A big welcome to all of my lovely followers and visitors to my little space in the crafting world of blogland! I hope you enjoy your little wander through my creative world and would love to feel that I may have inspired some of you in some small way. Happy Crafting to you all and I hope you will stop by again soon!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Hobby House Inspiration - New Toppers

Hi Everyone - hope you're all keeping well.

It's my turn for a little inspiration today at the Hobby House and, as we have been showcasing the fabulous new toppers this month by Kenny K, Elisabeth Bell and Wee Stamps for our April Challenge, I have kept within the theme of New Toppers and thought I'd share with you this little box I decorated using the adorable Summer Splash toppers by Elisabeth Bell.

How cute is this little lad happily at play with his bucket and spade?
The papers are from Bearly Mine Designs called Patchwork Party.  A list of the fabulous Hobby House embellishments I used can be found HERE

The topper sets have three different designs to play with.  I recently blogged a card HERE using another design from the set and thought I'd share the whole set, which includes a cute door hanger I created using the third design.

I hope you like my little piece of inspiration today and thank you so much for stopping by.
Big hugs xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Hobby House Mid Month Challenge Reminder - New Toppers

Good Morning Everyone!  I am actually so very late with this post ...... I thought I'd already scheduled this for Saturday.  Feeling all smug, I've enjoyed my Bank Holiday weekend only to pop on here today and find that I hadn't scheduled at all ..... I hadn't even written up a post to schedule!!! How bad is that?! 

Well, it's here now .... finally ..... and I hope you all had a fabulous Easter indulging in whatever it is that makes you smile.

This is my Mid Month Challenge Reminder for the Hobby House and our theme this month is 

Have you seen the gorgeous new toppers available at the Hobby House Store?  The new releases are by Elisabeth Bell, Kenny K and Wee Stamps and, for this Challenge, we'd like you to use one of the new toppers to create anything you wish with.

My card today is using one of the beautiful Elisabeth Bell - Summer Splash toppers.

I absolutely LOVE the fabulous freshness of these colours, don't you?

My papers are from Bearly Mine Designs called Patchwork Party and the butterfly dies are Joanna Sheen Signature Dies
The flowers, fish charm, ribbon, lace, pearl string, adhesive pearls, button and rhinestone sparkler can all be found at the Hobby House

I hope you like my card today and look forward to seeing your creations in our Challenge

Thanks so much for looking,
Big Hugs xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Artbymiran Challenge #4 - Anything Goes

Hiya Everyone! Hope you're all keeping well and enjoying some lovely Spring weather!

It's challenge time again at Artbymiran and, as always, it's
We have been blessed with so many beautiful entries in the last challenge and so look forward to seeing your wonderful creations for this one.

Mi Ran has fabulous prizes for our Winner and Top 3 and you can check out the info plus the rules HERE.

Today I'm showcasing the very gorgeous Blossom Breeze.

I thought I'd make a candle this time seeing as I haven't made one for quite a while now :)

I absolutely loved colouring this little lady up, what with her beautiful, flowing locks and gorgeous, pleated dress.  The Copic colours are:

Skin:  E000, E00, E11
Hair:  C0, C1, C3, C5, C7
Dress:  B60, BV00, BV02, BV04, V12

After transferring her onto the candle, I added rhinestone gems from my stash and got a little carried away with the super pretty rhinestone flowers, which can be found HERE

This beautiful image is one of many of Mi Ran's adorable designs and you can find them all in her shop HERE - all are digital stamps and available for instant download.

I hope you like my little make today and would love for you to pop on over and enter into the Challenge and check out my DTeamies amazing creations whilst you're there :)

I would like to enter into the following:
Addicted to Stamps and More #91 - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments #40 - Anything Goes/Girly

Thanks so much for popping along here today and I hope you'll visit again soon!
Big hugs xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Scribble & Scrap Challenge #16 - Anything Goes

Morning everyone!  I hope you are all keeping well and happy!  I've been pretty quiet on here lately and must apologise for not getting around to visiting everyone.

It's challenge time again at Scribble & Scrap and, as always, it's

Our winner will receive a £15 voucher from the Scribble & Scrap Shop, however, if the winner has used a Scribble & Scrap product, the prize will be raised to a magnificent £20!!! Also, our Top 3 get a very generous £5 each to spend too.

My card is showcasing the beautiful digital papers available as instant download in the Scribble & Scrap Shop - Grungy Florals - Naturals and Grungy Florals - Pastels

I layered the different papers in Word to design my background layout onto just one sheet.  If you are a little limited on time, printer ink or adhesives, then this is a perfect way to get a gorgeous effect in double quick time. I matted onto Kraft cardstock ready to embellish.

I inked the Wee Stamps - It's a Boy topper with versa magic chalk to give it a creamy effect, along with the sentiment from my stash.  The mixture of my embellishments can be found at the Hobby House and Wild Orchid Crafts

We had some amazing entries over the last fortnight and hope you'll join us again this time to be in with a chance to win the fabby prize!  Head on over to see the beautiful creations from my DTeamies and post your entries whilst you're there :)

I'm heading off to IKEA now to do a bit of craft room storage shopping ...... eeeek!! Excited muchly!! 

I would like to enter into the following:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs xx

Friday, 4 April 2014

Artbymiran Challenge #3 - ANYTHING GOES

Good Morning lovely peeps and a Happy Friday to you all.

Can you believe it?  We're already on our 3rd challenge at Artbymiran Challenge.  Once again we had the most beautiful entries into our 2nd challenge - each and every one of them such stunning works of art!  It's a real pleasure drooling over your fab creations and I hope you'll join us again this time!  As always, it's ANYTHING GOES!!

Mi Ran has an amazing prize for our Winner and Top 3 and you can check out the info plus the rules HERE.

My card today is showcasing the ever beautiful Venus

Isn't she a little beauty?  I just adore Mi Ran's images and you can find plenty more at fabulous prices HERE.  They are all digital stamps and available for instant download, so no waiting around twiddling your thumbs!

I got in a bit of a pickle with my colouring on this little girly ..... this was my EIGHTH attempt!!! For some reason at the moment, my Copics are just not playing ball when it comes to colouring skin and so I ended up colouring the majority of her skin with promarkers.  Thankfully, the Copics I used for her hair and dress were much more accommodating and allowed me to do exactly what I'd planned LOL.

My card base was pinched from my mum's stash (thanks mum).  It's from Hunkydory, but, alas, I can't find a link for it so I'm not sure if it has actually been discontinued.  I really hope not as I love the whole effect it gives.  Also, there are nowhere near as many embellishments on it as I normally do as I think the image and card speak for themselves ...... with a few compulsory flowers of course heehee!

Although this is not the best picture taken in the world, I just wanted to show you the side view, which shows the card frame with little Venus nestling comfortably inside.
All of the flowers and that gorgeous flat backed diamond with centre pearl can be found at Wild Orchid Crafts and the beautiful pearl string down the side is from the Hobby House.

I really hope you like my card today and would love for you to pop over to the Challenge and check out my DTeamies' fabulous creations, as well as entering your own whilst you're there :)

I would like to enter into the following:
4 Crafty Chicks - #188 - Color a stamped image (Rubber or Digi)
Craft Your Passion Challenges - #207 Shaped Cards or Anything But Square
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights Challenge - #19 For a Special Lady
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - #83 Add some flowers

Thanks so much for popping by today and I hope you'll visit again soon!
Big hugs xx

Monday, 31 March 2014

Hobby House Inspiration

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

It's my turn for a little inspiration today over at the Hobby House and I chose to use this beautiful new topper from the Elisabeth Bell range called April Showers.  I actually made this card back in February when we were having nothing but rain, rain and more rain LOL.  Also, I was super chuffed to have my little creation aired on Create & Craft, along with a couple more of my creations, and my little boy was in awe that my card was on TV .... although he was a little less pleased to see that, after showing it, they 'squashed' it (his words) with another card ...... hee hee, bless him :)

These new toppers are just so gorgeous and so easy to create with.  I used the 8" x 8" Country Lady papers by Lili of the Valley, which co-ordinated perfectly with this topper, and only changed the topper slightly by adding a little ivory chalk over it.  The butterflies are from my Joanna Sheen Signature die.  You can find a list of all of the fabulous Hobby House products I used listed separately HERE.  The green ribbon was originally white and I coloured with Copics to co-ordinate with the image.

It's the start of our April Challenge tomorrow so make sure you head on over to see what our theme will be for the next month and for your chance to win some delicious Hobby House goodies!

Thanks so much for popping by today and I hope you can join us throughout April with your beautiful creations.

Big hugs xx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Scribble & Scrap Challenge #15 - Anything Goes

Happy Sunday everyone and a huge Happy Mother's Day to each and every wonderful Mum celebrating this day here in the UK.   Can you believe, the clocks bounced forward today and us Mum's actually get an hour less to relish getting waited on hand and foot!! How inconsiderate LOL.

Well, it's time for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge at Scribble & Scrap and, as always, our winner will receive a £15 voucher from the Scribble & Scrap Shop.  However, if the winner has used a Scribble & Scrap product, the prize will be raised to a massive £20 voucher!! How cool is that?  Also, our Top 3 also win a £5 voucher! Please check out the RULES so as not to miss out on these fabby prizes!

Okay, so, last weekend was spent away with my fabulous family.  We went to beautiful West Bay in Dorset and had a ball ..... we swam, flew kites, went bowling, tried crabbing (although the crabs weren't having any of it), swam again, dodged waves (resulting in me falling over ...... hilarious lol) and had loads of fun at a fab park!  In fact, I think us adults had more fun than the kids ha ha!
Anyway, rather than coming home refreshed, I came home exhausted hehe! Dragged myself through work last week and my crafty mojo decided to stay in West Bay!!!

My creation this week is not a usual one for me, but I hope you like it all the same!   I dressed up an A4 MDF picture frame using the gorgeous Vintage Paper Set 1 - I absolutely love these papers!
I distressed and embossed the edges of the paper with frantage and also embossed the centre area.  My floral display is a mixture of flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I adore butterflies (can you tell?) and used various dies to create them.  The poppy red ones have been coloured with Copics and the grey have been created from the paper waste.  I added liquid pearls to my corner dies and the rhinestones on the butterflies and gorgeous pearl string are both from the Hobby House

We love seeing your fabulous creations and hope you'll all join us again this time - my DTeamies have come up with some fabulous inspiration for you all.

I'd like to enter into the following:

Right ..... I'm off to find my mojo and to enjoy being spoilt ;)  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!  Happy Crafting!
Big hugs xx