Wednesday, 30 May 2012



I enjoy sketch challenges because I like to start a card with a sketch. It seems a logical place to start. The sketch this week at Annabella's is nice, not too fussy. Annabelle Stamps Blog Challenge : ABSC050 - Sketch Challenge

Here is my card.
Supplies:  White, purple and green card, Hero Arts images, PTI Sentiment, VersaMark Watermark pad, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, Lyra pencils, Nestabilities, Fiskars corner punch, Kaiser rhinestones

I will also enter this card in the following challenges
Make it Monday : Anything Goes
Pennyschallenges : Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments : #55 Any Sentiment
Tammy's Scrapin Corner:#12 Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles : Anything Goes

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Male and Shaped Card

Good Morning,

A rushed post this morning because I ran out of time last night.  I have two cards the first is for the challenge at Less is More challenge #69 which asks for a card that is neither a square nor a rectangle.

I have made this card for a couple of girlfriends in a variety of colours and it has proven very popular.
Supplies: Blue card, design paper, the duck from Cutting Cafe, ribbon and Kaiser pearl

Here is my next card which is square and for a little boy
Supplies:  Green, blue and white card, design paper, image from Mo Manning, Lyra pencils, buttons and Annabelle's Hemp Twine

This card is for
Mo's Challenge Blog - World Traveller
Here comes the boys  - anything goes
2 Sisters - Boys
Crafty Catz - Card for a man
As I was making the card I was thinking of when my son was this age,  Heading out into the world, eagerly and confidently, keen to see what the world held for him.  I was so happy for him and so proud but I was also sad for myself because these were his first steps away from me.  So I thought this would also fit in with the challenge at Joanna Sheen   - Remember when.
Must fly
Have a good day

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Red and White

Here is tonights cards.  Sassy Cheryl's  challenge asks us to use our favourite colour combination.  Mine is red and white, a close second is black and white.  I have added one extra colour, blue, because in the image Sally looks so happy I have given her blue birds of happiness.

Supplies:  Red and white card, Unknown design paper, Sassy Cheryl's image, PTI sentiment, ribbon and Lyra pencils

I have followed the sketch for Mojo Monday

Other challenges -
Bunny Zoe's - anything goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Wild Flowers


The challenge this week  at Make My Monday is wild flowers and grass.  I have just received some new floral stamps from Blockheads Paper Arts.  This challenge is a great opportunity to use one of them.
Here is tonights card
Supplies: Red and white card, Blockheads poppy, PTI sentiment, VersaColor inkpads, Lyra pencils, ribbon.

I will also enter the card in the following challenges -
Make It Monday #90  -  Anything GoesCrafts & Me - Fabulous Flowers
Bearly Mine Challenge #36 - Anything Goes

Good night and thank you for dropping in.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Say It In Lime and Orange

Tonight there are two cards.  The first one I took inspiration from the beautiful colours of Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #19.  The colours of the light shades in the first photo, appealed to me so that is what I went with -
Supplies:  Grey, silver, orange, apricot and yellow card, Stampendous balloons, Sentiment Stampin' Up, Background Stampit, VersaColor - silver, VersaMark, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, Twine and Kaiser rhinestones

The second card is for Annabelle Stamps Lime and Orange. 
I must admit that the colours made me think of iceypoles on a hot summers day but it's not the image I used. Here is the second card -
Supplies:  Green and white card, Jane Doodles image and sentiment and Kaiser rhinestones, VersaMark, Hero Art white embossing powder 

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Baby or Child and Gingham

There are two cards tonight.  Here is the first card -
Supplies:  Pink and white card, FernGully stamp image, Paper Chic sentiment, VersaColor - Old Rose and buttons 
This card if for -
Less is More: Week 68 Baby or Child
Simon Says Stamp: Clean And Simple

and here is the second card
Supplies:  Black and white card, Darkroom Door background stamp, Hero Arts floral image and sentiment, Archival graphite black, Versamark, Hero Arts white embossing powder, ribbon and lace

This card is for the challenges at -  
Moxie Fab World-The Gingham Challenge.
Simon Says Stamp: Clean And Simple
Emma's Cards uk : Monchrome"

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Male Circle Card

I am endevouring to make more male cards.  So when a challenge comes along for a male card I join in.  I am hoping with practice my male cards will improve.

Here is todays card
Supplies:  Kraft, white and blue card; Mo’s Digital Pencil images, Video boy, Design paper Kaiser and MME, Versa Color imperial blue, Nestabilities circles, Lyra pencils, Buttons and twine.

Mo's Digital Pencil – Circle Card.
Crafty Creations Challenges – #170 Male Birthday.
Dutch Dare Card – #165 Shaped Cards.
Cards for men - Kicking back
Truly Scrumptious: #80 Anything Goes

Dark Chocolate Cake

We have just arrived home, having had a lovely evening at the theatre.  We saw a show called Syncopation

I haven't had time to finish the car I am working on so instead I have a recipe for you.

Yesterday there was a work function and I did a tried and test recipe that I was given by a Canadian friend

Dark Chocolate Cake
520g Pkg Dark Devils Food Cake Mix
113g Pkg Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
250ml Sour cream
125ml Cooking oil
125ml Warm water
4 Eggs - beaten
375 ml Semi-sweet Choclate Chips

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.  Beat 4 minutes.  Fold in chips.  Bake in greased and floured 12cup Bundt pan at 180degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes then turn out onto serving plate.

I don't have a bundt pan so i split the mix between a ring tin and a loaf tin.  With two different size tins you do need to be careful with the cooking time.


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Butterfly, White on Green

Tonight I have a card for Retro Sketches, sketch 51.  I like the card that Tracy Ercole made for this challenge, the crisp green on white and that is what I tried for.  The end product is not what I had in mind to start with.  Here is my card

Supplies:  Green and white card,  Magnolia's butterfly, Nestibilities, Penny Black sentiment, Kaiser rhinestones

Here is Tracy's sketch

Well that's all for tonight.  Thanks for dropping in.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

3 Stamps, One Layer LIM


The challenge at Less is More, is for a one layer card with the stipulation to use three stamps.  I have had a number of failed attempts but have settled on a Christmas design.

Supplies:  White Card, Image - Lucy's Stamp, Star - Hero Arts, Stampit sentiment, Archival Graphite black, VersaColor - gold, Lyra pencils

Some amazing cards have been entered.   The Limettes are very talented and inspirational

Bye for now and thank you for dropping in

Monday, 14 May 2012

Stitch in Time


Tonight I have enjoyed making a card with a sweet digital image.  The image is Sassy Cheryl's digi called Share the Love.
Supplies:  White and blue card, Hero Arts background stamp, Sassy Cheryl's digi, Lyra pencils, ColorBox Chalk Inkpad, Spellbinders, ribbon and flower.

I will be submitting this to Annabelle Stamps Stitching challenge
Sassy Cheryl's - A Stitch In Time
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes

Must go, thanks for dropping by.  See you tomorrow.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Spectacular Spectacles


When I saw the challenge Spectacular Spectacles Challenge on Moxie Fab World an image came to mind immediately.  I wasn't sure I should do the card but the most spectacular spectacles I know of belong to Dame Edna Everidge.  Here's little bit of fun, my homage to an Australian Dame, a housewife superstar from Moonee Ponds.
Supplies:  White, blue, pink and black card; pink vellum, Eclectic Images - Gum leaves stamp, Computer sentiment and image, Kaiser rhinestones.

Today was Mother's day.  My day started very nicely with being taken out for breakfast.  It was a lovely day, even the rain couldn't dampen my spirits.  I hope everyone else has had a really nice day or will have.

Happy Mother's Day!

Will miracles never cease!  The clock hasn't struck midnight yet and I am heading off to bed.

Good night and thanks for dropping by.



Tonights card is for a boy.  There are some challenges for male cards.  Without prompting I don't tend do make cards for males and when I do it is usually for adults.  So this card is for a young boy, the theme is dinosaurs.  What little boy doesn't like dinosaurs?
Supplies:  Brown and fawn card, Basicgrey design paper and sticker, American Craft Thickers, string and button.

Entering this card in th following challenges:
Divas by Design - One for the boys
Crafty Cardmakers - For the boys
Oh la la Creations Challenges - Make it manly
The Crazy Challenge: Something for a Young One

Goodnight and thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

White Flowers


The theme for this months challenge at of  Make My Monday challenge is  Floral - Lily of the Valley or other White Flowers.  This flower is one of my favourites.  As a child I remember my mother's bed of Lily of the Valley.  The delicate little flowers hidden amongst the dark green leaves and the sweet perfume.

Here is the card I have just finished
Supplies: White and green card, A Day for Daisies digital floral image, Green tombow, Elzybells sentiment, Kaiser rhinestones

I printed the image on a pale green and a white of sheet card.  The little flowers I paper pieced them from the white sheet and popped them up on foam dots.

I will also enter the card in the challenges at:
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
Hooked on Crafts -Flowers
Well I am about to turn into a pumpkin.....
So must go, thank you for dropping in

Friday, 11 May 2012

Mother's Day


A quick post before work.  Last night I could not get my photos off my camera, so this morning I have borrowed my husband's camera.

Yesterday a small parcel arrived with some new stamps.  Lovely!  Three sets of Jane Doodles stamps.  So last night  I just had to use them

Here is my card
Supplies:  Pink, white and claret card, Jane Doodles - Moms Fowers, Sentiment PTI, Lyra pecils, ribbon and Kaiser pearls

The card is for the following challenges
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Love to Create - Special Lady
Hooked on Craft - Flowers

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Kraft, Lemon and White


The card I made today is for Annabelle Stamps  - 'Say It In...Kraft, Lemon and White' Challenge

and as luck would have it Our Creative Corner want us to use Kraft, Yellow and White. 

I like the colour yellow but I don't use it when making cards.  I don't know why because it is such a happy colour.

Here is my card
Supplies: - Kraft and white card, Flowers - Hero Arts, Sentiment - Elzybells, BasicGrey bling, Versacolor ink pad and ribbon.

I had lots of ideas for this card but it took time to get the combinations right.

Bye and thanks for dropping by

Sunday, 6 May 2012


The card tonight is for the current Retro Sketches Challenge #10. 
Supplies:  Red and white card, Graphic 45 Fashionista, Hero Art Earth digital background, Darkroom Door stamp Weathered stripes, sentiment Flourishes, Paper Extra bling and ribbon

Yellow Flowers

This is my card for this weeks colour challenge on Less is More´s blog - colour Yellow and Crazy Amigo Challenge - Flowers

Some time ago I saw flowers like these on Stamping Mathilda blog, she makes lovely cards. But having made the card I am now I am worried that there isn't enough yellow for the Less is More challenge.
Supplies:  Yellow, black and white card, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, StampingUp scallop punch, EK 3/4" circle punch, PTI sentiment

Friday, 4 May 2012

Male Card


Tonights card is a male card

Supplies:  White, brown and kraft card, SEI design paper, Darkroom Door stamp, sentiment done on the computer, string and brads
The challenges for this card are:
Celebrate the Occasion: a male birthday and to use a circle
Crafty Cardmarkers:  for the boys
Ooh La La Creations #104:  Make it Manly. 
Simon Says Stamp:  Anything Birthday
That Craft Place:   One For The Boys

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Happy Mother's Day


Mother's day is coming up soon so when I saw the challenge at Dutch Dare Card Challenge - For mom or special lady, I went for it.

I started this post late last night and then the gremlins took over. Photo trouble - camera wouldn't work and photo from my phone wouldn't do what I wanted. But the old adage "to sleep on it" seems to have worked. It still took a bit of work but finally here is the card
Supplies:  Cream card, Prima flowers Martha Stewart leaf punch, Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Rectangles, Kaiser pearls, sentiment by computer

I will also be entering the following challenges:
Paper Pretties Challenge PWC204 - Flowers (paper flowers, die cuts,
There She Goes #154 - May flowers
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes

Must go! 

Thanks for dropping by will be back tonight

See you

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

White and Black Unscripted Sketch


This month I am back to early starts at work so wasn't happy that I had trouble with my photos.  Another late night.  Tonights photo has been taken on my phone. 
 Here is the sketch for Unscripted Sketch

and here is the card I made tonight.  I flipped the sketch and kept it simple.

Supplies: White and black card, Hero Arts sentiment,  Blueyedezines Paper Flowers, Kaiser pearls, ribbon.

Well short and sweet again

Goodnight and sweet dreams