Friday, 19 December 2014

A little Santa tag...

Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

Today I'm here with a really quick post...  I'm sharing a quick tag I made using one of the fabbie Christmas Whimsie Doodles Santa images...  this one is from Santa and Friends... available HERE (scroll down the page to find it).  I couldn't resist this little guy..  in fact as I got a bit carried away colouring some of these fabbie images when I joined the DT..  I wanted to show what I'd made BEFORE Christmas is upon us!

Card Recipe:
Image: Santa and Friends from Whimsie Doodles - available HERE - you get all four images separately - which is fabulous value!
Colouring - Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Reds: R24, R27, R46, E57
Shading on Fur and Beard: N0, N2 
Dies: Papertrey Ink Tag, Mama Elephant Confetti Stars
Sentiment: Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler Set
GLITTER, Ribbon and Glossy Accents

Hope you like!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Suger Nellie Topper card

Morning Lovely Blogging Buddies....

Today I'm here with a very simple card using one of the new Sugar Nellie toppers.... which are ideal for when you need a card in a hurry!!

This one is 'More Hands Make Light Work' - and she's also available from Funky Kits in digi form too - you've no doubt seen me use her before.  But no colouring involved in this one..  it literally took me about 10 -15 mins to make.

Image: Sugar Nellie Topper
LOTV Christmas Paper
Die: Spellbinders scalloped oval
Buttons and Stickles

And that's about it!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

Monday, 15 December 2014



Hi to my lovely blogging friends...

Well..... time to break my exciting news...(drum roll)....  my  news is......... (second drum roll - just to build the right amount of tension).... I've been asked by the lovely Melyssa to join the Design Team at Whimsie Doodles and become a Doodlelicous Diva!!!  YAYYY!!  Did I have to think about it???? NOOOOO... I jumped at the chance as I've loved Melyssa's fabulous images since I first started to use digital!  So I'm doing a happy dance here..  I expect you can hear the ground shake from where you are!! LOL!

So for my first DT card, I decided to use Santa Express - available HERE amongst other fabulous Christmas images. I did enjoy the colouring and fussy cutting... and did a little decoupage too to make his bits (!) stand out...  then I wrote the sentiment on the tag by hand...

Card Recipe:

Image: Santa Express from Whimsie Doodles - available HERE
Colouring - Copics:
Reds: R24, R27, R46, E57
Greens: G21, YG63, G99, YG67
Reindeer: E55, E35, E57
Shading CO, C1, C2, W1, W3, W5, N0, N2, N4
White Uni Posca Pen for reflection on reindeers' noses
Dies: Lil Inkers Stitched Square, Dienamics Pinking Edge Circle Stax,
Paper Smooches Stitched Square, PTI Tiny Tags
Handwritten Sentiment
GLITTER and Glossy Accent

I hope you like my debut card for Whimsie Doodles, and that you'll pop over to the blog HERE to see what the other lovely ladies of the Design Team have come up with to inspire..

And you can follow on Facebook too if you like...  click below:

I'll be back with more of these gorgeous images soon..  they really have got my colouring mojo going again and that makes me a happy bunny!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas at In The Pink


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends....

Well another two weeks have gone by - and here I am with my card for our Christmas challenge In The Pink!  I'm sure the time is going by faster now I'm getting older...  hmmmm did I say older?????  nahhh.. I'm still a child at heart!!

I chose to use a gorgeous rubber stamp from CC Designs - Pollycraft Skater - one of three Christmas CC Designs I bought last month.  Isn't she just sooooo cute??

Card Recipe:

Image: CC Designs Pollycraft Skater
Paper: Digital from Pink Petticoat - Funky Flakes
Colouring: Copics -
Pinks: R81, R83, R85
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E34, E23
Shading: N0, N2, N4,
Ice: C1, B000
White dots: Uni Posca Pen
Dies: Lil' Inkers Stitched Square, Lawn Fawn Snowflakes
Glitter, Ribbon and Gems from Stash

Hope you like what I did with her.... she was one of those images I COULDN'T WAIT to colour when she arrived through my letterbox!

Pop over to In The Pink to see what the wonderful Pink Ladies came up with and to join in our challenge - it's running for four weeks this time so we get a little break over Christmas - so there's plenty of time to enter!

Hope you're all OK and all staying warm and dry in this nasty weather...  while I'm writing this, it's dark, there's a gale force wind blowing, and it's pouring down with horizontal rain!!  So much for putting all the lovely Christmas lights outside...

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting...  

Sunday, 7 December 2014

All Dressed Up - In rubber too!


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

This is a little bit of a sad post, as it's my last for All Dressed Up!  I've so enjoyed working with Wendy and the Design Team over the last year or more..  but now feel it's time for me to move on as I'm one of the few original DT members left!  However, there are some wonderful new DT members taking over the mantle of using Wendy's gorgeous images - and I wish them all the best... I know All Dressed Up will be around for a very long time as the images are all so girlie and fabulous!

ANYWAY.... the exciting news is that you can now get some of Wendy's images in high quality rubber.... for those who prefer rubber to digi.  Then can be purchased from Funky Kits HERE.

I chose to use Little Raindrops..

Card Recipe:
Image: Little Raindrops Rubber Stamp
Colouring: Copics - 
Skin E000, E00, E21, E11, E04 and R20
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Blues: B01, BG15, B32, B24
Shading: B0000, B000, N0, N2, Blender Pen
Die: Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics A
Paper: Prisma All About Me
Ribbon from Stash (only about 10 years old - bought in the US on one of my early trips there!!)

And yes....  she's in blue/aqua..... see... I have to pop an un-pink card every so often!!   And no glitter either.... what on earth has come over me?? hehe!  If it carries on, you have my permission to lock me up... LOL!

Now... you're not losing me that easily...  I'll be back later in the week with a new challenge for In The Pink.....  and then...... and then..... after that... soon.... I may have a little bit of exciting news!  Well exciting for me....... 

Big hugs to all and Happy Crafting..

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Sugar Nellie Toppers

Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

Today is my DT card for Sugar Nellie.... and this time I've done a real quick and easy card by using one of the new toppers that are available from Funky Kits HERE.  This little lady is also available as a digital stamp too if you prefer.

Of course, with my love of all things pink, she was just perfect for me to use!  After I'd popped her out of the sheet, I used some pearl trimming to surround the image... then glued her to a Spellbinders Stately Circles diecut sitting on foam pads.  The paper is a digi from Design House Digital called Frostine (but I think they've now closed down - sorry)..  then the snowflakes were from a Lawn Fawn Snowflakes die (yes they have the faux stitching on that I'm mad about!)

I added a few gems, a bit of organza ribbon, and a touch of lace then my card was done.  These poppers certainly make last minute cards so easy - and are available from Funky Kits by clicking the logo below!

While I'm here, I'd just like to say a very big welcome to my new followers...  my happy band is growing slowly and it's lovely to see!  Thank you for choosing to follow me and my ramblings..  

I hope you all have a lovely day today...  I'm out with a lovely friend for coffee and a natter this morning..  

Big hugs..

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Anything Goes at All Dressed Up...

Hello Lovely Blogging Buddies...

Hope all is good in your world... and that you're all on the run up to the big man coming down the chimney...  No decs up in our house yet I'm afraid tho, as we have about 7 boxes of decs to get out of the loft, it has to be on a day when nothing else is planned!  It'll be soon.. I promise.  I'm afraid we do go a bit over the top when it comes to Christmas ornaments etc..  even though there are no kiddies about!  I think it's just me that's the big kid!!

Right..  onto my card... Today it's the turn of All Dressed Up for my DT card.. we have a lovely new challenge commencing today, and as always it's an Anything Goes.  

I chose to use one of my favourite snowman images - 'It's Snowing'. 
No matter how I photographed it straight on, I couldn't get the camera to pick up the glitter properly or the glossy accents, so eventually I decided to lay it down and take another pic... and it worked!

Card Recipe:
Image - It's Snowing from All Dressed Up
Colouring: Copics
Blues - B000, BG72, BG10
Shading in Snowman - N0, N2, N4
Nose: YR24, YR14
Shading around image: C0, C1, B000
Robin: W3, W5, R35, R46
Die: Spellbinders Nestie Square
Punch: Stampin Up Scalloped Border
Glitter, Ribbon and Glossy Accents

Before I printed the image out, I opened it up in Paint.Net to remove the wording so I had a smaller image to diecut.

Don't forget that to join in our challenge, you must use an All Dressed Up image... but as there are so many gorgeous ones available and even freebies too, it's not that difficult!  You have two weeks to enter - and we're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

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..