Monday, 28 March 2011

Happy Mother's Day

This is my first Mother's Day card that I have made so far......plenty more to come. 


The colours and papers all came together really well for me.  Lucky for me I already had the Penny Black image coloured in and just had to choose my papers and embellishments.  I am entering the card into two three four challenges - this week's challenge 'For a Special Lady' over at the Allsorts Challenge blog, the Cute & Cuddly challenge over at Sentimental Sunday's blog, and 'Anything Goes' challenge at Wee Memories blog.  The fourth challenge is on the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge blog - For Mum is the challenge theme.

Card Recipe:
  • White card base from stash
  •  Pale green backing paper/card purchased from Kathy's Crafts (they had a stand at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC this week in Birmingham)
  • Mother's Day sentiment stamp is part of a set by Lili of the Valley - cut using a Nestabilities round die
  • Butterflies were made from a Martha Stewart punch
  • Chiffon ribbon was purchased from Meiflower

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Bah Humbug Challenge 12 - Christmas Trees

I love when a card comes together quickly like this one did.  I was playing with new stash - cutting and stamping, while looking up current challenges on crafty blogs and found this week's Bah Humbug Christmas Trees challenge.

 

Card Recipe:
  • Lime green base card from stash
  • Dotty paper is from a Forever Friends paper pad
  • Tag cut with Go Kreate tag die
  • Silver buckle cut with a Nestabilities die
  • Sentiment is a Penny Black stamp
  • Christmas tree was cut freehand 
  • Copper 'Stickles' added for embellishment

  

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Retail Therapy at the NEC

I was in Birmingham for the last three days purely for shopping - very few blog posts in the lead up to this trip because I was catching up on card orders!!!


The photo below shows most of the stamp sets I bought,  mainly from: J & C Creations, Lily of the Valley, and Fiskars @ The Art of Craft stand.  J and C Creations ran a free workshop and then you got a voucher to spend on their stand so I got a brill deal on Penny~Black transparent stamp sheets. The show offer was 3 sheets of PB stamps for £25 (they were marked £12 ea), I bought 6 sheets for £50 and using my voucher they only cost me £42.50 for the 6 sets of PB stamps ** grin :) **


This would be my ideal Christmas morning to wake up to!!!  Like a spoiled child who gets too many toys and doesn't know what to play with next.  Well I do know that I want to play with my Go Kreate tag dies next - I have already played with my circular sentiment stamps from Lily of the Valley and the pawprint die by The Scrapping Cottage.  I bought a good few dies and so did my Aunt,  only 2 embossing folders, 4 Martha Stewart punches, gems, Promarkers, Stickles, Memento ink pads, basics like DST, foam pads, envelopes......

Last pic....jealous yet???  Only teasing....  This is a once-a-year-trip I make to the NEC with my Aunt and cousin to stock up on supplies, see what's new, get ideas.  We come home tired, broke, but extremely happy.  This is the first year I have actually laid out all my goodies and taken photos.  I only have to find a home for everything now and then get cracking on some Mother's Day cards for next weekend.


 

Monday, 7 March 2011

Mojo Monday 181

Wow this week's sketch over at the Mojo Monday blog - just have a go!!!  It took me a little while to put together but boy was it worth it!!!  I pulled out stash that I was saving, stamped, glued, punched, sizzixed (if that's not a word, it should be) to my heart's content.  Here is the result:


Card Recipe: (Details tomorrow - I'm heading out dancing ;)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

My Very First Blog Award: 7 Things About Me

Thank you Deirdre for passing this award onto me, I am quite in shock as your blog is where I turn to most when I get a mental block!!!


This is what I must do now:

1.Thank the person/persons that shared this award with me and link it back to their blog/blogs.    Take a look at Deirdre's blog, I promise you won't be disappointed!

2. Share 7 things about myself! ...
  •  It's just me and my lovely husband.
  •  For my 40th birthday this year I have booked a week-long Med Cruise.
  •  Don't tell my husband, but I will be shoe-shopping at the 4 Italian stops on the Cruise!
  •  I love writing lists (but not the weekly grocery shopping list)!
  •  On my computer I have 6 folders of favourite card-making blogs I love to visit. That's 203 blogs and counting.....
  •  I am a chocoholic but wouldn't touch chocolate ice cream.
  •  I am left-handed but cut paper using a scissors in my right hand.
3. Pass this award onto seven other bloggers that I have recently discovered.  Please take the time to visit these blogs they inspire me at every visit:


4. Leave a comment so they can pass along the recognition!

 Don't rush your visits to these blogs, relax, enjoy.........