Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Tuesday treats from Pollycraft!

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday. Paula has been busy again and has some lovely sentiment freebies on her blog today.
They go perfectly with some of the new images released yesterday!

You can check out all the new releases here!

Monday, 29 August 2011

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Use Felt and winner of Casper image.

Good morning Everyone! It is Monday already which means it is time for a brand new Pollycraft Challenge. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and I hope those of you having an extra day off today for the Bank Holiday have a great day. This week, it is my turn to pick the theme. I love adding lots of texture on my cards with sewing, buttons and ribbons and also felt so my theme is....Felt!
I have used my die cutter to cut a felt scalloped border and a felt start to add to my card. The little cutie is one of the new Swings and slides images which are being released today at Pollycraft. Isn't he adorable!!
I have coloured him in with my Promarkers to match the bright and colourful Echo Park Little Boy papers which have been lurking in my stash for ages!

I matted the papers onto kraft card and stamped a mini sentiment onto a banner which was die cut from kraft and added to a star topped with one of my favourite Ribbon Girl Buttons.

Here is a close up of the image. I used a new to me colour combo on his jeans to try and match him in to the backing papers. Love that little cuddly monster he is clutching! So adorable! Make sure you check out all the rest of the releases here.
I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge. Our Sponsor this week is the Crimson Cloud who are offering 3 packs of Die cuts if you are our winner.

Before I go, I have to announce the winner of the Casper Silvermist image from last week's Pollycraft Blog hop. Thank you so much to all of you who visited me and left me comments. The winner picked by random.org is...
Charmayne FB said...

I just love the way you have used Casper. What a cool card for a teenage boy or a student!

Can you please contact me on milliesmarvels.blogspot.com and I will send your image to you.
Have a great Monday!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Whiff of Joy DT - New Fall kit stamps preview

Hi Everyone! This is a late post for me! I have been busy this weekend going out and about and also having a sort through my Craft stash and having a good clear out. I can now get to my desk and can craft on it instead of having to work on the dining room table which is a massive improvement!Link
I have a tag to show you today which I made using one of the stamps which is part of the Whiff of Joy Fall stamp kit. Individua stamps from the kit will be available to buy from the 1st of September.

I have made a tag to play along with this fortnight's theme on the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog and created a little scene for the adorable Mermaid to sit in using Echo Park papers. I added a sentiment sticker and then sewed around the edges of the tag before adding the Mermain which I had coloured with Promarkers. I tucked a flower and some fancy ribbon trim behind the rock and added a stick on pearl to the rock.
I tied a charm onto the tag and finished with more ribbon tied through the tag which I topped with a button.
Make sure you check out my fellow Whiff of Joy teamies blog for more inspiration using the new images! Links to their blogs are in my sidebar. Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday Weekend!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

CES Challenge - Pink, Brown and Aqua

Good Morning Everyone, I am so happy the weekend has arrived! Last week was a long one and I felt terrible yesterday but am feeling a lot better today ready to enjoy the long weekend!
I am really excited as this week it is my turn to choose the Challenge theme for the CES Challenge blog.
I love colour Challenges so I have chosen one of my favourite combinations as my theme. This week I would like you to make projects using Pink, Brown and Aqua!

I have used papers fron several stack available from Crafty Emma's Store. Emma has some gorgeous papers in stock, please check out her selection here.

The image I have used will be released on Monday at Pollycraft. The DT girls have bee showcasing the new stamps in our hop. There is still time to take part and win some of the new digis you can find all the details on my post here.
I hope you will be able to join us for our Challenge this week for the chance to win a £10.00 voucher from Crafty Emma's Store.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Pollycraft Blog hop - Introducing....Casper Silvermist!

Good Morning, it's an exciting day for us today at Pollycraft as we are celebrating the next release with a blog hop!
Paula has been a busy little bee drawing away and has created some wonderful new images that you are going to love! There are some more Swings and Slides images, some new Luna Bitterfrost girls that are fabulous and a new addition to the Pollycraft family who is making an appearance on my card today! Casper Silvermist is 'Too Cool for School' and he looks bang on trend in this image with his funky bag and shoes! I have used lots of Echo Park papers from various new pads I bought recently and a Hero Arts sentiment. I have had the star embellishments for ages and can't remember where I bought them.

My Pollycraft teamies have all been very busy playing with the new images and are showcasing them on their blogs for the hop which starts today and lasts until the 28th of August. The hop starts on Paula's blog and if you have arrived here from the lovely Sheena you are in the right place. If not you can go back to Cazza where the hop starts to find your way again. If you are taking part in the hop, please display the logo which is in my sidebar on your blog to be eligible for prizes.
There are lots of Pollycraft goodies to be won this week, Paula (the last stop on the hop) has the following prizes up for grabs:

1st Prize ALL of the new release images
2nd prize the 6 Luna images
3rd prize the new swings and slides images
4th prize the 2 Casper images

Most of the DT are also offering a prize on their blog too, I am offering the Casper image I have used on my card to one lucky commenter on this post.

Right, I think I have told you everything....the next stop on the hop is Kylie.
Enjoy the rest of the hop and good luck!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Pollycraft Monday Challenge -Autumn colours

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I spent most of mine crafting! Heaven! It is Monday which means it is time for another Pollycraft Monday Challenge. This week the lovely Sheenas has chosen our theme and she has gone with AUTUMN COLOURS so we want to see reds, oranges, browns, etc in your creations. Ihave made a card using the adorable Swings and Slides 'Little Sprout'. She is such a little cutie!
I have used papers from a few different manufacturers and pads to get the right mix of Autumn colours.

I followed the great sketch from this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge which was lots of fun with the 'wonky' layers. I added a bow and a couple of little flowers as extras.

I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge. This week we are delighted to be sponsored by

who are offering the lucky winner £10 voucher to spend. Make sure you check out the Challenge blog for all the details and some wonderful inspiration from the DT.
Have a great Monday!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

An Exploding Scrapbook tutorial on the Whiff of Joy blog

Good Afternoon Everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. I have been busy crafting today and have been making an exploding Scrapb0ok ready to fill with memories from my holiday.

Here is the inside of my album ready for some photos and journalling. I also added little pockets for memorabilia.
I love the new Henry stamps, he looks so adorable all dressed up and ready for an Adventure!

You can see the full tutorial here on the Whiff of Joy Inspirations blog.


Saturday, 20 August 2011

Whiff of Joy for the CES Banners and Flags Challenge

Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are well. I promised you some more Whiff of Joy Henry projects in my post yesterday and here is a card I maede for the latest Crafty Emma's store Challenge. The theme this week is

''Bunting, Banners or flags''

I have made a card using Whiff of Joy's Henry 'Which Direction?' and My Mind's Eye Rosy papers for my card which are available here at Crafty Emma's Store.

I coloured Henry with my Promarkers and cut him out with a Spellbinders and left the image in the die while I inked the edges. I love this effect! I then matted the image onto a larger circle and sewed around the edges, very carefully as I haven't done this for a while. I covered a bit that went a bit wrong with a felt star from my stash!
The papers were sewed too and I stamped a sentiment from the Adventure awaits sentiments set in the bottom right corner of the card. I cut a banner from Kraft using die and recut from patterned paper cutting out the flags and layering up the shapes. I added some pearls and a stunning green ribbon from the Ribbon Girl as a finishing touch it matches the papers perfectly!
I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge for the chance to win a voucher to spend in Crafty Emma's Store. Make sure you check out the Challenge blog for all the details and lots of fab inspiration from the DT. Have a great Saturday! I am having lots of fun today crafting :-)

Friday, 19 August 2011

Whiff of Joy DT - Looking for Adventures

Morning Everyone!I hope you are all well. I apologise for the absence of posts this week, I have been struggling to find time to craft this since we came back from our holiday and my Mojo seems to have taken a bit of a battering so I am slowly getting back into things. There was a fabulous release from Whiff of Joy when I was away and I last night I had a play with some of the stamps and dies.

I have made a card using Henry Looking for Adventures which is available here from Whiff of Joy. I had lots of fun colouring the image in bright colours to match the gorgeous Country Drive Echo Park papers which you can buy here from Crafty Emma's Store. I thought the green paper looked a little bit like tyre tracks, I have used a sentiment from the new set pictured below on the green panel which is available to buy here.

Adventure Awaits - 14 stamps

I have used the brand new picket fence die which I adore to cut a fence from Kraft which I added over the join in the two patterned papers which I then wrapped with some turquoise ribbon. I then finished with a tab and a spotty Ribbon girl button. I have a few more Henry the Mouseprojects to share with you this weekend.
Have a great Friday!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Distressing

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend. I am slowly getting back to our normal routine after our holiday and have nearly finished all the washing! I had a little bit of crafting time at the weekend and made some Design Team cards and did some work on my commissions, just need to put the steps copy together before sending them off then I will be free to have a play! The theme for this week's Pollycraft Challenge chosen by the lovely Maria is .... Distressing. I don't do much distressing on my cards normally so it was great to do something a bit different this week. For my card, I used some My Mind's Eye papers from two different pads and some spotty paper which was in my scraps box.

I distressed the papers with my distressing tool and distress ink and I used this week's fabulous sketch from Sunday Sketch and stamp after spotting it on the very talented Donna's blog I just had to use it!

The sentiment is by Hero Arts and I used a Sonny Honeycloud image called 'My Way' I have never used before and printed her on textured card and coloured her in with Promarkers. I added some flowers from my stash and some string and a couple of little pearls. I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge, you could choose 10 Digis from the Pollycraft Shop if you are this weeks lucky winner!

Make sure you check out the Challenge blog for all the details and some fabulous inspiration from the Design Team! Have a great Monday!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

CES Challenge - mix and match

Hi Everyone, I am so late with my card for this week's CES challenge! I suppose it is better late than never! This week's Challenge theme has been chosen by the lovely Julie and the theme this week is Mix and Match. We want to see your creations using papers from at least two different manufacturers. I have chosen 2 of my new paper pads to use which arrived while I was away on my holidays and a new stamp I ordered before I went.

The yellow spotty paper I used is from the My Mind's Eye Rosy pad which is available here from Crafty Emma's store, the grey and yellow papers are from the Authentique Blissful pad which is available here.

I layered the paper up onto a scalloped edge card blank and added stitching and then stamped one of the new Simply Sassy images called Team Spirit and coloured her in in shades to match the papers. I made some pom poms from Baker's twine and stuck them on the image with my glue gun. I cut the image out with some of the new Xcut dies. I love them as the ovals and rectangles are a great size for stamped images, I find my nesties are sometimes a bit small. I added a die cut label stamped with a mini sentiment and 2 crochet flowers I bought on holiday.
I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge for the chance to win a voucher for Crafty Emma's store.

Make sure you check out the Challenge blog for lots of inspiration from the DT. Have a fab weekend!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Whiff of Joy Challenge - Buttons and bows

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all well. I am very well and totally relaxed as we came home yesterday from 10 days in the gorgeous sunshine in Spain. Thanks so much for all the comments you left on my scheduled posts. I have been reading them all today and working on some Magazine commissions. I am not back at work until next week so I will be spending quite a bit of time crafting!

My Whiff of Joy DT project this week is a card for the Whiff of Joy Challenge. This fortnight the theme is 'Buttons and Bows'. I have used some seam binding to create a bow on my card which I topped with one of my favourite buttons from the Ribbon Girl. The lace and pin are also from The Ribbon Girl.
I used one of my favourite new baby images from Whiff of Joy which is available here and a sentiment from this set. The rose paper is a new sheet but I cannot remember where I bought it and the other papers were scraps from my folder and I used flowers and doily from my stash. Make sure you check out the Whiff of Joy blog for lots of inspiration from the DT. The girls are also having a DT call and I have decided to apply so wish me luck! It's so great to be back crafting and blogging, I really enjoyed my break but it is wonderful to be back!
Have a great evening!

Monday, 8 August 2011

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Recycle

Morning! I hope you had a lovely weekend. We have a fabulous challenge theme for you this week on the Pollycraft Challenge blog which has been set by the lovely Emma. The theme this week is 'Recycle', we would like to see something Recycled on your projects this week it's a great way to add to your stash without spending any money!

I have used my favourite digi stamp hunk Maurice on my card and coloured him with Promarkers to match the book cover I cut the panel from which he is resting on. I recycled some notebook paper which I punched and some corrugated cardboard packaging on this card which I layered up with my Echo Park papers.
I also added a popper which I had saved from a top when it fell off and a little bow from my stash.
I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge for the chance to win a £10.00 voucher from My Mum's Craft shop.
Make sure you check out the Challenge blog for all the details and some fabulous inspiration from the DT!
Have a great Monday!