Wednesday, 21 July 2010

See You In A Week Or So........


Hi folks!

I'm off on my hols today with my family so I'll see you in a while...... I sure hope the sun shines for us!

This picture was taken on the beach last year, ROFL!!!

Toodles and hugs, Tara xxx

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Moonlight Vintage - Made With Love......


Good morning friends!

I'm sticking with vintage at the moment and here's another card I've made with one of the Magic Moonlight free images which you can find here. I used the pretty Blueberry Hill papers from Papermania and added lots of lace and ribbon from my stash. My fave crafting item at the moment is the green leaf ribbon which you can see on my card..... honestly I can't stop using it! I first came across it on Jane's blog here and searched everywhere to get some. Well in the end I bought some from a Hong Kong seller on EBay, but it was listed as a 5 yard quantity..... soooo glad I bought that much now because I think I'll be needing it, lol!


Do you see the little fabric bird I added? How sweet is that?!!! I saw it featured in the latest issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft and decided it was right up my street.... very vintage me thinks!

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge - Summer's Day

Charisma Cardz - Pink

Fussy And Fancy Friday Challenge - Stitches, Scallops and Sparkle

One Stop - Pink, Blue and Green With A Hint Of Red

I'm off to work right now so have a great day and I'll catch you later.....

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Look What's On The Way To Emma's New Store.....


Good morning everyone!

No card from me today but I just had to put up this post to let you know that Emma is expecting delivery of some totally delish Webster's Pages 6x6 paper pads within the next few days!!!! Yes, I really did say Webster's Pages!!!! These smaller pads have been soooooo difficult to get hold of in the UK and I had to buy mine direct from the US! I reckon they'll fly off the shelves so keep an eye out..... you can visit the store HERE. Oh and I believe there will soon be a delivery of Catslife Press stamps too....... YAY!!!

Here are some more piccies of the Webster's Pages just to wet your appetite.......



Toodles and hugs, Tara xxx

Monday, 19 July 2010

Perfect Moment - In My Heart........


Good morning everyone!

A quick post from me today as I'm about to leave for work. Here is a card I made using one of the wonderful free images from Magic Moonlight. When you're not in the mood to colour or you need a card on the quick these are just perfect. I made my card slightly smaller for a change so I didn't put quite as many embellies on..... the lace and ribbon are from my stash, the flowers are a mix of Papirloftet and Prima and the papers are MME. I used my Tim Holtz die to create the swirl and some Autumn Leaves ticket stamps for the sentiment.


It's a shame I have to work as I really feel like crafting today and have lots of ideas buzzing round in my head..... ah well, maybe later if there's time!

Have fun in what you do today and I'll catch you later.

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Friday, 16 July 2010

Motivet - We Make A Great Pair......


Good morning everyone!

Here is a card I managed to finish last night using another of the gorgeous stamps from the new collection at Motivet. If you haven't already visited their site and made a purchase then I urge you to do so...... there is so much delish rubber to be found!!! This beauty was such a joy to colour.


The papers I've used are from a new collection by Papermania called Persimmon and they have a distinctly vintage feel which I adore. The lace, cardboard corners and black dew drops were all sent to me by my lovely friend Annika..... that girl really knows my taste I can tell you. I love everything she sent me!!! I punched out some of the flowers with an EK Success punch and the leaves with a Leone Em punch. The additional flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts which means I can enter my card into their very first challenge which can be found here...... the theme this week is 'Say It With Flowers'. I found the perfect sentiment to match my image too..... this is one of the vintage transfers by Melissa Frances.

Well today is a bit of a sad day for me as I finish childminding after eight years! As well as working school hours in a college I also look after a boy before and after school and today is his last day with me as he's moving on to High School in September. It will seem so strange when I no longer have him as he has become one of the family really and has got on so well with my own kids. He arrived with his Mum this morning laden with a huge bouquet of flowers and some gifts..... I really did feel a bit choked!!! Oh well, things do have to move on I suppose and it's only one more year until my youngest starts High School so things will change again.

I'm off to work now, armed with some beautiful gifts for a colleague who has turned twenty one. We had a collection in the office and I went shopping..... I'm always the one chosen to shop which is probably because I'm a total shopaholic..... something I think all of us lot can identify with right, lol?!

Have a fun day and thanks so much for calling on me today ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Look what landed through my letterbox this morning.......


Hi Peeps!

I've just arrived home from work and found a package from Sweden on my doorstep.... it's the latest kit from the Magnolia Stamp Club and it's so scrummy!! I wasn't even expecting this today, as I thought it was my new Hanglar stamps which I was lucky enough to get hold of on EBay this week!

Anyway, I thought I'd share the news with you and show you what you can look forward to...... I had to stamp the rope twice because I made a bit of a mess in all the excitement, lol!

I hope you don't have to wait too long..... I'm off to get inky right away ;o)

TTFN, hugs Tara xxx

Exciting News For Emma!


Good morning!

I don't have a card to show you today but I do want to let you know about an exciting new online store which has now opened and is filling up nicely with all kinds of goodies as I write! Emma has opened for business and you can check out the new store HERE. And if you spread the word on your blog you'll have the chance to win a this:


Yes that's right, a £10 voucher to spend on new stash and with free P&P thrown in!!! Hop over to Emma's blog for more details right away and make sure you grab the new store banner too!

TTFN, hugs Tara xxx

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Tilda Made With Love.....


Good morning everyone!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Last night I sat colouring images and this card just grew from nothing really..... I had a couple of sheets of Papermania paper sat on the table which I was using for a colour guide and next minute I was hacking into one of them to create a spray of roses, lol! Quite often when I'm out shopping for papers I look to see if anything can be cut up into embellishments because I like the look it creates.



I cut a strip with one of the MS deep edge punches to create interest behind Tilda and stamped some foliage with a Lavinia stamp. I then added some leaves and roses and matted the main layer onto a sheet of Magnolia paper from the latest collection. Finally I punched some small butterflies and added a Magnolia sentiment.... oh and a few pretty pearls.

I'm entering my card into the following challenges today:

Papertake Weekly - In the Garden

Everybody Art Challenge - Holidays

Bunny Zoe Crafts - Summer Days

Quixotic Challenge - Pretty Pearls

By The Cute And Girly - Warm Summer Days

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Summer

Well I shall just finish supping my brew as they say in these parts..... roughly translated as drinking my tea, lol! Then I'm off to work as always, so I'll catch up with you all a bit later ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Monday, 12 July 2010

Celebrate.......


Good morning folks!

Wow, what a change to the weather this morning..... I even had to photograph my card inside for the first time in ages!! Still at least the temperature is more bearable today ;o)

This is an easel card I made for a family member and I used a vintage image instead of having to colour something in for a change. It still took me forever to make the card though, lol!



The beautiful papers I used are Webster's Pages and I have to do a serious amount of stroking before I feel ready to cut into them!!! I added some white Doodlebug stick-on letters to spell Sylvia and then created the usual bundle of foliage and flowers, plus a Papirloftet butterfly. I'm quite pleased with how everything turned out as I think the card fits the person really well.... and after all, that's what we try to achieve isn't it!

Well I must also say a huge thank you to everyone who stops by my blog to take a look..... and if you have time to leave a comment too then bless you!

Must dash now..... the office is calling, groan!!!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Basic Grey Week 24 - Gingham......


Good morning everyone!

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the warm weather we continue to have! Here is my DT card for this week's Basic Grey Challenge where we have the theme of gingham. Now I do think it's a bit surprising considering how many ranges BG have produced that they don't ever seem to give us gingham in their collections!!! So me thinks you might need to source your gingham from elsewhere and then add in some yummy BG paper to match..... that's what most of my teamies did for their cards and they've done an amazing job as always!!



For my card I chose to work with a Penny Black image as these have been neglected for such a long time! This teacup with the mice is my fave of them all and was such a pleaure to colour. I chose some lovely brown and cream gingham from my stash and I'm not sure who it's made by, but the patterned Basic Grey paper is from the new Cappella collection. I also added a gorgeous vintage sticker sent to me by the lovely Annika and how perfect that it refers to tea!!!!

I made the calico flower and added a Prima Hydrangea and some Sizzix leaves...... and the little twigs were collected from beside a small lake near where I live, lol!

Right I think I've waffled enough for today....... I hope to see some of your lovely creations over at Basic Grey so go check out that gingham!!!

Have a lovely weekend and take care!!!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxxx

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Kickin' It For Michelle - Sending Donkey Smiles.....


Good morning friends!

I'm sure you've all read about Michelle by now and know what has happened to her recently, so I won't go into detail here on my blog..... but if you do want to know more then you can read her story here. I don't know Michelle personally but I have been so warmed by all the efforts people have been making to support her that I felt compelled to make and send her a card. And I pray that she continues to find the strength to be strong and battle the storm, she certainly sounds like a wonderful lady..... big hugs to you today Michelle! I'm entering the card into this week's ASFOS Challenge where the girls have made some wonderful cards for Michelle and are asking all of us to do the same..... can you imagine how much all that mail will cheer her up and make her feel totally blessed?!!!


I decided to go for a criss-cross pocket card so that I can enter the special monthly challenge at Just Magnolia and I have used the Magnolia 'donkey' as my image, lol! It took a while for me to put everything together but it was lovely to create something different!


I used Basic Grey Kioshi papers and a Martha Stewart punch to create the edges. The flowers are from Papirloftet and the raffia is from my stash.

Well as usual I'm in a mad rush so I'll have to fly..... take care and have a fab day ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Sarah Kay for Mum......


Good morning everyone!

It's very rare for me to make a card larger than 6x6 because I just find them hard to balance and always feel like there's too much empty space. However, when I'm making a card for a close family member I often think 6x6 is too small...... in the days when I bought cards I always went for something big when it was for a relative. So I decided to bite the bullet with my card and 'go bigger'! And it wasn't easy I can tell you!!!


I used a wonderful Sarah Kay image from Stampavie and coloured her with my Polys. The papers are from DCWV and were sent to me this week in a RAK by the lovely Annika.... I was thoroughly spoilt and she's such a sweetie for thinking of me and being so generous!! She also sent me some tickets and you can see I added one to my card, I really love these. I included my usual mix of flowers and leaves plus a pretty butterfly from Papirloftet.... then I went totally overboard with pearls, lol!

The card is for my M-I-L and it's her birthday today..... yesterday we had a party for her in the garden with lots of yummy summer food, more than a couple of jugs of Pimms and lots of chatter and laughter..... I hope she had a special day!

Well I must dash to work now so I'll wish you all a good day and catch you later ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Tilda Having Fun.....


Good morning folks and thanks so much for stopping by today!

I have been itching to ink up this sweet Tilda with her lovely parasol for a while now...... she's such a pretty thing! And I decided to make a circular card for a change as they're so easy to embellish and fill. The papers are Basic Grey Olivia and the swirls are from a Tim Holtz Bigz die. I cut some of the papers out to create the flowers and then added some Prima Hydrangeas to the mix.


Tilda has been coloured with Polychromatic pencils and then sparkled with Stickles and dotted with Liquid Pearls. I think there is something quintessentially English about this particular Tilda..... perhaps she is out for a stroll in the afternoon sun or maybe she is at a garden party hosted by the Queen...... lucky girlie, lol!

Well now I must leave you with that image of Tilda in your mind as I head off for work...... I'm really not in the mood today although I am glad it's Friday at least!!

Have a great start to your weekend and take care ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx