Sunday 29 May 2011

Just Magnolia Challenge - Friends

, Hi everyone! Well the copic saga continues, lol. I am still awaiting my skin tones so no colouring for me :( . On the upside I am getting to use images I had previously coloured, like this beautiful Tilda from Magnolia. 

I am entering it into Just Magnolia's challenge which is themed Friends along with some other challenges, listed below.

I made this card for my DT submission on Basic Grey Challenges - with the theme of Shabby Chic - only I forgot one key ingredient.. yes.. I used no Basic Grey on it, duh!!! It has certainly been one of those weeks, lol. 

The paper I did use is from Tim Holtz and it's about the only scrap of that paper I had left. I teamed it with some blue and some white card and machine stitched them. The border work was done using my new favourite MS punch. The flowers, seam binding and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the white stamens (?) were in my from my RAK from Ali. As always, I've added some pearls - LOVE pearls!!! 

Copics used
Skin - E11, 01, 50. Hair - E70, 74, 77. Dress/Shoes - B91, 93, 95. Heart - R22, 24, 29. Socks - C1

Tools used
Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Circle & Scalloped Circle, MS Antique Lace punch, Sewing Machine.

Challenges -
Magnolia Down Under Challenge - Sketch by Kylie
Card Makin' Mamas - Use your scraps
Delicious Doodles - Lovely lace
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything goes
Sew Many Cards - Circles
Wags 'n Whiskers  - Stitching
Hanna & Friends - Lace & pearls
Paper Crafting Journey  Anything goes and/or use your favourite whatever (colours, technique, etc).
Sassy Studio Designs - Pearls, lace & Elegance
Stamp Insanity - Red, white & blue

Before I head off to feed my babies I would just like to tell you all that there is a Memorial Day Weekend sale over on La-la Land Crafts.
From now until Monday, May 30th when you enter a discount code MEMORIALDAY upon the checkout, you can receive a 10% discount on all of the orders over $50.00!!  Digis INCLUDED!!

Click HERE to go shopping!!

Have a wonderful weekend

Thursday 26 May 2011

Tickled Pink Challenges - 3 Patterned Papers

Hi everyone!! Wow hasn't May just zoomed by??!! This is my last GDT card for Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges and this week we want to see you use 3 patterned papers on your projects. I just love working with the new Lil Victorian Steampunks, so much fun!!

My image is Lil Victorian Steampunk Lolita Lilith - and this girl's got a whole lot of attitude goin' on! I've used copics to colour her. My papers are from Crate Paper Inc's Restoration Collection and they've been ripped and stitched onto dark brown cardstock.  The Ace playing card is from the underside of Lace, which is also in the paper collection.

The lace and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The pink ticket and pearls are from my stash. 

Challenges - 
Crafting for all Seasons - Anything goes
 House That Stamps Built - Stitching
 Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything goes
 Truly Scrumptious - Anything Goes
Anita Be Stampin' - Pearls & Lace
Claudia & Co -  Girls Birthday Card
 Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Use at Least 3 Different DP's
 Craft Your Passion - let it all hang out
 Creative Stamp Friends - My favourite colours
 Get Hippity with Ippity - Flowers
 Kaboodle Doodles - Distress, rip, tear, crumple
House of Gilli - Flowers

Have a fantastic day!!

Wednesday 25 May 2011

La-La Land Crafts Summer Release Blog Hop

La-La Land is gearing up for summer with new Design Team Members and some fun new stamps! We're hopping around today so you can see some amazing creations by the new team featuring these fabulous new stamps, and we hope you'll join along. 

If you've arrived here from Rosie's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, be sure to head on back to the La-La Land Crafts Blog for the full details of the hop. 

Of course it's not a hop without prizes!! To be in with a chance at winning one each of the 6 new stamps from the Summertime Collection you'll need to leave a comment on every blog you visit along the way.

Today I'm using the adorable Beach Marci paired up with some fun summery looking papers from one of the My Mind's Eye Stella Rose collections.

I have coloured her with copics - E00, 01, 11, 42, 43, 44.. Y00, 02, 11. BG000, 10, 11. R20, 22. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the pearls are Kaisercraft and the ribbon is from my stash.

Next stop is Trisha's blog, so hop on over and what she has for you today.
Don't forget to comment along the way so you can win!

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday 23 May 2011

Whiff of Joy Challenges - Aqua, Pink & Cream

Hi. Today I have 2 cards to share. The first one is for Whiff of Joy Challenges. This challenge didn't appeal to me one bit when I read it.. no sirrreeee!! Aqua, Pink & Cream? - these colours didn't look right in my head.. but on paper they go really really well together!!

My stamp is called I am Sorry Gnome but it's really versatile and I've used it as a Birthday image. Coloured with copics to match the theme of the challenge - R81, 83 85. BG000, 10, 11. E00, 01, 11, 50, 51, 53. I handcut the tag and the sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

Challenges - 
Simon Says Stamp - Sparkle & Shine
Crafty Emma - Embellish It
Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Flower, ribbon, bling
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Fussy and Fancy - 2 papers, 2 embellishments, 1 ribbon
Tellen's Place  - Anything goes

My next card is from Whiff of Joy's new stamp kit. Single sets from this kit will be released on June 1st and pre-orders for the Autumn kit will start on June 15th. 

Challenges - 
Card Cupids - Bright and Bold
Allsorts - Birthday
Card Makin' Mamas - 1 image, 2 papers, 3 different types of embellishments
Paper Cutz - Teacher appreciation
 Have a wonderful day

Saturday 21 May 2011

Happy Birthday Waltzingmouse Stamps....


Today is Waltzingmouse Stamps 2nd Birthday and both the Design Team and Mischief Makers Team have created some birthday themed creations in honour of the celebrations.

OF COURSE our Ms. Mouse, Claire, knows nothing of this as it really wouldn't be half as much fun if she did, would it?!!:P We would love to see Claire's blog and Facebook wall covered with birtdhday wishes so do pop over to and say hello, I know she would be just tickled :D

I cheated slightly as this week has been one long marathon of copic madness and commissions - so I am sharing a project I made a while back, using Fancy Phrases, Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy and the fabulous A Piece of Cake template.

... and speaking of cake.. today is the last day to enter the Waltzingmouse Tea Party Challenge with a HUGE prize.. so check out the details HERE. You know the saying - you gotta be in it to win it!!

Have a great day 

Thursday 19 May 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges - Distressing

Wow, this is my 3rd week as guest designer on Tickled Pink Stamp Challenges!! The month of May is just zooming by in a blur. It's hard to believe the kids have only about 5 weeks left before they are out of school for the summer!! Eeeeek!!! 

Anyhoooo, now I've totally distressed myself with that thought it leads me to this week's challenge which is "Distressing" and in words of Kellie herself --  "this can be distressing with inks or distressing the edges of your papers with a distressing tool, as long as it looks like your creation has been 'distressed' in some way thats fine!!!

The prize up for grabs is 1 RUBBER or 2 DIGITAL Stamps of your choice!

May 20th

On my card I've used Lil Victorian Steampunk Lad Lestat.. how charming is he?!! I just love this whole collection, my favourites {so far!!}

I've pretty much covered every aspect of distressing - my papers have been ripped, scraped, inked and painted.. and for good measure I stitched them too ;) 

Copics -
E00, 01, 11, 50, 51, 53. C1, 3, 5, 8. G20, 21.

Challenges -
Emerald Faeries - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything goes, Optional Kraft
Digistamps 4 Joy  -  Boys/Men
Penny's Paper-Crafty - Anything Goes
Truly Scrumptious  Anything Goes
A Spoonful Of Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Distressed/Vintage
Cards For Men - for Someone Special
AiFactory - Boys will be boys
The Rubber Cafe - Tags

Thanks for popping by! Please do check out what the wonderful {PINK} DT and GDT have created for your inspiration.

Have a wonderful day

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Love to Stamp Grand Opening Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to Love to Stamp's first blog hop. 

When my blogging/DT friend Angie announced she was opening her very own store I jumped at the chance to help showcase the wonderful stamps she will be selling. Have you been following along with all the Little Darling sneak peeks that have taken place over on the Love to Stamp store blog??

If you've arrived here from Barbara's blog then you're moving in the right direction, if not, then you need to put it in reverse and head back to the Little Darlings Challenge blog where the fun begins.

The stamp I've used today is called Up Up and Away and I've teamed it with some ever delicious Webster's Pages papers. 

Is this not one of the most feel good stamps ever???? You can just feel the wind in your hair and the sense of freedom .. of course I'd be a blubbering mess curled up in the bottom of the basket as I'm terrified of heights.. but whatever.. I can totally feel HER happiness... lol.

And if you need another reason to check out the Little Darlings Challenges blog...  there is a sweet CANDY treat up for grabs and it's super easy to enter your name in the running.  There is also a contest that runs til June 8th and has some super prizes!!!  You can catch all of the details on the challenge blog.

Next on your journey is Janiel's blog

Have fun hopping!!

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Waltzingmouse Stamps May Blog Waltz

Good morning!! It's the 17th of the month and that means only one thing - Waltzingmouse Stamps monthly blog waltz!!! All you need to do is make a card/project with a masculine theme,  and post a link to  it on the forum here.

  Full details of the montly waltzes can be found HERE.

I made a card for my 7yr old son who only a week ago sat on our driveway crying and insisting that he couldn't cycle his bike -  and now he's doing 3 mile bike trips with his dad and he's in the local cycling club!!

The stamps I've used on my card are from the Free Spirit Boy and Free Spirit Sentiments sets. The papers are Basic Grey Origins and they've been stitched onto black card. As it's a boy card and I couldn't add a gazillion flowers to it I just added some twine to embellish, lol. 

Well that's it from me, don't forget to check out what the rest of the Waltzingmouse DT ladies have created. 

Have fun!

Sunday 15 May 2011

Magnolia Down Under & Just Magnolia Challenges

Hi!! I'm still catching up since Blogger had it's hissy fit and today I am sharing a card I made for a couple of Magnolia challenges - Magnolia Down Under with their theme "My Favourite Things" {lace, Magnolias, flowers, pearls.. lol} and Just Magnolia with "Make it Lacy"

I also used the sketch on Wild Orchid Challenges when making my card but they've decided to add a second criteria to their challenges, this week's being Mum's are Special, so my card didn't qualify :(

Copics - E00, 01, 11, 13, 23, 25. BG0000, 10, 11. G20, 21 24. R00, 10, 12, 20.

Challenges -
Stamp Something - Anything Goes
ECP Challenges - Pastel Colours
Cute Card Thursday - It's so Distressing 
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Use Old Supplies
Crafts and Me -  Punches
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up?  – Add a Tag.
The Rubber Cafe - Tags

Thanks for dropping by! Have a wonderful Sunday

Saturday 14 May 2011

Post 'Blogger Meltdown' catch-up ;)

Good morning. So Blogger's up and running again and all is right with the world once more ;) As I couldn't post my card yesterday today's post is a double up, lol. 

First up is Tickled Pink Challenges, and the theme this week is Vintage Colours. The prize up for grabs....2 RUBBER Stamps of your choice! My image is from the newly released stamps for May and is called Lil Victorian Steampunk Lolita Evie

My papers are Graphic 45's Steampunk and they  have been distressed, inked and stitched. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and the sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. 

May 13th

Next up is Basic Grey Challenges - and our theme for this challenge is Mix 'n' Match - use papers, embellies from different Basic Grey collections. My papers are a mix of Offbeat and Hello Luscious.

The image is from La-La Land Crafts and is called Marci with Rose. I've added some glossy accents to the roses in her hand, hat and shoes.

I will be back later to add my copic colours - for now I have to run as I promised the kidlets I would take them out this morning!!

Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Just Magnolia Challenges.. again

Howdy!! I'm back with another card for Just Magnolia challenges today.

I've been using deeper colours lately and I'm finally getting more comfortable with them. For the wings I laid down some really light pink and added star dust stickles over it. 

My papers are an older collection from Magnolia and they've all been machine stitched.

The flowers and seam binding are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the charm is {I think} from The Hobby House. The pearls are from my stash. 

Copics - E00, 01, 11, 50, 51, 53. R22, 24, 27 29. Y21, 26. 

Other Challenges -
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Flowers
Flourishes - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday  Flower Frenzy
Use It Tuesdays  - Bling
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Card Cupids - Flowers
Creative Inspirations  - Glitzy and Bling
Dream Valley Challenges - Flowers
Emerald Faeries - Anything Goes
I Did It Creations - Monochromatic
Thanks for popping in today. 
Have a wonderful Wednesday

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Just Magnolia & Lovely hAnglar Only Challenges

This is my second post of the day, if you're looking for my Love To Stamp sneak peek you need to scroll down or click HERE

It's been a while since I've had time to ink up one of my hAnglars and now that Just Magnolia also allow hAnglars in their challenges it makes it so much easier to get around to using them. It also helps that my internet connection is awful lately so I don't spend too much time on Facebook, lol.The challenge on Just Magnolia is Anything Goes with the option of real or faux stitching.

I have a total mental block when it comes to these particular Basic Grey papers, I can NEVER remember the name of them.. Stella Ruby maybe? Whatever they are called I'm down to the last of them and I'm not best pleased about that :( 

I used the Recipe over on the Lovely hAnglar Only challenge blog, which is -
  • 2 Designpapers
  • more than 2 Flowers
  • Lace
  • Charm
 Copics used - {Skin}E00, 01, 11. {Hat/Shoes}YR21, 23, 24. {Clothes}E07, 09, 18. {Hair}E43, 50, 51, 53.

The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps "Frame It" stamp set. 

Other Challenges -
Papertake Weekly - Punches or Die Cuts
Secret Crafter - Dust Off Your Stash
Emerald Faeries - Anything Goes
Creative Cowgirls - Anything Goes
Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #53: Use die/punch 

Little Darlings - Another Sneaky Peeksie...

Today I have the pleasure of showcasing another beautiful stamp, 'Going for a Ride' for Love to Stamp, which will be  opening it's doors on May 16th. 

Each day until then there will be sneak peeks created by the fabulous DT and GDT. If you haven't checked it out hop on over there now. You won't be disappointed.

Copics - E00. 01, 11, 13, 23, 25, 31, 33, 35. R00, 01, 12. C1, 3, 5, 8. G20. 21, 24,
Image - Going for a Ride
Papers - Emma's Shoppe Collection. Crate.
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Distress Seam Binding - Etsy
Pearls - Stash.

Monday 9 May 2011

DT Whiff of Joy & La-La Land Crafts

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a good day :) I have a couple of cards I'd like to share today, and first up is DT card for Whiff of Joy. This is one of new stamps which was released on May 1st and is named Friends Forever - Nora & Ben.

The sentiment is also from Whiff of Joy, and is also part of the new release. You are My Hero - a set of 9 sentiment stamps. These would work so well with Whiff of Joy's digi stamps. To embellish I used some tulle, silver rimmed pearl brads and flat backed pearls

Copics - way too many to list, lol.


Next is a card featuing my first La-La Land image, Sweetheart Marci. I really enjoyed colouring this and couldn't resist printing out some more to play with later :D 

You can link all your La-La Land Crafts cards and projects to their Customer Gallery on the LLLC blog for a chance at winning a prize each month. ;)

Challenges - 
Stamp Something - Use a digi
Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Lots of Layers
Karens Doodles - Pastels
Make it Monday - Anything goes
Card Cupids - Flowers
Catch The Bug -  Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Include a quote/sentiment
Raise The Bar - Challenge #65: Flower power
Well that's it from me for today. 
I will be back tomorrow with another preview for Love to Stamp!!
Have a great evening

Saturday 7 May 2011

Little Darlings Sneak Peek - Shellphone

Good morning!! 

For those of you who don't know yet there will be a brand new and exciting store opening on May 16th. Each day until then there is a whole host of wonderfully talentened crafters showcasing of some of the fabulous stamps that will be available. 

I am delighted to be one of the lucky ladies showcasing for Love to Stamp. This little cutie is called Shellphone and I had such fun working with it. 

There have been a number of sneak peeks already so head on over to the Love to Stamp blog to see what else will be in store!
Image: Love to Stamp 'Shellphone'
Papers: My Mind's Eye
 Adage Tickets - Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Jute -  Cardz n Scrapz
'Sand' - Distress Stickles {antique linen}
Flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
Pearls, Pins and metal stud from my stash.
Copics -
E00 01, 11, 23, 25, 27. YR14, 16, 18. BG70, 72, 75. R00, 01, 20, 22
{sky - BG000, B91, C01, O}

Have a wonderful weekend

Thursday 5 May 2011

GDT - Tickled Pink Challenges - A Sketch by Kellie

Hi everyone!! This is my 2nd post today so if you're looking for my PaperPlay post you need to scroll down :)

I have the great honour of being the May guest Designer for Tickled Pink Challenges and for my first week it's one of my favourite challenges - A sketch! The prize up for grabs is 2 DIGITAL or 1 RUBBER Stamp of the winner's choice.

When Kellie said I got to choose an 'older' image for this challenge I had to have Lil Lolita Kellita. I used a mix of Basic Grey papers and a sentiment from Lili of the Valley. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearls are from my stash. I added some punched butterflies and loadza glittery stickles for some added sparkle. 

This challenge is ONLY for Tickled Pink Stamps Ranges. The ranges include...
Lil Lolita and Lil Lad
Pink Pets

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes {something round optional}
Art Impressions Stamps Challenge - Bling, glitter & sparkle.
Craft Us Crazy - Mother's Day and/or flowers
Crafty Sentiments -  Flowers.
Delightful Challenges - Mother's Day or someone special
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Challenge #8: Die cuts and punches
Paper Crafting Journey -Challenge #9: Bling
Shelly's Images -Sugar & spice, girly & sweet
Southern Girls - Let's hear it for the girls

Thanks for popping by!! Don't forget to check out the very talented {PINK} ladies' blogs to see their take  on the sketch. 

Have a great day

PaperPlay Challenges - Show Your Style

Good morning and happy Thursday. Today is my busy day - food shopping, cleaning, etc, etc, etc.. the usual boring housewifey stuff, lol. 

This week's PaperPlay challenge -  we want to see YOUR style of crafting, whatever YOU are most comfortable doing, whatevery YOU enjoy most. This week it's all about YOU YOU YOU ;)

We are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, our regular monthly sponsor and the prize is a $15 store voucher to spend on whatever YOU want {<-see, it is all about YOU!! lol }

Hmmm, my style {yes, it's about ME now :D } .. I had to think about this one. I love cute images, I love to colour, I love tags, I love flowers, I love pearls, I love Tim Holtz products, I love Manga, I love lace, I love ribbon and I love love love colour combo challenges!!  So I decided on a tag and for my tag I used an image that I had coloured for the Make it Colourful challenge - Black with a splash of Red - and this is what I came up with.

I used black card as my base tag. My papers are My Mind's Eye - Meadowlark. The background paper has been embossed with the Tim Holtz BINGO folder. All of my papers have been inked with Antique Linen distress inks.

I found this image on the internet.. it was free to take and I couldn't find any copyright on it - I also have no clue who the illustrator is, unfortunately. The copics I used are C8, C5, C3, C1 and R29, R27, R24, R22

The flowers, seam binding and lace are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and I am entering this tag into their challenge - White +2 with a Twist. The twist is to use roses, which I have. 

Thank you so much for popping by today. I really appreciate the visit. Please do stop by my wonderful DT ladies' blogs to see THEIR style ;) 

Have a wonderful day 

Sunday 1 May 2011

Waltzingmouse May Release Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to Waltzingmouse Stamps May release blog hop. Today the DT are also showcasing the final set to be released  - Say it Loud. BIG BOLD sentiments!! 

You should have arrived here from Carly's blog, but if not, you need to head back to Claire's blog where the hop begins.

I absolutely love this set, so I've made a few samples :D 

For my first card I've used the Labels 5 Nestabilities and Very Vintage Labels 5 Stamps along with Say It Loud. I cut out the sentiment and then using the same sized die I held it down on my contrasting paper and ripped around it for the distressed look.

My papers are BG Eva. The distressed seam binding and button are from Etsy. I added just a little bit of lace and a few of pearls to finish off.

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp 2nd Anniversary challenge.

I also made a Tea Bag Holder, which is a FREE template in the WMS store. If you've been following along with the releases over the past couple of days you'll know that after the release there will be a fabby competion with an even more fabby prize... but just in case you've missed it, you can find all the deets HERE on this post.

I stamped my card using distress inks {tumbled glass & scattered straw} and the Dainty Doilies - Small. Then I distressed all the edges with antique linen.

I've used Holiday Labels 14 stamps and Nestabilities, the HUGS is from Say It Loud. I also used Bitty Banners and a sentiement from the Dainty Doilies - Large set which is one of the new releases today. The sweet teapot charm was just perfect for this project.

 For my final sample I made a shaped card using Curved Rectangles Nestabilities & Spellbinders Impressibilities - Flowers. You will have to enlarge the photo to see the impressions but I promise they are there, lol. 

I just added some pearls, flowers and a punched butterfly to embellish and keep the card somewhat CAS - I did say 'somewhat' ;) 

Next on the hop is Bonnie and I'm sure her samples are sheer delight!!  Thanks so much for popping in. 

Don't forget that there will be a prize of a stamp set of choice from a random drawing from one of the Design Team's blog. Be sure to comment on all of the blogs as we don't know whose blog the prize will be chosen from. You will have until May 2nd {11:59 pm EST} to complete the hop. The winner will be announced on May 3rd. 

Have fun hopping!!