Thursday, 30 April 2009

Card for another 2 challenges ...

1. Friday sketchers
2. Colour create asked us to use green, orange and brown on a male themed card.
The image is SN coloured with pencils and Sansador. All the card, paper, wool and buttons are from my stash. I did rotate the sketch to accomadate the image and replaced the flowers with buttons.
Thanks for looking T T F N .
Love Karen xxx

2 challenges, 1 card ...

1. Daring cardmakers want us to use our biggest embellies and this flower is the biggest and brightest I've got.

2. Secret crafter are asking for shaped card this week. I love this little handbag and seeing as big accessories are all the rage this summer. I thought I'd combine the 2 challenges and make this summery handbag.

Everything is from my stash. The card is Red hot bed, the little flowers I made out of shrink plastic and coloured them with Sakura's and the flower I have no idea wher thats from.

Ta for looking.
Love Karen xxx

Just a quick pop in ...

at the min. Am off to watch American cradfts on QVC before getting DS ready for school. The weather is a bit murky this morning so it's back to trousers today, much to his annoyance.
Will have plenty of time to do some challenges as I wasn't at work last nite, back in tonite boohoo !

I'l be back later T T F N
Love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

I've been stamped ...

by Dee and Robin at Doodle Palace. I win one of their digi stamps of my choice as long as I become a foloower and put their link on my blog. Good eh ! It was a lovely suprise when I got home from work this morning. So thank you ladies.
Didn't get any challenges done yesterday unfortunately. Today will be better. The suns out and DS is going to wear his new school shorts. with his short hair and shorts he looks like a WW2 evacuee. Bless him.

Well Im off to choose my digi stamp and leave a link and comment.
See you all later T T F N
Love Karen xxx

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Hello, Hello, Hello ...

and how are you today ? It's a bit chilly this morning, although I'm hoping that it'l brighten up later.
Only managed the 1 card yesterday. BOOHOO 1 Today I really want to get 3 done. 2 challenges and 1 for a colleague.
Just a quick pop in this morning to say "Hello, hello how are you ? Hello, hello it's good to see you."
Any one with young children will know that song really well. !

Love Karen xxx

Monday, 27 April 2009

3 challenges, 1 card ...

I love this digi image from Dustin Pike, it's one of his freebies. I love dino's and think he's so cute. So that's the 1st of my challenges sorted, at Dare u 2 Digi stamp they are asking for things with wings and you must use a digi stamp image.

The 2nd challenge is over at Our Creative corner where the challenge is to use your own favourite colour combo. Mine at the min is blue and green, the brighter the better. hence the glitter and bold shades.

And the last challenge but by no means least, is for the sketch at Truly Scrumptious and turn it into a childs card.

All really inspiring challenges I think. All items are from my stash. The glitter is done by using ds tape on bits of card and the glitter rubbed into the tape. I added some string to the kite to give a 3d effect. The dino's hand and face are deco'd.

Ta for looking hope you like my little piece of blogland.
Love Karen xxx

Morning all ...

It's 03.52 am and I've just got in from work. I would've been home sooner but some inconsiderate person blocked me in. A bloke !
I'm going to sort out which challenges I'm going to do this week and make a list so taht I can keep track of them. I love lists, they make life so much more organised. LOL.
Hubby is off today so I won't be back on until this afternoon after I've had a big sleep and made a couple of cards.

Have a good day, happy crafting and I'l see you later T T F N .
Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 26 April 2009

As promised ...

earlier. These are the card designs that the ladies made yesterday at the demo. they are all done using SU products. All gorjus, but my favourite is the flutterby one as I love butterflies. Thanks again to Tracey, Anne, Jayne and ALL the lovely ladies that came along for making it such a great day.
T T F N love Karen xxx

1 card 2challenges ...

1. Just Magnolia which is to use the colour combo Pink and Green and of course a Magnolia image..
2. Stamp with Fun which is a sketch that I haven't copied so sorry you'l have to go and have a look on their blog. How daft am I ?
Everything is from my stash. I've had the rafia for ages and have never found the right project to put it on, but I think it looks great on this. The pink card was put through my CB using Paisley folder and then inked with a green versa.
Thank s for looking, hope you like it.
Love Karen xxx

Well what a day ...

we had. It was great ! All the ladies at the demo were lovely and have asked us to go back again. I really enjoy doing but I was shattered last night.
I was going to put the pics of the cards on, but the batts have gone in my camera. I'm not happy about it cos they've only been in a week. So there all on charge so later the pics will be on.
I'd like to thank my friend Tracey for asking me to help with the demo. This is the 3rd one I've done and I love it. It's something different for me and I love meeting all the different people. So THANK YOU.

Off to do some challenge cards, there are a few tha are really inspiring me at the min. Batteries permitting I'l be back later with the pics.

Enjoy the sunshine ! T T F N
Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Just a quick pop in ...

this morning as I need to go and get ready. I'm being picked up at just after 8am. An impossible task I hear you cry. I'l be ready, fingers crossed and the help of 2 policemen (wish I knew what that meant ).
I'l put some pics on later of the practice run cards. There lovely if I do say so myself. LOL.

T T F N play nicely while I'm gone and no squabbling over the glitter and glue.
Love Karen xxx

Friday, 24 April 2009


No more work for me til Sunday. I'm a abit busy this weekend as I'm doing a card demo tomorrow with some friends so not much time for crafting. no doubt I'l manage to squeeze some in at some point. LOL.
Lovely sunny day at the min, not sure how long it'l last.
We had to cut DS's hair last night as I found a little visitor in it. Just the 1 and it was dead. he's never had them before so we've been lucky. Never mind it happens when their at school.
Didn't get all of the challenges done I wanted to, but there's always next week. I've already planned some out I just need to do them. Oh how I wish there were more hours in the day and that I didn't have to go to work. I could craft all day, everyday. Bliss, sheer bliss!
Well I'm off to a bit of blog hoping and then get DS ready for school.

Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Does my blog look big in this ?

I fancied a blog change so here's what I chose. What do you think ?

It's lovely and sunny here, but a bit chilly. I love it when the weathers good. Everyone seems alot happier and there are more smiley faces about.
DS is playing on the WII and having a conversation with, well himself I think. He often does it and sometimes to David who ever he is. Am not quite sure how he managed to get on there as he's not supposed to play on it before school. Think he snook on while I've been on here. Crafty little chap. LOL.
There's a couple of challenges I want to get done today, so I'l be back later with teh pics.Off to get DS's brekki and get ready for the school run.

Love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Not my usual colours ...

But I like it. 1 card 3 challenges. And here they are:
Creative Belli Blog which was to do some dry embossing, so I got my trusty CB out and it's Swiss dot folder and away we went.

Colour Create is Pink, Black and White this week. Not my usual colours but thought I'd have a bash.

Cupcake Craft Challenge is this wonderful sketch.

All the card and ribbon is from my stash and the images are by Great Impressions.

I used 2 different pink inks for the background and then stamped the images with a raspberry colour. I then covered each one with Versa and emboss them with holographic powder.The black card was put through my CB and then inked with white.
Thank you for looking, hope you like it.
Love Karen xxx

Morning All ...

how are we all today ? I feel great as the sun is shinning and we're another day closer to the weekend. Can't wait.
Have got more challenge cards planne today, so hopefully I'l get them done. Didn't realise how much I'd missed my bl;og and challenges. It's good to be back now DS is back at school. He announced yesterday that he'd like some shorts for school like his friend Isaac. Guess its up to Asda for me at the weekend LOL.
Hubby is off to Brighton today delivering so he'l not be back til late afternoon. Plenty of crafting for then.

Well thats me done for now. I'm off to get my cuppa before DS gets up.

Happy crafting T T F N .
love Karen xxx

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

1 card 2 Challenges.

the 1st challenge is the fabuluos Just Magnolia. I think the title speaks for itself. And ...
2nd is Stamp Something where the colour theme is Green, Blue and Yellow.
Everything is from my stash. The ribbon is Doodlebug, the brads are Dovecraft and the flower was free off a magazine.
I love this new Magnolia image and I think the colours are great.
Not sure what the paper is. Uurrrm I should take more notice.

Thank you for looking.
Love Karen xxx

Here are another ...

2 cards from the order I did for my bro. This has got to be one of my favourite images. I just love it. It's from SU and the sentiment is from one of those little £1.49 sets.
I can't take credit for this design as it was originally done by my good friend Tracey. Again the image is from an SU set. I like this card because of it's simplicity.
Well it's lovely and sunny here, but a bit cooler than yesterday. DS is grumbling in the background, he doesn't want to get dressed by himself. Life's hard when you're 5.
I'm off to have a cuppa as I only walked thru the door about 20 mins ago. Late vehicles at work. Wish I got paid overtime. Never mind.
I'l be back later with some more pics and hopefully a challenge card.
Love Karen xxx

Monday, 20 April 2009

WOW I'm soooo gobsmacked ...

I've got another award ! Thank you so much Denise for nominating me I feel really honoured as she is on a number of DT's and her cards and blog are gorjus.

The rules for this award are:
The winner may put the logo onto their blog.
Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
Nominate 10 blogs.
Put links to their blogs.
Leave a message for the nominees.

This was the hard part, so here goes.

Denise Lynne

How tough was that. thank you again Denise.
Love Karen xxx

A Few cards ...

All these cards are from the order I did for my brother. This is from a SU set. The paper is SU, the ribbon and brads are from my stash.
Another SU set, in fact everything on this card is SU except the ink, colour and sparkle.

The image is coloured with pencils and Sansador. I used my CB Script folder for the top matt and went over it with a gold ink pad. the patterned paper is from my stash and the hearts are punched and edged in gold.
Thank you for looking.
love Karen xxx


Bev is offering all this scrummy candy for her blogoversary next week (23rd I think) and she has gone past 200,000 hits and has over 600 followers so .......... it's candy time.
What you will win:
Whiff of Joy Swirls and Sentiments plate
Spellbinders Nestibilities Labels 3 AND 4 (a set of each)
2 K&Co pads - Roam and Sparkly Sweet
1 pack of Laura Ashley ribbons - in burgundy, cream and gold
2 packs of Basic Grey brads (180 in each pack)
Approx 100 spacers and charms - gold, silver and enamelled
at least 10 crochet flowers (more if I can find the time to make more) in a variety of colours.
And no birthday candy is complete without a little sweet treat or two so there's also a box of Thornton’s chocolate nuts and a bag of Thornton's toffee. Sounds gorjus !
All you need to do is link the candy on your blog and leave a comment on Bev's when you have done so. Bev will draw the winner using a random generator on Thursday 23rd April. She will post worldwide and this is open to ALL, so if you don't have a blog leave a comment her post.
Love Karen xxx

Well it's ...

SUNNY ! and back to school for DS. He's all dressed and ready to go, we've just got to go through his words and his reading book. Not a problem as he's very good at it and loves books which is great.
Can't wait to get back on with some challenges, there are 1 or 2 that are inspiring already so I need to do those.
I've just finished a 32 card order for my brother's lady (pics to follow). Another reason why I've not been around during the holidays.
Also now I'm back I'm hoping to ... no I'm going to keep it a suprise. Watch this space !!!

That's me for now. Am off to get DS sorted.

Happy crafting love Karen xxx

Sunday, 19 April 2009


At Jackie's. All you have to do is post a comment on her blog post for this scrummy candy. The winner will be drawn on the 1st of May. Good Luck !

Love Karen xxx

Take a look ...

This was for my new gorjus nephew, Marshall.
I used a quilted effect again, but rolled the corner down to add the greeting. What a job I had keeping it in place. I think the finished piece is quite sweet.

My Dad asked me to make a card for my Step mums birthday. Again I used a style I'd made recently with the 2 cards inter folding. I lve this type of card.

Love Karen xxx

WOW another award ...

How luck am I ! This was passed onto me by my MIL, Maz who got me into crafting by doing a paper bag book about 4 years ago. So really all this is down to her. THANK YOU !

Here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

Well here goes, seven things about me:

1. I'm a NNEB qualified nursery nurse.

2. I've been married 3 times. I love wedding cake LOL !

3. I'm only 7 years younger than my MIL. Not sure she'l thank me for that as she tells everyone I'm her SIL LOL !

4. My hubby is 11 years younger than me, hence number 3.

5. I have a tattoo of Piglet on my right shoulder.

6. I would love to go to China to see the Terracotta Army.

7. I'm a US crime series junkie. CSI, NCIS, CRIMINAL MINDS, I love em all.

No that interesting I know, but I've had a very ordinary life.

Now onto my nominees (this was a tough one):

1. Kathy

2. Amanda

3. Vicky

4. Cathy

5. Karen

6. Kim

7. Debby

Of course as with all awards there are people who inspire and support you but don't get a mention. I would hope that those people know who they are and I thank them.

Well now you've all nodded off while reading this epic post, War and Peace took less reading I hear you cry !

I'l be back shortly with some pics, but 1st I need to leave comments on these blogs. A woman's work is never done.

Have missed you all so much during the Easter hols. Now I sound like Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars. I'm gone.

Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 18 April 2009

I'm almost back and another award too ...

My lovely blog friend Heather. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH it's much apreciated. I have to nominate 5 others to recieve this award, so here goes.
Also I would like to thank my good friend Louise Emma for the beautiful RAK ATC that dropped through my letter box yesterday. It's gorjus THANK YOU.
My daily posting will get back to normal by the end of next week. I've got a few things to do this week and get back into my usual routine. get back to my normal sleep pattern. Hopefully !
That's me for now. Huggs to you all.
Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 4 April 2009

How late am I today ...

Where has the time gone. Sorry for my absence over the past few days. Things have been a bit hectic here what with 1 thing or another.
Any way just to let you all know that during the Easter hols I'l only be posting at the weekends so that I can spend some quality time with DS. I shall pop on time to time to see what your all up to.
I shall be back when he's gone back to school, so please keep a look out for my posts.

Happy crafting
Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Just a quickie this morning ...

I've got to do Ds's eggs for the competition at school. Will put pics on later. I have no idea what I'm going to do. Not organised at all !
I've got a half done card in my craft room and loads of ideas and NO time to fit them all in. Oh to win the lotto. I could craft all day every day. Heaven.
Have looked at a few of my fav blogs and there are some fantastic cards out there. Will comment individually later.

T T F N love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

WOW ! I got an award ...

given to me by Jackie at A day in the life ... her blog is wonderful and well worth a visit.
The Uber Amazing blog rules are:
is a blog award given to sites who:
~ inspire you
~ make you smile and laugh
~ or maybe gives amazing information
~ a great read~ has an amazing design
~ and any other reasons you can think of that makes them uber amazing!The rules of this award are:
* Copy the badge and put the logo on your blog sidebar or post.
* Nominate at least 5 blogs (can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.
* Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from.
* Come back and comment here so that your link could be added to the masterlist of awardees.

It's been a difficult choice as ther are so many people out ther in blog land that I find inspiring or I just love their blog. So here goes and there are more than 5.

Debby for being an inspiration and for taking the time to pop over to my blog and commenting. And for making stunning deco'd cards.
Kim for the inspiration and taking time to comment.
Cathy for having an amazing blog and being an inspiration.
Vicky for her lovely blog and stunning cards.
Sarita. for her stunning cards and blog.
Bev for being 1 of the 1st people to welcome me to blog land and 1 of the 1st to comment on my blog. For being an inspiration thru her cards and blog.

There are a large number of people out there that inspire me thru there talent, blogs and friendship. But I can't mention you all, so a HUGE thank you to everyone who takes the time to pop over to my blog comment and/or follow me.

Love Karen xxx

Morning campers or should I say bloggers ...

Looks like its gonna be a lovely day, which is good. DS loved his trip yesterday. Couldn't remember what he'd seen, but thats normal for him at the moment.
Didn't manage any serious crafting yesterday. I'm hoping today will be more productive.
Well thats me for now as I'm shattered. Not even going to blog hop til later.

Love Karen xxx