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Hello Crafters! Crafting is my escape into my own little world full of ideas. Some of my best creations are produced in the early hours of the morning out of my craft cupboard …. hence ‘Open all hours’. Plus, as I have three lovely small children, often, evenings, weekends and late at night is the time when I can concentrate on making cards.

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Footie Star...

Hello Everyone,

I have been trying not to use the computer too much as I have been suffering from RSI in my hand and it's been aggravated by typing, so apologies for not checking out your lovely blogs. Also it's becoming increasingly difficult to prise my son off the computer! Anyway I couldn't keep away from crafting too long so here is my entry for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge...

Wishing you all a great weekend, Michele x

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge 35 & Papertake Weekly

I started off this card thinking an angel is just what I need for the Cute card Thursday Challenge, but it has ended up a lot more sparkly than I originally intended, so I'm going for the double and including it on the Papertake weekly challenge as well!

This image is coloured with my new Prismacolour pencils, I love them already and I only got them yesterday!

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Kreative blogger award...

I was absolutely delighted to receive my first blog award from Crafty Lou. Thank you so much Louise.

The rules are:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award
3. Nominate 5 blogs
4. Put links to their blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

The lovely bloggers I'm going to nominate who all make wonderful cards are : Chris, Elaine,Linda,Debbie and Tab.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Visit Elaine's lovely blog

It's Happy Birthday to Elaine, and to celebrate she is very kindly giving away some lovely blog candy. Pop over to her blog and check out her lovely cards.

Dawnys Sketch #1

Hi Everyone,

Yet another Halloween card! 'Milly on a broomstick' is one of my new stamps from Spiral Whisper. I really wanted to use it, especially as I haven't finished making my Halloween cards for my family. I thought the Papertake Weekly Challenge would be ideal for this as my 'bat stamp' fitted the requirements for the sketch perfectly.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Halloween Milly...

Hi Everyone,

I've had a fantastic day at Stampin'Up! stamp camp. We made five lovely cards which can be seen on Jackie's blog 'Jackie's house of cards'. Looking forward to the next one already!

Anyway, I obviously hadn't had enough of crafting as I came home and finished off my Halloween card that I nearly finished the other day. I thought I'll just change one little thing on the 'Milly image' I'd coloured and messed her up completely! So here she is, my second attempt, for the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge and the Spiral Whisper Challenge...

here is my entry

Friday, 24 October 2008

Friday Sketchers - Sketch 25

Here is my first entry for the 'Friday Sketchers Challenge'...

Stamp - Great Impressions No.F235

Hope you all have a great weekend.


Monday, 20 October 2008

Frightful but delightful! - Papertake Weekly Challenge

Hello Everyone,

I love Halloween cards so I just had to have a go at this challenge, so here is my ghostly entry for the 'Papertake Weekly Challenge'.

Hope you all have a fang-tastic week...

Friday, 17 October 2008

Challenge 32 (Autumn)

Hi Everyone,

I haven't got a Magnolia Halloween stamp so I thought I would adapt this one to make the first of my Halloween cards. I've been meaning to make a start on them for a while now. I recently bought a set of 'Clearly Defined' Halloween stamps from Stamp Addicts, so they came in handy with this little project! If you look at a post I did in September using my Magnolia stamp you can see her in full before I cut off the bird she is holding and her wings and some of her hair (I sound so cruel!) So here she is for the 'Cute Card Thursday Challenge' & 'The Dinky Dots Den Challenge'....

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Elephants never forget...

Hi Crafters,

Thanks so much to everyone who has followed my blog it's a real compliment.

I just love this cute little elephant. I have been looking forward to using him on a card since I coloured him in some time ago for the 'Cute Card Thursday Challenge'. So here he is...

Here’s my card

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Here come the girls!

Hi Everyone,

I haven't posted anything for a while as I've been busy working on the latest assignment from 'Stamp Addicts' which was a range of lovely girly stamps called 'Mimi Girls' from DeNami. I quickly took a few pictures of the cards in my lunch hour on Monday and then posted them off to 'Stamp Addicts'. I didn't have the best background for taking the pictures, the car park floor! Oh well. Anyway here are a few of the cards I made.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Definitely Girly!

Hello Everyone,

I think you would agree that not many men would really want to receive this card, so it is definitely 'One for the girls'. So this is my entry for the 'Penny Black Saturday Challenge'. Hope you are all enjoying your weekend with lots of 'craft time'.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Little Pink Princess...

Hello Everyone,

Another stamped image that I took away with me to colour when I was in France. As this week's Cute Card Thursday Challenge is 'Pretty in pink', it was lucky for me it was the colour I chose for her! So here is my 'Pink Princess', hope you like her.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

A little birdie told me!

Hi Crafters,

I'm back crafting after my holiday in France. I say back crafting but I did actually take a few stamped images with me to watercolour, well what can I say, I am truely addicted! Anyway here's one of the images I coloured when I was away that I have used for the Papertake weekly challenge. Hope you all had good holidays. Bye for now, Michele x

Monday, 18 August 2008

Rainy days and Mondays....

Hello there,

Well the image I've used in this card is certainly appropriate with the awful summer weather we're having! I'm really enjoying using my new stamps I got at Stamperama. I thought this image was so cute I couldn't resist it and it stamps out beautifully. I hate stamps that have thick lines but this one is lovely and fine. I also got to use another lovely stamp by 'Stampin up' for the text. If you like this stamp it comes as a set of various sentiments and is available via Jackie's House of Cards. Here is my entry for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge. Hope you enjoyed doing this challenge as much as I did.

Here is the sketch

Bye for now, Michele x

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Hello Friend...

Hello Everyone,

I had a lovely time last weekend at the Craft Show and I did what I said in my last post and treated myself to lots of Penny Black stamps. I've got no excuse now for not having a go at the Saturday Challenges! Here's my attempt with one of my lovely new stamps.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

No Pink Here!

Hello Crafters,

Back again so soon! Now I've finished my 'Stamp Addicts' assignment I thought it would be great to have a go at the 'Penny Black Saturday Challenge' 'No Pink Allowed'. I love Penny Black stamps and now I know about this Challenge I definitely will be tempted to buy some more when I go to the Stevenage Craft Show next week, oh dear!


Friday, 1 August 2008

Sunny Christmas

Hi Everyone,

I've just finished the latest assignment for Stamp Addicts. This one is for their next television show called 'Christmas & Gold Leaf' to be shown on 'Create & Craft' in August. The gold leaf just adds a bit more glamour & shine than using embossing powders. Here are a few of the cards I submitted, I have used gold leaf and also oxidating red leaf on some of the cards. It certainly seems weird making Christmas cards when the weather's roasting and anyone looking in my window to see Christmas cards on my mantelpiece would have thought I was completely mad!

Stamps used that are available from Stamp Addicts are:

Holly C3132 - Printworks
Ornament E3121 - Printworks
Candy Cane C3119 - Printworks
Flourished Frame 2785G - JudiKins
Spirit of Christmas Q023 - Printworks (selection of text and Dove Stamp)

Bye for now,


Sunday, 29 June 2008

Friday, 27 June 2008

Crafty Cats...

Here's the new cards to add to my cat-a-logue! There's more in the making, so just a short 'paws' before I add them...

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Cool Cats!

Hello Everyone,

I'm back posting again after the breakdown of my computer due to hard disk failure. I didn't have it for weeks and missed it soooo much! It's just wonderful to have it back and now I can add some cards I made using these cool cats by Judi-Kins. The stamps are available from 'Stamp Addicts'. I think they're great as you can use them for loads of different occasions...just add a hat!. He looks to me like he's got attitude and she is rather coy. I am guessing they're male and female anyway! Here are a some cards I've made, more to follow soon!
Purring - 3395E (Female cat)
Cat Walk - 3394G (Male cat)

Bye for now,


Monday, 5 May 2008

Bloomin' Great Day!

'In the garden' is the theme this week for the 'Cute Card Thursday' challenge. So I thought, 'that's great I can use my new 'Tilda' Stamp with her holding a watering can'. So here she is, hope you like her.


Hi Eveyone, I'm back posting after finishing making cards for 'Stamp Addicts' next television show 'Pirates & Princesses' which will be shown on 'Create & Craft' on the 17th of May. As you can see I was asked to make pirate cards. The stamps were great and there are lots of ways to use them. Here are a few that I made, I will add some more soon. Thought I would include some cards onto the TGIF Challenge after I found out that the theme was 'Pirates' from Kaz who has made some lovely cards. Oh dear, another really late night crafting!
Bye for now,


All stamps by 'Printworks'.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Two Little Ducks...

I love these cute little ducks, so when I realised I could use them for the 'Cute Card Thursday' Challenge, which stated that, 'any form of transport was OK' I was delighted!

Stamp by 'Great Impressions' No. F294

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Get Well Soon...

Hi Everyone,

This time I thought I'd give the Papertake Weekly Challenge a go! I'm due to receive my next assignment from 'Stamp Addicts' this week, so my time will be spent concentrating on that till the end of April. I'm really looking forward to seeing what stamps I'm going to receive.

'Get Well Soon' Stamp is one of a set by Printworks, Clearly Defined Q004 Caring Thoughts - available from 'Stamp Addicts'.
Buzz in the Air! Stamp - Penny Black

Bye for now,


Monday, 31 March 2008

Wonderful Chocolate!

Just discovered the 'Arty Girlz' Chocolate Card Challenge and thought I would it would be fun to add a card. Stamp - 'lets Celebrate' by Penny Black
Here is my entry...

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Three little birds on my doorstep...

This was the card I made for all my family this Easter, I made nine of them in total! I stamped the chick three times, masking the centre one before stamping the other two. Stamps by 'Dovecraft Designer Clear Stamps'.
I used Judi Kins - 'Diamond Glaze' to give shine and dimension to the eggs.