Monday, 27 June 2011


There is still time to take part in this month's scraplift challenge (you have until 5th July) Pop back to the M is for Machine Stitching post for details and to Your Scraplifts for June post to see what other people have made so far.

Here is a reminder of the sketch:

and the fabulous prize from Jill at Cardinal Colours
Bo Bunny - Barefoot and Bliss Collection pack.

So why not join the fun?

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sneaky Peek for July's Challenge

Wow! Where has this month gone?

It's nearly time to unveil July's scraplift challenge... here is a sneaky peek at what we've been up to.

Join us on the 1st July for the unveiling :)

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Winner of the May card challenge.

Zoe deliberated, cogitated and digested the entries (anyone remember the original Masterchef program with Lloyd Grosman?) and has selected the winner of this lovely prize:

And the winner is...............


with this lovely card.

Well Done Sy, Please contact us to claim your delicious prize!

Well done to all who entered too!

Monday, 20 June 2011


Thank you to all who took part in our first blog hop.

We are pleased to announce the winner of the June blog candy hop is number:

and number SIX is ...


Congratulations Kathy!

Please contact Paper Maze who will send you this lovely candy:

Many thanks to Vanessa and Wendy of Paper Maze for joining in with the blog hop and providing the candy.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Your Cards for the June Challenge

The first card to arrive for the June challenge has been sent in by










Challenge closed 15/07/11



Please see the original post for this challenge.

Check back to see the winner for the May card challenge in the next few days.

Good luck and thank you for taking part.

June Card Challenge Prize - That's Crafty

A fantastic prize is on offer for the winner of our June card challenge.
Kindly donated by Laura of That's Crafty, this beautiful set of unmounted stamps by Ching Chou Kuik.

ching chou kuik Stamp Sheet 27 - Plate 86

This is the same artist that some of the DT made examples with, see the challenge here.
Closing date for entries 15th July, Winner to be announced on the 17th July.

Prize available to UK residents only but the challenge is open to everyone so please feel free to share your designs.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

June Card Challenge - That's Crafty

We really hope you are enjoyng our new card challenges - why not post a comment and say "Hello"?

June's challenge has been set by Laura from That's Crafty.
Laura said:
 We are a small family run online business, established in 2005 and we sell a wide range of cardmaking & papercraft supplies and a large range of stamps. I’ve been crafting for a number of years and love all things Tim Holtz at the moment! The card I made used: Crafty Individuals stamp CI296, Catslife Press Unmounted Stamp - Happy Birthday Seal - 653F. Both the backgrounds were coloured using Tim Holtz Distress Stains and were then triple embossed with clear UTEE. The background of the card is the Kaisercraft Clear Stamp - Grunge and stamped with a Big Ranger Big and Juicy Ink Pad and there is silver leaf along the edge of the card.

This is the sketch to follow this month.

Here is LAURA'S card

And the DT's...

Our Guest DT Member for June ....

This challenge closes on the 15th July and Laura will choose the winner.

Check back in a few days for details of the lovely prize which has been offered by That's Crafty for the winner.

Friday, 10 June 2011


We just wanted to say we are aware of the problems people have been experiencing with blogger recently. We apologise if and where we have not been able to comment on your blogs, but for some of us it has not been possible to comment on some blogs, at some times. We are also aware that some of you can't click on the 'Follow this blog' button on some of the DT blogs as they are not showing. Don't worry if you have taken part in the blog hop and not been able to comment or follow on every blog. Due to these difficulties we thought it would be a good idea to extend the blog candy hop for another week. The closing date will now be 17th June.

A reminder of the blog Candy Hop Prize from Papermaze runs until 17th June.

The June Scraplift challenge continues until 5th July, with this super prize from Cardinal Colours

Just a few more days for the May Card Challenge with this lovely rubber stamp prize from Zoe Pierson

A new card challenge will be announced on 15th June.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

How I made my June Challenge Page

You Three Are Two

Here is more about how I made my DT layout for this month's challenge. The technique is machine stitching and we scraplifted Cindy Tobey's layout called 'Sweet'.

This is our sketch

The photos I scrapped are of our great nieces and nephew (triplets), Hannah, Lucy and Oliver on their second birthday.

I used these 4 papers from Cosmo Cricket's Pixie-licious collection, giving me 8 patterns to play with. These can be purchased from Paper Maze:

Brownie Bands


Butterfly Kisses

and Blooming Babies

I cut and placed the background papers onto a sheet of plain 12x12" paper. Cutting the pieces as follows:

A purple dotty side of Butterfly Kisses 12x1" for the very top of the page.

Another purple dotty strip of Butterfly Kisses 12x3" for the very bottom of the page.

A piece of green flowery pattern from the Fairy wings paper 12x6.5"

and a band of the striped side of Brownie Bands (with stripes vertical) 12x3", then trimmed with a Martha Stewart border punch. This piece overlaps the bottom purple paper.

I added a 12x0.5" strip of purple Bazzill along the top of the brownie bands paper.

All the cut edges were inked with purple chalk ink.

The next step was to use the sewing machine and sew along the strips just inside the joins. I used cream sewing thread.

Then I cut a very large number '2' on the Cricut from the dotted green side of the Blooming Babies paper. This was mounted on a shadow of Cream Puff Bazzill. I stitched round the edge of the green number.

I mounted the 4x6" photo onto cream puff cardstock and added two lines of stitching along all four sides.

I cut a 4" scalloped circle using the 'Straight from the Nest' Cricut Cartridge and flower 4 and mounted a circular photo onto this, stitching round the edge of the photo.

I cut a 2.5" scalloped circle in purple cardstock, and mounted a small circular photo onto this.

Then I cut various size flourishes in cream and purple to arrange on the page as shown.

Once all this was stuck in place I added buttons and gems. Lettering was added with tiny letter stickers from My Little Shoebox, these were left over from my May challenge page.

You may have noticed that Linda and I used the same papers, but came up with different layouts. She has blogged how she made her layout soon. (the white daisies are to protect the child's identity.)

Thank for looking, hope it's useful.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Your Scraplifts for June

This post is for June's scraplifts.

A quick reminder of what to do if you are joining in: Create a layout using the DT pages for inspiration. We hope you will let us share your finished layout on this blog. You also need to become a follower (if not already) of this blog to be considered for the prize. 

First in this month is....















 Followed by:

You Next?!?!!

You have until 5th July to enter this challenge. The winner will be announced on 7th July.

Please upload your layout to your blog and add a link to your comment. If you don't have a blog - no problem! - Just send us an image attached to an email.

The original challenge post 'M is for Machine Stitching' can be found HERE.