Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my little part of the world. Please feel free to have a look around and leave me a message. You'll be updated each week as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 have created just for you. Thanks so much for looking at my creations which is a special time just for me.
Hugs to everyone



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Sunday, 4 October 2015


Hello and welcome to my blog.  I'm very excited this week I was asked by 
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Team to be their guest designer or their
Surprise Sweetie
well that's me
this week
for Challenge #330.

They've really taken me out of my comfort zone this week but I'm always up for a challenge, as this week's colour combination is something I don't usually use.
Well I do use Peach and Berry but you girls should know me by now, I don't use a lot of Mousse (or brown) in my work.  I love looking at other designers work that use browns, but I feel that I can't pull it off.  Oh well here's what I created using this wonderful colour combo and those cupcakes look good enough to eat.

Challenge #330

Here's another view at my card.

Card Recipe:

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Kraft Card, Bazzill Basic's Truffle
3. Design Papers: Sweet Delight by Rosie's Studio

4. Image:  Ava by Saturated Canary
5. Colour Medium: Copics, White Gel Pen.

6.  Viva Pearl Pen, Vanilla and White Visa Color Ink for sponging. 

7. Embellishments: Flowers, Lace, and Flat Backed Pearls all from my stash.
8. Glossy Accents for the balloon.

9. Sentiment: TODAY from Sweet Delight Rosie's Studio

10. Assortment of flowers for the Flower Embellishment.

11. Tools Used.

12. Spellbinder Dies Used.

13. Noor Design Corn Die

14. Inside my card and the back of my card.

Take care everyone wishing you all a wonderful week.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Raggedy Boo

Welcome to my blog I do hope everyone has had a great week.
Well my boys are currently on a school break with another two weeks to go.  Both of them had assignments to do and study for their exams and both trying to put it off until the following day.

It's Wednesday today which means it's the middle of the week, it's Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and we have a new winner and top 3 congratulations ladies.

It's the end of the month which means we're recycling at sketch from the past, Sketch #176 which was design by Arlana Patten and was featured on 17th October 2012.

Sketch #176

I've rotated the sketch 90 degrees to fit my image in.

A brief preview of the card.

Here's my card which was made for Sketch #176 and featured on
17 October 2012.
  This week we're lucky enough to be working with

Lacy Sunshine Stamps

Heather Valentin  is  creative ,  award winning,  modern-day  fantasy and  whimsical  artist who has displayed a dynamic and vibrant energy while painting professionally for over 18 years. 

She  began to express herself creatively through movement at a very young age. 
For many years she studied dance, being drawn to forms that allowed creative self expression, all the while feeling this constant urge to create with her hands. The canvas is now her dance floor where color, beauty and drama are expressed through her every pencil sketch and  brush stroke. Her  subjects vary from fairies, fantasy, mermaids, vampires, dragons, wildlife, abstract and more. She is one who is inspired in a single moment. Her  dreams, moods and the the unfolding beauty of the world around her is what charts her dance for the day. She is most alive when sketching and painting, creating timeless pieces that reflect her heart and soul. Drawing breathes life into her soul- it enables her to reach out and touch lives. This gives her a place in the world one character and painting at a time.
Heather's  artist portfolio  has  expanded to include such  clients  as   Pepsi, Outback Steakhouse, Nabisco, Zephryhils  and can now be found  at Laguna Art, Third Stone Art Gallery and Sausalito Art Galleries, along with commercial and private collections across 
the globe. 
Her latest foray is to immortalize her popular drawn characters Eleanor and Pickles in a children's book of their own.

Our lucky winner will receive 
Prize:  3 images 
of the winners choice from
Lacy Sunshine on line store.

Don't forget to check our the rest of the design teams creations created especially for you over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.

Challenges I'm Entering:

Pearls or Gems, Lace / Ribbon, Die-Cuts
Markers used for colouring my image and Ink was used to colour my white ribbon blue.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons "Rag Doll" 1964

Card Recipe:

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Denim and Khaki  
3. Design Papers: Upstairs Downstairs called Mistress and Magnolia Grove Kaisercraft.
4. Image: Raggedy Boo by Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

5. Colour Medium: Copics

6. Embellishments:
Handmade lace flower, flat back pearls, navy and cream brad and lace from my stash.

7. Tools:

8. Inside and the back of my card.

Take care and have a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Poinsettia Umbrella

Good morning and welcome to my blog.  Here it is Wednesday already, I have one son on a 3 week holiday break studying for exams and my other is away at Rowing camp for a week.  I know it's meant to be Spring here in New Zealand but the temperature really dropped on Sunday from 14c to 8c so I really hope Ryan doesn't fall out of the boat this week as it will be pretty cold and they don't wear wet-suits for rowing or Life Jackets for that matter.

Congratulations to our winner this week and our top 3 cards great work everyone and it was great to see that there were more entries this week.

This week we have another lovely sketch by Sally, it's very easy and really shows off your beautiful design papers.

Sketch #69 

Here's a quick look at my cards inside and out.

I'm so happy to announce to you that our sponsor this week is Samantha Siemers Ratliff  the owner of Sami Stamps.

Sami Stamps

Bio:   Hello! I’m so happy to be here as a Sponsor for Sweet Sketch Wednesday! Sami Stamps provides a variety of high quality Digital Stamps in both JPEG and PNG formats.  I hope you enjoy crafting with Sami Stamps as much as I enjoy illustrating them!
If you’re having fun here, please feel free to come check us out!

Click on a link to Visit our...   

This week our lucky winner will receive

  $12.00 Gift Certificate
 to Sami Stamps Shop

Don't forget to drop by the rest of the design team over at 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and check out what the rest of the girls created using Sami's images.

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card: Desert Sun by Bazzill Basics
3. Design Papers: Rosie's Studio Sweet Delight

4. Image: Poinsettia Umbrella by Sami Stamps
5. Colour Medium: Copics

6. Embellishments: Here is a close up of the flower arrangement in the left hand bottom corner of my card all the flowers are from my stash.

7. Embellishments:
Cream Ribbon, Mother of Pearl Dragonfly and leaf, Flat backed Pearls and the assortment of flowers all from my stash,

8. Tools used.

9. Punch used Martha Stewart Rose Left.

10. Dies used for this card.

11. Inside and the back of the card.

Take care wishing you a wonderful week and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Edwin and Hetty

Good morning and welcome to my blog and to another wonderful 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2.
I can't believe that it's 16th September already, this year has flown by so quickly.  It was Christmas Day last year that we decided that this Christmas we would go to England for Christmas and travel around Europe and now it's less than 3 months away or should I say 85 days away.  

My boys start 3 weeks school holidays on Friday, wow this term has gone so quickly, Liam will be studying for his NCEA exams in November and Ryan is off to Rowing Camp on Sunday for a week.

Congratulations to our winner and to our Top 3 cards great work everyone.

This week we have another great sketch by Sally it not only shows off those wonderful design papers but also your image.  It's easy peasy so I hope to see heaps of entries.

                   Sketch #68                   

Here's a look at my card using using Edwin and Hetty Set I've now used all the images from this set and they are just so cute.

Here's a sneak preview
of the inside of my card.

This week our sponsor is Sally-Ann Hancock the owner of 
DigiStamp Boutique. Don't forget to pop over to her shop and see what's new and interesting to purchase you won't be disappointed. 

Digi Stamp Boutique


All images/designs are created and copyright owned by Sally-Ann Hancock.  My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too, often the inspiration for my designs.  Hope you enjoy my images as much as I enjoy creating them.

Sally-Ann is offering our lucky winner 
Prize:   £10 voucher

to purchase images from her online store.
  You'll be spoilt for choice as there are so many to choose from and new images being added every month.
Check out her online store

And her Challenge Blog

Don't forget to drop by the rest of the girls over at 
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and see what they've created with Sally-Ann's images. 

Challenges I'm Entering:

Use something beginning with G = Gems, Grass, Gold Glitter Pen

Card Recipe:

1. Base: White SU
2. Coloured Card and Paper: Bazzill Truffle and Handmade Cream Paper
3. Design Paper: Bella Wedding double sided.

4. Image: Edwin and Hetty
5. Colour Medium: Copics, Black and White Embossing Pens

6. Tools Used

7. Spellbinders Used

8. Embellishments:

                           a.                                   b.                                 c.

a. Sentiment by Cuddly Buddly which I've coloured
b. Cream Heart from Wild Orchid Crafts
c. Flowers from my stash purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts

9. Finishing Touches here's the Inside my card and the back of the card.

Take care everyone wishing you a wonderful week and happy crafting.