Friday, 26 May 2017

Mr & Mrs


I have used on of the large sheets of the precoloured LOTV simply print images today. I did add a little shading underneath the couple and used a white Wink of Stella pen on the hem of her dress and a clear Wink of Stella pen on the flowers.  The papers are some old LOTV ones Baskets and Bunnies, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid, leaves from Hobbycraft. I used a Tonic die for the circle, Sue Wilson sentiment die and Memory Box cross stitch hearts die.

Challenges
Crafty Purple Frog fabulously floral

Thursday, 25 May 2017

All about the folds


This is another of the images we started colouring in the colouring class on folds. I coloured over it again to give it more depth and of course colour the rest of the image.
Image - All Dressed Up
Medim - Copics, Copic red sparkle pen, Sakura clear star pen
Die - Spellbinders labels 14
Paper - Lilybee Autumn Spice
Sentiment - LOTV teenage girl
Crispy lace - Live and Love Crafts
Other - pearls, fineliner pen, distressing tool

Challenges
All Dressed Up anything ADU goes 
Creative Inspirations anything goes 
Noor! Design UK add lace 
Allsorts Happy Birthday
The Paper Shelter lace and pearls 
The Ribbon Girl any image

Looking forward to a day out today with hubby and my Mum. After picking her up from the bus stop we are going out for a late breakfast and then a two hour trip on the Norfolk Broads this afternoon. That should be lovely in the sunshine.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Copic colouring


Although I have lots of much older photos to scrap I had a layout in mind for this photo using the fabulous coloured pencil ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. The photo was taken after the Copic colouring classes I attended last month with Faye. My good friend Lynsey is also in the photo. If you love Copics I can't recommend the classes highly enough. We had a great time and learnt so much.

Trawling through my scrapbook pages I found some old K&Co papers which Lynsey gave me years ago. It was just what I wanted as I wanted something fairly simple. The denim paper is from Craftwork Cards and I used a MFT stitched basic border. I kept the layout simple as the title is so colourful. I have a box of various large letters so I used a variety of different ones for the title. The journal card is from a pack I bought in America and I added a few enamel dots.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Cup of Tea


I am sharing a guest designer card for My Mum’s Craft Shop today using several items from Kitty's shop. The papers and teacups are Pebbles Tealightful which go perfectly with the Stamping Bella image Edna's cup of tea which I coloured with Copics and added clear Wink of Stella to her wings as every fairy has to have sparkly wings.. The frame was made with a MFT scalloped circle frame die.

Challenges
Simon Says a bit of sparkle (Wink of Stella wings) 
In the pink razzle dazzle (Wink of Stella wings)
The Ribbon Girl any image

Monday, 22 May 2017

Two Milk Shakes



Another of the new LOTV precoloured simply print images today. This one is called Milk Shake. I made two cards, the one below using the simply print as it is and this one enhancing the shading with Copics. I used Lilybee Sweet Shoppe papers, MFT jumbo stitched banner and border dies and an old Sizzix corner die. The sentiment is from LOTV teenage girls.  I made the bunting using the bunting patterned paper, simply cutting out each individual triangle.

Challenges
Allsorts Happy Birthday 
Creative Inspirations anything goes
The Ribbon Girl any image


This is the one with just the simply print image as it prints. I teamed it with a LOTV teenage girl sentiment, MFT free spirit papers, enamel dots and ribbon. I hope you got your order in for these lovely new images.

We will be busy in the garden this morning, tidying and planting as we bought several new plants on Saturday as the garden centre had 20% off everything. The weather should be good this week so enjoy the sunshine.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Oh deer


Yes another Christmas card and I have used some of my Card-io stamps again. I used  stamps from the Christmas greenery, min tall trees and festive scene sets. I used a Tonic trellis circle die instead of stamping straight onto the white card and teamed it with Papermania Jolly Santa paper. I aded some red liquid pearl berries and used Crystal Stickles for snow.

Challenges
Simon Says a bit of sparkle

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Hold my hand


Today is launch day of 20 new images from LOTV, as if you didn't know already 😊. This is one of the simply print images, Hand to Hold. I love the sepia tones. I went for a distressed look using DI spiced marmalade and a distressing tool. The papers are American Crafts dots and stripes. The sentiment is from LOTV and fitted this image so well I thought. The precious hearts die is from Memory Box and I added some enamel dots.

Challenges
Creative Inspirations anything goes 

Friday, 19 May 2017

Bedtime stories


Only one more day to wait until you can buy the new images from LOTV. These will be available as rubber stamps, digis and precoloured simply prints. I feel so lucky to receive some of these to use as inspiration. This sweetie is called Bedtime Stories and she has been coloured with Copics. The papers are Lilybee Double Dutch. I kept the design simple using some raffia lace and double mounting the image using pierced rectangle dies and foam pads. The sentiment is also from LOTV.

Challenges
Creative Inspirations anything goes 

We were planning a trip to a garden centre today but the forecast is rain all day so if that is the case will put that off until tomorrow. The gardens have really benefited from this week's rain, they were looking so dry. We have been busy tidying and clearing out the heaps of forget me nots ready for some new plants.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Bunny Moon


I almost bought the stamp of this design a few times but when it came out as a precoloured simply print digi I decided to buy that instead. I printed out the 2 large images and made a 7x7 card. The papers are LOTV Nitwits Up, Up and Away. I was pleased to use some older products on this card, the ribbon I bought in America a few years ago and the sentiment balloon must be at least 5 years old. I added some twine and some pearl stars which I had no idea were in my stash. I wanted to add just a little something else so out came the pearl pen for a few pearl dots.

Challenges
Not just cards one for the boys 

Hubby is out volunteering again this afternoon and evening on the rescue boats at the powerboat club so that means an afternoon and evening of crafting for me. He goes about 1.30 to set out the course and get the rescue boats stocked and in the water. Racing starts about 6 and he usually drives the tow boat. That means he is called on when a boat breaks down and also has to ensure safety on the course. It takes place on one of the broads and sometimes holidaymakers don't seem to be aware that they are steering towards racing boats and as for swans on the course 😏. Thankfully an accident with one of the drivers is rare but there is always an ambulance on hand and trained first aiders just in case.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Believe in your dreams


I love making this style of card and they are very good sellers fortunately. I bought the wooden Hampton Art sentiment stamp in Florida. The paper is Anne Marie blissful pink. I distressed all the edges with DI Victorian Velvet and added the burlap and lace which I bought on Ebay. The roses are from Wild Orchid. I wanted to add a butterfly and found a white Prima one but I thought it was a bit too white so tried some DI on it and it gives a really nice effect. I found the heart pins in my stash and added some pearl hearts from Meiflower.

Challenges
In the Pink razzle dazzle 
Stamping Sensations butterflies, fairies, fantasy 
Allsorts ring of roses 
Crafty Purple Frog fabulously floral 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Noor! Design UK add some lace

Looking forward to visiting a friend for coffee this afternoon and then going to see her new house her husband and his firm are building for them.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Regency Christmas


The Christmas cards are coming along nicely now and I have been practicing hard with my colouring after the colouring classes I did a few weeks ago. It isn't easy, especially folds but I am quite pleased with the way this one came out. I don't use green for clothes very much so I am also trying to use more of my pens as I have some favourite colour combos and some pens that are hardly used.
Image - LOTV Regency Christmas
Papers - MFT dots and stripes confection
Dies - MFT basic borders, MFT streetlights, Lawn Fawn sentiment
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Other - pearl pen

Challenges
Simon Says going dotty 
CCAYR Precipitation

Looking forward to a facial and massage this afternoon.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Jump for joy


I kept seeing the MFT Jingle all the Way stamps and dies last Christmas and as I don't have many Santa images I decided I needed to buy them. I teamed them with LOTV Nitwits  Festive Trimmings papers and used MFT pierced banner dies to create a simple layout. I added some fun flock to Santa's hat and used a Sakura gold star pen on the reindeer's bells.

Challenges
ABC Christmas J is for Jingles 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Studying hard


A sneak peek of another of the new LOTV stamps launching on 20th. This is Jasmine studying and is sure to be a popular stamp. She has been coloured with Copics, sentiment is also from LOTV.  I added some little banners made with a Fiskars punch with tiny buttons added.

Challenges
Simon Says going dotty
The Ribbon Girl card 

The weather forecast is for some rain today but although the garden needs it I am hoping it will stay dry so we can go to a street and plant market today. Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Blog candy winner

Thanks to everyone who entered my blog candy. I used random org to pick the winner but I can't post a photo on my iPad. The lucky winner is number 6. If that is you please email me your address and I will get the stamp in the post to you.

My blogaversary is coming up soon so keep checking as I have some lovely goodies to give away then.

Spring has sprung


Our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is Spring Fever. So much choice here but for me Spring means flowers so I chose to use Hedgy with wheelbarrow which I coloured with Copics. The pretty papers are Lilybee Sweet Shoppe. I bought a few of these pads from Dies to Die for pop up shop when I did my colouring course. They are all so pretty.  I used Marianne and Crafts Too butterfly dies, MFT stitched die and added some ribbon and paper flowers from America. The sentiment is from the LOTV teenage girl set.

Challenges
Crafty Purple Frog fabulously floral 

Friday, 12 May 2017

New candy


I have another fun stamp to give away to one lucky follower. 
Comments on here whilst appreciated do not count as entries. 
You must enter via my blog candy page.

I believe in fairies


I believe in fairies is the title of this sweet new stamp launching on 20th May along with 19 others. I coloured it with Copics, papers are Maja Coffee in the Arbour which I distressed with DI Tattered Rose. I added some cheesecloth, clear Wink of Stella on the stars, pearl dots, punched stars and LOTV teenage girl sentiment stamp.

Challenges
Stamping Sensations butterflies, fairies, fantasy
In the pink razzle dazzle (sparkly stars and pearl drops)

Thursday, 11 May 2017

In the woods


Have you checked out the free downloadable papers and toppers at Making Cards magazine on Facebook? There are some really cute woodland animals and I couldn't wait to use this little fox. I added some chalk around the image. The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons, faerie mushroom dies from Cheery Lynn, butterfly die from Crafts Too.

Looking forward to another music show tonight with friends, this time in Norwich, That'll be The day. That is after a lovely meal at Ask Italian,

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Happy Birthday LOTV


Lili of the Valley is 13 years old today and in honour of the occasion I made a card using my favourite ever LOTV stamp, Fairy on Tiptoe. I love so many of their stamps, especially the fairies, vintage boys and of course, James Bear. As soon as this stamp was released I fell in love with it and she remains my favourite. 
Image - LOTV Fairy on Tiptoe
Medium - Copics, chalk for the sky
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 10, MFT scalloped edge circle frame
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Other - bow, charm, twine, Wink of Stella clear pen on her wings

Challenges
Dies R Us flowers 
Noor! Design UK add lace 
Creative Inspirations blooms and bows
Simon Says hint of pink
Stamping Sensations butterflies, fairies, fantasy

Still time to enter my candy.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Up in the air


Kitty has very kindly asked me to stay on as a guest designer for a third month at My Mum’s Craft Shop. I recently bought this MFT Up in the Air stamp and die set from the shop and couldn't wait to have a play with it. There are so many stamps and dies so expect to see a few more of these being used soon. Coloured with Copics and teamed with MDT dots and stripes bold papers and Lawn Fawn little town border. All products except Copics available from My Mum’s Craft Shop. Remember if any item is out of stock just email Kitty who will order it for you.

Challenges
Paper Creator's Crafts bold and bright
The Ribbon Girl card 

We had such a fun time, the concert was brilliant, lovely sleep at The Premier Inn, then breakfast at the coast and a very long bracing walk along the beach and clifftops. It was cold and windy but we had some great laughs with our friends and soon warmed up. Still time to enter my candy.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Walking the dog


A second Birthday card to inspire you to join in with the LOTV Facebook challenge of Birthdays. I had a look through my stamped images and came across this one which I haven't used before. Coloured with Copics and I used a cloud template with chalk for the sky. The papers are Lily Bee Autumn Spice, LOTV sentiment, Marianne birds on a wire die and Whimsy fence die I used vintage photo DI on the diecuts.

Although the concert last night was in Lowestoft which is only about 50 minutes drive away we and our friends stayed at a Premier Inn last night so that we could go to Gorleston just up the coast for breakfast and a beach walk. A night away just makes a nice change too.  I am hoping the weather will be a bit warmer than it has been but I have plenty of warm clothing in the car in case. We will be home later today.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Snowy scene


Here's another snowy Card-io card. I love the way you can create so many different scenes by combining the stamp sets. Not too much else to say about this card really except it is the first time I have used the cable car just adding a wire with a fineliner pen.

Challenges
ABC Christmas K for Keep it Simple 
CCAYR precipitation

Thanks to those who commented on my scrapbook layout yesterday. I did smile at the comments on my 80's perm. Looking forward to another show tonight, This time it is Talon, the best Eagle tribute band around. We have seen them once before and they are fabulous. Looking forward to a meal and the show with friends.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Lake District


Yes that is us 27 years ago in the Lake District. At the time I worked with several people who went there a lot and they all warned me that every time they go they have some rain during their holiday. First time we go, 1990, gorgeous weather every day until the day we left when it rained! We were so lucky.

The reason I managed to make another layout is that Crafty Ribbons are sponsoring  a challenge which goes live at 10am, UK Scrap Addicts. There is a cut file you can use or you can be inspired by one of the phrases. I was inspired by The Great British Summer. I used some old HOTP papers and my MS cherish border punch, Tim Holtz ephemera and a BO Bunny tag. Both ribbons are of course from Crafty Ribbons.

Don't forget to enter my candy.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Little Violet


Another very early start for us today. As this publishes we shall be setting up my cards and gifts at the hospital shop. Regular readers will know I love Gorjuss Girls and I bought several of these new smaller stamps. I do struggle with the hair colouring on them for some reason though. 
Image - Santoro Gorjuss Little Violet
Medium - Copics
Papers - Lily Bee Head over Heels
Dies - Lawn Fawn stitched circle, MDT basic borders, MFT basic stitch lines, Nellie Snellen flowers
Sentiment - LOTV teenage girl 
Other - Sakura red gelly roll pen, ribbon and pearls

Challenges
Dies R Us flowers
Paper Creator's Crafts bold and bright

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Believe in the Magic


Our challenge at A Gem of a Challenge is embossing and this is a second DT card I made. I have been doing a lot of colouring lately but for this one I did use a precoloured digi. I used an old Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder, Dovecraft North Pole paper, Marianne snowflake die, You to Me stitched sentiment, pearls, fun flock and Stickles.

Challenges
Allsorts embossing 
CCAYR precipitation

Don't forget to enter my candy.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Rock chick


This is my first card to inspire you to join in this month's LOTV Facebook challenge, Birthday. Nice and easy, so many images to choose from. I always find purples the hardest colours to blend with, whatever pens I have used over the years. I am  pleased with the hat but the skirt could do with improvement. If I am not happy with my colouring I tend to fiddle with it until all the contrast is lost so I made myself step away from it this time.

She is a gorgeous image isn't she, one of the new retro images, Romantic Rock from the 80's. Coloured with Copics and teamed with new MFT papers Dots and Stripes Brights from My Mum's Craft Shop,, lace from Crafty Ribbons, LOTV teenage girl sentiment and roses from Wild Orchid.  I also used a MFT wonky stitched rectangle die and a Woodware leaf punch.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK add lace

Don't forget to enter my candy. see above.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Ellie again


I went for a completely different colour combo for my Ellie card for Stamposaurus this time, and also a distressed look. I do love using Autumnal shades and seem to have rather a lot of paper pads in these tones.  It is also my inspiration piece for Crafty Ribbons and the gorgeous ladybird ribbon goes so well with this colour combo. I added a cute wooden ladybird which I think came from Hobbycraft.  I used an older Spellbinder labels set of dies and one of my most used die sets, Memory Box puffy clouds.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes
Dies R Us flowers

Check out my new candy.

Monday, 1 May 2017

New mouse home


Isn't this the cutest image for a new home card. I used one of the precoloured simply print images from LOTV. The papers are Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams, sentiment is LOTV, MS flower punch and enamel dots.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

So today is a bank holiday in the UK which means hubby is driving a rescue boat at the powerboat racing. He will go about 8am to get all the boats ready and set out the course etc. That means I get most of the day in the craft room, yippee.

Have you entered my new candy?

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Heart tree


Another play with some of my new stamps from Card-io and Inkylicious. I add a little background colour with a dry baby wipe and small ink pads then build up the pattern with the small stamps. There are endless possibilities with these sets and the Inkylicioud sentiments go so well with them.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes

We are popping out this morning for coffee and some retail therapy then this afternoon we plan to set up hubby's new laptop, not my favourite job I must say.

Have you entered my candy?

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Hippo Birthday


Time for a new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and this time we want to see wet or dry embossing on your card. I have used one of Janet's newest images, Henrietta with flowers. I did enjoy colouring her with Copics of course. I went for a distressed look today using Santoro Willow papers and an old sentiment embossing folder which I embossed onto Core'dinations and then sanded.  I used a new Memory Box die, frangia bouquet. It's quite a large die but I just used the flowers and cut of the stems. I really like the uneven petals.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
In the Pink Birthday 
The Paper Shelter Birthday card

I hope the weather stays dry today. What a funny week it has been, sun, rain and even a little snow and hail. We are going to a 70's concert in Cromer tonight so thought we would have a day at the coast going to Sheringham and then on to Cromer. Think we will be wrapping up warm.

Don't forget to check out my candy.