Thursday 28 February 2013

Happy Birthday Lili of the Valley

Yes, its Lili of the Valley's 9th Birthday and to celebrate they are running a competition to make them a Birthday card. I have posted a link on my sidebar and will be adding my card on their Inspiration blog.
Stamp - LOTV Daydream
Medium - Copics
Papers - Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee
Sentiment tags - LOTV
Dies - Marianne fence, MB fuschia and butterflies, Marianne leaves
Other - pearls and heart pearl
Other Challenges
Simon Says Anything Goes 
Bunny Zoe Flowers and pearls 
Crafts and Me Dies or punches 
Delicious Doodles Flowers for Spring
Papertake Sketch 76

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Christmas Bell

Time for another GDT card at Christmas Challenges (with sketches) where as always we have another wonderful sketch for you to follow with the addition of glitter/bling. Not difficult for a Christmas card to have glitter. We are sponsored by 

I love Elisabeth Bell images and was delighted that the DT were able to choose a digi. I chose Christmas Bell and followed the bell theme through the card.
Image - Elisabth Bell digi Christmas Bell
Medium - Copics
Papers - EP Winter Wishes
Sentiment - LOTV with added Sakura purple glaze pen
Other - baker's twine, wooden bell and bell charms
Whimsy Metal
Joanna Sheen Layer it up
Kaboodle Doodles Use any bling
ABC Christmas D for designer paper

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Butterflies and Bunny Bag

I have a craft fair coming up on Sunday and need some more bags. I thought this would be suitable for either Mother's Day or Easter or indeed any occasion. 
Stamp - LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - Papermania Henbury Lane
Dies - Memory Box butterflies, Cheery Lynn butterflies
Other - Guipure lace from Wild Orchid
Lili's little fairies Butterflies 
Docrafts Anything Goes 
Totally Paprcrafts Hope for Spring 
Hotshot Crafts Anything but a card

Monday 25 February 2013

A sunny day at the beach

It's the Stamposaurus beach hut this time. You should see these samples on the website soon and if you are going to any of the large craft fairs you may see some of them on the stand. I bought some little frames recently on Facebook and this is the first card one has suited. It fitted perfectly over the starfish and sun.  
I wanted to get lots of different textures but keeping that beach feel.
Image - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics
Papers - various 
Other - hessian, raffia, card candi, frame and charm
Crafts and Me Charmed I'm sure 
Whimsy Metal

Sunday 24 February 2013

Let's go surfing

Thanks for all your encouragement on my colouring yesterday. I made a card on Friday which took ages as it is an 8 x 8 card with a complex image and  am so pleased with it, especially my colouring. I am actually pleased with the skin too. I can't share it yet as the person it was ordered for may see it on Facebook.

I've another of my Stamposaurus samples to share today. I try to make these samples as varied as possible and use lots of different colours so I've gone with oranges and browns for this one.
Image - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Blank Canvas
Die - MB banner
Southern Girls Waving in the breeze (banners and pendants)

Saturday 23 February 2013

Hand me Downs

Time for another challenge at Totally Gorjuss and it's a really easy challenge this week, Happy. We are sponsored by The Ribbon Girl and Saturated Canary and the DT were lucky enough to choose an image to use. I chose hand me downs, isn't she pretty. I am finding working out the colour combos for my new Copics a challenge, but one I am enjoying. They are very different to colour with and it will take me a while to improve so bear with my colouring in the meantime. Pretty pleased with the hair, though not perfect but her skin looks a bit orange. I am using the colours others recommend just need to perfect the technique. 
Image - Saturated canary digi
Medium - Copics
Papers - Floral Fantasties freebie
Dies - MB bird and cage and Magnolia fence
Sentiment - LOTV
Other - ribbon, 2 pearl hearts, DI Milled Lavender and stickles
Creative Craft Great sketch 
Creative Card Crew Birthday 
ABC H for Happy Birthday

Friday 22 February 2013

Playing with patterns

Yes, it's that Stamposaurus lighthouse again but this time in bold red and pale grey. I've been playing with a mixture of patterns on this card and used some Christmas papers. They should be appearing in the gallery on the website here soon.
Image - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics and Sakura Goldstar pen
Papers - Papermania Home for Christmas and Bo Bunny Rejoice
Border die - MS Cherish
Sentiment - K&Co
Other - washi tape
Penny's Anything Goes 
Crafting when we can Birthstones (Ruby - July)
Docrafts Anything Goes

Thursday 21 February 2013

Making a new dress

Had a great night out on Tuesday night, went for a meal and then the theatre to see the band Rumours of Fleetwood Mac. I love Fleetwood Mac and this tribute band are endorsed by the group and they were amazing. Yesterday I finished the last of 8 samples for Stamposaurus and need to get some orders completed today. Then I can move on to getting some more stock made.

Its midway reminder time at Crafty Ribbons where our challenge is button it up. I've made another sewing card using some of the new ribbon and buttons from Crafty Ribbons. The papers are Papermania Happy Days, sewing machine is a digi from The Crafty Pad, dress form from Craftwork Cards. The lace is also from Crafty Ribbons. There are some fabulous boxes of buttons to be won so hop over and join in.
Sparkles Lace it up

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Cloud Baby

I bought this stamp just before Christmas and its the first chance I have had to use it. I can see me using this again very soon. Its good to have a new baby images as I sell quite a lot of them.
Image - Sugar Nellie
Papers - First Edition Blank Canvas
Sentiment - LOTV
Medium - Copics and Sakura Goldstar pen
Die - Memory Box Clouds
Other - pearls and moon charm from stash. I have had that charm for 3-4 years and thought it was just perfect for this card.
The Sugar Bowl Anything Goes 
Sketch n Stash Great sketch which I rotated 
Crafting when we canBirthstone (Aquamarine - March) 
Here come the boys Lots of layers 
Whimsy Metal

Tuesday 19 February 2013

White on White

I've never tried just a white on white card before but have been wanting to give it a go so here it is. Not at all easy to photograph though. I have used linen and Centura pearl card for different textures. I've used a Sizzix embossing folder and MB Prim Poppy and floral vine dies and Cheery Lynn butterfly dies. Just an added bow and there you have it. Rather elegant isn't it.
Simon Says White on white 
Allsorts Things with wings

Monday 18 February 2013

Computer guy

I think this is the first card on my blog coloured solely with Copics, what do you think? I am still practicing with my colour combinations especially as I have far less pens than I did Promarkers but I shall be building up my collection. The image is a great one from Ladybug Crafts Ink. Papers are Bo Bunny Timepiece and I added some PaperCellar embellies. This is a commissioned card for somebody's son who has just won a place at a top technical college in Europe. 

I would like to enter this into the intriguing challenge of An eye for details at Cute Card Thursday. No clues from the challenge, just use your own interpretation.  So mine is the fact that he is wearing glasses and also that you have to have an eye for detail when using a computer.

I had a very busy week last week, sorting through all the WW DT applications, sorting all my stuff for sale and then the printer issues. I love my new printer though so glad that is sorted. I also have several orders and card samples to make for Stamposaurus so sorry if I haven't visited. I do spend time every day commenting but there just never seems enough time as I would like. As for Pinterest I am not starting that otherwise I would never make anything!

Sunday 17 February 2013

Out of this world

Here I am with another new image from Stamposaurus and another fun one isn't it, another great male image. I used some WE R Memory Keepers Travel Light papers,card candi and a K & Co arrow. The image has been coloured with  mix of Copics and Promarkers with some added Sakura Goldstar. I am loving my Copics and now I have more of them will only be using them from now on. I have sold quite a few Promarkers on Facebook and all but 3 of my Flexmarkers. If there are any you would like to buy then please e-mail me. I have a few new ones which I bought as spares. I am selling them at bargain prices.

Enjoy your Sunday

Saturday 16 February 2013

Lighthouse Blue

This week at Totally Gorjuss we are looking for men's cards and we are sponsored by Heather's Hobby Haven. I have used another of my samples for Stamposaurus. I love all the little details on this lighthouse, even  Amanda's little snail pops up near the top. 
Image - Stamposaurus
Papers - MME Dilly Dally
Dies - MFT
Sentiements - LOTV
Medium - Promarkers, Sakura Goldstar
Other - DI Weathered Wood, TH Distress tool, Crimper, Sanded Core'diations

The computer guy sorted out the printer for us. Apparently somebody nearby is using the same channel on their Wi-Fi which cause problems when setting up a new printer so we are now on a new channel and my lovely new printer is working and it is even better than the old one, faster and better print.
Delicious Doodles For the boys 
Charisma Anything goes

Friday 15 February 2013

The most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, our challenge at Winter Wonderland this week is It's the most wonderful time of the year - a Christmas card. From this week onwards Christmas projects only so you can be well prepared for December if you play along with us every week. This week we have 2 lovely sponsors, Crafty-emblies with a £10 goody box and Ladybug Crafts Ink with a £10 voucher.

Image - Simply Sassy from Sugar Nellies
Medium - Copics and Promarkers
Papers - Papermania Home for Christmas
Die - Marianne Christmas tree
Punches - MS snowflakes
Sentiment - LOTV
Other - Baker's twine, heart button, diamond stickles, DI Worn Lipstick

The craft fair sales on Wednesday were excellent, one of my best ever, so a good day. Then yesterday I tries to print something and the printer stopped working. Tried the diagnosis and there is a problem with the cartridge alignment and the black won't work.  It is only two years old but I can't be without a printer so headed off to Currys and bought a lovely new printer. £70 off, just been reduced that day. Got home, couldn't get it to connect to Wi-Fi, grrr. Tried several times and rang the guy who sorts out these things and he is coming this morning. He said lots of the new printers are difficult to install theWi-Fi.  Great! I'm sure he will sort it, but that's more money! 

ABC Christmas CASE
I cased Jennifer's card

Sparkles Christmas Anything goes 
The Sugar Bowl Anything Goes 
A Gem Hearts
Saturated Canary Love
Don't forget we have a DT call at Winter Wonderland which end tomorrow so if you would like to get ahead for Christmas and be part of a great easygoing team then hop over and enter.

Thursday 14 February 2013

New Dress

Quite a simple card today to showcase the fabulous new tape measure ribbon and buttons at Crafty Ribbons. I love these new sewing and knitting products. I've used some Kate Knight paper and a pretty Lucy Cromwell topper from Docrafts.
Natalie and Amy Something old, something new (old paper, new ribbon and buttons) 

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Snow cute

Guest designer time again at Christmas Challenges (with sketches) where as always we have a fabulous sketch for you and we are sponsored this week by

I have used one of the gorgeous LOTV images coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers with stickles added for snow and on the snowflakes. The papers are Echo Park Winter Wishes. I have used a MB border die and 3 different MS snowflake punches with some glitter card. The grunge sentiment is also from LOTV and has been stamped with DI Faded Jeans.
Sparkles Christmas Anything Goes 
Incy Wincy Texture 
Southern Girls Bling it on

I'm selling at my first craft fair this year today so will link this card and catch up with you when I get home.

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Beach Hut

Stamposaurus are launching some more quirky stamps and I am lucky to be playing with to produce some samples for the website and craft shows. This one is Beach Hut and I decided to go with a very pretty pink card. After all beach huts can be any colour. I teamed it with some free papers, distressed and sanded Core'dinations, baker's twine and cute bucket and spade charm from eBay. I made some bunting to match the bunting on the hut.

Monday 11 February 2013

Relaxing in the garden

You know I love making men's cards and this one was such a pleasure to make. The image is Mulberry Wood from Crafter's Companion teamed with MME Dilly Dally papers. I've used tree and gate Memory Box dies from My Crafty Heart.
Cards Galore One for the men 
Forever Friends Animals and/or butterflies/birds
Stamping Sensations Fur or feather
Creative Corner For the boys

Sunday 10 February 2013

Changing pens

Now you may be wondering about the title of my post today. Then again, you may not! I have been thinking for a while of changing from Promarkers and Flexmarkers to Copics and last week decided to buy 6 to give them a try. I have to say I absolutely love them. I have learnt an awful lot using Promarkers but am now selling them and as I sell some will buy more Copics. It will take me a while so for the moment, like this card, I shall be using both. So, the hair, boots and skin are coloured with Copics. Not perfect I know, but it takes a bit of practice learning new colours and of course I only have 6 to play with. I have sold some pens though and have 21 more Copics coming. I am selling them on some Facebook groups at the moment but if any of you are interested then please e-mail me.

So, onto my card, whihc is a Simply Sassy image from Sugar Nellie. The papers are First Edition Blank Canvas and I've simply added some pearls and Cheery Lynn die cut butterflies. Minimal embellishments for me but it didn't seem to need any more as the image is quite large and the papers so pretty and sparkly.
The Sugar Bowl Anything Goes 
Saturated Canary Colour challenge 
Crafty Sentiments Anything Goes 
Flutterby Wednesday Open (butterfly or fairy) 
Divas by Design Winged things

Saturday 9 February 2013

Ruby Wedding

Our challenge this week at Totally Gorjuss is Love and we are sponsored by Crafter's Companion. I made another scrapbook layout as I am enjoying making these so much and have so many photos to make layouts for. I was of course married when I was just a baby, lol, well I was very young, and happily still together. I've used GD Cloisoinne papers, MB precious hearts and party lanterns and Crafty Sentiments hearts border dies. The letters are white chipboard coloured with DI Worn Lipstick.
The Cupboard Trilogy A sprinkling of red and romance
Fab n Funky Valentines or hearts
Simon Says Have a heart
Incy Wincy Love is in the air
Kaboodle Doodles Hearts
Simon says stamp and show Ever after
Everybody Art Hearts
Charisma Love
Cute Card Thursday Love struck
Paper Crafting Journey Love
 Apologies for the number of challenges but it seems everyone has love and hearts on their mind.

Don't forget we have a DT call over at Winter Wonderland.

Friday 8 February 2013

New Crafty Ribbon Card

Yesterday I told you about the fabulous new ribbons available at Crafty Ribbons. Here is one of the cards I made using the gorgeous cotton reel ribbon. I've used Marianne's Eline's Huis paper, a free vintage digital stamp, Tim Holtz on the edge die, baker's twine, a couple of buttons from one of the new packs at Crafty Ribbons and a Wild Orchid rose. Do go and check out these new ribbons and buttons, they are so lovely.
Wild Orchid Anything Goes 
Papertake Anything Goes 

Thursday 7 February 2013

Easter Bunny

Midway reminder time at Crafty Ribbons. Here's a cute Easter card using a Digistamp Boutique image coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The backing paper is a scrap from an old Papermanis pack and the other papers are MME Quite Contrary. I've used MB floral circle and clouds dies and some seam binding which you can find at Crafty Ribbons here . It's available in masses of colours. I've used Centura pearl for the die cuts.
Stamping Sensations Fur or feather 
Crafty Sentiments Anything Goes 
Send a smile 4 kids Easter/Spring 4 Kids
Delicious Doodles Spring, pastel

Crafty Ribbons have a fabulous launch of new ribbons. If you love making sewing cards like I do you will love these and the new button collections are fabulous.

You can see samples on the DT's blogs. I will sharing one with you tomorow.

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Fairy and Dove

I have my first craft fair next Wednesday and really need to get more Mother's Day and Easter cards made. I was out all day yesterday but am intending to spend most of today crafting so should get a few made.

I bought some new LOTV stamps at the end of last year and with so many Christmas cards to make this is the first chance I have had to use some of them. She is holding the dove so tenderly isn't she. She has been coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and I have used stickles on her wings, Sakura clearstar pen on the flowers and dress and Viva Decor pearl pen. The papers are MME Blush and I have used DI Antique Linen. I have long admired the Marianne fence die and when I saw it for sale on Facebook snapped it up. I have also used MB bird and dragonfly dies.
Crafty Sentiments Anything Goes 
Simon Says Anything Goes 
Charisma Pink and brown 
Lili's little fairies Anything but square 
Crafty Catz Anything but square 
Penny Black and more Pnk, pearly and swirly (Thanks Brenda, wasn't sure it fit the challenge fully)

Lastly, a great opportunity for somebody. We are having a DT call over at Winter Wonderland. So if you would like to join us and make a Christmas card or project once a fortnight then hop over and enter.

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Anniversary Dance

I just couldn't resist buying this new LOTV stamp which I used for my friend Lyseny's Aniversary card. They have been coloured with Promarkers with a little Sakura goldstar pen on her dress. The papers are GD Cloisonne, sentiment LOTV. I have also used a Kaisercraft music stamp, Marianne corner die, MB heart die and Nestie heart circle.
I love Promarkers Love is all around
My Mum's Craft Shop Valentine/love
Delicious Doodles Red
Sweet Stampin' Love is all around
Simon Says Anything goes

Monday 4 February 2013


I won this gorgeous Crafts and Me digi a little while ago and finally got round to using her. She has been coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and I have used lots of Sakura Clearstar pen. The lush papers are Crafty Individuals Travels in Italy. They seemed perfect to go with this image which reminds me of the masks in Venice. I have used some spider's webbing behind the image, isn't it fab. The sentiment is LOTV, corner from The Hobby House and I have used MB party lanterns die with sanded Core'dinations and pearls. I have also used DI Dusty Concorde and a Viva Decor pearl pen.

Passion for Promarkers Add sparkle 
Crafts and Me Favourite embellishment (Memory Box dies) 
CRAFT Make a mask/use a mask 
Cute card Thursday A different corner 
Simon Says Anything goes

Sunday 3 February 2013

Brrr and candy winner

This is my second post for today. Please scroll down for a Christmas card.

The car boot sale went well yesterday. We sold £54 worth of which £16 was crafty stash, so well worth spending a Saturday morning. It was well attended and nice and warm.

 I was inspired by a great sketch on the Docrafts site to create this scrapbook page. It was taken one day on holiday last October. I knew it would be cold, which is why I am wearing three layers plus hat, scarf and gloves but as you can see by my face it was colder than expected. I have continued with my craftroom sortout and found an X cut shape cutter I had forgotten all about. It was perfect for making the circle shape. I have also used MB cloud dies and a Marianne corner die, all with sanded Core'dinations.
Marianne's Design Divas Banners and bunting 
Simon Says Anything Goes
  One Stop Anything Goes 
2 Sisters White and red and/or pink

Thanks to everyone who entered my candy and welcome to my new followers. I am just 11 followers away from 1500 so if I ever reach that magic number I have a lovely candy in mind to offer so if you are not a follower already please follow me.

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

That's you,  Lorraine B. Congratulations, please e-mail me.

Sadly no everybody followed the rules. For example 75 entered but only 49 people left a comment so I had to redraw to find somebody who had commented and placed a pic in their sidebar.

Merry Christmas!

Yes, must keep up with those Christmas cards and I have used a cute Sugar Nellie stamp which I chose when I won their Facebook challenge early January. I have coloured the image with Promarkers and added loads of glitter to the snowman and Santa. The lovely vintage papers are Kaisercraft Dear Santa. I added a Tim Holtz salvage sticker, baker's twine and a wooden sleigh which I distressed with DI vintage photo.
Sparkles Christmas Anything Goes 
Passion for Promarkers Add sparkle 
Simon Says Anything goes 
Natalie and Amy Something old (Promarkers, twine and sticker), Something New (stamp)
The Sugar Bowl Anything goes
Craftyhazelnut Pick up a penguin or anything beginning with P (I have a penguin and a present)

Saturday 2 February 2013

Candy Time

This post will remain at the top until 2 February.
You may have seen some of the lovely new stamps from Stamposaurus, amongst them an ice cream van. Well the lovely Jayne at Stamposaurus has given me one of these stamps worth £6 to give away. I have added some embellishments, flowers, pearls, ribbons and pearl sprays.

If you would like to win this candy then the rules are simple.
Follow my blog
Post a pic in your sidebar with a link back to my blog
Enter via the link below
Leave me a comment

Vintage Bag

Our challenge this week at Totally Gorjuss is anything goes with lace. I thought I would try something different for a change and instead of using a stamped image or a topper on a bag had a play around with some dies and came up with this vintage style I coloured a doily with DI Dusty Concorde and added a large Prima Flower which I decorated with Stickles. I used a Marianne leaf, MB floral vine, bird and birdcage dies. The green card is Cor'dinations which I sanded. The lace is from Crafty Ribbons, pins from stash. Come along and play this week for a chance to win a voucher from J&C Creations.
Simon Says Anything Goes 
Crafty Creations Anything but a card

I will be setting up a car boot sale stall at 8.30 this morning so I shall link this up when I get home and catch up with you all. Have you entered my candy yet?

Friday 1 February 2013

Has it stopped raining?

Friday and time for my snowflakes team to choose the challenge and this week the theme is monochrome. This will be the last non Christmas challenge for our team. Of course you can choose to make a Christmas project if you like. You must only use one colour plus skin and hair. I don't often make an all blue card and I find black hair quite difficult so challenged myself with this card. Her hair isn't perfect but it probably the best black hair I have managed so far. I've used a gorgeous Saturated Canary image and Papermanis Capsule papers. I've added stickles to her petticoat and glossy accents for the puddle. I've used MS cherish border punch, MB umbrella and cloud dies with sanded Core'dinations and Centura pearl card. Come and join in the challenge and you could win a £10 voucher from

Everybody Art Monochrome blue 
Simon Says Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen 3 papers, 2 types of embellishment and 1 image