Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Cupid At Work


After weeks of stress and 7 interviews (yes 7), my darling other half has gone and got himself a new job (we found out about it 2 weeks ago, but i wasn't allowed to say anything, until he had officially resigned), to say we are all happy is an understatement - only problem is it's London and Europe based, which means son, Whisper and I will probably see less of him.

I so love traditional colours for Valentines Cards - Red and Black and the papers Bo Bunny - 'Crush' are so ideal too (in fact i may have to get myself another pad, as i love them so much). The image was sent to me ages ago by my lovely friend Janice, thanks hun.  There is hearts on the image, but to make them stand out, i've used heart gems, the black heart ribbon slider, i've had for a while - in fact i have them in a couple of colours and not used any of them !!!

Todays Card and Challenges :

Crafty Ribbons - where Challenge No: 11 is 'Love Is Red And Black'

Allsorts - where the Challenge is 'One Or More Hearts' - not just on the paper - mine are on the ribbon, ribbon slider and heart gems

Sketch And Stash - where Challenge No: 80 is 'Free Choice' and i chose Sketch No: 55 - new item - ribbon,  neglected item - ribbon slider and gems

Penny Black At Allsorts - where January's Challenge is 'Love And Hearts' and this is my 3rd and final card

The Secret Crafter - where Challenge No: 170 is 'Ribbons'

Cute Card Thursday - where Challenge No: 201 is 'You're A Gem'

Image - Penny Black - 'Cupid At Work'
Papers - Bo Bunny - 'Crush'
Sentiment - Sentiments 4 You
Ribbon, Gems and Ribbon Slider from Stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Friday, 27 January 2012

Dino Friends


I went to see the consultant yesterday and he has agreed to me having an MRI scan on my knee, so appointment should come through in 3-4 weeks, yipee, then i might get the problem fixed. This post is also going to be very short and sweet, as the Ibuprofen is starting to wear off and it's very uncomfortable to type.

When i saw the challenge at Here Comes The Boys this week, i knew exactly what stamp set and papers i was going to use and fortunately for me there are also some other boy challenges around as well as spotty ones.

Todays Card And Challenges :

Here Comes The Boys - where Challenge No: 19 is 'Dinosaurs'

Stamptacular Sunday - where Challenge No: 148 is 'Seeing Spots'

Basic Grey - where Challenge No: 61 is 'Favourite Things' - Mine are : Brads, Buttons and Ribbon - I've used 'Archaic' Paper, Brads and Buttons

Celebrate The Occasion - where Challenge No: 47 is 'Masculine Birthday'

Top Tip Tuesday - where Challenge No: 68 is 'A Sketch'

My Craft Spot - where Challenge No: 42 is 'Let's Hear It For The Boys'

The Crafty Pad - where Challenge No: 154 is 'Let's See Something For The Boys'

Image - Woodware - 'Dino Friends'
Papers, Brads and Buttons' - Basic Grey - 'Archaic'
Sentiment - LOTV
Distressed Ink - Tim Holtz - 'Tea Dye'
Ribbon and Twine - from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Can't Help It !


Been to see 'Quack' about hand and she just thinks it's a knock on effect of using crutches, but has done a blood test to make sure and tomorrow i'm off the consultant to see what the next step is for my knee - hopefully a scan and further investigation.

I so adore this fun image i've used today, it was makes me giggle (i've tried to do the heart thing with Whispers ears, but they are not quite big enough !!). I had seen a couple of blogs using these fabby papers and had to have them, fortunately Crafty Emma had them reduced to £4.38 from £6.50 and i thought the plainer paper would go perfectly with the sizzix embossing folder i got in the Sir Stampalot sale reduced to £4.10 from £6.50,  i put glossy accents over the left over hearts from the die and used those instead of embellishments.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Saturday - where Challenge No: 185 is 'Crafty Bargains'

Penny Black At Allsorts - where January's Challenge is 'Love & Hearts'

Craft Us Crazy - where the Challenge is 'Valentine / Love'

Cupcake Craft - where Challenge No: 176 is 'All You Need Is Love'

Sketch And Stash - where they are up to Sketch No: 79

Image - Penny Black - 'Can't Help It !'
Sentiment - Personal Impressions
Papers - My Minds Eye - 'Blink Of An Eye'
Embossing Folder - Sizzix - 'Valentine Set #3'
Heart Die - Spellbinders / Nestabilities

My Crafty Bargains

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Sunday, 22 January 2012

All Wrapped Up


I'm going to keep todays post short and sweet, as i'm finding it difficult to type as both my index fingers are swollen and my wrists hurt - off to see 'Quack' tomorrow to see if she can find a solution - she'll probably say it's a knock on effect of my knee !!!

I won this image ages ago and yet i don't stamp her up very often, but i thought she would be ideal for a 'Winter' challenge, as she looks snug as a bug in her coat and muffler - i've used for the first time my fabby Bo Bunny papers and Memory Box Snowflake Corner (i'd never heard of them, till my friend Janice mentioned them and now i can't get enough of them), the snowflakes are a mixture of dies and punches and to finish off i've added some gems and ribbon.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Fussy and Fancy - where the Challenge is 'Let It Snow'

Simon Says Stamp - where Domi has come up with a fabby Sketch

Cupcake Craft - where Challenge No: 175 is 'Born On A Winters Day'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Buttons, Bows, Bling and Blooms' - i've used Bows and Bling

Stampavie & More - where Challenge No: 160 is 'Winter'

Sir Stampalot - where January's Challenge is 'Monochromatic'

Image - LOTV
Sentiment - Sentiments 4 You
Papers - Bo Bunny - 'Midnight Frost Collection'
Corner - Memory Box - 'Snowflake Corner'
Snowflakes - Spellbinders - 'Snowflake Wonder
Do Crafts Punch
Woodware Punch
Distressed - Tim Holtz - 'Faded Jeans'
Gems from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 17 January 2012



I had a wonderful massage last night and i'm feeling great - my thick support is working wonders, to help tighten everything up.

Today's card is using a stamp that i thought would make great boys cards,  but have not stamped up yet, first time out for the  papers and sentiment too, the corners have been made using my MS - basic photo corner, that i really don't use often enough and the twine was from a Ben Sherman tag, that was attached to my son's jacket from T K Maxx.

Today's Card and Challenges :

Here Comes The Boys - where Challenge No: 18 is a fabby 'Sketch'

Winter Wonderland - where the Challenge is 'Birthday Wishes'

Fab N Funky - where Challenge No: 103 is 'Recycle It' - the twine is off of a Ben Sherman tag, that came with my son's jacket

Crafty Catz - where Challenge No: 115 is 'Use Something New' - image, sentiment and papers

Charisma Cardz - where Challenge No: 1 is 'Happy 3rd Birthday Charisma'

Image - Nellie Snellen - 'Treasure'
Papers - Echo Park - 'The Apothecary Emporium'
Sentiment - Simon Says Stamp - 'Ahoy Matey Pirates'
Corners - MS - 'Basic Photo Corner'
Twine - from Ben Sherman tag attached to son's jacket
Buttons from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Balloon Madness


Well i'm officially a doughnut / muppet !!! - went to physio and she gave me some exercises to do, was supposed to have a massage on thursday, but it got cancelled by the woman at the last minute and i was so gutted, - well that evening i tripped over son's scooter and i went one way and guess what - yes my knee went the other way !!!, so it was a trip up to the local minor injuries clinic yesterday, they x-rayed it, there is nothing wrong with the bone or cartilage, so i have a ligament problem, so i'm now wearing a very sexy support !!!.

Today's card is for one of son's girly friends from school, who is having a party next week. I find this stamp is rather large, so i decided to stamp it and cut it out individually, then paper piece the spotty paper onto the balloons, added a sentiment and a 5 in the middle, finished off with purple gems- it is supposed to be Lilac, but the photo looks more blue, so i may have to take another photo tomorrow.

Today's Card and Challenges :

Simon Says Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Spots and or Stripes' - i went for both

Totally Papercrafts - where Challenge No: 99 is 'Spots and Stripes'

Moving Along With The Times - where Challenge No: 130 is 'Spots and Stripes'

Stamping For The Weekend - where Challenge No: 24 is 'Out With The Old' - my old is the stamp, papers and gems

Challenge Up Your Life - where Challenge No: 60 is 'Bingo' - i went for purple, die cuts and sparkle

Penny Black Saturday Challenge  - where Challenge No: 184 is 'Anything Goes'

Image - Penny Black - 'Balloon Madness'
Sentiment - Woodware - 'Circular Greetings'
Papers - Doodlebug - 'Lilac Boutique Assortment'
Number 5 cut using - Sizzix - 'Fruit Smoothie'
Gems - Papermania

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Toadily Yours


Well would you believe it, 2 posts in 2 days - don't worry it won't last, as i have the physio tomorrow and a massage on Thursday.

For those of you, who are familiar with this stamp - you will realise that the toads are not swinging flowers around , but i wanted to make it into a boys card for a change, so i used star brads instead and my favourite boys papers Echo Park - Little Boy - to carry on the stars theme i've cut out some stars using my spellbinders nesties, embossed the plain paper and added a stars border.

Todays Card and Challenges :

Penny Black Friends - where Challenge No: 183 is 'CASE - IT' - I've gone for the stars and I've tried to stick to the red, white and blue theme

Sketch Saturday - where they are up to Sketch No: 189

Marks Finest Papers - where Speedy Fox and Friends are up to Challenge No: 89 'Brads / Eyelets' - i've used star brads

Crafty Cardmakers - where Challenge No: 59 is 'No Floral Embellishments'

Papertake Weekly - where the Challenge is 'Die Cut Special'

Image - Penny Black - 'Toadily Yours'
Sentiment - LOTV
Papers - Echo Park - 'Little Boy'
Embossed - CB - 'Christmas Stars'
Punched Edge - Fiskars 
Stars cut with Spellbinders Nesties

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Monday, 9 January 2012

Hook, Line & Sinker


Firstly i must apologise for the 'The Boring Bit' i have had to add to my blog, but it seems that a couple of people are taking my ideas and using them, without my permission, even though i now paint my images with my name on them.
We had a lovely Saturday, we had lunch with son's best friend, her mum and brother, then we went to an Epiheny at their church, where the kids dressed as kings and queens and  played games. Yesterday my OH had the job of putting all the Lego kits together that son had got for Xmas and Birthday presents !!!

For todays card i've used a new stamp and sentiment, that i got in the Sir Stampalot sale - i thought the stamp would be versatile, as i could use it for men's cards as well, by hanging a fish from the line. For a change, i decided to hunt out my kraft card, as i feel it was a better backing for the fabby BG papers. I've embossed the plainer bits of paper, to lift them.

Todays Card and Challenges

Penny Black At Allsorts - where January's challenge is 'Love & Hearts'

Basic Grey - where Challenge No: 60 is 'Something New' - stamp and sentiment - BG papers used 'Hopscotch'

Simon Say's Stamp - where the Challenge is 'Something New' - stamp and sentiment

Stampavie & More  - where Challenge No: 159 is 'Hearts'

Cute Card Thursday - where Challenge No: 198 is 'What's New' - stamp and sentiment

Sweet Stop Sketches - where they are up to Sketch : SSS140

Image - Penny Black - 'Hook, Line & Sinker'
Sentiment - Penny Black - 'Kisses'
Papers - Basic Grey - 'Hopscotch'
Punched Edge - MS - 'Valentine Lace'
Embossed - Country Companions - 'Lover's Lane'
Punched Out Heart - Woodware - 'Silhoutte Punch'

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Gift Hedgy


Well i hope you all had a good New Year - OH and i went to see 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol', as for a change we had a free babysitter (we were in Yorkshire and Grandad did the honours), but we were home in time for the fireworks, as Whisper is scared. Well something things don't change my knee is not good again, so it's back to the physio next week, oh joy and i've also managed to some how pull the muscle in my shoulders, so typing is not easy !!!

I had to make a card to thank friends and family for son's Christmas and Birthday (he was 5 on 3rd Jan) presents, so this is what i came up with - although next year i will have to come up with a simpler idea(I've had to make 5 of this design), as next year he is having a party (we decided after the cost of the cruise a party, was one expense to much).  I decided on this stamp and found some old papers that i have in both 12x12 and 8x8 !, gem stars were ones i've had ages and the sentiment is taken from a transparent set i bought in a sale last year.

Todays Card and Challenges :

C.R.A.F.T - where Challenge No: 136 is 'Thank You'

Clear It Out - where Challenge No: 1 is 'Make A Thank You Card' - with a bonus of adding twine - added, old things are stamp, DP, CB embossing folder and star gems

Sentimental Sundays - where Challenge No: 83 is 'Anything Goes'

Sunday Sketch And Stamp - where Sketch No: 87 is designed by Maggie

Image - Penny Black - 'Gift Hedgy'
Sentiment - Penny Black - Taken from transparent set 'Salutations'
Papers -  i think DCWV, but not sure
Embossing Strip - CB - 'Christmas Stars'
Twine and Star Gems from stash

Thanks for looking, Luv Sam x