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Tuesday 31 May 2011

My First Cards Using Copics!

Good morning peeps,
The sun is shining & it's lovely & warm here already, just how I like it :)

Today I feel like a grown up as I've made my first cards using copics at last lol. I had made a right mess of trying to use them previously despite following some fab tutorials but this blending in circles wasn't working for me, it didn't with the inks either so I decided to colour as I do with the DI's and use more of a painting action and I found it worked much better for me.

I used to struggle with colouring hair but after much practice I love colouring it with my inks as you can give it so much depth and shading so I was determined to find hair colours I liked with the copics. I'm happy'ish' with colouring hair & skin with the copics after lots of help and advice from some lovely friends (thank you x) I'm not doing so well with finding colours for clothing I'm happy with, but fingers crossed that will come in time.

As my main worry was sussing the hair and skin I've inked up a stamp that I've had for ages and neglected but thought it was perfect to practice colouring them as the main focus is lots of gorgeous hair.
Ingredients -
Image - Fragile Heart, Hannah Lynn
Medium - copics
Papers - Craft Creations & Prima
Flowers - Prima & The Works
Sentiment - Magnolia
I've sparkled all the flowers and butterflies but as I took the photo outside in the garden it isn't showing up well.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Sketch Saturday - fab sketch, A Spoon Full Of Sugar - flower power, Top Tip Tuesday - wrap it up with ribbon, Make It Monday - anything goes, Dream Valley - stamp something, Whoopsi Daisy - ribbons & lace, Stamp Something - something sentimental, Sweet Stampin - ooh la la, 2 Sisters - anything goes, Hanna & Friends - lace & pearls

My next card is a quickie I made yesterday as I realised it was the end of the month and I hadn't made my 3 Christmas creations this month for the Hjerteboden's Juleblogg. My first 2 creations can be seen HERE
I'm not overly happy with this one at all as I've again used copics & I tried matching the colours of my image to the gorgeous paper but as you can see the colour of the scarf and gloves went a bit wrong lol.
As well as sussing out these copic colours I need to find a way I like of colouring large plain areas of colour such as the little hAnglars coat.
Ingredients -
Image - hAnglar, won in the lovely Elaine's candy (thanks hunny x), corner stars - Magnolia
Medium - copics
Papers - Bo Bunny
Flowers - Wild Orchid & Kort & Godt
Large wooden snowflake - Quixotic Paperie
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust
I'm entering this little card in the following challenges -
Sketchy Colours - fab sketch, Hjertebodens Juleblogg - 3rd Christmas creation for May, Christmas Card Challenges - snowflakes,  Corrosive - Oh Christmas tree

I think I'm going to have to shut my eyes for half hour, it's taken me nearly 3 hours to do this post as I've a banging headache, just what I need as I've a DT card to make today grrrrrrr lol.
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday 29 May 2011

A Wedding & A Sleepy Gardener - Addicted To Stamps & Do It With Digis DT Cards

Good morning peeps,
I am so sorry for being such a bad blogger, I've spent the last few days busy doing nothing and totally resting my shoulder. I couldn't even be bothered to do any colouring & I haven't even been doing my usual Anthea Turner clean freak malarkey, I've turned into a slob lol. Hubby has had a few days off & he's done all the cooking which has been lovely, I do love a nice meal and when I cook it's nothing like a nice meal trust me lol. Anyway I am starting to feel more like my old self and not popping as many painkillers as I have been and the urge to get my beloved hoover out has returned which is always a good sign lol.

Today is new challenge day at
and this fortnight we are playing
Pop over to the challenge blog to take a peek at the bingo grid.

I wanted to make a beach themed wedding card for Michelle the daughter of my blogging buddy Jeanette , or mother of the bride I should say as she's very proud to have a title lol.
Ingredients -
Papers - Magnolia
Sentiment - Paper Make Up
Flowers - Prima, Wild Orchid & stash
Fancy Corner (distressed with picket fence crackle paint) - e-crafts
OMG I've just realised I haven't added any butterflies which isn't like me lol

Especially for you ladies that like to see the sparkle here is a close up of the flowers sparkling in the sunshine.
I've made the fancy pin using a Whiff Of Joy pin head and adding Blue Moon bead pearls.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
7 Kids College Fund - fab sketch & beach theme, Crazy 4 Challenges - favourite vacation spot (beach), Simply Create - special day /event, Fun With Shapes & More - sparkle, Stamp Something - something sentimental, Colour Create - white, cream, brown, Craft Us Crazy - love / remembrance, Crafty Sentiments - special occasions, Top Tip Tuesday - 2 or more stamps, 2 Sisters - anything goes

I was just about to do the usual & begin thanking you for visiting and I had an awful thought that I missed posting a DT card while I was floating around on painkillers.
Lynne & girlie's I'm so sorry I'm a doped up air head, and you are all too lovely to nudge me and remind me.
So on Thursday a new challenge started at
& the challenge this fortnight in case you haven't already found it is -

Man cards are always a challenge for me, I hardly ever enjoy making them and sit there longingly looking at flowers and wanting to sparkle them up and pop them on but I know most men don't appreciate them on cards for some strange and stupid reason, after all many of them grow them in their gardens.
Ingredients -
Image - from sponsor Di's Digis
Papers - GCD Studio, Ella Blue

Create 4 Fun - fab sketch,  Penny's - here comes summer, Cooking It Up With Katie - swirls, sunny & sentiment, Aud's Sentiments - card for a male, Charisma - boy oh boy, Cutie Stampers - buttons, Polka Doodles - male theme
Before I go our lovely Lynne has a bank holiday special offer in her fabby new shop of free UK P&P.
Click the pic take you shopping :)

I have made up my mind I AM going to play with my copics today, I've loads of lovely new copic sketch pens from Simon Says Stamp, & I keep intending to have a play but never get round to it so today is the day! 
I need to take it easy for a couple more days & be really careful with the shoulder as I am going to be meeting a blogging buddy for the first time on Wednesday as she is on holiday about 20 miles away from where I live & there's no way I want to get on the back of hubby's Harley so I need to be fit to drive and meet up :)
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday 25 May 2011

Tilda's Rocking - Simon Says Stamp DT Card

Hello peeps,
Oh no bloggers been misbehaving again! I couldn't leave any comments yesterday including my last 7 DT comments for Simon Says Stamp and I really wanted to get my Paper Play DT commenting done so I wouldn't need to worry about them today, flipping blogger lol. Apologies to anyone who didn't get a comment left for them from our DT, I know Jane was having the same commenting problem, as were many others I've just discovered. I did plan on scheduling my post but I couldn't stay signed in for some strange reason so blogger wouldn't let me do it.

 Apologies for being so late today, I've been off for another medical appointment for my shoulder and have eventually arrived home starving hungry (possibly due to only having a choc chip muffin to eat all day!) so my first port of call was the kitchen so I'm typing and munching at the same time. I am so looking forward to a nice bath and going to bed, in fact I would happily go there right now and it's only just gone 5.30pm lol.

Today is new challenge day at
and this week we'd love to see

Papers - Magnolia
Flowers - Magnolia
Pearls - Hero Arts

I've distressed the paper edges using Tim Holtz picket fence crackle paint and added diamond stickles for some lovely sparkle. I know some of you lovely ladies don't like me taking piccys of my card outside as the sparkle doesn't show very well but I wasn't able to get a clear picture of my card inside so I made the most of the sunshine and took it out in the garden.
As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring this challenge with a mahoosive $50 in store spending spree

I had loads of lovely goodies arrived from Simon Says Stamp from my last DT spend and it only took 8 days for my goodies to arrive so I was a very happy girlie, a big thank you to Heidi and Steph for them xx

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Just Magnolia - fab sketch, Creative Card Crew - anything goes, Stampavie & More - pink, Stamps & Fun - flowers power, The Crazy Challenge - 123 recipe (1 image, 2 butterflies, 3 dp), Creative Card Crew - anything goes, Papertake - pretty pastels, The Paper Shelter - anything goes, Dream Valley - old & new (old papers, new Tilda), Craft Your Days Away - white +1, Sew Many Challenges - flowers & lace, CES - embellish it

Fingers crossed I can leave some comments as I really need to do my Paper Play DT commenting before I nod off to sleep.
Thanks for stopping by

Sunday 22 May 2011

Tilda's Been Tagged! - Totally Tilda DT

Good morning peeps,
Today is my mommy's birthday, every now and again she braves using her laptop and after phone calls to me for instructions on how to find my blog she visits me here, so if you do make it here mum Happy Birthday xx

Today is new challenge day at
and this fortnights challenge is
a perfect excuse to ink up not 1, not 2 but 3 gorgeous girlie's :) They can be 3 tags the same or as I have chosen 3 totally different tags, the choice is yours just don't forget they must have sweet Tilda on.

We have two new lovely teamies to welcome to our Tilda family, pop over and meet
welcome to the mad house girlies :)

I have made 2 of my tags to match cards I have made recently and the other will match a card that's still in my head lol
All images are of course sweet Tilda from Magnolia & all are coloured with distressed inks.

 The first of my tags I have to share is the one to match  a card that's currently in the "thinking of stage"

Ingredients - Paper - Raspberry Road, Flowers - Wild Orchid, Prima & stash, Snowflake - Tesco Christmas tree decoration, Sentiment - Cats Life Press, Lace - Bunny Zoe's, Pearls - The Hobby House, Sparkle - crystal glamour dust

Challenges - Sew Many Cards - flowers & lace, CES - embellish it, Simply Create - special day / event, Crafty Catz - anything goes, Polka Doodles - anything but a card, Creative Inspirations - lace & pearls, Truly Scrumptious - anything goes, Flutterby Wednesday - open, Everybody Art - tags

My second tag I made using a Spellbinder bauble die and it matches this card.

 Ingredients - Snowflakes - MS punch, Flowers - Wild Orchid, & stash, Tassel - Joanna Sheen, Pearls - Blue Moon, Sparkle - crystal glamour dust, cinnamon stick, button & charm from stash

Challenges - Totally Papercrafts - don't be square, Cutie Stampers - buttons, Craft Your Days Away - white + 1, Aud's Sentiments - no sentiment, Crafts 4 Eternity - embellie recipe, Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes, A Spoon Full Of Sugar - anything goes

My last tag I have made to match a recent baby card I made which can be seen here.
I have made a tag with holder this time and I had my first attempt at colouring on Kraft card stock using distressed inks on the tag.
Ingredients - Paper - Kraft card stock & coredinations whitewash paper, Seam binding - My Wedding Party, Lace - The Ribbon Girl, Flowers - Prima, Sparkle - diamond stickles & crystal glamour dust, Sentiments - Magnolia (Loving Wishes) & Paper Make Up, Tools - MS border punch, CC Designs butterfly die, Magnolia Doo Hickey, mini retro flower punch
Challenges - Cute Card Thursday - let's get Krafty, Pixie Dust - vintage style, Creative Craft - vintage / distressed, Crafts & Me - anything goes with pot Kraft, Double Dutch - vintage
I received my new Magnolia's in the post yesterday, I've not inked them up yet as my shoulder pain has been a bit evil so fingers crossed I'll feel more like having a play later.
I'm sure we must be due a new Magnolia stamp club any day now, I am hoping there aren't any of the new stamps I've bought in it as a new launch usually comes after a stamp club, if there are I guess either my friend Ali will nab them or they will be used as candy :)

Enjoy what's left of the weekend peeps & thanks for stopping by

Thursday 19 May 2011

Sparkle Galore - Paper Play DT Card

Good morning peeps,
It's beautiful here today, sunny and warm just how I like it.
Today is new challenge day at
and the challenge is
no prizes for guessing who set that one lol.

I really enjoyed making this card, it all came together quite quickly, well quick for me anyway once I'd decided which stamp to use lol. I have 7 new sets of hAnglars awaiting an inking and I love them all, don't forget you can now buy direct from hAnglar & stAnglar :)
Ingredients -
Papers - Magnolia
Flowers - Prima, Wild Orchid & stash
Lace - Melissa Frances & stash
Sentiment - Sentiments 4 You
Pearls - Blue Moon
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust & diamond stickles
Tools - MS PATP, Woodware mini butterfly punch, MS frond punch

My all time favourite sparkle is crystal glamour dust, it's such a fine glitter and super sparkly and as you've no doubt noticed I love it lol
I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Sketch & Stash - fab sketch (loved this one, new items stamp & lace), Just Magnolia - make it lacy, Creative Card Crew - cute & girly, Crafty Creations - May flowers, Creative Inspirations - lace & pearls, Really Reasonable Ribbon - anything goes, Truly Scrumptious - anything goes, Kreative Stamp Friends - favourite colours, Lollipop - thank you, Pear Tree Designs - stamped image, Make It Monday - anything goes, A Spoon Full Of Sugar - anything goes, Craft Your Days Away - white + 1

I think I might go and sit in the garden and do some colouring today as I've a couple of  DT projects I need to catch up on, fingers crossed next week life will return to normal :)
Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Sparkle & Shine - Simon Says Stamp DT Card

Good morning peeps,
I've lots going on today, appointments to get to and more birthday presents to buy, oh for a nice quiet day in my craft room.

Today is new challenge day at
this weeks challenge is

My lovely teamies and I are showcasing Tattered Angels products this week & as always if you have them we'd love to see them but it's not compulsory to enter the challenge, any sparkle & shine is welcome.

For anyone interested I recently did a little tutorial showing tips for making that lovely sparkle show up in photographs, if you want to take a peek it can be found HERE

This little card is a commissioned card & to be honest I'm not happy with it but with life the way it is at the moment I'm not sure I'll be able to find time to make a replacement. I wish I'd used a satin ribbon on it, I'm sure I'd like it more if I had, but hey ho can't love 'em all lol.
Ingredients -
Image - Whiff Of Joy
Pearls - Blue Moon
Flowers - Prima

In the close up piccy you can really see the gorgeous sheen and sparkle from the glimmer mist. I love these CC Designs butterfly dies, you will be seeing these often, and I think I "need" the balloon dies too lol.

As always our lovely Heidi is sponsoring this challenge with a whopping $50 in store spending spree.

The new Magnolia Sweet Rainbow Collection is available to pre order in store, go check them out as always they are adorable

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Sketch Saturday - fab sketch, Fun With Shapes & More - congratulations, Pear Tree Designs - stamped images, Make It Monday - anything goes, A Spoon Full Of Sugar - anything goes, Creative Inspirations - glitz & bling, Pixie Dust - make it shiny, Sew Many Cards - anything goes
Thanks for stopping by

A Little Of The Sweet Stuff x

Hello peeps,
I have a little of the sweet stuff to share today as a little thank you for all your lovely comments and for reading my waffle lol.
Apologies that I haven't been able to visit as much as usual, it's due to a combination of reasons & I can't wait for life to settle down again.
As you know I like to offer different brands of stamps in my candy, & this time I have bought some -
Ladybug & Friends stamps,
Basic Grey - June Bug papers,
Kort & Godt roses,
& 3 copic pens, ROO, R11 & RV13
After the emails I had when my last candy ended & the shocking & vile emails some of you other ladies have had when your candy has ended, I have decided that I won't stop offering candy to my lovely & genuine followers which was my first reaction, but if anyone emails me again demanding to know if they have won or any negative reference to my candy or the winner, I will publish it on my blog along with the email address and link to their blog if I can, I will name and shame you and I would urge others to do the same.

All you need to do to win is be a follower of my blog and leave your entry with Mr Linky, you can pop it in your side bar if you wish but it's not essential. If Mr Linky has gone for a wander please pop back and enter when he returns.  Followers without a blog please paste your online gallery (docrafts, trimmie etc) link in Mr Linky where it says URL, if you don't have a web gallery either you can still enter putting my blog addy in the URL section which is -

Please DO NOT become a follower of my blog just to enter the candy, nobody likes the candy hunters!

Thanks for stopping by lovely peeps

Monday 16 May 2011

Sunny Days - Totally Tilda DT Card

Good morning peeps,
I was a good girl yesterday, well goodish! I decided to go to a different garden centre rather than my usual. I went to one without a craft shop to lure me into, but instead I spent a small fortune on some lovely plants and came home all inspired to do some gardening and spent ages out there pottering. My garden has been neglected a bit since I discovered this card making addiction, hubby hates gardening & Gareth & Jodie run a mile at the mention of helping me out there so I've a choice of doing it myself or just growing weeds lol.

Today I have a DT card to share, it's a mid challenge reminder that there is still time to enter the challenge at
which is
You don't have to use a Magnolia cat or dog for the challenge, any image or photo of a cat or dog with our sweet Tilda is fine.

Ingredients -
Images - all Magnolia
Medium - distressed inks
Papers - Love Letters, First Edition Papers
Flowers - Kort & Godt & Prima
Tools - MS punch around the page, Woodware mini butterfly punch, X-Cut butterfly punch

When I had a rummage through my stamps a couple of weeks ago I discovered this sweet Tilda, the picnic rug & the Spring background in among them, and none of them had so much as a whiff of an ink pad, the poor neglected souls lol.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges -
Paper Sundaes - Birthdays, 2 Sisters - how does your garden grow, Magnolia Down Under - favourite things (Magnolias, PATP, flowers, sparkle), Dream Valley - old & new stash (new papers & dog stamp), Delightful Sketches - flowers, Stamp Something - anything goes, Top Tip Tuesday - floral frenzy, Crafty Ann's - birthday, Papertake - fancy a punch, Corrosive - birthdays

I'm off to force myself into my craft room as I've a DT card due in the DT blog today, sigh, it's a chore I know but I have to do it lol.
Thanks for stopping by

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