Monday, January 30, 2012

Smile... it's Monday!

When I was younger I was a Garfield fan and I can remember his catchphrase "I hate Mondays!",  well I can relate to that... the weekend comes to an end so Mondays aren't on my list of favourite things... well until I found out about Cupcake Craft Challenge that is! And being part of the Design Team means I get to play along every week!!! So maybe Mondays aren't so bad afterall?!

Well when I saw this image from Bugaboo Stamps (Cheshire Cat) it just reminded me of Garfield... and as Bugaboo are one of our sponsors this week, the DT were offered an image so my choice was the cat... obviously! The challenge chosen by fab Faye is to RECYCLE something... so I saved the tag and string from a recent purchase of mine (yes I did the sales) and used it on my card. I dug out this sentiment which reads "Wonderful Smile" in French, just perfect for the image me thinks? The papers are K & Co and I used Promarkers to colour.

Ok, two fabulous sponsors this week at Cupcake, Bugaboo Stamps who are offering 7 digital images to the winner, and Creations by AR who are giving away 2 templates from their online shop!

Right, the other DT girls have done a great job of recycling.... so pop over to the Cupcake blog to check out their efforts... and we love reading your comments so please take a minute to leave some love!

Shelly x

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Alternative Valentine

Hello everyone! It's the weekend!

I have to say I have been a little absent on the blogging front lately... no real reason apart from I've still got a bit of a crafty block... my mojo really has left the building! I have managed to come up with a little DT card for  today's new challenge at Digi Designs Challenge Blog... our theme this fortnight is VALENTINE'S!

I've not gone with the traditional red, but have used more an alternative colour scheme and sentiment. The card is made using two wonderful digi images from Di's Digi Downloads... you can check out all of her fabulous designs over on her site! Lots of digi's to chose from for Valentine's and much more! I've also used scraps from My Minds Eye 'Bloom & Grow' paper pack... I always end up with bits so when I saw a fab card by Faye HERE I thought what a great idea to use up paper scraps, thanks for the inspiration Faye! Colouring is done with Promarkers & Flexmarkers, and the lovely little sentiment was from the net... I wish I could remember where I got it from so I could credit the person...

Our sponsor this fortnight is Joanna Sheen who is offering a gift voucher to use in her onling shop... and with so many goodies to choose from and free postage this is a fab prize! But you've got to be in it to win it so to speak! Also, if you make something using one of Di's digis you could be in with a chance of winning two images of your choice from Di's store! Hope you can join us ;)

Well, have a lovely weekend!

Shelly x

Monday, January 23, 2012

All You Need Is Love dee dee dee dee deeeeeeeeeeee...

Good morning! Hope you all had a nice weekend... I actually got some crafting done! I don't know what it is but I just can't seem to get my act together, my motivation to craft just isn't there at the minute?!

Anyway, as the season for love will soon be upon us... we have a fab theme at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week... All You Need Is Love! Are you singing it yet? So basically all things love orientated will suffice! I have made a card using a cute Penny Black stamp... aren't these two kitties just so cute?! I coloured with Distress Inks (shock horror no markers), and added some sparkle to the roses. The hearts are from a Sissix die, the bow recycled from a present and the sentiment stamp is from Paper Make Up stamps. I bought the paper from Crafty Emma's store in the sale... it's GCD Chic Bebe.

Our sponsor at Cupcake this week is Tiddly Inks, who have the most adorable digi images! They are giving away a fab $10 gift voucher to use in their online store! Pop by to see all the details about the challenge and also to check out the LOVEly projects the other DT girls have made!

Thanks for popping by today!

Shelly x

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Crafty Bargains (my paper)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Snow Scene and Satellites

Hi everyone! Not a lot of crafting going on for me at the minute... but here's a little card I did with a cute Mimi stamp (Penny Black) that i won before Christmas (thank you Penny Black & more @ Allsorts). This is from a T for Transparent set called Mimi's Christmas... you can find it at The Glitter Pot HERE, and I have to say it's just adorable! Even the little presents I used for the background are on this set, so you can do your own background paper too! And the sentiment is from the same set! I used my Promarkers and Flexmarkers to colour, and simply added a little snowflake for detail...

Right, now I have to warn you I have just calmed myself down after getting a bit of a shock... nothing nasty but the price I've just had to pay for my satellite dish to be re-positioned! The company that did it are only a few miles from our house... it took the man 10 minutes MAX to get his ladder off the van, go up his ladder, and realign the dish... there were no parts involved so the price was for call out and labour ONLY (a few miles and 10 minutes labour), and they were coming anyway to give me a quote for another, bigger job. I couldn't believe it when they charged me 70€ !!! I nearly choked! I made it clear that I wasn't happy but I still had to pay the bill! Flippin' heck, I think I'll buy myself a ladder and a little machine off Amazon for setting satellite dishes and go into business!!! I'll make a bomb! One of the excuses they gave me was that they have to go on the roof and risk their lives... urm yes but that's their choice, if they didn't want to do that they should have been a nursery nurse or something! Roofers go on roofs and "risk their lives" but they don't charge 70€ for a 10 minute job!

The moral of the story is always get a quote before! I have learnt the hard way!

Shelly x

I'd like to enter my card for the challenge at:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes
I love Promarkers - Anything Goes

Monday, January 16, 2012

Born on a Winter's Day

Good morning to you all! Our new challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenges this week has been chosen by the lovely Louise, and the theme is BORN ON A WINTER'S DAY. Fairly straightforward really, you need to do a birthday card, but with a winter theme.

For my card I used this cute Stampavie stamp, coloured with markers... I added some snowflake details and some white tulle to reflect the winter theme.The papers are from an old Papermania stash, and the sentiment was a freebie from the net (sorry but I can't for the life of me find where it came from). 

Our fabulous sponsor at Cupcake this week is My Mum's Craft Shop, who are kindly donating a £10 Gift Voucher to one lucky winner. Pop by the Cupcake blog for details, and to see all the other lovely DT projects!

Shelly x

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Stampin for the Weekend - Out with the Old (Papermania papers are from AGES ago, also fancy paperclip)
Crafty Catz - Use Something New (snowflake charm and stamp I got in December)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A little Thank You...

Brrr what a frosty morning it is here... probably the coldest it's been this winter! We've had virtually no winter in the part of France I live in, the temperature has rarely gone below 10°c!!! Even my tree in the garden is in blossom (bet it got a shock today)! Today it's COLD, but very crisp and bright... I love this kind of day!

Well there's a new challenge today at Digi Design's Challenge Blog, where we'd like to see all your THANK YOU cards... perfect at this time of year! I have done my DT card using a cute little hedgehog from Di's Digi Downloads, coloured with Promarkers. The papers, which I LOVE, are Pink Petticoat, a freebie in a magazine last year. The cute crocheted flowers are from my stash... unfortunately I haven't done these but would love to know how (urm I don't know how to crochet, shame). A few pearls and a bit of raffia ribbon, and of course the lovely sentiment finishes it all off.

The prize this fornight is a $10 voucher for Michelle's Srapbooking... yummy! Pop by the Digi Design's Blog to see all the details about the challenge and also to feast your eyes on the gorgeous cards the DT girls have made! 

Hope you have a lovely weekend, and the sun is shining where you are!

Shelly x

Challenges I'd like to enter with my card:
I love Promarkers - Cute & Cuddly
Passion For Promarkers - Inspired by a Song (Wildflower by The JaneDear Girls)

Monday, January 9, 2012

We're back... with a NEW Cupcake Craft Challenge!

Good morning my lovelies! Well, it's been a little while since I've posted a DT card for Cupcake as we had a little bit of time off over the holidays (thanks Faye), but now WE'RE BACK with a fab NEW challenge for you! Liza has chosen 'SOMETHING NEW' as the theme for our challenge this week, which can be interpreted as you wish... I have gone with New Baby but you could have anything really, including stash, as long as it's NEW!

For my card I've used this really sweet Lili of the Valley image, I think this is just TOO cute! It's probably one of my fave LOTV images, and I have a few! I coloured the little tot with Promarkers and used my Cuttlebug embossing folder to create the background. The little sentiment is also one from LOTV. A ribbon, button and a few card candy et voila! Clean and simple!

We have two generous sponsors... Sew Sweet who are giving away a £10 gift voucher, and Squiggle Stamps who are offering 3 digital images to one lucky winner! Pop by the Cupcake blog to check out all the details, and also take a peek at the other DT girls' creations while you're there, they're gorgeous!

Ok, that's it for me today! Tarah for now!

Shelly x

Challenges I'd like to enter with my card:
Lili's Little Fairies Challenge - New Beginnings
Cute Card Thursday - What's New?
By the Cute & Girly - New Beginnings

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Until Next Christmas...

Well that's it... the decorations are down until next Christmas. I believe that tonight is Twelfth Night which concludes the twelve days of Christmas, so I'm sharing a photo of the wreath I made, which until today was proudly displayed on my door (this was my first ever attempt so I was quite chuffed with myself). There's not only Kirsty Allsopp who can turn her hand to wreath making lol...

Take care, Shelly x

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year... Belated!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!
Well, I'm back, eventually! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year... Best Wishes to you all for 2012, I hope it'll be a year filled with good health and happiness for all of us! For me personally, 2011 wasn't a good year at all, so I'm hoping that 2012 will bring me better things...

For me, the holiday period was lovely, quiet spending time at home with my hubby and my parents who were visiting from the UK. It was just nice to be with the people I love ;) I did, however, eat a bit too many chocolates, and I made some lovely mulled wine on Christmas Eve that had a kick with the brandy... it was definately not for the light weights lol ;) New Year was a quiet family night in, with lots of food and telly... I watched Alan Carr who had me in stitches... he is a funny 'un! And here we are 2012...

I do apologise for the latenes in posting my DT card for the NEW challenge at Digi Designs Challenge Blog, but lets just say I had a few technical hitches... anyway you have until Friday 13th (superstitious?) to make a card/project for the challenge and we want to see all things NEW! Our sponsor this week is Joanna Sheen, who is giving away a £10 gift voucher to spend in her online store! My card is done using a lovely digi stamp called New Home from Di's Digi Downloads, coloured with Promarkers. The paper is Basic Grey and the sentiment stamp is from Stampavie. It's a New Home card (obviously)... I would have used some new stash but I didn't get any (sobs, shock, horror), nope not a sausage! Well, I did buy myself a daylight lamp last week so I suppose I should count that as new stash... I have to say, it's fabulous!!!

Well, I'm raising my mug of tea in a toast to 2012, and to thank you all for your continuing support and friendship! Cheers!

Shelly x

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - New Beginnings
Basic Grey Challenges - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes/New
Stampin' For The Weekend - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - G is for Green