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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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Paper Lane Design Team Member

Good evening all, i hope you have had a good day.  I have some fabulous news to share with you all.  I have been bursting to tell you and now i can!  I am delighted and excited to have been chosen as one of Paper Lane's Design Team members for 2012. I will be joining 4 other talented ladies, Janine, Lidiya, Jing and Jennifer.

Paper Lane is the first and largest scrapbook store of its kind in the UAE and it is absolutely gorgeous.  They offer the widest selection of imported acid and lignin-free materials for scrapbooking and papercrafting. 

Paper Lane also offers a variety of scrapbooking, cardmaking and paper crafting classes for all age groups and skill levels.

I hope i do them proud!

Stay tuned for more updates.  Hugs, Jill x

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Crafty Purple Frog Challenges - Anything Goes

Hello all,
Just to let you know that the theme is ' Anything Goes' over at Crafty Purple Frog Challenges this week. Here is what you could win .....
1st prize is a massive 5 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
2nd prize is 3 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
3rd prize is 2 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
4th prize is 1 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
This is what i made using Dark Royalty decoupage:

Please pop over and see the other creations by the Design Team members at:

Hugs, Jill x

Just Inspirational Challenges Week 21

Good Morning all,

Today, it is Week 21 over at Just Inspirational Challenges.  This weeks challenge is sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps and they are offering the lucky winner a $10 gift voucher for their store.

And this is the inspirational photo, a colour combo:

We would love you to chose one section to work with.  And, of course, the DT from Team B have created some inspiration for you too so hop on over to Just Inspirational Challenges and lets get inspired!
Here is my card:
Thank you for dropping by. Sending my new followers a big ''Hello.'' Hugs, Jill x

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Mum

Good Morning,
Hope you are all well. Today it is my Mum's Birthday.  She is the best Mum in the world. I am biased i know, but really, she is!  Unfortunately, i cannot share her birthday with her in person as i am several thousand miles away from home but inshAllah she will have a great day and we will have a belated celebration the next time i am home.  Anyway, this is the card i made.  I made it a few months ago (how organised am i? lol).  It was actually my first attempt at an easel card.  The poppy stamp is from Hero Arts. 

Thank you to everyone who drops by.  Hope you have a great day.  Sending a big ''hello'' to my new followers.  It means a lot.  Hugs, Jill x

Monday, March 19, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

Good evening all

I am so happy! Why? Denise from Crafty Daffy has very kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award  How cool is that? I am honoured and delighted to accept of course! Thank you very much Denise. It has made my day.

In order to receive this award, you must follow the following rules:

Thank the person who gave you this award

Include a link to their blog

Select 15 blogs you recently discovered or follow regularly

Nominate these 15 blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award

Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself 

So without further delay, here are the 15 blogs that i wish to nominate for this award ( in no particular order):

1. Coops - http://coopsclutteredcorner.blogspot.com
2. Kathy - http://http://willstampforwine.blogspot.com/
3. Helen - http://molecraft.blogspot.com
4. Lisa - http://wishcraftcards.blogspot.com
5. Squirrel - http://squirrel10.blogspot.com
6. Alison - http://xxxtglxxx.blogspot.com
7. Dawny P- http://pinkpiggywiggy.blogspot.com
8. Sharon - http://ewe2cancraft.blogspot.com
9. Deb - http://craftrocks.blogspot.com
10. Jo - http://handmadecardsbyjo.blogspot.com
11. Marjorie - http://foxycards.blogspot.com
12. Kathleen - http://aperfectcreation.blogspot.com
13. Amy - http://amyscraft.blogspot.com
14. Wendy - http://wickdyscreations.blogspot.com
15. Jo - http://mycraftingcorner-jo.blogspot.com

If you have been nominated, you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats!

Now, before i go and visit the above blogs and spread the news, i must tell Denise 7 things about myself:

1. I started my career at a local bakery and i am a qualified confectioner.
2. My favourite colour is pink and most of my girlie cards are pink!
3. I would make cards every minute of the day if i had the chance!
4. My favourite food is chips!
5. I am addicted to stamping, distress inks and buttons!
6. I would eat out every day of the week if i had the chance (and the money of course!)
and finally
7.  I am scared of heights and ALL creepy crawlies and flying insects such as cockroaches!

Thanks again Denise, i really appreciate it. Have a good day. Hugs, Jill x 

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Good morning all, hope you are enjoying your weekend. The weekend is over here and it's back to normal (housework and crafting!). Well, crafting mainly with a little bit of housework here and there! :)

Anyway, i have another card to share with you this morning.  I purchased a new Hero Arts background stamp yesterday and i just had to use it straight away. I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Tim Holtz 'Shabby Shutters' distress ink. I also used my edge distresser tool for the first time.  The butterfly is a Hero Arts stamp which i love and i coloured it with copics. The sentiment is from the 'Better Poppies' stamp set from Paper and Such.

Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your day. Hugs, Jill x

Friday, March 16, 2012

Thinking of You

Good evening all, hope you are all having a good day.  I went for a little walk today outside down by the marina. Making the most of the outdoors just now before it gets too hot. Anyway, enough of me, what about my cards? Well, today i have two cards to show you.  Both cards have been made using stamps and sentiments from the fab candy i won recently from the lovely Naomi.  The first one is a practice card, a CAS sympathy card using Prima Marketing Clear Stamps for the image and a Paper and Such sentiment.  The second card is a Paper and Such 'Better Poppies' clear stamp.  I stamped the image straight onto the card, then stamped another image onto cardstock, coloured it with Tim Holtz distress inks ( i cant live without these inks) and then paper pieced them.  The sentiment is also from the same Better Poppies set.  The border was made using an EK Success border punch and the edges were also distressed.  The ribbon was from my stash. What do you think?

Challenges entered:

Creative Belli Blog  - Belli Challenge #139 (Clean and Simple CAS)http://bellichallenge.blogspot.com/

Thank you for dropping by.  I hope to see you all again very soon.  All your comments are very much appreciated and they give me a chance to come and visit you too.  Thanks again and a big warm ''hello and welcome'' to my new followers.  Take care, hugs, Jill x

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Good morning all, hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. At long last, the windy sandy dusty days we have had recently have vanished and it is warming up here nicely, 32 degrees today. 

Today, there is a new challenge over at Just Inspirational Challenges. 

The  sponsor for this week is Sew Many Cards

This week it's the turn of Team A, and as it's St Patrick's Day and Mother's Day there are two inspirational pictures for you. 

I don't have a card for this weeks challenge as i am on Team B but if you pop on over to Just Inspirational Challenges, you will see Team A's creations which i am sure will inspire you to enter this weeks challenge.

Hugs, Jill x

Monday, March 12, 2012

How lucky am i?

Hello everyone,

Just a quick post for now.  My visitors are away home but my house is upside down with washing, ironing etc etc and i have more visitors coming next week! eek! Anyway, i have been busy making a few creations lately but i cannot post them just yet! (Mothers Day is just around the corner, say no more!). I will post photos soon however today i had to share my news! 

The lovely Naomi from Paper Bag Princess Papercrafting and more  had a fantastic giveaway on her blog recently to celebrate her 1 year blogaversary and i was the lucky winner! How fabulous is that? I was so happy when i heard the news and today the postman delivered my prize.  Here are all the fabulous goodies i received......

I cannot stay on here long, i need to go and show some love to my new items!  

Please pop over and visit Naomi soon, she really has a fantastic blog.

Thank you Naomi, i really am very grateful for everything.  Hope you have a good day. Hugs, Jill x

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Liebster Blog Award !

Hello again, third post today!  I just received some exciting news!  The lovely Jo from a little piece of me has awarded me the Liebster Blog Award and i am more than delighted! How cool is that?

 Thank you so much Jo, i am over the moon about it and will display the badge with pride.

The idea of the Liebster blog award is to spread the love from one small blog (under 200 followers)
to other small blogs to help spread knowledge and readership.
"Liebster" in German means "favourite", so to carry on the tradition, I am going to pass the award
on to 5 people who's blogs have been as inspiration to me and my crafting.
To accept the award, here's what you must do:
1.....Link back to the person who gave it and thank them for thinking of you
2.....Post the award to your blog
3.....Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value
4.....Leave a comment on the blogs of your 5 chosen to let them know

Here are my 5 in no particular order ( i wish i could have picked more ):

1. Naomi from Paper Bag Princess Papercrafting & more

2. Ann from Annie's Crafty Heaven

3. Elfie's sparkle and dust

4. Kate from Kates - Krafty - Korner

5. Pauline from Crafting with Cotnob
I hope you will all be happy to accept my award.  Hugs, Jill x

It's Pink & Girly at Crafty Purple Frog Challenges this week

Hello everyone, yes, it is Thursday again, doesn't time fly by in the crafting world!  Today over at Crafty Purple Frog Challenges, the theme is ' Pink & Girly'.  How cool is that?  Come on everyone, no excuses, let us see what beautiful pink & girly creations you can come up with. 

Here is what you could win this time.....

1st prize is a massive 5 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog

2nd prize is 3 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog

3rd prize is 2 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog

4th prize is 1 downloads of your choice from The Crafty Purple Frog
For my card i used the Field of Poppies Decoupage available from The Crafty Purple Frog. The pink gingham paper is from my Me to You paper pack and the brown cardstock, pearls and ribbon from my stash. The butterfly was a Tonic punch. The sentiment is from Stampin UP!
Here is my card:
Waving a big big hello to all my followers, new and old. Thank you for dropping by. Hugs, Jill x

Just Inspirational Challenges Week 19

Good Morning everyone,

It is Thursday again which means it is a new challenge over at Just Inspirational Challenges.  It is week 19 & this week is sponsored by The Stamping Boutique.

And this weeks inspirational photo is:

I was very lucky to receive this cute digi from The Stamping Boutique which i coloured with Copics. The papers are from Me To You paperpack. The white & pink cardstock and ribbon are from my stash.  Birthday wishes sentiment is from Stampin UP! Here is my card:

Hoping to see your creations over at Just Inspirational Challenges this week.
Have a good day. Hugs, Jill x

Sunday, March 4, 2012

50 today!

Hello everyone,  hope you are all having a good day.  Today, i just have a quick post because i still have my visitors and i need to do some catching up with my commenting etc but thought i would share with you this little card i made for my Uncle who turned 50 this week.  He does lots of DIY and was getting a bit sensitive about his age so i could not resist buying this Bugaboo stamp. 


Bugaboo 'Gus' stamp & sentiment
50 printed from PC
White, brown and blue cardstock & Father & Son pp
Buttons and ribbon from stash

Thanks everyone for looking and a big big hello to my new followers. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Just Inspirational Challenges Week 18

Good Morning everyone, hope you are all having a good day.  The sun is warming up here and it is 31 degrees. Yipee! Apologies for not blogging over the last few days, i have visitors and although NOTHING stops me crafting, i have just not been posting as often.

Anyway, first i want to tell you that it is a new week at Just Inspirational Challenges - Week 18.  This week is for Design Team A ( i am on Team B) so i do not have a card to show you but I wanted to let you know that it is sponsored by Floppy Latte Digital Designs who are offering the winner a $10 gift certificate to  their store.

And here is the inspirational photo to help you get creative!

Looking forward to seeing all your entries this week.  As for me, i will be back very soon with some new additions to my ever expanding 'card' family! Take care, hugs, Jill x