Sunday, 31 August 2008

10K Blog Candy! *** DRAW NOW CLOSED ***


PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DRAW IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.
Ok.. Here comes the long promised Blog Candy, to celebrate 10,000 + visitors to my blog since I started it four months ago. To all my visitors, thank you so much for taking the time to visit, and to all of you who leave your lovely comments... you are truly appreciated, even if I don’t get around to visiting you right back. If I haven’t been yet, I surely will at some point! :o)

This is not going to be your average draw, and will require some effort on your part (nothing toooo taxing.. just some reading and thinking), so I hope you will bear with me! :o)
For a full candy listing, see the next post, but this one gives you the rules of the draw, and is the one you should respond to.
Sorry about the length of the post, but I hope reading this will be worthwhile... :o)

This may be controversial, but I am going to use the opportunity to talk up my campaign against word verification on blog comments. You may call the blog candy offer an unashamed bribe if you will!! Lol.. But anyone with a blog can enter. It’s not a condition that you have to switch off your word verification. The only condition is that you give it some thought, and then if you decide to keep it, please tell me (politely!) why it is important to you. That will earn you ONE entry in the draw.

On the other hand, if you have already turned off word verification, or you do so as a result of my calling attention to it, and you tell me so (with a link to your blog, so I can visit you), you will get an additional entry.

If you also post about my blog candy in your blog, with a link back to me, AND you cut & paste my arguments below in your blog post (or post a sentence or two in your own words expressing your agreement), you will get FIVE entries. (Again, please give me a link to your blog post.)

Finally, if you are one of the winners of my Blog Candy Guessing Game (listed in the next but one post below), you will get an additional three entries.
I'm afraid this draw is only open to bloggers, for obvious reasons.
The draw will be at 7.00pm on 15th September.

OK.. I hope the rules are clear. If you’re not sure, please feel free to email me via my profile, and the best of British to you! :o)

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ARGUMENTS AGAINST WORD VERIFICATION

Everyone will have their own view, but in my case, I regard the removal of word verification as a basic courtesy to my visitors who are kind enough to take the time to leave comments. Being aware of their comments through comment moderation, but not hindering them with word verification is the very least I can do to reciprocate their courtesy to me.

The problem with word verification is that it takes too long. The characters are very often hard to decipher, and it’s frustrating when you get them wrong and have to re-enter the little suckers!

So this campaign is on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of blessing and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make the Land of Blog a cheerier place.

I think most people don't realise that they have word verification on their blogs by default, or how easy it is to switch it off, and perhaps not realising how annoying it is for other bloggers. Either that, or they’re under the misapprehension that they will be bombarded with spam messages. This is not the case. I’ve had mine switched off now for three of the four months that I’ve been blogging, and have had two spam comments. The responses I’ve had from other bloggers to my earlier posts on this topic back this up. (You can see the comments in response to my previous post on this subject, HERE.)

For safety’s sake, have comment moderation on for sure, but please consider canceling word verification on your blog. Maybe for a trial period, and see how you get on.

Unless there are thousands of comments being left, comment moderation shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the blog owner, and other bloggers will also be more inclined to leave comments if they can see that you don’t use word verification.

However, each to their own, and if you disagree with me, that’s cool. We can agree to differ and not visit each other’s blogs! lol ;o)
OK.. rant over. If you have read all the way to the end, thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say something. I love to get around and leave comments, but word verification spoils the experience.
Of course, when I get my new job, all this will be academic to me, as I will then have a life, and I won't have time for much blog-hopping!! Not that blog-hoppers need to get a life.. Errr... think I'll stop digging now, before I get into REAL trouble!! lol ;o)

Peace. :o)
EDIT: Interesting link HERE, provided by sharp-eyed Sammi (thank you, hun!).. Seems that 'Captcha' (the technique for identifying whether input is human or computer) is of little value, if any, anyway, as spammers have software that can break it. In which case, comment moderation is your only defence. Completely backs up my case.

My 10K Blog Candy Inventory

Blog Candy Inventory

12 x 12 papers (x 14), as follows:

HOTP Paper Pizazz ‘Vintage Roses’ x 2
Basic Grey (1 of each of the following) ~
Offbeat ‘Impromptu’
Offbeat ‘Unordinary’
Offbeat ‘Nonchalant’
Offbeat ‘Informal’
Offbeat ‘Casual’
Fusion ‘Chartreuse’
Fusion *SWAK*
Fusion ‘Solar Ray’
Fusion ‘Pink Flamingo’
Lollipop Shoppe ‘Huckleberry’
Lollipop Shoppe ‘Raspberry’
Aged & Confused Phresh & Phunky ‘Phern’

Stamps:

Wood-mounted ‘Thank You’*
Wood-mounted ‘Wedding’*
Studio G Clear Stamp sets (x 2)
* (possibly used once or twice, but look new)

Miscellaneous stamped images**, including Magnolia & Sarah Kay images
** (not in photo)

Fiskars ‘Hearts’ Border Punch (new)
Fiskars Texture Plates (x 6 double-sided = 12 plates) (new) + Texturising Tool

Dovecraft Premium Paper Piercer

Satin ribbon x 5 spools (burgundy, black, gold, olive green, red)

Silver glitter thread x 1 spool

6 embossed white card panels, using different Cuttlebug folders

I pack embossed heart table confetti

5 large dark pink paper daisies + leaves
1 pack of 10 white tea roses (heads only)

DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies Foiled 3D stickers
DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies glittered cardstock stickers (open, but not used)

6 bright silver dragonfly brads

2 snap rings for making tag or mini books

Miscellaneous embellishments including:

4 prs of tiny crocheted baby bootees (blue x 2prs, pink x 2prs)
2 x double hearts (silver)
2 x double hearts (gold)
2 x pairs of silver bells
5 x silver storks
10 metallic gold bows
10 metallic silver bows
10 purple satin bows
10 ivory satin bows
4 cream bows with gold trim & roses
I pr gold wedding bands
1 pr silver wedding bands
1 pr gold keys
3 x bright ‘Happy Birthday’s (plastic)
2 silver ‘vases’
2 prs silver love spoons

Blog Candy Guessing Game Winners List

Thank you to everyone who took part in the game, and had a go at guessing which craft supplier's DT I would be joining.

These are the people who guessed the answer to the guessing game correctly. The answer was, of course, SASSY CRAFTS. :o)

For all those on this list eligible to join the blog candy, winning correctly earns you three bonus entries in the draw. EDIT: But you still have to enter on the main post above! You could end up with EIGHT entries!)

Kath
Anice
Carol
Enfys
Ruth (Tip Top)
Jozza
Allison
Samm
Geri
Gina
Dawn
Leann
Sammi
Jane
Tabitha
Bunny B
Debbie
Stephanie Eisele

Oh, Brother!

Like most people, I struggle when it comes to cards that might appeal to a male eye, but when I saw this paper that arrived from Emma yesterday in my Sassy Crafts DT kit, I couldn't believe what a great match it was with this gorgeous embossed stamped image that I had received from an Australian forum buddy in an image swap some time ago. Even down to the dragonfly!! Incredible! And suddenly I had my inspiration for my brother's birthday card! Thank you, Laura in Oz, Basic Grey and Sassy Crafts! lol ;o)

Ingredients
  • I wish I could tell you what the stamp is, or who it's by, as it's gorgeous, and I'd like some more. If anybody knows, please enlighten me! (Enlighten? Did you like that? The path to enlightenment.. oriental stamp... no? Well, I thought it was good! hehe lol ;o)

EDIT: With huge thanks to Penny, I can now tell you the stamp is by Tin Can Mail, and is called Chinese Pear Collage. Thanks, Penny! :o)

  • The paper is, of course, 'Atypical' by Basic Grey from the 'Offbeat' range, available HERE, although you need to see it face to face to appreciate it properly.

  • The sentiment stamp is by Elzybells.

  • Cardstock, gold thread, brads and spiral clips from stash. (Square metallic brads are available HERE.)

  • Sticky foam pads for raising the stamped panels are HERE.

Debut card for Sassy Crafts DT

Sassy Crafts have a weekly challenge for their DT, published on Wednesdays, and which everyone is invited to join. This week's theme is 'Thinking of You', which is highly appropriate for me at the moment. Sadly, I have a number of friends at the moment who all seem to be going through difficult times. This card was planned before the DT challenge was published, but happens to fit right in with it. I'm sure the recipient won't mind if I use it for a double purpose.

I hope she likes it.
Recipe
  • I have taken just a portion of the lovely Sarah Kay stamp, Rose's Garden, as when you isolate her pretty head, she looks quite pensive.

  • The white panel she is mounted on is embossed using the Cuttlebug 'Floral Fantasy' embossing folder, and the DP is from the DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies Mat Stack.

  • The smaller flowers are Primas from a bag of petals, like THESE. The gold flower is from stash, and you can purchase Junkitz flowers (like the large green petals on my card) from HERE.

  • Vellum, holographic heart stickers, ric rac, brads and gems from stash, but there are a wide selection of brads and ribbons available HERE.
    Have also blinged just about everything with Stickles.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

Kristin's Blog Candy...

This fabulous candy (two prizes) is on offer over at Kristin's fabulous blog! Go HERE and follow the instructions by 15th September to be in the draw.

(Debbie.. the stopwatch is running!! hehe ;o)

Altered CD for Karen..

This is not as I saw it in my head, but with having to prep for my interview presentation, I didn't have as much time to spend on it as I had planned. The intention was to have a series of CDs suspended one below the other with family photos on, which would have looked more effective, but that just wasn't possible. If Karen likes it, I can always add more in the future.


My Daughter's Birthday Card..

I can post this now, as Karen should have received it yesterday. Left message for her yesterday, but no response yet. Hope she's OK and just busy!! Honestly! Kids!! lol ;o)

Her present was an altered CD wall-hanging (which I'll post about in a minute), and the card was to made to co-ordinate with it, according to my 'brief' which was purple and gold. I hope she likes it!


New Verb...

I use this, and have seen many others in the 'sphere use it, too. I wonder if Provocraft have realised that 'to Cuttlebug' has now been adopted as a verb by crafters?

I Cuttlebug, you Cuttlebug, he/she Cuttlebugs, they/we Cuttlebug...

Oh, I love a good conjugation in the morning!!

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

DT Announcement & Blog Candy Guessing Game!

Ooohh!! Only a couple of hundred visitors to go to the 10,000 mark and Blog Candy time!! ;o)

As some of you know, I have been running a guessing game to guess the name of the DT I will be joining. Well, it's OFFICIAL now, so the game is over!! I am thrilled to tell you that I am joining SASSY CRAFTS' DT!!! Toot, toot!! :o) Chuffed to bits, but slightly intimidated by the awesome talent of the existing team members!! Hope I can measure up. :o)

Thanks to all of you who have had a go at guessing the name. There are some people who have won three extra entries into my forthcoming blog candy, and I will annouce their names when I announce the blog candy. (You know who you are! ;o)

I am shattered after my interview, so going to chill out now, until I fall asleep.

Bye for now!

Monday, 25 August 2008

Quick & Simple for Susie's Blog Candy Challenge...

Susie is celebrating her wedding and 20,000 visitors to her blog by offering some wonderful blog candy... this Memories in Motion Embellishment case, filled with goodies! Wow!!

To enter, you have to make a Black & White card. For full details, go to Susie's blog HERE.

This is mine... quick and simple. The sentiment was computer-generated using LB-Sheri font from a Lisa Bearnson CD; the border was hand-doodled and covered with Glossy Accents, and a touch of bling added on top of a pair of black daisies.

Today's Blog Candy letter (last one!)

The final blog candy game letter is.... S

Fab new Funky Hand downlaod.. "Minty Madness"

Our DT boss, Anice, has released a new download on the Funky Hand web-site, and it looks A-MAZING!! Called 'Minty Madness', it is mint green and black, and I can't wait to find some time to get some papers printed and get some cards made! My time is spoken for for several days now (apart from the occasional quick blog-break).

So.. while you're waiting for me (you ARE, aren't you? ;o) ... the rest of our DT have been producing some truly scrumptious creations. Their blogs are listed under the Funky Hand Design Team list on my sidebar, here on the right. I would thoroughly recommend a browse! :o)

IMPORTANT NOTE (cut & pasted from Kath's blog.. Thank you, mrs!!): Anice is offering a Bank Holiday Discount offer of 10% off everything on the website, including this new download, and if you are a newsletter subscriber, it's 15% off up until midnight TODAY.. Monday, 25th August. To take advantage of this offer, you need the Discount Codes which you will find on Anice's Blog.....Funky Hand Thoughts.

Love it when a plan comes together..

Phew!! In spite of initial problems... ran out of magenta ink!! Disaster! ... today's mission is accomplished... at last! I have been slaving over a hot craft table... dunc-dunc, dunc-dunc, dunc-dunc, dunc-dunc, dunc-dunc, dunc-dunc, dunc-dunc, dodedo.... (that's the Mission Impossible theme, in case it wasn't obvious)... making my daughter's birthday present and card. I have had to compromise on the present, sadly, because of afore-mentioned unexpected printer depletion.. Present is not as elaborate as I'd hoped, but it can be added to on future special occasions! Yayyy! Need some more Basic Grey Fusion grape, though...

Just hope she likes it (and co-ordinating card). Will post pics of items after Wednesday.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Heavy Metal.. Y.OU K.NOW Y.OU R.OCK...

Prompted by Julie for her blog candy draw (see candy left), I have finally succumbed to my longing to join in with the wonderful Y.OU K.NOW Y.OU R.OCK challenge blog, and offer this quick card for this month's task to make a card with metal embellishments to go with the 'Heavy Metal' theme.


The awesome talent over there is somewhat scary, so I submit this one humbly and without expectation of any kind. I just want the two bonus entries in Julie's fab candy draw (HERE)!! lol ;o)


My Blog Candy letter for today..

... is ..... S

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Today's Blog Candy letter...

... is......... Y

Tea Frogs...

This card is based (well, OK, I flipped it slightly!) on the fab bonus sketch on the 2Sketches4You challenge blog ~ Ingrid's debut! :o)

Inspired by some of the lovely autumnal cards that are beginning to appear in the 'sphere, these colours are a bit of a departure for me, but I love them! The lovely teapot was received in an image swap on the 'Crafts On The Net' forum. Don't know the manufacturer, but it came from my buddy, Laura, from downunder! :o)

Friday, 22 August 2008

Daring Card Makers Challenge ~ Arrows

I made this a couple of weeks ago for a friend, and I am so pleased to have an excuse to give it another airing! It's one of my favourites, though I say so myself. It fits the new Daring card Makers' challenge posted today, which calls for the use of arrows.

The arrow I used here was painted with fuchsia pink acrylic paint, then I dotted it with white Sakura Soufflé pen.

It was the first time I had used a Sarah Kay stamp, and I loved her, so will definitely be re-visiting this stamp again in the near future!


Blog Candy Letter...

Today's letter is....... A

Xmas Trees for Kazan & Emma..


This one was done for Emma's 'Embossing' challenge on her Sassy Crafts blog, HERE, and the layout was in accordance with Kazan's Sketch #7 on the 2Sketches4You challenge blog. My last few cards have been detailed, and took forever to make, and after my card for Gunhild, I felt the need.. the need to be free..... of clutter! So much simpler, this one. Not my fave, but it will do. (This goes against the grain for me.. one of my philosophies in life is " 'It'll do' won't do", but I'm feeling a bit more laid back at the mo. Must be the vodka. hehe ;o)

Paper and trees are from the 'Funky Little Christmas' download, available on the Funky Hand web-site, HERE. CS, bling, brad and ribbon from stash.

Spot the differences?

OK. I'll tell you.. Have added some diamanté to the ribbon, and added a bow tucked under the big flower in the middle. Have also added a couple of extra green fronds. The pin is drooping, but I'll fix that before posting it. Better, don't you think?

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Thank You card for Gunhild..

Regular visitors will recall the fuss I made when I won this blog candy from Gunhild of Stempelglede in Norway. I am just awe-struck by the beauty of these stamps, and THRILLED with my first card made using them!
This is on its way to Norway, but I don't think Gunhild frequents my blog, so I'm OK posting this now. (I hope!) I couldn't wait, anyway! I'm so happy with it! :o)


The only thing I'm not sure about is the diagonal blue ribbon. It's too severe. I'm thinking I might make a bow in the same ribbon, and tuck it behind one of the flowers, so it's peeking out. What do you think? Or maybe three tiny diamantés leading up the ribbon where it crosses the lace, starting near the flowers?

This is the recipe:

  • 'Thanks' definitions text panel is computer-generated and printed directly onto the card.
  • Leaf spray stamp is Hero Arts
  • The frame was hand-drawn and cut out, then inked and glittered with Stardust Stickles.
  • The white lace was daubed lightly with the same ink.
  • The flowers and the scroll were all stamped with the Stempelglede "Grunge Collection" stamps that I won.
  • The 'Thank You' stamp is an old foam-backed one that I had in my old stash
  • The heart charm is one of those brass 'Hand Made With Love' hearts, but I wanted a plain silver one, so I used silver embossing powder.
  • I don't have any hat pins, so I used a head pin instead with some Swarovski beads.
I hope you like it.

I nearly forgot your blog candy letter!!

So sorry to keep you waiting (as I know there are HUNDREDS of you out there, just hanging on my every word!! hehe ;o)

I have been receiving lots of guesses... mostly wrong, but a few correct ones... You know who you are! ;o)

OK.. Today's letter is.................... R

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Card for Sammi's Blog Candy + Two Challenges...

This card was made for Sammi's blog candy challenge to "make a 'Celebration' card which includes the colour purple and some form of sparkles".
Well, I hope you can see that I've included some purple (!), but ~ as usual ~ it's hard to capture sparkles on camera. They are there, though! The parcels have some Stickles on, as does the icing on the cupcake.. the rosebuds and the insect wings have been painted with glitter glue.

The card layout is based on Laura's sketch #6 from last week on the 2Sketches4You challenge blog. More evidence that I'm having trouble keeping up with the card challenges at the moment!

Ooh!! Have just realised that this also qualifies for this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge, to create a card using ribbon, with at least one Penny Black rubberstamp!! :o)

Most of the materials used will be easily recognised, but if you would like to know about any of the items, please feel free to ask in a comment or by email.

Today's Blog Candy Letter...

... is S

Monday, 18 August 2008

A bit of "sass" and a new blog candy letter...

When I come across a blog I like the look of, I like to go back in time to the beginning of the blog, to see how things have evolved (and, basically, because I'm a nosey ol' so and so who doesn't like to miss anything!! lol ;o) ... And that is how I came across this wonderful classy card, with such a profound and wise sentiment. (Click HERE.)

It just struck a chord with me, and I thought it was a great message for all of us women who whinge and moan about life, when we are supposed to be grown-ups and we really do know what we should do (and I very much include myself in that!)... (Thinking of one friend in particular who's had problems lately.. this is not aimed at you, hunni, I promise... I am thinking more of me !) :o)

This blog can be found HERE.
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Right.. another new letter for you to add to the collection... and thank you for the guesses to date, but you're all wrong!!! hehe! ;o) ..............................................

C

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Is this a new idea?

Don't you get excited when you think of a new tip or technique all by yourself? Of course, this "new idea" I've dreamt up is probably something you've all been doing for years, and I just never knew!! lol..

Oh.. you want to know what it is, I suppose...?? Well, for ages now, I have been wanting an edge distresser for my papers.. like the Heidi Swapp one, or Tim Holtz's wheel... but it occurred to me I could use a pair of scissors. I tried it, and it works a treat!

Just slightly open the blades and drag your paper through them a couple of times. Perfect distressed edges! (Perfect oxymoron!! lol) ;o)

Now, be kind and tell me how clever and brilliant and original I am... Don't tell me this is old news!! ;o)

A little toot, and a new letter.. !!

TOOT!!! I am thrilled to have been invited to join the Inspirational team, which means I get to choose creative blogs to showcase on the Inspirational Blog while I am blurfing away!! How fab is that? ;o)

To view the Inspirational blog to see the breath-taking creations featured on there, click on the Inspirational banner on the right. Soooo well-worth a vist, not only for the exceptional creations, but there are some awesome tutorials on there, too. Have fun!! :o)

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And here is today's letter for the Blog Candy guessing game.... S

Oh.. and thank you to those who have sent in guesses so far, but you're all wrong!! Sorry! hehe ;o)

By the way.. just to clarify.. the prize for guessing correctly is three bonus entries in my forthcoming blog candy, IF, of course, you decide to participate! :o)

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Blog Candy Guessing game.. Letter #2

I will be getting ready to head off into London, soon, to see 'Joseph', so thought I'd better do this before I go.

The second letter I'm giving you is............. T

Have a happy Saturday!

Friday, 15 August 2008

I Have A Secret!!!

And I'm not allowed to tell you!! Hah!! Don'tcha hate it when people do that? hehe.. I'm so wicked! ;o)

I am very excited, though, and can't WAIT to tell you what's happening! All I will say is that it involves joining a new DT.. well, no the DT is not new.. I am.. or will be... a week on Wednesday, which should just about co-incide with my next blog candy, I hope! :o)

The rather bull-ish estimate of 200 visitors a day has dropped a bit during the week, so the ten days blog candy ETA was a tad optimistic, I'm afraid. But still... it's not far to go.

Blog Candy Guessing Game

Here is one of the letters in the name of the crafty company I am going to be DT'ing for........

A

Rules

I'll post another letter every day leading up to DT Day, and if you can put them all together in the right order and send them to me by email (so there'll be no cribbing), you will automatically get three bonus entries in the blog candy draw. (But if you post your answer or make a guess beforehand and put it in the comments, you will be punished severely!! Bwahahahaha!!!)

Free the Blogs!!



Why turn it off?

  • Word Verification is a pain.. drives most bloggers potty with frustration, and many abstain from leaving comments where WV is enabled.
  • It prevents the visually impaired from participating in the blogging community as screen scanners cannot read the Captcha.
  • It is not necessary on personal blogs.
  • It is not 100% reliable in preventing spam.
  • Comment Moderation, however, IS reliable because it traps ALL comments before they get to your blog. AND it doesn't hinder your visitors from leaving comments.
Switching to comment moderation is not only the sensible, more effective alternative, but it is the considerate, courteous and respectful thing to do for visitors to your blog.

To see what other bloggers have to say on the topic, take a read through the comments on THIS post and THIS one.

How do I check if I have it on my blog?

To see if you have Word Verification on your blog, go to 'Settings', then 'Comments' and scroll down to the "Show word verification for comments?" option. You will either have 'Yes' or 'No' checked.

How do I switch it off?

Having checked whether or not you have it, just select the option that applies to you. (Please make it 'no'!)

It takes seconds to make a change that your visitors will thank you for. While you're there, scroll up the page a bit and make sure you click 'Always' on Comment Moderation.

Simple! :o)

"Funky" Christmas...

Given the very traditional Christmas design, I use the term "funky" advisedly, as what I mean is, it uses papers from Funky Hand!! Ha! ;o)

The papers are all from the 'Funky Christmas Time' download available from the Funky Hand web-site, HERE.

But even more exciting than that (if it ever could get more exciting than that! lol), is that the layout is based on the debut sketch by my very talented Funky Hand design team mate, Carol! This lady is one of my crafting heroines, and I hurry to open any new posts on her blog. She has posted her first sketch challenge (with blog candy!) HERE.

May I suggest taking some 'me' time... make yourself a lovely mug of something warm... relax, and take some time to browse Carol's great blog... before you dash off to make your card for her challenge! You will not be disappointed, I guarantee it.

Anyway, her sketch is on the left... and here is my card based on it.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Thank you card for Ruth...

I can post this now I know she has received it! :o) This was a thank you for my Funky Hand design team mate, Ruth of Tip Top Toppers, for a very generous RAK package she sent me. You can check out Ruth's talented creations on her blog, HERE.

There are three things to point out about this card.. Firstly and secondly, that it uses HOTP swirl stamps, and papers from Funky Hand's 'It's Funky Too' CD-Rom, and - thirdly - that the layout was inspired by this beautiful penguin card by Laurie Serino* in Alaska, on her blog, Stamping for God's Glory, HERE.

* Laurie ~ If you're not happy about this, please let me know and I will remove it from my blog.



Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Lovely Emma...

.. sent me this stunning card! A 'just because' card that arrived this morning, and believe me, the photo (which I lifted from Emma's blog) doesn't do it justice at all. It is even prettier in real life... and is now adorning my mantelpiece! :o) And since the colour scheme in my living room is brown, pink and cream, it couldn't go better with the decor!! (It's like she knew... Spooky!)

Thank you again, Emma, you angel! :o)


Tuesday, 12 August 2008

New Card #2

I adore these Sarah Kay images, but this is the first time I have used one! Isn't she sweet? With the proliferation of cards using this little girl, I was doubtful I would be able to come up with anything different, but I am loving this card, I have to admit! :o)

Hmm.. this photo makes her look wonky, but she isn't in 3D!

Watercoloured throughout, and can't remember where everything came from, so it's all "from stash"! ;o)

New card #1..

This card was made using papers from the wonderful 'Funky Little Christmas' download from Funky Hand. You can purchase the download on Anice's web-site HERE. The layout is based on Kazan's sketch #6 from 2Sketches4You.