Monday, 30 November 2009

Digital Tuesday Challenge #34

Just a quick post as I really need to get to bed as got to be up early for work in the morning, and from what the weatherman is saying I'll need to allow myself a bit of extra time in the morning as it sounds like it's going to be quite icy, not many roads get gritted around our way.  I'm getting this in by the skin of my teeth I

Here's a card for Digital Tuesday's Challenge which is 'Thank You'

Hmmmm...can't get Mr Linky or the comments section to open on the Digi Tuesday site, oh well never mind!!


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Felicity Homegirl' (soon to be released)

Papers - Craft House

Colouring Medium - Copics and Promarkers

Digital Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Roundabouts General Sentiments 1'

Embellishments - Ribbon and Flowers from stash.


Thanks for stopping by!!


Joanne xx

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge #3

Good Morning All

I can't believe we are already on to challenge 3 over on MCFC.

Thank you to all who took part in our last challenge, such amazing creations.

This week we have a sketch for you to follow....

You can flip, rotate, resize and chamge shapes as long as your finished creation show resemblance to the sketch layout.  Feel free to use embellishments of your choice, the flowers are just examples.

This week we are thrilled to announce our first sponser

And the lucky winner will recieve 5 Digital Iamges.

The DT have been lucky enough to work with the 5 images so be sure to check them out all such inspiring creations and you'll see the sketch doesn't just work on cards.  Here's my DT piece for you.

I've used the sketch on a tag.


Digital Image - Digital Ink Co

Papers - Laura Ashley

Colouring Medium - Copics

Digital Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Love, Wish, Hope Roundabouts'

Embellishments - Ribbon from a RAK, Dew Drops and Flowers from stash.

We do hope you will be able to join us for our latest challenge, we all look forward to visiting your blogs.

Enjoy your Sunday.


Joanne xx

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge #24

Good Morning All

Well it's a bit wintery out today, the temp has plummeted and we've even had a bit of sleety snow for a short time earlier, and not a breath of wind which is a change from recent stormy winds.

It's another fabulous sketch over on Sketch and Stash.  I have used one of the new soon to be released digi-images from Pollycraft (but if you were quick last week you would have got this image as last weeks freebie) and some very neglected papers.

I saw this idea of making a desk calender from the easel style cards over on my buddy Clare's blog. And I think the sketch was perfect for this kind of project.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Felicity Swing' (soon to be released)

Papers - K & Co

Digi Sentiments - Pollycraft 'Roundabouts Love, Hope, Wish'

Colouring Mediums - Copics and Promarkers

Punched Leaves - Martha Stewart 'Frond Leaves'

Flowers - Prima

Other Embellishments - Ribbon from stash and 2010 Calender from Hobbycraft.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

Don't forget it's a new challenge tomorrow over on Magical Crafts Forthnightly Challenges!!


Joanne xxx

Friday, 27 November 2009

Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge - Make a Calender

A wonderfully different challenge this week over on SCSC they would like to see calenders including advent calenders, which was good for me as I needed to make another matchbox advent calender.  I started this project on Monday, but I've only been able to do it in bits and was getting worried I'd not get it finished in time for the challenge or even for the 1st December, but I finished it off last night.


The last one I made took me just an afternoon and evening, but this one feels like it's taken  **Note to self  - Not an advisable project to start when your not feeling in top form**

Painted 24 matchboxes with acrylic paints.  The tartan and silver embossed card are both from Kanban.  All other embellishments are from my stash.

Anyone need any matches without boxes???, have a massive bag full of matches after now using 48 matchboxes for two projects.

Just need to buy the goodies to go inside them now!!

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.


Joanne xx

Thursday, 26 November 2009

One Stop Craft Challenge and Magical Crafts Forum Xmas Card Challenge

Good Afternoon Everyone

Sorry I have been absent for a few days, I've had a cold and terrible sinus problems, thankfully I think I'm on the mend, felt much better yesterday and feeling a bit better again today.  I was hoping to have spent the time curled up on the sofa catching up with my blog hopping but being on the PC too much was hurting my head, so that idea was out of the window.  Getting back into the flow of crafting now though.


This card covers two challenges....

One Stop Crafts - Snowflakes


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Codi Gift' (Soon to be released)

Papers - DCWV

Colouring Medium - Copics, Promakers and Sakura Stardust

Embellishments - Ribbon and Snowflakes from stash


I hope everyone is keeping well, there are so many bugs going around at the moment so ((HUGS)) to those who are feeling poorly at the moment and hope you are soon feeling better.

Joanne xx

Monday, 23 November 2009

Pollycraft Challenge #29

We have a wonderful new challenge for you over on Pollycraft Monday Challenge this week which was set by the wonderful Ria.

We have gone all out Christmassy!!  So the challenge is just purely...


You can create anything you like as long as it is for Christmas and remember you don't have to use a Pollycraft product, but of course if you do that would be fantastic and using a Pollycraft product also means you will gain an additional entry into the monthly prize draw for a £25 Pollycraft voucher.

This week all of the GD's have joined up with the DT's for this festive challenge and everyone's work is truley wonderful so be sure to check them all out, you'll find oodles of inspiration.  Here's my GD creation....

I have used the gorgeous Pollycraft digi image and papers from the 'Sweet Dreams Christmas Kit' .



Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Aurelia Christmas In a Basket' (Sweet Dreams Christmas Kit)

Papers - Pollycraft 'Sweet Dreams Christmas Kit'

Digi Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Roundabouts Christmas Sentiments 1'

Colouring Medium - Copics, Promarkers and Sakura Stardust

Embellishments - Ribbon, White Snowflakes and Dew Drops (all from stash)


We do hope you will come and join us for the challenge, we look forward to seeing your 'Christmas' creations.


Joanne xx

Sunday, 22 November 2009

My Time To Craft Challenge #66

The theme this week over on My Time To Craft is 'Under My Umbrella'.
This gave me the perfect opportunity to use a digi image I recently bought, and with the weather lately it's a pretty apt challenge.


Digi Image - Instyle Stamps 'Rainy Cynthia'

Papers - Basic Grey

Colouring Medium - Copics, Promarkers and Sakura Clear Glaze

Embellishments - Dew Drops, Lace, Flower Heart Charm and Flowers.


Well for a change it is actually a beautiful sunny start, unfortunately I'm still feeling pretty rotten, though I think it is starting to come out as a cold now, so hopefully thats a good thing.  The antibiotic ointment is doing it's stuff with my eye and that is much better this morning.  So I think another quiet day for me today with a bit of crafting hopefully.  Whatever your plans I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are very much appreciated.


Joanne xx

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Simon Says and Magical Crafts Forum Challenges

Good Afternoon All

Dull and dreary day here today weatherwise, I bit like how I feel.  I have a nasty eye infection and a bit of a head cold too, so feeling pretty sorry for myself, so been trying to keep myself occupied with some crafting.

This card covers two challenges, the Magical Crafts Forum Xmas card challenge which this week was chosen by Liz and is 'Anything Goes' and Simon Says 'Animal Antics'.

Simon Says would also like everyone to think of all the animal charities who are really struggling with the recession as many totally rely on donations.  They also ask if you'll consider making a donation to an animal charity or even consider adopting a pet.  This one is close to my heart, as you know we this week adopted Felix the kitten from one of our local Cat Protection shelters, on top of making a money donation we also donated cat food.  So money, food or even adopting a pet is always greatly appreciated by all animal charities.


Digi Image - Angels Landing 'Ho Ho Holidays'

Papers - Pollycraft and Craft House

Colouring Medium - Promarkers and Sakura Stardust

Digi Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Roundabouts Christmas Sentiments 2'

Embellishments - White Snowflakes and Gold Ribbon from stash


And as promised I have finally got Mollie and Felix on camara together

Enjoy your Saturday.


Joanne xx

Friday, 20 November 2009

Moving Along With The Times Challenge #22

It's a wonderful sketch by Hazel this week over on MAWTT.


Digi Image - Pollycraft "Bridget with Flower" (It's a Bear Thing Collection)

Papers - Craft Too and Daisy & Dandelion

Colouring Medium - Copics, Promarkers and Sakura

Embellishments - Card Candy and Fabric Flower & Butterfly

Embossing Cuttlebug Folder - Stylized Flowers


Thank you to everyone for the welcoming messages for Felix.  He is settling in really well and he and Mollie are already pretty good buddies, been lots of gorgeous cute photo opportunites of them both being really loving with each other, just not managed to catch any of them on camara yet, but as soon as I do I'll stick it on here.

Enjoy your Friday evening everyone.


Joanne xx

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Say hello to Felix


Felix is our new addition to the family, he's not a replacement for Dusty we still miss him terribly but our home didn't feel right without a puddy cat as we have always had at least one cat for many years and Mollie has been missing Dusty terribly even if they weren't the best of friends at times.
Mollie and Felix seem to be getting on fairly well, a bit jumpy of each other with any sudden movements but they have had cuddles so thats a good start to being friends.
Felix is about 12 to 14 weeks old and he came from the local Cat Protection.  He's a real character and very affectionate, I think we are all going to get on very nicely.

Joanne xx

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Challenge Card and Sneak Peek

Here's a sneaky peek at one of the new images due for release later today over at Doodle Palace .  Dee & Robin have also lowered all prices of images, so why not go and take a good look.

This card also covers two challenges....

Sketch & Stash - Sketch
Cupcake Challenge - Digital Images

My new or negected items for Sketch & Stash are, new Doodle Palace digi image, new roundabouts sentiment by Pollycraft and new snowflake embellishments.


Digi Image - Doodle Palace 'Holiday Mail' (released later today)

Digi Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Roundabouts - Christmas Sentiments 2' (released yesterday)

Papers - Dasiy & Dandelion

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers & Sakura Stardust

Embellishments - Card Candy and Snowflakes


Boy it's a bit stormy out there today.  Steve went off to work this morning in this awful weather and a mile from work once off the motorway someone went into the back of him at the roundabout.  It's the second bump on the backside this year, this one thankfully wasn't as bad, Steve was stationary at the roundabout and the van behind him broke but the aqua planed into Steve. The main thing is he's ok and the car is drivable with just some damage to the rear bumper and dent to the boot.  I have my SIL Mel coming over for lunch and a bit of crafting later this morning then this evening we will be getting a new arrival to the family, all will be revealed once it has arrived. 

Have a great day, and if you have this bad weather keep safe or even better stay in if you can, I have to pop out to do a few bits but I'll be taking doubly extra care on the roads.


Joanne xx

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge #2

Good Morning to you all.

It's Sunday and time for our second challenge over on MCFC.
Thank you to everyone who entered our launch challenge, all such wonderful creations and a real delight to visit all of your blogs.  There are two winners for the launch challenge, is one of them you??


A Recipe

A Santa or Snowman Image (both if you like)
Something Sparkly
A Christmas Flower (includes Holly & Ivy)

You can create any project you like, and you will see the DT have come up with some wonderful varied projects.  All we ask is that your project includes all of the above recipe ingredients, feel free to add any other embellishments.  This weeks prize has been kindly donated by DT member Liz.

Here is my recipe creation...

This was the first easel card I ever made, I made it the same day as the other easel card which I showed you on here a few days ago, but this was the first one.

Recipe Elements...
Santa or Snowman Image - Basil the Snowman by Pollycraft.
Something Sparkly - The funky wool around the edge and also sakura stardust on the snowman image and sentiment plaque.
Ribbon - Pink ribbon running across the base with the sentiment.
Christmas Flower - The holly in the corner.

The papers used are Papermania 'Naughty & Nice', colouring mediums are Promarkers and Sakura Stardust and finally other embellishments are Card Candy.  Wooden Xmas sentiment plaque is from Hobbycraft.

We do hope you'll pop over and join us for our second challenge, we look forward to seeing your creations.

Enjoy your Sunday!!


Joanne xx

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Two Cards and Seven Challenges

Here are a couple of cards using some of the soon to be released images from the 'It's a Bear Thing' by Pollycrafts.  There is also a freebie from the range available this week over on Tales from Pollycraft, but be quick as from now on all the Friday freebies will only be available for 1 WEEK only.

The above card covers the challenges of...

Cute Card Thursday - Glitter Me Silly
Papertake Weekly - Digi Sparkle
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Snow Much Fun


And this card covers the challenges of....

Charisma Cardz - Merry & Bright
Digital Tuesday - Holiday Wishes

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and hope no one here in the UK has sustained any or too much damage from the awful storms sweeping over the country.

Don't forget tomorrow is the start of the second challenge over on Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge, so please pop over from 10 a.m. to see the challenge and we do hope you will be able to join us.


Joanne xx

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Two Challenges in One

Hope everyone is keeping well.  I've been having a play this evening with easel cards which seem to be the latest rage in the cardmaking world at the moment.  The first one I did was for a DT, so you'll have to wait to see that one, but I soon got on to a second one which actually covers 2 challenges.

Creative Inspirations - Something New or Neglected

I've used new products on here the LOTV image which I bought on sunday along with the Lemonade paper pack by Basic Grey.


Stamp - Lili of the Valley  'Fairies Bouquet'

Papers - Basic Grey 'Lemonade'

Flowers - Prima and Crochet (thanks to Moni for the crochet flower)

Other Embellishments - Dew Drops, Spacer and Brad all from stash

Colouring Medium - Copics, Promarkers and Sakura Stardust

Sentiment - Kanban

Thanks for stopping by and as always your comments and visits are much appreciated.


Joanne xxx

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

An 'Over the Top' Award

Thank you to Avril Ann and Shell for this lovely award, it is much appreciated.  If you haven't popped by these ladies blogs before then you have been missing some fantastically inspirational work and the funny thing is they both do their crafting work in a shed in their garden.  Now with this award I have to answer quite a few questions so here they go...

1. Where is your mobile? - In my handbag
2. Your hair? -  Blonde (naturally, but been many colours)
3. Your Mother?- The best mum in the world
4. Your Father? -Sadly no longer with us
5. Your favourite food?-  Chicken
6. Your dream last night? -Can't remember having one
7. Your favourite drink? -  Latte
8. Your Dream? -  To have my own craft shop
9. What room are you in? -  The lounge
10. Your Hobby? -  Crafting of course
11. Fear? -  Spiders
12. Where do you want to be in 5 years? -  Still crafting with a craft shop
13. Where were you last night? -  In bed for 9:30
14. Something that you aren't? - Positive
15. Muffins... Love them if they are chocolate
16. Wish List Item? -  Far too many to list
17. Where did you grow up? -  Worthing, West Sussex
18. Last thing you did. - Finished a card
19. What are you wearing?  - Clothes
20. Your TV? - Watching a children in need doc with Callum Best about the affects of alchol on families
21. Pets? -  Mollie our furbaby (cocker spaniel)
22. Friends? -  Lots of friends
23. Mood? - Good, normally
24. Life?  -Happy
25. Missing someone? -  Steve my fiance, he works away most of the week.
26. Vehicle? -  Citreon Picasso
27. Something you’re not wearing? - LOL...ummm a hat!!
28. Fav store? -  Any craft shop
29. Fav Colour? - Pinks and Purples
30. When was last time you laughed? -  Sunday at the NEC in the company of some wonderful crafting friends
31. Last time you cried? -  Monday, burying our poor cat Dusty who was put to sleep on Sunday.
32. Best Friend? - Steve, my fiance and partner of 15 years
33. One place that I go to over n over? -  My craft room or desk in lounge
34. Facebook? -  Yes, newbie to it
35. Fav place to eat?Anywhere where the food is good

I'm passing this award on to ...


And anyone else who does not yet have it, so don't be shy please take with love from me and be proud of your 'Top Blog'


Joanne xx

Monday, 9 November 2009

A Card and My Goodies

Firstly thank you to everyone for your kind words and thoughts here on the blog and also for the emails I have recieved regarding our loss of Dusty, they are all very comforting.


It's a new challenge this week over on Pollycrafts Monday Challenge and the DT and GD's have all come up with some wonderful projects for this weeks theme which is....

"No Cards Allowed"

I've done a non-card project though of course I'll not be entering into the challenge.

It is a desk calender made from an old plastic CD case.

This also fits in with this weeks SophistiCat' s challenge which is 'WINGS' so I'm entering this into their challenge as the main image has wings as has the little bee.


Images - 'Sharing Sherbert' Clear Stamps Range from Pollycrafts
(main image 'Secrets', Bee 'Xtra Set 1 and Flowers 'Xtra Set 2)

Background Paper - Basic Grey 'Lemonade'

Embellishments - Gems and Ribbon from stash, Calender from Hobbycraft.

Colouring Medium - Copics, Promarkers and Sakura Stardust


Despite yesterdays sad news and worry I did have a wonderful day yesterday at the NEC with Emma and was so pleased to also meet up with Crafty Amy (a fellow Pollycraft GD), Taffy Clare and Vicki.  I think we can all safely say that a good time was had by all socialising as well as of course the retail therapy.  I've no pictures of all of us, my camara is too big to lug around but I know Amy, Clare and Vicki did take some photo's so keep an eye out for them on their blogs.  I have taken a piccy though of all my goodies.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Joanne xx

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Good day which ended sadly.....

I had a wonderful day today at the NEC with Emma and meeting up with some lovely bloggers but I will tell you more about it tomorrow with piccies of what I bought.  Unfortunately I came back to some very sad news, Dusty our 12 year old cat had to be put to sleep this morning.  We found him outside this morning just before I was about to leave in a very poorly state, unable to move his back end and in a lot of distress.  Steve insisted I still went off to the NEC after I'd called the emergency vet who was going to come out, in my heart I kind of knew I'd not see him again.  I called Steve numerous times through the day to see how things were going and said he'd had x-ray's at the vetinary hospital and nothing was broken so being run over had been ruled out, and he just kept telling me there on that he was having continuing tests.  When I arrived home this evening, Steve told me that Dusty was put to sleep this morning as it was believed he had a pulmonary embolism which had moved on to his spine causing paralysis, it was advised any treatment in a cat of his age only had a slim chance of working and due to Dusty being in extreem distress the kindest thing was to put him to sleep.  Steve didn't want to ruin my day by telling me whilst I was at the NEC, but I'd had a feeling he wasn't being truthful with me.  As many of you may of known Dusty hasn't been in the best form the past few months, and was quite poorly a few months ago, but he seemed to fight through it.  He never regained much weight from all he lost when he was ill, despite a good appetite.  Going to really miss my little Dusty Bin.

RIP Dusty


Saturday, 7 November 2009

Four Challenges, One Card

There you go I said there would be some more today.  This one is for FOUR challenges.

Magical Crafts Forum Weekly Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas Trees (set by Lesley)

Creative Card Crew - Ribbons and Gems

Penny's Challenges - Winter Theme to included Glitter/Sparkles and Ribbon

My Time To Craft - Scallops

Well there is definately a Christmas tree on it, it's a winter theme, there is ribbon and gems, the tree was embossed on gold shimmer card and coloured with sakura stadust pens so thats the sparkle covered and finally there is a scalloped edge between the two papers.


Christmas Tree - Cuttlebug Christmas Tree Embossing Folder

Colouring Mediums - Sakura Stardust

Papers - Crafts Too and Dasiy & Dandelion

Sentiment Banner - Daisy & Dandelion

Embellishments - Ribbon and Gems from stash


Looking forward to tomorrow with my trip to the NEC, hope those of you who have already been have left some goodies for us!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Joanne xx

Back with mojo in tow hopefully

Had a lovely few days away catching up with family, I think it has done me a world of good and I think my mojo is also in agreement, thank goodness.  Whilst away I was also able to think with a clearer head and made the decision to stand down from the Funky Fairys DT, something that I had been contemplating for a little while as I really didn't feel I could fulfil my FF DT duties at present with one thing or another.  I have enjoyed my time with FF and made some wonderful friendships which I hope will continue.

Right, I have made a card this morning!!! The first in nearly 2 weeks. 

I'm entering this card into two challenges....

SophistiCat - Ribbons & Buttons

Cupcake Craft - Sketch


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Suzy Wreath'

Papers - Papermania and K & Co

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers and chalks

Embellishments - Ribbons and Buttons from stash.


Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments through my down in the dumps time, they have been much appreciated and very supportive.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend and hopefully there will be more cards to come later today, I'm on a roll now I think.


Joanne xx

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Signing out for a few days

I'm off away later today for a few days.  My mojo is still absent and so I haven't anythng scheduled I'm afraid, not even my Funky Fairys DT project this week as I'm taking a week off from there too.  I'm hoping, praying and have everything crossed that a few days away and the NEC trip this weekend will shift my mojo back into gear.  I've lost my mojo before but it's never been this

So even though I'll not be doing a Funky Fairys challenge post tomorrow, there's still no exscuse for you not to go check out the new challenge tomorrow and see all the amazing work from the rest of the DT and of course our GD Suzy.  So please check out the Funky Fairys Challenge Blog tomorrow for the next challenge.

Take care everyone!!


Joanne xx

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge #1

Well the day is finally here for the new Magical Crafts Challenges launch.

Please come over and join us for our first challenge with some gorgeous prizes and a challenge with a few twists and turns.  The DT, Angel and myself are oh so excited and hope you will join us.

Our very first challenge for you is....

A Christmas Ornament/Decoration and/or a Matching Card
The twist is you must include the colours RED, GOLD & GREEN!!

We would like to see Christmas ornaments/decorations and cards, you can choose to make one or the other or you could make both.  If you do both you'll will get two entries into the draw for the prizes.  The colours used must include Red, Gold & Green, you can include other colours as long as the the accent colours are red, gold and green.

You'll have to check out the challenge blog to see all the wonderful DT projects, which we hope will inspire you and here's mine...

For my Christmas ornament/decoration I have made this fabby matchbox advent calender box using the Tracie Hudson tutorial over on Bubbly Funk.  I painted all the matchboxs with acrylic paint.  The card was made using the same papers and metallic card  as on the advent calender box.

Thanks for stopping by and please join us for our first challenge.


Joanne xx

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