Sunday 22 December 2013

Free Digi - Henry in Love

It's free digi time again!
This time we are giving away cute 'Henry in Love' 

If you would like to download the image then please click HERE
If you do take Henry then please leave a comment here so I know who he has gone to live with :)

You will recieve 4 files
1 Blackline jpg
1 Coloured jpg
1 Blackline png
1 Coloured png

All in high res 300 dpi without a watermark
The image shown here is low res with a watermark for copyright purposes

This digi stamp is available free for a limited time only and remains the property of Pink Gem Designs

Friday 20 December 2013

Crochet Cowls

I am still persevering with learning crochet and here are two of my latest makes

I followed the tutorial by Clare for the Cross Stitch Cowl

Clare's tutorials are amazing and I have easily learned how to crochet by watching them on my Ipad and crocheting along with can freeze it or wind back if you miss something or make a mistake.
I have tried to crochet a few times over the years without any success.
Good quality hooks with handles have also made a big difference to my achievments

Thursday 19 December 2013

Jack is Two

It's our little grandson Jack's 2nd birthday today....where did the last two years go!

Birthday Boy

Here is the card I made for him

You can also make this card for a loved one as I am selling the topper kit and will personalise it for you with the age and name of the child you wish :)

You can find it here

The Topper Kit

Saturday 14 December 2013

Believe in the Magic

I made this card for our two youngest Grandchildren Mia and Jack
I have kept it fairly simple as Time is running out fast and we go visit them tomorrow.
It's also Jack's second birthday next week so I have made his birthday card today too but I will show that later in the week

Digi used id 'Believe in the Magic' here
....and 'Mini Flakes' Papers here

Friday 13 December 2013

Bella with Candy

Gosh where is the daylight's so dark. 
It was just the same here yesterday too

I am a bit behind with my Christmas card making  so I have been making some easy printables with my images and papers today

Here is Bella with Candy and you can see the card I made with the printable sheet which took me about 20 minutes to cut out and assemble.
It prints onto an A4 sheet and fits nicley onto a 6" card blank like the one I have used.
I layered the pieces with foam pads and then threw on some glamour dust onto the clothing, snow and square frame.

You can find the printable sheet here

Saturday 7 December 2013

To Mam & Dad with Love

Morning everyone!
Hope you are all organised and getting ready for a visit from Santa :)
Over at 'A Gem of a Challenge' it's the last challenge of the year and the theme is 'Anything Goes'
Please pop over and take a look at the DT's beautiful creations...all the teams are taking part this week.
We also have a fabulous guest designer

I am a bit slow with my cards this year....just can't get the mojo I have kept my card quite simple

I have used my new 'Ozzie with Gift' digi which you can find here

Friday 6 December 2013

More Crochet

Morning everyone.....hope it's not too wet and windy where you are :)
The weather has been horrendous these last 24hrs in the UK and the worst has been in the north.
Not too bad here but the wind did get strong for a few hours late yesterday afternoon and into the evening.

Anyway just wanted to show a few of my crocheting efforts.
 I have made these hats for three of my grandchildren

Well must go now as lots of Christmas preparations to do!

Saturday 30 November 2013

Winter Wonderland...... the theme of our latest challenge which starts today over at A Gem of a Challenge
The host is Wendy and we have  guest designer Coops who has made a gorgeous card
Please pop over and take a look at the rest of the DT's stunning cards

New Digis

Here are the latest digi releases over at Pink Gem Designs

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 22 November 2013

New to Crochet

 I have been doing a bit of knitting lately now the cold dark nights are upon us.
I have been able to knit for a long time  ....since I learnt in infant school really.
The bug has been on and off with me over the years....I did most of it when my kiddies were little.
I have always wanted to learn to crochet though....had one or two attempts over the years but given up lol
I just couldn't  hold it right for one thing as well as keeping track of the stitches.
Well thank goodness for Youtube!
I have been watching crochet tutorials for about three weeks now (mostly during the night in my insomniac moments) and having a bit of a practice on an evening along side the knitting
.....and this week I made my first crochet beanie for my little grandaughter Mia.
I really enjoyed it as crochet grows faster than knitting....not quite sure I am holding the yarn right though but I get by lol
Still need lots of practice  but I am really pleased with my acheivment so far :)

Saturday 16 November 2013

New Digi Release

I just love drawing Christmas digi stamps and I have released a few new ones this week :)
....but first of all I just want to mention 'A Gem of a Challenge' which starts a new challenge today
The theme is 'Purple & Turquoise' and has been set by Annette :)
We have Jane as Guest Designer so pop over and take a look at hers and the rest of the teams beautiful creations! onto the new digis

All come as 4 files in both blackline & colour JPG & PNG

Saturday 9 November 2013

Owl Be There

No card to show just now as I can't seem to get motivated with paper and card at the moment
I have got this hat to share which I knit for my little grandson Jack though

Challenge 105 & New Digis

Brrr it's getting colder now....first frost this morning where we live!

A new challenge starts today over at 'A Gem of  a Challenge' hosted by the lovely Debbie and she has chosen Gems, Gems, Gems,
A lovely selection of DT cards by the team and guest designer Gretha so pop over and take a look :)

Here are a couple of new digi products over at Pink Gem Designs 

Bella with Candy

Remember Max and Milly my first little stamp characters.
They are available in this Nativity digi set so you can build your own scene :)

Saturday 2 November 2013

Knitted Ear Warmer

Just wanted to show you this knitted ear warmer I made for my teenage grandaughter
......but first I would like to mention it's another  'A Gem of A Challenge' day today.
The challenge is hosted by Christine which is 'Christmas is Coming'
Caroline is our lovely guest designer and Kevin and Helen make their debuts as DT members
All beautiful cards made by the team so pop over and take a look!

I have been doing a bit of knitting recently on an evening to help me wind down....also it keeps my mind off knibbling as I am on a diet lol.
I used to knit a lot when the kids were little but haven't done too much over the years as the demand dried up. Had grandchildren but I don't think it was too fashionable to put babies in hand knit stuff....well that was the impression I got lol
Anyway it seems to be coming back in fashion and I have been having a go at seamless knitting that our friends in the US seem to love so much!
This is the latest item I made which is an ear warmer for my teenage grandaughter Chloe


With chunky wool and 6.5mm needles cast on/bind on 76 stitches. Join round and place marker
Knit 4 rows knit 2 pearl 2
Knit 6 rows (every row knit in circular knitting makes stocking stitch)
Pearl 1 Row
Knit 1 Row
Pearl 1 Row
Knit 6 rows
Knit 4 rows in knit2 pearl 2 
turn inside out and cast off/bind off  the same way you just knit for a neater finish

Lots of free flower patterns here so take your pick

My tension/gauge  gave me 4 stitches to the inch but you can make it smaller larger using different size needles
I made this to fit my head 21.5 take off 2 inches as the hat has to stretch to fit the head so that gave me 19.5 inches which you times by the amount of stitches per inch in your tension swatch.
That gave me 78 stitches but I  took away 2 so the knit 2 pearl 2 rib would work out so that gave me 76 stitches

To make a tension swatch cast on 20 stitches and knit for an inch or two.
With a flat ruler count  the stitches over four inches and divide by then get the amount of stitches you are knitting per inch.  you can use any size needle and yarn to make your ear warmer!

Saturday 26 October 2013

Challenge 103 & New Snowman Digis

It's Challenge 103 over at 'A Gem of a Challenge' 

This week the challenge is hosted by the lovely Helen N and she has chosen 'More Than One Fold' for her theme
Do pop over and take a look at the teams gorgeous cards.
We also have COOPS guest designing and her card is amazing!

Some new digis have been released this week...

You can find all the latest digis for October here

Sunday 20 October 2013

Knitted Girls 'Berry' Hat

I have spent the last two evenings knitting this little 'Berry' Hat for my 6yr old grandaughter Mia.
I have picked back up my knitting hobby recently which is helping me relax and unwind on an evening.
I spend all day working on the computer designing digis so I really need to get off it on an evening  and do something the knitting is helping me with my digital detox lol
This pattern is here if anyone wants to have a go.....fits baby to adult
Knitted in one piece on circular and double pointed needles

These are the needles I bought to make the hat....saw KnitPro recommended on a knitting forum.
These needles are so light and slick to work with I now need to replace my whole collection of knitting needles now as I love these!
I bought them from the Wool Stack.....they have a website and are on ebay....brilliant service!

Saturday 19 October 2013

New Round Digi Sentiments

Some new digi sentiments have just gone on sale here

I have kept them quite large so you can size them down or have them as a focal point