Wednesday 22 December 2010

Mo's Digital Challenge Fantasies & Fairies

Hi everyone,
Today's card is for two challenges:
The first is this week's Digital Pencil challenge. This is another challenge blog that I loved taking part in and have missed, I'm hoping that 2011 will see me managing to enter all my favourites again. This week they are challenging us to use any fairy tale images we have and I've decided to use Mo's 'Charming' image for my card.
The second challenge is Crafty Ann's challenge where 'Anything Goes' this fortnight. I used her wonderful digital papers for my card as the colours were absolutely perfect with my sweet little prince.

Card Details:
* Image - Mo's Digital Pencil Too 'Charming'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Crafty Ann's 'Woodgrain Effect' collection and DCWV 'Old World' mat stack
* Punch - MS 'Zig-Zag' and EK Success 'Photo Corners'
* Everything else from my stash

Once again I must apologise for the awful scanned image. Unfortunately, I can't get my camera to load properly on my new PC and as I seem to have lost the driver disk it looks like it's going to be terrible scans for the foreseeable future (If you screw your eyes up a bit and imagine the colour being a few shades more intense you may get a rough idea of the real cards ha ha!)

Tuesday 21 December 2010

Just Magnolia - Mina's Sketch

Hi everyone,
My card today is for this week's Just Magnolia challenge which is a sketch by the fabulous Mina.
I've used the adorable 'Honey Tilda' image and added lots of Glamour Dust, Stickles and Cosmic Twinkles to the card so it's very sparkly.
I'm also entering this for the Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas Challenge.

Card Details:
* Image - Magnolia 'Honey Tilda'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - Laura Ashley 'Contemporary'
* Mats - Nestability 'classic ovals' and Cuttlebug 'Script' embossing folder
* Everything else from my stash

Unfortunately, I had to use the scanner again so the colour is showing as very muted and wishy washy, when irl it's much brighter.
I'm really enjoying getting back to crafting after my long break and I hope you like today's card (despite my scanner!)

Monday 20 December 2010

Sketch & Stash DT Card Challenge #51 And A Celebration!

Hi everyone, yes I'm back again and I've managed to produce a DT card for Sketch & Stash based on our very first sketch, designed by the lovely Becky. Sorry the photo isn't very good but I had to scan it.
Card Details: 
* Image - Thomas Kincade CD from Joanna Sheen
* Sentiment sticker - Daisy & Dandelion Outline Stickers
* Punch - EK Success 'Retro Flower'
* Glitter - Twinklets 'Diamond Dust'
* Everything else from my stash
 I'm entering this card for this fortnight's Crafty Ann's Challenge 'Anything Goes'

Now I've got some very exciting news to tell you about this fortnight's Sketch & Stash challenge.
We are celebrating Christmas early, and our almost 2 year anninversary ... yes the Sketch and Stash has been going for 2 years at the beginning of January, how amazing is that?  So we are doing something a little special this time for you

Some of our regular sponsors are offering up some fab prizes for you and we also are running a scavenger hunt on some DT members' blogs.

Here are our prizes ...
from our very regular sponsor Simon Says  Stamp we have this fab prize.

Katharina over at Whiff of Joy is offering a stamp of YOUR choice

Elaine from Quixotic Paperie is offering this fab embellishment pack ...

Whimsy Stamps are offering a $15 voucher for their store

is offering 2 of her fabulous new rubber stamps ...

As well as offering these fabulous prizes we are also running a scavenger hunt.
Hidden on some of the DT blogs are some mystery  prizes ... if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these prizes, offered by Meljen Designs and Wags n Whiskers, you need to comment on the DT blogs and enter the challenge  (we will check LOL!!).

OK so to be in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous prizes all you need to do is make a card using one of our last 50 sketches ... yep it is your choice which sketch you use.
To find our sketch catalogue click on the link on the right hand sidebar of the challenge blog ... all of them are there for you to peruse!
Please put a pic of the sketch on your blog so we can see which one you chose (we will check you have used one of our sketches, so no cheating LOL!!).
To join in the scavenger hunt please click on each DT member's link and it will take you to their post.

I look forward to seeing your cards and I hope you have lots of fun with the challenge.

Saturday 18 December 2010

The Ribbon Girl Giveaway

Just look at this news!
Starting in January the Ribbon Girl will be a regular sponsor of the Lili Of The Valley Challenge on the second Thursday of every month and Lili Of The Valley will be a regular sponsor of our Colour Challenge on the third Sunday of every month.
So every month during 2011 you will have double the chance to win both Lili Of The Valley goodies and Ribbon Girl goodies. 

Friday 17 December 2010

Starting next year's cards!!!

Hi everyone!
Following on from managing to make all my Christmas cards for family and friends last week, I decided to continue with them so that I make a start for next year.
I noticed that there are still some challenges out there requesting christmas style cards, so I've made the above card which fits a few of them (I hope!)
Unfortunately I had to scan this, now my scanner just HATES metallic and sparkle and as my card is mostly metallic and sparkle this is not good! Please trust me when I say that the card is really pretty in real life and the silver foil card and icicle colour glitter (NOT blue!) looks lovely.

Card Details:
* Image - Penny Black 'Birthday Angel'
* Colouring medium - Promarkers
* Papers - K & Co
* Punches - MS 'Valentine Heart' & 'Vintage Lace' PATP
* Die Cuts - Cuttlebug 'Vintage' corners & 'D Vine Swirls'
* Everything else from my stash

I'm entering this card for the following challenges:
Penny Black @ Allsorts - Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder
Crafts and Me Challenges - Moody Blues
Craft Your Days Away - Punch It Out
Simon Says Stamp - Silver, Blue, White
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Christmas Card

I hope you like my card and hopefully I'll be back again on a more regular basis with postings from now on.
By the way, do you like the little self portrait of me hugging my PC 'cos it's where my friends live? Just wanted to do this to say how grateful I am that my friends have kept in touch while I've been away.

Wednesday 8 December 2010


Hi everyone, and I'm sure it is a surprise to see me about again!
A recent e-mail from a crafting buddy inspired me to make a Christmas card and of course, once I made that I couldn't stop lol.
I had decided to send bought cards this year (!!!) as I really felt I couldn't be bothered, but I find I've now made enough cards to send out to friends and family. Mainly thanks to the lovely Thomas Kincade CD.
Having said that they are all very plain and simple so haven't taken a lot of  making, but I do feel it's a step in the right direction.

Most of you know that I'm a bit strange (well more than a bit really, but still!) and just can't work in a mess. In fact lots of you complain about how tidy my work space is when I'm crafting, so I thought I'd quickly snap a couple of piccies to show that since inspiration hit me (a couple of days ago) I haven't had a chance to clear up and am using the 'push back' method of crafting ha ha!

I'm also linking this post to WOYWW as otherwise dear Julia will never believe it!

Huge thanks to all my crafting friends who continue to keep in touch, you've been my lifeline throughout this horrible time.