Thursday, 29 May 2008


by the lovely Vicki at Paperlicious Oasis. Thanks Vicki- really i mean it-lol

The rules of the game get posted at the begining. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names and then goes to their blog and posts them a comment letting then know they've been tagged and asks them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer:

1. Ten years ago;.

Gosh I was only 19 -how mad- and since its coming up to Fathers Day I had just got engaged to Dominic. I was working in a dodgy clothes shop and was living at home with my dad. I was soon to go on my first ever holiday abroad.

2. Five things in todays to do list;.

1. Ironing and lots of it.
2. Washing and lots of it.
3. Online grocery shop with Tesco.
4. Make my gran a birthday card, she'll be 92 tomorrow and ive to go to her birthday party with my dad in Ardee- a place in the south of Ireland where my dad is from.
5. Hopefully lie out in the sun with a good book when Alex goes for a nap!!!!!!

3. Snacks i enjoy;.

There's so many- if im having a bottle of wine i love munching on crisps especially cheesy Doritos (though im supposed to be on a bikini diet- we're off on our hols in 3 weeks)

4. Things I would do if I were a millionaire;.

I would give some money to immediate family members and set up large trust funds for the kids. Buy a huge house cause after all the kids still have school and grandparents here. Go on loads of holidays and only stay in really fancy places and shop till i drop in New York. Oh and have laser eye surgery!!!!!!

5. Places i have lived;.

Not very exciting ive always lived in the same town where i live now- Lurgan. Though we just moved into this house two years ago and its right beside the 2nd largest park in Northern Ireland.

I will now pass this tag onto Natalie and Vicki May and to anyone else who reads my blog. Im sorry but Alex is calling me...

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Happy Fathers Day- DAD

wow- Two cards in one day, im on a roll. Ive made this fathers day card for Dominic's dad. The image "dressed up" by Penny Black is ideal as he got a new dog just before Christmas and he loves him to bits.

The backing paper and "DAD" are from the Dovecraft Masculine range (what would we have done without this fab range of mens stuff?), the paw print paper is by Doodlebug- i think it sets this image of brilliantly. I must say i really enjoyed doing some cardmaking today even though ive neglected the housework!!!!!!

Love Noleen xx

Happy Birthday- Bubblebella

"And about time too" I can hear you say- ive finally managed to make a card- though I dont know how, my little Alex is in a foul mood and is standing beside me saying " mama bobo"!!!!! So here it is:

The gorgeous Bubblebella image is from Natalie and the backing papers are from Vicki May. I just coloured the bath, the brush and her hat in lightly with a pink pencil and used stickles for the bubbles and water. The oval greetings are from Craftwork Cards and i finished it off with little gems in the corners. Thanks for looking...

Love Noleen xx

Circle of Friends

I have to say i was rather shocked to learn that Natalie passed me on this reward as ive not posted a card in ages. Thankyou Natalie its very appreciated:

It is now my turn to pass it on to four people. Firstly im giving it back to Natalie and also to Vicki May, Vicki and Gina. Im so sorry to all my blogging friends for not making any posts lately, but i promise to get something posted today...

Love Noleen xx

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Thank you Vicki May

I just arrived home from my morning walk to find a package on the doorstep mmmm i thought to myself i havent been naughty and ordered any goodies and to my great suprise when i opened it up i found some fab Rac from Vicki.

She was so generous included was some gorgeous papers, rub ons, ribbons and bows, die cut shapes and other lovely embellishments. Thanks very much Vicki- you never know i might actually produce something now!!!!!

Love Noleen xx

The Sun is Shining

Hi Bloggers, sorry i havent been round much but the sun is shining so ive been outside all day every day playing with my kiddies. Im ashamed to say i havent given cards any thought at all. We are so fortunate to live beside a really big park that Alex and i have been going for lovely long walks while Aoife and Keelan are at school. In the afternoons after school we have all been out in the playground that is my back garden.

I hope everyone out there is enjoying the sun, i think its best to make the the most of it while we have it cause knowing our luck im sure the sun wont be round too long!!!!
Love Noleen xx

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Happy Birthday Aoife

These are the two cards ive made for Aoife's 7th birthday from her two brothers. The top one was made using a Whipper Snapper stamp "Girl with Teddy". The stripey paper and letters are by Doodlebug. I used a Woodware punch for the tag and added some silver peel offs for the 7 Today. For the second one i used Changito Happy b-day stamp by Stampendous and papers from the Spring Stack. The ribbon is Doodlebug and the greetings are from Craftwork Cards.

Love Noleen xx

Gina's Blog Candy

To celebrate 10,000 hits Gina has some fantastic blog candy up for grabs. Here is my entry:

All you had to do was make a card using pretty paper, a stamp, ribbons and flowers. Its my daughter Aoife's 7th birthday in two weeks and this is the card i made for her. Ive used Tilda with wellies, Doodlebug paper, letters and ribbon and little Prima flowers.

Love Noleen xx

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

RAC for Vicki May

I made this image wallet to accompany some images i sent to Vicki-

Vicki always leaves me lovely little comments on my blog and it was my way of saying thanks to her. I used Tilda with blanket and paper pieced her top and watercoloured the rest. I then used Doddlebug letters to spell out her name. I used the paisley Cuttlebug folder to emboss some pink Bazzill Bling cs. The only bad thing about it is she knew someting was coming as i had to ask her for her address which kind of spoiled her surprise.

Love Noleen xx

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Ohhhh lovely Bellas

Ive made two girly birthday cards today using the lovely Bella images that Natalie kindly sent me. I couldnt wait to try them out but the colouring isnt great on them im still trying to watercolour my images. I used backing paper from The Spring Stack, greetings from Craftwork Cards and green Prima flowers. I hope Natalie likes them and again a big thanks to her for giving me a chance to try them.

Love Noleen xx

Thursday, 24 April 2008


I saw and adored this card on Natalies blog so you can imagine my suprise when it landed on my doorstep this morning and revealed itself to be a gorgeous wallet containing lots of lovely Bella images!!!!!! I was so, so chuffed- ive long been a fan of Natalies cards and it was a pleasure to recieve this today. So i just want to say a big, big thank-you to Natalie and to tell her how much i really appreciated this. Thanks Natalie.
Love Noleen xx


I made this card simply because i wanted to have another go at water colouring. I enjoyed paper piecing yesterday i think it looks really effective so i decided to throw a bit of this in too...

I have used Tilda with blanket as i used it yesterday for the first time and i really like her. The papers are from The Spring Stack and the paper frills are by Doddlebug have used stickles on her wings and blanket and popped three little gems in the corner for added bling.

Love Noleen xx


Challenge #7

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! - "As we had male cards last week, this week we would like you to make a card with a female theme"

This card was a first for me in many ways its the first time ive watercoloured an image- so im quite chuffed with that, its the first time ive used this stamp- its by Woodware and called Girly Fun and its also the first time ive stamped a sentiment straight onto a card!!!

Love Noleen xx

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Happy Fathers Day-again!!!

I've had this fella quite some time now after seeing him on Natalie's blog. He's called Handy Mouse by Great Impressions, i couldnt really think wat to do with him then i remembered the Doverafts Kids papers so i thought id give it a go:

The letters are Loopy Love by Doodlebug and again the greeting is from Craftwork Cards. I might give this one to my dad as he is a real handy man perfect for when you need some flooring put down and he also as a shed full of tools and gadgets.

Love Noleen xx

Happy Fathers Day

I wanted an excuse to ink this little fella up. I love this Penny Black stamp Dressed Up and while looking through some blogs i came across a fab sketch by Katherina- so i decided to give it a go:

It didnt go exactly as the sketch (there is supposed to a circle behind the image) but its the best i could do. Inspired by the wonderful Natalie at Crafting Fun! i decided to have another go a paper piecing so his little tie would match.

Love Noleen xx

Tilda & Co Challenge

Girly but Blue!

You dont see many girl cards/projects in blue very often. They are normally pink! Well i would love you to make your projects this week in BLUE! Has to be suitable for female...

Here is mine:

So for this challenge i have used Tilda with blanket, i have also had my first go at paper piecing. The blue paper i used was from The Spring Stack, the greetings are from Craftwork Cards. I have also used blue ribbon, blue gems and a blue paper anchor. Oh nearly forgot i also used baby blue stickles on her blanket.

Love Noleen xx

Tuesday, 22 April 2008


I have 8 questions to answer:

1. If a movie was being made of your life who would you like to be cast to play you? And why?

2. You have to spend a whole month on a desert island for charity and you have to choose your favourite celebrity to spend the first two weeks worth & your least favourite to spend the last two weeks with. Who would they be and why?

3. What are your three favourite crafting products?

4. If you could invent something to do anything what do you think it would be?

5. What are the last three books that you read?

6. QVC or Create & Craft?

7. Docrafts or Dovecraft or DCWV?

8. What is your claim to fame?

Here goes:

1. It would have to be Reese Witherspoon as I think she is pretty, blonde and sassy, everything i inspire to be!!!!!!!

2. The first two would be with Rod Stewart so he could serenade me every day and the last two weeks would be Mark from Holby City, he bugs the life out of me and i just want the chance to punch him.!!!!!!!

3. Double sided sticky tape, rubber stamps and Cuttlebug embossing folders.

4. It would have to be The Housework Buddy- it would iron clothes and put then away, wash the floors and make sandwiches- weird i know but hate doing it....

5. The last three books are Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh- it made me cry, Never Say Never by Melissa Hill and I'll Be Seeing You by Mary Higgins Clarke..

6. Ive never watched QVC and ive never heard of the other one so i'll have to say neither.

7. Dovecrafts because i think its good value and the masculine range is a life saver..

8. My claim to fame is when i was little kiddy about 6 or 7 i got choosen from a large crowd to switch on the Christmas lights with the lord mayor at our local shopping centre. I can still remember the newspaper heading: "Noleen's eyes light up as she brightens up Craigavon Shopping Centre"- ok so it didnt make me famous for long but i was sooooooo chuffed at the time.

Ok thats me done now ive to tag someone. Its Vicki May

Friday, 18 April 2008

Cute Card Thursday

Challenge 6 "It's a mans world"

"This week we would like to see the cards made for the men and boys in your life"

It's Dominic's mate Barry's birthday this weekend so Dominic, Barry and Barry's dad and uncles are headind to Donegal for the weekend so Dominic asked me to make a card he could take with him. The Sugar Nellie is courtesy of Vicki and all the other papers and embellishments are by Dovecraft.

Love Noleen

Happy Birthday Maryella

My little star Aoife is going to her friends 7th birthday party on Sunday so i set about making a girly card...

Ive used a Whipper Snapper stamp Girl and Teddy. I cant remember the name of the paper i used i have searched online to try and find out but i cant see it. Ive had to use peel off letters on this card as i really wanted the name on it but Maryella is such a long name that i could'nt fit it on any other way. The little greeting is from Craftwork Cards and i used a Woodware tag punch and attached it with a brad. I finished it off with a little Prima flower. I hope she likes it...

Love Noleen

MIL's Birthday

Today is my MIL's birthday and ive really struggled to make these two cards- I would like my mojo back so if anyone out there finds it you know where i am..

Here they are...

As you can tell these arent great i really dont think i can say anything more about them!!!!!!!!!

Love Noleen

IM BACK........

Well sort of... the laptop arrived back a little while ago afer me saying to Dominic this morning how i wished it would hurry up!!! I've made a few cards over the past few days- i think my mojo left too-, its my MIL birthday today and im really struggling with it, i just havent a clue. Im on it at the moment so hopefully i'll have it posted today... Its good to be back and i'll be having a good nosey round all your blogs that ive really missed as soon as i can find some time....

Love Noleen

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Computer Trouble

I have to apologise for my lack of blogging.... and its about to get worse. The power lead for the laptop has ceased working, at the moment its only just powering on the portable DVD player battery, so its off on its travels tomorrow to see the tech guys at PC World. If thats not bad enough the kids computer has also stopped working Dominic thinks it has a virus so he packed it off to his mate who's a computer freak but a very busy man so it could be a while. So from tomorrow we shall have no computers or internet access..... I'll be having withdrawl symptons while Dominic will be just pleased i cant do any online shopping. So thats your lot for i dont know how long so have fun with all the challenges.

Happy Blogging

Love Noleen xx

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Cute Card Thursday

Challenge 4 Transport

"Our challenge this week is Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

Here is my entry:

For this little boys birthday card i used Woodware Clear Stamp set "Playtime". The backing paper is K&Co "Hopscotch".

Love Noleen xx

Thanks Gina and Sharon

Ive recieved this "You Make My Day Award" from Gina( and Sharon(

I havent been around much lately Keelan is still off school until next week so ive been spending loads of time with him but Aoife did go back to school this week so im working from 2 different hymn sheets.

Anyway now its my time to nominate three people for this award which is quite difficult because i read so many but here it goes.

  1. Vicki So thats it hopefully i'll get a chance to post a new card soon

Love Noleen xx

Friday, 28 March 2008

Magnolia Challenge

This is the card i made for this weeks Magnolia Challenge, this weeks challenge was to follow a fab template. This Magnolia image is called "Homespun Tilda". I have used backing papers from K&Co and the little flowers are Prima with little gems added to the centre of each...

Love Noleen xx

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #3

People, as we had "All Creatures Great and Small" as our challenge last week, we think its only fair to have "People" as our theme this week. Any people image is fine, it could be Magnolias, Bellas, Nellies, Lolas or any others.

For this challenge ive made a birthday card for my friend Jeff. I've used a Sugar Nellie stamp, the letters are by Doodlebug and the stripe backing paper is from the Christmas Stack.. The greeting is from Craftwork Cards. Its finished with a blue brad and 3 little gems...

Love Noleen xx

Have a wonderful day...

This is the card that i made to accompany some PIF Candy that ive sent Tracey. The PB Stamp is a image i recieved from Vicki -http://paperliciousoasis. The patterned paper is from The Brenda Walton Dollshouse Collection, ive had it ages but never used it. Ive also added a cream panel that i embossed using the Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder. I finished it using a Flutter Greeting from Craftwork Cards.

Love Noleen xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Glitter Pot - Update

Did you know that the fabby Glitter Pot is now stocking valuable wants and must haves from Craftwork Cards. So those Wonder Words greetings that we cant live without are now available from The Glitter Pot... Happy Days i can do all my shopping in one place

Love Noleen xx

Happy Birthday Rockstar....

I made this card using an image i recieved from Vicki. I think the little guy with the guitar is a great image for a lads card. The backing paper also came from Vicki and is from the Dovecraft masculine pack. Thanks Vicki
Love Noleen xx

New Baby

I decided to make a new baby card for Nicola's Sketch #7

I've used a Sugar Nellie stamp "Baby Millie" for this card- i think she's so cute..... I mounted some Bazzill Bling pink cardstock onto a plain card and then the patterned paper i used is from Pebbles Inc. The image was also mounted onto the pink BB card. The little blossoms are Prima and each one has a little gem in the centre. The greeting is from Craftwork Cards and it has been finished off with some gems in the left corner.

Love Noleen xx

Nicola - My Paper World

I've just discovered a great sketch from Nicola (link on left hand side) at My Paper World and she has this fabby sketch - Stetch no. 7

I love the layout of this so im going to give it a go....... watch this space....

Love Noleen xx

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

You Make My Day - Award

I got this cute little award from Maria, its a little award you give to people whose blogs you love to read. I read so many blogs on here so like Maria I will pass it on to 3 people
I give the "You Make My Day Award" to:
and finally to Natalie as it was she who inspired me to join Do Crafts all those months ago...
Love Noleen xx

Thanks Vicki

Look at the fabulous PIF candy i recieved from Vicki this morning. Thankyou so much Vicki , included are some stamped images , patterned paper, ribbon, flowers and buttons and some embossed cuttlebug paper. I love it all and cant wait to have a play....
So everyone, you know what it means its my turn to do PIF candy..... so the first 3 UK residents to leave a comment on this blog will recieve some PIF candy from me.

Love Noleen xx

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Happy Birthday Dominic- My Mr Perfect

Happy Easter to everyone but today is also my hubby's birthday, so ladies here he is :

Isnt he so fine... lol... I bought him this top as it suits him perfectly!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love Noleen xx

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Tara - The rules of the game are:

. Link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog

. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them

. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs

. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

1) Im the youngest of 3 children and was both a mummy's girl and a daddy's girl. I could do no wrong.

2) When i was 16 my bedroom was on the ground floor and i once climbed out the window to meet my then boyfriend to celebrate our school football team winning a cup. He was the captain after all.

3) I was obsessed with the film Grease and used to watch it every day after school while pretending to be Sandy- i was hopelessly devoted.

4) I met my husband in our local shopping centre where i was working and he was taking kids portraits, i walked past wiggled my Levis bum- a moment he says he will never forget.

5) Even though i have 3 kids ive never experienced a contraction, my 1st two babies were early and born by emergency section so i had to have a third even though i had finally made it to full term.

6) When i was a baby my parents said i loved to listen to Rod Stewart and i got so embarrassed now i love him to bits and listen to him all the time.

7) I love reading fiction books by Irish authors such as Meave Binchy and Shelia Flannagan- but i have to read them in one sitting as i once i start i cant stop.

Now to nominate 7 people i choose Vicki May-, Vicki-, Maria-, Gina-, Sue-, Andrea- and Kerry-

Love Noleen xx

Saturday, 22 March 2008

For Daddy

Also in the post this morning was a Stampendous stamp "Changito Guitar" so i thought id use him for a birthday card from the kids to give to Dominic tomorrow

For this one i used backing paper from the Dovecraft Masculine pack, the ribbon and letters are both by Doodlebug. I hope he likes it as i spent quite a bit of time over the layout, im quite happy with how it has turned out.
So now im off to make Dominic a yummy mint Aero cheesecake- he loves them. Tomorrow im going to let him have a lie in before i wake him up with his pressies and a big fry!!! He is a fab hubby and daddy and deserves to be spoiled
Love Noleen xx

All Creatures Great And Small- Cute Card Thursday Challenge

My First Challenge

"This week we would like to see creatures on your cards, they can be animals, birds, fish even dinosaurs or dragons. Absolutely any creature imaginable.

I decided to go with this PB stamp "Dressed Up" which arrived from the glitter pot this morning. As we all know dogs are mans best friend and since its my hubby's birthday tomorrow i thought this was perfect as we are proud dog owners! I hope its ok.

Love Noleen xx

I've Won an Award

I recieved this award from Natalie at Crafting Fun!- thanks Natalie. The "Arte Y Pico" (Art and More) award is given to bloggers who share their art and creativity making their contribution to the blogging world.
The rules!
1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what their language.
2)Each award has to have the name of the author plus a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3)Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4)Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte Y Pico"blog, so everyone will know the origin of the award.
5) To show these rules.
Now its my turn to give this award and its really hard as i dont know who to pick. But I have choosen Vicki -Paperlicious Oasis, Tara- Tara's Designs, Vicki May- Jus cos cards, Gina- The Card Kabin and to Michelle- The Card Grotto.
Love Noleen xx

Thursday, 20 March 2008

SBS9 March Sketch

I did it!!!!!!! After tea i got stuck into creating a card according to Gina SBS9 March Sketch. I absolutely loved the layout of this sketch until i realised i had nothing to cut out the 2 circles but alas no fear i got 2 glasses out of the cupboard drew around them and done my best at cutting them out so that is why they arent perfect but hey it was my first attempt. I used paper from The Spring Matstack and the greeting is a rub on from P INC. I added to little gems for a bit of bling. Im quite pleased with the overall result and hope Gina gives it her approval.
Love Noleen xx

Gina at the Card Kabin

While looking through all the blogs i came across Gina and when i clicked on i discovered her fab March Sketch. If i get a chance after tea i think i'll give it a whirl because its a great layout and my cards all seem the same. Watch this space........
Love Noleen xx

Just a little something...

I whipped this card up after my last post just because i wanted to have a play with my new goodies, as you can see ive used my new greetings and the heart ribbon brad. I love this Nellie image but im so useless at colouring in which is a big problem as i mainly use stamped images on my I'll just have to keep on trying.
Love Noleen xx

Why I love the post man...

...He always brings me some lovely goodies. The top photo is some Wonder Words from Craftwork Cards- i just love these they are an absolute life saver as i dont own any greeting stamps these are the perfect finishing touch and can look great when chalked on or jazzed up with some gems....... The second photo is a stash of goodies i ordered from Artymiss- DCWV mat stack, heart brads, heart ribbon brads, ribbons and photo anchors. I had seen the little anchors used so many times and i finally tracked some down. Living in a small town in Northern Ireland there is only one very small craft shop that is rather expensive and doesnt stock all that i want so it means endless hours trailing the internet but its always worth it when the postie turns up...

Some of my latest cards

These two cards arent for anyone in particular, both are birthday cards suitable for friends. I do have quite a few birthdays coming up so hopefully they wont be sitting around for long.

Im thinking of using this card for my MIL birthday next month... not sure though. Ive used PB stamp, prima flowers attached with brads. Backing paper is from the Spring Stack and the greeting is from Craftwork Cards.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Card Challenge

Im really looking forward to tomorrow as i hoping to take part in the new weekly challenge "Cute Card Thursday". I especially love to make cute cards using stamps from Penny Black. Hopefuuly i'll have a new post tomorrow with my 1st card challenge.
Love Noleen

Thanks Vicki and Michelle

Just want to say a big thank-you to Michelle and Vicki for welcoming me to the wonderful world of card blogging. It means a lot coming from two very talented and inspirational bloggers.
Love Noleen

And finally this is the card i made for Keelan from me and his dad. The dinosaur is from Lili of The Valley, letters are by Doodlebug and the greeting is of course from Craftwork Cards. Thanks for looking
"The Birthday Boy"
Its hard to believe Keelan is 5 already it seems like yesterday when he came into the world. He is a real mummy's boy-he was born prematurely at 32weeks and has had a few little development poblems but he's a jolly little lad full of fun.

Keelan's 5th Birthday

Here are two cards i made for my son's 5th birthday last week. They were both made using the new Paper Nation decoupage images.

Hi to all Card Makers

Hi to all the mad card makers out there. Ive decided to set up this little blog as being at home all day with my little two year old Alex can get a bit lonely...Ive been dabbling at making cards now for a couple of years but im not nearly as good as most of you lot out there. I first started to show my efforts on the "Do Crafts" site but ive been reading the fabulous blogs of Michelle Short (Card Grotto) and Natalie Kennedy (Crafting Fun) and decided to have a go to. Please feel free to drop me a line any advice during these early days will be a great help.

Love Noleen xx