Saturday, April 30, 2011

a mooch and a coffee - Crafts and Me new digi release

Good morning everyone...did you all enjoy the wedding yesterday, how beautiful and elegant did she look in that stunning dress and veil she looked like a princess, the fabric was fantastic...I was wondering how long it would be before copies would be for amazing would it be to design THE dress, you would just be so proud wouldn't card for today is to show you one of the brand new release digis from Crafts and Me, they will be released tomorrow and they are by the amazing Sara Burrier no one draws Fairies and angels like Sara Burrier, how beautiful is this May image, she is so stunning to colour too, its all those folds on her stunning gown...I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with this lush would you believe Christmas paper its My Minds Eye Deck the Halls Holly Folly...I love using Christmas papers for other things don't you, it feels like your getting value for money...I finished with a lush chocolate coloured satin ribbon and a few Kars clear gems...the sketch is from Papertake Weekly challenge...Im off out to town today for a little mooch and a coffee on my own, I love a lazy mooch in the shops dont you, and you never know what you will find, I quite fancy some new shoes, its something I rarely buy unless I really need them but we will see, Phil's away marshaling his motorbike races yet again, I hope he remembers to put his sunscreen on or his head will be red and shiny again lol...are you up to anything nice today if you are go on make me jealous, have a wonderful day whatever your up to and don't forget there's candy tomorrow to celebrate my holiday so speak then
Mina xxx

Friday, April 29, 2011

make a wish - Just Magnolia & hAnglar and stAnglar challenge week 104

Good morning everyone, well thank goodness the hairdresser showed up but she wasn't a she she was a he...this was the first time at this hairdresser but I will defo be back, they lie you almost flat for your shampoo and the chair gives you a back massage...bliss and so relaxing...and the haircut is the best I have ever maybe the gremlins are asleep for a while...we had a lovely dinner last night and joked and laughed for a few hours...brilliant...just what I card today is for our new challenge at Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar challenge which this week is Dawny's choice and she chose a lovely combo of Buttons, bows and bling and you can use them all or just one or two its up to you...I chose all of them...I'm not sure what this stunning Tilda is called but I love her hair don't you, I coloured her with distress inks and glittered her and teamed her up with this beautiful Basicgrey Archaic range paper, its called Timeworn, the lush pink flower is a Prima Petunia range flower, I finished with some lush satin leaves, ribbon and buttons...the fab sketch is from Mojo Monday and I'm entering this into the 7 Kids college fund April showers brings may flowers challenge, Simon says Stamp anything goes challenge and the Basicgrey Spring challenge...I'm finishing the rest of my cards for my posts while I'm away today, oh by the way if anyone sees that I have won candy or a challenge from Monday for a fortnight could you email them and tell them I'm on holiday because you never know do you stranger things have happened I suppose...have a wonderful Royal wedding day everyone and for those having a party to celebrate....wwwwwwwoooohhhhooooo party on
Mina xxx

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The gremlins are still about - Whimsy & Stars new release

Good morning everyone...well those little gremlins are still about, I remade my cards yesterday morning and I have a habit of throwing them on the floor to dry and I stood on one of them...that one has gone in the bin and is not being remade as I cant look at it again lol...then the hairdresser rang me to say she had to cancel as she was sick, so its today the dreaded haircut, lets hope that one goes ahead or I run the risk of going away with hair looking like a busted sofa...good news is that Dads car is being fixed on the 3rd May, the delay is because of all the holidays here but at least he has a date for it, and they will replace the door with a new one so it should look good as new (fingers crossed)...I'm looking forward to dinner this evening though as my Dad and Daughter and her other half are all coming, I love family dinners don't card for today is to show you some of the gorgeous new images from the new release at Whimsy and Stars studio
I combined these three images for my card, aren't they so cute and perfect together celebrating...they are Birthday Wishes Girl, Birthday Chickie and Ballerina Teddy...I coloured them with distress inks, glittered them up to within an inch of their lives and teamed them up with these lush Prima Sparkling Sweet paper pad papers from Bunny Zoe's...the sentiment is from Lily of the Valley I think and I finished with a ribbon and some pearls on their crowns...the sketch is from Sugar Creek Hollow challenge and I'm also entering this for the Spoon Full of Sugar A right royal knees up challenge too (I hope they count as they have crowns on)...I'm trying hard to get some blog hopping done before the weekend but you will have to forgive me if I don't catch up until then as I still have all the posts to schedule yet and pack and shop...ooohhhh who said holidays were a rest lol...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and keep your fingers crossed for me that the hairdresser is better as the busted sofa look is not good for a woman my age is it
Mina xxx

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

bobbing along - Mo's Digital Pencil DT

Good morning everyone, did you all have a good day yesterday, mine was one of those days when you wish you could start again, I spilt a cup of coffee over three finished cards, then my Dad picked me up to go for coffee and when we arrived I didn't have my debit card and wanted to do shopping, so off we trekked back to my house and I couldn't find it anywhere, luckily Dad had extra money on him...I hunted the house from top to bottom, I could remember where I last had it and could remember having it in my hand but could I remember what I had done with it...nope...I even opened up a bin bag full of decided to forget it for a while and went to do some ironing for our holiday, I was folding shirts and guess what dropped how on earth did it get there...I'm sure I have a gremlin who plays tricks on me lol...and today I'm getting my hair cut, I hate having my hair cut and find it as stressful as the dentists...I think its that thing of having someone else in control...phew rant my card for today which thankfully doesn't have coffee on it, how cute and adorable is this little Waiting for Rain image from Mo's Digital Pencil, I couldn't resist her now could I...I coloured her with distress inks and put just a teeny bit of glitter on to make it look like she was wet, I'm not sure it worked though...the amazing papers are from Echo Park from their Little Boy range and is called Sailboats, wouldn't you think it was made for this image. I cute some of the boats out to finish the Sketch and Stash Challenge which is a free choice so I chose sketch 33, my stash is my papers and image...I finished with a few buttons...I'm also entering this for the Allsorts April Showers challenge and the Party Time Tuesday Anything goes challenge...right I'm going to remake my three cards and then head to the hairdressers, wish me luck...have a brilliant day everyone
Mina xxx

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

you cant beat a bit of gingham - Sugar Nellie DT

Good morning everyone, did you all have a fantastic Easter break then?...ours was very quiet, family lunch Sunday then everyone left me in peace while I spent the whole day in my craft room, you will never guess how many cards I made and how many images I coloured, lets put it this way I have a permanent dent in my finger from my paint brush and my eyes are killing me and they look just as bad from the outside as they do from my side poor Dad is finding it very frustrating with the Easter break because everything is closed so he cant get his dented car sorted...I think he needs a coffee infusion do's card is for the Sugar Nellie DT and I used the fab sketch from The Sugar Bowl for it to...I hope Marlene doesn't mind that I tilted it to fit the image...this gorgeous little Simply Sassy girl is called Party Frills and I coloured her with distress inks and I think I may have overdosed on the gingham a bit as I even paper pieced her in it...poor lamb will have checks before her eyes lol...the gingham is from Craft creations and I added a white ribbon, a gorgeous Prima flower and some buttons to finish...I'm entering this for the CES challenge Spring colours/Image challenge and the Fussy and Fancy Friday Springtime challenge too as I think nothing says spring like a bright blue gingham and this image...right I'm off to put eye drops in and get my clag on (which to you non geordie's is make up lol) and go out for coffee with my Dad...have a wonderful day everyone
Mina xxx

Monday, April 25, 2011

we should all hug a chick dont you think - Bunny Zoe's Crafts DT card

Good morning everyone...have you anything exciting happening today for Easter Monday, I'm going to have a crafting day to catch up with work for while I'm on holiday which is a week away and counting...I had a big mooch around some fantastic blogs last night but lost track of time and just realised it was 1am and I hadn't posted this card for today...see what happens when your card for today is for the Bunny Zoe's crafts DT and how cute and pretty is this little Hey Chickie stamp from Wags and Whiskers, although shes perfect for Easter I think she would be wonderful for any occasion, shes so sweet...I coloured her with distress inks and paper pieced her dress with the same papers I used for the card, the lush Prima Botanical paper pad papers...the amazing lycra flowers are a mix Prima Aurora's and I love these and the pearl centres are so gorgeous aren't they...I finished with a ribbon and bow and a ribbon sentiment from my stash, Im entering this for the Pear Tree Designs Easter challenge, the Creative Inspirations Pets/animals challenge and the Saturday challenge Pink, cream and brown challenge too...whatever your doing this Easter Monday give a thought to poor me stuck in my craft room playing away and having a hunt through my stash...well do you feel sorry for me...yeah right, me neither lol...have a brilliant day everyone
Mina xxx

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter - A La Card Monkey challenge guest designer

Good morning everyone and Happy Easter, who got the most Easter eggs then...come on...fess up and have you eaten any yet?...I had a quiet day yesterday and shopped for the lunch for today and would you believe I ended up going to a teeny corner shop to buy highly overpriced veg as the supermarkets had none, I don't mean not a good choice, but none at all...not even one teeny weeny carrot...isn't that just nuts seriously the shops are only shut for one day not for a month card for today is for the A La Card Monkey challenge, I was chosen last week as a Guest Designer and I was proud to join in this week...there's a fabulous sketch and an Easter theme
I used this sweet little fella from the CC Designs Sweet November Baby range from Bunny Zoe's Crafts this little fella is sold out but there are other in the range, they are so so cute aren't they...the amazing papers and sentiment tag (don't you love no 3 on the list lol) are from Bunny Zoe's too they are the Kaisercraft Secret Bird Society paper pad, I'm so pleased I bought this pad, it doesn't look as good from the outside but the patterns and colours are so soft and yummy...I finished my card with some fantastic gem swirls, and a fab coloured ribbon and bow...I'm entering this for the Pear Tree Designs Easter challenge, Crazy 4 challenges Easter card challenge and the CYDA Easter challenge too...I would love to see you all join in the challenge and hop on over to A La Card Monkey challenge and see what the other fab designers made...lunch today including chocolate cake dessert then I think I may need a rest for my poor tum after that...whatever your doing this Easter Sunday have a wonderful family day everyone
Mina xxx

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Did you wonder where this had gone to??? - Colour Create challenge - Liz' choice Pink, Blue and Brown

Good morning everyone do you have anything exciting planned for this Easter weekend...Phil's away at the motorbikes marshaling again this weekend so I don't think I will be up to much, it was fantastic to spend the afternoon with my Dad yesterday he looks so well and has a bit of a tan too even though he was only in England, hes a real sun worshiper though just a hint of sun and hes out in the garden, he had a fab time but while he was away in Belfast before he flew to England he was at a restaurant with my Sister and someone reversed into the side of his new car...but at least she was very polite and even waited until they came out of the restaurant to tell them so she didn't spoil their meal, but its all going to be sorted out by the insurance companies and it could have been a lot worse at least no one was hurt, but my Dad had a few moans anyway...right onto my card for today, did anyone wonder where this had gone too...well because of the blog hop I had to keep it until today to show you...this is for our new challenge at Colour Create challenge, this time is the wonderful Liz's choice and she chose Blue, Pink and Brown

this is a fab choice isn't it and the added option is to either use the cracked glass method or acetate on your card...I used acetate, I bought this sheet of Kanban glittered acetate last year at the NEC, the gorgeous cutie image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and called Alice Jumping Rope, look at look on her little face...I coloured her with distress inks, the lush blue papers are from the Whiff of Joy 6x6 paper pad from Bunny Zoe's crafts, I finished with some fantastically drool worthy chocolate coloured satin and a couple of blue and pink offcuts of ribbon, the sketch I made up as I went along and I'm entering this for the Totally Gorjuss Bling it on challenge and the Cute Card Thursday No Text challenge too...with Phil away I think I will have a mooch round town and see what goodies I can pick up, you never know do you...whatever your up to have a fantastic day everyone
Mina xxx

Friday, April 22, 2011

Smile - Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar week 103 - sketch by Dena

Good morning everyone, I came onto the computer last night and though I will do some hopping and wow you could have slapped me with a kipper...did you see how many comments I got on yesterdays blog hop post...omg how incredible is that thank you all so wonderful Dad comes back from his first holiday today, oh boy have I missed our coffee days putting the world to rights, but I'm sure he will discover how to have world peace and give all the politicians hell today...I love him to card for today is for our new challenge over at Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar challenge which this week is a stunning sketch by our wonderful Dena...I chose this beautiful Magnolia Butterfly Dreams collection Beautiful Tilda coloured with distress inks and glittered for mine, this and the fab pearls and lilac Butterfly Dream Magnolia paper is from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, the gingham is from Craft Creations and I finished with the beautiful Smile sentiment, sorry haven't a clue who that's by as I threw the wrapper away, a ribbon and bow and some fat cream pearls, I'm entering this for the Amber's Crafts & Stuff Ribbons and bows challenge, the Flutter By Wednesday butterfly, fairy or Angel challenge and the My Mums Craft shop Glitter challenge...well I finally got my craft room finished, I bet you thought I would, oh yea of little faith lol so I just need a quick hoover and I can play again...whatever your up to today I hope you get to spend it with people you truly love
Mina xxx

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Welcome to the Carnival

Good morning everyone and welcome to the hugest biggest blog hop to celebrate a wonderful range of cordinating digi stamps...heres the hop info
Clowns, Fairy floss, sticky fingers, squeals of delight and of course complaints of sore feet near the end of the day... Where are we?
Hopefully you have just hopped on over from DEBBIE but If you just popped on by to say hello and want to join us on the super carnival hop then you’ll want to go to JAK'S to start at the beginning
Zoe from Make it Crafty and Mo from Mo’s Digital Pencil, came together to share the delight and fun of The Carnival. To celebrate - the two fabulously talented teams have come together for a massive blog hop to offer you plenty of inspiration when playing with these images.
Along the way you will find balloons with a letter in them. Write down the letters as you go because at the very end we want you to guess what the saying is!
There will be THREE grand prizes randomly drawn from the correct answers PLUS there will be hidden prizes along the way so make sure you leave some love as you hop along!
Now we know this is a super big hop, but we wanted to make sure you would get LOTS of inspiration! The hop will be open until the 28thApril so you will have plenty of time to come back each day with a cuppa to soak it all up! (Just don’t lose the letters you have been collecting!)...heres my N
We would like to thank our fabulous sponsors, Mo’s Digital Pencil, Make it Crafty, Stamping Bella and Quixotic Paperie for providing the fabulous prizes for this grand carnival hop!
I used the amazing Jojo for my card and teamed her up with Fair Carousel, how perfect do these go together, they are coloured with distress inks, the amazingly coloured paper are from Echo Park and I bought them from Crafters & Co, who now have an online shop, they are a mixture of A Walk in the Park collection Picnic Fun and Tree Tops and Springtime Collection Seasonal Stripe, lush arent they...I finished with some buttons and Thickers...I also covered a coffee cup with the same paper (I used the wrap as a template), thickers and buttons to make a popcorn cup... the fab sketch is from Sketch Saturday...
dont forget to leave a comment for a possible chance at winning some hidden treasure
and then your next stop on the hop is KERTTU...Im off out shopping today so never know what I will buy, have a wonderful day everyone and enjoy the rest of the hop
Mina xxx

p.s. before you hop off I just wanted to tell you about a new charity digi from Mo's Digital Pencil...its only $1 and all the proceeds will be shared between the Make a Wish foundations in the US and on the image to buy

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I would love to stargaze with a fairy on my head - Crafts & me Digi team challenge - Mona's choice Pink and Sweet

Good morning everyone, would you love to stargaze with a fairy on your head too...or is it just me that's nuts lol...are any of you having problems with blogger, my posts are going all funny (technical term) and I'm having real problems blogging, I only managed 20 comments last night which believe me is a tiny amount of what I usually do...the blogs are taking ages to load and then the comments are taking even longer, so to everyone I haven't got round to yet, I'm trying...honestly...I finally made a start on the craft room tidying yesterday, I say a start because of course I found goodies I had forgotten and got distracted, oh how easy am I card for today is for the Crafts and Me Digi team 's new challenge...this time round is our wonderful teamie Mona's choice and she chose the wonderful theme of Pink and Sweet, perfect for this beautiful Stargazer image (see where I was going with the title), isn't she beautiful, shes one of the new Sara Burrier digis, I coloured her with distress inks and printed a poem, I have no idea where I got this from but its lovely isn't it, the amazing paper are from the My Minds eye Lush collection, the spotted one and one I made the tag from is called Pink Floral paper and the gorgeous velvet one is called Pink Damask paper...I finished with some beautiful soft sheer ribbon...don't forget you don't need to use a Crafts and Me image to join in the challenge so I'm looking forward (blogger allowing) to see all your girly and pink creations, the gorgeous sketch is from Mojo Monday...right I'm off to finish off my craft room tidy and have borrowed some horse blinkers so I don't get distracted...have a wonderful day everyone...oh and by the way don't forget its the amazing Mo & Zo's blog hop tomorrow with a chance to win loads and loads of prizes so I will speak to you then
Mina xxx

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

hide and seek sunshine - Sugar Nellie DT - CES challenge 32 Sketch

Good morning everyone did you all get sunshine yesterday, I woke to splitting sunshine so though right head to the craft room get some work done so I can get it photographed, er, well I got a bit involved didn't I and made 5 cards by then the sun had gone in and there was no light at all, just grey...luckily it came out again about 5 so I just managed to get some shots before it decided to hide again...well my Daughters first day went brilliantly she really enjoyed it but with the extra hours driving she was so shattered by the time she got home bless her, I rang her then felt bad because I have obviously woke her up from a nap...I was so relieved as I had that big knot in my stomach all day, you other Mums will know exactly what I mean, well hopefully its not just me anyway...right my card for today is for the Sugar Nellie DT, did you see my 'Nathan' card was on the Sugar Nellie blog last night and yes I know I'm on the DT now but I got the butterfly thing when I saw it...I'm sad like that lol...this gorgeous girl is called Melissa, isn't she stunning, I so love colouring these Adorables and really cant resist them and no its not just because I'm on the DT because before I was I was totally addicted to them too, I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with these lush papers from the Prima Jack & Jill paper pad, I finished with a green ribbon and Prima flower, a scattering of pink pearls and a couple of totally gorgeous dragonfly charms...the fab sketch is from CES Challenge, I'm sure there's other challenge it would be for but I have lost my list...OH NO shock horror I hear you say, I'm totally lost without my lists because I'm too lazy to go through the challenge again...I'm going to do some sun bathing today or rain dodging depending on what season we are having...whatever your up to have a brilliant one everyone
Mina xxx

Monday, April 18, 2011

what a brilliant way for a present to arrive - The Sweet Stop challenge sss104

Good morning everyone I hope you all had a brilliant weekend...we had a yummy Sunday lunch yesterday and while my fab Phil was cooking it, I made a few cards, now that's what I call sharing the load lol...the weather was lovely yesterday but I live at the top of a very long steep hill and it doesn't matter how well the sun shines there's always a chilly wind so it feels colder here than other places Daughter is always saying that...I'm so nervous for this morning as she starts her new job, I know shes brilliant at her job and has such a lovely personality she gets on well with everyone, but it doesn't me having that first day worry I used to get when she was small...lets face it even if she is 26 shes still my little girl isn't she...right my card for today which is using the fab sketch from The Sweet Stop Challenge, this cute little tiger flying around giving out gifts is one of the stamps I won from the Whimsy stamps blog hop its called Tippy by the Tail you can also get this cutie from Nikki at Bunny Zoe's Crafts, heres the link... I don't usually enjoy colouring animals but who could resist that tiger, I coloured it with distress inks and glittered the balloons and package...the lush papers are from the Pink Paislee Queen Bea paper pad I bought ages and ages ago, I finished my card with some fab black velvet ribbon and a stamped sentiment, haven't a clue what I'm up to today, I know there's things I should be doing but probably wont...whatever your up to have a brilliant day
Mina xxx

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Me again everyone, we have a winner of this months Bunny Zoes Crafts monthly candy, that lush new Belles and Whistles stamp...dont worry if you didnt win because while Im on holiday I have candy to give away and there will be another Bunny Zoe's Crafts candy look out for them...right drum roll everyone...........the winner is No 28.......

right I will leave you in peace to enjoy the rest of your Sunday...speak tomorrow
Mina xxx

the beauty of a true friendship - Whimsy & Stars Studio DT

Good morning everyone I hope you all have a wonderful day planned, we have Sunday lunch on the plans for today, just Phil, our beautiful Daughter, her partner and me, so it will be a restful fun lunch I think, our wonderful girl starts her new job tomorrow and I'm so excited for her, she looks like such a beautiful, smart young woman in the outfit I bought her for her first day, it reminds me of first day back at school times when you get a shock at how grown up they are...she always astounds me she is so clever and beautiful and when I look at her I'm sure beams of pride and love shoot out of my ears...well I wouldn't be surprised anyway lol...right on to my card for today, (Its not the best colouring as I had run out of my card for colouring hopefully some new stuff should be here tomorrow) which is for my Whimsy and stars studio Guest DT spot, this gorgeous little darling is called MRO Girly w Kitty, I love her cute little cat don't you, I coloured her with distress inks and added a little bit of glitter to her so she would have a sparkle...these amazingly beautiful papers are from Kaisercrafts 6x6 Le Chateau paper pad, the sentiment is printed on it, I didn't think this card need much at all to finish it as the image and paper says it all doesn't it...I used some cream satin ribbon and a gold heart, the sketch I made up to match the papers and I'm entering this for the Craft us Crazy Challenge, Simon Says stamp Card for a Child challenge and I'm also entering it for A Spoon Full of Sugar's all creatures great and small challenge too...right I'm off to help Phil with lunch, have a wonderful day everyone no matter what you have planned I hope you spend it with someone you love Oh by the way I finally got my ipod charger from Sainsbury's for £7, a lot less than the ipod one for £26 isn't it
Mina xxx
p.s. I will be back a little later with the Bunny Zoe's Crafts candy winner

Saturday, April 16, 2011

oooohhhh the clouds are back - Teddy Bo challenge 7 + Sweet Stop sketches challenge (oops too late)

Good morning everyone as you can see from my photos the rain clouds came back here yesterday with a vengeance, I knew all that lush sun was too good to last, well I got all my lists done yesterday and sorted out the little piles of clothes and went to start the washing and oopsie no washing liquid...oh well I had a choice get ready and trudge to the shops in the rain or craft...guess which one I chose card for today is using the fab sketch from the Sweet stop sketches challenge but I did my cows tail impersonation again and was too late for it...oh well its a brill sketch anyway...its also for The Teddy Bo challenge which is punch it out...I'm defo not too late for that though I double checked, this fab Teddybo is called I love you Bunches, isn't he just a cutie and I love all those lush tulips, I coloured him with distress inks and teamed him up with these lush papers from the Prima Sparkling Spring paper pad, the frame one I cut out and I distressed the edges of the others, the sentiment is from a Kaisercraft sentiment set, when I buy a phrase sentiment set like these I keep them on the sheet they come on but cut each word out too so I can use them separately too...I finished with some scattered punched leaves to finish...please make not there are no buttons or ribbon on this card lol...right I'm off to get to the shops I cant put my washing off anymore, I was going to go to Belfast for the craft show today but changed my mind as I really don't want to drag Phil around with me...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and don't forget your umbrellas
Mina xxx

Friday, April 15, 2011

Its our second Birthday so celebrate at Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar

Good morning everyone, I hope your all well and enjoying our fabulous sunshine, make the most of it because you know what our weather is like it could be snowing by tomorrow lol...we have a really special prize this week as its our 2nd Birthday at Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar celebrate the fantastic Simon Says Stamp is giving a massive $50 gift voucher for their store, how amazing is that and how much could you buy with that lot you lucky people you, of course our challenge this week is Birthday, so anything to do with Birthday using either a Magnolia or hAnglar image...I used this fantastic new Magnolia mini world Tilda from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, they are Leaning Tilda and Tilda with Balloon , they really are little mini versions of the big ones, I thought with the size they would lose a bit of definition but they don't..the butterfly paper is Magnolia Butterfly dreams paper pack, the sentiment circle and script paper are Kaisercraft Secret Bird society paper pack, I finished it with some ribbons, string and Thickers glittered letters...of course I couldn't resist scattering more butterflies about too...the fab sketch is from Mojo Monday and Im also entering this for the DYSU Scallops challenge (I know they are hard to see but I promise they are there) and the Papertake Weekly Truly dimensional challenge too...I'm doing some washing and ironing for our holidays today, I hate leaving things to the last minuet, I'm one of those super organised travellers that has lists for everything, well that's what people think anyway its really that without the lists we would end up with empty suitcases and me saying I think I have forgotten something when we are at the airport...when you have time pop on over to Just Magnolia and see what the rest of our wonderful team came up with, have a wonderful day everyone
Mina xxx

Thursday, April 14, 2011

spots before my eyes...Mo's digital pencil dt

Good morning everyone, well my beautiful Daughter had great success yesterday, she got two pairs of trousers, a dress and a top and of course her dear old Mum had to treat her to them didn't she lol...and we even got to go for lunch and a good old natter...but would you believe the reason I went shopping I totally forgot about, so still no charger I will have to get one soon though or there will be no singing on holiday, although I'm sure Phil would be pleased about card today is for Mo's Digital Pencil and using the amazing Little Umbrella image, I wish Mo would stop drawing me...yeah right I wish I looked this good in a polka dot bikini...I coloured her with distress inks and used this stunning double sided Echo Park paper, its from their Be Mine range and is called Black Diamonds, I thought it need something else so I added some black lace, a satin red ribbon and spotted satin ribbon folds and a bright red rose to finish...the lush sketch is from A La Card Monkey challenge (they have candy on the go too the link is on my sidebar) and I'm also entering it for the Pear Tree Lace challenge and the Fab 'n' Funky All spotty and dotty challenge (now how perfect is this paper for that challenge...I'm having a crafting day today and will really have to sort out some holiday clothes too, wish me luck...whatever your doing have a brilliant day everyone
Mina xxx

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I'm in love - Sugar Nellie DT

Good morning everyone...I'm in fantastically gorgeous is Nathan image, look at those beautiful eyes, hes one of the new release Adorables from Sugar Nellie and he will be on sale at FunkyKits sometime this week so keep an eye out for him...I'm off shopping with my beautiful Daughter today and I suppose she will be good to her old Mum and let me buy her lunch of course, well shes good like that lol...we are shopping for trousers for her new job which starts on Monday, it will mean a lot of travelling but shes really excited about card for today is for the Sugar Nellie DT of course, and I coloured this beautiful little fella with distress inks, I really love colouring these Adorables they are so beautifully drawn aren't they, the papers are a mix of a scrap of green gingham and Basicgrey Marjolaine Coffee cake paper, all I needed to add was some ribbon and a knot and bow and a scattering of buttons to finish it...the lush sketch is from Sweet Stampin challenge and I'm also entering this for the Fussy and Fancy A card for a child challenge, I'm sure there was another challenge I had in mind too but the jelly brain is in full swing this week...this weekend I bought myself an Ipod shuffle for my hols because Phil is really into snorkeling on holiday and there's only so much time you can spend watching your husbands booty and head taking alternate chances to surface before you need some entertaining but it didn't come with a main charger just a usb one so I will have to have a hunt for one while I'm in town, is it just me or is that daft, I know long gone are the days when the 'batteries included' attitude used to be the norm but a charger I would have thought would have been essential wouldn't you...right moan over...have a wonderfully sunny day everyone
Mina xxx
p.s. the new adorables are on sale now

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

aaaaawwwwwwww I had a sickly laptop

Good afternoon everyone, now that seem weird to say afternoon...I had a very poorly little laptop for a while but with a lot of coaxing, care and love its feeling much better now and allowing me to post nearly went out of the window but I decided to be nice to it and it worked...we had a fabulous day yesterday, Phil took an extra day off work and we did a little wandering then our darling Daughter and her other half joined us for dinner, I love those family meals don't you, they don't happen as often as I would like but that means they should be enjoyed even more shouldn't they...right onto my card for today, now how amazingly beautiful is this new Sara Burrier digi from Crafts and Me, its called Morning Glories and is just fantastic to colour although all Sara Burrier's images em...I coloured it with distress inks and put just a little glitter on her wings...the papers are Basicgrey I think as they had escaped from their paper pad, I loved the colours though and thought they matched the image beautifully...I added some of this fantastic lace which I have now run out of and haven't a clue where I got it...oh no drat my jelly memory...of course an image like this has to have a bit of lush satin ribbon and bow doesn't it, its the craft rule...well for me anyway...the sketch is from Sunday Sketch & Stamp and I'm entering this for the City Crafter Birthday challenge and the Pear Tree Designs lace challenge too...well all should be well with my laptop for tomorrow now I have given it some electronic medicine so I'm off to do a bit of painting...whatever your doing today...enjoy
Mina xxx
p.s. today is the last day to enter our
Crafts and Me Digi team glitter challenge xxx

Monday, April 11, 2011

Let Me entertain you - Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge sponsored by Teddybo

Good morning everyone, huge apologies for not blogging last night but I had planned because Phil wasn't home, to blog Saturday Night all day Sunday and get caught up with all your fab blogs...but...Phil came home didn't he and as we only see each other for two days I cant really sit for hours blogging...I will get caught up tonight I promise you the weather here yesterday was amazing 23degrees and so sunny it was like being on holiday, we bought sandwiches and salads from Marks and Spencer's and had a picnic before going shopping, I wanted a couple of new tops for our is it just me but when your shopping for a special occasion or holiday you seem to gain at least two stone, feel really frumpy and very I didn't find a thing that wouldn't either be skin tight, make me look even frumpier/older or looked like a tent without the poles...weird...I can feel another swimsuit like crisis coming on...right enough waffle my card for today is our new monthly challenge at Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge which is our wonderful Debbie's choice and she chose Boys Cards , this month we are delighted to say we are being sponsored by Teddybo, love those teddy's don't you, this amazing fella is called Let Me Entertain You, isn't he brilliant for a boys card, I love making boys cards, hes coloured with distress inks and I paper pieced his guitar with wood grain paper from the Crate Paper 6x6 Emma's shoppe paper pad...I printed the star for my paper on the computer and cut it out with scissors then stuck it to the card and using a scalpel I cute the card in a star shape too...that gorgeous striped paper is from the Kaisercraft Seaside 6x6 Paper pad , the sentiment tickets are from Whimsy stamps Treasured moments ticket set, I finished by coloured the centre of his guitar and adding glitter, everything except Teddybo is from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...when you have time hop on over to Bunny Zoe's crafts monthly challenge and check out the rest of the wonderful DT's work, Im entering this for the Allsorts anything but a square challenge , Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Cards for Teenage boys Challenge and the Crafty Ann's raise a smile challenge (I think this image fits dont you)...I'm off to town again today you never know I may have lost two stone since yesterday...have a wonderful bright day everyone and thanks for sticking with me during this long post
Mina xxx

Sunday, April 10, 2011

how do you know when you have too many buttons? - Whimsy and Stars Studio Guest DT

when you start dreaming about them lol...Good morning everyone, I had a lovely surprise last night Phil came home at 10.30 how fab is he driving all that way to come home at that time bless him...ok own up, who watched Mamma Mia last night, it isn't my usual kind of film and I haven't seen it before but of course who can resist a sing a long to Abba, not me I sang my little heart out (I bet Phil's relieved he wasn't home to hear me), I did see a couple of cats running past my window with their ears covered but I'm sure it had nothing to do with my singing though, if it hadn't been for the songs it would have been a rubbish film and I wouldn't have watched it in a million years, give me a good sci fi or vampire or horror movie...or even a good action em...right onto my card for today which is for the Whimsy and Stars Studio guest DT...isn't this just a little sweetie of an image, I love the flowers on her dress...this image is called Searching and I coloured her with distress inks...go on guess what make the paper is, go on...yep Echo Park...lush isn't it and the name well what else would it be...Buttons of course...the orange is the reverse, all I needed to finished was some lush soft silk striped ribbon and the only other thing it need...yes...more buttons....I'm entering this for the Simon says Stamp Spring colours challenge (I think this is spring colours I always think of them as bright), Stamp Something circles challenge and the fab sketch is from Tuesday Morning Sketches...I haven't a clue what we will be doing today but I hope wherever you are you have a fantastic day, preferably far away from any excess singing
Mina xxx

Saturday, April 09, 2011

a bit of advice needed - Mo's Digital Pencil DT

Good morning everyone how are you you have anything exciting happening this weekend...we were going to take out our lovely Daughter to celebrate her new job but my darling Phil rang last night and there has been an emergency and he cant get home this weekend so I have my sad face on :-(...right I need a bit of advice please, do any of you use a lamp to take their photos or use a light box because I am struggling with daylight atm because it seems really wishy washy and isn't showing the bright colours up and as I don't brighten them they look kinda washed out and grey, so any advice as to make, model etc of a lamp to photograph would be greatly appreciated...right my card for today is for Mo's Digital Pencil, I love this party girl don't soon as I saw Veronica I knew I would use yellow for her for some reason I think it suits her...I coloured her with distress inks and the amazing papers are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts they are from the Whiff of Joy paper pad, I love this pad and the sentiment is from the same pad as there are three sheets of them at the back of it, really handy, I added some butterflies and lush yellow velvet ribbon and knot to finish...the sketch is from Mojo Monday, love their sketches don't you and I'm also entering it for the Creative Inspirations Punches & dies challenge and the DYSU Yellow challenge too...btw did you see I have more candy on the go and the winner of the last candy is in the post below...whatever you have planned I hope you have a fantastic day everyone
Mina xxx
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