Wednesday 31 March 2010

A quick post

Just to show the full picture of the layout I did for the ATDML challenge :). As it's bright and cheery I thought it would brighten up a horrible dull and rainy day!

Saturday 27 March 2010

NEC haul!

Went to the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC today - had a fun day out and it was a little bit less hectic than the winter show too (well for some of the day anyway!). I got some very good prices on Distress Inks and Pro-Markers which pleased me!

I managed to get a Penny Black stamp I'd been lusting after (the poppy one) and could not resist a set of the new PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink stamps which are super adorable. Lots of other bits and bobs too - spent too much as per but it's only a couple of times a year isn't it?

Now on a stash ban until my birthday in May - help!!!

Wednesday 24 March 2010

I'm still alive!

Oh dear I seem to have been so busy lately, I've been neglecting old bloggie. I've not had much to share as I've mostly been spending my time creating my Banana Frog samples for my guest spot and of course I can't show those until it's time for them to go live.

So instead here's a layout I've done for the UK Scrappers challenge this week which was set by my team this time. I'm really not keen on it at all if I am honest as I don't like the colours (challenge was to use a holiday photo and the colours of the country) but there are a couple of cool things on it. Firstly I flattened out and die cut a Coke can to make the embellishments (be careful, it's very sharp!), and also my journaling 'lines' are a little border stamp.

My Gingersnaps debut is 1st April so after that I should get my bottom in gear to update more often!

Monday 15 March 2010

Tooting loudly!

I am sooooooooooooooooo excited to have been asked to be a part of the Gingersnaps Creations Design Team! Woooooo hoooooooooooooo!!!!

I am joining lots of very talented designers and I can tell you I am a little bit nervous about the whole thing. But I love a challenge so I think I am going to enjoy myself for the next six months :).

My first challenge is due 27th March so it'll be thinking cap on and stamps out next weekend!

Thanks so much to Shar and Ali for choosing me. You'll be seeing my creations and those of the other newbies from 1st April over on the challenge blog. If you've not seen Gingersnap before then pop over and take a look - their fun challenges are really laid back and open to interpretation, one of the reasons the team appealed to me.

Look, it's me!

Quite a while ago now I was asked by the folks at ATDML to be a guest on their monthly Ingredients Challenge. Well, I do like a challenge so of course I accepted. Three different scrappers were sent the same page kit to work with - I loved the kit, just my colours and I was lucky that stamps were allowed as an optional extra so I could go to town!

I made the layout weeks ago but it only went live today. This is just a sneaky peek - to see the full layout go to the Created by ATDML blog where you can also see what two other ladies did with the same kit. It's interesting to see how different the LOs are when the starting points were identical.

What I didn't know when I accepted the challenge was that there is a public vote - eeek!

Sunday 14 March 2010

Fun at 40

Feeling a bit delicate this morning as it was my fabulous friend Paula's 40th birthday last night and we went out for dinner, with a few bottles of pink wine involved, of course ;). It was something of an adventure - all I will say is it took four hours to eat a two course meal! Times like this I so wish I lived in the States; those guys know how to do service. Anyway, I digress. I am logging on to share the card I made for Paula's big day.

Paula likes a bit of pink and is also quite partial to a cupcake so I thought my Hero Arts cupcake stamps would fit the bill. The large scallop is actually a badge. I backed a Nestie die cut with chipboard and added a brooch back to make it wearable. I glued a piece of felt to the card underneath so the badge can be taken off to be worn and then returned to the card to display it. I was quite pleased with this nifty little idea if I do say so myself!

To do the inking around the edge of the Nestie I just used a circular mask.

I'm entering this for Gingersnaps Birthday challenge as it's obviously a birthday card!

Here's Paula wearing my creation! She is so going to kill me for blogging that.

Monday 8 March 2010

Bottlecap trinkets

Just sharing a really quick little thing I made the other day. We popped into the local DIY shop and they happened to have a pack of bottlecaps for a bargain price, so of course I picked some up!

It's a little pendant I made using some really old BasicGrey stamps which I think are now discontinued and a Brilliance inkpad. Not much to it really.

I squish my bottlecaps in the Big Shot and it works a treat :).

Sunday 7 March 2010


Went out for a lovely walk on the Malvern Hills today with the poochie. It was very cold, lots of frost on the ground and a bit blowy but we wanted to take advantage of the first nice sunny day in what feels like ages.

I took the camera with me and got some great shots of Leo today :). After seeing these lovely snowdrops today I am hoping spring is finally on the way! I am not a big fan of wintertime...

Friday 5 March 2010

Birthday Butterfly

A card I made for my friend's birthday which is today so I can now blog it!

It's made using Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Screens (stencils) and the Screen Prints (stamps). If you've not seen these the stamps are designed to fit over the screens to create a layered image. I'm rather a fan! There are more sets on the way from Tattered Angels and I can't wait for them to become available - any excuse to shop LOL. I got mine from Craft Obsessions by the way.
These stamps are really big so the card is a bit of a beast at 6 1/2" square.

Thanks for popping by to see me. Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday 4 March 2010

Something you might not know about me...

It's Thursday again and my weekly fun fact this week is that I collect Nightmare Before Christmas snowglobes! This is one of my favourite films of all time (Tim Burton is a genius). Why snow globes? I bought one in Disney in 2001 and it just kind of stuck... (oh I also have Jack Skellington baubles for my Xmas tree)...

I do collect a LOT of stuff... maybe I should get out more?!