Thursday, August 30

Have You Heard?!!!!

I am thrilled to share with you today my (very) happy news....I am now officially a Penny Black Design Team Member!!!!

I cannot tell you how honoured (& slightly astonished) I am to be a part of this wonderful company!  I have always been a huge fan of their products & to be working alongside a Design Team of which I hold in such high esteem just leaves me speechless!!

I've even made myself a little congratulations card lol....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Puzzle Parts', 'Round and Round' & 'Social Butterfly'

Please pop over to the Penny Black Blog to see my introduction, there's even the opportunity to win some goodies if you leave a comment!!

Excuse the over-use of exclamation marks.....have a mentioned how excited I am? LOL  Have a great day everyone :) xxx

Wednesday, August 29

Thank You

The children are back to school next week so I'm spending as much time with them as possible (i.e. helping with their homework which has been left until the last minute lol) - this explains why it's been so quiet here on the blog....

 Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Letters & Flowers' & 'Enjoy' / Tools - EK Success Border Punch 'Scallop' / Other - Memento Dual Markers

Popping out to one of our favourite restaurants for lunch now - it's an 80 mile round trip but totally worth it!  Have a great day :) x

Edit: Linda - I selectively inked the image with a variety of colours using Memento Dual Markers :) x

Wednesday, August 22

Birthday Card

Just a simple birthday card to quickly share with you.....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Social Butterfly', 'Brick Wall', 'Breezy' & 'Round and Round'

Keeping it brief today, thanks for visiting :) x

Saturday, August 18

To The Happy Couple

Dean & I are attending an evening wedding reception later on today & here's the card I've made for the happy couple....

Supplies: Stamps - Penny Black 'Diamond Pattern' & 'Enjoy'; Waltzing Mouse 'Big Day Additions' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Linen & Canvas'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

I have two separate things that I can't wait to share with you all, I'm very nervous about both but also excited  :)

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, it's gloriously sunny here in the UK (for now!) x

Edit: Barbara - the inks I used are Papertrey Ink 'Aqua Mist' & Memento 'Love Letter' & 'Pistachio' :)

Sunday, August 12

Words Cannot Express

Here's a card I made for someone very special....


Another view to show the dimension....

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'The Sweet Life', 'Pretty Peonies' & 'Inside & Out Thank You' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Pretty Peonies' & 'The Sweet Life'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper' / Designer Paper - Papertrey Ink 'Holiday Flourishes & Swirls'

All of a sudden there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day, feels good to be busy though!  Off to the Olympic Park now - we're watching the Modern Pentathlon & the children are SO excited :) x

Saturday, August 11

You Light Up My Life

And I'm back with another card....

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'Lace Bouquet', 'Lighten Up' & 'Think Big Favourites #1' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Lighten Up'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

Happy Saturday, I hope you're having a great weekend :) x

Friday, August 10

Key To Happiness

I was going for my usual simplistic style but somehow this card has ended up looking a little bit busy (perhaps I should remove the padlock)....

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'Lock & Key' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Lock & Key'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Linen & Canvas'; EK Success Punch 'Large Heart'; Provocraft Embossing Folder 'Swiss Dots'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

I have learnt a few valuable lessons this year about what's really important in life, it's been both humbling & enlightening.

Have a fantastic weekend all, I'll be back tomorrow (with a better card lol) so please stop by if you have a spare moment :) x

Thursday, August 9

Thank You So Much

Just another thank you card - you can never have too many....or is that shoes?

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'Background Basics Text Style', 'Leaf Prints' & 'Mat Stack 5 Collection'; Hero Arts 'Truly Grateful' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Leaf Prints, 'Wine Bottle Tag' & Mat Stack 5'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Woodgrain'

After 2 & a half long years on the market, we have finally sold our house - 2012 started off as a pretty horrible year for us but now appears to be turning around quite nicely & I am so very (very) thankful for that :)

Have a great day, the weekend's not far off now x

Wednesday, August 8

A Little Birdie Told Me

Another card to share today & more to come - I wasn't joking when I said I wanted to use all my stamp sets before putting them on ebay!

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'Tweet Talk' / Designer Paper - Papertrey Ink Pattern Pack 'Dark Chocolate' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Tweet Talk'; My Favourite Things Die-namics 'Fresh Cut Grass' Spellbinders Edgeabilities 'Classic Scallop'; We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

I appreciate your visit today, it's always encouraging to know I'm not just talking to myself here lol x


Tuesday, August 7

Make Time For Friends

My take on the popular panel style card....

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'All About You'; Hero Arts 'Thank You For Being My Friend' 

Another variation....

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts 'All The Time'; Papertrey Ink 'Fancy Flourishes'

If you're feeling nosey you can see all the items I've now put on ebay here....the majority of these items were purchased only this year but I'm not one to hold onto things - it's a wonder I've been married so long lol

Thanks for looking :) x

Monday, August 6

And They Lived Happily Ever After

My brother's getting married in September & I'm secretly hoping they don't wait too long before making me an Aunty lol....


& in blue....

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'Bundle of Love', 'Inside & Out Baby' & 'Polka Dot Basics II' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Edgers #3'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Linen & Canvas'; My Favourite Things Die-Namics 'Vintage Cameo Frame' & 'Sentiment Strips'

I have a busy week ahead, Dean's taking charge of the children while my siblings & I concentrate on getting my new venture underway (yes, it is stamping related).

My ebay listings will be going live later on this evening so I'll be back to post a link.  Hope you have a good week :) x

Sunday, August 5

Wishing You Love & Laughter

I'm seeing a lot of Christmas cards out there in Blogland at the moment!

Supplies: Stamps - WPlus9 'Fair Isle Backgrounds'; Hero Arts 'Very Merry Christmas'; Papertrey Ink 'Bells & Boughs / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Bells & Boughs'; Spellbinder Edgeabilities 'Classic Petal'

I do hope we get a bit more sunshine here in the UK before Christmas comes around lol x

Saturday, August 4

Sending Smiles Across The Miles

This card took me forever (about an hour!).  I nearly gave up on it a few times but persevered, which is unlike me - if only you knew how many of my projects end up in the rubbish you'd be horrified at the waste!....

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink 'Up Up & Away' & 'Up Up & Away Sentiments' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Up Up & Away' & 'Tag Sale #5'; Papertrey Ink Impression Plate 'Linen & Canvas'; Memory Box Die 'Woven Circle'; Provocraft Embossing Folder 'Swiss Dots'; EK Success Circle Punch 1 1/2" / Designer Paper - Papertrey Ink 'Raspberry Fizz Pattern Pack'

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend wonderful peeps :) x

Friday, August 3

With Love

It appears I'm in the mood for Kraft at the moment....

Supplies: Stamps - Waltzingmouse 'Musical Backgrounds'; Hero Arts & Sizzix Stamp & Die Cut 'Butterflies #3' / Tools - We R Memory Keepers 'Corner Chomper'

I'm trying to use all the stamp sets I've purchased this year before selling them - would be a bit of a waste otherwise lol x

Thursday, August 2

Truly Grateful

I'm not sleeping very well at the moment, here's a card I made late last night....


Close up...

Supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts & Sizzix Stamp & Emboss 'Stripes & Frames'; Hero Arts 'Truly Appreciated'; Papertrey Ink 'Pretty Peonies' / Tools - Papertrey Ink Dies 'Pretty Peonies'

Have a great day everyone, we're taking the children swimming this morning :) x

Wednesday, August 1

100% Perfect

It was Jasmine's 5th birthday last week & here's the card I made for her....

Supplies: Stamps - Clearly Besotted Stamps 'Ballerina Jasmine'; Papertrey Ink 'Little Labels'; Unity Stamp Co. 'Absolutely Priceless' / Tools - Provocraft Embossing Folder 'Seeing Spots'; Spellbinder Nestabilities Dies 'Classic Ovals Large'; Spellbinder Edgeabilities Dies 'Classic Scallop'; WPlus9 Dies 'Timeless Tags' / Other - Copic Sketch Markers

Taking the children to a theme park today, it would appear they haven't had enough of them yet! x