Friday, 5 June 2015

Celebration candy


To enter my celebration candy please click on the celebration candy page. Only entries via Inklinz on the candy page will be entered into the draw so click here to go to the candy page.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Getting ready


I couldn't tell you how long ago I bought this sweet stamp but it was a long time ago and although she was inked up she had never been coloured. Time to change that I thought and I love the way this card turned out. I was deciding how to embellish it and once I saw the dies in my collection I knew they would be perfect to turn the card into a dressing room. I couldn't resist a bit of faux stitching.
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Always and Forever
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Dies - Memory Box
Seam binding and princess crown button from stash

Challenges
Totally Tilda and friends Pink princess 
In the pink stitching 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
Sketch Saturday Squirrel's Antiques Roadshow (old stamp)


Have you entered my candy yet? See candy page above.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Beach Huts


I recently bought a few new 6x6 embossing folders. I love these sweet beach huts and used sanded Core'dinations with the embossing folder. The Crafty Ribbons ribbon matches perfectly and I really like the effect of the Spellbinders curved border die. I added a couple of MFT diecuts and baker's twine. A simple card but effective I think.

Challenges

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Hello little bee


Penny Black hedgie day today. You know I love these and they are so easy and such fun to colour. I love this image for a new home card.
Image - Penny Black
Medium - Copics
papers - MME
Dies - Spellbinders
Sentiment - LOTV
Flowers and brad from stash

Challenges
Penny Black Trees or nature 
The Cutie Pie Layer it up
Top Tip Tuesday animals

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Upcycling


I thought I would share these upcycled projects with you today. They were a commission for the June edition of Cardmaking and Papercrafts Magazine using old song sheets. You could also use musical papers of course. The ribbon and lace are from Crafty Ribbons, flower made with a Go Kreate die.


View of the top, cherry blossom from Wild Orchid.

Challenges
Die Cuttin' Divas Water a flower day 
Cute Card Thursday lovely lace 
Noor! Design UK flowers


  The bouquet was made with a Spellbinders scalloped die. I cut the circle, wrapped it around the flowers which I had wired together and then cut off the excess paper. Same ribbon and Memory Box die cut butterflies.

Challenges 
Everybody Art not angular 
 

I bought the Fiskars quote sentiments in America and they were perfect for the project. I use a Go Kreate die, flowers and bow from Hobbycraft.

Challenges
Bunny Zoe buttons and bows

Please scroll down for today's card and up to my candy page to enter my candy.

Dragonflies


You may remember a card on my blog a couple of weeks ago using one of the LOTV backgrounds. Well I loved it so I made another but this time using the dragonfly carte postale background. I used DI Antique Linen and just added a little colour to the flowers with Copics. A real shabby chic distressed look using my TH distress tool. The papers are Prima, dragonflies made with a Memory Box die and sanded core'dinations, the corner was made with a Marianne die. (Do you know how hard it is for me to type those two words together!)

Challenges
Creative Inspirations shabby chic 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Monday, 18 May 2015

Sweet Tea


Regular readers will know that I love all things Gorjuss but I had been resisting buying any of the new stamps. However when I went to The Range last week, my first visit for a while I was amazed t find these were 3 for £10. Who could resist that bargain. This one was perfect for paper piecing.
Image - Docrafts Gorjuss Sweet Tea
Medium - Copics
Papers Dovecraft Cupcake Boutique and oddments
Sentiment - Kraftyhands
Die - MFT Jumbo Ric Rac
Punch - MS simple scallop border
Flowers, doily and pearls from stash

Challenges
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
The Cutie Pie Layer it up
Crafting for all seasons Birthday with 4 of something (4 flowers)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Commissioned card


I have another commissioned Wedding card to share with you today. I was asked to use this Cheery Lynn diecut with a colour scheme of pearly white and grey. I have blanked out the names for my blog. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, paper Craftwork Cards, roses from America, pearl sprays from Wild Orchid and the butterfly is Prima,

Challenges
Everybody Art Wedding 
TTCRD anything goes

Please scroll down for my scrapbook layout earlier today and scroll up to enter my candy.

Sweet Dreams


Yes another scrapbook layout to share with you today. This is one of my favourites of my recent makes. I do love tearing and distressing. The bottom photo shows our bedroom as it used to be and the top 2 photos as it is now. Hubby painted all the old pine furniture a lovely cream and varnished the tops. The top photo shows the true wall colour, it looks lighter in the second one as the light is coming in. I fell in loe with the bedlinen when we were away in the Cotswolds as I spotted it on a bed in a shop window. The other set we have is completely different. It is from Next and is white with grey writing eg the pillows say My side.

For my page I used a Grace Taylor set and added wooden words, hearts and chandelier and a die cut Eiffel tower to match the bed linen.

I am hoping for a day out today but I have a card scheduled for this afternoon so please hop back.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

In the forest


Our new challenge starts today at Little Claire and our theme is outdoors. What a great opportunity to make a Christmas card I thought abd decided to create a little woodland scene. Of course you can make a card for any season as long as your image is outdoors.
Image - Little Claire A little bird told me
Medium - Copics
Papers - old papers from my pile of scraps
Dies - Memory Box deer, Cottage Cutz birdbath, Inpression Obsessions birch trees, Spellbinders
Other - scrim from B&Q, pearl pen, Stickles

Challenges
Squirrel's Antiques Roadshow (old stamp and papers) 
Country View Simply scenic 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
Crafting Musketeers Use a die cut 
Crafty Calendar Things with wings

Friday, 15 May 2015

Kittens


I was lucky enough to win this sweet stamp on Facebook from Handmade Bliss. It stamps beautifully and I really enjoyed colouring her. It comes with 3 kittens in different poses.
Image - Wplus9 pick of the litter
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME from various pads
Die - Memory Box kittens
Sentiment - mag freebie
Pearls and bow from stash

Challenges
Handmade Bliss anything goes using one of their product range
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

I have two dayswith my craft stall at the hospital this month, today and Monday so I shall be back this evening to link up and catch up.

Don't forget to enter my candy, see the post above x

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Basket of flowers


In my efforts to use more of those unused digis here is one which has been sitting on my laptop for quite some time yet she is so cute. I loved colouring her and tried some different colour combinations. My favourite colours often run out and yet I have some Copics which have hardly, if ever, been used so I am experimenting more.
Image - Di's Digis Izzy's Stroll
Medium - Copics
Paper - MME Sky's The Limit
Dies - Go Kreate Frilly Squares 10, Memory Box cherry blossom
Punches - Woodware leaves
Other - wooden flowers and pearls

Challenges
Di's Digis load on the flowers 
Sweet Stampin' Spring flowers 
The Ribbon Girl Shaped card with an image 
Deep Ocean Flowers 
Noor! Design UK Flowers 
TTCRD Anything goes 
Papertake In the garden

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Meant To Be


This card was made for Cardmaking and Papercraft online blog. What better image for an engagement card than a LOTV couple. I am really pleased with my colouring on this one as black hair isn't easy.
Image - LOTV Meant To Be
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Antebellum
Punch - Hobbycraft folk heart
Sentiment - computer generated
Other - Wedding votive and bow from Hobbycraft

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Sister Act anything goes

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Yummy berries


The first of 2 Christmas cards this week and isn't this a cute scene. As you know I love the PB hedgies and they are so easy to colour. I wanted to give the tress a frosty rather than a snowy look so I added glue and glitter and then wipes some of it off. A bit messy to do but it gave me the effect I wanted.
Image - Penny Black
Medium - Copics
Papers - old mag freebies
Dies - Nellie Snellen oval, CC Designs grass, Doohickey slender firs and fence
Punch - Woodware holly
Sentiment - Hobbycraft

Challenges
Penny Black trees or nature 
Winter Wonderland Oh Christmas Tree 
Allsorts at least 3 die cuts 
Country View simply scenic 
Natalie and Amy animals 
Paper Creators animals 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Baby Elephant


I bought this Woodware stamp at Ally Pally and thought it was time I used him. He is a great stamp for paper piecing. We all have so many odd pieces of paper and I do throw a lot away as I will never use them all. However I keep a small stack of some mainly for banners and paper piecing. The other papers are First Edition It's a Boy. The sentiment is part of the stamp set and I added some lace, flowers, brads, buttons, baker's twine and pearls. I found the little blue elephant button in my collection, wasn't that a lucky find.

Challenges
Deep Ocean flowers 
Cute Card Thursday add a brad (metallic brads in centre of flowers) 
Di's Digis load on the flowers 
Natalie and Amy animals 
Scrap and Craft lace and pearls

Sunday, 10 May 2015

LOTV Birthday Party


Hubby was feeling poorly yesterday with a stomach bug but he is much better today thankfully. Unfortunately I now have it so we won't be going far again today.

This is my second inspirational piece for LOTV for May and I went for something different. I wanted to show how you can use the art pads, papers or stamps on a scrapbook layout. I used one of the sweet James art pads which would be a perfect one to use on any celebration page. I knew I would make a layout so I kept one of the flyers from the shop. I cut this so that I could use part of it on the blank banner on the art pad page.

I had such a lovely morning there this year and one year on seems a good day to post this page. Hubby and I stayed in Harrogate and Lynsey drove up to spend the morning with me and we met up again with hubby for lunch. The other photos show me with Debby and Gretha. The blue paper is K&Co, aqua papers are LOTV up, up and away and the balloon is a Marianne die, bunting from Dovecraft.

Challenges
Papertake anything goes
Bizzy Becs Anything goes

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Thoughtful


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is more than one fold. I love making easel cards, they are definitely my favourite fancy fold card and they go well at craft fairs too. It is no secret that I love the vintage Pink Gem images, well I love all the PG images actually. The vintage images are so lovely to colour and great for practicing hair and skin. Sophie definitely looks like she has a lot to think about doesn't she.
Image - Sophie
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTv Beach Bliss
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Butterflies - Poundland
Other - seam binding, pearls and flowers from stash

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl female 
Crafting by designs anything goes 
Crafty Calendar Things with wings 
The ABC Challenge I to inspire us 
Papertake anything goes
Creative Card Crew fancy folds

 Check out all the gorgeous cards from the rest of the DT and come join in the fun and don't forget to enter my candy.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Have you heard?


Another Sugar Nellie image today and a rather cas card too. I really enjoy making this style of card. I love embellishments but I do find some cards rather too frou frou for my taste. I like to enhance the image not overshadow it. Still each to their own. 

I tried 2 colour wings for the first time and I am really pleased with the effect. I use 2 shades of pink and 2 of blue and added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen. Unfortunately that never shows up very well in a photo.
Image - Sugar Nellie A Little bit of Gossip
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny C'est La Vie
Die- Memory Box butterflies
Other - doily, Wink of Stella clear pen, pearls

Challenges
Chocolate, coffee and cards Spring has sprung 
Allsorts April showers bring May flowers 
The Ribbon Girl female 
Crafty Calendar Things with wings 
Without Words Pink, blue and yellow option flowers 
Stamping Sensations flower power
Papertake anything goes
Deep Ocean flowers

Have you entered my candy?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Can I keep this card?


Oh dear this is going to be a hard card to sell as I love it so much. Daisy is one of the first stamps I bought 7 or 8 years ago and I would never part with her. She is one of the stamps which started my love of Sugar Nellie stamps, a love you know I still have today. Added to that it is purple with several embellishments and it is all I need in a card.

Image - Sugar Nellie Daisy by Elisabeth Bell
Medium - Copics
Papers - very old Papermania capsule heather and aqua packs
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - metal embellishments, enamel dots and roses from stash.

Did you play along with Squirrel's penguin and snowman challenges last year? well she has a new challenge antiques roadshow. Yes use some of your oldest stash. What a great idea. I am trying to use up old papers some of the time rather than reaching for the new pads and as for inking up old stamps, what a joy to use them again.

Challenges
Squirrel Antiques roadhsow 
The Ribbon Girl female 
Noor! Design UK flowers 
Stamping Sensations flower power 
Allsorts April showers bring May flowers 
Fussy and fancy lots of flowers
Papertake anything goes
Deep Ocean Flowers

Have you entered my candy yet, see page above.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Mono Cats


New digi challenge day at Little Claire and this month we want to see your mono cards. I decided to go for black and white as I wanted to use swirly whirly cats and a sheet of the new black and white paper from Little Claire. I added black raffia lace, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, enamel dots and paper and crochet flowers.

Challenges
Natalie and Amy animals 
Paper Creators aniamls 
Allsorts April showers bring May flowers
Sweet Stampin' Inspired by a book or film (The Aristocats)
Crafting when we can for a couple
Papertake anything goes
I have some candy on offer so please check out my candy page above.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

In the line of fire


Time for another Christmas card, really need to get more made. I kept this card very simple using one of my new Embossalicious embossing folders. The image is by Mo Manning for Stamping Bella and is called Valerie with snowball. She has been coloured with Copics and I added lots of Stickles and pearl pen dots. So for embellishment I used ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and a couple of Joy snowflakes dies with white glitter card.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland clean and simple 
Graph'It ribbon or lace 
The Ribbon Girl female 
Fab n Funky Christmas 
As You Like it Favourite embossing (I love both types equally. Embossing folders are quicker and do give a great effect.) 
Handmade Bliss Anything goes using a range they sell

I have some candy on offer so please check out my candy page above.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Girly trainers


Some of you will have seen the red, white and blue trainer card on my blog last week. There are 2 sizes of trainer in the stamp set and I made a girly card for my second one using the smaller trainer. I masked it off (a first for me, yes I know!) and made a pair. I wanted to make them pale pink and white with just a bit of bling.
Image - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics, Sakura Rose Star pen
Papers - LOTV
Dies - Joana Sheen trainers, Spellbinders labels
Other - star punches and pearls

Challenges
Top Tip Tuesday Duo (pair of trainers) 
Sister Act anything goes

Hubby has gone out for the day as he volunteers driving a rescue boat for the powerboat club. The racing starts at 12 but he has to be there earlier to get the rescue boats out and set up the course. I shall be spending a lovely day at home mainly crafting and blogging.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

This old house and some exciting news


Lynsey and I had a lovely and productive day on Friday. I made 4 scrapbook layouts and here are 2 of them. The photos are from our previous house which was a 1930's semi, very different to our modern detached house we now live in.

I used some sanded embossed Coreinations, Gorjuss Girls paper, patterned burlap bought in America and kraft paper house and flowers from Hobbycraft.


This was the new kitchen we had put it. Isn't it narrow? The kitchen had been extended so it must have been very tiny originally.  We really liked it at the time but that was 28 years ago so it seems dark and dated now. I played around with shapes for the paper using appropriately enough a couple of plates to cut the large circles. I added washi tape and used a Joy cuckoo clock die.

And my exciting news ........... I am now a permanent DT member at The Sugar Bowl, yippee. Watch out for some candy soon, probably tomorrow.

I could have danced all night


Isn't this a fabulous new silhouette stamp from Little Claire. The sentiment comes with the image too. I have used Bo Bunny Head Over Heels paper, wooden chandelier, black raffia lace, La La Land heart border die and a bow.

Challenges
Crafting when we can for a couple
Sweet Stampin' Inspired by a book or film (The song comes from the film The King and I)

I will be back shortly with a couple of scrapbook layouts and some news.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Vintage LOTV


This is the first of my cards as part of the new Lili of the Valley Design Collective and I have gone for a vintage look for this one. I decided to just colour the rose and distress the edges.
Medium - Copics
Paper _ Prima
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Dies _ Marianne corner, Doohickey feathers
Other - DI Vintage Photo, sanded Core'dinations, pearls

Challenges
Crafting by designs anything goes 
Scribble and scrap anything goes

Friday, 1 May 2015

Little Claire Project For You


Today it is my turn to post a project on the Little Claire and as this is the 1st of the month meaning a new club stamp set is launched I used one of the 2 new stamps. I love these silhouettes.
Image and sentiment - Little Claire For You
Papers - oddments
Dies - Spellbinders wonky squares and flutter tree, Memory Box kittens
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges
Creative Inspirations cute critters
I am looking forward to a day scrapbooking with Lynsey today. Hoping to produce a few layouts amidst the chat.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Pink Princess


Back as promised with my second post for today and this is my DT card for The Sugar Bowl. We have an anything Sugar Nellie goes so I hop you will join in the new challenge this month.
Image - Princess
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Head over Heels
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges
Graph'It Ribbon or lace 
Scribble and scrap anything goes 
Papertake Take your pick (white plus one) 
In the Pink Fussy and fancy or CAS (I went for moderately fussy and fancy)

Heart on heart


This is my DT piece for the new anything goes with ribbon challenge at Crafty Ribbons and it is another heart plaque. I added a smaller wooden heart, gauze, wooden birdcage, bird and butterfly which has been covered with shabby blue frantage, lace and ribbon  from Crafty Ribbons and roses.

I will be back shortly with my DT card for The Sugar Bowl.

Challenges 
Top Tip Tuesday Duo (2 hearts) 
Crafting by designs anything goes 
As you like it Favourite embossing (I love using frantage as there is something magical about adding powder and watching it melt) 
Allsorts Bring on the bling 
That Craft Place no cards

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Magic


I haven't managed any scrapbooking for a while and have been longing to do some so on Sunday evening whilst hubby was watching a car programme I decided it was time for a layout. I couldn't believe how easily this page came together in just 40 minutes! Sometimes I fiddle around for ages getting the layout sorted and trying to find just the right embellishments.

Whilst on holiday in Cornwall several years ago we visited an exhibition which had various cars from TV and film. This is the famous flying car from the Harry Potter film and we thought the trick photo was a fun reminder. I added some LOTV Up, Up and Away paper, a couple of We R Memory Keepers tags, Memory Box die cut clouds, letters and enamel dots and stars bought in America. I remembered I had a scarf in some old stash and was so happy to find it was in Gryffindor colours.

Challenges
The Studio Challenge two challenges - great sketch and inspired by a song (Magic by Pilot)
  That Craft Place No cards 
Southern Girls Get wordy 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday Duo (me and hubby) (Tip - use oddments of papers for a CAS layout. You don't always need 12x12 papers for scrapbook layouts)

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

New Trainers


Another sample card for one of the new stamps from Stamposaurus. This comes with a smaller trainer too and I will be sharing a card made with that one another day. This was a fun image to colour with Copics. I love red white and blue for cards and this would make a great card for a teenager. In fact I think I shall be making one for my stock. The papers are Papermania Ahoy There and I added some star buttons from America and some baker's twine.

Challenges
Penny's anything spooled (baker's twine)

We are going into Norwich today as I am having a facial and back massage and hubby is having a back massage. We both find having a massage every 4-6 weeks really beneficial.