Welcome to Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn's Blog!

Hello lovely visitors! I hope you like Funky Farm's Blog!

I hope to help brighten your day a little, put a smile on your face and maybe make you giggle!

I run an online shop selling gorgeous card making and scrapbooking goodies and I'm also very lucky to design projects for publications. I hope you enjoy your stop here and gain some inspiration! xXx

Monday, 2 May 2011

Hello Cupcake Blog Hop

WOWEE!!! How excited am I?! I'm so very happy to be a part of the Hello Cupcake Blog Hop!!

There is a "Something Beginning with C Challenge" with their usual Icing on the Cupcake monthly prize!!
To introduce the new Cupcakes, they are having a fabulous "Hello Cupcake Blog Hop"! I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!
To be in with a chance of winning the candy below  provided by (my company) Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn. I am Guest designing for this happy occasion!

If you've just arrived from Shelly then you're in the right place! While you're here, please leave a comment and then add your name to Mr Linky (you need to start at the beginning (click the link to the Cupckae Challenge Blog above)
Don't forget you need to have left a comment on each Blog in the Hop, including Cupcake and mine for a chance to win the Candy from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn!! A winner will be chosen randomly and announced in the post on 9 May.
Here's my card:

I used some of he gorgeous new Flourish cardstock by Bo Bunny in Chiffon accompanied by Chocolate Double Dot cardstock. I used a digital stamp by Pink Petticoat - Tea "C"ups and stacked them! I also used some Cream Lace by Prima and finished it off with a delicious helping of gold glitter and Chocolate twine by May Arts. Hope you all like it!
Here is the Candy...

A gorgeous 6 x 6 Paper Pad by Crate Paper (Emma's Shoppe), Hero Arts Cupcake Clings Set, Bold Spotty Buttons, Yellow Floral Felt, Tutu 3/8" Ribbon, Pink Twine, Prima Pastel Flowers & Petaloo Butterflies!!

To celebrate the blog hop I am also offering everyone 10% discount on purchases made at www.funkyfarmscrapbookbarn.co.uk until Midnight 9th May. To get 10% off your purchase please enter the code exactly as shown:

I think that's all from me! Have a fabulous time on the hop! And good luck!! Hayley xxx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

TLT - Ladybug Crafts Ink - New Release Blog Hop!! EEEEEEK!

Good Morning Everyone!! It's another BIG day here at Ladybug Crafts Ink - A new release and to celebrate we're having a blog hop! Oh how I love these soooo much!! How exciting!

Lots of chances to win a prize!!

Firstly the Hop! All of the DT have not only had to use the challenge theme, but we have also each used one of the new images! There are 4 in total and I'm sure you'll agree when you see everyone's creations the new images are just fabulous - we love them all!! (We've not seen eachother's cards yet though so it's all very exciting!!)

The "boring" bit - the Rules:

a) Visit each of the DT members in order and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts.
b) Leave a comment on the challenge blog once you have finished the hop.
c) Display the blog hop banner which is at the top of this post on your blog, either in a post or on your side bar.

The First Prize is all 4 images in the new release!!

Plus there are 4 Runner up prizes - one new image each! Winners will be chosen at random! Easy peasy eh?!

The hop will close 12pm midday GMT on Monday 2nd MAY and the winner will be announced at 9am GMT on Tuesday 3rd MAY

You should have arrived at my blog from the lovely Pami! If you haven't please go back to the start which you'll find by clicking HERE

You'll notice we have an extra name on the hop and you might just recognise it too! Jeanie aka The Spotted Chick emailed when she saw the new images and BEGGED to be allowed to play along... ha ha well maybe not quite but we're all THRILLED to have Jeanie join us for this blog hop!!

Now onto the challenge - which is the other way you can win a prize.. and this week it's KERRY who has chosen the theme which is:


For my card, I chose some current papers which are very much "in" at the moment - gorgeous Fancypants Beach Babe as well as pom pom trim which is also hugely popular and fashionable in the card making World. To top off the fashion theme is the stamp (LOL) I don't go very far without my flip flops in the warm weather - I even bought a beautiful jewelled pair for my Wedding Day!

So you have 2 ways to win a prize - you can either make a card for the challenge, do the hop or if you're feeling crafty and adventurous why not do both!?

Plus if you don't win, you can still enjoy the stamps at a discount price as the stamps will be on sale from Tuesday with a special price of £5.50 until Monday May 2nd! Bargain! You can buy them from Kerry's store HERE 

Well I hope you all have lots of fun and enjoy the hop and special offer! Happy Tuesday! I'm off to one of Grace's friend's First Birthday party this afternoon!

Oh and I guess you'll be wanting to know where to go next (an essential piece of information which was nearly forgotten LOL!) The next stop on the hop is the uber talented Mary J

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

TLT - Anything Goes!

My goodness, another round of challenges have been an gone, I think the lovely ladybugs are having so much fun and that's why time seems to be flying!
I can't keep up... my poor to-do list keeps getting longer and longer and I don't seem to be scratching things off as fast!

I hope you're all having a lovely week - the weather here has been beautiful and I can't wait for the weekend. We're off on an easter egg hunt with Grace and it's her first "proper" Easter where hopefully she'll be well enough to enjoy it! I've found some gorgeous gluten and dairy free goodies for her to enjoy so I'm hoping it'll be nice for her.

Onto this week's TLT challenge and it's a really really easy one this week! Anything goes! :o) You can all have a go and enter to win a LCI stamp!!

I hadn't inked up Birthday Nikki in a while so thought she could do with a little attention. I love colouring her pressies in!

I thought the bright warm colours were perfect for a Spring/Summer Birthday.

Please make sure you take a look at my other teamies cards/projects, everyone has done a stunnalicious job!!

Oh and I nearly forgot (shhh, don't tell head Ladybug, I'll get told off LOL!)
We have some exciting news... take a look below - eeeeeeeeek
I am loving the new releases and I'm not saying any more!

How excited are we!!?? VERY!
Have a great day lovelies!


just getting rid of my mistake in posting Tuesday's post. How blonde am I!?

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

TLT - Celebration!

Seriously, whoever is making the weeks whizz by please STOP!!! Gosh, I can't keep up!! On the plus side, things are great at the moment, I had a lovely weekend out with my Mum and Grace on Saturday, we then had a BBQ at my parent's house on Sunday and it was wonderful! Very relaxing and we had a bit of a giggle! It's so nice to see Grace enjoying herself too!

This week it's Pam's challenge and she has chosen "Celebration" as the theme this week! Easy Peasy eh?!
I really wanted to make a wedding card using Bride Nikki but she's been AWOL since the show... I have a feeling she's in an important box upstairs that I've just thought about, will have to go and check in a mo! I was then stuck as I'd got a great idea in my mind for a wedding card. I eventually decided to make a little girls' Birthday card using Stack of Cupcakes Cupcake Cutie. Every Birthday a child has should be a celebration, with having a little one myself and with so many friends with children there always seems to be a Birthday coming up so I thought I'd make a girly card!

Sorry about the poor lighting - you can just make out the white dots on her pinafore dress!
I thought I'd give a punched edge to the card a go and I'm rather pleased with the result/effect.
Isn't this little cupcake cutie so deliciously cute?!? I used some of the MME papers - Stella and Rose Gertie (which are divine!!) some Bazzill Bling and some gorgeous May Arts Twill   the card is much brighter than in the photos, I took the photograph a little late and it was cloudy (grrrr go away cloud!) I've been itching to try out the white dotted effect but couldn't find my white paint pen anywhere (hmmmmm, a pattern of losing things/not being able to find things is occuring here - oops!) I did find it yesterday in my box of pencils (I was keeping it safe honest!) so got to work going a little overboard with the dots (very addictive!!)
I used some pretty Prima mini roses to finish the card off, inside I've used the "For a Special Girl" sentiment and when I know who the card will be for, I've left space for the age in the bottom right corner!

I hope as many of you as possible join in with Pami's challenge! It's such an easy theme so no excuses LOL!!!

Have a great week xxx

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

TLT - Time for Tams' Challenge - A Sketch!

Morning!! It's time for TLT again! (Gosh, I honestly do not know where last week went... and it's already Tuesday and I have a mountain of work to get through in the next 2 1/2 hours before I go out this afternoon... mission impossible I think!!!!

Tams set us the challenge this week - she has chosen a lovely sketch by Maya Stenshagen!

Well me being me in all my chaos couldn't find my circle nesties that I needed!!! I had a right strop and nearly threw the toys out the cot so I decided to find my circles and x cutter tool, could I find that?? NO! Grrrr so Sunday night after much hunting I had to give in and cut my baby out in a square - HMPF!

You can't see in the photo very well but the white CS is Bazzill Dotted Swiss for some texture, the dotted paper is by Crate Paper and will be on the website hopefully later today! The Ribbon is May Arts striped grosgrain and can be found HERE I couldn't resist adding glitter and glossy accents to the bubbles, they just cry out in need of both!! The stamp is of course by LCI as it the sentiment, I think the Baby stamp sets are excellent value for money, you get so much in the set!
We've soooo many friends who have had babies recently (3 of our friends have had babies in March... 9 months after our wedding!) or are due to have a baby soon that I thought I best start making lots of baby cards, this one is going to be making it's way to The Netherlands! Our friends came to our wedding last year and had a little boy Vincent the first week in March! Maybe there was something in the water...

I hope you'll all play along this week with Tams' challenge, as you can see by the examples, you can interpret the sketch any way you want just have fun and play along!
Remember to leave my lovely ladybug buddies some ladybug love though - you can find their links in the sidebar or from the TLT Challenge blog page - http://ladybugscraftsinkchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
I'm sure you'll join me in wishing Tams a steady recovery, from the progress reports she's doing amazing!!! :D

See you soon, Hayley xxxx

Thursday, 31 March 2011


Finally at about 1:30 this afternoon my broadband came on!!! I can't praise Orange enough, they said 7-10 working days and today was day 5 so not bad at all!!! BT on the other hand... well, we'll just leave it as that, don't get me started on a rant about how poor their service is!

I am so so so so so so soooooooo relieved, it's been an incredibly difficult 5 weeks with no phone/broadband running a business where everything is stored online has been testing to say the least! But I managed to get through it than goodness! There were times of desperate despair but hopefully it'll all be ok from now on!

I've been very busy with the website following the show, ordering in lots of gorgeous new stock for the website including gorgeous new Prima pearls and flowers, stunning Molly Blooms stamps which are divine, beautiful May Arts Trims and gorgeous new buttons to name but a few new additions!! There's over 300 new products so far this month including gorgeous new Bo Bunny lines (all 5 6 x 6 pads with restocks and more due mid April!) I've also another gorgeous new Crate Paper line to add this evening hopefully depending on how well I feel! Plus there's more 6 x 6 pads! So plenty to choose from I think!!

 I think that's about everything for now, you can find all of what I've added so far on the website (with more to come)!

I'm still feeling rather poorly, I now have a terrible cold and my poor nose/sinuses are so sore! I'm hoping it'll clear off soon as I hate being ill and I'm so sick of it! Don't you just hate it when you're too busy to be ill!?

I hope everyone is well. Fingers crossed, I should be back with no interruptions now - YAY!!!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

TLT - Make your own flowers!

Gosh, another week has been on gone, think I blinked and missed it!
I'm suffering at the moment with laryngitis (I think... again!) so I'll keep this short and sweet!
I had great fun with Amanda's challenge thinking of all the possibilities I could come up with for making my own flowers but decided to make this:

I decided to team Ruby with my favourite colours green and pink along with some of my favourite papers right now - My Mind's Eye - Stella & Rose! These are some of the Hazel 12 x 12 textured papers and they are DIVINE!!!! I love love love them!
For my flower, I chose some Bo Bunny 3/8" double dot ribbons (in Coral and Sage) and sewed them together to make a flower. I then used some of the papers that I used for the base card and made two leaves which I rolled slightly and stuck down with foam pads. In the centre of the flower, I cut a flower from the papers and added a brad just to hide all the messy bits! I'm very very pleased with the results and think the colours suit Ruby!
I don't think you can see in this photo but I sprayed with Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists - inference red (pink) onto the pink papers and leaves, it really glimmers and catches the sun - B-E-A-UTIFUL!

Please take a look at what my other stunnalicious teamies have come up with - http://ladybugscraftsinkchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ and head on over to the challenge blog so that you can take part!!! Have fun!!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Long time no see plus it's TLT!!! YAY!!

Morning! I can't believe I've been without the magical landline/broadband for almost a month now, to say I'm so sick of it is so two weeks ago, I've just about had enough and as I write this, BT STILL haven't turned up to start sorting this mess out!!! VERY FUSTRATED!
I've missed my Lovely Ladybug friends sooooooooo much!!! So much has happened in the weeks I've been away including the retail show, Grace being poorly, a humongous stock take and trying to sort out the chaos my house is in following the show - the last isn't quite done yet! I've had lots of stock deliveries the last couple of weeks too so it's been very very busy, all hindered by the fact I run an online busy and my phone number is printed with adverts, stationery etc etc etc...

Anyway, onto much much much happier things and it's time for TLT, boy have I missed TLT and crafting in general, I've not had time to do any crafting for weeks!!! I was worried I'd have lost my mojo and then I couldn't find my acrylic block anyway (it was "somewhere" in the chaos, of course I knew exactly where I'd put it... it was somewhere!!) I found a stamped images of Robyn and stupidly coloured her and then decided to run her through my Grand Calibur after I coloured her and yes... she met a horrid grim mess when I tried to emboss her - grrrr! So I hunted for my block and found that, exactly where I knew it would be... somewhere! I stamped up Robyn again and managed to get a card made in an HOUR!!! Go me, go me!!!

This week's challenge was set by Gaelle and she decided on the theme - Monochrome! I love green (and pink - they're joint favourite colours!) and I'd already "chosen" Wellies Robyn - she's so irresistable, if I got a Birthday card every year with her on, I wouldn't be disappointed, I love her so much!! :-D

So without further ado, (I'm sure you're all exhausted after reading the "essay" above!) here is my card...

YAY!!! It worked!!! (PHEW!!)

Be sure to take a look at the other Ladybugs beautiful projects HERE and I'm sure they'd love some comments too!!

That's it from me, 10:30 and still no BT... I don't think I'll hold my breath, I might be holding it for too long!!

Have a great day and hopefully I'll be back again soon

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

TLT - New Release BFF Blog Hop!!!!

Hello! Welcome to Ladybug Crafts Ink's New Release blog hop!!!! You'll have to excuse any typos that may be in my post, I am so so so so sooooo tired! Busy day at Stitches yesterday sourcing gorgeous products (more news to come) and I also got to meet Sue and Kerry (again!) - Lovely! Just slightly pooped now!

Anyway, onto today's Blog Hop! How exciting, I love a good blog hop!!!

Kerry has been a busy ladybug with her latest stamp release BFF and they are all GORGEOUS, there are four stamps in the collection!!! Firstly, you should have arrived here from GAELLE if you haven't, click on the post title and it will take you back to The Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog and start at the beginning!

OK so the boring bit  er the rules I mean (very important so please pay attention!)

A) Display the banner on your blog

B) Collect all the numbers from each blog on the hop and add them up. (Each blog has one number) After you've finished, add them up and email us at lcichallengeblog@aol.com

C) Leave some Ladybug Love by commenting on each DT blog!

Easy Peasy eh?!

One lucky winner will win the entire collection! And four lucky runners up will each win one stamp! Lovely!

So onto my card, I was given the sweet Olivia to use:
Domi, our GD for the month chose out challenge this week and we had a recipe, one image, two patterned papers and three flowers. I chose Basic Grey papers from the Lime Rickey collection and used some Bazzill and Bazill Bling to accompany my papers. I then used my new spiral die cut (thank you Mary J for recommending the site!) and made my three flowers from coordinating cardstock/papers to tie it all in.
I wanted to show off some of what you get in this fabulous stamp set, your get the main image as well as two sets of smaller stamps, I had to use the stars! (There are muscial notes too!) And to top off the collection, you get three sentiments!!! I ahd to use all three to help show off the excellent value for money this set is!

(If you're reading this early, I apologise for the photo, it was rather late by the time I finished but replace the photo later in the day!)

How sweet is Olivia, singing her little heart out with her glittery microphone!? I think she'd be perfect for all those wannabe Pop Princesses out there! Also perfect for girlies who love to play these sing-a-long Wii games etc - perfect!

There are four new stamps in this fabulous release and Kerry has a pre-release offer on, you can buy the new stamps for the special price of £5.99 instead of £6.99 until the 8th March!

Please go and take a look at my other Lovely Ladybug's blogs, there are definately more than four blogs to see so enjoy! Remember if you're taking part in the challenge this week to use only 3 flowers and not 4 otherwise they'll be trouble!
Onto the next lovely blog on the hop and you need to visit Tams who is the fourth ladybug in the list! Have fun and enjoy
Hayley xx

Saturday, 19 February 2011

I think I'm in Love...

with a paper collection!!!! Oh My Goodness!!!! Have you seen the new My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose collection?!?!? I knew as soon as I saw that they were releasing this I HAD to have it!!!! It didn't disappoint when it arrived either, I sat and drooled for a few hours looking through everything, the colours and patterns are exquisite and the quality is exceptional! Must nicer IRL than the images. Each of the 12" papers and die cuts are double sided and textured! There ar 40 papers split into 4 themes, Hattie, Gertie, Mabel and Hazel. Then I have ALL od the accessories for the collections, there's 19 accessories in each collection including a 6 x 6 pad (sadly the papers in these aren't textured) but there are so many 12" papers with small prints on!!!

I've added a couple of pics below to give you an idea of what's in the collection and of course you can find the entire collection HERE


There are stamps, papers, journal cards, title cards, die cuts, trims (ribbons), brads, layered stickers and chipboard, stickers and more!

Also - I have set up a new Facebook group which you're all welcome to join you can find it HERE

Think that's all from me today! Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday!!!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

TLT ~ Mary J's Challenge ~ Anything But A Card!!!

Morning everyone!!! I hope you're all well and had a wonderful week! I have been so busy this last week. Lots of gorgeous new stock to add to the website (see my post below!) new stock to order and decide on - gosh these are hard decisions as I usually want everything LOL! And the regular jobs too!

Thank you all so much for entering my challenge last week!! We had some wonderful entries and it was lovely to see some non-traditional love themed projects there too!!!

We've a bit of news to share with you this week:

Join us next Tuesday for LCI's fabulous new releases and to celebrate, we're having a BLOG HOP!!! I love blog hops, they're so much fun!

Anyway, onto this week's challnege and the lovely Mary J set us the challenge this week to make anything BUT a card.... *gulp*!! When I initially saw this I did panic a little but then thought I'd make a scrapbook layout which I do do a lot of... then back in January it was a good friend's Birthday and I wanted to make her something special as she's very much into handmade items and altering things around her home to suit her own style! I bought a couple of CD tins from Head Ladybug Kerry a while back and wanted to use one to make a notecard set for my friend, she's always sending little notes with things so this was perfect! I'd asked her to clarify what her favourite colours were - white, pastel blue and baby pink and knew instantly which papers to use and what stamp too!!

Here's what I came up with....

This is Flower Ruby all coloured and glittered up!!! How stunning does she look with her pastel blue and glamour dusted wings!? And her pretty sparkling dress! The image is inked around the edges with Pixie Dust VersaMagic - I love these inks!!

This is the front cover of the CD tin! I used some gorgeous rolled up cardstock flowers and finished them with some pretty Swarovski crystals that I also bought from Kerry! I used smaller crystals around the edges.

Inside the tin are these 6 beautiful notecards I made! I used some Bazzill (Emma) and the gorgeous papers from MME (Mary Mary) which are in the sale and selling out fast! I added swarovski crystals to each card in a different way for a bit of variety and used the LCI sentiments "Just for you" and "Just a Note" to finish them off!

You can see the crystals and detail more here

My friend was thrilled with it and very touched I'd made her most of her present, I must say, for my first attempt at a CD tin I was very very pleased with the results and so happy that she liked it!

Have a wonderful week everyone, I think I might have another post later in the week...
Take Care and "Thank you" Mary J for a wonderful challenge!!

PS - Think I must have forgotten to schedule this... (silly muppet!) It had saved a draft but I must ahve gone to bed without posting it... Sorry!! xx

I'd like to enter my project for the following challenge please:

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Look what arrived today!!!!!

I couldn't not share this with you!!!
Look what arrived today...

To the "untrained" non-crafty eye, these just look like 5 boxes... but guess what they have in them!?!?! BRAND NEW CHA RELEASES by My Mind's Eye, Prima, Bazzill and a few other bits and pieces too!
This is the biggest delivery I think I've ever had and I was climbing the walls this morning getting VERY inpatient! (Worse than Tams!)
I still have on order beautiful new products from Crate Paper, FancyPants and of course Bo Bunny... and I have a little surprise which I'm going to keep for another day... I know, a big tease aren't I!? But I don't think you'll be disappointed!!!

Sooooooo guess what I'll be doing tonight then!?!? I've added the 6 x 6 pads which are new to My Mind's Eye - they're the Stella & Rose collection, don't worry I have ordered the very full collection of forty (yes forty) 12 x 12 papers and all of the gorgeous accessories!!
Here's a couple of the paper pads Hattie and Gertie to help whet your appetites!!!
STUNNING aren't they?????

Lastly, I have set up a new group on Facebook and would love for you all to join and be part of the fun! It's great to keep in touch so why not head on over! http://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/pages/Funky-Farm-Scrapbook-Barn/199286715272

That's it from me, I have LOTS of work to do!!! xxx

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

TLT - Love Is In The Air!!!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!! I have had an exceptionally busy (and at times stressful week!) I'm busy trying to get so many things done, I have the Stitch and Creative Craft show to plan and design for, I am sooooooooooooooooo excited but a little stressed as it's rapidly approaching, only a few weeks ago I was thinking to myself, "I have over 3 months..." arghhhh it's now less than 4 1/2 weeks away! This year I am a lot calmer though, I have the most amazing friends to help me and I'm so looking forward to spending some time all together and having fun whilst selling gorgeous stash!!! My laptop cable hasn't turned up yet!! I am so cross, they now want to collect my laptop on Friday and replace the cable that way because it's out of stock, I was borderline losing the plot on Saturday!!! Why is it that nothing seems to be straight forward? So I'm still using my Husband's laptop which is a little tired and doesn't like to be challenged too much and finds it hard coping with work LOLOLOL! I don't want to upset it too much though, they have feelings and "he" could become very tempermental and not work at all for me!!!

Anyway, onto this week's challenge and it was my turn this week to set the challenge! I was seriously considering setting a very challenging challenge to cause maximum "getting knickers in a twist"-ness but I was kind this time and so the theme is...


Interpret it as you wish and and don't forget to head on over to see my gorgeous Ladybug Teamies cards, they are STUNNALICIOUS!!! 

Here's my card...

I used the gorgeous Nikki & Ben under the Mistletoe but masked the mistletoe off to create a Valentine card!!!

You can find this gorgeous stamp HERE . I combined the stamp with some gorgeous Bo Bunny Crazy Love papers, some Tutu and Strawberry Double Dot Cardstock and some Pink Punch 5/8" Ribbon!
Don't Nikki and Ben make the perfect couple and what a cute stamp for a Valentines theme or an engagement too!?

Have fun creating!!! Have a fantastic week!! Hayley xxx

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

Cupcake Craft Challenges: Seeing Red

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

TLT - A card for a Child

My goodness the 1st of February already!!!??? Did I sleep through January, honestly I do not know where on earth last month went! In some ways I feel happy because I've been very busy with various projects and work but in other ways, I don't seem to have got much done at all! I have an ever increasing list of jobs to do and get done but I just don't seem to get time grrrr.
Anyway, it is the lovely Pinky's turn this week to set the challenge and all you have to do is make a card for a child, Simples!!
I instantly wanted to make a card for a little girl and my first thought was to use Wellies Robyn... I can't help it, I love her LOL!! But I had a few cards to make and made this one for a good friend's little boy who was 3 a couple of weeks ago. I hope he likes it (yes I haven't quite got around to posting his card... oops)

I used one of my new stamps Hide & Seek Jack. I loved this image as soon as Kerry released Jack to the World and he instantly became my favourite Jack.

I used some of my favourite MME papers - Little Boy Blue (which are on sale at the moment with 25% off!!) I made a frame using one of the papers and some Shiitake Double Dot card and added foam pads to give it a bit of dimension. I added the number sentiment also by LCI and did manage to sneek a bit of glitter onto the card - yay!!

That's it from me, remember THE SALE is still on, there's around 400 different items still left so if you're after a bargain, then it's worth checking out!! Have a good week, I might even get to post again later in the week, if my cable does ever arrive!!! It is driving me INSANE!!!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Morning my Lovely Ladybug Challenge follwers, think I'm in for a severe telling off from Head and Deputy Ladycows (ooops!)
I've got laptop issues - my laptop cable has been chewed through... yes chewed through, not by a mouse... by a Grace!!!! I don't think it's recent but I think the damage has got progressively worse over time and the poor cable won;t work and charge my laptop any more!!! I called the tech guys last week as we have an accidental cover and they said they'd send out a new cable but as yet nothing has shown up!!! MAJOR HMPF!! It's hard enough trying to get TLT sorted on Husband's laptop but trying to run a business too....!!!!!

Anyway I'll keep this short and very sweet this week! Amber, our lovely Guest Designer for January came up with the challenge Plum Crazy with Stitching!!! Well I like purple a lot but don't use it on my cards much I noticed! Here's my take!

How cute is Buttercup in her beautiful Plum House?!?! I wanted to make my Sister a Birthday card and asked her what her favourite colours were (red, purple and green) so I took the opportunity to make her a purple (with some green) Birthday card using Buttercup! The sentiment is also by LCI.
I also used some Bo Bunny Jazmyne Effloresce and Terrace papers and Olive Double Dot CS along with Boysenberry DD ribbon. The papers are in my sale at the moment!! I used contrasting leaf green stitching so that it would stand out :)
Hope you like it, I'm very pleased with how she's turned out!! It's Amber's last week with us - I wish you lots of luck and happiness and we'll see you around blog land!

Lastly, I'm not sure whether you know but Kerry is going to LA THIS WEEK!!!!!! ARRRRGHHHH 2 MORE SLEEPS!!!  I just wanted to wish Kerry all the luck in the World (although I'm sure the others will agree we should have had a field trip outing to help LOL!!) I know you won't need the luck as the stamps and samples are incredible!!! I hope it goes REALLY REALLY well, keeping my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

TLT - Anything But Square

Good morning!!!! Gosh I'm trying to sound nice and bright! I had an insanely busy day yesterday, this time of year always stresses me out a little, mainly because of my tax return needing to be filed! Thank goodness it's all finished and filed now! Woo hoo! I also had a 5 card project waiting to be finished ready for posting today too, I stayed up late last night (morning) and finished that too, the creative juices were most certainly fowing yesterday, I managed to finish the card I'm about to show you today, make a Birthday card for a wonderful friend of mine and finish 3 of the 5 cards! Grace spent her first night in her "big girls" bed last night, we'd ordered her a single bed in November (it's gorgeous!) and it finally turned up yesterday, she'd been in her cotbed from October/November but I think it was too narrow as she is a very active sleeper! She was fine last night, I lay her old matress on the floor next to her, "just in case" she managed to fall out and for my peace of mind but all was good :)

Wasn't last week's Baby Blog Hop so much fun!? I loved it and the new range of stamps are gorgeous!
So onto today's challenge! This week, Lisa set the challenge of anything but square... hmpf. I do like my square cards, I think it's because they're usually the easiest to make and look nicely balanced but I do dabble in other shaped cards (cupcakes, rectangles etc) so it wasn't too bad for me - poor Kerry doesn't really do anything but sqaure hee hee!
I used Martini Nikki for my card and this one will be flying up to Scotland hopefully later today to go on a Kerry's trip to LA for the CHA!!!!
Doesn't she look gorgeous!!!! I loved these papers but have never used them, they're MME Laundry Line, they're glitter coated and the colours are beautiful. I took the photo yesterday evening so it's not the best because of the flash but it's much nicer IRL.

I'm really pleased with how her sparkling shirt turned out, the colour is lovely. I added a sapphire swarovski crystal too.

I have another very busy day today, my sale over at Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn is in full swing, lots of people after bargains, lots of orders to post out! Early night for me tonight (ha ha, I wonder is I could make it into bed before midnight?!)
Have a good day! xx

Saturday, 15 January 2011


I've a little news to announce... (I know some of you are already aware)

I'm having a MASSIVE SALE!!!

There's lots to choose from including gorgeous Bo Bunny collections - Jazmyne, Sophie, Kitchen Spice, Love Bandit, Flutter Butter and more!!!
Beautiful papers, die cuts and accessories by MME reduced - Mary Mary, Little Boy Blue and Graceful
Gorgeous Crate Paper, Paper Doll papers, rub ons, stickers and brads!  
Masses of flowers including Prima flowers! Ribbons, rub ons, brads, stickers, stamps and more!!!! Over 450 different products need to find a new home!!! (1000s of items!)

Remember there's FREE POSTAGE over £20.00 and you still collect loyalty points on sale purchases!
There's a mass of new products which have also been added including gorgeous new Prima products, papers, 6 x 6 paper pads and more!!!!

Feel free to grab the banner and help spread the word!
Thank you

Tuesday, 11 January 2011


Hello!!! It's a big day here at the Ladybug Crafts InkChallenge blog!!

Not only is it our TENTH challenge but Kerry also has a new release of stamps and we are having another Blog Hop to celebrate - yipee!!! 2 Chances to win!!!

Firstly the Hop.. all the DT have used the new images - we're all excited as we haven't seen what eachother has made this week for the hop!!
Onto the hop rules:
a) Visit each of the DT members in order and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts.

b) Leave a comment at the bottom of the challenge post telling us which is your favourite image from the new release.

c) Display the blog hop banner which is at the top right of my blog/this post on your blog either in a post or on your side bar.

The Prize is a full set of the new BABY BABY stamps along with some GOODIES from Me! Hayley, I own - FUNKY FARM SCRAPBOOK BARN!!
- I also have a fabulous 10% discount for all Ladybug friends using the code: TLTLADYBUGS (just enter the code when checking out!)

The hop will close 9am GMT on Monday 17th January and the winner will be announced at 9am GMT on Tuesday 18th January.

You should have arrived from Sue's Blog if you've not arrived here from Sue's blog, head back to the start HERE

The second way you can win a prize of the full set of BABY BABY stamps is by entering the challenge this week and Kerry has chosen the theme:
You DON'T have to use an Ladybug Crafts Ink image to enter this week - any image will do.

If you do not have a blog - just email us a picture of your card/project before the closing date to lcichallengeblog@aol.com

So don't forget, you have 2 chances to win... you can JUST enter the hop, or JUST enter the challenge or if you are game - enter them Both!

Kerry also has an exclusive offer for ONE WEEK ONLY!!! To celebrate the launch of the new stamp set, you can buy this gorgeous cute set for the special proce of £6.99 instead of the regular price of £8.99!!! What a bargain!?!?!? I think they're excellent value for money and we always need new stamps and stash right?!?!? Head on over to LCI now to get your set!

Well, onto my card! We seem to have a lot of friends expecting baby girls at the moment (and more friends who're just annoucing they're expecting a new baby again - such an exciting time!!) I'm a girly girl too so I had no trouble choosing pink for my theme this week!!

How cute is sleeping baby!?!?! I used some Crate Paper - Paper Doll Katie to make her blanket, I also used the cute "Babies are heaven sent" sentiment which is one of a set also included in the Baby Baby stamp set (WOW!) I used some Salt Dotted Swiss CS, Emma Burlap CS, Bo Bunny Tutu 3/8" Double Dot ribbon and gems to finish, oh and one last thing, a wheat versamagic inkpad for the inking effect. I wanted to keep the card quite simple with the stamp drawing all the attention! All the materials used are available to buy online form my store (see above) - remember you can get the new stamp set from Kerry at LCI!!!

I hope you've enjoyed my project, have fun on the rest of the hop. Next you should visit Mary J and see what gorgeous treat she has in store for you!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, have fun and good luck! xxx

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

TLT - We're Back!!!

It feels much longer than it has actually been!!! I've missed TLT so much over Christmas and New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all well for 2011. In some ways 2010 was a wonderful year for me and my family, we got married and spent the most wonderful day with all of our friends and family, Grace was Christened on the same day which made it even more special, I did my first ever retail show which was an eye opener but I loved it and am doing the same show again this year but BIGGER! In other ways thought, it's been an awful year. However, it's time to move on and one of my resolutions is to put the past behind me, move on and be positive (for all those who know me I tend to worry a little!) I'm hoping my business continues to grow, I love running Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn, I've "met" (well I have met Kerry) some wonderful customers/friends through the business and getting the lovely emails/comments etc after receiving an order is lovely, it makes my day knowing I've put a smile on others' faces especially by delivering crafty goodies!!! I have a few other things up my sleeve too but they'll keep for another time...

This week at TLT, it's an anything goes theme so why not pop along to our challenge blog and have a go, you can use any stamp this week to be in for a chance to win!!
My post this week is a little special. The card I've made using Wellies Robyn is for an incredibly special and brave little girl - Lucy. She's 8 years old and is the daughter of a friend of ours. She's been poorly for some time and just before Christmas she went through very major surgery. Lucy is the bravest little girl I know. I wanted to make her a card to wish her well. Lucy is obsessed with pink and anything sparkly - my kind of girl! So Wellies Robyn accompanied by some of my favourite papers, extra glitter and sparkly gems were perfect for my project this week!

I hope you like my card, I am really pleased with it, I hope Lucy will love it too and it puts a smile on her beautiful face!

I added sparkling rain to the card along with a glittering glossy umbrella (I did borrow that idea from Kerry; my Birthday card was made using the same stamp and Robyn had the most incredible umbrella!) I picked some gorgeous pink dazzle ribbon and pearly and sprakling brads to help finish off the card! I also added 2 swarovski crystals to Robyn's coat to help finish it off!

So what do you think?!?!

Oh we have a surprise too for this week. Pami is now officially a Lovely Ladybug!!!! I am sooooo excited, I did a little happy dance a few days ago when we found out! I hope you'll all welcome Pami to our lovely team! Welcome back Pami!! xx

One last bit of news - well it's a big bit LOL!! We're having a BLOG HOP!!! Next Tuesday at TLT, be there for 9am sharp please! May the fun commence!! We're celebrating a new release of stamps by ladybug Crafts Ink so add the date to you new diaries!!

That's it form me, have a wonderful day