Thursday, December 30, 2010

Anything goes

This week at Southern Girls we're having an " anything goes " challenge. Prizes will be from Deb's Creations and from Lou & Tracy .

  Deb from Deb's Creations has supplied the DT with one of her Emerald Faeries to play with for this challenge. I've used Ally & Beeble, I love this image! I've coloured with copics and stickled the wings.
 I've used prima paper, lace & ribbon from Wild Orchid, flowers and charm from Make it Crafty ( thanks Zoe!)  , the friendship sentiment is from Catslife Press, and the Precious ticket tag is from Bearly Mine.
I'm entering this in Moving along with the times- Anything goes but NO christmas cards!

Friday, December 24, 2010

I'm a colour Addict!!!!

Wooohooo!  I've been asked by the amazingly wonderful Zoe of Make it Crafty, to join her fabulously talented design team!  Did I say yes? Well actually, I gulped and said " you sure?" or something like it! hehehe!  I've been playing with Zoe's images for a while now and I adore them, so versatile, and the background images can be used for SOOOOOOO many things! So of course I had to say yes please!

  Now keep an eye on the new challenge blog  Make it Colourful, we'll be starting sometime in the new year with some fun challenges for you and some awesomely fantastic creations from the talented DT...and me! LOL!

  We all had to provide a pic of ourselves as kids and I couldn't decide which of the following to use but went with the dog theme in the end! OF COURSE! Check out that supercool Bedford van in the colour pic..we all ( 5 kids)  used to pile in the back with the old lab Pete and trundle off down the road and it must've looked hilarious when Dad would screech to a holt, the back doors would fly open and we'd tumble out. Yep, Pete had gas problems! !! That dog could clear a room in seconds! ROTFLMAO!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Old Tart!

My old girl Abbie is a grand 13 years old ( well yesterday was the birthday  but I was working and decided to treat them all today instead!) . She's deaf, a bit stiff in her hips and likes to bark at nothing but she's still got a spring in her trot. The highlight of her day is being lifted into the car for a drive out to the dog-training club so she can toddle around the green looking for dropped treats from the classes the night before! Then she sleeps most of the day , of course! Hehehe!
   Happy Birthday baby girl!   And no, she isn't stuck to the wall, blogger keeps turning the pic sideways!  Arrrgh!   Ohhh, figured out if you rotate it sideways it comes out the right way around! How ridiculous!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Chrissy Card- I hope

Thought I was organised but I was one card short, so thought I'd better quickly make one . I  decided to use this new image from Isabella's Sketchbook, that I bought a few weeks ago. The paper is new also, its Kaisercraft  Tis the Season and I love the colours .   OK, I've never seen a green santa before but maybe he has other outfits hidden in his wardrobe! Ha!
The swirl I cut from cardstock with my silhouette ( I plan on playing with that baby over the christmas break if I can find the time!)  and I painted it with Tim Holtz crackle paint. The gems are prima, ribbon and stick pin from my stash and the poinsettia flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
I'm entering this in Paper Sundaes - Cut it out!
 and Stampin for the Weekend - Christmas
     Papertake Weekly- anything goes

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hopping Time!

Hi Everyone,
I am very excited to be joining in with the Make it Crafty very first blog hop!
 You should have arrived here from Tracy's blog, if you haven't and need to start at the beginning which is Zoe's blog .
 Today we are revealing some absolutely gorgeous new images that you will be able to incorporate with all of your favourite characters. They have been designed for ‘Spring and Love’ so they are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, Weddings, Friendships and more.
You’ve been hopping away with lots of inspiration from ALL around the world.
PLUS most importantly, when you make it all the way to the end our big surprise will be revealed.
You're almost at the end now, one more hop to go but first check out my card...

I've used as my background the image Timber Top Ridge from Make it Crafty, and added Make it Crafty's Magical Sapphire to it, using Word . She sits in there perfectly!  
The fairy in front is one I've had for years and never even coloured up, not even sure what she is!
Paper and flowers are Prima, the swirl is a Marianne Die, leaves from a local florist and pearls added with a viva decor pearl pen. 

How to win the big prizes
Along the way you need to look for puzzle pieces. They won’t be on every post so you need to keep an eye out for them. The puzzle pieces make up one of the NEW images. At the end of the hop there will be an email form where you can submit your answer. This is so that your answer is private.
All the correct answers will be placed into a draw in the order that they are received and random winners will be chosen.
Here is your LAST  puzzle Piece


Leave comments to win random prizes
There are SEVEN hidden prizes along the way that could be rubber or digital stamps so make sure you leave a comment as you hop to ensure you have a chance at winning additional prizes!
Extra Prize
Place our blog hop blinkie on your blog for more chances to win! Make sure you comment on every post as we will randomly select a commenter from a random post and if they have the blinkie on their blog they will win a choice of one rubber stamp and one digi stamp from the new collection.

Over $200 Worth of Prizes to be Won!!
1st prize - Rubber Collection (Peaches of Plenty, Petals and Palings, Daffodil Dell, Ivy Swing)
2nd prize - Whole Digital Collection (10 digital stamps)
3rd Prize - Four digital Stamps from the collection
The hop will end Friday 24th and the main winners will be announced Christmas Day!
Random winners will be announced at a later date.

Blog Hop Order (puzzle locations and prize locations)
.       Zoe
.       Angela
.       Annika
.       Barbara
.       Beccy
.       Carisa
.       Danielle
.       Irina
.   Lydia
.   Nina
.   Ruby
.   Sandy
.   Sheila
.   Tracy
.   Viv  - You are HERE! Now don't forget to go to 
  The  Last Stop - - finish here !!!!!!!

Thanks for hopping on by!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gotta love that face!

Its Pugly Santa time!   This glowering little dude is available from Digi's With Attitude! now!   I don't think he likes his Santa boys don't seem to mind playing Santa, maybe its a breed thing! LOL!
I decided he looked great in blue for a change, as I really wanted to use this Bo Bunny paper I've had sitting here begging to be used. I love these colours!  I used flowersoft on the fur bits, punched snowflakes, flowers from Wild Orchid and nesties for the frame.

Why don't you join in the challenge with us, the theme is Anything Christmas.
Sadly, this is my last post for Digi's With Attitude! challenges.  Its been a fun ride with some awesome images, but time to let someone else share the fun!  Thanks Cindy-Lynn for having me!!
     I'm entering this card in Karber Christmas- Christmas & a Digi
                                         Digital Tuesday - Sparking Christmas
                                      Sundays with Crissy - Christmas is coming

Now check out the Digi's With Attitude! store, the Tweens have hit town!  This is Winter Diva Tween.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage Birdies

Ok, not the most obvious choice for a vintage card but I think it works! The challenge this week at Southern Girls is to create something vintage. Whimsy stamps is one of the sponsors this time around so I've used Meljens birdhouse and flowers for my card. Fairly simple, the paper is K & Co, the doily  and lace are from my stash and I've distressed edges and stickled everywhere and the flowers are covered in Rock Candy distress stickles  so they're really crunchy!
Our second sponsor for this challenge  is Mad 4 Markers.

Now head on over to the Southern Girls challenge blog and check out the other GORGEOUS creations from my teamies and join in our challenge! 

I'm entering this in Sugar Sweet paper Treats- Anything goes
Gingerloft- Distressing
Gingersnap- Vintage hues
Digi Doodle - Animals/ insects

Monday, December 13, 2010

Blog Hop Winner

My winner for the Digi's With Attitude! / Drunken Stampers combined blog hop is


Congratulations!  To get your prize please email Cindy-Lynn at

Sunday, December 12, 2010

About time I finished this....

OK, I started this card weeks ago, planning on posting with our Southern Girls challenge but time just got away and it sat in pieces....            :(      . This cool Santa is from Make it Crafty and I love Zoe's images! I punched out the snowflakes and stickled them . I used a quickutz( I think!) die for the scroll and the ribbon is from my stash. The sentiment is SU as, is the cardstock. The paper is Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather.

I've just noticed Santa has a bleeding thumb! Well obviously I did this on purpose in sympathy for my DH who managed to chop the end off his finger at work last week! EEEK!   I must admit I thought he'd be more of a MALE patient and play on it but so far so good!
On the good front, Vinnie has had most of his teeth out and he's happy little old self again now he's got rid of them nasty painful stinky things! 

I'm entering this card in Sentimental Sundays- Let it snow, plus a sentiment 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Animals With Attitude!

Move over Gretchen, the animals are here for their chance in the spotlight!
I  chose to use Napoleon from Digi's With Attitude ! this week. He sure has some attitude! I've coloured him with copics and glossy accented his nose & eyes.


The paper is Apple Cider from Imaginisce, the flower is a Marianne die and the swirly bits are my very first play with my new Silhouette SD cutter!  Woohooo!  I love it!   Sentiment is computer generated.
Now whip on over to the Digi's With Attitude! Challenge and why not join in. The only requirement this week is that you use a digital easy is that?!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Blog Hop time

Welcome to the very first Combined Design Team Office Party Blog Hop!

We all worked really hard this year and wanted to have some fun, so time for a truly unique Blog Hop!
Our theme is Office Party and oh what fun this will be! We Teamed up with Digi's with Attitude! / Drunken Stampers to give you a wonderful time.. with so many chances to win and so much inspiration to see your sure to have a good time!
All Prizes  have Attitude that much is for sure, see what you could win at the Digi's with Attitude! Store  Total Prizes worth a whopping $115.00!!!!   Who needs more??

Now to find out all the details... so you too can score!
As we're mingling at the office party (blog hopping) with the fabulous gals from Digi’s With Attitude! & Drunken’ Stampers be sure to leave comments along the way!! Each designer will draw from the comments left on their blog and one winner will receive the digi that was used on that designer's blog post as well as a $5 gift certificate to the Digi's With Attitude store! How cool is that???!
Be creative & Play along in the challenge For a chance to win a $20.00 gift certificate from each challenge blog !! Make a new card with Office Party as your theme or for someone at your Office! (Digi’s with Attitude! stamps are not required But The DWA December freebie is available for download from the Digi's With Attitude! Store. Post it on your blog and enter the link to your card on the The Digi's With Attitude! Challenge Blog or the Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog by Thursday, December 9th at 11:59pm EST
You can enter more than once with a new card but no duplicates, your post must be a new as of December 3, 2010... Non-eligible entries will be removed.
The Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge Blog  /  Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog will draw one winner each for a $20 Gift Certificate to the Digi's with Attitude! Store too!! All winners will be posted on December 13, 2010 . Winners from each designer’s blog will be posted on their blogs, the 2 main winners will be posted on the Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge Blog and Drunken Stampers Challenge blog respectively. So be sure to retrace your steps to see if you are a winner!

We hope to see you at the Office Party!

Below is a list of the designers in the hop in case you get lost along the way!

1) Drunken Stampers Challenge Blog
  <----   Add your challenge entry here!
3) Peg - 
4) Viv -
   You are here
5) Spike -
  Next stop
6) Tracy J. -
7) Cindy-Lynn -

8) Bettina 

9) Tazza 

10) Jeanette
11) Linda

12) Jenny 

13) Louise

14) Tracy 

15) Juanita 

16) Tammylee 

17) Digis with Attitude Challenge Blog -
  <---- Add your Challenge Entry Here too!!!

Other Important Links:

Here is my card for the Office Party....well, the morning after actually! Must've been a good night! LOL! Hope I didn't actually go to the party in my pyjamas!

This is Gretchen Hates mornings, available at Digi's With Attitude! store.  I've used some cosmo cricket paper, plain cardstock embossed with a Tim Holtz folder then chalked . My embellies are just pics printed off the internet , cut out then covered with glossy accents.

I'm entering this card in Craft Your days away- texture
 And Paper Cutz- Anything goes
Now hop on over to see Spike here !!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New challenge Blog

There's a new challenge blog on the block!  A Bi-weekly challenge with all kinds of craft being showcased and they're after a DT.   If you're looking to apply for the DT,  HERE is the link.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Metal Phindy

I've made a card that isn't a DT card....OMG! Not much of THAT happening at the moment.
It is coming into summer here in NZ and we're having beautiful hot sunny days and I want to get out in the garden or out with the dogs.  However, the dogs are looking for cool spots right now...Abbie & Brodie keeping me company at the computer! Talk about a pile of puppies! For once Brodie is leaving Abbie alone and not hassling her to play.
Golden Pile-up

My card is for Phindy's Challenge, using a phindy image and some metal (photo frame corners and flower brad which I've coloured with copics as it was silver). I love these Mrs Comfy images from Phindy, that's one huge dog she has!
Paper is Scribble Scrabble I think, ribbon is SU, button from a local shop and the MS punched border has a BG paper border stuck on top.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Gretchen in Pink & Facebook Attitude!

This week at Digi's With Attutude! Challenge blog the challenge is to use Pink, Black & Silver.  Pink isn't a colour I use a lot but, I spose a change is good!   I've used Grumpy Gretchen Tres Chic guessed it, there's a poodle in the pic!  What a nicely clipped dog it is too!LOL!
The paper is a mix of kaisercraft and K & Co, the hearts, tulle and crystal stem from my stash. The lace is from Wild Orchid Crafts. Its a pretty simple card this week!
Now head on over to the challenge blog to see what everyone else has created for your inspiration. 

I'm entering my card in Fab & Funky - Anything goes
Karber Weekly- Digi stamp & 2 or more PP


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Join the group and get chatting about Digi's With Attitude!
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On December 22nd we will choose one random winner from the

Each winner will receive a $10.00
Digi's With Attitude! Gift Certificate


Friday, November 19, 2010


The challenge this week at Digi's With Attitude ! is to make a card for your favourite sports team or for someone who loves sports. The image we've used is Grumpy Gretchen- cheerleader which you can purchase HERE.
I started off thinking I would do a card for one of our national teams ie Black &/or White....but then as I was playing with paper I thought, why not my favourite agility!!  Go Hawera Dog Training! Burgundy and black are our colours and our dogs are multicoloured! 
 Yes I run two poodles and a golden retriever and I get wisecracks about both...but then we all tease each other about our choice of breed!  We have so much fun when we all travel to a show, camp or motel together, cheer each other on ,  play with each others dogs...bliss!!!! I think we need a team of cheerleaders

The poodle is off a key chain that fell to pieces so thought I would recycle it. The paper is Kaisercraft, the swirl is a Marianne diecut, ribbon is from my stash and of course I've coloured with copics.
Time to head on over to the challenge blog and check out these girls with Attitude , and why not join in !

I'm entering my card in Hodge Podge Shop - Anything goes
Paper Romance- Your favourite things
Fresh Brewed- Show off your style

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Favourite Colour(s)

This week at Southern Girls we are challenging you to use your favourite colour. How hard is that? Well, damned hard actually cos my fav changes from day to day! But  I'm an earth colour girl at heart as you may have noticed and this is one of my favourite colour combos. Olive green soothes me! LOL!  And of course what better colours to use with this fantastic image from the talented Zoe at  Make it Crafty who is one of our sponsors this fortnight. I love her quirky house images!
  I went a bit crazy with my viva pearl pens and decorated the white flowers around the edges....whaddya think?
The paper is BG Pyrus, the flowers & leaves from my stash, and the flower centres are Prima and the ribbon I recycled off a birthday pressie and that's about it!
My teamies have used some of Zoe's other images but this is one I bought some time ago and I think its my fav so far, or maybe the mushroom, or maybe the boot house...........!!!! Hop on over to the challenge blog to see some amazing work as always!
 Our second sponsor is Scrapbook Outlet for NZ & Aus entrants in the challenge.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Girls can do anything!

Gretchen is a woman-of -all-trades!
This week at Digi's With Attitude! Challenge we have a recipe for you to follow  and we have used Grumpy Gretchen Mechanic which you can purchase for the Digi's With Attitude! Store.
Recipe is easy peasy
- 2 patterned papers
- 1 ribbon
- use Sparkle!!!!

I've used some Bo Bunny papers and coloured with copics. The ribbon is from my stash, the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pin is from Bunny Zoe. I've added Stickles Diamond to everything for some sparkle. OK, kinda girly I spose but she's in overalls so we have to balance it out somehow! LOL!

Head on over to the challenge blog , we have a load of fab cards there from the DT and our 4 wonderful GDT!

I'm entering this in Cute Card Thursday- Anything goes

Monday, November 8, 2010

Life is Great!!!!

OK, my mum has to be the bestest! Not only did she take that thing off my head cos she knew she could trust me not to lick my toe (" hahaha" evil doggie laugh!) but she took me for a playdate with my bestest buddy Solly on Saturday and we had FUN!!!!! Life is good, life is great, now I just gotta convince the cat that a game of chase would be hilarious!    Luv & licks, Brodie.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Yee Haaa!!

Howdy there pardners! Time for another Digi's With Attitude! challenge and this week we see the release of Grumpy Gretchen Cowgirl. The theme this week is " Anything Western" .  Quite a challenge for me ......hmmmm!
Cindy-Lynn will be releasing several images every week so there are loads more Digi's With Attitude appearing. Check them out HERE 

I've used some Tim Holtz Retro papers here and cut out the stars from a sheet. The Howdy paper was a freebie from somewhere ...sorry, can't remember where I found it!  I've distressed edges and inked with vintage paper  distress ink, and glittered over that with stickles. The bling is prima, the eyelets are SU  and the string is some I just happened to have lying around.
 I've coloured Gretchen with copics as usual.

Please take note that Digi's With Attitude! is now offering a $10.00 gift certificate for every winner (to a max of 4) EVERY WEEK!   Pop on over to the challenge blog and check out what  the rest of the DT plus 4 guest designers have created. 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Life Sucks!

Well, Brodie thinks so! He's had a wee op on his toe, after splitting the nail lengthways by hooning around like a chook with its head cut off, and sliding on our floors.   The Broddley is feeling sorry for himself after having his toe shaved, the nail cut almost right off and and now he's a conehead! Hahaha!

Brodie sulking

Friday, October 29, 2010

Its Your birthday....!

Man I could do with this cake!  This is Grumpy Gretchen Big Deal birthday which you can find at Digi's With Attitude! shop along with the matching sentiments!   This week we have followed the sketch below. I've used Prima paper and lace , wild orchid flowers , frosted lace stickles, distress stickles and Viva decor pearl pen...these are so cool!

So hop on over to the Digi's With Attitude! challenge blog to check out what everyone has been up to and why not join in the fun!

I'm entering this in Papertake Weekly - Sparkly & bright
                           Creative Craft -  Anniversary/congrats
                          Cupcake craft - Sweet Treats
                         Pocket full of Posies - Champagne & roses

Blog Hop winner

Time to decide who wins the image I used on my bloghop card . 
Mr Random thingy did the pick and the  winner of my Grumpy Gretchen Shopaholic image is no 12

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2010-10-29 04:33:07 UTC

which is 


Congratulations! You need to email me and I will send you the image .

Thursday, October 28, 2010


My mushroom card won the distressing challenge  at Make It Crafty!   Thank you so much ladies, I'm so excited I can't sit still!  

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Favourite Colour(s)

Yippee!  I'm guest designer at Phindy's Challenge Blog this week ! As always the DT have come up with some gorgeous inspiration for you so pop on over and check it out!
 I love these images and got to pick one for this card and off course I couldn't resist this gorgeous Christmas cutie called " Riding Rudolph" which you can purchase  HERE . Phindy has her Christmas images on sale at the moment so check it out.
  This image reminds me of my old boy Bruno lying quietly while the nieces sat on him!

 The challenge is to use your favourite colour. Well, mine changes from time to time but at the moment red is number one , particularly with this shade of blue/green so its my fav combo. The papers are BG Fruitcake from eons ago and I've coloured with copics, punched snowflakes and stickled like crazy and the sentiment is from Catslife Press. I used a spellbinders die for the cut out behind the image, and the flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts (and I've twisted them around the crystal stem...again!)

  Phindy also has a huge celebration going on with all sorts of extra fun events happening over at PaperCraft Planet  which you can also read about at Phindy's Blog  .

So come on , have some fun !!!


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