Saturday, 5 September 2015

Celebration candy

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I thought I would celebrate the news I had yesterday that the magazine liked my cards I made and I am now on the Design Team at Papercraft Inspirations magazine.  So to celebrate I am offering one of my lovely followers a set of Spellbinder dies as shown above. I really appreciate all the lovely comments you leave me.

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Candy will close on 5 September and will be drawn on 6 September.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

More gifts


I have some more gifts to show you today. I have been busy making these ready for upcoming craft fairs. The pegs are decorated with washi tape and wooden embellies. They have magnetic tape on the back and when they are packaged up in cello bags make lovely gifts.


The hearts are MDF from MDF Craft Supplies are are 125mm across. The first 2 are decorated with patterned burlap I bought in Hobby Lobby in America. The smaller hearts have small pegs attached to them. I decided to make these as an alternative to my magnetic noteholders as a few people have said they don't have anywhere to put something magnetic especially if they have a fridge built into a cupboard in their kitchen. Again these make lovely gifts so hopefully these will prove as popular as my magnetic noteholders.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Pppppick up some penguins


Did you treat yourself yesterday to some of the new LOTV trio stamps? This is my frst Design Collective inspiration card for September. I really love these cute penguins.
Image - LOTV penguin trio
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Snow Princess
Dies - Cuttlebug snowflakes and stars and Memrory Box penguins
Sentiments - LOTV greetings postmarks
Other - Wink of stella clear pen, Stickles, Viva pearl pen

Challenges
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' penguins and/or polar bears
ABC Christmas Q for quantum leap (D for diecuts)
Di's Digis Include a sentiment

Monday, 31 August 2015

It's that man again!


This is the last of the three cards I made for Making Cards using Mauric images from Little Miss Muffet. I have used this image several times as it has proven to be very popular. A great image for a camera lover. 
Image - Maurice say cheese
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Country Gent
Sentiments - LOTV
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - MFT cute camera

Challenges
Deep Ocean for the boys 
Creative Inspirations anything goes 
Little Miss Muffet one for the boys

Hubby is off out midmorning and won't be back until later this evening as he is volunteering driving one of the rescue boats at the powerboat meeting. Being a bank holiday it is a big meeting and as regular readers will know it doesn't interest me at all and it is going to pour with rain all day so I will mainly be in my craft room today.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Purple Santa


Doesn't Santa look fabulous in his purple suit. When I saw this new digi kit from Janet at Pink Gem I couldn't wait to get it and make a card. I love resizing the front page and just using that as a topper as I don't like cutting out decoupage. For those that do of course you can layer up the image. I prefer to layer with papers and embellies. I sprayed the topper with silver spray and sparkle and used a shaped card and oddments of papers with ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.The sleigh die is one I bought recently and I used Marianne poinsettia dies too. I also used a Martha Stewart star border punch. I still love my MS border punches and use them quite a bit. 

Challenges
Bunny Zoe shaped card 
Papertake Take your pick (purple) 
ABC Christmas Q for quantum leap (E for edging punch or die)

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Do you wanna build a snowman?


It's my turn to host the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I have chosen "Do you wanna build a snowman". Regular readers will know I love snowmen and I love to encourage people to make their Christmas cards early. I tend to colour images like this in non traditional colours so I challenged myself to use red and green instead.
Image - Pink Gem Angelica with snowman
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Festive Trimmings
Dies - Doohickey slender firs, MFT pierced rectangles
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges 
ABC Christmas Q for quantum leap (choose a previous challenge - C for colourful)

Friday, 28 August 2015

Happy Birthday Hedgie


I coudn't think of a clever title for this one, so here is a hedgie wishing Happy Birthday. I do love PB hedgies and they are so quick to colour too.
Image - Penny Black Country Lady!
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME the sweetest thing tangerine
Sentiment - LOTV grunge
Die - Spellbinders
Punches - EK success and Xcut flowers

Challenges
Penny Black hot summer colours 
Country View Summertime 
Allsorts roses

Have you entered my candy yet?

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Boots


It's new challenge day at The Sugar Bowl and once again our challenge is anything goes as long as you use a stamp from Funky Kits. I made this card for a friend's daughter's 12th Birthday as she has 2 little dogs and they are a very fussy family so I could imagine the dogs having boots to keep their paws clean.
Image - Sugar Nellie Little Boots
Papers - LOTV Sunny Side Up (I used one of my scraps for the paper pieced boots)
Die - Impression Obsession puppies
Punch - MS cherish border
Hearts - Simon Says
Ribbon from stash

Challenges
Inky Chicks hearts
The Cutie Pie cute and girly 
Papertake take your pick (blue)

Have you entered my candy yet?

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Heart boxes


More decorated gifts for my craft stall. I bought these wooden heart boxes and hubby painted them for me. The ribbon and lace are from Crafty Ribbons and I added various flowers, pearl sprays and pearls. I am hoping these will sell quickly so I can make some more as I think they are really pretty.


Challenges
Papertake Take your pick (lilac and purple for the box on the left) 
Inky chicks hearts 
Allsorts roses

Back to school


Not long now until the children go back to school though I know in Scotland they are already back. I printed out this cute Sassy Cheryl image from paper Creator's and used Prima Youth papers and some punched stars which had been run through my paper crimper.

Challenges
Cute Card Thursday back to school 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Short and sweet post today but I will be back later with another post.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Penguin selfie


Another sneak peek today of one of the cute new penguin images from LOTV. These trios are so versatile as you can choose to use 1,2 or all 3 on a card. I loved the idea of a selfie so used an MFT polaroid frame die. The image has been coloured with Copics and I used a new dark pink wink of stella pen for the for on the hat. The papers are some old Dovecraft Christmas fancy ones and the ribbon is one from last years Crafty Ribbons range. The snowflakes were cut from glitter card using a Memory Box and Simon Says dies. The snow was made using a pearl pen.

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' Spots and/or stripes 
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Penguins and/or polar bears 
CCAYR Snowflakes 
Handmade Bliss anything goes using one of the products they sell (MFT dies) 
ABC P is for pretty in pink 
In the Pink Fly away 
ABC Christmas Q for quantum leap (choose a previous challenge - D for diecuts)

Scary thought 4 months today is Christmas Day!
Give yourself the chance to get a present, enter my candy, see post above.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Beach Huts


I love to try different ideas for things to sell on my craft stall and recently bought some wooden hearts from a supplier I hadn't used before, MDF Craft Supplies. I was very impressed with their product, prices, free delivery and service and when I saw the wooden beach huts for sale I decided to get some to decorate. I wanted to make them lok just like beach huts so of course I had to use striped papers. The papers are an assortment from my Christmas odds and ends. I sand the edges lightly and use Distress Ink.cut the doors from card and on the first one I sanded the Core'dinations. I added tiny buttons for door handles and used theMemory Box bunting die with paper scraps.

I raided my scrapbook stash and added the name and chair from some Bo Bunny diecuts. I made the bucket and spade using Memory Box garden tool dies. I added string as I wanted to keep the rustic feel.


The balcony for this one was mad with a Memory Box garden fence die. I cut off the railings.


For the last one I used garden pot and plant dies. I cut the plant down to suit the size of the beach hut.

It just shows how versatile dies can be if you think outside the box a little.

Challenges
Country View Summertime 
Dies R Us The Great Outdoors

Have you entered my candy?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

I caught a fish


This is the second of three Maurice cards I made for Making Cards magazine. These are such great images. They were originally from Pollycraft but now available at Little Miss Muffet. Maurice has been coloured with Copics and the papers are LOTV Country Gent. Sentiment tickets are also LOTV, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and I added a large button and baker's twine and glossy accents to his glasses of course.

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet anything goes
Sister Act anything goes 
Sweet Stampin' spots and/or stripes
Fussy and Fancy Birthdays

 Have you entered my candy, see above?

Saturday, 22 August 2015

And another commissioned Wedding card


I have never had so many Wedding card commissions as I have had this year and this one is for my Mum's next door neighbours. They love their garden so I was asked for a very floral card.
Main Sentiment - Inkylicious
Papers - LOTV Always and Forever
Dies - MFT in and out stitched rounded squares and pierced fishtails
Pearl sprays - Wild Orchid Crafts
Other - flowers, pearl hearts, wooden butterflies and pearls

Challenges
Scrap and Craft Wedding 
Papertake To die for 
Die Cuttin Divas Celebrate it 
The Ribbon Girl Pink
Handmade Bliss anything goes

Have you entered my candy?

We are out tonight for a meal and the theatre to see The Simon and Garfunkel Story. We saw it last year and it was absolutely brilliant so looking forward to seeing it again.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Happy Birthday Mum


Today is my Mum's Birthday and this is the card I made for her. I am still just dipping into Pinterest for a few minutes at a time and I saw a similar idea for a scrapbook page. I like to make something a little different for my Mum and I thought this idea could also be used for a card. I love the way it turned out and will be making some more of these. I have used one of the LOTV art pads and LOTV Timeless Victorian paper. The lace is from Crafty Ribbons and I added some Wild Orchid flowers and a couple of die cut corners using a Sizzix die.

Challenges
Allsorts Favourite colour (purple) 
Papertake to die for 
Country View Summertime 
Dies R Us The Great Outdoors
Creative Card Crew Lace
Creative Inspirations flowers

See above post for my candy. I also have some craft stash for sale in an album on my Facebook page.

We went out for a lovely meal last night with friends and today we are going to visit my friend Lynsey and her daughter for coffee before a trip to Sprinkle Twinkle, the best craft shop in Norfolk. Then lunch and back to Norwich for food shopping.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Heavenly


I bought ten of the latest Christmas launch from LOTV and am gradually working my way through them. I have a lovely stock of Christmas cards to sell and my stock of cards to send is buidling up nicely too.
Image - LOTV Heavenly Christmas
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Winter Wishes
Sentiment - LOTV Grunge Christmas
Die - Joanna Sheen signature
Other - Sakura gold star pen, Wink of Stella clear pen

Challenges
Die Cuttin Divas Celebrate it 
Papertake To die for

Have you entered my candy yet?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

A trio of elves sneak peek


Here's a sneak peek of some new stamps coming end of August or beginning of September from LOTV. Each stamp features a trio and they are all sooooooo cute.
Image - LOTV Elves trio
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Festive Trimmings
Sentiment - LOTV Grunge Christmas
Holly die - Memory Box
Other - square doily from Ebay, red pearls, Stickles

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Christmas 
Graph'it Colour challenge 
Craftyhazelnut Something old (MB die) 
Pile it on Bright colours 
Papertake To die for 
Die Cuttin Divas Celebrate it

In case you haven't seen the post at the top I am celebrating the fact that I am now on the Design Team at Papercraft Inspirations magazine. Please check out the post and enter my candy.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

City gent


I made three cards featuring Maurice for Making Cards Magazine and this is the first one I am sharing with you.
Image - Pollycraft Maurice ready for business (now available from Little Miss Muffet)
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Country Gent
Dies - MFT skyline border, Die-versions old suitcase
Punch - sngle hole punch to make the notepaper edge
Other - glossy accents, pearls

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet anything goes
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Paper Creators Dies and/or punches
Handmade Bliss Anything goes (use on of their products - MFT die)

I didn't sleep very well Sunday night and was up early yesterday to get to the hospital for my craft stall. So last night I was very tired and went to bed at 10pm. Even too tired to look at iPad very much so hoping to catch up on some commenting today.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Chalkboard for Making Cards



This is the first, and my favourite, of three cards I made for Making Cards magazine using the Craftwork Cards Chalkboard set.. I love this set and they make really effective cards. The bicycle is printed on the paper so I added some flowers made with Lea'bilitie dies and added pearls to the flowers on the bike. The tag and bow are part of the kit and I threaded the tag with baker's twine.


For this one I added some ribbon, baker's twine and pearls. The bicylce was made with a Marianne die and the flowers, sentiment and butterfly are from the kit.

And finally


 I used two papers and a sentiment from the kit, added a butterfly cut using two Memory Box dies and some pearls.

It's my day for selling my cards and gifts at the hospital today so an early start for me today.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

One of my fave Little Claire stamps


My DT card for the new challenge at Little Claire which is Christmas in August. I just love this stamp  a little bird told me which actually comes with a Birthday sentiment so I used on of the new dinkie test stamps. At £2 these are great value as you get 3 sentiments on one stamp set. I used Little Claire snowy ombre and mini Christmas quilts papers with some die cut trees, Stickles and a pearl pen. I hope you will join in the fun this month to win  lovely prize.

Challenges
Stamping Sensations anything goes with a stamp and a die 
The Cutie Pie cute and girly
Craftyhazelnut Something old (the Dee's tree die)
Allsorts Favourite colour (my favourite colour for Christmas is blue)

Off out for the day to the Lions Club Motor Show which has lots more going on than just cars and is all for good causes. Hope it stays dry. Enjoy your day x

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Shopping


One for the girls is our new challenge today at A Gem of a Challenge, a popular challenge I am sure. I went for a shabby chic look and love the colour combo. For change I decided to paper piece her dress with a paper scrap and love how it turned out.
Image - Shopping Emma
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Timeless Victorian
Die Doohickey love lamppost
Lace - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges
Paper Creator's Dies and/or punches 
Stamping Sensations anything goes with a stamp and a die
Cute Card Thursday anything goes
The Cutie Pie cute and girly
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Friday, 14 August 2015

Another commissioned Wedding card and some exciting news


I have had more orders for Wedding cards this year than for any other. Pinks were requested for this one and this has to be one of my favourite Wedding cards I have made recently. I used DI Spun Sugar and distressing tool around all the edges. I decided to colour the groom's suit burgundy for a change and I really like it.
Image - LOTV
Papers - LOTV Romance and Roses
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - Marianne church with sanded Core'dinations
Wooden heart - Ebay
Flowers - Wild Orchid and The Ribbon Girl
Other - raffia lace, pearl heart, Wink of Stella pen on the veil and wooden heart, pearl pen

Challenges
Top Tip Tuesday Ribbon and pearls 
Allsorts Inspired by Summer 
Pile it on Summer or Winter 
Country View Summertime 
Scrap and Craft Wedding
In the pink anything goes;


And my exciting news is that I have a commission to design for another magazine so I am hoping this will lead to regular commissions from them. I was also asked if I would like to demonstrate at a Norfolk craft shop. I had a long chat with the owner but I really feel it would be too much. The shop is 44 miles away and I would need to be there from 9-5. I would have to make samples with the products they send me ready to demo. It was lovely to be asked but I don't want to take on such a big commitment. I love the magazine work as I can do that at home at times that suit me.

Off for breast screening this morning and then visiting my Mum this afternoon after a trip to The Range and a huge new Next store.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

An apron


This is my second inspiration card for LOTV for August. I have seen a few of this shaped card about and decided to have a go at making one. I would normally make the opening at the bottom but as the shleves in the LOTV shop are a bit slippery we have been asked to make our samples side opening. 


This shows off the ribbon better. I used a Xcut oval die to make the shape and used a smaller oval die for the pocket.
Friendship recipe stamp and Sunny Side Up papers - LOTV
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - Joy
wooden apple and cherries - Ally Pally show
Kitchen utensils - chipboard freebies with mag ages ago

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Bunny Zoe shaped cards 
Crafting from the heart anything goes 
The Paper Shelter ribbon and/or lace

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Freddy Fox


Every day there seem to be more gorgeous and fun digis from Pink Gem and I couldn't wait to use this one. Please scroll down for this morning's cards.
Papers - Crafter's Companion the Snowman
Die - Die'sire icicles with white glitter card
Other - foam snowflakes and enamel stars from America

Challenges
Sketch Saturday
CCAYR snowflakes 
Noor! Design UK Christmas 
Crafting from the heart anything goes 
Pile it on Summer or Winter 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image 
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas something beginning with S (snowflakes and snow)

Inspired by Pinterest


Many of you will know that I recently joined Pinterest. After resisting for a long time I finally gave in and I am so glad I did. I had resisted because I was worried that I would spend too long browsing on it but I have found it so useful to dip in and out of just for a few minutes at a time and there is so much inspiration there. It has taken me some time to add lots of my cards on there but now I have done that I am away.

So these two cards were inspired by a card I saw on there using paint sample strips. I love that you can take somebody's idea and make it your own just like browsing blogs really. A trip to Homebase provided me with the paint strips. I had to cut off the wording and decided to use two strips on my 5" square cards. The sentiments are Little Claire dinkies and I used Memory Box and a Crafts Too butterfly die with some scraps of white card.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Camping


Would you believe that on Friday I arrived home to find this lovely new stamp from Stamposaurus and a bag full of gorgeous new ribbons from Crafty Ribbons which match each other so perfectly.  This is such a fun image but I can telly camping is not for me, never tried it and never will. I like my home comforts far too much.
Medium - Copics
Papers - Fancy Pants Flutter
Die - Memory Box banner

Challenges
Pile it on Summer or Winter 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image 
Sweet Stampin' anything but a Birthday 
Allsorts Inspired by Summer 
Brown Sugar anything goes 
Graph'It Inspired by floral tones 
Country View Summertime 
Dies R Us Summertime fun 
Little Miss Muffet Hot Summer Night

Monday, 10 August 2015

To have and to hold


I have had several Wedding card orders recently and I have been trying to use different images for them. This sweet digi has been sitting on my laptop for a while. I was asked for a contemporary card, with hot pink and hearts but no flowers as the bride isn't really into flowers.
Image - All Dressed Up
Medium - Copics
Paper - Craftwork Cards Chalkboard
Dies - Spelbinders, MFT pireced fishtails
Other - pearl pen, wooden hearts

Challenges
Scrap and Craft Wedding
The Paper Shelter Punches and dies
Papertake anything goes 
TTCRD anything goes
The ABC Challenge O is for Open
Sweet Stampin' anything but a Birthday 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Sew and Sew


Something different from me today. It has been a while since I made something sewing related. I had this little box in my stash of things I might do something with some day. I'm sure we all have those. I think it had some wooden embellishments in it originally. I used some Little Claire paper, wooden embellishments, lace from crafty Ribbons, baker's twine and Gorjuss Girl buttons. I stamped on the sewing wooden sewing machine using a mag freebie just to add some interest and used DI Vintage Photo on some of the embellies. Another addition to my craft stall next time.

We are at a car boot sale this morning, something we have been wanting to do for ages so fingers crossed we get rid of some stuff and make a little money.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Snowflakes


I have been playing around with the Tim Holtz embossing folder and matching die along with non traditional colours for this one. I used sanded Core'dinations, DCWV guaze paper, Centura pearl card with a Spellbinders curved border die, LOTV sentiment stamp and torn Core'dinations and some lace from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland Christmas carols/songs (Let it snow) 
CCAYR Snowflakes 
Noor! Design UK Christmas 
Stamping Sensations Anything goes with a stamp and a die
Papertake anything goes option torn edges 
TTCRD anything goes

Friday, 7 August 2015

Happy Christmas Snowman


Today it is my turn to post on the Little Claire blog and I have used another of the August club stamps. For full details of products used please hop over and if you would like to leave me a comment I would really appreciate it.