Tuesday, 31 January 2012

TTT #69 - Valentine's

Good Top Tip Tuesday all!

What gorgeous creations we had entered this week- again! You are all awesome and we so wish we could give everyone prizes!
Have you checked TTT to see if you are one of this weeks luck winners?

Please make sure you are familiar with our rules - We'd hate you to miss out on a prize because you weren't aware of them :(
Can I please remind you all to make sure you add (TIP) after your name when you leave a Top Tip on your post for us. Don't forget to mention in your post that your Tip is for Top Tip Tuesday. 

We have a gorgeous tutorial this week from our lovely Bettina,
but before we see that let's find out who our fabby sponsors are for our



Random.Org Prize for Valentine's Project uploaded into challenge:
One lucky Random winner will win 7 Digi images for their choice

Look out for the awesome DT cards from 2 of the amazing Bugaboo girls below, and some yummy Bugaboo images for some of the TTT DT :)

also sponsoring us...

Robyn's Fetish
Prize given to the DT's favourite Top Tip linked to challenge:

1 Lucky winner 4 stamps of their choice!

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is
owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

My DT creation for our Valentine's Challenge....

Using Bugaboo (image & sentiment) - Stella Love - Person to Annoy

What a gorgeous image this is - so versatile - Valentine's, Anniversary, Wife/Husband Birthday, even a 'Just Because' card...

I've coloured the special couple with Promarkers ...do you like the fact I made his slippers Lilac? Bet there's not 1 woman who can say her husband has NEVER worn her slippers! lol!

The papers are from my 'scraps drawer', the heart punched edge is MS Border Punch. Some punched flowers from the same silver '..to have and to hold..' card used beneath the image.

Now for the FUN!

Let's get on with the fab tutorial from Bettina, enjoy......

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

ABC Christmas - B is for......................

Our challenge over at ABC Christmas for this fortnight is....

Bears and...............................
...Bunting and/or Banners and/or Brads and/or Bling and/or
Buttons and/or Bows and/or Blooms!

Hosted this week by our wonderful Dorte

Fabulous Sponsors for this challenge are...

Our very own Lacey with

and a whopping prize


(Look out for the FAB Bear images in the DT's samples)

fabulous Prize

Here's my sample for this week...

I've used Bugaboo Christmas Teddy Tree

So I have Bear, Bunting and Brads!

Here's a close up of the little tag I've 'attached' to the bunting...

I'm embarrassed to admit the layout on this card has been in my 'bits box' for about 3 months - I started to make a care all those weeks ago and only got as far as the backing panel! I just added the bunting, Brads, Tag and Image!!!

Pop over to ABC Christmas now and check out the DT's Bears and..........................

Some challenges I would like to enter my card into....

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes

Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes

Stampin' For The Weekend - Out With The Old! (The backing panel)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

I Need Some Printer Help Please!

Happy Sunday evening to you all :)

I wonder if I could trouble you for some printer advice?

I have a Kodak ESP C110 AiO (All in One). I changed the colour ink yesterday and printed off A4 pages of a Pink Damask paper - about 25! - I know that's a lot but I've printed nothing else. I went to use the printer this afternoon and it wont.................it's telling me the colour ink needs changing - again! Aaarrrhhhhh - the blue and yellow ink hasn't even been touched :(

Anyway, after doing the usual 'take it out, shake it, put it back' a couple of times I Googled it to see if I could somehow 'over-ride' this as I only wanted to print in Blk & White - I know I used to be able to with another printer I had when it used to tell me my compatible inks weren't in! All I found was lots of reviews saying that the ink lasts nowhere near as long as expected in a Kodak and so many people with repeated problems ref ink, all saying that although the ink claims to be the cheapest, in the long run it's not as you have to replace it so often!
Those little boys playing football in their garden that they've covered in printed pics of the crowd in a football stadium, failed to point out the HGV full of cartridges parked out the front of their house!

So, I'm on the look-out for yet another printer! 

Please let me know what you have and if you're happy with it - or what you have that you are not happy with (so I can avoid that one too!)

I want it to take card, without me having to sit there and persuade it through - I was sooooo happy when my Kodak came and would do this - nothing worse than printing off 100 Wedding Invites and you have to sit there and 'encourage' each piece of card through!

Ideally I would like it to take compatible inks - Kodak don't as they are the cheapest and compatible ink companies don't find it beneficial - They should re-think that one!

An integrated scanner would be good - but not necessary as I do have a stand-alone one (somewhere in my cupboard of past printers!!!!)

I have to buy more ink for my Kodak tomorrow as I have orders to finish, but I'd really like a printer that I could be 100% happy with - is there such a thing?

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

TTT #68 - A Sketch or 2!

Good Top Tip Tuesday Morning to you!

WOW......603 entries into our first bi-weekly challenge - awesome!

This week our challenge is......
This week the Lovely Lisa is our Host and she has produced some awesome sketches for us to work from.
She has given us 2...
Layered or Clean and Simple - the Choice is yours.
Choose either, or do both!

Sketch 1: Layers
Sketch 2: Clean and Simple

You may rotate or flip the sketch, add a few extra embellishments or elements but please ensure the original sketch is clearly visible in your finished creation.

This weeks fabulous Sponsors are......

Stamp & Create
Stamp & Create
Top Tipper Prize of

Stamp and Create is an on-line store based in the US. We ship worldwide with reasonable shipping prices. 
We specialize in Rubber Stamps and Scrapbook supplies. Some of the companies we carry are: Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps, High Hopes Rubber Stamps, Whiff of Joy, The Greeting Farm, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Stampavie, Whimsy Stamps, Emerald Faeries, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Ribbon, Charms, embellishments, dies, and more!
Karens Doodles
Karens Doodles
...with a prize of 3 Digi Images of the winner's choice.
Karen's Doodles has a fantastic selection of designs, Digital and Rubber stamps.

Look out for some of Karen's fab images in our DT samples :)

Sew Sweet
Sew Sweet

The Lovely Emma from Sew Sweet is offering 1 lucky entrant
£10.00 voucher to spend at her yummi shop.
Sew Sweet stock a huge selection of Wool felt, buttons, ribbon, divine twine, Handmade personalised gifts, findings and more.

My offering for this fabby Sketch challenge is........

You may recognise these little darlings as I've done a few cards with their pictures on! They are the triplets of a friend in work.
It's their 2nd Birthdays in a weeks time and I have more cards to make for them then!

I have used some gorgeous new stash I got this week from WOC - some of that amazing rose ribbon that I have been admiring for a while and more flowers!
It was quite difficult picking the papers for this card - obviously I didn't want it too girly or too boyish! The papers are from DCWV Nanna's Nursery; Baby Girl. I picked the red/dark pink as the main as I thought it matched his shirt.
Can you see the sweet little butterfly on one of the roses? I picked up some earrings in the supermarket - reduced to 50p a pair - and they've even get their own little push-on fixy thing to secure them to the ribbon ;)

Now it's your turn to pop over to Top Tip Tuesday and join in with the Sketch Fun!
Don't forget we want to see your Top Tips - We give a prize to the DT's favorite :)

Some Challenges I'd like to enter my card into........

Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything Goes

Papertake Weekly - Buttons, Bows, Bling & Blooms - any or all!

Divas By Design - New Beginnings and/or Thanks 

Simon Says Stamp - Spots and/or Stripes

Crafty Catz - [use] Something New

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

ABC Christmas - A is For.........................

............. Anything Christmas!

Welcome to the first challenge of 2012

This Challenge's Fabulous Sponsors are..

with a fab $15 voucher
(excluding postage)


$10 Gift Certificate

Mini Christmas Ribbon Kit!

I'm sure you'll agree we have some amazing prizes to kick off the year! 

My A for Anything Christmas is.............

I used a gorgeous digi image from Stamp Fairy called Button Christmas 

I 'stretched' the image to make it more circular and used it as the front of an Easel Card.
I've coloured it with Promarkers and covered the outer 'frame' with Glitter Glue to give it a bit of sparkle!
The sentiment was done on the PC.

A couple of Challenges I'd like to enter my card into..........

Sentimental Sundays - Snow, Blue and/or Glitter (1,2 or 3 of above)

Cupcake Inspirations - I was inspired by the gorgeous bright green

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

TTT - #67 - Caught Our Eye!

WOW - we are only half way through this weeks challenge and what an amazing turnout we have had so far!!!  I guess you like our


There is still one week to go to enter the challenge, however, we wanted to showcase the creation that half way through has...


create an avatar

Pop over to TTT now to find out WHO Caught Our Eye!

I have made a Half-Way card too..............

And a Half-Way Top Tip to go with it...
Use photo's to make your cards really personal.
This card is using a photo of the plaque outside the cafe that John owned for 20 years before he retired last week.

I am not a fan of 'New Years Resolutions'
(if I can't eat healthy during the Summer, I aint gonna try when the house is still full of Christmas chocolate!)
BUT I have decided to start making a bit more effort with the inside of my cards - I always add inserts but think I'll try decorating them now!

Remember, there is still a week to go of our ANYTHING GOES challenge - please click here
to take you to the current challenge to add your creation, which is open until Monday 16th January.

Some challenges I'd like to enter my card into............

Joanna Sheen - Celebrations

Simon Says Stamp - New Something...New outlook at life - Retirement!

Dutch Dare - New Beginnings...New life after work!

Crafty Catz - A New Beginning...To a work-free life!

I soooooooooo wish I could retire - got a few years to wait yet tho ;)

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Top Tip Tuesday #67 - Anything Goes!

Happy Top Tip Tuesday New Year!

Don't forget we are now a
'Once a Fortnight'
More time for you to join in - you can enter up to 3 times -  pass on and pick up your Top Tips too :)

Every other challenge will also be a Top Tip Challenge, so grab your 'Top Tip Tippers Pad' and pen and jot them down as you look through the DT's samples.

Next Tuesday Leanne will be over at TTT to showcase our
'Caught Our Eye'
project - this will be one of the challenge entrants added from now until Monday that we think everyone needs to see - a new Blinkie has been created for our CoE's.
So don't wait till the last few days to add your entries!

Challenge - Anything Goes
...again :)

We LOVE AG challenges!

Brought to you by Leanne, Carol, Samantha
and the fantastic TTT DT :)

Our fantastic Sponsors...

Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp is offering a $20 gift voucher to spend in their store!!

Stamp Fairy
Look out for some of their amazing images in our DT samples :)


Our Top Tipper Prize is from...

Crimson Cloud

Crimson cloud

Prize offered to 1 lucky winner is: 3 packs of die cuts.

My 'Anything Goes' sample for this Challenge is......

A Wedding Card using an image from Stamp Fairy

and a Wedding Memories Book...

My Top Tip for this challenge is...

...When making cards/gifts for a wedding ask to see the invitation - the colour scheme is usually given away here, you can then match your creation.
Here I was actually given the green ribbon off the invitation to use - I used it for the Wedding Memories Book but did not have enough for the card so kept the colours of that to black, white & silver.

My gorgeous image I have coloured with Promarkers (I treated myself to 4 new packs last week as they were in a sale! I'm now so happy I have more 'shades' of colours to pick from...still have to get quite a few more tho!!!)

Pop over to Top Tip Tuesday to see what amazing creations my Teamies have come up with - as well as some designers from 2 of our sponsors - and there's loads more Top Tips over there too :)

Some challenges I'd like to enter my card/Memories Book into........
(pop over and enter your TTT Anything Goes into some of them too)

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes!

Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes!

Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes!

Joanna Sheen - Celebrations

Crafter's Companion - Love is in the Air

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Fancy Folds / Shaped Cards

ABC - G for Green (The colour theme for this Wedding, as depicted in the ribbon!)

Simon Says Stamp & Show... - Something Old, Something New (the ribbon I used for the Memories book was 'old' and the book was bought brand new!)

Craft-Room Challenge - Anything Goes!

Crafty Sentiments - Love & Romance

Party Time Tuesdays - Something New (A new life as a married couple! - as well as my new image and my new Promarker shades!)

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (With optional of 'New'...Newly Wedds!)

Stamping for the Weekend - Anything Goes!

Allsorts - New Beginnings

Sentimental Sundays - Anything!

Pile it On - Anything Goes!

Bearly-Mine - Anything Goes!

I can't believe there are so many challenges this week that I can enter - yipee!