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Monday, 31 May 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge #46

Good Morning!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their bank holiday weekend here in the UK, typical bank holiday weather eh?...lol.  Well at least we have our crafting to brighten our days and to help you on your way it's time for a new challenge over at Pollycraft, which has been set this week by the lovely Sheena....

'HIDDEN MESSAGE'

So think out of the box on this one... pull out tags/tabs, opening sections etc...

We can't wait to see your hidden ideas.  The DT have all done a fab job with this one so you'll find plenty of inspiration.  Here's mine....



RECIPE

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Sydney Rodeo'

Paper - Daisy & Dandelion

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Cardstock - From scraps stash

Embellishments - Ribbon, Buckle and Tiny Gold Flowers all from stash.

Sentiment - Handwritten

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We do hope you'll join us for the challenge this week.

Enjoy your Monday !!

Hugs

Joanne xx



Sunday, 30 May 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #16

Good Morning!!

It's time for our next challenge over on Magical Crafts.  Firstly thank you to everyone who entered out last challenge, it was great to see so many colours to mix with black and white.

Challange #16

METAL MADNESS

This time round we would like to see some metal on your projects, so it could be metal embellishments, metallic colours or card or how about making something out of metal, or maybe altering something thats metal.  Lots of scope here for your imagination.  The DT have been putting their excellent talents into place to give you plenty of inspiration so please do check them out.  Here's mine....


RECIPE

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Ronnie Relaxing' (Special charity image, please check out the top of my right hand side bar for details)

Card Stock - Kanban

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils blended with Sansodor

Sentiment - From stash

Bottle Tops - Put through the cuttlebug to flatten them out.

Brads - From stash

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We do hope you'll be able to join us for the challenge, we can't wait to see what you create.

Happy Sunday!!

Hugs

Joanne xx


Friday, 28 May 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #18

Good Morning!!
It's Friday and that means it's time for a new challenge over at Totally Papercrafts.  Firstly thank you to everyone who entered Lorraine's 'Photo Inspiration' challenge last week.  Lovely to see the different ways you were all inspired, strawberries were a firm favourite.
This week our bright and cheery buddy Sue has set the challenge for you, Sue is currently away on holiday and apologises for not being around to visit all your blogs and she noramlly does visit ALL the blogs..lol.  Hope your having a fabby time Sue, we're missing you hun!!

Anyway Sue's challenge for you is....

MONOCHROME

So pick a colour and play with those different shades of it!!

We welcome back our ever wonderful and generous monthly sponsor Simon Says Stamp for this challenge.

We also welcome a new friend to the the team, we are thrilled to have Caroline join us.  And what a superstar she is, she only agreed to join us yesterday but promptly made up a gorgeous card for todays challenge, so be sure to check out her's and the rest of my fellow teamies makes on the challenge blog.  Here's mine....


I love her blue hair!!

RECIPE

Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'Claudia the Artist'

Paper - Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Scalloped Circle - Nestabilities used in my bug

Embellishments - Ribbon, Beads, Flowers, Brad and Gems all from my stash

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We do hope you'll be able to join us for this weeks challenge and as always we look forward to seeing your creations.

Have a great day!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Tent Card

WOW...did you all enjoy a gloriously hot weekend?  It was definately a cracker here in the UK.  We had a lovely day out to the seaside at Mablethorpe on Saturday then on Sunday we had a BBQ.  Unfortunately the sun has gone back in hiding again and the temp is half of what it was, lets hope the sun soon comes out to play again!!

I've had a go at making my first 'Tent Card' following a fab tutorial by Dena on the Simon Says Challenge Blog.


RECIPE

Stamp - Magnolia

Papers - Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Cut-Outs - Scalloped Squares Nesties

Leaf Punch - Martha Stewart

Pearls on Frame - Pearlidoodles

Other Embellishments - Ribbon, Brad, Flowers, Charm and Card Candy all from stash.

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

Simon Says - Tent Card and at least one Charm

The Crazy Challenge - It's a Girl Thing

ABC - U = Unused 
(unused items I've used - ribbon and pearl pearlidoodles)


Stamp Something - Two of Something
(Used 2 design papers)

The Crafty Pad - Over the Edge
(Ribbon bow goes over the top edge)

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Hope everyone is keeping ok, sorry I've not been about with very many makes recently and for continuing to be an extreemly bad blogger and not visitng your blogs very often.  Going through a bit of a stressful time at the moment, just hoping and praying that things soon turn around.  

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

Hugs

Joanne xxx


Friday, 21 May 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #17 and Charity Blog Candy News

Good Morning

Ooohhhh it's absolutely gorgeous outside and it's set to get warmer over the weekend, dare I mention the BBQ word...lol.  But it is definate Strawberry Daiquiri's weather which will give you a slight clue to this weeks challenge for you over at Totally Papercrafts.

Thank you to everyone who entered last weeks Wedding/Anniversary challenge, so many wonderful pieces of work, this week your host is the lovely Lols and her challenge for you is a photo inspiration one...

Now don't you think that screams summer and even Wimbledon, such a delish image.

We welcome back Ellie from Digital Stamp Oasis as our sponsor for the challenge, the lucky winner will get to choose 3 images of their choice from Elllie's Esty Store.  Ellie has also joined us as our guest designer for this week, so be sure to check out her's and all the other wonderful work from my DT buddies to see how this photo inspired them.  Here's mine...


I just had to use this fella for my card he is, 'Sammy Squirrel Eats Strawberries' and is one of Ellie's images which is available from the Digital Stamp Oasis Etsy Store.

RECIPE

Digi Image - Details above

Papers - My Minds Eye and Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils with Sansodor, Copics and Promarkers.

Sentiment - Done on PC

Embellishments - Flowers, Charm & Chain and Card Candy all from stash

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I used watercolour pencils blended with sansodor to colour Sammy's body and Copics & Promarkers for all other areas.

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CHARITY BLOG CANDY NEWS!!!

Crafty Emma is still doing an amazing job at raising money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and she now has running an awesome blog candy full of yummy prizes, but this time round to enter you need to donate at least £1 to the YAA using Emma's 'Just Giving' page.  I have mentioned this before but sorry I'm gonna mention it again the YAA need to raise £7,200 A DAY to keep both helicopters and the air ambulance staff running, they don't get any government funding.  These guys do an amazing job and save so many life's.  Why not nip over to Annie's blog Annie's Antics and read the story of her husband who was in an horrific accident about 9 months ago, and if it wasn't for the YAA he may not of been here now.
So if you would like to help Emma with her fundraising in memory of her dad 'Ronnie' then please go visit her BLOG for full details. EVERY £1 MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!!

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I hope you are all enjoying some glorious weather and have a fabulous day!!

Hugs

Joanne xxx



Monday, 17 May 2010

Pollycraft Challenge #44

Good Morning, another glorious start to the day here and it really does feel like it's getting warmer.  I'm a bit stiff and achey this morning, must be a delay from all that dancing on Saturday...lol, thankfully I remembered to be careful with my shoulder on the night which was difficult with the likes of 'We Will Rock You' and 'YMCA'..lol.

Anyway it's Monday and it's time for the next challenge over at Pollycraft Monday Challenge which this week is my chosen theme of....

SUMMER BLOOMS

Just think summer and flowers and you can't go far wrong.  We are being sponsored this week by Wendy from Secret Crafter.

My fellow teamies have been getting out all their flowers and have created wonderful summery and flowery pieces of work to help get you in the summer mood so please do go and check them out, here's mine....


RECIPE

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Kiki with Kitty' from the new Cuthbert & Kiki Collection

Papers - Basic Grey

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils & Sansador, Promarkers and Copics

Flowers - Mix of Primas with Paper Roses all from stash

Other Embellishments - Ribbon and Dew Drops all from stash

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Kiki's body was coloured using the watercolour pencils with sansador to blend.  Copics and Promarkers were used for all other colouring of the image.  The background was shaded with Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks.

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We do hope you'll join us for our 'Summer Blooms' challenge, we lok forward to seeing your entries.

Enjoy your day!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #15

Good Morning!!

Thank you to everyone who entered our sketch challenge last time, so many wonderful takes on it.  Our next challenge for you over at Magical Crafts is...

BLACK, WHITE + 1 OTHER COLOUR OF YOUR CHOICE

Our very own DT Shelley is sponsoring the challenge and the winner will receive a £10 gift voucher to spend in her online store...


As always the DT have really excelled themselves and offer you plenty of colour combo inspiration, so please do check them out, here's mine...


I've made this masquerade mask using a template I've had on my computer for some years.

RECIPE
Mask Base - Blank Card Stock

Paper - Funky Fairys

Colouring Medium on the Detail - Sakura Startdust Black and Sakura White

Embellishments - Feathers, Flowers, Ribbon and Gem Trim all from stash.

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We do hope you'll be able to join us for our colour combo challenge, we can't wait to see your makes.

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Had a fabulous night last night at Crafty Emma's party and fundraiser in memory of her dad Ronnie, who would have been 60 today, myself and Steve went along with our SIL Mel and her hubby, and we also met up with Annie from Annie's Antics and her hubby too.  We all had a good boogie and surprisingly I can actual move this morning and I don't have a sore head...lol.  I think a good time was had by all, I have no idea how much money was raised but there were sacks and sacks of bra's, everyone was asked to bring bra's.  Bra's?? you may ask, well the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is collecting bra's, for every 200,000 bra's they will get a guaranteed income of at least £10,000.  The bra's will go to west Africa.
So if you have any old bra's that you would like to donate please check out the YAA website or find more details on Emma's blog.

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

Friday, 14 May 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #16

Good Morning and Happy Friday to you all!!

It's time for a new challenge over at Totally Papercrafts.  This week my good friend Emma is your host and her theme for you is....

Wedding/Anniversary

Well it tis the season for many weddings and anniversaries, so we would love to see your wedding or anniversary themed papercraft creations.

We are this week being sponsored by the lovely Di from Di's Digi Downloads and the prize is 5 images of the winners choice, I can tell you it will be so hard to choose!!

As always the DT will blow you away with their inspiration for you, and here's mine...


RECIPE

Background Paper - Used from my scraps stash, not at all sure where it's from or who it's by.

Embellishments - All from my stash

Sentiment - Kanban

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

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Before I go I just want to tell you about a little givaway going on over at Emma's. As many of you may know Emma has over the past few weeks been fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance in memory of her dad Ronnie.  A tremendous amount has been raised for YAA through the sales of the special edition 'Ronnie Relaxing' image.

If you don't have this image yet, he is still available for £1.50 with all monies going to YAA, you will find the links of where to get him at the top of my right-hand side bar.

Going back to the giveaway, Emma wants to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support and donations so far and has 4 Alota stamps to giveaway.  To be in with a chance of recieving one of these stamps you need to hop on over to Emma's Blog, follow a few little rules then add your name and blog to Mr Linky.  But you must hurry the giveaway closes tomorrow (15th May) and the winners will be drawn on Sunday.  After this Emma will be announcing another candy in her ongoing fundraising events.

Enjoy your Friday!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

Monday, 10 May 2010

Pollycraft New Images Release Day

Good Morning All!!

Well the weather so far this month appears to be going backwards not springing into pleasant warm days thats for sure, it's more like winter today, the heating has kicked in, it's raining, though thankfully not windy yet.  So a good day to not venture out and stay in craft I think.  Over the past week myself and the rest of the Pollycraft DT have been giving you all sneak peeks of  some gorgeous new images and today we can announce that they have all been released over at the Pollycraft Shop.
All the new images are priced at just 99p each, so if you are spending the day staying warm indoors with plans on getting some crafting done, why not treat yourself some new digi's to play with. 


Firstly, there are some super cute new images that have joined the Felicity & Codi collection that has now been renamed Felicity & Friends, joining Felicity and Codi, is Sydney, Jack and Ethan.

And we also introduce these two darling bears Cuthbert & Kiki, there are 7 new images in the range.

I have also used one of the new images on my card for today....


RECIPE
Digital Image - Pollycraft 'Rockstar Ethan' (Felicity & Friends Collection)

Papers - K & Co and Blonde Moments

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Sentiment - Stamped with unknown make of alphabet stamps

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

Cute Card Thursday - Boyz to Men

Stampin for the Weekend - A Card for a Male

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Anything Goes

Crazy 4 Challenges - Card For a Boy


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Thanks for stopping by, and whatever your up to today, hope it's a good one!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Something Pink & Green

Good Morning

Well at the moment it's bright blue sky and sunshine, fingers crossed it'll stay like that today, though the forecast says different but you never know.  Yesterday I recieved a package from Canada with my Sweet Pea stamps in from Paper Jewels, these were my prize from a challenge I won a couple of weeks ago over at Stamp Something, so as you can imagine I couldn't wait to get them inked up and coloured, well I've got one coloured up this morning, I'll get on with the other sometime today hopefully.


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


Daring Cardmakers - May's Birthstone 'Emerald'

Totally Gorjuss - Pink & Green

Flutterby Wednesday - Anything Goes

Crafty Ann's - Anything Goes


Stamp Something - Birthday

The Crafty Pad - Use a Punch

Saturday Challenge - Recipe (3 Embellies, 2 Papers, 1 Image)

Oh La La - Minimalist (plenty of white space)

Fab 'n' Funky - Fancy Edges

Creative Craft - Bloomin Marvelous

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RECIPE

Rubber Stamp - Sweet Pea Ching-Chou Kiuks 'Masked Fairy in Green'

Papers - Artylicious and Kanban

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils with Sansodor and Promarkers

Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Flowers - Prima and Paper Roses from stash

Sentiment - Forever Friends

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I've used the Promarkers for her skin and skin tones only, the rest was coloured with the watercolour pencils blended with sansodor.

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

Enjoy your Sunday!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

Friday, 7 May 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #15 & Pollycraft Friday Freebie

Good Morning All!!

Are we all fed up with the election jargon yet here in the UK?? Deary me goodness knows what will happen next.
Anyway at least we have crafting to take us away from all the political mess, it's Friday and time for our next challenge for you at Totally Papercrafts and of course it's Friday Freebie day at Pollycraft.

Thank you to everyone who joined in with my sketch challenge last week, so many wonderful takes on it.  This week the challenge is hosted by Anne and her challenge for you is...

STITCHING

Real or faux it's up to you!!

We this week welcome back Nikki from Bunny Zoe Crafts as our sponsor with a gorgeous prize for our winner.

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The DT have been busy with their machines, hand sewing or just plain faking it and have plenty of gorgeous inspiration for you, so please do check out my fellow teamies work.  Here's mine...


I have used this weeks Pollycraft Friday Freebie for my stitching card.  Meet Cuthbert 'FOR YOU'...now unlike the normal weekly freebie's this little darling is only going to be available for 24 HOURS, so don't be hanging around to get hold of him as after the 24 hours he will then join the Cuthbert & Kiki set of images due for release on Monday 10th May in the Pollycraft shop.  So to get hold of him for free now, hop on over to Tales from Pollycraft.

RECIPE

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Cuthbert - For You' (Friday freebie available for 24 hours only)

Papers - Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils with Sansodor, Copics and Promarkers



Flowers - My own crochet flowers

Buttons - From stash

Sentiment - Papermania

Other Tools - Paper Pricking Tool, Whisper Markers for faux stitching and Brass Stencil for butterfly.

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Some people have asked me that when I use watercolour pencils with sansodor and Copics/Promarkers which areas are coloured with which, so I will try to remember in future to include which areas are coloured with which.  For this image....

Watercolour Pencils & Sansodor - Cuthberts furry body.

Copics/Promarkers - Everywhere else.

When there is fur detail on an image I like to use the watercolour pencils blended with Sansodor as for me this gives me the shading and texture I'm happiest with to make an image look more furry/fluffy.

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

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Pollycraft Sneak Peek!!


Good Afternoon, I've a sneak peek for you today of one of the exciting new images to be released over on Pollycraft on the 10th May.  This beauty is Sydney Bubbly, she is one of 6 new images to be added to the Felicity & Codi range which will be renamed Felicity & Friends.

RECIPE

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Sydney Bubbly' (released 10th May)

Paper - Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers
Ribbon - From stash

Sentiment - Forever Friends
Die-Cut Numbers - Kanban

Card Candy - From stash
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I'm entering this card into the following challenges....

Simon Says - Birthday & Celebrations (1st Birthday Blog Hop)


The Corrosive Challenge - Let's Celebrate

Incy Wincy - Anything Goes

Digital Tuesday - A Toast To You

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Thanks for stopping by!!

Hugs

Joanne xx


Monday, 3 May 2010

Pollycraft Challenge #42

Good Morning All!!

Well I'm back from my few days away, thankfully there was more sun than rain over the weekend, which was lovely.  I had a fabulous time with all the family and for us all to be together at the same time was really special, something that hasn't happened for a few years now, I hope it's not as many years before the next one. I got back late yesterday evening, my younger brother flies back to Glasgow today and my mum and step-dad leave Worthing tomorrow on their road trip back up to Scotland, and I'll be seeing them again at the end of this week when they stop off here for a night before their last leg of their journey home.

Right, onto the next challenge over at Pollycraft, this week Becky has chosen the theme of.....

'Here Come's the Sun'

Looking out of the back window the sky is as black as your hat, but looking out the front it's gorgeous sunshine, lets hope the sunshine wins...lol.  For this challenge think sunshine, summer or summery colours, together let's bring on the SUN!!!

You'll find lots of gorgeous sunny and summery inspiration from the DT, so please do go check them out, here's mine....


RECIPE

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Retro Melody' (Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro Set)

Papers - My Minds Eye and 7 Gypsies
Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Sentiment & Sunshine - Pollycraft 'Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro Set'

Punch - Martha Stewart
Embellishments - Ribbon, Flower and Card Candy all from stash

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The winner this week will receive the gorgeous and sunny 'Sweet Dreams Springtime Retro Set'.

We do hope you will be able to join us for our sunshine challenge this week we can't wait to see what you come up with.

Hugs

Joanne xxx



Sunday, 2 May 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #14

Good Morning, I do hope everyone's enjoying their weekend.  This is another scheduled post so my fingers are crossed again that it's worked.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our last challenge 'Something for the Girls', wow...so many wonderful entries again.  Apologies for not getting around to commenting on any new entries in the final few days of the challenge, but as I'm away I've been having a break from it, but hopefully you should of all recieved one or two comments from other DT members.

Right, on to our next challenge for you over at Magical Crafts.....


Yep..it's a sketch!!  Feel free to flip/rotate and add any extra embellies you may want. 

We welcome back this week our monthly sponsor Simon Says Stamp and the winner will recieve a $10 spend in their store with p&p paid for.

We are also excited this week to welcome our new DT members and their creations, so you will find ooddles of inspiration from the whole team, so please do go check them out.  Here's mine....


RECIPE


Paper - My Minds Eye

Cardstock - Kanban

Colouring Medium - Promarkers & Copics

Flourishes - Stamped

Embellishemnts - Flowers and Pearls from stash

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We do hope you'll be able to join us for this fortnights challenge, we can't wait to see your takes on the sketch and remember it doesn't have to be just a card!!!

Hugs

Joanne xx

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