Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Friday Sketchers Sketch #107

Here's one i forgot to post!  Sometimes i think i might be too organised.  I make cards so that i can enter these different challenges and then just run out of time for posting them! Much like what happened with this one!

CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Carrie Stephens ~ Spontaneous Delight
Image ~ Young Love ~ Mo's Digital Pencil Too
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
Pearls ~ Quixotic Paperie
Tools ~ Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Woodware Border Punch
In my defence i have had a distration ....

My daughter Eloise and her boyfriend have brought a chocolate cocker spaniel.  She's 7 weeks old and is called Malibu, Mali for short (don't ask).  As you can imagine i've had to spend time with my new grandpuppy LOL!

Monday, 28 June 2010

Just Magnolia Week 61

Just Magnolia have a fab sketch designed by Bev and sponsored by All That Scraps who are offering  any C.C. Designs stamp set of your choice as the prize!! 

To make this card I used:-
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Pirate Booty 
Image ~ Magnolia Jolly Roger Tilda
Pearls ~ Quixotic Paperie
Sentiment ~ Pirate Play ~ Create with TLC
Hook & Eye's ~ Stash
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Nesties, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Sketch Saturday Challenge #109

Good morning folks.  Well what a gorgeous sunny day it is today!  For some reason i can't sleep ... i don't know if its cos i knew i'd forgotten to schedule a post for this card, if its cos i'm off out with friends tonight and i'm excited, if its cos we're having a new puppy today, or cos i wanted to play with my new beads and make beaded cluster rings (photos will follow shortly LOL), but anyhow i'm up! 

This weeks amazing sketch is being sponsored by the Craft Barn who are offering the most fantastic prize!

To make this card i used:
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Summer Driggs
Ribbon ~ Stash
Image ~ RAK from the lovely Linda
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC and was one that i requested
Pearls ~ Quixotic Paperie
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor, Sakura Glaze Pen (purple), Nesties

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Papertake Weekly Challenge Sketch #43

This weeks fantastic sketch is being sponsored by Wendy and the Digital Delights team and with  $10 worth of goodies of your choice up for grabs you'd be insane not enter!

To make this card i used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's ~ Carrie Stephens ~ Spontaneous Delight
Image ~ Magnolia Tilda blowing bubbles
Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ Bubbles Collection
Flowers & Dewdrops ~ Stash
Tools ~ Glossy Accents, Glamour Dust, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0, Sewing Machine

Monday, 21 June 2010

Summer Sherbert ...

No not more candy making LOL ... but a card! 

Paulette sent me this gorgeous digi kit and asked if i could do something with it.  I just adore the colours and the fab sentiment circle.  There are 5 other sentiment circles, a word art and 3 buttons, along with 2 other papers in the kit!

To make this card i used:~
CS ~ Stash
DP's & Sentiment Circle ~ Create with TLC ~ Summer Sherbert
Image ~ Digital Pencil Too ~ Baby Fairy Flora
Pearls ~ Quixotic Paperie
Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor, Sakura Glaze Pens (Yellow & Orange), Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Sketch Saturday Challenge #108

The sponsor for this weeks fantabulous sketch  is Digital Delights by Louby Loo ....

Yet again our Jo has come up with a brilliant sketch ... i just don't know where she gets all her ideas from!

To make my card I used :~

  • CS ~ Stash

  • DP's ~ RAK from Linda ~ xxx

  • Image ~ RAK from Linda ~ thanks!

  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC

  • Poinsetta ~ Handmade by Me!

  • Beads and Gems ~ Stash

  • Gold Embroidery Thread ~ Market Stall

  • Tools ~  Birch Leaf Punch, Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0, Glamour Dust

Friday, 18 June 2010

Father's Day Treats ...

Working with my homemade gifts year as much as possible, I decided to make some toffee and fudge gifts for Father's Day, which is celebrated in the UK this weekend.  I hunted the internet and found a couple of recipes that looked easy enough to try.

Above, is the toffee that i made using this recipe ... it was easy to follow and made the most delicious toffee ... Andy and girls said it tasted like Thorntons!  I wrapped each toffee in a square of baking parchment so that they didn't stick together and popped them in a cello bag that i got from here.  I wanted a sentiment for the top of my bags and found one at Create with TLC from the Slogan Collection.

Next, i went on to Fudge making.  This recipe was for a fabulous Fudge ~ 5 minute fix, again it was really easy to follow and makes the most gorgeous fudge.  The sentiment for this was also from Create with TLC but was one of Paulette's fab freebies that she has so many of!

Now i just have to hide all of these sweeties from Rylee, who would eat it until it comes out of his ears given half the chance!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Soap Making ....

I'm not sure if all this is getting a little bit out of hand LOL ... most weekends my kitchen is turned into some sort of cottage industry with the latest craze being soap!  They do look pretty though!

to make these i used :~
Food Colouring
Cosmetic Grade Fragrance Oils ~ available here

To give the soaps as a gift i've made a hexagonal origami box made using a tutorial from here.  It's very easy to follow providing you concentrate on what its showing you.  To finish the box off i used some flowers and leaves from my stash and one of the fabulous word art collections from Create with TLC.  The one i used on this project is Sparkle and Shine and is $2.00 ... what a fab price that is!

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Sketch Saturday Challenge #107

Another fantabulous sketch designed by our Jo at Sketch Saturday!  I have to admit when i first saw it i did have a bit of a panic attack and wondered what the flippin' heck i was gonna do with it, but then i love a challenge.  This weeks challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

To make this card i used:~

  • CS ~ Stash

  • DP's ~ Pink Petticoat Gingham and O' Christmas Tree

  • Image ~ Belle's 'n' Whistles ~ Sweet Love

  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC

  • Gems ~ Stash

  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Border Punch, Sansodor, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sakura Stardust Pen (Red)

Friday, 11 June 2010

Pandora Style Bracelet & Box

Here is something else i've been working on when i've not been making cards, soap or chocolates!

I made this hexagonal origami box using a fab tutorial found here. Its very easy to follow and the results are fab ... well i think so anyhow LOL!

The bracelet and beads i got from Beadtime , a fab site with lots of choice ... too much choice at times ...
A similiar actual Pandora bracelet from their website retails at £150.00!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Hazelnut Rolo's .....

I thought it was about time i showed you some of the other things i've been doing just lately ... only because the cards i've made are for future Sketch Saturday Challenges and i'm not allowed to show them yet LOL!

I managed to make the most delicious chocolates for my Dad's birthday the end of May. He loves Galaxy chocolate, caramel and hazelnuts .... so what could be better than giving him my version of a "Hazelnut Rolo" .... i say Rolo, only because the chocolate mould i used reminds me of Rolo's!

For these i used ...

  • 1 Bar of Galaxy Chocolate ... melted
  • Whole Hazelnuts
  • Caramel ~ Recipe from here
  • 15 cell chocolate caramel cup mould ~ available here

These were so easy to make and looked fab IRL! The only problem i had was with the Galaxy chocolate ... it just doesn't seem to melt right, it has an awful consistency when melted and has a tendency to bloom (white mottled look) if you turn the heat up. I ended up having to set it in the fridge, but even then it still felt a little tacky to the touch. I didn't want to leave it in too long because of causing sugar bloom (similiar result to fat blooming).
Anyway, they were received gratefully and taste tested by many ... the photo only shows 16 but i actually made 32! LOL ....

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Papertake Weekly Challenge ~ Sketch #42

This is my card for this weeks sketch which is sponsored by Lilac Lemon Designs and you can win 2 fab stamps. I was going to include a picture of the sketch but for some reason blogger didn't want to upload my card and the sketch together, so after the 6th attempt and much swearing ... i gave up!

To make this card i used:~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Flower Delight ~ Bearlymine and Pink Petticoat ~ Gingham Papers
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC
  • Image ~ RAK from my gorgeous buddy Diane
    Flower ~ Another RAK from Tab x
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Pencil Crayons, Blending Stumps No.0, Sansodor

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Wedding RSVP

Fae's off to a wedding and wanted an acceptance card. She come's when i'm most busy LOL ... so this is just a very quick card, all done on the lappy and printed directly on to the CS ... apart from the butterflies obviously!
CS ~ Stash
Patterned Panel ~ Pink Petticoat
Butterflies ~ Martha Stewart Punch
Pearls ~ Quixotic Paperie

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Friday Sketchers Challenge #105

Janneke from the Netherlands is the host this week and the sponsor is Stitchy Bear Stamps... the prize is three products of your choice, could be anything that says Stitchy Stamps on
preview - packs or whatever to spend in the online shop!

To make this card i used:~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ Raspberry Road Designs ~ Seventies Styling Papers
  • Image ~ Magnolia ~ Robin Hood Edwin ~ Spring Stamp Club Collection 2010
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ Freebie
  • Gems ~ Stash
  • Tools ~ Sewing Machine, Nesties, Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Sketch Saturday Challenge #106 & My Party Bag Candy Winner

I hope you're all enjoying this lovely weather in the UK, cos we all know it might not last long! The only problem is i'm destined to be indoors all weekend and miss it .... I have so many projects that need completing or starting its unbelievable! Why do people ask you to make cards a few days before they need them? LOL!

This weeks sketch was designed by my team mate Paula and what a fabulous sketch it is. Definately one i'll be using again!!! It's sponsored by The Secret Crafter.
To make my card i used:~
  • CS ~ Stash
  • DP's ~ left overs from previous projects
  • Image ~ Magnolia Edwin with Guitar
  • Sentiment ~ Create with TLC ~ Music Collection
  • Tools ~ Pencil Crayons, Sansodor, Blending Stumps No.0, Nesties, Sewing Machine

Now, onto the winner of my Party Bag Candy .... i'd like to thank you all for your fabulous entries and for visiting my blog!

True Random Number Generator Min:1 Max: 59 Result: 22

So the winner is ....... LESLEY

Well done honey, please can you email me your mailing address, there's a link to my email on my sidebar!