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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Stampin' Up! cards

I used some versamark & emboss powders on this card to make some patterned paper as I had no SU DPs I am very pleased with the result the stamp set used is 'simply said' I am blown away by the stamp pads the unusual way in which they 'flip flop' open is marvelous as you can use the lid as a pallet and the ink pads are of a good size too! I am very taken with them. Inks used: More Mustard, Old Olive, Ruby Red & Chocolate Chip. I used an aqua pen to colour in the stamped images. The card stock is More Mustard, Old Olive, and very Vanilla & Ribbon Chocolate Chip. It was so nice to do a project where I didn't have to rummage around for matching inks & ribbon to go with the card and each other.
So as I said in an earlier post, I got my kit through and I have started to make some cards (I need some of the lovely SU papers) and May is a good time to top up with some as it's buy 3 get one free, I'm having a work shop on 7th May and looking forward to putting an order in after that, so I'm being very patient lol (not like me at all) well If I can save some money and get free yummy scrummy papers then I can wait lol. Stamps used : Oval all, Card stock Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Really rust & Pumpkin pie. Ribbon Chocolate Chip and a skura pen to pattern around the edges ink was Brilliance shows up very well here very impressed. I know I sell SU but I wouldn't sell something I didn't totally believe in as a good product. I am only giving this product good feed back as I would any other I use and am happy with.

I love these stamps you should have a look in the catalogue Page 62. I love these stamps 'Gods Blessings' they fit every occasion wedding, sympathy, Christmas, Birthday, new born, the list goes on, a really really good buy I am so glad I got these. You can make a focus of them as I have here or use them as the verse in side. So versatile I just had to have them. Stamps used: 'Gods Blessings' & 'Oval all' CS Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Very vanilla. Ribbon Chocolate chip. Inks Old Olive & Ruby Red all SU. I hope you like them please leave a comment I value your imput and I can visit you blogs too. Love Dawn xx


You must be aware of the wonderful draw Max’s Craft Creations is doing, a very novel way of giving candy away. She has been giving candy away every day since Easter and what wonderful stuff there has been. Me, I haven't won anything like this before so I was amazed when I went back and saw my name I checked several times .... well I thought I must be reading it wrong, there must be some mistake lol

And just look at this yummy stuff. So many brads and lovely yummy flowers, what can I say??? So a lovely parcel to wait for this week. I am really chuffed to win something and something so good too! Max says she is going to do an advent calender at Christmas. If it's any thing like the Easter one it will be truly worth entering. Max also has a fab blog too, she has some lovely inspiration and is very creative. I'm glad I found the blog, and she is a lovely person. Thank you again Max Love Dawn xx

Saturday, 25 April 2009

How CUTE? this is the apple of my eye my darlin' little boy (grandson) he gives me so much joy this is what life is all about.
We had our little treasure for the day on Thursday we went to see Chezie (my Cousin, all my kids call her auntie and her kids call me auntie too!) So Chezie is James 3rd cousin but auntie chezie for short lol. She went mad for him, as not seen him befour. Look at that little face how could you not love him lol. Smiling and pulling his tongue out! I thing these two have to be scrapped so watch this space!

Neapolitain Note Book

It was my sisters Birthday yesterday so made her a card And this yummy note book using all Stampin' Up! (from my new kit) that arrived Tuesday So lovely, the product (card etc) and the stamps are of SUCH good quality. I'm in love with Stamoin' Up! Have a look in the catalogue for more examples I used 'Simply said'(106598) & 'Oval all'(113790) stamp sets Chocolate chip Ribbon, Very vanilla & Cameo Coral cardstock (from the earth elements range).

Happy Birthday Nadine (((BIG HUGS)))

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Some little boy cards for you I have used basic grey cupcake DP here (hint this can be won in my free stash give away) the stamps are Sugar nellie and Woodwear and setiment stamps are WOJ and hobby craft thought I would show you the insides too.
On the second card I tried a new technique, you can't see it that well in the photo but what I did was use (thick) emboss powder on it (a couple of layers (three should do it) then put it in the freezer for about 10 min. when you bring it out it looks a bit curled (don`t worry) you then flex the card and it cracks ( the emboss Powder) and it`s a really nice effect you can put some distress ink (as I have here) so the cracks show up more. It was enjoyable to do and another way of adding texture give it a go and let me know how you go I would be interested to see your creations.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you have tried this technique or used these papers I would love to have a look.

Love Dawn xx


Stampers Six Group
Want to belong to a monthly kit but you want to make sure that you like everything that comes in it?
Why not join my next Stampers 6 group?
What Is This?
It's a monthly club run for 6 people for 6 months.
How Does It Work?
Each month each of the 6 people spend £25 or more in the Stampin' Up! Catalogue. When 6 people spend £25 each this adds up to £150, which equates to a virtual party, and this means that you are entitled to a Hostess Level 1 Stamp Set plus £15 of free goods of your choice out of the catalogue. Each of the 6 people take it in turns to be the virtual hostess.
What Do I Need To Do?
Just let me know you are interested by leaving a comment and I will add your name to my list as we only need 6 people to start a club. Once we have 6 people you can decide on what you are going to buy for £25 or more in your first month.
What Do We Get Out Of This?
You receive at least a free Level 1 Hostess Set plus £15 of free goods of your choice from the catalogue (you can get Level 2 plus more money to spend if your sales are higher).
When Can We Start?
We can start as soon as 6 people are interested. Ask a friend to join you if you like. Please leave a comment if you are interested and I will get back to you. Click on the Stampin' Up catalogue in the sidebar to see what goodies you could be getting for free - the details are in the first few front pages. Party Party!
Love Dawn xx

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Chit Chat

Hello to all my followers and thank you for joining me, I hope you will keep popping back, and that my blog is interesting to read. The weather has been great here in the NW of the UK for a few days. I have had my spring cleaning head on lol and the house smells lovely and I have bought fresh flowers (I usually have fresh flowers in my bedroom all the time as I spend a lot of time in there on the comp) But now there in the kitchen and living room too! I love fresh flowers.
How much washing? the amount of washing two teenagers can make in just a week! is astonishing don't you think? one minuet your telling them to change 'cos they smell the next, they go the other way and wear three or four sets of clothes a day! above is a photo taken at Christmas (the tree in the back kinda gives it away) lol And with them is our lovely dog Dita (a Japanese Akita) she was a rescue. More about her in another post!
They are back at school/collage now, thank heavens and my fridge is taking a well earned rest. lol How much does your shopping bill go up when yours are off school? Mine eat so much (although my 15yr old Matthew on the right above) is bigger than me and I'm not small at 5'10 lol the collage student :-) Shawn (on the left (obviously lol) will be seventeen next Monday Oh how they grow. And these photos are six month old, I'm sure they have grown again, I can rarely get them together for photos, I love the top one but this is my fav as it's an action shot (they can be so funny) So really with them two and lovely Hubby it's like living with three men always hungry and for ever leaving a mess where ever they go ( I have to exclude hubby from the mess thing lol he tidys up after all of us lol) He is one I wouldn't swap for all the tea in china. He is the best. he's another one who doesn't like his picture taken lol but there is one on here of him asleep with our grandson James (give you a hint It's in March archive) and it's such a lovely photo I scrapped it and put it on here! well enough chit chat for now but will put some more posts on and get some ready for the hospital later. (that's a whole other story lol). Please leave a comment, Love Dawn xx

Sugar Bowl ch8

I liked this sketch so much I have used it for another challenge! It's a really good one they are so clever at the Sugar bowl. This stamp is lovely isn't it? so cute and reminds me of child hood so much! I thought the papers from basic grey were fantastic for children's cards (especially boys) as you can so often have flowers on everything. That why I went for circles layers (like a flower). And I'm giving some away in the Candy stash give away so you could have your very own! I have used them more than once this week!

Items used: Sugar Nellie Stamp 'where's mine' Basic Grey papers 'cupcake' sentiment is from stash! as is the brad and inks (think they're called papertake or something like that, there very good) I bought them on e-bay over a year ago I got loads for about £8 was a bargin and they are really good and they have lasted too! which is a bonus lol hope you like, please leave a comment and don't forget to enter my stash give away! Love Dawn

WOJ ch26

I love these challenges Whiff of Joy (WOJ) is a colour challenge B&W with a splash of colour! (you also have to use a WOJ stamp! And I have to say these sentiments I bought I use on all sorts, such a good buy (getting my moneys worth from these I can tell you) lol so as you can see mine is red. I'll put some more posts up later today I was busy yesterday so I'll share a few of the many I made.I have started doing the inside too! (well have for since started blogging) an I have to say I enjoy it so much I feel the card is better for the receiver as it's more finished! Items used: CCSR papers and flowers SN, WOJ & CCSR stamps. quite a lot of stamps lol well I do love stamping lol buttons from papermainia card stock from stash!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Yummy Muffins

I saw Monica had made a yummy cake yesterday, she is SO talented. Any way with that in mind when I went shopping today I saw some lovely edable things to put on a cake (and the pots they came in would be very useful afterwards for putting crafty goodies in) Yes I'm an addict lol. Where was I.... waffling again. What with Monica's cake and the lovely cake sweeties I thought I would make some muffins (I'm not in Monica's class by a long way) but I know they will be all gone this evening (any time I cook my boys eat it lol) I hope you like my cooking craft spot, please leave a comment, lol Love Dawn xx

Stampin' Up! workshop

Are you reasonably local to me (HYDE, STOCKPORT OR MANCHESTER) and would like to hold a Stampin' Up! party in your home? These are normally great fun and nobody is pressured into buying anything. However, I am not held responsible for you falling in love with the products and wanting them all :-) and with the FREE Back ground stamps in the month of June you may be tempted.
Hosting a party can be used as a way of getting your friends and family together for A brew, cake and playing with paper. Everyone tells me they have a great time at my parties, and I treat them exactly like that - they are great fun, with prizes to be won and let's not forget about the FREEBIES you can get - free Stamp Sets that you can't buy and FREE money to spend in the catalogue too.
You can call me on 0790 4386 966 or an email me I'd love to be able to spread the fun to you and your friends.Love Dawn xx

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Sugar Nellie's back!

I have done some more Sugar Nellie cards there are so many great stamps about (more about what I'll be doing where stamps are concerned in another post!) WOJ sentiment stamp, but yet again I have used the simply darling DP from K&Co 'the journey' range all double sided and wonderful to work with too! I have coloured with the whisper water colour pens as usual the epoxy flowers are Making Memories the ribbon is Anita's the rest is from stash. please feel free to leave a comment I love visiting the blogs that comment! and of course don't forget to enter for the FREE candy all you have to do is become a follower leave a comment and put a photo of the candy in your blog with a link to mine not hard and yummy candy! Love Dawn xx

New baby card

A friend of a friend is having a baby and she wanted to get her a card that would apply to specifically her child, as she is having a mixed race baby this is what I came up with I hope she likes it. I wanted it to be simple yet elegant.

I hope you like it please leave a comment and don't forget to enter the stash give away!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

TrulyScrumptions CH5

I have loved doing this card, The sketch over at Truly Scrumptious is lovely as are the examples from the DT. Itemes Used: The stamps from 'Woodware' called Pirate Mischief' and were so nice to work with. PP from 'Making Memories' cardstock 'Bazzill' coloured with 'Whispers water colour pens' buttons & ink were from stash. I hope you like my card and don't forget to enter for my FREE stash Love Dawn

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

PTW perfect pastels/Mojo Monday wk82

I really enjoyed using the pastels for the Paper take weekly challenge and the sketch is from Mojo Monday another challenge blog I have never been to before.
The Items Used: PP Kanban Stamps WOJ & Anita's, I had this stamp given to me and have never used it but I thought this fit in lovely. Flowers Kaiser (white) but coloured with whisper pens as is the image. Gems Bordeaux jewels (spring) my local craft shop has stoped doing these, so sad as I love them so much. As always please leave a comment and don't forget to enter for my free stash give away. Love Dawn xx

Polly Craft ch13/sketch & Stash ch19

This one was a bit tricky (although I love orange) at Polly Craft you have to make a card with orange as your colour! and with Sketch & Stash you have to use a new Item and follow the sketch. These are both new challenge sites for me, having never been on them before. Just click on the links to have a go or for further information.Items used: NEW ITEM was orange ink from Hobby Craft Cuttlebug EF 'swiss dots' Stamps WOJ & CCSR 'doodles' buttons Papermania & whisper watercolour pens.

Basic Grey Ch30

This weeks Basic Grey Challenge is a sweet one. You have to make a card based on chocolate with your fav soft centre (strawberry cream) is what this portrays but my ab/fab is dark chocolate with orange fondant mmmmm. (so hungry now) Any way to Items used: Basic Grey DP Sugared (luscious) names are nearly as good as the papers lol Stamps WOJ & (Funky Girl)is the name but I can't remember where I downloaded it from (doh!) Colured with whispers pens and Papermainia heart crystal. As always your comments are always welcome & don't forget to enter for my free scrummy stash! Love Dawn xx

Maxs March madness

This is an unusual candy give away, more than one prize and a winner every day until all prizes are won. Just pop along to Max’s egg-stravagansa for more details, good luck!

Monday, 13 April 2009

which card?

Happy Bank Holiday!
Hi, I had a post last week wondering which card the sweet gentleman would choose for his ex-wife on her 65th birthday. There were five to choose from and a lovely story for the reason why. (click on the link above so see the whole story) the card chosen was.........

He said "this is perfect! it was made for her!" (and it was lol) I'm so glad he was happy.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Happy Easter to you all.

Hello all, my faith in Jesus Christ and my Heavenly father give me so much comfort in my Life. I truly enjoy Easter for the most special gift given, the Atonement I hope you will all remember what this special time is all about & share in that gift. It's real easy, repent and follow him, he is waiting for you with open arms. Happy Easter Love Dawn xx

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Cupcake 34/Sketch Sat 45

These divine papers arrived yesterday K&Co Journey papers, talk about LUSH! and I wanted to enter these two challenge blogs Sketch Saturday lovely sketch I will use again & again & Cupcake Challenge you had to use folds (at least two) well I haven't really folded paper on cards or scrap books come to think of it, so this while not out of my comfort zone completely, made me do something I hadn't done before and this is the result. I had to do two challenges, well they are pretty super challenges are they not? lol what with the papers and the designers as inspiration how could I go wrong?

I don't even know any one who is 21 yet but I had to use the key and well, you understand what it's like to be an addict don't you? lol I'm getting very creative I couldn't find a flower to match so I made one out of ribbon (I think this is because one of the previous challenges you had to make your own flower). You can see why challenges are good to enter, they give you good ideas that you can use in other projects too! better stop waffling.....

And the items used : hold your breath there's a few lol the wonderful K&Co 'key', & 'design papers', from journey range (so yummy and lots of other matching things, which I bought oopps!) Papermania brads, Dove craft 'charm brad', Making Memories letters, American craft 'numbers (from the thickers range which I coloured to match)' and finally the ribbon that was all ready in my over flowing stash... I so need a bigger room (notice I will not suggest buying less stash) lol. As always I'd love to hear your comments and why not become a follower and never miss a post! Love Dawn xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Secret crafter SC 26

The challenge is stripes over on Secret Craft Saturday Challenge Have to say I'm new to this challenge and thought I would have a go. I like to put something inside a card as well as out side. Coming on the blogs got me doing it, I used to just leave them plain but I do like to do the inside too now.Items Used : Clare Curd Stamps and Clare Curd PP all from the CCSR Clare Curd Signature Range. Please leave a comment, or even become a follower, and never miss a posting. Hope you like my efforts Love Dawn xx

Cuttlebug colour CAS challenge/cupcake 35

I have entered this for two challenges Cupcake challenge 35 this challenge is one layer so it fit's in to the two this is just one peice of card uning two CB EFAnd for Cuttlebug I had to use black & white and keep it CAS (clean and simple). This is my version, and here are the Items used: Cuttlebug EF 'Divine swirls & Heart blocks'. Pearls 'Crystal stickers' Stamp 'Clear choice stamps 22 Travel'.
Go along and see the Cuttlebug Challenge site there is loads of stuff to do and loads of great DT members with great ideas and easy to follow tips etc. it's not just a challenge site it's so much more. It's defo one of my fav's (and no I'm not connected to the site at all!) I just like to recommend things I really enjoy, give them a go. As always please leave a comment, or become a follower, that way you never miss a entry to my blog.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Easter Cards /Stampin chic challenge 2

Hi again, I'm getting really excited only a couple of weeks (there abouts) until my web site goes live. I'm meeting with the designer on Thurs. to go over all the things he has done so far. SO EXCITED!!

Any way CARDS I love doing this I really love getting an order and them trusting me to create something wonderful that they will love, (the sentiments have to be put on yet but as this is an order I thought I would leave them off for the blog.)This is also and entry for Stampinchic All to do with hand made flowers well there is some on the card above (love this stamp set I have to say) so it's the top card that is the entry details of what was used below.

Never mind, Any way, I am getting much more confident with taking the photos for the cards now, thought I may need a new fancy camera turns out I just need to get to grips with the manual of the camera I have lol, it's a Samsung L830 and cost about £60-£80 not breaking a hole in the bank. The ones recommended by scrapbookers are SLR Olympus DD50 (I think don't quote me) they are £500+ I'm not a serious photographer although I would like to get better maybe in the future I will.

Items Used: well the Easter bunny card PP are DCWV spring stack and the bunny and daffodils I have had over a year bought off e-bay (forgot I had them to be honest) but I think perfect for this card. Rub on's MM Card stock Core'dinations gems from stash. The top card is made with free papers from a magazine (never throw anything away) normally I wouldn't use papers from mags but these were of such a good quality (not the awful shiny stuff) the paper was of a good weight and double sided bought Spring last year, the daffodils dicuts are from Tesco, stamped flowers Claire Curd (papermania) coloured with whispers watercolour pens.

I love Easter it's my favorite time of year (religious wise) better than Christmas! it's Spring the Sky's are turning blue the birds are all frisky lol and the grass is growing all that new growth and hope given and the saviours atonement for us all that we may yet live with our Heavenly Father again, if we but repent and come un to him. I really love Easter and all that it represents. It's not all about bunny's and eggs (although if I don't get a chocy egg I will be very disappointed) lol as usual if you would like to become a follower so you never miss a posting, click on follower down the left hand side, and please feel free to leave comments I love seeing what you have written all you feed back is welcome. Love Dawn xx

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Copics Tutorial

Hi, I know lots of you lovely use copics I my self haven't as yet! but I may do, and as usual before I commit to doing something I like to look at all the angles. Pros and cons of using copics. I thought I would see how they are used, so for your viewing pleasure here is a tutorial I think it's very well written and obviously by some one who knows what he/she is talking about so pop along to this site if you would like more information on the pros/cons of using copics and most important how to use them.

Why not leave a comment of what you thought of this tutorial and if it helped or not.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Stampin up video

I saw this video on 'you tube' and just had to share it with you all, (I would of ideally liked the video on my site I have it on face book, to show my friends, It's such a cute card and real simple make. Hope you like it, and if you do make it why not get back to me and show me your card I would really love to see it. Love Dawn xx

Heads up on stash give away

Hello you lovely visitors to my blog. I thought I would let you know I have ordered some crafty Items especially for you! yes all you lovely visitors to my blog will be in with a chance to win this fab stuff very soon so keep an eye out. There will be a photo of the stash and instructions on how to win so pop back soon. Love Dawn xx

50s cards/ A spoon full of sugar ch 46

This card works well with a challenge too A soon full of sugar I had done lasts weeks challenge but looks like I missed it. I love the DT egs I hope they like this. There is such a cute story behind this I thought I would share it with you. My cousin has her own butty shop yummy stuff there I can tell you. any way a Gent came in and was chatting as you do, and he said "I was looking for a card for my Ex-Wife and I can't find one any where". well good ol' Chezie says her cousin makes cards I'm sure she can come up with something for you so he gives his order specifics it has to have 65, happy birthday, to my Ex-wife, and she is into the 50s. Here is the cute story, aah they got divorced years ago and lost contact for ages they get on with their life's in the mean time she re-marries and he gets a lady friend quite by accident they get in touch again (don't know how) and now they go out as a foursome aah they have lots of the same interests no jealousy etc. all get on really well hence sending her a card I thought that was lovely.
Back to the cards, I didn't want to make just one card thought it would be nice to offer a choice. the top one is the example I will show (she may not like Elvis) so I made matching sentiments for all the other cards and put them in the packet this way he can choose and I can make it up for him while I'm there and not use five cards (well it is a specific card) and then the others can be sold when ever, the 50's is going to be big this year (that's my tip) (very fashion conscious lol not) I bought some vintage 50s dresses I love the old tea dress style and I see the 50s style is making a subtle come back in Tescos so I won't have to pay vintage prices either YAY!
I really like this one such movement in the vintage photo, I really like it (this is the one I think he will choose) I will let you know which card he went for next week end (if I remember? I will honest Guides Honor)

This is just clip art off the computer I'm not that keen on this but I have to make for all taste when its a special order and let them choose (all part of the service) lol choice is key
My dad had a juke box for years (old pub style you can see the records going one etc,) He got rid of it eventually but we all loved playing the old 45s when we went to his house me & Michael(hubby) more than the kids lol


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