Friday, 30 December 2011

Are you feeling lucky?

Hellloooooo everyone!!

Are you ready for some more The Greeting Farm January release previews? Today we are previewing a new and totally adorable clear set called "Lucky Bunnies". (The eagle-eyed die-hard TGF fans out there will spot that this is an updated and new version of an old retired set of 2008.)

For my 2 projects I decided to make a card and matching corner bookmark for my niece's upcoming birthday (she loves to read and is a real bookworm).  I love creating "scene cards" and as soon as I saw this stamp set I just couldn't resist, lol! 

This is also my entry into the January MFT Guest Designer Contest where they are asking you to paper-piece.  I don't need to be asked twice to use all-time fave technique, lol!  I paper-pieced the tummies and ears of the bunnies, the presents, and one of the balloons (the stamp has one balloon, but I stamped a second balloon onto patterned paper, cut it out and positioned it behind the first).

I also used my brand new MFT Die-namics die set "By The Letters" for the very first time (bought from My Mum's Craft Shop).  I thought it would be fun to add some yummy Sew Sweet - Baker's Twine as actual strings of the balloons and I also made a teeny tiny hair bow out of it for one of the bunnies - I love my twine!  [Emma has added Baker's Twine to the SALE section at Sew Sweet and it is currently 25% off!]

I created a border on the reverse of the bookmark using one of the accessory stamps of this adorable clear stamp set - SO easy to do!!!  I also stamped the "Wrapped in Hugs" sentiment stamp to finish:

Do hop on over to the TGF Blog to see today's GORGEOUS "Lucky Bunnies" preview creations by the team - sooooo cute! :)))  Only 2 more sleeps 'til RELEASE DAY!! WOO-HOO!!!!!! :))

Thanks so much for dropping by!  And a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! See you in 2012!


Stamps: TGF Lucky Bunnies (clear set)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Colouring Medium: Copics (E33 E31 E30 R20; R81 R83 R85; Y13)
Paper: Echo Park 6x6 pad
Card: White, Kraft
Tools: MFT dies; Martha Stewart border punches, Corner round punch
Other: SU Glitter, Sew Sweet - Baker's Twine

Friday, 23 December 2011

I'm a TGF Premiere Farmer!

Hi everyone! I'm SO sorry that I've been MIA for a while. Unfortunately my beloved gran was admitted to hospital almost 2 weeks ago and then passed away suddenly just over a week ago, so everything has been rather topsy turvy ever since. :(

However, I'm here today to share some fabulouse news! I am honoured to announce that ... I am a TGF Premiere Farmer!!

I've known about this for a little while, but of course was sworn to secrecy until today! I can't tell you how amazed and shocked I was when I received the invite. "Me? You really want me? You sure you haven't made a mistake?" immediately came to mind! But once I'd stopped hyper-ventilating, punching the air, leaping up and down and generally making a complete fool of myself, I flew off a quick email of acceptance! Well, how could I not? It's not every day you receive a personal invite onto one of the most coveted DTs in the stamping world. I've always wanted to be a TGF Farmer but never thought I would be good enough!! WOO-HOO!! Huge thanks to Marie and Jess for inviting me and believing in me - you gals are the best and I hope I make you and The Greeting Farm proud! *bites nails nervously* :)

You can read all about the new way of doing things over at the TGF blog, but basically TGF has decided to split their Farmers into two groups and the "TGF Premier Farmers" are a small group hand-picked by Jess and Marie who will be handling the previews of each release.

If you stopped by the TGF Blog on Tuesday you would have drooled over the brand new "Miss Anya Garland" stamp set samples by new TGF Premiere Farmers Wendy and Corinna.  Today I'm previewing samples made with the newest addition to the Creeper Crew, "Madden", and here are my cards:

I followed Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 148 and used Echo Park 'Happy Days' paper for my first card. 
For my second card I used some fabulous Authentique Gathering 6x6 paper.

Isn't Madden cool? Hee hee! I loved playing with her and colouring that hair!!  Next time I colour her up I will choose a different hair colour ... and it may not be blonde or red! *wink*

Make sure you hop on over to the TGF blog to take a peek at all of today's preview projects. 

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Thank you all so very much for your visits, comments, support and friendship over the past year. Here's to a blessed and peaceful holiday and a fantastic 2012!


Supplies - Card 1
Stamp: TGF CC Madden
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Colouring: Copic Markers
Paper: Echo Park 'Happy Days' 12x12 Collection - Bottle Caps (HD19005) and Big Flowers reverse (HD19007); 6x6 Paper Pad (HD19023)
Card: White; Black
Embellishments: Echo Park 'Happy Days' 12x12 Element Stickers (HD19014) & Alpha Stickers (HD19015)

Supplies - Card 2
Image Stamp: TGF CC Madden
Other Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Postage Stamps; Whimsy Stamps Music Notes background stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black: Dark Brown chalk ink
Colouring: Copic Markers
Paper: Authentique 'Gathering' 6x6 bundle
Card: White; Chocolate Brown
Embellishments: Prima flower; Sew Sweet - Brown brad; Bead cap; Sew Sweet - Seam Binding; Flatback pearls
Tools: Whimsy Stamps Vines die set; Whimsy Stamps Mini Postage Stamp die; MS border punch; Corner rounder punch

Saturday, 10 December 2011

SCRS Preview & Release: Ice Skating Chloe

ETA: I'm so sorry this post didn't go live when it was supposed to. It was set to publish at 05:00AM but when I checked a few minutes ago it didn't! Eek! Silly blogger - grrr!

Hi everyone and welcome to Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps RELEASE DAY! This is our last SCRS post for 2011 as the DT is having a well-deserved break over Christmas. Our bi-weekly SCRS challenges will resume on 3 January 2012.

Today we are showcasing the fabulous Ice Skating Chloe. All new release stamps are available to buy from the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Store RIGHT NOW, so hop on over there and treat yourself to a sparkly Christmas present! :)

Be sure to visit the rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Ice Skating Chloe. Sparkle will be giving away Ice Skating Chloe to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN, you need to visit and comment on all of the designer's Ice Skating Chloe blog posts (links listed below), then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Ice Skating Chloe post there. You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you've enjoyed our new release!


Thursday, 8 December 2011

SCRS Preview: Hockey Oliver

Hi everyone and welcome to the first sneak peek day of our last Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps release of 2011.  I can't believe there are only 23 days left of this year and only 17 more sleeps until Christmas!! Eek! I am SO not ready, lol!

Today we are showcasing the awesome Hockey Oliver who comes with a fabby sentiment stamp that reads 'Slap Shot;. All new release stamps will be available to buy from the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Store on Saturday (10 December) - just in time for treating yourself to a sparkly Christmas present! :)

I confess to knowing nothing about ice hockey, so I used the net to search for some ice hockey uniforms to help me colour Hockey Oliver.  Whilst I was surfing, I found the GB Ice Hockey website and so decided to replicate their uniform.  Then I spent ages digging through my papers to try to find some red and blue to match, but I couldn't find anything suitable.  So I then hit upon the idea to make the base of the card a Union Jack Flag!  Being the type of person I am, I wanted to make the proportions perfect and so after a bit of searching I found them on Wiki! :)  I'm really pleased with how my Union Jack turned out!  Now I have the measurements all figured out, I will be able to make some Olympic cards for next year.  London 2012 will be the 3rd consecutive Olympic Games my brother has competed in as part of the Men's Recurve Archery Team GB! :)
Be sure to visit all the rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Hockey Oliver. Sparkle will be giving away Hockey Oliver to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN, you need to visit and comment on all of the designer's Hockey Oliver blog posts (links listed below), then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Hockey Oliver post there. You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.

Thanks for popping by!


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

SCRSC69: Holiday Emily

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've neglected this blog a bit recently.  It's been busy, busy, busy here and I seem to be chasing my tail all the time, but I'm back now with my Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps challenge 69 card to share with you, which is a fabulous sketch by Kim!  This is our final SCRS challenge of 2011 and our challenges will resume on 3 January 2012.

I inked up Holiday Emily for today's card and paired her with some yummy Echo Park 'Merry Christmas' paper from last year:

Sentiment:  Paper Makeup Stamps 'Little Moments Mini Sentiment Set'
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Copics
Core'dinations 12x12 Colorcore cardstock: Poinsettia CR030
Echo Park 12x12 'Merry Christmas' paper: Holly Berry MC5009
Spellbinders dies: Lacey Circles S4-293 and Layered Poinsettia S5-055
4mm flatback pearls and 5mm gems

One of my favourite ribbons of all time is May Arts Striped 3/4" twill ribbon (available from, and I think the red/white one is perfect for Christmas cards (it reminds me of candy canes!).  For this card I cut a small piece of the ribbon and then carefully cut it in half vertically to create 2 candy cane-esque pieces to pop in the top left corner.

Our challenge is open to all players. Each challenge a random winner will be chosen, and the winner of challenge 69 will receive Sledding ChloeIn order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.

To play along in our challenge, please upload a photo of your project to the SCRS gallery by Sunday 11 December @ 9 PM (PST). Here is the direct link to entries for this week's challenge: Sparkle Creations Photo Gallery -- SCRS Challenges -- Challenge #69. If you haven't registered yet, it just takes a few seconds to create a login and upload your photo. [Please note that contest entries will be pulled only from the SCRS Photo Gallery.]

Thanks for stopping by today! ......only 19 more sleeps to go!!!!! (We're very excited here in the Clay household, lol!)