Sunday, 22 January 2017

Silent night


Today I am sharing another of the nativity cards I made from Making Cards magzine using the LOTV nativity trio. 
Medium - Copics
Papers - Studio Light scandivanian
Sentiment - LOTV grunge Christmas
Dies - Lawn Fawn stitched circle, Memory Box star, Sizzix on the edge star cluster

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Christening Day


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is hearts and flowers. I am sometimes asked for a Christening card so I used this very cute Pink Gem precoloured topper to make a neutral card so it could be used for boys or girls. The sentiment is computer generated, flowers from Wild Orchid. I used an old Martha Stewart border punch, still love these. I coloured the wooden heart with a silver Wink of Stella pen.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Christmas Fun


Starting as I hope to go on this year I have taken some time out from cardmaking to complete my first scrapbook layout this year. We went with four friends to see That'll be the Day Christmas show which was great fun and we just had to have a selfie in the theatre. The photo of Graham was taken at a friends' get together we they had a photo booth pack.


I used some Bo Bunny and Kaisercraft diecuts along with some paper scraps, wooden stars and cameras diecut with Mama Elephant dies.

Challenges
Stuck?! 15th January sketch 
ABC Christmas anything Christmas goes 
Simon Says anything but a card

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Robins


Another LOTV precoloured diecut today which I teamed with ribbons from Crafty Ribbons, Dovecraft Winter Blooms papers, punched holly leaves and Marianne diecut poinsettias. Simple and traditional.

Challenges
ABC Christmas anything Christmas goes or B for Birds and Blooms 
Allsorts Wings on things 
The Cutie Pie Winter Warmer

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Elegant Wedding


I had a message on Facebook from somebody I used to work with asking if I could make her a special Wedding card. I replied with a couple of suggestions and she chose this lovely image from LOTV. This is one of the precoloured diecuts which are discontinued though some are still available on Ebay. The bride wil be wearing silver so I kept the colour very subtle. I used a clear Wink of Stella pen on the flowers on the image and added some tiny pearls.
Papers - LOTV Timeless Victorian
Ribbon and lace - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Punch - Woodware leaf

Challenges
Paper Creators anything goes 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Off to the dentist for a check up today, fingers crossed everything is ok.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

In the playroom


I have another sample for Crafty Ribbons to share with you today. This one features the new coloured pencil ribbon which I teamed with some magazine freebie papers and a cute pre coloured topper from The Hobby House. I used a Clearly Besotted notebook edger die and added some buttons from Crafty Ribbons tied with twine.  I would like to enter this into the any image challenge at The Ribbon Girl. Looking forward to a facial and massage today.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Lighthouses


I have been busy working on some samples for Crafty Ribbons stand using their lovely new ribbons. I really like making nautical cards and I was lucky enough to win a £10 voucher on the Crafty Purple Frog challenge so I ordered this Memory Box oceanic corner. I hadn't seen it before but it was just what I wanted to go with the lighthouse ribbon. The paper is from my oldie stash pile and the image is Delicious Doodles which I sprayed with spray and shine so it looks like a photo. I think the seagull die is Go Kreate.

Challenges
Allsorts wings on things 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Valentine's Day


If you saw my post on Jan 12th you will know that I have two features in this month's Papercrafter. This is one of the Valentine's card I was commissioned to make using a set of valentine's papers. I really like the heart apertures cut into the top paper. I used Spellbinder heart dies, the leaves were cut with a Joy die, flowers from Wild Orchid. I added some doodling done with a fineliner pen.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

On your bike


Shabby chic again today. Must do more of this style as I love them. I used a Dreamees stamp and a new die I got free in a magazine last year. I bought the magazine as I really wanted the die and it has some sweet stamps with it too which I will use another time. The papers are from an old pack, almost used up, V&A. Ribbon and lace from Crafty Ribbons, Polkadoodles flower and burlap butterfly from Michaels which I have just rediscovered in my stash so expect to see more of those appearing.

Challenges
Stamping Sensations coffee and cream 
The Paper Shelter lace or ribbon

Friday, 13 January 2017

Sledging fun


This is the last of three cards I made using the Lawn Fawn tobogganing together stamp and die set for  the December Making Cards magazine. They are coloured as always with Copics with a little Stickles added to his hat.  I used a Lawn Fawn forest border die and a MFT rolling hills die. The papers are Nitwits and I added some doodling with a fineliner pen.

Challenges
The Cutie Pie Winter Warmer 
ABC Christmas A for anything Christmas goes

Early start this morning as I am trading at the hospital all day. Not expecting fantastic sales in January but I will have some sale items so fingers crossed people want to buy something.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hello beautiful


The latest Papercrafter magazine is out today and I am delighted to have two features published. One is for 5 Valentines projects and the other is for 10 cards made with Cocoa Vanilla Make a Wish elements. There are chipboard stickers, alphabet stickers, ephemera etc. I teamed them with the Lawn Fawn Winter perfectly plaid papers. I will be sharing several of these cards with you but today is my favourite of them. I used a Spellbinders curved border die and added some punched leaves, papers flowers and ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Meeting my Mum in Norwich today as she wants to go clothes shopping and have lunch. Then we will be off to the hospital this evening to set up the stall in the retail unit there ready for trading tomorrow.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Sing


I have always loved this quote and when I saw the wooden stamp for sale in a Facebook group recently I bought it. I haven't made a shabby chic style card for a while and really enjoyed making this one. The paper is Bo Bunny et cetera. I painted a piece of burlap with white acrylic paint and frayed all the edges. The lace is from Crafty Ribbons, wooden feather from Creative Ebellishments and flowers from Michaels.

Challenges 
Stamping Sensations coffee and cream 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

It's a friend's Birthday today and we have been asked to go out for dinner with them tonight so looking forward to that.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Birthday present


The LOTV trios are so useful and of course if you have the digis then you can resize them which is just what I have done for today's cute card. 
Image - LOTV elephant trio
Medium - Copics
Papers - Anna Marie Blissful Pink
Dies - Lawn Fawn stitched circle, MFT scalloped edger, Joy stitched bunting
Sentiment - LOTV

Challenges
In the pink anything goes 
Di's Digis Celebrations 
Simon Says new something (new digi)

Monday, 9 January 2017

Winter


I have used my favourite shaped cad die for today's card featuring another of the lovely LOV images.
Image - LOTV Winter
Papers - Nitwits Woodland Wishes
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 10, Memory Box stitched snowflakes, Joanna Sheen starry edger

Challenges
ABC Christmas A for anything goes 
CCAYR add snowflakes 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Out early this morning for breakfast at All Bar One then a long session at the hairdresser for a cut and colour.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Birds and flowers


I made this card for Papercraft Inspirations . I had to make 2 cards using tissue paper, something I don't normally use. I remembered buying a pack from Poundland several years ago and after a little searching I found it in the bottom of one of my paper drawers. I teamed it with a lovely birdcage from Creative Embellishments, lace from Crafty Ribbons, Craftwork Cards sentiment, cherry blossom from Wild Orchid and some punched tissue flowers.

Challenges

Saturday, 7 January 2017

New Home Snail


We are back at A Gem of a Challenge and our first challenge is celebrate something new. I need some more new home cards for stock so I used this cute precoloured Pink Gem digi diecut with a MFT stitched round corner die. The papers are Crate Paper Farmhouse. I love the bright cheery colours. The dies is a new one I just bought, Lawn Faswn little twon border. Most of it is covered by the image but I think you will be seeing a lot more of it. In my resolution to use more of my older stuff I used an old Sizzix corner die. The sentiment is LOTV and I added a wooden butterfly button. The scrummy ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
Paper Creators anything goes 
Dies R Us anything goes using dies
Simon Says new something

Thanks for all your good wishes about my cough. I am very pleased to say that after three and a half months it is finally going.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Now and then


I was lucky enough to win Squirrel's last challenge and was determined to join in her current fun challenge of then and now The idea is to see how your style and colouring skills have improved. I decided to go right back to one of my first stamps and one of my first blog posts in June 2009. I still love this stamp and will never get rid of her. The difference in colouring and layout skills are amazing. It is amazing to see how much my photography skills have improved too! 
Image - Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie Daisy
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft Serendipity
Die - Lawn Fawn stitched circle
Flowers - Prima
Butterflies - part of my Christmas present from Lynsey

Challenges
Squirrel's not so random challenge then and now
Dies R Us anything goes using dies 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK anything goes


And this is my card from June 2009. Stamping and colouring was very new to me and as you can see I knew nothing about blending and shading. The layout is pretty awful too. The only good thing  about it is the colour scheme.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Pink Christmas


I have another unblogged Christmas card to share with you today.I love these gorgeous LOTV images. I still have more Christmas cards to share and as I hope to start making for this Christmas fairly soon I will be sharing them all year in amongst other occasions.
Image - LOTV Noel
Medium - Copics
Papers - Nitwits Woodland Wishes
Dies - GO Kreate frilly squares 10, Joy snowflake
Jute ribon - The Range

Challenges
Dies R Us anything goes using dies 
Paper Creators anything goes 
Di's Digis Celebrations 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK anything goes
CCAYR add snowflakes
ABC Christmas A for anything goes

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Thank you very much


Today's card was published in Papercraft Inspirations. I used a LOTV sentiment stamp, lovely dotted ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and Chambray and Lace papers from Craftwork Cards. The pierced banners are MFT dies.

We are no longer having Crafty Ribbons challenges but if you are on Facebook please join the Crafty Ribbons page. We will have lots of inspiration on there from the DT and we will also be having challenges. Of course there is also the Inspirations blog where you will find many of the Facebook posts as well.

This is also my second inspiration card for the LOTV Facebook challenge, anything goes. I hope you will come and join in the challenge.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tea and Roses


Going back to the doctor this morning as despite two lots of antibiotics the cough isn't any better. It has been over three months now and I am really fed up with it. So onto today's card which is a 7" x 7" commissioned card. I was asked to make a 60th Birthday card for a very English lady. The precoloured image from The Paper Shelter, Vintage Teacups, was perfect. I added some lovely lace from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid, butterfly from The Works and used a Tim Holtz die for the numbers and a Die-Versions sentiment die.

Challenges

Monday, 2 January 2017

Spring flowers


I made this card for the current issue of Crafts Beautiful Magazine. A promise of Springtime with the lovely yellow and peach. The image is LOTV coloured with Copics. The papers are from The Range and flowers from Wild Orchid, sentiment from Craftwork Cards.

This is also my inspiration card for the LOTV Facebook challenge, anything goes. I hope you will come and join in the challenge.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year


Happy New Year. Are you making any New Year Resolutions? I always hope to do more scrapbooking as I never seem to fit as much in as I would like. So this year I am doing less craft fairs and really hope to get more layouts made. I have done really well using up old paper pads and plan to continue that. I also intend to use all my new stamps and more of my old stamps rather than buying lots of new ones.

I still have lots of Christmas cards to share and hope to start on this year's soon as well. This is another of the cards featured in Making Cards magazine last month. I love these cute Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. This set is tobogganing together and includes the sentiment, penguin, deer, snowballs and trees. I didn't stamp the trees though, just used the die with the lovely Nitwit papers. The Lawn Fawn forest border has been much used since I bought it and I know will get a lot more use this year, I also used the MFT rolling hills die.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

Saturday, 31 December 2016

We Three Kings


This is one of the second set of cards published in Making Cards magazine. I wanted to use the traditional images in a non traditional way.
Image - LOTV Nativity trio
Medium - Copics
Papers - Studio Light Scandinavian
Dies - Lawn fawn stitched circle
Sentiment - LOTV
Stars - Hobbycraft

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes
Live and Love Crafts(J) Smorgasbord - J

I think we will be having a cosy movie night in with a nice meal and a bottle of Prosecco. Enjoy your New Year's Eve whatever you have planned.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Santa Penguin


The new edition of Making Cards is published today so I can start sharing the projects I had published in the last magazine. I had two sets of cards and this is one of the cute Lawn Fawn cards. I love these little stamps and dies as you can make up so many scenes with them.
Stamps and Dies - Lawn Fawn Tobogganing Together
Medium - Copics
Papers - Nitwits Festive Trimmings
Dies Lawn Fawn stitched circle and puffy clouds

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Dreaming of Spring


I used another of the new LOTV elephant digis for this card coloured with Copics. The papers are Anna Marie Blissful Pink and the lovely lace is from Crafty Ribbons. I used a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and MFT stitched scalloped edger dies. The butterflies were made with a Crafts Too die which I love masking from the papers and inking the edges.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
The Paper Shelter anything goes
Simon Says anything goes

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A girl and her dogs


Unfortunately after the cough getting a lot better it got worse over Christmas so yesterday went to the Walk In centre and have another week of antibiotics. After three months of coughing I really hope these work. This is the last of my commissioned cards for the same family as a few of my previous posts over the last few days. This one was for the youngest sister and it had to be blue and have 2 dogs. I reduced the dog digi and merged two of them with Chloe out in the snow.   I used the precoloured Pink Gem digis and added some fun flock on her boots and Stickles for snow. The dies are Memory Box stitched snowflakes and Doohickey slender firs.

Challenges
The Cutie Pie a day in the snow 
Noor! Design UK sparkle 
The Ribbon Girl any image
Simon Says make it sparkle

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Trim the Tree


Another Christmas card and another commission. This one was for the same person for one of her sisters. The brief was something to do with the theatre or London if possible as she is currently living in London and loves the theatre. The three sisters all act, sing and dance and the girl this card was for has actually appeared as the young girl in Mary Poppins on the west End stage. So I found this quite a challenge to know what to make then I remembered that she had played Clara in The Nutcracker a while ago and this image reminded me of that role.
Image - LOTV Victorian Christmas
Medium - Copics
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - MFT scalloped edger, Joy snowflake om glitter card
Flower and sentiment - Hobbycraft

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Winter Wonderland for someone special 
Little Miss Muffet anything goes
Simon Says make it sparkle

Monday, 26 December 2016

All the family


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day and will be enjoying Boxing Day today. This was a commissioned card for a friend for her parents. I was asked to include 3 girls and 2 dogs. I had a few ideas about it but once I bought the Card-io stamps I knew I could actually fit in the whole family.

So there are Mum and dad on the bench, the 3 girls and the 2 dogs plus the oldest daughter's partner. If you saw my post on 23rd this is the same young couple. Lots of glitter for snow, not a very realistic scene for a British Christmas I know.

Challenges
Simon Says make it sparkle

We are going to have breakfast at The Premier Inn with Mum this morning then take her for a ride to the coast if the weather is nice before taking her home this afternoon.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Dreaming of a White Christmas


This seemed an appropriate card to share with you on Christmas Eve. I love Christmas Eve, it always has a magical feel to it. As usual I'm sure we won't have a white Christmas but a sharp frost later tonight and in the morning would be lovely, however it looks like being mild which isn't Christmassy at all. It is the first time I have tried colouring skin grey, really liking the colour combo.
Image - LOTV Edwardian Christmas
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Nitwits Snow Princess
Sentiment - LOTV grunge Christmas
Dies - MFT wonky stitched rectangles, MFT stitched scalloped edger
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Crisply ribbon - Live and Love Crafts
Other - pearl pen

Challenges
Penny Black and More at Allsorts Black, white plus one
The Ribbon Girl any image

We will be visiting my Mum this afternoon and then bringing her back to Norwich for a meal and settling her into a nearby Premier Inn for a couple of nights. In the morning hubby will be collecting her to spend the day at our house. It is the first time we have spent Christmas Day together since I got married so really looking forward to it.