Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Creative Cottage Challenge 24 - Bling It On

Hi! Today it's a new challenge over at The Creative Cottage Challenge blog, and the lovely Suzie who is our host this fortnight wants us to 'Bling It On'... yup that means LOTS of bling and sparkle on your projects! For my card I've used the fabulous new 'Snow Much Fun' digi kit from The Creative Cottage Shop, you just print out the topper which is all ready for you to cut out and layer up and add the paper of your choice! I printed this fab snowman paper, so cute! The checked paper is also from the kit. For my bling I've used glitter (lots of it), tinsel ribbon and a cute silver star. I'm entering my card for the following challenges:
A Spoon Full Of Sugar 'Spots & Stripes'
Totally Gorjuss 'Christmas'
One lucky winner will receive 2 kits of their choice from The Creative Cottage website... and there's so many great kits to choose from! Hope you can join us this week!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Cupcake Craft Challenge 110 Pink & Brown

Good morning peeps! Well, that's the weekend gone again... where does the time go to? I find that the weeks are just flying by, soon it'll be Christmas and I haven't even started doing my cards... erm I'd better get a move on!

Today we have a colour challenge for you at Cupcake Craft Challenge, our fabulous Faye has chosen Pink & Brown in honour of our super challenge blog! So we'd like to see your lovely Cupcake coloured creations... so long as they're pink & brown ;) For my little card I went for a Magnolia stamp, I don't use these that often now so thought Tilda deserved a day out of her box! She's coloured with Promarkers. The papers, ribbon & sentiment are all Papermania (more stash that never sees the light of day). The flowers are handmade using circle punches. Finally a few pearls finish the look. I'd like to enter my card for a few challenges, here goes:

A Spoon Full Of Sugar 'Anything Goes'
Passion For Promarkers 'Make Your Own Flowers'
By The Cute & Girly 'Indian Summer'
Charisma Cardz 'Anything Goes'

Pop over to Cupcake Craft Challenge blog to see the fabulous cards that the DT girls have made, each one very different! Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Stamps, so well work a shot at winning! Thanks for popping by my blog today!

Friday, 24 September 2010

It's been a while...

... since I made a card using a Penny Black image so here's one I did following the sketch at Penny Black Saturday Challenge...

I bought some Stickeroos a while back and thought I'd use one... saves time colouring (I was a bit pushed for time as I wanted to get the card in the post)... the red paper is from Papermania, it has a linen effect, the blue paper is from K & Co. The sentiment (which is one of my faves) is a stamp from Penny Black.

Well, finally it rained here... I've been virtually doing a rain dance for the last fortnight... in the UK it never stops raining and here in the centre of France it never starts! You should see the state of my lawn... well it looks more like dust with straw on it! I've given up even trying to make it look half decent! No I'm not crazy wishing for rain, but being English I do like to see a green lawn! Pity we couldn't do an exchange!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

The Creative Cottage Blog Hop - My Hidden Candy Winner

Good morning all! Thanks to all the peeps who took part in The Creative Cottage blog hop earlier this week! I was one of the DT girls hidding some yummy candy on my blog! So without further ado the winner of a fab digi kit (of the winner's choice) hidden on my blog, chosen by is...

No. 19 that's .... craftykitten

Many congratulations hun! Please email Tracy at to claim your prize!

Don't forget to pop over to the main blog to see if you won the main prize! And if you weren't lucky enough to win a prize then pop over to the new shop and treat yourself!

Monday, 20 September 2010

The Creative Cottage Blog Hop

Please scroll down for my Cupcake Craft Challenge DT post.

Good morning all! Welcome to The Creative Cottage Blog Hop! Today sees the launch of The Creative Cottage shop, and lots of new digi kits which the DT girls have been showing sneak peeks of throughout last week! Just click on the link to go to the shop, where you'll find the most adorable digi kits ever... just perfect for all us crafters!

So to celebrate the launch of the new shop we're having a BLOG HOP where you can win these four fabulous new digi kits!

The hop runs from 8am (GMT) today to 10pm (GMT) tomorrow, so don't hang about if you want to join in the fun and be in with a chance to win some stash! There are also some digi kits 'hidden' on certain DT blogs, so be sure to leave a comment on every post if you want to be in with a chance to win! Each DT member is also showcasing a digi kit from The Creative Cottage, and I have chosen the new Halloween kits... for my card I've used paper from the BOO! Paper Pack, and the sweetest witch from the Decoupage Topper Sheet, she's just too cute...

Hope you can join in with us today, don't forget to leave a comment on each blog if you want to be in with a chance to win!

Cupcake Craft Challenge 109 Transport

Hello! Today's challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenges is 'Transport'. My lovely DT buddy Donna has chosen the theme this week and she would like to see our creations with a link to Transport, which can be interpreted in many forms! So come on use your imagingation... I have to admit my mojo went walkabout with this one, but I created my colourful little card using an Artemio stamp set and some pigment inks... no Promarkers insight here! I've added a little ribbon and the wheel is attached with a brad so it turns, all the text is hand written using a Letraset fineliner.

This week our sponsor is Ai Factory, which have some yummy digi stash! They're offering a $10 gift voucher for one lucky random winner! Don't forget that we're also joined by our monthly sponsor Little Claire Designs. Pop over to the Cupcake blog and check out the fab cards made by the other DT girls! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Halloween Sneak Peek

Hello... I'm back today with another sneak peek from The Creative Cottage! Today we're showing the new Halloween digi products... there's papers, toppers and borders which are just too cute to Spook! Here's the card I made...

Can't wait to get your hands on these? Well you won't have to wait long... Monday is launch day for the new Creative Cottage website! And don't forget the blog hop which runs Monday through Tuesday! Here's a peek of the Halloween topper sheets available (they are just SO cute)...

If you pop over to the blog there's a chance to win these Halloween goodies! Oh and don't forget to join in the fun with us at The Creative Cottage on Monday!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

The Creative Cottage Challenge #23 Birthday Boy

Me again! I bet you're sick of me this week?! Anyway, today it's challenge time at The Creative Cottage Challenge and this fortnight it's my turn to pick the theme... I've chosen 'Birthday Boy'. Basically I'd like you to do a birthday card for a boy/man... simples!!!

I love making 'boy' cards, and this one is a card I made for my brother... he doesn't really have as big a belly as that but he defo has that telly... nought but footie in his house! The papers and embellishments are from the oh so cute 'Little Monkeys Wild West Adventure' digi kit from The Creative Cottage... I think this is probably my fave kit so far! The image is made up using stamps from Papermania, It's a Man's World, except the TV table which I drew. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I'm entering my card into the Allsorts Challenge and A Spoon Full Of Sugar Challenge which both have 'Colours of Autumn' as the theme.

This fortnight we've got the Little Monkeys Wild West Adventure kit up for grabs, so join in if you'd like to win this super cute kit which includes fab toppers, images, papers and embellishments!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

The Creative Cottage - Another Sneak Peek

Hello! Just a quick post to give you another sneak peek of the gorgeous new kits coming soon toThe Creative Cottage! This little card has been done with the Snow Much Fun digi kit... I've used the papers and topper from this yummy kit (the sentiment is from See D's). This kit will be available from the new shop which launches next Monday! It's full of cute pre-coloured images, papers and embellishments, just perfect for your Christmas cards! If you'd like more information about this kit and other digi kits from The Creative Cottage then please pop over to The Creative Cottage blog.

Thanks so much for popping by tonight!

Monday, 13 September 2010

The Creative Cottage - Sneak Peek Week

Me again! Well, as promised I have some exciting news about The Creative Cottage... they will be launching their brand new website on Monday 20th September!!! There'll be lots of fab new digi kits launched on the new site... and the DT members will be showing sneak peeks of these kits everyday this week! Today it's the new Jia Li Luck digi kit which is being featured... you can see some of the elements of this kit on my card above, and if you like oriental then you'll love this! We'll be having a BLOG HOP too which will run Mon 20th & Tues 21st September, where there'll be the chance to get your hands on some lovely prizes! Make sure you pop over to The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog next Monday to find out more and join in with the blog hop!

Check my post below for this week's Cupcake Challenge!

Cupcake Craft Challenge 108 - Sketch

Hello peeps! Just wanted to share my DT card for Cupcake Craft Challenge... our challenge this week has been set by the lovely Liza who has designed a sketch for you...
And here's my card following the sketch...

I've used a lovely Lili of the Valley image (again) which I coloured with Promarkers and distressed a little with Distress Inks. I've used a doily for the first time on my cards, not bad eh, what do you think? The paper is from a Papermania pad, the corners are done using my Martha Stewart punch and I've added a few pearls, ribbon and charm to finish off.

We're sponsored this week by Digi Doodle Shop, who are offering a $10 gift voucher to one lucky winner, and don't forget we also have Little Claire as our monthly sponsor! Pop over to the blog to check out what the other DT girls have made to inspire you!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

One For The Boys

Hello! I don't know what it is but I just really enjoy doing 'boy' cards at the minute. Maybe it's because they're less fuss and as I can't put lots of flowers on the card then I don't have to think too much about embellishments! So I just couldn't resist having a go at this week's challenge over at Lili of the Valley which is 'One For The Boys'... any excuse to use one of these super cute stamps (becoming a bit of a habit... my last card was a LOTV stamp too)! I've coloured the image with Promarkers, which is also another habit of mine lol! The paper is from 'Love - Jesse Edwards' 8 x 8 pad, Papermania and the little sentiment is from Cuddly Buddly. I'm also entering my card in the Fab n Funky Challenge 'What eva' ... basically do anything you like!

Thanks a lot for dropping by, pop back next week as I'll have some exciting news to share with you about The Creative Cottage!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Cupcake Craft Challenge 107 Books & Stories

Good morning all! Well there's the weekend gone again, so it's Cupcake Craft Challenge time! This week our challenge theme has been chosen by la gentille Catherine, and linking in with the return to school Catherine would like to see creations with a connection to Books & Stories! This is a great theme Catherine which took me back a few years! My card was inspired by books I used to read as a girl... horsey books... by the Pullein-Thompson sisters. The three sisters used to write fab fictional stories about girls and ponies which were just up my street! I spent many a late night hiding under my duvet with a torch reading my book!

I've used this lovely stamp from Lili of the Valley called 'Me & My Pony', coloured with Promarkers. The papers are from My Minds Eye 'Bloom & Grow' pack. The little sentiment is from Papermania. I'm entering my card into the challenge at Stamp Something which is to stamp 'Something Cute'.

Well, as there are some scrummy prizes up for grabs, from Simon Says Stamp & Little Claire, then pop over to the Cupcake blog for some inspiration from the other girls, and then get creating! Hope you can join in this week!

On a personal note I just want to apologise for not getting round your blogs much lately, things are a bit full on here at the minute and I have a few worries which are keeping me away from crafting and blogging. So I just want to say thank you for all the lovely comments... I really appreciate them, they lift my day!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

The Creative Cottage Challenge # 22 Celebrations!

Hi, how ya doing? Well I'm totally wrecked to be honest... just wish I could win the lottery and become a lady of leisure! Speaking of lottery wins... Rebekah has chosen our theme over at The Creative Cottage this fortnight which is 'Celebrations'... any kind of celebration counts so I chose to do a card for my nephew who just passed his GCSE's...

I've used this cute freebie digi image that I found at Hambo Stamps... bargain or what?! He's coloured with Promarkers of course! The paper is from the gorgeous Little Monkeys Pirate Adventure kit and the stars and ribbon are from the Little Monkeys Wild West kit, both from The Creative Cottage! These two kits have got to be my faves to date! I don't know what it is but I'm warming more and more to 'boy' type cards. I'm entering my card into the challenge at Totally Papercrafts which is 'Clean & Simple'.

Why not pop over to the blog to see the other girls DT cards, they're all so different! And there's a super prize of 2 digi kits from The Creative Cottage for one lucky winner, all you have to do is enter your card! Hope you can join us! Thanks so much for popping by today!