Monday, 29 December 2008

Mona's mood swings

I do hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas... I had a lovely time with my gorgeous family.
As you can see I have been playing with Chris' Mona stamp along with different inks on the backgrounds of the ATC's.
With the use of different inks and colours she is almost like one of those mood rings.... she takes on a very different look on each ATC.
I just thought I would share them with you as her 'mum' Chris is coming over to collect her tomorrow .... I will be sad to see her go...Karen (Scrapz) please can you order my very own Mona in for me. ROFPMSL.
Take care Chriss x

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Merry Christmas everyone

Denise in Dubai sent this one...

Why not try it this year!

Sure to bring smiles from your guests!

Here is a new way to prepare your Christmas Turkey.

oxoxoxoxoxoxox Christmas love oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

1. Cut out aluminium foil in desired shapes.

2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully. (see attached picture for details)

3. Roast according to your own recipe and serve.

4. Watch your guests' faces...

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,

May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.

May your puddings be delicious
And your pies take the prize,

And may your Christmas dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Friday, 19 December 2008

ABAA Windows

The challenge on Linda and Rosies ABAA this week is to create something with windows.... I was playing with a new stamp and inks I bought from Karen at scrapz I was having great fun and came up with 2 very different windows however not knowing which one to use for the and after much thought you got them both.

I am just loving this Mona stamp... she actually belongs to Chris but I have kidknapped her because she has kidknapped my primive angel I created for last weeks challenge on
Thanks for looking.
Chriss x

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Artygirls challenge Small Art

Here is my entry for the Artygirlz challenge this week... the challenge is to produce a piece of small art no larger than an ATC size and as I am back into making ATC's I thought I would enter this one ...the background is from playing with inks and the stamp is another of the fabulous Crafty Individual stamps.
click on image to get a better look of the background... as I enlarged it I have just decided this Rabbit has jumped over a stream and a red sky at
Thanks for looking
Chriss x

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Chris and Cosmo Cricket

Our lovely Chris has been busy with her fabulous Christmas cards on these she has used the fantastic Cosmo Cricket Christmas papers.

Here is a little peek for you.... what a tease I to see them in their full glory pop over HERE you will be pleased that you did and Chris will be thrilled to see you.
Thanks Chris for your time and creativeness that you share with us.
Chriss x

Monday, 15 December 2008


We just thought we would introduce you to some of the new Crafty Individual stamps and as always they are sooo gorgeous... that's not all that we are excited about.... CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS are holding an ATC challenge on their website.


Now we all love a challenge.... and we all love Crafty Individual stamps...put them together and what do we have...

We know that crafters love to take on a challenge, so we have decided to have our very own CI ATC Challenge Competition.
Enter our brand new ATC design competition to win one of four fantastic prizes:




So what are you waiting for?????

For more details pop over


jigsaw entries

number 1 KarenNumber 2 Crafty creations

Number 3

number 4

number 5

number 6
Karen 50

Number 7
Here are our gorgeous entries to the altered jigsaw piece .... if you click on the the names it will take you to their blogs to see other photos can also click on the pieces to get an enlarged pic.
Thank you to everyone who entered.... the pieces are just stunning, it is amazing what can be done with a jigsaw piece and some BLING.
Chris will be back soon to reveal who has won our prize candy by choosing a random number.
Good Luck everyone.
The next challenge will be to alter a photo see updates on the right as it gets closer to January 2009.
Chriss x
Here we are and our winner is.....
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2008-12-15 20:35:37 UTC
Chris xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Well done Kimmie from TPG xxxx

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Pretty Paper Hearts Challenge

Over at Pretty Paper Hearts this week we are asked to recycle an old Christmas card into our paper heart.

This is mine..... the images are my own... cut from a Christmas set I was asked to commission for the year 2000.
If you would like to join in then please click on HERE

Monday, 8 December 2008

Altered jigsaw challenge...Bling

Hi all... well here we are with this months challenge :D We would like you to alter a jigsaw piece, any shape or size you wish. The only stipulation is that it MUST include 'bling' well it would have to wouldn't it when I'm setting the Here is my example... I used free background paper from Cen's loft and the Santa image is from Cen's crafty bits. I added lots of glitter and bling and used an Artistic Stamper flourish stamp to add interest to the background. My little finishing touch was to add hanging paper baubles stamped with a snowflake stamp (can't be seen very well here but there are more pics on my personal blog)
We have a free template for you to use if you don't have a jigsaw piece of your own but you need to enlarge the picture by clicking on it before saving it to your computer and printing out. Sticking the template onto cardboard before cutting out will give you a stronger base to work on.
The template is in four sizes so that you can use the one best suited to your own project :D

Chriss will be adding her example to this post shortly and will give you the rest of the details for the challenge and the end date. So happy crafting from me and I will be looking forward to your entry :D
Chris xx

Thanx Chris for setting this months challenge to alter a jigsaw which must include BLING, LOL.
We have 1 week to do this... closing Monday 15th Dec 12 noon UK time.
By either using the templates Chris has shared with us or you can use your own whatever you decide just leave us a comment telling us where to find you and we will pop along to see your creation.
We will use a Random Integer Generator to choose 1 lucky person to receive a little surprise crafty goody bag from us.
Happy altering ....I am off to do mine now!!!
Have fun.
Chriss x

At last here is my altered jigsaw for our challenge although it is not a brilliant scan sorry.

I covered the puzzle piece in a remnant of wallpaper, stamped the Crafty Individual Queen of Hearts stamp onto an ATC with black stayzon ink.

Added the BLING (just for our lovely Chris) to her crown and at the bottom of the puzzle... Then stamped randomly using the CI postage stamp... adhered a diamond circle on her eye which I bought from Karen at Scrapz.

Looking forward to seeing your altered puzzles.

Chriss x

artgirlz challenge 'frames and Tanda challenge in the frame

This week at the Artygirlz we were challenged to use a frame.
I made these 2 Christmas cards using Crafty Individuals Craft mounts
You can purchase a pack of 12 empty mounts,
The mounts can be covered in decorative papers, or stamped with inks, and used to embellish cards, scrapbooks, etc.
I chose to Emboss the frames but firstly Chris, I played with some inks putting a few drops of our chosen colours onto an old table mat and then diluted them with water.... then gently wiped the mount in the inks... picking up colour where we wanted it...leaving the frames to dry.
I chose the same background from CI Christmas paper book, ( I love CI papers)
Then chose images from CI Christmas image book.
I then decided to emboss the frames, again choosing a selection of CI stamps and heat embossing the top card with Verdigris and the bottom card with gold.
I have also included these in for the Tanda challenge for last week ... In the frame.
Be back soon to with the awards,
Chriss x

The Awfully big art adventure

Sorry I have been a bad blogger this just got in the way :(.

I actually took part in 2 of last weeks challenges but didn't get around to blogging them 1 was for Linda and Rosie on the challenge of an ANGEL.
Here is mine and I am sorry she's late.
I couldn't scan her as she is too big for the scanner bed and had to wait for Chris to take her Pics (thanks Chris)

I love primitive angels I have a few in most rooms in my house and so was inspired by them when I created her.

The Little red safety pin and the 'saying' are both from Karen at Scrapz...all the papers used to make her are some of the new Christmas papers from Cosmo Cricket ...they are soo Yummy

This not sooo little angel will hang in my hall along with the others I have sitting on the fire alarm box.
Tomorrow I will blog the Artygirlz challenge for last week before the new one goes up.
I will also get round to visiting you all too I am sorry I haven't been to see your blogs in a little while but feel sure you will understand.
I too will also catch up with the wonderful awards that have be given to the papergirls...thank you.
Plus Chris will be blogging tomorrow on here to let you know all about Decembers challenge to alter a piece of jigsaw... she will be challenging you to use her fave embellishment...I wonder do you know what it it 1 SILVER, 2 BLING or 3 GOLD.... answers on a postcard please.
Thanks for looking and enjoy your day.
Chriss x

Friday, 28 November 2008

Altered tin ABAA

Just a very quick hello to post my altered tin I made on Monday for Linda and Rosie, late posting it I know but Life is getting in the way of my Blogging, I will catch up when I can get back to play :))

This is a picture of the tin before altering but unable to load it fully and just cannot work out what to do..any tips???
I painted the tin, stamped and embossed in gold the two colours I used are my fave at the moment.

The image and inks are both from Karen at Scrapz It was actually my first time using them Mona was an ATC which I cut down for the tin.... i almost wept but she was perfect colouring so....

Hope to be back soon, Wishing you all a great weekend.
Chriss x

Friday, 21 November 2008

Kreativ Blogger Award

The very talented Gayle Page-Robak has honoured our blog with this fabulous award.
Gail is not only wonderfully talented she is also a lovely LADY and blogging friend... thank you sooo much Gayle it is indeed an honour.

Here are the rules:
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 for the award.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Without further ado here we are

Chris, Heather, Sandy, Patty and Karen

Thanks to each of you for your inspiration!
Chriss x

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Big Art Adventure inchies

My attempt at doing a set of INCHIES for Linda and Rosie over at the BAA I did a set of 9 first I tripple clear embossed them before embossing them with silver metal on the edges.. not sure what I will use them for possibly to decorate a tin that holds buttons. Click on for a better view.
Talk about Inchies, Kimmie must be the Queen of inchies and wow does she come up with some great ways to display them...why not pay her a visit, this is what I found on her blog. Thank you Kimmie
Thanx for looking...Chriss x

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Tag Your It

The very talented and lovely DAWN left me a comment on last weeks Arty Girlz post and right at the end she challenged me to join the TGI challenge for this week, Red and Green being the challenge..... Set by one of the 'card making queens' of blogland Kath.....
Now I like both colours but not always together (unless it's Christmas) so this was a double challenge because I also challenged myself NOT to do a Christmas tag.
Why do we do this to ourselves. lol.
If you want to take on the challenge then pop over HERE

The image was given to me last week as a gift by friend and papergirl Chris, it is a transfer on fabric thanx C...enlarge for a closer look.
Chriss x

Monday, 17 November 2008

We have a winner for our Altered CD

We have a winner for our Altered CD.....


Karen Gist from Cornwall,
Here is the copy of her email she sent with the pic of her CD

Hi Chriss,
Great challenge!!!
I have altered a CD for you. I am still a beginner so its not as fantastic as the ones you have on your blog!!! But I really enjoyed doing it all the same and am pleased with it. I used 5 newspaper words and couldn't for the life of me find a 'from' so just wrote it!!!!
It just goes to show beginner or no beginner she is a winner.

Thank you to everyone who entered we were sooo thrilled, we want you to know in our eyes the Altered CD's were ALL worthy winners.
Thank you to all who VOTED because without your votes we would not have a winner.

Hope you are able to join in with our challenge for December to alter a piece of jigsaw to our downloadable shape and size, read more in the side panel on the right of our blog this weekend.
Pop over and visit our winner HERE
Here is a link to our other fantastic Altered CD's
I will add the others to this list as I receive their blog addy's.... silly me (Chriss) should have asked for them earlier. DOH.
The Papergirls xx

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Gothic Arch challenge

Hi this week I am thrilled to be your hostess for the Gothic Arch challenge.

I have chosen the theme 'Silhouettes' as I have had this stunning dancing couple in my Stash for 2 years ....shame on

So today I give them to you and can you believe I have used my favourite Cosmo Cricket paper on the background...I was saving it for something special...I guess the time has come today.
Other images Crafty Individuals

I had sooo much fun creating my arch and hope that you will too.

Why not pop over to HERE as I have just been introduced to a brand new shop which only opened this week... June from Cens Loft is selling 2 A4 sheets of new silhouettes to download, each page has 6 different images 12 in all for JUST £1 50p and because they are downloads you can use them over and over again... now that's great value.
Here is a sample of one of Junes Silhouettes, our talented Papergirl Chris has used this gorgeous image on her mums birthday card...isn't it scrummy.

Don't miss out on seeing close ups of this fabulous card HERE
Chris also has FREE STUFF on her blog, now don't you just love those 2 words...I know I do. Pop over and see on the right side of her page is a big sign saying FREE STUFF......see below her arches she has up for grabs using her own paper designs if you would prefer your own style of arch you can download Free A4 patterned sheets for your own use. Happy times with your Silhouettes, I am soooo looking forward to coming over to your blogs to see what you have created.

Edited, Here is one of the fabulous Silhouette sheets at Cens Crafty Bits

Thanks for looking and do hope you can join in with us :))

Chriss x

Friday, 14 November 2008

Arty girlz challenge 'Inspired'

Over at the ARTYGIRLS this week our challenge is to choose a blog we like and without copying exactly deliver a piece of art we have been inspired by.
The person I have chosen to be tonight Matthew is... oops, sorry, wrong

The person I have chosen is Kris'....I first found Kris in May '08 when I was blog hopping and loved her work soooo much, how lucky was I that she was giving 3 of her painted ATC's away I asked for one of them, very soon it arrived in the post and I added it to my collection with great PRIDE.
Thank you Kris I will always treasure the above ATC. x

However for the challenge I have been inspired by another piece of her fabulous work, a very romantic pink canvas she has posted on her blog on the 23rd Oct. over HERE

I searched for a romantic flowing dress which i picked up for a song from Dolce Gabbana, and went from there and as you all know I love painted circles on some of my work so this was right up my street.

This is my version of Kris' truely creative piece... T H A N K Y O U Kris.
Sadly her head and halo are not fixed to her body as iI would like, I had them set out ok before gluing them down and would you believe on this occasion the glue stuck immediately and it was impossible to remove and reposition her.
Never mind she is still going on my wall :)) I like her.
The paper used over the canvas is from the PM 'simply elegant' pack and the really lovely gold embossing powder is one of Debbie Moore's.
The paper ribbon that sits along the lower edge of the canvas came in a RAK from Linda Vincent..thanx L.
Thanks for the challenge Girlz I really enjoyed it.
Have a lovely weekend and thanks for looking.
Chriss x