Saturday, 30 June 2012

Sketch Saturday #214 with The Craft Barn.

Morning all. This week at Sketch Saturday
we have the wonderful  The Craft Barn back with us.

"We are a UK business selling a wide range of craft supplies including stamps, dies and embossing folders, punches, an extensive range of items to alter and decorate and much more for your scrapbooking and card making projects. We are committed to providing the best, most up to date craft products at great prices, coupled with first class service.
We have over 10,000 products, some of the leading brands that we stock include: Sizzix, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Crafty Individuals, Katzelkraft, Crafts Too, DecoArt, Copic, Viva D├ęcor, Spellbinder Nestabilities, Impression Obsession, Tando Creative, Marianne D and Cosmic Shimmer to name but a few. We are constantly adding new products to our range of craft supplies so be sure to add us to your browser favourites so you can pop back and see us."

The Craft Barn offer a wide range of goodies for all crafters from all things 'Cuttlebug' to grunge paper, from cottage cutz dies to cosmic shimmers, then there's your essentials like cardstock and papers and adhesives.

Not forgetting their HUGE stock of clear and rubber stamps to tantalise you!

There really is something for everyone :)

For all the latest products that have been added to the site PLEASE CLICK HERE

LATEST NEWS from The Craft Barn!...

Click here for details and booking 
of workshops and masterclasses
Click here for the amazing list of free demonstrations

If you do have the opportunity to go, then please do. This is a very popular event, and very worthwhile, you may pick up some crafting tips and meet up with fellow crafters too
And of course you will be able to see the full range of wonderful products available in store.

This weeks challenge winner will receive a generous gift voucher from The Craft Barn, HUGE thanks Sandy!

                         This weeks prize is a £10.00 gift voucher to spend in The Craft Barn Store.

Today's challenges are:

Totally Papercrafts ~ Use a digi Image.
Charisma Cardz, Try It On TuesdayCreative Inspiration ~ Anything Goes.
Art With No Boundries ~ Performing Arts


Digi Stamp ~ Kenny K.
PP ~ BasicGrey "Little Black Dress"
Mosaic Tiles ~ Papermania.
Bead chain from stash.
CS ~ Coredinations.
Coloured with Copic's.
Glossy Accents

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

June Bombshell Hump Day!

It's the last Wednesday of the month, which means that it's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop. This month's theme was 3 Cheers for Summer. That means, that the projects need to be Summer themed, but there also needs to be either 3 of something, or the number 3 on the project. We have 14 fabulous stops for this month's hop! 

If you are following the hop you should be visiting from

Glittery Katies Blog 

but if you've got lost  here is the full hop list.

Bombshell Blog:
Mary G.:
Glittery Katie:

Please visit everyone and show 'em some love! 

Here's my make, I've chosen 3 Beach Huts and used Bombshell Angel and free papers from Simply Homemade magazine.

Today's challenges are:

Charisma Cardz, Raise the Bar, Oldie but a Goodie {my oldie is the Stamp} & Dutch Dare ~ Summer.
Cute Card Thursday ~ Here Comes Summer.
Crafting When We Can ~ Summer fun! 

So now it's time to go to 
She has made a super stunning make!!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Chocolate, Coffee & Cream

It seems a while since I had time to make a challenge busting card, so here it is!!!
I don't know when the next one will be though.......Ellie is moving in tomorrow!!!
Today's Challenges are:

Everybody Art ~ Monochromatic Brown.
Chocolate Coffee & Cards ~ Coffee & Cream.
Stamping for the Weekend ~ Show us your style.
Sweet Stamping ~ Ribbon & Bows.
Here Come The Boys ~ Metal & Embossing.
Made Especially for You ~ Heat Embossing.
The Cutie Pie ~ One for the Boys.


PP ~ K-Design.
Digi Stamp ~ Kenny K.
Sentiment ~ Royal Langnickle.
Roses ~ Wild Orchid Crafts.
Metal Charms ~ Whiff of Joy.
Ribbon ~ May Arts.
CS ~ Bazzill.
Embossing Powder ~ Heat It Up!
Coloured with Copic's & Promarkers.

Cuddle Cocoons

There seems to be an abundance of babies arriving in the next couple of months.
My Neighbour and an old school friend{who's having twins are both expecting their arrivals in the next 7 weeks and my sister in law although a little while to go as yet is expecting at the end of Novemeber.
So I've got a fair bit of making to do as yet.......It would help if I knew the sex, with a bit of luck we'll be blessed with two boys and two girls!!! 

Baby Bear Coccon

 Angel Coccon
Zips up the back

Cuddle Cocoons by Sandy Powers
DK Wool Stylelife Baby wool.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Kenny K's Krafty Girlz ~ Must Be The Music!

Thank you to everyone that took part in our "All that Jazz" challenge last week 

Before I tell you about this weeks new challenge with have a fabulous new Collection release for you today 

This weeks first sponsor is Kenny K's Downloads

The prize from Kenny is the winner's choice of 5 digi's.
our second sponsor this week is

Our theme for this week is....

Must Be the Music!

Inspired by music.This can be the words of a song, a song title or just music in general.

I've made three cards this week because I simply love the new digi's
My 1st song is "Skull & Crossbone" from the "Pirates of the Carribean"  Soundtrack
and I've used L'il Pirate.

2nd is "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra using Fun Faerie.

and 3rd is "Crystal Ball" by Keane using Elf Queen


Digital Stamp ~ Kenny K Downloads.
PP ~ Pink Petticoat & Prima.
Flower's ~ Wild Orchid Crafts.
Roses ribbon ~ May Arts.
Butterflie Punch ~ Tonic Studio.
Gems from stash
CS ~ Core'dinations.
Wobble Action Spring.
Stickles ~ Golden Rod.
Coloured with Copic's. 

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Sketch Saturday #213 with Digi Doodle Shop.

Good morning all, this week at Sketch Saturday 
we are joined by Joy & Judy at Digi Doodle Shop

Digi Doodle Shop is the results of a mother and daughter’s love for the arts and crafts. It was started a little over 3 years ago with a little more than 100 stamps, and has since then grown to almost 500 stamps. Joy (the mother of this team) designs realistic images, while Judy (aka/daughter) loves the “fun side of life”, and create images with a cartoon flair. Having these two complimenting styles have enabledDigi Doodle Shop to offer a wide variety of stamps.
It is a real honor and pleasure to sponsor this challenge, and we look forward to seeing all the amazing creations. We thank the design team for their incredible creations, and wish all the participants the very best of luck in this challenge.
Thank you so much for having us, and again the very best of luck to all of you.

Judy and Joy are giving this weeks winner a $ voucher

So on to this weeks sketch.....I love this one!

Today's challenges are:

Allsorts ~ Any die will do.
Basic Grey Challenges  ~ Favourite Colour Combo {Lime & Navy using  PJ& B)
Sweet Stamping ~ Ribbon & Bows { Sentiment Digi Stamp}.
Diva's By Design ~ To "Die" for!
Paper Play ~ Dies.


PP ~ Basic Grey "PJ & B"
Sentiment ~ Pink Petticoat.
Dies ~ Marianne Design.
CS ~ Core'dination.
Ribbon ~ eBay.
Pearls ~ Stamping up.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Old Book!

Its mine & Jame's 4th Wedding Anniversary this August and this is just one part of my present to him,
{ He never looks on here so I know it'll still be a surprise}

The paper substrate book box is from Hobbycraft,{ £3.49} which I have covered in  Kraft wrapping paper which I have soaked in warm water and then I squeezed out  all the ater and hung to dry.Once dry I rubbed the hole of the surface with "Aged Mahoganny" Distress ink  then tore into loads of little pieces before decopatching the box. Ensuring the whole box was covered I then gave it  a coat of "Aged Mahoganny" ink &3 coats of watered down PVA glue to seal the leather look paper.  I then mounted the metal corners with normal strength PVA and guilded the edges with Gold Leaf. Then sealed with one more coat of PVA.
The leaves of the book are strips of water colour paper aged with "Old Paper" & "Brushed Cordroy" inks. It doesn't quite feel finished yet but I'm not sure whats missing!!

The challenges for my Book are:

Simon Say's Stamp & Show ~ Anything Goes.
Crafty Cardmakers ~ No Cards, Tags or ATC
Wild Orchid Crafts ~ Anything Goes.


Recycled Parcel wrapping paper.
Gold Leaf.
Book Shaped Box
Metal Corners ~ Wild Orchid Crafts.
Distress Inks.
PVA Glue.
Watercolour Paper.

Super Dad!

I'm so proud to have been declared spotlight of the week for this card at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge

Thank you so much!
My second card for today is James' Father's Day card from Aiden.
 Aiden picked the image, the papers and supervised while mum did the making!! 
Thats team work for you apparently!!

The challenges for this card are:

The Pink Elephant ~ Masculine.
Delightful Challenges & Bloggers ~ One for the Boys/Men.
Dream Valley ~ Special Guy.
Stamptacular ~ Fabulous Folds.
Here Come the Boys ~ More than one fold.


Digital Stamp ~ Kenny K Downloads.
PP ~ Pink Petticoat.
Sentiment ~ Computer Generated.
CS ~ Core'dinations.
Wobble action spring under Superdad.
Coloured with Copic's.

Kenny K's Krafty Girlz ~ All That Jazz!

Good morning all and Thank you for playing along with last weeks "Animal Antic's" Challenge.

 Our prize from Kenny K Downloads is 5 digi's of the winners choice

and this weeks winner will also receive from Inky Impressions

This week our challenge theme is:
All That Jazz
We would like to see you bling it up big time with more than 10 gems!

Today's challenges are:

Adictted to Stamps ~ 1 or more pin.
Simon Say's Stamp & Show ~ Anything goes.
Creative Card Crew ~ Song Inspired ( All That Jazz/Cabaret)


Digital Stamp ~ Kenny K.
CS ~ Core'dinations.
Ribbon, Gems & Pins ~ eBay.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Sketch Saturday #212 with The Stamp Fairy.

This week at Sketch Saturday we are joined by the fabulous Stamp Fairy

"Stamp Fairy officially launched on November 5th 2010. Gerda Burghardt, artist and owner, creates cute and whimsical digital images for the young and old, inspired by her life, love and 4 cute cats. You will find adorable teddies bears, young boys and girls, fuzzy little bunnies and whimsical critters.  Stamp Fairy has new releases along with a free image every Friday and Guest Designers each month.  Please visit the store and browse StampFairy’s wonderful images.  We hope StampFairy’s images inspire YOUR creativity."

Gerda is kindly giving this weeks winner a wonderful Gift voucher for £10.00 

So onto this weeks Sketch.

Today's challenges are:

Addicted to Stamps ~ One Pin or more.
Lollipop Crafts ~ Flowers in Bloom.
Papertake Weekly ~ 3 roses, 2 pp & 1 Pin.
The Paper Shelter ~ Anything Goes.


PP ~ Basic Grey " Kissing Booth"
Digi Stamp ~ Stamp Fairy.
Roses ~ Wild Orchid Crafts.
Ribbon & Pin ~ eBay
CS ~ Bazzill.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Bombshell Stamps Sketch June '12.

Its sketch time at Bombshell Stamps and its a fabby one too!!

Today's other challenges:

Craft Your Passion, and Make It Monday ~ Anything Goes.
Truly Scrumptious ~ Flower Power.


Digital Stamp ~ Bombshell Stamps.
PP ~ Basic Grey.
Flowers ~ Wild Orchid Crafts,
CS ~ Coredinations.

Monday, 11 June 2012


I bought my latest parcel of Basic Grey papers from Bunny Zoe at the weekend and how lush is it?
Totally LUSH!!!

I love the soft subtle colours and delicate patterns in Plumeria.

Today's card is for challenges at:

Basic Grey Challenges ~ Clean & Simple.
Feeling Sketchy ~ Sketch #11.
Sweet Stampin ~ All Stitched up!


PP ~ Basic Grey "Plumeria"
Alpha's ~ AC Thickers.
CS ~ Core'dinations.
but on acrylic heart from stash.

Now off to see what I can do with PJ & B!!!

Bombshell Ms June's Pin-Up Challenge

Hi everyone! It's Kim, Ms. June turn to set the challenge this month.

The challenge for June is "Raise Yer Flag"!   June 14th is Flag Day in the USA, so she thought this would be an interesting challenge for everyone. Of course, this challenge is open for interpretation. Some examples - using a flag, flag shaped cards, your countries flag colors, pirate's flags, etc.

Have fun with this challenge!

Here's my take on the challenge.

Other challenges for today are:

Simon Say's Stamps ~ Diamond Jubilee.
Cupcake Crafts ~ Red, White & Blue.
The Paper Shelter ~ Going Dotty.
Sweet Stamping ~ All Stitched up.
Hiding in my Craftroom ~ Siper Scraps.


Bombshell Stamps ~ Bombshell Angel.
PP & Sentiment ~ Pink Petticoat.
CS ~ Papermania.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Kenny K's Krafty Girlz DT CALL

Good Afternoon  Its time to search for some new talent or maybe even old ones that would like to come back but I'm currently looking for some new DT members so if you feel you have what it takes to be a Kenny K Krafty Girl or Boy then please read on...

I'm looking for a both Ladies and Gents to join the team for a 6 month term from July 1st  - December 30th 2012

 Members will split into 2 teams so each member has a challenge every other week and will you be required to comment on entry's accordingly.

To apply for the design team you must have great colouring skills and love working with digital stamp images, especially in the style of Kenny K, and his gorgeous babes, kids, and dudes and love to enter other challenge blogs to give maximum advertising and promotion.

When becoming a member you will receive a selection of the Kenny K images to work with as well as any new releases that come out during your DT term. 

The DT call runs until Midnight  GMT June 10th 2012 and I will contact the successful applicants by  June 17th 2012. 

Please only one entry per person on the linky  HERE if you would like to show us several piece's of work  make a specific post relating to this DT Call and we would prefer to see you use a Kenny K image

Kenny K's Krafty Girlz ~ Animal Antics.

Thank you to everyone that took part in the "Pearls" challenge last week at 
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz.

Kenny has a fabulous Summer fun mini release for us

Fourth of July
Olympic Runner

We have 2 great sponsors again this week.....

This weeks first sponsor is Kenny K's Downloads 
The prize from Kenny is the winner's choice of 5 digi's

.Our second sponsor is the lovley Donna from Bearly Mine who is giving the winner their choice of 2 digi packs.

                              Our theme for this week is:
Animal Antic's

Other challenges for my card today are:

 Shopping our Stash  ~ Father's Day!
Digital Tuesday & Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes!
Craft Your Passion ~ Chevrons.


Digital Stamp ~ Kenny K Downloads
PP ~ Pink Petticoat Bubbles and Chevrons in Turquoise.
CS ~ Core'dinations.
Computer generated sentiments.
Coloured with Copic Caio's

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Beside the seaside, beside the sea!

My copy of Simply Homemade dropped through the letter box this morning and I knew exactly what to dot with the gorgeous free paper pack and stamps. I covered this little chest of drawer a few years ago but it was starting to look shabby so needed a re-vamp!

Today's challenges are:

Totally Gorgeous ~ Sunshine.
Delightful Challenges ~ Fun in the Sun
Moving along with the Times ~ Anything but a card,
Creative Card Crew ~ Song Inspired " Beside the seaside"

Sketch Saturday #211 with Simon Say's Stamp.

Simon Say's Stamp is joining us this week at Sketch Saturday 

and as ever the generous prize of  $25.00 is rolling it way to this weeks winner!

This weeks sketch is a nice easy one.

Challenges for my card include:

One Stitch at a Time ~ Use a digi.
Crafty Cardmakers ~ Distress it!
Kaboodle Doodle ~ Mainly Male.
Creative Inspirations ~ Male Card.
Dude Time Doodles ~ Boy's & Their Toys!


Digital Stamp ~ Kenny K Downloads.
PP ~ Pink Petticoat.
CS ~ Core'dinations 
Dies ~ Spellbinders.
Buttons from stash.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012


Guess what!?
Stamping Craft Gossip are having a HUGE giveaway fromKennyK Downloads!! You could win your Fab Five Faves!

Here’s what you need to do to enter:Visit the KennyK  shop and join their mailing list (link is on the left on their site) and then pick your 5 favorite KennyK digis  and  leave a comment on the Stamping Craft Gossip post listing by name and specify which collection they’re from. Then they’ll randomly draw 5 winners (wow!) and your prize will be those 5 digis you picked! Awesome, huh!?
Contest runs from now until June 10th. Good luck!