Friday, 18 July 2008

Going on Holiday

Hello everyone, I am totally frustrated with my internet. It has been down most of the day. I will not be posting anymore now until after my holiday. The winner of the 2nd blog candy was MAYA. Please email me at with your address and ill send off tomorrow. If I dont get the email (due to my computer playing up) I will have to send it on my return. I hope this is okay with you. I am almost packed now, and im now sorting out my little craft bag to take. Will look forward to catching up with you all on my return.

Hugs Linda x

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Papertakeweekly Challenge - Teenage Card

This is my entry for the teenage card. I love these adorable fairies, just hope some teenagers do too!

Birthday card

This is a birthday card I made for my friends little girls birthday. She will be 7 next week. I hope she adores this cute little Tilda as much as I do.

A spoonfull of sugar challenge - one for the girls

This is my entry for this weeks - One for the Girls.

Anniversary Card

Its Thursday already, where has this week gone? I havn't had much time to craft, im off on holiday Saturday and ive been bogged down with washing, ironing and cleaning. I have managed to make this anniversary card for my friend whos anniversary is tomorrow. I have also done a card for the paperweekly challenge which I will download later. Not long before I draw the winner of the blog candy. Result will be posted tomorrow morning by 7.30am. Good luck everyone. Linda x

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Talented Friends

I received these beautiful cards over the weekend. The one on the left was a belated birthday card from my wonderful friend Anita who is a member of the birthday card swap club. The middle card was from the lovely Ilona this was my swap partner this week, isn't this girl soooo cute? and finally this beautiful Tilda card from the wonderful Andrea . Thank you ladies, you are all so very talented. Hugs to you all.

Isn't this a beautiful card/gift wallet? I received this from Karin yesterday along with the addresses of this months birthday ladies . I just adore this beautiful wallet, what beautiful colours, one of my favourite colour combinations ever! Thank you Karin, you are so generous, I loved the stamped images you included.

Monday, 14 July 2008


Isn't this adorable? Emma from Elf designs sent me this last Friday, its hanging in my hallway for all to see. Thank you Emma its lovely. I have some other lovely cards to post, but im having problems with my camera at the moment. Looks like i might have to buy a new one.

Before I go, has anyone else been ordering the new stamps from Funky kits? they're gorgeous as always, and Spiral Whisper have their new stamps online to pre-order. I adore the Max and Milly collection. If your trying to be good, sit on your hands girls!

I'm getting a bit worried as I don't seem to have many takers for the candy blog, despite having an increase in hits, does anyone have any idea why this might be? Maybe they just don't like the look of the candy. Will be adding to it wednesday ladies, so make sure you have your name entered! Enjoy the rest of your evening, and happy crafting.

Blog Candy up for Grabs

Maria has some blog candy on offer to celebrate 5000 hits pop over and have a look, its gorgeous .

Sunday, 13 July 2008



I have a used, but in excellent crop a dile for sale, due to the fact i've just brought the Big Bite, I am happy to take offers. Also I have a pile of peel offs all new which I no longer use, i am prepared to either sell them or swap them for some stamped images.

If anyone is interested, please email me. Thanks. Linda x


I can not believe I have hit the 1,000 hits, and to thank everyone who has visited by blog, and especially to those who take the time to leave a comment. It always makes my day when I read the comments you have left.

I am offering the following blog candy. You will receive a book of 36 sheets of 12 x 12 scrapbooking papers by Annamarie designs, 3 packets of bling, some pink and silver eyelet tags, a set of 4 corner rubber stamps, lengths of various ribbons and faux pearl beads. I will also be adding some extra things later.

To be in with a chance to win this blog candy please link me to you blog telling others of my blog candy. If you do not have a blog please leave a comment and email me at and I will enter you. If you would like to add me to your blogroll I will be sending you an extra goody bag if you are the lucky winner.

Due to the fact that I am on holiday from Saturday 19th July, I am only running this until Friday 7.00am, as I want to get this into the post before I go. I will be putting names in a hat and Jasmine will draw out the winner. Good luck everyone.

My Daughters Cards

Well ladies, what do you think of these two lovely cards? My daughter Jasmine made them while I was busy doing my challenge cards. I think she has done a very good job with them. Hope to be posting more of her creations over the next few days. So watch this space, and please leave her a comment. Linda x

Caardvarks, Sbc 18, Cute card Thursday challenges

This is the
entry - A card for a child. What child doesn't like splashing in puddles? to be honest I still like doing it myself!

Well, this is my entry into the challenge. I love this magnolia stamp. She is so cute, dont you think?

This is my interpretation of this weeks Caardvarks challenge - On the farm. I am so sorry about the poor quality of the photos, I really need to sort out my camera.

My Time to craft challenge, Buddly challenge

This is my first entry into the challenge. Again not the clearest of photos sorry!

Good afternoon, this is my entry into the unfortunately it is not a very clear image, I think my camera is playing up. Hope its clear enough to make out. It is very difficult not to use any flowers !

Paper Babe

If you have time these are some blogs I recently came across and found very inspiring, Paper Babe, .

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Artygirlsz challenge - Sketch

It's been a busy day, a party this morning, town this afternoon, and i've been feeling a little under the weather. But was determined to get a challenge done, so here it is, this weeks entry into the which was a sketch this week. Going to go and work on the Dutch Card entry now. Oh what fun!

Friday, 11 July 2008

Ismaki challenge 28, Lots to Do and Poeticartistry

I didn't think I was ever going to get these cards loaded, I couldn't find my photos when i went to load them, panic set it, hubby looked and couldn't see what the problem was. It finally turned out I had too many windows open and my computer couldn't cope with another instruction! Rather like me on a good day! Anyway here we go.

Decided to use the boat iris folding stamp for this weeks challenge based on Travel. Red and black a favourite colour combination of mine. Quite a simple card today.

This is my entry for this weeks Mojo 45 sketch challenge. The hardest decision I have most of the time, is what papers to use.

Finally, this is my card for this weeks Ismaki Challenge. Enjoyed making this card in two of my favourite colours. Hope you like it too.


This is my entry for this weeks challenge. I think i'm just in time, hope so, going to add my comment now. bye.

Spiral Whisper Blog Candy

Have you seen those adorable images on the Spiral Whisper blogsite? Visit their blog now as they are giving away some blog candy. Follow this link to enter Their website goes live on Monday for pre-orders of their fabulous stamps, don't miss it.
Have you yet visited The other side of me? Shary has been invited to join the DT of Alota Stamps, well deserved as you will tell from her blog. To celebrate she is giving away some blog candy. Visit here here to enter.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

GOOD MORNING - Its sunny !

Good afternoon, I have been busy making this card for entry into this blog candy. . I adore fairies, and enjoyed this lovely decoupage. I love this image, isn't she so beautiful?
Well good morning, and what a pleasant morning it is. The sun is shining, oh yes, its beautiful, thank goodness, suddenly the world seems a brighter place. I feel I can do anything today! Just as well, cos I have Bens lessons, a pile of washing, ironing, and hoovering , oh what bliss! - not! Happy crafting everyone!

My entry for this weeks abc challenge - b is for Baby. It gave me the chance to use my iris folding stamp again. I don't use this half as much as I should If anyone wants to try this technique, or want a image of this stamp please just email me, and I can post one out to you.

Well, this is my entry for the friday sketchers challenge. I love these so adorable stamps, still havn't used them all, just havn't had the time. Maybe this weekend! lol.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Weather Blues

Morning all, well another miserable gloomy day ahead! Am I the only one who is fed up with our weather? I am convinced I suffer from the condition SAD, my mood completely changes when there is a bit of sunshine. Would be great to hear if there is anyone else who suffers the same as me. I'm not feeling too bad at the moment, but it can get me quite down if it drags on. It makes me feel reclusive, and I tend not to want to leave the house. David always says I should have been a tortoise or hedgehog and sleep through the winter. Doesn't sound that unattractive to me I have to say! lol.

For those of you who are interested this has been my week so far.

Saturday we went to a tourist attraction called Tropical Wings World of Wildlife. It was in South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, so if you are ever that way its definitely worth a visit. Beautiful butterflies, birds and various other animals including hubbys favourite - otters. I adored the wallabies and Jasmine preferred the chipmunks. We watched a bird show with a difference, not your normal birds of prey but a varied selection including the raven, a truly magnificent bird. I have to admit im not a bird lover, but my dear hubby is, so when he wanted to watch yet another bird show I could feel my heart sink! Of course I agreed, after all he does take me to my favourite craft shops, which obviously don't interest him at all! Well, what can I say it was marvellous, much more entertaining (down to those demonstrating I think) and educational that I could have ever imagined. As I said we saw unusual birds, so much so that I can't even remember what they were called! Okay, your right, it may not be that the names are unusual, but more to the point, my memory is terrible, worsened from the day I hit 40, im sure! I lost my phone twice yesterday, after finding it the first time, I put it somewhere SAFE only not to be able to find it hours later!!! I searched the house high and low, then gave up and went to bed. Hubby raised his eyebrows in that usual 'not again' expression and then went on his own mission. Minutes later he returned, phone in hand, found on the window sill, that I HAD previously looked on, but DID NOT see it! Tell me, is there any hope for me?!!!

Now, see what I mean, I forgot what I was saying, oh yes, back to the wildlife centre. It also had some reptiles and your usual pets corner, huge tortoise, lemurs and meerkat. We are going back later on in the year and taking Ben with us. He has wanted to be able to feed the monkeys, but we have been unable to find anywhere that would do this, whilst it is possible in our local Colchester Zoo, you have to be 15 years old, and alas he is only 11. But, here you can do it at 12 so thats not so long to wait. We decided not to tell him yet, as he has only just turned 11 so he still has a little wait, and he unfortunately has my lack of patience! We took a picnic with us, its our first this year, I adore picnics, do you? We were there about 4 and a half hours, but im sure you could drag it out a little longer.

Sunday I spent the day, attempting to make costumes for the schools pilgramage!! Did manage to do a couple of cards, so I went to bed happy!

Monday night Jasmine had me up all evening with toothache. Have an appointement tomorrow at 9.30.

So now its Wednesday, have to take my sons girlfriend to the doctors this morning, buy some knitting needles, and look at the Poppicrafts website as they are apparently having a sale!

Hope you havn't fallen asleep, and until next time, happy crafting!

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Card Challenge Entries for Dutch Card Challenge, Sarah Kay

This entry for the Sarah Kay challenge, is a little different for me. I love the vintage feel to it, and the colours are slightly more subtle than those I generally use. I adore all the Sarah Kay images, but havn't had time to play with them much yet.

Have been busy this afternoon doing entries for this weeks card challenges. This is for the dutch card challenge sketch. I do seem to have a thing about black and white just now, but I think the red here, just adds a little something.

Colour challenge

This is my entry for the colour challenge on . Brown and pink another one of my favourite colour combinations. Little tilda as cute as ever, and I adore the ribbons. Unfortunately the image isn't too clear, because I need to put new batteries into my camera, sorry.

Papertake Weekly Challenge 6

This is my entry into the Papertake Weekly challenge. I just love black and white its one of my favourite colour combinations. The little Tilda image is from this months Magnolia club selection. It's the first one i've used so far, but will be experimenting with others later today, all being well.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Penny Black Challenge

This is my Penny Black challenge, buttons and brads. I am not so sure about the colouring of the image, looks a bit bright in the photo. Misjudged the colours, I think.

Sunday, 6 July 2008


I have finally finished the costumes for school, and have just managed to squeeze in a card.
This is my first entry into the Spoonful of Sugar challenge. I have used a Lily and Milo stamp, I think she is so cute, and K & Co papers again. Ribbons and flowers from


Good morning fellow bloggers, its Sunday already and I have barely touched my cards for this weeks challenges. Where does the time go?

This is my entry into the SBC challenge . I have to say im not so happy with this, but I was struggling with idea for this topic.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge - The Great Outdoors

This is my entry into this weeks challenge. I love these images from . Papers are of course K& Co, this is one of my favourite sets of papers from the Peabody range I believe. Havn't had time to do any of the other challenges yet.

Birthday card swap

Friday evening there were surprise packages for me. I wasn't expecting anything, so imagine my surprise when inside were cards from ladies belonging to the Birthday Card swap which I have only just joined. Although my birthday was 20th June they sent me belated cards. Not only did Karin send me a card but also a lovely gift of some images and stamps, thank you Karin, you are a very special person!

This is the lovely card that karin sent me, i absolutely adore these Hanglar designs, wish I could get my hands on some more, will have to wait till get them in stock. I think my bank balance will be taking another bashing! lol

This is the lovely card from Henderica isn't it lovely? Thank you Henderica.

Blog candy

If you would like the chance of winning blog candy, please go to Cambiels blog where she is celebrating 1000 hits . This is a great site.

Friday, 4 July 2008

Good Morning

Good morning Bloggers. I have found some more blog candy. Check out where Emma has a fab voucher of £25 to spend at one of our favourite stores poppicrafts.

Also where Karen is celebrating the opening of her new store. Good luck everyone.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Spiral Whisper

Have a sneaky peak at some more of these wonderful stamps follow this link and you can enter the naming competition. These bear designs are soooo cute.

Busy Day

This is another card I made using the iris folding rubber stamp, its a very versatile stamp and I want a pair of shoes like this!!

This is another card I made several weeks ago, but only just found! Not that my craft room is messy! lol
This New Home card I made for a friend who's daughter has moved out into her own pad.
I didn't make this card today its one I made on a previous crafting session.

This card is one im sending to Kath who is collecting cards for a very good cause, if you can donate a card please link to this , she will be pleased of your help.
I have made this card for my friends birthday, this was using one of the iris folding stamps, but obviously not iris folding! It is one of my favourite stamps, and I adore bling and glitter, as you can see.
This is a card i made using the lovely stamps by Jane Nesterenko, I think they're soooo cute. Papers are K & Co again! no surprise there.
This is the card I have made to enter the blog candy on a sugar nellie design available from funky kits , she is so adorable.

Good evening. I have had a busy day, doing what I enjoy most, crafting. I have made a card for the abc-card challenge. . This weeks topic is animals. I adore these Gruffies by Stampendous. They are just so cute. Some of my favourite K & Co Papers again.

More Iris Folding Cards

This is a batch of Iris folding cards that i started work on a little while ago. I do the iris folding first, then make up the cards, finally completed them last night. Most of them are using K & Co papers which are my favourites. Hope you enjoy them and if you would like to purchase the stamps look on where you can also see loads more samples, some of mine are in the gallery too. Anna is a very talented lady and has given me much inspiration and encouragement with my own card making.
Again I apologise for the photos that are a little out of focus.
After doing my daily lessons with my son Benjamin, I actually think im going to have time to do some more crafting. I am very excited today as my eldest sons get back from their trip to Amsterdam. Have only just thought, I should have got them to find a crafting shop and brought me back some goodies, mind you, my boys probably wouldn't want to step inside one, they already complain on my bits taking over the house! Personally, I think there is plenty more room for a few more crafty goodies. I might think about suspending pots from the ceiling, like I saw on another blog recently! My boys have a large games/tv room outside, and I have my eye on that if they ever leave home.
My darling daughter is off to London this afternoon to see High School Musical, she is so excited. We took her to see it in Norwich in February she loved it. This time she is going with a friend who won tickets on a local radio station SGR. In my day it was Grease, I so wanted to be Sandy! an uncurable romantic, its one of my all time favourites.
Going to work on my challenges for this week now and play with the new Magnolia stamps. See you later x

Snow and Some Crafting

Love the Snow Snowdays and time to craft I love the snow, and have to admit to being a little excited when seeing the first snowfla...