Wednesday 31 March 2010

Truly Scrumptious DT

Truly Scumptious have a fabulous Sketch for you to follow this week and the optional theme being 'Fly Away' which you can interpret however you wish.

Our prize this week is is five images of your choice from the fabulous Di's Digi Downloads

I used Butterfly Tilda and coloured here with Copics, the papers are the delicious Basic Grey Wisteria. I've flipped the sketch and cut out  Tilda, which meant cutting off her antennea, I replaced these with two pearls on wires. The butterfly is cut with the MS punch and the fourish with a BossKut flourish die. The rest is from my stash. For some reason this photograph looks far too blue and I think I shall re-photograph it when I get home at the weekend.

Today I'm off to visit more relatives whilst I'm here which should take my mind of the fabulous stash I bought at the NEC and can't play with as yet.

Monday 29 March 2010

House Mouse DT - My choice Easter

It was my choice at House Mouse Monday Challenge this time so I thought as it is Easter this coming weekend an Easter theme would be appropriate.
The prize this week the winner's choice of 5 of the fabulous digi-images
from Sew Many.

As you can see - I've been playing again. I thought I would do an egg shaped card, easier said than done - as usual. The papers are Basic Grey (help!!.......can't for the life in me remember which one) and the edges are stamped with peg stamps and the sentiment computer generated. Where are the mousies I here you ask, actually I've use Hoppies this time from an image the lovely Christine sent me......and here they are on the inside of the card.

I used an MS punch to replicate a fence and stamped grasses around the bottom, I coloured the Hoppies with Copics, cut them out  and placed them on, behind and above the 'fence ' with foam pads.


Here is a close up of the images, this one really does look better in real life, I think sometimes the camera struggles to distinguish between the patterned paper and the image and they tend to blend together and lose some of their impact.........I need to remember this when designing a card.

Now I'm wondering if I dare go and spend any more money on new stash, I can't use what I bought at the NEC as I have no crafting facilities here - how frustrating is that?????

Sunday 28 March 2010

The lovely Georgia's B'Day card

This is a card I made for my lovely friend Georgia for her birthday 14rh March. The first picture is of the box, for which the Gina K tutorial is HERE - I found the link on my Mousie teamie Curt's blog - Thanks for that Curt - one extremely useful box!!

The papers are Basic Grey's vintage which I think are called Phresh and Phunky. and I added 'Unwrapped Tilda' coloured in distress inks and cut with a Nellie Snellon die.

This next photograph is the card itself, I fell across the measurements for this card as I was blog hopping and sadly cannot remember where and will have to work out the measurements when I do it again. As you can see it's a step card that measure approximate 7"x5".  I used the two Tilda's - Unwrapped and 60's Tilda, coloured them with distress inks, used the roses from the winter collection along with the seniment, Loving Wishes. The papers are from the Phresh and Phunky range, the corners cut with Provocraft Vintage corners and the tag with Fancy tags by Spellbinders. The butterfly is Anne Marie Klipp and the pearls, and lace is from my stash.

The final photograph is the box plus card along with a few images I enclosed, couln't enclose too many as there as not enough room .

I had a fabulous times at the NEC yesterday (don't think the bank manager will be too happy but who cares) .............. it was so great to meet up with so many blogging mates. I have a few photographs but can't seem to download them into my daughter's computer so they will have to wait until I get back home.

Hope you all have a brilliant week

Friday 26 March 2010

Just Magnolia GDT

This is my first week as Guest DT for Just Magnolia and a fabulous start with this fantastic sketch by Jane

I chose this cute little Tilda from the Winter collection - she's definitely my favourite. I stamped her, cut her out using a Nellie Snellon rectange die, masked her and then inked the corners with with Walnut stain and stamped two opposite corners with an ancient corner stamp of unknown origin.  I then coloured her with distress inks - list at the bottom of the post.

The paper are a download  (I can't tell you who by as this information is in my computer at home) and I stamped the corners of the blue spotted one with the same corner stamp I used for the image. The sentiment is by WOJ and if I stamped it once I stamped it a dozen times. I wasn't happy with any of them until I hit on the idea of stamping it on some ribbon which seemed to blend with the rest of the card better.
The embellishments are all from my stash.

Inks used
 Skin  - Tattered Rose & Vintage Photo
Dress & Socks  -  Faded jeans & Weathered wood.
Hair and Shoes  -  Mustard Seed & Walnut stain
(This must be a first for me - using so few colours)

This post has taken me forever to do - I can't get on with the settings on my daughter's computer but she'd kill me if I altered them.

Tomorrow I'm off to meet up with my Basic Grey teamies down at the NEC, I do hope I bump into any of you who are there - if you spot me please, please say Hello, I'd love to meet you.

Wednesday 24 March 2010

Eline Pellinkof's Easter babies Dt

Just a quick card I made before I left Germany for the UK. I wanted to keep it simple and have 'white space' I do envy people who can and seem to achieve this effortlessly - I always feel as though the end creation looks 'bare' and there's something missing.

I use one of Eline's gorgeous Easter babies (these are available as digi images from Squiggleyfly) and coloured it with distress inks. The green spot paper is from Eline's paper stack which is absolutely gorgeous -  can't wait to get back and use more.  The cute little ducks are part of the Easter babies collection, I just love that little one at the bottom - he looks like he's had a busy day!! I've used a Nellie Snellon die to cut both the frame and the corners. The sentiment is computer generate. I'm also entering this card into this week's Cuttlebug Challenge
Right that's it - short and sweet - I have to give the computer back now.

Saturday 20 March 2010

We have a fabulous theme for you over at Basic Grey this week TUTTI FRUTTI, that let's the imagination run riot doesn't it? 

Lets see some inspiration from fruit on your creations, this can be Papers, Images, Embellies or even Colours anything you can think of, so have fun and we cant wait to see your tasty creations.

The prize this week is from $25 voucher from the fabulous Simon Says

I chose to use this fabulous Sarah Kay image called 'Apple Pie time' that my matey Tara sent me for my birthday and the luscious lace she sent me this year. This image is an absolute delight to colour and I really should use her more often, she is coloured with distress inks and cut with Spellbinders curved rectanges. The papers are from the Sugar Rush collection and everything else is from stash. The flower has turned out rather dark in the photograph - it's the same colour as the BP in real life. 
Hope you can join us this week and don't forget to check out the other DT's 
fabulous creations.

Hope you all have a brilliant weekend, I'm now going to finish my DT cards for challenges that will occur whilst I'm back in the UK - almost two weeks without crafting whilst I'm there............eeeek.............will I survive?

Friday 19 March 2010

Stamping for the Weekend GDT

This is my final week as GDT for Stamping for the Weekend and with Easter coming up what more appropriate theme.
Dulcie from Wild Rose Studio is the sponsor this week and is generously giving two Milton stamps of the Winners choice. 

I really enjoyed this one and got to use my new Mousie stamp called 'Feed and Seed'. I coloured the images with Copics, cut out a frame with nestie Labels and mounted on foam tape.The border is cut with an EK Success punch, the corners with Spellbinder Vintage corners and the sentiment (coputer generated ) with the fancy tags. The papers are MME Bloom and Grow and I tried to make the flowers resemble daffodils - they are cut with the EK Success Daisy punch for the yellow leaves and the Woodware Cherry Blossom punch for the orange centre. I added stamens to the centers sent to me by the lovely Wilma, well sometimes she's lovely, sometimes she can be downright rude and insulting to me (little me - can you believe it?) - good job I love here anyway !!!

Wednesday 17 March 2010

Truly Scrumptious DT

A fabulous sketch over at Truly Scrumptious this week, with the optional extra of quilting.
I think I go hold of the wrong end of the stick - yet again - when it came to the optional extra. I have a jacket with a quilted lining and used that as my guideline and scored my papers to look like my quilted jacket.
This week Sharon's embellishment shop Truly Scrumptious Crafts is sponsoring our challenge. You will find a lovely selection of ribbons, buttons and charms, all at fantastic prices.

I use this gorgeous Tilda and coloured her with distress inks, glitteed her petticoats and hair ribbons, though this hardle shows, but just look at the glittering on the flowers - I love stardust stickles on black the results are simply stunning!!  I've used the Nellie Snellon square nesties to sit Tilda on and the papers are Bo Bunny which I scored on my Scorpal then lightly inked them so the score lines would be more prominent. The sentiment is Papermania and stamped onto a banner from Magnolia's winter collection. The border is from Spellbinders Spades set and everything else is from stash.

And here is the sketch. 

Monday 15 March 2010

Copic Creations and House Mouse DT cards

Welcome to our One-Year Blogoversary Celebration!!      

We've got LOTs of surprises in store and can't wait to share all the details with you. 
I would, however, like to take this opportunity to say a special THANK YOU to all of YOU, our awesome participants, to all our AMAZING sponsors during the past year and, a VERY special thank you to the Copic Creations Design Team – a fabulously talented group of true Copic artists!    
None of this would have been possible without each and every one of YOU!      
This week, for our special event, we decided the challenge would be to use Your Favorite Technique that we've featured during the past year.    We've also contacted all ourFAVORITE sponsors from the past year and have a HUGE prize package give-away for one VERY lucky winner!!!
Check this out:

But wait, there's even MORE!  
If you stop by the individual blog of each Copic Creations Design Team member, you'll find a special prize being given away in celebration of our anniversary!!    Specific details can be found on the DT members' blogs.   Pretty cool, huh?   

Here is my choice - being my usual wishy washy self I couldn't make my mind up which challenge to choose so I opted for throwing a few into the 'pot' as it were. 
Copics used
  • Blue jeans  -   B0000  B00  B23  B45  B93  B95
  • T-shirt (greens) G0000  G000 G023 G21
  • Blond Hair  Y0000 W1 W3 W5
  • Black (Video pad & trainers) C00 C1  C3  C5  C7
I used Mo's fabulous image Video Boy, the papers are Basic Grey's Vintage and called Aged and Confused Vagabond. I used an MS deep punch for the borders and a Spellbinder fancy tag for the sentiments.I didn't really want a flower but felt it needed something in the bottom corner so I opted for a funky flower using the EK Succes Daisy punch. Ribbon and brad are from my stash.

My prize - the card should the winner want it and the Elizabeth Bell, Sugar Nellie stamp 'Rope Swing'.


My next post is for House Mouse Monday challenge and is a sketch by the lovely Emma.


and this is my interpretation of it, I kept almost exactly to the sketch. I used the image Mice Cappucino and coloured it with the usual Copics. The papers are the same as Copic Creations - Basic Grey's  vagabond. The borders are cut with an MS punch, the flowers from a Woodware punch and the two tags are a fancy labels die cut in half. I couldn't make my mind up (still wishy washy!!) what colour to use for the cup so I tried pale green, then pale blue, neither were right so I just used some of both blue and green and have to admit I rather like the effect that this has given. The pearls are from my stash.

Well, I hope you've all had a great weekend and the weather is better than here - it's freesing cold today and it snowed again this morning, although it didn't stick thankfully.

Sunday 14 March 2010

Eline's DT card for Sketch Saturday

Before I start this post, a quick apology - I thought on Friday morning I had my internet connection back - WRONG!! It lasted all of 30 minutes and then disappeared yet again so the serious catching up, visiting and commenting I promised didn't happen. I eventually got it back late Friday after several phone calls and two visits from the engineer. Hopefully I'm now back for good.

Just a couple of quick cards for Sketch Saturday. I used a couple of  Eline Pellinkhof's baby images, these are now available as downloads at Squigglyfly at a brilliant price. My stock of baby cards is low on bothe boy and girl so I decided to do one of each.

The papers are free download from the fabulous Martine at the Craft Table. and the images are both coloured with distress inks. On the pink baby girl I cut the image out with oval nesties,the borders with an MS punch, the leaves with the Sizzix leaf and branch die, the flowers with Woodware cherry blossom punch and the buttons are some from a pack that was with my birthday gift  from the lovely Jo. The sentiment is computer generated and the ribbon is from my stash.

The papers are again from Martine's gingham set, the details are the same except for the little satin Teddy in the heart of the flower and the border cut with an EK Success punch.  This one has not photographed well at all. The blue of the baby boy's romper suit looks distictly grey and no matter what I did I couldn't alter this - I will photograph it again in the morning and see if I can't get it looking right.

I hope you've all had a great weekend and that you have a good week, mine can't be any worse that last that's for sure, unless my internet connection gets amputated again.

Friday 12 March 2010

Colour Create - my last DT card

Settle down with a cup or glass of something as this could be quite a long post - very late as I've had no internet connection for the past 2/3 days.

This is my last card as DT for Colour Create - I've been struggling with the colours ever since I arrived in Germany - there are no shops locally - the nearest is about 45mins drive away (not a lot of stock) the larger one is 2hrs drive away. OK if I have the colours, if not it's a nightmare!! I can't order by internet as things take to long to arrive and the postage can be somewhat prohibitive. Sadly I've taken the decision to step down - it's been a sheer pleasure working with the uber-talented team and I shall miss them  them (sniff, sniff) although they haven't got rid of me completely as I shall be entering the challenge as often as I have papers to suit!!

On to the card - I've used one of my new Sweetpea's which arrived this week thanks to the amazingly kind and generous Lynette McAnsh of Sweet Peas Stamps who very kindly replaced my missing orders free of charge (these arrived after 8 days, which by German standards is amazing)  The first order should have arrived beginning of February!!!  Now wait for it -  Lynette told me that if the first orders arrived, not to send them back  but keep them and use them as blog candy - how fabulous is that - so fingers crossed and watch this space as hopefully I will have some Sweet pea blog candy for you.

My colour choice for my final week - chocolate, mint and cream - I love these colours together, but stupidly didn't check to see if I had them   -    eeeek!!! - no mint coloured papers, every colour of green imaginable but no mint green.  I spent hours, but finally managed to change the colours on a programme I have, but sadly it's taken away the pattern and it's not quite a 'minty' as I would have liked.

I made an easel card and the stunningly beautiful image is coloured with Copics and mounted on a mat cut with a Nellie Snellon die. The leaves are cut with a die from the Sizzix leaf and branch set, the corners with an EK Success punch, the pearl swirl and butterfly are by Prima and the rest is from my stash.

I been a good girl and made a box at the same time as my card, the flowers stick up that much on this one I had to extend the sides somewhat. There is another picture on the back of the box to seal it which I stupidly forgot to photograph.

This is a close up of the beautiful image.

This card is now on it's way to Lynette at Sweetpea Stamps as a thank you for her kindness in dealing with this matter.

Now, having had internet  problems I have some serious catching up to do, thank you all for your lovely comments and hopefully i will be round to see you all before too long.

Tuesday 9 March 2010

Just a quick posting to show the box I made for the card in the post below. I'm really struggling not to over embellish these and have to keep telling myself it's a card box - not a card. I've promised that if a card needs a box to make it straight away and not leave it so that I'm overloaded with boxes that need making.

Right, whilst the day is still young I'm going to blitz my craft room, not that it will stay that way for very long but I'm tired of searching for every little thing I need, then I have to make two very special birthday cards.

Sunday 7 March 2010

Just Magnolia have done it again!!!

I don't know what it is about Just Magnolia this is the 4th time this has happened - I make a card and 2/3 weeks or so later that's the challenge and I have to make it again!!!

This one hadn't even been published. I had my image sat on the inside not hanging from the aperture. So - I've done it again, shuffled round the aperture slightly, dangled the image from the aperture and turned it into a tent. (Haven't done one of these since a year last Christmas, when quite a few of my Christmas cards were tents with dangly things in the aperture.


I used plain cream cardstock which caused me to rethink the colours I used as they were turning out a little different. I've used a bridal Tilda and Edwin I bought at the NEC (don't know this one's name) and coloured it with distress inks. I stamped the borders with stamps from the Prima Build a Frame collection, and inked the edges with walnut stain distress ink. I cut out a heart with nestabilities and  dangled the image from this.
I stamped the Stempelgele heart twice, once on the card itself and one that I heat embossed and inked in afterwards. I cut out the center heart of this one and layered in onto the one on the card. The flowers, ribbon and brad etc are all from my stash.


I decorated the inside with the frame stamps, cut out a nesties heart and used the piece with the cut out as a frame , laid it on the card, distress  inked  the edges and stamped  around with  a Stempeglede grunge stamp. I finished it with a sentiment from Whiff of Joy.

 I was going to show the one 'I'd done earlier' but as it hasn't been posted as yet I decided to just do a sneak peek, who knows it might fit a challenge at some point - though knowing my luck - it won't.

Saturday 6 March 2010

Basic Grey and SFTW guest DT card

We have a photo inspiration for you this week at Basic Grey

Feel free to interpret the photo any way you wish, from colours to elements and patterns the choice is yours, Have fun, oh yes but don't forget to include at least one item from BasicGrey on your creations if you wish to be in with a chance of winning this weeks prize which is pictured below :)

Here is my interpretation, I chose the colours yellow and blue and the child's bedroom theme. The papers are Wisteria (have to be my all time favourite - so far) and used one of Mo's delightful images, this one is called Two Jill and I've coloured her with distress inks. The sentiment is computer generated, the flowers, spacers, brads, pearls and charm are from stash and the leaves cut by hand, scored and  inked around the edges.

Here is this weeks Prize which has been sponsored by Simon Says Stamp , Just look at all those scrummy goodies.

Be sure to check out the other DT's fabulous creation this week.


This next card is one that should have been posted yesterday, it is my card as GDT for Stamping for the Weekend, yet another ooops!! The theme this week is monochromatic and the challenge is sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp with a $25 voucher.


The image is the beautiful Maribel by Stempelglede and the borders of the dp (Magnolia) are stamped with a stamp from Stempelgede's grunge collection and heat embossed with white powder. The edges of the image are ink with distress inks and the whole image surrounded by lace. The panel at an angle is stamped with a text stamp by Tim Holtz  The butterfly is by Anne Marie Klipp and the flowers, feather, pearls and leaves are all from my stash.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend, it's snowed here again during the night so I think that means a crafting weekend for me!!

Wednesday 3 March 2010

Truly Scumptious and a disappearing card trick!!

At Truly Scrumptious we have a fabulous sketch by the lovely Dawn this week with the optional extra of good enough to eat.

We are sponsored by Lacey from Stamp and Create with the most fabulous prize - do pop over and have a look and check out the other DT's fabulous creations whilst you're there.

Here's my effort - which I uploaded last night, only to find it had done walkabouts in the night and disappeared!!! This has happened to me once before on Truly Scrumptious - I've uploaded it again and hopefully it will stay there this time!!

I chose to use one of my House Mouse images that sent to me by one of my Mousie friends. This one features Mudpie, (you can tell by the nick in his ear) who's favourites pastimes are eating and sleeping. I've flipped the sketch to accommodate the image and used papers are fom Basic Grey's Indian Summer range - I've also used die cuts from the pack for the two strips down the side, on the two large brads and the centers of the two 'flower' things. The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Adage tickets.

Copics used
Mudpie  -  W1  E 43  E47  YR0000  E00  R02
Blueberries  -  BV0000  BV04  BV23  BV29
Raspberries  -  RV21  RV24RV34  RV95
Blackberries  -  BV02  BV23  BV29  RV95
Cherries  -  R20  R22  R27  R29

Just a little 'silly' something - I had an email last night from Hallmark Social Calendar  telling me it is MY birthday next week...........I know I can be forgetful..........I know I can be dizzy...........but come on...........I don't need telling it's my own birthday!!!

Monday 1 March 2010

It's Mousie Monday!!

It's Mousie Monday and this week is Curt's choice which is anything but a card.

We are sponsored this week by Sew Many Cards and the prize is 5 digital stamps of the winner's choice.

I've made something I've been meaning to do for a while now - a box to keep my stamped images in. I get sent quite a few HM images as you people all know how much I love these little chaps. I've been keeping them in a celophane bag, but find they can get crumpled around the edges. 

I used paper from Cosco and followed a fabulous tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. The image is Blueberry Delight, coloured it in Copics and I've stamped little feet marks randomly  over the dp. The corner pieces are cut with the MS Lattice punch, the image with a Nellie Snellon die. The flower 'base' is cut with another Nellie Snellon die and the tiny flowers from  Woodware punch.


Look - I've even added little feet from beads and use silicone to attach them. I wasn't sure this would be enough but they're solid as a rock. The darn mousies have also left a trail of footprints around the box. I've fastened the lid with a ribbon loop and another bead fastened through the box with thread. The side panels
are also cut with the same MS punch.

Believe it or not there are 30 odd images in there - room for plenty more (tee-hee).
Now all that's left is for me to create a further storage holder for the larger stamps - as some of you know they can be huge.

My first Copic Creations DT card

I was absolutely flabbergasted (isn't that a wonderful word?) - anyway I was absolutely flabbergasted when the fabulous Mary   from  Copic Creations emailed me and asked would I consider being a DT member - would I? -I jumped at the chance to work with this amazingly talented team.

This week's challenge is colouring in Greens as a tribute to St Patrick's day and the sponsor is Our Craft Lounge who provided the stamps for us to work with. This cute little cactus is coloured with Copics - of course, and you will find the list at the bottom of this post. The papers are from MME and bottom cut with the MS Lattice punch. The sentiments are computer generated and the pearls and ribbon from my stash.

Copics Used
Cacti - YG0000  G000  G21  G94  G97 
Heart  - R0000  R00  R02 R20  R22  R27
Sand  - E31 W00 W01
Sky  - B0000  B00  C00 C01 C03

Now I shall away and post my House Mouse DT card - two in one day - doesn't happen very often!!
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