Friday, 3 June 2016

Candy


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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Cherries


I wanted some new paper pads and was disappointed that I only bought a couple at Ally Pally so last week I went to The Range to see what they had and was very pleased to buy a couple, I also bought 3 online at the weekend so will be playing with those soon.
Image - Pink Gem Poppy in onesie
Medium -Copics
Papers - Decotime
Buttons - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment - Little Claire I think
Other - Seam binding, wooden cherry coloured with Copics, baker's twine

Challenges
Allsorts with a cherry on the top 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes
Fab n Funky 3 or more layers

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I was delighted to receive an email yesterday offering me my first commission in another magazine. Of course I said yes so look out for news of that. Magazines work so far ahead that it won't be published for quite a while.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Oh Deer!


I like to play along with Winter Wonderland most weeks. It does help with building up those stocks. I thought I was doing quite well until I counted up the other day. I actually have the grand total of 6 in my box and about 12 to sell so I need to keep making each week.

I love white on white cards, the trick is getting lots of texture. I bought the embossing folder last November and its the first time I have used it. I used a Spellbinders curved border die and a Memory Box die with the house and trees. I cut off some of the trees and placed one behind the other trees and two at the bottom. I then used a white Wink of Stella pen on the trees and roof. The deer are Memory Box and I added a die cut sentiment and some Stickles.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland white on white 
Craftyhazelnut anything goes as long as its Christmas 
Dream Valley all creatures great and small 
Becka B Curvalicious

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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Lighting the way


So yesterday I said I had several digis I had ever used and this sweet girl which I won probably a couple of years ago has never been used so her she is today.
Image - Lee Holland girl with lantern
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star pen
Paper - Trimcraft The night before Christmas
Dies - Marianne lamppost, Joanna Sheen pillar box
Sentiment - Crafter's Companion
Other - fun flock and Stickles

Challenges
Fab n Funky Bright Christmas 
Crafty Friends all things cute 
The Craft Barn red and white with a touch of black
Crafthazelnut Anything goes as long as its Christmas
Sparkles Christmas Christmas cuties

I am off out with hubby for the day. Facial for me, back massage for both of us, lunch and a visit to a garden centre for some plants. 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Congratulations


We have a new LOTV challenge on Facebook and this time we have a sketch for you to follow. I need some more Wedding card for my stock and I realised I have hardly used this image so I went for white on white. The embossing folder is a Crafter's Companion Embossalicious one. I added the lovely rose ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, used MFT stitched dies and coloured the image with Copics and added some pearl drops made with a pearl pen. There are great prizes to be won so come and join in the fun on Facebook.

Challenges 
Crafty Friends all things cute
Simon Says anything goes
The Ribbon Girl anything goes
Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes with stamping

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Craft fair stall


This is my second post today. I just thought I would share yesterday's craft fair stall with you. I only had a 6' table with a 2' table behind on the right. Having this size stall meant my things were a bit more bunched up than I like really and I don't have any room for craft stash which I sell when I have more space selling at the hospital. I really enjoy making the gifts as well as cards and selling just cards nowadays at a craft fair wouldn't be worth it. So many people sell cards, some of them very simple and therefore much cheaper than mine. I enjoy finding new gifts to make. Some are a success such as the magnets which are going really well. I recently made some keyrings/bag charms and sold 2 yesterday. I also have pen holders back in stock. I did well yesterday. 

As I sell at the hospital shop once a month I am only doing 7 craft fairs this year. My magazine commissions have also increased. This month I am in Making Cards and I also have my first project for Crafts Beautiful published.

Cycling


I recently bought this image when it was on offer for just $1. Now often I buy or win  digis and they sit on my laptop for ages and some of them never get used so I was determined to print this one off and colour her up. 
Image - Elisabeth Bell
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Nostalgia
Dies - MFT stitched rounded squares, Marianne flowers
Sentiment - Little Claire dinkie
Other - wooden bicycle, pearls

Challenges
Elisabeth Bell's World make your own flowers
  LC Designs Spring colours 
Simon Says anything goes 
Inky Chicks Birthday 
Double D April showers bring May flowers 
Fussy and Fancy female Birthday
  Bunny Zoe travelling/transport

Hubby is out volunteering today and tomorrow. Regular readers may know that he drives a rescue boat for the powerboat club. They are hosting the National Championships for two days so I will mainly be crafting yippee!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Leyla


It's new challenge day at A Gem of a Challenge and here is my DT card for the theme of your favourite colour combo. I have several favourites but I do love purple and as I also love to use kraft decided on that colour combo as it really suited my image. I knew I wanted to use one of the vintage girls and was astonished to find this one in my file as I have never used her before!
Image - Pink Gem Layla
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Mulberry Kisses
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Die - Joy vintage flourishes (another new purchase at Ally Pally)
Wooden butterfly - Hobbycraft

Challenges
As you like it Favourite animal (I love cats, they are so independent yet so sweet and loving) 
Dream Valley all creatures great and small 
Double D April showers bring May flowers
Simon Says anything goes

Up early today to sell at a craft fair. They only do 3 a year and all the products are handmade. I did this one for the first time last November and did really well so it will be interesting to see how today's compares.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Dream


Another shabby chic card today using one of my new Inkylicious stamps, stamped in brown on kraft. The papers are LOTV Timeless Victorian. I used another of my dies, Joanna Sheen star border. The stars were punched and tied with string and I added some lace and a lovely Gorjuss lace bow.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Live and Love Crafts inspiration collage
Simon Says anything goes

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Cheerleader


I have two DT cards due today and very unusually for me I decided to make one card to fit both. I have also used an unusual combo as I rarely use bright green.  I don't like publishing 2 DT cards on the same day as one detracts from the other I always think but sometimes it is unavoidable. So our challenge at Sugar Nellie is anything Sugar Nellie goes and for Crafty Ribbons the challenge is button it up (add a button). Remember the Sugar Nellie challenge has moved to the Sugar Nellie blog from The Sugar Bowl.

Image - Sugar Nellie cheerleader
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Remarkable
Ribbon and buttons - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Spellbinders labels 10
Other - twine, wooden stars painted with a Wink of Luna pen

Challenges
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Creative Inspirations for the boys or something sporty
Simon Says anything goes

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Ella


There are several new elephant images in the Pink Gem store and they are all so cute I had a job to choose which one to use.
Image - Birthday Ella
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Always and Forever
Balloons - Sizzix die
Rbbon - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment from stash
Other - pearls, baker's twine

Challenges
In the pink pearls 
Deep Ocean dots and/or stripes 
Dream Valley all creatures great and small 
Fussy and Fancy female Birthday 
Crafty Friends all things cute 
Sweet Stampin' pink and girly

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Don't try this at home


Sorting through my stamped images I came across this one which is a Flonz stamp I won ages ago, stamped it up and it has sat waiting to be used. I teamed it with Prima Youth papers and added some doodling with a Letraset fneliner, wooden arrows and washi tape.

Challenges
The Paper Shelter for the boys 
Pile it on Doodle 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Bunny Zoe Travelling/transport 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Monday, 25 April 2016

Texting


I love the new Jasmine stamps from LOTV. I made two with the music image and sold them both on their first outing and got an order for another. There aren't that many good teenage images around.
Image - LOTV Jasmine phone
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME tangerine
Die - Joy flowers
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment - LOTV

Challenges
Simon Says make it girlie 
Fussy and Fancy female Birthday 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
LC Designs Spring colours 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

I've mastered the fun flock


Another Christmas card today and another one I printed a long time ago. I love using the fun flock but it is a bit lumpy but I have finally mastered the technique. I spread it on and then kept flattening it until the lumps all flatten out, shake off the excess and it leaves a lovely fluffy fur look.
Image - Pollycraft 
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV 'twas the night and First Edition Vintage Noel
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - Dovecraft holly
Poinsettia and brad from stash

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Simon says make it girlie 
Winter Wonderland winter blossoms 
Allsorts red, white and blue 
Crafty Friends all things cute 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

And the winner is .......


Thanks for all your continued support and entries to the Stamposaurus giveaway. Welcome to my 3 new followers too.

The lucky winner is ...........

Drum Roll



That's you Carole Pollard, congratulations. Email me your address please.

Don't despair everyone, my blogaversary candy will be coming along soon.

Shabby chic


I love making this style of card and aren't I good as I have used another of my new stamps bought at Ally Pally. This must be a record. I stamped it in brown on kraft for a softer look. The paper is LOTV Timeless Victorian, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons from my favourite vintage butterfly range.I used another of my favourites, the Tim Holtz clock die. The butterflies were another new purchase, made with a Joy die and tied with string.

Challenges
Simon Says Monday Beautiful butterfly 
Noor! Design UK anything goes
Cute Card Thursday add a quotation
Penny's anything goes

Looking forward to a quiz night tonight with friends at a local village hall.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Stamposaurus Giveaway


Jayne at Stamposaurus very generously gave me this stamp to give away to one of my lovely Followers. Many of you have admired the cards I made with this stamp so if you would like to be in with the chance of wining then
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Giveaway closes Friday 22 April.

More gifts



I am sharing a few more gifts with you today. The first of these are these little MDF houses which I bought at Ally Pally. I only bought 4 to try out. I painted them with Zig Woodcraft pens and then wondered how to decorate them. I remembered I bought some leaf ribbon at the first NEC craft show I went to several years ago, possibly from Crafty Ribbons. It was perfect for the design I had in mind. I added some rose and mni sweethaert blossoms from Wild Orchid and butterflies from Hobbycraft.


Challenges

Simon Says Monday Beautiful butterfly 
Allsorts Ribbon and roses 
Country View Spring


These are some more magnets I made as they are proving popular. I found the shoes sentiment when I was having a sort out. I think it was from a Crafter's Companion stamp. The shoe die is a Marianne one I bought a couple of years ago and I think this was its first outing. The other two sentiments are Inkadinkadoo. I used MFT and Lawn Fawn dies to cut them out and added some enamel dots and hearts.  I would like to enter these into the add a quotation challenge at Cute Card Thursday.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Ho Ho Ho


I am doing well both with using new purchases and some of my older images too. I found this one in my stamped Christmas image file. I think that Lynsey stamped it for me as I don't have this rafter's Companion stamp. He has been coloured with Copics and I added fun flock for the fur. Th papers are Craftwork Cards and the sentiment is one I found in my stash. I have just had a sort out of my printed sentiments, some of which are years old as they aren't something I buy now preferring to stamp my sentiments. The Memory Box stitched holly was a Christmas pressey from Lynsey and is the first time I have used it. I do love the stitched and pierced dies.

Challenges
  ABC Christmas Hats 
The Ribbon Girl any image

The powerboat racing season starts tonight with a practice night so hubby will be off driving one of the rescue boats as a volunteer and I get a crafternoon and evening to enjoy.

Still time to enter my giveaway, post at the top.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Live. Love. Laugh


Another plaque to share today. I make a lot of these to sell and I don't put them all on my blog but today's has some of my favourite things on it, 
Sentiment - Magazine freebie
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Burlap with lace -  Walmart, USA
Dies - Memory Box butterflies and cross stitch hearts
Roses - Wild orchid

Challenges
Simon Says Monday beautiful butterfly
  Allsorts Ribbon and roses 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Still a few days left to enter my little giveaway, see post at the top.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Squirrels


I have impressed myself that I have used another of the new stamps I bought last Saturday at Ally Pally. I bought 2 of the mini Gorjuss stamps and needn't have worried that they are small as they fit perfectly into a circle leaving lots of white space to show off the image. I also used another new die set today.
Image - Santoro Gorjuss You brought me love
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Nostalgia
Sentiment - LOTV
Dies - MB tree, Lawn Fawn stitched leaves and stitched circle, Craft emotions squirrel and acorns
Punch - MS birds on a wire

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Stamping Sensations one for the girls 

Have you entered my stamp giveaway, at the top of the page?

Monday, 18 April 2016

I love Reading


Well the post title is true, I have loved reading ever since I could read and whilst I love my iPad I don't want to read books on it. There is no substitute for a real book and there is something about turning the pages that you lose on a tablet. So I have used several of the goodies I bought at Ally Pally on this card.
Image - Gorjuss New Hieghts
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft Serendipity
Sentiment - LOTV
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Joanna Sheen star border
Other - wooden stars painted with a Zig pen and clear Wink of Stella

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl Any image 
Simon Says Let's do the polka 
Stamping Sensations One for the girls 
Creative Inspirations Your favourite things (Gorjuss girls, Copics, ribbon, Wink of Stella, Dies, books)

Have you entered my stamp giveaway, at the top of the page?

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Let's ride


This is the last of three cards I made for Making Cards magazine using Stamposaurus stamps. This motorbike is such a great image and the sentiment comes with it. I stamped them in white on kraft and used the Dovecraft North Pole papers again which have all been distressed. I simply added some baker's twine to finish it off.

Challenges
Bunny Zoe Travelling/transport 
Crafting from the heart anything goes

Have you entered my stamp giveaway at the top?

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Teddies and some exciting news


Before I get on to my card today I just wanted to share my exciting news that I am now designing for Crafts Beautiful and Quick Cards Made Easy magazines. My first projects for them will be out in the next few weeks. So onto my card. It is my turn to host the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I have chosen the theme of Teddy Bears. I kept changing my mind about which image to use and as you can see from the DT cards there are lots to choose from in the Pink Gem store. I thought I should get another Christmas card made so here is my DT card. I hope you will play along for a chance to win 2 of Janet's lovely digis.
Image - Pink Gem Barclay with snowflake
Medium - Copics
papers - LOTV 'Twas the Night
Sentiment - LOTV
Dies - MB stitched snowflakes with added white Wink of Stella pen

I added Stickles to the snowflake after I coloured it and the shine has bounced off the camera lens a bit but at least it shows how sparkly it is.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any card 
Crafty Calendar anything goes 
Noor! Design UK anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' animals
Penny's anything goes
Creative Inspirations Your favourite things (teddies, Pink Gem digis, Copics, Christmas, snowflakes) Winter Wonderland Pink or blue

Have you entered my stamp giveaway at the top of the page?

Friday, 15 April 2016

Morning coffee


I spent a while on Wednesday inking up a lot of new stamps, some of which I have had for a while and others like Jasmine just a couple of weeks. I still have a few new ones left to ink but that's a task for another day. I also filed all my new stamps straight away rather than leaving them like I used to do and I am going to try to keep that up. After all I put everything else away once I have used it.
Image - LOTV Jasmine - coffee
Medium - Copics
Papers -LOTV Snow Princess
Sentiment - LOTV
Dies - MD coffee to go, MFT stitched rounded corners
Punch - X cut corner rounder punch
Other - pearl pen

That tablecloth is perfect for paper piecing and a good way to use odd scraps of paper too.

Challenges
Die Cuttin Divas Library day 
Creative Inspirations Your favourite things (LOTV stamps, Copics, aqua and lilac, dies, pearl pen) Simon Says Let's do the polka 
Fab n Funky girly and pretty
 Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Sweet Stampin' paper piecing 
Paper Creators polka dots or gingham 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts Birthdays
Allsorts purple passion
Have you entered my stamp giveaway, at the top of the page?

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Flower umbrella


This is one of my favourite PB stamps which I have used many times but this is the first time I have paper pieced the flower. I thought the image perfect for April showers and used one of my new dies too, the lovely flowers. I added tiny pearls under the rain clouds to create a rainy scene.
Image - Penny Black
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME Portobello Road, DCWV guaze
Dies - MB clouds, Joy flowers, Sizzix doily
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Other - blue ink pad for flower edges, pearls

Challenges
Crafting from the heart anything goes 
Simon Says Monday April showers bring May flowers 
Sweet Stampin' paper piecing 
The Craft Barn April showers 
Penny Black April showers 
Paper Creators Polka dots or gingham 
Country View Spring
Simon Says Let's do the polka
Cute Card Thursday handmade embellishments

Have you entered my stamp giveaway, at the top of the page?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

For Grace


This is my second inspiration card for the LOTV Facebook Challenge for APRIL, which is to use at least 3 colours from Aqua, Pink, Red, Ivory, Lilac. I made this card for my good friend Lynsey's daughter's 8th Birthday. Grace loves fairies and is a keen crafter. She loves receiving handmade cards and really appreicates the effort that goes into making one.
Image - LOTV
Medium - Copics, Sakura clear star pen
Papers - First Edition Mulberry Kisses
Ribbon - The Ribbon Girl
Dies - Cheery Lynn faeire mushrooms, Memory Box banner
Flowers - Wild Orchid

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any card 
Creative Card Crew die cuts 
Stamping Sensations One for the girls
Crafting from the heart anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Have you entered my stamp giveaway, at the top of the page?

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A plaque for a special lady


Next to cards I love making these plaques and I made this one for Jayne at Stamposaurus. She has been having a difficult time lately with caring for her Mum whilst her Dad has been in hospital and her family have been so supportive. I thought the Inkylicious sentiment was perfect for her. I used some Joanna Sheen paper, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, Crispy lace from Live and Love Crafts, wooden hearts with a clear Wink of Stella pen, Doohickey die cut feathersenamel dots, roses from Wild Orchid and a butterfly from The Works.

Challenges
As you like it Favourite non card project (I love shabby chic and using great quotes with dies, flowers and other embellishments to make something special to treasure)  
Cute Card Thursday Something shiny (Wink of Stella on hearts, enamel dots) 
Crafty Calendar anything goes 
Noor Designs UK anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Monday, 11 April 2016

Ellie


I love elephants and there are several cute new elephant images in the Pink Gem store. I have used one of the digi kits again downsized to use with LOTV Baskets and Bunnies paper. I recently bought a few new Memory Box dies which were reduced at Crafts U love and I am loving these cross stitched hearts. They will be appearing a lot I am sure. I also added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and sweetheart blossoms from Wild Orchid.

Challenges
ABC E is for everything (anything goes) 
Creative Card Crew die cuts 
In the pink dies/punches 
The Ribbon Girl any image on a card 
Simon Says Happy Birthday

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Ally Pally stash


I had a good day yesterday at Ally Pally though there weren't as many stands as usual and for the first time ever I came home with money, and not just a few pounds either! Such a shame that not so many companies are attending the show, a lot of which is down to cost I believe. When you don't have a good craft shop in Norwich other than The Range or Hobbycraft shows are a great place to look at everything. It is also lovely to meet up with fellow crafters and I met Sam Alpine for the first time which was lovely.

I stocked up on essentials like card blanks as my stock was very low.


A few stamps and some Copics.


Papers and embellishments. I really wanted some more new papers but they just weren't about this year.

Some of my favourite things, dies and at some great prices too.