Sunday, 30 November 2008

A touch of Lilac

Another batch of cards to share with you but this time using the lilac papers from Papermanica in the Contemporary Colossal Paper Pack. I didn't buy these papers and when i was given them did not think i would use them at least not for christmas cards, however i found them invaluable, and love the colours and simple designs. The first image is a dimension fourth stamps which was sent to me by the lovely Maria. Thank you Maria, i adored using this cute stamps. it has been coloured using my pro markers. The snowflakes are a punch and the sentiment is from
The next card was using the paper pretties
club stamp. Again coloured using pro markers.

This card is a hanglar image sent to me via a swap, and the die cut houses are from a set that i accumulated a while back from Create and Craft i believe. Again coloured using pro markers and the snowflake is a die cut. Stickle highlights on the houses and snowballs.

The next three cards are using the designs of the ever talented Sally-Ann. Her images are just a dream to work with and i just adore these snowmen. They worked beautifully with the papers. Thank you Sally-Ann for your wonderful designs which inspire us all.

Well thats all from me for now, hugs Linda x


The talented Claire has some gorgeous blog candy up for Grabs be sure to take a look she has been ultra generous.

Well ladies my second post in one day i can hardly believe it myself. Just wanted to show you some more of the christmas cards i have been working on during the last couple of days. These are the ones using my fabulous Pollycraft stamps which i absolutely adore at the moment. Have you seen the sketches of the new batch of stamps to be released shortly? you should go take a look they are fabulous!! Allof these images have been coloured using my pro markers. The papers are a mixture of HOTP and Papermania papers. Snowflakes are either confetti or die cuts.

Well i hope you have all enjoyed your weeknd, i
know from visiting lots of your blogs that many of you have been busily putting up your trees and decorations. Its lovely to have the lights on and sit it front of the telly watching christmas dvds. We watched Fred Claus this afternoon, if you havn't seen it, its well worth watching. Its so lovely to spend time with the little ones , and for them not to be arguing!! I still havn't quite finished all my cards but im getting there. Well ladies will be posting again tomorrow morning, enjoy the rest of your evening.

Hugs Linda x

Oooohps this is not a pollycraft design, sorry, downloaded it by mistake this is one of the Wendy Rhodes designs. I love this fairy though, very chic! bye !


Its Sunday already, i can't believe another week has passed me by. I apologise for once again, the lack of blogging this week. I am so sorry i havn't been round to visit you all. I promise by Wednesday this week things will be back to normal and i will get back to my blogging with the enthusiasm i had pre-christmas preparations.

Here are a few of the cards i have made for christmas using some toppers that my lovely friend Emma had sent me. I promised to show her what i did with them, hope she likes them.

I have been buried under my christmas papers and embelishments desperately trying to get all my christmas cards finished, and i am pleased to report by the end of tomorrow, i should have finished.

I have promised myself that next year i am starting much earlier, i have to get myself more organized!!!!

It has been a busy weekend. Yesterday we made a start on putting up the christmas tree and decorations, we need to do the finishing touches today. We also plan a trip into town to the special christmas event being held in the high street, with supposeably lots of small stalls selling nice christmas fayre. Its also chance to do a little bit more christmas shopping.

I hope you are all on top of your christmas preparations, is it just me or has it crept up quickly this year??

I will be posting some more cards tomorrow morning. This is the first lot i could post, as i was sending out alot of the others. These are for friends and family here at home, so its safe to show you all.

Well i hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend whatever you decide to do.

Hugs for now Linda x

Sunday, 23 November 2008

B-day X-mas Weekly Challenge Sketch 7

Well ladies i can't believe its the start of another week!!

Yesterday i had no internet access, our line was dead after phoning BT they told us they would be out Monday to look. Then suddenly at 8.00pm it came back on, i have no idea what was going on there. But it is obviously a little temperamental, so i may be offline on and off this week.

I hope you like my card for this weeks challenge sketch 7. I actually found this a nice easy sketch to work with. I need easy right now, with all the christmas card making in full swing, my head feels near to exploding. I have had to keep the cards very simple so sorry to you all in advance. I didn't take any more photos to post. I forgot!! see my head is all over the place.

I am going to try and keep up on the blog hopping this week, so hopefully i will get round to you all.


I would also like to thank Joey, Diane W, Carol, Emma, Sally-Ann, Jill, Deb for awarding me the award on my previous post. I am honoured that you thought of me. In return i would like to award this to you .

Thank you Jo for this award.

Here are the RULES for presenting this, hopefully soon sought after 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.

I realize it says 5 bloggers but i thought it unfair to pick just 5 from the above, please forgive me for maybe breaking the rules.

Well i need to get ready for the school run, time is fast moving on and im behind - again!!!

Hugs for now Linda x


Thank you for this award which i have received from the talented Marcea, the lovely Fiona, Heather and the inspiration Joey. I am honoured to have been thought of.

Have you ever seen such an elegant award !! And it has such a great sentiment behind it ~ here's it is:

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 ...

Jill, Vanessa, Sue, Heidi, Emma, Maria, Nikki, Donna.

However this is worthy of every single blogger in my opinion. Hugs to you all.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Christmas cards/Thank you

Well i can hardly believe its almost a week since i last posted any cards. I can only say i have been finding it very hard to keep on top of things this week. After working all day Saturday and sunday last week, i spent the rest of the week catching up with household duties and doing some of the dreaded christmas shopping.

For weeks i've been wanting to start on my christmas cards, and finally this morning i started in earnest. Below are a couple of cards that i have made. I am afraid they are quite simple as i have so many to make if i put too much detail on them ill never get them done.

In total i have made about 24 cards today so im feeling pretty happy with myself. I think im halfway there or maybe a little under half way but its a start!

Am hoping that tomorrow ill get most of the others finished and then i can concentrate on joining in with some of the fabulous challenges again.

I apologise for not getting round to your blogs as often as i'd like, i have been trying to do the rounds every couple of days, but if i have missed you i am really sorry. Hopefully ill get back to normal this week.

A note to Heidi if your reading this, i am sorry i have not received your email hun, i will try and mail you again tomorrow and hopefully we will have more luck.
Does anyone else have the same trouble with emails going astray? i have found this an increasingly occurance lately, and i can't think why. Its another mystery!
I have enjoyed inking up the new Tilda club stamps but unfortunately have not yet got round to making up any cards using them. Whilst doing a bit of blog hopping i have come across some marvellous cards using the new images. I adore the kissing couple under the mistletoe. Im determined to make a card with that one next.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, im waiting for the snow that they have forecast, but as yet not one snowflake!! that is so typical, we rarely get snow here in Aldham, sob! sob! I love to see it when it has first fallen and it just looks like a blanket covering everything, although i have to admit im not looking forward to driving in it. In fact i've warned my hubby that he will be doing the school run on Monday if there is snow or ice. Don't want accident number 3 do i ?

Well it has been good catching up with you would love to hear from you if you want to drop me a line its

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hugs Linda x

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Debbies blog candy

Oh my goodness you have to take a look at the gorgeous blog candy Debbie has to offer. Pop over here now for a chance to win some lovely papers, stamps and some copics!!!! can you believe how generous she is? as well as very talented!! Hugs to you Debbie.

Monday, 17 November 2008

B-day X-mas Weekly Challenge

Can you believe its Monday again, where did the weekend go? I was working Saturday and Sunday, so have done very little crafting. I made a birthday card for hubby who is 46 today! and my card for this weeks b-day x-mas challenge. I have used an image sent to me by Karen and coloured using pro-markers. Papers are from a HOTP sarah book. Ribbon from stash. I hope to get some more cards made later this week. Need to concentrate on a meal for hubby tonight, nothing flash just steak and chips, but need to go shopping!! Hope you all have a good day and speak again soon. Hugs Linda x

Sunday, 16 November 2008


Good morning Everyone.

Firstly some blog candy here by Rina, is just gorgeous, go take a look for yourself. She is being so very generous, you'll want to have a chance of winning this! Also Carly has some gorgeous blog candy up for grabs take a look.

Well its been a busy few days, i dont know if im coming or going half the time. I have had very little time for crafting. Working yesterday and again today, im exhausted. I have finally got rid of the dreaded cold, but am still feeling very tired all the time.

I have not made many cards, these cards i made last thursday fro special friends, which i have already sent out and should have been received by now, so i think im safe to show them. I have to say i am loving the house mouse, and happy hopper stamps just now.

Just to let you know i have my pif ready from the previous post and will be sending out on Monday. I have everyones address already i believe and if i dont i will email you.

I also want to say a couple of special thank yous. Firstly to Annie from Ink and Rubber, i just adore the lovely memo pad and card you sent me, and thank you so much for the gorgeous images, can't wait to colour them in! Secondy to Donna for the gorgeous card she made me and the stamped images. I can't wait to start colouring them both! Lastly but not least the lovely Sally-Ann for the gorgeous card she sent me and some of her fabulous images. You are all very special ladies and so very talented too. Thank you.

Well i need to get on with my cards for this weeks b-day, x-mas card challenge before i go to work. Have a great day my lovelies and see you all later. Hugs Linda x

Friday, 14 November 2008

Wedding card

This is another quick post, just thought i would share with you a wedding card that i made for my friends wedding. I hope you can see it okay, the photo wasn't very clear, as most of you know my camera is rubbish. If you double click you can see it more clearly.
Bye again x

PIF/Thank you

Good morning everyone, its been a while since i've been on my blog. I apologise for not being round to visit you but as most of you will know i have been feeling poorly with the dreaded cold. I think finally the cold and cough has gone, but it has left me feeling totally exhausted. It has been hard for me to get myself motivated at all. I did finally get some cards made which ill be posting later, but firstly here is some lovely PIF Candy that i received from the lovely Karen. If anyone is interested in receiving some PIF candy from me leave a comment beneath this post the first three comments will receive a little surprise in the post over the next week. All you have to do in return is to show your pif candy from me and offer some of your own to the first 3 comments. Its all very good fun, so what are you wiaitng for??!!

I have to say i was blown away with this gorgeous card, i just love this cute image, and i've already coloured my images, so watch this space for the them to be made up into cards.

I also want to say a big thank you to the lovely Sally-Ann who sent me some lovely images of her fabulous designs and the most gorgeous card. Watch this space for cards to follow.

Also Gina for returning my prisma colours and the wonderful gifts she also sent, thank you Gina.

I am sure there are more thank you's but my mind is not really with it just now, i will be back later this evening with the cards and more banter.

Today we are out all day, so again no crafting and tomorrow im working, there just are not enough hours in the day. Hope you all have a good day no matter what you do. Hugs for now Linda x

Sunday, 9 November 2008

B-day X-mas card weekly challenge

PIF candy

I made this card using some of the PIF candy i won last week. I adore these large icicle die cuts. I have coloured the image in with SU marker pens and highlighted the snow and fur with stickles. Thank you Marion.

B-day X-mas Card Challenge Wk 6
This week we are using a wonderful sketch but the ever talented Simone. My first card is using a Bella image coloured in pro markers with the flowers highligted with glossy accents. The flower is prima and the sentiment from craftwork cards. Stickle highlighted swirls.

My christmas card for the challenge is using the PM Simply elegant Papers and i have stickled the flourishes. The Pip image from funky kits has been coloured using the SU bursh markers, with the baubles being glossy accented. The icicle is from the prima range.
Please join us this week in our challenge. We love to see saw lovely work using one of our sketches.


Saturday morning i received a gorgeous package from the lovely Marion in relation to the PIF candy. I made the following card using some of the papers and embelishments she sent me. I have also used one of my favourite stamps at the moment from Pollycraft designs. The image has been coloured with pro markers.
To be in with a chance to win PIF you need to be one of the first three people to leave a comment beneath this post. If you are a winner i will email you for your address and send you a surprise PIF candy package. On receipt of it, you have to make a post on your blog advertising the PIF and offering your own PIF candy to the first three to leave a comment on your post. Sounds fun, right? so join in!

This is paper from the christmas Figgy design, i have used a gorgeous honey and pip image from Funky kits coloured with SU brush markers. The letters are from the wassail sticker sheet and ribbon from stash. The swirl and edge to the border have been stickled. This isn't so obvious unless you double click on the image. Sorry my camera isn't very good at getting finer detail.

I have used papers from the PM fairy papers and a Edwin (Magnolia) image coloured with pro-markers. The sentiment is from a K& Co kit but do not know the design sorry. I hve cut out a shaped branch for Edwin to sit on.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Jekhotar/Spoonful of Sugar Challenge

What a dreadful week, im so glad its the weekend again! What with having the children sick all week, then yesterday i got it again. Thats twice already, i apologise for the lack of blog hopping and comments. I tried to get round as many as i could, but did have to face defeat and go to bed. I havn't felt much like making cards and the mojo has completely gone. I made 2 cards only by following the sketches provided. Both are basic and i apologise for the terrible photos. Hopefully the weekend will bring with it new inspiration!!! Hope you are all well, and for any one suffering the same nasty bugs my thoughts are with you, drink plenty of hot chocolate and have lots of hot baths, it works for me!


This was an image given to me in a swap, im not sure what make it is. Rather her than me, i don't do exercise! Coloured using my SU Brush Markers. The ribbons i think come from Poppicrafts, and the papers are Imanginese and K & Co. Sentiment brought from Anna-Marie Designs.


This is my entry into Jekhotars challenge, i love this Melinda image, and i got to use up some scraps of paper. The image was coloured using my promarkers and some sakura glitter pens. The sentiment is a K & Co sticker.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

AWARD Thank you /More Happy Mail

This award has been passed on to me by Natalie, thank you hun. I am thrilled that you thought of me.

The Rules are :-

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.

2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.

3. Nominate 5 blogs.

4. Put links to their blogs.

5. Leave a message for your nominees.Now the hard part to choose only 5 blogs. I have decided to choose 5 blogs i have only recently discovered.

Hev, Fiona, Donna, Rhonda, Lisa

Pollycraft Cards - Finally!


It's been an awful start to the week, both my children really poorly with some kind of bug and the cold. Soaring temperatures and throwing up have meant I have had very little time to craft, which has been driving me mad. My new pollycraft stamps arrived monday and only last night did i manage to get the adorable images stamped up. I spent the evening colouring and this morning have finally managed to put 4 cards together. I just adore these cute little children, their ears are what appealed to me the most!!

Can you believe these stamps came about by Paula not being able to sleep!! I wish i could produce something as great as this when i can't sleep. All i manage to produce are nice suitcases beneath my eyes!!!!

I have managed to do some blog hopping, but i am behind with my emails, but i will get round to answering them today. It's the first day Jasmine has come downstairs so hopefully i will be able to do some more crafting before she demands my attention.

I still can't understand why im getting this layout, i must have touched a button somewhere, but im damned if i know which one!! if anyone has any ideas please let me know

Now all thats left to do is ink up the remaining 3 Pollycraft stamps and then my new sugar nellies. Fingers crossed i managed to do that today. Hugs for now Linda x

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

blog candy/Card Appeal

I have just found this blog of Kates if you can spare 10 minutes to make a card for a great cause, please pop over to Kates blog and find out more. Linda x

There is lovely whiff of Joy candy here.

Turid has some beautiful blog candy up for grabs including 2 basic grey 6 x 6 pads. Go take a look her blog is also full of inspiration.

The lovely Rhonda has some lovely blog candy up for grabs, go and take a look.

Go over to Camillas and look at the blog candy she has on offer too.

The wondeerful Bev also has some gorgeous blog candy up for grabs, so go over now for a chance to win a whiff of joy stamp! amongst other gorgeous goodies.

Lisa has some lovely stamps to give away as blog candy, go and take a look.

Diane has some lovely blog candy on offer to, so hop along to her blog.

For some gorgeous High hopes blog candy hop over to Micheles blog.

Jules has a beautiful stampin up stamp set up for grabs, go take a look.

Fiona has some lovely blog candy up for grabs, if you havn't visited her blog before do go over and take a look she has some fabulous work on there and is new to crafting.

The lovely Deena also has some beautiful blog candy up for grabs this week.

The talented Suzanne has some gorgeous blog candy up for grabs including a gorgeous apron stamp, take a look for yourself.

Go over to Katy's blog as she has some lovely Penny Black stamps on offer. This is the new craft stampers blog, watch out for it.

For the chance to win some High hopes stamps go over to Amys lovely blog.

Desiree has some beautiful blog candy up for grabs too.

Sunday, 2 November 2008


This is my card for this weeks challenge, i love Jills sketch this week, i will be using it again.
I am using an image sent to me by one of my wonderful friends, the sentiment came from a sheet brought from Anna-Marie designs. The snowflakes are a x-cut punch. Diamantes from stock. papers are the DCWV Luxury Stack.

These next two cards are for my christmas collection, papers are from a HOTP stack brought from QVC some time ago. Im not actually what the image is, so if anyone can help please let me know.

The second card is a High Hopes image, i adore this christmas fairy.

Thats all the cards I actually managed today. I have loads of images coloured though, ready for mounting, hopefully will get round to doing that this week, who knows i might even manage to do some more challenges.
Its been really miserable here this weekend. yesterday it rained all day and was very cold. Today it didn't rain but both Ben and Jasmine have my cold. So looks like im in for a couple more sleepless nights.
Hope you all had a good weekend, and i will visit your blogs tomorrow. Also i will be putting some blog candy up for grabs to celebrate my 5,000 hits since the end of September.
Hugs for now Linda x

B-day X-mas Weekly Challenge/Christmas Makes

Good morning ladies, although its not really a good morning in our house today. I have both the youngest really poorly with colds and high temperatures. So i have my nurse hat on today. Unfortunately not much time for crafting. Luckily i had this post saved to draft yesterday otherwise i wouldn't have been able to post these cards. Will try and visit you all later.

These are my cards for this weeks B-day X-mas weekly challenge. We would love for you to join us over the next month of two as we will be having special prizes to celebrate the christmas season which is fast approaching.

I am not sure why my display is like this, and im not sure how to get it back to normal. If anyone can offer me any advice I would be extremely grateful. Thank you.

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...