Tuesday 31 July 2012

Studio 12 at Polkadoodles My DT Post.....

Hello lovelies,

It's my turn today to show you a project over on the fabulous

I decided to make something that I used to make a lot, as I am so busy with making cards, my altered art projects and working at the salon I don't have time to swap these days. Artist Trading Cards I have collected many over the years and swapped them with lots of crafty friends over the years. So for my project today I have chosen to make an ATC.

I have used the Studio 12 Picknix Collection to make my atc. I covered the base with backing paper, and using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and a negative from a punched out flower I used a blending tool to ink some flowers onto the background and also to ink around the edges. I then printed flowers from the cd to size so they would fit the atc, cut them out and inked the edges then attached them to the atc.
I printed out a butterfly and a sentiment 'flowers feed the soul' I love this, as I love flowers so much. I finished the flowers off by adding liquid pearls and Stickles to the centres.

You will have noticed I have used flowers for a prop for my photo. I absolutely love these, I bought them from Polkadoodles and can't wait to use them on my next project. The flowers are Polkadoodles Bloomers

Don't forget to check the Studio 12 blog daily the design team have lovely projects to show you every day.

Have a great week, have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love

Sunday 29 July 2012

Studio 12 at Polkadoodles.....

Hello lovelies,

Well it's that time of the month where we have our competition post over at

Hop over and take a look at what you could be in with a chance of winning!

For my project this time, I decided to digital craft, and then finish off with hybrid crafting.
I used the Picknix Collection CD and chose the elements I wanted to use. After placing them where I wanted on my layout, I then printed this off and attached to a card blank. I printed off a backing paper and punched out various shaped flowers, then attached these to the card with pearl centres. I wrote on a journalling tag, and then finished with lace.
My project this time has been a bit of an experiment for me, as I took the elements that I wanted to layout digitally into my word programme, I also wanted to play around with all the colours. So, on that note here is the result of my experiment.....

I like these colours and the different shading I've played around with.

Don't forget to check out the Studio 12 Blog where you can see what the rest of the design team have been making.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love

Friday 27 July 2012

Polkadoodles Design Team Card........

Hello lovelies,

well it's that time of the week again, yes it's Friday which means another fantastic challenge over at the

The theme this week is


and also to show some baking with the theme too!

For my card I chose to use the Candy Doodles Collectors Edition CD along with a gorgeous Emma Canning Digi Stamp Millie Birthday I love these digis which you can buy ready to download from Polkadoodles , they are not only gorgeous characters but have a fun element too and look fantastic coloured with any medium of your choice. I have also used a Marianne Design Die and I have made the pink candy swirl embellishment's using Fimo Clay and a texture sheet to make the swirls by pressing the fimo into it and then baking. I wanted these to look like sweet candy!

I love making easel cards, I also cut some strips of paper and curled to make them look like party streamers and I think the cupcake looks good enough to eat!LOL

I would love to see your entries for this theme, so hop over to the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and take a look at the fabulous projects the rest of the design team have made.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love

Saturday 21 July 2012

Polkadoodles Samples for Create & Craft TV......

Woo Hoooooo.........Here Comes Christmas..........

Hello my lovelies and a very merry hello it is too lol. I wanted to share with you all the samples I have made for the fabulous Polkadoodles shows that were on Create & Craft TV today using the gorgeous new
I absolutely loved working with this CD. It is so easy to navigate around and all the elements are absolutely gorgeous.

I thought I would share with you all the samples I made for the shows.......

I hope you enjoyed looking at my samples and thank you for taking the time to see them.

I just know you will love using the

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love

Wednesday 18 July 2012

Studio 12 at Polkadoodles......

Hello lovelies,

I hope you are all keeping well and crafting away busily! LOL

Well today is my turn to show you a project on the fabulous

I absolutely love working with the Picknix Collection. I decided to show you a card that I have made using the gorgeous house from the collection.

I love this house, it looks very folksy! I embellished with a key charm, as in key to the door...I have used ribbons and twine together.

I absolutely love the home sweet home backing paper. I hope you like my project for today!

Don't forget we have a daily post at Studio 12, hop back in tomorrow to see what gorgeous project is waiting for you!

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love

Friday 13 July 2012

Polkadoodles Blog Hop.......

Hello lovelies!

Welcome to another fantastic

Before I go on to explain what the challenge is this time, I would like to tell you firstly that we are having a fantastic

To join in the hop you must start the Blog Hop from the

If you have followed the links you should have hopped to my blog from

 You must comment on each of the blogs in the hop AS WELL AS ENTERING THE CHALLENGE to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes which are...
1st Prize.....Studio 12 Picknix Collection 1 CD
2nd and 3rd Emma Canning Download.

So, onto the theme for your entry into the challenge...

The theme we would like to see is

Red, white and blue and what Britain means to you.

I have chosen to make a card to celebrate the Olympics. I used the
Polkadoodles Not For Girls CD using the sporting elements from the cd and I created a medal using ribbons and a brass button!

I hope you like my version of red, white and blue. Don't forget to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes you MUST ENTER this challenge and ALSO COMMENT on EACH BLOG.

The HOP finishes at 12noon on Sunday 22nd July.

Now you have visited me your next hop is over to here...

I hope you have enjoyed the hop as much as we have!

Before I hop off, I just want to remind you about the fabulous
at Doncaster Racecourse
Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July.

The fabulously talented Nikky Hall herself will be there on the Polkadoodles stand, and I am very lucky to say I too will also be there giving a helping I won't drive our Nikky too mad! If you are going don't forget to drop by the Polkadoodles stand and say hello!

Have fun and very happy crafting,
lots of love

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Crafting Cafe Blog Hop Winner...............

Hello lovelies,

Wow, what a fantastic response we had to our first ever

Crafting Cafe Blog Hop!

We loved the hop and we are so glad that you all did too and thank you to everyone that left comments for us all.

I had a prize for one lucky winner of some surprise candy...........

good news....

the winner has been chosen...

drum roll please lol..........

the lucky winner of the

Pink Delight Craft Candy is....

Wooo Hooooo congratulations Alison you are the winner!

 I will email you for your address so I can send you your

'Surprise Candy'.

Thank you to everyone who took part, and I am sure with the fantastic response we had we will be holding another blog hop in the future.

Have fun and very happy crafting,
lots of love


Hello my lovelies,

I just wanted to share some very EXCITING NEWS with you all!

I have been bursting to tell you all....

I am going to be working at the

at the  Doncaster Race Course

on the

14th and 15th July

on the

with the fabulously talented Nikky Hall.

Woooo Hooooo I am so excited!

If you are going to this event please stop by and say hello to us at Polkadoodles, we would love to see you.

The Summer Crafting event is a fantastic event, I went last year and bought lots of gorgeous crafty goodies.

So click on the link above and buy your tickets, and enjoy the week-end and I look forward to seeing you!

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love

Sunday 1 July 2012

Studio 12........Wooo Hoooo More Candy.........

Hello my lovelies....

Wooooo Hooooooo a very exciting time in Blogland today!

Not only am I part of a fantastic blog hop today, details which you will find just below this post but also the fabulous

that I'm on the design team for is giving away some candy too!

Before I go on don't forget to make sure you watch the lovely and very talented Rosemary Merry on Create & Craft TV on Tuesday 3rd July at 8am and 2pm.

To celebrate the launch and it's massive success so far, Studio 12 has some candy up for grabs. All you have to do is make sure you follow us, give us a little plug on your own blog and then leave us a comment with a link to your post beneath the post on the Studio 12 blog.

Three lucky winners will be selected using a random number generator to receive one of the Studio 12 downloads. Believe me you will absolutely love it! I love working with them.

Hop over to Studio 12 and take a look at the projects from myself and the rest of the design team.Here is mine for today...

As Studio 12 is a brand new blog we would like to increase our follower numbers. When we get to 200 followers there will be some additional candy and another random draw too. So please spread the word about us all at Studio 12, it really is going to be an exciting journey for you all to follow!

Also don't forget Studio 12 is looking for another Design Team Member. If you love mixing digis with inks and paints and getting a bit messy with art journalling, stamps, canvas, altered art and all that is creative technique then get applying!  Click on the email link on the Studio 12 Blog.

I absolutely love being part of the Studio 12 design team, I love everything about it. It really is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of so don't miss out if you think this is for you.

Wow....I said it was busy in Blogland today lol.....

so I hope you have enjoyed your visit today, don't forget then to hop over to Studio 12 to be in with a chance of winning that fabulous candy!

Also while your here, why not visit my Crafting Cafe post just below this one..Im part of a fantastic blog hop. We have candy along the way, you just have to leave a comment on everyone's blog to be in with a chance of winning my
Surprise Candy!
The details of the Crafting Cafe Hop are just below this one.

Have fun and a very happy hopping and crafting from me lol
lots of love NJ XXXXX

Crafting Cafe Blog Hop.....and Surprise Candy...

Hello my lovelies,

 Welcome to the first ever crafting cafe blog hop - the Crafting Cafe is a friendly group of crafters over on Facebook who share their crafting journey together.... come on over and join us if you want to.
We are a very friendly bunch, who like to share hint's and tips and crafty inspiration as well as friendship too!

If you have started from the beginning of the hop you will have got to me from Janna's Blog.... If you found this hop by accident - welcome! To go to the beginning of the hop, pop on over to Nikki's Blog  and then you will get to see the beautiful creations from everyone!

I also have a lovely prize for one lucky winner of
Surprise Blog Hop Candy...
to be in with a chance of winning my candy you will have to start from the very beginning at Nikki's Blog, click on the link above. Leave everyone who is taking part in the Blog Hop a comment including mine. You will have 24 hours to do this. I will then add everyone's name that has commented on all our blogs into a pot and my lovely hubby will draw one name out who will be the winner!
When the winner has been chosen I will make an announcement here on my blog and notify the winner by email too. Good luck everyone, and enjoy the hop, I know there are some lovely prizes to win along the way!
The theme for our blog hop is 'Friendship', this is the card that I have made.
I chose to make an easel card as I love doing these. I printed some papers from the DoCraft's Digital Designer Papermania Capsule Collection. I attached them to the card so the front of the easel and the bottom matched with two co-ordinating papers, making sure they line up. I added vintage cotton embroidered with flowers ribbon and vintage lace. I used blue and yellow flowers along the edges and made little scrolls from the wires off the flowers and glued these to the row as shown. I cut a piece of spotty paper to size and used a Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Hearts punch. I printed and cut out the gem flower and added a dot of stickles on each petal and embellished with two vintage  buttons. I stamped the 'Friendship' greeting onto card and cut out with wavy scissors.
I love the colours on this card, I have chosen them for a reason. Pale blues for peace and tranquility and friendship and the yellow flowers for smiles, laughter and happiness!

I must also tell you about the pearl necklace in the photo that I have used. I have used this as the theme is 'Friendship' I knew straight away that this would be a perfect prop. This pearl necklace was given to me exactly two years ago when I went away to stay in America for a month. My in-laws have American friends out there. When I went to visit a lovely lady called Betty, we talked a lot about my Dad as he had just passed away a few weeks before. We got around to talking a lot about 'Friendships' and the meanings of it, she said she held me as a dear friend and our family and then she brought out this necklace from her jewellery box. Now Betty must be in her seventies and this very necklace belonged to her dear Mother.... I said I couldnt possibly take it, but she wanted me to have it. So, I thought I would share this with you, someone once told me too that if you find a pearl it represents an angel, I dont know if this is true, but when I got home, I found a lone pearl in a totally different shade to the necklace, this was hidden in the very bottom of the box! Anyhoo, I just wanted to share with you this little story and how important friendships are. Maybe I'm waffling now lol...I will never wear this necklace, but it sits in my jewellery box and will always stay with me as a sign of Friendship from my dear friend at a time when I needed Friendship and it came from where I least expected it!

 Thank you for hopping over to see me, now it's time to hop on over to the next blog... which is our lovely Emma Goddard
Happy hopping!

Have fun and thank you for joining us all at the Crafting Cafe in our very first blog hop!

Lots of love