Friday 31 August 2012

La-la Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Back to School

For most of us it's BACK TO SCHOOL time for the little ones and there are many rejoicing momma's!! My little ones don't head back until Monday and as always I have mixed feelings.... I love having them home from school, it's so relaxed and routine free for us.. no uniforms, books, homework, lunches, early bedtimes, early rising times... but then on the other hand, the kids FIGHT!! every opportunity they get! With such a wet Summer (again!!) they are stuck indoors for a lot of the time and they grate on each other's nerves, lol

This week's Inspiration Friday over on La-la Land Crafts is very appropriate for this week.. yes, we want to see your BACK TO SCHOOL projects and cards using La-la Land Crafts stamps and/or dies!!

My card features
Stamp: Backpack Marci

Copics -
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair: E33, E35
Hairband, Shirt & Skirt: E07, E08, E09, E18
Shoes: C3 through C9
Apple: R22, R24, R29
Backpack: BG01, BG02, BG05

Don't forget, you can enter your card into the Customer Gallery to be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize. Did you know that we are on Facebook? Check out our FAN PAGE where you will be first to hear of special offers and new releases!! 

Touch Twin Challenges and More - Photo Inspiration
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by today! 
Have a wonderful day

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Krafty Klubhouse Kit Blog HOP!

Today Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps is releasing an EXCLUSIVE Moonlight Whispers stamp set!!

is the newest of our special Krafty Klubhouse Kits…..we’ve been releasing a new one every few months!!

Be part of the Krafty Klub and order your exclusive set which features THREE special edition stamps designed by Annie Rodrigue PLUS SIX coordinating sentiment stamps

THREE WISHES will be sold ONLY as a set and ONLY at the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps Shop!! Not only will you get this MAGICAL new set, but you will also receive a sweet treat if you order this set before September 9th!! When placing your order for this Krafty Klubhouse Kit, you will get to pick out your choice of an $8 stamp from any of our lines....for FREE to be included with your order!!!! 

Now let me be clear…..there is NO club to join or sign up for! ANYONE from ANYWHERE in the world can order this special set but ONLY at the Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps Shop!! These images will not be sold individually, but only as the complete set called…..THREE WISHES!!

Not only do we have this fantastic new set available for you....there's MORE!! To celebrate the end of a fabulous summer AND the fact that those kiddos are starting a new school year (let's face it, you need to reward yourself for the fact that you made it through all those weeks with them home...heehee!), we are having a BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!!! We've got over 40 fabulous stamps on special 20-50% OFF this weekend only!!

Check out the links below because all these Krafty Girls have gorgeous creations to share, featuring all three of the new Krafty Klubhouse images! And be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN the new set!!

Thursday 30 August 2012

PaperPlay Challenges - Appreciation/Thank You

It's Thursday and that means a new challenge over on PaperPlay Challenges. Our theme this week is...

Appreciation/Thank You

I am featuring Bambi Bubblegum on my card. She comes with matching sentiment but I chose to use a Thank You Trinkets to incorporate the theme of the challenge. 

My papers are My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite and I've stitched them down onto orange, lime green and white cardstock. I cut my image, the pennant and sentiment out using nestabilities. 

We are sponsored by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and one lucky winner will get the choice of receiving 3 single stamps or one full set!! 

Kimmie kindly supplied some fabulous stamps to our DT so make sure you go CHECK THEM OUT!!

Challenges - 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions  Primary colors
My Mum's Craft shop - 3 sets of 3 things

Thanks for dropping by! 

Wednesday 29 August 2012

DT Quixotic Paperie - Graphic 45 Little Darlings Baby Card

Today I have a card to share featuring the new Little Darlings paper pack from Graphic 45. This paper pack is SO unbelievably sweet and is perfect for both boy and girl projects. I had so much trouble cutting it up.. still gives me nightmares, lol. 

I made this card for a friend who has just had her little baby boy. The image in the centre is from one of the papers in the pack. I matted it onto a white doily. To embellish I simply added some pearls, lace, ribbon and a cherub charm. I forgot to take pics before I added the names hence the blurred out circle... although it does match my papers, lol. 

Cardstock: The Paper Mill
Lace & Seam binding : Wild Orchid Crafts
Cherub Charm: NEC Birmingham 

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Celebrate the Occasion - Child's Birthday
Fashionista Challenge - Card for a Child
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes

Have a great day

Saturday 25 August 2012

La-la Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Buttons and Bows

Good morning and HAPPY Friday!! Ooops, I'm late.. it's Saturday :) 

Today. We have a new inspiration post on La-la land Crafts. The design team have been getting their craft on and using


For my card I've used Rose Faerie  & Book Stack Stamps along with the Flourish & Medium Roses Dies. 

 I used Copic markers - 
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair: E42, E43, E44
Dress: RV10, RV11, RV13. B000, B02.
Roses: RV10, RV11, RV13, YG03, YG63,YG67
Candle/Candle holder - YR65, YR68. C1, C3, C5, C7

To be in with a chance of winning our monthly prize, don't forget to link up your La-La Land Crafts makes  to the Customer Gallery. We would also love to see them on our Facebook Page and La-La Land Crafts Facebook Group.

Delightful Challenges - Fancy & Frilly 
Do You Stack Up? - Fantasy
In the Pink - Lots of pink plus wings

Friday 24 August 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Release Blog Waltz

It's Waltzingmouse Stamps Release day blog hop!! Over the past 3 days we have been giving you previews of all of the stamps being released today. The store is now closed but will reopen in just a few minutes at 7.15pm (GMT).

You should have arrived here from Bonnie's blog, but if not then you should head back to the Claire's blog to start at the beginning. 

Today we are recapping on all of the sets. I missed out on Day 1 so today I chose to showcase Vintage Garden Produce, Vintage Garden Flowers, Vintage Seed Packet and Vintage Garden Appleblossom Seeds and boy did I have a lot of fun with them.. so grab a coffee and pull up a chair :D

First up I made a sweet card featuring Vintage Garden Appleblossom Seeds and Vintage Seed Packet

I coloured the images with copic markers and trimmed them out. The papers are old ones from Basic Grey. I embossed the background paper using Swiss Dots embossing folder and I punched out a border using Martha Stewart's Antique Lace punch. To finish off I added some 5mm flat back self-adhesive pearls. 

Next I made a 6" x 3" tag featuring Vintage Seed Packet and Vintage Garden Flowers

The papers on this are from My Mind's Eye. Once I adhered the backing papers on I fixed a large eyelet at the top of the tag and thread some seam binding though. I layered a half white doily onto the background papers and then adhered the sentiment, which I had stamped out using Stampin' Up: Pretty in Pink & Basic Black, onto the half doily with 3D foam dots.

 I used the same MS punch on this one as I did on the previous card and I added some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and seam binding to embellish. Again, I added some 5mm self adhesive pearls. 

Then I made a gift jar filled with strawberries featuring Vintage Garden Produce, Vintage Seed Packet, Opera Tags, Opera Tags DiesGingham & Co. 

I stamped the Vintage Seed Packet with Stampin' Up Ruby Red and trimmed it out. Then I stamped the strawberry from Vintage Garden Produce onto white blending card with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I then coloured the strawberry with Copic Markers, trimmed it out and adhered it onto the Seed Packet with 3D foam dots. 

I filled my glass jar full of strawberries and taking some cheesecloth, I used the Ruby Red ink and created some gingham design on it. I put it over the top of the jar, securing it with red and white ribbon and then tied the tag and strawberry charm onto it with WMS Button Twine

I am entering this into the Touch Twin Markers and More challenge - Good Eats.

Last up I created a Halloween card featuring Vintage Seed Packet,  Cicely at Halloween and Hocus Pocus

My papers are My Mind's Eye Mischievous and I've matted them onto black cardstock. I stamped Cicely using Momento Tuxedo Black and coloured her with copics. The I stamped the bats all around her with Stampin' Up Basic Black and distressed it with Old Paper ink. 

I used some cheesecloth to give a spiderweb effect and also some black lace. To embellish I used more Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. I stamped the sentiment on the other side of my pennant paper adhered it with foam dots. 

I did warn you that I had a lot of fun, lol.
If you're still with me... Next stop on the hop is Julia!!

Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog in the hop to be in with a chance of winning a stamp set of your choice. You have until August 26th 11:59PM GMT to leave your comments

Happy Waltzing!!

Make it Crafty Blog Hop

Zoe's excited to be releasing another colouring tutorial and it is on a topic that everyone always seems to want to improve... Colouring Hair!!  And in particular this e-book is, 'Colouring long hair in fine detail!'

Colouring Long Hair Tutorial

When Zoe was trying to decide on an image that would be perfect for this tutorial she just knew she had to contact the gorgeous Krista Smith from Saturated Canary. And... Excitingly Krista has illustrated and generously donated the perfect character exploding with big luscious hair full of layers and bumps! Just perfect for you to learn all of Zoe's little secrets to colouring finely detailed hair.

This is my attempt, lol. A lot more practice needed but I am HAPPY with my first try at it. For my hair colour I used E21, E23, E25, E27, E29.

Skin: E000, E00, E11. R20
Dress/Eyes: BG02, Bg05, BG07
Necklace: Y21, Y28

We thought it would be fun to have a little hop (and a few give aways of course) where the fabulous MiC girls and Krista have followed Zoe's tips and tricks to colouring long straight hair.

Here are the rest of the ladies participating today....


Thanks for dropping by!!

Thursday 23 August 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Release Previews - Day Three

Good morning and welcome to Day Three of Waltzingmouse Stamps August release previews. Over the past 2 days the DT have showcased 6 stamp sets - Vintage Garden Produce, Vintage Garden Flowers, Vintage Seed Packet, Vintage Garden Appleblossom Seeds, Camellia and Opera Tags - and also introduced the newest addition to the WMS catalogue - Opera Tags Dies.

Today we have 3 more sets for you - Little Lanterns, Bright Season and Light of the World Sentiments

My first card features Little Lanterns and Light of the World Sentiments, and also Opera Tags Dies. I stamped my lantern, trimmed it out with a scissors, punched a hole at the top and threaded some WMS button twine through.  Then I adhered it with 3D foam dots.

My second card features Bright Season and Light of the World Sentiments and is a very clean and simple card. Again, I stamped out my lantern, trimmed it out with a scissors and adhered it with 3D foam dots. I added a layer of glossy accents to the lantern, and a button flossed with WMS button twine. I used a copic multiliner to draw a double line around the card and some white pearls to finish off. 

Check out what the rest of the DT have created today. Here is the list.... 

Wednesday 22 August 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Release Previews - Day Two

Good morning! It's Waltzingmouse Stamps preview time and I am soooo excited to share my projects with you today. We have TWO more amazing stamp sets - Opera Tags and Camellia and we also have our very first Waltzingmouse Stamps DIES!! These dies coordinate with the Opera Tags stamps but can also be used with your other WMS sentiment sets. 

My first card features the Camellia set and also sentiments from Opera Tags and Compact Family. I used  copic markers to colour my image but this would also look amazing in watercolours. 

My second card features both the Opera Tag stamps and dies, and Compact Sentiments. Can you tell I LOVE my compact sentiments stamps?!! I used Distress Inks to stamp and then used the dies to cut out my shapes. 

Check out what the rest of the DT have created for your viewing pleasure today. Here's the list... 

Monday 20 August 2012

DT Make it Crafty - Halloween Greetings

Morning Bloggers!! Today I have a Halloween card I created using Make it Crafty Spooky Halloween Chippies, yes, you read right.. no character image, the chippies have centre stage today ;) This set has loads to play with and I have tons left over that I can use as embellishment on more cards. 

I used a single sheet of patterned paper from Echo Park's Apothecary paper pack, edged it with black distress ink and matted it on to white and black cardstock. This was the background for my 'scene'.  I  then inked all of the chippies I was using on my card. I used Black Soot for the House and Spider Webs, Old Paper for the Railings and Tombstone and Spiced Marmalade for the Pumpkin.

I also stamped out a Waltzingmouse Stamps Halloween sentiment and a quote onto white card, crumpled them up and distressed them with Old Paper. Behind the sentiment/quote I added some cheesecloth. Once I had all my elements adhered down I blew the dust off of my Stickles (seriously! not kidding!!) and used them for edging the sentiments, and on the both the pumpkin and Spiderweb.

To finish off I added a button flossed with bakers twine and some pearl topped pins.

You can find these fabulous chippies HERE on the Make it Crafty Store. While you're there, check out the Baby Room chippies too.. TOO CUTE.. and another great set for using on their own. 
Have a great day

Sunday 19 August 2012

Yumi & Fumi Handmade Challenge - Anything Goes

Today is a special day at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Crafts Blog because TODAY starts the very first official challenge. The Yumi & Fumi Handmade Crafts Blog will be having bi-weekly challenges, and YES, there will be some prizes involved, HIP, HIP HOORAY!! :)

Prizes will be available during blog hops and challenges that start at the beginning of the month only. However, because this is the very first challenge, there is a prize up for grabs!!

Our challenge for the next two weeks is an easy one!


Since this is the very first challenge, you can use any image you wish to.

But please take the time to review all of the challenge rules HERE to make sure you qualify (the rules are under "Challenge Info" at the top tab). You have until Saturday, September 1st, 11am PST to link up your new project (one entry per blog). 
We will pick one Prize Winner and 3 Top Picks.

For my card today I have used Fumi with Gift and I've coloured her up with Copic Markers: 
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair: C7,C9
Clothes: R05, R08, R24. C5, C7, C9
Gift: YG31, YG23, YG25

Don't forget, for a chance at the prize drawing be sure to link up your creations on the Y&F Handmade Crafts Blog (please provided a direct link to your project, not just to your blog).

Starting with the 2nd challenge on September 2nd, you WILL have to use a Yumi & Fumi Handmade or Sister Stamps image to qualify for the prize drawing. Like the Y&F Handmade Crafts Facebook Fan Page so you can stay up-to-date, get your challenge reminders, and share your creations!

Thanks for dropping by!! Don't forget to check out what the rest of the Y&F gals have created today. 

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Halloween Release BLOG HOP!!

Well welcome back!! It’s Krafty RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!! There are SO many SPOOKY and SWEET new stamps to SEE this month and we've got them in a fabulous showcase just FOR YOU!

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of AMAZING new stamps from all our artists! We’ve got something for everyone!! Lulu is back from Cheryl Alger.....and she's all dressed up in her's HALLOWEEN LULU! We also have an adorable set of trick or treaters from Emilie Goulet called TOO CUTE TO SPOOK 1 AND 2!! And of course we have an amazing new set of six scrumptious CANDY GIRLS from Annie Rodrigue that are simply DELICIOUS! OH and don’t forget the BRAND NEW line of stamps that will coordinate with ALL your images.... called HALLOWEEN TRINKETS by the lovely Nicole Aspinall!!!

You will get to see most of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our AUGUST Krafty Hop! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are NOW available!

And of course, as always, we have our Gimme Kimmies Kits available for those of you who ‘need it all’!! The stamps are grouped together by artist and are available at a discount, but only for a limited time!!

Saturday 18 August 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Halloween Release - Day Four

It's DAY FOUR of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps August Halloween sneaks and we are getting SO close to release day. 

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's sneaks of Too Cute To Spook 1 or 2 by Emilie Goulet. Don't forget to check the KKS blog to see if you were a lucky winner!! 

Today we kick off our weekly challenge AND the sneak peeks of  SIX new AWESOME stamps by ANNIE. This month for Halloween she has created SIX lovely new stamps featuring CANDY GIRLS!!! - Bambi Bubble Gum, Coco Chocolate, Fabby Flossy, Izzy Ice Cream, Lola Lollipop and Pippa Popcorn!! 

My card features Izzy Ice Cream and I've coloured her up to my favourite flavour - mint chocolate chip!!

My papers are from Authentique and they are stitched down onto brown and white cardstock. I've added coordinating lace, ribbon and flower and finished off with some white pearls. 

Check out all the amazing creations on today's hop in combination with this week's challenge!! The lovely PAM is our hostess this week and her challenge features a fantastic SKETCH!! Use the sketch she has provided as inspiration for your card or scrapbook page! And the random winner of this week's challenge will receive the new Lola Lollipop, as featured on her gorgeous creation!! We really hope you are inspired by this week's challenge and share your inky creations!!! We SO enjoy seeing your beautiful designs inspired by our challenges!

Below you will find all the Krafty Girls and Guests who are showcasing Annie's stamps today and while you're visiting their blogs, be sure to leave some love at each stop because TWO lucky ladies are each going to WIN THREE of today's stamps :D 

ALL of our AUGUST stamps will be available TOMORROW at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! So be sure to come on back to enjoy our Release Day Krafty HOP!!

Touch Twin Markers & More - Good Eats

Friday 17 August 2012

Waltzingmouse Stamps August Blog Party

It's PARTY TIME on Waltzingmouse Stamps!!!

This month our theme is BIRTHDAYS and you can get ALL the details on how to play along HERE on Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog. 

On my card I've used You're Lovely and combined it with Compact Sentiments

My papers are from My Mind's Eye and I've also used the same papers to paper-piece the image before cutting it out using Romantic Rectangles Nestabilities. To embellish I've added some lace, seam binding, a flossed button and some pink pearls. 

You have 24 hours to link up your creation HERE.
On the 20th of the month we will highlight a few of the amazing entries and will be on the lookout for projects that showcases extra special effort! We will also randomly select a winner for a coupon code good for a free set.

Have fun!!

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Halloween Release - Day Three

Welcome back to Day Three of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps August Sneak Peeks.

Today we are showcasing some frightfully fantastic stamps designed by Emilie Goulet called Too Cute to Spook set 1 & 2. 

My image is from Too Cute to Spook 1, which comprises of 3 fun images and 5 coordinating sentiments. 

My papers for this one are a mix of Pink Paislee; Hocus Pocus and My Mind's Eye; Mischievous. I used a black card base and stitched the papers down onto orange and black cardstock. I also used a fabric border sticker from Pink Paislee's Hocus Pocus range.

I stamped the sentiment onto white card and cut it out using circle Nestabilities, then I used felt to matt it. To embellish I added some bakers twine, flowers and cheesecloth. 

All our new AUGUST 2012 stamps will be available on Sunday at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! And come on back tomorrow because not only will we have a fantastic new challenge for you, but we'll be revealing the NEW stamps by Annie Rodrigue!!!

Check out the rest of the Krafty Girls who are sharing PEEKS with you today. And as you're hoppin' around, be sure to leave a comment at each stop because Kimmie is giving away these new sets, one to each of two winners!! 

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Colour Inspiration

Morning Bloggers!!

It's Friday and that means it's time for another Inspiration Friday on La-la Land Crafts
This week our theme is a colour inspiration - 


On my card I used Bath Time Marci which comes with the coordinating sentiment that I stamped onto the bathtub. 

 I created the flowers using the Large Flourish die for the leaves and the Water Lily die for the petals. I added some yellow rhinestones to the centres. The 'doily' behind my image is from the Heart Tree die.

Copic Markers used - 
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20. 
Hair: E70, E74, E77, E79
Duck & hair bands: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18
Bathtub & towel: C1 through C9
Bubbles : B000

Challenges - 
Crop Stop - Flowers, dots & bling
Delightful Challenges - Punches & dies
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes

Check out what the rest of Team Friday have created over on the La-La Land Crafts blog. 
Have a great Friday!!

Thursday 16 August 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Halloween Release - Day Two

Welcome back for day two of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps AUGUST Krafty Peeks!!! 

Today we are excited to share the THREE new images and FOUR sentiments included in our new Lulu set by artist Cheryl Alger!!! It's time for some CUTIE PIE Halloween stamps!! This ADORABLE new set is called HALLOWEEN LULU. 

For my card I've used Witch Lulu and coloured her up with Copic Markers. My papers are a mix of Echo Park; Apothecary and My Mind's Eye; Mischievous and they've been stitched down onto black cardstock.

All the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests have lots of super designs to show you, so be sure to hop over to each of them! And while you're there, be sure to leave a comment because one lucky stamper is going to WIN the new HALLOWEEN LULU set!!!!! 

ALL the new stamps will be available on Sunday at the KKStamps Shop!!

For those of you who have been asking, and there have been a lot of you, YES!!! It has been confirmed!! Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps WILL be putting on our 3rd Annual Krafty Day event!!! The venue is booked, the caterer booked, the Krafty Girls are coming not to mention....ANNIE IS COMING!!!! We are busy little bees putting everything together to make our 2012 event another one for the books!!! The date is Saturday, October 20th!!!! I'll be sending out more information soon!! But check your calendars and call your krafty friends!!! You won't wanna miss the fun!!!

Happy hoppin'!