Monday, 31 August 2009

Double Challenge .....

I have used the sketch from challenge 66 at Sketch Saturday, I think this is a lovely one to work with and it works well with the baby theme, the sponsor this week is The Craft Barn.

Stampin for the Weekend challenge 13 is "anything baby goes", I have loads of lovely baby stamps as I'm alway's on the look out for cute stamps for the cards I make for my local neo-natal unit!! There are some gorgeous Whiff of Joy stamps for this weeks prize!!

I have used Elzybell's "miss you bear" coloured with promarkers, he is perfect for this, papers are PM Sweet Nothings, swiss dots embossing folder, buttons are HOTP, rub on, other bits are from my scrap box as it seems to be overflowing!!

Another late night but we have had problens again this weekend with the internet, again!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Saturday, 29 August 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 18 .....

This week the sketch at The Sugar Bowl is provided by Kathy, with the please include option of buttons. There is a set of 4 brand new Christmas Manga stamps for the lucky winner!! Another gorgeous set of designs from Sugar Nellie.

I have stamped the pirate monkey by Sugar Nellie, coloured with promarkers, papers and buttons are BG Archaic, DCWV cardstock, ribbon.

Short and sweet tonight, I need to get on with more challenges, I haven't had a very productive week, so I want to catch up a little!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Papertake Weekly & Passion for Promarkers .....

This card is for two challenges, Papertake Weekly sketch 22 a nice simple sketch with clean lines and not too fussy, my favourite style. This week the sponsor is Simon Say's Stamp with a generous $25 voucher.

Passion for Promarkers week 14 is a colour challenge lilac, amethyst,lavender,aubergine, this week the challenge is sponsored by Letraset.

I have used the sketch provided but it has been rotated to fit the image, I used all four colours "lavender, lilac, amethyst, aubergine" for colouring Miss Anya, the papers are from the new PM halloween collection, DCWV glitter card, glossy accents for the handbag, gems, ribbon, sentiment is craftwork cards.

This week I have got a card in the top 5 in the Allsorts challenge & with another card the top 5 in the Stamp something for the weekend!! So it was a lovely surprise to read that when there are so many talented people out there!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Combined Challenge .....

A card at last, I haven't made very much this week so this one is for the following challenges,

Whiff of Joy Challenge 45 is "bling", this week's sponsor is Simon says Stamp, $10 voucher and WOJ blossom fairy Charlotte

The Secret Crafter Challenge 46 this week its colours, "brown & turquoise"

Allsorts Challenge 15 is a sketch and torn edges set by Jule's, there are some fab goodies for the lucky winner

ABC Challenge this week is C for Circles, sponsored by WOJ, this weeks guest designer is Rach

I have coloured the very pretty Willow with Hot Chocolate stamp from Whiff of Joy stamps with promarkers, using the brown & turquiose colours from the Secret Crafter Challenge. I used my nesties for the circles for the ABC challenge ( I changed the rectangle from the sketch to a circle as I thought it suited my stamped image better). I did cheat a little with my torn edges and used my fiskars fancy edged ruler, I just can't help being neat!! I used lots of small gems for my "bling" for the Whiff of Joy challenge. Papers are BG Pheobe & Archaic.

Going to try and get another card made ready for tomorrow, I coloured a few images last night so they are ready to put together, I just need to find the papers to match, I usually colour my images then choose papers, It works for me most of the time!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx


Monday, 24 August 2009

Four Challenges, One Card .....

I have made this card for the following challenges,

Basic Grey Challenge 2 "pink, yellow, brown"

Poftcraft Monday Challenge "My Favourite Things"

I have followed the fab tutorial by Debby, at Just Magnolia Monthly Challenges to make a 3D stamped image, coloured with promarkers, glossy accents, papers are BG lemonade, fiskars border punch, retro flower punch, buttons, ribbon, sentiment is craftwork cards.

I stamped several images colouring the extra pieces I needed to build up the layers and cutting them out, it is quite time consuming but the effect is worth it. The sketch is another really good one to work with from Sketch Saturday. The colours from Basic Grey Lemonade are perfect for this weeks challenge, My card is inspired by my favourite things cute Magnolia Tilda stamps and the colour pink for the Pollycraft Challenge.

Think I need to iron tonight :( so no cards tonight, I have been staying up late crafting and need to get back into a routine as this won't help those stressful school mornings!! Only 2 weeks left of the holidays, Lucy is looking forward to being with her friends again, Philip will start nursery sometime in september as we managed to get full time support to help him get around!! I will get some time for myself at last!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx


Another Double .....

At last the brand new Anyone for Anya challenge is here!! This week the challenge is "sugar and spice & All Things Nice", I had planned to use sugar for my colours but as I opened my pens, spice colours just seemed to be right!!

Create4Fun sketch challenge, there is a great sketch by Bev, which I have used, it is nice and simple to follow, I like this one!!

I have used Miss Anya stamp coloured with promarkers, sakura stardust pen, glossy accents for shoe's, flower punches, glimmer mist, sizzlits die, gems, ribbon coloured to match with promarkers, nesties, swiss dots embossing folder, seniment is craftwork cards, and papers are MME Wild Asparagus - I had to give in and get some!!!

Will be back later with another card!! Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Your Next Stamps 1st Design Team Call .....

Design team call for Your Next Stamp!!

Your Next Stamp is a new company selling the cutest stamps, and they are looking for a design team to promote their new stamp designs.

They are looking for creativity and originality, colouring abilities, willingness to display challenges and other information about Your Next Stamp, and great pictures of work produced. In return you will recieve regular design team stamps and discount throughout your design team membership.

The design team call is open untill 28th August, click here to go to the blog.
Good Luck!!

You need to create a post showing 2 of you best cards, at the moment I think these are my favourites, both are quite recent but I love the colouing and the details have shown up well in the photographs.

1. Annika form The greeting Farm coloured with promarkers, I like the simplicity of this design , and the boldness of the Annika stamp.

2.C.C Designs Swiss Pixies coloured again with promarkers, I have made the little punched flowers in her wheelbarrow, I love these colours. (This card was chosen for the top 5 at passion for promarkers)

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Double Challenge .....

There is a great new sketch this week at Just Magnolia week 19 by super talented Rach, which I have combined with Stampin' for the Weekend challenge 12 colours "pink and grey". I have moved the sentiment to the circle at the bottom and added a bow with a charm.

I have used Sweetheart Tilda coloured with shimmer paints, watercolour pencils and promarkers, papers are BG Perhaps which were just perfect for this challenge, DCWV cardstock, nesties, swiss dots and snowflakes embossing folders, ribbon, charm, and embossed circle with greeting from craftwork cards.

It is another Christmas card, I keep sneaking them in, slowly my stash of Christmas cards is building up. I am quite pleased how well the colours have worked for a Christmas card, it gives a fresh modern look as I do tend to go for more traditional colours.

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx


Magnolia-licious Tricks and Treats Blog Hop .....

This week there is a great blog hop over at Magnolia-licious, with some great Halloween projects made by the very talented design team, with some gorgeous candy hidden along the way!!

I don't have any of the Magnolia Halloween stamps so I thought as Tilda is all wrapped up I would colour her for a chilly Halloween night and make a spooky background!! I have made this origami box from two sheets of 12x12 card and have filled it with some sweeties (don't think they will last long!!), wrapping a strip of design paper and ribbon around the sides to bring a bit more colour to the project.

Tilda is coloured with promarkers, DCWV card stock, Doodlebug paper and ribbon, nesties, swiss dots embossing folder, glossy accents, stickles stardust gliter glue, sakura stardust pen. I have used my lovely new Waltzing Mouse Halloween Party stamp set to make the spooky background and the tag on the side of the box, adding glossy accents and gems to the mask, Claire has some lovely stamp sets that she has designed herself and they are excellent quality and value too!!
I have spent the day cleaning windows, not very exciting but then I came in to find out what is happening in blog land (I'm totally addicted now!!) to find I have won a set of stamps from Claire at Waltzing Mouse!! (Big smile!!) I also got the top five again this week at Passion for Promarkers week 12!!?
Hope youre having a good weekend, thanks for stopping by,
Angela x

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Truly Scrumptious Challenge 14 .....

The challenge this week at Truly Scrumptious is anything but a card.

I have decided to make another folder pouch, you can find out how to do it here. I have used Penny Black "Trick or Treat" transparent stamp set, coloured with watercolour pencils, nesties, glossy accents, gems DCWV glitter card, BG Perhaps paper. I have used a sakura stardust pen to highlight the web, not that this sparkles much in the photo.

I thought this would make a scary treat filled with some Halloween goodies!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Friday, 21 August 2009

Magnolilicious Halloween Blog Hop .....

I have just had a look around the Magnolilicious Halloween Blog Hop. Wow!! There are some amazing projects displayed those ladies are so talented!! If you follow the list there is a chance to win some candy and some of the projects!!

This is Jaques Halloween candy!! The candy is open until 27th August. You can start the blog hop from here !!! Have fun!!

I cant wait to get crafting, think I must be in the mood for Halloween projects made some thing I will show later and this morning the postman finally arrived with my Waltzingmouse Halloween stamp set!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers & Sketch and Stash .....

This week at Passion for Promarkers week 13 (my lucky number!!) the challenge is Halloween and the colours to be used as the focal point are "pumkin & prussian". The sponsor is Hotshot Crafts and they have a £10 voucher for you to spend in their online store!!

Sketch and Stash Challenge week 17 have a great sketch to follow, which I have rotated for this card, this week the team are looking for the next guest designers.

I have used my new Greeting Farm Annika stamp from Crafts u Love, coloured with this weeks colours for the Passion for Promarkers challenge, my paper is a neglected Doodlebug Halloween design, I found most of the other pieces in my scraps box, charm, rub on's are Bo Bunny and flowers.

I love all things Halloween and love to decorate the house and garden, the last couple of years we have stayed at Alton Towers for their Scare Fest which is great fun!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Angela xx

Sketch Saturday Challenge 64 .....

This is my card for this weeks sketch at Sketch Saturday, I have rotated the sketch I think it fits the image better. The challenge is sponsored by Bunny-Zoe's Crafts this week and there is a £15 voucher to spend in the on-line store!!

I have used one of the new range of Stamptivity stamps available from Debbi Moore, I have used my promarkers to colour the elf, my "new" nesties, (they arrived this morning!!) papers are PM home for Christmas, ribbons, fiskars border punch, flowers. The elf was great to colour perfect for promarkers, available mid september are more new colours in the promarker range!!

I have a link in my side bar for the new Christmas RAK club, if you are interested you need to become a follower of that blog and follow the instructions, then you will be invited to join a private blog. There are 3 planned RAK starting in September, but you can arrange your own too. I thought it would be nice to spread a little Christmas joy and take some time to think of others!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Monday, 17 August 2009

Passion for Promarkers Tutorial .....

Every weekend there are tutorials at the Passion for Promarkers blog, they are excellent, full of advice and tips for using your promarker pens.

The weekend workshop #11 has a candle tutorial by Gina, so I thought I would give it a go.

I must admit that the candle did get slightly over heated, I dont mind it was just a first attempt but I think this has so many possibilities and another way of using stamps.

I am never one to start simple, I enjoy a challenge, I used Tilda with candy cane, stamped on to a paper tissue with memento ink and very lightly coloured with promarkers, the ink does bleed quite easily so its best to go gently, then cut around the image, place it on the candle wrapping a piece of greaseproof paper around and heating with a heat gun until the image has set into the wax.

You can get the step by step instructions and pictures here.

Gayle has some fabby candy to giveaway from her recent CHA trip, theres a link on my side bar, to go and have a look!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 17 .....

The new challenge at The Sugar Bowl is an excellent sketch by Judy, with the please include option of handmade flowers. There is a full set of the brand new autumn release stamp from
Sugar Nellie they are soo sweet, you can see them here.

I have used my Hug in a Mug stamp from Sugar Nellie, coloured with promarkers, I just cant stop using them!! The paper is K & Co Sparkly Sweet, core'dinations card stock, nestabilities swiss dots embossing folder, gems, sakura stardust pen.

My hand made flowers for the "please include option" are made by layering a small flower punch, a snowflake punch, a tiny daisy punch with a gem for the centre.

It is my birthday in a couple of weeks, so I thought I would put some candy together to celebrate, and to say thank you to all the wonderful people who stop by to visit me!!
Look out for it in the next couple of days!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Friday, 14 August 2009

Winter Wonderland Week 11 .....

This week the challenge at Winter Wonderland is "Twinkle, Sparkle". Well I just love glitter and all things sparkly so this is just the perfect challenge for me!!

I have used a Santa stamp from a Habico set, coloured his face lightly with chalks, sakura stardust pen for the frame of his glasses and glossy accents for the lens, stickles stardust glitter glue on the snowflakes and his beard. I have used DCWV silver glitter card stock, the picture doesn't show just how sparkly this is!! DCWV metalic card stock, PM ribbon which of course is also glittery, charm gems.

I'm off out for a girls night, leaving the children at home, a peaceful nights sleep gauranteed!! The only downside, no crafting!!

Hope you have s good weekend whatever you're doing, thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Two Challenges .....

I have combined two challenges for this card,

Allsorts Challenge week 13 is Gro's challenge, "vintage", the winner will recieve 6 promarkers (my favourite!!).

Basic Grey Challenges are back, this week there is a sketch by Tara G, its a really great sketch to follow, they are not offering weekly prizes, instead 5 lucky people chosen at random from this challenge will go through to the monthly prize drawing which has been sponsored by sponsor Simon Says Stamp.

I have used Baisic Grey Archaic papers and element stickers, Edwin coloured with promarkers, PM cardstock, ribbon, gems, rub on, brad, brown ink pad. I have inked the edges of the papers with a brown ink pad and used a distressing tool on some of the layers to give a worn look.
I thought the muted shades of greens and browns along with the distressing gave the card a worn vintage look.

I will be back later with another card, thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Circle of Friends Award .....

Jessica has included me in her circle of friends!! Now I get to pass it on to 5 more friends. I haven't been blogging for that long, but I have my favourite blogs I like to check on for inspiration on a regular basis, so to these beautiful ladies who share their creativity please take it and pass it on to 5 friends of your choosing!

No cards again tonight, too busy blog hopping!!

The jam is ready too, well I could help eat it!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Sketch and Stash Challenge 16 .....

This week at Sketch and Stash Challenge there is a lovely sketch to follow, it is a simple design which is useful when time is short. The challenge is sponsored by Pollycraft Designs this week 3 lucky winners will recieve a Margo download.

I have used my new Popcarn Bear stamp from Emerald Crafts, coloured with promarkers, stickles stardust glitter glue, BG Lemonade papers, Core'dinations card, neglected velvet ribbon from paperchase, felt flowers, card candy, rub on.

I thought I would add this picture of Lucy and Philip from earlier today when we went to Maize Maze at Easingwold, Philip is really gigiling as the piglets were bitting the frame of his wheelchair, we need to bring it in it's so muddy from them!!

I'm supposed to be helping make cherry jam with the cherries from a friends tree, it is just bursting with fruit right now, she has only just discovered this tree after living ther for more than two years??

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

1 Card, 2 Challenges .....

This first challenge is, A Spoonful of Sugar challenge 64, a sketch by Camilla, it looks quite complicated but it was really simple to follow, I have rotated the sketch to fit my design, I am pleased with the result. This weeks challenge is sponsored by Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts, she has a newly released of a set of Bear Essentials stamps for a lucky winner!!

The second challenge is Passion for Promarkers week 12, the colour to use are Cocoa& Rose Pink. This weeks sponsor is Yellow Moon and they have a £10 voucher to spend on any craft supplies or childrens crafts at Barker Ross.

I have used my new Swiss Pixies Liesel with Wheelbarrow from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, My stamp arrived yesterday so I thought I would ink her right away!! She is lovely to colour, I used promarkers cocoa and rose pink as the main focus of the colours, highlight with a white gel pen, sakura stardust pen for her wings, glossy accents for her boots and the heart on the wheelbarrow, stickles sequin glitter glue, papers are BG Lemonade, Core'dinations, nestabilities, mini flower and leaf punches, gems.
The promarkers used are, cocoa, cinnamon, sandstone, rose pink, blossom, vanilla, blush, ivory, cool grey 1 & 2, lime, marsh green, moss, lemon.

It's been another lovely day here again, hope you have had good weather too!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Monday, 10 August 2009

Blog Award .....

While I have been away this weekend I have recieved this lovely award from Barbara, thank you, Barbara has some beautiful cards on her blog, the flowers she uses are gorgeous!!

Here are the instructions in order to accept this award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Not sure about seven interesting things about me,

1. I am a mum to 2 beautiful children Lucy & Philip.
2. I'm new to blogging but have really enjoyed the last couple of months.
3. I'm a shopaholic when it comes to crafting (hope this counts!!)
4. I met my husband on new years eve, 20 years this year!!
5. We have 2 pet rabbits that have eaten all my plants in the garden. Arrgh!!
6. I make cards for my local neo-natal unit for the parents of sick or premature babies.
7. I have been crafting since I was a child.

My nominations are,

1. Christine
2. Kat
3. Sarah
5. Jill
6. Dorothy
7. Jules

Sketch Saturday Challenge 63 .....

The sketch this week at Sketch Saturday is a really great sketch to work with, I think I will be using this one again!!

I have used Greeting Farm Grace, she is so sweet, coloured with promarkers, papers are PM sweet nothings (I have been digging deep this week!), Core'dinations cardstock, PM ribbon, snowflake punches, gems, seniment is craftwork cards.

I had intended to get these both posted last night but I couldnt find them on my camera, so gave up and tried again this morning!!

Have a good day,

thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

A Triple Challenge .....

I have managed to combine 3 challenges for this card;

Passion for Promarkers week 12 - Sketch, the sponsor this week is Secret Crafter and they are giving 6 promarker pens of your choice!!

A Spoonful of Sugar week 63 - "Floral Fantasy", they want to see flowers on your card, the sponsor is Belle's & Whistles, they have a cute Lil' Miss Poppy Stamp to give away!!

Papertake Weekly - Four Seasons, make a card using the colours of your favourite season,
Pink Gem are sponsoring this weeks prize, a Skipping Millie Stamp!!

I have used Sweetheart Tilda coloured with promarkers, sakura stardust pen for that extra sparkle, papers are K & Co Mckenna, DCWV card, nesabilities, cuttlebug swiss dots folder, retro flower, leaf and snowflake punch, ribbon, charm, pearls.

Promarker colours used are, marsh green, moss, red, berry red, sandstone, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla, ivory, blush.

There are more flowers on my papers but most of them ended up covered with the layers!!

We have had a lovely few days away, Thomas land at Drayton Mannor was really good, we would reccommend it to anyone with small children there are lots of suitable rides and it is really well designed. Its been a lovely weekend, but it seems all change this morning, its raining and we were planning to go to York Maze later??

Hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed the good weather.

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Creatalicious Challlenge Design Team Call ......

This is the card that I have made for the Bizzy Bec's Creatalicious Challenges design team call. This is a new challenge starting on 15th August and they are currently looking for 2 more members to join the design team. I have not joined any on-line design teams so this is a great oppourtunity to try, you never know??

I have used Tilda from the spring collection, coloured again with promarkers, they are now my favourite colouring medium, when the shadiing turns out right I can have an image coloured in no time at all!! I have ued glossy accents on her shoes, flower soft for her lilac sprays, copic spica glitter pen for her ribbons in her hair, sparkly dew drops, paper roses, the papers are K & Co McKenna, DCWV cardstock.

Internet is still playing up, so now I am using Lucy's notebook and I have no software to crop and edit the photo?? Arrgh!! I'm off to bed now, another late one!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 16 .....

This week there is a great sketch by Marlene at the Sugar Bowl, with the "please include" option of doodling on your card. There is the most fantastic prize on offer this week - a pick and mix of 6 Sugar Nellie stamps!! Wow!!

I have stamped Sugar Nellie Hug in a Mug, (she was one of my first Sugar Nellie stamps) I have coloured here with watercolour pencils and added some sparkle to her mug with my sakura stardust pen. The papers are BG Urban Prairie, fiskars border punch, nestabilities, ribbon, rub on.

That was the easy part, now the doodling!! I tried on a few scraps before I was happy with the doodling, I used brown and pink fine liner pens to draw faux stitiching around the card and the strip, then I did a line around the nestie, and a pink dot with brown dashes in the scallops. So not too much doodling, think I should have used a less patterned paper.

Having problems tonight with the internet again!! I have to keep changing computers just to stay connected!! It's such a pain and so time consuming!! I have finished my other card I just need to e-mail it tonight, fingers crossed!!

I have been to the Passion for Pomarkers challenge to get the new sketch tonight and found that my card had been chosen for the top 5!! I am so excited!!

Need to go and pack ready for tomorrow so that we can get away early??? Will be back at the weekend to see what you have been up to!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx

Allsorts Challenge Week 12 .....

This week at the Allsorts Challenge it's " 3 2 1 ", 3 flowers, 2 papers, 1 ribbon.

I have stamped Miss Anya, coloured with promarkers, I have used my copic spica glitter pen to add a little sparkle to her hair band. The 2 papers are BG Eva, Nestabilities, 1 ribbon, 3 flowers from my stash, I have used glimmer mist to add some shimmer to the card, the stamped image has been distressed with brown and gold ink pads.

This is my first post tonight, managed to make two cards last night, and Ihave another to finish putting together, I'm trying to get ahead as we are going away for a couple of days. We are off to Drayton Manor, to Thomas Land as Philip will love it there. You would never believe it though, he was sick again this morning, it seems as though he gets upset when we talk of going away, hope he is ok in the morning as we have along drive tomorrow!!

Thanks for Stopping by,

Angela x

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Just Magnolia Challenge 16 .....

This week the challenge at Just Magnolia is "Distressing". This is not something I would usually make though I did enjoy finding ways to give my card a distressed look!! I do prefer a nice neat look not too fussy either, I think its because I'm a virgo!!

When I colour this Tilda its always in pretty summer colours, this is an extremely different look for her. I have used the cool grey promarkers 1-5, and black with stardust pen for a little sparkle. The card is DCWV, I have used the cuttlebug paisley embossing folder sanded then used metalic rub ons in silver over the top, (they have not seen the light of day for many years!!). The light grey has been distressed with my PM distrssing tool and inked around the edges with silver and black ink pads. I have drawn faux stitching around the stamped piece and pierced holes to give more depth, then inked the endges first with black and then a little silver to lighten it. The buttons were cut off some old clothes (I do remeber sometimes to keep the pretty buttons) and the rub on is from my stash.

I'm still taking things slowly, feeling a little better today, the sun was out no rain!!!

Hope you have had a lovely weekend and some good weather!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Angela xx