Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #98

Hi All,

Just popping on to remind you that today is the day for a new challenge over at The Pixie Cottage. Our theme is Holiday Decor - No Cards and/or this wonderful sketch. This weeks challenge is a little different. We'd like to see your Holiday Decor items such as ornaments, banners, table arrangements etc. or we'd like a card using the sketch. If you submit a card instead of the decor item then it must follow the sketch.The randomly picked winner will win two stamps of their choice from the Pixie Cottage Collection.

Do check out the challenge blog - there is a fabulous Saturday Tutorial by Tanya for a gorgeous Gift Card Envelope AND Michelle has some great new stock in her shop. Oh and of course, there will be all the fab creations by the rest of the DT!!

That's all from me for today. Back tomorrow with some DT cards.
Denise xx

Thursday, 24 November 2011

DDSC #84 - Animals

As Judy, owner of the Digi Doodle Shop is running a special this month on all animal stamps and donating money to Pet Pardons, we decided to make our theme for this week at  Digi Doodle Shops Challenges - Animals!!  Now how easy is that?  You can make any animal themed project you fancy and if you don't have any animal stamps, then pop over to the shop as there is 25% off all animal stamps at the moment :0)

And this is what I made!!  This cute digi stamp is called "Sleeping Kitten and Mouse (Cecil)" and don't they look cosy. There are so many animal stamps in the shop, that I had a real hard time choosing - LOL.

 Just love the smile on kitty's face :0)

And as per - the inside

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Papers - Daisy & Dandelion A5 Paper Collection "Picnic Patch"
Nesty - Heart Circle (coloured with a Promarker)
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Ribbon and pearl heart - stash
Sentiment - computer generated

The rest of the DT have produced some amazing creations to inspire you so do please pop on over to the blog and check them out.  To join the challenge you don’t have to use a Digi Doodle Shop image, but if you do, your entry will count twice.  The winner gets a $10 gift certificate from Digi Doodle Shop. 

So that is all from me for today. Once again, thank you so much for looking and happy crafting.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Papercraft Star #72  - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time #89 - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes #96 - Beautiful Bows

DYSU #47 - Grass

Yay it's Thursday and that can mean only two things - one day away from the weekend's time for another challenge over at Do You Stack Up? This week we want to see GRASS somewhere on your project. 

Our lovely sponsors this week are:

 Dearie Dolls - Winner's choice of 4 digis

 Stitchy Bear - $10 gift voucher

Love to StampWinner’s Choice of 1 Little Darlings Rubber Stamp 

This week, I got to use this lovely digi image from Dearie Dolls which I think is so sweet. So sorry for the washed out picture - I really have been having some problems getting decent ones lately, probably due to the bad light we have been having. You can't even see the glitter on the buttons :0(  Anyhow - please believe me when I say this is much brighter IRL !! 

 Don't you just love the little birdie sitting on her head and the snails canoodling in the grass - LOL!!

The inside decorated to match.

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Pink Petticoat Wild Blossoms Collection
Flowers, ribbon, twine and buttons - stash
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

So that is my card for this week. I really hope you will pop on over to the DYSU challenge blog and take a peek at the rest of the DTs' gorgeous work and while you're there, how about entering the challenge :0) There are some great prizes up for grabs.

That's all from me for now. I will be back later with my DT card for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges.
Thanks for looking.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Papercraft Star #72 - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryls #91 - Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time #89 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #97

It's time for another challenge at The Pixie Cottage and this week we want you to Make A Set. This can be a set of Christmas cards or tags or a Christmas card and matching box. We also have a fab sketch so you can do either or combine the two.

This week I chose to make a set of tags........

I have used this cute Pixie Cottage rubber stamp called "Hanging Around Mouse" which you can buy from Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. You will find it here. I have used Kraft card and coloured the image with Derwent pencils which was a first for me and I am quite pleased with the end result  :0) 

I just love this cute little mouse!!  I added some glitter to the fur on the stocking and stamped a sentiment on the side of the tag, threaded ribbon through the hole and there you have it, a simple tag. Repeat three times more and voila - a set of tags !!! Oh and I also gave his little nose the glossy accent treatment but it's not showing up in the picture  :0(  I really enjoyed making these on Kraft card and will definitely be using it again.

I hope you will take a look at the rest of the DT's gorgeous creations and join us for this great challenge. I look forward to seeing what you create and remember, the winner gets to choose two stamps from the Pixie Cottage Collection.

So, that's all from me for today - thank you so much for looking.
Denise xx

I am entering this creation into the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenges - Free For All
Papertake Weekly - Christmas Crackers
Sweet Stamps # 42 - Make A Tag
Bows & Berries #14 - Make A Tag
Forever Friends - Christmas is Coming
PCC #36 - Christmas Tags
Simon Says Stamp - Tag You're It!
Whimsy Stamps #16 - Tag You're It!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Mmmmmm - Apple Pie

Hi All,
Happy Friday to ya!!  Today I want to showcase a new digital image from The Pixie Cottage called "My Oh My - Apple Pie" which you can find at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.

Cute or what?

  It also fits in perfectly with the challenge over at Papertake Weekly which is "When is a Card Not a Card......"  

When it's a recipe card of course !!!

As this recipe is for good old apple pie, I decided to give the card a country feel by using kraft cardstock and fabric effect papers. Oh and not forgetting gingham hearts of course. I was really quite pleased with how it turned out :0)

Recipe for the Recipe Card!!!
Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Papers - Nitwits
Kraft Cardstock - Papermania
Gingham hearts - stash
Sentiment - computer generated
Lacy border - Martha Stewart punch

Well, that's my offering for today.  Have a great weekend and I'll see you next week some time. I'm off to Louise's later today and will spend the weekend Charity collecting for Macmillan in her local shopping centre.
Denise xx

I am also entering this card into:
Scrap Affair - Recipe Cards
Anything Goes Challenge #54 - A Real Sweetie

DDSC #83 - Red and Green

If you are looking for my DYSU post - please scroll down :0)

Our theme this week over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges is perfect for this time of year - Red and Green. I'm sure we are all using these colours on at least some of our Christmas projects, so this should be an easy challenge for all of you :0)

I have used this very traditional  image called "Christmas Door" which is available in the Digi Doodle Shop here and made an easel card.

I added glossy accents to the hearts on the border, the window panels and baubles on the wreath but I'm afraid this does not show up all that well in the photos :0(    This image was a real joy to colour and would work just as well with non-traditional Christmas colours.

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Papers - Part of a candy win
Swirl - Magnolia Doohickey
Greenery - Martha Stewart  Branch punch
Ribbon, cardstock and brads - stash
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

I really hope you visit Digi Doodle Shop Challenges this week and play along with us. The rest of the DT have created some gorgeous projects - and please don't think yours has to be Christmas themed. Just so long as you have used red and green, we don't mind what you make!!!

Finally, before I go, I need to remind you that the November Special is still running -  All you have to do is spend $7.00 anywhere in the store and you'll get the FREE gift. You will need to add the gift to your cart though to get it!! On top of that, there is a 25% discount on all animal stamps. Doesn't get much better than that. So far, $54 has been raised for Pet Pardons but I'm sure you can help up that amount.

So, that is all from me for today.
Thanks once again for looking.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday #137 - Christmas Time
Hooked on Craft - Something Punched
Incy Wincy #120 - Tic Tac Toe (red, any Christmas sentiment, ribbon)
Totally Gorjuss #106 - Christmas Traditions
Paper Sundaes #95 - Digital Images

DYSU #46 - A Splash of Blue

Good Morning All,
Is it really Thursday again - where are the weeks going??  Well, seeing as it is, that means time for another challenge over at  Do You Stack Up?   This week, we have a colour theme for you - we want to see a Splash of Blue on your creations. 

We have three fabulous sponsors this week ...........

 Mami Doodles - 4 digital images

 Robyn's Fetish - Winner’s Choice of EITHER 5 digital stamps OR 4 digital stamps and 1 paper pack 

Rainbow Echo Designs - Winner's choice of 4 digi sentiment sets

For this week's challenge, I got to play with this beauty called "Mother Nature" from Mami Doodles. Ain't she gorgeous!!  I kept the card really simple as I wanted to highlight the image, using literally a splash of blue!! (and of course some flesh colours). I created some texture with embossed panels and flowers and completed the card using a strip of lace, nestability circle, pearly buckle and some gems. Oh and some blue matting. 

Close-up shot!!

Inside shot!!

Medium - Promarkers
Embossing folders - Budding Vine from Craft Concepts and Swirls (I think that's what it's called) from Cuttlebug
Flowers - cut on my Cricut
Spellbinders Nestability - Lacey Circles
Lace, gems, buckle and cardstock - stash

The rest of my Teamies have created some gorgeous projects (as per) to inspire you this week, so I really hope you will pop on over to DYSU and take a look. Hopefully, we will have inspired you enough to enter the challenge  :0)

Thank you so much for looking.
Big Hugs
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Creative Card Challenges - Minimalistic
My Time to Craft #166 - Take Two (flowers)
Crafts & Me #61 - Simple
Divas by Design #15 - Monochromatic

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The Pixie Cottage # 96 - Family Thankfullness

Hello all you lovely bloggers.  No card from me today, just a reminder that our a new challenge is starting over on The Pixie Cottage. This week the theme is Family Thankfullness. As usual it is a two part challenge - a sketch and or theme - your choice.

Isn't this a great sketch from our fabulous Katie. Do hop on over to the blog and take a look at the great makes from the Team which hopefully will inspire you to join in the fun.  There's also a fab tutorial for a pretty bag from our Francy which is very easy to make and yet looks amazing!!

Can't wait to see your fabulous creations :0)

Thanks for looking.
Denise xx

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Music Saves My Soul

Hello All,
Oh well, the weekend is nearly over but I hope you have had a good one. Mine's been a fairly laid back, chilled out one!! Just the kind I like and I have managed to catch up on some of my DT work too :0)

Just a quick post from me this evening to share my offering for this weeks "Music Saves My Soul".

I love Gabrielle's songs and I think this is probably one of my faves - an oldie but a goodie!!  Enjoy.

Denise xx

The Craft Barn are Celebrating......

600 followers and they are giving away some amazing blog candy.

To be in with a chance to win this amazing prize, see what you need to do over on The Craft Barn blog. There's over £200 worth of crafting goodies up for grabs!!!!!

Denise xx

Friday, 11 November 2011

Life's A Celebration

Good Morning All,
Hope you are all well on this cold and dreary Friday - but yay it is nearly the weekend!!

Today I want to share with you this card I made using this LOTV, cute little bunny couple stamp that I won in Dawny P's candy (xx). I think it's called "Bubble Bath". Don't they look so at home there sharing a glass of bubbly together and are perfect for Lili of the Valley's current challenge - Creature Comforts.

Sorry about the dingy pictures but this dreary weather really makes it difficult to get good ones :0( Anyways, this is the close-up shot.

And this is the inside.

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
DPs - Magnolia "Once Upon a Time" Bubble and Forever Friends "Spring Time" 6"x6" pad
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Eyelet Squares
Flowers - WOC and Hobbycraft
Ribbon, charm, cardstock and gems - stash
Sentiment - freebie from Scrapdictive
Distress Ink - TH Dusty Concord

That's about it from me for today. I hope you like my card and thank you so very much for taking a look.
Hugs and Happy Crafting
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley #120 - Creature Comforts
Cuddly Buddly #20 - Double Trouble
Whimsy Stamps #14 - Recipe: 1 ribbon, 2 DPs, 3 embellishments

Thursday, 10 November 2011

DDSC #82 - Sketch

Back again - this time with my card for our challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges where we have this great sketch for you to follow. Nice and easy!!!

Continuing with my Christmas cards, I thought I would go mono this week and have used this great image called "Snow Scene". You can find it here at the Digi Doodle Shop. I have used a variety of greys only on this card and it would be perfect for a man.

Close up (yes I have used glitter!!)

And of course, the inside.

The rest of the DT have made some amazing cards this week for your inspiration, which you can see here on the challenge blog.  Oh and don't forget the fantastic offer running throughout November over at the Digi Doodle Shop - a sale, a special and donations to Pet Pardons.

Medium - Promarkers
DPs - Forever Friends CD
Spellbinders Nestabilities -
Cardstock and glitter - stash
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Snowflakes - MS and Woodware punches

Thanks for looking and happy crafting.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Cards for Men #23 - It's Nearly Christmas
I Did It Creations #80 - Winter/Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Christmas
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges #46 - Anything goes - must use a digi
Digital Tuesday #136 - Anything goes

DYSU #45 - Inspired by a Song

Good Morning.
So, it's Thursday again which means time for a new challenge over at Do You Stack Up?. This week's theme is a fun one - we want to see something you have created which was Inspired by a Song.  This can be anything you like but please be sure to tell us which song inspired you,  in your post.

Our sponsors this week are:

JLJ Designs - $10 Gift Certificate

Di's Digi Downloads - Winner's choice of 5 digis

My card this week was inspired by the brilliant song "You're My Best Friend" by Queen and uses this sweet image from Di's Digi Downloads called Penguin Love. I love having music playing while I craft and quite often sing along at the top of my voice - you should see the strange looks I get from the dog!!!! LOL. 

Close up showing the glitter on her coat and hat.

The inside of the card.

Right then, I'm sure you can find a song to inspire you to create something gorgeous this week. Myself and the rest of the DT over at DYSU can't wait to see what you come up with so do take a look at the rest of the teams fantastic. Don't forget to let us know in your post, which song was your inspiration. 

Medium - Promarkers
DPs - Part of a candy win
Spellbinder Nestabilities - Heart Circles
Seam Binding - Wild Orchid Crafts (coloured with a Promarker)
Puffy gingham hearts - stash
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

That's all for now but before I go, I would like to say a very BIG THANK YOU to all who left Louise good luck wishes for her charity trek in Jordan. She is now back safe and sound (apart from quite a few blisters on her feet!!) and already planning the next trip - OMG!!  I will try and post some pictures in the next few days.
Denise and Louise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
I Did It Creations #80 - Winter/Christmas
Digital Tuesday #156 - Anything goes
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges # 46 - Anything goes (must use a digi)
Inky Impressions #32 - Glitter it up