Sunday, 28 August 2011

Mistletoe and Wine!

No, not the dated song with Cliff in an awful jumper but this weeks challenge which was set by Sylvie.  She chose the Mistletoe and I chose the colour scheme of wine!  I liked the challenge, thanks Sylvie as it made me search all of my xmas stash for a suitable image and I settled on this one by Bugaboo.

The snowflake mat it is on was one made with the new Martha Stewart Stamp around the page that was the TSV earlier this week.  All I can say is that I loved the concept but the actual device needs a few tweaks to stop 'hidden' ink from getting everywhere you dont want it!  The centre space had to be covered to hide all of the ink splodges hence, its going back :(

Image - Bugaboo
coloured with - PM's
BP - Pink Petticoat dotty snowflakes
embellies - Card Candy

The next challenge is set now by Margaret and she has chosen all white with a  touch of glitter!  That's a really lovely one so if you fancy joining in with us then just contact one of us who will explain what is what!  We are all listed on my sidebar and while you're there you may want to hop over and see what the other girls have done with Sylvie's challenge.

Have a lovely week and thanks for calling in!
Keryn x

Now I know that I must be mad!


Just a very quick visit inbetween squeezing in everything else I need to do before she wakes again..... please meet Amber!

Here's the reason Ive not stopped for the last couple of days!  Its been a quick reminder of how much hard work it is to have a puppy but she is rather gorgeous!  She's a short legged Jack Russell.

Martha Stewart Stamp around the Page: did anyone else get this set?  Mine arrived yesterday and inbetween her sleeps, I had a little play.  Im finding the design gets quite a bit of residual ink from the first stamp that appears all over the card thereafter?  Has anyone else had this?  I used a variety of different inks but its just the same; every now and then, a splodge of ink appears somewhere on the square of card that Im using!  Its very frustrating!  Id love to hear what you think of it.

Have a super Bank Holiday weekend,
Keryn xx

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Jack Russell puppy wanted!


This is a bit random, well not considering it's me, but we are after another Jack Russell and dont want to deal with a puppy farm nor can we afford most of the breeders fees.  Hence I wondered if anyone knows of any sensibly priced pups that need to be homed?
We would need a little girl so she would fit nicely in with the two duchesses that we already have!  We are also looking into rehoming a rescue dog but that also can be quite expensive.

Here's hoping someone knows of something!
Keryn x

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Fabulous Follower Award


Im popped on to say how thrilled I am to be amongst the few that my blogging friend Claire has nominated to receive this.  Firstly, many congrats Claire on you receiving it as you would definitely be on my personal list of best blogging followers as you never ever fail to comment on any of my varied posts!  And always in record time!  I swear youve got some sort of special thingey set up!

Its a tough one isnt it trying to think of particularly special followers and as I say, Claire would be in my top 3 anyway but along with Claire Id also like to forward this onto Wipso as just like Claire, she is always hot on the heels of any post I make!  Any follower award wouldnt be complete for me without my very first follower Pinky who is always there supporting whatever I get upto.  Thank You very much ladies, you make this world of blogging a very much nicer place to be, please take this award!
Keryn x

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Birthday Wishes


Here's a card Ive made for a niece and Ive used a LotV image that was one of many that were free in a craft mag last month - what a good idea that was!  It definitely beat receiving a little stamp of something that just isnt my style and ends up filling a space but never gets used!  I'd love to see more of that sort of freebie in the crafty mags!  Anyway, here she is:

Ive used some pretty SU paper and sentiment, a couple of paper blooms, ribbon and lace and a couple of tiny brads.

Id like to enter this into these challenges
Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge - my fibres are on the lace!
Crazy 4 Challenges - bingo card, Ive used square card, embossing, brads

Ive had a right royal nuisance of late with numerous nuisance calls.  I found out that the caller is a debt collection agency looking for a Heidi.  Despite being told over 20 times that no one called Heidi lives here there kept on calling and calling and calling.
Their favourite time to call is just after 8am 6 days a week.  On the days that I can manage to stagger to the phone sometimes they hang up and sometimes they ask for Heidi.  Sometimes I told them the formal reply and I have to admit ladies, that sometimes on the fourth call in 30mins, I told them to go forth and multiply, my Mother would not have been pleased :(  
Sadly they just persist.  
Ive rung everyone; Offcom, Consumer Direct, Trading Standards etc etc and no one can do anything officially, they can only advise.  Today I had no choice but to change our telephone number because had we blocked their number, they could have then rung from another line in the office and it would have started all over again.
I find it amazing in this day and age that innocent folk can be hounded so much and there's nothing we can do to stop them?!  What on earth is going on?  The bit that really cheesed me off was this morning being told by this chap that if I didnt tell him where Heidi lived then he'd ring me all day every day.
Now Ive got the aggro of changing everything to the new number but in the meantime, if you see Heidi, please tell her Im looking for her!
I do hope your Saturday is going much better than mine!!
Keryn x

Sunday, 14 August 2011

A robin came a calling


Here's this fortnights card in the Christmas Card Club and the challenge was set by Kerry; she chose robin, holly and maybe a postbox.  I havent used a Robin as a main focal point before so was quite looking forward to this one, thanks Kerry!

Ive only one postbox and its a scene in itself so wouldnt fit with any Robin image that I had so I settled for this gorgeous little chap.  He is available here over at Teri's Delicious Doodles shop.  Ive made a 6" square card and kept it quite simple with the bp of Pink Petticoats 'Washed Out' in Sand and the first cutting of the Sizzix die 'tis the season' and an old favourite holly leaves by Quickutz.

Id love to enter this card into these challenges:
Saturday Challenge  - xmas is coming
SFCC - Robin
CHCC - Keep it simple - this is as simple as I do!

Hope you have all enjoyed a super weekend!
Thanks for calling by,
Keryn x

PS.  Jodie over at Bugaboo is having a 35% sale til 26th Aug
Our DT Call over at Delicious Doodles ends this Friday
And Pink Petticoat has just released a couple of new paper sets!

Friday, 12 August 2011

My week in pictures!


Ive had a variety of a week but its a lovely thought knowing Steve is off this weekend, I think we will have the girls and boys over tomorrow for a meal, my favourite thing is having us all together.

I'll start with a little wedding card Ive made for Laura's friends who are due to get married in Florida shortly.

Next is the dogs on their walk on Tuesday playing ball!

This is Steves first entry into an art competition in his painting mag!

This is us just as we went out last night for our anniversary meal!  Yes, Steve had been in the sun far too much this week, he looks like a lobster!

And finally, a card Ive made using the Sketchy Colours Challenge this week of pinky, white & gold.  I have to say it is a colour combo I had never ever tried before as I always team pink with silver!
Ive used my new SU stamp to make the background, the border punch on the pink paper and a couple of the little dew drops to accent!  

Thanks for calling in and I hope you enjoy a snapshot of my week!
Have a super weekend everyone and take care!
Keryn x

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Ive been a very lucky lady!

Hello all,

I wasnt planning on joining in with the Woyww as nothing is drastically different on my desk today until ding dong.  No, is wasnt Avon it was the delivery man with a super package from abroad.  Have a peep!

This is the bundle of goodies I received today from my American friend Vickie! I am so lucky especially considering when I sent over a package for her with something that she couldn't buy in the States yet loved, it had to go by pigeon post (aka surface mail!) and it took about 5wks to reach her - only getting there just this week!  
And do you know what I sent?  Teabags and Jaffa Cakes!
I feel so awful now as firstly, I didn't do it for anything back and look at all of the gorgeous stuff she has sent me.  I will make it up to her that's for sure!
Thank You Vickie!
The only thing I own by Stampin' Up prior to today was the beautiful buttons that I won and now amongst other delicious stuff Ive got 2 gorgeous sets of stamps and I can really see why they are so popular, the quality is phenomenal.

Thanks for calling in and enjoy the rest of your week!
Keryn x

Monday, 8 August 2011

Fizzy Moon


I hope everyone's had a super weekend, I was busy with lots of cards and crocheting!  I really enjoyed it and it kept me quiet!
Steve's got the next weekend as holiday so we are looking forward to a few days a little different to the norm!  I hope the weather holds!

Right, here's my card for him for our anniversary later this week.

Last week I stamped up a couple of this cute Fizzy Moon bear and for this one I wanted to keep it quite masculine so decided upon a plain black and white scheme.  The script paper is by Pink Petticoat - French Script along with a scrap of the stripey black & white that I found in my black wallet of scraps so Ive no idea what it is!

Id like to enter this into the following challenges:

The Saturday Challenge - Black & White
Sketch Saturday - the super sketch

For those that saw my Woyww desk here is a photo of the finished card!

Isnt he just so cute?!

Thanks for calling in, hope to get back for more blogging at some point this week.
Keryn x

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Delicious Doodles DT Call

Delicious Doodles
We are seeking FOUR new members to join our wee gang here at Delicious Doodles.

Do you love Delicious Doodles images?

Are you interested in joining our Team?

Are you confident using Digital Images?

Do you have an active blog?

Can you contribute to our Challenge Blog every other week with a project (not necessarily a card) and take turns in hosting a Challenge?

If the answer to all these questions is a 'YES' then apply now!!

All you have to do to apply for the DT posts, is make a new project reflecting your preferred style and personality, and post about it on your blog. Then add your post link to our Blue Froggy on the post here  for us to come visit you, couldn't be simpler!

(If you want to combine it with challenges at the same time, that's fine by us)

What do you get out of it?
You get to play with any Delicious Doodles image you want!
You also get to play with new images before they are released into the store!!
You get to be part of a lovely easy-going Team, no stress or pressure allowed!!

This DT Call will be open through our summer break, and will end on Friday 19th August at noon UK time,
so be sure to get your application in before then folks!

Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after that so we can get you on board and ready for the new challenges in September.

What are you waiting for folks! Off you go, get creative!

Good luck to all of you!
Teri and the girls on the DD Team

Saturday, 6 August 2011

50 years together!


Ive been asked to make a special card for a special couple who are celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary so my usual came out to play again!  Pink Petticoat's Little Swirls in Sand and Lord Tim Holt's Tattered Florals with a little sprinkling or three of golden seed beads too!

Have I ever mentioned that I do love Easel cards!  Honest, I do! 
I think they make a simple card look extra special!
And a matching box does the trick also I hope!  (I have made another bloom for the top of the box but it wasnt dry when I took the photo so it's not on it yet!)

A number of weeks back I was thinking that Id soon be parting with my dies and then Laura and I cleared and cleaned this craft room and I lost 2 of my Bigz dies, the Tattered Florals above and a new flower die so knowing I had this to make I had to go and buy another!  Grrr!  That'll teach me!

I made these 2 little A6 cards with the leftovers; a bit like a Mondays Cottage Pie after the Sunday Roast!

Id like to enter this into the following challenge:

Right, Im off to make more mess at my desk!
Enjoy your weekend everyone and thanks for calling in!
Keryn x

Wednesday, 3 August 2011



Im playing along with the great WoywW again, its been soooo long and I think I dropped by the wayside as I was deterred because I couldnt comment on everyone's blog but Im just gonna get a grip and do what I can!
Here's my desk today:

I'm trying to make a nice card suitable for my clever girl and I've used my one and only Fizzy Moon stamp - have to own up, I did buy it specially for this occasion though!  I'm going green and sand with the colours and maybe that's slowing me up too as maybe they aren't her usual colours!
For anyone wishing to play along then pop over to visit Julia and add your link.  You'll be amazed at the various ports of call you will make, it really does make the world a lot smaller!
Thanks for calling in!
Keryn x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Catch up!


Long post warning!
Firstly, just to say that my very clever little girl has passed all of her exams and is now a qualified public and private sector Accountant!  I am soooo proud I could burst!
We were at a family wedding on Friday - the day she found out the results - and here's a snap of us.

Heifer alert!  Ooh how I hate seeing myself!!
Anyway, here's a photo of my beautiful niece on her special day too.

and the lovely soft buttercup colour scheme was just gorgeous!

Im also late with my Christmas Card Club submission so here it is too.

This used a new digi from Cuddly Buddly which I just fell in love with!  The challenge this fortnight was set by Sally and we had to use a 'Santa' figure and the hardest thing was deciding which one to use!  If you hop over and see some of the other girls (links are on my sidebar) you will see what they made too.

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer sunshine and long may it continue - even though we are now due rain for the remainder of the week?!  Hopefully it will just be showers though and better still, not actually reach Southampton!

Catch you all soon, thanks for calling in.
Keryn xx