Monday, 22 December 2008

Merry Christmas

Well it does not look like I am going to get another card on this side of the new year so I would just like to say, a Very Happy Christmas to everyone who takes the time to visit, sorry I have not been around for a while but with some family problems and not feeling that good it has just been so hectic, so over christmas I am going to recharge my batteries and come back all guns blazing in the new year :), until then, take care xxx

Monday, 1 December 2008

Can anyone help? :)

Does any of you know where I can find some of the spellbinder ribbon tags, and double ended tags. I have seen them in the US but the postage is stupid so I wondered if any of you lovely ladies knew of anywhere which does not charge silly money for p&p

Thank you in advance xxx

I now have a yukky head cold which is doing my head in (if you pardon the pun) so my bad luck still rolls on, we had ellie at the vets tonight too, luckily she is fine but she went to get pampered at the groomers yesterday and fainted poor little love, so she has had a check over and as far as they can tell she is ok!.

I promise I will try and get round to everyone soon, I have been looking through but not commenting :)

Hope you are all well and not too stressed with christmas, I know I am :)

Gina xxx

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

I am still here :)

Just a quickie to let you know I have not fell off the edge of the planet, well not physically anyway, I may have done mentally :)
Things have been quite hectic and there have been a few problems (not mine for a change) which have totally taken over my brain for the last week. Sorry I have not been and visited anyone but I will try and get to you all soon.
Hope you are all well, I know you have all been busy because I have over 200 posts to check on my google reader, oh and before I go, I have been awarded an award :) by some of you so I will be adding that very soon thank you so much xxx
Hopefully be back with something to show you very soon xxx
Gina xxx

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge

Here is my card for papertake weekly challenge,
"This weeks challenge is Snow! Anything snow related - snowmen, snowflakes, snowy scenes etc! "
As you can see I like this card today, the lovely Sue gave me the stamp for my birthday "Thanks Sue xx", the image was coloured with promarkers and the papers are all papermania, hope you like it :) . I am so behind with my blog hopping I do apologise but there are so many blogs that I visit now, if I left comments on all the cards I liked I would not have chance to make any :) but I really do visit you all and love all of your cards xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Quite a weird one!!!

Ok, before I start I will just say that "I don't like this card one bit" :) I don't know what I was thinking when I made it. I was trying to be a bit too arty :).
I have no idea why I have put it on, and if you can not already tell, I am having a beat Gina up day :)
I was going to put it up for secret crafter saturday challenge which this week is "Buttons and a cute image" but I think I will make another for that instead.
I have used SU papers and an image given to me and the flowers are from my stash. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a better card :) and in a better mood with myself too :)
TFL xxx

Blog Candy (Lynsey)

Lynsey has some candy on offer to celebrate her 5000 hits, congrats Lynsey, I will leave the surprise for you to see, but it is gorgeous and very generous, don't forget to check out Lynsey's cards too while you are there :)
The candy closes on the 26th November at 6pm

Blog Candy (Debbie)

Debbie over at Passion for Crafts is having the most stupendous candy giveaway for celebrate 12,000 hits, now I don't know if I should tell you or not but the candy is out of this world, very very generous, so pop over and leave a comment but don't be rude, take a look at her gorgeous creations too.
You have until 5pm on 26th November

LOL Sue has just told me I have not linked the candy, it must have been subliminal because the less people see it the more chance I have :)
I have now linked it (drat) :)

Monday, 17 November 2008

Simply Fairies Sketch #2

Here is my card for Kim's sketch at simply fairies it is a lovely sketch so pop over and give it a go, also look at her fab cards while you are there :)
I have used my PB stamp coloured with promarkers (are you bored of me using these yet!!). I have used DCWV papers and a gorgeous poinsetta (sp?) given to me by the lovely Linda, thanks for looking and all your comments, I know I don't say it enough but I love every single one of them and really appreciate the time you take to leave them xxx mwah xx

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Thinking of you

I made this for someone to let them know I am thinking of them at the moment :)
I have used papers from my candy win from Vicki, they are basic grey and they are gorgeous, the image was coloured with promarkers and the flower is from my stash, sorry for the quick post but I am dying to watch "I'm a celeb", I have taped it, lets see who the celebs!!!!! are this year :)

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Sketch Saturday #25

Here is my card from Sketch Saturday
I have used DCWV papers and a PB image isn't he cute :) I have coloured him with promarkers and added a bit of stickles to his hat, the sentiment is from craftwork cards
Hope you like and am having a good weekend xx

Friday, 14 November 2008

Friday Sketchers #28

This weeks sketch for Friday sketchers was done by Murmur, it is a gorgeous sketch and may be the most inticate card I have ever made, using so many layers is a bit alien to me but I really did enjoy it, once again I missed a bit on my image but I get so excited when I make a card my head runs away with me :) so if you can spot the mistake well done :)
I have used an image given to me which I have coloured with guess what......yes my ProMarkers :) , the papers are DCWV and the rest is from my stash.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Cute Card Thursday #36

Here is my card for cute card Thursday, the challenge this week is "Red and Green"
I have used an image given to me from the lovely Denise and coloured it with my gorgeous ProMarkers :)
The papers, punch's and sentiment are all SU and the ribbon and brads are from my stash.
Hope you like it xxx

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Simply Fairies Sketch #1

Kim over at simply fairies has started doing a sketch every Friday, it is a great sketch so pop over and have a go :)
I have used a PB stamp, I have coloured in with ProMarkers and paper pieced the hammock and used my nesties for the oval, the paper is papermania and the ribbon is from Michelle for my b/day. The flowers are from my stash, excuse the eyelets please, I used my cropodile and I have not got the hand of it yet :(

Just a quickie too, to say "Thank you" to everyone who cheered me up yesterday, you are all fantastic, the bad luck continues though, Dave broke a tooth last night so he has an emergency trip to the dentist coming up, I had only just been on Monday myself and spent £52 :( just think of all the crafting goodies that I could have bought with that :)
Have a good day everyone xxx

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge

Here is my card for Papertake weekly challenge, this week is a sketch by Dawny it is a great sketch but for some reason I don't think my card has done it justice,

Feeling a bit sorry for myself today, the strong rain and winds we had a few nights ago have now equated to water stains in the kitchen on the ceiling and walls and in the conservatory !!! no idea how it got in. Have had a big bust up with Dave today, bless him he does try his hardest, but we have not one bit of luck since we moved in this house 5 years ago, we have had a bird stuck behind the fire, a bee's nest, wasps in the loft, rats in the garden, the neighbours had a toilet blockage which meant they had to rip up our conservatory floor to get to the manhole !!!! apparently we have the only one in the street if anyone needs unblocking, chimney breast out, tons of electric problems OK OK I here you say, but there is more :) I won't go on though, you have been put through enough, and you only came to look at a card :)
thank you though, I think I have got it off my chest..... a bit :)

Monday, 10 November 2008

Sketch Saturday #24

This is my card for sketch Saturday, I have used a WOJ image given to me and the gorgeous SU papers, I have coloured her in ProMarkers and added a bit of stickles for a bit of sparkle, hope you like it xxx

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Secret crafter Saturday Challenge #5

Here is my card for the Secret crafter saturday challenge, this week the sketch is done by Wendy the secret crafter herself,
I have used another new alota stamp (I am in love with these cuties) and coloured her with ProMarkers which I bought from Wendy's shop, and Wendy was kind enough to let Dave pick them up for me from her home :) "Thank you". the papers are DCWV and the sentiment is stampabilities,
Sorry about the picture but if you live in the Midlands at the moment you will know the weather has been awful all day, the rain is still pouring as we speak

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Friday Sketchers #27

Here is my card for Friday Sketchers, this week there is a great sketch by Kristine,
I have used my new alota stamp which I have just fell in love with, aint she the cutest little thing :) the papers are K&Co, the sentiment is not showing up too well in the picture, can not understand why, hope you are all having a good weekend xx

Oh no, I have just noticed, I have not coloured her shoes in :) oh well they look quite cute in white (or that is my excuse now) xxx

Friday, 7 November 2008

Secret crafter Saturday Challenge #5

Well I think I have got this card in just in the nick of time, because the new challenge is tomorrow, this card is for secret crafter challenge and this week it is a sketch and colour challenge from Jill, I must admit I struggled with this one a bit because I could only use brown pink and white but here it is, better late than never
The image was given to my for my birthay and the rest of the bits are from my stash apart from my new stamps from SU, they are the Circle of Friendship stamps and I have used my new punches too,

Have a great weekend everyone xxx

My New SU goodies

Well here are my goodies I have been waiting for today :) as you can see I have bought the circle of friendship stamps, 3 punches and some textured card. I would have bought more if I could have :)

Anyway, as I mentioned is my earlier post, I have joined Jule's stampers 10 club and it was my turn to be hostess and if anyone is wondering if it is worth joining then let me show you what I have for free, gratis, zilch, nowt, 0, :) all of these goodies below. I have a choice of level 2 free gift which I chose cause for celebration stamps and then I had £35.00 to spend too, thank you to my other stampers 10 group for spending so much :) I bought the hodgepodge hardware set which is stunning, the brads are gorgeous, and also a scallop punch, how good is that.

Well I am off to play, as you can see from the post below I have already had to use my new stamps and punches :)

Have a great weekend everyone xx

Units from my room and Waiting

Quite a few of you have asked where I got my units from, well they are all from good old argos, the units are
New Morgan Collection - 2 Door Cupboard number 621/1817 at £44.99, they are really chunky and so deep, you fit loads of crafty bits in. The desk I have matches too.
The shelves on top are - Beech Small Extra Deep Bookcase 610/9479 at £17.99 they are deeper than normal shelves so a lot more sturdy, they do not match exactly with the colour of the base units but I am quite picky and I can put up with them :)

Now I am waiting today for my goodies from my SU order with Jules, I have joined the stampers 10 club and it was my month to be hostess so I have loads of goodies :) all I have to do now is wait for Dave to come home, I phoned Jules yesterday to organise for Dave to fetch them today so I don't have to wait ( I am not impatient at all) and I didn't make him drive 2 hours up the motorway for them, he had to visit Leeds today anyway...honest :). Well he got them this morning at 9am so I have to wait now till 5.30pm for him to get home, so pop back later and you can see my new goodies xxx Oh and not forgetting I have a card too xxx

Gina xxx

Blog Candy (Bev)

Bev is having some blog candy for passing a whopping 50,000 hits, but it is so well deserved, because her cards (and not forgetting her beautiful doggies) are the most stunning cards, which I am not envious about in the slightest (well maybe a bit) so pop over and see if you can catch yourself a bit of candy, you may be there a while :)

Gina xxx

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Tidy room and a Card (Yay)

First of all here is my card YAY, it seems ages since I made one. I will be blog hopping after this because I am soooooo behind, I think I may have to start from scratch because everyone has been so busy :)
I used an image given to my by the lovely Jill and the papers are from the lovely Han, I really like this card. I coloured the image with my ProMarkers, I still need a lot of practice but am really loving them. Hope you likey :)

Now here is a couple of pictures to be proud of because it won't stay like this for long, my clean and tidy room :) I think I confused everyone (including myself) saying I had a new unit, well I had not put it up in my last picture hence all of the mess on the floor, so here is my new unit or shelves, I did a bit of jiggery pokery and moved one unit to the middle and then put 2 shelving units either side, I need to see everything I have because if it is out of sight it is out of mind with me

Blog Candy (Jules)

Jules is having some SU blog candy for her stampin up promotion and 25,000 hits on her blog, congratulations Julie :) go and check it out you have until 11th November 7pm, and while you are there she is also offering free p&p for any order between now and Sunday, for full details check out her blog here

Gina xxx

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Blog Candy (Diane)

Diane has got some yummy candy to celebrate her 20.000 hits, all you need to do is leave and comment and then link to her blog, once again don't forget to stop by and see all of her gorgeous cards too, the winner will be picked on 11th November 7pm (Yorkshire time)

Gina xxx
As you have noticed I have not made a card for a while and still no card today sorry :(, it has been so hectic at home but I have no idea why!!! I just can not find the time to make a card, oh plus my craft room looks like a bomb has hit it, that may be some reason, all I did was buy a new unit to make it all a bit neater and look what happened, all hell broke lose, as the pic below shows, it still looks like that now :(

I haven't even got my "thank you" cards out yet, how useless am I :(

I also received a card from Nicola last week with some images, "Thank you Nicola, I love the card and the images" I thought I had put a post on but it was in my drafts so here it is and it is so nice to see Nicola back xx
Well if I am not back later, please all have a happy and very safe Bonfire night and don't forget the firework code. We are having some pet friendly fireworks so Ellie won't be scared :)

Hugz Gina xxx

Friday, 31 October 2008

Happy Halloween

No cards just wanted to wish you all a

Hope you all have good evening and a good weekend
Gina xxx

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Secret crafter Saturday Challenge #4

Here is my card for this weeks secret crafter saturday challenge, this week is a sketch done by Donna a member of the DT, I just love this sketch.
I have used a FF image, coloured with my new pro markers, sakura glaze pens and not forgetting some stickles for that added bit of bling!! I have only got 2 brown pro markers so it may look a bit odd :) the pp are SU dashing designer series, I did have a hot sweat on when I cut these up because I love them so much :) the red card is from my stash, I have punched the tag with my new SU round tag punch and added the sentiment from papertrey, I have attached that with a brad.
Hope you are all keeping warm, have a good night xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Blog Candy (Elaine)

Elaine is giving us a chance to win some gorgeous promarker pens to celebrate her (whispers) 40th Birthday on the 15th November, please pop by, all you need to do is leave a message and then link to her blog, but don't forget to check out her cards too, it is only polite to do so :)

Gina xxx

Blog Candy (Viv)

Viv is having some blog candy for her 10,000 hits, congratulations Viv :) please pop by if you havn't already. I am quite late and it finishes tomorrow at 10pm Macclesfield time :)

A few "Thank you" cards

Well as you all know by now it was my birthday last week and I had heaps of cards and pressies :) so here are a few Thank you cards to send out, I didn't have the imagination to do them all different, so I thought I would go with a little production line and do them all the same, I really enjoyed it though, they may be simple but they have all been made "with love" so which colour do you think you will get!!! :) all I need now is to write the envelopes and a little message, it may be printed though, I doubt you would all be able to read my scrawl :)

Monday, 27 October 2008

Blog Candy (Suzanne)

At last here is my card for Sue's Think Pink "Breast Cancer Awareness" candy challenge, the end date to submit a card is 31st

The challenge is "make a pink card and send it to someone who could do with a little tender loving care."

So here is mine, I have had to wait until now because I wanted to use my new promarkers (I need more of these already :). I have used my new tilda stamp and the rest is from my stash.

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Where has this weekend gone :(

No cards sorry, just an apology again for not getting round to see everyone, I have tried to send a few emails but don't know my email is working properly yet,
I can not believe where the time is going at the moment. The Dirty Dancing tribute night was good fun, we did have to wait around a while, which was the only downside but that was because we arrived to early, they told us 7pm but there were still people turning up at 8pm, and then the act didnt come on until 9.30pm. If you do ever get a chance to go, it is worth it and if you get the same Johnny as we had, well lets just say he was very nice indeed :)
Anyway Dave is back at work tomorrow so I may get some crafting done at last, and I will hopefully get round to you all too at some point
Enjoy what is left of your weekend xxx

Friday, 24 October 2008

1st Bind it all and a bit of Dirty Dancing !!!

First of all apologies for not visiting anyone's blogs over the last few days or getting in touch via email, it has been quite a hectic couple of days and my emails are playing up (can not be bothered to find out why yet)
Yesterday I had another lovely day, Dave has had 3 days off and it is the first holiday that has not been spend doing the house so we have made the most of it, we did some shopping yesterday and had a pub lunch, last night I had a play with my new toys (I am now adicted to promarkers :) and made a little note book from my new Bind it all, I must say it is very easy to use, the covers were made from some packaging from my new promarkers, and the papers were scraps.

Now for the Dirty Dancing reference, we are off to a Dirty Dancing tribute night tonight, I have no idea what will happen but we get a meal, the tribute and then a disco :) hopefully I won't be in a corner !!!!!
Anyway I will be off now, hope you all have a fab weekend and lets hope the weather stays nice for us :)

Couple more Birthday cards

Here are a couple of more Birthday cards that I received today, they are from my SBS 9 sisters,

The first is from Katie, it is a gorgeous card and I love the tag and flowers, and I will have to pinch the idea of sewing on the buttons :) thank you Katie xx

The second card is from Lulu, this is another beautiful card, the picture does not do it justice, thank you lulu :) xx

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Totally Overwhelming "thank you"

Well today has been one of the best birthdays ever and I have all my blogging friends to thank for it, and Dave of course he has been pampering me all day, so a huge "Thank you" to everyone who has taken the time. Who would have thought that I could make such good friends and so many without meeting any of you xxx I have never in my 39 years had as many cards so thank you from the bottom of my heart Mwah Mwah :)
Now before you start looking through the post be advised it is long, but I was not going to leave anything out :) also some of the pics are not the best but the light was fading fast and I must admit I was rushing a bit :)

Ok the first picture is of my cake, Dave brought it in to me at 9.30am, when I asked why so early he said that it would be more of a surpise, so I had to have some or it would have been rude:)

Ok now to business, here are my cards in no particular order it is just how they uploaded, the first is from Tara, I just love this image thank you Tara xx
This gorgeous card is from Natalie, I just love how Natalie seems to make the perfect cards, thank you Natalie xx

This Beautiful card is from Diane, love the sunflower with the matching charm, thank you Diane xx

Jules sent me this one, don't you just love this image :) Thank you Jules xx
This lovely parcel was from Han, there is some gorgeous papers, chipboard tags, alphabet stickers, mini album and of course a beautiful card which I love :) Thank you so much Han xx

Now this gorgeous card and goodies is from Michelle, this is one of my favourite images ever, and I love how she has done my name :) there is DCWV christmas papers and 2 yummy reels of ribbon, thank you Michelle xx Sorry about the picture on this one, this parcel is from the lovely and generous Linda, there is a lovely stamp, some gorgeous images, poinsetta flowers, basic grey paper pad and some more flowers Thank you so much Linda I love it all xx
This gorgeous co-ordinated set is from Denise, thank you. It is a gorgeous card with matching image folder (full of yummy images) and notepad, Thank you Denise it is all beautiful xxx
This beautiful card is from Lynsey, it has sparkle and glitter on, she has put some gorgeous images in too and I can not wait to have an evening of colouring :) Thank you Lynsey xx
This elegant card and image folder is from Vicki, it is gorgeous thank you Vicki xx
Another gorgeous card from the lovely Sue and guess what that is at the front..........yes its my first charlie and charlotte image, Thank you soooooo much Sue xx I love it and she has also given me some more gorgeous images
This is a beautiful image folder packed full of images from Vee, thank you Vee, there is also some gorgeous ribbons and brads, thank you so much Vee xx
This stunning card is from the lovely Jill, she has also given me some images and some gorgeous paper pad too, thank you Jill, I love it all :) xx
This is from Manna, the card is the cutest, there is also a gorgoues stamp, rubons, images and stickers, thank you sooooo much Manna xxx
Now for some of my pressies, now you know I have been pondering on promarkers/copice/prismas etc, well here is what I have gone for and Dave bought me all of these :)
This is also from Dave, I got if from QVC on craft day, I am so patient the box has been sitting there for weeks :)
I got these goodies via Jules (SU Demonstrator) , they are SU papers and the round punch
I have also had some new watercolour pencils,Here is a promarker holder and a ribbon holder with some gorgeous paper pad from DCWV
Well thank you for taking the time to get to the bottom of the post :), I will email everyone tomorrow and thank you properly, I am off now to play with all my new toys, images, papers, stamps and so much more,

Thank you again soooooo much, you really have all made my day

Lots of love Gina xxxxxxxxxxxxx