Monday, 28 February 2011

Pollycraft Challenge #82

Hi there!!  I've finally made it back online after a little glitch with the broadband (well it was a big one  I'm revampng my craftroom and I had to disoconnect everything to move it and well lets not say anymore, but it's all fixed now, and I promise not to touch it!!

Well its Monday morning, and yay I'm on holiday this week, so once my craftroom is all back together again you should see a few creations from me this week.  It's also time for our next challenge for you over at Pollycraft Challenges with a theme that has been chosen by me....


We just want to see THREE circles on your card/project, so that shouldn't be too hard, right??

Well the DT and our GD have some awesome inspiration to show you for this one, so please do check them out over on the challenge blog.  Here's mine.....

I've used one of my alltime favourite Twiddly Wings images for this one, all the Twiddly Wing images are available from the Pollycraft Shop.  We are being sponsored this week by Quixotic Paperie and the winner will recieve a gorgeous 6 x 6 Prima 'Reflections' Paper Stack.

We do hope you can join us for this weeks challenge.

My plans for today are to get my craftroom finished (it's not far off), take Mollie Mops for her haircut and popping to MIL, so not leaving me much time to broad over all my aching

Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by.


Joanne xxx

Thursday, 24 February 2011

SF Christmas Challenge, Pollycraft's Critters & Cogs Party and some awards.........

Got a few things to share with you on this post...

Firstly there is just a few days left to enter our very first challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges, sadly we've not had too many entries as yet.  I know many of you are still maybe getting over all the Christmas crafting, but don't forget that doing a few bits through the year will be a real help in the run up to Christmas this year, and you maybe just glad that you got started throughout the year when it comes to it.  It's a monthly challenge and you can enter more than once if you wish.  So please come and join us for this months challenge, before our second challenge is set on the 1st March.


Still has a few days left to run with bargains available in the shop until Sunday.  Paula has been showcasing DT cards and featured bloggers throughout the week as well as running a C&C challenge and a guess the first C&C image competition, so keep on following the fun.  I have another C & C card to show you made with one of the new C & C images, 'NOVA'....

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

Passion for Promarkers - One For The Boys

Paperplay Challenges - Let's Get Sentimental


And finally I have recieved two awards in the past few days, not done any of these for a while, and sadly I'm not going to follow the sending on rules of the awards, I know I'm very naughty and apologies to the two buddys that sent them to me, but I do want you both to know I very much appreciate that you thought of me and my blog, so first up is from my darling buddy Angel....

And the next is from the lovely Moni....

Thank you to you both XXX

Now as I said I'm not going to pass them on in the way they are meant to be passed on however, I would like to award them to all my blog visitors and all I ask is that you pop on over the both Angel's and Moni's blogs and leave them some love, and as they have both been so good with following the award rules you will also be able to check out the proper rules of passing on these awards, if you should want to follow them.

Right, I think thats me for now.

Thanks for popping by!!!


Joanne xxx

Monday, 21 February 2011

Pollycraft Challenge #81

Good Morning!!

Another Monday is upon us so it's time for a fab new challenge over at Pollycraft Challenges.  This week Marit is your host with the challenge of...


The DT have created some wonderful inspiration for you over on the challenge blog, so be sure to check them out, and here is my card...

I've used 'Cherry Kisses - Tea in the 20's', coloured with Promarkers.

We do hope you'll be able to join us for this weeks challenge of 'Diamonds & Pearls'


And don't forget we are also celebrating a year of Critters & Cogs with lots of fun and bargains over on the Pollycraft Blog and Pollycraft Store.  Here is another card using one of the recent C & C images 'Fluffy Wabbit'

Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by


Joanne xxx

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Critters & Cogs Party!!!

Over at Pollycraft we are celebrating one year of the Critters & Cogs.  Paula has released 3 new C & C images and is also running a C & C challenge over at The Pollycraft Blog.  Everyday for the next week there will be 'Featured Bloggers' as well as some DT features.

I've a card to show you today using one of the new Critters & Cogs images 'Trix'....

Isn't she fabulous and check out the cog birdie too!!!  The sentiment was made up using the Critters & Cogs clear stamp sentiment set which you can grab for £3.99 as well other special offers on the C & C images all over at the Pollycraft Store

I made my own flower following a fab turorial by my buddy Angel, you can find the tutorial HERE on the Sparkles Forum.

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

Simon Says Stamp - Make Your Own Embellishment

Papertake Weekly - Putting on the Glitz

Cute Card Thursday - Shiny Happy Cards

Paperplay - Add Shine

Stamp Something - Funky Somethings

Fab 'n' Funky - Make Your Own

Totally Papercrafts - Do It With Digi's

Paper Sundaes - Masculine Colours


So don't forget to check out all the Critters & Cogs fun this week, with the chance of some fabulous prizes.


Joanne xxx

Saturday, 19 February 2011

CYDA Challenge #14

Good Morning All!!  It's a bit of a wintery mix here today in Yorkshire with rain and snow, I don't think the snow is meant to come to much the rain will domineer I expect.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our last challenge over at Craft Your Days Away, so many wonderful takes on Donna's 'Photo Challenge'.  This week I am your challenge host and I've provided a simple sketch, firstly here is my card...

And this is the sketch....

You must follow the LO of the sketch and include the ribbon/lace/string with a bow/knot in the corner.  You are of course free to flip/rotate the sketch and add further embellishments and/or sentiments, as longs as the sketch LO can be seen.

I have used a cute new stamp from Marianne Design, which us girls from The Crafty Weekend were kindly provided with.

Our sponsor for this challenge is my lovely buddy Emma...

Please check out all the wonderful creations from the DT and our GD over on the challenge blog.

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

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xxx

Monday, 14 February 2011

Pollycraft Challenge #80 - Special Birthdays

Monday is here again and it's Valentines Day, so Happy Valentines to you all.  It's also time for a new challenge over at Pollycraft Challenges which this week has been set by my luvely buddy Emma, and her challenge for you is...


So do you have someone who has a special age coming up?  If not I'll be 40 in September if thats any help to you...rofl.  So no ordinary birthdays for this one they must be special.

The DT and GD have some beautiful inspiration to show you over on the challenge blog, and here's mine...

It was one of Steve's daughters 30th birthday a couple of weeks ago so this was her card.  Delphine was perfect for a more maturer card, though I don't think she was to impressed with being reminded that she was  'Delphine Cocktail' is available from the Pollycraft Shop.

Emma is also sponsoring this weeks challenge

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

Incy Wincy - Colour Me Wonderful (I've used Promarkers, Sakura Stardust and Chalks)

Fab 'n' Funky - Textures

Paper Sundaes - Sundae Toppings Bar - I've used Flowers & Pink


We do hope you can join us for this weeks challenge.

Enjoy your day!!


Joanne xxx

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Diamond Wedding

Good Morning All!!

They said today was gonna be nice, yet to see it mind, it's dull and damp.  Was hoping to give my car a good old clean today but hat's looking very unlikely now as we are off out this afternoon to check out hopefully one last venue for my 40th Birthday in September, gosh it's been a headache trying to find somewhere, everyone seems to want to get married on my  Then this evening Steve is taking me out for a lovely meal at our favourite italian for a valentine's treat.  Anyway on to my card for you today....

I made this on the evenings earlier in the week for my manager at work who wanted a mnore personalised Diamond Wedding Anniversary card for her OH's grandparents.  Gosh, 60 years of marriage, thats definately worth celebrating, don't you think?  The image is from Just Inklined, and has been coloured with Promarkers and Sakura Stardust clear.  I am entering this card into the following challenges...

Sparkles Forum Monthly Challenge (now on a brand new forum!!) - Anything Goes

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Lets See Some Love

My Time To Craft - Hearts & Flowers

Passion For Promarkers - Let There Be Love

Flutterby Wednesday - At Least Three Hearts

Paper Play - Hearts & Flowers But Not Valentines

Cute Card Thursday - Hearts & Flowers

Moving Along With The Times - Photo Inspiration

Crafty Ann's - Love Is All Around

Crafty Catz - Valentines or Love

Saturday Challenge - Stamped/Digi Flower

Sweet Stampin - Love Bug

One Stop Crafts - Love Is In The Air


I only really have weekends to sit down and join in with challenges, I only really look at the challenge themes and not always the rules such as how many challenges I can combine with as my spare time is precious and with so many challenge blogs I just don't have the time to read everything, so if I have broken any rules with the amount of challenges combined etc.., then please accept my apologies and please remove me if need be.  I enter the challenges for my own personal enjoyment not for the prize on offer.


As mentioned in my challenges list the Sparkles Forum has now changed homes and you can find the new forum HERE, please pop along and join for daily friendly chatter, swaps, challenges, tips & advice etc..., it caters for many crafts not just cardmaking.  Hope to see you there!!

Enjoy your Saturday and weekend everyone, and thanks for stopping by.


Joanne xxx

Monday, 7 February 2011

Pollycraft Challenge #79

Gosh is it just me or are the weeks just flying by can't believe we're into the second week of February and it's also Monday again so that means it's time for another challenge over at Pollycraft Monday Challenges.  It's Maria's turn to set the challenge and she has a sketch and theme for you....

And along with the sketch the theme needs to be 'LOVE'

The DT have some wonderful inspiration for you over on the challenge blog so please do go check them out, here's mine...

Again please excuse the quailty of the picture, this dull weather really doesn't do the colours any justice.

I've used the latest Pollycraft Freebie, 'I Only Have Eyes For You' - Critters & Cogs.

Paula is also releasing some wonderful new images today, so please check out the SHOP HERE.

This weeks challenge is being sponsored by Paula herself with some wonderful images for the winner.

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

A Spoon Full of Sugar - Photo Inspiration

Aud Sentiments - Corny Valentines Day Sayings

ABC Challenges - N = Nesties

Charisma Cardz - No Embellishments

Stampin For The Weekend - Valentines Day

The Corrosive Challenge - Red, Orange & Yellow

The Crafty Pad - Love Is In The Air

Allsorts - It Must Be Love Love Love


We hope you'll be able to join us for this weeks challenge, we can't wait to see what do with the sketch and theme.


Joanne xxx

Sunday, 6 February 2011

CYDA Challenge #13

Oh gosh how late am I with this!!  Well better late then never I guess.

Our new challenge over at Craft Your Days Away has been set by the lovely Donna who has a 'PHOTO INSPIRATION' challenge for you, and this is my very late card....

I'm not at all happy with the quality of the piccie as it's been so dark and dismal this weekend, and the weekends are the only real daylight I see at home at the moment.  I've used this gorgeous Digi Image from Teddy Bo & Co.  

We are being sponsored this week by our monthly sponsor....


You could win a $10 voucher to spend in store.

Ooops I best also show you the inspirational photo

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

Simon Says Challenges - Love Is In The Air

Crafts & Me - Red

Penny's Challenges - Hearts A Flutter

Moving Along With The Times - Red

Stamp Something - Use A Digi

One Stitch At A Time - Do It With A Digi

Cutie Sunday - Hearts

Saturday Challenge - Valentine

Crafty Emma's Challenges - Red & Romance

Sparkles Forum Challenges - Valentines

Phew thats a lot of challenges for

Thanks for stopping by we hope you'll be able to us for the challenge.  I'll be back tomorrow with Pollycrafts new challenge.


Joanne xxx

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Sparkles Christmas Challenge #1

Well, it's finally here the launch of the Sparkles Christmas Monthly Challenges, every month a new Christmas theme will be set and all you have to do is follow the theme with whichever kind of craft you want.  A great way to build up your Christmas cards, gifts, tags and decorations throughout the year.
So you'll now want to know what our first challenge is...

'Christmas Tree's'
 A nice easy theme to get you started and Christmas Tree's throws up all kinds of crafting possibilites.  My fabulous DT buddies have lots of inspiration to share with you over on the challenge blog so please do check it out.  Here's mine....

We are have THREE fabulous prizes for our 1st challenge...

Pink Gem Designs with a prize of 4 Digi's

Joanna Sheen with a £10 voucher

And DT Shaz, also has a special prize for one lucky winner.

I have used 'Winter Kaya' from Pink Gem Designs on my card, such a cutie she is.


We also have something else going on with the challenge blog, you can vote for your 'Designer of the Month' over on the Sparkles Christmas Challenges Designer of the Month Blog, so if you've always wanted to have a say on a DT's piece of work this is your chance.


We do hope you'll be able to join us for our fun Christmas challenges.


Joanne xxx

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