Friday, 20 October 2017

Birthday Blog Candy


8 October is my Birthday and as always I am giving away some candy to one of my followers. I really appreciate all your visits especially those who regularly take time to comment. I have chosen a selection of items and all you have to do is - 

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This post will remain at the top until 20 October when the candy will close.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Vintage teacups


I made this card for an order. I was told the recipient loved flowers and afternoon tea so this is what I cam up with using a precoloured digi from The Paper Shelter. The lace I found in my stash, the butterfly is Prima, flowers from Wild Orchid. I diecut the numbers using Tim Holtz die and the sentiment is a Die-versions corner die.  I also used some cheesecloth and distressed all the edges for a shabby chic look.

We are going into the city today as I have a haircut booked and hubby has an osteopath appointment as he has had some back pains for a few weeks. Lunch and some retail therapy will be included too.

Have you entered my candy?

Monday, 16 October 2017

Tons of fun


We have been away for the night for the second Sunday in a row. This time we were at Potters holiday park which is a lot of fun. Lovely food, great entertainment and so many activities to do, fun quizzes etc. We went because of the 60's show Sunday evening which featured tribute bands including The Upbeat Beatles who you may remember we saw a few weeks ago. We went with friends which made it even more enjoyable. We will be off for a walk on the beach this morning and probably a few more activities as although you have to check out by 10am you can stay all day to enjoy yourselves.

So onto my card which is a simple sketch using  the MFT adorable elephant stamp sets. I used some old papers, MFT jumbo stitched banner and chevron dies along with a few enamel dots.

Challenges
The Cutie Pie think pink 
Allsorts Think pink

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Sold


We had a great day at the hospital on Friday, selling lots of cards and gifts.   People are really starting to think about Christmas and the Christmas decorations sold well. I have three weeks until the next one, Christmas cards sold well and I still need more for us to send so expect to see a lot of Christmas cards on my blog. However today I have a new home card for you.

This is another of the cards I made for Making Cards magazine using the LOTV moving house trio digis. Coloured with Copics, papers are Echo Park and I used Lawn Fawn stitched circle, MFT rolling hills and All Occasions small birds dies. The sentiment is LOTV.

I would like to enter this into the Fall/Autumn challenge at Noor! Design UK.

The weather here is lovely for October, perfect Autumn days. Hope it is good where you are too.

Have you entered my candy?

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Ready for a kiss x


We have a lot of choice for you this fortnight at A Gem of a Challenge where our challenge is spots and/or stripes and/or Halloween. I couldn't resist using one of the new Pink Gem images as they are all so cute and I still need to make lots more Christmas cards.

The papers are MFT and I used a MFT stitched scalloped edge and a MFT chevron die. I added some fun flock to his hat, some enamel dots, a Bo Bunny sentiment and a wooden snowflake which was in a pack I had for my Birthday.

Challenges
ABC Christmas V for vibrant 
The Cutie Pie think pink

Friday, 13 October 2017

Fairy Doors


I have been meaning to try some fairy doors for a while and finally got round to getting some. As usual with my gifts hubby painted them and I decorated them. I thought I would try 5 to begin with. I am at the hospital today selling cards and gifts so hopefully these will be popular. 


I wanted to make each one different and some of my wooden embellishments came in handy. One of them was large so I cut off the fence to use on another door and cut the watering can from the bird house.



Magical things still seem as popular as ever with young girls so I hope they will like these.

Challenges
Not Just Cards anything goes

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Deer Deer


These new LOTV reindeer are so sweet aren't they and I still have several stamped ready to colour and make into cards. I coloured him with Copics and teamed him with MFT hearts and stripes papers which I like s much I may have to buy another pad as I don't have too much of it left. The colours are perfect for Christmas as well as everyday. I used MFT pierced banner dies and the MFT stitched scalloped circle frame. I added some Stickles and a wooden deer from Hobbycraft along with a LOTV sentiment, baker's twine and pearls.

Challenges
ABC Christmas U for unlimited 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Abracadabra!


Our Facebook challenge at Lili of the Valley this month is to use one of the first LOTV stamps ever bought. My first stamp was the original Oliver texting which hasn't been available for years and of course there is a new Oliver texting now. So this is the second boy stamp I bought when the stamp ranges changed and he is probably still my fave boy stamp. Abracadabra is not available at the moment as a rubber stamp but you can buy the digi. Her has been coloured with Copics and the papers are MME Lime Twist. I added some ribbon and Hobbycraft punched stars. The zigzag square die is from MFT.  

Challenges

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Sun and Moon


A lovely new stamp from Stamposaurus to share today. I heat embossed it in gold and went for a really shbby chic look with torn papers, lace and burlap, crimped kraft stars and piece of crispy ribbon which I gathered up behind the image.  Something a bit different today. Have you entered my blog candy in the post above?

Monday, 9 October 2017

Packing


The second of three new home cards I made for Making Cards magazine using the LOTV moving home trio digis. Coloured with Copics and teamed with Echo Park papers. The sentiment is LOTV too. I love my little crimper and used on kraft card it is perfect to go with the packing boxes.

So for my Birthday we went to Lowestoft with friends where we had a walk along the prom, dinner and then went to the theatre for our third music show in a week! We saw Legend of a Band- a Moody Blues tribute band. Then we stayed in the Premier Inn overnight and will be going out for breakfast this morning before heading home. The meal was lovely, the show was brilliant and we had a great time and a good laugh with our friends. I hope you will enter my candy in the post above.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Do you wanna build a snowman?


I have another of the new LOTV precoloured simply prints to show you today. There are a few mice ones, this is my favourite because it features a snowman. The papers are Studio Light from last year as is the sentiment label and he Hobbycraft tree.  I used a MB lights die and you may just see the sparkle from the clear Wink of Stella pen I used.

Challenges
ABC Christmas U for unlimited 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Simon Says Christmas

A day at home today with some crafting involved no doubt and tonight a catch up on recorded TV programmes. Look out for some candy tomorrow.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Removals


Well Friday has come around again and it is time for the new Making Cards to be published which means I can share my New Home cards I made for the last edition. I used LOTV digi trio stamps with Copics. The papers are Echo Park I love family. I used Lawn Fawn stitched circle, Spellbinders scalloped circle and Tim Holtz weathered clock dies. I love using wooden embellishments and thought the arrows were perfect with the image. I also used glossy accents on the windscreen.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Dies R Us life's events
Noor! Design UK Fall/Autumn

Hubby has his annual eye checkup on his eye pressures today at the Spire hospital so a friend is dropping us off there and we will then be getting the bus into Norwich for lunch and shopping.  Look out for something special on Sunday.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Penguin Magic


LOTV has launched some new precoloured simply print images which you may recognise from the old art pads. We were asked to design some cards with them and this is the first one I have made. I teamed Snow Cute with Bo Bunny Winter Wishes papers, a LOTV Grunge Christmas sentiment, Lawn Fawn forest border die, Hobbycraft flowers and lace from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
ABC Christmas U for unlimited 
The Paper Shelter border dies 
The Ribbon Girl a card 
Simon Says Christmas

I am very busy in the craftroom as I have several magazine commissions I am working through, 2 completed, 1 made but instructions to write and two cards made, two to go for another plus instructions. Good job I love it.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Penguin Post


The second of three cards made for the latest Papercrafter magazine using one of the cute Pink Gem digi kits. For this one I simply printed out the main image, teamed it with First Edition Merry Little Christmas papers, stars from Hobbycraft and a Joanna Sheen pillar box die.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Star


It's the last of the three cards I made using Maja Denim and Friends papers which I was lucky enough to win from The Ribbon Girl where I would like to enter their card challenge. For this one I again used a free sentiment from Making cards and added some wooden stars and Tim Holtz game spinners. 

I said October was going to be busy and we are out with friends tonight for a meal at ASK Italian and then we are going to the theatre to see Beautiful, the Carole King musical.

Monday, 2 October 2017

It's Autumn


I have gone clean and simple today with a really cute little 5" card featuring one of the MFT Bitty Bears coloured with Copics. The paper is MFT trail mix. I cut the aperture and doodled with a brown fineliner.  The sentiment is also from the Bitty Bears set. 

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
Creative Inspirations anything goes

September was a busy month and October looks set to be just as busy with appointments, theatre visits and outings. Never a dull moment.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Spiders!


Our new challenge at Paper Creator is a spooky one this month. I don't send Halloween cards and I find they don't often sell either so this is probably the only one I shall make. I have used the precoloured Sassy Sally the good witch image. I managed to find some orange paper and the web and spider diecuts which I bought a few years ago from somebody on Facebook. The black pearl hearts were a gift a few years ago from my blogging friend Debby.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

I can see clearly now


It's new challenge day at A Gem of a Challenge and we have as easy challenge for you this time, Birthday card. I made my card for a friend whose Birthday was on Tuesday and as she loves cats and dogs and wears glasses I knew this image would amuse her.
Image - Pink Gem cat with glasses
Medium - Copics
Papers - Kaisercraft Miss Nelly
Sentiment - MFT Bitty Bears
Flower die - Printable Heaven gerbera
Other - ribbon, enamel dots

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
Creative Inspirations anything goes

We are off to the theatre for a 60's show in Cromer tonight. Hoping the weather we will be nice and we will go to Sheringham first and then we have a meal booked in Cromer before the show.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Seeing stars


This is the second of the cards I made using the Maja papers. The trainer paper goes so well with the bottom image. The sentiment is from Making Cards and I used a MFT Western Star die, saving the waste stars to use on the card.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
Creative Inspirations anything goes

We are off to a McMillan coffee morning today at the cafe and gift shop where I sell some of my gifts and a visit to a garden centre to get a bit more Autumn Colour for the garden.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Ballet star


I coloured this gorgeous LOTV stamp whilst we on holiday in the cottage in Yorkshire. It is lovely to have a few images ready coloured on my desk waiting to be made into cards, usually I just colour as I need them. I find purples probably the hardest to blend but I keep practicing and the folds on her dress are perfect for this and I am pleased with how they turned out. I used MFT hearts and stripes and painted prints smitten. The sentiment is LOTV teenage girls and I used a Sakura clear star pen on the flowers. The images was die cut with a MFT zigzag stitched square and I also used a MFT scalloped edge die. The flowers are from Wild Orchid and I used a new Joy foliage die I bought at Thetford. I love the delicate look with the grey card so expect to see it used again soon.  The lace is from Crafty Ribbons.

Challenges
As you like it favourite paper pad (my favourite pads at the moment are from MFT. I love them all particularly the hearts ans stripes. The colours are so bright and he simple designs really appeal to me. The pads all mix together so well too.) 
Crafty Calendar kids/babies 
The Ribbon Girl any image
Simon Says anything goes 
Creative Inspirations anything goes

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Christmas Stockings


These are something new I have been busy sewing for my stall. Today I am at the hospital craft fair so I hope a few will sell today. When I went to Thetford my friend Lynsey spotted a fat quarter of stockings which have numbers on each one as they are meant to be used as an advent calendar. I cut out each stocking and pin it to red felt and then blanket stitch around it, sewing Christmas buttons on the numbers and adding some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.


Here are a couple in more detail. They are the ideal size for a gift card, tickets or a small gift and make a novel way of presenting a gift.  

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Penguin ornaments


I made three cards using Pink Gem digi kits for Papercrafter Christmas special magazine which was published last week.  These kits are so versatile. I made a gatefold card, something I haven't made for ages.



I decoupaged the ornaments inside the card and used a Joy holly die.   The papers are First Edition Merry Little Christmas. There seems to be a lack of Christmas papers in the shops this year and as I have so many other paper pads I have been using a lot of them especially spots and stripes but I do like this paper pad especially as it mixes purple with the red and green though I have stuck to red and green on this one.

Challenges
Simon Says pop it up 
ABC Christmas T is for trio 
Paper Shelter make it digital
Allsorts things with wings

Monday, 25 September 2017

Paper piecing


You may have seen the card I made before with this new stamp from Stamposaurus. I thought it would be perfect for paper piecing so I stamped it with green ink and then stamped it in black on some nice thick paper I found in my oddments, fussy cut and added to the stamped image and added some diecut Lawn Fawn stitched leaves. The paper is First Edition Sweet Nothings, sentiment is Craftwork Cards. I added some pale aqua lace and flowers.

What glorious weather we are having. I do love this time of year especially when we get lovely sunshine which means we have been busy pruning, weeding, planting and moving things in the garden. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Reach for the moon


I made this for Lynsey as part of her Birthday present. Now those of you who know her will know that she started an Etsy business Raindrop Crafts selling fairies, pom pom fairies, peg bunnies etc and her logo is a pink cloud with hearts falling from it. I wanted to incorporate that into the plaque and the Inkylicious sentiment was perfect. I cut down a Britannia star die, added a wooden heart from Hobbycraft which is their Christmas rage (?) and flowers from Wild Orchid.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Time for something Gorjuss



It was my friend Lynsey's Birthday on Thursday and this is the card I made for her. She loves Gorjuss Girls, teacups (though like me, not tea), flowers and bunting so I incorporated all of these into her card. The paper is Pebbles Tealightful and I added a doily. The bunting is a MFT die and I used Marianne dies for the flowers.  I found the sentiment in my stash.

Challenges
Stamping Sensations photo inspiration 
The Ribbon Girl any image 

We went to a show at the theatre in Lowestoft last night with 4 friends and we all went for a meal first with another couple who live locally and were also going to the show. 6 of us stayed at the Premier Inn last night and this morning we are off out for a breakfast and a walk on the beach if the weather is nice before heading home.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Drive my car


I really love the Maja Denim and Friends papers and the two papers with images are brilliant. I made three cards with them the other day as sometimes I find it easier to make a set of cards which use the same things but are three completely different cards, I think this comes from making cards for magazines. Of course most of the time I just make individual cards using lots of different products. 

I had lots of fun with this one, distressing the edges and cutting a hole in the blue paper to match his jeans. I must confess I hate this fashion though. I just don't see why anyone would spend money on buying something all ripped.  I used a MFT basic edge die, these are such a useful set of dies so I just bought the scalloped set too. I added some jute ribbon and Tim Holtz cogs.  The sentiment was free with Making Cards.

Challenges
The Ribbon Girl Any image

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Party bears


As soon as I saw the new MFT Bitty Bear set I knew I had to buy them as they are just so cute. I bought them from Dies to Die For at Thetford.  I didn't buy the dies at the time as I thought they are quite easy to fussy cut and I won't always want them diecut.  I have made threee cards with them so far and have more of them stamped and coloured on my desk.

I have been trying out a few different layout ideas and had this idea in my head which came out just the way I wanted which isn't always the case as we all know. I used MFT spots and stripes confection paper, MFT basic stitch lines die which just embosses and doesn't cut and MFT stitched inside and out rounded square die.  The bears as always coloured with Copics.

I would like to enter this into the MFT Superstar clean and simple card contest.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Gingerbread


Another sample made for Stamposaurus using their new stamps. There is a gingerbread house and these cute gingerbread people. I found the Santoro frames in my odds and ends drawer and used pink Wink of Stella to tone down the yellow a bit and add some sparkle. The papers are MME Merry, almost the last of these now. I added some patterned burlap from The Range and remembered I had a cute gingerbread man die which came with a stocking die Lynsey bought me last Christmas from The Range.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK layers 
Creative Inspirations seasonal

Off to see my Mum today, do some jobs and go out for lunch. She wants some things moved like the sofa to clean behind them, voile curtains taken down and washed and put back up, lawn feed put down etc. Hope it stays dry so we can get them all done. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Magical flyby


I have been debating the MFT set of Magical Dragon stamps since they came out and every time I decide to get them they are out of stock but I bought them at Thetford from DTDF and here is my first card made with them. Coloured with Copics with chlak used with the MFT cloud stencil. The papers are MFT Painted Prints Smitten and I used a new MFT scalloped edge die. I wanted to keep it fairly simple but it just needed something and I found the tiny aqua enamel hearts amongst my enamel dots and they were just enough to finish it off.

Challenges
MFT colour challenge 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Simon Says clean and simple 
Stamping Sensations photo inspiration

Monday, 18 September 2017

4 U


I think this is the first outing for this LOTV digi and as I need to build up my card stocks for men I thought it was time he was coloured, with Copics of course. The papers are MFT free spirit. I kept the layout very simple using a Fiskars banner punch and adding the sentiment with American thickers.  I would like to enter this into the clean and simple challenge at Simon Says and any image at The Ribbon Girl .

I hope the weather will be fine today as we really need to get some work done in the garden. There is lots of pruning and tidying, plants to move and bulbs to plant and after the recent rain it is a good time to move plants.