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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Simon Says Stamp DT - A Present For Ali

Good morning peeps, or it was when I started my post lol,
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, ours was lovely, lots of laughter, lots of gorgeous presents, hubby cooked delicious food, the odd glass of wine & a 23 year old son banging around the house at 6am trying to wake everyone up as he was so excited & couldn't wait any longer for his presents lol, just perfect, we all thoroughly enjoyed it :)

Today is new challenge day at
& this week it's

Take a peek at the challenge blog & you will see an absolutely gorgeous box our lovely Jo made for me as part of my Christmas present, Jo even filled it with lots of lovely goodies as well as spoiling me with other scrummy presents too, thanks soooooo much hunny xxx

My DT creation for today is a picture I made as part of my friend Ali's Christmas present, we did say we weren't going to buy presents for each other this year we decided we would make something for each other instead, but we both still bought each other presents so that little agreement worked out well lol.
I bought an unusual shaped photo frame and painted it with Gesso, then Picket Fence crackle paint and finished it off with a spritz of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer mist. I then added some gorgeous Simplicity trim lace & lots of Hero Arts pearls around the glass area before adding those all important Tilda's.
Other embellies added are Magnolia Doo Hickey SwirlDream TagHeart Swirls, some ribbons & flowers & a Symbolize butterfly charm.
All images are coloured with Copics and the first close up is of sweet Bubbling Tilda from the Magnolia Fairytale collection 2010 she's always been a favourite of Ali's, & at the top of the frame I have added a cute mini Tilda from the same collection. I have cut the bubbles out (very fiddly) and sparkled & glossed them for some lovely shine.

Next up is Valentino who is from the new Sweet Crazy Love Collection. The sparkle is a mixture of Diamond stickles and Sugar Shimmer fairy dust.

This little cutie is Tilda With Peony Tails and the sentiment is an older Magnolia stamp.

As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a whopping $50 spending spree in the

Edited - I just had to show you our lovely new blinkies they are sooooooo cute :)

Keep an eye on the STORE BLOG peeps to see what new goodies are arriving in store, giveaways and lots of inspiration.
I'm entering my picture in the following challenges -
Everybody Art - anything goes, Make It Monday - linky party, Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes, Flutterby Wednesday - open, My Mum's Craft Shop - anything goes, Whimsy - charms, Ooh La La - anything but a card, Whoopsi Daisy - sparkle & shine, Sparkles Forum - anything but Christmas, Secret Crafter - anything goes, Totally Gorjuss - for someone special, Fun With Shapes & More - frame it, Jellypark Friends - anything but a card, Miami Doodles - altered art/home decor, Stampin' For The Weekend - anything goes

Before I go I thought I'd share a picture of my very own cute Elf my baby girl Jodie. Jodie worked all day on Christmas Eve & they all decided to dress up to make the day a bit nicer as often a lot of the customers in store are stressed out by then & a bit snappy & lacking Christmas spirit. They had a brilliant day & even had parents/grandparents asking the staff if they could pose for photos with their kiddies lol.
If you haven't seen already our lovely Debby invited everyone to share their 5 favourite Christmas cards of 2011 on Christmas Eve, & on New Years Eve it's time to share your 5 favourite cards from 2011, pop over & visit our Debby for more info.

That's me done peeps, my mojo is running wild at the moment I want to play, play, play, it's just typical it happens now at the busiest time of the year, although it's just as well today as I've been so busy with Christmas that I haven't made little Ollie's birthday card yet and his first birthday is tomorrow oops, I guess I'll have to force myself into my craft room while I've got the chance :)
Thanks for stopping by


  1. Wow, this frame looks lovely, what a wonderful gift! Hugs, Hanneke

  2. Mandy, this is AMAZING! The colours, the design, the creative talent, WOW! You are inspiring as always. Happy New Year. Hugs

  3. hi Mandy
    fab card, love all the gorgeous details and the fab layout. and as usual your coloring is amazing!

  4. Gorgeous frame Mandy hun. Love the soft colours you've used and all those lovely embellies. Love that sweet little Mini Tilda too.
    Doesn't Jodie look fab?? Our nurses in the Chemotherapy Unit always dress up too.
    Dawn xx
    Have a great New Year xxx

  5. gorgeous card, great pic x

  6. Your Jodie looks just like a real Elf... i can understand why they asked to take photographs with her... Great Christmas Spirit!..

    I love your card for your friend!!.. Fantastic Coloring.. Stunning Work..!!.. and that you have 4 different images on it... Beautiful..!! A Fantastic work for a Very good friend I am sure!! :o)

    Enjoy your Mojo.. And Enjoy the rest of the Christmas.. I am going to work ( to the city this afternoon..) .. work for a week.. :o)

  7. Absolutely stunning Mandy! Colouring is amazing as ususal.
    Michaela xx

  8. Very beautiful Frame.. what a nice gift as I'm sure your friend loved it! Have a Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your talent with us ! : )

  9. Oh wow Mandy, this is amazing, Ali is soooo lucky! xxx

  10. Hi Mandy Im so glad you had such a fabulous Christmas even though your son had you up so early. I love your gorgeous photo frame and im sure your friend will to. Love your colour choice to. hugs Shirleyxxx
    Happy New Year to you.

  11. Very beautiful and Extra special work

    This is one of my fave blogs I do not craft now and only visit my fave blogs,or fave people on this boog there is always eye candy!:)

    Wishing you a Happy Healthy and creative New Year
    Hugs Liz xx

  12. Wow Mandy, love that picture frame, great job it's magical now!! Hope you had a great Christmas, hugs Frea

  13. Oh wow, this is gorgeous!

  14. Glad you enjoyed Christmas Mandy, Jodie looks much fun...

    The frame you made is just gorgeous, really lovely.xx

  15. This is just gorgeous Mandy :)
    I am so glad to read about your Christmas, sound almost like mine, even tho I had two little monkeys woke up at seven... LOL
    I would take the opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy and super crafty new year and thank you for all the fantastic inspiration in 2011.
    Lots of love

  16. Ohhh wow - This is a real stunner. Absolutely Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me.
    Happy New Year!

  17. Wow Mandy, your card is gorgeous:) Sandra H

  18. WOW Mandy wat een pracht kaart
    heel erg lief

  19. Fab card, love the way you have combined all those images...

  20. Mandy,this frame is gorgeous.Jodie looks brilliant,I'm so glad you had a great christmas.

  21. Wow!! Another stunning creation, Mandy! I just love the combination of Tilda's you used and in my favorite color palette!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  22. Mandy, you have outdone yourself once again, this is one of the most FABULOUS creations I have ever seen - everything about it is just gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing with our WHOOPSI DAISY challenge this time:)

  23. wow, this is an awesome project ~ gorgeous details n coloring :)

  24. Fabolous card with lovely details, and your coloring is really great.

  25. Stunning frame Mandy ! I am sure Ali LOVES this ,, everything is so pretty and girly ,, totally gorgeous ! :-)

    Happy New Year :-)
    Lols x x x

  26. Hi mandy
    your creations are fabulous! love them:0)
    grtz Jolanda

  27. What a wonderful creation this is !! Great idea with that frame.... Beautiful colouring. And great picture of your daughter.... Christa.

  28. Merry Xmas this is gorgeous thank you for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge at this special time of the year
    Kate Hugs xx

  29. WOW!!!! This is STUNNING Mandy.. Saw this on MIM and came for a closer look..Loz

  30. Hi Mandy, I spotted your card on's fabulous I love all the details. Wishing you a very Happy New year,
    Jane x

  31. Your project is gorgeous. I don't think it could get any prettier than this. Fab work! Hugs! xx

    P.S. I wish you a wonderful holiday season!

  32. Wow hun this is gorgeous, I bet she loved it, fab collection of images and fab colours, hugs Liz xx

  33. Oh Mandy your card is gorgeous ♥

  34. Oh my word Mandy this is excellent, what a superb design and I so love the images you have used, your colouring is perfection.
    Lorraine x

  35. Wow Mandy this is so stunning. I love the photo of your daughter too. Lee xx

  36. Such a sweet photoframe! Wonderful!

  37. Thank you so much for playing at Whoopsi Daisy challenge.
    Hugs Nataliya

  38. Stunning Mandy...gorgeous colouring.

    Thank for sharing at Make it Monday, and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  39. Hi Mandy

    Totally speechless - this card is just wonderful and so special.

    Thank your for joining us at Totally Gorjuss this week and the very best of luck. I hope you will be able to come and join in with our next challenge.

    Happy New Year!

    Hazel x

  40. Fabulous photo frame!

    Thank you for joining us at Sparkles for our “Anything but a Christmas card” Challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon, good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  41. Wow Mandy this creation is adorable so pretty and of course I love the sparkle
    Your Jodie makes a fab elf I bet she had fun.... She's a pretty girl
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas
    Hugs Susie xx

  42. Absolutely gorgeous Mandy!!I saw it over at MIM and just had to take a closer look

  43. Cute card, lots to look at on this one! thanks for joining us this time at Top Tip Tuesday, Happy New Year! Hugs Samantha :0)

  44. Wishing oyu and oyur family a joyful year ahead!


  45. A gorgeous frame, Mandy!
    Wish you a Happy New Year, and thanks for the inspiration through 2011:)
    Hugs Kjersti

  46. Love reading your posts! Always fun and always informational and ALWAYS inspiring!! :)
    Your frame is gorgeous and I love the technique you used to decorate it up.
    Your Tilda's look amazing on it.

    Thank you SO much for sharing your creativity with us at Make It Monday and Top Tip Tuesday.
    Hugs and Happy New Year in 2012!
    Lisa xx

  47. This is such a lovely project. Love all the gorgeous details. Saw it on MIM and had to come in for a closer look. Glad I did. TFS. Happy new year;) Bettina xx

  48. Wow this is such a Wonderful creation, the image is adorable and coloured so beautifully its just perfect for our Anything Goes challenge

    Thank you so much for joining us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and we hope to see you next week,

    Good Luck with the challenge
    and a happy and healthy 2012,
    Hugs Bridget :0) x

  49. Lovely creation! Thanks for joining us at MMCS
    Best Wishes
    Tracy x

  50. Hi Mandy,
    WOW Absolutely Stunning!!! Love the Gorgeous Tilda images, the dps, the colour scheme is just gorgeous. Love the layout. Coloured to perfection. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Forum and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
    Hugs Jacqui xxx

  51. Hey Hun, I should have read your list of challenges properly! Thanks for joining our anything but a card challenge at OLL this time.
    Dawn xxx

  52. Great gift idea, your friend will love it
    Thank you for sharing your crafty project with us at Ooh La la; we hope to see you again soon x

  53. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at “Maimi Doodles Challenges” for the Altered Art/Home Décor Challenge.

    Jenn Zeeb
    Maimi Doodle’s DT


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Mandy xx

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