Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Two Cards, Lots of Challenges.....

Good Morning, well I have two cards for you today, can you tell Steve was away last  I was mean cardmaking machine last night, but I'll just be showing these two for now.  First up is another Pollycraft sneek peak for you of another Crystal Fairy...


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Crystal Fairy Collection' (due for release on the 1st of July)

Papers - Well, none far a, just used plain old white cardstock

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils, Sansodor to blend and Promarkers for skin tones

Embossing - Cuttlebug

Embellishments - Ribbon, Flowers and Dew Drops from stash


La La Land - White on White

I Love Digi - Emboss It

Craftalicious - Monotone

Crafty Ann's - Embossing

Allsorts - Embossing

The Crafty Pad - Embossing

The Crazy Challenge - Make It In An Hour

Incy Wincy - Things With Wings


And now here's a bright and cheerful card....


Digi Image - Digi Stamp Boutique 'Bianca'

Papers - Scraps from my scraps stash

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils and Sansodor to blend

Embellishments - Flowers and Ribbons from my stash

Sentiment - Handwritten with Sakura Stardust Pink


Create 4 Fun - Sketch

Oh La La - Simply Summer

Corrosive - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

Dare U 2 Digistamp - Blooms & Butterflies

Aud Sentiments - Use the word 'Love'

Digital Tuesday - Summertime

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Animal Crackers

Crafty Cardmakers - Inky Fingers

Phew... and thats that!!


Well it rained last night quite hard, but it is still real muggy and sticky, the sun is trying to break through now, so a good chance to take Mollie for her stroll and go do a bit of shopping.  We had a lovely time at the beach yesterday, Mollie was in her element running around in the sea, luckily she never goes out of her depth, even went paddling myself then we had a little picnic, though Mollie was more interested in digging a moat around me and the towel then, so the sarnies got a bit sandy.

Oh and one more thing my little blog is featured in the current '101 Lovely Craft Blogs' over at dotcomgiftshop.  It was a nice thing to see when I recieved an email from them this morning, I'd not heard of it before, I've been and looked at the list and recognised a few other blogs on there too.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!!


Joanne xx

Monday, 28 June 2010

Pollycraft Challenge #50

Good Morning, yet another glorious start.  Have been up with the sparrows this morning seeing Steve off to work, him working away again is going to take some getting used to again.  So to break the day up for me and Mollie we are gonna take a trip to Withernsea later for a little beach time, she loves the sea and it'll be much cooler for her and

Well it's Monday and that means it's time for our next challenge for you over at Pollycraft.  This weeks challenge is being hosted by Lisa and her challenge for you is...


So that means we want to see lots of pink or a little pink, as long as there is pink on your creation.

We are being sponsored this week by the lovely Wendy over at Secret Crafter.
The DT have all gone pink with this one so please do take a moment to check them out.  Here's mine...


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Crystal Fairies Range' (to be released on the 1st July)

Papers - Blonde Moments and K & Co

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers & Sakura Stardust Pink

Embellishments - Ribbon, Brads, Flowers, Pearl, Spacer and Charm all from stash

Sentiment - Done on the PC


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

Enjoy your day!!!


Joanne xx

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #18

Good Morning!!

What gorgeous weather we seem to be having across the UK, on Glastonbury weekend too, which is normally known for it's mud  Wonder how many will be having BBQ's today with the England match this afternoon, lets hope it will be a celebration!!

Anyway, it's time for a new challenge over on Magical Crafts.  We had well over 200 entries for our last challenge and I have a feeling our next challenge for you could end up being another high entry one, as it's a nice easy one.....


We just want to see some flowers on your project, see nice and easy and for the majority of us we love to use flowers right?

The DT have come up with plenty of gorgeous flowery inspiration for you so please do take a moment to check them out.  We are being sponsored this time round by our wonderful monthly sponsor Simon Says Stamp and the winner will recieve a $10 spend in the Simon Says Store.

On a sad note our fellow DT member Steph is stepping down from the DT for personal reasons, she has been with us from the very beginning and is going to be awfully missed.  Thank you Steph for all your support and commitment to the team and I wish you all the very best hun for the coming months and beyond.

Right, here's my flowery project....

The blank frame was from The Range and I have covered it with some black netting material that has coloured flower detail on it, I found it amongst my material scrap stash.  I've made the flower by cutting out lots of circles of three sizes from some pink, blue and white organza, then layered and scrunched them together before securing by sewing them together in the centre.  I then pushed a pink gem brad with a spacer through the centre of the flower to finish off.  I found the feather amongst the scrap material so thought this looked great with the flower.  The stringed gems running around the edge of the frame I bought sometime ago from a local haberdashery store.  As you can see I took photo's of the frame both ways that it can stand to see which looked best but I think you'll agree it looks great either way so decided to show them both.

We do hope you'll join us for our latest challenge, we can't wait to see your flowery creations.

Hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their weekend, slap on that suncream and enjoy!!!


Joanne xx

Friday, 25 June 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #22 & Pollycraft Friday Freebie

Good Morning Peeps!!

I hope everyone is enjoying some summery weather, it sure does lift the spirits when you wake up to a sunshiney day, don't you think?
Right I better get on got a bit of a long post for you...



Thank you to everyone who joined in with Sue's sketch challenge last week, this week it's the lovely Anne's turn and her challenge for you is.....


The DT girlies have all been busy on this one and we also welcome Carol to the DT with her first card so please do check them out over on the challenge blog or you can visit their blogs, links are on my left side bar.  Here's mine...

Firstly, meet Maurice, this is a little sneak peek for you of one of the fab new images to be available in the Pollycraft Shop from the 1st July, so keep an eye out for more sneak peeks of upcoming images over the next week.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Maurice Fishing' (release date 1st July 2010)

Papers - Papermania 'Cool Tones' and Dovecraft 'Funky Vintage'

Colouring Mediums - Copics and Promarkers

Embellishments - Rik-Rak, Cord and Card Candy all from stash

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

We do hope you will join us for this weeks challenge we can't wait to see what you come up with, and also from next week we will be announcing our Top 3 from then onwards for each challenge.



Flo was really popular last week and I'm sure you are all gonna love this weeks freebie from Paula...

Isn't this mermaid gorgeous?  Well she can be yours for free for one week only, all you need to do is hop on over to Tales from Pollycraft and click from there to download.  Remember we would love to see your cards or other creations using the freebie images so please don't be shy to share them with us.


Digi Image - Pollycraft Freebie 'Mermaid'

Papers - Papermania 'Cool Tones'

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils and Promarkers for the skin tones

Sentiment - Done on the PC

Pearls - From stash

Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Pearlidoodles - On the pearl jewellery and her belt

Sakura Stardust Clear - On the bubbles and on the scales of her tail, though unfortunately this doesn't show on the photo.

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

Paper Cutz - Circles, Stars or Squares

Crafty Catz - Let's Go Digital

The ABC Challenge - X for Xtra Dimensions

Crafty Creations - We Want To See You Shine (well this does in real life)

The Crazy Challenge - All Things Spotty

Crafts & Me - Birthdays


Thanks as always for stopping by, I hope you all have a wonderful and hopefully summery weekend.


Joanne xx

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Miss Thang!!

Well unfortuately due to one thing or another I didn't get to play with one of the Kenny K images as planned over the weekend but I did today!!


Digi-Image - Kenny K Downloads 'Miss Thang'

Papers - Papermania

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Flowers - Cut out and layered from papers

Other Embellishments - Gems from stash


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

Rosie D's - Something Blue

Crazy 4 Challenges - Paper Flowers

Charisma Cardz - All About Bling


Don't forget Kenny K has a new challenge blog kicking off in July and they currently have a DT call, and there's still a few days left to apply.

Well what gorgeous weather we are having, I was hoping to do a couple of cards this afternoon but only managed to finish this one as it was far too hot in my little craft cave, but we mustn't complain even if it is too

Thanks for stopping by, off to the pub now for a sit in the beer garden with 1/2 a


Joanne xxx

Friday, 18 June 2010

New Challenge Blog DT Call & Images

I came across some wonderful new digi images the other day by Kenny K.  They are so modern and funky and I couldn't resist a little spend and you'll also find a freebie for June.  There will also be a new challenge blog starting up in July...

  and they are looking for a DT team.  If you would like to put yourself forward for the DT then check out the challenge blog for full details.  Closing date for DT applications is 26th June.  To apply for the DT they have asked for you to post what you consider to be one of your best pieces of work.  Well this took a bit of consideration as I have a few favourite recent pieces but my final decision was to show this one...

I'm looking forward to having a play with some of Kenny's images this weekend!!

Thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xx

Totally Papercrafts #21 & Pollycraft's Friday Freebie

Good Morning!!

I'm so sorry that my post is late today for the Totally Papercrafts challenge but Mr Blogger wasn't letting me play earlier and I couldn't sign-in, thank goodness I got signed in eventually, it's rare I have to ever sign-in but over the past week it keeps asking me too, what's that all about?

Anyway on to this weeks challenge which is a wonderful sketch by our lovely Sue.

My fellow teamies have all had fun interpreting the sketch and some of us have used images by this weeks wonderful sponsor Sew Many Cards.  Here's my card and Sue's sketch....


Digi Image - Sew Many Cards

Papers - Crafts Too

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Embellishments - Pearls & Flowers all from stash


We can't wait to see your take on the sketch!!


Pollycraft Friday Freebie

Paula's freebie for you this week is absolutely adorable....

Meet 'FLO' isn't she a real cutie?  Well if you would like to grab Flo for free then hop on over to the Tales From Pollycraft blog where you can pick her up and remember she is only free for ONE week only.


Digi Image - 'Flo' Pollycaft Friday Freebie

Papers - Basic Grey

Colouring Mediums - Copics & Promarkers

Embellishments - Buttons, Ribbon, Flowers & Brad all from stash

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards


I'm entering my 'FLO' card into the following challenges...

Papertake Weekly - Ice Cream Flavours
(well my favourite flavour when I was young was 'Tutti Fruiti' and all these colours remind me of all the colourful little bits it had in.  Nowadays I like any flavour of ice cream except, I love chocolate but have never liked chocolate ice cream, I must be strange!!)

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Enjoying The Sunshine

Allsorts - Lace and/or Buttons

Our Creative Corner - Gotcha Cornered


Before I go, if your still with me that is...We had a wonderful few days away down in Tewksbury and ended up staying a little longer than first planned.  The days were spent lazing by the lakes or canals Steve with his rods and me alternating between my pole and rod.  Steve caught by far the most fish but he didn't catch many real biggies that was me, it was fun to have our little matches between us, and though he always beat me on the amount of fish I won everytime when it came to the total weight.  So feeling much more relaxed and chilled now after our little break.

Right I'll leave it at that for now.

Thank you for stopping by and all your lovely comments.


Joanne xx

Monday, 14 June 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge #48

Happy Monday!!

It's time for a new challenge over on Pollycraft, this weeks challenge theme was chosen by Joey which is...


We want to see your song inspired creations, so you could maybe use a song title or lyrics on your project or maybe there is a song that reflects in your creation, if it's not obvious please let us know in your post what your inspiring song is.

The DT have all had fun with this one, I personally loved this theme but found it so hard to choose the song I wanted to work with, I can tell you it changed a few times on the drawing board.  So please do check out my fellow DT buddies work, you'll not be disappointed.  Here's mine...

If you've not already guessed the song that inspired this piece was Queen's 'Friends Will Be Friends'.  I have used three different Pollycraft images from different collections to bring them togther as friends.


Digi Images - Pollycraft 'Cherry Kisses Pooch', 'Ginger Sweet' and 'Sydney Flutterby'

Paper - 7 Gypsies

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers & Chalks

Flowers - From stash

Wording - PC Generated


We do hope you'll be able to join in with us for our 'Sing Song' challenge, we can't wait to see what you come up with.


Joanne xx

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Magical Crafts Challenge #17

Good Morning Everyone!!

Well it's Sunday and I'm hoping that Mr Blogger has posted this scheduled post correctly as I should hopefully be enjoying a nice few days away down in Tewkesbury.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our last challenge over at Magical Crafts and it's now time for our next challenge.


With Fathers Day fast approaching this would be a perfect time to create something for a dad.  However, you don't have to do something for a dad it could be anything for a male.

We welcome Stitchy Bear Stamps as our sponsor, they will be sponsoring us a few times over the coming months featuring different artists.  This time the featured artists are Crafty Chaos Designs & Stitchy Stamps.

The DT have all been busy with their amazing projects so please be sure to check them out.  Here's mine...

Digi Image - Stitchy Stamps 'Home On The Range' (available from Stitchy Bear Stamps)

Digi Papers - Crafty Chaos Designs 'Basic Black & White Paper Set' (available from Stitchy Bear Stamps)

Embellishments - Leather straps, buttons and card candy all from stash

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards


We do hope you will be able to join us for our latest challenge, we can't wait to see your projects.


Joanne xx

Friday, 11 June 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #20

Good Morning All

Are we all ready for the start of the World Cup??  You either love it or hate it I guess.  It means for me I can sneak off and do some extra crafting whilst Steve watches the numerous matches, but I do like to watch the England matches especially at the later stages if we get that far, so come on lads!!  However I'm gonna escape the first few days as we are off to Tewksbury tomorrow for a few days of fishing, so Steve can listen to the matches in his own little personal world on his DAB radio whilst fishing, just as well we don't talk too much whilst

Anyway it's Friday and that means its time for our next challenge over on Totally Papercrafts.  Your host this week is Mel and her challenge for you is....


Cute, cuddly, or ugly we want to see your work with animals in mind.

We this week welcome a new sponsor to us...

Heidi from 2 Cute has a lovely Etsy store with the cutest digi's and cling stamps and she is offering our winner of the challenge 2 digi's of their choice or 1 cling stamp.

Some of the DT have used digi's kindly given to us by Heidi and here is mine...


Digi Image - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps 'Thank You Cat'

Papers - Dasiy & Dandelion

Colouring Mediums - Chalks & Copics

Border Punch & Love Hearts - Martha Stewart

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Ribbon & Card Candy - From stash

I've used Dovecraft Shimmer Chalks to lightly colour the kitty and the Copics were used on the flowers.

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

Though I'll be away over the weekend and into early next week I have a couple of posts scheduled for the Magical Crafts & PollyCraft challenges so thank you in advance for visiting and have a lovely weekend.


Joanne xx

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Football Crazy

Good Morning All

Another dreary day but not quite so wet as yesterday at least.  Well the world cup starts on Friday so this inspired my card for today...

I've used my new 'Football Dragon' digi from DigiStamp Boutique, which is one of 10 images I was lucky enough to have won from my buddy Emma's charity candy.


Digi Image - DigiStamp Boutique 'Football Dragon'

Background Papers - All from my scraps stash

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils & Copics

Embellisments - Buttons from stash, adding the red lines with a red CD marker and Card Candy from stash


I only used a copics red marker on the scarf to draw the lines, the rest of the image was coloured with watercolour pencils and blended with sansodor.


This card fits the following challenges....

Sketch & Stash - Sketch (new stash is the image)

Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Red, White & Blue or World Cup

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


Joanne xx

Friday, 4 June 2010

Totally Papercrafts Challenge #19

Good Morning All!!

Oh gosh I'm a little late with this one, I was even late with my card and didn't get a chance to finish it until this morning, but hey-ho it's all done and finished now.  Thank you to everyone who joined in with Sue's challenge last week over on Totally Papercrafts.

This week your host is the lovely Joey and her challenge for you is....


As the title suggests we want to see you cards that invlove more than one fold, there are so many possibilities with this one and we can't wait to see what you come up with.

We are kindly being sponsored this week by....

Karen is offering a lucky winner 3 digi images from her store. She also has a gorgeous new free image on her site if you would like to go and get it !
The DT have planty of awesome inspiration to show you so please do check them out.  Here's mine...

Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Kiki Bloom' (Soon to be released addition to the Cuthbert & Kiki collection)

Papers - Crafts Too

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils and Promarkers

Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Sentiment Round - Pollycraft

Embellishments - Ribbon, Flowers & Brads all from stash


I have used watercolour pencils blended with sansodor on Kiki's body and the promakers on all other areas.


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

Right I'm off to put up a tent on a practice, need to check we know what we are doing and all bits are there as we are camping out for the night tomorrow at a family party in York.  Please stay dry!!!

Enjoy your day!!


Joanne xx

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Fairy Kiki

Good Morning!!
I've another sneak peek at one of the new 'Cuthbert & Kiki' images soon to be released from Pollycraft.

Today it's Kiki's turn....

Isn't she adorable?  This is 'Rose Fairy Kiki', and she is 1 of 6 new Cuthbert & Kiki images soon to be released.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Rose Fairy Kiki' (soon to be released as an addition to the Cuthbert & Kiki collection)

Papers - Kanban

Colouring Mediums - Copics, Promarkers & Sakura Stardust Clear

Embellishments - Bow, Pearls and Flowers all from stash


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

One Stop Craft - Swirls & Pearls

Rosie D's - Fairytales

Paperplay - Up In The Air

Everybody Art - Summer

Oh La La - Use Their Blog Colours

Crafty Cardmakers - Least & Most
(I've used my most favourite colour Lilac and one of my least favourite colours Green)


Thanks for stopping by!!


Joanne xx

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Arise Sir Cuthbert

Hello all, hope everyone enjoyed the bank holiday weekend, bit of a mix on the weather front and it's a bit of a washout today, though the weatherman says after today it's meant to start warming up again..yipeee!!  I'm just hoping that Saturday is going to be nice on the day and night, as we are off to a double celebration family party in York, and so we can enjoy a drink we have decided to borrow a tent and camp for the night, so please be nice weather that day!!!

I have a card for you featuring a new Pollycraft image soon to be released........

This is 'Brave Knight Cuthbert' and is one of six new images soon to be released from the Cuthbert & Kiki range.


Digi Image - Pollycraft 'Cuthbert & Kiki - Brave Knight Cuthbert' (soon to be released)

Papers - Kanban

Colouring Mediums - Watercolour Pencils, Copics & Promarkers

Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Embellishments - Brads and Card Candy from stash


I used watercolour pencils blended with sansodor on the Cuthbert's body and the copics & promarkers on all other colourings.


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

Simon Says - Pink or Blue with Green & Brown

The Crafty Pad - Card For A Male

Dare U 2 Digi-Stamp - One For The Boys

C.R.A.F.T.- Blue & Green

Crafty Catz - The Boyz Are Back

Crafty Creations - Favourite Stamp/Digi (this Cuthbert image is my favourite from the new images)


Thank you for stopping by and also for everyone's lovely comments wishing me well over the past week they all mean so much to me, thank you!!


Joanne xx

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