Thursday, 29 March 2012

Today a Blessed Easter

Here in London we are enjoying really sunny weather. It is just gorgeous but it leaves us at the weekend. This is a shame as our local Community are veg box building all weekend-still it is meant to be dry so lots of tea will keep us going. I am going to take my camera with me so I can share with you my DIY skills!!

Today my Easter card is a bit different than the last few days as it focuses on the real meaning of Easter and a cross is the main feature. I wanted to make it a plain layout with the cross being prominent. I did add my own twist with a contemporary shaped cross in funky colours.

I like the earthy brown colour mixed with the pink and green. I added the gems just because it seemed to balance the card.

Well enjoy the sun whilst it lasts and have a fun day x

I am going to enter this into the following 'Easter' Challenges:
Fab n Funky
Crafty Sentiments

The cross is a Dotted Daisy Design and the sentiment is a Lindsay Stamp Stuff design both can be found at

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Eggstra Special Easter Wishes!

Just popping in quickly with another Easter card to share with you.

Today I have used the same wooden stamp but different colours, papers and and cute sentiment form mygrafico
This time I coloured the stamp with 'pink carnation' and 'yellow' promakers, inked the edges with 'wild plum' Ranger ink and added some ribbon from my stash.

I really love these bright and cheerful Easter colours-hope you do too!

I will enter this into the following 'Easter' challenges:

Dream Valley
My Sheri Crafts
Lexis creations

Enjoy the sun today. I think I will be off for a walk in the park today.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Easter Wishes

I have finally got around to making a few Easter cards.

Here is one I made earlier today, like yesterday, all cheery spring colours-hope you smile:

The little Easter eggs are a wooden rubber stamp but I am not sure where it is from as it was given to me as a pressie. I haven't used promakers that much recently but found it quite relaxing today colouring these cute little eggs. I used the colours 'grass' and 'orchid'-yes that really is meant to be lilac but on a background of yellow it appears like milk chocolate, so appropriate for Easter! The sentiment is from Desert Diva. A few splashes of some yummy lilac ribbon and Easter card number 1 done!

I am entering this into the Twisted Sketches challenge this week, the twist being 'green'.
I will also enter it into the Easter challenges at Moving Along With The Times and Crafty Boots

Monday, 26 March 2012

April Showers!

Now spring is really here. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. The colours of Spring are all around us.

But don't forget that 'April Showers' will always surprise us so don't forget to carry your umbrella so nothing will stop you from singing and dancing as the 'raindrops keep falling on your head' (I know corny but I hope it made you smile!!)

And to celebrate Spring I have made the 'April' topper for our kitchen calendar. Full of cheerful spring colours.

Gosh I thought you could see the sentiment from the photo but it doesn't seem to have come out so it says 'Raindrops keep falling on my head'.

I am hoping these bright colours will make me smile everyday of April!
This umbrella digi image is from Anji's Antics.

I will be entering this into the following challenges:
Sassy Cheryls 'think Spring'
Creative Stamp Friends -Spring
crafts and me Spring colours

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Happy Sunday,

Today we have been chilling after a busy Saturday. Callum and I spent Saturday with our neighbours building veg boxes for our community allotment. We had teams measuring, sawing and treating wood plus others starting to drill the holes so we could assemble the boxes. Others took photos and supplied the workers with refreshments but we all did a lot of chatting and getting to know new friends. Lots of wood was measured and cut but we only got 1 box built.........18 to go! So during the day this week I will be helping a neighbour measure the wood so next Saturday we can continue the task. It might get done in time for Winter!!!

So today we are having a well deserved rest. Callum is producing his music and I have been doing some crafting.

I made a card today that I think will be for my Aunt. Her Birthday is not for a month but after making it I thought it would be just right for her-the colours and the flowers:

I love these colours and they are this week's colour combo challenge at The Play Date Cafe Blog

Also I was inspired by the lay out, flowers and the purple used in  Laura Bassen's card at the Case Study challenge this week.

I will also be entering this into the twine challenge at annabelle stamps. You know I love to use my bakers twine! Here is their Challenge banner and I just wanted to share it with you as I love that purple reel of to check the store out now!! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday x

Friday, 23 March 2012


This week my Mum has been staying with me helping out whilst I have had a few hospital appointments. Her support and love is something that I feel very special to have. So what better way to show her this than to make a card for her.

I loved this sentiment as I feel it is so true-if you can't quite see it from the photo it says-'Mums are like buttons. They hold things together'-see what I mean!

Mum had mentioned how she liked a card I had made that was black and pink so I went for these colours added a few buttons held together with black and white bakers twine.

I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Cas-ual Fridays -to use black and pastels
Ribbon carousel -to use bakers twine
Fab n Funky -in honour of Mums

The sentiment is from pink petticoat

Sunday, 18 March 2012

We love our Handbags!

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mums out there. I hope you are having a truly indulgent day.

My card today was inspired Laura Bassen's card for this week challenge at Case Study. I loved the lay out of this card with the clean line of the twine. I was also drawn to the colour combo this week at Just Us Girls-who doesn't love the combo of pink, green and cream! The  Allsorts challenge this week is for 'Three of a Kind' so my card will also be suitable for this.

This was lovely to make......handbags, gems, and the most gorgeous fabric ribbon.....lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon x

Stamp-Hero Arts
Ink-black tuxedo memento
gems-kanban crafts
Ribbon is from a local gift shop called 'Map' Holloway road, London.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Thinking of you

Yippee the weekend is here. Hope you all have a fun time planned with plenty of chilling involved!

I decided I needed to make a few 'thinking of you' cards to add to my collection. I haven't used my animal print paper for a while and I love the way it mixes so well with the jute twine and Kraft card. I felt I wanted to add a striking splash of colour and this button was perfect. I was admiring Nancy's card (check it out by clicking on her name) and she mentioned it was My Time Made Easy 's 1 year anniversary so I followed their sketch challenge for the occasion.

And here is my card:

The sentiment is from Wild Rose Studio and the animal print is from Kanban Crafts.

I will also enter this into the 'thinking of you' challenge at Scrap book Sisters .

Enjoy the weekend x

Friday, 16 March 2012

Mum's Day

I know it is a few days early but I made my Mum a small gift for Mother's day on Sunday and wanted to share this with you.
I used the gift box tutorial by Sheryl here. It is the same one I used for my husband's Valentine's chocolate surprise here. This time I just changed the colours and added a die cut flower, gems, ribbons and pearls. I used this week colour combo at Colourq.

The front of the box looks like this:

And the back:

And I am now off to buy some chocs to fill it with!

I will be entering this into the challenges at:
Colourq (colour combo)
Allsorts (say it with flowers)
Mums Craft Shop (Mums the word)

Have a good day x

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Lets go cycling!

Today I have had the joy of being in the dentist chair for a charmingly painful procedure. Still a nap, some sloppy soup and a funny movie later I was starting to feel a bit more human and decided to make a card.

This card is for my neighbour's Birthday. He has taken up cycling to work to get fit so I thought this image from My Grafico was perfect for him. His bike is not quite like this but you get the idea!!

I will be entering this into the following challenges:
Colour Throwndown
crazy amigo
Paper and Such

I am hoping tomorrow is dentist and pain free x

Monday, 12 March 2012

We are all rich!

Ever wished you would win the lottery? Have you dreamt of how you would spend the money? I have but it is all just dreams!!

You don't need money to feel my card today reminds us........all you have to do is 'count the things you have that money can't buy!'

Top of my list are my Family and Friends-money can't buy them but I am richer for them!

So.....what's on your list???

This sentiment is from Ginger House. Hard to see from the photo (taken in poor light) but the brown card is embossed and layered onto embossed cream card before being layered on to the blank card stock. I added a wooden button from my stash and threaded jute twine through it. A small pearl added to the corner for a subtle bit of bling.

I will be entering this into the 'sentiment' challenges at Cas-ual Fridays and The Secret Crafters

Have rich and fruitful day x

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Hello Again!

 I have not been too well over the last week so my creative side was taking a break but today at I am back to share a card with you and today my card is for my Mother in Law, Jean.

Here in England Mother's Day is next Sunday and here is Jean's card to let her know that we love her dearly:

I will be entering this into the challenges at ColourQ,  Dream Valley Challenges  and Craft Your Days Away

Friday, 2 March 2012

Sweet Friend

Just popping in share a card I made for a friend I have not seen to for a while. I was going to call her but decided I wanted to spend some time making a card for her.

I started making cards as my health has not been good for a while now and I needed something to keep me busy and my mind occupied. I tried making cards and found I just loved it. I don't get to see my friends and family as much as I would like because of my health so it is great that I can now make them a card to let them know that they are not far from my thoughts.

I saw the card by Laura Bassen on casestudy this week and was inspired by the hearts that look like butterflies, the colours Laura used and the white space. Almost immediately I knew what card I wanted to make. And I loved making this card-the simple CAS style, the mixture of stamping the butterflies and die cuts, the gorgeous fabric ribbon and a bit of bling!
The colour combo I saw earlier in the week on colour throwdown so it fitted perfectly for this card.
I will also enter it into the 'things with wings' challenge at do you stack up

The butterfly stamp and sentiment stamp are both from Wild Rose Studio and the ink is bamboo leaves from memento.

Enjoy your Friday night x

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Greatest Gift of All

I am sure you will agree that our families are the greatest gift of all.

We don't really tell them often enough so sometimes the days like Mothers Day, Fathers day and Birthdays are a little prompt to remind us.
And as Mother's Day is only a few weeks away here is my card for my Mum to let her know how much she is loved:

I love the colours in this, they are so full of hope for the Summer. I have just picked my home grown daffodils today for the very first time and they are sat proudly on my coffee table so this yellow is just perfect match to the flowers.......yes I always put my cards up on my mantle piece so I can see if after a day or so I am still happy with them or they need a bit of tweaking!!

These colours were chosen from the combo this week at colourq. I have embossed the 'daffodil' yellow background card and the 'lucky lemonade' card used to make the flower. I will enter it into the embossing challenge at Stamp and Doodle. This is a fabric ribbon with gorgeous stitching-hard to see from the photo but the stitching is brown, green and yellow.
I wanted to use a simple layout as I felt the sentiment should be the main focus and the sketch at Skipping Stones fitted perfectly.

The sentiment is from Create at TLC.-this is a great site-check it out.

I hope you are enjoying the first day of March.