Monday 30 November 2009

Sketch challenge and DT Call

This week on Creative Inspirations we have the last challenge set by our DT member Louise who very sadly is stepping down from the Design Team - so sorry to see you go Louise, I wish you best of luck for the future!

Here is Louise's sketch followed by my card

I have used a digital image from Pollycraft which I have coloured with Promarkers and a clear glitter Sakura pen, the background papers are ones received in a swap so I'm afraid I don't know where they are from, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the snowy circle and finished it all off with a sentiment generated on my computer.
I'd also like to enter the card for the Charsima Cardz challenge which is Anything Christmas and for Papertake Weekly whose challenge is Christmas Crackers.
We now have a DT call to find a replacement for Louise, so please join in with this week's challenge and if you'd like to be considered for the team just add DT to your link.

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Horrible weather and a birthday boy!

It's my son's 17th birthday today - Happy Birthday Owen - so sorry you're having to be at school on your birthday - at least there will be cake to look forward to later!

I know it's November and I should expect it to be cold and miserable but it's just so depressing when the skies are grey and there's practically no light. I realise we're lucky here in Scotland compared to some other parts of the UK at the moment so I really shouldn't be complaining but I'm blaming the rubbish weather for the dreadful photo I've had to use here!

Anyway on to my card for today, I've managed to fit this one to several challenges - first up: Basic Grey who are looking for Glitz and Bling, I have used Ultra Fine glitter on Miss Anya's furry bits and some red gems on my flowers, as well as using Jingle Bells & Ribbon Candy backing papers so think I'm fulfilling that challenge.

Next I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday though I rotated it 90 degrees to make it work with my image, which brings me to the next challenge - Anyone for Anya, they want to see something fake on the card so I've added some faux stitching to comply with that. Finally Passion for Promarkers had an any colour & theme this week so I was able to colour Miss Anya to fit in with the Vintage Basic Grey papers - perfect!

So 4 challenges, that might be a record for me! Off to make some birthday cake now :o)

Sunday 22 November 2009

Pop-Ups at Your Special Delivery

I have made these pop up cards for the new challenge at Your Special Delivery, if you would like to join in with the challenge the images and instructions are free to download. I had a lot of fun making these so why not go and get them and enjoy the challenge!

Friday 20 November 2009

Stamp Something Thanks

This week on Stamp Something it's all about saying Thanks and as there are two sponsors - 0ne of them ME! - I've done two cards. The first is using an image from our other sponsor Soft Pencil, in Elizabeth's shop you can find digital stamps and printable designs for scrap booking, card making, decoupaging, crafting, altered art and other paper crafts. I used Bird on a Branch for my card.

The other card uses my own Sweetheart Fairy which is still free with any purchase from Cardmadfairy's Creations until Tuesday 24th November.
The embellishments on the card include string making it eligible for the Creative Card Crew challenge this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday 15 November 2009

Creative Inspirations Challenge

Today's card is my Design Team card for Creative Inspirations. Our challenge this week has been set by Maxine who wants to see A pocket on your card, I made a pocket for my little greeting tag which was made with a free stamp set from the recent Creativity magazine.
I used one of my Gorjuss Girls (Foxy) from Sugar Nellie at Funky Kits so would like to enter the card for this week's Blues for Christmas challenge at Totally Gorjuss and Basic Grey backing paper so it also fits the Basic Grey challenge Glitz & Bling.

Friday 13 November 2009

Sketch Something

The challenge this week at Stamp Something is a sketch by our Guest Designer Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs, a great sketch Ann- I really like working to sketches and this one was good fun!

Our sponsor for this week is Alison from Stretch and Bubbles Alison has generously donated 4 digi stamps of your choice to our random winner!
Some of the DT were able to use her images and I have used one of them for my card. This one is called Jillyan & Kit

I have used Papermania Secret Garden Papers and some ribbon and flowers from my stash. The tag makes the card eligible for the challenge at My Time to Craft whose challenge this week is Tags So Much, I also want to enter it for this week's C.R.A.F.T. challenge whose recipe is 1 tag, 1 sentiment and 1 ribbon.

Thursday 12 November 2009

Holly Fairy + 4 challenges

I just love the gorgeous images from Mo Manning of Digital Pencil and I had coloured this one, Christmas Fairy Holly, (with my Promarkers of course) over a week ago and then put her aside to use and promptly lost her! When I saw the latest Allsorts challenge last night I went and had a good hunt because I knew she'd be perfect for their Bring on the Bling theme. I followed the sketch at Passion for Promarkers and doodled the little flowers to make the card eligible for the Creative Card Crew challenge. The beautiful glittered backing paper is again from Kars, and the sentiment is from DeNami Designs. All the glitter on the card also makes it eligible for the Cute Card Thursday challenge whose theme is Glitter me Silly!

Wednesday 11 November 2009

An OTT Award

I was sent this award by the lovely Rachel who won my anniversary blog candy last month, thanks so much Rachel - glad you liked your goodies!
I had to answer all the questions with single word answers - harder than you might think : )
and pass the award to 5 others - I'll have to get back to you on that!

1) Where is your cell phone? - Handbag
2) Hair? - Untidy
3) Your mother? - Home
4) Your father? - Heaven
5) Your fav food ? - Curry
6) Your Dream last night ? - Forgotten
7) Your fav drink ? - Green-tea
8) Your dream goal ? - Published
9) What room are you in ? - Lounge
10) Your hobby ? - Crafting
11) Your fear? - Homelessness
12) Where do you want to be in 6 years time ? - Here
13) Where were you last night ? - Working
14) Something that you aren't ? - Thin
15) Muffins ? - Yuck
16) Wishlist item - Craftroom
17) Where did you grow up ? - Scotland
18) Last thing you did ? - Commented
19) What are you wearing ? - Sloppys
20) Your T.V ? - Off
21) Your pets ? - Cat
22) Your friends ? - Supportive
23) Your life ? - Busy
24) Your mood ? - Worried
25) Missing someone ? - Daughter
26) Vehicle ? - Polo
27) Something you're not wearing ? - Hat
28) Your fav store ? - Craft
29) Your fav colour ? - Turquoise
30) Last time you laughed ? - Earlier
31) Last time you cried ? - Yesterday
32) Your best friend ? - Husband
33) One place you go to over and over ? - Library
34) One person who emails regularly ? - Friend
35) Fav place to eat ? - Bed!
36) Facebook ? - Ocasionally

Sugar Bowl challenge

This week's Sugar Bowl challenge was a great sketch from Judy and I couldn't resist having a go at this one.

I have used Sugar Nellie stamp Jingle Bells and coloured the image with Promarkers. I cut out the image with a Nestabilities die and mounted it on a background of various papers from Kars Christmas Collection. Finished it all off with a sentiment from Papermania and a couple of buttons and crystal stickers from Woodware.

Hope you like my card, thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday 10 November 2009

The Winner

The winner of my Spread the Love blog hop giveaway was chosen at random by my son, I asked him to pick a number from the 51 lovely bloggers who left a comment on my blog hop post and he came up with number 35 who turned out to be

so Jo, if you go and take a look at Cardmadfairy's Creations you can choose which stamp you would like from the Christmas collection, send me your address and I'll get it off to you - well done!!

Sunday 8 November 2009

"Too wet for the ducks"

Too wet for the ducks is the new challenge theme set by Your Special Delivery challenge blog. If you would like to take part in this new challenge you can go right on over to Your Special Delivery challenge page and download the free Studious Duck image. I have coloured my copy of Studious Duck with Promarkers in Grass and Canary so that it is eligible for this week's colour combo at Passion for Promarkers
So many scallops is the theme at My Time to Craft challenge so I have used my Martha Stewart punch for the scalloped edge. My backing paper is Lime Rickey from Basic Grey.

Friday 6 November 2009

Stamp Something - Recipe for Love challenge

This week's challenge at Stamp Something is a very special one. It's called "Recipe for Love," and not only would we like you to use our recipe - 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 embellishments (this can be a total of 3 or 3 different kinds), but we have a special request too. Over at Stamp Something...for Jaimie, there is a special card drive challenge taking place and some really awesome blog candy prizes to be won if you choose to participate.

So, what we would like, is from now until Monday at 10am ET, anyone who makes a card with our recipe challenge, please link it on the Stamp Something blog and then also mail your card to Jaimie and then link on the Stamp Something...for Jaimie blog for your chance at even more prizes! We are trying very hard to spread lots and lots of love to this young girl. For more information, please visit the Stamp Something...for Jaimie blog to read her story!

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous Mo, from Mo's Digital Pencil! If you haven't seen Mo's amazing digital images, you must go and check them out. They are fantastic and I love using them!

The prizes - yes 3 - for this Recipe of Love challenge are:

1st Prize: a $20 gift certificate to Mo's shop
2nd Prize: a $10 Gift Certificate to Mo's shop
3rd Prize: a $5 Gift Certificate to Mo's shop

Mo also gave the design team some images to work with for this challenge and this was my choice, it is called Hoppin Happy and I just adore it!

Please send your card to the address below:

Jaimie Cates
c/o Mont Vernon Fire Station
Main Street
Mont Vernon,
NH 03057

Monday 2 November 2009

Spread the love blog hop!

Today I am taking part in a very special Blog Hop, I was very upset when I read of an event which touched the life of my blogging friend and Design Teammate Erin Bailey,

"On October 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home in a small town in New Hampshire. Alone and sleeping inside were a mother and her 11 year old daughter. These 4 boys broke into this home with the intent to rob and kill anyone inside. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings."

Erin has a close friend who lives near to and is friends with the family concerned and after receiving a grief filled email from her friend asking for help for the family, she knew she needed to help however she could.. so she and another couple of crafty friends decided to organise an international blog hop.

You should have arrived here at my blog from Libby's, if not you should go to the start of the hop at Katherina's blog.

This is my card for Jamie and we would love you to take part in the blog hop and also make a card for her thereby helping us to spread some love and awareness and hopefully lots and lots and lots of cards and wishes of hope for Jaimie.

I will enter everyone who leaves me a comment on this post into a draw for one of my Christmas Polymer stamps. The next stop on the blog hop is Sammy Jo's blog, thanks so much for dropping by today.
Jenni x

Creative Inspirations challenge 20

This week I am the Sponsor of the Creative Inspirations challenge, the theme of which is Doodling, and the winner will receive 4 of my Christmas Digi Images!

Available from:

I have made my card with one of the Christmas images - Snowbaby & Pogo in a Pickle. The image was coloured with Promarkers and finished off with Stickles on the fur collar and cuffs and with Glossy accents on the tree lights, the backing paper is from a Dovecraft Christmas stack from a couple of years ago and I doodled the lights across the top of the card. The holly leaves are sizzix die cuts and the berries came off a Christmas cracker! The sentiment is from Pink Petticoat.

Hope you like my card - now go and enter the challenge for your chance to win some Christmas images : )

Sunday 1 November 2009

and the winner is................

congratulations Rachel - email me your address and I'll get the candy packaged up for you : )

Blog Candy

Blog Candy has now ended - the winner will be posted this evening!