Saturday

Looking Forward

Hi Folks long time no "see" . 
Well what can I say 2011 Christmas has not been the best. I won't bore you with all the details but it consisted of lots of hospital visits for my mum who was back in again till yesterday. Hopefully this time she is staying home :) a short stay myself (only one night for my stomach again) and just generally loads of sickness and bugs..bleh bleh bleh!!

I'm feeling much better now and hopefully ready to start the new year in a better frame of mind and I'm hoping a more positive year health wise to. I am determined to lose a bit of weight and start to get back into fitness. I used to do quite a lot of circuits and swimming etc before my stomach started giving me so much trouble. Since giving it up the weight has crept on. I got a xbox kinect for Xmas so I've got the zumba disc so I'm gonna start off gentle and home and see how I get on with that then I don't feel the pressure of going to classes when I'm not feeling to well. Well that's the plan anyway...we'll see how it goes lol.

Anyhow that's enough waffle from me........I was feeling so much better this morning that I even managed to make a card


Ingredients available at The Stamp Basket
Glitter: Glamour Dust
Gems: Dovecraft

Also, don't forget that The Stamp Basket SALE is still on with up to 30% off designer papers and 25% of selected stamps...and for those who would still like to make a donation to Brandon and his family and receive our free 'Love Came Down at Christmas' digi stamp, you can do so here until 2nd January 2012.

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x





Tuesday

Have yourself a merry little christmas

Hi bloggers Pickle here...... hope you are all enjoying the run up to Santa and not doing the headless chicken impression like me :{ lol
I just wanted to stop by and show you this little set I made using on of the adorable fizzy moon stamps




Ingredients

All the ingredients listed can be found on The Stamp Basket online shop
just click on the links and don't forget there's a HUGE SALE going on at the mo too :)

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Saturday

They are calling me Lucy

Last minute Lucy!!
Well I am still ill..grr why am I always ill for my birthday and the run up to Christmas???
I have made a million Christmas cards for other people to give and only a hand full for myself as usual. I have purchased my usual heart foundation ones ( I know the shame) but I love to make a few personalised ones especially for the kids So I thought I better drag myself of the sick bed and attempt to make a few for those special peeps :)

Obviously with me being poorly I wanted them to be quick and thats one of the reason I love DSB images so much. They are such lovely im ages and colour up a dream super quick.


These are all from some of the latest releases which you can find HERE. One of the other things I love about digis is they are instant download so perfect for last minute cards :)

Sorry about the crumby photo it is so grey and dark here :(
Kerry x

Wednesday

OOOHHHHH....


....BIG CHRISTMAS SALE 

Thinking of treating yourself to a few new crafting goodies or looking to buy someone a stamping gift? Then why not pop over to The Stamp Basket Christmas sale…there are some real bargains to be had!  

25% OFF SELECTED BILDMALARNA STAMPS
25% OFF ALL FIZZY MOON STAMPS
25% OFF SELECTED MOLLY BLOOMS STAMPS
25% OFF SELECTED NELLIE SNELLEN STAMPS
25% OFF SELECTED STAMPAVIE STAMPS
25% OFF ALL WILD ROSE STUDIO STAMPS
25% OFF SELECTED MARIANNE DESIGN CREATABLES
30% OFF BACK TO BASICS PAPER PACKS
30% OFF BO BUNNY PAPER PADS
30% OFF MY MIND’S EYE PAPER PADS
30% OFF MARIANNE DESIGNS PAPER BLOCS
30% OFF SMALL PAPERMANIA PAPER PACKS
30% OFF WILD ROSE STUDIO PAPER PACKS
…..and much, much more!

Starts first thing Tomorrow Morning

Here

But don’t delay, stock is limited on a number of items – once they’re gone they’re gone!

Kerry x

Tuesday

The stamp basket DT Card

Hi all, Just stopping by to show you my latest Stamp Basket  DT card. 

As you all probably know I am a big fan of bears. And this little fizzy moon bear is fast becoming one of my faves. Isn't he just the cutest?
Ingredients all available in the shop HERE
Card blank - craftwork cards 
Image - fizzy moon little messages (coloured with prisma pencils)
finishing touches- Button  Gems  Glamour dust

Thanks for all your lovely messages about my mum. She came home last week but ended up back in the next morning. She has come home again today hopefully this time until she has to go back in for her op!
I am feeling awful myself though now. Maybe a bug  ..throat like swallowing razor blades/shivers/headaches/aching etc etc. Hope it goes pretty quick. why is it I'm always ill for my birthday! Then the aftermath is looking like rubbish for all the chrimbo photos ..lol :( 

Sorry I missed announcing my Serif draw too. I'll be back in the next few days when I'm feeling better to do the draw.
TFSB
Kerry x

Thursday

Thank you

Just popped  by to say Thank you for all your lovely messages. My mum is (fingers crossed) coming home today so that will be one less thing I have to worry about. You never know I may even get a card made by the weekend! I'm sure my DT bosses will be pleased to hear.

Talking of DT's The Stamp Basket are doing a fab free digi in aid of a young man called Brendon and his family


To find out all about it please pop over HERE and have a nose

Isn't he the cutest?

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Wednesday

So sorry ...

... Once again for being such a bad blogger. As I wrote in my last post I have been poorly with my stomach again. I did think I may end up in hospital again the pain was so bad at some points but I managed to brave it out :) Then my mum was taken in to hospital with dangerously low blood pressure. And they have struggled to get her diabetes under control.With all the other health problems she has it was a bit scary there at one point :( She is much better now though and hopefully she is coming out today or tomorrow.(fingers crossed) They have put her down for a heart bypass now. We are hoping it isn't this side of Christmas..Not sure we could cope with the stress!

There have been all these super cute  new releases over on the Digistamp Boutique





 Thanks for stopping by and for all the lovely comments you leave.

p.s Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY HERE
I can't believe how few entries I've had. It's a fabulous software and not just for scrapbooking you can make so many other papercraft things with it.

Kerry x


Tuesday

little messages


Hi all, 
Just stopping by to show you this cute fizzy moon stamp. 
My niece asked me to make some hot choc treat mugs for the kiddies teacher gifts.
And I thought this little cutie would be perfect!





Ingredients

Thanks for stopping by today
The decorating was going well but now I seem to have come down with this stupid stomach bug. I carried on wallpapering with a hot water bottle strapped to my tummy yesterday.!I'm such a trooper lol At first I just thought it was a bought of my usual stomach problems coming on but Today I have been sick all day.:( I am not a pretty site I can tell you! Hope it doesn't last long the house is upside down and I have my pre Christmas hair appointment on Friday. Can't miss that as she can't fit me in again before Christmas and I've left it a couple of extra weeks as it is. I'll look like something from the black lagoon by the time The big fella comes ..not good ! 
Kerry x

Friday

Forever Friends

Well Christmas is rolling in fast. I still have a million orders to fulfill and as much as I love it sitting here colouring images is not getting me to the end of them any sooner. Then I remembered the forever friends cd.



Wow forgot how much I loved it

I'm hoping to start my decorating tomorrow so please forgive my absence over the next few days
I will hopefully be finished by midweek and will get on with answering emails/questions.sorry for the delay in getting back to some of you
Thanks for stopping by
Kerry x

Don't forget to enter my prize draw for the my memories suite software. it really is a brill package and you can do so much more with it than just digi scrapping.

Wednesday

A feast...



My sister asked me to make some cards for her to give to the grandlkids for christmas to match the gift wallets I made further along on my blog

All the images are from Digistamp Boutique and the papers are free from summertime designs

Don't forget to enter my free giveaway
HERE

TFL
Kerry x

Sunday

My Memories Suite Giveaway


Regular readers of my blog will know that I have recently started dabbling in digital scrapbooking.I love the idea of "physical" scrapbooking as you can see further along on my blog but I always seem to end up with loads of half/unfinished projects lying around in various boxes/slipcovers. Also being ill a fair bit lately digi is fab for me as I can do it whilst in bed ill. I'm very lucky to have been asked recently if I would like to review My memories Suite. Oh my word I tell you I have tried a few different sotware packages now and I am just as impressed with this one if not more! I just can't stop playing with it!

As you can see I've been a busy little bee ! lol 
Some I've used free quick pages for.  These can be downloaded from the My Memories website (just drag and drop your photos in)Some i've made myself either using the free bits and pieces that come with the software or made using digital kits which I already had on my computer.












My Memories Suite is an easy to use scrapbook software package that makes it easy to create beautiful scrapbook layouts. But you can also create beautiful slideshows ..you can even add sound! cards, web graphics, just about anything really.
Once installed the interface is quite intuitive, and if you do get stuck their FB page and website have video tutorials, PDF tuts and their Facebook group or forum can probably answer any questions you have - it's a very active group that frequently hosts challenges and giveaways.

The interface also comes preloaded with some templates, background papers, etc. to get you started, after you play with those a bit you might want to buy other sets and templates in the My Memory Suite shop . I'm surprised just how affordable these are for how much content you get within each one! WOW!There are whole sets, add ons, quickpage, word art, the list is endless. You can also import .png/.jpg graphics that you already have into the program quite easily. I downloaded quite a lot of free sets/quick pages  from the site to get me started. But don't forget you'll get a free $10 promo code to use on digikits after you have downloaded the program :) to get you started. So you can :

Buy it:
My Memories Suite is greatly affordable {have you priced Photoshop lately?} and because I really really like my readers :) - I havee a unique coupon code that gives my readers $10. off the full price AND, when you purchase My Memories Suite you'll also get a $10. coupon code to buy anything in the My Memories store to get you started! what a stunning deal!

To purchase using the code: Click on the image above, or go here then copy and paste STMMMS50971
in the shopping cart page at the My Memories website for your $10 discount. And remember, you'll also get a $10 code, in the welcome email after purchase, to use on kits in the My Memories shop!

Win it:
Anyone want to try My Memories Suite for FREE?? They have generously given me the okay to give one of my lucky readers the My Memories Suite software for free! Just go to the My Memories website Here have a nose through the digikits and leave me a comment below to let me know what your favourite is and I'll pull the lucky name out of the hat on 10th December.

{My Memories Suite provided me with a copy of the scrapbook software & 2 kits to try out. All opinions are my own and ymmv. Thanks My Memories!}

Friday

ploughing through

The Christmas orders.. With The Clipart Fairy
I was asked to make a couple of keepsake items for babies first Christmas


I knew these Ben and Beth bears from The clipart fairy would be perfect for the job
Along with these beautiful papers 
The font I used is called bookworm
I added the compulsory glamour dust and some ribbon 
and gems from The Stamp Basket to finish

Hope you like and thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x
P.s sorry about the crumby pic it's very grey here today :(

Thursday

Money gift wallets and the wallpaper saga continues

My sister asked me to make some little wallets to put the kids Christmas money in


I made these quick and simple ones complete with belly bands
using free papers from summertime designs
Added a load of glamour dust some ribbon and some computer generated wording cut out with nestabilities and voila ..sorted! I only wished the rest of the Christmas stuff I have left to do was so simple. gulp!

Well I went to take my wallpaper back..yes you guessed it even though they had assured me on the phone that had the 6 rolls they didn't have 6 rolls with the same batch number!
Homebase your customer service is pants!. 
So my options are to travel about 30 miles to another store who have them, pay the delivery charge and order it from the website or they can order it in store but it may take 3 weeks to come?? As you can imagine I was not best impressed! I asked if they could just ring round and find one roll with the same batch number as the 5 I already have and have it sent to my local store or them pay the delivery charge to my home as a way of any apology for my time and trouble traipsing round when it was there fault in the first AND second place.. Honestly you would have thought I had asked for the life of the woman's first born or something. Oh no that's just to simple!!!. So I decided I would just take my custom else where out of principle. I've probably bitten my nose off to spite my face as I couldn't find anything I liked at much when I had a look yesterday :( I had set my heart on green but if I can't find anything that means more traipsing round the shops taking all the accessories back too. Not something I'm looking forward to at this time of year..grrr!!!

Right moan over on a positive note I did come home with a bag full of tree decs. Don't tell hubby though or I am for the chop! lol

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Wednesday

Just for fun

Here's a cute little Xmas card I made just for the sale of it!


The stamp is a Humphrey corner one from Crafters companion. They had a super offer on to buy another stamp for 1p and this one was in the pack for free. Bargain!! 2 stamps for 1p lol

I coloured him with prismacolour pencils
The snowflake is a cuttlebug embossing folder
and the dot background was done the old fashioned way with a light box and stencil
The beautiful satin ribbon and glamour dust I used are from 
Janet has some fabulous new lines coming into the store soon. Popover and have a nose !

Well I'm off to change some wallpaper today. I rang and reserved some from homebase. Picked it up from store got home and realised that the silly  store person that picked it has given me 1 roll out of the 6 with a different batch number! The pattern on it is a completely different shade of green than the others. I rang up and surprise surprise they have no more in stock so I can either wait an age for them to get some more delivered or traipse across the other side of the city to the other store..grrr why is it these things always happen to me??? lol
Kerry x

Tuesday

O Christmas tree


Well it's Tuesday again (where does the time go) and that means only one thing.
My latest DT card for The Stamp Basket

I fell in love with this stamp set from wild rose studios as soon as I saw it. Great for those last minute xmas cards or batch making and so classy!


I decided to go a little less traditional with the colours and chose brown and ivory
I stamped the image and cut out by hand then simply added a few gems and some glamour dust before mounting on 3d foam for a little dimension.
I had stamped a few extra trees so I decided to make a simple matching tag :)


Ingredients
Glitter : Glamour dust Crystal

I hope you like my card today and thanks for stopping by
Kerry x

Monday

Stan the man

Heres a couple of nice clean and simple cards using one of the new released STAN images from Digistamp Boutique 


 I love Sally - Anns images for men she always gets it spot on!



There are loads of gorgeous new releases on offer this month






Pop over to the shop and have a nose ..you know you want to!

Well I hope the weather is nicer where you are. It's grey and miserable again here which is not making me feel any better. It's so dark all the time taht the cat has gone into hybernation I think..:)

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Sunday

Natures Guide

Well I'm still not well and feeling like this isn't really helping me in the old crafty department. The old mojo has gone completely out of the window! I told myself I HAD to make something today so what could be better than some Clipart Fairy goodies to get the juices flowing. That's what I love about Wendys beautiful printables  ...you can do as much or as little as you like and they always look brill at the end



The size of the card is A5 landscape but I chopped a chunk from the front off and made a panel on the right hand side.
I used some of the natures guide goodies which you can find HERE
The flowers are using the same papers from tim holtz tattered florals die
The butterfly is an xcut punch
I hand cut the leaves, added a few gems and a ribbon bow to finish and voila 

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your lovely get well wishes once again
Kerry x

Tuesday

Pickle with present


...how appropriate :)
Here's a cute little creation using this adorable little


The ingredients for my card are:
Trim: Pom Pom trim

I coloured the image with prismacolor pencils

Thanks for stopping by today and for all the get well wishes. I am still feeling rather yuk not upto doing much so luckily I made this card in reserve :) hope I'm feeling better by next week as I really want to decorate my living room  before December  :(
Kerry x

P.s Check please check out my for sale page :)

Sunday

addicted


I've not been feeling to well with my stomach again over the weekend. Infact I considered taking myself off to the hospital about 4am I think the pain and lack of sleep had taken it's toll by then but I managed to hang in there though and have drugged myself up.  So it's a day on the sofa under the blanket  watching a bit of telly and browsing on the laptop, hopefully dozing in between (please god)

anyhow when I'm not up to much I have discovered a new pastime
are you on there? If you are not pop over and have a nosey. I warn you though its like crack for crafters.
Yes I am an ADDICT ..oh dear

Kerry x

Thursday

Elegant Christmas..

Ruth over at a Passion for stamps has been busy with her pencil again and has drawn some beautiful Christmas images to add to her collection


For my card Today I have used the beautiful poinsettia
I simply resized and recoloured then printed them out twice . I then decoupaged them and added some glamour dust and gems from The Stamp Basket
The sentiment was also computer generated and coloured to match the image
The background embossing was created using my hougie board

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x
P.s sorry for the rubbish wonky pic. It's very dull and grey here today and the house is very dark.



Wednesday

And now for something ............

..............COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
 My project today started off life as this cheap as chips
 £1.59 throw from Ikea
And I turned it into this


I got the general idea From Megan Here
I made my shapes a little differently but you get the general idea. This is my prototype for some I plan to make in green for my newly decorated living room which we should be started on next week yipeee. what do you think? I have to say it turned out much better than I expected and didn't take as long either. I only started it last night and just had to sew the outer cushion together this morning and voila.

I also want to say a massive that THANK YOU for  all the congrats and lovely messages you left me yesterday on my new design team post. It means such a  lot to me and is very much appreciated xx

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Tuesday

WOOOHOOOO...........


...the first day of my DT post . I'm super excited to sharing with you my first project for
  The Stamp Basket


 For my card I used :
Image: Nellie Snellen "giving away" coloured with prisma color pencils
Backing papers: Papermania "at Christmas time"
Ribbon: Green Satin
Gems: Dovecraft adhesive Gemstones
And a smattering of my all time favourite yes Glamour dust of course! It's just not a Christmas card in my eyes unless it's been glamourised!

As it's was my first project I thought I would celebrate by making 2 cards 
so I set to work on the leftovers from the first card. 


All the ingredients are the same as above apart from the sentiment
which is from a wild rose studio set called " Christmas tree"

All the ingredients listed can be found over in The Stamp Basket Shop HERE along with oodles of other super delicious stash. Go on pop over and have a wander round...you know you want to!

Unfortunately the shop website is having some last minute technical issues (please see post below)

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x

Monday

Giveaway Winner and some exciting news :)


Morning all, hope you have all had a good weekend. My weekend has been lovely . I made a special dinner for family yesterday for my Nans 92nd birthday. It was hard work but I thoroughly enjoyed it and so did my Nan which is great as she has had the flu over the last 2 weeks and we weren't sure whether she would be well enough to come. She's on the mend now though , I phoned her this morning to wish her happy birthday and she was tucking into a bacon sarnie so she must be all better now lol


Well as the title says I have some really exciting news to share with you all. A little while ago Janet asked me if I would like to be part of the design team for her new online store..well you can imagine my response after thinking about it for about a nano second..err a great big fat YES YES YES!!!

The new shop will be open on TUESDAY 1st November



The shop is still under construction.....but here are a few of the goodies that the store will be stocking............

Cute Stamps....Bildmalarna, Fizzy Moon, Stampavie, Nellie Snellen, wild rose studio and many more!
Beuatiful Embellies.....including gems, lace, pearls , buttons, ribbons and my all time fave Glamour dust..A christmas card's not a christmas card without Glamour dust! lol
Beautiful papers and card.....Bo Bunny, Papermania, Craftwork Cards, Bazzill, Nitwits, MME and more....Including some fab bargains!
Punches.....Martha Stewart & Dies including Marianne Design Creatable....
and a lot lot more to come!

Here are my fellow design team mates
all super talented I think you will agree

There is also The Stamp Basket Blog where we will be showcasing our creations for you. Please stop by and click the follow button :)
MY first DT project will be posted on Tuesday but here's a little sneaky peek for you



I do hope you will pop by and take a little peek when we go live tomorrow..so excited!!

And now onto the giveaway
I did the random org widgetty thingime bob and this is what it said

Number 35 which is .......MAUREEN-mojo 1

CONGRATULATIONS MO!!!!

So if you could email me through my profile page and I'll get you prize out to you asap

Thanks for stopping by  and have a good Monday
Kerry x

Friday

cutie christmas nestins set

...from The Clipart Fairy Kit HERE

I used one of the layers as my card blank shape
decoupaged the cutie
added my own sentiment ribbon and pearls and added 
glamour dust (which you can't see in the picture :( ) to finish

Thanks for stopping by today
Kerry x



Thursday

Over the top.....

....Santa card


Another great idea from The Clipart Fairy printables store

I added my own sentiment lashings of glamour dust added his mittens on curled wire and finished off with a star tree topper

Super easy to make and very effective I think
Thanks for stopping by today
Kerryx



Tuesday

Craft Artist Platinum Review and Giveaway

The lovely people at Serif asked me if I would review their Craft Artist Platinum Edition as you know I am a big fan of Serif and use page plus regularly for printing backing papers, digis , card fronts etc so I couldn't wait to get my mitts on it and have a play. 



To say I have been blown away by the content is an understatement! I comes with 4 additional discs packed full (see below) which can be used with any and all of the templates within the software such as scrapbook layout, invitation, favours, table decorations tags, labels to name but a few.




After a quick wander around the tutorials I set to work on a few quick pages
Absolutely fabulous as your photos just snap into place but it also gives you the option to move all the elements around to suit :)










Now scrapbooking is something I absolutely LOVE to do . But sadly I never seem to have the time so that's where these digital scrapbooks come into their own for me. I can even sit and create on my laptop in bed when I am poorly if I like. Then I have the option to either save them to my computer, print them off flat or even break the elements apart , print them off and them layer them to make a 3d page..how fab is that!


Last night I got the chance to have another little play and decided to make a card 


This is what I created in a few simple clicks. I designed it on the screen and simply printed a few extra elements which I cut out and 3d'd then added a smattering of glamour dust to finish. I think something like this would be great to make in sets and give away as small gifts/stocking fillers.

I found the software simple to use and if you do get stuck on anything you can watch the tutorials or go onto Daisy Trail which is an online community for Craft Artist and Scrapbook Artist.

I've really enjoyed playing with it and I can see myself spending far to much time using it ! The possibilities are just endless and I cannot possibly begin to tell you just how many or I would be here all year.

My overall opinion is that it's a fab piece of kit and I will definitely be using it a lot!

Now for the best part for you :)

 You can download a free compact trial version from serif  here and have a little play to help you decide. 
But even better you could win a free copy (full version) by entering my draw
All you have to do is  tell everyone you know about the giveaway and if you have a blog add a link back to my post in your side bar with the picture of the Serif Craft Artist included.If you don’t have a blog you could share it on facebook or maybe share the link in a forum if it is allowed .


You don’t need a blog or URL to enter, simple add your name to Mr Linky below and I will draw a winner on
Monday 31-10-2011


Good luck and thanks for stopping by
Kerry x