Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Whiff of Joy cards

I have to say I absolutely ADORE the gorgeous stamps available from Whiff of Joy (you will find Katharina's blog in my sidebar). So far I've only been able to buy three of them but there are more being released on 4th October and the DT have been giving previews this week - and WOW! So glad I've been saving my pennies...! Anyway here are two cards I've made with the stamps I had from the previous release (I'm green with envy that the DT get the whole lot!)


Recipe: Whiff of Joy 'Melinda hugging heart' stamp, ProMarkers, gel pen, Anita's sticky ribbon, craftwork cards sentiment, bazzill basics cardstock, Papermania adhesive gems, paper from a QVC stack (I forget the brand).


Recipe: Whiff of Joy 'Melinda blowing kisses' stamp, watercolour pencils, bazzill basics cardstock, K&Co sugar sweet papers, sentiment is handwritten, ribbon is chiffon edged from Handy Hippo, Papermania adhesive gems.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Stamp Something Challenge

The Stamp Something Challenge this week was to.......stamp something!! So thats what I did! Have been wanting to use this super cute Whipper Snapper stamp for ages!


Recipe: Stamp - Party Cats from Whipper Snapper, ProMarkers, glaze pen, Papermania adhesive gems, K&Co paper, craftworks sentiment.

Penny Black Saturday

Penny Black Saturday had the theme of 'Seasons' this week. So I took the oppurtunity to make another Christmas card.


I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Recipe: Stamp - Penny Black 'Joy Filled Stockings', coloured with ProMarkers, Stickles, Lizzie Anne designs Snowflake stamp, silver ink, green CS, red card, holly paper from Handy Hippo, sentiment stamp.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Spoonful of Sugar Challenge

There was a FAB sketch over at Spoonful of Sugar this week, I played around with lots of images and papers, and here's what I ended up with:


Recipe: Stamp - 'Tangled Up' from Whipper Snapper, ProMarkers, gel pen and glaze pen. Some stickes on his hat too. 'Merry Christmas' peel off. Papers from Dovecraft 'Tis the Season' paperpad, ribbon is Dovecraft sticky ribbon (I forget the pack name), CS from PaperMill

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge

Papertake Weekly this week is an Autumn theme. For my card I used one of my new Whiff of Joy stamps - the link to Katharina's blog is in my sidebar. This one is Oakley on his scooter. I coloured him in using some nice autumnal colours. Sorry its not a great picture.

Here's my card:

Recipe: Oakley from WoJ, Promarkers, gel pens, gems from Papermania, sentiment from craftwork cards, cuttlebug embossed card, background paper saved from the craftwork cards sentiment packet (!!!).

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday

Cute Card Thursday this week was 'Pretty in Pink'. Perfect for me as I had a friend to make a card for who loves pink and had also coloured in and mounted this lovely Jemima Puddleduck image.


You can't really see the rub on in the picture, but its silver and says 'Happy Birthday'.

Stamp: Jemima Puddleduck, ProMarkers, gel pen mounted on pink bazzill, gems from Papermania. Backing paper from a QVC pack. Rub on from my stash - lost the packing somewhere!! Ribbon is Anita's sticky.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Sad news and cards....

Well I had the sad news yesterday that my son's nursery is shutting down. The last day was today (yes I know total shock for everyone, including staff) so I now have to find him somewhere else to go. He has been there since he was 5 months and was really excited as he'd just moved up to their pre-school. I'm totally gutted for him and I know all the staff have taken it badly. It was a very emotional day for everyone.
Anyway I spent last night, taking my mind off the big issue at hand, by making individual thank you cards for all the staff. Thankfully its a small nursery so only 10 staff, but here's my cards:











All the staff have been so brilliant and my son loves them dearly, I know he will miss the staff and kids so much.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Spiral Whisper Challenge

This is the first week of the Spiral Whisper Challenge blog and this week was a sketch (you will find the link in my sidebar).

You have to use Spiral Whisper stamps on your card but thats ok because my new ones just arrived!!!


Stamp: Harry with Teddy from Kerry Steptoe @ Spiral Whisper, Pro Markers, gel pen and glaze pen (white on his shoes), gems from Papermania, Anita's sticky ribbon, blue card from Paper Mill and blue handmade paper from Papermania, sentiment from Craftworks.

Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge

The Spoon full of Sugar challenge was to create anything but a card. The DT entries are totally gorgeous - you can find the link in my sidebar.
You can now also use ANY stamp you like so I decide to use one of my new Spiral Whisper stamps to create a bookmark.


Quite simple but I like it.

Stamp: Martha Ballerina from Kerry Steptoe @ Spiral Whisper, ProMarkers, gel pen and glaze pen. Mounted onto pink card from Paper Mill. Ribbon from Dovecraft. Stickers are Papermania and read 'Love a Good Book'.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Odds and ends!

I've really struggled to do any actual challenges this week!! But I'm hoping to get all of the 'usuals' done this week as well as any cards I need for this month so hoping to have lots to show my blogging buddies!
BUT in the meantime here are some I made JFF (just for fun!):


Stamp: Sleigh ride from Sugar Nellie, Pro Markers, glaze pen, gel pen and stickles.
Mounted onto silver CS, and Dovecraft DP (Tis the Season paper pad) and red card blank, stamped with white using a Lizzie Anne Designs 'snowflake' stamp from Silly Monkey Crafts. Sentiment is a peel off.

Stamp: Whipper Snapper 'Sundae', Pro Markers, glaze pen, gel pen. Inked round the edges with an Ink It Up pad.
Gems from Papermania. Vintage style alphabet dome stickers from Silly Monkey, spells out 'enjoy it' - much clearer in real life! Pink bazzil CS and a dark pink card blank. Anita's sticky ribbon.

Stamp: Whipper Snapper 'Denny Dinosaur', Pro Markers, gel pen. Gems from Papermania. Inked edges with Ink It up pad. Patterned CS from a DCWV glitter pad. Orange card from Paper Mill. Green card blank. Sentiment is a peel off.

Stamp: Lizzie Anne designs 'fairy' from Silly Monkey, Pro Markers, gel pen and stickles. Gems from my stash. Inked edges with Whispers lilac ink pad. Mounted on pink bazzill. Sentiment is a rub on. Anita's sticky ribbon. Cream card blank, stamped with Lizzie Anne designs 'sunflower' using an Ink It Up purple.

Stamp: Whipper Snapper 'party koala', Pro Markers, gel pen and glaze pen. Gems from stash. Mounted on blue bazzil. Blue embossed 'swiss dots' card. White DL card blank. Sentiment is a sticker (Papermania I think)

Thanks for looking!


Well there is some WONDERFUL blog candy up for grabs on Christine's blog : http://craftlingscosycorner.blogspot.com/

She also has there her thought-provoking arguments on word verification on blogs:

Everyone will have their own view, but in my case, I regard the removal of word verification as a basic courtesy to my visitors who are kind enough to take the time to leave comments. Being aware of their comments through comment moderation, but not hindering them with word verification is the very least I can do to reciprocate their courtesy to me.

The problem with word verification is that it takes too long. The characters are very often hard to decipher, and it’s frustrating when you get them wrong and have to re-enter the little suckers!

So this campaign is on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of blessing and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make the Land of Blog a cheerier place.

I think most people just have word verification switched on by default, not realising how easy it is to switch it off, and perhaps not realising how annoying it is for other bloggers. Either that, or they’re under the misapprehension that they will be bombarded with spam messages. This is not the case. I’ve had mine switched off now for three of the four months that I’ve been blogging, and have had two spam comments. The responses I’ve had from other bloggers to my earlier posts on this topic back this up. (You can see the comments in response to my previous post on this subject, HERE.)

For safety’s sake, have comment moderation on for sure, but please consider canceling word verification on your blog. Maybe for a trial period, and see how you get on.

Unless there are thousands of comments being left, comment moderation shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the blog owner, and other bloggers will also be more inclined to leave comments if they can see that you don’t use word verification.

However, each to their own, and if you disagree with me, that’s cool. We can agree to differ and not visit each other’s blogs! lol ;o)
OK.. rant over. If you have read all the way to the end, thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say something. I love to get around and leave comments, but word verification spoils the experience.
Of course, when I get my new job, all this will be academic to me, as I will then have a life, and I won't have time for much blog-hopping!! Not that blog-hoppers need to get a life.. Errr... think I'll stop digging now, before I get into REAL trouble!! lol ;o)"

I have to say I'd never really considered the whole word verification issue before but I can see Christine's point and so I've turned mine off. Hope this is appreciated by all my blog visitors ;-)