Tuesday, April 26, 2011


A big thank you to all the lovely ladies who took part in our Mad About the Boy challenge.  Such a fabulous selection of cards.

The winner chosen to receive the little gift of ribbons is No.3 Lilian, congratulations!  Please email Mandy your address and we will get those in the post to you.

We have two fab surprises for Challenge #18.  Firstly, we have the wonderfully talented Diane joining us as our Guest Designer.

Secondly, we have Marlou back with us, but this time as our sponsor!  Scroll down to see her wonderful Gracie Pins which will be sent to one lucky winner taking part in this challenge... but before you do that, here are our Say It With Flowers creations...


Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to Mandy & Eileen for inviting me to be a guest designer for this challenge. 

Using a template from Adela Rossol I have made a baby girls card incorporating Cuttlebug folders, ribbon, flowers, a gemstone brad and tulle.  I have changed it slightly to make it stand up by itself.

For the second project I have made a sock cupcake.

To make these you shape socks into a cupcake.
Make a cupcake holder and then present how you please.

I have presented this one in a clear cupcake favour basket box and added some ribbon with flowers on it.
 To see more of Diane's gorgeous creations visit her blog Time to Create.


I really have to thank Marlou for inspiring me to use beads I've had kicking around in my craft room for ages.  Having received some of her beautiful Gracie Pins as a gift, it made me look at my beads in a totally new way!

Using my all time favourite K&Co Bailey papers and matching cardstock I made three little Matchbooks which I decorated with Seam Binding, Tea Dyed Tags and Butterfly Flower Pins.

Inside these Matchbooks are......

more decorative pins!  I thought these little Matchbooks would make perfect little gifts for crafty friends.


Now....onto our gorgeous giveaway.  How fab are these Gracie Pins!  One large set and one teensy set, all beautifully handmade by Marlou!  Also included are 12 spool die cuts, these are so cute and make fab embellishments for cards etc.

You can find more of Marlou's Gracie Pins and other crafting supplies on Etsy at Gracie's Place.  Thank you for sponsoring our challenge Marlou!

Our Say it with Flowers challenge runs until midnight Tuesday 10th May NZ time. We look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations.

Don't forget, if you don't have a blog email a photo to us and we will add it here for everyone to enjoy.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Another fab response to our last challenge, a big thank you to all those who took part.  Your Easter creations were eggs cellent ! 

We would also like to send a huge thank you to Marlou for being our Guest Designer. 

The winner of our little giveaway for our Easter Challenge is No.2, Donna as chosen by Random Org Number Generator.  Congratulations Donna!  Please email Mandy your address and we'll get them in the post to you.

For our latest challenge, we'd like you to think's time to think about all the big guys or little guys in our lives.


Imade this card for my son's teenage friend who is having a birthday this weekend.  He wants to be a farmer when he leaves school, so I thought this card would be appropriate.  To make the background I used my computer to make a picture watermark.   I printed a farm image for the centre.  I used little tractor brads along with ribbon and buttons.


For my project I used very yummy Portobello Road Lost and Found papers, stamps and layered stickers from My Minds Eye.

Stars were cut using Stampin Up's star punch and the buttons are from a friend's loft clearout!

I didn't want to waste any of this delicious paper so used scraps from making the card to make a matching tag!  

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations, below is a picture of our little gift for one lucky person who takes part in this challenge. A mixture of East of India and Stampin Up ribbons, together with strands of pearl beads.

Our Mad About the Boy challenge will run until midnight, Tuesday 26th April New Zealand time.  Please leave a link to your design using Mr Linky or email us with a photo attached.

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