Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Sugar Bowl Challenge... Little Apprentice

Hi Ladies....


Well lookie here - I'm back again - yes - TWO posts in one day! 

At The Sugar Bowl we have a brandly new challenge for you this month - it's another Anything Goes one - but we need you to use a Sugar Nellie image of course!

I chose to use Little Apprentice (another of my all time favourites) and coloured her in red to match the dotty paper.

Card Recipe:
Sentiment - done on PC
Colouring - Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Reds: R24, R27, R46, R57
Greens: G2,  YG63
Shading on Skirt and Fur: C1 and C2
Shading around image: B0000, B000, B93
Wand and Lollipop: YR24
Uni Poska Marker Pen for white dots
Red Dotty paper from stash
Glitter and Glossy Accents

Why don't you head on over to The Sugar Bowl to check out what the lovely DT have come up with - all truly inspirational!  Then get using your Sugar to create a fabulous entry for us to see! 

Big Hugs

In The Pink - Diecuts and Punches

Hi Lovely Blogging Buddies

Well it's In The Pink time again...  and we have a nice easy one this time - the theme is Diecuts and Punches..  so I thought I'd go the whole hog and not do any colouring at all... Hope you like! Please excuse the photograph though... the card was lovely to make, good to look at... but SOOOOOO difficult to get to show how good it actually looks in real life on the piccie!

I sponged the background of this card using Distress Inks.. then stamped some snowflakes with Versamark so the colour deepened - they're so difficult to see on the photograph though - I'm sorrry!

Card Recipe:
Distress Ink Sponged Background
Paper Smooches Sentiment Stamp embossed with 
Bright White Embossing Powder
Small Snowflake Stamp
Hero Arts/Sizzix Tree Die from Holiday Cheer Set
Memory Box Frostyville  Border Die
CC Designs Holly and Berry Die
Glitter and Gems

We'd love to see you over at In The Pink - hope you can join in the fun!

Big hugs

Friday, 21 November 2014

Penguin love....


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

A quickie from me today..  I have a real thing about penguins at the moment (nothing to do with the John Lewis advert - it predates that!) - and when I saw this little one called (aptly enough) Skating Penguin from CC designs a little while back....  decided I just had to have him!!  Imagine then finding he was free on CC Designs Facebook page..  well I was doing the happy dance!  

But.....  then he caused me trouble!  He is just TOO cute - and I loved colouring him with my copics.....  but what do you put behind a little penguin with ice skates on??  Of course, I would have liked to put some ice for him to skate on..  but, and I think because of my lack of mojo this week, I couldn't come up with the 'right' design!!  Sooooooo  you'll just have to put up with the same old, same old Li'l Inkers Stitched Dies, A Dee's Distinctively Christmas Stacker Tree Die, and a Memory Box Country Landscape Die.  Oooh and some LOTV paper from one of their last year's Christmas pads.  

Of course, some glitter was involved too (!)...  and then I decided the red on his hat needed to be balanced with some red on the card.  Hmmmf... not sure that worked!

Now you'll just have to use your imagination and KNOW that he's heading off to the local lake or river that's iced over to skate on!!  yes??

Big hugs and Happy Weekend to everyone that's taken the time to read my waffling on..  Thank you so much for visiting and any comments you may like to leave..

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Wish Upon a Star...

Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

I'm playing amongst the fairies again today (OK no funny comments please!) - and am here to share with you my DT card for Sugar Nellie.  I'm sure you've met this little fairy before (as I've used her quite often)..  but just in case.... meet 'Wish Upon A Star'.  Isn't she just gorgeous???  She available in digi form from Funky Kits HERE.

I tried to keep her a very delicate shade of pink... and to achieve this, I actually coloured/shaded more around the image with cool grays than coloured the image, to make the very pale pink show clearly.  I think it worked as I'm happy with the result...  I'm really enjoying experimenting with shading around the image at the moment.... it can make such a difference.

Card Recipe:
Image: Sugar Nellie Wish Upon A Star
Paper: from stash - no name on it, sorry!
Colouring: Copics - Pink RV00, RV52,  Shading - C0, C`, C2, Blender
Dies: Marianne Craftables CR1248, , Noor Design Winter Wishes
Sentiment: LOTV
Pearl Trimming and Glitter from Stash

Hope you're all keeping up with the Christmas planning.... it seems to be creeping up so quickly...  

Big hugs

Monday, 17 November 2014

Rolled Paper Christmas Tree...


Hi Blogging Buddies...

Well I was so impressed and LOVED the gorgeous card that my lovely blogging pal Kat made for In The Pink last week, that I just had to give it a go!  Kat's was in pink.. (for our challenge) - so I tried to make something a little bit different... however, it was hard as really there's only one way to make a rolled paper tree!

It was so very easy to make though.... I used a wooden skewer to roll my paper around before glue-ing- and I used some bits of paper left from LOTV pads, combined with other scraps that were lying in my bit box in similar tones.  I just cut each roll a tiny bit shorter than the last... stuck them all together on a strip down the back... added a bit of corrugated card for the base, a bow,  then stuck the whole thing onto my kraft card square (cut with my Li'l Inkers Stitched Square die (are you getting fed up of seeing that die yet?? hehe).  I added a star - and it was done.  Not a bit of colouring in sight - just fingers covered in glue!

The letters are from a very, very old Hero Arts set.... but they do come in handy every now and again... 

Hope you like this card... and that you'll maybe pop over to Kat's blog HERE to see her original, and PINK creation!! 

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

Thursday, 13 November 2014

A KISS creation...

Hi Lovely Blogging Buddies..

Firstly, a huge thank you for your kind words and hugs for me the other day... I certainly needed them and it means a lot to know others are thinking of you, when you're a little down.

Now onto my card... it's our new challenge today at In The Pink and our theme is KISS (Keep it Sweet and Simple).   As my heart hasn't truly been into crafting just recently, this is even more simple than I really wanted it to be.  I'm not over happy with it.... but what the heck... it had to do!

Card Recipe:
Image: Paper Smooches A Little Lovin clear stamp set
Colouring: Copics - R21, R23, R25, C1
Dies: Li'l Inkers - Stitched Square and Stitched Circles
Bow and Glitter from stash... (yes there is a bit of glitter on their toenails!)

We'd love you to pop over and join in the fun at In The Pink..  click on the logo below to get straight there.  

I'd like to say a big welcome to my new followers too..  it's so lovely of you to give me the honour of following me..  thank you!  

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Little Elf..

Hi Ladies

I'm here to share my card for Polka Doodles..  unfortunately this will be the last of the Digi Queens DT posts - as the team is being closed for one reason and another - quite sad as it had not long been formed... but hey ho, I've enjoyed using these cute images in the short time I've been part of the team.  So thanks Nikky and good luck for you and Polka Doodles in the future.

Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair - YR27, E08, E09
Greens - G82, G99
Reds - R24, R46, R89, W3
Shading N0, N2, N4, Blender pen

This little chap is from the Work and Play 5 Festive Hollybobs collection...  and the papers are also part of the same.


Now I had some very sad (although not unexpected) news last night.... my lovely Mum-in-Law (Mum of my late husband and proxy Mum to me after I lost my own Mum in 1989) - passed away peacefully last night.  She was 90 years old and had been ill for some time, and then had recently developed dementia also.  It is now a blessed release for her.  She was a very kind hearted and extremely special lady -  always a very good friend to me through extremely difficult times - and my girls and I will miss her love greatly.  

Big hugs to all..

Monday, 10 November 2014

Christmas Cuteness...

Morning Lovely Blogging Friends..

Big hugs today....  I'm in need of one and I'd like to give all those that need one a big hug back.  Group hug anyone???

Ok... hugs over with...  I'm just popping in to share this 'just for fun' card (they're the ones that give you most pleasure... right?)..  It's from a set called 'Christmas Cuteness' by MFT..  and the simple colouring made me really enjoy putting it together.  I was inspired for the design by a card the lovely Mary J made last week.

Colours used: 
Reds: R24, R46, R89, W3
Green: YG63 (twice to shade)
Browns E55, E57, Promarker Cinnamon
White Pen for Snow
Paper: LoTV pad
Dies: Li'l Inkers Stitched Square and Stitched Circle, Die-namics Tag
Lots of Glitter! 

(More) Big hugs to all.... Happy Crafting (that's what it should be about - yes?)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

An Oriental Peek....


Morning Ladies....

Today I'm here with a little sneak peak of what's to come in the very near future from Sugar Nellie at Funky Kits..   this fabulous Oriental Lady will be available very soon!

I wasn't sure how to approach the colouring as I didn't want white to show (apart from in the shine on her hair!)  So I decided the background of the image needed lots of shading..  and I'm happy with the result.  The paper I've used is actually Japanese Origami paper that's been in my stash for years - I knew I needed to keep it for a reason!  There's some gold mirri card there too.  I've tried to match her colouring to the colours of the paper..  and used gold fine pen on the image too... unfortunately the camera is struggling to pick that up.... so you'll have to use your imagination!

Copics: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair - C1, C3, C5, C9
Shading - E50, E40, E42 and lots of blender pen
Reds - R05, R34, R46, R01
Gold Fine Liner

Now, if you keep your eye on the Sugar Nellie blog.... you'll see these images released in the very near future..  they are a little bit different to what I'm used to..... but wowwww, I LOVE them!! 

Big Hugs to all and Happy Crafting

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Another fabulous Sugar Bowl Challenge..


Hi All.... 

See... I'm here again!  This time with a card for the wonderful new challenge over at The Sugar Bowl..  It's another Anything Goes theme... which is perfect as it allows us all to use any of our gorgeous Sugar!!

Paper - LOTV Christmas Festive Trimmings Pad
Dies: MFT Blueprints 14, Magnolia Tilda border die
Copic Colours: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E21, E34, E23
Dress: G000, BG10, BG11, BG72
Shoes and Rose: R29
Shading N0, N2, N4
Uni Posca Marker for dots

This little lady is one of my all time favourites from Sugar Nellie... and she's still available as a digi..

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting...

Luscious Lace time at In The Pink


Hi Lovely Blogging Buddies...

It's time for another challenge at In The Pink - and this time our theme is Luscious Lace - so out came my stash of lace to find 'just the right' bit for my card!

I fell in love with this Sherri Baldy image when one of the lovely Pink Ladies (Helene who left The Pink Palace a few weeks back), used it on one of her beautiful creations.  This gorgeous fairy has been waiting to be coloured - and I thought this would be the perfect occasion for her first outing!

Paper: Maja Designs - Sofiero
Dies: Spellbinders Floral Oval, Lil' Inkers Stitched Hearts
Lace, Ribbon and Pearl Trimming from Stash
Copics: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Hair: E21, E34, E23
Pinks: RV91, RV95
Blue Shading: B0000, B000, Promarker Pastel Blue
White Pen for dots on shading

Hope you like what I did, I really enjoyed colouring this little lady - you know the feeling when you KNOW it's going well??

Hope you'll take a minute to check out the challenge at In The Pink - and hopefully to join in too - I'd love to see you there!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends... 

Today I'm here with my Digi Queen DT card for Polka Doodles...  I must be feeling in the festive mood!

I've used the gorgeous 'Presents' image - she's from the Work and Play 5 Festive Hollybobs Collection CD.  And I also used some of the digi paper from the same collection.... it really is brim full of fabulous Christmas images!  

Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E21, E34, E23
Dress and Headband: R24, R29, R46., E57
Holly: G21, G99
Shading: W0, W1, W2, W3, W5, plus plenty of blender pen
I used a Sharpie Poster Paint Pen for the white dots.

Dies: Lil' Inkers Stitched Square and Stitched Banner, CC Designs Holly
Sentiment - PC generated
Ribbon, Glossy Accents and Glitter from Stash

I do love colouring in red, but it's tricky, as it can so easily bleed - but I think I did OK here.  As you can see, I'm also experimenting with the shading around the image...  trouble is I never know when to stop!  And if you like the dotty dress and headband - they're easily done with a white gel pen or (like I did), a Sharpie Poster Paint Pen.

Why don't you take a peek over at the Polka Doodles blog HERE to see what the other DT members have got up to..  you'll find tons of fabulous inspiration from the talented lovelies that I'm so proud to be working alongside!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting

Monday, 27 October 2014

I love SANTA!

Hi Lovely Friends...

Yep... I admit.... I have a weakness for a lovely little Santa... and this one drawn by Birdie Brown is no exception!  Now I bought this image as a digi from Birdie Brown last year (and used it a lot!).... but I now see that's not available in digi form any more.  BUT... the good news is that MFT are selling a set of clear stamps - designed by Birdie - including the three Santa's that I love!  It's called Jingle All The Way.

This isn't a DT card - it's just because I needed to make something that didn't have to use a particular make of image or theme...   I think we all have to do that every now and again don't we?

Soooo  here's what I did:  The sky was created with DI colours blended together...  then I used a Uni Posca Marker for the falling snow.  I used a Paper Smooches Stitched Borders die for the hills...  then framed it all with a Lil' Inkers Stitched Square - with a square aperture cut out.    The trees are from a Mariannes Creatables die and are liberally splattered with stickles...  and lastly... the word Christmas IS NOT a peel-off just in case you were wondering!  It's a word die from Memory Box - soooooo difficult to adhere to the card - I ended up using a double sided sheet stuck to the back of the gold mirri card..  did the diecutting, then had to try and get one to part from the other!  Hmmmm NOT so easy!  It stuck everywhere I didn't want it to stick, until I tried to put it where it should be on the card, when it decided IT DIDN'T want to stick at all!  It wasn't really the size I wanted it to be either... but hey...  it was all I had so it had to do.

  Ain't he just the cutest??

Copic Colours:
Santa: R29, R37, R56, R89, E57
Belt C5, C9
Beard and Shading C1, C2
Face: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20 

Big hugs to all.... and big thanks for bearing with me just lately - things are still happening in my world so it's difficult to get time for commenting - but I'll try my best.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

No fibs... just the truth!

Hi Ladies....

Hope you're all well...  and hugs for those that aren't..  I'm having a few computer issues at the mo (getting used a new one and having to relearn everything over again!)... and there's lots of other things going on in the family - so I may be quiet and a little stressed... but I'm still around..

Today I'm here with my fortnightly inspiration post for Sugar Nellie..  

I've used 'Time Together' - available HERE from the store at Funky Kits.

She came in digi format, and was a joy to colour (as are all the fairies).  Now, the no fibs bit.... I could tell you that I wanted to just focus on the image by not putting any more details... but that would be a lie as I just ran out of time so had to throw this together quickly!  And I could tell you that it's perfect... but it isn't, as I put the little postmark stamp upside down!  I mean... who ever heard of being able to put a circle 'upside down'?  Hmmmf!  But I had no time to even cover it with a snowflake, so sorry, it stays! LOL!

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R04, R20
Hair E21, E25
Dress: RV91, R81, R81
Gifts RV91, R81, R83, C1, C2
Hat and Jacket: G20, G21, G82, YG63
Shading N0, N2, N4, Blender Pen

Basically I used my Copics to colour.....  an LOTV Festive Trimmings 8 x 8 pad of Christmas paper.. a Martha Stewart snowflake border punch... a Lil' Inkers Stitched Square Die.. and a little postmark stamp from LOTV.

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting..