Sunday, December 25, 2011

I reached 100 followers

Wow, I reached 101 followers.  Thank you everyone who has become a follower ......... I love reading your comments and hope that you like my creations each week.

Well as promised all the names were written out and put into a hat.  Hubby did the honours and picked out a little ticket ................. on 20th November 2011

Drum roll please ..............................................

and the winner of my candy is

Sandra of



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

For my hubby


Over on Docrafts this week, there was thread in the forum asking
"If you could make one card for anyone who would it be and why?"

Lots of us answered and our thoughts were from deceased relatives, to famous people and a few of us also mentioned our hubbies.

Well, mine has been having a tough time of it recently, and I really admire him for sticking with it, even though it's tough.  So on Saturday, I thought that I would make him a card to let him know just what he means to me ........... and here it is.

The Front

The inside front

What he really is to me

I'm quite a softy at heart and had not made him a card, since I started all this in May 2011.


Kanban toppers
Black cardstock
Gold Miricard
Kanban backing papers
Tim Holtz clock and pin
Black ribbon from stash

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:

Bearly Mine - One for the Boyz
Creative Craft Challenges - Minimalistic
Deep Ocean Challenge - Vintage

Top Three at New Inspriational Challenges Blog and The Craft Barn Candy

Hi Everyone,

Theres a new blog in town .........  it's called Just Inspirational Challenges.  Anyway, there first challenge used a gorgeous picture of fall, stunning colours, which inspired me to make my friendship card of the month using flowers and the colours in the picture.
Brilliant News, I made the top three.  Fab.  I am sooooo chuffed.

Thanks girlies.

So go on pop on over and have a look at their fab challenge site and give it a go.

and now for this:

The Craft Barn is giving away an amazing £200 of goodies to ONE lucky person.  All you have to do is become a follower, leave a comment and write them up on your blog.  To be drawn on the 25th November 2011.

I live far away from their shop, too far to travel from Somerset, but their fab online store is brilliant and stocks so much, mmmmmmmm salivating about all that paper just thinking about it, and dies, and glues, and pens, and glitter and oh the list goes on and on and on.

So go on pop on over and have a little look see, but don't forget to come back to see me again.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

My first top three

Wow, I've been picked in the top three at CES challenge.  It was for my happy and sad card - the sarah kay one.

Thanks girlies you have no idea how much that means.

Will display my top three blinkie with pride.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

And now for something completely ..........

different for me.   A few weeks ago I met up with loads of the other DC members and we had a fun day.  It was great and we made Christmas mini albums.  Well I have now finished mine and here it is......

This is the front cover

The first two pages

Then the next two

and finally the last two.

The back page is the same as the front.  We were not allowed to use any Dies or machines to cut out all the houses etc.  Each card lifts out and has three photo mats.  All the papers used were from my stash and the snowflake tops were cut by Angie.  

Previously to that I had been on a course at my local Garden Centre, Monkton Elm, and done a one day starter course on Memory Books.  This is mine from that course.

The front cover

inside the front cover

a couple of the pages with photo mat inserts

I had great fun creating this and used some butterflies from my stash to simply decorate


Black cardstock
1 x A4 paper pack Kanban Oxford
PaperArtsy Stamp Set
lots of red and white tape and glue
four different MS punches
TH distress Inks

The final instalament ...........

No not of my blog sillies, but of the Docrafts Christmas ABC challenge.

Wow, I never thought I would get to the and yet I have and now sadly I miss my little bit of "what can I do starting with this letter .............. ", lol,   some were definitely easier than others.  Anyway without further ado here is the final few, from U to Z

U = unassembled

V = view and very

w = winter wonderland

x = xmas

y = yuletide carols

and lastly z = zzzzz

I hope you have all enjoyed looking at these as much as I enjoyed taking part in the.  And I would like to thank Ginny (AsIDoRodos) for orgainising the challenge and for all her hard work.


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Life is like a garden ...................

I decided today that I needed to experiment with the TH distress inks and grunge paper that I recently bought.  I also wanted to use some of the fab papers from TH that I have in my stash...........  as well as the fab new collection of stamps from PaperArtsy.

This is the result ....... what do you think ??????????

Inside my card

The front of my card

A close up of the front

I did not use any backing papers behind the central panel, instead I distressed the paper with Distress Inks and then stamped a complimenting image all over in distress and momento inks.

The central panel was distressed around the edges and stamped with Momento ink.

The back and inside of the card was also distressed and another central panel added with a verse.

I made my flower from TH Grunge paper, using the Sizzex tattered florals dies, and then coloured with distress inks..  ......  (NOT A SINGLE PROMARKER IN SIGHT !!!!)  lol

I added a small stick pin for some bling.

I am entering this card into the following challenges

Just Inspirational Challenges No 1

Create me pink - No 3 - Flower 
Craft Your Passion - No 83 anything goes + Brown
kaboodle doodles blog challenge - No 92 colours of fall
my partner in crafting crime - challenge 35 - use a freebie or something recycled from your home -
           (I used the pin and some of my beads to make the stick pin decoration)
Cupcake Inspirations - No 135 

I hope you enjoyed looking at this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Fab giveaway - four chances

Just a little quickie post today to let you all know that the FABULOUS


There is a gorgeous sneak peak of this fantastic giveaway on their blog. And what is more there are four chances in this giveaway.

There main site is gorgeous and has lots of lovely papers and ideas. 

So what are you waiting for go on over and have a look..................  but don't forget to come back and see me again.


Saturday, November 05, 2011

A sad and a happy card

My first personal card this week, was a condolences card.  My friend's Nan passed and I made this for her.  (This is the first hand made card she had received - so I will be making her a more happy one next time !)


Papermania papers in black and white.
Black cardstock
embossing folder
and sizzix swirls and flower dies.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Cardmakin Mamas - Cut it out challenge
Wags'n'whiskers - black plus ribbons or pearls
crafty ribbons challenge - Bingo board
For your inspiration challenges - challenge 17
papercraft star - flourish

NOW for the happy card.  It is my best friend's birthday and since I moved away we meet up once a month.  This is the card I made for her birthday. My mate lives in North Cornwall.  The gorgeous teal/turquoise colours in this card remind me of the fabulous coastal scenery in a place that will always be dear to my hear.   The gorgeous Sarah Kay image was of course coloured with promarkers.

This is the front of the complete card

This is the back of the complete card

This is the front of the card without it's wrap

This is the inside of the open card


Martha Stewart around the edge punches
Magnolia papers
Spellbinder Nestabilities
Sarah Kay stamp
Some ribbon from stashd
Dovecraft chalks

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

CES Challenges - Entertain us song or film - Mama's Little baby loves Shortnin Bread
Colour create challenge - 83  Turquoise, deep pink and ivory
Southern Girls - Can you hear music   My song is Shortnin Bread- Mama's little baby loves

I hope you like these two very different cards.

docrafts abc christmas challenge p - t


What a week I've had, a couple of wins, and two fantastic craft days, one at my home last Friday, and then one in Yeovil with some of the docraft gals.  Really brilliant.  Had a great day.

Anyway, here are my cards for the christmas challenge - letters p throught to t.

P = presents and penny black

q = queing for the shops

s = snowflakes

r = reindeer

and lastly t = trees

I hope you like these.    I am not entering these into any challenges.


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Feeling lucky

Just a quickie to say thanks to Carol and the team at By the Cute and Girly Challenge for picking me as one of their lucky winners on their blog hop last month.  I had a great time.

Also to say that my beautiful Gorjuss card won over at the Scrap Affair blog last month.  Thanks guys.  (This is the first win - random or otherwise) that I have had with one of my cards.

Am busy colouring lots of fab images at the moment so will be back to post a few more cards later.

Hugs  Lisa

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

100 follower candy

Hi everyone, - Now closed

This is just a quickie post to say thank you to all my lovely followers, I want you to know that I really appreciate your lovely comments and support.

As a thank you I have decided to post some lovely candy on my blog.  Once my followers reach 100 I will get the hubby to draw a name out of the hat and that lucky person will win my fab candy.

My candy has the following:

3 Sheets flower stickers
1 sheet flock letters
1 pack nativity toppers
6 fairy toppers,
7 sheets Anitas peel offs
1 set flower fairy stamps
1 set father christmas stamps
1 pack window cards
1 pack card candi
1 pack tags
1 lotv stamp

All I ask is that you become or are a follower
That you post a pic of my candy in your sidebar
That you comment on this and at least one other post 

(Please note I will post anywhere in the world)

This candy will stay open until I reach 100 followers.

Cutie Pie Challenge GDT Card

Hi everyone

Yesterday a new challenge was launched on the Cutie Pie Challenge Blog. This time the challenge is to use a charm.

For my card I choose a Teddy Bear charm and of course the lovely teddy bea.  This time she's in the bath, probably relaxing before the big christmas rush.  The papers are from First Edition Desert Blooms.  Spellbinder nestabilities were used to cut the borders and some ribbon and flowers from my stash finished it off.  The image was coloured with promarkers and then chalked with Dovecraft chalks.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion, - Bingo -Ribbon Free & Pearls  or  Flowers, Bling, & Free,
Die Cut Dreams - So charming
Lexi's Creations - Charming
Paper Playtime - anything goes
Cupcake Inspirations - No 134
Dream Valley Challenges: - Anything Goes 19
Gingerloft Challenge - Bingo - Ribbon, Glitter, Flowers