Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Long - Stem Cuties

Well it was another rush to the vets for poor Whisper this morning - this time she has been nibbling her bottom and when OH looked at it, it was red and inflamed, then this morning she wasn't eating her food and her ears and face were hot - she had blocked glands, so once the vet had cleared her out and gave her some anti-biotics she is well on the road to recovery, yipee.
This is my lasting posting for a while, as i'm having some internet issues, hopefully they will be fixed soon.

The image i've used today is one i've had for about a year and have never been brave enough before today to colour it in - probably because i use Twinkling H20's and not something like pro-markers, where you can blend easier.

Right onto todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 148 is 'Happy Ever After'

The Secret Crafter - where Challenge No: 131 is 'Pink, Cream and Brown'

Craft Your Passion - where Challenge No: 55 is 'Show Us Your Layers'

The Crazy Challenge  - where Challenge No: 64 is 'Use 3 Different Papers'

Sketch and Stash - where they are up to Challenge No: 60 which is pick your own sketch, so i went for Sketch No: 10

Image - Penny Black - 'Long - Stem Cuties'
Papers - Basic Grey - 'Bittersweet'
Punched Edge - MS - 'Valentine Lace'
Sentiment - Woodware - 'Tiny Phrases'
Ribbon - Stampin Up

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Monday, 25 April 2011

Holiday Hugs

Well we can't complain about the weather - how glorious has it been, although i'm not sure if it's the best weather to sand down and paint a kitchen !!, all equipment is now in and working, yipee. We are taking son out today to make an easter bonnet and have some fun with his friend Chloe.

I was fortunately sent this image, by a fellow blogger ages ago and as i loved the ABC Christmas Challenge H for Hotspot so much i decided to make another card and add some embossing to it too.

Todays Card and Challenges :

ABC Christmas Challenge  - where H is for 'Hotspot'

Bah Humbug - where Challenge No: 16 is 'The Great Man Himself Santa or Father Christmas'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Emboss It'

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - where CHNC 17 is 'A Touch of Easter For Christmas' - to choose either yellow and or an oval - i chose the Oval bit.

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - where they are up to Sketch No: 98 and it was just what i was looking for, thanks

Image - Penny Black - 'Holiday Hugs'
Papers - DCWV - 'Christmas Wishes'
Embossed Circle and Snowflake - CB - 'Ice Crystals'
Embossed Strip - Papermania - Christmas Borders
Snowflake - Nestabilities - 'Snowflake Wonder'
Ribbon - Stampin Up
Brad from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Easter Chicks


Well we can't fault the weather at the moment and would you believe it, i have a cold !!  - i'm taking son off to make some Easter Activities with some of his friends. 

Todays Card is 'Easter' related - i don't have any wooden PB Easter stamps, so for i have used a couple of stamps from the transparent set 'Garden Friends' and mixed with some fabby Doodlebug paper, that i bought yesterday from 'The Glitter Pot' (went shopping whilst son was at Mini Sports Time, well i couldn't go swimming as the pool was shut for lessons, so i had to resort to a very expensive Plan B !!!)

Right onto the Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 147 is 'Easter Extravaganza'

My Time To Craft - where Challenge No: 137 is 'Easter Wishes !'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Spots N' Stripes'

Creative Inspirations - where Challenge No: 57 is 'Easter'

Dream Valley Challenges  - where Challenge No: 5 is 'Easter

Image - Penny Black - Taken From Transparent Set 'Garden Friends'
Sentiment - Woodware - 'Tiny Phrases'
Paper - Doodlebug - 'Pinwheel Stipe'
Distressed - Tim Holtz - 'Spun Sugar'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Wishes For Kisses


Well all the units are in and i have a working sink and washing machine - but the oven is not being connected until Tuesday as the original ones glass blew and a new one had to be delivered, the tiler is coming tomorrow, so by mid week i will be able to cook something - yipee, although like today it's been fabby not having to cook and just get on with making a card !!!

As i'm behind on my Christmas card making this year and as ABC Christmas were running a fabby challenge idea and tutorial, i just couldn't resist it and i so loved the idea i'm definetly going to use it again, as for starters it saved me doing a lot of colouring in and sometimes as i use Twinkling H2O's it does take a littel time.

Todays Card and Challenges :

ABC Christmas  - where H is for 'Hotspot or Spotlight'

Sunday Sketch And Stamp - where Sketch No: 51 was just what i was looking for, thank you

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'A Little Misteltoe'

Alphabet Challenge - where they are up to 'X for Xmas'

Image - Penny Black - 'Wishes For Kisses'
Papers - My Minds Eye - 'Winter Wonderland' glittered
Sentiment - Cuddly Buddly - 'Christmas Greetings'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Sun - Kissed


Well i have half a kitchen - all the units and washing machine, oven, sink will all be in and working by Thursday night, then next Monday the tiler is coming in to do the wall and floor tiles and then i will post some photos to show you what it looks like - in the meantime it's microwave meals and eating out !!!

Shopping at 'Gunwharf Quay' was very successful and i forgot that the last time i went shopping with my friend Jane to a 'Hobbs' i managed to spend £300 (but that was 7 years ago), she persuaded me to buy a gorgeous linen dress in black, cream, purple and brown and i must admit it does look rather nice on, this time the cost was only £59, thank goodness.

Todays card is all about 'Flowers and Yellow' - the stamp i've used i must confess i've only used once before !! i couldn't find a sketch, i liked, so i thought i would go with a different fold card instead. I've also used my new punch, the one i have been promising myself for a long time 'Cherish' and it's gorgeous - i might have to add another photo as the true colours of the image, the distressing and the stitching has not come out.
Todays Card and Challenges are :

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 145 is 'Say It With Flowers'

Crafty Cardmakers - where Challenge No; 43 is 'A Recipe' where you had to :
use yellow as your main colour - yes
add ribbon - yes
add gems - yes
add faux stitching - yes - white around the image, it is there i'm just not sure if the photo has picked it up very well

Stamping Vacation - where the Challenge is 'Monochromatic Colour - Yellow'

Hanna & Friends  - where Challenge No: 89 is 'Use A Penny Black'

Crafty Emma's  - where Challenge No: 31 is 'Monochromatic'

Claudia & Co - where Challenge No: 79 is 'Monochromatic'

Penny Black Blog - where you have to use a 'Penny Black Flower Stamp'

Have now added another photo to show the stitching.

Image - Penny Black - 'Sun - Kissed'
Papers - K & Co - 'Daisy' - i think
Punched Edge - MS - 'Cherish'
Distressed Ink - Tim Holtz - 'Scattered Straw'
Ribbon and Gems from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Christmas Fairy

I had a lovely day yesterday OH took me to 'Giraffe' for lunch with 4 year old son - although son could have been a little better behaved, but i think Mummy got the backlash from a little boy who went to a farm on Tuesday with his nursery friends and was very excited and tired !!!!
I would like to thank the following people for the gorgeous cards they sent me:
Susan, KaySandra and Sandra / Dec O Cards (from Docrafts)
Ann also for the fabby stamp
Janice also for the images and fabby scarf to keep me warm whilst walking Whisper

I know 3 cards in 3 days that is pretty amazing for me, but as we are packing our kitchen up on Saturday - as a new one is being installed next week and i'm shopping on Sunday at 'Gunwharf Quay' i don't know how much time i'll be able to grab over the weekend to make a card.

As ABC Christmas Challenge had the colour scheme 'Pink, Silver and Purple' and i do love entering their challenges, todays card is based around it and i found a cutie of a stamp that is so suitable for a couple of other challenges too, as they are 'Fairy / wings based'.

Todays Card and Challenges are :

ABC Christmas  - where 'G is for Girly' and you must include the colours 'Pink, Silver and Purple'

Moving Along With The Times - where Challenge No: 93 is a 'Sketch' - which was just perfect for the stamp i've used

Flutter By Wednesdays  - where Challenge No: 149 is 'An Open Challenge' - i've used a Fairy

Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - where Challenge No: 60 is 'A Merry Fairy Christmas'

Dream Valley - where Challenge No: 4 is 'Things With Wings' - i've chosen a Fairy

Image - Penny Black - 'Christmas Fairy'
Papers - DCWV - 'Rose Tinted Christmas'
Punched Snowflakes In The Middle - MS - 'Deep Edge Snowflake Punch'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Feeding Frenzy


HAPPY  BIRTHDAY TO ME - i would just like to say a big thank you to all my lovely crafty buddies for all my cards and pressies.  OH is taking myself and son out for lunch and then on Sunday i'm going to do some serious damage (well hopefully anyway !!!) to my credit card at 'Gunwharf Quay' in Portsmouth with my friend Jane - i did also order yesterday as a birthday pressie to myself a MS punch and some new Nesties !!!

I must confess todays image is from my lovely friend Janice - but I think it must be the only dog PB i haven't got !!!, it's taken me a while to use it as i was waiting for the right challenge and when i saw Penny Black At Allsorts - were doing 'Black, White and One Other Colour', it gave me a good excuse to use it.

Todays Card and Challlenges :

Penny Black At Allsorts - where the Challenge for April is 'Black, White and One Other Colour'

Cards For Men - where Challenge No: 7 is 'Embossing'

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 145 is a 'Sketch' by Domi and one i would definetly use again.

Tellens Place - where the Challenge is 'Embossing'

Totally Papercrafts - where Challenge No: 60 is 'One For The Boys'

Image - Penny Black - 'Feeding Frenzy' - I think, will confirm it with Janice
Papers - DCWV - 'Black & White Prints Paper Stack'
Embossed Bit - Cuttlebug - 'Spots & Dots'
Sentiment - Stampin Up - 'Oval All'
Double Twine in buttons - Cherry Red and Liquorice
Buttons and Ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 5 April 2011



I hope you all had a great 'Mother's Day', for those that are Mum's - mine was a bit weird as it was also my OH's birthday that day !! - as for presents OH doesn't buy me anything from son, as one year he bought me plastic toot, that i told him don't waste your money in future, - but i did think son's nursery would get son to make something - even a card, but NO, i got absolutely nothing from his nursery, and to say i was really upset, is an understatement - the nurseries response is we can't make him do anything, he doesn't want to do !!

Anyway moan over and on to todays Card - i must confess this is not one of my stamps, but an image that my very good friend Ann sent me, thanks hun - i've turned it into an easel card, and as there are still a couple of Mothers Day challenges around i thought i would combine it, as the card will come in useful for next January, when i post my 10 cards off to SOS for them to send to our troops in Afghanistan.

Today's Card and Challenges are :

Basic Grey Challenges  - where Challenge No: 41 is 'More Than One Fold' - 'Wisteria Papers'

Simon Say's Stamps  - where Domi has come up with a fabby Sketch

Secret Crafter - where Challenge No: 128 is 'Butterflies'

Paper Play Challenges - where Week No: 13 is 'For Mum / Mom'

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 97 is 'Blooming Blossoms'

Image - Penny Black - 'Frolic'
Papers - Basic Grey - 'Wisteria'
Sentiment - Woodware - 'Tiny Phrases'
Large Butterfly - Papermania - 'Clare Curd Signature Range'
Flowers - Papermania - Silk Flowers
Card Candy in Flower - Craftwork Cards
Flower brad from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x