Thursday, 25 June 2009


is it the simplest of cards, take the longest to make?
I had the design of a card in my head all of yesterday, i even used my Cricut design studio to do the lay out, so in theory all i had to do was cut it out and stick it together, right? No.
The first problem was choosing the papers to use, then i kept changing my mind, then went back to the first ones i picked out. Then i wasn't sure whether to leave the top half of the card bare, but in the end this is what i ended up with, it's a very simple card, probably looks like a really quickie but i know how many hours went into making it. I just hope my friend likes it and doesn't think it was a rush job.
I gave the word 'friend' (from GS cart) three coats of clear UTEE to give it dimension and shine. The scalloped circle is from Mini Monos , the branch is from Zooballoo and the butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch. The papers are MME Bloom.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Passion for Promarkers challenge #5

This weeks colours for the Passion for Promarkers challenge are Lemon and Meadow Green. The design team have made some gorgeous samples this week.
I also used a little Apple and Yellow for shading.
The cute bear is a free download from the Precious Moments web site, and the sentiment is from The Cutting Cafe'.
The safety pin card base is cut on the Cricut from Wild Cart cart.

Monday, 22 June 2009

The Next Level challenge 4

For this weeks challenge there's a choice to make either a STAIR STEP FOLD CARD or a FREE STANDING POP UP CARD, i have made a few of the pop up cards before, but have never made a stair step fold card, so thought i'd give it ago. There's instructions on how to make both styles of card on the The Next Level blog. The design team have done it again and made some gorgeous sample cards.
Anyway here's my card, which i have had a nightmare trying to get a decent photo of, unfortunately this is the best i could get. My camera really doesn't like taking pics of glittery cards.
The word friend is attached to the second step with acetate, so looks like it's suspended in mid air in real life.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Strawberry cupcake anyone?

What could be better to go with a yesterdays pot of tea for one?, how about a yummy Strawberry cupcake? (calorie free of course).
This card is made from another one of this months 'Craftytemplates', again i used this months 'Shabby Chic' card making kit. I think i need more of these Doodlebug papers they are just so gorgeous.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Time for tea

This months Craftytemplates card making kit is called 'Shabby Chic', think June picnics or a tea party with a hint of strawberries and pretty trims. This kit contains some brand new just released goodies from Jenni Bowlin and Doodlebug, teamed with bright and neutral coloured cardstock and vintage coloured buttons and shabby chic trims. The kit compliments this months templates perfectly (available separately), my favorite being this cute teapot. I printed it onto DP, cut it out, cut off the lid and attached it to a tag with a teabag stuck onto it, and made this fun card.
Here's the card in action.....Craftytemplates teapot

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

PFP challenge #4

This weeks colours for the challenge over on Passion for Promarkers are Berry Red & Royal Blue.
The design team have again made some fabulous cards this week.

I also used, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Blush, Pastel Pink, Satin, Apple, Vanilla, Saffron and Ice Grey 1. The image is by Sarah Kay and was stamped for me by my online friend Gwyneth.

Here's my card.

The Next Level challenge 3

The Next Level is a magazine style blog, full of inspiration, tutorials and heaps of information. Each week there is a prize challenge and this week it's a sketch based challenge, the DT has made some amazing samples.

Here's the sketch,

and here's my card.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Women's Delight - Blog Candy

The fabulous new Women's Delight Whiff of Joy stamps will be released in the night from Saturday to Sunday 14th June and Katharina is giving away 2 surprise packages filled with stamps of the new Whiff of Joy Wedding and Baby collection, so pop over to her blog and take a look at these gorgeous new stamps and grab yourself a chance of winning this amazing candy.

Friday, 12 June 2009

The Next Level challenge 2

Here's the card i made for this weeks challenge over on The Next Level.
This week you can create a card of any shape or size but your image must be enclosed by the Ribbon Border frame. There's a great tutorial on how the create the ribbon border frame in this weeks issue, and the design team have made some stunning samples too.

This cute image is one of Dustin Pike's, ths one is called LilMonster.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

For Dad

With Father's Day just around the corner and my Dad's birthday in August, the release of these new SHIRT & TIE shaped card templates and circle words from The Cutting Cafe' was timed perfectly. The set comes with templates for perfectly sized envelopes too, so you could make receiving the card even more special by putting it in an envelope made out of matching papers.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

PFP challenge week 3

Here's my card for this weeks challenge over on PFP. This weeks colours of Promarkers to use are Cinnamon and Pumpkin, which go together so well. You need to check out the DT creations, they are gorgeous. I have used another WOJ stamp, this one is called Oakley with slipcover.
I also used a bit of Ivory, Blush, Cocoa and Apricot.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

4 years ago..... my hubby and i were getting married in Cyprus.

And he still loves me, i know because he said so on the card that he sent with this beautiful hand tied aqua bouquet. I'm such a lucky girl.

Friday, 5 June 2009

An award

The very sweet and extremely talented Caryn has given me this award, thanks hun.

I now have to give you 10 facts about myself, i haven't anything exciting to share with you, because i have led a fairly boring life.

1. I have been with my hubby for 15 years, and tomorrow is our 4th wedding anniversary.

2. I have known one of my best friends for 36 years, we played together as 5 year olds.

3. I once bounced down some metal steps on my bottom and broke my cocyx, it was very painful.

4. We have fostered 6 children in the last 7 years, now we are waiting for a new placement.

5. I have four nieces and a nephew.

6. I have lived in 9 different houses since i was born, but always in the same town.

7. I used to be a tomboy when i was younger, up to around the age of 13, then i discovered boys.

8. I once waited in line for 3 hours to get on a ride at Disney World, that was before fast passes where invented.

9. I hate tomatoes with a passion, especially tinned ones, just the smell makes me heave.

10. I can't even speak in the mornings until i've had my first cup of coffee.

Told you i was boring.

Now the tough bit, i have to pass it on, it may take me a while to find a few fellow bloggers that don't already have this award, so i'll be back later to add my list.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Sarahscard's May card kit

Here's a couple more cards i made for Sarahscard's, using the scrummy May card kit. There is so much in Sarah's kits, enough to make at least 15 cards and they are excellent value for money.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

PfP challenge 2

Here's the card i've made for this weeks challenge over on PfP. The challenge this week was to use Apple and Pastel Pink Promarkers. I also used Ivory, Blush, Meadow Green, Sandstone, Cocoa and Cinnamon. The stars were cut on my Cricut.

Monday, 1 June 2009

The Next Level challenge

The Next Level is a brand new challenge blog, and today is launch day.
The very first Challenge is to make an Aperture/Cut out Card and there is also one additional compulsory element - your card must have your own hand made faux Prima Lollipop flower/flowers on it. This is the first time i've made one of these flowers, and i think i will be making lots more, they are such fun and easy to make, i love them!

The base of the card was cut on my Cricut using Wild Card cart. I also used the Huge Happy Birthday circle printable stamp set from The Cutting Cafe'.