30 November 2011

Less is More - Week 43 Recipe - A bit of Bling

Hi everyone

Well this weeks challenge over at Less is More is a bit of

Well how could I possibly pass up an opportunity like this.... bling and sparkle are right up my street! woohoo!!  And again there are so many absolutely stunning entries this week, including from our wonderful blog hosts Mandi and Chrissie!

So here is my little entry:-

The swirly tree is a Memory Box die that I don't own myself (yet) but I had a crafting day with my two crafting buddies Shirley and Beryl on Monday and we had a "die cutting day" and this particular die belongs to Beryl (thanks Beryl).  Actually I have got a similar tree to this on my Cricut but sometimes dies are quicker and easier to do aren't they!!  The "Merry Christmas" is a peel off - SHOCK, HORROR and GASP!!!  But actually I think it goes particularly well on this card - what do you think??

I'm so pleased with how this card looks and think it would look equally stunning on black too (which was going to be my first choice but changed my mind!!!)

I would also like to enter my card into these:-

http://stamptacularsundaychallenge.blogspot.com/ Challenge 140 - Anything goes Christmas
http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ Challenge # 65 Always anything goes

Right thats me done then.  Will be back later to come and leave some comments on my fellow LIMettes blogs.  So until then...

Happy Crafting


28 November 2011

Kaboodle Doodle # 95 Bundle up for Winter

Hi everyone
Yet another late Monday posting for me!  This is getting into a habit....  Well I was away visiting my mum and sister last week and have been playing catch-up since getting back home - you know how it is - and its worth it, as I had a lovely time...

So on to this weeks Kaboodle challenge "Bundle up for Winter".  Our sponsor this week is stamp-n-doodle.

Here is my DT card this week

So hope that you have a good week and I will be popping by to say hi!

Happy Crafting


21 November 2011

Kaboodle Doodles Challenge # 94 - Baby its cold outside! and Demo Weekend at Birds in the Barn: Meeting Jo

Good morning one and all, its a rather damp foggy one here - apparently we will get some sunshine this afternoon......  Hope that you all had a great weekend.  I know I did! more of that in a minute... because firstly its Kaboodle Doodles challenge time again and this week the theme is "Baby its cold outside".  This week we have been sponsored by The Stamping Boutique:-

and here is my DT card using one of their images:-

 you can just about make out the stamped snowflake background above.  The icicles are a Marianne die and the image has been coloured with Promarkers.
 So more about my weekend.... I went to a demo at Birds in the Barn yesterday where the lovely Jo Firth Young was demonstrating some gorgeous PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints - and I gotta tell you the demo was brill and that the paints are just gorgeous!!  It was lovely to finally meet Jo as I've followed her blog for a while now - hi Jo *waving*!!  And you guessed it I just HAD to have some of the lovely paints - and of course when I've used them I will post up what I create!  I'm seeing my Mum and Sister this week so really looking forward to that - so might not get as much crafting done.... but will be back soon.

Take care and.......

Happy Crafting


16 November 2011

Craft Fayre 2011

Hi everyone

As promised here are some photos of the craft fayre that I did on Saturday with my crafting buddy and fellow blogger Shirley.  I was lucky enough to bump into someone I know who takes wonderful photos and asked him if he wouldn't mind taking a few and here they are:-

 [Photo courtesy of Roy Essery www.Shuttershot.co.uk]
 [Photo courtesy of Roy Essery www.Shuttershot.co.uk]
  [Photo courtesy of Roy Essery www.Shuttershot.co.uk]
 [Photo courtesy of Roy Essery www.Shuttershot.co.uk]

and here is a photo that I took:-
As you can see we had a jam packed stall !  Anyway we both collected a few pennies each! - and were delighted with our takings.  We still have a lot of bits left and are considering doing another fayre this year.... and I'm thinking of setting up an ETSY or FOLKSY shop!!!!

Nothing quite beats the feeling you get when people buy your handmade creations - Shirley and I had such a fantastic day.

Here is a photo of one of my little gift boxes that I made and sold:-

I could decorate these little boxes all day - I so enjoyed decorating them.  I have a few more that I will be posting over the coming weeks no doubt!

I'm entering my little box into these challenges which I think it qualifies for....

http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ - Always anything goes weekly
http://hookedoncraftchallenges.blogspot.com/ - Something punched (fancy tag and butterflies) (until 26th nov)
http://2sisterschallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - Challenge 65 Anything goes (sat)
http://ceschallenges.blogspot.com/ - Challenge 61 Roses and Ribbons (rose on top, pink twill around box lid edge)
http://squigglestamps.blogspot.com/ - Challenge Anything but a card

Right off to put the dinner on!

Happy Crafting


15 November 2011

Less is More - Week 41

Hi LIMettes

Hope you are all OK! and enjoying this weeks challenge set by the lovely Chrissie and Mandi over at Less is More.  This week its

The theme for your cards this week is 
If you don't have any leaf stamps then there is sure to be a way that you can interpret this challenge... let's see what you can come up with!"
So the challenge has been set the LIMettes have jumped into action and along with you all I'm joining in with my little card!!:-

Card blank: Craftwork Cards
Stamps: Hero Arts (sentiment) and Papermania (leaves border)
Ink: Versafine: Onyx Black, Memento: New Sprout
Glamour Dust
Ruler and pencil to get straight lines!!!!

So that is my offering for this week will be over to see some of my LIMette friends, until then...

Happy Crafting

PS Will be posting about the craft fayre tomorrow...

14 November 2011

Kaboodle Doodles Challenge 93 - Thanksgiving

Good morning sorry afternoon! and well today is a bit of a grey day here in Essex.  Never mind there is always crafting to light up my life!!!  Well today is Monday and that means only one thing its Kaboodle Doodles challenge time again!  This week the theme is Thanksgiving.  Obviously we don't celebrate it here in the UK, but I guess another excuse to get those creative juices flowing whatever the theme is always good for me!!!

We are sponsored this week by A Day For Daisies:-

And here is my DT card

Will be back tomorrow with photos from the craft fayre that I did on Saturday until then....

Happy Crafting


11 November 2011

Less is More - Week 40

Hi everyone hope your Friday is going fast - I know mine is!!  I'm frantically getting the last minute bits ready for my craft stall tomorrow......  I've got to take some photographs of some of the bits I've made, but in my part of the world its grey and foggy so light not much good - hey ho - thank goodness for PSE!!

Right so onto the reason for my post today, I'm again joining in the challenge over at Less is More where this week Chrissie and Mandi have set us this challenge:-
"Our first week of the month is another Colour challenge and redolent of bonfire flames we have chosen
Red and Orange"

and here is my little entry - its one of those cards that I can't make my mind up if I like it or not!!!!!  Haven't got time to be fussy today - too much to do!!!

Happy Crafting


10 November 2011

I've been a busy bee lately....

You may or may not have noticed that I've not been posting as much as I usually do... there is a reason - I've been a busy bee getting ready for a craft fayre that I'm doing on Saturday with my crafting buddy Shirley.  We are both soooo excited!!

Originally we were just going to make cards to sell, but then decided we needed to make other bits and bobs - things like gift boxes, gift bags, note pads, post-it note holders, bookmarks, candles....... I've been having a great time as you can imagine all that crafting......  So today I thought I would share with you a gift bag I've made from an envelope - yep an envelope!  I saw the idea in a magazine and then looked up a couple of tutorials on YouTube and voila:-

OK now I gotta admit that I've shown you the one which is most definitely my favourite (he he!!!)  I stamped the design randomly over the envelope before I scored and folded it.

I thought I would enter this into these challenges this week:-

http://ppp-makeitmonday.blogspot.com/ (Mon) Always anything goes
http://cachallenge.blogspot.com/ - Swirls (Tues)

So I will be back tomorrow with more photos of other bits and bobs that I've been making!  Until then...

Happy Crafting


8 November 2011

Posh Cat Crafts: Tamara's Blog Candy

Good morning

I was awake really early this morning around 4am couldn't get back to sleep but then when I did I struggled to get up when the alarm went off!!!!  Anyway just having my morning cuppa and rather than reading my crafty mags decided to do some blogging instead.  A lovely lady in blog land Tamara: aka Post Cat Crafts is having a blog candy giveaway as she is celebrating reaching 200 followers (in fact she now has 267!!!).  WOW that really is something to celebrate - she is giving away an enormous stash of goodies so do check out the link above to see her blog.  You have until Friday 25th November...

What's in the Candy
12 + stamps including Sentiments and Gorjuss Girls 
Selection of 6x6 papers 
Alphabet Stickers 
Wild Orchid flowers 
Crackle paint - Tim Holtz
2x packs of wooden pegs 
Selection of Tim Holtz ticket sentiments 
Assortment of Buttons 

She promised when she reached a further 50 followers she has added some more candy to the prize and here it is:-

In this candy we have 
An A5 sheet for Rubber stamps from The Artistic Stamper
Birthday cake and Cupcake metal die set
Assortment of embellishments 
Decorative tape roll
So what are you waiting for.......

For those with a great memory you may remember me posting about Tamara as she is the lady who's tutorial I followed to create my faded border on my photos in PSE.

Right better go and have some breakfast before I spend the day crafting as I'm getting ready for a Fayre - I will share more about this later!  So until then

Happy Crafting


7 November 2011

Kaboodle Doodles Challenge 92 - Colours of Fall (Autumn)

Hi everyone
Well my Monday posts are getting later and later aren't they!  Well I suppose better late than never....!!! Soooo its Kaboodle Doodles challenge time again and this week we want to see your "Colours of Fall (Autumn)".  We are sponsored this week by Robyns Fetish

and here is my DT card

I've been making cards just recently in the CAS style and this week I've done it again!  I created the striped paper myself just by cutting narrow strips of various "Autumnal"  colours and placed them across the card.  The idea for the card just popped into my head when I was thinking what to do for this challenge - I wanted it to look a bit different for Autumn rather than the usual leaves and tress usually associated with autumn (not that I have any problem with that BTW!!)  I thought that the paper across the card could either be wallpaper or even carpet so I decided that my image would be the chair - well I had to glam it up a little with the chandelier and I had to resist the urge to add any sparkle :-((  !  I finished it off with the simple sentiment (all stamped elements are from a set from Hero Arts BTW).

So there you have it a simple CAS card with the colours of autumn.

Thought I might enter this card into this challenge:-

http://bowsnberries-bosenberries.blogspot.com/ Challenge 13 Clean and Simple

Until next time...

Happy Crafting


2 November 2011

Less is More - Week 39 - Lucky Dip: Stars

Hi LIMettes

Hope you are all having a great week - I don't know about you but I've been seeing stars......... No I'm not having a dizzy spell just joining in the fun over at Less is More.  This week its Lucky Dip week and the lovely Chrissie and Mandi have choosen: STARSThis week they also have a Guest Designer Vicky - she creates some wonderful cards - go have a looksy!

So on to my card for this challenge:-

I've used a soft grey colour palet for this card to try and keep it CAS.  The sentiment I generated using Word and the lovely star paper is from Pink Petticoat.  I then added the feather to keep it "whimsical" because my sentiment is saying "magical"!

So thats me for today its just gone 3pm and I've gasping for a cup of tea!!!

Be over to see some of my LIMette friends as there are - as always, some stunning cards entered this week.

Take care and until next time...

Happy Crafting

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