Sunday, 31 October 2010

James the Bear and DT Call

Happy Sunday Everyone,

Hope your all enjoying the weekend. I have had a long lay in, deserved after cooking dinner for friends last night with a few accompanying G&T's. House is now back to normal and I thought I would pop this Christmas card on that I made yesterday using James the bear from Lili of the Valley. I do love these stamps and am looking forward to seeing the new releases at the NEC on Friday, woo hoo!




The papers I have used are from Bearly Mine Designs. I have the CD Volume I which has some Xmas papers on and I love the added bonus of the little ticket sentiments, which I have also used on this card. Now right now Bearly Mine are having a Design Team call open until November 2nd, so hop on over, there are some free papers for you to use.



I have coloured James using copic markers and used prisma pencils for the shading.  The little present I have paper pieced using the Bearly Mine paper and red bazill cardstock.



Materials Used:-
Image from Lili of the Valley
Papers and ticket sentiment from Bearly Mine Designs Vol I
Spellbinders Nesties
Marianne Design Poinsetta and Swirls Die
Rose from Wild Orchid Crafts
Black Soot Distress Inks
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Star Dust Stickles
Ric Rac, Pearls

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

ABC Challenge - Glitter
Creative Cottage - Embossing (poinsetta)
Paper Pretties - Square Card
Simon Says Stamp - Punches/Die Cuts
Stampavie and More - Christmas
Everybody Art - photo inspiration (red rose)

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Friday, 29 October 2010

Molly Harrison Angel/Fairy Sneak Peek at Crafts and Me

Morning Peeps,

I should be all fresh for the weekend after I finish work today.  Housework is all done, just got to tidy my craft room, ummmmmmmmmm, not such an easy task, it currently looks like a bomb has dropped on it, lol, nothing new there then! 

I am showcasing to you today one of the new Molly Harrison Christmas release stamps, which Teresa at Crafts and Me will be releasing on Monday and if you are a subscriber to the Crafts and Me newsletter you will receive 10% off during next week.  If your not currently a subscriber just hop on over to the blog and register, it's FREE!

I thought rather than do a card I would show you another use for this beautiful Angel stamp so here is my Christmas candle which I have made for a friend of mine in Turkey.  Being of the jewish religion they do not celebrate Christmas but she would love to have some decorations, but nothing too big like a christmas tree as it wouldn't be acceptable, so I thought this would be a perfect gift, plus it's her birthday on Christmas Eve.



I have coloured her using copics but it's difficult to blend on tissue paper so think I will give this a go next time using chalks.


I have made the tube using accetate.


I got carried away with the star dust glitter!



This is the lid.  I embossed the top using the snowflake cuttlebug folder and added the Marianne Design poinsetta with a beautiful lilac rose from wild orchid crafts to the middle.


We have a super challenge over at Crafts and Me Challenge blog this week, running for two weeks, which is to create a Chrismas Gift.  So if you want to give the candle  and gift tube a go here's a tutorial which would fit nicely into our challenge.  Hope to see you there!
 Materials Used.

Image by Molly Harrison available next week  HERE from Crafts and Me
Little silver shining snowflakes on the candle available HERE from Crafts and Me
Copic Markers
Tissue paper
Accetate
Bazill cardstock
Pearlised Cardstock for the poinsetta's
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch around the page punch
Marianne Design Poinsetta Die
Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Start Dust Stickles
Trim, Ribbon from stash


I have entered this project into the following challenges:-

ABC Challenge - Glitter
Cooking It Up With Katie - Girly, Lilac and a Bow
Creative Cottage - Embossing
Simon Says Stamp - Punches or Die Cuts (I used both)
Stampavie and More - Christmas
Charisma - Match Master
A spoonful of sugar - Punches/Die Cuts
Papertake Weekly - Sparkly and bright
Pollycraft - Purple, green plus 1 (the bottom of her wings were done in light green)
One Stitch At A Time - Celebrations
The Crafty Pad - Christmas
Sweet Stampin - Anything but a card
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle
Gingerloft - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Transparent
Alphabet Challenge - A for Angels/Fairies
Totally Papercrafts - Bling It On
Quixotic - Christmas


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Bookworm Fairy Little Notepad Set

Good morning Peeps,

Were half way through the week and I am not liking this rain very much.  It's not a good week so far, I have a dentist bill to pay, a new tyre required for my car and I am in need of a new clutch which is going to be in the region of £400-£500!  Does anyone know anyone who wants to buy some handmade cards, lol, or for that matter cryogen cardstock, I need some pennies.........

Today over at Crafts and Me we have a fabulous challenge for you and will be one gift marked off your christmas list if you join in the fun.  The challenge this week chosen by Gina is to make a Christmas Gift.  My daughter is taking a year out of Uni and is going travelling on 1st March for 4 months, not something I'm keen on her doing but she's 18 and wants to get this out of her system before settling into Uni, so I guess I have no choice.  Any how, I thought I would make her a little gift, to remind her to keep in touch, lol.  I know it will turn out to be skype whenever she rememers or a text message when she has run out of money, but one can try.  So without further do here it is:-


I have used a template from The Cutting Cafe which was a prize that I won in one of the challenges, thank you Regina.  This is available here.

I have used one of the Crafts and Me Hannah Lynn Stamps, Bookworm fairy, available here.  She is sooooo gorgeous.  I have stamped onto the beautiful irridescent cryogen cardstock, (I have some for sale if you are interested), and coloured her with copics.




 Please pop over to see the creations my DT members have made, they are all awesome and are guaranteed to inspire.

Materials Used:-
Bookworm Fairy Image from Crafts and Me
Template from The Cutting Cafe
Medium - Copics
Papers - Shabby Chic by Tim Holtz
Flowers - made using two types of retro punch, distressed with walnut stain ink
Martha Stewart Frond Punch and Border Punch
Heart Pearls available from Crafts and Me
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Metal book corner, swirl stamp (inside cover) lace, ribbon and pearls from stash
I have entered this project into the following challenges:-
Lots of star dust stickles on the flowers (doesn't show how sparkly they are in the picture )

Incy Wincy - Lace & Pearls
Marks Finest Paper - Die Cuts or Punch
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Pink with ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - Punch it
A spoonful of sugar - Diecuts/Punches
Papertake Weekly - Sparkly and Bright
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Anything but a card




Tuesday, 26 October 2010

One for the Boys

Evening Peeps,

Gosh what worse combination can there be..... no mojo and having to make a dreaded MAN card, eeeeeekkk!!!!

I spent one evening colouring the image and didn't like it so left the room, lol. I returned the following evening and tried to do the best I could with it as I need to get my act together and make a card for my brother-in-law's birthday. No glitter, yikes, that was hard but it was for a Man, plus I had dithered so long that I literally had to put it in the envelope and post, so no time for drying......


I have used the new Edwin out of the stamp club and stamped the present section onto blue patterned cardstock and paper pieced it onto the image.  I have also finally used my Marianne Design Creatables doily, not sure if it's manly but oh well, there are some things a girls just gott do.

Materials Used:-
Magnolia Image
Shabby Chic Paper by Tim Holtz and some Daisy D's freebie paper from Scrapbook Magazine
Marianne Design Creatables Doily Die
Nestie Die with a craftwork cards sentiment
Walnut stain distress ink
Buttons, thrread, tape measure ribbon from stash

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-


Lexis Creations - Happy Birthday
One Stitch At A Time - All celebrations
Sentimental Sundays - Distressing
2 Sisters - Anything Goes
Crafty Emma - Buttons and Bows
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Paper Players - 1 DP, punch something + sentiment
Cards for Men - Anything goes as long as its for Men
A spoonful of sugar - Die Cuts/Punches

Friday, 22 October 2010

New Hannah Lynn Christmas Stamp at Crafts and Me

Morning Peeps,

Thank goodness it's Friday! Thank you for all your comments yesterday on my Hanglar card and apparently "it's sick" means it's really good, it's teenage cook talk......  Now I have something exciting to show you today.  If you haven't been over to the Crafts and Me Blog this week, then you really should.  The DT are showcasing the new release stamps by Hannah Lynn being released next week with 10% off for one week only.  I really love these stamps and this is the first Christmas one.

I coloured the image as I usually do, matching the copic colours to the papers but when I had finished and looked at the image against white card and  I really didn't want to over power it with a selection of patterned papers.  So I have used some snowflake vellum paper and white cardstock and I really like the outcome, what do you think?


I have coloured her with copic markers stamped onto Cryogen card. Just love this irridescent cardstock.

Materials used:-

Snowflake vellum paper
White Bazzil Cardstock
White Satin cardstock for the poinsetta's and leaves
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Marianne Design Poinsetta
Lace & Pealrs from Stash
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch around the page
Faded Jeans Distress Ink for edging
Star Dust Stickles
White gel pen

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Papertake Weekly - Sketch
ABC Challenge - Flowers
All Sorts - Bingo, (Flowers, Pearls and Punch)
Creative Card Crew - Fairytales
Delightful Sketches - Christmas

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Happy Holidays

Morning Peeps,

I'm back............. a very busy and exhausting trip but back home, yayyyy.  Although, I think I left my mojo in Turkey, that's not so good :(

I thought I'd have a go at colouring with distress inks and this is the result.  A little more practice I think although my son said "it was sick", it doesn't look like someone has thrown up all over it to me, lol!

This sweet little girl is from Hanglar and Stanglar and believe it or not I have had her for ages just not got round to colouring her :(






Materials Used:-
Papers are Basic Grey (free from a srapbook magazine yonks ago)
Marianne Design Poinsetta & Swirls Die
Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch & Leaf Punch
Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder
Pearls from Stash
Star Dust Stickles
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Edge Snowflake punch

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Create 4 Fun - Sketch
Lovely Hanglar - Non square Easel Card
Artful Inkables - Embossing and Flowers
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Winter
I Did It Creations - For a girl
One Stitch at a time - Embellish It
A crafty little place - Easel Cards
Crafty Cardmakers - Use something free
The Crafty Pad - Distressed or torn edges (distressed)
Charisma Cardz - Vintage

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Halloween at Crafts and Me

Morning Peeps,

If your reading this my scheduled post has worked and I am currently in Konya in Turkey following an early flight at 07:00 (05:00 UK time) from Istanbul, and I will not return to Istanbul until middnight tonight, so if any of you out there think it's glamerous travelling, this may put you off, lol.  Seriously, I enjoy my job.

Today over at Craftalicious     has chosen the popular theme at the moment of "Halloween".  This is only my second card on this theme as we don't celebrate it in the UK, well not many of us anyway, so this card will be another addition to decorate my craft room.  I have chosen Misty Reflections available here.


I have coloured this beautiful Sweet Pea Stamp available from Crafts and Me, using copic markers, C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, C00



I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

CLP - Sketch
Baby Bud Designs - Fall or Halloween
Ellephantastic - Anything Goes
Marks Finest Papers - Halloween/Fall
Ellephantastic - Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy - Halloween
If The Shoe Fits - Distress
Stamp Something - Punches or Dies
Paper Romance - Halloween or Fall
Stamp Insanity - Halloween
SSDS - Halloween or Fall
Tellen's Place - 2 Patterned Papers
Paper Sundaes - Change of Seasons


Sunday, 10 October 2010

Ski-ing on Ice at Craftalicious

Morning Peeps,

It's challenge time at Craftalicious and this fortnight was my turn to choose and I have made it real easy on you all, got a feeling I might regret it though as I am off tomorrow to Turkey for a week on business and think I will have a lot of catching up to do.  The challlenge this fortnight is............"Anything Goes".

We are being sponsored by Meljen's Designs, just the cutest digi stamps.  Here's my card.



Materials Used:-
Image from Meljen's
Medium - Copics
Pink paper is from Bearly Mine Craft CD
Circle is Marianne Design Die
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Edge Snowflake Die
Poinsetta and leaf is Mariane Design Die
Epoxy Buttons and Star Dust Stickles from Stash
Cuttlebug dots embossing folder
Holly Vellum
Little snowflake gems from Crafts and Me

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Sweet Stop - Sketch
Colour Create - Pink, Green & Cream
Sew Many Cards - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Punches or dies
Ellephantastic - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Use a digi
Freshly Brewed - Anything Girly
AiFactory - Embossing
Cute Card Thursday - Make your own embellishments
Anything Goes - Christmas
Creative Card Crew  - Flowers
One Stitch At ATime - Use a digi

Right folks, you won't be hearing a lot from me as I am off on a business trip to Turkey for a week, but I will catch up with you all on my return.





Friday, 8 October 2010

Wintergreen Wishes

Morning Peeps,

Yayyyyyy, it's Friday and I finally finished NEW MOON.  I'm starting "Twilight Eclipse" tonight but going to try and have an early night as I am sooooo tired but am keen to get started.....

 I have finally got to ink up this beautiful Hannal Lynn stamp, "Wintergreen Wishes", available HERE from Crafts and Me.  These stamps are really beautiful, trust me. Isn't she a beauty?


I have coloured her with my favourite copic markers and have applied puff paint to the snow on the background trees, and heated with my heat gun to make it puff up and make it look like realistic snow.  I have added loads of start dust stickles to her hat and she sparkles beautifully. I have also added a sakura clear gel pen to her fins to give them a gentle sparkly finish.


Materials Used:-
Image "Wintergreen Wishes" available HERE from Crafts and Me
Medium - copic markers
Marianne Design Poinsetta Die and Swirls
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Edge Snowflake
Sentiment from Craftwork Cards & nestie for scalloped backing
Lace, ribbon and brad from stash
Puff Paint
Star Dust Stickles
Sakura Clear Gel Pen
White gel pen for the add spots and stripes on her outfit.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Bunny Zoe - Sketch
Die Cut Christmas Club - Ribbons, Glitter & Gems (middle of poinsetta)
Paper Sundaes - Something from your stash
A spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle & Shine
Anything Goes - Christmas
Cutie Stampers - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Something to celebrate



Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Lili of the Valley Sketch

Hi Peeps,

Just a quickie post, just trying to catch the Lili of the Valley challenge before it closes. 

I've still got 40 pages left in my book, grrrrrr, and when my son asked this morning where I was up to, he said, yeah, but there's a twist at the end, so grrrrrrr, got to finish it tonight!!!

Today's card is using one of those totally adorable Lili of the Valley images, I just love them....


Materials Used:-
Image by Lili of the Valley
Medium - Copics
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Snowflakes
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Snowflake Die
Marianne Design Poinsetta and Swirls die.
Sentiment is from Craftwork Cards
Ribbon trim and diamante brad is from stash
Lots of Star Dust Stickles



I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Lili of the Valley - Sketch
A spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle & Shine
Anything Goes - Christmas
Diecut Christmas Club - Ribbon (white trim across middle), Glitter (lots of) & Gem (centre of poinsetta)
Paper Sundaes - Something from your Stash
Cutie Stampers - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Something to Celebrate
Charisma - Christmas Crafting
Sweet Stampin - Punches
Stamptacular Sunday - At least 5 layers
Incy Wincy - Sparkly Glitter




Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Old Time Tilda

Morning Peeps,

I had a lovely day off on Monday with my Husband, although this now seems an age away and in need of another.  I feel so naughtly having a day off with no particular reason but I haven't had a lot of time off work this year and he is currently doing a night shift working 6-6 so we currently like ships that pass in the night!  I have just got in from netball and am keen to get back to my book.  My kids have got me into the Twilight Books..... I'm currently 80 pages from the end of Book 2, New Moon, so a quick post and I'm off to bed.

Today's card is my very first attempt at colouring the whole image in sepia and I have to say for those of you who know me, I usually shy away from anything monochromatic, but I'm really beginning to like it.


I have coloured Tilda using copic markers, E44, E43, E42, E40 and E000.  The edges of the circle are distressed with walnut stain and of course I couldn't be without my stickles!



Materials Used:-
Image stamped on Cryogen white and coloured using Copics
Papers are from Bearly Mine CD as is the sentiment
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Doily, ribbon and lace from stash
Martha Stewart Border Punch from Crafts and Me
Martha Stewart Frond Punch

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Paper Sundaes - Something from your stash
Totally Tilda - Glitter and sparkle
Cute Card Thursday - Clock or Time (past)
Alphabet - W for Wings (Tilda has sparkly wings)
Stampin for the weekend - Autumn inspiration
Raise the bar - Flower, 2 Ribbons/fibres, lots of leaves
Catch the bug - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Punches
Gingerloft- Glitter or bling
Paper Players - Monochromatic
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes
Hannah & Friends - Go Dotty





Sunday, 3 October 2010

First Halloween Card and GDT for Lexis Creations

Afternoon Peeps,

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, I have tomorrow of work, hehe, god I need it! 

Today's card is a guest design card for Lexis Creations and I have to admit my first ever Halloween card.  I won the guest design spot and initially I declined as we don't celebrate Halloween or know anyone that does, so I didn't have any stash applicable,  I do so love all the images and cards that I am seeing so I did purchase some Halloween papers for the this challenge.  Still not sure what I am going to do with it, perhaps display it in my craft room?  Well, here it is:-


The image is one of the new release digi stamps from Lexis and I have coloured him using Copic Markers and the background is Black Soot Distress Ink applied using the Tim Holtz Blending Tool.


He's  a cutie!

Materials Used:-
Image from Lexis Creations
Moon,Stars and leaves cut with Quickutz and added peewee glitter
Flowers are making memories
Little sweetie, in the middle if orange button, is a joele
Buttons, thread, brad, ribbon from stash
Sentiment is from Whimsey Stamps
Spellbinders Fleur de leys and round nestie
Black soot distress inks
Stardust Stickles

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Cutie Stampers - Anything Goes
Penny's - Circles
Delightful Sketches - Purple, Green, Black
Moving Along with the times - Fairies or Fantasy
Pixie Dust - Swirly Swirls
Raise the Bar - Flower, 2 Ribbons, Leaves
CRAFT - Fancy Floral
Anything Goes - Going round in circles
Wild Orchid Crafts - Ribbons and Bows
Stamps R Us - Halloween
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - Halloween