Monday, 31 December 2012

Challenge 4 - Christmas and/or Winter.

Hi everyone, well it is now December (where did the year go??)and with Christmas creeping up on us, it is time for a new challenge ;o)  First of all though thank you so much to all those who have entered the November challenge - there were so many beautiful projects.  Apologies that I haven't commented, I have looked at each one but I have had three weeks of being really poorly.  Looking through them all though was a great way to cheer up :o)  The winner and top three will be chosen over the weekend and I will pop them on here on Monday ;o)  Please make sure you check back to see if you've won!

So onto our theme for the December challenge which is;
Christmas and/or Winter

I know that many of us have been making Christmas cards for months so I thought I'd put Winter in there as well for those of us who really don't want to make any more Christmas cards LOL.

The prize for the winner (picked by random number generator) will be a £15.00 voucher to spend online at Ladybug Crafts . (and as it's Christmas I might pick a second winner who will receive a £10 voucher to spend online ;o))  There will also be a top 3 chosen and they can have a top 3 blinkie to display on their blog if they want to :o) 

As usual the design team have done some fab cards to inspire you;


I hope you will join us all for our December challenge and join in the festive cheer ;o) Remember there are 2 chances to win this month and we really enjoy looking through all the great artworks that you produce (great for inspiration when your mojo goes wandering !)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Winner of the parrot stamp

Hello, I thought I had better pop in and just let you know the winner of the La Blanche Laughing parrot stamp so I can get in the post so he arrives by Christmas ;o)
So the winner is;
Please email me HERE and I will send it to you ;o)

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Little Christmas giveaway

Hi everyone - well Christmas is very nearly upon us and so I thought I had better give away a little Christmas gift to someone ;o)  So I have a beautiful La Blanche stamp to give to somebody - 

I just love this cockatoo!!  So if you would like to give this stamp a home all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Also on my personal blog HERE  there is another chance to win a different set of stamps for Christmas - all you need to do is leave a comment there too.
I will choose the winner(s) next weekend so they will hopefully get their stamp as an extra Christmas gift ;o)

Don't forget to enter this months challenge too at the top of this blog  where there are 2 chances this month to win a voucher to spend on something crafty online


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Winner for challenge 3

Hi everyone, I'm back with the winner for our challenge 3 ;o)

So, the winner picked by Random number generator is;

Number 17 Maria S

Please email me HERE and I will forward your £15 voucher code onto you ;o)  (If you could put blog challenge winner in the subject line that would help ;o))

Now for the top three - how hard is choosing just 3!!!  That's why I'm late I kept going through them all but couldn't decide LOL.  Anyway, after lots of looking I have chosen;

Number 24 Liz

Number 66 Beverly Cole

Number 73 Mixamatoasties

If any of you lovely ladies would like a Top 3 badge to display on your blog please email me HERE and I will forward one on to you (If you could pop 'Top 3 badge' in the subject line that would be great !)

Don't forget to enter our December challenge HERE for another chance to win - there are 2 vouchers up for grabs this month just because it's Christmas ;o)


Friday, 30 November 2012

Challenge 3 - Monochrome/tonal

Hello everyone - where did October go?  I can't believe it's time for our next challenge.  Many thanks to all those who entered our October challenge - there were some fab entries again, so hard to choose!!!  The winner will be announced by Saturday under this post so make sure you check back to see if you're the lucky one ;o)  Anyway on we go with the November challenge, which is;


You can choose any range of colours from greyscale, to teals, to purples or any other colour range you fancy ;o)  Don't forget it can be any craft project, so don't think you are restricted to making a card - we want to see what you can do :o)  The prize this month is a £15.00 voucher to spend online at
 Ladybug Crafts  The winner will be chosen by random number generator and there will be a top three chosen by the design team - they will receive a top three blinkie to display on their blog if they would like to ;o)

We have some fab entries again from our Design team this week to inspire you;

I hope you will join us this month - we can't wait to see what you all make.  I just love going through all the entries and being inspired by everyone's makes ;o)  
Have fun xxx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Winner for challenge 2 (Sorry it's so late!!)

Hello everyone - first of all apologies for being soo late with the winner for our halloween challenge!!  I will sort out a little giveaway to make up for it.
So, onto the winner which was chosen by random number generator (which I can't manage to copy and paste but I am sure you trust that I am being honest ;o))
The winner is...........

Number 48  -Donna BMC
If you email me HERE 
I will sort out your voucher code ;o)  (If you could write Blog challenge winner in the subject line that would be great )
Now for the top three - I can't tell you how hard it is to pick 3 as every entry is just fab!
Anyway, the top three are;

Number 12 - Chrissyxx
Number 28 - Linda W
Number 53 - Jackie Smith

If you would like a top 3 blinkie to display on your blog please email me HERE and I will send one through to you (If you could pop top 3 in the subject line please I'd be grateful ;o))
Thank you so much for entering and I hope you will enter our next challenge which is at the top of this blog.

I'm off now to sort out a giveaway for being so late LOL


Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Challenge 2 - Halloween and/or favourite embellishment

First of all can I just say a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered our first challenge.
273 entries!!!!!  What can I say but WOW, I never expected to get so many ;o)  It has been amazing to look through everyone's amazing craft projects - so many talented people out there.
The winner of challenge one and the top three will be announced on Thursday ( we've got to try and pick the top three out of everyone - an almost impossible task )

So, on to challenge 2, which this month is;

Halloween and/or your favourite embellishment

I know that Halloween isn't as big over here in the UK as in the States but there are some amazing Halloween images out there which are really fun to craft with. However, if you don't fancy the Halloween theme you can just stick to your favourite embellishment but please mention what it is in your post ;o)  The design team have produced some great projects again so I hope they will inspire you to give the challenge a go.  This months prize will be another £15.00 voucher to spend online at Ladybug Crafts .

Great work again and I hope you'll enjoy visiting the ladies and if you're anything like me you could spend hours going through their blogs for inspiration ;o)
After the first challenge we had I am really looking forward to seeing more amazing craft projects - don't forget it doesn't have to be a card, it can be any craft project that you want to enter as long as you have crafted it ;o)
Have fun everyone (and can I just say a big Get well soon to DT member Vick who is really poorly at the moment so I hope she takes it easy and feels better soon ;o)))

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Free stamp on Facebook ;o)

Hi everyone, this is just a quick blog to let you know that there is a free stamp giveaway on my Facebook page
The stamp is from La Blanche;

and all you need to do is pop over to Ladybug Crafts Facebook page HERE
like the page (although you don't have to if you really don't want to :o)) and post a comment under the post with the stamp in ;o)  I'll draw a winner this week
Don't forget there are only a few more days left to enter this months challenge at the top of this blog ;o)  We've had some amazing entries so far.


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Challenge 1 winner and top three ;o)

Hi everyone - sorry this post is a little later than planned - I have been trying to work out  how to make a blog post stay at the top of the page but I can't figure it out so I have given up (for now!!)  Anyway onto the important announcement of the winner of our first challenge and our top three!

The winner picked by random number generator is......

Number - 140  Jennifer Scull  
Pop over to Jennifer's blog as she does some great work - especially as she has been fighting illness for a while - I hope this win makes her smile ;o))  Jennifer if you email me HERE  I will email you back with a voucher code for you to spend online.
Now, top three - what a job that was!!  It would have been tough to pick top thirty as I loved every entry but we have managed to choose 3 so here we go;
Number - 31 - Tracy MacDonald
Number - 86 - Pat K
Number - 271 - Lena Katrine
If you ladies would like a Top three ladybug blog button please email me HERE and I will send you a button for your blog sidebar ;o)) 
Thank you so much for entering our first challenge and I hope you will enter our current challenge too which is HERE 

Saturday, 1 September 2012

First Challenge - Anything Goes ;o))

Well hello everyone - if all has gone well this post should appear at midnight on the 1st September  (if not it will be a little bit late LOL).
Welcome to our first Ladybug Challenge !!!

The prize for the first challenge is a £15.00 voucher to spend on anything from the Ladybug Crafts website.

I thought we would start with an Anything Goes challenge so people can do whatever they choose ;o)  I have to say a huge thankyou to the brilliant inspiration projects by the Ladybug design team - they are really stunning and I hope you'll pop over to their blogs and have a look at the rest of their amazing work!  So, here are the projects from the design team ladies;
using La Blanche butterfly stamp



using Unity - Happiness is... stamp

using La Blanche - watch bird stamp.

I love all of these so much and I know you will too!!  I hope these have inspired you to have a go.
There are few rules apart from the maximum number of entries is 3 each.  You can make any sort of crafty project - it doesn't have to be a card, it can be a scrapbook layout, mixed media art - anything you like as long as you've crafted it ;o)
The winner will be picked by random number generator and then the design team and I will pick a top three who will get a button to post on their blog if they so wish ;o)
I hope you'll join in - everyone is welcome from beginners right through to advanced!!
I look forward to seeing all your works of art - the challenge runs for a month.
Have fun

Friday, 31 August 2012

Challenge reminder and stamp winner!

Hi all - this is just a reminder that our brand new challenge starts tomorrow (that is if I can get Blogger to behave!!) . 
 I hope lots of you will join in as it would be great to see your beautiful works of art ;o)
Anyway, I thought I had better draw a winner for the La Blanche stamp - so I have picked a winner from the hat (random number generator actually!) and the winner is.....

 Christine Harrop
Christine if you could email me your address here and put 'stamp winner' into the subject line, I will then pop your stamp in the post ;o)

I am excited for the challenge to start tomorrow and hope to see lots of you there

Thursday, 9 August 2012

New challenge start date!

Hi everyone - apologies for not blogging lately but the days just seem to fly by - I can't believe we're nearly at the weekend again!!  Anyway on with the new challenge news ;o) 

Our new Ladybug challenges will begin on the

1st September

Please let all your friends know as we would love for as many people to get involved as possible - it is so lovely to see everyones brilliant crafting projects and they serve as great inspiration for all the people that go around all the blogs ;o)

Challenges will run monthly to begin with starting on the first of each month.You can enter up to three times - any more than this won't be entered.  The winner will be chosen by random number generator and then we will also pick a top three who will get a little badge to display on their blog if they wish to ;o)  Prizes will vary - sometimes there will be a voucher to spend on the website and other times there may be some crafting goodies. 
I am attaching a button advertising the challenges which you can display on your blogs if you would like to (it would be lovely if you would to get the word out there ;o) - you can find it on the sidebar.  (Which I've managed to do after half a dozen attempts LOL)

So while we wait for the challenge to begin (I can't wait to see the new DT projects - they are so talented!!) I have a little stamp to give away;

This is a foam backed silicone stamp by La Blanche - and I say little but it is actually quite a big stamp at 3.75 x4.75"
All you need to do for a chance to win is to leave a comment after this post and I'll draw a winnerbefore the first challenge begins ;o)


Sunday, 22 July 2012

New Design Team Members

Good morning all ;o)  Well the sun is shining here and I have loads of crafting to get done but I thought I would pop on here first and let everyone know the members of the new design team!!!  First of all though can I just say thank you all so much for entering the DT call - I had the hardest job choosing who would make it as all your designs are just fabulous - I could have picked you all but I had to limit myself to 5!  However, the team may expand in the future so there will be more chances then.  It took me days of looking through the blogs and returning to them all again and again but in the end a decision had to be made, so the first design team members for the Ladybug Crafts challenges are;



Please take a trip over to their blogs and have a look at all their amazing designs - you can't fail to be inspired when there are so many talented people around ;o) 
I am not sure of the exact start date of the first challenge yet but it will definitely be in the next few weeks and as soon as I have a date fixed I will post on here - I really hope many of you will join in and share the fun with the rest of us.

I shall be back shortly and perhaps will have a stamp or two to giveaway while we wait for the challenges to begin ;o)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

DT Call now closed

Hello everyone - weel the DT call is now closed and can I just say a big thank you to all of you who have tried out ;o)  I have briefly been round everyone and I have no idea how I am going to choose as you're all brilliant!!  Anyway I shall make my decision this week and I will let those whjo are successful know by Saturday evening (UK time) at the latest (I hope!)  I have been flat on my back for three days knocked out with a wicked migraine which is why I am a little late posting this.  Unfortunately I just don't have the time to contact everyone so if you don't hear from me this week it means you have not made the team this time - but I am sure I will need more people in the future so I will make sure I am following all of your blogs ;o)
Thanks again and I'll be in touch with my Design Team soon.
Sam xxx

Thursday, 12 July 2012

New stamp sample ;o)

Hello again, I thought you might like to see a card I've made with one of the new stamps from the store.  It is using a Unity stamp set called First Love, which you can find here ;

I coloured the stamp in with Distress Markers after stamping it in Versafine which is waterproof ;o)  I embossed a piece of Core'dinations card for the background and then used papers from the First Edition Summer Breeze pad - the floral piece is glittered which you can't see too well in the photo.  I used a nestie to cut the image and a mat out and also the sentiment shape matches.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I stamped with Peacock Feathers Distress ink and embossed with clear powder.  I inked the edges with shell pink Adirondack ink.  I added some ribbon from my stach and awooden button with some bakers twine tied in it.  I did the inside of the card to match ;o)
I hope you like it

P.S. Don't forget there are only 4 days left to enter the DT call here .

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

New things on the website ;o)

Hello all - just a quickie to let you all know that there are lots of new bits on the website.  There are new stamps from La Blanche including these;

I just adore this goldfish!
There are also new stamps from Unity bith their Itty Bitty range and also the Brandy and emma range like these;

There are also some new 8 x 8 paper stacks from First Edition including;

and also from DCWV;

ATG guns are back in stock and there is also removable tape - seems such a little thing but it is by Scotch and is the brand that Sue Wilson from Creative Expressions uses with her Spellbinders ;o)

Anyway if you fancy a look at the site just click here !
I'll be back soon with a card made using one of the new Brandy and Emma stamps ;o)

Monday, 2 July 2012

An itty bitty stamp ;o)

Hello - I hope you are all well - typically it is raining here yet again!  I would do just about anything for a couple of weeks of nice sunshine - still nevermind at least there is crafting to do ;o)
I have been busy doing a wedding pos box for somebody but that has now been delivered so I can get back to making a few cards.  I thought I'd post a piccie of a card I have made using an itty bitty stamp which is available here . It is called rain or shine and I think it's pretty cute;

I paper pieced the stamped image for a change and I added some pearly bronze PVA from Cosmic Shimmer.  I used some papers which I have ahd for ages and I just love the umbrellas (very apt for us in the UK at the moment!!)  The ribbon started out as cream seam binding but I sprayed it with Dylusions spray in Postbox red .  I added some Bakers Twine and a cute dazzler heart on the top - I am loving these they are so sparkly ;o)  I inked all the edges with gathered twigs and added the sentiment which I heat embossed.  I finished by doing the inside of the card to match.
I hope you like it.

Don't forget there is a design team call if you just scroll to the post below this one for more details and to enter or you could just click here and it will take you straight there ;o)


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Design Team Call

Hello everyone ;o)  Well I am finally getting around to the design team call!!  So here we go;
I am looking for 4, or possibly 5, people to be on a design team for challenges hosted on this blog.  The challenges will initially be monthly and each months winner will receive either a fixed prize or a voucher to spend in the Ladybug Crafts online store .  Winners will be picked by random number generator and ther will be a top three chosen by myself and the design team members. 

 To begin with members of the design team will receive some stamped images to use in their design team projects and as time goes on , if the challenges take off (which I am really hoping they will ;o)) they may also receive some bits and pieces from me such as rubber stamps, ribbon or other embellishments etc.  Design team members will also receive 10% off purchases made from the online shop ;o)

The challenges will be open to all types of craft and I would like the design team members to advertise the challenges on their blog, so one stipulation is that people interested in becoming part of the design team must have their own blog and post regularly.  Each challenge will start on the 1st of each month , so DT members will post their projects and details of the challenge on this date - they must ensure that pictures of their projects are sent to me at least three days before each new challenge is due to begin.  Design team members will have a blinkie that they can display on their blogs (if I can ever work out how to get the sorted out LOL) 

I think that is about all for now, fine details will be sorted before the challenges start which will hopefully be the 1st of August.  I am running the DT call for 2 months to give ample time for people to respond.  If you just add your details through Mr Linky at the bottom of this post I will get round to look at all of your fab art works ;o)  Winners will be notified by the 20th July.


Friday, 4 May 2012

Bank Holiday offer

Hello everyone.  I hope you've all got lots of crafting planned for over the Bank Holiday weekend.  I have loads to do ;o)
If you spend £10 or more on the website over the weekend enter the code;  MAYDAY  at the checkout and you'll get 10% off.  If you spend £50 enter the code;  MAYDAY2  and you'll get 15% off.
This offer applies to everything on the website and lasts until Monday.
Have a great weekend and I will hopefully be back over the weekend with the design team call for the blog challenges

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

New things

Hello!!!  Well May is here along with some really foul wintery weather - so great crafting weather ;o)  I have just added the wonderful Dylusions spray ink range to the website -

They are so bright and just amazing for journalling, tag art and lots of other crafty projects.

Also added are some of the Dylusions 5 x 8 stencils

This one is the dotted flowers one and they are great for using with the sprays, distress inks, paint or just doodling through them with a pen ;o)
There are also a few sets of Dyan Reaveleys rubber stamps including this one;

This is the funky Pondering Petunia - I just love the quirky images.  I will be hopefully expanding the range very soon.

The Distress Markers have also arrived;

There are 37 markers in the range - 36 distress colours plus picket fence.  The full set comes in a great storage cannister and the price is great at £92.50.  For those who want to buy the pens individually they will be available shortly at £2.89 each.

Finally I have also added some lovely metal charms - keys and watch faces and also the great clear micro beads from Creative Expressions;

These beads are great for texture on card and scrapbook projects and also available are the super sticky double sided adhesive sheets.  This 300g pot will last for ages and is a great buy at £8.99.

Finally I am hoping to post over the next few days to set up a design team for the blog challenge - I am desperately trying to work out blinkies and things but think I'm going to have to seek out someone who is better at the computer thing than  I am !!  I am struggling to get to grips with Blogger's new interface so anything else just stumps me LOL.
Anyway I will be back shortly