Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Creative Card Crew Challenge Wk 17 - Weddings

Its Tuesday morning again and another week at the Creative Card Crew challenge. This weeks challenge has been set by the lovely Tasha. We would like to see your wedding creations and you could win some prizes sent by Whimsy Designs and Simons Says stamps. We would love to see what you come up with, so go over to the Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog and join in the fun.

I have decided to use some fabulous wedding papers from the DCWV stack and some hand made embelishments. Hope you like it!

I am sorry about the lack of blogging recently, i am hoping to get back on top of things over the forthcoming week. Hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather, a little too hot for me im afraid, but ill try not to complain too much!! Enjoy your day, hugs Linda x

Pink Gem Blog Candy Up for Grabs - £25.00 voucher

The very talented Janet has some gorgeous blog candy up for grabs to celebrate her new webshop. Please go take a look here at her gorgeous new webshop. So if you would like the chance to get your hands on some of Janets great designs go over to her blog and you could win a £25.00 voucher to spend on the new website.

Sunday, 28 June 2009


Good morning, i trust you are all having a wonderful weekend and soaking up the sunshine. It has been a fabulous week weatherwise. On a bad note, ive had no time to craft this week which is very frustrating, but i have been trying to catch up with my blog hopping. If i havn't visited you yet, i promise i will do by the end of the weekend. It would appear that im having problems with blogger again, i seem to be no longer following alot of blogs that i had subscribed to follow, i have no idea how this has happened, has anyone experience the same problem???????? I am re-subscribing again but it means i may have missed some of you. so very sorry.

Well i would like to thank you all for entering my blog candy, and here are the winners.

For the main blog cand the winner is

Elephantastic who i believe is Helen. Helen please can you email me with your address hunny.

The winner for the surprise blog candy for followers was won by

Riet. Again please email me your address hunny.

I am sorry i could not have more winners and each and every one of you are deserving of it. I will be planning on another blog candy on my anniversary in September. So watch out for it in the forthcoming months.

Hope you all have a great weekend, hugs Linda x

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Still looking for Martha Stewart Punches in stock? An Award from Gina

Its Thursday already and not a single bit of crafting from me. My daughter has been away all week on a school activity trip. I had a call from her teacher yesterday saying she had seen Jasmine and she was having a lovely time. So it would appear my daugher is enjoying her first time away from home and I am the only one missing anyone!!!

This week has been very busy. I seem to have been rushing about more than when i do have the dreaded school runs!! Today is a planned quiet day. A friend popping in for a quick coffee later on, a trip to the PYO strawberry farm with coffee shop! and an afternoon of crafting!!!!! - finally.


Is anyone still searching for the wonderful Martha Stewart Border Punches? i have been over to the Cuddly Buddly website and they have most of them in stock including the wonderful Doily and scalloped embossing border punch. Go take a look now before they go. Whilst your there take a look at their fabulous selection of rubber stamps, they are adorable!

An Award - thank you Gina

About PIF:

The whole thing started with the movie "Pay it forward". The role model of Haley Joel Osment, gives a great deed to another person. The only attach to the one who receives it, is that he/her has to promise to give something that matters to others. A simple demand, that may not be as simple that it sounds? Someone has now taken this principle further, and made it into a gift.

The rules are simple - everyone can join, and only 3 rules have to be fulfilled:

1. You must have your own blog, so that you can spread the message.

2. You must like to make others happy.

3. You must ship your 3 gifts within the next 365 days.

I have been pratically losing sleep on who i should pass this award onto to. There are so many of you who i would want to pass this onto . So after much deliberation i have decided, although i will be naming 3 people for this award, i will infact be sending out additional gifts when my blog candy ends on the 27th June to a few extra special friends who have entered the candy. So ladies if you receive on of these special gifts labelled PIF and you wish to play along that would be great, if you chose not to thats fine too. You have the instructions of what you should do here on this post.
Ok this award is going to
1. Fiona, who is expecting her baby any day now, lots of wishes coming your way Fiona.
2. Joey who has just recently found out she is expecting her third baby.
3. Maria who has recently had an operation on her eyes and has been struggling to keep
on top of her DT duties recently due to limited eyesight.
I will get your gifts in the post sometime this week ladies.

Hugs Linda x

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Reminder of My blog Candy and Creative Card Crew Challenge

Its Tuesday evening already and i don't know where the time is going. If you still havn't entered my blog candy please go do so here. You have till the 27th June to enter.

Creative Card Crew Challenge
Wk 16 Whatever the Weather

It is week 16 already at the Creative Card crew challenge and this week your challenge is "Whatever the Weather" it is up to you how your interpret this, but for inspiration see the DT cards here.

My card this week is using a template of this fabulous snowman. Another christmas card done, oh yes, how well am i doing!!

I would just like to thank you all again for my birthday wishes, i am still receiving cards through the post, thank you all so very much, you will never know how much it means.
I am going to get myself organized over the next couple of weeks and update my address and birthday book, i don't want to miss anyone's birthday myself do i ?
Well i hope you are enjoying some fabulous weather it has been very warm here and my poor Rocky Bear has not known quite where to put himself. I bet he wishes he could unzip his wooly coat!!!
Well my lovelies have a lovely evening, hugs for now Linda x

Monday, 22 June 2009

Best Birthday Ever - Thank you

I just had to make a special post to thank all my lovely friends for making my birthday so special this year. As many of you know i don't really enjoy my birthday generally, i prefer everyone elses, but this year was something special. I am completely overwhelmed (to the point of tears!!) at all the lovely cards i received and also gifts. I have been totally blown away with your kindness. Each and every one will be kept in a special keepsake box for me to look back on over the years, thank you from the very bottom of my heart. I have tried to email everyone personally, having said that some more cards arrived today, and i have not had time to email you yet, but i promise i will.

What a talented lot of friends i have, ive enjoyed studying each and every wonderful card i am blessed to have such thoughtful friends.

And more xxxxxxx

and yet more gorgeous cards!

So once again, you really do not know what this meant to me, it truly was the best birthday ever thanks to you all. It is a birthday i will never forget, you all made me feel for once in my life "special" if only for one day. {{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}} to you all xxxxxx
Jasmine left for her school trip this morning, because im sentimental at the best of times i decided it was best for me to say my goodbyes at home and to let David take her. I am sure she will have a fabulous time and not give us a second thought.
I am already missing her, its very quiet here!!
As you all know my baby is settling in well, here he is with my baby girl.

and again with my baby boy!

Now how gorgeous does he look here, asleep. Little tinker thinks the settee is his!

and i didn't have the heart to move him.

Just enough room for me and Bear together at least until he is fully grown!

Will be back tomorrow with a card for the Creative Crew Challenge, i hope you will join us this week!
Good evening and god bless, Linda x

JCBC Challenge Wk 37 - Anne's Sketch

This week at the Just Christmas and Birthday Card Challenge we have a wonderful sketch by the lovely Anne. What a great sketch it was too.

Would you like to win this adorable stamp from Rubberknecker?
Then join us this week here.
This week i used on the gorgeous Pollycraft images, ive made another christmas card for this year, im so pleased with myself!!! We all have to start somewhere right???!!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Blog Candy Finally and My Rocky Bear!


Good morning, its Tuesday again, and its well overdue for my blog candy. As some of you will know not only am i celebrating my Birthday this Saturday, yes i will be 21 again!!! but its also my blog anniversary at the end of the month. So to celebrate i have put together some blog candy which im hoping might tempt you all.

I will be adding some more to this candy over the next week, including a pile of stamped images, if you have any special requests i will accommodate if i can.

Selection of Pink Ribbons
DCWV Green Paper Stack
2 x packs C6 cards/envelopes
Bright pink 6mm Flat backed pearls
Stitche rub ons
Daisy D Paper Pack already die cut
2 x 20m organza spot ribbon (blue and white)
Sugar Nellie Grab Bag containing 4 stamps plus extras
3 x packs of assorted gems (glue, green, pink)
Spellbinders Framabilities - Scalloped Edge Frame
If you like the look of this candy then please leave a comment at the bottom of this post, and if you have a blog and would like to let others know about my candy thats great, but its not necessary. Also if you want to become a follower thats also great but not necessary.
There will however be another small blog candy surprise to one of my followers. This will be a separate draw done at the close of the main blog candy.
This candy will run till the 27th June mid day, good luck to you all.

As many of you will know we recently had an addition to our family, a 7 month old Rottie called Rocky Bear!! well, Rocky Bear is settling in well infact it feels like he's alway been here. I never knew how much joy a dog could bring you, but truly they do, and i can not imagine life without him. Despite him constantly taking rubbish from my bin and spreading it all over the floor!!!!
You can see that my baby loves to lay with me when im crafting, there is not much space down by my desk but just enough for him to lay!

Fast asleep, bless him!

Because of Rocky Bears arrival, and the fact that we have to contain him to the conservatory (for allergy reasons!) we thought it would be sensible to put a sofa in the conservatory so we can sit with him in the evening. As you know my crafting space is in the conservatory. Well there was no way we could fit a settee in as things were, so i had to re-arrange my crafting stash, and condense it (shows just how much i love Bear!). After hours of huffing and puffing i finally managed to fit everything in a much smaller space! admittedly it looks a bit untidy but it is working for me, things are closer to hand and i don't have to get up from my chair much!

This is a view from the top end of the conservatory, as you can see just enough space for the settee.

It's amazing how much you can fit into a space when you have to!

This is the settee, that i brought from ebay for the bargain price of £60. I can not tell you how thrilled we were when we went to collect it. It had been recovered last month! at a cost of £1699.00 for the complete suite. Unfortunately the suite got separated, but we coudn't have fitted in 2 more chairs anyway!

So now we get to spend the evenings sitting with Rocky Bear, either watching TV or in my case crafting!
Hope you are all having a good week, and i am looking forward to catching up with you all during the week, sorry for my less frequent visits, but my puppy is taking up so much of my time at the moment.
Thats it for now, remember i will be adding more blog candy during the week, will post photos as i do so!
Hugs for now Linda x

Creative Card Crew Challenge Wk 15 - Black plus one Other Colour

Good morning its week 15 on the Creative Card Crew Challenge Blog. This week it was my turn to set the challenge and i've chosen black plus one other colour. What a stupid challenge, i struggled to do this one myself!!!!

Making use of some of my sizzix die's finally!!! Papers were from a packet of paper/embelishments from Poundland.

If you join in this week you can win this prize. There are a selection of flowers, organza ribbons, daisy and dandelion sentiments and a Tag book, this one spells MUMMY, perfect for a special mums birthday or christmas present. Yes i did say christmas, its not sooo very far away now ladies, it will soon creep up on us!

Hope you all get to join us with this weeks challenge, look forward to seeing what you come up with. Hugs Linda x

Monday, 15 June 2009

Week 12 at the Sugar Bowl Challenge and Lia's Sketch/Sketch 36 Just Birthday and Christmas Card Challenge/Some cards for friends

Week 12 at the Sugar Bowl Challenge

Its my nephews 4th birthday next Tuesday so i took the opportunity to make his birthday card for this weeks Sugar Bowl challenge.

I thought this sugar nellie image would be perfect for him as he is very much a little fighter!

Papers are from a HOTP Kidz pad ad i have coloured this with my prisma-pencils.

This is the fabulous sketch that Lia has come up with this week, a dream to work with and definitely one i will use again!

Week 36 JCBC Challenge - Mada's sketch

Can you believe its already week 36 on the JCBC challenge, and this week we have a fabulous sketch by the very talented Mada, i have really enjoyed using this sketch and will be using it againf or some christmas cards this year. Yes the dreaded "C" word, which i must say is not so far away!!!!

You can win these fabulous goodies if you take part in this weeks challenge, i am loving those rub ons perfect for those special girlie cards.

So this week i have made my birthday card using one of the gorgeous Sally-Ann images. Thank you Sally-Ann your digi downloads are gorgeous and time saving too!

This image was already coloured, being short of time this week, i had to cheat a little, sorry!

A couple of cards i made for friends, im sure i made one for a challenge, but couldn't remember which challenge!!! what a totally idiot i am!

This is one of my favourite Leanne Ellis images and the papers were freebies with a magazine.
Another one of amy all time favourite images this time a Sarah Kay image! Love that girl, she reminds me of my childhood days, why, im not sure, i never looked like that!
So ladies thats it for now, back later with some photos of my conservatory change about and some blog candy - finally!

Hugs for now Linda x

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Happy birthday Tracy!

This is just a short post, i wanted to wish my dear friend Tracy a happy birthday. I hope your having a fabulous day hunny. I love the new look of your blog too, its fabulous. Enjoy your day, hugs Linda x

Fathers Day Cards and Warm Weekend

Good morning and what a lovely morning it is. Indeed the sun is shining and its warming up as we speak! I can not believe its sunday already and i havn't made a single card yet this week. These fathers day cards are what i made last weekend, the last of the order. I am desperately wanting to make up my DT cards for this week, but with moving about my craft stash and the usual household duties, ive not had time. I am hoping to catch up today.

I trust you are all having a wonderful weekend, and that the weather is kind wherever you are.

I have alot of things to sort today, i need to recharge my camera batteries so that i can share photos of my re-arranged crafting space, and hopefully a photo and details of my blog candy, that i will be running to celebrate my blogaversary in 2 weeks and my actual birthday next weekend.

In the meantime, the fathers day cards!

I found the Elzybels images an absolute dream to work with, and quick and fast to colour, always a bonus, with such limited crafting time.
This adorable image perfect for the fisherman in your life.

I already had this Pollycraft image coloured and thought i would use it to make this fathers day card, im loving these papers.

Im off to my mums for sunday lunch today, so at least i don't have to cook. It is the Aldham Garden Day today, so we might have a nosey round some of the neighbours gardens later this afternoon. I am too ashamed to open ours, its in real need of some TLC, we have promised ourselves that we will work on that next spring!
Have a wonderful day, hugs for now, back later, Linda x

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Whiff of Joy Release Tomorrow!!

I can hardly wait till tomorrow, when the new whiff of Joy stamp release takes place. Go here to view the new images. Katharina has some lovely candy up for grabs to celebrate the occasion too. The new stamps can be brought tomorrow from Whiff of Joy website.

See you later x

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

My time to Craft Challenge week 35 - Beckys sketch and Friday Sketchers

Its Wednesday already where has the week gone? i hope your all having better weather than us, its been fairly miserable all week. Which reflects the mood of my lovely Rocky Bear. He doesn't like walking in the rain, bless him, so he is sleeping more than normal!! I am definitely coming back as a dog in my next life!!!!

Have made two cards this morning, the first time i've had to craft this week. I have down a couple of sketch challenges, so that i didn't have to think too hard!!! always an easy option with my limited mojo at the moment!!

Now its almost my blogaversary and birthday, so i am going to post some blog candy to celebrate this weekend. I am struggling as what to offer, there is so many gorgeous candy's up for grabs just now, what is going to tempt you all???!!! I seriously need to put my thinking cap on.


What a great sketch this week, another fabulous sketch to work too, and i have used my penny black image, that has been coloured for weeks. I have been using up some of the free papers that i have collected, and thought this one was perfect!

Have use the Martha Steward embossed border punch and highlighted with stickles and liquid pearls. The daffodil has been glossy accented.

This week is a fantastic sketch by my lovely friend Becky, it was a dream to work with. I have used one of the lovely Rachelle Miller images, and highlighted the flowers with pearls and stickles glitter.

The image has been coloured with my pro markers. Papers were the remainder of my freebies from a recent magazine. I have to say they were fabulous to work with too.
Im off to stamp up some of my new stamps and to hopefully get my DT work up to date Hope you all have a great day, i apologise for not visiting all your lovely blogs this week, but will catch up at the weekend.
Hugs for now Linda 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...