Wednesday 28 September 2011

Flowers at Crafts and Me

Hiya Peeps,

If your looking for the Make It Colourful Blog Hop, please scroll down one post.

It's challenge time at Crafts and Me and it was my turn to choose and as usual I like to make it easy and I have chosen my favourite theme of FLOWERS.  As well as my challenge card I have a little cloud tutorial for you.  So grab a coffee and sit back and relax......

Image by Hannah Lynn "Gardening Girl Dawn" from Crafts and Me 
Papers & Lace by Websters
Lasercut Chipboard Fourish, Dragonflies and Filagree Centre by Make It Crafty
Magnolia Doohickey Grass Die
Doily and Flowers from stash

Now onto the tutorial........... 

Firstly what I will say is that if you look at the clouds in the sky, they change everyday and are so random that you can't get this wrong as there is no right way or wrong way of doing it.  If you don't feel confident then stamp your image but don't colour it and practice drawing the clouds. I'm not the best at tutorials so if you want to see how this is done in Youtube hop on over to the fabulous Annika Ryan from Another Messy Crafter, who demo's this brilliantly.

You will need B91, B000, C1, C00 and your colourless blender and of course your image.  I have chosen "Gardening Girl Dawn" by Hannah Lynn from Crafts and Me.

First I draw random outlines of the clouds using B91.  Remember to make sure you have very small lines towards the bottom to make them look like they are far away bring depth to your scene.

Then I added the B000

Then I added some C1.  Think of this as your shadows.

Then I go in with the C00 and blend

Then I use the colourless blender pen to blend all the colours together, which tones down the colours and gives you subtle clouds.

These are the colours I have used to colour the image:-

I hope you will experiment, you can add some B00 to make your clouds bluer or add some oranges, reds and yellows and create a sunset.

Whatever you decide, have fun and hope to see you over at the Crafts and Me Challenge Blog with lots of flowers.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:-
Aud Sentiments - Happy Birthday 
Crafty Purple Frog - Lots of layers
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Dies/Punches
Papercraft Star - Lace
Paper Shelter - For girls
Pennys Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Happy Birthday
Scrap Creation  - It's a girl thing

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Make It Colourful Blog Hop

Hi Peeps,

Yayyyy, It's our Boss's birthday today so a special hop.........

To commemorate this joyous occasion, we're so excited to bring you a Birthday Blog Hop desguised as a Christmas Blog Hop!!We wanted to celebrate Zoe's Birthday in style so there are lots of inspiration, prizes, freebies and even a gallery album for you to express your own birthday greetings. This is one hop you don't want to miss and it only goes from now until October 12th!

The general theme for this hop is Christmas and what fun would a hop be without some new images? Zoe has released some fabulous new holiday themed images and they are a must on anyone's list - but the best part is you get 15% off all the Christmas digis from now until Sunday, October 2nd. Click on this link HERE to see them all.

Before we get to the hop, there's more details and a surprise in order... Everyone in this blog hop as Blog Candy!! Whoohoo!! You'll have two weeks, until October 12th, to visit each blog then each of the DT members below will announce their winners on Friday, October 14th. Feel free to grab the badge below and display it on your sidebar to spread the word about Zoe's Birthday and Blog Hop!

 I'd ask if you're ready for some inspiration yet, but wait... we've got yet another surprise for you!! We contacted one of Zoe's artists,  who also wanted to participate and drew us this gorgeous party girl for the occasion. Thank you.

This is "Party Girl Zoe" and isn't she ca-ute! We wanted to make sure everyone was included in our celebration so we're giving her away as a freebie to everyone who wants to join in and spread some birthday cheer!! All you need to do is create a project using a Make it Crafty image or chippies and upload it into the gallery HERE by October 12th. Then email  Barbara at with a link to your project to claim her!

Now are you ready for some Christmas inspiration? Grab a cuppa, sit back and relax, and get ready to enjoy a plethora of inspiration from the design team.

We hope you enjoy the hop and make sure you head on over to Zoe's personal blog and wish her a Happy Birthday! Grab the badge above and display it on your sidebar to spread the word about Zoe's Birthday and Blog Hop!

Now if you arrived from the awesome Elaine then your on the right track, if not you need to start at the beginning HERE.  Here's the full list in case you get lost.

Tracy - you are here

I have chosen to use the Crackered Elf   and they are available today from Make It Crafty and don't forget you'll also get 15% off through to Sunday......

 Aren't they just so mischievious...... And here's my overall card...........

Just look at these two mischievious Elfs. I have coloured them with copics and also added a Make It Crafty lasercut chipboard  swirly corner, which I inked up using a distress ink and clear embossing powder.  Just love these embellishments.  The papers are Websters, just love them.  I have also used a stempleglede swirly grunge stamp inked onto acetate and added the sentiment in the centre.  The Poinsetta is Marianne Design Creatables Poinsettia Serrated LR0121 and I have also used the Branch from Marianne D Starry Garland LR0126

Now it wouldn't be a birthday without a birthday card, right.  So here's the card that's on the way to Zoe, but will be a tad late, sorry hun.  

I've also used some more lasercut chipboard on this card and inked them up using Vintage Photo distress ink, but I'll list the full ingredients of this card tomorrow in my Crafts and Me post as I don't want to keep you longer than necessary.

Now onto the Candy and be sure to visit all of the DT's blogs and Candy is everywhere.  Be sure to add a link to your blog in Mr Linky, but you do not need a blog to participate, just email me and I will add you in.  Please also leave a comment, just in case Mr Linky isn't reliable.  

Candy consists of:-
1 Delux Card Template
Bildamarna Stamp
Marianne Designs Label Bell embossing die
Pack of Pink Ribbon Roses
Pack of Lasercut Chipboard Filagree Centres 
Paper doilies 

We hope you've enjoyed the hop and make sure you head on over to Zoe's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday!

Next on the hop is the extremely talented DEBBIE but before you go little Ollie had his first grooming session on Sunday.  This is him sitting and looking directly up at me.

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

Partytime Tuesday - Anything Goes
Critter Sketch - Anything Goes
Oh La La - Punches/Dies
Stamps and Fun - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge - Handmade flowr (poinsetta)
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes

Friday 23 September 2011

20% Off Magnolia's at Bunny Zoe's

Hi Peeps,

Just popped on just in case you haven't seen it, but Bunny Zoe is having 20% off Magnolia Stamps.  So hop on over so you don't miss out, just click on the picture to go shopping................

Thursday 22 September 2011

Autumal Tilda

Hiya Peeps,

Sorry if you think I've been MIA this past week, unusual for me I know, but I'm still working behind the scenes and thought I'd popon and add my Autum Tilda. I've used Autumn colours and the fab paper pad by My Minds Eye "Vanity Fair" is the ideal papers for all those Autumn projects.

I have used Karate Tilda and instead of positioning her on one foot, I thought I would have her on two feet, so this one stamp can be used two ways.......

I cut the butterfly out of the Vanity Fair paper and added some flat backed pearls to the body of the butterfly. I have used another one of those gorgeous Prima Delightful Day Aurora Flowers in the middle flower at the top of the card.

 Karate Tilda available HERE from Bunny Zoe
Magnolia Doohickey Grass Die available HERE from Bunny Zoe
Papers by My Minds Eye "Vanity Fair" available HERE from Bunny Zoe 
Prima Delightful Day Aurora Flower available HERE 
Colouring Medium - Copics available HERE 
Bazill cardstock
Tim Holtz Tickets
X-Cut Leaft Punch (it embosses too)
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink available HERE 
Large pearl brads from stash

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

Just Magnolia & Stanglar - Sketch & Fall Colours

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Add a Heart at Crafts and Me

Hiya Peeps,

Well I can't believe it's Wednesday and more importantly I can't believe I am feeling so whacked.  I had Monday off and had a major sort out in my kitchen and couldn't believe how much out of date tins, spices, etc. etc. I had in my cupboards.  They are all now clean and tidy, well bar one as I ran out of time, so will get that done this weekend along with tackling my wardrobe.  I seem to have the spring clean fever in September, lol.
It's challenge day at Crafts and Me and this week the theme is "Add a heart" and this week's sponsor is Crafts4U with this fab prize.

Now at first glance you'll think I forgot the theme lol, but if you look at the swirly chipboard corners you will see a little gold heart in each, which also happens to be available from Crafts and Me. Sorry about the picture, it was late last night, so I will re-take when I get home today.

The image is the gorgeous "Birthday Girl" from Crafts and Me. I have used the Prima Madeline pad, just love these papers, the swirly corners and flourish are lasercut chipboard pieces from Make it Crafty.  I embossed them using the two tone Moonglow embossing powder so it changes colour in the light.  Fabulous stuff.

I'll be back tomorrow with the news of the new Marianne's Diva challenge.

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

Crafting for all Seasons - Birthday
Fab n Funky - Bingo (flowers, sentiment, diecuts)
Ruby's Rainbow - For a girl
Deep Ocean - Lace
Tuesday Throwdown - Pearls

Monday 12 September 2011

Challenge Time at Bunny Zoe

Morning Peeps,

Hope you all had a great weekend. Little Ollie is still occupying my time and I have taken today off work to do some catching up with real boring stuff like housework and a few cupboards I really want to get cleared out, so wish me luck.

Today's card is my first DT Challenge card for Bunny Zoe and the challenge for the month is a sketch.  I love sketches, so hope to see you joining in during the month.

I have used the new Belles and Whistles "Sass 'n Class"


Lasercut Chipboard Flourishes from Make It Crafty
Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Sunday 11 September 2011

Lil Victorian Christmas Lad Lestat and Vintage Christmas Sentiments

Hiya Peeps,

Just a quickie as I am meant to be getting the housework done, oops...... but I have just finished Lestat and wanted to make the scheduled preview day.  This is the last day of previews over at Tickled Pink with release day tomorrow, so meet Lad Lestat..........................

I have used a docrafts bag to make this little gift bag.  I'm so ahead now on Christmas cards I am soooo pleased, but then again you never can have enough can you.....

I've also used two of the sentiments in this release, one on the tag and one in the centre of the snowflake.  Aren't they fab. 

Lil Victorian Christmas Lad Lestat & Vintage Sentiments from Tickled Pink Stamps and if your in the UK from Bunny Zoe
Papers by Websters
Tim Holtz Clock Die and Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Lasercut Chipboard Snowflakes from Make It Crafty
Puff paint (used on the snowflakes)
Gold snowflake charm and cheesecloth from stash
Tim Holtz Tickets
Half Pearls from Bunny Zoe

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

Addicted to Stamps - Anything but a card
Crafting when you can - Anything Goes
Catch the bug - Dies/Punches
Totally Gorjuss - Its a man thing
Crafts4eternity - Brown/Blue
Cuddly Buddly - Add a tag
Fairy Fun Friday - Masculine
Fun with shapes - Dies/Punches
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Wags n Whiskers - Anything Goes
Just for fun - Vintage 

Saturday 10 September 2011

Island Dream

Hiya Peeps,

Hope your not getting fed up of me this week, lol.  I had an hour with a personal trainer last night and when I came out of the gymn I could hardly put one leg in front of the other to just pop into Sainsburys and well this morning I'm coming down the stairs like a 95 yr old woman, one step at a time.  OH says, "no pain, no gain".... ummmmmm,.

Anway, onto today's card which is hopefully fits the theme for our challenge at Make It Colourful of "PURPLE".  I have used the Kenny K's Bathing Beauty available from Bunny Zoe and paired her with the fab background from Make It Crafy "THE BEACH".

I have coloured the image using a combo of both copics and prisma pencils.

THE BEACH Background stamp from Make It Crafty
Kenny K Bathing Beauty from Bunny Zoe
Papers are My Minds Eye "Vanity Fair" from Bunny Zoe
Tickets from Tim Holtz
Half flat backed pearls from Bunny Zoe
Metal palm tree embellishment is making memories but I've had it an age
Martha Stewart Frond Punch
Flowers from stash

Enjoy the weekend.

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

Drunken Stampers - Tell us what you did this summer (chilled on the beach, only wish I looked like her!)
Mark's finest paper - use a punch (leaves)
Show n tell - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffett - Purples, Blue/Greens
Paper Play - 2 or more stamped images
Shelly's - Vacation Memories
I brake for challenges - Backgrounds

Friday 9 September 2011


Hiya Peeps,

It's Friday and I couldn't be more glad.  Little Ollie had me up yesterday at 6:30am and it's my daughter's turn to get up with him this weekend, so I am looking forward to a lay in or at least not getting out of bed at 6:30 am. He looks like butter wouldn't melt, but when he's having his mad half hour nicking a sheet of newspaper and running off and diving under the sofa which is only 2 inches off the ground and biting everything in sight, suddenly his cuteness doesn't count for anything, well o.k. I can't be mad with him for long, could you.?????

Today I have used the gorgeous "Remembrance" by Sweet Pea Stamps available from Crafts and Me, I loved her from the minute I saw her. I have coloured her using my prisma's utilising all the warm grey tones. She's definitely a favourite of mine.

I have embossed the gorgeous flourish corners from Make It Crafty with Two tone Moonglow Embossing Powder.  It'g gorgeous in real life and when tilted in the light glows from gold to aqua blue.

Remembrance by Sweet Pea Stamps available from Crafts and Me
Papers are by Prima called "Madeline"
Lasercut Chipboard Flourishes by Make It Crafty
Two tone Moonglow Embossing Powder (think the stamp man does it)
Butterflies and Tickets are by Tim Holtz 
Magnolia Doohickey Die
Lace, Seam binding from stash
Half pearls from Bunny Zoe

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

Frosted Designs - Tickets, Stamps or Envelopes
Fun with Shapes - die cut/punch 
Flutterby Wednesday - Anything Goes 
Stampavie & More - Lace & Pearls 
Ribbon Carousel - Anything Goes 
Stamp n doodle - Anything goes 
I did it creations - Girly girls 

Thursday 8 September 2011

Tickled Pink Preview Day 3 Lil Christmas Lad Scrooge Damon

Hiya Peeps,

I know 3 posts in 3 days and another 3 posts to go this week, haven't I been a busy girl??

Today is Lil Christmas Lad Scrooge Damon's turn and isn't he just fab.  I think he would suit both male and female Chrsitmas cards......

 I have again dug out my Websters papers, just the most gorgeous Christmas papers ever and a perfect match for these Tickled Pink images.

Here's a close up of Lad Scrooge Damon.

And coincidentally over at Tickled Pink Stamps Challenge Blog the theme is "cardboard" and I have used chipboard snowflakes which I have added puff paint too, heated and got that lovely snow effect.  So pop out your cardboard  and hop on over to join in the fun.


Christmas Lad Scrooge available from Tickled Pink Stamps from 13th Sept and for those of you in the UK Bunny Zoe
Papers by Websters
Stardust stickles
Medium Copics with prismas for shading
Lasercut Chipboard Snowflakes from Make It Crafty covered with puff paint  
Brads and cheesecloth from stock
Acrylic paint
Ticket Sentiment by Tim Holtz 

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

My Mum's craft shop - Layer it up
Anything Goes - Vintage/Shabby Chic
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles - Anything Goes
Icopic - Glitter
Paper Creations Ink - Vintage/Distress
Christmas inspiration - Christmas card with glitter
Pile it on - something beginning with "B" = Brads
Challenge up your life - something for a man

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Preview Day 2 Tickled Pink Lil Christmas Lolita Ivy

Me again Peeps,

Another gorgeous Tickled Pink Stamp preview for you and today it's time to meet  Lil Christmas Lolita Ivy.......

I do love this style of stamp and just a perfect match for my Websters papers.

Sorry it's a bit brief but it's difficult trying to write this post with a puppy biting my toes. Where are the kids that are meant to be looking after him.  Although before I go I must tell you, everyone has told me to put an item of clothing in Ollie's bed so he has your smell with him to comfort him when he's alone.  I usually pop something that is in the washing pile in.  Well without thinking I grabbed OH's work top and didn't think anything of it.  As you know Ollie is white.  He nuzzled into the top and when he emerged he had  black all around his nose and on his paws.  I totally didn't account for OH's top being covered in some oily muck, lol.  I should of took a picture.  Anyhow's if anyone has any tips for a naughty puppy who bits my toes and fingers and doesn't take no for an answer any advise would be greatfully received.

Image Lil Christmas Lolita Ivy available from Tickled Pink and for all you lucky girls in the UK Bunny Zoe from Tuesday 13th September
Websters papers
Lasercut Chipboard Flourishes from Make It Crafty
Acrylic Paint Green and White
Irredescent Embossing Powder on Sentiment
Red flowers from stash

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

My Mum's craft shop - Layers
Freshly Brewed - Something new (stamp)

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Preview Day 1 Tickled Pink Lil Christmas Lolita Christina

Hiya Peeps,

I have another surprise for you today. I have been talking for sometime and become friends with Kellie from Tickled Pink and I am excited to tell you that I have become a Pink Lady, yayyy, and just at the right time as I love Christmas and the previews that are starting today for my first collection are Christmas stamps, so couldn't be happier.  Please check out the rest of the DT and the Guests HERE, they are all awesome!

So without further ado, meet Lil Christmas Lolita Christina:-

I also need to learn the time difference as I'm a little late posting this, but I am a newbie so can be forgiven.

Here's another picture with the tag pulled out with the Merry Christmas embossed with a glittery red, althought he photo doesn't show it very well.


Image Lil Christmas Lolita Christina Tickled Pink Stamp available HERE  from Tuesday 13th Sept or if your in the UK from Bunny Zoe
Marianne Designs Branch Die
Flowers, large snowflake and Twine from stash
Cheesecloth and white acrylic paint
Gold Stickles
Rockin Red Glittery Embossing Powder
Magnolia Sentiment stamp

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

Creative Craft - Charm
Scrap Creations - Winter Wishes
Craft your passion - Flowers
Icopic - Glitter

For Fun - Christmas
Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Monday 5 September 2011

Which Direction

Hiya Peeps,

Hope you all had a fab weekend.  We went to my best mates for a BBQ on Saturday night to celebrate her return from Spain.  I did miss her so I am especially pleased that's she's back, yayyyy.  Mind you it's her fault I now have a puppy, who is taking up too much of my crafting time, but he is gorgeous, well when he's not biting my fingers or my toes that is.....

Anyway, my card today is my first DT card for Bunny Zoe, so I hope you like it. I have chosen to colour on kraft using my prisma pencils.  I stamped out the image also onto some map paper and cut out just the map section, so he looks like he's really holding a map.

I have also coloured the wooden flowers with my prismas, they really hold the colour.

Whiff of Joy image Which Direction
Lasercut Chipboard Fine Swirl by Make It Crafty 
Tim Holtz Film Strip and Vintage Photo distress ink
Martha Stewart Butterfly
Liquid Pearls
Lace and Doily from stash
Sentiment by LOTV 

Click on all the links to take you direct to take you shopping.  Have fun!

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

Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Crafting when you can - Anything Goes
Cr84fun - Light Blue, Turquoise, Neutral


Saturday 3 September 2011

Make It Colourful

Hiya Peeps,

As you may already know Zoe from Make It Crafty has set off the trend of colouring without black lines, so either stamping with a very feint ink pad or if using a digi stamp, changing the capacity to a max of 20% or less if you dare.  So can you guess what this week's challenge is at Make It Colourful...... Yep, NO BLACK LINES, yikes.  The effect that I have seen in blogland has been stunning so below is my first attempt and I will be practicing some more as I love the overall effect of this technique.

I stamped and masked off my Tilda before stamping the Whimsical Mushroom using a Memento Summer Sky ink pad.

I have used my Greys C3, C1 and W3 to make the shadows darker.

I did use rather alot of Copic Markers:-


Perfect Colouring Copic Marker Card
Tilda with Tulips by Magnolia
Whimsical Mushroom by Make it Crafty
Grunge Collection by Stempleglede
Prima "Madeline" Paper Pad
Mini Dragonfly Lasercut Chipboard by Make It Crafty 
Martha Stewart Border and Branch Punches
Marianne Design  Flower  Die
Pearls, Tag, Doily from Stash
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

I have entered my card into the following challenges:-

All sorts - Green/Blue
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Craft your days away - Make your own flowers
Ellephantastic - Here come the girls
Alphabet - P for pretty pastels
Jellypark - Punches/Diecuts
All that scraps Magnolia - Stretch your imagination
Charisma - Anything goes
Moving along with the times - Handmade flowers
Crafty Creations - Punch/Diecuts

Hope to see you over at Make it Colourful.