Friday 27 February 2009

March Blog Candy - Xtra Special!!

Here is my March blog candy - I have made it an extra special one as I have now reached over 10,000 visitors - which is absolutely PHENOMENAL!!!!

So, as well as running the usual monthly blog candy, I thought I would make it an extra special one, by way of saying "Thank You" to all who stop by and to those who stop by and leave comments. I really do appreciate every single one!

My blog candy ranges from unmounted stamps, Rachelle Anne Miller stamp, Image cd, Tim Holts/Ranger products to include ink pads, grunge board, dabbers etc - die cut letters/shapes, papers, ribbons, embelishments, pro-marker pens - glitter and so on and so on and all new!!

As per norm, all you need to do for your chance to win is leave me a comment in this post by Friday 27th March 11pm (GMT) link me to your blog mentioning my blog candy (that gets you double entry in the draw!) and that's it.

I will announce the winner here on my blog on the Monday/Tuesday following. Good Luck!

Wednesday 25 February 2009

Gorguss Goodies & a Card!

No, its not a spelling mistake, I have indeed today received some Gorguss goodies - the new Gorguss Girls collection 1 from Funky Kits and they are to die for!! as you can see I've not yet got round to mounting them, but after dinner when all my rugrats are in tucked up in bed, thats what I shall be doing and if time allows I mean even nake my first project with them.

The card I have for you today, was started a week or so go just before I got the call about standing in and doing the Make-It show for Particraft, so obvisouly it was put on hold until this afternoon when I just managed to squeeze in some time to finish it.

The idea had been to enter into the new challenge blog The Pink Elephant for the first challenge which was create something using the colours pink, black, white; hopefully by next week I will have caught up with everything again, be back on track and enter the next challenge - at least thats the plan!

For my card I have used Pink Petticoat download papers, the stamped image is from Rubber Romance, the hat pin, I made and the sentiment is from my stash of word stamps from miscellaneous collections.

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday 24 February 2009

Blog Candy WINNER!

The draw has been done and I now have the name of the winner to anounce, but first I just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated and for all your lovely comments, they are as always very well received and appreciated!

But without furtherado the winner for my February blog candy is......









VALEMS - Vanja

Congratulations to Vanja, if you could email me (email on my sidebar) then I will get your candy out to you asap.

Don't Forget - to check back soon as my next blog candy will be a bit "sweeter" as I have had over 10,000 visitors, that's amazing! So thank you to all who have visited and to all who have left comments and that is why I am putting together a "sweeter" candy for you! - I shall try to have it up by the end of this week!

Monday 23 February 2009

Blog Candy!

Just to let you know that I have today been printing all the names for my February blog candy draw I will be doing the draw tomorrow and will anounce the winner tomorrow too, so don't forget to check back to see if you're the lucky winner!

I have also just realised that I have hit over 10,000 visitors - Wow! next months blog candy is going to be "extra special" - so stay tuned for that one too, hopefully I will have sorted that out by the end of the week!

Thanks so much to all who have taken part and see you all back here tomorrow with the winner.

Back from Make-It!

The last four days have been jam-packed with a mixture of busy/fun/interesting & exhausting - not necessarily in that order! The show is now over and its been really good, it was great to meet up with friends and meet new ones! and met some lovely people that came along to our workshops.

"The Three Musketeers!"

(Michelle on the left, Pam in the middle and me on the right w/white shirt!)

Of course, how could I resist doing some shopping myself, although I must admit I was exceptionally good and didn't overspend at all! I restocked on a couple of tools and basic craft pieces that I was running low on, a few papers, I even bought a couple more new stamps.

BUT my "special" buy is something I have been toying with for some time and now I have done it.............I've gone Copic - yes, I have bought myself some copic markers to try out and if I like and above all actually get to grips with and achieve the results I expect then I shall be putting them on my birthday wish list! so any tips/advice from fellow copic users will be greatly received and appreciated!

My new babies - I'm just itching to start playing!

Saturday 21 February 2009

Still Busy at Make-it, Farnborough!

Sorry for being and away and not posting anything recently, but as you're all aware from my previous posts I am away at the Make-It show in Farnborough and have had no time to craft!

However, I can tell that Farnborough has been really busy, I have managed do a little shopping myself in my break and I have bought myself something REALLY special, but I will tell you all about that when I return to blogland full-time again - sorry to tease!! lol

Piccie from my make 'n take this morning!

Not to forget that my blog candy is now closed and I will be drawing the winner early next week and will announce the winner Tuesday - so don't forget to check back to see if you have won!

Wednesday 18 February 2009

Make - It, Farnborough

As of tomorrow I will be busy at the Make-It show in Farnborough - I hope that some of you can come along as it would be great to meet you in person - and of course, not to forget what a great time is to be had at the show - ALL THOSE CRAFTING GOODIES!!!!! ...............

Saturday 14 February 2009

Happy Valentine's!

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Valentine's!

Friday 13 February 2009

Make-It & Some Awards

Just wanted to post that I am still here - just been REALLY busy with some personal bits- of course half term is now upon us and that's going to add to my "busy-ness" and now preparing for Make-It at Farnborough 20, 21 & 22 (Feb.) as I will be there with my collegue Michelle running and demoing for Particraft and we will also be doing make 'n takes - if you can come along, pop down and say hello it would be great to meet you.

I also received two awards a few days ago from Lynne - Thank you Lynne! - Receiving awards is always such a boost and so appreciated.

The 'Measure Up' award decrees:- 'Say one nice thing to the man in your life' and also 'List at least 6 ways you measure your success in your life.' and of course pass on the award - and I will come back tomorrow to do that!

Monday 9 February 2009

Chim Chim-a-ney!

I am trying to get round a few challenges this week (which in itself is a challenge!) and this is my entry to the Whiff of Joy challenge which was this sketch:

And so here is my take on it:

For this card I have used Whiff of Joy stamp, Basic Gray flourish stamp set, papers from Sweet Shoppe Designs, embelishment is made from shrink plastic.

Sunday 8 February 2009

The Only thing worth Stealing..........

Told you I'd be back!......... Well, albeit only just, but nonetheless back and with a finished project for another challenge blog - this time its ABC challenge blog and they are now on the last letter Z - being this weeks challenge - Zzzzzzz sleeping.

This is my take on the challenge and I was really determined to enter this one as I had just the stamp in mind and it was one that I've had a while, but just not got round to using - sound familiar??!!..... the stamp is from Third Coast stamps and I think she is just adorable! The sentiment I found on a poem and quotes website and thought it just right for this image.

Back tomorrow with more - so long as we're not snowed in again!!!


A quick post for you today, as unfortunately due to the weather we've been having - schools closed and kids at home, unable to make it to work etc etc., crafting I'm afraid had to be put on the back burner!! (at least until later today!).

So I'm posting a card which I made sometime early last year, but never got round to posting - don't know why!!??

So for now, I'm just leaving you with this, hope your all having a good weekend - be back later (I hope?!)

Thursday 5 February 2009

'Sketch & Stash' + Snow!

Its been another snowed in day for us here in West Berks., kids off school and unable to go to work! There may be people from places such as US, Canada, Finland, Sweden etc etc etc reading this right now and thinking to themselves 'what is the fuss all about??!!' and I ask myself too - how is it possible? not a HUGE amount of snow and yet we seem to have come to an absolute standstill!!??

Still, despite the chaos going on around we had loads of fun, I got our ski-wear down from the attic - we took the dogs for a long walk, had snowball fights, tried to build a snowman and a giant snowball (that after a few rolls, was just to heavy for us!) and it looks like tomorrow its more of the same.

Needless to say that with three kids at home (or should say four, DH was home too!) crafting time is 'very' limited however, I have been determined to try and enter at least one of the blog challenges this week and yiippeee!!! I actually did it!

I have made a card for 'Sketch and Stash' - this is a great challenge blog for me as it really does challenge me to get out some of those recently new and not so recently new stash and use it - and believe me - there's quite a collection!!!

Here is the sketch

Here's the card

The stash used - I used my never been used before Whiff of Joy stamp, a recently new paper set download from Sweet Shoppe Designs, the frame around the image is from my Fancy Pants clear stamp set which I have not used before either and I even got to decorate the inside.

Hope the weather is not too bad wherever you are - stay safe.

Tuesday 3 February 2009

Ooh la la!

Well, we were almost back to normal today, two out of three kids back at school and I did manage to retreat into my craft room for a while and made this card using a stamp which I absolutely love and find very stunning, but have only used the once before today. The rest of my time in my craft room has been spent trying to get better organised with all my "stuff"!

For this card I have used Sweet Shoppe Design papers, cuttlebug dots embossing folder and the stamp is 'beaded bodice' from Stampendous.

Monday 2 February 2009

Snowed in!....

Like alot of people today here in the UK we have been snowed in, unable to get to work and all school's closed for all three of my little monsters.

So after a busy, family packed weekend and just when I was looking forward to today to get house all back in order and possibly at the end of the day manage to sit down and do some crafting - no chance!!.....BUT the kids have been having fun in the snow (which considering the standstill we've come to - doesn't look like much), I did manage a little housework and now I've about half hour to post this before I get behind the ironing board and do the ironing I didn't get to do earlier! oh what fun!!

Hopefully everything will be back to normal tomorrow, kids back at school, work and some me time to be "creative"!
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