Thursday, 27 May 2010

The Pixie Cottage Guest Designer DT card and Quixotic Challenges DT

Bit late again-well quite late! This seems to be a habit at the moment-things seem to be just crazy busy around here at the moment! Anyways-how's your week gone? Good I hope! Hope everyone has enjoyed their lovely long weekend! Yesterday I went with my mum to a craft show near Lincoln which was very fun-bought some new goodies! Today we went to a local tractor rally as Leo loves tractors, was a nice little afternoon out since the sun was shining:)

Wednesday was my last week as Guest Designer for the Pixie Cottage-4 weeks seem to have gone by very fast! Thanks Michelle so much for asking me-I've absolutely loved working with the stamps-they're so fun! This last card uses Little Mermaid by Alisa Ramirez! Look at her eyes! Aren't they fab! You can probably see I added lots of Glossy Accents-makes the image pop me thinks:) All the yummy papers I used are Tim Holtz which you can snag at Quixotic Paperiehere. I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges My Time To Craft (vivid greeting cards) and Polka Doodles (sew and sew) and Cupcake Crafts (summer delights).

Also going to show you my DT card for Quixotic Challenges (below)-the theme this week is embossing so I decided it was high time I got my much neglected embossing folders out! I used a Cuttlebug folder think it's called 'about you' and cut out the word precious and sanded it (I used core card). How adorable is the image! It's by the Greeting Farm and comes as a super cute set it's calledOliver and Amelia the buddies set-Oliver is such a perfect image for a little boy card isn't he?! Very fun and easy to colour too. All the papers I used are from the newly released Max and Whiskers paper pad by Basic Grey-everytime they bring a new release out I just have to get it-it's a sickness I tell ya! I'm going to enter this card at One Stitch at a Time (something new challenge-the papers)

This week is going to be lots of fun for 2 reasons! Tomorrow is Quixotic Paperie's 1st Birthday! I can hardly believe it! There's going to be a super fun blog hop with VERY special guests-it's going to be awesome! And, there'll be lots of prizes! I can't wait!

Also tomorrow it's a new Whimsy Digital release-I won't be on the blog hop cos my team is doing the challenge this month instead but the images are all fantastic-so keep your eye out for that too!

I'm sorry for being such a rubbish blogging friend of late-I have just so busy and still haven't caught up. I've been crazy busy with orders from my Etsy shop and my new Folksy shop which is great-I couldn't be happier about that-it's exactly what I wanted-but along with other things everything's been keeping me on my toes-so I am sorry if I haven't popped round recently! Thanks for stopping by today and making it to the end of this long post! I really appreciate you coming to see me and for any comments you leave! See you tomorrows guys!

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Very exciting News and Sweet Pea Stamps Winner!

Wow I can't believe this but I've been shortlisted for card of the year over at Midnight Madness. If you're a regular visitor to my blog you'll know I've been playing along over there more or less since the beginning-it's definetly my favourite sketch challenge blog-they're always so different the DT are always so diverse in their talents it makes it very fun to check out their work! Anyways...I'm card no 14-all the cards up for the award are absolutely gorgeous!

Right oh, bit late in announcing the winner but the winner of the Sweet Pea stamps is no. 17 and that's Craft Princess. Craft Princess if you can email me within 48 hours at then I'll post your prize off to you! If I don't hear anything within 48 hours I'll have to draw another winner.

Have a great day!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Whimsy Blog Hop Candy Winner

Morning all! Popped on to announce the winner of the Whimsy Rubber Stamps New Release Candy. The lucky winner wins both carousel horses! How cool is that! So, without further random generator selected no.60 That's ALICE. Well done hun!

Alice if you can get in touch with me at I'll pass your details onto Denise! Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments. I'll be drawing my Sweet Pea Candy tonight-so you've still got a bit of time to add your comments to win:)

Friday, 21 May 2010

Quixotic Challenges DT on a Friday!

Evening all:) Hope everyone's well! Oooo it's been gorgeous here the past few days! Doesn't it make you feel good when the weather's nice? I've ordered some new Summer clothes so hopefully the weather will stay nice long enough for me to wear some of em:) Bit late again this week, been another busy one but hey it reminds you to join in right?

So this week at Quixotic Challenges the challenge is to use Word Art as your main focus rather than an image. Quite a fun one for those of us who always use images and are used to colouring. The sentiment I've used is by Paper Makeup Stamps-they have the most gorgeous word art:) The papers I've used are from the new scrummy Capella Range which you get from Elaine here. Did you get your Roll Call kit? Ooo I did-such good value-haven't had time to ink those cuties up yet though! I'm going to enter this card over at Basic Grey Challenges who want us to punch it (doily lace) and use Basic Grey, Gingersnaps who want us to use a quote, and Practical Scrapperswho want to see patterned paper.

Making that DT card inspired me to make an Alice in Wonderland card set. I went quite simple really but I think it's quite effective! They're available to buy here on etsy and here on folksy if you're in the UK.
I've had quite a few pieces of good news this week too-a few different people have got in touch and said they'd featured my etsy shop on their blog or website. Today EtsyGreetings have featured my shop on their blog-you can have a peek here if you fancy! I think it must be my lucky week!
Right that's it from me, not going to waffle on-still haven't had my dinner yet but hubby's cooking enchiladas and they smell yummy! Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you might leave! xxx

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Pixie Cottage Guest Designer DT card

Morning all! Lovely, bright and sunshiney here today! It's my 3rd week of being a Guest Designer for the Pixie Cottage and this week the challenge is 3D-so use dimension on your projects-nice easy one right? The image I've used today is one of the gorgeous new stamps available by the Pixie Cottage called Alisa in Wonderland. Isn't she fab? A lovely whimsical take on the Alice in Wonderland theme me thinks-I just can't get enough Alice in Wonderland!

For my card I used the fab sketch over at The Pink Elephant and am also going to enter it at Papertake Weekly (flowers), Creative Inspirations (punches), Cute Card Thursday (Someone special).

Aren't those papers yummy-they're the new Basic Grey Capella collection which I had to nab straight away when Elaine got them in stock. The charm, tulle and gems are all also from Quixotic Paperie.

Should anyone be interested this card has been listed in my etsy shop here, and in my folksy shop:)

Well that's it from me today-just a quickie! Don't forget my Sweet Pea candy is still open here, and check out my Whimsy blog hop post for the chance to win the new release!

Monday, 17 May 2010

Whimsy Rubber Stamps Release Day + Candy!

Afternoon everyone! Hope you're enjoying your day! Today is release day at Whimsy Stamps, with 2 new fabulous carousel horses and some cool sentiments from our very own Ann! If you've come over from Crissy's blog then you're on the right track, if not then head to Crissy's blog to make sure you don't miss anything! And, I did say there would be candy! Yup, Denise has kindly given me both carousel horses to give away as candy to a random commenter on this post! You'll have till Friday 21st May at noon EST to get your comments in!

Isn't this new horsey, Party Pony, just gorgeous?! So perfect for birthdays! I decided to use some Basic Grey Kioshi papers, as I thought they'd go perfectly with the image which I've coloured with copics. I've added some ink distressing in spun sugar too. You can buy all your Whimsy stamps direct from here-these new carousel horses are such a must have, and how fab are these new ticket stub sentiments-I love them! If you're in the UK and Europe you can also purchase them from Quixotic Paperie here.

I'm going to enter this card over at Crafty Cardmakers as their challenge this week is Inside Out and Create 4 Fun, as I used their fab sketch! At Stamp Something this week, their challenge is celebrate something which is perfect for this and Ooh La La whose theme is bright and cheerful.Here's a little dimensional photo:

Incase anyone's interested this card will be listed over in my etsy shop and my folksy shop shortly:)

Next stop on the blog hop is Debbie. Have fun hopping and good luck at winning the yummy candy on the hop. Don't forget to leave your comment on this post to win the new release!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Tag You're it!

Evening everyone! It's been gorgeous here, sun was shining, hopefully stay like that for the rest of the week! Hope you're all well! Thought I'd pop on and show you some of the many tags I've been making recently and some stationery too!

This is my goth tag set I made last week-I sprayed the background with cherrylicious mica pigment spray by Crafty Notions, heat set then embossed this fab Cherry Pie stamp onto the tag. Cherry Pie art stamps was the first company I discovered when I started stamping that there were some very cool images out there! I've also added some lush black lace and some prima e line adhesive gems.

Here's another addition to my ever growing Alice in Wonderland section in my etsy shop-I used the Hatter's riddle to make a fun tag set:)

Last week you may have seen me making a request for an Inkadinkado dress stamp, well a lovely lady called Sandra got in touch and I now have said stamp-hi Sandra if you're reading! It's such a gorgeous image you don't need to do much to it at all. I decided to make another postcard set, and all I've done with the image is heat embossed it (ooo it's been a while since I got my heat gun out!) in a copper embossing powder-looks quite effective me thinks!

Well that's it for now-just thought I'd catch you up with some bits and pieces I've been making! Don't forget I've still got Sweet Pea candy you can enter here, and have a look at my Whimsy blog hop post to win the brand new Whimsy carousel horses:) Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you leave-I really love hearing from you!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Sweet Pea Stamps Candy!!!!

As promised I'm back with some candy! Lovely Alice, Sweet Pea Stamp candy at that! If you want to win these two stamps just leave me a comment (one of these days I'm gonna figure out mr linky!) I'm going to leave this candy open until Friday 21st May. That's all you have to do, just leave a comment! If you win you'll have 48 hours to claim the prize otherwise I'll re-draw the winner! Good luck xxx

Stamp request

Forgot to ask in my last post but does anyone have an Inkadinkado wood mounted stamp called 'My Mother's Dress' that they don't use and fancy getting some pennies for? Email me at


Where did the week go? and The Pixie Cottage DT card!

How can it be Thursday! I had such great blogging plans-and I have quite a few posts to write up as well! It's been a crazy busy week here, we've all been poorly with colds and my etsy shop has been crazy busy for about a month-which is great but time has just flown by! As I am based in the UK I decided to also open a Folksy shop to run alongside my etsy store. Here it is if you want a peek!

Right onto my card! Wednesday was my second week Guest Designing for The Pixie Cottage and the theme this week is vintage/distressing! My favourite! For this card I used the fabulousSouth End Girl Stamp. She is such a versatile image I know I'm going to use her over and over! I got some lush papers from my friend Clare the other day-I've never heard of the brand before now but they're by GCD studios and the pack is called Ella Blue. I also used some text to paper piece the South End girl stamp-I think it's quite a cool look! The flower is a nestie die which I got recently and this was the first chance I've had to play! Ooo and the tag is from one of my tag sets available here if you're overseas or here if you're from the UK.

Angle shot-I'm making sure I decorate my insides of the card at the time instead of leaving them till they get sold or get sent off! Got to be more organised!

I'm also going to enter this at Paperplay who theme is brown and..and Crafty Cardmakers, and I also followed the sketch at Midnight Madness.

Right then I'm gonna go off and get the dinner cooked! Thanks so much for stopping by and for any comments-I love hearing from you! I also have another giveaway to post so I'll be back later-keep your eyes peeled!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Quixotic Challenges DT Card and Re Draw for my Giveaway!

Afternoon everyone! Happy Mothers Day to those of you in the US-hope you're having a nice relaxing day! Am a bit late with this post-it's been one of those weeks where I could have done with an extra 5 hours or so in each day! If you're looking for the Whimsy Digital Blog Hop Release post click here! If you've not joined in yet you've still got a few days and of course there's prizes to be won!

The theme this week at Quixotic Challenges, picked by me is babies and children, and was a perfect oppurtunity to use this absolutely adorable SCACD stamp called 'Oh baby'-how cute! I used some DCWV Nana's Nursery papers-I think they go perfectly with this cutie:) I did follow a sketch but I've totally missed the deadline but I am going to enter this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Challenge: Birthdays/Celebrations-Babies are definetly a reason to celebrate:)
Crafts and Me: Sparkle
Paperplay Challenges-Stamp and Bling
Creative Card Crew-April Showers bring may flowers

For the bling I used some Prima flowers and then painted them with some Shimmerz in pixie Dust-love that stuff! If you're interested you can purchase this card here:)

Ooo before I go did you see the fab news? Elaine at Quixotic Paperie is going to stocking Stempelglede stamps! How awesome is that! It won't be long before they're available to buy-I think they're actually just sat in customs at the moment-so keep your eye out as they're bound to sell quickly!

Don't forget you've still got some times to join in the challenge at Quixotic Challenges-the prize is one you're gonna want-go take a look!

Unfortunetly the winner of my giveaway didn't contact me so I've redrawn for the Sweet Pea Stamp and the winner is: Monica-please send me an email Monica within 48 hours

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Whimsy Digital Release Blog Hop!

Afternoon all! Hope you're enjoying yourself on the blog hop checking out all the fab creations featuring the New Whimsy Digital Designs!

If you've come from Patricia, your on the right track, if not head to the start at Denise's blog! Along with the blog-which you'll be pleased to hear is not as long-there is a Whimsy digi challenge which you can find here on the Whimsy Inspirations blog.

For this new release we at Whimsy are also welcoming a brand new designer called Melissa Jenkins-her new digi releases are available here-aren't they just fab! There's also new sentiments by Ann , ad a brand new Emma. But today, as you can see, I'm showcasing one of Crissy's new digital designs-called Gracie's Roses-I absolutely love her! She's so vintage and sweet looking isn't she!

Here's a close-up:~ Gracie has been coloured with copics, stickles added to her roses, and antique linen distress ink sponged around the edges of the image.

I used some more gorgeous Tim Holtz Papers available from Quixotic Paperie here, Shimmerz around the edges, yummy lace and my retro punches:) I've also followed the sketch over at Sketch and Stash. For anyone that's interested this card is available for purchase in my etsy shop:)

Don't forget to leave a comment at the end of this post for a chance at winning one of the fab prizes on offer from Whimsy! Your next stop on the hop is Sue!

Guest Designer Card for The Pixie Cottage!

Morning all! Hope you're day is going well so far-it seems plain hectic here but that's 2 year olds for ya! Now today I'm here to show you a card I made for the Pixie Cottage after a couple months ago the fabulous Michelle emailed me out of blue and asked if I'd be a guest designer for a month! I jumped at the chance-their stamps are so adorable and there's a real mix of styles too so I've had great fun playing with them:) If you haven't got any Pixie Cottage stamps yet you can buy them here:)
The challenge today at The Pixie Cottage is to Make Your Own Charm, there is also a sketch which you can follow too or you can use either or. Now firstly I pondered on using shrink plastic but in the end I went with creating a tag into a charm-hopefully that will give a few people some different ideas and will be able to play along. For my card I've used the gorgeous new Spring Hannah with Butterflies-isn't she sweet? Here's a little close-up:~

I've gone with quite muted soft tones using the Basic Grey Wisteria papers all distressed with antique linen. I've also followed the sketch at Create4Fun.

I'm also going to enter this at:
Creative Card Crew (April flowers bring may showers)
Charisma (girly card with flowers)
CCT-Make your own
Sentimental Sundays (someone special)
KL Stampin Scrappin (decorate inside as well as out)
Sir Stampalot Challenge (blossoms and buttterflies)

Well that's it from me today! Come back later for the new brand new Whimsy Digi Release hop! See you soon, and thanks for stopping by and for any comments you might leave xxx

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Vintage Dressmaking

Hi guys! Hope everyone is well and that those in the UK had a good bank holiday weekend! The weather was a bit rubbish though wasn't it?! Just below this post I've announced the winner of my Sweet Pea Stamp candy giveaway so be sure to check if its you! If you didn't win you'll have another chance in a couple of days, so keep you're eyes peeled!

When I cut back on some of my Design Team work a couple of months ago the main reason was to be able to create all the new things I had running around in my head but with DT committments just didn't have time-this card is another one of these-along with all the Alice in Wonderland projects and postcards I've been posting recently. Now I'm never gonna put down my copics but I love creating things in this vintage/distressed style, and who doesn't love playing around and trying new things! I've also had a bit more time to work on my etsy shop which I've wanted to do for ages rather than just letting it sit there, especially since any extra pennies are really helpful when you're a stay at home mummy:)

Anyways I already have a few great vintage fashion type stamps but not a collection and recently while channel hopping I saw on Create and Craft that Creative Expressions were launching some new stamps and these were them! I actually didn't buy them from there-got em cheaper somewhere else:) All the patchwork style squares have been stamped in memento rich cocoa (think that's what it's called?!), distressed with ink then distressed with my tim holtz tool and stitched onto scraps of brown cardstock. This design is a great way of using up all your scrap bits of card! I just love the sentiment in the centre!

I'm going to enter this into a few challenges: Crafty Cardmakers (distressing), Stampavie and More (distressing), Totally gorjuss (stitching).

For those that may be interested this card has been listed to purchase here:

Come back tomorrow as I'll be posting twice-yep-twice and find out what's happening! Thanks for popping by and for any comments you leave-I truly appreciate each and every one and I'm sorry for being a bad commenter at the minute!

Winner of the Sweet Pea Stamp Giveaway!

Thanks for all your entries-they'll be another giveaway in the next couple of days! Random org selected no. 29 that's you Dawn! Well done luv! Send me an email at and contact me within the next 48 hours otherwise I'll have to redraw:(

Be back in a bit!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Vintage Postcards

Afternoon everyone! Lovely weekend ahead of us in the UK as it's Bank Holiday on Monday:) Doing anything fun over the next couple of days? It's been a busy week over here, with my mother in law visiting for the week and orders and stuff in between:) Leo's had a lovely time though-that's the thing when you have family scattered around the country-you don't get to see them as much as you'd like.

Anyways, I've got some totally different to show you today-postcards! I had a request in my etsy shop for some and then thought they'd be fun to make some more of so they're all available to purchase in my shop if you're interested:)

This is the vintage floral set:

Reverse of postcards:~

And this is the vintage style set:)

Reverse of postcards:~

Finally this is the Alice in Wonderland set:)

I've even managed to find a challenge or two to enter them into:) Quirky Crafts want us to go postal, and one stop card crafts want to see anything but a card:)

Hope you likey:) Don't forget I've got a Sweet Pea Stamp giveaway going on here-and keep you're eye out cos there's gonna be a few more too:) Thanks for taking the time to pop by and for any comments you'd like to leave-they mean a lot and read every one:) xxx