Monday 31 December 2012

Sale stamp sets

Check it out !!

Sunday 30 December 2012

Use a Doily

Now I know how the poor old turkey feels......STUFFED !!

Don't want to see another mince pie or chocolate (well maybe another chocky or two)

Anyway onto this weeks challenge at

Sponsored by 

With a $10 gift voucher !!

I got to play with one of Stitchy Bears Digi stamp called 

" Roots "

This stamp has a lovely fresh spring feel.

Now here in the UK a doily is usually found under a plate of cakes, but in crafting it can be any decorative mat or you can just use a cake doily like I have. If you cut the centre out of a round cake doily you can then pleat it round any edge and it looks like lace !! I have colour tinted my doily with a blue promarker.

Wanted to keep the whole spring feel to my card, so have coloured the daffs in their traditional colours of yellow and orange using promarkers again.

Now why don't you see how creative you can be with a doily and to get you started, check out what the rest of the team have done over at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog !!

Would like to enter:

Charisma Cardz: anything goes
 Digital Tuesday: layers
Digi Makeover Challenge: anything goes using a digi

Please read if you have time

This is Leigh's post on her blog today.......

Christmas really???????

Hi all, hope you are having fun at this festive time, I just wanted to share with you my experience on Christmas Eve.

As you do, my hubby and I went to Morrisons on Christmas Eve for some last minute food shopping, I had to go sit down and went in the cafe, where I saw an elderly gentlemen who was very bent over, with a walking stick struggling to get a cup, for his drink from the top of a pile that was stacked. I was a little away, and as I approached him, felt overwhelmed with sadness at how many people walked past him, didnt see him or ignored him. I went up to him and asked him if he would like some help, which he very gratefully accepted, as he was slow, and continued to struggle in walking at such an odd angle of being stooped (though nothing I could help him with), I made a joke of pushing in front of him, and continued to chat as I was getting the drinks. We had a good old chinwag, and I got my drinks and took them to my table.

I looked round at this gentleman and could see his face and saw him struggling beyond comprehension again, he had paid, had a tray with a drink on and a walking stick and was obviously in a dilemma as to how to get to his chair, I went and offered him some further help, (pointedly looking at the cashier whilst offering it - with my sternest face on!), he seemed relieved for the help.

We got to his table, and as my hubby was still in the queue with the shopping I sat down and chatted (he was waiting for his bacon sandwich), now I believe in equality! Even when nagging! And when he was saying how hard it is and how few people help you these days, I gave him a Leigh nagging special, and pointed out that despite his obvious disability, he needs to speak up for himself, and tell people what he needs, as these days people are so frightened to help in case of politically correctness, potentially patronizing behaviour etc., and I said dont worry, I am like this with everyone.

When hubby came to the table, I left the poor man in peace, and went to my table. When I looked back a while later he was gone, which I felt sad I hadnt got to say goodbye to him, but remembered the twinkle in his eye when I was nagging him, you see, nagging shows you care.

The bottom line of this story is........... Please dont look away, if you think someone needs your help and it is safe to offer it, take a chance, even if we get it wrong, at least we tried. 

I am the same kind of person as Leigh ....a kind thought goes a long way, so please try to have one every day !!

Tuesday 25 December 2012

Hope you all have a blast !!

hugs to all

Diane xx

Sunday 23 December 2012

Turtles Christmas

Morning peeps !!

Our challenge this week at


sponsored by

With a fab $21 voucher to spend instore.

I couln't resist this Bugaboo Digi called 

He is such a cute fellow and just right for a young child or any big kid at heart !!

I wanted to make him into a shaped free standing card, so I made the image as large as I could and printed it onto a piece of card., then cut him out.  I then layed him on a second piece of folded card so the fold came halfway up the turtles shell and drew round the bottom half, then cut round the line to make the stand at back ( turtle now has eight legs to stand on in effect)  Turtle was then printed off several more times onto card so I could decoupage his shell, holly and his hat to make him very 3D.

All he needed was to be coloured in with promarkers and some stickle glitter added to his hat and pompom and a with love stamped onto a small tag.

Loads  more creative child creations to be found at Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog by the rest of the team, so why not pop over and have a look !!  We sure would like to see how creative you can be, so why not enter and see if you can be our winner !!

Would love to enter:
Di's Digi Designs: christmas
Stampin'For the Weekend: anything goes
Craft Us Crazy; merry christmas
MilkCoffe challenge; christmas/winter holiday
I Love Promarkers; anything but square
Joanna Sheen Challenge: with love at christmas
Quirky Crafts Challenges: last mintue christmas

Saturday 22 December 2012

Snowman Song

Made these simple money wallets for my two nephews using a new digi at Crafty Sentiments Designs called

"Snowman Song "

 You can find it HERE

Isin't he cute with his little bird friend singing to him !!

A wallet is a much nicer way to give money or a voucher at Christmas.

Hope you keep popping over to the

 because we have TWO more prizes up for grabs if we reach 230 followers by the New Year !!  Just keep leaving comments now and then and if your not already become a follower !!

Would love to enter:
Delightful Challenges: anything goes
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenges; anything goes for christmas
Crafty Boots; christmas

Sunday 16 December 2012


Hope you are now getting excited about christmas as it will soon be upon us all !!

Time for another challenge at

It would be lovely to get some snow for christmas, but so many peeps have to travel and snow stops play here in the UK !!

Anyway for my card I have used "Bella Snowlady"

Non traditonal colours this time using pinks, and grey's to make my eastel card.   The papers are from Craftwork Cards and I have paper pieced Bella and added some faux stitching, gems and some stickles to her.  Cut out some hearts on my cricut to mirror her heart buttons to decorate my card and for the easel stopper.

The girls have some fab creations to show you so please pop over to Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog !!

Would like to enter
PanPastel; christmas time
Jingle Belles; christmas anything (holiday) goes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge: winter
Craft Us Crazy: christmas/winter and/or favourite embellishment
City Crafter Challenge: snowmen fun
Cupcake Craft; merry christmas

Sad News

This is our very last challenge at The Crafty Pad !!

Debbie our lovely boss lady has decided to shut The Crafty Pad Designs Shop and the challenge blog for personal reasons.

We would love it if you could join us in our last challenge which is:

Sponsored by Joanna Sheen
with a fab £10 to spend online

All the team have come together to bring you one last bit of inspiration before we go and here is mine..

MooRag and Friends is my most favorite digi designed by Debbie and I just had to use it to make my very last DT card !! 

Lots of my usual fussy cutting, coloured in with promarkers and papers from  Docrafts.

Debbie has a wonderful sale on at The Crafty Pad Designs with 25% off till the shop closes on the 17th January so why not pop over and grab yourself a bargain !!

We would love a grand send off
 so please enter if you can !!

Would love to enter:

Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes

Friday 14 December 2012

Card Crafters Circle

The lovely girls at card Card Crafters Challenge invited a few of The Robyn's Fetish Team members to be Guest Designers for their challenge this week and I was one of them !!

The challenge theme is

And sponsored by

Home For the Holidays is one of my favourite Robyn's Festish christmas digi's and you can see I have used him more than once on other cards I have made !!

For some reason my camera decided to make my background paper look pink, but it is actually red !!
As usual I have fussy cute my cute snowman out and 3D him. The tree's I just handcut from green check paper and added some glitter. The fence was cut using a marianne die. All of those have been 3D as well. I stamped the Happy Chistmas onto card and  cut round each letter and glued onto the green strip across the top. I know fussy cutting again......

Tuesday 11 December 2012


Well a nice simple challenge for you this week !!


The winner will be spoilt for choice !!

Remember if you use a Crafty Sentiments Design you will be entered twice !!

For my snowflakes card I have used Christmas Penguin digi stamp

One chilly card for sure and boy has it been cold here the last few days !!

Just made a 6" rosette circle edged with a Marther Stewerd punch to fit a 6" x 6" square card. Then cut one big snowflake and six smaller snowflakes on my cricut and glitter them all with stickles. I printed christmas penguin to fit a 4" circle and coloured in with promarkers and then again added some stickles. To the edge of this I attached the six smaller snowflakes before then glueing it too the rosette. The Brr was also cut on the cricut, stickled and the glued onto a strip of blue card and put beneath the image circle. Just added a few star gems to the four outer edges and on the main image. Made a ribbon bow and attached it to the big snowflake and then glued to lefthand side of card.

So why not pop over to Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge and see all the fab projects that the team have made for you this week !!

Would like to enter:
Joanna Sheen Challenge : with love at christmas
2 Sisters: snowflakes
Fussy and Fancy: i love christmas
Pause, Dream, Enjoy: blue and white
Raise The Bar: blues and whites
Pixie Dust Studio: sparkle and snowflakes

" I won at Pixie Dust Studio "

Made Top 3 at Raise The Bar

Sunday 9 December 2012

Christmas cards

Here I am again with my second post of the day !!

Sponsored this week by

With a fab prize of 7 digi's of the winner choice !!

I have used this cute "Snowbear" digi

Now I got so excited that I will confess I made my secret christmas box first, then our lovley Susan pointed out our challenge was christmas cards ( I missed the cards bit altogether) !! So I then made my matching christmas card.

I have just got a fab paper pad by BoBunny called "Snow day" which are all blues, greens and mustard so I decided to make this set for a male friend of mine, blokes can be so hard to make for.  The gift box did have chocolates in, but as you can see they are no longer who could have eaten them ??

 I must thank my blogger friend Katina who's blog I saw this fab secret box on and knew I just had to make one, so thanks Katina !!

I coloured the lovely Snowbear with promarkers and added some sparkle with good old stickles and mounted him on a scalloped circle cut on my cricut. The White Stuff sentiment was also cut on my cricut. I do use alot of 3D foam tape to raise everything and all the centre panel on my card  and the panels on the box have been raised using this. Just finished off the card with two bits of ribbom and tied a knot bow on one side.

There you have it,  a nice manly christmas card with matching secret box !!

Would like to enter:
Druken Stampers: one for the boys
My Time To Craft: non traditional christmas colours
Jingle Bells; christmas
Totally Papercrafts:  for the boys
Wags'n'Whiskers: anything goes
Delightful Challenges: all about christmas
Papertake Weekly: anything goes

I won at

Recipe challenge !!

We've hit our
 200th challenge this week at

 And Tina has chosen a christmas recipe theme which is


Sponsored by

with a prize of 5 digi's of the winners choice !!

This is one of my favourite Robyn's Fetish christmas digi's called "Home For The Holidays"

He is such a happy fellow !!  

Alot going on with my card this week...started with a kraft base card, then a layer of christmas vellum which I tore and inked the edges. Then tore round my snowman and coloured him with Vintage Photo watered down distress ink and added a bit of highlight with stickles. My big snowflakes were cut on the cricut first in kraft card then the vellum and held together with a snowflake brad. I then  pleated a bit of wide cotton ribbon to go along the bottom, the tied a bow with  a piece of cream velvet ribbon to go on top. The sentiment is one from The Crafty Pads Designs "Circle Christmas Sentiments" set.

I really love my card as it a bit different to the usual christmas cards !!

Now check out  the fabulous projects the rest of the girls form Team A have for you over at 

Would like to enter
Card Crafters Circle: december celabrations
Pattie's Creations; christmas card (must use a stamp/digi)
Stampin For The Weekend: let it snow
4 Crafty Chicks; snowmen
C.R.A.F.T Chalenges; christmas

Friday 7 December 2012

Freebie alert !!

Well winter is really here now, its FREEZING !!

So going on that theme...pop over to

 for this very cute freebie


I love lots of layers on my cards and have used paper from a Basic Grey pad called "Aspen Frost"

Fussy cut, decoupaged and paper piece my cute snowman. Paper pleated a piece of card and paper together to go across the centre. Hand wrote my Winter Wishes. Inked all my edges with Vintage  Photo distress ink.

One very cute snowman christmas who shall I send him too.

Go grab him now at
 Crafty Sentiments Insirations Blog !!

Would like to enter
Christmas at Sweet Stampin: anything goes as long as its christmas
For Fun Challenges: snowmen
Deep Ocean Challenge: so this is christmas
Paper Take Weekly: anything goes
Pretty Little Ribbon; christmas
The Ribbon Girls: christmas projects

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Another mystery prize ??

Morning peeps !!

Woke up to a very white snowy morning in Bucks !! 
 Must be Christmas !!


We have another mystery prize for someone !!

Pop over to
 leave a comment now and then, become a follower if your not already and you might be the lucky winner when we hit 

Keep checking back as there will be loads of fab inspiring projects shown by the team each day !!

Also check out our challenge this week

We have a fab £10 voucher up for grabs !!

There are so many exciting things going on at
even I can't keep up with it
  so keep checking back !!

Sunday 2 December 2012

Tic Tac Toe !!

It's a bit nippy here in Bucks !!
 But just right for a brisk walk with the dogs !!

Anyway today I have a lovely sunny card to show you !!


And I chose to use the bottom line, buttons, bow/ribbon and glitter !!

I'm just a bit tired of making christmas cards so wanted to make a happy sunny card and this is such a fun way of using any buttons you have !!

Just cut the grass border and sending smiles on my cricut and glittered the letters.

Our lovely sponsor this week is

With a fab $10 voucher to spend online instore !!

So put your thinking caps on and choose any line on the Tic Tac Toe board to make your project and then pop over to The Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog to enter !!

Lots of great inspiration from the team this week to get you started so check them out !!

Would like to enter:
Creative Moments; anything  goes/ buttons and bows
Divas by Design: glitter and sparkle
Creative Card Crew: anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays: anything goes
Challenges 4 Everybody: anything goes

Wednesday 28 November 2012

New Release !!

Now you guys must pop over to the

 to check out the first new release stamp called 

" Jasmin Celebrations "

Jasmin is all ready to party for any occassion and on my card it's a Birthday Party !!

There will be TWO more new release stamps showcased on the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog by the team over the next couple of days so keep popping in and leave a comment now and then as when we reach 


someone will be winning a mystery package !!

Check out what fab design cards the rest of the team have come up with using Jasmin now !!

Would like to enter:
Creative Card Crew: anything goes
The Squirrel And The Fox: anything goes

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Red, White and Green

This weeks challenge at Crafty Sentiments Designs is


And up for grabs

I know I'm a GDT, but all the images at Crafty Sentiments Designs are fabulous !!

Flora with Flowers is one of those images

She is one of the manga style images and can be found HERE

I decided not to make a christmas card, but an anytime card with Flora.

I have just done a lot of matting and layering using paper from Trimcrafts Pepper's Christmas Party paper pack and die cut a few sparkles and then coloured Flora with promakers.  Just love her big eyes !!  To finish off I crinkled some ribbon with a heat gun to make my bow.
Do you know about


Then pop over now for more inspiration from the team  !! 
 While you're there become a follower and leave a comment now and then because when we reach
someone will recieve a wonderful mystery package !!

Would like to enter:
 Joanna Sheen: anything goes
One Stitch At A Time; fabric, ribbon or lace
Cute Card Thursday; girls only
Divas By Design: use 2 or more patterned papers
Moving Along With The Times: lets go dotty

Monday 26 November 2012

Sunday 25 November 2012

Spooky Owl

Who else is not enjoying this wet and windy weekend ??

Well why not get yourself a nice hot cuppa and some chocky biscuits and create something for our challenge at Robyn's Fetish this week !!


Our sponsor this week is

With a $10 voucher to spend online

For my card this week I have used one of our sponsors image's called Spooky Owl Silhouette
and RED as my other colour.

I ended up making a very thought provoking card I think as the image is so peaceful...

You can't see, but I have decoupaged the image three times. The first layer is the whole image, the second the moon and owl and the third just the owl. I've toned down the background round the moon with a black ink pad and drew a wavy line to edge it. Again you can't see in my photo that I have hilighted some of the tree with stickles to make it sparkle a bit.

The Robyn's Fetish girls have loads more to showcase for you on the challenge blog so please have a look at

 Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog 

 and please if you can leave a comment so we know you have called . Better still join in the challenge you never know you might be a winner !!

Would like to enter:
Crazy 4 Challenges: put a bow on it
Cards Galore: silhouettes
Crafts 4 Eternity: midnight magic
Delicious Doodles: something that flies
Crafts and Me: circles

Whopeeee made Top 3 at Crafts 4 Enernity !!
Thanks girls !!

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