Sunday, 30 October 2011

Good Luck Louise!!

In just under an hour's time, Louise will be flying out of Heathrow on her second marathon trek to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. She is off to Jordan to "trek across the traditional Bedouin trails, experiencing spectacular desert landscapes, towering sandstone canyons, and breathtaking views across the Wadi Araba Mountains.
After six days exploring the unspoiled wilderness and archaeological treasures of Jordan, she will  arrive at the spectacular ‘lost city’ of Petra, hewn from the rocks over 2000 years ago. This fascinating trek promises to be a physically challenging and hugely rewarding experience. Not only will it provide unforgettable memories and a great bunch of new friends, it will make a huge difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.".
This is the description of her journey, as taken from the Macmillan website!! I'm not so sure she will find it quite as enjoyable as described what with the sand, heat and endless walking - lol.  However, I am very proud of her (once again) for doing this and like the soppy Mum that I am, miss her already!! 
On a sadder note, it was Jazz who suggested Louise signs up for this one, which she did, little knowing that she would be doing it in memory of her.  I just want to say good luck Louise - you are an amazing lady and I am so proud to call you Daughter. See you in ten days time.
The "Lost City of Petra"
Denise xx

Music Saves My Soul Saturday on Sunday!

Morning All,

Late by one day with this but wanted to share this lovely easy to listen to song with you. Sometimes I love to just lie on the sofa and chill out to some really lazy tunes and this is one of them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :0)

Hope you will hop on over to Marcea's blog and see what else we are listening to this week.
Denise xx

Thursday, 27 October 2011

DDSC #80 - Anything Goes

Back again, this time with my DT card for the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge which this week is everyone's fave - Anything Goes!!

This gorgeous image is called Snow Bunnies and this is my FIRST Christmas card of the year - I know.... I'm bit late and that most of you have been making cards for months now but better late than never is what I say - he he!! I searched the net for pictures of snow bunnies and tried to make these look as authentic as possible, hence the black tips on the ears (no they are not dirty smudges - lol). 

I kept the design of the card fairly simple - just one DP and an embossed panel, some glittered snowflakes, a double bow ribbon, a silver sentiment and loads of glitter, including around the edges of the papers but I'm afraid this does not show up too well. 

Close-up detail of one of the snowflakes

and finally.....the inside. Sorry about the lousy picture :0(

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
DP - Craft Creations (last years paper - may still be available)
Embossing folder - Swiss Dots
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon and glitter- stash
Snowflakes - Martha Stewart punch

As you all love an Anything Goes challenge, I am really looking forward to seeing your entries but don't forget to take a look at the rest of the team's gorgeous creations.

Thanks for looking
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays #39 - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes
Inky Impressions #30 - Anything goes
The Paper Shelter #37 - Anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters #58 - Anything Goes

DYSU #43 - Halloween

Hi All,
It's Do You Stack Up? Challenge time again and this week we are getting ready to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year! That's right... we want to see your Halloween creations!

Our fantastic sponsors this week are-

Sassy Cheryl's Digis - $5 Gift Certificate

Stitchy Bear - $10 Gift Voucher for Stitchy Stamps, Gingerloft or Reeces

Prairie Fairy - $15 Gift Certificate

I got to use one of my own images this week and I chose this lovely Wee Stamps Witch by Sylvia Zet called Hazel (what else could she be called!!) I made a circular easel card and covered it with digi papers. Cut a scalloped nestie in black card, printed a verse, coloured it with Distress Inks and finished off with glittery bats and a pumpkin, orange ribbon and some pearls (the orange ones are coloured with a Promarker). So simple but I really like it :0)

Medium - Promarkers and Distress Inks
Papers - Bearly Mine freebies
Glittery bats and pumpkin - Hobbycraft
Ribbon and pearls - stash
Poem - freebie from When the Scrap Hits the Fun

I hope you will take a look at the rest of the DT's  spooky creations - they really are gorgeous - and then join in with this challenge. I really look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
For Fun Challenges - Halloween Anything Goes
Pollycraft #116 - Spooky Goings On!
Creative Inspirations #135 - Black, purple and orange
Fab 'n' Funky #96 - Hubble, bubble. toil and trouble
Sweet Stamps #38 - Easel card

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Hi All,

A bit late with this but I was collecting for Macmillan in Louise's local shopping centre on Saturday so was unable to post, but as they say, better late than never!!

My song choice this week is a favourite of mine and Louise's and we both think this lady has an amazing voice - I hope you enjoy it.

Don't forget to pop on over to Marcea's blog to see the other songs chosen by music loving bloggers this week.

Denise xx

Friday, 21 October 2011

Guest DT Spot

Hi All,
Myself and my DYSU teamie, Heather have been asked to be Guest Dessigner for Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Challenge blog today for their "Homecoming/Show Us Your School Colours" challenge, which I was over the moon to accept - I love their images :0)

I have used this gorgeous little image called "Soccer Boy" although to us Brits he would be known as a footballer!!!  I covered a circular card with some paper from my stash (I think it comes from a Forever Friends CD), inked around the edge, cut a star on my Cricut and a football with my Quickutz. Did a bit of doodling on the star and some shading on the football and there you have it. Oh and the flag and goal stamps are from a Daisy and Dandelion set I won, which arrived the day I was making the card - how lucky was that!!

The image is coloured with Promarkers.

The sentiment stamps are also from the set I won - Onion Plays Footie.

It would be great if you would pop over to Catch the Bug, take a look at the challenge and join in the fun.

That's all from me for today.
Happy crafting!!
Denise xx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

DDSC #79 - Green and Purple

Hello again!!
Our challenge this week over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges has a colour theme of Green and Purple. This is a good one as it covers many subjects - including Halloween which is drawing ever nearer.

I didn't opt for a Halloween card but instead chose this delightful image of flowers in a wheelbarrow which you can find in the shop here. As I could not find any purple card to compliment the green DP I had chosen, I coloured the mats, seam binding and leafy embellishments with a Promarker.  The flowers were already purple and matched really well!!

Close up of the gorgeous image

and inside of the card (managed to complete it on this one).

Right then ladies, you know the drill - pop over to the Challenge blog, take a looksee at all the gorgeous DT cards and then join in the fun :0)  The October special is still running in the shop so there are some great bargains to be had and if you choose to use a Digi Doodle Shop image, you are entered into the challenge twice.

Medium - Promarkers
DP - First Edition  "Spring Feast"
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Leafy embellishments - MS punch and Doohickey
Seam binding and roses - Wild Orchid Crafts
Spellbinders label

Once again, thank you so much for looking and I hope you liked what you found.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Emerald Faerie Garden #11 - Flowers, flowers, flowers
Heart Song Inspirations #20 - Use flowers and/or felt
Polka Doodles #41 - Ribbons and bows
The Play Date Cafe #104 - Mauve, egg yolk and artichoke

DYSU #42 - Trees

Hi All,
Hope you are having a good week so far. It's time for another challenge over at Do You Stack Up? and this week we want to see TREES in your creations.  That can be tree design papers, images or even a tree shaped card!  The possibilities are endless.

Our fabulous sponsors this week are:

The Stamping Boutique - Winner's Choice of 5 Digis

Bugaboo - Winner's Choice of 7 Digis

Hope Jacre - Winner's Choice of 3 Digis

For my card I got to use this gorgeous whimsical image by Hope Jacre called "Three Candyfloss Trees" which I totally loved colouring - you really should go see her Etsy shop. Her images are amazing!!  I kept the card fairly simple as the image is busy enough on its own.

Close-up of the image.
 No inside this time I'm afraid as I ran out of time - will have to do it later :0)

Ok - now it's your turn. Hop on over to the Challenge blog and take a peek at the rest of the DT's wonderful creations - they really are amazing and should definitely inspire you to join in.

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Papers - Pink Petticoat "Wild Blossoms" 
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Scalloped edges - Martha Stewart punch
Ribbon and cardstock - stash

Thanks for looking and I will be back later with my Digi Doodle Shop DT card.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges -
Craft Your Passion #80 - Double up with pink (birds and owls - hope this fits)
Whoopsie Daisy - Free and easy
Crafts & Me #57 - Blue, green and pink

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Woo Hoo!!!

Hi All,
Just a quick post to let you all know my good news - I have become one of the new DT members over at The Pixie Cottage Challenge. I am over the moon with this post as Michelle - the Pixie Cottage owner - was one of my very first followers way back when I first began this blog and her sweet comments were part of what spurred me on to continue it :0)  

I am so happy to be part of this team and very excited to begin creating with some of Michelle's wonderful Pixie Cottage images. I have joined as a Junior Member so will be posting twice a month. I hope you will join in with some of the challenges which take place every Wednesday. While you are here, why not pop over to her shop, Michelle's Scrapbooking and More and take a look at some of the goodies she sells, especially the gorgeous Pixie Cottage stamps.

That's all from me for now.
Happy Crafting
Denise xx

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Music Saves My Soul

Hi All,

No card today, just a song and video.  I have been wanting to join in with Marcea and her Music Saves My Soul Saturday for ages and today, I HAVE !!

I really do have a very eclectic taste in music but this song is one of my current faves so I thought I would share it with you..........I hope you like it as much as I do :0)

Why not pop over to Marcea's blog and add your favourite too.
Denise xx

Thursday, 13 October 2011

DDSC #78 - Lavender and Lace

Back again, this time with my card for the new challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges which this week is Lavender and Lace.  Gorgeous!!

This sweet image is simply called "Sleeping Kitten" and you can find it here in the shop. I have used some old lace from my Mum's sewing box which I gathered and stuck to the back of the image. Another straight piece was used for the base of the card. Some lovely organza ribbon, a double bow and finally a message completes the card. Simple but very pretty :0)

Close up of the image

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Cardstock and ribbon - stash
Lace - Mum's sewing box
Sentiment - Create with TLC freebie

The rest of my amazing team mates have made some gorgeous creations for your inspiration so I do hope you will come join in this great challenge - I can't wait to see what you create.....and don't forget the brilliant sale goes on throughout October. Full details in my sidebar.

Once again, thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion #79 - A card for all occasions
Crafty Boots - Zoo or animal theme

DYSU #41 - Use Your Scraps

It's Thursday, which means another great challenge over at Do You Stack Up? We want you to use your scraps which I am sure you all have boxes or drawers full of.  I know I have!!

Our sponsors this week are:
A Day for Daisies - $16 Gift Certificate

 Pink Cat Studio - Winner's choice of 5 digis

Just Some Lines - $15 Gift Certificate for digis

For my card this week, I am using an image of my own choice which was a freebie from Beccy's Place. Make sure you hop over to her blog, she has some great images and they are all free!! As soon as I saw the theme for this week's challenge, I knew this image would be perfect.  

I have paper pieced the little horse, shaded and highlighted with a Promarker, cut fancy borders with a Martha Stewart punch and faux stitched. To finish, I added a small button brad for the eye, some ribbon, a small bow and a stamped message. Perfect for a new baby or even baby's first birthday.

Ok - now it's time to pop over to the DYSU Challenge blog, take a look at the rest of the team's gorgeous creations and join in the fun. There are some great prizes up for grabs, top three places (with more prizes) and Guest Designer spot  - so hurry on over there!!

Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown #70 - Think Pink
Card Cupids - Use a decorative punch
Crafty Boots - Zoo or animal theme

Thursday, 6 October 2011

DDSC #77 - Distressing

Hi All,
Back again with my DT card for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges which is back after a short break while we welcomed our new girlies onto the team. Our challenge this week is DISTRESSING.

This lovely image is called "Day Off" and can be found here in the shop. I have used three different distressing techniques on this card - distressed the edges of the paper with scissors, distressed the edges with ink and painted the striped paper with distress crackle paint.

Close up of the image

Inside of the card

Medium - Promarkers and Derwent Pencils
Distress Ink - Black Soot
Papers - Basic Grey and Kaisercraft
Magic Mesh, brads, Kraft card base - stash
Crackle Paint - Ranger Clear Rock Candy
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

I hope you will join us for this challenge and welcome all of the new ladies - I know some of them are very nervous as it is their first time on a DT so a kind word from you would be lovely. Don't forget to pop into the shop as there is another great offer running during October -  details in my sidebar - and you get two entries if you use a Digi Doodle Shop image!

Finally, I would like to say a big HELLO and THANK YOU to my new followers - your comments are always very much appreciated.
Hugs to you all
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious #67 - Distressing
The Stamping Boutique #16 - Changes of the season
Crafty Cardmakers #53 - Anything goes
Digi Darla - Blue & brown
The Shabby Tea Room #82 - A Shabby Autumn
Crafts & Me #55 - Use a digi

DYSU #40 - Brown

It's Thursday again and time for the Do You Stack Up? challenge. We have a colour theme this week - BROWN so we want to see those brown papers, brown embellishments or just brown colouring - the choice is yours.

Our fabulous sponsors are:

 Copic Marker Scrapbooking - 6 Copic Ciao markers (North/South America) or Martha Stewart punch (rest of the world)

Crafty Emma's Store - £10 voucher (excluding postage)

Delicious Doodles - Winner's choice of 4 images

I have made something slightly different this week - a Teabag Gift Card. This gorgeous image is from Copic Marker Scrapbooking and was a delight to colour. 

When I began making this, I was sure I had a teabag in a sachet but yes, you guessed right - I had used it!!! Luckily I had some small vellum envelopes and so used one of those to hold the bag.  This was so easy to make and is such a lovely gift to give to a friend who is perhaps feeling under the weather and needing a quick pick me up. I used a piece of card 4" x 12", scored at 4" and 8", cut the far right panel at a diagonal and folded this in to make the pocket - so simple :0)  I attached the ribbon before the image so that it ties around the whole card.

Medium - Promarkers and Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa for the distressing
Floral Paper, Heart Sticker and Rose Circle- HOTP Paper Pizzaz Girls to Women pad
Spotty Paper - Daisy & Dandelion A5 Collection
Cardstock & Ribbon - stash
Sentiment - freebie

I hope you will pop over to the DYSU blog and give a lovely warm welcome to our two new DT members and hopefully get inspired by all the gorgeous creations to join us for this week's challenge.

That's all from me for now. I shall be back this afternoon with my DT card for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges so hope you will come back and take a look.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into:
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Sweet Stamps #35 - Anything goes
Craft Your Passion #78 - Anything goes
Die Cut Dreams - Brown, Pink and Cream