Saturday, 29 December 2012

Just for you

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, got lots of lovely pressies and didn't over indulge too much. I would love to say that normal service has resumed on my neglected little blog but Hogmanay is just around the corner and here in Bonnie Scotland we celebrate, big style!

This is the card I made for my darling hubby's birthday. Lots of heat embossing, stencilling and inking. The two images are from an Urban stamp set by Papermania, New York and Rome two of his favourite holiday destinations. 

I am entering three challenges...

Cute Card Thursday....anything goes
Simon Says Stamp....anything goes
Sweet Stampin'....seeing double


Friday, 28 December 2012

We have a winner.....

 .....and it's.....drum

Number 4

Please email me ( and I will get your magazine and little surprise crafty bundle off to you as soon as I can.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Magazine Giveaway!

I have a brand new, unopened, hot off the press, complete with two free gifts, Papercraft Essentials magazine to giveaway (I will also include a little crafty surprise bundle). Just leave a comment here and if you want to spread the word that would be cool!

In the meantime I wish all my crafting blogging chums a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2013. 

See you all next on Friday 28th December when I will announce the lucky winner.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

for you...just because

Everything Christmassy has left the crafty room, safely packed away in the crafty room overflow, formerly known as the hall cupboard! I have returned to my favourite pastels, with not a drop of glitter in sight! The image is a Jellypark freebie you get if you are a club member. I would urge you to join, all the freebies are adorable. I coloured with my Prisma pencils (my short video on using these pencils is here). The papers are by Lili of the Valley.

I am entering two challenges....
Jellypark....tag it (hope my tiny tag counts)
Creative Inspirations...anything goes

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A little trio of cards....

Today I have three cards to share. All using these cute images from the DigiStamp Boutique. I coloured using my Zig Art & Graphic pens by Kuretake. I also block coloured some plain white paper so that my punched flowers, leaves and butterflies would match perfectly.

I am entering two challenges...
Papertake...pick of the year (anything goes)
Digital Tuesday...layers


Saturday, 15 December 2012

ABC Challenge

It's the 15th of the month and that means it's time for another fun ABC Challenge
We are now at the letter D and it's..

D for Deck the Halls
(make a decoration or use an image of a tree being decorated etc)

A fabby prize is up for grabs from our very generous sponsor Lili of the Valley. 

I decided to make my own personalised crackers this year (as if I don't have enough to do!). Some brightly coloured paper, twirling ribbon and a snowflake tag with everyones initial - job done! I had loads of fun scouring the shops for little nicknacks to tuck inside. 

For all the info' on how to enter, for loads of gorgeous inspiration and to find out if you are our lucky winner from the last challenge visit the ABC challenge.
See you there! 

Friday, 14 December 2012

friends forever

Love this stamp! It's Team Teddy by Penny Black and I gave it the watercolour treatment using my Zig Art and Graphic pens and my waterbrush both by Kurtake. Quick and easy, perfect for when you have a million other things to do!

I am entering two challenges...
Ready Teddy Go...clean and simple
Simon Says favourite stamp

See you again bright and early tomorrow for another fun ABC Challenge.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A Very Special Husband....

 ....deserves a very special card! So I have used this perfect little mistletoe mice image and sentiment from the DigiStamp Boutique. The papers are by BoBunny and I am entering two challenges...

Cupcake... Merry Christmas
DigiGalore...Anything Goes

Well that's it from me tonight, busy, busy!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

merry & bright

Did you know the DigiStamp Boutique now stocks digi papers? A gorgeous selection of colours and patterns. From brights to pastels and from dots to stripes. One of the cool things about digi papers is that you can re-size them. Do what I did and print off both patterns on the one sheet the exact size for your card. Great, if like me, you are now pushed for time and want to get a little production line going! The image is also from the boutique here and comes pre-coloured, what could be easier. Add a snowflake, a button and some twine, job done!

I am entering three challenges...

In The Christmas
Digital Tuesday...non traditional Christmas
Simon Says...snowflakes

Friday, 7 December 2012

We have a winner....

 ....and it's number 1!
That's Donna! Woohoo!

Email me your address and the magazine and a little crafty surprise bundle will be popped in the post to you.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Birthday Wishes

A fairly quick and easy birthday card to share tonight. I took inspiration from a card I saw on Pinterest and I cannot now find the source! So if you recognise elements of my card let me know and I will give you credit. 

Well, Christmas shopping is nearly done and the tree is going up tomorrow, not long till the big day now! But if you would like a little early crafty present don't forget to enter my magazine giveaway, see post below.

I am entering my card into the anything goes challenge over on Papertake.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Magazine Giveaway

Fancy a great crafty read? I have a copy of this month's hot off the press Papercraft Essentials to giveaway. It is unopened and complete with free cover gift - a Marianne Designs Stamp and Paper Set. I will also make up a crafty bundle as a small Christmas present from me. 

Just leave a comment (if you want to follow that would be cool) and I will pick a name from the hat on Friday 7th December at 6pm UK time.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

ABC Challenge

Oh my, didn't November whizz by? It's the first of December already and so as well as only 24 days to you know what, it's also time for a new ABC Challenge. We are at the letter C and it's....

C for Clear it Out
A chance to use up some of your old stash!

We are sponsored by the lovely StampFairy, who kindly let me and my teamies have a play with some of her super cute images.

For all the info' on how to enter, for loads of gorgeous inspiration and to find out if you are our lucky winner from the last challenge visit the ABC Challenge.
See you there!


Friday, 30 November 2012

Don't leave out your Smash Book!

Told hubby he could have a page of the Smash Book to list the Christmas pressies he wanted me to buy. This is his efforts. Not bad, I like his hand drawn doodles. But he should stick to his day job! Have hidden the Smash Book in case he decides to become a closet crafter!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas Mix

Before I tell you about tonights card I want to say a huge thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post about my magazine work. I truly appreciate each one.

So, tonight I have used a Penny Black stamp 'Christmas Mix' that was new last year and I thought I had better use it at least once this year!  I coloured with watercolour pencils - my favourite way to colour Penny Blacks and the papers are Madison also by Penny Black. A little bit of twine and a snowflake charm are a perfect finishing touch.

My layout follows the fab sketch over on this weeks Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

I'm a cover girl!

 It's been a busy few months doing commissions for the craft magazines. But it's great to see them published. It's especially cool this month because my cards feature on three front covers!

Simply Cards & Papercraft
Complete Cardmaking
Papercraft Essentials   
I am well pleased!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas Wishes

Hey! Guess what! My favourite digi company - The DigiStamp Boutique now stocks a cool range of digital papers. I have put together a little card using some of the new papers, a cute reindeer from the pre-coloured reindeer set and one of the Boutique's simply Christmas greeting. Not so sure about the colour of my ribbon tho'. I'm sure my camera lies!! 


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Merry Christmas Arthur

Just popping on a quick, clean and simple card this morning. The cute little Christmas mouse is Arthur from The DigiStamp Boutique. I coloured with copics and the papers are Madison by Penny Black.

I am entering two challenges...
Digital, kraft and white
CAS-ual Fridays...winter blues

Edited to add - I've had a few emails about the sentiment. It's from a clear stamp set by 'Clearly Besotted Stamps' called 'Signature Christmas'. Note to self - do better about listing my stash!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Mum 80

Hello out there! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I remembered I hadn't shared the card I made for my lovely Mum's eightieth birthday, so here it is now! I inked and stamped a bird cage card blank from Craftwork Cards then cheated a bit with die cut flowers and stickers!

I am entering the Papertake Challenge....flower power

Must dash, two magazine commissions and one Kuretake commission are awaiting my attention!


Friday, 16 November 2012

Merry Christmas

This little bear was one of the first Penny Black stamps I ever bought. And I still think he is super cute! I coloured him with water colour pencils and kept it all quite clean and simple.

I am entering this month's Ready-Teddy-Go Challenge which is 'don't be square'.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

so cute

Good morning everyone. I am absolutely delighted to share some news this morning. I am now on the ABC Challenge design team. Woohoo! The challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month so it suits me (and my magazine work) down to a T! And look....

...a lovely new badge for my sidebar!
Right then, we're at the letter B. And it's....

 B for Butterflies

The challenge is sponsored by Bunny Zoe's Crafts who have kindly offered a £10 gift certificate for one lucky winner. They have a huge selection of crafty goodies, including the Bild Malarna stamp I used for my card. 

So, for loads more inspiration from my teamies and all the info' on how to enter visit the ABC Challenge.
See you there!