Friday, 30 April 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #13

Good Morning All!!

Well I should be well on my way South by now so hopefully this post has scheduled ok (got me fingers crossed)!!

Thanks to everyone who joined in with Ria's recipe challenge last week so many wonderful creations.

This week over on Totally Papercrafts it's my turn again as your host and I have a sketch for you...

Feel free to flip, rotate and add any embellishments you want as long as your finished piece resembles the sketch.  We welcome back our wonderful sponsor Simon Says Stamp this week.

The DT have come up with some gorgeous pieces of work to help inspire you, here's mine...


Stamp - Lily of the Valley

Papers - Basic Grey

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils and Sansador, Promarkers.

Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Roundabouts'

Other Embellishments - Butterfly and Dew Drops from stash.

We do hope you will join us for this weeks sketch challenge we can't wait to see what you come up with.

Have a fab bank holiday weekend!!


Joanne xx

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

April Showers and Flowers

Hello!!  I can't believe we are so near to the end of April already, where does the time go?  Despite the title we've actually not had many April showers, in fact it's been quite glorious on many days, will it last for the bank holiday weekend though and my trip down to sunny Sussex for a family get together, I do hope so.  I do miss being a stones throw from the beach and I'm looking forward to taking a walk along Worthing seafront for the first time in years, well I can always pack my wellies, mac and

Anyway April showers and flowers are certainly reflected in my card for today...

Who's changed the photo upload thingy?'s taken me ages to try and upload my card....grrrr I do hate it when blogger change things.  Oh well at least it's here now!!

Now I must thank my lovely buddy Shell, for the fabulous tutorial over on her blog for Fan Fold Flowers and for also experimenting with them herself to see what they looked liked if they were flattened, FAB thats what they look like.  Please go check out Shell's blog it is full of inspiration and Shell's amazing reflections on crafting and life in general all from her little shed.



Digi Image - In Style Stamps 'Rainy Hyacinth'

Papers - My Minds Eye

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils, Sansodor, Promarkers and Sakura Stardust

Flowers - Handmade using papers

Other Embellishments - Ribbon, Bow, Buttons and Gems from stash


And here are the challenges.....

Secret Crafter - Distressing

Crafty Ann's - Recipe (1 image, 3 colours (max), 1 ribbon, 3 flowers)

Everybody Art - Song Title (Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head)

Papertake Weekly - Do Something Different (Fan Fold Flowers)

Creative Card Crew - April Showers Bring May Flowers

Simon Says - Buttons, Bows and Bling

One Stitch at a Time - Flowers

Die Cut Dreams - Make Your Own Flowers


Now as mentioned earlier I am off down to Worthing for a few days but hopefully if Mr Blogger plays nicely there will be a couple of scheduled posts popping up whilst I'm away.

And before I go I have got to share with you a picture to show how clever Mollie Mops can be when it comes to carrying her favourite ring and chew bone at the same

She came in from the garden like this and sat there for 10 minutes like this, trying to make a point at how clever she was...rofl!!

Enjoy your day!!


Joanne xx

Saturday, 24 April 2010

One Card, Six Challenges

Good Morning!!'s another gorgeous start here and they say today could be the warmest day so far, time to get that washing on the line and have a potter in the garden I  But before I do, I have a card to share with you...

I was thrilled to find out on Thursday that I had won the 'Some Odd Girl' challenge, and my prize was this super sweet 'Mae as Alice' image plus one other of my choice.  So I've coloured her up for their 3rd challenge and a few others too....

Some Odd Girl - No Patterned Papers

Paperplay - No Patterned Papers
Incy Wincy - Black, White and One Other Colour

Our Creative Corner - Blooming Blossoms

Stampin For The Weekend - Getting To Know You (inspiration from one of your favourite books - my inspiration is from Alice in Wonderland)



Digi Image - Some Odd Girl 'Mae as Alice'

Plain Card/Papers - From stash

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Crochet Flowers - My own and buttons from stash


Have you been and got your 'Relaxing Ronnie' image yet...

My buddy Emma has been overwhelmed by all the sales and donations so far on her fundraising page in memory of her dad 'Ronnie', for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  She also has a challenge running with some awesome prizes over on her blog, all you have to do is purchase the image, it's only £1.50, make a card or other project using it, enter it into her challenge and please also spread the word.  The YAA need £7200 per day to keep both helicopters maintained and flying.  The image can be purchased from Pollycraft or Emma.


Right the garden is calling!!!  Have a fabby weekend all and I hope the weather is as nice for you too.


Joanne xxx

Friday, 23 April 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #13 & Pollycraft Friday Freebie

Good Morning!!
It's Friday and that means it's time for our next challenge for you over on Totally Papercrafts.  Firstly thank you to all of you who entered our 'Spring/Spring Colours' challenge last week, looks like many of us were in the mood for a touch of spring.

Challenge #13 (Recipe set by Ria)

This week we are kindly being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps
Jodie is offering our winner 7 images of their choice, thank you Jodie!!
Many of the DT have used a Bugaboo image on there projects this week so be sure to check them out, here's mine...


Digi Image - Bugaboo Stamps 'JJ Christmas Cheer - Deck The Halls'

Papers - Basic Grey ' Eskimo Kisses'

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Sentiment - Comes with Digi Image

Embellishments - Ribbon, Bow and Card Candy all from stash

Border Punch - Martha Stewart


We do hope you'l join us for this weeks challenge, we can't wait to see what you cook up with Ria's recipe!!



Meet 'Dudley with Balloon' or for his more feminine side could also be known as  And this sweetie is this weeks freebie from Paula, so you'll need to hop over to Tales from Pollycraft to go grab him, but remember he's only available for ONE week!!!


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Dudley with Balloon' (Friday freebie for 1 week only)

Papers - Papermania

Colouring Medium - Watercolour Pencils and Sansodor

Sentiment - Pollycraft  'Roundabouts'

Crochet Flower - Made by me and button from stash

Other Embellishments - Card Candy


Paula is also running a little candy draw for reaching 750+ followers, there is a chance for 5 lucky winners, so be sure to check that out too whilst visiting Tales from Pollycraft!!

I'm also going to enter my 'Dudley' card into the following challenge ....

Cooking It Up With Katie - Add Purple and Three of Something (Plenty of Purple to be seen and I've used 3 DP's)

Thanks for stopping by, as always you comments are much appreciated.


Joanne xxx

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Something Special...A Charity Challenge

Many of you may of heard of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, even if you don't live in Yorkshire, they were involved with the airlift of Richard Hammond when he had that awful accident a few years back and he brought them much publicity nationwide with his fundraising efforts.  Did you know that they need to raise £7200 a day to keep both air ambulances maintained and up in the air 7 days a week 365 days a year?  Well the YAA is something close to my heart because it is so close to the heart of my special buddy Emma.  Many of you probably know Emma (aka Crafty Emma) and remember that back last year on the 15th September her dad died after an horrific accident at work.  The Yorkshire Air Ambulance were involved in airlifting him to hospital.  Though very sadly Ronnie didn't pull through Emma and her family want to raise money for YAA in memory of Ronnie.  Now Emma has a few fundraising events coming up but is kick starting them today with a very special challenge involving this special fella....

Meet Ronnie...Paula from Pollycraft kindly drew this special edition image for Emma in memory of her dad, he is available to purchase from the Pollycraft Shop or from Emma for just £1.50, all proceeds will go to YAA, every single penny!!  I have purchased Ronnie this morning and couldn't wait to get a card made up..

I was lucky to of met Ronnie briefly a couple of times, and after just those brief times I could tell he was one top bloke and can see why he was so special to all his family and friends. 

Now along with the release of the image Emma is running a challenge with some AWESOME prizes to be won, to enter you will have had to purchase the 'Ronnie' image and use him on your card.
So hop on over now to Emma's Blog and find out all the details!!
Also please take a moment to visit the YAA website, there are lots of fundraising things going on, one of which includes 'BRA's', check out their recycling section for more details.

As well as Emma's challenge I'm also entering this card into the following challenges....

Crafty Creations - Distressing

Penny's Challenges - Anything Goes

Your Next Stamp - Stitching

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Happy Birthday

Stamp Something - Layers

Creative Card Crew - Happy Birthday

Corrosive - Paper Piercing

Sophisticat - Distressing

The Crafty Pad - Stitching

Paper Sundaes - No People

Allsorts - In Stitches

Sweet Stampin - In Stitches


Please if you can help by buying this image, making a donation or even donating your old bra's I know it will be much appreciated by Emma and everyone else who continually try to raise money for YAA.


Joanne xxx

Monday, 19 April 2010

Pollycraft Challenge #40

Good Morning from a very wet and soggy Yorkshire, I suppose we couldn't expect the lovely spring weather to last for too long, just wish it could have lasted for a few more days whilst my mum and step-dad were down with us for a visit, going to take them over the Humber Bridge today into Lincolnshire and visit a big garden centre we like over in Brigg, at least it's undercover so we wont get too wet.  Anyway before we get ready to go I better tell you about this weeks challenge over on Pollycraft Monday Challenges, remember we are a weekly challenge now.

 Challenge #40

We have a lovely sketch for you created by the lovely Sue

My fellow teamies have created some gorgeous inspiration for you using Sue's sketch so please do check them out, here's mine....

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Lilybean - Fearn' (this weeks Friday freebie, available here until Friday)

Papers - Blonde Moments and Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils, Sansodor and Promarkers

Flowers - Crochet flower made be me, others from stash

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Other Embellishments - Gems from stash.  Lace is cut from a vinyl doily mat and slightly coloured with an orange 'Ink It Up' ink pad


Sadly Emma L has decided to step down from the DT.  Emma has been on the DT since the very start and she will be so missed, we all wish you all the very best Emma xxx

We do hope you'll be able to join us for this weeks 'Sketch' challenge, we can't wait to see your takes on it.  As an extra to the winner each week we will also now be doing a 'Pollycraft Favourites', for the chance to be picked as a favourite you must use a Pollycraft image, but remember you don't have to use a Pollycraft image to enter the actual challenge.

Enjoy your day all, whether it's sunshine or rain where you are.


Joanne xxx

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #13 and Introducing Our New DT Members!!

Good Morning Everyone!!  It's another gorgeous sunny start here, seems so strange to have such cloudless skies and no vapour trails from airplanes.  
Well it's Sunday and time for a new challenge over on Magical Crafts.  But firstly I would like to introduce our new DT members....

We are so delighted to welcome these ladies to the team, congratulations to you all!!  You will start to see these ladies work from our next challenge on the 2nd May.

There is also some very sad news too....Angel, the creator of the challenge blog, has decided to step down from the running of the challenges and DT due to personal reasons.  We are all saddened to see her go and thank her so much for setting up the challenge blog, and she should be so proud at achieving an ever growing popular challenge blog.  We wish you well hun xx.  The reins have now been handed over to me, so the challenge blog will continue to run as usual.


Challenge #13


 A nice easy challenge for you.

We are kindly being sponsored by The Stamping Boutique this time round and the prize offered to the winner is 3 images of the their choice.

Some of the DT have used images kindly given to us from The Stamping Boutique, so please check out all the fabby creations the DT have done to inspire you.  Here's mine...


Digi Iamge - The Stamping Boutique from the 'Princess Jennifer Latte' collection

Papers & Card - Kanban

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Labels - Nestabilities

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Embellishments - Ribbon and Brads from stash

Flower Punches - Woodware


I don't normally put my challenge DT cards into other challenges, however I was inspired to make this card purse when stumbling across the Project Tuesday challenge blog this week, and they also provide a link to a tutorial for making one, so I think it's only fair I enter my card purse into their challenge this week.


We do hope you'll be able to join us for the latest challenge, as always we look forward to seeing all your entries.  Enjoy your Sunday!!


Joanne xx

Friday, 16 April 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #12

Good Morning to you all.  Thanks to everyone who entered our 'Distressing' challenge last week, so many amazing entries, you all seem to love distressing your lovely

This week over on Totally Papercrafts the lovely Sue is your host and she has chosen the theme......

'Spring/Spring Colours'

So we want to see your creations reflecting either spring directly or maybe you are inspired by some fresh spring colours, so interpret how you will.

We welcome back Sew Many Cards as our sponsor this week and Angela is offering our lucky winner 5 digital images of their choice.

Some of the DT have used a selection of some of the wonderful images available from Sew Many Cards, so please do check out my fellow team buddies gorgeous work.  Here's mine....


Digi Image - Sew Many Cards 'Duncan with Owen'

Papers - K & Co and Basic Grey

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils, Sansodor and Promarkers

Faux Stitching - Whisper Markers

Embellishments - Ribbon and Flowers from stash


We do hope you'll join us this week for our spring fresh challenge!!!

Yesterday I had a fabby day with some wonderful crafting buddies, and it just so happens we are all on the Totally Papercrafts DT.  Lorraine is currently over in the UK visiting friends and family, so I invited her along with Emma and Mel to mine for the day.  Crafting could have been on the agenda, but the day just flew by with lots of chat and laughter, in fact nigh on 7 hours of, couldn't of asked for better company for the day.  Poor Steve spent the majority of it outside fishing, I did say he could join us but he ran a mile...hehehe.
It was so lovely to meet up with Lorraine again, and of course I always enjoy meeting up with Emma and Mel on a regular basis.  We managed to get a pic of us all together too....

Left to right...Lorraine, Me, Emma, Mel, my niece and Mel's daughter Emily and of course always liking to get in on the action

Thanks for a wonderful day girls, it was such fun and boy was I shattered at the end of it.

Enjoy your day everyone and thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xxx

Monday, 12 April 2010

2 Challenges 1 Card

A bit of a late card from me today, have been busy having a bit of a spring clean by washing curtains and cleaning the insides of the windows, wanted to get these done whilst Steve is about at home as I still need to go careful with my shoulder, though I managed to do the windows fine, probably good exercise for it.

So on to my card for you today and still keeping it bright....


Digi Image - Some Odd Girl 'Lounging Kaylee'

Papers - Dovecraft

Colouring Mediums - Copics and Promarkers

Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Embossing Folder - Stylized Flowers

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Embellishment - Prima Flowers, Sequine Flower and Pearl Brad all from stash


The challenges....

Some Odd Girl - Sketch

Allsorts - Petals & Pearls


A couple of reminders now....

Don't forget that the Pollycraft Monday Challenge has now gone weekly, the DT have been split into two groups so each group takes turns for each week, so make sure you hop over for the weekly Pollycraft fun.

Also, there are just a few days left to apply for the Magical Crafts DT Call, I've recieved a good deal of applications so far, and all so wonderful, it's going to be such a difficult choice for us.  However, don't be put off if you think you'd like to be a part of our friendly fun DT, then please do drop me a line.  You will find all details for applying on the Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenges Blog and the closing date for all applications is Thursday 15th April at 6 p.m. (UK time).

Hope everyone is keeping well, and thank you for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Keeping up with the bright and fresh theme

Hi Everyone!!  Well the gorgeous warmer weather of the past few days is certainly being reflected in my cards over the past week.  I just can't seem to get enough of the fresh and sometimes bright spring/summery colours.  And today is no different, even though the weather is a bit more cloud than sun and the breeze is a little nippy.


Digi Iamge - Pollycraft 'Star Fairy'

Papers - Blonde Moments, K&Co and Dovecraft

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils, Sansodor, Sakura Stardust and Promarkers

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Embellishments - Dotty Buttons (Papermania), Ribbon from stash

Flowers - Woodware Punches


I'm entering this card into the following challenges....

Stamptacular - Spots & Dots

Totally Gorjuss - Texture

Charisma Cardz - Thank You

C.R.A.F.T. - Buttons

Paperplay Challenge - Shiny Happy People

Pixie Dust Studio - Things With Wings

Crafty Ann's Challenges - Let the Sunshine In

Paper Cutz - Three Patterned Papers

Here's a close up showing some of the sparkle.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Joanne xxx

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Cute 'Lil Kitty' for Three Challenges

Hello, boy it's an absolutely gorgeous day here so far, so going to make the most of it and pop out soon to do a bit of shopping and take Mollie for a walk.  It was also a gorgeous day yesterday and we really enjoyed our trip to Bridlington, the beach was packed and kiddies were happily paddling in the water, though when I dipped my big toe in I rapidly took it out again as the sea was ice cold.  There were even some avid sun worshippers who were brave enough to sunbathe in next to nothing, it was pleasant but not that, mind you we all had a touch of colour to our faces by the end of the day.

I think I'm really in the pink & green mood this week as thats the colout combo I've used again on my card for today....


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Lil Kitty & Butterfly'

Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Roundabouts Frienship Sentiments'

Papers - Dovecraft

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers, Watercolour Pencils & Sansodor

Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Embellishments - Ribbon & Charm from stash

Faux Stitching - Whipsers Marker in black



SophistiCat - Raining Cats and Dogs

Stamp Something - Stitch Something


Well I hope you all have a fabby weekend and are also enjoying some pleasant weather.


Joanne xx

Friday, 9 April 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #11

Good Morning All!!

WOW...a lot of you seemed to like our last challenge, which was to use digital images and/or papers, thank you to everyone that took part.

Our challenge for you this week over on Totally Papercrafts is.....


So it's time to get inking, tearing, sanding, scrunching, whatever your favourite distressing techniques are.

We are this week being sponsored by the wonderful Sally-Ann from Digi Stamp Boutique.

Sally-Ann also kindly gave all the DT some images to work with, and they really are all pieces of fabulous work from the DT so please do go check out the works from my design buddies.  Here's mine....


Digi Iamge - Digi Stamp Boutique 'Ballet Matilda'

Papers - Basic Grey and Artylicious

Colouring Medium - Watercolour Pencils and Sansodor

Embellishments - Lace, Roses and Feather all from stash


We do hope you'll be able to join us for our latest challenge.

Also yesterday I was chosen as one of the Odd Girl favourites so I'm now an  'Lil Oddity'...woohoo!!

They are now on to their second challenge over on the Odd Girl Challenge Blog, which this time is a style challenge with a sketch, so please go and check it out.  I'm definately going to try and take part in this one and you have 2 weeks to enter.  Don't forget to check out their SHOP too and all their wonderful digi's.

Enjoy your day, and thank you for stopping by, we're off on a day trip to the coast in a bit.


Joanne xxx

Thursday, 8 April 2010

A late night crafting....

My lovely SIL Mel X, popped round last night for a little bit of crafting and a natter, something we've not done for a while, and as her hubby unexpectadly came home last night she had an instant  Well crafting we did, and we got so carried away amongst the pens, papers and stamps it was gone midnight before we even looked at the  It was fun though, and Steve was quite happy downstairs watching the footie and then the Master Chef final.  Anyway I have two cards for you today due to my extra crafting time....


Stamp - Lili of the Valley (borrowed from SIL)

Papers - Daisy & Dandelion and Papermainia

Colouring Medium - Watercolour Pencils and Sansodor

Doily Punch - Martha Stewart

Flowers - Woodware Punches

Silver Card - from stash

Embellishments - Gems from stash


I'm entering this card into the following challenges....

Everybody Art - Sketch

Lili of the Valley - Blue & Silver

Daring Cardmakers - April Birthstone 'Diamond'


Stamp - Gorjuss Girl

Papers - Dovecraft and K & Co

Colouring Medium - Watercolour Pencils, Sansodor and Promarkers

Doily Punch - Martha Stewart

Flowers - Woodware Punches

Sentiment - Kaban

Embellishments - Black Gems from stash


I'm entering this card into the following challenges....

Quixotic - Joys of Spring


Well the sun is shining today, hooray!!  Got eldest and her OH arriving later for a few days visit, and hoping we can all go out for the day tomorrow along the coast somewhere, but that will be totally weather depending, but we hope so as Mollie so loves the beach and we really fancy fish and chips out of the paper seating on the, that could be wishful thinking so sitting in the car on the seafront eating fish and chips will probably be more

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Something to brighten a dreary day...

I'm sure the weather man said yesterday that the next few days would remain dry with sunny spells, well it's dar, overcast and RAINING!!!  So if it's like that where you are hopefully my card will brighten your day a little as you could say it's a bit

There's a fab new challenge blog which I found out about yesterday whilst on a bit of a blog hop, Some Odd Girl Challenge Blog (what a fab title, don't you think?), not only is there a challenge blog but they also design digi-images which you can see and purchase over on the Some Odd Girl Shop, I'll warn you now there are some beauties.  Now for the challenges, you can use any images as well as their own, but they have a fab freebie image called 'Mae's Bouquet' which is an absolute beauty, so I just had to use it.  There first challenge has been running a couple of weeks and ends tomorrow, so only just getting this one in.  Now this is where the colourful bit comes in, their first challenge is...Rainbow!!

Here's my card...

Yep, I was so quick to take a piccy the glue hasn't had time to dry as can be seen on the dew drops, 


Digi Image - Some Odd Girl 'Mae's Bouquet' (freebie)

Papers - Rainbow Background and Rainbow Glitter Card both Kanban, Frame DP is K & Co

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Frame - Nellie Snellin (thanks to my SIL for letting me have a play yesterday!!)

Embossing - Swiss Dots done in my bug

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Embellishments - Coloured Braid and Dewdrops from stash

All the challenges this card fits....

Cooking It Up With Katie - Something New, Something Old & Something Sweet
(New - Braid & Glitter Card, Old - Rainbow Paper, Sweet - Image)

My Time To Craft - On The Spot 
(Swiss Dots Embossing, hope that counts!!)

Kaboodle - Digi Girl

Simon Says  - A Card for a Child

It's a special challenge this week over on Simon Says where all the DT will be sending their cards to a child through either Post Pals or Make A Child Smile and they are asking all those that enter the challenge to also send their card to a child through one of these or a similar organisation.  Well I think my card will hopefully brighten a childs day, so I will be sending my card on to a child through Post Pals.  Please if you have the time do take a look at these sites, and consider sending a child a little hope and happiness by sending them a card.

Ooohhh I think it's stopped raining!!  Lets hope it stays that way.


Joanne xxx

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

One Card for Seven Challenges

Good Morning Everyone, hope you all had a lovely Easter and Bank Holiday weekend.

At long last I'm starting to make cards for some challenges.  My shoulder is getting a bit better by the day, I'm now able to drive again and do so much more.  I have the doctor's again later today, so hopefully all will be ok there and she'll be able to say when to stop taking these horrible meds, that don't agree with tum very much and still manage to make me feel a little woozy for alittle while after taking them.

Anyway on to my card....

As mentioned in the post title this one covers 7 challenges...

Sketch 'n' Stash - Sketch (I used my new Basic Grey papers and neglected RAK image)

Stamptacular - Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice!!

Stampin for the Weekend - Ribbons & Bows

Stamp Something - Pink Somethings

Cupcake Craft - Make Your Own FLowers



Stamp - Greetings Farm 'Miss Anya' (RAK)

Papers - Basic Grey - Porcelain

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils, Sanaodor and Promarkers

Sentiment - Kanban

Embellishments - Ribbon and Adhesive Pearls from stash

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

Enjoy your day!!!


Joanne xxx

Monday, 5 April 2010

Magical Crafts DT Call

We are looking for some new members to join the current Magical Crafts DT.

Check out the Magical Crafts Challenge Blog for full details of how to apply.

Closing date for all applications is 6:00 p.m. (UK Time) on Thursday 15th April.

Pollycraft Monday Challenge............... 'GOES WEEKLY'

Good Morning All!!

Well we have a lot to celebrate over on Pollycraft today, we have wlecomed our new team of ladies so now the challenges will be going weekly!!  It's also release day for the 'CRITTERS & COGS'..

The digi-images and clear sentiment stamps are now available from the Pollycraft Shop.

So to mark all our celebrations we have an extra special challenge to kick start the weekly challenges...



Yep, you can do anything to enter the challenge, and this week we are kindly being sponsored by...

gif maker

That's three prizes one each for three lucky winners, each winner will also recieve the Critters & Cogs Digi-Image set.  We also have some fabulous work from some of our sponsors who are our GD's for this week.  So please nip on over to the Pollycraft Challenge Blog to check out the awesome prizes from our sponsors and all the inspirational work from our GD's and my fellow teamies.  Before you go, here's mine.....

I've altered a CD to make this little hanger to brighten up my little craft cave.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Ginger - Sweet'

Papers - Artylicious and Dovecraft

Colouring Medium - Copics and Promarkers

Flowers - Prima

Other Embellishments - Ribbon and tiny flower gems from stash


We hope you will join us for our 'Going Weekly' celebration and we can't wait to see what you create!!

Have a great bank holiday Monday, looks like it's gonna be a bit of washout here as it's absolutely pouring with rain, so a good exscuse to stay in and craft with some choccy eggs to hand!!


Joanne xxx

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #12 and Critters & Cogs Final Preview Day

Good Morning Everyone and a Happy Easter to you all!!!

It's a gorgeous start to the day here today, so we are off to the local carboot and market in a bit before going to pick up MIL who is spending the day with us.  But before I nip off I best share with you the next challenge on Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenges and the final preview for Pollycraft's 'Critters & Cogs'!!



Thank you to everyone who joined in with our last challenge which was Spring/Easter, it was such a delight to see so many fresh spring colours and lots of bunnies and chicks, and again it was another record breaker for the number of entries.

Our next challenge for you over on Magical Crafts is.....


A fairly easy one really we just want to see you use animals on your projects whether they are cute, cuddly, furry, feathery, funny or just plain  We welcome back our monthly sponsor Simon Says Stamp, the winner will win a $10 spend in their store!!

The DT loved this animal themed challenge and have come up as usual with some superb inspiration for you, so be sure to check them out on the challenge blog.  Here's mine.....


Stamp - House Mouse (a RAK from my SIL, so don't know the correct name for it)

Papers - Papermania and Artilicious
Colouring Medium - Watercolour Pencils and Sansodor

Flowers & Leaves - Punched from the papers using Flower punches from Woodware and MS Frond Leaf

Flower Doily Border - Martha Stewart

Other Embellishments - Dew Drops from stash, coloured with permanent markers

Raindrops - 3D effect using Diamond Glaze


We do hope you will join us for our new challenge, remember we are a multi-craft challenge blog, so accept all kinds of crafts not just papercrafts as long as you stick to the challenge theme.



Yep it's the final day of previews for the 'Critters & Cogs' and tomorrow the digital images and clear stamp sentiments will be released and available from the Pollycraft Shop.  So today is the preview for the final three images which remember you could be in with a chance of winning if you enter today's prize draw over on Tales from Pollycraft, and if you haven't yet entered the previous three day's draws then you still have time to enter those also.  As well as entering the draws you'll also be able to see all of the images and the awesome work from the DT, so make sure you hippty hop over to the Tales from Pollycraft blog, but before you do here's a little taster from me using one of todays previewed images....

This cute little cogcake is called 'Lovebot'


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Critters & Cogs - Lovebot' (released 5th April)

Papers - Blonde Moments

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers and Sakura

Stamped Sentiments - Pollycraft 'Critters & Cogs Clear Stamp Sentiment Set (released 5th April)

Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Embellishments - Little cog buttons from stash


Well we hope you have enjoyed the past 4 days of previews for the new 'Critters & Cogs' and remember they will all be released tomorrow (Monday 5th April) and available from the Pollycraft Shop, and don't forget that there is a new Pollycraft Challenge tomorrow also!!!


Enjoy your Easter Sunday all, and don't be eating all those chocolate eggs at


Joanne xxx

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Critters & Cogs Preview Day 3

Good Morning All!!

Gosh it's day 3 of the Pollycraft 'Critters & Cogs' previews that means only 2 more days to go until they are released.  We hope you have been enjoying the previews so far, and I bet you can't wait to get hold of them.  Well don't forget you can enter a prize draw everyday to win that days's three previewed images, the draws wont be done until realease day on the 5th April, so if you've not entered any of the prize draws yet you are still able to enter each days prize draw, to do this you have to hop over to Tales from Pollycraft where you'll be able to check out all the previewed images so far and of course all of the awesome work by the DT including some from our newest DT members!!

Well on to my preview card for you today........

This jolly fella is 'Thumbs Up'!!

I'm entering this card into the....

Sweet Stampin Challenge - It's a Man's World

Digi-Image - Pollycraft 'Critters & Cogs - Thumbs Up' (released 5th April)

Papers - 7 Gypsies and Blue Card Stock

Colouring Medium - Watercolour Pencils & Sansodor

Sentiment - Pollycraft 'Critters & Cogs Clear Stamp Sentiments Set' (released 5th April)

Embellishments - Button from stash and Twine from garden


Be sure to check back tomorrow for the final preview day before their release on Monday!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fab Easter weekend.


Joanne xxx

Friday, 2 April 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #10 & Critters & Cogs Preview Day 2

Good Morning Everyone!!

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our challenge Pink & Green last week over on Totally Papercrafts, so many wonderful creations as always.

This weeks challenge for you is hosted by the lovely Lorraine and it is.....


So this week you just simply have to use digital images on your pieces of work.
We are being sponsored this week by Christie from Tiddly Inks.

The DT as always have come up with some awesome inspiration for you, and some of us have used images from Christie, so please be sure to check them out.  Here's mine........


Digi Image - Mermaid (Tiddly Inks)

Papers - Craft House 'Cupcakes'

Colouring Medium - Watercolours, Sansodor & Promarkers

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Embellishments - Ribbon and Pearls from stash

We do hope you'll be able to join us for this weeks challenge!!!



Well it's day 2 of the the C & C previews and today there are 3 more images previewing in the run up to the release on Monday 5th April.  Once again Paula is running a prize draw for one lucky winner to win all 3 of todays previewed images, so hop on over to Tales from Pollycraft where you can enter the draw and check out all the wonderful works by my fellow DT buddies using todays images.  

For my preview card for you I have used 'Cosmic' is he not one of the cutest little critters you've ever seen, I love him!!

I'm also entering this card into...

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes

Simon Says Challenge - Distressing


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Critters & Cogs - Cosmic' (released 5th April)

Papers - Blonde Moments

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Embellishments - Card Candy

Sentiment on Arrow - Pollycraft 'Critters & Cogs Clear Stamp Sentiments Set' (released 5th April)


Thanks for stopping by and as always your comments are much appreciated and I do read every one.

Enjoy the start of your Easter weekend!!


Joanne xxx

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