Less is More ” Glamour and Glitz “

Hello lovely ladies, super quick post from me as I have the  “mange ” (well flu to be precise ) Last week upon my return from London I found both hubby and number 2 son a coughing and a sneezing. I of course being the compassionate person that I am called them wimps and told them to stop feeling sorry for themselves , only to catch the dreaded lurgy a few days later !!!! that will teach me !

I just wanted to share this little card with you before I crawl back into bed that I made for

the current Less is More challenge whose theme this week is Glamour and Glitz ! A bit tricky trying to combine CAS with glitz and glamour but here goes nothing !

I used Tim Holtz large and small rosette dies using various papers from my stash and my new ebosser to cut them. The larger one was dipped in Glossy Accents and then tons of glitter added. For the central embellishment I made a mold with some of that fun putty stuff and an old button ( can’t remember the name of it ! ) it sets in about five minutes then added UTEE that I had melted in my Ranger melt pot ( clear,white and blue ) filled the mold and five minutes later ta da ! The embossing and scalloping are all done with a fab new set by SU that I purchased by way of the lovely Vicky from Crafting Clares Paper Moments, I just adore it and am sure it will feature on many more projects to come.

Do pop over to Less is More so much to see and admire as always.

Right am back off to bed with a nice mug of hot cocoa 1

Take care


Get Creative November 20th Card Sketch Challenge

Would you like to be guest designer for Get Creative for the month of January ?  Well all you have to do to be in with a chance is to take part in our card sketch challenge using  the sketch below and one lucky winner chosen by the design team will have the opportunity !

Here’s the sketch by our fabulous leader Irini

As soon as I saw this I knew exactly what I wanted to do but before I reveal my card I just want to warn the squeamish of you to look away !!!!

Hope I didn’t send any of you running and screaming from the room !

For the non-squeamish among you here’s a close up !!!!

I used my Cameo to cut the frame and the insects, a Paper Smooches sentiment has been stamped onto a label die courtesy of spellbinders.

I do hope you will play along with us at Get Creative and who knows you could be our guest design team member for January !

Before I go I would like to thank you all so much for your messages of support for Dolly she was so touched by the fact that perfect strangers ( and you are all perfect ) would take the time to send her such positive messages .

Am off to bed its been a tough ten days and I’m knackered !!!!

Take care


Addicted To CAS Our first challenge !!!! ” Code Word ” Snow

Such an exciting day today as our first ever challenge at Addicted to CAS goes live  I’m so excited !!!

This will be a fortnightly challenge and our CAS Perfectionist winner will be eligible for a super prize !

Each challenge will have a Code Word and our first one is ” Snow ” so lots of scope with this one.

We are so very grateful to be sponsored for this challenge by Joanna Munster of Inspired by Stamping who is offering a $20 gift voucher that can be used in her store . Do pop over and check out her fabulous blog , lots to see I can assure you

So what did I do for my first ever Cas card for Addicted to CAS………

well you can’t get more CAS that that now can you !!

I hope you like this cute little guy he certainly made me smile when I saw him ! The sentiment is from Paper Smoochies and the snowman is courtesy of my Cameo and I’ve just coloured his little carrot nose with Copics.

I do hope you can join us at our first ever challenge at Addicted to CAS and why not pop over and meet the new DT such a talented bunch of ladies . A big thank you to Kylie our lovely leader who had the good taste to pick me for her team lol,  and is one of the nicest people I have ” virtually” met , even if she is a bit of a nutter !

This is a scheduled post as I am in London and hope to be back in a few days so will catch up with you all then

Take care


Crafty Cardmakers November 12th ” Die Cuts and Punches “

Its time once again for a new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers and our host this time round is the lovely and talented Betty who is asking us to use die cuts or punches or a combination of both and here is what she has to say :-

You can have a combination such as 1 punch and 1  diecut as that equals two, or two punches, two diecuts. You can use more if you wish as long as there is at least two in combination or two of either on your creation.

We are sponsored by Hobby Art who are offering a fantastic prize please see Crafty Cardmakers for details

We are also sponsored by Milk Coffee Digital Stamps
with a prize of 5 Digital Stamps

Now I do love my die cuts but I kept it really simple and instead of going to my trusty Cameo I used my spellbinders nested heart dies , I used and old book and cut several layers of hearts in varying sizes. I sewed them together and coated them with Gesso and some chalk inks, added a little eyelet and some thread and attached them to the base which was embossed and the same inks and Gesso applied randomly

I do hope you will join us at Crafty Cardmakers and we look forward to seeing your creations, why not pop over and see what the fabulous DT have come up with to inspire and motivate us.

I may  be a little late visiting as I  am in London with my friend Dolly attending hospital while she undergoes chemotherapy but I do promise I will get round to you all as soon as I can

Take care


Addicted to CAS Giveaway !

Just popped in before I leave for london to let you know that the new challenge blog Addicted to CAS which I’m very fortunate to be a DT member of  is launching on the 17th of November and is having a HUGE give away  here are the details

Are you up for some prizes??
How about a little giveaway even before we start??

We are getting very excited here at Addicted to CAS. Have you noticed the countdown on the blog? Maybe that doesn’t help because to me the hours are dragging along!! LOL.

There are more ways than one to get yourself into the draw. Take advantage of all your options to increase your chances of winning!

Here are ways you can enter –
Add the Addicted to CAS badge to your blog (1 entry)
Follow our blog (1 entry)
Follow us on Facebook (1 entry)
Refer a friend (1 entry)
Leave us a comment on this post telling us how excited you are (1 entry)
Once you have added the badge to your blog you must link up to your blog using the link tool below.

If you have referred a friend AND they follow us, make sure your friend leaves on their comment who actually referred them! The easiest way to tell your friends would be to create an actual post on your blog telling everyone about this!

Want to know what you can win?

Approximately $150 worth!!!!

Here’s what you could win –

Stampin’ Up – 1 x Stampin’ Around Standard Handle
Stampin’ Up – 1 x Sweet Swirls standard wheel
Cricut Cartridge – 1 x Give a Hoot
Marvy – 24 x brushmarkers
Jo Sonja – Crackle medium
Inspired by Stamping – Halloween Tags stamp set
Assorted stickers and embellishments

The competition will go for the rest of this month

You have to be in it to win it!

 So why not pop over to Addicted to CAS and try your luck we would love to see you there

Take care ladies


Goodbye Addicted to Stamps and More and Hello Addicted to CAS !

Over at Addicted to Stamps and More its time for a new challenge and our theme this week is flowers a nice easy challenge I think you will agree. Sadly it will be my last as a DT member,  sniff , sniff , but do not fear I’m not going far ! The lovely Kylie owner of ATS&M has decided that one challenge blog is just not enough and the crazy but lovely lady has set up Addicted to CAS and has asked me to join the team !

This will be a fortnightly challenge and as its name suggests is strictly for the CAS card makers amongst  you we will also have some wonderful sponsors joining us so there will be prizes yippee !!!!

Our first challenge will go live on the 17th of November so do hope you can join us.

I’m really sad to be leaving this team as they are all such a wonderful group of talented ladies and we have all bonded so well but quite a few of them will be on the new DT so we can still keep in touch.

Right onto my card !

I embossed the frame with one of my Stampin up wheels and white embossing powder the frame had previously been coated with pink Pan Pastels. I raised it up with foam to give a little dimension and added a lovely piece of embossed card inside. The flower was made with a Sizzix bigs die and  coloured with Pan Pastels, the brad I made with my i-top brad maker.

I will be leaving in a few days time for London to look after my friend Dolly whom I’m sure some of you remember , as most of my time will be spent at hospital please forgive me if I’m late passing by. I would just like to thank Irini of Get Creative, Lin of Crafty Cardmakers and Kylie for being so understanding and allowing me to take a break from my DT obligations it’s very much appreciated.

I do hope you will come and play with us this week at Addicted to Stamps and More and it would be lovely to see you at Addicted to CAS on November 17th.

Take care


Get Creative November 5th Card Challenge and October Winner and Top Five

Hello lovely ladies this is a bit of a long post so if you don’t have a cuppa in your hand I suggest you go and get one !!!  Welcome to another challenge over at Get Creative but before I go any further I would just like to thank everyone that took part in our month-long card celebration in October. Each DT member and there are thirteen of us set our own challenge and chose one winner who will receive a prize offered by us. The response was amazing,  so many entries and I would just like to thank each and every one of you who took part in my CAS challenge. I was totally blown away by the quantity and quality of your creations, believe you me it was soooooo difficult to choose just one winner but rules are rules and my winner was Susan Martin with this gorgeous card

Susan your gift is on its way too you !

Here in no particular order are few cards that I really liked but where just pipped to the post

Vicky Hayes 



Alexandra avc-creations

Back to Get Creative HQ and time for the November 5th card challenge and our lovely leader Irini is asking us to use a stamp we have never used before on our cards !!!! so much choice , I think I have more unused than used ! it took me days to decide but after much deliberating I finally chose this beauty by Darkroomdoor.

To be honest I wish I had chosen something simpler as I decided to use my copics and  we all know how much of a novice I am with them. I stamped the image at least a dozen times and then tried various colour combinations , all of them naff and destined for the bin. This was the best of a bad bunch so you can imagine what the others where like !!! After I finished colouring with the copics I gently added pink Pan Pastels to the image to soften the colours a little ( yes these colours are softened  !!)

Please pop over to Get Creative to see which stamps my fellow team members had languishing away untouched in their crafty stash and why not join in.

We have been sponsored by the gorgeous Natasha  who is offering this wonderful prize, you have until the 29th of the month to upload your card .

Right am off for a cuppa am exhausted don’t know about you !!!

Take care