may your days be merry, card for CCT

As i said yesterday i am soooooo behind with my christmas cards so have been busy making a few today, including this lovely lady,
I am going to enter this card into the following challenges;
  1. I love promarkers ~ anything goes but with sparkle
  2. Fab 'n'Funky ~ going with the flow
  3. Passion for promarkers ~ old and new (new poinsettias old papers)
  4. Cute card thurs ~ blast from the past (ive chosen chall 37 snowflakes)
  5. Paperplay ~ stars
  6. The crafty pad ~ snowflakes

I have used the following on my card

  • greeting farm stamp
  • deck the halls papermania papers
  • card candy
  • anitas flowers
  • silver liquid pearls
  • promarkers
  • oval scallop and plain oval nesties
  • glossy accents
  • red stickles
  • green card stock
  • computer generated sentiment

I really like this card to be honest, what do you think



Review Copy provided by publisher

I love when an author embeds a nonfiction text in a format that is unique, or interesting, or playful. Jessie Hartland has done just that in CYBILS nominee HOW THE SPHINX GOT TO THE MUSEUM.

Hartland follows the journey of a sphinx, ordered by Eqypt's Queen Hatshepsut around 300 BC all the way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1931. The sphinx was ordered by the Pharoah, carved by the scupltors, prized by the Egyptian priests, broken by the stepson, uncovered by archaeologists, repaired by conservators, etc.…

Hartland's format makes the book especially unique. The left side of most two-page spreads is devoted to explaining the role each person played in restoring the Sphinx. The right hand side is a cumulative tale, which sounds a lot like THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Kids will love following the progression of the Sphinx, and rolling around in interesting words like curator and conservator. And I'm guessing that a lot of readers will be inspired to do further research on Egypt and sphinxes.

Two pages of author's notes include additional information (facts, figures, and dates) about Hatshepsut, the Sphinx, and Eqyptology.

please give me your opinion and feedback

Hi folks well its rotten and snowy here i know im a misery lol, Hubby's car wouldnt start when it was time to go back to london for work so he has had to take mine, so im stuck in with snow and 2 small kiddies.......not good,

well on the upside ive been making some jewellery and considering ive only been doing it for 2 weeks i think im improving???

Now id love some feedback from all you lovely peeps,

If you dont make jewellery do you think the colours go well together and if you do make jewellery what could i do to improve my techniques.


another xmas card

This card was a bit of a quickie lol, as i am extremely behind on my christmas cards AGAIN lol,
when will i learn to start earlier,
so i am going to enter this into a few challenges.
  1. One stop ~ christmas cuties
  2. Crafty catz ~ christmas
  3. Crafts and me ~ snowflakes

Hope its still ok.


cardmadfairy creations 50% off SALE

Jenni has a fab sale on over at cardmadfairy creations, she has reduced her digi's by 50%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how great is that,

Now if you havent seen jenni's digis and stamps yet you need to pop here and have a nosey.

Get your xmas images in whilst there very cheap.


Cardigan in action

Finally, a photo of Rune wearing her bright pink cardigan. She particularly loves the buttons!
With temperatures already being below zero this week, this garment will keep her warm all winter.


Made this Coach handbag birthday cake for a client who wanted to surprise his wife on her 42nd birthday.  Chocolate cake filled with raspberry preserves and raspberry buttercream. 


"This is a frank biographer
and an honest one
she uses no sandpaper
on me."
-- Mark Twain

Who better to tell the story of what a person is "really" like than that person's thirteen-year-old daughter? And that's exactly who is narrating Mark Twain's life in Barbara Kerley's THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN: ACCORDING TO SUSY. Kerley has long wanted to write a biography of Mark Twain. Several years ago, she discovered that Twain's thirteen-year-old daughter, Susy, had already written one. Kerley tracked that biography down, and incorporated large chunks of it into this delightful and very readable biography of Mark Twain. Susy reveals aspects of her father that only a daughter could know-- his love of cats and billiards, his difficulties with the family donkey, and his tendency to throw shirts that were missing buttons out the window. She also shares a number of details about his life as a writer- how he would write all day and sometimes into the night if things were going well, how his wife helped with revision and editing, and how his family was often his first audience.

Edwin Fotheringham, the picture-maker extraordinaire of MERMAID QUEEN, one of last year's CYBILS nonfiction finalists, did a terrific job illustrating THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN-- a caricature-ish Twain, complete with wild hair and mustache, appears prominently on every page, but it's Fotheringham's exuberant use of color (dark browns, greens, yellow
/golds and turquoise) and shape and especially line that are outstanding. I'm hoping for many, many more books from Fotheringham.

It's really the design of this book, however, that will grab and hold a reader's attention. The book is relatively large- probably about 12"X 14". Approximately every other page, there is a much smaller (maybe 4"X 6") inset. The insets are Susy's journal entries, her original words, (complete with a few adolescent mispellings) done in a cursive-like font. I know kids are going to love these.

Backnotes are plentiful and include:
  • An author's note about Mark Twain
  • An author's note about Susy
  • A page of terrific tips on how to write an extraordinary biography (check this page out at Barbara Kerley's website)
  • A timeline
  • An extensive list of sources
A great addition to any biography unit, or a collection of books about journaling, or just a fun read…



I hosted Thanksgiving yesterday. A really nice day with family-- eating, celebrating our blessings, talking, and watching football. Also a lot of work- getting the house ready and cooking and cleaning up afterwards (which maybe explains the lack of posts this week). Today I'm feeling a little punchy…

A Turkey Speaks

I have never understood
why anyone would
roast the turkey
and shuck the clams
and crisp the croutons
and shell the peas
and candy the sweets
and compote the cranberries
and bake the pies
and clear the table
and wash the dishes
and fall into bed
when they could sit back
and enjoy a hamburger.

~Author Unknown

Thanks to Jone (our fearless CYBILS nonfiction picture book leader) for hosting Poetry Friday at Check it Out.

my brothers birthday card

Its my baby brothers 14th birthday today and i forgot to make him a card (oopsie)

so last minute i had to add a few bits to a half made card id started, he seemed to like it anyway,

I am going to enter this card into a couple of challenges,

  1. paperplay ~ stars
  2. Fab n funky ~ going with the flow
  3. I love promarkers ~ anything goes with a bit of sparkle
  4. Passion for promarkers ~ old & new (old stamp new card candy)


Stampin Up!!!

Whoohoo I just joined the Stampin Up family by becoming a demonstrator. I've been wanting to do this for who knows how long, but always came up with some kind of excuse. Well the kit was just TOOO much for me to resist this time around and at HALF price who can blame me. If you are interested in becoming a SU demonstrator and getting more than $310 worth of Stampin Up goodies for ONLY $87.50 then please contact me and I will get you started.

I'm aiming to post way more frequently and to get posts up for goodies I've been working on and playing with.

Hope you have a WONDERFUL day and lots of hugs.

creative craft challenges DT card ~ Tag it

Crikey can you believe we are nearing the end of november already !!!yikes,
well over at creative craft challenges we have a new challenge for you this fortnight and its a nice easy one for you, can be christmas or any theme as long as it has a tag on it somewhere,
here is mine

I would like to enter this card into a challenge or 2,

  1. My time to craft ~ tag along
  2. C.r.a.f.t ~ using vellum

I used the following bits to make this

  • la pashe stamp
  • computer generated sentiments
  • blue vellum
  • martha stewart punch
  • dark blue pearly card
  • brown satin ribbon
  • dovecraft brads

What do you think?


another xmas card using cardmadfairy creations digi

I am so behind with my christmas cards so far this is number 18 i think and i have dozens an dozens to do :-s
anyway as im on the dt with jenni i though id make a card with one of her fab digi's all dressed up, now this digi isnt exactly a xmas one but ive coloured her in traditional xmas colours so think she is ok?
So why not pop over to cardmadfairy creations and have a look at her very reasonably priced digis?
So onto the challenges i want to enter
  1. A spoonful of sugar ~ anything goes
  2. Passion for promarkers ~ old and new (old papers new digi)
  3. OSAAT ~ choose a season or theme

Now to make this i used

  • cardmadfairy digi all dressed up
  • papermania papers form last year collection
  • paper adhesive lace
  • card candy
  • promarkers
  • stickles
  • oval scallop and plain nesties
  • ribbon pleated by moi
  • red and green card stock
  • computer generated sentiment


charms gift set

Now dont worry i havent abandoned my card making im still addicted to that but im really getting into making jewellery,
Hubby is distraught with his dwindling bank balance whilst i get set up lol,
I have only been doing it almost a week and have had lots of orders for xmas,
This is a wine glass charm set with bottle neck charm especially made for a gift for someone special,
id like to enter this into a couple of challenges please,
1. secret crafter - handmade christmas gifts
2. Die cut dreams - no cards allowed
I do hope you like my creation
hugs sandra xxx


My crafty pad GDT card

I was overjoyed when debs from the crafty pad asked me to join as a GDT for this challenge, i love their challenges and of course said yes,
The theme this week is
Here is my offering using a crafty pad digi The prize is a £10 voucher from joanna sheen

So pop over and have a go and why your thier you could have a look at some of debs fab digis and the dt girls projects.


Our Fall Wedding Cake Featured in Weddings Illustrated Fall Edition!

I'm so thrilled that one of my cakes was featured on the current edition of Weddings Illustrated!  It was a fall themed, 4 tiered wedding cake I made for a special couple. 

Click on the link below to see a bigger image of the cake!

Jessica's Wedding Cake

Designed this buttercream cake with fondant details to match the wedding colors.  Moist Vanilla cake filled with vanilla buttercream and chocolate cake filled with cookies and cream buttercream.

Alligator Baby Shower Cake

Designed this cake for a very good client who was hosting a baby shower party.  She wanted an alligator with a pink bow and the cake was designed to match the party invitations. So cute!

White Christmas Sweet Sixteen Cake

What else can I say, simply beautiful!!

Jungle Themed Baby Shower Cake

This cake was a slight variation to a previous design.  Client cried...she was so happy! 

Coach Baby Bag Cake

This Coach baby bag cake was made for a baby shower up in Orlando.  Details made out of gumpaste. 
This cake was super detailed and turned out really nice!

Stuart Air Show

Special request for the Stuart Air Show a couple of weeks ago.  My client was very happy!  Plane and decor made out of gumpaste.  Moist vanilla rum cake filled with vanilla buttercream.

NEC piccie of our trimmie quick meet

Well among the madness that is the craft show at the nec, we managed a brief chat with some fellow trimmies, it was fab to meet folks who ive chatted to online but never actually met,
thats me with the black top on


calendar wall hanging

I wanted to make something different to a card so i got out my little calendars for next year and made this,
If you cant tell its a wall hanging calendar, ive made it with these colours for a reason as its a gift and im going to make a few of them with different colors and styles for different people to match there tastes.
Now i want to enter this into a few challenges as listed below,
  1. Patties creations ~ anything but a card
  2. ABC ~ H is for holidays (xmas gift)
  3. Papertake weekly ~ autumn skies
  4. Secret crafter ~ handmade christmas gift

To make this i used

  • 12x12's i got from costco
  • silk flowers from a swap
  • star charm from meiflower
  • card candy
  • anitas calendars
  • organza ribbon
  • card stock
  • stickles

I hope you like this, i enjoyed making at and you can do it as simple as you like



Hymn by Cecil Frances Alexander
illustrated by Ashley Bryan

"All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all."

Ashley Bryan, according to the end page of his newest book, has created more than 35 children's books, 37 sea glass panels, dozens of puppets, hundreds of paintings and thousands of toasted cheese sandwiches. His most recent book is a cut-paper collage version of the much-loved hymn, ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL.

IT. IS. GORGEOUS. Each page is a glorious feast of color and line and image. You have to see it!

Poetry Friday is at Random Noodling.

Review copy provided by publisher.