Sunday, 10 October 2010


Hi All,

Just a quick one! Sorry for being in hiding a bit this week - come down with flu again and keeping getting these awful headaches which just dont go well with blogging :(

Hopefully will be all better next week and back to my usual tricks, lol!

Anyway - enough babbling, I won a challenge! The Color Me Copic teddy bear challenge, such a lovely challenge blog - if you love copics you should really check it out :)

Thanks so much for choosing me!

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.


Saturday, 2 October 2010

Sparkle and Shine

Hi All,

Here's a card I've made for my friends birthday in a couple of weeks. One of our favourite things to do when we were children was watch Cinderella, and the book was quite the favourite too, so I thought this would make a nice card for her.

To show off the sparkles!

Tilda up close

Here's how I made her:
Image & Sentiment
Princess is Tilda Princess from Fairytale Collection from Magnolia. Stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copics
Ticket is from Whimsy stamps. Stamped with Memento Grape Jelly. Sentiment is from the Elzybells Swirly Greetings Set, stamped in Memento Lilac Posies.

Design papers are from Basic Grey Kioshi Pack

Finishing Touces
Image, papers and sentiment are all inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord and the inkessentials foam pad tool.
Flowers are from Prima.
Roses are from Dies to Die for For.
Card candy is from craftwork cards.
Card Candy and Roses are "stickled" with Lavendar Stickles
Ticket, tilda's gloves and crown are "stickled" with Diamond Stickles
Lace was white and I covered it with Tim Holtz distress ink dusty concord and then memento lilac posies.
I added gems on to the back paper too - these are from my stash.

Phew! Lots of work put into this one! Hope you like it xx

It also works for these challenges:
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Lace
Totally Tilda - Glitter and Sparkle
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - I followed their sketch
Frosted Designs - Inspiration From A Book (Cinderella!)
Cutie Stampers - Anything Goes
Pocket Full of Posies - Lavender and Old Lace
Moving Along with The Times - Fairies & Fantasy
C.R.A.F.T - Fancy Floral

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Peachy Keen!

Hi All,

Got to run - late going out for the evening! But here's my take on the Just Magnolia Sketch for this week!

Close up of tilda...her face isnt that orange in real life, my camera seems to be misbehaving with colours at the minute!

I think it needs something more, probably some glitter or gems but I just cant figure it out at the minute!

Here are the challenges it works for:
Just Magnolia - Sketch
Crafty Sentiments - Use a Border Punch
Allsorts - Clean and Simple
Wee Memories - Clean and Simple
Pear Tree Designs - Celebration

I missed the deadline for Frosted Designs who had a theme of Peaches and Cream!

Hope you like it xx

Wednesday, 29 September 2010


Over on lili of the valley, the challenge this week has been "untraditional christmas" and I used the colouring technique over at Color Me Copic and here's my take on it...

Here's a close up of ted...

Here's how I made it...
Ted and Sentiment are both lili of the valley.
Ted is stamped with memento tuxedo black and coloured with copics.
Sentiment is stamped with memento grape jelly.

Papers and Cardstock:
Pink cardstock is from Papermania
Metallic cardstock is from DCWV "the metallic stack"
Patterned papers are from the Crate Paper "Snow Day" pack

Finishing touches:
Tinsel has "starry night" stickles
Baubles have Glossy Accents on the metal fastener bit and the shiny sqaures. "Fruit punch" stickles have been used over the rest of the baubles.
Image cut out using nesties.
Sentiment is edged with memento grape jelly.
Papers and pink cardstock are inked with Tim Holtz distress ink "spun sugar" using foam inking tool thingy.
Pink card stock has been embossed using "ice crystals" folder.

Challenges it works for are:
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club - Christmas Furry Things
Color Me Copic - Colouring techinque
Lili of the Valley - Sketch
One Stitch At A Time - Anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Bling
The Crafty Pad - Christmas Sparkle
Olie but A Goodie -Pink and Girly
Creative Inspirations - Christmas In September

Hope you like it! xxx

Monday, 27 September 2010

Black and White

I've made this card for the Creative Craft Challenge - Black, white and 1 other colour.

Am trying this on the ole phone again as I'm still at work but wanted to post this in time for the challenge!

Here's the card:

Trying to show the dimension

Look at all the sparkles!

Here's how I made it...
Dress stamp is from stash (it's an old wooden one - not sure who its by)
It's been stamped with memento tuxedo black and been paper pieced.

Cardstock & Paper:
Purple polka dots are Papermania - Spring Burst
Black glittery paper is doodlebug paper potpourri - beetle black boutique assortment
Lilac Cardstock is papermania

Finishing Touches:
Lilac cardstock is embossed with cuttlebug and caramelo embossing folder.
Dress is mounted on square cardstock which has been edged with grape jelly memento ink and then stickled with diamond stickles.
Purple flower is prima
White flower is a cameo rose from dies to die for

Challenges it works for are:
Creative Craft - Black, white and 1 other colour (purple).
Friday Sketchers - Sketch
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
If the Shoe Fits...Scrap It! - Flowers


Friday, 24 September 2010

Home sweet home

Well, i wrote this on my laptop at home before heading off but never checked the photos and they all uploaded upside down!! So, I discovered a way of uploading fom my iphone. Hopefully the quality is still there, sorry if it's not - I'll have a check when I get back Monday. Fingers crossed this works in the short term.

Hope you're having a lovely Friday! I've had the day off so I can try and beat the traffic and head north for the weekend to stay with some friends!

I'm going to visit their new home and here's the card I made for them!

So you can see the colouring

So you can see the stickles

So you can see the dimension

Here's how I made it
Stamped image is Lili of the valley. Stamped in memento tuxedo black and coloured with copics.
Sentiment on the envelope is from elzybells little messages set. Stamped in memento bahama blue.

Cardstock and papers.
Image matted onto cardstock from stash
Papers are from my minds eye - wild asparagus set

Finishing touches
Papers and image are distressed with distress inking tool and tim holtz spiced marmalade distress ink.
Image has yellow stickles on inside of flower, turquoise stickles on butterfly bodies and the heart on the envelope has xmas red stickles.
Envelope also has been heat embossed.
Ribbon and gems are from stash
I cut the image and matted card using large oval nesties and cuttlebug.

It also works for these challenges:
City Crafter - I used their sketch
Crafty Pad - Embossing
Anything Challenge - Something Cute
Moving Along With the Times - at least 3 of the following:
1.Two different patterned papers
2. A button (or more)
3. Glitter
4. A key
5. A vintage image
6. Some leaves
7. A new technique
8. Embossing (heat or dry)
- I've done embossing, there are leaves, patterned papers and glitter!
Abc Challenge - d is for distressing
Creative Inspirations - 2 or more stamped images
If The Shoe Fits...Scrap It! - Flowers

Hope you like the card and this has all posted nicely from my iPhone! Xxx

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Sweet bunny!


Using the sugar bowl sketch I've made this card but then internet was playing up so didnt quite make it on in time for the challenge :(

I used the colour scheme from color throwdown.

Well, here's the card

A close up of the lovely bunny

A view of the dimensions

Here's how I made it:
Part of little cotton rabbits set from Sugar Nelllie. Stamped with memento tuxedo black and coloured with copics.

Pink paper is from DCWV sweet stack - love that pink sparkle!
Blue paper is from Basic Grey Wisteria pad
Blue card stock is from papermania

Finishing Touches
The bunny has cotton candy stickles on her ears. The dots on her dress have turquoise and waterfall stickles.
The ribbon is from stash.
Flowers are prima.
Card Candy is from craftwork cards and have been "stickled" with fruit punch stickles.
Borders for ribbon are from double loop MS punch.

Challenges it works for
Color Throwdown - Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, River Rock
Totally Gorjuss - Animals
Totally Papercrafts - happy birthday Totally papercrafts
Stamp with Fun - stuffed animals
One Stitch at a Time - Happy Birthday
The Pink Elephant - Colour of Aqua, Design Paper and Embellishment
Scrappy Frogs - Flower Power

Hope you like it xxx

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Autumn colours

Hi All,

Still not feeling great so crafting has been a bit slow! Was determined to get this up this evening before going to bed! I've made this for the DT call over on Creative Inspirations. Hope they like it, cross fingers and toes please! I've used the sketch from Friday's Sketchers

Here's the full card

And a close up of Nora and the her stickled wings

Here's how I made it:
Image is Nora in Wind Swiss pixies from cc designs.
Stamped with memento tuxedo black and coloured with copics.
I used stickles in cinnamon to colour her wings.

All basic grey. From the nook and pantry pad and ambrosia pad

Finishing Touches
Image and matted paper cut out using long ovals nesties.
Image edged with tea dye distress ink and my edge inking tool.
Flowers cut out using MS hydrangea punch
Branches are MS punch too
Pearls, ribbon and lace are from stash
MS border quilted edge border punch used.

So the challenges it works for are:
Friday Sketchers - I used their sketch
Creative Inspirations - Autumn colours for a DT Call
Craft Your Days Away - Autumn Doodles
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Stamp Friends - Autumn
Paper Sundaes - Fall(Autumn) or Halloween
Fun with Shapes and More - Lace
Tuesday Morning Sketches - handmade flowers
Creative Card Crew - Autumn/Fall
Everybody Art - Autumn

Night night all! xx

Monday, 20 September 2010

Mmm Challenge Winner

Hi All!

Just a quick post as I should really be getting off to bed. I've not got a new card to show you quite yet - have spent a lot of this evening sorting buttons into colour groups and trying to get my ribbon in a better order! Sometimes I think I spend more time "organising" my crafty bits than actually using them!!

Anyway, enough waffle! I just wanted to thank the lovely ladies over at creative inspirations - I won their challenge of lilac and lace! I couldn't believe it so much that I actually had to click the link to check it was definitely my blog! lol!

Right, bed time and hopefully I'll have a card to show you all tomorrow. Hope you've all had a good weekend. xxx

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Going a little smaller for a bit

Hi All,

I'm not feeling totally myself at the minute (still ill!) and my mojo feels like it's being drained! I am going to be making some ATCs for a bit until it's recharged! I'm going to a crafts fair this weekend, that should help get it back I think :)

Here's a couple of cards I made today...

Stamp is a gorjuss girl, coloured with felt tips (I'm trying them out!) and watercolour pencils.
Ribbon (is a sequin thread ribbon?!), lace and gem are from stash.
Flower is a mulberry one from Prima

Challenges this works for:
I followed the sketch at Cupcake Craft
The photo inspiration challenge at Papertake Weekly helped me pick out the colours and also she's ready to swim and the shot has a pool in the background.

This one I made as a test for something later in the week I'll be showing you hopefully

Another gorjuss girl, this time I coloured her with water colour pencils (not very well!)
I put glossy accents on her heart crown and the ted's but its not come out very well.
Ribbon and gems from stash
Backing paper is from Papermania Sweet Nothings.

Hope you like them xxx

Friday, 10 September 2010

Lilac Tilda

Final card for the evening here, let's start with an artsy shot!

The full card...

The sentiment that's hiding!

and nice crisp picture of the colouring...

Here's how I made it:
Bridesmaid Tilda by Magnolia. Staped in memento tuxedo black. Coloured with copics. Wings and roses have also been 'stickled'

Papers and Cardstock:
Papers are basic grey - euphoria and wisteia.
Card is from stash

Finishing Touches:
Butterfly was punch using MS punch, pearls are from stash.
Roses are Purple Fairytale Roses from Dies to Die for
Image distressed on the edges using inkessential foam pad tool and memento ink in angel pink. Image, butterfly, card, and retangular piece of paper have had their edges inked with memento - lilac posies.
Sentiment is a pebbles in rub-on
Lace is from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen collection

Here are the challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Totally Tilda - Lilac and lace
The Sweet Stop - Sketch
One Stitch at a Time - Blooms, butterflies, blings
Creative Inspirations - Lace and sparkle

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Fancy a pamper

Another card for you all tonight, for my friend's birthday, she's as much of a workaholic as I am so I thought this card would be perfect for her...

Here's the full card...

A close up of Anya...

Here's how I made it...
Image and sentiment are from Me Time Anya from The Greeting Farm.
Image is stamped using memento - tuxedo black. Coloured with Copics. I added stickles - waterfall to the bubbles for some extra sparkle!
Sentiment is stamped using tim holtz distress ink - dusty concord.

Papers and Cardstock:
Design papers are basic grey - wisteria.
Cardstock is from stash

Finishing touches:
Image is cut out using sissix nestie and cuttlebug.
Sentiment and design papers are edged using tim holtz distress ink - dusty concord
Sentiment also has waterfall stickles added around the edge.
Ribbon is from stash.

I'd like to enter it into these challenges:
Penny's Paper-Craft Challenge Blog - Happy Birthday
Secret Crafter - Saturday Challenge - clean and simple
Paper Sundaes - Mixed mediums (I've used copics and stickles)
Craft Your Days Away - Girly 'n' Glitter (Glittery bubbles and lovely anya bathing herself!)

Thanks for looking - hope you like it! xxx

Beautiful Sweetie!

Hi All,

Got a couple of cards to show you today - I'll do them as separate posts though as it'll take a while to write about each of them I think!

Right, well onto the first one - I made this for the sweetie search currently going on over at the sugarbowl, they're looking for some more sweeties! Cross fingers and toes please everyone - and if I make it, there might just be some sweet sugar for everyone to win, if you get my drift ;)

There's a bit of dimension...

Here's the full creation...

And here's a close up of the colouring and sparkle!

And here's how I made it:

Image is from Sugar Nellie - it's called "Cup of Tea" by Leanne Ellis
Coloured with Copics and the adorable dots I've used stickles (waterfall) to had some extra 'sugary sparkle'
Sentiment is from pink gem stamps, stamped in tim holtz distress ink - dusty concord. I then coated the edges with some more 'sugary' stickles (pink)

Papers & Card
I used tim holtz distress ink - broken china to cover the card blank.
The design papers are from basic grey -euphoria.
Cardstock is from stash.

Finishing touches:
The flowers are from papermania
The Purple rose buds are fairytale roses from Dies to Die for
Gems and button are from stash. Hope you spotted the tiny gem on the flower in her hair too!
The edges of the dp and image are distressed using the inkessentials foam pad tool and tim holtz distress ink - dusty concord.
I've used the Martha Stewart doily lace punch to create the edge around the image. I saw a site where they showed how to do this - finally braved trying it myself and what do you know, couldn't find the site! Tried to remember it from memory - it's more fiddley than I was expecting it to be. If anyone knows where the post it - please do post me the link!

I'd also like to enter it into Charisma Cardz Challenge this week - which is to try something new or not done before.
Craft Your Days Away - Girly 'n' Glitter (gorgeous girly glittery dots!) and Crafts and Me - Gems and Sparkle (sparkley dress dots and gems on the edges)
My Time To Craft - Jewelled (lots of yummy gems!)
Thanks for looking, hope you like it!


Wednesday, 8 September 2010


Just wanted to say thanks to the lovely people over at the City Crafter challenge blog - who named little ole me one of the spotlight artists for their "let your light shine" challenge! Also head over and see the wonderful creation that winner lauren created! Many thanks again lovelies! xx

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Window Wishes

Hi All,

Right - getting a start on these birthday cards, I should have a couple to show you over the next few days, starting with this one. The window colour has come out much more yellow that it looks in real life - I just cant seem to get the lighting right on this one but hopefully you can use a bit of imagination!

and here's the inside

Sentiment is from Stampin' Up and stamped in memento lilac posies. Edges are inked using inkessentials foam pad tool and the lilac posies again (I've previously only ever used distress inks for this technique - turns out it works with memento inks too!)
Image is from Sugarnellie, Leanne Ellis - Day Dreamer. Stamped in memento tuxedo black. Edges are inked using inkessentials foam pad tool and spiced marmalade tim holtz distress inks.

Papers & Cardstock
Papers are from Echo Park a walk in the park set.
Card is from stash

Finishing touches
Butterflies punched using MS punch and inked in memento lilac posies.
Flower is hydrangea punch by MS
Branches are MS punch too.
Ribbon and pearls are from stash.
I also used stickles on the orange and blue birds in the image and doodlebug sugar dust for the purple one.

Here's a close up of image...

A close up of the flowers

And a shot to show the dimensions...

I'd like to enter it into these challenges...
Sugarbowl - I used their sketch and they also wanted pearls
Pocket Full of Posies - Floral Fantasy (flowers on the background and the flower, and she's a day dreamer - very fantastical!)
A Spoon Full of Sugar -Animals (I've got the birds in the image)
Craft Your Days Away - Girly 'n' Glitter (Glittery birds and you couldn't give this card to a boy!)
Crafty Emma's Store (CES) - Floral Frenzy (flowery background and flower in the foreground)
Hope you like it! Decided I should finally get on and post it!
I have spent most of the night trying out a new technique - which hopefully I'll show you on a card later tonight - it took wayyyy too long - I think I must've been doing it wrong!

See you all later! xxx

Lovely blog

Hi Ladies,

Am off work sick today - still doing emails from home but just feel sick everytime I sit up for more than half an hour at a time. Not fun! I'm getting pretty good at typing whilst lying down though!

Whilst blog hopping earlier, found this lovely site, for any of you challenge lovers out there you should definately take a look!

Hope you're all having a good day xxx

Monday, 6 September 2010

Walking in a winter wonderland

Hi All,

Back with another christmas card this evening! I have so many birthday cards I need to get sorted for September and yet I just cant stop with the christmas ones - need to get on it really!

This is for a very girly girl friend of mine, I think she's going to like it!

And a close of up Anya...

Here what I used to make it:
The greeting farm - rain snow and shine anya, painted with H2Os and then doodlebug crushed velvet flock used for the 'fluffy bits'

Papers and Card
Pattered Papers are DCWV Rose tinted Christmas
Glitter paper and cardstock from stash

Finishing Touches:
Snowflakes from Paperchase
Reindeer from Paperchase
Ribbon and peel off from Stash
Glitter paper punched with martha stewart doily lace border punch

Here are the challenges it works for
Charisma Cardz - Inspired by a song
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Farm Fresh Friday - 3 papers and 3 embellisments

I've also revamped the blog - hope you like it, let me know what you think! xxxx

Cutie Pie!

Morning All,

Am writing this late at night and posting in the morning - fingers crossed it works!

I've made this card for yet another lovely life that's come into the world! I'm quite pleased with how its turned out - I have also made myself promise not to by any more patterned papers until post christmas! It took me hours to pick the best papers, which I'm putting down to me just having too many, but I also love them all and want more hmmm.

Anyway, enough of the waffle and onto the card!

Here's a front on shot...

Here's a close-up of the image

Image is stampavie by Tina Wenke and coloured with copics
Sentiment is by personal impressions and stamped using bahama blue memento ink.

Papers & Card:
Dotty Paper is K&Company for the boys paper bad
The yellow stripy is K&Company daffodil paper pad
Image and sentiment have both been cut out using nesties and cuttlebug.

Finishing touches:
I've inked up the edges using inking tool and distressed inks. On the blue card, blue paper and sentiment I used broken china and on the stamped image I used shabby shutters.
Candy dots are by craftwork cards.
I also used sky blue stickles to glitter the edge of the card the image is back onto.

It also works for these challenges:
Stamp Something - Something Cute
Daring Card Makers - Sapphires (I've used lots of blues and sparkles, both of which remind me of sapphire)
Truly Scrumptious - I've used their sketch
Raise the Bar - Make a card based on your blog (blog is called crafty cutesie, this image is too cute and I imagine the little critters around the basket have helped to construct and craft it!)
Pile It On - Pile On the Layers
Wee Memories - Wee Ones (card's for a baby)

Hope you like it and the new mum and dad do too! xxxx

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Christmas Tree oh Christmas Tree

Hi All,

Been back on the christmas cards again! Got a couple to show you. Here's the first

Image is from C.C Designs Sugarplums Christmas Accessories set.
Image has been coloured with chalks. Ribbon and bow on top have got doodlebug sugar dust and then dew drops in red, silver and gold make the baubles.

Sentiment is from C.C. Designs Presents AmyR Christmas Card Greetings Stamps set.

Card stock, paper, gems and ribbon are all from stash.

Challenges this fits are:
A Craft Little Place - Anything Goes
City Crafter - "Let your light shine"
Stampin' for the Weekend - Shabby or Vintage theme
Bah! Humbug - A Christmas Carol or Song Theme

Its a bit more traditional than I do normally, Hope you like it! xxxx

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Apologies everyone!

I thought I didnt have comment verification on! But it seems I have had it on all this time! Very sorry to everyone who's commented and come across this, I know how much of a pain it is! xxx

Let's get ahead

Totally Gorjuss's and Paper Sundae's Challenge this week is "Christmas in August"


Winter Wonderland has the theme of of "All I want for Christmas"

and I really should get ahead on my Christmas Cards this year, so here is card number one!

I also used the sketch from Friday Sketchers

And here's a close up of the adorable pixie!

The image is from C.C. Designs, Swiss Pixies, "Heidi with Ornament"
I've coloured her with H20's and used glossy accents on her bauble.
Her wings are glittered with stickles.

The little red felt snowflake is from paper chase - they always do cute christmasy things that I then have to find a place for on my cards!

The sentiment is from lili of the valley, cut out with a circle punch and the edges inked with a red inkpad.

Paper is from my scraps stash - if I find the pad it came from, I'll update the post with it!
I've used my fiskars ribbon punch too and layered on some organza ribbon.

Hope you like it! xxx

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Welcome little one(s)!

Two of my friends have recently had little boys, so i'm making them little onesie baskets, I was scared they didnt look good enough (I'm such a perfectionist!) But my friend saw them and thought I'd bought them so that gave me confidence to show them to you guys.

Expect a few more over the next couple of days, hope you like them! xx

Images are from my Cute Stamps - Space ships and robots (I love these for boys!)
and were stamped using pallette inks (I need to dig out the colours I used!)

Stamped using elzybells chocolate brownie hybrid ink pad
Stamp is elzybells also
Coloured using my copics

Image is from personal expressions, chidren's set, and coloured in with my copics.
Sentiment is elzybells
Both have been Stamped using fabrico in ultramarine

They also work for some challenges:
Totally Gorjuss - Star
Aud Sentiments - anything goes
City Crafter - I see stars
Simon Says - Make a gift
One Stop Craft - Not a card

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Happy Birthday bro

Hi All,

Busy and hectic as usual in my world! Found time to make a card for my bro at the weekend though.

And here's a close up of the colouring, done with copics - am getting braver about leaving bits paler!

Image is stamped using memento ink, tuxedo black on elzybells smooth white paper.
Stamp is elzybells, coloured with copics.
Sentiment is from penny black and stamped with memento bahama blue.
Image is cut out using my ever lovely cuttlebug and sizzix nestabilities dies.
Card is from stash, backing paper is from echo park sweet summertime set.
Ribbon and buttons are from stash.

It also works for these challenges:
Raise the bar - I used their sketch
Charisma Cardz - Die cuts
Teddy Stampers - Teddy Bear's Picnic
Cupcake Craft - Blue and Green
C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Photo inspiration
Papertake Weekly - 3,2,1 Recipe (I used 3 layers, 2 buttons (or 2 bears!), 1 ribbon (or 1 cupcake!))
A crafty little place - Food theme
The play date cafe - Green, Blue, Pale Green Colours
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes

Hope you like it! xxx