Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Guest Diva!

Hi everyone - good morning/afternoon/evening where ever you maybe in the world :-)

Only 3 more days, till Andy is home for the weekend :-) Been keeping busy with some crafting and things.

Georgiana of Carson's Creations and the Host of Die Cuttin Divas, asked me to guest design for this weeks challenge and of course who could possibly decline :-) It's one of every ones favourites too - Anything Goes; just remember to add a diecut somewhere on your project.  The sponsor for this weeks challenge is Zva Creative (gems), so why not pop along and take part.

Here is my little inspiration for you.  My card is for my daughter Emily, who turns 12 on the 6th February. Where is the time going - my little girls aren't so little anymore!

The papers for my card are from the DCWV stack, called Blossoms and Butterflies.  The layer under the flower was cut using a Nestabilities Labels 8 Die.

My flower is a daisy cut file from Birds Cards and can be found here.  I cut the head of the daisy several times and ran them through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.  I inked the edges of the petals and added a gem to the centre, and some gems to the opposite corners of the layer.

The sentiment is from the Polka Doodles CD Double Sprinkle of Craft and I popped this up above the ribbon to give depth.

I also added some gems to the flowers, these flowers are part of the paper - so its nice to just bling them up a little.  I did the same on the inside of the card too.

On the inside of the card, I decided to use the negative of the daisy cut as a stencil, and inked some flowers around the edges of the white piece, to surround what ever is written.

Thank you Georgiana for asking me and I will proudly display the Die Cuttin Divas, Guest Diva Button on my blog :-)

Also, thank you all for stopping by today, now get your creative heads on and go along and enter this weeks challenge at Die Cuttin Divas.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Little Scrap Pieces - Fun Friday "Birthday Challenge" (closes 1 Feb)

DL.ART Thankful Thursday - Challenge #102: Use Red or Pink (closes 5 Feb)

{PIN}spirational Challenges - Challenge #42 (closes 4 Feb)

Happy Crafting.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Spring Daisy's!

Hi my fellow crafterteers, I know there's no such word - but it sounds good :-)  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and were able to get into your craft rooms.

Spring you say!  It has been so cold here this last week and I'm talking real cold, -40c (-40f) with the windchill some of the days, that I didn't want to think of winter.  So I coloured up this lovely image from one of the Polka Doodles CDs called A Double Sprinkle of Kraft, it just says to me Spring - with the lovely daisys.

Firstly, I cut her out using the offset feature in Silhouette Studio - I just love how you can adjust the amount of white you want to show - and look at how well it cut it out.

Then I coloured her up with my Spectrum Noir markers, trying to do the hair; blonde seems reasonable to do, its the darker hair colours I have trouble with.

I popped up the image on top of a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Rectangles, which I have inked round the edges.

The little sentiment stamp is an Inkadinkado stamp from a set called All Occasion Inchies.  I layered it up and inked the edges, as I did for all the layers on the card.  My papers are also from another Polka Doodles CD called Sundae of the Seasons.  

A little bit of tulle and a fancy bow to finish off the front. and then I followed the theme through to the inside of my card.

I really enjoyed experimenting with my Cameo and the offset feature - it was so easy to do and I love how accurate it is.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Digistamps4joy - Challenge #59: Anything Goes (closes 4 Feb)

My Paper Crafting - Digi Desserts Fridaze Jan 25 (closes 31 Jan)

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #49: Girls, Girls, Girls (closes 1 Feb)

One Stitch at a Time - Challenge #148: Use a Digi (closes 2 Feb)

Love to Create Challenge Blog - Challenge #50: Anything Goes with a Sentiment (closes 3 Feb)

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog - January Challenge #18: Flowers and Ribbon (closes 1 Feb)

Inky Chicks - Challenge #2: Becky's Bingo Grid (I used Ribbon/sentiment/flowers) (closes 5 Feb)

I really appreciate you all stopping by - welcome to some new followers and thank you to everyone, for your continued encouragement and bloggy love.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 25 January 2013

A better day, well, evening!

Hi everyone - so last night, yep night, I went into my craft room for a couple of hours before bed.  I had a good little crafting session and I have this to share with you today.

Hmmmm, I wonder who it could be for?  Hubby has booked a flight and will be home for the weekend on the 1st February :-)  It's only for a couple of days, but the girls and I are so looking forward to seeing him, even though he's only been gone 2 weeks, we really miss him!  He'll also hopefully be home in mid Feb for the weekend too.

With Valentines Day just around the corner, I decided to make this.

My card base is 6.5" by 5".  The red paper is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology stack called Seasonal.

The hearts are pieces from a Birds Cards Cut file called Heart of Hearts and can be found here. They were cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

I embossed the white layer, and the hearts, with my Cuttlebug and the Devine Swirls folder.

The little pegs I have coloured with my Spectrum Noir marker, as I wanted them red.  The sentiment is by me, just typed up in Word and I am sharing it with you below :-)  I inked all the edges, including those of the hearts.

For the inside of the card, I used the same paper as the front.  The heart stamp is from a See D's stamp set called Springtime Swirls, I bought it back in the UK many years ago.

As I mentioned earlier, I thought I would try and share with you the sentiment.  Thanks to Teresa of Tickell Expressions for the advice.

I have supplied both the JPEG and the PNG, to be honest I don't even know what the difference is LOL! Now hopefully, you should just be able to left click the sentiment, it should get larger and then you can right click on the image and save it.  I know they look different sizes, but when you insert them into Word to print, they should come up the same size (they did for me).  Please let me know - thanks.  So there you go, these are for you :-)





So, there you have it.  I hope you like the sentiment and are able to use it.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #93: Anything Goes (closes 31 Jan)

Cut It Up Challenge Blog - Challenge #11: Love is in the Air (closes 6 Feb)

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - Challenge #26: Valentines (closes 31 Jan)

One Stitch At A Time - Challenge #147: Love (closes 26 Jan)

Crafty Ribbons - Challenge #37: Love/Romance/Anniversary (closes 30 Jan)

Cameo Creations Challenge - Love Ya (closes 28 Feb)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Cheers For Your Special Day !

Well, hello my friends.  Do you ever get a day when everything in your creative process just goes wrong?  Yesterday, everything I touched seemed to end up causing more work and more work.

Firstly, I coloured the image I'm going to show you below - and I had nearly got all the pieces together for the card when - I had forgotten to ink the edges.   See you would say, just leave it alone, but oh no, not me! And of course I made a right mess of things, over did the inking it looked like a two year old had been at.  So the whole thing ended up in the trash.

Secondly, the finished product below, as is, I am pleased with; well, sort of.  But that's after having to reprint the sentiments twice because I messed up the die cut.  Then, as I was sticking the pieces together, my ATG ran out of tape - ahhhh!! Obviously I have spare, but it's like as if everything was just to drive be bonkers!

Anyway. enough of my ravings!

I would like to share with you this lovely Emma Canning image called Cheer Leader.  Emma is an up and coming digi artist and is exclusive to Polka Doodles.  She has lots of wonderful images and they can be found here for purchase and instant download.

Polka Doodles is branching out into the digi world and more and more items are being added regularly.  Why not go along and take a look as to what is on offer, you won't regret it.

I coloured my image with Spectrum Noir markers, and she is popped up on the layers, which are Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8.  I inked all the edges of all the layers and I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo to cut her out, so no eye poking today :-)

I added a little glitter to her pom poms and the sentiment is by me just typing it up in Word.

My lilac papers are from the Polka Doodles Sundae of Seasons CD - there are some fabulous colours and designs of papers and lots of images, for all the seasons.

I used a similar design on the inside of my card and once again typed up the sentiment.

I'm OK with the final result, not one of my better days. I think I lost my direction with the card after all the different things that went wrong, even my colouring didn't really go to plan on this second attempt.  Well, hey, we take the good with the bad, right!  

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

My Paper Crafting - Digi Desserts Fridaze - use a digi (closes 24 Jan)

Crafting By Designs - Polka Dot Challenge (closes 29 Jan)

Flat Friends Challenge Blog - Challenge #4: Put a Bling on it (closes 2 Feb)

Digistamps4Joy - Challenge #59: Anything Goes (closes 5 Feb)

Stampin for the Weekend - Challenge: Something Girlie (closes 31 Jan)

Eureka Stamps - Challenge #23: Anything Goes (closes 27 Jan)

Thanks for stopping by today and listening (well reading!) to my frustrations.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Just a Quickie!

Hi all - a little bit of craftiness came together in the end.

Yesterday, I started off the day having a total mojo block.  I had a GDT card to make for the end of the month, a card for hubby (shhh it's a secret - will share at the end of the week) ;-) and then a card so that I would have something to share with you today.

I eventually got the mojo going and am happy to report that I actually made all three cards but can only share one with you today :-)

So, this is a little Thank You card for a friend. Very quick and simple, but really blows away the winter blues!

I started off with a 5.5" by 4.25" card base, made from kraft card stock.

The patterned papers are from a Colorbok Pack called Spring Morning. 

The sentiment stamp is from an Inkadinkado set called All Occasions Inchie.  I inked the edges of all the layers and a little bit of ribbon, tied off in a double bow.

Here's the inside of the card, the butterfly is from a stamp set bought a long time ago in the UK.

That's it for now then, just a quickie to share with you.

I hope to be in the craft room again today and try to get ahead on a few things.  Hope you are all having a good week so far.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge #94: Lavishly Luscious Layers (closes 4 Feb)

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Tie Up You Looses Ends: add a bow somewhere (closes 28 Jan)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #12: Anything Goes (closes 1 Feb)

DL.ART: Thankful Thursday - Linky Party Anything Goes (closes 31 Jan)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Keep Calm, Emily! Hmmmmm?

Hi everyone.  So, far be it for my daughter Emily to be left out, I had to make a notice for Emily to hang too!

Now, just to warn you, Emily is my tomboy and loves Pokemon!  But I sort of made it girly with the colour choices.  I don't know about Keep Calm, but it keeps her quiet LOL!

So, here is what I came up with.

These are two of her favourite Pokemon.  I managed to find the images and then using the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo, was able to cut them and then I layered them to get a little more dimension. Also cut some yellow vinyl this time to keep with the theme:-)

The first one is called Ninetales (yep I have spelt it right, even though I want to type tails), and here's a close up, see the little gem on her eye!

The second one is called Quilava (haven't a clue why? although come to think of it lava = fire).  Gave him a little gem for his eye too.

Now, I'm no expert on this, you'll have to speak to my daughter LOL.  But, apparently, its all about power and what abilities they have, and they evolve and get stronger and yadda,  yadda :-)

Emily, actually helped and designed the lightening bolt in my Silhouette program, using the draw a polygon feature.  Great job!

I finished Emily's off with the same Smile ribbon as Shannons, as well as some little buttons.  It's already hanging in pride of place in her bedroom.

Hey - could start a business with these - you name it, I'll do it - LOL!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 18 January 2013


Hi everyone, its that time again, another challenge over at Polka Doodles blog.  We are onto Week 3 and the theme for this week is Stitching Real or Faux, with Lace.

When I saw this I thought gosh - now what do I do.  So I was rummaging through my craft draw of bits and bobs and low and behold I found a strip of lace.  I tell you - it's great when you find something you didn't even know you had LOL!

So here is the card I came up with for your inspiration. I started off with a peach coloured card base, pre-folded 6" by 4", from my old UK stash.

The papers and the sentiment are from the Polka Doodles CD called Sundae of Seasons.  All the seasons are covered, fabulous papers, images and wonderful sentiments to use.  Remember its free worldwide shipping for a minimum order of £10 (thats approx $16 CDN and US) - and boy could I spend more than that!  Also Polka Doodles is branching out into instant downloads from single items. digital stamps, up to bundles for you to choose from.  

I love the colours of these papers and I inked all the edges and the scalloped edge too!  The sentiment was cut using my Silhouette Cameo with the print and cut feature!  Oh wow!! This is what I have needed for years.  My eyesight is not fab, and I would normally use scissors, but almost poke myself in the eye cause I have to hold it so close to see the edges LOL!  Dangerous times - but not any more!!  Just print and cut :-)

The little crocheted flower is from Pam, my Secret Santa at The Bug Bytes.  The button was found, after I completed the card, in my Mum's old button tin.  I have had this tin, since she passed in 2003 and only now am I using them.  It's just the perfect colour to go with those papers, don't you think!

I used a white gel pen to go around the edges for my faux stitching - I think it looks real neat.  I popped up the sentiment image to give it a bit of depth.

The inside of the card to finish off!

There you have it - my card all done and dusted:-)  Now its your turn to head on over to Polka Doodles for this weeks challenge.  You have until 12:00pm GMT on Sunday 27th January to enter.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Clear It Out Challenge Blog- Theme: Circles  and from Stash: Anything Goes (closes 31 Jan)

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Challenge: Love Lace (closes 20 Jan)

Our Creative Corner - Challenge: Shabby Chic style (closes 18 Jan)

Dutch Dare Card Challenges - Challenge #200: Buttons, Buttons (closes 23 Jan)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

January Blog Candy Winner!

Hi every peeps - I am sorry for the delay in posting this.

Emily helped me fold up all the names into a bag.  Even my cat, Jess, joined in; every time we put a name in the bag, she would jump on it LOL!

Anyway, I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful comments and to my new followers, welcome!

So, without further ado - oh get on with it will you!!!!!

Drum Roll please ..........................

The winner of the blog candy below is.....

Wait for it ..................

It is .............................Jessica from Chick-n-Scrap.

Jessica said "beautiful card Karon!!  LOVE your coloring of the adorable stamp :)  Happy Friday!!"

Congrats Jessica!  Have a great rest of the week everyone.

Thanks again everyone.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Keep Calm, Shannon!

Hi there all my crafting buddies - how is everyone?  It's that time of the month where I share a project over at She's a Sassy Lady and of course to share a little bit of creativity here with you too.

My daughter, Shannon, is busy studying and doing last minute assignments for her first semester(just ending) at High School.  She was getting a little stressed out the other day, so I decided to make her a notice for her room.

Now, you no doubt have been seeing these all over the web, but this is my version for my daughter.

I have recently (thanks to my darling hubby) come into the possession of a Silhouette Cameo and have been enjoying playing with it.

For my project, I took a dollar store 8" by 10" canvas and painted it lilac - one of Shannon's favourite colours.

Exciting isn't it!  LOL!

Next came the vinyl cut - oh it was so easy to do - picked a font - typed up what I want and cut away!

Now, I know I could have taken the easy way out and centred it all and left space, but I'm not one to waste vinyl, and I could have saved more, but wasn't thinking when I took off the excess stuff. So, to position the words straight on the canvas, I take each word and using the transfer tape (Walmart clear contact adhesive - shelf liner!) and a piece of straight card stuck just underneath the wording, I am able to position them.

The one thing I did find, with working on the canvas, is that you need to burnish (as in rub) the vinyl quite well  so that it adheres to the canvas.  I used my little Cricut scraping tool.

Next came the butterfly.  The file for this comes from Birds Cards, oh my she has some amazing files and all are free and she is constantly adding to them.  There are two butterflies with shadows - I used one of them and then the hearts are from the inside wings of the other :-)

I chose a butterfly to add to this project, because they always look so calm and peaceful, just fluttering around.  The hearts are just to show my daughter how much she is loved and to just not stress!

Sorry, I meant to show the cut too - but you know how it goes.  Here's a close up of the butterfly with the bling:-)  The different colour bling was to add a pop of colour other than the lilac. I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder for the butterfly and the Devine Swirls folder for the hearts.

I added some Smile ribbon around the edge of the canvas using strong double sided sticky tape.  To remind Shannon to keep on smiling :-)

Staple gunned the ribbon to hang it - so it won't come off and used some little buttons and twine to hide the staple, attached these using the hot glue gun :-)

And a little photo to the side to show the butterfly off.

This project is being entered in the following challenges.

Our Kreative Karma - January Challenge: Your Hobby - can be anything! (closes 30 Jan)

Flutterby Wednesday - Challenge #222: Anything goes (closes 15 Jan)

Lexi's Creations - Challenge #81: Anything Goes (closes 19 Jan)

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Monthly Challenge January: Anything Goes (closes 10 Feb)

Cuttin and Stampin Challenge - Challenge #2: Use Hearts or Love in your creation (closes 21 Jan)

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - Challenge #24: Butterflies (closes 17 Jan)

The Squirrel and The Fox - Challenge #35: Anything Goes (closes 23 Jan)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 14 January 2013

A bit of a sneak peek!

Hi everyone.  Just thought I would stop by today with a little sneak peek of some projects that I have been doing for this weeks DT posts.  After being ill last week and with Andy going away,  it is taking me a little time to get back up to speed and I am just meeting my deadlines for this week.  After today, we should be all hunky dory and back on track.

The first sneak peek is for my post tomorrow for She's a Sassy Lady, for my monthly visit.  It's almost finished and will be ready to go on schedule later.

I have been playing with my Silhouette Cameo and cut some vinyl with it today for this project.  Oh my, it did the kiss cut perfect!!  

Next up is my post for Polka Doodles this Friday, for the next challenge.  

Do you see that scalloped edge - used the print and cut feature with my - you guessed it, Cameo!  There's no way I could have cut it that well by hand.

Well, as you can see I am so pleased with my new toy and although still only playing with the basics, it truly has opened up a whole new way to craft for me.  I still have a lot to learn on how to use the files etc, but I'm so pleased with what I have come up with so far.

So things will soon be back to normal and I will be ahead on my commitments!  Sorry for cutting it so fine Sheila, but there will be something on the schedule later today :-)

Oh and it will be late, my apologies, but I will do the draw for my blog Candy today and announce the winner on Wednesday - the girls are going to help:-)

Thanks everyone for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

For my Hubby!

Hi everyone, so Andy leaves today.  I have to drop him at the airport at around 3pm and he's off.  Of course, he'll soon be home again - either the 2nd or 9th Feb, for the weekend and then every 4 weeks or so.

I wanted to share with you the card I have made for him.  I sneakily put it in his suitcase whilst he wasn't looking, so that when he gets to his apartment and unpacks he will find it :-)

All the cuts are using my Silhouette Cameo. Something simple to start with :-)

I typed up the letters and then drew an oval shape around them. I love the ability in the program to be able to centre your shape around the text.

The hearts and scalloped edged  piece are parts of a freebie file that came with the Studio program.  I ungrouped them and then just used the elements I wanted.

My papers are from a Minds Eye 6x6 pad called Love Me that was part of my Secret Santa gift from Pam at The Bug Bytes, thanks so much - I'm going to be using most of this stack as I'll be doing Miss You cards too:-)

The base layer and the I Love You layer are papers from my scrap box.

I inked all the edges of the layers .  The sentiment layer is stuck down and then I added a couple of brads. No frilly stuff, as its for my man!

The hearts, I cut at 1.5" and 1.25", then popped them up on different thickness pop dots. I did the two different size hearts for his and hers :-)

I also used the cut letters to go on the inside of the card - so it was good to be able to use both elements of the cut.  They were cut perfectly, so I just had to use them.

Again, I inked all the edges of the inside layers and added a couple of stamped hearts to finish off.

Not bad for my first use of the Silhouette, eh! :-)

I am so looking forward to getting back to crafting and for using my Silhouette with digis and other things.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

DL ART Thankful Thursday - Anything Goes (closes 31 Jan)

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #48: Anything Goes (closes 18 Jan)

Challenges 4 Everybody - Challenge #11: Anything Goes (closes 18 Jan)

Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - PWC240:  Brads (closes 15 Jan)

Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #91: Anything Goes (closes 17 Jan)

Paper Creators Crafts - Challenge #3: Love is All Around (closes 25 Jan)

Thank you all for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Good News! Good News!

Hi all my crafty peeps - so good to be back.  Feeling so much better.  Thank you all for your wonderful comments and get well wishes.

Now, I hope your not too disappointed with my news - but for me its fabulous!

So, last Saturday, 5th Jan, was my birthday and as some of you regulars know, Andy is off to Winnipeg.  In fact he goes tomorrow:-(

My wonderful husband, that he is, let me order -  are you ready for this.................

Isn't it just perfect.  It came a couple of days ago and I finally was able to take it out of the box!  And look how wonderful it looks on my desk :-)

I had a quick play in the Studio program and did the control panel, with one of the freebie files that it came with.

Oh my goodness - this machine is fabulous - it cuts so quickly and cleanly!  I have to let you know, that I also used my Cricut mat in the machine and it works fabulous (I have quite a stock - so its good that I will be able to use them).

The Studio program seems to be quite intuitive, although I have only done basic things at the moment.

I have also made a card - but I will show you that tomorrow - I'm putting it in Andy's suitcase - so he will see it when he gets to Winnipeg:-)

So that's my news.  Lots of packing to get done today - he has to fit a lot in two suitcases, also doing some last minute laundry for him LOL!

I hope you are all well and have a fabulous week - gosh this month is already going by so quickly.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Read all about it! Read all about it!

Read all about it! Read all about it!


Owner, Karon, is reported as saying "Whoop, Whoop!"

Normal service is said to resume sooner than expected.

Stay tuned for further updates.

Owner told reporters that she has some exciting news to share!

Come back soon!

Monday, 7 January 2013

MMC - normal service will resume as soon as possible!

Hi my crafty peeps - MMC = Missing My Craftroom!

I am just popping in to let you know what's happening.  My apologies for the lack of posts.

I have been under the weather since the 2nd Jan - possible flu bug or just a bad cold, but no energy and feeling rather awful!  A little bit better today.

My girls go back to school today and if I feel up to it may try and get in the craft room.

Other news!!  Andy (my hubby) is off to Winnipeg this Saturday. A new contract that could mean he will be there for upto a year :-(  He will come home every 4 weeks or so :-)  So it will be just me and the girls.

This week will therefore be a bit hectic getting him ready to leave.  Packing and sorting all the things he needs to take with him.  He's even got me marking laundry, so he knows what wash to do his clothes in LOL!  Bless him!

I have been visiting all your blogs and enjoying what you have been up to.  Luckily my last few posts were pre-scheduled so I was able to meet my DT commitments:-)

I hope to have something new to share with you soon.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Crafting.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Polka Doodles - Emma Canning Blog Hop

Hi everyone - it's Friday again and time for another Polka Doodle challenge, but this week it is one with a difference!  You get the chance to win some fab Polka Doodle products by entering the challenge which is:

To Make A Card Using The Same Fab Emma Canning Image That I Have

You will find it free at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog HERE

You need to enter the challenge and participate in the blog hop, to be eligible for any prizes.

If you have come to my blog from Fliss at The Stampers Chef, then you are on the right track.  If you are just popping in to visit me and you would like to take part, then you will need to start at the beginning at the Polka Doodle Challenge blog, as a full list of participants is there.  Don't forget that you need to leave a comment on each of the blogs, and enter the challenge to be in a chance of winning the mega Polka Doodle prize!

Here is my little bit of inspiration for you.

I decided to use the Emma Canning image to make a card for a friend.  The image was coloured using my Spectrum Noir markers.

The patterned papers are from the new Polka Doodles Cherry Blossom CD, that was released just before Christmas on the 15 December.  It is one fabulous CD, there are so many images (coloured and black and white for you to colour yourselves), sentiments, papers and some fabulous ready to go toppers to print and cut and so much more. 

I used my first ever Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Eight - I wish I had bought some of these when I first started back to card-making, they are great!  I know, I'm easily pleased; you have all probably been using these for years LOL!

The sentiment is also from the same CD - isn't it just perfect - there really are loads to choose from, for all types of occasions.

I inked all the edges, of all the layers, with a purple Studio G ink pad and raised the sentiment layer to add a little dimension.

A little bit of ribbon, some pearl dots and a lovely bow to finish off my card.  I of course also did the inside of my card.  Used the Nestabilities in there too, and the little rose stamp is from a See D's set called Springtime Swirls (bought in the UK many moons ago).

I just love lilac colours and this came together really quickly, even the image didn't take too long to colour.

The Polka Doodles on line shop sells so many crafty items, along with their fabulous crafting CD's.   You only have to spend a minimum of  £10.00 to get Free Shipping Worldwide.  They are also beginning to expand into the digi world, with more instant downloads and more are being added weekly.  You can get lots of different downloads, from small bundles to individual images so why not go along and take a peek.

Of course, what is a blog hop without a little blog candy.  For one lucky follower who leaves a comment on my blog will have this little pile of goodies.  I will draw for the candy on the Monday 14th January, the day after the challenge finishes.

It includes:-
10 each of silver/gold metal fans (not real silver and gold LOL!)
5 woven papers 5"by 7"
2 packs of sticky ribbon
An assortment of little teeny bows.
Pack of 8 blank cards.

Just a little something to say thank you for being a follower and leaving me a comment.

Your next stop on the hop is Kimberly at Just Wordz, she will show you her creation that she made using Emma's cute image.

The Blog Hop will end at 12noon (GMT) Sunday 13 January, along with the challenge. So good luck, and happy hopping.

Please make sure you follow the challenge rules, found on the Polka Doodle challenge blog.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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