Sunday, 28 December 2008

Lazy, Lazy Day

Had a really lazy day today - trying to put off the inevitable work tomorrow grrrrr... Still look on the bright side just another three days next week and off again for four.

Went through my card basket today and found several cards that I thought looked OK at the time but when I look again.....yuck!

So this little number is completely recycled. The paper is from Craft Creatives, the image is from Pink Petticoat and a little bling from my stash. The design is based on Dawny P's very first sketch.

Thanks for looking!

Renfrewshire Wheel

We went for a trip on the Renfrewshire Wheel yesterday which is the latest attraction to be added to the centre of the universe otherwise known as Braehead.

Some of the views are spectacular although a bit pricey at £5 per head for about 10 minutes.

and God only knows how much it is for the VIP pod.

After the wheel we went to see the film Australia with Nicole Kidman and the gorgeous Hugh Jackman. Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat (Kidman) inherits a sprawling ranch and reluctantly pacts with a stock-man (Jackman) in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot.

At 165 minutes long get yourself the most comfortable seat in the cinema and re-mortgage the house to fund the snacks for what is a really enjoyable film.

Kicking off in 1939, it stars Nicole Kidman as Lady Sarah Ashley, who arrives from England at her vast ranch in the Northern Territory to find her husband has been murdered by rival cattle barons.

There she meets The Drover (Hugh Jackman) and teams up with him and an unlikely crew with the nearly impossible task of droving the cattle to Darwin to beat the villainous Bryan Brown to a contract whilst he does his best to stop them.

The film has humour, villains, spectacular scenery, romance and a beautiful half white, half aboriginal boy who goes by the name of Nullah who also has some of the best lines. The cattle stampede scene will have your heart racing.

All in all a film well worth the numb bum.

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Choices, Choices

There was a cheeky wee post on Sketch Saturday today - where although there wasn't a new sketch to work from you could choose your favourite from previous weeks.

I chose sketch #9 and made this card using Pink Petticoat papers and image, a computer generated sentiment and a little bow from my stash. I thought this would be a quick make using scraps however, had the bright idea of stitching around the outside when the top thread came undone (which I didn't notice until the end) and so had to finish it off by hand. I decided that would be quicker than trying to re-thread the pesky mini sewing machine which requires you to have 20/20 vision and hands the size of a Lilliputian. Never mind the best laid plans and all that.

Thanks for looking!

Big Wishes

Had a relatively sensible day yesterday eating and drinking wise so feel a bit more like myself.

Decided to make a very quick card before we go out today. The image, sentiment and papers are all from Pink Petticoat. The only addition is a little ribbon and bling. The sketch is one of Dawny P's over on Papertake Weekly. I really enjoyed using this simple sketch and will probably use it again.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 26 December 2008

Fit to Burst

I hope Santa was good to everyone yesterday - he certainly was to me.

Just a little thank you card for the lovely Christine (you know who you are) and family for entertaining us yesterday.

I've used a Pink Petticoat image (love his little fat tummy, he looks the way I feel), the cardstock has been printed with Pink Petticoat 'Big Dots', the sentiment has been computer generated and a little ribbon and glitter from my stash.

Quite pleased with the way it has turned out considering there's a herd of elephants trampling about inside my head right now and I'm not sure whether it's New Year or New York. Despite the excesses of yesterday I need something suitably disgusting to eat right now as a cure (i.e. anything remotely healthy is not an option).

Thanks for looking!

PS I've decided to place this on the new challenge blog Sketch and Stash Challenge as the Pink Petticoat 'Chubby Chums' image is a new and before unused image. The challenges haven't officially started yet but as there's blog candy on offer you've got to be in it to win it. This new and exciting challenge site looks like it's going to be very very popular judging by the number of followers it has already - so pop on over there now.

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

The Plight of The Christmas Fairy

The very lovely Kath has some blog candy on offer over on her blog. All you need to do is leave her a comment and a link back to her blog.

She seems to have had a very stressful day, but has finally put her feet up with a glass of something nice.

Never mind how stressful you think the Christmas preparations are - things could always be worse - you could be a Christmas Fairy read on.......

I am a little fairy
On tap o' the Christmas Tree
It's no' a job I fancy
Well how would you like tae be me

A tarted up wi' tinsel
It's enough to mak ye boak
An a couple o' jaggy branches
Rammed up the back o' your frock

An' these wee lights a'roon me
I canna get my sleep
An' there's the yearly visit
Fae Santa - Big fat creep!

On Christmas Day I'm stuck up here
While you're a' wirin' in
An' naebody says "Hey you up there
Could you go a slug o' gin?"

It's nae joke bein' a fairy
The job's beyond belief
You've got to go roon' the wean's beds
An' lift their rotten teeth

But o' a' the joabs a fairy gets
An' I've mentioned only some
The very worst is sitting up a tree
Wi' pine needles up yir bum

When a' the fairies meet again
By the light of' the silvery moon
Ye can tell the Christmas fairies
They're the wans that canna sit doon

The Christmas tree's a bonny sight
As the firelight softly flickers
But think o' me I'm stuck up here
Wi' needles in my knickers

So soon as Christmas time's right by
An' I stop bein' sae full o' cheer
I'll get awa back tae Fairyland
An' I'll see yous a' next year.

Wishing everyone in crafty blogland a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Twinkle Toes

This one is for the Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge - whose theme this week is paper piecing.

This New Year's card is for some friends in Italy as it is too late now to send them a Christmas card.

I have used Summer Driggs Awareness paper in dark pink, a Pink Petticoat image, Papermania ribbon, sentiment computer generated and a little bling from my stash for her hairband.

I love paper piecing - it makes everything look so co-ordinated - don't you think?

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Two 4 One

I needed to make two birthday cards - one for a 70th and one for an 80th - so using the sketch from Friday Sketchers here they are.

I have used Summer Driggs Awareness paper, Sugar Nellie Flowers and Pickin Apples stamps coloured with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, a little glitter here and there, computer generated sentiments, some bling from my stash, Prima and Papermania flowers.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Blue Belle

This one is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge which is a recipe challenge - three flowers, two papers and one ribbon.

I have used the scraps from the 50th birthday card made yesterday - Pink Petticoat Lola's Boudoir in Bluebell (love this colour). The little hedgie is coloured with Whispers watercolour pens, the pressie has also been glittered and highlighted with a Sakura gel pen, the flowers are die cut with punched middles, a little ribbon and bling from my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Lilac Lovely

Here is my entry for the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge which is based on a sketch.

I made a pigs ear of this one but I'll put it in anyway. Image and background paper from Pink Petticoat, silver mirror board, embossing using Cuttlebug folders, sentiment computer generated and bling from my stash. The best thing of all is it was made using my scraps - only another three trillion to go.

Thanks for looking!

Quick Card

This is my entry for the Daring Cardmakers Challenge which is to make a 10 minute Christmas Card.

I have printed a sentiment onto my card, put a Cuttlebug embossed topper onto some silver mirror board and added a little silver glitter glue and in the words of Gordon Ramsay - done!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Oh No! The Big Five O!

This is my entry for this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge.

I've used Pink Petticoat papers in Bluebell, a Pink Petticoat image, computer generated sentiment, some stitching around the outside, the numbers are cut using my Cricut and some ribbon from my stash. The sketch had a flower in the top left hand side, but as this is a guys card I've put some flower shaped eyelets on the card - I hope this is OK.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Pink Piggy

This is my entry for Sketch Saturday. I've just noticed it also fits with the Cute Card Thursday challenge which is to use hearts on your card.

I've used remnants of Summer Driggs Awareness papers, some Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing, a Pink Petticoat image, a sentiment from Lakeland, a piece of Anita's ribbon and some Card Candy pearl hearts.

Thanks for looking!

Hat Trick!

Okay today I am going for a hat trick - by entering three challenges at once. First - Papertake Weekly which is to make a card using the following recipe: 1 ribbon, 2 rectangles and 3 small, round embellishments. Second - Cute Card Thursday which is to use hearts on your card. Third and last but not least is the ABC Challenge which is 'T is for Three' - so there are three different papers and three little hearts on this one.

I have used papers again from Shabby Princess. The image is from Pink Petticoat (I never stop smiling at those wellies), ribbon and some heart shaped bling from my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Christmas Crackers

A couple of cards today - the same but different for two sisters - Paula and Emma.

I have used Pink Petticoat Christmas Rose images, Pink Petticoat little snowflakes papers in Cranberry from the Doodle-icious Christmas range, punched snowflakes, some glitter on the stars and white snowflakes and a little bling from my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008


This is my entry for the Sketch Saturday Challenge and the ABC Challenge.

My offering is using a Pink Petticoat image, papers from Shabby Princess, the snow is glittered and the sentiment is computer generated.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Soooooo.. Green

This weeks challenge over on Penny Black Saturday is no patterned paper.

This is my entry using scraps from previous cards - midnight blue glitter board, green snowflake embossed paper, PB image coloured using Whispers pens, some holly cut from some previous cards I wasn't sure about and some bling from my stash. I'm also entering it in the Friday Sketchers Challenge.

So no more trees were harmed in the making of this card - surely I should get extra points for that?

Thanks for looking!

Sweet Sixteen

This is another entry (God loves a trier!) for the Pink Petticoat competition to win a Slice machine. I'm also entering it in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge whose theme this week is lilac.

The card is for Emma who will be sweet sixteen on 20th December. Her mum describes her as high maintenance, loves make-up, hates housework, very opinionated but very caring and loving - oh and she has purple hair. She also loves drama and is nicknamed 'The Drama Queen' by her family.

I've used a Lola Rose image and coloured her in rose and lilac. The background papers are from PP Lola's Boudoir Collection. I've printed most of her mum's description of her on the plain lilac background, added some purple ribbon, a happy birthday tag, some prima flowers and a little bling in the centre of the flowers and on the handbag.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 23 November 2008


This is my entry for the Pink Petticoat competition to win a Slice machine. I probably own more PP products than anything else - I love them.

The card has been printed with PP Big Dots in Duck Egg Blue, my new PP Christmas Rose image coloured again in Duck Egg Blue (oh to have a bum as cute as this!) and the same colour in the Washed Out range for the scalloped mat.

Some teeny weeny blue gems added to her bracelet and a ribbon bow at the bottom and voila - a simple, deliciously clean cut and very stylish Christmas card!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Funky Christmas

This weeks challenge over on Penny Black Saturday is to make a Christmas creation ~ with a twist ~ to stay away from traditional colours and create something different ~ to go wild and get Funky !!!

This is my entry using Pink Petticoat papers, PB image and sentiment from the 12 Days of Christmas, ribbon and bling from my stash. I am also entering it on the ABC Challenge this week which is R is for.....ribbon.

Thanks for looking!

Missing Ewe Already

Here is my card for one of Ian's friends who is leaving sunny (lol) Scotland to live in Florida (you just wouldn't would you!!!!). Anyway, I am entering this on A Spoonful of Sugar Challenge - Blooming Marvelous - which is to use flowers or a floral paper on your card. I love this challenge because you are not tied to any particular product; you can use just whatever you fancy.

I have used my current favourite papers again from Shabby Princess. The image is from Pink Petticoat (love the wellies - a little reminder of home), some prima flowers and and some bling from my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

This is my entry for the Papertake Weekly Challenge - Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow!..... which is to make a snow related card. I'm also entering it in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge.

My offering features snowflakes on the background paper, some embossed snowflakes, a snowman, snowballs, and a snowflake embellishment. I have used my new Sugar Nellie Snow Juggler stamp coloured with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils. The papers are from Shabby Princess, a little contrast using my Cuttlebug Snowflake folder, computer generated sentiment, some glitter and a little bling from my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Pink Tutu

This is my entry for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge theme which is monochromatic. So you can choose black & white or you can go with different shades of one colour. It's entirely up to you what you create - card, atc, altered art etc.... as long as you include at least one Penny Black Stamp.

So this little pink confection has been run up from some scraps from previous cards.
I have used Summer Driggs Awareness paper, a PB image coloured with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, a little glitter on the hedgie's tutu, a computer generated sentiment and some bling from my stash.

Thanks for looking!