Thursday, 28 March 2013

We have a winner....

 ....and it's number 5 - Aunty Sue! Woohoo!
Email me your addy and the stamp set will be winging its way to you right after the Easter break.

And now my news. Well, an email from the lovely, and very talented, Dawny popped into my inbox the other week. Would I like to join Papertake Weekly Challenge? So I thought about that for a nano second and then, of course, said yes. So my first DT card will be next Tuesday. And I can't wait!


Hang in there!

Oh my, it's so cold. I have four layers of clothes on, the heating cranked up full blast and I can still hardly feel my toes! Anyhoo, it's Thursday and that means it's time for my  DigiStamp Boutique DT card. And today my card features Murphy. He comes in a set of three images together with some great sentiments, including the one I have used here.

I coloured using Prismacolour Pencils and Zest-It. The button paper is from a 6x6 pad 'Kraft Notes - Forever Friends'.

I'll be back later tonight to announce the winner of my giveaway and to share some exciting news!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Stamping Kit Giveaway

Have you noticed this brand new magazine on the shelves? It comes with a cool stamping kit and inside the mag' there is loads of inspiration on how to use it. 
My article is all about heat embossing using the stamps from the kit.

I have a spare, brand new, stamping kit to giveaway. It includes ten stamps, an acrylic block and a black ink pad...

Just leave a comment and I will pick a name out the hat on Thursday 28th March at 6pm!
Edited to add - please note it's just the stamps not the magazine!


Friday, 22 March 2013

Bunny Hopping

Today I am sharing my first card as a guest over at The Stamp Basket. My DT box was choc full of gorgeous crafty goodies and I will be sharing what I do with it all over the next six weeks!
To start me off I chose this super cute Wild Rose Studio stamp 'Bunny Hopping' and teamed it with BoBunny papers. The flower is a Memory Box die 'Lovely Aster' cut using white card which I then coloured with copics pens. Here are links to all the items used -


Thursday, 21 March 2013

take time to smell the flowers

A little while back these new stamps 'Jofy 09' by Paperartsy caught my eye and I treated myself! I loved their quirkiness and thought they would be a good choice for my occasional flirt with art journaling. 

Anyway, the usual sort of thing happened and they lay on the shelf in the crafty room as I didn't quite know what to do with them! Until this months Stamper magazine! Low and behold there is a whole feature on these very stamps. 

So, the one above is pretty much an exact copy of the card in the mag'. And the one below, although inspired by the mag', is all my own work!


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Simply Cards and Papercraft

I have an article all about watercolouring with Derwent Inktense pencils in the current issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft. And one of my cards made it onto the front cover, I'm so chuffed! So if you are after a great crafty read it's on the shelves now.

I have made the switch and I hope you do too!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Life's a Garden

I bought a set of ink duster brushes the other week and tried one out on this card. I have to say they do work better than the little foam squares (I think). I just always seemed to get lines with the foam (I probably wasn't doing it right!) Anyway, the circle behind the flowers was done by making a circle stencil from a bit of scrap card, faded jeans distress ink and a brush. The stamps are from set HP1009EZ by Paperartsy.

I am entering the challenge at Stamping Sensations....the great outdoors.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Hoppy Easter

Hi, meet Bluebell the bunny! Bluebell is new in, and on special offer, over at The DigiStamp Boutique. You get two images - Bluebell with his egg (the one I have used) and Bluebell and Boo, so cute. You also get the little Hoppy Easter sentiment.

I used my Prismacolour pencils and Zest-It to colour (there is a link to my short video over on my sidebar). The papers are 'Kraft Notes' by Docraft. The gorgeous polka dot buttons are from The Stamp Basket. Oh, and there is a fabby sale on over there at the mo' so go nab yourself a bargain!

I am entering three challenges...

Sweet Stampin'...Easter
Allsorts...1 image, 2 papers, 3 embellies
Papertake...another 1,2,3


Friday, 15 March 2013

ABC Challenge time!

It's the 15th of the month and that means it's time 
for another ABC Challenge.
We are at the letter J and it's...

J for Just As You Like (anything goes)

We have two wonderful sponsors...

For my card I used a Wee Stamps precoloured image, available from The Paper Shelter.The layout is one I spotted in blogland and loved, have a peek here, thanks for the inspiration.

 For more gorgeous cards from my teamies, to find out who are the lucky winners of the letter 'I' challenge and to get details of how to enter. Visit the ABC Challenge.

See you there!


Thursday, 14 March 2013

magazine article

Just hitting the shelves today is issue 92 of Papercraft Essentials. My article on page 18 is all about adding bling to your cards in a subtle way. I made five cards for the article, all using super cute images from the DigiStamp Boutique

Also in the mag are articles on alcohol inks and ways to use fabric on your cards. So all in all a great crafty read. Oh, and the free gift is a fab little bow maker!

See you tomorrow for a brand new ABC challenge.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

happy birthday

I have some very happy news to share - I am delighted to be joining the guest design team over at The Stamp Basket. My DT box full of goodies is winging it's way to me as I type and I can't wait to get started! The Stamp Basket is choc full of crafty goodies. Take a peek here! There is also a blog sharing loads of gorgeous inspiration and a facebook page.

To celebrate I have made a little card using 'little winged friends - tulip' by Bildmalarna. I coloured with watercolour pencils and the paper is by Echo Park.


Monday, 11 March 2013

Happy Birthday

This is the second of my new Wild Rose Studio stamps. She is called 'Annabelle with Bunting'. I stamped straight onto my card base and coloured with watercolour pencils. Just enough water to spread the colour as the card base is not really meant for watercolours, but you can get away with it if you are careful! The bunting came with a magazine free gift a while back and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.

I am entering two challenges...
Cute Card Thursday...spring fever

Sunday, 10 March 2013

You're the best

Just a flying visit from me tonight. I wanted to share the card I made for my Mum for Mothers Day. A wee touch of vintage ('cos I have a vintage Mum!) with the lace and crocheted flower and the stamp is by Lili of the Valley.


Saturday, 9 March 2013

Pamper yourself

I have two cards to share today. Both using new images from the DigiStamp Boutique. The card above features Alyssa and I have coloured with copics and prismacolour pencils. 

The image below comes pre-coloured and I have kept it nice and simple. Don't you think this would be a great little set to craft with the kiddies and keep them amused and busy during the school break?

Don't forget that if you make a card using any of the Boutiques images you can enter the customer competition to win some freebies. All the details are here.


Thursday, 7 March 2013


Have you seen these new stamps from Wild Rose Studio, just in over at The Stamp Basket? So cute, but I was very good and managed to limit myself to two. Although I do fear there may be more! Who can resist cute bunnies, bears and elephants!

I stamped onto watercolour card and used my Inktense pencils to colour. The flowers are by Dienamics and I popped a button onto the centre. 

I am entering the anything goes challenge at Papertake.

Monday, 4 March 2013

12 Tags - March 2013

Woohoo! My February tag was a winner! I'm so chuffed and can't wait for my prize to arrive from over the pond! So here is my tag for March and once again I have had to use some alternatives. I think a butterfly is a fair swap for a bunny - they both begin with B and are found outside!! You can see Tim's tag here.

I have a cardmaking friend who I have managed to convince how great the land of blog is. Please prove me right and pay her little fledgling blog 'notmorecraft' a visit and perhaps leave some words of encouragement. Thanks guys.

I am also entering my tag into The Artistic Stamper March Challenge...tags.


Friday, 1 March 2013

ABC Challenge time!

 It's the first of the month and that means it's time for  
another ABC Challenge.
We are at the letter I and it's..

I for In Love

 We have two wonderful sponsors..

 For more inspiration from my teamies, to find out who is the lucky winner of the letter 'H' challenge and to get details of how to enter. Visit the ABC Challenge.
See you there!