Thursday, December 27, 2012

Anything but a card....

Good morning followers

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day full of good things

Over at CRAFT Challenges we have the theme of "Anything but a Card"  thank goodness for that i thought.  I have made nothing but Christmas cards in the last few weeks and have promised myself that I will make 10 Christmas cards a month next year...that way I will not have a mad dash to get them all done in December.  Feel free to remind me of my promise at anytime during 2013:)

Right well amongst others one of the sponsors this week is Pink Gems and I just fell in love with this oh so cute gingerbread man.  This is one of the pre-coloured ones but they also have one you can colour to fit in with your own colour scheme.  I had a quick jump into Pinterest to get a bit of inspiration for my tags and especially love the one i made using Craft card...i do love this stuff.

Now just in case you think I have done a vanishing act for the next few days, I haven't but me and hubby are off to spend the New Year in the Lake District.  Peace and quiet in a lovely cottage surrounded by woods and our neighbours are deer, owls and woodpeckers.  No crafting for me but i will have my cross-stitch with me.

Happy New Year to you all

Sylvia xx

Thursday, December 13, 2012

CRAFT Challenges

Good morning...brrrr bit chilly isn't it....
Craft Challenges have a new challenge starting today and it is "Winter" - very apt as Winter has certainly arrived in Derbyshire.

We have of course lots of fabby sponsors including a very special one!!!!  Drum roll

 Yes I have put together a rather large bag of goodies as one of the prizes, so do come and join in the challenge and if you're not already please become a follower of my blog... So here are a couple of winter inspired cards i have put together for you, no need to do complicated, plain and simple is fine by me.  Looking forward to seeing your projects

Love and hugs

Sylvia xx

Challenge - Here Come the Boys

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nutcrafters Challenge last one of 2012

Hello followers.  Well this is our last challenge of 2012 over at Nutcrafters but fear not we will be back!!!  In January.... and I shall be hosting the challenge (when I can think of something suitable)!!!! so this times challenge will be for a whole month so no excuse for not entering.

So what is this challenge???
Lots of Layers and Sparkle/Bling

so we would like to see lots of layers on your cards or projects and as much sparkle/bling as you can add!!  You can never have too much bling....certainly not at this time of year.  We look forward to seeing your entries.

Merry Christmas from me and all the girls at Nutcrafters

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Good morning!!!

Brrr bit chilly in Derbyshire this morning, and we are off to Lincoln Christmas market in about an hour so sure it will be even chillier over there.

Right then down to business, today our challenge at CRAFT challenges is "Christmas" so nice and easy for you as i guess most of you you will be just like me up to your neck in glitter and tinsel....

One of our sponsors this week is the great stamping company Flonz - i am really impressed with their stamps and just love this traditional Christmas tree.  So come on show us what you have been making this week on the Christmas theme and you may just be one of our lucky winners.

Enjoy your day and if i get chance i will take some piccies whilst at the market .....1st stop will be to see the monks who sell the best mulled wine- yum

Sylvia xx

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Very happy today

I have just done a craft fayre (which i nearly didn't do) and made a very nice little sum of money.  Isn't it funny how the things i thought wouldn't sell well DID and the things i most expected to sell DIDN'T.  Need to re-stock now though as came home with 2 empty boxes!!!!!!

Not tonight though as I am off to party....enjoy your weekend

Sylvia x

Thursday, November 29, 2012

CRAFT Challenge

Good morning followers.  Over at CRAFT challenges this week we have a beautiful inspirational picture.  You can interpret your project in any way you wish.  I have used a Christmas image from FLONZ - think you may have guessed by now that i love their stamps (no not on commission but they are fab stamps).  This one is from a traditional set that i received recently...

Coloured with my promarkers, papers were more freebies and the poinsetta is a die-cut.
Do come and join us at CRAFT challenges as we have some great prizes up for grabs.

Love and hugs

Sylvia xx

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nutcrafters Numbers Challenge

No card this time but a gift tag instead...using a cute little digi from Nutcrafters.  Our challenge this time is to make a project using numbers, hope you will like Gemma's challenge and come join us at Nutcrafters.

Good luck

Sylvia xx

Saturday, November 24, 2012

CRAFT Challenge

Good Morning followers - gosh it's a bit chilly out there!!!!
I have just de-frosted the car as I am off to Nottingham with 2 of my friends to a jewellery making workshop.  I am really looking forward to it and once we have created our masterpieces we are going for lunch before some much needed retail therapy!!!

Now I had forgotten to post my DT card for the CRAFT challenge (put it down to age!!!) so without further ado - here it is

I love this image from Sassy Studio Designs "China Honey"
The theme this week is a colour combo, so pop over here , have a peek at the yummy projects my team-mates have come up with and then show us your creations.  As always we have fab sponsors which can only mean 1 thing....yes fab prizes

Catch ya laters!!!

Sylvia xx

challenges - Heck of a Challenge - The Paper Shelter

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Good morning

From me to you a very good morning.  Scheduled post as i will at work by now, wishing i was at home crafting.  I would love to win the lottery just so i can sit at home and craft all day long!!!  ok stop this daydreaming lol...

Over at Nutcrafters this time, Katie has come up with the challenge of Christmas Presents now you can interpret this anyway you want, so you could make a Christmas present or a bag (like mine) to put the present in or even use an image with a Christmas present on.  Whatever you make do come and share with us and you could be one of our winners!!!

Here is my project, using a Nutcrafters digi image - coloured with my trusty promarkers and a sprinkling of glamour dust.  I have added a little metal stocking charm, some washi tape and the paper is from a stunning pack i have just bought from trimcraft.

Quick thank you to Elke for helping me create the little bag...

Sunday, November 11, 2012


So sorry for being absent for such a long time but as most of you will know, my SIL lost her battle with cancer and last week was her funeral in Cornwall.  

I have not been in the mood for crafting (or anything else for that matter) at all, but  now my mojo has returned and we are all a bit more settled I got out this super digi from  My Heart Pieces.  Coloured her with my promarkers and used some of my stampin up goodies for the rest.

The card is my DT one for the challenge over at CRAFT and the theme is inspired by a film - my film is "Mannequin" and the image is "Playing with Threads"which i love.

Do come an join us this week as yet again we have prizes from our delighful sponsors...

See you all again real soon..

Friday, October 19, 2012


Oh dear not sure what happened to my scheduled post but it would appear it vanished!!!!

This is my DT card for CRAFT Challenges this week and the theme was "Use Metal" so as you can see I have used a little metal pram.  The image is a Meljens one (one of the many fab sponsors this week), coloured with my promarkers.  A real snuggly baby me thinks...

Do pop along to the challenge blog page and have a look at the many fantastic projects the team have come up with.  Do join in the fun as you could be one of the lucky winners

Love and hugs

Good morning

Hello and good morning to all my followers

Poodles Parlour's challenge this month is a real easy one...."Anything goes" and our sponsor is "Milk Coffee Digi Stamps"

I chose these lovely cups and saucers - his and hers coloured with my promarkers and added a sentiment circle and some inkylicious lace.  Quite a simple card but i really like it.

Hope you are all having a great week and look forward to seeing you all soon.  Anyone going to stamp magic on Sunday - I am!!!

I love Promarkers
Charisma Cardz

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Round and Round

Good morning followers.  Today at Nutcrafters Challenge it is my turn to be the host so please come and support my little challenge "Round and Round".  I and my team mates would love to see your circular projects , so it could be a shaped card like mine or you could just use circle papers or lots of circles all over your project.

Pop over to the challenge blog and have a look at what the girls have come up, they're sure to inspire you....

*Docrafts backing paper from the Mistletoe Kisses pack
*coloured with Promarkers
*Sprinkled with glamour dust
*Die cuts from my stash
*Sentiment printed from a polka doodles CD
and last but not least is a fab little digi from Nutcrafters

Happy Wednesday

Sylvia xx

I love Promarkers

Monday, October 15, 2012

Little reminder

Bit of a last minute reminder to pop over to the Nutcrafters challenge blog and have a look what the fab team have come up with.  The theme is paper piecing and if you have never tried it before - have a go it really is such fun....


Saturday, October 13, 2012

I've been sewing!!!!

Never thought i would say that but I have!!!!  I bought this lovely little kit from a super lady in the lake district last year.  She sells the kits in jam jars and provides you with everything to make this little owl.  So as a de-stress project i made it up last week when i was away in Cornwall.

Here is the link if you want to have a nosey and if she is holding a craft fayre near you do pop along as she sells the most beautiful items...

Now I need some scraps of material to make some more...

I have some other projects to show you later too...

Sylvia xx

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mono challenge for you...

Good morning we have a monochromatic challenge for you at CRAFT Challenges and i have gone for the pink theme...

Lucky me got to use another Bugaboo Image "JJ Baking", colored her in with my promarkers, found some old stash (bazzil basic cardstock, ribbon and a button) a sentiment from creative expressions and there we have another DT card.

We would love to see your creations this week but please remember the theme...good luck to all those that enter.  Fab sponsors means fantastic prizes!!!!

Love and hugs

Sylvia xx

Challenge for this card
Sassy Cheryl's Digi Stamps Challenge

Thursday, October 04, 2012



Good morning to you all, another scheduled post from me as we are still in Cornwall, spending some time (hopefully) with my poorly SIL.

The challenge this week at CRAFT Challenges is "Sport" and one of our fab sponsors is Wags n Whiskers.  I chose to use this cheeky footballer "Go for Goal" as he reminds me of my oh so cute great nephew.  Coloured with my promarkers and the backing papers this time are from a lovely CD "Pretty Tuff" from Polka Doodles.

Do come over and say hi and have a nosey at the projects made by my fabbie team-mates

Challenges -
Papertake Weekly
Passion for Promarkers
Papercraft Star

Sylvia xx

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Nutcrafters challenge card for October

Good morning followers

I shall be in Newquay when you are reading this hopefully spending some time with my SIL and her family.  

The Challenge this time at Nutcrafters as been chosen by the very talented Debs...Paper don't groan have a go, it really is great fun...just find some pretty papers stamp your image and away you go...I love it!!!

Here is my little angel with a paper pieced dress and hair bow...

Do come and join us with your creations you never know you may be one of our lucky winners

Enjoy your week

Sylvia xx

Friday, September 28, 2012

Better late than never!!!

OOOps day late with my post the the challenge over at CRAFT challenges this week.  I returned back to work yesterday after my minor op but this was not one of my better decisions!!!!  Two hours into the day and i was sent home due to being in agony.  My mouth is now infected so more penicillin and more pain killers!!!

Anyway i digress...the challenge at CRAFT this week is make your own embellishments and I chose to make a bauble for my card...Kraft cardstock, embossing powder, a snowflake stamp and some glitter and hey presto a little bauble for my card.

Do come and join us this week and show us your embellishments - the girls have some fab ideas so don't forget to check out the challenge page

Right off to get my next dose of tablets!!!

Catch you all later

Sylvia x

Monday, September 24, 2012

Oh Where Oh Where Have I Been????

Good morning followers.  I am so sorry to have neglected my blog but family life has gotten in the way of my crafting.  Now where to begin - well my lovely SIL has been ill recently, but 2 weeks ago we helped her and her hubby to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.  We all had a fantastic day and one we will not forget in a hurry.  However, only a few days later we received the devastating news that  "Mr Horrid" has come back but unfortunately there is nothing the doctors can do this time other than make her comfortable and keep her as pain free as possible.  As you can imagine we are all very distraught at this news.

That was the 1st thing, next my computer decided to throw a wobble and so no internet access for nearly a week (not on my priority list at the moment though) which of course means no posting on my blog and no showcasing my DT work...well there was none to show - last thing i could be bothered with was crafting!!!

Next - I have been in hospital to have a fractured tooth removed - plain and not in my case as they had to remove part of my jaw and I have quite bad tissue damage to the inside of my mouth and bottom lip.  The tooth hasn't given me any problems which is more than can be said for my very swollen lip...OUCH!!!

Well this morning (I have had to have a couple of days off to allow the swelling to go down) I decided to get on and complete some orders.  (Mainly wedding)..Well here is the 1st one....

and this one is the thank you card to go with it

My craftroom looks like a bomb has dropped on it so off to tidy up a little before getting on with my DT work..

Enjoy your day, me I shall not be stepping foot out of the door anytime soon as the rain is coming down in torrents and even the dogs won't thank me for taking them out in this!!!

Sylvia xx

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Morning all....

Hope you are all well and feeling happy...who turned the temperature down...brrr was a bit chilly yesterday here in Derbyshire!!!!

Now then over at CRAFT Challenges this week we would like to see your projects using the theme "Autumn".  I have to say this is my favourite time of year, all those beautiful colours on the trees and the ground...i love them!!!  I love the unexpected sunny days and the cool crisp mornings but best of all i love to walk through the park with the dogs kicking at the fallen leaves...

My card is a CAS one...not something i am particularly good at, i like lots of layers and stuff.  I chose to use a digi from LEJ Designs and this one is called Floral Digi Daisies

Coloured with my promarkers - pretty ribbons from stash and a sentiment stamp from Stampin Up.

Do come and join us this week as we have fab sponsors with fab prizes to give away to the lucky winners

See you all soon

Sylvia xx

I am so looking forward to tonight when for the 1st time in ages i shall come in from work and have the whole house to myself until what shall i do???


Friday, September 07, 2012

Friday post...

Yoo hoo it's Friday again already :)

Bit of a sad day for me though as I have been working with the recruitment team for the last 7 weeks and have loved every single minute of it but unfortunately today is my last day with them...On Monday I shall be going back to my office job but never mind they have asked me to go and work for them again in October....

Right then what have I been doing for the Poodles Parlour Challenge this time...well the theme is........ "For The Girls"
and we have a new sponsor "Papelitos Stamps" and I chose to work with this oh so cute image "Lola and her duck" - 

coloured with my promarkers and the papers are from my ever-increasing stash!!!!  My team-mates have made some fantastic cards to inspire you for this challenge so do pop over and say hi to them

Look forward to seeing your creations

Love and hugs

Thursday, September 06, 2012

CRAFT Challenges

Good morning...Thursday again already.  I shall be spending my penultimate day with the recruitment team today so sad face and even sadder tomorrow.  They are a fab team and it is a real pleasure to work with them, I have been with them for 8 weeks but the time has come to return to the office!!!!!

Anyway stop mopsing girl and get on with the job in hand!!!!  The challenge this week over at CRAFT Challenges is ...................................An inspirational picture.................................. but to find out what the picture is you will need to pop over HERE  and whilst there have a look at the fab things my team mates have come up with...

I used some lovely tartan papers and a fantastic stamp from FLONZ 

They are stunning stamps and excellent quality too, if you've never seen them before do pop over to their store (but be warned you will be there a while as there are so many to choose from) .

I have also used a sentiment stamp from Stampin Up which i thought went perfect with the image and the twine!!!

Enjoy your Thursday
Toodles til later

Sylvia xx

Papertake Weekly
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge
Papelitos Stamps


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Countdown to Christmas

Over at Nutcrafters we have begun our "Countdown to Christmas" starting with some brand new digis/stamps from the oh so clever designers.

I got to try one of the jolly Santa's out too...he is so cute - a proper cuddly Santa!!!

 I coloured him with my promarkers added some glamour dust to his jacket and a few embellishments and there he is with his feet up with a well-deserved cuppa!!!

I promise to be real good this year so I can have lots of craft stash in my stocking!!!

Do come and join us with your festive projects - we would love to see you

Until next time "Happy Wednesday".....

Papertake Weekly 
Papelitos Stamps
The Cutie Pie Challenges
Dream Valley (new digi old backing papers and reindeer)
No Matter Which Challenge



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shaped cards

Come on then dig out those templates and those funny shaped cards you bought (cos they seemed like a good idea at the time!!!) and come and join us over at CRAFT Challenges this week.

I have made this one (terrible piccie though) but the tesco shopping man turned up just as the last of the light disappeared, so had to put the shopping away first !!!!  I have used a Dreamee template (although i had trouble getting it to stand up for me!!) and a darling little image called Audrey from The Stamping Boutique.  Coloured her with my promarkers and everything else on there is from a docrafts goodie bag..

Do come and join us as we have lots of great prizes on offer this week....

Right off to work we go (after I have been to the hospital for my pre-op checks) damn teeth!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Odd Request ???

My daughter asked me to make her rosettes for a hen party so guess what I have been doing ???  I have made something else too but ssshhh it's a secret but i will make an announcement very soon!!!!!

Sylvia xx

Friday, August 24, 2012

Poodles Parlour - challenge

Hi there followers are you all looking forward to your 3 day weekend - I certainly am !!!

Now for this weeks challenge over at Poodles Parlour we have "winged things" so anything that has wings needs to be part of your project.  I used a lovely little digi from the Digi Garden for my card and coloured her with my promarkers.

Do come and join us this time as we have a fab sponsor "Di's Digi Downloads" who has a fab prize for our winner

Enjoy your bank holiday weekend (but don't expect sunshine) whatever your plans....

Love and hugs

Sylvia x

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fairies ..................................!!!

Now for those that know me well - know that I do not DO Fairies...I hate anything with wings - they scare me!!!!  I am fine with birds and butterflies as long as they stay still and don't flap their wings but the minute they open their wings i am off - running for the hills.

The challenge this week at CRAFT Challenges is "Fairies"  - Oh no i thought but then I was given this fab digi by Krista Smith from Saturated Canary and her name is Whispy.

She is so cute even with her fairy wings...I have coloured her with my promarkers, used some fab DCWV backing papers and then some butterflies and a swirl from my stash.

Do come and join in the fun over at CRAFT Challenges this week as we love looking at everyone's creations

Sylvia xx

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What is.....?????

Your favourite colour combo???? that is our challenge over at Nutcrafters

I have a couple but one of my favourites is pink and brown so I chose to use one of the new digis and make a little gift bag - well actually it's not that little and perfect for a little girl whose birthday party I am going to in October.

I got the idea from here at Little Claire's - clever Gaynor gave me the inspiration so thank you for that.

I have used backing papers from a swap and some freebie ones, my martha stewart punch for the frilly edge, some fancy lacey ribbon from a super friend over at timcraft and finally butterflies and bows from my stash.  I coloured in with my promarkers of course...

Do come and join us over at the Nutcrafters Challenge and you never know - this week may be your lucky week....

The Paper Shelter

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge blog
The Crafty Pad
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog
Craft your Days Away
No Matter Which Challenge

Sylvia xx

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Good morning...

To you all - hoping you are all fine and dandy!!!!!

This week over at CRAFT Challenges our DT challenge was to make a "BOX" and incorporate one of the sponsors' digi images into it.
So I used a lovely ribbon and holly digi from Robyn's Fetish and decoupaged it on my little pillow box.  This was so easy to make as i printed the template straight onto some Kanban card, coloured my image with my promarkers and then added some ribbon and a swirl (re-cycled from an old Christmas card i had from a friend last year)

I loved making the little box and will certainly be making more nearer to the big day as little stocking fillers.

Please do come and join in the fun as we have lots of lovely prizes up for grabs from our fab sponsors

Love and hugs

Sylvia xx

Friday, August 10, 2012

Poodles Parlour Challenge

Good morning followers - Friday again and also time for a new challenge over at Poodles Parlour

Our challenge this time is sponsored by Meiflower who sell the most beautiful ribbons and embellishments not to mention one of the best DST.

Our theme though is "Die-Cuts" - anything you like as long as you use a die...

Here are my 2 cards

So over to you now - lets see what die-cuts you can find to add to your cards this week for our challenge
Have a great weekend but don't forget to join in the challenge at Poodles for your chance to win a fab prize from Meiflower

Sylvia xx

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Fish Whisperer for my brother!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning again followers

I am back again to show you my DT card I have made for CRAFT Challenges - the theme being "Add a Charm"

We have fab sponsors and prizes on offer as usual and I chose to work with Gus - the fish whisperer as i knew just the charm i could use for this card

The papers I have used are from Making Cards May 2010 and just perfect for this male card for my super brother.  He loves fishing so i know he will think this card is just perfect for him...  I have coloured Gus in with my oh so trusty promarkers  and the sketch is from Pink Gem Designs (thanks for the inspiration)

Pink Gem Designs
The Crafty Pad
Papertake Weekly Challenge
Sassy Cheryl's Challenge blog 
Here Come the Boys

Do come and join us with your charms, we love to see all those great projects in our gallery

Until tomorrow

Toodles Doodles

Sylvia x