Monday, 1 February 2016

Add Some Sparkle

Good morning all!
It's Monday & time for the new challenge over at Eureka Stamps,
where this weeks theme is:
This post will be short as my 'puter is about to run out of battery.
The power cable is broken & I'm waiting for the new one to be delivered!
On to my card........

I used digi 9702 Eureka Butterfly for my card.
I made a little easel card for a child. Using lot's of bright colours.
I coloured the image using my Sakura Glitter pens.
It's hard to capture the sparkle, but you may see it better below!

The sentiment ticket was in my folder of already printed images & sentiments
and has been there for a very long time!
 I have no idea where it's from so if anyone recognises it let me know & then,
 I can give credit for it!
I coloured the ticket with the pens too!
The gems are also from my stash.
Thanks for popping in, I hope you like my card & I hope 
you can play in the challenge this week!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Engagement Card

Good morning all!
I have a card to share today!
It's not a great photo so I will apologise in advance!
I had to take the photo in a hurry & it was the best I could do!
Now, onto the card!

This one was for a friend/work colleague who got engaged over the Christmas break!
So nice to have some good news to celebrate!

I was doing a bit of blog hopping & saw this card
on Sara Davies blog & loved it, so decided to do my take on it!
The base card is 6"x6" Centura Pearl.
The sentiment was printed directly on to the card using a free font
 called Fiolex Girls
I added a mat of pink paper then added the squares.
I cut the heart shape out with a Spellbinders die, then backed with some dp from Lidl.
I used foam pads to pop up each of the squares.
The Love word is a Memory Box Die
Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you like it!
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenges - Love Is In The Air
Sisterhood of Crafters  - Love Letters
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Hearts
Crafty Cardmakers - Punches and/ore Dies

Monday, 25 January 2016

Love Is In The Air!

Whaaaaaat? It's Monday already???
Where did that weekend go? lol
So, that means it's time for the new challenge at Eureka Stamps
this weeks theme is
I made two cards because I was having so much fun!

I used the lovely image, Digi 14707 (514) Cascading Hearts
This is another of my faves!
If I'm honest, I smudged it the first time I coloured it & printed another,
however, I decided to use both anyway!
 The images were both coloured with my Chameleon pens & I added 
a touch of white using a Sakura Glaze pen.
The base of this card is 6"x6" red cs.
I've used up a lot of stash items on this one!
I added a mat of white paper & the DP which came from a gift wrapping kit I got in IKEA.
I've had it in my stash for a while but haven't used much of it.
The pin has been in my stash forever too, I added some beads,yes I've had them forever
& the red dotted ribbon is from my stash too!
The image is matted on to red CS & popped up on some foam tape.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Oddball Art Stamps - All you need is Love
Scrap it with a song - Inspired by a song (All You Need Is Love)
Scribbles Designs Challenge - Have a Heart
Tinker- Dream - Valentine
Allsorts Valentine's Day 
Great Impressions - January  Lovey Dovey

For this card, I raided my scraps!
The Base is Centura Pearl A6. I added a strip of DP left over from another project,
The lace is a scrap & the butterfly has been kicking about for ages.
I added a few tiny flat backed pearls & some dotty ribbon.
I also added a heart button which was threaded with twine!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Cute as a Button - Love
Scribbles Designs Challenge - Have a Heart
Morgan's Art World - Add Ribbon
Glitter n Sparkle - Say It With Music (Love is in the air)

Finally, here we are with both cards together!
Thanks for looking!
I very much appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop by!
Don't forget to leave a comment & I'll try to pop over to visit you too!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Pile It On

Good Morning all!
It's Monday once again & time for the latest challenge at Eureka Stamps
 where our theme this time is
Don't forget we're having a DT Call too!
So, on to my card!

I made a Birthday Card using the wonderful
I do love this sentiment & I use it a lot!
I printed on to some Centura Pearl CS then, I cut it out with a Spellbinders 
label die & inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink before removing.
The card base is 6"x6" & I've used some Tonic Dies to Pile On The Butterflies.
I also piled on some pearls that have been in my stash forever!

This is out of my comfort zone but I think I'm happy with the result.
I got a thumbs up from quality control, aka the hubster, so it must be okay! lol

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - Female birthday 
Sisterhood of the Snarky Stampers - O is for old (Pearls)
Sweet Stampin - things with wings 
QKR Stampede – No. 174 - Lots of Layers
Craft Rocket Challenges - Happy Anything 
Southern Girls One For The Girls
TIME OUT Challenges - Birthdays Optional Twist: Sponging
Paper Shelter Challenge -  Punches and/or Dies 
Scrapy Land Challenges - Anything Goes PLUS Use Any Brand of Die Scrapy Land Sells
City Crafter Challenge  - Butterfly, my butterfly

Monday, 11 January 2016

Something New

Good morning all!
Gosh Monday sure came around quickly didn't it!
It's time for the new challenge over at Eureka Stamps, this week it's

#175 Use Something New - to celebrate our new year.
(Don't forget we're having a DT call too!)

So, did everyone get lots of craty goodies for Christmas??
I didn't but I did get some new ribbon from Lidl & I decided to try a new technique!

Here's my card!
Sorry, the pics aren't the best but the weather is rotten & it's very dull!
I've used the sentiment Digi 8107 (455) Thank You
I did use my Chameleon Pens which I've only used a couple of times
 to colour it. The technique I have used is partial embossing with a folder.
The front of the card was staight forward enough but I wanted to try embossing 
the inside & leaving a panel to write on.
The only embellishement I've used is the ribbon which had the butterfly attached.
I followed a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers for the inside.
The results aren't perfect but it worked fairly well for a first attempt!

Thanks for popping in! It's always nice to have a visitor!

 This card was made with the following challenge in mind:

Inkspirational -Thank you using something new
QKR Stampede  - Clean & Simple
Aud Sentiments Challenge -Thank You Sentiment 
DL ART Thursday Challenge - New Year and/or Thank You
Little Red Wagon - Thank You Card

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Design Team Opportunity

Hi all! 
I'm sure many of you are aware, I am part of the DT over at Eureka Stamps!
Karal, the team leader has just posted a DT call on the challenge blog but I thought 
I'd share it with you too just incase you miss it!
Any level of crafter can apply, so don't be shy, give it a go!
Even if you've never been on a design team before, Karal would love to hear from you!
It's a fun relaxed & friendly team!
Here's the info!

DT Call

The Eureka Stamps Design Team has a couple 
of openings. No Experience is necessary.  We ask that you stay on for 6 months or longer if you like. You will need to make a card or other project each week using images from Eureka Stamps, and have it posted in the Team's Facebook album, and posted on your on blog by the deadline each week.  You will also make comments on your assigned numbers for each challenge. 

If you are interested please send an email with a link to your blog to Karal at        I look forward to hearing from you.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Blog Follower Information

Hi everyone, have you noticed a drop in your blog followers? 
Or are you missing posts on blogs you followed?
I have & I was visiting my friend Linda's blog, when I came across a post with 
the following information, which I wanted to share with you!
This explains a lot!

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs. 

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other Open Id providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer


This change was due to take effect on Jan 11, but as I mentioned, I've already noticed 
a drop in follower numbers, as have some of my other blogging friends 
 I apologise if this causes any inconvenience & I hope that you can create a Google account, which will allow you to continue following my blog and others, who use Blogger.  

If you do create a Google account, you will have to "Follow" blogs again, as those who didn't
 have an account will be permanently removed from our lists.  However, if you choose not
 to open a Google account, you can still follow blogs using other means such as Bloglovin', Networked Blogs, by email etc but you'll have to check each blog individually
to see what options are available to you!.

I greatly appreciate everyone who follows my blog & I hope that you'll continue 
to follow by whatever means suits you! 

Happy New Year!

Good morning all & A Happy New Year to you!
Firstly, I must apologise for being a bad blogger over the holidays & not 
posting or commenting as much as I should have!
I've just been so tired & worn out, I needed a good rest!
I'l try to get round to your blogs soon I promise!
So, now that we're slowly getting back to normal, it's time for the first challenge of 2016 
at Eureka Stamps where the theme this time is

Here's my card

I've made a little 6"x6" twisted easel card, using the lovely sentiment 
Which was cut out with a Spellbinders oval die & matted onto 
another Spellbinders, die cut, ornate oval.
The base card is green & the paisley type paper is 
 from the My Minds Eye, Best of Paisley pad.
I distressed the paper with my serrated scissors.
The flowers are from my stash & have been there forever! 
I tend not to use flowers very often as I like to make cards which can be posted easily.
They just seemed to want to be on this card though!
The colours match better IRL.
Thanks for popping in. I hope you can play in this weeks challenge.
I'm sure you all have at least one birthday coming up soon!

I'd like to enter this card in a few little challenges:
Dragonfly Journeys - They Say It's Your Birthday
Glitter n Sparkle Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Petal Lu - Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft -Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
C.R.A.F.T. -Anything Goes
Sieze The Birthday Birthday + Topping: Anything Goes

Monday, 28 December 2015

Snowman Or Snowflake

Good moring all!
Is it Monday Already?
I hope those of you who celebrate Chistmas had a lovely time!
I'm not in work this week at all so, am looking forward to a bit of R&R!
Now, on to the new challenge at Eureka Stamps, where this weeks theme is

Here's my card
I used the lovely Digi 23402 Snowman Circle for my card!
I kept the design simple & fairly flat for posting.
The base card is from Craftwork Cards, embossed using an Xcut snowflake folder.
I used my flexmarkers to colour the image, cut with a circle die, then outlined the 
image & the sentiment with some liquid chalk ink. The sentiment was also die cut.
The sentiment & image are popped up on 1mm foam pads for a little dimension!

In fact, I loved the image so much I made 4 cards!

They are all very similar in design but I used different colours
to ink the circles & sentiments! 
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can play in the challenge!

I'd like to enter this card in a few little challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Let it snow 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - anything goes Christmas 
Craft for the Craic - Christmas Cheer
QKR Stampede – Snowmen or snowflakes
Crimbo Crackers - Die Cuts 

Friday, 25 December 2015

Candy Winners

Merry Christmas all!
Thanks to those of you who took the time to comment & play along in my
blog candy draw!

I've randomly picked a couple of winners from the comments left 
on my blog candy post & the winners are:
Please check your inboxes ladies, there should be a little something there for you!
Please let me know when you get it!

Hugs & thanks to all who commented!
Enjoy the rest of the festive seaon!