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Saturday, 28 August 2010

ALLSORTS ~ Garden or Park

Good Morning everyone,
What  horrible weather we've had this week,
it does have one upside though,
if it rains today it means Darren doesn't have to work all weekend ~ YAY!
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Thank you to those of you who entered Amanda's "little" theme last week, as always there were some awesome projects. Check ALLSORTS to see if you're the winner or have been chosen for the top 5.
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We've got the mega talented Joanna Sheen as guest designer again this week and
our regular sponsor
Who are offering a £10 pound voucher to one lucky winner!
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This week it's Helene's turn to set the theme and she wants you gain some inspiration from
A garden or a park
The DT have come up with some beautiful cards so why not pop over to ALLSORTS and have a peek.
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Here's mine
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I have used
Magnolia ~ Tilda with puppy
Magnolia ~ Tree carved with heart
Magnolia ~ Wooden bench
Small retro flower punch
Cream brads ~ Flower centres
Grey brads Which I've distressed with a file ~ For bolts in bench
Small butterfly punch
Tim Holtz ~ Ditress inks
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 I have made a round easel card, the images were masked, then cut out and mounted onto card top.
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Don't forget you still have a few days to enter our Glitter & Glitz challenge & DT call over at
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Thanks so much for dropping by
 any comments you leave are always very much appreciated
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Hugz

Friday, 27 August 2010

Some very exciting news

Good morning everyone I'm so thrilled!!!
At last the day is here that I can share my exciting news with all my blogging friends,
Some of you may be aware that there is an new, exciting, fortnightly challenge blog starting very soon called
Well I am so excited as the lovely Francesca & her talented team
picked Annie, Clare, Liza & ME to join the design team! 
Congratulations girls, bet you're as excited as I am!
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The rules of the blog are that you must use a stamp at least 6 months old,
which is great because I'm sure we're all guilty of having stamps that have been neglected or just plain old forgotten, so come on girls, get the dust blown off them old favourites and let them see some ink.
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The first challenge starts on September 7th
I hope you'll join in with all the fun.

Hugz


And another LOL

I've just got another award. this time from the ever so lovely Kathy 
Thanks Kathy you've made my day X
Pop over and check out her fab blog,
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To qualify I need to tell you 7 facts about myself
&
Pass it onto 7 bloggers
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Right here goes!!!
  1. I once passed out, when my jacket potato was too hot ~ embarrassing
  2. I always doubt & blame myself
  3. I love Autumn colours
  4. I chose Mackenzie's name about 6 years before she was born (and luckily she was a girl, as although it's unisex, I didn't want it for a boy) ~ it came from the film "father of the Bride"
  5. I love photography
  6. I love salad cream on peas!!!
  7. I buy far too many stamps
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Now the hard bit, I'd like to pass this award on to the following lovely bloggers








I love visit the blogs above, they all make me smile
 ~ Especially Mackenzie's
 
Thanks for looking
Hugz

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

WOW another award

Wow I'm so thrilled,
I've received another award ~ I must be doing something right lol!!!
This one came from the extremely talented Fi ~ Pop over and check out her fab blog, her work is great.
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I have to pass this onto 7 bloggers, which is always difficult as there are so many fantastic blogs to visit.
So here goes,



and last, but not least (I know this makes it 8)



Thanks for visiting
Hugz


Monday, 23 August 2010

Tilda's going shopping

Happy Monday everyone,
Hope you all had a fab weekend,
Mac had a bit of a wet weekend ~ Not of the rainy sort though.
On Saturday Darren took her to Rutland Water with some friend's for a spot of Kayaking - Well anyone who knows me, will know that I'm a bit of a worrier, so I stayed at home (watching her horse riding was bad enough)
Anyway thank God I didn't go ~ after rowing a bit Darren thought that his end was a little lower, but put it down to his weight, they carried on merrily for a bit then realised the kayak was filling with water, poor old Mac was quite scared so Darren rowed to the edge, checked it over, he realised that the drainage plug had not been put back in! Thankfully after this all was well and it hasn't completely put Mac off (unfortunately)
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Sunday we went to Burghley garden of surprise ~ where there is a fab water garden. Mac had great fun & got completely soaked.
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Anyway on to my card.
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I have uses
Magnoli ~ Tilda goes shopping
Retro flower punch
Sizzix ~ Swirl
Ocotber afternoon ~ Thrift shop
A bit of sparkle on her pendant
Water-coloured ~ Distress inks
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I'd like to enter the following challenges
Just Magnolia ~ Use a sentiment
A few pics from Burghley


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Thanks for looking
Hugz

Saturday, 21 August 2010

ALLSORTS ~ 3" Project

Good morning everyone,
Firstly I'd like to say a big thank you for all of your comments in my last post,
It's great to know that so many of you care and gave me friendly & helpful advice.
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Well there's another fab challenge at ALLSORTS
Thanks to such great response to Kirsten's great challenge, what lovely creations you made.
Check to see if your the winner or if you came in the top 5!
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This week, we are lucky to have Joanna Sheen sponsoring again, so pop back over to the challenge blog to see her beautiful card,
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Anyway onto Amanda's fantastic challenge,
She'd like to see a project that is no larger than 3"
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I have made a small canvas to hang!
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I have used:
Canvas board ~ Cut to size
PaperArtsy ~ Various stamps & die cut moth
Tim Holtz ~ Distress inks
Eyelets
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I really enjoyed making this project & have got some more canvas to make a few as gifts.
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Remember that there is DT call over at
and you still have time to enter our monthly challenge
"Glitter & Glitz"
There is some awesome prizes!
You have to be in it, to win it!!!
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Thanks for looking, have a lovely weekend
Hugz

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Cowgirl Tilda

Hi all, had, mostly, a lovely, easy day yesterday
Mac and I went out for a spot of lunch & she picked a few bits for the wild birds in the garden,
Then we had fun with Hama Beads, it's ages since we've played with these - will share our little projects later.
Then a not so nice trip to the Dr for me. Nothing serious - just had a few tests and have been told I'm in the early stages of menopause - Great!!! I'm only 41, have been prescribed HRT; but really not sure if I want to go down that route, as the Dr says I'll have to take them until I'm about 52, So I'm gonna see if I can chat to a nurse and see what else there is. Oh the joys of being a woman LOL
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Tonight I'll share a card using my new Cowgirl Tilda, isn't she sweet!
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I have used:
Magnolia ~ Cowgirl Tilda
Cosmo Cricket ~ Calamity Jane, had for ages and not sure if still available
Twill Dyed with Tim Holtz ~ Walnut Stain
SU Punched Star ~ painted with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint
Nestabilites ~ Deckled Ovals
Linen Threa for Stitched Crosses
Water-coloured ~ Tim Holtz Distress inks
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Thanks for looking
Hugz

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Happy Tuesday Bloggers.
Seems ages since I've actually had a decent amount of time to craft, this card seemed to take forever,
I kept doing bits at a time, and I think I got a little bored of it, thats why, in my eyes, it's quite plain,
I've done faux stitches again, they seem to be appearing on all my cards at the minute - Sorry!!
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I've used:
My new LOTV ~ Star of Wonder
Technique Tuesday ~ Sentiment
My Minds Eye ~ Christmas Paper
Glitter
Tim Holtz ~ Distress Inks
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Not very happy with the end result, but it'll do!
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I'd like to enter the following challenges
LOTV ~ Four Seasons
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Edited to say, my internet is still playing me up, still can't get on LOTV blog, had to upload via mobile - took me ages, sorry LOTV that first attempt was wrong!
Thanks for looking
Hugz

Saturday, 14 August 2010

ALLSORTS - Paper piercing and/or Paper piecing

Hi, welcome to another week at ALLSORTS.
We had a great response last week when Emma wanted to see "Primary Colours"
Remember to pop over to see if you're a winner or have been chosen as one of the top 5
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This week Kirsten would like to see Paper Piercing and/or Paper Piecing
I did a bit of both!
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I have paper pieced Fleur's flowers & her dress, then paper pierced to create my faux stitches
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I have used :
Greetings farm ~ Fleur (a blog candy from my blogging buddy Fi)
October Afternoon ~ Thrift shop
Nestabilites ~ Butterfly
Papermania ~ Dew drops
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Don't forget that Penny Black At Allsorts are expanding their DT,
So if you're a fan of Penny Black get yourself over ther and check out the requirements
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Thanks for looking
Hugz

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Happy Anniversary Card & Expansion of Penny Black @ Allsorts

Hi everyone, hope you are all good.
Had a big thunder storm here this afternoon,
I love sitting in the conservatory when it's raining really heavy.
Firstly I'd like to share a card I made a while back.
It was for Nicola & her husbands anniversary,
Now I know you may think this is an odd image to use, but I love it,  & Nicola's borrowed it a few times, So I know she loves it too!
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Also we are expanding the DT over at Penny Black at Allsorts
So if you love Penny Black & want to share your obsession why not pop over and take a look,
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Thanks for looking
Hugz

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

I have been chosen,

Wow I can't believe it,
my card was chosen as one of the top 3 favourites this week over at Paper Sundaes
Thank you so much girls, it's a real honour
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Hugz

Sunday, 8 August 2010

An apology, A card, A Gorgeous Award and an extremely long post!!!!

Good evening, hope everyone has had a fab weekend, sorry this is a real long post so I'll try to make it as painless as possible, firstly I'm sorry if I've not visited some of you, it's not for want of trying; but for some reason I get thrown out of certain blogs when using this computer. I can get in by using friend's computers & I'll have a go later on our spare, but that's extremely slow.
Some of the blogs that I can't get to are
Lili of the valley challenge Blog (which is annoying because i made a card for this weeks sketch)
Just Love to stamp ~ don't know what the problem is Louise :-(
Impressions are made ~ Sorry Andrea I've tried tons to visit you.

Anyway on to my card, going to post this card for LOTV challenge then try to link it later on our spare ~ what a nightmare, I could scream!!!


I have used
LOTV ~ Rosey posey
Nestabilies ~ Classic & Scallop ovals
Martha Stewart ~ Pinking scallop
Retro Punches ~ To make flower
Tim Holtz ~ Distress inks

On a brighter note!

I'm so happy! I received this lovely blog award from my sweet blogging buddy Jessie 
Please pop over and check out her gorgeous blog.!


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Here are the rules for this blog award:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.
3. List three things which you love about yourself.
4. Post a picture you love.
5. Tag five people you wish to pass this award on to.
 
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 Thank so much Jessie, I'm so very very flattered !
 
3 thing's I love about myself;
  • I love my sense of humour - just hope my friend's do too!
  • I love that I'm so passionate - about craft!
  • I love that I'm so open & can talk to anyone about anything!

I just love this photo, It's a completely random shot I took of Mackenzie!

The 5 people I'd like to send this award to are:
In alphabetical order!
These ladies not only have lovely blogs but are all good friend's and it's always great to get together for a crafty chat & a crafty slice of cake LOL

If your still awake I'd just like to say thanks for visiting
Hugz
 
 

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Loopin the Loop

Morning Campers, hi de hi.!!! ~ Sorry showing my age now!
Welcome to another challenge at ALLSORTS, thank you to every one who took part in my "Dressing Up" theme, there were some fantastic entries, pop over to the challenge blog to see who I picked as my top 5 -  As always a difficult job!
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This week It's Emma's turn to set the challenge & she wants to see "Primary Colours"
that's RED, BLUE & YELLOW only!!! & she'd like you to use at least 2 of these colours.
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Exciting news Joanna Sheen is this month Guest Designer ~ How cool is that!!!
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I have used:
Penny Black ~ Fly Away
Tim Holtz ~ Distress inks
Not sure of papers but were perfect!
Chipboard Arrow ~ As soon as I put this on Mac said looks like loopin the loop!
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Thanks for looking & be sure to enter our Penny Black at ALLSORTS challenge ~ where this month the theme is "Glitter & Glitz"
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Thanks for looking
Hugz

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Hoppy Day

Good evening Bloggers,
Hope everyone is good,
just sharing one of the cards I made today.
We had our friend's Nicola & Holly round for the day, whilst Mac & Holly played, Nicola & me made a few cards. I have made this one for the the Inspirational card sketch challenge - which Nicola has just joined their DT so be sure to check them out!
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I have used:
Penny Black ~ Hoppy Day
Hero Arts ~ Silhouette Grass
October Afternoon  ~ Thrift Shop
Tim Holtz ~ Distress inks
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Thanks for looking
Hugz

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Picking Apples

Hello, hope everyone is good in blogland,
 had a chance to make a card as Mac was doing some crafting too,
Have used a stamp that hasn't been inked up in a while.
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I have used:
Sarah Kay ~ Time for Apple Pie
October Afternoon ~ Thrift Shop
Penny Black ~ Salutations
Tim Holtz ~ Distress inks
Faux Stitching
& thread for crossed stitches
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I am entering the following challenges:

Paper Sundaes ~ Stitching 

Thanks for looking
Hugz

Monday, 2 August 2010

Me & My Pony

Just a quick post,
I made this card a while back for a pony mad 8 year old,
she loves blues & isn't really girly.
I personalised it with her name in little rosettes to keep the pony theme
The 8 was cut out on my cricut, I really wanted it to be in chipboard,
 but although I have got the deep cutting blade for my cricut - so far I have had no luck using it, so had to make do with cardstock.
 - does anyone else have problems!
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It won't be long before Mackenzie's 8
 so I'm sure there will be another pony card coming this way soon.
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Thanks for looking
Hugz

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Glitter & Glitz.

Well, I can't believe we're already on the second challenge over at Penny Black @ Allsorts.
Where does the time go?
Thanks to all off you who took part in our first challenge, we were bowled over with the gorgeous entries!
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This month we want to see Glitter & Glitz.
Have you checked out the DT cards? ~ They're gorgeous
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Here's mine.
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I have coloured her hair with Brilliance ~ Lightning black to give it a bit of glitz!
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I have used:
Penny Black ~ Ginger
Kaiser Craft ~ Utopia
Autumn Leaves ~ On the Edge
Paper Shapers ~ Retro Punches
L-Em ~ Fern & Branch
Martha Stewart ~ Pinking Border
Woodware ~ Lrge Scallop Circle
Water-coloured ~ Distress inks
Glimmer Mist, Pearl ~ On Flowers
Glitter, Brads & Ribbon ~ From Stash
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Thanks for looking
Hugz