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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Fairy Princess Manga style

I had a bit of fun altering one of the new Manga style stamps from Sugar Nellie this week, a card i made to send to Laura which i can share now as she recieved it today.
I gave her a crown and wings making her a fairy princess and i quite liked the finished result so my other stamps had better watch out, lol..i could be doing this again !

All the papers are October Afternoon from The Craft Emporium, i coloured the image with copics and added the crown and wings before i then gave it all a coat of Claudine Helmuths gel medium, a matte finish glue/glaze, great for collage pieces as it helps to smooth out the surface...again from The Craft Emporium.I added a border created with a fiskars punch and added some pink gingham ribbon...

Before i go here's a great book i've been reading this week, it has tons of really useful hints and tips on saving money, something i think alot of us are trying to do as things are at the moment. It covers just about everything,food, clothes, community, having fun, beauty...olive oil is a fab moisturiser/cleanser, holidays, home and money, it's author India Knight writes it in an entertaining way...even a section on Crafts...gives you lots of helpful websites to look up and a book that you can dip in and out of...highly recommend it :)

Byeeee xx

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Mo's Digital Pencil

I recently discovered Mo's beautiful Illustrations via a fellow blogger, thanks Elaine, if you are not familiar with Mo's work do pay her a visit here you are in for a treat, what a talented artist ! I fell totally in love with 'Bella and Bronte', what lovely characters, the expression on Bronte's face made me smile. Mo's illustrations are available to buy in her Etsy shop, a link found at the top of her blog.

I loved colouring this image !
Papers are Bloom MME available at Diestodiefor
Sentiment Hero Arts
Copics and Koh pencils

Have a lovely day everyone xx

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge

Here's my GDT card for this weeks sketch at Papertake Weekly, another nice and simple Dawny P sketch.

The size of this image allowed me to keep it nice and simple,i decided to rotate the sketch.

Image is Bunny Blooms by High Hopes available at Diestodiefor
Papers are BG Lemonade
Bazzail 'Edge strips'
coloured with Koh pencils

Alice in Wonderland

I'm a huge fan of Tim Burton's films, he's worked his magic on the classic Alice in Wonderland, usual cast...Johnny Depp's perfect eye candy though he does look a little different, lol..the preview looks amazing..check it out !

Tuesday Taggers Wall Hanging

Morning everyone, time for a new challenge at Tuesday Taggers..this week we'd like you to have a go at making a wall hanging, any theme. We have a fantastic Tutorial by Emma and Michelle for you to sit back and enjoy and the winner of this challenge will recieve a £15 voucher from our lovely sponsors at The Craft Barn. Please note that when we have a prize to give away we'd be grateful if your creation is made just for this challenge alone.

So onto my wall hanging....Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm well i'm not sure this is finished, i seriously need to invest in some background stamps...it just feels like something is missing, but then this is slightly out of my comfort zone too.

I used a Tim Holtz paint daubber to colour the base, sponged lightly with a pink Adirondack ink...stamped circles and a border in the same colour...the image is from Lisa's altered art, lovely images/collage to download, the rainbow is from a Fancy Pants diecut sheet... punched circles from October Afternoon papers to create the scalloped edge and added doodlebug ribbon to hang.

Check out the rest of the DT's creations...lots to inspire you xx

Monday, 27 July 2009


No cards to share today, though i have a few projects on the go as i speak that'll be ready for tomorrow. Thank you all for your lovely comments on Saturdays post, the wedding was blessed with beautiful weather, the ceremony was perfect and funny, the groom had written 'help me' on the soles of his shoes, visable once they knelt to take their vows...had us all in stitches, fortunately he'd warned Kelly otherwise i'm sure she'd have been wondering what was going on :) Kelly looked stunning in her dress...a lovely day to remember always, here's a couple of photo's...now my photography skills are pants..however hard i try regular shots are never sharp enough...really must play around with the settings i think or when i can buy a better camera...blaming it on the equipment feels better, lol.

Chris and Kelly....wish i'd got a good shot of her in her dress..stunning !

and the beautiful car

Now i'm always browsing on You Tube...i'm just dying to try my hand at painting....any previous attempts have looked like a 5 year olds..but i'm determined to try and master it, there's so many fab tutorials on You Tube. Yesterday i discovered Tascha's work and i adore this painting ! So i thought i'd share it here with you....enjoy xx

Saturday, 25 July 2009

I dont 'do' wedding cards

Well not unless i'm comissioned to make one or in this case have to make one for myself, my cousin is getting married today...just got in from my Aunties house, she only lives a few doors away..it's a hive of activity this morning, with the hairdresser, flowers being delivered...and all round excitement...lovely :) and the sun is shining...hurray !

I cant say that this really shouts wedding card, except for the verse which i sourced from the internet and personalised, but i'm hoping Kelly and Chris will like it.

I used Sizzix die Flowers, Branches and Leaves...i spotted this on a card Cass made a few months ago and loved it. I bought mine from Cuttingedgecrafts, free p&p and super fast delivery. I added a few dewdrops, ribbon and the butterfly is shock horror a peel off ! I'm not a huge fan of peel offs but i think these look nice when mounted onto card and cut out..plus it added a little sparkle to the card.

Right i best get myself organised...lots to do, have a lovely weekend everyone x

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Craft Emporium's yummy candy !

Lyn over at The Craft Emporium has just started her own shop blog and to celebrate she's offering some yummy October Afternoon Wild Cards to one lucky winner ! Pop over here and take a look :)

I've only recently discovered The Craft Emporium but can highly recommend ....Fab customer service and heaps of yummy papers, stamps and unique bits and bobs for your cards....i found the lovely Tim Holtz tickets yesterday whilst browsing...see Tara's latest card...xx

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Inky Impressions DT call

Morning everyone, here's my entry to the DT call over at Inky Impressions..if you havn't come across these cute stamps yet pop over and have a peek, they are adorable.

Whilst channel hopping last week i stumbled on a show on Create and Craft i hadn't watched before...i think it was Mel Heaton demoing Inkadinkado stamps and she made this fab wallet with a tag inside..when you pull the tag up and down the ribbon moves with it...i thought it was a cool idea but missed the measurements :( How bizzare it was when i was flicking through an old issue of Simply Cards a day later...she had made the same project in the mag ! So yesterday i set about making my own. I used one of the new Manga stamps from Funkykits...unfortunately i dont yet own any Inky Impressions stamps :(

All papers and elements are October Afternoon 'Cherry Hill' from The Craft Emporium...I cant wait for the new OA range to arrive in the UK...i'll be keeping a watchful eye on Lyn's store for them !

Here you can see how the ribbon stretches when you pull out the tag...again decorated with OA, the sentiment is from the lovely Pixie downloads from Charmedcardsandcrafts..the sentiment houses a little pocket which would be nice to pop a gift card in or cash. When you push the tag back down inside the wallet the ribbon moves easily back into place inside the wallet....cool huh?

And finally a close up of the cute Manga image.

Thank you all so much for your visits yesterday and the lovely comments you left for me....hoping to catch up with you all today xx

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Papertake Weekly Challenge...colours

I'm so thrilled to be a part of the DT over at Papertake weekly as a guest designer for the next few weeks...thank you Dawny. This weeks challenge is a colour challenge of PINK, BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, GREEN, GREY AND LILAC in any combo and is sponsored by Digital Delights

...home of this cute little Racoon !
Papers are October Afternoon from The Craft Emporium
Fiskars star punch
Doodlebug Brads
White Gel pen
Make a wish sentiment CCSR
Saffraslass Border stamp
Koh pencils

Pop over and check out the lovely work of the DT !

Tuesday Taggers 10 Swirls and Curls

Morning everyone, this weeks challenge at Tuesday Taggers is SWIRLS AND CURLS....again you can make anything you like for this challenge... a tag, atc or a card
Image is CC designs Junebug fairy available from Diestodiefor
Papers are MME Asparagus again available from Diestodiefor...these are delish papers and such excellent value for money !
The swirl diecut i've had so long i've forgotton who sent it to me...sorry
Prima flowers
copics and Koh pencils

Dont forget to check out the rest of the Dt's work this week..lots to inspire...hope you'll join in the fun xx

Monday, 20 July 2009

Pencil update

Just a quick post about the bargain pencil set i mentioned last week, the Art supplier where i bought them from are due to have more stock this week...here's the telephone number if anyone would like some 01756 701177 x

Sunday, 19 July 2009


Hi Folks, just a quick reminder about the listings i have on Ebay...about an hour to go now...so if you want to grab a bargain click on the Ebay button to go direct to my listings....there's a Miss Anya set, Pink Cat studio..Lily and Billy, Sugar Nellie, High Hopes...etc, etc xx

Saturday, 18 July 2009


Hello everyone, just thought i'd hop on here...a good excuse to have a break for 5 mins from the dreaded housework...i always seem to spend my Saturdays catching up with jobs...not my favourite way to spend my time at the weekend. Here's a card i made for my good friend Tara this week....she recieved it today so i know it's safe to share now :)
Image is Magnolia...rather apt for yesterdays awful weather..it never stopped all day !
Papers are October Afternoon Ducks in a row available at The Craft Emporium who have a fab sale on at the moment ;)
Ribbon is We are Memory Keepers
Dewdrops and flowers i made myself
Sentiment is a K&co sticker

Right best get back to the Housework...sigh :) xx

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Friday Sketchers

Hi everyone, a quick post from me tonight, here's my card for this weeks sketch over at Friday Sketchers

Image is from Charmedcardsandcraft..Pixie download...lovely !
Papers are MME Bloom and Grow available now at Diestodiefor...yummy 6x6 pads !
BG buttons, ribbon from stash
My new pencils...keep reading if you want a bargain !
Stickles to add a bit of sparkle

So on to my bargain find yesterday !

reduced from £25.99 to £12.99...oh i do love it when i find a fab bargain, they blend beautifully, dare i say better than Prisma's ? and such vivid colours..the same supplier also sells A3 pads of Bristol board, 20 sheets for £6.99..stocks Sansador and the paper stumps ! Here's the colours...

If anyone is interested in buying a set of these drop me an email..there's more stock due in on Monday.....no connection just a happy customer :)

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Tuesday Taggers Challenge 9 Texture

Morning everyone, time for another challenge at Tuesday Taggers which is to use texture on your project, here's the card i made...if you look closely you'll see i've just simply added texture by embossing the swirly cuttlebug folder and added colour with Distress ink, Tattered Rose
I came across this artist's work via another blogger, you are fine to use the image to colour as long as you leave her a message and a link to her work. You can find the image and artist here

Papers are MME Asparagus, i used MS punch and a little ribbon to finish. Unfortunately the poor light has washed out the colours a little...i'm so rubbish with my camera which dosn't help, wish i knew what half the setting were for, lol..

Thanks to everyone who joined in with last weeks challenge , we had some smashing entrys ! We did find however that a lot of you forgot to follow some of the rules to qualify for the prize...we really dont want any of you to miss out so please double check you've done all thats needed to enter...dont forget to check back later to find out who won the fabby OA prize from The Craft Emporium !

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Saturday Sketchers #59

Hi Everybody...sorry for my lack of blogging this week..it's been one of those weeks where life gets in the way of doing anything creative so not had anything to share till today.

I thought i'd have a go at this weeks sketch at Saturday Sketchers
I cant remember the last time i used my corner punch ! It's really not something i use at all but have to say i quite like how it looks on this card.
Image is Rollerskate Milly available at Pink Gem Designs She's such a cutie and fab for paper piecing like i did here.

Papers are K&Company..Brenda Walton small wonders girl
Card candy
Flowers are punched, diecut, Prima
Fine wire
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday ! x

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Tuesday Taggers Challenge#8 Best Pals

Morning everyone...time for a new challenge at Tuesday Taggers and this week we'd like you to create a card/tag/atc...etc with the theme of 'best Pals' in mind and to fit a sentiment on your creation too.

Now i'm so thrilled to have one of my favourite online stores sponsoring this weeks challenge, The Craft Emporium ! Lyn has so kindly donated this yummy bundle of October Afternoon goodies called 'Road Map'... travel inspired papers, rub ons,journaling cards and diecuts perfect for creating fabulous travel themed scrap pages or cards for the men...we all know how difficult it can be to find the right stash for mens cards ...A gorgeous prize Lyn, thank you so much !
I think OA are one of my favourite brands at the moment... you all know i've raved about the Cherry Hill stack and The Craft Emporium have a fantastic selection of the OA range, i was delighted to discover the store a few weeks ago and can highly recommend for great customer service and speedy delivery...there's always a little sweet treat tucked away carefully in your parcel too, so thoughtful !

So i thought it only right i use my Cherry Hill papers again...lol

I've also used some of the die cut elements in this range, along with a Rachelle Anne Miller image that i thought fit this weeks challenge nicely...it's been quite a while since i used one of her designs but it's reminded me how lovely her stamps are and i love the detail on this image...the sentiments are a mixture of Hero Arts and Doodlebug

So to recap to win this yummy prize ...make whatever takes your fancy, you are more than welcome to make a card but it must be all about 'Best Pals', we'd also like you to add the little button for The Craft Emporium to your side bar

Dont forget to pop over to Tuesday Taggers and check out the rest of the gorgeous work from the DT, our GD this week is Cindy...oh and the DT call is still open if you fancy joining our team...we have some birthday candy on offer too ! Oh there's so much..hope you'll join us this week

Saturday, 4 July 2009

A quick card to share

Hello everyone...just a quick post today to share i card i made for a fellow blogger and Teamie Stacey who had her birthday this week...hope you had a lovely day Stacey :)
Stamp is Flutter Anya from Diestodiefor
Papers are BG Lemonade...yummy from The Craft Emporium
Swirl is Bazzail strip
Candy dots are Craftworkcards
Flowers i made with a cuttlebug die
Sentiment is Papermainia
SU scallop circle punch

Thanks again for all your lovely comments...have a nice weekend ! xx

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Colour Create Challenge#22.....a sad farewell

Morning everyone,there are lots of changes at Colour Create this week, sadly i've made the decision to step down from my DT position :( It was a difficult decision to make as i've loved being on such a talented team and it's been such a honour to be a part of it...thank you for having me girls.

Also stepping down this week are Tab's and Tara, Tara was the founder of this challenge and i think you'll agree with me she has done a fantastic job ! Our reasons for leaving i think are similar in that we all want to kick back and enjoy the summer, spend time with family....(for me i still have to work on the situation with J), free up some time to join in with all the great challenges out there and to focus on other Dt commitments we have.

The challenge is also changing to fortnightly starting this week, we thought you all might like to enjoy this lovely summer we are having too :)

So here's this weeks challenge, Grassy Green, Apple Green, Sunflower Yellow, Lemon and White with the optional extra of decorating the inside of your card and envelope

Here's what i came up with...

And the inside of my card

Stamp...Gorjuss girl from Funkykits
Papers...BG Lemonade, OA Cherry Hill all from The Craft Emporium
Flowers handmade by Julie
Fiskars border punch
Hero Arts sentiment
Copic markers

Before i go i just want to wish the rest of the team continued success with Colour Create...i'll miss you and love to you all xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2009


If i go awol for a little while this is the reason why...i started reading Twilight just over a week ago after a friend lent me the book...i'd not really heard much about it before then....although it's classed as a young adult book, dont let that put you off, you'll find it in the teen section in the library it's had me absolutely captivated ! I'm not into the whole Buffy thing either though i loved Interview with a vampire..that had a lot to do with Brad Pitt * swoon*

It's basically about a young girl who falls in love with a vampire but so much more ...not going to say anymore incase you want to read it...i'd highly recommend :)

Its a four book saga, i'm now on my third 'Eclipse'...so it's a toss up between do i make a card or do i chill out and read ? Mmmmmmm it's a toughie ! Oh and the first book is out on DVD, just picked a copy up from the Library to watch later..what a lazy mare i am...reading crafting and watching movies...do you think they'll notice if i dont make tea tonight? lol.

Edit....Ok so i've watched the film...you've got to read the book first, they miss too much out in the film, shame, and the actress who plays Bella's part is a bit of a let down..Edward's delish though !...

Here's a little snippet..