Sunday, 27 February 2011

Bunny Bouquet


My OH and i had a very rare night out on Friday, a friend of ours had son overnight and we went to see 'The Kings Speech' and it was fabby and i'm sorry any american friends watching, but if somebody in the cast doesn't get an oscar tonight it will be a travisity - update YIPEE Colin Firth got the Oscar along with 3 others including Best Picture and Best Director, so well deserved.

My card today reminds me of when i was a little girl and my mum made my brother and i bonnets for an Easter parade and we both won !!! (we were only 5 and 6 at the time). The stamp i'm using is one that i've had for about 9 months and never used, but with so many spring challenges around at the moment, i thought it was apt.

Todays Card and Challenges ;

Penny Black Blog  - where the Challenge is 'Easter'

Penny Black Saturday Friends  - where Challenge No: 140 is 'Pearls and Lace'

Basic Grey - where Challenge No: 38 is a 'Sketch' and a fabby at that

Oldie But A Goodie - where Challenge No: 13 is 'Spring Is In The Air'

Crazy 4 Challenges  - where Challenge C4C76 is 'Flowers'

One Stop Craft - where Challenge No: 120 is 'Spring Flowers'

Stamp Something - where the Challenge is 'Something With Flowers'

Fab 'N Funky  - where Challenge No: 61 is 'Recipe Time' - 1 image, 2 embellishments (pearls and lace) and 3 papers

Sorry about photo, will add another one tomorrow, only i was fighting the light. - I've now added another photo.

Image - Penny Black - 'Bunny Bouquet'
Papers - Basic Grey - 'Origins'
Sentiment - Woodware - 'Tiny Phrases'
Lace and Pearls from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Scooter Dog


Well it's nice to say for a change that it is lovely and sunny here today, yipee.  Yesterday i took son to meet the fabulous childrens author Emily Gravett - she's written some amazing childrens books, but before that i decided to do a balancing act with 3 cups of coffee and 1 of them decided to spill down my front, i'm ok and a pack of ice and lavendar oil saved me fortunately from a nasty burn.

The image i'm using today is one that i purchased from the lovely Dick at PB Stamps just before Xmas, and i also couldn't resist the fabby Doodlebug papers i found in The Glitter Pot !!! I swear i'm getting mean in my old age !! - the sketch required something in the middle of the ribbon and as i didn't have a buckle, i went for the next best thing a ribbon brad coloured brown with a permanent marker and if i say so myself i think it looks rather good too.

Right onto todays Card and Challenges ;

Cards For Men - where Challenge No: 4 is a 'Recipe' - 1 image, 2 DP's, 3 Embellishments

Crafty Catz  - where Challenge No; 70 is 'One For The Men / Boys'

Sketch And Stash - where they are up to Sketch No: 55

Craft Your Passion - where Challenge No; 46 Dude Time Doodles is 'Male Card or Project'

Papersundaes - where Challenge No: 57 is 'Masculine Colours'

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 139 is 'Mens Cards'

Creative Inspirations - where Challenge No: 100 is 'Stripes'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Coffee and Cream'

Image - Penny Black - 'Scooter Dog'
Sentiment - Basic Grey
Papers - Doodlebug - 'Petite Prints'
Punched Edge - EK Success - 'Paw Print'
Candy Dots - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon Brad and Ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Preparing For Christmas !!!


We all have colds in this house, i think it's something to do with the fact we went to the 'British Wildlife Centre' in Lingfield on Sunday and it was very cold and damp there and the cold seemed to get into all of our bones :-(

After i have uploaded this card i'm going back to watch QVC to see if i can get any inspiration from the fabby Tim Holtz.

Ok todays card nearly didn't happen, as when i went to start cutting the paper yesterday i noticed that son had some how taken the plastic guard off of my Making Memories paper trimmer and as i tried to put it back it snapped in 3, so when i picked son up i had to drive over to The Glitter Pot to get a new trimmer - how unimpressed was I !!!

For todays card i wanted to do something a little different - i wanted to tell a story :
in image 1 - the bear is writing a letter to santa
in image 2 - the bear is shopping for gifts
in image 3 - the bear is filling it's stocking on Christmas Eve

Right onto the card and Challenges :

One Stitch At A Time - where Challenge No: 50 is 'Anything But Square'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas'

The Secret Crafter - where Challenge No: 122 is 'Fancy Folds'

CES Challenges  - where Challenge No: 24 is 'Spots & Stripes'

Incy Wincy Designs - where Challenge No: 81 is 'Punches or Dies'

All images - Penny Black : Bear writing letter to santa - 'Dear Santa'
Bear shopping - 'Aiming To Please'
Bear Filling Stocking Up - 'All Yours'
Papers - Doodlebug

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Merry Kitty


Todays card is a little one it's only 5" square, as the stamp is so small - it looked lost on my usual size card of a 6" square. The stamp is a new one that i got from the Sir Stampalot sale as Xmas. I've used vellum on this card which is a product i don't use very often - i have paper pieced the bauble with vellum and when i did the embossed section - because it looked horrible just the vellum on pearlescent gold card i decided to emboss the vellum and white card together, before wrapping it in some sheer gold ribbon.

The Challenges i'm entering are :

ABC Christmas Challenge - where C is for 'Clean and Simple' and the lovely Helen has come up with a fabby sketch

CCEE Stampers - where Challenge CCEE1106 is 'Embossing'

Totally Papercrafts - where Challenge No: 53 is 'Clean and Simple'

Penny Black Blog - where this weeks Challenge is 'Vellum'

Image - Penny Black - 'Merry Kitty'
Papers - Dovecraft - 'Winter Wonderland'
Vellum Embossed Section - Cuttlebug - 'Christmas Ornaments'
Vellum - Papermania
Ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Monday, 14 February 2011

Pretty In Pink


Thank you to all those who asked about son - he is starting to feel much better thanks, tomorrow will be day 5 and after that he can go back to nursery and i'm hoping to take him to a soft play on Wednesday, as he is now bored - fortunately today we went to a friends house, whose children have both had Chicken Pox.

Todays card has caused me a few headaches as i made the card, then found out the sentiment i had used was not a PB !!, disaster, so i then had to play about with it and add a new sentiment and this one definetly is PB as it's mine. I did a class at The Glitter Pot on Saturday and todays card is inspired with what we made - it also made me fall in love with my Tattered Florals, which i was struggling to even like. Shock horror also i've done something that i never do, only use a sentiment and no colouring in either.

The Challenges i'm entering are :

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 90 is 'It's All About The Sentiment'

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 138 is 'Pretty In Pink'

Craft Your Passion - where Challenge No: 45 is 'Use Pink'

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - where their Challenge is 'Pink' and you must use 1 item from their shop - i've used Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz and Distressed Ink - Victorian Velvet

Tellens Place - where their Challenge is 'Paint It With Stripes'

Fab 'N' Funky - where Challenge No: 59 is 'Tempting Texture'

Penny Black At Allsorts - where this months Challenge is 'Say It With Flowers'

Sentiment - Penny Black - 'With Heart' 4072F
Papers - My Minds Eye - 'Fine & Dandy - Tickled Pink'
Embossed Strip and Plain Flowers - Cuttlebug - 'Victoria'
Distressed Ink - Tim Holtz - 'Victorian Velvet'
Flowers - Tim Holtz / Sizzix - 'Tattered Florals'
Ribbon - 'The Glitter Pot'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Hanging On


Found out yesterday that 4 year old son has chicken pox - oh joy, which means he will miss 2 days of nursery, as he won't be allowed back till next Wednesday,  fortunately at the moment it seems to be quite mild.

Todays card is very different for me and well out of my comfort zone - but it did give a good excuse to use a stamp that i have had for 18 months and never used (as i have never found a suitable sketch for it) - i know shame on me, but it was very reasonable as i bought it from Dick at PB stamps then had it shipped to my friend in Houston, when i was visiting her - Canny i hear you cry !!!

Right on to todays Challenges and Card :

Penny Black Challenge Blog - where this week's Challenge is 'Winterwhite'

Penny Black At Allsorts  - where this month's Challenge is 'Say It With Flowers'

Top Tip Tuesday - where Challenge No: 21 is 'Frame It'

Delightful Challenges  - where this weeks Challenge is 'Get Punchy'

Image - Penny Black - 'Hanging On'
Sentiment - Stampin Up - 'Oval All' - cut with Stampin Up punches
Paper - DCWV - 'Floral Prints'
Punched Edge - MS - 'Doily Lace'
Gems from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 8 February 2011



To be honest i nearly didn't enter the Penny Black Saturday Friends Challenge, as the Challenge is 'Love Is -----' and although i had the word Love (it was on a wooden stamp 'Love You'), i didn't have the 'IS' bit or so i thought, till i went routing around my transparent sets and found the sentiment 'Spring Is Here' on 'Garden Friends', -  as i couldn't do a computer generated sentiment as my inkjet has run out !!!
The stamp i'm using is one that i've had for ages in fact it came as part of a package for taking out a magazine, about 2 years ago.

Right on to todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 137 is 'Love Is --- ' and you have to finish it off

Allsorts  - where Challenge No: 89 is 'Love Love Love'

Basic Grey - where Challenge No: 37 is 'All Heart'

The Secret Crafter - where Challenge No: 120 is 'Valentine'

Stamptacular Sunday - where Challenge No: 97 is 'Hearts Gone Wild'

Oldie But A Goodie - where Challenge No: 12 is 'Add A Heart'

Friday Sketchers - where Sketch No: 140 was just what i was looking for

Crafty Calendar - where Challenge No: 17 is 'Love'

My Time To Craft - where Challenge No: 127 is 'Hearts and Flowers'

and the inside

Image - Penny Black - 'T.L.C'
All Sentiments - Penny Black - Love taken from 'Love You'
                                                                         Is taken from 'Garden Friends' transparent set
                                                    Inside Sentiment - '---- Smiling'
Papers - Basic Grey - 'Bittersweet'
Heart Punch with 'Love Is' on - Woodware - 'Heart Silhoutte'
Corners have a hearts punched edge - MS - 'Valentine Lace'
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Distressed Image, Sentiments and Flowers - Tim Holtz - 'Victorian Velvet'
Gems from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Monday, 7 February 2011

Sweet Surrender


After an eventful weekend in Yorkshire - we are now home safe and sound, thank goodness.
1) the winds and rain - OH had to drive to Sunderland on Friday and as he drove back to Yorkshire there were loads of lorries jack knifed everywhere
2) OH had a flat tyre Saturday - had to call out the AA, who changed it to the spare, but it was a 'Space Saver' which means it would never have got us back to Sussex !!, so after some frantic phoning around he found a new one in York and off he went to get it sorted - so that was the best part of Saturday gone !!
3) Fortunately we came home yesterday on the A1M and not the M1, as Junctions 39 - 37 were closed and an Air Ambulance was involved.

Todays card started off with a sketch designed by my lovely friend Sandra over on Docrafts and the stamp is one i bought last Wednesday !!! - gee i'm such a sucker for PB's and bargains, it was half price, but to justify it i thought i could use it for snow and leaves as well, what do you think ?

Right onto todays Card and Challenges :

Scrapbook Sisters - where Challenge No: 21 is 'Red, Red, Red'

Crafters Companion - where Challenge No: 9 is 'Romance'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Love Is In The Air'

Crafts And Me - where Challenge No: 23 is 'It's Red'

Penny's Paper Crafty - where Challenge No: 46 is 'Hearts A Flutter'

Moving Along With The Times  - where Challenge No: 84 is 'Red'

Crafty Cardmakers - where Challenge No: 39 is 'Hearts'

Image - Penny Black - 'Sweet Surrender'
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'Hugs / Transparent Set'
Papers - Bo Bunny - 'Crush'
Punched Edge - MS - Valentine Lace
Gems - from stash

Thanks for looking, luv Sam x

Thursday, 3 February 2011



I'm in a little bit of shock at the moment, as i don't normally win anything and just lately i have and i'm so excited and pleased - i would also just like to thank them all too.

1) Got Top 3 at Stamptacular Sunday for Sun Dried, thank you ladies
2) Won a blog hop prize at Papersundaes for Tender Showers
3) Then yesterday i found out i had won a small surprise candy in Mariannes  fabby holiday candy draw

With todays card i have used my new EKSuccess Daisy punches (that the girls recommended at The Glitter Pot, because although i love the Wild Orchid Flowers - i seem to have to make boxes for the cards !!), i then had a bit of a problem with the daisies not knowing which size circle to use for the middles - so i emailed the lovely Debby who came to the rescue, thank you.

Right on to todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Friends  - where Challenge No: 136 is a lovely sketch by Pauline

Crafty Catz - where Challenge No: 67 is 'Flowers'

Marks Finest Papers - where Speedy The Cats Friends Challenge # 40 is 'Valentines Card'

Simply Create  - where Challenge No: 36 is 'Give Your Heart Away'

Fairy Fun Fridays -  where Challenge No: 45 is 'For A Sweet Heart'

Image - Penny Black - 'Hugs' taken from Transparent Set
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'Love You'
Papers - My Minds Eye - 'Be Loved'
Punched Middle - MS - 'Doily Lace Trim'
Punched Flowers - EKSuccess - 'Daisy'
Gems from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Playing Cards !!


My burn was starting to heal really nicely, until i woke up Sunday morning and i had some how taken the skin off of some of it - boy was it painful, but it seems to have settled down a little now, thank goodness.

Gee what sort of card do you make for Alan's (other half) nephew who is at Southampton University studying 'Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering', who is going to be 21 on Thursday !!!, well after some thought i remembered seeing an idea in a magazine using playing cards to spell out the number, so that is what i have done.

What do you think of my new sidebars ?? - Shabbyblogs told me i had to change it before the end of January, or i would loose it, anyway after a little scrolling through i found this one and it's called 'Whisper', so i just had to have it !!!

Right on to todays Card and Challenges :

Crafty Pad - where Challenge No: 106 is 'Something For The Boys'

Alphabet Challenge  - where 'M is for Men'

Alys Sunday Challenge - where ASC34 For The Guys

Allsorts - where Challenge No: 88 is 'Saving Nature' - mine is the playing cards, as i got them off of my Father In Law, as he used to be a magician.

Bearlymine - where Challenge No: 3 is 'For Men and or Boys'

Papers - Scenic Route Paper Company - 'Cape Town '
Sentiment - Hero Arts - 'Small Greetings'
Punched Edge - MS - 'Zigzag'
Distressed - Tim Holtz - 'Broken China'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x