Sunday, July 31, 2011

a laid back teddy...

Good morning everyone...firstly a deep apology I have been so busy I didn't get around to a fraction of you wonderful people that I wanted too, I love to look at your blogs and leave comments but I just ran out of time...soz when I get back there will be a Bunny Zoe's monthly Candy and then a little candy from me to show I appreciate every single one of my commenter's and people who visit me....well all being well we should be packing to go to the farmhouse now and I have even persuaded my wonderful Phil to take a detour to Belfast and hit Ikea and BHS to buy a mattress and look at lighting...oh and you never know he may even take me out for lunch...although knowing Phil it will probably be a a hot dog at Ikea gorgeous is this fabulous Teddybo image called Bo's Bubbly Smiles, its a set of three so loads more for me to play with...I coloured him with distress inks and yes even managed to use the dreaded red on him...this lush lush paper is just a half sheet of Jillibean Soup paper, its from the New England Chowder range and is called Fresh Thyme...I wish I had bought more of this lush range when I got it...I finished with a ribbon and sentiment from my how daft am I as I based all my cards for posting on challenge and I'm not here to enter the cards for the challenges am I...well duh Mina...although one of you kind ladies could always pop my cards onto the challenge if you have time...this sketch is from the Inspiration Card Sketches challenge...right I'm off to finish gathering things to take with us so have a wonderful week everyone and don't forget to pop by as there will be something new every day as usual...a friend said to me I'm like Disneyworld...only closed Christmas Day, do you think she was being sarcastic lol
Mina xxx

Saturday, July 30, 2011

do these make my bum look big...

Good morning everyone we had a wonderfully glorious sunny day yesterday...I love blue skies don't you they always make me smile...I'm happy to report there has been no more beastie visitors and fingers crossed they wont be in force when I get back from the farmhouse...oh and thanks to you lovely people who said I would find more there that has filled me with horror lol...I'm a motorbike racing widow again today so haven't a clue what I'm up to as I'm all on my lonesome (do you feel sorry for me yet? lol)...what you all doing today anything exciting...go on make me jealous...right now onto my card for today which is using this fantastic image from Mo's Digital Pencil, shes called Big Girl Pants, I just love the look on her face don't you...I coloured her with distress inks and paper pieced those wonderful big how stunning are these papers, they are from the newest paper pad I bought from Bunny Zoe's Crafts and are from Echo Park Victorian Gardens paper pad, the colours in this pad are stunning and they are double sided too, the papers not the colours, well you know what I mean don't you lol...I finished my card with some lush ribbon and roses from my stash, the fab sketch is from Creative Inspirations challenge...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one everyone
Mina xxx

Friday, July 29, 2011

just because your paronoid it dosent mean they arent after you...

Good morning everyone, I hope your all well, there's loads of summer colds and sniffles going around atm, I think its all this mixed up weather, one second its roasting hot then cold and raining our poor systems don't know if their coming or going do they...well I went into my craft room yesterday got everything set up to start making cards and thought I better get some clean water, you will never guess what I found floating in my colouring glass...only an earwig...they are defo out to get me...and I took a photo to prove it, its as the very end of this post so be warned...I cant believe that can you and since the beastie episode my windows are closed and the room was sprayed so where on earth did it come from at this rate I'm going to have to start each day spraying myself....right now onto my card for today which is for our new challenge at Just Magnolia & hAnglar & sTanglar challenge which this week is the fabulous Dawny's choice and a fab choice she made...button, bows and blooms...I used this fabulous sitting Tilda I think shes called waiting Tilda but I'm not sure, I coloured her with distress inks and paper pieced her hat and dress...I teamed her up with these super gorgeous papers from the new Kaisercraft Blea and Ivy paper pad that I bought from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, beautiful aren't they...I used some of these lush Wooden Ornaments-Flower Animal 1, I love this set and the flowers are so unusual, I finished with a scattering of buttons, some green ribbon and a bow and gems...the lush sketch is from Cute Card Thursday and I'm also entering this for the Truly Scrumptious challenge of buttons and bows too...I'm off down to the farmhouse on Sunday for a week so I'm rushing round like an idiot at the min trying to get things organised and scheduled for posting on here, oh now there's a thought do you think THEY will follow me down there...uuuurrrrrgggghhhh...whatever your up to today have a fantastic time
Mina xxx


Thursday, July 28, 2011

pink and girly and no more beasties....

Good morning everyone, I hope your all well and enjoying some sunshine...well I did go out yesterday and just managed to get back in through the door when the heavens opened...see told you if I went out it would tiddle down, but I did manage to get some blogging done last night and I really enjoyed it too...many apologies to all those people still running around screaming from last night when I showed you all my wee beastie from the craft room...I think it must have something to do with the warm weather as I had some cereal last night and guess what I found in earwig...I have a thing about earwigs, when I was young we always came to Ireland to stay with our Gran and I remember getting up one morning, hurrying to get dressed and pushing my foot into my shoe feeling something in there and when I tipped it up three earwigs fell out...I had the screaming abdabs and ran around my Grans house completely freaked out so since then earwigs make me squirm, so you can imagine how far I threw the cereal bowl although I wish I had got rid of the earwig before I threw it as I couldn't find it after...uuuurrrrrggghhhhhh...right now onto my card for today which is for our new challenge over at Colour Create challenge, this weeks its our lovely Julies choice of Pink, White and Green with the added option of Cooking (oops I forgot) don't you just love this colour combo its one of my favs...I used this stunning little Nellie C's Flying frog stamp from the new release from Nellie Snellen, I coloured it with distress inks and of course had to add some glitter glue didn't I...well fairies and glitter glue are just meant to be together aren't they...the fab papers are more from the new release Magnolia Sweet Rainbow 6x6 papers these are Dark Pink Rainbow flower and Light Pink Rainbow Flower, the sentiment is a stamp from the Kaisercraft mini stamp set - Friends set (these sets are amazing value), these are all from Bunny Zoe's Crafts and I finished with some lace, ribbon and flowers and punched leaves from my stash, I'm entering this for the Cardmadfairy digi days challenge which is Oh so girly and the Fussy and Fancy Friday summer challenge too...right I'm going to have another craft day today...when you have time pop on over to Colour Create to check out the rest of our wonderful DT's fab creations...have a wonderful creepy crawly free day everyone
Mina xxx

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

scroll down quickly for todays card...the creepy crawly...dont look aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

right now for all you people who wanted to see my visitor to my craft I dont normally run around taking photos of spiders but this one was huge...I got as close as I could to measure it and it came in near enough 7.5cms...this is not on zoom and you can see its jaw thingies...uuuuurrrrrggghhhhhh...believe me I am searching every time I go in there in case it brought some mates with it
Mina xxx

its all about the Truth...

Good morning everyone, we had a gloriously sunny day yesterday and I hope you all did too, I didn't get out though as I was expecting a delivery of a dehumidifier to help dry out the living room walls at the farmhouse before wallpapering, it was delivered spot on time and the guy carried it to the door and put it into my arms, as he let go my legs buckled omg how heavy was that thing and seriously why did the delivery guy expect me to carry it, as I went down he grabbed the box apologising for nearly breaking my back...remind me next time I'm expecting a delivery to take up weight training before it arrives will you lol....there wasn't much crafting done here and I still haven't had time to get around to you all and your fab blogs, but I promise I will tonight...come rain hail or shine I will be blogging tonight...I have bowed to popular demand and will post my creepy crawly piccy but will do it separately tonight for those of you who don't like them...I'm not that evil lol...right onto my card for today which is for the new challenge by the Crafts and Me challenge, I'm the host this week and I chose the theme of Ribbon for the challenge, now lets face it I rarely make a card without it do stunning is this amazing digi called Truth (aaaahhhh now you see where the title came from) you can get her at Crafts and Me of course, I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with a half a sheet I had of this beautiful Graphic45 paper, I'm sorry I don't know the name of it though, how lush is that gold wired ribbon and it makes fantastic bows, the sentiment tag is made from a punch and more of the lush paper, when you have time I would love to see you join in with the ribbon challenge and dont forget you dont need to use a Crafts and Me image or stamp for it either...the fab sketch is from Mojo Monday and I'm also entering this for the Totally Gorjuss challenge too...I really am going to get out of the house today, I bet it rains lol...have a wonderful day everyone
Mina xxx

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

would you like to swing on a bauble...

Good morning everyone did you all have a nice day yesterday, I'm shattered I was locked in my craft room for hours yesterday, trying to catch up with work but I hadn't slept well the night before and everything seemed to be like running through treacle, I bet you know just what I mean...I did manage to get a lot done but I need another lock in day to get the rest finished...I had a photo of a freaky little multi legged friend who visited me in my craft room yesterday and caused a lot of screaming and running around but I thought it might freak some of you out so I didn't post it, if there is popular demand I will show you it though lol...I had to colour this fantastic new image from Mo's Digital Pencil, this is one of the amazing Little Elf's and this beauty is called Little Elf Mim, this little elf made me smile and she is just such a sheer pleasure to colour, I used my usual distress inks to colour her and paper pieced part of her hat and the how fabulous are these papers, I bought this Kaisercraft paper pad Velvet Ensemble from Bunny Zoe's Crafts and I have to say if you don't buy anything else get this pad, the papers are just the lushest colours and their velvet and foil and embossing and wow I love it can you tell lol...btw I just wanted to say a few months ago when I said the same thing I got quite a nasty email saying I shouldn't recommend something by saying I bought it when it was obviously a freebie...hand on heart everyone if I say I bought something I bought it I promise you and have the bills to prove lol...right back to the card, the circle I stamped the sentiment onto is from the same pad too...I finished with some lush grey satin ribbon and a bow...the fab sketch is from Pink Ink Sketch Challenge and I'm also entering this for the CES challenge and Sir Stampalot challenge too...right I'm off out to town or for a walk or I can think of as I need the fresh air to clear my fuzzy brain...whatever your up to today have a fantastic day everyone
Mina xxx

Monday, July 25, 2011

the first of many...

Good morning everyone I hope you all had a good weekend, I had intended to have a blogging night last night but I fell asleep and didn't wake up for hours so many apologies everyone but with all the DT work I have atm its going to take a teeny while longer to get round all your lush blogs, but I will I promise...well we raided the attic, what exactly is it with men and attics...whenever I go to look for something Phil has always 'tidied it away' in the attic...must be their bear instinct and they are hiding them for when they hibernate...I found the bed covers I was looking for though, then we had a little mooch in the Town, and I convinced Phil he had to have a feature wall in the farmhouse living room and for that he needed wallpaper, I even managed to get him to buy the one I had my eye on...omg how good am I at convincing lol...although Phil bless him would give me the earth if he could...right my card for today is one of the first of many many Christmas cards I will have to start making and what a perfect excuse to use this cutie Sugar Nellie stamp called Snow sweet are they together, I coloured them with distress inks and added loads and loads and loads of glitter but I think I put a tad too much on the snowman and he ended up with a dirty looking face from it all...the gorgeous embossed and glittered paper is from Making Memories and the sentiment is from a page of sentiments from them too...I used some lush glitter board to punch out some Martha Stewart snowflakes and a smalled older punch too, I finished with a couple of ribbons and a bow...the lush sketch is from Stampin' Royalty challenge and I'm also entering it for the Allsorts challenge and I'm sure their was a Christmas challenge somewhere but I forgot where...I'm off to my craft room today and am determined to get all the work that needs done finished and sorted out so I can get blogging tonight...whatever your up to today have a good one
Mina xxx

Sunday, July 24, 2011

a sneak peek...

Good morning everyone did you all have a fantastic day yesterday, Phil loved his watch and for some weird reason kept telling me the time all night, he reminded me of a kid with their first watch lol, Im happy to report the dress doesnt fit...its too BIG wwwoooohhhooooo...on a more serious note did you all see that Amy Winehouse died how shocking is that...what a total waste of a young talented life, she was only 27, just a year older than my Daughter, my heart goes out to her loved ones, and the horrific shocking news from Norway... all those teenagers enjoying their holidays and that happens...I listened to the stories with rising feeling of horror and panic yesterday and how crazy was it that he is supposed to be christian...the world is going crazy rapidly isn't it...I gave my Dad and Phil and extra tight hug yesterday and rang my Daughter just to hear her voice last night as the Norway tragedy really got to me, such a sad card for today is a sneak peek for you of one of the new release stamps from Crafts and Me, this is one of the new Art Deco stamps, in fact its so new it doesn't even have a name yet...this is a sample card for the Stamparama Show in Stevenage on the 14th August, this and loads of other stamps will be released that day...oooohhhhh wish I was going to be there....I coloured this stunning Art Deco couple with distress inks and the lush paper is from Prima Madeline collection and is called Skyward, its quite hard making samples as they have to be much smaller than I'm used to making and as flat as possible so they have less risk of being damaged, so all I used was some of the butterflies cut from the lush paper...I'm entering this for the Simon Says Stamp challenge as the paper has newspaper print on it...I'm off to raid the attic today, well what I really mean is Phil will be draggng it all down for me to see whats there...whatever your up to today have a safe and enjoyable day
Mina xxx
p.s. sorry about the blurred photos but my camera is having a bit of a hissy fit atm

Saturday, July 23, 2011

every girl needs a spotted dress...

Good morning everyone did I hear you all cheer yesterday I'm sure I heard a roar of a crowd when the sun appeared here or maybe that was just me in my head...oooohhhhhh glorious sunshine you cant beat it for lifting the spirit can you...what are you all up to today anything exciting?, well Phil is away at the motorbike racing marshaling so I'm alone today but hey ho its gives me more time to catch up on some samples I'm doing...sssshhhh cant tell because then I would have to kill ya lol, well I give a sneak peek tomorrow so keep an eye the way I can tell you what I bought Phil for his birthday, I bought him a divers watch a few years ago and he hasn't taken it off since and its looking really tatty and not very professional for work so hes been moaning he needs something a bit more stylish so I bought him a retro looking stylish watch, very Phil actually he is going to love it...right now onto my card for today which is using this amazingly gorgeous Trudys Party Dress image from Mo's Digital Pencil, Trudy is in her pants and vest which is so cute and the dress is separate like those dolls you used to be able to cut out of kids comics, I loved them didn't you, or is it just me old enough to remember them?...I coloured Trudy with distress inks and paper pieced and raised up her dress, I so want a dress like this, I have a brown spotted dress but I have never ever worn it...the lush papers are Echo Park again, this one is from the A Walk in the Park collection and is called Tree tops, I love the way Echo Park papers always have another fabulous pattern on the reverse...I finished with a pink ribbon to edge part of the paper and used the same ribbon for the don't all drool over this amazing Prima flower, just look at that sugar frosting...the fab sketch is from Mojo Monday and I'm also entering this for the Charisma Cardz sunshine colours challenge and the Craft Us Crazy anything goes challenge too...right I'm off to see if my brown spotted dress still fits me, have a wonderful bright sunny day everyone
Mina xxx
p.s. wwwwwwwooooohhhhhhooooooo did you see I won Ali's suprise blogaversary candy wwwwooooooohhhhhhhoooooooooo

Friday, July 22, 2011

a vision in blue ready to tuck in...

Good morning everyone I hope your all well and happy...I met with my wonderful Dad yesterday for coffee and general putting of the world right, he told me he had got a speeding ticket through the post and was ranting and raving about it and was very angry with himself for being 'so stupid' as he put it, well I told him that anyone that drives as fast as him wants to thank his lucky stars he has made it to 79 without one...I don't think he was impressed but it made him chuckle anyway and cheered him up lol...hes off on his travels again this weekend, off to my Sister in Belfast for a few days then flying to stay with my other Sister in England for a couple of weeks...I love to see him head off, don't get me wrong its not that I wont miss him because I do a lot but I just think at his age you never know what will happen to stop him being able to travel so he should go for it just in case don't you...right enough waffle Mina onto my card for today which is for our new challenge over at Just Magnolia & hAnglar & sTanglar challenge...this week its our fabulous Dena's turn to host and she chose the theme of cooking, well I think I must have been a bit hungry when I made this as it has more to do with eating than cooking lol...I used the stunning Simsalabim Tilda (who's on sale atm at Bunny Zoe's) but masked off her wand and put a magnolia knife and fork stamp in its place, I also masked Tilda and used one of the Magnolia Muffin stamps behind her, I think they worked together for this don't you...I coloured them with distress inks and teamed them up with some more of the amazing new papers from the new Magnolia Sweet Rainbow collection papers, these are called Blue Foliage and Turquoise Plaid, I love these new papers, so so lush...I also added some of the new Marianne D Flower ribbons, this one is the White Organza...I finished with a beautiful satin edged ribbon called Sheer Elegance White from The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop, the fabulous sketch is from Stamp with Fun challenge, I'm off to catch up on some DT work today so if you don't hear from me send food parcels (with a few crafty things stashed inside) lol...have a fantastic day everyone and when you have time pop on over to Just Magnolia to check out the rest of the teams amazing creations
Mina xxx

Thursday, July 21, 2011

hop, hop, hop, hop....

Good morning everyone and lets hear a communal yyyyaaaahhhhhhhh, Phil Birthday present finally arrived, about time too I hear you all say...still cant tell you what it is though as I haven't given it to him...right now its that time of the month again...Mo's Digital Pencil Dreamteams Blog Hop and don't forget to comment on every ones blogs as there's two randomly picked winners of $5 vouchers for Mo's Digital Pencil to win along the way

this month is our wonderful Alice's choice of theme and she chose Easel Card, I always forget how much I love making these as its a chance to add dimension to a card isn't it, you should have arrived here from the fabulous Debbie's blog but if not hop on over to Alice's to start at the beginning...I chose to use a combination of the fabulous Guilty Rocco and Guilty Bert, don't you just love the look on their faces, its priceless...

I coloured them with distress inks and used this stunning double sided paper from Echo Park, its from the Little Boy collection and is called Vroom...the sentiment is printed on my computer and all I needed to finish was some ribbons and loads and loads of lush buttons...the next stop on the hop is the amazing

I'm entering this for the Sweet Stampin challenge , Totally Gorjuss challenge and Cute Card Thursday who are all running boy/men challenges...enjoy the rest of your hop everyone and dont forget to leave a comment for a chance to win...I'm off to the supermarket with my Dad today...oooohhhhh I wonder if it will rain for a change lol
Mina xxx

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

some news, some candy and a card...

Good morning everyone and has your weather improved any? I'm officially fed up with the British summer and it seems ages and ages since our holiday, I'm in need of another summer holiday I think somewhere warm and sunny with a pool and fantastic views...I have loads to tell you today so wont waffle on to much...firstly I was asked by the fabulous Sarah at the Pretty Little Ribbon shop to join her DT...well I had to think for all of two nano and ribbons...never lol...she has some fantastically lush ribbons and brilliant prices...the rest of our team are

Sarah is starting off her team with a lush giveaway for you all so hop on over the the Pretty Little Ribbons blog to join in...all you have to do to win is become a follower, leave a comment to say hello and use the candy picture to link the giveaway on your blog and that's all...the candy finishes on the 2nd August and the winner will be announced on the 3rd August so hop on over and join in to stand a chance of winning some pink lovelies

I thought to celebrate my new DT spot I would use some lush ribbons on my card for today...this gorgeous little Tickled Pink image is a digi, I didn't know Tickled pink did digis did you, I bought her and a few others ages ago and forgot all about them (I know shocking) shes called Lil Lolita Willow and I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with these lush papers
from the Prima 6x6 paper pad Botanicals from Bunny Zoe's Crafts and Nikki also has Tickled Pink stamps if you prefer rubber, I love the colours in this pad and I think cutting around the frames gives the perfect finish to the edges...I finished with a sentiment cut from the same pad, lush satin ribbons, Prima flowers and some punched glitter dragonflies...the sketch is from Sketch N Stash challenge and I'm also entering this for the Deep Ocean ribbons challenge and Lollipop crafts anything goes challenge too...I'm off to have a good play with my new toy today and catch up with some commenting...whatever your up too don't forget to pop on over to The Pretty Little Ribbon blog to join in with the candy
Mina xxx

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

rain rain go away...

Good morning everyone, I hope your having better weather than we are it has been raining here for three days and I'm beginning to feel a bit soggy I know the British weather is crackers sometimes and we here have been know to have all four seasons in one day but come on enough is enough and surely everything has been watered enough rain rain go away...I took delivery of a new gadget for myself yesterday and cant wait to show you all but that will have to wait until another day but there's still no sign of Phil's birthday pressie despite loads of assurances that it would be here...they have until today then I'm going to get him something else...anyway on to my card for today which is for the Sugar Nellie DT and using this beautiful new stamp called Cute and Cuddly from the new July release and boy aren't they cute and cuddly, they are just perfect for a baby card aren't they...I coloured them with distress inks and teamed them up with this gorgeously yummy paper from Making Memories called Animal Crackers Jack animals....isn't it perfect for them...I finished with some of my very favourite glittered puffed thickers letters and lush striped ribbon, I also cut out one of the elephants from the papers and attached it at the top...the fab sketch is from Truly Scrumptious challenge and I'm sure there was another challenge I was meant to enter this for but my brain cells are waterlogged lol...I'm off out for coffee with my wonderful Dad today...have a wonderful day and wherever you are I hope the sun shines on you
Mina xxx

Monday, July 18, 2011

it all depends on the shade of pink...

Good morning everyone did you all have a fab weekend...we had a lovely family Sunday lunch yesterday and it was a double celebration Phil's Birthday (still no present yet!!!) and our beautiful Daughter starts her new Managers job today three weeks ahead of schedule, she has been training for it for ages, we are so so proud of her...I was supposed to go down to the farmhouse this week to continue with the decorating but Phil is away marshaling this weekend coming and he camps away so there wasn't much point was there, unless Phil wanted me to do it by myself, which he probably did card for today is Phil's Birthday card and a sassy one it is, I know pink isn't really a mans colour but it depends what pink it is doesn't it and this is defo hot pink, the fabulous image is a stamp from the new release from Whimsy stamps and is called Alice chains, shes fantastic isn't she, I used hot pink for her, I'm not sure the colouring really worked as I went for a dense colouring because I wanted it to look like shiny leather, the lush paper is from the Bo Bunny 6x6 paper pad Vicki B, the stamp and paper is from Bunny Zoe's crafts oh and by the way Nikki has a huge sale on atm so go when you have time why not check it out there's loads of fab bargains, I finished my card with a printed sentiment and a ruched ribbon...Phil loved his sassy Kenny K card...I'm entering this for the KennyK Krafty girls challenge and the A spoon full of sugar and Creative Inspirations challenges too...I'm having a crafting day today as I feel the need to do some colouring practice I think, you just know when you need one of those days dont you, whatever your up to have a fantastic day everyone
Mina xxx

Sunday, July 17, 2011

monochrome love...

Good morning everyone, did you all have a good day yesterday? despite it being my gorgeous Phil's birthday yesterday we had a quiet day and no Phil's present didn't arrive, I am hopping mad now and will ring to give them a piece of my mind on Sister and her family paid an unexpected visit yesterday so we met up with them for a while for a catch niece and nephew get cutier and more beautiful every time I see them, my niece is just the sweetest little girl ever and shes a real pink girly girl too she so reminds me of my beautiful Daughter when she was small...oh and we went shopping for more paint and even managed to disagree about cream paint...seriously now how much difference can there be lol...anyway onto my card for today which is using the gorgeous Hatched, Matched and Dispatched digi from Teddybo...isn't it gorgeous, I just coloured shadows with distress inks and glittered the veil and much would I love a glittery car like this, not sure Phil would though lol...the gorgeous monochrome paper is from My Mind's Eye lush collection and is called Black Floral paper, the spotted is the reverse, I finished with a sentiment stamp from the Whimsy Love Letter Seal set from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I love this set...and a satin ribbon and Prima flower...the lush sketch is from Mojo Monday and I'm also entering this for the Allsorts Free and Easy July challenge...we are having a family lunch today, the kind of day when everyone eats too much...whatever your up to have a fantastic Sunday everyone
Mina xxx

Saturday, July 16, 2011

when life gives you lemons...

Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday, its my wonderful Phil's birthday today, I cant tell you what I bought him as it hasn't arrived in time (even though it has been paid for and ordered for two weeks and I was promised it would be here on time) and he reads my blog so ssssssshhhhhhhhh but I will show you his saucy card I made for him in a couple of days...I don't really have anything planned at all for today, Phil just likes his weekends at home to be his weekends at home, does that make any sense at all...we were going to have a barbecue but it has been tiddling down for 24 hours and the weather forecast says it isnt going to improve so we will just have to go with the flow I guess...are you up to anything exciting this card for today is for the Mo's Digital Pencil DT, I used the stunningly gorgeous Lemons isn't she a real sweetie...I coloured her with distress inks and wanted to have a go at dark brown hair but Im afraid I made a bit of a hash of it, you can tell why I haven't tried dark brown hair before cant you lol...a lot more practice I think...the amazing papers are from the new Basicgrey 6x6 paper pad Sweet Threads, I love this pad, the wooden flowers are from the Wooden Ornaments Flower Animal 1 pack... the pad and ornaments are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I finished with some lush green/yellow satin ribbon and a wooden sentiment I found in my stash, I have a feeling I bought this at the NEC but I'm not 100% sure but its cute isn't it...the fab sketch is from Sunday Sketch and Stamp challenge I'm also entering this for the Fussy and Fancy Summer challenge and Cute Card Thursday Circle challenge...whatever your up to today I hope it is sunny and bright for you and you have a great one
Mina xxx

Friday, July 15, 2011


yes its that time again...we have a winner of that fantastic Whimsy sentiment stamp set from Bunny Zoe's Crafts....Mr Random thingy says its no 66 and that is.......................drum roll please....................


huge congratulations Annelies...could you please contact me before Wednesday 20th so I can get your prize posted off to you...don't worry everyone it will soon be time for new candy so keep an eye out for it

Mina xxx

love is....purple and pink with pearls...

Good morning everyone, how are you all doing...well there was no supermarket rage yesterday although I did get hoping mad at a young woman in a huge 4x4 who parked in a disabled spot stopping someone disabled getting it...its one of my pet hates atm, I wouldn't dream of parking in a disabled spot as I know with my Dad walking with two crutches how hard it is for disabled people to struggle into shops never mind having to walk further to do it...I really have to stop myself going up to their window and telling them off well me and Dad has to stop me it just me or have the prices in the supermarket shot up lately by a shocking amount...right enough of the ranting Mina and onto my card for today which is for our new challenge over at Just Magnolia and hAnglar & sTanglar challenge, this week it was our wonderful Mindy's choice and she chose a colour challenge of Pink, Purple and to add pearls, I kinda groaned when I saw this colour choice but must admit it works so well, I used the gorgeous Lying Tilda from the new Magnolia Sweet Rainbow collection, shes coloured with distress inks and I used some of the new lush Magnolia sweet Rainbow 6x6 papers the patterned one is called Dark Pink Foliage and the check is called Pink Plaid, the Tilda and papers are available at Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I finished my card with some punched heart and Papermania glittered letters to make the love sentiment...when you have time pop on over to Just Magnolia and have a look at the amazing cards the rest of the DT made...I'm off to lock myself in my craft room today to catch up with some work...whatever your up to have a brilliant day everyone
Mina xxx

Thursday, July 14, 2011

roll up roll up.....

Look what Nikki is doing

Bunny Zoe’s Crafts is looking for two enthusiastic Designers to join our current fabulous team. We are considering Designers from all over the World!
You would need to have an active personal blog and be willing to create a minimum of 4 cards/creations each month. As well as sharing your cards on your own blog you would post to this blog also. 1 of your creations would be for our monthly challenge. We also ask that you keep your blog readers up-to-date with any offers, Promotions or candies associated with the store.
To Apply:
Please send us 2 photographs of your favourite work which you think best illustrates your style
Please also provide links to your blogs and galleries
Let us know of any previous or current design team positions if applicable
Tell us a bit about yourself and why you think you would be a good addition to Bunny Zoe’s Crafts design team
As well as a monthly kit designers also receive a discount off most products in the store.
Application closing date: Friday 12th August.
Applications should be emailed to:
The new Design Team members will be announced here on Friday, 19th August
Nikki is a wonderful person to work with and besides me of course there is a brilliant team would be mad not to jump at the chance now wouldnt you lol
Mina xxx

a little bit of Candy Pip...

Good morning everyone, I hope your all well and getting some sun wherever you are, we are finally having some and it even hit 25degrees here yesterday, I know what a shock eh...long may it wonderful Dad looks so well and happy and we had a giggle, coffee and chatted away with people we met, its lovely seeing people smile all because the sun is shining, then last night about 7.30 I got a call from him, his TV has broken down and can I fix of I trots in my pj's to my Dads and fixed it, it wasn't the TV the remote had been dropped and the infrared light had moved and was hidden so it wasn't getting through to the tv, I told him in the future I'm charging a £50 call out fee for after 6pm house calls lol..he says thank goodness we have one person in the family who can cope with technology card for today is for our new challenge at Colour Create and this week is our wonderful Di's turn to choose and she chose Aqua, light Pink and Cream with an added option of come on when don't I use ribbon on a card eh lol...I chose to use this stunning new Candy Pip stamp from the new release at Sugar Nellie, isn't she gorgeous, I'm just sorry I didn't get a chance to colour her better as my mojo is in recession at the mo, I coloured her with distress inks and paper pieced her dress...I will have to give her another try I think...the papers I used are from my scrap box and I used a lush sentiment ribbon, satin ribbon and gingham ribbon...I finished with a few aqua coloured pearls to finish...the fabulous sketch is from the brand new Pink (Ink) Sketch challenge, although I had to move things around a bit so hope it still fits and I'm also entering this for the Simon Says Stamp anything goes challenge...I'm off to the supermarket with my Dad today and lets hope the sun shines so there's no chance of supermarket rage...whatever your up to today have a fantastic one
Mina xxx

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

nothing says summer like flowers and fairies...

Good morning everyone, how are you all well and happy I hope...oh I forgot to tell you all yesterday that I still haven't given up the hope of using Aqua and green on one of the bedrooms so watch this space, I'm off out for a shopping trip and coffee with my wonderful Dad today and we hopefully be catching up as he was away when I was except he was with my Sister in Belfast and went travelling about in her caravan, it sounds like he had fun but hes exhausted the poor fella so he will hopefully be recovered enough for a 'put the world to rights' coffee session today...isn't it weird how your Parents kinda reverse roles when they get in their 70's and 80's you start to worry about that so much, almost like you become the parent...but sssshhhhh don't tell him I told you that lol...right onto my card for today which is for the digi team's new challenge at Crafts and Me challenge, this time our host is the fab Vix and she chose the theme of Summer, now nothing says summer like some beautiful flowers and even better when they are teamed up with a beautiful fairy like Button, shes one of the new digis from Crafts and Me, I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with these lush K&Co papers, gorgeous colours aren't they, I finished by adding some of the flowers cut from the paper, ribbon and a friend tag...when you have time pop on over to the Crafts and Me challenge and see what the rest of the team came up with, and check out our newest members Jane and Rose's lush work...the sketch I used is from Sketch Saturday and I'm also entering this for the Totally Gorjuss Summertime challenge and the Allsorts Free and Easy July challenge too....speak to you all tomorrow and I will report back if my Dad has recovered from his time away
Mina xxx

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

summer fun and one of last weeks mishaps...

Good morning everyone I hope your all having some glorious sunshine, the weather (hang on until I find a piece of wood to touch) is lovely here, not roasting hot but sunny and bright...I have to tell you something that happened to me while I was away and hand on heart these things really do happen to me, I haven't a clue why but they happen very often...I think someone up there is taking the mickey you know lol...on the drive to the farmhouse we found a warehouse that sold old furniture and you all know how I like a rummage, so we parked and off we went for a mooch...I should have guessed really when I saw the state of the stone stairs leading down to the place that it wasn't a good place for me to be really...there were a few nice pieces but all the things I liked someone with the same taste had nabbed before we go upstairs to look at stuff that had just come in the fella who owned the shop told us...wandering round not a care in the world then the earth moved as my foot and leg up to my calf went through the I don't know who got the biggest shock, me, Phil or the fella below, luckily I wasn't fully on that leg if you know what I mean or I really would have gone through the floor...the guy had the nerve to shout up asking if I was ok, I will be fine I shouted when I have recovered from the heart attack that caused me, needless to say we didn't look anymore and left with Phil shaking his head like he does when these things happen to me...right onto my card for today which really should have gone on yesterday but never mind its here now, its for our new challenge over at Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly challenge which this month is fun in the sun and I thought this fantastic new stamp from the new release by Whimsy stamps called Fairy Daydreams fit the bill playing peek a boo in her flower, I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with these beautiful new papers from the Basicgrey 6x6 Sweet Threads paper pad, lush colours aren't they, the beautiful little dragonflies are from a set called Wooden Ornaments Flower Animal No 1, I stained them with distress inks and glittered aren't they so gorgeous, the sketch is from The Corrosive challenge and I'm also entering this for the Stamp Something Bugs or Butterflies challenge, Stampin for the weekend Wings and Things challenge and the Stampalot anything goes challenge too...right I have taken up enough of your time today so will pop off to my craft room to get a bit more colouring done...have a wonderful day whatever your up to
Mina xxx

Monday, July 11, 2011

look what I got...

Good morning everyone, how are you all I hope everything is good with you all and your all well and happy...Im back yep me in real life, I actually got back on Saturday as Phil decided to drive me back and spend a couple of days here, I think he just wanted a rest bless him...right hands up everyone who knew I would go back to Laura Ashley and get the wallpaper...well you were right we went last Saturday morning just before we left...mind Phil had to drag me kicking and screaming out of the shop before I bought everything in the sale lol...heres the wallpaper and material I bought...lush isnt it
on our way down last Saturday we stopped at a little village called Moy and found an antique village there, it was fabulous, about 4 houses jammed packed full of antiques and knick knacks, theres even a fab coffee shop next door so I knew with a good start like that we would have a productive week and despite a few mishaps (including something that could only happen to me lol) which I will tell you about this week everything went pretty smoothly, we decided instead of Phil paying horrendous rent on his one bed apartment we would do our very best to get the house habitable so he could move in asap, so designing went out the window and I went for a clean simple look for our bedroom which works really well, the design touches will have to come later...of course that meant a trip to Ikea for the sale so we could buy the biggest bed I have ever have to go to the Ikea sale if you havent been we got a huge triple wardrobe for the bedroom for an unbelievable £17 yes £17 would you heres the before shot of the bedroom, its not a good shot as the room was very smelly and stinky, I have never seen dirt like that on wallpaper...
and the after...well after stripping the dustiest, dirtiest wallpaper ever, washing the walls down, two coats of cream paint and two coats of cream gloss and a lot of flat pack building (I love building flat pack furniture dont you), this is what it looks like now...what do you think
the bed is massive 168cmsx200cms and the headboard is just as huge and as tall as me but I found a bargain bedspread at Argos that actually fits it...I maybe should have ironed the bedding before the photo though lol...the room has a wonderful airy bright feel to it, after that we sorted out the kitchen and bathroom and moved Phils stuff in and we stayed there from Thursday night...have you ever been in the country at night, the darkness is really dense as theres no light polution like you get in a town...and so so so quiet too...I woke on Friday morning and thought wow those cows sound loud, opened the blind and it was like a western film scene, the cows had got loose and had surrounded the house...I took one look, cows really are huge arent they, and thought...nope they can stay there until the farmer gets them lol....right enough waffle, sorry about the long post but it could have been three times longer you know so consider yourself lucky lol....Im off to collect a parcel from the PO and then I really have loads of work and commenting to catch up on...have a wonderful day everyone
Mina xxx
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