Friday, January 27

February Calendar Page

Calendar so far.

Hello my dears,  Woohoo!! it's Friday!! I'm looking forward to the weekend.  Sunday is Crop day with all my blogger buddies.  This will be our first get together since Christmas so there's going to be lots to catch up with and I don't suppose we'll get much crafting done.

Anyway as some of you know I bought myself a sweet flip desktop calendar and this is me onto decorating the Month of February.  I've followed the amazing inspirational picture over at Magnolia-licious challenge which was Cabio's Theme choice.   I've used one of my new stamps Tilda with wrapped heart from the Crazy Love collection.  Coloured her with pro & flex markers.

You can see a full recipe list below this post with links to buy the products where possible.

I Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you.
Happy Crafting.

Challenges Entered:

Magnolia-licious Challenge:  A fab picture for inspiration this time from the lovely Cabio.

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge:  Would like to see Spots this week.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  Anything Goes this week

Simply Create Too Challenge: Love is in the air

Lothian Crafts Challenge: Would like to see Die cuts this month

Creative Inspirations Challenge:  Anything Goes this week.

DP:  Karrs Christmas collection
Image: Tilda with wrapped heart  Magnolia stamps 
Medium: Pro & Flex Markers   Letraset
Marianne Designs Products Used:
Creatable Bird & Ivy die LR0206
Creatable Decorative Hearts die LR0159
Craftable Oval Die: CR1204
Small English Rose die: LRO162
Small Chinese Rose die: LRO163
Sentiment: Magnolia Crazy Love Collection.
Magnolia Accessory stamp:  Be mine heart 
Extras: TH old paper & fired brick distress inks

Fairy Fun Friday #71 Anything but a Card DT

Gift Box and Lid with small easel card

Gift box complease

Inside with yummy chocolates.

Hello my dears,  This post is to let you all know that another fabulous bi-weekly challenge has started over at

Our Hostess with the mostest is the lovely Kelly and she has chosen the theme of Anything But A Card  you can make a gift box, tag, wall hanging etc etc.  As Valentines day is on the horizon I decided to make a little tiered gift box to hols some yummy heart chocolates. 

I've used the sweet Gillian from the Valentine Gillian set over at Prairie Fairy Designs  coloured her with Pro markers and Prisma pencils.  I've used two of the fab tag die's from Marianne Designs to showcase her. A full recipe for my gift box is below this post.

I hope you will pop over and take a peek at the wonderful and varied creations the other princess's have made for you this time. They are amazing as always.

Thank you for popping in to visit me,  I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead.

Challenges Entered:

Crafty Ribbons:  Have a fabulous theme of  Love is 
Red and Black
Little Claire's :  Anything but a card 
CardmadFairy Digi Days:  Would like to see Ribbon and Bows
Simply Create Too:  Have the theme of Love is in the Air
Cupcake Craft: Theme of All you need is Love 
Incy Wincy Designs:  Anything but a Card
The Pink Elephant:  Have a wonderful photo for inspiration this week.
Crafty Creations:  Would like to see anything but a card this week.
Simon Says Stamps:  Anything goes this week.
Craft Room:  Valentine is the theme

Card stock:  card in a box - unknown
Image: Valentine Gillian set from Prairie Fairy Designs
Medium:  Pro Markers & Prisma pencils 
Decorative Tags: Marianne Designs LRO154
Decorative Hearts: Marianne Designs LRO159
Martha Stewart Deep edges lace punch
Ribbons: Stash
Small heart punch
Glamour dust

Tuesday, January 24

Lavender & Lace

Good afternoon my dears,  It's a miserable day here, cold, very grey and bucketing with rain.  I've been trying to get a card made for Lili's Little Fairies for the past couple of weeks and have always run out of time.   Not this time though!!!  I've used this sweet pre-coloured image and made some amendments to her.

I went over the skin tones with some blush and baby pink using my pro markers.  I then added a little sheer ribbon to her hat and added a  lilac rose.  I also cut into her skirt and added the same ribbon underneath to give her a petticoat.  

Glossy Accents on her shoes, teacup and the cake stand, with added glitter for good measure on her dress and iced cakes. A full recipe for my card is below this post.

I hope the weather is much better for you all wherever you are.

Challenges Entered:

Lili's Little Fairies:  Would like to see Lavender & Lace this week
Papertake Weekly: Would like to see Happy Highlights on your image.
Stamp & Create : Have an Anything Goes Theme this week


Papers:  First Edition
Image: Lili of the Valley Hello Cupcake
Medium: Pro Markers (touched up skin tones)
Birthday Recipe Sentiment: Lili of the Valley
Wired Flower Glitter Ribbon:
Roses: stash

Sunday, January 22

Love is in the Air - soon be Valentine Day

Hello my lovelies,  I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend, I know I have.  Friends dropped in on Friday with some food, wine, champagne, vodka and lovely presents to celebrate my 60th  Birthday, we had a fab evening which lasted well into early Saturday morning!!!!  lol

I didn't get up until very late, but when I did the postie had left me quite a few packages and guess what was inside!!!!! yup, lots and lots of new TILDA'S, background stamps and sentiments. I am a lucky girl.

Anyway this is one of my new Tilda's, and two of the sentiments.  I followed the sketch from Tina over at Tomic and used white netting as my fabric.  Tilda has been coloured with pro & flex markers,  I inked the edges of my Marianne Design Heart die cuts and then heat embossed with Bridal embossing tinsel from Ranger.

A full recipe for my card is below this post.

 Thank you for popping in to visit, I hope you have a lovely day/evening ahead. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Tomic challenge:  Sketch & use Fabric on your project

Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge:  Would like to see A Valentine inspired project with at least one Magnolia stamp. If you want to see the full range of Magnolia stamps, then Diana has an amazing collection over at Magnolia Stamps

The Corrosive Challenge:  Would love to see some Hearts on your creation.

Lets Ink it Up Challenge:  Are back!!! Yippee,  The theme for this months 1st challenge of 2012  is Anything Goes

Do You Stack Up Challenge:  Would like to see lots of lovely patterned papers on your creation.

DP: Create & Craft 12x12 speciality love papers
Image: Magnolia Sweet Crazy Love Collection
Rose Scent Tilda/ I Love You / Sentiment from the same set.
Medium:  Pro & Flex Markers
Heart Die's: Marianne Designs LRO159  
Corner Accent: Marianne Design Creatable LRO180
Flower Spray: made by me using beads from stash and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers.
White Netting: Stash

Monday, January 16

Emerald Faeries Garden - Colour Theme

Hello again my dears,  I'm a little late with my post for our new challenge over at The Emerald Faeries Garden.  Blogger has been playing up all day!!!! but then again that's not unusual in itself.

We start our fortnightly challenge with a Celebration  as it's
Australia Day on 26th January we would love to see your creations with the colours of Green Yellow or Gold.

I hope you will pop on over and join us, remember you don't have to use an Emerald Faeries image to enter but if you have one we would love to see them.


Be my Valentine

Hello my dears,  I hope you are all having a great start to your new week.   I must say I've been dreading this week for a while now!!! well the last 11 months or so.  This is the last day I will be in my 50's - oh my goodness!!!! where have the years gone.

It's my Birthday tomorrow!!  I'll be "GULP" 60 years young, it's not so much the number it's what it means, I will officially become a Senior Citizen - can collect my free bus pass and state pension!!!! Nooooooooooooooo!! I don't want them. Well the money will be nice, let's me buy some more crafty goodies. lol

Anyhow I digress, I wanted to show you all this fabulous image from Saturated Canary.  Her name is Gothica and you can find her over at Krista's Etsy store here, what a fab image for a teenage valentine's card.  I used pro & flex markers to colour her, a full recipe for my card is below this post.

Saturated Canary are having a Gdt call which ends 21st Jan so if you are a fan like me do pop over and find out all the details.

I would like to enter the following Challenges:

Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge:  Anything Goes this fortnight but do remember you can only enter 3 challenges in total and you must use a Wild Orchid product on your creation.

Dream Valley Challenge:  Anything Goes is the theme.

Going Buggy Challenge:  The theme this month is Black/Red/White or Grey/Red/White.


DP: Crafts-Too Gingham & papermania dots
Image: Gothica - Saturated Canary
Medium: Pro & Flex Markers
Nesti: oval small x 2
TH: Clock Face BigZ die
Heart: Marianne Design Creatable
Flowers: White ones from Stash
Red Poppies: Wild Orchid Crafts
Net Ribbon: Bunny Zoe's Crafts
Sentiment: Magnolia Sweet Crazy Love collection
metal heart charm & butterfly: Stash.
Extras:  TH old paper distress ink & stickles red & paper lace

Sunday, January 15

Marianne Design Divas - In With The New !!!!

My Marianne Design Products this month are:
 Elines pretty bloc papers Let it snow, Happy & Bright
New Don and Daisy Image - Daisy Knitting - due for release in February
Craftable Oval die
CR1204 Flower die from CR1204

Good morning All,   Time for another fun filled challenge over at

This month we would love to see your interpretation of In with the New.  Maybe you have some new stash that need to be used, or a new technique you would like to try, it could be a New Baby etc.

All you need do is use at least 1 Marianne Design Product from the vast range on your creation and tell us what's new to be included in the prize draw this month.

Our Sponsor is the fabulous Cuddly Buddly Store.

You will receive the Brand New Creatable Tree die, Fence & bird die plus 3 lovely digital images.  Wow!!! what a prize.

We also have sweet Marianne herself giving one of you lucky participants the chance to win.

So what are you waiting for, get that new stash out and start creating.  We are looking forward to visiting you over the next few weeks.

Challenges Entered:

Simply Create Too Challenge: Would like to see more than 2 layers on your creation.

Crafty Catz Challenge:  Would like you to use something New

Card Makin' Mamma's Challenge: Anything Goes this time.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday.


Friday, January 13

Fairy Fun Friday #69 Calafornia Dreaming

Hello again my dears,  This post is to let you all know that another fabulous bi-weekly challenge has started over at

Our Hostess with the mostest is the lovely Hannah and she has chosen the theme of California Dreaming -  She wants us to get away from the winter blues and create something warm/dreamy.

I've chosen the sweet image of Framed Betty with her lovely flowery swimming cap and her 30's style swimsuit.  This digital image is just one of two from the set and they come in jpg & png form.   Isn't she adorable, you can find her HERE.  I love the expression on her face.  Maybe she thinks the water is  a little cold for bathing .!!!! lol

She's been coloured with pro & flex markers, papers are K&Co, CB embossing folder Allegro.  Swirl is a TH die,  ribbon, flower, heart & die cut sentiment are all from my stash.

Thank you so much for popping in to visit, do please visit Fairy Fun Friday Blog and take a peek at the wonderful creations my fellow princess teamies have made for you this week.

Challenges Entered:

Passion For Pro markers Challenge:  Would like a Song to inspire you this week.  My song would be If you're Going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

My Mums Craft Shop Challenge:  Have a theme of Here Come The Girls this week.

Crafty Emma's Challenge: Anything Goes this week.

The Pink Elephant Challenge: Would like to see a Heart/s on your project this week.


Grandson's BIrthday

Hello my dears,  What a lovely time we had yesterday celebrating our Twin Grandson's Birthday's.   There was cake, jelly, crisps, chocs etc etc.  Party games and fun.   I was exhausted just watching all their little friends enthusiasm and energy for fun lol.

I made these sweet 4x4 wallet type of cards and personalised them with a sentiment created on the computer.  They loved the front but secretly enjoyed the inside of the card more. lol.

We decided not to buy them gifts because they had so many wonderful gifts from Santa a couple of weeks ago.  This will allow them to buy what they want.  I think it was appreciated.

Onto my cards, I chose to use digital images from the Prairie Fairy store,  they were so appropriate.  Ross wants to be a Fireman and Aaron would like to be a Fashion Designer for 3 days and make cakes for 2 days a week when he grows up. (Wishful thinking)!!!!

Dutch Dare Card Challenge: Would like to see a card for the boy/man in your life
Cute Card Thursday Challenge:  Would like to see some humour either in the image or sentiment/papers
Digital Tuesday Challenge: Would like you to Punch it out this week.  My sentiment was punched out with xcut's 1.5"  & 2.00" punches
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge:  Would like to see Birthday creations this week.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend ahead.


Monday, January 9

2012 Calendar for ME!!!!

Hello my dears,   I have not created anything for myself for such a long time, so when I saw this desk top photo calendar on sale at Asda I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.   I will decorate each monthly page with my sweet Tilda's and it'll take pride of place in my craft room.

I used Tilda with gift from the Christmas Dreams collection, coloured her with pro & flex markers. Used a few doohickey die's and lots of stickles.  A full recipe is below this post if you would like to know details of the items.

I hope you all have a lovely crafty week ahead. Thanks for popping in to visit me. xxx

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge:  Anything Goes this month.

Just Magnolia & Hanglar Stangler Challenge:  Anything Goes this month with the option of New/New Year.

Magnolia Down Under Challenge:  Anything goes this week

It's A Magnolia Challenge:  No Designer paper is the theme.

Simon Says Stamps Challenge:  Something New this week
I've used my new calendar and new stickles

Lothian Crafts Challenge:  Die Cuts this month

The Corrosive Challenge: New Year/something new on your creation. I've used my new Blue stickles and of course my new calendar.

Image: Magnolia (Tilda with small gift) Magnolia-licious stamps
Medium: Pro & Flex Markers
Spellbinders Nesti: oval small
Magnolia Doohickey Dies: Large lace doily & vintage flowers
Fence: Sizzix die
Flower spray:  made by me with beads and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
White flowers: Stash & glittered with stickles waterfall
Webbed Ribbon: Bunny Zoes Crafts

Sunday, January 8

Candy Alert !!!!!!! from Lili of The Valley

Wow!!!! I wanted to let you know that Lili of The Valley Ideas to Inspire blog are having an amazing Candy giveaway for one very lucky participant.

12 adorable stamps of their choice.  Do pop over HERE and take a peek at the details.  You know what they say!!!
you have to be in it to win it.


Thursday, January 5

Hello my dears,  I hope everyone is having a great start to their New Year.  We've just had the most horrendous two days of gale force winds and torrential rain but hurrah!!! the sun is peeking through today although it's still very cold.

I wanted to share my Sweet Tilda with you,  I've coloured her with Pro & Flex markers.  My papers are from papermania's Garden party glitter stack and Let it Snow stack. A full recipe for my card is below this post.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

TOMIC Challenge: Have a wonderful sketch this week with the colour theme of Blue/white and glitter

Simply Magnolia Challenge: Have the theme of Celebrate this week.

Cheery Lynn Designs challenge:  Have the theme of  Winter Blues and of course you must use at least 1 Cheery Lynn product. I've used the lovely Italian Flourish Doily, cut in half to accommodate the style of my card.

Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge:  Would like to see Sparkle and Ribbon this month
Stampalot Challenge:  Would like to see Monochromatic this month. I've chosen shades of Blue.

Wishing you all a wonderful day


DP:  Papaermania's Garden Party & Let it Snow glitter stacks 12x12
Image:  Magnolia Sweet Tilda
Medium:  Pro & Flex Markers
Nesti: oval small
Lacy oval die: Marianne Designs
Large Star die: chipboard die painted with white acrylic paint and then white glitter applied using Zig glue
Flowers: stash sprinkled with glamour dust
Brads: Papermania
Pin: made by me
Sentiment: Stash
Ribbon: Wild Orchid Crafts.

Monday, January 2

1st card of 2012

Oh my word!!!  How Cauuuuuuute!!! is this little lady.  I must admit to not knowing much about these beautiful stamps/images until I received this and another two from a dear friend as part of my Xmas gift.

She is a Bildmalarna stamp and I think she comes under the the Mimosa collection.  I've looked in the shop but can't find her.  My friend says she bought them in America so maybe it's an older one!!! 

Anyway I digress, I think she's a cute as a button.  I used my Pro markers and flex markers to colour her, adding little lilac gems in the centre of the flowers,  she has been stamped onto a circular nesti and mounted onto another two. I distressed the edges with TH old photo ink.  A full recipe for my card is below this post.

I would like to enter her into the following challenges:

Bildmalarna Challenge:  The theme this week is Anything Goes. I'm looking forward to entering more challenges with these little cuties as the weeks go on.  I can feel a shopping spree coming on!!!!
Simon Says Stamps Challenge:  Anything goes this week
House of Gilli:  Anything Goes this week
Cupcake Craftroom Challenge: Anything Goes this week
Paper Creations Challenge: Die Cuts/and or Punches is the theme


DP: First Edition Dream Catcher
Image: Bildmalarna (Mimosa)
Medium: Pro & Flex Markers
Nesti:  circles small and circle scallop
White Flowers: Marianne D's English & Chinese Rose Die's - Lilac flower from Stash
Birthday Recipe Stamp:  Lili of the Valley
Friendship Sentiments and Die's:  Whimsy Stamps
Leaves: Spellbinders Foliage die
Ribbon:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Gems:  Stash. 

Favourite Cards of 2011

Hello my dears,  I showed you my top 5 Christmas cards last week and this week it's time to show you my top 10 cards for 2011.  If you pop over to the lovely Debby (A Scrapjourney)  you can blame it all on her, lol,  as it was her idea last year and she has carried it on this year.

This wasn't an easy task at all, it's taken me a couple of days just to whittle it down.  But Here they are!!!!

I love this card for the bold colours and because it was my first DT card for The Emerald Faeries Garden.

I loved making this card for my Daughter, the image is so gorgeous from Sugar Nellie.  I liked the fact that there is no DP involved It's just ink and stamp for the background. 

Apart from Sweet Tilda, this has to be one of my most favourite stamps from Elizabeth Bell, I never get tired colouring her.

I'm a huge fan of Sugar Nellie stamps but when they brought these beautiful images out in digital form I fell in love with them, they are a dream to colour.

I really struggle with masculine cards but was so delighted with how this little hanglar stanglar boy turned out.

I love these cute quirky series of Digital images from Roberta over at Prairie Fairy, they are so endearing.

I just couldn't leave this sweet LOTV card out.  This cutie has to be one of my all time fave from lotv.

Finally last but not least Sweet Tilda. I just cannot see past this cute adorable image. Oh I know she has no mouth or nose but I can see beyond that.  I just love her to bits.

Thanks for popping in and don't forget to run on over and take a peek at the other crafters 10 most fav for 2011