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Sunday 31 July 2011

Oh So Pretty - Totally Tilda DT & Last Chance To Enter Candy

Good morning peeps,
It's beautiful here again today, I do love the gorgeous weather we are having at the moment. I enjoyed a bit of a potter in my garden yesterday & then went and grabbed my copics and spent a couple of hours sat in the garden colouring, it's so pretty out there now and it's really relaxing just listening to the waterfall in the pond while colouring, it would be silly not to enjoy it while we can.

Today is new challenge day at
this challenge we have a lovely girlie recipe for you
and of course a little Tilda must be on there too.
We wave a sad bye bye to our lovely Corry & Trisha this challenge so our Susie has invited two of her friends Hazel & Jacqui to join us Tilda girls. Pop over to Totally Tilda & welcome our two new girlies and see the beautiful cards they have made.

This was the first card I have really enjoyed making in a few weeks and everything just seemed to fall into place easily once I had plucked up the courage to cut the gorgeous papers, but shock horror there is NO glitter and NO butterflies, gasp, lol.
Ingredients -
Image - Tilda With Umbrella, Bon Voyage Collection 2010, mini Tilda is available here
Papers - Pion
Flowers - Prima, Kort & Godt & Wild Orchid
Fancy Corners - e-crafts online

I've stamped some little Tapestry Stamps for the grass, these were a real bargain at a local craft show and I got them half price and forgot I'd bought them until I discovered them in a box the other day.
Has anyone else noticed what's wrong with this image? Tilda's dungarees have no straps so heaven knows how the bib stays up lol.
These swirls thingies are a new favourite buy of mine and are a Marianne Creatable die, you will be seeing lots more of these on future cards.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Oldie But A Goodie - sketch, Crafty Ann's - summertime, Just Magnolia - buttons, bows & blooms, Miami Doodles - flowers, Stamp Something - summer fun, If The Shoe Fits - summer, Sew Many Cards - anything goes, Divas By Design - summer, Little Darlings - girly, Stampavie & More - summer, Truly Scrumptious - buttons & bows, Delightful Challenges - summer heat, The Crop Stop - lace, Craft Us Crazy - anything goes, 7 Kids College Fund - texture, Anything Goes - flowers, Everybody Art - garden, Magnolia Mania - ribbon / lace, Top Tip Tuesday - girlie, Magnolia Down Under - bingo, (Doo hickeys, ribbon & flowers)

Before I go a little reminder that if you haven't already entered my July candy & want to it ends tonight at 8pm.

I am hoping for a nice relaxing crafty few days as hubby is working long days everyday except for on our wedding anniversary tomorrow and is also taking the young man he keyworks away for a couple of days holiday so fingers crossed I can play guilt free lol.
Thanks for stopping by

Thursday 28 July 2011

Mmmmmmm strawberries - Paper Play DT Card

Good morning peeps,
 Ssssh I know it's evening really & I am soooooo late posting my DT card today I'm just attempting to turn the clock back to buy a bit of time, & guess what? It hasn't worked I'm still late lol.

Today is new challenge day at
this week I have set the challenge which is

I've a confession, I had lost track of the last few days and haven't even thought about doing any crafting or had the time & had a sudden panic yesterday evening when I realised that my PAPER PLAY DT card was due & I'd not made one even though I set the challenge, gulp. Thankfully I had one that fits the challenge which I intended blogging last week & didn't so I quickly popped this one in the DT blog a day late phew lol.
I'm far too honest for my own good me thinks, I always feel the need to confess when I'm guilty of anything for some strange reason, it made life easy for my parents & teachers when I was naughty though lol.
Ingredients -
Image - Teddy Bea
Papers - Magnolia
Flowers & Pearls - Prima
Tools - MS Cherish PATP, Magnolia swirly butterfly, Marianne designs swirly thingies, Woodware mini butterfly punch
I love this image of Teddy Bea & I've bought so many of the Teddy Bo & Bea images and not found the time to use them yet, I really must try and get back on track again & try and find some "me time" to do what I intended last week and make some non DT cards just because I want to
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Make It Monday - anything goes, Fab n Funky - colour clash, Papercraft Star - anything goes, Stampavie & More - summer, Everybody Art - garden, Ladybug Crafts Inc - summer birthday, Totally Gorjuss - punch or die, Cutie Sunday - summer, Allsorts - free & easy July, Digi Days - so girly, Do It With Digis - summer fun
Thant's me done peeps, poor hubby has gone to bed early suffering from "man flu" bless, so time for some blog hopping for me.
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday 27 July 2011

Midsummer Tilda - Simon Says Stamp DT Card

Good morning peeps,
It's been a sad few days for us with a lot of tears shed, it seems to be one thing after another but that's just the way life seems to go I guess.

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

My lovely teamies and I are showcasing Spellbinders this challenge, I've even dusted off my poor neglected Grand Calibur to play with so I was right after all I did "need" it when I bought it lol.
Ingredients -
Image - Magnolia, Midsummer Tilda, Sweet Rainbow Collection 2011, for the MINI stamp click here
Papers - Magnolia
Flowers - Magnolia & Prima
Lace - Kaiser

The clouds are die cut using one of the new Magnolia Doo Hickey's, dumbo here was in a hurry to take photo's and upload in the DT blog and kept thinking something was missing and it was the ribbon I was intending to thread through the hole in the cloud, duh lol.

The small doily tucked behind the flowers is also a new Magnolia Doo Hickey, if you haven't got it already you'll be pleased to know it is one whole little doily die unlike the last infamous doily die which wasn't what we expected!
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a whopping $50 spending spree in the
Heidi and the team have just returned from the CHA and have ordered loads of THE hottest new products. Keep an eye on the All New Just In Pages there are sure to be lots of fab new goodies arriving right now !!
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Ooh La La - circles, Top Tip Tuesday - make it girlie, Everybody Art - garden, Magnolia Mania - ribbon/lace, Make It Monday - anything goes, Paper Playtime - summer, Simon Says Stamp & Show - anything goes, Lexi's Creations - shaped cards, Whoopsi Daisy - shaped card, Kreative Stamp Friends - monochromatic, Stamp Something - embellished, 2 Sisters - anything goes, Allsorts - free & easy July, Craft Your Days Away - summertime, ECP -summer, Crafts 4 Eternity - shaped cards
Thanks for your lovely comments on my last post, the winner of my mini candy is
and as receiving some images seemed very popular I have stamped another two little bundles for
Please email me your names and full postal addy's ladies 
and I will pop your goodies in the post. There will be more mini candy's to share in the future peeps.
Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and well and enjoy the sunshine if you have it

Sunday 24 July 2011

A Little Mini Candy & Hey Cupcake - ATS DT Card

Hello peeps,
I did intend spending some time making some cards just because I wanted to this week as all I seem to make at the moment is DT cards, but the sun reappeared & me being me had to get out for a potter in the garden which I loved but as usual idiot here doesn't stop & rest as soon as my shoulder pain starts getting bad so have ended up needing to completely rest it, so no card making, no blogging & no hoovering gasp, but on the plus side total rest has helped & my garden looks lovely lol.

Today is new challenge day at
& this fortnight we have a scrummy challenge for you which is -

Ingredients -
Images & Sentiment - Magnolia
Medium - copics
Papers - Maya Designs
Flowers - Prima & Wild Orchid
Pearls - Prima
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust

 I have a little mini candy to share with someone who comments on this post if they would like it as a sorry for being such a bad blogger the last few days. My July candy is still running this is just a little something extra.
I was busy stamping yesterday so stamped an extra 20 assorted images on extra smooth card to share, & there are 50 roses & some clear crystal bling.
There is no need to post a piccy, just say candy or images in your comment to let me know if you want your name to go in the draw and I'll get hubby to pick a name and let you know who he's picked in my next post.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Magnolia Mania - sketch, Just Magnolia - what's cooking, Totally Gorjuss - punch/die cut, Paper Cutz - anything goes, 2 Sisters - anything goes, Allsorts - free & easy July, The Pixie Cottage - fun with food, Craft Us Crazy - anything goes, Lollipop Crafts - anything goes

Please pop over and see what my fabulous teamies have created for inspiration as always the girls have made some real beauty's.
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Read All About It - Simon Says Thank You & DT Card

Good morning peeps,
A huge thank you for making the Simon Says Stamp family very happy, we had a total of 1121 gorgeous entry's into last weeks anything goes challenge which beat our record and had us all grinning from ear to ear.

Today we have a new challenge for you at
which is
It can be the real mccoy, newspaper print designer paper or even a stamped image with newspapers featured on it, even something found inside a newspaper,our lovely Debby had a fabulous idea go take a peek.

We also have another two new teamies to welcome, Joy & Britta a big warm welcome to the Simon family ladies.

I have had another play with my copics, I am determined I will get to grips with them and watched loads of tutorials by the super talented Zoe, boy can Zoe colour with them I could look at her images for ages, thanks so much for them hunny they are a big help especially for learners like me x
Ingredients -
Medium - Copic's
Pearls - Hero Arts
Charm - Darice

There are three different sized snowflakes on my card the largest is punched with the MS Arctic snowflake punch and the smaller are both from the Aspen punch around the page. I've covered them all with Twinklets diamond dust, which is super sparkly and very fine cut and adds a textured look to the snowflakes, another sparkly thing I love lol.
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a massive $50 spending spree in the

Heidi, Steph and team are busy scouring CHA looking for new goodies for the Simon Says Stamp Superstore so keep an eye on the
STORE BLOG to see what new goodies will be available and as always there are give aways galore.
 I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - fab sketch, The Crazy Challenge - Christmas, Craft Your Passion - text it, 2 Sisters - Christmas, Allsorts - free & easy July, The Secret Crafter - holidays, CES  - Christmas, The Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas in July/faith, Creative Inspirations - Christmas in July, Moving Along With The Times - favourite things (Magnolia's, sparkle, flowers), Stamp Something - Christmas in July somethings, ABC Christmas - O for older image
I've just realised I've made my three Christmas creations for the Hjerteboden's Juleblogg challenge, yayyy I'm not squeezing them in at the end of the month like I usually do lol. My other two creations for the challenge are HERE and HERE.
That's me done for today peeps, thanks for stopping by

Tuesday 19 July 2011


Hello peeps,
At the time of my posting
has 888 entries, woo hoo thanks so much.

Our lovely Heidi has kindly said if we reach
entries she will not only give the usual generous prize of a $50 spending spree

 Heidi will also add another $50 spending spree so there are 2 chances to win this fabulous prize woo hoo


Go get linking as many times as you like and enter anything you have created since our
challenge went live last Wednesday.

Hopefully I will see you soon doing the DT rounds, I've a feeling there goes my quiet night lol

Sunday 17 July 2011

Shabby Chic Tilda Wreath - Totally Tilda DT, & A Little Tutorial

Good morning peeps,
I really enjoyed a good old blogging session yesterday and managed to catch up with lots of lovely blogs. Thankfully I am feeling loads better, bizarrely I had this mad idea to clean the oven at 7.30am so you can tell those antibiotics are working lol.

Today is new challenge day at
this fortnight we would love to see

A big thank you to my lovely teamies for their "helpful" suggestions on how to help cure chest infections & how to help my chest grow, those girls are bonkers & do make me laugh lol.

For this challenge I have created a shabby chic wreath, I have added a little tutorial on to my post to help those of you who may be interested as I do get lots of emails asking how I have done things or what I've used so hopefully I can explain all as I go
I have added a couple of sweet little Tilda's to my wreath, Tilda with hanging heart (mini available here) & Tilda with hanging star (mini is here) from A Merry Little Christmas 2010 Collection. I have coloured these little cuties with distressed inks and stamped a Magnolia Sleigh Bells Ring sentiment from So Jolly 2009 Collection on a strip of white card which I've attached at an angle across the wreath and popped a little Tilda on each end.

 The roses are from Hobby Craft, the leaves are made with a Magnolia Rose Leaf Doo Hickey, both have been given the full glamour dust treatment for that lovely sparkle

The snowflakes are die cut using a Whimsey die and these have been covered with Twinklets Diamond Dust which has a gorgeous sparkle & adds texture to the snowflakes. I've popped a large American Crafts brad through the centre of the snowflake to finish it off and added a few little butterflies here and there
At the top of the wreath I've added a dried orange segment, a cinnamon stick and popped a little wooden button on it
On the bottom of the wreath I've added another dried orange segment and a bow in the same ribbon that I've used to hang the wreath. The pearl branch thingies are from my stash.

 I'm entering my wreath in the following challenges -
2 Sisters - Christmas in July, Allsorts - free & easy July, Secret Crafter - holidays, Crafty Emma's - Christmas, Sugar Creek Hollow - winged things, Craft Us Crazy - Christmas in July, Dutch Dare - buttons, bows, brads & bling, Moving Along With The Times - favourite things (Tilda's, roses, sparkle), Bah Humbug - shaped cards/projects, Stamp Something - Christmas, Magical Monday - texture, Fun With Shapes & More - anything but a card


 I have a quick tutorial to share of how I made the wreath. I didn't intend making a wreath I was planning on making a hanging snowflake decoration but while watering my tomato plants in my green house I spotted the metal rings I use for making wreaths at Christmas using the branches off the bottom of my friend Helen's real Christmas tree, and that was that, I had a light bulb moment & started drowning my poor tomato's with the hosepipe while I was daydreaming thinking of ideas of  how I would make the metal ring into a Tilda wreath lol

The wreath is very easy to make but time consuming!
Ingredients -
1 x metal wreath ring (bought from my local garden centre)
Muslin fabric
masking tape & double sided tape
images / embellies of your choice
As the wreath ring I used is metal & not new I didn't want any marks from the ring on the fabric so to protect the fabric I wrapped the whole ring in double sided tape and then went over it with masking tape.

 I cut loads of strips of muslin approximately 1" wide and 4 or 5" long. These are all really rough cut and it doesn't matter if they aren't the same size.
It's advisable to make a cup of coffee now and sit comfortably as this bit takes a while lol
I then started tying the muslin close together all around the ring
 When you have almost finished adding the muslin leave a gap big enough to thread the ribbon through to hang the wreath and keep adding muslin right up to the edge of the ribbon, don't worry about a gap where the ribbon is it will be covered as shown below
 When you've finished & covered the ring shake the wreath upside down just to fluff up the fabric from where you've been squashing it while tying the muslin on and you'll see the gap where the ribbon is is now covered just by fluffing the fabric. You'll be able to see now if there are any gaps that need a bit of extra muslin adding to it, if not that's it, all done, see I said it was easy lol.
 It's now ready to decorate as you wish.
I added all my embellies and Tilda's using Darice tacky glue which I ran out of part way through so also used Crafters Pick glue, these are both really strong glues and favourites of mine.
That's me done peeps, I will add this to my tutorial link on the top of my blog in case anyone wants a look at it at a later date.
Please pop over and take a peek at my lovely teamies gorgeous creations as always they have a fabby range of inspiration for you.
I must go and make a start on my Simon Says Stamp DT commenting, it's lovely to see so many entries but I had a bit of a fright when I realised how many there already are in the anything goes challenge, that will keep me busy for quite some time lol.
Thanks for stopping by

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