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Friday, 31 December 2010

My Last Card for 2010...Sugar Bowl Challenge ~ 50

I've managed to venture into my craft room today, the first time I've set foot in there in almost a month. But what a lovely time I've had playing and how much I've missed it.
I've been taking a little break from the Sugar Bowl so hadn't submitted a card for yesterdays challenge. So I thought I would follow the sketch for this card instead.


The image is another beautiful Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy, available to purchase HERE. The papers are Basic Grey Marjolaine, and the sentiment stamp is from LOTV.
The option is embossing, either dry or heat embossing but.....I forgot!


I rotated the sketch as my image was vertical and not horizontal.
Because it's the Sugar Bowls 2nd Birthday there are 2 prizes to be won this time. Each prize consists of Nestabilities and Sugar Nellie stamps with each prize worth over £50!

Before I go I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy and Healthy 2011, and to thank you all for your lovely comments since I started my blog back in April. I have met the most lovely people and made lots of new friends.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave.
Love Elaine xxx

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

My Fave Top 10 of 2010 and a Little News.

All over blogland I've seen peeps showing their favourite top 10 makes of the year, so I thought I'd join in.
I'll start off with this one.....


My most recent addiction to Sugar Nellies Simply Sassy range, and this little lady was the first image I coloured. I just love her face, she's so beautiful.


I love this Country Cousins Fairy, used here for a Christmas card but I'll be using her for birthday cards too. And I love the colour combo of red, pink and pale blue.


This was the Sugar Bowls sketch 39, and I used an old Elisabeth Bell image that had never seen any ink.
The sketch was by Lilian, and at first I really didn't like the sketch as there was little room left for adding any embellies, but once I'd finished the card I fell in love with Lils sketch which really makes the image the focal point. Clever Lils!


Another Simply Sassy called Bella Bunting. I love how my colouring came out on this one, and the gorgeous Websters Pages papers from my buddy Amanda.


I needed a wedding card and quickly! The only wedding image I possess is this LOTV stamp. Very quick and easy to colour and teamed with another of this years fave papers, Ella Blue.


"It's your Birthday, whether you like it or not!"
This was hubbys birthday card. I find making mens cards so difficult, but Phil loved my silly card.


Another Country Cousins image. This little girl is a really sweetie and I sent this Christmas card to a sweet friend in Norway.


My favourite stamp for Christmas 2009 and favourite papers too, so I dug them out and used them for the Sugar Nellie blog hop in September.


A much older stamp this time. One of the engineers who worked with us asked me to make a card for his Mums birthday. She loved it and he got extra brownie points.


Lastly, another Country Cousins image. I just love the sweet image and another set of my fave papers.
What I have learnt over the course of this year is that my cards are pretty simple and that's what I like doing best.
Now on to the bits of news: My Mum had a lovely Birthday. I sent a link to my blog to my Dad, and Mum read the comments. I did get a bit of a telling off for putting her photo on, but she was so grateful for all your good wishes and lovely comments. She said 'You do know some really lovely people', and I agree.

I have stepped down from my position on the Sugar Nellie DT, amid floods of tears! But things have been so busy here that my crafting time has been radically reduced to almost zero, and I don't have the time to make all the samples that I am supposed to make. The last thing I want to do is let Karen down after all that she has done for me, so I felt the only option was to leave. I will be forever grateful to you Karen for this wonderful opportunity and for all the fun I've had, and I know I will miss it.
I have stayed on at the Sugar Bowl (thank you Sugar Mama) but taken a little break. I'll be back again soon.
Lastly, I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and I hope Santa brought you lots of lovely goodies.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave.
Love Elaine xxx

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Happy Birthday Mum!

Christmas is nearly upon us but today I thought I'd post a photo of my Mum as it's her birthday.
It's such a good job that Mum doesn't read my blog or else I'd be getting a telling off! She will not be at all pleased that I've popped a picture on for all to see ha!


Now a lady never likes to have her age revealed so I've been a good and dutiful daughter and NOT told anyone that it's her 79th Birthday. Darn it, that just slipped out!
Happy Birthday Mum, hope you have a lovely day.

I would also like to wish all my lovely blogging buddies a very Merry Christmas. Whatever you are wishing for I hope that Santa brings it for you.
Take care and wrap up warm.
Love Elaine xx

Sunday, 19 December 2010

OH NO! It's nearly Christmas.......

How did that happen? I really don't know how Christmas has managed to creep up on me so quickly this year. I am usually quite organised but somethings gone terribly wrong. This time last week I hadn't bought a single gift but I've managed to get some shopping done now. I still have gifts to buy yet so I think I'm in for a busy week.
I hope the snow isn't too bad in your part of the world. We had another drop of the white stuff on Friday but nothing like the amounts in Scotland and Ireland.

I thought I'd better post something in case everyone thought I'd gone into hibernation for the winter. I wish!
I've not had the time nor energy to venture into my craft room for the past fortnight so in the absence of anything new to post I thought I'd show the card I made way back in September. It's a VERY simple card, no colouring at all and not what I would normally make. I made it to give to my hubby last Wednesday. It was the anniversary of when we first met, 20 years ago. Oh my goodness, that makes me feel so old!


Yep, very simples. The words are from Paper Makeup, and the DP is Memory Box and that's it!

My little Christmas candy's have now all finished. One lady has mentioned that she thought she had seen a photo of kit 2 when I first wrote about the candy's?
Yes indeed, I did have kit 2 earmarked for a candy but time is passing so quickly, so after the winner for No4 candy was picked I parcelled up the remaining hAnglar kit 2 and sent it off into blogland. I hope it will be a nice surprise for someone when they receive the parcel.
Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave.
Love Elaine xx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

hAnglar and stAnglar Christmas Candy Number 4 WINNER

Oooo I'm running late again today, so apologies for the delay in announcing the winner of the Christmas candy number 4. Without any further delay........


......Many congratulations go to Erika (Snappycrafts) if you can please EMAIL ME with your full postal address and I'll get these little babies in the post to you. Mind you, I think I'll put some snow boots and thick winter coats on them first! The weather up in Scotland has been really dreadful and I don't know if it's improved any?
A big 'Thank you' to everyone who took the time to enter.
Love Elaine xx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

hAnglar and stAnglar Christmas Candy Number 4

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Ok, so as promised I'm back with candy number 4. I believe this kit was marketed as Christmas stamps, but I don't think the girl and boy are particularly Christmassy and since they are holding a heart I would use them for anything vaguely romantic eg Valentines day, anniversary, just to say I love you etc.

                                                            Kit 18

There is only one rule in order to enter the candy, you must be a follower.
You can post my candy on your blog if you so wish, but it's not a requirement in order to enter. I know some peeps don't like to fill their sidebars up with candy.
Candy is open worldwide, I will mark as a gift but I am not liable for any customs/duties that some countries impose.
To enter, please click on the blue froggy.
Thanks for looking and good luck!
Love Elaine xx


Saturday, 4 December 2010

hAnglar and stAnglar Christmas Candy Number 3 WINNER

Before I get back to the doing the jobs I'm supposed to be doing (cleaning) I thought I'd get the winner drawn for the Christmas candy number 3. So without any further waffling.........


........Many congratulations go to Yvonne (Yvonne's card corner). If you can please EMAIL ME with your full postal address and I'll get these little babies shipped to you.
I'm not exactly sure where Yvonne lives, is it the Netherlands? It would be nice if I'm right, then one set has gone to the USA, one has stayed in the UK and one to the Netherlands. I wonder where the 4th set will end up?
I'll be back again tomorrow with the 4th Christmas candy - I dare not post three times in one day, people will be fainting from the shock!
Thank you to everyone who entered.
Love Elaine xx

Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy Blog Hop.

A big welcome to my contribution for the Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy blog hop.
I LOVE blog hops! They are one of my favourite ways to while away a little time and garner some inspiration.
"If you never did, you should. These hops are fun and fun is good!"  I love Dr Seuss too.

So I hope you've all grabbed a cuppa and snuggled down ready for some fun.
You should have arrived here from the gorgeous delights on Judy's Blog to be on the right track, but if not - or if you get a little lost along the way - then please head on over to the Sugar Nellie Blog where Karen will have a list of all the DT members and the order they go in.
I absolutely ADORE all the Sassy stamps and I can never wait to see what the next release will bring. They are just so beautiful and very sassy and set 3 is no exception. And there's......BOYS in this one too!
These stamps are being sold in sets of 2, one girl and one boy in each, for a very sweet price.

For my card I've used Number 1 fan stamp and Fit and Flirty, available to buy HERE. See, I told you they are fabulous! As always they've been coloured with DI's. The DP's are a very old set of Cloud 9 called baby boy and the sentiment is from Paper Makeup.
Because I've not been very well for the last few weeks I hadn't joined in with the current Sugar Bowl Challenge and it is such a lovely sketch so I used it for this card instead.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today and the next step is to hop on over to Donalda's Blog where there will be another fabulous feast for your eyes.
Now I'm going to grab myself a cuppa, snuggle down in bed for an extra hour and go and follow the hop myself.
Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave.
Have a great weekend, love Elaine xx

hAnglar and stAnglar Christmas Candy Number 3

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Ok, so I'm back with candy number 3.
For no particular reason whatsoever, the next candy is.......

                                        
                                                                        Kit 14

There's a couple of sentiments in this kit that hAnglar didn't show on the picture, I think they are 'Skateboard' and 'Hiphop'.
In order to enter you must be a follower, the only exception is for my regular non blogging buddies - yep Sandra, that's you again, and my regular emailers - yep Pamela that's you!
You can post my candy on your blog if you so wish, but it's not a requirement in order to enter. I know some peeps don't like to fill their sidebars up with candy.
Candy is open worldwide, I will mark as a gift but I am not liable for any customs/duties that some countries impose.
To enter, please click on the blue froggy.
Thanks for looking and good luck!
Love Elaine xx