Thursday, 8 January 2015

Blog Candy :)

Hi everyone.
Well Christmas is almost here and I am not ready at all lol.
Never mind, as long as the family are together things will be great.
I have been thinking alt about this year, which hasn't been great for me.  I have chronic health problems anyway, which most of you probably know, but I've also had pneumonia this year, followed by shingles and I still haven't really recovered fully.
However, I am grateful that I am at present able to create things which gives me immense pleasure and I know that many of us craft as a sort of therapy, even if just for relaxation after a tough day at work :)
So, I am hoping for a better year next year, but I know that January can be a bit flat after all the preparations for Christmas, which seem to start earlier every year, so I thought I would do a blog candy.  In fact I am doing 2, one here and one on my blog HERE  , so you can add your name to both if you like :) (It seems that this happens automatically - not sure how I've managed to do that but now you only need to enter one to be entered into both :) ) It's also a big thank you to all of you who enter our challenges and support this blog:)
This is what you could win;
All you need to do to enter is add you name to the linky at the bottom (it would be nice if you choose to follow me but you don't have to if you don't want to :))
It would also be nice if you left a comment just to say hi, but again, not essential.
I am going to run it until the 7th of January, so you have a month to enter and don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and enter there too :)
Hopefully I will be back before the big day, but if not I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that you all get some great pressies (ooh, please comment after the day and let me know what you've received, as I'm very nosy and I'd love to know :) )

Take care

Monday, 1 December 2014

December challenge and October winner.

Hi everyone and happy December!!  Only 24 sleeps until Christmas - and I am so NOT ready!!
I am crossing my fingers that the new year will be a better one for me healthwise and I am thinking about whether to make any resolutions for the new year - has anyone already decided on what their resolution will be?  I really just want to feel better!
However, I am looking forward to Christmas, especially having the day with my family, just sitting around, chatting and having a good meal together :)
Anyway, back to our challenges, and first of to the winner and top three for October.
So the winner of the October challenge is;
111 - Deonna B
and the top 3 for October are;
130 - Jana K
So ladies if you email me HERE with winner or top 3 in the subject bar I will get blog badges sent out to you.  (Deonna, let me have your address and I'll pop you a little something in the post :) )
So this month the challenge is;
It's cold outside - Winter and/or Christmas :)
It is chilly here today so I want to see your frosty winter makes, cards, scrapbook layouts, home décor projects - anything you have crafted to celebrate the wintry season.
As usual the design team have done some super cute projects for inspiration.
So please join in this month with our challenge - I love looking through everyone's fab makes.
I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas, and I'll 'see' you all in the new year :)

Saturday, 1 November 2014

November Challenge, September winner

Hi all, and welcome to our November blog challenge (although I am running slightly late due to hubby coming out of hospital yesterday :) )
The sun is still shining here and it is rather mild for the time of year, but I am manically making Christmas cards for a craft sale in a couple of weeks!
I bet you've all got Christmas all wrapped up (pardon the pun) and are already onto Valentine's Day and Easter - I am sooo behind!!
Anyway before the challenge this month I had better list the winner and Top 3 for September.
Well there were so many entries I had to pick 5 top 3 people and that was really hard as everyone's cards were fabulous as always.
Anyway, the winner is
Claire, if you email me HERE with challenge winner in the subject box I'll send you your winner badge for your blog and if you send me your address I'll pop a little something in the post for you too :)
(I have been having some problems with emails not reaching my inbox, so I have used a different address to usual and if you haven't heard form me within a week please drop me a comment on the blog so I can go searching for the email - Thank you)
Onto our 5 top 3 (I know it sounds ridiculous LOL!)
If you would email me HERE I will send you a top 3 badge for your blogs (same as above ladies, if you don't hear from me just drop me a comment on the blog and I'll go a searching :) )
So onto the challenge for November!!!
The theme this month is;
Bright Colours
So lots of lovely reds, oranges, greens etc - all the colours that let us know that Autumn is truly upon us (unless you're in the Southern Hemisphere of course, in which case please forgive me :) ) and nice bright colours that will cheer us up as the colder weather descends upon us!
As usual my wonderful DT have sent me through some inspiration for you all;



I do hope you'll join us this month with our bright colours challenge - I love seeing all of your amazing projects - even if it does make it impossible to choose the top3 LOL!!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Challenge - August Winner :)

Hello everyone :)
Well October is here but although it is officially Autumn, it has been really rather warm here
and although that is lovely I am never sure whether to dress for the warmth of the sunshine or the nip in the air LOL!!
I am trying to really get going on all of my Christmas makes but if I am honest it is hard going
at the moment - just can't get motivated even though I have sooo much to do!
But never mind that, we must get on with the winner and top 3 for the August challenge :)
So the winner for August is;
23 - Steph
Top 3 are;
39 - Jana K
43 - Fiona
If you email me HERE I will sort out badges etc (If you could mark in the subject line
blog winner/top3 I would be grateful so I can pick them out of the mountain of emails that normally awaits me )
Onto the October challenge then.
This month the theme is;
Autumn and/or Halloween
I know that some people love Halloween so I wanted to give the opportunity for them to make something spooky, but for those who don't do Halloween there is the opportunity to still join in :)
Inspiration from the DT is fab as always :)


as usual, please do pop on over and say hi to the lovely ladies as they put in their time for free
and I want them to feel appreciated :)
We would love it if you joined in with our challenges (which lots of you are if this last month is anything to go by where we have had over 200 entries  WOW!!!!).  It's a lot of fun looking at all of the fabulous cards and crafty makes - I can't wait to see what you come up with this month :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

September challenge, July winner.

Hello everyone, well we're back at the start of another month and here in the UK there a distinct nip of Autumn in the air.  I'm not complaining though as I love the Autumn season especially the fabulous Autumn colours :)
Anyway as usual we'll do the challenge winner a top 3 first, this time for the July challenge.
the winner is;
15 - Julie O
and the top three are;
13 - Barbara R
99 - Claire C
If you email me HERE , I will send back your badges for your blogs and sort out a little something for the winner too :)  If you could pop 'challenge winner' or 'challenge top 3' in the subject bar that would be fab as I am less likely to lose them in the vast amount of emails on the list lol.
Now, my poor DT have to put up with my scatty ways and I managed to mix up challenge months by adding an extra August to the year, so my poor team had to try to decide which theme to pick out!
So, what I thought I would do is make the challenge this month;
Anything Goes!!
So any crafty project you like, with any theme you fancy - easy :)
fab cards as always though from the DT for inspiration, especially for those who might be new to crafting and /or blogging - if you are new to us please give us a shout in the comments below.  If you're an old hand at it all we'd love to her from you too - let us know how long you've been crafting, whether it be a day, a month, a week, a year...  well you get the picture.

So, we'd love to see all your fabulous creations as always :)
Don't forget to tell us how long you've been crafting - it would be lovely to get to know you all !!

Friday, 1 August 2014

August Challenge (June winner and top 3 :))

Well hello everyone and a Happy August to you all :)
I hope you're all having a nice Summer (well in the Northern Hemisphere anyway!) - here in the UK we've had some great weather (although dare I say it, it has been a little too warm at times but I'm not complaining too much :)), although my old dog doesn't like it at all.
I hope you've all been doing lots of crafting, I've been doing lots of sewing and crochet but now I've got lots of cards to make to catch up !!
Before I move on to challenge stuff I thought I'd share a photo of our 'puppy' who is now 11 months old (after so many have shown such an interest in him :))

Bertie has grown like a weed and is acting like a typical belligerent teenager, but we love him :)
Anyway, back to the crafty things and onto the June winner and top three.
The winner of the June challenge is;
The top 3 are;
49 - Gail L
69 - Lis M
So, if you would like to email me HERE I will sort out blog badges for you etc :)  (If you put blog challenge in the subject box I will get to them quicker :)))
Now onto the August challenge  (August!!  Where has the year gone??)
This month the challenge is;  
Favourite Colours
So you can enter any crafty project you have made using your favourite colours.  It doesn't have to be a card, it could be a scrapbook layout, some altered art or a mixed media piece - you could even enter something you've made on your sewing machine (home décor, a dress...) or even a cake you've decorated.  There are so many talented people out there who aren't into papercraft and I don't want to leave them out!!
As usual the DT have some inspiration for you;


Please pop over and see the DT ladies as they are all fab :)
Do join in our challenge this month as we love to see your crafty makes - it never ceases to amaze me how many talented crafters there are out there! 
Also, if you fancy a go at inspiring others and would like to be on the Design Team please let me know - you can either email me, or put DT after your name on your challenge entry - I'm afraid I can't offer lots of product, but it is fun and great to feel you might inspire somebody else who might be stuck in a crafty rut or whose mojo has gone awandering :)
Have a great August everyone

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

July challenge, May winners.

Hello all and a happy July :)
The weather here is beautiful and sunny which always makes me feel much better, and it also feels like Summer is really here!
So, it's time for another challenge but first of all here is the winner and the top 3 for May.
The winner is;
and the top 3 are;
50 - Norma
59 - Claire C
If you email me HERE , I will send you a blog badge and sort out a little something for the winner :)
Just before the challenge details I want to say goodbye to DT member Jane who is leaving us and I want to say a huge thank you to her for all of the fab projects she has made for the blog over the months.  All of the DT members do fab work in their own valuable spare time and I am always sad when someone leaves, so thanks to all of the DT members and thanks again to Jane :)
Onto the July challenge and seeing as Summer has arrived here in the UK the theme this month is;
Summer Flowers
You can make any sort of crafty project to enter, as long as you have handmade it.
Here is some fab inspiration by the DT girls - don't forget to pop and see them and say hello!




As usual we would love for you to join in the fun and enter anything you make into our challenge.
We look forward to looking through all of your fab makes :)