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Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Bit Of A Catch Up & Some New Challenges

Hello peeps,
Apologies for being such a bad blogger, unfortunately I was a tad optomistic when I thought I would be able to finish my DT cards with my thumb immobilised, even using my computer mouse has been virtually impossible so I have been a naughty girl and removed the tape but to be honest it feels less painful than having it taped up so I'm just being very careful with it  and seeing how it goes.
I have loads to get through & I don't know quite where to being lol.

 First up is a catch up, here is my
PAPER PLAY DT CARD
& this weeks challenge is
SPORTY / OLYMPIC THEME

The DT have been treated to a gorgeous Kraftin' Kimmie stamp each to play with from the lovely Kimmie, thanks so much Kimmie x
Ingredients -
Image & Sentiment - Kraftin' Kimmie, Mandy (to quote Kimmie "no kidding she's called Mandy" lol)
Medium - Copics
Seam Binding - The Ribbon Girl
Flowers - Kort & Godt & Wild Orchid
The copic colours I've used are -
skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, E93 hair - E47, E44, E43, E41, top - RV95, RV93, RV91, jogging bottoms - W6, W4, W2, W0 
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
CMC - anything goes with a girly twist, Fun With Shapes & More - numbers, Amusing Challenges - anything goes, Let's Ink It Up - all girl, The Squirrel & The Fox - let's make it sporty, The Poodles Parlour - anything goes, Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes, Jellypark Challenges - Olympic fever, Pause, Dream, Enjoy - sport / hobbies, Stempelsonnen - free theme, CRAFT - stitching, S J Papercrafts - sporty / Olympics, Crafts & Me - anything goes, Crazy Amigo - free theme, Paper & Such Design - stitching

Today is new challenge day at
& this fortnights challenge is
I am unable to join my lovely teamies with a card today as I couldn't manage to finish my card but hopefully I will be able to finish it for the mid-way reminder next Sunday, but please pop over & see the gorgeous cards my lovely teamies have made.
We are also waving a sad farewell to our gorgeous Melly this challenge, we are going to miss you loads hunny.

Next up I have a beautiful card from a special little guest designer my goddaughter Adrienne as today is the start of the
at 
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog
this challenge is specifically for children between the ages of 2 and 16 years of age so now is the time to let your Children, Grandchildren, Nieces and  Nephews loose in your craft rooms !!
The children's challenge will run from today through to the 31st August and as always at SIMON SAYS STAMP the children are welcome to enter as many times as they like.
There will be 2 little winners as our lovely Heidi is kindly offering 2 fabby prizes of junior stampers kits :)
Simon Says Stamp
Apologies for such a long post today peeps thankfully I am back up-to-date again.
There are a few days left to enter my Wedding Anniversary candy if you haven't yet and would like to, I also have my 3rd blogversary coming up in August so I need to do a little shopping to celebrate that too :)
 Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A Flower Tree - Simon Says Stamp DT

Hello peeps,
It's another very hot & beautiful day here today :)
I got my hand x-ray results back yesterday so I now know why my hand is swollen & painful & causing me problems especially when trying to colour, I've managed to fracture my thumb and have some tendon damage. I breathed a big sigh of relief to discover it was a fracture & tendons as they will heal unlike if it was damage caused by wear & tear which was what my doctor suspected as I avoid using my left arm as much as possible to protect my shoulder from dislocating which makes my right hand & arm work extra hard & more vunerable from over use. Now I have a constantly dislocating left shoulder & a fractured thumb & tendon damage on my right hand, other than that I'm good to go, & we have sunshine which makes me happy so who cares if I'm getting old & falling apart lol. I'm still not sure exactly how I did it, but then half the time I am so drugged up on painkillers in my own little world & literally stumbling around like a drunk so chances are I wouldn't have felt it very much thanks to the drugs, if only that floor wouldn't move lol.

Today is new challenge day at
SIMON SAYS STAMP
& this week it's that old favourite
ANYTHING GOES

This week my teamies & I are featuring the gorgeous Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies
I wanted to make something a bit different other than a card to show off the die I had chosen to feature, so I put my thinking cap on & decided to have a bash at making a flower tree. 
I started making my little tree a couple of weeks ago and have been making the odd flower here and there ready to assemble, all together it has taken several  hours to make & looks better IRL especially as I got a bit carried away with the glimmer mist :)
Ingredients -
supplies from my home which can be bought in a florist / garden centre - oasis ball & bamboo canes


Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog
Pop over and take a peek at what my lovely teamies have created with the Simon Says Stamp exclusive dies, they are all gorgeous :)
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a $50 in store spending spree in the fabby
Simon Says Stamp
I'm entering my flower tree in the following challenges -
Make It Monday - anything goes, Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes

Thankfully I have several images already coloured as well as a few cards made recently for orders which I haven't blogged so hopefully if they fit the challenges I will be able to carry on with my DT's until my hand has healed, I'm missing my Copics already :(
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Snowball Kisses - Addicted To Stamps DT Card

Good morning peeps,
It's going to be another beautiful sunny day here, it's lovely & hot already and there's not a cloud in the sky :)
 I need to try and do some more puppy proofing to the garden as our little devil is having a wonderful time out there running over the flower beds and herb garden, he also took his first swim in the pond yesterday, I'm not sure if he jumped in or fell in, he's that mad he probably did jump in lol.

Today is new challenge day at
& this fortnight our challenge is

I didn't think I was going to be able to join my lovely teamies for this challenge as my hand is so swollen and sore making colouring really difficult but I had a feeling I had a Christmas card in my stash that I hadn't blogged & I found this little cutie :)
Ingredients -
Image - Mo Manning, Winter Fairy Talva
Medium - Copics
Flowers - Wild Orchid & Kort & Godt
Sentiment - Cats Life Press
Fancy Corner - e-crafts
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust
Charm - Darice
The Copic colours I've used are -
skin - E00, E000, E21, E20, E30, R20, hair - Y57, E55, E53, E51, clothes - G43, G40, G000, C1. C00,  wings - BG0000, C00, C1, snowball C1, C00

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Allsorts - distressing, CMC - anything goes with a girly twist, Crazy For Challenges - stitching, Di's Digi Designs - mystical creatures, Speedy Fox & Friends - Christmas in July, Cardmad Fairy - Christmas in July, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - use a sketch, Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes, Jelly Park Friends - Christmas in July, The Poodles Parlour - use a digi, Sweet n Sassy - Christmas in July, Cute Card Thursday - Fairy nice, Delightful Challenges - Christmas in July, Hanna & Friends - lets celebrate, Southern Girls - angels & fantasy, Divas By Design - anything goes, Stampavie & More - Christmas in Summer
That's me done for today peeps, enjoy the sunshine & thanks for stopping by

Friday, 20 July 2012

Popsicle - La La Land GDT Card

Good morning peeps,
First of all I want to wish my niece Gemma a very Happy Birthday :)
I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather men/women have got the forecast right and we are at last going to start having Summer here in the UK. My garden has gone wild with all this rain and I am itching to get out there and have a potter among the flowers as it's looking so pretty.

Today I have a GDT card for 
and this week for inspiration Friday the DT are showcasing the new CHA release images & dies.

My card today is very different for me as the colours are much brighter than I usually use. I am trying to be good and rummage through my stash and use up some of the papers & flowers I have amassed & also use other neglected items such as embossing folders & dies.
Ingredients -
Medium - Copics
Papers - Basic Grey, Sweet Threads & Raspberry Road (paper piecing)
Flowers - Hooked On Craft & Wild Orchid
Metal Corner - e-crafts
Pearls - Melissa Frances
Doily, butterfly & lace - stash

The Copic colours I've used are -
 skin E11, E00, E00, R20, E93, hair E35, E33, E31, E30 hat & leggings R85, R83, R81, sunglasses, earrings & flipflops R27, R24, R22 lolly YR42, YR23, YR21 bag E53, E51, E50 / RV63, RV00 top paper pieced & shaded with C1, C00
Here's a peek at all the CHA new release La La Land stamps & dies which are available to pre-order HERE




Our lovely Heidi at Simon Says Stamp also stocks a fab selection of  La La Land stamps & dies so if you are having a little spend on other crafty items take a peek while you are there :)
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Hanna & Friends - let's celebrate, Papercrafting Journey - pearls & swirls, Crafting For All Seasons - ice-cream/popsicle, The Paper Shelter - anything goes, Whimsy Inspirations - punches / edgers, Everybody Art - Summer, Papertake - all things girlie, Incy Wincy - dust it off  (papers, corners, pink flowers & embossing folder), Cupcake Craftroom - layers, Oozak - bright colours, Make It Monday - anything goes, Simon Says Stamp & Show - anything goes, Sketch & Stash - sketch, Tammy's Scrappin Corner - Summertime

There is also a fabby prize up for grabs at La La Land Crafts this week, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post on the La La Land blog and you could be the winner of these lovely goodies
That's me done for today peeps, have a lovely weekend & thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Simon Says Stamp DT - Maddy's Card Drive & New Challenge

Hello peeps,
Thank you so much for your lovely comments about Maddy's card drive, I will get round to thanking you personally, I've been struggling a bit with typing so I've been quietly hopping away for a couple of days. 
I'm loving seeing people's gorgeous cards with the new Magnolia's, I've been naughty & bought most of them but I'm trying really hard to resist using them yet as I have so many uninked stamps from the Summer Memories collection & I'm not ready for Autumn yet anyway, I want Summer soooo much.

Today I have a picture heavy post as I have two cards to share as it's new challenge day at
& this week we have a 
&
 we are also appealing for cards for 
If you haven't seen Maddy's appeal yet please hop over to the SIMON SAYS STAMP blog where you will find all the details & a little bit about Maddy & her family.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

My lovely teamies and I are showcasing My Favourite Things stamps &/or dies on our cards this week.

I have made two cards for this challenge following Dawny's sketch which are for Maddy's card drive & are now on their way to America. One is for Maddy who is about to start a 6 month course of chemotheraphy and the other is for her sister Melanie who is going to be Maddy's stem cell donor, they are both such brave young ladies.
I will start with Melanie's cards ingredients -
Featured products - MFT Fancy Flourish & Mini Pennant
Medium - Copics
Sentiment - Magnolia
Papers - Magnolia, Forget-Me-Not, Sweet Crazy Love mini
The Copic colours I've used are - skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, E93, hair - E44, E43, E41, top & bow - RV95, RV93, RV91, jeans - B95, B93, B91 / B24, B23, B21, shoes - W6, W4, W2, W00, flowers - BV04, BV01, BV000 / YG67, YG63
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Everybody Art - Summer, Papertake - all things girly, Divas By Design - anything goes, Midweek Magnolia's - elegance,  Oldie But A Goodie - flower power (old supplies PATP, sentiment,charm, frond leaf & butterfly punches)
As always our lovely Heidi will be sponsoring our challenge with a whopping $50 spending spree in the fabulous
It's CHA week so don't forget to keep an eye on the STORE BLOG for sneak peeks of new products, inspiration & giveaways including a SIMON SAYS STAMP grab bag containing some surprise CHA goodies

Simon Says Stamp

There are some ingredients I've used on both cards so if it isn't listed here it will be in the ingredients list above.
Ingredients for Maddy's card -
Featured products - Fancy Flourish & Fishtail Banner
Sentiment - Magnolia
Pearls - Hero Arts, 3, 5 & 7mm
The Copic colours I've used are - skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, E93, hair - E47, E44, E43, E41, dress - RV52, RV11, RV10, RV00 / C3, C1, C00, boots - W4, W2, W00, teddy - E57, E77, E53, E50, E93, R20
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
 Make It Monday - anything goes, Crafts & Me - ribbon & a bow, The Paper Shelter - anything goes, Ruby's Rainbow - cute animals, Whimsy Inspirations - punches / edgers, Emerald Faeries - lace, Bunny Zoe's - swirls & lace, Simon Says Stamp & Show - anything goes, Let's Ink It Up - all girls, Lovely hAnglar or Sweet Magnolia - anything goes
Phew that was a lot of linking :)
 Time for me to go for an X-Ray, fingers crossed I don't have too long a wait at the hosptial today, I hate those waiting rooms and the way everyone tries not to make eye contact with each other, it always gives me the giggles when people do that & once I start I can't stop, I'm off already just thinking about it lol.
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 15 July 2012

My First Tilda - Totally Tilda DT

Good morning peeps,
I started to try and write my post yesterday and schedule it but I left it too late in the evening & was so zonked out on painkillers I kept nodding off and didn't have a clue what I was doing, I've just had to delete all the mumbo jumbo I'd written so maybe it was a good job I didn't schedue it lol.
Hubby is taking me out for lunch today, that man fears my cooking so much he'd rather pay to have a good meal than risk chewing my burnt offerings lol.

Today is new challenge day at
TOTALLY TILDA
& this fortnight our challenge is
TILDA WITH A MAGNOLIA SENTIMENT

My lovely teamies have made such gorgeous inspiration for you to feast your eyes on, pop over and take a peek.
I've gone all out shabby chic & used so many different ingredients on my little wall hanging for my craft room so I am going to do my post a little different today and hope I haven't missed anything.
I've inked up some of my older Magnolia's to make my wall hanging, this was my very first Tilda and many, many, Tilda's later she is still one of my all time favourites :)

The Copic colours I've used are -
Tilda - skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, E93, hair - E44, E43, E41, top & bow - RV11, RV10, RV0000, C1, jeans - E74, E71, E70 / E43, E41 / R81 / E53, E51, E50 hat - E53, E51, E50.
Wrapped Violet - W6, W4, W2, W00, flower - R89, R85, R83, R81, RV00 / YG63, YG61, bow - RV63, RV52, RV00
Blueberry Label - C5, C3, C1, C00
Roses - R85, R83, R81, RV0000
The paper garland wrapped around the top is by Melissa Frances which I have had for ages and just not got around to using before, the flowers are a mix of Kort & Godt, Prima, Wild Orchid & Hooked On Crafts. I've added loads of crystal glamour dust to the flowers and a little on sweet Tilda too for some lovely sparkle.
The large brad is from Whiff Of Joy, the butterflies are Cheery Lynn dies, the chipboard leaves are from Make It Crafty, the lace is from Wild Orchid, the heart doily is by Royal Lace and the pearls are Melissa Frances.
The paper is from Magnolia's latest Turning Leaves Collection not that you can see much of it now it's be sprayed and covered with embellies :)
The large leaves are Bon Voyage foilage Doo Hickey and the sentiment is from Magnolia's Sweet Rainbow collection.
The twine on the So Wrapped Lovely Doo Hickey is from Hemptique, the ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl & the little keys charm was from eBay.
I'm entering my wall hanging in the following challenges -
Make It Monday & Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes, Just Magnolia - bingo (middle row), Craft Your Days Away - doilies & lace, Di's Digis - pile on the flowers

I have a little appeal to share asking if anyone can please spare a handmade card or even two to send to a 13 year old young lady called Maddy who is going to be starting a 6 month course of chemotheraphy and will also be receiving a stem cell transplant from her 15 year old sister Melanie.
I think they are both are incredibly brave & will always remember how thrilled my Jodie was to receive handmade cards from Do Crafts friends when she was poorly and spent 5 months in & out of hospital, so I will be sending cards to both Maddy & Melanie.
 Please pop over to the
SIMON SAYS STAMP BLOG
 and read Jason's post for the card drive
Thanks for stopping by

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