Monday, 20 June 2011

Water Lily Skiing


Well today at the moment looks a little brighter - but i wonder how long it will last !!!

Ooo how i love my Penny Blacks but when I have to choose a stamp / image, when the challenge is so open like the Penny Black Saturday Friends challenge of 'Pesky Critters', i get all panicky, as i never know what to pick, then whilst checking other challenges i found a couple for 'Butterflies' and decided on 'Water Lily Skiing' - also it gave me a chance to play with the fabby new papers i bought in 'Crafty Emma's' sale by DCWV, which are aptly named 'The Blossoms & Butterflies Stack' and although these are 2 colours i wouldn't normally put together, i'm pleased with how it has turned out.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 156 (their 3 year Anniversary, Congratulations Girls) is 'Pesky Critters'

Stampavie and More  - where Challenge No: 145 is 'Butterflies'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge this week is 'Bingo' - I chose the bottom line - Shape, Ribbon and Sentiment

The Stamp Man - where Challenge No: 25 is 'Butterflies and Dragonflies'

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - where they are up to Sketch No: 106

Stamp Something - where the Challenge is 'Something With Pretty Papers'

One Stitch At A Time - where Challenge No: 67 is 'Things With Wings'

Image - Penny Black - 'Water Lily Skiing'
Papers - DCWV - 'The Blossoms & Butterflies Stack'
Sentiment - Paula Pascal - 'All Year Round'
Ribbon - Stampin Up
Distressed Ink - Tim Holtz - 'Broken China'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Winter Snuggles

I know we've had a dry spell and we need the rain, but after the 3rd time of getting wet in a week, it's now starting to wear a little thin !!, today we decided we would clean out our conservatory and guess what we've had a couple of downpours and now OH says we would be silly to put stuff outside incase it rains again !!! - hence why i'm now uploading a card, oh well there is always a silver lining somewhere !!

When i saw the Challenge on ABC Christmas  - 'L is for Love and Green, Silver and Red', i knew the stamp i wanted to use - this is an image i was kindly sent and have never got round to using it - i also decided to give my Cuttlebug 'Ice Crystal' a dusting off, as i usually use my Spellbinders 'Snowflakes' instead as they are smaller !!

Todays Challenges and Card :

ABC Christmas Challenge  - where 'L is for Love', with the colour combination of 'Green, Silver and Red'

Totally Papercrafts - where Challenge No: 71 is 'Die Cuts and Punches'

Christmas Challenges (With Sketches)  - where they are up to Challenge / Sketch No: 2

Papershelter - where Challenge No: 18 is 'Punches & Dies'

Use It Tuesday - where Challenge No: 9 is 'Dies, Punches, Cut - Outs, Oh My !' - I've used my old Cuttlebug - Ice Crystal.

Penny Black At Allsorts - where the June Challenge is 'Your My Favourite' - anything to do with Christmas gets my vote, especially the hedgies with snow.

Image - Penny Black - 'Winter Snuggles'
Snow - Flowersoft - 'Polar White'
Sentiment - Dovecraft
Papers - Dovecraft - 'Jolly Happy Christmas'
Snowflake - Cuttlebug - 'Ice Crystal'
Punched Snowflakes - Martha Stewart
Brad from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 16 June 2011



Wow, what an amazing week :
1) I have finally won a Penny Black related challenge and i'm still so chuffed and pleased, i don't think i've come back to earth yet - i won it for Sunshine Hedge and i won it at Penny Black Circle for fancy folds.
2) We all went for a day out yesterday at Chessington World Of Adventure - 4 year old son and his best friend, her mum and brother, myself and my OH and we all had a great time
3) I got a new 'Sexy' (well that's what OH says !!) haircut - i usually go to the hairdressers and hate what they do with my hair, but i went to a new hairdressers and i just love what Dean did with it.

With todays card, i've been trying to find an excuse to use this fabby stamp, that i think is so versatile and these fabby boys papers, that i fell in love with after seeing them at The Glitter Pot.

Todays Challenges and Card :

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 155 is 'One For The Guys' and this is my 2nd entry.

The Secret Crafter - where Challenge No: 138 is 'A Male Card'

Little Red Wagon - where Challenge No: 85 is 'For Dad'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Dads and Lads'

Wags N' Whiskers - where Challenge No: 56 is 'One For The Boys'

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to Sketch No: 156

Cupcake Craft - where the Challenge is 'Boy Oh Boy, Oh Boy'

Image - Penny Black - 'Hedgehopper'
Papers - Echo Park - 'Little Boy'
Sentiment - Pink Gem Designs
Distressed Ink - Tim Holtz - 'Faded Jeans'
Ribbon Twine - Blueberry

If you have not entered already, i have some Blog Candy on offer.

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Monday, 13 June 2011

Toot The Flute


Firstly i would like to say a huge Congratulations to Jenson Button for wining yesterdays 5 hour Grand Prix, gee it's so nice to see somebody else wining for a change (sorry F1 is a passion of mine and Jenson is my 4 year olds favourite driver).  During the day we had been at Dunsfold Park (home of Top Gear), in the rain at a very worthy fun day raising money for Surrey / Sussex Air Ambulance and son absolutely loved sitting on a police motorbike, looking in the helicopter, and doing the STIG simulator ride of a Bugatti Veyron.

After yesterdays card that took me about 3 days to put together, i decided todays would be a lot less complicated !! I don't know about you, but i always run my Men's Cards pass my straight talking OH, whose a Yorkshire Man and there is no way he would let me make a man's card with flowers or bows on for him or his dad.

Todays Challenges and Card :

Craft Your Days Away - where Challenge No: 22 is 'Monochrome'

Fab N' Funky - where Challenge No: 76 is 'Magnificent Men'
Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - where Challenge No: 155 is 'One For The Boys'

Sweet Stop - where they are up to sketch 'SSS112'
Dream Valley Challenges - where Challenge No: 9 is 'Father's Day'

Stamptaular Sunday - where Challenge No: 115 is 'Dads or Grads'

Image - Penny Black - 'Toot The Flute'
Sentiment - Paula Pascal - 'All Year Round'
Co-ordinations Card lightly sanded with - Cuttlebug - 'Allegro'
Paper from stash
Musical Note Brad - Hot Off The Press

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunshine Hedge !


Ok i'm officially shattered after yesterday ! walked Whisper for an hour, then a Zumba class and in the afternoon 2 hours of gardening - gee by the time i got to bed last night i didn't know what bit of me ached the most !!

Todays card shape is very different for me, whilst doing some blogging the other day i came across an unusual fold 'Napkin' and decided to give it a go and fortunately i found a very useful blog with the instructions : Stamp Artic. I've used an image and papers that are very summery and bright.

Todays Card and Challenges :
Penny Black Blog - where this weeks Challenge is 'Fun Folds'

Totally Gorjuss - where Challenge No: 84 is 'Flower Power'

Totally Papercrafts - where Challenge No: 70 is 'Summer'

Stampavie and More  - where Challenge No: 144 is 'More Than One Fold'

Top Tip Tuesday - where Challenge No: 37 is 'More Than One Fold'

Image - Penny Black - 'Sunshine Hedge !'
Image Inside - Penny Black - 'Garden Friends' Transparent Set
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'Bubbly' Transparent Set
Papers - My Minds Eye - 'Quite Contrary / Summer Papers'
Punched Edge - Martha Stewart - 'Cherish'

If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the Blog Candy I have on offer.

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Small Wonder

Gee what a day, i took Whisper for a walk trying to dodge the heavy showers !!

The reasoning behind todays card - OH saw on facebook that Lucia who works in his companys Eurocentre in Prague had, had a boy and asked me on Tuesday for a card ? (as i had met her a couple of times and she had bought our son a pressie, when he was born, i said yes), well i didn't have one suitable, so yesterday i went to The Glitter Pot to get some white card and card candy for my Canadian crafty penpal and found this cutie of a stamp, which i thought would be ideal - the wording is nothing to do with me, OH decided he liked 'Small Wonder' instead of 'Congratulations' !!

Todays Challenges and Card :

Less Is More - where Challenge No: 18 is 'Colour - Monochrome'
Crafty Emma's - where Challenge No: 39 is 'Clean & Simple'

Thanks to Mandi for a fabby idea of adding a washing line, see photo below for updated washing line

Image - Forever Friends - 'Baby's Clothes Line' - stamped in Brilliance - Pearlescent Sky Blue
Sentiment - Stampin Up - Whimsical Words

If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the  Blog Candy I have on offer.

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Fetching Slippers

Well at the moment here, it's sunny, but that could change !!! I'm having a me day today - making cards this morning and then this afternoon i'm having a massage.

When i read the challenge for this weeks Penny Black Saturday Friends was 'Doodlebug !' - i got all excited as Doodlebug is one of my favourite papers, then i read further down and the challenge was actually about doing some doodling, not quite the same but hey ho - i've still managed to find some fabby Doodlebug papers to use !!! The stamp i'm using is 1 i couldn't resist from the lovely Dick at PB Stamps - i think it's the Dog version of the cat thats got the cream !!!, what do you think ?? I've made this card for our 4 year old to give to my OH.

Todays Card and Challenges :
Penny Black Saturday Friends  - where Challenge No: 154 is 'Doodlebug !'

Totally Gorjuss - where Challenge No: 83 is 'A Sketch' - I've rotated it 90 degrees

Craft Your Days Away - where Challenge No: 21 is 'Father's Day / Special Man'

Creative Inspirations - where Challenge No: 61 is 'Father's Day/ Card For Dad'

Penny Black At Allsorts - where June's Challenge is 'You're My Favourite' - this is really hard, but i do have a very soft spot for my Doggie PB's (I wonder why ??) - well i do seem to have most of the range !!

Cupcake Craft Challenges - where their Challenge is 'Things With Tails'

Image - Penny Black - 'Fetching Slippers'
Papers - Written One - Doodlebug - 'Dog Days'
Stripey One - Doodlebug - 'Dogonit Dotted Lines'
Bone One - Pebbles - 'Dog Bones'
Sentiment - Paula Pascal - 'All Year Round'
Punched Edge - EK Success - 'Paw Print'

If you haven't already don't forget to check out my Blog Candy that i have on offer.

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Gadget Gears


Well it's gorgeous here at the moment, although a tad windy.  We are taking son to a Heavy Horse Show tomorrow, which should be good fun and it's supposed to be slightly cooler too.

For todays card i decided to dust off my Tim Holtz Gadget Gears and combine them with a fabby Cuttlebug Folder - Clocks, which i embossed onto co-ordinations paper, then lightly sanded it - i've used a 99p stamp from The Glitter Pot to make the bus tickets - that way i could stamp my own saying rather than a pre printed one.

Todays Card and Challenges are :

Cards For Men - where Challenge No: 11 is 'No Paper'

Moving Along With The Times - where Challenge No: 101 is 'No Designer Papers'

Lexi Creations  - where Challenge No: 41 is 'Father's Day or Man's Card'

Simon Says Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Father's Day / For A Male'
Fussy And Fancy - where the Challenge is 'Card For A Man Or Boy'

and the inside :

Gadget Gears - Tim Holtz
Embossed Section - Cuttlebug - 'Clocks'
Sentiment - Inkadinkadoo - 'Happy Everything'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x