Wednesday, 27 June 2012

SCRSC82: Swimming Lucy

Hi everyone! Today I have my Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Challenge #82 card to share with you. You have until Sunday 1st July @ 9 PM PST to play along with the current challenge which is a 'beach challenge' ...

I decided to use Swimming Lucy from our first ever SCRS release for my card today (who is currently on sale at $6.00!). I paired her with some scrummy Echo Park Paradise Beach 6x6 paper for a very quick CAS card. The clouds were die-cut from White Felt (available here from using a MFT die-namics clouds die set, and I also used a clear gloss Viva Decor pen to add some bubbles around Lucy (although it's a bit hard to see the effect in the photo).

Our challenge is open to all players. Each challenge a random winner will be chosen, and the winner of challenge #82 will receive a SCRS rubber stamp! In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.

Do visit the rest of my SCRS DT sisters who are also posting their challenge cards this week.

Simonne Clay (that's me!)

This is the last SCRS challenge for Amber, Kerri, Sav, Margie and Danielle as the end of June marks the end of their SCRS DT term. I would like to say a personal thank you and farewell to these amazing gals! It's been awesome working with you! You are all super-talented, and although we will no longer be working together at SCRS, I will continue to stalk your blogs and marvel at your stunning creations!

Thanks for dropping by today!


Monday, 25 June 2012

From Paris With Love...

Hello and welcome to Day 6 of Whimsy Stamps June Rubber & Die Release Showcase!

Last Wednesday (20 June) Whimsy Stamps released this month's new rubber designs, new Shapeology dies and new Shape EZ by TLC. From then until 26 June the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop and I am part of today’s hop!

For today's card I decided to make a vintage-style French-themed creation!  I stamped the main image from the *new* Parisian Romance stamp set in brown ink onto a piece of Prima paper.  (I wanted to used Walnut Stain ink, but had to settle for an old SU ink pad instead as my Distress ink pads are away being used as photo props at the moment!).  I stamped one of the sentiments from the *new*  Definitions Notables 4 stamp set and matted it onto a gorgeous *new* Dainty Notables 4 die cut from kraft card.  And how could I not use the *new* Eiffel Tower die - it is SO gorgeous and intricate!  I also used my well-used Vines die set from an older release, snipping off a few swirls to fit my design (love how it's so easy to do this with this die set!).

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy blog on 27 June.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

Debbie Eastman
Heidy Blom
Simonne Clay (that's me!)
Beate Johns - Special Guest
Michele Roos - Special Guest

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop back to the Whimsy blog tomorrow for more new release creations!


Sunday, 10 June 2012


Today I stumbled across an online discussion thread about cyber-bullying … adult cyber-bullying to be precise. It made me very sad to read about what had allegedly taken place. I won’t go into detail, but it did start me thinking about how we treat one another - our partners, children, family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours and complete strangers. Unfortunately we live in a society, nay a country, nay a world, that is getting harder and harder to survive on a daily basis. I’m not talking about not having a roof over our heads or food in our stomachs (although I acknowledge that is a real problem for many), but I’m thinking more about the disintegration of our communities.

We have just celebrated the Queen’s diamond jubilee. I was a very tiny child when we celebrated her silver jubilee, but amazingly I still remember it. The neighbours came together and held a street party. I remember the fun of sitting down with the entire neighbourhood to eat jelly and ice cream! It saddens me deeply that 35 years on the street we now live on, our ‘neighbourhood’, couldn’t be bothered to even hang bunting, let alone party with each other. The term ‘neighbour’ doesn’t seem to apply nowadays. The people that live next door to us, with whom we share a party wall, would rather point blank ignore us than catch our eye and smile. Why? Well I can’t really speak for them, so I won’t, but I will say that I see an awful lot of anger nowadays. People pushing you out of the way. Total inconsideration for anyone but themselves. Yelling in the street in the wee hours of the morning, not caring if they wake those in peaceful slumber. Slamming car doors. Throwing litter into the road. Fly-tipping. Allowing their dogs to deposit outside a school. Having no pride. Having no consideration.

To sidestep a little, I think the UK has one of the worst customer services in the world. Of course I am generalising (I haven't visited each and every country!), and there are many excellent businesses and employees of those businesses, but more often than not I can go through a complete transaction in a shop, from arriving at the counter to leaving the store, without the person ‘serving’ me saying a word. Even worse is the sales person who gossips to a colleague throughout the entire transaction without even making eye contact with me. This is rude. This is unnecessary. (Nowadays I take my custom elsewhere if this happens, but I am older and care less of what others think of me).

Gone are the days of smiling and saying hello as you pass someone in the street. Okay, you may not feel safe or comfortable doing so, but there seems to be a real lack or consideration, a lack of KINDNESS towards each other, in our society today ... and this worries me. If society is like this now, what does the future hold? I don’t know why some people are so angry and care so little about the people with whom they share their part of the world. I don’t know why certain people are so selfish and self-absorbed to the point where they relish and delight in someone else’s failures or problems. I am always reminded of something my late gran used to say: "God help us if we had another world war – it would be so different, we’d be shooting each other for a can of beans!" I ask you - what makes a 10 year old child say this about her best friend: “don’t try to copy from her – you’ll get all the answers wrong.” Why does a parent boast about their child being bossy? What type of person stands watching their 6 year old point and call names at people in the street? Why does one neighbour spread lies about another? Why does a person emotionally knock someone down instead of celebrating that someone’s achievements?

I don’t know about you, but I cannot end the day on an argument. I cannot sleep unless I have some sort of resolution. I don’t like upsetting people and I don’t like to be upset. I am, however, realistic and not totally self-righteous. I do upset people and people upset me, but I try my hardest not to. I don’t go out of my way to be horrid and inconsiderate. I try to go out of my way to be kind. To treat people, whether they be my closest friend or the person serving me in my local supermarket, with respect, with kindness … how I would like to be treated myself. I consider how my words and actions affect those around me.

To those who find it difficult to be kind and unselfish, I challenge you to try and see how it makes you and those around you feel. If anger breeds anger, then I would like to hope that kindness breeds kindness. So if you do one thing today, be KIND. Stop to let someone through, smile and wave at the driver who waits for you, open the door for someone, go out of your way to compliment your friend. And even if you don’t receive any acknowledgement or kindness in return, know that there was one less unkind person in the world that day. Imagine if we were all kind to each other and put others before ourselves (and I include the planet and all living things in this) … what a wonderful place this world would be.


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Sparkle Creations June Release Day & Watermelon Rin

Hi everyone and welcome to Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps June Release Day!

All new stamps are now available to buy from the SCRS store!  Yippee!!  We're also previewing Watermelon Rin today who comes with a darling sentiment that reads "to say a melon thanks".

SCRS Watermelon Rin rubber stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Copic markers
Basic Grey 'Konnichiwa' 6x6 paper pad
Bazzill Bitter Chocolate cardstock
Prima flowers, 4mm pearls, Twine

Be sure to visit our fabulous SCRS designers for more peeks of Watermelon Rin. Sparkle will be giving away a Watermelon Rin rubber stamp to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN, you need to visit and comment on all of the designers' Watermelon Rin blog posts (listed below) and leave a comment here on the SCRS blog post. You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you've enjoyed our new release!


Thursday, 7 June 2012

SCRS June Previews - Beach Chloe

Hi everyone!  Today is the first day of our Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps June previews!  Today the DT are showcasing Beach Chloe who comes with a sentiment that reads "fun in the sun!".  All new stamps will be available to buy on Saturday 9th June 2012.

I paired Beach Chloe with my Echo Park Splash paper and created a sun umbrella for her with my unused-until-now *blush* MFT Die-namics Umbrella die. The beach ball is a stamp from the Karber Kimmie Summer set - I simply omitted adding ink to the little face and then connected the lines once I'd stamped it!

SCRS Beach Chloe (available from 9th June 2012)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; ColorBox Creamy Brown chalk ink
Copic markers
Echo Park 'Splash' 6x6 paper pad
Kraft cardstock
Corner rounder punch, Paper distresser
MFT Die-namics Umbrella die
4mm turquoise pearl

Be sure to visit our fabulous SCRS designers for more peeks of Beach Chloe. Sparkle will be giving away a Beach Chloe rubber stamp to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN, you need to visit and comment on all of the designers' Beach Chloe blog posts (listed below) and leave a comment on the SCRS blog post. You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.

I hope you all have a great Thursday! Some of the DT will be back tomorrow with a magical new Karber clear set preview that you won't want to miss!

Thanks so much for dropping by!