Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Crafts & Me - Fairies / Wings


Good morning to you all and WELCOME to our very first challenge from Crafts & Me. I am so excited because we have 3 fabulous prizes to give away this first challenge, details of which can be seen on the blog. Our theme this week is ....

FAIRIES / WINGS



copics

Hair - E50, E51, E53
Corset/Gloves/Moon - Y17, Y35, Y38, YR16
Dress/Wings - G000, G00, BG23, BG49
Skin - E000, E00, E11, RV21
Background - chalks




Challenges

Papertake Weekly - Open Challenge
Susie's Sassy Designs- Spring Garden
Totally Gorjuss - Hearts
Basic Grey - Tutti Frutti
Sketchy Colours - Orange, turquoise, white & brown
Stamptacular - Flower Power
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stampers - All that glistens is gold




I have used the gorgeous Ching-Chou Kuik's Red Hearts which is available as a single stamp and also on Sheet 6, plate 28 which is amazing value for money from Crafts & Me . I love all the Sweet Pea Stamps and am so happy to have a place to buy them from in the UK. I bought the fab frame and Basic Grey papers from Harrogate craft show last weekend. I didn't realise the frame was so big but it is perfect for these images! Oooh, I also got the lovely borderability dies last week too and I love them on my easel card. The yummy roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts (where else) and the punch for my leaves is available from here.

Remember, you have 2 weeks to join in and you can combine challenges and use any stamp you lie .... but there is a chance to win a special prize for those using a Sweet Pea Stamp ...... lucky things!


Sunday, 28 March 2010

Dies To Die For - DT Card


Good afternoon and it is another gorgeous sunny day here - ahhhh doesn't it make you feel so much better! You may have noticed I now have some page links at the top of my blog ... nothing on the pages yet but I will start to sort them out over the next few weeks ... hopefully it will tidy my blog up a bit.
I am sharing this card with you today that is full of gorgeous things you can get from the lovely Tracy at Dies to Die For.


Copics

Dinos - YG63, YG67, G21, G99
Clothes - B93, Y38, E47
Hair - E47, E57
Skin - E000, E00, RV10



Challenges

Creative Card Crew - Going Dotty
Inspirational Card Sketches - Sketch # 59
My Time to Craft - Make it Manly
Papertake Weekly - Sketch # 37




Isn't little Oliver from The Greeting Farm just perfect for any little boy! He is so easy to colour and has just the sweetest face. I have teamed him up with the gorgeous papers also available from DTDF . The fab shaped card and sentiment are by Craftwork Cards and Tracy also stocks some of their range too! I had to sit on my hands not to add any bits and pieces to this ... I just love adding 'stuff' lol.
Have a fab Sunday and see you through the week xxx

Friday, 26 March 2010

Just Magnolia - A Sketch


Good morning, yes ... I am still alive even though it has been a week since my last post. I have been really busy trying to get ahead with my DT cards because I have to start writing my next essay for universoty this week which means I am going to be missing for about the next month ... .arghhhhh! I will be around a bit but there will only be minimial crafting going on ... sob! Never mind, once the essay is finished I will be a free woman because that will be all my written work complete :o)
So, it is time for a new challenge on Just Magnolia and we have a fab sketch to follow .... I just love working with sketches!


copics

Dress - YG00, YG03
Boots/Apron - Y00, Y11, Y35
Flowers - BV02
Basket - E31, E33, E35
Hair - E50, E51, E53
Skin - E000, E00, E11, E93, R20, R22


Challenges

Simon Says Stamp - Spring & Glimmer
Charisma Challenges Cardz - Spring has Sprung
Susie's Sassy Designs - Spring Garden
Basic Grey - Tutti Frutti

Allsorts - Spring is in the Air

Crazy 4 challenges - A Spring Card

Secret Crafter - Spring has Sprung


Materials


I have dug an older stamp out this time but she is just so pretty with her basket of flowers don't you think. Now how do you like my new BG papers I picked up at Harrogate last week .... I am just loving the fab colours in this pad sooooooooo much! I have pulled a real selection of flowers out of my stash and are a combo of Crafty Feeling and some old Primas _I think) and even a couple from the days of Poppicrafts (how I loved their blooms). A bit of sparkle from my brads and gems and that's about it. So try to enjoy the bits of sunshine that keep teasing us .... got up to 19 degrees here yesterday which is fab for March ..... felt quite tropical after all the rain we have had.

Catch up with you all soon xxxxxxx


Friday, 19 March 2010

Just Magnolia - Easel Card


Good morning and it is a lovely sunny day again, ahhhhh this weather puts me in such a good mood for the day! We have a brand new challenge today for you on Just Magnolia and it is for you to make
AN EASEL CARD
I love how these look when they are finished and I think I might start making all my cards like this - they are so easy (but awful to photograph!)

Copics

Bunny outfit - YG00, YG03, YG11, Y00, Yo2, Y11, RV10, RV23, RV34
Bow - RV10, RV23, RV34
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E35
Background - RV10 and chalks



Challenges

Cupcake Craft - Going Green
Roses on Paper - Easter
A Spoonfull of Sugar - Easter
Simon Says - St Patrick's Day/A Splash of Green
Fussy & Fancy - Green
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Sketch Saturday - Week #94
Magnolia DownUnder - Easel Card
Pile it On - Pastel Colours
The Pink Elephant - Spring

Crafty Catz - Spring

SFTW - Easter



Another cute Easter stamp from Magnolia and these lovely Basic Gray papers make a simple but pretty card I think. Fabulous flowers from TabbyCrafts and Wild Orchid Crafts (I am soooo predictable) and some organza ribbon from my stash. The sentiment is another one from Craftwork Cards.

Is anyone heading to Harrogate tomorrow for the craft show???? I shall be there so if you see me make sure you come and say hi :o)

xxx


Thursday, 18 March 2010

LOTV - a sketch


Morning everyone and it is time again for another fab challenge on Lili of the Valley and we have a great sketch for you all to follow. Did you all manage to get the brand new kitties yet??? They are available on the website and remember that Lisa and Laila will be at Harrogate and the NEC too so please pop by and tell them how much you love the new stamps (you can also treat yourself to a few more too whilst you are there, lol)

Copics

Bear - E50, E51, E53, R85
Chair -E31, E33, B02, B24, B45
Bird - E31, E33, E35, E37
Drink - Y11
Ground - YG03, W1, W3
Background - chalks



Challenges

Kaboodle Doodle - Happy Birthday
Creative Card Crew - Going Dotty
Crafty Creations - Spots & Dots
Crafty Catz - Something for the Boys
Crazy 4 Challenges - It's a man thing
One Stop Craft Challenge - Spots & Dots
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes



I have used another of the yet to be released teddies that are hopefully going to be out towards the end of April - what a fab image for those difficult make cards. I have dug out some old papers, aren't they gorgeous! Only a few sheets left but I do love them. The buttons are from my crafty feeling kits and the ribbon is from stampin up ... not much else to tell on this one so shall see you all tomorrow - have a fab day. Oh, before I go .... see the post below for news on a brand new challenge ... byeeeeeee x



Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Brand new challenge starting soon ....x

Hi there, Happy St Patrick's Day to you all - hope you are all off down the pub later for a pint of Guiness, lol. Well, I have some exciting news for you all. I am really pleased to let you all know that Crafts & Me will be launching their very own challenge blog on the 31st March! Woohoo, I can hardly wait because now I have another excuse to play with my Sweet Pea Stamps which are only available in the UK from Crafts & Me.

The new blog can be found HERE so why don't you pop over and become a follower, that way you will not miss the brand new challenge. The challenges will run every 2 weeks and look what great prizes we have for our first week....................


1st Prize, sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps which will be picked by Random Org:-


And this is the 2nd Prize, Sweet Pea Gum Drop Easter, to be picked by the Design Team

And this is the 3rd Prize, sponsored by Lilac, and this prize will be drawn from a hat with all the FOLLOWERS names in, so don't delay become a follower


Yes, that's right - every follower has the chance to win on our first challenge so come on, pop over and follow us ..... hope to see you on our first challenge in 2 weeks xxx

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Sweet Pea Combo


Good evening, I hope you have all had a lovely Mother's Day. I have had a nice day although hubby is at work until 11pm. Ryan bought me some vouchers for some beauty treatments which I can't wait to use - what a treat, all my pennies usually go on crafty goodies so I can't wait to be pampered. I have been sat in my craft room this evening when I spotted this fab stamp I got last week from Crafts and Me . I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her and I have had to wait a few weeks for her to make her way over from America to Teresa and then to me but she was worth the wait. This image is another of the wonderful Sweet Pea Stamps illustrated by Ching- Chou Kuik from the Fantasy Art Collection and she is simply called It's my birthday. You can only purchase these beautiful stamps from Crafts & Me in the UK.


Copics

Clothes/Wings -YG00, YG03, YG11, G14, Y00, Y11, Y35, Y38
Scales - Y11, Y21, Y35
Hair - E50, E51, E53
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20,R85



Challenges

Cutie Sunday - Sketch
Copic Creations - A wee bit o' green
Totally Gorjuss - Sweet
Stamp Something - Cream and Green
Fussy & Fancy - Green
The Pixie Cottage - Green
Flutterby Wednesday - Open challenge
Totally Papercrafts - Things with Wings
All that Scraps - Green
For Fun - Green
Clearly Inspired - Green


Materials

Stamp - It's my birthday by Sweet Pea Stamps
Papers - K & Co 'Roam'
Flowers - Large roses from Tabbycrafts, small roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Embellies - gems from stash

Thanks for looking and also a great big thankyou to all of you who visit me - I really do love it when you visit and love reading your comments - thankyou so much xxx

Saturday, 13 March 2010

2 projects and not a piece of paper in sight!

Hi, how is your weekend so far? I hope it is relaxing for you and that you are having a nice relaxing, stress free time. Last week Ipromised to share with you all a project that I had been working on and I have finally got around to getting my photos taken etc. This is very different for me ..... no paper in sight! I decided to make a 'bag for life' for my 2 nieces and I had a great time making them. They are really easy to make and all you need is some fab products from Photo Paper Direct , a printer and an iron.

I chose a digi image I wanted to use and then set to work colouring it. Please excuse the rubbish pictures - I couldn't wait another day to get the photos and the colours are much brighter IRL. Now, what you must remember to do is to flip your image (yes, I forgot, lol), creating a mirror image before printing it out onto some T-Shirt transfer paper . You then just arrange your design onto a printable cotton bag and then iron it on .... easy peasy! You could really go to town decorating these bags with buttons, ribbon and all sorts .... there are no limits at all.


I have used an adorable digi image from CC Designs for Emily, isn't she pretty. What is really important though when using images is to check the angel policy very carefully. Please, please respect the artist's wishes and do not use the images unless you are certain it is ok to do so.



I had a series of very lovely emails with the fabulous Mo Manning and I am ever so grateful she agreed to allow me to use one of her images for my project. So remember to always ask if in doubt and gives these talented artists the respect they so deserve! Thankyou Mo!

Challenges

By the Cute & Girly - Spring is in the air (Emily's bag)
Cupcake Craft - Flower Power (Emily's bag)
Die Cut Dreams - No flowers allowed (Hannah's bag)
Stamp with Fun - Spring (Emily's bag)
Flutter By Wednesday-Open Challenge (Emily's bag)
Dare U 2 Digi- No patterned paper (both bags)
Totally Papercrafts - Things with Wings(Emily's bag)
Scrappy Frogs - Challenge yourself- (both bags)
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes (both bags)



And that's your lot!!! I think I will get back to my bits of paper and glue again but wow, what a great fun thing to do. Hope you enjoyed looking. I can't wait to give the girls these tomorrow - I hope they like them!

I would just like to wish all the UK mums a Happy Mother's Day for tomorrow - hope you get spolied rotten!

Friday, 12 March 2010

Just Magnolia - A Sketch

Good morning, Friday at last although I haveonly been at work yesterday and today this week so I shouldn't really complain should I!!! We have a great sketch for you thisweek to play along with on Just Magnolia so I hope you can all join in. I have been playing with the great goodies that Magnolia sent me in my DT package - how sweet is this image!


Copics

Egg - E50, E51, E53
Top - RV10, RV21, RV23
Hair - E51, E31, E33, E35
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Daffodils - Y35, Y38, YR16, YG03



Challenges

Stamp with Fun - Spring
Creative Card Crew - It's a Celebration
Susie's Sassy Challenge - Easter
Roses on Paper - Easter



The fab papers are from Tracy at Dies To Die For and are the last of them .... sob - well, there is probably the odd scrap left but that's all! Everything else is from Magnolia as I mentioned earlier so that makes it all easy for me doesn't it. Have a great day! xxx

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Launch Day for Lili of the Valley and a sneaky sneak peek!


Good morning, this is a very early post because I don't want any of you to miss out on the brand new launch from Lili of the Valley. As you all know, LOTV is one of the must have stamp brands and just wait until you see the brand new cuties that are being launched today!!!! You better be quick because you know these fly off the shelves so fast! And at less than £4 a stamp they are such fabulous value for money. I am sure you have all seen the many sneak peeks over the last few weeks by the Design Team, if not have a peep at my sidebar for links to all their blogs or you can see all the stamps HERE!

Here are a couple of the gorgeous new images of Thomas the cat which are now available!!


The next stamp is NOT available yet but I just wanted to show you a sneak peek - I think I have caused a little confusion earlier in the day - apologies for this xxx

Now I am being a little bit naughty because I know it is launch day but I couldn't resist showing a peek from the next lot of stamps that will hopefully be launched next month. You can slap my hands if you like but I just had to share this cute bear with you. If you like bears you will love the next launch .... that's all I am saying for now! I just love teasing you all :o)



Copics

Dress - RV02, RV23
Apron - YG03, YG11
Cake - Y11, Y21
Bear - E50, E51, E53
Cat - W1, W3, W5



Challenges

Sketch Saturday - Sketch #93
Kaboodle Doodles - Happy Birthday
Creative Card Crew - It's a Celebration
My Time to Craft - Kidz Kardz

That's it from me for now .... a day at uni ahead of me so I will have brain strain by this evening. I hope you all manage to get the stamps you want before they sellout. See you all later xxx

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