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Friday, 28 November 2014

Winter Princess at Dies to Die for

Happy Friday everyone! First of all I'd like to say thank you to all the people who sent me messages of concern. I'm so sorry that I've not posted for a while now.  I had some personal stuff going on and some work stuff and health stuff and other stuff all rolled into one and I couldn't even face going into my crafty space to create.  My mojo had been completely squashed by it all. I'm feeling a bit better now and the mojo is slowly coming back, so you should start to see a bit more of me over the next couple of weeks.

Anyway, this is my Dies to Die for DT post for today and as I have a TON of stuff to catch up with I won't waffle on too much but will share pics and the products at the end.

It's also my son's birthday today, 27 years today, now that makes me feel OLD lol!

I'm very happy to be back with you all and I can't wait to catch up with all your makes.

Products Used

That's all from me for today, but I'll be back on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week and if I can get my act together I may even have a little giveaway for this weekend.

Big hugs,

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Little Garden Sally, GDT for Art by Mi Ran

Happy Saturday everyone!. I'm here with my 2nd GDT post for ArtbyMiRan and I thought I'd make something in complete contrast to my other make just to show how versatile these stamps can be. 

This is Little Garden Sally, isn't she the sweetest thing?  You can buy her here in Mi Ran's Etsy store here, I just love her to bits.

I went for a very soft and subtle look and coloured her with distress ink markers, I've listed the colours below.  Then I made a bit of a shabby chic card to frame her and I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

Papers used are Vintage Garden by Pion Design, and I used some elements from the sheets to add some interest.  All papers have been inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.

Here's a close up of the stamp.  I just love that sweet little outfit and I decided to give the apron and hair bow some little white polka dots with my Posca pen. I would have added some green Polka dot ribbon to match, but sadly I was all out and I didn't get time to order more in.

Colours used:

Skin - Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar
Hair - Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs
Outfit - Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint
Watering can, grass and background: Pumice stone,  Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood.

I added lots of lovely goodies from the Ribbon Girl which were perfect for this card.

I popped some cheesecloth between my layers to soften them and add to the shabby chic style and added some lovely flowers, and lace, pearls and a watering can charm from my stash.

Some beautiful pink satin ribbon makes a lovely bow and I added this snail button from my stash for a little quirky garden themed touch.

The inside I decorated quite simply with a 6 x 6 piece from the same collection. Finally I added a few touched of Gesso here and there to finish off  the shabby chic feel.

Products used:

White Opal Liquid Pearls

This card is for sale in my Etsy shop, link below


I hope you like my make for today and don't forget you can see new inspiration every day on the blog. If you love to create with these gorgeous images there's also a new challenge each month on the challenge blog here and you can also share your creations with us all on the Facebook group page here.

Have fun and I'll be back with you again on Tuesday! :) xx

Friday, 14 November 2014

Amber at Dies to Die for

Happy Friday all!  I'm a very happy bunny today for several reasons, firstly I have a few days holiday from work, secondly my beautiful daughter is coming to visit this weekend and finally I absolutely love my card today, it turned out so well!

This is 'Amber', one of the new Saturated Canary collection from Little Darlings Rubber Stamp, isn't she lovely? I just adore her.

I've coloured her up with my Copics today,  I think she would look equally wonderful in Distress Inks,and I will certainly be colouring her in those another time,  but Copics suited this wonderful paper pad 'Ambrosia'  from Bo Bunny perfectly.

I cut her out with my pierced ovals from MFT and then slipped a couple of doilies cut with the Felicity Doily Die from Cheery Lynn. All edges have been inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.

I cut a lot of little butterflies with the Dancing Butterflies die from Memory box, to echo the little butterflies that are fluttering around her in the image. I edged the frame with this lovely TuTu trim in lilac, it's called purple, but it seems much more lilac to me!

This gorgeous bow and bling are from The Ribbon Girl.

Finally I decorated the inside to compliment the front, even adding a few more of those delightful butterflies. I was going to add a sentiment involving butterflies to the front of the card, but in the end there really wasn't enough room lol, but one can always be added to the inside if needed.

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

I added lots of bright and beautiful flowers, plus ribbon lace and bling from my stash including

Cosmos Daisy - Deep Pink
Cosmos Daisy - Purple
Diamante Heart
 (I coloured this a bit darker with a Copic marker)
Fuchsia Spot Organza Ribbon
Clementine Vintage Lace
2 mm Flat Back Gems 
(coloured with Copics)
5 mm Flat Back Gems
(coloured with Copics)

I hope you like my make for today, I have to admit I'm a little in love with her myself and it was very hard to part with her, but she's already sold to one of my best customers.

I'm back again tomorrow with my GDT post for Art by Mi Ran, and in contrast to today we're going soft and subtle. See you then! :) xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Happily Ever After - The Remix

Good morning! It's a quick share from me today.  A while ago I was approached via my blog contact form and asked to make a card for a 10 year anniversary. The person was quite specific in wanting a card very similar to another card I made last year.  Now I don't normally repeat a card, but they wanted something very similar, so this is probably the closest I'll ever come to making the same card twice.  The layout stamp and colour scheme are pretty much the same, but I made some subtle changes, to give the same effect without being a direct copy. So basic layout is the same, as is the stamp and clock die, and the small fob watch charm.

What did I change?  Well the original card had pearl strings, I substituted sparkly faceted ones. I used different papers, though in the same neutral colour scheme (the papers behind the clock face is the same as the original though).  On this card I used wide stacked fishtail banners, instead of long thin banners in a row. and I added the numerals. The lace, ribbons, ruffle and embellishments are all (apart from the charm) different.  The stamp is the same and is paper pieced like the orginal, but colours are slightly different as are the papers used.  The stamp was coloured to match the skin tones and hair colours of the couple who were celebrating their anniversary

The inside too is a little different from the original card and contains a sentiment.

If you're interested in seeing the original card you can find it in this post

I do have to say that I think this is the stamp I own that I have used the most, I think this makes 5 times and 3 of those have been weeding cards, it is my most favourite stamp.

Well that's all from me today, but i'll be back on Friday with my regular scheduled post, and I do have to say I fell in love with the card when I was making it, so I'm really looking forward to sharing it with you.

Bye for now! :) xx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Totally Tilda Use a Tree

This is my second post today, so if you are looking for my post for The Ribbon Girls, please scroll down.

It's time for a new challenge at Totally Tilda today, and we're still in Christmas mode.  This week we want to see a Christmas tree on your creations (along with Tilda of course), The tree could be part of the image, on your design paper, a die cut, embossing, a charm, a button....well you get the picture.  As long as your creation has a stamped and coloured Tilda on it along with some form of Christmas tree, it fits the challenge.

I inked up one of my very newest Tildas for this challenge, This is Christmas Candle Tilda, love her she's sooooooo cute!

Tilda has been coloured in Copics.
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E13, R20
Hair:E40, E42, E44, E47, E49
Clothes: E40, E42, E43, E31, E33, E35, R35, R37, R59

I used some more Days of Winter papers from Pion Design.  The sentiment has been stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed with Wow embossing enamel in a sparkly white.

My Christmas tress were cut with a Magnolia die, it's an old one I've had for ages now, but it's the perfect size. I used a little liquid aplique on the branches and then sprinked on some glamour dust to make it look snowy.

The inside is decorated with matching papers and the same die I used to frame the sentiment. I stamped a few snowflakes around the edges but left plenty of room to write a message.

Products used:

Our lovely sponsors today are Mary and Andrea from 

so you could win a voucher to spend in their shop. Most of the gorgeous embellishments I use on my card come from their wonderful shop.

Do make sure you check out the rest of the teams gorgeous makes over on the blog, they are truly fabulous!

Well that's all from my today, but I've been very busy this weekend crafting lots more to share with you this week! 

I'm off to try and warm up, take care! :) xx

The Ribbon Girl DT- Lovely Lili - Christmas

Morning all! I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. This is a very exciting post for me.
This was due to be my second post as GDT for The Ribbon Girls, but earlier this week Mary and Andrea asked me if I would like to join the team as a permanent DT member....well I'm telling you, I did not need asking twice! I was actually in work when I picked up the email, and I got some very strange looks as I was dancing in my chair and squealing with delight lol.
I'm joining the Lovely Lili Challenge Team, so this has become my first post as part of that team as the challenge this week is Lovely Lili - Christmas.

Now I've had this little cutie in my stamp collection since the LotV 10th Birthday Party, but this is the first time I've used her, isn't she a sweetie? I've linked products used at the end of my post.

I coloured her with Distress Ink markers
Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye
Hair: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs
Dress, Shoes, Socks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Pumice Stone
Crown and stars: Scattered straw, Wild Honey, Pumice Stone

Papers used are Pion Design - Winter Days. I inked and hand stitched my layers as always.

The snowfall is made with Liquid Applique and Glamour Dust .

I loved adding all these gorgeous TRG embellies!

This card is available to buy in my Etsy shop


We would love to see you enter the challenge, we are sponsored by

Lili of the Valley The Ribbon Girl
 and you could win the following prizes

That's all from me today, but don't forget to pop across to the blog to see the rest of the team's fabulous Christmas makes.

Enjoy the rest of you weekend and I'll see you soon :) xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Zoe Butterfly at Dies to Die for

Happy Friday all. Here we are again at the end of the week, I hope your week has been good to you.  Mine has been horrendous ....mostly because my boiler broke down last weekend and I've had no heating and no hot water, add to that the roadworks causing long delays on my journey home from work (it's taken me 2 hours to get home most evenings this week) and a couple of other issues, I'm more than glad to see this week come to an end.

But enough of my moaning. let's move on to my DT make for Dies to Die for which is MUCH more cheerful lol.

I used Zoe Butterfly, by Elisabeth Bell from Whimsy Stamps, isn't she pretty? 

I coloured her with distress inks
Skin: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar
Hair: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs
Clothes: Scattered straw, Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen
Balloons: Peacock Feathers, Spun Sugar, Fired Brick

and matched her to these lovely papers from the MME 6 x 6 pad Lost & Found - Find Your Wings and Fly. Papers have been edged with Walnut Stain distress ink and then hand stitched with top stitch thread.

I popped a couple of hot air balloons cut with a La-La Land die behind the image and added some lovely trims and flowers from my stash.

I also added some little enamel dots from MME, to match the papers.

I decorated the inside to complement the front.

List of products from the shop.

Stamp: Zoe Butterfly
Papers: MME Lost and Found - Find Your Wings and Fly
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
La-La Land Hot Air Balloon Die
Enamel Dots MME Record it - Follow your Heart

This card is for sale in my Etsy shop


That's all from me today, but I'll be back on Sunday with 2 more makes and some exciting news!

Have a great Friday! :) xx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

La-La Land Crafts - October Kit Club DT Post

Happy Tuesday everyone! Well I hope it will be, Monday wasn't so great as it took me 2 hours to get home from work last night due to roadworks, that's crazy, I'm hoping that today won't be the same.

 It's time for me to showcase the October La-La Lands Kit.  I really do think this is the best one so far! BUT if you haven't signed up for the club and you missed out on this one, do sign up quick, because the next is even better! You can find full details of the Club here.

But on with today's makes. I made 2 Christmas cards in very different styles. 

For the first I went for very bright non traditional colours for a very modern feel, and I coloured Chickadee Marci with my Copics
Skin: E11, E21, E00. E000, R20, E04
Hair E30, E31, E33, E35, E37
Clothes: RV10, RV19, RV66, RV66, YG00, YG03, YG06, YG63
Bird: E33, E35, E37, R20, R00

Papers are by Whimsy, Merry and Bright. I used the snowflake border around the oval frame and lots of the tiny and small snowflakes cut with the dies in the kit.

Love this ribbon and the button.

I popped some of the pine branch die cuts under the flowers.  Lots of goodies used from The Ribbon Girl
38 mm Fuschia Pink/White Spot Organza Ribbon
Snowflake Wodden Button
55 mm Monique White Guipure Lace
White Chrysanth
White Semi Open Rose Bud

For my second card I went to the other end of the scale, I coloured Marci in black and white with just a touch of blue for her cheeks, her ear muffs, her boot cuffs and the breast on the bird.
The card is in blue and white for a lovely 'frozen' appearance.

This time I used distress inks in Black Soot and Weathered Wood.

The papers were some older Pion Christmas papers I had lurking in on of my paper drawers.

Both cards are available to buy in my Etsy shop


Well that's all from me today, I hope my makes have inspired you and shown you how it's possible to create very different styles with the same kit.

Have fun! :) xx

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