Thursday, 1 December 2016

Special delivery

Hello lovely people,

Wow, it got cold!  Really really cold!  That's not a complaint though, and the thick frost was soooo beautiful when I went out for a little walk yesterday.  I think my heating stayed on all day though - lol!

And I stayed tucked up in my craft room :-)

It seems like I haven't done that much colouring lately, maybe because I am focusing on quicker makes for Christmas and maybe because I've had some new stash that has pushed me towards other techniques/styles such as die cutting and chipboard shapes.

Whatever the reason, I think I need to get back to more colouring so on that note I have a card with colouring to share today!

I made this a few weeks ago for a commission and I think baby girl cards might just be my fave type of cards to make...well, there's so much cuteness and pink you can add!

Shabby chic baby girl card (image from LOTV)

I just realised that this image is no longer available from LOTV (not even in digi format), which is very sad because it's such a gorgeous one.

Since I have this as a rubber stamp and was using such pale papers, I opted to colour it with Inktense pencils and was especially please with my first attempt to colour a cardboard box with them!

Shabby chic baby girl card (image from LOTV)

Once the colouring and basic layout was done it was on to my favourite bit of the creative process...flower arranging!  It's also probably one of the bits that takes me the longest because the flowers all have to be just right and I'm such a stickler for co-ordination!

Shabby chic baby girl card (image from LOTV)

I hope everyone's week is going well and if not, sending hugs your way.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
Image: discontinued (by LOTV)
DP: Vintage baby - Maja Design
Dies: Precious stars - Memory Box
Silver baby feet charm - The Ribbon Girl

Inktense colours;
Skin: Baked Earth, Carmine Pink, Madder Brown, Saddle Brown
Jumper / bear: Carmine Pink
Box: Tan, Saddle Brown, Oak
Label / ground: Indian Ink

Monday, 28 November 2016

Frosty and sparkly(ish)

Hello lovely people,

Whooosh!  That's the weekend flying by again!  We spent a lovely Saturday with my 2 sister-in-laws, 3 nephews and 1 niece, and then on Sunday I was busy crafting items for my very first Craft Fayre in just 5 days time!  It's been fun creating some non-card projects and of course I will share all of them with you in due course!

In the meantime, I have a card to share with you using some gorgeous goodies from The Ribbon Girl (see list at the end of my post for all the details). 

Despite all the pretty flowers and beaded bits, this somehow still ended up more CAS than I had envisaged, but I tried adding more and it didn't work for me so it is what it is!

These papers are such gorgeous frosty colours and I just knew they would work well with the chipboard tree...although I did have to hunt high and low for where I had 'safely' stashed the tree after I bought it - lol!

Frosty Christmas / Winter card with chipboard tree and flowers

I've stacked up a few circular die cut frames to give a little height and layered a stitched die cut circle inside.

I dabbed white acrylic paint onto the tree and star, and then added sparkle to the stars on the tree and over the flowers using a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.  I've got a clear Wink of Stella pen but I think the SN pen seems a bit more sparkly...although both are very camera shy - lol!

Frosty Christmas / Winter card with chipboard tree and flowers

I hope you all have good weeks, whether you are working or otherwise occupied or just doing nothing!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



The Ribbon Girl products;
Craft and You 'Frozen' 6x6 paper pad
Scrapiniec chipboard Christmas trees
White cherry blossom
White sweetheart blossoms
Miniature white blossoms
White beaded cherry
White seam binding
Ivory button twine
Wooden star buttons

Other products;
Other flowers: from stash
Dies: Circle STAX, Inside/outside stitched circle STAX - MFT Die-namics
Sentiment tag: Christmas sentiments tags - LOTV

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Odd Dog with flowers

Hello lovely people,

I am hoping to have a productive crafting day today but first I have a little DT project to share with you.


It's time for a new challenge at In The Pink and our theme is...

CUTE AND CUDDLY
Don't forget we want to see more pink than any other colour!

Our fabulous sponsor this time is the fabulous Dies to Die For with a £10 voucher

I used a fair few new bits of stash on this card, which I always love to do.  The papers are old but new to me, and the frame and flower dies are new too :-)

Pink card with die cut details and LOTV image 'Odd Dog - bunches of love'

Odd dog is most definitely cute and cuddly and you can find this image plus loads more gorgeous new Odd Dog digis over at LOTV :-)

For this card I printed the digi image quite small but you can see that it still looks great on a standard 14.5cm square card.

Pink card with die cut details and LOTV image 'Odd Dog - bunches of love'


If you haven't already done so then do pop over to In The Pink and check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of the Pink Ladies.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
DP: Paris flea market - Pion Design
Dies: Greek Island collection (Rhodes) - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions, Flower mix - Craft Emotions

Copic colours;
Odd dog: W00/0/1 & E31/35
Flowers / bow: R20/21/32
Flower centres: Y32/35
Stems: YG95/97
Ground: YG93/95/97

Monday, 21 November 2016

Many Odd Dogs!

Hello lovely people,

Here we are on Monday morning again but I have something that might just brighten your day a little :-)

As you may know, LOTV are gradually making many of their images available as digis and today sees the release of the adorable Odd Dog digis.  There are a whopping 21 images to choose from including many that have never been released before!

I love being able to re-size the digi images and for this pair of cards I made them 6cm tall so I could make cute notelet style cards which are just 8.5 x 11.5 cm.

This Odd Dog with his mug of coffee/tea was one of my faves from the rubber stamp collection.


Alongside an old favourite I thought I'd show you one of the brand new images which I really loved.


You can go and check out the fab selection of Odd Dogs over at LOTV and of course, the rest of the DT will be showcasing more images for you.

Oh, and I haven't even mentioned that you get a cute sentiment with each image too! (which I didn't use for these cards but I will have more later in the week...)

I wish you all a great week even if you are working!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
Images: Odd Dog digis - LOTV
DP: from stash

Copic colours;
Odd Dog: W00/0/1 & E31/35
Mug: R81/83/85
Stool: E42/43/44
Flower: YR21/Y17/Y38 & YR18
Stem / leaf: YG61/63
Ground: W00/0/1

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Wheeeeeee!

Hello lovely people,

After the last couple of weekends catching up with family I am spending this weekend mostly in my craft room.  I popped out for a good long walk with Dr. Hubby and a friend yesterday and although it was super chilly, it was beautiful and always so lovely to be out and about in the gorgeous Gloucestershire countryside :-)

Today we have a new 'Use any image' challenge starting on The Ribbon Girl blog, so you can make any type of project as long as it has an image on it.

As usual, you can find details of all the gorgeous products from The Ribbon Girl at the end of my post.


I am totally in love with these pretty papers and they are such good value for money too.  I actually made this card a little bigger than normal because I didn't want to trim even a little off the edge of the gorgeous design of the bottom layer!

Girly floral birthday card with girl on bike (image is Pedal Power from Time for Tea)

My brother's girlfriend has started cycling recently so I thought this image would be great to use for her birthday card.

Girly floral birthday card with girl on bike (image is Pedal Power from Time for Tea)

I enjoy adding detail to my cards but in fairly small amounts so you will often find me snipping up embellishments to suit my tastes!

For this card I have cut the faux hessian in half to get a thin strip, and I snipped out individual pearl clusters from the full spray to tuck in with the flowers.

Girly floral birthday card with girl on bike (image is Pedal Power from Time for Tea)

Do come along and join in with our challenge at The Ribbon Girl, where we have 3 fabulous prizes up for grabs from Lili of the Valley, The Ribbon Girl and Marianne Designs.

I hope you are all having fantastic weekends whatever you may be doing :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04 & R20
Hair: E53/57/59
Eyes: E44/57 & B0000/000
Hat / boots: BG93/96/99
Top: R000/00/01
Leggings: W2/3/4/5
Basket: E41/42/43/44
Flowers: R32/35
Leaves: BG90/93
Bike: W0/1/2/3/4/5/6
Ground: E40/41/42/43

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Be Merry!

Hello lovely people,

I really really did intend to post earlier this week but gosh, the time has flown by and clearly I didn't get around to it.

Given my ongoing cries of 'there's not enough time in the day', especially now I am back at work, I have decided to step down from the AYLI team so this will be my last challenge with them.  I'm so sad to leave and huge thanks to each and every DT member for being wonderful teamies :-)


So, for my very last challenge (sob sob) at As You Like It we have the theme of...

YOUR FAVOURITE...CHRISTMAS COLOURS
...and don't forget to tell us why it's your favourite!

Our sponsor this time is Digi Stamp Boutique with a £10 voucher

I have several favourite colour combos for Christmas and tend to choose based on the style of project I am making and any image I am using.
But, I think my favourite is blue and brown as it is simultaneously elegant yet cosy, and it suits lots of styles...today it's CAS style!

CAS Christmas card with triple embossed sentiment and holly

I tried out triple embossing for the sentiment and holly leaves and was delighted with how they turned out; the photos definitely don't do them justice!

The papers are totally scrummy too and, since I try to go for slightly quicker designs for my Christmas cards, there's no stitching but I did add a pierced border on one layer.

CAS Christmas card with triple embossed sentiment and holly


I hope you will pop over to As You Like It and check out the fabulously creative projects from the rest of the team :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,




Card recipe;
DP: Snow Queen - Galleria Paperieu
Dies: Scripty merry - Lawn Fawn, Filigree holly - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions
Silver embossing powder

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Pretty pink poinsettias

Hello lovely people,

I had one of those days yesterday where I feel like I blinked and missed a few hours; there were lots of things I was going to do and didn't, but probably because I was doing crafting instead - lol!


I know it's come round ever so quickly but yes, it's time for a new challenge at In The Pink and our theme is...

WINTER
Don't forget we want to see more pink than any other colour!

Our fabulous sponsor this time is Bugaboo

I have created a quick CAS card using some new dies and a digi sentiment...and not even a tiny bit of stitching!

CAS Christmas card with pink poinsettias (Memory Box dies)

I love the cute stitched effect on these dies and also the pink against all the white.  There is a 3rd larger die as well...expect to see more of these dies!

CAS Christmas card with pink poinsettias (Memory Box dies)

If you haven't already done so then do pop over to In The Pink and check out the gorgeous creations from the rest of the Pink Ladies.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
Dies: Stitched poinsettia trio - Poppystamps, Fancy flourish - MFT Die-namics
Sentiment: discontinued digi