Tuesday 30 August 2016

Windy Days...

Hi Lovely Bloggers..

Well..... it's nearly September and we have previews of the fabulous new release from CC Designs to share!!  

I chose to use Windy Day Cinnamon all wrapped up in her woolly coat and hat..  she looks toastie!!  I know we're still at the end of August and shouldn't quite need to wrap up yet..  but.....  Autumn/Fall days come so fast so it's best to be prepared!

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Border
Paper - Basic Grey India Summer
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - E23/25/29
Bag, Scarf and Tights - RV29/ R56
Coat and Hat - E07/08/25
Shading W0/1/3/5

I played around with the tag shape to make it slightly smaller - just turning it in my Cuttelbug before it cut right through..  quiet easy and handy to know.

The release is out on Thursday this week..  but there's lots more previews to come before then!

Big hugs

Saturday 27 August 2016

Bridal Shower....


Hi Lovely Bloggers...

My youngest daughter made a request earlier this week for a card that she could take to a bridal shower...  and she wanted it to be in milk/chocolate colours (long story!) - sooooo, as we don't really have bridal showers here in the UK - I had to get my thinking cap on and do a bit of research!!  

I decided to use an MFT Dienamics Umbrella die that I've used before for a baby shower - and I used lots of small flower punches and dies for the infill on the shape.  I used pearls for the centres of each flower too.  Then I thought it was too bare and needed decorating around the edge - so I set about hand colouring some white flower trim that I found in my stash.  I think I'm happy with the result!  I can't wait to hear what the bride-to-be thinks!

The bridal shower my daughter is going to is in Toronto - so the card is currently winging it's way across the Atlantic in her luggage.  She's stopping off in San Diego first to meet up with another friend for a few days..  so it's going to be a well travelled card!

And my eldest daughter is due back this weekend from her holidays - she and her boyfriend have been cycling from Switzerland to Holland along the Rhine..  then they're getting the ferry back to Yorkshire on Monday.  I think they've done very well as they've camped each night..  I have to say I prefer my transport with four wheels and then I like a proper bed at night!!

Big hugs and Happy Crafting

Thursday 25 August 2016

Monster Mash - Take 2


Hi Lovely Bloggers...

OK, I'm here with another Halloween card...  it's from another of the August release at CC Designs.......  these are just THE cutest little monsters you ever saw!

I played again with this one, using Distress Ink blending on the tag shape..  again something relatively new to me but something I'm very much enjoying learning! 

Materials Used:
Images - CC Designs Monster Mash and Halloween Things
Sentiment - CC Designs Creepy Crawlies
Dies - CC Designs Cutter Layering Tag Dies, 
CC Designs Outline Dies for Images, Memory Box Fence Die
Distress Inks for Blending - Black Soot, Seedless Preserves, Dried Marigold
Digi Paper 
Colouring - Copics
Hair - YG25, G99
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Bandages - W1/2/3/5
Grave C1/3/5
I also used C9 for colouring the white surround when the images were die cut with the outline dies - I thought it gave a more halloween type effect than the usual white border.

I splattered water across the Distress Ink blending as I'd seen done - and was happy with the effect it created!  Then I drew the bats/birds flying across the moon freehand - eeek!!

Hope you're having a good week..

Big hugs

Tuesday 23 August 2016

A play with my Zig Clean Colours...


Hi Lovely Bloggers...

OK, I had time to play at the weekend.....  and I've had some Zig Clean Colour pens for a little while in my stash....... so I decided to dig them out and give them a go!  

I'd bought this fabulous Tim Holtz stamp set a week or so ago - and knew I'd like to use them for these pens.  I was inspired for my first watercolour card by Kristina Werner - in fact my layout is very similar to one I saw her do,  as for my first card using these Zigs, I felt I needed to do as the experts do!  So thank you Kristina for inspiring me!

And oh my goodness.......  I LOVED colouring with Zigs!!  I was really pleased with my first attempt..  and know you'll be seeing them a lot in the near future..  while I practice light/dark/shadows etc..

Materials used:
Images - Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden
Colouring - Zig Clean Colour Markers
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink
Enamel Dot from Doodlebug Design

Hope you like what I did...

Big hugs

Sunday 21 August 2016

Trouble in a Tutu...


Hi Lovely Bloggers...

Hope you're all OK and enjoying the last bit of summer.....  it's cooled down lots here and we had a full day of rain on Friday..  yucky!  My lovely OH is working this weekend, so I have craft room time...  

Today I'm sharing a little card I made yesterday, using the very cute Clearly Besotted Trouble In A Tutu clear stamps.  I missed the boat when these stamps first came out and had to wait for them to be restocked before I could get my little hands on them...  but they were worth the wait!!

Of course, the little hippos had to be wearing PINK didn't they??  

Materials Used:
Dotty Pink Card - Anna Marie Designs
Colouring - Copics
Hippos - T0/1/3/5
Tutus, Shoes and Bows - R81, RV55
Glitter card and glitter from stash

Oh my goodness.... how I loved colouring those little hippos and making this  card, and I also enjoyed fussy cutting all around the dancers and the banner.  Now, my lovely Mum used to call me a 'fairy elephant' when I was little.....  maybe she really meant a ballerina hippo?!

Big hugs and Happy Sunday

Thursday 18 August 2016

Make it SPARKLE!

Hi Lovely Blogging Friends...

Time for another challenge over at In The Pink - and this time our challenge theme is 


Not too difficult for me huh?? hehe!  Bearing in mind my love of all things that glitter and shine - I didn't stress too much thinking of what I'd do!

I took inspiration from both Jennifer McGuire and a lovely lady called Gemma that I spotted on Pinterest, and I created a card for a new baby girl.  I'm truly in love with these Fairy Friends from Lawn Fawn - you'll be seeing them lots in the near future..

Materials Used:
Images - Fairies - Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends
Pram - sourced online from Free Colouring Pages
Dies - Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders
Sentiment - Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings (only the middle bit inked!)
Acetate, Sequins, Gems and Glitter from Stash
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - E50/53/55
Wings - C0/1
Dresses and Pram - R81/83/85
Distress Ink Blending on Clouds - Spun Sugar

Hope you like what I did and that you'll join in our SPARKLY fun!!


And... if your name is randomly chosen from our Perfect Pinkies - you could win a $12 voucher from our generous sponsor -  Di's Digi Stamps - who have WONDERFUL digi images to choose from...

Hope we'll see you there...

Big hugs

Monday 15 August 2016

Halloween Cuties


Hi Lovely Blogging Friends..

Here's my latest DT card using the fabulous Halloween goodies in the August release at CC Designs..  

I've used a couple of images (the witch and her trusty cat!), from the Halloween Creatures Clear Stamp set, then a pumpkin from the Halloween Things set!  I've also used the fabulous outline dies - they make light work of fussy cutting the images..  easy peasy!

Now I'm not the best at Halloween cards - so I decided to go quite CAS...  and I'm relatively pleased how it turned out.

Materials Used:
Halloween Paper
Colouring - Copics
Witch's Clothes and Cat T1/3/5/7/9
Witch's face -E000/00/11, R21
Witch hair - V04/15/17
Pumpkin YR04/18

Hope you like what I did.. though I promise I'll be back to my pink soon! 

Big hugs

Thursday 4 August 2016

CC Designs August Release Blog Hop

Today is RELEASE DAY for all of the new AUGUST products at C.C. Designs!! As you have seen from our Preview Days, all of the new stamps and dies are SPOOKTACULAR, and perfect for all of your upcoming Halloween projects! For the month of August, we have 7 character stamp sets with coordinating dies available for purchase, Layering Tags Die, Dotted Rectangles Die, Half Rectangles Die, and Shadow Spots Die.

 For my blog hop card, I used Batty Birgitta...  she's too gorgeous to be scary..  and I knew she needed some pink!!

Materials used:
CC Designs Dotty Tags, Poppy Stamps Spider Web Border
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Hair - E50/51/53/55
Outfit - C0/1/3/5/7, RV000/32/34
Glitter, Ribbon, Sparkly and Sequins from Stash

Every release we will have a New Release Blog Hop to showcase our awesome Design Team! Check out their amazing creations!

And we can’t have a Blog Hop without a PRIZE!! Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment on each DT Member’s Blog, and then head back to the C.C. Designs Blog to let us know you completed the hop.  
There is a $25 CCD Store Gift Certificate hidden on one of our Design Member's Blog so you definitely want to comment on each blog. :)

*This Blog Hop will end on Sunday, August 7th at NOON, 12pm EST. Winners will be announced the following week. Don't forget to also comment on each CCD PREVIEW DAY Post for a chance at winning a $15 CCD Store Gift Certificate.

Happy Hopping!!

It's PARTY time!!

Hi Lovely Peeps...

It's exciting times over at In The Pink.....  we have a brand new challenge, and as it's both our 4th Birthday AND our 100th Challenge...  AND we have a few Pink Ladies with birthdays in August including my own...   we're celebrating with the theme of 

(as long as it's PINK)

I am slowly working my way through my lovely Stamping Bella stash..  and I decided that this image could resemble some of the Pink Ladies out enjoying themselves....  


Materials used:
Image - Stamping Bella Tiny Townies Birthday Party
Paper - MFT Smitten 6 x 6 paper pad
Colouring - Copics
Skin - E000/00/11, R20
Girl 1 - Hair E21/23/25, Dress RV66/55
Girl 2 - Hair E50/51/53/55, Dress RV91/93/95
Girl 3 - Hair C1/3/5/7/9, Dress R81/83/85
Shading - C1, T1/3/5

Now as it's a special challenge, each of the Pink Ladies has come up with a little package of pinkness, so each of the Perfect Pinkies chosen will get a prize!!  

Hope you'll join in the PINK fun!!

Big hugs