Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Sunny Bo!

Woah what a lovely day its been, we've had the most gorgeous weather today in norfolk. The only trouble is with the weather not making its mind up everyone is spreading germs, I've just got over a sore throat so James brings home his coughs and sneezes!!!
Lets hope you are all keeping away from the germs though!

Happy Fall:

Cupcake ~  "If you go down to the woods today......"
By The Cute & Girly ~ All Things Bright & Beautiful.
The Sweetest Thing ~ Sketch #.

Swing it!

Sketch Saturday ~ Sketch # 174.
Moving Along with the Times ~ 3DP, 2 Embellies & 1 Image.
My Time To Craft ~ Musical Medley.


PP ~ Prima & Thanks to google!
Digi Stamps ~ Kenny K & Teddy Bo.
Punches & Dies ~ Nestabilities, Tonic & MS.
Alpha's ~ AC Thickers.
CS & Happy Stamp ~ SU! 
Gems ~ Quixotic Paperie.
Coloured with Copics

Inspirational Card Sketches ~ Sketch # 133

Good morning to all my lovely "bloggees" we have another fabulous sketch from
Our wonderful sponsor this week is Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps

Sparkle the owner is giving away these two lovely stamps
to one winner of this challenge.

Isn't that a generous gift. Thanks so much Sparkle.
Sparkle Creations has generously gifted our designers
with stamps as well. Again thanks for your generous
heart Sparkle.

So here's this weeks Sketch........

ICSketches #133

Unfortunately I haven't received my stamp yet so I've made a back up card!
My card is for some friends who announced their engagement this week.

The challenges are:

Polka Doodles ~ Distress It!
Basic Grey  & Everybody Art ~ Pink & Brown {Brads ~ Two Scoops /Stamps ~ Wild Flowers}
Secret Crafter ~ Recipe ( 1 Image, 2 DP, 3 Flowers, 4 Brads & 5 Gems/Pearls}
Die Cut Dreams ~ Pink Brown & Cream.
Totally Gorgeous ~ Birds of a feather.
Raise the Bar ~ Things with Wings.
Creative Inspirations ~ Lets Celebrate


PP ~ Prima .
Stamp & Brads ~ Basic Grey.
Flowers ~ Wild Orchid.
Gems ~ Anitas.
Ribbon & Charm from stash.
Ink & CS ~ Stampin Up!

Monday, 26 September 2011

Bah Humbug!!

I couldn't resist this new Digi Stamp from Kenny K, I so love scrooge and A Christmas Carol, in fact it doesn't feel like Christmas if  I haven't seen it at least once during the holiday period. Especially the Patrick Stewart version!!

I've tried to keep my card a plain as possible to give it a little victorian grumpiness! 

Bah Humbug!!

Kenny K Krafty Girlz ~ Christmas.
Cute Card Thursday ~ Sketch. 


Digi Stamps ~ Kenny K & Bugaboo.
PP ~ Hot off the Press.
Coloured with Copics.
CS ~ Stampin Up!

Autumn Leaves.

I love Autumn, the season brings all my favourite colours and textures!
Today's Card is for challenges at:

Autumn Leaves:

Paper Play ~ Autumn Leaves.
Sweet Pea Stampers ~  Autumn Colours
Paper Cutz ~ Button up for Fall.
One Stop Challenges ~ Easel Card.
Stamp with Fun ~ Sketch.
Simon Say's Stamp ~ Dies to Die for.

PP ~ Cuddlebeez.
Stamp ~ Sweet Pea Stamps.
Die's ~ Mariannes.
Rafia, Burlap & Buttons from stash.
Coloured with Copics.

Saturday, 24 September 2011


.......did I make you jump? 

Sorry I couldn't resist.
Two cards today first up is:


Dutch Dare ~ Sketch.
Crazy4Challenges ~ Halloween.

and now.....

Truly Scrumptious & Allsorts ~ Clean & Simple.
Rainbow Lady ~ White Space.
Raise the Bar ~ Things with Wings
Papercraft Star ~ Sketch.
Pollycraft ~ Pearls & Swirls.
Colour Create ~ Lime, Aqua, White with Texture.
Simon Say's Stamp ~ Dies to Die for!

PP ~ My Memories
CS ~ Bazzill & SU!
Digi Stamp ~ The Stamping Boutique.
Dies ~ Nestabilites & Mariannes.
Punch ~ MS.
Pearls from stash.
Alpha's ~ AC Thickers.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Come over to the Darkside.

Its Ellis' 16th birthday this weekend I find it harder to make cards for the kids each year but
this one came easy with a few challenges thrown in too.

Cupcake Challenges ~ The Darkside
Sketch & Stash ~ Sketch #41.
Die Cut Dreams ~ Flower Power.

Card Ingredients:
PP ~ Pink Petticoat.
Decoupage ~ Crafty purple Frog.
Gem's ~ Quixotic Paperie.
Roses ~ Wild Orchid Crafts.
Ribbon & Charm from Stash.
CS ~ Stamping Up

And now for Cake!
Hows this for a first attempt at a Giant Cupcake. 
This cake is a Red velvet chocolate sponge cake iced with vanilla butter cream in a fondant case!
Ok, so the Icing isn't great but its my first time doing that too!
Well whatever it looks like I know its going to taste great because I ate all the trimmings!!

Recipe & mould from Baked & Delicious Party edition.


......me hearty's. Shiver me timers!!

Todays make is for a cute little pirate who was 5 on Wednesday.

Stamp with Fun  ~ Anything goes.
Kaboodle Doodles ~ Lots of Layers.
Everybody Art ~ Stair Step Cards.

PP ~ Pink Petticoat.
Number ~ American Crafts Thickers
Digi Stamps ~ Pollycraft & The Cutting Cafe.
CS ~ Stampin Up!
Gems ~ Anitas.
Copic & Papermania Pen's.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Inspirational Card Sketches ~ Sketch # 132.

At  Inspirational Card Sketches we have a double sponsor again this week!

Firstly we have Bunny Zoe Crafts

Nikki is giving away this £10.00 gift certificate.


*NEW 6x6" Paper Pads - Echo Park
*NEW 6x6" Paper Pads - Fancy Pants
*NEW Tickled Pink Stamps - Lil Victorian Christmas
*NEW September Whimsy Stamps release
*NEW Card Only No. 21 Sept/Oct
*NEW Cosmo Cricket - Clementine & Dear Mr. Claus
*NEW S.E.I Paper Pad - Silver Valley
*NEW Kaisercraft Paper Pads
*PRE-ORDER your Tim Holtz Tote Bag!!!
*NEW Wild Rose Studio Christmas Stamps
*NEW September C.C. Designs
*NEW Whiff of Joy Princess Collection
*NEW Autumn/Winter Stampavie
*NEW September The Greeting Farm
*NEW Crate Paper 6x6" Paper Pads
*NEW Limited Edition My Minds Eye Paper Pads
*NEW Dies - Marianne D, Nellie’s Multi Frame and cART-Us
*NEW Paper Pads – Marianne Design and cART-Us
*NEW Marianne D Vintage Lace Packs
*NEW Christmas Bildmalarna

And also sponsoring us is 2 Cute Rubber Stamps.
Heidi the owner not only sponsored the team with images but
is giving away.....
either 2 digital stamps or 1 cling cushion rubber stamp 
to one winner of this challenge.

My card is also for challenges at :

Simon Say's Stamp ~ Sing It! ( Baby Love ~ Diana Ross & The Supremes)


PP ~ Raspberry Road.
Digi Stamp ~ 2 Cute Rubber Stamps.
Wooden Letters ~ Kars.
Copic Pens & Sewing Machine.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Crochet Crazy ~ Cosy Kindle.

You will need:
 50gms of  DK wool to make the cozy and extra scraps for decoration.
4.0mm Hook.

This pattern is in English terms: 
dc ~ double crochet. (US sc)
ch ~ chain.
tc ~ treble crochet.(US dc)
sl st ~ slip stitch.
dc2tog ~ double crochet two together.
spc ~ space.

I hope this will all make sense as I'm quite new to all this pattern lark!

Ch 21.
Rnd 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 18 ch. 3dc in last ch, now continue down the back of the chain. 19 dc then 2dc in last ch sl st into 1st dc.
Rnds2 & 3: Ch1 (counts as 1 dc) 41dc sl st into ch 1 spc.
Rnds 4-21: Ch 2 (counts as 1 tc) 41 tc sl st into ch2 spc.
Rnds 2 & 23: same as rnds 2 & 3.
Rnd 24: Ch 1 (counts as 1 dc) 19dc, dc2tog, 19dc, dc2tog, 1dc , sl st into ch 1 spc.
Now we are going to work in rows to make the closing flap.
Row 1: Ch1 16dc ch1 turn. (16)
Row 2: dc2tog, 12dc,  dc2tog, ch1 turn (14)
Row 3: 14dc, ch1, turn.
Row 4: dc2tog, 10dc, dc2tog, ch1, turn . (12)
Row 5: 12 c, ch1 turn .
Row 6: dc2tog, 8dc, dc2tog, ch1 turn. (10)
Row 7: 10dc, ch1 turn.
Row 8: dc2tog, 6dc, dc2tog, ch1 turn (8)
Row 9: 8dc, ch1 turn.
Row 10: dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog. ch1 turn, (6)
Row 11: 6dc,ch1 turn.
Row 12: dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog, (4)
now  we need to dc down the edge of the flap,
 11dc, sl st along the top of Rnd 24 
11dc up the opposite edge of the flap.
Row 13: 4dc along the top of the flap.
Ch 12 and sl st into 1st dc of row 13 to make a loop.

weave in ends and sew on a button. decorate however you wish, I have chosen a simple 8 petal flower. and leaves  with a chain stitch stalk.

Please leave a comment so I know you have visited.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Oh Baby!

A quickie post this evening as I'm in the middle of cooking tea before heading off to work!

Today's challenges are:
Simon Say's Stamp ~ Sing It!
Charisma Cardz & Secret Crafter ~ Song inspired ( Oh Baby ~ Eternal)
The Sugar Bowl ~ Sketch & Scraps.
Pollycraft ~ Baby Love

PP ~ Raspberry Road.
Digi Stamp ~ Sugar Nellie.
CS ~Stampin Up!
Alpha's ~ Kars & BasicGrey.
Copic pens & Sewing Machine. 

Oh well now I'd better iron my uniform, ho hum!!!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Crochet Crazy! Funky monky.

Hey Funky Monkey!
Another free pattern discovered on Crochetpatterncentral  by Kristi at Knotty Knotty Crochet

This next make is a gift for my Nephew Kieran. 
I'm sure he's going to love it!
The pattern is from  redheart.com  and was designed by Nancy Anderson.

Double Knit wool in 2 different browns, white, black, blue & gold.
3.50mm & 4.0mm hooks. 

Inspirational Card Sketches ~ Sketch # 131.

Good morning!
This week at Inspirational  Card Sketches with have  DZ Doodles back with us again.
The winner of this weeks sketch challenge will win their own choice  of 3 digital stamps.

The lovely Diane gave each of the DT a wonderful new image to work with too!

Here is mine..... "Santa Sneeking!"

Today's challenges are:
Rainbow Lady ~ Christmas with Acetate.
Simon Say's Stamp ~ Multifold Card ( Tent Fold)
CRAFT ~ Children.
Winter Wonderland ~ Santa Claus is coming to town!
Fun wit Shapes & Stamp Something ~ Anything Goes.

Digital Stamp ~ DZ Doodles.
PP ~ Free with magazine.
Gold Stickles.
Acetate ~ Papermania.
CS ~ Stampin Up!
Ricrac from stash.
Copic Caio pens.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Poppy Field Birthday's!

I think this has to be my latest favourite stamp, I so love Poppies!

Today's card is for challenges at:

The Sweetest Thing ~ Sketch # 134.
Sweet Pea Stamper's ~ "Charmed I'm sure!"
Crafts & Me ~ Button's & Bow's.

Truly Scrumptious ~ Decorate Inside.
Dutch Dare ~ Recipe { 1 Ribbon, 2 Images, 3DP & 4 Embellies (Buttons, Bow, Charms & Flower's)}
Sweet Sketch Wednesday ~ Sketch # 118.

Paper Pretties ~ Sketch #170.
Paper Play ~ 2 or more Images.
Crafty Purple Frog ~ Birthday's.
Fun wit Shapes & Stamp Something ~ Anything Goes.


PP ~ Raspberry Road.
Stamps ~ Sweet Pea & Daisy Dandelion.
Decoupage ~ Crafty Purple Frog.
CS ~ Bazzill & Stamping Up!
Ink ~ SU & Copic's.
Punch ~ Martha Stewart.
Poppies ~ Wild Orchid Crafts.
Button's ~ Button Studio.
Ribbon & Charms from stash.

Crafty Cardmakers DT call.

I've just noticed that Crafty Cardmakers and The Spotlight Challenge are both under new management and a looking for some new Design Team members.

Well I'm game and love a challenge too!

So here is my "New Beginning" make for the Crafty Cardmakers DT Call.

My card is also for challenges at :

Stampavie & More ~ Lace &Pearls.
Whiff of Joy ~ Pink & Pearls.
Copic Creations ~ Pinks.
Die Cut Dream ~ Flower Power.
Pollycraft ~ Baby Love.
Basic Grey Challenges ~ Celebrations ( Olivia Paper Pad.)
Sunday Stamp & Sketch ~ Donna's Sketch.
Fun wit Shapes & Stamp Something ~ Anything Goes.

and here are the 3 of my older makes I have chosen to showcase for my entry.

Steampunk Sally:
She was for my entry into 2 challenges set by Crafty Cardmakers, "Steampunk" & The Spotlight Challenge, "Bottletoops" . This was my first attempt at "Steampunk" 
and I think it shows that I can turn my hand to most styles if I try hard enough!

My next shows my usual style of colouring.

And finally, a cards with out images and and lots of embellishment.

Ok now so wish me luck!!
 ;0) xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

My Memories " Maple" Paper Pack and a Software Giveaway!

I love this Maple Paper Pack from My Memories, The colours are glorious.

Today's Challenge Makes are:
Autumn Flowers:

Allsorts ~ Green & Blue.
Cupcake ~ Patchwork Quilt.
Totally Gorjuss ~ Sketch.

Autumn Thanks:

CRAFT ~ Sketch.
Charisma Cardz & Fun with Shapes ~ Anything Goes.
Dutch Dare ~ Photo Inspiration.
Polka Doodles ~ Autumn Leaves
Secret Crafters ~ Autumn Colours.

There are loads of free paper packs and scrapbooking kits available 
and even more very reasonably price kits too!

Now on to my giveaway.

My Memories have given me a My Memories Suite V2 software download 
worth $40.00 to giveaway to one of my lovely readers.

All I ask is that you visit My Memories and tell me which of their Digital packs are your favourite by leaving a comment below.

Mine is the Rock On  Design pack.

There will be an extra entry for each person who follows the My Memories Blog too!
You can also follow My Memories on Facebook & Twitter.

So Bloggers leave your comments below to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous software prize worth a wonderful $40.00.

You have until Thursday 29th September 2011 to leave your comment.

The winner will be picked at ramdom and announced
Saturday 1st October 2011.

Please spread the word!

Good Luck everyone!!!

Inspirational Card Sketches ~ Sketch # 130

I'm back and I finally made it into the craftroom!
This week at Inspirational Card Sketches we are sponsored by Pattie from Pattie's Creations

My card is for challenges at :

Stamp Something ~ Digi Day.
Copic Creations ~ Pretty in Pink.

PP ~ Basic Grey "Sweet Threads"
Digi Stamp ~ Pattie's Creations.
Chipboard ~ The Girls Paperie.
Ink ~ Copics.
CS ~ Stampin Up!

Crochet Crazy ~ Cozy Pear ~ Free Crochet Pattern. UPDATED

When I finished making the Apple Cozies yesterday my son asked If I could make a Pear Cozy.
Well I searched high and low over the internet for a pattern but couldn't find one so I thought I'd have a go at adapting Anna's Apple Cozy Pattern.

I have used English Terms throughout.

- Small amount of worsted weight cotton yarn in colors of your choice for cozy and leaf.
- Crochet hook sizes 3.5mm and 5.0mm
- Button that is at least 1/2" in diameter
- Thread and needle to sew button on.

With color yarn of your choice and a 5.mm hook, ch 4 sl st into ring.
Rnd 1: 6 dc into ring (6).
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each dc around (12).
Rnd 3: [dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc] 6 times (18).
Rnd 4: [dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 6 times (24).
Rnd 5: dc in each dc around (24), ch 1, turn.
Now you are going to work in rows
Row 6: [dc in next 3 dc 2 dc in next dc] 6 times turn (30).
Rows 7- 13 : dc in each dc (30).
Row 14 -17: dc in next 28dc , ch 1, turn (28).
Row 18: 4 dc, dc2tog , dc2tog ,12 dc, dc2tog, dc2tog 4dc , ch 1 turn (24)
Row 19: dc in each dc across.(24)
Row 20: 4 dc, dc2tog, dc2tog, 12 dc, dc2tog, dc2tog, 4 dc (20)
Row 21 : dc in each dc across. (20).
Row 22 : 4 dc . dc2tog, dc2tog, 4 dc, dc2tog ,dc2tog ,4dc (16)
Row 23: dc in each dc across (16)
Row 24: 2 dc, dc2tog, dc2tog, 4 dc, dc2tog, dc2tog 2 dc (12)
Row 25: dc in each dc across (12) 
Continue to dc evenly around the opening on the side of the pear cozy until you reach the top of Row 26 on the other side of the opening.
Ch 20 (this will create the 2nd loop that goes around the button to close the cozy). sl st into row 20 and continue dc in each dc to make Row 27 sl st ito last st and fasten off.
weave in ends and sew on button.

Leaf: with green yarn and 3.5mm hook
Ch 9; dc in 2nd ch from hook, tc in next 3 ch, dc in next 2 ch, sl st in 2 next ch, working the free loops on the other side of the chain, sl st in next loop, dc in next 2 loops, tc in next 3 loops, dc in next loop. Finish off leaving a long end. Sew leaf to apple cozy. Weave in ends.

Many Thanks go to Anna of the inspiration .

Please leave a comment so I know you have visited.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Crochet Crazy ~ Cozy Apples!

Another quick and cute Cozy pattern from Anna.
My husband completely missed the point by asking why you would want to keep your apple warm!! (silly man!!!)

I've used Double Knit wool with size 5.0mm hook for the cozy and 3.5mm hook for the leaf.http://crafty-anna.blogspot.com/2011/03/free-crochet-pattern-apple-cozy.html

Playing Hookie...

.......from card making that is!!

Yesterday I made some Mug Cozies and Pot handle holder to match her Tea Cozy.
I've used free patterns from Anna at CraftyAnna for the Mug Cozies 
as these have bottom's they also work a as coasters too

and the Pot Holder from Coats & Clark.
this is Not Suitable as a Oven Glove.

I've used 5.0mm hook for both with Double knit wool.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Getting Hooked again!

Here's a Tea Cozy I hooked together yesterday evening, Its a little tight on my teapot but my Mum prefers the shorter and round teapots.
The pattern for this cozy can be found Free at Coats & Clark and is designed by Joan Barnett.

This teapot took approximately 4 hours to make and uses less than 1/4 of a ball of each of Turquoise and Cream double knit wool I have used a 5.00mm hook.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Wales 2011.

I thought I'd just share a few pic's of this years Welsh Wanderings.
This year we decided to climbed a circuit of 3 mountains which took in Tryfan, Gyder Fawr & Gyder Fach 
This circuit took us 11 hours and I have to say we were exhausted and sore.

For those sceptic's out there who say the mountains in Wales are a walk in the park here's the proof that lots of Climbing was envolved!
This is a great action shot of Laurie giving Aiden a helping hand.

The Canterlever Stone, Gyder Fawr

As you can see the views are astonishing and It's amazing how quite it is up there!