Monday, 31 March 2008

Candy folders

Here is a picture Of the folders I made To accompany the PIF candy I sent out
To Bee, Claire and Gayle. They are great and can hold several stamped images. I got the idea for them when I recieved one from Noleen at .
They look so pretty when they are done and they are so simple to make.
Maria x.

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Second hand Stamp sale

Today I have been to my local craft shop as they were holding a second hand stamp sale. They do this once or twice a year. People take their stamps that they no longer want anymore and the shop sells them for a small commission. It's a great idea and a great chance to get some lovely stamps at a reduced price. I have sold my stamps like this before but today was my first time going to buy. Boy was it exciting (couldn't sleep last night lol) I know a lot of people think i'm mad but that's because they haven't caught the crafting bug!!(yet). This is a picture of the lovely stamps I got. The great thing is the whole lot only cost me £28.00 what FAB value!

Now I can't wait to use them all.

Have a great weekend everyone. Hope you haven't got this awful rain where you are. It has been tipping down in Paignton for hours.

Maria x x

Tilda Card

Well I have one card to show today and lots of new stash. My card has been made with the new Laura Ashley papers. They are absolutley Gorgeous and are great value at £3.99 a pack.

Card blank is Papermania

Image is one that tracey has given to me.

Paper from Laura Ashley paper pack

Prima Flower

Greeting is from Craftwork cards and also now available from the Glitterpot

Maria x

Friday, 28 March 2008

Girly Cards

Card blank Papermania
Image courtesy of Noleen
Embossing folder Swiss Dots
Flower from Noleen
Backing paper from The Spring Stack

Card blank Papermania
Backing paper from The Spring Stack

image from Noleen and Flower is from Prima Bucket of Blooms

Maria x x

Thursday, 27 March 2008

PIF from Noleen

I would like to thank Noleen over at for the lovely PIF candy
I recieved in the post this morning. Thank you Noleen, I can't wait to play with the lovely images and papers. The images came in the lovely little folder pictured below. It really made my day.
So you all know what this means, the first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will recieve some PIF candy from me. (UK residents only please)


New Baby Card

Here is a card I have made for my friend who is expecting her 2nd baby in May.
I think the card and candle make a great gift.
Card Blank papermania
Paper from my stash
Flowers from Prima bucket of blooms
penny black stamp Nap time!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

I've Been Tagged

I have been tagged by Noleen over at

The Rules of the game are;

1. Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog.

2. Share 7 random and/ or wierd facts about yourself on your blog

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs

4. Let each person know by posting a comment on their blog.

Ok so here goes.

1. I have been married to my husband for 12 years and we have been together since I was 16.

2. My all time favourite film is Dirty Dancing.

3. I once got my head stuck in a sliding wardrobe door when the door became jammed and had to wait about 3 hours for my mum to get home from work to get me out! i was 13 at the time. lol. (say no more!!)

4 I am very Clumsy and I am always falling over.

5. I have an obsession for plastic boxes, lol think they are great for a neat freak like myself.

6. I have a best friend that puts up with being dragged around craft shops. (Hi Jane) x x.

7. I have a craft room at home that was my hubby's office, he now has a tiny space in the corner and now realises it was a bad idea to say yes when I asked if I could have a little desk in there!

The 7 people I am tagging are;

Michelle s
and Tracey at

x x

Monday, 24 March 2008

Thank you Tonya

I would like to thank Tonya who has given me this "You make my day" Award. Tonya has a Fab blog herself take a look @ . Thank you again Tonya. The 3 people I would like to pass this onto are. Natalie at, Sue at and Noleen at . I love everyones blogs and would love to give the award everyone as you all make my day:0)

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Cute Card Thurday Challenge 2

All creatures great and small. This week we would like to see creatures on your cards, they can be animals, birds, fish even dinosaurs or dragons. Absolutely any creature imaginable.
Here is my entry for the Cute card Thursday Challenge 2. I really love these Whipper Snapper bears.

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Cute Cards (Too cold to go outside!! stay in and craft)

Card blank is from PM
Ribbon is from Dovecraft 5m For a pound
Backing papers are from the Dovecraft birthday paper pack
Greeting is from CWC.
I got the ribbon loop idea from some cards that Natalie has done. Pop over and see her FAB blog at
Thanks for the great ideas Natalie, Hope you don't mind us pinching them!

Card blank is PM

Backing paper is K&Co
Ribbon is from The Range

and felt Flower is from Early learning Centre (Kids craft range!!)

My last card is made using the new Whipper Snapper stamps that i had for my Birthday. Aren't they cute?? They are called reclining L'il Bear (Top) and L'il standin Bear (Bottom)

Card blank is PM

Pink Ribbon is from The Range

Bazzill card stock

and the flower is a prima from the Sprites range.

Hope you like them. Have made quite a few cards today as here in Paignton it is very cold. ( and yes I am a southern softie LOL) but with it being so cold it is a good reason to stay in and craft. I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY EASTER.



Easter Card and Candle

Below is the Easter card and Candle I made for my son to give to his teacher for Easter.
The card was made using;
PM Card Blank
Backing paper from The Spring Stack
Ribbon is from The Range £1.oo For a 5m reel.
The coloring was done with my Whisper pens.
The greeting is from Craftwork Cards.
Picture stamp is a sugar nellie and the Greeting stamps Is from
The woodware clear stamps greeting collection.

Arte Y Pico ( Arte and more Award)

I would like to thank Natalie at

For giving me this Award. It is the first Award I have recieved and it's good to know that people do enjoy visiting my blog.

The rules!
1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) To show these rules.

I love everyone's blog and read them most days. The problem is you can only pick 5! The blogs I have chosen are Sue at Bee at Michelle at Gayle at and last but not least Tonya at

Thursday, 20 March 2008

The finished product!

Candle Tutorial

As Promised here is the candle tutorial. Firstly Stamp your chosen image onto White tissue paper with Stazon ink.
Then colour your image in using your prefered method. If using whisper pens be careful not to get the tissue to wet. I use Whisper pens or dry watercolor pencils.
Next trim around your image and lay onto the candle.
Wrap the candle with grease proof paper.
Then gently heat with a heat gun. You will notice the image slowly change color and the wax slightly melts and takes in the tissue paper. Then gently remove the grease proof paper. (not tissue paper this will have melted into the wax)
And there you are, I also use stickles to then decorate the image. If you need any further info please mail me on please see next post for finished candle.


Hi everyone,
Thank you for all your lovely comments you have been posting. I have had quite a few people emailing to ask how you do the candles. So I will post a tutorial on my blog later on today. Hope everyone is having a great day.


Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Candles and cards

Here are some more candles I have altered. I love doing these candles it is so easy and so effective. The great thing is you can use the same stamp to make a matching card to go with the candle. The quality of the photo isn't that great ( i'm not great with cameras).
A couple of cards. I adore the sugarnellie stamps. They are sooo cute.

Birthday presents

These are the lovely birthday presents I recieved from my DH and my sons.
I have wanted these stacks for ages.

More Goodies. All I need now is time to play. I am also waiting for 3 new Whipper Snapper stamps. Hopefully they will come soon.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Time to Blog at last!!

Hi Everyone, I have been really bad at blogging this week. I do have an excuse I have been really busy. I haven't even had time to craft until this morning. But i have been reading everyones blogs. These first 2 pics are of my new stash. Above is the ribbon I ordered from Great value at £5.00 for 20 metres.
Second is my new Nestabilities and a new stamp from
This is a candle I have stamped for my friend as a Thank you as she give me the lovely flowers that are pictured below for my Birthday which just happens to be today!! OMG another year older. I have managed to convince my 7 year old that mummy is 21 today! ha ha, So that is what he is telling people LOL.

Aren't they FAB. Hope you all have a great day. It's horrible weather here in Devon today so maybe i can stay in my craft room all day.



Sunday, 9 March 2008

Space Cadet.

Hi Everyone.
Hope you are having a good weekend. This is the card I made for my son for his 7th Birthday.
Card stack is from Papermania
Wording is done on P.C
Backing paper is from Masculine paper pack from Dove Craft.
Stamp is from the Woodware Clear stamps set: Space Cadet (FRCL097)

Friday, 7 March 2008

My Entry for Gina's Sketch.

This is my Entry for Gina's sketch.
I have used two different tones of Lilac Bazzill Card stock that I embossed
with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.
The stamp is called ' A tender hug' and is from Penny Black.

Baby Cards

I made these cards using Bazzill card for the bottom, which I have embossed
with the Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder. The stamped image has been coloured with
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils, and the wording has been done on my P.C.
The stamp is from

Thursday, 6 March 2008

More cards

Backing Paper from The Spring Stack.
Greeting from Craftwork Cards.
To colour these images I have used Whisper pens.

Backing paper from the glitter Stack,

Oval greeting and Ruffle from Craftwork Cards and the

lettering is made with Smart Guy Sizzix Alphabet Dies

Been busy.

Sorry about the blurred picture for this one.
For this card I used paper from the Dove Craft Masculine Pack.
The oval greeting is from CW cards.
The stamp is called "Just a Bear" and it's from Hobby Art.
The backing paper on this card is from PM retro stack,
The letters are done using the Smart Guy alphabet from Sizzix
And a Prima flower to finish
My Mother's day present, This was bought from
It really is much bigger than it looked in the pictures I have seen on the internet in the
past. It was £14.99 and postage was £2.00.

Hi, I have finally found time for a new post. Have been really busy this week organizing my son's 7th birthday party, which is this coming Saturday. We will be having 30 seven year olds for 2 hours. (should be fun!!) Anyway I have 2 new cards to show you and my late Mother's day present.

Monday, 3 March 2008

The next 2 cards have been made for my Hubby for his birthday and our wedding anniversay. His bithday card was made using White papermania cardstock, the stamp is called garden man and it's from Paper Nation. The backing paper is from the Dovecraft Masculine pack, and the buttons are from a large bag I purchased from Ideal World.

For his anniversary card i used Penny Black stamp called Love Graffiti and the backing paper is from the Spring stack. The wording was done on my PC.

Hope you like them.


Some cards

This first card has been made for my friends birthday

Card stock is Papermania Square card.

For the backing I have used Funky Daisy 300gsm card from

I do not know what the stamp is called as I was given the image from a friend.

and the flowers are Papermania

Hi to everyone reading this. I have been crafting for 6 years. I love cardmaking and scrapbooking, though if I had to choose I would choose cardmaking. I love rubber stamping, my collection is made up of mainly Penny Blacks. I also love the Magnolia Tilda stamps (When you can get them!!) Sugar nellies and Woodware clear stamps.
I would like to thank Natalie at Crafting fun for telling me how to go about creating my own blog.
I will post some pics of my cards later on (when my DH brings the camera home!).