Saturday, 27 February 2010

CC Designs spring kit ~ 'Hugs & Kisses'

Ever since the first kit I got from CC Designs last year I have been hooked on these 2 cute characters, Emma & trevor' and the latest spring kit is no exception. This cutie pie has got to be my favourite from the kit and they are sooo much fun to colour in - especially that round belly and chubby face & legs :)

 I got mine direct, but I know Silly Monkeys will have some in stock soon (here) so just the excuse I needed to ink mine up to show you.  I kept the layout simple as she's so cute anyway plus I didn't want to hide that lovely DP.  I see spoonful challenge is 'distress inks, glitter and pearls' so I think this fits the bill :)


  • Stamps: image and sentiments from Sugarplums spring kit  - CC Designs.  Swirly dots around her from Basic Grey mini delta series of stamps
  • Colouring: Copics, bit of distress inks around paper edges.
  • Paper: glittered cardstock from MME 'penny lane' stack
  • Tools: Nellies multi frame circle for the pink frame with plain nestie circle to cut out image and sentiment (edges around sentiment made from border strip cut with EK border punch), MS 'frond' leaf punch, tracing wheel and pens for the faux stitching around dp
  • Others: flowers all misted with glimmer mist, stickles in her wings, 8mm flat backed pearls

    Have a lovely weekend.

  • Friday, 26 February 2010

    WoJ & a challenge: 'my tweet friend'

    Here's another card using stamps from the WoJ 'birdie love' Feb stamp kit.  I used some of the accessories stamps to make the background too - not that you can see much of it now but this is what it looked like before I added the image etc . .

    I just stamped the flowers with versamark onto piece of kraft card then dusted pearl ex powder over it in greens and purple.  Think you can see how it shimmers when it catches the light.  Then I sponged distress ink around the edges, stamped the text randomly over it and then distressed the edges and added the faux stitching to finish.

    The main image has been coloured with Copics but then I also added shading with my prismacolor pencils for a change and added some swirls around the edge (another WoJ stamp).  The flowers have been sprayed with glimmermist and the stamped flower is another stamp from the kit which has been coloured then stickled.

    As it's so vintagey/distressed and has lots of flowers I am going to enter it into this week's Simon Says challenge which just so happens to want 'vintage with flowers'! . .  love it when I fulfill a challenge without realising it :)

    Thanks for visiting, always appreciated ;)   Not working this weekend so may have another card or 2 to show depending how crafty I feel.  Hope you all have a good one.


  • Stamps: all from the 'birdie love' stamp kit - WoJ
  • Colouring: Copics with a bit of prismacolour pencil around the image for the shadows.
  • Paper: no DP used! just kraft card and coloured cardstock in purple and lavender
  • Tools: Nellies multi frame rectangles (love the slightly different edge pattern you get from the nestie scallop), MS deep edger doily punch, Heidi swapp distresser tool, MS branch punch
  • Others: pearl brads, mini gems, paper roses and flowers

  • Thursday, 25 February 2010

    CCT - Ribbon-tastic

    It's CCT again - gosh the weeks are flying by.  This week's theme is ribbon-tastic.  I've gone for simple/easy option and just used 2 decorative ribbons on my card - the blue velevety one at the top and the yellow popm pom strip at the bottom. 

    I love this Mo Manning stamp and thought she looked quite retro so found some paper that screamed retro to me and kept the rest simple as the paper's quite busy.


  • Stamps: 'Rae with Journal' - Stampavie's Mo Manning range.  Sentiments from Basic Grey 'Delta' series of mini stamps 

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper: Cosmo Cricket 'Nutmeg'

  • Tools: Nellie's Multi Frames - round.  Fell in love with the scalloped border these cut and finally found some in stock at Sir stampalot last week.  I've cut 2 and layered them on this card.  The central image cut with regular nestie circle, MS border punch, MS butterfly punch, tracing wheel & white gel pen for faux stitching

  • Others: ribbon, mini gems in centre of flowers and in/around butterfly.

  • Tuesday, 23 February 2010

    crochet bear

    No card today, so thought I'd show you the tiny little crochet teddy I managed to finish.  he's been slowly building up and sitting in bits on my desk for the last month like this . . .

    So after hubby 'commented' :/ on his long standing presence on my desk I finally put him together.  He probably looks bigger in the photo as I've not referenced him against anything but he fits in the palm of my hand (and I've got small hands!) so probably only couple of inches high when sitting.  His limbs move too :)

    Actually not as cute as I thought he'd be (he looks nothing like the photo that came with pattern!) but he's growing on me and I made him, so that makes him that little bit cuter!  If  you're wondering where I got the pattern from - He's called 'Logan' and I got it off Etsy - just type in 'crochet thread bear' and you should find him (and also laugh at how mine looks nothing as cute as the one shown!)

    Thank you for the get well wishes - I'm much less drippy now and almost back to normal (as normal as I can be!)  Should be back with a card Thursday if not tomorrow too.

    Have a good evening - it's very cold here.  Tried to snow earlier but didn't last long.


    Sunday, 21 February 2010

    WoJ Biride Love Stamp kit: "tweetheart"

    Hello!  I'm full of cold here so will keep this short.  This beauty is the first DT card I've managed to make with the gorgeous new spring Kit from WoJ, 'Birdie Love'.  I've used 3 stamps plus 1 of the sentiments from the kit.  There have been changes to the kit (they are now bi-monthly, only available as kit not individually BUT you get to see them first now) and the best bit of all I think, is that they come ready premounted onto nice thick cling foam now.  So even more value for your money and all you need to do, is cut them out :)

    I just love this set and if you look on Katharina's blog you'll find news of another kit which is exclusive to WoJ retailers only and which I think compliments this kit perfectly - I will be working with both sets over the next 2 months so keep an eye out.

    Here's a close up, I've stamped willow feeding the birdies, then masked her hand before stamping that gorgeous birdhouse behind her.  Stamped and cut out 2 flowers to frame her.  Coloured as usual with my Copics and then some twinkling H2O over her dress for sparkle and then stickles in the flowers.  Papers are from Cosmo Cricket 'Nutmeg'. (Thought it was time to finally crack open this pad and also to stop me wanting to buy the new ones - Clare, if you're reading this - I've been very good and not succombed even with you flaunting yours :p - I must be ill LOL)

    Right off to do the food shop then go feel sorry for myself with my drippy nose and sawdust throat :/

    Have a lovely Sunday and hope you're all germ free!

    Thursday, 18 February 2010

    CCT metal mania:'woo hoo'

    As I was making this card for my neice I thought I may as well use it for my CCT card which this week is 'metal mania'.  So for mine I have added sparkly metal brads to the centre of the 2 wheels and the 3 metal/gem brads in the corner to look like traffic lights.
    This card looks sooo much better in the flesh - I had so much trouble trying to get the colours to look right that I gave up!  I have decoupaged the image too which I'm hoping you can see better in the photo below.  Notice the bodywork on the car - it's glittery and I've also glossy accented the windscreen :)

  • Stamps: High Hopes, SU sentiment circle, 'woohoo' part of Greeting farm set. (torn 'L' plate' drawn by me)

  • Colouring:: Copics then twinkling H2O over the car

  • Paper: Cosmo Cricket 'the boyfriend' mini deck (oooo have you seen some of the new pads?!  I soooo want to get 'material girl' but so don't need anymore paper - I must be strong and resist :/)

  • Tools: MS looped hearts border punch - really is becoming 1 of my faves (and have you seen some of the new ones due out next month?! - best start saving my pennies, there's a fab butterfly one and leafy branch one amongst others), petite scallop oval nesties, EK spiral punch 

  • Others: 2 glittered silver brads, 3 coloured gem/metal brads, ribbon, glossy accent for the car windscreen and door handle plus lots of 3d foam for the decoupaged image

    As always, thanks for dropping by and have a good day!

  • Tuesday, 16 February 2010

    Sarah Kay 'Hello'

    Hello!  Hope you all had a lovely weekend :)  and a good start to the week.  Got another 'slow burn'/collagey card to show you today.  Fancied using some of my 'old' Sarah Kay stamps which have not been used yet (shame on me!) so pulled this one out and teamed her up with some BG 'Origins' paper and messed around with it all until it ended up like this!  I wasn't that happy with it when I finished but now that I look at it again after leaving it a while I think it's growing on me.  Again it's all very much more 3D IRL (image and 1 of the circles are raised on foampads).

    That's all from me for now as I've got to finish a card for my neice (she passed her driving test :)) and then I'm out for dinner later with my brothers and their families plus my mum, for a belated Chinese New Year meal.  Thanks for dropping by :)


  • Stamps: Sarah Kay Stampavie

  • Colouring: Copics

  • Paper:Basic grey 'Origins'

  • Tools: Various MS border and flower punches plus some woodware circle & scallop punches

  • Others: tracing wheel & gelpens for faux stitching and doodling.  8mm Flat backed pearls

  • Saturday, 13 February 2010

    'Hugs & Kisses' weekend

    Hiya, today's card is one I've been playing with for the past day or so -yup, it's another one of those slow brewing kinda cards but I think it was worth it as I really like how this one turned out, even if I do say so myself LOL . 

    This card all stemmed from the spare heart cut out from messing around with my last card along with all the scraps of DP (BG 'sugar rush') from it.  Then I wanted a sitting figure so thought it was time to crack open the Miss Anya set I got for christmas and use this little beauty!

    No particular challenge in mind though I'm sure there's a few it would fit this week with all the love and heart themes floating around. 

    It's all very 3d which I have tried to show with this photo but not very successfully!

    There's lots going on in terms of what I used but mainly little things (which is what took the most time really); like I've glittered the tiny hearts with diamond dust and the flower's been spritzed with glimmer mist.  The background heart is handcut after stamping a Hero arts lace stamp and adding another handcut scallop border.  Lots of faux stitching which I think really finishes it off (it didn't look right without it).  Flowers made from various punches and the eagle eyed amongst you may see my new MS loopy heart border punch which I have punched twice to create the thicker band you see here - it's sooo versatile and I love it - all the little hearts around her are the punched out waste bits from the border :).  Everything else is my usual - Copics to colour.

    That's all from me for this weekend as I'll be working tonight & tomorrow.  Hope you all have a 'hugs & kisses' kinda weekend whether you're celebrating Valentines or not! Mine will be very romantic - not! (working :/ but at least I will be with hubby, so it's not too bad) 

    Oh, one last thing if you'd like somebunny to love, how about this lil' cutie? 

    My talented sister knitted this and is offering it as candy to celebrate her 1 year blogaversary.  So go say hello and give this bunny a name, to be entered into her draw here although I want it for myself :)
    And lastly . . 'Kung hey fat choy' and a very happy new year to you all (let's hope year of the tiger is a good one) :)

    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    CCT: 'love'

    As it's Valentine's this Sunday it'll be no surprise as to what CCT's theme is this week - 'in the name of love' although it doesn't have to be a valentine card just with a love theme.

    Well, I made a Valentine's card for hubby so kept the flowers and frills off and used twill ribbon and metal brads instead (my 'go to' for embellishing 'men cards'!). Although couldn't resist adding some gems and sparkle - he won't mind!  Also got to use my new cuttlebug embossing folder - thought it was about time I actually had a heart one in my collection and I love this new one, it's called 'kimmy's luv'.
    As usual my photo fails to show how 3D & sparkly this is as both the cute couple and the little 'love' heart are raised up with foam pads and his tie, her shoes and dress trim have been stickled for sparkle - probably see that better if you click on photo for closer view.

  • Stamps: Emma & Trevor from CC Designs' limited spring kit (will be released as individual stamps later - Silly Monkey's will have them, not sure of date yet though). The fab little sentiment and 'love heart' are from BG mini stamp set from their new delta range. ( HAD to get some as they have this fab curly font which I love - got the Happy birthday one too which is great as I keep seeing Melissa Frances rub ons with this font which I adore but can never seem to get hold of).
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: BG 'Sugar rush' & some kraft card
  • Tools: just scissors - normal & pair of decorative scallop ones to cut out my hand drawn heart in the background (never did get round to buying the heart nesties - will do eventually but always something else I'd rather get!), 'Kimmy luvs' heart cuttlebug embossing folder on the back which has also been swiped with versamark dazzle pad and heat embossed with mixture of clear & grey embossing powder for a mottled look.
  • Others: twill ribbon, metal brads, round & heart gems

    Well, did anyone succomb to any of the Martha stewart goodies on yesterday's QVC craft shows? I would have been tempted by the TSV if I didn't already have some of the punches in the sets - it was a good price. . . So I was good and didn't spend until I made mistake of 'browsing' online and stumbled across a couple of new release I HAD to have LOL . . this internet shopping malarky is just waaay toooo dangerous & easy >.<

    On that note, I'm off to go make good use of all these things I 'had to have' at stome stage or another, you'd best go do the same with yours!  As always, thanks for dropping by else I'd be typing to myself :).

  • Tuesday, 9 February 2010

    'Bags of Fun'

    Hello & it's back to cute today.  I've used another of the 'City Girls' stamps from WoJ and I couldn't resist adding the 'bags of fun' sentiment and I got to use my 'cityscape' MS border punch (behind her) which I think goes fab.   Now for some reason she looks like she's been tango'ed but her skin isn't that orange in real life, honest!  Maybe this close up will look less orange . .

    hhhmph, she does still look a little too sunkissed doesn't she?!  Oh well!

    It's not a square card for a change, only because I had this card base sitting on my desk (was supposed to be for my last card but decided on white base for that in the end).  So then, the layout just grew from that.  Decided to do a little paper piercing for her shopping bags and my favourite bit is the little price tag I made using various mini stamps from the umpteen 'studio g' mini sets I have, a bit of doodling and a corner rounder punch . .


  • Stamps: 'shopping Willow' - WoJ.  Hero Arts Bar code stamp & various mini stamps from Studio G sets to make the price tag
  • Colouring: Copics, bit of Prismas/sansodor blending for the shading around her and Sakura glaze pens for the tissue paper in the bags
  • Paper: MME and kraft card
  • Tools: Petite scallop oval nesties, Various MS & EK success border punches
  • Others: brads & buttons & mini gems

    That's all from me today, hope you're all having a good week so far.

  • Sunday, 7 February 2010

    arty farty stamping!

    Hello, hope you're all having a good weekend.  Card today is a non cute one - I know, shocking!  But every now & again I get the urge to mess around with just stamps & inks (which is how this stamping bug started for me before I discovered prismas and copics and the influx of all these cute character stamps).

    So I dug out some old and some new Hero Arts stamps (think most of my old wooden blocked stamps are either Hero arts, Stampendous or Penny Blacks!) and came up with this

    Just basic resist embossing stamping and good old distress inks.  In case anyone interested, here's quick run through of how I did it.

    Starting with piece of white card, stamp what you want to be in the background onto it.  So on mine I added the lined notepaper stamp, the 'heartfelt' sentiment and  some random small images in various colours of distress inks.

    Then I found this lovely old flower stamp and created a 'reverse' stamp out of it by heating the grey side of a piece of 'cut n dry' foam pad and pressing the stamp into it (you can just about see the impression in the photo).  You can miss this step out if you already have a suitable stamp (Heroarts have some fabulous new stamps just perfect for this technique which is what got me started to see if I could use what I already had).  I then inked the 'cut n dry' impression with versamark inkpad and stamped it onto my piece of stamped card and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  This way, the only bit of card which isn't embossed now should be the impression of the flower.

    By using various distress inkpads I sponged the colours on to reveal the flower and all the imperfect bits around the edges where it didn't emboss properly.  Give the whole piece a buff with kitchen towel and job done. 

    Then I just cut down to size and distressed and inked the edges before making up into card.  Obviously had to use my Martha border punches in there somewhere and I seem to naturally want to make all my layers 'wonky' so not quite sure what that says about me LOL  Think it would have looked better with some stitching around the layers but I still not got myself a sewing machine so will have to do without for now.

    So, that's my 'arty farty' card out of my system  for now, so cuteness will resume next time :) . . . I was tempted to sit a cute charcter in the corner of my stamped piece - thought one of my sitting Tildas would have looked cute but stopped myself :)

    Thanks for swinging by & enjoy what's left of your Sunday.

    Friday, 5 February 2010

    Spoonful: stuck on you

    Hello!  Bit of a mad card off me today.  From yesterday's clean simple boy card to a mad explosion of girliness and luurrve :).  I've used a Kraftin Kimmie stamp - these images just crack me up and they are such fun to colour in, and the layout over on Spoonful was just perfect for her.  I couldn't resist writing my own sentiment to go with her and sticking a pin in it too to match her poor dolly : )


  • Stamps: 'Drucilla' Kraftin Kimmie stamp

  • Colouring: Copics and black stardust pen for the doodling and bits of shimmer

  • Paper: Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush'

  • Tools: MS loopy border punch, heart lattice punch, EK photo corner punch, various circle and scallop circle punches for the sentiment (the larger heart was just hand drawn and cut out)

  • Others: liquid pearls added to the heads of the pins in the image, a pearl pin stuck through the sentiment

  • Well, I hope that's brightened your Friday, if not woken you up LOL.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend - I sure will (don't have to work this weekend ;))

    P.S  anyone looking for winner of WOJ candy - it's below this.


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