Saturday, 31 March 2012

Spring Bunny

Another gorgeous Lili of the Valley Easter image - this time it is Spring Bunny with Eggs.

I created a card using Sketch by Carly # 53.  A fab sketch - really different.

This is also entered into -

Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes

Totally Papercrafts Challenge # 110 - Easter

Simply Create Too Challenge # 10 - Eggs and/or Bunnies

The image is coloured with pencils and mounted onto orange Core'dinations card, which in turn is mounted onto backing papers (both free with magazines).  The ribbons and brads are from stash.

Ali x

Egg Hunt!

Here I have a cute bunny parachuting in with an Easter egg!

I have used the sketch from Sketch and Stash Challenge # 84 - Angie's Sketch - to create this bright and breezy Easter card.

The stamped image is Umbrella Bunny from Lili of the Valley - it is coloured with pencils, and then mounted on rainbow shimmer card.  The 3 backing papers were free with a magazine, and the sentiment was printed with my Xyron Design Runner (Celebrations Disc).

I also enter this into -

Totally Papercrafts Challenge # 110 - Easter

Simply Create Too Challenge # 10 - Eggs and/or Bunnies

Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes

Ali x

Spring has Sprung

The weather has been glorious in Pembrokeshire all week, but colder/windy today.  Lots of daffodils and other flowers on the hedges around the farm.

I have been having fun making Easter and Spring-themed cards.

This one is for the CD Sunday Challenge - Spring has Sprung

and Totally Papercrafts Challenge # 110 - Easter.

(Apologies for the rubbish picture - it didn't scan very well, so will try to get a better photo in the daylight later.)

I used the papers, flowers and tags from the Polkadoodles selection on a CD-Rom that came with Complete Cardmaking magazine last year.  The trees are stamps that came with another magazine, and coloured with Promarkers.  The butterflies, buttons, candy (coloured with metallic pen) and baker's twine are from stash.

Ali x

Thursday, 29 March 2012


Late again!  I totally forgot it was Wednesday yesterday until late at night.  Been busy on the farm all day, and now finally sat down with my laptop on the mobile dongle internet connection (so fingers crossed, I can get this published).

I took a photo of my desk in the sunshine today.  It shows a new magazine (with fabulous free papers), Easter images that I am colouring in, a postcard that I received as part of the UK Stampers March swap, and various others items of stash.

Already visited a few desks today, and hope to visit lots more tonight.

For those who are not aware of what WOYWW means, then go over to The Stamping Ground where Julia will show you her workspace, and you can see links to many, many more.  It makes Wednesday a far more interesting day than usual.

Ali x

Monday, 26 March 2012


This is my entry for the Stampin Queens Sketch Challenge # 31.

It started with the Lace Doily label and border, created with Spellbinders dies through my Cuttlebug with Core'dinations Distress Collection cardstock.  I then made the card from Kanban dark green card, and Hot Off the Press papers were used for the backgrounds (the Color Me Paper, Gold Script, coloured with Old Paper Distress Ink).  The car and sentiment are from Tim Holtz.  These were stamped with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and aged with Old Paper.

I also enter this into -

Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge # 178 - Shabby Chic/Vintage.

Ali x

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Hideous Paper

I hope that you are puzzled when you look at this card and wonder why I have put the above title to this post.  All will be explained.

I found a really fun challenge over at Hiding in my Craftroom.  HIMCR # 39 is Hideous Paper and I instantly knew that I had a selection of said stash, which my tendency to save everything is now proving worthwhile.  This 'beautiful' flowery and striped paper (which came free with a magazine originally) became the backgrounds, and I worked hard with a cute Easter Bear/Bunny image from The Paper Shelter (coloured with Promarkers and Le Plume pens), ribbons from stash and an Easter sentiment produced on my Digital Designer software (the new Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection) to create a card that won't make you throw up!

Wouldn't usually select these colours, but it is great to do something different.

The sketch is from the Sketch N Stash challenge # 83.  I missed the deadline for submission!!

Oh well, it means I can enter the following 2 challenges -

CR84FN Color Challenge # 50

and -

Anything Goes Challenge # 63 - Get Ready for Easter

Ali x

Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Stamp Man ATC Swap - March 2012

Over at The Stamp Man ATC Swap Group the theme for this month is Hopes & Dreams.  My immediate thought was good health, or even a fast car/house in Spain, but then I remembered the Kanban stamps that I come back to time after time.  Another Kanban stamp that I had been itching to use became the background - and Le Plume pens added the colour.  I dusted down one of my water pens and the Cosmic Shimmer Shimmering Iridescent watercolour paints, and the bright metallic toppers were finished.  Simple, but effective - just like me!!

Ali x

Friday, 23 March 2012

WOYWW 146 - very late!

Better late than never.  I have had a difficult week, including problems getting on the internet - but have a photo taken on Tuesday, so here it is.

Not the best quality, but you can just about see my WOYWW badge that Julia from the amazing Stamping Ground blog very kindly sent to me.  I was working on a card with a handmade background and lots of butterflies (see post below).

For those who have not experienced WOYWW yet, then go over to Stamping Ground and all will be explained.  Join in or just visit our workdesks.

Ali x

ps  My horrible week is fully explained in a separate post, so have a look at my blog and perhaps become a Follower.

Wouldn't want to repeat this week

Well, all was going ok - until Wednesday when I had a dentist appointment.  The first one in 2 years due to my ever-growing phobia, caused by some bad experiences involving a dentist drill and pain (and failed injections) and my more sensitive mouth (caused, I thought, by my Fibromyalgia).  This was for 10.30 am in Swansea - a 2 hour drive each way for me.  Why, so far?  Well, it is a clinic specialising in 'phobics', able to offer full sedation if required.  This, of course, meant that I would not be able to make my weekly attempt to get higher up the list over at Julia's WOYWW.  An almost catastrophe in my life!!

I managed the drive up there and was greeted by friendly staff and a beautiful clinic overlooking the docks.  My dentist was very understanding, and the examination/x-rays were bearable.  However, she has discovered lots of little holes in my teeth (explains the sensitivity) and I need EIGHT fillings!!!  This will, of course, be very expensive and at the moment I am booked in for 4 separate appointments.  The first at the end of next month to do the easiest filling and scale/polish to see if I can cope with the new local anaesthetic they can offer.  If so, then perhaps we can do more fillings to reduce the number of long trips I have to make - or, if not, then it will have to be general anaesthetic.  On reflection I am thinking that a GA could be the best option and just get them all done at once.  Going to contact the clinic today to see how much that would cost.  One of the suggestions to reduce my sensitivity before my first appointment is to brush my teeth BEFORE meals (not after, as always told up until now), only have 3 meals per day, no snacking, to reduce the amount of acid in my mouth, and no fruit juice.

When I got home, our satellite broadband is not working, and my mobile dongle cannot cope with anything more than checking emails.  So - NO WOYWW this week.  Will go and see now if I can still link up very late!

Then yesterday I was attacked by a neighbour's dog whilst walking my 2 dogs.  Would have just been an annoying experience (I managed to chase him away), but I tore some muscles in my shoulder and spent all day yesterday in agony.  I was unable to do any crafting, blogging and even watching tv was horrible.  Gave in and went to A&E in the evening, and they gave me permission to combine some painkillers and take them more often (only a hospital doctor can prescribe what I am on).  Whilst there, they noticed I had swollen glands, a high temperature and swollen tonsils - so, obviously some virus that I had not noticed.  I only managed 2 hours broken sleep last night, but feeling stronger today and back in my craft room.  Still sore and stiff, but it will mend in time.  My temperature is slightly lower and just a sore/swollen throat.

Still on my mobile dongle, so internet is very slow.  Will not be entering too many challenges today - shame, as I was given the link to a blog that lists all the challenges (no wonder so many people were entering loads of challenges).  It is Feline Playful - and the button is on my blog on the right.

Oh well, it is Friday and the weather forecast is good for the week ahead.  I can not walk far, run, ride my pony, drive ... - but at least it is a good excuse to craft (takes mymind off the pain) and leave the housework!

Ali x

Things with Wings

Inbetween a dentist visit and shoulder injury (will add more details in a separate post), I managed to make a card for the following 2 challenges -

Paper Creations Ink Challenge # 21 - Things with Wings

and - Simon says Stamp and Show Challenge - Handmade Background

This has turned out to be a really lovely card.  I made the background by chalking through a stencil onto Kanban cream paper and then spraying with silver glitter (a technique to be repeated).  I then used Spellbinder dies through my Cuttlebug with a variety of card and paper to make an assortment of butterflies.  The sentiment was created using my new Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection DVD-Roms.

Ali x

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Stamp Man ATC Swap - February

I joined in with the Stamp Man ATC Swap group for the first time last month.  The theme was Historical Romance.  We make 3 (either of the same design or different), and receive 3 back.

These are what I received (thanks to Vonny, Barbara Greenwood and Lynne Denton).

Our theme this month is Hopes and Dreams.  I had a sudden flash of inspiration just now (or it may be strong smell of spray glitter in my craft room!), so will be making them this week.

Ali x

Going Dotty

I am actually early doing a challenge - this one is for the CD Sunday Challenge, Spots and Dots.

I used the Debbi Moore Designs, The Contemporary Craze, CD for the spotty papers and the sentiment.

The polo player is cut from a tag on a coat I bought yesterday, and the actual cardstock and ribbon are from stash.

I also enter this into -

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge # 124 - Red, White and Blue

Pixies Crafty Workshop - Snippers # 12

Ali x

Monday, 19 March 2012

Another One for the Boys

This is the 2nd 'Male' challenge I have found this week.  It is the Paper Shelter Challenge # 55 , which required me to go and spend in their fab shop (really hard work, but someone has to do it!).  I chose their Cockatoo on a Bike image (which you get in outline only, and also in colour) - as well as a cute Easter stamp.

I coloured the main image with Promarkers (and some craft glaze on the metal parts) and the backgrounds/sentiment are printed from the Debbi Moore Designs CD-Rom, "Stitch on Safari".

Ali x

Anything Goes Challenge # 62

Another Monday morning and my fingers are not working properly (3rd attempt to get this typed!).

Just the one challenge to enter now (hoped to have another card finished, but this challenge closes in 30 minutes).

Boyz to Men Challenge

This is my card, which mainly comes from the Robert Addams Top 40 Papercrafts CD-Rom, which is brilliant for men's cards.  I used a stencil for the celtic corner borders, and peel-offs from stash.  The whole thing is mounted on a lovely card made from Kanban gold card.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Butterflies & Fairy

My latest crafty make using the template from Mojo Monday 232.  I rarely use ribbons/bows on cards, despite having some lovely stuff in my stash, but will make an effort from now on to incorporate them into cards.  I love ribbon (used to work in a craft shop that had hundreds of reels) and feel a new 'collection' coming on!

The main stamped image is 'Pom Pom' from Lili of the Valley, coloured with Promarkers and some glitter added with glitter pens and tiny gems from stash.  This is matted onto a beautiful frame cut from backing paper on the Debbi Moore CD-Rom, "Flutterby", as well as the backing paper on the bottom of the card.  Rainbow shimmer card and purple holographic card from stash makes the other layers.  Some purple glitter ribbons from stash, Dimensions stickers (butterflies and flowers), sentiment (free with a magazine) and gems complete the card.  A very pretty birthday card for a girl or older female!

I also enter this into -

Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge - Butterflies and Fairies

I Love Promarkers Challenge # 108 - Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday Challenge # 208 - Happy Birthday

Ali x

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Blog Candy

As I explore through the world of blogging, I come across blog candy.  Will add any more that I find this week into this post, but this is the first today -

Bev's Blog Candy - no need to do anything for this one, but I always leave a comment and become a Follower.  (Winner drawn on Sunday 18th - night.)

Another one being drawn tomorrow - Wild Orchid Bi-Weekly Candy

Edited to add - Eulanda Silvey - Big Blog Candy (6 prizes, including 2 for overseas peeps like me).  Closes 31st March.  Take a look at her gorgeous blog - inspiration in bucketloads.

Ali x

Pretty Card

I am really proud of this little card - so pretty.

The stamped image (coloured with pencils) is from Lili of the Valley, and then put through my Cuttlebug with a Spellbinder die.  The backing paper, flower border and Hugs & Kisses tag are printed from the NitWits Butterfly Kisses collection (CD-Rom with Complete Cardmaking magazine).

It is for a friend's mum (Mothers Day insert inside).

I am entering this into the following challenges -

Papertake Weekly Challenge - One for the girls ... or Mum

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes

The CD Sunday Challenge - From Me to You

Ali x

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 176

Another new challenge for me!

This one had the theme, 'No Image, Just Words'

Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge

 - and here is my card -

It is a birthday card for a male friend, so chosen simple masculine colours.  The background is a Spellbinder die through my Cuttlebug, as well as the leaves.  The stamp is from stash, printed onto cream card and layered onto black card.

Ali x

Circles ...

Two more challenges added to my list today.  First time I have entered a card into more than one challenge at a time - some way to go before I become a 'Challenge Champion' (there seem to be so many people who can have a really long list of challenges to enter with each card - how do they find the time to find all of these?!).

As the title of this post suggests, the theme for both was circles.  Here is the card (which is for my friend's daughter's 17th birthday) -

I used some of my Spellbinders through my Cuttlebug to create most of the card.  These were matted and layered onto pink card (the centre holographic card has a small circle design as well), and a stamped sentiment added.  A Tim Holtz stamp was used to add the Paris detailing on the pink card.

Firstly, I enter this into the weekly For Fun Challenge -

- and, Secondly, into Day 8 of the 365 Cards Challenges -

Ali x

Wednesday, 14 March 2012


Another week has flown by (how did I ever find time to work outside the home?).  Up early and thought I would sneek in at a higher number on the very long list of crafters who feel the need to share a picture of their workspace (visit Julia's blog, Stamping Ground, to see what all the excitement is about


Oh well, I will put a comment with a link back to here.

Apologies for the poor quality of my photo this week.  My phone does not take a good picture unless it is daylight - still dark outside here.

I had a hugely busy crafty day yesterday, but did tidy up before I went to bed - so my desk just shows some of what I made (I also did a card for my stepson - he passed his driving test on Monday).  There are 3 ATCs to be posted (the UK Stampers March swap), a 'naked' postcard for another UK Stampers swap, and also some stamped images (from the stamp I am posting off for my first stamping round robin).

I won my first prize!  The weekly challenge from Stampin Queens.  Very proud, as that card took me ages to make and at times I do wonder why I do it!!

Going to take my first painkiller of the day and watch the Pick of the Day from Create & Craft.

Ali x

ps  Had a very good postie day yesterday.  My order from Joanna Sheen arrived - the fab Kitty in teacups decoupage, a Versamark pen (to replace the one that died) and the Walnut Stain Distress Ink pad (now my new favourite).

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Another item on my crafty want list/need list!

Found a wonderful American crafty store (yes, they do ship international) and there are so many things I want/need.

This stamp set caught my eye particularly -

The main image is gorgeous.

Ali x

UK Stampers March ATC Swap

This is my first ATC swap with UK Stampers

The theme for March is Freedom.

Perhaps the obvious is birds, but I had a really nice Tim Holtz stamp in my stash, so this is what I produced.  We have to make 3 ATCs, and mine are basically the same - just slightly different colour combinations.  The background paper came from the Joanna Sheen Enchanted Dreams CD-Rom.

Ali x

Monday, 12 March 2012

Kona Krafter 2nd Anniversary Blog Candy

I WON!!!!!!!!

(Just got to decide what store to use my gift certificate with - what a horrible decision to make!)

Ali x

Super-creative blogger, Marjo @ Kona Krafter is celebrating her 2nd anniversary by offering a very generous blog candy to a random fan of her blog.

Take a look at her blog (so much to read and look at).

Click on the Blog Candy and follow the instructions to enter.

Good luck to everyone.

Ali x


Another week, and another challenge entry.

This is for Stampin Queens

They post a sketch and us crafters then create with that in mind.

My entry strays from the sketch slightly, as the kraft card ended up a bit too small - so my 12 little buttons had to be laid out in 4's.

It took ages to make, as I haven't got a circle punch - so had to run a die through my Cuttlebug 12 times!!  The months are stamped with a Versamark pad, then embossed in black.  They were aged with a Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad - Old Paper.  A piece of kraft card was used - hand torn, and then inked with Tim Holtz Black Soot (now all over my hands too!).  The sentiment was created on my computer and printed onto Kanban cream textured paper, and then torn as well.  Both are stuck on a Kanban red card blank.

Ali x

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Mojo Monday 231 Madness Contest

I found this challenge site
via another blog, and although I thought it was a difficult template, I decided to give it a go.

The tag came first (HOTP - as well as papers and border strip), and the small amount of green on the scrap of paper I used gave me the colour for the circle and border strip (gold/white - coloured with green pencil).  The stamp on the tag and the butterflies on the circle are freebies from a magazine, and I used TH DI Black Soot.  Spellbinders through my Cuttlebug cut out the circle and the flowers/leaves.  The almost black pearls are from stash, as well as the button.

I LOVE purple and I am really pleased at how this card turned out.

Ali x

Friday, 9 March 2012

Less Is More Weekly Challenge 57 - Colour (Neutrals)

I have found another great challenge blog and had a sudden creative surge, so made a card for it today (will need to lie down in a darkened room now!).

Simply Less Is More is all about simplicity.

They have a weekly challenge - with the first week of the month having a colour theme.  This month it is 'Neutrals'.

I used the free cover stamp from the latest edition of Craft Stamper magazine.  Stazon inkpad onto the pale gold Kanban card from my stash, and then triple embossed with clear embossing powder.  This was matted and layered onto a 4" card made from the same cardstock.  I created a border with Zentangling. 

Very different to the sort of cards I usually make - but I will use a similar design over and over (would make a nice set of notelets).

This doesn't show the pearlescent card or its colour (pale gold) very well.

Ali x

Some early morning crafting

I was up at 4.30 am this morning (too much pain to stay in bed), so finally in my craft room to get it more messy!

I made the first of the 7 ATCs I have committed to this month (so far, I keep finding more challenges/swaps online).

This is for Tracy's ATC Group - a small group that communicates by email.  We have been formed for several years and Tracy sets a new theme each month, and we then send an ATC to a different person each month.

This month's theme is Lotto Win, and I instantly thought of a villa in the sunshine by the sea (addicted to programmes like Place in the Sun etc, and me and hubby would love a place of our own - in Spain or the Canary Islands one day).

I did a sketch first, and was in fact going to do a hand-drawn smarter version, but then decided it would need more layers/texture.  Went to my handy little scraps folder, and found everything I needed, including some lovely foil that came from a chocolates box.

This is the sketch

.... And this is the finished version

All it needs is a swimming pool and a hot tub!!

Ali x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Exciting ......

I just checked back on Stampin' Queens and I was in their Spotlight for last week's challenge (see post on 3rd March).

I am really proud that they selected my card. 

Take a look at their latest Blog Challenge -

Ali x


My second week - and I nearly forgot!!  No crafting going on today (had my new Bissell floor cleaning machine to play with - when you live in a farmhouse, anything to help keep the mud/hair away is very exciting!), but the latest edition of Craft Stamper magazine is in prime position waiting to be read again (already flicked through it once).

I have 7 ATCs and a postcard to make this month, so will be busy with scissors and glue tomorrow.

I also attach a photo of my main papercrafting storage area - so messy at the moment, but I can go straight to what I need!

Looking forward to taking a peek at your workspaces later.  Must go out and get the the ponies in from the field, feed cats/guinea pigs.

Ali x

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Incredible self control

I went in our local craft shop yesterday and didn't buy anything!!  Went into town to buy Craft Stamper magazine (my one treat this month) and passed the craft shop again on the way back (was going to resist going in).  It had some new ranges in the window, so I thought that as part of keeping up-to-date with the crafty stash world I would take a look.  Some gorgeous stash - but I was really strong and left emptyhanded (bet the shop staff were disappointed - I normally spend at least £20 in there).

You may wonder why I needed to be so strong.  Well, I have spent far too much on my credit card in the past year.  Got some amazing stash and horsey stuff, but I want to be debt-free now, so I am only spending on necessities and getting the debt paid off ASAP.  I have an account set up that keeps a record of my debt, and it has calculated that I will have it all paid off in 2 years.  Not too long in the scheme of things.

If you have any debt, then go to -

and start a Snowball of your own.

Ali x

Saturday, 3 March 2012

My first Challenge entry - SQSC 28

This was a good excuse to put off doing other stuff and get in my craft room.  Entries need to be in by Monday.

I used the free stamps which came with Creative Stamping magazine issue 3 - coloured in with my Le Plume pens (8 years old and still going strong!) and card/paper from stash.  A bright and sunny birthday card for the spring.

Ali x

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Some colouring in

I treated myself to a magazine yesterday - Papercraft Inspirations, March edition.  It had some pencils and printed stamp images free with it (Lili of the Valley, which I have always loved when I see their advert).

Whilst catching up with some tv this morning, I put my glass cutting mat on my lap and coloured one of the images in (a really cute mother bunny and child bunny).  I have already made a Mothers Day card for my mum, and sadly my MIL passed away just before Xmas, but perhaps someone else would like a card made for them (get in touch if you would like a card - a small charge to cover postage and my stash).

Never used colouring pencils before (used to Promarkers) - but very pleased with the result.  Sorted out the images and got several Easter ones to colour in - and there are loads more really cute images.

Definitely worthwhile buying this magazine.

Sweet isn't it?