Monday, July 25, 2011

Thinking of you on Monday

Hello blogging pals , welcome to my room , on this pleasant Monday morning . Hope that you are enjoying doing what ever it is that you are doing . I think the weather is a little better here as we actually saw some sun over the weekend . Doug and I managed a short stroll around our  nearby park . I must remember to take my camera next time as mum duck was there with 8 young ducklings . Plenty of water in the creek as well .
 Adjusting my DT bonnet now for the Make it Monday posting .
Once more there were over 170  amazing  entries for last week . So many styles , so many different layouts , colour combinations , non card projects , lots of embellishing to very little but all so inspiring !
Congratulations to last weeks winners .Thank you to all those who took part. I hope that all of you had lots of blog love left in comments .
I hope too that you all pop over to the other DT members to see what they have shared for this week .You will find their names on my side bar , just click on name and that will take you to their blog .

My card for this week is another CAS card of course, but one which my craft friends enjoyed making today .

This week we are sponsored by


The prize will be a £10 voucher to spend in store (p&p not included).
Crafty Emma's Store sells a fabulous range of papercrafting items including designer papers, stamps, flowers, pins, divine twine and much, much more.
And for my favourite section of this post is my pick of the week .
CARRIE with entry number 171

Well worth a vist to see her other amazing projects . Thanks for sharing this one Carrie .
Well that's it for this week ,sure hope that you will share something with us this time .Dont forget that just by leaving some blog lovin'  on an entry  and saying you saw it on Make it Monday  you too could win a prize . 
  Special thank you to my followers and to those who leave me some blog love from time to time .I find it very humbling that someone would take the time to do either for my ordinary creations .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Children's card

Hello , welcome to my room .
Wow,  did I  have a great day . Hope you all had one too .
Had  Sandy and  Jane over for some card making , chit chat and cuppa .  Had interesting discussion about washing machines and lint. Isn't that a pain ..lint on clothes?
After that Sandy offered to take me to a craft shop .Well,  seeing as how I have not been " out" to browse a craft shop since Doug's stroke in October , I jumped at the offer .
With lots of oohing and "oh look at this and that " I bought one or two bags of goodies such as some stamps and lots of paper .Have not unpacked yet ..might show you all later .
Any way , now to share some cards I have made in the last day or two . Pretty simple ones that dont require a lot of explaining and all created with bits  from my stash .

So thank you for calling in . Dont forget tomorrow is Monday and there will be a post with my pick of the week from entries on Make it Monday list ..

Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Second circles card

Hi there . I'm here  with quick post . To basically admit to a senior moment . Hi there everyone , welcome to my room . This is a second post for today so please scroll down wont you ?
On Tuesday's post  I entered Less is More challenge
I was so keen to use up scrap bits to create a quick and easy card that I forgot to leave lots of " white " space on card front . So today I will make amends by entering another,  similar,  card using some  more scrappy bits .

Still with Crumb Cake, SU,  card base but a new sentiment from I forget where .
Sorry Chrissie and Mandi . Hope this one is closer to the mark .
We have a theme at " Less is More"  which this week is


Please note that this is in the plural... we need to see more than one circle, so not just a circular card base or the odd circle thrown in just to qualify... we need you to think circles and see what you can come up with. Whilst you're thinking of your design however, we don't want you to forget the white space element and the CAS feel for your card.

Catch you again later , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Proud to announce ...

Hi there .Thanks for calling in . Welcome to my room .
I am so glad you're here because I am so proud to share this news with you . I have been bursting at the seams for ages, and now , well I can spill the beans .  You all know
 that Michelle from is my Daughter .RIGHT?
And you all know that she has the blog which is proving to be so popular with so many wonderful entries each week .
Now this talented woman in her own right has opened a new  Digi Store where you will find some exciting examples of her drawing skills.

Today I am featuring one of her images " Ballet Lesson"
I have created two cards to show that with digi images you can resize to suit your project..
The first card is usual C6 size

She is such a cutie , easy to colour and easier to cut out . I mounted her onto embossed and diecut frame . Then layered that onto red paper , hand torn on one side  and adhered onto  green dot paper on card front. I embellished with flowers and bling from my stash .
And this next card shows same  image made smaller

The other images and sentiment are computer generated.
Now you can find more details about the digi store and other examples of images  on Michelle's blog  .
Congrats Michelle , good luck with your new venture .
Hope that you will pop into the store and check it out .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Simply more than one circle

Hi there . welcome to my room . Just a quick project today . If you are in need of a budget card then hopefully my card shared here will inspire you . See how you can use up lots of your scrappy bits of patterned paper . In this instance I kept to a flower theme with my scraps .
Oh and a little tip ,you may or may not think of .
Some of my scrappy bits are  like really , really small .And you know how hard it can be to punch small bits!
Well all you do is adhere a tag to the scrappy bit .

This tag acts as a handle and with it I could position the punch exactly over the image I needed without my fingers getting in the way of the veiw .
So onto my card which happens to be for a bloke who likes gardening from seed to flower /vegs .
I'm hoping it is right for
Week 24 - Theme    at " Less is More"

Please note that this is in the plural... we need to see more than one circle, so not just a circular card base or the odd circle thrown in just to qualify... we need you to think circles and see what you can come up with. Whilst you're thinking of your design however, we don't want you to forget the white space element and the CAS feel for your card."
And my card is ..

With Crumb Cake card base from SU and the 3D foam tape adhered sentiment from Dreams du Jour also from SU, I just added a collection of punched circles of floral scrap  paper. 
Thank you for visiting and I hope you call in again soon .
 Entered into
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Make it Monday Sunshine

Hello blogging pals , welcome to  my room . Thank you for calling in .I do hope that you let me know you have been so I can return the visit . If you have included  your link others may be able to visit you too.
Well , it was a cold and damp weekend here in Adelaide and does not look like it will be any better today .

How was your weekend? I had great workshops both days and Sunday with Jane was productive and fun . Jane always shows such enthusiasm when making up her kits that it is a pleasure to share time with her .

Monday is my favourite day of the week for posting as I get to don my DT hat for Make it Monday . And now as extra bonus I get to choose an entry to feature . That's a bit later ..
Thank you to all the bloggers who shared their creations with us again  last  week and congrats to the new winners .
Now don't forget this week you can be one of the winners too, even if you don't have an entry to share , just by commenting .When commenting on another’s MIM entry don’t forget to mention that you saw it on MIM and the more entries you comment on in this way, the more chances you have of winning.

Our sponsor for this week is .. 

and the prize

A mini magazine/ ideas book... chocked full of inspiration.

This volume of Copicendium is an A5 booklet with 20 pages showcasing projects created using Copic markers.. particularly focusing on colouring digi images with Copics.
                   Oh doggone it I can't enter and I really need help with copic colouring too!
Still,I get to share someone  else's talent .
This week my featured entry is Number ... 71  ..Maria, with her amazing treasured memory keepsake project.
This is amazing, and  I  think worth a visit to her blog to see the rest of it . Now for my card to share today ..
Base card from SU , Marina Mist , Whisper White
Paper and vellum  from stash
Image and sentiment from Kaszazz
Basic Brown ink .
I hope that you will pop over to the other DT members blogs to see their new creation and also check out their featured entry  from last week .
DT names and links on my side bar.
To finish off here I 'm hoping this card will be ok for a challenge I have been recommended
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

UnstampaBelles Challenge

Hi there .Welcome to my room and thanks for calling in .
Special welcome to new followers, Nikki,  you should see her beautiful  Shaker Christmas card ,
and one new entrant in my Christmas card challenge , Kate.[mamapez5]
I have visited Kate 's blog and am inspired by her hand made flowers , her vintage and her poppy paint fusion card. Now  I hope that has  aroused your curiosity enough for you to call in to see these and her two Christmas cards entered into the challenge .
My card to share is one for a challenge  which  I found through a blog pal Annmaree.
Celebrating Christmas.

Info from
Now it's time for our first challenge and what better way to start off with than a CELEBRATION.
This month we would love to see all your CELEBRATION papercraft creations.
You will find our RULES in the right sidebar.
We have two important rules to remember No Stamps (with the exception of a sentiment) and Have Fun.
Challenge #1 closes 31st July and winner announced with the next challenge Monday, 1st August.

Now as I have a few craft friends who do not have a lot of stamps I have been exploring ways to encourage/ inspire  them  to seek alternative images to use. I have used a chipboard image here . Quite effective , do you agree?
So I hope this qualifies for the challenge .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now Shirley-Anne

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Week 23 - One Layer " Less is More"

Hello everyone .Welcome to my room . Hope that you are enjoying some craft time .
Have you checked my side bar lately .The Christmas card Challenge  in particular . Sandy has reached the target of 50 ..Well done Sandy . And there are a couple more who are not far off .
There are a couple of new followers  too , so welcome to them .

Tonight's post is to share my " Less is More" card.
" These ONE LAYER CARD challenges
seem to come around so quickly and here we are once more with another.
For our challenge today we would like to see
This should give you plenty of scope, but please don't forget that we still need to see areas of white space and minimal embellishments on your entries."

And this is my card .
 Glossy White
Basic Black ink
Hedge Word , Penny Black
Copic Colors

Thank you for calling in for this quick post .  If you have time,  check out some of my other posts . There may be something there that you find interesting .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Monday, July 11, 2011

Make it Monday sharing

Good morning / afternoon/ evening  bloggers . ..Well ,  we are world wide aren't we? It's Monday , or in some places nearly Monday , and time for my DT duties .
Welcome to my room where it is only a little warmer than outside . I think it is about 11 degrees as I post this .Takes a while before the aircon fills my room with warmth .
Firstly I present to you Heather , entry number 141 . Heather is my pic for the week .
This little gem shown below ,  that Heather shared with us on Make it Monday , just warmed the cockles of my heart and reminded me of Doug who is spending a lot of time in his armchair now. 

I love the papers and the layout and the inside is beautifully presented as well .   this is Heather's place , where you will find it and some more equally stunning creations as well .
Plenty of stunning entries this week again and it was a pleasure visiting many of them .
Congratulations to  last weeks winners.
Hope that you all enjoy entering again this week . Our Sponsor is

Ladybug Crafts Ink -

And the prize
  Stamp of the winners choice to the value of £6.50

The card I created for this week shows off one of our sponsor's images from the shoes and bags sets .

The image and the sentiment are from the same set . This is one of many reasons I love these sets because the sentiments match the images so well but still lend themselves to other applications . All items to make this are from my stash and I  coloured with copics .

 Now don't forget this week you can be one of the winners too, even if you don't have an entry to share , just by commenting .When commenting on another’s MIM entry don’t forget to mention that you saw it on MIM and the more entries you comment on in this way, the more chances you have of winning.

And so I leave you now with this thought ..
                                                       When you can think of yesterday
                                                         without regret and tomorrow without
                                                           fear , you are near contentment.

Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

A few cards to share

Hello  to you and welcome to my room . Thank you for visiting and I hope you see something you like .
Thanks, also ,  to those who are new followers , I hope you visit again and again and again ..
To those of you who visit from Craftymess , I am having trouble working out how to transfer my page and The Candy Bar over to new site , so I may end up opening as new member .
Just a quick post to share a few cards made in the last couple of days .
The weather has been so cold and damp here in Adelaide that I have been in my room quite often blog hoppin and researching craft magazines

Sorry that I am running late tonight and I have turned off the aircon so it is getting chilly .
Enjoy the rest of your day /evening .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday with friends .

Hi there blogging pals . Welcome to my room . Hope that you and yours are well.
Thanks for calling in  and , as I share a little of my day with you , I hope you see something of interest that makes your visit a happy one.
Poor old Fran today was still not 100%  over her cold symptoms but never the less was still great company along with Sandy . These are a couple of my Tuesday ladies that have been sharing time with me here at home creating our little masterpieces .
Both bought along cards they had made at home . Fran does not have a blog but Sandy you already know I am sure HERE .
First my card for today ..

I made this for example for my little challenge spot over at ..
BLACK and WHITE  THEME  challenge .
                                                                            Fran's card
                                                               Sandy's card

We had a lovely morning making up a couple of kits I had prepared and then some  other little Make a Card kits I have had for quite a while . Then at lunch time we went to a little cafe nearby along with Doug  for a light lunch . An enjoyable day all round.
Now lastly I made a little Thank you note for the cafe owner and staff to give to them tomorrow .It is to thank them for the way they make sure that Doug has easy access to inside tables every morning as we go for coffee .
Well thats it for tonight .
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne .

Monday, July 4, 2011

Now it's Monday

Hello to one and all . Thank you for calling in to see me . Welcome to my room .
Here it is the 4th of July and Monday . If you are celebrating the day ..ENJOY!
Time for me to don my DT hat for Make it Monday .
Entries in the region of 170 odd in number, last week  . WOW ! Consistantly a high number of entries , in my opinion,  rates this blog  high on my list for sharing . Thank you to all who paticipate .
Congrats to another two winners for last week .
I am going straight to my pic of the week
Number 165.... SHIRLEY Now Shirley has other creations with these little friends and I particularly loved an earlier post of hers , " Friends April Showers " as well . You would not be bored if you paid her blog a visit , I promise .
Our sponsor this week is ..
                                                            4 digi images of winners choice
I have enjoyed this new experience of using digi images
since joining MIM as a DT member and here is my creation for this week .

I have used Glossy White as card base . I adhered some DSP to a piece of Old Olive card and together they were embossed with a floral embossing folder . Before placing this onto card I wrapped some jute ribbon around side and attached a metal brad. A diecut frame was used to frame this beautiful olde world wheel barrow and the sentiment added below .   So there you go it is time for you to think about your entry .I am really looking forward to blog hopping through the entries again this week .

When commenting on another’s MIM  entry don’t forget to mention that you saw it on MIM and the more entries you comment on in this way,   the more chances you have of winning.

Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hi , for less is more challenge

Hi to all of my visitors . Welcome to my room . Hope that you are having a grand day/evening .
It is cool but with a little sunshine here in Adelaide . Was out early this morning, 8.30 am, for coffee and toasted ham and cheese sandwich at a nearby bakery . We generally meet up with a couple of friends here on a Sunday , where  we discuss the past weeks  world events and share our opinions on just about everything .
No  usual craft friends over today  as they all have other things happening today so might try to tidy some shelves and drawers in my room this afternoon .
But after this post if you dont mind.
My two Carols came yesterday for a workshop .Carol P. finds it hard at this stage to do any thing crafty at home but Carol J shared this card with us .
  A side fold card with  embossed  1/2 front folded back .The top has a scalloped oval with patterned paper behind to match the same on the inside back . Carol J . cut out a bug image from paper to place in scallop oval . then placed her sentiment under that . Great take on one we made in earlier class , well done Carol J.
And now for my card which I would like to enter into Less is More challenge .
For our challenge this week we would like to see you use
Now they did not say ONLY blue so have snuck in a small bit of other colour .Hope that it is ok .
Glossy White  card base . Image is Tatty Teddie from Carte Blanche.I have inked in Brilliant Blue dragging colour over with blender pen.  Nose and line  were  coloured with TomBow Blue 565  , with Bashful Blue paw pad and around nose .  "hi"  is diecut from Bashful Blue card.  Hope you like !
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.