Thursday 31 December 2009

A Bit of "Zing" !!!

Good morning and welcome to a new Colour Create Challenge.

I hope you all had a good Christmas with lots of yummy pressies, things to eat and drink. I was obviously a very good girl throughout the year as Santa treated me very nicely indeed ! We had a lovely quiet time and have been enjoying playing all the new games the girls received from Santa. I can't believe it is all over all ready !

Tonight will be an equally quiet occasion for us but spent just how we like it.

Well, this fortnight at Colour Create we wanted to put a bit of "zing" into your lives after all that red, green, gold, silver etc. and the lovely Sharon chose Lemon and Lime with the optional extra of spring or summer flowers.

The DP's are the new BasicGrey "Origins" and they are just gorgeous, BasicGrey have really excelled themselves on the new papers that have just come out, I loves em !

The image is by Diane Duda "Upside Down". I just love this stamp, it is so fun. I don't usually make New Year Resolutions but I think this year I might try to dig deep in my stamp drawer and dig out all those stamps that have been neglected and used once or even worse, never used ! She has of course been coloured with ProMarkers.

The ribbon and flowers are from my stash.

The sentiment is by Hero Arts and has been stamped in Memento Cantaloupe ink.

You must hop over to the Colour Create blog and look at my fellow DT's cards, they are amazing and so bright and colourful. Just what we need on a dull morning like this morning.

Well, this will be my last post of 2009 so I wish you all a very happy New Year and I'm looking forward to a very crafting 2010 with the wonderful friends I have met through blogging. I shall be desperately saving my pennies so I can go to the NEC and Ally Pally and hope to meet some more of you there - two fabulous days out.

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave me. As always, they mean so much.

With much love and hugs to you all,

Wednesday 23 December 2009

Simon Says Challenge

Brrrr it's a cold one here this morning -7 when I got up at 6.30am and thats cold for this part of the Country. We did have a sprinkling of snow which was fantastic to see but I think the rain this afternoon will wash it away :o(

Anyway, enough of my Michael Fish impressions (remember him ?!!)......

Wow, what an amazing response we had to last week's "Merry Christmas" challenge at Simon Says Challenge ! Well over 200 entries !!

We have some sad news that Anna has decided to leave us. We shall miss you heaps Anna but keep up your fantastic creations !

This week we are in the "party" mood so we want to see your party creations !

Our Designer in the Spotlight this week is Georgina who is only 9 years old ! Please check out her handy work and leave her a comment.

The prize this week is ............... a surprise ! This gift will be opened on Christmas Day so you will have to wait to see what Santa brings !!!

Due to a severe lack of time this week I had to make a very quick card but I think these cutie mice say it all "they are off to a party" !!

The DP's are DCWV "Sweet".

We are now taking a week off and putting our feet up (huh, as if !!!) and so we will be back with our next challenge on 6th January so that also means you have 2 weeks to get your entry in and win the surprise.

Please hop over to the rest of the DT's blogs and leave them a nice Christmassy message and also see if you can find some hidden candy - its out there just waiting to be found !

From myself and the rest of the Simon Says Challenge team and indeed, the whole of Simon Says Stamp, we wish you a very happy Christmas and a very healthy, prosperous and crafty New Year !

Sunday 20 December 2009

Simon Says Challenge - Merry Christmas

My gorgeous little girl wanted to make a couple of Christmas cards for her teachers at school and what a fabulous job she made of them too. She didn't have any help at all. I suggested she enter them for this week's challenge over at Simon Says Challenge - I'm keeping my fingers crossed she wins - she will be sooo excited if she does !

It's just started snowing here, I wonder how long it will last ? I can't wait to see the girls' faces in the morning when they look out the window even if it is just a dusting !

Thank's for your visit and I hope the Christmas preps are going well ?


Thursday 17 December 2009

Colour Create Challenge

Good morning and what a chilly one it is too ! No snow for us and I don't think we will get any either :o( It's unusual for us to get any of the white stuff in this part of the Country so had to make the most of it last year.

This week at Colour Create we have some lovely warm colours to toast your fingers and hearts. The colour combo for this fortnight is burgundy, pink and ivory - such lovely, scrummy colours. The optional extra is roses.

The DP's are DCWV "Sweet".

The image is one of the Kraftin Kimmie stamps that my gorgeous friend Martine sent to me as a Christmas present - She must have known what the challenge was going to be as it was perfect ! Thank you darlin !!! She has of course been coloured with ProMarkers, cut out with Nesties and inked in antique linen distress ink.

The lace is from Quixotic Paperie in fact, I could actually enter their challenge this week as it is "Lace" so here you are girls !!!!

The ribbon is from my stash.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have added some ribbon behind the roses, punched some leaves from vellum and added some Fruit Punch Stickles to the roses.

The sentiment is from a set by Kelly Panacci.

What a change it was not to make a Christmas card !!

Well, that is our last challenge before Christmas so on behalf of myself and the rest of the very talented Colour Create Design Team - MERRY CHRISTMAS ! and we look forward to you joining us next year for more colour combos and optional extras !!!

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you leave, as always, they mean so much.

Big hugs to you all

Wednesday 16 December 2009

Simon Says Challenge

Sorry for being so late posting my challenge card today. I had a Christmas party to go to at Fizzy's pre-school and then into town to run a few errands and boy, it was packed !!

Anyway, onto this week's challenge. All we want you to do is say "Merry Christmas" !

"As it is Christmas we have invited 2 special people to be in our Designer Spotlight :-) RIA , who I am sure needs little introduction as you ALL know who she is :-) If by some chance you have been living on another planet and haven't visited her blog you really should , it is fabulous ! :-)

We have also invited SYDNEY :-) Sydney is Joey's daughter(AKA Joey's Stuff) and often makes beautiful cards with her mum :-) Christmas is a time for children and so we would like to encourage you all to get your children involved in this challenge :-)"

Heidi is again very generously offering a P&P free $25 spending spree in the Simon Says Stamp Store !

The DP's are My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas.

The image is "Love Birds" from Whiff of Joy and these have been coloured with ProMarkers. I inked the edges with antique linen distress ink and then stamped the Whiff of Joy Christmas flourishes around the edge in the same ink. I added some Picket Fence Stickles to the snow on the branches.

The flowers and raffia are from my stash.

The rest of the DT's creations are gorgeous, you must go over and see them.

Thank you for your visit and I look forward to seeing what you make and don't forget, if you have any children who would like to take part, please get them crafting !

Hugs to all,

Jo xx

Monday 14 December 2009

WINNER of Blog Candy # 9

Thank you to all those people who entered my blog candy which was very generously given to me by Simon Says Stamp. Without further ado the winner is......

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers: 48 - Mindy

Timestamp: 2009-12-14 11:05:02 UTC

Many congratulations. If you could please contact me by email with your full name and address I will arrange for your goodies to be sent to you.

Keep an eye out in the New Year for more fantastic blog candies courtesty of Simon Says Stamp !

Saturday 12 December 2009

BasicGrey Challenges

Good morning ! Wow, 12th December already ! Where has the time gone ? I finally made a start on writing my Christmas cards last night so I feel a little more in control ! This afternoon will be spent up in the loft getting down all the Christmas decorations and tomorrow will be spent putting them up - can't wait. The girls will love it !

This week on BasicGrey Challenges we have a colour combo for you - Cream, Pink and Blue and what a gorgeous combo it is too !

I have been making some Christmas presents for Fizz's Godmothers and I had one more set to do so decided to use them in this challenge.

Firstly I made a box to put some scrummy choccies in !

I see that Just Magnolia's challenge this week is "It's Christmas" so I going to enter my gift box.

The box was made with "Box 3" Sizzix die.

The DP's are a mixture of Eskimo Kisses and Nook and Pantry.
Tilda is from the new Christmas stamps and she has been coloured with ProMarkers. I edged the image with Rock Candy Stickles.
The ribbon I bought at the NEC.

The snowflake has been cut with a Sizzix die on corrugated card and I added a cream BasicGrey button with some scrappers floss and beads and oh of course, not forgetting a splattering of Stickles !!

Next we have an altered candle which I bought from The Pound Shop.

The DP's are BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses.

The Cherry Blossoms are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I have inked them with some tattered rose distress ink and added some Stickles. The raffia is from my stash.

The image is an Inkadinkado snowman which I coloured with ProMarkers. I then covered the image with UTEE and cracked it when it was cool. I then warmed it up again and added some "Beadazzle's" around the edge. These are tiny, tiny beads mixed with glitter and really add some colour and sparkle. They of course sunk into the warm UTEE which glued them in place.

The flowers are again from Wild Orchid Crafts and I inked them, added some Stickles and then added some punched leaves and coated them in some Picket Fence Stickles which gives a "snowy" appearance.

I am hoping they will be pleased with their homemade Christmas gifts.

Have you been watching "Kirstie's Homemade Christmas" ? What a fantastic programme that is and what a house. My dream is to have a house and kitchen like that one day. It looks so snug, warm and inviting especially at Christmas. I just loved watching all those different crafts.

Right, must get a jiggle on !

Our challenge will now last until 9th January as we are officially "on holiday" !! The boss has given us hardworking BG girls a Christmas holiday so it's time to crack open the choccies and champers !

On behalf of the amazing and fantastic (and gorgeous) Martine and my gorgeous, gorgeous true friends, the BasicGrey Challenges Design Team may I wish you all a very happy Christmas and all best wishes for the New Year. Please come back in January to play with us again in 2010 - we look forward to seeing you !

Don't forget to enter my Blog Candy which can be found HERE ! I will be drawing the winner shortly so make sure you get your name down.

Thank you for your visit and for any comments you may leave - they always mean so much.

Wednesday 9 December 2009

Simon Says Challenge

We have a lovely Christmassy theme for you this week at Simon Says Challenge "Let it Snow".

Again we have the very talented April Rose joining us as Designer in the Spotlight and Heidi is also giving away another $25 p&p free shopping spree round the Simon Says Stamp Store.

The DP's are Cosmo Cricket "Jolly by Golly".

The image is Herby by Whiff of Joy and he has been coloured with ProMarkers. I have also added some Rock Candy Stickles to the edge of the image.

"Frosty the Snowman" is a Magnolia Stamp.

The raffia and button are from my stash.

Sorry about the awful photo again, we have had nothing but rain these past 4-5 weeks and its driving me mad that its so dark all the time. I think the colder air is moving in though at the end of this week so we will be starting with the lovely crisp, frosty mornings and hopefully, sunshine !!!

We look forward to seeing all your snowy creations this week.

Don't forget to enter my Blog Candy which can be found HERE !

Tuesday 8 December 2009

I'm Back !!!!

Yippeeee ! I am back in the land of the living !!! hehehe !!

Thank you to all those people who have kept my spirits up by sending their good wishes and for emailing me to find out if I am still alive ! It is so lovely to know how many really good friends you have around you.

I am pleased to say that we are all better now apart from I still have my hacking cough but its slowly getting better.

I've been able to make a few simple Christmas cards (a case of having to really) and when I saw that one card I have made fits three different challenges, I decided to show my face again in blogland earlier than expected !

I think the DP I have used is DCWV but I am not sure. I bought it from my local craft shop and she said she had removed it from a pack but I forgot to ask which one !

The image is by The Greeting Farm and I just love it. It is such a pleasure to colour with my ProMarkers. I have distressed the image with a distressing tool and inked it with antique linen and brushed corduroy distress inks. I then completely covered the image with rock candy distress crackle paint (just love this stuff) and the effect is amazing. You might be able to see it better if you click on the photo.

The sentiment has been stamped onto a piece of twill and then I cut all the edges to give it a "rough" look. I was imagining it to look like a piece of cloth a Shepherd would have with him !

The snowflake is a Sizzix die which has been cut on corrugated card and I added some gold stickles to it.

The button, twine and beads are from my stash.

I can enter this card into these challenges :

Stampin for the Weekend - Red, Green and Gold

I ♥ ProMarkers - Spots (yes, there are some if you look closely !!) and stripes

Crafty Calendar Challenges - Winter Sparkle

Thank you so much for your visit and for any comments you leave. They mean so much.

See you tomorrow for the new Simon Says Challenge !

Don't forget to enter my Blog Candy which can be found HERE !

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