Monday, 15 December 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge No.27

this afternoon I had a go at the recipe... 3..2..1
over at
Penny Black Saturday Challenge.
To be in with a chance of winning their fabulous prize you need to add a comment and leave a link to your work.
Besides the Penny Black stamp you need to include 3 flowers, 2 papers and 1 ribbon.
Check out the gorgeous designs from their design team, for some inspiration.

My card uses a Critter Party stamp from Handy Hippo
Blooms to go and ribbon from Poppicrafts (closed for the holidays until Jan 5th )
and K & Company papers from The Stamp Bug

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Handbag cards

today I managed to find a little time to craft -
in between wrapping presents and writing more Christmas lists.
I am a serial list writer!!

I wanted to do something different from all the seasonal cards I have been making recently,
so I made a couple of handbag cards
with bits and pieces from a
Craftwork Cards goodybag and some
Blooms to Go and ribbon from

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Snowman Soup

This week's treat is Snowman Soup.
This is a cute idea that I have seen done in different ways on the net -
check out Angie Kennedy's Chic n' Scratch for Snowman Soup in jars,
complete with poem -
but this is my take on it.
I have filled icing bags with hot chocolate mix,
plain and milk choc chips and mini marshmallows.
Tied them up with ribbon
and taped a peppermint, candy, cane to the side of the cone.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Christmas Critters

I managed to get all of my Christmas Cards
made a couple of weeks ago ~ for once I was ahead of the game.
Now I am writing them and getting them ready to post out.
Here's a couple I made earlier.. lol*

The stamps are Penny Black Critters.
These are the clear, unmounted stamps
and because you get about 12 stamps in a set, it makes them great value for money.
I used whispers pens to colour them and the messages are from CraftWork Cards

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Raspberry Ribons Kits and Sketches - Sketch 10

This is only the second sketch I have ever done
and it comes from the lovely blog

Check it out.
Create a card from the sketch and leave a comment on their blog and you could be in with a chance of winning some great blog candy.

This card uses one of the cute Forever Friends Stamps,
coloured with Whispers Pens.
The little dots are Card Candy from
They stick on with small foam pads, and look just like brads.


Monday, 1 December 2008

Chewing Gum with a Kick

How cute are these little jars?
When I bought them I had no idea what to use them for, but they are the perfect size to fill with chewing gum.
The gum is Airwaves ~ cherry menthol and black mint.
I thought they were a handy size for my daughters' to keep in their bags, on those cold, dark walks home from Uni.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Morgan - Get Well Card

here's my second attempt at doing some stitching on a card.
I think it looks very effective and it adds a nice weight to the finished card.
Just having started I only have a few stamps,
but this is definitely one of my favourites.

The stamp is from Whipper Snapper.
I coloured it with Promarkers.
It's taking me some time to get used to them, but hopefully my shading techniques
will get better with practice.
Both the Promarkers and the stamp were from
The ribbon is from

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Handbag Card

I went to my first Papercrafts show in September,
which really inspired me to get back into card making.
One of the many things I bought, was a goodybag from Craftwork Cards.
These are great.
They contain the cards, plus all the embellishments and sayings
you need to complete them.
Check out their website for this season's goodybags.

Here's my handbag card, made with one of their kits,
and paper from Papermania - Simply Elegant.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

My First Post

Hello, and welcome to my very first post.. this is kind of scary.. lol*
I am an MSN refugee, and trying to get to grips with learning how forums work,
so I thought, 'what a great time to start a new blog'....
in for a penny...

This weekend's project was a little sweet treat, that I found on the web,
(forget the fact that I am on a diet and can't sample the results).
It's actually made with cereal, but don't let that fool you,
you can probably put weight on just by looking at it.

You could probably use any cereal, and any chocolate for the topping.
Or you could be realy decadent out and use dark, white and milk chocolate all in one go.

240g Cereal ( I used half plain shreddies and half coco shreddies)
220g brown sugar
85g butter
3 tbsps liquid glucose
1/4 tsp baking powder
50g white chocolate buttons.

Measure out the cereal into a large mixing bowl, and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
In a glass bowl, microwave the sugar, butter and liquid glucose for 1 or 2 mins on high.
Stir until melted and smooth. Stir in the baking powder.
Pour over the cereal, stirring to coat it all. Microwave on high for 3 mins.
Stir after every minute to make sure all the cereal is coated.
Spread onto the baking sheet and cool for 10 mins.
Melt the white choc butons in the microwave - about 1 min 30 seconds - until they have melted.
Use a fork to drizzle the chocolate over the cereal.
Put in the fridge to set.
Break into chunks.