Thursday, 27 February 2014

Spring Feast

Good morning all.

The sun is shinning here in Devon 'at the moment' so let's hope spring is on it's way. My daffodils have popped open so that's a good sign. Doesn't it make you feel so much better when the sun is out?!
It 'almost' gets me in the mood to do some spring cleaning!

Today's card is for my nan's birthday who is a leap year baby and will be 94 years old:

Items used:
Penny Black 'Gossamer' stamp
First Edition 'Spring Feast' papers
Computer generated sentiment
Distress ink
Flowers and twine from stash
My criticism for today - a bit too heavy handed with the Distress ink on the sentiment! 
This is another one of my Australian stamps but I just know that it will be well loved.
So that's all folks - thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a fab day. TTFN.
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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Yee Haa!

Good morning all.
I hope that you are having a lovely weekend. I have put chicken chasseur in the slow cooker for tea so I might be able to squeeze in some craft time later - yay!

Here is my card for today:

Items used:
LOTV  'Yee Haa!' stamp
LOTV 'Candles & Cake' papers and LOTV sentiments
MS zig zag punch
String, charms, eyelets and buttons from stash

So that's it for today thanks for stopping by my blog - TTFN

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Thank you for caring

Good evening lovely blog people!

I hope that you have had a good day. I have had the week off work and I can't believe how quickly it has gone - typical!  Why is that when you work it drags and have the week off and it flies by :(

Anyway here is today's share:

Items used:
The Hobby House 'Silver Fairy' PRE COLOURED image
Henbury Lane papers
Pink Petticoat sentiment
Stampin Up word punches
Flower Soft
Glamour Dust
Flowers, gems and lace from stash

I have cheated with a pre coloured image but jazzed it up with glitter and Flower Soft.
I do feel more comfortable with a card when I can pile it all on rather than a clean and simple look where I always think that something is missing!

Hope you like my card and thank you for stopping by - TTFN.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

For You.......Mrs A!

Hello everyone.

Hope you are well and the weather has been better for you.

Today's card is for Mrs A's new butterfly challenge  where the theme is 'butterflies and flowers'. Now I would have entered this challenge earlier in the week had I read the theme properly. I missed the 'flowers' bit and took pictures of my card ready to link and realised that I hadn't used any flowers so I then added some and here it is:
( note to more attention to reading theme's in future! )


Items used:
Penny Black 'Butterfly Wishes' stamp
Forever Friends 'For You...' papers  ( did you get the link with my blog title?!! ) tee hee!
Butterfly, photo corner and flower punch
Stickles and liquid pearls
Distress ink
Hobby Art sentiment
Ribbon and gems from stash

I had to show some blog love and enter Mrs A's new challenge and it would be great if you fluttered over there to!

So that's it for today thank you for visiting my blog and hope you have a fab day - TTFN.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Men's shirt

I'm back with my second post for today and this card is for my father in laws birthday:

Items used:
DigiStamp Boutique 'Fathers day collection' tie and rosette
Pink Petticoat papers
Buttons and silver 'tie pin'! from stash

I enjoyed making this card and followed this tutorial from Kerry who is a design team member for DigiStamp Boutique.
I am actually quite pleased with the end result - shock!!

So that's it for today I hope that you have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog today - TTFN.

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Belated Valentines card!

Happy Saturday all. I hope that your weekend has got off to a good start and you had a happy valentines day yesterday!

The weather is very mixed today with lovely sunshine and pesky showers! At least the wind has died down a bit as last night it was ferocious.

I have two posts today as I might not have enough time to post tomorrow. It is my father in laws birthday on Tuesday so he's coming around for a roast tomorrow with my sister in law.
We all had a very scary experience this past week as my father in law had a cataract operation on Tuesday and seemed fine at first but after a while he had terrible hallucinations. Hubby rang the doctors to be told this sometimes happens. Which would have been nice to be told this beforehand but all is well now thankfully.

Anyway on to today's share:

Items used:
Penny Black stamp 'Hook, line and sinker'
LOTV 'Bear necessities' papers
Nellie Snellen and Xcut circle dies
LOTV sentiment
Stampin Up word punch
Glossy Accents and Glamour dust
Ribbon, twine and button from stash

I am beginning to think that I should rename my blog the Penny Black Glossy Accents and glitter blog!
I picked my papers before I coloured today so it was much easier - so no moaning!

I'll pop back in a bit with another card TTFN.
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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Sun dried

Good evening all.

Hope you have had a good day.

I stamped and coloured today's card then tried to match it up with a background paper. After going through my entire stash I went with this one but I'm not completely happy with it. Some days things just don't go right do they! Deciding on papers and layouts seem to take the longest time even when I follow a sketch!!  Any how here it is:

Items used:
Penny Black 'Sun dried'
Melissa Frances 'Kitschy kitchen' paper
Pink Petticoat sentiment
Stampin Up word punches
Tonic flower punch
Sequins and clothes label from stash!

So that's me for today, hopefully I won't whinge about my next card!!  TTFN.

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Clearly Besotted Colour Challenge


It has not been a bad day weather wise here and the sun actually made an appearance earlier!
 But more rain on it's way now :(

Today's card is made for the Clearly Besotted Colour Challenge

Items used:
Clearly Besotted 'Birthday Wishes' stamps and dies
Stampin Up 'Elegant Lines' embossing folder
Stickles and  sequins from stash

As I used some snippet's of red card I'm also taking this to Pixies Snippets Playground

This was my first attempt at using Stickles around the edge of the card and if you want a good laugh I suggest that you read this very funny post by Jules  . Check out number 4!!  unfortunately I haven't got the same equipment as Jules so my Stickles wasn't warmed up enough!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today TTFN.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Oriental Blossom Anniversary

Happy Sunday all!

I hope that you are having a lovely weekend. I won't waffle on today as the roast dinner needs cooking! So here is today's card:

Items used:
Card-io peg stamps from various sets
Distress ink
Liquid pearls
Hobby Art sentiment and background stamp

This was my first attempt at using the twigs stamp to create a wreath - a bit difficult to know when 'enough is enough' !!

So that's it for today thanks for visiting - TTFN.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

The million dollar stamp!!

Hi there all.

Happy Friday to you!

The reason for my blog title- are you sitting comfortably?!
I first saw today's stamp on the lovely Jules' blog a LONG time ago and knew that I had to have it! But you would not believe the trouble that I have gone to to get it. As it is out of production now I first tried to search the craft shops in the U.K - with no luck. Then finally I saw one and ordered it to be told that it was out of stock ( a bit naughty still advertising it ) so the search continued. Eventually I decided enough was enough and purchased one from a craft shop in wait for it .........Australia!!!!
Well it was for my birthday so I treated myself, the only downside was that I had to pay £12.75 customs/postal charges - eek!
Oh well I have it now and love it:

I just know that I will be using it a lot as you can use up all those snippets of paper with it. I also think that I'd better get my money's worth!

Items used:
Penny Black 'Whispers 3377K'
Tonic papers
Pink Petticoat sentiment
Ribbon, button and twine from stash

So that's the end of my story, am I the only one who has gone to these lengths to have a stamp??!
and if there is anyone out there who has got one of these stamps for sale I'd prefer if you keep this information to yourself!! LOL!

I hope that you have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog today --TTFN.

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Fish are jumpin

Hi there all.

I hope that you are well. The weather here in Devon is glorious sunshine - Whuhoo!!   I fear it is going to change later but for now it is lovely.

Here is today's card:

Items used:
Penny Black 'Fish are jumpin' stamp
Papermania 'Chatsworth' paper
Wink of Stella pen
Pink Petticoat sentiment
Stampin Up word punches
Distress ink
Copious amounts of lovely Glossy Accents
Fish charm and twine from stash

Well I can put the housework off no longer :(   Hopefully if I can get my jobs done quickly I can have a little play later with my new goodies. But first I must steam clean my bathroom tile grout and get rid of yucky mould - Oh joy!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog TTFN.

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Caroling Duck!

Hi there blog friends.

I have been absent for a few days with sore throat and now a cold so haven't felt like crafting :(

However I have had a fabulous weekend - yesterday I went to Exeter WestPoint craft show which was fabulous! Jenny Mayes from Hobby Art was there. I first saw Jenny on Create and Craft along time ago and then I saw her at Japonica craft shop in Exmouth. Her stamps are fabulous and she is so enthusiastic, talented and very helpful. So I bought some of her new stamp sets which I'm sure you will see shortly.
 Inkylicious was also there so I bought some more of those stamps and will have another go at using their ink dusters, so watch this space!
It is brilliant for inspiration going to a craft show but also frustrating when they make it look so easy!

Today I went out for lunch with hubby and youngest son for a triple celebration - mine and hubbies birthdays are in January and we also celebrated my youngest son getting his English language exam results - A STAR!!!!!   Super proud of him and now he doesn't have to resit that exam in the future as you can't get any higher than that!

On to today's share:


Items used:
Penny Black 'Caroling Duck!'
Kaisercraft Christmas papers
Pink Petticoat sentiment
Wink of Stella pen
Glossy Accents
Ribbon, gems and button from stash

So I will end my waffle and wish you a fab evening, thanks for stopping by TTFN.

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