Friday, 31 August 2012


Yaaaaay!!!!! how fantastic, I won best in show for last weeks Hambohoedown challenge with my lighthouse card, I am really addicted to these challenges, when you win it gives you such a high,  and Hambo Stamps give you an incentive by giving you the next digi image for free if you participate in their challenges. This week its all about Wee Henry Karate image and the challenge is to use torn paper on your project, the image made me smile because my partner is a 5th Dan in Karate and he has just about as much hair as Wee Henry LOL.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

PS picture perfect challenge

This week over at Paper Smooches it is a picture perfect challenge, this is the photo for the inspiration, I looked through my DP and saw this paper that kinda reminds me of the colors in the sofa. I stamped the hexagons from the geographic set onto my card, then onto my paper and then cut the hexagons out individually adding a couple of red ones on the top and bottom sections, then added the cute vaccuum from the squeaky clean set.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Another Hambohoedown79 card

I have still been playing with the woodgrain card that I used for my last  Hambo Stamps lighthouse challenge and I came up with this little creation, I cut out the frame with spellbinders dies, cut the corners, inked round the edges and then put it back together. I coloured the lighthouse with derwent pencils and then used a bit of thinner (I think it is like your gamsol magic in america) to soften the pencil line.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Paper Smooches Cool Shades Challenge

WOW I am absolutely on cloud nine, and feel proud as a peacock, because my peacock feather card was ShowCASed on the Less Is More fur and Feather challenge, I feel so humbled after being chosen from the huge amount of entries on these challenges and always totally admire other peoples creations on these sites. Over at Paper Smooches it is a cool shades challenge, paper smooches stamps have a way of making your cards look really cool, clean and simple, I just love them.

Thursday, 23 August 2012


O.M.Geeeeee yesterday I won last weeks hambo Stamps snake challenge, Yayyyyyyyy, what a lovely birthday surprise for me. This weeks Hambo Stamps challenge is to use the lighthouse image, or any other hambo stamps image and create a project that features woodgrain. Well I have got some woodgrain card that I have never used and would suit this challenge, so I used the cute boat and sailor image along with the lighthouse, I paper pieced his little boat with the woodgrain card and made a circle frame with it also, inking the edges up with some brown ink to fetch out the raised grain effect in the card.

Friday, 17 August 2012

I Dig You

It always amazes me how sometimes an idea for a card comes in a flash and at other times it hurts my brain, CAS cards usually do the latter to me!!!!!  This weeks challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is to create a project featuring something you might see in or at the ocean. I thought of the usual, fish, octopus, etc, but then I remembered I have this cute little spade image from Whimsie Doodles, I added a bit of sand (yes the real thing all the way from Spain), I added the clouds, took them off, added them, took them off, added, off, added, off......... lol. after doing that for about fifty times I decided to keep them on, who knew clouds could be such a pain!!!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012


The challenge over at Hambo Stamps this week is to use "Rattler" or any other Hambo image, digi or rubber, and create a project that features a knot. Well, a snake image definitely calls for snakeskin paper to be used, so I covered this little gift bag with some snakeskin paper I have in my huge stash, and after coloring the image with promarkers, I tied a knot with red ribbon round his rattle.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Paper Smooches

WoWeeeeeeeeeee what a great couple of days I have had, firstly my "cheeses" card got favorited by LilyLynn over at Splitcoaststampers, then my peacock feather card has had some lovely comments left (even tho I forgot it was a one layer card challenge and went and put a layer on it, Oops, so it will most likely be disqualified) Then....... and best of all, I WON LAST WEEKS PAPER SMOOCHES TREND WATCH CHALLENGE, I feel on top of the world, I mean..... Paper Smooches!!!!! wow, only my favorite images at the moment, although I wish they would go digi cos they are really hard to get here in the UK, and I only have three sets so am limited, but with the $30 I just won, I can get some more, yippeeeee.
So on to this weeks Paper Smooches challenge, It is a designer drafts challenge that looks like this. Straight away I saw a crescent moon, so I went with that theme, then tried to make it look like the little astronaut was saving himself from falling with the broom.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Peacock feather

How wonderful it is to be off work for two weeks, apart from the odd bit of housework, I have spent the whole first week in my craftroom, (yes I am very fortunate to have a room to myself instead of having all my craft things dotted around the house like I used to in my other home) ahhh luxury. I have started to stick to my first thought when deciding how to do a card, or else I can analyse to death for ages and that is so much hard work, anyway, when less is more announced that this weeks challenge was fur or feathers, I immediately thought of a peacock, so voila. I am also entering this card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week which is square cards, these clean and simple challenges are really helping me as they are not usually my thing, but I totally admire people like Debby Hughes of Limedoodle and Lisa Lara of Lisa's Life Lines, their work is always inspiring.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


As soon as I got this "cheeses" digi image from Hambo Stamps I knew that I wanted to put holes in the card, I must admit that at first I thought, " cheeses !!!!! on a card!!!!!" but I absolutely love how this turned out. The challenge (as it is the Olympics) was to take two (or more) of the olympic ring colours,  red, black, blue, green and yellow, I chose red and yellow, I made the little label with a jewellery pin I had and stuck it in the centre of the cheese, Inside it says "SOME things!"  lol.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

On Cloud Nine

Oooooooohhh CAS-ual Fridays challenges always stretch my brain, I suppose it is because my favorite kind of cards to do at the moment are easel cards embellished with paper flowers, so it is hard for me to make a statement with not much on the card, even tho I absolutely love CAS cards, and when I see other peoples creations they never cease to amaze me. Anyway, this weeks challenge is to do a project featuring things you would see in the sky. I am also entering this card in a challenge over at Less is More, where this week it is a blue and green challenge, I have just discovered this site and I am sure I will be visiting it regularly.

Paper Smooches "trend watch challenge"

Hiya all, this week over at Paper Smooches it is a trend watch challenge with this image as the inspiration

so I couldn't wait to get out my absolute favorite paper smooches image, the professor from the smarty pants image, and the planets from the space cadet set, soooooooo cute.

Friday, 3 August 2012


This week Hambo Stamps have given us free (if you played the challenge last week) is this cute little octopus to play with, it is a tic tac toe challenge and I have chosen orange for the octopus, shimmer and sparkle for the sea, created with stickles, ( it is sparklier in real life than this bad photo) and the hardest of all to think of was the buttons, so I made a bow tie and a bow for the girl octopus with a button in the centre, but what I like the most is the gorgeous little fish popping out of the water with the saying "inking of you". Phew, took some thinking of this week.