Saturday, 30 July 2011

It's My Party

I went to M & S on thursday night for a nose round Per Una, as i had some vouchers to use - i found a dress i rather liked, it was £55 reduced to £35, then i saw a black S on the label and i asked the assistant what it meant and she said it could not be brought back as it was at a rock bottom price, but i didn't think £35 was !!, so i held on to it, but found another dress i liked which was £39.50, but they didn't have it in my size, so went to the ordering desk, the dress was only available to order in long, so i didn't bother as i'm short !!, whilst there i asked the girl about the reduced dress, she checked the price and it was actually £19, which i thought that's better, then she said hang on a minute,  i'll just check and went out the back - when she came back she said it was actually £6 and with that i nearly fell over with shock - of course after i had paid for it !!! and here it is :

Now for more important things !!, my card for today - I have used for a change a 'Happy Hopper' stamp that i was lucky enough to buy in America at a Hobby Lobby, just over 2 years ago for $3.23 and i've never used it, but when i saw House Mouse  were celebrating 100 Challenges and a blog hop, i thought i would use it to join in and i also love using buttons and corners and i don't seem to use them enough, so it gave me a good excuse to. I used Glitter Glue on the hat, the candles and frosting - not sure if photo has picked it up.

Todays Challenges and Card :
House Mouse  - where their 100th Challenge is 'Buttons, Bows and Bling'
Totally Papercrafts  - where Challenge No: 77 is 'Bling It Up'

Oldie But A Goodie - where Challenge No: 24 is a 'Sketch'

Top Tip Tuesday - where Challenge No: 44 is 'Make It Girlie'

Truly Scrumptious - where Challenge No: 62 is 'Buttons and Bows'

Wags N Whiskers - where Challenge No: 59 is 'Buttons and Bows'

Image - House Mouse / Happy Hopper - 'It's My Party'
Papers - Dovecraft - 'Tea House'
Punched Edge - MS - Cherish
Corners - Sizzix - 'Architectual Accent #4'
Gems - Papermania
Bling - Glitter Glue - 'Ice Crystal'
Buttons and Ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Berry, Berry Christmas


This is a quick posting, as i need to do domestic duties today at some point !!! 4 year old son is loving his summer holidays so far - on Monday was Winkworth Arboretum, yesterday was Horsham Park, as there was a free Punch and Judy show on and my friend and her son joined us and the boys went on their scooters, which they thought was great fun, tomorrow is a farm activity centre, that we have membership for.

The stamp i've used today, is one that took me a while to get hold of, but i wanted as it's such a cutie and i've teamed it with some fabby 'Basic Grey' papers and fibres to match, that again are difficult to get hold of  'Figgy'. I've also used my fabby Martha Stewart punch 'Holly'.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Winter Wonderland  - where the Challenge is 'The Holly And The Ivy'

Fun With Shapes & More  - where Challenge No: 88 is 'Christmas In July'

Basic Grey - where Challenge No: 49 is a 'Sketch by Heather' - used 'Figgy' papers and fibres

ABC Christmas  - where they are up to 'O for Older Image' - this one is dated 2002

Crafty Creations - where Challenge No: 129 is 'Christmas In July'

Penny Black Flicker Group - where the Challenge is 'Christmas In July'

Image - Penny Black - 'Berry, Berry Christmas'
Papers and Fibres - Basic Grey - 'Figgy'
Punched Holly - Martha Stewart

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Jolly Clown Jamboree


Thank goodness the weather has improved, as it's the start of the school holidays - the next 6 weeks are looking rather busy for son and i, as we are members of RHS, National Trust and RSPB and you can always rely on these fabby organisations to lay on loads of good things for the kids - starting with tomorrow when we are going to an Arboretum, where a CBeebies programme is going to be.

For todays card i've used a very old PB stamp from 1995, it's that early that the code is 657H !!, i picked it as it makes a great childs birthday card and as one of son's friends is going to be 4 soon, it was ideal. I so love the papers i've used to : Echo Park - Little Boy, as they are so versatile and easy for boys, especially as they are double sided and a couple of them have the page divided into 4, so you get 6x6 designs, brilliant.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Friends  - where Challenge No: 161 is 'Starburst'
The Secret Crafter - where Challenge No: 141 is 'Numbers'

Sweet Stop Sketches - where they are up to sketch 'SSS118'
Totally Papercrafts - where the Challenge is 'One For The Boys'

Cute Card Thursday - where Challenge No: 174 is 'For His Eyes Only'

Corrosive Challenge - where Challenge No: 126 is 'All About Kids'

Image - Penny Black - 'Jolly Clown Jamboree'
Papers - Echo Park - 'Little Boy'
Punched Star Edge - Woodware
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Star on it's own - Nestabilities
Number 4 - Sizzix - 'Fruit Smoothie'
Star Ribbon - Making Memories - 'Sam'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 21 July 2011

4 Snowmen !!


Oh what a shame they are only 'Snowmen', if only the snow was missing !!!, ooo what am i like, it must be the fact that i'm in a silly / good mood as i've managed to track down my elusive best friend !!, i love her to bits, but she does have a habit of moving house (when she gets round to it, she does finally contact me !), but this time it was countries !! - now our holiday plans for next year have changed from America to Australia :-)

Hidden in the depths of my stash i found a very old Papermania Triangle card and knew it would be ideal for   Bah Humbug challenge of different shaped cards, plus as there are a lot of Christmas Challenges around at the moment, it gave me a good excuse to top my cards up.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Crafty Emma's / CES - where Challenge No: 45 is 'Christmas'

Bah Humbug - where Challenge No: 28 is 'Shaped Cards/ Projects'
Delightful Challenges  - where the Challenge is 'Christmas In July'

Creative Inspirations  - where Challenge No: 64 is 'Christmas In July'

Paper Sundaes - where Challenge No: 78 is 'Christmas In July'

First Picture Image - Penny Black - 'Snowy'
Second Picture Image - Penny Black - 'Cool Company' - 2/3rds of it
Third Picture Image - Penny Black - 'Warm & Cold'
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'Crystalline'
Papers - Bo Bunny - 'Winter Frost'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 20 July 2011



Gee Penny Black does come up with some weird names for stamps sometimes - don't you think ??, i was shocked when i found out the name of this one, as my lovely friend Janice had sent me this image.

For this card i have used the fabby papers i was fortunate enough to win in the lovely Jacque's blog candy and i'm also sending this card to a sick child in hospital as part of Post Pals, as you never know what's round the corner and if by a small chance i can cheer somebody up, then i will.
This card also gave me a good excuse to play with my new Hero Arts stamp - 'Hello Flags' and also the fabby Bakers Twine.

Todays Card and Challenges
Cupcake Craft - where Challenge No: 151 is 'Wish Upon A Star'

Sweet Stampin  - where the Challenge is 'One For The Boys'

Send A Smile 4 Kids - where the Challenge is 'Boys - particulary Teens'
Totally Gorjuss - where Challenge No: 89 is 'All About The Boys'

Penny Black Saturday Friends - where Challenge No: 160 is 'Bunting'

Sketch And Stash - where they are up to Sketch No: 66

Here Comes The Boys - where Challenge No: 6 is 'Sporty'

Image - Penny Black - 'Slugger'
Papers - Bo Bunny - 'Liberty'
Bunting Stamp - Hero Arts - 'Hello Flags'
Punched Edge - Fiskars - 'Stars'
Bakers Twine - 'Cherry Red'
Distressed Ink - Tim Holtz - 'Faded Jeans'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Seeing Spots !!

Yesterday I took 4 year old son to a dinosaur exhibiton and he also went for his first ride on a bus !!,  i would use the bus more, but we live in a village and they are once an hour and it takes an hour to get to Brighton and you can guarantee son would want a toilet stop in that time !!!

For todays card, i think i might make these as the theme for son's thank you cards - as i like to come up with a new idea every year. Firstly i stamped them using white versacolor and i then versamarked them, before pouring clear embossing powder and heating and stuck them on to a card, i had embossed with a CB folder 'Spot and Dots', I thought also i could use up some of my scraps.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Less Is More - where Challenge No: 24 is 'Circles'
Cute Card Thursday - where Challenge No: 173 is 'Going Round In Circles'
Simon Says Stamp- where the Challenge is 'Anything Goes'

Circle / Spotty Stamps - Stampin Up - 'Seeing Spots'
Sentiment - Stampin Up - 'Circle Of Friendship'
Embossing - Cuttlebug - 'Spots And Dots'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Monday, 18 July 2011

Wonderful Day

Well has anybody told the weather that it's July ??,  on Saturday here it rained non-stop till about 3pm and yesterday we put on our wet weather gear - oh we did looking fetching !!!, not !! and went to Singleton for their 'Rare Breeds Show' and it was great, when it wasn't raining !!

On Saturday i went to my lovely friend Clair's  (well her mum's house) for a day of making luxury cards, if you want to see the full set of 10, go and check them out - we had a fabby day there were 16 of us and i completed 2 cards, completed another 5 last night and the others are just colouring in, but we just ran out of time, plus my brain was a bit fraggled after nearly 8 hours of crafting !!! Ok, i must leave myself a note, not to make cards when i am busy, as i entered the 'Wild Orchid Challenge' and 1 of the rules was to only enter another 2 challenges !! and i entered 4, so i was disqualified - serves me right, i won't do that again. 

Todays card is using an image from a fabby PB Transparent Set 'Wonderful Day' and i've combined it with my favourite companys papers and used something, which i don't use very often a 'Doily', but i'm loving the effect, so will use them more, i also distressed the doily and image.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Use It Tuesday - where Challenge No: 11 is 'You're An Animal'

Basic Grey  - where Challenge No: 48 is 'Doilies and Ribbons' - I've used papers 'Lemonade'

One Stitch At A Time - where Challenge No: 71 is 'Flowers'

Truly Scrumptious - where Challenge No: 61 is 'A Sketch' and a fabby at that, as it made it easy to use a doily, thank you.

Creative Craft - where the Challenge is 'Pretty Blossoms'

Penny Black At Allsorts - where July's Challenge is 'Flower Power'

Image - Penny Black - Taken From Transparent Set 'Wonderful Day'
Papers - Basic Grey - 'Lemonade'
Nestie - Curved Rectangle
Distressed Ink - Tim Holtz - 'Victorian Velvet'
Ribbon and Doily from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Friendly Surprise

This is a quick post today, as i'm really busy today, meeting other half for lunch, then taking son to a birthday party and i was supposed to do the hoovering yesterday and made a card instead - how naughty is that !!!

A couple of weeks ago the lovely Jacques asked if we could make a card for a charity 'Send A Smile', but as i live in the UK, i said i would send some to 'Post Pals', so this is where this card is going. I also decided to join in with the Wild Orchid Challenge making Tent Cards for a change and some of the 'Summer' challenges too. The image is hunging by a piece of very thin clear plastic thread - to give the illusion it's actually swinging.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Wild Orchid - where Challenge No: 27 is 'Tent Card'

My Time To Craft - where Challenge No: 148 is 'Bird Watcher'

Paper Play Time - where Challenge No: 50 is 'Summer'

Totally Gorjuss - where Challenge No: 88 is 'Summertime'

Craft Your Days Away - where Challenge No: 24 is 'Fancy Folds'

Image - Penny Black - 'Friendly Surprise'
Sentiment - Hero Arts - 'Sparkle Clear - Mini Messages'
Papers - My Minds Eye - 'Fine and Dandy - Tickled Pink'
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Ribbon from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Xmouse Ornament!

I'm back - sorry for missing but we went on holiday to North Yorkshire for a week with Whisper and then once back and i've been busy with 4 year old son's inductions for school (he starts in September), washing clothes and general getting back to normal things !!! and this week is not much better either, as it seems to be full of parties for son !!!, so this may be the only card i get round to making this week.

With the image i've used today my lovely friend Janice had sent me a couple of images, but i decided what i wanted to do with it, would mean buying it, so i did in the sales and am glad i did, as i think it's going to be very versatile ( i versamarked the snowflake, then added silver embossing powder & heated it). I wanted to also use my MS snowflake round the corner punches to make the edge of the card, for a different effect.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday Friends  - where Challenge No: 159 is 'Christmas In July'

ABC Christmas Challenge  - where 'N is for Nonsense'

Bah Humbug - where Challenge No: 27 is 'Meeces'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Red And Green Must Not Be Seen'

Moving Along With The Times - where Challenge No: 106 is 'Christmas In July'

Image - Penny Black - 'Xmouse Ornament !'
Punched Edge - MS - Snowflakes
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'Crystaline'
Embossed - Cuttlebug - 'Snowflakes'
Gems from stash

Thanks for looking,  Luv Sam x