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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, December 29, 2012

Gift Basket with Chocolates

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all well.  Today i am here to let you know about the fab new challenge over at 2 Sisters Challenge Blog.
 
This week the them is: Anything but a card! 
 
The sponsor is: Di's Digi Downloads
 
For this week's challenge i made a Christmas themed basket which was part of my little man's gift to his teacher.  We filled it with yummy Cadbury's choccies.  The designer paper is old stash of mine and is by Basic Grey (i think).  The handle was made using an EK Success border punch and the snowflake was a Martha Stewart punch.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn't do it justice, i now realise that the photo is squint, the chocs are lop sided, the colours are to pot! Apart from that, it is ok lol Silly me!
 
 
A close up of the handle and snowflake embellie.
 
 
Thank you for popping by.  Have a great New Year.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 

Friday, December 28, 2012

It's Daddy's Birthday

Good afternoon all,
I hope this post finds you all well and i hope you all had a great Christmas. Yesterday was my wonderful Hubby's Birthday and i thought i would share the card i made for him from our little man.
Unfortunately, i am in the UK with little man and Hubby is at home in Dubai but inshAllah we will have a nice Birthday dinner for him when we get back next week.
The image i used is one i picked when i won a prize from the Digi Stamp Boutique. It's called arvin and Milo and you can find it here. Two little cheeky monkeys.....perfect for a little monkey to give to his Daddy i thought! The really love the sentiment too and it is a freebie. Unfortunately, i have forgotten who kindly posted it and because i am in the UK, the details are sitting on my craft desk at home but as soon as i find out i will post a credit and thank you here. Isn't it fab? In the meantime, if anyone else knows, please let me know so i can update my post. Thanks. :)
 
Challenges i am entering:
 
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Challenge 79 - Furry Friends ends 4th Jan
Card Crafter's Circle Challenge #55 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Sentimntal Sundays Challenge ~134 - Focus on the Sentiment
 
Thank you for visiting today. Wishing you all the very best for the New Year.
Hugs, Jill x

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Krafty Christmas

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all well and not being affected by the terrible floods in the UK.  I have just popped in to tell you all about the fab new challenge over at 2 Sisters.
 
This week the theme is: KRAFTY CHRISTMAS.  You can create anything as long as it contains some Kraft and is suitable for Christmas.
 
There are two fantastic sponsors this week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I was delighted to receive this beautiful image from Kenny K called 'Elf Boy. Thought he had such a cheeky face. The paper is from my older stash and is by Basic Grey.  I used a Cuttlebug 'Moroccan screen' embossing folder for the mat behind the image, the corners were created using a Cheery Lynn die and the heart border is an EK Success border punch.
 
 
I hope you will all join in with this fun challenge and if you pop over to 2 Sisters you can view the beautiful creations from my DT teamies.
 
Challenges i would love to enter:
 
Stampin' for the Weekend - Challenge 24 anything goes
Simply Create Linky Party #15
One Stop Craft Challenge - Challenge 210 A Christmas Carol (inspired by 'Santa's Little Helper')
 
 Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2013. 
 
Big hugs, Jill x
 
 
 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to Town

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend and holidays.  I am just popping in to let you know about this week's fab challenge at Charisma Cardz.
 
The theme is: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN.  Well, is he? Only if you have been good!
 
There are three fantastic sponsors this week offering some amazing prizes so it would be great if you joined us this week.
 
All That Scraps are offering one lucky winner 4 stamps or 1 Stamp Set.
 
 
 
Marker Pop are offering a $10 voucher to their online shop.
 
 
 
Cedarchest Designs are offering a $10 winner certificate.
 
 
Here is my card.  I used a Molly Blooms image and the papers are by Authentique and Echo Park.
 
 
Thank you for visiting today. If you pop over to Charisma Cardz blog you can view my teamies gorgeous DT inspiration.  I hope you will join in this week and look forward to seeing your creation.
 
Take care and to all my friends in blogland that are celebratin, Happy Christmas.
 
Hugs, Jill x ho ho ho
 
 
 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

OSAAT Blog Hop

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  For me, the weekend is over and it's back to work/school as usual but last week before the holidays.  Yay! 
 
Today, i am here to tell you about the fabulous Blog Hop they are having over at One Stitch at a Time.  It is going to be fun with some fab prizes on offer.  Not only that, because we know you are probably busy at this time of year, you have not one but three weeks to complete the hop. How cool is that?
 
So, here are the details:
 
The blog hop runs from now until 5th January 2013.  The winner will be announced at 11am on 6th January 2013. 
 
The theme is: USE A DIGI.
 
There Are 4 different wAys in which you cAn win A prize:
 
1. You can complete the Blog Hop by leAving A comment on every DT member's post (you MUST leAve A comment) And collect A letter from each DT member's post.  When you hAve All the letters, you must emAil them to choccy.oona@gmail.com .  One lucky winner will win the FULL set of elements used by the DT.  For everyone thAt completes the hop, they will receive A super freebie imAge (ChristmAs Pixie, by Ike).
 
2. Everyone who comments on my personAl blog post hAs the chAnce to win the digitAl pAper i used on my cArd.
 
3. You cAn also enter in the usuAl chAllenge wAy by using a Stitchy BeAr imAge and you could win the FULL set of elements used by the DT in the Blog Hop. The theme for the chAllenge is: USE A DIGI.
 
4. Or use a non Stitchy imAge and be in with A chAnce of winning 1 element from the Blog Hop.
 
HAve you guessed what my secret letter is yet? 
 
Here is the cArd i made using Stitchy Bear pAper and super cute Stitchy Bear imAge - cAlled 'Welcome' which cAn be found here.
 
 
So, onto the order of the hop
 
Jill (You are here)
 
You should have arrived from Choccy's blog and once you have left a comment here and picked up your letter, you should make your way onto Josephine's blog. 
 
I hope you will join in the fun and if you pop over to OSAAT you will be able to view my teamies fabulous inspiration.
 
Thanks for visiting today.  Take care.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gingerbread Treats

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all having a good weekend.  Apologies for not posting anything these last few days, life is a bit hectic at the moment, from school activities, DT projects and holiday planning.  Anyway, i am here today to let you know about the new challenge over at the 2 Sisters Challenge blog.
 
This week the theme is: GINGERBREAD TREATS!  We all love gingerbread, right?
 
The sponsor this week is ROBYN'S FETISH and they are offering one lucky winner 5 digis of their choice.
 
 
 
I was delighted to receive this beautiful ' Gingerbread Woman' image from Robyn's Fetish for my card.  You can find her here.  Puts me in the mood for nipping into M&S and stocking up on little gingerbread people.  :D
 
 
Thank you for visiting today.  If you pop on over to the 2 Sisters challenge blog, you can view my DT teamies beautiful inspiration.  It would be great if you joined in with the challenge too.  I look forward to seeing all your yummy projects.
 
Take care and have a great weekend.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 
 
 
 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Snowflakes at 2 Sisters

Good morning all,
 
I hope this post finds you all well.  Today i am here to tell you all about the new challenge over at the 2 Sisters challenge blog
 
This week is #121 and the theme is.......... SNOWFLAKES. 
 
The sponsor is Inked Treasures.
 
 
 
For my DT card, i used an image called 'Snowy Post Box' that i have had since last year and had forgotten about! oops! It's by Molly Blooms and you can find it here.  The red designer paper (with the snowflakes) and the music dp are by Authentique.  I have matted them onto Kraft.  The image is coloured with copics and i added stickles to the snow. A Martha Stewart punch was used to make the snowflakes.
 
 
Thank you all for dropping by.  I apologise for not being around as much these days, been playing catch up since we (little man and I) have had this virus etc and now trying to get ahead with my DT projects before the holidays come along.  I plan to be around much more this week. 
 
It would be great if you joined in at 2 Sisters this week and if you pop over to their blog you can view my DT teamies fab creations.
 
See you soon. Have a good day.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas (with a difference!)

Good morning all,
 
I hope this post finds you well.  I am here to share with you my DT card for this week's fab challenge at Charisma Cardz.
 
The theme this week in CHRISTMAS.
 
There are two fabulous sponsors.
 
Simon Says Stamp are offering one lucky winner a voucher for $20....how fab is that?
 
 
 
 
Pink Cat Studio are offering one lucky winner 5 digis of your choice.....fantastic!
 
 
Please pop over to Charisma Cardz and you can view the gorgeous projects from my DT teamies.  They really are stunning.  It would be great if you could join in with our challenge this week.  I look forward to seeing your creations.
 
Onto my card.... Well i needed a card for my little man to give to his teacher for Christmas.  I wanted a card that sort of said ''thank you teacher'' because my little man thinks she is fab but i also wanted it to be Christmassy too. I think i achieved what i wanted! Different, i know! ;)
 
 
Recipe:
 
Paper: Authentique 'Festive' collection
'Ruler' paper is from Echo Park
Punch: Martha Stewart 'snowflake'
Image: Bugaboo freebie (Thank You Bugaboo) 'Sock Monkey September School'
Tim Holtz distress inks: Forest Moss & Fired Brick
Copics
 
Challenges i would love to enter:
 
C.R.A.F.T - Christmas 
The Ribbon Girls - 'Ho Ho Ho'
Allsorts Week 183 'Advent'
Natalie & Amy's Challenge 'Winter Wishes'
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 77 ' I Love Christmas'
Crafts And Me Challenges #113 'Anything Goes with an optional extra' 
Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog #54 ' anything Goes as long as it is festive'
Cute Card Thursday #246 'Red and Green
 
Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope you liked what you saw.  Have a good day.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 
 
 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Skating Snowman

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.  We have an extra two days this weekend (Sunday and Monday) because it is National Day so that's a little bonus.  Going to drag Hubby out to some National Day celebrations and if i am lucky, a trip to my local craft shop Paper Lane where i am one of the lucky DT members.  Hubby will be pleased! lol
 
Anyway, onto today's card.  It is for this week's challenge at One Stitch at a Time.  The 'Skating Snowman' image is by Lil Diva Stamps and can be found here
 
The sponsor is: Rick St Dennis
 
The theme is easy, a great favourite..... ANYTHING GOES!
 
 
 
  Recipe:
 
Papers: Red Bazzill cardstock (matting), White embossed cardstock (background) & Authentique 'Festive' 6x6 bundle
Punch: Martha Stewart snowflake
Copics & Frosted Lace Stickles
Button

Challenges i would like to enter:

Simply Create #12
The Ribbon Girls - 'Ho Ho Ho'
Allsorts Week 183 'Advent'
Natalie & Amy's Challenge 'Winter Wishes'
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 77 ' I Love Christmas'
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 245 ' Snowflakes'
The Paper Shelter #92 'Christmas is coming'
 
It would be great if you could visit us in this challenge and if you pop over to One Stitch at a Time, you can view the fabulous DT inspiration.
 
Thank you for stopping by today. Take care.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Sparkle

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all well.  I still have this terrible cold (since last Saturday) and now my little man's cough and sore throat has turned into a runny nose too! What are we like? lol  Anyway, yesterday was weird.  We had rain! Yes, not unusual for some but for us living in the desert, it's the first rain this year. And oh boy, thunder, lightning and rain for 1 hour and it flooded the neighbourhood. Roads were impassable and my little man was calling our car ' a boat' ! lol
 
Anyway, enough about me, let me tell you about this week's challenge at 2 Sisters.
 
The theme is CHRISTMAS SPARKLE. 
 
And there are two fabulous sponsors this week. 
 
 
 
 
 
And here is my DT card. I have added the sparkle to the snow and the sentiment. The image is a Bugaboo image that was a 'Friday Freebie'.  Thank you Bugaboo.  The background paper is My Mind's Eye 'Everyday Flair' and the polka dot paper is from We R Memory Keepers 'Cotton Tail'.  The sentiment stamp is from The Greeting Farm.
 
 
I hope you will find some time to visit the other DTinspiration at 2 Sisters and it would be fantastic if you could join in with this challenge.

Challenges i'd like to enter:

Simply Create #12
The Ribbon Girls - 'Ho Ho Ho'
Allsorts Week 183 'Advent'
Natalie & Amy's Challenge 'Winter Wishes'
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 77 ' I Love Christmas'
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 245 ' Snowflakes'
The Paper Shelter #92 'Christmas is coming'
 
Ok, i must dash. It is UAE National Day here in Dubai and there are big celebrations going on everywhere.  
 
Wishing you all a great weekend and whatever you are doing take care.
 
Big hugs,
Jill x
 
 
 
 

Friday, November 30, 2012

First Christmas at 5 months

Good morning all,
 
I hope this post finds you all well.  I have been stuffed (and i mean really stuffed) with the cold and a sore throat since last Saturday and now my head is banging, i feel like i cant breathe and i cant sleep. argh! So, what else to do at 5.30 am than to post on my blog and come and visit you all to see what you have been up to. 
 
I mentioned in my last post that i had made a layout too using the same Echo Park 'Season's Greetings' paper collection.  Well, here it is...............
 
 
Supplies:
 
Echo Park 'Season's Greetings' paper collection
Echo Park 'Season's Greetings' element stickers
Martha Stewart 'snowflake' punch
Tim Holtz distress ink
Ranger embossing tinsel
Buttons & ribbon
 
I would like to enter the following challenges:
 
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 245 -snowflakes
C.R.A.F.T Challenge 183 - inspirational picture
 
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes (Martha Stewart snowflake punch)
Crafts and Me Challenges -#112 Ribbon or trim
Fussy & Fancy #77 - I love Christmas
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenge #145 - Anything Christmassy but a card
Card Crafter's Circle #51 - Bearing Gifts
 
 
Thank you for visiting.  I will be around shortly to visit as many blogs as i can and to catch up with my comments. 
 
Have a great weekend.
 
Hugs, Jill x
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Echo Park Seasons Greetings

Good morning,
 
I hope this post finds you all in good health. With Christmas just around the corner for many, I would like to share a couple of little projects I made for Paper Lane using the beautiful Echo Park ‘Seasons Greetings’ collection.
First of all, I made a mini Christmas card and a matching gift card wallet.   I love the cute shape of this mini card.   You can easily make a little set of these mini cards (but i dont have the energy so i have only made one!) lol
I have also made a scrapbook layout using the same collection which i will post next.
Anyway, here is my card and gift card wallet.
 
A close up of the Martha Stewart snowflake with Ranger embossing tinsel to give it some sparkle
 
 
Another side view
 
 
The gift card wallet
 
 
Thank you for visiting me today.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winter Wonderland

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend.  We have been busy, having fun playing the 'tourist guide' to a good family friend who has come to stay for the weekend.  Little man is having a ball with his uncle and new BFF! Also, got to pop by little man's first school 'Winter Fair'. 
 
Anyhoo, i'm here to let you know about the fab new challenge at 2 Sisters this week.
 
The theme is ' WINTER WONDERLAND'
 
The fabulous  sponsor this week is THE DIGI GARDEN . I love their images. Soooooooo cute!
 
 
 
For my card, i was delighted to be given this gorgeous digi called 'Emily Skates'. You can find her here.
 
 
Supplies:
 
The Digi Garden image - Emily skates
White & Pink Bazzill cardstock & polka dot embossed cardstock
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Moroccan screen
Copics
Martha Stewart punch - Snowflake
Rhinestones
Ranger Embossing tinsel
Freebie 'Winter Wonderland' sentiment from the talented Hannelie - Desert Diva - Thank You.  You can find her blog here, you must check it out.
 
Challenges i would like to enter:
 
The Digi Garden Challenge Four - A cute Christmas
 
Have a good day and thank you for visiting today. It's very much appreciated.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Colour Combo

Good morning all,
 
It's the weekend, yay! That also means there is a brand new challenge over at Charisma Cardz. 
 
Yep, it is Week 46 & the theme is a colour combo chosen by Catherine. A gorgeous one at that!
 
 
This week there are three fabulous sponsors offering amazing prizes. 
 
 
 
 
 
I was delighted to be given this stunning image from Sassy Studio Designs.  It is called 'Elizabeth Bennett' and i think she is gorgeous.  You can find her here.  The sentiment is a freebie from the fabulous www.Mummylade.blogspot.com. Thank you very much, i think it is perfect for this image.
 
 
Supplies:
 
Sassy Studio Designs image
Sentiment: Freebie from www.mummylade.blogspot.com -
Papers: Fancy Pants Designs 'Summer Soul'
 
Challenges i am entering:
 
Cute Card Thursday #244 - Girls Only
C.R.A.F.T - Colour Combo (brown, aqua & pink) She has brown hair & brown distress ink around the cardstock edges)
Divas By Design #62 - 2 or more papers
My Mum's Craft Shop #85 - Inspiration from a Song (You are Beautiful)
The Paper Shelter #91 - Birthdays
Creative Card Crew #24 - Anything Goes
Simply Create Linky Party #10
 
 
Please take a minute to visit Charisma Cardz. You will love the gorgeous Team Gem DT inspiration.  It would be fab is you could join in with the challenge too.
 
Thank you for visiting today. I will be around soon to visit you all.
 
Take care. Big hugs, Jill x
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Teacher appreciation

Good morning all,
 
I hope this new day finds you well.  Today, i have just popped in to share a little card i made yesterday.  I have been thinking about what to make for my son's teacher for the end of term and found some fab paper in my local craft shop Paper Lane.  I generated a fab sentiment on the PC and this is what i came up with. 
 
 
 
Supplies:
 
Bazzill cardstock
My Mind's Eye designer paper pad - School Daze
Tim Holtz distress ink - walnut stain and forest moss
Double sided tape
Pencil
 
Challenges i would like to enter:
 
Simply Create Linky Party #10
Creative Card Crew Challenge #24 anything goes
 
I will be back soon with another card.  Until then, take care and thank you for stopping by.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Across the Miles

Good Morning all,

I hope you are all having a good weekend.  Here, the weekend is over but we had a nice long weekend (Thurs, Fri and Sat) and we had some fun.  Thursday was not a good day for Daddy! We went to a huge park/beach and had a BBQ (hubby doesnt like BBQ's) then little man decided to go for a swim in the sea fully clothed so Daddy joined him and forgot his new mobile was in his pocket! It's a gonner! Oops, that was an expensive swim!   All week we promised 'little man' a trip to a waterpark so that's what we did yesterday.  I daren't go on any rides ( i just take the photos) but it was fun.  Back to work/routine/crafting/housework today.

So, onto today's challenge at One Stitch at a Time.

The theme this week is easy.......... Christmas - Use a Digi.   I hope you will all join in.  The more the merrier.

The sponsor is the fabulous..... Joanna Sheen

 
I was delighted to be given this fantastic digi to use on my project.  It was fab to colour and i thought i would opt for an very non traditional Christmas card.  Very unusual for me, so i would love to know your thoughts.  The papers are by K&Company. The image is called 'Muse 3' by Ike. You can view it here.

 
If you pop on over to the One Stitch at a Time blog you will see the beautiful inspiration from my fellow DT sisters.  
 
I would like to enter the following challenges:
 
Divas By Design Challenge 61 - Anything goes
Paper Creator's Crafts Challenge #1 - All about Christmas
In The Pink Challenge #8 - Punches and/or Dies ( I used a snowflake punch)
Simply Create Linky Party #10
Crafts And Me #110 - Untraditional Christmas colours
 Craft Door Magazine Challenge Challenge #44 - Anything goes
 
Thank you for visiting today.  Take care.
 
Hugs, Jill x
 
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cosy Winter Mailbox

Good morning all,
 
I hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend.  We have had a long weekend holiday here (
Thurs, Fri and Sat) because it is the Islamic New Year. Yay! 
 
Anyway, i am here to tell you about the fab new challenge over at 2 Sisters Challenge blog
 
This week the theme is: a SKETCH
 
 
There are two fabulous sponsors too! How cool is that?
 
 
and
 
 
This is the card i made using the Meljens 'Cosy Winter mailbox' image.
 
 
Supplies:
 
Paper: Authentique ' Festive' collection
Sentiment - The Greeting Farm
Punches: Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Inks: Copics & Tim Holtz distress ink - walnut stain
Ranger embossing tinsel
Pearls & button
 
Challenges i am entering:
 
One Stop Craft challenge - Challenge 205  - Monochrome Tones
Divas By Design Challenge 61 - Anything goes
Paper Creator's Crafts Challenge #1 - All about Christmas
In The Pink Challenge #8 - Punches and/or Dies (I used a MS snowflake punch) 
Simply Create Linky Party #10
Crafts And Me #110 - Untraditional Christmas colours
 
It would be great if you joined us in this challenge and if you pop on over to 2 Sisters Challenge blog you can view the beautiful inspiration from my DT sisters.
 
Will be back later with something else to share.
 
Take care
 
Big hugs,
Jill x