Sunday, 28 December 2008

2nd Challenge over at The Crafty Pad is.....

BLING...... let us see what you can do with any of our Faith stamps and some bling.....bright and shiny and sparkly...any colours, any size, it could be a card, atc, fat page, scrap book lay out, altered art anything that takes your fancy :)

Here are a couple of cards from me for this challenge:-





There is also a great Tutorial from our lovely Emma this week ... so pop on over to check it out. :)

and there is a prize for this weeks challenge winner too...this is what you can win...some Laura Ashley 6x6 papers and glitter ribbons too. :)




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Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas....

to all my lovely blogging pals - may it be all that you have hoped for. :)

Here are some christmas cards my lovely pals from blogland have sent to me....it really touched me to receive them and I really appreciate your friendship.....thank you to you all..:)

This first one is from Tina...it is her card she has made for the first Crafty pad challenge..and she sent it to me...aww how sweet and thoughtful and it really is a gorgeous card...:)


This one is not a card but a gorgeous calendar again from the lovely Tina - isn't is brilliant..that Poppy dog is just gorgeous. :)


This is from the lovely Dawn....:)


This one is from the lovely Leo...:)


This one is from Fe..:)


This one is from Tee...:)


This one is from Linda...:)


This one is from Dee...:)


This one is from Lea...:)


This one is from Emma...:)



All that I can say is thank you all so very much - you are all wonderful.:) :)

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to everyone..:)

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Sunday, 21 December 2008

Here is another candle I have decorated using the 'tissue paper' techinque. The image is one of the freebies over at PCJ - you can find it here




Great for last minute gift ideas and there are also christmas images for the last minute cards too. :)


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Thursday, 18 December 2008

Blog Candy.....

over at the lovely Linda's blog...she is one very generous lady and her candy is extra amazing...not only is her candy amazing her work is amazing too.....that is why I asked her to join my DT team for my new blog...lol If you have never visited her - what are you waiting for..you have been missing out big time....you will find her HERE


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Sunday, 14 December 2008

My sample card for....

my first challenge over at The crafty pad I drew a sketch for the challenge. ;) :) I used one of my new Faith stamps - this one is Faith lady looks Coy. It is a simple card and I think it has a very striking look. :)







The stamps are simple to use and give a nice printed image..I know I am being biased - but it is true. :) Why not pop on over and join in the challenge - there is a nice bundle of coloured ribbons up as the prize. :) :) Would love to see you there. :)


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Friday, 12 December 2008

Sunday is the day.....

my challenge blog is having its first challenge - hope to see you there. :) :)

There will be beautiful samples from my very talented DT team to give you inspiration for the first challenge - and there will be a small prize for the winner. The challenge blog is where you will find my latest designs from my new range of clear polymer stamps...yayyyy. Faith is of course the star of the show. :) :)

Pop over and say Hi. :)

Here is a coloured image of Faith Lady looks Sure......


Just click the button to take you there...:) :)

cardcat


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Thursday, 11 December 2008

The last of my Bling.....

This is my last for Bling in the City from Crafty Templates. :) :) Pretty party shoe to dance the night away. :) :)



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Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Please take the time to read this poem....

I was doing my usual blog hopping this evening and came across this poem on Linda's blog. Please take time to read it at this special time of year. It made me stop and think and pay tribute to all our forces who are not going to be at home for christmas and who do the best job in the world of keeping us all safe here at home. I know some of you have members of family who are doing this very job, and im thinking of you with extra fondness at this moment. Please read and pass on. Hugs Linda x

A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

T'WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE,
MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.

I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY,
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO,
IN THIS HOME, DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES,
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT,
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR,
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED,
AN AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO,
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
,THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS,
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE,
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM,
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS
,LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER,
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE,
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT,
A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES,
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED,
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;


I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY COUNTRY, MY LAW.

" THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL,
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED,
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE,
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR,
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.

" ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."

This poem was written by an AustralianPeacekeeping soldier stationed overseas.
The following is His request.

I think it is reasonable PLEASE. Would you do me the kind favour of Sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will beComing soon and some credit is due to all of the service men And women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we Owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and Dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

Please, do your small part to plant this small seed. Regardless of our political persuasions, regardless of our colour, creed or religion, regardless of our age or our sex, we undoubtedly owe our freedom and safety to our heroes in the forces, I for one spent some quiet time today thinking of those brave men and women in foreign lands, far from home.

GOD BLESS OUR FORCES AND SECURE THEIR SAFE RETURN HOME.


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Bling, Bling and more Bling...

Here is my bling handbag I have made for my DT work for Crafty Templates....the templates are out today and the kit is available - really worth checking it out. :) :)




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Monday, 8 December 2008

Another card made from

the Crafty Template Bling in the City kit and Templates. I really enjoyed making these cards..here is one made using the boot template.




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Saturday, 6 December 2008

EXCITING NEWS......

Well my exciting news is that I have been busy designing images and have had them made up into stamps by a UK stamp manufacturer...yaaayyyy and I am thrilled to bits (to say the least with them). They are available from....MY NEW CHALLENGE BLOG which is www.thecraftypad.blogspot.com HERE Pop on over there to have a good nosey at the first lot of stamps that are available now and read my first post. :) :)


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Friday, 5 December 2008

Basic Grey Challenge card

..their theme this week over at Basic Grey Challenge blog is apertures..here is my take on their challenge..I have use BG paper from the Sultry range.





I have made this Thank you for my lovely friend Emma who handmade the beautiful bracelet I showed earlier in the week.. :) :)


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Thursday, 4 December 2008

Crafty Templates..

have a great kit this month called Bling in the City and I can tell you it is sooooo scrummy - you will love it. :) :) Here is a piccy of the goodies and the templates are due out any day now and they compliment this kit beautifully. :) :)


Here is one card I have made to celebrate bringing in the New Year..:)




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