Thursday, March 31, 2011


Hi girls (and fellow crafters)

I have an announcement to make... now that it's official! NO... I'm not pregnant (that would be impossible!), I HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO JOIN THE FORTNIGHTLY DT FOR FOREVER FRIENDS!!!!

I am sooooooo chuffed that the girls chose me to join them and I hope that I won't let the team down (as I have been secretly coveting their blogs and they're all fantastic!) I hope that you will join me and the other girls every fortnight (oh, and don't forget the monthly challenge, they have some new DT members there too!) and join in the challenges with me. I hope to offer you some inspiration and ideas, so make sure you pop over... your cards and designs might well be the one we choose to win!

Good luck and see you all soon.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I Love Cupcakes!!!

Hello again...

Just another quickie card I thought I would like to share with you.

The stamp is a clear stamp from Woodware Stamps and is quite large. This card base is 5" x 5" and, as you can see, it takes up most of the card.

I stamped the image and coloured it in with my promarkers before cutting it out and mounting it on foam pads and adhering it to the front of the card. I then added some of Anita's 3-D Clear Gloss to the left ice cream scoop. The two dollops at the front and the 'cup' are another layer of decoupage for extra dimension. While the clear gloss was still drying I added some mini beads.

The punch is a 3-D cut and emboss punch from Docrafts X-Cut and I LOVE it! Just thought I would try it out on this one.

Hugs xx

1st Birthday Cards

Hi girls (and fellow crafters)

I'm sorry for my lack of posts recently, haven't been feeling that great and my mojo was seriously lacking inspiration.  Anyway, RWO colleague's at work asked me TWO 1st Birthday card's and this is what I came up with.

I used one of Mo Manning's digi images and you can see this one and many more of her great creations at Mo's Digital Pencil Too. I made both cards using the same image but you will see that both cards are very, very different from each other. The first one is for Ava.

The second one is for Heidi.  Heidi's card is an easel card and I added lots of flowers whereas I didn't think Ava's card needed the little extra bits. However, saying that, I like them both for different reasons. Ava's card is very simple and Heidi's is a bit more decorative.

It's not much to look at when the card is flat but when it is standing up, it looks much more decorative.

I hope you like them. They were well received and I think that the parents of both of these little girls will appreciate their one-of-a-kind-ness.

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs,

Friday, March 11, 2011

Peaches and Cream

S'mee again. Here's my final card for today (so far). This card is also made using Coco with Heart by Digi Stamp Boutique (OMG I just love these bears).  I coloured him in exactly the same Copic colours as my previous card. As you can probably tell, I really liked the way I coloured the image on the card I made for Emma's 21st, that I decided to copy it and make another one for this easel card.

I made the easel base and covered the front part and the bottom of the easel base in DP from Craftwork Cards.

The base part I edged with a Martha Stewart border punch and added three large, pink gems.

To the front of the easel card I added some pink and cream ribbon to and used my circle cutter to cut the image out. I then made a slightly larger circle out of holographic mirri card and DSST'd them together and mounted the whole thing to the front of the card using foam pads to give it some dimension.  I then coloured a white greeting (also from Craftwork Cards) in the same Copic colour as Coco's heart and added some flowers using my glue gun.

Hope you like it.
Thanks for stopping by, hugs

21 Again...

Hello again

My next card is one I have made for Mark's daughter, Emma, who is celebrating her 21st birthday on the 19th of this month. Poor Mark, it's his wife's birthday on the 17th and his daughter's 21st on the 19th. Expensive month for him! And he has just come back from Las Vegas, having flown out there with Tricia to celebrate HIS 50th birthday.

Anyway, the digi image is Coco with Heart from Digi Stamp Boutique. I coloured him with my COPICS this time and left my ProMarkers looking at me from their box, wondering what the hell they did wrong??? For the bear I used E71, E31 and E11. For the heart, I used R11 and for the ribbon I used R05 and R22.

Since I got a box set of 36 Copics for Christmas I thought it was about time I started using them, although from previous experience with a set of skin colours that I bought at Ally Pally a while ago, they ran out really quickly and I am hoping the same won't happen this time. Although I still prefer my trusted ProMarkers, I think the Copics blended just as well and are priced roughly the same. Whether I buy anymore, we'll just have to wait and see.

Anyway... back to my card... I drew and cut the letters and the '21' freehand and then used a little DP on the background. I mounted the image onto the same Cerise Mirri Card as I cut the letters from and then added some gems and some pins. The stamped sentiment is a cling stamp that I got in the Hobbycraft bargain bin for 99p and is made by Studio G.

Thanks for stopping by, hugs xxx

Luck o' the Irish

Hi girls (and fellow crafters)
I can finally make cards again (or rather use my scalpel and stand for a limited period of time - I like to stand when I am crafting... weird I know, but hey it's my preference) so I have put together some of the images I have been colouring in while I have been recovering from my op and I have made some cards with them that I thought I would share with you.

The first one I am going to show is a card I have made for Karens Doodles Challenge Blog and this week's challenge is to 'Go GREEN'. So I thought what better time to make my good friend Kathy a Happy St Patrick's Day card.

Here's what I did:
I covered my white base card in a little green DP and then cut a circle in the centre using my new circle cutter.

On the inside of the card, I covered the circle with acetate, and then cut a larger circle into some holographic mirri card to use as the back (and the seal) of my shaker. I then went around the circle with foam pads and added gold stars and silver hearts to the 'hole'. I then attached the holographic circle to the foam pads and pressed down firmly.

Now it was time to finish off the outside of the card. So I used Karen's Doodles Lucky Leprechaun and coloured him in the following promarkers: Pear, Grass and Forest Green. A little Cinnamon for his cane and Pumpkin and Cinnamon blended together for his beard and his eyebrows. Then I got my gold Sakura Gelly Roll pen and coloured his buttons and buckles with it.

I cut around the image leaving a thin white border and mounted it to the front of the acetate with foam pads. Hope you like him, I think this image can't help but make you smile?

Thanks for stopping by, hugs xxx

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Wonderful Wife

Hi fellow crafters

A friend of my husband's, Mark, asked me to make a card for his lovely wife, Patricia, who's birthday is on 17th March. I was going to go with a St Patricks Day 'green' theme but thought as it was a card from a loving husband to his wife, I would make this instead.

I followed this week's 'sketch' challenge from The Teddy Bo Challenge, supplied by the wonderfully talented Kathy. Anyway, without further ado, here's my card.

I used the sketch provided on the Teddy Bo Challenge blog and then printed off Teddy Bea and coloured her with Umber, Cinnamon, Tan, Poppy, Blush and Ivory promarkers.

The DP is from My Minds Eye and the letters were drawn and cut individually by hand onto glittered adhesive sheets. The little scrolly thingies were cut using a Marianne Creatables template and my Big Shot.

Hope you like it?
Hugs xxx

Monday, March 07, 2011

How many fingers???

Hello again...

Another card I have edited (to relieve my boredom and not be able to make a card yet... although I am having fun colouring in lots of images in readiness).

This card is an image from Tiddly Inks. I have to confess that I am not 100% sure about what it is exactly, it could be a hamster, a gerbil or maybe even a groundhog or something????? Nevertheless, he's too cute so I had to have him.

I coloured him with Promarkers: Cocoa, Umber, Cinnamon, Blush and Blossom and Yellow. The stamped sentiment is a clear stamp from Inkadinkadoo.

The DP are 6" x 6" and were a gift from Sandra so I am not sure who made them. Sorry.

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs xxx

Loving Wishes

Hi girls (and fellow crafters)
Still recovering from my recent operation so haven't made any cards at the moment, but it has given me some time to edit my photographs of recent cards and put them up here for you to see.

This card was made with some wrapping paper left over from Valentine's Day and Coco bear from Digi Stamp Boutique. I cut the square scrolly thingy myself using a handmade template and mounted the image onto black mirri card as I did with the ribbon at the bottom.

I coloured Coco with Promarkers: Ice Grey 1, 2 and 4 and Cool Grey 3 and 4. Pear Green, Grass Green and Cardinal Red with a bit of Blossom on his ears. I then added a simple black print greeting from Craftword Cards.  Apart from that... job done!

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs xxx

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Art Deco Day

Hello girls (and fellow crafters)
Just a quickie for today. Well not so much a quickie as it took me a while to make, but I wanted to share it with you all as I really love it. 

I was asked to make an art deco kinda card for my friend, Sharon's, Mum.  So I got a picture of an art deco lady and coloured her using a pale blue and silver combo.

I used some blue circled DP from My Minds Eye as my base and then mounted the image onto black mirri card and then mounted it again onto the blue sparkle adhesive. I then mounted it again onto the black to make a nice frame. I cut the letters out of the same blue sparkle adhesive and stuck them down.

When I had finished colouring in the lady, I then added some feathers, pins and flowers to her hat with my trusty heated glue gun. Job done.

I was so pleased with the card that I now have to make another one for my mum as I know she would love it.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you like my card?
Hugs xxx

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Pinky's Colours

Hi girls (and fellow crafters)

Here's a card I made for this week's Tiddly Inks 'Color' Challenge. Basically a Tiddly Ink stamp that is colourful and bright. So I went all out with 'Pinky'.

I was asked to make a card for a friend 'with a (nice) skull' so this is what I came up with, although I am not going to give her this one as the one I am going to make for her will have her daughters' name on it. This was a practice run. And I lurve...lurve...lurve pinky's red hair!

She has cardinal red hair, blended with cinnamon and her clothes are pear green, pastel blue and the cake is bluebell and amethyst. The DP's are just scraps that I had left over so I don't have a clue who originally made them as the labels are no longer on them...sorry!

Hope you like it?
Hugs and thanks for stopping by xxx