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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Still Time

Hi everyone, just to remind you, you still have time to enter the Creative Cowgirls Challenge #3 with a blog hop and candy.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Creative Cowgirls Challenge #3 - Christmas or Winter + Blog Hop + Candy

This week over at Creative Cowgirls Challenge we are having a Blog Hop with Candy to go with our Challenge this fortnight.

As everyone is really busy at this time of year we are keeping it short and sweet there are only 7 of the Posse to visit + Challenge blog.  There are a few rules but they will be easy to follow.

The Winner of the Hop Challenge will receive this box of fabulous Christmas ribbons from Crafty Ribbons, hop over and take a look they will have just the perfect ribbon for your needs.
+
2 images of their choice from Prairie Fairy
+
CANDY
Full deatils on the Creative Cowgirls Challenge.

The TOP 3 entries will also receive 1 image of their choice from Prairie Fairy.

RULES
You have to enter a card/papercraft project into the Challenge (Christmas/Winter), leave some love on ALL the blogs in the Hop + the Challenge Blog and place this badge on your post with your card/papercraft project so we can spread the word.  All the details are on the Creative Cowgirls Challenge Blog.

Here is my card (sorry it's a bit grotty but the light isn't very good).

I have used the cute image of Gillian, singing her heart out, which was provided by Roberta at Prairie Fairy.  Hop over and check out the other images there are plenty to suit every taste.
I have coloured her with purple and green Promarkers and used papers printed from a CC Cute Companions CD backed with silver mirror card.  The snowflakes were punched with my Martha Stewart punch and little green gems placed in the middle (you will have to use your imagination for this but it looks better in real life). The snow is Star Dust Stickles.

CHALLENGES
Create4fun Challenge #51 - Sketch by Anne-Marye
Allsort Challenge Blog #83 - Anything Goes
Glitterbabes Challenge #25 - Snow and/or Snowflakes

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Creative Cowgirls Challenge #2 - Anything Goes

Wooo Hooo thank you to everyone who entered our first Creative Cowgirl Challenge.  If you pop over to Creative Cowgirls Challenge tomorrow you will find out who our first winner is.

This week we are having another ANYTHING GOES challenge.  

Our Sponsor this week is the talented Terry Oulboub at
Tellen's Place
and she is giving the winner a $10 coupon to spend in her great shop.
She is also giving the Top 3 1 image of their choice.

After all this I nearly forgot to post my card.  I used 12 x 12 Papermania card cut to a 6" square base with dotty paper from DCWV paperstack 6.  I coloured the image with Promarkers and shaded with distress inks.  Martha Stewart loop punch and Woodware flowers.
The thing I really like about Terry's image is the infectious smile.  I defy anyone to look at one of these images and not follow suit and smile.

Hop over to the Challenge and enter your fabulous creations.
CHALLENGES
Papertake Weekly Challenge #51 - sketch
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge #70 - recipe - 3 flowers, 2 papers, 1 image

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Dezinaworld Everyone Wins Prize Give Away Challenge

I've finally made my card for Dezinaworlds Everyone Wins Challenge.  June is very kindly giving everyone who enters this challenge a prize.  You have to use one of June's images but she has loads of freebies in various styles.  I used this image for a wedding card.  My OH's cousin is getting married and I thought this would be perfect for them.  It used to have French writing at the bottom which said, Bonne Fete, which I think means Happy Birthday so I cut that off.  I have used various silver papers, which I got from 'Home Bargains' for 89p.  There is a holographic one which I used at matting and a mat silver with little glittery spots for the main mats.  I coloured the edge of the card with my silver Sakura pen.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I hope you like it too.  I will be adding a Wedding sentiment when I find one.  I've never made a wedding card for someone before.
CHALLENGES
Dezinaworld Everyone Wins - Use one of June's images
One Stitch at a Time #41 - Celebrate in Style, Bling It Up

Monday, 22 November 2010

Anything Goes at Creative Cowgirls Challenge #1

Just a quick reminder, we are having an "Anything Goes" for our first challenge over at Creative Cowgirls Challenge.  Our sponsors are Bombshell Stamps and Delicious Doodles.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Yeeee Haaa It's Creative Cowgirls First Challenge.

I'm so excited as this is the first Challenge for the CREATIVE COWGIRLS.  This challenge will be held fortnightly and the DT will be using our Sponsors images.  We have some amazing Sponsors lined up for the coming months.  

You can make any project as long as it goes along with the theme/sketch for that challenge.  We need to see new postings (no back linking).

Our Challenge this fortnight is an easy one, it's an
ANYTHING GOES (see we are already spoiling you).

Our Sponsor this week is 
click on picture to go to Bombshell Stamps
I made a little scrapbook for my daughter using Tim Holtz big dies to cut the pages.  It is of her 9th Birthday at the local stables.  (Forgive the horrible photos the light has been atrocious)

I have enlarged some of the images I have used on the pages.  These images were beautiful to colour not too complicated but with plenty of detail.  I also used one of the images to make a small card using a Nestie for the base and mats.  The papers are from Creative Cottage.
I was also playing with photoshop and Word 2007 Publisher and made this card.  All the images are from Bombshell Stamps and the papers are from Bearly Mine

Now onto the thing we are all interested in.  
"What can I win?"
The prize for the winner is
"All My Heart" Stamp Set from Bombshell Stamps
+
The Winners Badge to display with pride

The TOP 3 will each receive an image from Delicious Doodles
+
TOP 3 Badge to display with pride

Hop over to the CREATIVE COWGIRLS CHALLENGE and join in, you have two weeks to enter the new challenge starts on 5th December.

Challenges I have entered
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Autumn Skies
One Stitch At A Time #40 - Celebration (My Daughter's Birthday)
Delicious Doodles #1 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Don't Forget

DON'T FORGET THE NEW CREATIVE COWGIRLS CHALLENGE STARTS IN 4 DAYS.  HOP OVER AND BECOME A FOLLOWER SO YOU DON'T MISS ANY OF THE WONDERFUL CHALLENGES WE HAVE IN STORE.  I'VE ALREADY MADE A COUPLE OF PROJECTS WITH OUR SPONSORS IMAGES.  THEY JUST GET THE JUICES FLOWING.  

Sunday, 14 November 2010

My Mum and Me

This is a LO of my Mum and Me.  It was taken on my 18th Birthday and I was presenting my Mum with a bunch of flowers for organising my birthday party.  At the time I wanted to have a 21st party not an 18th but I am glad my Mum persuaded me as just over a year later she died of Cancer.  This is one of only a couple of photos I have of my mum as when my OH & I moved from the house I was born in I seem to have lost all the old family photos.



I am entering this LO into DEZINAWORLDS SPOT PRIZE CHALLENGE - Mother and Child.  Hop over and join in any project is accepted as long as it a new post and follows the  theme.  June is also have an EVERYBODY WINS CHALLENGE just follow the link to find out all the details.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Blog Candys in memory of Amanda Mary

more than 1 candy to win
Leigh and a few of her blogging friends are having a blog candy in memory of a special blogging friend who died last month.

AMANDA MARY
a very special Lady

Amanda loved scrapping and was an active member of UK Scrappers.

If you would like to join in/donate a prize hop over to Charity Crafter's blog

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

**************GREAT NEWS**************

 CREATIVE COWGIRLS CHALLENGE
STARTS
SUNDAY 21st NOVEMBER

The challenges will be every 2 weeks and we (the Creative Cowgirls) will be using our sponsors images.  There will be theme/sketch to follow but you may use any image.  I will give you more details at a later date.  I hope you're as excited as I am.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Dezinaworld - Everyone Wins - Prize Give Away Challenge

I have copied this from Dezinaworld's blog, hope you don't mind June.  June sells (and gives freebies) of a fantastic eclectic mix of images and collage sheets and her DT is awesome.  Here are the details of her most recent challenge.
I am thrilled to say that I am almost at the 300 followers mark with this blog and would like to say a huge thank you to all my followers and also I would like to celebrate by  issuing you all a challenge with a difference. The difference is EVERY single person that joins in the challenge will win a prize to spend in my store. YEP you read it correctly . I may be mad, but I am a happy soul and love to give back and have fun so please join in and get yourself a prize just for doing what you love most ...... creating.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO ...
1/ Create a piece of art  ... CARD/ATC/ANY PAPER CRAFTS or other physical art ( Sorry no digital this time ) Using a Dezinaworld  Image - If you havent yet purchased any you can use any of the many DEZINAWORLD FREE PRINTABLE  IMAGES HERE 
2/ Make sure you are a follower - If not, then add to follow
3/ Make a post on your blog mentioning the 'Everyone Wins Challenge and  a photo of your creation
4/ Please tell all your friends so they dont miss out 
5/ Enter by adding your details to the inlinkz box below
  -----Deadline is 4th December ----- 
And last but not least .... have fun, I will also be making a feature of theTOP 12 creations on the main Dezinaworld site.

Hop over to Dezinaworld now and join in the fun.  I will be posting my project later, I need to think and that takes a long time.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Don't tell my OH about this!!!

Just a quick post I've been playing with Photoshop and my pictures. I'm too mean to pay for digital scrapbook layouts so I've been having a play.  These aren't exactly fantastic but I really enjoyed playing and am learning new things daily.  The title of the post is because if my OH knows I have posted this LO he wouldn't make me a cup of tea for days.

The photo was manipulated in Photoshop Pro by my daughter who was 10 at the time and I have made it into a transparent .GIF so I could put it onto a Creative Cottage background.  The lipstick and brooches were from a collage sheet I won at Dezinaworld I cut them out changed the colour and made them into .GIFs and added them as embellishments.  I was supposed to be entering it into Dezinaworld Spotprize Challenge 'Hot pink and silver' but got the dates wrong and missed it.

These are photos are of my daughter when she was in the panto 'Frankenstein the Panto' in January this year.  She played a school girl, a ghost and a bat.  The papers are from Creative Cottage.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Cowgirl Up Designs and Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge

Hi All,  I just wanted to let you know that Cowgirl Up Designs and Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge sites have been closed by the owner.  I had an e-mail yesterday to say they were closing.  Thank you to everyone who participated and if CJ decides to re-open I will let you know.  I was very proud when I was asked to be a member of the Posse and will still be using CJ's designs as they are some of my favourites.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - Bring on the BLING BLING

Hope everyone enjoyed the blog hop last week, the winner has been announced over on the Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge blog, hop over and see if it is you.

This week we would like to see your cards over the top with BLING BLING and we have NEW RELEASES from CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs, all the new images have a fall theme.  There will be a discount on the new releases for more details hop over to the challenge.

My image is called FALL AFTERNOON.  It was a pleasure to colour and I really enjoyed colouring all the leaves in Autumn colours.  I used a cream base, coloured with Promarkers and Copics added bling with my gold Sakura Calligraphy pen, and gelly roll pen.  I then punched leaves out to form a border which I backed with shiny red paper and after all that effort you can't really see any of it on the photo.  The punched out leaves were coloured with gold pen and distressed ink and 3D randomly on the image.  I used the sketch from Friday Sketchers #126.
Our winners sponsor this week is Delicious Doodles hop over and take a look at Teri's great images
The winner will receive 3 images of choice
+
The Winners Badge to display with pride

The TOP 3 will each receive 1 image of choice from Cowgirl Up Designs
+
The TOP 3 Badge to display with pride

To see what the other Posse members have been upto go to the buttons at the top of my page and click it will give you the links or you could hop over to the Challenge and see all the Posses fantastic creations.

CHALLENGES
Friday Sketches #126 - sketch by Claudia
Crafty Creations #91 - Halloween or perhaps Autumn
Paperake Weekly - Bright and Sparkly (it does shine 'onest Guv)
Craft Your Passion #29 - Add glitter and sparkle
Simon Says Stamp - Punch 'em 

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - HALLOWEEN BLOG HOP

Good morning everyone, This week is the Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en BLOG HOP and it's a big one but the prizes are fantastic.  

If you arrived here from Marianne's blog you are on the right track if not please hop back to the challenge blog and start your incredible journey.  If you are on track you will need to hop over to Rosalien blog to continue.

The rules are simple you have to make a card for the challenge, leave a comment on all the Posse's blogs (we will be checking) and make a note of the Posse card you like the best and then leave a comment on the challenge blog with your choice. Here's mine

I drew a pumpkin template and cut my card accordingly, I then shaded it with distressed inks.  I wrote the sentiment on my computer.  The fantastic image is PUMPKIN SETTING  by CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs I coloured it with Promarkers.

There will be a special draw for a grab bag of goodies and images for anyone who uses a Cowgirl Up Designs image.

If you don't celebrate Halloween we would like to see you use an image from Cowgirl Up Designs and your name will be added to the special draw. (please see the challenge for full details)

Our Sponsor this week is Crafty Ribbons
The winner will receive a bundle of ribbons
+
2 images from Cowgirl Up Designs
+
Winners Badge to display with pride on their blog

Top 3 will each received 1 image from Cowgirl Up Designs
+
TOP 3 Badge to display with pride on their blog

I hope you enjoy the BLOG HOP and I can't wait to see your fantastic creations.
Have a wonderful week.

CHALLENGES
Crafty Creations Challenge #90 - colour challenge - red, green & brown
Moving Along With The Times #69 - Anything goes - Letraset are sponsoring this weeks challenge and the prize is a set of Promarkers and fine liner pens
The Crazy Challenge #37 - Halloween
The Creative Cottage #25 - Halloween


Sunday, 17 October 2010

An Apology + Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - sketch by Alison and make your own DP

Firstly a big apology to everyone.  I have been unable to comment on peoples blogs due to personal reasons and I really miss visiting everyone.  At the moment I am only posting my DT work on Sundays.  Hopefully I will be able to get back to normal in a few weeks.

Now onto my DT work for the Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge.  This week we were asked to make our own designer paper.  I am hoping this passes as making my own because I can't make another.  The digi papers I have used are from Creative Cottage Designs and the tiled image is from CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs.  I used Paintshop Pro to colour the image and Word 2007 to manipulate it into a tile backing for my pictures.
I've blanked out the faces of the girls as I don't have permission from their parents to publish them.
Our sponsor for the winner this week is
+
Winners Badge to display with pride

TOP 3 will receive 1 image of choice from Cowgirl Up Design
+
TOP 3 Badge to display with pride

Hop over to the Challenge blog to join in and press the buttons at the top of the page to see the Posses fabulous work.

CHALLENGE
(I could only find 1 to enter.  I really should plan ahead)

Just Inspirational Challenge #16 - a stamped project it can be either ink or Digi 



Sunday, 10 October 2010

Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - Girly Girl with pearls + pink, green or purple

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Hopefully when this goes out I will be doing some Geocaching, it is their 10th year so on 10/10/10 they want as many people as possible to log a cache to see if they can beat their record of 56,654 people logging a cache in 1 day.  

Anyhoo, onto this weeks challenge at Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge, the theme is Girly Girl with pink, green or purple (or all the colours as I have).  I have aimed my card at a very young Girly Girl, hence the use of the pastel colours.  I have tried to go for a quilted, folksy look but the stitching leaves a lot to be desired.  

The image is a gorgeous butterfly from Cowgirl Up Designs. For the background I cut squares and painted them with some cheap (£2.99) shimmer paints from The Works, I've had them years and they are still going strong.  I then cut the squares diagonally and stuck them onto the square card. The stitching was done with an Inkessential white pen, it was dark and the pen didn't show up straight away so the stitching is atrocious.  The pearls were made with a Viva pearl pen.  The sentiment was made on the computer and put on sticky pads to raise it up.
See what I mean about the shimmer

This is after I added the sentiment and it was dark and no flash

A close up of the gorgeous butterfly with pearly bits
Our sponsor this week is POLLYCRAFT
The winner will receive £10.00 voucher to spend in the Pollycraft Store
+
Winners Badge to display with pride

TOP 3 will receive 1 image of choice from Cowgirl Up Design
+
TOP 3 Badge to display with pride

Hop over to the Challenge blog to join in and press the buttons at the top of the page to see the Posses fabulous work.

CHALLENGES
Create4fun challenge #63 - use a digital stamp on your card or project
Cute Card Thursday #133 - Make your own (I made my own background hope this     counts)
Wild Orchid Challenge #7 - Stitch it up - real or faux

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - Anything Goes - Halloween Release

This week at Cowgirl Up Designs CJ has a new releases for Halloween.  There will be a 20% sale on the new releases for this week so hop over and grab yourself some truly wonderful, spooky images.  

If you hop over to the challenge blog you will see what the Posses have done with the new releases.  Unfortunately there was a problem getting my image to me so I have used another of CJ images and hopefully coloured it to pass as Halloween.

I have used one of CJ's images and the backing papers are from Creative Cottage.  I have coloured the image with Copics and Promarkers and gone over the cobwebs with a Sakura gel pen.  I hand cut a cobweb and spider then used a white Inkssentials pen to draw in the eyes and smile (couldn't leave it without a smile).
Our Sponsor this week is
This time around the WINNER will receive
"4 IMAGES OF CHOICE FROM CJ"
and the TOP 3 will receive
"2 IMAGES OF CHOICE FROM CJ"


CHALLENGES
MAWTT #16 - Fairy or Fantasy
Delightful Challenges - Colours - Purple, Green & Black
Alphabet Challenge - W for Wings

Hop over to the Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge blog and see all the fantastic creations by our wonderful Posses

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - Flowers Galore using 3DP & 3 different flowers

This week at Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge we are asking you to use
3 DPs and 3 different types of flower.  
I decided to make a cupcake card this week as I have my CraftROBO back and I wanted to play.  I made the template myself and I really like the shape.  My image is from The Town Scrapper and the name is "Made with Love Lola" (hence the cupcake card) she is coloured with Copics and Promarkers.  My 3 DPs are from The Creative Cottage, who have a new store.  My 3 different flowers are punched from the papers, a rose I opened slightly and a charm.  The frame for Lola was cut with a large Nellie oval die.  All the edges were shaded with distessed inks.  
Our winner's Sponsor this week is
who are offering 5 images of choice to the winner
+
The Winners Badge
and the TOP 3 is sponsored by
who are offering 1 image of choice
+
1 image of choice from Cowgirl Up Designs
+
The TOP 3 Badge

Hop over to the challenge and join in it's great fun.

To see the wonderful creations by the other posse members go to the buttons under my header and click.  You won't be disappointed they are a very talented bunch.

CHALLENGES
Anything Goes Challenge #17 - Cute (I think this is cute)
Digital Tuesday Challenge #77 - All about the girls + digi (what girl doesn't like cupcakes)
Charisma Cardz Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
A Spoon Full of Sugar #122 - Anything Goes



Sunday, 19 September 2010

Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - Hip to be Not-Square (or a Rectangle)



This week over on Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge the challenge is to make any card as long as it's not a square or rectangle.  
As you can see my card is a Teapot shape and the beautiful image is from CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs.  This is 1 of a series of Teacup Fairies.  Unfortunately, my mojo deserted me when I made this card and I know I haven't done this little lady justice.  I'm sat here now looking at her and I can see where I could have used some stickles and some glossy accents.  I cut the teapot on my Craft Robo using the little teapot on the image as my template.  The image was coloured with Copics and Promarkers.
I've gone back and added stickles, Anita's 3D gloss finish and liquid pearls and as usual I couldn't wait for them to dry so I ended up putting my hand in it (again). Here are 'before' and 'after' pictures. You may have to look closely but the after card is definitely more sparkly. 
 BEFORE
AFTER
Our Sponsor this week is DELICIOUS DOODLES who are opening a new shop on the 20th September.  The images are by a very talented lady called Teri and Teri has decided to have a DT of her own details can be found at the link above.  For the moment though you can hop over to Teri's blog to see some of her wonderful creations.
The Winner will get 3 images of choice from Delicious Doodles
+
Cowgirl Up Winner Badge

TOP 3 will get 1 image of choice from Cowgirl Up Designs
+
TOP 3 Badge
Challenges:
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge #17 - Keep It Simple (believe me it was a simple card to make)
PaperPlay Challenges #37 - All Shapes and Sizes
Glitterbabe's Challenge #12 - Anything Goes as long as it glitters

DON'T FORGET YOU CAN STILL SEND IN YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR SOLDIERS TO CJ AT THE ADDRESS ON THE BLOG

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - Christmas Cards for Soldiers

Firstly an apology.  I have not been feeling too well lately and I haven't been able to get around to commenting on peoples blogs or posting on my own, so please accept my apologies and I hope normal commenting will resume as soon as possible.

I know this is a long post but please read it and join in this fun event, it is for a worthy cause.

This week over at Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge we are having a Christmas Cards for Soldiers event.  We are asking people to make Christmas cards (as many as you like) and  post them to this address
CJ HOLIFIELD
15649 SH 148
BOWIE,TX 76230
USA
The only rule is NO GLITTER or SPARKLIES if this comes off on the soldiers clothes or skin it can be detected.

CJ will then get all of your cards off to the person that will be distributing the cards to the soldiers at war to fill out, sign and send home to their Families and Friends.

The soldiers at war do not have access to simple things that many of us take for granted like Christmas and Holiday Card's.

This is a campaign so please make and send as many cards as you would like to the address above.  All of your cards will then be sent out to be distributed to the soldiers.
We will collect cards for about 2 weeks, so please get them out to CJ.

This is such an incredible way for the card crafting community to get involved and make the world a better place.

This week we are having a 1st place and 2nd place along with a TOP 6.

Celebrating this campaign with us this week we have two fabulous sponsors.
Whimsy Stamps and Whiff Of Joy Stamps.
Whimsy Stamps will be giving 5 images of choice
and
Whiff of Joy Stamps who will giving 2 stamps of choice
and

1 image of choice from CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs along with the Winner Badge to display on your blog with pride.

We are also having a TOP 6 this week with 1 image of choice from CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs

Here is my card for this Challenge
I have used a Meljen Design from Whimsy Stamps.  This is a lovely image to work with and could be used for many different card both male and female.  I coloured it with Copic Markers and Promarker.  The snowflakes were cut from a MS border punch and the sketch is from Inspirational Card Sketches #82.

We are looking to collect as many hand made cards as possible so spread the word and ask your friends!  Copy this badge and make a post on your blog inviting crafters.

Post the Badge on your side bar.  Leave a comment on the challenge blog that you have done this.  We will be hopping around to check and someone will win a special award!!

Challenges

Fussy and Fancy #19 - Christmas Colours

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Christmas Cards for Soldiers - 12th September

PLEASE READ THIS POST AND THEN SCROLL DOWN FOR MY LATEST POST. THANK YOU


As you can see, over on Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge we are having a 'Christmas Cards for Soldiers' event.  We would like you make 1, 2 or 100 cards to send overseas to our soldiers so they can send them back to their loved ones for Christmas. Only 1 rule which is NO GLITTER OR SPARKLES  it can come off on clothes and skin and be detected.  

We will be having a special prize for 1 person and to be in with a chance of winning all we are asking is that you make a post on your blog about the event and place the banner on your sidebar. Leave a comment on the Christmas Cards for Soldiers post on the challenge blog and we will hop over and take a look at your blog.

We will be having a 1st Prize, 2nd Prize and TOP 6.
Our Sponsors will be
Whimsy Stamps & Whiff of Joy

We will post the address to send your cards to on the challenge post on the 19th September and they will be passed onto the right people for distribution.

We hope you will be able to attend this event as we would love to make Christmas special for the people who are overseas and their loved ones at home.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Winner of my Cowgirl Up Blog Hop Candy and Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge

Thank you to everyone who joined in our hop last week I hope you had as much fun as I did.  Now onto the important bit the winner of my blog candy is...


If you can send me your address Jamie I will post off your candy as soon as I can.  My e-mail can be found in my profile at the bottom of the right hand sidebar.

If Jamie hasn't contacted me by Midnight 12th September I will choose another winner.

This Sunday sees another challenge over at Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge.  This week the challenge is

ANYTHING GOES
A nice easy challenge this week.

Our sponsor is Michelle Perkett and the winner will get 3 images of their choice and the winners badge.  We will also be having 3 Top 3 prizes of 1 image of choice from Cowgirl Up Designs. Hop over to get the full details and join in the challenge.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Monarch of the Glen


This is my card for the following challenges.

Bee Crafty #37 - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays #18 - Clean and Simple + sentiment
Crafty Emma's Store #1 - Anything Goes
Cupcake Crafts Challenge #106 - Let's get digital
Bunny Zoe Crafts #3 - Vintage

Sorry for the rubbish picture, I took it late in the evening.
I have used one of CJ's (Cowgirl Up Designs) images called Deer.  I chose this image and the Welcome Home Dad image because I wanted to challenge myself colouringly (made up word because I couldn't think of another word to use).  I hope that you think I've made a half decent job of colouring them in because I do. (Hope you don't mind me blowing my own trumpet but I am really proud of these cards).  I coloured the image with Copics and Promarkers and the papers were from a Crafts House, Plum Pudding 6 x 6 paper pad.  The sentiment was a stamp by Mary Hughes I got from QVC many years ago, it came in a box of 40 stamps and I've only used about 4 out of it.  (Mental note - I really must get the stamps out to use as they are really nice).  Just a couple of reminders follow for upcoming Cowgirl events.

The challenge over on Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge this coming Sunday is sponsored by MICHELLE PERKETT.  The winner will receive 3 images of their choice from Michelle Perkett + the Winner's Badge and the Top 3 will each receive 1 image of their choice from CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs and the Top 3 Badge.

Don't forget you still have time to enter the BLOG HOP and challenge (you don't have to make a card to enter the blog hop or vice versa)

I will be giving you the details of our Christmas Cards for Soldiers event tomorrow.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

**Edited to add Just Inspirational Challenge #9) - A very, very, very quick post for the Delicious Doodles Competition


Teri at Delicious Doodles has decided to have a DT CALL and a competition to celebrate her 1 yr anniversary.  I am not applying for the DT but I would like to enter the competition.  Here is my card.  The sketch is from Just Inspirational Challenge #9.

I have used one of Teri's fantastic doodles and scraps from Creative Cottage, K & Co and my stash.  The snowflakes are from my MS corner punch and have stickles in then middle.  I coloured the white spot in the blue paper read to match the present on top.

Got to go and link now as I only have a about half hour before the competition closes.

Will let you know how I got on camping when I recover.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Cowgirl Sunday Stamp'en Challenge - BLOG HOP


Welcome to our blog hop if you came here from Peggy's blog - Tricky's Creations you are on the right track if not hop over to the Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge to start.  You will find full details of the hop there.

I don't have a letter on my blog but you will be 
BLUE and EXCLAIMING 
your woe if you don't find this symbol. Leave me a comment and let me know if you found it and you may be in with a chance of some candy. 

I have 4 pots of tiny beads and 10 pins to give to 1 lucky blog hopper. You must complete the hop to be eligible for this prize.
From here you need to hop back to the Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge blog and leave a comment to say you have completed the hop.  Full hop details are on the challenge blog.

For the challenge this week our theme is HANDMADE FLOWERS you can add as many flowers as you like as long as you have made them yourself.  You could win all these fantastic flowery ribbons this weeks as our Sponsor is
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3 images of your choice from CJ's store Cowgirl Up Designs
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The Winners Badge to display with pride on your blog

There will also be 3 x TOP 3 cards and these will be awarded  
2 images of their choice from CJ's store Cowgirl Up Designs
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 The TOP 3 badge to display on their blog.


Here is the project I made for my DT work.  I used paper from my stash and a gorgeous new release from CJ at Cowgirl Up Designs called Lilbit.  I made the flowers by cutting a spiral out of a circle of paper and winding it up from the outside to the inside let it relax and stick it to the piece of card you have left in the middle, which is now on the outside.  (I should have taken a picture of the bottom). I learnt how to make these at a scrapbooking class at Craft Den.  I dabbed stickles onto the roses and the sunflowers on the image.


Here is a close up of the rose
I have used thin organza ribbon (bought from C&C) and threaded it through the holes in the Nellie C die and added 2 bows.  The leaves are from a Woodware punch.  

I had a list of challenges to enter this hanger into but my OH phoned on Friday afternoon and said we were going camping for the weekend so I won't be here to link up on Sunday. (I might see if I can find somewhere to plug my OH's netbook into on Sunday and see if I can get on line).  We are camping on an airfield with water from a stand tap (if we're lucky), toilets in a mobile (if you are near the camping site) otherwise it's the dreaded portaloos (won't EVER go in one of those again) and no electric so early nights all round, which is just as well as people get up at 6am and start playing with their model planes.  Forgot to say its show/competion weekend run by the British Model Flying Association where people show off their model planes and helicopters.  It's a weekend away from home and I don't really mind the hardship as the family is together.  Will let you know how we got on when I get back.

To all those who made it to here 
THANK YOU.

Friday, 27 August 2010

BLOG HOP AT COWGIRLS SUNDAY STAMP'EN CHALLENGE

Don't forget we are having a BLOG HOP this Sunday the 29th August at the Cowgirl's Sunday Stamp'en Challenge and there will be new releases from CJ and a 25% sale on these new releases we also have a fantastic challenge and Crafty Ribbons as the sponsor of our challenge the TOP 3 also get 2 images from Cowgirl Up Designs.  We also have BLOG CANDY. If you take the banner, place it on your blog and put a comment on the Blog Hop posting on the challenge blog there will be a prize for one lucky person.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Thomas's Angel

I have made this layout for the following challenges

Dezinaworld Spot Prize Challenge - Wings
Sketch Saturday #117 - Sketch - I've added a title so I hope it still counts
One Stop Craft Challenge #94 - Not a card
Wild Orchid Challenge #4 - Make it sparkle

This is a picture of my daughter in her Thomas the Tank Engine pyjamas.  It was taken a few years ago but when I showed the photo to her she said it was her favourite set of pyjamas.  She was wearing her fluffy, sparkly tiara so I used a pair of wings from a Dezinaworld coIlage sheet and put them behind my photo (which I had just made into a transparent GIF on photoshop, it takes longer than just cutting out the photo but I enjoy messing with computer software).  I used paper from a Papermania 12 x 12 card pad for the plain card and the pink patterned paper behind the photo was from Tinker and Co.  The flowers were made from an EK Success, Woodware and MS punches the small blue centre is a snowflake but I think it will pass as a small flower.  Another CAS LO for me.  I'm off to bed now as I can't keep my eyes open.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

ATC Swappers - August Swap

These are the ATCs I made for this months swap at ATC Swappers, which is SPORTING SUMMER.  If you want to enter the swap hop over to the blog and leave Paul a comment letting him know you want to swap some ATCs.  The ones I have received have been beautiful works of tiny art.  I am entering my August ATCs into

Just Inspirational Challenge Blog #8 - hobbies/entertainment/activities.

This week the sponsor is Lothian Crafts and the prize is a 'Flippin Bingo' stamp.  It is a lovely challenge and the DT do some beautiful work.  You really should hop over there and join in.  (I won challenge #7 and will hopefully be receiving my prize next week. It is the S.W.A.L.K 'little Princess' stamp.)
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I hope JIC don't mind the cat it was an extra decoupage ATC for someone who missed the animal antics swap.  For the Sport ATCs I used the PNG images from Bugaboo Stamps and added them to a background paper from Creative Cottage.  I coloured them with Promarkers & Copics.

At first I made ATCs with a footballer and a rally car on them but realised it was Summer Sport and even though football seems to be an all year thing I didn't want to enter it for a Summer challenge and every time I see rally car racing it seems to be raining and muddy (typical British Summer I hear you say) but once again I didn't think of it as being a Summer sport so I went with Gymnastics, fishing, baseball and golf.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, mine has already started as I am off work next week (doing a little dance now can you imagine it, it will give you nightmares if you can). HEEHEE.  Happy Crafting.  :-) xx