Friday 30 April 2010

Unregrettable Pirate Life

Good Peeps,

Wow, a bank holiday weekend, thank goodness, I need some rest. All the housework is done, so my weekend will start when I get in from work tonight.

Right onto today's card which I have made using "Unregrettable Pirate Life" from Ching-Chou kuik's Fantasy Art Collection, Sheet #10, plate #36, which is available right HERE from Crafts and Me. I'm loving these stamps. I have coloured her using copics and added a bit of sparkle, he, he, just can't stop myself. I have used the Marianne Design flower and raised the 2nd layer and added some flat back pearls and a prima centre, gorgeous. The doily has been sprayed with some cosmic shimmer. The whole card has the distressed look which for a change I did actually use my making memories distress tool instead of a scissors or cutting blade and after reacquainting myself with it I think I will be using it more often, lol. The spotted organza is actually a wedding favour but I put it to better use. The little BELIEVE ticket is availabe from Alissa Designs.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Crafty Creations - Make your own background
Quixotic Paperie - Distressing
Charisma Cardz - Girly card with flowers
Lili of the Valley - Here comes Summer
A spoonful of sugar - 3D something
Pollycraft Challenge - Make your own flowers
Secret Crafters - Distress

Wednesday 28 April 2010

Two Tweeting Birds

Morning again Peeps,

It's Wednesday and time for another Karen's Doodles UK Challenge and this week the theme is Animal Magic.

As usual Karen is giving away the following prizes, so be sure to hop on over and join in the fun.

1st Place - 3 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles
2nd Place - 2 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles
3rd Place - 1 Digi stamps of your choice from Karen's Doodles

I can't tell you how much I loved using this image. It has so many uses, new home, birthday, spring is in the air, lovebirds, etc. etc. Be sure to check out the other members of the DT, they have all done an awesome job.

Materials Used:-

Karen's Doodles "Home Tweet Home" Image
Doily sprayed with glimmer mist
Nellies Die Cuts
Marianne Designs swirls
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Stickles and Pearl Glimmer mist on the flowers
Feather/Lace/Ribbon/Brad from stash
Whiff of Joy Sentiment Stamp
Image coloured with copics

I think thats it, lol!

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Dare 2 to Digistamp - Use digi flower or floral papers
Pixie Dust - Tag It
A spoonful of Sugar - 3D something, (tag)

Sparkle with Love is Gone by Sweet Pea Stamps

I know, I'm back again and one more still to follow.

I can't believe another two weeks has passed and we are onto our third challenge already at Crafts and Me. This week is one of my favourite themes, SPARKLE. Woo Hoo, I do love a bit of sparkle and I know you do too.

I have chosen, ching-chou kuik's Love is Gone by Sweet Pea Stamps available from Crafts & Me . She is one of my favourites.

I have used that gorgeous key again, and positioned it just under that gorgeous purple flower.  This is made from air dry clay.  It is so easy to do, just pop some white soft airdry clay into the mould, leave overnight on the windowsil and that's it.  You can colour it however you like, it is really like and versatile.  On this ocassion I wanted a white key so I have just left it as it is.  How simple is that! Moulds and Clay are available from Crafts & Me.

Materials Used:-

Bo Bunny Glitter Papers, absolutely fabulous
Bazill cardstock
Prima flower
Marianne Designs Die - Swirls
Sentiment is from Sweet Pea Plate
Swaroski crystals/lace from stash
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Glamour Dust
Distress Inks for the background
Key is made from Air dry clay and mould - available from Crafts & Me

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

The SweetStop - Sketch
Charisma Cardz - Quote Me
Handful of Stamps - Use up that stock
Crafty Creations - Make your own background
A spoonful of Sugar - 3D something
Paper Sundaes - 3 papers, 2 cardstocks, 1 flower (large) the other two are babies

Especially For You Mum

Morning Peeps,

Well it's early on Wednesday morning so it's time for "Cooking It Up With Katie". This fortnight's recipe is:-

Design a card for Mum or a special lady
Punch it up
Add a brad

Simple, hey. This fortnight we are being sponsered by

I have chosen this beautiful magnolia stamp. I purchased her a while back and just haven't had time to play, so as this week we could choose our own image, I thought it was time to pop her out of her packaging and ink her up.

I have used the following materials:-

Papers by Websters, which I have distressed, love these papers
Marianne Circle Die - I have doodled around the edges
Doily - I sprayed this with glimmer mist
Magnolia Tilda stamp and sentiment.  Background stamp is Whiff of Joy
I have used copics to colour the image and also flower soft on some of the flowers
Martha Stewart Frond Punch
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Butterfly punch
RicRac, tulle and Brads from stash
MUM was cut using quickutz
Stardust stickles
Distress Inks for the background

I think that was everything, lol!

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Kaboodledoodles - Embossing (the marianne design die has embossed but I have doodled around it with a white pen)
Magnolia Down Under - Charm (butterfly under right hand side flowers)
One Stop Craft - Metallic
The Secret Crafters - Distressed
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes
Quixotic Paperie - Distressing

Monday 26 April 2010


A Very Happy Monday Morning Peeps,

I hope you all had a great weekend. Unfortunately it rained yesterday, so I had to craft, lol. I bet I wasn't the only one!

This fortnight Sophisticats are lucky to be sponorsed Jenni of Cardmad Fairy, and Jenni is offering the winner 5 digi images of their choice. Wow, isn't that absolutely fabulous. Jenni is also giving the "Debbie" image free with any purchase until the end of April.

The Design Team have been fortunate to choose a digi from Jenni and I for my sins, chose KEVIN. I don't like doing male cards but I thought he is a fab image for a boy or Man, so would be good to have a card on hand in readiness.

I have coloured him using copics. I cut the stars out by hand and layered them. I used a Martha Stewart punch "Trelis", and the "GOAL" is actually a die I had made a couple of years ago, woo hoo! Haven't used it in a while, so dusted the cobwebs off this is the result.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Have a good day everyone and I hope you take the time to hop on over to Sophisticats to see what the other Design Team Members have come up with and also to enter this fortnights challenge.  See you back here on Wednesday.

Thursday 22 April 2010

Sweet Pea's Soft Goth Night

Yayyyyyyyy, It's Friday,

Wow this week has been a long week at work, roll on May Day!

On today's card I have used Soft Goth Night from Ching-Chou Kuik's Fantasy Art Collection, Sheet #10, plate #36, availabe right HERE from Crafts and Me. I have gone with some different colours for a change, not usually my sort of colours but it doesn't hurt to come out of your comfort zone once in a while. In fact I have done that alot lately and quite like what I have created.

I have used copics to colour her and distress inks for the background. I have used the large Martha Stewart punch, and again you can check these out at Crafts and Me too. The flowers are a bit of a mix from Wild Orchid Crafts and Prima. Lace and Ribbon are from Stash. I have added a little glamouor dust here and there, just can't resist a little sparkle!

I have entered this card into the following challenge:-

Everybody Art - Sketch
ABC Challenge - Sparkle
Quixotic Paperie - Make a splash

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Congratulations - You Passed

Morning Peeps,

It's challenge time again at Karen's Doodle's UK and this week's theme is MONOCHROMATIC. Now, this theme has always scared me and I have, until now that is, managed to avoid it. But being on the Design Team I have had to attempt this challenge. I chose one of Karen's new doodles, isn't he adorable and great for graduation cards, passing exams etc.

I have coloured the Graduation Doggy in using copics and layered him onto a die cut from Marianne Designs.  I have also used the Marianne Designs flower  die cut, the middle one with the wholes cut out, these dies are just fabulous.  The large punched middle section is a Martha Stewart Trelis punch, another favourite of mine.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Stamp with Fun - Animals
Charisma Cardz - Monochromatic
Digital Tuesday - April Flowers
Paper Sundaes - No people
Sweet Shop Sketches - Sketch

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Happy Birthday Son

Morning Peeps,

A very Happy Tuesday morning to everyone. I did alot of sorting out over the weekend, my craftroom was in such a mess!  It's alot tidier now and I feel alot happier, just can't find anything......... After all my tidying I didn't have alot of enthusiasm left to make a card, but I had to make myself do it as it is My Son's birthday today and my only opportunity to make him a card. So here it is, a boy card, yuk........

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Pennys Challenges - Anything Goes
Creative Beli - Die Cuts

Friday 16 April 2010

Caribbean Treasure

Happy Friday Everyone,

Today I am showcasing this fabulous Sweet Pea Stamp, ching-chou kuik's Fantasy Art Collection, Sheet #10, plate #3. I know you all know by now where to get these gorgeous stamps but if there are any newbies out there, you can get it right here from Crafts and Me. I had great fun making this card. I used my really old moonglow shadow ink, Malachite, and a jack o lantern glimmer mist. I sprayed these onto a doily which gave it a wonderful goldy green shimmer, it really is beautiful.

The papers I have used are prima and I have coloured the image using copics. I have used one of the Marianne Deisgns scalloped border and threaded green ribbon through. I have also used acetate and punched out a butterfly and used peewee glitters to colour it in pink and green, again not seen very well in the photograph. I have added lots of stickles to the flowers and also the fishtale. I do love a bit of glitz!

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Crafty Angels - My favourite things (flowers)
Incy Wincy - Magical
Pollycraft Challenge - Pink, Brown and Green
Paper Sundaes - Make a scene
Totally Gorjuss - Textutre (embossed Marianne Design border die with ribbon)
Colour Create - Touch Feely (embossed Marianne Design border die with ribbon)
Sweet Pea Stamps - Acetate (butterfly cut out in acetate twice, layered and glittered)

Wednesday 14 April 2010

Crafts and Me Misty Reflections

Morning Peeps,

Gosh we had an overwelming response to the launch of Crafts and Me Challenge Site. You certainly kept us busy looking at all your beautiful creations involving Fairies and Wings. Well this week we have a colour combo set by the talented Trish of Pink, Brown and Yellow.  Let's see if you can keep us as busy this time.

I have used Misty Reflections as she is new to me and I couldn't wait to ink her up.  This is availabe from Crafts & Me and is  from the Ching Chou Kink's Fantasy Art Collection Sheet # 10. I have coloured her in pink copics, one of my favourite combinations of R81, R83 and R85.  Just love these.  I have used some pink stickles on the leaves and created the background using distress inks.  The Design papers are Bo Bunny, another favourite of  mine and I have used flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts along with a Martha Stewart branch punch and some stick on pearls from my stash.  You will also notice that I got my sewing needle out for the top lefthand square and sewed a flower.  That doesn't happen very often!

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

All Sorts - Petals and Pearls
Incy Wincy - Magical
Pollycraft - Pink, Brown, Yellow or Green
Stamp Challenges - Ribbon & Bows

Things With Wings at Karen's Doodles This Week

Morning Peeps,

Were half way through the week, yayyyyyy! Today is Wednesday and time for another Karen's Doodles challenge and this week is certainly one for the girls, it's Wings and Things and I couldn't resist using this image, "Fairy Fun". Please hop over to the UK Challenge Blog and look at the fab creations of the other Design Team Members, they really are cute and Karen has a sale on right now until Friday, so you can buy images and get some free.  Check it out HERE.

I have coloured her in copics.  Design papers are Bo Bunny, I seem to be using these alot lately.  I have used the Martha Stewart large edge punch, garden trellis and flowers, pearls and ribbon are from my stash. Lastly but certainly not least, loads of star dust stickles.

I have entered Fairy Fun into the following challenges:-

Fussy and Fancy - Fab Sketch
All Sorts - Petals and Pearls
Cupcake Craft - Childhood Memories (dressing up as a Fairy)
Handful of Stamps - Use a digi image

Recipe for Cooking It Up With Katie

A Very Good Morning to you all,

It's Wednesday morning and time for another Recipe with Cooking It Up With Katie and this week's recipe is:-

One digital image
Use the colour purple, either a splash or alot from lilac to plum
3 embellishments of your choice, could be 3 sentiments, 3 embellishments, anything as long as its 3

This week we are being sponsered by Glitterbabe and I have used this very versatile shoe which I printed twice and decorated. I stamped out the sentiment of "Cinderella is proof that a new pair of  can change your life", this is what we should tell our husbands when we buy too many,  onto white shrink plastic and cut it out with a nestie before heating and shrinking. The design papers are Bo Bunny and are wonderfully sparkly, but you can't see that from the photo.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Crafty Angels - My favourite things (shoes)
Daring Cardmakers - If the shoe fits
Handful of Stamps - Digi Image

Monday 12 April 2010

Tilda Picking Peaches

Morning Peeps,

Well I can't believe Monday is here again and it's time for another challenge at Sophisticats. This week's challenge has been chosen by the lovely Gina, and she has tasked us with distressing. Hop on over and take a look at all the distressed creations the Design Team have come up with. You have two weeks to enter this challenge, so no excuses.

I have coloured Tilda using copics and used distress ink for the sky and edges of the cardstock and paper.  The design papers are Magnolia  and Basic Grey.  I used used several punches; Martha Stewart Frond, Deco Around the Edge, Deep Edge Deco.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid Craft with lots of star dust stickles.

I have entered this Easel card into the following challenges:-

Just Magnolia - Punch it
Cutie Stampers - Orange/Green
Raise The Bar - Let's spring for it
Quixotic Paperie - Joys of Spring

Friday 9 April 2010

Cupcake by Belles n' Whistles

Morning Peeps,

Today I am going to show you one of the Belles n' Whistles Stamps, "Cupcake". I fell in love with this stamp and had her sitting on my table for around two months now and just haven't had the time to ink her up, but as it was Easter weekend, I had a little extra time to play. I did intend to do loads of crafting but typically I had the time but my mojo up and left! You can get this stamp from Crafts and Me but they are currently out of stock but if you contact Teresa, I'm sure she will be able to tell you when they are due back in.

I have coloured her in using copics.  All the Design Papers are basic grey and the floral vine punch is Martha Stewart, available from Crafts and Me.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaves are another Marth Stewart punch, "frond".

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Basic Grey - Sketch
Sussie Sassy Designs - Me and my Pet
One stitch at a time - Anything Goes
My time to craft - Spots
Pollycraft - Anything Goes

Hope you all have a good weekend, and anyone attending Alexandra Palace, don't spend too much!  Have fun.

Wednesday 7 April 2010

Thank You Magnolia Tri-Card

Evening Peeps,

I have been working on this project for a couple of days.  It's one of those that I have admired from afar, printed the tutorial a few months back with good intention but never actually got round to giving it a go.  So after seeing Crafty Cardmakers challenge this week of trying something you usually avoid or have never done before, I thought it time that I dug out my tutorial and face up to this challenge.  Although I am pleased with the result it has taken me the last two evenings.  I prepared the card base yesterday evening and thought it won't take me long to decorate tonight when I get in........... How wrong was I.  For some silly reason I decided to make my own flowers and after a further 3 hours later here is my very first Tri-card:-

 I have coloured Tilda with Copics and matted onto nestabilities which I inked with distress inks, just love those.  The papers are Bo Bunny, got a thing about these papers and colours at the mo, just fab.  I have used the Marianne Design Die for the swirls and the flowers are made from Bo Bunny cardstock with a little lilac rose placed in the centre.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with nesties.  Leaves and ribbon from stash.

I am entering my first Tri-card into the following challenges:-

Just Magnolia, At least two folds
Crafty Cardmakers - Something you have avoided doing
One Stop Craft - Paper piecing
Charisma Cards - Thank You

Nutsy Fun at Karen's Doodles

Morning Peeps,

Time for another challenge at Karen's Doodles and I just love this little fella, Nutsy.  This week's challenge is a Recipe:- 3 Embellishments, 2 Papers and 1 Image.  Please hop over to see all the design team girl's cards, they really are an inspiration.

Materials Used:-
Image (Nutsy Fun) from Karen's Doodles
Bo Bunny Design Papeers
Martha Stewart Frond and Branch Punch
Special Friend Ticket - Digi from Allisa's Paper Town
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Lace and ribbon from Stash

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Animal Magic
Colour Create - Pastels

Winner of the "Wedding Dance" Digi from Karen's Doodles Blog Hop

Morning Peeps,

Well I hope you all enjoyed the Karen's Doodles Blog Hop, and the winner from my Blog is:-

Formerly Known as Queen of Bling -

Can you please email:  and in the subject heading put: Tracy Payne Winner of Blog Hop

Congratulations, enjoy!

Tuesday 6 April 2010

Candy at the New Tickled Pink Stamps (Formerly known as Magnolia Down Under)

Evening Peeps,

Have you heard the news? Magnolia Down Under have changed their name to TICKLED PINK STAMPS and  are offering fab Candy.  It's open to all!

All you have to do is become a follower and you could win..... Simple! Tickled Pink Stamps has some amazing things coming up in the next couple of months and to start celebrating early they are giving away CANDY.... Not 1, not 2, but there are 3 prizes! WHOO HOO...

The prizes are:-

1st - Is 6 stamps of the winners choice from any stamps in stock in store.

2nd - Is 3 stamps of the winners choice from any stamps in stock in store.

3rd - Is 1 stamp of the winners choice from any stamp in stock in store.

This candy will end on Saturday the 1st May 2010 MIDNIGHT and the winners will be announced on Monday the 3rd of May 2010.

Hop on over to the new Tickled Pink Challenge Blog to get all the latest news from TICKLED PINK STAMPS.

Monday 5 April 2010

Whiff of Joy - Willow Dressing Up

Evening Peeps,

Hope everyone has had a fab Easter and not eaten too much.  I'm on a diet so I can safely say I haven't touched one piece of chocolate, but I'd like too!

I intended to do loads of crafting this bank holiday weekend but for some reason I seemed to have lost my mojo.  I think I needed a rest.  So today, I have stepped back into my room and made this card.  I have had this stamp for a while now and  having to make so many design team cards recently I haven't had a chance to use the stamps that I purchased a couple of months ago, so here she is:-

Materials Used
I have coloured her in using copics
Design Papers are all Basic Grey
Bazill cardstock
Whiff of Joy Image - Willow Dressing Up
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Fiskars Border Punch
Flowers are made from an assortment of punches
Buttons and Ribbbon from Stash

I am entering her into the following challenges:-
Whiff of Joy - 3 Papers, 2 Buttons, 1 Ribbon
Create4fun - Sketch
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Stamping for the Weekend -  Ribbons and Bows
Frosted Designs - Black, Lime Green and Fushia Pink
Stamp Challenges - Pink
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Make your own flowers
Stamp With Fun - 3 Papers, 3 Flowers, 2 Buttons,