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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Flutterby Wednesday #169 - my first DT card!

Yep, I've joined another DT - the Flutter By Wednesdays challenge blog!  I have sooo many fairy and angel stamps/digis that I never get to use that I thought this would be the perfect excuse to play with them!  Plus it's another super talented team so I'm very happy to be associated with them!  Thanks for having me on the team gals!

So for this week, the theme over at Flutter By Wednesdays is...

Celebrate!
A nice easy one - anything to do with celebrating anything!  Here is my make...




This is Little Fairy #5 by Mo Manning - isn't she adorable?!  I actually have all five and this is the first time I've used one of them!  You see, I told you I NEED to be on this DT!!  I blinged her up with Glamour Dust and used more of this gorgeous paper and cardstock from Papermania given to me by Sally of Scallywags (thanks again Sally!) and the sentiments are Fairy Sentiments from Ladybug Crafts Ink here - the perfect match! 

I hope you can join us this week - just remember to use a butterfly, fairy or angel.  The rest of the gorgeous DT inspiration can be found on the blog here!  And next week we are starting a whole month of fun so hope you can join us again then too!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:




Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Papermania happy birthday paper pack
Stamps: Mo Manning's Little Fairy #5, Fairy sentiments from Ladybug Crafts Ink here
Mediums: Copics, Glamour Dust
Accents: bakers twine
and ribbons from stash
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch, My Favorite Things banner die, Nestabilitie dies

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Family time over at By LoRi Designs!

(Please scroll down for my Sparkle Creations and A Spoonful of Sugar DT posts!)


Hi all!  There is a wonderful new release over at By LoRi Designs - you can see them all here!  Today I am showcasing Family Blessings and Family Chair and I chose Family Chair Two...



A great image, huh?  Here is the rest which are sure to be appropriate for your new baby makes.. with matching sentiments!





 I used the sketch over at Cute Card Thursday...






Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock,DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy paper pad
Stamps: By LoRi Designs Family Chair Two
Mediums: Copics
Accents: BasicGrey letters, dew drops

Tools: Nestabilitie dies, Fiskars border punch, My Favorite Things flower and leaf dies 

A party to celebrate the sad news over at A Spoonful of Sugar!

(Please scroll down for my Sparkle Creations DT post!)
It's a new challenge over at A Spoonful of Sugar and this week I set the challenge as it's the famous Nottingham Hill Carnival in the UK so I want to see you celebrate!  But the sad news is that this is the last challenge over at A Spoonful of Sugar : (
A Spoonful of Sugar has decide to shut it doors so we decided this is the most appropriate theme to go out with a BANG!   Here is my make...


I hope this is party enough to send A Spoonful of Sugar out!!  I used Pollycraft's Sonny's Party - ain't she fun?!  I used orange twill ribbon from Ladybug Crafts Ink here and I matched her up with these wonderful papers and cardstock from Papermania that my equally wonderful blog mate Sally of Scallywags sent me for my birthday pressie!  I love you Sally!! 

Please join us in our farewell celebration - we want to make this a BIG send off for A Spoonful of Sugar!  You can see the rest of the other gorgeous DT makes here - they will deffo get you in the party spirit!


I am entering this card into the following challenges:



Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Papermania happy birthday paper pack
Stamps: Pollycrafts Sonny Honeycloud Sonny's Party
Mediums: Copics
Accents: orange twill ribbon fr
om Ladybug Crafts Ink here, buttons and floss from stash
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch


Not a card challenge over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps!

It's time for the Sparkles Creations Rubber Stamps challenge #58 and this week we are challenging to make anything BUT NOT A CARD!  



Well, I have been meaning to have an excuse to make a bookmark so here is what I made...

 

Of course Karber's Reading Millie for Sparkle Creations is perfect for this!  And hoorah!  I no longer need to turn a corner down and ruin my precious books!  I wanted to add more embellishments to this but then I realised it would just get crushed in my bag so plain it stayed - but I think I like it this way!  I hope you have as much fun as me with this challenge!

Do you like the papers?  They are from my good blog mate Lisa J of My Makes 'n' Me!  She sent me these super cute Smirk papers - I luuurve them!  Thank you so much Lisa J - I am lovin' these papers!

Our challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen to win their very own SCRS rubber stamp!  In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.  You can see more gorgeous DT inspiration here...


 
And don't forget this month's featured chatacter is Oliver with a 15% off offer!


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Core'dinations cardstock, Smirk paper pad
Stamps: Karber's Reading Millie for Sparkle Creations (including sentiment)
Mediums: Copics
Accents: ribbon from stash
Tools: Fiskars border punch

Monday, 29 August 2011

My winner from last week's blog hop and use felt over at Pollycrafts Monday!

(Please scroll down for my Make It Monday DT post!)
Before I announce the winner of the Casper Silvermist My Board from last week's Pollycrafts blog hop, it's a new challenge!  For this week's Pollycraft Monday Challenge the uber talented Jane has challenged us to....

USE FELT!

I loved this challenge (thanks Jane!) but I confused myself as I had soooo many ideas!  So ended up making felt clouds...
 
I used Sonny Honeycloud Tomboy who reminds me of me when I was a kid!  I used to climb trees, have bruises all over me and generally not like girly things!!  The only girly thing about me was my long hair that my mum would never let me cut short!  (And as an adult have kept to her choice too - obviously mother's always know best!)
This week we are being sponsored by The Crimson Cloud (you can see why I landed on my felt clouds!) and they are offering the winner 3 pks die cuts!
And now onto the winner of Casper Silvermist My Board (available from today in new release section in the shop here!).  Drum roll please....

That's commentator #2 - that's you Heather!  Well done honey!  Send me an email at 

mary_winch AT hotmail DOT co DOT uk 

and I'll send you the digi!  That's it from me today - enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday!


I am entering my card into the following challenges:


Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, My Minds Eye Fly a Kite
Stamps: Pollycrafts Casper My Board in new release section in the shop here
Mediums: Copics
Accents: web ribbon, felt
Tools: My Favorite Things flat cloud dies


Make It Monday sponsored by Annabelle Stamps!

It's a new Make It Monday linky party!  I hope you are enjoying this party - I know I love to see all the  creations and get inspired to do something different!  For my make this week I made a thank you card...


 
 




Isn't this image just gorgeous?  It's a digi image by Michelle Perkett Studios and she's called Hannah the Flower Goddess - you can see why!  You can buy her here in the MPS Etsy store.  I love MPS designs, they are absolutely stunning!


This week we are sponsored by the very lovely (and super talented) Andrea over at Annabelle Stamps!





AnnaBelle Stamps is an Australian based online store specialising in it's own line of clear photopolymer stamps and embellishments, and digi images and papers.  We have a growing range of supplies for the cardmaker and crafter, and a challenge blog for inspiration!  We hope you'll come visit us soon :)

And Annabelle Stamps are celebrating their 2nd birthday in September!

Want a chance to win a prize?  Take the code in the box below and add it to your blog in a post, then add their link on the AnnaBelle Blog for a chanceto win!





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For Make It Monday this week, Andrea is generously offering  the Branch Out stamp set to the winning commenter...





Now for my choice from last week's entries!  I chose this gorgeous card by Deena of a Necessary Creativity who actually drew this school boy!

Deena of a Necessary Creativity

Isn't he fab?!  And I love Deena's colouring and that layout too!  Fantastic Deena - thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday!


That's it from me for now, back later with my Pollycrafts Monday DT post!


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey Porcelaine
Stamps: Michelle Perkett Studio Hannah the Flower Goddess
Mediums: Copics
Accents: beads, velvet ric rac ribbon
Tools: Martha Stewart boder punches, Fiskars floral border punch, My Favorite Things rolled rose and leaf dies, Nestabilitie dies


Friday, 26 August 2011

Blast from the past over at Meljen Designs!

(Go here for my post on the Pollycrafts Rockin' blog hop and a chance to win candy!)


Firstly, a HUGE thank you for all of the sweet wishes I received for my birthday yesterday!  I also received beautiful cards and pressies from some of my blog mates and will post a piccie of them soon!  So that's enough celebrating for this year, roll on the next one!

This week's Meljen Designs challenge is to show the very first card you ever made using their image - so here is mine using Sleepy Time bear which I think was made for High Hopes...

 

I love Meljen Designs and I must say I'm quite proud of this very first card I made with their goodies!  
 

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tag time over at Take the Pixie challenge!


It's still my birthday and I'm still celebrating my birthday with tons of housework!!!!!  Hmmph (as blog mate Kerry would say!). Here (in spirit of course with this scheduled post!) is my DT card for this week's Take the Pixie Challenge is to tag it!  Here is my take on it...

 
 

I just adore this image!  It is called Pocket of Love and I just love their huge eyes!  And look - no designer papers!  I used Core'dinations vintage look cardstock and went a bit mad with my ripping, distressing tool and lots of edge inking!  Untidy, just like a real boy!  That woodgrain is a Hero Arts background stamp that I embossed with Adirondack embossing powder in coffee and the material is from an old pair of jeans - thought it would match nicely with that stamp!

That's it from me today - enjoying the rest of my birthday!


I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Core'dinations cardstock
Stamps: Pixie Dust Studios Pocket of Love, Hero Arts dots background, CC Designs sentiments
Mediums: Copics
Accents: ribbon and kraft tag from stash
Tools: Distressing Tool, Nestabilitie label die inside card

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me...!!

(Please scroll down for a chance to win some Pollycrafts candy!)


Yay, it's my 43rd birthday today!  I mean, boo, it's my 43rd birthday today!!  So what does one do to celebrate one's birthday?  Take a day's holiday from work of course!  Well, I've done that, but I actually need to spend ALL day doing housework and gardening!  We are hosting two lunch parties this weekend - my in-law's 40th wedding anniversary and my mum's 70th birthday - so it's go, go, go to get things ready!!!  Hey ho, at least the lovely hubster will take me out to my all time fave restaurant The Griffin Inn in Fletching tonight - the food is superb and the wine waiter is cute (and far too young for me, but a gal can look, right?!).

Anyhoo, enough waffle - here is a birthday card I made for someone else!  I used some more fave goodies over at Quixotic Paperie...

 



Isn't this cutie fun?!  And such a dream to colour in!  This is Jester Bear by Rick St Dennis - one of the newer lines Quixotic Paperie is now stocking!  You can either buy him for just £3.45 or the whole first Bears #1 collection of 6 images for £17.99 (that's £3 each!).  I used that fun paper from the My Minds Eye Lime Twist Out of the Blue paper pad - just to add to the fun!

That's it from me for now - please join me later for the new Take the Pixie Dust challenge!


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Pollycrafts new release blog hop and candy!

Paula of Pollycrafts has created a MEGA large release for August!  There are new Swings and Slides, new Luna Bitterfrosts and introducing the all new Casper Silvermist too!  And to showcase all of the gorgeous images, we are doing a blog hop!  The hop will start on WEDNESDAY 24th AUGUST and will run until 10pm UK time on SUNDAY 28th AUGUST!  So plenty of time to get around everybody's gorgossity!

And not only will you get lots of inspiration, there are prizes to be won too!  First off, display with pride our blog hop badge...



And then, comment on each of the DT posts with a chance of winning one or more of the new release!  Not only are some of the DT giving away the digi they have used, we are also giving away the following prizes to randomly chosen commentors:
 

1st Prize ALL of the new release images
2nd prize the 6 Luna images
3rd prize the new swings and slides images 
4th prize the 2 Casper images

So without further ado, here is my make using the brand new Casper Silvermist...

 
 

So want to win my Casper Silvermist My Board?  Just leave me a comment and I will randomly choose a winner after the blog hop has finished and announce them on my usual Pollycraft Monday post next...errr....well Monday, lol!!







So onto the rest of the hop!  You should have come to me from the wonderful Lou but if you need to start from the beginning, go to lovely Cazza who is kicking off the blog hop!You now need to hop off to the uber talented Anita!

And in case you get lost, here is the blog hop order...

Mary J (me!)



And don't worry if you don't win this time, you can buy the new release from Monday 29 August in the shop at their usual brilliant value!



I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Cosmo Cricket The Boyfriend paper pad
Stamps: Pollycrafts Casper My Board (available on 29 Aug), brick wall background, digi sentiment (can't remember who from!)
Mediums: Copics, chalk ink in charcoal, Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Accents: chipboard arrow, floss from stash
Tools: Distressing Tool, Nestabilitie label die inside card


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Primary colour challenge over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps!

It's time for the Sparkles Creations Rubber Stamps challenge #54 and this week it is a colour challenge - primary colours!  You can use two or all three of the colours - can't wait to see what you make for this!  I decided to be brave and use all three!


 
 


Soda Jenny sure looks like she's enjoying her drink!  I should imagine it's a refreshing slushy!  I used papers from the Echo Park Little Boy paper collection with a dash of bright yellow in the ribbon and dotty background!  I also used the sketch over at CPS that Sparkles Creations is sponsoring this week - another chance to win Sparkle Creations goodies!



Our challenge is open to all players. Each week a random winner will be chosen to win their very own SCRS rubber stamp!  In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.  You can see more gorgeous DT inspiration here...


 
And don't forget this month's featured chatacter is Oliver with a 15% off offer!

I am entering my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Echo Park Little Boy paper collection
Stamps: SCRS Karber Soda Jenny (including sentiment inside card), Hero Arts dots background
Mediums: Copics
Accents: ribbon from stash
Tools: Fiskars border punch, Nestabilitie dies, Corner Chomper



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