Saturday, 26 June 2010

Mind like a Sieve!

Hello all!!

How's your Saturday doing? Over in Dubai, Saturday is our Sunday (we get Friday & Saturday off), so I am now on a mad panic to get the kids school stuff ready for the last week in school!

I decided to decorate a plain black notebook that I had to keep in my handbag, as I forget everything, so I am hoping this will help me remember much more!! I have no idea why my the flowers are looking brown in the pic, they are grey!!!

Recipe: Prisma flowers and leaves, button from stash, Martha Stewart leaf & butterfly punch,
DCWV ladybird sticker, feathers from old hairband, gems from stash.

I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday #118 - Recycle (feathers from a old hairband)
ABC Challenge - X for Xtra Dimension
Crafty Creations #73 - Shine (Mirror card leaves & butterfly)
Pile It On #24 - Stickers (ladybird sticker in the corner)
Lexis Creations #16 - Something Old (feathers from an old hairband)
Practical Scrappers - Flowers
Craftalicious #2 - Monotone

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Thursday, 24 June 2010

For the Boys!

Morning all!

Yep, its Thursday again, which can only mean a new challenge over at Charisma! This weeks challenge is called:


Yep, make a card for the boys/men in your life!! This is the birthday card I made for hubby!

Recipe: Making Memories card blank, Papermania large brad, K&Co papers, Rubons

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

One Stop Craft Challenge #85 - One for the boys
Magical Crafts Fortnight #17 - Something for a male
Raise the Bar Challenge #23 - What a Special Guy

Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Morning all

I don't know about you, but I love the WOYWW!! Its not only great seeing what other crafters do, but is a great way to measure how quick the year is going LOL!

I am ashamed to say that my once tidy and organised desk now looks like a wreck - I will tidy it this weekend!

On the desk you may be able to see the card that I made using the earrings I showed on my last WOYWW that I got from Claires...the card will be shown over the weekend LOL...keep you in suspense!!

Right, off to nose around your tables!! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, 22 June 2010


Gooooood Morning!!

Got no idea why I am in such a good mood..went to docs yesterday and I have the flu and tonsillitis for the second time in 2 weeks! Grrrrrr!!

Anyway, I am soooo loving making my own flowers at the moment, I have come up with another new one....made out of doilies!! Wotcha think? I had these in cupboard for ages, and they fell out of the cupboard at the weekend and I was going to bin them, but hey ho, thought I would try recycling them! I quite like it. Also getting recycled is that rope that you can see - it was on a label of a dress that I bought, wasn't gonna bin that!

Recipe: Doilies, recycled rope, corrogated card I've had for years, Martha Stewart punch, Papermania brads

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

ABC Challenge - W for Weather (flowers, butterflies - so summer weather!)
Creative Inspirations #36 - Monochrome
Lexis Creations #16 - Something Old (doilies & cardboard)
PaperPlay Challenge #34 - Something Old (Doilies & cardboard)
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #13 - Monochromatic & Wings
Frosted Designs - Something Around the House (Doilies & rope)
Crazy 4 Challenges #42 - Paper Flowers
Practical Scrappers - Flowers
Crafty Calendar #9 - Bugs & Beasties (plus wings) - Hope my butterflies count!
Shabby Tearoom #15 - Photo Inspiration
Craftalicious Challenge #2 - Monochrome
A Spoonfull of Sugar #109 - Good Luck/Best Wishes

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Thursday, 17 June 2010

Bye Bye Butterfly


How are you today? I can't believe how quickly these weeks are going - can you believe that we are mid-June already?

So, this week over at Charisma this week, our challenge for you is:


Yep, thats right, we wanna see some bling on your card!!

My card this week is one that I have made for my daughter and her friend to give their teacher as their leaving card. Their teacher is a right trendy lady, she is lovely. So, to try and go with 'trendy' I went with the black and white theme as I love this. I did three butterflies to symbolise the teach (silver butterfly on the flower), and the two black butterflies flying away (daughter and friend). I love the way it has turned out to be honest. It also gave me great opportunity to use these pearl wire thingies that I have had for years!! Am completely loving making my own flowers at the mo and love the way this one turned out.

Recipe: DCWV black card, feather pieces from hair piece, pearl strings from stash, silver card from stash, rub on sentiment from stash, glitter,
pearls from Hobbycraft, Martha Stewart leaf punch

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Lexis Creation #16 - Something Old
Oh La La Creations #56 - Flourishes & Pearls
Belli Challenge #93 - Rub Ons
Prairie Fairy Design #23 - Glitz & Glitter
Our Creative Corner - Gotcha Cornered (decorate corners)
Practical Scrappers - Glitter
The Shabby Tea Room #14 - Summer Fun

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Sunday, 13 June 2010

Blokey Card

Morning all!

Hope you are all having a nice weekend! Its the start of the week for us over here (Sun - Thurs is working week), so DD is in school and I have to take my gorgeous little boy to have his induction into the big school later. Doesn't time fly when you have children? Only seems like yesterday that he was a baby :o(

Here is te card that I made for the kiddies to give Daddy for Fathers Day. Hubby has gone away for three weeks (sooooo dreading being on my own), so got them to sign it and I put it sneekly in his case last night!!

Not sure what is going on with my photos...they seem really dodgy at the mo - sorry about that!

Right, off to get ready for induction...! Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Seeing Spots!


Can you believe that it is Thursday already - these weeks are flying by!!

It was Joanne's week this week at Charisma to choose the theme of this weeks challenge - and she has come up with:

Spots & Stripes

Recipe: DCWV paper, brads from stash, Dynamo sentiment, Making Memories card

I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:

SSDS Challenge #43 - Handmade Embellishments (the circles)
Magical Crafts #16 - Metal (my brads)
Totally Papercrafts #19 - More than 1 fold (mine has 2)
The Shabby Tea Room #13 - Just for Dad / Masculine

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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Charisma Sneeky Peek!

Oooh what a week I am having - only gone and got tonsillitis!! Seriously, I'm having more colds/illness since moving here to Dubai than I ever did in England!!!

I'm on countdown as well - only 4 weeks until I go back to UK - yipeeeeeee!! I soooo can't wait to go craft shopping...any good new bits that are out that I should be buying?

Well, thought I would give you a sneeky peek at what is coming this Thursday on Charisma - we have a fabulous prize this week so make sure that you don't miss out!!

Hope you are all having a fab week - thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, 4 June 2010

Twirly Flower Tutorial!

WOW - I feel absolutely chuffed to bits with all the lovely comments that you have given me about my altered flower box - thank you so much!

For those of you who wanted to know how to make these flowers - here is a tutorial, which I hope I have kept very simple!

  1. Cut out a circle - any size you want.

  2. Cut around into the circle like you are making a snake shape - leave the centre of the circle a bit bigger as this will form the base of your flower at the end.

  3. I like to use this kind of pincher to do the next part - it keeps the end pinched nice and tight!

  4. Put the very end into the tweezers.

  5. Start to twist the card around the end of the tweezers.

  6. Keep twisting the card around the tweezers until it gets like this:

  7. Take card gently off the tweezers.

  8. By letting it unscroll will depend on how tight or loose you want your flower. You can have a play about with this. When it is the size you want, you can stick the big bit of the circle that was left over, across the bottom of the flower.

  9. This is what bottom should look like after you have stuck it down.

  10. Now you can have a play around with the sides of the flower, squish them down, ink the edges, distress it however you like!!

So, was that easy to follow? If you think it needs a better explaination, please let me know!

If you use this tutorial, I would love it if you would say in your blog that you got it from here, and I would love to see any creations you make using the flowers - make sure you leave me a comment to let me know to check our your blog!!

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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Feeling all Flowery!

Hi all!

Oooh, I'm feeling all flowery today!! This could be because the challenge over at Charisma this week is:


Talk about an easy challenge for you all!! You can submit anything into the challenge as long as it has got flowers on it!! SIMPLES!! I decided to alter a heart box that I got with some smellies in...wasn't happy with it to start with but it is growing on me!!

Top View
Recipe: handmade paper, old gift box, dew drops, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, ribbon from stash.

I love these flowers and they are really simple to make. I used to make these when I did my art at school, but never thought of putting them on here before now - will do a tutorial later today / tomorrow incase anybody is interested!!

I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar Challenge #8 - Great Outdoors
Cupcake Craft Challenge #93 - Summer Delights (flowers & butterflies are definately summmer delights for me!)
Delightful Sketches - Texture
Shabby Tearrom #11 - Dear to my heart (its a heart shaped box)
Challenge up your Life #21 - Recycling (box)

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Wednesday, 2 June 2010


Good Morning Peeps!!

How are you all doing? I got both my kiddies off school today, they somehow have a cold. How on earth do you get a cold in the middle of the desert when the temperature is nearly 50 degrees c?

I have missed Julia's 'Whats on your Workdesk Wednesday' for the past two weeks - I tell you, doing this every Wednesday makes you realise just how quickly the weeks are going! But this week is very special as it is a whole year that this WOYWW has been going on - such a shame I only found it in the past coulple of months!! So then, whats on my desk this week: Bit messy again to be honest, but will tidy it up later! Have been trying to get on top of all my challenge cards until September since I will be in the UK for 2 months without my stash (OMG, how long?!!!) I also picked up these earrings and necklace from Claire's accessories - they were all like 15p each so thats a bargain...just gotta think of what I want to do with them!! Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Right, suppose I should get this posted so that I can go and nose around your desks!
Thanks for stopping by!

**** Updated*****

How pants am I - didn't realise I had to do a project to celebrate....sorry Julia!!

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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Winner of my Blog Candy

Morning all!

WOWZERS - I most certainly did not expect to get so many entries into my Magnolia candy - I guess these little ladies were a good bit of candy!!

Thank you so very much for all of you that took the time to enter and leave such lovely comments on my blog. I have tried to visit as many of them to leave a comment!

So without further ado, the winner of my blog candy is:

Now I have checked and double checked the winner and it is:

Congrats hunnie!! Please make sure that you e-mail me with your address by Saturday 5th June otherwise I shall have to choose another winner!

Thanks you all so much!

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