Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Oh...So Tweet!

Yay! It's Snowed, everything's beautiful & white. The only thing peeping out is THE christmas cake bird feast!!! I fear it'll still be there next Summer.
So my card today is a bunch of robins looking very festive. This gorgeous digi was a freebie from the very generous peeps over at Just Inklined, coloured with PM's, silver glitter-glue & a snow-writer. The DP is from the Dovecraft Back to Basics collection with a snowflake embellie.

Entering it at -
Digital Tuesday - Animals at Christmas Time
Wild Orchid Challenge - Old Fashioned Xmas


Monday, 29 November 2010

To Snow or Not to Snow!!

It's just snowed for 3 minutes! My blimmin' Christmas Cake disaster is still sitting on the lawn with a fresh scattering of stale bread & a banana & now a layer of snowy icing which I have to admit makes the whole scene look rather appetising - maybe that'll draw the birds in!
Christmas is hurtling ever closer & I think I'm almost there with my cards. This cheeky chappie is from Mo's Digital Pencil, 3-D'eed, coloured with ProMarkers & silver Stickles glitter, the DP is from Dovecraft & the snowflakes are from a confetti set.

Entering it at -
Cards For Men - Christmas
Character Cafe - Neutral with Sparkle
Crafts and Me - Dreaming of a White Christmas
Crafty Catz - Christmas
One Stop Craft Challenge - Christmas Cuties
The Crafty Pad - Snowflakes
I Did It Creations - Surprise Me!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Cold Allergy Alert!

It's Friday...Woo!Hoo! Am frozen to the core today as I've just completed my final garden clearance for this year. Temperatures outside are at least minus 100 degrees but I was fooled by the glorious blue sky & the sun shining and although I've been back indoors glued to the radiator for about an hour I've still not thawed out. I think I actually have an allergy to the cold - I have all the symptons: goosebumps, chattering teeth & a runny, red nose!!!
My card today is to welcome another baby to our crazy little world. The digi is baby Emily from Prairie Fairy, I think the papers are K&Co & I've cut up one of the sheets to make my own flower embellies. Coloured with PM's with glitter sakura & stickle highights.
Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!! xxx


Thursday, 25 November 2010

BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Flamin' 'eck! Tiz cold today. Why is thermal underwear always made in that horrid off-white, kinda chewing-gummy colour? Surely to keep any glimmer of passion alive manufacturers could make them in more attractive colours that men find alluring!!! I have put off purchasing them until this "stage" of my life but 2 hours a week freezing to death watching Oliver play footie have forced me to take drastic measures. Thankfully the thermal socks came in a more funky purple colour. Let's just hope I don't have an accident at football, get rushed off in an ambulance & then asked to strip down! (Note to Self...pack skimpy garments for emergencies!)
My house is awash with Christmas card requests at the moment, so apologies if you can't take anymore!!
This fabby is from the awesome quill of Sassy Cheryl with its dose of ProMarkers & Stickles & mounted onto paper from the Dovecraft Back To Basics collection. The snowflakes I bought about a hundred years ago (give or take a week).

Entering it at -
Cute Card Thursday - Blast From The Past (C121 - Get a Head Start)
Charisma Cardz - One For The Girls

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Novelty House Bricks For Sale!!!

This digi of Bella & Bronte from Mo's Digital Pencil is so much like me! Except I haven't got any bloomers, a pink frilly frock or a dog but I shall go out today & buy all 3 just to prove a point!!!
Snow is predicted, although those canny weather-peeps haven't actually said when, so it could be next week, next month, next year!!!...BRRRRRRRRRRRRR...off to buy some attractive, passion-killer thermal under-garments...fret not, I WON'T be posting photos!!!
By the way, if anyone needs 2 spare bricks...I have a couple of Xmas Cake-style ones available...flamin' birds just won't eat it!!!
So Ms Bella is jumping for joy coz she's had the ol' ProMarker & Stickles razzle-dazzle & it's snowing pearls, DP is Dovecraft Back to Basics collection & peel-off sentiment.

Entering it at -
ABC Christmas - X for Xmas
Crafty Creations - Christmas is Coming
Digital Tuesday - Let it Snow
Fab n' Funky - Going with the Flow
For Fun Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Let it Snow
I Love Promarkers- Anything Goes with Sparkle


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

What! No Cake?

Yeah! What's a party without cake...No wonder Dick Van Duck from Just Inklined looks so miffed!!
My Xmas cake disaster is still sitting on the lawn, despite me surrounding it with bread, an apple core & now a reject-banana the birds are still refusing to eat it. I think they sense something & are splitting their little bird-sides laughing!!
My card today has been given its ProMarker-fix, his glasses, hat & beak have been decoupaged. The balloons are made from an X-Cut punch with stickles string. The letters are from Doodlebug.
No rambling from me today (Hellelujah! I hear you sing!)...little boys brow to mop!
Catch yer later...xxx

Entering it at -
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Passion For ProMarkers - Old & New (New Digi & Old Letters & Punch)

Monday, 22 November 2010

"EWE" won't believe it!!!

NO! That's not poop!! It is in fact my disasterous 2nd Christmas Cake kindly donated to the birds!!! Sophie & I were left alone in the kitchen this weekend to make another Christmas Cake & Mushroom soup. This was our error, don't cook more than one item at once...the cake should have been cooked at 160 degrees for 4 1/2 hours but somehow in the chaos that involved soup all over the floor & cooker & the pair of us crying from cutting onions for the soup, the oven got whacked up to 200 degrees and the rest is history!!
So I hope your weekends were fabberer...my card today is made using another one of the quirky digis from Sassy Cheryls called Christmas Lamb. I've decoupaged his shoes & Gifts, coloured with ProMarkers with stickle glitter highlights, the DP is from Papermania with X-Cut punched out snowflakes.

Entering it at -
Sassy Cheryls - Countdown to Christmas
Totally Papercrafts - Snow & Snowflakes
Totally Gorjuss - Not so Traditional Xmas
Stampin' For The Weekend - Winter Themed
Scrappy Frog - Merry Christmas
Pear Tree Designs - Colourful
Making it with Meslyn - Christmas Critters
ABC Christmas - X for Xmas


Friday, 19 November 2010

Feast Your Eyes on This!!!

Yep! Not a card...but the World's Biggest Muffin-Looking-Xmas Cake!!
Once more I have proved that I really shouldn't be left alone in the kitchen. I followed the instructions but still managed to create something with a crater down the middle that would give the San Andreas Fault a run for it's money. And No... that's not an eclipse on the dark-side, it is ever-so-slightly burnt tinged on one side
 but a heap of marzipan & a humongous dollop of teeth-cracking-icing on top & no one will be any the wiser!!!
Too late to place your Xmas Cake orders this year I'm afraid!!
So no card today...I'm gonna have a day of Domestic-Goddessy-ness...obviously on a roll!!!
Have a fab weekend everybody...catch yer all next week xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Warning! New Toy Alert!

Wotcha!
It's that time of year when I question my family's sanity. It is well known thoughout our clan that my cullinary skills would send Gordon Ramsey over the edge. I alone could keep Barratt Homes in business with my brick-like offerings but the Annual Christmas cake challenge has come round again. A few years ago my MIL (one of the craziest women I know)  passed the tradition of supplying Xmas-Cakes-All-Round to me!!
I am, of course, using a recipe passed down, but this year I am removing the Gravy Browning from the instructions. In fact it was NEVER on the recipe but I was informed that said Gravy Browning could replace the Black Treacle that was listed..."it was good enough in my day...blah! blah blah!" I was given the GB about 3 years ago & even then it had passed its "Use-By-Date" by about 12 years!!! This year I'm using the real McCoy! I haven't, to my knowledge, killed anyone yet with my cooking (there's still time) but I always give recipients a selection box of Rennie & Loo Rolls for Xmas too!!
I will post Before & After snaps later today.
So onto todays card which is a fab snowman digi from Mo's Digital Pencil and my latest toy...Marianne Design Creatables Trendy Leaf / Flower cutty-out-gadget...all doused with PM's & Sakura glittery stuff & mounted with foam pads. The sentiment is silver but for some bizarre reason photographed gold...Random!!
Post Over...You can WAKE UP now!!

Entering it at -
Wild Orchid Challenge - Bue Christmas
The Stamp Man - Christmas
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Sparkle
Pollycraft - Glittery Christmas
PaperPlay Challenge - Let it Snow (x3)
Little Paper Shop - Die-Cuts
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes



Wednesday, 17 November 2010

New Beginnings...

Morning! Morning! Morning!
A quickie from me today, so much to do...a New Home card for a friend & her family who have recently moved house. The stamp is Dragonfly House by Hope Jacare over at Stitchy Bear, coloured with ProMarkers & Glitter Sakura. The roof has been decoupaged, the DP is from the Basic Grey Olivia collection (I may have to buy shares in BG!!), the flowers were punched using an X-Cut Floral Swirl punch with pink gem centres & the dog is also made using a punch but I don't know the brand...sorry.

Entering it at -
Cupcake Craft - House Warming
Simon Says - Sparkle

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

One for the Boys!

I didn't realize I'd stood still long enough for the very talented team over at Just Inklined to get a really good image of me...but for those who know me, I think you'll agree the likeness is spot on! Of course to hide my true identity they named her Maude which is my natural Middle name but I must say I'm very pleased with the result...Boy! I'm HOT!!
So I've smothered myself in ProMarkers, decoupaged my assets & mounted myself onto a black glitter background.

Entering it at -
Bee Crafty - Christmas
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Creative Cottage - Someone Special at Christmas
Ellephantastic Challenge - Butterfly and / or Xmas
LOTV - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Glittery Xmas
Scrappy Frog - Christmas
Stamp Something - Digi Challenge
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Sparkle
The Stampman - Christmas


Monday, 15 November 2010

Blush...Fame (temporarily)...at last!!

Blush...Fame at last (albeit temporarily)...but Woo! Hoo! I'm not one to blow my own trumpet...but today I'm gonna!! This week over at Sassy Cheryl's I'm the Featured Sassy Friend! (I know...insane!!)
 If you're checking me out for the first time...then welcome to my wee bloglet, lovely to see you, c'mon in the water's fine!! For those of you "regulars", you'll know about my pathetic quest to get Fit, Healthy & Lose Weight and I'm sad to say in the past week my weight has gone down by a BIG FAT ZERO! OK...so a few "naughties" did pass my lips this weekend but I thought that what that tasteless Double-Choc muffin lacked in flavour would mean it lacked in calories. Off to seek "desperate measures"!!
So todays card is for my MIL using the fab Christmas Package digi from Sassy cheryl's made into a Birthday card. I've printed it out twice so that I can decoupage the bows for a bit of dimension. Coloured with ProMarkers with Stickle highlights. The gorgeous DP is from Doodlebug & Dovecrafts Back to Basics stack.

Entering it at -
Stamp Something - Digi Challenge
The Secret Crafter - Sparkle & Shine

Friday, 12 November 2010

Sassy Cheryl - Show Me Thursday (On a friday!)

Sorry peeps-second posting today! Thank goodness Sassy Cheryl lives so far away...she's a persistant wotsit & has forced me to show you my humble (if not rather pathectic) craft studio / room!! That end of the sofa is in fact my craft station (I know...sad!!) Those boxes & cupboard behind are where I conceal (badly) my crafty stash. That little pile of scraps is my latest project...Yes! Only this morning I have taken delivery of some new Marianne Design leafy / flowery die-cutting thingy-m-bobs. They haven't even reached room temperature yet & I'm still in the stroking phase!!
I beg you...please... go visit the crazy woman that is Cheryl Alger AKA Sassy Cheryls and show her your bits!!!

Sooooo Windy!!!!

Yes...Windy! But NOT me!! Gales a-blowing outside & not a vegetable to be seen!
A quick posting today...who said "Thank Goodness"...c'mon...own up!!
With Xmas now only 6 weeks away...I've gotta get a move on making cards. This cheeky Snowman stamp is from LOTV, coloured with my ever-faithful ProMarkers, mounted onto an embossed framed background with stickle snowflakes & the DP is from Dovecraft (I think!).

Entering it at -
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Snow / Snowflakes
ABC Challenge - Holidays
ABC Christmas Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Crafty Calendar - Winter
Sir Stampalot - Christmas Traditions
Wild Orchid Challenge - Classic Christmas


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Vegetables...the root of all evil!

It's official...cow's are NOT responsible for Global Warming! All this time Scientists have been looking in the wrong place but I...yes I, have found the solution to save us all! VEGETABLES...the root of all evil!
For those of you new to my humble blog (where have you been...tsk?), I have been on a mission for a WHOLE week (Yes! That long!) to get Fit, Healthy & lose Weight. Yesterday, having completed my weekly exercise routine of stripping beds, putting laundry in machine AND taking it out again...(I know...why on earth aren't I losing weight quicker?)we decided to try Cauliflower for tea. Amazingly, despite it tasting like an anaemic broccoli...it was a success...Hoorah!!
BUT...like it's brothers & sisters in the "field of life" it too is a fart-inducing-evil (I hasten to add...not for me...I'm way to lady-like to suffer such vulgarities and for you wondering where Neil is to back up my claim...he's unavailable at the moment!!). So get rid of Veg' and we're all saved...JOB DONE!!
My card today uses a fab free digi from the very generous Dawn over at Lost in Paper Scraps, awash with PM colouring & glitter-madness. The DP is from DCWV and the foam letters are Thickers by American crafts.

Entering it at -
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust Studio - Boys & Men
LOTV - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Glitter
Cards for Men - Animals

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Can You Feel the Love...?

Way-Hay All!! In my attempt to get Fit, Healthy & lose Weight I think it's only fair to make the rest of the family suffer too. So of late I have been forcing introducing them to vegetables that in the past they have refused to try. We have been working our way thru' the cabbage family & have settled on the the trusty Sweetheart variety as the family fav' although it does give one member of the family (NOT ME!!) wind! A unanimous conclusion that sweetcorn is in fact scraps from the Lego Manufacturers factory floor and despite rigourous chewing is still able to "re-appear" in one piece...MAGIC!!! Today we are going to try cauliflower...which I have to admit in its whole looks a bit like a scarey brain that I've gotta wield my knife thru...EEK! Will report back the outcome...
I love this digi of Stella & Gus from Bugaboo (who appear to have 50% off all digis this month!). The resemblance to Me & My OH is uncanny. Coloured with ProMarkers with essential body-parts decoupaged! The DP is from the Basic Grey Eva collection with blingy gems added.

Entering it at -
Catch the Bug (Bugaboo) - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Remember Those Days...

Sigh..! Remember those days when you could take your cards in the garden to have their photos taken. The sun would shine down illuminating your efforts, no need for flash or an umbrella or the worries that a gale-force wind would whip them away over the fence!!!
A cutie-patootie today...stamp from LOTV coloured with pastel PM's & glitter dots and mounted onto a Nellie Snellen oval die-cut, the DP is actually card by Kanban that I got from Foilplay & an assortment of flowers that I've given gem centres & a drizzle of stickles glitter.

Entering it at -
LOTV - One for the Girls


Monday, 8 November 2010

Scale RAGE!!!!

So Week 1 of my Get Fit, Get Healthy & Lose Weight has passed...if I were to tell you that my bathrooms scales are currently sitting in next-doors back yard wishing they'd never been born you'll know it's been a total distaster!!! Avoiding anything remotely delicious, jogging, shaving (no... PLUCKING) every hair off my body, trimming my nails, removing toe-jam & belly-button fluff & donating organs has not helped one bit!!! I am now 1lb heavier than last week!!!!!!!!!!!! Grrrr...........!
Oh well...todays card is to welcome Archie into this crazy world. The stamp is from LOTV, mounted onto an embossed framed background, with a glitter peel-off border, the DP is from DCWV with a wiggly, glitter peel-off border and white card candy bloblets from Foilplay coloured to match the babys outfit.

Entering it at -
Crazy 4 Challenges - Create a Square Card
My Time to Craft - Quick n' Cute


Sunday, 7 November 2010

Attitude Blog Award!!!

Have received this award from fellow blogger Patricia  - Thank you! Now I must confess 3 things that make me different to everyone else before passing it on to 5 other peeps...then I can claim a free digi stamp from Digis With Attitude- Woo! Hoo!
Here goes...I've actually asked my OH n' the Kids for help with this & these are the results from the jury...
1. I'm crazy!
2. I'm the most paranoid person you will EVER meet.
3.I'm ME (Trust me...there's no one like me!!)!!!

So onto 5 fellow bloggeroonies with "tude" to share this award with ...

Friday, 5 November 2010

OK! Own Up!!!

Who keeps shaking next doors trees? C'Mon Own Up!!! Everyday I'm out there sweeping up leaves like a woman-possessed only to find a fresh layer the next day!!!
I've been waiting for someone I know to move house so I could get round to using this gorgeous digi called Fairy Tree House from Make It Crafty. I hope my friends didn't move just for me so I could make this card (EEK!). It's had the PM treatment, embossed frame, a bit of decoupaging, sequin flowers & the DP is from the Basic Grey Sugar Rush collection.

Entering it at -

Digital Tuesday - I've Been Framed
Little Red Wagon - Use Red

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Humble Peel-Off

Peel-Offs get a right knocking from some folk, but I think these silhoutte ones are just gorgeous.
OK they're absolute "wotsits" to get to lie flat but once you've cursed, screamed & threatened them a bit, they do behave and make elegant cards. This one has a pair of decoupaged birds, the DP is from the ever-so-lovely Basic Grey Indian Summer collection and it's all mounted onto a cream card where I've embossed a frame surround. Taking MIL to her neighbours funeral today so can't stop...catch yer later! xx

Entering it at -
The Secret Crafter - Anything That Flies
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Autumn Love





Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Approach Me at Your Peril!!!

Yes! Approach ME at you Peril...avoid ME like the Plague...I'm having (another) one of THOSE days!!!
Where to begin...had to buy a new car wing-mirror this morning as someone bashed into me last night, went shopping & once I'd loaded everything on the conveyor-belt the damn thing broke, had to then queue up again as I'd been over-charged on several items, got home to find a trail of rock-hard, not-so fresh cream stuck to the bottom of the fridge from a couple of weeks back (Cream Disaster Story). Heaven knows where that came from after my massive clean up operation...alas I have no sense of smell so hadn't noticed a pong!! Then as I removed one of the glass shelfs, it slipped & chipped...AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
I will out & about around Stevenage & Knebworth today...you may wish to avoid these areas!!
Onto todays card which hasn't photographed too well (bummer!) but it was a special order...a card full of mystery (MWHAHAHA!!) It had to be black (bazzill cardstock), with a red centre, a black heart which I've whizzed thru' the Cuttlebug with a Divine Swirl folder and the spooky message "Destiny"...wooo!!!
Not entering it anyway...I'd probably crash the Challenge bogs!!
Have a fab day everyone! xx

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A Special Little Girl - Pant! Puff! Splutter!

Not sure...puff!...if I can...pant!...keep up this...faint!...get fit, lose weight lark!!
Was very good yesterday & didn't let anything remotely scrummy pass my lips. Have done my mile walk / stumble this morning and then walked in the other room & there calling out to me was a Halloween Marshmallow from Olivers stash of Neighbourly Treats!! Before I knew it...I'd swallowed it...I don't even remember picking it up or putting it in my mouth...therefore I can not take responsibility for my little slip-up!
Gonna run round with the vaccum today so will do it extra fast to burn off that naughty marshmallow!!

Todays card was made for a young lady Maureen Stacey who crazily had a swimming party last week (Yes! In October) for all her school buddies including my Oliver. The two of them have been pals for years & this digi from DZ Doodles is the spitting image of her (minus her glasses). The DP is from Papermania cut into strips, the flower's have had their tips stickled & the name made from foam letters from American Crafts.

Entering it at -
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Relish to Embellish
Moving Along With The Times - Card for a Child

Monday, 1 November 2010

Get Fit! Get Healthy! - DAY 1

Ok it's Monday, a New Month and I've decided to take action...I must Get Fit & Healthy & Lose Weight!! I need to get the willpower NOW to resist all yummy Christmas temptations before they find their way into my supermarket trolley.
So far today I've swept up a truckload of leaves & walked / jogged a mile on my cobweb dusted running-machine. I've also weighed myself (eek! or "squeak" as the scales yelled out!!!) Feel better about myself already, although my tum's already rumbling...!
So with all this in mind I have made another card for my SILs Xmas Gift Set, this time a card for a man & what better than Big Guy Jogging from Mo's Digital Pencil. I've given it a Summery feel to cheer myself up for the months ahead too! He's coloured with PM's & silver Stickles Glitter, the DP is from the Papermania Henbury Lane collection, I've made grass out of green Bazzill & the pebbles are Card Candy.

Entering it at -
Mo's Digital Challenge - Pick a season (Summer)
ABC Challenge - G for Glitter
Passion For ProMarkers - Best Friends
The Stamp Man - Cards for Men


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