Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Best foot forward!

Good evening. Hope you've had a lovely day- I have! Been out shopping and for lunch with OH. Actually bought some shoes... not boots- shoes! I do have a bit of an addiction to boots which is probably why I couldn't resist this fabulous Stampendous stamp! Sadly, I can no longer wear heels like these...but I can dream!!!!
To make my card I inked a piece of white cardstock with blue and brown distress inks, then randomly stamped the cogs around the edges. The boot was stamped with clear versamark ink and embossed with a copper coloured embossing powder. I coloured the image with a blue distress marker and bronze and copper coloured Twinkling H2o's, quick and easy because of the embossed lines. Clock face is glossy accented. Cogs are diecuts attached with brads. A few gems added to finish! I like the result and I'll definitely be using this stamp again!!!
Thanks for looking!
Fantastic Tuesday Anything goes
shoppingourstash heavy metal
thepapernestdolls #4 anything goes
crafts4eternity steampunk
divasbydesign make it sparkle

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A quick reminder....

...that there's still plenty of time to join in the current challenge at Ladybugs Crafts Ink. We're celebrating a new digi release, some absolutely fabulous images that you really won't want to miss!
I used 'hanging baskets' to make my card... you can buy it here for just £1.75!
I printed the image twice and coloured both with copics. I cut out one entire image, shaped  it slightly with a ball tool and 'hung' it from the corner die cut. I then cut the larger flowers from the second image, shaped them and stuck them over the top and added a bit of bling for some sparkle!
These lovely floral, digis are so versatile and easy to use! Why not pop over to Ladybugs Challenge blog now and join in with your own lovely flowery creation.... if you leave a comment you could be the lucky one to win 4 of these beautiful digis!
 Have a happy day
greatimpressions floral images
quirkycrafts pile it high, layer it up and 3D
2sisters embossing
disdigidesigns tic tac toe (top row)
thecraftingcafe embossing
craftyhands embossed background
craftycreations keep it simple

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Photo inspiration at Hobbycutz Challenges


Happy Sunday! This week at  Hobbycutz we have a photo inspiration challenge for you. Pink isn't really my favourite colour but I do like these gorgeous dusky shades and the deep burgundy/plummy colours. Our sponsor this week is Sassy Studio Designs and we've been given some of their beautiful images to play with. I chose to use 'Miranda Sassy'.

I coloured the image with copics and paper-pieced her dress, cut her out and mounted her onto the backing papers using  sticky pads. The fabulous flourish is of course from the Hobbycutz shop. I embossed it with some lustre embossing powder, I think the colour is gorgeous!! The harlequin background was made using texture paste through a mask, then swooshing over the top of the paste with distress ink to add a bit of pink! part from the large rose, the flowers are handmade.
Thanks for looking, I hope you're having a peaceful and relaxing Sunday. Please take the time to check out the Challenge blog, you'll be delighted with my teamies' lovely creations and we'd love to have you play along with us this week.
cardmakinmamas -stack it up
stampinfortheweekend flower power
delightful add a flourish
milkcoffee girly
audsentiments bingo (top row)
pennyschallenges lots of layers
rubysrainbow texture
craftyourpassion girly girl

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Game for a laugh at Sweet Stampin'!

Good morning! Hope the sun is shining where you are, but if it's not brighten up your day by checking out the new challenge at Sweet Stampin' - humour! I promise you the DT have made some fab cards that will put a smile on your face!
My card is not funny.... I take my wine very seriously.... but I got away with it this time ;)! The image is one I was lucky enough to win from Handmade Harbour. I printed it twice, coloured the border of one image with my copics. I then coloured the glass of the second image and covered it with glossy accents, when dry I cut it out and curved it a bit, then stuck it on top of the first image with pinflair glue to give the card some dimension.  The image was then matted onto black card and some toning dps. The 'cheers' is die cut from a scrap of DP.
Thanks for taking the time to look! Now do yourself a big favour and pop over to Sweet Stampin', it'll make your day! Why not join us this week, we would love to see what makes you smile... all we ask is that your creation is humorous (we love a good laugh!!!!) and that there is some stamping on it somewhere!  You could be lucky and win a prize from one of our lovely sponsors, Crafts u Love or Cuddly Buddly.
Have a great weekend!
Challenges entered
pattiescreations spots or dots
stampingboutique die cut (the letters!)
digistamps4joy dies and punches
fabnfunky spots or stripes
thepapershelter punches or dies
papertake lovely layers
digi makeover add dimension

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

I had a little unsolicited 'help'....

...with this card!
The 'helper' came in the shape of a very large grey dog name of Mathilda! She has had a demon in her today, didn't know what mischief to get into next!!! She stole and chewed up a large piece of ribbon that I was going to use.... not a good look on a card!! She dribbled on the first piece of DP I cut, again- not a good look, might get away with it on a grunge card, but just looked like gunge. She then hung around waiting for the opportunity to nick anything I took my eyes off! Consequently I finished making the card too late to get a daylight photo so the colours look a bit weird! The background is not pink! Anyway, hope you like it. The beautiful image is Fan-tasia from Delicious Doodles, coloured with copics, a Memory Box die cut, some ribbon, papers and gems....quite simple if you don't have Mathilda's help!!!

                                                     Here's a pic of the 'helper' in action!
Thanks for looking

deliciousdoodles ribbon and bling
handmadeharbour ribbon
lovetocreate bling
stempelsonne fairy tale/fantasy

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Floral Delight 3 - New Release at Ladybugs

Good morning! At last it's time for the new release at Ladybugs! -Floral Delight 3! There are 12 images in this collection at the amazing price of just £1.75 each! I've only seen my image and can't wait to check out the rest of them!
Here's the card I made with my fabulous image! - Hydraenga
and here's a close view of the image- fabulous isn't it?
To make the card I printed the image twice onto kraft, coloured it with polychromos. I cut one piece into a tag shape, added a piece of bakers twine and placed it directly over the other image (does that make any sense?:) I layered onto a piece of dp and then onto a kraft card base... a couple of die cuts and some faux stitching with a white gel pen. The 'hello' in the tiny tag is hand written.
Our challenge this fortnight is called 'Flowers Galore', so a great opportunity to make some lovely flowery creations! As well as the usual prizes there's a chance to win 4 digis of choice from this new collection, just leave a comment on the challenge blog stating which is your favourite and that lucky winner could be you!!!
 I'm off now to check out what my teamies have made with their images as I've only seen tiny snippets so far!
Challenges I would like to enter:
dreamvalley tag, you're it
greatimpressions floral images
corrosive in stitches
papermakeup add dimension

Monday, 17 February 2014

Several shades of grey!

Hello my dears! Just a quick post today, to share this card I made with a fabulous Aurora Wings fairy. These images are so beautiful! I coloured her with copics, she's actually all shades of grey, colours look a bit weird in the photo! I've added glitter to the flowers and jewellery. The  die cuts are Memory Box . Thanks for looking, hope you have a good week!

OSAAT use digi
cards galore encore add bling/glitter
Digi Galore things with wings
doodlepantry any digi goes
feelingcrafty dies/punches
open-mindedcraftingfun monochrome
brownsugar die cut or punch
audsentiments bingo (left hand column)
pennyschallenges monochrome

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Trying my luck with Delicious Doodles!

There's currently a DT call at Delicious Doodles and I thought I'd try my luck... well nothing ventured, nothing gained! I'm sure they'll be loads of super-talented applicants to work on this fabulous challenge, but there's a great consolation prize of a GDT spot, so it's definitely worth a try!
Hmm, 3 samples of my work reflecting my style.... ummm, I don't really have a particular style, I'm a bit of a dabbler trying this and that as the fancy takes me!
I've been an avid reader all my life and from childhood I've loved fairytales and fantasy, there's something irresistible about the darkness lurking beneath the beauty, I think Teri's fabulous art work reflects this perfectly!
Anyway enough waffle, here's my selection - 3 cards, using DD images previously posted.
No1. A simple L/O using the beautiful Fae. She's coloured with copics.
No2. Again, a fairly simple design, these images are so beautifully detailed they stand alone! Coloured with copics, a bit of added glitter.
No.3, a fairly recent make...a more complicated design, but again I think the image speaks for itself!
Well thanks for looking, the DT call doesn't end until the 21st if you want to try your luck too!
Wish me luck

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Hopes and dreams

Good afternoon, hope everyone is safe from the floods and general chaos. I'm still finding it hard to believe that some of the images I've seen on TV are real and happening in the UK! The devastation is just incredible and I feel so sorry for those unfortunate enough to be affected by it. Although I'm lucky enough to live somewhere unaffected by the awful weather, apart from the odd huge sinkhole appearing in the motorway!, it's been too wet to venture outside much today! I tried to go for a walk with my sister, but we gave up and came home to get warm, which left me time to play! I've made (a lot) of mess with inks and stamps creating this little scene. I used various colours of blue and pink distress inks, masking with torn paper to make the background. The stamps are all Lavinia. The 'hopes and dreams' wording is die cut from vellum and stuck on. I was trying to achieve a soft dreamy effect, so I used some black tulle under and around the edges of the main image. The stick pins are home made and I finished by adding a random scattering of pearls around the edges. Thanks for looking!

Keep dry!
I'm entering my card in these challenges:
laviniastamps - blue, lilac or both
Fantastic Tuesday Romance
paperminutes love is in the air
sweetstamps love
throughthepurplehaze anything goes
.fashionablestamping build it up
Stamping sensations wings/fantasy/fiction
corrosivechallenges feel the love
allsorts 'B' colours

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Sunday....and Shhhh, it's not raining....

.....yet! I think there's even a glimmer of sunshine! Hope it lasts for a while. We're going out for lunch and it'd be nice to be able to walk afterwards without getting soaked! I shouldn't complain though when I think of what some people are going through at the moment because of the unceasing rain!!!
On a more cheerful note I'd like to remind you that there's a new challenge at Hobbycutz Challenges, the theme is a very popular one at the moment,-  Love/Valentine. We're sponsored this week by the amazing Paper Shelter who provided us with some sweet images to use. My card features the 'enchanted love' image, which I've coloured with copics. I added stickles to her wings and the little hearts.

 The large heart is a wooden lasercut from the Hobbycutz shop, which has been triple embossed. Thanks for looking, hope you'll be tempted to join us this week.
Challenges entered:

pinkgem all you need is love
disdigidesigns love/valentines
myshericrafts valentine
brownsugar valentine
craftycatz love is in the air
 creativecorner seeing red
digihaven love, cherish, adore
wagsnwhiskers bingo- glitter,ribbon, red
digistamps4joy hearts

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Feeling sentimental

Happy Saturday! The start of another weekend and a new challenge at Sweet Stampin, this week we want you to get sentimental with us! So, no images on your creations, please the focus should be on the sentiment, and please remember that stamping should also feature somewhere on your project!
I used a Darkroom door stamp, simply stamped onto a piece of DP(-Joy Crafts:Dance to the music) which was then die cut and matted onto several more layers of die cut ovals to make the frame. I added a die cut flourish, some punched musical notes and a hand cut treble clef (don't have a die:)!) The larger flowers are from my stash, the tiny ones are punched.
There are some absolutely stunning creations to be enjoyed from my teamies this week, so click here to take a look! Why not join us with your own sentimental creation and be in with a chance of winning a prize from Crafty Ribbons who are sponsoring us this week, or a £10 voucher the monthly prize from Cuddly Buddly.
Have a great weekend
Challenges entered:
craftitude anything goes
sisteract anything goes
4kraftygirlz anything goes
delightful anything goes
divasbydesign die cuts
wordartwednesday anything goes
lovesrubberstamps anything goes

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Bling, bling, bling!

OK! Where has this week gone?! It can't be Thursday already!!! It is? Then it's time for a new challenge at Southern Girls! We would like to see some bling on your creations, so reach for the gems and glitter!!
My card was made using the gorgeous Texas the Vamp digistamp, courtesy of Rick St Dennis our very generous sponsor for this challenge! She's a joy to colour and this gal certainly loves her bling! I wanted the card to have a 20's feel to it so made this fan shaped template to create an easel card. The sentiment is computer generated and decorated with a few feathers and home made jewelled pins.
The card is for my lovely sister, who loves a party, dressing up and knows how to enjoy herself!
Please take the time to hop over to Southern Girls Challenge blog to see what lovely projects my teamies have created. There's also a DT call going on if you're interested!
Thanks for visiting
Have a lovely day!
digisketchchallenge - use green
fitztown- anything goes
lovetocreate birthday/anniversary
anyoneforanya odd card!
OSAAT anything goes
cmccopic girls just wanna have fun

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Good afternoon! Hope you're all well on this dark wet Wednesday!
Here's a card I made using Neko, a cute little image drawn by the very talented Kayleigh, the daughter of Sammy, one of my fellow Sweet Stampin' teamies . There is a challenge running on Sammy's blog to make a card using this cute digi - there 's also blog candy to be won so it's doubly worth popping over for a look! -just click here!

Thanks for looking.
fantastictuesday anything goes
papertakeweekly anything goes
digi makeover anything goes
makeitmonday anything goes

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The lovely ladybugs are back!!

Good morning. The  Ladybugs have returned, refreshed and renewed after our long Christmas break and I'm delighted to tell you that head Ladybug Kerry has invited me to be a permanent DT member, so I'm no longer a guest and can stop behaving myself now!!!
 Our first  Totally Ladybug Tuesday Challenge! of the year is 'for the one I love', very topical
 I made a little easel card using the adorable Valentine Billie digi stamp! He's such a cutie!
 I've paper- pieced the bear, the balloons are coloured with copics and covered with glossy accents. To finish I added a flower, button, a tiny tag and a twine bow!  Sweet and simple! We'd love to see your creations for this challenge, just click here to add your link or to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous makes!
Have you visited the brand- new- look-LCI online store, yet? If not you're in for a real treat, just click  here for a lovely browse!
Thanks for looking, enjoy the rest of your day!
addicted-to-stamps hearts
allsorts love is in the air
Whoopsi Daisy love/valentines
alohafriday  love/ Valentine
Digi Galore love/ Valentine
Winter Wonderland digi days
Hanna and friends hearts
milkcoffee love/Valentine