Sunday, 18 December 2016

My Bengal

Hi,

I'm hoping Mr Blogger is going to be nice to me, as right now we are having fun at Longleat Safari Park watching 'The Festival Of Light' and yesterday we were in Salisbury for the Christmas markets.

Today we are at the mid way point at Penny Black And More and this month the Challenge is - 'Black, White And One Other Colour' - today i went for Orange and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black

Marianne Designs

Crafty Ribbons

A Stamp From Me

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 and 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've made this card for Harrison, as it's his Birthday on 3rd January and he supports 'Castleford Tigers', so i found this image in my collection, but i masked off the caterpillars : Penny Black - 'My Bengal / 3834H / 2008'. which i stamped and embossed on to vellum, the papers are : Stampin' Up, the punched edge is : E K Success - 'Paw Print', the ribbon is from stash, and the sentiment is : Penny Black - 'Wishes / 51-036 / 2014'

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Crafty Creations - where Challenge No: 300 is 'Masculine'

Animal Friends - where Challenge No ; 45 / December is 'Everything / Anything Goes'

The Ribbon Girls - where December's Challenge is 'Any Image' - use ribbon

Challenge Up Your Life - where Challenge No: 56 is 'Vellum' - i've stamped my image on to vellum 

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

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Xmas Wait

Hi,

Yesterday we went for lunch and to see 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them', as Harrison was desperate to see it and today i'm off to do some crafting with my lovely friend Cary, who is doing some fundraising for 'Mind'. Clio managed last week to pick up a mild form of kennel cough, so is now taking anti - inflammatory's and has to do lead walks away from other dogs ;-(

Today is the start of the new Challenge at Penny Black And More and this month, it's 'Black, White And One Other Colour', as you can see i went for 'Red' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors :

Penny Black

Marianne Designs

Crafty Ribbons

A Stamp From Me

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  and 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.



Today's image is : Penny Black - 'Xmas Wait! / 3281H / 2005', the trim round his hat and the pom pom is covered in Glamour Dust, the papers are : Bazzill Basics Paper - 'Countdown To Christmas', the ribbon is from Matalan (it's flocked), the stocking die is : Crafts Too - 'Stocking Surprise' and i've put fun flock on the top and covered the boot in glitter, the curved border is : Spellbinders - 'A2 Curved Borders One', the penguins were cut from a die (don't which one) by a kind friend and i've just added liquid pearls for the eyes.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Crafty Ribbons  - where Challenge No: 178 is 'Christmas / must include ribbon

Christmas Cuties -where the Challenge is : 'Anything Goes, As Long As It's Cute'

Addicted To Stamps - where Challenge No: 137 is 'Christmas'

Penny Black Saturday - where the Challenge is 'Winter or Christmas'

My Time To Craft - where Challenge No: 335 is 'Christmas Animals'

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

Monday, 28 November 2016

Frosty's Wish

Hi

On Saturday we went to a Christmas Market with our friend Celia and her children, yesterday the boys did rugby training and afterwards H went to a friends for a play. This week is the lull before the storm !!, so i'm taking full advantage of it, by doing some crafting ;-)


Today's image is : Penny Black - 'Frosty's Wish / 40-419 / 2015' and i thought he was crying out for a bit of paper piecing, for the pearls, i used : Viva Decor - 'Perlen-Pen', the top row of snowflakes are : Whimsy Stamps - 'Snowflake Border', the bottom snowflakes are : MS punch, the single snowflake is : Marianne D - 'LR0125' - all covered in glamour dust, the sentiment is : LOTV, the papers are : Bo Bunny - 'Snowflake Collection', the ribbon is : Papermania - 'Spot and Stripes -Blue' 

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are : 

Cardz 4 Guyz - where Challenge No: 147 is 'Snowmen'

The Ribbon Girls - where November's Challenge is 'Any Image, as long as it's got ribbon / lace'

Allsorts  - where Challenge No: 391 is 'Anything Christmas'

Sweet Stampin'  - where the Challenges is 'Got The Blues'

Scrappy Mo's Rudolph Challenge - where you have to upload a Christmas Card from 25th of the month, till the end

Addicted To Stamps - where Challenge No ; 136 is 'Dies and Punches'

Thanks for looking and for any comments you would like to leave, would be most appreciated. Right i'm now off to buy some shoes, as they have 30% off, as it's Cyber Monday !!, Luv Sam x

Friday, 18 November 2016

Pinecones and Poinsettias

Hi,

Glad to report, bar shoulder, flu jab doesn't seem to have affected me that much, thank goodness.

Today is mid point at Penny Black And More and the Challenge is 'Anything Christmas With Stamping' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black 

Crafts U Love

Crafty Ribbons

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 and 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.



Following Marianne's Ebay bargain - i thought i would show mine, this group of stamps were in 2 lots and i got the whole lot for £27 (including postage) and i was only after 'Wishlist' (the mouse with the list !!)

This card is for Alan's Dad, as he doesn't do cute or bows. I've used 2 of my bargain stamps today : Penny Black - 'Pinecones and Poinsettias / 1281L / 1998', the sentiment : Penny Black - 'Christmas Wishes / 949E / 1996' and was embossed with : WOW - 'Gold Embossing Powder', the scrap of gold paper is : Bo Bunny - 'Silver And Gold Collection'

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Stamping Sensations - where the Challenge is 'Christmas Greetings'

Snippets Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No : 255

ABC Christmas - where they are up to 'W is for Wishes'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Poinsettias or Snow Falling' 

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

Monday, 14 November 2016

Merry Puppy

Hi,

Sorry if i didn't get round to you last week, but i was struggling with a head cold and cough, fortunately it has now disappeared, so i can have the flu jab today - but it usually aggravates my joints, so i'm sure by Wednesday, i'll be taking Ibuprofen !!


This is the card i've made for Alan, hope he likes it. The image is one that i recently acquired, it was one that i've wanted for a while : Penny Black - 'Merry Puppy / 2518H / 2002', the papers are really old !! : DCWV - 'The Christmas Stack', the banners are : Die-namics - 'Fishtail Flags', the sentiment is : LOTV - 'Circular Sentiments - Christmas', the pearls are : Hobby House and the brad are from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Stempelgarten  - where Challenge No: 55 is 'Bingo' and i went for the middle line of  ' Dies, Pearls and Brads'

Addicted To Stamps - where Challenge No : 135 is 'Banners / Flags / Pennants'

Allsorts  - where Challenge No : 389 is 'Feature A Creature'

Crafty Creations  - where Challenge No: 328 is 'An Animal'

Cuttlebug Mania - where the Challenge is 'Tic Tac Toe' - i've gone for - 'Animal, Dies, Sentiment'

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

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Snowy Night

Hi,

I have a little confession to make, in my last post i said i was away for a few days, well we were actually away for just over 2 weeks, in  - Japan (Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Kobe, Okinawa, Nagasaki), China (Shanghai), Taiwan (Taipei) and Hong Kong, here are just a couple of photos from our amazing holiday -

Himeji Castle 

Bamboo Forest, Kyoto

'The Bund', Shanghai

As today is the first Sunday in November, it's the start of a new Challenge over at Penny Black And More and this month it's 'Anything Christmas With Stamping' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too : 

Penny Black 

Crafts U Love

Crafty Ribbons 

And one lucky person a Penny Black image will be picked to be Guest Designer for next month, so pop over to Penny Black And More and 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.



The image is : Penny Black - 'Snowy Nights / 1567L / 1999', i stamped it with Versafine, then added sparkle embossing powder, for added sparkle i've put - Glamour Dust at the bottom and round the snow sign, the paper is : Basic Grey - 'Nordic Holiday', the die is : Memory Box - 'Frostyville Border', covered in Stampin' Up - Heat and stick powder, then dazzling diamonds, the ribbon is from my stash.

The Challenges I would like to enter are : 

Fussy And Fancy Friday  - where Challenge No: 176 is 'Ice And Snow With Lots Of Texture'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Add Ribbon or Lace or Christmas Flowers'

Crafty Ribbons  - where Challenge No: 174 is 'Anything Goes with  Ribbon or Lace'

Snippets Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No: 254 

Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Glitter And Sparkle'

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

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Hello Friend

Hi,

I'm scheduling this post, as i'm away for a couple of days for half term, the Challenge this month at Penny Black And More is an 'Autumn Colour Palette' :


as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black 

Stamp Addicts 

Crafty Ribbons




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 and check out the other amazing inspiration for 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.

The inspiration behind today's card, is my take on an article by the lovely Julie, i saw in last month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine, it was how to make easel shaker cards. The images are : Penny Black - 'Mushroom Hedgehog / 1034E / 1998' and 'Guess What ? (well half of it) / 1449K / 2000', the sentiments is : Penny Black - 'Hello Friend / 30-069 / 2011', the papers are : First Edition - 'New Leaf', the shaker bit was cut using : Tonic - 'Square Layering Dies', the leaves are : Whimsy Stamps - 'Leaf Trio Die Set' and the mushroom border is : Joy Crafts - '6002/0317'

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

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Trail By The Tail

Hi,

Thank you for all your kind wishes about my fall, i'm feeling a lot better now, thank you.

Today is the first Sunday of the month and that means, a new Challenge over at Penny Black And More and this month's we have : 'An Autumn Colour Palette' for you :


and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too 

Penny Black

Crafty Ribbons

Stamp Addicts

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 and 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.




The image i've used is one i have had for a while, but have struggled to use it, as it's rather long : Penny Black - 'Trail By The Tail / 2373K / 2002', the papers are : Kaiser Craft - 'Devonshire Collection' - the bottom paper is flocked, the flower die is : Penny Black - 'Layered Flower / 51-207 / 2016', the sentiment die is : Penny Black - 'Doodles / 51-128 / 2015', the punch is : Martha Stewart, the gems are from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are : 

Penny Black Saturday  - where October's Challenge is - 'Autumn / Fall Colours'

Cardz 4 Galz - where Challenge No; 32 is 'Autumn / Fall Colours'

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

Fussy And Fancy Friday - where Challenge No: 173 is 'My Favourite Things' - mine are Penny Black stamps, Designer Papers, and dies, especially if  they are Penny Blacks 

Pixie's Snippets Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No : 249

Animal Friends - where Challenge No; 43 is 'Autumn / Halloween'

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

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Angel Snowman

Hi,

Hoping you are all well ?, i am, but i did have a slight accident on Monday, i was posting a letter in the village post box, when suddenly i fell on my bottom and whilst falling over, banged my head again the brick wall - i gained a big bump on my head and then had to contact a friend who kept checking on me, till Alan was able to get home.



Many of you may know that i have a soft spot for Snowmen and when i spotted this cutie / oldie, i knew i had to have it : Penny Black - 'Angel Snowman / 242K / 1997', the papers are : Doodlebug - 'Frosty Friends', the punched edges are : MS - 'Icicles and Snowflakes', the sentiment is : Whimsy - 'Holiday Mini Postage Stamp', the snowflake is : Marianne Designs - 'LR0125' - the sentiment and snowflake are covered in : Stampin' Up - 'Heat And Stick Powder, then Dazzling Diamonds', the silver pearls are from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Sparkles Christmas - where Challenge No: 68 is 'Angels or Fairies' - I know it's not your conventional Fairy or Angel, but that the stamp say's it's 'Angel Snowman' 

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'A Sketch or Tic Tac Toe' - i went for : Snowflake, Sparkle or Shine, Punch or Diecut

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - where Challenge 'CHNC 300 is Add A Sentiment' 

September Rudolph Day's Challenge  - the lovely Mo organises a Christmas Card Challenge, starting 25th of the month and ending on it's last day

Pixies Snippets Playground  - where the lovely Di is up to Week No: 248

ABC Christmas - where they are up to 'T is for Two' - i've gone for : two Snowmen - one on the main image and one on the sentiment, two different punches - icicles and snowflakes, two different glitters - Stickles on the image and Stampin' Up heat and stick, dazzling diamonds on the sentiment and snowflake 

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

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Zoophabet

Hi,

Well it's been nice to be able to chill out, now H has gone back to school and last weekend we went back to Gloucester to get our shoes that Alan and I left behind at the beginning of August !!

Today is mid way point of Penny Black And More and the Challenge is 'Anything Goes With A Sentiment'  and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black

Marianne D

Sizzix

Me

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 and 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.


Today's card was made for one of Harrison's friends, the images are from the transparent set : Penny Black - 'Zoophabet / 30-015' (the hat had a flower on it, but because it was for a boy, that's why i have added a star brad), the sentiment is : LOTV - 'Vertical Sentiments', cut with : Die-namics - 'Fishtail Flags Stax', the papers were bought in a pack, with no name on them, but to me they look a bit like DCWV, what do you think ?

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Penny Black Saturday - where September's Challenge is 'Nature'

Di's Snippets Playground  - where the lovely Di is up to Week No: 247

Stempelgarten  - where Challenge No ; 53 is 'Anything Goes'

Stamping Sensations - where September's Challenge is 'One For The Boys'

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

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Gardening Bunnies

Hi,

We had a lovely time on our holiday in the Isle Of Wight and as promised here are a couple of photos :


Clio running out of the sea, she absolutely loved it  


Today is the start of a new Challenge over at Penny Black And More and this month it's 'Add A Sentiment' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black 

Marianne D

Sizzix 

Me 

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 and 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 don't do many CAS cards, but i felt this suited it perfectly the image is : Penny Black - 'Gardening Bunnies / 1088K / 1998', the sentiment is : Penny Black - 'True Friends / 3852E / 2008', the paper is : Dovecraft - 'Curiosity Corner', the curve is : Spellbinders - 'A2 Curved Borders One', the twine is from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Di's Snippet's Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No; 245 

Darnell's NBUS Challenge  - where Darnell is up to her 7th Challenge - mine never before used schtuff is the image and sentiment - i bought the image from ebay (because it was a PB) and have never got round to using it !!

Penny Black Saturday - where September's Challenge is 'Nature'

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

That's Crafty - where Challenge No: 9 is 'All Square'

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

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Xmas Star

Hi,

I'm scheduling this, as right now we are enjoying out last full day in the Isle Of Wight and Clio's first holiday in a cottage - let's hope we have had some nice weather.


Today's stamp is one of those that i feel is better stamped and embossed, then coloured in : Penny Black - 'Xmas Star / 2190K / 2001', the background paper (has been pre - embossed with silver stars) is : Deco Time - 'Cardboard Patterns', the plain silver card has been embossed with : Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - 'Stars', the sentiment is : Woodware - 'JGCL548', the circular star (around the image) is : Memory Box - 'Starry Wreath'

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Show Us Your Gold / Silver and Embossed

Sparkles Christmas - where Challenge No: 67 is 'Shaped Cards'

My Time To Craft - where Challenge No; 327 is 'Embossing - Heat or Dry' - i've done both

August's Rudolph Days - where Mo does a Xmas Challenge starting the 25th of every month.

Creative Inspirations - where Challenge No: 256 is 'Christmas In August'

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

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Birthday Dog

Hi,

Harrison is having a fabby summer hols, since my last post he has been to Knockhatch (an adventure fun day out) with one of his school friends (i took them), a sleepover at The Natural History Museum, called 'Dino Snores' with Alan, a Science Fun day (i dropped him off for that one), a day out in the woods and at our friends house - gee no wonder i'm shattered !!

Today is mid way point of our Challenge over at Penny Black And More  and this month it's
'Anything Goes' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black

Crafty Ribbons

Crafts U Love 

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  and 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've made this card for Harrison's friend Chloe's Birthday, the image is : Penny Black - 'Birthday Dog/ 2078H / 2011', the sentiment is : Joy Crafts die - 'Happy Birthday/ 6002-0296', the banner shape behind the image is : Die-namics - 'Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax', the papers are : Bo Bunny - 'Sweet Tooth Collection', the punched edge is : Martha Stewart - 'Presents', the party hat and candles are - Sizzlits dies.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Dream Valley - where Challenge No: 138 is 'Pink'

Card Mania  - where Challenge No; 83 is 'Let's Party'

Penny Black Friends  - where August's Challenge is : 'Your Favourite Technique' - Mine are Different Shaped cards and Dies 

Sparkles  - where Challenge No; 83 is 'Lot's Of Layers'

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Use Your Favourite Stamp' - I so love dogs, so it was easy and this image is perfect for both boys and girls

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is : 'Make For The Border'

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

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

A Tender Hug !

Hi,

Yesterday i took Harrison to do a couple of circus skill workshops - Aerial Silks and Trapeze, today we are off to The Weald And Downland museum with friends.




Today's card was made for Harrison's Cub Leaders to say 'Thank You' for organising and taking him to Camp 100, the image is : Penny Black - 'A Tender Hug ! / 3614F / 2006', the sentiment die is : Penny Black - 'Wishes / 51-036 / 2014', the papers are : LOTV - Country Meadow', the edges have all been distressed with : Tim Holtz - 'Spun Sugar', the ribbon is from my stash 

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

In The Pink - where they are up to Challenge No: 100 - 'It's their Birthday, so it's Anything Goes'

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to Sketch No: 424 and it was just what i was looking for

Crafty Ribbons  - where they are up to Challenge No: 163 - 'Anything Goes With Ribbon'

Stempelgarten  - where Challenge No; 52 is 'Flowers And Plants'

Fussy And Fancy - where Challenge No; 169 is 'A Walk In The Garden'

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

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Honey Bear

Hi,

Harrison had an amazing time at Cubs 100, doing activities including rifle shooting, death drop !!, caving, made a clock, zip wiring, mop hockey !! - in fact when he came back, he was a bit like a zombie for 3 days !!, on Thursday i took H and a friend to Arundel Wetlands and this week H is doing Circus skills on Tuesday, then days out with friends.


Today is the start of the new Challenge over at Penny Black And More and this month it's 'Anything Goes With A Stamp' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black 

Crafty Ribbons

Crafts U Love

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 and 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.


Today's image is : Penny Black - 'Honey Bear / 1333K / 1998' and for a change i have paper pieced his dungarees, the sentiment is : Penny Black - 'Bee'u-t-iful / 1073E / 1998', the papers are : My Mind's Eye - 'Fine And Dandy / True Blue', the hexagon die is : MFT - 'Die-namics Hexagons', the corner die is : Memory Box - 'Honeycomb Corner', the bees die is : Cheery Lyn Designs - 'Tiny Things With Wings'

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Animal Friends - where Challenge No: 41 for August is 'Summer'

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where August's Challenges is 'Your Favourite Technique' - mine are : Different Shaped cards and Dies

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 375 is 'Spots And Stripes'

Di's Snippets Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No: 241

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

Friday, 29 July 2016

Sledding Teddies

Hi,

I can't believe i have managed to make a card, even though it's the start of the school holidays - but to be honest we wanted Harrison to have a chill out week (we did go and see the 'BFG' at the cinema and it was really good), as today he joins 3000 other Cubs at Ardingly Showground for 4 days of lots of fun activities to celebrate Cubs 100.


The image is a very old : Penny Black - 'Sledding Teddies / 223J / 1994', the snow on the image is : Stampendous - 'Chunky White Embossing Enamel', the scrap papers are from : DCWV - 'The Winter Matstack', the sentiment is : LOTV, the snowflake banner is : Whiff Of Joy - 'D1346', decorated with : Dovecraft - 'Berry Blush Glitter Dots', that was part of the PB candy i won from Lorraine's, the snowflake with sentiment on it : Marianne Designs - 'LR0125', i've glittered the snowflakes with : Stampin' Up - 'Heat and Stick Powder, then Dazzling Diamonds'.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

July's Rudolph Day's  - where you enter a Xmas card between 25th of the month and the end and the lovely Maureen runs it

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Outdoors'

Sparkles Christmas - where this month's Challenge is 'Snowflakes'

Sweet Sketch 2 - where they are up to Sketch No: 94 

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

Di's Snippets Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No: 239

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

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hedgy Flavour

Hi,

Gee what a scorcher and we took advantage of the weather on Saturday and had a 'Quintessentially English' day out - we first went to  Lordington Lavender, then had a pub lunch, then we went to a local Church fete, where H played croquet and crazy golf, then it was a cream tea.


Today we are up to mid month at Penny Black And More and the Challenge is 'Anything Goes With A Stamp' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors too :

Penny Black 

Crafty Ribbons 

Sizzix

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 and 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 made this card about a month ago, when the weather wasn't so good, but it seems perfect for now !!, the image is : Penny Black - 'Hedgy Flavor / 2354F / 2002', the papers are : Dovecraft - 'Back To Basics', the sentiment is : LOTV - 'Sentiment Tags', the corner die is : Joanna Sheen - 'Lace Corners 1', the ribbon and gems are from stash. The card design is a new one for me, but i love how it frames the image.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

The Ribbon Girls -where July's Challenge is : 'Anything Goes, as long as it's got ribbon'

Cutie Pie - where Challenge No: 101 is 'Polka Dots and Pastels' 

Di's Snippets Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No: 238

In The Pink - where Challenge No: 98 is 'All Or Nothing' 

Stempelgarten  - where Challenge No: 51 is 'Summer Holidays' 

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

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Woodland Wonder

Hi,

We have been very busy at the moment, last weekend we went to Sparks In The Park in Horsham, where local charities and clubs showcase themselves and Harrison found a Canoeing group and can't wait to go, so tonight he will being having a trial. I thought i would take advantage of Harrison still at school for another 7 days, by having a play.


I'm not sure if i'll make another one layer card, as you don't want to know how many i made !! - even this one is not perfect, the woodland is : Penny Black - 'Woodland Wonder / 40-356 /2014', the animals are : Penny Black - 'Nature's Friends / 30-261 / 2014', the sentiment is : Penny Black - 'Critter Party / 30-013 / 2008', the distress inks : Tim Holtz - 'Stormy Sky / Salty Ocean / Wilted Violet / Dusty Concord'

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Create A Scene'

Moving Along With The Times -where Challenge No: 24 is 'No Designer Paper'

Penny Black Saturday  - where July's Challenge is 'One Layer Cards'

Allsorts  - where Challenge No: 371 is 'One For The Boys' - I've made this for Alan's Dad

Di's Snippets Playground - where Di is up to week No : 237

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

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Across The Threshold

Hi,

I'm scheduling today's post, as we are currently cycling (with Clio, she has a dog carrier, that goes on the back of Alan's bike) in the New Forest, as Harrison has an inset day at school tomorrow.

Today is the first Sunday in July and that means a new Challenge at Penny Black And More  and this month, it's 'Anything Goes With A Stamp' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors :

Penny Black 

Crafty Ribbons

Sizzix

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  and 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.


Alan and I were invited to an ex-colleague of Alan's wedding last month and this is the card i made for it, taking in their colour combination, the image is : Penny Black - 'Across The Threshold / 257H / 1997', which has been highlighted with : Duvo - 'Glitter Drops' (but i'm not sure if it shows up very well), the papers are : DCWV - 'Wedding Mat Stack', the 'I Do' ribbon is : K I Memories, the plain one is from stash, the sentiment is : LOTV, the hanging hearts : Memory Box - 'Precious Hearts', the die behind the flowers is : Memory Box - 'Elegant Scrollwork', the punched heart edge is : Martha Stewart - 'Valentine Heart', the flowers are from : Wild Orchid Crafts, the heart pearls were from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Animal Friends  - where Challenge No: 40 is 'Dies And / Or Punches - must use an animal'

The Ribbon Girls - where July's Challenge is 'Anything Goes, as long as you use ribbon'

Stamping Sensations - where the July Challenge is 'Anything Goes With A Stamp And Ribbons'

Deep Ocean - where Challenge No: 132 is 'Colours Of Summer'

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

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Party Puppy

Hi,

Alan and I's weekend was blissfully quiet and Harrison had a good time camping for the first time, but he came back very very tired, so he went to bed very early on Sunday.


The image is : Penny Black - 'Party Puppy / 1095E / 2001', the papers are : LOTV / Nitwits - 'Candles And Cake', the balloon die is : Sizzlits - 'Balloon', the Happy Birthday die is : Penny Black - 'Celebrations / 51-028 / 2014'

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are : 

Sweet Stampin' - where the Challenge is 'Show Us Your Shapes'

Penny Black Saturday - where June's Challenge is 'Birthday And Blog Hop'

Stamping Sensations  - where June's Challenge is 'Feature A Creature'

Kreativeinkauf  - where they are to Challenge No: 40 and it's a 'Sketch' - i've flipped it 

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

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Thoughtfulness - Pansy

Hi,

Alan and I are child free this weekend, Harrison has gone off, for his first Cub camp under canvas and as i still haven't bought a hoover yet, i will be crafting tomorrow, yipee and tomorrow night we are off to see Samantha Barks - she was 'Eponine' in 'Les Miserables' the movie and in my opinion should have got the Oscar instead of  Anne Hathaway.

Today we are up to our mid month at Penny Black And More  and this months Challenge is 'Flower Power' and as usual we have some fabby sponsors :

Penny Black 

Sizzix

Stamp Addicts

Crafty Ribbons

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 and 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 learnt to do this technique in a recent crafting class and  is very diffferent for me !!, the image is: Penny Black - 'Thoughtfulness - Pansy / 740K / 1997', was coloured using : Distress Inks - 'Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Stormy Sky, Old Paper, Milled Lavender and Wilted Violet', i then stamped the image on vellum and heat embossed : Stamp Stuff - 'Crystal' and then stuck it on top of the coloured image.  The background was made by : wiping some Distress Ink - 'Wilted Violet' on my mat and adding Imagination Crafts - 'Clear Stencil Medium' and then spreading over a stencil by Jaime Echt and finished off with some ribbon from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Stamps And Stencils - where June's  Challenge is 'Floral Frenzy'

Sparkle And Sprinkle - where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes, as long as use Embossing Powder' 

Addicted To Stamps - where Challenge No: 128 is 'Flowers'

Di's Snippets Playground - where the lovely Di is up to Week No ; 233

Fussy And Fancy Friday - where Challenge No: 166 is 'Say It With Flowers'

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

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

A Wish For All Tme

Hi,

We seem to be jinxed in this house, since we have come home from our holiday -

1) TV remote control no longer works - so everytime we have to switch it off / on or adjust the volume, we have to get up and do it !!

2) Hoover motor blew up and am off to buy a new one tomorrow at John Lewis, looks like we are going for a Miele one

3) a new jar of mayonnaise fell out of the cupboard - glass and mayonnaise everywhere and no hoover to pick up the little of glass either !!


Below is a better photo of the embossing on the image and on the blue paper too


The shape of this card is a 'Front Step' and it was shown in the Quick Cards magazine last July and i've been meaning to make it for ages.  The image is : Penny Black - 'A Wish For All Time / 3907J / 2008' - i've embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder, while the image is stamped normally. The papers are : Basic Grey - 'Nordic Christmas', the blue paper is embossed with : Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - 'Swirls', the die is : Cheery Lynn - 'Fanciful Flourish', the silver ribbon and blue pearls are from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are :

Winter Wonderland - where they are celebrating their 7th Birthday and the Challenge is 'Ribbon And A Bow'

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 367 is 'Fancy Ribbon And Bow'

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - where CHNC No : 285 is 'Silver'

Simon Say's Stamp - where this week's Challenge is 'Animal Magic'

Fab N' Funky - where the Challenge is 'Shaped Cards' - if the shape is not different enough, please delete me

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

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Hedge-Word

Hi,

We had an absolutely brilliant holiday, cruising round the Mediterranean with Celebrity Reflection and the sun never stopped shinning, although at times it was a bit too hot for sight seeing - 35C in Athens !!, i've included a couple of photos (although i will have to add the Rome and Athens ones, when i managed to download them from the ipad !!).


Alan and I doing 'The Godfather' tour in Sicily 


Us standing at the top of an active volcano in Santorini (it was a hike of 600 metres to the top), afterwards we went for a swim in a hot spring (that was cool), which was very welcoming


By the windmills in Mykonos


I started stamping and colouring this image before i went on holiday : Penny Black - 'Hedge-Word / 4060K / 2010', for those of you that are familiar with this stamp - it normally say's 'Birthday', but i covered that up and added 'Fathers', papers are really old : DCWV - 'Black And White Prints Paper Stack', the brads and ribbon is from my stash.

The Challenges I Would Like To Enter Are: 

Cardz 4 Guys - where Challenge No : 123 is 'Father's Day'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Fathers Day / For A Guy'

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - where they are up to Sketch No; 91

Crafty Catz - where Challenge No: 328 is 'Animal Magic'

Crazy 4 Challenge - where the are up to Challenge 'C4C340', which is 'Masculine'

Stempelgarten  - where Challenge No; 50 is 'For A Man'

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