Happy Birthday Critters!

Phew, Friday already?!? Where is time going? I’ll keep this short & sweet as the to do list isn’t diminishing and it is already 4:30 here in the UK…

I have a simple & sweet birthday card to share today. This is actually for my dad, but could be great for just about anyone, including kids. I think I’ll do a few more of these – love the colors & the simplicity.

This card is for the current Play Date Cafe challenge & CAS-ual Friday challenge. I never think to make coordinating envelopes and this was so simple & just makes the card, so thanks CAS-ual Friday for the inspiration!
Have a great weekend!
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Wee Memories Challenge – Birthdays & Parties

Hey everyone & happy Saturday!

I’m very happy its the weekend – it has been a crazy week! I managed a few minutes to get crafty though & I’m here to share my project for this week’s fun Wee Memories challenge – birthdays and parties. I don’t really have birthday parties, but with a little one on the way I have a feeling I will in the future. I hope I can find the time & energy to always make my own invites. Anywho, onto today’s project…


This week we’re joined by the fab sponsor Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker who will generously be giving a Paper Pack to the winner! Check out their website for a sneak peak of all their goodies. You have until next Friday, November 18th to play along – hope you have time to get crafty! Don’t forget to check out all the incredible inspiration over at the Wee Memories blog, courtesy of the DT too!
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Wee Memories Challenge – Brads, Buttons or Bows

Hello blog friends!

I feel like it has been ages since I stopped in for a visit. Between moving house, being pregnant & trying to get a UK driver’s license, life is absolutely crazy. I have now set up my craft room though and its a real treat to create in my new space (even though I’ve only had about 20 minutes in there so far!). Its a small room, but its all mine and the mess isn’t offending anyone ;-)

 

I’m excited to be back in the swing of things sharing a card for the new Wee Memories challenge – an especially fun one – brads, buttons or bow. I love all of these things so this was easy-peasy for me :-) I chose to use a bow, but struggle to leave a bow without a button…

I’ve made a similar card in the past, but wanted to try to use some non-girly papers on this otherwise very feminine card and I think it turned out well! I never use this Cosmo Cricket Social Club paper & I definitely think I should break it out more often.

Our fab sponsor this week is Jay Gee’s Nook, who are generously offering a $20 gift certificate to the winner. Make sure to check out the store – it is full of paper crafty goodness. And don’t forget to visit all the DT blogs for a good dose of inspiration!

Hope to be back again soon sharing more projects!

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Wee Memories Challenge & Blog Hop!

Hello blog friends! It has been awhile since I’ve been here – sorry for the absence! I have been suffering with some serious pregnancy-related pelvis issues and the couch has been my bf over the last 2 weeks…on top of that we’re moving and life is just crazy! But, I digress…

Today I’m here with a new Wee Memories challenge & blog hop. The challenge this week is to use your favorite style – no problem, right?! We’re also celebrating World Card Making Day. We’re grateful to be joined by our fab sponsor Unity Stamp Co, offering a free stamp set to the winner!

I love CAS cards, paper-piecing, glossy accents, sewing & plain old stamping, so here is a card with all that!

You should have arrived here from Laurel Seabrook’s lovely blog and your next stop is the talented Stephanie. Don’t forget to check out our October guest desinger, Piali, who is sure to inspire on this crafty day! And, if you get lost along the way during the hop, head back to the Wee Memories blog for the complete list.

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you can get crafty on this very special day!

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Wee Memories Challenge & a blog hop!

Hi everyone!

Hope your weekend is off to a good start. Today is a special day for me – my first post as part of  the Wee Memories Design Team! Yay! For this week’s challenge the theme is Masculine Creations – something I know can be very difficult (but rewarding!). The sponsor this week is Graphic 45, who are generously giving paper & stamps to the winner.

For this card I used some of my favorite October Afternoon paper from Thrift Shop, which has a very masculine feel. The paper, along with dark neutrals and a simple block font, makes this a card I would happily give to a guy for their special day.

As a special treat, the Wee Memories DT is hosting a blog hop, so you should have come to me by way of Laurel’s gorgeous blog. Your next stop is the lovely Stephanie’s blog! If you lose your way, head back to the Wee Memories blog to see the list!

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Set Sail!

Happy Wednesday! Hope everyones weeks are going well. I just got back to London from a short trip to Texas for my bestfriend’s wedding. A long way to go for a weekend, but it was worth it! I also managed to stock up on some new goodies whilst back in the states and couldn’t wait to ink up some new stamps last night – especially Wilson Design’s Nauti-Cool.

I did this for a friend to give to her hubby for his birthday – thought the theme & colors were perfect for a guy. I have seen similar designs in blogland with this set and couldn’t wait to try something similar (with my own spin!).

This card is for the current challenge at Off The Wall Craftiness and the sketch is based on the design at CPS. This is also for the Simon Says Stamp – for a male challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Happy Monday!

Hope everyone’s weeks are off to a good start. I’m sort of having ‘one of those days’, but hoping to squeeze in a wee bit of crafty time tonight to end it on the right foot ;-)

I’m sharing a very cheerful little card today for the new Cupcake Craft Challenge & there is so much fun stuff going on over there this week. First, the challenge is ‘In the Garden’ – how great is that? The options are endless…I had so much fun with all this bright felt.

Also, this week we’re lucky to be joined by our newest cupcake, Jane, and to celebrate The Ribbon Girl is offering a gorgeous stash of Baker’s Twine (I’m in love with this stuff!). To be eligible for this great prize, head over to Jane’s blog and leave her some love. The winner will be chosen randomly from this blog entry.

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A labour of love!

So, thanks to the great challenge over at Lawnscapings to create your own patterned paper with stamps, there have been lots of great videos floating around the blogosphere to  show different ideas (for example, Kelly’s & Mary’s).

For a long time I’ve wanted the American Crafts City Park papers – especially the balloon one. But, alas, I don’t have it. Thanks to some great inspiration, I decided to make my own balloon paper. Now, if anyone has this particular PTI stamp set, they’ll know the balloon & balloon basket are separate stamps…this sheet of paper took me a looong time!!

And here is the first card I’ve made using the patterned paper. I accented some of the red balloons with glitter, but its hard to see in the pictures. The bird and banner are both embossed with clear embossing powder and adhered to the card with foam adhesive.

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This card is for the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in Moxie Fab World and the sketch is based on the current sketch over at the Waltzingmouse blog.
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Happy Wishes

Happy Sunday everyone. It is a gorgeous sunny day in London!


Made this cheerful balloon card for my friend’s birthday – hope it brings her some cheerfulness. Balloons are very cheerful to me.


The green hills are inpsired by a card I saw over at the talented Laurie’s blog – ο»ΏI love how she used the Papertrey Ink embossing folder for her rolling hills. She is super creative and clever!

This card is for the In My Beautiful Balloon Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. The card colors are inspired by the current Totally Hues challenge at Heather’s blog & this is definitely a springy card, so its also going into the current Springing into Spring challenge at Passion for Papetrey. I used heat embossing for the Papertrey Ink Make it Mondays challenge.


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Cheerful cards for a sunny day!

Hey blog friends! TGIF! It is a beautiful day here in London, so don’t spend too much time staring at your computer ;-)

A pretty long post today – I managed to get a few cards done for some challenges finishing today, so wanted to sneak them all in under the deadline.

First up – a card for a little boy turning 2 soon. I never make cards for little ones (besides baby cards!) so this was a fun change to pace. The sketch is for the challenge over at Skipping Stones Design and the because it is colorful, it is also going in for Wee Memories Color Challenge.

Next up, a sweet little baby girl card using the colors from the Off the Wall Craftiness challenge and the sketch over at Card Patterns. As usual, using my new Lawn Fawn Plus One set – it is getting an unfair amount of inky time compared to some other stamps in my collection ;-)ο»Ώ Its hard to see in the picture, but the banner strip is stamped with the new Papertrey Ink Gingham background and its super sweet!

 Last up, a birthday card for my friends father-in-law. I struggle with masculine cards and am always inclined to keep them very clean & simple. Not sure about this one though – it is looking a little too simple for me right now, but can’t put my finger on what it needs! Suggestions welcome! I used the stapled twine element from the card by Angie Hagist on the CPS blog – thought it was perfect for a guy!This card is for the CPS challenge & CR84FN Color Challenge.

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Card details:
Look Who’s 2!
Cardstock: light yellow, gray (Bazzill), Pure Poppy, white (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Dooblebug Designs
Stamps: Stars from Bitty Backgrounds, letters from Jessie’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Cardinal (Versacolor), Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: chipboard animal (Cosmo Cricket), brads (Making Memories)

It’s a Girl
Cardstock: pink, yellow (Bazzill), aqua mist (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned paper: Yellow Distressed Dots (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: mobile from Plus One, sentiment from Sophie’s Sentiments, banner from Bannerific (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Copic markers, glitter (Martha Stewart), Glossy Accents, Ribbon & button (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery)

Banner Birthday
Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Origins (Basic Grey)
Stamps: sentiment from CL371 (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: double-ended banner die (Papertrey Ink), twine (The Twinery), Tiny Attacher (Ranger), sewing machine

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