Saturday, February 27, 2010

TIME for Edward's Birthday Pressie

Hi all, hope you are all having fun, (must be if you are reading this as that means you are craft blogging lol), bought this Kaisercraft project last year and it got buried in the cupboard. Anyway DH's birthday next month and he is difficult to buy for as he always wants practical pressies, so thought this clock ideal. Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week is TIME and this project sprung to mind, the first photo is the rose Edward proposed with (which I have pressed and is in the front of our album). These are some wonderful memories over 13 years, so thought this represented time as well as the clock. DSP is blue and shades of gold and brown.
I had it that I wanted to have a clear clockface so for this I used acetate (not saying how many attempts I had lol) then heat embossed with gold powder (kindly lent off my crafting buddy Emma, great having a crafting friend 1 mins walk away, we just don't get together enough) as my silver didn't look right. Then I versamarked the edge and dipped in the powder to highlight the heart edge, fairly pleased with how it turned out in the end.
Definately need to learn caligraphy! All the hearts have dates or places/events etc. This is Edward's parents, his mum is still with us 85 years old. His dad unfortunately died some time ago due to Alzheimers which was a huge blessing in the end. He was a wonderful man greatly missed.
This is when we went canoeing down the Murray River last April, fantastic so peaceful, can't wait to go again.
How cute are they and I mean the little ones
Rosanna and Edward looking for shells and looks like Morgan looking after daddy, bless him, I am sure I have one with Rosanna doing the same lol!

Definately a messy project as the first dsp I cut out stuck in the wrong place (I used sticky strip orginally and once it stuck it stayed stuck lol) so took all that off and then used good old fashioned glue, forgot how messy/sticky that could be! Embossing wasn't to messy then the sponging was a little tricky with the hearts being so small. So this should qualify it for Tuesday Tagger's Challenge.
Well DH and Morgan are on their way home with tea (chinese takeaway), showers then a movie night, toughest decision is which movie to watch, looks like Lara Croft (Tombraider) is winning at the moment, not sure who is more excited Edward or Morgan lol.


Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #27 - Time
Tuesday Taggers - Gettin Messy Hands - Sponsored by The Craft Barn
Ooh LaLa Creation Challenges #48
- Acetate
Lexi's Creations #8 - Open
ABC Challenge O - O is for One Paper
Flutter By Wednesday #98 - Open + butterflies, fairies or angels
Quixotic Challenge #15 - One for the Boys which could be a project or card
The Corrosive Challenge Blog #52 - Wings
By the Cute and Girly February Challenge - Love
Thank you for visiting, happy crafting, have a wonderful weekend, take careX:)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

MMSC42, Oh Alice and one or two more

Hi all, this is my card for the new Oh Alice challenge starting this week, using my favourate Sketch Challenge Blog Midnight Madness, took me a bit to work this one out as I challenged myself to use the trickier sketch, the image is from Pollycraft called Clover Dancing with Dragonflies and Butterflies, isn't she cute!! Sentiment from Sweet Peas Stamps (link in sidebar), all papers, ribbons, brads etc from my stash.
This is a close up to try and show the wings using Pearl Ex (from my local store), purple stickles for the heart and little bits on wings

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #42 - to the right
Oh Alice Chapter 1 Down the Rabbit Hole - Inspiration from this gorgeous makeup box

Etsy Inspired Challenge #76 - Enchanted Beehive, I used this Gorgeous Purple Pendant, so pretty
Creative Belli Challenge #85 - Dragonfly or Butterfly

Inky Impressions Challenge #30 - Think Spring

Flutter by Wednesday #98 - Open + something with wings
Artful Inkables Think Ink #14- naughty or nice

Cute Card Thursday 100 - Metal Mania (brads, eyelets, butterflys)
The Corrosive Blog Challenge #52 - Wings
The Cute Maisy Day Challenge - Flowers (Eyelets and digi image)
Incy Wincy Challenge #31 - Touchy Feely (Sparkly fluff Appletini Green, butterflys, ribbons)
Sophisticats Challenge #23- Embossing (all the wings, with heat gun)
Cupcake Challenge #71 - Friends

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Doodle Palace Sketch Challenge + Freebies

Hi all, no card yet! Just to let you know that we have a sketch challenge this week and everyone entering gets to choose a free digi image of their choice and also Doodle Palace are giving away the Easter Cross as freebie just because they are feeling generous, check out the DT's wonderful creations using this versatile digi image.

Challenge closes next Monday

They are also sponsoring Etsy Inspired where you can win FIVE digi's images of your choice.

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sneak Peak Doodle Palace

Hi all, time for another realise of digi images from Doodle Palace, the first image I have used is The Easter Cross, I had this idea to make a bookmark, so I cut around the shape after colouring, not telling you how many lilies or crosses I coloured, just not enough shades in my touchmarkers, so out came my watercolouring pencils and blender pen for the cross, placed onto Metallique Sculptured Paper - crazed, then onto Very Vanilla (SU), Sentiment (SU), laminated then added some lovely ribbon.

The lilies turned out much better using watercolours, distressed the edges, sponged and placed on SU dsp and Tangerine Orange.
Now this is the start of a new family of images starting with Chibi Kid, so thought great idea to turn them into Easter parcels, that the Easter Bunny can hide, so below are three samples,

Sorry photos are not the best doesn't work in the sun, out the sun or in the house!! Must get a fancy box. I reversed the image on this chibi and placed her on a pouch parcel, (she did have a friend) my daughter wanted to colour her and unfortunately ended up with black streaks, and I didn't have time to print another off. So please pop over to Doodle Palace and check out the other DT's work (Wednesday) and find out what our new challenge is.

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Designed 2 Delight Week 3

Hi this is the first of two quick posts (honest lol). This is the freebie I received last week, (just realised it was last Monday, where did that week go, missed linking) as soon as I received this image I knew what I was going to do, doesn't that make life easier! Flipped the image and cut is out to make a shape card, know a granny or two in the U.K. who will just adore this lovely card. Added Kindyglitz to the centres and put special effects on the cherries.

Please check out Faith's Designed 2 Delight blog she offers a free digi image each week just for entering how cool is that.
Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Abby's beautiful Creations Giveaway

Hi all, just had to share this wonderful giveway of Abby's, she has decided to giveaway three of her most gorgeous creations to three of her blogging friends, this is just a taste of what there is, check out her amazing blog, truly inspirational.

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting and enjoy the rest of your weekend, take careX:)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Anya Ink meets MMSC41, flowers and more

Hi all, been spoilt today, had some time to play, still not got the hang of these flowers, thankfully this didn't take as long to put together as my Magnolia card last weekend. I have taken loads of photos inside, outside, in the sun out of the sun but I am still struggling to get some of my PURPLES to look PURPLE and not blue. Must have stressed enough hubby is looking into one of those photo box cubes with lights, before we buy one, do they really work, would love some feedback, please:) Rather than waffle too much I am going to list the challenges below as most of you know what you are doing far better than me, but any questions only to willing to answer.

SU Cardstock elegant eggplant, Lovely Lilac & Lavender Lace, special effects for shoes, buttons, eyelashes and flower part of hat.
Anya Images (Madelynn and Guy Ian) and embossed background courtesy of my lovely friend Debbie P from Stamp Camp.
Flowers my stash, Kaisercraft and Bizzy Bec's (see sidebar), flowersoft from Bec to (hat) also 3d kindyglitz hat rim but flowersoft nearly covers it
Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue 12 x 12 dsp and velvet ribbon
Purple Stickles - Susana's Store (see sidebar)
Lace ribbon, brads and charm from my stash


Anya Ink - Monochromatic
Anyone for Anya? - Flower Power
Midnight Madness Sketch 41 - as above
By The Cute and Girly February - LOVE
Pile it On - Flowers
Pollycraft Monday Challenge #34 - Double Up - use two images
A Spoon Full of Sugar #91- Spring is in the Air
Allsorts Challenge #39 - Recipe, 3, 2, 1
The Corrosive Challenge #51 - Sew it Up
The Pink Elephant #54 - Ribbon
Sophisticats Challenge Blog #22 - Stitching
Flutter by Wednesday #97 - Hearts
Think Ink Challenge #14 - Naughty or Nice
The Pixie Dust Challenge #9 - Charmed
The Creative Belli Challenge #85 - Butterflies or Dragonflies
Crafty Creations Challenge # 55 - Stitching
ABC Challenge O - O is for one paper
Cute Card Thursday 100 - Metal Mania
Little Red Wagon #16 - Ribbon
Lots to Do #6 - Love is in the air

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SECOND SNEAK PEAK - Lovey Dovey Bears - Doodle Palace

Hi all, this is the second new release from Doodle Palace called Lovey Dovey Bears and I just love them, have been in the mood for using bright colours and this is what I same up with, not sure if I have got it right but I like it. I used my CM Heart Cutting System for the hearts, then distressed all edges which was a shame as I got them cut very neat this time but wanted to distress. Used SU In Color cardstock and ribbon, think the ribbon was a little wide for such a small bow. Used special effects on the rose, shoe buckles, flowers on dress, eyes and nose. Now you may ask a blue rose, have created this for some special friends overseas who will be celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversay in April which is Amethyst, which is blue LOL. Also sponging and stamping as you can see.
Just realised I have not got the bottom of the card in, it has a flat edge which is also distressed.

The Challenge at Doodle Palace this week is to create a card using scoring, there are links to various tutorials.


C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #37 - Digi Colouring
The Pink Elephant #54 - Use Ribbon
Lots to Do Week 6 - Love is in the Air
Simon Says Challenge - What's Love got to do with it?
Tellens Place #5 - Use at Least 5 Hearts
The Cute Daisy May Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
Cupcake Craft Challenge #78 - Keep it Simple
Cute Card Thursday #99 - In the name of Love

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

FIRST SNEAK PEAK Chester Bunny for Doodle Palace

Hi all, this a new release called Chester Bunny for Doodle Palace, isn't he just so cute!!! Have coloured using my touchmarkers, used my new sparkly fluff for the tail Champagne Glitz stickles (from Susana's Store, link in my sidebar), also special effects for the eyes, nose and teeth.

I have used kitchen roll, so been wanting to use this on a project, kept some in my craft drawer, also got some gorgeous purple patterned kitchen roll and toilet roll, saving for another project. This fits in with the challenge to use a household item. Not the easiest of items to stitch!!! SU cardstock and dsp, punched flowers with kindyglitz and rhinestones.
Found the idea for this Easter Goodie Holder over on Alison's blog, check this girl out she has some wonderful projects to try out.

Finally butterflies with kindyglitz and pearl embellishments.
This is a piece of the kitchen roll, how pretty is that!

The Challenge at Doodle Palace this week is create a card using score lines, there are plenty of tutorials. Thought this would count too, as you needed score lines to create it.


Saturday Spotlight #18 - Around the House
The Corrosive Challenge #51 - Sew it Up
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 37 - Digi colouring
Pile it On #6 - Let us See Flowers
The Pink Elephant #54 - Use Ribbon
Incy Wincy Challenge - Punch it Out
The Cute Daisy May Challenge - Bright and Cheerful
Sophisticats #22 - Stitching
Creatalicious #7 - Create a little something
A Spoon Full of Sugar #91 - Spring is in the Air

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Midnight Madness Again with Designed 2 Delight and C.R.A.F.T. #37

Hi all, what a great day it has been cool enough to do some digging in the garden or at least it was when we started LOL! At least we have made a start!! Got caught up with DT blogging and had a little time to play, I have used Midnight Madness Challenge Sketch #40 again (the easy one this time) oh this card so came together so much quicker than yesterday's all that bling and flowers wiped me out! Can't believe I have done both sketches don't always get time to do one! Today I have used a lovely image and sentiment from Designed 2 Delight, for their challenge at Delightful Inspirations as soon as I received this image I new I had to use my bees from my stash been so waiting to fit them into a challenge. Please check out their blog as there are FREE digi images for playing along. Also fits into this weeks C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #37 - Digi Colouring, just love colouring digi images
Cardstock, mainly SU, flower dsp, ribbon and bees from my stash, flowers Kaisercraft.
I have kindlyglitz some of the icing and flowers and special effects on the bees and sentiment, oh a little sponging with SU So Saffron.


Delightful Inspirations Feb Week 2 - Happy Bee Day Digi Image

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #40 - Sketch to the right

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #37 - Digi Colouring

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Magnolia Wiper Card

Hi all, Now don't be shocked, challenged myself to be lots more blingy and flowery (not easy lol). So not easy using grey either but here you are pink and grey, was lucky to have a coffee and a play at my friends Emma's in the week (got a pass to go in late) we got our touch markers together and Emma got some Copic sketch markers, which are so different to my touch markers, so went for a play and coloured this lovely image as you can see still need to practice. My wish list is made!!
This is the second wiper card I have made and this one is huge, hubby wants to know why make a card that can't fit in an ordinary envelope!! Hand stitched the flower using SU ribbons, added the heart button with silver metallic embroidery thread for the middle. The gorgeous roses are my new purchase from Bizzy Becs, then placed them on flowers from my stash that I kindyglitz the bottom layer, there are two layers plus the rose. Machined stitched various papers and distressed edges. Also used my new Distress Stickles - Brushed Pewter for the balloon and her wings, from Susana's Store. Please see my Sidebar for links to these stores, Bec and Susana are such lovely ladies to deal with. All cardstock and dsp SU. For 1, 2, 3 challenges, 1 gorgeous image or 1 handmade flower, 2 matching layered flowers on the very left or two hearts on Tilda's pockets, 3 little bud roses in the leaf ribbon or 3 beaded hearts to the very left or 3 dsp, then I went onto 4 beautiful layered roses lol.

ChallengesMidnight Madness Sketch Challenge #40 - Sketch to above
Magnolia Down Under #33 - Buttons, Flowers and Bows - missed Pink and Grey but definately fits this weeks
Just Magnolia #42 - Love
Magnolia Stamp Lovers #3 - Buttons or Bows
Magnolia-licous Highlights - Wiper Card
Simons Say Stamp - Love
By the Cute and Girly - Love
Creative Belli Blog - Ribbons
ABC Challenge - 'N' is for New
Creative Card Crew #44 - Valentines
Flutter By Wednesday #96 - Love + Angel/Butterfly
Pile it On #5 - To the One I Love
Alphabet Challenge - P for Pink
Stamp with Fun #45 - Hearts
Tuesday Taggers - Love for a friend
Tellen's Place #5 - Use at least 5 Hearts
Cute Card Thursday #99 - In the name of Love
Allsorts #39 - Recipe 3, 2, 1
and Doodle Palace - Lots of layers

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

p.s. would like to thank everyone involved in hosting these challenges, DT and GDT for taking the time to leave a some love, much appreciated!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

SNEAK PEAK - Doodle Palace

Hi all, this is a sneak peak of one of the new release Digital images at Doodle Palace, male cards are definately not easy for me, but thought I would challenge myself!
I used grit 60 sandpaper for the sand effect, SU cardstock for everything else, the sentiment is sponged with only orange and yellow yoyo (sun effect), didn't matter how many pics I took, still looks brown. This card has been made for a friend who has just got the all clear, so definately cause for celebrating. Now hubby tells me I have a freshwater fishing rod for sea water (not that he has done much fishing), just think he likes to tease LOL!! Used kindyglitz along the edge of the sandpaper and special effects on boots, catch and rod.

Doodle Palace have a new challenge - lots of layers, so please come and join us if you can.


Rosie D #64 - Just for Men
ABC 'N' - New (new digi image and sandpaper)

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Delia - lets help cheer her up by sending a card

Hi all, just found this out about this little girl via Dustin Pike's site,

This is an email Dustin received from his friend Jennifer:

On Friday, December 11th, 2009 my friends daughter Delia was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She is 10 yrs old and is currently being treated at the Denver Children's Hospital.

She loves art, photography and really loves owls. I was hoping that there would be some wonderful women or men out there that would love to send her a card of encouragement. I thought it would bring a smile to Delia's face to be inundated with cards as a special Valentines Day gift from people around the world. Please find it in your heart to bring hope and love to this beautiful spirited girl. Any card will do..but if you have an owl that would be a bonus. Please pass this information around so we can thrill a little girl in her time of hardship!

She is on her second round of chemo and its been a struggle for her, although she is doing better today.
An address for her mail is here.

Att: Delia Cadwallader
2048 Sandhurst Dr.
Castle Rock, CO 80104

IF you are willing to make a card/something for this little girl email me and I will send you the above owl images to use for her and whenever else you'd like consider it a small payment for a small set of Digi's... Dustin.

So my owl card is going to fly its way to Delia, so glad to find a lovely home for it. Hopefully it will be flying with many more, makes me think how fortunate I am and to try and make the most of every day, must remember this the next time my two test my patience.

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take care AnnetteX:)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Twit Woo, I Owl You

Hi all, just a quick post as it has taken me twice as long with doing a post for Rosanna so not going to waffle on too much, is that a huge sigh of relief I hear LOL! I have entered Delightful Inspiration Challenges for the first time, they give you this gorgeous digital image to play with and if you complete this challenge they give you another one for the next challenge, how cool is that. Did think of putting the sentiment I Owl You, but Rosanna wasn't keen, I think the card says it all. Firstly apologies to whom I visited one night whilst blogging and saw a tutorial on making these flowers using a heart punch, got to say theirs definately looked better, though they did use a nestie/spellbinder template, thought I had put them in the favourates to give them credit but can't find it. Did try machine stitching the ribbon around the heart, but failed and had to start again with sticky tape so I added diamond glitter to the sticky tape on the front of the heart.


Midnight Madness Sketch #39 - as above
Delightful Inspiration Feb - to use their digital image
Papertake Weekly - Love Actually
Crazy 4 Challenges #23 - Be My Valentine
Creative Card Crew #44 - Valentine
Belli Challenge #84 - Ribbons
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp #30 - Valentine
ABC Challenge - N for NEW - (charm, digi image, purple ribbon)
Inky Impressions #29 - Add a Charm/s
Tellens Place #4 - Tic Tac Toe, I chose Flowers, Punch and Bling
Crafty Creations #53 - To use Wings
La-La Land Challenges #24 - Use Hearts
Pollycraft #33- Things with Wings
C.R.A.F.T. #36 - Love or Valentine
Pile it On #5 - To the one I Love
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #1 - Hearts

Also entered this into Digital Doodles Challenge this week - Textures

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Rosanna's First Post and Challenges

Hi all, This post is for my daughter Rosanna (12) we had a couple of hours girly time together yesterday to play she wanted to create a card and enter it in some challenges, it had been fun crafting together this is all her own work and she even used my touch markers (first time LOL).

She studied my notebook and picked out which challenges she wanted to do and worked one of my favourate challenge blogs Midnight Madness Sketch Challenges. Didn't get to post today as we have had a family day and been to Geelong to the beach and a bonus hubby happened to spot Riot and Craft sign (then wished he hadn't lol) so added a few touch markers to the collection.

This is Rosanna's wonderful creation using a Softpencil Digital image. Not too blow her trumpet but I think she has done a fantastic job.


Midnight Madness Sketch #39 - as above
Belli Challenge #84 - Ribbons
Flutter by Wednesday #95 - Open
ABC Challenge - N for NEW - First Challenge, touchmarkers and charm
Inky Impressions #29 - Add a Charm/s
Tellens Place #4 - Tic Tac Toe, I chose Charm, Ribbon, Dewdrop
Crafty Creations #53 - To use Wings
La-La Land Challenges #24 - Use Hearts
Pollycraft #33- Things with Wings
Tuesday Taggers - A Bear and a touch of Red
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge #1 - Hearts

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take care Annette and RosannaX:)X:)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Just for Fun at Digital Doodling

Hi all, been meaning to get this one posted, Wendy at Digital Doodling has this challenge with a difference (Ends Feb 15th), you take a photo and place it onto a magazine cover at MagMyPic
its fun and whats more it is FREE. Also check out Wendy's blog too she has some lovely Digital Images.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

My First card as a DT for Doodle Palace

Hi all, here is my first card as a Doodle Palace Princess, I decided to choose the Toad image, did colour him darker originally but wasn't too keen so I coloured him lighter and Rosanna said looks more like a frog, anyway I think he is kinda cute, he will be available to purchase at Digital Doodle, please check out Dee and Robin's, wonder digitals images starting from only 99 cents.
I used touchmarkers to colour him and special effects to highlight parts of him also used on the waves along the bottom. The beautiful lily was a stencil we bought many years ago to decorate our bathroom and changed our minds, at least it has been used now, the lily is sponged using SU inks, also sponged around the edge. Please check out the other talented Princesses.

Couldn't decide which was best


Little Red Wagon #13 - Hearts

Cute Card Thursday 97- Blooming Gorgeous

Pile It On #4 - No more winter colours

The Corrosive Challenge Blog #49 - All you need is Love

Paper Popsicles - Love or Valentine

Easy Craft Projects Challenge #5 - Valentine for a man

Belli Challenge #83- Hearts

The Cute and Girly - Love

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Love Actually

Creative Card Crew #44 - Valentine

Digital Palace - New

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Monday, February 1, 2010


Hi all, oh I am soooooooo excited, yes I have been skipping again much to Morgan's amusement, hubby is just rolling his head LOL! I have been asked to be a member of the New Design Team at Doodle Palace, so I am now a Doodle Palace Princess (think I could fit Purple in there LOL, quite like the sound of Doodle Palace Purple Princess) Oh I have so been bursting to tell you all since Dee and Robin (designers of these gorgeous doodles) emailed me last Monday, yes last Monday had to keep mum for just over a week, didn't think I was going to make it LOL! Couldn't believe my eyes, thought it was a 'no job' still can't believe it GDT one week, then becoming a Princess the next, just so loving this wonderful crafting/blogging journey, you are all amazing wonderful ladies and so love spending this time in Cyber world with you all. I have listed all the new DT in my side bar, we will be starting on Wednesday with our first projects, I hope to give you a sneak peak soon, if hubby doesn't work me too hard LOL! Been very busy at work (only had time for my DT card) but, fantastic all our boxes tested to 10.5 bar with no leaks, fantastic news too! Got to be worth some new crafting supplies, some copics, would like to try distress inks too, oh the list is endless as I am sure many of yours are too LOL!

Also busy getting Rosanna and Morgan ready for their new school, only remembered (Saturday) hadn't taken their blazer sleeves up and thought I was so organised LOL! Anyway at time of writing they have had a wonderful day at school! Although Morgan wasn't too impressed with getting homework first day back.

Was going to try and schedule this for first thing in this morning but forgot to change the time when I first started posting and then it wouldn't copy and paste into another post, do any of you bloggers know what I am doing wrong or is this how it is? Much appreciated if anyone can help.
As only posted Tuesday at 9.00am buts says Monday night!!!!
Thanks for looking, happy crafting and take careX:) Yours extremely excited Princess Annette LOL (goes to show you are never too old to be a princess, unless you listen to the children) So sorry for waffle LOL promise to improve. Off to work now.
This is a link to the some of my Doodle Palace Creations