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