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Hi, my name is Jill. I am a stay at home Mummy, born in Scotland and living in Dubai. I love to scrapbook, make hand-crafted cards and paper projects. I am a full-time mummy to Adam and have a wonderful husband and great family. I love stamping and being creative. I lie awake at night thinking up new designs! Does everyone do this or is it just me? :) Thanks for stopping by. Jill x

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Good morning all,

I hope you are all well and having a good weekend. 

I am here to tell you about this week's fab challenge over at the 2 Sisters challenge blog.

The theme this week is: Use your favourite stamp (digi or rubber). How cool is that? 

I am sure you will all want to pop over to the 2 Sisters challenge blog and take a peek at the inspiration the DT has created for you.  It would also be fab if you could join us in this week's challenge.  Go on, what are you waiting for? lol  I am looking forward to seeing all your gorgeous stamps.

Whilst there are no sponsors this week, there will still be two winners! The prize? Each winner will be asked to be a Guest Designer for the months of November and December. Yay!

So, onto my project.  I decided to use my 'Dancing Party Tilda' image and as i am currently using an old piece of card to keep my page in my book, i thought now was the time to make myself a bookmark.  What do u think?  You place the ribbon inside the book to keep the page and the embellished part hangs outside.  Obviously, i here you all say!

The white Spellbinders heart die cut has been coloured with spun sugar distress ink so it is actually pink but it looks white in this photo. I made it a bit darker too once i uploaded this photo.  It blends in a bit better now! The butterfly was made using a Tonic punch and was given texture and sparkle using Ranger embossing tinsel (bridal). The paper is from Back to Basics III and the cardstock by Bazzill. The flowers are from Hobbycraft which i tinted using my distress inks. The image is coloured with copics. Ribbon and buttons from my stash!

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Take care.
Big hugs,
Jill x


Thursday, September 27, 2012

For the Guys!

Good morning all,
I hope you are all well. Firstly, i need to apologise for not being around blogland as much lately.  I was meant to have an operation yesterday and had been working hard in the background getting ahead with DT projects and organising everyday things for when i was going to be in hospital but you guessed it, i didn't have the operation. I was admitted, gown on, in bed, waiting, then they took my temperature and i had fever so i was given lunch and sent home.....arghhhhhh! So i will try and catch up with my comments this week before i am admitted again!  
Anyhoo, enough about me, it's Thursday so that means the weekend is in sight and it is time for another fab challenge over at Charisma Cardz.
This week the theme is ' SOMETHING FOR THE GUYS' and there are two fantastic sponsors offering two fab prizes. 
 The Stamping boutique are offering one lucky winner 5 digis of their choice.
Digi Stamp Boutique are offering one lucky winner 6 individual digis.
And here is my card using an image from the fabulous Digi Stamp Boutique.

Cream card base, Brown Bazzill cardstock, printed paper is by DCWV & measuring tape paper is from Echo Park.
Sentiment by Paper and Such (i think!, well go and check!)
Tim Holtz distress ink - walnut stain, crushed olive & broken china
Close to my Heart distressing tool
Glue, tape and a brad!
Thank you for visiting today. I promise to try and visit you all soon. Please pop over and visit the gorgeous projects made by Team Gem DT at Charisma Cardz. It would be fab is you could join us in this challenge.  I look forward to seeing your creations soon.
Hugs, Jill x

Sunday, September 23, 2012

OSAAT -bingo

Good afternoon all,
Today i am here to let you know about this week's challenge over at One Stitch at a Time.
We have a great theme this week................ BINGO!

I was very fortunate to be given this fantastic image called 'Bonnet Day' by Stitchy Bear and this beautiful digi paper by Oase (Panda Bear Designs) to use on my project.  You can find the image here. From the bingo board, i picked... Digi, Buttons and Sentiment.


6x6'' scalloped card base by Craft Uk
Pink & Purple Bazzill cardstock
Image 'Bonnet Day' by Stitchy Bear & Butterfly digi paper by Oase (Panda Bear Designs)
Sentiment is from Hero Arts
Tim Holtz distress ink
Tonic butterfly punch
Ranger embossing tinsel
Challenges i would like to enter:
Allsorts Challenge Blog Week 173 - Inspired by a song (Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder)
Joanna Sheen - So Sweet (Sweet image and sweet Birthday cake)
Simply Create Too - Challenge #22 Anything Goes (midnight ends 27/9)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Challenge #151 Buttons (i have two on my project!)
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenges - Challenge #135 For A Child
C.R.A.F.T   Challenge 173 Children

Please take a minute to pop over to One Stitch at a Time and view the awesome DT inspiration.  I hope you will join in with our challenge this week too.  I look forward to seeing your creations soon.

Take care, Big Hugs, Jill x

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Good morning to all you lovely crafters,

I hope you are all having a good weekend. Well, Saturday it is again so i am here to let you know all about this week's challenge at 2 Sisters Challenge blog.

The theme this week is....THINGS WITH WINGS

Plus there is the optional extra for September....ADD GLITTER

You don't have to use the option extra on your project but if you do you will get a chance into the monthly prize draw for a prize from The Crafting Boutique. If you use the optional extra of glitter please add a # by your name to be entered into the monthly prize drawing.

The sponsor is the fabulous... The Digi Garden.

I was fortunate enough to receive this fantastic digi to use on my card. You can view it here.
 White 5x5 cardbase, white polka dot embossed cardstock,  red & black Bazzill cardstock
Circle & scalloped punches & hole punch (used to cut out the ladybug's spots)
Paper & Such sentiment
Copics, Tim Holtz firebrick red distress ink & Mememto tuxedo black ink
Ribbon & buttons
Thank you for visiting. I do hope you will pop over and view the other DT cards at 2 Sisters and i hope you will join us in this challenge.
Take care
   Hugs, Jill x


Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's Christmas!

Good morning crafters!

It's me again, here to tell you about this week's challenge over on the 2 Sisters Challenge blog.

This week the theme is WHITE, BLACK + ONE OTHER.
The sponsor this week is the fabulous MELJENS.
Here is my card. Isn't this image so cute? I coloured 'him' with Copics and for the snow on the ground, his hat and gloves i painted them with acrylic paint and then sprinkled with Ranger embossing tinsel to give it dimension and sparkle (although it is not very obvious in the photo).  The white panel behind the image is also embossed and hard to see in this photo too! The sentiment is from The Greeting Farm. Hope you like it.

Challenges i would like to enter:
Please pop over to 2 Sisters and take a peek at the gorgeous DT inspiration.  We would love it if you joined us in this challenge.
Hugs, Jill x

Friday, September 14, 2012

My family - BoBunny

Good afternoon all,

I hope you are all having a good day. I am here today to show you a quick layout i made last night using this beautiful BoBunny 'Calypso' paper.  I have had this paper in my stash for a few months now so i am glad i have finally put it to good use!

BoBunny -'Calypso' and 'Country Garden' dp
K & Company - Butterflies and flowers l
Tim Holtz distress ink
Dimensionals, glue stick & glue dots

Thank you for visiting today. Take care

Hugs, Jill x

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tilda Stepper card

Good morning all,
I hope you are all having a good week. Today, i am here to let you know about this week's fab challenge over at Charisma Cardz.
This week the theme is SHAPED CARDS and there are not one, but two fabulous sponsors.
Joanna Sheen who is offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher.  With free p&p, this is a fabulous prize.

Simon Says Stamp are offering one lucky winner a $20 voucher. 

Here is my DT inspiration. This is the first time i have made this style of step card and i must say it is rather easy to do.  I will make it again but i will probably make the right hand sides different heights to give it better dimension. 

Pink & white cardstock
Back to Basics III paper pack
Cheery Lynn corner dies, Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes, Spellbinders Heart Circles & lacy ovals.
Magnolia Tilda
Paper & Such sentiment 
Tonic butterfly punch
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black & Tim Holtz distress inks - worn lipstick
Flowers, ribbon & pearls

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

CRAFTS AND ME Challenge #101 - In The Pink
Whimsy Stamps Challenge 51 - Anything Goes
I hope you will pop over and visit the gorgeous DT inspiration at  Charisma Cardz and it would be fantastic if you decided to join in with the challenge too.  Hope to see you there!
Hugs, Jill x

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tri fold shutter card, gift bag and tag

Good morning everyone,
Well the last 25 hours or so have been rather stressful. My son who has only been to school for 4 days in his life tells me he has '' had enough of school'' and he is not going back. Yesterday when i picked him up he was hysterical, sobbing his heart out and today we got as far as the classroom and it started again. Refusing to go in, refusing to put his bag down, him sobbing, me sobbing .... argh!  
Anyway, enough of me, lets get onto the real reason i am here....... Today i have a card and gift bag to share with you.  It was one of my DT inspiration projects i made for the fabulous Paper Lane.   The gorgeous papers are from Simple Stories and are available to buy from Paper Lane.
The papers are double sided and they are beautiful to work with.  I decided to make a tri-fold shutter card as it is a great way to show off these fabulous papers.  This paper is too nice to be sitting in a drawer so I used the remaining paper to create a matching gift bag and tag. 

  I should have opened the bag before taking the photo but you live and learn!
Challenges i would like to enter:
IDIC Challenge #124 - '' More Than One Fold''
Pile It On #37 - Patterned Paper
My Mum's Craft Shop #73 - Anything Goes
CIC #59 - leaves
Joanna Sheen - Going Dotty
Thank you for dropping by today.  Also, a big warm welcome to my newest followers.
Take care. Hope you all have a great day. Mine can only get better (i hope!) lol
Hugs, Jill x

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Exciting news!

Good morning everyone,
I have some exciting news to share on this bright and sunny Sunday morning! I was asked if i would like to join the One Stitch at a Time challenge blog and well, i could not have been more chuffed! Of course, i jumped at the chance to join this fabulous team and although it is going to make me a tad busy, my little man started school for the first time this week so i am going to have a few extra hours to do what i love best... housework! Errrr, no! Crafting!
The fabulous Choccy and the team have been so welcoming and i just want to say '' Thank You'' for having me.
So onto the challenge at OSAAT........
This weeks theme is: Under 18's
The sponsor is: Creative Craft World and the winner will receive 3 Promarkers.

I was given the beautiful ' Asian Beauty' image for my project which you can find here. I kept the card a bit CAS since the theme is Under 18''s.   
Here is my card:

Craft UK 6x6 scalloped edge card base
Paper: Dovecraft Back to Basics III designer paper pack & pink & brown cardstock
Ink: Copics & Tim Holtz distress ink -
Die Cuts: Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes & Sizzix Flowers, Branches & Leaves (for the insides of the flowers) & Sizzix Tickets
Others: flower punch (make unknown), tacky glue
Challenges i would like to enter:
The Poodles Parlour - Here come the Girls
Thank you for visiting my blog today.
I hope you will pop over and check out the fantastic DT inspiration at OSAAT and it would be great if you joined in with the challenge.  Let me know if you do, i would love to see what you create.
Have a great day.
Jill x

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Good morning crafters,
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  Apologies for the lack of posts recently.  Since returning from the UK, i have been busy trying to get ahead with my DT projects and my 'baby' started school for the first time on Tuesday.  The whole school thing has knocked our routines to pot.  Normally, we go to bed late (son included) and get up late and now we are in bed early and up at 5:45am!  School here starts at 7:40am so it is certainly a shock to our systems! 
Anyway, i should be in more of a routine soon and i should be ahead with my DT projects in the next few days so i will have time to create more, blog more and comment more. Here's hoping!
So, onto today's challenge over at 2 Sisters challenge blog.
This week's theme is: FALL so go on, check out the fab DT inspiration on the 2 Sisters blog and let us see your interpretation of Fall by joining in with the challenge.
There are two sponsors this week.
The fabulous Digi Doodle Shop
And the fantastic Inked Treasures

Here is the card i made:

Paper: Bazzill cardstock (Ornage & brown), Kraft cardstock, MME 'Everyday Flair' patterned paper, & other bits and bods from my ever expanding paper and cardstock stash!
Stamps: Hero Arts 'tree trunks' stamp, Hero Arts 'Leaf' stamp
Dies: Tim Holtz 'Styled Labels' & the tag was a die cut but i cant remember which one (sorry).
Inks: Tim Holtz distress ink - spiced marmalade, walnut stain & antique linen & Versamark
Others: Ranger perfect pearls - cappuccino & perfect gold & Hemptique True Hemp (orange hemp), dimensionals, double sided tape, glue dots.

Challenges i would like to enter:

Clearly I Stamp (CIC #59) - leaves
Cute Card Thursday - #233 Autumn Gold
Raise The Bar Challenge - #110 Celebrate Fall
Thank you all for visiting and i wish you all a happy weekend.  If you leave me a comment, it will let me know you have been and i can come and visit you too.
Hugs, Jill x

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Primary Colours

Good morning everyone,

I hope you are all having a good weekend and i hope the sun is shining wherever you may be.

It is Saturday again so it only means one thing, another challenge over at 2 Sisters challenge blog.

This week we are sponsored by the fabulous Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps and the theme is PRIMARY COLOURS (eg red, blue and yellow).  The optional extra is: use glitter.

I was lucky enough to be given the digi called Straw Hat. You can find it here.

Craft UK scalloped card base
Paper: Echo Park Ladybug tiny dots, Simple Stories Summer Fresh Bingo cards & Flash cards.
Ink: Tim Holtz distress ink - broken china & Copics
Others: Papermania brads, Woodware buttons, tacky glue and double sided tape.
I hope you will take a minute to pop over to 2 Sisters and view the other DT projects and it would be fabulous if you joined in this weeks challenge.  I hope to see you there.
Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend. 
Hugs, Jill x