Monday, 27 July 2009

New Challenge Blog

There is a new Challenge Blog due to start on 15th August - Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges. It will be a monthly challenge, on the 15th of each month - and it will be an anything and everything challenge, which sounds fun and interesting - I can't wait to see what people come up with!

There is some blog candy on offer to celebrate their launch, which closes on 13th August. So pease click on the link on my sidebar to pop on over to the blog and find out more about it. They are also looking for some additional DT members.

Love from

Andrea xx

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Whiff of Joy New Release Candy

Katharina, over at Whiff of Joy, is celebrating the release of a new set of stamps with some candy. But you'll need to be quick - the candy closes tomorrow (26th July).
Good luck to everyone who enters!
I have been joining the Whiff of Joy Blog Hop this evening - wow, there have been so many fabulous creations made using the new party animal stamps which have also just been released!

Andrea xx

Saturday, 11 July 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 14

I am entering this card in the latest Sugar Bowl Challenge. The challenge is a sketch, with the option of including sparkle.

The image I have used is Daisy on Trike, and I think she looks so gorgeous when she is coloured - this is the first time I have inked this stamp up! The sparkle I have used is gems, pink glitter board, organza ribbon, sentiment embossed with holographic embossing powder, and I have added shine to Daisy's hair, necklace and flowers with my Sakura clear stardust pen! Maybe I have gone over the top a bit with sparkle, but the card is for my 4 year old niece, who loves sparkle so I think it's allowed!!

You might notice that the matting and layering is not very even! But, I made this card last night after returning from our neighbours' barbecue (I'd had a couple of (large) glasses of wine, and I'm not very used to drinking these days - I don't think I was really very safe to be using cutting equipment - I could hardly see straight, never mind cut straight (lol!!). Anyway, I managed to get the card finished in the end, and I feel fine today!!!

This is the first time I've entered the Sugar Bowl Challenge - I'll have to make sure I look out for more!

Must go now - we have another barbecue to go to - if the weather stays fine enough!!

Bye for now!

Love from
Andrea xx

Teacher Presents

These are the post-it note keyrings I made as end of year gifts for my children's teachers. I found the tutorial for them at
I also made the little gift pouches out of handmade papers, using a template from one of my Crafters Companions CDs.

I hope the teachers like them! I certainly do, and they were so easy to make.

Well, that's it for this post, but I'll soon be back to post a challenge card.

Andrea xx

Monday, 6 July 2009

Sketch Saturday No. 58

I have used this week's sketch over on the Sketch Saturday Blog for this card for my son's class teacher. It is very similar to the one I used for my daughter's teacher (see earlier post). I loved this sketch too, and I'll definitely use these again. The stamp is a Sugar Nellie Daisy, coloured with watercolour pencils. The papers are Basic Grey Cupcake, and I think the swirls on the backing paper match well with Daisy's hair!! I have threaded some seed beads onto an eye pin and added them to the butterfly charm (think you can juuuusssst see them!). I hope the teachers like their cards!

I'm going to attempt to make some post-it note key rings to give as presents to the teachers and teaching assistants - must get them done tomorrow evening, so just need to go and look again at the tutorial I found (hope I can find it again!!). I may even be able to show them to you later in the week!

Hope to see you again soon.
Love from
Andrea xx

Truly Scrumptious Challenge 10

I have used the sketch over on the Truly Scrumptious Challenge Blog for this card for my daughter's class teacher. I loved the sketch, and am pleased with the way the card has turned out. Part of the challenge is to use some of your neglected stash, so I have used my Sugar Nellie Daisy stamp which I ordered from Funky Kits ages ago, and this is the first time I have inked it up (so she has defenitely been neglected). I also found these Papermania die cut flowers which I have had for a looooooooonnnng time in my stash. The charm is made using some beads from a broken bracelet which belonged to my daughter (and I nabbed whilst she was asleep - naughty Mummy! (lol) - she hasn't noticed yet, but I know she will when she goes to sign the card!!). The papers are Kay and Co Sparkly Sweet ... again!!!

Anyway, thanks for looking and I hope you are able to look at some of my other cards, and pop back again soon!

Love from

Andrea xx

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge 37

Good evening folks! I have managed to come back again - have also managed to put that load of washing in the machine, and do a bit of ironing (but not yet finished - still hoping to finish it before hubby gets back), so I must be quick with this post.

I am entering this card for this week's Whiff of Joy challenge - which is a recipe - 3 patterned papers, 3 flowers and 1 ribbon - I hope the fact that I have used the ribbon on two panels is OK?!

I'm not sure what the image is called as she was sent to me by someone - I do think she's so sweet, the papers are Kay and Co Sparkly sweet. I have decorated the inside using the same layout, but did not use ribbon inside and only one flower, so hope that doesn't count me out either!!

Here's the inside:

I hope you like my card - now I must go and finish that ironing!!

See you again soon.

Love from
Andrea xxx

Diver Card

Hello everyone ... and happy Saturday to you all, I hope you have a good one!! Oh, it's just started to rain here - good job I didn't get the washing in the machine (have meant to do it several times this morning, but then started doing something else and completely forgotten what I'm supposed to be doing! Typical me, can't multi-task anymore (LOL!).

Anyway, back to my card - this is the card I made for my friend's son who was six this week. I have used an acetate wrap, which you can juuuuuuuuuuuussst see I printed with a blue swirly design (look very closely in the bottom right hand corner!). I stamped some of the little fish on the blue background paper, and also onto the acetate, and then coloured the fish with my Sakura Stardust pens so they were nice and shimmery. The diver is a Sports George download from Charmed Cards and Craft - I think they're great for boys and mens cards! I printed the sentiment on my computer on a piece of backing paper (the papers are a digital download, boys of summer, from the Little Scrap Garden). I loved the way the card turned out, and hope the birthday boy did too!

I might be back with another card to show you later - that's if I can get up to date with my ironing before my hubby returns from cricket!

Crumbs ... it's raining heavily now!
Hopefully see you again later.
Love From

Andrea xxx