Monday, 31 January 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 127 - Old MacDonald Had A Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm, eee eye eee eye ohhhh... and on that farm he had a tractor (a Case one) eee eye eee eye ohhhh... do you get the idea? At Cupcake Craft Challenge this week Faye has chosen a super theme for you all, where your card must include something you'd find on a farm! So I've gone for the obvious, not often I do cards with tractors on them but this one was for my Dad as he's a tractor fan! I've used a stamp set from Joanna Sheen, and coloured with Promarkers. The papers are from Basic Grey and the embossing is done using my Cuttlebug (script embossing folder) . Here's a little close-up of the tractor with the farm buildings in the background...

We're sponsored this week at Cupcake by Crafty Emma's Store who are offering some sentiments and ribbon to one lucky winner! Don't forget our monthly Icing on the Cupcake sponsors too...

Have a little peek at the cards the other DT girls have come up with, there's a moo moo here and a bah bahhh there... sure to give you lots of inspiration!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Little Birdie Told Me...

... that I've been a bad blogger lately! Sorry! I don' know if it's the weather or what but I just have no energy at the moment! I've barely done any crafting, just the minimum for my DT obligations, I don't know why I just don't have any motivation! So hence the reason I've not been around lately, I do hope you forgive me for neglecting you all.

Here is a little card that I did using a lovely stamp set I won from Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog called 'Tweet Hearts' from Taylored Expressions. No colouring involved, I just coloured the stamps with w/c brush pens then stamped straight onto the card. Very C & S, just adding the three pearls for a little detail. I kinda like the simpleness of this, and it was pretty quick to do! That's probably why I managed to get it done! I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Use a sentiment with a Love theme

Well, have a lovely evening! Back tomorrow with my Cupcake Craft DT card!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 126 - Food For Thought

Good morning all you lovely people out there in the big wide blogosphere! Are you feeling peckish? Well if you are don't panic as this week at Cupcake Craft Challenge we've got some 'Food For Thought'... well that's the title of our new challenge chosen by the very talented Donna! So get baking up a lovely card or project with a food theme and you could be in with a chance to win some rather yummy stash! We're sponsored this week by...
who designs the most adorable stamps and digis, and she's offering 3 fabulous digi stamps to one lucky winner! Not only that but we have our monthly Icing on the Cupcake sponsors too...
So lots of tasty stash to get your teeth into! We also have a special competition running this week called 'What's the Challenge? You Decide!' where we want YOU to challenge us... check out the details HERE! Oh and don't forget to have a look at the rest of the Design Team's fabulously yummy creations this week, and if you have time to leave us a comment please do, we love to here from you too!

The Design Team were kindly given some of Heather's fabulous designs to work with, and so I chose this rather sweet cupcake cutie, isn't she gorgeous!? I've coloured her with Promarkers and added some sparkle to her cupcake. I made the background paper using some free clear stamps from my Do Crafts Magazine, again coloured using my Promarkers. I have to admit, I rather like this cute homemade paper... I think I'll have to try this method again soon! As not to make the card too busy, I simply added the ribbon (recycled from a Xmas pressie) the sentiment and pearls et voila! I'm entering my card into the following challenges...
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Ribbons & Pearls
Stamp Something - Cute Somethings
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Anythings Goes
Thanks so much for popping by today... I'm off to have a needle stuck in my arm now (don't get any ideas... just a blood test... and I hate needles)... wish me luck!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The Creative Cottage Challenge 31 - Shaped Cards

Do you ever wish there was more hours in the day? Yeah well if there was at the moment then that would be cool as I haven't had any time to craft lately! I'm hoping to have a bit of me time this weekend so will be able to get creative and do a bit of blog hopping, about time too!

The Creative Cottage Challenge this fortnight is 'Shaped Cards' and the theme has been chosen by the super talented Tracy, who owns and runs The Creative Cottage Shop. I've taken an easy option by doing a hexagone shaped card, but you could do an easel card, multiple-fold card etc... check out the DT girls' cards for more inspiration ideas. I've used the lovely Home Sweet Home digi kit from The Creative Cottage and have gone all out on the stitching. Here's a close up...

The little sentiment is from Lili of the Valley, and the cute flowers are punched out using my Nellie Snellen punches, again! I'm entering my card into the challenge at:
Fab n Funky - Animal Magic (Birdie in tree)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Ribbons & Pearls
Simon Says Stamp - BINGO! My line is 'Punch/Flowers/Gems'
There's a fab new kit up for grabs this week to the lucky winner called Bradley Bee, here's a quick card I made with this kit to give you an idea...

I'm entering Bradley Bee into the challenge at
Wild Orchid Challenge - Let's get sentimental
Why not join us this fortnight and take a trip out of your comfort zone and make something other than a square or rectangular card?

Monday, 17 January 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 125 - Weddings

Morning peeps! Hope you're all well... sorry I haven't been around a lot at the moment but 'real life' is pretty busy at the moment and I haven't had much free time to craft or blog, so apologies for not visiting you lately!

Now this week at Cupcake Craft Challenge the lovely Liza has chosen 'Weddings' as our theme, to coincide with the launch of her rather delish wedding stationary business Stationery by Me, this is what Liza has to say about it...

"Stationery by me specialises in beautiful, handmade wedding stationery for your special day.Each of my collections feature save the date cards, invitations, all of your "on the day" stationery, favours, guest books and thank you cards, and they are all beautifully coordinated and finished to the highest standard.
All of my designs are made with high quality products and they are all individually handmade and are available in a wide range of colours.
I currently have an offer of 20% off all orders placed before the 31st January 2011, so if you or someone you know is getting married, please pop over to and take a look at my designs.

So we'd like to see your wedding themed projects... you can interpret this as you wish! I've done a CAS card using a Meljen's digi image coloured with Promarkers, and my heart Cuttlebug embossing folder. A few pink pearls finish the card off nicely.

This week we're sponsored by The Ribbon Girl... wow they have the most delish ribbons on offer here! They're giving away some yummy ribbon stash, check out the Cupcake blog for more details! Don't forget our monthly Icing on the Cupcake sponsors too... Blue Jelly Stampin, Polkadoodles and The Paper Shelter! And if you need some inspiration, check out all the lovely DT examples over at Cupcake!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge - 124 Something New

Good morning peeps! Well I saw the first sunshine of the year at the weekend... it was 15°c here on Saturday, I even had to get my sunglasses to stop me squinting when I was driving! I hope this is the shape of things to come, but I fear a cold snap on the horizon... just seems too good to be true this January sunshine!

At Cupcake Craft Challenge this week Denise has chosen a fab theme... something NEW! It could be new baby, new house, new job, new stash...the list goes on! Well, I couldn't resist using my new toys I got for Christmas... papers (the green one is new and is from Wild Rose Studio, the other one MME), Nellie Snellen punches, Papermania leaf punch and finally the Lili Of The Valley sentiment stamp (hubby bought me these and they're lovely). I've cut out my sentiment with nesties (you're right Vicky, it is worth the effort), and coloured it with Promarkers to match the image. There's also some embossing done on my Cuttlebug with the Perfect Paisley folder.

I'm entering my card for the:
Lili Of The Valley Challenge as I've used the lovely sketch by Lena

This week at Cupcake we're sponsored by Sassy Studio Designs who are offering 4 digis to one lucky winner! But don't forget we also have our monthly 'Icing On The Cupcake' prizes to be won... and this month we have three sponsors! Our very own Victoria from Blue Jelly Stampin is offering some lovely goodies, Polka Doodles are offering a craft CD rom and The Paper Shelter are giving away a $10 Gift Certificate! Just enter at least one of our challenges during the month to be in with a chance to win! Why not pop over to the Cupcake blog and get some fab NEW inspiration from my fellow DT buddies!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Sweet Cupcake Thanks!

Hello! I just wanted to share this little card with you and to say Thank You to a very dear friend for sending me a lovely Christmas present including the gorgeous Penny Black stamp 'Sweet Thing' and the pretty Wild Rose Studio papers I've used on my card! It was so thoughful of you Tracy! My hubby bought me the Nellie Snellen punches I used for the flowers, I'm always in awe of the pretty flowers Catherine makes using these punches and must have gone on about them so much my hubby bought them for me for Christmas! If only to shut me up probably! I've coloured the image with Promarkers and the sweet sentiment is a freebie from Jami (thank you)! I'm entering my card for the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 'Recipe - 3 papers, 1 ribbon, 1 charm'
Wild Orchid Challenge 'Sketch by Bev'
Allsorts Challenge 'Thank You'

Well, off back to work now so back with you later in the week! Thanks for popping by!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The Creative Cottage Challenge 30 'Something New' & Happy New Year Freebie

Hello peeps! It's challenge time with The Creative Cottage and for our first challenge of 2011 DT buddy Sue has chosen 'Something New' as the theme! Interpret this as you wish... I've gone for the NEW YEAR and also a NEW digi that I created called 'Wilfred Worm'. I've used the gorgeous Orange Haze paper pack and the Orange Haze Owl Set (for the ribbon border) from The Creative Cottage... fitted perfectly with Wilfred's spots and stripes! I'm entering this card for the challenge at Simon Says Stamp - New Beginnings!

There's a £10 gift voucher for one lucky random winner to spend in The Creative Cottage Shop... and there's LOADS of yummy kits and papers etc to chose from. And if you'd like more inspiration pop over to the Challenge Blog to check out the other DT creations!

Ok, as promised on Monday, here is my New Year digi freebie... Wilfred Worm! He's saved as a png image, just click on him to enlarge the image then right-click and save to your computer. All I ask is that you mention me if you use Wilfred and link back to my blog in your post, thank you and enjoy!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge 124 White Is White


So it's 2011 eh?! The first decade of the New Millennium done and dusted... already!!! I can remember seeing in the year 2000... and it doesn't seem like five minutes ago! Where does the time go?

Anyway this is my first post for 2011, and the first challenge this year for Cupcake Craft Challenge! To see in the new year the trés chic Catherine has chosen 'White is White' as the theme for this week, just in case you were missing the snow lol! You have to use mainly white on your card, easy peasy!

I've gone for a super simple card, no image, no designer paper, just some good old embossing and a bit of sparkle! I've chosen a french sentiment... in English it means 'Love rhymes with always'... hope you like it Catherine! The card was for my hubby on our Wedding Anniversary.

As always there's some fab prizes up for grabs... Simon Says Stamp are offering a $20 gift certificate to one random winner, and this month's Icing on the Cupcake is sponsored by our lovely Victoria at Blue Jelly Stampin who is offering some lovely Stampin Up products! And if you're short of ideas just check out the other DT cards, they're just fab!

Well, I'd better go unpack my suitcase... that's why my post is late today, I just flew back from the UK so have a mountain of things to tidy away... have a lovely evening... hope to catch up with you all during the week! Also I have a little digi freebie to share with you so will post that later in the week!