Wednesday 31 August 2011

Add a charm at Crafts and Me

Hiya Peeps,

I can't believe it's time again for the Rubber Team at Crafts and Me to do their stuff. This week Trish has chosen the theme of "Add a charm". Now mine seemed to have sprouted legs as I could only find christmas ones, so a good excuse to get another one done.

We are being sponsored by Whiff of Joy with this fabulous prize:-

so we hope you'll hop over and play.

I have used the Whiff of Joy Church image

I added some colour to my JOY charm using my copic markers.

And here's a close up of theChurch, I just love this image.


Image by Whiff of Joy "Church" available at Crafts and Me
Star dust stickles
Papers by Websters
Marianne Designs Snowflake Die from Bunny Zoe
Brad and flowers from stash
Martha Stewart branch punch and snowflake border punch
Tim Holtz Clock die
Ribbon by Marianne Designs 

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

Bearly Mine - Flowers
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Creative Craft - Use a charm
Oldie but a goodie - old stamp and lots of sparkle

Friday 26 August 2011

Don't Miss the Bunny Zoe Sale Upto 35% off this weekend!

Evening Peeps,

Well my new little puppy has certainly been keeping me awake at night and I've been exhausted so haven't created much so thankfully it's a long bank holiday weekend here in the UK and I have lots of crafting planned, and what better way to get it going than popping over to Bunny Zoe's.

Through to Monday Bunny Zoe has 10% off all products and over 500 items are at 35% off, just click on the pics below to go shopping and have fun.


Monday 22 August 2011

My Last Post for Simply Sassy

Hiya Peeps,

Sadly this is my last post on the Simply Sassy site.  I hope I have brought inspiration to you all over the last 8 months.   I've enjoyed my time working with the Sassy's and of course Maria and the Girls have all been fab and we will be staying friends and also teamies, as I am on a couple of DT's with Maria and Kathrin.

I have inked up one of my favourites and an oldie in the Sassy range, Fashionista, isn't she fabulous.

You can find Fashionista at Funky Kits HERE


Image Fashionista by Sugar Nellie at Funky Kits
Papers by Pion (gorgeous)
Medium - Copics
Stempleglede Grunge Stamp
Lasercut Chipboard Flourishes and side panel from Make It Crafty
Tim Holtz Ticket, Pearls and Lace from stash
Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks 
Magnolia Doohickey Die

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

The Sugar Bowl - Sketch 
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes 
StampsRUs - Anything Goes 
Corrosive - Girly 
Designed To Delight - Anything Goes 

Saturday 20 August 2011

Some News And.......................

Hiya Peeps,

I've been running around here, there and everywhere today and just haven't had the time to tell you the fabulous news, LOOK................

Yayyy, I'm on the Bunny Zoe Design Team. Can't wait to get started.

And for my second bit of news, OMG, just look at what fell into my arms today:-

This is Ollie.  He is just over 8 weeks old and is a Bichon Frise. This was the smallest bed from Pets at Home, his head is about the size of a tennis ball.  He is just soooo cute!

I was convinced by my daugher who has been harpering on about never having a puppy, and as she has had such a terrible time of late, with the recent loss of her best friend I have given in.  So when my friend came over from Spain with her Spanish Water Dog and decided that she was going to return to the UK for good, I offered to look after Kira whilst she returned to Spain to pack up her house.  I said to Jade and Conor, right this is your time to look after the dog and if all goes well I'll let them have one.  What I didn't expect was how much I was going to love Kira and when Andrea gave me her return date, I was upset to think we would have to give her back, so this is where the story began.

I would like to say though that not owning a dog before I searched the online Ad places, with help from a couple of friends of where to look, and I nearly fell victim of the scams that are going on. I was so shocked by this.  I contacted one of the Ads for puppies advertised in Guildford.  I had a response with a load of questions about us as a family, kids, if we had a backgarden etc.  I saw this as a good sign that they were looking for a good home.  I answered them all and received an answer back saying they were happy with my replies and that due to work relocation they were actually located in the Isle of Man, but this wouldn't be a problem as for £250 he could arrange in the morning, puppy transportation.  I wasn't 100% happy with this, so said I would look for my own transport, to which surprisingly he said yeah o.k.  I thought well he must be genuine.  Transport quote was £750, so of course this route was out of the question.  I advised that it wasn't working out and he said he could do it for £150.  To cut a long story short after googling I found out that this is a scam and you would never receive the puppy and you would go on to receive calls from the transport company with problems, like the wrong crate and they need another £500, etc. etc.

I enquired after another 3 different puppies all with different locations, and all the responses were similar to above.  So just to warn you if you get anyone changing the location to Ireland, Isle of Man or anywhere a long way away, and the offer seems to good to be true, then it is.  Stay well away.

Thankfully we travelled an hour to Essex for our little Ollie and he is adorable.

Thursday 18 August 2011

Easy Version of Merging Digital with Rubber Stamps

Hiya Peeps,

I have written this tutorial for those wanting to try merging digital images with your existing rubber stamps. I have used Word but the principal should be same with whatever package you are using.  Please note all pictures will expand when clicked on.

This is the picture we ultimately end up with:-

And this is how we achieve this scene. 

In word you have two ways of bringing your image in. Firstly by copying and pasting. Go to where your digital image is saved on your computer and right click.  Choose Copy.

Open up a new page in word, right click and choose Paste, or a quick way to do this is to press the control key and "V".

Now your image is on the page you will want to be able to move it around.  Right click on your mouse, Choose Text Wrapping and then Square.

OK, now you are free to move your image around the page but you may need to resize.  You will see the square around the image.  Right click on the top left hand corner of the box and Wthen hold down the left click button on your mouse and move it up or down to resize.

When you think you have it in the right postion print out on paper, not your stamping card.  I then put my image against it to see if I have the right height.  Adjust as necessary for your image.  Once I have it in the right place I need to mark where I will need to stamp my image.

 Now you need to get out your stamping card.  You may want to test different cards with the inks in your printer.  For printing digi's with my HP printer I have to use the cheapest black ink I can find.  It is all down to the pigment in the ink.  If I use the original ink, then it smudges with my copics.  I also set to print on draft but again your printer may be different, so please experiment and don't give up.

Place your draft copy with the mark in position on top of your stamping card.  I use a very sharp pencil to go through the marker and pierce the paper and inserting the dot onto the stamping card. This is where I will need to stamp my image.

Stamp your image where you have marked.

Now yo need to mask off your image.  You will need a masking tape, I have used woodware, staz on ink, this is important and the only ink you can use on shiny surfaces and of course your choice of image.  Stamp out your image using the staz on onto the masing tape/film and cut out.

Match the mask over your stamped image on your cardstock and you are now ready to put the image through the printer to add your digi background.

Remove your mask and you are now ready to colour.  Be careful when removing your mask as the printer ink on top of the mask will come off on your hands and you do not want to get this over your image.

And here is my finished card. 

Again I have had drawn the clouds and used B91, B000, C1, C3, C00 

I have embossed the doily and dragonfly with moonglow embossing ink, so it changes from a blue to a gold colour in the light.

Here is the complete list of copics I have used.


Butterfly Girl Image is by Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy HERE
Tulip Garden Digi by Make It Crafty HERE
Lasercut Chipboard Dragonfly and Corner Flourish by Make It Crafty HERE 
Papers by Prima
Moonglow Embossing Powder
Martha Stewart Frond Punch and Border Punch
Pearls and Flowers from stash

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful and I look forward to reading your feedback. 

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

Little Miss Muffet - Multiple Images


Wednesday 17 August 2011

Belle of Bon Adventure

Hiya Peeps,

It's time for another challenge at Crafts and Me and speaking of which, wow what a busy show we had on Sunday.  So nice to meet everyone and the new release was a sure hit.  Once Teresa has recovered the new release will be listed on the store so don't forget to keep checking.

Today's challenge has been chosen by the talented Angela who would like to see Blues or Blue/Greens.  Blue is my favourite colour so a fabulous choice for me.  I have used one of the new release images, "Belle of Bon Adventure" by Jasmine Becket-Griffiths available HERE.

Isn't she gorgeous!

I have entered my card into the following challenges:-

Aifactory - Anything Goes
Art Impression Stamps - Anything Goes
Craft us crazy - Anything Goes
Shellys - Anything Goes
Stamp insanity - Anything Goes

Monday 15 August 2011

Marianne Designs New Challenge Blog

Hiya Peeps,

I was so busy before I went on my hols that I forgot to tell ya that I've joined the new Marianne Designs Divas  Challenge Blog .  It's a monthly challenge, so you'll have plenty of time to enter and our very first challenge is an easy one, "Anything Goes", but you must use a Marianne Design Die which I know you all have in your stash.

We are being sponsored by:-

With this awesome prize:-

Here's my card using the following Marianne Designs Dies:-

Image & sentiment LOTV
Medium Copics
Marianne Designs Dies (listed above)
Star dust stickles 
Paper by Magnolia
White acrylic paint

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

Die Cut Dreams - Pink, Green, Coffee (colouring incorporates all 3)
Oh La La - Christmas
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Distressing
Christmas Card Challenge - Christmas Cheer
Copic Creations (Blue/Greens - I have used BG75, BG72, BG10, BG000)
The Crafty Pad - Cute and Girly
Secret Crafter - christmas is coming
Charisma - Distressing

Sunday 14 August 2011

Urban Scene Whimsey and Make It Crafty Blog Hop

Hiya Peeps,

Whimsy Stamps & Make it Crafty have come together to create a fun Urban Themed digi collection!

Ann Vento has whipped up her magic and designed an incredible collection of
funky wall sayings, city landscapes and of course a range of super cool street signs.

Check out the Sentiments collection HERE

Make it Crafty is trying something new offering all the different elements for you to build your own urban backdrop.

Check out the Urban Street Collection HERE

Then of course, what better characters to incorporate into such a scene than the fabulous KennyK rubber stamps available from Whimsy Stamps!

Our incredibly talented Design Teams have had a blast playing with all the different elements to bring you LOTS of inspiration!

We have broken it in to TWO HOPS
HOP A Starts Here with me, yay and  HOP B Starts HERE!

There will be a winner for EACH HOP and if you hop your way through BOTH, you’ll go in the draw for the GRAND PRIZE TOO!

HOP A & B Winners will each receive a $15 voucher from both Whimsy Stamps and Make it Crafty

GRAND WINNER will win our full Urban Digital Collection
4 Digi Sentiment sets by Ann Vento & the Urban Elements Collection from Make it Crafty

You are currently on HOP A and starts with ME and here is my project

 I have used:-

Kenny K Boogie Down Rubber Stamp by Whimsey
Make It Crafty's Urban Street Collection
Whimsey City Talk Sentiments
Basic Grey Papers
Medium - Copics
White Acrylic Paint
Making Memories Nail Brads
Corrugated Card 

And here's the copics I have used:- 

Your next stop on HOP A is LISA, but before you go make sure you leave a comment below!

You have until August 21st 8PM Australian QLD time to make your way through the hops!

Be there... or be square! J

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

One Stitch at a time - Anything Goes

Stampin Sisters in Christ - Music (beet box)
Sew Many Cards - 3 or more brads
Stampin for the weekend - Spots/dots (papers)
CCEE - Glass
Craft us crazy - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Clean & Simple

Friday 12 August 2011

I'm Back

Hiya Peeps,

I'm back! Had a really chillaxing holiday but took me a few days to get into the swing of relaxing, I'm always on the go doing one thing or another that I find it really hard to relax and totally chill, so think a two week holiday will have to be called for next time as by the time I had chilled it was almost time to go home.  Mind you with the temperatures soaring between 35-40 it is difficult to relax, it was a little too hot for me, a sign of getting older maybe????

Anyway, thought I had best post the picture of the card that I should have posted when I was away.  This is Aerial by Sara Burrier available from Crafts and Me and speaking of which, if you attending the Stamperama Show on Sunday, be sure to pop by and say Hi.  The Stand will be full of all the newly released stamps so I'm sure you'll be wanting to stock up.

I must say I thought the holiday would do me good, but I have returned with not an ounze of me wanting to enter my craft room.  Oops! Hopefully this will change by the weekend as I will be colouring on the Crafts and Me Stand, so my mojo needs to return pretty pronto.

See you on Sunday when Make It Crafty and Whimsey Stamps come together for a joint release blog hop.

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

Moving Along with the Times - Fantasy
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes
Crazy Amigo - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Sea 

Monday 8 August 2011

City Girl

Hiya Peeps,

This is a scheduled post as I am still sunning myself in Turkey, hopefully having a relaxed time, knocking back the pina colada's, well not too many as still watching the calories, lol,  and hopefully I will be refreshed and ready to craft upon my return.

I have used Simply Sassy's new "City Girl" , isn't she a darling?

Image City Girl by Funky Kits HERE
Papers by Pion
Martha Stewart Frond Punch and Border Punch
Doily, Pearls from Stash
Flowers by WOC

Here's the copics I have used:-

Looking forward to reading all your comments on my return, for which I thank you.

Saturday 6 August 2011

Batwings and Boots

Hiya Peeps,

If this has posted then I'm still in Turkey, enjoying the sun and most importantly a very well earned break, but wanted to let you know that  today's challenge at Make It Colourful is "PINK".  I have paired up the Metallic Flowers from Make It Crafty with one of the new Crafts and Me Designers.  The image is called "Batwings and Boots".

My card is on the clean and simple side, mainly because it is going into the Book that will be on show at the Crafts and Me Stand at Stamperama on Sunday 14th August.  If you'll be there pop along and say hi.

The cogs are Lasecut chipboard pieces from Make It Crafty and I have covered two in black acrylic paint and one using silver embossing powder.  I really love my chippies.

Hope your all having a fab week and I will be back next week, so will look forward to reading all your comments.

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Anything Goes at Crafts and Me

Hiya Peeps,

EDIT: sorry, just got on wifi with my iPhone and noticed my picture is missing. You can view it on the craftscand me post as I'm struggling to copy and paste the picture on my iPhone. I will pop Irvin here on my return.

Just a quickie as you already know I'm away sunning myself in Turkey, lol.  Today it's challenge time at Crafts and Me for the Rubbah Girls and I wouldn't want you to miss it so I have scheduled this post.  We are being sponsored by Sweet Pea Stamps with a whopping $25.00 gift certificate prize and it's an easy one, yep ANYTHING GOES, yayyyyyyy. So what are you waiting for.......

Oh don't go yet, I have a new stamp to reveal to you.  This is Aerial by Sara Burrier just released at Crafts and Me.  A simple card from me again as it has to go in the book for the forthcoming show and no thick embellishments are allowed sadly, and I think I have done pretty well for me, about right for me, just getting the hang of it and were done, lol.

Oh, and there is some fabulous candy at Copic Marker Europe, so click on the picture and hop on over so you don't miss out.


Imge "Aerial"  by Sara Burrier available from Crafts and Me
Papers from Magnolia
Lasecut Chipboard Flourishes from Make It Crafty
Acrylic Black Paint
Flowers and Brads from Stash

Have fun and I look forward to reading your comments on my return.

Monday 1 August 2011

Because your wonderful

Hiya Peeps,

Me again with my Monday Simply Sassy Post and I'm excited today.  Tomorrow I fly off to Turkey for my holiday, yayyyyyy.  Goodness it's certainly been a busy month and of course I'm at the Stamperama Show on the Crafts and Me Stand on the Sunday after I return, so I have had to be super organised with getting my cards done as no time once I return.  Hopefully I will get some chill time in August!

Right, today's card is using Team Spirit available from Funky Kits.


I've kept this quite simple for me, don't you think.  Here's the copics I used. 


Simply Sassy Team Spirit available from Funky Kits HERE
Papers by Magnolia
Lasercut chipboard corners and leaf flourishes from Make It Crafty HERE
Magnolia Doohickey Die
Rose flower and ribbon  from stash 
Sentiment LOTV
Ticket by Tim Holtz
Nestie for the shape

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

Critter Sketch - Summer Fun
Craft your passion - Anything Goes
Happileigh Scrapping -Anything Goes
Woodware USA - Anything Goes
Come and Get It - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Summer
Sparkles - One for the Girls