Monday, 31 December 2007

Happy New Year

Well, it's the last day of 2007, so thought I'd finish the year how I intend to start 2008 . . to keep blogging on a regular basis!

Been busy just sorting out all the links for the SBS-8 group then I got side tracked and changed my blog template and tidied up whilst I was there. Also been having fun visiting all my new 'sisters' and reading through their blogs, we sure are a crafty bunch! I'm definately going to try and start scrapbooking in the new year but for now, I need to finish my 2008 calender LOL.

Here is Feburary, decided not to just use my bella stamps but instead use a selection of all my favourite ones. This way I should find images which suit the months better. Feb = 'lurve' so I needed a cute couple and Tilda and Edwin (Magnolia stamps) were perfect for this. Just chose some background paper from my various DCWV paper stacks and coloured in my images to match. Added some brads and ribbon and a 'completely loved' sentiment and voila!


Close up is to show that I've raised the images and stuck them down with foam pads.

Off to finish the other 10 months now. Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year and hope it's a happy, healthy and rewarding 2008 for you and your loved ones!

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers 8

O.K, I said I'd join and I've plucked up the courage and have! So hello to my fellow group 8 sisters. I'm Frances, 34, married to my lovely hubby Simon and we live on the Wirral (which is in the north-west of England, just across the river Mersey from Liverpool for those of you not familiar to the area or UK).

I started making cards about 7 years ago when I was living down in London and was looking for a hobby to take my mind off the stresses of my then job and happened to live close by to this craft shop. I bought my first stamp and have been hooked ever since! I now have more stash then I will probably ever need but it is impossible to overcome the urge to buy more! Anyone else have these symptoms!?!

Only started blogging this Oct after seeing lots of other blogs and thought it'd be a fun way to motivate myself to actually use up some of my stash and just to share my cards with fellow bloggers/crafters. So am loving the idea of actually getting to 'meet' like minded 'crafty' sisters out there. Look forward to meeting you and hopefully have some fun along the way.

Frances x
P.S to those of you not part of the Sisterhood, check it out here , there's still plenty of spaces left in group 8.

Friday, 28 December 2007

Papertake Weekly challenge, Shop Til you Drop

Hello. Hope you all had a fantastic christmas. Braved the shops today but didn't really get much clothes/bargain wise as the crowds and queues were a bit crazy, you'd think everything was free! Instead went into papermill store and some new spring bits (brads and papers from the papermania range) ended up in my basket lol!



Talking of shopping saw this weeks' papertake challenge and have decided to take part. Have always been meaning to but christmas got in the way! But am going to try and do this on a regular basis now. This weeks challenge is Shop til you drop. ". .Anything to do with shopping this week, what with the sales round the corner lol!! Handbags, shopping bags, dollar/pound signs etc etc!! "

Had to take part as I've been itching to use 1 of my new bella stamps and I needed to start making the blank 2008 calender I bought ages ago (preferably before the year ended !) and I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone by doing this . . . (it's a long thin calender, so just photographed the picture, the date part of the month is below the image)
I just coloured her in with water colour pencils and sakura stardust pens for the bags, image cut & layered with my petite scallop circle nestibilities (xmas pressie from hubby : ), got the full set along with the full square set too!) added some shimmer chalk round the edges and round the calender page itself. Then just accented with patterned card and some stickers.

I've just got the other 11 months to do now, can't decide whether to stick to all bella images or whether to just choose the right image for the month. Hmm will have to sleep on it. That's all for now.

Monday, 24 December 2007

Christmas. . .

. . has come early! Look what the postie bought me today . .




It's the bellas I ordered off Emily when she was offering free shipping to celebrate stamping bella's 1yr birthday, so thanks Emily, it made it just in time for Christmas! I ordered some of her new bellas (savvyshoppabella & mwahbella with words) which are sooo 'cheeky' as they are drawn with bella looking over her shoulder (if you click on photo you should be able to see)! I can't wait to make some cards with them. Also got bookwormabella which I've been meaning to get and also partygirlabella which I think is also quite new and great for birthdays etc plus some of her baubles which I think are great little embellishments!

Also received my pressies off my Sister in Florida which I can't wait to open now as I know they are stamps but just don't know which ones!!!! (she asked what I wanted from US so I gave her this site, eat cake graphics, and just asked her to pick me some stamps as I don't have any of them but loved the look of them, so cute and they come unmounted too so nice & light for the post!). I just need my Prismacolors now, which still aren't here yet even though I know they left US last week, :( probably stuck in customs. hopefully will turn up after christmas as I'm itching to colour in :)

Haven't made anything since my last post (still got hubby's card to finish !!!!!!!!) but here is the card I mentioned last time that I couldn't post, Edwin sitting on a chimney

Tag was cut using sizzix red die, 'super scallop tag' using card from DCWV christmas glitter stack. Edwin and the chimney were cut out and watercoloured, bit of white puff paint for the trim and bobble of the hat. Then just added a silver snowflake brad, some ribbons and stickles glitter glue round the chimney and bits of the card which doesn't show on the photo.

O.K off to finish off hubby's card before it's christmas day lol! (he hasn't got me card either - he says he's going to make me one, so goodness knows what state my craft room will be in once he's finished!)

Friday, 21 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

Can't believe it's only 4 sleeps till Christmas, where has the time gone?! Don't know about you but it's freezing here on the Wirral. However, had to venture out today as I needed to go get my hair cut desperately. I tend to go get it cut to about shoulder length (it's just straight and layered) then just leave it until I can't ignore it anymore which is usually about 3 to 4 months! I could never have a style that needed regular trims etc, I just can't be doing with all the phaff.

All my presents are wrapped, cards done, just need to do 1 last food shop but I don't have christmas dinner to worry about as we tend to get together for a big family christmas lunch/ dim sum at a chinese restaurant as my mum wouldn't eat roast & come to think of it neither would my brother or his kids (very fussy eaters!) However, this year it's changed to evening dinner so I was going to do a roast but my sister has invited me & hubby round for lunch at theirs as my 14yr old niece has decided to cook it this year! I'll let you know how that turns out!

Having said I'd finished my cards I do still have my hubbys' to make. Always the same, every year, no card till last minute. He always laughs at me and says what kind of a cardmaker am I, it's like a butchers shop with no meat for sale! Anyway, here are the last 3 I've made. All using my Penny Black stamps which have been neglected of late due to my new found love of all things magnolia and sugar nellies. I just love these stamps, always makes me smile when I see them. Just used some Dovecraft christmas papers and Papermania Christmas ribbons. All images watercoloured (still no sign of my prismas, post has been unbearably slow this christmas) and cut out with my nestibilities dies.

I did make one other card for someone over on UKS but I can't show it yet in case she sees this, as I only posted it yesterday. We found out we'd each got sent a duplicate magnolia but ones that we didn't have so we did a swap! So I had to quickly make a card to send with it as it had to fit in a small envelope so couldn't use one already made. Don't know about you but I find it more difficult/nervous making a card for a fellow cardmaker in case it's not good enough! So, I hope she likes it and I will post a photo of it later on once I think she's received it.

I've also noticed there's this site which I'm thinking about taking part in but I might wait until after Christmas now. It's basically hooking up fellow cardmakers/bloggers together into teams of 20 and I think is a great way to get to know fellow crafters.

O.K enough rambling for now.

Just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you all have a lovely time with your families/friends and get all the crafting goodies you wanted from santa (assuming you've been good this year) !! :)

Love, Frances xx

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Pocket Cards

Been quite constructive today, tidied up my blog which I've been meaning to do for a while now (added list of blogs I look at, websites of my fave stamp companies and a little mood icon and clock which I saw whilst surfing other blogs) and have been busy making christmas cards for my family whom I'll be seeing in person so no need to catch the post!


This one is for my sister, who saw another of my cards and commented on the blue/taupe colour scheme so decided to use those colours for her card. Had to use maggie in her PJ's as my Sis and her 2 kids love their sleep/comfort plus she has a thing for teddy bears so ideal! Used my nestibilities die and papers are from DCWV. The doodle frame round the handwritten sentiment is from a new set from Autmn leaves which I fell in love with.

The next 2 cards are for my niece and nephew who are now too old for presents (when I say too old I mean 14 & 15!) and have asked for money instead - teenagers, what can you do?! Oh well, saves me a shopping trip. So instead I've made them money cards.

The money is inside the tag card which is tied together with ribbon and this is placed in the pocket which makes up the front of the card.




Materials:
  • Stamps: Magnolia stamps from this year's Christmas range
  • Backing paper: DCWV and Dovecraft
  • Dies: Nestibilities classic & scallop oval. Sizzix super scallop tag
  • Embellishments: fabric flowers, jewelled brad, ribbon, alphabet stickers. Woodware white 'fluffy stuff' puff paint for the trim on the hat.

All images have been coloured using watercolours which I'm not liking as much as using prismacolour pencils but I have just sold my set of 48 prismacolor pencils because I loved them so much! No, really, I originally bought them cos I wasn't sure if I'd get on with them and was being sensible going for the cheaper 48 set. However, after having them for only a week I fell in love with the effect you get using them over watercolours and really wanted the 120 set lol! But I couldn't really justify buying 120 AND have the 48 set, so managed to sell that at a bargain price to someone over on UK scrappers which made me feel less guilty in buying my 120 set - happy all round!

So in the meantime I'm having to use my watercolours which I'm not so keen on anymore so I hope they get here soon but I doubt it, as it's coming from the US.

On that note, I shall sign off as it's getting rather late and I need all the beauty sleep I can get :)

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Some quickies and a couple of cuties. . .

. .keep it clean now, I'm talking christmas cards!!



First 3 are a few I knocked up last night for the neighbours. These are all using papers from last years DCWV christmas paper stack. Middle card is just 3d stickers and end 2 are some cupcake images from Pink Petticoat which I had already coloured in and just had to punch out and layered onto some gingham glitter card.


The next one is Tilda sitting down which was just perfect for the large 'C' I'd cut out with one of the bargain bigz dies I got from the Ellison sale. The rest of the letters are cut with the 'mango tango' alpha set. The snowflakes are also cut from a sizzix set which I then just added some pale blue stickles glitter glue to, but it doesn't show that well in the photo. I just need to find an envelope to fit as it's rather large!

This last one is Hamish with his sleigh which is from one of Funky Kits' new sugar nellie range. I've just coloured him in with my Prismacolor pencils and layered him onto some DCWV card and papers and added some brads to the cut out corners.

That's all for tonight, need to go and make some more so that I can get them posted tomorrow.
Before I go, just have to recommend a film I saw on Friday. I know I'm 34 but I took hubby to see the new Disney film, Enchanted and even he enjoyed it! If you know and love all your classic disney fairytales and like your romcoms then you should go see this. It's a traditional disney fairytale with a twist! Great for families as well as it's for kids of all ages! I really loved it, so not sure what that says about me?!



Friday, 14 December 2007

All of my current favourite things

Been busy today and made a few cards with my current favourite stamps. Also managed to play with my new Sugar Nellie stamps.




The first one is Maggie with accessories, she comes with seperate stamps for the end of her stick so it can be a ballon, star, heart or flag but I thought it was quicker to just put a star brad in! Background is just piece of DCWV card embossed with cuttlebug snowflakes folder and sanded down so the white shows through.


The second photo has 2 cards; On the left is a very simple snowflake card adapted from a card I saw in a mag using my sizzix snowflake die set and cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and the other card is a bella stamp, 'Tinkerbella' cut out with my nestibilities rectangle dies and the cuttlebug swirls embossing folder used for background. Photo below that shows close up of the tinkabella card. Sentiment is again cut out using some cuttlebug dies.


The last card is using my Magnolia Edwin's snowman using the same materials as the Tinkerbella card but just laid out slightly differently. As you can see I tried to use up the same card & ribbons (DCWV and ribbon is pack of papermania xmas ribbons) for all these cards and it meant I finished them a lot quicker as otherwise I tend to phaff and take ages in deciding what papers/colours to use etc.


Then last but not least we have a Tilda but in a totally different colour palette as I coloured her in last night then had to go finding bits to match her!




Ended up using a sheet from this years DCWV xmas paper stack and just added some brads, diecut snowflakes and an epoxy sticker "let it snow".


That's the lot for tonight should be back with some more soon as I'm on a roll at the moment plus got more goodies still to play with. My Ellison goodies arrived tonight, got myself some sizzix alphabet die sets and a few letters in the new bigz alphabet range. It took them 10 days to deliver but at 75% it was worth the wait. I would never have got a complete alphabet set at £99 each but at £24.99 it would be rude not to!!!!!!!!! . . so I got 2, LOL


bye for now, Francesx


Saturday, 8 December 2007

Xmas cards . .

. . full steam ahead. Need to get cracking with them, good job I'm not making to sell (although I may need to soon as I've slowly built up small mountain of finished cards that have yet to be used! Unfortunately not of the christmas variety which is what I need at the present) .

Made 3 today, seeing as how crap weather was outside it was perfect for staying in.

First 1 is for my sister over in America who had a special request for her card this year. She said, quote . . "card with palm trees, cute dog and a tree frog or 2 with some of your sparkling dust"!! She lives in Florida and has loads of palm trees in her garden (which I call a forest, as compared to my back garden it is!) and she has a dog called Poppy who loves to go after all the tree frogs hence her rather strange request. Anyway, here it is . .


The doggy moves! and the tree frog is on the inside of the card with Happy Christmas written across it. It was the best I could do, apart from the doggy everything was printed straight onto pearl card from my printer using clipart I found online.

Materials:
  • Dog image: Penny black stamp, 'Merry puppy' watercoloured and cut out and made into a slider which moves along the card
  • Everything else printed off PC with the presents and baubles decoupaged and glitter glue added

Next one is made using my other SU set I got off ebay. It's a row of snowmen in a semi-circle which I've stamped twice to create a circle. Kept it fairly simple and originally only had the 1 snowflake in the centre but then I went and smudged the bottom right with black ink off my other card . . . AHHH, but I was determined to salvage it but hiding it behind another snowflake, what do you think? . . .

Original clean card . . .

after, still clean. Smudge, what smudge?!! . . . LOL
Materials:
  • stamp: SU 'world over' set
  • background: embossed with Cuttlebug snowflake folded
  • Embellishments: snowflakes cut from sizzix snowflakes #3 (I think) set. Papermania brads and ribbon

Final 1 tonight is one of my poor neglected bellas . . .


nice and simple to make, just cut out with my oval nestibilities and some gems and a bit of ribbon.

Materials:

  • Image: stamp 'sockafellabella' from Stampin Bella
  • Sentiment: stamp from doodlebug christmas set
  • Oval nestibilities die in classic & scallop
  • backing paper: Pink Petticoat

Talking of Bellas, you should check out her blog Bloggabella as she's offering free shipping for orders over $25 at the moment and she's got some looovely new bellas out. Dare you to resist ;>

Thats all for now, Frances x

Friday, 7 December 2007

Something Different


Hello! Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you for popping by and reading my ramblings! It's very encouraging to know I'm not typing to myself but also a bit disconcerting to know that I am that predictable already (Wendy, am I THAT obvious?!!! lol) Here is a non-tilda/nellie card just in case you all thought I made nothing else! (although I should be seeing as I have so many that are still waiting to be used!)
This is from a SU kit which I saw whilst looking through their online cat and just had to have as it's so cute and good for male cards. It's very versatile as it's not just christmas, you can see the kit here stampin up uk although I got mine off US buyer on ebay as they are only just setting up over here in the UK and much cheaper to buy $ at the moment.
Materials:
  • Image & sentiment: SU kit 'Loads of Love'
  • Backing paper: Pink Petticoat
  • Nestibilities die classic & scallop oval sets used to cut out and frame image and sentiment both of which raised on foam pads
  • Embellishments: ribbon and a couple of brads.

Thats all for now, Frances x

yep, another Tilda


As promised, here is the card I made using my new nestibilities die. I'm afraid it's another Magnolia stamp but I hope you like it. You can't really see it in the photo but the edges of the frame have embossed lines all the way around and gives the card a more professional finish IMO anyway! Central image is raised on foam pads and the sentiment is attached with silver eyelets
Materials:
  • Stamp: Pixie Tilda & snowflake from Magnolia
  • large plain & scallop rectangle nestibilities die set
  • backing paper pink petticoat O christmas tree set
  • Embellishments: prima flowers, brads, eyelets and jewels

that's all for tonight. Next card should be a non magnolia card before you get too bored! Night, Frances x

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Stash, stash & more stash

Sorry, no cards to show today, too busy craft shopping and looking at all the goodies that I've not had time to make anything with them LOL


Also been busy with sorting our spare bedroom out. Now that hubby's sold our business we have time to spend on the house before he starts setting up the new shop in the new year. Spare room's been a bit of a dumping ground for all our old bits of furniture etc and as he uses it for his computer/gaming we've decided to clear it out and buy some new bits of furniture for it. So we went to Ikea yeseterday and as we were in Warrington it was just wrong for us not to pop into the QVC outlet there! Managed to get some crafting goodies there. This Brenda Picnick Christmas scrapbooking kit was there and was only £12.75, so just had to get it. What a bargin as original price is over £26 plus about £5P&P. I haven't actually got into scrapbooking yet but this kit is great for cards as there's loads of die cuts, chipboard pieces, ribbons etc that I know I'll never use it all and I will get round to scrapbooking as I have loads of photos that are just in bob standard albums and lots more just in a drawer begging to be scrapped!


Then today, I got more goodies through the door. The nestibilities dies I ordered last week from Papertray in US arrived and are great. I ordered 1 set of the scalloped & plain in both the ovals and rectangles and had a quick go with them earlier and they are fab. I've got hubby to get me the full sets of the squares and petite circles for my xmas pressie and they came today as well but I can't have those till xmas :( I will try and finish the card using the rectangle set later. I also got some more magnolia stamps from Silly Monkeys and some stampin up sets off ebay came today as well, talk about stash overload! (then there's more stamps still to come from US, why does the £ have to be so strong against the dollar at the moment!!!! and lots of dies from the crazy 75% sale over on the Ellison site it's stupid not to really!)


Then to top that all off, Funky Kits released some more sugar nellies tonight and I just had to get them. They had some new Nellies but also new characters Maggie and Hamish. You have to have a look but most have sold out already.Their blog is sugar nellie


O.K blog over for tonight need to go do some crafting, hopefully be back soon to share my creations, in between christmas shopping and sorting out cards and presents that need to be posted before last post for US and HK. I can't believe it's under 3wks until christmas. That's another thing , need to dig out the christmas tree and decorations.



Frances x

Friday, 30 November 2007

Nelly & Co

Hello, sorry it's been more than a day or 2 but if you knew me, you'd know I'm not the most punctual of people : ] , but I do deliver, even if a bit late! Here's a non-christmas card using another of the adorable sugar nellie stamps, from Funky Kits. They will be adding more to the range next week plus a new range called Maggie, I can't wait!! Not much added to this card as I let the papers do the work plus the fancy fold of the card. I don't know what you'd call it, but the stripey bit opens to the right, then the dotty panel opens to the left and then finally it opens up again to the right!



Materials:
  • Stamp: Sugar Nellie
  • backing paper and sentiment: free download off magazine (papercraft inspirations site)
  • yellow metal tab attached with brad to keep card shut.

One I made tonight is a christmas card from my new batch of Magnolia stamps, I love them sooo much. This one is Edwin's snowman and have kept him fairly simple and added colour using some of the gorgeous papers from Pink Petticoat. My snowman came direct from Sweden but I think Funky Kits has him in stock at the moment with some other new stuff, but I'd hurry if you wanted some as magnolias seem to be very hot at the moment!


Materials:
  • stamp: Magnolia, 'Edwin's snowman'
  • papers: Pink Petticoat's 'O christmas tree' collection
  • embellishments: tag cut from cuttlebug and stamped with sentiment from 1 of Dovecraft's £1.69 mini clear stamp sets. This is attached with blue grosgrain ribbon, again Dovecraft 99p for 5m! Finally, the little pearl baubles are from stamping bella

O.K thats all I've got to share at the moment but I should have more to show in the coming weeks as I will have much more free time. We have finally sold our business so will have a nice long break for Christmas. (Will be setting up a new shop in the new year but the plan is I will then not be needed full time, just part-time so lots more play time for me, can't wait!)

Off to bed now, as it is nearly 2.30 AM , night night. Frances xx

Monday, 26 November 2007

My craft room day

Hello, nearly been a week since my last entry but have been busy working, we have our own take away business so hours are long, hence I tend to be on here later at night or weekdays when I have time off. However, it's still sooo much better than a regular 9-5 job working for someone else. We lived down in south London for 8 years, OH for a bank and I had a good job in merchandising but just decided that life wasn't for us and decided to pack it all in and move back up north and be our own boss. No more stress/office politics and I'm not wishing the weeks away anymore; used to want weekends to come then it all be over too quickly and it would be dreaded Mon morning again, ironically mondays are now my day off and I love them ; )

Anyway, I digress sorry! Firstly, I would like to say a big HELLO & thank you to everyone who has visited/left comments. I didn't really expect many people to find me but some of you have managed to stumble across me, can't believe I've had as many visitors as I've had, so thank you. Haven't made any cards today as I've spent most of today re-arranging my craft room. It hasn't been long since my last sorting out but decided the layout I had made the room much smaller (even though I did it so that I could get round my table to the window). So basically, all I've done is push the table so it's up against the window now and moved some of the cabinets around, but it takes all day just to do that. it doesn't help that things seem to grow when you take them out of their home, it's like clothes in a suitcase when you go on holiday. They fit fine on the trip out but when it comes to packing to come home don't you find they've grown and never fit back again?! LOL

Here's my room as it was (it's our small 3rd bedroom which was supposed to be a joint craft room/computer room shared with DH but I've somehow taken over the whole room plus the computer and DH has gone and built his own gaming PC and is set up in the corner of our 2nd bedroom lol) and then after,








it doesn't look very different in the photo but in real life it has opened up the room more. You'll have to excuse the mess, as it still needs a proper tidy . However, that may have to wait as I just got some more lovely Tilda's through the post today and I'm itching to go play with them . . . look . . . .

See how restrained I am, that I've taken the time to do this first before I go play ;) Hopefully will have something to show you all in the next day or 2.
Until then, here's the only card I've managed to make since my last post and yes, it's tilda again, sorry! Will try and do something different sometime honest!


Frances xx

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

More sweetness


Right, this really is the last card tonight (although technically it is a new day now !) and as promised it's Nellies turn. Same colour scheme as my last card just different layout and embellishements. Too tired to list the materials but you get the gist, off to bed now, nighty night!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Tilda's turn

O.K, here's the final card for tonight and it's one from Magnolia's Christmas range which I absolutely love. I coloured her in first so ended up having to find bits to match her which probably wasn't the best way to go about it but it was fun, hope you like it!

Materials:
  • Stamp: Magnolia
  • Paper: docrafts Christmas pack from last year
  • Sentiment from 1 of Dovecrafts small £1.49 clear stamp sets stamped onto tag cut from cuttlebug
  • Embellishments: various ribbon, brads and eyelets plus Papermania flower secured with pearl brad
Also, have had my first comment tonight, woohoo!! However, no name, so whoever you are thank you sooo much, it means a lot.

Until next time, Frances x

More Sugar





Managed to make 2 more cards with my gorgeous new Sugar Nellie stamps. Images were watercoloured, cut out and stuck on with foam pads. Backing paper is from Dovecraft christmas paper pack. Also used cuttlebug embossing folder on the 2nd card. Trying to split my time between Nellies and Magnolias at the moment as am loving colouring in, find it so relaxing (funnily enough, it was my favourite passtime as a child!). So hope you all don't get bored. May try and fit in some other styles of card but I do tend to go through phases of using certain things or it just could be because I've got so much 'stuff' I don't get round to using them all!

Friday, 16 November 2007

Sugar Nellie

Here she is, my first Sugar Nellie card. Didn't have much time so fairly simple.


Backing paper is from DCWV summer stack, flowers are papermania ones but I really need to get myself some prima ones. The centre of the flower is a papermania pearl brad.

Off to play with my other Nellie stamps now and hopefully share some more cards with you all soon.

Thursday, 15 November 2007

More Tildas and new Sugar Nellies




Managed to make another 2 cards with my new Magnolia stamps, 1 was for my sister's birthday and the other 1 is just a general one. Both just watercoloured and embellished with some co-ordinating backing paper and flowers with a pearl brad in the center. Should really start cracking with the old christmas cards but there's just so many non christmas Tilda's that are calling out to me! Not to mention I have the new Sugar Nellie stamps vying for my attention now!



Received my batch from Funky Kits today and they are soooo cute. They are similar to Tildas but cheeks aren't as puffy! They come unmounted so are cheaper. If you haven't seen them you must have a look as you'll just love them. Check out their Sugar Nellie blog to see some card samples. O.K must go now and hopefully will have time to play with my new Nellies tomorrow and hopefully have something to show you very soon. Watch this space. Nighty night, Frances x

Thursday, 8 November 2007

My first Tilda Xmas card

Here she is, my first christmas card using 1 of my new Tilda's. Not sure if you can tell but she is cut out and decoupaged. Lettering is from Sizzlits Skittle Dee Doo alphabet strip. I've also been naughty and gone and ordered some of the new Sugar Nelly stamps from Funky Kit website (when I say some I kinda mean 10 :D that's after I restrained myself from ordering all 12!!!!)

Hope you are all enjoying my cards would love to hear from anyone out there and hope I'm not just typing/talking to myself :( Although I have to say starting this blog has spurred me on in completing cards as I tend to leave them half finished and it can take me days to finish 1 whereas now I feel like I need to complete them and share them with you all!

I'm hoping for some more goodies to arrive in the next few days (not that I need more) mainly Tilda's and nellies now so I should get cracking and use the ones I have before my new ones arrive. Until next time, Frances x

Bella


I got snowbunnybella a few weeks ago and stamped her out but have only got round to colouring her in last night and I was kinda on a roll so kept going and made a card - what do you think? The photo hasn't turned out too well as the card is a lovely pale lilac and all the brown bits of fur on bella sparkles as it's watercoloured with my sakura stardust pens (the lilac card base is from pink petticoat's doodlicious xmas collection printed direct onto white hammered card which I can do now I have my new HP printer - wahey, love it as it's sooo much quicker than my old printer). The circle is from cuttlebug xmas jelly folder embossed onto silver card and the snowflakes are brads from docraft which I have had for ages.

I've got the rest of today off work so will try and make some cards with my Tilda's now although I may have to do some online retail therapy as well as Funky kits are releasing their new line of sugar nelly stamps tonight & I don't want to miss those! Will let you know how I get on - even though I shouldn't be spending any more as still have more tildas on their way ; )

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Magnolias are here!



Look what I found on my doorstep when I got home for lunch today . . my Tilda's from Magnolia Sweden arrived!!!!! I only ordered them thurs 25th Oct and to be honest didn't know what to expect as some people have waited weeks for theirs. Through trial & error, I would say that the best way to order on their website is to stay clear of paypal and pay by credit card. (Don't expect to get replies from emails etc, they don't seem to respond which I found out when my paypal orders didn't work and I emailed to try and confirm nothing was ordered!) I just kept an eye on my credit card online and could see when money was taken out (on the 29th) and hey presto they are here a week later. I'm going to have some lunch now then try and play with my new tilda's. Will post some up as soon as I finish some. bye for now Fran x

Monday, 5 November 2007

On a Roll






I'm on a roll here so I thought I'd load some more cards. These are ones I made over the last few weeks. I don't know about you but my cardmaking is a bit like buses, either none for ages or else 3 or 4 in a row all at once!!
Top 2 cards: Images from Penny Black 'Christmas Critters' clear set watercoloured in pencils with touch of sakura stardust pens (you may notice this is my method of choice for most of my colouring in). Snowflakes are diecut from cuttlebug die and sentiment is from vellum sticker on mice card, Pink petticoat papers and sentiment for the holly card cat which was punched out with woodware superduper scallop circle.
The last 3 cards are all from Pink petticoat downloads either doodlechristmas set or Lola's boudoir set. I love these so much I've even gone and upgraded my printer so that it prints better and quicker for me and also cos I wanted to print directly onto thicker card which my old printer couldn't cope with!
O.k think that's enough posting for 1 day, hope you've all enjoyed my creations and hopefully will be back with some more christmas themed ones in a week or so and maybe some more magnolias if they get here soon - getting impatient waiting for them :[] lol
Till then, keep crafting! Fran x (if any of you are a strictly come dancing fan you'll see how I've adapted their little catchphrase! I love matt & flavia)

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