Wednesday 26 January 2011

Busy Doing Nothing

Good morning all Just showing a quick card i made last night.
I saw these stamps over on the Sheena Douglass blog and
she gave everyone the chance to win a set.
Unfortunately i didn't win but i loved the stamps so much
i ordered the multi buy when they were shown on
C&C. The postie brought them yesterday
so i had to have a play last night.
I think this little darling is my fave, i just love
her dress.

Yes i did colour her in with Distress inks, I'm just loving these
at the moment. The great thing is as well you can colour so
quick with them.
I don't know about you, but I seem to go through fads with colouring.
One minute it markers then it's polychromos pencils now it's
distress ink's whats next???

The stamped images and sentiment is
'Busy Doing Nothing' by Sheena.
I have stamped her onto watercolour paper with
archival black ink. I used distress inks in
peeled paint, fired brick,frayed burlap,
weathered wood and bundled sage.
Papers are MME summer papers a freebie with a craft mag last year.
Martha Stewart heart border punch off cut i made into a little
taggy thing (i don't know what to call it).
I also went mad with the cosmic shimmer glitter glue.
i seem to have a thing for that as well at the mo,
i don't think i should have put it on the taggy thing though,
i don't think it looks right.
Never mind.
Thanks for looking
ta ta

Tuesday 25 January 2011

Rain or shine

Hi all It's Tuesday again these weeks seem to be flying by.
It's time for another Papertake weekly challenge

This week there is a sketch to follow by the
lovely Dawny.
We are sponsored by SimonSaysStamp.
With a voucher for $20
wow! so pop over and have a play.

The stamp i have used is a SWALK from CC, she is coloured
with copics i actually coloured her last year when i first
got the stamps so can't just remember which ones i used.
The papers are a mixture from Papermania's sweet nothings and
some freebies from a craft mag.
The sentiment is from one of Beth's Smirk stamp sets.
Seam binding off eBay, flowers wild orchid crafts.
Butterfly from stash.
I have edged the nesti shape, flowers and paper in Silver stickles.

I gave this card to my mum it was her birthday last week.
Thanks for looking
ta ta

Sunday 23 January 2011

Clear as mud

Hi all on this Sunday morn. I have been playing with the distress inks
and I'm in love. They give your images a lovely
water coloured effect. it's great.
So i had to take a trip to my local craft shop yesterday
and bought three more pads, some of the new colours.
Also saw the new Nellie dies so i got the hearts and circles as well.
Then had to leave before i saw something else. It's
lethal, i can easily spend my money in there.
The lady in front of me in the Que spent over £100.

My card today if for a few challenges

Simon says stamp challenge
- Bingo! Choose from a menu.
Lili of the Valley Challenge - Sketch by the lovely Dawny.
Sweet Stampin Challenge -Clear as mud. Colour theme Brown and one other colour.

For the Simon Says challenge i chose to use the line
Gems, Glitter, Ribbon

I have used a LOTV stamp and coloured her with Distress inks.
The sentiment is also from LOTV.
Papers are K & Company Classic K Bailey paper pad.
The die cut heart is from Nellie's multi frames.
I have used a Martha Stewart Heart border punch
the ribbon is seam binding.
I have edged the brown card and sentiment with
cosmic shimmer glitter glue.

Thanks for looking
ta ta

Friday 21 January 2011

Distress inks

Hi all i don't have a card for you today but i thought i
would share with you my first efforts
at water colouring with distress inks.

Reading through the latest copy of Magnolia ink mag,
i noticed a lot of the cards are done with this method,
i wanted to try myself.

so i made a colour chart come pallet laminating it,
and off i went.

I used watercolour paper, i first tried on some cheap
paper but it bled and didn't seem to blend right.
So i then used some better quality paper and
wow wow wow it seemed to blend perfectly.

I did scourer the interweb looking for tutorials
and tips, i found a few on You tube they make it seem so easy.

Everyone seemed to use Tattered Rose for the skin
i also added a bit of Antique linen for the shading this seems to work well.

I just have the ink pads but i noticed that a lot of people
use the reinker bottles. Do you get a stronger colour
using these or is it the same?
If anybody knows.

The best thing though is to play it's only paper.

The stamps i have used are two from the new Magnolia
You are so special range. The other stamp is a freebie
from simply card and paper craft mag i got yesterday.
It's a Molly Blooms stamp.
I don't normally by mags (except the Magnolia ink mag of course),
I only buy them if i like the freebie.

Last night when i have finished i was thinking
Ooh i don't know if these are any good, but
this morning they seem a lot better,
and seeing them photographed on the computer
(even though i do say so myself) they look great.
Make way for the big head.. LOL.. ha! ha! ha!

Hope you all have a fab weekend,
I'll probably be practicing more.
Thanks for stopping by
ta ta

Tuesday 18 January 2011

Papertake Little Sylfie

Hi all it's Tuesday so that means another
Papertake Challenge.

This week the theme is

Ribbons and Pearls

We are sponsored this week by
The Paper Shelter
They have some super cute digi stamps,
i have used one in my card today.

She is called Little Sylfie and she was a joy to colour in.
I have used promarkers in
Rose, Lavender,Amethyst,warm grey 1,3,
Blossom, Apple, and a blender.

Papers are again from my trusty Best of stack
from K and Company.
The sentiment is one of the new ones from LOTV.
I have cut a nestie shape and inked it with
Milled Lavender distress ink.
I have used seam binding ribbon in a Mushroom colour.
There are a few places
you can get this now, i got my first lot from eBay.
I love it, it comes in lots of colours and is
very cheap (we all love a crafty bargain).
The leaves are from a Martha Stewart punch.
Flowers and pearl pin from stash.
Glitter glue (stickles) on sentiment and flowers.

Thanks for looking and don't forget pop
over to Papertake and have a go.
ta ta

Sunday 16 January 2011

Coffee in the clouds

Hi all, hope you are all having a fab weekend.
My card today is for three challenges

Lovely Hanglar only - Anything goes.
Just Magnolia and Hanglar - Few of my favourite things.
CES Challenge - No DP allowed.

I thought at first this would be a tricky one, i know
how we all like our papers, i have some that are that nice
i keep them for stroking. LOL.
But when i thought about it and decided to use my
embossing folders and core-dinations card it all came together.

For the Magnolia/Hanglar challenge you have to pick some
of the favourite things, this was hard because most of my
crafty things are my favourite. so actually it wasn't hard after all.
I have used a new Hanglar stamp that came on Friday,
it's from the winter set. My collection of Hanglar stamps
is slowly growing and i think these are my faves at the moment.
eerm.. along with LOTV and Magnolia and sweet pea and .........anyway!

I have coloured her with copics and polychromos pencils and
The sentiment is from LOTV and i have inked
around the edge of this and the image
with Weathered Wood distress ink.
I have used swirls cuttlebug embossing folder,
with some pink whitewash core-dinations card.
The flowers are from Prima.
Pearl brads, cross charm brad and ribbon from stash.
Swirly clip from woodware.
Leaves punched from Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for looking
ta ta

Friday 14 January 2011

LOTV Things with wings

Hi all guess what that nice Mr postie brought me first thing
Wednesday morning? yes my new LOTV stamps yippee.
they are absolutely gorgeous.
I have been busy stamping out the images and colouring
them, i do one of each, then laminate them
that's what i store my stamps on.
finished last night just in time to start this weeks
challenge at LOTV.

Things with wings.

My only problem which to use, in the end i settled on this little cutie
She is called pom pom and she is just

I have coloured her in with copics.
The papers are once again K and Co best of paper stack,
i seem to be using this a lot lately but there is a paper
for every occasion and colour in it.
The sentiment is LOTV.
I have stamped out a Magnolia heart for a little tag
and used Martha Stewart heart border punch.
I have also used Marianne Creatables die's.
Ribbon and flowers from stash.
Finished off with Star Dust and Platinum stickles.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Oooh goodie the postie just brought some new
hanglar stamps off eBay I'm off to have a play.
ta ta

Tuesday 11 January 2011

Winter Wonderland

Hi there hope to find you well on this nice sunny day (well it is where i live).
I've just got back from the hairdressers and i feel
human again, had my colour done the grey ones seemed to be invading.
Yeah Yeah OK! I'm not a natural blond i haven't been since i was 10.
but that's our secret.

Did you all manage to get your LOTV stamps last night,
they launched them at midnight.
It must have been bombed out because it took me an
hour to order them the Internet was that slow so it was after
1 o'clock this morn before i got to bed.
I just didn't want to miss out on any, there was quite a few
i loved. i don't think I'll do that again especially on a school night though,
i do like my sleep.

It's Papertake Weekly time again and this week the theme is

A Cold and Frosty Morning.

And we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish
they have some fab digi stamps.
Check them out.

The image i used is called 'In the cold' and was coloured with my
promarkers, Cold greys, lilac and amethyst I've just realised that I'm using
Lilac and Amethyst a lot lately don't ask me why it must be a phase.
The Paper and sentiment stamp are both from Graphicus.
I have used a nesti shape and i edged it with Dusty concord distress ink.
I sprayed the snow area with spray glitter from Crafters Companion.
I embossed the sentiment with cosmic shimmer embossing powder
in a pale blue colour
Ribbon and snowflake brad from stash.

Don't forget go and check out Papertake weekly and have a go
we had an incredible amount of entries last week nearly 600,
wow wow and thanks to you all.

Right i think it's brew time now, i might go into the
conservatory and sit in the sun while it's out.
Thanks for looking
ta ta

Monday 10 January 2011

New Beginnings

Hi folks well would you believe it yet another card ,
they seem to be a bit like buses at the moment.
The Christmas break must of helped as I'm raring
to go ( crafty wise that is !!).

I was looking at the challenges last night and thought
I'd have a go at this weeks Penny Black Challenge
with the theme of New Beginnings.
I did think about doing a new home card but because i
don't have many stamps to choose from penny black wise
i settled on a new baby even though i don't know anybody
who's having a baby at the moment. Except the Beckhams
it was announced this morn that they are expecting but i somehow think
they might want a girl so even this cards no good. I'll stop
waffling now honest.

I'm also going to enter this into this weeks CES challenge this
is a first for me, i have never entered in this challenge before
there theme is All creatures great and small.

As you can see my stamp is from penny blacks Tiny wishes stamp set.
I have dug out my Polychromos Pencils to colour him in,
and blended with sansador.
The paper is Papermania's sweet nothings
The ribbon buckle is from woodware.
I think the ribbon came free with a mag years ago.
I have used the new nesti shape i have just got,
I think it's an unusual but fab shape.
Sentiment of course is LOTV i think these circle sentiment
stamps must have been a hit as i see them a lot all
over blog land.

Oh well just in time again to go and get
the kiddie winks from school.
thanks and
ta ta

Saturday 8 January 2011

Just Hanglar

Hi all I'm on a roll, this is the third card this week.
If you've gotta craft you've gotta craft.

My card is for three challenges:

Friday Sketchers,
Just Magnolia and Hanglar - Anything including buttons
and Lovely Hanglar only - 3 Flowers, 2 Brads, 1 Ribbon.

The colour scheme started off with the
heart buttons i found in my button box.
They are nearly the same size as the hearts on the stamp,
so were perfect to use.

I have used a Hanglar stamp and coloured her in with
Promarkers Lilac, Amethyst, Pastel Pink, Salmon Pink,
Tan, Cocoa and a blender.
I used Dusty concord and Tattered rose distress ink.
The paper is from K and Co the best of paper stack.
I think i got the flowers from hobbycraft a long time ago.
I used a Martha Stewart Leaf punch.
The heart buttons, heart brads and ribbon from stash.

Thanks for looking
ta ta

Tuesday 4 January 2011

Little Madam

Good Morning all well it's only just good morning it's nearly good afternoon
anyway hi to you all .
Hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year
and didn't indulge too much.

Everything is back to normal now back to school for the kids
and back to work for us. boo hoo.

My card today is for the Papertake Weekly Challenge
Which is sponsored for the first time by
Lili of the Valley .
There is a £10 gift voucher as a prize

We have an Anything goes theme and you can use lace as a optional extra.
so pop over and have have a go.

I have used a lotv stamp and coloured her in with
The sentiment is from SWALK set from crafters companion
Papers are K & co paper stack best of.
Marianne creatable oval die cuts.
Magnolia flower.
Lace and organza ribbon from stash.
gone over image here and there with a stardust clear glitter pen.

Thanks for looking
ta ta


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