Saturday 27 February 2010

Partners In Crime

Morning everyone! Hope your enjoying a lovely Saturday morning! Me and Leo have been up bright and early, I feel like I could do with a little nap now! Leo's going through a Fireman Sam phase, he's absolutely mad on it, and I already feel a bit Fireman Sammed out already this morning:) I think we'll do some painting later, and we've got cakes to finish-they need icing after being baked yesterday afternoon. So that's my plans:) What you upto?

I told you I was loving the New Diane Duda digi stamps right? She has such an originality in her illustrations, and she really captures something special, especially in these boy stamps that have just been released. This card I've made features 'Boys Will Be Boys', how cheeky do they all look?! I've used a mix of 'boy papers' from Basic Grey Archaic collection and MME Abbey Road. I've kept the embellies to a minimum this time with some buttons and some raffia lace, so the focus remains on the image:)

I've followed the fab sketch over at Papertake Weekly-love Dawny P's sketches! Am also going to enter this at the Secret Crafter who wants to see stitching, and Paper Sundaes who want to see distressing. Here's an image close-up:

Well that's it from me today! Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you might leave-I love reading them! Have a great weekend! xxx

Thursday 25 February 2010

You're a Treasure!

Evening friends! How's everyone today? Good I hope! If not then at least the weekend is nearly here! Since it's Friday tomorrow we'll be off to playgroup which means Leo will be worn out enough for a nap unlike today! When he doesn't have a nap he becomes a terror-which is why I spent an hour and half cleaning black Sharpie marker off my white living room door this afternoon!!! He really got good coverage too, is funny now but this afternoon not so much:)

Anyways....the new Diane Duda digi stamps are here! They are soooo fabulous too-which is what we expect from Diane and Sugar Nellie right? You can grab them here, and of course you don't have to wait for mr postie to deliver-instant gratification:) I decided to use 'Flower Fairy' first, isn't she fab! Since she's such a fun image, I had to use my lovely bright and colourful MME Love Me Do papers. Elaine sent me the red iridescent pearls-they go really well with my colour combo me thinks and they're sooo pretty! I love these cute little ladybug charms, Elaine has got soooo many charms in her shop so go have a little gander.

Here's an image close-up:~
I did actually follow a sketch for the layout over at Whimsical Wednesdays, and am also going to enter it at Crafty Creations who want you to cut it out and pop it up which I did with the image and some help from my silicone glue. Practical Scrappers want to see stamps so this works too:) Am also going to enter at Totally Stampalicious who want to see glitter/bling (I used Shimmerz in pixie dust on the wings).

So what are your weekend plans? Anything nice planned? I think it'll be quite a quiet one here, as quiet as can be expected with a 2 year old anyways, but next weekend me and Leo will be going to visit my Dad up in Darlington which will be fun! Thanks so much for stopping by and for any comments you leave-I really love hearing from you and I try my best to come visit you back! Hugs xxx

Wednesday 24 February 2010

One For The Boys-Quixotic Challenge

Afternoon friends! How's everyone today? I'm doing good, having a nice week so far, and had so much fun last night making this card for todays new Quixotic Challenge. It was Judy's turn to pick the theme, and she chose 'One for the Boys'. It took me a while to decided what to do but then I looked in my Design Team package again and thought I could do something fun with this fab new Kraftin Kimmie stamp 'Polly The Wench' which you can grab here. I also got sent the fabPirate sentiment set by Kraftin Kimmie which are so useful, saves ages rummaging around in draws for the perfect message! So that's how the saucy card came about! Polly was sooooo fun to colour, love her hair!

About 2 years ago I bought the DCWV Once Upon A Time Stack in 12 x 12 AND 8 x 8 and until now have never used a single page, I just adore the papers but never found them really useable if you know what I mean! Anyways, how perfect do they go with Polly! I also added this fun pirate charm available here. Can you tell I had fun making this!

I'm going to enter it into the following challenges:

Midnight Madness-Sketch Challenge
Stamp With Fun-stitching

I also used some gorgeous black lace from Elaine's shop available here, the polka dot ribbon is Bazzill. Here's an image close-up:~

Well think that's it from me, hope you can join in the new challenge with us and look forward to seeing what you create! Thanks for stopping by today and for any comments you might leave-love hearing from you:) xxx

Tuesday 23 February 2010

Sweet Baby Blessings

Evening guys! How's everyone doing? Good I hope! We've having a bit of snow here the past few days, when's it gonna be Spring!?! Have really had enough of the cold stuff now! Am soooo ready for Sunshine!

Today I've got this quite simple baby card to show ya using the gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamp 'Vintage Baby', the baby collection by Sugar Nellie really is fab, something for all babies and toddlers. I've also got hold of the new Diane Duda digi stamps which will be available to buy soon and oh my they are soooo fabulous! There are such fun boy stamps in there, totally different from any of the others! Can't wait to get colouring with them! Anyways...I went off a bit there!

For the layout I was inspired by the uber talented Elaine. I love how clean her cards are, and her colouring is always so amazing, am definitely not in her colouring league but I think this layout works well for this baby card! I've used the fab MME Star Bright paper pack which you can buyhere. On the cloud I used some Shimmerz Paints in Pixie Dust (on sale as well atm!) which you can see better in this close-up:~

Am going to enter this into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp-recipe 1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellies
Crafty Creations- stitching
Saturday Spotlight-Mess Around

Incase anyone's interested this will be going in my etsy shop shortly:) Well that's it from me, off to watch a bit of tv before bed. Will be back tomorrows for a new Quixotic Challenge. Thanks so much for popping by to see me and for any comments you might leave-I appreciate them so much! xxx

Monday 22 February 2010

Sugar Nellie Blog Hop Winner

Hi guys! Did you have fun hopping? I certainly did! Thank you for all your lovely comments, but only one can win. The winner is Jacky from Paddington Fan who left this comment:

Hi Rowena,
this is my first blog hop and it is so inspiring, I don't have any sugar nellie stamps yet but I love them all. I especially like your doorhanger idea and the stamp is fantastic for me as I only have boys in my family!! Hugs jacky xx

Jacky-if you can email me (link on my right sidebar) I'll pass your details to Zoe and you'll be inking up that gorgeous Mary Hall stamp soon!

Thanks for entering my candy, all 161 of you! Hope you had fun, and good luck on the other Design Team members draws later today! xxx

Saturday 20 February 2010

Sugar Nellie Blog Hop!!! Come join in the Fun!!

Afternoon friends! What a gorgeous day it is here too:) If you've come from Marlene's blog you're on the right track, if not start at the beginning at the Sugar Nellie blog so you don't miss anyone out, and don't miss any chances to win some sugary sweet candy:)

The Sugar Nellie hop theme today is dusting off our old favourites Sugar Nellies, and I've used this fab Mary Hall stamp called 'Boys Up A Tree' which you can buy here if you don't win one from my draw:)

Since we've moved house I've been wanting to make a door hanger for Leo's room and thought this would be the perfect opportunity:) I used a wooden hanger I've had in my 'ready for altering draw' for ages! I covered it in strong adhesive then applied the Basic Grey Recess paper and filed down the edges. I've added some raffia and some chipboard buttons by Cosmo Cricket. No idea where the ribbon came from, it's been in my ribbon box for at least a year!

Here's an image close up:~

I've coloured the gorgeous Mary Hall image with copics and used distress ink in frayed burlap around the edges, then stitched around it with my sewing machine. Want to win this stamp? Karen has generously given all the dt candy in the form of the stamp they used on their hop creations today. All you have to do is leave a comment on my post. I will pick a winner from the comments that I like most:) You have until midnight GMT this Sunday to get your comments in and complete the hop! Winners will be revealed on Monday!

Your next stop on the hop is Sarah.

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments! Good luck with the draws and Have fun! xxx

Thursday 18 February 2010

Relax and Rejoice, it's Coffee Time...

Evening friends! Friday tomorrow-weekend is almost here! Ian's got a rare weekend off so really looking forward to it! What have you got planned? Don't forget this Saturday is the Sugar Nellie blog hop! You won't want to miss it, it starts at 1pm GMT and there's tons of candy!

Before all the hopping fun, I've made this card with the new Manga stamp by Sugar Nellie called 'Coffee Time'. I think from what I've seen around blog land this is probably the favourite of the new Mangas-think it's mine too but I change my mind everytime I ink something up! I've coloured her with copics and used my yummy new Basic Grey Sugar Rush papers. I also used my new Prima Holiday Lights Poinsettas- aren't they gorgeous? Elaine at Quixotic Paperie has got tons of new goodies in stock including all the new Prima releases, check em out here.

Here's a close-up:~

I've followed the sketch over at Basic Grey Challenges, am also going to enter it at Sophisticats who want to see stitching, and Pile It On who want to see flowers.

That's about it from me then tonight, thanks so much for stopping by! Please leave me a few words so I know you've been then I can come see you too! Enjoy the rest of your evening:)

Wednesday 17 February 2010


Afternoon friends! It's Wednesday again so that means its time for another Quixotic Challenge! The weeks keep flying by don't they?! It was my turn to pick the theme and since in the UK it'll be Mothers Day next month I thought it'd be nice to make projects for mum.

Last week I ordered some new goodies from Elaine's shop, including this cute Greeting Farm stamp set, so of course I had to ink little anya up! I used the yummy MME Love Me Do paper pack, and my copics to colour in. I'm not totally sure this card look 'done', I keep thinking something is missing but then when I add anything else it looks overdone so maybe it's ok!?!

For the layout I used the fab sketch over at Midnight Madness-it has been toooo long since I played over there and I do LOVE their sketches.

I do hope you can play along with us this week, and make sure you check out the gorgeous cardage over at the challenge blog-they're just beautiful! I'll be back again soon, and on Saturday look out for my post as the Sugar Nellie dt will be doing a blog hop-and you know that means prizes! Thanks for popping by and for any comments you might leave me-they mean a lot! xxx

Thursday 11 February 2010

Snow Angel

Evening friends! Is it chilly where you are? Tis here, and we've been having snow on and off all week, oooo I'll be glad when spring is here!

I'm still using the fabby new Mary Hall Winter stamps available from Funkykits here, and decided to make this one my first Christmas card of the year! I remember the big rush I had on in December and if I can do a couple a month then maybe it won't be so manic;) That's the plan anyway!

I've used 'Snow Angel' for the main image-love this one! I used some Cosmic Shimmer iced crystals for the snow and all the rest of the sparkle on the card is from Shimmerz blingz paint in pixie dust which is on offer right now at 15% off-perfect time to try it if you haven't yet or stock up! All the papers are Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly-just love this stack!

Here's an image close-up:~

The layout of the card is from the sketch over at Papertake Weekly by the fab Dawny P-I do love her sketches! I'm also entering this over at the Design Dollies, they've got a yummy colour combo of kraft, ivory and green.

Well that's it from me guys today. Friday tomorrow-wohooo! Got anything nice planned this weekend? Thanks for popping by and for any comments you might leave me-I really appreciate it!

Wednesday 10 February 2010

Quixotic Challenges-Tag!

How can it be Wednesday already?! This week is flying by, not long till the weekend! Hope everyone is doing ok, we're all a little under the weather here with a cold but on the mend now I think:)

Today at Quixotic Challenges, Carole has set the challenge of incorporating tags into your creation. Nice fun one! I decided to turn the sentiment into a tag and wrap it with tulle and attach to the main tulle ribbon. This card nearly didn't turn out at all, I coloured her in 3 times, dropping ink on the image once and then dropping 2 copics on it the 2nd!

I've had this gorgeous Belles and Whistles stamp 'Tania Baking' which is available to buy here for ages and haven't gotten round to inking her up-so bad isn't it! I've gone really simple with the layout and used some Basic Grey papers and Bazzill bling. The tulle is available here. Ooo I went a bit mad with the Prima gems, for me anyway-I kinda like to make a sheet do about 5 cards usually but it does look pretty when there's a few big swirls doesn't there!

Well that's it from me today, bit of a quick post but need to get some lunch sorted! Thanks so much for popping by and any comments you might leave for me!

Saturday 6 February 2010

Manga Love

Evening friends! Got another of the gorgeous Sugar Nellie Manga images to share, this time 'Sitting Pretty', isn't she a sweetie! Since it is almost Valentines I've gone for another loved up card:) I've used some more MME papers, and all the elements were in the kit, nice and easy!

All the challenge blogs are loved up too at the moment so am going to enter this at:

Stamp Something-Love Somethings

Stuff: Sugar Nellie 'sitting pretty', MME Be Loved paper pack, distress ink in frayed burlap, sewing machine, copics to colour, atyou spica clear, bling by prima

So what you been upto today? Anything nice? I had my dad and step mum over today on their way to Stansted as they're off to Rome tomorrow, was lovely to see them! Tomorrow we might pop to the shops, I've got some gift vouchers burning a hole in my pocket!

Thanks so much for popping by and for any comments you are kind enough to leave-I love comments!

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Quixotic Challenge-I Believe In Fairies

Afternoon friends! Ooo we've got a great challenge for you this week over at Quixotic Challenges-the theme being I Believe In Fairies. All the dt used some of the fabulous CC Designs Sweet November Fairy stamps by the super talented Amy Young. You can check the full range out here. We've been lucky enough to have Amy guest dt with us too this week so do check out the gorgeous samples at the blog.

Amy's stamps are some of my favourites out there, I love how funky they are! I've coloured her in using copics but on the hair I went over it with a copic spica glitter pen. All the papers and elements are from the fab paper pack by MME Love Me Do.

Here's an image close up:~

The layout of the card is from the fab sketch over at Mojo Monday. Since I've gone all loved up this fits into quite a few other challenges this week:

Corrosive Challenge-All you need is love
LaLaLand-Use Hearts
Simon Says Challenge-inspiration pic
Double Dutch-Be My Valentine
Papertake Weekly-Love Actually

Well that's it from me today! Thanks so much for stopping by and for any comments you are kind enough to leave me:) xxx

Tuesday 2 February 2010

Snow Bunny!

Evening friends! Bit late posting tonight but was finishing a dt card and was having a bit of a drama with the camera batteries! Hope everyone is well and having a good week, I keep thinking its Wednesday today for some reason.

How much do I adore these new Mary Hall Winter stamps by Sugar Nellie?! They are sooo cute! I think this one, called 'wrapped up toddlers' is my fave so had to ink it up first, you can grab it for yourself here. I used my fave winter papers, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly-they're just so fun! The layout of the card is from the fab sketch at Sketch and Stash (my new stash used was the stamp). Am also going to enter it over at Your Next Stamp whose challenge is 'anything that sparkles' (I used some gorgeous cosmic shimmer ice crystals for the snow and stickles).

Stuff: Mary Hall for Sugar Nellie 'wrapped up toddlers', copics to colour image, cosmo cricket jolly by golly from here, shimmerz in pixie dust (painted over the punched snowflakes) from here, nesties, distress ink in worn lipstick, ribbon by cosmo cricket, sewing machine, bazzill bling cardstock.

Here's a little close-up:~

Well am gonna go catch up with ANTM and Shameless. Thanks so much for popping by and for any comments you might leave-they mean a lot. Hugs xxx

Monday 1 February 2010


Evening friends! How's your day been? Been busy here, but good busy, spent the morning baking cookies and making sheperds pie, then we met my friend and her little girl went to the park and then they came round for tea. Then mum came round for a cuppa. Lovely!

I've been loving seeing all the piccies of the CHA show, of all the new goodies that will be winging there way to the shops, there's tons of gorgeousness about! But anyways...still busy playing with my Sugar Nellie dt kit, and this time I've used Isla, she's so sweet isn't she! She's coloured using copics (just for a change)! I also used the lush new papers by Basic Grey called Origins which you can grab here. The layout is from the fab sketch over at Friday Sketchers and am also going to enter it over at Pile It On who want to see anything but Winter, Cute Card Thursday whose challenge is called blooming gorgeous and Creative Card Crew whose challenge is 'punch it' (I used a MS punch).

Here's a little image close up:~

Along with the new Mangas that have been released by Sugar Nellie (do you fancy winning one btw? Yes? Well trot over to the Sugar Nellie blog quick and enter with mr linky!) there are also some gorgeous new Winter stamps by Mary Hall which you can check out here (bottom of the page).

Am definetly getting back into the swing of blogging, slowly getting round everyone which is so fun catching up on what everyones been upto! Thanks for visiting me today and for any comments you leave-I love reading them!