Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cupcakes and strawberries


We are looking for something sweet creations for the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I chose to use of the new super sweet images. There are so many to choose from mind you so it was hard to choose.
Image - Strawberry Mice pre coloured digi
Papers - LOTV Always and Forever
Dies - MFT pierced rectangles
Flowers - burlap from Poulndland, cherry blossom from Click it 4 crafts (Ebay)
Sentiment - Forever Friends

Challenges
Papertake cute as a button
MAWTT Let's get reading (Alice in Wonderland - dormouse and tea party)

I have a craft fair today so hoping for lots of buyers, catch you later.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Born to be wild


I really like this new stamp from Stamposaurus and for this one I stamped it with white ink on black. The sentiment comes with the image. The papers are the appropriately named Carta Bella Well Travelled and the arrows were made with Spellbinder dies.

Challenges

Allsorts quick and simple 
The Ribbon Girl colour from your national flag (red and white for St George's flag)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

A Summer's Day


Hasn't the weather been gorgeous, I am loving the sunshine but hope it doesn't get too hot too soon as it surely can't last. I don't like it too hot anyway. in fact today is dull and cool so far. So onto my lovely Summery scene today.
Image - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Always and Forevere
Dies - Marianne birds on a wire, Cottage Cutz birdbath, CC Designs grass border

Challenges
Graph'It flower power 
Top Tip Tuesday 3 of something (3 papers, 3 dies) 
Stamping Seansations Pretty in pink 
Whimsy Colour an image
Die Cuttin Divas Something you would find in a garden

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Distressed


I bought this pretty Darice embossing folder in America and mad a quick and simple distressed card. I used Core'dinations in 2 shades of yummy purple. I tore the darker card and then sanded the embossed card. I added some roses and sweetheart blossoms and that was it, simples.

Challenges
Allsorts quick and simple 
Fussy and Fancy Springtime flowers 
Sister Act anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Heart plaques


I have been making a few heart plaques for my craft stall and sewing plaques are always popular so when I bought the cute wooden sewing bits and MDF hearts at Ally Pally I had this in mind. The paper is a mag freebie, stamp is Kaisercraft, lace and ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I used some embroidery thread on the buttons and cotton reel and added some pearls.


For the second one I have used a heart which I made at The MDF Man's make and take using paper from The House of Zandra. His tip on rough cutting the papers and then holding the heart over the edge of the desk and sanding the edges was really useful. It gives a really neat edge.

We only covered the hearts on his stall so when I got home I added the ribbon and embellishments. The lovely burlap paper flowers and butterfly were a gift from my friend Lynsey. I also used some paper flowers with tiny buttons from Hobbycraft, a button and pearls.

Challenges
Scrap and Craft Tie it up 
Sparkles ribbons and buttons 
MAWTT anything but a square card

Monday, 20 April 2015

Snow Loved


Another of my £1 bargain stamps from Funky Kits and if you would like to get your hands on this plus some other bargains they are still available. I have lots of other cards to make but I am determined to keep making Christmas cards too.
Image - Snow Loved
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft krafty Christmas
Dies - Memory Box scene, Joy hat and mittens from Noor! Design UK
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - pearl pen, DI tumbled glass, Stickles

Challenges
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
Top Tip Tuesday 3 of something (3 dies) 
ABC Christmas Happy Holidays (sentiment must be Happy Holidays or Happy Christmas) 
As you like it Alocohol markers or Distress Inks (Copics for me as I prefer the stringer colours and shading) 
Whimsy colour an image 
Scrap and Craft Tie it up (ribbon or twine) 
Noor! Design UK anything goes
The Ribbon Girl colour from your national flag (red, white and blue for the Union Jack)
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 sketch 51 (which I rotated)


I have my craft stall at the hospital shop today so I will link up and catch up this evening.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

In the Garden


This is the second of my DT makes for LOTV as a member of the Design Collective. We send one to the shop, which was the fairy card I made earlier this month. This one is an 8" square card which is for an order. I was asked for a card with flowers and I love the bright colours of this artpad image which I diecut with a Go Kreate die. The papers are LOTV Antebellum and the sentiment is one of the LOTV grunge everyday sentiments. I added some binding, Joy bird house and Memory Box butterfly which I cut out of DCWV gauze paper. I also used DI Tumbled Glass.

Challenges
Deep Ocean things with wings 
TTCRD anything goes 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Vintage


A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win this lovely vintage stamp at Everybody Art and I decided to ink her up on Neenah Desert Storm card for a change and go for a distressed vintage look.
Image, doily and flower dies - Marianne Designs
Medium- Copics
Papers - LOTV Always and Forever
Sentiment - magazine freebie
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Doily - Dovecraft Curiosity Corner
Other - pearls

Challenges
Marianne's Design Divas use a Marianne Designs stamp or decoupage 
Everybody Art pearls 
Country View use kraft 
Dies R Us April showers bring May flowers (handmade flowers) 
Stamping Sensations pretty in pink 
ABC H for Happy Birthday
The Ribbon Girl image plus ribbon or lace

Friday, 17 April 2015

It's only words in Making Cards


2 more cards which were published in Making Cards in April.
Stamps - Inkylicious
Dies - Memory box chery blossom, MFT pierced rectangles
Punch - Martha Stewart border
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - enamel dots, sweetheart blooms


Challenges
Papertake Words, words, words 
TTCRD anything goes 
Top Tip Tuesday 3 of something (3 pierced rectangles on each card) (tip for Top Tip Tuesday, double frame your sentiment or image for added impact) 
Natalie and Amy frame it 
Dies R Us April showers bring May flowers
Scrap and Craft tie it up
Creative Knockouts texture

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Cheers



The new pigs from Pink Gem are such fun and this is a great image for male cards.
Image - Piggin' cheers pre coloured digi
Papers - LOTV Promises
Die - MFT stitched speech bubble edges, Britannia sentiment
Other - baker's twine

Challenges
Di's Digis include an animal 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Country View use kraft
Fab n Funky masculine 
The Paper Shelter for the boys

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Andy at play in Making cards magazine


These were 3 cards I had published in last month's Making Cards Magazine. They don't like me showing them on my blog at the time of publication but now that the new magazine is out I can share them with you. I love Andy from Pink Gem and for these 3 cards I used the pre coloured digis. The papers are First Edition It's a Boy, dies are Spellbinders curved border and Marianne birds on a wire, ribbon from The Hobby House.


You may remember I made some lego bricks before with card and card candi. I thought it would be fun to share that idea with the magazine readers.


Same papers and ribbon and another one from the curved border set. I am so glad I bought this set as I have used it a lot, unlike some of my other dies. I must try to remedy that.

Challenges
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
Sentimental Sundays no sentiment 
The Ribbon Girl Image plus ribbon or lace 
The Cutie Pie All about the boys

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

No papers, no image!


Something very different from me today. I really like making cards without images sometimes and decided to play around with some dies. The sentiment is inkylicious which I die cut with an MFT pierced rectangle. The embossing folder is Embossalicious with sanded Core'dinations. The pink die is Joy from Noor! Designs UK and I found that one of my Marianne dies fit perfectly insidewhilst leaving the piercing showing. The butterflies are Memory Box dies.

Challenges
Crafty Calendar add a sentiment 
Natalie and Amy Frame it 
Noor! Design UK anything goes
Deep ocean things with wings

Monday, 13 April 2015

Oops, pierced the bed!


This is one of my fave baby images, so so cute. Hubby came into my room and laughed when he saw how the hedgie had pierced the bed hence the blog title.

Image - Penny Black baby hammock
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition It's a Boy
Die - Memory Box party lanterns
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbns
Other - baker's twine, sequins, pearl pen

Challenges
Everybody Art sequins
Papertake anything goes
As you like it Alcohol markers or Distress Inks (Copics always for me as I love the strong colours and shading) 
Cute Card Thursday bonny blues 
Dies R us one for the boys 
The Cutie Pie all about the boys 
Sweet Stampin' children's cards 
Di's Digis Include an animal 
Ribbon Girl Image plus ribbon or lace

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Ally Pally goodies


As promised I am back with a second post to show what I bought yesterday. Although it is called the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show there wasn't a lot of scrapbooking in evidence. I used to enjoy looking at all the pretty layouts. However there were still plenty of stalls for us to enjoy and it was lovely to spend the day with Lynsey as we both like looking at the same things. It was lovely to meet up with some blogging buddies and teamies too. These are the papers and stamps I bought.


The essentials.


Items to decorate from the MDF Man


Dies, Copics and embellishments. That was the other thing there was a shortage of pretty embellishments. I wanted some red card candi and navy baker's twine but couldn't find any. there were packs of mixed candi but I only need red. I have white which I can colour but I prefer to use red.

Very pleased with my new purchases which have all been put away. Hubby was amazed it all fitted in.  Can't wait to have a play with it all now. Next craft show will probably be the NEC in November. We usually go on the Thursday, might see some of you there.

Scotties in the rain


Our challenge at Little Claire this month is to use kraft. I love kraft so this was an easy challenge for my DT card as I have used it for layering and also for the umbrella die. I used the cute Scottie dogs stamp set coloured with Copics and I added some glossy accents. The papers are Docrafts spots and stripes jewels. I used a MS border punch, Memory Box die paper pieced with tartan paper from Little Claire and some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

I had a lovely time at Ally Pally and bought lots and lots, pics of goodies to follow. Candy also coming soon. I do like to treat my followers. The WiFi in the Premier Inn wasn't up to too much blogging on the IPad and we didn't get home until 8pm so apologies if I haven't visited.

Challenges
Papertake anything goes 
Country View use kraft
Without words under my umbrella
Fab n Funky Bingo (kraft, sentiment, punch)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Maisy with roses


As this publishes I expect to be having my breakfast in the Premier In at Edmonton where we were booked in last night. This morning I am off to the BSSB at Ally Pally. Hubby drove myself and Lynsey and whilst Lynsey and I head off to the show he will be having a look round the audio and vinyl record shops nearby before we head home this evening suitably laden with crafting goodies. I am looking forward to meeting up with some blogging buddies too.

So onto my card which is my DT card for the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge where our challenge is Spring is in the air.
Image - pre coloured digi Maisy with Roses
Papers - First Edition Floral Pavilion
Tulips - I am Roses
Sentiment - Forever Friends
Other - bow and pearls from stash

Friday, 10 April 2015

Published in Creative Stamping magazine for Little Claire


The new issue of Creative Stamping is out today and Little Claire have a feature with the April Showers set of stamps. I was delighted to make a card for publication in the magazine and here it is.

Medium - Copics
Papers - Little Claire tartan and pastel tartan
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Memory box clouds with DCWV gauze paper
Faux stitching - Letraset fineliner

Challenges
Papertake anything goes
Crafty Calendar add a sentiment
Cute Card Thursday bonny blues
Creative Inspirations a trio of (papers, clouds)
Inky Chicks stitching

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Looking for the Bunny Blog Hop?


If you are looking for the Crafty Ribbons Bunny Blog Hop then please click here.

Let's go fly a kite


I love the Gorjuss Girls and really should use the stamps more. When I saw the Gorjuss party at Sugar Nellie I knew I would have to play along. You just have to make a card using a Gorjuss Girl stamp, I bought these cute kites from Michaels during my recent hol in Florida and I have been longing to use them. She is actually flying with a balloon but I decided to cover the balloon with a kite.  I wanted to create a cas card as I love challenging myself to make these sometimes.
Image - Sugar Nellie Up, up and away
Medium - Copics
Kites - Michaels
Other - washi tape, pearls from The Hobby House

Challenges
Sugar Nellie Gorjuss party 
Papertake anything goes 
Incy Wincy clean and simple 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Stamposaurus Motorbike


As promised this morning I am back with a second post today to share another of the samples I made for Stamposaurus using their new stamps. Isn't this a great image which I coloured with Copics and Sakura blue star and clear star pens. The papers are a couple of last pieces of  Echo Park Boy's Life. I also used a couple of star punches and a crimper and the waste from the Tim Holtz hexagon die I used a couple of weeks ago. I left the waste pieces on my desk thinking they looked too useful to throw away and I was right.

Challenges 
Crafting Musketeers It's a man's world 
Dies R Us One for the boys
Papertake anything goes

Flowerpot


Time for a new digi challenge at  Little Claire and this month we are looking for flowers on your cards or projects. As always there will be a lovely prize for the lucky winner.
Image - Little Claire SW flowers
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition New Bloom
Die - Joanna Sheen flowerpot die
Other - organza ribbon, diecut flower and pearls from stash

Challenges
Graph'It Springtime 
The Ribbon Girl Pastel colours 
Paper Creators Flowers

I will be back later with a card for the boys.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Let it snow, no please don't!


Brrr we don't want any snow now that Spring is here. However James seems happy enough amongst the snowflakes. I am so pleased I am managing to fit in some Christmas cards amongst my other cards and of course I love making them. I paper pieced his hat and scarf with some lovely textured white card as a change from colouring them.
Image - LOTV 
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny Snowfall
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Doohickey love lamppost, Simon Says Kate snowflake
Other - Squae doily from Ebay, Stickles, white pearl pen, pearl

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' Paper piecing 
Winter Wonderland let it snow 
Crafting for all seasons animal magic 
Sparkles Teddy bears 
Noor! Designs UK anything goes

Monday, 6 April 2015

Little Fairies


I still can't really believe that I am making cards for Lili of the Valley and here is the first card I have made for them so this will be winging its way up to their beautiful shop. I decided to try something a little different for this one as I rarely use apertures but I really like it and will be making some more.
Medium - Copics, Sakura clear star pen
Embossing folder - Embossalicious make a wish
Die - Spellbinders large circle
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Other - wooden butterflies sprayed with silver spray and sparkle, Wink of Stella pen, pearls

Challenges
Natalie and Amy Frame it 
Paper Creators Flowers 
Scribble and Scrap Anything goes
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Sneak peek


For my second post today I am sharing a sneak peek of one of the new stamps launching shortly from Stamposaurus. I am lucky enough to make samples for them and this is one of 3 lovely new stamps. I am looking forward to visiting their stand at Ally Pally on Saturday.
Image and sentiment  - Stamposaurus
Medium - Copics
Paper - Wild Rose Bluebell
Die - Joy toadstool border
Other - wooden birds, white gel pen, doily

Challenges
Crafting from the heart anything goes 
Top Tip Tuesday Mellow yellow 
Everybody Art anything goes 
Little Miss Muffet Spring colours 
Crafty Calendar add a sentiment
Noor! Designs UK anything goes

We had a lovely day out yesterday with our friends. A bracing but sunny walk along the prom at the seaside, great musical Dreamboats and Miniskirts and then a carvery in the evening. Today we are chilling at home, hubby is cutting the grass and I am crafting and scheduling posts. Looking forward a lovely dinner later and then settle down to Sunday night TV including my favourite programme of the week, Poldark. Planning to go out for the day tomorrow, Hope you are all having a lovely Easter. 

Lake Maggiore


As soon as I saw the new challenge, Spring Pin, at The Studio Challenges I was determined to play along and knew just the photos I could use. The inspiration pic for the challenge is 


The photos are from our first Italian holiday in 1993 where we were lucky enough to see the beautiful flower festival. They spent al day decorating and in the evening the boats all went out onto the lake surrounded by floating candles. They then had a wonderful firework display also on the lake.

I used some old papers from K&Co and Basic Grey, tags from WE R Memory Keepers and Craftwork Cards and some flowers and pearls. I couldn't decide on a title but once I saw the chipboard Memories amongst my scrapbooking stash I thought it matched perfectly and te page does conjure up vivid memories of that day. As I used some old papers it also fits their use up your old stash challenge so one layout for 2 of their challenges.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Ballerina Pig


It's another of those fun pigs from Pink Gem today. This one is Ballerina Pig and I used the pre coloured digi teamed with LOTV Promises paper and lace from Crafty Ribbons. I used a Doohickey lace border die, Happy Birthday die and retro flower punches with pearls. I also added pearls to the flowers on the image.

Challenges
Everybody Art anything goes 
Crafting for all seasons animal magic 
Creative inspirations anything goes 
Paper Creators flowers

I hope you are enjoying Easter. We are off to the coast with friends today, seeing Dreamboats and Petticoats at the theatre there and then going for a carvery.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Crafty Ribbons Easter Bunny Blog Hop


Happy Easter everyone and welcome to the Crafty Ribbons Easter Bunny Blog Hop were you will need to visit the DT's blogs to find out the name of this cute bunny below. The DT have all made bunny or Easter projects and we all have a letter for you to collect.


Image - Scrapberry Strawberry from Funky Kits
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Floral Pavilion
Die - Marianne Designs flowers
Ribbon and Lace - Crafty Ribbons

You should have arrived here from the CR Inspiration blog
and your next hop will take you to

Before you go you need my letter which is B. Collect all the letters and rearrange to find the name of the bunny and then head back to the CR Inspiration blog to enter to win a fabulous Crafty Ribbons voucher.

Challenges
Dream Valley lace, ribbon and pearls 
Creative Card Crew handmade flowers 
Crafting for all Seasons animal magic 
Fab n Funky lots of layers 
Papertake Sketch 99 and pastel colours 
Send a Smile 4 Kids Pastel colours for kids
In the Pink Celebrate 
MAWTT Colour by Birthday (October)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easter Andy


Our new challenge at Crafty Ribbons is Easter. Last month I featured a card using Easter Chloe well this time I am using Easter Andy. I love Andy and it is nice to see a boy's image for Easter.  We have a fabulous prize as always and this time you could win

Image - Pink Gem
Medium - Copics
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Paper - Bo Bunny C'est la Vie
Sentiment - Docrafts
Other - doily

Challenges
As You Like It Lines or No Lines (Lines for me every time. I like the definition that lines give to an image.)
Graph'It Springtime 
Sweet Stampin' Easter 
That Craft Place Easter/Spring 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes
Deep Ocean Easter/Spring 
Top Tip Tuesday Mellow yellow

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Snowman with lantern


I love these older snowman stamps from Sugar Nellie and when I saw that this one was available for just £1 in the sale at Funky Kits I had to buy him along with a few others as well. He is called snowman with lantern but it looks more like a birdhouse to me!
Other products used
Medium - Copics
Papers - Magic of Christmas Craftwork Cards and Frosty Christmas LOTV
Dies - MFT pierced rectangle, Doohickey slender firs and Go Kreate scalloped circle
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Other - shabby white frantage, wooden snowman, embossed card, Wink of Stella pen

Challenges
Winter Wonderland embossing 
Scribble and Scrap anything goes 
Crafting from the heart anything goes 
Sketch Saturday sketch 354

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Critter Workout and very very exciting news


I love these fun Penny Black images, this one is critter workout which has been coloured with Copics. I used my MFT pierced rectangles, MFT drippy goo border, MME papers, ribbon and punched stars with a crimper. I really love the bright colours which suit the fun image.

Challenges
Creative Inspirations feathered friends/animals
Crafting from the heart anything goes
As You Like It Lines or No Lines (Lines for me every time. I rarely like the no lines effect when I see it done and must be very hard to colour.)

And now for my very very exciting news - I have been chosen to be a member of the new Lili of the Valley Design Collective Team. I am so excited and can hardly believe it. I look forward to sharing my new DT work on here.