Sunday, 26 June 2011

I'm late for a very important date!

Evening All!

I am so sorry this is late! eeek! Been having 'puter problems... but I am back now, if not a little late!
We have a new challenge for you this week, its Sunday and you know what that means!

We had so many awesome entrants into our fathers day/ male challenge last week! Dont forget to check back on the challenge blog to see if you were one of lucky winners!

This fortnight we have an eaaaaaaasy peasy challenge for you!

Use Ribbon

Ya ha! And we have the most AMAZING sponsor and prize!
We are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons and one lucky winner could win this:

How freakin' awesome is that!
So onto my creation for this challenge!
As you may know by now... my sister in law is getting married! Have I mentioned that yet ;)
Anyway... she has a few children coming to the wedding and wanted something to entertain them during the wedding breakfast and the speeches!

I saw a really awesome creation by Crafty Anny here. That is what I based my colouring book creation on!

I created 5 little colouring books to keep the little ones occupied! I used the complete set of Murtle and Shelly set from Digi Stamp Boutique HERE. They were awesome fun to colour, and as my sister in law has two tortoises, Esio and Trot hehe! I couldnt resist using the tortoises :)

I thought the personalization made it more unique to them, rather than just a colouring book! Inside there are 20 images taken from the awesome colouring pages website and they will have a little bucket with some crayons and pencils etc. Really sweet!

Here is the inside of one of them.... I wasnt sure what to put on the inside so decided to leave it blank.... I guess my sister can add something if she wants too!

The packs are tied together with white ribbon, they look so sweet all together!

These were incredibly cheap to make! And so much more fun than just buying a colouring book! Woo Hoo

Anyway I do hope you will join us for our challenge! We all love ribbon, right? You've got 2 weeks to create something ribbony! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Moving on to......

The Card Ingredients

Stamps:Murtle and Shelly collection from Digi Stamp Boutique

Inks and things: Coloured using Marvy le plume pens
Papers: All card from stash.

Odds and Sods:Various ribbons from stash

Lastly I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Digi Stamp Boutique: June customer creations
Crafty Pad: Bold and Bright or soft pastels (Bold and Bright)
Digis With Attitude: Anything Goes
Prairie Fairy: Wedding (Colouring Books are for the wedding)
Rainbow Lady: Digi Day
Southern Girls: Anything Goes
Divas By Design: Anything But A card
Scrapbook Sisters: Anything Goes
Everybody Art: Anything Goes
Scrap Creations: Animal or jungle

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend!
Be back soon

Love Jennie

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Dinner Stars

Evening all!

I hope you all had a great weekend!?
The wedding was lovely! Unfortunately It rained, and rained, and rained, and rained! So we never got to go outside but that didn't ruin the atmosphere! It was truly lovely! So very romantic! The bride looked stunning :)

I'm not sure what they thought of the box as I don't think they got chance to see it before we left, but I hope it didn't get squashed amongst all the presents *eek*

Anyway... onto something new!
A while ago I posted pictures of the mountains of invitations I had been creating for my sister in law's wedding... I can't quite believe but it is now less then a month away!!

It's Hen Party time now, and I have organised a nice dinner evening and needed to send out some invitations for the event. I tried to keep it nice and simple, those invites took forever and I've still got the name cards, table plan and order of services to do ;)

So this is my design! As you can see really simple! I've pixelated the details, sorry about that! I've used my bigshot to create the stars that sit on the top and its just a process of matting and layering the black and red card. The stripes across the bottom are from a set of papers called Ladybug from My Grafico.

Here is the star design on the top of the invites. I had fun using my new machine, and I now have my spellbinders tan embossing mats so yay! As you can see from the picture on the left I can now do pretty embossing too!

Even though I mainly wanted the Big Shot for cutting circles, I know how silly of me! The stars are my favourite and most used die so far :)

So on the right is a picture of all of the invites, ready to be posted out in the morning. I am going to be so sad when my sister in law's wedding has come and gone. Creating all of the stationary has brought back all the lovely memories of creating mine with my mum. Can't believe it's 4 years this year!

Anyway that's enough from me and my memories for one evening! Leaves me to give you the card details!

The Card Ingredients

Stamps: None

Inks and things: Printer Ink
Papers:Black and Red card from Paper Mill Direct. The stripe is from a set called Lady Bug from MY Grafico

Odds and Sods: Spellbinders star dies, big shot.


I would like to enter these invitations into the following challenges:

Fairy Fun Fridays: Wedding
The Crazy Challenge: Wedding
Totally Papercrafts: Die cuts or punches
Delightful Challenges: Anything Goes
DYSU: Stars!
Everybody Art: Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts: Use Red
Daisy Doodles: Stars and Stripes
Hooked on Craft: Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs: Simply Red!

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!
Love and Hugs

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Who's Getting Married In The Morning?

... Well Not Me! Hehe
But my hubby's cousin is and I am rather excited! In fact I am on my way there now as this post is going out :)

I've been thinking about this card for a long hard while! I've seen something around that I've wanted to have a go at for a while. Thanks to my lovely friend Melly from Mel's Craft Room I was able to give it a go!

I'm talking about exploding boxes! Yup, I know I've done one before but this is a wedding exploding box! With a cake and everything! I've admired them for a long time! In fact this particular one was inspired by a post I saw at Lisa's at My craft Empire. Her box is most definitely! Wowzer!

So here is my shot at the Wedding Exploding box... Well a teaser picture first! I made a kind of set of two creations so we could actually leave them a message. There isn't really room to write in the box :)

Can you guess the theme? LOL!? Well I actually... I don't know if its the theme or not! The invitations had butterflies on and they were purple and pink but I've heard nothing else about the Wedding.... but hey it can't mean they hate them right!? 

Before I move onto the box.. a little detail about the accompanying card.... The BG paper is handmade by stamping lots of butterflies onto white card. The butterflies are from a Papermania set HERE.
The big butterfly is printed and coloured using brush markers from Papermania. The big butterfly is by AI Factory. This is one of my all time favourite sets from AI factory. So versatile.

So anyway! Card over! Onto the main event... The Box.... Okay I'm ready to put you out of your misery now ;)

There's the box! I'm really chuffed with how it came out! The dimensions of the box is 4" x 4" so it's quite big! But looks so magnificent. My hubby asked if we could keep it hehe!

As you can see much of the detail of the actualy sides of the box is repeated from the card. I used the same big butterfly and printed it 3 times. The butterfly background paper was again the same.

I've got some close up pictures of the cake itself! 

Its 3 tiers and each tier's size is 7cm x 7cm, 5cm x 5cm and 3cm x 3cm. Its essentially 3 lids stacked on top of one another!

I did wonder how it would all stay together, but magically it does, although I wouldn't want to be throwing it around all night!

Each of the tiers are wrapped in purple ribbon and have faux pearls stuck around them. As you can see each tier also has 4 flowers on each corner and a purple flower on the top.

I really wanted to do butterflies as per the lovely example by Lisa I posted earlier... But could I find a butterfly stamp anywhere... NO!

I swear whenever I don't need one its all I see... But when I went out looking for one I couldn't find one at all!

So there you have it Ladies and Gent's my first attempt at a Wedding Exploding Box. My next mission is to transport it to the wedding without squishing it...... And no I don't think I'll be making a box to put the box in hehehe!

Hope you've enjoyed taking a look and that I haven't whittered on too much! I've had plenty of caffeine to keep me going tonight... And I've still got to pack yet! Whoooops!

So that's it for now!

The Card Ingredients

Stamps: Butterfly Flourishes by AI Factory. Small butterfly clear stamps by Papermania.

Inks and things: Whispers Ink Pads and Papermania brush markers.
Papers: The Purple and Pink card is coredinations from my local craft shop. The butterfly paper is hand made.

Odds and Sods: Faux pearls, ribbons and flowers from stash! Sentiments created in word using Angelina font


I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Hooked on Craft Challenges: Anything Goes
Make it Monday: Anything Goes
Stamp with Fun: Pearls and Flowers
Theres Magic In the Air: Elements Included: Ribbons/Pearls/Flowers
Craft Your Days Away: Monochrome
Guylous: Monochrome
Patties Creation: Fathers Day or Wedding
The Poodles Parlour: Anything Goes
Stampavie: Butterflies
Scrap Creations: Anything Goes
The Cheerful Stamp: Things With Wings
Crazy Challenge: Monochromatic
ABC Challenge: W is for Wedding

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I won't be about but I'll be back to check up on all your blogs when I return!

Much love


Happy Bird-Day

Squawky Squawk! Hello my lovely crafters How are we all today? Has there been ANYYYYYYTHING at all that may have given you a hint as to what this card may contain?? *chuckles*

So I have been perusing the world wide web, as one does and was browsing the CDAC site when I came across a shiny designer!

Make way people for the one and only

Lia Stampz, digital stamps

Okay.... are you back with me now? Good! You can go and visit Lia again soon!
Now how awesome are those cutey-patootie designs! ya ha! Like soooo totally quirky cute! I had one of those rare moments looking at the site going ... ohhh I like that, and that... and that.... and that.... and that.... you get my drift ya? Before I knew it I was in sweet Lia Love!

Now Lia isn't new to designing, looking at her blog shes been around a while but she is finally getting the recognition she deserves! And to tie in with this she will soon be starting a challenge blog and is looking for some Design Team members!

I could not resist! So armed with Kiki the Parrot and an upcoming birthday I got in my crafting perch and created this:

How cuteeeeeeee is kiki! And so versatile, it took me a good few attempts to get the colours I wanted for kiki but finally settled on Green and Yellow!

I coloured Kiki using my coloursoft pencils again.... new favourite or WHAT!? And the yellow paper was embossed using my shiny new texturz plates!

The letters I typed in word over the green colouring and printed and cut them out. I VERY carefully used double sided tape to attach them in the right order! Hahaha! Clumsy me would most definitely have switched a few letters around tehehe!

The finishing touches come in the form of Kiki's eyes! I wanted to bring 'em alive a bit so used some varnish to give them some sparkle!

You can just about see it in this photo here! Oh I had so much fun with Kiki! I have 3 more versions printed out and ready to colour.. I'm thinking a bit of Blue and Red might be awesome! And also wouldnt Kiki work well as an owl? So versatile!

Lia's DT Call is open until June 30th and all of the details can be found HERE

I do hope you've enjoyed my little creation and introduction to Lia!

This just leaves me with:

the Card Ingredients

Stamps: Kiki by Lia Stampz

Inks and things: Coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil and tortillons
Papers: Yellow and Black card from Paper Mill Direct

Odds and Sods: Anitas Varnish, Texturz Plates. Sentiment font is TypewriterHand.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happileigh Scrappin  - Embossing
Stampin For the Weekend:  Lemon and Lime Colours
Goin Grey with scrap creations: Anything Goes!
The Cheerful Stampad: Things With Wings
Creative Stamp Friends: Birthday
KB Cute monday: Anything Goes
Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central: Embossing
Sweet Stamps: Embossing

Have a wonderful day.
Love and Hugs

Monday, 13 June 2011

Ants on Parade

Yay Its another father's Day card!
This time Laurie Wilsons Ant's are the star of the show. These critters are the most adorable ever! And such a dream to colour :)

I used a colour palette from the Come and Get it Challenge blog for this card! 
I wanted to keep it clean and simple! Those ants are too adorable to not be the centre of attention hehe :)

I used some glossy varnish on the trumpet and the gold parts of their marching hats which you can see in this picture:

I used my shiny new coloursoft pencils again to colour this along with the baby oil/paper stump technique. This is my new favourite at the moment. I've always wanted to try it and never had the right pencils!

Here is one more photo of the Ants on their parade! This awesome set also comes with sheep and birds! You should check it out :)

I added the words Dad on to the flag using GIMP. The flag comes blank but with some sentiments which can go in there included! Laurie thinks of everything :)

I would love to enter these cute ants into the following challenges:

Come and Get It Challenge: Colour
Doodle Pantry: Use a DP image and include any papercraft materials
Saturday Challenge: A male card
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle: Fathers Day
Alphabet Challenge: F for Fathers Day
Delicious Doodles: Fathers Day
Fussy and Fancy: Card for a boy or man
Designed 2 Delight: Going Buggy
Simply Create: All about you Dad!
Wags N Whiskers: One for the boys
C.R.A.F.T: Fathers Day
Craft us Crazy: Fathers Day or masculine
Paper Play: Fathers Day / Male card
Crafting for all seasons: Fathers Day
Sisterhood of Crafters: Celebrating dad/special man in your life
Creative Inspiration: Fathers Day or card for dad
Marks Finest Papers: Fathers Day
One Stop Craft: Fathers Day
The Kraft Journal: Fathers Day and Kraft

That's an awful lot of fathers day challenges <3

Lastly of course is

Onto the Card Ingredients

Stamps:Critter Parade by Doodle Pantry

Inks and things: Coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil and tortillons
Papers: Kraft paper and black card from stash

Odds and Sods: Anitas Varnish, Card Kandy, sentiment printed using Hand Typewriter font

Hope you all have a wonderful evening.

Lots of Love


Sunday, 12 June 2011

Choo Choo

Good morning crafters!

Hope you are all well on this fine Sunday morning!
And yes it's Sunday! And do you know what Suday brings? A new challenge at Dream Valley!

Fathers Day

In the UK Father's day falls on Sunday 19th! Next Sunday.
So for these two weeks we would like to see your Father's Day creations!
We have TWO prizes up for grabs this week for you lucky people!

Up first is a £10 voucher for One Stop Card Crafts !
AND Karen's Doodles are offering 3 digi stamps of your choice!! WOWZER!!!!!

So It's worth it don't you think!
So here is my card for the DT.

I absolutely adore this stamp by the AWESOME Mo Manning! (See link below) and I coloured it using my new Coloursoft Pencils.... First time using them! Not too bad hehe
Here is a closer picture:

I also used these fabulous tickets that I had in my collection! They are so apt! (Unfortunately I have no idea where I got them from)

I distressed the edges a little bit as I did on the main image too!

I used a great sketch to compile this card from Inkspirations

So do come and join us! You have 2 weeks to join us and I know you must all have some wonderful creations to share with us :)

Onto the Card Ingredients

Stamps:The Engineer by Mo Manning

Inks and things: Coloursoft pencils blended with baby oil and tortillons
Papers: Starbrite collection from 2 Peas in a bucket

Odds and Sods:Fathers Day Tickets, Ranger Distress ink pad

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Inkspirations: Sketch 
C.R.A.F.T: Fathers Day
Craft Us Crazy: Fathers Day/ Masculine
Paper Play: Fathers Day
Crafting For All Seasons: Fathers Day
Sisterhood of Crafters: Special Man In your life/Dad
The Paper Variety: For The Guys
Celebrate the occasion: Fathers Day
Flourishes: Fathers Day
Stamp Scrap and Doodle: Fathers Day
Alphabet Challenge: F For Fathers Day
Delicious Doodles: Fathers Day
Simply Create: All about you Dad
Crazy4challenges: Masculine card/project
Marks Finest Papers: Fathers Day
One Stop Craft Challenge: Fathers Day

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Everybody's starry-eyed

Afternoon all!
Guess who is back!?
Ya ha it's me! And I have a card and eveeeeeeerything!

Before I go to that I will apologise for my very long absence, hubby and I have had an awful lot going on... I won't bore you with it but it looks like everything is going to be okay :) suffice to say time was not plentiful and unfortunately I had to quit two of my design teams... *sob*

I hope everyone here is well and I will be having a loooooooong look at all of your blogs again soon!

So that's that!
Now on to shiny card!

This card is for my brother-in-law to be! Paul is red and black and star mad! Hehe so this card is custom built for him!
It was my birthday last week and my wonderful hubby got me this:

** swoooooon ** I have already used and abused it! Star nesties and lots of shiny embossing folders!
So the card!

I had so much fun with this card! I followed the awesome sketch at Papercraft Star
The stars were done using my new shiny nesties! 
Here is a couple of close ups

The funky letters were PAINFULLY cut from my awesome letters from Pink Petticoat! (Link below) I use these letters so much! Although my poor printer squeals every time I print them in black! I tried to do a couple of sticks coming out of the stars almost making it look guitar-y! He is a bit Rock 'N' Roll! 

A bit of black bakers twine to tie it all together and I am done! Its very much his style!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Papercraft Star: Sketch + Masculine
Fussy and Fancy: Card for a male
Mami Doodles: Card for a man/boy
The Stamp Man: Card for a man/boy
DYSU: Birthday
Stamp Insanity: Masculine
Wags N Whiskers: One for the boys
Ladybug Crafts: All about the men!
AI Factory : New (my shiny new Big Shot)
And lastly, but not least:

Onto the Card Ingredients

Stamps: None!

Inks and things: Black printer ink!
Papers: Black and Red card from the Paper Mill Shop

Odds and Sods: Star nesties, Cuttlebug nautical stars embossing folder, Pink Petticoat tiny typed alphas, Black bakers twine from the Ribbon Girls.

Its really good to be back!
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend