Monday 27 January 2014

Queen of my Heart

I am entering this card in todays Splitcoaststampers CAS challenge,  it is a color challenge, using reds and light browns.  I have used the CHESS SET digi image by Hambo Stamps. I stamped the Queen again and raised it up with foam pads, then added a little heart to it.

Wednesday 22 January 2014


The Hambo Hoedown is on week two of the "love" challenge, the mushy, loved up, kissy kissy, romantic kinda love, not the parent/child, or grandchild kind of love... even tho I could kissy kiss my little Jack all day!! (not seen him for 11 days so am gettin bad withdrawal symptoms..sniff sniff). So...back to the card... I am glad it is a love theme because it has given me the opportunity to make Pete's valentines card way early, instead of the usual night before rush job...hee hee. I have used the fabulous THIEF OF HEARTS digi image and the very versatile SKYLINE rubber stamp. 

Tuesday 21 January 2014

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon"

 It is a beautiful wintery, cold but sunny day here in Yorkshire, England, crisp and it.!! enough of the weather update!!... I am here to tell you about my latest card, inspired by the 1973 hit record "Tie a yellow ribbon round the ole oak tree", a hit for Dawn, featuring Tony Orlando. I actually made this card a while ago using the TREES digi image with the lyrics of the song as a background, but didn't know if I was infringing any copyright laws or something like that, so I altered it, in hindsight..(a wonderful thing!!) I would have kept the lyrics background and softened it with some watered down white acrylic paint to make it less obvious.

The origin of the idea of a yellow ribbon as remembrance may have been the 19th century practice that some women allegedly had of wearing a yellow ribbon in their hair to signify their devotion to a husband serving in the U.S. cavalry, so the symbol of a yellow ribbon became widely known as a reminder that an absent loved one, either in the military or in jail would be welcomed home on their return. So I am dedicating this card to Deborah who has found that her husband is due home from the Army after a years absence. 

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Great Chemistry!!

Today starts a new challenge at the Hambo Hoedown, the challenge is to create a project with a love theme, sentiments or images that show love, thinking more romantic love than child/parent love. I have chosen to use my absolute favorite image.... MAD SCIENTIST. originally he is holding a brain in his hand, but I cut that off and replaced it with another Hambo image...TEST TUBES. I have so much fun thinking how I can use the images in a different way, and I already have other ideas of what I can have the mad scientist holding in his hand, he is soooo versatile, I just love his crazy looking face.

Hope to see you joining in the fun of the Hambo Hoedown with all your love themed cards :)

Wednesday 8 January 2014

High there!!!

My... how the weeks roll by so quickly!!! am I sounding old!! lol.. well I am a Grandma now you know! but more of an update of my chunky little man after I show you another card that I have made for the ongoing Hambo Hoedown challenge, which is to have animals on your project. This week I have used the BIG GIRAFFE image, isn't he such a cutie!! There are plenty of fabulous animal images over at Hambo Stamps, so grab yourself one, join in the fun of the hoedown, and be in the running for prizes.

Now for an update of my favorite litttle man!! my oh my how he is growing, my name for him is chubs!!! and he loves snuggling up to Granny's boobs!!

Oooooohhh I could just eat him up!!!

Monday 6 January 2014

TLC463 & CAS254

I love my Monday mornings because I can look on the Splitcoaststampers site and see what todays challenges are all about, there are two categories on a Monday, "Try a New Technique" and "Clean and Simple", I like them both!!! but todays challenges gave me the opportunity to combine both of them together. The TLC463 challenge was to make a circle flower with 6 little circles, fold the edges, similar to a kite shape, then arrange them in a circle. The CAS254 challenge is to use snowflakes on your project, so..... I stamped snowflakes on some card, cut out 6 circles, made my circle flower, added a die cut snowflake in the centre then added the SNOWFLAKE rubber stamp from Hambo Stamps in the centre of the die cut.  WOW!!! I really have started my Christmas cards early this year!!

Somebody wake me up!!!

I found out a while ago that I was chosen to be on the design team for  Craft Stamper magazine!!! It is only the UKs number one stamping mag!!! lil old me!!! somebody wake me up cos I must be dreaming!! I mean.... have you seen the amazing talent that contribute to this mag!!!! absolutely awesome designers, amazing work, such creativity, I bow down in awe at their work.
One of my cards is featured in this months February issue under the Ready Set Stamp section, to make a card that can be completed in roughly 20 to 30 minutes. Here is a sneek preview of my card..

I feel so excited and so proud to be chosen to join this team, it is such an honour. follow me and check back to see my next work.....eeeeeeekkk. :)

Saturday 4 January 2014

Portrait of Jack

 This weeks hoedown challenge theme is all about "Animals", create a project with animals included, I adore cows, sheep, and especially pigs....(not in real life, but cute little images!!), and they don't come cuter than each and every one of the Hambo pigs, so today I have used the ARTIST PIG digital image, and the easel from the PAINTER digital image.

After printing off my images, coloring them, and cutting them out, I created my own background with acrylic paints and a bit of drywall tape, I cut out a photo of my grandson Jack after altering it in paper artist, then stuck it to the easel, trying to make it look like the piggys painting, isn't he just the cutest thing ever!!

Wednesday 1 January 2014

Just Pigcause!!

Firstly...Happy New Year to you all !! secondly... it is a new challenge at the Hambo Hoedown, and this week the challenge is to use animals on your project. The design team have all chose a different Hambo Stamps piggy images to play with to show just how cute they really are. I chose the SWEETHEART PIG rubber stamp, along with the "just pigcause" sentiment from the floating pig clear stamp set, and the "I love you" from part of the mower love rubber stamp. So join us in this fun animal inspired challenge, there are prizes up for grabs!!

Have you all made your NY resolutions?? I haven't!! why bother....sigh!!