Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Candy Time

There are two more generous crafters offering some candy to celebrate, so pop over to their blogs and get inspired.

Firstly Jacqueline is offering some lovely candy to celebrate 10,000 hits on her site.

Then Janet is offering a fabulous collection of candy as a double celebration of reaching 15,000 hits and also the launch of her new stamp range Max and Milly (so sweet!)

Now why am I not surprised that these ladies receive so many visits to their blogs?

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Bev's Blog Candy and did you know I'm a Wylde Woman?

I haven't been sleeping at all well lately (another reason I can't get anything done during the day!) and last night was the worst yet. So while I was tiptoeing about in the early hours of this morning I thought I'd do some blog hopping. Guess what? I found I had been given another award!
This time it was the Wylde Women award (I knew people would see me as this one day, I just didn't expect it to take until I was this age! LOL) I have been awarded this by two of the best crafting friends a girl could have, so a huge thank you to both Sue and Ann, I'm very honoured to accept this. They both left me a message saying that I didn't need to fufill the other parts of the award as I'm having such a hectic time at the moment, (thank you ladies, it's much appreciated). Please do go and see these ladies' lovely blogs and leave them a comment, they deserve it!

Whilst doing my daily blog catch up earlier, I noticed that Bev is giving away some gorgeous blog candy. Now, I would really love to win this as I'm sure Bev and I must have been twins in a previous life because our tastes are just so similar! Bev is on my daily blog visit list for a very good reason...I just LOVE everything she does. If you haven't seen her blog before please pay her a visit, you'll just love it there, I know I do!

While I was typing this post it occurred to me that since joining Joanna Sheen's forum and setting up my blog I have made such fabulous friends. These are people that I consider true friends even though we may never have met. They have been there for me when I needed them, offered support and love, given me a boost when I was down and offered praise and encouragement in everything I've done. I consider myself so honoured and blessed to be counted as their friend.
Thank you to...
Edna, Wendy, Ann, Cynthia, Sue, Wendy and Denise

Sunday, 13 July 2008

I may soon be back to normal

The good news is that (hopefully) my Mum will be coming home from hospital on Tuesday. This will be such a big relief for me and, who knows, I may even be able to start sleeping properly again! The other thing I may be able to do is get back to doing some cardmaking and entering some challenges, I haven't really had the time or inclination to concentrate much on this lately.
Until I'm back "in the groove" again, here are a couple more places for the chance to win some blog candy:
Maria's Cards
Andrea's World
Both of these blogs are on my daily visit list and both the girls make such fabulous creations that you really should visit them.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Buttons and Brads

My final project for today is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge their theme this week is "Buttons and brads"
My little card uses a sweet image of Hedgie getting some sun (something we don't know a lot about at the moment!) He has been coloured with pencils and Sansador, the backing papers are a Cuddly Buddly download "Peppy papers" and the blue brads and buttons are from my stash.

Tag Book

This week's theme on the Tilda & Co Challenge Blog was "Thinking of Others"
Now this could be an altered gift, a Card Set, ( not just a card on its own) It could be a Mini Book, it could be anything! As long as it is a gift for somebody, as we all send out little raks to crafting friends or gifts to them, and then there's our family's – so i thought it would be nice that this week, we are “ thinking of others” and what we can make for them to put a smile on there face.
I decided to make a little "Tilda" tag book to send to a friend. All of these little Tilda images were kindly sent to me by crafting friends and I have coloured them with Caran D'Ache water colour pencils.
I distressed the covers and the plain parts of the book with some ink pads and an emery board and added some little sentiments to the cover (these came free with a magazine I bought ages ago), mounted onto some "crackle" type cardstock from my stash, the backing papers were bought at a boot sale and the little alphabet letters are from a K & Co set.
I hope you like it, it would certainly make me happy to receive something like this.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Little bags

The other day whilst making my daily visits to crafting friends' blogs I saw a sweet little bag on Sue's blog. She had made it following a video tutorial by Angie Kennedy Juda at chic n' scratch which created these little bags from a sheet of 12x12.
I decided this was just what I had been looking for as I wanted something pretty that would hold a little set of cards and envelopes. Of course, once I'd made it I thought that if only it were a little smaller it would be ideal for holding stamped images, so I then tried folding it the other way round to make it shorter and "hey presto" it was perfect!
These are my first attempts so "could do better" but I'm sure they won't be my last as I love the fact that they are useful but look so pretty and would be perfect as little gifts.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Camilla's Sketch Challenge

I found time to fit in a third card today, it is for Camilla's sketch challenge, she is one of the blogs in my "favourites" list and I try to visit most days. Her work is gorgeous, so please pop over and take a look if you can.
I followed her sketch and used a Penny Black image "Opening Night", such a sweet little girl and her dog, (kindly sent to me by my crafting friend Ann) coloured with pencils and Sansador and highlighted with Stickles "diamond" glitter glue. The backing papers, gems and daisy are all from my stash.

Favourite Flowers and The Great Outdoors

I've succeeded in getting another 2 cards made for challenges today, hooray!
The first is for Rainbow Lady's challenge of "My Favourite Flowers", well mine are daisies, or any white flowers really. Yes I love to see all the colours in the garden but my first love are those delicate little white or cream flowers. The card is a very simple one, I've used some pale lilac paper edged with daisies from my stash, trimmed around the edges to give it a "lacey" look and added this to both edges of the card then simply added 3 daisies down the centre.
The second card is for Cute Card Thursday's challenge of "The Great Outdoors" and for this one I've used an image of Edwin fishing and two sweet little bluebirds (kindly sent to me by my crafting friend Wendy), this has been coloured using Caran D'Ache pencils and mounted onto some cardstock from my stash then onto some K & Co backing paper and finished off with some little flowers, peel off corners and a dragonfly charm.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Card Challenges...at last!

It's been a long time since I managed a card challenge, or at least it seems that way. I was determined to complete at least a couple today as there are quite a few that I would like to enter this week.
My first card is for My Time to Craft's challenge of "Seasons". The gorgeous image is from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD and has been mounted onto some copper miri card. Three antique style buttons have been set down the side, again mounted onto miri card and the card is finished off with a couple of copper feather style embellishments, some little red beads and some Stickles black glitter glue.
My second challenge was the Tilda and Friends ATC which this week was "Lavender and Lace". The sweet little Tilda image was sent to me by a crafting friend Denise (check out the lovely creations on her blog) and she has been coloured with pencils using paper stumps and Sansador and highlighted with Stickle 'Diamond' glitter glue. The background was made using a paper doiley and adding touches of Stickles 'Frosted Lace' glitter glue. The ATC was finished with a little flower embellished with a lilac heart gem.