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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sketch Saturday (on a Sunday again, again!!)

Coo-ee!

Oh I'm so, so late again, for the third week running!!  I blame the new routine which I'm just getting myself into so fingers crossed I'll be back to 'normal' soon lol!  But I have managed to catch up with you all, wahooooo!!  So at least I'm definitely heading in the right direction!!  So far this weekend I've been into town to do a bit of shopping, filed and paid the VAT, filed hubby's Tax Self Assessment, done all the washing, done my big food shop and sorted out my new work bag (which was actually an old work bag that was full of rubbish!!).  Now to post my Sketch Saturday DT card from yesterday, a quick hoover up and then I can sit and make a card, wahoo!  Oooo it's tough fitting in what used to fill a whole week into just 2 days lol!  Buuuuut, it is such a nice feeling knowing I'm earning money again, and the first week went well too so happy days!  Hope next week is as good?...

Onto my card and this one I made for my cousin's wife who was 30 last week...



A close up of LOTV's 'Rosie with Cake'...



Inside of card...



And a side view...



Here's this week's fabby sketch (I rotated it!)...



And this week we're sponsored by...



The Craft Barn who are donating a very generous prize for the lucky winner.  Head over to the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog for more info  :o))

Ok, time to get that hoovering done!  I've got a lovely Roast Beef to cook up this afternoon too, yum!  And then the ironing, I haven't done any ironing for ages, damn the work clothes lol!!  Oh well, at least we have Dancing on Ice on tonight.....and then The Only Way is Essex!!  My guilty pleasure, we all have them right?!

Have a fab rest of the weekend everyone and I'll see you soon,
Much love,



Challenges I'm entering my card in:

Card Ingredients:
Card / DP's ~ Core d'inations 'French Roast', MME Lost & Found 'Madison Avenue'
Stamps / Images ~ LOTV 'Rosie with Cake', LOTV Clear Sentiments, Stampendous 'So Birthday'
Dies / Punches ~ Nesties 'Labels Three', Cricut 'George & Basic Shapes' and 'Don Juan' cartridges, Woodware Circle punch
Embellishments ~ Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Pearls from The Hobby House
Other ~ Sizzix Big Shot, Cricut Create, Glamour Dust
Colour Mediums ~ Copic Markers:  Skin ~ E21, E00, E000, R20, R00;  Hair ~ E51, E50;  Clothes ~ E27, E25, E23, R85, R83, R81, E42, E41, E40;  Other ~ E31, E30, YR00, Y000, RV00, RV000, RV29, W1, 0.  Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with Sansodor ~ Pale Brown, Deep Fuchsia, Pink

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sketch Saturday...on a Sunday (again!!)

Evening All

I know, I know, it's been waaaaay too long again and I'm so far behind with my commenting too  :o(  I think I'm going to give myself the last two weeks off as I wouldn't even know where to start now?!  It's been pretty hectic here as I've been trying to get all my jobs done before starting my new job tomorrow.....eek!  I keep getting butterflies, I'm so nervous!  Fingers crossed it all goes ok!...

Onto my card and this is my Mum's birthday card, it's her birthday tomorrow, Happy Birthday Mum!  I made it using this week's Sketch Saturday sketch, here's my card...



A close up of LOTV's 'Teddy - For Mum'...



Inside of card...



And a side view...



Here's this weeks sketch...



And we're sponsored by...



Bunny Zoe's Crafts who are giving the lucky winner a £10 gift voucher to spend in store  :o)  We've also got a DT Call running over at Sketch Saturday as the moment, click here for full details if you fancy joining our fab team  :o)

Do you remember me telling you that aswell as trying to get all my jobs done I also re-decorated our bedroom, well here's some pics of that too...


Very girly I know!  I wallpapered (with the help of Mum!) just the back wall, the rest of the walls are painted...


You can't beat new bedding can you?!...


Oooo I love it and it still smells of fresh paint, my favourite!

Ok I'm off now, need to get settled so I can try and have an early and hopefully sleep filled night!  But to be honest, I'm not sure I'll be getting much sleep!  Wish me luck and starting from tomorrow I'll be back round to see all your wonderful creations, I promise!!  :o)

Much love,



Challenges I'm entering my card in:

Card Ingredients:
Card / DP's ~ Hero Arts Kraft Card, Basic Grey Kioshi 'Lily Child', Magnolia Butterfly Dreams 'Lilac Butterfly'
Stamps / Images ~ LOTV 'Teddy - For Mum', LOTV 'Postcard Greetings', Stampendous 'So Birthday'
Dies / Punches ~ X-Cut Butterfly punch
Embellishments ~ Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Lace & Twine from The Ribbon Girl, Charm from Mad Cow Beads, Pearls from Hobbycraft
Other ~ Dusty Concorde and Milled Lavendar Distress Ink, Doodling, Glamour Dust
Colour Mediums ~ Copic Markers:  Fur ~ E53, E51, E50, E0000, R20;  Flowers & Balloons ~ V15, V12, V95, V91, YG03;  Other ~ E31, B00, B000, B0000, 0.  Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with Sansodor ~ Deep Fuchsia, Bright Lilac, Pale Brown

Monday, 16 January 2012

Bingo!

Morning All!

Well I still haven't made it round to you all yet, apologies, I'm so sorry for being such a bad blogger.  I'm hoping to have a mammoth catch-up session tonight with you all.  I spent all day Saturday finishing off my bedroom, Mum came down and we wall papered one of the walls and then put the room back together ready for the un-veiling when Daemo came home.  I'm really, really pleased with it and (luckily!) Daemo likes it too!  :o)  Oooo it's lovely having a new duvet and pillows!

So enough waffle and onto my card!  Another Monday means another Pollycraft Challenge and this week I chose the them of...

BINGO!

A nice and easy one for you all!  Here's the Bingo grid...



I chose 3 down - Die Cuts / Lace / Pearls.  Here's my card...



A close up of Spring Things 'Bumble Bunny'...



Inside of card...



And a side view...



This week we're sponsored by...ourselves!



Yes one lucky person has the chance of winning 10 Pollycraft Digi Images  :o)

Ok time to get busy, I've only got this week left before starting my new job next Monday!  Gosh, I'm getting nervous just thinking about it!!  I wonder if my contract will arrive today...

Have a good day all and I'll see you later!
Much love,



Challenges I'm entering my card in:
Laters...

Card Ingredients:
Card / DP's ~ Hero Arts Kraft Card, MME Quite Contrary Mary Mary 'Best of Friends', Magnolia Sweet Rainbow 'Bumble Bee'
Stamps / Images ~ Pollycraft Spring Things 'Bumble Bunny', Stampendous 'So Birthday'
Dies / Punches ~ Cricut Don Juan Cartridge, X-Cut Retro Flower punch
Embellishments ~ Lace from The Ribbon Girl, Pearls from Hobbycraft, Rub-Ons from Letraset
Other ~ Cricut Create, Doodling, Glamour Dust
Colour Mediums ~ Copic Markers:  Fur ~ W5, W3, W1, R20, R00;  Watering Can ~ C7, C5, C3, R85, R81, RV00, RV0000;  Other ~ R85, R83, R81, Y17, YG09, YG07, YG03, B000, B0000, 0.  Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with Sansodor ~ Black, Steel Grey, Dove Grey, Deep Fuchsia, Pink

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Daisy, Daisy...

Morning All!

I hope you're all good?  I'll apologise now for being such a bad blogger this week, I know I'm really behind in catching up with you all but I've been busy decorating our bedroom all week.  I'm wallpapering today and then I'll be done so hopefully usual service will be resumed tomorrow and I'll be back checking out all your fabulous creations!  :o)  So a quick post from me today, my Sketch Saturday DT card.  I've used this weeks sketch for my friend's birthday card, here it is...



A close up of the beautiful 'Daisy'...



Inside of card...



And a side view...



Here's this weeks sketch...



And this week we're sponsored by...



Simon Says Stamp who are giving one lucky winner a $25 voucher to spend in store!!  To be in with a chance of winning just make a card using the fantastic sketch and enter the challenge, easy peasy!

Right I'd better get busy, Daemo is working today and I want to get our room finished so I can unveil it to him tonight!  I'm doing a 'Changing Rooms' on him, he knows I'm decorating but doesn't know what colours or anything.....I hope he likes it, lol!!

See you all soon,
Much love,



Challenges I'm entering my card in:

Card Ingredients:
Card / DP's ~ Hero Arts Kraft Card, Bazzill Bling, Magnolia Sweet Rainbow 'Pink Plaid' & Butterfly Dreams 'Pink Butterfly'
Stamps / Images ~ Sugar Nellie 'Daisy', LOTV Clear Sentiment Stamps, Stampendous 'So Birthday'
Dies / Punches ~ Nesties Lacey Circles, Go Kreate 'Concentric Tags #1', Die-Namics 'Clouds #1', Martha Stewart 'Doily Lace' Border punch and X-Cut Butterfly punch
Embellishments ~ Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, Ribbon and Twine from The Ribbon Girl, Pearls from Hobbycraft
Other ~ 'Walnut Stain' Distress Ink, Sizzix Big Shot, Glamour Dust
Colour Mediums ~ Copic Markers:  Skin ~ E21, E00, E000, R20, R00;  Hair ~ E29, E27, E25, E23;  Clothes ~ R85, R83, R81, B29, B26, B24, B23, B21;  Other ~ YG06, YG03, B000, B0000, 0.  Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with Sansodor ~ Indigo, Electric Blue, Deep Fuchsia, Green

Monday, 9 January 2012

Pollycraft - Anything but a card...

Morning All!

I hope you're all well and ready for another week?  Mine is going to be a mega busy one as I try and get all my jobs jobbed, hopefully I'll make at least a small dent in the list lol!

Another Monday means another Pollycraft Challenge and this week we're back to normal with weekly challenges.  Today's has been set by my teamie Jane and the theme is...

ANYTHING BUT A CARD

Hmmmm, get your thinking caps on!  It was quite a simple one for me actually as I'd bought myself a new DT workbook that was crying out to be blinged up!!  Here it is before...



And now...



You like?!...



This should see me through the first half of 2012 anyway  :o)  This week we're sponsored by...



Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn who are offering a fabby prize!

Do you write down all your card ingredients and DT work?  What do you use to log everything?  I know pen and paper is a bit old school but (normally!) I think about what I need to do just as I've switched my computer off so at least this way I can still see what I need to do!

Right I'd better get busy, me and Mum  are going shopping today for household bits (boring!) and then onto Bluewater for new work clothes and new bedroom bits, yaaaaay!!  I've already spent my first months wages and haven't even worked a day yet lol!

See you soon peeps,
Much love,



Challenges I'm entering my notebook in:

Card Ingredients:
Card / DP's ~ Hero Arts Kraft Card, MME Lime Twist 'Be You', Lost & Found 'Blush' and 'Love Me' Paper Pads, Magnolia Butterfly Dreams 'Pink Butterfly' and 'Turquoise Butterfly'
Dies / Punches ~ Nesties Labels Fourteen, Cricut 'Don Juan' Cartridge, EK Success Border Punch, X-Cut Butterfly Punch
Embellishments ~ Lace and Ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, Pearls from Hobbycraft
Other ~ Sizzix Big Shot, Cricut Create, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Brilliance Moonlight White, Doodling
Colour Mediums ~ Copic Markers:  Skin ~ E21, E00, E000, R20, R00;  Hair ~ E27, E25, E23;  Clothes ~ E29, E27, E25, E23, G00, G000, R85, R83, R81, RV00;  Other ~ G28, E42, E41, 0.  Derwent Coloursoft Pencils Blended with Sansodor ~ Dark Brown, Deep Fuchsia, Grey Green

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sketch Saturday...on a Sunday doh!

Evening All!

Yes I know, I'm so very late but you know that thing called life, well it's kind of taken over during the past couple of days lol!  But hey, I'm here now so without further a do here's my Sketch Saturday DT card (from yesterday!)...



A close up of The Paper Shelter 'Kisses'...



Inside of card...



And a side view...



This week it's my teamie Bente's turn to host and this is her super duper sketch!...



Our sponsor this week is...



The Paper Shelter who are giving the lucky winner a $20 gift voucher to spend instore!!  If you head over Sketch Saturday you'll see the DT have created some fantastic cards using The Paper Shelter digi's, go take a look!

So, life being busy, well this is what I've been up to.....I've only managed to go and get myself a job haven't I, WAHOOOOO!!  I'm sooooo chuffed but also very nervous, it's been over 10 years since I started a new job!  It's initially a 3 month contract with the potential to be extended to 18 months, hopefully I'll be starting the week after next.  Which of course means that next week I'm going to be flat out doing all the jobs I've been putting off, starting with re-decorating our bedroom!  Now I know I've got some money coming in I can get cracking and buy all the bits I want  :o)  Happy days!  I hope your 2012's have started so positively too  :o)

Much love,



Challenges I'm entering my card in:
Cute Card Thursday ~ Challenge 198 ~ What's New?  Well it's my Labels Three Dies!

Card Ingredients:
Card / DP's ~ Bazzill Bling 'French Roast', Bo Bunny Love Bandit 'Tweetheart' and 'Stripe'
Stamps / Images ~ The Paper Shelter 'Kisses', Elzybells 'Congratulation on your Engagement'
Dies / Punches ~ Nesties Standard Circles and Labels Three
Embellishments ~ Flowers and Cheesecloth from Wild Orchid Crafts, Ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, Pearls from Hobbycraft
Other ~ Sizzix Big Shot, Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Doodling, Glamour Dust
Colour Mediums ~ Copic Markers:  Skin ~ E21, E00, E000, R20, R00;  Hair ~ E29, E27, E25;  Clothes ~ R81, RV29, E43, E42, E41, B26, B24, B23, B21;  Other ~ E35, E33, E31, C5, YR23, G21, YG03, YG11, B000, B0000, 0.  Derwent Coloursoft Pencils blended with sansodor ~ Black, Dark Brown, Pale Brown, Deep Fuchsia, Electric Blue, Indigo, Green

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Bring on 2012!!

Happy New Year, wahoo!!

Yes it's finally here, 2012 is upon us and fingers crossed it's going to be the best year yet!!  Ha ha, I say that every year but I really hope this year is going to be a good one.  We've had some real rubbish years recently (yes my middle name is lucky, lol!) but I'm starting this year with a positive outlook on life, it's got to help right?!  Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and crafty good year!!  :o)

You've probably seen loads of "Top 10 for 2011's" but I thought I'd join in too, it's fun to look back and see how far you've come or how much your 'style' has changed isn't it!  And as others have done I'm also going to choose my Top 10 (or should that be 12?!) by month but as I had a broken wrist for 7 weeks (really, only 7 weeks...it definitely felt like longer!) I've only got 11 months to choose from!!  So here we go, my top 11!...



January
I made this card for my Mum and I love the rich colour combo and DP's.  I think this was the first card I ever used Wild Orchid flowers on too!



February
I made this card for our friends daughter who I thought was turning 13, but she was actually turning 12, doh!  Although her father did say she was going on 15 so I was alright, lol!  Anyway, I was really happy with my colouring on this card and loved the purple and aqua colour combo.



March
This one I made for my Sister-In-Law and so began my love for these MME papers!  I love the girlyness of this card and the layout too.



May
This is my favourite for May, not because it was necessarily my favourite design but because I was sooooo desperate to get back to card making I actually made this one with my cast still on!!  So I'm quite impressed with my efforts really (although I used my blender pen a lot to correct where I'd gone over the lines lol!!)



June
This grunge-tastic card I made for my Brother-In-Law, I love all the distressing and the 'letting myself go' element I had with this card - it was lots of fun to make!!



July
This was my Dad's birthday card and one of the first 'scene' cards I'd made, I especially love the little picture frame of me and my Dad in his 'front room' lol!



August
I made this card for my cousin, I absolutely LOVE 'Gorgeous' and the DP's and simplicity of this one



September
My one and only ever CAS card!!  I really enjoyed making it and really should try this style more often



October
This one I made for one of my Netball team mates, it started another love affair with these MME DP's lol!  Loving the girlyness again



November
This one I made for my Auntie, another Belles n Whistles (another love affair, lol!) but I think these MME DP's are absolutely gorgeous.  A fab colour combo of Blue and Brown and another girly creation, lush!



December
It has to be a Christmas card in December doesn't it!  So here it is, the one I made for my Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law



Fun huh!  I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane, there were lots of new 'love affairs' going on - MME DP's (sooooo many gorgeous collections to choose from!), Belles n Whistles stamps, Tilda (always a favourite), Lace, doodling and Kraft card, gosh what did I do before Kraft card lol?!!

I've joined in with Kellie's Top 10 which you can find here.

See you all soon peeps,
Much love,