Thursday, 31 January 2013

my happy day

Well, things went to plan today. We had a lovely lunch and I got to have a pay day spend in the craft shop. Got home and managed to get a good start on my magazine commission. 

I also managed to find some time to make this little card. The stamp is 'flowers for mimi' by Penny Black and I coloured her with my Ranger distress markers. I then stamped the border, heat embossed with white powder and coloured with yellow H2Os. Maybe my card will make the sun shine tomorrow!!

I am entering two challenges...

Simon Says Stamp....anything goes
Cute Card Thursday...a different corner

See you tomorrow for a brand new ABC Challenge.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Yay, it's Wednesday and my 'real working week' is over and my 'crafty working week' can begin! And tomorrow morning I will begin it with a trip to my local craft shop, a pub lunch (to keep hubby happy) and the rest of the day on a magazine commission.

So tonight I have a happy little boys card to share. The image is from SKdigis and I coloured with a mix of copics and prismacolour pencils. The papers are 'boys only' by doodlebug and the little tag sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

I am entering two challenges....

Sketchy Friday...another fabby sketch to follow
Creative for the guys


Tuesday, 29 January 2013


For something a little different I decided to have a play with my Kuretake Zig Art & Graphic pens and make a couple of bookmarks. These pens are water based and so you can easily give your stamped images a lovely watercoloured effect. 

I also used the ink from the pens for my backgrounds. Simply swipe the pens over a craft mat, spritz with water and lay the watercolour paper on top to pick up the ink. I then stamped the grids and heat embossed with white powder. 

I am entering the challenge over at Sweet Stampin'....ribbon.


Monday, 28 January 2013

cute as a button

I can never resist any challenges that mention the 'button' word! So when Jellypark announced their new challenge was 'button up' I just had to join in. I have used the Jellypark freebie digi image that came with the monthly newsletter. I coloured with copics and the paper is by Doodlebug. The sentiment is from a Penny Black stamp set.

Off now to tidy up the crafty room before Miranda comes on. Such fun! 

Saturday, 26 January 2013

my friend

Mmmm, now that I see this photographed do you think poor teddy is walking a tightrope using his brolly for balance? I know it's cardworld and things don't need to make sense but for me they do kinda have to make sense! Maybe I will add some teeny daisies to the white bit to 'ground' him. What do you think?

Anyways, he's (or is he a she) a Penny Black Slapstick Stamp 'sunshine in the rain' and I coloured with Inktense water colour pencils. It's a Martha Stewart border punch and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

so very much...

Woohoo! The first batch of new images for January are now in at The DigiStamp Boutique. And how adorable is little Archie? There is also a very cute girl version - Olivia. Both perfect for Valentines. The little sentiment is also from the Boutique and is available here

I am entering this weeks Creative Inspirations Challenge - anything goes with optional flowers.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

true love

I spotted this little Birdie Brown (and have taken inspiration from your card, thank you) digi image and just had to have it. My hubby and our rescued retired racing greyhound are devoted to each other, it really is true love!

I am entering three challenges...

Sketch Saturday...a fabby sketch
Papertake...tie up your loose ends
Digital Tuesday...favourite colour combo (love teal and brown for male cards)


Sunday, 20 January 2013

we have a winner....

 and it's....drum

Number 5 Seafield Jo

Email me ( your addy and I will get your magazine and a little extra crafty bundle in the post to you as soon as (snow permitting!).


love grows...

Why do my little grey pearls look blue? Oh well, never mind, you will just have to imagine what it looks like in real life! I have used one of the sweet 'Simply for Valentine' images from the DigiStamp Boutique. The papers are 'Yours Truly' by Echo Park. 

Don't forget that if you make anything using one of the Boutique's images you can enter the monthly customer competition to win a £15 voucher for the website. All the details are here

I am entering my card into the Sketchy Friday Challenge, another great sketch, thank you!

Right, no snow here so I'm off out this afternoon for my usual Sunday jaunt for a latte with my friend. I'll be back later to draw the winner of my magazine giveaway which ends tonight.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Have a hoot....

Today I am sharing a little card made with the free stamps and papers given with this months Papercraft Essentials magazine. You could win this adorable Woodware stamp set by simply leaving a comment on my magazine giveaway post here

I am entering the Allsorts challenge...flower power

Friday, 18 January 2013

Magazine Giveaway

For my article in this month's Papercraft Essentials I was given some Fab Foil to play with. I had great fun coming up with different ways of using this cool product. 

I have one unopened, brand new, complete with free gift (cute Woodware owl stamp set and papers) to giveaway. 
I will also add a few crafty bits and bobs!

Simply leave a comment here and a winner will be randomly picked on Sunday evening.


Thursday, 17 January 2013

Button 'E'

Something a little bit different today. I have decided I need to actually do something with all the stuff I have bought in the past for projects that have never happened! I have a felt bag waiting to be stitched up, I have a clear plastic paint pot waiting to be decorated, I have numerous plain storage boxes that need covered or painted and decorated, I have mini albums, scrapbook albums, a smash book, an art journal book - you get the picture! So, I figure if I do maybe one a month everything will eventually get done! Wish me luck.

Anyway, this big E has been in the cupboard for at least three years. I swear I heard it sigh with happiness when I reached in and told it it's time had come! A coat of paint and covered in buttons, job done. Oh, and don't worry that I have used up all my pink buttons. I can assure you there are plenty left!

I  am entering Cupcake Craft.....anything but a card

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

ABC Challenge

It's the 15th of the month and that means it's time for another   
ABC Challenge.
For the next two weeks the challenge is ....

F for Favourite Tilda Stamp

We have two fabulous sponsors this time Michelle's Scrapbooking and More and Tilda's Town.

There is loads of fabby inspiration from my team mates and info' on how to enter here.
And the winners for last time can be found here!  


Sunday, 13 January 2013

Magazine Article

Issue 41 of Complete Cardmaking with your PC is now on the shelves. I have an article demonstrating paper-piecing with digital stamps. I got to play with some really cute Di's Digi Designs stamps - how lucky am I? The magazine comes free with a 226 digital elements craft CD. The mag itself is full of inspiration on using your free CD. It's a great crafty read!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Happy Birthday

I am having a new found love for my Penny Black stamps and my watercolour pencils! This little cutie is called 'buzz in the air' and the papers are 'avalon' by Bazzill Basics. I am entering two challenges...

Sweet Stampin'...gingham
Sketchy Friday...just discovered this challenge and couldn't resist this cool sketch.

Friday, 11 January 2013

you're the one...

Frantage is not just for Christmas! Well, I don't think so anyway! So I added some to this little creation. The image stamp is from Indigo Blue and the sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous. I also added frantage to my new little cog dies.

I am entering two challenges...

Cupcake...january blues
Papertake...happy new...

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

never stop dancing!

Doesn't she look a character? I have wanted to add this Penny Black stamp - 'never stop dancing' to my collection for a long time and the other week I finally gave in to temptation! I used my watercolour pencils to colour and the paper is a little snippet from a Kaisercraft pad.

I am entering two challenges....
Cute Card Thursday...something new
Papertake...happy new...

Sunday, 6 January 2013


Maybe it's because I love this Penny Black stamp - it does always make me smile. Or maybe because I put a little extra effort in by using the old sewing machine. Or maybe it's because I had a couple of hours this morning to just take my time putting it together. Anyway, for whatever reason I am very chuffed with how this one has worked out!

I am entering three challenges....

Papertake....anything goes
The Artistic Stamper....favourite stamp
My Mum's Craft Shop....anything goes

Saturday, 5 January 2013

OWL always love you

I'm not usually on here on a Saturday night but there is nothing on the telly (well, hubby is watching a foreign thriller and subtitles make me sleep) so I thought - might as well make a quick card. I have used a pre-coloured image from the new 'Simply for Valentines' set over in The DigiStamp Boutique. Some digi papers, a bit of punching and embossing, buttons and twine - job done.
I am entering three challenges...
Digi Galore...something new
Simon something
In the and pearlie


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

ABC Challenge

Happy New Year everyone!
Well, it's the first of the month and so that means it's time for a new ABC Challenge. For the next two weeks the challenge is....
E for embossing 

We have two fabby sponsors....
So get out those heat guns and powders or those neglected embossing folders and join in! There is loads of gorgeous inspiration from my teamies here and the winners of the last challenge have been announced here