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Sunday, 29 July 2007

Scrapbooking Weekend

Had a lovely weekend catching up with some scrapbooking and incorporating this into the challenges over at Just Bex...only two days until month end now!!!

The first challenge was to scrap yourself as a child...this is me at about five years old...awwww how sweet.

Papers are all K and Co,Prima flowers, button, lace and ribbon from stash

Second challenge was to scrap a large picture, this is my favourite photograph of Mia at about 3 months old.

Bazzill card, gingham paper, daisy trim, patterned ribbons, prima flowers, making memories big brad, lace, buttons and thread

Third challenge was to use a pink and brown colour scheme.

Scrummy basic grey blush patterned papers, prima flowers, lace and embroidery thread

Friday, 27 July 2007

Finished My Book And Weekend Plans

Yep I am a self confessed Harry Potter Fan...I know its for Kids but I have read all the books and am addicted as any child...I finished the book last night...I won`t spoil it for anyone though

Got a crafty weekend planned...nearly month end over at Just Bex if you have not visited you must...numerous challenges are set every week, for every challenge you complete you get a point at the end of the month the member with the most points wins a fab prize. So I am planning on catching up with all the challenges that have been set so far...watch this space.
Finally I am going to watch Hairspray on Monday Night with my 9 year old, her best friend and her Mum...can`t wait...I have not seen the original but this looks so cool and seeing John Travolta as a woman is certainly worth it!

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Another two in one card

I am getting the hang of this combining card challenges, I think it is more of a challenge when you incorporate two different peoples ideas!

Over on LilyBeans Paperie...which is the most gorgeous site...Melissa posted a card recipe which was to includethe following on a card:



-A heart


-A rubon

...and over on Jens site she has posted the cutest matchbook tutorial inviting people to link their own designs...so here is my card:
Patterned paper is all by K and Co, lace, ribbon, buttons and embroidery thread are all from local market, Bloom is by Papermania, "Love" rubon is a letraset alphabet, finished with a bit of inking and machine stitching.

Monday, 23 July 2007

Two in One!!!

I stumbled across a fabulous ribbon flower tutorial this morning by Rhi so I was itching to have a go, combined this with the latest sketch from Beate and hey presto a two in one challenge card!!!

Patterned Paper and clip by Making Memories, various ribbons, ric rac and lace by Making Memories and from local market, Big bloom (behind ribbon flower) is by Papermania, "Girl" stamped image is an unmounted stamp by Studio G, handwritten "a precious baby", inking and doodling to finish

Three in one!!!

I managed to combine three challenges in one for this card, firstly I have used the latest CPS card sketch, which was a really good one this week, did not manage last weeks. Have also incorporated the latest Caardvarks challenge which is titled Ravishing Ribbon and is quite simply to include ribbon on your card...I do this on most of my cards anyway so liked this challenge. Lastly I doodled the border around the flower and stamped sentiment incorporating the latest challenge over at Technique Thursday which was to include doodling on your card.

Yummy patterned papers are Basic Grey and DCWV, pink grosgrain and satin ribbon, bit of lace and a button, Prima flowers and Making memories clip and brad, "Thanks so Much" stamp is an unmounted one by Studio G, bit of inking and doodling to finish.

OOOH ARRRR Me Hearties

Over on Bex`s forum the lovely Sue set a TV or film inspired scrapbooking challenge.

Mia had a Pirate Party at school on Monday so I bought her a Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Carribean costume to wear.
This is the page Titled "Little Treasure"

Black cardstock is from stash, Patterned Paper is by Fancy Pants, map was found using trusty google images, the big skull in the top left was a Pirates of the Carribean phone charm from Claires that I took apart (this actually opens and there is a little piccy of Jack Sparrow), the other part of this is the little "Pirates of the Carribean" charm at the bottom. The other skull was from an earring also from Claires, red ribbon and ric rac from local market, Buttons from stash, brads by Making Memories, Handmade "treasure map", plenty of inking, journalling and doodling to finish.

Second Card Challenge

The second card challenge I have completed this weekend is a sketch by Susie who also has a fab blog.
To see the sketch click here
This is what I came up with:
Used what was left over of the DCWV patterned paper and Papermania card, Prima flowers, making memories brads, bit of lace, Autumn Leaves "All Girl" stamp and lots of inking and doodling.

Challenges and Apologies

Hello everyone and apologies to anyone who has visited my blog in the last week or so...I have been a very bad blogger but have had a stomache bug, then all the kids got it too!

First challenge card is the DCM pocket challenge...great challenge by the way!
Here is what I came up with:
Patterned paper is all DCWV, pink card is Papermania, Grosgrain ribbon is from Tesco, chipboard flowers are cut from the cuttlebug baby face alphabet, prima flower and brad bit of inking and doodling to finish.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Jen has the lovliest blog and has a great challenge sketch on it at the moment, so being the challenge junkie that I am I just had to have a go!!!

Here is what I came up with:

Patterned Paper is all by K and Co, huge silk bloom is from EauNaturelle, stamped sentiment "thinking of you" in flower centre is a stamp by Studio G, ribbon, lace, buttons and embroidery thread are all from local market stall, bit of inking and doodling to finish.

Creative Ideas on A Sunday!!!

Is the name of a challenge blog site that is fab, you can view here

The challenge this week is to create a brown and blue card...mine is more chocolate and turquoise...here is my creative idea on Sunday!!!
Patterned paper is all K and Co, Big silk bloom is from EauNaturelle, Prima bloom, Papermania button, embroidery thread, ric rac and ribbon all from local market, "Happy Birthday" cut with cuttlebug Baby Face, Bit of inking and doodling to finish.

Challenge Sketch

Found this fabulous blog the other day while I was blog hopping.

There is, amongst other beautiful things, a challenge sketch on there and this is what I came up with:

Patterned paper is all DCWV, Prima blooms, Buttons, embroidery thread and ribbon from local market, "celebrate" stamp is by Studio G, clip by Making Memories and a bit of inking and doodling to finish.

Saturday, 14 July 2007

Initially ....

...is a challenge!!!

Over on Bex Forum the lovely Sue set a challenge:

Think of a word...maybe your name or initials..then either use wooden blanks or chipboard letters maybe you can cut some out on robo then TART them up:

Okay my scan is not too good but I bought some blank wooden letters off ebay and came up with this:

Painted with baby pink acrylic paint and embellished with daisy trim, tiny prima blooms, ribbon, buttons, ric rac, embroidery thread and doodling.


Funnily enough I am a regular at my local haberdashery stall in my local market and the friday challenge over at DCM set by Gillian is:

Your card can be any theme you like, just as long as it's got something you'd find in a Haberdashery Department on it
Alright then, grab that old sewing basket of yours or raid your sewing machine drawer, have a look at what creative bits are hidding away there....maybe it's buttons, a zip, hook & eye's, ribbons, braids, Dressmaking patterns, tape measures,Pins & Needles, lace, safety pins or embroidery thread....

So this is what I came up with:

Patterned paper is all by K and Co
Ribbon, lace, buttons and embroidery thread are all from my local Haberdashery market stall
Celebrate stamp is by Studio G
Bloom is by Papermania
Handstitching, doodling and inking to finish

DCM Little extra

Over on the DCM site the little extra this week was the swinging sixties...hmmmmmmmmmmm

Okay did the sensible thing and googled 60`s wallpaper and came up with a this print which is very similar to one produced by making memories...So stuck with an orange floral option.

Here`s my retro card

Patterned paper, brads and clip are Making Meories

Prima blooms

Orange organza was a magazine freebie

"Enjoy" cut from cuttlebug baby face and panel embossed with circles embossing folder

Inking and doodling to finish

Friday, 13 July 2007

Christmas in July!!!

In the craft shop world Christmas preparations start in July!!! Yep we spend six months of the year preparing and organising Christmas so by the time it actually arrives in December we are sick of glitter and cards, Santa and Elves, snowmen and penguins...you get the idea!!! However the weather is so dismal it already feels like winter so I spent today at work designing some cards for Christmas workshops...here is a sneaky peeky:

So far everything is a prototype, and I am going to work further on these to create very funky christmas cards.
watch this space ;)

Thursday, 12 July 2007

Scrapbook Challenge

Over on the Just Bex forum Nicky set a fab challenge to use nine squares on your page layout, with at least three of them being photos.

I had a lot of little photos from a walk in the park with Mia so used these. Here is my layout:

Patterned Paper is K and Co

Pink Cardstock is Papermania

Title is cut with Curls and Swirls Cuttlebug alphabet

Prima flowers and Ribbon

Inking, journalling and doodling to finish

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Just Bex Card Challenge

Over on the Just Bex forum Sue has set a card template challenge titled four rectangles.

This is what I came up with, a quick get well soon card for a friend who is under the weather.

Patterned paper is Making Memories
Orange ribbon was donated to me by a friend
Bloom is from Eau Naturelle, plus some primas.
Spotty brad is by Dovecraft
Orange paperclip and a little stamped image by Studio G
Bit of inking and doodling to finish.

Where did you get that hat?

Every summer I buy Mia a funky hat, last year she had a floral baker boy hat. I spotted this one in BHS at the weekend for Half Price...Bargain!!!

Anyway her looking cute in the hat on Sunday just begged for me to take her photo, and then for me to scrap said photo!!!

Mia looking "Groovy"

Patterned Paper is from Basic Grey Phoebe collection.
Pink cardstock is Bazzill
Blue card is Papermania
Ribbon is from a pair of pyjama bottoms!!!
Ric Rac from local market
Prima Flower
Arrow is my new cuttlebug die...yippeee no more handcutting them.
"Gr vy" cut with cuttlebug Hippie Chick and "oo" flowers are a cuttlebug die too.
Stamped "Sugar and Spice" is from my new Autumn Leaves stamp set
Inking, journalling and doodling to finish.

Pencil Lines Sketch

I have had a go at the latest pencil lines sketch, although I did tweak the sketch a little bit.

Here is my Layout featuring Mia in the Garden on Sunday morning, while the sun was shining and some of her favourite flowers.

Patterned Paper is by Flair Designs
Pink card is by Papermania
Felt flowers are a quickutz die
Pink buttons are Papermania
Gingham ribbon is from local market
"M" has been cut from cuttlebug Hippie Chick
Journalling, inking and doodling to finish

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Look what my Postman brought me this morning

Boy was I excited when I heard this lot land on my mat...my fabby new stash from America
Can`t wait to have a play

The Very Best of Friends

Ella has a very special friend, they are the very best of friends and they do everything together...Ella came home on Sunday after a sleepover with this photo for me to scrap...she had even made sure that everything was colour co-ordinated...bless her!!!

This is also a challenge layout for Collectively Yours, their latest challenge to incorporate die cuts onto your layout.

Patterned paper is by K and Co.
Handcut arrow
Die cut flower (cuttlebug)
Die cut alphabet (cuttlebug Hippie Chick)
Button, thread and ribbon from local market
Doodling, journalling and inking.

CPS CHallenge 21

Over on CPS is the latest challenge sketch (21)

Here is my take on it

All the patterned paper is Basic Grey`s yummy Stella Ruby
Brown grosgrain ribbon and an offcut of lace
Stamping up Love definition stamp
Papermania Blooms
AMM big Brads
Cuttlebug Heart die
Inking and doodling to finish

Sunday, 8 July 2007

Collectively Yours Four Paper Challenge

Over on Collectively Yours there was a challenge set to create a scrapbook layout using four different patterned papers.

I think I cheated a little by using two sheets of couble sided paper but I did end up with four different patterns.

Here is my layout featuring Ella-Rose:

All the patterned papers are by K and Co and base card stock is Bazzill.
"Flower Girl" has been cut with Cuttlebug HIppie Chick alphavet.
Prima flowers and Making Memories brads.
Hand cut arrow.
Die cut flower and photo anchors
Journalling, doodling and inking to finish.

Just For a change

I spent the afternoon, which has been wet and thundery, making some jewellery, I went to a craft fair this morning and bought some lovely jubbly new beads and the most gorgeous Jewellery Mannequin, here are some piccies of what I created this afternoon.

Saturday, 7 July 2007


I have made a card tonight and puurely by accident I have managed to combine three challenges in one card...purely by accident.

The first challenge is the weekly dare over at DCM which was to incorporate text of some kind onto a card.
The second challenge was one set on Caardvarks and was to make a tri fold card.
And the final challenge was one set by beate and was to make a Joy Fold card.
So here is the card

and here it is open

All patterned paper is by K and Co
The text "friend" stamp is by stamping up
Prima flowers and Organza ribbon
Inking and doodled fake stitching
Quickutz page anchor and making memories brads

Friday, 6 July 2007

Tag...I`m it!!!

Beeen tagged a few times over with this one so if you are reading this consider yourself Tagged!!!

Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to blog about their 7 things.

1. I love Sunday dinner...I mean a PROPER sunday dinner, joint of meat with fresh herbs, roast potatoes, fresh veg, stuffing and real gravy followed by a proper pudding. My Dad is the best Sunday dinner maker in the WORLD and I have one of his dinners every week...yummmeeeee.

2. I was accepted on to three different university courses when I had completed my BTEC National Diploma in health studies after leaving school (which I passed with Distinction) Midwifery, Nursing and Health...I chose Midwifery...I completed 18 months out of the three years...when I fell pregnant...I was not allowed any time off for maternity leave as the course was 100% attendance!!!

3. I was married at 20 for 13 months and divorced by the time I was 23!

4. I have only been abroad once...when I was nine and have only had one holiday in the last 14 years...and that was a long weekend in Wales!!!

5. I have a tattoo of a scorpion on my back, it took me until I was 25 to pluck up the courage to have this done and it hurt like hell!!!

6. I own a star in the constellation of Scorpious...a very romantic birthday present from my OH.

7. I hate swimming, have never took any of my kids and have not owned a swimming costume since I was in high school and we were forced to do swimming as our school was attached to a leisure centre.

Just Bex Song Title Scrapbook Page

One of the challenges over on the Just Bex forum is to complete a scrapbook page incorporating a song title

I chose Pieces Of You, by Jewel as my song title, you can listen to it here

It wasn`t the words of the song that were especially important more the title as I had taken lots of pictures of different parts of Mia...Her feet, hands, ears eyes and so on. So I thought the title summed up the Layout.

The picture of Mias feet is actually a little book that opens and contains all the other little pictures of the "Pieces of Mia"

All the patterned paper is by K and Co.

Blank chipboard jigsaw pieces were painted with pink acrylic paint and embelished with white fake stitching

Prima flowers and ribbons from local market

Brads are by Making Memories

Title cut with cuttlebug hippie chick and curls and swirls alphabets

Journalling, doodling and inking to finish.

Wednesday Stampers Button Challenge

The latest challenge at Wednesday Stampers Is buttons
Make a card and incorporate buttons in some way...I opted for the real thing

Patterned paper is all from the scrummy Basic Grey Stella Ruby collection...Yummmmeeeeeeee
Giant bloom is from EauNaturelle
Buttons from stash...probably from old clothes!!!
Ribbon and lace from local market
"Wonderful" is a stamp by Stugio G
Bit of inking to finish

Thursday, 5 July 2007

DCM Midweek Cartoon Dare

Okay it`s midweek dare time over at DCM
Midweek challenge is to create a cartoon sytle card
I have opted for a childrens birthday card with my very own funky monkey!

Patterned Paper is all the very funky Making Memories Cheeky collection.
Stripey Paper has been embossed with the circles cuttlebug embossing folder.
"Funky Monkey" has been cut with Cuttlebug Hippie Chick alphabet.
Monkey and stars are cuttlebug dies.
Handcut arrow.
Inking and doodling to finish.

CPS card sketch

The latest CPS card sketch can be found here

This is what I came up with

Patterned paper is all the scrummy Basic Grey Phoebe collection and very yummy it is too.
Have embossed the pink with my new circles cuttlebug embossing folder.
"Birthday" is embossed with the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug embossing Folder.
"Star" has been cut with the cuttlebug Hippie Chick alphabet.
Photo anchors are a quickutz die and the star is a cuttlebug die.
Prima flower, ribbon, embroidery thread, ric rac and lace are all from local market.
Inking and doodling to finish.


Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Found this over on the fantabulous Kirsty Wiseman blog, where she has invited people to take part.

My roommate and I once: I have never had a roomie:(
Never in my life have I: Had my own passport, I have only been abroad once when I was nine and I was on my Mummies passport then!!!
High school was: The pits, horrible people none of whom I have kept in touch with...very strange teachers and an awful green uniform!!! It has taken me over 15 years to be able to wear green again;)
When I'm nervous: I pee...a lot
My hair: Grows huge in the rain and never stays straight no matter how much product I use!
When I was 5 : I cut my Brothers hair for him! not only has he NEVER forgiven me I was not allowed to use a pair of scissors again until I was about 16!!!
When I turn my head left : I can see into the kitchen and more importantly...the kettle!
I should be: Upstairs cutting my daughters toenail (i promise to do it as soon as I finish this)
By this time next year : I want to have passed my driving test I am sick of waiting for buses.
My favorite aunt is : Two actually and they both live in Bude in Cornwall so I am hoping for a free holiday ...soon;)
I have a hard time understanding : Why good people have to suffer
You know I like you if: I don`t glaze over when you are talking!!!
My ideal breakfast is: Terribly unhealthy but a huge mug of coffee and a cigarette in peace before my four little angels awaken!
If you spend the night at my house: You will get a chilled glass of Chardonnay and join me crafting, sleep on the couch and probably get rudely awakened by four kids arguing over the telly in the morning!
My favorite blonde is: Mia my little baby girl...well she is 6 but she is still my baby and Jack my little baby boy...well he is 14 really and would shudder at the thought of me calling him that!
My favorite brunette is: Ella-Rose my 9 (going on 16) year old
The animal I would like to see flying besides birds: am I allowed to say me, coz then I would not have to stand around waiting for buses all the time!
I shouldn't have been : Married at 20 and divorced at 23!!!
Last night I: Completed two scrap book pages and finished the fabulous Jodi Picould book My sisters keeper.
I've been told I look like: A princess...bless 6 year olds
If I could have any car, it would be: Mine...Chauffeur driven...with a mini bar and scrappin stash!!!

wow TFL

Scrapbooking the generations

Had a little "play" last night for a challenge over on just Bex.

The challenge was to create some page layouts using products from Scrapbook Castle for them to use in their online gallery.

So created a page layout of Mia who happens to be the youngest of the Gundry Family at 6 and a layout of my Nan, who passed away two years ago, who was the oldest member of the Gundry family at 92.

Patterned paper is a selection of the Making Memories Brooke range, giant bloom is also by Making Memories, ribbon, button, embroidery thread and ric rac is from local market, "Bloom" has been cut using the cuttlebug baby face alphabet, journalling, doodling and inking to finish

Patterned paper is the new Roam range by K and Co, lace, button and embroidery thread and ribbon from local market, die cut photo anchors, making memories brads, prima flower, Nan was cut with the fancy pants cuttlebug alphabet and journalling, inking and doodling to finish.

Enjoyed the diversity of completing these two pages in one evening, although doing the layout of my Nan did bring a small lump to my throat I still miss her not being with us but I adore this photo and she was beautiful, both inside and out, and although I maybe a little bit biased Mia looks just as beautiful in this perfect (staged) photo.

Sunday, 1 July 2007

I am a Moderator


Over on the Just Bex forum I was already a team challenger well today I have become a moderator for the forum...how good is that.

It is a lovely forum all about the crafting and I am very honoured to have been asked to help to run it.

Oh and I have finally worked out how to shortcut all my links...Yippeeee

DCM Friday Dare ...Beads

http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com/ Friday challenge was to use beads on a card.
OOOOoooooooohhhhhhhhhh I like beads, being a jewellery maker and all;) but I don`t very often use them on my cards so this was a fabby challenge to play along with.

Here is what I came up with:

Can you tell I made the two DCM cards at the same time!!!

Patterned paper is Basic grey Phoebe...the other half of the sheet!!! and Sandylion, big bloom is by Making memories, beads in the centre, "wonderful" stamp is by Studio G, black paperclip with some black spotty ribbon attached, brackets are from a cuttlebug die, inking and doodling to finish.

DCM...Midweek Cahllenge...Love

Okay I know this is a bit late but I have been busy with my challenges over on Bex`s forum

So the little extra Midweek challenge was to create a card with a Love theme. This is what I created:
The Patterned Paper is from the Basic Greys scrummy Pheboe range, pink and black cardstock are Papermania, spotty ribbon from an ebay seller, hand cut heart, doodling with white souffle pen and black marvey pen, prima flower and big Dovecraft brad. Bit of Inking to finish.

BTW...Happy July everyone