Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Blue is the Colour

I was having  a "blue" moment when I made this card, but I guess that helps make it suitable for any little boy on his birthday! Unless he supports a specific football team with a totally different colour scheme :-) but with a stamp like this you can make it any colour you like!

I am linking this card to the Make it Monday - Linky Party #95

Materials Used:
Sugar Nellie - "Sporty" stamp
Lili of the Valley - sentiment stamp
Spellbinders - classic circles, scalloped circles, classic ovals, scalloped ovals
Promarkers - various colours
Craftwork Cards - white card
Core'dinations - blue card
Blue patterned paper - from stash

Monday, 25 June 2012

Merry Christmas!

OK, so its the 25th June not December!  So, no need to panic, we still have loads of time to make Christmas cards!

These are the first Christmas cards that I have made this year, all using the new "Team Santa" CD from Kraftyhands due to be launched in August, so make a note in your diary to ensure you get your hands on this CD full of fun reindeer, Christmas elves and of course Santa!

I am linking these cards to the Make it Monday - Linky Party #95

Materials Used:
Kraftyhands - Team Santa CD
Craftwork Cards - white card
Mirri card and crystal glitter - from stash

Love to Shop!

A fabulous new CD "Love to Shop" will be launched by Kraftyhands in July - it has decoupage, toppers, backing papers and more which are ideal for making cards and projects for all those girly shoppers out there!

Here are some cards that I have made with papers from the CD

There will be plenty of inspiration for this CD from the design team on the Kraftyhands Blog very shortly, so why not pop on over to take a look and enter the blog challenge too - the current challenge is red, white and blue and you have the chance to win a £10 voucher to spend in the online store

I am linking these cards to the Make It Monday - Linky Party #95

Materials Used:
Kraftyhands - Love to Shop CD
Craftwork cards - white card
Core'dinations - pink card
Spellbinders - classic circles, polkadot frame, decorative lace border
Mirri card and gems - from stash

Saturday, 23 June 2012

I'd like a 99 with a flake please...

Happy to see the sun did come out today afterall, so these '99' cupcakes that I made this afternoon seem quite appropriate.

Magazine: Cupcake Heaven Volume 1 2011- '99' cupcakes
Wilton - 1M piping nozzle
Cake Craft World - red, white and blue cupcake cases

Sail Boat

Isn't this a sweet image of a little boy all ready to play with his toy sailing boat, its just one of the many LOTV stamps in my collection :-)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Lili's Little Fairies - Time to Play challenge
Make It Monday - Linky Party #94

Materials Used:
Lili of The Valley - Sailing Boat stamp, sentiment stamp
Promarkers - various colours
Craftwork Cards - square card blank
Spellbinders - ovals, scalloped ovals, circles, scalloped circles
Card and bakcing paper from stash

Out of This World

Welcome to the weekend everyone!  I thought I would share this card with you today as its bright and cheery, which is what I am hoping the weather will be over the next couple of days rather than the wet weekend that is threatening!

I am entering this card in the Make It Monday - Linky Party Challenge #94

Materials Used:
Kraftyhands - Toybox CD
Serif Craft Artist Professional - to make the "Hope your birthday..." sentiment
Spellbinders - classic circles
Craftwork Cards - white A5 card blank
Mirri card from stash

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Baked Today - Lemon and White Chocolate Cupcakes

Its Sunday, a day to stay at home, get some chores done, potter about, craft and ooh... maybe bake some cakes!

Today I made some lemon and white chocolate cupcakes from the latest Cupcake Heaven magazine, decorated very simply with some piped white chocolate buttercream and grated lemon zest and white chocolate. Yum!

Magazine: Cupcake Heaven Summer 2012 Volume 1 - lemon and white chocolate cupcakes and white chocolate buttercream
Wilton - 1M piping nozzle

I Love London

I fell in love with this Penny Black stamp as soon as I saw it and just had to have it!  Took a while as everywhere seemed to sell out as soon as they got it, but eventually I was able to add one to my stash! Along with the New York and Paris stamps from the same range :-)

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes challenge

Materials Used:
Penny Black - London stamp
Hero Arts - small open flower stamp
Promarkers - Poppy
JosyRose - red satin ribbon
Spellbinders - Reverse Wonky Rectangle
Martha Stewart - border punch
Craftwork Cards - A5 white card blank
HOTP - red paper

Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

There are lots of red, white and blue challenges in blogland at the moment, and although I was tempted to do another Union Jack themed card, I decided to do something different to make a change.  A new Debbi Moore CD "Tea and Cakes" arrived in the post which has lots of very pretty cake images in a range of colours including red and blue - perfect!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - #190 Red, White and Blue
Cupcake Craft Challenges - 196 Red, White and Blue
The Poodles Parlour - Red, White and Blue
Sarah Hurley Challenges - 68 Red, White and blue

Materials Used:
Debbi Moore - Tea and Cakes CD (cupcakes and background papers)
Craftwork Cards - A5 card blank, Birthday sentiment
Waco - Pearl Maker pen in cream
Blue mirror card from stash

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Kraftyhands Vintage Motors CD

Kraftyhands is releasing a new double CD set "Vintage Motors" on the 16th July, and the design team has been busy making samples for you all to see.

Here are mine

And if you'd like to see some more, pop on over to the Kraftyhands Blog to take a look, and why not enter the Red, White and Blue card challenge while you are there!

Materials Used:
Kraftyhands - Vintage Motors CD set
Craftwork Cards - white card
Blue card from stash

Picking Flowers

I love this Milly stamp from Lili of The Valley, and thought it made a pretty card for their In The Garden Challenge  

Materials Used:
LOTV - Milly Just for You stamp
DoCrafts - Tulip linen paper
Promarkers - various colours
Letraset - fine line drawing pen
Spellbinders - circles, scalloped circles
Core'dinations - purple card
Craftwork Cards - white card blank

Polkadoodles Challenge - 3rd Place!

Yay!  I got 3rd place in the Polkadoodles Regal Colours Diamond Jubilee challenge for my "Keep Calm & Reign On " card! Imagine very excited 'happy dance' going on here :-)

Thank you Nikky and team for picking my card as one of the winners!

Saturday, 9 June 2012


I'm in love with all things Polkadoodle at the moment, and have made this card for their Week 23 Lots of Flowers Challenge

Materials Used:
Polkadoodles Pretty Sweet CD - Bella on swing, papers, sentiment
Polkadoodles Candy Doodles CD - flowers
Spellbinders - Labels One (grand)
Craftwork Cards - 8" x 8" white card blank
Letraset - Fine Line drawing marker
Kanban - irridescent gems

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Keep Calm & Reign On

Continuing with the celebrations over the weekend, I made this card for the Polkadoodles Week 22 Regal Colours Diamond Jubilee Challenge

Materials Used:
Polkadoodles - Pretty Sweet CD: Amelia
Nikky Hall - Brittania digi papers that Nikky generously gave us on the Polkadoodles Facebook page: Union Jack and Crown
Serif Craft Artist Professional - to size the Union Jack background, and make sentiment panel
Promarkers- Lipstick Red, Ruby, Crimson, Tea Green, Grey Green, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Blender
Flexmarkers- Tea Rose, Linen, Light Fawn, Dusky Pink, Cappucino, Saddle Brown
Craftwork Cards- white card blank
Kanban - irridescent gem
Silver mirror card and black ribbon- from stash
Cocktail stick - from the kitchen! :-)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Parade

How lucky were we - a place right at the front along Whitehall!  I really didn't expect to find a spot where we would see very much at all, and it was pure luck where we ended up really as after The Queen passed us in her car on the way to Westminster for lunch the people in front of us left - so hey presto there we were at the front ready for the procession!  And only a couple of hours to wait...

There were military bands on foot and horseback and troops marching by to help the time pass by

A little more waiting...
Then we heard the 60 gun salute start and before you knew it we could hear cheering from further down the road, and there she was - our Queen!

Quickly followed by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry

Sadly it was all over very quickly, BUT, we saw The Queen!
Happy Diamond Jubilee Your Majesty!

I hope you've all enjoyed the Jubilee weekend, its a pleasure to share some photos from my day with you on here

Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilee Bunting

Ready to bring a little bit of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations into our flat I made some Union Jack Bunting for the balcony doors and a mirror, so now the country is in full swing celebrating, I thought it was time to share it with you. I spent a couple of hours printing, sticking, and tying ribbons, the difficult bit was attaching it to the rail above the windows (and rather frustrating it was too!)

Materials used:
Stamps Away - Bunting Stamp and Ink Board
Serif Craft Artist Professional - Cool Brittania digikit
JosyRose - white, navy and red ribbon

Thank You to Emma

On Friday I went to the DoCrafts Creativity Club Members Event held at the DoCrafts HQ in Dorset.  The day went very quickly, with demos from Jo Austin and Sheila Halliwell, lots of crafty stash on the craft tables for us to play with, lovely crafters to chat with and a very warm welcome from the whole team.
I came back inspired to get my watercolour pencils out and try some new techniques, and also to make more of the DoCrafts Digital Designer. So here is a card that I have made for Emma Collins at DoCrafts to say thank you for organising the event using some paper and images printed from the Digital Designer.

Materials Used:
DoCrafts Digital Designer - Me To You Spring Chic discs for the background paper, sentiment and Tatty Teddy image
DoCrafts - pink Papermania solid cardstock
Spellbinders - classic circles, picot edge circles, ribbon tag trio three
Kanban - irridescent gems
Craftwork Cards - white card blank
Letraset - fine line drawing marker for the dashed lines

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Kraftyhands Red, White & Blue Challenge

The Kraftyhands Red, White and Blue Challenge is now live on the Kraftyhands Blog, and you have until noon on Friday 6th July to add your entry for a chance to win a £10 voucher to spend at Kraftyhands

There is a card from each Design Team member for inspiration, I used one of the lovely Strawberry Kisses kitty stamps for mine - isn't she sweet!

Materials Used:
Crafters Companion - Strawberry Kisses Little Miss stamp
Craftwork Cards - white card blank
Promarkers - Poppy, Denim Blue, Blossom, Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 2, Blender
Flexmarkers - Cloud Blue
Kanban - self adhesive gems

Blue card, red card, red and white spotty paper from stash