Thursday, 27 May 2010

LOTV blog candy

O.K I never seem to win these candies but you have to try right? Especially as I adore LOTV stamps anyway.  Plus I need something to take my mind off my chicken pox - I really can't stand the sight of the rash now and it's going to be dayssss before they go, not to mention they are starting to itch :( and I am dreading them leaving scars, especially the ones on my face!

So, anyway, this lovely candy is courtesy of LOTV, for their fabby new release due out on the 1st June and is being hosted via their challenge blog here but you only have until end of sat 29th to enter, so what are you waiting for?!

CCT no DP: get well

CCT theme this week is no designer papers (just when I went and got more yummy new MME & GCD papers too!)  So I stamped my own background piece onto a piece of kraft card using a fab get well stamp kit from Elzybells which I knew would be great to use with all my 'get well' type stamps.  This cute Dr & nurse is Whiff of Joy which I have stamped together.
Here's a better view of my own stamped background before it got covered up with the image

Funny thing is I must be prophetic as I could do with a get well card myself as I've only gone and got chicken pox!  Apparantly you can get it again even if you did have it as a kid - aren't I the lucky one!  So I'm not feeling 100% as you can imagine (the rash started appearing yesterday) so will keep this post short & sweet (bit like me ;) only with spots on, at the moment LOL)

Thanks for visiting.


Thursday, 20 May 2010

Spoonful of girly innocence ~ 'love you muchly'

Hello again. I'm back with a card that's the total opposite of my last card and fits in perfectly with spoonful's 'cute & girly' theme I think! (yeah, managed to join in a challenge for a change!)

I've used another sweet Pure Innocence stamp, this one is called 'flower girl' and I just love the sentiment that comes with her, which I have stamped below her.  Silly Monkeys have just had a restock of these cuties and they have started to list lots of quilling papers & kits too which got me thinking that I had some from many moons ago.  So I dug them out and had a little play.  Thought they would be great to make some flower embellies (only basic as I never really got any further than the 'dabbling with' stage!).  Then I just pulled out this gorgeous piece of DP from the 'Kioshi' Basic Grey pad and thought they would look fab added to the bouquet.  Here's a side view of it so you can see the 4 added quilled flowers I've put on

The daisy flower is just basic quilling of 6 loose circles pinched at one end to create the teardrop shape and the centre is a quilled tight circle.  The yellow and pink pom pom looking flowers are just strips I have fringed with scissors before quilling then fluffing out.  Then the fourth flower if you can call it that is the teeny tiny lilac rose bud.  You can find loads of instructions for quilling if you just google it.  Quilling is an artform in itself and you can take it to a whole other level but for me, it's just a fun way to add little embellies to my stamped images.  I think I'll be doing more of the fringed flowers as they will be great for the centres of my punched out paper flowers.  I also think quilling will be more prominent soon as Cuttlebug have some new quilling dies due out later this year (saw some videos and the flowers they make look fab) and I think will get more people interested.

  • Stamps: 'flower girl' ~ Pure Innocence by MFT, flower flourish ~ Papermania stamp
  • Colouring: Copics
  • Paper: 'Kioshi' Basic Grey pad
  • Tools: MS daisy border & corner punch, quilling tool & 3mm quilling papers
  • Others: ribbon, pearl brads

    Well, that's all the cards I've got to show this week.  Thanks for your continued visits and I hope to see you next week sometime.  I'm also hoping to see some of this supposed heatwave we're supposed to be getting, it's just about sunny at the moment but heatwave it's not! Which probably isn't a bad thing for today, as got to contend with no water later tonight till 6am tomorrow (doing some waterworks in the area) so best go and fill some buckets & the kettle for later!

  • CCT Sketch by Caz: card with bite!

    It's sketch week over on CCT, a fab one by Caz (nice and simple, how I like them at the moment).  I think I may have got ontop of this whole being at work all the time now but still having time to make cards by taking my Copics/images into work and colouring when it's not busy ;)  Although I do find this harder (I like to use the papers to help choose what colours to use!) but at least this way I should start having a pile of coloured images ready to use and with the amount of dp I have it shouldn't be too difficult to find colours to match!

    Although looking at this now, it probably isn't as good a match as it could have been but the papers where the first to come to mind to go with the whole grungy/goth girl look I was after.
    I really love this new line from the Greeting Farm as they are more edgy then the sweet Anyas (which I love, but not everyone loves sugary sweet) and I had a blast colouring her in and giving her eye make up and glittery eyeliner :)  Not too happy with the hair - tried to give her red lowlights but not as good as I would have liked.

  • Stamps: 'Thursday' from the Creeper Crew range by The Greeting Farm(TGF),  'bite me' ~ TGF sentiment set, 'you rock' ~ Inkadinkado set, the splodges and flourish bits ~ 'grunge collection' by Stampelglede  available in the UK here
  • Colouring: Copics, clear Sakura stardust pen for her lips and eyeliner
  • Paper: 'Rockstar' & 'all dressed up' DCWV
  • Tools: MS Iron fence or gate (I think -  can never remember the proper names) around the page set, EK success chain edger punch, scallop punch for the 'bite' on the circular sentiment :D
  • Others: staples, self adhesive pearls

    Well, hope you like my take on the sketch. If you prefer your cards more girly & sweet then come back later as I have another card to share which may be more your cup of tea. Until then,

  • Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Birthday Bunny

    Hello!  I'm back with the card I made for my Sister last week but wanted to wait till it floated over to the US (Happy Birthday Sis - hope you've got this by now, if not, this is what you're getting LOL- hope you like it ;)).

    I've used a cute LOTV bunny stamp, coloured as always with my Copics and as this one is floating along I had to use my Heroarts cloud stamp again to make the background behind her (stamped with matching colours of distress inks) and then the layout of the card just sort of fell into place after that, after much of my usual fiddling around.

    I've cut out the image freehand to make a sort of cloud shape.  The sun is last month's freebie stamp off Craft stamper mag which I've cut out and added a tiny sentiment in the middle.  The happy birthday is Basic Grey stamp, the circle sentiment is from a SU set.  Papers are from the gorgeous Baisc Grey 'Kioshi' pad which I have only just broken into (always have to look at them awhile before I can bear to cut/use them LOL) and teamed with some lilac pearlescent cardstock.  Then lots of my MS and EK punches used (the EK success paw print one is fab - like the way I staggered them either side of the strip so it looks like set of footprints?!). Lots of doodling and then stickles glue (on the flame of candle, around cloud and in sun) & gemstones for bit of bling and finishing touch.  I've pretty much just listed everything I've used so won't bother repeating it in a stash list.

    Hope the sun is shining where you are, UK is supposed to heat up this week so enjoy it whilst it's here ;)  Thanks for dropping by and until next time,


    Thursday, 13 May 2010

    CCT someone special: 'It's your day'

    CCT theme this week is 'someone special'.  I've made a birthday card for 'someone special' (as it's bound to go to a family member and they're all special, right?!) - just not sure who yet ;) but when I do, I'll just ring their birthdate with a red pen to personalise it.

    As you can see, I've rediscovered my love for my Magnolias and have coloured in another cutie, this time with her daily papers.  The rectangular  background behind her is a piece of white card I have stamped and sponged myself, with distress inks, to match the rest of the papers (which were all scraps left over from my last 2 cards) and the calender bit is another stamp (Hero arts).  And yes, it's that flourish swirl die again - you might be seeing that for a bit until I've gotten it out of my system LOL

    Tilda is raised on foam pads which you might see better in this next photo

    Wasn't too sure where I was going with this when I started this one but am really pleased with how it turned out now.  Thank you for dropping by and I'll probably be back early next week as I do have another card made but it's for my sister and I want to make sure she gets it first, before I show it on here, as I know she reads my blog ;)   So until then, have a lovely rest of the week and enjoy your weekend.

  • Stamps:'love news tilda'~ Magnolia, calender ~ Hero Arts, sentiment ~ one of those 99p studio g sets. background consists of Hero arts defination stamp & a floral MME 99p stamp
  • Colouring: Copics on Tilda and distress inks for the stamped background piece
  • Paper: scraps (pink paislee '360 degrees') & blue cardstock
  • Tools: Nellies mutliframe rectangle die, Marianne D 'frame & swirls' die, flower punch, circle punch
  • Others:pearl brad, red self adhesive pearls, glamour dust over the swirls

  • Saturday, 8 May 2010

    neglected Magnolias

    Hello there!  Second post from me this week - woohoo :)  Having got some more Magnolias from the fairytale range recently, it made me look at my huge collection and realise I probably should actually start using them again if I'm to keep buying them LOL.  So I inked up this cutie to go with another paper flower I made (they are soooo fun to make) at the start of the week and have finally finished putting it all together after sitting on my desk all week.

    This flower is a lot bigger than the last one I made, as I've used the Tim holtz tattered floral die.  And as the packaging on that showed them with print all over it made me do the same!  I just found a hero arts definition stamp and randomly stamped that all over them to make it look like page from a book (hence I chose my little Tilda writing in her book) before sponging brick red distress ink all over it.

    Layout was done around the flower and the fact that Tilda needed something to sit on.  Then I just added some bling to finish.  Not much else to say really, apart from loving the flourish bits, either end of my flower - they are from a Marianne D, 'frames & swirls' die (which I got just for swirls rather then for the frame bit!)

    Well, I'm glad I managed to leave you with another card to look at this week.  Enjoy your weekends and I'll be back next week, sometime.  Thank you for visiting.  I'm off for some lunch and then see if I can't squeeze in a bit more colouring before work.


  • Stamps: ' Tilda writing Diary' from earlier Magnolia release at the start of this year.  Hero arts 'handmade definition' used on the handmade flower. 

  • Colouring: Copics on Tilda, distress inks for the flower and for stamping/sponging around edges of the papers

  • Paper: '360degrees' pink paislee pad

  • Tools: Sizzix Tim Holtz 'tattered florals' die for the flower, Marianne D 'frame & swirls' die, MS ATP 'woodland branch' punch for the bit Tilda is sitting on (just punched either side of the strip)

  • Others: Stickles.  Pearl brad for centre of flower, self adhesive gems, flourish template & paper heart doily from The Hobby house.

  • Thursday, 6 May 2010

    CCT boys to men: fathers day

    Hello and it's another week already - time sure is zipping by at an alarming rate and it's May already.  Just wish this weather would catch up and make up it's mind whether it wants to stay sunny/warm or wet/cold so I can stop turning the heating on & off.

    Anyway, enough of my moaning.  CCT theme is 'boys to men' so we want to see cards aimed at the men in your life.  So, seeing as time is going by so fast thought I'd get ahead and get my father's day card ready for FIL as I know it'll be June before I know it and I'll get the "have you got a card?" from hubby right at the last minute!

    As per most of my men's card, have kept it simple and only used button and string for embellies.  The cute image is LOTV which I've had ages but only just got round to using and the sentiment and cute fish in the corner is from an old MFT set.

  • Stamps: 'gone fishing' ~ LOTV, sentiment & fish ~ 'lets hear it for the boys' MFT set 
  • Colouring: Copics, stickles over the fish and water (just realised now I was meant to use Sakura glaze pen over his wellies for shiny look but forgot - D'oh)
  • Paper: '365 degrees' Pink Paislee pad
  • Tools: Nesties Labels thirteen, MS grass border punch, EK wavy border punch
  • Others: button, brown string

    Well, thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a lovely day. Will be interesting to see who's in No.10 come morning

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