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Monday 30 April 2012

Please Support Our Blondie

Hello lovely peeps,
I am posting a little appeal tonight asking for support for my lovely friend and Totally Tilda teamie Lynne (AKA Blondie) who's son Dan has been recently been diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. 
Dan is getting fantastic care in a unit funded by THE TEENAGE CANCER TRUST and our Blondie wants to thank them by fundraising & doing a sponsored slim aiming to lose 2st in 3 months, more details can be found on Blondie's blog here.
Blondie would be grateful for any donations made no matter how small, and the fundraising page can be found 
Even if you don't donate pop over and take a peek at the fantastic work the cancer trust do, or leave our Blondie some love to show her your support

Sunday 29 April 2012

Pearls In My Hair - Addicted To Stamps DT Card

Good morning peeps,
That flipping pink thing!!! I literally gave myself a headache with trying to solve the driver problem yesterday I was rubbing masses of 4Head across my brow while cursing loudly lol. I am not even going to look at it today, as it refuses to behave then I shall treat it like a naughty child and ignore it until I have the patience to tackle it again, & me being so stubborn I WILL sort it out lol.

Moving on to nicer non pink things, it's new challenge day at
& this fortnight our challenge is

As we had Mother's Day in March in the UK I have made a birthday card for a special lady.
Ingredients -
Image - A Day For Daisies, Pearls In My Hair
Medium - Copics
Papers - Pion
Flowers - Hobbycraft, Kort & Godt & Wild Orchid
Pearls - Melissa Frances
Other - string of pearls & Cameo, Wild Orchid,  MS PATP & classic 3 in 1 butterfly punch
I fell in love with this beautiful image as soon as I saw it & straight away I was thinking "I wonder what she's like to colour" & it was a dream, so much easier than I expected.
 At the moment I am enjoying colouring various different images, as much as I love my usual Magnolia's I just fancied a bit of change to practice my colouring, and I have coloured masses of gorgeous Saturated Canary images too which I need to get around to making the cards for but I haven't even inked up my poor neglected adorable Magnolia stamp club yet, gawd I'm a slacker lol.

Copic colours used - 
skin - E11, E01, E00, E000, E0000, hair - E49, E47, E35, E31, E30, dress - RV99, RV95, RV93, RV91, W6, W4, birds - W6, W4, W2, W00
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - sketch
 Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - birthday, A Day For Daisies - calico or small print paper, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - bingo (middle row across, pearls, punches & flowers), Crafty Ann's - stitching, Fairy Fun Friday's - flowers, Inspire Me Friday's - anything goes, The Poodles Parlour - anything goes, Aud's Sentiments - anything goes, Crop Stop - to the birds, Southern Girls Challenge - get your girly on, Little Darlings - flowers, Celebrate The Occasion - birthday + ribbon, Creative Card Crew - ribbon, Scrap Creations - it's a girl thing, Ribbon Carousel - anything goes
That's me done peeps & it's a wet & windy Sunday here so I having a nice chill out day.
Thanks for stopping by

Saturday 28 April 2012

Addicted to stamps blog hop

If you are visiting me looking for my 
blog hop post for our
special birthday challenge

Winter Fairy Halla - CMC Guest Designer

Good morning peeps,
This is my first post using my new pink laptop and so far this darn pink thing is driving me nuts! I am having to upload piccy's on my old laptop as there is a driver error somewhere in it all to do with a missing "digital signature" & from what I've read it's a known problem with Windows 7 but do you think I can locate the flipping driver to remove it! I have all the information for it I just can't locate it, so after many wasted hours of attempting to fix the driver problem I do not like Windows 7 & I'm not overly keen on my new pink laptop either because of it. There was so very nearly a flying pink thing over Somerset as chucking it out the window seemed a very good idea lol.

Today I have a card to share as a guest designer at
& this fortnight the challenge is all about

I have failed miserable with making my 3 Christmas cards a month throughout the year so far, & this is only card number 4 so I must try harder to stick to it or I'll be panicking more than usual come December.
Ingredients -
Image - Mo Manning, Winter Fairy Halla
Medium - Copics
Papers - My Minds Eye
Lace & Twine - The Ribbon Girl
Flowers - Prima, Kort & Godt & Wild Orchid
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust & crystal glamour dust paint
Tools - MS Aspen PATP & Himalayan snowflake punch, Tim Holtz tiny attacher & sewing machine
The Copic colours I've used are -
skin - E21, E11, E00, E000, R20, hair - Y26, YR21, YR24, E51, clothes - E44, E42, E40 / W6, W4, W2, WO, wings - BG0000, W2, W0
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Inspire Me Friday's - anything goes, Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - anything goes, Crafty Ann's - stitching, Crafty Hazelnuts - sentiment without the word Christmas, Glitter Geeks - stitches, Stampin' For The Weekend - sparkle & shine, Sassy Studio Designs - Christmas with a sentiment, Digital Tuesday - Winter blues, Tuesday Throwdown - use some sparkle
I'm going to have another tinker & see if I can sort this driver problem out, if not I'm heading back to Curry's to have a tantrum lol.
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Pinkilicious - Simon Says Stamp DT & Smash Book Candy Winner

Good morning peeps,
OMG we've had thunder and lightening & more is forecast today & I hate it. I have been in some pretty scary situations and coped but one rumble of thunder or a flash of lightening & that's me reduced to a quivering wreck hiding in the cupboard with my welly boots on, those rubber soles may just save my life you know lol. 

My poor debit card took one heck of a battering yesterday as I bought myself a nice new pink 8GB laptop which is being delivered today as it wasn't in stock in store. It had £220 off so instead of thinking about what I've spent I think it's best to look on it as I've saved looooooads of money lol. My little laptop hasn't been right since I dropped it on the floor when I nodded off blogging, I have to wiggle the charger connector around to get it to charge & sometimes I can't get it to make the connection to charge & then it shuts down on me, the repair & new motherboard it needs costs almost as much as I paid for it so just isn't worth it. I knew nothing at all about computers when I bought my laptop & have only just realised it only has 2GB memory, no wonder it kept telling me I need to buy more RAM lol. 
As well as a nice new pink laptop the new Magnolia's went on pre-order, sigh, need I say more lol.

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

My lovely teamies & I were all kindly given a set of Paper Smooches to play with & I was very happy when I opened the packet and saw I'd been sent Sugar Rush as they are just perfect for me.
Originally when I looked at the stamps I thought as they are what I'd call "clean & simple" images I'd make a CAS card, which I did in about 20 minutes, & 5 minutes later it was in the bin! I love some of the CAS cards I see but they just aren't me. I always feel like I haven't made enough effort with a CAS card as they are so quick to make, & I dare say the people who always make CAS cards probably look at my cards in horror at my mass of embellies lol, but thank goodness we aren't all the same as blogging would probably get a bit boring.
I decided that these cute little stamps would have to work "Mandy style" & I am actually pleased with the result! 
Blimey I'm waffling a lot today, sorry peeps, here's my card - 
Ingredients -
Image & Sentiment - Paper Smooches Sugar Rush
Medium - Copics
Flowers - Prima & stash
Pin - home made
As always our super generous Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a mahoosive $50 in store spending spree in the fabulous
Don't forget to check out the STORE BLOG peeps, as always there is loads of candy on offer as well as lots of lovely inspiration & new products to see
 I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Sketchy Colors - sketch, Deep Ocean - use punches / dies, Die Cuttin Divas - pins, pearls & punches, Creative Stamp Friends - bingo (middle down, charm, lace, flowers), Lexi's Creations - punches & dies, The Crazy Challenge - feminine/girly, The Shabby Tea Room - inspired by the colours in photo + lace and flowers, Stampin Sister In Christ - soft pastels, The Squirrel & The Fox - food, Card Makin Mamas - make it girlie, Make It Monday - anything goes, Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes
Now for the winner of my extra birthday candy, I hope you're impressed I haven't forgotten it this time lol.
 The person who has won this this lovely retro blue SMASH BOOK 
is commenter number 14

Congrats hunny, please email me your full name & postal addy and I will pop your prize in the post asap.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed we don't get another storm as I need to transfer everything I want from this laptop to a memory stick ready to be loaded onto my new pink laptop, did I mention it's pink lol, and there's no way I'd use anything electrical with nasty weather around, welly boots or no welly boots!
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday 22 April 2012

Super Cute Tilda & Lots Of Mice - Totally Tilda & Paper Play DT Cards

Good morning peeps,
We have at last finished decorating & putting the finishing touches to Jodie's bedroom last night after a few hiccups with furniture not being delivered & then the wrong furniture arriving, and then having a faulty desk with a crack right across it, I so nearly had a good scream in the middle of the shop lol. The last time we went into the shop I had strict instructions from hubby to leave the talking to him as I was soooooo mad, it's very rare that I get really mad but when I do, everyone around me hides as I really do lol.

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

I actually made my card over 4 days as my shoulder wasn't playing nice & with all the upheaval of decorating time was limited so I kept getting drawn to my craft room when I was only "popping" downstairs to make a cuppa & eventually going back upstairs to help with coffee & a glittery face, hands & clothes so there was no point denying why making a coffee took me so long lol. I've been so spoilt by my lovely friends & have used a few of the gorgeous goodies I received for my birthday on this little card, thanks so much girlies xxx
Ingredients -
Image - Magnolia (not yet available)
Papers - Pion
Medium - distress ink pads & distress markers (first time using distress markers and love them)
Flowers - Kort & Godt & Wild Orchid & Magnolia
 Pearls - Melissa Frances
Ribbon, Lace & Twine - The Ribbon Girl
Flowerpot - E-Crafts
Postmarks - Bo Bunny & LOTV
Sparkle - Crystal glamour dust
Tools - MS vintage floral PATP, Cheery Lynne butterfly, Magnolia Doo Hickey heart swirl & heart flower lace, Crealies leaves
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Craft Your Days Away - metal, Inspire Me Friday - anything goes, Card Makin' Mamas - make it girlie, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - bingo (pearls, punches & flowers), Crafts 4 Eternity - something new (papers, image, leaves, distress markers), Fairy Fun Fridays - flowers, Fussy & Fancy - punches & dies, Just Magnolia - soft Spring shades, Aud's Sentiments - Spring / Summer colours, Craft Us Crazy - mothers day & / or flowers, Sassy Studio Designs - flowers & flourishes, Flutterby Wednesdays - case the first flutterby card, Little Darlings - pastels, The Paper Shelter - wings and things, Stampavie & More - Spring, Whimsey Inspirations - die cuts or punches, Die Cuttin' Divas - gardens, Deep Ocean - inspired by a song  (Come Fly With Me), My Time To Craft - fairy nice
I realised when I started to type my post that I had completely forgotten to post my PAPER PLAY DT card, oops a daisy!
This weeks challenge at 
Ingredients -
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Pion
Lace - The Craftz Boutique
Charm - Bunny Zoe's
Sentiment & Die for sentiment - Whimsey 
Flowers - Hobbycraft, Kort & Godt & Wild Orchid
Copic Colours used
mice -W6, W4, W2, W00, R81, present - E53, E51, E50 / E11, E01, E00, ribbon - R22, R02, R01, saucepan - C3, C1, C00, chocolates - E57, E55, E53 / E39, E37, E35, chocolate box - Y28, Y26, Y23 / R85, R83, R81 / E42, E41, E40, wooden spoon - E31, E30

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Di's Digi Designs - lets meet our animal friends, Crafty Catz - stripes or checks, DYSU - stripes, Crafters Companion - four legged friends, Kimbee's Creations - sketch

And lastly but by no means least I have a little reminder that you have 1 week left to enter our
challenge & Birthday blog hop and the challenge is
Phew I think I'm all caught up again.
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Little Friend - Simon Says Stamp DT Card

Good morning peeps,
It's going to be one of those very busy weeks in our household as we are decorating Jodie's bedroom and the house looks like it's been trashed with everything from her room scattered around the house wherever we could put it. Hubby was busy wallpapering in there yesterday while I spent an exhausting day drinking coffee and chatting lol, so today I am helping with the painting which means no getting to play with all my nice new birthday goodies just yet, I'll just have to keep popping in my craft room and stroking them lol.

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

My lovely teamies & I are featuring some gorgeous Martha Stewart & American Crafts products this week, as most of you know Martha's punches are pretty much compulsory for me to use as I love them.
Medium - Copics
Flowers - Prima  
Resin birdhouse - Prima
Twine - Hemptique

For those who want them the Copic colours I've used are - 
skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, hair - E44, E43, E40, trousers - W4, W2, W0, W00, top -E53, E51, E50 / R14, R12, R00, tree - E44, E43, E41, flowers - YR15, YR00 / YR07, YR04 / R14. R12, grass - E44, YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91, sky - B000, BG10, BG11
And here is the fabby sketch our Dawny has made for us to play with
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a whopping $50 spending spree in the fabulous
The STORE BLOG has loads of lovely inspiration, new products to see and chance to win candy so if you haven't already visited it pop over and take a peek.
 I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Die Cuttin Divas -garden, Oldie But A Goodie - on the farm or in the garden (die's, flowers & punches), Papertake - a stitch in time, Belle's & Whistles - Spring is in the air, Bunny Zoe's - ribbon or twine, Craft Your Passion - die cuts & punches, Creative Stamp Friends - bingo (middle row down- charm, lace, flowers), Lexi's Creations - punches & dies, Lollipop Crafts - Spring fling, Make It Monday - anything goes, Simon Says Stamp & Show - anything goes, Stamp & Create - Spring, Use Your Stuff - brown, cream & peach, Dream Valley - earth tones, Stamptacular - freebie week, Sweet Stampin' - girlie but no pink, Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - pearls & lace, Inspire Me Fridays - anything goes
A painting I must go!
Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday 17 April 2012

More Candy - Happy Birthday To Me & My First Smash Book Page

Hello peeps,
We had such a wonderful day yesterday, we babysat little Ollie while his daddy Rob & Uncle Gareth decorated the nursery ready for the baby girl's arrival. He was so good all day, he is always such a happy little man he had us in fits of laughter all day, no prizes for guessing who got thoroughly spoilt lol.

The reason for my post today is it's my birthday & I am so lucky to have so many wonderful and generous blogging friends who have spoilt me rotten, and I want to say a massive thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the beautiful cards and gifts, you really have made my day.
Today has been really lovely with friends coming round and loads of phone calls, I've been trying to get on my computer to email and thank everyone but it's been bedlam here and I can't believe the day has gone so quickly but I will get around to thanking you all personally asap.

I thought as it's a special day for me I would share a little extra candy consisting of one of my favourite new crafty products, a Retro Blue SMASH book
If you fancy having a go at "SMASHIN''" or already SMASH and want the chance of winning another book all you have to do is leave me a comment to let me know you want to enter the draw, easy peasy lol.
*K&Company RETRO BLUE Smash Folio 30-615007
I have my very first Smash Book page to share today and I have started with my pretty pink book. After much looking at the books wondering what on earth I was going to do with them I had ideas galore but hadn't done any until I saw in the CMC Smash Book group Suzanne had set a challenge with some prompts which was just perfect for me as it kind of gave me a goal to aim for following the theme of "what I love about Spring & or my favourite thing to do in Spring....."  The group is free and anyone is welcome to join in.
Sorry the piccy's aren't the best but if you want to see them better click on the pic.
Naturally I had to get chocolate & Ollie on my page lol, and I just love the sound of the "frogs chorus" although Gareth hates it as they really do get quite loud and his bedroom window is at the back of our house only a few feet from the pond. I just remind him he did choose to move back home & they never bothered me when I had his bedroom as my craft room lol.
I'm sure you all know already this gorgeous girl is called Wash Day and is by Krista Smith, I am loving  colouring Krista's sweet images at the moment, now I just need to find time to make cards with them.
You have one week to enter the draw to win a SMASH book so I will close this mini candy next Tuesday evening.
Thanks you again my lovely friends for helping to make my day so special

Sunday 15 April 2012

WOO HOO We're Celebrating at Addicted To Stamps

Hello peeps,
 The ATSC team are celebrating as it's our

1st Birthday !!!

For the next two weeks we are celebrating with a new challenge and a blog hop.
How does the blog hop work?! Please hop over to the ATSC blog for more details & there you can also see our list of lovely sponsors and prizes.

Our challenge this fortnight is 

Ingredients -
Medium - Copics
Flowers - Prima, Wild Orchid & Kort & Godt
Pin - homemade
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust paint
Pearls - Hero Arts
Resin cupcake - Crafts & Me
Anything else from stash
Tools - sewing machine, MS frond leaf punch & eyelet lace punch, Woodware mini butterfly punch, Spellbinders fancy tags, classic ovals & floral ovals
 I took the above picture indoors with the flash to show up that gorgeous sparkle. Apologies to the lovely ladies who like me to list the copic colours there's no list today I'm afraid I was so engrossed in colouring I forgot to make a note of them.
 I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
TOMIC - criss cross card & a princess Tilda
Just Magnolia - lovely lace
Inspire Me Friday - anything goes

If you are visiting me today on the blog hop and you have arrived on my blog from my lovely friend Liz's blog then you are on the right track, if you have lost you way pop back to the ATSCchallenge blog and the blog hop order is available to see there. 

The next stop on the blog hop is my lovely friend Marlies.

Good luck and thanks for joining us for our 1st Birthday blog hop, & don't forget in order to win one of the lovely prizes you need to comment on all the DT's blogs & the Addicted To Stamps Challenge blog.

Before I go I want to say a massive thank you to my fabulous friends and teamies, we have had a wonderful first year together & they are all soooooooo amazingly talented and so lovely they are what makes this DT so special to me :)

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Rainbows & Sunshine - Simon Says Stamp DT Card

Good morning peeps,
It's official, I hate shopping! Hubby is on holiday next week so we are going to be decorating Jodie's bedroom as she insists she's never leaving home, & I got soooo fed up with looking at wallpaper, paint, furniture, carpets, curtains, accessories, etc etc, it was all whizzing around in my head & now I can't even remember what style of furniture I ordered after looking at so many so that will be a surprise when it's delivered, hopefully a nice one or I'll be in trouble with Jode lol.

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

My fabulous teamies and I are featuring some gorgeous Bo Bunny & Basic Grey products this week.
Ingredients -
Medium - Copics
Flowers - Prima
Sentiment - Magnolia
Lace - Prima
Pin - homemade
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring our challenge with a mahoosive $50 in store spending spree in the
Don't forget to check out the lovely STORE BLOG peeps for lots of chances to win candy, fabby inspiration and featured products.
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Sketch & Stash - sketch (the only new item is paper), Anything Goes - anything goes, Crafty Sentiments - Spring in pastels, Die Cuttin Divas - pastels, Deep Ocean - inspired by a song (Drip, drip, dot Little April Showers - Bambi), Everybody Art - Spring, Scrap Creations - Spring, Oldie But A Goodie - April Showers (everything but the papers is from older stash), Papertake - April showers, Sassy Cheryl's - anything goes, Tuesday Throwdown - stick pins, Cupcake Craft - Spring is in the air, Make It Monday - anything goes, Stamps & Fun = Creativity - butterflies, Amusing Challenges - Spring, That Craft Place - Spring, CES - swirls & pearls, Just Magnolia - anything goes
My post got a little delayed in finishing as a very nice man bought me a lovely box of goodies from Simon Says Stamp which I ordered last Tuesday night which was delivered quicker than some UK stores so I'm a very happy girlie with lots of new goodies to play with, take a peek
Things went a little down hill after my initial smiles at my new goodies as I had one of those con men on the phone telling me he had detected serious malware in my computer but if I followed his instructions he could help me so he made me swear at him when I not so politely told him to go away lol. I wonder how many times these con artists will ring before they finally get the message & stop calling, it's no wonder I hate the phone when people make me swear lol.
Thanks for stopping by

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