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