PBSC - Christmas

Sunday, 30 August 2009
I couldn't resist entering this weeks Penny Black Challenge which is to make anything to do with Christmas. It was Penny Black's cute Christmas stamps that first got me into stamping and I have a fair few of them, so no excuse not to enter!

This lil mouse is so sweet and a delight to colour in. I've stuck with traditional colours for this card. I have used some stickles glitter glue on bobble and fur trim of the hat, but I don't think it shows in this photo. The ribbon is actually from a Benedicts chocolate box that was enjoyed last Christmas and I thought it would be perfect for Christmas cards this year! It's true what they say, us crafters never throw anything away!
Stamps: Thinking of You - Penny Black; Inks: Memento TB, Copics & Rangers Inkessential;
CS: Core'dinations & Papermania; Tools: Circle Nesties, Snowflake CB Folder;
Embellishments: Ribbon - Stasj, Oval Sentiment - CWC, Icicle Stickles

It's another Christmas card in the box, which is good, but I do need to step up a gear and start making a few more so I don't end up in a mad panic come November and December!

I hope you like the card and please feel free to leave any comments as they are greatly appreciated. I hope you are all having a good Sunday.

xx :0)

PWC/Stamp Something

Saturday, 29 August 2009
I've managed to make a card today that meets two challenges, woohoo! It doesn't happen very often. I've used Dawny's sketch for this weeks Papertake Weekly Challenge and the cute cat makes the card eligible for Stamp Somethings challenge - Animal Somethings.

Stamp: Purrfect Day set - Penny Black; Inks: Memento TB, Copics & Inkessentials
CS: Core'dinations, Bristol Board; DP: Clare Curd's Signature Range
Tools: MS Lace Doily Punch, Swiss Dots CB Folder, Rectangle Nesties
Embellishments: Ribbon - Meiflower, Oval Sentiment - CWC. Gems - Papermania

I've had this paper pack since April and I think it is the first time that I've used it. I get so used to making cards using just coloured CS, I often forget that I've got a huge stash of patterned paper!

This card has been made for someone who sometimes looks at my blog, but I need to post it now for PWC, so I hope they don't look for a few days!

It's been a fairly nice day, weather wise and I guess that's pleasing all the people in town for the annual pop festival. As always, I avoid the town centre like the plague over this weekend! I hope everyone else is having a nice weekend. Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

Catch a Falling Star

Friday, 28 August 2009
I am seriously in love with my Christmas Popcorn Bear CD! The images are just adorable.

Over on the Crafters Companion forum they have a live crafting session on a Friday evening. I didn't take part last week as I didn't have all the supplies needed. However, I finally got round to attempting it today and I am really proud. All image sheets and cardstock, with the exception of the mirri card, are from Crafters Companion.

I apologise if the photos look a bit poor. The backing papers have all been sprayed with silver Spray & Sparkle but you won't be able to see this in the photos. This is another large card. They are easier to make with the CD's than with stamps but don't worry, I've not giving up on my stamps, I just have a new addiction!
I hope you are all looking forward to your long weekend. Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

An Award...and MIA

Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Apologies for lack of action again but I'm suffering with tonsillitis at the moment. Even though I've been told it's only mild and doesn't need any medication, it still hurts something rotten and has left me generally feeling bleurgh!

Anyway, I received this lovely award from Stacey a couple of weeks ago, but have only just got round to putting it on here. Thanks Stacey, it's really sweet of you!

It's never easy trying to decide who to pass awards on to, but I have chosen Michelle, Nikola, Amanda, Natalie and Claire.

I hope you are all having a loving evening.

xx :0)

Popcorn Bear Birthday

Sunday, 23 August 2009
I'm sorry I've not posted much recently but I've been working on this card for a few days now and it's finally ready to show!

All the elements have been taken from the Popcorn Bear Floral/Birthday CD's and the cardstock I've used has all come from Crafters Companion bumper kits.

I apologise now for the number of photos!

This is the first large card that I have ever made and I'm really proud of it! It's for my sister-in-laws birthday which is the middle of September.
I'm also going to enter this into this weeks Cute Card Thursday Challenge which is Lazy Days and using summery inspired products.
I hope everyone is keeping well. I promise to try and get round everyone's blogs soon. Thanks for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

Happy Birthday Dad

Sunday, 16 August 2009
I can't believe that Jon and I are going back to work tomorrow ! Where did those two weeks go?!? I guess it didn't help that I spent a lot of the first week feeling off colour. Oh well, 5 weeks today Jon and I will be on our way to the Isle of Wight for a weeks break to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary!

Anyway, I apologies for not having made many cards during my break and also for my lack of blogging. I do however have a little something to show for you today! It's my dad's birthday on Tuesday and I've made his this adorable card (in my opinion!) using Popcorn Bear from Crafters Companion.
I've also included a photo of the inside of the card as I think it deserves to be shown.

I am also including the card in this weeks ABC Challenge which is A for Anything Goes
I was feeling inspired after watching Sara on C&C with the Popcorn Christmas cd's. I have to admit that I've ordered the bumper kit and a few other bits from the Crafters Companion website. I can't wait for it to arrive so that I can start making some more Christmas Cards. There were some amazing samples being shown, especially at 8x8 size, which I think deserve to be recreated for my parents and in-laws. Jacqui over at Cats Whiskers is part of this fantastic design team and has had a large part to play in the creation of this cute little bear!
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

Oh to be 13 again!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
My cousin, Hayley, turns 13 next Thursday and that makes me feel old! I can remember holding her when she was 4 days old and her mum and dad still hadn't decided on her name (think they were trying out Leah then which is her middle name!) Anyway, what better image to use than a Miss Anya! I've had these stamps for a while and am ashamed to admit that this is the first time that I have inked her up!

I had a couple of nightmares colouring the image where the colours were desperate to come outside the image, so please don't look too carefully!

Stamps: Miss Anya - The Greeting Farm; Inks: Memento TB & Copics;
CS & DP: Pink Passion & Tempting Turquoise - Stampin Up! & Chit Chat - Sweet Shoppe Designs;
Tools: Swiss Dots CB Folder; Embellishments: Gems - Papermania
It's quite a bright card, but I thought it was perfect for teens, what do you think? I was inspired to look at Sweet Shoppe Designs by Stacey who has used their papers on a number of her fabulous creations! I purchased a couple but this is the first time that I've been brave enough to use them. I hope Hayley likes it!
I hope you all have a lovely day and thanks again for stopping by and any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
xx :0)

More Christmas Cards

Tuesday, 11 August 2009
I'm sorry it's taken me this long to post the remaining cards that I made during my craft day with Nikola. I kept feeling poorly on and off last week and we also had some work done outside the flat on Friday and Saturday, so didn't really have much time. I'm pleased to say that I'm now feeling better and have put the finishing touches to these cards.

Stamps: Reindeer & Robin - Elzybells; Inks: Memento TB & Copics;
CS & DP: Bazzill Basics & Doodlebug
Tools: Rectangle Nestabilities, Argyle CB Folder
Embellishments: Gems - Papermania, Senitment - CWC, Silver Border Peel-off - Papermania

Stamps: Reindeer & Star - Elzybells; Inks: Memento TB & Copics;
CS & DP: Papermania & DCWV Christmas Stack;
Tools: Rectangle Nestabilities, Swiss Dots CB Folder;
Embellishments: Gems - Papermania, Senitment - CWC, Silver Border Peel-off - Papermania

Stamps: Forever Friends - Set of 3 Christmas set; Inks: Memento TB & Copics;
CS: Papermania & CWC;
Tools: Oval Nestabilities, Argyle CB Folder; Embellishments: Sentiment - CWC

I have used my favourite red card from Papermania and Bazzil Basic blues for these cards. I hate to use them for fear of running out and not being able to get them ever again, but they are perfect colours for Christmas!

I hope everyone is having a lovely day. Thank you for stopping by and any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

It's not fair!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009
I've not had a day's sick from work in nearly 6 months so why, when I have time off , do I have to get sick now?!? First off it was the return of my asthma Friday evening and now I've got a dodgy stomach! I was up half of the night feeling really sick and just taking lots of deep breaths from the window. Hopefully I'll be feeling better tomorrow as I'm feeling pretty miserable at the moment.

xx :0)

Michelle's Blogoversary Candy!

Saturday, 1 August 2009
Michelle is celebrating 2 years in blog land this month and to celebrate she is offering some amazing candy! If you've not visited to Michelle's blog before, where have you been?!

The draw is open until 4th August, so pop over and have go!

xx :0)

Thanks Nikola

My very good friend Nikola and her mum came to my rescue last night. For the first time in two years, my asthma flared up and I ended up at the hospital on a nebuliser. I've not been on any medication for about 2 years now and thought it had gone away but turns out that was not to be.

I'd been suffering some breathlessness for about a week when walking a fair distance or up an incline but last night it didn't subside when I got home and it felt like my heart was racing. Because of the surgery my dad had last year, I was worrying it was more my heart than asthma but luckily the ECG and everything was clear. When you're having trouble with asthma, it can make you feel like your heart is racing when it isn't. After the nebuliser the doctor was happy that my peak flow had increased sufficiently to allow me home. The downside is that I'm now back on medication and having to make sure I take one of my inhalers before walking any distance.

I'm a bit tired today so don't feel up to doing much. Jon and I were hoping to go and watch Reading v Chelsea today (would've been interesting with Jon having to pretend to support Reading) but we've had to give that a miss. Instead I've subscribed to ChelseaTV so we can watch the game and Jon can cheer for Chelsea IF they score!

Hope everyone else is having a good weekend.

xx :0)