Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sugar Nellie Live Laugh Love

Hi Lovely Blogging Friends....

It's my turn today to share an inspiration card for Sugar Nellie..  and you KNOW I have a weakness for fairies, particularly these Fairy Glen fairies... so I decided this little lady had to have another outing!!  OK, I gave her a new colour job... I think I've done her in blue and turquoise before...  so violet seemed a change!

Materials used:
Paper - Pink Petticoat
Colouring - Copics
Skin; E000/00/21/11, R20
Hair: E21/34/23
Dress and wings: V000/91/01
Flowers: RV91/93/95
Gros-grain Ribbon and Glitter from Stash

Hopefully she'll sprinkle a little fairy dust around and make the weather change to a bit warmer... while I've been typing and scheduling this post (Tues eve), we've had thunder and hailstones the size of marbles landing in our garden!

Have a good day... Hope the sun shines!

Big hugs

Monday, 18 May 2015

Happy Days..


Hi Peeps....

Well there's something about this little guys that really has my heart...  you gotta love them cos they make you smile!!  And because of that,  you'll be seeing a lot of them in the near future here on my blog..

My card today was inspired by the lovely Torico - who in actual fact is the illustrator for these images for My Favourite Things (such a talented lady) - I saw a wonderful MFT DT card by her using this colouring, and although you know that normally I steer well clear of yellow... this time it really looked right with the green and turquoise.  I've used a similar design to Torico also...  (being inspired by the best of course!) - although I have put my own spin on it... hope you like!

Paper: Pink Petticoat Digi Gingham, Echo Park I Love Sunshine
Dies: Dienamics Rounded Banner Stax, Lil' Inkers Stitched Sun, MFT Blueprints 3, MFT Grassy Fields
Colouring - Copics
Skin: E000/00/21/11, R20
Hat and Braces: R24/27/46/39, E57
Shirt: B93, 95, 97, 99 and Uni Posca Pen for White Dots
Trousers: E41/42/57
Beard: T0/1
Boots: C5/9
Sentiment done on PC - white on colour technique
Yellow Stickles and Gem from stash

Big hugs and Happy Crafting....

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ocean's Gift... and a freebie digi paper!

Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend..  my OH is at work both days, so I'll be getting lots of crafting time... and then he had 'in lieu' days during the week - so we'll have a couple of nice days then - I win both ways! LOL!

Now.....  this weekend Alyce at Kit and Clowder is hosting her 6000 members party.... with a theme of 'Under the Sea' - and at Sugar Nellie (as we have some BEAUTIFUL mermaid images now in digi form as well as rubber), we wanted to join in the fun!  The party starts later today at the Kit and Clowder Facebook Group... click on the logo...

These beautiful marine images are available in both rubber and digi - I have used Ocean's Gift..  this little mermaid has found a beautiful pearl.  So with the title in mind,  I also decided to give a gift.... my first ever digital paper which I created as the background for this image...  all you need to do is right-click to enlarge... then save to your files.  It will look quite small, but I promise it will print out at 6 x 6 inches (or whatever size you require and change it to).  I created this with Photoshop Elements - and played about with gradients (thanks Colette!), and then lots of underwater marine type brushes..  Hope you like!  Like I say, it IS my first ever digi paper - but now I know how to do them... watch this space!! hehe!

Now.. quelling my excitement about my digital work and back to my card..  I did LOTS of fussy cutting......  and by the time I was finished I'd decided NEVER to fussy cut again (have you seen her hair?!)...  so if you see me with my Martha Stewart scissors in my hand........  tell me NO!!!

Colouring - Copics
Skin E000/00/21/11, R20
Hair E21/34/23
Blue Greens: BG10/11/72/75/01
Violets: V01/04
Rocks shading: C0/1/2/3/5
Glitter, Sequins and Glossy Accents

Have a lovely weekend all...  and if you do take the digi paper, let me know as I'd love to see what you make with it!

Big hugs

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A stitch in time.......


Hi Peeps

Sorry I've been quiet for a little while...  I had a craft fair last weekend - so was pretty busy...  even though the fair was disappointing!  It was only in a small village hall - with very little footfall...  most people it seemed came for the tea and cake rather than looking at the stalls!  Ah well, I ended up in profit and had a lovely few hours.... AND some cake too!

Time for another challenge at In The Pink - and I'm here with my DT card - using one of my favourite images at the moment.... it's the beautiful Flower Maiden from A Day For Daisies....  and a deep dusky pink...

And as our theme this time is


... I had to dig out my sewing machine and give it a go!  I think my lower tension needs some adjustment - but as I've only used my machine for curtains for the last 15 years or so...  I don't really know how to do it!  Ah well...  it managed what I needed so I was happy...

Paper - 
Diamante and Pearl Trim - JJD Creations
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/21/11 R20
Hair E21/34/23
Pinks RV91/93/95
Shading B0000/000
Grounding T0/1

Hope you like what I did with her and that you'll join in the stitching fun at In The Pink - don't forget, you don't need to actually stitch - it can be any type of faux stitching too... including dies!

Our sponsors at In the Pink this time are very generous Ribbon Girl - you could win a £10 gift voucher if your card is chosen!

So... what's stopping you???

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A little Gorjuss-ness.....


Hey Peeps....

I'm here today with a fabulous Gorjuss Girl image for my Sugar Nellie inspiration post.... meet Ruby on her swing!  Isn't she just gorgeous (or gorjuss?!)
And yes... she demanded PINK!!  This wasn't a request.... it was a definite demand!!  I'm saying this, because my lovely blogging friend Colette thinks that my craft room must be very noisy with all these images telling me what colour they should be...  and yes, it IS noisy.... but that's the music... the voices are in my head!  (yes.... I'm THAT bad!)

And hopefully.......  Colette and I are meeting up today - she's coming across the border to Yorkshire.... I'm really looking forward to saying hello!

Sorry that the camera has changed the colour of the glittered panel around the image...  it actually in real life does match the paper..  but there you go..  best laid plans etc...

Paper - Prima All About Me
Die: Dienamics Rounded Banner Stax
Colouring - Copics
Skin (usual)
Hair: C0/1/3/5/9
Pinks: RV91/93/95
Shading T0/1/3
Ropes N3/4
Uni Posca pen for white dots

I used the 'out of the box/die' technique for her dangly legs...  I did a video tutorial on this technique a couple of years back...  if you'd like to take a look to see how it's done... check out my tutorial on YouTube HERE.  You made have to ignore my northern accent!! LOL!  Isn't it awful when you hear yourself and you think 'I don't sound like that'!  Hmm... or is that the voices in my head again?? hehe!

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting...

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

You GNOME me.....

Morning Peeps...

I'm back again with another spring/summer time fun card...  this little gnome captured my heart and I just had to colour him!!  I was very lucky as the lovely Tracy at Dies to Die For had just one set left before she restocks - and she got it to me in super quick time!

Materials Used:
MFT Dienamcs Blueprints for tag, Lil' Inkers Stitched Sun, 
Lil' Inkers Stitched Square
Paper: Echo Park - I Love Sunshine
Colouring - Copics
Hat - R21/24/29/59
Shirt - G20, YG63, G99
Trousers - E99/57/43
Shoes - C5//7
Plant Pot - E40/42/43
Snail - E42/43/99/57
Grass - YG63

And I think I'm addicted to fussy cutting......  I so love to grab my Martha Stewart scissors and sit quietly cutting out....  Hmmm what does that say about me?? hehe!

Big hugs

Monday, 4 May 2015

Some Bunny....


Hi All.....

I'm a bit late today - but it's a bank holiday here so it's allowed!!  Hope all in the UK have a fabulous day... unfortunately the weather doesn't look too promising, but whatever you're doing, enjoy it!  My lovely OH is working today, so guess where I'll be??  In my craft room of course!

I thought I'd get round to using my newer stamps... though I have used this little set before, I haven't used this particular one.  I have a craft show on Saturday, so I thought I'd get some Spring-like cards ready!

The stamp set I've used is MFT Somebunny.... and it's really so gorgeous and very useful - easy to colour too!

Image and Sentiment - MFT Somebunny Clear Stamp Set
Dies: MFT Dienamics Pierced Circle Die, MFT Stitchable Dots Circle Die
Colouring - Copics
Bunny - E40/41/42/43
Flowers and Dress - RV32/34
Barrow - E43/57
Cloud - C0/1
Sky - B0000/000
Grass - YG63
Twine and Heart Button from Stash

I'm a HAPPY bunny after doing this...  and today I'm on to Gnomes! LOL!

Big hugs

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Fussy and Fancy OR Clean and Simple at In The Pink

Oh my goodness ladies... I've got no Internet so I'm doing this on my phone!  So it'll be short and sweet!

Updated now my beloved Internet is back!!

Time for a new challenge  at In The Pink... the theme is Fussy  and Fancy OR Clean and Simple. . So you can all join in easily!  Guess which style I went for???

Image - Pollycraft Sweetheart (available from Little Miss Muffet Stamps)
Lil' Inkers Stitched Square Die
Colouring - Copics
Skin E000/00/21/11/04, R20 (E11 needs a refill Faye before you spot it!)
Hair E50/34/43/57
Pinks RV34/63/91
Grounding N0/1
Shading B0000/000/Blender

We've a sad day at In The Pink as we're losing Rebecca - one of our lovely Pink Ladies...  but she's on to new career opportunities so we wish her all the best and thank her for being a lovely part of the team!

Now.... hope you'll pop over to join in the fun - our fabulous sponsor this time is Little Miss Muffet Stamps who are supplies of all sorts of wonderful crafty items, not to mention gorgeous digi images!  Take a look by clicking on the logo below..


Big hugs to all
Christine xx

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

So Sweet at Tiddlyinks..


Hi all....

How're you doin??

Today this card could be my last challenge card as DT for Tiddly Inks...  (sniff)...  I have re-applied in the new DT call - but there are so many wonderful entries that it's totally understandable for Christy to give others this fabulous opportunity....  I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed playing with these images!  This will no doubt continue - as I have endless images in my collection - I've always adored Tiddly Inks - and am a little in love with Wryn!

Soooo  as the new challenge theme is -


- I thought what better image to use than Wryn holding a lusciously sweet strawberry??  

Materials Used:
Die: Spellbinders Border
Sentiment - done on PC
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/21/11/04, R20
Hair - E23/25/29
Reds - R24/27/46/39 and E57 (for depth)
Toadstool Stems - E42, W3
Greens - YG03/63/67, G99
Shading: B0000/000/02
Shading on Dress - C0/1
Uni Posca White Pen to enhance Toadstool Dots

Hope you'll stop by the challenge blog and see what the other lovely DT members have come up with...  and then to join in the 'Sweet' fun!!  

Big hugs

Monday, 27 April 2015

Tent time....

Hi Peeps...

A quickie from me this morning on a little card I made yesterday...  After seeing my lovely blogging friend Kat's fabulous tent card a little while back - I decided it was time for me to give it a go.  I didn't realise how easy it was!  

The image is one off the Little Fairies sheet from LOTV - so many on that sheet to choose from - and it took very little colouring.  Then the rest has to be self-explanatory....  you can see from the pics how it looks from all angles!  If you want me to, I'll do a quick video tutorial - just let me know.

The tent style really solves the 'flop' of cards that fold at the top (know what I mean?) - but obviously the message from the sender has to be written on the back.  I left this one 'sentiment-less' (like most of my cards!) so it can be used for any occasion.

Image - LOTV Little Fairies
Paper - Nitwits Digi
Dies: Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle
Flower and Leaf Punches
Colouring - Copics
Pinks: RV91, R81/83
Shading N0/1/Blender Pen
Skin and Hair as usual
Gems and Glitter

Hope you all have a lovely week... the sun is shining here but it's chilly!!

Big hugs

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Seaside wishes!


Hi Peeps....

Hope you're all OK - big hugs to you if not..

Time for my Whimsie Doodles Inspiration post..  I've used Beach Hat Ava and created a little scene...

Now, when I chose this little lady to use from the Summer Fun collection, the sun was shining brightly - and I could have gone straight to the beach with her and played in the sand.... but I'm afraid I wouldn't have looked as good as her in my swimsuit and hat.... for a start, mine ISN'T pink (believe it or not! LOL)

I paper pieced her hat, bag and swimsuit - after finding a scrap of paper with a tiny print in my bit box.

Paper - a scrap from my bit box - and some blue Bazzill dotty embossed
Dies: Die-namics Rounded Banner Stax and Lil' Inkers Sun
Sentiment - LOTV Set 26 Simply Sophisticated
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/21/11/04, R20
Hair - E50/34/57
Sand - E41/42/33
Pinks - RV91/93/95, R81/83
Sky - B0000/000/Blender Pen

Hope you like what I did with her!

And of course, now the sun has gone behind the clouds in the UK... and there is even some snow forecast in the next few days!!  Can you believe that?? 

Big hugs

Friday, 24 April 2015


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

Hope you've been enjoying the glorious sunshine we've had here in the UK for the last couple of days.... my lovely OH has had a few days holiday, so we've been catching up with jobs in the garden, then I think we'll be off out later today and for the next couple days!

Today I'm here with my Fabby Friday card for Tiddly Inks.  I decided to use this wonderful new image from Christy - it's for Autism Awareness.

I did struggle to come up with a suitable sentiment but decided on the above, as I think it must go some way to describe the feelings involved.

Materials used:
Dies: Spellbinders A2 Modern Stationery, PTI Ric Rac Border
Mama Elephant Confetti
Embossing Folder (sorry no name on it)
Sentiment done on computer
Colouring - Copics
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04, R20
Hair: E50/34/43
Blues: B9395/97/99
Reds: R24/29/89
Shading T0/1/3

Hope you'll take a peek at the blog to see the Fabby Friday cards the lovely DT have come up with.... click on the logo below and you'll go straight there..

Big hugs and Happy Crafting....

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Wryn The Mermaid


Hi Peeps....

I just thought I'd drop by with a card I made today while my lovely OH was at work - it's one of those 'just for fun' cards as I fell in love with this little lady and couldn't wait to use her!  I think we enjoy those 'fun' cards more sometimes, don't you?  When there's no time limit and no pressure...  And I sooooooo enjoyed colouring Wryn The Mermaid..  all that wonderful hair!  She's one of the wonderful new digi images available on Tiddly Inks this week.... check them out HERE... you won't be sorry... I promise!

I used my little blender tool with some gorgeous Distress Inks for the sea background... liberally sprinkled with some Martha Stewart tiny sequin stars....

Embossing Folder
Distress Inks: Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/21/11/04, R20
Hair - V01/12/06 RV66
Mermaid Body - BG10/11/23/72

I'd love to say welcome to my newest followers...  and thanks for joining me in my blogging adventures...

Biggest of crafty hugs...