packed full of lovely warm and very cute images.  I dont do a lot of decoupage as the fiddly stuff puts me off, but these are really big and so easy to work with, I ended up making 2 cards in the same time I would usually spend on one!  Excellent for making some last minute christmas cards ;)

I used 6 x 6 Kraft card blanks for my base and just layered Memory Box papers onto gold mirri card, and added a few die cuts to match.  The beautiful gold ribbon was sent to me as a birthday present and its so luxurious I didnt want to part with it! :)

I hope you find time to play along, and dont forget we have weekly candy give-aways and daily talent spots too.

Have a smashing sunday, and thanks so much for visiting my blog today.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Marvelous Magnolia - Snowflakes

Good Morning, I hope everyone is having a good week :) 

Well the snow still hasnt gone (we had over 6 inches fall from Sunday) and its frozen so hard its absolutely lethal - even my doggies were skating on it when they charged out this morning - lol! :)

My card today is for our new challenge over at Marvelous Magnolia where this week our theme is 'Snowflakes' .  Rather fitting really!  We have 2 fabby sponsors and great prizes, so well worth joining in.

I layered MME papers onto white Bazzil card and coloured the image with PM's.  The dies are mix of Doo Hickey, and Marianne and the lamp-post and snowflakes are Cheery Lynn.  The ornate gate is spellbinders and took absolute age to get right, then I remembered a tip that was left in my comments box a couple of weeks ago suggesting I try talcum powder - BRILLIANT tip! :)  It literally fell out with such ease, I was amazed! Thank you :)

I am entering this card in the below competitions:

**** - Christmas card competition - check out the link to enter with a chance to win an iPad, or hobbycraft vouchers.

Tildas Town - Celebrate Christmas
7 Kids Challenge - Holiday Inspired
I ♥ Promarkers - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Snowflakes
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Let it Snow
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - So this is Christmas
Thanks so much for looking at my blog today and I will be trying to catch up visiting back later :)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs & Hampton Arts

2nd Post of the Day
please scroll down to see my Christmas at Sweet Stampin post.

Good Morning :)  back again today with my 2nd post!
This week we have a really special event taking place as Cheery Lynn Designs and Hampton Arts both team up to give you a week of gorgeous inspiration and fabulous prizes! 
Visit the blogs daily and just leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning either a fabulous $25 Cheery Lynn gift certificate or this wonderful Hampton Arts stamp and inks prize!
Our challenge theme this week over on the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge blog is 'Happy Holidays' and I was lucky enough to be able to use a couple of gorgeous Hampton Art wooden stamps on my project which worked beautifully with these elegant dies. 
I started off with an 6 x 6 ivory blank card base and layered HOTP papers, Kraft Card and Ivory Cardstock (300gsm).  Both images were stamped with Hampton Arts Graphic 45 Decades ink pad in Dark Cashmere, and tinted along the edges.  The sentiment stamp was mounted and layered on 2 sizes of  Scalloped coved rectangle and the matching Classic coved rectangle dies and then matted onto square scalloped & classic stackers.  The musical border was edged by using the largest purple scalloped stacker and just cutting along one side to create a border.  I was really pleased with how this turned out! :) 
I had a lot of fun creating my own flowers for this card, and went to town with loads of fabulous Christmas dies too.  I used my favourite Lace Christmas Tree just tucked behind the main sentiment and also the Holly Lace Flourish .  The flowers are a mix of  Build a Flower, Darling Daisies and Holly Leaves
All dies used on this project are:
XL-2 - Square Scalloped Stackers - Largest size for the border edging and a medium sized full square for the sentiment mat.
Hampton Arts products:
PS0510A - Warm Wishes Collage
PS0670 - Music Note Border
Colour Box Graphic 45 Decades Ink Pad - Dark Cashmere
I hope you find time to join us in the challenge this week, and I look forward to seeing some gorgeous Christmas creations!  Dont forget there is fresh daily inspiration over on both the Cheery Lynn Inspiration blog and the Hampton Arts blog too.
I am entering this card in the below challenge:
The Sketchy Challenges - Fab sketch ladies!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and have a smashing day!

Anything Goes - Sweet Stampin at Christmas

1st Post of the Day

Good Morning :)
Today sees the start of our first challenge over at Christmas at Sweet Stampin, where we kick off with a month long theme of 'Anything Goes'!  We have 2 amazing sponsors: 

Funky Kits
so well worth playing along, and you have bags of time to join in before we officially launch next year on the 9th January!
As we are not an 'exclusively stamping' blog, the rest of the DT have created some gorgeous christmas projects from wreaths to advent calendars and it was great fun making something a little different. 
Now I always try to use up scraps and old stash on gift tags, so I had a dig through one of my Crafty Bitz boxes and ........'Ta Da' - I found some embossed gold baubles and poinsettas .  The tags are a mix of  Marianne and Doo Hickey and the paper is Anna Griffin.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I hope you get time to pop back later as I will be sharing my DT project for the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge, where this week we also have a special event! 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Ribbons & Snowflakes - Sweet Stampin

Oooh, 1st December - Woop Woop  :)   I have today loaded my iPod with xmas toons and I am deffo feeling a little bit festive.

Our new challenge this week over at Sweet Stampin is 'Ribbons &  Snowflakes'.  We have multiple fabby sponsors this week, so you could be in with winning a prize from Joanna Sheen, Crafty Ribbons and The Stamp Fairy.  Brilliant prizes, so I hope you find time to join us.

This super-cute image is called Molly Winter and I coloured her in PM's and Flexmarkers (although I was having a bit of an off day with my colouring - tut)  .  The papers are scraps from very old stash and the dies are a mix of Cheery Lynn, spellbinders, Memory Box and the fab layered xmas tree is Dee's.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and I hope everyone has a smashing weekend


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