Monday, 30 May 2011

Zesty Colours at Cupcake Craft Challenge

Hiya peeps! Cupcake Craft Challenge time again! This week the sassy Denise has given us a zesty colour combo to use... ORANGE YELLOW GREEN WHITE! You can make anything you like so long as you incorperate these four colours! I've gone for a gardening theme with this cute Penny Black Slapstick Stamp... are real mice this cute? Anyways, I coloured with Promarkers, added Prima flowers and some rik rak ribbon, the papers and sentiment were free from a craft mag ages ago. So there you have it! We have some fab prizes on offer... this week we're sponsored by Pink Gem Designs who are giving away 4 digi images to the lucky random winner and also this is you last chance to join in to be eligible for the May Icing on the Cupcake prize, sponsored by Crafts U Love!

I'm entering my card into the challenge at:

Passion For Promarkers - All the 2's (two mice, two flowers)
Catch the Bug - Bright Colours

It's a bit thundery here today, perfect day for crafting! Oh and for those of you in the UK who are lucky enough to be off work, enjoy the Bank Holiday!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A Scrap Affair Challenge - Design Your Own Paper

Hiya! Just wanted to let you know that there's a new challenge over at A Scrap Affair, and it was my turn to choose the theme so I've chosen 'Design Your Own Paper'!

For my card I've used an Anna Griffin clear stamp for the background paper, stamped 4 times (this can be used to stamp as big an area as you want, you just have to line it up) then coloured with Distress Inks. I've chosen a sweet Sarah Kay stamp from Stampavie as the main image. I do love this little image, so cute with the kitten! The sentiment is a stamp from Paper Make Up Stamps. I've also used distress inks to colour the little girl and kitten image (these inks and the Anna Griffin Stamp I used for the background paper are available to buy in the Scrap Affair Online Store). The little flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the lace detail is old, french lace I had in my stash. I'm entering my card into the challenge at:

Cute Card Thursday - Lets Get Krafty
By the Cute & Girly - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin Challenge - In the Garden

Pop over to the blog at A Scrap Affair to see the lovely prize and the other fabulous DT cards!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The Creative Cottage NEW RELEASE & SALE

Just a quick post today to let you all know about a cute NEW RELEASE at The Creative Cottage called 'Daddy Bear - Let's Fix It'. Here's a little picture of the fab new digi kit (priced at £2.99 for the full kit or £1.99 for the Paper Pack only) which includes toppers, papers, embellishments, alphabets/numbers and pre-coloured images, just perfect for Father's Day coming up in June...

For my bright and cheery card above I've used one of the lovely toppers from the kit and teamed it up with some embellishments from my stash... but there's so much in this cute kit you really only need a printer, some cardstock and glue! I'm entering my card into the challenge at:

Truly Scrumptious - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Something with Beachy Colours
Stamptacular Challenge - BEARnecessities

There's also a sale from now till the 1st of June giving 30% discount on all orders over £2.00 using the code may2011, so why not pop over and treat yourself?!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Worms & Cupcakes

Good morning! I've come on the computer for a bit of peace and quiet this morning, there's a lot of banging going on in my house today! In my living room I have a lovely solid oak parquet floor (which is about 100 years old), unfortunately it's being eaten by woodworm! Ouch! The little buggers have been making holes in my floor and although it pains me to have the floor lifted, it has to be done to see what damage there is underneath! The carpenter says "ce n'est pas méchant" (meaning it's not nasty) but it has to be seen to to stop it going any further! So hence the banging... it's the man pulling up my lovely floor (sob)! I'd better get a cup of tea and a cupcake...

Yep, Cupcake Craft Challenges to be precise (I'm watching my figure lol)... this week the talented Delphine has chosen 'BOOKWORM' as our theme (kind of symbolic for me... worms that is)! So we'd like to see projects with a book theme (image, bookmark etc). I've done a little bookmark using a Heather Ellis digi image (the little butterfly and plant pot are my own... I tried to draw them in a similar style inkeeping with the HE image). I've used Promarkers to colour this time. Finally I added some little flowers (Nellie Snellen punch & Card Candy). The paper is from an old Papermania pad. I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

ABC Challenge - Unusual Fold
By The Cute & Girly - Anything Goes

This week our sponsor is Crafty Emma's Store, who is giving away a £10 gift voucher to one lucky winner, and our Monthly Icing on the Cupcake Sponsor is Crafts U Love, who are offering a £15 gift voucher to our monthly winner.

Well, I'd better go and check what damage there is! And make that cup of tea!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge - In The Garden

Hello and good morning! Spring is well and truly here, and although everything looks so green at the moment, I fear that it won't stay that way as we are DESPERATE for rain! I do love my garden, but it's impossible to water everything (the cost for one thing) and I'm sure we'll not be allowed to soon due to the drought! I'll just have to make the most of my garden now!

Ok, this week at Cupcake Craft Challenge our theme is just that... IN THE GARDEN... need I say more?! Well, the lovely Faye (she's the boss at Cupcake) has chosen the challenge and she would like to see things you find in the garden on your cards/projects! I've gone for a fairly simple card, using lots of green and this cute stamp from Penny Black. I've used Distress Inks to colour the image, not a medium I use often now but I do love the effect, and have kept my embellishments to a minimum. I wanted the attention to be on the sweet snail and hedgehog image! I'm entering this card into the challenge at:

We are sponsored this week by Sassy Studio Designs and our monthly Icing on the Cupcake Sponsor is Crafts U Love... also to celebrate Jane's arrival, The Ribbon Girl are kindly giving us this lovely stash of Baker's Twine to give away...

Now why not pop over to the Cupcake blog to check out all the prizes on offer and also the other DT cards, you'll be green with envy lol! Thanks for your visit today, hope you have fun with your gardening project!

Monday, 9 May 2011

Gingham & Roses

Good morning! Well I spent some time over the weekend doing a spot of gardening, isn't it lovely at this time of year!? So green and lucious and lots of lovely flowers! I bought myself some rose bushes on Saturday, and have planted them along the side of my house... I'll have to take some pictures and share them with you all! They smell so lovely too... the roses that is, not the manure I used to plant them in!

That brings me nicely to this week's challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenges... the fab theme 'Gingham & Roses' has been chosen by Lisa our Choose The Challenge Competition winner. Lisa will be Guest Designing for us this week, and will also be choosing the Cupcake Cuties. Our prize this week is a lovely Shabby Beautiful Download Kit from Cupcake Card Craft. Don't forget we also have our monthly Icing on the Cupcake prize, this month sponsored by Crafts U Love!

For my card I've used this week's digi freebie from Bugaboo Stamps, coloured with Promarkers. The lovely gingham papers are from The Creative Cottage, and the little roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. You should really pop by the Cupcake blog to see all the pretty creations my DT buddies have created. I'm entering my card for the challenge at:
Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Digi Day
Totally Papercrafts - Recipe (1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellishments - Roses, Pearls, Ribbon)
Thanks for popping by today! Happy Creating!

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Beautiful Black & White

Hello peeps! Not often I do monochrome but this is just the loveliest quote from the Inspirational Kit from The Creative Cottage, teamed up with Anna Griffin paper from my friend Dianascarlett which can be purchased at A Scrap Affair. If you make a card using any Creative Cottage products during the month you can enter your creation in the monthly prize draw on The Creative Cottage blog to win some fab stash! The pearls on my card are from my stash and the ribbon is from Wild Orchid Crafts. It's a fairly C & S design for me, but I think it looks elegant and I do love that satin ribbon! I want to decorate the inside, but haven't gotten around to that yet! I'm entering my into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Wild Orchid Crafts - White plus 2 colours (black & grey... hope it's ok! The roses are on my background paper to the left/below the quote).
Well, I hope you're having a lovely sunny week wherever you are! Thanks for popping by my blog today!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Cupcake Craft Challenge and Hello Cupcake Blog Hop!

Hiya peeps! Right this post serves two purposes... firstly it's to announce the new challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenges which is Something Beginning with C...and secondly it's to let you know that we're having a HELLO CUPCAKE BLOG HOP to introduce our new Cupcake DT members and celebrate our new image! So here's my Design Team card for our Something Beginning with C Challenge, my Cs are CHERRY CUPCAKES & CHARM!

Ok, my cute image and recipe sentiment are from Lili of the Valley... don't these little mice look so adorable?! I've coloured them with Promarkers and added LOTS of glitter to the cupcakes! The little cherries are done using Craftwork Cards Card Candy with little leaves cut from green paper. My card is for the following challenges:

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge - Inspired by my Mam's baking YUM!

We're sponsored for this week's challenge by Simon Says Stamp who are giving away a fab $20 Gift Certificate! We also have a new monthly sponsor, Crafts U Love, who will be giving a £15 Gift Voucher to our lucky winner at the end of the month!

Please pop by the Cupcake blog to check out all the lovely DT creations, and if you have time please leave a comment, we love to hear from you! It'd also be a nice way of welcoming our new DT members, so show them some love ;)

Ok, now for the BLOG HOP!

Thanks for joining us for the Hello Cupcake Blog Hop. If you've just arrived from Sari's blog ... then you're in the right place! While you're here, please leave a comment and then hop over to Hayley's blog ....

Don't forget to leave a comment on each Blog in the Hop, including Cupcake and our Guest Designer, Hayley's for a chance to win the Candy from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn.
Here's a picture of the candy... it contains:

6 x 6 Emma's Shoppe Paper Pad by Crate Paper
Hero Arts Cupcake Clings Set
Bold Spotty Buttons
Yellow Floral Felt
Tutu 3/8" Ribbon
Pink Twine
Prima Pastel Flowers
Petaloo Butterflies

To celebrate the Blog Hop Hayley is also generously offering everyone 10% discount on
purchases made at Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn until Midnight 9th May. Just enter CUPCAKEBH (exactly as shown) at checkout.

Phew, that was a mega post... I hope I haven't sent you to sleep!?