Friday, 28 September 2012

A little bit of Vintage

Hello, and welcome!

I'm sorry to have been MIA this's not been a good one, but I'm not going to bore you with the details.......

The challenge at 
this week is to create something with a touch of 
VINTAGE......could be a card, a wallhanging, a gift box....anything that takes your fancy, but it should have a Vintage feel to it.

Our sponsor this week is the wonderful
and Linnie is offering our randomly drawn winner 2 sheets of her lovely images.......that's 8 pretties to play with!

I really do love the look of anything vintage, but don't feel particularly comfortable tryin' to create something.....but here goes.......

I used this pretty little girl with her dolly's pram......and you can see the other images that come on this sheet if you visit the rest of the Design Team ..........

The vintage look seems to be all about muted colours so that's what I've used.....Promarkers and a bit of water colour pencilling ........
I used a little chalk to outline the frame.
A doll's pram was something I never had, as a little girl, but always wanted......I did have a Patsy doll which came with a little terry nappy, a bottle, and a cake of soap that smelled divine!  My brother set the nappy alight and burnt his foot, tryin' to stamp out the fire (served him right!), and my sister fed the bar of soap to our dog.....won't go into what came out of the dog for the next 3 days....hahaaaa!

I used some papers from a lovely freebie pack that came with a magazine.......punched a couple of borders to pretty 'em up.......the layer directly behind the image is a K&Co. journalling strip........

I wish I'd used cream lace, instead of the brown, on this very sweet heart die would have shown up better.....sigh....The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.  I used a little deep pink chalk on the heart (it's cut from kraft)....added a teeny bit of string, and the ikkle flat-backed brown heart.........

The lace is crocheted cotton.....I love the soft cream colour.....and the flowers are Magnolia Doo-Hickeys with a flat-backed pearl in the centre........

I used a piece of the same pretty paper to layer up the inside of the card.
I'm hopin' this passes for Vintage.....heehee!

Anne-Marie x


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Thinking Of You Challenge at Twist of Faith

Hi, and welcome!

Still haven't had time to change the bloggie thingy, and startled meself  when I logged on....hahaaaa!.....can't get used to this half-done look......maybe tomorrow, eh?

It's been a looooong day......had Yvie-Grace and her mummy visiting, and was also looking after Millie while her mummy tries to catch up with some beautiful quilts that are on her order books.....and then, Bevan and his mummy came home (they've been visiting the other Grandma for a few days). so a two and a half year old (Yvie), a 23 month old (Bevan), and a 22 month old (Millie) had a whale of a time, runnin' this Grandma ragged!
This photo was taken before Bevan arrived home........
Millie is the blonde with pigtails, and cousin Yvie-Grace has long, curly plaits down her back......a pair of cheeky chicks, if there ever was one.....five minutes after this, they were bouncing on my bed!

Well, enough of cheeky business.....let's get on with crafty business.
This week's challenge at 
is another cracker.........

Your creation should have a "Thinking of you" message, or sentiment.....something that will let the recipient know that they are in your thoughts, for whatever reason......we all need some reassurance, sometimes, don't we?
Our sponsor is the fabulous 
and they are offering our randomly chosen winner $15 to spend in the store.....woohoo....generous, or what?
You'll find so many lovely images, and the sentiments fit beautifully with the heart of our challenges, here at Twist Of Faith.

I chose to play with this lovely "Rocking Chair" image.....

I made an easel card base and some K&Co. papers provide the soft colours.......just realised I didn't get a close-up of the flutterby, but you all know what they look like, don't you........
My grandma used to have one of these, but we were never allowed to sit in it, since my cousin Vincent rocked it so hard that it turned over....hahaaa!
I used a mixture of Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs.....jury is still out on the latter.....and I used a little chalk to soften the edges of the Spellbinders label dies.......

The Psalms never fail to comfort and strengthen me, and this particular scripture is one that goes straight to my heart, each and every time I read's beautiful.
I used the smaller scalloped dies to cut the sentiments and chalked the centres.  The brown trim is from my local haberdashery.....ooooo, I love that word, so I'll say it again.....haberdashery.....LOL....

This pretty bloom is a Magnolia Doo-Hickey die........popped a flat-backed pearl in the centre and placed it on small scalloped square......done!  This card is destined for a friend who is having a hard time, at the moment....I'm hopin' it will make her smile.

I really hope you'll feel inclined to pop over to the challenge blog to see all the scrumptious creations that our talented Design Team came up with, and then make a card to put into the challenge.....$15 of stamps to play with for the winner, don't forget!

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Lots of layers  Friends

Monday, 24 September 2012

Little Mister Card

Hello, and welcome!

Yep, it's me......don't ask about the new bloggie look.......I've been fed-up with the old one for ages, and thought it would be easy to change it.......NOT!
I am really not happy with it, but have not had the time to sit and mess, here I a messy mess.....hummppphh!

Most of the United Kingdom has been battered by very high winds and torrential rain, since last night, and one poor woman has been killed by a falling tree branch.  High winds always scare me......there is never an upside to them, is there?  
At least, I was able to stay at home, today......hate driving in this weather.......and was able to make a couple of cards.....hurray!
I've been toying with the idea of starting a Facebook page to try and sell a few cards........I use a lot of them for family and friends' birthdays, but have an awful  lot just sitting in boxes....might be nice to get a few pennies for 'em...heehee!

Do you remember this card?
I made this for Freya's birthday.......she and her brother, Adam, turned 4 years old last week.

I made a similar one for Adam, again using a cute Dearie Dolls image......

All coloured up with Promarkers and layered onto toning papers and card.....the image was cut with this nifty die from Spellbinders (I think it's called Office Supplies).....nice, eh?.......ric-rac and buttons always look good on a boys cards, me thinks......and the star is easy-peasy to make.......cut out a star shape, then score and fold from each peak and valley......

The postage stamp die cut is from the same Spellbinder's set as the one above, and I used a large number sticker and some card candi to make it pop.......

I stamped the birthday sentiment onto white card and used another die to cut out........done and dusted!

This is a photo of our eldest son, Mark, and his family......the twins are in the front.  Mark and Angela took 8 year old Alexandra, 6 year old Spencer, and Adam and Freya to  Disneyland Paris, earlier this month......not got a clue who the fella in the middle is....hahaaa!

I'm hoping my blog looks a lot prettier, soon, but in the meantime......sorry!!

Anne-Marie x


Friday, 21 September 2012

Ribbon and Roses Challenge

Hello, and welcome!

This week's challenge at Card Crafter's Circle  is a really lovely one.......

You don't necessarily have to use roses.....any flowers  will do......but you need to add ribbon to your creation......and I know you have reams of ribbon, tucked is that just me?  Nope.....I know you have some that needs to see the light of day, so come and join us!

We are excited to welcome back our sponsor Happileigh Scrappin'!  Leigh creates both coloured and uncoloured images, and they are delightful!  Do visit her store, as she always has a wonderful special available to all her customers.... if you buy three images, you get another one free!

One randomly drawn challenge winner will receive the fabulous selection of Happileigh Scrappin' digital images that our design team created with this week... what a great prize!

I used a really pretty little image called Stitched Bouquet..........

My DIL's sister is to be married, late December, and her themed  colours are red and white, hence the wedding card.  It's an age since I needed to make one, so this was a nice change........

Isn't this a pretty digi image?  I bought a sample pack of Spectrum Noir pens and used some of them to colour up......the jury is still out on whether or not I like them.......I don't think they have the same blending abilities as Promarkers,  but that may just be me, not being reasonably au fait with them, as yet.......

I cut holly leaves, using a Marianne's die, and added tiny roses.........I liked the effect of the gingham ribbon and the leaves and flowers......

I used to make embossed and pricked cards all the time, and don't really know why I stopped.....I think you can get the prettiest of backgrounds using this technique, and I thought it would be perfect for this winter wedding card.  I used an embossing mask for the bottom layer, then a brass stencil for the upper layer.....good job I kept my light box....heehee!

I think I just might be diggin' out more stencils....I'm sure I've got some Christmas ones, somewhere!

Anne-Marie x


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

In the Garden

Hello, and welcome!

Happy Tuesday.....hope you are having a lovely day, and if not, why not?  You know how nosey I am....tell me about what's goin' on.......I lead a very sheltered life....hahaaa!

We've had a beautiful autumnal day here, and it's probably time to start getting my gardens ready for the colder weather.  We don't have many trees, but we have lots that surround our property, and always get a ton of fallen leaves blown into our gardens and paths........I love it!  The Hubster complains that it looks untidy, but I don't agree......I think a carpet of fallen leaves looks absolutely beautiful, and I always make a point of  kickin' a few around.......'twould be rude not to, after all....hahaaa!

Anyway, our new challenge at Twist of Faith is all about the garden........

He made all kinds of beautiful trees grow there and produce good fruit...
Genesis 2:9 GNT

Your card should follow our theme IN THE GARDEN... show us your garden... trees, flowers, even the birds and little critters! The above scripture is for inspiration.  Please use any scripture or quote that offers a message of our theme...

Our sponsor this week is Soft Pencil Studios! At Soft Pencil Studios you will find a wonderful range of cute and lovable images suitable for many occasions, revolving around the sweetest children and animals! Not Just digis, but stickers and all sorts of things... pop on over and see them. 

Our random prize winner will receive the three digital images that have been showcased for you by our design team.

Want to see my card?
Well, I've made it, so here it is...............

It's the first time I've used a Softpencil image, and I think I'm in luuurve!  
I layered up some freebie papers in this pretty colour combo.....I wanted the card to be quite soft, but with some strong accents.......ooooo.....that makes me sound as if I knew what I was doin'...ha! I placed the digi and the sentiment on the same die cut label, just for a change.....I rather like the effect.......

Now, you just have to agree that this likkle miss is cute!  I've actually been a bit of a traitor to my trusty Promarkers, and fell for the wiles of some Spectrum Noirs.......oh, yes, indeedy........but not too sure I like 'em.  Maybe I just need a lot more practise, or perhaps the cardstock I use isn't quite right for them, but I didn't think they blended as well as my lovely PMs do, and there was quite a bit of smudging goin' on.......but no prizes for spotting the splodges!

The large flower is taken from one of those headbands I bought, last spring, from Primark.....for those of you in the UK, it's always worth takin' a gander at what you can pick up there....remember my free ribbons from the pyjama department?....just sayin'........
Did you notice that gorgeous burlap ribbon? was in the bundle that my lovely teamie, Bonnie, sent to me.....I love it!

The sweet sentiment spot was another freebie which I thought fitted this card, perfectly......

And this verse is yet another freebie that I found when I did a Goggle search.......I'd love to know the author, if you recognise it.............

I finished with more flowers.......paper ones, this time, from my stash, with the addition  of some sequins and flat-backed pearls......done!

Right, now it's your'd love to win some of these sweet Softpencil images, wouldn't 
get creatin'!

Anne-Marie x

Friday, 14 September 2012

Goin' Gingham!

Hi, and welcome!

Are you happy we're at the weekend?  Me, too!
Not for any special reason, but it's always nice to have the weekend to look forward to, eh?
Don't know about you, but I'm also very happy that the days are gettin' shorter, and the nights are chilly enough to have one of my comfy 'n' cosy hand-made quilts on the bed....hahaaa!

Okay, so it's Friday, which means it's time for a a lubbly-jubbly challenge to play with, over at 
and the challenge theme for this week is

GINGHAM (checks)

For some, that might conjure up images of cowboys, farmyards, picnics.....for me?.........CHRISTMAS!!

Okay, okay, you knew I was goin' to say

This week, we are enjoying another sponsorship visit by Kathryne of Stamp Art Designs by Kathryne!
Our randomly drawn winner will get their choice of 4 of Kathryne's fabulous images.....and you'll be spoilt for choice because they are all so cute!

Here's my creation.....and it's not a card...hahaaa......

I cut a piece of chipboard with an X-cut die, covered it with some creamy yellow paper (all papers are from Papermania), then cut two smaller label shapes from textured brown and then red gingham........and how d'you like that pom-pom trim?

The brown burlap is another gift from my teamie, Bonnie....thank you, Bonnie!  I cut a swirly-whirly shape (Memory Box), edged it with brown ink, then put the very cute sentiment label in the centre....the sentiment is coloured with a Promarker.  I love that it has a space to write a name  and age......I'm fillin' in my details for Father Christmas..hahaaa!

Now, just take a look at this sweeeeet ikkle guy....isn't he the business?  Used my Promarkers to dress him up and blinged his hooter with sparkly Mod Podge..........

Corrugated card was used to make the holly vine, and finished off with Card Candi berries.....and did you spot the white and gold snowflakes?  Can't be Christmas without snow, eh?  Not in my world, anyway.....

Please take a look at what our Design Team did with the images they chose from Kathryne....some very delish and delightful creations, there!

Come on over, and link up your GINGHAM creations!

Anne-Marie x


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Early Christmas

Hello, and welcome!

My heart is full of thanks for all the wonderful messages that have been left for are among the sweetest people on the planet.......thank you!

Today, I wanted to make something that would make me I made a Christmas card........predictable?.....oh, yeah!

And what else makes me happy when I'm makin' a card?......using freebies!.......yaaaay!

I always seem to be making apologies for my awful photos......dirty grey clouds wouldn't shift long enough to get any decent  light, but the red on the card is actually crimson, and not this weird washed-out burgundy......sigh......
I used some of my lovely new paper from Lili of the Valley, bought from , and really like the kraft with the red......

I stuck some of this lovely ribbon (bought at my local haberdashers) onto a strip of the red card........all the red card was from a freebie pack.........

I used my Holly Vine die on some kraft card and added the real rubies....priceless, they are......

The cute tag was also a freebie and it's tied with a piece of burlap ribbon (a gift from my teamie, Bonnie)........I hand-stitched around the edge after stamping the tree (a freebie).......the sentiment was another freebie.......on a roll here...hahaaa.......

And, yep.......this gorgeous reindeer is yet another freebie....he came with the tree and several other cute stamps.  I stamped him onto dark cream card using a brown ink, and cut him out.......just had to give him one of those priceless rubies to keep his nose warm, lol........

Oh, I did enjoy makin' this one!

Don't  forget to keep a look-out for a super giveaway.......I've got so much to celebrate!

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Starting Christmas Early  Christmas (optional star....on my tree)  Stitching/real or faux

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Comfort....oh, yeah!

Hello, and welcome!

I'm bringing you a card that I've made for this week's challenge at our wonderful new challenge blog

and this week we want to see your cards that will offer


Isn't that a lovely theme?  I made a card that will probably be offered as a sympathy token, but you don't have to go down that road.......anything that will convey something to do with COMFORT will be eligible.

Our sponsor this week is Beccy's Place! Our random prize winner will receive three digital images of their choice from Beccy. We're thrilled to have her beautiful hand drawn images grace our pages ... they are created by Beccy Muir...

Beccy's Place is offering our randomly drawn prize winner their choice of three images from the Beccy's Place collection!

Before I show you my card, there's some news I'd love to share with you........
yesterday, I was given the "ALL CLEAR" for my breast cancer......yaaaaaaay!!

I've been waiting, praying, hoping for 5 years to hear my surgeon say the words, and I really can't put into words (that would make any sense, lol) how I felt when she finally uttered them......she even went so far as to say that I am now considered to be a low risk for any further breast cancer!
Some of you will have seen my news on Facebook........I was overwhelmed by all the comments that were left for me........I went to bed with a deep feeling of humility, joy, and thankfulness.

My surgeon may have taken away the cancer, but it is the love, faith and many, many prayers of my family and friends that has seen me through this time of my life.
My daughters, in particular, have been such a strength and COMFORT   to me....they unerringly believed that I would survive, and their faith and practical support helped me to believe it, too.........

I love you so very much JOANNE, GILLIAN AND LEIGH-ANNE
and will never forget what you've done.....and still do......for me.

I chose to use a scripture that means so much to me, this week......and it is so fitting, at this time.......

And He didn't..........
Another thing that always gives me great comfort is to wrap myself in a warm an' snuggly quilt, so I chose to use this pretty image from Beccy's store.......all coloured up with my Promarkers.
I layered up some very old papers from Hot Off the Press, putting them in a quilt block, and lay a piece of green paper lace across the width.......

Some pretty lace across the top, and a ikkle corsage of paper flowers with one of my homemade pins and a satin bow......

The teeny quilt is backed by a piece of brown and a piece of lilac card, both of which I embossed with my new Stampin' Up Lattice Folder (thank you, Victoria!), and I added the teeny button to the "LOVE".....aawww!

I really would love to see what your take would be on our COMFORT challenge!

By the way, if you keep an eye out, you just might see that I'll be offering a gorgeous little something, made by my wonderfully talented daughter, Leigh-Anne, to celebrate a few things....very soon!

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Sympathy/Use stash/Dark papers  Sympathy card & spooled item (brown bow)  Never Forget/Sympathy/Thinking of you  Anything goes and use hoarded supplies [the old!]

Friday, 7 September 2012

Sweet as Cherry Pie!

Hi, and welcome!

Don't you just love Fridays?  I do.......there always seems to be a perception that the weekend is goin' to be better than the week we've just had....or is that just me?  

Remember my weight loss challenge?


Fourteen and a quarter pounds  gone in the past 5 weeks.....and it feels sooooo good!

It's also goin' to feel so good to get me hot ikkle mitts on the Hubster's promised prize...hahaaaa!.....but, I've decided that I'm going to hold off on the clothes shopping spree for another few weeks.....although, I do need to get meself some shoes and is Autumn, after all....which always means a new pair of shoes, at least!

Another great reason to celebrate Friday is that we have a great challenge for you to play in at

We are always excited to have this sponsor plastered across our blog, the super Bugaboo Stamps!  Our randomly drawn challenge winner will receive their choice of 7 Bugaboo images... what an awesome prize!

 Our challenge for you this week has a fun theme for you.... hopefully with a little spring in it's step, or a taste of Autumn.... the theme is


Basically, we'd like to see your creations that feature anything sweet, whether that be pies, cherries, picnics, baking.......maybe with an autumnal feel.....just go for it!

I love Bugaboo images, so this week I pulled out a real cutie.......I love JJ....she has attitude...hahaaaa!

I started off with a white card base, layered blue card and two designer papers (freebies), and simply lay a pieceof dark brown, spotty ribbon across the join.......

 This sentiment cracks me up....very me!

JJ is coloured up with my usual Promarkers and I'm really likin' this colour combo, lately......I love her expression...speaks volumes...hahaaa!

I didn't add any embellishments because I thought the papers were quite masculine, and didn't need it........haven't shown it, but there's a cute Happy Birthday sentiment, inside.

Okay, now it's over to us what you can come up know ya want to!

I'm off to peruse a few shoes!


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Twist of Faith Cards Challenge #1

Hello, and welcome! last I can tell you about this new and wonderful challenge blog

and I'm on the Design Team.....woohoo!

Here, you will find challenges that will encourage you to use uplifting, encouraging, Christian-based sentiments on your creations.
You could use scriptures, uplifting quotes, poetry....anything that is based on Christian values, and will bring a smile to the recipients face.....isn't that awesome?

Of course, we have some absolutely fabulous sponsors who will be offering some delightful prizes, and for this very first challenge we have the wonderful

The prize offered to our randomly drawn prize winner, consists of two brand new images that haven't been released yet!  The images are namedAutumn Fellow, and Garden Angel.  Stay tuned to The Doodle Garden blog for their release!

t's fitting to be joyful with a new beginning, so our challenge theme this week is...


and our scriptural inspiration for you is one of my favourites....

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 NIV

I'm really excited about being on the Design Team because I know we have some really lovely challenges lined up, with some wonderful, go take a look at what the very talented Design Team have prepared for your'll see that there are some familiar faces, as well as a couple of new ones!

Here's my card for this very first challenge......I used the very cute  Autumn Fellow image......

Isn't he a sweetie?  I used a cream card base and added some layers of Nitwits papers.....I used yellow floss to stitch one of the layers and around the image........can you see the strip of burlap ribbon?....that was a gift (along with a whole lot of more scrummy burlap goodies!) from my teamie, Bonnie...thanks, Bonnie!......and I added those sunflower buttons that I've hoarded for years!  Some bits of brown foliage are tucked under the sentiment, and I used Promarkers to colour up the sweet image.......Almost forgot to mention that I printed everything in a soft brown, just to soften it....I like the effect!

The Joy sentiment has a teeny heart stitched to it....cute..........The sentiment was a freebie, but I changed the colour from black and white to this soft cranberry in my graphics programme....I distressed around the edges of the image....he is a scarecrow, after all...hahaaa......

This is one of my favourite scriptures, and never fails to lift's taken from the Book of Mormon......see the sweet acorn button?

I love all the details in this very sweet image....he's a bit of a posh scarecrow, isn't he?...hahaaa!
This card and scripture remind me that I am so very blessed to have the abundance of the harvest, and the beauty of the seasons....and this brings me JOY!!

I do hope you will come and take part in our lovely new challenges......I'd love to see you there!

Anne-Marie x

Challenges:  Autumn colours  Layers on layers  Any sort of Job (my scarecrow works very hard for his livin'..hahaa!)