Sunday, 25 September 2016

Rudolph the Skating Reindeer


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends..

Well....... it's happened.....  I've made my first Christmas card for this year and it's only September!  Blame that Stamping Bella....  my head was turned by their wonderful release...  so much so that my bank manager got a bit nervous...  but hey, the happy mail I received made me smile, and surely that's what money is for!

So... meet Rudolph The Skating Reindeer!  The title is self explanatory really....  and reminds me of the wonderful scene in Bambi where the little guy is trying to find his feet on ice!  Remember?  Ooh lovely memories of going to see that at the cinema (yes I'M THAT old!)...

Now I'm still practising with Distress Ink backgrounds - I really do struggle when all these tutorials I watch on YouTube make it look sooooo easy! But I'm relatively happy... 

Card Info:
Image and Sentiment - Stamping Bella Rudolph the Skating Reindeer - available from Dies to Die for in the UK
Die - Double Stitched Rectangle (slightly altered to give the size I needed)
Paper - from stash - no name
Colouring - Copics
Reindeer - E30/31/33/34/37/57/47
Nose and Scarf - R21/37/89
Hooves and Skates - N5/7
Shading N0/1
Background - Distress Inks - Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire
Snowflakes - Sharpie Poster Pen
Glitter, Twine and Glossy Accents (for his nose!)

So..... it's over with!  My first 2016 Christmas card done!!  Expect to see a few more in the near future - I have a huge pile of stamps to get through!! LOL!

Big hugs  

Monday, 19 September 2016

From Me to You...

Hi Lovely Blogging Buddies...

My card today is another using an image from the fabulous September release at CC Designs (I'm soooo getting into Autumn!).... this one is a little Swiss Pixie called Apple Lucy....  isn't she gorgeous?? 

Of course, my favourite colour is pink (like you all don't know!), and one of my favourite combos is pink and brown...  the look so good together!  I took my time fussy cutting around this image - and I'm happy how it turned out.

Image and Sentiment - CC Designs Swiss Pixie Apple Lucy
Die - CC Designs Cutter LayeringTags Dies (such a useful set!)
Paper - Basic Grey Indian Summer
Colouring - Copics
Skin E000/00/11/70, R20
Hair E21/23/25/29
Jacket R81/83/85/89
Skirt and Shoes  E23/25
Apple G40/82
Basket - E30/31/33

I think it'd make a perfect tag for an Autumnal/Fall birthday gift - now I just have to find someone with a birthday between now and Christmas!! LOL!

Big hugs

Thursday, 15 September 2016

In The Pink...


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

It's time again for a new challenge at In The Pink - and this time we have a photo to inspiration for you...

Such wonderful trimmings and embellishments - so all you have to do is use this photo as your inspiration for whatever you make!  

I decided to make a criss-cross card which opens both ways... and to edge with the lace.

Card Details:
Image - Pink Petticoat Material Girl (no longer available)
Dies - Dienamics Pierced Circle Stax, Tonic Studios Scalloped Circles
Colouring - Copics
Pinks - R81/83/85/89
Greens - YG61/63
Shading - T0/1/3/5
Paper - Maja Design Sofiero
Lace (hand coloured by Copic) and Ribbon from Stash

Our wonderful sponsor at In The Pink this time is Live and Love Crafts - you could win a £10 voucher to spend if your name is chosen at random from our Perfect Pinkies!


Click on our link HERE to go straight to In The Pink and join in the PINK fun!

Big hugs..

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Puppy Love...


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends..

I'm here today to share a card I made using an older image from All Dressed Up - but it's still one of my all time favourites!!  It's such a delicate image and of course, lends itself so well to my love of PINK!

I've made very similar before, but as I needed to restock my cards which sell well at Craft Fairs - I decided 'if it ain't broke' etc!

Materials Used:
Dies - Spellbinders Rectangle, Doohickey hearts border
Papers, Gems and Ribbon from Stash
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - E21/23/25
Dress - R81/83/85
Puppy - C1/3/5
Flower - Y21
Leaves YG61/63
Shading B0000/000

Hope you like what I did - it's definitely one of my favourite images of them all from All Dressed Up!

Big hugs

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Such Adorable Elephants!!


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

I've had these little elephants sitting on my craft table for a while - so I thought it time they saw a Copic!!  I've been a bit in the mojo doldrums lately, so thought they may give me a bit of inspiration - and I'm glad I played!

I fussy cut the little guy and made him 3D by using some foam pads..  I thought it gave him just that bit extra.

Card Details:
Image and Sentiment - MFT Adorable Elephants
Dies - Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles
Paper - Pink Petticoat Pretty Little Hearts (now unavailable)
Colouring - Copics
Elephant - T0/1/3/5/7, RV000/00
Flowers Y21, R81.83
Sequins and Glitter from stash

He's such a cute little elephant - I loved working with him..... and I also love being back in my lovely pink zone!  

Big hugs and Happy Sunday..

Friday, 9 September 2016

Cinnamon with her Sunflower


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends

A quickie from me today as I'm having a little break from blogging/commenting while my lovely OH has holiday - but had to share this card using one of the fabulous CC Designs September release..  this is Cinnamon with Sunflower from the new Rustic Sugar range.  Isn't she gorgeous??

Card Details:
Paper - Doodlebug Designs Friendly Forest
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - E23/25/29
Clothes - BG72/75, V12/15/17, 
Tights - E30/YR18
Sunflower - YR21, E25, YG61/63
Shading T0/1/3/5
Button Twine and Leaf Charm from stash

I must admit that I do struggle using Autumn/Fall colours - and I generally rush back to my girlie colours and sparkle quite quickly!  But I hope you like what I did...

Big hugs and Happy Friday..

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Pixie Wishes....

Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

I'm here again with another of my DT cards for the new release at CC Designs it's such a wonderful Autumn/Fall release, that again, I had to use rich colours.... and........ NO PINK! 

This time, I thought I'd give 'no lines colouring' a try for a change!  I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand - then used a Copic Fineliner to go over the face details and fox's eye.  I'm not sure I'm over-happy with the result... but enjoyed playing!

Materials Used
Images - CC Designs Forest Pixie Clear Stamp Set
Dies - CC Designs Forest Pixie Outlines, CC Designs Cutter Scalloped Circle
CC Designs Birch Trees
Paper - Basic Grey Indian Summer
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - E50/51/53/55
Dress and Shoes - YR23/24/27
Fox YR14, E07/08/50/51
Toadstools - R24/56, E42/43
Bird E25, R56
Trees and Stump - E33/23/25

Hope you have a lovely weekend - Barry has some time off from tomorrow so I won't be around as much commenting in the near future as we plan to enjoy ourselves!  I'll be back soon though..

Big hugs

Thursday, 1 September 2016

CC Designs September Release Blog Hop

Today is RELEASE DAY for all of the new SEPTEMBER Products at C.C. Designs!! As you have seen from our Preview Days, this release revolves around the Fall Season! For the month of September, we have 9 new character stamps, 5 new dies, and 1 new sentiment set. We are also introducing a new artist to C.C. Designs and the new line is called RUSTIC adorable!!!

For my card I've used one of the fabulous Four Seasons Girls...  and as this little lady is Autumn/Fall - I thought I'd give her rich auburn hair!

Materials used:
Digi Paper - Echo Park The Story of Fall
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - YR27, E08/09
Jeans - B93/95/97
Jumper - YR23/14/27, E07/08
Shading - T0/1/3/5

Every release we will have a New Release Blog Hop to showcase our awesome Design Team! Check out their amazing creations!
And we can’t have a Blog Hop without a PRIZE!! Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment on each DT Member’s Blog, and then head back to the C.C. Designs Blog to let us know you completed the hop. There is a $25 CCD Store Gift Certificate hidden on one of our Design Member's Blog so you definitely want to comment on each blog. :)

*This Blog Hop will end on Sunday, September 4th at NOON, 12pm EST. Winners will be announced the following week. Don't forget to also comment on each CCD PREVIEW DAY Post for a chance at winning a $15 CCD Store Gift Certificate, and answer the Facebook question for a chance at a free stamp.

Happy Hopping!!

Buttons and Bows...


Hi Lovely Bloggers..

We have another challenge starting today over at In The Pink - and our theme this time is 


I dug out an image I've had for a long time from the lovely Lori Boyd..  it's a very CAS image, so my card had to follow suit... but I managed to get some buttons and a bow on it.  

Materials Used:
Image - Lori Boyd Puddle Jumpers Birthday Emma
Paper - Girls Paperie
Spellbinders Label Die
Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Colouring - Copics 
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Dress, Balloons and Shoes - RV91/93/95
Glitter, Buttons and Ribbon from Stash


We'd love to see you join in at In The Pink - you could win a fabulous voucher to spend at Little Miss Muffet Stamps online store...  and there are wonderful images to choose from..

Hope we'll see you there!

Big hugs

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Windy Days...

Hi Lovely Bloggers..

Well..... it's nearly September and we have previews of the fabulous new release from CC Designs to share!!  

I chose to use Windy Day Cinnamon all wrapped up in her woolly coat and hat..  she looks toastie!!  I know we're still at the end of August and shouldn't quite need to wrap up yet..  but.....  Autumn/Fall days come so fast so it's best to be prepared!

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Border
Paper - Basic Grey India Summer
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - E23/25/29
Bag, Scarf and Tights - RV29/ R56
Coat and Hat - E07/08/25
Shading W0/1/3/5

I played around with the tag shape to make it slightly smaller - just turning it in my Cuttelbug before it cut right through..  quiet easy and handy to know.

The release is out on Thursday this week..  but there's lots more previews to come before then!

Big hugs

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Bridal Shower....


Hi Lovely Bloggers...

My youngest daughter made a request earlier this week for a card that she could take to a bridal shower...  and she wanted it to be in milk/chocolate colours (long story!) - sooooo, as we don't really have bridal showers here in the UK - I had to get my thinking cap on and do a bit of research!!  

I decided to use an MFT Dienamics Umbrella die that I've used before for a baby shower - and I used lots of small flower punches and dies for the infill on the shape.  I used pearls for the centres of each flower too.  Then I thought it was too bare and needed decorating around the edge - so I set about hand colouring some white flower trim that I found in my stash.  I think I'm happy with the result!  I can't wait to hear what the bride-to-be thinks!

The bridal shower my daughter is going to is in Toronto - so the card is currently winging it's way across the Atlantic in her luggage.  She's stopping off in San Diego first to meet up with another friend for a few days..  so it's going to be a well travelled card!

And my eldest daughter is due back this weekend from her holidays - she and her boyfriend have been cycling from Switzerland to Holland along the Rhine..  then they're getting the ferry back to Yorkshire on Monday.  I think they've done very well as they've camped each night..  I have to say I prefer my transport with four wheels and then I like a proper bed at night!!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Monster Mash - Take 2


Hi Lovely Bloggers...

OK, I'm here with another Halloween card...  it's from another of the August release at CC Designs.......  these are just THE cutest little monsters you ever saw!

I played again with this one, using Distress Ink blending on the tag shape..  again something relatively new to me but something I'm very much enjoying learning! 

Materials Used:
Images - CC Designs Monster Mash and Halloween Things
Sentiment - CC Designs Creepy Crawlies
Dies - CC Designs Cutter Layering Tag Dies, 
CC Designs Outline Dies for Images, Memory Box Fence Die
Distress Inks for Blending - Black Soot, Seedless Preserves, Dried Marigold
Digi Paper 
Colouring - Copics
Hair - YG25, G99
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Bandages - W1/2/3/5
Grave C1/3/5
I also used C9 for colouring the white surround when the images were die cut with the outline dies - I thought it gave a more halloween type effect than the usual white border.

I splattered water across the Distress Ink blending as I'd seen done - and was happy with the effect it created!  Then I drew the bats/birds flying across the moon freehand - eeek!!

Hope you're having a good week..

Big hugs

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

A play with my Zig Clean Colours...


Hi Lovely Bloggers...

OK, I had time to play at the weekend.....  and I've had some Zig Clean Colour pens for a little while in my stash....... so I decided to dig them out and give them a go!  

I'd bought this fabulous Tim Holtz stamp set a week or so ago - and knew I'd like to use them for these pens.  I was inspired for my first watercolour card by Kristina Werner - in fact my layout is very similar to one I saw her do,  as for my first card using these Zigs, I felt I needed to do as the experts do!  So thank you Kristina for inspiring me!

And oh my goodness.......  I LOVED colouring with Zigs!!  I was really pleased with my first attempt..  and know you'll be seeing them a lot in the near future..  while I practice light/dark/shadows etc..

Materials used:
Images - Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden
Colouring - Zig Clean Colour Markers
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink
Enamel Dot from Doodlebug Design

Hope you like what I did...

Big hugs