Tuesday 31 August 2010

Exciting News for all!!

Here is a quote from Martine  ("Chief of Staff" ) at Basic Grey 

"Just a quick post to let you all know that me and the team have been busy working away behind the scenes and that have some fab things in store for BG Challenges :), An upcoming Blog Hop and a brand new look among other things :), we also think its about time we added some new Design Team Members to our BG Challenges Family, don't you? :), which is the main reason for this post, it is just to give you a little heads up that the DT Call for our new family members will be posted along with the new challenge this Saturday on the 4th of September :), hope to see you there :)

There you have it - If you love your Basic Grey products  I do hope you enter the DT call, it's a fantastic team to work with, we have a fabulous  "boss" in Martine and  we really are the best of friends .  The details will be published on Saturday 4th September with this week's challenge so look out for the details.


Monday 30 August 2010

House Mouse & Friends - Make a splash!!

Here we are with another challenge at House Mouse & Friends
We've got another fun challenge for you this week brought to us by the awesome Lori Barnett of the design team ~ Make a Splash ~Anything water goes! Image with water, watercoloring, watermark stamping, etc.

Our sponsor this week is Paper Cupcakes and one lucky winner will get 2x digital stamps of their choice! 

I coloured my image 'Singing in the Rain' with Copics and cut the edge with an EK Success punch. The papers are a mixture of downloads, the gingham one being a freebie from Martine, if you need gingham papers, there's plenty of colours in the set, go and help yourself. The ribbon is threaded through a Spellbinders border die - can't think of the name of it and can't find it to have a look - nothing new there then!!!
The pearls are Basic Grey.

After the beginning of last week I didn't think things could get any worse - HAH!! - Wrong again.  can't access my Email account with my normal server I have to change server which then is not letting me upload cards properly and juggling from one to the other is driving me dizzy. I keep getting the message 'Cannot connect.........' when I'm trying to comment, and just to finish the week of I went down with some 'bug' or other which knocked me off my feet and I spent most of the weekend in bed. I wouldn't mind but I'm never ill, I don't even get colds usually.

Before I go do pop over the House Mouse & Friends challenge blog, and check out the other DT's cards, there are some fabulous creations and whilst you're there have a look at the 'blinkie' at the top of this time's challenge post - it cracked me up!!!

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Simon Says - Paper Piecing.

This week at the Simon Says Stamp challenge we would like to see some Paper Piecing.If you are not sure how to go about this Lols give a great explanation on the challenge site.
As always, we are sponsored by the lovely Heidi who is giving the lucky winner a $25 P&P free shopping spree around the Simon Says Stamp Store

I don't know why, but when I think of paper piecing I always think of Tilda - a habit I must get out of.  The papers are Basic Grey's Eva and Tilda's suit is pieced with the very deep plummy one, I had intended to use a white gel pen to highlight where the black ink ones are but my white gel pen decided to pack in, wouldn't mind but it's nearly full!! The rest of Tilda is coloured with Copics and glittered using Crystal stickles and I masked her and sat her on the log from the Autumn  collection 2008 (I think). I also used the stickles on the edges of the papers which were distressed using the Tim Holtz distressing tool. The flowers are Prima Forever flowers and the border cut with an MS round the page punch. Everything so far can be bought from the fabulous, vast selection at the Simon Says Stamp store. The leaves I cut by hand after using a skeleton leaf as a stencil, the mat under Tilda is mulberry paper and the spacers, lace and pearls are from my stash. Oooh nearly forgot the butterfly - i pinched this from my son and altered it using metallic markers.

Right just a quick posting I now have to shoot off on an 
errand of mercy.

Tuesday 24 August 2010

Baby Fairy Flora for 5

I've managed 5 challenges with this card - this is good as I'm not managing many cards. Had a disasterous day yesterday - lost my electrical power, went shopping and I noticed someone had pranged my car (on the passenger side, which I don't often see so I don't really know when or where). Plugged my glue gun in when I had power and it went  phfffftttt, sparks flew out and it fused all my sockets. I changed the blade on my craft knife and sliced into my finger (it was my father's, had it for ever and never done that before). It wasn't too bad or too deep but it was in the fleshy part of my finger and bled and bled!!! Finally I burnt another finger cooking my tea - crafting with rubber gloves on is not GOOD!!
Hopefully today will turn out a little less eventful and I can start catching up yet again.

DP2 = Thanks Heaven for Little Girls
Anything Goes - Three layers
Creative Card Crew - Sparkle and Shine
Sketch Saturday - The Sketch (obviously!!)
A Pocketful of Posies - Winged Things.

I used this adorable image of Mo's - rubbish colouring, think I might do it again as I've got rid of the rubber gloves and am down to a plaster. She's coloured in distress inks and her wings are glittered with Star Dust stickles, the corner are cut with an MS round the page punch and the pink corrugated is some I found whilst having a 'clear out'. The papers are DCWV Once upon a Time and the flowers a mixture from my stash and the pearls Basic Grey.

Right I'm off to re-do the image, this one won't do!!
EDITED - Image re-done, still not perfect but better!!

Sunday 22 August 2010

Lili of the Valley = Bev's sketch

Well this is the last image I'd pre-coloured so it's get stuck into a few more, but I desperately need to catch up with my DT cards first.

This is following amother of Bev's fabulous sketches at Lili of the Valley.

I coloured the image with distress inks, I inked the edge with Faded Jeans and stamped with a snowflake stamp. The papers are from Kars Christmas collection pad, the white is embossed with the Snowdots folder and inked, again with Faded Jeans.The two corners are cut with Spellbinders Build a Flake and two buttons with the shanks cut off finish them. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the thread was white until I died it with the Faded Jeans distress ink.

This card would not photograph, I've had it inside, outside, on the floor, with flash, without flash, with daylight lamps - the cherry blossoms and the white snowflake corners look creamy and the blues all look different which they don't in real life.

Thanks for calling by, hope you've all had a brilliant weekend, I've had joiners in fitting my kitchen work surface and now have 10 ton of sawdust to capture and get a grip of.

Saturday 21 August 2010

Basic Grey DT - Fabric

This at  Basic Grey week we would love to see some Fabric used on your creations, this can be anything from Fabric brads, to some wonderful Fabric flowers like some of our fab DT have used, the possibilities are endless and the choice is completely up to you, we so cant wait to see what you can come up with.

I used Basic Grey papers from the Sugared (patterned) and Indian Summer (plain). The image is Belles and Whistles 'Clowning Around' I paper pieced her outfit and coloured the rest with distress inks. I cut her out and mounted with foam on a mat cut with an MS round the page punch. I used fabric for my flowers, the rest of the DT's didn't believe me when I said I used my curtains as fabric - TRUE!! No, I haven't got holes in my curtains this is what is left from turning them up and hemming them. I had a basketful of fabulous pieces of fabric in the UK - silks, suede effects muslins etc. but left it behind and I haven't found a shop here that sells fabrics - YET!! I cut a strip gathered it, used a ready made flower as the center and them frayed the edges. The leaves are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the sentiment a Tim Holtz adage ticket.

Now I have to clean out my kitchen - I have someone coming to fit my kitchen work surfaces. They are all sat there in place but couldn't be finally fitted until the tiling was done. Oh what fun - I expect most of it will have to put into my craftroom so that will put a stop to crafting today.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you all have a great weekendPhotobucket

Thursday 19 August 2010

Lovely hAnglars only

I've actually managed to finish this card for lovely hAnglars only, it's only been in the making for about a week. Their challenge this time is to use only grey and pink.

The image is coloured with distress inks and the papers are from Tim Holtz's Vintage Shabby pack. The circles are cut with Joy cutting/embossing stencil. The corners (ancient and of unknown origin) are stamped in Versafine Smokey gray.The flourishes are cut with a Marianne creatability, the sentiment is Persona Impression and cut with Spellbinders heart dies. The flowers Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearls and feathers from my stash.

Right I'm having a catch up and get ahead day and doing pretty well so far so now back to the grind. 

Wednesday 18 August 2010

WOYWW - Frankly - a mess!!

Well it's Wednesday yet again and time for WOYWW I missed last week altogether - The eye doctor banned me from my computer and crafting until my eyes settled down and I got my specs. Oh boy - was I miserable, fed up and bored to tears. I did cheat a little and was going to do a WOYWW post, but I decided not to inflict my miserable self on you.

Well - here is this week's mess. I'm now frantically trying to catch up and do everything at once - it's not working. The bits of coloured card are a few backgrounds I'm experimenting on. The red/yellow is stamped in white acrylic with a bubble wrap stamp - I know!!! Why don't I just use bubble wrap - been there, done that and what a mess - I ended up having to throw my shirt out so I decided to invest in a stamp. The purple and turquoise is inked with metallic paints and the flower is cut from acetate, stamped with a spot stamp and shaped with a heat gun - not successful as it doesn't show on any colour of paper, will have to re think that one. My hot glue gun is there - fell out with that - it burnt me yet again!!  And the netting is from my garlic basket - I love this stuff you can do so much with it. Not much else really apart from glues, pens and clutter etc.

Here's what's on the other end of my desk - I lost my birthday book and have been so bad on remembering birthdays this year guilt forced me to make a birthday calendar - just the month and dates so it will last forever if I don't lose it again. Just needs filling in now. The other wodge of paper is are my monthly  lists of up and coming DT cards/projects, or will be, I've already done August but it's got messed up so I'm doing it again. I really do need to get more organized.
Hopefully I should manage to get round a few more of you now I have my eyes back and an extremely lighter purse!!

Simon Says Stamp - make a gift

This week at the Simon Says Stamp challenge we would like you to

As always we are sponsored by the lovely Heidi and she will be giving one lucky entrant a trolley dash around her Simon Says Stamp Store to the value of $25 !! There are some fabulous new brands just arriving too ,,,, we now have Lili of the Valley stamps  AND the new Unmounted House Mouse stamps 

We have the very talented Jackie aka Days in the Life of.... joining us in the Designer Spotlight for a month and if you haven't visited her blog you are in for a real treat :-) her work is fabulous ! :-)

After being out of action for 8/10 days whilst my eyes rested and I picked up my new specs I ended up behind with my DT creations, so do I choose to do something fairly simple and quick  - NO - I chose to make a stationery box, quite detailed, with quite a lot of work involved, sometimes I'm my own worst enemy!!

You can find the instructions for this box HERE. I used Bazill cardstock and Basic Grey's Indian Summer papers, the Simon Says Stamp store have a plentiful collection of Basic Grey and they have in store the element stickers which I used to decorate the box, card  and the contents.


I couldn't find the photographs of the insides anywhere (think Mr Blogger has gobbled them up) so I've quickly rephotographed them.

This is the inside of the box with gift cards, Post-it notes, notebook, stamp holder and pen. There should be 6 notelets but time eluded me and there are only two so far. I'm trying to make them CAS and if you know me I don't find that easy, quick and easy they should be - to me 'painful and slow'
So far I managed 4 out of 6 tags and there are no stamps as I want to put English stamps in, not German.

This is a what I've done so far, the tags are cut with Nestability label and I've attached some of the element stickers to them.

Oh what is Blogger playing at now?  I do wish he wouldn't try and mend things that aren't broken!!!. 
When I went to upload a photograph of the contents of the box , hundreds and hundreds of photographs appeared, there are people there I've never seen in my life, cards that definitely are not mine, but one little photograph of the contents of my box - NO!!! 
I shall publish this post - keep my appointment at the optician and then return and try to find the elusive photographs.

Please do check out the other DT's creations, they are amazing and are sure to inspire you.


Truly Scumptious DT - brads, buttons and bows

At Truly Scrumptious this week we have a new challenge - a fabulous sketch by Sharon and the optional extra is brads, buttons and bows.

Our sponsor is Angela from Sew Many Cards who is generously providing FIVE fabulous images from her store for this weeks winner.

We DT's got to choose and image and I went with 'Halen wearing Hat'  - I love the cute face. She is colouring with Copics and I gave her a string of pearls for her necklace. Here's was another lesson learnt the hard way - when using pearls etc. on such a long string - start in the middle, I foolishly started at both ends then had to squeeze them all up and shuffle them around to get them to fit, by which time the glue had dried and I had to peel it off and start again. At least I used my hot glue gun which peeled off fairly easily.

The papers are from Donna's Extreme volume III at Bearly Mine Crafts. What I love about these papers, they print out a dream and mix and match so easily. The sentiment is computer generated and cut with a Nellie Snellon die and I used a clear button as the center. Everything else is from my stash.

Thanks for calling by

Tuesday 17 August 2010

LOTV - I'm hanging on to Summer!!

This week  Lili of the Valley ask us to choose and represent a season - easy - I'm hanging on to summer for as long as I possibly can.

This little chap is coloured in distress inks, cut with and mounted onto oval cut nesties. This typifies the 'lazy, hazy days of summer for me. The papers are DCWV Linen closet and you can actually see some of the 'brilliance' - I'd like to think my photographic skills were improving but I think it's more good luck than management. I cut the border with a Carla craft punch, ripped, tore and distressed some newspaper with vintage photo distress ink, the twine is from my garden and I've tied a clovehitch knot from which to hang the dragonfly charm. At least I think it's a clovehitch if my Girl guiding memories are correct, probably not. 

Now I think that's it - it's lunchtime and I'm hungry, hope you're all having a great week and thanks for your visit.

Monday 16 August 2010

It's Mousie Monday again!!

This week at House Mouse & Friends and we have a photo inspirations chosen by the lovely Lisa.

The Prize
ONE HOUSE MOUSE or HAPPY HOPPER stamp of choice for one lucky winner from our very  GENEROUS sponsor Simon Says Stamp

I chose this image sent to me by the fabulous, the one and only Scoopy Sue.
It's coloured with Copics (I really must get back into the habit of listing them!!) and I used Frosted lace stickles on the icecream. The papers are Papermania's Blueberry Hill, the corners cut with the Provocraft Vintage corners and the tag with the Spellbinders Fancy tags. The sentiment is Penny Black and the ribbon is from my stash. I pierced the paper behind the image when my eyes were bothering me, I really shouldn't have bothered, there's some real wonky piercing there lol, but too late was the cry!!


Sunday 15 August 2010

Copic Creations DT - Reflections

I did two for Copic Creations this time but am not entirely happy with either of them. The challenge is reflections, and the problem was finding an image.  I really did make a mountain out of a molehill here. Any image would have done, stood in a puddle, by a river and last night I wished I'd done Tilda and Edwin skating on ice that would have been great to use reflections on - too late was the cry - again!!

This first one was a digi image I eventually found at HERE at  Just Inked Digital stamps. I didn't turn it into a card I think it might become a small calender. As the water was 'flowing' I made the reflections soft and imprecise.
The Copics use (too many to mention) but basically the greens are the G20's and the brown the E 30's.

This one - well for some reason I had the vision of a child playing in the sea, I searched everywhere for an image to no avail, so I thought I'll draw one. This I don't find difficult, but turning it into a line drawing suitable to colour - I'm useless at - her hair wouldn't go the way I wanted (curling softly over her face) so I ended up piling it on top of her head - not really a suitable style for a child but I ended up losing patience with it. This is where cunning took over - I scanned the image into my computer, copy and pasted, faded the copy to  almost invisible flipped it upside down and placed it at the bottom of the original and then printed it out. This left me with a faint outline as a guide for the reflection then it was just a case of building a little colour into it and giving it the slightly blurred edge that reflections often have.

Our very own Suzanne (Dean) is sponsoring us this week with
  She’s an awesome Copic teacher and has provided a very generous and exciting prize this week for one VERY lucky participant of our Challenge No. 33 will be
A Copic Class from the Color Me Creative Classroom!!!
(Wish I could win this one!!!) 'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week - so off you go - get cracking!!


Saturday 14 August 2010

Simon Says Stamp and Show

I'm really happy I managed to do this as I didn't think I would with all that's been happening this week. It's the first challenge at the new Simon Says Stamp and Show and I really, really wanted to take part, so I got up at the crack of dawn and started, I managed to finish by noon which is pretty good going for me as I must be the slowest card maker around.

I stamped the background using clear embossing ink, the edges with Prima Build a Frame, and various butterflies,dragonflies and bees from my stash. I heat embossed using a clear powder and then inked randomly using the distress inks Stormy Skies and Forest Moss. I stamped the butterfly (very old and unknown origin), maked it, again randomly inked the paper then overstamped with the Tim Holtz script stamp (my most used stamp I think, it never, ever gets put away!!). I then tore the edges and inked with the Stormy Skies. I overstamped a further butterfly with the script and tucked it under the edge of the image. I braided some blue thread and attached one the the Tim Holtz adage tickets.
The Distress inks, the Tim Holtz script stamp,  the Prima Build a frame set and the adage tickets are all available at the Simon Says Stamp Store.

I quite like this although it's not as 'grungy' as I would have liked it - I really need to practise - my grunge always tends to lean toward the pretty side which is not what I'm aiming for!!

Friday 13 August 2010

I'm Back with Mo's Digital Challenge

I'm back - new specs and I can see clearly again!!! After 10 days of being banned from the computer and close work (ie no colouring images) I'm practically crawling up the wall. I was very good and only cheated a little, but it hurt my eyes and gave me bad headaches so I really had no incentive to cheat. One pair of specs so far for close work, one to come for distance - I really messed my eyes up working when I shouldn't have - the cost - eeeeek!! Think of all the crafting goodies I could have bought, there again I wouldn't have been able to see to craft so I suppose I shouldn't grumble.

Here is my first card made from scratch for almost a fortnight. I looked a the challenge at Mo's Digital Challenge this week, saw the photo image and the beautiful green and orange silks immediately made me think of India, so I think I've gone with the feel of the photograph rather than the look and it had to be this adorable image of Aashi in a Sari, couldn't be any other.

I coloured Aashi with Copics, and uses gems for her earrings and the hair ornament - had a bit of a oops there - decided to cut the corners with the cuttlebug after I had applied the gems -  I then had three flattened squashed gems that I had to change, fortunately squashing them also loosened them. I thought these MME papers were perfect for and Indian theme, especially the paisley as for some reason I've always thought of paisley of Asian origin - probably something I've read in the past. I kept the embellishments fairly simple and I think the image, the colours and patterns speak for themselves. The buttons and gems are all from my stash.

I searched it out of curiosity and this is quote I came up with from Paisley.org.uk
It can we traced back to the Indo-European cultures of 2,000 and more years ago. In Britain the pattern is represented in Celtic art, which died out in Europe under the influence of the Roman Empire. However in India the motif continued to flourish in many different art forms. It was first used on shawls in Kashmir, and examples of this work were brought back to Britain by the East India Company in the mid 18th century.
So I wasn't entirely wrong - for a change!!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend - I'd got ahead with my DT cards, now I'm all behind again so I shall enjoy catching up and lots of crafting.


Wednesday 11 August 2010

Simon Says Stamp = "There ain't no cure for the Summertime Blues"

This week at Simon Says Stamp challenge we are featuring Stampabilities with the theme "Summer Time Blues". The Simon Says Stamp store has a fabulous selection of Stampabilities stamps inc. the House Mouse and Friends and now have all new unmounted stamp sheets in stock HERE - they are fabulous - just check them out.

 I used the image 'Bunny in Paradise# and coloured it with Copics. Oh how I'd love to change places with this little Hoppy!!! The glittery mat under the image is from the DCWV Linen closet stack which you can find in the Simon Says Stamp store - a selection of cardstock in fabulous colours, textures, pearlized and some glittered. The other paper is from my 'bit box' and edged with an MS punch (these are also available in the store), The shell charm I received from a friend in a Rak and the chipboard word Summer has been 'kicking' around in my stash for years - I knew it would come one day!! The seahorse I picked up in the children's department at the local supermarket.

I do hope you can join us this week in his fun challenge.

Sunday 8 August 2010

Four Challenges

I don't usually colour images in advance but last week I did a few one night and aren't I glad.
Now I'm not supposed to being my eyes for close work these images have come in so useful and at least I can put a few cards together without any further strain to my eyes. I can't wait to get my specs on Wednesday and be able to see properly again.

This started off being for Mo's digital challenge - Things with wings, but it also fits Cute card Thursday's" theme 'Whateva'
and Flutterby Wednesday who require butterflies, fairies or angels and out favourite colour (I'm not sure I have a favourite colour but I do seem to have been using turquoise a lot lately. And because I didn'te assemble the card until yesterday I got to use the fab sketch at Friday Sketchers .

The image is Mo's Fairy Kiki and coloured with distress ink and wings glittered with Stardust stickles. The papers are DCWV's Linen Closet, the tag is cut freehand, the hearts with Spellbinders and I gathered the ribbon either side of the image and practically covered the cross panel up altogether. The butterfly is a old stamp of unknown origin, coloured with distress inks then glittered and I've just noticed one of the pearls is coming off - that one did not want to stick. Right - we shall re-photograph it, pearl in tact but not just yet - eyes are now aching.

I'd just like to say thank you for all your lovely comments whilst I'm incapacitated (ooh long word!!) I do appreciate them.

Saturday 7 August 2010

Basic Grey DT

We have a fabulous challenge for you over at Basic Grey this time - PEARLS!! Now who doesn't love pearls. But PLEASE don't forget to use at least one item of Basic Grey on your creations

I used one of Mo's delightful images called Kimono.She is coloured in distress inks, and the edges are inked with Vintage photo. The red paper is from the Sugar Rush pack - the yellow - ????? it was loose in my BG box and I couldn't determine which pack is was from - shame on me and the oriental paper is some the lovely Rosey sent me from Singapore. The brown pearls also are Basic Grey's.
I had a Japanese coin charm that sat with the card whilst I was making it - where was it when I came to attach - GONE!! I've been looking for it all week to no avail, no doubt it will turn up now. What did turn up, from goodness knows where is the dragonfly - he seemed to be asking to be included so I stuck him on. The flowers are cherry blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts.


Friday 6 August 2010

GDT Raise the Bar

I came top three at Raise the Bar and got to be a Guest Bartender for the week. Joni gave me the brief of Pearls, or pearly white. Now you know me - all or nothing!!! So my whole card turned out 'pearly white' plus pearls galore.

The image is Belles 'n Whistles and I saw this little lovely on Rosette blog and couldn't resist her, she's coloured with distress inks (still waiting for Copic paper!!!). her wings are glittered with frosted lace and I've added liquid pearls on top, also on her shoes, dress and sack. The cardstock is a watermarked pearlised one I found in my stash and I've used it throughout. The circle is cut with round nesties and embossed with the Divine swirl folder. The beautiful lace was sent to me by Squirrel (Rosey) before she left Singapore. The flowers are cut with EK Success retro flower punches and the edges inked with Walnut stain. The flower center is Prima as are the pearl swirls. The sentiment is Stampendous and the ribbon from my stash.

Right that's it from me for a few days. I've been to the eye doctor this morning as I've been having blurred and distorted vision since getting bitten round the eye with those pesky mosquito's. He gave me prescriptions, one for the optician and I now have to wear specs for reading and close work to rest my eyes and remove the glare, hopefully temporarily. 
Now I have to stay off my computer and do no close work for aprroximately a week!!!! EEEEK - what am I going to do with myself. An opportunity to clear out and reorganise my work space I suppose - don't wanna do that!!!
I have a couple of cards that just want finishing I'm sure that will be OK.

Edited: forgot again - I followed the fab sketch by Cathy at Sketch and Stash - thanks for that Cathy, loved working with it.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday 5 August 2010

Lili of the Valley

Lili of the Valley has another fab sketch by Bev. I received the stamps from my challenge win but decided to use this little lady whom I got last year as I think she's only seen ink once before and sh'e so beautiful.

She is coloured with distress inks, I'm still waiting for my Copic paper to arrive, I'm still waiting for a few things to arrive including my summer Magnolias. I used various snowflake masks on the background, stamped the corners with a Stempelglede stamp then heat embossed them. I then used faded jeans and dusty concord distress inks to colour the background before removing the masks THEN I covered most of it up!!! The mauve vellum is embossed with the snowflake folder as is the strip at the bottom and the snowflake cut from vellum with the Spellbinders create a flake 1.

Right time for food, spicy chicken with a baked potato and side salad I think.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Simon Says - Sing it Baby

We have a really fun challenge for you this week at Simons Says Stamp challenge - Song titles.

This is a terrible photograph, I think it's the mixture of colours and patterns that wouldn't photograph. I shall try again.

When I was looking through my stamps for song title ideas, this one wouldn't leave me alone  so it had to be - either My Boy Lollipop, or Lollipop, lollipop, ooooh lolli, lolli, lolli..... Not that I like either of the songs, in fact I've been driving myself mad singing them ever since. I do hope I don't pass it on to you.

I do love this little Tilda, they have a fabulous selection at the Simon Says Stamp Store and the 'Bon Voyage' collection is now availabe for pre-order. The papers are from a couple of different Basic Grey's pads, that's what I like about Basic Grey I find I can often mix and match. The mat is cut with  labels, behind is the pendant and the corner - borderabilities all by Spellbinders and all available at the Simon Says Stamp Store. The flower was one of the huge Prima ones I cut down to size, the sentiment is Lili of the Valley and all else is from my stash. I had to eat a lollipop to use as the stick for the sentiment lollipop.

I do hope you will join us in this fun challenge and don't forget you can win $25 (p&p paid)


Truly Scrumptious DT

Time for another Truly Scrumptious and a warm welcome to our Design Team members. We have a sketch by Sharon this week with the extra option of "Golden Oldie" -  in other words use one of your old stamps or images.

We are sponsored this week by Digital Delights with a $10 gift voucher. 

This is not one of my oldest stamps but I've had her for quite a while and I think she's only been inked up once before so I decided to give her an outing. She's coloured with distress inks and cut out with an oval nestie, the edges of which are stamped with a Prima stamp and inked with Walnut stain. The papers are from the Basic Grey Infuse pad. The leaves are cut with a Woodware punch and the flowers and lace are from my stash.


Well somehow it's got to Wednesday again and time for another WOYWW 
Oh I love  this, and I love that you all come up with solutions for my various disasters. Where's the mark on my desk? -  under the mat for the present time, I'm going with Julia's suggestion to try and restore it, I'd like to think I could but I don't suppose I will.

I bet you all think I have a weekly disaster - WRONG!!!! I have a daily disaster. The worst this week was being bitten several times around my eye, in the middle of the night, by mosquitos, couldn't open my eye for two days and when I could my vision was horribly blurred (a bit frightening really). So it was  little or no computer or crafting for a few days, however we're all back to normal now - just need to put a mosquito net up at my window.

Today's problem for you - haven't really got one other than my kettle is leaking water a quick as I'm putting it in. Got the solution for that one though - Sling it in the bin and buy a new one. It's only 7 months old and I would take it back and complain but I haven't learnt how to complain in German yet!!

Well here's my desk - just how I like it - ready to start. I'm having a play day today. Some photographs there I'm going to 'age' and crackle, my distress inks to make backgrounds and some stamps sets I intend to use to use on the backgrounds. Lost my mini spritzer - hence the garden spray, I quite like this as I can get a finer spray with it. Sunglasses????? My box of cut and dry and the obligatory egg cup of water. Leigh - the answer to your question - an egg cup makes a lot less mess when knocked over that a bucket!!!
Sorry - nothing really interesting to see.

I shall endeavor to  get round a few more of you this week, my eye put a halt to it last week and I got so far behind on my DT commenting I was frantically trying to catch up. 

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