Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #110

Our challenge over at The Pixie Cottage this week is everyone's favourite - ANYTHING GOES!! We also have a fab sketch for you - should need some inspiration :0)

As usual, you can use the theme, the sketch or both - the choice is always yours.

I went with the sketch this week as Mr. Mojo is still on vacation I'm afraid :0(   This sweet stamp is called "Hannah on a Sled/Winter Fun Hannah" and you can get her from Michelle's Scrapbooking and More shop under The Pixie Cottage stamps category.  There are also other, just as lovely, Hannah stamps available over there too.

She is so easy to colour - I have added some white dots to her top and ribbon to match with the pink paper I have used.  There is also some white faux stitching around the papers to match with the ribbon but this does not show up too well in the photo I'm afraid.

Medium - Promarkers, white gel pen and blue chalk
Papers - odds and ends from stash
Cardstock - white coloured with matching Promarker
Circles - cut on the Cricut and Cuttlebug
Ribbon - stash
Sentiment - computer generated

I'm sure you will have something to enter this week's challenge with but should you need some more inspiration, do take a look at the rest of the team's creations over on the challenge blog - as always they are stunning.

That's all from me for today. Thank you so much for looking and for all your lovely comments.
Denise xx

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Digi Doodle Shop Challenges #96

For my DYSU DT card please scroll down - thanks xx

Back again, this time with my DT card for this week's challenge over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges where we have a lovely sketch for you to follow.

As it is Team Karen's turn to host the challenge this week - I have a card to show you!!

I have been wanting to use this little fella for such a long time and decided that if I flipped the sketch sideways, I could!!  He is called "Hoot Owl" and I just adore him. I cut the clouds from some paper I printed for the inside of the card and coloured them with a Promarker.

love those big eyes :0)

and this is the inside. The ovals have been cut on my Cricut.

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Clouds from  Pink Petticoat "Fluffy Clouds", Dots from Nitwits "Deer Friends" and Stripe from Summer Driggs "Boy Oh Boy"
Sentiment - Printed on my computer
Cardstock - Linen Texture from The Paper Mill
Brads - stash

I love this sketch - so easy to use and I am really happy with the end result. Sketches are so handy when your mojo takes his annual leave (which mine is doing at the moment - lol).  I hope you like my card and that it has inspired you to join in with this great challenge. Please take a look at the rest of  Team Karen's creations - they really are gorgeous and varied. 

While you are there, why not visit the Digi Doodle Shop and browse through all of the gorgeous stamps - there is also a clever new gadget on the store front  that I am sure you will enjoy - not telling what it is, you will have to go take a look!!!!
Once again, thank you so much for looking.
Happy Crafting
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Creative Card Crew #4 - Masculine
Scrap-Creations - Critter
Bunny Zoe's #21 - Celebrations
The Cheerful Stamp Pad #36 - Happy Birthday
Incy Wincy Designs #134 - Birthday

DYSU Challenge #60

Well you certainly enjoyed last weeks challenge over at Do You Stack Up? We had over 300 entries and let me tell you it was SO difficult to pick our top 3!!! Congrats to all the winners.  For this week's great challenge, we want to see some DISTRESSING on your cards.

Our generous sponsors this week are:

 Bugaboo Stamps - Winner's choice of 7 Digital Images

Crafty Emma's Store - £10 Guft Voucher

Digi Darla - Winner's choice of 5 Digital Images and  *every participant* a coupon code for a free digi - how cool is that!!

I have used this great image from Bugaboo called "Sean Slingshot" - I love their kids images and I felt this one lent itself really well to a distressed theme.  Sorry about the wonky picture - the sentiment really is on straight!!!  I have distressed my papers with the edge of a pair of scissors and then inked them - doubly distressed - lol.

Medium - Promarkers and Fired Brick Distress Ink
Papers - MME Kraft Funday Happy Days
Sentiment - freebie but I can't remember where from
Brads and corrugated card - stash

I hope my card has given you some inspiration but if you are looking for more, then hop on over to the DYSU? challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the team's gorgeous work.  You are sure to be inspired!!  I look forward to seeing all your lovely entries. Before I go, I want to say a big WELCOME to my new followers and I am so happy you like I create - mwah.
Thanks for looking
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Creative Card Crew #4 - Masculine
Papertake Weekly - Getting Krafty
Simon Says Stamp - 3 Different Papers

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #109

Hello All,
It's time for another Pixie Cottage Challenge and this week we have a gorgeous theme of Buttons and Bows and an equally gorgeous sketch for you to follow - if you so wish. As usual the choice is yours, the sketch, the theme or both.

Isn't this a great sketch.

 I went with the theme and the sketch this week, using this adorable stamp called "Udderly Adorable - Girl". There is also a boy version available and he is just as cute.  You can find them both in Michelle's Scrapbooking and More Shop under The Pixie Cottage Stamp range.

Isn't she just so sweet - I really love this stamp and of course, she is perfect for baby cards.

Medium - Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Papers - Papermania Capsule Collection by Jesse Edwards
Cardstock - stash coloured with matching Promarker
Ribbon, charm, safety pin, buttons and lace - stash
Sentiment - Woodware by Francoise Read rubber stamp
Scalloped and Plain Circle - Spellbinders Nestabilites

I really hope you like my card and that it inspires you to join us this week for this great challenge. Do please take a look at the rest of the girl's creations over on The Pixie Cottage challenge blog. I am looking foward to seeing what you create.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Creative Mondays #2 - Anything Goes
Forever Friends - Ribbon and Lace
Pollycraft Monday #128 - Ribbons and Buttons
Let's Ink It Up February Challenge - Ribbons and/or Lace
Pan Pastel UK #6 - Animals
Totally Papercrafts #104 - Ribbons and/or Bows

Friday, 17 February 2012

Dance Every Day

A very good friend of mine is recovering from an operation on her knee and when I decided to make her a get well card, I knew exactly which image I wanted to use.......Mummu  by Mo Manning as she just loves to dance herself.

 I love the whole series of Mummu images by Mo - they are such fun - but this in the only one I have bought so far.  I have kept the card fairly simple as my friend is not one who likes fussy!!  The message inside reads "And Dancing Every Day".

And this is a close up - I really enjoyed colouring this.

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Bird Song and stash (polka dot)
Brads, hearts and cardstock - stash
Crochet flowers - made by my own fair hand!!
Flourish - Doohickey Die
Sentiment - created on my computer
Border punch - Martha Stewart

I was really pleased with this card and I hope she will be too. If nothing else, it should make her giggle.
Thanks for looking folks.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges - 
Penny's Paper Crafty #73 - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday #147 - Use Your Stash
Party Time Tuesdays - Get Well Wishes
DP2 #122 - My Sentiments Exactly
MAWTT - Get Well Soon

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #95

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

This week over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges the theme is everyone's favourite - ANYTHING GOES - whoop whoop!!  No card from me though this week because the challenge is being hosted by Team Ruth who have created some gorgeous inspiration for you all. Please do take a look and leave them all some love :0)  and don't forget to add your entry - there will be a $10 gift certificate for one lucky winner and 2 runners up who will get to wear the "I made Top 3" badge proudly on their blogs. So what are you waiting - get over there quick and join in the fun - LOL.

Oh and there is still a sale going on in the Digi Doodle Shop......

If you use one of their images, you get a double entry. Do go take a look at all of the images, they are gorgeous.

Denise xx

DYSU #59 - Layers

At last, a card!!!
It's time for our new challenge over at Do You Stack Up? and this week's theme is LAYERS. So we want to see plenty of matting and layering, decoupage or even pyrimage. Whatever takes your fancy so long as there is more than one layer!!

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

Tickled Pink StampsWinner's Choice of 2 Digital Stamps

Little Miss Muffet Stamps$10 Gift Certificate

The Paper Shelter$20 Gift Certificate

My little piece of inspiration this week uses a gorgeous image from The Paper Shelter called "The Final Touch".  I used the pre-coloured image that comes with the digi stamp for my project as I wanted to decoupage it and really didn't think I could face colouring all those layers :0) Apart from that, the coloured image is so pretty.  Kept the card very simple - another circular shape which I am loving at the moment!!

And this is a side view to show the layers of decoupage. Sorry about the grainy photo. The light was not at all good :0(     I also think the glitter I have added to parts of the image is not helping either!!

Papers - Craftwork Cards "Small White Dots on Pink"
Sentiment - Woodware Stamp Set "Sweet Tooth"
Ribbon, gems, glitter and cardstock - stash
Scalloped card and mat cut on my Grand Calibre using Grand Nesties

So that is my interpretation of LAYERS - can't wait to see yours. Do take a look at what the rest of the team have come up with - they are all gorgeous.
Thank you so much for looking.
Denise xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #108

Hi All,
Sorry, still no card from me - have been away for the weekend so have nothing to show you but do need to tell you that it's time for a new challenge over at The Pixie Cottage. As usual there is a theme and a sketch and you can use either/or.  See the blog for full details.

The theme is Anything But A Card and here is the fabby sketch.......

Do pop over to The Pixie Cottage blog and take a look at what some of the DT have created for your inspiration - it is all gorgeous :0).
Well that's it from me for today - off to the craft room to start creating something myself!!!
Denise xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Google Friends Connect Widget

Hi All,
I have been away for the weekend and have come back to see lots of people posting about Google removing their GFC widget. Following my previous post,  I would like to reiterate that I am aware it has only been advertised as Non-Blogger sites that will lose it at the end of February but some of the posts I have read are saying it will eventually be phased out completely. Confusion seems to reign!! I must admit that I find it hard to believe that Google would be prepared to upset so many of their users by removing this gadget, sooooo I have popped the Linky Friends gadget on my sidebar just in case!!! It will also be useful for my Non-Blogger friends to link up with.  I am keeping everything crossed that Google do not remove it for Blogger users as this will cause total chaos I'm sure.
Denise xx

Sunday, 12 February 2012

RIP Whitney Houston

I know it's late but I have just heard on the news that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48 - so sad. A once great star taken from us at far too young an age.
Night night xx

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Google Followers Button Being Removed!!!

Hi All,

I have just read on Vicky's blog that Google Connect will be stopping their Followers button for non Blogger platforms such as Wordpress at the end of the month and eventually it will be removed completely - how sad is that.  However, there is another Linky tool available which I have popped on the top of my sidebar (thanks Vicky).  If you want to read some more info about this go HERE

I would hate to lose all of my lovely followers and so would ask (pretty please) that you follow me on the new link and pop one on all of your blogs so that I can follow you back :0)
Thank you so much.
Big Hugs
Denise xx

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Just popped back to share my song choice for this week's .....

Just love this amazing voice!!

Hope you enjoy - why not hop on over to Marcea's  Crafting Corner and join in.
Denise xx

I'm So Sorry.....I Forgot!!!

Morning All,
Happy Saturday to you.  Today I want to show you a  card I have made for a friend's Birthday that I forgot - I know, shame on me and I have no excuse other than old age really is setting in :0(

This was my very first Mo Manning image I bought and I love it. That poor little rabbit looks so sad - he is called "Late" and I thought he was perfect for a belated birthday card and as I have had him for an age, I thought it was about time I used him.

and this is the inside. The sentiment is from Create with TLC but I have added the first line myself.

Medium - Promarkers and Vintage Photo DI
Papers - Bo Bunny"Timepiece Collection" and MME "Fly a Kite"
Sentiments - Create with TLC
Brads - stash
Embossing folder - Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix
Cardstock - white coloured with a Promarker

That's all from me today - I have to go post this card!!!  Before I go, I would like to give a big WARM WELCOME to my new followers and a big THANK YOU to you all for taking the time to look.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
DP2 Challenge #121 - Bingo (bottom line)
The Stamp Man - Texture
MAWTT #135 - Cute Critters
Wishcraft's Waste Not Wednesday week 6 (not really a challenge - just for fun)

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #94

Told you I would be back.
This week over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges, it's team Karen's turn to inspire you and our theme is One For The Boys. Not one we all relish but we do all occasionally need a card for him!!

I chose to use this great image called "The Adamant Golfer - Focus" for my card, which is one of the newer stamps for men over in the Digi Doodle Shop.  I just loved this pose and was even more amazed when I read that it was inspired by an actual golfer nicknamed "Spider-Man" ........

This is Camilo Villegas in his famous "Spider Man" pose - looks somewhat painful to me - lol!!  Anyway, painful poses aside, I wanted an amusing golfing pun for the inside of the card so searched the web and found this one which fitted the image perfectly :0)  

Don't know about you, but I wouldn't be able to produce anything graceful after getting myself into that position, but then I'm no golfer - lol!!

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - stash that I have had for years - think it's possibly Basic Grey 
Letters, cardstock  and brads - stash

So, that's my "One for the Boys" card. The rest of the Design Team have produced some gorgeous cards for your inspiration and we are all looking forward to seeing your entries.

Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Craft Us Crazy #20 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters #70 - Anything Goes

DYSU Challenge #58

Good morning all - time for another challenge over at Do You Stack Up? and our theme this week is LOVE. 

Our generous sponsors this week are:

Through The Craftroom Door - 1 year PDF subscription

Birdie Brown - Winner's Choice of 3 Digital Stamps

My card this week showcases this gorgeous A Girl With A Rose image by Torico at Birdie Brown - isn't she just the cutest. I have made a circular aperture card as I wanted something different to my normal square ones and as I got a Grand Calibre from Santa this Christmas and the large set of scalloped nesties, I was able to do this using both the large and regular ones.

This is the inside of the card........

and this is the side view.

Medium - Promarkers and Worn Lipstick DI around the edges.
Paper - Nitwits "With This Ring Too"
Roses, leaves and ribbon - stash
Hearts - cut on my Cricut
Sentiment - a very old Woodware stamp set by Francoise Read 
Pink cardstock - white card coloured with a Promarker to match the image

I am looking forward to seeing all your lovely creations this week - remember, Valentine's Day is only five days away so you best get busy - LOL!!  For more inspiration, be sure to pop over to the DYSU Challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the team's gorgeous work.

I shall be back shortly with my DT card for Digi Doodle Shop Challenges, so hope you will pop in later to take a look.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:- 
Lexi's Creations #58  - Love theme
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + option of add a heart or Love theme
Deep Ocean #18 - Love You
Ladybug Crafts Ink #53 - Loves Me, Loves Me Not
I Love Promarkers #103 - Love is in the Air
Simon Says Stamp - Love is in the Air
Fan n' Funky #107 - Love is in the Air
Divas By Design #21 - Love is in the Air

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #107

Hello All - hope you are all well and if you are in the UK - keeping warm during this nasty cold and snowy spell we are having!! Our challenge this week over at The Pixie Cottage is as usual an either/or. You can use either the lovely sketch below or this week's theme which is RED and if you are feeling very ambitious you can use both :0)

As soon as I saw that the theme was RED, I knew which image I wanted to use. This couch just couldn't be any other colour, could it!! It is a digi image by ArTish called "Plush Couch" and you can find it here over at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. I really love those pictures hanging on the wall too.

Medium - Promarkers and Tim Holtz Barn Door DI
Papers - Pink Petticoat
Ribbon - stash
Sentiments - computer generated

I really hope you will join in with the challenge this week - it's ideal for all those Valentine's cards you need to make - lol!!  There are some gorgeous creations over on the blog from the DT girls, so you really must go take a look.
Well that's all from me for today.
Thank you so much for looking.
Denise xx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Digital Tuesday #146 - Pink or Red
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
PanPastel UK Challenge #4 - Happy Birthday

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Digi Doodle Shop Challenges #93

Back again with a quick post to let you know that this week's theme over at Digi Doodle Shop Challenges is "LOVE IS IN THE AIR". No card from me as we have changed the format and this week is Team Ruth's turn - I will be back next week with Team Karen!!

Do take a look at what Team R have created for this week - there are some gorgeous cards over on the blog and there is also a great sale going on in the Digi Doodle Shop

Why not take advantage of this for your entry this week - remember if you use a Digi Doodle Shop image, you get two entries into the challenge. There are also some wonderful new images available which I know you will totally love ..........

 These are just two of them - aren't they  gorgeous and wouldn't they be perfect for this week's theme!!

I do hope you can join us for this fun challenge.
Denise xx

DYSU Challenge #57

Well it's Thursday again and time for another challenge over at Do You Stack Up?  This week we have everyone's favourite theme of ANYTHING GOES - woo hoo!!! So we expect to see loads of gorgeous entries :0)

We have three fantastic sponsors this week.........

Stamp & Create

Crafty Individuals who are giving this amazing prize package

My card this week uses this sweet Wags and Whiskers digi image from Stamp & Create called "Love You Sis". I have kept the card design fairly simple so as not to overshadow just how lovely it is. 

Here is a close-up for you. I think these two little sisters are so pretty. I do have a confession to make here - this was my second coloured image. The first one I had applied Glossy Accents to their boots and had attempted raindrops but the drops looked more like splodges which I was not at all happy with, so I coloured up this one and left it well alone - lol!!

And of course, I decorated the inside too!!

Medium - Promarkers
Papers - Pink Petticoat "Fluffy Clouds" and DBS Digiscraps Raindrops Overlay which I found on the web
Ribbons - stash
Card Candy and scalloped card - Craftwork Cards
Umbrella charm - stash - was originally gold coloured but I painted it pink and gave it a coat of varnish
Sentiment - Marisa Lerin freebie found on the web
Blue card - white cardstock coloured with a Promarker to match the image

So that is my offering for today but for even more inspiration, do check out the rest of the DT's gorgeous work over on the DYSU Challenge blog.
Happy crafting
Denise xxx

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-
Divas By Design #20 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky #106 - Use a Digi
Paper Pretties #191 - Ribbon or Twine
Party Time Tuesdays #53 - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash #37 - People Who Need People
Kaboodle Doodles #104 - It's All About Girls