Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Thank You!

Thank you very much to Gillian of Made With Sparkle for the Liebster Blog award.

It's very easy to say that we don't participate in awards however, it is so nice when someone thinks your little space on the world wide web is worth a mention - so thank you very much Gillian and I'm looking forward to seeing more piccies of your wedding stationery in the near future.

Thanks again!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

What A Nightmare

I thought I would do a quick!!! second entry for the LIM challenge which is 'Don't Scrap It'.

Using the same Bugaboo image I welded and cut some cloud shapes on my Cricut which I then ran through my Cuttlebug. Talk about not thinking things through - thank goodness I was using scraps - if I hadn't been I would have created a whole new mountain of them.

Anyway thanks for looking and, once again, have a great weekend.

I'm also entering this card into:

Clearly Inspired - Shaped Card
Paper Crafting Journey - Make it cute
Crafting for all Seasons - #21 shaped cards
Crafts and Me - #72 shades of spring


I'm nice and early this morning for the LIM challenge which is 'Don't Scrap It'. For my entry I've used a Bugaboo freebie (isn't she cute?)and a DP scrap from I don't know where I've had it soooo long. The purple layer is also a scrap. With a little Glamour Dust and a computer generated sentiment (keek means to have a quick look or peek) I'm done. I love these Bugagoo babies they remind me of the cartoon Rugrat babies or is it just me?

I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel during the week and have to tell you what a joyous film it is. The cast is fabulous - Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup - all turn in great performances but Maggie Smith is magnificent.

It's all about a group of pensioners who leave England to enjoy retirement at the hotel for 'the elderly and beautiful' in Jaipur, India. The hotel is run by ever optimistic Sonny (quote 'Everything will be alright in the end, and if it is not alright then it is not yet the end') played by Dev Patel and despite his good intentions the hotel doesn't quite match up to the glossy brochure. Nevertheless each character finds that life can begin again if you embrace it. If you get the chance you will not regret seeing it.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Friday, 24 February 2012


Hello - it's nearly the weekend - hooray! Lovely and bright here today for a change so I'm going to venture out soon for a little spending spree. But before I do here is a quick entry for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge which is 'jest for the fun of it'.

For my card I've used a freebie image from Beyond The Fringe Crafts which I've paper pieced using Summer Driggs Beautimous papers.

I'm also entering it into:

Coffee Chocolate & Cards - Drink Up

Thanks for looking and java good day!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Sweet Wishes

On a typically dreich day in Scotland I'm sneaking in a little challenge today using my new 'The Little Cake Shoppe' stamps from Papermania.

I've stamped each part of the cupcake several times on 300 gsm card to create some dimension. The DP and sentiment are by Pink Petticoat. I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Crafty Boots - "Food Glorious Food"
Creative Mondays - Anything Goes
Cupcake Craft - Fluffy Pink Cupcakes
Hooked on Crafts - Hearts
Kaboodle Doodles - Let`s Get Cooking
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Dalia's Delights

For my second card today I've used a freebie boutique image from GTC's Crafty Corner. I've used Pink Petticoat's cake stand image for the shop window contents. I've decoupaged the canopy and shop sign using pads to give it a little dimension. I've also added a brad to the 'open' sign on the door. By adding the shop name and number 12 to the door I've incorporated the recipients name and age. This boutique image is so versatile as you can have any type of shop to suit your needs - every girl likes to play shops doesn't she?

Card Makin' Mamas - Happy Birthday
Fabulous Friday – Brads or Eyelets
Poodles Parlour - Mothers' Day / Female Card
Scrapbookaholic by Abby – Birthday
Sweet n' Sassy Digi Challenge - must use digi – photo inspiration
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything goes

Thanks for looking!

Not In My Name

Sorry for being a bit political but I'm sick to the back teeth already of the Scottish independence debate. But more importantly I'm sick of Alex Salmond continually spouting 'the Scottish people want bla bla bla...'. How does he know what the Scottish people want? Has he spoken to every last one of us? He will only know what the Scottish people want when the referendum is over - and let's hope the majority vote with the thought 'united we stand and divided we fall' in mind before they place their cross. But to lighten all the boring and annoying bla I came across a sneak peek of the aforementioned ballot paper (apologies if you need a translation):

Anyway onto this weeks LIM challenge of punches or die cuts. For my entry I've cut a nappy freehand using scallop scissors, embossed using a Cuttlebug folder, used a Sizzix nappy pin die and my Cricut for the word Boy. The DP is a Pink Petticoat scrap. I love shaped cards - but with many shapes you don't end up with a decent sized card (as in my previous Smelly Welly post) - this one is not too bad size wise.

Finally, whilst you still have the services of a translator, here is a little Scottish joke.

A wee Glesga wumman goes intae a butcher shop, where the butcher has just came oot the freezer, and is standing haunds ahint his back, with his erse aimed at an electric fire. The wee wumman checks oot the display case then asks, 'Is that yer Ayrshire bacon?' 'Naw,' replies the butcher. 'It's jist ma haun's ah'm heatin'

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Smelly Welly

Definitely required Scottish footwear for my 'smelly welly' card I've welded a couple of wellington boot shapes from the Sure Cuts A Lot programme to form a card. I've then covered the shape using Pink Petticoat Lola Rose in mocha and cut the trims freehand using scraps. The button is an MFT Die-namic and the sentiment is a freebie from TLC Creations.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Card and Scrap - Buttons
Crafters Companion - Anything Goes
House That Stamps Built - scraps
Inky Impressions - punches/dies
Paper Shelter Challenge - Winter blues
Digital Tuesday - #147 Use Your Stash
Anything Goes Challenge - Eyes Down Bingo Board Week2 (shaped card & die-cut)
Make it Monday - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and have a great Friday. Hopefully see you tomorrow for the LIM challenge!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

A Little Wild

My second card for today is a birthday card for my friend.

I've used Penny Paisley digi-stamp from Bugaboo Stamps and the wild papers (wild for me that is!) are a freebie from 2 Peas In A Bucket. I've cut out an aperture using my Spellbinder circle die, the number has been cut using my Cricut and I've added a little blue glittery eyeshadow et voila - Penny Paisley is ready for a big night out.

Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Sew Many Cards - Birthday
Squigglefly - Birthday
Celebrate The Occasion - Anything Goes Birthday
Crafty Sentiments - Let's Get Girly
Digital Tuesday - Pink or Red
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Guaranteed To Wreck Your Head...

...for the rest of today my card for the LIM one layer with stripes challenge this week is inspired by one of the cheeriest songs of the nineties - can you guess what it is?

I've used a Pink Petticoat little friends image which I've altered slightly to make a vest. This jolly image always reminds me of the Supergrass song 'Alright' and so here are the words to accompany the tune which will be bouncing around your head all day today - sorry!

We are young, we are free
Keep our teeth nice and clean
See our friends, see the sights
Feel alright

We wake up, we go out
Smoke a fag, put it out
See our friends, see the sights
Feel alright

Are we like you?
I can't be sure
Of the scene, as she turns
We are strange in our worlds

But we are young, we get by
Can't go mad, ain't got time
Sleep around if we like
But we're alright

Got some cash, bought some wheels
Took it out 'cross the fields
Lost control, hit a wall
But we're alright

Are we like you?
I can't be sure
Of the scene, as she turns
We are strange in our worlds

But we are young, we are free
Keep our teeth nice and clean
See our friends, see the sights
Feel alright

Are we like you?
I can't be sure
Of the scene, as she turns
We are strange in our world

But we are young, we are free
Keep our teeth nice and clean
See our friends, see the sights
Feel alright

I'm also entering my card into the following challenges:

Alphabet Challenge – Animal Antics
Hotshot Crafts – One for the Boys
Poodles Parlour - Anything
Craft Us Crazy - Anything goes

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Saturday, 4 February 2012


My second entry today for the LIM challenge is a little bit naughty.

I've cut the pert little bottom from pink card stock, the pants are cut from Pink Petticoat Lola Rose collection which I've hand stitched and added a few little gems. Oh to have a posterior as pert as this one - a few more bottom clenches and squats required I think.

That's all for today the rugby will be coming on soon - come on Scotland! - and I need to glam myself up as I'm going to the pictures later to see The Grey with Liam Neeson.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

We Was Brung Up Proper!

Many thanks for all your kind comments on my lava lamp card last week - it seems it brought back memories for many. So before I move onto my challenge card this week here is another little meander down memory lane...

Congratulations to all my readers who were born in the 1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's ! First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos...

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon, processed meat and tuna from a can.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos...

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate fairy cakes (not cupcakes), white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no SKY, no video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didn’t need to keep up with the Jones’s!

Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT.

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren’t concentrating.

We can string sentences together, spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R’s education.

Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla' and 'Tiger'.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

If any or all of the above rings true with you then, once again, congratulations on surviving your traumatic childhood!

I hope you are still with me and ready to move onto the real purpose of this blog/post i.e. crafting and not rambling. So without further ado here is my LIM entry with the theme of aqua.

For this simple card I've paperpieced a sofa image with Pink Petticoat Big Dots and decoupaged a couple of layers which doesn't show very well in the photo. The sentiment is computer generated.

That's all folks - thanks for looking and have a great weekend!