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Monday, 29 June 2009

21st Card

This is the card I made for my son's 21st he loves Minis. Papers Basic Grey Love the K&co key & I love using my label especially for men's cards (scrapbooks too)


Just thought I would share a couple of the photos that I took! on our day trip. Fab Sun Set

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Jazzy Inspirations Ch. 14 & Something Completely Different wk 7

The pressure! lol I have been asked as a guest designer for this weeks 'Jazzy Inspirations' as you can see from above This Jazz CD cover has the colours orange, white yellow & black and for the challenge we have to use these in our project. I also thought it would be interesting to add another challenge, so I have combined this with 'Something completely different ' For this challenge you have to use a crown and make a tag so have done this too. I know I have used this stamp quite recently but I hope you can forgive me. I was thinking of crowns princesses kings and the like but Marilyn had to be a Queen for many. For this challenge I have used Stampin' up! (SU) Card stock, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White & Summer Sun. The black card stock is from stash. Inks also SU So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie & Versamark as well as clear emboss powder. The Crown stamp is from Craft Stamper Magazine and Marilyn, I have no idea I bought it ages ago and there is no mark on it! Jumbo eyelet SU and black Ribbon from Stash. I hope you like and feel you to may like to have a go. Love Dawn xx

Friday, 26 June 2009

Feeling much Better thank you

Thank you all for your well wishes. It was lovely to hear from you. I am feeling Much Better! I went to Morcombe for the day Yesterday with my beloved. It is lovely really they have cleaned up and it hasn't got the lewdness of Blackpool (I used to love that place as a child why did they spoil it?) there isn't much to do in Morcombe but WE loved it if you have little ones the beach is soft and lovely the water is lovely and gentle, great for paddling Tourist Info just thought I would put a link in for you to have a look.
Also I have been asked to be a guest designer this Saturday for Jazzy Inspirations, imagine me I was knocked for six, I may have been too late to accept as I only saw the request today, I have gracefully accepted though I just hope Tenia gets back to me soon with what I have to do! so have time to create something, oh my what an honor. I just hope I can do them justice.
Love to you all Dawn xx

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Been so poorly! :-(

Hello, I am so sorry to be a way, but I have been very poorly for the last week. I will be back to posting regularly later this week.
Love Dawn xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

no crafting but lots of gardening!

These are my peas I am so excited about these have tried before but failed because I didn't know what I was doing thought they would just grow up the fence but no they are self climbers but they need something to get to grips with lol so they are all cained and climbing nicely! You can see a few gaps well we have corn ( I know UK corn lol) you can see six with canes (they don't need canes but it keeps the dog from treading on them! Peppers six of those to the right! Oh Under the tunnel is our winter veg, carots parsnop sprouts lol and when we pull up the potates to the left we will have more room to plant them out when the are seedlings yay!
I planted these two years ago and now we are getting a nice mature plant with fruit!

Can you see my peas how cute can't wait to see them flowering!

I love gardening, well not so much I just direct now lol and I have directed quite well lol. If you ever thought, "I can't grow food, it must be hard". Honest it is one of Gods most natural gifts to us and I marvel at a tiny seed turning into a tomato plant we don't even buy seeds now we just take them out of the food we eat put them on the window sill to dry out then save them until it's time to plant them out. We do this with peppers and pumpkins (you need a bit of room for squash they like to spread out!) it's that simple actually I do help in the garden but less at digging and so on lol. I am growing peas this year too! there are some photos to look at but I started a few years ago I am still learning and I make mistakes too but what does it cost? not much! and if it grows look at what you get and you will never taste better! then your own fresh grown food (the satisfaction is part of it) but we did a comparison test with tomatoes etc and there was NO comparison (now I know why tomatoes are a fruit, so so sweet when grown at home! Look at my herb tub. Right near the back door so the smell wafts as you walk in and out I have a large Rosemary bush on the other side.

My very favorites, Strawberry's, well actually I love lots of fruits but when you grow yr own it's nicer and they taste great! I'm not a lover of rhubarb but hubby is and often had me doing his very favorite Rhubarb crumble! and wimberry pie (they grow wild near us).

Well I don't do much gardening Hubby does it I just supervise since I am now disabled! :-( I love the garden though and I try to utilise the small space we have (and it is so easy to grow food!) you have got to have a go honest! I started with herbs on the window sill and put them out side I had a stray blackberry bush in my gdn it took over a bit so I pulled it out and decided to start growing strawberry's instead ( that was 4/5 years ago, we have lots of blackberry bushes on walks where we live so hubby and boys collect when out with the dog and I make pies & jam mmmm we have steadily started growing more and more and I think with things the way they are very prudent too to have food in the garden (FREE natural FOOD) heaven only knows what we have been and still are eating, we can't all afford to buy organic stuff (wish i could i would) but we can all afford to grow something.

You don't need a Huge garden either a pot will do for tomartoes you can even grow a few carrots in old pop bottles and good for the kids too to see the roots and food growing (where it comes from) lots of schools are getting involved. I believe that is a good thing!
I was in a super market at Christmas time and I saw a child asking his mother what (sprouts on the stalk) were you never see them grow so how would he/she know I didn't know until later we have grown our own sprouts too last year, we are continually experimenting. We still have to grow a full grown cucumber (haven't managed it yet) we havwe goosberrys (also hubby fav) not to metion just planted our winter veg

Monday, 15 June 2009

Dawn's Stash give away YAY!

I am having a clear out as I need some room for all the lovely new things I have from Stampin' Up! and my Kitchen is shrinking and there will be no where to cook or eat soon. I really hate clutter so in stead of keeping it I am giving it to my craft buddies. Not all the things are complete but I haven't used much of anything, there are 31 sheets of peel offs and only a few used from each sheet at the most. The 12x12 are virtually full, as are the smaller 6x6 and c6 sizes. The craft knives and trimmer are all fine and very sharp! (the hinge is broken on the craft knife box though) The stamps are NEW and not been used, (how many times have we bought something and never used it?) The last photo is of everything together.
Now This would be an ideal package for a new crafter but it would also be great for any crafter who would just like to stock up on a variety of stash for FREE! as you can see from the photos there is all sorts and this is just the first give away (as I said I need room in my kitchen I unfortunately don't have a craft room) so there is more to come.
I wish I had a more imaginative way of giving this wonderful stash away but all you have to do is put a photo in your blog/side bar with a link back to my blog (sorry but you must have a blog for this give away) and you must also leave a comment that's it! oh if you become a follower please tell me in your comment and you will get TWO entries. I will post world wide so feel free to enter where ever you are. I do hope you like this stash, the draw will close on the 15th June 9pm so not long! and this post will stay at the top until the end of the draw, a winner will be drawn at random the Love Dawn xx

Cards I made L8 Last night or early this morning :-)

How many of us crafters stay up Until the early hours? A few I bet, so I had to wait to take these photos until this morning. I really loved making the top one that's because my hands are full of ink! I got really messy lol I have red fingers I look like I have been working in a beetroot factory ha ha. Yep I got my brayer out and my trusty SU inks and played, how much fun? think I will be doing this again very soon!
Items Used: Card stock SU Very Vanilla & Rose red. Inks Rose Red, So Saffron & Certain Celery. Pearls Crystal Stickers (wont buy these again! glue every where doh!) Oh I used my trusty SU Punches Scallop & Circle 1 3/8. I also used some sequin paper,Paper Artsy Stamp and the image Marilyn Monroe is to die for but nothing on the stamp to say where it's from disaster! Love the finish what do you think?

I got a FREE stamp! from the 'Craft Stamper' I have to say I don't normally use them but hey ho I thought I would have a go he is so cute don't you think? & designed by no less than Sugar Nellie! so it had to be good! lol I have been very tempted to go over and get some Gorgeous Girls but I have to resist.

Items Used: Image Stamp Craft Stamper Magazine (out now!) Sentiment stamp Studio G. DP K& Company'Lifes Journey' Buttom papermania, Ribbon Stash Nestabilites, Gelly roll Pen (white) Stampin' Up! (SU) Card stock, Pumkin Pie & Black.

Couldn't resist the new Whiff Of Joy though How beautiful are they? had to get one although I wanted more! the precious swing is out of stock! I will defo be popping back for that along with a bride and the lovely carrage was out of stock too! if you hear there in stock again give me a shout, I have to have them lol.

Resting in the Gdn

Well it is very sunny today here in Hyde who can blame her? I was taking photos of my gdn I have lost of lovely things growing, Rhubarb Red Currants, Lettuce, potatoes Strawberry's and that just a few not bad for a very small gdn!

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Jazz Inspirations 13 / The Sweet Shop ssss08

I Have followed the colour challenge from Jazz Inspirations and the sketch from the Sweet Shop I told you the link to Daily Dare was good! here are two more I was directed too and these were all on Sat so I have been making them and so on to get them up today! I found the sketch and colour combo quite difficult this time actually (real Challenges) the Jazz inspirations take their colours from a jazz album this week was Grey, Purple & White so I have done my very best to stick to this as you can see! as well as the sketch this was because of the colour challenge I was looking for some patterned paper with the Req. colours then I was going to stamp the card stock in the end I left it like this kinda classy I thought for a wedding card what do you think? let me know!Items Used: Stampin' Up! (SU) Card stock Whisper White Bordering Blue =Grey lol Pale Plum & Basic Grey DP Eva a lot nicer close up! Stamp Sets SU Simply said, Gods Blessings & Fun & Fast notes. Ink Hero arts (grey ink) Shadow SU Perfect Plum, SU Pretty in Pink & Stazon Black. As usual I value your comments have a look down the blog as I have been busy with lots of posts this week, making Bracelets & Candles (all Stamping projects) just in case you missed them. Love Dawn xx

Card Patterns Sk 19

Hi I have decided to have a go at Card Patterns Sketch I really enjoyed doing this one! I have had a root around in my crafty draws and found this to die for paper well I had to make something. I found this blog through The Daily Dare! there is a link in my side bar if you ever want a challenge then this gives you lots to choose from each day so click and go see I have come across some I have never heard off and they are great fun!So On to the sketch by Card Patterns sketch 19 I really liked it (oh I have just realised I forgot to put my green bow on the top!) I will but the photo stays as is! I love this paper & getting in to the paper piecing a few days ago I thought I would defo wear this as a top. How many times have you seen paper and thought I want a dress in that! lol (or is it just me?) well I got my wish, well nearly I made this darling SN (poise) have the top & the flowers lol I practically PP it all lol except the hair! she looks so sophisticated don't you think? very lush! On to the Items Used: SN Stamp Poise, DP Making Memories (MM) Die cuts MM Brad MM Card stock stash and I had to use two Stampin' Up! SU Punches edge scallop & Scallop I was marking a flower again lol so what do you think of the new challenge pop along and have a look I live this sketch & will use it again almost certainly! Love Dawn xx

Sketch Sat 55 - Allsorts ch5

The Challenge over on Allsorts is to use triangles and it also goes well with the sketch over on Sketch Saturday as it has triangles in so I thought I would combine the two.I love these colours together what do you think? I think they go really well together. Although I can't take the credit (alas) I was blog hopping and saw this combo so I had to use it I have added the black as I feel it adds to the others really well.

Here is my close up! notice the book like edge? I thought it would be a change (well really I made a mistake and it turned out quite well) Sometimes our best work is through a mistake lol.

On to Items Used: Card stock Stampin' UP! (SU) Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Apricot Appeal & Sage Shadow. SU water colour crayons Soft Subtles & Earth elements I was at Debbie's house when I coloured this in so I don't have these my self (feel another purchase coming on) Stamps Sugar Nellie, SU Simply Said & sentiment from stash. ink Black Stazon & Ribbon from stash. I hope you like this as much as I enjoyed making it, please leave a comment. Love Dawn xx

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Roses On Paper Ch 13

This is a colour theme of Green, Pink & Yellow Having done some paper piecing earlier today I thought I would do it again with the same stamp for ROP Not only that but there is also a Guest DT place available well actually THREE places for a new Bells n Whistles store it sounds wonderful there will be stamps! I love stamps lol But they have Elizabeth Bell on board. I love her stamps Elizabeth Bell Stamp lol well I have a few lol. I would love to be a DT member and if I get to work with Elizabeth Bells stamps I am a happy Bunny, so I thought I would give it a go you never know! You have to have a blog Yep covered that, You have to entered a ROP challenge, Yep here it is and you have to be a follower did that too! so lets see what happens lol why not have a go your self pop along it's open until the 30th June so get your skates on. Love Dawn xx

Martine's Candy!

Martine is celebrating becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. How Cool? and she is giving away all this candy. I apologise in advance as I uploaded this earlier with out the link DOH! I am so sorry Martine and to any one who commented but I had to delete it immediately, as I couldn't find where the blog was.I have found it so pop over to her blog and go and see what you have to do, It's open until 22nd June Love Dawn xx

Magnolia wk 9

The Magnolia Challenge this week is paper piecing. Now two new things here the challenge and Magnolia it's self I only have one lonely magnolia stamp & she was a gift from my lovely friend Helene from Sweden (Org Dutch) any way she is just the most lovely friend, Hi Helene Kramar (Hugs in Swedish). Oh you will pick up all sorts on this blog lol even a new language he he. And I have never done paper piecing before either so a real challenge to get ones teeth into.

I have seen 'Paper Piecing' before in fact there was a big spread in a magazine I have and I'm sure it was magnolia stamps they used so this was a nice reminder to have a go and a fab way to use up lots of little pieces of scrap! Items Used:DP all Stampin' Up! (SU) So Saffron, Summer Picnic, Washington Apple & Junior Varsity. Card Stock SU Whisper White & Very Vanilla. Inks SU So Saffron, Certain Celery, Bashful Blue & Black Stazon. Ribbon, SU Whisper White. Brad SU from the Pretties Kit. Embossing Powder clear. Stamp Set SU Oval All. Tools used: SU blender Pen, SUSnail glue SU scissors, SU Punches, Large Oval & Scallop Oval, Heat Gun & SU Aqua pen. Phew that is please leave a comment & I will pop round to your blog Love Dawn xx

Project Tuesday

So an Origami box very simple and the instructions given are easy to follow. I may well use this for a class as this is simple but very effective and once you have your box you can really goto town and decorate however you like. I have used all Stampin' Up! (SU) items for this I even made a flower (really easy if you would like to know how to do this leave me a comment) there real easy but if I get a few comments I will show how you on a later post. I'm sure you will all know how though.Any way to Items used: Washington Apple DP (Mini Cat) Fresh Cuts Stamp Set (Mini Cat)Pumpkin Pie Card stock, Old olive Ribbon, Old Olive Ink & Old Olive Button. if you have any questions just ask. Love Dawn xx

Stamped candles any one?

I will be doing this as a tutorial at my next Demo (something different than a card) and why not this is very easy to do.
All you need is a heat gun, some tissue paper a stamp some ink some baking/greeseproof paper & a candle there are plenty of tutorial videos stampin candle tutorial so I have included what I think are one of the best ones for you (look out for the Church candle we have this stamp for Christmas but is is so good) but honest it's real easy give it a go! if I can do it I know you can. So what do you think? leave a comment Love Dawn xx

Friday, 12 June 2009


Hello, just a quick reminder about the lovely Stampers Six club. I only have two places left and we need to get moving, I would like to get the 1st order in for the end of June so please ladies hurry as the places are limited Stamper six information just take a look at the details and e-mail me if you would like to join in with all the freebies and other benefits of this wonderful club. Love Dawn xx

Suggestions for MY sons 21st

It's my son's Birthday, I don't really have any male stamps he isn't sporty at all, doesn't really have any hobbies but he is a new daddy. I have been racking my brains and nothing is coming to mind so I thought I would ask my crafty buddies if they have any ideas any links to send me to that may help? anything you have done that may give me a starting point!
I have some keys to put on the card! from K & Co but I did think that maybe I would get a photo of him when he was young and put it on a card...... you know look who's 21? lol I'm sure he would like that but just in case any of you have any other fab ideas and you may like to share with me. It is his Birthday 18th June Thursday so not long leave me your comments please...... I will show you what I come up with, Love Dawn xx

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Just a few things I knocked up! lol

I buy this Magazine every month, rarely do I actually make anything out of it the last thing I did was a take on a diary they had. My version was this Twilight Note book that was back in Feb. go have a look! I loved it, when I had finished I sent it to a lovely friend who is Twilight Mad in America. But I opened this months, Not only is here a HUGE spred on Stampin' Up! which is FAB by the way. But this little idea of making your very own bracelet so I thought what a wonderful thing to make. So off I went lol. I have used the Tart & Tangy Stamp set as when they are stamped are all round and easy to make, but if you get some back ground stamps (special offer of Free Back gound stamps in June & July) you can do all sorts.
How did I make it? well it took longer than I thought it would. But it is very simple to make (just takes a while) I had four images that I stamped on four colours real red, old olive, pumpkin Pie & whisper white (four times each) I used four inks same as before only instead of whisper white I used Black stazon. I had some beads and some clear elastic, punched holes in each corner, after folding every circle in half (use a bone folder it needs to be crisp.) Then threaded the elastic through (like tram lines)one at the top & bottom. (The magazine has step by step photos) it is as I said very easy just takes some time! Its worth it I think and imagine the colours for summer? this is just an example of the many variations you could do.

Finally I wanted some flowers (but they had to be SU) so I made some using the scallop punch and SU carstock with SU buttons, the 3D one could also be a broach to go with your bracelet and if you have a small circle punch you can make matching earrings too! dead simple low cost and very trendy not to mention Unique, no one else will have any the same. I love stamping! it's not just for making cards is it? oh and as I said in the magazine there is a HUGE spread and they use SU stamps to make your tea set unique too! I hope you like this post please leave a comment Love Dawn xx

Stamp with us Theme challenge

The theme this week over at SWU was 'Congratulations' So I thought of new babies immediately so I went with it! I have seen these cute lambs on You tube being made thought I would give it ago then a lovely lady named nicci sent me a gorge card, you can see the card she sent me! over on her blog. So if I ever needed a nudge lol so here it is my lovely little lamb I haven't all the punches you need so I improvised! (wish I had a small circle punch would of rounded off the legs tried by hand but they looked odd so went with it as they were, straight!) not that bad are they? Have to say I am loving all the animal punch things that this lady in America does she is an SU demo here is her Lamb tutorial she has lots more so go have a look she is FAB! Items Used:Stampin'Up! (SU) card stock Whisper White & black. DP SU Summer Picnic' SU stamp set 'Fun & Fast Notes' (this has every stamp you will need for any occasion check it out on page 30 of the catalogue in the side bar)Inks to colour image and sentiment are SU bashful Blue Pretty in PInk & Chocolate Chip. Sentiment stamp Papermania Ribbon from Stash but we do have gingham ribbons in the SU catalogue. Hope you like this card please leave a comment Love Dawn xx

WOJ ch 33/Mojo Monday wk90

Over at WOJ the challenge is any layout but must include a charm! And over on Mojo Monday You have to follow a sketch (I tried to upload but there was a continuing error) so you will have to pop along to see if I copied it ok lol. Now I wasn't keen on the sketch I found it a challenge, but I guess that's why we do them isn't it? But I did have fun! I love colouring images in (even if I'm not that good!) And I have to say I am pleased with the end result! I think the papers match the image hat & dress perfectly with the cherries, don't you think?
Items Used: WOJ image (from the summer range) Card stock Stampin' Up! (SU) Old Olive & Real Red. DP SU summer picnic SU stamp set Tart & Tangy (you will be seeing more of this in another post!) SU ribbon Real red. Charm from e-bay other items used SU inks to colour image real red, Pumpkin Pie, So saffron, Bashful Blue & Pretty in Pink. Scallop punch & Scallop Edge punch. I do hope you like this challenge give it a go, please leave a comment I love visiting every ones blogs (must be my inherent nosey gene lol) Love Dawn xx

Award (again me?)

This Time my award is from Sue And I do have to pass on to 15 bloggers so I will do this later when I have time to put some thought into it. So a big thank you to sue she is lovely pop along to her blog she has something exciting going on with Ribbons!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Another one?

Well can you believe it? I certainly can't I can tell you. And pass it on the 15 people wow! Now this is going to take some doing lol I visit so many blogs so I am sure I can find 15 that I just love easy peasy! But how lovely to receive another award. Now I have been blogging since late Feb and June must be my very lucky month lol I have three awards in one day! I got this lovely award off Dazie who I have already mentioned today. So pop along to her blog if you haven't already. Now my 15 are not all card blogs so I do hope you go and have a good look round these blogs because they all have something wonderful to offer.
Natashya If you like food then you have to pop along to this one honest the photos alone will make you hungry.
Granny Another foodie one. I don't know if she is a granny or not but this is a great blog full of fantastic recipes.
Mojo Monday I don't go on here enough but If you are ever lacking an idea these will have one lol
Stamp with Us Love this site relatively new but feels like they have always been there, wonderful ladies with great ideas and style
Caz she is a doll she helped me with my 1st give away and I love her blog she is a dab hand at making cards this one lol
Caroline This lady is so very talented she can make cards scrap alsorts of things and if you ever wanted to learn how to sew she has just started to give tips from the very beginning!
Juliet this lady can colour images in with the best of them so clever!
debs you will find lots of ideas on here!
Monica This lady is a woman with passion and don't just look at her cards find her cakes she is amazing!
Kath I am sure lots of you will know this lady and her lovely dog Buddy she is full of ideas worth lifting lol
Sue this lady is always busy crafting and loves sharing her ideas so pop along.
Semsee Now this lady is terribly popular and has recently got DT spots at a few places and if you pop by her blog you will see why!
voodoo vixen You will find some lovely hand made books on at the moment but this woman is so versatile!
Mandy If you don't know this lady now, when you do you will love her she is very talented and I recently met her on SWU classes she is lovely.
Phew last one!
Kristin is very talented go have a look at the sewing items for something a little different.
I would just like to say I could add so many more there are some great blogs out there so go have a looksey, I have not listed these in any particular way but if you get a chance I challenge you to go have a look at these interesting blogs and let me know what you think! go on it took me ages to put all these up! lol Love Dawn xx

I won an award!

Well Two actually! how cool is that? and they are from Barbra Isn't that lovely? She has a great blog and is very cleaver! Now the top one is the most personal one as it's for the support I have shown her through comments on her blog! I am so touched that she would give this award to me. If it was allowed I would give it right back as she is a constant support to me & my blog, but I think I have to forward this on to five more people, now that's the hard part isn't it!

The First person Has to be Alison59 she always supports me & my blog and she has become a very good friend now she doesn't have a blog but if any one deserves this award she does. The next one is kellyloui A new follower but she always comment and is very supportive. The next one is Dazie she is such a cutie and I love her Guinea pig blog too! Next we have Sue we chat about alsorts not just craft so we are supportive to each other lol and finally but by no means least Jennette now pop and have a look at these ladies blogs they are all wonderful people as well as crafters. This award is for being a sweetie ( I think!) so I would love to give this award to all of my lovely followers please take it and display it with pride. Love Dawn xx

Day out in Bakewell (Derbyshire UK)

This is a very picturesque place to go I love it here. We have been coming here since the children were small and now my oldest says he wants to take James (well we may have to take them as they have no car)There was a man catching trout, I am not kidding you don't need a rod to catch trout here, there are so many and on a warm day you can just pick them straight out of the river if you really wanted too! Fish Chips & Peas on the river how YUMMY! We had the best time eating these lol I saved some for all the birds the geese are so tame here they let you stroke them!

This is a new addition to Bakewell since we last went there we have lost the Model shop! it was SO FAB Micheal loved it lots of cars Dinky, Matchbox etc but last time we went he had gone and the shop was empty this time LOOK! a FAB SWEETIE Shop! we relived our childhood in here for about 45min and spent way too much money! but I bought American Creme Soda Kali with hard Bassets Liquorice oh bliss!

This is a wide open space onto the river or back to the shops it's lovely (and the sun shone all day) it was indeed a great day! What a beautiful day! I could add a lot more photos but just a few so you don't get too board! lol Hope hope you liked my little day out! Oh If you can goon a MONDAY it had the best market we plan to go in a few weeks, it's worth the visit just for the Market! please leave a comment have you been to Bakewell is there somewhere you love to visit time & time again? and why? tell me I would really love to know, we also have an affinity with Derwent Valley I'll Share that another day Love Dawn xx


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