Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Guest DT at Everybody Art - Butterfly or Heart

Hello :o)

I was asked to be Guest DT at Everybody Art Challenge for a while, and was happy to accept.  The new challenge is 'butterfly or heart', and I went with the heart theme...


I've used one of the new clear stamps from DigiStamp Boutique... isn't this little elephant adorable?!  The sentiment is included with the stamp. You can find it HERE in the Clear Stamp Boutique, and if you prefer digistamps, you can find it HERE.  I coloured it with copics, with a touch of Nuvo clear sparkle on the little boots and hearts.  The papers were from The Works, but they don't seem to be available now.  The dies are the Memory Box corner bow and precious hearts, cut up and put together, with a Doodlebug enamel dot to finish.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Simon Says Wednesday - use patterned paper
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional one for the ladies

It's my birthday today, but I'm not really doing anything... Mum's still in hospital - they've decided she's got flu now, on top of last week's heart attack.  She's doing ok though!  I haven't been able to visit her, because I have a rotten cold (NOT flu, it's NOT going to be flu...) and don't want to give her my germs too.  As I feel ill (and it's snowing today, on and off), I've cancelled my birthday plans... I'm staying in where it's warm, and spending some of my birthday money online instead lol.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely day :o)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Sweet Stampin' - lots of layers

Hello :o)  Thanks for all your lovely comments about my mum... unfortunately, although she was sent home from hospital a few days ago, she collapsed and passed out at home today so she's been taken back in.  I'm still waiting for news of how she's doing.

I'm here with my card for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin', where our challenge is 'lots of layers', which is basically my usual style!


This was Dexter's birthday card - he loves our ginger cat (Boris) and the colour purple, so I used some leftover bits of Doodlebug papers and that fab cat from Gerda Steiner Designs, coloured with copics.  I've just signed up for the monthly pencil class with Kit & Clowder though, so maybe I'll actually start getting some use out of my Prisma pencils - Pav's bought me the year of classes for my birthday, and he's let me have them a few days early.  Maybe some mindless colouring (and knitting) will help take my mind off things.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Fab n Funky - happy
Little Red Wagon - boy oh boy
Simon Says Wednesday - use patterned paper

Ooh, I almost forgot - some good news for today is that Morgan has been selected for the Sheffield Sharks under-16s basketball team... how amazing is that?!  Super proud of him, and he's so excited.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Piggy Wedding - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello :o)

Anyone familiar with my blog might know that I make a piggy birthday card each year, for my mum to give to her friend (who loves pigs... it's not some sort of insult lol).  That friend married her partner at the weekend, and of course my mum wanted a piggy themed card... now, funnily enough, it's not easy to find pig themed wedding images!  I mean really, what bride wouldn't want pigs on her wedding card?


So... I found two sweet pigs in the Lil Piggy Valentine set from DigiStamp Boutique, and merged them to create one image... t'was the best I could do!  The piggies are coloured with copics, with Nuvo clear sparkle pen on the hearts and flower.  The papers are old ones from LOTV (now retired), heart banner is a La-La Land die, shaped frame die is from a Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities set, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, a very old leaf punch, plus ribbon and gems from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Animal Friends - new beginning
Crafty Catz - anything goes + optional sparkle
MAWTT - flowers

Also, in case you haven't already spotted it, there is now a Clear Stamp Boutique in the DigiStamp Boutique store!  Perfect for all those who prefer a real stamp... there's a lovely little selection on there already, and more will be launched soon.  I have some in my inky little mitts, so I shall be playing with those very soon!

It was Dex's 10th birthday yesterday, but all our plans went out the window because my mum was taken to hospital with a suspected heart attack.  She'd had what she thought was a cold for a couple of days, went to her friend's wedding and started to feel more poorly, but still just thought it was a bug.  On Sunday she started vomiting, but still thought it was a bug... when she had some chest pains and pins & needles in her arms and legs her husband insisted on an ambulance.  Still, nobody really thought it was a heart attack, but they've been treating it as one while they did all the necessary tests... anyway, she had an angiogram today and it turns out it was a heart attack!  She's had a stent put in, and we're off to see her this evening.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening xx

Friday, 5 January 2018

Polkadoodles DT - anything goes

Hello and Happy New Year!

It's time for a new challenge at Polkadoodles... the DT have all followed a 'thank you' theme, but it's anything goes for participants as usual.  Lots of prizes to be won and you can use anything you like, not just Polkadoodles products.


I've used a cute Winnie image, available HERE, coloured with copics.  The pretty papers and scrabble letters are from the Work & Play Love & Kisses set.  The corner die is Whimsy, and I added a Doodlebug enamel dot and a couple of sequins.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
As You Like It - anything goes

I'm slightly on edge today as Morgan's gone to Meadowhall on his own to meet his friends... we've gradually gone from dropping him off for a couple of hours, to taking him to the tram stop and watching him get on the right tram, to today where he's getting on the bus and going on his own... eek!  He's 15 though, so he's definitely old enough, I'm just over-protective!  And I'll probably pick him up later, or I'll be worrying about him getting on the wrong bus lol.  I'm not good at this 'letting them grow up' thing...

Thanks for popping in :o)

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Sweet Stampin' - bringing in the new

Hello!  Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas :o)  Apart from having the family round for Christmas dinner, ours has been pretty lazy really... I've done lots of knitting in front of the tv lol... ooh, and my mum got me a set of crochet hooks for Christmas, so I really do have to learn now!

Our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week is 'anything new'... so new baby, house, job, or just new crafty stash is fine too.

Any tips for taking photos of white cards?  The light is obviously not great for photos at the moment, so I tend to get the light box out, which really doesn't seem to work so well for white cards... I tried two different backgrounds to see which one would work best...



And I'm still not sure, so thought I'd add them both!

I used a giraffe die from Crafter's Companion, adding Spun Sugar distress ink while it was still in the die.  The other dies are all from the MFT die-namics Blueprints 3 set, cut from Papermill white linen card and lightly inked with Spun Sugar.  The sentiment stamp is from Simon Says Stamp, stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle ink, and I added a little Doodlebug enamel dot to finish.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
CRAFT - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday - anything goes
Simon Says - anything goes

I probably won't be back for a few days, so Happy New Year to you all... hope it's a good one :o)

Friday, 22 December 2017

Penguin baubles!

Hello :o)

I did say I might show some knitted projects occasionally, so here goes... these little penguin baubles are this year's teachers' gifts.


They're definitely not perfect, but they were fun to knit... not so much fun to sew up!  I'd forgotten just how much I hate stitching knitted things together!  The pattern was in Let's Knit magazine, and the only thing I did differently was adding ribbon loops instead of crochet chains... I'm yet to try crochet, but hopefully I'll have a go at that soon.

I've been wrapping presents all day, something else I'm not too keen on... ugh, it just seems never ending!  Next year I MUST be more organised!  Thanks for popping in, hope you have a lovely evening :o)

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Sweet Robin - DigiStamp Boutique DT

Hello everyone :o)

Here's another Christmas card, using the recent Sweet Robin image from DigiStamp Boutique.


I coloured it with copics, adding some Glamour Dust sparkle.  The papers are Doodlebug, sentiment is Clearly Besotted and snowflake border is part of a Memory Box die.  Finished off with some large black pearls from my stash.

I'm entering my card for the following challenges
Addicted to Stamps - seasons greetings
Incy Wincy - red & green
Crafty Calendar - it's Christmas


If you fancy treating yourself to a cute image or two, there's a 50% off sale at DigiStamp Boutique at the moment.

Thanks for popping in :o)