Friday, 26 February 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #5

Good Morning All

It's Friday and time for our next challenge over on Totally Papercrafts.
Firstly thank you to everyone who entered challenge #4, there was an awesome amount of entries.

Challenge #5 for you is a gorgeous sketch by our very own Sue, this is Sue's first ever sketch and I can tell you this certainly wont be her last.  The girls have all done wonderful jobs to help inspire you, so please do check them out.  Here's mine.........


This weeks challenge is being sponsored by our monthly sponsor Simon Says Stamp and the winner will win this gorgeous House Mouse stamp...

We do hope you'll be able to join us for the challenge this week.  Remember to please stick to the sketch and to be eligible for the prize draw you must not combine more than 5 challenges.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Retro Melody' from the soon to be released 'Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro'

Papers - My Minds Eye

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Ribbon - From stash

Other Embellishments - Flowers, Spacers and Brads from stash


Thanks for stopping by!!


Joanne xx

Monday, 22 February 2010

A Touch of Spring

Good morning all, hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Just thought I'd pop a card on for you before I get off to work.  With all this snowy weather we keep having, it's nice to see a bit of spring, even if it is on card and

I have another Pollycraft sneak peek for you.....


This is 'Springtime Evangeline' from the new upcoming release set Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro.
This lovely fits to 4 challenges....

Your Next Stamp - Spring Colours

Stamp Something - Touch of Spring Somethings

Fussy & Fancy - Dazzle Us

Allsorts - Tag, Ticket or Label

Though it's hard to see as I couldn't get a very good picture with the snowy conditions the sun has little gems on it's rays and also the flower heads on the image also have tiny glitter dots in the centres.  I'm sure it would be quite sparkly and dazzling in the right


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Springtime Evangeline' (soon to be released)

Papers - My Minds Eye and Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro' (soon to be released)

Embellishments - Gems, Ribbon and Card Candy from stash

Tiny Glitter Dots - Papermania


Paula has a fab offer happening over on the Pollycraft Store, but you have to hurry as it ends midnight Tuesday, check out the store or blog for the special code to recieve 25% off of your order!!!

Thanks for stopping by as always your comments mean a whole lot to me.

Right I best go scrape my car of all the snow and ice and get it warmed up.

Keep Safe All


Joanne xxx

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #9

Good Morning All

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the last challenge 'For The Kids', so many wonderful projects.

For challenge 9 over on Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge the theme is...


Mother's day is fast approaching here in the UK, but we also understand that for some of you Mother's day is later in the year, so we would like to see projects with 'MUM' in mind, be it for Mother's day, birthday etc..
Remember we like to see all crafts over on Magical, so any crafting technique, be it knitting, woodwork, pottery, painting, papercrafts.....absolutely anything goes as long as you stick to the theme.

This week we are being sponsored by Sew Many Cards, and the winner will win 5 digi images of their choice from the SMC Store.

The DT were able to work with some SMC images and as always they have come up trumps with some inspiration for you, so be sure to check them out over on the challenge blog.  Here's mine.....


I've made this cute word book with my mum in mind.  Now my MIL being in her 80's is more the elegant flowery type of person and my mum, well I think she loves everything I do, but my dilemma was I know my mum is gonna be, Yes Mum, I know your looking!!!  So this is for me and I will be adding little pics and things about my mum to the pages and make it into a little keepsake for me.

Digi Image - Sew Many Cards 

Papers - K & Co

Colouring Medium -Copics

Ribbon from stash
Flowers punched from papers using Woodware Flower Punches

We do hope you'll be able to join us for our latest challenge, we look forward to seeing your creations.


Well I awoke this morning at 7:30 thanks to Mollie Mops and her barking at the poor paperboy.  When looking out of the window this is the scene I saw...

Yep...the snow is back!!  They forcasted that a light dusting of snow was likely, well I think this is a tad more than a light  And it's still going strong now.  But as you'll see below, Mollie Mops just loves it...


Don't think we'll be going far today!!
Enjoy your Sunday and if you have the snow enjoy it, but please be careful if you need to go out in it.

Joanne xx

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro Sneak Peek

Happy Saturday to you all!!

Still chilly and was very frosty this morning, but it has been a glorious sunny day so far.

I have a sneak peek for you of one of the totally gorgeous new images from Pollycraft which will be released soon.


This beauty is 'Aurelia Retro', and the flowers and sentiment are also from the same set.
This card fits 4 challenges........

Digital Tuesday - All Things Girly

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Spring Is In The Air

Totally Gorjuss - Flower Power


Digi Image - Pollycraft - Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro 'Aurelia Retro' (Upcoming release)

Papers - Crafts Too and Papermania

Colouring Medium - Copics & Promarkers

Sentiment & Flowers - Pollycraft - Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro 

Flower Brads - From stash


Hope everyone is enjoy their weekend, thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Friday, 19 February 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #4

Good Morning Everyone

It's Friday so that means it's time for a new challenge over on Totally Papercrafts, but first thank you to everyone who joined last weeks challenge of 'Buttons & Bows', a fantastic number of entries again, and plenty of people that joined in the Wags 'n' Whiskers blog hop too, which we were so chuffed to have been a part of.

This weeks challenge for you has been set by our friend Emma........


Yes we want to see spots before our eyes with your papercraft creations.

We welcome Sew Many Cards as our sponsor for this week, and the winner will win 5 digi images of their choice.  We are also pleased to welcome four very talented ladies from the Sew Many Cards DT as out guest designers this week.  So be sure to check them out as well as the gorgeous inspirations by my fellow friends on the DT.  Here's mine...


Digi Image - Sew Many Cards 'Halen in Hat'

Design Papers - My Minds Eye

Orange Paper - From stash

Colouring Medium - Copics

Flowers - Punched from the papers using Woodware Flower Punches

Other Embellishments - Ribbon, Card Candy and Adhesive Sparkles from stash
Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots (using cuttlebug)


We do hope you'll join us for our challenge this week, we are all looking forward to being dazzled by your spotty creations.


Joanne xxx

P.S.  Thank you to everyone for your get well messages, thankfully the cold doesn't seem to have turned too nasty, so feeling much better thank you xx

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

My first completed Circle Journal

Over on the Magical Crafts Forum you'll find lots of swaps going on and the Circle Journal is one of them.
This was started back in September last year it involves, you starting your journal, then sending on to another person to complete a double page, then they post it on to someone else to complete a double page and so on until the final finished journal is returned back to you.  I am not a scrapbooker, so this was a challenge for me, not only starting my own but also doing a double page in other peoples who were in the circle.  But we got there in the end and my little journal is now back with me.  I've not signed up to take part in the second circle, but I think I will definately take part again when I can.  So here's my completed Circle Journal, thank you to two very talented friends Angel and Jackie for their pages.....and the journal subject was my little furbaby Mollie...





This is something I really will treasure and there is room for me to add more pages in the future.
Sorry I've not been about with any new posts for a few days, I've been working and have also come down with a cold, which I thought was going to be a right stinker of one last night as I felt really rotten, but thankfully today I feel more human and only have a little niggling sore throat, sniffles and a bit sneezy.  Hopefully that's as worse as it's gonna get.

Hope everyone else is keeping well and keeping warm as that cold air here still lingers on with the constant threat of snow.  Roll on spring I say.

Thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xxx

Monday, 15 February 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge #34

WOW...there were lots of entries for our 'Things With Wings' challenge, thanks to all who took part.

Our next challenge for you over on Pollycraft has been set by me.......


You need to use TWO images on your projects!!

The DT have had fun (or maybe with this one and have come up with some superb 'Double Up' inspiration for you, so please do check them out.  Here's mine....


I have put two of the new 'Spring Things' images together, one was the Friday Freebie last week and the other is a part of the brand new set soon to be released.

Digi Iamges - Pollycraft 'Spring Things ~ Blossoming Friendship and Follow The Leader' (soon to be released)

Papers - My Minds Eye

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers and Watercolour Pencils

Embellishments - Flowers, Spacer, Brad and Card Candy all from stash


We do hope you'll join us for our 'Double Up' challenge.


Joanne xx

Sunday, 14 February 2010

1 Card for no Oh yes there is ONE

Happy Velentine's Day to each and everyone of you, hope you are all enjoying a day with your loved ones.

It's taken me two days to get this card done and finished, we had a nightmare with Mollie late yesterday involving a bone and a mad dash in the evening to the emergency vetinary hospital, thankfully all ok now hopefully, the problem appeared to of righted itself due to my driving and the bumpy roads according to the vet, I 'm hoping it was more to do with the pot holes in the roads than my  Anyway I've never been keen on her having bones and the one she had yesterday was the last she'll ever have.

So on to the card........


Now with all the mayhem I seemed to totally lose the plot with this one, I was originally following the sketch over on Challenge Up Your Life, which I have done, but totally forgot about the colour combo to go with it which is green and yellow...DOH!!  Plenty of green in it but no  Gone through my challenge list and can't seem to find any other challenges this'll fit into.  So if anyone does know of a challenge it'll slip into nicely please let me know. 

Image - Sarah Kay

Papers - K & Co and Crafts Too

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils and Promarkers just for the skin

Embellishments - Lace, Pearls and Flowers all from stash

Sentiment is stamped (freebie stamp from a crafty mag back from last year)

Thanks to the lovely Moni who emailed me about a couple of challenges my card should fit.  One of them I've already entered but the other I think will do nicely....

Stamp Something - Something Cute

Well I think she's a cutie, thank you Moni xx

Enjoy the rest of your day and thank you for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Friday, 12 February 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #3

Thank you to everyone who took part in our recipe challenge last week so many stunning pieces of work.  We are now onto week 3 over on Totally Papercrafts Challenges.

This week our challenge for you is....


A nice easy one for you.  We are thrilled to be sponsored this week by Nikki from Bunny Zoe's Crafts


And today is a very special one for Nikki as it's the release of some new gorgeous Wags 'n' Whiskers rubber stamps, and to mark their release there is a fun blog hop which starts over on the Wags 'n' Whiskers Blog.

One lucky winner of our challenge will win this gorgeous rubber stamp, which is of course one of the new Wags 'n' Whiskers...


and a selection of buttons...

The DT have been very lucky and thrilled to each use some of the new Wags 'n' Whiskers images, so be sure to check out all the DT's gorgeous creations, here's mine....


Image - Wags 'n' Whiskers 'Gemma & Bella's Spring Fun'

Papers - My Minds Eye and Papermania

Colouring Medium - Watercolour Pencils and Copics

Ribbon - From stash

Buttons - Papermania


We do hope you'll be able to join us for this weeks challenge, we can't wait to see your wonderful creations.


Joanne xx

Pollycrafts Friday Freebie

It's Friday and time for a freebie from Pollycraft.

Sky Fairy {Love From Above}


Perfect for any last minute Valentines cards or when you want to send a little love any time of the year.
To get yourself this little beauty for free, hop on over to Tales from Pollycraft to grab it, remember it's only available free for ONE week then it will only be available to purchase from the Pollycraft Shop. Alternatively, why not join the new Pollycraft Group over on Paper Craft Planet, where there's a little competition running.

This is Steve's valentine's card, he don't look at my blog unless I show him, so I think it's safe on here.  And of course there's more Valentine's/Love challenges out there this week so this one fits 9 challenges....

Die Cut Dreams - Have A Heart

My Time To Craft - Hearts & Kisses

Everybody Art - Valentine

Simon Says - What's Love Gotta Do With It

Creative Inspirations - Anyone for Leftovers?

Charisma Cardz - Think Male

Cute Card Thursday - In The Name of Love


Digi Image - Pollycraft ~ Sky Fairy {Love From Above} available free for 1 week

Papers - Scraps

Colouring Mediums - Promarkers, Copics and Sakura Stardust & White

Sentiment Stamp - Unknown

Embellishments all from stash.


Thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

A sneak peek of Pollycrafts Spring Things

After the lovely Lilybean Fairies release last week, Paula has been hard at it again with some more beauties, this time it's all about spring, after all this snow we keep having I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the arrival of spring.  Well here is a sneaky peek of one of the upcoming 'Spring Things' images...


This little darling is 'Balancing Act'


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Spring Things ~ Balancing Act' (soon to be released)

Papers - My Minds Eye

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Embellishments - Ribbon, Flowers and Brads from stash

Sentiment - PC Generated

This card fits 4 challenges ....

Kaboodle - Spots and Stripes

Digital Tuesday - It's All About Animals

Cute Card Thursday - Spots & Dots

If you are a big Pollycraft fan then you maybe interested in joining the new Pollycraft Group over on Paper Craft Planet, it would be great to see you there!!!

Thanks for stopping by and if you have the snowy icy weather please be very careful on foot and on the roads, there has been some terrible accidents today locally here.


Joanne xxx

Monday, 8 February 2010

Altered Notebook and Tags

Over on the Magical Crafts Forum, there are lots of swaps going on and this month I have joined the Notebook swap and Tag swap.


I've altered a plain 6 x 4 notebook using some scrap material I found in my stash and added some sequin and silver braiding along one edge. The flower was two pieces cut out from the material secured with a fancy brad and spacer, then used some silver chain for attaching 3 charms to.  Nearly didn't want to give this  But I'm looking forward to recieving a notebook back from the swap, which I'm sure will be just as gorgeous.

There are six of us taking part in the tag swap this month, and they will be made into a tag info book.  On the other side of these tags is a really tiny pic of, my address and a few bits of info about me.  In the swap I will recieve a tag from each participant with their address and some info about them, all put together with a book ring, a fab idea for a fancy little address book.

Thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge #8

Good Morning Everyone!!!

Thanks to everyone who played along with our Valentine's challenge, such gorgeous creations.

We are now on to Challenge 8 over on  MCFC can you believe!!

Our challenge for you this time round is.......


We would like to see your projects with a child in mind.  Remember we welcome any kind of crafts as long as you follow the theme.

This week we are being sponsored by


One lucky winner will get $10 to spend in the Simon Says Shop, and they are kindly going to pay your p&p so you will get the full $10 to spend.

My fellow DT buddies have really gone to town with this challenge, and you will find plenty to inspire you.  Here's mine for you...


I've altered this little gift bag with a little princess in mind, perfect for most little girls, I think.


Digi Image - Spiral Whispers (sadly currently no longer available)

Paper - From scraps

Colouring Mediums - Copics and Promarkers

Embellishments - Ribbon, Flowers, Gems and Charm all from stash


We do hope you come on over and play along with our challenge for you, we are all looking forward to seeing your projects for a child.

Enjoy your Sunday


Joanne xx

Saturday, 6 February 2010

A Card for a Mega Amount of Challenges

Well a girl can only make so many Valentines/Love and as there are so many challenges with this theme at present this card is covering one mega amount of challenges, plus a couple of non-love challenges too.

This card is being entered into....

Drunken Stampers - Be My Valentine (with a twist of metal)
ABC - N is for New
Penny's Challenges - Valentine/Love
Simon Says - Photo Inspiration
Charisma Cardz - I Love You
C.R.A.F.T. - Valentines or Love
Stamp Something - Love Somethings
Stampin For The Weekend - Valentines Themed
Fussy & Fancy - Hearts
Crazy 4 Challenges - Be My Valentine
Challenge Up Your Life - Valentines and Hearts
The Corrosive Challenge - All You Need Is Love
Double Dutch - Be My Valentine
Papertake Weekly - Love Actually
Creative Card Crew - Valentines

I think thats 20 challenges, definate record for me and not something you will see from me very often I can assure you.


Stamp - Magnolia (RAK from my SIL)

Paper - My Minds Eye

Vellum - Kanban

Colouring Medium - Copics and Promarkers

Flourishes - My new stamp set I got from Hobby House yesterday

Charm & Chain - Also got from Hobby House yesterday

Flowers - From stash

Ribbon - From Stash

Sentiment - PC generated

Embossing Folder - Swirls used in Cuttlebug

Right now I have to go add the link to all those challenges.

Thanks for stopping by as always your comments are much appreciated, I'll be back in the morning for the new Magical Crafts challenge.


Joanne xx

Friday, 5 February 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #2 and my blog hop candy winner

Good Morning Everyone

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Totally Papercrafts launch challenge and blog hop last week, after collecting all the letters you should have come up with the word 'FRIENDS'.  Go check out the challenge blog to see if you are a winner!!!  I can reveal that the winner of my blog hop candy is....

Congratulations Tracey!!  Please can you email me your full name and address and I'll get the candy in the post to you.



This week we have a recipe for you....

3 Embellishments

2 Papers 

1 Image

We welcome Susie from Die Cut Dreams as our sponsor and guest designer this week, the lucky winner of the challenge will recieve a mix of mystery die-cuts to the approx value of £10.

The DT have as always some beautiful creations to show you, which we hope will inspire. We do hope you'll come and join us for our second challenge, we look forward to seeing what you can whisk up with the recipe. Here's mine...


Stamp - Magnolia 

Papers - My Minds Eye

Colouring Medium - Promarkers

Embellishments - Flowers, Ribbon and Card Candy from stash

Well what a wet dreary day it is here, not quite as cold as it has been of late mind.  I'm off on a little trip out with my SIL Mel today across the Humber into Lincolnshire to visit The Hobby House.  I always buy from them at the shows not realising until fairly recently that their shop was only 43 miles away from me just outside Grimsby, so I'm really looking forward to visiting the shop, looking at their site yesterday there are so many things I'd like to buy, but I am going to try and be very good and only get what I really want to go for which is some charms and spacers, they have a fab selection.  I really must be good!!

Well enjoy your day everyone and thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Lilybean Release Day Special Offer

***The Lilybean Fairies are NOW RELEASED***
Grab the whole set of six for ONE DAY ONLY for £5.50
Offer only until midnight tonight thereafter the images will cost £1.29 each




If you are visiting for............

.........the Totally Papercrafts Challenge launch Blog Hop CLICK HERE to see my blog hop post!!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Final Lilybean Fairies Preview

Good morning everyone, I hope everyone is keeping well.  Well today is day 6 of the Pollycraft Lilybean Fairies and our final preview before their release on the 4th February.  So not to keep you waiting any longer here is the final Lilybean Fairy......

Presenting...'Clover - Toadstool Dreams', isn't she gorgeous!!

Now if you don't already know you need to nip over to Tales from Pollycraft and check out all the stunning  DT samples, leave a comment and this time not only can TWO people win todays image but ONE very lucky person will win the whole set of the Lilybean Fairies that have been previewed each day since last Friday.

I'm entering this card into 6 challenges .....

Mojo Monday - Sketch

My Time To Craft - Fairy Folk

One Stop Craft Challenge - Make It Personal

Crafty Creations - Wings

Flutter By Wednesday - Open Challenge

ABC - New Stash

It's personal as this is for a friend to give to her SIL who is starting a new business venture which she thought would only ever be a dream and never reality, so the words just about says it all.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Clover - Toadstool Dreams' (Lilybean Fairies released 4th February)

Papers - My Minds Eye (New free papers from C&P Mag)

Colouring Mediums - Promarkers and Chalks

Nestabilities - Scalloped Circle

Embellishments - Flowers and Brad from stash

I hope you have enjoyed the daily Lilybean Fairies previews, thank you for all your lovely comments.

Enjoy your day.


Joanne xx

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Lilybean Fairies Preview Day 5

Well here we are on day 5 of the Lilybean Fairies previews after this there's only one more to show before the release of all 6 images on the 4th February.  To be in with a chance of winning todays preview image, hop over to Tales from Pollycraft where TWO commenters will win.  


This darling Lilybean is 'Clover - Dancing with Dragonflies'.

I'm entering this card into 2 challenges...
Saturday Spotlight - Bigger Is Better (I think the tied ribbon covers that)

Incy Wincy - Put Your Hats On



Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Clover - Dancing with Dragonflies' (Lilybean Fairies released 4th February)

Papers - K & Co

Colouring Medium - Copics, Promarkers, Sarkura White & Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks

Embellishments - Ribbon, Flowers and Gems from stash

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Thanks for stopping by and look forward to seeing you tomorrow with the final Lilybean Fairies preview.


Joanne xx

Monday, 1 February 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge & Lilybean Fairies Preview Day 4

Good Morning Everyone can you believe it's February already!!

Another beautiful sunny start here today, though looking out at the ice and frost it certainly isn't a warm one.

It's Monday and it's time for another Pollycraft Monday Challenge which also links in with the Lilybean Fairies Preview 4, we hope you have been enjoying our daily previews and are as excitied about their release on the 4th February as we are.  Now on to the challenge which this time round is......

"Things With Wings"

Today we present to you 'Primrose - Carefree'

Now if you haven't already been checking out our daily previews then you need to get over to Tales from Pollycraft where TWO people could win this gorgeous image before the release, if you signed up yesterday then maybe you won yesterdays image, you best go check.  Remember also at the end of the previews ONE lucky person will win the whole Lilybean set.

Some of my fellow DT have used todays peview image for their challenge inspiration like myself but some have used other images for the theme, so you really must check out their wonderful work over on the challenge blog.  You don't need to use a Pollycraft product to enter, but if you do that would of course be very lovely.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Primrose - Carefree' (Lilybean Fairies released 4th February)

Paper - Was an odd page but I believe it is Laura Ashley

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils and Promarkers

Sentiment - Produced on PC

Embellishments - Flowers, Ribbon and Heart Pearls from stash.


Have a lovely day and don't forget to pop back tomorrow for day 5 of the Lilybean previews.


Joanne xxx

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