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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Oh Happy Day

Well I'm just about to head off to bed but just wanted to share a couple of things with you.  It was my birthday and mid morning I received this wonderful cup of coffee and I have to say it stayed smiling to the very bottom!  Definitely made me smile!  I received 2 packs of copic pens from my awesome sister and on Friday I'm off to the Range and a local craft shop for a bit of a spend up!  (rubbing hands with glee! lol) 




















And my other piece of Happy News is that I have joined the Divas By Design DT as part of Team B, unfortunately not in time to join in with this weeks challenge, which you can find here  but I am looking forward to being a part of this fabulous group of ladies who have already made me feel very welcome.

So on that happy note I am off to bed, going shopping tomorrow to hopefully get my present from my DOH of a pair of DM's followed by a trip to the dentist :-(  at least I'll have Friday to look forward to!

Good night and thanks for stopping by xx


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Buttons & Bows at Crafty Sentiments

Another challenge that we know you all love, Buttons & Bows is what we want to see this week over at Crafty Sentiments and don't forget if you enter the challenge using a Crafty Sentiments image then you will get entered into the draw TWICE!  For my card I have used one of the latest new digi releases which is available in store at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  Coloured with my copics and matted on to a Kraft cs scalloped circle, the gingham paper is Bearly Mine Designs, the sentiment and little pins were all cut with the Cricut and I finished off with a metal mesh ribbon bow and tiny heart button.  This cute little bear is just so versatile.


















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Catz #167 ~ Cute as a button
Sweet Stampin' ~ Ribbon
2 Sisters #128 ~ It's a boy/girl
Created with Love #26 ~ Baby Shower
Digi Makeover #73 ~ Hearts
TFL

Monday, 28 January 2013

Blue Valentine

Actually I had originally planned for this to be more blue than it eventually turned out! lol  The image is a darling valentine freebie from Saturated Canary, isn't she just adorable, I have coloured her with copics and added some stardust (but you can't tell in the pic) for the frills around the hearts, she is matted onto pink cs then onto blue mirriboard which has been tribossed then mounted onto patchwork paper from Bearly Mine Designs and finished off with some punched and die cut hearts.




















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Saturated Canary Challenges #35 ~ Inspired by a movie ~ Blue Valentine
OSAAT #148 ~ Use a digi
TFL



Saturday, 26 January 2013

A masculine card

Picked up my copy of the DoCrafts Creativity magazine yesterday and tonight was my first chance to have a play with the stamps so I used the main image and stamped it in a dark espresso ink and then also rubbed some of the ink over the image to take off the glare of the white cs.  The rest of the papers are from DCWV Natural stack with foil, I also double embossed the stripey panel using a clock face folder and some clear pigment ink and clear embossing powder so not only is it foiled its also glazed and in the right light the coppery lines really do shine quite orangey and brightly, shame I can't seem to be able to catch that well with the camera.  The border die cut I have had for a while and I finished off with some Spellbinders cogs and a stamped sentiment.




















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sunday Sketch & Stash #140 (cutting it really fine!)
Crafts and Me #117 ~ Vintage
Fussy & Fancy Friday #81 ~ Circles
Allsorts #191 ~ Masculine
Just Us Girls #  ~ Picture Inspriation










TFL


Friday, 25 January 2013

Dressy Ebony

Today I was looking for an image to use so that I could join the sketch challenge over at Anyone For Anya and I remembered this lovely image of 'Dressy Ebony' one of the digi Wild Sprouts from TGF, I've always liked this image and used it lots in the past so thought it was time she had an airing again!  Coloured with my copics of course!  Brown cs is embossed with a Sizzix texture plate and everything else is from my stash and the little butterflies are a Tonic Studio punch.  Decided not to add a sentiment as this card can be used for anything really so might add one when I know what I'll be doing with it.












I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Anyone For Anya ~ Sketchy sort of day
Digital Tuesday #194 ~ Favourite colour combo ~ blue & brown definitely up there as one of my faves, also copics E57, 37 & 29 my fave brown hair combo at the moment
Crafty Creations #206 ~ Take 2 ~ 2 identical ribbon strands, 2 ribbon sliders
Fab 'n' Funky #155 ~ Favourite Colour Combo (as above)
Creative Inspirations #198 ~ Anything Goes + option of flowers
TFL


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

All white

And I'm not referring to the snow either!  Our Creative Corner has an interesting challenge this week that I just had to have a go at.  All white with a decorative edge ... now this wasn't the easiest of challenges, I like WOW cards but wanted to push myself a bit which started by thinking about the decorative edge, usually use my border punches then remembered the  TH cogs edge and then it all just happened from there.  I have made this with Ria in mind and her love of steampunk.  I stamped the sentiment first in black ink and then stamped the dressmakers from in clear pigment ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder, it doesn't show up brilliantly in the first pic so I added the close up, embossed white cs with folder from Darice and added ribbon and a pearl.  Love how this turned out and have some other ideas forming in my mind (have added them to my ideas book too! lol lest I forget!)  Hope you like it, Ria loves it!





































I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Stampin' for the weekend ~ Something Girly
Our Creative Corner ~ White with a decorative edge
PaperTake Weekly ~ Tie up your loose ends
TFL

Sunday, 20 January 2013

A simple Thank You

When I sat down to make this card all I knew was that I wanted to try out the colour combo for the challenge over at JUGs this week which is Grey, White and Lime Green.  Not a combo I generally use but I really liked the DT samples!  I pondered what to do for a while then decided to let loose with my Cricut and this is the end result, which I think I like! lol  The grey cs has been embossed and all the green and white cs has been cut on the Cricut using Paperlace cartridge.  Finished off with some ribbon from my stash.




















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Totally Papercrafts ~ Embossing time
One Stop Craft Challenge #212 ~ Thank You
Allsorts #190 ~ Flower Power
Crazy 4 Challenges #169 ~ Sketch
Totally Gorjuss #167 ~ KISS
Just Us Girls #172 ~ Lime Green, White & Grey












TFL


Saturday, 19 January 2013

Fragile ...

...Handle with care!  I'm sure we all know someone who needs a little handling with care every now and again!  I love this image 'a little bit grumpy' from the Paper Shelter and thought this sentiment went well! lol  I have coloured with my copics paper is from PM Happy Days pad and I have distressed and inked the edges.  Sentiment and ticket die cut are Die-namics and finished off with a little lace, antique silver eyelets and twine from my stash.



















I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Sketch and Stash #105 + vintage theme (my newest item is the image and the eyelets and lace I have had for a long time now.)
LEJ Designs #36 ~ Use metal (eyelets)
The Paper Shelter #95 ~ Winter Blues
2 Sisters #127 ~ Blue, white & Brown
TFL

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Especially for You

Thought I'd share a card I've made with the second of the 2 new digis from Crafty Sentiments Design. (check yesterdays post for the other image) This little fella is called 'With Love'.  Now when I saw those gorgeous patchwork balloons I just knew that I needed to pop over to Bearly Mine Designs and pick up their Patchwork Party paper pack, been umming and ahhing over them for a while!lol  I went for lilac and lemon, it's not a combo I use very often but I do like it.  As well as the patchwork paper I have a patchwork tribossed panel and a tribossed hearts panel (but they are both a bit hidden!)  Lots of layering on this one and of course the colouring is with my copics, finished off with a little silver sentiment and some yellow gems.  These new digis are just adorable.



















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Stamptacular Sunday #198 ~ Sketch
Bearly Mine Challenges #69 ~ Anything Goes
A&T Digital Designs #21 ~ Polka Dots
Divas By Design ~ Make it Girlie
Crafts and Me #116 ~ Something New ~ image and paper
TFL

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Cute new digis at Crafty Sentiments

Well Crafty Sentiments Designs has 2 new digi images available in the store and they are just so adorable.  Great for all occassions but especially for Valentines! lol  Today I have used 'Bundle of Love', coloured with my copics.  The heart patterned paper and heart border die cut are also from Crafty Sentiments Designs, the gingham is from a very old K&Co Brianna pad, the heart checker board is a Triboss embossing folder from Papermania, finished off with a little gold peeloff sentiment.


















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin' ~ Gingham
Allsorts #189 ~ Dies & Punches ~ border die and circle die
Sketch Saturday #241
TFL

Oooops

I'm late with my card for this weeks new challenge over at Crafty Sentiments, thought I'd sheduled but obviously not! :-(  So better late than never...  This weeks challenge is 'Winter Fun' and after showcasing all those wonderful new stamps I decided to use one of our older stamps, this one is 'Gone Sledging' which is available at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  Coloured with copics and some glamour dust added.  Background is from Bearly Mine Designs also with glamour dust added.  Added the 'parcel' with a stamped sentiment and little red bow.  Now the question is do I use it for a winter birthday or shall I be really organized and use it as my Christmas card make! lol  Don't forget to check out the work by the rest of the awesome DT.  


















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Fab 'n' Funky #153 ~ Winter
Totally Papercrafts #149 ~ Ribbon
OSAAT #146 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #27 ~ Snow & Ice
TFL



Monday, 14 January 2013

A little birdie

Well today I got in from work at around 4.30, MIL turned up for a cuppa and after she went I kinda fell asleep!  Anyway awake again around 7 had some tea and by 8 was ready to craft so after catching up with some blog hopping and facebook etc I finally set to making a card and this is what I came up with.  I used 'Canary Love' a freebie a while back from Saturated Canary but first time I've used her (not the last though! lol), she is coloured with copics, paper is from Bearly Mine Designs, sentiment is computer generated then the ribbons, buttons and flowers all from my stash.

















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Divas By Design ~ Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations #196 ~ Colour swatch
Saturated Canary Challenge #34 ~ Inspired by a song ~ Wings of a dove
Crafty Catz #165 ~ Buttons & Bows
Totally Gorjuss #166 ~ Spotty
TFL

Friday, 11 January 2013

Feeling a little blue!

For this card I thought I'd try and go completely blue but when colouring the skin it really didn't work, looked like an alien had landed so had to start over! lol - it really was scary!  I used one of my TGF stamps 'Flirty Anya' haven't inked her up in a while.  So I chose to stick with skin tones but did keep to blues for her hair which I am happy with the way it turned out.  Background is embossed with a sizzix texture plate, ribbon, ribbon slider, oval pearls, flowers and pearl leaves are all from my stash.  A happy  blue card!



















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Anyone For Anya ~ January Blues
Cupcake Crafts #224 ~ January Blues
Crazy Challenge #135 ~ No DPs
Divas By Design ~ Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity #106 ~ Moody Blues
Totally Papercrafts #149 ~ Ribbon
TFL


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Jasmin Feathers

Oh look at me 2 posts in one day, haven't managed that for a while! lol  Anyway I just had to share this as its release day of the wonderful new stamps over at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  Have you taken part in our 3 day hop yet?  If not scroll down to my previous post and grab all the details.  Anyway onto my project.  I have used the fabulous new stamp 'Jasmin Feathers' coloured with copics and stardust.  Papers are Bearly Mine Designs and the pattern for the bag are on the DVD that came with my new CC Ultimate Pro.  I have also decorated the inside and made a little pocket for a gift card.  I have adapted the design very slightly and made the flap opening whereas the original project the flap is faux.  I have used small strips magnetic sheet to hold it closed and added a button and some organza ribbon as the opening.

Side view
















Showing the inside with a gift card in the pocket.

















and finally the front view with the gorgeous Jasmin





















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss   ~ Anything Goes with ribbon
Our Creative Corner ~ Aqua, Pink and flowers
Allsorts #188 ~ CAS
Crazy 4 Challenges #167 ~ Ribbon & Bows
Stamptacular Sunday #197 ~ Don't Be Square
Incy Wincy Designs ~ Something new
Crafty Creations #204 ~ Something New

Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop day 3

Yay today is release day of the fabulous new stamps from Crafty Sentiments Designs.  All stamps are available to buy today and today is the last day of the blog hop and today the the DT are showcasing 3 fabulous new images.  Now you should have arrived here from Caz's Blog if not here is the full list of who to visit:



Now it wouldn't be a hop without a prize and one lucky commenter will win 3 of the new stamps but In order to win a prize you must become or be a follower of the Inspirational blog and comment daily on all blogs taking part over the 3 days - also leave a comment on Inspirational blog

Ok so onto my card for today, I have used Primrose ~ 60's Fashion.  My paper is from Raspberry Road Designs and I used it for the colour inspiration.  Primrose is coloured with copics and a tiny bit of stardust.  The sentiment is also a new release from Crafty Sentiment Designs, the flower and button from my stash and the leaves are a die cut.

















So that's my card, now you should be off to Rachel's Blog

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Totally Papercrafts #148 ~ Something New ~ Fabulous new stamp and sentiment
Crafts 4 Eternity #105 ~ Something New
2 Sisters #125 ~ Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts ~ Something new & pink
OSAAT #145  ~ New
Papertake Weekly ~ New


TFL and I hope you have enjoyed hopping over the past 3 days, good luck in the draw xx

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop day 2

Welcome back and its time for day 2 of the fabulous blog hop celebrating the fabulous new stamp release over at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  All stamps will be available to buy on Thursday 10 January but today the DT are showcasing 2 fabulous new images.  Now you should have arrived here from Jackie's Blogif not here is the full list of who to visit:


Jac  (thats me!)

Now it wouldn't be a hop without a prize and one lucky commenter will win 3 of the new stamps but In order to win a prize you must become or be a follower of the Inspirational blog and comment daily on all blogs taking part over the 3 days - also leave a comment on Inspirational blog

Ok so now onto my card and today I have used Tobey ~ Cool, isn't he just!  I have coloured with copics, papers are all DCWV Natural Stack (foiled), I've used the TH Weathered Clock die and the sentiment is cut using the Cricut and finished off with some copper brads.
So that's my card, now you should be off to the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Stampin for the Weekend ~ Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity #105 ~ Something New ~ Fabulous new image
Totally Papercrafts #148 ~ Something New ~ Fabulous new image
TFL and I hope you are enjoying the hop.




Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Crafty Sentiments Blog Hop day 1

Good morning all, today sees the start of a fabulous 3 day blog hop to celebrate the new stamp release over at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  All stamps will be available to buy on Thursday 10 January but today the DT are showcasing 2 fabulous new images.  Now you should have arrived here from Caz's Blog, if not here is the full list of who to visit:


Jac  (thats me!)

Now it wouldn't be a hop without a prize and one lucky commenter will win 3 of the new stamps but In order to win a prize you must become or be a follower of the Inspirational blog and comment daily on all blogs taking part over the 3 days - also leave a comment on Inspirational blog.

Ok so now on to my card, and I have used Primrose ~ Fashion Party.  It kinda shouted black & white to me so that's they way I went (this time!) My background black cs has been embossed using a sizzix texture plate, image is coloured with copics and some 3d glaze added to her glasses, some silver holographic mirricard used for matting and the sentiment is also from Crafty Sentiments Designs, finished off with some brads and ribbons from my stash.

















So that's my card, now you should be off to the Crafty Sentiments Inspirational Blog.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Creations #202 ~ Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge ~ E is for Embossing
Crafty Catz #164 ~ Anything Goes
TFL and enjoy the hop x

Saturday, 5 January 2013

I want to ride my bicycle ..

Well not me personally, I'm not feeling that energetic! lol  But I did think I'd have a play with this wonderful image from Crafty Sentiments Designs.  The idea for this card came from my New Ideas Book on my desk which uses the same paper (First Editions) and from my newest Cricut cartridge Bloom (also on my desk!) and the end result is what you see here.  I have coloured with my copics added some gems and calendar block and hey presto!  I know its not a complicated creation but I am really pleased with how it turned out! lol 




















Taken at a slightly different angle



And a close up of the adorable bunnies and my tree!
















I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Crazy Challenge #135 ~ Easel card
Fussy and Fancy Friday #79 ~ Furry Friends
2 Sisters #125 ~ Anything Goes
Allsorts #188 ~ CAS

I seem to be making myself some nice desk accessories without even realising it, I wonder what could be next? lol

Thanks for stopping by x

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Oh so thankful

Did you know that Crafty Sentiments Designs have some new digi papers out?  Well they do and I have used 2 of them on this little Thank You card along with the cute digi image 'She Loves Me' which is also available at Crafty Sentiments Designs. I have coloured with my copics and added ribbon and stars from my stash, the sentiment is from TGF and I have distressed all the edges.

















I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly ~Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #203 ~ Anything Goes
TFL

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A bright and cheery little bookmark

This weeks challenge over at Anyone For Anya? is bookmarks.  Now I haven't taken part in one of their challenges for an absolute age and I love my TGF stamps (not that I have that many, but I love the ones I do have!) and after a quick look through them I decided on my stamp and quickly decided on my paper so I used the paper colours as my inspiration, so much so that I even glittered the white stripes between the colours to match the glittered stripes on the paper which is DCWV glittered stack.  The ribbon is from a Christmas present and was going to get chucked out till I laid claim to it! lol so hey presto my bright and cheery bookmark.































I would like to enter this bookmark into the following challenges:

Anyone For Anya ~ Bookmarks
2 Sisters #124 ~ Anything but a card
Tuesday Throwdown #128 ~ BRIGHT & Happy New Year
TFL

NEW!

Happy New Year everyone and yes that's what the challenge for this week is all about over at Crafty Sentiments ~ 'NEW!' now that can be new home, new baby, new job, new stash, as long as its new it works!  Now when I was thinking about what to do I had an idea for something totally different and I find this often happens when I'm crafting, I find myself doing something and then thinking to myself if I did such'n'such I could get this effect etc etc but then when the time comes I can never remember what I thought of or I write it on a scrap of paper on my desk and end up losing it!  So with that in mind I decided to make my self a 'New Ideas' book so I could jot the ideas down and not keep forgetting or losing them! lol  I used a shopping list style note book and covered it with some glittery paper by First Editions from the Hideaway pad, I also used papers from the pad for the vintage label die cut (Crafty Cutters @ Crafty Sentiments Designs) and the mat and leafy branch.  My images are Hitting the Books and Stairs and Books both of which are available over at Crafty Sentiments Designs.  Coloured with copics and some 3d glaze added to her glasses.  Finished off with some lettering using a sizzix extended cuts die and some yellow gems and I also added notes about the project that I thought about originally! lol  So this notebook sits on my desk ready for my 'new ideas'  Hope you like it and the good thing was that the note book only cost £1!
































I would like to enter this notebook into the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss #164 ~ New
2 Sisters #124 ~ Anything but a card

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Crafty Sentiments challenge blog as there is just so much inspiration on offer this week as Teams A & B have joined together for our first challenge of the year. xx