Saturday, 30 April 2011


I should really have been getting my housework done today, but Hubby had a migraine and went back to bed, so of course being such a kind and considerate wife I forgo the cleaning to do a bit of crafting - well couldnt be making all that noise with the hover could I!

So this is what I did instead, these little cuties are from Lily of the Valley and this is the first time that I have inked them up. The ribbon stamp is also from Lily of the Valley. DP's are Prima the Sparkling Spring collection.

I needed to keep to white and 2 other colours for the Wild Orchid Challenge and as per I picked my papers and then tried to match my copic pens to the butterfly's I didnt have anything that matched the pink so I had a bit of a play and mixed RV00, R83 RV32 and YR02 to achieve the colours I needed. I also used these colours for the edges of the matting.

I had a bit of a disaster though with my gorgeous laser cut heart from Make It Crafty, I first tried to colour with the same pinks but it really didnt look that special, so I found some Rose Embossing Powder which was the Perfect colour, only problem was it was ultra thick and clogged up all me holes duh! Anyways managed to melt it off but it didnt leave the heart looking to pretty so in the end I added glitter to it and it looks OKish.

Flowers are mainly from Wild Orchid.

Wild Orchid Challenge White +2 and Roses
Papertake Weekly Sketch
LOTVLove is in the Air

Black and a Splash of Red MIC DT

Wow first of all I have to say a huge thank you to all who took part in our Blog Hop last I hope that you all enjoyed it and were inspired to grab yourself some of the fabulous images to have a play with. I love the circus theme so much that I just couldnt resist making another card using the Circus Tent Digi from Make it Crafty for this weeks challenge Make it Colourful which is colouring with black and a splash of red.for this challenge I did wimp out a bit and used my Derwent Colouring Pencils and gamsol.
the backing card is coredinations which I have run through my cuttlebug with a Tim Holtz mask and then lightly sanded over. I kept it real simple as I want this card for my sons birthday on Monday, Yep he is so special he even has a bank holiday on his birthday or thats what he keeps telling me lol, so I just added some buttons and left it at that. Even though his name is Alan I called the card Jerry;s Circus cos I found the perfect stamp within my stash for a circus
 Isn't he just the cutest? I have put him on the inside so that he pops up when you open the card.
 Here's a bit of a close up of Jerry
 and the tent.

Pencils used
Dove Grey, Persian Grey, Black, Scarlet.

Oh dah totally dont know where my head is you'll be wanting to know who our sponsor is this week.

Well you lucky folks you could be the winner of a prize from the fabulous Tiddly Inks

Simon Says Anything Goes

Monday, 25 April 2011

Same stamp, but oh so different

Here I used the same stamp stamped with versamark and tripled embossed, used a Tim Holtz mask in my Calibur for the backing sheet the white border and tag are from my new sets of sissix dies. The black Ribbon is recycled it came from the gift bag that my winter coat came in.
Gonna say it myself though I really like how this turned out, and I can hardy believe it myself but I have now made four cards and havent touched a copic, I will probably be a shaking wreck tomorrow from withdrawal symptoms LOL. I used the sketch frpm Inspirational Card Sketches but had to turn it around abit to suit the image.
Moving along with the times recycled
Simon Says Stamps Challenge embossing
Creative Card Crew recycle
ICSketches Sketch

Vintage and Mason

Wow has this bank holiday weekend gone fast or what? I spent the first couple of days working in the garden and giving my neighbours a good laugh. I cant see what they found so amusing about me hovering up the garden :-0
Okay maybe it is a bit strange, but I have a garden full of Acers and leaves tend to get everywhere, but not only that last year we were inundated with SPIDERS and I for one will admit to being terrified of them, to the point that last year I wouldnt even go out in the garden :-( so went round with the industrial hover NOT my upright lol and hovered up all the webs and egg sacks, I think I probably committed mass murder lol.

Luckily for me though the neighbours went out before I started washing the trees with soapy water LOL. I dont think I would have lived that down after the remarks about the hovering. 
(Just in case your wondereing No I havent totally lost it the trees had got bugs due to lack of water over the winter and to get rid of them you have to wash them of with soapy water).
Anyways the garden looks pretty good now just got to get some new fushias for the hanging baskets and Im set for the summer.

So to celebrate I have spent the rest of my time crafting, this stamp was one of the many must haves from  Ally Pally. Feel a bit bad though cos I lost the bag it came in so I have no idea who it is from, which is a shame cos I love it and I know they had some other really great scenes.
 I think the stamp has a vintagy feel about it so I stamped the image with Walnut Stain Distress Inks, frayed the edges of the papers with a distressing tool and used Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress inks.

The postcard is a Lily of the Valley stamp which I again distressed with old paper and tea dye inks. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I misted them with a Tea Dye reinker and pearl glimmer mist. Lace is from a little haberdashery shop in Walthamstow.

before I go I just wanted to share with you my youngest grandson Mason getting to know his story telling Winnie the Pooh.  Bless him Winnie is still loads bigger than him LOL.

Truly Scrumptious Vintage
Cute Card Thursday No Text

Wedding Days

A friend asked me to make 2 wedding Cards which seems very fitting for all the wedding fever in good old Blighty at the moment but No they are not for Will and Kate lol.

I used my Craft Robo to cut out the Petal Cards (which reminds me do any of you guys have the new ecraft personal cutter and know wether you can plot and cut your own images?)

The stamp I have had for ages not sure where from, it was on a wooden block but I took it off due to lack of space (or maybe thats too much stuff lol). Stamped with Clear Stamp Pad and embossed with Ultra fine Silver embossing powder. Mounted on mat from Spellbinders die

The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts, leaves and pearls I have had for ever too.

Those gorgeous hearts were from a cake shop that had a closing sale, so I stocked up. The inside of the other card is similar just with a different type of paper.


Totally Papercrafts Weddings
Stampin for the Weekend Weddings
Fab n Funky Wedding
A Spoonful of Sugar Lets celebrate
Die Cut dreams Wedding
Simon Says Stamp Embossing

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Mo and Zo's Carnival Blog Hop

Let the sideshow begin,
Hurry hurry,
Step right on in,
Hurry hurry
Cant afford to pass it by,
Guaranteed to make time fly.

Let the sideshow begin
Hurry hurry
Step right on in
Hurry hurry
Cant afford to pass this by
Great new stamps for you to buy.

With a bit of a variation on the words the Stylistics song Sideshow fits in quite well with the theme of our hop today LOL.

Yep it's the big one Mo and Zo's Carnival release hop, Mo's Dream Team and Zoe's Colour Addicts have got together for the show of the year and wow stunning creations or what!

We have got some AMAZING prizes from these fantastic sponsors Stamping Bella, Quixotic Paperie, Mo's Digital Pencil and of course our very own Make It Crafty

If you came to me from the talented Leah then your on the right track and you will have seen how cute the Christmas Elf is balancing on his unicycle, just goes to show Elves aren't just for christmas LOL.
And now to my creation, this is what I have to show you.

For my card I have combined Ticket Booth from Make It Crafty with Mo's The Fat Lady
Make it Crafty's Circus Tent with The Unicycle and Fair Carousel with Mo's Jojo.

I coloured the images with Copics and used some of my new goodies from Ally Pally for the embellishments.
The tickets are a Tim Holtz Die for the cuttlebug and the text on them are from Lily of the Valley. The rosettes are another sissix die that I just had to have.

The papers are by Fancy Pants

I have added lots of Sakura glitter pen to the images but its not showing up on the photos too well  :-(

Oh almost forgot my lovely balloons, dont forget to take a note of all the balloon letters on your way cause you'll need them to make the phrase.

We have some more news for you to you can get this gorgeous new image from Mo for $1 and all proceeds will be going to the Make a Wish Foundations in the UK and US.

Oh yeah and dont forget to leave me some lurve ,cause you never know I may just have a little something hidden away!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now you need to hop on over to another very talented lady Magali to see what fabulous creation she has made.

Copic Creations Favourite Paper - I have used Make it Crafty blending paper which is soo the best.
Fussy and FancyCard for a Child
Catered Crop Recipe - Copics, Digi's, diecuts
Incy Wincy Bright and Bold (I think I got that covered lol)

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Mo and Zo's Blog Hop

Roll Up Roll Up Get Your Tickets Here for the Best Show in the Land
and its coming to a town near you
on the
 21st April

Yoohooo were gonna be celebrating the Carnival coming to Town, with the best blog hop ever, yep the Colour Addicts at Make It Colourful have teamed up with Mo's Dream Team for a blog hop extrordinaire!

Were gonna be showcasing some fab new images from Zoe at
Make It Crafty and Mo at Mo's Digital Pencil which really compliment each other. So get ready to be amazed and of course win PRIZES along the way.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Colouring Skies - Make It Colourful DT

Wow its the weekend and I.m soo hoping the weather stays as nice as its been all week, but have you noticed that whilst your at work the weather is gorgeous and come the weekend it turns rubbish!!!!!! Oh well fingers crossed, but hopefully if blogger posts this properly I will be in the mad stampede at the Ally Pally stamp show.

Today we have a new challenge for you at Make it Colourful and we want to see Coloured Skies, this can be in any way you fancy, I have used Broken China distress Inks and torn paper for a soft look, but you can get out your copics (my oh so talented teamie Annika fondly known as Niks has done a fabulous tutorial for copic skies) or you may like pencils or water colours, the choice is yours and we cant wait to see what you come up with.

For my card I have used the Kissing Booth from the carnival collection at Make it Crafty. I teamed it with the Magnolia stamp Brotherly Love.

This was the card that I was going to do for last weeks cxhallenge till I printed over my coloured image lol.

Hopefully you can see the sky a little better in this pic, I love the effect that you get from this technique but it doesnt show up too well cos the card is pearlescent and the light keeps bouncing back, but I think you can just about get the idea.
The sentiment is from one of the Patchwork Polly sets.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Anything but Square

The challenge at Whiff Of Joy this week is Anything But Square, so I thought I would have a go at a twisted Double Easel Card,
The images are Dare to Dream and Miss Ladybugs (although I have cut the ladybirds of lol.

The papers are from Bearly Mine Designs and those gorgeous swirls are from Make it Crafty, Zoe has an amazing range of lasercuts already and I just happen to know she is working on some new ones now.

Whiff of Joy Anything but Square

Sunday, 3 April 2011

I'm Happy

I am sooo pleased with this card, being on the Make It Colourful DT has really made me think about my colouring so have been studying what my fabulous boss lady Zoe and the rest of the DT do with their copics and today for the first time I coloured this sweet little Tilda using some of the hints and tips I have learnt along the way.

I am entering her into the following challenges

Just Magnolia Anything Goes/Button
Stamptacular Sunday Buttons/Bling/Bloom
Secret Crafter Butterflies
CreataliciousTwo tone
Copic Creations Fav Technique (learning to pleat and loving it)
Paper sundaes spring Flowers

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Bright Colours

Zoe challenge this week is to colour in bright colours and of course all the girls rose to this challenge so when checking out the challenge site don't forget your sunglasses!

I had a bit of a disaster when preparing my card and just to share with you what a plum I am this is what i did
Yep spent ages colouring Edwin and Tilda then wanted to print the Kissing Booth onto the same paper (which by the way is sooooooo the best paper I have ever tried for markers its from Zoe's shop and you can get it Here and yes she does ship to the UK) and the printed right over the top LOL.

No time to start again so instead am sharing this card with you this young chappie is Racing Rik and is from the Kiddo's Collection

Coloured with Copics using the Feather Blend Technique on his hair which I love. The brick wall is a Sizzix Tim Holtz folder which I coloured with Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany distress inks. As it is for a boy I kept the card really simple (and I only had half hour to put this together) and just added a bit of hessian, twine and brads.
A bit of a close up for you, just shows I am quite happy with the colouring of this one lol.

Heres the inside where I continued with the brads and hessian theme and of course Rik's car.

Side view
Well I hope this  inspires you to join in with our challenge this week. Dont forget to check out what my teamies have done at the  Make It Colourful Challenge

oooh almost forgot to say that we are sponsored this week by  Whimsy Stamps

Copic Creations Favourite Techniques
Creative Card Crew For a Child
Totally Papercrafts One for the Boys
aifactoryBright as Day
Aud SentimentsCard for a Child