Friday, 28 August 2009

Piling it On!!

This card was made using the great sketch from A Spoonful of Sugar this week. I have used this lovely Belles & Whistles by Elizabeth Bell stamp and coloured her with Promarkers in the colours Lilac, Lavender, Amethyst and Aubergine - the colours set by this week's Passion for Promarkers. As I've also got 3 handmade flowers, 3 Swarovski gems and 3 Card Candies my card also qualifies for this week's theme of "Good Things Come in Threes" from Pile it On. This is the challenge for me - all I seem to do is combine challenges as there are so many fabby ones around!!

I have used a paper pack designed by Vanessa Arbuthnot for the English Paper Company for the backing and the flowers. Leaves are made using Martha Stewart punches. Card is SU, as is the sentiment. I've just added a bit of aubergine coloured satin ribbon to finish the card off.

I am scheduling this post as I hope I am having far too good a time with my husband to be blogging {{WINK}}.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

CCT #75 - New Beginnings

Our theme this week over on Cute Card Thursday is "New Beginnings". You could make a card for a new arrival, a new or a new job etc. - and aren't they always handy to have in stock? I actually do have a friend expecting a baby in four weeks' time so this was a perfect one for me!!

This beautiful stamp is from Whiff of Joy and has been coloured with Promarkers and chalks. Papers are from Designer Digital. Velvet ribbon and sequin lace was from Scrapz quite a while ago. Flower are from Wild Orchid and this beautiful sentiment is from Elzybells. I just love their sentiments so much - they are so different and very reasonably priced as well.

Another fabby sponsor this week and as always the rest of the Design Team has created some absolute beauties to pop over to the blog here to have a look and join in with us.

I don't know whether it's because Ben has just stared school but this week's theme has had me all emotional!! The lovely sentiment on my card actually had me welling up with tears. Good job DH is coming home today to keep me occupied!! YEY!!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Tilda & Friends ATC Challenges - Teens

We would like to see your ATC creations for the teens this week on Tilda & Friends ATC Challenges and this is me shamelessly BEGGING you to join in purrrrleeeeease!! This blog needs you!! Caz has announced that every entrant each week will go into a draw for a monthly prize and this month we will have a brand new stamp and lovely embellies and bits - definitely worth a go!!

I have coloured this Sugar Nellie stamp with Promarkers and used Karen Foster paper and my Dymo machine for the sentiment.

Just to demonstrate how handy having a stock of ATC's ready and waiting is - I had to make a quick card for a birthday tomorrow and this became the topper on a card just with some matting of blue, red and black card.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009


Three challenges on one card here. Firstly I used's Carole's really great sketch from Friday Sketcher, secondly Penny Black Saturday want to see real or faux stiching on your card and thirdly Daring Cardmakers would like an anniversary card.

I've used chalk pencils to colour this Penny Black teddy in and I'm pleased with the soft effect these produced on the little guy!! Going to try them on a hedgehog next. On the heart I used gold crystal lacquer covered with Glamour Dust and I so love the result. Expect many Christmas cards with baubles coloured in this way this year!!

Papers are from Venaissance pad by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and I've used a Martha Stewart punch on the middle border strip. A Cuddly Buddly sentiment and some flowers from Wild Orchid finish it off.

Here's what happened when Ben got hold of my acrylic blocks and some Christmas embellishments and mixed them with his own!! At least he had huge fun but it took AGES to tidy up!!

Monday, 24 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers #13 - Prussian & Pumpkin + Hallow'een

Hmmmmmm - not feeling the love for these colours I'm afraid but I like to step out of my comfort zone once in a while so I took up the challenge from this week's Passion for Promarkers to use Pumpkin and Prussian as your main colours and a Hallow'een theme to boot!!

Tilda with Pumpkin has been coloured with Promarkers and Ranger Inksentials white pen. The paper is from Crafty Individuals "Travels in Italy" book and I covered up the gondalas and left the street light. I've used a sentiment from a Serendipity Cling set, some Karen Foster brads and flowers from Wild Orchid to finish it off.

So excited about the new Promarker colours coming in a couple of weeks - it will give those of us who actually PREFER Promarkers to any other alcohol pen to now achieve the variations in colour and shading that other manufacturers offer. YEY!!

Have, have, have to share with you my new ink pad shelves that I just put up yesterday. I cannot believe that I now finally have all my ink pads in one blessed place and can now see and use them really easily. This is like the holy grail of crafting storage products!! You can see the fabbiness for yourself here - they are perfect, very reasonably priced, easy to fit AND they've got a sale on!! I know what I want for Christmas - some of their paper storage units!!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Spoonful of Sugar #65 - Travel

Great challenge this week of "Travel" from Spoonful of Sugar - especially seeing as how I've been holding on to this Magnolia Edwin on Bicyle stamp for such a theme!!

I've gone back to the Polychromos pencils and Sansodor for this one and used Basic Grey Archaic papers and SU card. I used Nesties to cut out a frame and popped Edwin inside. Sentiment is SU, as it the oval punch. Some card candy, a button and some pins finish it off. Think I was channelling Leann on this one and got out the twine!!

Most horrendously cold and wet here today. YUK.