Monday 28 February 2011

Winner of the Simply Sassy Blog Hop

Evening Peeps,

As promised, drum roll................................................................ and the winner of the two new release 5 Simply Sassy stamps is...........................

Congratulations Alison.  Please email me with your address by end of Wednesday so we can get these gorgeous stamps off to you.

Time To Get Ready

Morning Peeps,

Hope everyone had a fab weekend.  Back to work today, can't say I'm looking forward to it, but best get on it with it, I've got a lot of years before retirement.   The Simply Sassy Girls sure know how to hop, and if you haven't hopped yet, there's still time.  Start at the Simply Sassy Blog HERE.  Each DT member has two stamps to give away from the new release so you won't want to miss it.

Today's inspiration is using that darling Bedtime Snuggles, she is certainly a cutie.  I used her to make a birthday card and a matching little handbag for my son to give my daughter for her birthday last Monday.  The little handbag was for his pressie to go in.  I have made one of the twisted easel cards.  If you haven't tried it you should give it a go, dead easy with fabulous results.

The papers are from Bearly Mine Spring Mix, being released tomorrow.  Fab and Funky hey.  I do love spots and stripes, so this mix is fab.

The dressing table used to be mine. I drew it and had it made into a die a couple of years back. When we decorated our bedroom I got a new dressing table and so passed my old dressing table onto my daughter so it seemed fitting to go onto her card.  Mind you it's not in the same condition that I gave it to her, but the less said about that the better!

Snuggles is placed on the floor of the card using a hinge, so she pops down when the card is closed.

Here's the little handbag.

Isn't she just so darn cute.  I popped a couple of tiny beads as buttons on her stool.

I used mirri card for the mirror.

Don't forget you have until midday today to complete the hop and the winners will be announced on the individual DT blogs and the Maria will put the full winning list on this blog this evening.

Image "Bedtime Snuggles" available HERE
Medium - copics/prismas
Go Kreate Large Frilly No. 2 Die
Papers from Bearly Mine Designs
Dressing Table Die Cut - My own design
Pearls from stash
Flowers from wild orchid crafts and the 99p shop
Seam Binding - The Ribbon Girl

I have entered this project into the following challenges:-

The cheerful Stampad - Anything but a card
I Did It Creations - Punches/Dies
Little Claires - Anything Goes
Shannon's Sentiments - Fussy Cutting
SSDS - Easel Cards
Sweet Stampin - Oh so girly
Card Makin Mama - Birthday
Crafts4Eternity - Easel Card
Fabulous Friday - use metal (made with love charm)
DigiDoodles - Spots/Dots
RubberCafe - Fun folds
Sassy Studio - Shaped Card
Freshly Brewed - Ribbons/Bows
Truly Scruptious - Swirls (ribbon) and Pearls

Saturday 26 February 2011

Fabulous Darling Simply Sassy Blog Hop

Woo Hoo you've made it to the Simply Sassy Blog Hop,

If you arrived here from Anita's Blog then your on the right track, if not you need to start at the beginning at the Simply Sassy Blog HERE. In case you get lost on your way below is the blog hop order:-

Tracy - That's me and your here
Simply Sassy blog

Be sure to leave a comment on all the DT's blogs by midday Monday as we all have two stamps to give away, and the winners will be posted on Monday evening.

Now that's the formalites out of the way, here's the exploding box I made for my Daughter's birthday on Monday, thought this little Sassy image was ideal.  I've come to the conclusion though that exploding boxes should be a summer project, trying to photograph this has been nightmare, it's too dark and orangey inside and outside it's either raining or trying to blow away in the wind, plus they are not the easiest to photograph and really don't do the project justice but here we go:-

This is the box closed, the colours are chocolate brown and teal, the colour of my Daughter's bedroom, well when you can see it amongst the piles of clothes and mess, lol.

A view looking down on it so you can see all the panels.

Here she is open, isn't she just a darling!

This is how the box is currently sitting in our lounge, standing proud and make up in hand, just like my daughter.

A close up of two of the panels so you can see the lace, swirls, beads, ribbon and little pockets.  One contains a tag which I have written on, the other contains the sentiment.

And finally the little beauty on her own.  She's ready for the town!


Image available from Funky Kits HERE
Papers are Bearly Mine Design using Simply Dots and Vol 1 (Blues) available HERE
Medium is Copics/Prismas
Doilies, pearls, leaves, turquoise flowers and lace from Bizzy Becs
Flowers from Wild orchid crafts/Bizzy Becs and 99p shop
Tag is a Magnolia Doohickey Die
Sentiment is Lili of the Valley

I have entered my exploding box into the following challenges:-
Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journal - Anything Goes
Paper Romance - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Brads, Gems or Dewdrops
Stampin B's - Use a flower
Creative Cottage - Lots of Flowers
Forgottenscraps -Spring/or flowers
Freshly Brewed - Ribbons/Bows
Truly Scrumptious - Swirls and Pearls
Digital Tuesday - Punches (papers are digital)
Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe - Spring Flowers
Incy Wincy - Punches/Dies
Stamps R Us - for the girls
Digi Doodles - Spots
Scrapbook Sisters - Lace and pearls
Scrap Creations - Birthday
Top Tip Tuesday - Bling it on
Lexis - Flowers
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything but a card
One stitch at a time - Anything but square
Crafty Anns - Birthday
Daring Cardmakers - Stash from Pound Shop, my white flowers are 99p shop, hope that counts
Res Q Challenge - Boxes, use squares
Stamp Something - Flowers
Stamp Man - Curls and Swirls

The new release is available today, just click on the Funky Kits image below to go shopping.

Next on the hop is the fabulous Kellie, have fun.

Tilda Picking Peaches

Morning Peeps,

Can't believe it's Saturday already and my week off has passed me by, can't say I've achieved alot, so many plans as usual that never came into fruition.  Never mind, I've enjoyed not having to do the daily ritual of going to work......

Today's challenge at Make It Colourful is "light source from the top left".  I have used those yummy Peaches of Plenty and Garden Picket Fence from Make it Crafty HERE, these  images can be used to create so many  fabulous scenes combined with all your stamps, I chose an oldie, Tilda picking peaches, thought she could do with some air, lol.  The papers are from the "Spring Flight" Digital papers from Bearly Mine Designs, due to be launched on Tuesday 1st March.

I did my usual technique of inserting the digital fence and peaches of plenty into WORD and working out the positioning of Tilda and then stamping Tilda out onto my card, masked her off before putting the card through the printer.  Thought the positioning worked out a treat.  Zoe has a fab tutorial on her site HERE for Photoshop Elements users and HERE for WORD users.

Here's a close up although disappointed with how light my sky looks in this picture, it's better in reality, honest.  The flowers are a combination from wild orchid crafts and the 99p shop, lol, yes the 99p shop. 


Peaches of Plenty and Garden Picket Fence from Make It Crafty HERE
Tilda Picking Peaches by Magnolia
Paper from Bearly Mine Designs HERE
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Punch
Martha Stewart Frond Leaf Punch
Magnolia Doohickey Swirl Die
Brad, Metal flower from Hobby House
Ribbon and pearls from Stash

Here's the copics I used:-

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Hanna & Friends -Purple + 1  (pink but I couldn't have pink peaches so hope this still counts)
Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journal - Anything Goes
Paper Romance - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust - Summer Colours and/or beach/water elements (I did colours)
Southern Girls - Brads, Gems or Dewdrops
Stampin B's - Use a flower
CRAFT - Colour Palette
Crafty Creations - In the garden
Creative Cottage - Lots of Flowers
Forgottenscraps -Spring/or flowers
Freshly Brewed - Ribbons/Bows
Sisterhood of crafters - Ribbon and Brads
Truly Scrumptious - Swirls and Pearls
Desert Island Crafts - 3 items from itinerary (border punch, 1 patterned paper, swirls)
Digital Tuesday - Punches
Partytime Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe - Spring Flowers
Incy Wincy - Punches/Dies
Stamps R Us - for the girls
Stamp Something - Flowers
Simply Create - Bold and Bright
Papercutz - Spring

Don't forget to pop back for the Simply Sassy Blog Hop at 12:00 today.

Friday 25 February 2011

Hanglar and Stanglar Stamps For Sale

Morning Peeps,

Just wanted to let you know that I have put some of those amazing Hanglar and Stanglar Stamps on Ebay for sale.  All are brand new and unused.  Just click on the Ebay button on the top left hand side of my blog.

See you tomorrow at 10:00 for the Make It Colourful challenge and at 12:00 for the Simply Sassy Blog Hop with more prizes!

Make Your Own Embellishments Using Air Dry Clay

Morning Peeps,

Now don't feint, I've written my first tutorial. Yayyyy, I hope I hear you say, lol.  I've used the delight air dry paper clay available from Crafts and Me.  I know I have raved at how easy this is to use so I thought I would show you.  My clay is half used so your bag wont look like it's been through the mill like mine does.

OK, let's get started.  I have a little key mould, also available from Crafts and Me a long with many others.  I am also going to show you how easy it is to use a stamp in the clay to create your own embellishments.

Just pop some of the white clay into the mould as shown and leave on the windowsill overnight. See, told you it was easy.

At the same time I just patted out a round circle and then stamped my sentiment into the middle.

Picture isn't briliant, but I think you get the idea. I then cut it into a shape that I wanted to end up with.  This can be circular, square whatever you fancy.

Voila, in the morning they are ready and then you can either leave them white or add some colour.

I have added some lilac acrylic paint to one of the keys, and left the other one exactly as it came out of the mould.  On the Have Bags of fun embellishment, I have sprayed this with glimmer mist so although you can't see if in the picture, it's irredescent and sparkly.  You may want to add some metallic rub on's, especially in the letters to make them stand out more or add another colour.  I have added some gold metallic rub on's to the "Shop to you drop" to give you an idea. Try different colouring products to see the different effects, you get loads in the bag and I know Teresa has some liquid amber in store where you just pour that into the mould and voila.

Pop on over to Crafts and Me to view all the moulds HERE and the delight clay at only £4.25 for a pack HERE

Have fun.

Monday 21 February 2011

Delicious Sneek Peak

Afternoon Peeps,

Hope you've all had a good weekend. I have a  sneek peak for you of one of the New Release 5 Simply Sassy Stamps.  I know I'm a little later than usual but I have a good excuse. I made my project in readiness but after seeing Erica's posting yesterday realised we had used the same image and I know you guys are eager to see the sneek peeks so as not to disappoint I started a new project yesterday afternoon, but being the eve of my daughter's birthday my day was interrupted several times by family popping in so I didn't finish it in time and have been working this morning after the opening of the birthday cards/pressies to get it finished. Then I've gone to take the photo's and my battery is flat! It never rains but pours.  So without further ado let me finally introduce you to DELICIOUS which will be available from Funky Kits soon.

I have again used my Go Kreate Dies to creat the base of the card

Here's a close up of the Apron.  I have used my sewing machine to stitch the pocket on, cut the utensils out using mirri card and my quickutz.  The little cupcake is a Papermania stamp and decorated with perfect pearls for the icing and some flower soft and diamond dust for a bit of sparkle.

Here's delicious. I have used Glossy Accents on her shoes, buttons and heart as well as the word SWEET so it is shiny and like epoxy buttons but doesn't photograph well.  I may try again when my camera regains full battery as I was trying to be quick before it went on me again.

Ickle cupcakes, again decorated with perfect pearls, diamond dust and stardust stickles.

Here's the copic's I used.

Materials Used:-
Coloured with copics and prisma pencils
Papers from Bearly Mine Designs  available HERE and Nitwits
Image from Funky Kits HERE
Seam binding from The Ribbon Girl
Utensils in the pockets are Quickutz Dies
Cupcake stamps are Papermania
Perfect Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Diamond Dust

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-
Catered Crop - Recipe (I used a few ingredients, see blog for all )
I did it Creations - Anything Goes
One stitch at a time - Anything but square
Crazy 4 Challenges - Dies
Little Claires - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - checks (pocket of apron)
Cardmaking Mama's -Birthday
Fairy Knoll - Birthday or thank you
If the shoe fits - Birthday
Stamp Something - Funky
Aud Sentiments - Use a word that a kid would use (sweet)
Charisma - Spring has sprung
Cute Card Thursday - Something Shiny (word SWEET, shoes, buttons all done with glossy accents)
Paperplay - Add shine (word SWEET, shoes, buttons all done with glossy accents)
Rainbow lady - Digital (papers)
My Grafico - Anything Goes
Fab and Funky - Make your own embellishments
Simon Says Stamp - Make your own embellishment
Top Tip Tuesday - Stitching
Cupcake Craft - Cake and/or ice-cream
Incy Wincy - Dies or Punches
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Stripes

We have a blog hop on Saturday at 12:00 Noon GMT so be sure to check back for all the fun and to view all the new Simply Sassy Stamps, and if you want to see the sneek peeks so far head over to the Simply Sassy Blog HERE.

Have a good day, I'm off to get dresed.

Friday 18 February 2011

Winner of Anniversary Candy

Evening Peeps,

Hope your all looking forward to the weekend.  I have drawn a winner for the Anniversay candy of which there can only be one.  Drum roll....................................................................................... it's:-

Please contact me Sarah by Wednesday 2nd March so I can get your goodies off to you.

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Anniversary Candy

Hiya Peeps,

This is a sticky, so scroll down for posts.

I'm just coming up to my 1st year anniversary, next week I think, and I would like to offer some candy, with some help from a few friends.   I have had a fabulous year and made many new friends in blogland and I am on some fabulous design teams, which I couldn't have even thought about this time last year.  So to say thank you to you all I'd like to offer some anniversary candy. 

I know it's not the best of photo's, I was trying to do this in the best light in the back garden but it was soooo blowy I just had to click and hope for the best, lol.

Here's what's included:-

5 digi images as seen on the back from Make It Crafty consisting of the Fairy Tree House, Ivy Swing, Carriage of Love and Daphne (Princess) and the Petals and Pailings (thank you Zoe)
2 Crafts and Me Stamps (thank you Teresa)
2 Magnolia Stamps
2 Sugar Nellie Stamps
4 Pixie Cottage Stamps
2 Crafty Sentiments Stamps
1 LOTV Time To Celebrate Stamp
1 Greetings Farm Sweet Anya Stamp
Skeleton Leaves
Embossed Flowers
Assorted flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Assortment of bows
Two lenghts of Lace and Two lengths of fibres
5 sheets of vellum paper with Congratulations, Happy Birthday and Thank you text
1 Spellbinders Shapeabilities Cupcakes
1 pack of jewelled pink/blue flowers
Circular doilies in 3 different sizes
Heart Shaped doilies
Some diecut bunnies in white, blue, pink and yellow

Usual Deets Peeps:-

Become a follower if you aren't already
Post a pic in your side bar with a link back to me
Link to Mr Linky below or email me if you don't have a blog, it's open to all

This candy is open until 16th Februay.  Thank you and good luck!

Wings at Crafts and Me

I'm back................. I know not me again, rest assured I won't be back until Sunday for a guest design position.

Today is Crafts and Me Challenges day, and by the way did you all know that Teresa has released the Jasmine Becket-Griffith Stamps in store on Monday. Wait don't go until you've seen this post..... best get on with it whilst I've got your attention, lol.

The theme this week chosen by Amy is, "Wings and Things" and am I sneek peaking a new beauty soon to be released in store. This is "Turn to Hased" by Sara Burrier. She went down a storm at the recent Stamperama Show so you best keep a look out for the release date on the Crafts and Me Blog HERE. Become a follower, then you won't miss anything. Better still sign up for the newsletter, which incidentally is free, and you'll get 10% off new releases.  That's surely got to be worth it especially with all these new releases on the horizon.

A beautiful fairy and this is a beautiful wedding card. So versatile I think I hear you say.

I have coloured her using copics and prisma pencils.  I did this a while back for the show so I don't have a list of the markers/pencils, sorry.

The love heart paper is from Nitwits, "With this ring". Not a brilliant picture but I'm sure you can just make it out.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Digital Tuesday - Something digital (paper) and die cut (leaves)
Oldie but a goodie - Add a heart (3 pearl hearts in opposite corners)
The crazy challenge - weddings/anniversarys
Cupcake craft - Use a heart (3 pearl hearts in opposite corners)
Incy Wincy - 2 colouring mediums (copics/prismas)
Magical Mondays - Mythical and Love (wedding card)
Stamp Fairy - white with a little bit of colour
Stamps R Us - Valentine/Love (wedding)
Lets ink it up - Romance
Sparkles Forum - Fairies
Stampin sisters in christ - Keep in simple
ECP - Love
One stop craft - Love is in the air
Wee memories - life/living, funny/love
Fairy knoll - hearts
Totally Papercrafts - clean and simple
Creative Inspirations - Plain and simple

Have a good week and I'll see you on Sunday.

Last day today to enter the candy HERE

Tuesday 15 February 2011

Ribbons and Pearls and Bearly Mine

Morning Peeps,

I'm back again, lol.  It's Tuesday, only 3 more getty ups and I have a well deserved week off, yayyyyy!  Todays it's time to get out your stash of ribbons and pearls at Bearly Mine Challenges.  We have a whopping 4 Sponsors, yep 4; Bearly Mine, The Ribbon Girl, Crafty Emma and Kenny K. WOW!  I have used the fab sketch from Just Magnolia and Hanglar and used one of my many Hanglar images that was just crying out to be inked, well actually they all are, ummm so are the LOTV and........ the list goes on.

The papers are of course from Bearly Mine using a combination of Spring Blossom, just released, Simply Dots and Extreme Designer Vol 1 available HERE.

Isn't she a cutie.

Here's a pic of the copics I have used, and I'm sorry I didn't note down the prisma pencils, I really must start doing that, but I know it was pink, turquoise, cool grey if that helps :(

Materials Used:-

Papers from Bearly Mine using new release SPRING BLOSOM, SIMPLY DOTS and EXTREME DESIGNER Vol I all available HERE
Image from Hanglar
Martha Stewart Punch around the page punch
Loving Wishes stamp from Magnolia
Flowers from Wild Orchid Craft
Leaf Punch
Ribbon and Pearls from stash
Star dust stickles

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Bunny Zoe - Spring Flowers
Incy Wincy - 2 mediums (copics and prismas)
House of Gilli - Sparkle (wings), 3 papers and at least two die cuts/punches
Magical Monday - Magical character and love (fairy)
Kaboodle Doodle - Flowers and Hearts
Lawnscaping - All about love
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Pastel Colours
One stitch at a time - make it pretty
Paper Sundaes - use two of; flowers, lace, pink, distressing
Paperworks - Hearts
Sparkles Forum - Fairies

Monday 14 February 2011

Some Bunny Loves You

Morning Peeps,

It's Monday, hope you all had a good weekend and it's time for my slot on the Simply Sassy Inspiration Blog, HERE.

I have used my new Go Kreate Frilly No 2 die set to create this shaped easel card, and my new Grand Calibur that I won on the Sugar Nellie competition just before Christmas thanks to you guys.  The image is Bad Hare Day, available right HERE from Funky Kits at Sugar Nellie.

I've used Stormy Sky  and Victorian Velvet Tim Holt Distress ink and used the die as a stencil on the top panel and the two on the bottom, which leaves a clear white edge on the middle layer as a contrast. I hav.e also used the nestie as a stencil on the oval.

I had a little stamp that I purchased from a show a couple of years back, think it was dimentional 4th or something like that and I stamped around the edge of the oval.

I've had the paper ages so really don't know what it was called as it was off cuts that I used to create this easel.

Isn't she gorgeous.

I have again used copics listed below:-

The one without a sticker is the colourless blender.

Materials Used:-

Image by Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy Bad Hare Day available HERE
Go Kreate Die - must use A4 die cutter
Magnolia Doohickey Swirl Die
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Postcard stamp
Leaf punch

Thanks for popping by and I promise you I'm not back again now until next Monday.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

All Things Unity - Favourite Stamp, difficult as I have so many
Baby Bud - Friendship
Paper Sundaes - Use 2 of the following: Flowers, Lace, Distressing and the Colour Pink
Catch the Bug - Different Fold
Phindys Place - Spring is on the way
Stamping with the dragon - Anything Goes
Delightful Sketches - Get punchy
Samuel Taylor - use copics/promarkers
Bunny Zoe - Spring Flowers everywhere
Oh la la - For someone special

Don't forge to enter my candy HERE.