Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Sugar Bowl #26 - Lilians sketch

Good morning everyone and it is nice to be back again. Feels like December has passes in a whooooosh. I know I won't be the only one who feels like this.

The last few days for us has been fairly chilled. The snow and ice has made it really time consuming and such a lot of effort to even get out the door. I am so thankful that I bought the boys sallopets a couple of years ago. They have been on every day since the snow began...about 18th Dec!!

Well back to the job in hand today! Today is the start of the Sugar Bowl Challenge number 26 and this week the very lovely Lilian has drawn us the sketch and she has cosen the extra option of NEW.

I have coloured one of the new baby collection stamps called Callum which is available from Funky Kits. He is perfect as a new baby card or as a 1st Birthday card. I have used copics to colour and K & Co Small Wonders papers.

For the sentiment I have used a rub-on beside the image and little mini alpha stickers.I have also used some plain old garden twine to add on the charm....gives it a bit of a masculine twist!
I hope you manage to have time to join in with us over the next fortnight, as the prize for this challenge is the new, yet unseen, 'Snowy Times' stamps from Mary Hall. They sound gorgeous !! Perfect for all this winetry weather we are having.

Don't forget to stop by the Sugar Bowl and check out all the inpiration there from the other girls.

Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed 2010! Have a great evening whatever you are doing. We are having a quiet night in....as usual....with 3 small kiddos Hogmany is just a little quieter than it used to be :)

See you all next year !

Judy x

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Sugar Nellie DT - Isla

Hellloooo my peeps! What is happening with you today?? Well the snow here just keeps coming! It is a winter wonderland....must be 3-4 inches deep at least. My dear boys are with their Grandparents and I supposed to be retrieving them tomorrow weather permitting. I miss them heaps. The house is so quiet! On the plus side I have made my pudding for Christmas day, wrapped all the pressies, and have a fairly clean and tidy house :)


So I thought I would show you a card today...probably my last one till after Christmas. I have finished making Christmas cards...I am ready to move on now and put all the glitter away for a while. So the new Sugar and Spice Collection from Sugar Nellie are perfect to kick start the new season of crafting! I went for making a Thank you card using Isla. I followed the sketch from last weeks Mojo Monday and used the fabulous colours from this last Challenge from Colour Create: pink , burgundy and ivory. Gorgeous!

I thought I would share a few photos with you! The first is the view from our upstairs bedroom.



This was taken when we went out for an evening walk a few days ago...the boys were so excited. Jude's face says it all!


Thanks for popping by...I'll be flying past tomorrow to let you know about a festive give-away over at Quixotic Papereie!

Stay warm !

Hugs Judy x

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Loving Christmas Wishes


Posting twice in two days!!! Now I am just showing off! LOL!

I made this card at some point over the last two weeks but was just lacking energy to blog it!

I have coloured one of the new Tilda's from this years collection with prismas and have used some of the gorgeous MME Signature Christmas papers.I followed the sketch from last weeks Friday sketchers, but am now too late to enter it. The label ticket is also a magnolia stamp from last year and the flowers are all from my stash. I created a little mistletoe bunch using a fern punch and some little white pearls.

Thanks for popping by. I hope to get around to some blog hopping today now that my energy is returning, as well as doing all the chores around the house that are yelling at me to be done.

Anyone got snow?? WE have had snow showers on and off all morning...YEAH!!
Piccie added to show view from my front window this morning! Wooo hooo!
Chat soon, Judy x

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Quixotic Challenge # 7 - Lace


Oh wow..I am so thrilled to be back with you. It feels like an age since I last chatted with you all.
Thanks sooo much to all of you who sent me good wishes. It is much appreciated.
I THINK I am just about fully recovered. Sinusitus turned into full blown aches and shivers and that meant a few days curled up on the sofa...well as much as you can with a husband working offshore and 3 kids!

Are you all very busy? How are the Christmas preps coming along? I have had to curtail my plans that I had for making my own Christmas crackers and hand making all my gift bags.....think all of those will be shop bought. But that is ok! Christmas is a time for family and enjoying them ...not stressing about everything being perfect.
Right onto the business of today...today we are now onto out 7th Quixotic Challenge and Carole has chosen the theme of lace.
I have chosen to colour this cute Shepherd from Sarah Kay which is available from Quixotic Paperie with 20 % off! He is coloured with pencils and a little bit of stickles for the star! I have followed the super sketch from Everybody Art Challenge.
The papers are ones I have had since last year from Flair and I adore them. They have beautiful script background and verses from the Bible. Most of them have been hidden but I will decorate the inside with the papers where they can be seen a bit better. The sentiment is computer generated!
For my lace option I have used some brown crochet ribbon and I have also used a wooden star and painted the edges with crackle paint, both available form Quixotic Paperie.
Thanks for bearing with me over the past couple of weeks, all being well I should have some more things to show you soon!
Quixotic Challenges is going to be taking a 2 week break so you have plenty time to enter this months draw for the prize.
Hopefully back soon!
Judy x

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

missing???

Hello everyone...

Just a wee quick drop in to say 'Hi'. So sorry I have nothing to show :(

I have been feeling really rough the past few day...a bad dose of the cold and it has floored me! Whenever I get a cold I always get hit by Sinusitus and I can't do very much for a week!!

Anyway, I will give you a brief chat of what I have been up to. On Saturday I was down at Simply Create teaching my second class there. I thoroughly enjoy doing them. I wasn't sure whether teaching classes would be my thing but the ladies that come along are so lovely and so industrious!! They do everything I tell them...most unlike when I was teaching a class of 9 and 10 years olds!!

Jacqui's shop is such a pleasant environment with so many tempting goodies!

This week has just been full of Nativity plays...I've been to 2 and the 3rd is tomorrow. What a laugh today. My 3 year old was playing Joseph. He had no lines to say but just had to point at baby Jesus at the correct part in the play. Anyway at that point he was lying face down on the ground with his costume almost off! I think he got a bit of stage fright! But that was nothing compared to the 2 shepherds having fisticuffs over a fluffy sheep! What a hoot it was!

After tomorrow things are looking distinctly quieter and I am looking forward to sing all those lovely stamps I have bought for Christmas cards and not had a chance to use yet!!

Hope to see you all again soon!
Hugs Judy xx

Friday, 4 December 2009

Whiff Of Joy - #58



Good morning! Just a quickie!

I am trying to blast through making my cards and here is one I made earlier using the fabulous sketch by Marga from Whiff of Joy. I am not happy with this card...can't put my finger on it but it will do! I have quite a few more I want to make so I am going to have to learn how to be clean and simple.....I just can't do it!

I have used the image called Wee and the Christmas Tree and it is coloured with prismas. I knew I wanted a softer look for this image. I have added little gems on the tree...looks lovely and sparkly IRL! Papers are all Bo Bunny and the December stamp is from Tim Holtz. yup...I know what it is ..this card just doesn't flow for me...tooooo bitty. I will keep it beside me for a few days and it will come to me later what I need to do to change it!

I am off down to Simply Create in a wee while to teach my Winter Song class. Can't wait! Jacqui' shop has such a lovely atmosphere and it is a pleasure to teach there. I am off now to pack my kit and get organised.

Catch you all later! mmm...looking forward to this evening..... X-Factor semi's and writing Christmas cards! Who do you think is going out tonight??

Judy xx

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Sugar Bowl #25 - Lilian's Sketch


It is time for another Sugar Bowl challenge and this week we have the honour of using a sketch from the lovely Lilian with the extra option of your favourite colour. Easy!

This week we have a Christmas special and Karen is kindly donating 12 Sugar Nellie stamps as the prize for this challenge! Yes 12...that is not a misprint! How cool is that!

You also have some extra time to enter this challenge...we won't be setting the next challenge until the 31st December so you have a full 4 weeks to get your entry in...no excuses now! LOL!!!

So onto my card. I have used an oldie but a goldie in my book. I just love Pip with Presents.....reminds me of my little cherubs..ha ha!!
He is coloured with copics, stickles and white ink pen. the papers are all Magnolia...my favourite Christmas papers this year. The layers have been machine stitched together.

The poinsettia flower is from last years stash..so don't know the brand and I have used a vintage brad for the centre. The crochet ribbon is from Quixotic Paperie.

If you have time make sure you check out the Sugar Bowl blog as you will oooo and ahhhh at the rest of the teams gorgeous creations! They never fail to inspire :)

Have you seen the 12 days of Christmas give away each day on the Sugar Nellie blog?? All you have to do is leave a comment each day to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Thanks for popping by and make sure you have a great day!

Hugs Judy xx

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Quixotic Challenge #5 - Charms


Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another Quixotic Challenge. This week Martine has chosen the theme of charms.

I have decided to make a tag card as seen previously on the Whiff of Joy Inspirations blog. I was needing a change from my usual square card. So thank you Marga for the lovely inspiration you provided over there. The basis for this card is a strip of cardstock 12 inches by 5 inches , scored at 3 inch intervals. Here is the link to the labelcard tutorial for those of you who might like to try this.

The papers I have used are all from Magnolia.The image is 'Snow Anya' and has been coloured with copics and lots of stickles. The snowflake charm, flowers and gem centres are all available from Quixotic Paperie.
The letters are gold alpha stickers which I painted with 'Brushed Pewter' crackle paint. I could go on about the little details but I will leave it there! If anyone wants to know something in particular they can just ask and I will share it with them!
Sorry the photos are not brilliant....my light tent is a little bit cramped with the long card! And not a jot of sunshine today...so dark and dreary.

Thanks for stopping by today. Today is the start of a new monthly draw at Quixotic Paperie Challenges and last months winner will be announced today.

I hope you can find time to join us in this week.
Back soon, Judy x

Monday, 30 November 2009

Magnolia candy Give Away Winner

Just back quickly to announce the winner of my Magnolia stamps give away and the random number generated was number 54!

So congratulations to Wilma aka Craftygran!!

Please e-mail me with your address and I will get these off to you ASAP!

Congraulations and sorry to those of you who didn't win this time!

Back soon with a card!
Judy xx

Raven - Sugar Nellie DT


Happy Monday Morning! How is everyone today??

Last day of November today and we have woken up to a very light covering of snow on the ground! Winter has arrived! The kids are also off school for an in-service day so I shall be wrapping them up warm later and taking them out for some fresh air.

Finally I am able to show you a card...feels like an age! I was very fortunate to receive the new Sugar Nellie 'Sugar and Spice' collection which is available now to buy at Funkykits. I love these girls! Perfect for all seasons!

I chose to colour 'Raven' first and went with some Autumn colours...just to enjoy it before the next month flies away with us. She is coloured with copics and highlighted with a Inkessentials white ink pen.The papers are all Bo Bunny and have been distressed at the edges with my fingers and a distressing tool. Flowers and raffia are from my stash and the big chocolate pearls can be found at Quixotic Paperie. The sketch I have followed is from this weeks Create4fun so I shall be entering it there.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have not entered my mini Magnolia Give away you have a few hours left to do so. I will be picking a winner this evening! Just scroll down to the post below.

back soon,
Hugs Judy xx

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Christmas Magnolia Give Away! - CLOSED!!





Hi! I have been tidying out my Christmas stamps and have found these ones which are doubles. They have never been used but are out of their packets. So if you would like them just leave your name in the link below and I will pick a random number on Mon 30th November.

I'll get it off to you ASAP so that you can get cracking using them before Christmas. I will include a few extra Christmas themed goodies too if your good! Hee Hee! I am happy to post worldwide :)




Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Quixotic Paperie #4 - Tearing!

Good Afternoon and welcome the 4th Quixotic Paperie Challenge. This week Kim has chosen the theme of 'Tearing', so a nice simple one to take part in.

Thank you for all your entries last week and they will all be entered into the draw to take place next week for the £20 Quixotic Paperie voucher.

I think I am going through a scrappy phase! I am really enjoying making cards with a more scrappy look. They are certainly coming together a bit quicker than my usual matting and stitching! So maybe in this busy card making season I will be doing a few more! My inspiration from this card is from the very talented Inge. I love her cards!!


Colouring is done with prismas and all the edges are inked with 'Frayed Burlap'.


The image is Miss Anya from the original set and the papers are MME 'Life Stories 2' collection, both available from Quixotic Paperie.

Thanks for taking the time to pop by! Much appreciated!

Off to go tidy up after 2 very messy 3 year olds! Peter has a little friend round to play and with a blink off an eye they have moved all the toys from one room to another and stripped the duvets off the beds and dragged them all downstairs!

Catch ya later!
Judy x

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Hugs!

Hello everyone on this wet dreich November morning!! I hope it is brighter and sunnier wherever you are! But hey ...I am going to achieve lots today...order some Christmas presents, parcel and post some parcels to my family abroad.

It is that time of the week again when Janny, Dena and myself share a card where we have all used the same image. This week we have chosen 'Hello Sunshine' from Ladybug and Friends, which you can buy from Quixotic Paperie if you are in the UK.

My image is coloured with prisma pencils and the papers I have used are all DCWV 'Crafty Stack'. Love the colours in this pack! Flowers are all punched using retro flower punches with a little copper brad in the centre.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have time to check what the other girls have done with the image. you will be inspired :)

Hugs Judy x

Monday, 23 November 2009

Friday Sketchers - Merry Christmas


Hellloooo everyone! How was your weekend???

I have had a little time to colour and play over the weekend and decided to have a go with the latest challenge at Friday Sketchers.

I don't often get the chance to play with my Magnolias so I was pleased to be able to colour one from this years collection called Silent Night Tilda. She is coloured with prisma pencils and highlighted with lots of stickles.

The papers are all Bo Bunny and I have machine stitched all the layers together. The sentiment is also Magnolia. It has been stamped on Kraft cardstock and then crumpled a little for some dimension.

The flowers are from my stash and the lovely vintage flower centre I bought at Simply Create at the weekend. It was lovely to meet both Karen and Wendy who were there doing a bit of crafty shoppping! Hello ladies :) I was there droppping off my samples for my next class which is on the 5th Dec. You can see the sneek peeks on Jacqui's blog here.

Now for a little info and heads up!
Quixotic Paperie is now stocking lots of the new Martha Stewart punches and has 10% off all Prima, MME, Cosmo Cricket and Basic Grey products until 30th November! Definetely worth a look and getting those papers you've had your eye on!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch up with you soon,
Judy x

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Sugar Bowl # 24 - Marlene's Sketch!




Good Morning and welcome to another Sugar Bowl Challenge! This week the very lovely Marlene has drawn the sketch and has given us the chosen option of zig-zags! So you could use zig-zag stitching, ric rac or anything else that includes a zig zag and one lucky winner will be winning the brand new ' Sugar and Spice' set of stamps that have been previewed on the Sugar Nellie blog this week. All 7 of them!!! Woooooo hooooo!

For my card today I have used one of the new Annie stamps by Leanne Ellis called 'Annie with Present'. She is coloured with copics and little highlights are done with a white ink pen. I have used prisma pencils for the background...though I admit it is not done perfectly when I see it on a photo!! I will be back to blend it in a little bit better!!


So my zig-zags are the ric rac and my zig-zag stitching!
The papers are all MME Signature Christmas which are available from Quixotic Paperie. The ric - rac, buttons and sparkly white thingys are all from my stash!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have time to stop by the Sugar Bowl blog for a little bit of inspiration...the other girls cards are totally stunning!!

Back soon,
Judy xx

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Quixotic Paperie #3 - Joy to the World


Hello crafty friends!! Hope you are well today!

Welcome to the 3rd Quixotic Paperie Challenge!! This week it is my turn to chose the theme and I have chosen the colour combo of Kraft and Red. If you don't have Kraft cardstock feel free to substitute it for brown.

Remember you can combine this challenge with as many others as you like and all entries will be in with a chance of winning a £20 gift Voucher from Quixotic Paperie!!

Today for my card I have gone for something a little different! I have used lots of embossing , painting and distressing on this card....i.e lots of mess!!

For the Kraft background I stamped the Magnolia Silent Night Stamp in Versamark ink and them embossed it in white. The edges were then distressed with 'Frayed Burlap'.

I then coloured the 'JOY' letters from the stamp set from CC Designs with copics and have 3D-ed Baby Jesus in the manger. The other letters were plain chipboard thickers which I painted with 'Picket Fence' Crackle Paint and then the edges were distressed.

The snowflake is made from a Spellbinders die which I have covered with Art Glitter...awesome stuff!! I drew and cut out the little music notes...ha ha don't laugh!!

Hope I haven't bored you too much with all the little details....I never know how much to share or whether you have all fallen asleep before the end of the post!! LOL! But then some of you are maybe beginners and appreciate knowing how a certain effect was achieved. I certainly learnt lots of new stuff from others when I was starting out. I still do!!....ok...ok...I will shut up now!!!

Don't forget to check out the Quixotic Paperie Challenge blog for some more inspiration!

Catch you tomorrow for the Sugar Bowl,
Hugs Judy xx

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Sugar Nellie DT - Penguin Love

Good Morning!! How are you?? We have had a long weekend with the kids off school and nursery yesterday. I feel relaxed and ready to go with the week now. Wish we always had 3 day weekends. So today I am going to have to do housework with vengeance!!

Today I have to show you a card with one of the new Sugar Nellie stamps by the ultra talented Diane Duda! This one is called Penguin Love...aren't they cute???

The penguins are coloured with copics and I have used stickles and Martha Stewart glitter for the ground. All the papers I have used are Magnolia. I just LOVE those papers!

Dena and Janny are also going to be showing cards today with this same image, so hop over to their blogs and be inspired!! They are truly talented gals! I can't wait to see what they have done with the image!
Thanks for popping by today! I appreciate your lovely comments.
Catch you later!
Hugs
Judy x

Friday, 13 November 2009

A Thank You Message!


Good morning my lovelies!

I just wanted to pop on today and say thank you very very much for all your lovely birthday wishes and cards. I am having a lovely day! The sun is shining and I have had a lovely chat with one of my sisters so far and had lots of Facebook messages!

I managed to get my breakfast in bed and open a few parcels before a mad rush to get off to school. I am treating myself to coffee and some morning telly and then later I off for lunch with some other ladies from the church. How good does it get???

For my birthday I treated myself to a light tent and some more yummy copics. So on your birthday if you had to choose..is it clothes or crafty stash?? Obviously in an ideal world we would love to have both but if you HAD to choose...what would it be??

The little thank you tag is made from grungeboard and grungepaper, distress inks and glimmer mist! So much fun to play about with! I am hoping to try some more grungepaper flowers on my blog soon.

I have used a Hero Arts Cling Stamp and stamped the main shape onto Grungeboard, cut it out and then inked with Distress Inks. The flowers are then stamped a couple of times onto Grungepaper, cut out, inked and then shaped with my fingers . Once you have the desired shape use your heat tool to set the shape! Ta da!! Gorgeous 3D flowers! Thne I have glimmer misted the flowers and added adhesive pearls.

I hope to add this tag to a card soon....so much to do ....so little time!

Thanks again everyone for your lovely Birthday wishes....eeek I am now officially in my mid-thirties!

hugs Judy x

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Quixotic Paperie # 2 - Stitching

Welcome back to the second Quixotic Paperie Challenge. It was great to see so many entries for our very first challenge. This week it is Rowena's turn to host the challenge and she has chosen the theme of stitching. Now this can be faux or real!

Don't forget if you enter the challenge your name will be entered into the monthly draw to win a fab prize from Quixotic Paperie. You can also combine this challenge with any others you wish to enter.
Now this challenge was an easy one for me as stitching seems to feature on almost all of my projects.

I picked one of the Kraftin' Kimmie stamps called Charlotte. I adore this quirky image! She was such fun to colour! The papers are 3 Bugs in a Rug 'Happy Birday' collection and I have machine stitched all the layers together. The sketch is a fabulous one which I followed from the Double Dutch Challenge.



The lovely Dena, Deb and Sandra gave me this award this week. Thanks for thinking of me!

The rules are:
I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word.
So here we go:


1. Where is your
cell phone? … don't know

2. Your hair? …mousey brown
3. Your mother?…Peru

4. Your father?… Peru
5. Your favourite food? …tandoori
6. Your dream last night?… nope
7. Your favourite drink? … coffee
8. Your dream/goal?… happy children
9. What room are you in?… family room
10. Your hobby?… Crafting
11. Your fear?…dying before my kids grow up
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?… not sure
13. Where were you last night? … kidszone!
14. Something that you’re aren’t?…depressed
15. Muffins?…lemon and white chocolate
16. Wish list item? … DSLR camera
17. Where did you grow up? … Scotland
18. Last thing you did?…phoned my sister
19. What are you wearing?…purple
20. Your TV?… reality!
21. Your Pets?…goldfish
22. Friends? …few
23. Your life?… content
24. Your mood?…creative
25. Missing Someone?…yup
26. vehicle?… Picasso
27. Something your not wearing?…slippers
28. Your favourite store? …Simply Create!
29. Your favourite colour?…deep red
30. When was the last time you laughed?…this morning
31. Last time you cried?…can't remember
32. Your best friend?… my sisters
33. One place that I go to over and over? …computer
34. Facebook?… yes
35. Favourite place to eat?…out


Oh how hard is that just to keep to one word! Well you can see that I haven't!!

I'd like to pass this on to some girlies who are always leaving such encouraging comments on my blog. Thanks girls !!

1.Emma 2. Ali 3. Shazza 4. Kirsti 5. Tanya


Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs Judy xx

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Windswept with Janny and Dena


Hellooooo! How are we today?? Today I have a card to share with you that Janny and Dena are also going to be doing. We chose to colour Windswept from Sugar Nellie and we will see what we have each come up with. I love doing this each week with these talented girlies!

She is coloured with a mixture of prismas and copics. I have used copic for the skirt, shirt and skin. The rest is prismas. I usually decide what to use by what kind of colour shade I am wanting and what copics I have in my collection. They are not cheap so I am building my collection up slowly!

The papers are from a scrapbook kit called My Creative Scrapbook. I occasionally get this from the USA and they provide beautiful papers and co-ordinating embellies. I don't scrapbook but the kit is easily adapted to cards and I just love having everything all picked out to co-ordinate for you!

The flowers are from my stash. I have inked the edges with Distress Ink and spritzed with glimmer mist. The sketch is from Create4fun. Thanks guys for the great layout...I love it!
I hope you have time to pop by and see what Janny and Dena have done with image. You are sure to be inspired!
Catch you tomorrow for our second Quixotic Challenge!

Judy x


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