Thursday, 23 December 2010

Charisma Cards Pearls and Lace

I can't belive it's the 23rd already, where did the month go? In fact where did the whole year go???!!!
My kids are super excited about Christmas but I haven't even got half of their pressies yet, so I'm off into town today to do some shopping. I hate shopping at this time of the year, you just can't get moved in the shops and people just push past you...grrrr, but it hasto be done I suppose.

The challenge at Charisma Cardz this week is running for 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year so you have more time to get your entries in and it's was my turn to chose the challenge.
So I chose Pearls and Lace. I know I am so predictable lol, but it makes a nice change from Christmas cards!

I didn't have much time to make my card this week, infact I made it last night in a rush but I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I used a Tilda image that a friend sent me months ago which I coloured with Promarkers. I only had one of them but I really want the stamp because this one reminds me so much of my Daughter Rhianna.
The spotty and flowery papers are from the same double sided sheet and is by My Minds Eye and I foun the other paper in my stash and thought it would go perfect with the image since it has tutu's on it, but I kinda covered most of it up lol. I think it is a Karen Foster design.
Everything else was found in my stash, except the pretty pin which I got a while ago from a lovely blogging friend.
I followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday, so I am entering my card there.

Right I'd better get off of this computer and get some shopping done! I should be back tomorrow with a card but just incase that doesn't go to plan, I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a fab time :)
Oh and remember my followers mini candy, which is all explained in this post here, but basically all you have to do is leave some comments on any post from now until the candy is drawn and as long as you have left 2 or more comments in that 2 week period and you are on my followers list, you will be entered into the draw, oh and every comment you leave gives you an extra entry :)

Thanks for stopping  by.

 Lora x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

regular followers giveaways :)

I don't have a card to show today....yet ( I am working on one for a challenge and will post it as soon as I am finished though), but instead I have some news for you!

I have been a terrible blogger lately and I must admit that I have lost a lot of my followers and regular visitors over the last few months, but I am so grateful for those of you who have stuck with me even tough I haven't been blogging much and to show how much I appreciate it, I am going to have some fortnightly giveaways!! :)

How it will work is every 2 weeks I will choose something to give away, it may be some embellishments, stamps, stamped images or anything else I can bear to give away lol, and everyone who has commented on any of my posts more than 2 times in that 2 weeks will be eligable to win :)
New followers are welcome and of course any of my followers who don't have a blog can enter too, just leave me some comments and you will be in the draw :)

I will have some other blog candys now and then where everyone can enter even if you are not a follower, but this little regular giveaways are only for followers.

Right so what will the first giveaway be???? hmmmm, I have no idea lol. about a mystery goodie bag ? ok that's what it will be because I don't have a camera just now to take a pic lol.

So this will run for 2 weeks one person will be picked from all my comments over the next 2 weeks to win a crafty goodie bag containing some embellishements, maybe a stamp and whatever else I find to add to it :)
You can leave a comment on any of my posts starting with this oneand every comment gives you another entry.
To make it fair though, you must have commented at least twice in the 2 week period, just so it is actual regular visitors who win and not someone who has just left one comment and never visits again.

Thanks again to all you fab people who come visit me and leave me lovely comments, I love to read them :)

Hugs Lora xx

Friday, 17 December 2010

Blog Candy Winners!!

Sorry i am a few days late with announcing the winners, it's been a  bit hectic here with Christmas concerts, school fayres and running the Santa's Grotto at the kids school and I haven't been online for days!

Thanks to everyone who entered and all the lovely emails I was sent about my candy as well! I actually forgot to say  that you could enter by email if you didn't have a blog, but I got a good few emails anyway as I have said this in all my previuos candy posts so most of my regular visitors knew that I wouldn't have a problem with them entering by email :)

Right I won't keep you any longer. The winners willl are picked at random, I wrote down all the names of those who entered by way of commenting and by email and got each of my kids to choose one and Barry (my partner to choose the other one, so here are my 4 winners!!

The 3 digital images from Digital Stamp Oasis goes to........... Geraldine!!! Well done hunnie! Let men know which 3 images you would like and I will get them to you :)

The $10 (CAD) gift voucher to spend at Fred She Said goes to .........Stef (aka Glitterbabe)!! Well done Stef! :)

The £10 gift voucher to spend at Dewdrop Craftz on digital images goes to........... Carole RB!!,  who doesn't have a blog, but is one of my lovely followers :) Well done Carole!

And finally the winner of the Stamps and embellishment goodie bag lot  from Janlynn goes to.......... Carol S!! who also doesn't have a blog and entered by way of a lovely email. Well done Carol and hope to see your new blog up and running soon ! :)

Well done ladies! Please email me at to claim your prizes.
Since it is so close to Christmas and I would like to get your prizes to you before Christmas (except maybe the goodie bag as it has to travel to the US and I can't see the postal service produce a miracle to get it there on time for Christmas lol, I will wait till the 20th of december for everyone to claim their prize and if any are not claimed by then, I will pick a new winner/s.

Finally a huge thank you to Nikki from Dewdrop Craftz, Tracey from Fred She Said, Ellie from Digital Stamp Oasis and Leigh from Janlynn, who all gave me prizes to give away on my blog. You all amazing!! :)

I will be having another giveaway sometime in the New Year, so if you didn't win this time, don't worry, you will have another chance then and a little birdie told me that is going to be a fabby candy next time :)

 Lora xx

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Finally some blog candy!!

 This post is pinned to the top, please scroll down for more recent posts.

I finally have some candy to share!! Sorry I have taken forever to put this up but because my camera was broken, I couldn't get a pic of the goodies!
It was my 2nd blogaversary at the end of last month, so this is just so sweet stuff to celebrate 2 years of blogging :)
Some of the companies that I design for have been very generous and have gave me some goodies to give away, so a huge thank you to my dt "bosses" lol, you are all fab!! :)

Like most giveaways, there are a few rules, but I don't expect you to work your bum off just to get a chance to win lol :)

If you would like to become a follower (if you are not already of course), that would be fantastic, but only if you want to, it is not necessary to be entered into the draw.

The only "rule" is please copy my candy pic below (the first one) and put it in your sidebar with a link to let everyone know about my giveaway and then leave me a comment. 
I was going to use a Linky thing again this time, but I much prefer to read comments and the link gadgets are not very reliable!
ETA: If you don't have a blog, you can still enter, just let a friend know about my candy instead :)
Remember to check back to see if you have won as unless you leave an email address, I will have no way of contacting you.

 Oh and anyone can enter, and I will ship worldwide :)

Right so now that's all out of the way, here's what's up for grabs!!

There will be 2 prizes, 1 is "material" items and the other is digital.

So the first prize is from, and I was told that there would be approx $50 worth of stuff, but I counted it up and there is about $80 (maybe more) worth of goodies here!!

So what's it the pic?? I know it's a really pants pic because I had to use a friends camera so here's a  list of what's all there. I have also added pics of the stamps and embelishments seperately below so you can see them a little better.

Wood Mounted Stamps Happen Red Throated Hummingbird Stamp (huge stamp!)
Wood Mounted Stamps Happen There's a Season Stamp (another big one)
Wood Mounted Stamps Happen Season's Greetings Stamp (never seen a greeting/sentiment stamp so big!!)
Wood Mounted Stamps Happen Bring Coffee Stamp (another big one)
Wood Mounted Stamps Happen Thank You Sentiment Stamp
Pack of Metal flower embelishments
Pack of purple flowers
Box of pink roses
Box of yellow roses
Box of red roses
Box of white roses
Green metallic 6 strand floss
Copper metallic 6 stand floss
Black metallic 6 strand floss
And I forgot to get a pic of this, but there is also a tote bag featuring one of the stamps happen designs which says "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!" lol. You can see this bag and most of the other products above excluding the flowers and metal embelishments if you click on the links :)

So it really is a craft goodie bag full of craftyness :)

Now the other prize is a mix of digital "stuff".

 A $10 CAD Gift Certificate to spend at the Fred She Said Store!!

A £10 digi voucher to spend on digital images at Dewdrop Craftz!!

And 3 Digital Images of your choice from Digital Stamp Oasis!!

I will leave this open until 10pm (GMT) on 14th of December and will announce the winners on  the 15th. Please remember to check back to see if you have won! :)

Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Digital Tuesday "Sparkling Christmas"

It's my turn to choose the challenge at Digital Tuesday this week and as I still have loads of Christmas cards to make, I thought I would make it another Christmas challenge.  know you must all be sick of Christmas cards by now and I am too, but I'm sure there is lots of you who like me still need to make some.
I love adding sparkle to my Christmas cards, so my challenge is "Sparkling Christmas".

Our sponsor this week is Fairy Dust Crafts who also gave the design team some images to play with and I used the Santa Snowglobe image on my card.

This must be one of the worst cards I have ever made! I really don't like it, but I just didn't have time to make another one.
The image is sweet though :) I coloured it with Promarkers then added loads of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. You can't see it very well in this rubbish scan, but there is glitter on Santa's beard and white of his hat, the snow on the ground and also the snow that is falling.
I was intending on making a shaker card with this image but I didn't because I knew I wouldn't be able to get a photo of it since I don't have a working camera just now.
My plan was to print the image big and use it as the shape of the actual card, then add some acetate and have the snow falling inside the globe..... I think it would look really good... maybe I will try it another time :)

The papers are from a paper pad I got a few weeks ago free with a magazine but I can't remember who makes them and I can't be bothered getting my papers out again to check lol.
The ribbon and pearls (which are actualy pink) are from my stash and the snowflake is a sizzix die cut  done on mountboard and I added some stickles around the edges.

That;s it from me for now.
My blog candy is still running until tommorrow so you still have time to enter if you haven't already!
I am just away to go moderate all my comments because I haven't done it for a few days. It's so annoying that I have to moderate them because of all the stupid spam! I'm even getting spam messages on my chat box in my sidebar and think I will have to remove that for now as well....... why do these people even bother sending spam messages? Some of them I have been getting recently are really rude and well just disgusting to be honest. I have no idea why people waste their time writing that kind of rubbish, and they always have a hundred links on them which nobody is going to click on.... most are messages are asking if I want to enlarge something and considering I am not a man, I think I would be really strange if I had one in the first place, never mind wanting to enlarge it!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out my candy! The post is at the top of my blog or you can click the link in my sidebar to take you there.

 Lora  x

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

The new challenge is up at Digital Tuesday and the challenge theme this time is "Baby It's Cold Outside".
Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor and is giving the winner 5 of their digi stamps.
The design team were also given an image each from Whimsy Stamps to use on their samples this week and I chose a sweet image by Crissy called "Warm Winer Wishes".

The paper I have used is one I got last Christmas and had half a 12x12 sheet left but there's no writing on it to tell me who makes it, so I have no idea where it came from.
The ribbon is from a pack I bought at my local poundland and it is really lovely ribbon... you can't go wrong with 4 or 5 different lengths of ribbons for £1 !! lol
The sentiment, snowflakes and little hearts are all by Nitwits and I coloured the sweet image with Promarkers.

I also just realsied that my post that was scheduled on Thursday with my Charisma DT card didn't post, so showing that here today as well. I wish blogger was more reliable!!
There is a sketch with a twist at Charisma Cardz this week, and the twist is to use no image, instead the focal point should be a sentiment or verse!
Well that really was a challenge for me, because I always use images, but I gave it a go and this is what I came up with.

 The sentiment I used is from Raindrop Echo which I think was a freebie a while back but she has loads of great sentiments and word art available at Whimsy Stamps.
I used another freebie download for the scalloped circle which was in a set by Summer Driggs. If you haven't checked out this girls digi kits, you got to have a look! They are always fab and you get so much elements in them and she gives them away for free!!
The paper is Bo Bunny as is the ribbon and the flowers are cut with a SU! 5 petal punch from coffee coloured linen cardstock and some paper that I got free in a magazine a while ago and I added pearls from my stash and some tiny leaves punched with a really old cheapo punch that I got in a set when I first started making cards. I think you can buy them for about £1 now and they are normaly all rubbish, but this one has came in handy a few times,
I must apologise again for my rubbish pics, especially on this card as my scanner doesn't like when I use any embelishments and I went and added the pearls which are quite large.
I need a camera really badly now, it's driving me crazy not being able to take pics of any 3d stuff especially since I have made quite a lot for Christmas! Oh well maybe some of my family will take pity on me and buy me a new one for Christmas lol.

For those that have not entered my blog candy yet, why not have a peek at the post above this one and leave a comment :)
Oh and I forgot to mention that I have been moderating my comments this last week or so becuase I have been getting a huge ammount of spam lately, and it been quite rude stuff, so sorrry if it takes a while for me to publish your comments but I do read them all and will publish them as soon as I see them :)

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

By The Cute and Girly projects and Rhianna's DT card

I can't believe it's December already!! Where has the year gone?!
The monthly challenge is up at By The Cute and Girly and our challenge this month is "children". I'm sure a lot of you will have Christmas Cards or gifts to make for a child, so why not enter them into this months challenge and see if you can win something for your efforts!

I made 2 cards for this months challenge and also some digital scrapbook pages, so quite a lot to show in this post and I also have Rhianna's card to show that she done for her DT sample at Messy's Mini Missions challenge blog for kids.

Isn't this image from Whimsy Stamps just the sweetest? I coloured her with Promakers and used stickles on her wings. The papers are Bo Bunny (love these papers!), christmas sentiment is one from a magazine that I got a while back. The large snowflake is cut from mountboard with an original Sizzix die and covered with flower soft and the small ones were done with a Dovecraft punch and covered with SU! Dazzling Diamond glitter, oh and I used some glittered lace from my stash.

My next card is also a DT card for Fred She Said, who is one of our sponsors at By The Cute and Girly this month.
I used Emma and the Chickadee and as always coloured with Promarkers. The papers are Kaisercraft as is the sentiment and the snowflake is another mountbaord one covered in chunky German glass glitter. Unfortunately it looks really uneven in this pic and some bits look gold because I had to scan it, but irl it is all pink and lovely and shimmery. This glitter is really fab and has soooo much sparkle. I just wish I had some of the white and silver so I could cover all my snowflakes with it!

The rest of my DT makes were done digitaly and are all pics from last Christmas. The first one is my youngest Daughter Chiara and her Papa. Her Papa is registered blind (he has no sight in one eye and only partial sight in the other) and Chiara thinks she has to look after him.... bless her. She really is a Papa's girl so I had to add that in the layout :)

The rest are pics of my kids (mostly my 2 girls but I did catch my son Liam in a few too) on Christmas day at my In Laws house except one that was taken with Santa at their school lol.

I think Rhianna was really happy with her pressies in the next one! lol and I was even brave enough to add a pic of myself (with Chiara)!

And finally a DT card that my Daughter Rhianna did for Messy's Mini Missions.

She made this card without any help from me. The only thing she didn't do was cut out the snowflake because I die cut a pile of them a few weeks ago from mountboard as it is actually a die that her old teacher owns, but she lets me use her Sizzix die cutting machine and all her die's when I am at the school. I do have a Cuttlebug of my own, but don't have any snowflake dies so it's great to be able to borrow her one :)
The challenge this month is "Things With Wings" and Nikki at Wags n Whiskers who is one of the sponsors this month gave the kids some of her images to play with for the challenge.
Rhianna coloured the sweet image with my Promarkers (and gave her some lovely eyeshadow! :)) and used some ribbon and papers from my stash, and copied Mum a bit with the snowflake which she covered with the pink German glass glitter.
You can see the sparkle of this glitter a bit better on Rhianna's card than mine (how come the same scanner can make 2 things that are exactly the same, look so different!!).

Right I think that is enough photo's for one day!
Remember to have a look at my blog candy which is in the top post!

Thanks for stopping by
Lora x

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Digital Tuesday "Animals At Christmas Time"

It's Ellie's turn to choose the challenge at Digital Tuesday this week and she chose "animals at christmas time". Stitchy Bear Stamps is  our sponsor this week and some of the girls have used images from the store on their cards.

I used an image by Gingerloft called "Reindeer Carousel" which is available at the Stitchy Bear Store.


 I coloured the reindeer with Promarkers and used some papers by Kaisercraft. The little presents and sentiment are also Kaisercraft (I'm making use of my magazine freebies again lol) and some raffia ribbon stuff from my stash.
I did go round the image with a light grey Promarker but you can't see it here...... it's the only time for ages that my colouring has looked ok and you can't even see it lol.

I haven't been able to get any of my normal cardstock for my card bases or paper for colouring on as my local craft shop has stopped making it (it's made at the papermill next to the shop) and the only thing they had was pearlescent stuff which is great for printing pre coloured images on and they look really nice and shimmery, but it is rubbish for colouring with markers on. The ink dries way too quick on it so you can't blend the colours and it just looks all streaky, so all my images lately have been coloured super quick with one colour and no shading etc (like a 5year old's colouring lol), but yesterday I found a sheet of leather effect cardstock that I must of bought months ago, so I decided I would try printing my image on the back of it as it's only the front that has the leather effect and it printed out great and was so easy to colour on :)...... just a pity I only had one sheet! So tomorrow it's back to streaky images lol.
If anyone out there knows where I can but decent paper for using Promarkers on that does not cost the earth, I would be sooo happy! One of my lovely bloggy buddies recommended create and craft cardstock but I don't have anywhere near me which sells it, and I don't fancy paying all that p&p just for a pack of paper, so any other suggestions would be great :)

Oh before I go, remember to have a peek at my blog candy that I posted earlier today! It's in the post above this one and anyone can enter :)

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, 25 November 2010

A couple of DT cards.

Life has been hectic this week and I haven't had no time to blog at all, but finally got a chance to settle down tonight and post some dt cards.

The first is for Charisma Cardz where the theme this week is "One for the girls".

 One of our sponsors this week is the Digistamp Boutique who kindly gave me an image to use. It's called "Princess Fifi" and I coloured her with Promarkers.
The papers are all from a magazine as is the sentiment and little butterflies.
The purple I have used to mat with is shimmery cardstock from my local craft shop, lace and pearls (which are actualy white!) are from my stash, flowers are made with a SU! punch and a random flower, spacer and pearl from my stash. And the swirls are done with an All Night Media punch that I have had for years.

My other card  is for Digital Tuesday where the challenge is "Let It Snow" and also my Fred She Said DT card.

The image is an older one from FSS called Catching Flakes, I used one of the precoloured ones, which are fab if you need to make a card in a hurry.
Again the papers and sentiment are from a magazine. I don't generaly like using the freebie papers you get inside magazines, but the ones you get in Creative Cardmaking are normaly quite good and not really think like a lot of other mags. This paper and sentiment came in really handy for  this card because I don't have much Christmas papers and the sentiment was perfect for the challenge.
The large snowflake was cut from white mountboard with an original Sizzix die and the small one were done with a Dovecraft punch, and I covered them all with twinklets.

If you haven't heard about the Fred She Said Black Friday sale, you just gotta get yourself over there!
There will be 25% off eveerything in the store! It will run for 24hrs starting today Friday 26th at 12.01am EST.Tracey has some great new images and of course the older ones are great too! If your not into cute characters like me, then how about some of the fab FSS flowers? Or if you like your decoupage, you got to have a look at the medalions, they are perfect for Christmas card!

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 19 November 2010

Charisma Baby

The challenge at Charisma Cardz this week is Babies and I really needed to make a baby girl card for a friend who is due a baby girl in a few weeks so this wass the perfect opportunity to get it made.

I am soooo sick of having to scan cards!! It always gets rid of the base card on at least one side, so you can't see the white around the pattered paper which really annoys me lol. You can see some of the pink card I have used to mat with on this one, but I did use white card for the base and you can't see any of it! I need a new camera so much!!
Ok rant over! lol

I used this sweet baby image by Lili Of The Valley and coloured her with Promarkers. I actually coloured this image a few months back when one of my lovely blogging friends sent me the image, but I had a bit of an accident with a glass of juice and some of my images got soaked, including the edges of this one :( but the actual image was ok, so I cut round it and stuck it onto a scalloped oval and I don't think it looks too bad, does it?
The more I look at this image, the more I love it, it's so sweet :) I don't have any LOTV stamps but I think I really need to get some because they are adorable.The scalloped ovals are from Die Cut Dreams, spotty paper is Bo Bunny, but I not sure about the other strip of paper I used because it was from a sheet that didn't have anything written on it to tell me who made it.
The ribbon is from my local craft shop, sentiment is Stampin Up! and the little "sweet" sticker is from my stash.

I went and got a card reader today so I can transfer photos from  my friends camera to my computer so tomorrow I will get a pic of the goodies I have to give away on my blog! So check back tomorrow for some sweet stuff!!:)

Thanks for stopping by

Lora x

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Digital Tuesday Things With Wings

Over at Digital Tuesday this week the challenge theme is "Things With Wings", so I just had to combine 2 DT cards and make one for Fred She Said as well so I could use this sweet image again :)

 I hate having to scan my cards because it doesn't show the real colours of the image and papers and everythign always looks so flat :(
I used some papers by Bo Bunny and some Bo Bunny ribbon. The image is of course by Fred She Said and is called Emma The Caroling Angel. I printed her onto ice gold shimmery card and coloured her with Promarkers. Usign this kind of card makes her look lovely and shimmery in real life :)
The ticket sentiment is a digi freebie but I can't remember where I got it from....sorry. I inked it with some distress ink and stuck it on with foam pads.

Well that's my card for today, I'm off to see if I can find a usb cable for a camera because I borrowed a friends camera to take a pic of my blog candy, but I can't transfer the pics because my slot on my computer for the memory card is broken so got to find a cable that fits before I can get any pics onto my computer!!
Hopefully I will find one though and I will have some nice candy on here soon!! :)

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, 12 November 2010

Fred She Said Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Fred She Said blog hop!!
If you have came here from  Michelle's blog, you are on the right track but if not, you should go start at  Tracey-Lynns 's blog and hop your way along from there.

Tracey has been busy drawing some lovely Christmas images this month and the design team are using the blog hop to show them off :)

As always with our FSS blog hops, you must stop by each design team members blog and collect a word from each blog along the way, then when you reach the FSS challenge blog at the end of the hop, you should have a phrase which you will then need to email for the chance to win one of 2 prizes.

The 2 prizes are a $25 gift certificate to spend in the Fred She Said store and a $25 gift Certificate for the Crop Stop!!

I used the new pair of robins image from the Christmas Bird Series.  These images also come pre coloured but I coloured mine myself.


The picture is really blurry because I had to use my scanner again....... I really can't wait to get a new camera!!
I used some freebie papers that I got in a magazine and some dark green shimmery card stock.
The robins were coloured with Promarkers, ribbon is some I have had in my stash for forever, the red roses are from my stash and the poinsettias are both from and I just added some stickles to give them a bit of sparkle.

The word you need from me is ARE and the next and the next and final stop is at the Fred She Said Challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you are enjoying the hop!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Charisma DT Card

We have had thunder here all last night and this morning and I need to go to Tesco for a few things before taking the kids to school but I can't get a taxi for another hour at least because of this weather! Normaly I phone and it's at my door in about 3 minutes but everyone must be booking taxi's  today because of this weather and there is no way I am walking there lol. So while I am waiting I thought I would write this post :)

Anyway at Charisma Cardz this week it's Leah's turn to choose the challenge and she wants us to make a sympathy card.
I have only ever made 2 sympathy cards before and I must admit that I really don't like making them because I think sympathy cards should be clean and simple but I am useless and CAS cards.
But I had a go and this is what I came up with.

 The colours look a bit off here espacially the angel, but it's a lot better than some of  the other cards I have posted lately where my scanner has totaly changed the colour of everything!
I am rubbish at using flower images as well but I thought this image would be suitable for a sympathy card, so gave it a go. I'm not sure who makes this stamp as a friend sent me the stamped image, but it had been embossed in black and I coloured with Promarkers.
The papers  are from Paper Cellar's Victorian Classic pad, which has some really pretty papers in it. I actualy bought it because I love vintage style cards and thought it would be perfect for that but I was looking through all my papers and couldn't find anything suitable, but came across this pad and found a few papers that would work well for sympathy cards.
The lace is a light pink colour although it looks more white here. Barry got it for me one day when he went into town on his own, he quite often picks up ribbon/lace or buttons for me and most of the time it's something that I would never choose to buy myself, but I always end up using everythign he has bought lol, but actually this time he came back with a huge budle of lace and ribbons and this pretty pink one was in amongst them.
I didn't want to add a load of embelishments, so had a look in my stash and found the embroidered angel which is the same colour as the paper I have used on the image mat (although it doesn't look it in this pic), so added that. I got it from my teamie Geraldine who owns Little Snippets Etsy store and makes the most beautiful embroidered and crotchet embellishments. If you haven't had a look in her store, you really should, there is so many pretty "snippets" as Geraldine calls them and they are useful for so many different craft projects.

Right I better get going. Thanks for stopping by today and check back tomorrow as I may have some blog candy up for grabs tomorrow!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Digital Tuesday and FSS DT cards

I forgot to schedule this post last night so will have to make it quick because I have to take the kids to school in a min! It's freezing here again today and I am dreading going out especially since we have to wait around for buses because both Liam and the girls school's are quite a bit away.

Anyway enough of my moaning lol, the challenge at Digital Tuesday this week is to use up your stash.
I thought I would combine my card with my DT card for Fred She Said since I have quite a few digital images that I have not used yet. So I had a look through my FSS images and found one that I have had for a very long time and never used. I have no idea why because she is such a cutie, so had to use her and also some Christmas papers that I bought last year.

My scanner decided that is doesn't like shimery paper and has went all blurry!
I printed Emma The Snow Angel onto some silvery shimmery paper and coloured with Promarkers so she looks all lovely and sparkly but the paper looks more yellow here for some reason...... stupid scanner!

The small snowflakes are done with a Woodware punch, larger one is cut on mountboard with a Sizzix original die and covered with flower soft and the other bits and pieces are from my stash.

Right got to run to catch the bus now, thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, 6 November 2010

No card, just a quick post

I've no card to share today, just wanted to post about a special offer from Meyer Imports which is running through the month of November.
 I haven't personaly ordered from this company before but their glass glitter looks fab and the mushrooms are so cute :)

Ths next bit has been taken from their website.

Every order gets a Free sample set of Vintage Spun Cotton and Plaster Mushrooms! And, in fact, you do not even need to order them to win! Here's how it works:
For every order we get during the month of November, we will add a free Sample Kit of our Vintage Mushrooms with the other items you ordered. Just for you to play with and have fun! We just want everyone to know we are more than just great Glass Glitter!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Christmas at Charisma

Over at Charisma Cardz challenge this week teh challenge is "With Love At Christmas" and the girls have made some gorgeous cards!
I haven't made much Christmas cards yet this year, so I had fun getting out my glitter and snowflakes for this one :)

 Unfortunately this scan doesn't show all the glitter very well and the colours look a bit washed out, but it looks really sparkly irl.
The bottom paper is DCWV and the other one is Stampin Up! as is the borders I used. It is actually 2 border stickers but I just stuck one on top of the other to make it one wider border.
Tilda is coloured with Promarkers and I added some stickles to the bottom edge of her dress and her hairband but you can't see it in this pic.
I really like this Tilda but I don't own the stamp :( A friend stamped me some Magnolia images a while back but I only have one or two left and none of them are Christmas ones so think this will be the last Christmas Tilda card from me unless I can  convince Barry that I need to buy some lol.

The small snowflakes were done with a woodware punch, then covered in stickles and a gem added in the middle, and the large one was cut with a Sizzix die from some mountboard, then covered with SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter, it looks really pretty irl :)
Oh and the sentiment is from a Hot Off The Press clear stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave me a comment to let me know you have been :)

Lora x

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Digital Tuesday - I've been framed

It's time for another Digital Tuesday challenge and this week t he challenge is "I've been framed".
We are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish who also gave the design team some of their images to play with for the challenge.

I was intending on using a sizzix die cut frame that I cut a while back from mountboard, but for the life of me I just couldn't find  them ....typical!
I don't have the die to cut more as I cut them out at the kids school with Rhianna's teacher's (well her tacher from last term) sizzix machine which she lets me borrow along with all her dies for the craft club I run at school.
So I had to find another frame, so off I went looking through my stash and I came across a pack of stickers that I got from a friend a while back and thought I will just use one of them, but when I opened the pack I realised that it also contained acetate tags and frames, so I just had to use one of those :)

Unfortunately the card didn't scan very well and it looks a bit washed out (and  the flowers are all squished!) but it looks really good irl.
I used an image from Robyn's Fetsih and it's called Katie Kitty and of course I coloured with Promarkers, then I used the acetate frame as an overlay. It's just a pity that I already had my image coloured or else I would of made it a little smaller so the pattern on the frame didn't cover her feet.
The papers are by Papermania and I used my Fiskars scalloped border punch on the bottom layer.
I followed the sketch over at the Sweet Stamping challenge blog but then got to the embelishments and kind of went a bit off track lol.
The ribbon and flowers and pin are from my stash and the pretty butterfly is from Little Snippets Etsy store.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will join  in with this weeks challenge.

Monday, 1 November 2010

BTC&G Jungle and a mini mission from Rhianna!

Good morning, hope you all had a fab Halloween yesterday.
This is gonna be a really long post, so go get a cuppa and make yourself comfy before you start reading.
Hopefully I won't bore you to death and you will actually get to the end of the post before falling asleep lol.
I took my 2 girls out around the neighbourhood to do some trick or treating and they had loads of fun except Rhianna jumping out of her skin twice when our neighbours dog barked at her! We couldn't even see the dog because it was dark and the dog is black, there was just a bark from out of nowhere and Rhianna about took a heart attack, then it did the same on the way back home.... think Rhianna's heart is still recovering lol.
They came home with a pile of sweets and have stuffed themselves silly, although they are both still complaining about all the monkey nuts they got lol. Neither of them like the nuts but everyone around here buys them for Halloween and they got loads of them each.

The new challenge is up over at By The Cute and Girly and it's Kate's turn to host. She has chose a Jungle theme and as always the design team girls havemade some fantastic samples.
We also have a new designer who is actually our guest designer for November, but she will be back to join us in December as a full time member.
Her name is Tammy and she is very talented! She has made some fantastic cards and a lay out too for the challenge which you can check out over on the challenge blog as well as all the other gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the design team.

We have some wonderful prizes up for grabs again this month! Our regular sponsors are back this month with the usual fab prizes.

 Simon Says Stamp with a $20 gift voucher to spend in their fabulous store. As you all know, this is a great store and they have everything a crafter could want.

Joanna Sheen with a £10 gift voucher. Another great store with tons of goodies to choose from.

Little Snippets Etsy Store with a $15 gift voucher. This is my design team girl Geraldines Etsy shop.
She sells the most beautiful embroidered and crotchet embellishments, which can be used for so many different craft projects. If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will have seen me use some of her gorgeous flowers and butterflies, they really add a special touch to any card or project.

And we have a new digi sponsor this month, Fairy Dust Crafts.

I say Digi sponsor because she is sponsoring us with 5 digital images of the winners choice, but this shop has so much more than digi images. I just purchased some Promarkers from here a few weeks ago at a great price and fab customer service too.

I left my cards till last minute again this month, and by last minute I mean last night! I did have the images coloured for ages and actually started a card at the beginning of the month, but I can't find it lol, so I whipped up 2 cards last night and had to use the dreaded scanner to get pics of them....... I miss my camera soooo much.

I used a digi from Dustin Pike on this one. I was going to colour the bear brown but then looked closer and realised that he is holding some bamboo and is a panda bear lol.
I haven't been able to get my usual paper for printing my digis on from my local craft shop, so I tried some new stuff and it is terrible! The ink goes all streaky and it's very difficult to shade with markers on it, so the colouring on this one is terrible, but in real life, the streaky bits actually look ok as it looks a bit like fur.
The spotty paper is My Minds Eye as is the spotty bit that the bear is on (it's just the reverse side of the same sheet) and the black strip is some handmade paper I got years ago in a pack.
The raffia ribbon stuff is from a craft shop in Montrose and the leaves are digi ones from Fred She Said which I just coloured with Promarkers. These leaves are both in the Paper Roses and Leaves Template set.

 The sweet image I have used on this one is from Fairy Dust Crafts and is called "Ellie Blowing Bubbles", I coloured it with Promarkers as usual and added some glossy accents to the bubbles.
The base paper is by Paper Cellar, but I am not sure who makes the green paper as I got it from a friend and there is nothing written on the sheet.
The leaves again are from FSS Paper Roses and Leaves Template set and the flowers are also Fred She Said. I can't remember now which ones I used but I think they are the round dahlias.
I just printed them on pearlescent cardstock and coloured them with promarkers, then cut up the middle of each petal and added a pearl to the centre.
As I had to scan this card, it has flattened the flowers, but they are not flat like this irl.

Now if you are still with me, I have a card to show that my Daughter Rhianna made.
This is her DT card for Messy's Mini Missions kids challenge. If you have crafty kids under the age of 16, this is the place for them to go! :) They can enter with any craft and there are some fab prizes to be won every month.
The challenge this month is "Christmas" and they being sponsored by Lili Of The Valley and Digital Delights who also gave the kids some images to play with.

Rhianna has used Pickles The Penguin from Digital Delights and coloured him with my promakers.
The papers and sentiment are from a magazine, ribbon from my stash and some punched snowflakes done with a Woodware punch and she added some silver glitter glue in teh centre of each snowflake.
She done all this herself, except cutting the patterned papers because my cutter is on it's last legs lol.
I'm really proud of her *smile*, she is only 7 so please leave her some love if you like her card. She loves getting comments and reads them over and over again :)

Thanks if you stuck with me to the end! Remember to check out the new challenge at BTC&G and get your kids over to Messy's Mini Missions, and while you are there, please leave some love for the kids, they have all done a fantastic job with their design team samples! :)

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!
As it is Halloween today I just had to post aHalloween card :)
I don't send Halloween cards but I really enjoy making them and the Halloween images from Dewdrop Craftz are fab.

The lovely image is called Hallow and is of course from Dewdrop Craftz, isn't she pretty? As usual I coloured her with Promarkers and added some glossy accents to her wings and but I am having to use different paper to colour on than I normaly do as my local craft shop had none of my usual stuff in stock, and the glossy accents have made the colour bleed a bit, but it doesn't look that bad in real life.
The papers are a mix of ones I bough last year and this year and they are all by Bo Bunny. I'm not sure if any of them are new this year as my local craft shop doesn't take in much Halloween papers so they coudl all possibly be from last years collection.
As I am still having to scan my cards, I have been trying my hardest not to use flowers or bulky embelishments, so I just cut some of teh little characters from another Bo Bunny Halloween paper that I had some small scraps left over from another card I made and stuck them on.
I followed the sketch over at Friday Sketchers, so I will be entering this card in their challenge.

I may be back later with some FSS cards, but if not I will be back in the morning with my By The Cute and Girly post.
If you haven't entered October's challenge at BTC&G, today is your last day to do so. The challenge is Spooky, so any last minute Halloween cards like this one would be perfect to enter.
The new challenge and winners will  be posted tomorrow morning and as always there will be some great prizes up for grabs!

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Charisma DT and Just Magnolia

The new challenge is up at Charisma and the challenge this week is Match Master - to make a matching set, like a card and envelope to match,
I was going to make a card and envelope but my camera is still broken and I was a bit worried that I wouldn't manage to scan them together for the challenge blog pic, so I decided to do a card and a bookmark instead.

 The challenge at Just Magnolia is to make a pink card so I went with that and made it very pink lol.
I used an old Magnolia stamp that I got from a special friend a while ago and coloured her with Promarkers.
The papers are Bo Bunny, Doodlebug and Paper Adventures, some ribbon and gems from my stash and a pretty embroidered butterfly from Little Snippets Etsy store.
I kept the bookmark really simple and just used 2 of the same papers and ribbon as the card. The butterfly is a little darker than the one I used on the card because I didn't have 2 left the same colour, but I don't think it matters.
If you haven't visited Little Snippets, I really would recommend you go have a look. Geraldine who is one of my dt girls at By The Cute and Girly is the owner and she makes the most beautiful embroidered embelishments and also crotchet flowers, butterflies etc, they just add a special touch to your project and I love them because you can embelish your cards with them and not have to worry about them being really bulky like it is with the flowers that we all use, which was great for me because I had to scan and can't get a proper scan when I use flowers, so these were just the job :)

I have just passed my 2 year blogging birthday on the 26th, so there will be some candy to celebrate, I am just waiting for some goodies to arrive and will have to borrow a camera from somewhere to take a pic of them lol, but it shoudl be on within the next few days, so keep an eye out for that! :)

 Thanks for stopping by.