Sunday, 30 May 2010

Free Digi Stamp From Whiff Of Joy...

Hi all! Just a really quick post to let you know that Whiff Of Joy are offering this fabulous fun Henry Mouse digi FREE to their loyal fans & customers. Just click on the image to take you to where you can grab yours.

Sorry I've nothing to show you today, but I have been working on some DT stuff that I cannot share with you yet, but you will hopefully see soon. Have a fun long weekend!
Take care!
Jenny xx

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Birthday Spike (with a twist!) plus challenges...

Check out Spike! Isn't he the cutest? Along with Coco, he has got to be one of my faves over at the DigiStamp Boutique.

One of my favorite things about Digis is the fact that you can resize them. So that's what I've done here x 3, to make Spike his own little family! I did it in a 'Word' document.
I have coloured Spike and his buddies with Promarkers;
Sandstone, Satin, Tan & Ivory
For the cakes; Rose Pink, Pink Carnation, Ivory, & Lilac (for the candle)
Plus Stickles Stardust to add sparkle.
Sorry for all the pics, I'm just trying to show the sparkle. Why does it never come across as well on photos?! If you click on this one below, you can see the sparkle a bit better.

I have also used;
; Pink Petticoat downloaded papers & kraft card.
Tools; Marianne Designs Frame dies (the flourishes), Martha Stewart Double Loop border punch & Doily punch, X cut leaf embossing punch and Scallop border punch, Woodware inverted corner rounder.
Embellishments; Crochet flowers, paper flowers, card candy, ribbon, raffia ribbon & more Stickles!

I am entering this into the following challenges;

Passion For Promarkers 'Anything Goes!'
I Love Promarkers for the sketch
My Partner In Crafting Crime for 'Birthday cards'

Well, gotta go now, but I'll be back tonight to catch up on your blogs.
Thanks for looking :-)
Jenny xx

Lili Of The Valley Have Candy!!

STOP what you're doing and check this out! There is candy to be had on the Lili Of The Valley challenge blog. You can win their brand new stamps!!! This is what they say;

'' Tuesday 1st June is the date for the fabulous new release from Lili of the Valley, there are 12 new designs – 4 Dressing Up Girls, 4 Boys, 2 Babies and 2 Get Well Designs, they will also be reducing Overseas Postage to £3.5o and orders of £25 will get free shipping from 1st June. As an extra special promotion the really generous and sweet Lisa and Laila have given us a whole set of the new release to offer as candy to one of our lovely followers, this candy is open from Thursday 27th May until Midnight on Saturday 29th May so you only have 2 days girlies. All we ask you to do is post about this gorgeous new release and link back to here on your blog . Best of luck to you all and a big thanks to Laila and Lisa''

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Creative Inspirations Challenge #62 - My DT Card....

Hi all!
Another week has gone by already, and so it's brand new challenge over at Creative Inspirations.
This week the theme is DISTRESSED! This is my GDT card.
I am also putting this card into the Distressed challenge over at Crafts & Me!
I have used two gorgeous stamped images from A Whiff Of Joy's Get Well Collection, Little Nurse & Little Doctor.
I stamped these little cuties in Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto heavyweight watercolour paper. I then watercoloured them with Distress Inks;
Antique Linen,
Walnut Stain,
Fired Brick,
Aged Mahogany,
Tattered Rose,
Tea Dye
& Faded Jeans.
I was not worried about the less than perfect finish, as I wanted the images to look as distressed & aged as possible (that's my story and I'm sticking to it - lol!)
I wet the edges of the image and then dragged it through the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad, and just let the ink bleed into the damp edges. You can see it gave a nice aged effect if you click on the image for a closer look.

The papers are Pink Petticoat downloads.
I sponged Antique Linen & Walnut Stain Distress Inks around the edges of the gingham papers.
I also used my MS doily punch,
Inverted corner punch,
PC generated sentiment,
Gingham ribbon & buttons.

I don't make many distressed cards really. I usually like things to be 'just so', (I'm a bit OCD - lol!) but I really enjoyed just letting go and making this card, fraying the ribbon, not worrying about smudges etc.

I asked hubby if it looked distressed enough. He said it looked as though it had been in a bonfire. that good or bad then? Well I guess being in a bonfire would be quite distressing!

This is my last card as 'May Guest Designer' at Creative Inspirations. So I say a fond farewell! Thanks for having me ladies!
Jenny xx

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Whiff Of Joy GDT Call!...

What the heck! Thought I'd give this a shot just in the nick of I'll make it quick!
I've been colouring WOJ images this weekend in the sweltering heat anyway, and thought I'd enter this one into the colour challenge over on Katharina's Blog, red, orange and any other colour (I choose tan), and it's also a guest design team call! Full details can be found here.

I really adore Whiff Of Joy stamps and regularly purchase them directly from them in Switzerland. Some people in the UK may be a bit put off by buying from outside the country, but honestly, Whiff Of Joy stamps arrive really quickly! Sometimes quicker than things I buy from the UK! No customs charges to worry about either.

This is 'Willow's hot chicken soup' and you can find it right here.
I have used Promarkers to colour.
Nestabilities labels 8,
Martha Stewart Embossed Scallop Punch,
The papers are a mixture of Pink Petticoat and DCWV.
The 'homemade' sentiment was cut from a DCWV paper from the Nana's Kitchen stack.
The lovely corner flourish is a Sizzix Sizzlits die.
Oh, and the little chicken soup recipe is one I generated on my PC!

Please excuse the rushed post but I must link this up now. I am really cutting it fine regarding the cut off time for entering!

Hope you've all had a fab sunshiny weekend!
Jenny x

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Would You Like A Sneaky Peek?...

There are some brand new stamp designs about to be released over at Pink Gem Designs, and I am lucky enough to have had a sneaky peek and a sneaky play!

Meet Pageboy Miki & Bridesmaid Kaya! As you can see though, I have used them as bride and groom.
I have used Promarkers to colour.
The gorgeous papers are Craftwork Cards Sugar & Spice.
I have also used;
Corrugated kraft card (had this for years),
Plastic sentiment (also had for years),
Heart Nesties,
Martha stewart Doily Lace Punch,
Pearls &
Flowers glittered with Stickles (from my stash)
Oh, and the card is 8x8 in size. I get these 8x8 scalloped card blanks from Craftsuperstore...they're fab!

I am told that these stamps along with the other new releases, will go on sale Friday 21st May. I'm sure they'll be really popular! You can find all the lastest additions to the store right here.

I'm just off to have a mooch now to see if there are any challenges I can enter this card into.

Right, I've mooched and I'm back;

Papertake Weekly want flowers on your creations this time...perfect!

Charisma Cards for 3D (flowers,embelishments etc)

My Partner In Crafting Crime for the colour combo

Thanks so much for peeking!
Jenny xx

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Creative Inspirations DT Challenge Card...

Good Morning....or at least I hope it is. I am trying out the 'auto post' thingy. Hopefully this should post at 9.30am.
Well, today is a new challenge over at Creative Inspirations, and this weeks theme is 'a card for a child'.
The DT were asked to use an image from this weeks sponsor.
I picked this one, and used Promarkers to colour it.
I have also used;
A Papermania scalloped card blank,
Pink Petticoat downloaded papers, printed onto Tesco Finest Linen Paper,
Card Candy,
Raffia lace.

Well, that's all for now. But please pop over to Creative Inspirations and join in the fun.
Thanks for stopping by!
Jenny xx

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Hello Kira!

Hi all!
Meet of the many brand new characters for May over at the DigiStamp Boutique. There are loads of new releases, so it's well worth hopping over there and taking a look.
This particular design is called Kira and toadstool. I think she is so cute!
I used Copics to colour the image. The papers are Pink Petticoat downloads that I have printed onto linen textured paper. I have also used a Papermania scalloped card blank, Craftwork Cards card candy, embroidery thread and flower shaped buttons.

Thanks for stopping by, and for any comments you may leave. I hope to do a bit of blog hopping myself later but my stupid internet connection is being a right pain just lately. It keeps throwing me off when I try to leave blog comments or am half way through doing something. Grrrr!
Bye for now!
Jenny xx

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Chloe In The Rain (plus challenges!)..

Hi all! Hope you're having a good weekend?
My girls slept at their Nana's last night. Although the boys are still here it's amazing how much quieter it is when you take two out of the equation.
As it is quite calm here today, I've had some time to play!
I thought I would try paper piecing this adorable Chloe In The Rain stamp from Pink Gem Designs.

The pretty floral paper is some I had a while back in one of those 'pick n fill' paper boxes. I thought the tiny pattern would be ideal for this.
I also used Promarkers; Denim Blue, Henna & Tan,
& various Copic skin tones.
Other ingredients;
Kraft Card (Elzybells)
Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch,
Big Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Pink Gem Designs),
Lace & twine (Quixotic Paperie)
Buttons & Flowers (from stash)
I will pop this card into the following challenges;
Totally Gorjuss 'Round & Round' (for the nesties & buttons.)
Colour Create KHAKI, AQUA, BROWN and CREAM plus Circles (the buttons)
Cute Card Thursday#112 'Someone Special'
Well, I am off to cook lunch now. No roast dinner for us today. I have got some rump steaks I am going to fry, with potato croquettes, mushrooms & grilled tomatoes.

Bye for now!
Jenny xx

Friday, 14 May 2010

Purple Coco Bear...

Hi all!
A bit of crafty time today at last! This cute little bear is Coco & Little Hearts who who can find over at the DigiStamp Boutique. I am having a purple phase at the moment and I just just love these purple papers that are in the new Henbury Lane paper packs.
I coloured Coco with Promarker various shades of cool grey. I have also used various lilac & purple shades of Promarkers & Copics.

I have mounted Coco onto shapes cut with Big Scalloped Ovals Nestabilites.

The flowers, black tulle and pins are from my stash. I really love these purple fabric lillies. I have had them for a few years but forgot about them.
Finally, I stamped the 'From My Heart To Yours' sentiment stamp onto the bottom right of the card with purple ink, then added some Woodware mosaic squares to the corners.

I am putting this card into the DARE U 2 DIGI STAMP challenge 'Anything Goes'
Well, I am off to bath the children now, and hopefully (if I don't fall asleep) will be back to do some blog hopping later.

Have a great weekend!
Jenny xx

Award...Thanks Michelle!

Thanks Michelle for this lovely award! How sweet of you to think of me! If you're not familiar with Michelle's gorgeous creations, pop over to her blog and pay her a visit.
Now I guess I am supposed to pick 10 fellow bloggers to pass this award on to. How could I pick 10? I love ALL of my followers, so please feel free to take it (and any other of my recent awards). You know you deserve it!!
Jenny xx

Thursday, 13 May 2010

More Martha! (Digistamp Boutique DT Card)...

Hello fellow bloggers. Hope you are all well?.
I thought I'd have more crafty time this week, but it's not working out that way! Little man's still not right and is very clingy. I started this simple little card at the weekend and finished it yesterday. Only just managed to put the photos on my pc.

She is part of the 'Offer of The Month' and one of the super cute new additions for May over at the Digistamp Boutique.

I used Copics & Promarkers to colour her. The Blossom backing paper is a download from Pink Petticoat. I also cut some some of the blossoms out and layered them, then finished off with a few flatbacked pearls.
There's not much else to this simple card except for a Martha Stewart punch and Scalloped Nesties.

Oh, before I go I should mention that Janet's new Chloe stamps are now in stock over at Pink Gem Designs. They are so cute!

Well, bye for now! I *might* be back later with a Coco bear card I hope to finish, if not tomorrow!
Jenny xx

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Creative Inspirations & Pink Gem DT Card...Plus Challenges!!

Hello! Well it's a brand new challenge over at Creative Inspirations. This week is challenge #60 and the theme is fairies, so it's a nice and easy one if you'd like to join in!
Hope you like my Guest Design Team card.

This cute fairy is Sprinkles On A Cloud, available from Pink Gem Designs.
This design is available to purchase as a polymer stamp, or if you are impatient like me, you can purchase as an instant digital download and get crafting straight away! There are other 'Sprinkles' designs to choose from too.
The Fairy Wishes sentiment is also from Pink Gem Designs, available as a polymer stamp.

I have coloured her with Promarkers and Copics.
The fab cloud paper is a Pink Petticoat download.
I have used LOTS of Stickles Stardust on this card, on her wings, her crown and also the clouds.

I have also used;
An 8x8 scalloped card blank,
Gemstones cardstock,
X Cut Scallop punch,
Self adhesive glittered stars (got these from B&Q a few years ago at Christmas time),
Ribbon from Crafty Ribbons (I won these in Creative Inspirations Challenge 57)
Stick on gems (for her crown)
& Scalloped Nesties.

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges;

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY for 'Shiny, Sparkly & Special'

MY TIME TO CRAFT for 'Tooo Cute'

DARE YOU TO DIGISTAMP for 'Anything Goes'

Well that's all for now. I had better go to bed.
Thanks for stopping by.....goodnight!
Jenny xx

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Just a real quick post to thank Poppet for this fabby award. Thank you hun!xx
Not much time for crafting this week as my little boy is still poorly and is VERY clingy at the moment. My bigger children are better and are back at school. Just waiting for little man to recover.
Hopefully I will have some cards to show you later this week, and you will be able to see my Creative Inspirations DT card tomorrow as this weeks challenge is launched.
Bye for now, and thanks again Poppet! Jenny xx

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Good News!!..

Hi folks...just a really quick post before I go to bed. I have to share my good news. Well, you may know that I am one month into a three month stint as a Guest Design Team member for Pink Gem Designs. But.....(drum roll!).....Janet has asked me if I would like to have a permanent position on the team! How fab is that?! Thanks Janet..I'm honored :-)
Well I am really tired now, so I'll say goodnight before I drop off on my keyboard xx

Saturday, 8 May 2010

It's 'A Gem Of A Challenge #4' Day!! (My DT card)....

Good morning!
Today sees a brand new challenge over at A Gem Of A Challenge.
This months challenge is hosted by Sharon. She has given us a picture for inspiration and would like to see you use Burgundy, Pink and Green on your cards.
As Guest DT member, this is my effort.
How lucky am I to be able to use one of Janets adorable new Chloe stamps which are not even for sale yet?!
Don't worry! You will be able to get hold of the new releases soon from Pink Gem Designs.
They are expected in stock early next week.
I used Promarkers to colour Chloe & Kitten.
I also used;
A4 burgundy linen card (folded)
Pink Petticoat dotty paper.
Sizzix Sizzlits alphabet dies ('Skittle Dee Doo' - i think!)
Marianne Designs Ribbon border die.
Scalloped Octagon Nestabilities
Leone Em Floral Punch Craft leaf punch.
Flowers & ribbon.
I enjoyed this challenge as I adore these colours.
Why not have a go too?
Bye for now,
Jenny xx

Friday, 7 May 2010

Been Playing With My New Henbury Lane Goodies...

Hi! Hope you are all well, and have had a better week than I have.
My Children have been unwell. What with that and a leaking washing machine, I haven't had a minute to myself this week....until teatime today that is, so I thought I'd have a play with my new Henbury Lane goodies.
I ordered them online earlier this week. The papers are GORGEOUS!...but I am so disappointed with the stamps! I ordered the large wooden tea cups one expecting it to be a lovely outline that I could colour with my Copics/Promarkers/Distress Inks etc. But it's actually a solid picture when you stamp it out. I tried it with a few different inks, and in the end opted for Memento London Fog, which meant the image was not too dark. Then I spent ages going over it with Promarkers. There was not much clarity to the image, no clear outlines, so it took ages and was quite painstaking to get a neat finish. I highlighted the finished image with my Signo white gel pen.
I also used a large 8x8 scalloped card blank, my Martha Stewart embossed scallop punch, ribbons and a lovely teapot charm.

I also ordered the 2 clear sets of Henbury Lane stamps, and although I haven't had chance to play with them yet, they appear to be the same 'solid' images rather than outlines. Boo hoo!

Well, that's all for now! But tomorrow is a brand new challenge over at A Gem Of A Challenge, so I will be uploading my DT card in the morning, all being well.
Thanks for stopping by...bye for now!
Jenny x


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