Sunday, 30 November 2008

High Hopes Challenge 10 - Metal Madness

Our challenge this week over at the High Hopes blog is "Metal Madness". We would like to see some metal somewhere on your card or project.. It can be using brads, hardware or charms like on my gift box below.. Whatever you can think of. Also one person will again be randomly picked for a yummy stamp prize.

I bought an item of Jewelry for a Christmas gift and as you can see from the above photo the gift box was very plain and boring.. Below you can see my decorated version.
I also added my handmade stamp to the bottom of the box to hide the ribbon join.

This is my favourite kitty stamp from High Hopes "Meowy Christmas" with "Meowy Christmas" sentiment. The papers are Daisy bucket. I have used the labels 2, circle and scalloped circle nestabilities. The hardware and rhinestone brad are SU. Coloured with my Prismacolour pencils with Sansodor and paper stumps for blending and again I had to finish with a little stickles on kitties hat. The flowers are Prima and the little Christmas tree charm is from Jenaca beads.

Blog Candy Alert: Ila has an amazing blog candy to celebrate over 100,000 hits and had two fantastic prizes! No surprise as her creations are always stunning!

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Thank You!

I just had to pop on to share this gorgeous creation with you which I received yesterday from my friend and fellow High Hopes Diva Crissy. Her colouring just blows me away! Thank you so much Crissy, I will cherish your card!

See you in the morning for the new High Hopes challenge.

Have a great evening!

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Pink Cat "Lily"

I made this little gift box for one of Zoe's friends for Christmas. It's going to be stuffed with craft goodies! This was created using my trusty Scor-pal. It is so easy to make and you can find the details here.

I have also used my cute new Pink cat stamps and the Lily stamp I have used is from the set Lily and Tweet. I love this set as it has a variety of stamps for different occasions not just Christmas. I received an excellent service and these arrived to my home within 5 days of ordering.

The image is coloured with my Primsacolor pencils using Sansodor and paper stumps to blend. I have then given the snowman a glisten by colouring my Sakura stardust pen onto an acrylic block and then lifting the stardust with a damp brush. You need to keep the brush moving quickly and in circular movement so not to be left with any grey dark spots or streaks. I have then finished with Stickles. The prima holly leaf was also covered with lots of stickles too..

I wanted to add a fun element to the box so this pom pom ribbon was a great find at the Ali Pali show.
I received the above award from my blog friend Pati. Thank you so much for thinking of me and I hope you and hubbie continue to have fun with you voluntary work in Australia.

Wishing all my US friends a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you all have a great holiday with your family and friends.

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Gift box details:
Stamps: Pink Cat Lily and Tweet set
Ink: Momento
Papers: K&Company Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist deluxe Paper Pad
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with Sansodor and paper stumps for blending. Stickles and Sakura Stardust
Embellishments: pom pom ribbon, Making Memories Polo button brads, Prima holly leaf and dew drops
Equipment: Wizard and nestabilities - labels 2, Scor-Pal

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Thank you Valérie!

I have popped onto show you this gorgeous card I received yesterday from Valérie. Thank you so much my dear.. such a lovely surprise and your work is gorgeous! I have made a gift box tonight which I'll show you in the morning as I need to take the picture in natural daylight. Have been busy crafting with Zoe too.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 28 - Sketch by Michelle!

Our new challenge has just started over at "A Spoon Full of Sugar" and this week we have a great sketch for you to follow from the very talented Michelle.
We would also like to welcome Heike as our Guest Designer and thank her for her gorgeous creation. We have a fabulous prize this week from our sponsor Katharina.

For my card today I have used the cute High Hopes stamp Callies Christmas Kitty. I was trying to go for a warm fuzzy glow around her but to me it looks like the Christmas lights may be on fire! lol.. I have used gorgeous BG papers and stickers adding button detail to the Christmas tree. All products in blue below can be purchased from Silly Monkey Crafts.

Hope you get some inky time to join in our challenge,

Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes Callie Christmas Kitty, Sentiment printed from word.
Ink: Memories and Versamagic Jumbo Java
Papers: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, Bazzill
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with and Paper Stumps for blending.
Embellishments: Basic Grey Stickers, buttons, ribbon, PM Adhesive stones, Star gem (thanks Karin!),
Equipment: Wizard and nestabilities, Cuttlebug and embossing folder Christmas ornaments

Monday, 24 November 2008

Thank You!

I have been so lucky to receive lots of wonderful awards over the last couple of days. Thank you to all my friends and this means so much.. you are all the best!
I received the above award from : Linda - Linanna Designs, Kim Piggott, Bev, Amanda, Camilla, Poppet, Karin and Michelle.

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships!These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind blogger's aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight blogger's who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.So .... the 8 wonderful ladies that I nominate are ...

I received the next award from my blog buddy and friend Marlene. Thank you sweetie and I love ya back! Update: I've also received this from my dear friend Pops - thank hun!

Here are the RULES for presenting this award:

    • Pick 5 bloggers that you consider as your best blogging buddies and deserves this award for their contribution towards the blogging community, no matter what language.
    • State the name of the author of each blog as well as a link to each one’s blogs.
    • Each blogger (upon acceptance) of this award should do a post and show the award on their blog and put the name and link to the blog that has given her/him the award.
    • Show these rules.
I pass this award to the below ladies who I consider be great friends also:
Christelle (she doesn't have a blog but always leaves the sweetest comments!)

I also received the pumpkin "I love your blog" award from Kathy. Thank you so much!

I don’t like passing on awards.. I always feel so guilty for not picking each and every one of my regular readers and visitors! I love you all!

See you tomorrow with my Spoon Full card.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

High Hopes Challenge 9 - Sketch by Ila!

This week over at the High Hopes Challenge blog we have the below great sketch for you to follow designed by the very talented Ila. Thanks Ila.. I loved working with this sketch! One randomly chosen person each week will win a yummy stamp prize! For my card this week I have used the stamps Milton's fresh pine and the very apt sentiment "Merry Kiss-Moose"! I just love the Christmas Bottle Capz by Dovecraft and these along with the PM Adhesive stones can be purchased from Silly Monkey Crafts.

I'll be back later as I have been lucky enough to receive a few awards.

Have a great Sunday!

Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes Milton's fresh pine and sentiment "Merry Kiss-Moose"!
Ink: Memories & VersaMagic Aloe Vera
Papers: K&Company Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist deluxe Paper Pad,& SU Card stock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending, Stickles.
Embellishments: Flower, Ribbon, button, Christmas Bottle Capz by Dovecraft and PM Adhesive stones
Equipment: Wizard, Nestabilites

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Mimi - Pink Gem Designs

I made this card for this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge which has the theme "Snow and Snowflakes". They have a gorgeous WOJ Herb stamp for one lucky entrant. I have used this cute stamp called "Mimi" designed by Janet - Pink Gem Designs. I am just so in love with her and she has the cutest face don't you think? The gorgeous papers are by Bo Bunny. I stamped the SU Trees by colouring the stamp with Marvy le Plume pens. The image was then stamped onto Basic Grey paper and then stickles added to the trees for a snowy effect. This doesn't show well in my first photo which is why I have shown you the extra tilted photo below.
I would like to thank Maria for sending me the gorgeous velvet ribbon used on my card.

Do you like my Christmassy blog? Yeah, I know i'm early but the shops and town have their Christmas decorations up already so I thought i'd put my blog ones up too! I had great fun designing my blog banner in Photoshop. If you scroll to the bottom of my blog you can also see our family portrait ;-)!!!

Can't believe it's Friday already and less than 5 weeks until Christmas.. Yikes I still have another 19 cards to make! Maybe I should apologise now to my friends who may get a shop bought card.. I know.. tut tut! See you Sunday with my High Hopes Challenge card. I should tell you also that there is still a Diva out there with some yummy candy.. check out the links to the bottom right of this post!

Wishing all my friends and visitors a great weekend!

Card details:
Stamps: Mimi in Hat and Coat, High Hopes "Best Fishes" sentiment and SU Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Momento
Papers: Bo Bunny - Believe Peace , Basic Grey, SU Cardstock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and paper stumps for blending, Copic Sketch marker for skin, Marvy Le Plume Pens, Stickles
Embellishments: PM Adhesive Stones, Prima flowers, snowflakes, SU Rhinestone brads, velvet ribbon

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Ok, you remember the handsome pup I showed you a couple of days ago.. well here he is with his little girlfriend! lol.. I made this card for fun today and the kennel was cut from the Mickey and Friends cartridge on my Cricut Expression.. The bone was also cut from the same cartridge which I then stamped my sentiment on. I didn't have any mistletoe for them but thought this little heart with Holly looked kinda cute (thanks Jakki x). The punched stars were sent to me from my friend Tina. Thank you! The Paper Nation Dog was already wearing his christmas hat so I used one of the High Hopes Christmas hats for Scotty. These hats are just perfect for using on your other stamps and come in two sizes. They can turn your ordinary stamps into Christmas stamps and a great way to save some pennies. The finishing touch was to add a tiny heart stone to Scotty's collar.

I received the above award yesterday from Jacqueline and Heiki.. Thank you to both of you.. they are pretty spooky! If you haven't visited their blogs before go and pay them a visit as their work is just gorgeous!

The rules are to pass this on to at least 5 people.. Ok.. i'm gonna pick 5 blogs which are new to me and totally inspirational... Check them out..

You can check out the links below to products I have used on my card from Silly Monkey Crafts.

Card details:
Stamps: High Hopes Scotty dog, HH "Kiss Me" sentiment, HH Small Hat and Jolly Nation Christmas dog
Ink: Memories
Papers: BG Figgy Pudding, BG Wassail, Glitter card, SU Cardstock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending. Stickles
Embellishments: Dew drops, string, punched stars, PM Adhesive Stones
Equipment: Cricut Expression using Mickey and Friends cartridge

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 27 - Blooming Marvelous!

This week for our challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar we are asking you use blooms/flowers somewhere on your card - you could always just use flowery paper! A nice easy challenge so no excuses not to join in and you might be lucky enough to be chosen as our random winner to win a great prize from Helene owner of Alota Rubber Stamps.

We would like to welcome Gill this week as our Guest Designer. You can check out her gorgeous creation on her blog.

For my card today I used some gorgeous products sent to me in my Silly Monkey DT kit. I just love the cute Pink Tilda and as you can see she is great for any occasion with her little christmas hat which I cut on my Cricut. I used cartridge Paper Dolls and cut the hat twice.. once on BG Wassail paper and then again on the glitter card. I added a dew drop to give the bobble dimension. I also paper pieced Tilda's heart in the same paper. I just love this gorgeous Bo Bunny paper which I customised with the SU tag punch and got Zoe to handwrite it. Underneath the tag the paper said "Love Emma" so thought it would be neat to personalise it. You might notice that all my Tilda's with plaited hair are coloured brown as they remind me of Zoe!


Card details:
Stamps: Pink Tilda with Heart
Ink: Memories and Versamagic Jumbo Java
Papers: Bo Bunny - Holiday Magic Leters, BG Wassail, Glitter card, SU Cardstock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending.
Embellishments: Wooden Button, dew drop, Prima Flowers and leaves, snowflakes, spacers, PM Adhesive Stones, Fibres, Heart embellishment (Dress it up)
Equipment: Cricut Expression using Paper Dolls Cartridge, SU Small Tag Punch, SU Spiral Punch

All SU Products can be ordered through me and sent directly to your home. Sorry but I can only arrange delivery of goods if you are within the United Kingdom.

Monday, 17 November 2008

High Hopes Hop!

It's that time again and our High Hope Hop continues.. Get clickity clicking the Diva links to the right of this post to find who has some yummy candy on offer! You never know.. you might get lucky!

I thought i'd share this cute Jolly Nation stamp which came in my new Silly Monkey DT kit last week.. I haven't had a chance to do anything with him yet apart from colour him but have a few idea's so i'll show you very soon.

See you tomorrow with my Spoon Full DT card. Have a great evening!


Sunday, 16 November 2008

High Hopes Challenge 8 - Buttons and Brads

Our new challenge starts today over at the High Hopes blog and we are asking you to use buttons and brads on your card/project. I have used the gorgeous stamp Crystal Snowlady. She is coloured with my Prisma Pencils using Sansodor and paper stumps to blend. I have then applied Sakura Stardust using a damp brush to give her shimmer. Finsihing off with Stickles on the top of her flower, plant and spade handle. I've punched lots of mini snowflakes and once stuck down stickled them too. I used a mixture of buttons and dew drops to create a little snow pile.

The Noel stamp was a gift from my friend Jakki. I've also used part of the stamp to stamp the swirl in the top left corner - thanks so much Jakki!

Pop over to the High Hopes blog to check out all the gorgeous creations from the DT. Join in the fun as one randomly chosen winner will win some yummy stamps!

Have a great Sunday!

Card details:
Stamps: Crystal Snowlady
Ink: Memories and Versamagic Jumbo Java
Papers: Imaginisce - Snowy Jo . Tinsel to the top, Bazzill, SU Card Stock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending. Sakura Stardust and lots of stickles!
Embellishments: Buttons, dew drops, punched snowflakes, SU Rhinestone brads

Friday, 14 November 2008

Thank You!

I've just popped on to say a few thank you's! Firstly I would like to thank my friend Jakki for the above gorgeous card which arrived yesterday with some images and goodies. You are the best hun and I love it!

Also I would like to thank Shaleise, Samara, T.J. and also my friend Karin for passing the above award to me a couple of days ago. Thank you all for brightening my day.

Sorry I haven't got anything to show you today but I have been so busy with Danni at home and really struggling to find time at the momennt. She is nearly 100% again so that is good!

I just wanted to let you know that the Zoe and Hannah's challenge blog "Crafty Monkey's" has a new challenge starting today at 15:30 GMT. I hope your under 16's will have some time to join in and remember each challenge they always have a great prize for one lucky winner. They are also always on the look out for Guest Designers to join in too!

Have a great weekend and if i'm not back before I'll see you Sunday with my High Hopes challenge card. If you haven't had a chance to join in our "Sparklemania" challenge there is still time and don't forget we have some yummy stamps for one lucky entrant.


Thursday, 13 November 2008

C.C. Angels

Just a quick and simple project to show you today as Danni has been off nursery poorly. She is getting much better but school have asked that she stays off now until Monday. I couldn't resist these new C.C. Design Angels and such a great price at $4.00 for the below set. They are a Digi download set so you receive a zip file of 7 Angels, Angel Saying, and all images on one page. They are just perfect for making cards for your little Angels friends for Christmas or for little treat bags like the one I have made. I do hope C.C. bring out some more of these sets in the new year!

I used my copic sketch markers for quickness and have used my Prisma Crimson Lake pencil with sansodor for the blush on her cheeks. I stickled her bow and edge of dress and for a subtle shimmer used Sakura stardust brushed onto her wings. The sparkly papers are handmade from Lakeland. The little tag was made using a SU tag punch which I added fibres too and a small SU Rhinestone brad. The ribbon handle is also by SU and is "Real Red" Grosgrain Ribbon width 1/4".

All SU products can be purchased through me.. along my sidebar on the right there is a link through to the current online catalogue. If you would like to place an order just drop me an email.

For more instructions on how I made this bag you can see my earlier post here.


Edit.. I've just found this picture of my angel which I thought you might like to see which was taken last year at her Toddler group Christmas party.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 25 - Kids

Our challenge this week over at A Spoon Full of Sugar is to create a card for kids. You could make a card for your child, niece, nephew, grandaughter. grandson etc.. for Christmas, Birthday, wish them well or good luck. Maybe you need to design some party invites/ bags? We welcome your creativity so maybe you want to make a gift.. book, door hangar, book mark, decorate an item.. lots of possibilities!

We have the below goreous prize this week from our sponsor Summer - Roses on Paper.

Poppet has joined us this week as our Guest Designer so don't forget to check out her gorgeous creation.

I have used these two cute Hanglar kids on their bikes and this card did take me a while to do but am pleased with the results. Once coloured and cut out I cut small slits into the baskets on their bikes to pop in the rugby ball which is from the stamp Sugar Nellie Rugby Hamish and then the little bear came from Rachelle Anne Miller stamp Lola's Tea Party. I just love this gorgeous bright Basic Grey Cupcake paper . The "Favourite Things" ribbon was pinched from my daughter Zoe's stash.. Thank you Zoe!

Before I go I just wanted to thank Sandra for passing the "I love your blog" award to me.

Hope you get time to join in this week.


Card details:
Stamps: Hanglar cykeltjej and Cykelkille
Ink: Memories
Papers: Basic Grey Cupcake, handmade embossed papers from Lakeland and various SU Card stock
Technique: Prismacolor Premier Pencils with sansodor and Paper Stumps for blending.
Embellishments: Fibres, Buttons and "Favourite Things" Ribbon.