Monday 27 June 2011

Sassy Gift Tin

Hiya Peeps,

My Mojo is missing lately so I thought I'd show you something really simple.  We had a tin of travel sweets in our office and when the last one was taken it was time for me to confiscate the tin.  Everyone in my department knows there's a use for boxes, tins, bags etc, lol.

All I've done is covered it with paper.  I did think about painting the tin first but thought it may be difficult to fit the lid on afterwards, plus I liked the metal showing.  So here is my simple gift tin using "Christmas Kisses" available from Funky Kits.

Oh and by the way, I have received the next release, wow weeeeeee, that's all I'm saying.......

Image by Simply Sassy Sugar Nellie "Christmas Kisses" available from Funky Kits
Papers "Father Christmas" by Pink Paislee
Medium - Copics
Poinsetta - Making Memories
Marianne Design Flourishes
Roses from stash

I have entered my tin into the following challenges:-

CES - Anything but square 
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas - Anything Goes 
Just some lines - Spots and Dots 
Crafty Anns - Christmas in June 
Dutch Dare - Clean and simple
Moving along with the times - Clean and simple
Creative Craft World - christmas in June 
Ladybug - Use red somewhere on your project 

Have a good week.

Saturday 25 June 2011

Butterfly Tilda

Hiya Peeps,

I know two posts in one day, but I wouldn't want you to miss out on all the fun and all the prizes so please scroll down for my first post. With my mojo missing lately I finally decided to visit my craftroom and I have just finished Butterfly Tilda.  Oh I love my maggies, lol.


Buttefly Tilda by Magnolia
Sentiment by Lili of the Valley
Gorgeous papers by Pion
Stitched using my sewing machine
Corner flourishes and butterfly tail lasercut chipboad pieces from Make It Crafty HERE & Quixotic Paperie HERE
Pearls and Acrylic Paint from Stash
Martha Stewart Frond Punch

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

TOMC - Summer
Just Magnolia - Butterflies
Simon Says Stamp - Fabulous Sketch

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 


Make It Crafty Special Celebrations!

 Morning Peeps,

We have something special going on for you today.   Make it Crafty is turning ONE!! 

Woohooo – The celebrations have begun at Make it Crafty!!!

We are excited today to be sharing this celebration with Quixotic Paperie, who were the very first company to take on the Make it Crafty line of stamps, laser cut embellishments and now the Make it Colour blending card.

Quixotic Paperie are celebrating too! It has been their two year anniversary celebrations for the month of June!

To celebrate we thought, rather than a blog hop we would set a CHALLENGE using Make it Crafty products!!

To get inspired, hop on over to the Make it Colourful challenge blog where you will see the amazing creations our fabulous DT’s have created for this event! PLUS find out all the details on how you can play along! You have until 30th July to enter, so plenty of time to get more than one entry in, hehehe.

For my project and of course being the MIC Embellishment Queen I have created a project based on the  "No image and Lasercut Chipboard pieces only" category showing off all those gorgeous Lasercut Chipboard Embellishments that you all know I love and praise to the hilt. Warning, lots of photos to follow..........

All of my lasercut chipboard pieces have been painted using Making Memories Acrylic paint using different colours.

The papers are gorgeous Pion papers, my new favourite.  I did the fancy stitching using my sewing machine.

I have used the following lasercut chipboard embellishments:-

Butterfly leaves
Flower leaf swirls
Fancy Ribbon Sliders
Flower leaf Frames
Butterfly Swirls


There are FIVE challenge categories and there will be FIVE GRAND WINNERS!


There will be random winners throughout the whole month. The numbers have been pre-selected and as soon as an entry is added that matches that number they WIN! Winners will be announced soon after entry on the sidebar of Make it Colourful.

PLUS there’s MORE!!

Quixotic Paperie have a little something for you too!! Make sure you pop on over to HERE to enter your name for a chance at MORE Make it Crafty Goodies!!


Zoe, the owner of Make it Crafty has a super duper HUGE Candy give away – choc-a-block FULL of Make it Crafty goodies!! AND I have heard a whisper that she is planning on having random giveaways on her blog throughout the month of July! All you need to do is leave her some love as she’ll randomly be choosing people who have commented on her posts throughout the last year!!


You’ll also receive a set of steak knives when you... hahaa ONLY Joking BUT... for THREE DAYS ONLY you’ll be able to get 40% off Make it Crafty Digi Stamps when you enter the coupon code: CELEBRATE (Ends 28th June).

So I do hope you will celebrate with us this month and get into the Make it Crafty spirit of FUN!!

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

Simply Create - Things with wings
Poodles Parlour - Come fly with me
Stampin for the weekend - Favourites Things (embellishments)
Crafty Purple Frog - Pearls and Swirls
Divas by design - Anything but a card
Ruby's Rainbow - Flowers
Stampavie & More - Butterflies
Deep Ocean challenge - Flowers
Everybody Art - Anything Goes
Michelle Perkett - Wings

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Wedding Carriage

Morning Peeps,

How are we all. Today's card covers both my DT for Bearly Mine Designs with the theme of "Summer" and Crafts and Me with "Stitching".  This is a first for me and sadly also the last DT card for Bearly Mine as I have decided to step down.  Obviously though, I will be continuing to use the gorgeous papers so it won't be the last time you'll hear me singing their praises.

Right, onto my card. I have used the Whiff of Joy "Wedding Carriage" available from Crafts and Me HERE. The papers of course are Bearly Mine Designs available HERE.

I finally remembered I had flowersoft, lol, and put it to good use on the carriage. I also added some of my favourite embellishments of flowers and lasercut chipboard pieces painted with white acrylic paint available from Make It Crafty.

WOJ Wedding Carriage available from Crafts and Me HERE
Papers by Bearly Mine HERE
Lasercut Chipboard Embellishments from Make It Crafty and Quixoitc paperie 
Medium - copics 
Sentiment by Lili of the Valley
Flowers from wild orchid crafts
Acrylic paint
Dienamics Butterfly die from Crafts and Me HERE
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Sitched using a sewing machine
Martha Stewart Frond Punch
Lace and Pearls from stash 

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

Card Cupids - Summer 
The Crafty Pad - New (New life together) 
 Creative Inspirations - Stitching
Sketchy Colours - Cream/Mint/Olive 
Totally Gorjuss - Pearls and Swirls 
 Fairy Fun - Wedding
Sew Many Cards - Punch It 
Simply Create - Wings 
Totally Papercrafts - Diecuts and Punches 
CRAFT - Stitching 
Digi Doodle - Stitching 
Rubber Cafe - Summer 
Bling it on - Embossing 
Alotarubber stamps - Summertime 

Monday 20 June 2011

Retail Therapy

Morning Peeps,

Hope you all had a good weekend.  Mine seemed to consist of housework, shopping for a Prom suit for my son, lunch yesterday for Father's Day and an evening trying to list cards and crafting items for sale on Ebay, a tedious job but I have so many gathering dust it was a necessity.  Sooooo, no crafting! Yikes it's a crime I know.

I do have another Sassy card to show you and I know for many of you this was a favourite.  If you haven't already done the hop, you have until tonight so hop on over to the Simply Sassy blog, after you've viewed my card of course, lol.

I fancied trying my hand on the kraft with prisma pencils again, I really do like to flit in and out of different styles, and as Paula commented once, you never know what your going to get from me.  Lol, exactly!

Image "Retail Therapy" available from Funky Kits HERE
Papers by Websters (love these)
Lasercut Chipboard available from Make It Crafty and Quixotic Paperie here in the UK, yay
Martha Stewart Frond Punch
Sentiment from LOTV
Acrylic Paint and Lace from stash

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

Kreative Stamp Friends - Birthday
Hooked on Crafts - Anything Goes
Make it Monday - Anything Goes
Charisma - Pink/Green
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes

Have a good week all and thanks for any comments you may leave, I really do appreciate it.

Saturday 18 June 2011

Get Sassy for Christmas

Morning Peeps,

It's that exciting time again where all the Sassy DT come together to display the newest release of Simply Sassy stamps and this release is all about Christmas/Winter.  Christmas cards are just my favourite cards to make and although this is a christmas release some of the stamps I believe can be adapted to suit birthdays too.  I usually start my christmas cards in July, as I know many of you do, so I know your going to enjoy what we have in store.  If you have arrived from the Simply Sassy Inspiration Blog then your the right track, if not hop over HERE.

I have used "All Spruced Up".  I see her as just coming in from outside and taking her sprucy tree into the living room to place next to the lit fire to decorate, but you'll have to pop back another time to see that bit, lol.  I have paired her up with one of the newly released Make It Crafty background images, home sweet home, thought this suited my little story perfectly.

This sassy image really reminds me of my niece with her cheeky grin, so watch out Chelsea this one could be for you!

A bit of acrylic paint here and there, especially on that tree where it has been snowing outside.

All spruced up is available today, just click on the picture below to go shopping

Image "All Spruced Up" by Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy at Funky Kits HERE
Home sweet Home available HERE from Make It Crafty 
Lasercut chipboard corner available HERE from Make It Crafty 
Papers by Websters 
Marianne Design Leaf Die
Doily and acrylic paint from stash

Don't forget to leave a comment on all of the DT in order to be in with a chance of winning the whole set of 6 stamps, and Maria will be checking....

So next on the hop is fabulous Erica.  Enjoy! 

Friday 17 June 2011

New Gargoyles of Notre Damm

Morning Peeps,

It's certainly been a long week at work this week, well in fact it's been a long two weeks, but for different reasons that I wont readdress.  I have today created a card using the new Jasmine Beckett Griffiths "Gargoyles of Notre Damm" available from Crafts and Me HERE.

I did a bit of masking on the images as well as creating a moon and then airbrushed the background, although I didn't mask around the images too well and there was a little white area left that I had to touch up, but we learn don't we.

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

Cupcake Craftroom - Flowers and leaves
Paper Shelter - Punches/Dies
My Time To Craft - More than one image
Cheerful Stampad - Things with wings
DDH - Pearls and Lace
Hooked on Crafts - Anything Goes
Lexis - No sentiment
Make My Monday - Diecut Flowers (as shown in my tutorial, link at the top of my blog)
Stamp with Fun - Pearls and Flowers

Have a good weekend.

Monday 13 June 2011

Simply Sassy "Secret Santa" Sneek Peek

Morning Peeps,

Where does the weekend go? Seriously I seem to be living for the next bank holiday or day off work lately.  I think we should do 3 day weeks, wonder whether my boss would agree with me, ummmmm, best put that on the back burner.

Today it's my turn to post on the Simply Sassy Inspiration Blog and I have a Christmas sneek peak for you.  I love making Christmas cards and usually aim to start in July and still never have enough.  I have used Sugar Nellie's Simply Sassy "Secret Santa" which will be available for sale after our blog hop this Saturday, oh yeah don't forget to pop by.

I have used lots of texture on this card with Geso, Acyrlic Paint, Dimensional/Irredescent paint and also puff paint heated with my heat gun to give it that puff.


Image "Secret Santa" availalbe from Saturday 18th at Funky Kits HERE
Stempleglede stamp around the edges
Websters papers
Corrugated Card
Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts
Martha Stewart Frond punch
Lasercut Chipboard Corners
Mulsin Cloth
Magnolia Doohickey Die
Puff Paint
Dimensional Paint
Geso and Acrylic Paint 

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

Paper Sundaes - Girly Girl
Wee Memories - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Flower Power 
Clearly Inspired - Distressing 
Crafts4Eternity - Picture Inspiration 
AiFactory - Something new (stamp) 
Pixie Dust - Christmas or winter themed 
Southern Girls - Christmas 
AnitaBStampin - Layers 
Craft Room - Anything Goes 
Everybody Art - Distress 
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes 

Saturday 11 June 2011

Feeling Blue at Make It Colourful

Morning Peeps,

Today at Maket it Colourful the theme is to colour with "Blues".  Well seeing as this is my favourite of favourite colours I had to join in this challenge and coupled with the fabulous recent releases from Make It Crafty I had a difficult choice choosing which image to use first, lol.  Well, as you'll see below, "Siren of Pearls" and the "Clam Shell" won.

Isn't she just the most gorgeous mermaid. Love her flowing locks. I have also used the new lasercut chipboard leaves, also available from Make It Crafty.

Images Siren of Pearls and Clam Shell from Make It Crafty HERE
Flowers from wild orchid crafts
Quickutz corner die and icing sugar rub ons
Martha Stewart Frond Punch
Pearls from Stash

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

Crafy Ann's - More than one image 
Shelly's images - Anything Goes 
Deep Ocean Challenge - Anything Goes + Optional Sea image 
Divas by Design - Florals 
Paper Pretties - Summer 
A spoonful of sugar - Here comes summer 
Crazy Amigo - Summer 
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes 
Cupcake Craft - Things with tails 
Cardmad Fairy - Under the sea 
Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes 

Enjoy your weekend. 

Thursday 9 June 2011

Scrunched Flower Tutorial

Hi there Peeps, I know a busy week,

I have produced a tutorial for the Simply Sassy Inspiration Blog HERE.  I love these scrunched flowers.  By the way don't forget Maria posted a challenge for you HERE.  You can enter by following any of the tutorials on the Simply Sassy site using a Sugar Nellie image, although we'd love to see your Sassy's.

Today, I wanted to show you how to create the scrunched flower and this is what you will need.

 3 Punches or Dies
Doublesided cardstock
Mini Mister filled with water
Ink if liked

 Punch 4 large, 3 medium and 3 small Flowers, I have used punches for this tutorial but I have also used Dies, so experiment with whatever you have available

You will need to pierce a hole in the centre of each flower.  I tend to do this individually as it you do it when all 10 are together it can be quite hard to pierce through.

 Ink the edges if you like this style, bear in mind that once we add the water the ink will spread, but I love the look of this.  Add your brad to the centre

Spray the flower with the water mister and fold up each petal to the centre.  The more scrunchier the better, so don't worry about being particular.

It will look like this. You can either use your heat gun and gently unravel the petals and heat or you can leave it to dry naturally.

I used the centre petals closed.  You could add a pearl centre and some glimmer mist for that sheen and sparkle finish.

For the smaller ones I used 4 medium flower punches and 4 small and followed the same procedure.


And here's a card I made earlier using this technique.

Hugs Tracy x

Wednesday 8 June 2011

Stamp Something at Crafts and Me

Morning Peeps,

I know I'm back, 3rd post in as many days and the week hasn't finished yet.  Today at Crafts and Me it's my turn to choose the theme and in my true traditional style I have chosen something really easy peasy..... just "Stamp Something".  So no holds barred, if it's a stamped image then it counts. 

For my DT card I have used the new Sara Burrier "Daydreamer" available HERE at Crafts and Me.

Materials Used:-

Image "Daydreamer" availalble from Crafts and Me HERE
Dienamic butterfly die available HERE
Medium - Copics
Background - Broken China Distress Ink
Papers are Bearly Mine Designs
Stitching using a sewing machine
Gesso/Acrylic white paint
Martha Stewart Frond Punch
Flowers by Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls and Muslin cloth from stash
Sentiment from Whimsey Stamps

I have entered this card into the following challenges:-

Everybody Art -Distress
Scrap Creations - Birthday
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Craft your passion - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodle - Mystical Creatures
Creations by Gill M - Green/Pink plus flowers
Wags n Whiskers - Stitching
Charisma - Something that flies

Tuesday 7 June 2011

Friendship Recipe - Anything Goes at Bearly Mine

Morning Peeps,

Today's post is my DT card for Bearly Mine where the theme is "Anything Goes". I have used Vintage Papers stitched to bazill cardstock and distressed with white acrylic paint, well kind of distressed everywhere with white paint, lol.

Don't you just love this Friendship sentiment from Lili of the Valley.

And those cute little mice

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

Lili of the Valley - Punches/Dies
Corrosive - Summer Colours
Crafty pad - Stripes
Drunken Stampers - Birthday
Fabulous Friday - Friends/Friendship
Wags n Whiskers - Stitching
Stamp Insanity - Anything Goes
Card and Scrap - Flowers
Bizzy Becs - Lace

Monday 6 June 2011

Meet Amelia

Morning Peeps,

Hope you've all had a good weekend.  I apologise for being a silent blogger this last week, but following the news of my Daughter's best friend committing suicide last Monday, crafting and blogging have been the last things on my mind and fortunately for me most of the cards I have ready had been prepared before this news arrived in, unusual for me I know.

Following my sort out I have finally got round to listing some exclusive dies onto Ebay and I will be adding stamps and bits and pieces through the week, so keep checking back.

My card today for the Simply Sassy DT Inspiration Blog is "Amelia".  I've gone for the distressed and clock/time theme.  I see her on her travels and enjoying the journey.

I'm not at all happy with the pictures I took, the sun was shining brightly, and I know I shouldn't complain about that.  I will probably retake when I get in tonight.


Amelia available from Funky Kits HERE
Map/postcard is by Tim Holtz
Lasercut Chipboard Embellishments from Make It Crafty HERE
Acrylic paint, Tape Measure Ribbon, 
Tim Holtz Stamps stamped using stazon onto accetate
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Cracklepaint
Whimsey Stamp Sentiment

I am entering my card into the following challenges:-

Card Cupids - More than 3 layers
Dream Valley - Stamp Something
One Stop Craft - Texture
Delicious Doodles - Texture
Paper Creations Ink - Ribbon/Lace

Don't forget to check my  Ebay out for some exclusvie dies that I had made.  Click on the link on the top left handside of my blog. 

Saturday 4 June 2011

Life's a Beach

Morning Peeps,

Today at Make It Colourful we are challenging you to "Cast a shadow".  Remember it's a colouring challenge and the feedback we receive from entrants is fabulous as everyone is learning new colouring skills and techniques, so hop on over and join us.

I am in love with this release of images as they are all fabulous, wouldn't you agree?  I have created the scene using Priate Ship, Hammock and Miss Charlotte.

I have also used those fabulous lasercut chipboard diecuts, and as you know I do love those also.  These are also available from Make It Crafty HERE.

Materials Used:-
Medium - Copics 
Pirate Ship, Hammock and Miss Charlotte all available from Make It Crafty HERE 
Lasercut Chipboard Diecuts HERE 
Pion Papers stitched with a sewing machine distressed with Gesso
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Muslin cloth
Sentiment from Whiff of Joy
Star dust stickles 

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

Aifactory - Distressing 
Meljens - Coastal Fun 
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes with your favourite whatever (mine is distressing and flowers and of course colouring)
Stamp Insanity - Anything Goes 
Copic Creations - Copic distressed vintage card 
Creatalicious - Flourishes 
Dessert island - choose 3 from a list (I used chipboard, glitter, 3 images) 
Creative Craft World - 3 or more flowers 
Truly Scrumptious - Summer Sparkle 
Partytime Tuesday - Anything Goes