Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Stamped set of cards

Supplies:  Sentiments - Frame It set Waltzingmouse stamps, 
pattern - Penny Black trims set, faded denim distress ink, 
memento london fog ink, Ranger Archival inks - Chrome Yellow/
Sap Green/ Blue Violet, coloured cardstock by Papermania and Canson, 
tombow roller adhesive and pop dots.

I decided to make a patterned set of cards with stamping as my focal point.  Used this tiny four squares design from the "trims" set by Penny Black.
Crafty Bloggers Network - Spring Time
 Stampalot Challenge - In the Garden
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo
Penny Black and more - Bingo

Thank so much for peeking.  Hope your week is going well.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tweet, tweet

Great start to the week.

This morning whilst making lunches for the boys I spied from the kitchen window a thrush busily filling its beak with all sorts of soft nest building materials.  It was pecking at the grass for moss and in the flower bed for some withered plant leaves.  My boys were fascinated because in its hurry to collect it was dropping more than it seemed to be gathering!.
You may remember the little chicks (above) which were residents in our garden last year. 

Well, this morning when I got out of my car - two robin redbreasts welcomed me home and made sure I saw them hopping around the car!  I think it might be Mom and Dad back to nest in our garden again this year - I really hope so.

Hope you have a good start to your week.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just saying hello

Supplies:  Anita's A6 cardblank, Hero Arts digi kit - Flower Bicycle
Hero Arts Everyday Sayings CL342, Friend Definition - CG125, 
tea dye distress ink and blending tool, pop dots, tombow roller adhesive, 
Spellbinders heart dies, Cosmo Cricket pp, copics BG10, E43,Y28, YG23, 
YG17,YG63, G14 and G82.

It has been ages since I entered a monthly challenge over on Hero Arts and guess what! I missed this month's one too.  It was "Friendship and Hello Cards".

Laura O'Donnell posted a fantastic card using a new digi kit on the two peas gallery here.  I decided to do a version of it but changed out the flower basket.

I have a stash of A6 card blanks that I like to use - so instead of printing and cropping I decided to wrap the bicycle image around the back of the card!.  I set up the image in Word and printed from there.
I stamped the Friend Definition stamp on some scrap cardstock, distressed it, folded it and added it to the basket, also added a heart cut with my Spellbinders heart die out of Cosmo Cricket pp.  Added a little tiny pearl to the front wheel and stamped my sentiment.

Thanks for peeking, hope you are having a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Sorry I have been missing for the past few days - lots happening!.

I was at an Endodontic Specialist this morning!  Impressed????  Don't be .... it involved teeth!

Had root canal treatment on one of my little toothies (the one I have had pain in since last July!) and hopefully two more visits and I will be jumping around the place pain free! 

Here's hoping.  

It's Shrove Tuesday and I have been busy making pancake batter for later.  The recipe I used was from Ballymaloe Cookery School but I heard Christine O'Sullivan, who you might remember from 
Masterchef Ireland sharing her recipe on Hector@2FM this morning.

1 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
1 egg

Hope you get to enjoy some pancakes!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps - Blog Party

On the 17th of each month, Claire and the team at Waltzingmouse Stamps have a blog party.  I have never played along before but when I saw Claire's post on February 1st I decided to try and meet the deadline and play along - it's "Looking Forward to Spring".

For me, Spring is all about the rebirth, renewal and regrowth.  I think this is especially seen in our gardens /plants at this time of the year so I focused on flowers for my "Spring" card.  In our family there are also lots of birthdays in Spring!.
Supplies:  Waltzingmouse Stamps - Frame it set & Free Spirit Boy Set
pp kissing booth - Basic Grey, Pink cardstock - Penny Black, 
kraft cardstock - Anita's/Papermania, tea dye 
distressing ink, blending tool, Papermania white pearls, 
ribbon from MemrieMare - Etsy, heart pin - Making Memories, 
corner punch - X-Cut, threading water border 
punch - Fiskars, stamping press - Fiskars, guillotine - Purple Cows, 
foam dots, tombow roller adhesive and  detail cutting scissors.

Initially I was going to colour the flowers with copics so I created a mask to stamp the flowers repeatedly in the same "bunch", but in the end I decided to paper piece with different shades of patterned papers from the Kissing Booth collection.

I am also entering my card into this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.

It is full of pinkness! and was inspired by Fancy Schmancy Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World.
You still have time to get a card made before the party kicks off this evening - all the details are here!.  Everyone is invited.... dig out your WMS stamps and get inky!
 Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you have a great day/weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


 Supplies:   Whiff of Joy freebie digi - Spider Henry, BG pp - Kissing Booth, 
BG buttons and buttons from stash, Copics RV23, E93, V000, YR000, 0, 
tombow roller adhesive, machine stitching, Papermania 
alphas and Quickutz circle dies.

This week's challenge on Paperplay is "Critters".

We are very kindly sponsored by Whiff of Joy - so I decided to use the WOJ Freebie - Spider Henry!

Most of the cards linked on Katharina's post are blue/red (boy!) spider Henry's!  I decided to make mine a "Spider Henrietta!" - we need female heroes too right?

I coloured "her" with copics, used my circle dies and Big Shot to cut my new Kissing Booth papers by Basic Grey, machine stitched the layers and job's oxo!

My card was inspired by this photo below - Fancy Schmancy over on Moxie Fab World - it's the current Tuesday Trigger.

Truly Scrumptious - All creatures great and small
My Craft Spot - Girly Girl
Die Cuttin' Divas - Color Challenge
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Celebrations
Alphabet Challenge - A is for Animal Antics
Craft your Days Away - Get stitchy with it

Thanks so much for peeking and I hope you get a chance to play along with our challenge this week.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Two People, One Life

 Supplies:  pp Bubblegum Hills Collection - Kaisercraft, 
kraft cardstock - Papermania, Spellbinders heart dies, 
sentiment - Create with TLC, machine stitching, 
tombow roller adhesive, scor-pal and printer.

It seems that there are quite a few weddings happening at the moment.  I was asked to make this large card (8x8) for a couple getting married shortly.  I used the opportunity to use the freebie sentiment by Paulette - Create with TLC.  I made it "Bright and colourful" using the wonderful Bubblegum Hills collection by Kaisercraft.

 Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Love is in the air

Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you have a wonderful weekend.  It is mid term here in Ireland next week so a lot of school are off for the week / or part of the week.  No early morning starts - yipee!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Get in shape!

Supplies:  Cuthbert and Kiki Wedding Digi by Pollycraft designs, 
Spellbinders scalloped circle dies, Papermania pearls, sentiment from 
Love Lives Here - PTI, Memento Black ink, Blue/Grey Papermania 
textured cardstock, copics,
pop dots and adhesive.

This week's challenge on Paperplay is "Get in Shape" - we want to see "shaped" cards this month.

I made a scalloped circle card that fits inside a 4x4 envelope.  Cute little mini card that has photographed quite dark (sunshine is rare here in Ireland at the moment - very dull, grey and DARK!).

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Favourite Things (I just adore this couple - one of my fave wedding digis)
Craft your passion - Beary Sweet (must have a bear) 
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics

Thanks for peeking - hope your day is filled with sunshine.  Don't forget - we would love for you to play along with us - we are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp this week.
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