Sunday, 24 March 2013

Days like these are great....

Good Evening Everyone

What an interesting day!

We began with loads of good intentions. Getiing out into the garden and doing a bit of tidying up, washing and ironing ready for next week at work and making a special Sunday dinner as Graham is back from his trip to Italy. Unfortunately, we had a power cut that lasted for almost 4 hours and so all our plans were put away and we sat on the sofa with a roaring fire, a duvet and just chatted. Days like this are great! It's a pity that I am back at work tomorrow.

You will be pleased that today's card is not a 'Wonky Photo' because Graham is back on photo duty.

I have used a very old Magnolia stamp that I have coloured using my copics pens and then mounted it onto layers of paper and card from my stash. I have finished it off with a blue bow and peach coloured butterflies made with Nellie Snellen 'Punch and Emboss' punches.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Send a smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes - 4.4.13
Simply create too - Easter - 28.3.13
stampavie and more - Easter - 26.3.13
Magnolia-licious - Easter - 25.3.13
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Easter eggstravaganza - 31.3.13
Without words challenge - Easter - 27.3.13

Hayley and Graham

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Card outlet ?????

Good Morning Everyone

Just a quick post this morning to ask if anyone knows of a 'cheap' but 'effective' outlet for selling handcrafted cards. I have regularly put my 'makes' onto e-bay and I currently have an etsy shop but I have found that both of these sites are not really very good at selling the items. I seem to have loads of visitors and watchers but sales are very limited. I am seriously considering closing my Etsy shop as it is costing too much to keep it open. I am going to visit my local market this morning to see if this is an alternative outlet so fingers crossed.

Does anyone in blogland have a good idea for selling my cards?

Thank you for any help

Huge Hugs

Hayley and Graham

Thursday, 14 March 2013

..... everything's green

Good evening everyone.

The weather today has been lovely here in Devon. I even managed to have the windows open for most of the morning. Pusskat thought it was great that she didn't have to use her cat flap, she could just hop in and out of the open window. She didn't like it much when I went to shut the window and she has been sulking ever since. Boy, can she sulk!

Most of the card challenges that are about at the moment are based on the colour green, not my favourite colour to work with.  

Here is today's card:

This little cutie is from Hanglar and Stanglar and I have coloured her using my copics pens. She is mounted on to several layers of of patterned paper and card from my stash. The ribbon is also from my stash and the sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Fab n Funky - Sentiment (Happy Birthday) - 18.3.13
Card making Mamas - Green - 14.3.13
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - Birthday - 18.3.13
Patti's Creation - Green - 21.3.13
Sandy's craft creation - Anything + Green - 30.3.13
Sassy Studio Design - Seeing green - 20.3.13
Bunny Zoe's Craft - Girly - 6.4.13

Enjoy your evening

Hayley and Graham

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Another wonky photo!

Good evening Everyone

I am so sorry for mentioning the 'Spring' word in my blog a few days ago. It seems that I may have put the mockers on it as the weather has returned to freezing winter conditions. I will keep my mouth shut in future!!!!! (or try to)

I am still looking for someone to help me in finding the name of this stamp and better still where I can get hold of one.

Here is today's card....just how much pink can you get on one card???

I have used one of the magnolia Tilda images and coloured her using my copics pens. I then mounted it onto pink card (from my stash) that has been cut using an x-cut scalloped rectangle cutting die. The heart shaped border was made using a Martha Stewart border punch and the little tags were created using a very old paper punch (no name on it) All papers, card and ribbon is from my own stash.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - 3 (tags) 2 (punched items- tags + heart border) 1 (bow) - 18.3.13
Robyn's Fetish Challenge - Birthday - 15.3.13 
Southern Girls Challenge - Tag it - 22.3.13
Fashionista Challenge - Pink - 21.3.13
Lovely Hanglar/Sweet Magnolia - Ribbon or Trim - 15.3.12
Enjoy your evening
Hayley and Graham

Monday, 11 March 2013

Can anyone help?

 Just a very quick call for help.

Does anyone recognise this stamp?

I think it is a House Mouse but I can not find it anywhere. If you know the name of the stamp or better still where I can get one from I would be so grateful.



........more snow!!

Good evening everyone.

I hope that you are keeping yourselves warm. It is bitterly cold here and typically it has been my playground duty today. The children didnt seem to feel the cold at all, whereas I was wrapped in several layers of scarves, hats and gloves. I have still not thawed out properly.

I did mention that Graham has been sent to Italy for 2 weeks and so I am having to take my own photos of my cards. I hope they are clear enough to see (although a bit wonky!)

Here is todays card:

I think that this image is one of Mo Mannings rubber stamps (if I am wrong can someone let me know so that I can correct the info!) and I used my copics pens to colour him in. All of the papers and card are from my stash. (It's amazing how many shades of green I have) and the candi dots are from Craftwork Cards. I am not sure who the card could be for as it could fit so many different occasions - first day at school, sorry you are leaving, birthday etc.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black and More Challenge - One for the Boys - 31.3.13
Send a Smile 4 kids - for the boys - 14.3.13
Sweet Stamps - Green - 11.3.13
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes - 29.3.13
Sandy's Craft Creations - Anything Goes (+ Green) - 30.3.13
Through the Craftroom door - Anything Goes - 11.3.13
Simon Says Stamp - A bit o' green - 12.3.13
Papertake weekly challenge - anything goes - 11.3.13
Sweet stamping challenge - Male theme - 14.3.13
Patti's Creation - Green - 21.3.13
Keep warm

Hayley and Graham

Friday, 8 March 2013

Sssshhhhh! I think Spring has arrived.

Good Evening Everyone,

I think (not certain) that spring may be on it's way. Yesterday I spotted 2 new lambs in the field. Bless! I didn't see them being born this year but did hear the new-borns letting everyone know that they had arrived.

Here is my card for today:

I don't usually like doing decoupage. I always seem to make such a mess of it and never know whether to use foam pads of silcon gel. A few weeks a go I saw a pack of Forever Friends easter stamps and sheets of decoupage pics. My thoughts were I love the stamps but I will the decoupage away. That was until i got them home. The pre-cut images were so easy to use and I just love the finished project.

I used the decoupage sheets from the Forever Friends Easter Pack and mounted it onto black card and green checked card from my stash. The sentiment was also in the pack. The border of rabbits was made using my Martha Stewart border punch and finished it off using a green gingham bow.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Gingerloft challenges - Ribbons and bows - 9.3.13
Oozak - Anything Goes (+ spring) - 31.3.13
Pin and Tack (Spark your Creativity) - Anything Goes - 31.3.13
Live and Love crafts - Easter - 31.3.13
Robyns Fetish challenge - Easter - 8.3.13
paper take weekly challenge - anything goes - 11.3.13
Crafting for all Seasons - Spring into Spring - - 17.3.13
Crafty Calendar Calendar - Easter Eggstravaganza - 31.3.13
C.R.A.F.T. challenge - easter/Spring - 12.3.13


Hayley and Graham

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

a Silhouette Giveaway

Good evening all

A quick post tonight to show you that Clare Curd has this amazing candy to give away to one lucky winner.

Clare has opened her very own online Craft Boutique
check out the details on how to win this stunning craft machine HERE
Enjoy your evening
Hayley and Graham

Sunday, 3 March 2013

I've finally done it......

Good evening everyone

Yes I have finally done it ....... I have filled up my copics pens. I have been meaning to to this for ages and I have spent a large part of this afternoon testing and then filling my pens. They feel so much better now.

Graham has been sent to Italy for 2 weeks so I have loads of time to spend in my craft room and hopefully I should get ahead with my cards. Unfortunately he is the one that takes all of my photos so I won't have any new piccies until he comes back home. I do have some cards in reserve and if all else fails, then I will have to take the photos on my tiny, cheap camera and just hope they turn out ok.

Here is today's card:

I have used another one of my older Magnolia Tilda's and coloured her with my copics pens. The patterned border was made from a Marianne's border punch. Candi dots and sentiment are both from craftwork cards and as usual all of the papers and card are from my scrap drawers.

One Stop Challenge - Mothers Day - 8.3.12
Allsorts Challenge - for a lady - 7.3.12
Hobbycutz Challenge - Anything Goes - 16.3.13

Enjoy what is left of your weekend.

Hayley and Graham

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Where is Spring hiding?

Good Evening all

Well everyone keeps saying that Spring is on it's way....I thinks it's hiding somewhere because there are no signs of it here.

I have so many aches and pains today that I haven't spent much time in my craft room. Yesterday we had a load of logs delivered for our log burnerand then spent all evening stacking them in the log store. There were millions of them. At least I will be toasty warm while I am waiting for Spring to finally arrive.

Here is today's card:

For this card i used one of my old magnolia stamps. I just love this cutie and should really use her more often as she is so easy to colour. I used my Promarker pens (possibly every shade of green that I own) The ribbon, paper and card are all from my stash and the sentiment is from craftwork cards (I have loads of these that I have had for ages).

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Something Old (stamp, paper, card, ribbon, sentiment) - 6.3.13
Card Makin Mamas - Green - 14.3.13
Simply Create too - Mostly Green - 14.3.13
Marvelous Magnolia - use a punch (mariannes border punch/nellie sneldon butterfly punch) - 8.3.13
Divas by Design - Anything goes 5.3.13
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes - 6.3.13

Enjoy your evening

Hayley and Graham