Monday, 31 May 2010

Krafty Squiggles Challenge - last day

I just wanted to remind you that today is that last day to enter the May fab Squiggles Challenge. The challenge this month is to use Kraft somewhere on your card or project and I have altered this little Kraft treat bag as my last DT sample for this months challenge.

I have used one of the mice from the new Chit Chat mice which is available Here as a digi image. I have teamed it with some forgrous papers from fancy pants and some ribbon and flowers from my stash. I have followed the sketch at Sketch Saturday

This is the amazing prize that Tracy has put up for this months challenge and you can read all about how to enter Here so come on, get those stamps out or grab your yourself a didi from the Squiggles Shop and you could win this prize!!

Have a great week and We will have a new challenge to let you know about tomorrow at Squiggle Stamps.

Karen x

Friday, 28 May 2010

What will it be - Girl or Boy?

My husband's work colleague and his wife are about to become grandparents for the first time in the next week or so, so I thought that I would get ahead of myself and get a couple of cards ready so that I have it covered when this little baby makes it's arrival. As you can see here, I now have girl one done and will try to get a little boy one done in the next coupld of days. You always need a baby card so whatever one is not used this time around will certainly not go to waste.

I have used another of Anne Bodil's sweet images and have teamed it with some Chick A Dee papers from SEI, a bit of ribbon and a few flowers and there you go.

I have followed the fab sketch by Bev over at Just Cute Bears. I have been meaning to enter one of the fab challenges over there for some time, but time has just not been on my side lately, but this week at long last I have managed.

Have a great weekend. I am off to Aberdeen later today to help my stepson and his wife who are moving house today. They have just sold their 1 bed flat in Aberdeen and are moving to a 3 bedroom house in Laurencekirk - how exciting for them both and also for us as they will now have space to put us up!!

Karen x

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Pixie Dust Studios Challenge - Round and Round

ThePixie Dust Studio challenge for this week is to create a card or project with circles or round things on it. Circles of paper, buttons, round gems etc - anything that is round.

I have chosen to make a card using Forever Love from the Paradise Collection which is available Here. I must be in Wedding mode at the moment as this is the second Wedding card that I have made in less than a week. The papers that I have used are from a K&CO 12x12 pad that I had forgotten that I had. I have also added bit of ribbon and a few crystal gem stones. The sentiment is from a Papermania clear stamps set.

I have carried the same papers through to the inside of the card and again used the same set of stamps and the same image only a bit bigger and cut out with a round nestability.

I have used the current sketch at Sunday Sketch and Stamp which gave me the circle that I needed to incorporate into my card. I have also used many round crystal gemstones in order to meet the challenge. This card also fits in with the challenge at Charisma Cardz where the challenge is going round in circles.

I hope that you enjoy this challenge.

Karen x

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Belated Birthday Card

I had a major panic on last night as I had forgotten to send a birthday card to a good friend. I was scrambling around last night looking for an image to get a quick card done. I came across this cute freebie image from Meljen designs that I had downloaded a couple of weeks ago - really quick and easy to colour, but looks great I think. The papers are all from a freebie MME pad that came with a magazine some sime ago and I have used a sketch from Nutcrafters a couple of weeks ago. I cut the little flowers with one of my retro flower punches and added a bit of stickles for a bit of bling.

This card is now in the post - don't think I have ever had to get a card done and posted quite so quickly ever!!

Have a great day.

Karen x

Monday, 24 May 2010

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Celebrations

This week on A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge we are celebrating our 2nd Birthday so the theme is CELEBRATE, we have lots of cards for you to see on the blog including cards from Zoe and Hannah the very talented daughters of Debbie and Nikki who started this great challenge and also from lots of our previous GDT, lots of candy too so don’t wait pop over and join in with our celebration, this week our challenge runs for 14 days so you have plenty of time to create something special.

On my card this week I have used this gorgeous little ballerina from Anne Bodil thanks Anne for sharing this with us - I just love her. The papers are all from a couple of packs from Marianne Designs from the Eline Pelkinhoff range and flowers are a mix of prima and some small roses that I have had for ever. The sentiment about dancing is a freebie from Create with TLC - I am so in love with these sentiments at the moment.

The sketch at that I have followed is the one below from Friday Sketchers

I do hope that you get a chance to Celebrate with us over the next couple of weeks.

Karen x

What a great weekend it was

When I was making this card on Saturday it was a glorious summer evening so as you can see I have used bright sunny colours and teamed this new image from Squiggle Stamps with some happy summery papers from Sandy Lion. Unfortunately as I write this post this morning, it is raining here and the temperature is just about half of what it was on Saturday and Sunday. Looks like other parts of the country are still enjoying the lovely weather, so I hope the sun is shining whereever you are.

I have used the sketch from a new challenge blog that I found at the weekend called Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays

Have a great week.

Karen x

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Nutshells Blog Hop - Here Comes the Bride

Here we go with the Nutshells Blog Hop to celebrate the launch of the fab new Here comes the Bride set from Nutcrafters which will be available in the store tomorrow.

You should have arrived here from Cathy's blog so if not, pop on back there so that you don't miss any of the beautiful creations along the way.
I have used 3 of the stamps plus one of the sentiment stamps from this fab set on this card. I stamped the cake, the bride and the groom. I cut out the the bride and groom attached them to the cake with 3d clear fixers. The papers that I have used are all by Papermania and the flowers are by Prima.

Here is a close up picture of just the cake with the bride and groom. This cake would look great on a card just on its own and also in the set is a gorgeous stamp with the bride and groom in their car after the wedding (you can see this one on some of the other DT blogs).

The sketch that I have followed for this card is the current one at Cute Card Thursday

Your next stop on the way is Kathy so do give her a visit to see what she has been up to to.

Just incase you get lost on the way, here is the complete list of the people you should visit.

Katie and Colette

If you want to be in with a chance of winning one of two full sets of the stamps then you need to visit each of the designers blogs and leave a comment.
Have a great day.

Karen x

Saturday, 22 May 2010

A Couple of Get Well messages and a Birthday Wish

Before we head off to Aberdeen this morning to visit my in-laws I thought I would share with you a few cards that I have made over the past week and also a gorgeous card that my grandaughter Sophie has made for her great grandma.

As I have mentioned earlier, my mother-in-law is in hospital at the moment after falling and breaking her hip and collar bone. The following card is one that I took in to her during the week to try to cheer up her drab and dreary surroundings in the ward. She is still in a trauma ward, so not a very nice place to be, lots of people coming and going and not much private space!.

On this card I have used one of the super cute mice from Digistamp Boutique and some papermania papers.

This next card is one that Sophie made for her great grandma using a Pixie Dust Studios image and some papers and bits and pieces that she got from hobbycraft. Sophie just loves making these cards and has now progressed from just making them when she comes to visit me - she has her own little craft stash at home and her very own collection of promarkers that swhe keeps well hidden away from her twin brothers!!

This last card is one that I made earlier in the week to send to my sister Linsey who is celebrating her Birthday today - Happy Birthday little sis.

I have used the same papers and layout that I used on a Nutshells card earlier in the week (just made the two mats at the same time) as I just adore these papers from MME. The image is a digi from CC Designs.

Well that is all frome me today, now off to enjoy some of this lovely warm weather while it lasts - saw the forecast for her next week and looks like we will fall from 24 degrees this week to nearer 9 degrees next Monday and Tuesday - oh joy!!

Have a lovely day and if you get some time tomorrow, pop back to see what we have going on at the Nutcrafters Blog Hop.

Karen x

Friday, 21 May 2010

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - challenge 38

We have new challenge up and running at Dare U 2 Digi Stamp which is ONE FOR THE BOYS...the only thing you have to remember is to include a digi image on your card/project and you have two weeks to make your entry on the challenge blog...the design team have created some very inspirational cards which can all be seen over on the challenge blog!
When I saw this image from Di's Digi Downloads I just knew that I had to have it as it is just perfect for a card for my Boss on his upcoming 60th Birthday. I have teamed this fab little image with some papermania papers and the sentiment is from Create with TLC.

The sketch that I have followed is the current one at Sketch Saturday

Please remember to come back to see me on Sunday when we have the Nutcrafters Blog Hop to celebrate the launch of their new stamps - I promise you, these are gorgeous.

Have a great weekend.

Karen x

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Pixie Dust Studios new release and new challenge

Today we have the long awaited release of the new "The Pearl" collection at Pixie Dust Studios and they are all now available Here
As always as you can see from the inages below, Kathy has done another amazing job in putting this collection together.

We also have a new challenge up and running today at Pixie Dust Pixie Challenges and this time we are asking you to use pearls somewhere on your card so as to fit in with the new release. You can read all about the challenge, the fab prize and see the amazing cards from the DT Here
I have used Pixie Pearl on my card along with some My Minds Eye Ooh La La papers, pearls from Confetti and lots of stickles on her wings and also on the little flowers. The sketch that I have followed is the current on at Truly Scrupmtious

I hope that you manage to get some time this week to join us with this fab challenge and I look forward to seeing all those pearls.

Have fun.

Karen x

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Nutshells Challenge #16

We have a new challenge for you at Nutshells blog and this time around we are challenging you to use polka dots or stripes or both! I

We have another great prize up for grabs this challenge but this week though we have a little surprise for you. Our fab prize this week is a mystery gift, but if your way too impatient to wait here are a few clues...

I'm a brand new stamp set soon to be released at
You can stamp me to send congratulations to a special couple
You can get a sneak peak of me Sunday 23rd May over at our sister blog!

On my card today I have used a new Harriet Hurst stamp which is due to be released at Nutcrafters very soon. I have coloured this gorgeous image with copics and the papers that I have used are by My Minds Eye, flowers by Prima. The sketch that I have followed is the current one at Friday Sketchers and what a great little sketch this one is - will definately be using this one again. I am also going to enter this card at Papertake Weekly where the theme this week is "Say it With Flowers.

Remember you must use ANY line of stamps that the Nutcrafter's store carries to qualify for the prize!!! That makes it nice and easy for everyone to participate!! So go over to Nutcrafter's and see their selection of stamps from lots of different companies such as The Greeting Farm, Stampavie, Magnolia, Ladybug & Friends, High Hopes, Buddy Bear and Sarah Kay. You can also get their own Nutshells, Harriet Hurst and our Digi Images. You're sure to have something you can use to win yourself a great prize.

You can read all about how to enter this challenge and also have a look at the fab cards from the DT this week Here

Well have fun with the challenge and please pop back to see me on Sunday 23rd May when we will be having a Nutshells blog hop to launch a new set of stamps - I know that you will love them!

Karen x

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Cute and Girly

This week at A Spoon Full of Sugar our challenge was picked by our very own Marley and she has asked for Cute & Girly.

We are sponsored this week by D.R.S. Designs and the random winner of this challenge will win a $10.00 gift certificate. You can read all about this brilliant prize Here.

Jennifer from D.R.S. kindly sent some images to the DT to play with this week and you can see what they have done with these gorgeous images Here thanks Jennifer.

I have used this super cute birthday cake on my card which I reckon is really girly and especially when used along with these gorgeous Papermania papers.

I hope that you have fun with this challenge and I look forward to seeing lots of cute girly cards.

Karen x

Monday, 17 May 2010

Sam Needs Us!!

Send them to Sam is a card campaign...

Kathy of Pixie Dust Studio is challenging everyone to help little Sam fight Cancer.
Sam is a wonderful and strong 5 year old boy. His battle with Cancer is just beginning. He was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma this week. He has a very tough fight ahead of him.
Kathy and everyone at Pixie Dust Studio would love it if everyone can join in helping Sam fight this and WIN! Sam will be in the hospital for many months. We would love to fill his days with tons of cards from all over the globe. What fun for Sam to know that people from all sides of the Earth are supporting and thinking about him.
Send a card! One a day, per week, per month!!! Keep them coming so he never stops looking forward to the next card delivery.

Please take the above blog blinkie and post it and link it back to the Pixie Dust Studio Super Sam link.
Help pass this Campaign message along.. lets spread the word, share the news. Cards are needed to help a little boy and his battle with Cancer!

Please go HERE for more details and address information!!!


Thursday, 13 May 2010

Pixie Dust Studios Challenge #22 Cut it out

This weeks challenge at Pixie Dust Studio Pixie Challenge was set by Shelly and is Cut it Out'
You can either cut out the whole image or just a piece of it whatever you fancy!

The prize this week will be an image of your choice from PDS.
Also look out for the next upcoming release 'The Pearl' on the 20th Of May.

I have chosen this week to feature "Lets Play Dress Up" on my card this week and she is available Here. The papers are all from a pad by We R Memory keepers as is the sentiment and the flower that I have have cut out.

There are some gorgeous cards by the DT for you to take a peek at and you can see them all Here

I have followed this sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday which by coincidence is sponsored by Pixie Dust Studios this week.

Have fun with your cutting out!!

Karen x

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Copics Colour Challenge #64

Here are the colours for this week's Copics Colour Challenge that have been chosen by me so I hope that you will be happy with them.

We are sponsored this week by Toodles and Binks who have very generously offered one lucky winner 2 Toodles and Binks stamps of their choice, plus a packet of Zoomz and a little bundle of embellies. A big thanks to Kay for putting together such a lovely prize. You can read more about the challenge and have a look at the beautiful cards from the DT this week Here

The image that I have used here is from Stamping Bella - just love this one! and the papers are a mixture of MME and Papermania. The flowers I think I got from Hobbycraft some time ago.

Hope you have some fund with this challenge.

Karen x

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

A Spoonfull Of Sugar - Challenge #103 - Recipie

This week at A Spoon Full of Sugar we have a Recipe for you and would like to see 3 Designer Papers and 3 buttons on your creations. You are welcome to add any other embellishments as long as you have the basic elements of the recipe.
Our own Nikki is the sponsor this week with my stamp company Wags 'n Whiskers which she co-runs with her friend Lacey. They have a new release the DT have all used the new stamps on their creations today

There are 9 fun Summer themed stamps in their new release which can be purchased HERE .

A random player of this weeks challenge will win two Wags 'n Whiskers stamps of their choice!

On my card I have used the super cute Travelling Buddies stamp, the papers are by MME and the gorgeous flowers are by Prima and I got them from Nikki's shop Here

The sketch that I have followed for this card is the current one at Friday Sketchers.

I hope you all enjoy working with this challenge and have fun.

Karen x

Monday, 10 May 2010

Oscar and his plane meets Sketch Saturday

I had a little bit of time to myself yesterday afternoon and have made a card with the current sketch over at Sketch Saturday this week and also fitsw with the theme at Stampin for the Weekend where they are looking for male cards. On my card I have used Oscar with his plane which you can find Here and of course this cute little image is also available in digi form. The papers are by K&C and the sentiment from TCL creations.

Anyone who knows me will know that little boy cards are quite unusual for me as I normally only do "pastels", but how could anyone resist this little cute face?

Have a great week.


Saturday, 8 May 2010

Nutcrafters 1st Sketch Challenge

The first sketch challenge is now up and running at Nutcrafters and it really is a fab sketch.
For the chance to win a £10 Nutcrafters gift voucher and the complete Honey Bunny release, follow the simple sketch below and then link your card to the Nutcrafters blog Here

There are a few simple rules to follow, since this sketch was created especially for our the NEW Honey Bunnies, we would love to see one of them on your card, and remember you can still get Swinging Bunny FREE over at until Sunday evening, 9th May. The sketch must be followed as closely as possible to qualify, but you can flip it whichever way suits if you like! The challenge will run until 10pm BST next Thursday May 13th. Winner announced Friday May 14th.

I have used the super cute Honey Bunny with Birthday cake on my card along with these pretty pastel coloured papers, and a few little flowers that I have punched from the same range of papers. There are some more fab cards from the DT on the blog Here for you to have a look at all using different little bunnies from this range.

Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to seeing lots of bunnies hopping around on your cards.

Karen x