My Family & Other Animals

Thursday, 26 January 2012


Oops, meant to do my blog yesterday but it just went totally out of my head! It's been a good week for me in terms of blog challenges. I got top 3 at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge (#138 - Use Numbers). I won with my male card which was made for my wife's nephew Caleb. I also won at Crafty Purple Frog (Anything Goes challenge) with my Tilda and Edwin card, I am particularly proud of this win because I love my Tilda stamps so much and it's great to get a bit of recognition for your work. I have just this minute entered the above card into the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge and at the top of the page is an announcement that I have won their challenge too! Caleb's 21st card is proving to be a bit of a lucky charm this week! I'm so glad so many people seemed to like it.
On to this week and my card is another Magnolia stamp, Tilda with Mistletoe (with added star shaped rhinestones on the mistletoe!), which has been around for quite a while now but is still one of my favourite stamps because she is so cute and I love her pockets filled with Christmas goodies. The backing papers are (of course) Basic Grey, but I am at a loss to say which ones because I grabbed them off my table without really checking first!! I have been forcing myself to make cards this week because I really want to get ahead of myself with my I ♥ ProMarkers challenge cards as I always seem to be rushing them out at the last minute and I've started this year with a more dynamic attitude, there's no way I'm going to let stuff get to me as much and I am going to be more pro-active with my card making, it's something I love doing and yet I started treating it like a chore!
This week has also been great because I got all my brand new Nesties from Create and Craft who had the most amazing deal. You know what it's like when you see a big offer, there's always at least one or two dies that you already own which makes you think twice about how good a deal it is. Well C & C were selling a set of 11 dies for a really good price (plus it was split over FOUR months!! Bargain) and we didn't own one of them, which is amazing because I own so many Nesties it's embarrassing really. The following day they were selling a set of brand new dies not available anywhere in the UK yet and I just had to have them too! There's a set of tea cups which are so pretty and also double up as tulips. There are some dresses and tailor's dummies which are perfect for Jo, I'm sure she is going to make some really pretty cards with those. The final set is called wavy lines and they are just perfect too, so all in all its been a fantastic week and I can't wait to use my new toys and show you what I've come up with.
Have a great week and I will see you again soon,
Much Love
Entered into Charisma Cardz Challenge #3 - Pretty In Pink
Craft Us Crazy Challenge - Valentine/Love and/or Animals
Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #92 - Anything Goes
Christmas Challenges (with Sketches) #18 - Winter hols + stamped image +punch/diecut
Creative Belli Challenge #135 - Frames (Make It Fancy)
Freshly Brewed Challenge #80 - Snow/Winter
Inky Impressions Challenge - Heart You!
Little Red Wagon Challenge #117 - Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Challenge - Anything Goes
52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown - Embellishment Challenge #1 Rhinestones
Basic Grey Challenges #61 - Favourite Things
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #57 - Just Make It Square
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays Challenge - Anything Goes


  1. Very lovely card! your coloring is beautiful and the image is oh so darling!

    Thank you for playing along at Freshly Brewed Challenges

    Heather D.

  2. Your card is just darling! I Love the Tilda stamp you used. Thank you so much for joining us for our “Heart You” Challenge over at Inky Impressions Challenges. I hope you have a wonderful week and good luck.


  3. What a beautifully coloured image!
    Thanks for playing with us at LRW!!
    Congrats on your recognitions this week!

  4. What a lovely card
    Thank you for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week
    Love Jan

  5. Super sweet card. Thanks for joining us at digi Doodle Shop's Challenges

  6. Gorgeous card, she is such a sweet image, gorgeous colourwork, thanks for joining us at inky impressions. Joey x

  7. Just love this card - Tilda is so cute.


  8. So pretty the way you framed this precious image! Love all the sparkle on here and that pretty, pretty poinsettia! Wonderful card.
    Thanks for joining us at Belli Challenges.

  9. Very lovely card!
    Thank you for participating in Digi Doodle Shop's challenge this week.
    Lots of love,
    Liva ❤

  10. This is so sweet - the image is beautifully coloured and I do like the gems on the snowflake and the pretty pearls too!

  11. Such a super sweet card - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 57 - hope to see you again soon. x

  12. Nicely done! Thanks for playing along at Little Red Wagon :)
    Joanne xo

  13. Fab Card Andrew, love Tilda on anything:) great embellis. thanks for joining us at SSDS this week... Kaz ssds

  14. Really cute card, beautifully coloured and laid out. Nice change to see a male in the somewhat heavily populated female crafting blog! Hugs Karen x

  15. Hi Andy, First of all, I love your name, being Welsh born and yes, I can pronounce it, LOL You card with Tilda is adorable. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  16. Very nice how you created a frame with the Faux stitching
    Thanks for joining the Creative Belli Challenge!

  17. Gorgeous card as always Andy!
    But... you are in big trouble as you made me cry today, in the shop of all places. Thank you so much for your fabulous comment it is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.
    Sending big hugs

  18. Lovely card Andy, thank you for joining us at The Digi Doodle Shop Challenge this week
    Ruth x

  19. Hi Andy! What an adorable card! Your coloring is beautiful and I love all of the die cut extras!
    Thank you for joining us at Freshly Brewed Challenges for our "Brrr/Snow/Winter" challenge!
    Warm Hugs,

  20. Thanks for joining us this week at 52CCT with your lovely card - Jacqueline xx

  21. Wow! Love your project!
    Thanks for joining us at BasicGrey Challenges


  22. Gorjuss card Andy, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.
    Shell xx

  23. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions this week. Beautiful Tilda

  24. such a sweet card
    Good luck in the challenges, hugs Sarah-Louise My Blog
    Designing for:
    Crafty Purple Frog , Craft Us Crazy ,Bearly Mine Designs and DT Coordinator Kenny K


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