Saturday 31 December 2011

Re-colour an image at Make It Colourful

Hi Peeps,

Just a reminder that over at Make It Colourful the challenge is to recolour an image that you did earlier in the year.  There's still plenty of time to enter, another two weeks, and as its a colouring challenge you can just enter your coloured image rather than a whole card, how easy is that.

So o.k., here's the card I made earlier in the year............................

And here's my image re-coloured... ummmmm not alot different except I now draw clouds in and tried to make a transluscent balloon so you can still see some cloud behind it, something I wouldn't have done before.

Tilda with balloon by Magnolia
Medium - Copics
Lace and butterfly charm from stash
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Flowers by wild orchid crafts
Martha Stewart branch punch (available from Bunny Zoe on request)

I would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year and thank you for all the comments that you have left me in 2011, I appreciate each and everyone.

I will be celebrating my 2 year anniversary in January and will have some lovely candy up for grabs, well hopefully two lots, so keep your eyes peeled.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
CES - Party
Hiding in my craftroom - Freestyle
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Happy
Wee Memories - Anything Goes
Card Crafters Circle - Anything Goes
Hotshot crafts - Easel
Charisma - Anything Goes

Wednesday 28 December 2011

Lazy Daisy

Merry Christmas Everyone, a bit late I know but I've had lots going on in the background and I certainly can't wait until we get into 2012 and put this year behind me.

I have this cutie from Marianne Design called, Lazy Daisy. Isn't she a little darling, I always used to think of Marianne Design as Dies so it was a nice surprise to see that Marianne also designs cute little stamps and right now at Bunny Zoe you can grab them in the SALE.  So when you done here, hop on over. I made this card for a blogging friend and I forgot to take a photo of the tag pulled out which said, "Happy Belated Birthday".  I was rather late due to some personal issues but hopefully it was worth the wait and you know that old saying, it's better late than never" hey? I used several copic markers on her hair using light strokes to create movement; E25, E31, E50, E19

Other copics used:-
Browns:- E44, E42, E40
Pinks: RV01, RV00, RV000
Skin: E00, E01, E11, E000

Other Materials:-
Image Lazy Daisy
Papers: Marianne Design
Prima Resin Flower 
Wooden leaves/flower distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Martha Stewart Branch punch
Corners are lasercut chipboard by Make It Crafty
Magnolia Swirly Lace Doohickey Die
Flat Backed pearls
Flower is from the Craftable Oval Die that comes with 3 dies to make a flower

I have a second card too which is for a male , I don't know about you but I don't enjoy male cards as much as all the cute and girly ones, but I love how it turned out.  I have used a Mo Manning digital image and this teenager texting on his mobile phone could quite easily be my son.  The papers are from Websters, aren't they gorgeous. The snowflakes are lasercut chipboard diecuts and I have added some snow puff paint, heated with my heat gun and sprinkled with some stardust stickles.

Greens: YG67, YG63, G20
Trousers: E25, E31, E50
Reds: R39, R37, R35
Skin: E00, E01, E11, E000
Shaded with:  C5, C3, C1

Don't forget there's still time to enter my Envelope Box Candy HERE.

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Bumper challenge at Crafts and Me

Hiya Peeps,

We have a bumper month's challenge today at Crafts and Me and we certainly have some fabulous prizes up for grabs from Crafts and Me and our regular sponsors.  There are 6 PRIZES up for grabs and they will all be picked by random org so everyone has a chance of winning.

PRIZE 1 has been donated by our Fab boss Teresa the owner of CRAFTS and ME and one lucky winner will get a £20 Voucher to spend in the store


and the prize is this brill stamp set of City Girl sentiments


The Fab prize is 4 Single Stamps of the winners choice


The Yummy Ribbon Prize is some Thankyou Ribbons which will be available from 23rd December

The Prize is

And the Fab Prize is a set of 12 Promarkers

I have used the image Black Rose as I was asked again to make a Christmas card using this image, so these fairies have seen alot of ink over the past couple of weeks.

You can pick up Black Rose HERE

Hope you can join us!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Everybody Art - Anything Goes
Craft your passion - Things with wings
Christmas card challenge - non traditional colours
Stamptacular - pink christmas

Friday 16 December 2011

Christmas Belladonna

Happy Friday Peeps,

Well it's only a week to go until Christmas and I am nowhere near ready.  I'm planning to get the decs up this weekend and catch up with my best mate with a couple of drinks and boy do I need a night out.  I still have some shopping to do but am aiming to head out late tomorrow afternoon hoping that everyone would have gone in the morning.  Wish me luck.

I have made a few chrsitmas cards using the Fairies from Crafts and Me.  I've used traditional colours.  The fairies seemed to have been a popular choice for Christmas this year and I can see why, isn't she a beauty.

Image Belladonna available HERE from Crafts and Me
Papers by Magnolia available HERE
Flowers are Marianne Design available HERE
Lasecut chipboard flourishes from Make It Crafty HERE
Tim Holt on the Edge snowflake die
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley

Thursday 15 December 2011

Ho Ho Ho

Hi Peeps,

Don't know about you but I still have alot to do for Christmas.  I haven't personally written one card and this may surprise you as a cardmaker, but I absolutely hate writing Christmas cards, always have and probably always will, lol.  I haven't even had the time or energy to put up any dec's but hopefully this weekend I will spring into action.

Today is the last challenge of the year for Marianne's Divas and guess what it is.....  yep, real easy "Christmas".  I'm sure this one will be extremely popular and we have some fab prizes so hop on over HERE to check out all the deets.

My card was a commissioned card and they wanted a Santa so I coloured up this cute little LOTV Santa.

Marianne Design Flowers
Lots of glitter snotex, love this stuff
Martha stewart branch punch (available from BunnyZoe)
Papers by Webster

I stamped  Santa onto Perfect Colouring Cardstock and used my beloved copics.

I put the whole card together using this fabulous tape from Xpress It.  It comes in 3mm, 6mm and 12mm widths and it comes in 25 and 50 metre reels which is just what I need as I hate it when the tape runs out in the middle of making a card and I'm sure you do too! 

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

4 Crafty Chicks - Christmas
Paperplay - Christmas
Pixie Dust - Stitching
ABC Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
Freshly brewed - Christmas
Little Darlings - Christmas
My Mum's craft shop - cute and funky christmas
Sisterhood of crafters - Christmas
Creative Craft - Stitching
Scrap creations - first snow
Hooked on crafts - Christmas
Polycraft - Christmas fun
Paper Sundaes - Christmas

Don't forget my special Candy at the top of my blog!

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Colouring a Snowman Tutorial

Hi Peeps, 

I prepared a tutorial for the Copic Marker Europe blog on colouring snow.  I have used the Magnolia snowman as my image.  White is  very easy to colour.  You don't want to colour too much of the image to get the effect. You can use your cool grey tones but the warm greys also work well.  For today's snowman I have used C3, C1, BG10.

I stamped the snowman onto Copic Colour perfect colouring card. I have started by mainly colouring the shadowed areas and leaving the rest true white.  I have started with C3.

I then blend out the C3 using C1

I then added some BG10 as when colouring cold, frosty or snowy images if you add a blue tinge it gives off that feeling of coldness.

As I like smooth edges I have gone in with my colourless blender and blended to smooth the edges out.

You can also outline your image using the BG10 and this really makes your image pop.

And here's the card I made using the snowman.  I do like to create depth in my colouring, and this is the great thing about copics, you can always add more colour, so I went back in and darkened some of the shadows using my C5, and blending out with the C3.

This is my first shaker card and won't be my last, I really like how it turned out.

Monday 12 December 2011

Santa Lucia & Challenge Time at BunnyZoe

Hi Peeps,

Hope your all well and not too shopped out! It's that time again at BunnyZoe to challenge you and Dorcas has set December's challenge which is "Fancy Fold/Shaped Card".  So I created an Easel card, I just forgot to photograph a side view, doh.

The image is Whiff of Joy Santa Lucia plus 1 sentiment, all papers are by Magnolia which are all discounted at the moment at BunnyZoe as well as the stamps, so don't forget to grab yourself a bargain whilst stock lasts.

It's not the best photograph so I do apologise.  You have until the 2nd Monday in January to participate so hopefully we'll be seeing lots of new stamps.

Other Ingredients:-
Martha Stewart Branch Punch (just email Nikki if you would like one)
Resin Roses
Tim Holtz vintage distress ink
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley

Tuesday 6 December 2011

White at Make It Colourful

Oh my goodness I've just realised I hadn't posted my DT card for Make It Colourful on my blog.  I was organised and loaded it into the Make It Crafty gallery but have forgotten my own blog.  The theme is to colour white and you have until Thursday evening to get your challenge card entered..... you still have time...

I have used elements from the Festive collection at Make It Crafty and combined with this gorgeous Tilda.

Sunday 4 December 2011

Isn't She Gorjuss!

Hi Everyone,

I don't know about you but I'm well into the swing of Christmas, well with crafting anyway, still got all my presents to buy.  I have a gift bag and candle to show you today.

I have used the NEW Gorjuss Stamp Alice and isn't she Gorgeous.  I chose the Magnolia paper SWIRL and there is upto 25% off Magnolia products at BunnyZoe at the moment so you may want to check it out.  I have also used the Magnolia Doohickey Dream Tag and Swirly Lace Dies.  I have used lots of my favourite Stardust Stickles  and flat back pearls on the snowflakes and added Marianne Design Ribbon Roses in the centre of the large snowflake which is actually a christmas decoration from Asda on the top right. I've used lots of snowtex for that wintery feel. The clock is the Tim Holtz die, one of my many favourites.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:-
2 Sisters - punches/dies
Challenge up your life - box or packaging
Just Some lines - Handmade gifts
Sugar Creek - Non traditional christmas colours
Annabelle Stamps - Handmade gifts
Artistic Stampers - Christmas
Creatalicious - Christmas and make it sparkle
Cardsunmore - snowflakes

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Followers Candy at Mariannes Divas and Bunny Zoe Maganolia Discount

Hiya Peeps,

This candy lark is like buses, you wait for ages for one and then three come along.  Sooooo as well as my Envelope Box Candy that I put on yesterday and hopefully has stayed at the top of my blog there is some awesome followers candy at Marianne's Diva's.  Hop on over HERE to enter.

And if that's not enough, Bunny Zoe has up to 25% off of Magnolia Images, woo hoo, just click on the picture below to go shopping:-

Have fun!

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Hi Peeps,

Gosh I'm all behind.  I'm busy trying to prepare for a craft fair this weekend and usually I make my cards and they all too often end up in a box, so I have been frantically preparing them for sale.

I apologise for the quality of the photo, I went to take it on Sunday whilst still daylight but my camera had run out of battery, don't you just hate it when that happens. Hopefully you can still appreciate the corner bookmark and candle made using the adorable Bildmalarna - Mimosa Bird available from BunnyZoe, just so sweet.

I have also used the following products on my corner bookmark:-

Coloured with Copics

And last but not least the new gorgeous RESIN FLOWERS i n the centre of the bow, oh my I looked at these for ages, absolutely love them, check them out HERE


Sunday 27 November 2011

Star of Wonder

Hiya Peeps,

I have a Christmas card for you today but have not used christmas paper.  I have used Lili of the Valley's "Star of Wonder". I had made a similar card on my blog a little while ago and a chap I work with wanted me to make a similar card again using the Lili of the valley image. I wasn't too sure about the paper choice at first but after I had coloured up the image and put it altogether I really liked the result. Hope you do too.

I have used my grey tones for shading, C5, C3, C1. 
I have shaded the image using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China.

Copics Used:- 
Hat/Skirt - B04, B02, B01, BOO
Top - E31, E25, E50
Gold Star - YR24, Y15, Y11
Skin - E00, E01, E11, E000
Tree - YG67, YG63, G20

Other Materials:-
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Stickles Stardust

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

Lili of the Valley - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas
Incy Wincy - Trees
Pollycraft - Christmas Fun
SirStampalot - blue/green

Thursday 24 November 2011

Black Friday Discount at Bunny Zoes Starts Now

Hi Peeps,

It's Black Friday at Bunny Zoe's starting right now at 10pm tonight, so don't delay........

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Shabby and Vintage at Crafts and Me

Hiya Peeps,

I have a chap who likes to buy all his family special handmade Christmas Cards and always chooses images that aren't christmasy and I have to do my magic on them to make them look like a christmas card.  He wanted purples and black and an Art Deco image, so this is what I came up with.

The challenge if you haven't guess at Crafts and Me this week is "Shabby/Vintage" and the Bride/Flapper Art Deco image fitted beautiful.  Isn't she gorgeous. And if you haven't seen there is a new europe/international postage rate of £3.45, so you can shop until your heart is content.

I have of course coloured my image with copics and have added lots of texture in the form of snowtex and crackle paint on the chipboard snowflakes.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
Bearly Mine - My favourite things (Copics, distressing, snowtex, flowers, lace)
Oldie but a goodie - stamp older than 6 months and snowflakes

Tuesday 22 November 2011

You'd better watch out Humphrey's about

Hiya Peeps,

Hehehe, couldn't resist that title.  I'm probably showing my age now but when I was a kid it was all the rage collecting stickers from the milkman with the saying, "watch out Humphrey's about", lol.  Anyway now I've embarrased myself I'll tell you a little about my card.

The image isn't a christmas one, but I looked at it  and can see so much potential and  these two reminded me of me and hubby cuddling by the christmas tree on Christmas morning. Ahhhhhhh.  I also see this image for an Anniversary or Valentines Day, so I can see this having lots of potential, what do you think?

Click on all the links to go straight to BunnyZoe
Spellbinders Labels 23 (special order, email Nikki if you are interested)
Martha Stewart Branch Punch (special order, email Nikki if you are interested)
Cuttlebug Snowflake die and embossing folder

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
Crafty Sentiments - Metal
Creative Craft - Free for all
Everybody Art - Christmas
Sassy Chery's - Anything Goes
Hooked on crafts - dies/punches
Crafty Emma - snowflakes
Little Claires - Shaped cards
Wags n Whiskers - Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Christmas and Cute

Friday 18 November 2011

A Touch of Art Deco

Hiya Peeps,

Well it's almost the weekend and I already know there's not going to be enough hours in the day.  It's Hubby's birthday weekend so we are out with friends tomorrow evening and again on Monday and I'm going with my son to see Twilight tonight, so all in all not alot of crafting time but I will have to try and fit it in here and there as I have 6 commissioned cards to do and need to prepare for a small craft fair that I am doing with my sister on 3rd December.  I'm also meant to be fitting the gymn in too, grrrrr, gosh I'm worn out thinking about it, lol.

Right, now I've bored you with my weekend activities I'll introduce you to my card today.  I have used one of the Art Deco Stamps from Crafts and Me called "Glamour" available HERE.   I got some gorogeous Graphic 45 paper from the recent Show at Alexandra palace which compliments this image well I think.

Image "Glamour" from Crafts and Me
Papers by Graphic 45
Butterfly is Tim Holtz
Vintage Distress Ink for the edges
Star Dust Stickles
Lace from stash
Magnolia Doohickey

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Sparkle at Marianne's Divas & New Release at Tickled Pink

Morning Peeps,

Hope your all well, I know 3 posts in 3 days, haven't I been a busy bee, but would you believe still not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to achieve, sigh......

If you've been checking out the Tickled Pink Blog you would of noticed a new release being launched from Monday 14th and today's release is "Fairy Nadine".  This particular release is only available at the moment in digi format and will make excellent winter or christmas cards.

At the same time, Marianne Designs Diva's challenge is sparkle, so I put the two together and came up with this....

Image Fairy Nadine available from Tickled Pink 
Gold Mirri Card
Lace from stash
Sentiment stamped onto accetate with staz on ink
Pearls from Zoe Bunny
Stitched using a sewing machine and metallic gold thread
Vellum embossed snowflake paper
Star dust stickles

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Light Source From a Lantern

Hi Peeps,

Well I did have my card ready last week but because of the grim winter weather I couldn't get a decent photo so I waited until the weekend, but was so busy that I didn't get round to posting it.  This is my DT card for Make It Colourful with the theme of "light source from a lantern" .  I have used Magnolia images which I actually purchased last year and never got round to inking, think were all guilty of this,  and complimented the card with snowflake chipboard pieces and a swirly corner, both available from Make It Crafty. I embossed them with silver embossing powder and they really come out looking very metallic.

I used my favourite Poinsetta Die from Marianne Designs and cut it out using some flock paper and it embossed lovely, so it has a lovely soft texture.

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

My Time to Craft - Two of something (two stamps)
Oldie but a goodie - Let it snow
Shopping our stash - Use a stamp you haven't inked before
Pile it on just- Traditional Christmas
Just Magnolia - Black, grey, red & white (I have used all these colours in my colouring)
Stamptacular - Punch it

Monday 14 November 2011

Midwinter Tilda

Hi Peeps,

Hope you've had a great weekend, didn't it go quick, yet again! Well I guess mine was better than the last one but Ollie has suffered a different sort of attack this week....... the scissors.  I took him to the groomers as he had at least 2 inches of hair all around him, so he looked like a little ball of white fluff.  But when I picked him up he looked like a different dog as he had been scalped, literally, bless him.  I don't think the Groomer knew how to cut a Bichon.  He's body has been scalped and then she left his legs and feet long?  I know it will grow back.  Fortunately I got a number from the Discover Dogs show at Earl's Court so hopefully next time the we will get it right!

Today's card is my DT card for BunnyZoe and the challenge this month is an easy one...... Christmas with pearls.  I used Midwinter Tilda, isn't she adorable and oodles of stuff from the Bunny Zoe store, definitely yummy goodies in that store.

The tree's are the Magnolia Doohickey Spruce die, links in the ingredients below.  I used my copics to create some sprucing and added some glittery snowtex and I really like how they turned out.

The wooden ornment leaves, love these, again link below, have been covered with Gold detail embossing powder and heated.

I have coloured Tilda with copics, of course and added lots of glittered snow tex for texture for this wintery scene.

Wooden Ornament Leaves
Glittery Snow Tex
Tim Holtz Clock Die
Sentiment by Craftwork Cards

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:-
Dream Valley - Stitching
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Christmas
Crafty Calendar - Winter Wardrobe
Ellephantastic - Weather related
Christmas stampin all year - use a stamp that hasn't met ink
Fabulous Friday - Embossing (gold leaves)
Floweret - Christmas

Thursday 10 November 2011

Fairy Wishes

Hi Peeps,

I have been MIA for a few days, I had Sunday all planned to get some crafting done and it all went wrong.  Housework was done and it just remained for me to take little Ollie out for his walk so he would be tired and hopefully sleep whilst I set to task in my craft room, but my worst fear happened.  We had only just arrived at the dog walk park when from about 30ft from us two dogs spotted Ollie and travelled the distance in next to no time.  I was unable to pick him up quick enough so the Rotweiler managed to sink his teeth into Ollie.  The squealing and crying from Ollie is still haunting me.  I tried to prise the jaws of the attacking dog apart but just couldn't move them.  I couldn't pull Ollie away as he had his ear between his jaw and had no intention of giving up. It seemed to go on an age with Ollie screaming before the owners, who were throttling the Rotweiler managed to get him to let go.  Ollie's ear was bleeding and he went into shock in my arms and I was shaking like a leaf.  As you all know I'm a new dog owner and was really enjoying my little pup and this came as quite a shock to me, and one I certainly don't want to repeat.  From speaking to other dog owners I think we actually came off lucky as this particular dog as attacked before but the last little dog didn't make it.  I think because I had a hold of Ollie that the Rotweiler couldn't take him off and shake him about.  Fortunately the second dog just watched the attack and didn't join in, thankfully.

Once I calmed down I noticed that the attacking dog had his lead put on and a muzzle.  I did question the owners as to why on earth this dog was off lead and they responded by saying, "he doesn't usually attack", although I have heard different.  The owner then said to me to put Ollie down, which I refused to do until she had put the second dog off lead onto a lead.  Can you believe she said to me, "oh he's alright, he wont hurt him".  It was only two minutes ago that apparently the other one didn't attack!

I cleaned up Ollie's ear and I put my hand on his head to keep him still and noticed more blood on the top of his head.This time it was a small hole, a puncture from the tooth of the Rotweiler.  Poor little Ollie. It has certainly made me wary and I am yet to take him back to the dog walk, which he used to enjoy.  I won't be trusting any dogs at all from now and after receiving some sound advice from my MIC teamies, I will be carrying a spare lead to swing around and an umbrella.

So after my little rant I'd like to show you my DT card for Crafts and Me which has the theme of "Birthdays", nice and easy.  I also placed this card onto the Copic Marker Europe blog and if you haven't visited for a while, hop on over, there's lots of inspiration and tutorials.  Right, lost my way again, I have used one of the new stamps from Crafts and Me.  They are all so beautiful I had difficulty choosing which one to colour up first.  This image is called  Black Rose.

I have coloured her wings and bodice using one of my favourtie combo's, R85, R83, R81 and the colourless blender with R81 to blend out

I also used the COPIC Opaque White with a fine tipped paint brush and added white strokes to the wings. The Copic Opaque is so useful for adding highlights as well as creating snow.

  For the skirt I used my Greys C5, C3, C1. For the skin combo I used E000, E00, E01, E11, and for the hair I have used C7, C5, C3 leaving small areas white for highlights.

The vine has been coloured using YG67, YG63, G20

Full list of Materials:-
Image "Black Rose" from Crafts and Me
Paper is very old from my stash, sorry there is no name on the back
Ribbon roses from my local craft shop Loobi Crafts
Fairy Wishes sentiment stamp is by Whimsey
Flowers by Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts
White Gesso for distressing
Pearls from BunnyZoe
Copic Opaque

I hope I have inspired you today and I look forward to reading your comments.

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

Paper shelter - pink
Rubys Rainbow - Something with wings

Friday 4 November 2011

10% Off Bunny Zoe

Hi Peeps,

If you haven't already heard Nikki is having another 10% off sale for tomorrow only.  So click on the picture below to go shopping.


Hi Peeps,

I know I always say this, but thank goodness it's Friday and this Friday night is all mine, yayyyyy.  We went out last night with my department and had a lovely evening bowling and then had a scrumptious Thai meal, not before I had done an hours session in the gymn and half of that with a persoanl trainer, lol, so I had worked off my calories before I started.

I have another of those gorgeous newly released fairies by the new artist Janna Prosvirina at Crafts and Me and this image is called Belladonna.

The leaves on the left hand side are lasercut chipboard pieces from Make It Crafty and I have coloured them using my copics.

The new range of stamps are larger and alot easier to colour but are selling fast, so don't delay hop on over HERE.

Image Belladonna available from Crafts and Me
Papers are Magnolia from BunnyZoe
Leaves are lasercut chipboard from Make It Crafty
Marianne D Rose Bunches - Lavender (RB2210)

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

CraftyCatz - Anything Goes
Crafty Anns - Floral Frenzy
Stuck on You - Die Cut Leaves
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - Anything Goes