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Whimsical Dreams


This will be my last challenge card for 2009 and I am entering this card for the Sweet Stamping Up # 6 Challenge.

Following a sketch this time and the prize for this are some really lovely goodies from Stamping Up.

She’s a really sweet image from Stamping up and I think they have or are retiring her which is a shame because she’s a cutie. Also used the punches and sentiment from the same company.

Cut out the image with a nestie, inked the edges and then coloured her in with my new Faber-Castell water colour pencils. It was a milestone birthday this year and Andrew bought be the complete set in a box and it’s the first time they have seen the light of day, they looked too good to use. Added a MS shell border to the papers then stitched onto card. Not usually a peel off person but thought she needed a bit of a lift so edged the paper with silver borders. Ribbon from my stash.

I think she really reflects the end of 2009.Shirl

Happy New Year Everyone

Andrew, Penny and I would love to wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year also a huge thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome in the very short time I have been blogging. I appreciate each and everyone of your visits and comments but even more so because I know how precious time is. I am really looking forward to 2010 with more crafting, hints, tips and making lots more new friends.

Don’t you just love New Years Eve it is so exciting, everybody just seems so happy. My mother was Scottish and the New Year for her was even better than Christmas. I can remember her shoving my dad out of the front door (with a lump of coal in his hand) just before the stroke of midnight so that he could do first first footing. Not sure if anyone does this anymore (might just try it with Andrew tonight).

Anyway a little bit of fun…. check this out because apparently Kiritimati – Christmas Island – is the first inhabited place on Earth to experience the New Year.

Have fun and take care tonight everyone

because I want to see you all in….


x x x x


Easel Calendar


What a day we had yesterday – no internet connection or e-mail for the whole day or night…. and sad to say I missed it. Card pictures not too good the storms made the light impossible (not taking them again).

Found these lovely papers called Golden Harvest on a digi web site – the Digichick aren’t they just fabulous. Also to buy with the set was the 2010 calendar papers.

Copied and pasted the monthly calendar into a word document and downsized so they would fit onto the card. After printing, they were all cut to the same size and stitched together so that the months when finished can be torn off easier.

Matching flowers were cut from the paper and put on the sides of the card and used a Fiskars punch to make edging strips. Two pieces of matching looped ribbon were added to the centre of each large flower – brads, ribbon and beads all from stash.


Bit time consuming to make but well worth the effort. Can see me making more and giving to friends as little gifts.

Entering into two challenges with this card

Stamping for the Weekend 2009 A Calendar and second is

Stamp With Fun Challenge#39 Happy New Year.


Little Miss Watercolour


Two posts in one day, it’s like waiting for a bus nothing there for ages and then two come at once. Will be back later to add more but have to put dinner on first.

Two dinners later…. Isn’t she just adorable….. stamped image is from Art Impressions and I very delicately watercoloured her with pencils, inked the edges and added faux stitching.

Two rows of a very pretty stitch was added around the paper and with a small pair of decoupage scissors I cut very closely to the first row of stitches.

Really pleased with how the tassels look and when I added the pink beads it just transformed them.

Flowers and brads from my stash and the sentiment is from Stamping up.

I am entering her for Lexi’s Creations 4th Challenge …. it’s to make a Pastel card.


Blog Land Thank You


Well girls I am going to come clean…. I started this blog three months ago and it was purely out of boredom. Had seen blogs but I just wasn’t interested (fool).

After an operation on my finger I was told no driving for 3 months!!! Then the – feeling sorry for myself – kicked in…. all my family in the UK and here I am stuck way out in the country and not even on a bus route.

Started surfing the web and really had time to look at blog land. OMG… this is it I thought I can spend three months playing. When looking at other blogs I had this idea in my head of what my blog was going to look like – no blinkies, no side bar gadgets I just wasn’t going to be doing it long enough for any of that faffing around…. you get the picture – just cards. Naive me thought when the finger gets better I would just not post anymore…..

Not in a million years…. how wrong can someone be I am totally hooked!!! Apologies to everyone when I said blogging was a total waste of time. Also want to thank Andrew again for all his hard work behind the scenes. Love You Babe x x x (He is going to hate that.)

My card today is pure fun and playing around. I have done all the things I love…. stamping, paper piecing, stitching, digital stamping and decoupage. Wanted to distress and ink as well but thought this was a bit OTT.

Got to use one of my Christmas pressies a MS deep edge punch. Andrew bought me six of these (spoilt or what) so watch this space for other cards with them on.

Hooked is what I am after only three short months and loving every minute of it, 2010 here I come….. oh and by the way my side bar is starting to look like the very thing I didn’t want but who cares because I love it and can’t wait to add more things… hopefully a DT member….. a girl can dream can’t she!!!!


Thank You


Just wanted to leave a quick Thank You to everyone for all your lovely comments over the last few months and I wish everybody all that they could wish for in 2010. x x x

Some really exciting news I was so lucky to be chosen as a Guest Designer in March for Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge. Just can’t wait.

The cute image is from the Miss Anya Love Set.



People ask do I ever get bored of making cards and the answer is nooooo. Reason being because you can use so many different techniques on a card. I really love the vintage look on cards but never seem to have enough time to make them.

I found the background paper for this card on a fabulous website called The Vintage Moth you just have to check it out because it was free.

My Christmas present from Andrew is the new deep edger MS punches (only played with them at the moment). I bought these from one of my favourite websites Craft Obsessions and when they were delivered, inside the packaging was a very nice – thank you for your order tag – tied onto this were lots of pretty pieces of wool. Just had to use them and voila here is the card.

Inked the card with Rangers peeled paint then applied the paper but first ripped, distressed and made holes in it (only did it because it was free). Covered the two birds on the paper with glossy accents just to give them more depth and to enhance at the same time.

Stamped a frame onto a square piece of card – then glossy accents, distress ink and a stamped sentiment in the middle were added. The lace around the edge was inked first with Rangers dusty concord then finished with peel offs.

Cut out the bird from another free image from the same web page, inked with dusty concord and again covered with glossy accents.

The free wool was added to the edge and also scrunched some of it together to add extra embellies. Bits of fibre have been added behind the bird. Shirl

Sweet Anya


Hi everyone a very quick post today because I was out all day yesterday at the hospital…… thought the pins were being removed from my finger but they will be in for another three months…. yuk.

This was the class card for Monday night. I used the same papers as Bath Time (well they were both from Pink Petticoat – Lolas Boudoir) and because they were already on my desk. Stitched as usual onto the card.

We stamped the image onto water colour card, cut out with a nestie then coloured in with Copics – very lightly because I think darker colours would have spoilt the effect – distressed the edges with Rangers Dusty Concord.

Cut out a pink and purple nestie and then cut both of these in half… one length ways and one vertical. Looped the ribbon and stuck to the back. Made two flowers with the same ribbon and added pink roses to the centres.

Punched out the scalloped tag and stamped in the middle. Little pearls dotted around finished the card beautifully. Enjoy.

I know my sister-in-law Irene will love both these cards because purple is her favourite colour.

Bath Time


Cute Daisy May Digi Stamps what can you say about these except wow, wow, and more wow. I have purchased a few of the images today and can’t wait to use them all. Going to be busy over Christmas but as the name says they are just the cutest.

Printed the image onto a nestie and distressed the edges with Rangers ink -Dusty Concord. The image is so crisp and clear I didn’t think she needed any colouring so I have left her in the nude so to speak…

Stitched the papers (which are also a download from Pink Petticoat another of my fave digi sites) onto the card. Cut the roses off the edge of the paper and decoupaged with five pink roses from my stash.

Stamped onto the nestie label, distressed the edges with the above colour and then threaded a pink ribbon through

Three contrasting brads were added to the centre of the paper flowers for the finishing touch.

Now to find a challenge to enter her into or if you have any ideas let me know.

Wasn’t going to tell you but I will now, trumpets and fanfare…. it’s my birthday today (no singing please)…. and guess what, have just checked out the Allsorts Challenge and I made the top 5, now is that a birthday present or what.

Anyway I have found my first challenge to enter…….. you’ve guessed it Allsorts have another challenge and it just happens to be the colour of advent – Purple – and as my grandchildren would say “way to go grandma” (how old do they think I am)… Allsorts Challenge # 30 – Purple

Dreaming of You


This is the card we made in the class last Tuesday and I forgot to post (only remembered because the girls gave me a nudge).

I have had this Penny Black stamp for years and it’s called Frequent Flyer – the image always reminds me of tip toeing through the tulips – must put in tulips next time.

Coloured the image with copics and stamped grass and flowers along the bottom, finished with faux stitching.

Punched a MS around the corner shell square and in the middle of this punched out the butterfly. Made a border strip with another MS punch and matted on matching strip. Flowers are punched out with the Stamping Up flowers and a brad added to centre. Three little card candy, three little gems on the butterfly and a ribbon tied around the image just finishes the card nicely.

There you go girls now how about some cute comments…