Friday, January 27, 2012

You're The Best Picture Frame

Hi everyone :)
It has been a very interesting and busy week.
We are looking to move & hope to do so in the next few weeks so I have been busy checking places out to look for our new home.  Wish me luck :)

Before I continue, I just want to remind you of the new blog candy I have for you.  Be in the chance to WIN this gorgeous Magnolia Tilda with Big Ribbon Mini stamp :)  You can enter & find out all about it here.
Good luck with it :)


I am running late with this weeks posting for Delightful Challenges, so I had better get on with it lol.

This week we are challenging you to create a design that is
'Valentines Anything but a Card'.
This week our wonderful sponsor is:  Whiff of Joy.

We would love for you to join us so be sure to pop over to Delightful Challenges to check out all the info :)

For this challenge I had Daisy helping me out :)
You can find her here.


Also Dylan decided he wanted to play too :)  You can find him here.

I simply had to have Daisy & Dylan sitting together on the bench so I used the wonderful Daisy Accessories Set which you can also find here.

I think the 'You're The Best' Sentiment was a perfect touch :)  You can find it here.

I decided to design a picture frame for this challenge as I had a few at home that was bought for this purpose. However, I sanded it down & painted it white.  I then added some pearls to it.  I love the effect it gives & totally looks like a brand new picture frame totally different from its original look :)

My Tip:  Purchase some old photo frames at your local Thrift / Second hand shop, you will be amazed how many you can find.  Take them home, clean them up, sand them down & paint them in accordance to the colour you would prefer.  Simply adhere your design onto the frame backing.  Use a staple gun to add some ribbon on the back & voila you have a new picture to hang on your wall :)

I used my new Doo Hickey, MS Branch punch & added Liquid pearls to the old button that I found in my stash :)  The beads & cardstock are from my old stash too :)

I added Glossy Accents to their shoes & also to the back of the bench.  I don't think you can see it too clearly but it really 'lifted' the park bench & added to the dimension of the image. Quite happy :)

I also used a heart charm but unfortunately when I took the photo I didn't notice that it wasn't facing forward.  I guess I was in a hurry to get this design on my blog lol.

Oh I nearly forgot to tell you that the DP's are actually digital papers which were a free download but for the life of me I can't remember where I got them from.  However, I will check it out & update this post with the correct details & the link so that you can go and get it if you like.  This is the first time that I have used digital papers & I was quite impressed with how they turned out :)

I also used the lace & ribbon which are from my 'oldie stash' lol.  I'm doing pretty good with including all the old stuff that have been sitting there doing nothing for months..some of it years lol.

As you have probably figured out by now, I took the glass frame insert out.  I didn't want to be limited with the dimension of the design.  However I am extremely happy with it & the way it turned out :)

This design is available at my


I would like to enter my design into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft #176 - All you need is love
Incy Wincy Designs #130 - Anything but a card
Papertake Weekly - Happy Highlights
Tuesday Throwdown #82 - So Charming
Crafty Creations #154 - Anything but a card
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter #44 - Pearls & Swirls
The Pixie Cottage #105 - Love & Kisses
Aud Sentiments #46 - Love
Cute Card Thursday #201 - You're a Gem
Do You Stack Up #56 - Ribbons
Just Inspirational #13 - Colours of the rainbow
Moving Along with the Times #133 - Blooming Marvellous
Allsorts #138 - Needles & Pins
Stamp Scrap & Doodle - Have a heart
Corrosive #141 - I (Heart) You
Crafty Sentiments - Lace & pins
Pile It On #4 - Add lace
Sentimental Sundays #86 - Die Cuts
Stamptacular #148 - Seeing spots (Heart DP & sentiment has spots)
Really Reasonable Ribbon #40 - Valentines Theme
Oldie but a Goodie - Have a heart (Used ribbon & cardstock)
Crafts & Me #68 - Pink & Sparkly
Truly Scrumptious #72 - Something forgotten (Cardstock & ribbon)
Colour Create #88 - Pink & Green
Top Tip Tuesday #68 - Sketch #1 & Tip (see above)
Bunny Zoe's Crafts #20 - Photo inspiration
By The Cute & Girly - New beginnings
Copic Oz - Colour challenge (used BG93 & BG96)
Createalicious #30 - Love

Have a great week everyone & thank you SO much for visiting.
Oh & also don't forget to apply for my candy which you can find on the top of my sidebar.

Stay safe & happy craftin'.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Best Friends

Hello again :)
How's your week going?  Mine has been pretty good actually.  I haven't done much more other than craftin' but wow, I never really knew that playing with my stamps & my wonderful supplies that it could be such great therapy :)  So I have had a great few days with just having 'me' time :) 
 I love it :)

Before I continue, I just want to remind you of the new blog candy I have for you.  Be in the chance to WIN this gorgeous Magnolia Tilda with Big Ribbon Mini stamp :)  You can enter & find out all about it here.
Good luck with it :)

This is Penny with her Teddy.  Isn't she sooo cute?
You can get her from Digital Delights by Louby Lou here.

Penny has helped me to create my new design for my 2nd week at Delightful Challenges & this time the challenge is to create a design with a 'Distressed / Vintage' look. 

The great thing is we have a fantastic sponsor this week:

Magnolia-licious is offering Sherwood Edwin & Tilda with Apple Mini Stamps to the winner, so go have some 'me time' at your craft table & get your Distressed/Vintage look entry into our Delightful Challenge here.
Best of luck to you :)

Wow, now this was definately a challenge for me as I have never created anything vintage before lol.  Here is my design.  I hope you like it.

Penny with her Teddy is one of the Digital Delights images that I have used.
I had lots of fun colouring her in with my copics.

I had lots of fun using my new toys.  The Magnolia Doo Hickey & 2 new Spellbinder Nestabilities.  How I mangaged before without some of my new tools is amazing. 

I also used the Ticket Sentiment Set from Digital Delights.
The buttons, the DP & cardstock is from my reallllly old stash, so I am glad that I was able to use some of my scraps.  I'm trying really hard to use all those items that have been in my stash for quite sometime.  The DP is K & Company.

I used rope pearls around Penny to help 'pop' her out.
Liquid Pearls is another supply that is new & I just LURVVV the effect that they give.  Gotta get me some more but in different colours :)  Can you recommend any?

I have also added WOC flowers. 
More are currently on order & SOOO can't wait to get my parcel :)

The circle lace I picked up from a thrift shop, so that definately came in handy lol.  The stars have been popped up to add dimension.  I was going to use Stickles on them but I thought it would lose the 'vintage look' if I did that.

I also decorated the inside of the card to make it pretty :)

Definately quite a bit of dimension happening lol.
In the image below you can just see that I have used Glossy Accents on Penny's shoes :)  I lurrvvv this stuff too lol.  Have you tried it?   You should :)

I had a fantastic time with this challenge, it realllly helped me step out of the square.  Thanks Wendy :)

This design is available at my


I would like to enter this design into the following challenges:

Crazy Challenge #102 - Tic Tac Toe (Ribbon/Lace, Embossing, Diecut)
Pollycraft #123 - Bingo (Ribbons, Buttons, Diecut)
City Crafter #92 - Pretty Inside & Out
Papertake Weekly - Buttons, Bows, Bling & Bloom
Tuesday Throw Down #81 - Neutral Colours
Crafty Creations #153 - Valentine Theme (Hearts)
Simon Says Stamp - Spots &/or Stripes
Aud Sentiments #45 - Any Sentiment but use Scraps
Sketch Saturday #190 - Sketch
Totally Gorjuss #117 - Be a Star
Corrosive #140 - Ring in the New Year (Diecuts, Punches etc)
One Stitch at a Time #96 - Anything Goes
Pile It On #3 - Fuzzy Friends
Sentimental Sundays #85 - Ribbon
Crafts & Me #66 - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl #15 - Blue & Pink
By the Cute & Girly - New Beginnings
Creatalicious #30 - Love (Punched Border, Ribbon, Flowers & Bling)
Stamping Boutique #24 - Diecuts

Fingers crossed lol :)

Thats about it for today.  Thanks everyone for visiting & hope you come back soon.

Don't forget to enter for the blog candy here.

Have a great day & happy craftin' :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Valentine's Day Blog Candy

Enter  &  Win!

Be in the chance to WIN
this gorgeous Magnolia Tilda with Big Ribbon Mini stamp.

To enter all you need to do is the following:

1) Add your name to the linky gadget below.
2) Add the picture to the sidebar of your blog with a link back to mine.
3) Leave a comment below with the answer to the following 3 questions:

a) If the need arose, would you be more likely to purchase a handmade card or scrapbook page topper?
b) What theme would interest you? (Eg: Baby, pets, love etc).
c) What price range would suit your budget?

Thats all there is to it :)
I will draw the winner on Sunday 19th February 2012, which I will post here.  The lucky winner will have 7 days after the winner announcement to contact me to claim your prize. If not, I will do a re-draw.

Good luck everyone.
Remember, you've gotta be in it to WIN it :)

Thanks for stopping by & happy craftin'.

Blog Candy Winner!

Winner!  WINNER! Winner!

Hmmmm, I wonder who the winner is of my Celebration Blog Candy.
Firstly, I just want to say a massive 'Thank You' to those who took part & I hope you all got the Christmas presents you were wishing for :)

Not to keep you waiting any longer.
The winner of the Magnolia Jam Tilda Mini Stamp is...


#5 - Laney from Laney's Place
Congratulations Laney :)

Please email your address so that I can post the candy out to you.

I wish I could send something out to all of you but instead come back later today as there will be another goodie to try for :)

Thanks again to those of you that entered.
Until then...happy craftin'.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

You're All That I Want Card

Hi everyone :)
Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate it.

Wow, sooo much has happened in this last 7 days!  Firstly my partner & I broke up, which I was initially unhappy about after catching him with another woman but now I believe that he did me the greatest favour cos' he really wasn't the best thing for me.  So I'm ok :)

Yesterday, my best friend rang me & informed me that her Daughter was in labour & could I come over & give her some support she asked.  Within a few hours I was there & within half an hour I was there with her Daughter helping to deliver her baby on the bathroom floor!!  Yep...she didn't quite make it to the hospital lol.  Mother & baby boy are absolutely fantastic but WOW what an experience to say the least!!  It was being there at the birth that REALLY made me realise that there are SOOO many other things that are sooo beautiful & sooo much more important in life that its just not worth worrying over the small things that drag you down.  So I say embrace, enjoy & smile :)

My Daughter, Zoe (12yrs) ended up in hospital today due to her Diabetes.  She was staying with her Father & Step Witch (lol) for a week & when Zoe rang me to let me know that the witch had gone out & left her at home by herself for 2 hours her blood sugar levels were very high & she had Keytones (not good).  Needless to say I arranged to get her to the hospital & met her there.  We have been sitting in Emergency for hours on end but now Zoe is alot better, her levels under control, Keytones gone & she is safely home with me.

Its amazing how life can throw sooo many curve balls all in one hit lol.  However, I got through it & I'm determined to keep that smile on my face lol.
How was your week? :)

Anyway, sorry but I had to get all that off my chest.  So lets move on shall we lol.

I am really excited to share with you my first design which promotes the newest release of digital images at Digital Delights by Louby Lou.  I am enjoying being part of the Design Team & absolutely adore using Wendy's wonderful images.  This new set is designed around the 50's & reminds me alot of Grease :)  I have used Rockaround Sue on my design. I hope you like it.

The car is from the 50's Drive In Set.  I managed to be able to get her sitting on the car lol.  I think they both go well together don't you? lol

I have used a few of my new toys.  The Magnolia Doohickey, MS Branch punch & also the MS Lace punch.  Oooh, I can see that I will be using these a fair bit lol.  The DP is Bo-Bunny from my old stash & of course I have used Copics for colouring the image.

My Tip:  Have you found that when using Copics that they can sometimes loose ink & get all over your fingers & the pens themselves leaving them looking messy?  Try using the little medical alcohol wipes.  Not only will they get the ink off your fingers but it will clean the Copics too.

I have used WOC flowers & the ribbon is from my stash too.

The sentiment is from the 50's Sentiment Set.  I have also used pearls, stickles & a ribbon buckle.

Be sure to take a look at the fantastic new images at Digital Delights.
I am sure you will just love them :)

(This design is available at my Dreamtime Designs Etsy Store).

We would love for you to join our current challenge this week at Delightful Challenges which is to create a design using pink, black & silver.  Come on & have a go :)  Not only will you have fun but you may even win a $20 store gift card from our wonderful sponsor..

Good luck & happy crafting :)


I would like to enter my design into the following challenges:

Crazy Challenge #101 - Lace &/or pearls
Cupcake Craft #174 - Something New (MS Punch)
TSG Clear Stamps #138 -  Paper Piecing
Bearly Mine #26 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Die Cute Special
Top Tip Tuesday #67 - Anything Goes (See above for tip)
Crafty Creations #152 - Something New (MS Punch)
Alota Rubber Stamps #74 - A, B or C (Car)
Aud Sentiments #45 - Any Sentiment (Used my scrap stash)
Allsorts #136 - Paper Piecing
One Stop Craft #164 - Bingo (Ribbon/Punches/Paper Piecing)
Sketch Saturday #189 - Sketch
Corrosive #140 - Ring in the New Year (MS Punch)
Magnolia Down Under #128 - Anything Goes (Doo Hickey)
Crafts & Me #66 - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoes #20 - Photo Inspiration

Have a fantastic week everyone.
Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Holidays - Scrapbook Layout / Card Topper

Hi all :)
I trust you have all had a beautiful Christmas & a wonderful New Year?
We had all the children over with their partners, so therefore the house was pretty chockers with people lol.

My Daughter Zoe was pretty chuffed with her presents this year as I got her the laptop that she was hanging out for plus a new desk & chair for her bedroom.  I figured it will help since she starts high school in just a few weeks.

Before I show you my new design, I just want to remind you of the blog candy that is on offer for you.

Simply click here & enter for the blog candy...Jam Tilda Stamp.
You had better hurry though as Mr Linky closes very soon.
Good luck :)

Some of you who are regular visitors to my blog will notice that this design is of the same image that I have used before.  All of my designs are created to sell in my Etsy shop, therefore I create different items.  This one isn't a card.  It is a scrapbook topper that can be used on a layout as a header or title.  It can also be used as a card topper.

I decided to treat myself for Christmas & ordered quite alot of supplies at all my favourite online shops.  The majority of the orders I haven't got yet (prob due to the Christmas postal hold-ups) but I did receive one of them.  I used my new MS Artic Snowflake punch & the EK Success Decorative Corner punch.  I absolutely love them :) 

The swirl die cut I got about a month ago.

The white pearl brads look quite effective I think.

My tip for attaching pearl brads is to cut & snip the metal prongs off the brad before attaching it to your design.  Some people wouldn't agree with this but I find that they glue & attach better to other materials like ribbons etc.

I love the dimension that the pearls give to the design.

This design is available at my Dreamtime Designs Etsy store.

I would like to enter my Happy Holidays design into the following challenges :)

Incy Wincy #173 - Anything Goes
Pollycraft #121 - Punch It
Totally Stampalicious - Make it Sparkle
Bearly Mine #26 - Anything Goes
Everybody Art #174 - Snow
Top Tip Tuesday #67 - Anything Goes & Tip (See above for tip).
ABC Christmas - Zingy Colours
Simon Says Stamp - New Something (New punches)
The Paper Shelter #45 - Anything Goes
Frosted Designs - Something New (Punches)
Basic Grey #59 - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft #163 - Christmas
Secret Crafters #166 - Anything Goes
One Stitch At A Time #94 - Use a Digi
Sentimental Sundays #94 - Anything Goes
Belli #134 - Snowflakes
Divas by Design #17 - Merry Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon #39 - Sparkle & Ribbon
Creative Card Crew #1 - Snow Day
ABC - G = Green
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes

Don't forget you can find my Happy Holidays design for purchase in my Etsy store.
You can find it here: DreamtimeDesigns
Thank you so much for coming to visit.
I hope you come back again soon.
Don't forget to enter for the blog candy here.

Happy craftin' :)