Thursday, 2 July 2015

best wishes


Hello. I struggle with the whole shabby chic vintage look so when I saw the challenge at In The Pink was that very thing I groaned! Anyways, that's what makes it a challenge, right? I hope that it's fussy enough to pass for the challenge - it's as shabby as I could muster! 

I used a pre-coloured Lili of the Valley image panel. A die cut background panel and bow, a doily and a gorgeous pink gem that is so glittery and gorgeous in real life, I really wish the camera had picked up the sparkle.

 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Papertake Weekly Challenge - design team card


Hello. It's time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge.
And this week it's...
 
Take Your Pick!
 
Choose any or all of the following...
 
Colour Theme - red and/or pink
Technique Theme - cover or use chipboard
Product Theme - use pearls
Sketch - this one... 
...or any previous Papertake Sketch. 
So loads to choose from there!

We have a very generous prize from our sponsor -

$25 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp

For my card I chose to follow the sketch. The papers are 'happy go lucky' by My Minds Eye and the stamps are 'twiggy florets' by Paper Smooches. I bought this stamp set for that sentiment - don't you just love a good pun!
 
 For more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies and all the details on how to enter visit 
  See you there!
 

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Cute Ted plays tennis


Hello. I've popped on to share this weeks DigiStamp Boutique card. It features Cute Ted playing tennis - very appropriate for this week. He is from the Cute Ted - Sports set available here

I coloured with Copic marker pens and the paper is 'Meadow Sweet' by Craft Asylum. All pieces cut using MFT dies and my new baby! On that note a few crafting buddies here in blogland and on facebook have asked what I think of my new machine - a Big Shot plus. Well, I adore it, it's fabby! But then I have only ever had one machine in all my years of cardmaking and that was my trusted original Big Shot. So, if you are thinking of switching or upsizing I highly recommend a Big Shot plus.
 
 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Woohoo....


.....look what's come to stay at my house!
A Big Shot Plus - far too excited!!
 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Papertake Weekly Challenge - design team card




Hello. It's time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge.
And this week it's...
 
 
Trio-Tastic
 
We have a very generous prize from our sponsor - 

 
For my card I used stamps from the 'Feeling Sheepish' set by Clearly Besotted. The 'stitches' are dies from the stitched frames set by Paper Smooches.
 
 For more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies and all the details on how to enter visit 
 
See you there!

 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Thank You Teacher



Hello. It's Sunday and so I have my weekly DigiStamp Boutique card to share. This weeks card features 'thank you monkey' and is perfect for all those teacher thank you cards.

I coloured using Copic marker pens and the pencil paper is from a Prima pad called 'all about me'. 
 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Paw Print on my Heart


Hello. The other week when I was away for a few days my arty crazy bird card was a 'perfect pinky' over at 'In The Pink', thank you, I'm chuffed.

So the new challenge is 'summer'. I have gone for flowers in a big shoe 'cos that reminds me of summer! When I was small we had a big shoe planter just like the one on my card and every summer my Mum would fill it chock full of bedding plants and sit it at the side of the front door in pride of place!

All the stamps and dies are 'My Favourite Things' and I coloured using Copic marker pens.

 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Papertake Weekly Challenge - design team card



Hello. It's time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge.
And this week it's...
 
 Oh So Pretty 

  We have a very generous prize from our sponsor -

(£10 to spend in their gorgeous shop)
 
For my card I used one of the new images from The DigiStamp Boutique 'sweet birdie wedding'. It's on special offer at the mo'!
 
 For more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies and all the details on how to enter visit 

 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

I've been away again....


 ....this time it was just us girls! My Mum (who will be 85 years young this year) and I took ourselves off for a few days to the English Lake District. We stayed in luxury at The Swan Hotel in Newby Bridge at Lake Windermere. We were very lucky weatherwise and spent long hours sitting outside with shandies and puzzle books!

I have no card to share (yet) but thought I would let you see the new images just released over in 

 There's the ever popular Ralph.
 And something for all those June weddings.

I'll be back tomorrow with a card, see you then!

 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Papercraft Essentials magazine article


Hello. Just popping on to tell you about the cards I have in this month's Papercraft Essentials. A set of cards using the brand new Betty Boots stamps. These stamps are really cool and have a modern but retro look - very on trend. 

And look....

...that's my card taking centre stage on the front cover. Always thrilled when that happens.

 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Papertake Weekly Challenge - design team card



Hello. It's Tuesday!
Time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge.
And this week it's... 

Something for the Boys
 
We have a very generous prize from our sponsors - 
  
(£10 gift voucher)
 
 For my card I simply stamped 'like it or not' by Penny Black directly onto my card base and added a touch of watercolour pencils. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.
 
 For more gorgeous inspiration from my teamies and all the details on how to enter visit  
See you there!
 

Monday, 8 June 2015

hello


And hello again! I've gone a little bit 'arty' for my card today. I used my watercolour paints to create the background and to colour the 'crazy bird'. 
I am entering the In The Pink challenge - things with wings.

Short and sweet again today, I am up to my ears with magazine commissions and DT work. And it's also my last Trimcraft demo for the season on Sunday (I'll be at The Range in Glasgow). Oh, and I've also discovered Pocket Letter Pals and am dipping my toe in the water! But, I promise I will catch up with my blog visits soon, honest!

 

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Cute Ted


Hello. I am back, as promised, to share this weeks DigiStamp Boutique card. I have used 'cute ted' who is on special offer at the mo'. I coloured with Copic marker pens and the paper is 'more or less' by Trimcraft. The white panel has been diecut using my new set 'wonky stitches' from Avery Elle (great service yet again from Make the Day Special).

 

New die range at Craft Stash....


Hello. I'm just popping on to share some exciting news! Craft Stash have just launched their first collection of premium own-brand dies. Called Apple Blossom Craft Collection, the first three luxury craft dies are available on the website now right here.

There's three beautiful designs; a floral border, a lacy frame and flower set and a big and beautiful circular bird die. And all at a great price.
 
Righty ho, be back later with my DigiStamp Boutique card.

 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Happy Birthday


Hello. One of my favourite online crafty shops is Make The Day Special and hardly a month goes past without a little order being placed. Last month I treated myself to the 'Woodland Gifts' stamp set by Mama Elephant. And here is my first card using the stamps - so cute! I coloured using my Gansai Tambi watercolours. The paper is 'home sweet home' by Craft Assylum.

(I have used three colours from option 3).