Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A day at the seaside


If you have the latest Quick Cards magazine you will see this card along with two others which I had published. I was asked to make 3 simple cards using this stamp set to show what you can make without buying lots more dies/embellishments etc. For this one I created a scene using various stamps from the set. Coloured with Copics of course with chalk for the sky. I paper pieced her dress for a change. The papers are Nitwits Sunny Side Up. I simply used a Memory Box banner die to add some bunting.

Challenges
Creative Inspirations Seaside, sunshine, Summer holidays 
Dies R Us water/beach 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes with a stamp
Sweet Stampin' outdoors

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Chilling


I can't believe how many of my new stamps I have used that I bought at Doncaster. This is one of a set of three Woodware stamps and they are all coloured with another made into a card to share another day.
Image and sentiment - Woodware
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV 'Twas the night
Punch - Woodware holly
Flowers - Hobbycraft
Other - Stickles, pearl pen

Challenges
CCAYR anything goes 
Sparkles Christmas in July 
Fussy and Fancy Christmas in July
Winter Wonderland Dies/punches
Sweet Stampin' Outdoors

Monday, 25 July 2016

Fashionista


I just had to buy this new Tiddly Inks digi and she was so much fun to colour especially her hair. I did have a dilemma though with her hat. Do you ever have an image where you look at something and think what does this piece belong to? I felt the hat looked right the way I coloured it but when I looked at the way some of the DT coloured it they had coloured the brim as her hair so the the hat was perched right in her hair ie just the ribbon and top coloured as the hat. What do you think?
Image - Tiddly Inks
Medium - Copics, white gel pen for added spots on her jacket
Papers - Bo Bunny Secret Garden
Sentiment - LOTV
Web ribbon - Bunny Zoe
Other - Wooden butterflies coloured with a Copic and Wink of Stella pen for sparkle

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
LC Designs anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes
Graph'It anything goes

Sunday, 24 July 2016

By the sea


We enjoyed a day at the seaside yesterday and I am sure many of you have been enjoying the sunny coast too. This is another layout from last year's holiday in Yorkshire. I only have 2 more pages to do from that holiday so must try to finish those soon. The papers are DCWV Nantucket, embellishments K&Co, lettering from Michaels. These were all bought in America. I added a Scrapinec chipboard piece too. 

Challenges
Stuck 15 July sketch 
Simon Says Monday by the sea 
Creative Inspirations Seaside, sunshine, Summer holidays 
Noor! Design UK anything goes option chipboard
Allsorts anything but a card

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Stirring the pudding


Animals is our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and there are so many Pink Gem animal digis to choose from it could have been a tough decision. As I recently printed this cute image I went with this and made a really CAS card. I used some scraps of Christmas papers and die cut them with  MFT pierced fishtail dies. I found the shaped card in my box, just added some doodling with a brown fineliner pen. I used a corner rounder punch on the image and added a sentiment from Hobbycraft.

Challenges
Deep Ocean Christmas in July 
Fussy and Fancy Christmas in July 
Crafty Calendar Punches and/or dies
Winter Wonderland dies/punches
Craft Barn clean and simple (one image, one sentiment)

Off to the coast today to enjoy the sunshine. Have a good weekend all x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Keepy Uppy


I seem to have used a lot of LOTV images lately but that is because they are some of my favourite stamps and so varied too not to mention trying to use new purchases. I kept this one very simple with just a bit of doodling.
Image - LOTV Oliver - football
Medium - Copics
Paper - We R Memory Keepers denim
Ribbon - bought on Facebook
Die - MFT pierced rectangle
Other - enamel dots

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Paper Creators just for men 
Stamping Sensations anything goes with a stamp and ribbon

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Pink and girly


Yes, pink and girly is our new challenge this week at Crafty Ribbons and this little princess certainly fits the bill.
Image - Sugar Nellie princess
Medium - Copics
Papers - Decoart from The Range
Lace and ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Flower - Hobbycraft 
Sentiment and wooden butterfly - from stash
Other - White and clear Wink of Stella pens, pearl pen

Challenges
As you like it Your trademark style (stamping, colouring, lots of layers and embellishments) 
In the pink Get out your rubber 
ABC L is for lots of layers

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

In a hurry


I love the sweet Annabel images, unfortunately this stamp is no longer available but many others are and they are all cute.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Remarkable
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - MFT stitched jumbo fishtails

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' wheels 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Stamping Sensations anything goes with a stamp and ribbon

A day at home today, probably chores this morning and then crafting this afternoon.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cheers!


We had a lovely day on the river yesterday but it was way too hot for me. Today I am having a massage and facial so I hope the room there will be cool. Then off to Tesco and home to open up all the windows and get cool no doubt. So onto my card which is the second of the cards I made for Making Cards using Pink Gem images with wine. I love this character, Molly and she is available in various poses and proving popular with my customers,
Image - Pink Gem Molly with wine
Papers - MME Lime Twist
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - MFT pierced rectangle, Marianne flowers
Doily - Dovecraft curiosity corner

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Monday, 18 July 2016

Bringing flowers in the snow


Another of my new stamps. I have impressed myself by using so many of my new stamps so quickly. just need to use some of the older ones which are stamped awaiting colouring.
Image - LOTV Christmas flowers
Medium - Copics
Papers - Kaisercraft silver bells
Dies - Lawn Fawn forest border, Memory Box border, IO fir trees
Punch - Crafts Too snowflakes

The Stickles is white in real life but is reflecting the pink on the photo, how strange.

Challenges
Deep Ocean Christmas in July 
ABC Christmas N is for no rules 
Fussy and Fancy Christmas in July 
Winter Wonderland make a scene 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
CCAYR anything goes 
Sparkles Christmas snowflakes 
Sparkles Christmas in July
Simon Says Wednesday create a scene

Well it was lovely to see so much sun at the weekend but yesterday afternoon it was hotter than I like. Today we are hiring a boat on the Broads for the day along with two other couples so that should be fun and will be a bit cooler on the water.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

For sale

Just a little post to say I have some stamps for sale on Ebay, UK only. Some of the stamps are no longer available to buy. You can find them here.

You Did It!


I usually only make graduation cards to order, which is why I made this 8" square card. I bought 2 digis from Tiddly Inks and as the recipient has curly hair this one was perfect for her. I asked the colour of her dress and gown so I could colour the digi to match her outfit.
Image - Tiddly Inks
Medium - Copics
Papers - Craftwork Cards
Dies - First Edition sentiments, La La Land heart banner
Other - raffia lace, ribbon, enamel stars and hearts

Challenges
Creative Moments anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
LC Designs anything goes 
TTCRD anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Dave and Angie celebrate


Time to show the first of three cards I had published in last month's Making Cards magazine using Pink Gem digis. Both these digis face to the right so I inserted them into Word and then flipped Dave over, he didn't mind honestly. I only just discovered you can do this and I was very pleased with the result.
Images - Pink Gem
Papers - MME Lime Twist
Dies - Spellbinders heart, Go Kreate frilly squares 10

Challenges
Simon Says Wednesday create a scene 
Creative Moments anything goes

Friday, 15 July 2016

Tonic die winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the tonic die giveaway, generously offered by Sophy at The Isobel Craft Collection. I hope you will enjoy her sales on Facebook and find some great bargains.

Random Org has done its work and it picked lucky number



That's you Kath, congratulations. Please email me your address and I will get that posted to you. Just shows sometimes it pays to be first!

Welcome to my new followers and thanks so much to everyone who pops by and especially those who take the time to comment. I really appreciate it. I have been gathering things together for my next candy so keep visiting xx

And another new stamp


I am being good using my new stamps. I bought the sentiment trio, such great value for £4.50 as they can be used with an image or alone as I have done today. I really love making this style of card and my customers love them too.
Sentiment - LOTV
Paper - Craftwork Cards Toile de Jouy rose (another new purchase)
Burlap with white lace - Walmart
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Britannia leaf floursih, Lawn Fawn stitched circle
Butterfly - The Worksash
Flowers - cream from The Hobby House, others from stash

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' Sentiment as a focus 
Fab n Funky add a sentiment 
Simon Says Monday flora and fauna 
TTCRD anything goes 
In the Pink all or nothing 
  Bunny Zoe Summer florals 
Country View have fun with circles 
Live and Love Crafts Sprinkles of Summer
As You Like It Your trademark style (I do love layering, with a stamp, papers, lace and/or ribbon and embellishments especially flowers and butterflies)

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Giveaway time



If you would like the chance to win these lovely dies worth over £40 then click on the tonic dies giveaway page at the top of my blog. Good Luck.
This post will stay at the top until 14 July.

New LOTV stamp


I was so pleased to buy some of the new LOTV stamp at Doncaster on Saturday. If you haven't seen my Sunday afternoon post with my goodies and thoughts on the show then scroll down.
Image - LOTV Jasmine - Christmas presents
Medium - Copics
Paper - Kaisercraft Silver bells

I kept this fairly simple just adding a few sequins and clear Wink of Stella to the baubles which made them really sparkly.

Challenges
Deep Ocean Christmas in July 
ABC Christmas N is for no rules 
The Paper Shelter Holiday time 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Creative Moments anything goes

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Nice and cosy


Starting to really get going with the Christmas cards now. I don't know about you but one of the hardest things with blogging is thinking up the post title. Anyway on to my card. I have always wanted this stamp and when I spotted her for sale on Ebay she came home to live with me.
Image - Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie
Medium - Copics, white gel pen, Sakura gold star pen
Papers and sentiment - Bo Bunny silver and gold
Dies - Joy and Frantic stamper trees covered in White Wink of Stella pen
Punch - Crafts Too snowflake with white glitter card

Challenges
ABC Christmas N is for no rules 
Di's Digis Christmas in July
Elisabeth Bell's World holiday
Winter Wonderland Christmas tree or make it cute (I have both)
Deep Ocean Christmas in July

My tonic die giveaway ends soon, check out my giveaway page to enter.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Teddy in the garden


This is my second inspiration card for the Lili of the Valley Facebook challenge with this month is Summer in the garden. This time I chose one of my older stamps. I do love these cute teddy stamps. It isn't available any longer but you can buy some diecuts with this image from the LOTV shop on Ebay.

I coloured the image with Copics and added clear Wink of Stella to the flower. Of course the glitter doesn't show up on here. I cute the card blank with a Tonic die and added a purple doily I bought in America. The flowers were made with a Go Kreate die and I added some coloured cabuchons I bought on Facebook. I added some faux stitching to finish.

Challenges

The Ribbon Girl a card 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Country View have fun with circles 

 Do come and join in this easy challenge, loads of lovely prizes to be won. Don't forget my die giveaway is still open too.

Monday, 11 July 2016

On the move





I love this fun removal van image from Stamposaurus which has been coloured with Copics. As it is a large stamp you really don't need to add too much else to the card. The sold sign is from a separate set of moving stamps also from Stamposaurus. I just added some diecut bunting from LOTV Sunny Side up papers.

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes 

A few days left to enter my tonic dies giveaway.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Doncaster goodies and my thoughts on the show and others


Back as promised with several photos of my lovely new stash I bought yesterday. The only disappointment was the lack of new paper pads as I particularly wanted some new Christmas papers but I still managed to buy lots of lovely stuff. I will share my thought son the show at the end of this post.

So my first pic is papers and embellishments. 


Stocked up on some essentials.


Sp pleased to buy some of the new Christmas stamps from LOTV, a couple more of those darling little Gorjuss Girls and oh look, more snowmen, couldn't resist those.


Hobby House have some gorgeous toppers and I bought an art deco pack from Debbi Moore as these images are very popular with my customers when I had some from Docrafts. The cute little toppers are for quick Christmas tags.


A lovely border punch and a few new dies. I didn't buy many for myself as I bought several at Ally Pally in April.

So my thoughts on the show and other shows. Last year I found the NEC a bit disappointing, several stands missing and very expensive to go to. £11 to park the car is ridiculous. November isn't a nice time of the year for hubby to drive all the way home in the dark either.  I really like Ally Pally but in April I thought there were less stands than usual and very few samples on the stands. It's a lovely show to visit and parking and the cloakroom are free which is very useful for leaving your bags. 

Last year was my first time at Doncaster and this year was even better I thought. It was lovely to see some of the smaller companies there and there were lots of gorgeous samples to look at. Some good bargains to be had. I loved the rummage boxes at Samuel Taylors and was very pleased with my bargain of the day the Go Kreate die set reduced from £18.99 to £5.69! Cheap to go in and lots of free parking. I would definitely go there again next year.

Whichever show we go to we stay the night before and Donaster is ideal for us as we had two nights near York, spending the days at the coast, and then drove down from there yesterday morning. I have noticed that Crafting Live are in Peterborough in November so that is one for the calendar as that is much much nearer to us than Birmingham.

Create and Craft were filming live and I was captured on TV with Lynsey and my hubby as we went in. Some of my blogging friends recognised me as they commented on Facebook, fame at last! One lady took a screenshot for me. Looks like hubby comes with free P&P, but he isn't for sale!




Rocking the vinyl


I had a lovely couple of days away in Yorkshire in the sunshine. Yesterday had a brilliant day at Doncaster with Lynsey, will share some pics of my new stash later. Last week I took some time out to get another scrapbook layout done. This one was taken in January in hubby's favourite vinyl record store in Orlando, called Rock n Roll Heaven. I used some papers from Michaels, Tim Holtz ephemera pack for the tickets, a business card from another record store, We R Memory Keepers journal cards, enamel dots and retro and headphones from some free magazine papers. 

Challenges
Stuck?! 1 July sketch 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Allsorts one for the boys

Have you entered my tonic dies giveaway yet, see above.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Catching snowflakes


New challenge day at A Gem of a Challenge and we want you to get krafty. I love kraft so this was a really easy challenge for me. As always you can win some Pink Gem digis and as there are always new ones coming out then you will be spoilt for choice. I used Pink Gem Chilly with snowflake team with Dovecraft North Pole papers. I cut the snowflake off the image and added  a wooden snowflake coloured with a white Wink of Stella pen. I coloured the wooden snowman the same way and used a Sakura red pen on his hat and scarf. I added a chipboard greeting I won from Scrap and Craft and red pearls.

Challenges
CCAYR anything goes 
Dies R Us oudoor fun 
Noor! Design UK anything goes, option chipboard (sentiment) 
Sparkles Christmas snowflakes 
Inky Chicks Christmas in Summer 
Di's Digis Christmas in July
ABC Christmas N is for no rules

We have had a couple of days in Yorkshire, visiting Whitby and Scarborough and this morning we are making an early start to travel to Doncaster where I am meeting up with Lynsey at Crafting Live. Looking forward to a day's crafty shopping whilst hubby visits an aircraft museum. Travelling home later this afternoon.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Pink plaque


Another plaque to share with you today. This one was painted with pink Rustoleum paint, then PVA glue and cream paint over the top along with some crackle accents as the Rustoleum doesn't crackle like I wanted it to. I need to try this technique with some emulsion paints. I love playing around with dies and embellishments on these plaques. I added some gauze, lace, MB cross stitch hearts, Marianne parasol, Doohickey feathers, wooden birdcage, butterfly and flower and some flowers from Wild Orchid and ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
Deep Ocean colours of Summer
 Southern Girls Floral frenzy;
Fussy and Fancy flowers and lace 
Crafty Calendar punches and/or dies 
Noor! Design UK anything goes option chipboard

Still time to enter my tonic die giveaway, see my giveaway page.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Summer scene


Things with wings is the new challenge today at Crafty Ribbons and for my DT card I have used two of the lovely new ribbons just released from the gnome range. They go so well with this cute Penny Black stamp which has been coloured with Copics. I used a litttle chalk for the sky as I wanted it very subtle.
Image - Penny Black Bee Happy
Medium - Copics, chalk
Papers - MME NostalgiaTonic trellis circle
Dies - Spellbinders circle, 
Pinches - MS simple scallop border, EK Success retro flower, Xcut flower
Ribbons - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges

Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes with a stamp 
Stamping Sensations anything goes with a stamp and ribbon 
Dies R Us outdoor fun 
Crafty Calendar punches and/or dies 
Country View have fun with circles
The Paper Shelter sunny days

Still time to enter my tonic die giveaway, see my giveaway page.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Wrapped up


I love this colour combo and it makes a lovely change for Christmas cards. I bought this Gorjuss stamp from somebody a couple of years ago and I think I have probably only used it once. Sorting through my stamped images I cam across him so here he is.
Image - Santoro Gorjuss
Medium - Copics, white gel pen
Papers - Bo Bunny Altitude
Dies - Lawn Fawn forest border, Die-versions sentiment
Stickles

Challenges
Inky Chicks Christmas in Summer 
As you like it Favourite markers,inks, pencils (love Copics, for their vibrancy and blending)
Graph'It Glitter and sparkles 
Winter Wonderland snow much fun 
Di's Digis Christmas in July 
CCAYR anything Christmas goes 
Crafty Calendar punches and/or dies

Still time to enter my tonic dies giveaway.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

In the Pink


You may have seen me use this Penny Black stamp a few weeks ago. I had an order for a similar card but this time I used some gorgeous Bo Bunny Secret Garden paper. I seem to be in a bit of a pink phase at the moment! The adhesive lace is from The Range and I added a wooden birdcage, apple blossom and sweetheart blossom flowers from Wild Orchid and some pearls.

Challenges
In The Pink lace 
Deep Ocean colours of Summer
Fussy and Fancy flowers and lace
The Ribbon Girl a card

Still time to enter my lovely Tonic dies giveaway, see my giveaway page.

Crafty Ribbons Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the Crafty Ribbons giveaway. The lucky winner is number 4. Is that you, hope over to the giveaway page to check? Could the winner please emeila me and I will ask Crafty Ribbons to send your prize.

Still time to enter my tonic dies giveaway.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Crafty Ribbons Giveaway


If you would like to win these ribbons check out my Crafty Ribbons giveaway page. I also have a Tonic dies giveaway page.

This post will stay at the top until 4 July.


Summer in the garden


Our new LOTV challenge on Facebook is Summer in the garden. There are so many LOTV stamps you could use for this challenge but I couldn't wait to colour one of my new stamps. I had to buy all these new girls as I thik they are beautiful. There are some fabuolous LOTV prizes so I hope you will join in the challenge.
Image - Summer
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Floral Pavilion
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - MS fern
Die - Sizzix corner swirl
Sentiment - Pink Gem

Challenges
Bunny Zoe Summer 
In the Pink Lace 
Di's Digis Summer
Simon Says Wednesday anything goes
Fussy and Fancy flowers and lace
The Ribbon Girl a card
Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes with a stamp
  As you like it Favourite markers, inks, pencils (I love my Copics. they blend so well and give a lovely vibrant look to my colouring)

Check out my two giveaways, one ends today. Details at the top of my blog.