Saturday, 1 August 2015

In a tangle


Animals and birds is the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge. I made another card using one of the cute penguin toppers, this one is a pyrimage topper. Of course you can just us the bottom layer if you wish. I used LOTV Winter Wishes papers, white glitter card with a Marianne icicle, Britannia trees and Joy snowflake dies. These penguins are so cute I love them.

Challenges
Send a smile 4 kids Christmas in July 4 kids
Die Cuttin Divas the great outdoors
Papertake take your pick (blue)

Friday, 31 July 2015

Easy Rider


I made this for a friend's Birthday and can now share it with you. I think this is a great image from Stamposaurus and I tried something new, stamping with white ink on red rather than kraft or black as I have done before. The papers are Carta Bella Well Travelled and I used a couple of star punches with my crimper, a leather strip, baker's twine and a motorbike charm.

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' Boys and their toys
Inky Chicks use a metal embellishment

Thursday, 30 July 2015

I like to be pretty


New challenge day at The Sugar Bowl and once again you can use any image from Funky Kits the home of Sugar Nellie stamps. This is one of the images I coloured whilst on holiday a couple of weeks ago and I am really pleased with how she turned out. I cropped the I like to be pretty image which is a full length image. She has been coloured with Copics of course. The embossing folder is Embossalicious make a wish and I used memory box and Go Kreate flower dies, Lots of sanding and distressing on this one.

Challenges
Dream Valley embossing 
Everybody Art embossing 
Creative Moments Anything goes/bingo (die cuts, image, flowers) 
Bunny Zoe Summer breeze
Sister Act anything goes

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

September fairy again


A second card using the cute September fairy launching on 31 July along with 11 other fairies, one for each month. Not to forget 12 new Christmas stamps. I can't wait to get the 10 I have ordered and start showing you how cute they are.
Image - LOTV September fairy
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Sunny Side Up
Sentiment - LOTV
Die - Doohickey feathers
Doily - Dovecraft Curiosity Corner
Flowers - Ebay and USA
Other - Wink of Stella on her wings

Challenges
Creative Inspirations flowers
Die Cuttin Divas the great outdoors
Crafting from the heart anything goes
Delicious Doodles Myth and magic

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Gardening


I haven't used a Sarah Kay image for a long time which is a shame as I love them. I found this one in my stamped folder and coloured her whilst on holiday. They are such cute images aren't they. I used 2 new dies as well. You can never have too many garden dies can you.
Image - Sarah Kay
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition New Bloom
Dies - Whimsy picket fence, Crafts Too butterflies, MFT pierced rectangles
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Punch - Martha Stewart daisy border
Sentiment - LOTV

Challenges
Fussy and Fancy things with wings 
Allsorts add a butterfly 
Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
The Paper Shelter anything goes
Bunny Zoe Summer breeze

Monday, 27 July 2015

It's those mice again!


Yes it is one of my favourite Penny Black stamps again. Every time I make a card with these cuties I sell it so here is another. 
Image - Penny Black
Medium - Copics
Sentiment - LOTV
Papers - First Edition Rose Garden
Dies - Spellbinders large circle and scalloped circle
Flowers from stash

Challenges
Penny Black friendship 
Stamping Sensations feature a creature 
Cute Card Thursday pets
Sister Act anything goes

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Christmas Day


Another of the lovely Woodware stamps today but this time coloured with Copics. I love the contemporary colours for a change. I used LOTV Snow Princess papers again and doodled with a Letraset fineliner pen to match the doodling on the stamp. Lots of sparkle by using Stickles on the image and aqua glitter card from The Range with Joy snowflake dies and pearls.

Challenges
Not just cards anything goes
Paper Creators Christmas in July
Deep Ocean Christmas in July
Papertake Build it up
Die Cuttin Divas Christmas in July

Saturday, 25 July 2015

And another sneak peek


I am spoiling you with sneak peeks this week. I love this cutie which is another of the new dinkie stamps coming out soon from Little Claire. This one is called Brrr. I just hope the hot water bottle doesn't melt him! I have used a new scalloped kraft dinkie card blank and some of the new snowy ombre paper. The dies are Mama Elephant polaroid frame and Joy Hat and mittens.

Challenges
Die Cuttin Divas Christmas in July 
ABC Christmas O for off the edge 
Penny's Christmas in July

I am selling at a craft fair today so will catch you later.

Friday, 24 July 2015

LOTV Sneak peek


Have you spotted the gorgeous fairy sneak peeks on the LOTV Design Collective blogs this week? There is a set of 12 calendar fairies and I chose my favourite season Autumn with the September fairy. There will also be a first Christmas launch of 12 stamps and they are sooooooo cute. Expect them to be available around the end of the month.
Image and setiment - LOTV September fairy stamped onto Neenah Desert Storm card
Papers - LOTV Country Lady
Medium - Copics
Die - Tim Holtz Sizzix Autumn Gathering with sanded Core'dinations

Once I had made the card I felt there was something missing, left it a while and decided to add the little red pearls. So glad I did which brings me to my saying if in doubt add pearls.

Challenges
Papertake build it up
Noor! Design UK Something old, something new (Old papers and die, new stamp)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Peg plaque


It's another anything goes with ribbon challenge at Crafty Ribbons. Here's something a little different I tried for a change for my DT inspiration. I like using these chipboard album pages to make plaques and I covered this one with Craftwork Cards chalkboard papers which are luscious. I added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and attached some pegs to which I had added washi tape. I then attached some wooden embellishments on the pegs. And there you have a useful and decorative plaque. 

Challenges
Not just cards anything goes
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Papertake Build it up

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

No embellishments!!!!


A completely flat Christmas card with no embellishments just a gorgeous LOTV image cloured with Copics, LOTV sentiment from my favourite grunge sentiment set and LOTV Winter Wishes papers. I used a Go Kreate Frilly 10 die set and inked all the edges and added a couple of banners using the MFT stitched jumbo fishtail stax.

Challenges
Without Words blue and brown 
Allsorts add a banner or flag 
Aud Sentiments anything goes with a sentiment 
Whimsy Christmas in July
Creative Card Crew Banner/flag
Die Cuttin Divas Christmas in July

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Wedding Day


I have 3 Wedding card orders for August and this is the first of them. I love these Stamping Bella images which has been coloured with Copics. The papers are Papermania Oyster, lace is from Crafty Ribbons. I used a MFT perced fishtail die and my lovely new Britannia leaf flourish die cut in half twice. I am sp pleased I bought this die as I have used it several times already. I also added some wooden hearts to the Santoro doily and used a sentiment die and various flowers.

Challenges
In the Pink floral 
Handmade Bliss great sketch 
Natalie and Amy Summertime 
Noor! Design UK Something old (papers),something new (die)
Fab n Funky Flower delight
Creative Card Crew Banner/flag

Monday, 20 July 2015

Ho Ho Ho


Yes another Christmas card and another sneak peek of one of the new dinkies coming soon from Little Claire. 
Image and sentiment - Little Claire cute Santa
Medium - Copics
Papers - Little Claire dinkie dots
Card blank - Little Claire scalloped kraft
Dies - MFT pierced fishtails and in and out stitched rounded corners
Punch - Woodware holly
Other - pearls and Stickles

Challenges
Whimsy Christmas in July 
Winter Wonderland Traditional Christmas colours
  Allsorts Add a banner or flag 
Aud Sentiments anything goes and a sentiment

Let it snow


Quite a simple easel card today using one of the lovely large word stamps from Woodware which I paper pieced. The papers are LOTV Snow Princess and I used a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch, some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and my favourite pearl pen.

Challenges
Crafty Calendar Christmas in July
Deep Ocean Christmas in July

I have my monthly craft stall at the hospital today so out early but check back at lunchtime for another Little Claire sneak peek.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sneak peek


This is my second Christmas card on my blog today. I have so many images coloured needing to be made into cards and so many stamped and not yet coloured too. This is one of 3 cute new dinkie stamps coming shortly from Little Claire and is called Hello Mr Robin. I have also used one of the new dinkie scalloped kraft cards. These are lovely quality and make cute little cards. I coloured the image with Copics and added some faux stitching with a fineliner pen. I simply added some bunting using an old paper scrap and a Memory Box die keeping it cas.

Challenges
Deep Ocean Christmas in July 
Allsorts add a banner or flag 
Di's Digis hand coloured image 
Dies R Us Christmas in July 
Whimsy Christmas in July

Peeping out


This is the first of 2 samples I made for Stamposuarus featuring a fun robin stamp which will be available from September. Scarily that is only a few weeks away! I coloured the image with Copics and went for a no paper layout. The house and trees are a Memory Box die and I used a MFT jumbo stitched fishtail die with a LOTV sentiment and added some pearl pen dots to finish.

Challenges
Deep Ocean Christmas in July
Dies R Us Christmas in July

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Living the high life


Time for a new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and it's a nice easy one this time, Birthday wishes. I used a precoloured digi of Emma in the bath along with First Edition floral pavilion papers. I used a Martha Stewart deep trellis border punch, Marianne flower dies, pearls and ribbon. The sentiment is an old one from Kraftyhands. I also added lots of Stickles to the bubbles.

Challenges
In the Pink floral
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image

Friday, 17 July 2015

On our way home


We have been away for the past week in Yorkshire so my posts had all been scheduled. We had a wonderful time and I have been able to do some commenting but not had time for as much as usual so I will catch up with you all as soon as I can.


We stayed in a lovely cottage in Scalby which is a very nice area 3 miles from Scarborough. I took my Copics and some images to colour as we came back to the cottage for the evenings. I coloured 14 images which I am looking forward to making into cards.


We took a trip across to the LOTV shop where I made a small purchase, not too much as there are some gorgeous new stamps coming out soon which I need and which you are going to love too. Sneak peeks coming soon.


And what a thrill to see some of my cards on display. You may recognise these, mine is the bottom left one with the watering can.

See you tomorrow with my Pink Gem DT card. Thanks for all the lovely comments you have left me whilst I have been away.


Eye Eye


You may be wondering what on earth this card is all about. Well my hubby recently had eye surgery and he asked me to make a thank you card for the surgeon. He has had high eye pressures for several years and controlled them with nightly eye drops. Recently they had risen again and he had the beginning of cataracts. There were several options but we decided to pay to have the cataracts removed and some super duper new lenses fitted which means he no longer needs glasses for anything. we have to wait a while to see if the pressures have gone down as the healing drops after surgery can increases the pressures. 

So back to my card. I remembered i had a set of Tim Holts stamps which were perfect for this card. I found a thank you stamp and gave it all a distressed look using my favourite Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I bought the wooden glasses from Hobbycraft recently so they fitted in too. As for the car which was made with a Marianne classic car die, well the surgeon has a green classic Morgan. He loved the card and was very impressed with the individual design.

Back later today with some photos to share with you.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Turn it down!


I love this fun image from Penny Black called you make me bob which has been coloured with Copics. I think the papers are MME and I used a MFT drippy goo die and a Memory Box virtuoso music die.

Challenges
Penny Black friendship 
Stamping Sensations feature a creature
Crafting when we can Summer fun
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Cats on a rooftop


Yet another new stamp from Little Claire, and another cute silhouette. I have teamed it with the new falling snow papers, some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, a Marianne die cut corner and a Memory Box die cut star.

Challenges
Crafty Calendar Christmas in July
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image
Sweet Stampin' Christmas in July
Dies R Us Christmas in July

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Butterflies galore



Two cards today showcasing one of the recent new launches from Little Claire. For my first card I stamped it with Distress inks, Peacock Feathers and Dusty Concord and simply added some faux stitching. For my second card I used some of the lovely new quirky quilts paper, coloured the image with a Sakura gold star pen and added some Cheery Lynn die cut butterflies.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Autumn colours


This is my second inspiration card for July for LOTV. Aren't these colours glorious. Autumn is my favourite season. Whilst I enjoy the sun I can't stand it too hot so a lovely Autumn day is much more my style and I love the Autumnal colours. This is another of the LOTV landscape pictures, this one is from the Autumn Glory pad. I have teamed it with LOTV Country Lady papers and one of the lovely new wavy sentiments.

Challenges
Not just cards anything goes
Papertake anything goes
Sister Act anything goes
The Ribbon Girl anything goes with an image

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Oskar


This is another of the cards I made for the July edition of Making Cards. Oskar is a Mo Manning image (and yes he is spelt with a k)! He has been coloured with Copics and I used First Edition Man Made papers with some baker's twine and buttons. The sentiment is from Stamposaurus. 

Challenges
Crafting by designs anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Sister Act anything goes

Saturday, 11 July 2015

In Bloom


In bloom is the title of the new challenge starting today at Little Claire and we want to see lots of flowers on your project. You don't have to use a Little Claire image but we love to see them. I have made another CAS card.  I have coloured the Little Claire lovely hedgehogs image with Copics. The lovely leaf flourish is a Joanna Sheen Britannia die and I added lots of different flowers from my stash along with some enamel dots.

Challenges 
Di's Digis Celebrations 
Stamping Sensations Feature a creature
Papertake anything goes

Friday, 10 July 2015

The tramp


This is one of the cards I made for the July edition of Making Cards. I love this image and I love colouring it too.
Image - Mo Manning The Tramp
Medium - Copics
Papers - First Edition Man Made
Die Tim Holtz film strip
Other - Tim Holtz tissue tape

Challenges
Southern Girls sticky stuff (tissue tape)
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Crafting by Designs anything goes
Not just cards anything goes
Papertake anything goes
Fab n Funky Inspired by a song (He's a tramp from Lady and the Tramp)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Snowy wishes


Last night we had a great night out with friends. Meal at Cafe Rouge and then we saw The Jersey Boys at the theatre. It was fantastic and the guy who played Frankie Valli was superb. Loved it. So now onto my card. Have you seen the great value pack of penguins over at Pink Gem. You can find them here. There are 8 printable toppers for just £4! You can use them just as a topper or use some of the decoupage as I have done here. The sentiment is also part of the kit. I added some Stickles to their hats. Papers are LOTV Frosty Christmas, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I also used a Joy snowflake die with glitter card and a Spellbinders curved border die.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland all that glitters
Sparkles Christmas ribbon, lace or twine
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Use a sentiment
Papertake anything goes option Christmas in July
The Paper Shelter Holiday time (Christmas holiday)

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Girl in a teacup


I made this card for an order for a friend's Mum's Birthday. As they are buying her an afternoon tea she asked me to use this image and of course my new dies were perfect to use too. I went for a shabby chic look using a TH distress tool and DI antique linen.
Image - Docrafts Gorjuss Girl
Papers - from stash HOTP I think
Dies - Joy vintage teapot, cup and saucer, Spellbinders tag
Charm - The Ribbon Girl
Bows - Docrafts Gorjuss Girl

Challenges
Sparkles Vintage/shabby chic
Noor! Design UK something old (papers), something new (stamp and dies)
The Ribbon Girl anything goes 
Sister Act anything goes
Sketchy colors peach, cream and green
Scrap and Craft Celebrations
Papertake anything goes

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Clean and Simple Christmas


I was lucky enough to win the Facebook Little Miss Muffet challenge and this is one of the images I chose. I have lots of Paula's images from her Pollycraft days and I am so pleased that many of her older images and some new ones are available now from little Miss Muffet. I am really loving this style of card too.
Image - LMM Claudia loves Christmas
Medium - Copics
Die - Die-versions
Other - enamel dots and baker's twine

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet Red, white and blue
Paper Creator's Christmas in July 
Sparkles Christmas ribbon, lace or twine
Noor! Design UK something old (die), something new (digi) 
Crafty Calendar Christmas in July
Live and Love Crafts Christmas in July 
Scrap and Craft Celebrations
Sweet Stampin'Bear with me 
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas use a sentiment 
The Ribbon Girl anything goes option stars and stripes (striped twine)

Day in Norwich today, out for breakfast ad then a haircut and colour. Catch you later.

Monday, 6 July 2015

More dogs


Looking through some of my images recently I came across this cutie from All Dressed Up and realised I had never used him so he was immediately printed and coloured.
Image - All Dressed Up Cute got cuter
Medium - Copics
Papers - LOTV Winter Wishes
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Dies - IO Puppies
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Challenges
All Dressed Up anything ADU goes
The Ribbon Girl anything goes
Inky Chicks my furry friend