Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ICS #95 and DT call

 We will be having a break for Christmas over on the ICS Blog so won't be challenging you for the next couple of weeks. This week is a fab sketch by Stacy (DT member) and it's a goodun :) We are sponsored this week by Catherine Pooler who is an Independent Stampin Up demonstrator. Catherine is giving the winner One Free Month of Club InBox. Members get what no one else gets….exclusive videos and tutorials, teaching you techniques, seasonal projects, mini-albums, cards and more. All projects will be new and Catherine only shares them with club members!


Papers are magazine freebies
Lovely bear stamp is from Lili of the Valley

Inspirational Card Sketches DT Call 2011

It's time again to search and welcome new talent to the team. We are searching for 4 Designers who are willing to inspire others.

Design Team Requirements

1) Meet deadlines and provide their take on the sketches weekly. Which are provided well in advance.
2) Must be able to work with digital images and supplies from our sponsors.
3) You need to have a blog.
4) Term runs from Jan 4th - June 28th 2011.
5) Previous Design Teams experience is NOT required.


1) Free supplies to wor with from sponsors. But not always.
2) NO financial compensation for this position.
3) Your photo and link to your personal blog will be placed in the sidebar.

How to Apply

Email 3 photos of your best/favorite cards to no later then December 28th, 2010.
   1) 2 cards that are you absolute favorite or best.
   2) 1 card using Inspirational Card Sketches.
In the subject line post ICS DT Call 2011
Include in the email:
  1) Your name
  2) Blog link or address
  3) Any Design Teams you are on and your terms for them.


December 28th, 2010 @ 11:59 pm Central Standard Time USA
The call is open to everyone

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas time....

mistletoe and wine...........I think that's enough of that one :)

I hope you all had a good weekend. Has all the 'fluffy white stuff' gone from where you are? Ours has and we are now back to green. I wonder how long it will last though as more is forecast for Thursday and temps are set to plummet again! I wonder what the country has learnt from the last three weeks or so and if they will put it all into practice :) Probably not and everywhere will end up gridlocked again lol

Below are the cards from an order I received last week. I managed to get them all finished by Friday and they are now all packed and ready to go.

The cards are made from an assortment of decoupage toppers and papers by Nancy Watt and Papermania. I've added the odd die cut here and there, a few gem, lots of Glamour Dust and typewritten sentiments. I hope you like them :)

Back soon, thanks for looking. xx

Saturday, December 11, 2010

So little time.........

tee hee! I don't seem to have looked up from my work at all this week, as soon as I have finished one order another one is ready to begin.

It has been absolutely treacherous getting to work this past week or so but at last we have colours back instead of everywhere being white. I can't believe how quickly it has all gone!

I have managed to get a lot done again this week and as well as filling orders we now have the business name on the window which looks super good. It's all care of Nikki at DewDrop Craftz......she has made a damn fine job of the lettering, thanks Nikki.

So onto my work. On Monday I made extra invitations, guest book and post box for one of my brides.

Purple has been quite popular this year but it has looked totally different at each wedding, it looks very regal and it's a colour I enjoy working with.

Tuesday was the Inspirational Card Sketch challenge day. I had some wedding anniversary cards ordered so I decided to use the sketch for one of those.

Assorted materials were used including the fab papers and flowers from Nitwits freebies in one of the craft mags. I have a couple of the collections bought from Nitwits but it is so difficult to choose which ones to buy as they are 
all just fab. I might make it my new year's resolution to go and buy at least one kit per month :))

Wednesday was just as creative lol and I can't remember what I did as well as the snowman poo, snowman soupl and reindeer food which were being collected by my cousin who owns a hairdressing salon in town!!

I'll leave it there and come back later as I now have to get ready for work.
Enjoy your day and if you can make it last for a few extra hours rather than the normal 24 I will be very grateful

Friday, December 03, 2010

Kathy's Waffle

Sketch File part 2!! Well just look at's the second day of the month and I have created another project using the fabulous sketch for out challenge this month :)

I chose one of Anice's wonderful word books to work with for this month's challenge and instead of making the word book I chose to use the papers in the kit to make a card instead (see post below) I should have known that I wouldn't be able to resist the temptation for very long and yesterday and today I made a book from it lol

I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out and if you look hard enough you will see Kathy's Sketch on the cover.

I even made the envelope to put it in! I have just added a few die cuts, ribbon and lace, a couple of rub ons and the digi stamp on the front (which is from D Z Doodles ) and that's it, nothing else needed...well I don't think so anyway.

I am going to add this to the Daring Cardmakers challenge and their theme this week is "Spots & Stripes", and the Allsorts Challenge whose theme is "Monochrome" I might also try and sneak it into the Get Funky challenge as they have used Kathy's sketch this week too.

Thanks for looking and if you are anywhere which is suffering from adverse weather conditions as we are in the UK then I hope you can stay warm and safe.

Take care.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Kathy's Waffle

Sketch file not only have another of Kathy's fabulous sketches to play with, we are fortunate enough to be sponsored by Funky Hand with some of Anice's gorgeous papers. The girls on the FHDT have played along with the sketch too and I really can't wait to see how they all use it (and pick up some tips :))

 The delightful little image is from Pink Gem Designs which I printed onto beige card and onto spotty paper and paper pieced his hat, scarf and ric rac on his arms and legs. I used micro buttons for his button and a mini red button for his holly berry on his hat. I finished my card off with tiny punched snowflakes and pale blue gems. This card makes me cold just looking at it.

Please take a look at the fabulous creations by the rest of our small but perfectly formed DT, you won't be disappointed :) We hope you can find the time to join us this month and look forward to seeing your work.

Take care and keep warm :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tis snowing what have I been making today?

Please excuse the pants photos, the light in the shop today has been dire. I will try to take some decent ones tomorrow and swap them. These photos were also taken before I added the cords.

I also made the following bracelet which was commissioned.

It's a really lovely shade of teal/turquoise and the findings are all sterling silver.

I took the folloing photo about half an hour ago and it's still blooming snowing!
Stay safe and warm. xx

New sponsor

This week over on the Inspirational Card Sketches blog we are being sponsored by My Creative Classroom. Sketch #93 is another of our very talented Stacy's

The sentiment is from a DCWV Quote Stack that I have had for years, I think the patterned paper is from a 6 x 6" pad by Basic Grey, punches, die cuts, decorative scissors and a gem complete the card.

Wanna play? Come on then :)

Monday, November 29, 2010


It's still blooming snowing here but I suppose we should be grateful that at least we only have inches to measure rather than feet!! (gosh that gives my age away lol) It was freezing in the shop today, in fact I was so cold I came home at 2pm! Not something I would normally think of doing but I couldn't warm up and I had made myself a bowl of porridge :). The heating had been switched off since I left on Saturday afternoon so the place had got really cold. I left it on when I came home today so it should be all warm and toasty when I get there in the morning. I saw two people all day....a lady who came to bring me some hats and gloves for the Kids Co and the courier who came for their parcel.

Not much to show now but I have updated the Wrap Up A Kiddie donations page as promised.

Both cards were made with free papers and images from Making Cards magazine and a free 6 x 6" paper pad which I got months ago. i just added some mirri card and some glitter glue to finish them off, oh and a couple of sentiments from Craftwork Cards.

Back tomorrow with some new jewellery. I need to get a wiggle on tomorrow as I have a jewellery party at the shop on Wednesday evening.

Just out of interest...does anyone use the Stick-It tape by Docrafts? I used some to make a card yesterday and it seemed to be fine and I left the card laid down on my desk. When I came in later on the topper and mats had started to lift. I stuck them back down but the same thing has happened again only this time more has lifted. I just thought I would ask on here before I went and made my complaint!! I had a problem earlier this year with some clear 3d squares only they kept sliding off the card...not a happy bunny!!!

Night :)

A busy old week ......

on the crafting front again last week so there is plenty to add here! I've got a busy week this week too so will have even more later :)

I'm not sure if I will stay open all day today as we have had yet more snow overnight and it is still snowing so I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get many people into the shop!

I updated the Wrap Up A Kiddie page last night if you want to have a nose and see what we have been up to. I have a couple of rather large wool donations to photograph so will upload them this evening.

Papers - Pink Petticoat & Making Cards mag
Assorted images/toppers including Craftwork Cards, Sizzix and Stampendous
Prima flowers, gems and ribbons are from my stock cupboard
Sentiments are generated on the pc.

I am now going to venture out into the rotten weather and have a bowl of porridge round at the shop before I open!

Thanks for looking