Saturday, 26 January 2013

Doggy Hugs

Ahhh, Saturday night again!  Our snow is finally away, 'orrible slushy rubbish snow it was, and now we've got rain instead.  The ground is totally sodden. But my daffodils must know that the season's are pressing on, and they're sprouting up now, so Spring must be on its way!

By the way, if you hopped along this week with High Hopes / Ribbon Carousel the lucky winners are now up on High Hopes blog.

I came across a new challenge blog Muse challenge #01 - I was inspired by the general layout of Amy's card, with patterened DP down the sides and the focal point highlighted on plain card.  (Aargh, just noticed I'm too late for the deadline to enter)

Image is an oldie from High Hopes - Heidi & Mattie

House of Gilli #49 - pink and bling
Tuesday Throwdown #131 - furry friends
Creative Inspirations #198 - anything goes + an option of flowers
CAS-ual Fridays CFC87 - use markers
Stampin for the Weekend - something girlie
Card Makin Mamas - a simple little challenge

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

High Hopes and Ribbon Carousel Blog Hop

Today the High Hopes Dream Team are pairing up with Ribbon Carousel for a fun Blog Hop. 
Each of the High Hopes DT have used some ribbon from Ribbon Carousel while the Ribbon Carousel DT have each used an image from High Hopes. As you hop along each of the blogs, be sure to leave a comment because there is candy from both Ribbon Carousel and High Hopes! 

The blog hop runs through 11:59pm EST Friday, January 25th.
The winners will be posted on the High Hopes Blog and Ribbon Carousel Blogs on Saturday, January 26th.
(You'll find the list of the DT blogs participating in the linky list below - You should have arrived to my blog from Lacey, so you're off to Michele L next!)

So naturally our challenge this week at High Hopes is to use ribbon!  Get your High Hopes stamps out ... you've a week to play along!

My card uses Elle and Elmer and Showers of Love sentiment from High Hopes, and beautiful pink cotton ribbon from Ribbon Carousel.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Pink Monster

Arrrgh, this wee card took over 2 hours to make!  Mr Mojo's on holiday again ... though if you pop back tomorrow there's better offerings on show for our High Hopes challenge.  We've a joint blog hop with Ribbon Carousel too AND there's candy to be won!

Colour theme from Paper Smooches SPARKS cool shades challenge
Sketch from Mojo Monday #277
The Cuttlebug Spot - use a square
Papertake Weekly - add a bow
Pile it On #03 - have a heart
The Squirrel and The Fox #35- anything goes

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Xmas Card #01

Yip, I'm determined to be ahead of myself this Christmas!
I knew I had this stamp in my stash, I turned the house upside down looking for it a couple of months ago, and of course just put my hand on it today!

This card was inspired by this week's featured stamper at Splitcoast ... here's Angela's original.
Image from Sugar Nellie - coloured with promarkers and touches of glitter added to their noses and buttons.  Image and DP panels popped up on dimensionals.  Paper Smooches sentiment.

Crafty Creations #205 - snowflakes
CRAFT #190 - Christmas in January
The Sugar Bowl #99 - anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #108 - recycle or use something free (my green gem was part of a 'Secret Santa' gift of crafty goodies)
CHNC challenge extra January - anything Christmas
Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge #24 - snowmen

Sympathy Butterfly

Well we've still got snow, though its the rubbish snow that falls as wee balls, and it's also thawing almost as quick as it lands, so there's lots of yeuchy slush about.  Ah well, it makes for perfect crafting weather! :)

Its been a while since I played in the 10 minute craft challenge, this one took 7 minutes and 49 secs.  The most time consuming bits were decoupaging my butterfly and popping the central panel up on dimensionals.
Butterfly and square from Stamps by Judith - outside border is hand drawn.  Paper Smooches sentiment.

Colour theme from 10 minute craft dash #10
Totally Gorjuss #167 - KISS
Card Makin Mamas - clean and simple

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Marlene's Birthday Card

This card is for a friend of my Mum's.  She's a great one for going shopping and stopping for coffee, so I hope she likes the image!
Coloured with promarkers.
My big silver 'M' was from a pack of embellies that I  got aaaages ago and keep forgetting about!
Gorgeous DP was a gift from Taylored Expressions for taking part in last year's calendar challenge.
Sketch from Mojo Monday #276
By the Cute and Girly January challenge - cute and girly
My Mum's Craft Shop #1 - anything goes
Allsorts #190 - flower power
Stampin for the Weekend - something girly
Creative Inspirations #197 - one for the girls
I love promarkers #151 - layer it up

Washi Chick

Well we got our snow ... the weather men had been sooooo excited about it, and I think we got maybe 2 inches!  It was blowing a blizzard last night, and then this morning the snow was all slushy and wet ... so still no snowman here LOL!  I see it's snowing again, so maybe tomorrow :)

Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is to use washi tape.  I bought some just recently but hadn't got round to using it, so this was the perfect excuse.  Not sure of the make of this oldie stamp, possibly Whipper Snapper - added clear gloss to the red bits.  Silver peel off sentiment and old circles embossing folder.

Layout inspired by MFT Wednesday Sketch Club MFTWSC107 - I found this a really challenging sketch, and my first effort is now in my scraps pile!
Simon Says ... use washi tape
Totally Papercrafts - It's embossing time
Charisma Cardz #2 - punch it (Corner and flower punches)
Corrosive Challenge #165 - out with the old

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

High Hopes Sketch Challenge

We've a sketch for you this week for the challenge over at High Hopes.
Yippee, I'm a total sketch junkie, though I did take a few liberties with this one LOL!
Play along with your High Hopes stamps to win a new stamp of your choice.

My card uses Feathered Friends from High Hopes recent 'Two by Two' release, Love Hearts and  Whoo Loves You sentiment.

Other Challenges...
There She Goes #190 - love is in the air
Allsorts #189 - dies and punches
Penny Black at Allsorts January challenge - love is in the air
Totally Gorjuss #166 - spotty
Card Makin Mamas - anything goes
Natalie and Amy's challenge - your favourite things (mine is my High Hopes stamps, gorgeous patterned DP and my cuttlebug)

Monday, 14 January 2013

Hoppy Birthday

Boo hoo, still no sign of snow here, though they seem to be getting plenty in England.  Though my feet are like 2 slabs of ice, my 'hot water' bottle is dinging in the microwave as we speak!

My mojo was in full swing this evening and I love how this card turned out!  Bunny and sentiment/alpha from Paper Smooches and banner from Practising Creativity.  Banner embossed with Swiss Dots folder.

Layout from Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge
Pile it on #2 - Happy Funny Birthday
Sweet Stampin - gingham
The Cuttlebug Spot - triangles
Charisma Cardz #1 - Happy Birthday
Cute Card Thursday #251 - beat the blues
Card Makin Mamas - anything goes

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Friendship Blues

Oh Brrrrrr it's such a chilly day today, a wee touch of sleety snow this morning but no sign of the proper stuff yet.  I'm busting to get making a snowman! (... yes, I was 6 years old last birthday LOL)

This card took me aaages to make, I'd bits on and bits off and still don't know if I'm happy with it or not.  I kinda wish I hadn't punched the wee red leaves.
The image is an old Gorjuss Girl from Sugar Nellie, but I gave her a wee smiley mouth from one of the Paper Smooches snowdudes sets.  Sentiment also from Paper Smooches.
Gorgeous new DP from My Minds Eye.

Layout from MFT Wednesday Sketch Club 106
Cute Card Thursday #251 - Beat the Blues
The Sugar Bowl #99 - anything goes
Allsorts #189 - dies and punches
Stamping Sensations January challenge - friendship
My Mum's Craft Shop January challenge - anything goes

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Indian Hello!

Just a quickie post from me ... movie night here again.  Tonight it's Snow White and the Huntsman ... my choice, so it'll be my fault if its crap!

(By the way, if you haven't been on the High Hopes Hop yet, you've only got until tomorrow evening to get the chance to win some candy)

I haven't played in the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge for a while, so thought I'd get out this neglected set.  I took the main colours from the pic ... kraft, black and a touch of red and also the circle theme.  Actually it was a bit of an excuse to get using my new trendy tape! :)

Layout from Tuesday Morning Sketches #180
Papertake Weekly: Happy New... (I used my new trendy tape)
Top Tip Tuesday #93 - fur or feathers
Totally Gorjuss #166 - Spotty
My Mum's Craft Shop #01 - anything goes

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

High Hopes blog hop

Today is the blog hop to celebrate High Hopes Double Release. The Dream Team will be showcasing some of the designs from both the "Two by Two" and "Senior Moments" collections.
Both releases will be available to purchase today. 
There will be candy along the way, but you won't know where. Therefore, make sure you leave a comment at each stop just in case that's the home of the candy!!
The blog hop ends at 7pm EST on Sunday, Jan 13th with the winners being posted on Tuesday.

You should have arrived at my blog after visiting Aaemie, but if you haven't you should start at the beginning at High Hopes!

My card uses one of new release stamps from the 'Senior Moments' collection .... introducing Cat Lover Cathy!  Look at all those cute kitties!!
I've coloured her with copics and also added some flower soft to give her some 'fluffy' slippers.  I've also used an older High Hopes sentiment stamp: Friends Furr Ever

Hop along now to visit Alex!

Challenges I'd like to enter this card in:
Top Tip Tuesday #93 - fur or feathers
Dream Valley #48 - anything goes
Try it on Tuesday #1 - use your new stash (my new stamp)
Penny's papercrafting challenge #109 - anything goes
Inky Chicks 1st challenge - anything goes

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

High Hopes Challenge #160

Time for a new challenge over at High Hopes, and this week we'd like to see some stitching.  Real or faux, it's up to you, just make sure you use a High Hopes stamp on your card.  Unfortunately my sewing machine kicked the bucket a while back and I haven't got round to replacing it, so I've just done a wee bit of hand stitching on my card.
Do you like my chef?  This is another of the new release stamps from High Hopes .... Chef Pierre!  Some of these new 'Senior Moment's stamps are on show over on the High Hopes blog, and there'll be a hop tomorrow with candy to be won!

I've coloured him with copics, added some sparkle to the veg (well it probably wouldn't be the first time I'd glitter in my dinner LOL) and popped him up on dimensionals.

Other Challenges:
Try it On Tuesday - new stash (my new chef stamp)
Cards 4 Men #1 - men at work
Layout inspired by Annabelle Stamps ac153
Simon Says Stamp - new something
Stampin for the Weekend - anything goes

Monday, 7 January 2013

Sneaky Peek of High Hopes New Release

It's time to give you a peek of High Hopes new release stamps .... so here's introducing 'Toucan Twosome'!

I must confess that I'd no idea what colour a Toucan was, but thanks to Google, the general idea seems to be that they have back feathers and their beaks come in a multitude of colours ... so just match them to your DP LOL!

I thought this image would be perfect for a Valentine or Anniversary card.  I've also used some lovely ribbon from Ribbon Carousel ... they've a sale on at the minute but you'd need to be quick as it ends on 8 Jan.

Wanna see some more of the new release? ... pop over to High Hopes blog to see some fabulous creations from the High Hopes Dream Team!  Today is the first day of the Sneak Peeks for the new release.
We actually have 2 releases happening at the same time.

Today the team is showcasing some of the designs from the "Two by Two" release. 
This release is filled with fun images feature Noah and animal pairs. They can be used in conjunction with each other, for baby cards, or use the pairs for a fun Valentine's Day cards!

Tomorrow, we will be back with the other release images and the new challenge. 

Then at midnight EST on Wednesday morning, we will have a Blog Hop to celebrate the release. 
The stamps will be available to purchase on Wednesday.

Challenges I'd like to enter this card into:
Layout inspired by Willow Sketchie challenge 3 Jan
Crazy 4 Challenges #167 - ribbons and bows
Crafty Catz #164 - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - new something (my new stamp and ribbon)

Saturday, 5 January 2013

I'm Back!

Hi folks, I know I've been off the radar for a while, its been a very busy Christmas and New Year, and I've also been spring cleaning and painting my kitchen (and recovering from my New Year's celebrations)!  But back to work on Monday BooHoo so hopefully normal service will resume.  We've also a new release from High Hopes coming your way soon ... sneaky peaks will begin on Monday!

This card uses an old Sugar Nellie stamp - coloured with copics and flower soft added to her pompoms.  My fancy corner die is from Simon Says Stamp and the postmark sentiment stamp is from Lili of the Valley.

Sketch from the Sugar Bowl #98
Colour theme from the Play Date Cafe #163
Pile it On #49 - pile on the embellishments
Party Time Tuesday #101 - Celebrate
Tuesday Alchemy #47 - hopes, dreams or resolutions - my crafty New Year resolution is to re-ink my older stamps and use up unloved DP!
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Penny's Paper Crafting Challenge #108 - use your favourite embellishment (mine is my bling and bakers twine!)