30 December 2011

I'm late!

I'm late with my Little Miss Muffet Stamps post today!  Sorry about that!  Things got on top of me this week... My parents left to fly back to NZ this morning and we have a guest trip starting this evening, so it was a race to get everything organised!  We had a great time with my parents, but I hope they weren't too bored!  They helped me out at work a lot!  I hope their looong trip back to NZ goes smoothly.

This week at Little Miss Muffet stamps we are showcasing a new Sugar n' Spice Dolls cutie called Saffron.  She is actually a FREEBIE, so if you head over here you can find out how to get her!  We have some very talented guests this week too, so head over to the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog and check out all the fabulous creations from the team!  And don't forget we have an Anything Goes and be a follower challenge running at the moment as well as a DT call!

Here's my card:

I have coloured Saffron with copics (see details below) and followed the current sketch at Sketch Saturday.  The papers are from Crate Paper as are the border stickers in the background.  The brads are from the Stella and Rose collection from My Minds Eye.  The sentiment is made with Doodlebug rubons.  

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday: Sketch 186
Art Impressions Stamps #45: Die cuts or punches (the circles)
Charizma Card Challenges Week #50: Anything Goes

Here's a close-up of Saffron:

And here are the copics I used:

Have a lovely weekend! And Happy New Year!

Arabella Chickie

25 December 2011

Kala Christouyenna/Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas or Kala Christouyenna if you are in Greece!  I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas full of fun and laughter and love and celebration with friends and family!  

Well Mum and I have spent all day baking and prepping for our Christmas meal tomorrow and hopefully we will hardly have to do anything at all tomorrow other than unwrap prezzies and drink coffee and eat lovely Christmas baking!  Maybe if I'm really lucky I will get to sneak away and play in my craft room when everyone else is napping : )

Anyway, here's one more Christmas card to share with you... 'cause it won't be any good posting Christmas cards on the blog after Christmas!

I just love the gorgeous Lilli Claire - Sweet Christmas Dreams from Tiddly Inks!  I am wondering if I could possibly disguise her candy cane and use her after Christmas... what do you think?

Lilli Claire is coloured with copics and I have added Glossy Accents to her candy cane and Stickles to the pom pom on her hat.

The papers are from October afternoon as is the sticker.  The snowflakes are from Make it Crafty.  The ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl and the charm is from Telfords Direct.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge blog #71: Snowflakes
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Cold and Frosty
Di's Digi Design Challenge: Show us Christmas
One Stop Craft Challenge, week 163: Winter Wishes

Here's a close-up of the adorable Lilli Claire:

And here are the copics I used:

Merry Christmas again!  I hope all you crafty people get some lovely crafty prezzies and lots of time to craft!


Arabella Chickie in the Christmas Spirit

22 December 2011

Anything Goes and DT Call and freebie at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!

Good morning!  Only 3 more sleeps 'til Christmas!  Wooppeeee!  I don't know why I get so excited about Christmas, but I just love finding the right gifts for people... I just hope they all like them!

I was planning on having a relaxing lead up to Christmas, but a spanner was thrown in the works and I now have to work on Thursday and Friday this week (I was hoping to take those days off) which means I won't be able to relax Saturday as I will have to do my food prep then for the big day!  Oh well... que sera.  I also have to cook at the boss's office on Tuesday and the shops will be closed on Monday, so will have to provision for that on Saturday as well... what a pain!

Today we have a very easy Anything Goes challenge for you at Little Miss Muffet stamps but we would like you to become a follower to enter.  Aaaaand we are having a DT call!  Barbara has a supercute freebie you can use for your DT call card if you are interested!  Head on over to the challenge blog to check out the details and of course to see the wonderful creations from my teamies!

I have made another small card today using one of the Hatter's hats...

The hat belongs to Linda Lee Hatter and I have coloured it with copics (see details below).  The fabby paper is from my favourite paper company... October Afternoon.  I have added buttons from my stash to the button card.  The wooden button is from Crate Paper.   The butterfly is from October afternoon and the sentiment tag is cut with my Slice machine.  The sentiment itself is an SRM sticker.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Challenges #26: Anything Goes
Everybody Art Challenges #123: Anything Goes
Try it On Tuesday: Anything Goes

Hope you can join us for the Anything Goes challenge and of course the DT call!


Arabella Chickie

21 December 2011


Hello!  Wow!  Two posts in a two days! That seems to be a record for me at the moment!  It's like that at this time of the year though isn't it?  

I just popped in to share a card I made using the Tiddly Inks image Genius.  

Isn't he gorgeous?! I used a sketch from Deconstructing Jen to base the card layout on.  Here is it here.  The blue paper are from October Afternoon and the kraft paper is from My Mind's Eye (I think).  I have added felt stars from The Craft Barn and sentiment alpha stickers from my local craft store in NZ.  Did you know G9 is txt shorthand for Genius (and also goodnight apparently).

Here's a close-up of him:

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
365 Cards: Use a combo of alphabet stickers and numbers
The Corrosive Challenge Blog: Anything Except Christmas

Here are the copics I used:

Have a lovely evening! 

Arabella Chickie

19 December 2011

Pollycraft Monday Challenge #121

Good morning!  We Pollycraft girls are finally back with a new challenge after our four week break!  You would not believe the number of entries we had into the big four week Christmas Fun challenge!  Over 640 wonderful entries!   I've about worn my keyboard out commenting!

The four lucky winners will be announced on the Pollycraft blog soon, but in the meantime, our challenge to you for this week (from the lovely Sheena) is to Punch It!  Head over to the Pollycraft Monday Challenge blog for some wonderful inspiration from my teamies and to find out the details!

I haven't quite finished making Christmas cards yet, to I used the opportunity to get one more done...

Firstly, I must apologise for the dark pictures... There's no sunshine here at the moment!  I feel quite put out!  I wouldn't mind so much if we had some lovely white fluffy snow, but there's no chance of that for a while yet.

To tell you the truth, punches are not really my thing... I find them a bit bulky and awkward and so I never buy them.  I do have a circle punch though which I recently purchased to make my Snowman Poop gifts (another story) for Christmas, so I used it for the sentiment.  The flourishes are cut with my Slice machine, but I guess if you closed one eye and squinted you could think they were punched.

This image is one of the adorable new Swings and Slides Merry Christmas images called Happy Mail.  Did you know that right now you can get all 28 of the Swings and Slides digis for just £8.99 in the shop?!  That is such a good deal!

The papers I have used are from October Afternoon.  I have coloured the image with copics and added lots of Stickles.  The sentiment stamp is from LOTV as are the postmark stamps.  The crystals are by Prima.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges #22: Christmas
Gingerloft Challenge #30: Christmas and Winter
One Stitch at a Time #93: Anything Goes
Catch the Bug: Baby it's cold outside
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #51: Anything Goes for Christmas

Here's a close-up:

And here are the copics I used:

Have a lovely week!

Arabella Chickie in Glyfada, Greece

13 December 2011

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Good morning!  I am scheduling this post, so hopefully it works okay... as if flights work out, I should be sight seeing in Budapest right now.  

I would so love to have a white Christmas, but sadly since the weather here has been so warm lately I really don't think it's going to happen this year.   So, can you guess what the challenge theme this week at Tiddly Inks is?  Yep... it's White Christmas.

Head over to the Tiddly Inks blog and check out the amazing creations from my teamies!

For my card, I used Lilli Claire Warm Wishes.  I have been itching to colour her in for ages now!

I have coloured Lilli Claire with copics (see details below) and added Stardust Stickles to her muff, ear muffs and the fur on her coat and Silver Stickles to her snowflake earrings.  I have added Icicle Stickles to the ground for snow.  The papers are from Crate Paper and October Afternoon and the doily is from the supermarket.  The buttons are from Doodlebug Designs and the chipboard snowflakes are from Make it Crafty.

The sketch I have used is from I{heart}2stamp.

I would like to enter this card into:
2 Sisters Challenge #69: Christmas
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Cold and Frosty
My Sheri Crafts #75: Let it Snow

Here are the copics I used:

I have entered all 12 of the I{heart}2stamp monthly challenges this year and here are my posts:
December - this one.

Have a lovely day!

Arabella Chickie in Budapest, Hungary

11 December 2011

Just call me Princess!

Hello!  I must apologise for my sporadic posting lately... I'm just finding that getting organised for Christmas is getting on top of me... that and having my parents visiting at the moment.  It would be awfully anti-social of me to head off to my craft room after work every day!  

Tomorrow we are off to Budapest for a few days... I'm really looking forward to it.  I hear it is a very beautiful city.

I have another bookmark to share today... this one using Everyday Princess from Tiddly Inks.   Don't forget there's still time to enter our Ooh La La Sexy card challenge at Tiddly Inks!

This image makes me smile.  I work with three boys on the boat and no other girls... when they want something they sometimes call me Princess or The Princess.  I rather like it!  I think I'll keep this bookmark for myself.

The paper I have used is from Crate Paper.  The ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.  I have coloured the Everyday Princess with copics.

I would like to enter this bookmark into the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner: All Ruffled Up
Wee Memories: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #112: Anything Goes

Have a lovely rest of the weekend!  I'll be back at the end of the week next week!


Arabella Chickie

08 December 2011

Buttons and Ribbons at Little Miss Muffet Stamps

Good morning!  It's time for a new challenge at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!  We know you are all super busy at the moment since it's only 17 more sleep until Christmas, so we have an easy one for you this round...

Buttons and Ribbons

Super easy right? Head over to the Little Miss Muffet Challenges and Releases blog to check out my teamies fab creations.

I decided to make a bookmark for this one...

I was totally inspired by one of Leah Ann's cards and I had to hunt up the poem she used...  It is by Jenny Joseph... you can read it here.  It reminds me a lot of my Granny... she loved purple!

I have put the first verse of the poem on the back and the last verse on the front of the bookmark.

I will be back to enter this bookmark into challenges.., got to run right now.  Okay, I'm back!

The paper I used for this bookmark is from Crate Paper, the ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl, the button is from Blooming Felt and I have coloured the hat with copics (see details below).

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenges: Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge #96: Anything Goes
Victorine Originals Challenge #22: Use Ribbon

Here are my copics:


Arabella Chickie

07 December 2011

Envelope Boxes!

I was just doing a bit of commenting around blogland and I ran across this great idea that Tracy of Crafteezee has had for cards with lots of embellishments... she has had some envelope boxes made!  How cool is that?! 


They are professionally cut and scored ready for your glue/tape and are an absolute godsend.  So if your interested please email Tracy: for a quote.  She can ship worldwide no problem.

To help spread the word, Tracy is giving away a pack of 25 as a blog candy.  Head over here to find out how you can win!

I'm off to email Tracy for a quote now!


Arabella Chickie

06 December 2011

It's a Tiddly Tuesday!

Good morning!  I can't believe it's Tuesday already!  Time is just whizzing by for me at the moment!  

Today we have a new challenge starting at Tiddly Inks!  We had some gorgeous creations entered into our two week Anything Goes Challenge!  Wowsers!  There are some amazing artists out there!

This week's challenge is to make a Sexy card to warm things up... fun huh?!   Head over to the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog and check out the fabulous creations from my teamies!

Here's my card using Angel Spice's Halloween:

I have used a mixture of papers from Crate Paper, October Afternoon and My Mind's Eye.  The felt tree is from The Craft Barn, the flower is one of mine, the handbag charm is from Telford's Direct (I cut off the Halloween bag she was carrying) and the button is from Doodlebug, oh and the sentiment is from Penny Black and I have added yellow Stickles to her halo.  I cut the heart shapes with my Slice machine.  

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenges #87: Anything Goes plus Glitter (I added Stickles to her halo)
Crafty Boots Challenges: Anything Goes
Sir Stampalot Challenge - December: Bingo (Flowers, Buttons and Stickles)
2 Sisters Challenge Blog #68: Punches and or dies

Here are the copics I used:

Have a lovely day and I do hope you have a chance to play along with us at Tiddly Inks this week!  

Arabella Chickie 

05 December 2011

Pollycraft Monday challenge 120 Mid-way reminder!

Good morning!   It's Pollycraft Monday again!  But we don't have a new challenge for you this week as we have a four week long challenge running at the moment with four fabulous prizes!  The challenge theme is Christmas Fun!  How easy is that?!  

I made a midway reminder card using the brand new Swings and Slides Merry Christmas - Snowballs...

The papers are a mixture from Crate Paper (I think) and another brand.  The felt tree is new to me from The Craft Barn and very cool I must say.  I have added Stickles to the branches for snow.  The sentiment is a rub on from Pebbles.  The wee snowflake is the waste from a chipboard snowflake from Make it Crafty... I just cut around it in a hexagon shape. Waste not want not I say : )

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps #18: Christmas
Come and Get it Challenges: Anything Christmas
Gingerloft Challenge #30: Christmas and Winter
Mad for Markers: Christmas

Here's a close-up:

Here are the copics I used:

Have a lovely Monday!  Don't forget you still have two weeks to enter our Christmas Fun challenge at Pollycraft!

Arabella Chickie in Glyfada, Greece

02 December 2011

More New Releases at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!

Good morning!  It's day 2 of new releases at Little Miss Muffet stamps this week and we have one new kid and one you've seen before from the Operation TREEHOUSE collection to show you!  Take a peek over at the Little Miss Muffet Challenge blog to meet Agent Bubblegum Zipping (in NZ we call these things Flying Foxes) and Bandit Boy Tom.  I'm so excited that there is now a boy in the collection!

Here's my card:

How cute and boyish is he?!  I loosely followed the sketch from Sketch Saturday, but I got carried away with the sewing and accidentally stitched the blue strip down before I could tuck those circles behind it... oops!  The buttons are from my stash and the papers are from Bo Bunny and October Afternoon.  The sentiment stickers are from the Fynmark Fundamentals range.  The crystals are from Prima.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday #183: Sketch
The Paper Shelter Challenge #42: Anything Goes
Fab n Funky Challenges #101: Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks #66: Birthday

Here are the copics I used:

Have a lovely Friday!

Arabella Chickie in Glyfada, Greece

New Releases at Tiddly Inks!

Kalispera!  Good evening!  I'm back...

Christy from Tiddly Inks has been visiting her adorable wee niece and was inspired to doodle up some lovely new images for us!    If you mosey on over to Christy's blog you can see them all and find out the details of the SALE that Christy is having in the store.

I used the adorable Little So and So and one of the new sentiments for my card:

Isn't he cute?!  The papers I have used are mostly from Simple Stories.  The seam binding ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.  Little So and So is coloured with copics (see details below).  The crystals are from Prima.  The card is another small one... 11cm x 11cm.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Goes

Here are the copics I used:

Have a lovely evening!

Arabella Chickie