Thursday, 25 December 2014

My Favourite 5 Christmas Cards

Hi,

While H is watching Puss N' Boots and putting together his latest Christmas 'Chima' Lego, i thought i would do this post - i hope you are all having a lovely relaxing Christmas with people you enjoy spending time with.

The lovely Debby is doing her Favourite 5 Christmas Cards again this year and here are mine :



My first one is from March and it was made for my Best Friend who lives in Australia, plus i love any Snowman image too.


I so love the paper pack i have used on this card, but i find it difficult to use, because of it's size 41/2 inches by 6 inches, therefore this sketch is just perfect 


My love of Snowmen again !!, plus i'd seen a few of these Bendi cards about and decided to have ago at making one



This image came with 3 other stamps i bought from ebay - originally it was the PB one i wanted, but out of them all this is the first one i inked up, as in this house to us, it's not Christmas Day until we see a Robin eating out of the bird feeder.


I so love making shaped cards and using stamps that are old, so this is a perfect match, as the stamp is from 1995



Thanks for looking and hopefully i have picked one or two that you like too, all comments are much appreciated and enjoy the rest of the Christmas break, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Sleepy Stocking

Hi,

We had a fabby time at Chessington World Of Adventures on Saturday - but i've never been there in big coats, hats and gloves though !!, today H has gone to a cookery day and tomorrow he is joining Alan in London for his companies childrens party, which his European Director pays for (well he does drive a Ferrari, so i think he can afford it !!).

Whilst looking through my Xmas card collection i noticed i hadn't used a House Mouse stamp, so i thought i had better remedy that !!, stamp : House Mouse - 'Sleepy Stocking', papers are : My Minds Eye - 'Wonderful Winter Glittery Collection', the stocking die (first time of using it): Memory Box - 'Precious Stockings', the row of stockings (I bought at Crafts U Love sale): Crafts - Too - 'Stocking Surprise', sentiment : Penny Black - 'Christmas Banners' stamped in Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, then embossed with Crystal Embossing Powder, ribbon - The Ribbon Girls and pearls are from my stash.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

House Mouse - where Challenge No: HMFC No: 184 is 'The Final Challenge Of 2014 - Christmas / New Year'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Fussy And Fancy'

Gruffies And Guests - where Challenge No: 12  is 'Christmas With The Option Of Blue And Silver' - sorry i didn't do this time.

Dream Valley - where Challenge No: 97 is 'Christmas'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Pick A Favourite'

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas And New Year and thank you for all the lovely comments you have been kind enough to leave me over the year, they are all very much appreciated, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sweet Snowman

Hi,

Today is H's last day at school and tomorrow is an inset day, so we are going to walk Whisper, get H's hair cut and then chill out on the sofa watching 'Mr Popper's Penguins' (that i bought for £3 the other day), on Saturday H and I are going to 'Chessington World Of Adventures' for their Santa experience with some friends.

I can't believe we are up to mid month postings for Penny Black And More  and our Challenge is : 'Special Occasions - can include Christmas' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors :


Penny Black 

Crafty Ribbons

Flonzcraft

Nice Crane

And one lucky person using a Penny Black image will be picked to be Guest Designer for next month so pop over to Penny Black And More, check out the other amazing inspiration the very talented team have come up with and join in the fun - But Please Do Remember You Can Use Any Image You Like, Except Digi's.


After making my Penny Black version of the card i made with Kay Carley, i wanted to make one this time using Penny Black stamps as the background too : Penny Black - 'Sweet Snowman / 40-006', the trees : Penny Black - 'Wonder Collection (came free with a magazine)', stamped in silver embossing powder, snowflakes : Penny Black - 'Crystalline / 30-018' stamped in white embossing powder, i then distressed all over : Tim Holtz - 'Stormy Sky, Milled Lavendar, Chipped Sapphire'.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Presents'

Penny Black Friends - where December's Challenge is 'Snowflakes'

Stampin Sensations - where December's Challenge is 'Winter Wonderland'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is : 'Last Christmas - Card Of The Year'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Winter Inspiration'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Lovely Bubbly

Hi,

I had a fabby time at Crafts U Love on Saturday, although i was a little surprised to find only 4 other cars in the carpark at 9.20am, when i got there (please see photo below of just the bargains i bought, a few other things did fall into my basket as well ;-) ).  Went to H's Christmas concert last night, although as he was on the back wall, with 5 rows in front, we hardly saw him !!


The teacher H had last year has a birthday on 21st December, so i thought i had better make her a card, as she is so lovely and we always have a laugh when we see her, she'll probably give me some ribbing for a cat image (as she has a dog), but i'm hoping i'll be forgiven, as it includes a bottle of Champagne ;-), the stamp is : Penny Black - 'Lovely Bubbly / 2099K' (although the name does remind me of 'Only Fools And Horses !!), the papers (are actually Xmas ones) : Echo Park - 'Merry Christmas', the banner : Die-namics - 'Fishtail Flags', turned round, once one side had been cut, the sentiment : LOTV, the star : Sizzix, the pearls are from stash.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Moving Along With The Times - where the Challenge is 'December's Birthday's'

A Little Bit Crafty - where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes, But Not Christmas'

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to Week No: 340 and a super sketch, that i will use again, as it's so suitable for my bigger PB images.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Especially For You !

Hi,

I'm hoping Mr Blogger is playing nice as i've scheduled this, as hopefully i will be at 'Crafts U Love' for their sale, which starts at 9am, i've tried to get their for a couple of years, but i've always been busy or weather has not been good. H is feeling a little better thanks, but he is absolutely shattered though and next week gets worse with his school concert on Monday and Tuesday night, but we will see how he is, as he may not go on Tuesday night.

Although i have this super image on a transparent set, i always thought it was too small, luckily i was able to get it in the wooden version : Penny Black - 'Especially For You ! / 1511K / 1999', the papers are : Doodlebug - 'Christmas Cheer and Christmas Kaleidoscope', the holly is : MS Punch - 'Holly' and decorated with gems from my stash, the sentiment is : LOTV - 'Christmas Tags' (with the tag bit, masked off).


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are : 

Crafty Little Fairies - where the December Challenge is : 'Holly And / Or Ivy'

Divas By Design - where the Challenge is 'Seeing Red'

Sweet Sketch - where they have another fabby Sketch

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Paperplay'

Cardz 4 Guyz - where Challenge No: 48 is 'Winter Critters'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Winter Snuggles!

Hi,

I had a fantastic time in London on Saturday night at 'White Christmas', starring Tom Chambers and Aled Jones and i managed to get myself a lovely sparkly handbag from 'Hobbs' (my Christmas present to myself ;-) ).  At the moment i have one very tired, full of cold 7 year old, who managed to loose a brand new pair of gloves yesterday and is on a school trip today to 'Butser Farm' with cold hands, as he hasn't got a spare pair.

CAS cards feel me with dread, but i thought as the postage has cost me rather alot this year (especially to Australia, where it was £4 to send a birthday and Xmas card), i thought i would give it a go - although it feels a little bear to me, what do you think ? the stamp is: Penny Black - 'Winter Snuggles / 2999J / 2004', i've framed the image with : MS - 'Snowflake round the corner Punch', the papers are : Dovecraft - 'Winter Wonderland', the sentiment is : Penny Black - 'Christmas Banners /40-253', which i embossed with: Papermania / Heat It Up - 'Blue Glass'.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Dream Valley - where Challenge No: 96 is 'True Blue'

Sparkles Christmas - where Challenge No: 47 is 'A Blue Blue Christmas'

Without Words - where December's Challenge is 'Christmas - Modern Look'

Allsorts  - where Challenge No; 288 is 'Animal Magic'

Penny Black Saturday - where the December Challenge is 'Snowing'

Thank you for looking and for any comments (and i'm sorry Mr Blogger is messing around at the moment too, but if you ignore the number verification and just click yes to publish your comment, you can bypass it), would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Tree

Hi,

Well as this post goes live i am hopefully chilling out, as i wouldn't have got in till midnight, as i went to see 'White Christmas' in London starring Tom Chambers and Aled Jones with my dancing group and today H is off with the Beavers, for a Santa Experience at 'Amberley Museum', so Alan and I are going for lunch.

Today is the first Sunday in December, so it's the start of the Penny Black And More  Challenge and it's 'Special Occasions - which can include Christmas' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors :

Penny Black

Crafty Ribbons 

Flonzcraft 

Nicecrane

And one lucky person using a Penny Black image will be picked to be Guest Designer for next month so pop over to Penny Black And More, so go check out the other amazing inspiration the very talented team have come up with and join in the fun - but please remember you can use any image you like, except Digi's - if you use a Digi, you will not be entitled to a prize'


I needed a card for Alan's Dad and i thought this stamp would be perfect : Penny Black - 'Christmas Tree / 819K / 1996' the image is a lot more sparkly, then the picture shows, as I stamped it in Versamark and then covered it in Crystal Embossing Powder and have added glossy accents to the candles, baubles and beads, as he is 75, i thought he would prefer a vintage style and thanks to the lovely Brenda who recommended these fabby papers : First Edition - 'Vintage Noel', the sentiment is: LOTV - 'Christmas Tags', the tree brads are : Woodware and the ribbon is from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

The Ribbon Girls - where the December Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

52 Christmas Card Throwdown  - where the Challenge is 'To Pick A Previous Challenge' and i have gone for Challenge No: 21 from September 2013 - 'Christmas Trees'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

Christmas Cards All Year Round - where the December Challenge is 'Anything, but sqaure or rectangle'.

Kreativeinkauf Challenger  - where the Challenge is 'Christmas Trees'

Thanks for looking and if you would like to leave a comment, it would be most appreciated, Luv Sam  x

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Santa Claws Sleigh Ride

Hi,

Well the it's starting to look like Christmas in this house, the tree is up and i've been over to The Range to get a little tree for H, so he can put all the decorations on, that he has made - he wanted a tree as he thinks Santa won't know where to come to deliver his presents, if he doesn't have one :-).

I so love the old Penny Black stamps and this is one of them : 'Santa Claws Sleigh Ride / 824H / 1995', i've cut the image with : Die-namics - 'Pierced Squares', the card shape is : Go Kreate - 'Large Frames Frilly #9', the papers are : Cosmo Cricket - 'Jolly By Golly', the panel going down is : Die-namics - 'Fishtail Flags Stax', the bell banner is : Whiff Of Joy - 'Bell Festoon', the round snowflake is : Martha Stewart - 'Deep Edge / Skyland Snowflake', that is an edging punch, but ages ago i was shown how to turn into a circle, the sentiment is : Traditional Christmas Tag-Its, i didn't have gold pearls, but i did have gold embossing powder, so covered them and heated, the bell and ribbon is from stash.

 

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Divas By Design - where the Challenge is 'Jingle Bells'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Dies And Punches' - the punch i've used is - MS - 'Deep Edge / Skyland Snowflake', the rest of dies

Fab N' Funky - where Challenge No: 239 is 'Anything With Die Cuts'

ABC Christmas - where 'X is for Xmas Music' - use some music paper 

MAWTT - where the Challenge is 'Inspired By A Song' - mine is 'Sleigh Ride'

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Let It Snow'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Party Time Robot

Hi,

H has another party this weekend and it's a Go - Kart one, that he loves, then Sunday is Rugby training and hopefully we will find the time to put the Christmas Tree up, as once we hit December, it gets a bit crazy at weekends for us.

To make a change from Christmas cards and as H has a few birthdays coming up, it gave me a chance to make a boys card and when i saw Bunny Zoe's Crafts had a sale on and the: High Hopes - 'Gears Border' stamp was only £1.80, which i stamped up with Versamark and embossed with : WOW Embossing Powder - 'Metallic Silver', it also gave me a good excuse to dig out : High Hopes - 'Party Time Robot', the dry embossing is : Cuttlebug - 'Clockworks', the sentiment is : High Hopes - 'Transmitting Birthday Wishes', the corners are : Whimsy Stamps - 'Corner Die Set', the gear charms and ribbon are from my stash.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Allsorts  - where Challenge No: 286 is 'No Designer Papers'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Take Your Pick' - i've used Sketch No: 77, i've used the colour Blue and Ribbon

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'It's Our Birthday' and to include the word 'Birthday'

Crafty Creations - where Challenge No: 277 is 'Embossing'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

Delightful Challenges - where the Challenge is 'It's A Kids World' - make a card suitable for a child - this one is for one of my 7 year old school friends

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Winter Fun

Hi,

Alan has been working from home most of the week, as he is feeling a little weak, i'm trying to persuade him to go to the doctors, but you know what men are like - it's like dragging Whisper to a bucket of clean water, she suddenly turns into a 'Donkey' ;-). We are off to see Benedict Cumberbach in 'The Imitation Game' tonight and my friend Celia is looking afer H.

I hope this is CAS enough, as i really struggle with it, the image was not meant to be decoupage, but I had a slight accident and poured water over the card, managing to avoid the image, how i don't know, so i had to cut it out !!. Today's stamp is one i managed to buy from the PB supplier in my village (unfortunately i've not bought many from him, as i had a lot of what he had already) : Penny Black - 'Winter Fun / 1546K / 1999', for the fur on the jacket i've used : Flowersoft - 'Ultra Fine White', for the holly berries are highlighted : Tim Holtz - 'Distress Stickles / Barn Door', and the snow is : Stampendous Frantage - 'Chunky White', the sentiment is : Penny Black - 'Each Friend / 3261F / 2006', the paper is : Imaginisce - 'Polar Expressions', the twine is from : The Ribbon Girls - 'Cherry Red'.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Without Words - where the November Challenge is 'Preparing For Christmas'

A Little Bit Crafty - where the November Challenge is : 'Clean And Simple'

The Ribbon Girls - where the November Colour Challenge is : 'Red'

Squirrel's Snow-vember  - where the Challenge is 'Snowman'

Divas By Design - where the Challenge is 'Snow'

Penny Black Saturday - where the November Challenge is 'All Wrapped Up' - 3rd Entry

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Snowman Hide-N-Seek

Hi,

We are up to the mid month of the Challenge over at Penny Black And More and this month it's 'Anything Goes' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors :

Penny Black 

Crafts U Love 

Classy Crafts 

Flonz Crafts

And one lucky person using a Penny Black image will be picked to be Guest Designer for next month, so pop over to Penny Black And More, check out the other amazing inspiration the very talented team have come up with and join in the fun - but please do rememeber you can use any image you like, except Digi's.


I recently did a class with the amazing talented Kay Carley and this is my interpretation of what we made : Penny Black - 'Snowman Hide-N-Seek / 1280J / 1998', the stencil template : Imagination Crafts - 'The Clearing', i did the trees in : Imagination Crafts - 'Sparkle Medium / Silver' and the moon was done in : 'Sparkle Medium / Diamond', i then distressed it in : Tim Holtz - 'Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire and Milled Lavender', the frantage was done with : Stampendous - 'Chunky White'.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Squirrel's Snow-vember  - where the lovely Squirrel is running a Snowman Challenge and as i love them so much - the hardest thing was deciding which one to use !!

Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge this month is 'Snow People'

Christmas Cards All Year Round - where November's Challenge is 'No Designer Papers'

Penny Black Saturday - where November's Challenge is 'All Wrapped Up'

Stamping Sensations - where November's Challenge is 'Simply Christmas'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Feathered Friends

Hi,

I'm quickly uploading this, as i'm off for a massage at 12.30 and i haven't had since July, gee life has so got in the way !!, at the weekend we are off to a Christmas Market at 'The Weald And Downland Museum' and H has rugby training on Sunday.

I bought this stamp in a bundle of 4 stamps, i wanted the PB stamp, but when it arrived along with another LOTV i thought it was really sweet and couldn't wait to use it : LOTV - 'Feathered Friends', i've used my new Stampendous Frantage - 'Chunky White' on it, do you think i've used too much ?, the papers are : My Mind's Eye - 'Wonderful Winter - Glittered', the ribbon is : The Ribbon Girls - '23mm Pale Blue Organza', the sentiment is : Cuddly Buddly - 'Christmas Greetings', the snowflake dies are : Marianne D - 'LR0125' and in the centre are : Dovecraft - 'Snowflake Brads', the charm is from my stash.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

The Ribbon Girls - where the November Lili Challenge is 'Christams'

A Creative Romance - where the Challenge is 'Winter Warmers'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is '2 Or 4 Legs'

Crafty Cardmakers - where Challenge No: 127 is 'Use A Charm'

LOTV - Ideas To Inspire  - where November's Challenge is 'Merry Christmas'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Monday, 10 November 2014

Whiskers And Fur

Hi,

Sorry if i haven't been around the last couple of days, as i banged my head on a radiator drier last Wednesday, then the telephone fell on my head on Friday and after 3 days of taking Migraine tablets, as my head was pounding, Alan said put a packet of frozen peas on it, as he thought it was mild concussion, so after a day of peas on my head, i feel so much better.

Today's card is for another one of H's school friends, who has a party at the end of the month and he has a cat : Penny Black - 'Whiskers And Fur / 2883J', the papers are : Making Memories - 'Cheeky Collection - Emery', the sentiment is : Penny Black - 'Purrfect Day Transparent Set / 30-027', the corner die is : Whimsy Stamps - 'Corner Die Set', the ribbon and buttons are from stash.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Robyn's Fetish - where Challenge No: 237 is 'Cats'

Cute Card Thursday - where Challenge No: 346 is 'Stripes'

Sweet Sketch 2 - where they are up to Sketch 'No: 33' and it was just perfect for this stamp

Stempelgarten  - where Challenge No: 31 is 'All Kinds Of Animals'

Creative Inspirations - where Challenge No: 288 is 'Either And Easel Card Or Add Some Striped Paper' - I chose the Striped Paper

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

An Eggnog

Hi,

We were away last week for half term in Dubrovnik, Croatia and it was superb and so worth the 3 year wait !!, anyway here are a couple of photos :


We took a cable car to get to the top of Mount Srdj, it was 4pm, hence the blanket round me and please note, no cake for me, as they didn't do a dairy free one


H on the boat on our way over to Lokrum


Us doing the city wall walk and we are about 100 feet above the city


Today's card is using a stamp i bought in a sale : Penny Black - 'An Eggnog / 4005H', the papers are: Echo Park - 'Season's Greetings', the holly die is : Marianne D - 'LR0244', the corner holly die is : Cottage Cutz -'Elegant Holly Corner' and they have both been decorated with : Papermania - 'Adhesive Shimmer Stones' and Stampendous Frantage - 'Chunky White', the ribbon is from stash and the sentiment is : LOTV - 'Christmas Tags'

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

The Ribbon Girls - where the November Card Challenge is 'Christmas'

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Shaped Cards'

Penny Black Saturday - where November's Challenge is 'All Wrapped Up'

Card Mania - where Challenge No: 59 is 'Use Your Dies'

Creative Card Crew - where Challenge No: 74 is 'Christmas Joy'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Birthday Dog

Hi,

Oooo this is my first post after our half term break to 'Dubrovnik', which was brilliant and i will add some photos in my next post. Today is the first Sunday of the month, so that means a new Challenge at Penny Black & More  and this month it's 'Anything Goes' and as usual we have some amazing sponsors :

Penny Black

Crafts U Love

Classy Crafts

Flonz Crafts

And one lucky person using a Penny Black image, will be picked to be Guest Designer for next month, so pop over to Penny Black & More, check out the other amazing inspiration the very talented team have come up with and join in the fun - but please do remember you can use any image you like, except Digi's.



I had to make a birthday card for one of H's school friends and as he has 2 dogs, i picked this cutie, that i haven't used for a while : Penny Black - 'Birthday Dog - 2078H', i've put : 'Aleen's True Snow' on the cake, so it looks like frosting !, the papers are : My Mind's Eye - 'True Blue', the sentiment is : Woodware - 'Circular Greetings' with an 8 cut in the middle: Sizzix - 'Fruit Smoothies', the charm and twine is from stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

As You Like It - where the Challenge is 'Cute Or Elegant And Why' - I go for cute every time, as to me this is what the old PB's are all about and their my favourites, and this one also makes me giggle too.

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

Cardz 4 Guyz - where Challenge No: 42 is 'Use Some Metal'

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 283 is 'Masculine'

My Time To Craft - where Challenge No: 265 is 'Charmed I'm Sure'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most grateful, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Blog Candy Winner

Hi,

I was going to do the draw on Thursday, but while i'm here in Dubrovnik waiting for our breakfast to go down, before we go swimming in the hotel's indoor pool (gee I'm not that brave to go outside), I got Harrison to pull a name out of the hat and it's :

No : 23 Lorraine

Well done Hun and I will put your stamp in the post on Friday.


Thank you to all those that took part and left comments, luv Sam x

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cheesecake Wish

Hi,

Thanks for all your kind comments - apparently i'm not allowed to eat 'Dried Fruit' anymore, as that it was the sticky toffee pudding i made and ate last week, that gave me all of the migraines. I did a class with the fabby Kay Carley on Saturday making gorgeous scenes with snowmen.  H had another Rugby tournament on Sunday, this time in Eastbourne and his team got 2nd again.

I love anything to do with Purple, the hardest choice is which stamp to use !! Penny Black - 'Cheesecake Wish / 1652J / 2004', the papers are : Basic Grey - 'Wisteria', the bottom flowery one has been distressed with : Tim Holtz - 'Milled Lavendar', the dark purple paper has been embossed with : Cuttlebug - 'Victoria', the banner has been cut with : Cheery Lynn - 'Horizon Fishtail Banners' and matted on to Die-namics - 'Fishtail Flags Stax', the sentiment is : Penny Black Transparent Set - 'Critter Party'.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 281 is 'Embossing'

Top Tip Tuesday - where the Challenge is 'Favourite Colour Combination' - mine is purple with anything

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to 'Sketch No: 332' - i've flipped it round and it was great for me, as i love using my banners

Cutie Pie - where the Challenge is 'Perfectly Purple And Cute'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to receive, would be most grateful, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Skating Fun

Hi,

Well hopefully this week will be better than last !!, i had 4 migraines, so i thought i would go to the Accupunturist, but unfortunately while on the way there whilst doing 55 MPH (on a road that i could), a car decided it would like to turn right, in front of me, to say there was a lot of screeching of my tyres, while the other driver just carried on !!, then on Saturday i had to go and get the flu jab and since then my joints have been screaming, off to see Candiologist (oops you can tell i wrote this out quick - it's Kinesiologist, i should have google it first) today to get sorted out.

I've used this cutie little image today, as H's friend Chloe has a rabbit, but also wants a dog !! LOTV - 'Skating Fun', covered in glamour dust, the paper is : DCWV - 'Rose Tinted Christmas', the snowflake border (which frames the image) is : MB - 'Frostyville Border', the snowflakes that are surrounding the image is : Marianne D - 'LR0125', the sentiment is from : Craftwork Cards, the lace is from : The Ribbon Girls -


Not sure if first photo really showed the framing of the die around the image.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

The Ribbon Girls - where the Challenge is 'Lovely Lili And Add Lace'

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - where Challenge 'CHNC 190 Is Something Round'

Sparkles Christmas  - where Challenge No: 45 is 'For A Child'

LOTV - where October's Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

Winter Wonderland  - where the Challenge is 'Lace And Pearls'

Oldie But A Goodie - where the Challenge is 'Christmas' - my oldies are : paper, pearls, sentiment

Jingle Belles  - where the Challenge is 'Pink Christmas'

Don't forget to enter my Penny Black Candy, where anyone can enter just add your name to the linky and tell me which stamp you would like.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave would be most grateful, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ornamental Mimi / Penny Black And More Candy Giveaway

Hi,

Yipee today is the start of our Huge Giveaway over at Penny Black And More and WOW, i'm so jealous as i would love to win any of the fabby prizes on offer :

Penny Black (Main Prize) - Stamps, Dies And Stencils


Other Prizes Are :Dies from 'All Occasion Dies' by Robert Adams, 'Stickeroos' from Penny Black, 'Ultimate Adhesive Kit' from Stix 2, 'Collection of Ribbons' from Crafty Ribbons

All you need to do, to be in with a chance of wining is :

- Be a follower of  Penny Black And More                                              

- Register for free with the Penny Black Club - essential for us and all Penny Black fans, as we are among the first to know about new releases news from Penny Black and so much more

- Leave us a comment at Penny Black And More the winners will be selected from those names.

- Display the Candy logo in your sidebar


- And to be eligible for a further bonus prize 'LIKE' Penny Black On Facebook  and leave a comment. And if you would like to share as well that would be wonderful, here is the bonus prize :


Don't forget to check out the rest of the amazing Design Team who have all made a card and some have candy too.

In addition I have a card and some candy of my own - firstly the card, carrying on our theme of  'Get Ahead For Christmas' Challenge :


I've used the stamp : Penny Black - 'Ornamental Mimi / 4191K / 2011' and i've paper pieced her dress and glittered the stars with : Stickles - 'Gold', the shape i've used is: Spellbinders - 'Labels 18', the papers are : Bo Bunny - 'Silver And Gold Collection', the stars behind the image is : MB - 'Starry Wreath', the bauble hanging down is : MB - 'Precious Ornaments', decorated with a yellow Papermania brad, embossed with gold powder, all the sparkly glitter is : Stickles - 'Star Dust', the sentiment is : LOTV - 'Christmas Tags', the ribbon is from my stash - and it has driven me crazy, i even ironed it twice to straighten it !!.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

ABC Christmas - where T is for 'Tree Ornament'

Fab N' Funky  - where Challenge No: 232 is 'Anything With Ribbon'

Deep Ocean - where Challenge No : 88 is 'Christmas In October'

C.R.A.F.T - where Challenge No: 280 is 'Christmas'

As You Like It  - where the Challenge is 'Favourite Fibre and Why' - mine is ribbon, as i love all the different textures, widths and designs you can use.

Totally Gorjuss - where Challenge No: 257 is 'Traditional Christmas Colours'

My Candy is a choice of 3 Penny Black stamps - PLEASE NOTE THE WINNER, WILL ONLY WIN ONE OF THEM, so please state either Birthday / Christmas / Valentines on Mr Linky - this candy is open to all, except Candy only blogs (and i will be checking too). I will be doing the draw on Thursday 29th October (as here in the UK it will be half term that week). 


Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most grateful, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

For You !!

Hi,

Harrison was in a rugby tournament in Chichester at the weekend, he plays for Horsham, there were 2 teams and they both got to the finals in each of their pools, H's team got silver and the other team got gold - Alan and i are very proud of him, especially when Midhurst was short of a player, (as they had a couple of injuries) and H offered to step in, so that they could play.

My lovely friend Janice decided the Challenge over at Moving Along With The Times this week is 'Hedgehogs', now you know how mad i am about my PB's, that i couldn't not enter, so after much deliberating, i chose one that i have never used before : Penny Black - 'For You / 2072J / 2001', i've decorated the spots on the present with : Stickles - 'Orange Peel', the glittery papers are : First Edition - 'New Leaf', the flower is : Tim Holtz - 'Tattered Flower Garland' has been glittered with : Stickles - 'Ice Crystal' and the brad in the centre is : Papermania and it's been glittered, the ribbon is : The Ribbon Girls - 'Oloroso Seam Binding' and decorated with a Gem Brad from : Papermania, the card shape is : Go Kreate - 'Frilly Frames No: 9', the pearls are : The Hobby House - 'Chocolate Heaven'



The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Moving Along With The Times - where the Challenge is  'Hedgehogs'

The Ribbon Girl - where October's Card Challenge is 'Glitz And Dazzle'

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 279 is 'Autumn'

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Autumn'

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to Sketch No: 330

Crafting Musketeers - where Challenge No: 18 is 'Autumn Colours'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Four Snowmen

Hi,

Today is the first Sunday in October, we have a new challenge over at Penny Black & More and this month it's 'Get Ready For Christmas' and as usual we have some amazing sponsors :


Penny Black

Flonz Craft 

Nicecrane 

Marianne Designs


And one lucky person using a Penny Black image will be picked to be Guest Designer for next month, so pop over to Penny Black & More, check out the other amazing inspiration the very talented team have come up with and join in the fun - but please do remember you can use and image you like, except Digi's.




Have you guessed from my card today, that i'm Snowman crazy ;-) !! From left to right the Penny Black stamps are : 'Happy And Cool / 4003H / 2009', 'Holly-Jolly / 30-039 transparent set', 'Warm & Cold / 3260H / 2006' and the one in the background is 'Snowy / 1573C / 2000', i made a Bendi / Bendy Card (and if you click on, it will take you to a tutorial), the paper is : LOTV - 'Frosty Christmas', the village scene is : Memory Box - 'Country Landscape', the star is : Memory Box - 'Star Of Wonder', the embossing folder is : Cuttlebug - 'Snow Dots' and everything is covered in Glamour Dust - 'Crystal'.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Crafty Little Fairies - where October's Challenge is : 'One Designer Paper'

CRAFT - where Challenge No: 279 is : 'Technique Challenge - Embossing'

One Crazy Stamper - where the October Challenge is : 'Halloween or Christmas'

Cute Card Thursday - where Challenge No: 341 is 'Spots And Dots'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Land Ahoy

Hi,

I know a few of my blogging friends are not feeling too good at the moment, for one reason or another, so i thought i would upload a photo of my baby girl (Whisper) (those of you who follow me on Facebook, may have already seen this photo) at Bedgebury Pinetum, i'm not saying she was tired but she took one look at a hill and sat down, so we put her in my friends pushchair and she fell asleep.


Now on to today's card !!, as all of H's school friends seem to have birthdays in December or January, i thought i had better make a boys card now, the stamp is : LOTV - 'Land Ahoy', the papers and brads are : Karen Foster - 'Pirate Collage Paper', the ribbon is : Crafty Ribbons, the sentiment is: Simon Say's Stamp - 'Ahoy Matey Pirates'.



The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is : 'Sketchie Free For All' - I've used Stetch No :87

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is : 'Just For Men'

Cutie Pies - where Challenge No: 79 is 'All The Three's For Cutie Pies 3rd Birthday' - I've used 3 Papers and 3 Brads

Cardz 4 Guys- where Challenge No: 38 is : 'No Ball Allowed'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Monday, 29 September 2014

What A Winter !

Hi,

I started a new dance / fitness class last week and it was brilliant, the teacher was trained by Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and Mark Foster, as i'm a huge Strictly fan, this is right up my street, plus our teacher organises lots of fun social events including theatre trips (and i've already booked and paid for one in December), nights outs and weekend dance sessions - bring it on :-).

I so wanted to enter the lovely Squirrel's Great Penguin Challenge, but i so couldn't decide what stamp to pick, then when i did pick a stamp, as it's so large - what to do with it !!, the image is : Penny Black - 'What A Winter ! / 2751 K / 2003', i've added : Tim Holtz - 'Barn Door Distress Stickles', to the holly in the wreath, the shape is : Go Kreate 'Large Frames Filly #9', the papers are : My Mind's Eye - Wonderful Winter / Glittered Holiday Papers', the die (cut in 2) is : Memory Box - 'Frostyville Wreath', decorated with lots of gems, the ribbon is from : The Ribbon Girls - 'Khaki Sage Green No.80 Berisford Satin', the sentiments are : LOTV - 'Christmas Tags', that have been sparkled.


A close up of the glitter, as i'm not sure the first photos show it.


The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Squirrels Great Penguin Challenge  - how could i not enter, such a fabby Challenge, thanks hun for organising it.

Divas By Design - where the Challenge is 'Pretty In Glitter'

ABC Christmas - where they are up to 'S - For Something Festive'

Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - where the September Challenge is : 'Christmas Critters'

Fab N' Funky - where Challenge No: 230 is 'Christmas'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Layer It Up'

Thanks for looking and for any comments, you would like to leave would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Bees And Bunny

Hi,

We had a short break in Rye over the weekend, (as H had an inset day yesterday and we went with our friends, who's son also had an inset day) to a caravan park - on Friday night we had ringside seats to a family feud (that was happening 2 caravans away from us), followed by a light show by the Police !!, - luckily the weather was nice and we went for fun days out, only really using the caravan park for sleeping - but will never go to another one again.

Today's card is for a friend of mine, who celebrates a special birthday next month and her favourite colour is 'Yellow',the image is a stamp, i seem to avoid using, but i don't know why !! Penny Black - 'Bees & Bunny / 2305H', the papers are an old pack of : Stampin Up - 'Tea Party', the sentiments are : LOTV - 'Tags', i really must looking at other blogs, as they always want me to buy more things :-), - this time it was the lovely Sue and she had used for the doily - Whimsy Stamps - 'Lace Doily Corner 1', the ribbon is from : The Ribbon Girls - '38mm Lemon Yellow/ Gold Glitter Organza', the bee is : Cheery Lynn - 'Tiny Things With Wings', the flowers are from stash and the leaves are : Sizzix - 'Flowers, Branches & Leaves Set', the pearls were from my stash.



The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Stampin' Sensations  - where September's Challenge is 'Things With Wings'

Sparkles Monthly  - where Challenge No; 60 is 'Things With Wings'

Crafty Little Fairies - where September's Challenge is 'Sparkle And Bling'

Crafty Cardmakers - where Challenge No: 123 is 'Ribbons / Lace And Pearls'

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Ribbons And Bows'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Clearly In Love

Hi,

We are up to the mid month point for Penny Black And More and the Challenge is 'Autumn Colours' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors :

Penny Black

Crafty Ribbons

PRP Papercrafts

Flonz Crafts

And one lucky person using a Penny Black image will be picked to be Guest Designer for next month, so pop over to Penny Black And More, check out the other amazing inspiration the very talented team have come up with and join in the fun - but please do remember you can use any image you like, except Digi's. 


This is a different type of card for me - but i needed to do something very CAS, as it was for a friend, who's Dad had passed away (i don't do Sympathy cards) the image is quite small as it is taken from a Transparent Penny Black Set - 'Clearly In Love - 30-009' and i also coloured it with (for a change) : Tim Holtz - Distressed Inks - Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and i cut the image into 4 with: Spellbinders - 'Fleur De Lis Squares', then i coloured the rose in on another image and glossy accented it to put on top, the sentiment is Penny Black - 'Salutations - 30-014', the papers are : Kaisercraft - 'Peachy Keen Collection', the pearls are : The Hobby House.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Bearly Mine - where September's Challenge is 'Autumn Colours' - Orange, Yellow, Green And Brown

Alphabet Challenge - where 'P is for Pretty Petals'

Oldie But A Goodie - where the Challenge is 'Autumn'

Simply Create Too - where Challenge No: 70 is 'Fall / Autumn'

Corrosive Challenge - where Challenge No: 208 is 'Autumn / Fall'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would kindly like to leave, would be most appreciated, Luv Sam x