Sunday, 22 July 2018

Mermaid Rocks!


Hi Lovelies...

Hope you're having a good weekend..  I've got to say I'm glad the weather has cooled down slightly here in the UK..  I know we shouldn't complain, but I was getting a little TOO hot! LOL

Today it's my turn to share some inspiration using one of the fabulous All Dressed Up July release images...  this is Mermaid Rock.  

I loved creating the background with distress inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Evergreen Bough, and Salty Ocean (believe it or not, I didn't have Mermaid Lagoon - I'll have to rectify that quickly!!)  I blended them together on some watercolour paper before splashing with water to create the sea-like texture.  Then I diecut the MFT Horizontal Snowdrifts Die three times and adhered them together to give depth, before adhering them to the background.

Card Info:
Image - All Dressed Up Mermaid Rock, Die - MFT Horizontal Snowdrifts, Distress Inked background (colours above), Colouring - Copics - Skin E000/00/11/04, Hair E23/25/27, Top and Tail - BG11/13, V12/15, Rock T1/2/3/5, Glitter, Sequins and Gems

Believe it or not, my nasty E25 Copic blobbed on her neck... spreading as wide as it could... and this was after I'd coloured her tail and skin! Grrrr!  But a lot of working at it with my colourless blender managed to save the day - thank goodness!

Happy Crafting..

Friday, 20 July 2018

Summer Fun!

Hi Peeps...

It's been a busy week this week for me... but I'll tell you why later!  

Today it's Bellarific Friday at Stamping Bella- and this time we are using an image from the Stamp of the Month collection, ie from the Littles or Little Bits.

This stamp set is the fab Little Bits Ice Cream and Lemonade.. perfect for the wonderful summer we're having at the moment.. I think we could all do with laying on a beach with a gorgeous ice cream!

Card Info:
Stamp Set - Stamping Bella Little Bits Ice Cream and Lemonade, Stamping Bella Beach Backdrop, Die - MFT Stitched Arch Frames, Colouring - Copics - Skin E000/00/11/04, R20, Hair E50/51/53/55/57, Outfit R43/32/24, Piggie R01/30, Bubbles and Glass B60/63, Pinks RV52/63/55/66, Greens G40/12/82, Yellows Y13/15/17, Glasses T5/7/9, Sky B0000/000/14/45, Sea B26/32/52, BG11/34, Sand E31/33

There is also a cut-it-out die set to go with these images..  making life so much easier!

Don't forget to pop over to the Facebook Sistahood page to share your creations and also enter the monthly challenge - you could win some Bella Bucks!

And now to the reason I've been busy this week......  I've become a Grandma!  My fabulous daughter Emma gave birth to our lovely grand-daughter, Eleanor Charlotte, last Saturday.  Of course.... I have photos to share!

I'm having lots of cuddles of course..  and I may be a little biased, but she's beautiful!!

Big hugs..

Friday, 13 July 2018

A Little Cuddle Under the Umbrella.....

Hi there...

It's Bellarific Friday time over at Stamping Bella... and the the lovely babes were to use a 'vintage' image - ie, one not from the current release.  I chose to use this gorgeous pair under their brolly having a little cuddle!

I stamped the image twice so I could colour the umbrella a second time.  I then fussy cut the brolly and gave it some shape with an embossing ball, before adhering it to the original image.  I always feel that adding something in 3D gives a card added depth.  Hope the photos below allow you to see what I mean.

Card Info:
Image and Sentiment - Stamping Bella Emily and Ryan Under the Umbrella, Die (hearts) - Mama Elephant Confetti, Paper - MFT, Colouring - Copics - Skin E00/11/04, Umbrella RV52/63/55/66, Dress V12/15/17 RV63/55, Flowers RV55 RV91/93, Suit and Shoes - T0/1/2/3/5/7/9,  Shading B0000/000/01, Grass - G14 YG17/23/25

Hope you like my make today - and that you'll pop over to the Stamping Bella Blog to see what the other lovely Babes have come up with to inspire.  Don't forget to also drop by the Sistahood Facebook page to share your Stamping Bella makes - we love to see them and there's also a fab Anything Goes challenge on throughout July - join in to win some fabbie Bella Bucks!

Have a lovely weekend..


Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Be a Unicorn!


Hi Lovelies...

I did a bit of fun colouring yesterday...  these gorgeous little Unicorns have been sitting in my 'to use' pile for a little while, so out they came and out came my pink Copics too!  

The stamp set is by The Greeting Farm and is called Be a Unicorn..  you get all four of these cuties, plus lots of sentiments and extras.  

I decided to create a sentiment on the PC and use my trusty Stampin' Up sentiment punch.

I used some Picked Raspberry Distress ink sponged onto the card to give a little background to the unicorn...

This post is picture heavy...  so I'll leave you to it and hope you like what you see and that you'll say hi..



Big Unicorn Hugs...

Friday, 6 July 2018

Fun in the Sun!

Hi Peeps...

It's another fabulous Bellarific Friday over at Stamping Bella... and us Babes are highlighting this fun stamp set from the Little Bits range - this is the Sandcastle Set which has a whole TEN images to use on your summer creations!

And the best news is that you can get this set at 25% discount throughout the whole of July!

Card Info:
Images - Stamping Bella Little Bits Sandcastle Set, Dies - Altenew Alphabet, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Rectangles, Colouring - Hair YR04/E08/18, Skin E000/00/11/04, Glasses RV55 T5/7/9 Y38, Swimsuit RV63/55, Bucket YG23/25 BG96 R46, Sandcastle and Starfish E32/33/35, Shell E42/43/44, Sun Y15/38, Bird N0/1 Y38, Sequins and Glitter

There are matching cut-it-out dies available too.

I really loved creating this card - it is perfect for the sunny days we're having here in the UK at present!

We have a new challenge at the Stamping Bella Sistahood Facebook page for you to join in - the theme is Anything Goes - and you can also pop over to the Stamping Bella Blog to see what the other gorgeous Babes came up with to inspire.

Have a fab weekend...

Sunday, 1 July 2018

The Gorgeous Bride

Hi Peeps...

Hope you're managing this amazing heat we're having here in the UK... sounds like we have another week of it to come!

Today, I have a DT card for All Dressed Up using this gorgeous bridal image.  Our theme for the Facebook Challenge this time is -

so what better occasion to choose than a wedding??

Card Info:
Image - All Dressed Up Digi Stamps The Gorgeous Bride, Die - MFT Circle Stitched Scalloped Frame,  Paper - Bo Bunny, Colouring - Copics - Skin E000/00/01/11/04, Hair E51/53/55 Veil B60 C1, Pinks - R81/83/85, Greens YG23/25, Background RV91/93, Glitter and Gems

I fussy cut her sash bow so it hangs outside the frame.

Hope you like what I did and that you'll pop over to our Facebook page to join in this fun challenge.


Friday, 29 June 2018

Squidgy Bookworm

Hi Peeps...

Friday again, and after the hectic weekend of sneak peeks at Stamping Bella, the babes are back to our usual happy routine today and here I am with another card for our Bellarific Friday.  

We used images from the fabulous new release today and I chose to use this cutie - Squidgy Bookworm is one amongst many of my favourites!

Card Info:
Image and Sentiment - Stamping Bella Squidgy Bookworm, Colouring - Copics - Skin - E000/00/01/11/04, Hair E50/51/53/55, Reds R24/27/46 E57, Yellows - Y38 YR24/27, Greens YG61/63 BG96, Purples V12/15/17, Brown Book - E55/57, Worm E42/43/44, Pages - W1/3/5, Grounding and Shading - T0/1/3/5

The strip at the bottom of this card is actually red to match her hat...  but for some reason it looks very dark on the photo.  Photography skills at fault again I'm afraid... 

I just think this would be a perfect card to give to someone with a gift of a book...  the sentiment is perfect.

Happy Weekend all...

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Stitched Blooms


Hi Peeps...

I'm back in full colour today and BOY... do I love these colours... and not a Copic in sight!

I created a Distress Oxide background.. splashed with water for effect,  then used the MFT Stitched Basic Edges 2 (though you can barely see that edge)..  but it gave me the shape to lay my flowers.  I used white bazzil below the stitched edge so I could stamp the sentiment.

Card Info:
Die Sets - MFT Stitched Blooms, MFT Stitched Basic Edges 2,  Sentiment - MFT Essential Sentiments, Distress Oxide Inks, coloured card scraps, gems

Lots of die-cutting and sticking later, I came up with this..  It took some time to get the design right... but I'm so pleased with the result!

Happy Crafting...

Monday, 25 June 2018

Anniversary cards


Hi Peeps...

Well who knew how difficult it could be to photograph a white and silver card???  First too dark, then too light.... then lots of playing around with photo-editing software... and still, neither photo are how the finished card looked in real life!

Ah well...  I needed to make a Silver Wedding card for a lovely friend, and also a 1st Anniversary for my lovely daughter - so I did a bit of hunting on Pinterest (as you do) and got the idea to used some punched hearts.  I decided to put them in a frame with some silver mirri card to give it a little pizazz..  and this was the result.

Die used - MFT Stitched Scalloped Square, Heart Punch, Scraps of paper and glitter card.

And this is the one for my daughter and her husband.

I did the names, words and date on the PC before I punched the hearts..  and I used three layers of the hearts (with a tiny bit of foam tape between) for each one you can see to make them stand proud of the card.

I SOOO wish you could have seen them in real life - they were fab though I say so myself!  My friends and my daughter and hubbie loved receiving them and I know they will be treasured.  


Sunday, 24 June 2018

Wilma LOVES her wine (and so do I!)

Hi Lovelies...

Well, it's the last day of the Sneakie Peekies at Stamping Bella.... only one more sleep to go before we can fill our shopping baskets with goodies!!!  Have you got your lists ready?  I know I have!!

Today I'm using Wilma - she's a gorgeous Uptown Girlie who LOVES her wine!  That glass size is just about right for me..  cos I love my wine too!

Card Info:
Image and Sentiment - Stamping Bella Wilma Loves Wine (available 25 June), Paper - Scrap from Stash, Die - Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders, Colouring - Copics - Hair - E51/53/55, Skin - E000/00/11/04 R20, Dress and Shoes - RV63/55/17, Wine YG00/Y00

Then I used her on a second card too..  I don't know which is my favourite!

This time I used some tiny star confetti in the glass to give the impression of bubbles... or even ice???  

Card Info:
Same as above with the addition of the Celebrate Word Die from Whimsy Stamps and Tiny Star Confetti

Don't forget you can get matching Cut-It-Out dies for all the new stamps featured this week - they make life sooooo much easier!!

Hope you've enjoyed all the fun the Bella Babes have been having this week..  it certainly is a WONDERFUL release and I can't wait to get my order in!

Big hugs and Happy Sunday... 

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Flowers for you!

Hi Lovelies...

Yes - me again, AGAIN!  LOL!  With more of the gorgeousness from the fabulous Stamping Bella release due to be released on Monday...  can't wait!

My first card today is featuring one of the images of the Little Bits Flower Pots set - there are three fabulous images - wonderful to use for a card for someone special.  I've also used one of the Little Bits Critters.... this gorgeous bluebird is from that set.

I'm really getting into using yellow lately - and it goes so well with pink too... who knew?? LOL!

Card Info:
Images - Stamping Bella Little Bits Flower Pots, Little Bits Critters (available 25th June), Dies - Lil' Inkers Stitched Ovals and Stitched Square, Paper - MFT, Colouring - Y15/17/38, RV32/34/55, V04/05, YG23/17, W0/1/3 Prismacolour Pencil green shading around image

Now onto my next card... 

These gorgeous flowers come from a set of four wonderful images (I just couldn't fit all four on my panel!  And of course, where there's flowers, there's bees... these little guys are from the Little Bits Critters - and they're after any pollen that's available!

Card Info:
Images - Stamping Bella Little Bits Floral Set, Littls Bits Critters (available 25 June), Die - MFT Double Stitched Rectangle, Sentiment done on PC, Paper - MFT Graphic Grid, Colouring - Copics - RV55/63, YG23/25, Y17, Bees - E55/57, Y18

This release from Stamping Bella is truly amazing.... you'll really be spoiled for choice on Monday!

Don't forget to pop over to the Stamping Bella blog to see more fabulous images from the Bella Babes - and then over to the Sistahood page on Facebook.

Big hugs

Friday, 22 June 2018

Let's Go Fly a Kite....


Hi....  Yes, it's me... AGAIN!!

OK, who's singing the song that the title reminded you of??

This card is my DT card using an image from the new release at All Dressed Up.  This release was out on 1 June - but part of the Facebook DT use one from it today - so we don't overload you on the 1st!  Well, I know what I mean.... lol!!

This is 'Lets Fly a Kite' - isn't she gorgeous???  and she's flying it soooo well!  

I have a little story about kite flying which my lovely man never stops reminding me of whenever we see a kite in the air.  When we lived on the Isle of Wight, we decided one windy summer's day to buy a kite and try it on the beach...  and I was doing soooooo well until (while going backward looking at my kite), I fell over a (large) rock which I hadn't spotted (Specsavers needed?)  I went down 'like a log' (in his words)..  but hell...... I kept my kite up in the air!!  And he did help pick me up and dust me off during his belly laughing at what I'd done, so he's not ALL bad..

Card Info:
Image - All Dressed Up Let's Fly a Kite, Sentiment done on PC, Die - Lil' Inkers Stitched Square, Colouring - Copics - Sky - B0000/000/01, Skin - E000/00/11/04 R20, Hair E21/23/25/27, Dress - V01/04/06/15, Kite RV55/Y18, Grass YG03/23/25

Hop over to the All Dressed Up Facebook page to see more from the DT - the images from the June release are fabulous... you must go see them!  And you also still have time to join in the 'As You Like It' challenge for this month.  We do love to see  your All Dressed Up creations.

OK, that's it from me today..  but I'll be back tomorrow!

Big hugs