Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top Tip Tuesday....an easy one for you this week

Hi there, this week at TTT we have a open challenge which is nice and easy for everyone and great at this time of year when we are all so busy, so no excuses for not entering. 
My DT card this week as you can see is a Christmas card and I have used a fab image from Whimsy Designs called Warm Winter Wishes. It's so easy to colour and I think it's really cute. I used the snowflake CB folder for the background and mounted the image onto circle Nesties. the ribbon is from Wild Orchid Crafts and the sentiment is Forever Friends.The snowflake was cut on my Robo.
At the moment I'm snowed in, it's been snowing here since Friday and we have over 12inches.  I'll have to get my winter woollies and boots looked out as I'm walking to work. Brrrrrr!!
 Don't know if I'll make it but I'll have a go.
Keep warm

Monday, November 29, 2010

LOTV James bear with presents...

Hi all, just a quick post tonight before I'm off to bed. Work in the morning and looks like I'll have to trudge through the snow as we can't get the car up the hill. We now have way over 12 inches and it's still falling. I've not seen this much snow since I was little. My Son came through from Dunfermline on Sat morning and has been here since. He can't get back through .

So on to my card I made this for an order for my friend in work.
I have used James bear from LOTV, he's so cute and coloured him with copics. Papers are from a stack I bought in TK Max. Poinsettias are Mariane Creatables, Ribbon from my stash. After I took the photo I realised I hadn't put the charm on....Ooops. It's on now but I never had time to photograph it again. I added a little candy cane charm just under the bow.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Hi there! , hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. The snow finally hit us here overnight and we have it now about 4inches thick. I love the snow but it's no use trying to travel about in it, we can't get the car up the hill as the Gritter has not been coming down our street at all this time. Looks as if they are concentrating on the main roads, which is fine but how can you get on to the main roads if you can't get up the hill?????? Mmmmm!!
Anyway here is my card for you today, I made this one for an order.
 Here is the recipe

Paper...... free from Bearly Mine Designs Donna has some really stunning digi papers.
Snowflake border......Martha Stewart punch
Kanban Christmas topper
Christmas tree charm....The Works
Poinsettia.. Mariane creatables
Ribbon from stash
Oval nesties
Sentiment free from Pollycraft
I would like to enter this card in...
ABC...I is for Ice and Snow
Simon Says Stamp....Let it Snow
Thanks for popping in 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Something a little different....

Hi there, as I was just sitting here sipping my glass of wine I decided to share my Wine Glass Charms with you.
I made loads of these a few years back when I had the family over for a New Year Party. As I have loads of female relatives who are partial to the odd glass of Vino..... I decided it would be nice to make some wine charms to identify each of the glasses. You know what it's like at a party ....you put your glass down go off to chat to someone and then can't find your own glass among all the others on the table so the charm helps you find your particular glass.

They are so easy to make... here's the recipe...

Take a piece of craft wire any colour approx 3cm long...make a small loop at one end, thread your chosen colour of beads on to the wire and make another small loop to close. Make a coil of wire big enough to go around the stem of the glass, I coiled it three times to make it secure and thread your charm on to it.
Try and make each one unique so that your guest knows their glass. Imade mine very simple but you could add a little butterfly, heart, strawberry, fairy charm etc to make them really fancy. They look really lovely and festive and everyone knows their own glass and they are so much fun to make.

Please remove before placing the glass in the dishwasher.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Good morning all, over at Charisma this week the challenge is
I don't know about you but I love making girly cards you can go crazy with flowers and embelishment, so lets see all your fab projects again this week.
Remember it's your choice what you make as long as it follows the challenge. We have some fabulous prizes up for grabs again from our regular and also new sponsors.
Our very talented DT have come up with some fabulous creations for your inspiration so why not pop over and see them and the great prizes too.
Looking forward to seeing all your Girly cards this week.
Thanks for popping in.

Oooops!! forgot to add the details of my DT card this is what I used
Image....LOTV Rosie Posie
Circle and Oval Nesties
Joy Crafts butterflies die cut set (there's also a smaller one inside the card)
Marianne Creatables swirl
Nellies Choice small branch punch
Wild Orchid flowers and Ribbon
Pearls from The Hobby House
Papers ... Bearly Mine download Shabby Vintage 1 (gorgeous papers)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Carly's fab Candy

Just a quick mention to let you all know that Carly has fabulous Candy up for grabs and there are two....yes two lots. So get on over there and enter, It ends on Christmas Eve 9pm London time. Good luck everyone.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

TOP TIP TUESDAY use more than one layer and a fab paper piecing tutorial...

Hi there, this week over a TTT the lovely Anne has a fab tutorial on Paper Piecing and the challenge is to use more than one layer on your project. I don't know about you but I have only done this once and I really enjoyed it and loved the finished effect it gives. So why not pop over and have a read and don't forget if you have a Top Tip you can leave it in the comments section below the post. As always there are fabulous prizes to be won for the challenge and a separate one for the Top Tips.

I'll be back  later with a few Christmas cards to share.
Thanks for popping in

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A fab new Award....

Hi ! I have been given this fab award by my lovely friend Carly. I have known Carly now for nearly 2 years since she asked me to be on the DT at Charisma when it first started. She's just so sweet and has worked really hard to make Charisma Cardz one of the top challenge blogs on the net. Thanks so much Carly this it's fabulous.

The rules of this Award are simple, I have to tell you three things about myself that you may not know and then pass it on to 5 lucky people, so here goes....

1. I taught myself how to play the guitar when I was 17, I don't play much now but I really enjoy listening to my youngest Son Matt play he's much better than his Mum ever was...

2. I once met the Fabulous Rod Stewart(swoooon!!!) back stage at the Apollo in Glasgow. He had on his famous leopard skin suit and had his hair spiked and coloured bright orange. Hanging on his every word was Britt Ekland his partner at the time. We're talking way back in the seventies here when I was just in my early twenties, what a night!!!!! Fabulous concert too.

3. My Hubby and I lived in Donegal Ireland for the first year of our marriage in a small village called Dunkineely.

I'm passing this on to the following five bloggers

Elaine..... who has been my friend for many years and I love her unique style of card making. She has an amazing nack of finding craft shops wherever she goes. A special friend.

Leanne...We were DT buddies on Charisma together and now we're blogging buds again on
TOP TIP TUESDAY. She's such a lovely sweet lady and makes totally gorgeous cards.

Allison....is also a DT buddy at Charisma, I love her special style and her creations always leave me thinking..." I wish I could do that!!"

Fiona....has a fabulous blog and makes the most amazing cards. She is very sweet and kind and always leaves lovely comments that make my day.

Joanne...is also one of my DT buddies at Charisma. She always makes the most amazing cards and projects, and reading her blog always leaves me smiling.

Have fun with your award ladies, and if you follow all the rules and visit HERE first, you can qualify for a $5 Gift Voucher from Digi's With Attitude.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

TOP TIP TUESDAY...Seeing things differently

Good morning all, this weeks TOP TIP is from Leigh and she has some really fabulous ideas and tips on how to use buttons on your projects. Please pop over to the blog and see the gorgeous creations by the DT. It's put me in the mood for using all my button stash now. You tend to forget how good they look on your cards and the vast variety of buttons now available is amazing.

So lets see all those button projects this week and don't forget if you would also like to leave a Top Tip you can do so in the comments section and be in with a chance of winning a lovely prize from our Sponsors.

I don't have a card to show you today but I will try and create a button project within the next couple of days. I'm afraid my Mum is still very ill and in hospital so all my time is being spent going up to see her.

Looking forward to seeing all your lovely cards, projects and Tips this week.

Happy crafting

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Charisma Cardz...Sympathy

Finally I've managed to get a minute to post this weeks challenge at Charisma.

It's Leah's first challenge for Charisma and she would like you to create a Sympathy card. Not an easy one this week but unfortunately we all need them at some time in our lives. If you are looking for some inspiration then pop over to the challenge blog and see the lovely cards that the DT have made.

As always we have some fab prizes for you and of course there's also the top three badges.

Now onto my DT card this week....

DP free Kate Knight from Cardmaking & Papercraft

Rose frame stamp from PSX

Sentiment done on Computer

Prima flowers

Thanks for popping in, happy crafting
I am aslo entering this card into the Lily of the Valley challenge and blog hop..Anything Goes

Monday, November 08, 2010

Grannie's first cuddle.........

Big Brother Christopher with Niamh

Big Brother Daniel with Niamh

Grannie Vee and Niamh

My little Grand Daughter Niamh Emma arrived this morning at 10.51 am and I just had to share a picture with you. This is my first cuddle, she's just beautiful I could have held her all night.
It's not a very clear photo but I'll have plenty more in a few days, hopefully a bit better. I really need a new camera.

I made a Nappy Cake, my first attempt I was really pleased with it and my Son and Daughter-in-Law loved it so that's what counts.

I've had a day of mixed emotions today as my Mum was in Hospital for an operation too at the same time Niamh was born. My nerves are shot to bits. My Mum is 90 years old and had to have an emergency op this morning she is now in High Dependency Unit and hopefully will make a full recovery but she will be in hospital for a while yet.

I've got a busy week ahead and will try and keep up with my blog as well but if I'm awol for a while I'll be off getting more cuddles...lol

Thanks for popping in

Thursday, November 04, 2010

With LOVE @ Christmas...Charisma challenge

Good morning , this post is scheduled today as I'm now back at work again. Not fully recovered yet but getting there.

Now onto this weeks challenge at Charisma.

Carly-Ann is looking for LOVE AT CHRISTMAS.
As always we are really looking forward to seeing your fab projects, remember the choice of what you make is yours as long as it fits the challenge.

For my DT card this week I have used Tilda in a red dress. Not a Christmas image but I think she looks lovely and Christmassy anyway.


Image Tilda
DP Dovecraft Christmas Traditional from last year.
A little piece of Wild Asparagus paper green with red dot
( love these papers but don't have many left)
Martha Stewart Arch border punch
Poinsettia Mariane's Creatables
Circle and Oval nesties
Snowflake CB embossing folder
Sentiment free from Pollycraft

Thanks for popping in today and don't forget to visit Charisma and see the fabulous Creations from our very talented DT.

Happy crafting

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

TOP TIP TUESDAY...my first DT creation

Hi all, this week is my first official week on the fab team over at Top Tip Tuesday and I'm really looking forward to the challenges ahead.

This week we have a fabulous tutorial for you by the lovely Carol and some stunning work from the DT.

The format for the challenge has changed slightly so why not pop over and find out what you have to do to win some fab prizes.

Here is the recipe for my card.

Card topper from Kanban

DP free download from Bearly Mine Designs here

Martha Stewart snowflake panel punch

Large snowflake is a Sizzix Die

Sentiment free from Pollycraft

Tree charm and ribbon from stash

Oval Nesties
Thanks for popping in and I look forward to reading all your amazing tips this week.
I am entering this card into the following challenges