Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Papertake weekly last GDT a sketch!

Hey folks! Hope you all had wonderful Christmasses and are still in full swing with them! Caleb got up at 5.25am so we were shattered by the end of it! Xmas dinner was fab and the kids had some fab pressies which they were thrilled with so the living area is still like a toy shop! I wonder if a few of you are itching to get back to crafting possibly with some new goodies received from santa? Well it's my last GDT over at papertake weekly and this time there is a sketch. I have loved my GDT stint over there with some fabulously talented ladies!
For my card I have used my minds eye papers and the most adorable saturated canary image. I have added some seam binding from SU, some lace and flowers from WOC, pearls from stash, butterfly from little snippets, film strip from Tim Holtz and sentiment from Waltzingmouse.
My sweet image has been coloured with prisma pencils and I have edged everything in vintage photo ink. I have used a layer of cheesecloth under the image too.
Again no challenges today. I am not clued up to the challenge listings at the mo and am spending little time on the net and more time with the family over the festive period! A massive thanks to the fab ladies at PTW for having me for the month of december and a huge thanks to all my fab blogging buddies and followers for saying hi and sticking about my blog! I hope you all continue to enjoy your festive celebrations!
Big hugs to all
  sparkle -

Friday, 23 December 2011

SFTW anything goes

Hi there everyone are you all prepared for christmas? That bug certainly knocked us back for a bit turns out it was noro virus and hubby is still suffering a bit but I think the rest of us are on the mend now. My mum is up with us now and the ham and beef have already been cooked off in preparation for the big day! I will be doing lots more prep today for the big xmas meal as I am sadly having to work tomorrow. I know it's xmas eve but everywhere is still open and needs to be staffed! Our last challenge for the year over at Stampin for the weekend is nice and easy it's anything goes. We are so lucky to have 2 sponsors for this challenge, the little pretty ribbon shop, and Bugaboo  For my card I decided to steer as far away form xmas as possible! I went completely girlie and created with another one of Kristas stunning Saturated canary images.
I have used papers from papermania rose garden, I'm actually out of these now and they are so pretty I will just have to get some more! The little letters for the sentiment are also from the same paper pack. My pearls are from Kort & Godt with my cheesecloth from stash, my butterflies from little snippets and my flowers from WOC, a local craft shop and recollections.
I have coloured my image with Prisma pencils as per the norm. I have edged the image with worn lipstick distress ink and distressed the edges of my layers. This is such a darling image she is sooooo pretty!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the teams brilliant creations and to join in with us for our last challenge of the year!
I think I am skipping the challenges at the mo, I have no idea what is about and this doesn't fit any xmas or new year challenges anyway!
So I guess it is just time for me to wish all my wonderful blogging friends a very
Merry Chrustmas and a happy new year!!!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

New challenge at creative inspirations

Just a quick note from me to say there is a new challenge over at creative inspirations and it is an anything goes challenge, one of my faves! Unfortunately for me this sickness has created havoc in our house so no card from me this time, sorry! I hope you will join in with us though.
sparkle -

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

PTW GDT Last christmas and creative card crew xmas lights

Hey there everyone, firstly I apologise for my lack of posting, this close to chrismas things begin to get super busy around here and then to top that I seem to have picked up this vomiting bug from my kiddies! Yesterday was a total washout for me spending it mostly asleep on my sofa so I hope that today may bring me a better day, we shall see!
I also want to thank those of you who commented on my browser and blogger problems yesterday. It seems that I will prob still use google chrome for most things but if I need to edit any sidebar links I will have to use firefox (I have given up on IE altogether!)
I have been a bit sneaky this wk and combined some DT work as I am lacking so badly in time! Over at Creative card crew we have the theme of christmas lights sponsored by the lovely Robyns fetish and the theme at Papertake weekly is Last Christmas (and yes this was the last xmas card I made this year!).

My papers here are from the fab Robyns fetish, there are a whole rage of these and they are fabulous! With smas songs and presents for backgrounds, they really are lovely. My adorable Tilda is from the sweet christmas range and was just perfect for the lights theme with her cute candle.My lace, wooden reindeer and flowers are WOC with a few local craft shop flowers popped in too. My cheesecloth and pearls are from stash. I chose not to use a sentiment as I didn't want to detract from the lyrical paper.

My darling image has been coloured with prisma pencils and I have added some liquid pearls and stickl sparkle to her white trimming of her hat. I have edged the image, my nesties die cut and all my paper edges with white acrylic paint and some snowtex. My reindeer was painted with white paint and edged in stormy sky distress ink. All the edges have been machine stitched.
I do hope you will join in these fab challenges! Also don't forget to check out the rest of the brilliant teams creations!
I'm a bit behind on the challenge front as I have just not been keeping up but here goes... I woud like to enter this into Crafty boots christmas, Magnolia stamp lovers winter wonderland, OSAAT anything goes,  Catch the bug baby it's cold outside, Crafty calendar cold and frosty,  Dis digi designs christmas,  Fairy fun friday xmas no red or green,  glitter geeks anything goes, Just magnolia and Hanglar white plus 1,  4 crafty chicks christmas,  Delightful anything goes and DYSU winter.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again folks, I'm sorry I haven't been by to visit you hopefully I can rectify that over the next couple of days.
Hugs to you all
sparkle -

Monday, 19 December 2011

Blogger issues!!!

Is anyone else having major blogger issues? I switched from IE a while back as it would never keep me signed in and I couldn't post etc but now in google chrome I can post but my options are so limited. In my posting there is no option to switch between HTML script and composing, no option to link, change font or colour of text etc.
Just to do my candy winner post last night I had to write it in IE (after a tonne of signing in) and to be able to link in it and then I had to save it go back through google chrome just to add my signature and to post it to the blog!
This morning nothing else has changed, no options to do anything, am I going to have to download firefox again to see if that works? GGrrrr any help greatly appreciated!
Hugs Rebekah Yes no signature far too much trouble! xx Edited I have now tried the new blogger interface (I don't like new stuff!) but I may be able to link now! Edited 2! I still had no option to edit my links in the sidebar but can do with firefox, why does blogger have an issue with so many browsers!!!!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

candy winner

Hey folks just a quick not to announce my candy winner. Blogger is playing stupid with me tonight my post has no option to do any linking so I hope I can do this manually!
My winner is number 68 which is Nina
Just had to go into IE to link this as blogger is having a hissy at google chrome goodness me!!!
Nina please e mail me your address at
Thanks to everyone who joined in with my candy and I do hope many of me new followers will stick around!
Sorry for my lack of posting the festive season is keeping me busy!
sparkle -

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Divas by design Merry christmas challenge

Please check out my post below for my creative inspirations card.....
Hello! Yes I'm late again! But this is our last challenge over at Divas by design for this year so I had to join in! We will be running this challenge for 4 wks and there is also a DT call going on so check it out!
Our challenge is also nice and simple "merry christmas", yes I am still making last minute christmas cards! I may have to throw together some specially simple ones with some SU stamps later as I am fast running out!
We are sponsored over the next 4 wks by 2 fabby sponsors, Stitchy bear and Delicious doodles so there are 2 prizes up for grabs! I have made a card using this wonderful image from the Stitchy bear store called the magic of Christmas isn't it fab?

I have used my minds eye holly jolly papers again along with some cheescloth and ribbon from stash. My flowers are mostly wild orchids and my right hand stick pin (green) is handmade by me but the left is one of the wonderful Traceys stick pins, she has the most fabulous stuff on her etsy shop!

My beautiful image has been coloured with prisma pencils and I have added some glamour dust to the star and candles for a little sparkle. The postage marks around the edge are LOTV and the little flourishes are Waltzingmouse. my edges have been distressed with antique photo ink and all layers have been machine stitched.

I would like to enter this into OSAAT use a digi, Dream valley christmas, Hooked on craft challenges christmas, Kaboodle doodles holidays, Paper sundaes anything christmas, Lollipop crafts happy holidays and my time to craft vintage xmas.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again, please do check out the rest of the teams wonderful creations at the challenge blog and you have 4 wks to join in!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Creative inspirations white out

Hey folks, hope you are well! Yep the gas men came up good and had the heating back on at 4pm so we could even get our dinner on the go yesterday! Of course I did have to spend the afternoon crafting wrapped in my Twilight eclipse fleece blanket!
Todays challenge over at creative inspirations is White out or white on white. I really can't seem to turn my hand to these with as much style as I would like. I clearly draw an awful lot of my inspiration from the papers I use!
Our sponsor this wk is Meljens who have given the DT some fab images to use.

I have used a fab snowflake embossing plate on my bottom layer with an edge of stardust stickles. I have then added a doily from Crafty Emmas and another script embossed piece of white card. My ribbon and pearls are from stash, my sentiment is watzingmouse and my snowflakes have been cut with mariannes and have been given a stickles and glamour dust treatment.

My Meljens image has been coloured with prismas and also stickled and glamour dusted. I have used liquid pearls on all his white fluffy trimmings as well as on some of the falling snow. Oooo look no flowers!

I would like to enter this into Totally gorjuss let it snow, Whoopsidaisy sparkle and shine, simply create too Embossing, Craft your days away snowmen, 2 sisters christmas, catch the bug anything goes, Dis digi designs all white, the squirrel and the fox christmas and OSAAT use a digi.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again. Please check out the rest of the teams fab creations!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Papertake weekly GDT I'm dreaming of a ...... christmas

Morning all! well wasn't sunday a wash out?! And yes we were in the pouring rain serving coffee! We got given some of those plastic ponchos you get in theme parks on water rides but only after we were already soaking!! Anyone who has seen my facebook photos will get an idea of how drowned we looked!
Today it is super cold in my house as the gas men who are updating the pipes in the road have turned the gas off so no heating! It should be back on this eve I hope so or it will be 3 pairs of socks in bed! I also went to my works xmas party last night so I need a little warmth in my home after a long night!
On to my card for today which is another of my GDTs over at papertake weekly sponsored this week by the fabulous Whiff of Joy and this time the theme is I'm dreaming of a ..... (your fave colour).. xmas and I chose... well I was going to choose green for a change but still ended up back in the pink!

I have used beautiful papers from Black market paper society's sugar plum range along with snowflakes and icicles cut with Mariannes dies. My flowers are mostly wild orchids with a fab crown pin also from WOC which I have attached some other beads to. I have used silver pearls and cheesecloth from stash along with my white ribbon. My fab sentiment is again from the brilliant waltzingmouse.

My stunning image is yet another one of those beautiful elves from mo manning how cute? I have coloured her with Prismas and added some stickles and glamour dust to her white fluffy trimmings. I have edged with worn lipstick di and machine stitched.

I quite like the way this one turned out! i would like to enter this into Crafts and me snowflakes, Cute card thursday anything goes, Aud sentiments winter holiday, Papercrafting journey xmas, Crafty catz anything goes, delicious doodles xtravagant xmas, stampin with the dragon xmas bling and Card makin mamas xmas.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog I encourage you to check out the rest of the teams amazing creations!
Big hugs to you all
sparkle -

Saturday, 10 December 2011

A Gem of a challenge new sketch

Hello again blogging pals! We had some very cold weather yesterday with lots of rain and even a little snow! I hope the weekend isn't so cold although I'm not holding out too much hope! I have to stand outside serving coffee tomorrow I'm not sure how well that is going to go!
We have another challenge for you over at A gem of a challenge and this time it will run for 4 wks rather than 2 so we can have a little xmas break.

I have used Black market paper society papers along with this darling digi Teddy from Pink Gem designs. My flowers are a mixture of WOC and Kort & Godt. My sentiment is waltzingmouse with my cheesecloth and pearls coming from stash.
The sketch this week is by yours truly and here it is...

Lol if you are thinking my SFTW card yesterday looks similar then rest assured it wasn't meant to I guess I just have similar LOs stuck in my head!

I have coloured my sweet image with prismas and have left my bear a sparkly white by just adding stickles and glamour dust to her all over, she is very sparkly in the right light! All my edges have been inked with vintage photo ink.
I would like to enter this into Tuesday throwdown celebrate the season, Simon says stamp photo montage inspiration, Flutterby wednesday open, Crafty creations xmas card with a sentiment, Whimsy patterned papers and pearls, Pennys paper crafty merry christmas and for fun challenges xmas sparkle.
Please check out the rest of the teams creations and remember you have 4 wks to use this sketch!
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again folks!
sparkle -

Friday, 9 December 2011

SFTW Christmas challenge

Hello all my blogging friends! We had a busy day yesterday with xmas plays in abundance! My son was in his school production during the afternoon and then both my girls were in a xmas play with a local youth theatre they belong to so we are well into festive mode here!
Continuing the festive theme I have yet another xmas card to show and this time it's for the SFTW Christmas challenge which is this time sponsored by Simon says stamp.

Well, I just love these little elves by the oh so fabulous Mo Manning (I may have another of these making an appearance next wk!) I have used yummy papers from my minds eye holly Jolly with a selection of flowers from the fab wild orchids. My tabs at the side have again been cut with nesties and I have used gold brads on them (yes brads! Almost forgot how to use these lol!) My cheesecloth is from stash (you can grab it from e bay in the kitchenalia dept) and my sentiment is Waltzingmouse. If you have never had any Waltzingmouse sentiments before check them out they stamp absolutely beautifully and I swear by them!!

My fabulous little image is Elf Finn and I have coloured him with prismas. I used 2 colours of stickles on the bauble for a real sparkly effect. He also has stickles on his white trimmings and the postage stamps around the edge are LOTV. I have inked with forest moss and machine stitched the edges.

I would like to enter this into Craft your passion anything goes with glitter, Crazy 4 challenges xmas movies (Elf), Simply create too all about xmas, Come and get it anything xmas and Crafty ribbons traditional xmas colours.
Please check out the superb creations from the rest of the team and don't forget to join in!
A quick update and some piccies of my darlings in their acting modes!
Here is Amelia as en Elf in the youth theatre production
This is Hiolette in the same production as Mrs Claus
And here is my little Caleb as a snowflake in the school production!
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again today just 1 wk left of my Candy!
Big hugs
sparkle -

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Some news!!!

Ooo Look at me I'm one of Kenny Ks Krafty Girlz!!

Yep I'm officially on team B with this bunch of fab ladies....
Tiggertastic ( DT / Sponsorship coordinator

I just hope I can match up to the talent of this fab team and do those stunning digis justice! I will be officially starting in January so check out my new DT work then!!!
Hugs all
sparkle -