Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my little part of the world. Please feel free to have a look around and leave me a message. You'll be updated monthly if not sooner as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over at our monthly challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and see what they have created just for you. Thanks so much for looking at my creations which is a special time just for me.
Hugs to everyone



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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #143

Doodle Pantry

***Happy Leap Day Everyone***

Wow what a week don't they say if it doesn't rain it pours?
I had a call from my son last Tuesday evening saying he had hurt his arm he was playing on a scooter at school, did a jump and fell off.  Went to the school nurse and thought it was badly bruised.  On the Wednesday I went to his school swimming sports, he's a swimmer and was really looking forward for this day to come.  He won most of his heats but his times were slower than normal and that evening he practised water polo, at one stage I saw him sitting on the edge of the pool favouring his arm.  So I took him to A & E and then on to X-Ray and found out it was broken and he had been swimming all day with a broken arm, he didn't want to tell me because he wanted to swim.......Don't you just love them.....
A cast was put on Wednesday evening and he went back on the Friday evening to check that the swelling had gone down and to get a waterproof cast on as he and my dear hubby were on school camp on the Sunday morning.  Number 2 son was also on camp this week so I had to start packing for all three which was a mission and a half as well as a large container of home baking.  Summer, winter, wet weather and thermal gear had to be packed as the climate can change within minutes on the mountain, it was never ending.  
Liam and William have gone to the middle of the North Island for school camp they are doing The Tongariro Alpine Crossing,  Abseiling, Tramping, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Mountain Biking, Camping out over night and the Hot Thermal Pools.

Mount Tongariro

The Creator Lake

My youngest son is at Lake Taupo also on camp.
Lake Taupo
The middle mountain is Mt Tongariro  the boys are about 100km down the road from each other.  Lake Taupo is a Volcanic Lake and is situated in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.
Ryan's group was meant to be Kayaking today.

Well today is Sweet Sketch Wednesday and congratulations to our winner and our top 3 great cards everyone.
 Arlana has this most awesome sketch I just couldn't wait to make my card and soon as I got my image I had to make it, my card has been made for weeks in advance.

Sketch #143

This week Doodle Pantry is our sponsor they have just so many amazing images to choose from you're spoilt for choice.  Some images are also pre-coloured mine isn't I've coloured my own image.

“I am simply thrilled and so thankful to be able to sponsor Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge! We have a wide variety of whimsical characters as well as realistic scenery, floral images, scriptures and a small selection of digitally pre-coloured images. My digital doodles have a special place in my life, and I enjoy the opportunity to share them with everyone at affordable prices.”

Laurie is offering our very lucky winner 

3 Digital Images
of the winner choice
wow there are so many you won't know what to choose........
Don't forget to visit Doodle Pantry


Don't forget to drop by our Design Diva's and check out their amazing cards here at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Card Ingredients:

Base: White SU
Coloured Card: Green Bazzill and Gold Paper from Rosie's Studio
Colour Medium: Copics, Gold gel pen
Image: Doodle Pantry Topiary Seasons
Tools: Glue, Hot Melt Glue, Pop Dots, Glue Dots
Embellishments: Gold Ribbon, Green Leaves and Red and Gold ribbon all from my stash.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week crafting and I can't wait to see your creations using this awesome sketch.


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #142

Bugaboo Stamps
Stella Peeker Braless 

Wow I'm so excited this week one of my cards is going to be show cased over at Bugaboo Stamps how exciting is that?  Well it's Wednesday and I've down all day at my son's swimming sports.  I don't know who is more nerves them or me?  I love watching both of them swim but at the end of the day, it's the best swimmer on the day.  It's also Sweet Sketch Wednesday and Arlana has another wonderful sketch for you to work with which it's totally awesome.  Congratulations to our winner this week and our Top 3 cards, it was lovely seeing and commenting  on a lot more cards this week.

Sketch #142

I've made two cards with the same image as I couldn't decide which one I liked the most so posted both of them.
Here's Stella with her
Incy Wincy Polka Dot Bikini or Bra and it's not so
Incy or Wincy is it????

This week we have one of my favourite sponsors which is 
Jodie from Bugaboo Stamps.
The design team are lucky enough to select our own images, use  Arlana's amazing sketch and see what we created.
Bugaboo Stamps:

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!

If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.

Our links are:

Catch the bug Challenge blog:http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.com/

Jodie's generous prize this week is 

Prize: 7 digi stamps

 that value $21

What an awesome prize.

I really can't wait to see what you all create

 this week using this awesome sketch and if you 

have a Bugaboo Stamp that would be good to

 see that as well.

When you have a moments don't forget to drop

 by Sweet Sketch Wednesday and see what our

 wonderful design team have created just for

 you this week.

Card Ingredients:

Base: White SU card stock
Coloured Card: Black and Hot Pink Bazzill
Design Papers: Black and White Gingham is printed off a free download I have on my computer, and the black white and grey is unknown with no name, Bra Paper Pieced using Pavlova Papers
Colour Medium: Copic's and Black Embossing Pen
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Square, Scalloped Squares, Hot Melt Glue Gun, Pop Dots
 Flowers, Lace and Hot Pink ribbon and gems from my stash

Card Ingredients:
Base: White SU
Coloured Card: Mauve and Lime Green Bazzill
Design Papers: Mauve and Lime Green Pavlova Papers, Kaiser Paper for Stella's Bra which is paper pieced.
Colour Medium: Copic's and Black Embossing Pen
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Square, Scalloped Square,Hot melt glue gun, pop dots.

Flowers, Mauve Ribbon and Lace, Pearls all from my stash

I just love this image it was so much fun creating these cards and I hope you like them too.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week crafting and I'm looking for to seeing your creations.


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #141

DigiStamp Boutique

Hi everyone today is 15 February the day after Valentine's Day and I thought I would make my dear hubby a Masculine Valentine's Card and by looking at my masculine card you can see that I completely lost my Mojo.  I had plans to try different colours this year and I love seeing other artists using Pink and Chocolate together and their cards always turn out so pretty.  Pink and Brown are really not my colours and the funny thing is they are two colours together that I definitely wouldn't wear in the way of clothing either.   But isn't this such a cute image from DigiStamp Boutique there is a set of them call 
"The Prickles" there's Ma, Pa and Benson very cute.

Re our rules at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  We would love you to use our sponsors images but if you don't have one you can use what you have on your crafting table.  If you are unsure go to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and check out our rules.

Arlana has another amazing sketch this week

Sketch #141

My Card using Ma Prickles with roses.

This week the design team have been working with wonderful images from the lovely Sally Ann Hancock the owner of DigiStamp Boutique.  Sally Ann is our regular monthly sponsor she's so amazing.

This week she is offering our very lucky, winner

6 Digi's
 of the winners choice
 from her online store.

You  can check out Sally Ann's images here

Now it's time to check out what our wonderful design team Diva's have created with images from
Digistamp Boutique
 you can find them here at 

Card Ingredients

Base: White SU
Card: Pink Bazzill and Chocolate textured paper
Design Paper:  American Crafts The Goods Lil'Lady double sided stripes and plain pink.
Colour Medium: Copics
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Nestabilites, Oval, Fancy Oval, Square, Scalloped Square
Embellishments: Chocolate organza ribbon and stickers from Roses Studios 

Wishing everyone a wonderful fun week crafting and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations this week.


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #140-47

The Stamping Boutique 

Good morning everyone, well it was a bank holiday on Monday here is New Zealand and being a short week I always forget what day it is......old age.
Today is Wednesday 8th February and it's 
Congratulations to last weeks winner and our Top 3 entrants.
This week Arlana is showcasing a sketch from the past it was in May 2010 I've attached a photo of my entry OH how my work has changed since then.  Don't forget
 Sweet Sketch Wednesdays new rules you can check them out here.

Sketch #140-47

Here's my card from a Blast from the Past for Sketch # 47
in May 2010

This week we have Tracey Malnofski the owner of 
The Stamping Boutique as our sponsor.

Tracey Malnofski's resume reads like a who's who of the Stamping Industry. Besides being the owner and a designer for The Stamping Boutique, she's also a stamp artist for Unity Stamp Company and has also worked for InStyle Stamps, Squigglefly, and The Digi Shack. She's a professional artist and an active member of the Artist' Guild in her community.Tracey has quite a busy household with a husband, 3 teenagers, 5 mini-dachshunds and an Appaloosa mare. It's noisy, but she loves them all. Her "Boutique" has it all - fairytale, whimsy, sentimental . . . and Candy! 

Here's what Tracey says about her Stamping Boutique.

"The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality, as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best. Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor this week.

Store: http://thestampingboutique.com/
Challenge Blog:http://thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Monthly Challenge:http://thestampingboutiquechallengeblog.blogspot.com/p/monthly-contest.html

Tracey is offering our lucky winner this week

3 Digi's
 of the winner choice.
Tracey has some really yummy images to choose from so drop by and check it out for your self.

Don't forget to pop over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and see what our Design Diva's have created just for you this week.

Card Ingredients:

1. White SU card for the base
2. Pink and Green Bazzill
3. Design papers Crafter's Choice Garden Pack.
4. Image is Flower Cart from The Stamping Boutique
5. Colour Medium Copics, Silver Gel pen.
6. Tools, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities fancy label, flourish, fancy circle, pop dots, glue dots.
7. Sentiment is PC generated using Papyrus font.
8. Embellishments ribbon which is years old from my stash and gems.

Crafty Sentiments Designs: Let's Get Girly

Thanks for dropping buy I love reading your comments and answering your emails.  I've had some lovely questions asking me where I get my blog headers from, 99% of the time they are from photo's I've taken and this month it's another photo of our pond on a rainy day, last Friday it a different view from last time and it  doesn't show the bridge from this shot as I was standing on it and our bridge is covered in greenery as the Wisteria has stopped flowering at this time of year.

Take care and have a lovely week.  


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #139

Elisabeth Bell

Good morning everyone.  Well summer is really here now and the boys are back at school.  It's been very warm here in the last week or two.  The problem is we don't get the dry heat we get very high humidity which I think is worse. 
 Today is Wednesday and that means it's the 1st of February already and it's Sweet Sketch Wednesday.  Congratulations to last weeks winner and our top 3.  Our entries were down on previous weeks which is a little to be expected with our new rules . Don't forget them I'll put them on the bottom of this posting.

Arlana has another lovely sketch for you this week and it's just so good because it really shows off all of our wonderful design papers.

Sketch #139

My card using Sketch #139 and the image
Lots of Love
 by Elisabeth Bell Designs

This week Elisabeth Bell Designs are our sponsors 

 our lucky winner will receive not 1
but 2
of her wonderful images the design team used.

My Prince

If you haven't seen Elisabeth Bell's amazing images before here are her details:


Don't forget to drop by the design team Diva's and see what they created using these images they all look awesome and you can find them here.

Lots of Love 

Base: White SU Card
Design Papers: DCWV The Mango Frost Matstack
Image: Lots of Love from Elisabeth Bell Designs
Colour Medium: Copic's
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Squares, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Hot Melt Glue Gun

Embellishments: Peach and Silver Satin Ribbon and Flowers from my stash.

Challenges I'm entering:
Elphine House Anything Goes (must be an Elisabeth Bell Image)

 To be eligible for the prizes, we ask that you create a card 

using our sponsor's images. So for this week,

 please create your cards with Elisabeth Bell Designs.  We also 

ask that you follow the sketch as it's shown without rotating or

 flipping it and please include the sketch

 image in your post.  More details on the new challenge and

 guidelines are over at

Wishing everyone an awesome week crafting and I'm so looking forward to seeing your creations.