Thursday, 23 July 2009

Hope to be back soon

Hi friends,
I am now back home in Spain following the funeral of my wee brother yesterday. Nigel fought cancer with dignity and I obviously am so hurt with his passing but also grateful that I was with him to the end. I do need time to grieve so please bear with me and I will be back asap.
Nicola -x-

He had always been a supporter of "Queen of the South" and the lads all did him proud at Buittle, thank you for your memories of our

Friday, 10 July 2009

"Stampin´ for the Weekend" Challenge #6 "Strawberries dipped in Chocolate"

This weeks challenge at "Stampin´for the Weekend as the title suggests we have a colour combo for you. We would like you to take some inspiration from the two photos below. Kimmi had great fun with the strawberries, and guess what, she devoured the lot after she had taken the photo and said they tasted delicious ! The Tulip photo is from me and I must say there is nothing more beautiful to see in Holland than the miles and miles of tulip fields. So I hope using the title and the colours below you find some real inspiration.

This week our sponsor is the lovely Heidi from Simon Says Stamp and she is again offering the lucky winner a fabulous gift voucher of $25 to spend in the shop. Such a pity I can´t enter!

For my card I started with my designer papers and these have been chosen from the "Strawberry Collection" in the Designer Inserts Extreme and Designer Extreme Vol 11 cd´s and from here my card fell together no problem.
I have coloured my image with Prisma pencils blending with sansodor ... she is from an Australian company called Stamp It.I added some small pearls for her necklace. chalked the edges and adhered some flat backed gems and kept it simple finishing off with a few tiny roses and small bow.

I have carried the main paper through to inside mirroring the design and included a verse, how easy peasy is that and a quick, no hassle finishing touch at the touch of a button!

I look forward to visiting your blogs to see how you interpret this weeks challenge and on a final note why don´t you also visit the Design Team members blogs too as I know Donna, Kimmi, Amy, Claire, Ida, Vanja and Vicki would appreciate some love too.
Have a wonderful weekend. -x-

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Happy Wednesday

Morning peeps, hope you are not all exhausted in this heat like I am. What I would give for a good shower of rain but alas I will have a wee while to wait for that.
Today as always is Flutter By Wednesday at Danni´s Dreams and the theme this week has been set by the lovely Michelle and she has chosen Buttons and Bows and this is also the theme set at The Next Level.Charisma Cardz theme is Buttons, Pile it On is to use three different embellishments plus to enter more that one challenge - flowers, ribbon and buttons, Whimsy Stamps theme is Happy Birthday - thought I would be different and include a birthday verse rather than a sentiment. Dottie´s World are looking for a garden theme, flowers etc and last but by no ways least Die Cut Dreams theme is Corners and Curls so I hope the swirls on my insert count.

For my card I have coloured Water Lilly, from set 2, and coloured her with my prismas blending with sansodor and adding a touch of glamour dust to her wings and eyes. My paper is from the "Scenic" section of Bearly Mine Designs-Designer Inserts Extreme cd and all flowers, ribbons and buttons are from my stash.

My insert papers are also from Designer Inserts Extreme cd and I have flipped the left hand paper and also my Water Lilly and inserted a birthday verse.

I am honoured to receive this wonderful award from the mega talented Vikki and I have to pass this onto 5 other deserving blogs. Now this is not easy as you all have wonderful blogs full of inspiration but 5 is the rule I must follow so I am going to pass this onto my daughter Marcea because she is always so sweet and kind, Jodi who is celebrating her Birthday today - happy birthday sweetie, Donna my fellow DT buddie, Chris fellow DT too and Vicki, what this girl don´t know about stamping simply ain´t worth knowing!

Enjoy your day, I am now off for a cuppa as I am parched again. -x-

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Creative Card Crew #18

We have a lovely Challenge to play with this week at the Creative Card Crew and Paula has chosen the theme of "RIBBONS" so what is stopping all you lovers of ribbons joining in as we would love to see your creations plus there are some gorgeous ribbons from our sponsor for one lucky winner.

For my card I have coloured Tilda with my Prisma pencils, blending with sansodor and my papers are both from Bearly Mine Designs Designer Extreme Vol 11 CD and ribbon, primas´and brads are from my stash.
Don´t forget to pop over to my fellow DT buddies and see their fab cards for this theme and whilst you are there why not leave them some love - links are on my sidebar.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Bearly Mine Designs ...and a wee DT Toot

Donna has selected her new Design Team members to join herself, Kimmi and Claire and woo hoo I am so pleased that I have made the team along with Amy - my fellow DT on SFTW, Marcea - dear daughter and Sheila - my wee bloggie across the pond.
If you don't own any of Donna's Discs head on over and have a peek at Bearly Mine Designs, or at her craft blog - Bearly Mine Crafts and see for yourself what gorgeous papers you could be playing with!

Friday, 3 July 2009

Challenge #5 Double or Nothing

Wow we had some wonderful and beautiful creative pocket/wallet cards to look at last week, and now it's Week 5 already at Stampin´for the Weekend and this week both Kim and Donna have come up with two inspirational sketches for you, and it's your choice which you wish to follow. We've got two wonderful prizes donated by two sponsors, so we'll have two winners for this challenge, one for each sketch. For sketch ONE done by Kimmi, we have
Pink Gem Designs
as our sponsor. Janet is offering up this wonderful Flower Fairy stamp.


And now for the second sketch by Donna we have cute Cute Daisy May Designs
as our sponsor and Lyn is offering the lucky winner of this sketch their choice of 5 of her digi sheets.


Today we say goodbye to the lovely Nancy who has been our Guest Designer this past fortnight and it has been our pleasure to work with this very talented lady so please pop by her fab blog and leave her some love.

For my card I have coloured my gorjuss girl with prisma coloured pencils blending with sansodor. My papers are all SU and I have used my MSDL to give a nice scalloped border and my retro to back the roses from my stash. Corner is a die cut from Avec and buttons are ribbons are also from my stash whilst sentiment is from See D Celebrations.
I do hope you will play along with "Double or Nothing" this week and also ckeck out my DT buddies blogs for inspiration here Donna, Kimmi, Amy, Claire, Ida, Jen, Poppet, Vicki and Vanja

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Beautiful Dreamer

Wednesday is upon us once more and as always this brings us Flutter By Wednesday at Danni´s Dreams and this week is a free theme so just make sure you have a butterfly or fairy on your card.
I have followed sketch #57 over at Sketch Saturday and really enjoyed this one and it is way too long since I played along with Stamp Something whose theme is "Embellished Somethings" so how could I resist!

For my card I have coloured Beautiful Dreamer with my prisma´s blending with sansodor and added a light touch of glamour dust to her wings and cloud. I have used my retro punch and roses from my stash plus some pretty flat backed pearls to embellish. All papers are from K&Co Sparkly Sweet.

Flutter By´s guest designer this week is super talented Carolyn Bounds - be sure to visit her blog and leave her some love.