Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Spoonful of Sugar ...

not only helps the medicine go down but also makes quite a cute stamp! I saw this yesterday and had to have it. It is by Trimcraft and was quite reasonable and I think I will use it quite alot for birthday cards.

I've coloured it with PMs and added alot of Clear Star Sakura Glitter pen and a large dollop of Stardust Stickles on the spoon.

It is quite a simple card with some ribbon from Hobbycraft and glittered paper from DCWV 'Nana's Kitchen' stack and some freebie buttons and a little DMC pink thread. The sentiment came in the packet along with a line of cupcakes and a small cupcake - yet to be utilised.

I love this as I like baking, like faeries and like eating glittery cake.

I was inspired not only by the stamp but by Debs again as her Sunday Themed Challenge is 'Bright and Buttons'.

Also by the Passion for Promarkers Challenge 'Let It Shine' set by the talented Gro. That DT sure know how to sparkle and I loved playing along team.

Hope you have a glittery week especially amongst the grey around in the Northern hemisphere.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

The uber talented Debs is the Guest Designer over at Craft Mad &Loving It this week - do swing by to say hi and dribble at her work. She added the twist 'dressing up' which is fab.

This is my little take on it. Cheers Debs for the fun.


Friday, 28 January 2011

Winter receipe GG

'Craft Mad & Loving It' have come up with a new fortnightly Christmas Receipe Challenge. The lovely Rosie is kicking off the fun with the following receipe: something blue, something with wings and sprinkle with glitter and flowers.

I've taken a paper from a candy sent by the lovely Brenda which is blue and covered with flowers. I've used PM Kraft card stock as the base. the image is a lovely GG which I have attempted to colour with Distress Inks. I've added Sakura clear star glitter pen and stickies to add glitz. I decided to use my square punch to make a feature window. Then in silver Encore ink I stamped snowflakes and the sentiment.

I think this fits the Stamp Something Challenge 'Winter Somethings' too. Really lovely DT work to dribble over there too.

Think I need to keep going with the DIs to improve somewhat and watch a few more tutorials.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

Hugs Cherry XXX

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Spring Ewes

The lovely Purple Princess KathyK has set the challenges this week over on 'Craft Mad & Loving It' this week. Her Saturday Sketch was fab and the theme was 'Animals'. There have been many lovely entries and techniques used. I went for a card that would look forward to the Spring as I am still finding Winter grey and gruesome. The image was a swap one and I really like it. It is coloured with PMs.

I teamed them with DCWV card and PM Kraft card and Dovecraft paper from their new Oriental stack. The die was a Sizzix flower one and the card candy was Craftworks Oriental Delight Mix. Just added a little Sakura glitter magic too.

Lastly the sentiment was stamped and altered by me to fit.

I'm going to enter this in the 'Spring' Challenge #83 over at 'Moving Along With The Times'. If you want a Spring lift go and check out the DTs' beauties.

Hope ewe are all well and enjoying the end of the first month of the year.

Hugs CXxx

Friday, 21 January 2011

KISS Fruity and Warm Tilda

The lovely Rosie challenged the Craft Mad & Loving It Group with the theme 'Fruit and Fibre' this week and this image popped into my mind as ideal and as a way of re-calling the summer during the grey and cold of a British January. I've coloured her with PMs and have been trying to master the blender pen. I've added a little Sakura Glaze pen to her boots and the leaves and Clear Star Glitter to her lace edges and dress spots. I'm quite pleased with her.

I've kept the card as KISS as possible with a little DCWV card stock ( plain and patterned) some fabric flowers and a few punched butterflies. The sentiment is a freebie and is stamped in PM and cut out with a small scalloped nestie. I am entering it in to ' I Love PMs' KISS challenge - go and check out the DT work - awesome. Contests to Karen on her new employment too.

I am also entering this in the challenge Over at 'Stamping for the Weekend' - 'getting warmed up'. Again some lovely DT inspiration and cards to cheer you up.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


January is such a strange month in my head - often grey and flat after Christmas. I thought I had escaped this feeling this year but it has hit with a vengence this week. Nothing feels quite right and I am finding it hard to motivate myself to actually get on and 'do' the ideas in my head. It hasn't helped that life has happened and worry and rushing have encroached once more. It will pass and and the current will ebb and flow.

Anyhow, I have got myself to do the Craft Mad and Loving It challenge set by the lovely Rosie (who has bounced back after a difficult period) a smashing sketch and twist - Mirror, Mirror.

I have to say this card reflects my mood and I am not entirely happy with it but it did allow me to play with the Rock Candy Crackle Paint on the clock faces which was funky. The stamp is the Craft Stamper Mag feebie which is ace.

Here is the clock face with Crackle Paint and DI.

Here is the clock face with just DI.

Here is the card - the sketch and theme are just about there!!!!

Hope you are having a more bouncy Tigger-like January.


Sunday, 16 January 2011

A Wet Afternoon at Goodrich Castle

I thought this window was wonderful - so ornate and robust in the ruin.

Arches are truly majestic even in the rain.

We didn't spot any faeries today but it was very wet. We enjoyed our walk amongst the ruins in the rain - jumping in puddles always makes one happy and there were many today.

Hope you had a happy day what ever you decided to do. Hope the faeries were doing something fun too.


Thursday, 13 January 2011

An Orange Pearl of a Tilda

I had a little time to create today and this little cherub was coloured with PMs. It was a small chunk of the day but one in which I lost myself and I enjoyed that time of being.

I teamed her up with Kraft card by PM and glittered paper from the Citrus Stack by DCWV. I embossed another paper from the stack with a Sizzix folder and cut out the flowers using the Bigshot. Added a few heart pearls from stash and some card candy for texture. Thanks to Lauren for the LOTV sentiment.

This was conceived for the 'Craft Mad & Loving It' Challenge boasted by Karen this week with her sketch and twist of pearls. I think it will fit for the Magnolia-licious Challenge of Orange and Green too. Lovely inspiring work all around on these two sites if you check them out.

Thanks for looking XXX

Wednesday, 12 January 2011



With this made and a few things still drying!

It is very wet and grey here today but we are going to cheer ourselves up by visiting a friend this afternoon for a natter and play.

Have a good afternoon what ever you are doing. XXX

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Even more Thank You cards

I decided to mass produce some Thank You cards this morning after the mass cleaning and tidying session we had yesterday. LO was happy to sit and paint too.

I think that is all of them finished with a few spare. There is so much to be thankful for in life - I think I need to have more Thank you cards made and sent this year just to remind myself of all the things to cherish. What are you thankful for?


Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Some more thank you cards

Lots more to make. I'm trying out new (freebie) stamps that I've never inked before.


Sunday, 2 January 2011

Thank You Cards

I've been working on thank you cards today. I've used Lauren's lovely sketch from the 'Craft Mad & Loving It' group. The twist this week is thank you. The Allsorts challenge this week is also thank you so I am entering these cards into that too.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

Hugs Cherry xxx

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Day 123


Happy New Year Day

We found these on our walk this morning and they were beautiful and textured.

I thought this bird box was a great symbol for our new beginning and the ever-turning cycle.

Lastly we are having cheddar and sweetcorn scones with halloumi and clementine salad for our New Year's Day supper followed by Christmas cake and Christmas pud ice-cream.

Hope you are having a good beginning.