Monday, 31 May 2010

UKS Weekly Challenge Submission

This week is the Rockin Ribbon Raiders turn to set the challenge over on UKS, as a member of RRR I had to make a special effort to get it right ...

The challenge we set

(1) Scrap using something moving (i.e. to hide journalling) ~ Rockin'
(2) Scrap using some ribbon ~ Ribbon
(3) Scrap using something you've had hanging around for ages ~ Raiders
and (4) just to make it more of a challenge, please scrap WITHOUT using a photo (however this does not prohibit the use of something other than a photo ~ e.g. a letter, a birthday card etc., etc., etc)

I was waaaay out of my comfort zone just scrapping, but scrapping without a photo?

But recently I was reminded about these gorgeous explosion boxes and had a play, I made a calendar which could also be used permanent birthday book? The back of each ‘page’ could be either journalled or used as a birthday reminder.




Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Only Orange
DSP: Sweet Pea Paper Stack
Only Orange
Embellishments: pumpkin pie 1-1/4 Striped grosgrain ribbon,  designer filigree brad
ools - Paper cutter and scorer, Snail adhesive, Corner rounder, Butterfly, Large Heart and Extra Large Two-Step Bird punches

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Jan - tiny tag punch, circle fire rhinestone brad, ‘prettie’ flower coloured with only orange stampin marker, button from stash.

Feb- tiny tag punch, scallop edge border punch, heart & {love} from ‘tiny tags’ stamp set, vintage brad.

Mar- tiny tag punch, ribbon from stash, martha stewart punch.

Apr- tiny tag punch, umbrella from Scattered Showers (PTI) inked up with only orange, brad from stash.

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May- tiny tag punch, ‘Crazy for cupcakes’ stamp set inked up with basic black, real red, bashful blue, creamy caramel. Ribbon and pretty from stash.

June - tiny tag punch, tiny heart punch, ribbon from stash.

July - tiny tag punch, Medallion stamp inked up only orange, eyelet border punch, pretty flower, button from stash.

August - tiny tag punch, Butterfly and ladybird stamps from ‘Garden Whimsy’ stamp set and inked up with only orange, creamy caramel, more mustard, pumpkin pie, chocolate chip.

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Sept- tiny tag punch, Pocket Silhouettes stamp set inked up in only orange and creamy caramel, 5/8” chocolate chip satin ribbon, orange slider from stash.

Oct- tiny tag punch, circle circus stamps inked up in only orange, creamy caramel, more mustard, pumpkin pie, chocolate chip, eyelet border punch, button from Latte designer buttons.

Nov- tiny tag punch, Whimisical Wings stamped off in chocolate chip, eyelet border punch, chocolate chip 1/4’ grosgrain ribbon, button from stash

Dec - tiny tag punch, church from ‘silent night’ stamped off in chocolate chip, present from ‘Happy Moments’ stamped in chocolate chip onto only orange, Ribbon from stash.


So, this was my Weekly challenge entry for the ‘Rocking Ribbon Raiders’

Something moving - 10 points - the explosion of the explosion box
Ribbon - 5 points – on most ‘pages’
Old stash - 5 points – I’ve used loads of old stash and stamp sets that have been pushed to back of the shelf
No photo - 10 points

So that's full points for me

Friday, 21 May 2010

Birthday Blog Candy

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Its my Birthday this week and I thought I’d celebrate by offering you, my lovely readers BLOG CANDY .....

I saved this gorgeous little set especially for BLOG CANDY, its a set called Happy Moments and one of my favourite sets. Along with this set I’ll add a few other bits a pieces, you know, the usual fare … cardstock, ribbon, brads – maybe I’ll even include some of the new SU colours :O)

So what hoops am I going to make you jump through to be in with a chance to win this blog candy …

None, all you have to do is leave a comment below.

I’ll draw a name on the 22nd (the day after the main event) and post it on here, that person will have five days in which to contact me with their address, if after 5 days it hasn’t been claimed I will redraw another name.

Please note, I can only offer this BLOG CANDY to UK Residents.

Birthday Favourites …

Its not only my birthday in our household this week ... its also my daughters, she’s no longer my baby ... she turns 21 on Tuesday, I’m safe posting this as she doesn’t get a chance to have a look on here (I’m not sure even knows this blog exists lol) she's on her final weeks at the training base before going off for her first posting for the RAF – Its going to hurt – She’s off to SCOTLAND!! For THREE years, although better that than Afghanistan ...

Anyway, I digress, the card, I made it with the current Passion for Papertrey challenge in mind, I made it with all my favourite colours (and stamps). btw I HAD to use Sweet pea her ‘pet’ name is ... sweet pea (good thing she, and her friends don’t read my blog lol)


I do hope she likes it, I already feel guilty as I’ve only sent her a card (and chocolate ), she’s coming home next weekend for her presents, her last weekend home with the family before leaving for Scotland. (which for my USA readers is the other end of the country, We’re on the South Coast)


Stamps: Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas, Sentiments: Everyday Button Bits, Background Wonderful Whimsical (PTI), Flight of the Butterfly (SU)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz (PTI), Chocolate Chip, Old Olive (SU)
Raspberry Fizz, Versafine black, Copics,
Embellishments: 5/8" old olive satin ribbon (SU), pink brads (stash), silver brash (SU)
ools - Paper cutter and scorer, Mat pack paper piercer, Snail adhesive, Butterfly punch, tiny tag punch (SU).

Many thanks for joining me today, I am having a fantastic day ...

Thursday, 20 May 2010

One for Men – Swaps.

And the other reason I join in swaps is to receive all these lovely samples …

In no particular order, okay they are in order ... alphabetical

First of all Amanda’s

I just love Amanda’s gap card, she’s used the stamps ‘Just Soccer’ and ‘Starring You’, and quite a few punches.


Next is Cate’s, a very simple and useful card that can be used for any occasion!


Debbie’s card is brilliant, I love how she’s used one of my favourite stamps ‘Medallion’


This Father’s Day card Joanne made will really make your Dad feel like a star! Joanne used the Happy Fathers Day greeting from ‘Occasional Greetings’ and the star from ‘Darling Dots’


Gorgeous card from Kim Fee, but then they always are! Kim also used ‘Starring You’ and look at all that wonderful paper piercing.


Look at this fabulous card from Linzi, I just love the tree on this card it’s from the set ‘Lovely as a Tree’ its not one I currently own, but I can see that changing in the very near future.


Another Star card from Pat, different set this time though, Pat used ‘In the Stars’ isn’t it great, love the colours she’s used.


I love this bird punch, you’ve probably noticed lol, Sarah’s used both the punch and my favourite stamp set ‘Medallion’, she’s also used the darling tiny tag punch and matching stamps, gorgeous!


And the last card that I received was from Sharon, lI just ove this one – Fabulous pair of boxers!


Aren’t they all just Fabulous!!!  I was definitely not disappointed with this swap :O)

I was in group 1, so there were a few more cards in the whole swap, will see if I can find a link for the rest :O)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

One for the Men.

OK, its official, I have an addiction … I joined yet another card swap over on ILWS.  This one was to make a card for a man, no other rules, just stick to a male theme.  As Fathers Day is coming up I decided to make a Fathers Day card:


The card above is my ‘sample’ card, the cards I actually sent out for the swap were only card fronts.

The Recipe:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, More Mustard
DSP: Sweet Pea Paper Stack
Mediums- Old Olive
Tools: Extra Large Two-Step Bird & Scallop Edge punches, Paper cutter and scorer, 2-way glue pen.


I really will be back tomorrow with some of the cards I received back from the other ladies who joined in the swap (I’ve already written the post).  All the cards are fabulous!!!

See you then :O)

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Bad blogger

I am a bad blogger, no good reason other than life just getting in the way of crafting.  Here’s a birthday card I made recently for my FIL:


Stamps: A Little Argyle, Wonderfully Whimsical
Cardstock: New Leaf, Garden Green, Whisper White (SU),
Mediums: Black Versafine, Versamark, Garden Green, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, More Mustard
Embellishments: 5/8" New Leaf Saddle stitch ribbon, vintage brads
ools - Paper cutter and scorer, Snail adhesive, nestabilities die.

Isn’t that argyle just gorgeous …

Thursday, 6 May 2010


Well my PTI order arrived last week and I’ve been playing as often as I can get into the craft room.  Why is it though, that as soon as you open the new packs all inspiration disappears??  My head was cram packed full of ideas before they arrived but on the day, nada, not a thing.  So what did I do … I blog hopped, straight to Nichole Heady and Dawn McVey of course, CASed a couple of their cards and then my creative mojo really started to flow …

First of all Nichole’s  image





I just loved the simplicity of this card, somehow its a modern card but at the same time vintage?  I got so carried away I managed to make 10 of these in  Handy 4x4 size, well I do know a lot of girls with birthdays this month ...

I’m still learning when it comes to colouring with copics, but that could be my limited supply of them, I’m hoping that some of my not so subtle hints have hit home and I get a few more to build on my current colour families for my birthday later this month (well a girl can hope).

Then I had to have a go at one of image
Dawn McVey’s using the fabulous
Dotty biscotti designer paper.    





I’ve created a couple of cards and projects since, but I’ll upload them tomorrow :O)

See you then ...