Thursday, 20 January 2011

Loss and what to learn

On the 8th January we lost an amazing woman, my Mum aged 41. Words cannot begin to quantify and describe the loss that my family and I now face.

It really does drum home quite how precious life really is and that you simply cannot afford to take ANYthing for granted, in particular your health.

Wake up every day and ask yourself, what can I do to make the most out of today? What can I do to enrich the world? I know it is possibly sounding like I have gone utterly nutty however just think about it, what right have any of us that are firstly alive and secondly of good health got to waste an opportunity to not enjoy what is around us or lastly but most importantly who is around us. To not would simply be an insult to those who have sadly lost those opportunities.


He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Charisma cards challenge cards! Buttons

Hi everyone,

I know I have been so quiet and I apologise if I have not left many comments on blogs this week however we have had some really bad news in the family. My Mum has now been ill with secondary breast cancer for a while now, however last week we discovered that has spread to her bones also (as well as her breast, lungs and liver). We are of course devastated but fingers crossed the radiotherapy and chemo will keep things at bay.

Can't life just be so cruel.

On a brighter note...buttons are the theme for this weeks challenge over at Charisma Cards
and the prize this week is sponsored by Simon Says!

Have fun with it!


Thursday, 18 June 2009

Diamonds are a Girl's best friend - Charisma Challenge

Its challenge time again! This time we have the fantastic theme of Diamonds! I'm sure there will be so many lovely entries to this weeks challenge.

There is a fab prize up for grabs from SNR! So what are you waiting for?

Take care and happy crafting!


Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Charisma Challenge - Something Yummy!


Oh my gosh the time just goes before I know it! Busy applying for jobs at the moment as I am due to qualify as a midwife! yay Plus we are looking for a house which is sooo exciting but sooo frustrating grrr.

Here is the card I made for my first challenge with Charisma cardz challenge blog which was very nerve racking for me but I am so pleased with how it has gone. There have been some fabulous entries so thank you to everyone who joined in.

Stay posted on Charisma Cardz for tomorrows challenge! You will love it I'm sure,

Stay happy!


Saturday, 6 June 2009

So much to say!

Hello everyone!

I am a really mixed bag of feelings today! We have just arrived back from our honeymoon from Sorrento so I am so sad to be back as obviously it really does not compare to Italy here! We had such a romantic and beautiful time but all good things must come to an end (so my HUSBAND told me!) Oh my gosh it stil sounds odd to call him that! I am also however very excited to now be a Mrs and although the honeymoon is over there will hopefully be many more happy moments. I also can't wait to see the photos from the wedding and obviously share with you some of our wonderful day.


First I must show you my two latest cards I had made for the DT Charisma cards! I forgot to put them on a scheduled post so here they are...

Firstly this is my design for Lyndsey's lovely Going dotty challenge which has now finished so congratulations to Polly!

Secondly this is my design for Vee's pink and brown colour challenge which I actually really struggled with! Head on over to Charisma Cardz to make something better than I did!

The prize is a gift certificate for Simon Says! So gooo on join in.

Now for a liitle taster of what has kept me so absent from the world of blogging... the wedding stuff!

Shown below are the candles that I made (with a little help from friends!) for each and every guest at the wedding. As you can see becaude they have names on I used them as place cards for the tables and as they are pretty too they made fab table decs and then favours for the guests to keep! Ingenious.

Although we are awaiting the photos from the photographer I have had a little look on facebook and seen that already there are photos of our big day! I have put some below so you could see!

Hope you like! Phew that has to be one of the longest posts in hostory! I do however have one last thing to say...

...I am back to the world of blogging! Yay! But this time as the new Roxy Ingamells!

Love to all that I have abandoned recently,


Friday, 22 May 2009

Charisma Challenge - Lace, flowers and pearls


Gosh it seems Blogger doesn't want to play at the moment! Been having real problems with it lately.
Here is the card I made for the DT, better late than never! Loved this theme and it was perfect for an anniversary card I needed to make. The theme is flowers, lace and pearls and there is a fab prize on offer for MFT stamps! So head on over to Charisma Cardz to join in the fun!

I used:

Penny Black Stamp coloured with watercolours
Pink petticoat paper - Emily Bronte script
Lace, ribbon and pearls from stash

Keep watching for some of my crafting items for wedding!


Thursday, 14 May 2009

Charisma DT card!- A star is born


Firstly I must start with a HUGE apology to everyone for being a rubbish DT member (especially the girls on the team) I have been so rushed off my feet. Have had my finals to get done for my midwifery (now awaiting results eek) and wedding planning (when I dropped the wedding cake on the floor and sobbed into the crumbs lol).

Now I am back on track and not such a blue bottomed fly I am back with a long awaited card! I must say however I really scrapped the barrell of inspiration for this card and I am not happy with it at all. Head on over and make a better job of it than me! The theme is 'A star is born' and the prize is fab!

I must say I have missed blogging world and can't wait to get back to those lovely evening of just blog hopping and making lots and lots of cards!

I have simply used:

word clipart for stars, gems, glamour dust, blue card from stash

Good luck!


Thursday, 30 April 2009

Charisma cards challenge - Thank You

Hiya! This week we have the lovely theme of THANK YOU! You can make whatever you like as long as it is a thank you related item so be creative! I have been rather boring and made a card but then I have lots of thank you cards to make at the moment.

I have used:

PB stamp coloured with watercolours, paper from stash (not sure what), berisfords ribbon, nestabilities scalloped circles, woodware finger guard trimmer - scalloped edge, corner punch

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Blog candy HUGE alert!

I just had to pass on the fab candy that's out there!

Debbie is giving away an awesome array of stuff inc copic and nestabilities!

Julie is giving away a beautiful assortment inc basic grey papers and gorg handmade buttons!

Head over and have a look! Got to be in it to win it!


My first card for Charisma cards!

Here is my first card for the charisma cards DT! I was so nervous making this card:

This is based on Claire's sketch which was fab to work with, go over to Charisma cardz and check it out!

This week we have a 10% off voucher for Handy hippo so get crafting!



Penny Black - #45

Morning! I'm up bright and early today so thought I would just finish off a card from last night and show you! (I get more and more addicted to crafting everyday!) Infact my hubbie to be last night said to me

"are you on that blog again?! It's taking over your life!"
Only thing is he is right! Anyway back to the job in hand, here is my simple entry to the PB saturday challenge. They have a fab sketch over there this week so be sure to go check it out!

I used:

PB cute hedgy
shabby princess papers : spring breeze (I am loving these free digi papers at the mo!)
multi coloured eyelets
corner punch

Have a great day whatever you are up to!


Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Just Magnolia - First challenge!

Hi everyone!
Hope you had glorious sunshine like me today, although I do hope you have not got the cold I have! Grr, a day like today and I decide to get ill! Well there's nothing like pretty papers to cheer you up which leads me to my card for this evening.
Found this new challenge a couple of weeks ago you may have seen the banner on my blog. There is a new challenge blog in town! - Just magnolia. They have started off with a fabulous sketch and a gobstoppingly jawdroppingly amazing prize! It's truely bonkers but so is the competition.
If you have not already done so go check it out as they have some fabulous DT's too.

Here's my take on the sketch:

I used:
Magnolia stamp of course
DCWV Sweet papers
pink petticoat sentiment
sizzix embossing folder
woodware scalloped edge cutter
corner punch
nestabilities circles
pink ink
bersifords ribbon

Hope you like!


Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Trees a crowd!

Hi everyone, just one card from me today. I have been trying to get a load of work done for my midwifery diploma today so not so much time for crafting! also annoyingly feel like I have an awful cold coming ah! last thing I need. I have decided to do something a little different for the tree themed challenge over at cardvaarks. Thought it sounded like fun and they have some super cool stamps on offer from Taylored expressions!

I have got in touch with my earth mother side!

I used:

a modified version of a clipart picture of all things!
free digi papers from Shabby princess - promise
hero arts sentiment stamp
trusty doodle pen
coarse string

Just shows what you can do for virtually no pennies! i do love a good bargain!


Monday, 20 April 2009

Dutch Dare Challenge - Fave things! (sorry)

I have to apologise but I have made a christmas card! The challenge over at Dutch dare this week is to make something using you favourite things so I am afraid that because christmas things are my fave thats what I have made!

I used:

magnolia stamp
dovecraft christmas paper
mirror card
ribbon from stash


Friday Sketch Challenge

Here is my entry to the Friday Sketch Challenge which is a fab sketch this week! Like making different shape cards sometimes.

I used:

Pink petticoat image and papers from cupcakes collection
cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
berifords ribbon
hero arts sentiment stamp


ICS Sketch Challenge

Here is my entry to the ICS challenge for this week. Didn't need to make a new home card but just fancied it!

I used:
Pink petticoat new home image
Daisy Bucket Astor Park paper
gold embossing powder
assorted string and ribbon

Papertake Weekly Challenge - sketch!

Hope everyone has set week off with a good kick start! Here is my entry to the papertake challenge, they have a fab prize of a WOJ stamp! It's a nice and simple sketch this week with which I decided to make a baby card! I know I get obsessed with babies but I can't help it!

I used:

Woodware image stamp and sentiment
cuttlebug embossing folder
card from stash
ribbon from bersifords and stash
woodware finger trimmer for scalopped edging

Voi-la nice and simple


Sunday, 19 April 2009

Amazing Blog candy up for grabs!

Be sure to check out Katharina's blog candy as she has not one but two sets of the Summer pre order of WOJ stamps! Oh my gosh indeed. Be sure to head over to her blog (not only for candy but for a look at her gorg creations!) the link is here.

I have certainly had my eye on the WOJ collection for a while so will be keeping my fingers crossed!

Hope everyone has had sunshine like us today and enjoyed weekend!


Saturday, 18 April 2009

Sugar bowl Challenge 8

Hope everyone enjoying the weekend!
I've been having a lazy morning and just made this card for the fantastic challenge they have over at The Sugar Bowl! Have you seen what they have as a prize! I am positively drooling over the sugary sweet stamps!

Have gone a bit mad for the lace, ribbons and pearls on here but love this modern/vintage mix at the moment. Click on the photos to get a better look as not so clear otherwise!

Had a moment of ickle inspiration as to what I could do with a tiny bit of lace left over! (Must find out where to get more!) Apologies if everybody has already thought of this anyway! I just thought it looked nice and wanted to share!

I twisted it round to make a pasta bow shape:

...and then finished it off with a prima flower, centred with an eyelet and adhesive pearl. Hey presto pretty flower with vintage twist!

For my card I used:
Sugar nellie stamp: Elisabeth Bell - my favourite!
K and Co - McKenna
Pink petticoat sentiment
lace and ribbon from stash
prima flower
pearls (self adhesive)
Hope you all like!

Friday, 17 April 2009

Sketch and Stash

Hi everyone!
Have made a couple of cards this evening, one being my first DT card which I can't wait to show the second being my entry for the Sketch and Stash Challenge:

Hope you like!

I used:

Pink peticoat pretty doodles paper (which I seem to be obsessed with at the moment)
card from stash
sarah Kay stamp
sentiment from Tiny tags pink petticoat
berisfords ribbon