Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Computer problems...and some candy :)

No blogging recently- been having major problems with my laptop. Hopefully its all sorted now & I have some cards that I will try and upload tomorrow at some point....

Anyway, Jacqui over at Cat's Whiskers is doing a fantastic giveaway of blog candy...pop over and take a look. Her blog is fantastic and so inspirational- her cards are stunning!

Here is the linky to the candy: Cat's Whiskers blog candy!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

No WOYWW today.....

Well I finished sorting everything out, had it all organized as best I could. I sat at my desk and made some cards feeling very proud of myself.

I have a shelf above my desk that has been there for ages- I put my sprays, jars and cds on it. Yesterday evening I heard a huge crash, ran upstairs thinking my son had fallen out of bed, only to go in my bedroom and find that the shelf had fallen off the wall and my jars had smashed sending about 500 flowers and god knows how many pieces of card candy flying all over the bedroom!

So no WOYWW today as all I have done is pick everything up and put it on the desk......more sorting out to do now- will it ever end???

On a separate note, I found out yesterday that I am a candidate for a bone-anchored hearing aid. I've been deaf in one ear for as long as I can remember. As you can imagine its not particularly nice and causes big problems if I am somewhere with a lot of background noise so the chance of me being able to hear 'normally' makes me feel sooo excited! The op sounds pretty scary- when the consultant mentioned skull, bolt and drill in the same sentence I think I went a few shades lighter! Basically they drill a bolt into my skull behind my deaf ear which attaches to a small box on the side of my head which is the hearing aid and it picks up sounds from my good side and transfers them to the bad side. Now its just a waiting game for my appointment to be assessed....please let it come soon- I want to hear!!

Have a fab day everyone xx

Friday, 8 October 2010

A big ask....

As those of you who checked out my WOYWW will know, I am sorting out my craft space to try and make it more user-friendly. Storage is a problem as is budget. I am desparately searching for the Making Memories Desktop Carousel but as I understand it has been discontinued (why do they do that with popular items??). The closest match I have found is with Great Little Trading Company, but they are £40 each- I can't afford to pay that sort of money for one storage item- I don't even spend that much on food in a week!!!

Does anyone know where I could get one cheaper, or even better, if someone has one they no longer use that they would be willing to sell to me? I am doubtful that any avid crafter will be selling theirs but its worth a try- you don't ask you don't get and all that!

Here is a picture of said carousel- fingers crossed someone will know something!

Thanks for reading all xx

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

A christmas first proper one!!!

As soon as my little one poodled off to bed I raced into my bedroom to make a card with this gorgeous stamp. Its the stamp of the month from Little Claire- isn't he gorgeous?  I grrrrd a lot while I was making this card because I have damaged the nozzle on my Glossy Accents, which meant that it was all squishing out of the sides. Its still useable, just a bit 'ahem' messy lol.
I have entered this card into the following challenges:

A Spoonful of Sugar- Sparkle & shine
I love Promarkers- Think Pink
Incy Wincy Designs- Sparkly Glitter
Just Inspirational- Make a Christmas card
Lothian Crafts- Make a Christmas card
Paper Sundaes- Something from your stash
Papertake Weekly Challenge-Choose a challenge from previous years- I chose Cool Yule

As I said the image is from Little Claire which I colored with Promarkers and touched up with Glamor Dust. I used my nesties for the layers and embossed one of the layers using a Little Claire embossing folder. The snowflakes are Quickutz covered in Glossy Accents and Glamor Dust. The backing paper is DCWV and the card is from Craftwork Cards.

Hope you like it xx


I am trying to reorganize my crafty stash to make it more easily accessible for me as I previously had everything shoved into a couple of drawers in no particular order and it would take me forever to find anything!

As you can see its a work in progress lol. I bought some storage boxes in Asda on Saturday- one set of clear tupperware ones and one set of spotty tins (cos I thought they were cute!) and am slowly allocating things to new homes....I have to keep going away and coming back to it cos its giving me brain ache!

Ok, on with the pictures:

Ok, so what have we got here. Lots of papers for a start! My file of magazines, one of the new Craftwork Cards shaped cards and just a general pile of 'stuff' I think!

This picture isn't much better is it! You can see a couple of my tubs of flowers, one of my MS punches, peel off & just general bits & pieces- its quite embarrassing really. The mess has spread out over my bedroom where I've been trying to sort out, and I've spent the past couple of nights on the sofa because I have stuff on my bed and don't want to move it till its organized lol. Its difficult to get anything done craft wise during the day, as I have a demanding toddler plus I have been spending a lot of time helping a friend who is poorly at the moment, so I have found that I only have the energy to do a bit in the evening once everything else is done- wish I could make crafting my priority but I can't.

I've picked up some wonderful organisation tips from other blogs, including storing your unmounted stamps in cd cases and putting ribbon on a hanger to keep it neat- I will definately be doing both of those things.

I hope you enjoyed looking round my bombsite xx

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

First challenge card in a while

I discovered a new craft shop near me today- its only been open 5 weeks. I am so happy as the previous shop near to me closed down a couple of months back. Ordering online is great, but nothing compares to being able to walk around and look at things, touch papers etc etc. I spent a good hour in there but only bought the new Craftwork Cards shaped card- its lush! I have tried making shaped cards with my nesties but they are always quite small- these are BIG cards and they are awesome.

I have entered this card into the Craftwork Cards blog challenge. I decided to be a bit different and make a card almost entirely in white, with just bits of silver and sparkle on it. The card and backing paper are Craftwork Cards, I embossed some pearl card with a Cuttlebug folder, cut a label with my nesties and added a couple of white flowers, spritzed with Crafters Companion Irridescent glitter spray and then embellished with some gems.

Hope you like it! xx

Monday, 4 October 2010

A friend in need....

I have made a really quick card for a good friend of mine who is a bit unwell and just generally feeling down at the moment. I just wanted to let her know that I'm here for her and that I care.

The backing paper is by Papermania, and I ran it through my Cuttlebug and sanded over the embossing to make it pop a little bit. The pearls, mirri card and butterfly are from my stash.

Going back to my roots....

I decided to ease myself back in slowly with a very simple card. I'm not overly keen on it, but I'm focusing on the fact that I actually made something as opposed to walking past my desk on my way to bed!
The image is a Milton stamp from Wild Rose Studio, backing papers are Dovecraft (I think), mirri card, gems & sentiment are from my stash.

I know Milton isn't traditionally grey, but I am somewhat limited to the colors I can use since I no longer have around 2/3 of my Promarkers since someone (naming no names) decided it would be fun to press all the nibs in as far as they would go. Not happy :(

I have an idea for another card I would like to do, but its late and I'm shattered. After a disappointing episode of X Factor I decided to have a sort out of my crafty stuff and work out what was salvageable and what wasn't. Lots of papers lost in the carnage sadly, along with several ink pads, pens, embellishments and stickers.

I will be looking for a decent lock for my door tomorrow!

Thanks for checking out my card, night all xx

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Hanging my head in shame....

at how long it is, not only since I've blogged, but how long since I've actually done any crafting. I don't have a single Christmas card made, not even half a one-how awful is that.

I've had a lot of personal difficulties to deal with the past couple of months- a painful breakup, moving yet again and the ever-challenging behavior of my little boy who has become more and more challenging lately. Add to that, I need to get a lock for my bedroom door as he has had a whale of a time on several occasions emptying my craft drawers all over the floor, ruining loads of papers, stamps, ink pads and pens- I just haven't had the heart for any of it. I don't have a lot of space and am on a serious budget so storage is a big problem, hence why it is so easy for him to get hold of things.

Anyway I digress. I have had a bit of a sort out today and have tidied up my (now much depleted) stash and am hoping to have a play later, when my son goes to bed. I did attempt a few things earlier, but unfortunately said child was not pacified with a blank card, some glue and die cuts- he wanted to look in drawers, boxes and just generally be annoying so I gave up!

I have had a look around some of your blogs and you have all been really busy with some wonderful creations. This is why I love blogs- you can get to see the creations of some very talented people.

I think I've waffled enough now- time to venture out of the cupboard I have locked myself in and deal with my little whirlwind.

Till next time xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


Erm.... a very big mess!

I am ashamed to say that I haven't made a card in a week! I've been so busy with my new venture that I just haven't had time. Must get my finger out tonight though as its my sister-in-laws birthday on Saturday and I want to make her an easel box card. I have the theory all in my head I just need to put it into practice!

Aaaaanyway, on with the pics......                                                                                                                          

As you can see from the first pic, my new venture is.....nappy cakes! There doesn't seem to be anyone round here who does unique baby gifts so I thought I would give it a go. I have made some adult pamper cakes with towels, smellies, choccies and alcohol as well- will upload the pics soon. Now I need to get advertising- a couple of shops in town have said I can put posters in their windows so fingers crossed I get an order soon!

The second pic, well what can I say? Its a mess of ribbons, safety pins and god knows what else! Need to organize my ribbon collection asap as they are all getting tangled and I find myself spending ages untangling the one I want.

Has anyone ordered the SWALK pick of the week from Crafter's Companion? I have to say, I love it but sadly can't justify the cost at the moment- will have to wait till the stamps are available individually I think.

Have a great day everyone, whatever you do xx

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Beautiful Birthday Candy

Take a look at the gorgeous candy in the picture. It is one of 5 (yes 5!) sets that the lovely Jodi is giving away as part of her birthday celebration!

Pop on over to Inked Inspirations to see what else she is offering and how you can win!

Friday, 9 July 2010

I found the most fantastic digistamp site....

Bugaboo StampsSorry, 3 posts in one day- omg what is wrong with me!!! I had to tell you all about the most fantastic digistamp site that I found- some of the images are hilarious! Make sure you take a look at the Stella collection, those images and sentiments had me laughing out loud!  I have been looking round the site at images for about an hour and I am still no closer to choosing- I want them all!! I guess the one big advantage of digistamps is that they take up zero space in your drawers lol.

Another site you should definitely stop at is Little Musings. SJ, the lady who runs the blog is a super-talented lady who draws the cutest images. What's more she gives them away every Friday. She has just uploaded a Bella & Edward musing for us Twilight fans out there- I am eagerly awaiting my son's bedtime so I can have a play! SJ is in the process of having her images transferred to clear stamps by Personal Impressions which I believe will be sold through QVC. Hop on over to her site, have a look at the gorgeous cards made by her DT and get a few downloads- you know you want to!!

Another site you might want to take a look at is Elzybells- Elizabeth is another lady who creates the most fantastic stamps- I have been a fan of hers since she started around 7 yrs ago. Sadly she has decided to close Elzybells so all her stamps are currently half price!! She also has ink pads, cardstock, buttons and other goodies on the site, all on sale- go and see for yourselves xx

Card in a hurry

Well after spending all that time making a card for one of my friends last night, I completely forgot that it was another friends birthday today- cue huge panic at the thought of having to chuck a card together in 10 minutes! I didn't have time to stamp an color an image so I went in a completely different direction this time and used some Honey & Hugs decoupage & backing paper, along with silver mirri board and some card candy.

I didn't like it at first but its grown on me- and I managed to run all the way to town to catch the postman doing his lunchtime pickup so go me!! Hopefully she will like it- we haven't been friends very long so I'm not really sure what she's into but I figured that it was a simple enough card to be safe!

Hope everyone is having a lovely day- I need to get busy and clear out my Harry Potter cupboard as I have a freezer coming tomorrow that was donated to me from a very kind freecycler. My challenge diary is full of card ideas and I need to start thinking of a card to make for my (ex) sister-in-law who is celebrating her 30th at the end of the month. She's been there for me a lot recently so I want to make her something really special. She loves bright colors and is from Mauritius so am thinking something on a tropical/ summertime theme at the moment! I'm going to get her some Monsoon vouchers so I think I'll do her a card and a gift card holder that match, or maybe a goodie basket like I did for my ex's mum on her birthday- can you tell my brain is on overload?? Add to that I'm still job hunting like mad so I feel like I'm about to go pop very soon!

Catch you all later! xx

My mojo has returned!

I am chuffed to bits with this card. Its more 'fussy' than I would usually do but I am really happy with the way it turned out. I made it for a friend who is about to turn 40- she is most definitely a rock chick so I think she will like it!

I have entered the card in the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers- Theme is 'inky fingers'
Paper Sundaes - White plus one
I love Promarkers - Distressing
Lothian Crafts - Blue plus one color
Craftalicious - Theme is cute

The image is a digistamp from Kenny K- If you've never seen his images before you are missing a treat as they are fab! This little lady is called Star. I colored her in with my Promarkers and used Glamor Dust on the boot laces and Glossy Accents on the top of the boots. The paper is from a freebie digital scrapbook dowload but I'm afraid I can't remember where it came from. I distressed the edges of the paper with blue ink and then used stickles for a bit of sparkle. I made the sentiment on my laptop then used my Nestabilities circle dies to cut it out. The lace, flower and card candy are all from my stash.

Have a lovely weekend everybody xx

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Sorry guys....

I haven't made a card in a week :(. Kinda lost my mojo for everything over the past week or so- I had godawful toothache at the weekend and some stresses with my ex and I just couldn't be bothered with anything. Add to that I've been feeling absolutely exhausted- its all I can do to collapse in a heap on the sofa once I put my son in bed. The only thing I'm fit for is playing with the remote control!

Today is the first day I feel human (ish) again. I have been checking out all your recent blog posts and the challenges and feel very inspired so fingers crossed I will be back with a vengeance in the next few days!

On a downer I am now minus a few Promarkers as my son thought it would be amusing to press on them as hard as he could and push the nibs right in. Thank goodness they are ones I don't use very often, but he was most definitely in the doghouse over that one! Keeping him away from my stash is a constant struggle, being 2 he loves anything shiny and interesting looking and he tries to sneak into my bedroom to look in the drawers/on my desk several times a day. Thing is he knows he's not supposed to touch mummy's stuff cos he'll come out and say 'sowwy mummy' holding his hands over his bum cheeks just in case i want to tap him on the bottom!

Kids eh, drive you crazy!!!

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Kandy giveaway

Fancy winning some lurvely blog kandy from Katie? Pop along to her blog and have a looksie- she will be inking every stamp she owns and sending one lucky person all the images- I want I want I want! Anyone who knows me knows how much I love stamped images, they are so versatile.
Thank you to Katie for the giveaway!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Dinosaur Boy

Again another really cute image. 2 boyish cards in one night is excellent going for me- I really struggle with mens cards!
This card is going into the following challenges:
Polka Doodles- Boy's Birthday
Our Creative Corner - Keep your cool with blues & greens
Friday Sketchers - Follow a sketchie

The image is by a really talented lady called SJ who runs a blog called Little Musings. Every Friday she gives away a free digi image and they are all so cute. This one is called Finn, I believe. I have colored him with Promarkers. The card, peel off and bling are all from my stash.

Never answer this question with yes,,,,,

This image made me laugh so much- I think every woman has asked her partner this question at least once!

Anyway, I have entered the card into the following challenges:
Sweet Stampin'- Brown, blue & green
Cupcake Craft Challenge - follow a sketchie

 I really enjoyed making this card as the image just made me giggle. Its from Karensdoodles and she has some lovely digistamps so please take a look at her site. The papers are all from the same pad but as soon as I used it I've put it somewhere and can't find it! I made the sentiment myself on the computer and cut it out with the Nestabilities circles.

Thank you for checking out my blog- I have had some lovely comments on my cards in the past couple of days and I appreciate every single one of them!                                                         

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Popcorn the Bear

I have entered Popcorn into the following challenges:
Crafters Companion Monthy Challenge- Follow a sketch and use a Crafter's Companion image
Just Cute Bears- Open theme
Creative Craft Challenge- Use a stamped image

The stamped image is Popcorn from Crafter's Companion colored with Promarkers, the mats, white card, flowers and gems are from my stash.

It's a dog's life!

Another challenge card- I'm on a roll! I really enjoyed making this one- the digistamp is so cute.
 I have entered him in the following challenges:
Delightful Sketches- Its all about summer
Lothian Crafts- Summer is coming
Stampin' for the weekend- Follow a sketch and the color theme is yellow and blue
Pear Tree Designs - Summer Loving
Die Cut Dreams- Life's a Beach

The images is from Karensdoodles. I colored him with Promarkers and used glossy accents on the lenses of his sunglasses and on the drinking glass. The card is all from Crafter's Companion, sentiment from Craftwork Cards, ribbon and gems are from my stash.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

First challenge card

Ok, this is the first time I have made a card for challenges so I hope it's up to standard!

 I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations  where the theme is 'We want to see you shine'- I have glittered the image and there is mirri card behind the pale pink matt.
Craftalicious  where the theme is 'monotone'
Crafty Catz - use a digital image
Paper Sundaes- make a birthday card
Crafty Sentiments - make a birthday card
Bee Crafty- Downloads  where the theme is 'pink & girly'
Craftsandme- make a birthday card

The digistamp is from Sassy Studio which is colored with Promarkers and glittered with glamor dust, the pale pink paper was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, the border is a Martha Stewart punch, the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards as is the card candy and the bright pink and silver card is from my stash.

Monday, 28 June 2010

My first blog post...and first uploaded card :)

Ooh wow I'm so excited- I signed up for this blog ages ago but things happened and I never did anything with it. Now life has calmed down slightly so I thought it was time I got my act together :).

I hope you like my first card- the stamp is by Mo Manning which was colored with Promarkers, the stripy backing paper is from Honey & Hugs paper stack and the lace punch is by Martha Stewart.

I am still very much a novice where Promarkers are concerned, although I am getting better every day.

Please excuse the awful photograph- I would like to say that I have a crap camera but the truth is I just can't take a decent photo no matter how hard I try! I will practice loads and hopefully will upload better pics next time :)