Saturday, 31 October 2009

It's taken ...

ALL DAY to get on here ! NAUGHTY NAUGHTY BLOGGER !!I think their server must've been down. I've even re installed Firefox to see if that helped. After last time I said I'd never have it again. It infected my PC with monitoring cookies.

Back tomorrow.
Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Finally something to show you all ....

I made this for my friends little girl who's 1 tomorrow. This is one of Mo's new images called "Patience" and it really reminded me of Carys - Aimee and their cats. It's not a great picture as I'm still working out how to resize my pics in Photoshop.
The paper is digital, the image is Mo's and coloured with Sansador and pencils. The greeting is pc generated and the flowers are hand punched.
Thanks for taking a look and I'l be back in a bit with a challenge entry.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Am Back .....

from having no PC. My PC died and went to heaven so a genie got me this one. Sorry I've been awol. It's taken me all day to do the Windows updates and stuff.
Normal service will be resumed later today.

Did you miss me ?!

Love Karen xxx

Monday, 26 October 2009

Pink n Brown ...

Is the challenge that our new DT sister over at SOPHISTCATS as set. I have gone back to my youth and chosen Cerise pink all the rage in the Eighties. I see that it's making a bit of a comeback in the shops. I've teamed it with chocolate brown and inked the pieces I've embossed in my CB. I used Paisley and Swiss dots folders.

The card is papermill, the image is Miss Anya (supplied by my friend Debs) and the sentiment was a freebie off a magazine. I've added a bit of GD for some bling. the ribbon and brad type thingy's are from my stash.

Please come and have a bash at Avril's 1st challenge for SOPHISTICATS, there's a fab prize on offer.

Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Cat Burglar

Just look at my crazy cat Gizzy. When she wants to come in from being outside, she climbs up the door and peers in and then clings on when we open the door.
Back later T T F N Love Karen xxx

Friday, 23 October 2009

Simon Say's ...

GET WELL SOON ! Thats the challenge this week over at Simon Says, Get well soon.
The card is Papermill and SU and the paper is SU along with the image and sentiment. The ribbon and brads are from my stash. The design of the card is off my friend Tracey, you pop and see her blog. She's a talent and an inspiration.
I didn't only make this for the challenge. I made it for a lovely, local old man who recently had a heart attack. His name is Jim and he delivers our free paper and walks miles and miles with his dog Polo. I was so suprised when I heard he was ill as he is always out in the fresh and is always active. GET WELL SOON JIM !
Thank you for looking at my little blog and please feel free to leave a comment and pop by anytime.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 22 October 2009

BOO ! .....

for 5 Challenges, yes 5 !
1. Friday Sketches - This fab sketch by Carole.
2. Cupcake Challenges - Halloween.
3. Pile it On - Halloween.
4. Stamp with Fun - Halloween.
5. Stampavie and More - Halloween.
The card is a mix of SU and Papermill and all from my scrap box. The image is this weeks freebie from Dustin Pike and is coloured with pencils andSansador. The ribbon and gems are from my stash and the letters are hand cut.
Thanks for popping in and I hope you'l call again soon.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Merry and Bright ...

For 4 challenges.
1. Just Magnolia - Bright n Zingy. Bright red and Lime green.
2. Simon Says - This wonderful sketch by Domi.
3. Stampavie and more - Christmas.
4. Stamp Something - Bling Something. Glamour Dust and a charm.
The card is SU and Papermill, the paper is DB from a couple of years ago and a download from ages ago.
I've coloured my image with pencils and sansador and cut round it. But I had a little accident whilst cutting. I cut their skates off because my hands aren't very steady at the moment. Ooooops Sorry Edwin ad Tilda ! mI added GD and Floc to their collars and cuffs for a bit of bling.
Thank you for taking the time to take a look at my tiny piece of cyber space and please drop in anytime.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Birthday cards from ....

My crafty friends Tracey, Jayne, Pauline, Lisa, Tracey P, Jan, Jackie and Lyn. Thank you very much ladies they brightened my day no end.
I' still not right after my small op and have been back to the Doc's and he has signed me off work for a week and I have to go back next week. It's not just the op I've had lots of things haoppen over the past year and I think the op was the final straw and I hit a brick wall, not literally ! So am off with stress. The Doc was really good and he sat and listened to this complete stranger pouring her heart out to him and sobbing. I felt such a fool I can tell you. But I guess that's what they are there for sometimes.
I've lost my mojo a bit and have got a few orders to do. Don't you just hate it when that happens. Oh well onward and upward as they say.
Sorry to put this on my blog, but I consider you all my friends and I just needed to chat.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Monday, 19 October 2009


Week 7 already wow how time flies when your having fun ! This week it's the bosses turn to do the challenge and Lisa came up with this fab sketch. The added twist is that the image in the middle must be 3d.
I've gone a bit dramatic this week with black, red and gold. This is my most favourite of stamps, it was one of the 1st I bought and I've used it so much that the make and name as almost warn off the side. It's Stampendous Poinsetta, gorjus.
I stamped and heat embossed it 3 times and then cut them out and mounted them with foam pads. I've added beads to the middle for a twinkly effect.
The card is SU and local art shop, the sentiment is Hero arts, the ribbon and gems are from my stash and I used my CB Snowlake folder, which I inked over in gold.
Please come and have a go over at SOPHISTICATS, there's the cutest stamp as a prize this week.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Not so scary ....

card for Halloween and 6 challenges.
1. Stamp with Fun - This fab sketch by Tina.
3. Cupcake Crafts - Buttons and Stitching.
4. C.R.A.F.T. - A recipe of 1 ribbon, 2 buttons and 3 papers.
6. Papertake - Halloween.
The card is Bazill and SU, the paper is a download by Shabby Princess and is called Happy Go Lucky. The image is one of Mo's and coloured with pencils and Sansador. The ribbon, buttons and brad thingy's are from my stash. The flowers are hand punched.
I thought I'd go a bit different with the colours for a change from purple, orange and black. Hope on one minds.
Ta for popping in and taking a look. Please pop back anytime, visitors are always welcome. Feel free to leave a comment.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

A Tale of 3 challenges ...

1. Mo's dp2 challenge - To use one of Mo's images in colours that remind you of Autumn and only 2 embellies. I used Raffia and the brad top thingy's.
2. A Spoonful of Sugar - This great sketch by Caryn.
3. The Pink Elephant - Autumn.
The image is Mo's and is coloured using pencils and Sansador. Isn't he lovely ? The card is all Bazill and the paper is We R memory Keepers from absolutely yonks ago. The Raffia and brad tops are from my stash. The sentiment is SU.
Thanks for having a look at my tiny piece of blogland and I hope you'l drop by again soon. Feel free to leave a comment.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Friday, 16 October 2009

Looking "Fly" ...

I believe is the word of the moment. In my day it was "smart". Oh how cable tv has changed our language.
It's school pic's today so we've had to have a red sweatshirt and our hair mohawked even though it's too long. You would not believe the product that's in his hair so he looks "cool". 6 in January and he wants to look "fly" and "cool", which to me are one and the same. I'm dreading what he'l want when he's a teenager !
Well he says he looks "well good" ! I just hope it manages to hold until the pics are taken.
Oh to be that age again when all you've got to think about is who's going to have the best hair in their pics.
Back later with a card or 2 hopefully.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Brrrrr .....

It's turning cold ! 1 card 2 challenges and I feel shattered.
1. Just Magnolia - This fab sketch by Mina.
2. Roses on Paper - Choose a sketch from another challenge blog and use the colours Orange, Brown and Green.
The card is a mix of Bazill and SU, DP is Dovecraft and the image of course is Edwin being helpful and sweeping the Autumn leaves up. The ribbon is from my stash and the leaves are stamped and heat emboss with copper powder.
Thank you all for your good wishes and birthday cards, I'l put a pic on tomorrow.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my little bit of cyber space and please feel to leave a comment. Drop in anytime, I love visitors.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Who'd of thought ...

25 mins in an operating theatre would make you feel so tired and like you'd done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. I'm absolutely pooped ! Thought I'd feel better today but I think I feel worse. Maybe I'm just rubbish at being a patient LOL ! That's what hubby tells me anyway.

It's DS's assembly this morning so it's off to that and then to the Doc's to take my letter. Then I'l be ready for a nap again. Hopefully I'l manage a bit of crafting this afternoon. I've got a half finished multiple challenge card on my work bench that keeps calling me everytime I walk past the door of my craft room. LOL.

I've visited some blogs this morning and think I'm just about there with everyone. Although, for some reason I can't leave comments on some blogs, not sure why because I usually can. Hubby is going to check my updates later.

Well I'm off to get myself sorted and iron DS's uniform. BOYS !
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Well today's the day ...

go to hospital for a small op and then a few days rest. I've to be there for 07.45, which for those of you who know me, is a major feet. Hopefully I'l be back home for when DS comes back from school.
And yes today's my birthday and Wedding anniversary. What a pressie ehhh.
I was hoping to have a card to share with you but didn't get chance to finish it, in those famous words of Annie "tomorrow, tomorrow ".
Have a lovely day and I'l be round to visit you all in the next few days. Am off to check the SOPHISTICATS challenge and then it's time to get ready and get DS up and ready for school.

T T F N Love Karen xxx

Monday, 12 October 2009

Lil' late Lizzie strikes again ...

Where is my head ? Please don't all shout at once LOL !
Well we're on week 6 already over at SOPHISTICATS challenge blog and it's Jan's turn. And what a great sketch she gave us too. Thanks Jan.
I've just taken delivery of this fab SU stamp set called Baroque Motif that I ordered to make my brother's Wedding invites. As you can see I made a Christmas card Not much difference eehhhh !
The card is a mix of Papermill and SU, the ribbons are from my stash along with the embossing powder. The sentiment is Stampendous I think.
Please come and join us over at SOPHISTICATS, we've got a gorjus Halloween themed prize this week. While your there please take the time to look at my DT colleagues blogs, they do some stunning work.
Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Cutest couple ...

for 3 challenges. Creative card crew - Celebration, this is and engagement card, Friday Sketches - The sketch on the left which I've rotated and Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Buttons n Bows.
The card is Papermill and SU, the paper is SU, the sentiment is by Clear Stamps and the image is PB. All the other embellies are from my stash.
Thank you for dropping by and call in anytime. Please feel free to leave a comment.
Am off to start another card and get my stuff ready to go back to work BOO HOO !
T T F N Happy crafting.
Love Karen xxx

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Puuuuurrrrrfect ...

For 3 challenges, 1 at Bronte and Bella's challenge which is to use "Perple" and one of Mo's images. The 2nd is this great sketch over at Stampavie and more and the 3rd is Daring cardmakers which is Purple too.
The paper is Laura Ashley, the card is SU and Bazill, the ribbon is from my stash and the image is by Mo Manning. All the flowers are hand punched and embossed with a big embossing tool. The sentiment is PB.
Thanks for droppimg in and I hope you'l pop back sometime soon. Please feel free to leave comment.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Friday, 9 October 2009

5 Spooky challenges 1 spellbound card ...

Isn't she lovely ? She's by Mo Manning of Digital pencil too. I'm really into her digi stamps at the min as they're so gorjus. Onto the 5 challenges !
1. Sketch Saturday - This fab sketch with the added extra of Pets, and every witch has got a cat. Or, a dog dressed as a cat !
2. The Pink Elephant - A colour combo of Black, Orange, Purple and White.
3. Cute card Thursday - Charms. I added the spider.
4. Simon Says - Halloween.
5. A Spoonful of Sugar - Halloween.
Phew that was a Marathon or is it a Snickers now ? ! All 5 challenges covered I think.
The card is a mix of Bazill, SU and Papermill. The sentiment is PC generated, the flowers were hand punched, the ribbon, gems and brads were all from my stash.
Thanks for taking a look at my tiny piece of cyber space. I hope you enjoyed your visit and that you'l call again soon. Please feel free to leave a comment.
T T F N Happy Crafting.
Love Karen xxx

Thursday, 8 October 2009

AHOY ! ...

Captain Max is coming aboard. I'v made this card for the Basic Grey challenge, which is this fab sketch by Martine. Also I'm going to enter it ino Pink Gems prize draw to win 6 of Janet's beautiful stamps. Janet is looking for guest designers too so wish me luck !
The papers are BG Ambrosia and DCWV Rock star and the card is Papermill. Captain Max is stamped onto some fantastic art paper from It's slightly textured and works great with pencils and Sansador.
I coiled some twine round some buttons from my stash, the brads are from my stash too.
The sentiment is handwritten.
Blogger is being extremely slow so am off to have a cuppa. Ta for popping in please feel free to leave a comment. Call back anytime.
Love Karen xxx

I'm still ....

here and I've not done any crafting. My week has been busy trying to sort out schooling for my step son and a hospital visit for me.
Unfortunately due to a minor disagreement between my hubby and DSS Mother, the poor lad has been picked up and taken home. He didn't want to go but who listen's to an 8 year old.?
So today's a new day and I can spend it crafting after I've made a few phone calls to undo the arrangements made for him. Hubby and I are so disheartened. Oh humm.
I've got a card to finish for a challenge and something and I need to start the samples for my brother's Wedding invites, order of service and place names. NO PRESSURE ! And get my SOPHISTICATS in early this week. Boy will that shock 'em !
So all in all plenty to keep me busy.

Am off to get sorted before DS gets up and his friend arrives for me to take to school. In the words of Arnie, " I'l be back " later with something to show you, I promise, honestly I will !

Love Karen xxx

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Look what the postie ...

from my fab boss Lisa over at SOPHISTICATS, DT candy and very lovely it is. Thank you soooo much Lisa, it's much appreciated. I shall look forward to playing with it. I love that cage image on the card, it's gorjus.

Please pop over to SOPHISTICATS and have a bash at our weekly challenge and check out my DT girlies blogs. I have fabulous DT colleagues in Stef, Jan and Cheryl. And afab boss in Lisa. Ooohh and I mustn't forge Steve her hubby who also plays a huge part in the team.

Thanks again Lisa and Steve x
Love Karen xxx

PS I'm having trouble leaving comments for some reason, which makes me feel sad as there is some truely gorjus work out there.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Cheryl's challenge over at SOPHISTICATS ...

Good morning ladies and gents. Well it's Cheryl's sketch this week over at SOPHISTICATS and she's done us proud with this fab sketch and an added challenge of bling on your work. That can be glitter, gems or anything that sparkles.
I used this fantastic image by Mo Manning at Digital Pencil too. Isn't he just gorjus ? I've printed him onto this great paper by Photopaper It's slightly textured and prints and colours absolutely fab.
For the bling bit I've added good old Glamour dust for the spider's web.
The greeting is computer generated.
Do have a wander over to SOPHISTICATS and play along and take a look at the other members of the DT's blogs and work.
Thanks for taking a look at my blog an I hope you'l call again soon.
Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 4 October 2009

5 for the price of 1 ...

1. Friday Sketches - This fab sketch.
2. ABC - Embossing. Used my CB to emboss the panel on this card.
3. Bizzi Bec's - Pink or plum with burgundy and green. Add Lace, ribbon or fibre's. I added lace and ribbon.
4. Just Magnolia - Handmade flowers. All the flowers are hand punched.
5. Simon Say's - Card for Paige for World Card Day anything girlie.
The card is SU and Papermill, the paper is BG. The lace, ribbon and gems are all from my stash.
Thank you for visitong for little piece of the WWW. Please feel free to leave a comment and pop in anytime.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

Friday, 2 October 2009

4 challenges in 1 card ...

1. Stamp with Fun - This fantastic sketch.
3. The Pink Elephant- Spots and tag punch.
4. Penny Black Saturday challenge - Choc brown, pink and lemon.
The paper is from my stash, the card is SU and Bazill, the gems are from my stash and the image and sentiment arePB.
o create the spots I've put the card thru my CB Swiss dots folder and then inked it and all the flowers are hand punched.
Thanks for calling and call again anytime, I love visitors. Feel free to leave a comment.
T T F N Love Karen xxx

An apology and Well what a week ...

Firstly I would like to say sorry to all my followers and blog friends for not being about much. All will be explained momentarily. Big hugs to you all.

Well what a week ! Work is still a bit stressful at the min as we all try to get used to the new shift and working hours. (mine haven't changed) YET !

And as a family we are having my hubby's 8 year old to live with us. He has a few problems and has been excluded from school. His Mum rang my hubby the other day and said would we have him on a pemanent basis when he picks him up on Saturday. So I've been in overdrive since then trying to arrange schooling, sleeping arrangements and everything else that goes with having an 8 year old. Hubby has been busy getting hold of solicitor's and welfare people to try and get info what we need to know and do.
I feel sure that his Mum didn't come to this decision lightly as he has a young sister at home who he adores.
We've got a meeting at th Junior school where DS is at the infants, next Tuesday. I've booked next week off work so that I can spend some time with him and in the hope that he'l be in school the following week P/T at least.
We have got to sit and talk to DS today so that he knows what's going on as he'l have to share his room and the WII. OMG at 5 and a half sharing your WII is just awful LOL !

Sorry to burden you all with this, but my blog is my outlet.
Am off to my craft room now to do some CAFTING !!!!! Am off to Dabblers later to catch up with all my crafty mates. Don't suppose I'l get much done but I can show willing !

T T F N Love Karen xxx