Saturday 31 May 2014

I'm a COVER GIRL at Through The Craftroom Door......!


Hi Ladies

Well I'm really excited today to be sharing the news that I've been published!!  In fact....... (drumroll please)... I made the COVER of the fabulous online magazine called Through The CraftTroom Door!  I'm still doing the Happy Dance...  as I don't think I've ever been referred to as a 'cover girl' before!  If you click on the image below, you'll be able to go straight to the online magazine.

Through The Craftroom Door is an electronic magazine packed with fabulous articles, tutorials and inspiration all for the paper crafter.  Our lovely Wendy Burns and three brand new exclusive All Dressed Up images  (below) are being featured in the current issue.  Several of the DT submissions are also included - they are all wonderful!

These three wonderful All Dressed Up digital images are currently available only by subscribing to Through The Craft Room Door.  Your subscription entitles you to 5  issues with an additional holiday issue in the November/December issue for $18.00/year. You will have access to all the previous issues, over 100 free digi's, tutorials, inspiration, prizes and articles.  Seems like a good deal to me!

For my card, I chose to use Little Bookworm.  She's just the cutest... and as it's coming up to summer time when HOPEFULLY it'll stop raining here in the UK..  I decided to put her in a meadow with the sun shining down... I do hope she's got her Factor 30 sun lotion on her arms! 
Materials Used:
Paper: Doodlebug Design Springtime
Colouring: Copics for image, Chalks for clouds
Dies: MFT Rounded Banner Stax, Joy Vintage Flourishes Grass, 
Poppy Stamps Inc Wild Flower Patch, Lil' Inkers Designs Sun
Accessories:  Hemp Cord for bow, Seam Binding, Glitter

That's all for now...  I'm going to be at a garden centre near York today promoting the children's hospice lottery that I do volunteer work for...  so if anyone is near Poppleton Garden Centre at all....... do say hello!!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting from the 'cover girl'... (autographs available - hehe!!)

Thursday 29 May 2014

The Sugar Bowl - Anything Goes


Hi again all...

(Yes I know, nothing for ages then two come along together!! hehe!)  

This is my DT card for the latest Anything Goes Challenge at The Sugar Bowl - HERE

The Sugar Bowl

I had decided to do a blue card.... but somehow got side-tracked by this paper - which jumped out of my storage and said 'use me' - so I did!

(she's on sale right now if you're quick!)
Colouring: Copics
Nesties: Circle and Scalloped Circle
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Daisy Trimming from Stash
Pebbles Inc Peel Off Sentiment
MFT Sentiment Strip Die
Glitter and Gems from Stash

Hope you like what I've done with this little lady..  she's a joy to colour.

I'm not going to waffle on this time - you heard all my news in my earlier post.. LOL!  So hop on over to The Sugar Bowl to join in the fun - and you could be in with a chance of winning a special Sugar Nellie bundle!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting

A little bit shabby....

Hi Peeps...

Time for our new challenge over at 

and our theme this time is Shabby Chic/Vintage.  This is not my usual style as you know, but, I thought I'd do my best and it would give me a good excuse to get out my treasured Frantage.  I also dug out my Distress Inks... however, I think them and me weren't made for each other...  more practice needed methinks!

Materials Used:
Colouring: Distress Inks
Frantage: Shabby White
Paper: Sofiero from Maja Design
Trimmings from The Ribbon Girl

We'd love to see you over at In The Pink to join in the Shabby Chic fun...  you can find the challenge HERE.  The main rule of the challenge is that you use more pink than any other colour..

And now some of my news.... It's a week now since we got back from our wonderful holiday in Kefalonia..  but I've been very slow catching up with my blog commenting as I've had problems with my eye.  I've been to the opticians today to have them checked, and I'm told that all is well, but that I have another floater - this time bigger and closer to the back of the eye so is directly in my line of vision.  It's causing difficulties - particularly when I use the computer.  But the optician did tell me that in a few weeks, my brain will get used to it and my eye will work around it!! Phew!!!  I've had floaters for years (I think everyone does at one time or another), but I've not had one before that is white and so big!  Anyway...  as my commenting will be few and far between... please understand, and know I'll be back soon.

And now to show you what we woke up to every morning in Kefalonia - this was the view from our wonderful bungalow  (you can see the glass barrier at the edge of the balcony) which immediately overlooks the fabulous colours of the Ionian Sea.  You know, I think I may just be going off pink and onto turquoise/azure!! hehe!  And after all the rain this week.... I SOOOO wish I was back on that lovely island..

Big hugs and Happy Crafting

Wednesday 21 May 2014

May Launch time at All Dressed Up


Hi Ladies

Well...... it's time for me to use one of the new May images from All Dressed Up..  and WOW girls....  wait till you check out these new images.... (all shown at the bottom of this post!)

I chose to use My Little Flower Girl - available here.... and of course, this little lady was crying out for a pink dress..  yes??

Materials used:

Colouring: Promarkers and Copics: Blossom, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink and R34
Dies: Dienamics Rounded Banner Stax, Lil Inkers Bow, Impression Obsession Heart flowers
Paper: Pink Petticoat
Glitter and Cosmic Pearl Glue Dots
Pearl gem and Ribbon
White Gel Pen for dots on dress

Here are the other images now available:

Just Married

Mirror Mirror

My Little Flowergirl

To Have & To Hold 

Don't you think there are some fabulous images there to use for spring weddings???

Also don't forget our current challenge is 'Faux Stitching'.  These new images would be perfect for use in the theme... and don't forget you could be in with a chance of winning three All Dressed Up images of your choice!

We also have a Facebook Group here - where we'd love you to show us your creations using All Dressed Up images...  why not pop over and join the fun?

Big hugs and Happy Crafting...

Thursday 15 May 2014

Simply Sentimental..

Hi Ladies

Today it's the turn of In The Pink....  and we have a 'Simply Sentimental' challenge for you.  Now - as I'm so used to using a coloured image.... this one stretched me a little - although I went for a CAS design in the end.

I used:
Simon Says Stamp Thanks Word Die (cut 3 times and layered up)
Paper Smooches Reflections Stamps and Dies
Lil' Inker Stiched Rectangle Die (altered slightly for longer shape)
Buttons and Enamel Dots

Hope you'll join us at

Remember the number one rule, that the predominant colour on your card must be pink..

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Off to the sun...(hopefully..)

Just to let you know that I'll be missing in action for a while.. and this is why...   in case you miss me and wonder why I'm not commenting!  (Photos from last year - same place!)

Big hugs and I'll be around when we get back..

Monday 12 May 2014

Yes....... you MAY go to the ball!!

Hi Ladies... 

I'm here today with my DT card for Paper Nest Dolls.  It's an 'Anything Goes' challenge.... so I decided to use Ballgown Ellie - as you know my love of anything girlie!

These are such fabulous images to colour and fussy cut..  and I decided to use a Crafts Too embossing folder for the main panel - which is cut using a Nellie Snellen Multi die.  

A bit of lace and a seam binding bow - then OBVIOUSLY some girlie glitter - and she was done!  Oooh the paper is from a First Edition pad called Love Letters.

We'd love you to pop over to the blog HERE to see what the uber-talented ladies of the DT have come up with to inspire you - then maybe you will give it a go.   Hope so, as there are fab prizes to be won!  We'd love you to use a Paper Nest Dolls image ... but we're also OK if you don't.

Big hugs

Saturday 10 May 2014

A lovely day at Lili of the Valley...

Hi Girls

I just wanted to show you a couple of photos of a wonderful day spent at the Lili of the Valley Store in Leeds.....   A lot of the DT were there demo-ing which was fabulous to see.. 

With the fabulous DENA from the US - so wonderful to meet her and get see her use
Inktense pencils in front of me!

With Mary J - whose cards I adore!
My lovely blogging pal Elaine..

Believe me... the coffee shop was BUSY!!  I was standing - you can just make out one of my boobs
and my arm below a balloon!
I had a wonderful day... thank you to Lili of the Valley...  and to my lovely OH who drove me there and didn't moan once at how long I spent chatting and buying..  Oh yes...  of course, it would have been rude not to have treated myself to a little more stash...........  yes??? 

Big hugs

Friday 2 May 2014

Ahoy there me hearties.....


Ahoy there me lovelies........

Today's card is for the new challenge at All Dressed Up......  and the theme is 'A Guy Thing!'  Now there's so many lovely male themed images from Wendy that I was spoiled for choice.... but I decided to go for this one as it's such a fun image!

So pink pens to one side.... and out came by blues.. Hope you like!

Card Recipe:
Image: All Dressed Up A Pirates Life (available HERE)
Colouring Medium - Copics and Promarkers
Paper: Digi - Bo Bunny Sun Kissed
Dies:  Lil Inkers Stitched Square,  Lil Inkers Sun, Lil Inkers Stitched Flag Banner
White Gel Pen
PC Generated Sentiment

Why don't you pop over to All Dressed Up to see what the other lovely ladies have come up with..  then you can join in provided you use an All Dressed Up image.  We love to see what you make with these wonderful designs...  the more the merrier!

Also, remember - even though the theme is 'A Guy Thing', your entry doesn't have to be a male card....  it can just use male colours - and could be anything - not just a card.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend all..
Big hugs and Happy Crafting..

Thursday 1 May 2014

Flutter by.. Butterfly...

Hi Peeps

I'm here today with my card for In The Pink as it's that time again!!  Where does the time disappear to??

The theme this time is 'Flutterby Butterfly' - and the requirement is to use a Butterfly.  I'd seen this image a little while ago and decided it was perfect for this theme... hope you like it too.

Materials used:
Copics and Promarkers: PM Pale Pink, R0000, R00, R11, RV10, Blender Pen
Chalks for Clouds
Nestie Rectangle Die (elongated)
Pen to doodle
Card bought at Harrogate show - sorry can't remembe name
Gems, lace and ribbon from stash
PC generated sentiment

I decided to raise the butterfly wings and the fairy's wing with 3D foam pads...  but glued the bit nearest the body down first.  Hope you like this little fairy being pulled along by her butterfly friends.

And now the reason why I haven't been around for a few days (you did miss me didn't you??)...  just a few pics of our short break away:  (sorry picture heavy..)

We popped down to the Isle of Wight where we used to live to see some good friends and have a nice rest.... then over to Dorset to see Barry's family and grandsons..  We had a fabulous time away...  in some special places to us, then a wonderful day in the park with the kiddies!  Of course, Barry had to climb on the climbing frames too... and only fell off once!! hehe!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting..  
oooh and I'd love you to pop over to In The Pink to see what the lovely ladies have come up with..