Thursday 30 April 2009

Penny Black Challenge, Charisma Cardz and a Big Thank You

The challenge this week at Penny Black is Anything Goes and the Charisma Cardz challenge is Thank You so I thought I would incorporate the two of them.

This card is inspired a bit by the tag I made a few weeks ago for a challenge and also by a floral card on Dolly's blog

I would also like to say a big Thank You to Sue and Joan

Joan for her lovely Thank You card for her birthday pressie

and Sue, a lovely Thank You card and stamp set for some help I gave her and she generously gave the stamp set- which I can't wait to use- but was way too generous for the little bit of help I did- so Thank You very much my pet it is most most appreciated

Think this will be my new card shape so watch out for many more with my new stamps
In reply to Carol's question it was a scalloped circle punch that I used and then just layered them onto a circular card


Wednesday 29 April 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge #29

This week challenge is Mom's day to make a card and matching envelope to celebrate Mums- and where would we all be without our Mums.

This week we are sponsored by and you could win some fabby downloads.

We got to play with some downloads to create this weeks samples

I went for the flower and layered it up and embossed it with the swiss dots folder added white MUM peel offs and cut slithers of black card for the swirls and followed the flower theme through to the envelope which I doodled round and added felt MUM letters.

looking forward to seeing what you create for this weeks challenge and DO NOT FORGET this weekend is the Spa Weekend so join in all the fun, blog hop ,see some wonderful tutorials and of course be in with the chance to win some wonderful goodies


Tuesday 28 April 2009

Funky Word Books

Well did you all manage to get your new FunkyHand CD on Monday night? I do hope so, it was a sell out and remember it will not be available to buy on the website until 11th May so get the date marked on your diary if you missed out on Monday.
The CD's are so easy to use and the papers and books are of such good quality you can't fail to make a wonderful product
I do hope you got it as it is filled with wonderfull word books and matching papers and alphabets and those are my samples I did for the show(forgot to take photos of the BOY book I did)


Saturday 25 April 2009

Charisma Cardz

This is my take on the sketch at Charisma cardz this week

I hope it shows up ok in the photo as there might have been a bit too much sun in the photo- and not that I am complaining about that

I used the cuttlebug butterfly die and embossing folder and a small butterfly punch and the shape is a K & Co embellishment which I added Best Wishes in white and used the swirls Revolution die and then the lovely ribbon


Cute Card Thursday

The challenge this week at Cute Card Thursday is Getting Edgy- to distress the edges of your card, sew, sand. tear etc

Now for this I went for a nice subtle form of distressing- any of you who know Kath will have already seen this technique on her blog and she kindly put a link to the Hero Arts blog where you can see a great video of it.

I embossed swirls on my paper then used distress inks to create the colour effect. I also distressed the half flower that my gorjuss girlie is resting on.
I am glad someone is resting cause it isn't going to be me- still have those 21 dog cards to make, and a couple of others and some DT work to do and also promised myself I would do some painting- still not finished the hall, then I have to get my stuff ready for the dog show tomorrow..... no rest for the wicked then
Have a good weekend whatever you are up to

Friday 24 April 2009

Daisy & Dandelion and a Sneaky Peak

Its a sketch this week at Daisy and Dandelion and for this I used a Squeak sticker and other stickers from the range along with a couple of flowers.

Remember to keep yourself free to watch the premier of the new Funky Hand CD on ideal world Monday 27th at 6pm as it willlnot be available on the website until the 11th May and you can see all the wonderful things the DT have created oh and mine too! So here's a sneaky peak to get you wondering


Thursday 23 April 2009

Penny Black Challenge

The challenge this week is a sketch and for this I used a fabby image courtesy of Kath and went for a pink and brown theme and the sentiment says A Woman's work is never done- amd whatever way you look at it that is such a true saying!

I used the swiss dots folder and the distressed stripes folder and added some card candy too
Have had such a busy busy week and can see no stopping of it either
Off to the pictures tomorrow night too and have another competition on Sunday- don't even ask bout last weekends ones!- lets just say we will put them down to experience- hopefully the one on Sunday will go better
Bud is nearing retirement so if he does it he does it if not well..... he's more than earned his keep and going to Crufts with him last year will always remain the ultimate highlight for us both and Misty well that;'s another story...... boy can she do it and she is gorgeous when she works but lets just say many things interfere with the performance on the day such as- oh I'm rather shy and couldn't possibly with people watching- oh it's too hot- oh it's too wet- oh I thought we were just in that ring for a carry on- oh I thought I couldn't be bothered today .... oh and the list goes on believe you me
She is a darling and I love her but many a person has said to me they would have gave up long along with her.... but she is my precious baby and I know when its just me and her she does it wonderfully she just has a lot of shyness issues to deal with and even if she never wins anything she has won in my eyes as she has come such a long way and made so much progress compared to what she was like and I am so thankful for her in my life
Well I know you only tuned in to see my Penny Black card and here I am ranting on about my dogs and dog shows so have a nice week end and if I don't catch up with you over the week end its cause I'm rather busy- also have 21 dog cards that I need to make ASAP - but will visit you as soon as I can

Wednesday 22 April 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge #28

This weeks challenge is Home Sweet Home, so think of all things homey
For this I went for a New Home card with papers from Marks paper company
and we are sponsored this week by Marks paper company( so join in the fun with a chance to win some of these wonderful papers.
I used the swiss dots folder to emboss the windows and the door- I can't seem to remember life before siwss dots!
Looking forward to visiting to see what wonderful creations you come up with

Friday 17 April 2009

Charisma Cardz

The challenge this week at Charisma Cardz is Little Black Dress
I used computer generated Happy Birthday paper, added ribbon, some flowers and card candy along with a scalloped circle with the words Happy Birthday- I can't remember where the stamp came from but its a lovely set
This is me trying to do some housework by the way!!!
Have quite a lot to get done today, about the house and crafty wise then i have to get my stuff ready for the week end as i have obedience competitions all weekend and popping round to Sues later to see her Stampin Up goodies that just arrived. Sue is now a demonstrator and am looking forward to seeing the stuff and working with it
Have a lovely day everyone

Thursday 16 April 2009

Daisy & Dandelion

This is my second week being a Guest Design Team member for the Daisy and Dandelion challenge.

The challenge this week is With Love .

For this I embossed with the hearts folder a large flower, stamped the D&D with love stamp and added a flower along with my Bubbles and Squeak image and a couple of the stickers
Oh and apologies- just noticed the first pjoto is totally out of focus!! but don't know how to delete it- can any one tell me how?

Looking forward to seeing what you have created from the challenge


Wednesday 15 April 2009

The Pink Elephant

The challenge this week is Pink Green and Yellow,

I used yellow rafia, half a pink flower which I embossed with the tiny bubbles folder and cut out a birdie in green and embossed it with the swiss dots folder added a rose,a Special sentiment and some jewels

Just a quick card today as still decorating!yuk


Cuttlebug Challenge #27

This weeks challenge is NUMBERS and we are sponsored by Elle Studios( )

For this I kept it very simple and embossed the top bit of my card with the numbers folder and the bottom bit with swiss dots

I then attached black ribbon and a Happy Birthday sentiment and added some jewels
Can't wait to see visit and see what you come up with

Monday 13 April 2009

Candy Alert

My fab Funky Hand team mate Carol is doing a fab candy giveaway so check it out at this site
Not only one but three giveaways- wowee
Carol is celebrating her birthday big style- have a look at her fabby blog while you are there too

Sunday 12 April 2009

Basic Grey Challenge

The challenge this week is chocolate centres and what could be more yummier than an orange cream

So this is my card for the challenge

I used the chipboard Archaic stickers and my new gorjuss girlie stamp and an inked doily and cream leafy ribbon

I am off now to get ready for an afternoons obedience training with Misty so guess who will be flopping about the couch later fit for nothing but vegetation- competitions start next weekend again so need to get as much training in before then as we can.
No painting for me today then- woohoo- but all the more for tomorrow- boohoo
Have a lovely Easter Sunday

Saturday 11 April 2009

Forever Friends and Charisma Cards

Two challenges to post today before I get back to my painting.

Charisma Cards challenge this week is purple and green so be warned get your sunglasses on for this one

And the next challenge is Forever Friends whose challenge this week is monotone, so i went for black and white

right I'm off to get painting again- hope you're all doing something nicer than me this week end

Friday 10 April 2009

Funky Hand Easter Sale

Anice is having a sale- 15% off everything- that's paper packs, downloads and CD's and there's free postage anyway so what are you waiting for get over to and have an Easter treat for yourself

Thursday 9 April 2009

Cute Card Thursday

The challenge this week is Chocolate and Marshmallow- ah yum yu myum how could i resist

And more yumminiess I downloaded some stuff from Regina Eater at the Cutting Cafe and after having a download of yummy cupcakes to play with from the other week at the cuttlebug challenge i just had to check out the other downloads available and WOW i was so impressed I didn;t know what to go for but settled for the flower and the shaped card downloads to start with

Isn't the shape of the card just wonderful and what a gorgeous flower- not often I rave about one of my own cards but I am so impressed with the download i can;t do anthything else but rave...... the flower was coloured using pink and brown copics. added a brown birthday wishes sentiment, pink ribbon and brown , white and pink card candy and now I just want some chocolate covered marshmallows to eat... guess what I am buying tomorrow- LOL

Have a chocolately Easter everyone


Going to be lots of fun and lots of top prizes to be won on the Cuttlebug Spa Weekend 1-3rd May so don't miss out- pop over to for full list of wonderful prizes and don't forget to put these date in your diary

2 Sketches 4 You-Laura's Sketch

This is my take on Laura's sketch this week over at the brilliant 2S4Y
I used a swirl stamp and embossed it in silver all over the card then added some flowers card candy and ribbon
Hope you all have a lovely Easter and think of me when you are rolling your eggs that i will be painting my hall- yuk

Daisy and Dandelion

This is the first week of my guest DT spot for the Danisy and Dandelion challenge

The challenge this week is a sketch

And this is my take on the sketch

The papers are from Jenn Wilson and I used my scalloped nesties to layer up the image, attached some ribbon and card candy and a Thank You sentiment

Looking forward to visiting to see what lovely cards you have come up with from the sketch


Wednesday 8 April 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge #26

The challenge this week is to use vellum in your embossing and create and Easter card

For this I used the distressed stripes folder and embossed my vellum then added an Easter greetings sentiment, stamped and coloured a little chick and added some ribbon

The vellum was attached at the top using two brads

Very simple card this week and looking forward to visiting to see all your wonderful Easter creations

Tuesday 7 April 2009

Blog Candy Alert

Two of my Funky Hand team maties are giving away blog away
Ruth is celebrating her birthday and 1st year anniversary of blogland- you can enter until the 14th April at
and Kath is celebrating 100000 hits and you can enter here until the 21 st April
They are both giving away fab candy and check out their amazing blogs too while you are there

And also Jacqui is celebrating 75000 hits with Messy Rabbit candy and check out her fab blog too but you only have until the 10th April to enter at


Monday 6 April 2009


I have been asked by the Daisy and Dandelion challenge blog to be a guest designer for the next two weeks- woohoo, can't wait. I just adore those new stamps and papers, decoupage sheets and stickers and can't wait to play- remember to join in the fun on Thursdays
Thanks girls and looking forward to it

Saturday 4 April 2009

Penny Black Challenge

Easter is the challenge at Penny Black this week

And for this I decided to go black and white- hope it works
After the lovely weather we've been having.... guess what....yes it's raining again and cold, now there's a surprise
Just have to have a nice little day indoors crafting then eating lots of chocolate and drinking plenty coffee
Whatever you are up to have a good weekend

Charisma Cardz

This is the sketch for the Charisma Cardz challenge this week

I forgot all about Rory and when I stumbled across him I was so delighted(how could I but him and then forget- silly me) so i just had to use him for the card

I started to make a smaller card then i realised all the elements in the sketch wouldn't fit without over cluttering the card so i had to swap sides for the sentiment and miss the bit out where the original sentiment should be

Sorry for not doing the sketch exactly and hope the card still qualifies for the challenge

Have a good week end


Anice an Ian from Funky Hand won the North Tyneside Business Awards for 2009 Retail Business of the Year 2009 . It is a great achievement and I am bursting with pride for them. They have both worked so hard to make Funky Hand a success and this just proves it nad gives them the recognition they so deserve. Pop over to Anice's blog to see some wonderful photos of their night and the award.
Hope they continue to go from strength to strength and continue to come up with such wonderful Cd's and downloads cause I just love them

Friday 3 April 2009

Daisy & Dandelion and their Friends

The challenge this week is Two By Two

to use two brads/eyelets

two embellishments and

two papers

For this I used the gift bag from the Funky Seasons CD(paper 1) and cut a scalloped circle using another Funky Hand paper(paper 2)

On the circle I attached two brads(another of the two's taken care of)

I attached ribbon and the word HUGS (two embellies taken care of) and then used a Squeak sticker which I mounted then stuck on the circle

I am off now to eat all those lovely mini eggs that I filled the bag with... yum


Daisy & Dandelion

There is now an official Daisy and Dandelion blog and challenges will be posted there every month to join in with

This month it is a sketch

For this sketch I tuned the three circles and the bit a the top left hand corner round about

I used Daisy and Dandelion paper, used the tiny bubbles cuttlebug folder to emboss the white section, used one of the DD range stickers for the border added a friend sentiment, three flowers and of course the cutesy Daisy decoupage image

Thanks for looking and have a good Friday everyone


Wednesday 1 April 2009

Penny Black Challenge

The Penny Black Challenge this week is Spring and for this I just had to use my bunny stamp and stayed in the pink mode with Pink petticoat dotty paper and layered up my nestie and stuck the bunny on top added a Spring sentiment and some white rafia
I wonder when i will come out of this pink and simple phase I am going through!
Oh and just to give you a heads up Anice at Funky Hand will be premiering a new CD later on this month on Ideal World- will keep you updated- and mine arrived yesterday and I can't wait to play- it is wonderful folks so be warned... get saving your pennies for later this month

Cuttlebug Challenge #25

The challenge this week is a sketch and along with the sketch we also got to play with some acrylic from Sheetload cards

I just hope the photo is clear enough for you to see as I used the frosted acrylic for the base card which I then embossed using my trusty swiss dots folders and then cut a bird from the plain acrylic which I embossed with D'vine Swirls, added a feather with some jewels a For You sentiment, two vellum flowers and the papers are by cosmo cricket.
So why not join in the fun with the chance to win some of the acrylic from Sheetload- looking forward to seeing your sketch cards
Remember to pop over and take part in the provocraft survey to be in with a chance to win goodies and if you are not already a follower then hurry up and do so to be in with another chance to be the 1000th follower to win super duper goodies