Monday, 31 January 2011


Hope you've all had a fab weekend...Monday see's the start of a new challenge over at POLLYCRAFT.....Lisa's set the theme this week "BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE"...and baby it is today!'s white over with thick frost here!
I've used "Penguin Love" coloured with Copic markers and Prisma's.
The embossed hearts panel down the front was done with a Crafts Too embosssing folder.
The paper is from a download from A Cherry On The Top...."A Lil Birdy Loves Me"
The three hearts at the bottom have been cut using a Spellbinders heart die and the tiny buttons are Cosmo Cricket.
Ribbon from stash.

The sentiment on the front and on the inside (above photo) of the card have been done on the computer with "Angelina" font.I've also added a few little hearts...waste from a Fiskars border punch.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-
SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY....Fabby sketch again this week Arlana.
CARDS FOR MEN.....Valentine/Love.
CES CHALLENGE....Bold and Bright.
Well that's about it for today.....hope you will all come and join in the fun with us again this week over at POLLYCRAFT...and once again this week we have a fabby prize up for grabs.
Have a lovely day...stay warm

Saturday, 29 January 2011


Hi...and welcome to the "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS BLOG HOP".....if you've arrived here from HEIKE'S BLOG then you're in the right place :0).....if not you may want to start at the beginning at CRYSTAL'S BLOG ,so that you don't miss anything along the way.
Our circle of friends hop is to show our dear friend ANNIKA RYAN that her WHIMSY FAMILY are here for her during her difficult time.
Everyone at some point in their life needs a circle of friends,and sometimes,during those hard moments you need to be placed in the center of that circle and be given a group ((((HUG)))),though we maybe miles away,our hearts are with her along with our support.
Today we have all made a creation to show her how much we care....please hop along with us to support our wonderful team mate ANNIKA......Here is the card i've made for her :0).

I've used one of Katie's Big Hug Creations....... "Floating Away" from WHIMSY STAMPS....coloured with Promarkers and Prisma's...i've added alittle glamour dust,self adhesive pearls and a tiny bow made from tulle.
The background paper(Far Far Away) was printed onto 160gsm cardstock from a Bearlymine Designs CD...." Designer Extreme Vol.1".....just perfect for this image,well i think so :0).
The sentiment was computer generated using Angelina font.

If you know ANNIKA and would like to join in and make a creation for her,hop along to the end to DENISE'S BLOG and link a card,then email CRYSTAL at to privately give you her address.
The hop will end on Febuary 5th noon you have enough time to create a card for a friend.
Thanks so much for hopping along with us today......your next port of call on the hop is the very talented CRISSY'S BLOG.

Take care


Over at SKETCH SATURDAY we have a new sketch for you to have fun with...i loved working with this one Jo...thanks hun!
I just had to use one of Paula's (POLLYCRAFT) new Valentine images...Maurice"Hot Stuff" and i think those boxers may have this space,he may have a other half soon :0)
I've coloured him using Promarkers and Prisma's.
The papers are Pink Petticoat "Just An Old Fashioned Girl".
For the word hot i've used white Doodlebug rub-ons "All Mixed Up"..the hearts i've rubbed them onto have been cut using the Spellbinders heart dies.
The tiny hearts are the waste out of a Fiskars border punch and the scalloped border down the side is also a Fiskars border punch "Threading Water".

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:-
TOTALLY GORJUSS..."As YOU Like it"....i just love using black on my cards.
AUD SENTIMENTS....Sentiment with a "Love" theme...the background paper is part of the sentiment "HOT LOVE".
FAB 'N' FUNKY....Delight in your digi!...use a digital image.

Well that's about it for now folks...have a lovely day
Take care

Thursday, 27 January 2011


As always on a Thursday over at WHIMSY STAMPS we have 5 new digital images from Melissa (Meljen Designs) and this week they're all based on the "Love" theme.....
These images can be Flipped,rotated and resized to suit your project...that's what so good when working with digi's.
I've gone with the "Conversation Hearts" image,which i printed out 3 times...coloured with Promarkers and Prisma's and then decided to cut the actually hearts out and layer them up using Pinflair glue gel.
Now these reminded me so much of the love heart sweets that i rang my hubby up at work and asked him to bring me a packet/roll of them home for me....for photographic purposes
All the heart shapes that make up the actual easel card have been cut using Spellbinders Heart and Scalloped Heart dies...and there's two fancy ones can just about see them popping out are Nellies multi frame dies.
The gingham bow and heart buttons are from stash.

Don't you think photographing these easel cards are hard difficult to get a good picture,well to be fair i'm not that brilliant at photo's of normal shape

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-
MELJEN DESIGNS......"Put your heart on it!",create something with hearts.
CHARISMA CARDZ.....Valentine/love.
AUD SENTIMENTS....."love theme".

Well that's about it again for today...hope you all have a good one
Take care

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Morning we have a new challenge for you over at STAMPAVIE and MORE,the theme this week is "LOVE".
I'm not too sure whether i like the way this card as turned out...i've had a go at stamping and colouring on to kraft card,i've used Promarkers and Prisma's,but i'm not really over the moon with it!....the jury's out on this one...what do you think?
The stamp which is a High Hopes one "Bubble Love" i've had for an age and never used it,shame on,infact i'd forgot i'd got it,i found it while searching for something else.
The papers are Joanna Sheen...i love gingham :0).
Doily,buttons and self adhesive pearls from stash...

I've followed the sketch this week over at SKETCH and STASH....and have used my new but old stamp.
Well that's about it for now...other than i have alittle news for you and that is i've been picked to be part of "THE PAPER SHELTER" DT :0).

Have a lovely day
Take care

Monday, 24 January 2011


Well it's the start of a brand new week...and we have a brand new challenge for you over at POLLYCRAFT....and i'm pleased to say i'm the host for this week,i've set a colour theme of BLACK,WHITE + 1 OTHER COLOUR (your choice of 3rd colour)...this is my all time favourite colour combo,i think almost any colour works well with black and white....i've gone for it!
I've used "Fluffy" from the Critters and Cogs digi range...such a big softy :0)...i've coloured him using Copic markers and Prisma's,cut him out and raised him using Pinflair glue gel...i've given him two different sizes of wobbly eyes just to add alittle interest.
The papers are a free download from Summertime Designs "Limeade"...i just love these papers...i print onto super smooth cardstock 160 or 200gsm...this time 200gsm.
I've used Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to edge the papers and around the sentiment....the sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps from the "Rescue Remedies Additions" set.
Ribbon,button and self adhesive pearls from stash.
I'm also entering this card into the following challenges :-
SWEET SKETCH always a fabby sketch from Arlana.
CRAFT YOUR PASSION CHALLENGE..."Use two patterned papers"

Well all thats left to say is hope you will all come and join in the fun over at POLLYCRAFT and i almost forgot to mention we are sponsored this week by THE SECRET CRAFTER....the winner will get to pick 3 digi's of their choice :0)....

Have a lovely day
Take care

Saturday, 22 January 2011

PRECIOUS MOMENTS... i've a card to share with you that covers the both of my DT challenges....A GEM OF A CHALLENGE,this week again Debby's the host and as set the theme of "RIBBON & LACE" and SKETCH SATURDAY.....a great sketch to work with from Jo again this week :0)....

The prize on offer this week at A Gem Of A Challenge is two sets of digital paper downloads from Janet "Cutie Pie" (the papers i've used on my card) and "Oh Boy"....these print out beautifully and a great prize for the lucky winner!

I've also used the "Cutie Pie" decoupage sheet...perfect if you're in need of a quick card...just remember to use foam pads if posting right away...i more or less always us Pinflair glue gel so have to leave mine to set before giving or posting.
The sentiment is from a Scrappy Cat "Baby Girl" sentiments set.....which i've stamped using "London Fog" Memento Ink...the black ink looked too harsh for the card.
The ribbon is Anna Griffin,lace and self adhesive pearls from ever growing stash mountain :0).

Well hope you'll come and join in on both of the challenges....i forgot to mention we've also got a fabbu prize up for grabs at SKETCH SATURDAY....our sponsor is BUGABOO STAMPS and the lucky winner will be able to pick 7 digital images :0)...can i enter please Jo :0)...
Have a lovely day whatever you've got planned
Take care

Thursday, 20 January 2011


Hi.....yesterday i had some spare time on my hands and needed to unwind so decided i'd colour another one of the new Adorables "Grace Standing" from Sugar Nellie...i've used Promarkers and Prisma's as my colouring medium.
The papers are K & Co "McKenna"....i've distressed each layer using a distressing tool and then used "Old Paper" Distressing Ink to go over the edge.
The sentiment is off a set from Debbi Moore......everything else from stash.

I've used the sketch over at the SUGAR BOWL CHALLENGE.....this week it's by Kiki.with the optional theme of Birthdays.
Well that's about it again for time to craft today :0(.
Have a lovely day
Take care

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

HI..... we have a new challenge for you over at STAMPAVIE and MORE,this week we have a lovely sketch for you created by Kiki one of my teamies,fabby sketch to work with,hope you'll all come and join in the fun :0)
For my card i've used one of the "Flower Girls"from a Pergamano clear stamp set...coloured with Copic markers and Prisma's.
All cardstock is DCWV.....the patterned is from "Nana's Kitchen",the flowery one in the background is also glittered but this is not showing in the photo.
The flowers i've made using various Xcut,Ek Success and L-Em punches.
For the sentiment i've used Doodlebug "All Mixed Up" rub-ons and self adhesive gems from stash.

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges:-
FLUTTERBY week,must have a butterfly,fairy or angel...there's two tiny butterflies on the image.

Well that's all for now
Take care

Saturday, 15 January 2011


It's the weekend again...where's this week gone? mean's that it's time for another fabby sketch from Jo again over at SKETCH SATURDAY....hope you will all come and join us on this weeks challenge we have a lovely sponsor this week BUNNY ZOE'S CRAFTS.....a great prize up for grabs for one lucky winner :0).
For my card i decided to use one of the new "Adorables" from Sugar Nellie....i've gone with "Faith" and have coloured her using Copic markers and Prisma's.
The papers are K & Co from the "Classic" pad and i think work perfectly with this image.
The sentiment is from the "Essential Sentiments" set by MFT.
The flowers and gem swirl from stash.
I've distressed every layer with a distressing tool and then with "Old Paper" Distress Ink.....i've also added alittle of the ink to the flowers.

Well that's about it again for today...hope you all have a good weekend
Take care

Thursday, 13 January 2011


Well today see's another release for Meljen Designs over at WHIMSY STAMPS....5 new digi's which can be flipped,rotated or resized to suit your needs...that's the beauty of a digital stamp.
I've used the "Swirly Daisy Pot"...coloured with Promarkers and Prisma's.
The papers are Basic Grey "Sugared",the sentiment is MFT "Essential Sentiments" and the gorgeous curly gardenia is from Crafty Emma's Store.I've added alittle glamour dust around the edge of the image and a doily underneath it.

The layout for my card is this weeks sketch over at SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY....another fabby sketch thank you Arlana.
I'm also entering this into I LOVE PROMARKERS.....this week the theme is "Punches"...the four corner circles have been cut using a Fiskars circle punch.
And MELJEN DESIGNS CHALLENGE....Round or square rectangles.

Well that's about it again for today.
Take care

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

BE MINE.....

Hi's the day for a new challenge over at STAMPAVIE and MORE,this week the theme is "GLITTER",we would like to see some sparkle on your card/project.
For my card i've gone for one of the new MELJEN DESIGNS pre-coloured images "Frog Prince"available at WHIMSY STAMPS.....these precoloured images are just perfect when you're in need of a quick card and don't forget these can be flipped,rotated and resized to suit your needs.
I printed the image off twice and cut him out so that i could give him some dimension.i 3d'd him using glue gel....i glittered the heart in the background using glamour dust.
The papers are Basic Grey "Urban Prairie"....the letters are from a Brenda Pinnock set i purchased from QVC many moons ago...i've also glittered these using glamour dust.
The velvet ric rac is Anna Griffin and the gem brad is Dovecraft.

I'm also entering this into:-
TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS.....Sketch,and extra theme of "Dreaming of Summer".

Well that's about it for today,hope you all have a lovely day
Take care

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


SKETCH SATURDAY CHALLENGE is holding a DT call....we're looking for 2 new DT members.
To find out more check out the details on the blog HERE....
The DT call will be open untill 21st Jan.

Monday, 10 January 2011


Today brings the first challenge of the 2011 over at POLLYCRAFT......Kylies our host this week and she's set the theme "New Things"....use anything new you may have just received or something you've had for a while and never got round to using!
Our sponsor this week is LETRASET,some lovely Promarkers up for grabs for the lucky winner.
For my card i've used a Cherry Kisses Frames image "Love Ya"...coloured using Promarkers and Prisma's,i've added alittle glamour dust to the heart and around the outer edge of the frame.
The sentiment is also POLLYCRAFT from the Sonny Honeycloud-Sonny Says clear stamp set....loads of sentiments in this set at a bargain price :0).
The papers are Basic Grey "Sultry" the colours,pink.lime and brown...perfect!
The ribbon is Anna Griffin....this is my new item :0).

I'm also entering this card into the following challenges :-
SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY....As always Arlana a fabby sketch to work're the best!
CUPCAKE CRAFT CHALLENGE...."Something New" Anna Griffin ribbon.
KABOODLE DOODLES CHALLENGE...."Do it with digi's".

Well that's all for now folks....hope you will come and take up the challenge with us at POLLYCRAFT,i look forward to seeing all your new goodies!
Have a lovely day
Take care

Saturday, 8 January 2011


Well i've two cards to share with you the two Ellie's.
My first card is my DT card for A GEM OF A CHALLENGE....this week our host is DEBBY and she's come up with this lovely sketch for you follow,thanks Debby it was a dream to work with, from this week the challenge will be running every two weeks.....and this week we are sponsored by LETRASET,a lovely set of Promarkers up for grabs :0).
I've used "Ellie Cat" for my image which is on offer at the moment at PINK GEM DESIGNS....i've coloured her using Promarkers and Prisma's,i've cut back on the sparkle and only glamour dusted the stars.
The papers on both of the cards are from the "Springtime" set a download also available from PINK GEM DESIGNS...and i've got to say these print out perfectly....i use super smooth cardstock 160 or 200 gsm.
The lace and self adhesive pearls are from my ever growing stash mountain :0).

Just a close up...isn't she a cutie!

On to my second card....again Ellie,this time it's "Ellie and Snowdrops" and my DT card for SKETCH SATURDAY...this week we're sponsored by SIMON SAYS STAMP and a fabby prize for the lucky winner!
Lovely sketch again this week by always a joy to work with...the sketch that is!,well and Jo....LOL.
Again the image as been coloured using Promarkers and Prisma's.
The papers as i said are "Springtime" from PINK GEM DESIGNS...i must admit i've added alittle of the same deep pink colour i've used to colour my image to the flowers....because i was too heavy handed with my colouring.
The sentiment is from Inkadinkado.
Pearls again from stash.

I'm also entering this card into :-
AUD SENTIMENT...Use just two words for your sentiment.

Well that's about it for now....hope you can come and join us on the challenges..i look forward to seeing what you've come up with...and i'm sure as always they'll all be gorgeous.
Have a lovely day whatever you're up to :0)
Take care