Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Easter Chickens!

Hello chums!
What a glorious day it is today! The sun is shining, the birds are singing.....wonderful.

I know I haven't really been posting much this year because of with everything happening with my dad; but I am getting back on track now and hope to be posting a lot more makes. I also have something exciting in the pipeline that you will all be able to join in (watch this space).

I would also like to get back to doing a regular spot showcasing makes using the Cricut Mini. You never know, it might tempt you to pop one on your birthday or Christmas wish list (just make sure you leave it so it can be seen/found/read.
Anyhoo! Talking of makes; I know Easter has been and gone (there are still some choccy eggs left - yummy) but I have another little card to show you.

What you need...

Patterned papers: TV Dinner 8"x8" Mini Deck - Cosmo Cricket
Card stock: white
Stamps: Picoti Picota - Artemio
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Promarkers: Apple cider, Cocktail Pink, Pineapple Crush
Ribbon: dusky pink
Gems: clear

What you do...

Stamp three chickens and the eggs across a piece of white card 12.5cm wide. Colour in and mat onto the bottom of a 12.5cm square blank, trim any excess.

Cover the top two thirds with the quirky squares paper. Tie a loose knot in a length of ribbon and attach across the bottom edge of the paper.

Print out a sentiment, trim and fix to the right of the blank just above the ribbon and finish off with a few gems.

This paper pad from Cosmo Cricket is so me :o) it's very retro with lots of quirky images and wonky lines. The colours are muted tones of pinks, greens, yellows and creams. Reminds me of some of those 1950's cartoons. Love it!

Tomorrow I'm in London for the launch of the new Cricut Explore, hosted by the fab Cricut EU and Ranieri Communications. So looking forward to it. I went to the Cricut Mini event last year and it was a fantastic day, with lots of demos, makes and goodies. Why not check out their website? http:/

For now though, back to the commissions for Crafts Beautiful and PaperCrafter magazines.

Take care and thanks for stopping by xxxx 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Wishes (and a huge egg of ginormous proportions)...

Aft'noon peeps!
Are you looking forward to the Easter holidays? I am. It will be nice to have Simon around over the four days. Hopefully the weather will stay lovely and I'll get more gardening done.
I'd like to show you a little card I whipped up for Easter. I sent it to my mum and the gang up in Yorkshire. Here it is...

What you need...

Papers: Cotton Tail 6x6 Paper Pad - WRMK
Card: white
Stamps: Picoti Picota - Artemio
Promarkers: Baby Pink, Oasis, Pressed Leaf
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Punches: circle 1.5"; 2"
Gems: clear

Mat a piece of blue spotty paper at the top of a 12.5cm white blank and a narrow strip of plaid paper underneath, leaving a small gap between the two.
Stamp a chicken onto white card, colour in and punch out with the 1.5" punch. Mount onto a punched 2" circle of pink paper. Mat to the left of the blank, over the gap.
Print out the sentiment, trim and fix to the lower right. Finish with a few gems.
The layout was based on this sketch, rs#82 by Retrosketches...

Click here or on the link in the sidebar to discover this and more fab layouts.

Okay, so you are probably wondering about the ginormous egg mentioned in the title. Well....the other day I found an egg in the nest box and no kidding it is massive! I think an ostrich laid it (I suspect it is Dolly).

No wonder she struts around with a wide eyed look on her face. I've taken a picture (sad, I know) with another egg (of average size) with a ruler to give you a general idea. The size of the thing! There is an omelette for two just in that one egg.

How did she push it out? The mind boggles.

The eye watering evidence......

I think I might blow it and save it to compare with any other rugby balls laid in the future.

I am going to go now, but I'll be back soon. Thanks for dropping by. xxx

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Krafty Thank You!

Aft'noon peeps!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I've been busy making a rag dolly. I made several of them a few years ago and my mum always said she would like one. Well, I've finally got round to doing her one.
When she's finished I'll take a few photos and will post them for you to see. I can't give too much away or post the photo's until I've given to mum (my mum reads this blog).
As the posts regarding the projects I did for the March 2012 issue of Crafts Beautiful have gone down so well, I thought I would share another with you all (I did seven for the Card School - floral cards using one paper pad).

What you need...

Paper: Cara Marie 12" x 12" Paper Pad - K and Company
Card stock: Kraft, white
Punch: scallop border
Stamps: Big Sentiments - Personal Impressions
Ink pad: Olympia Green - Versafine

What you do...

Make a Kraft card blank 8.5cm x 13.5cm and cover the top two thirds with the Kraft floral paper. Punch a scallop border along a piece of white card and fix to the blank under the patterned paper. Arrange and attach some die cut flowers so they overlap the border.
Finish with a sentiment stamped in the lower right corner and add a few gems to embellish.

There you have it! A quick and simple card that can be rustled up in next to no time. I'm not sure how available this paper pad by K and Company is now, you might find the odd one out there in Internet land. You could use any floral paper collection that you have in your stash (or maybe see somewhere, which is a good excuse to purchase).

The Cara Marie pad did come with sheets of pop out die cuts; if you choose a floral paper that has quite big blooms, you could cut a few of them out an use in place of the die cut flowers. There are some gorgeous papers out there that just scream to be cut up, plus it makes the paper go further!!

Okey dokey.....back on with the dolly. Thanks for dropping by and I'll be back soon :o)

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Friday, 4 April 2014

April Blog Candy

Good evening chums!
Well I'm here with the candy for April. As I mentioned in my last post, this one is a little bit different.
The thing is, this month I'm not going to tell you what the candy is. So it's a mystery giveaway. Plus the good news is that there will be two small runner up prizes as well.

Ooh! The intrigue. I can assure you that the candy will be as good as previous giveaways and the rules for entering are exactly the same as before. The only difference is that you post the above image instead of the usual candy image.
Now the technical stuff...

To have a chance of winning this fab candy:-

1. Be a follower either through, Bloglovin, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Networked Blogs or email (see sidebar)
2. Post a piccy of the candy with a link to this post in your sidebar (if you have a blog)
3. Leave me a comment (with your blog address if you have one) ta da! You are entered!

If you do have a blog, it will be great to have a look and see what you are up to :)

This candy will close on 30th April 2014, I will then use RANDOM.ORG to choose the winner!

The candy is open to all, nationally, internationally, those in outer space and previous winners. However, anyone who has a blog that does not show or appear to have any crafty makes, will not be entered.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck. xxx

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

March Candy Winner!

Whatcha peeps!

Hope you are all well :o) I've been busy with commissions for PaperCrafter and Crafts Beautiful. They are all finished and sent off so I have a bit of 'me' time.

Before I do the honours, I would like to say a big hello to all my new followers - HELLO!!!!! I will have a peep at all your blogs (if you have one). I can't miss out all my loyal, faithful and lovely existing a big hello to you too - HELLO!

Now onto the important stuff. The candy!!!

Here is the list of names in comment order and as I always do I've allocated each of a number. I then use Random.Org to generate a winning number.

  1. Divya
  2. Paperpapier
  3. Sindhu
  4. Aggie
  5. Ardilla
  6. Kelly-Anne
  7. Eemeli
  8. UT
  9. Berina
  10. Vinita
  11. Paperkate
  12. Olenkaja
  13. Kiranmayee
  14. Nikki C
  15. Phi
  16. Anjali
  17. Meredith
  18. Rajlakshmi
  19. Suman
  20. Dzej nej
  21. Lucretia
  22. Iris
  23. Dawn
  24. Justyna
  25. Robin
  26. Rebecca
  27. Kelly
  28. Doris
  29. Somdeepa
  30. Mags
  31. KT Fit Kitty
  32. Susan
  33. Elly
  34. La Vikinga
  35. Jaya
  36. Agnieszka
  37. Bad Kitty
  38. Catherine
  39. Gunjan
  40. Cebelica
  41. Jennyfer
  42. Misiowa
  43. Neha
And this month's winner is.....#6 Kelly-Anne! Congrats to you! If you email me your address Kelly-Anne I will get your lovely candy posted to you asap.

I wish I could send you all a candy, but imagine the postage costs?!!!!

Anyhoo.. the candy for April is going to be a bit different. I'm not saying anymore, you'll just have to keep an eye out for the post.

Before I sign off I just want to say thanks to you all for entering my giveaways and following my blog. I also appreciate the lovely comments you leave.

Take care xxx
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