Thursday, 28 January 2010

totally gorjuss card

Well good morning everyone. I`ve been having a play around with some stamped images I had tucked away and came up with this card for you today. I coloured the image with my promarkers and layered inside some nesties. Layered paper across the bottom half of the card, with a punched boarder. Then added some paper flowers with some gemstones and also stitched around the edges. I think I will enter the card into the totallygorjuss challenge.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010


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Well good afternoon, it`s been a few days since I posted a card, but have been busy with allsorts and I am now also getting into my planting. Anyway, i`ve been needing to do a challenge for a while and so thought I would enter this card for the mojo monday and also for thea spoonfull of sugar challenge. I`ve used a greeting farm image and coloured him with promarkers, which i`ve just had to order some more(naughty me). Used K&Co- hopscotch papers, then stitched around the mats and popped the image onto pads, so he pops out.
Hope you are all fine and catch you later, hugs Val xxx

Monday, 25 January 2010

Card for Andrew.

Good afternoon everyone and hope you are keeping safe and warm. This is the card that I made for a 15 year old boy called Andrew, that his mum has asked people to make and send get well cards/wishes to help him in his recovery after his op. To read more about this remarkable boy go to julyebs.blogspot .

I was trying to find an image that I thought would suit a 15 year old lad and came across a great digital image from doodle dragon studio, coloured using my promarkers and used Dovecraft masculine papers. I didn`t add a sentiment, as I thought the image said it all, but will put something inside the card for him.

Catch you all later. Hugs Val xxx

Vegetable growing.

Sorry no card this weekend, but have been scouting around for an image (for a 15 year old boy called Andrew) for a get well card. I did manage to get hold of a digital image late last night, so hopefully be doing this today.

Also by what the title says, you`ve guessed it, it`s that time of year, yet again, to think about, what fruit, veg and salad to grow. I was helping my father-in-law the last few years with his allotment and still confess, I still do not what i`m doing half the time. I just love to plant the seed and grateful really if anything grows, which i`ve been pretty lucky so far, so maybe I do have half decent `green fingers`.
We managed last year to gain our own allotment, late in the growing season. So aswell as sorting out this, cardmaking and hopefully starting up scrapbooking, I will be a busy bee indeed.
I managed to clean out the greenhouse and sort through the rubbish, that I seemed to have accumulated(i`m such a big magpie), so now ready to plant my seeds in the next few days. I hope. Catch you all later, hugs Val. xxx

Friday, 22 January 2010

Card for 3 challenges

Good afternoon all and hope you are all fine and dandy?.
This is just a quick post really as I am so behind with everything and have been kept busy all week. This card has been on my table for a couple of days now, begging me to finish it off. Everytime I tried to, something else popped up and so I was determined to do this today.
The stamp and sentiment came with my packet from Sirstampalot and when I saw it I thought to myself, i`ve got to have it, it did make me chuckle. The papers are from Daisy Bucket- picket fence, K & Co-Hopscotch and the flowers are diecuts with buttons added. I coloured the chicken with my promarkers and layered him, so he pops out and used my nesties for him to sit on.
I`m going to put this into 2 not 3 challenges(as my title suggests).

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Designed 2 delight card.

Sorry this is the second post of the day.
Just wanted to show you the card I made from the free digi stamp I received from Faith at
I entered last weeks challenge and all who entered, received this weeks digistamp free. The same goes for next week too, so if you have missed out on your freebie this week, why not pop over to Faiths blog at
designed 2 delight for more details.
Anyway this is what i`ve created with the freebie this week.
I`ve layered the 2 dogs, so they pop out, added some papers from BG sugar rush, punched 2 heart boarders using my MS heart punch and added some flowers from my stash. Stitched around the matts for a bit more dimension.
Anyway Mr Postie has just arrived with a packet of goodies for me, ready to do my brothers birthday card, I hope.
Catch you all later.
Hugs Val xxx

Cupcake craft challenge card.

Good morning all and hope you are all well.
I`m entering this card into the cupcake craft challenges today. I know, I know christmas is over, but I`m on a mission to do at least one christmas card a week, so there`s no rushing around at the end of the year. I`m not too sure if I am happy with how this one turned out, it looks wrong somehow to me. I`ve used a BIG stamp from personal impressions that I cut the image out from and the papers are from Dovecraft victorian christmas. I think I might be slowly losing my mojo on this one, but never mind.
Hugs Val xxx

Monday, 18 January 2010

Good evening all!. Sorry no new card for today, as i`ve been alittle busy with sorting things out ready for my seeds. Although i`ve sorted out a few bits already, looks like this will keep me busy for some time. I`ve ordered a few bits from SirStampAlot, so hopefully will have a play with my new bits in a couple of days. Catch you all later Hugs Val xxx

Sunday, 17 January 2010

A Spoonful of Sugar and CupCake Craft Challenge card

Good afternoon all! Today I wanted to show you a card I made for 2 challenges cup cake craft challenges - challenge #73 going girly and a spoonfull of sugar challenge - recipe: 3 pieces of designer paper, 1 piece of ribbon, 3 flowers,3 buttons.
I used Dovecraft glamour prints for the papers, used chalk ink on the large circle as I thought the solid pink was too much of a block colour and coloured Tilda with watercolours. I am trying out the water pencils that I got from the charity shop and still think I need a bit more practise. I added the flowers, buttons and ribbon, that was from my stash and used glitter mist for the first time, covering the whole card. Although the camera doesn`t pick up the glitter.
Anyway catch you all later, Val xxx

Friday, 15 January 2010

Charisma cardz and paperplay challenges

Good morning everyone! What a busy morning i`ve had, I am sooo behind with everything this morning I just don`t know where the time goes.

Today I wanted to show you a card I made secretly late last night, while hubby and the boys were fast asleep. As it`s a card for valentines day for the best hubby I could ask for. Poor fella, he does put up alot from me, with all my crafting and I love him to bits. I managed to get down the town early yesterday and popped into the local craft shop and guess what they had a mahooosive sale on. Now to be honest I like to shop online as there isn`t alot of choice in crafting goodies down the town, but they had a sale on for the nestabilities and MS punches. Of course, because santa couldn`t bring me these at christmas (I must have been a baaad girl) I thought an oppotunity was here to be had. What a shame the sale finishes tomorrow, but never mind.
SoI`m going to enter this into paperplay challenges Week 2 Furry friends and also charisma cardz for anything new.
The card was made using BG sugar rush papers, Kraftin Kimmie stamp Lucy & Rickie, Sizzlits die scribbles#7, new MS lace hearts punch and new nestibilities.
I stitched around the edge of the card and around the layered `love` paper(although this isn`t very clear). I coloured the image with my promarkers and used water colour pink for the back ground. I layered the two skunks, so hopefully they pop out and then added flowers from my stash.
Sorry a bit of a long post.
Hope you`re all keeping warm and cosy.
Val xxx

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Christmas Blog Challenge Card Wk 33

Good morning everyone!
Well what a morning it is today down here in the south. Alot of drizzle today, so by the time I got back from the school run and walking the bow wow, I was a little soaked. So now he`s curled up by the fireplace with a pleading look on his face, for me to light the fire.
Anyway, back to showing you the card I made for the winter wonderland christmas blog challenge, this was the sketch that we had to follow and for a limited number of weeks you don`t have to stick with making christmas themed card, but after last year I think I will stick with the christmas theme. I kept it as it was, but you can flip/rotate it if you want.
I love this image and decided to layer it up, so the snowman, cat, and bird pops out and coloured using my promarkers. Unfortunatly I am limited to my promarker colours as I have 30, but it`s alot of fun trying to figure out my shading and colouring. I was messing about with alittle set of brand new pencils and water brush that I aquired at the local charity shop for a bargin £2.00, so had a little play with those last night and although there was only 6 pencils in the set I enjoyed using these, so maybe I need to expand my collection of colouring tools to include pencils aswell. What do ya think?
Well of to organise and tidy my little crafting corner, otherwise I can`t find anything.
Papers: Dovecraft winter wonderland
Image: Gillian Roberts-snowman
Snowflakes: sizzlets die and woodware punch(1in)
Gems and ribons: my own stash.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

2 challenges-sas project tuesday and designed 2 delight.

Good morning everyone!
The snow`s almost thawed out, so hopefully no more slipping about.
Today I want to show you not a card but a box made of one sheet of card. I`m going to fill this with either chocolates, coffee/hot choc sachets as a little gift for my mum.
This is going towards the sas project tuesday. challenge, create a one sheet box and all the instructions are included in the challenge, so why not pop over and have a go.
I am also putting this towards the challenge blog delightful inspirations at designed 2 delight digishop. The first challenge has already past, but if you purchase this weeks challenge digi stamp and forward your creation, you will receive next weeks digi stamp free (check out the blog for more details). Also a bonus image is free if you can be referred by a friend.
I used: dark brown card for the box.
Ribbon and flower from my stash.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

A 3 Challenge Card.

Good afternoon everyone and the snow is slowly thawing out here, so I think it`s back to school for the boys tomorrow. So almost back to normal( famous last words).
We managed to get to the big supermarket for the first time today as the main roads are now clear and although it wasn`t too bad, alot of the shelves were a running a bit low, but never mind we managed to get what was needed.
Today I am putting this card in for three challenges.
1. abc-challenge. - Layering
2.charisma cardz. - colour combo pink,brown,cream,toffee
3.lexiscreations. - pastel colours.
I used my new Sugar Nellie stamp - Manga Kids for the image and Personal impressions stamp for the sentiment. The papers i`m afraid i`m not sure where these are from and the flowers, ribbon and gems are from my stash. I`ve also managed to sew some stitching around the edges of the mats and inked around the edges too.
Hope you are staying safe and warm and catch you all later.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Blog Hop at inktegrity.


Just a quick post today, sorry no card, but been doing a bit of blog hopping and inktegrity want to celebrate their birthday with you.
So why not pop over to the inktegrity blog now ( click on the delish ice-cream image)and see how you can celebrate their birthday with their blog hop.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

A big thankyou and sketch and stash challenge.

First of all A BIG THANKYOU to all you lovely ladies out there in blogland who helped me out, by answering my question yesterday about linking on the comment boxes.

What a fantastic community we have here, so I just want to say


Also I want to show the card I made for a little boys birthday on sunday(he will be 8).

I paperpieced a a lilypad instead of using a flower, so I hope this is o.k with the team.

I`m going to put this in for the sketch and stash challenge.

I stamped the frog image with an old stamp I hadn`t used for some time and coloured, using my promarkers.

The papers are from my new pad of K&Co- Hopscotch and i`m loving these, as the papers are all perfect for boys cards.

The sentiment is computer generated.

Stitched around some of the matting with my machine.

Hope you are all keeping safe and warm with the snow and ice we have all been having and catchyou all later. Hugs Val xxx

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Please help with links

I know this is the second post for today, but just a quick one, if anybody can help me out there in blogland. Something very simple, but I can`t seem to get the hand of linking my cards to challenges in the comment boxes if there is no Mr Linky. I`ve used the code that some people put on their blogs, but when I put it in the comments box all the code comes up and there`s no link. I know it`s something very simple, but just can`t get the hand of it. Hugs Val xxx

Not A Stamp In Sight

No more snow at the mo, although we were due some last night and my car was feeling very unwell, but now it`s sorted, thanks to the nice man in the garage.
Good thing about having to stay in yesterday, I was able to sort through and arrange my papers. I don`t know about any of you, but I am such a hoarder when it comes to the smallest bit of scrap and my draw and box that I keep my scrap bits was overflowing. So I was very brave and decided enough was enough and got rid of some of the mountain.
Anyway instead of stamping I paperpieced this new home card for one of my brothers, who`s moving at the end of the month. Embellished with buttons and also used my ms punch.
PAPERS: mixture of k&co and unknown.
Embellishments: buttons from stash
Have a great day. Hugs Val xxx

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


Good morning everyone and what a cold one this morning. no more snow, but now everything is iced over making walking a real pain, especially when walking the dog. At least I haven`t fallen over(touch wood), but still really bad for the old folks. I saw a few of the old dears yesterday walking along the roads as these were clear and the paths dangerous.
Anyway I thought I would share my card that I am putting forward for the mojo monday challenge. I do like doing these, because you follow a sketch which makes it alot easier for me, most of the time.
My mission today is to sort through all of my papers and put in some sort of order, if I can. I know a lot of these I have no idea where they are from as I didn`t keep a note, but hey ho such is life.
I`m not sure what papers these are from and as I don`t own any nesties yet (boo hoo!) I had to make my own by using a large punch and smaller punch for the little circles.
Anyway off to do some sorting out in a mo. Catch you all later, Val xxx

Monday, 4 January 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

Well good morning everyone and what a morning. We finally woke up to a blanket of snow this morning, typical as the kids and hubby go back to school and work this morning. So as you can imagine the boys trying to throw snowballs at me on the way to school, I had to stop them before we all got soaked especially as they hadn`t even got to school, but I did say that they can throw snowballs to their hearts content on the way back home later. Anyway, i`ve only just got back from taking the dog on his walk and the boys did a lucky dip before the school run and picked
as the lucky winner of my blog candy.
Please email me you address at A.S.A.P
and I will pop your goodies in the post for you.
Hugs Val xxx

Sunday, 3 January 2010

One Stop Craft Challenge # 61

Good morning everyone, well nearly afternoon. I thought I would show you the card I made for the
one stop craft challenge #61, something beginning with B, so I thought B for boy. They are also asking for a new DT, so why not pop over to have a look. I used: papers k & co - hopscotch
image & sentiment - one of TGF.
Coloured the image in with my promarkers and stitched around the matting.

Have a great day, it`s finally snowing down here, so if it lays we maybe palying snowballs later on.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Charisma Cardz Challenge

Afternoon everyone, hope you are all feeling fine and dandy?

For today I will be entering my card into the charisma cardz. challenge, CELEBRATIONS. This can cover a whole range of celebrations, including new baby, anniversary etc. So i`m entering my birthday card for this. If you pop over you will see that to celebrate their first year they are doing a blog hop with loads and loads of candy to win. each blog you visit will have either a word or phase that you need to put together to make up a sentance. So why now give it a go, so much fun visiting other blogs and maybe a chance to win some fabby candy aswell.
I used: k&co classic papers
image and sentiment :Kraftin Kimmie Gift Emmylou
Paper roses and charm: from Bunny Zoe
Ribbon and beads: from my stash.
Catch you al later Val xxx