Thursday, 9 December 2010

Pink & Pastel Blue – So Back To Normal Then!!!!!

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Morning lovely peeps and hope that you are all OK xxx

We seem to have slipped back into pink mode here.

Not that it’s a bad thing of course.

So on a very cold and frosty Thursday morning, it's time head over and check out the Lili Of The Valley Thursday Challenge and this week we have a very gorge sketch which was done by our own very gorgeous Dena


And here it is.

And there’s £10 to spend in the shop up for grabs as well – woohoooooooo!!.

How nice would that be for Christmas :)

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So here’s my card.

I did wonder if it wasn't a tad on the plain side – no flowers and hardly any embellies. But I guess that you don't always have to cover  you card and it's nice to let the image and papers do the work sometimes I think.

The oh so sweet  LOTV image was coloured of course with me Copics and I remembered to write them down today so  I used…

Skin: E00, E21, R11, R20

Hair: E42, E50

Clothes: BG0000, BG01, RV0000, RV000, RV10

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And of course there is the customary Glamour Dust here and there!!!

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The papers are of course Pink Petticoat and I used Gingham in Pretty Pink (just for a change I know but it’s sooooo pretty!!) and the spotty paper from the Wild Blossom Collection in Ocean.

Tis one of my fave collections :)

The little trips are made from a Tilda Lace die which you can get from Dies To Die For, with a little strip of dotty paper over the top and finished with some bling.

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The sentiment is from the LOTV Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments stamp set and of course I had to put a bit more bling around it!!!

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So that’s me card for today.

My wrist is getting better by the day and it’s almost back to normal now, which is a blessing as I haven’t really done my Christmas cards yet – oh dear!!!! So I’d better think about making a start or it will be a trip to M&S for me which of course, I really don’t want to do.

Don’t forget the live Corrie tonight. 

Have you been watching peeps? OMG!!! Just my opinion of course, but this has been the best telly in ages. And the fact that there doesn't seem to have been any spoilers out there has made it even better as I really don’t know who is off to the great cobbles in the sky, although it isn't looking good for Molly & Ashley.  And there is of course the weirdie Charlotte that serial killer Stape has hit with a hammer (he seems such a nice boy as well!!!!!)

So who is the 4th?

Well I think all will be revealed tonight -  it’s not to be missed.

So have a fab day and see you tomorra.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx


Tuesday, 7 December 2010

&$)*^$” Acetate!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Hi peeps and hope you are all OK. I have had a MARE trying to take a decent pic of this card today.

Not entirely because of the light, although it didn't help, but it was more to do with that old card maker’s nemesis, acetate!!!

Oh yes, why do we use it????

This seemed like a good idea at the time and IRL it’s actually quite nice but it looks pants on here.

Anyway  it’s me card for this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge which is

Red & Green Must Not be Seen

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So this is it!!

Now I do know that the trees are green but I couldn’t really do them any other colour :(

Everything was coloured with me Copics and there’s lots and lots of sparkle on there which sadly you cannot see through  all the glare.  I must point out that IRL the house is not subsiding under the snow -  I just knocked it slightly whilst faffing about with the camera – doh!!!!

The images are CC Designs Sugar Plums Snowy Scene which is available from Tracy at Dies To Die For and is on offer at the mo & Winter Sweet Pea & Tiger which is a digi from All That Scraps.

Verry cute I thought!!

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The sentiment ribbon is of course from Pink Petticoat and the die cut snowflake is one I bought from a shop so I don’t know what it is soz peeps :(

Not very good today am I lol!!!

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So there’s me card done.

I’m off on a flyer again but I’ll see you soon if not sooner and until then, take care and have a great day and hugs to all xxx

Monday, 6 December 2010

Catching Up + My Giveaway Winners :)

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Morning peeps and I hope that you are all OK xxx

We’ve had a rather eventful few days with internet probs, my tenosynovitis making an unwelcome  come back (grrr!!!) and various other minor stuff. But hopefully we are all OK now.

I am taking things very easy re my wrist so I’m keeping the wordage on here down to a minimum for a few days as typing really does make it worse.

So before we catch up with last week's missing in action cards, the winners of my little giveaway last Monday are ……

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…. 24 is Suzi Q, 4 is The Cook and 16 is Pauline C

Well done to you girlies and if you could ping me a quick e-mail with your snail mail addies, I’ll get your stuff out to you sooner than soon.

Hugest of thanks you to everyone who left me a comment xxx

OK so here’s my cards from Thursday and Friday.

Firstly our theme over at the Lili Of The Valley Thursday Challenge is

A Few Of My Favourite Things

Well, this changes like the wind with me, and at the mo I am into the black and white and red thing. So rather than doing just a card, I thought  I’d do something a bit different. It is still a card but it also doubles up as a little calendar.  If you made up 12 images and bound them at the top, you could make this into a flip over type of calendar if that makes sense.

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I used the oh so  fab  cute squares cute squares again so no colouring involved and once again it’s very quick and easy.

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The papers are Pink PetticoatGingham, which I LOVE (you probably guessed that!!) and I used my fave PATP eyelet lace punch as well which you can get from Tracy over at Dies To Die For.

The gorgeous blooms are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.

So that was Thursday.

Now onto Friday and we’re heading over to join the Just Magnolia girlies and as it’s our special monthly challenge, it’s an Anything Goes theme with the option of adding some sparkle.

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As my wrist was starting to hurt, I kept the colouring down to a minimum on this. I also have lost the lost of colours I used – doh – but there weren't many and it’s the usual basics plus some RVs and Cs peeps.

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The pretty papers are of course Pink Petticoat  and once again I used the PATP eyelet lace punch

I added some bling round the outside edge of the image and in the corners. The sentiment is cut from a Pink Petticoat sentiment ribbon and I just made it into a little tag :)

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So that’s my catch up complete.

I’ll be back tomoz with a bit of Papertake-erie, so I’ll see you then. Have a good day and hope you are all keeping warm in this freezing weather. More snow is on it’s way I gather – booo hissss!!!!

Hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Cute Lil (i) Pair :)

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Hi peeps and hope you are all OK xxx

It’s time for another Papertake Weekly challenge and this week it’s sketch time.

So here …


.. is the sketch.

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.. here’s my interpretation.

I tweaked it slightly which is OK because the basic layout of the sketch is still there :)

If you get a sec, nip over to the challenge and have a butchers at what the DT did with it – all very different and all very gorgeous.

And we have a GDT call as well.

I’ve gone with sort of traditional colours but gave it a bit of a twist and used a black and red colour palette which I really do like.

It’s a very quick and easy card this because I used a Lili Of The Valley Cute Square – this is from the Christmas Is Coming set – and just added a bit of Glamour  Dust which you can just about see.

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I used some Wild Orchid Crafts blooms and leaves and I added a couple of punched holly leaves  as well, more to break up the dark colour really but it doesn’t look too bad.

Ooops I just noticed that one of me punched holly leaves has come adrift!! Why oh why don’t I ever see these things when I am taking the pics!!!

Should have gone to Specsavers Dawny :(

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The papers are of course Pink Petticoat and I used Gingham and Doodle Dots

And a couple of Tilda lace strips from Dies To Die For, some bits of ribbon strips, a couple more  punched holly and a little red rose finishes it off.

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Easy peasy.

Which is how I like me Chrimbly cards cos I don’t always have time to faff about as usually I am on the last minute!!!

Right it’s a bit of a quickie today as there is lots I have to get through but have a fab day, stay nice and warm and hugs to all xxx

Monday, 29 November 2010

As Different As It Gets (Plus My Candy Winner) !!!!!

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Hi peeps and I hope you all had a nice and warm weekend and that all is well xxx

Firstly, I must let you know who the winner of my blog candy was – see here – and it is ..


Crafty Amy :)

Well done chick and if you e-mail your deets to me, Ella will wing her way straight to you :) And hugest of thanks to everyone who took part in the blog hop :)

It’s another very cold day here in Chester and we actually had a light dusting of snow on Friday afternoon which is still here. It looks like everything has been sprinkled with icing sugar but we’ve got away very lightly compared to some. I know that there are lots of people who have been knee deep in the stuff so if you are one of them, I hope that you are not too cold and managing to stay upright when you go out!!!

So I thought we’d get warm and toastie this morning  before the cardy stuff…..

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…so gather round my kitchen fire (please excuse my lack of dusting – LOVE the stove, HATE the flippin’ mess it makes!!!) …..

.. with a nice drink of hot choc – go on, have a Flake as well :)

And if you’re ready for a good old fashioned challenge now, then over at the Wild Orchid Challenge we have just the thing for you because our theme this week is

An Old Fashioned Christmas

Now this is something that sort of made me quake a bit because the mere thought of vintage makes me break out into a cold sweat.

BUT I have to say that I really enjoyed making this card. Whether it was because I was sitting in front of the above fire with a hot choc (sadly not THAT one, mine wasn’t that posh!!)  I don’t know.

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But this is what I did and I ended up kind of liking it.

Now I am not sure that the image is very Christmas-ie to be honest but it is old fashioned so I guess it will do :)

What a sweet little girl. I have no clue who she is but it is an image off of a Tuscan Rose CD which I’ve had for years and years and all but forgotten about.

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You don’t always need gazillions of embellies and blooms and sometimes less is more I think. All the little extras I used here are of course from the wonderful Wild Orchid Crafts.

I used 3 10mm deep red roses (to look like berries), a couple of holly leaves and a yummy bow of cream organza ribbon in one corner.  

And I almost stopped there but………

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…. the pretty self adhesive pearls were just crying out to be used, so I put some in each corner :)

The lace frame was made using the new cream Guipure lace. It is so pretty and it was just perfect for this - and oh sooo easy to use.

I have to be honest and say that the paper is one which I found in the bottom of my 12 x 12 box and I have no clue what it is or who it by as the corner with this info on had been cut off!!!!

I don’t usually like ‘dark’ but somehow it seemed right for this card.

I did give it a little bit of a modern twist and I used two strips of MS eyelet lace punch down the sides of the centre panel and these are available from Tracy over at Dies To Die For

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So that’s my old fashioned card done. If you get a sec, nip over and check out the rest of the DT work AND there is as always a yummy prize up for grabs

And speaking of which, I thought that seeing as it’s cold, I’ll do a little giveaway. It seemed a good enough reason to me lol!!!

So if you fancy some of this gorgeous lace,  some mixed blooms, some punched eyelet lace strips and a couple of A4 sheets of printed vintage images, including this sweetie on here,  then just leave me a comment and I’ll get Mr Random Thing to choose 3 peeps.

Have a great day peeps and I’ll see you tomorrow for some thing Papertake-ey.

Stay warm and hugs to all xxx

Friday, 26 November 2010

Not So Tildalicious :(

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Hi peeps and hope you are all OK and not too cold again.

The snow hasn't arrived here as yet but it is still very cold today.

Well I tried to be a bit clever with the lovely sketch that the sweetness that is our very own Donalda did for us this week over at the Just Magnolia challenge and sadly it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to.

Oh well, you can’t win them all I guess!!


So this is Donalda’s fab sketch …..

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… and here is what I did with it.

I had the idea to use a different fold which you can see ….

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… here.

You can also see where I didn't stick the front panel down very well.

Ooops, slap dash Miss ‘warts and all’ Piggy!!!!

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Like the lime and lilac colour palette, bows and bells go quite nicely together don’t you think?

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And I stuck one bloom onto the image panel …


… and two on the inside of the card, the idea being that when it’s shut, the three blooms fit together as one arrangement if that makes sense.

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So that’s what I did and I have to say that I am not at all happy with how it turned out.  I don’t know if it’s because lately I have been embellishing for dear life and this by comparison is quite plain.

Possibly it is.

So anyway I thought I’d do the shopping / info bit at the end again so here we go -

Image coloured with Copics in these colours -

Skin: E00, E221, R11, R20. Hair: E42, E50. Clothes: BV0000, BV02, BV12, C00, C1, YG0000, YG01, YG03

The papers are Pink PetticoatGingham (I know. but it’s sooo pretty lol!!!) and Vintage Rose.  The pretty organza ribbon and all the blooms are Wild Orchid Crafts including the brand new Mixed Purple/White Tone Bloom Set. Finally the Copics and Tilda Lace die are from Dies To Die For.

So that’s me done for today. I may be back tomorrow if time permits but as her ladyship is in residence this evening, time might run away with me. But have a great weekend, stay warm and cosy  and I’ll see you soon.

Hugs to all xxx