Saturday, 31 December 2011

Wishing You .....

all a Very Happy New Year.  May 2012 bring you love and laughter, health and happiness and many happy crafting hours :0)

Happy Mice New Year images

Thank you for your support and lovely comments throughout 2011 - they have been really appreciated.
Big Hugs and Sloppy Kisses!!
Denise and Louise xx

Friday, 30 December 2011

Handy Hippo Giveaway!!!

Just popping on to let you know that Handy Hippo are having a giveaway. To celebrate single Promarkers now being available to buy from Handy Hippo, you have the chance to win 20 Single Promarkers of your choice!!!  How wonderful is that :0)

To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful prize, hop on over to Jules' blog "Always With A Heart" to enter. All the details are posted there for you.
Good Luck
Denise xx

Thursday, 29 December 2011

DYSU #52 - Rainbow of Colours

Hello all! 
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that Santa bought you everything you wanted!!!
This week we have a huge celebration in store! Do You Stack Up? is one year old and we are ready to party! For this challenge, we want to see a Rainbow of Colors! on your project, so you need to use at least 3 colours from the Inspiration Photo below.  

We have some wonderful sponsors this week....
Do You Stack Up?!
Surprise Package

Stitchy Bear Designs 
$10 Gift Voucher 

Bugaboo Stamps 
Winner’s Choice of 7 Digis

Dearie Dolls
Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis

The Paper Shelter 
$20 Gift Certificate

Pink Cat Studios 
Winner’s Choice of 5 Digis

Amber Ink 
$10 gift certificate

Little Claire Designs 
Two Clear Stamp Sets

Hope Jacare 
Winner’s Choice of 3 Images

My inspiration this week uses a gorgeous digi stamp from Pink Cat Studios called "Lily as Rapunzel".  As soon as I saw this image I knew it was perfect for a bookmark, so I made two for my granddaughters. I attached the little circle message to the top of the bookmark with a peg so that they can clip the whole thing to the page. The image is coloured with Promarkers and the pegs I used came from Hobbycraft. Not much more to tell you really, these were so simple to make!!!!

With the last challenge of the year comes some good-byes and hellos. Miranda and Heather will be moving on to other creative ventures in the new year. I wish you both well and want to let you know that I and the team will miss you dearly! We will also have some new team members, check out the blog to see who they are.

I hope you will help us celebrate our 1st Birthday by joining us for this week's great challenge - we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs from our nine wonderful sponsors and the rest of the team has created some beautiful inspiration for you :0)

Denise xx

I am entering these into the following challenges:
I Love Promarkers #97 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Bookmarks

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas ....... all our lovely friends and followers, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and and an even better New Year.

Hugs and kisses
Denise and Louise xx

Thursday, 22 December 2011

DDSC # 88 - Anything Goes

Back again - this time with my card for this week's Digi Doodle Shop Challenge where we have everyone's favourite theme of ANYTHING GOES.  This challenge will run for two weeks.

For this challenge, I have chosen this lovely image called "Fairy and Daisy".  The shaped card is a shop bought one which matched the Spellbinder die perfectly and I have covered the whole card in paper. As per my previous card, I have gone overboard with the flowers - lol!!  

Close-up of the image.

Decided not to cover the whole of the inside - too much fiddly cutting!!!

Medium - Promarkers, Flexmarkers, yellow chalk and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
DP - Prima "Fairy Flora"
Card and Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Leaves - Hobbycaft
Butterfly - Martha Stewart punch - coloured with Promarkers
Pearls and pink heart doily - stash

Right, that's all from me for this week - please pop on over to Digi Doodle Shop Challenges and take a peek at the rest of the Team's gorgeous work and remember, this challenge runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to enter - :0)

Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine #26 - Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenge #173 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Fancy folds/Shaped cards
Craft Your Passion #89 - Things with Wings
Crafts & Me #66 - Anything Goes
I Love Promarkers #97 - Anything Goes

DYSU #51 - Stripes

Good Morning lovely Bloggers,
I hope you have all managed to finish your Christmas preparations and are relaxing now!!!!! I am off to my Daughter's tomorrow and won't be home until mid next week so please forgive me if I don't comment on your blogs for a while. I promise to catch up when I get back.
Our challenge this week at Do You Stack Up? is STRIPES - striped paper, striped design, striped ribbon or even striped flowers -  :0)

Our lovely sponsors this week are:

The Craft's Meow - Winner's choice of 1 stamp set

Prairie Fairy Designs - $15 Gift Certificate

I was sent this gorgeous stamp from The Craft's Meow called "Little Frieda's Daisy" which comes with three sentiments - one of which I have also used. This card really was a labour of love - the scalloped card has been constructed from a circle and smaller punched circles stuck around the edges - took me ages!!!! (Please Santa - can I have a Grand Calibre for Christmas - hehe). I also decided to go overboard with the flowers.

Close-up of this sweet image showing the paper pieced dress.

Medium - Promarkers and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
DPs - Papermania Capsule Collection - Aqua
Flowers  and ribbon - stash
Carsdstock - stash - white coloured with Distress Ink

Hopefully you will have some time for playing over the Christmas holiday and we really would love for you to join us for this challenge. Do take a look at the rest of the Design Team's work - they have created some beauties for your inspiration.

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

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine #26 - Anything Goes
Ladybugs Craft Ink TLT #50 - Bingo (ribbon, flowers, punches/die cuts)
Bunny Zoes Crafts - Fancy Folds/Shaped Cards
Incy Wincy Designs #125 - Circle Cards
Crafts & Me #66 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #101 - Someone Special

No card today - just popping on to let you know it's time for a new challenge over at The Pixie Cottage and as always we have 2 parts to the challenge and you can choose either or both to play along with.  We have a fabulous sketch and our theme this week is "Someone Special" This one will run for 2 weeks so the team can have a little break over Christmas.

The randomly picked winner will win two stamps of their choice from The Pixie Cottage Collection. The winner and the Top 3 favorites will be announced on the Friday after the challenge ends.

Oh and don't forget to check the challenge blog this Friday for all the winners of the Blog Hop.

Denise xx

Thursday, 15 December 2011

DDSC #87 - Paper Piercing

If you are looking for my Pixie Cottage Blog Hop post....go HERE!!

Back again - this time with my DT card for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges, where this week we want to see some PAPER PIERCING on your creations. 

This was a first for me but I must say it was great fun - I haven't gone overboard with the piercing but did do some around the image and a couple of flourishes on the corner of the papers. I don't own any paper piercing templates so searched the internet for some patterns, printed one out on paper and just pricked through the design. I had some pricking tools which I had bought an age ago when I fancied trying Pergamano (never got very far with this though - far too impatient!!)

The image I have used is called "Fairy in Flight" and you can get her here in the Digi Doodle Shop.

Close-ups showing the sparkle and the piercing .

And the inside.

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Wild Rose Studios - Butterfly Garden Stack (candy win from Dawny P xx)
Swirl - Doohickey Die
Flowers, cardstock, tiny pearls, brads and ribbon - stash
Butterfly - Martha Stewart punch
Glitter - Diamond Sparkles - Butterfly Trails (Hunky Dory)

If you are unsure about paper piercing, please take a look at the rest of the teams creations. The piercing is very varied and their cards are sure to inspire you to join in with this challenge. I really hope you do :0)
Thanks once again for looking.
Hugs and Happy Piercing!!
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft #172 - Don't Look at the Light
One Stitch at a Time #92 - Use a Digi
The Corrosive Chalenge #139 - Anything but Christmas
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Flutterby Wednesdays #183 - Open Challenge

DYSU #50 - Winter

Thursday again and time for another fun challenge over at Do You Stack Up? As the chilly weather moves in, we want you to show us your WINTER projects.

Our sponsors this week are:

 Digi Darla Digital Stamp Club One Month’s Membership

Crafty Emma's Store - £10 Gift Voucher (exc p&p)

Inky Impressions$10 Gift Certificate

I have used this lovely image from Digi Darla this week called "Better to Give".  As soon as I saw her, I knew exactly what paper I wanted to use - this one was a candy win and it matched perfectly with the presents in the image!!  The red paper has been Stickled to give it some wintry sparkle.

Here is a close-up - I have added some white dots to the green ribbons and spots of Stickles as falling snow.

 A close-up of the sentiment and one of the snowflake charms.

Medium - Promarkers and white gel pen
Papers - candy win and Nitwits
Cardstock, ribbon, charms and gem brads - stash
Glitter - Star Dust Stickles and Crystal Ice
Sentiment - freebie (can't remember where from - sorry)

The rest of the fabby DT have created some gorgeous projects for your inspiration this week so I really hope you will join us for the challenge. Pop on over to DYSU and be inspired.
Thanks for looking
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Party Time Tuesdays #46 - Red and Green Christmas
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Cupcake Craft #172 - Don't Look at the Light
Aud Sentiments #43 - Winter Holiday Sentiment
For Fun Challenges - Christmas Anything Goes

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #100 & Blog Hop!!

It's A very special challenge at The Pixie Cottage this week as we are celebrating our 100th challenge!
To mark this special occasion we are having an "Anything Goes Christmas" challenge and also A blog hop for some very special prizes!
You should have come to me from Stephanie Lee but if not, then please go back to The Pixie Cottage so that you don't miss A spot on the hop.
You'll need to collect letters from all the blogs on the hop to be in with A chance of winning.
Also you must leave A comment at all the blogs as each one is giving away A Pixie Cottage Digital Image,  so plenty of prizes to be had.
Finally when you get back to the The Pixie Cottage leave your name and link to your blog in the Inlinkz box for A chance to win A $20 Gift Certificate to Michelle's Scrapbooking!. We'd love you to enter with A Christmas card/project but if you are only entering the blog hop please add BH after your name. Only one "Blog Hop Only" entry per person.

Now onto my card for this week's challenge of Anything Goes Christmas. As usual, you can choose to use just the theme or the wonderful sketch or both.

I chose the theme and the sketch for my card - 

I have used the To Santa From Buffy stamp again as I really think this little bunny is so sweet and a real joy to colour. You can find it here in The Pixie Cottage Collection.  A simple card but lots of glitter!!

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Paper, cardstock. glitter and embellishments - stash
Sentiment - computer generated
Lacy border - Martha Stewart punch

Well, that's all from me for today. I really hope you join the hop and the challenge as there are lots of prizes up for grabs. 
So now you just need to leave me A comment and then hop along to Tina Keller  to carry on with the fun!
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Creative Stamp Friends #40 - Christmas
Cupcake Crafts #172 - Don't Look at the Light
The Pink Elephant #128 - Snowflakes and Sparkle
Party Time Tuesdays #46 - Red and Green Christmas

Thursday, 8 December 2011

DDSC #86 - Nature

Hello again!!
The theme this week over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges is "NATURE"- an easy one for you. This can include any animal, bird, fish, flower, tree - the list really is endless!!

As I have not quite finished my Christmas cards, I chose this Cardinal for my DT creation this week. The image does have some flowers on the end of the branch but I decided to cover them with the poinsettia, which was originally white but I coloured it with a Promarker.

 A close-up of the image - I searched the internet for pictures of Red Cardinals, so I hope I have done this beautiful bird justice with my colouring - lol.   I have added some glitter to the branch for a snow effect but its not showing up that well in the pictures.

For the inside, I added a tag to write a message on.

Medium - Promarkers, Derwent Pencils and Old Paper Distress Ink
Papers - some freebies I got last year from a magazine
Poinsettia and Sentiment - Craftwork Cards (again from last year)
Holly - cut on the Cricut
Red sparkly leaves - cut from a Christmas decoration
Pearls - stash (also coloured with Promarkers)
Tag - cut on the Cricut

If you haven't got any Nature themed images, The Digi Doodle Shop is having a great sale at the moment - 25% off all images - so why not take a look and see if there is anything you might like. They have some really wonderful digis. The rest of the girls on the DT have created some gorgeous cards, so please pop over to Digi Doodle Shop Challenges and be inspired.

Thanks for popping by.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #147 - A Card with a Sentiment
Creative Belli #132 - Winter and Christmas
My Mum's Craft Shop #35 - Traditional Christmas
Penny's Paper'Crafty #68 - Merry Christmas
Creative Card Crew - 'Tis the Season
Tuesday Throwdown #77 - Celebrate the Season

DYSU #49 - Something Old

Oh my, Thursday again!! Where are the weeks going????  Our theme this week over at Do You Stack Up? is "SOMETHING OLD".  This can be something truly old or just a vintage style or image.

 We have two great sponsors this week  - 

 Saturated Canary - Winner's choice of 2 digis

Gecko GalzPrize package containing a pack of paper of the winners choice, 4 collage sets of the winners choice, a stamp set of the winners choice, and vintage pearl button pack, vintage lace, and Gecko Galz fibers

I got to use this fantastic image from Saturated Canary (love, love, love Krtista's images) called "Sprocket the Steampunk Aviator" and decided to make a steampunk./grunge style card. This is my second attempt at this card - the first one was completely made and idiot that I am, I knocked a bottle of ink all over it - arrrrrgh. I could have cried. So now I am not that happy with this second attempt but just did not have time to make another one :0(

  Close up of the image.

Inside of the card.

Medium - Promarkers and Tea Dye Distress Ink
Papers - digis from my computer (no names I'm afraid)
Brass key and heart - Hobbycraft
Die cut clock - Tim Holtz Alterations
Velvet ribbon, brads and washers - stash
Flowers - handmade coated with a crackle medium
Cog and Chain Frame image on inside - Delicious Doodles

As usual, the rest of the DT have created some amazing and varied projects for your inspiration, so please pop over to the DYSU Challenge blog and take a peak. We all hope you will join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing what you create.

Happy Crafting to you all.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Digi Makeover #14 - Cut It Out
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Elements of Time