Friday 30 December 2011

There's a new challenge blog in town especially for the kiddies!!!

Just a quick post from me this morning to let you know that Polka Doodles have started a new challenge blog aimed at crafty kids!! Should you have a little one who loves to craft as much as you then this is definately the place to be! Why not hop on over to the challenge blog and check it out for yourself as there's a brand new challenge up starting today. Please also let all your friends and family know as Nikky always has such lovely prizes up for grabs and we're also looking for guest designers to join us. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Wednesday 28 December 2011

Some Exciting news from Polka Doodles!!!

Following the success of Polka Doodles' collaboration with Practical Publishing in producing the Christmas magazine kit this year we were absolutely overwhelmed by YOU requesting us to bring you a regular Project Magazine - so here we are! Nikky has worked in publishing on and off since she was 18, all those many many moons ago so producing her own magazine is something she's always had on her wishlist. Knowing the ropes and how to make it happen has always meant she was just arm's length from doing this and now at last she has managed to get the whole kit and caboodle together to bring it to you at last!

AND we are totally excited about it. BIGTIME!!!!!!!

We were going to make this a subscription club with a bi-yearly signup but quite honestly in these current hard times Nikky didn't think it was fair to do that to our lovely customers. After all, why should we take all your cash up front when it's easy enough for us to take pre-orders each month instead? So this is what we shall do, to make it easier on your pockets. Quite simply, you will need to order by a set time which will be published when you purchase and then the kit will be despatched to you within the following few weeks. This will not be a monthly kit, but we are intending it will be each 7-8 weeks.
And best of all, Nikky will get to share her wonderfully talented Design Team with you all!! And one of them is ME wooohoooo!!!!!!!!! Nikky says we are absolutely brilliant and never get enough credit for the marvellous projects we make, so this is her chance to help us showcase our work and give you a little inspiration along the way. Each issue of the Chronicle will include at least 12 full step by step tutorial projects with loads of hints and tips and special club discounts and offers along the way too,

SO that's the jist of it - and I have been virtually BURSTING to tell you all this news which has been in the planning stages for some time now! So I truly hope we can tempt you to signup - we might not be the cheapest club but I honestly believe it will be the most inspiring club you can join, and we are trying our hardest to give you the maximum value we can. Until someone comes along and copies us, that is ; )

Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxxx

Wednesday 21 December 2011

The Paper Shelter DT - The lace look

Good Morning all my wonderful followers!! Can you believe two weeks have passed already since we had our bloghop? Also only four more sleeps before the old man with the red suit visits us, WOW, where has this year gone? Anyhooo, enough waffling from me as I'm sure you're dying to know who the winner from the hop is. The lucky lady is COOPS!! Congrats Hun, if you would kindly email The Paper Shelter to sort out your prize.

My card for our new challenge which starts today is using one of our newer digis called "Winter Princess" and she is available from the webshop here. Isn't she just fab?

I decided to us a MS punch around the page as I think it looks lacey enough to fit the theme. The gorgeous dp is also from The Paper Shelter and came with the image. The snowflake is a Marianne die.
As always the image has been coloured in with Copics and I've used flowersoft around her cape, on her boots and on the bird's hat. All the snow I have drowned in glamour dust so there's no shortage of sparkle here lol. I'll be entering my card into the following challenges :
Addicted to stamps - Snowflakes
Colour Create - Blue, silver, white
Creative Inspiration - Anything goes
Digital Tuesday - Winter wonderland
Fussy and fancy - Monochromatic and sparkle
Mad for markers - Christmas
My Mum's craft shop - Anything goes#
Hope you'll find the time in between all the festivities to join in with our challenge over at The Paper Shelter. Thanks for stopping by. I would also just like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas as I'm not too sure I'll be blogging much until after. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Friday 16 December 2011

Polka Doodles DT - Looking through the window!

Good Morning Luvlies!! Woohooo it's Friday! Hope you've all had a good week and looking forward to the weekend. Today's card is for our final challenge of the year over at Polka Doodles. Gosh that sounds scarey! Our theme is "Through the window" so we wanna see you bring out the acetate.

For my card I have used the gorgeous Fairy Flutterfly stamp and added some Diamond Dust in the window. The dp is from the Candy Doodles cd, isn't it just gorgeous? The black butterflies are punched and I've layered some flat back pearls onto them.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Here is a close up of the sweet fairy that I have coloured in with Copics. Hope you will find the time to join in this fun challenge with us over at Polka Doodles. Have a lovely weekend. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Crafts and Me DT - Christmas

Good Afternoon All!! Golly I'm running so late with my posts. Isn't this time of year just so hectic or is it just me? Anyhoo let me not waffle on and get cracking with my post. Today is the start of a new theme over at Crafts and Me and this week we would like to see your Christmas cards.I have used the gorgeous May digi for my card, just to show how versatile she can be. She can be purchased from the online store here. The dp I have used is by Magnolia. The snowflake is a Marianne die, sentiment from LOTV, ribbon and lace from my stash and the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I have coloured her in using a combination of Spectrum Noirs and Copics and then smothered her wings with glamour dust. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you'll be able to join us this week over at Crafts and Me. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Elphine House Australia DT - White on white

Good Morning Folks! Can you believe we're only 11 days away from Christmas? How scarey, where has the year gone? Anyway onto today's card and we have a new challenge theme over at Elphine House Australia. This time we'd like to see White on white, how much fun is that?!For my card I decided to use this darling little Laura flower girl who is available to purchase here, I think she's one of my fave's. I have used coredinations cardstock for all the layers including the die cuts. The butterfly, swirl and flower are Magnolia doohickeys and the border is a memory box die. The pearls are from my stash.
My image has been coloured in with Copics as always and I've added some stardust stickles to the flowers. I'll be entering my card into the following challenges :
Allsorts - It takes two
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Cupcake Craft - Don't look at the light
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Penny Black and More - Happy Birthday
Totally Papercrafts - Anything but Christmas
Thanks for stopping by. I do hope you'll be able to join us this time over at Elphine House Australia and don't forget YOU CAN USE ANY ELISABETH BELL IMAGE. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Friday 9 December 2011

Just Magnolia DT - I'm dreaming of a white Christmas!!

Good Morning fellow Maggie lovers!! This week over at Just Magnolia the lovely Julie has chosen our theme of "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" and she wants to see loads of white and / or snowflakes.Thought I would try something different for a change so I followed the tutorial on how to make this star by the very talented Debbie in the latest Magnolia Ink Magazine and am quite pleased with how it turned out. The dps I have used are all by Magnolia. The snowflake is a Marianne die, the swirl is a doohickey die, the lace doily is from Joanna Sheen, the sentiment from LOTV and the poinsettia is from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I have coloured this darling little Tilda in with a combination of Spectrum Noirs and Copics. I'll be entering my card into the following challenges :
Aud Sentiments - Winter holiday sentiments
Bling it on - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Anything goes
Deep Ocean - Let it snow
Divas by design - Anything goes
Magnolia Down Under - Make a Christmas decoration
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin' - Is it snowing
Please do pop over to the Just Magnolia challenge blog for some fabby inspiration by my very talented teamies and join in the fun with us this week as we have lovely sponsors as always. Thanks for stopping by. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Wednesday 7 December 2011

The Paper Shelter DT - IT'S A BLOG HOP CELEBRATION!!!!

Good Morning fellow crafters and welcome to The Paper Shelter Blog Hop. Our hop is a very exciting one for all of us at it is in celebration of our 1st Birthday!!!! If you have landed here from LIV'S BLOG then you're heading in the right direction - if not then you'll want to head on back to The Paper Shelter Challenge Blog to start again, as you'll not want to miss out on this one! Our Design Team have worked very hard and are showcasing the gorgeous images available from The Paper Shelter Website and each blog on the hop is offering one lucky commenter a digi of their choice as well as the main prize, details of which are on The Paper Shelter Challenge Blogspot.

I am showcasing two cards today as I was a silly billy and made a card with the second image which is actually no longer available but I thought I'd show it to you anyway!
The first card is using one of our latest digis called "Santa cute helper" and is available in store here.
The dp I have used is from Magnolia. The trees are a Marianne die and I've edged them with a snow writer and glamour dust. The snowflake die is also by Marianne, the ribbon is from my stash and the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. I also used flowersoft on the trims of her clothing and her hat.
Here is the close up of the sweet image coloured in with a combination of Spectrum Noirs and Copics.

This is the second card but sadly THE IMAGE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. The dp I used for this one is from The Paper Shelter.
The swirl is a doohickey die and the snowflakes are all Marianne dies. The huge pearl brad in the centre of the snowflake is from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Once again the image has been coloured in with a combination of Spectrum Noirs and Copics and on all the trims I have used flowersoft. I'll be entering my cards into the following challenges :

Bling it On - Christmas
Bunny Zoes - Anything Christmas with pearls
Colour Create - Red, white & green
Craft your days away - buttons or bows
Crafty Catz - Colours of Christmas with the option of sparkle
Creative Inspirations - Snow much fun
Deep Ocean - Let it snow
Fussy and Fancy - Photo Inspiration
Mad for markers - Christmas Challenge
Mariannes Design Divas - Sparkle and shine
My Mum's craft shop - Traditional Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Simon Says - Photo Inspiration

From here you will need to hop on over to PAOLA'S BLOG. Don't forget to leave your comment for a chance of winning your choice of one of the fab digis available in store.

Hop! Hop! Hop!

Good luck and hope you're enjoying it so far. Thanks for stopping by. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Crafts and Me Stamps DT

Afternoon Folks!! Hope your week is going well so far. Just a quick post from me this afternoon to share with you a card I made with one of the gorgeous digis available and Crafts & Me. She is by Sara Burrier and called Gpepper Tree, available here. I decided to go relatively CAS with this card using only a MS border punch, some flat backed pearls which I stuck down in the form of swirls and a large flower from Wild Orchid Crafts.
As always I have coloured the image in with Copics and added glamour dust to her wings. Thanks for stopping by. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Thursday 1 December 2011

I have a WINNER from the Joanna Sheen blog Hop!!

Good Evening Folks!! Apologies for keeping you waiting for the announcement of the winner but I eventually have one and the lucky person is .........................

Are you ready? Could it be you?

It's you, gorgeous lady!! Please email me within 7 days with your postal addy so that I can get the ribbons sent off to you Hun.

Thank you so much to everybody that took the time to hop along with us and leave such lovely comments. We really do appreciate each and every one. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Crafters Companion DT - New Beginnings

Morning again fellow crafters! Can you believe I'm on post number 3 for today?! Looks like I'm on a roll, don't stop me now hehe. This card is for our monthly challenge over at Crafters Companion and this month we would like to see your creations have something to do with "New Beginnings".I decided to use these gorgeous little elephants from the Humphrey range. The dp is printed off the cd rom and matted onto coredinations cardstock. The ribbon and pearls are from my stash.
Have coloured in my image with Spectrum Noirs. Thanks for stopping by yet again. I do hope you'll make time this month to join in with our fabby challenge over at Crafters Companion as Sara is, as always, offering a whopping £30 voucher to the lucky winner. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

Joanna Sheen DT- Our very first challenge!!!!

Good Morning folks!! Well today is a very exciting day for us at Joanna Sheen Towers lol. It's the start of our very first challenge woohooo!!! Hope you'll all join us as Joanna is very generously offering the winner a £30 voucher to spend in store! Now who would wanna miss out on that chance eh?!! Our challenge for the month is an easy peasy one - "Christmas Wishes".For my card I have used some gorgeous House Mouse decoupage called "Deck the Halls", available here. For those of you that know me, you'll know that I'm not a huge decoupage fan as I prefer my colouring in but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed making this sweet card as I just luuurrvvveee House Mouse. I also decided on plain and simple to show off the image. I embossed some white coredinations cardstock and the snowflake is a Marianne die. The huge pearl brad in the centre is from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Here is a close up of the little sweeties. I used some stardust stickles on their hats and for the snow on the ground I used a snow writer with some glamour dust so no shortage of sparkle here lol. I'll be back a little later to announce my winner of the ribbons from the blog hop. Thanks so much for stopping by and please do hop on over to the Challenge Blog to see the fantabulous creations by my fellow teamies. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx

The Paper Shelter DT - Announcing a fabby blog hop you'll not wanna miss!!!

Morning fellow crafters!!! Just a quick post from me this morning as I wanted to share some very exciting news with all of you! A week from today, the 7th of December, The Paper Shelter will be having a mahoosive blog hop in celebration of our first birthday so please mark you diaries as you'll really not wanna miss out, there a prizes galore! I would really luv it if you could spread the word. Feel free to grab the blinkie from my sidebar to display on your blogs. Thanks in advance. Have a great day. Lotsa luv, hugs xxxxx