Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Big Birthday Blog Candy Winner!!!!!

Good evening
Well, finally it's time for me to announce the winner of my Big Birthday Candy. Firstly I'd like to thank everyone for taking part and for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I do hope hope you all continue to follow my blog and I hope you enjoy my creations also don't forget to keep watching for future candy giveaways!.

Now on to the important bit... I received 213 comments so I entered this into the random picky thing and it finally decided on Number 7

Congratulations Julie you are the lucky winner!

So Julie if you could contact me and send me your details I'll get all the goodies sent out to you and I hope you enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed choosing them.

Thanks again to everyone for joining in with my Birthday celebrations.




Big Birthday Blog Candy!!!!!

'Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me'.......

Well it's that time of year again so I thought a great way to celebrate would be to post some fabulous yummy calorie free Candy!!!!
This post will remain at the top of my blog until 3oth August when the draw will close then I will announce the winner on August 31st.

I have worked out that this little lot would cost you around £100 so well worth a go don't you think? So here is a list of everything that's included:

12" x 12" Doodlebug Paper Collection in Cupcake Pink

Doodlebug Cupcake Boutique Trims Ribbon Collection

Set of Nestabilities - Scalloped Heart

6" x 6" Basic Grey Eva Paper Collection

Martha Stewert Double Embossed Button Punch

Tattered Angels Glimmer Screens - Graceful Journey

Prima E Line Flowers

Set of Prima E Line Pearls and Crystals

Marianne D Creatables Butterfly Die

Tattered Angels 'Tattered Leather' Glimmer Mist

Magnolia Stamp 'Tilda Picking Lilacs'

Magnolia Stamp 'Tilda Brings a Flower'

Penny Black Slapstick Stamp 'Fly Away'

Various bunches of Mulberry Flowers

So on to the important thing all I would like you to do for a chance to win is:

1. Firstly I would like you post a pic of the candy on your blog or in your sidebar then link back to this here blog.
2. Secondly become a follower so I can keep you posted on more candy to come.

3. You must leave a comment at the end of THIS post as the draw will be from the names in this particular comment box.

Finally Good Luck and Remember to check back here on August 31st to see who the lucky winnner is!!!




Monday, 23 August 2010

Magical Mondays DT Card and some Sad News

Morning all! wow the start of another week, unfortunately this one is a little sadder for me. On Friday our wonderful Old English Sheepdog Dylan had to be put to sleep at the grand old age of 15. He was one of a kind, he soaked up years of teenage tears, watched me finish school, start work and eventually watched me leave home for good when I met Peter. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't even have my shop name! the name Cloudnine came about when we enjoyed great success at Crufts with him, when asked how we felt we replied "like we were on cloudnine" and from that moment on our kennel name was born later to be adopted for my shop name.

Anyway sorry to mope I did finally manage to finish my DT card for todays magical Mondays Challenge. The theme this fornight is really easy its 'Flowers'. We are being sponsored by the fab Nikki and Lacey and their stamp company Wags 'n Whiskers. They not only kindly supplied the design team with images from their new Fairy special release but are offering the winner 2 Wags 'n Whiskers stamps of their choice.

I chose to use the gorgeous 'Angelica' who was a dream to colour. As always I used ProMarkers and pleanty of Stardust Stickles. Everything was distressed with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and I added faux stitching to the edges. Once again I used the amazing DP's from the Ella Blue collection by GCD. These papers are stunning and I am fast working my way through them.

All the flowers were edged with Frayed Burlap and Stardust Stickles then I added some lace from my stash and some pearls by Prima. Finally the whole card got a coating of Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist for that added fairy dust look.

Challenges I am entering:

Totally Gorjuss - #44 'Star'

Cupcake Craft Challenges - #105 'Blue and Green'

Fab n Funky - #36 'Flower Power'

Pocket Full of Posies - #5 'Winged Things'

My Time to Craft - #103 'Glitter and Glitz'

Close up of the gorgeous Angelica

ProMarker Colour Recipe:

Skin: Blush, Dusky Pink

Hair: Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Henna

Dress: Tea Green, Grey Green

Bodice: Cinnamon, Shale

Ribbons and Shoes: Cool Aqua

Wings and Stars: Ivory, Vanilla

Dylan in top form with my father
Farewell my wooly friend

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Thank You Kelly!


Just a quick post this evening to thank Kelly for this fab award!

Now there are a few rules involved here goes:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award.

2. Display the award with pride on your blog.

3. List 3 things you love about yourself (not looking forward to this part)

4. Post a picture you love.

5. Finally tag 5 other people for this special award.

Ok, I thanked the lovely Kelly and the pic is on my blog. Now for the difficult bit:

3 things I love about me:

1. My work ethic - I am 100% dedicated to my business and love it!

2. I am proud of my creativity and the fact that I always strive to learn more techniques and improve my crafty skills.
3. I love the fact that I am so close to my family and friends - they mean the world to me.

Now for the easy bit - a picture that I love. Here is a picture of our gorgeous Cocker Spaniel called Dexter whom we rescued 18months ago. He is the most wonderful companion and even though he hates me crafting (clearly not paying him enough attention) I love him dearly.

Finally I am passing this award on to the following 5 people:

1. Rowena

2. Kim

3. Sue

4. Vicky

5. Lorraine

Wow that was realy difficult to narrow that down to 5 as I now know so many talented ladies. But all of the above have inspired me in their different ways and I wanted to thank them for sharing their amazing creativity.

Have a great evening everyone and I 'll be back soon.




B is for Blue Challenge for ABC

Good Morning!
Well today is the start of a brand new challenge at ABC Challenge Blog the theme is 'B is for Blue'. For this challenge we are being sponsored by Secret Crafter who are offering a fabulous prize of a set of digi images from their second Manga release.
I chose to create a recipe folder which I decorated with the gorgeous Magnolia stamps from The 'Yummy For Your Tummy' collection. I used a Martha Stewart puch to edge the top flap and die cut swirls using a Marianne D die. Finished with flowers from my stash and some faux stitching.
Inside view
I am entering this project in the following challenges:
The Pixie Cottage - #32 'Anything But a Card and or Sketch
Allsorts Challenge - #65 'Paper Piercing or Paper Piecing
Simon Says - 'Make a Gift'
Recipe Cards

ProMarker Colour Recipe:
Skin: Blush, Dusky Pink
Hair: Sandstone, Cinnamon and Henna or Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Henna
Clothing: Blue Pearl, Cornflower
Shoes: Cinnamon, Shale
Spoons: Sandstone, Cinnamon

Saturday, 14 August 2010

A Girls Best Friend!

Sorry I know I have been a bad blogger and have been awol for the last week but I have been incredibly busy getting even more products uploaded onto my website in preparation for the launch (seems to be a never ending task at the mo).
Anyway last Monday we celebrated my mums birthday, she is a huge inspiration to me and in all honesty my business would not exist without her help and support. Well before I get too mushy I wanted to share with you the card I made for her. I used the new Kanban stamps with the Old English Sheepdogs as I grew up with these wonderful teddy bears and my parents still have 2 of them, Dylan who is an amazing 15 and a half and Harry who is 7. We began showing them when I was 14 and I quickly became the groomer so the image of the little girl brushing her cuddly friend seemed soo appropriate.

Side view

I am enetering this card in the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin Challenge #39 'Use Your Favourite Stamp or Image'

The Pixie Cottage Challenge #31 'Sketch and Fancy Fold'

ProMarker Colour Recipe:

Skin: Blush, Dusky Pink

Hair: Buttercup, Tulip, Gold

Dress: Pink Carnation, Fuschia

Sock Stripes and Cardigan: Meadow Green, Apple Green

Sheepdog: Cool Grey 1 & 2, Ivory, Pale Pink

Soft Toy Dog: Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa

Brush and Box: Cinnamon, Shale

Dogs Tongue and Bow: Pale Pink, Baby Pink

Monday, 9 August 2010

Pink & White Magical Mondays DT Card

Morning all!
Wow another weekend gone where is the time going? Today sees the start of Magical Mondays challenge and this time the theme is Pink and White. We are sponsored by the fantastic Lili of the Valley this time and 2 wonderful stamps are up for grabs.
I have chosen to use a Sweet Pea stamp for my DT card the lovely 'Bookworm Fairy'. Once again coloured with ProMarkers and matted onto Prima DP's from the Watercolour collection. I used the fab sketch from Passion for ProMarkers for the layout then added flowers and bling from my stash.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #124 'Whateva!'
Sweet Stampin Challenge #38 'Pretty in Pink'
Passion for ProMarkers Challenge #63 'Tracy's Sketch'
Stamp and Create Challenge #4 'Flowers'
Bookworm Fairy close up
ProMarker Colour Recipe:
Skin: Blush, Baby Pink
Hair: Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Gold
Wings, Clothing, Book & Lantern: Pale Pink, Baby Pink, Antique Pink
Eyes & Shadow: Cool Aqua
Worm: Pear Green
Pages: Vanilla, Sandstone

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Summertime Fun - A is for August DT Card

Morning all!,
Wow where is the time going. Hi to all my followers old and new I hope you have all entered for a chance to win my Birthday Candy. A huge thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday I had a lovely day and was spoilt rotten.

This week has once again been hectic what with running kids classes and adults classes this week in the shop so I am really pleased I have finally finished my DT card for this weeks challenge over at ABC. The theme for this challenge is A is for August so we want to see anything that makes you think of summer be it the beach, ice creams, holidays its up to you. For this challenge we are sponsored by the fantastic Simon Says and they are offering a $25 voucher to the lucky winner.

I opted for the fabulous Kraftin Kimmie beach collection and decided to create a beach scene using a sidestep card. I made my little beach hut/changing tent using Doodlebug paper from the Blue Jean collection. I then used cloudy dp from MME and a mix of Bazzil to construct the basis of my card. As always I used ProMarkers to colour my images but then used paper piecing to add clothing and accessories. All distressed with Walnut Stain and all is done!
The Fabulous Eleanor:
Fun in the Sun with Jack

I am entering this creation into the following challenges:
Cupcake Challenge - #102 'Distressing'
Paper Sundaes - #29 'Stitching'
Allsorts Challenge - #63 'Dressing Up'
Partytime Tuesdays - #10 'Summertime Birthday Card'
Quixotic Paperie - #35 'Life's a Beach'
YNS Challenges - #22 'Birthdays'
Craft Garden - August Challenge 'Beach Huts'

ProMarker Colour Recipe:
Skin: Saffron, Baby Pink
Eleanor's Hair: Raw Sienna, Terracotta, Henna
Florence's Hair: Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Gold
Jack's Hair: Sandstone, Cinnamon

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Robin Hood - 'One for the Boys'

Good Evening all,
Hope every one of you had a good weekend. I had a wonderful birthday and received loads of gorgeous handmade cards which I am very grateful for, they will definately stay on display for a long time.
Anyway thought I 'd share with you my latest Magnolia card. I love this image of Edwin dressed as Robin Hood and I couldn't wait to ink him up so here is the result. I kept the card kinda simple as obviously flowers weren't really suitable so I opted for some ferns, raffia and pearls. I also used the new Tim Holtz alphabet Sizzlits die to add the 'wanted' sign. Inside the card reads 'A Special Birthday for a Special Boy'. I am entering him in the following challenges:
Magnolia Down Under Challenge #57 - Birthdays
Ooh-la-la Challenge #59 - Birthday
Sweet Stampin Challenge #37 Sketch
Allsorts Challenge #63 Dressing Up (Edwin clearly loves to play dress up!)
Passion for ProMarkers #62 Colour Challenge 'Green'

ProMarker Colour Recipe:

Skin: Blush, Dusky Pink

Hair, Bow & Tights: Sandstone, Cinnamon
Tunic & Hat: Pear Green, Moss

Belt & Shoes: Cinnamon, Shale

Thanks for taking a look, also don't forget to enter my draw for my big birthday candy while you here.