Monday 30 August 2010

Thanks, Nichole!


And a late but still, happy Monday to y'all the other side of the pond as it's practically Tuesday over here!!! Now it's the last time I can say 'happy Monday' for a while because as of next Monday I'm back to school!
Anyways enough about work! I'm so happy that I get to be a part of something special today! Over on the PTI forum, we're holding a special PTI Blog Hop to show our appreciation of the one and only, Nichole Heady (my stamping idol! Seriously, this lady oozes more talent outta her pinky than I could ever dream of having!) The idea is to make a Thank You card as your way to say, well, Thanks!
So Nichole, if you're reading this, thank you so much for the inspiration you provide not only to me but to everyone. Not many people are capable of making me physically drool over my keyboard through sharing their creations but you certainly do! I admire not only how creatively talented you are, but how you successfully juggle being a Mother, a Wife, and a Business Woman too! When I grow up, (if I grow up!) I'd love to be half of what you are today!

I also tried to be super crafty and sneak in a Papertrey Peeps Challenge with this colour combo too. I'm so sorry to the Peeps that I've been a naughty blogger/stamper and although I thought I would have caught up on the challenges over summer, I still feel nowhere near up to date!

So thanks, Nichole for the job you do, and thanks, Peeps for not telling me off LOL!

Catch ya later!
Card Deets
{Thank You}

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Round & Round,Text Style
Ink: Papertrey Ink - Pure Poppy/Distress Ink - Antique Linen/Versamark
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Vintage Cream, Lemon Tart, Stamper's Select White
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Nestabilities/PTI Vintage Buttons/Clear Detail EP

Tuesday 24 August 2010

Goin' Dotty...


Happy Tuesady! How's your week going? I've finally persuaded my guy to take this week off work just so I have some company during the looooooong days I have alone so I'll keep this short and sweet :D

Firstly, thanks so much for your well wishes for my dad! I can report with positive news that he's due home today - yay! Fingers crossed anyways...

OK onto the card! Well this card is for our new challenge on our PTI blog. We wanna see your creations featuring dots...and before you even suggest it, no, I didn't use Polka Dot Basics II or the dotty chair from On My Couch for this challenge!

Nope, I finally broke out my Beautiful Blooms DP! This card was for Chris' parents and because it was being hand delivered I could add dimension to my heart's content - cue the foam pads and ribbon! I know it's a pretty simple design - but that paper is so bold that I felt I couldn't add much more to it before getting a headache LOL!

So as always, I'm hoping you can play along too - get dotty and use just one PTI product on your creation to enter!! If you live within Europe you could be the lucky winner of PTI's Anniversary Set, Round and Round!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{Happy Anniversary}
Stamps: Daily Designs/Round & Round
Pure poppy Cardstock: Stamper's Select White/Kraft
Beautiful Blooms DP
Accessories: Fresh Snow Twill Ribbon/Martha Stewart Border Punch/Corner Rounder/White Gel Pen

Saturday 21 August 2010

So Sweet, but Quirky-Cutesy-Clean?!


And a happy Saturday to you today! Can't say we've got anything highly exciting planned this weekend but I kinda like the weekends when I can say that; means I get some time to chill and stamp *wink*!

So this last week my mind was totally focused on crafting but then when I sat down to craft I just didn't 'feel it'! The time I did feel it was at night and I spent a good few hours making some cards into the wee hours of the morning. This card was made for the current Embellish challenge; so happy I got to play along this time as I missed out on the last challenge:

Quirky-Cutesy-Clean style....well I can do the clean part; you probably know I don't really do cute on cards but if you saw any of my stationary for work or even my lunch-box you'd know that I ♥ cute! I get my supplies from Paperchase - oh I adore that shop and don't even get me started on the fabulous gift packaging they do LOL! And as for the quirky part, well I've been called that and more so I figured I'd give this challenge a go....

Now I dunno if my buddy, Emma is psychic, spies on me at work or just knows me so darn well, but she was sooooo sweet as to buy me this My Cute Stamps set for my birthday. I've wanted this set for ages and literally gasped and squealed as I jumped around the room when I opened it LOL! I've stamped loads of these cuties when I've been sitting at my desk just colouring them for fun so this card came together pretty quickly and that lolly was beggin' me for a good dollop of Glossy Accents for super icy shine-a-bility! :D

Couldn't you just slurp up that ice lolly?! Would I share it?! Depends who with LOL!

OK so I dunno if this qualifies for a card in a Quriky-Cutesy-Clean style but I'm happy anyways!

FYI: just some other notes for ya before I leave ya:
  • Finally, if you've got any positive vibes send 'em this way please! My dad is back in hospital (again!) and although both he and I remain in good, positive spirits we'd much rather him recover to a stage where he can come home! Means I'm kinda busy at the moment so apologies if I seem a bit absent here in Blogland; good job I've got some projects prepared that I can schedule so I won't leave you with nothing to look at!
Catch ya later!

Card Deets {So Sweet}
Stamps: My Cute Stamps - sweet kawaii/Hero Arts - sentiment
Versamark/PTI -melon berry
PTI - vintage cream, kraft, aqua mist
Promarkers/PTI - aqua mist ribbon, melon berry button, ribbon twine/Fiskars - apron lace border punch/Corner Rounder
/Glossy Accents

Tuesday 17 August 2010

Faithful Stars!


Happy Tuesday, y'all!!!! Hope you're having a fabby week so I know that for some of you, it's back to school time, but I've still got 2.5 weeks of freedom left and I'm making the most of every second of it :D!

So y'know how I was sayin' that we went to see my guy's family for guy birthdays at the weekend? Well today I'm sharing the card that I made for his Dad. Now Dads are tricky customers to make cards for, I mean my guy's dad is completely different to my dad! My dad is all about the countryside and wheel barrows and Chris' dad is all about business and travelling the world for it! Totally different characters LOL!

So when in a pickle like this, I always grab my ever-so-faithful-star prints stamp set and get busy:

I'm sure one day, Chris' dad will realise that every card he's had from us features stars.....I need to get a new guy card stamp set methinks!

Right then, before I dash, I just thought I'd share a funny pic with ya. Now in my Enjoy Life post I told you about how happy I was, and how I'd just had a funny hen afternoon/night with my girlie friends. Well I've now got the pic that features yours truly in full men's ice hockey gear, no where near ice....and before you even suggest it, there wasn't a Gin and Tonic in sight as I was driving! Just the good ol' tea and fruit juice for me.... what does this suggest about me?! LOL! Well I'm thinking of wearing this when I go back to school. And d'ya wanna know the funny part? I'm heading back for a girly sleepover on Wednesday which means I can have a who knows what may happen if this is how I end up drinking just tea and fruit juice LOL!

Catch ya later!

Card Deets
{It's Your Day}
Stamps: PTI - Star Prints/Practicing Creativity Designs - For the Love of Dots
Ink: PTI - Spring Rain,Spring Moss/Versamark/Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Cardstock: PTI - Vintage Cream, Kraft
Paper: PTI - Spring Moss Bitty Box Basics
Accessories: PTI -Jute Ribbon Twine/Cuttlebug/Nestabilities /Corner Rounder

Friday 13 August 2010



Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a fabby weekend so far...I've been off on a lil' road trip to visit my guy's family to celebrate not one, but two birthdays with the most scrummy Italian meal out - I actually opted for a salad which isn't like me, but it was the yummiest salad I've ever had which included good helpings of apple, walnuts, gorgonzola and honey! Paired with a crisp, dry white wine I was in summer dining Heaven!

Anyways enough about food, both birthdays were guy ones so cue the masculine card panic LOL! Well I've kinda cheated and his youngest brother will be getting this card that I thought was kinda cool, hip and OK for a 19 year old; I realise that I need to actually do something with the stash of cards I create rather than keep thinking that I need to make a new card for every new occasion that arises!

So today, I'm not here to share cards for those occasions because there's yet another guy birthday in our family today!!! My nephew, Charlie will be celebrating his first birthday - seems like only yesterday he was born, doesn't time fly by!

So as I sat down to make his card (I had no suitable cards in my stash for this occasion!) I checked the mail first to find some stampy love had been delivered from Practicing Creativity Designs! Oh, as soon as I tore the padded envie open, I just had to ink this sweet set up and make Charlie's card with it:

Now because I'm on a lil' kick with kinesthetic cards, I figured I'd have a little fun; just pull that white ribbon tab will ya?!


Card Recipe
Stamps: Practicing Creativity Designs - The Whole Cycle/PTI - Star Prints/Hero Arts
Ink: Memento Black/PTI Fresh Snow
Cardstock: PTI Spring Rain/Ripe Avocado/Stamper's Select White
Accessories: Promarkers/Nestabilities/Cuttlebug/PTI Fresh Snow Twill Ribbon/Dovecraft Chalks

Yup, I know you're used to it by now but it still makes me smile :D

Now because I used a method of transport on this card I'm finally catching up with the Papertrey Peeps Challenges too! This one should hopefully qualify for Challenge #9 I'm so behind but catching up so ever so slowly! Hope those Peeps will forgive me!

Catch ya later!

Thursday 5 August 2010

Super Simple (and sweet too!)


Happy Friday-Eve! Not long now until the weekend and although that kinda means my holiday is zooming by, it also means some nice time with my guy to chill-ax together!

Thanks so much for your really sweet comments about my lil' DT news, you're all so sweet and kind! Thank You!! I'd also like to point a "woot, woot!" to my crafty peeps, Ann who is now struttin' her stuff for the Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge DT, and Maureen who is now known simply as, Diva! as she's Verve's Guest Diva for August!!! Way to go ladies!

So just stoppin by today with a super quick card I whipped up this morning; it's gotta go through the mail which explains why it has no dimension at all (well apart from the bling and the HUGE dollop of Glossy Accents *wink*)

Couldn't you just scoff this cupcake in one?! LOL! Now because it's super glossy, here's a close up so you can actually see what that cake looks like rather than just seeing the reflection of my window in that icing:
Card Recipe

Stamps: PTI - Polka Dot Basics II/Hampton Art Footlongs - Cupcakes/Hero Arts - Sentiment
Ink: Versamark/Momento Black
Card: PTI Lavender Moon/White/Aqua Mist
Accessories: Hero Arts Bling/PTI Rick Rack Die/Cuttlebug/Promarkers/Glossy Accents/Corner Rounder Punch

My very own honey treated me to this lil' cupcake stamp set by Hampton Art last weekend so it seemed rude not to ink it up this week. He sure knows how to treat a inky kinda gal like me anyways!

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a super sweet weekend!!!!

Catch ya later!

P.S Edited to add - just one more lil' woot! I was selected as a Trigger Target over at Moxie Fab World for my Dancing Lanterns Card! What a week it's proved to be!


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