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Monday, 27 February 2012

Skater boi

Evening everyone

Monday again already, back to work again! Not a bad day today, didn't upset too many people. Might be different tomorrow though, I've got mum's car to take in for an MOT and its making a horrible clunking noise. I have a feeling I'll be upsetting her when we find out what the problem is! For anyone that doesn't know- I work in the Service Department of a large car dealership. Shouty customers are an everyday occurance :)

On to today's card:

I've just the super cute 'Skateboarding Andy' from Pink Gem Designs and I've coloured him with Promarkers. The papers are Echo Park Summer and the ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl. The sentiment and buttons are Papermania.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges - Boys & Their Toys
Simon Says Stamp - Use 3 different papers
A Gem of a Challenge - Sketch
Sweet Stampin -  It's a man thing
Dream Valley - Just for men

See you again soon
Berni xx

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Spotty Sunday

Afternoon my loves

What a beautiful day! Managed to get all my washing done this morning and hung it all out to dry, blasted round with the vacuum cleaner and threw open all the windows. This afternoon I treated myself to a crafting session as I'd been so good getting the housework done!

Mum's birthday is coming up and I knew when I bought it which stamp I would use on her card as she's a massive cat fan (like me!) This is what I've made for her:

I decided to make an easel card for a change, its been ages since I last made one and I had to think about how to do it! The image is called 'Love & Roses' by Penny Black which I've coloured with Promarkers. The papers are from my Echo Park Springtime pad. The sentiment is LOTV and the flowers are from Wild Orchid.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Sketch
Crafty Ribbons - Paws for thought
Simon Says Stamp - Use 3 different papers
Allsorts - Its your choice

The only problem with hanging out all the washing is that you have to bring it all back in! Which is what I'm off to do now :)

See you soon
Berni xx

Friday, 24 February 2012

Black and White

Evening All

Managed to go back to work today, got loads of sympathy from the customers who all thought I should have been at home. Being ill has it's benefits- nobody wants to shout at a sick person! I popped out to Sainsbury's at lunch to get some lemsips and found heaven in a packet- Menthol Balm Tissues! Soft tissues that smell of Vic Vapour rub... OOooh... so good lol !!

Anyway- on to my card for today:

They have a Black & White theme over at Passion for Promarkers and a White +1 other colour at Wild Orchid Challenge so I just had to combine the two. I used the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and the card was complete!

I've used a text stamp from Papermania and coloured it with Promarkers. I embossed the white panels with various folders and used my Martha Stewart doily lace punch for the border. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and the pins from The Ribbon Girl.

That's it from me today, I'm just waiting for our Pizza's to arrive, then its another early night as I'm at work again in the morning.

Bye Bye
Berni xx

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Blue bookatrix

Morning sweeties

I'm still icky today, but had a better nights sleep last night. I've got to get better today as I need to go to work tomorrow and Saturday. Mr Loki (see picture to the right --->) is enjoying having me at home though. He is currently doing laps of his vivarium, which was specially designed by me to have several platforms and branches at varying  heights. I wouldn't mind, but he's making a right ol' racket and I'd like some peace! 

I mentioned at the weekend that I needed to finish a card my Step-mum had asked me to make. It's her SIL's 40th birthday and special birthdays call for a special card!:

I've used pearlescent cardstock for the main body of the card and edged it with fine border peel-offs. The decoupage is from Papermania's Henbury Lane. The flowers have been dusted with glamour dust and are from Wild Orchid crafts. The ribbon and pins are from The Ribbon Girl. 

I do enjoy making these cards and the boxes to go with them, and people seem to love receiving them too!
One of my parents friends' likes them so much she has commissioned me to make three for her by March- so that should keep me busy.

I didn't make this card with any challenges in mind, but it fits in with the Anything Goes theme over at Allsorts Challenge

See you again soon

Berni xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Time for Cake!

Afternoon peeps

Another dreary day here in the Midlands, I'm so looking forward to spring and summer. I'm still full of cold and have developed an insatiable thirst. I've had cup after cup of hot water with lemon- which can only be a good thing. I should shake it soon and be back to my normal self- I hope so anyway!

I have another card to show you today as Mr Mojo hasn't got a runny nose!

The image and sentiment are a free stamp that came with Do Crafts magazine last year and I've coloured with Promarkers and added stickles. The papers are from Papermania, the ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, flowers from Wild Orchid and pearls from my stash.

I want to enter this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Pink Fluffy Cupcakes
I Love Promarkers - Time
Simon Says Stamp - Use 3 different papers

Right, I'm off to boil the kettle again.....

Laters and loadsa hugs

Berni xxx

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Because You're Wonderful

Hello dear Crafters

Still feeling poorly today, I hate being ill. Only consolation is that its Pancake day and they will make me feel all better! I've just got to find a way of getting off the sofa to make them.
I planned on an early night last night, but OH decided to indulge in his little hobby of abusing call centres *Groan* On a regular basis he will call a large call centre belonging to one of the companies we spend lots of moneys with and argue with them for at least an hour over something trivial until he gets some credit on our account. Most people (me included) wouldn't even contemplate calling over something daft like our tv not showing a certain channel for a few hours, but OH sees an opportunity and cannot help himself. He says he hates calling these places- but he does it that often that I've decided he secretly loves the buzz. I find myself physically cringing every time he picks up the phone, so last night I hid in my craft room and made this:

The papers are my new Echo Park Springtime set, the image is from Penny Black and I've coloured it with Promarkers. I've punched the edge with a Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch, I cut the hearts freehand. The ribbon is by Smirk and the flowers are a Woodware punch.

I want to enter this card into the following challenges:

Penny Black & More - Play Bingo (Kraft, Green & Blue)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Pearls & Lace
Sketch & Stash Challenge - Sketch and new papers (stash)
Cute Card Thursday - Flower Power
I Love Promarkers - Nature
Truly Scrumptious - All creatures great & small

Thats it from me today, see you tomorrow

Berni xx

Monday, 20 February 2012

Pink Elephants

Evening my loves

'Eurgh' <--- Describes how I'm feeling to a tee. OH has been suffering with a cold since last week and I think my "dont be daft and give me a kiss" theory has backfired. My throat hurts, my neck aches and I have a headache (and its all his fault!)

Luckily I made a few cards at the weekend and this is one of them:

The image is called Ella and you can find her here at Pink Gem Designs and I've coloured her with Promarkers. The papers are by Country Companions. The flowers are an x-cut punch, the ribbons and buttons are Papermania. The sentiment I made myself with Doodlebug rub ons.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge - Sketch
I Love Promarkers - Nature
Truly Scrumptious - All creatures great and small
Cute Card Thursday - Flower Power
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes

I think I'll have an early night... take care everyone x
Berni xx

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Saturated Canary

Morning crafters

What a lovely morning! The sun is shining, there are birds in my garden and I'm off to my dads later for a little get together. I've got to make a lemon meringue pie to take with us, and I've got to finish a card that Step Mum has asked me to make (I'll show you that one later on).

I had a relaxing morning with my Promarkers yesterday, colouring up some images- that is until my OH came in and commented on how many markers I now have (approx 75) He then paused for a little think (I could hear the cogs turning) and confirmed what I know he was working out "Aren't they about £2 per pen?" Opps- rumbled! Well without them I couldn't create things like this:

I've used the gorgeous Saturated Canary freebie from the incredibly talented Krista Smith. The papers are Echo Park Springtime. The flowers are from wild Orchid Crafts, Ribbon from The Ribbon Girl and sentiment from LOTV

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Cute Card Thursday - Flower Power
Sweet Stampin - 3 in a row (Pearls, Buttons (on her dress, hope thats ok!) and Flowers)
I Love Promarkers - Nature

Have a great Sunday

Love Berni xx

Saturday, 18 February 2012


Evening all!

Its the weekend again, my favourite time of the week where I can indulge in all things crafty! I've had a really hetic week at work, with people off ill and on holiday the pressure has really been on, so its been extra nice today to take things at my own pace and do as I please :)

I've been holed up in my craft room all day, and this is the first card I have to show you:

The image is a freebie available from the lovely talented Janet over at Pink Gem Designs, his name is Dillon and I've coloured him with Promarkers. I cut him out with a nestie and distressed the edges with blue iris catseye fluid chalk. The papers are from Papermania and Crafters Companion, the buttons are also Papermania. The sketch I've used didn't have a sentiment, so I've used Smirk printed ribbon to get around that problem. I don't like not using a sentiment!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers - Distressing
Truly Scrumptious - All creatures great and small
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Sketch
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - 3 in a row (Ribbon, buttons, spots)

Must go as dinner is in the oven! I'll be back in the morning with another card

Take care
Berni xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Sending you hugs

Happy Valentines Day!

Good morning my loves! I'm hoping that I find you well on this chilly Tuesday morning. Today is the day that I spend watching the front doors at work, waiting for Interflora, to be horribly disappointed when the nice flower delivery guy doesn't show. Or he does show, but he isn't asking for me. OH knows how I long to be delivered flowers at work- but points out the bleeding obvious each year- It costs a Fortune! (and he has already bought me some!)

Anyway, enough waffle, here is todays card:

Its a Clean and Simple card! and I actually really enjoyed making it. The stamp is one of my new Penny Black's which I've coloured with Promarkers. The papers are... Opps! no papers... erm the ribbon.... No, no ribbon... flowers are from. er?.. buttons.?? or gems... no no no.  Oh. not much more to tell you then!

Despite the horrifying lack of embellishments, I'm quite pleased with how this turned out, and I might just make another one soon!

These are the challenges I'm entering:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge Love & Kisses
Sweet Stampin Clean & Simple
Allsorts Free & Easy

Off to work I go then.... see you soon

Berni xx

Monday, 13 February 2012

Pink Fairies!

Morning blog dwellers

Monday again! Is it just me, or do the weeks keep flying by? Just a quick post this morning as I'm off to work. I spent most of my day off making cards, so I'm spacing them out this week!

Here is todays offering:

The image is a gorgeous digi from Pink Gem Designs, shes called Faye and I've coloured her with Promarkers. The papers are Forever Friends and the sentiment is LOTV. I punched the centre panel with my Martha Stewart Doily Edge punch and used nesties to cut everything else out.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge Fairies
Sketch Saturday Sketch
Allsorts Free & Easy

See you again tomorrow

Berni xx

Sunday, 12 February 2012

All you need is love...

Good Afternoon my lovelies

Its a miserable day here in the Midlands. Its throwing it down with rain, its cold and its dark. I feel like I could just curl up and take a nap! OH gave me my valentines present early- a snuggie, because when I sit with the laptop or kindle and a blanket around me, my arms get cold, and I'm not a cheery person when I'm cold!

I've spent the afternoon making cards to catch up with challenges and here is the one I have to show you today:

Theres an awful lot of valentines based challenges out there at the moment, so I've gone with the flow! The stamp is a digi from Pink Gem Designs and I've coloured it with Promarkers. The papers are from Papermania and the flowers from Wild Orchid. The ribbon and sentiment were in my stash

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges Pink & Red
Simon Says Stamp Love is in the air
I Love Promarkers Love is in the air
Truly Scrumptious Love & Hearts
Cute Card Thursday Pink Valentine
Allsorts Challenge Free & Easy
Dream Valley Challenges Valentine
Bling it On Love is all around

The sofa is calling me, so I'm off for now!

Take Care
Berni xx

Friday, 10 February 2012

Purple Passion

Evening everyone!

I can't believe its friday already, where has the week gone? I've been so knackered at the end of each day I've struggled to find the energy to craft, so this card has been a few evenings in the making:

I've used a gorgeous KennyK digi stamp and coloured her with Promarkers. The papers are from Papermania and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. The ribbon was on some packaging on a gift at Christmas, so I've managed a little recycling there!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Wild Orchid Challenge Love is
Kenny K Krafty Girlz Show us some love
Passion for Promarkers Grey & Purple

It's my Saturday shift tomorrow, so I'm off to bed soon. but I fully intend to make another card tomorrow afternoon, so I'll see you then!

Take care
Berni xx

Monday, 6 February 2012

Baby Hedgie

Morning blogsters!

I've been crafting and blogging like mad for the last week, I've had a lovely week off and done everything that I've wanted too. But its over now, and this morning I've got to go back to work....... :o(
This is me saying I'll probably not be about much during the week, but I will be back in force at the weekends!

Anyway, here's a card I made yesterday:

I've used a gorgeous Penny Black hedgie that I managed to pick up on ebay for a bargin price and I've coloured him with Promarkers. The papers are Papermania, the ribbon is Smirk and the sentiment is LOTV. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and the butterflies and pearls were in my stash.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers New Beginnings
Sketch Saturday Sketch
Allsorts Free & Easy

Thanks for looking and I love to read your comments on my work

Berni xx

Sunday, 5 February 2012

"Use all the colours!"

Oh dear, I had another one of those moments where I can't just use two or three colours, I have to use them all....

I'm blaming the Echo Park Summer papers- they're just so bright! The image is a free Digi I picked up yesterday, and coloured with Promarkers, I'm sorry I don't know who the artist is. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is LOTV and the ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Wild Orchid Challenge Creature Comforts
I love Promarkers Photo Inspiration
Allsorts Free & Easy

I mentioned on my previous post that I was making Bakewell Tart today:

I hope it tastes as good as it looks!

Take care and thanks for looking
Berni xx

Up, Up and away!

Good Morning dear crafters

My god did we have some snow last night? It just kept coming and coming and this morning everything looks so crisp and white. I love those days when I don't have to go out and today is one of them!

Yesterday saw a new challenge over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge  and as it was the first Saturday of the month its another 'Case-it' challenge, this time its one of Debby's cards (which I adore)

and this is my take on Debby's card:

I used the same papers (Echo Park Summer) and same basic layout. The flower punches are x-cut and woodware, the swirl die is Marianne Createables.

I hope it does the challenge justice! I'm off now to make more cards, Sunday Dinner and Bakewell tart- yum!

Take care out there
Berni xx

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Love & Roses

Evening blogland!

Well the met office actually got something right for once, it started snowing at 2.45pm and it hasn't stopped yet *EEK* but I've been able to take full advantage and tucked myself in my craft room.

Last night we got a phone call from OH's sister to announce that shes engaged! So it gave me the perfect excuse to ink up my new Penny Black stamp 'love & roses'

I've coloured this gorgeous image with promarkers. The papers are Echo Park Springtime and Papermania. I've embossed the pink panels with a hearts folder. The lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The two diamante pins were recycled from my posy at my best friends wedding earlier in the year- they were too nice to chuck out!

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges Recycle (pins)
Truly Scrumptious Love & Hearts
Sketch Saturday Sketch (rotated)
Allsorts Free & Easy
Sweet Stampin The One I Love
Joanna Sheen Love is in the air
Bling it on Love is all around

Thats me for the evening, I'm off to link up :)

Take care in the snow

Berni xx

Spring Flowers

Afternoon everyone!

My week off is coming to a close (boo!) so I'm trying to get as much crafting done as possible while I have daylight to work with. Talking of daylight- I made something else yesterday- a light box! Hopefully my photos will start to look a bit better from now on?

Anyways- here is todays card:

I've used another cute stamp from Lily of the Valley, this one is called 'The Flower Shop' and I've coloured it with Promarkers. I managed to use up some scraps from the ever increasing pile, I think these two dp's are Papermania. The ribbon and pearls were in my stash and the flowers were from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Wild Orchid Challenge Creature Comforts
Lili's Little Fairies Spring Colours

I'm off to wrap up warm, we're due snow in an hour!

Take Care
Berni xx

Friday, 3 February 2012

Sunglasses Required!

Good Morning!

Another day and another card! I bought some delicious Echo Park papers off ebay and just had to make the brightest, most colourful card I could possibly imagine with them! A colour scheme went out of the window and I was hit with an Allie Brosh moment of "Use all the colours!" and came up with this.

This is another Pumpkin / Aubergine stamp rescued from my SIL and coloured with Promarkers. The papers are Summer Days by Echo Park. The punched border and flowers are by x-cut, sentiment from LOTV and ribbon and buttons by Papermania.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

I love Promarkers Photo Inspiration
Cute Card Thursday Buttons & Bows
Simon Says Stamp Animal Antics (3rd entry)

Thanks for looking

Berni x

P.s. If you've not heard of Allie Brosh, click on that link I left up there when you have a couple of hours spare. Her blog is hilarious and painfully true to life.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

When the cats away....

The mice can play! and they can bake too if LOTV's new stamps are to be believed!

This stamp is called 'Cake Shop' and I just had to have it. I seem to have a thing for mice at the moment. The papers are from Papermania and the ribbon is from Smirk. The buttons, peg and peel off sentiment were in my stash.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Lili's Little Fairies Oh Boy
Simon Says Stamp Animal Antics 2nd entry
Dream Valley Challenges Animals 2nd entry
Sweet Stampin' Lets see those animals 2nd entry

That should be it from me today. I'll be back tomorrow with another card

Take Care

Berni xx

From the heart

Good morning dear bloggers

I'm on a roll this week- at least a card a day! That will change next week when my nose is planted against the grindstone again *sigh* I keep trying to convince dear OH to let me be a lady of leisure who cooks his dinners, irons his clothes and bakes- but he's having none of it! Doesn't know where his bread is buttered that one....

Anyway on to the card:

I've used Spring Chloe from Pink Gem Designs and coloured her with Promarkers. The papers are a V&A Collection, the flowers, sentiment, ribbon and hearts were in my stash.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge Sketch
Allsorts One or more hearts
Truly Scrumptious Love & Hearts

I'm off to have a play, LOTV sent me a package yestday and I need to do some colouring (watch this space!)

Thanks for looking
Berni xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sympathy Cards

I took a phone call late last night from my step mum. Sadly her best friend's mum passed away yesterday. She asked if I could make her a sympathy card by tonight for her to come and collect.

I'm not sure why it is, but I never make sympathy cards, and all last night and most of this morning were spent pondering over what to make, as my usual style of card really doesn't fit the bill.

This is what I've come up with:

I decided to make two so that she has a choice to pick from.
The first is using a gorgeous paper that I've not been able to bring myself to cut into until now from Papermania's Henbury Lane collection.
The second is using a card blank that I got from NEC show in November 2010 from the Create and Craft giveaway stand. I've never known what to use these blanks for before, but it seemed to suit the occasion. I added punched mini flowers and tiny pearls.

I hope I done them justice

Thanks for looking
Berni xx

Squeeze 'til I squeak

Good Morning!

I'm having a lovely week off work, getting my fingers nice and inky! I shot off to the sorting office last night and they had a nice big envelope full of goodies from The Glitter Pot for me. I couldn't resist and got playing straight away!

We were invited to several weddings last year, so inevitably there are lots of anniversaries  this year. I thought I'd better get started and make some anniversary cards.

The image is 'Squeeze 'til I squeak' from Penny Black and I adore it! The mice were so easy to colour with my Promarkers and I layered them up. The papers are from Echo Park Springtime and the sentiment is LOTV.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Animal Antics
Sketch Saturday Sketch
Dream Valley Challenges Animals
Sweet Stampin' Lets see those Animals
Penny Black Saturday Challenge Floral Frenzy

I'm off now to go and make a Lemon Meringue Pie for my OH as I promised I would....
Thanks for looking

Berni xx