Thursday, 31 May 2012

Want Some Candy?

Hi Peeps,

It is that time again where thanks to the brilliant Marianne we at  Marianne's Design Divas  are able to offer our great followers a chance to win some candy.....

This is what is up for grabs and it will end when we reach 750 followers.

We want to let everyone know that Marianne Designs is a lot more than just dies so here you have a chance to get yourself a selection of the great fun stamps that are available. Don't forget though that there are also a great range of flowers, gems, papers, ribbons and much much more.

To enter you will need to do the following:
- Put a link back to the Marianne's Design Divas blog on your blog using the picture of the candy.
- Be a follower of the Marianne's Design Divas blog .

And then if you want extra entries you can also get an extra entry if you do any of this...
- Share this post on your twitter/ facebook account with the buttons at the bottom of the candy post.
- Follow Marianne D on Facebook and/ or twitter (see links in the sidebar of the Marianne's Design Divas blog  or below this post)
So if you do all of that you can have upto 3 entries for this candy. All you need to do now is jump over to the Marianne's Design Divas blog and spread the word :D Good luck to you all.

Hi Peeps,

Just popping in to tell you about some candy on the Marianne Diva's blog.  You know I have been telling you that Marianne Designs do more than just dies, well the candy is stamps, check this out.

Good Luck.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Colouring the wood of a Tree

Hi Copic Friends,

I have chosen today to show you how I colour the wood of a tree.  I have aimed this at beginners and am using the Make It Crafty Tree image which already has some of the shading area highlighted for you.  As I prepared this tutorial I had selected E29, E25 and E53, but you will notice as we go through the tutorial that I added E50 to the mix.

I am going to colour in sections.  This will give the tree some depth.  If I was to start and use 3 colours directly across then the image would look very flat.

Start by using your darkest colour E29.  The darkest areas will be at the bottom of the tree, directly underneath where the branches/leaves are and underneath the branches, as indicated by the arrows in the below picture.

Blend out the E29 with E25.  This doesn't have to be neat.  Trees have varying grades of colour and broken lines.

Blend out the E25 with E53, this is a lovely golden colour.

Repeat the process for the second segment.

 By the time I got to the middle is when I decided to add some E50.

And this is the finished Wood of the Tree.

Once you have practiced you can apply this principal to any tree, even if it doesn't have the shading areas identified for you.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Rosie and Felix

Hi Peeps,

Hope you all had a fab weekend.  I went out on my bike on Saturday and Hubby had planned a route which he told me was relatively flat, how wrong was heeeeeeeeeeeee. I was seiously doubting whether I could continue after about 15 miles of more ups than downs.  My bottom was in excrutiating pain along with my poor knees.  My legs were tired but I found the strength to carry on, but if I had been anywhere near home that's where I would of headed.  We did accomplish 33 miles, so I am really pleased with that but each time I sit or climb the stairs I am reminded of what I was doing on Saturday, only a couple more weeks and all my pain with be behind me........

Just to let you know that BunnyZoe is sponsoring Partytime Tuesday this week and the theme is an easy one, "Anything Goes", so if you'd like to win some goodies from BunnyZoe join in the challenge HERE.  I have joined in and created this card using Whimsy Stamps Rose and Felix.  The stamp design is by Sylvia Vet, beautiful stamps.

I have coloured the image with distress inks.

I have used Cosmo Cricket Evangeline 6 x 6 paper pad, they are all gorgeous.
Here's a close up of the gorgeous Rose and Felix.

I have used one of the new prima wooden buttons, they are fabulous and just hanging from the button is a bird cage charm, both available from BunnyZoe.

And here's a pic of the little tag taken out of the card and attacked with white Gesso.

Marianne Design Ribbon Rose Border

Friday, 25 May 2012

Winners and upto 25% Off at BunnyZoe

Hiya Peeps,

Thank you for all the birthday wishes yesterday, I had a lovely day and my daughter cooked me a lovely meal.  I'm off out shortly with Hubby for a drink as he was working last night :( I did receive two bouquets of flowers, some perfume, a camelpack (drink resevoir) for my bike ride.  Speaking of which, it is only 3 weeks away and a 30 mile training  ride planned for tomorrow, OMG, and if your still not feeling my pain, I have received my start time of 06:00,  so will be collected at 04:00, another OMG.  So if you haven't already sponsored me, link is below, and remember every little helps......

Before I get onto announcing the winners I also wanted to let you know that BunnyZoe has 10% off all stamps, 25% off Belles and Whistles and some High Hopes this weekend, so if you have some crafting pennies, head on over.

Right, finally the WINNERS.............drum roll....................................

Winner No. 1 Copic Air Brush System is no. 133 is Nikki

Winner No. 2 BunnyZoe £10 Gift Voucher is no. 78 Luanne

Winner No. 3 Make It Crafy Stamps and Chipboard Flourishe. is no. 108 Rebecca

Winner No. 4 Crafts and Me Stamps is no. 1 Barbara

Lastly Winner No. 5 Basic Grey chipboard Flourishes, MD Die, Brads, Ribbon & Keepsake Board no. 9 Trish

Congratulations to all Winners, please email me by end of  Sunday 27th May to claim your prizes.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

1000 Followers Candy

This is a sticky, please scroll down for the Make It Crafty Under the Sea Blog Hop

I'm back as promised,

Yayyyyy, I hit a 1,000 followers, thank you soooo much guys, I really appreciate your comments on my blog and your emails, so to everyone who follows me, whether that's through email, RS feeds, Facebook or Blogger, a huge thank you from me. I never knew I would make and meet so many friends on my blogging journery and be on the wonderful Design Teams that I am on. Wooo Hoooooo, sorry just had to get that in.

So, here's my followers candy.......

But I'd like to share it out so more of you get something, hope you don't mind.  So I will draw winners for the following prizes...

Copic Airbrushing System

£10 BunnyZoe Gift Voucher

Two of my favourite Make It Crafty Ladies, Annabelle and Elizabeth J and a pack of my favourite Make It Crafty Lasercut Chipboard Leaf Swirls

Two of the ever so popular Jasmine Becket images from Crafts and Me

Basic Grey Chipboard Pieces (it says stickers but they are chipboard, honest), Marianne Design Flower/leaf die, 1 pack of Making Memories Ribbons, 1 pack of  Brads with words and the keepsake embellisher which I have forgotten to add in the picture so I will replace the below picture later with an updated one.

For any followers on Wordpress I have added the new Linky as I believe you won't be able to follow me on the blogger one, so please remember to pop yourself in it :(

Here's what you need to do:-

1. Become a follower, but only because you like my work NOT for the candy
2. Post a picture of the main candy on your side bar and link back to this post
3. Post a picture of my Envelope Boxes and 6 3/4 square boxes on your sidebar also and link to HERE

(HTML code for the picture below is on my sidebar.  DO NOT right click and save to your computer as it will be still picture that you will be taking, not the flashing picture)


4. Add your name in Mr Linky Below

Candy will remain open until 24th May as that's my birthday.

Happy Birthday To Me

Morning Peeps,

Just a quickie.  It's my birthday today, yayyyyyyyyy, but I'm at work, boooooooo. Thank you to my followers who have sent me cards, I will be emailing you individually to thank you.  It is lovely to receive handmade cards on your birthday, it makes it that extra bit special.

I wanted to share with you another card.  This little image is a Marianne Design stamp, called Hiking Don, but I think it would be for either a girl or boy, so my version is in pink and coloured with distress inks.

Materials Used:-
Image Hiking Don by Marianne Design
Magnolia Doohickey & 
Papers by Marianne Design new release Sweet Summer
Rose Ribbon by Marianne Design
Vintage lace by Marianne Design
Tim Holtz Doily Die
Memory Box Scroll Die
Journey Charm, seam binding, large lace from stash

Update: My daughter is busy cooking in the kitchen and I'm just getting in the way so I've been sent out.  I could get used to this, lol.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

Penny's - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Flourishes - Anything Goes
Great Impressions - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - Pretty in Pink
Panpastel - Pastel colours

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Fabulous Flowers at Crafts and Me

Morning Peeps,

It's time again for the rubber girls to strutt their stuff over at Crafts and Me and the theme this week is Fabulous Flowers.  I have used the newly released Joanna Prosvirina Foxglove image, and with a mixed media of copics, polychromo pencils and distress ink water colouring for the soft background. 

The paper is digital and is also available from Crafts and Me HERE. The doily is a Tim Holtz off the edge die and on the lefthand side I have used a Memory Box Catalina Border Die, as is the beautiful Vivienne Butterfly.

The bouquet of flowers is from WOC and I have added my favourite Marianne Design Branch Forest  LR0150 and again another one of the new  Marianne Designs Anja Leaves 3 LR0228 , I did say I have a thing for leaf dies, lol.

I shamefully have to admit to not posting my last Crafts and Me DT card, Oops..... but it does also fit the Fabulous Flowers theme.  The image is Pansy Sisters and I have coloured on Murano pastel paper with polychromo pencils.

I'll be back again tomorrow, and it will be my Birthday.........and your last chance to enter my candy.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Hi Peeps,

I have a special card for you today, one that was published in the May edition of Papers and Pixels.  Boss Lady Zoe was asked to do an article and a few of us MIC girls offered to do a card to accompany the article and this is the card that  I came up with.

The image is Annabelle available in Rubber and Digital from Make It Crafty.

I have coloured Annabelle using Copic Markers.

I have used the manikin from the Make It Crafty Sew It Up chipboard embellishments

A close up of Annabelle.

You will also notice the cogs, these are from the Make It Crafty Gears Galore Chipboard Embellishments, and painted with an olive acrylic paint and my usual dab of snowtex.

You may also notice on the front panel the Make It Crafty Corner Flourishes, again painted with white acrylic paint.

And gripping both sides of the main panels I have used the Fine Swirl vine which is from the Make It Crafty Fine Swirls Chipboard Embellishment pack.

Materials Used:-
Image: Annabelle
Make It Crafty Chipboard Corners
Marianne Design Craftable Envelope CR1211

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - One for the ladies
Wild Orchid Crafts - Anything Goes

Friday, 18 May 2012

Watching It Fly

Hi Peeps,

Oh my goodness, my bottom is killing me. I managed to get out on my bike last night again and accomplished 19 miles, but not sure my bottom can get back on a bike this side of Christmas.  I seem to have injured my knee somehow, not sure how though, so I will give it a rest for a couple of days and see how it goes. If you haven't yet and you'd still like to support me click on the link below.

Oh my the new release at Crafts and Me of Zindy Nielsen's Stamps is just Awesome, awesome, awesome!  Do you think I like them? Don't forget that if your a newletter subscriber you get 10% off during release week, so if your not signed up you might want to now.....

The image I have used is called "Watching It Fly".  Isn't she beautiful.  I have used both cool greys to create black as well as combined with warm greys, a first for me but I actually love the result.

Materials Used:-
Image Watching it fly (soon to be released)
Papers My Minds Eye Fiddlesticks
Marianne Design Pom Pom Trim
Memory Box Catalina Wreath & Scroll Die
Marianne Designs Ivory, Black & White Ribbon Roses
Tim Holtz Ribbon Reel