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, 6 August 2014

Day 3 - Whimsy Stamps GRAND BLOG HOP

Hi everyone & a huge welcome to the ...
Whimsy Stamps August release BLOG HOP!

The Whimsy Stamps DT and GDT have been sharing some amazing creations made with the new August release stamps and dies over the last couple of days, and today we are celebrating their release with a GRAND BLOG HOP! 

The hop starts today (Wednesday August 6th at 12.00PM noon ET) and ends on Friday August 8th at 12.00pm noon ET. If you would like to hop along with us today, please CLICK HERE to start the hop at Iris's blog. Here is a complete blog hop list in hopping order:

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! To enter the draw, simply leave a comment HERE and at EVERY stop along the hop by 12.00pm noon on Friday August 8th. 

 For today's project, I have inked up this beautiful image by Crissy Armstrong called 
' A Girl and Her Pumpkin'.
I coloured this gorgeous girl in Prismacolor Pencils and chalked the background.  The beautiful papers are Emerald Isle by M R Designs.  I added cheesecloth between the layers and some twine to my little flower buttons.  The acorns and acorn shell came from a little nature walk with my little boy - left over from a school project he had to complete last year.  I know they're not from the sycamore tree .... but they do add more texture :)

Here's a little close up of this beautiful stamp
I feel very honoured and have thoroughly enjoyed participating as a GDT in this fabulous hop! 
So now it's time for you to continue today's hop! Don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop along the hop to be entered into the draw to win a $25 gift certificate. 

 Thanks so much for visiting today. 
Happy hopping!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Day 1 - Whimsy Stamps Blog Hop

Hiya Everyone and Welcome to Day 1 of the ...
Whimsy Stamps August rubber stamp and die release!
Over the next 3 days we will reveal the new August 2014 Whimsy Stamps products. Whimsy is releasing 11 new red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 3 coordinating die/die sets this week, and they will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday. 

I am so thrilled to be a Guest Designer for this release alongside Hellen Pearce, Sheri Willshire and Tabbatha Sandoval.  
PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! The lucky winner will be drawn from the comments left on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop along the hop to be entered into the draw. Today we are excited to show you the brand new Elisabeth Bell, Time for Tea Designs and SC Design stamps being released this month. For a full reveal of these stamps, check out the Whimsy blog

 For today's project, I have inked up this fabulous image called 'Cupcake' from Time for Tea Designs

 Isn't she just so super cute?
I coloured Cupcake up with a mixture of Copics and Prismacolor pencils.
I decided to dress up an MDF tag using papers, lace and ribbon from my stash. The beautiful flowers and flat backed acrylic flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.

So now it's time for you to continue today's hop! Don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop along the hop to be entered into the draw to win a $15 gift certificate:

Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog again tomorrow for the second day of sneak peeks. Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Champagne Lucy

Hi everyone and a Happy Friday to you all!
I hope you are all keeping well and still happily crafting!  I've had a bit of a lapse with my craftiness of late!  My mojo seems to have decided to play 'hide and seek' and, for the life of me, I can't seem to seek it out!  Don't you just hate it when that happens LOL.

Anyway, enough of my lack of creativeness ....... I'm hoping your creative juices are flowing at full speed as it's time for CHALLENGE 11 over on the Artbymiran Challenge Blog.  
As always, it's ANYTHING GOES using a hand coloured image!

I apologise in advance, but this is a VERY HEAVY picture post!!!  I have had the absolute pleasure of colouring up this little beauty from Mi Ran's new range of stamps in rubber, which can be found at the Whimsy Stamps store HERE.  This particular image is called
CHAMPAGNE LUCY and you can find her HERE.

I made another tissue box for a very good friend of mine and I just had to colour up Champagne Lucy as she has a huge resemble to my lovely friend!
I coloured this darling image with Prismacolor Pencils to compliment my beautiful new digital papers from M R Design - called 'Autumn Shabby Blue'.

I attached lace, ribbon and pearls (from my stash) all along the top side of the box and a length of pearl string from the Hobby House, along the bottom side.
The butterflies and birthday quotes are from a kit I bought from Kanban many moons ago and of which I was thrilled to bits that they matched up perfectly with the colourway.  I added a few more pearls to the butterfly and sentiment.
As I did with my other tissue box, which you can find HERE, I added a mini 'feather boa' around the top!  I know, a feathery nose could be the outcome but, hey, it looks pretty heehee!!

Lastly, a little close up of the adorable Champagne Lucy in all her finery!
Well, I hope you managed to stay with me this far down and that you'll have a wander over to the Whimsy Store and check out these beautiful images!  You can also find a huge array of adorable digital images, also by Mi Ran, on her Etsy site HERE.

I really hope you can join us again over this next two weeks in our Challenge.  My DTeamies and our GDT have created some beautiful works of art to inspire you all and we look forward to seeing yours there too!

I would like to enter into the following:
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Alphabet Challenge - L for Lace
The Ribbon Girl - Colour Challenge - Aqua/Turquoise
ABC Challenge - P is for Pearls
Oddball Art Stamps - Show us your coloring skills

Thanks so much for popping along here today!
Big hugs xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Art by Miran/Whimsy Stamps Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to day 2 of our Art by Mi Ran Collection release!  This is such an exciting time for our extremely talented and gorgeous Mi Ran and I'm so happy to be able to share in this wonderful part of her journey!

In case you missed it, yesterday, we started our debut release with a blog hop sharing DT creations using the 7 new rubber stamps, illustrated by Mi Ran, exclusively for Whimsy Stamps. Today and tomorrow we will host more blog hops full of inspiration and chances to win more prizes too!

All of the new rubber stamps will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday, July 16th. For this release, we are excited to be joined by guest designers Alyce Keegan and Mariska van der Veer as well as the Art by MiRan digital design team.

PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left here and on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment to be entered into the draw.

Now, it’s time to check out what the amazing designers have created with these new stamps. Don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop along the hop to be entered into the draw to win a $15 gift certificate.

My share with you today is of the very beautiful Coventina!

I coloured this gorgeous girl with Prismacolor pencils and thoroughly enjoyed bringing this little beauty to life! I created a little wall hanger using the backing board of one of my 6" x 6" paper packs and covered with 'plain & simple' digital papers from Bearly Mine Designs.  The beautiful flowers are a mixture from Wild Orchid Crafts, the pearl string is from the Hobby House and the little shells are from my stash.

 I hope you like my little piece of inspiration today and that you have a whole lot of fun checking out the awesome creations on the Hop!

Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you again tomorrow for our final release day hop!

Big hugs xx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Autumn's Memoirs

Hey Everyone! How are you all doing?  I hope you're all well and happily crafting :)  I've been running around like a mad thing this last couple of weeks and, sadly, not a lot of crafting has been done!  Everytime I feel I'll have a free moment to craft, something else crops up and I have to put it aside!! Ah well, such is life hey?

It's time for Challenge 10 over at the fabulous Art by Miran challenge page and, as always, it's ANYTHING GOES!!! 
This can literally be anything you fancy creating as long as you use a hand coloured image!  More details on the rules can be found HERE

My card today is showcasing the very gorgeous
Isn't she just a doll?

I coloured this little lady up with Prismacolor pencils and, for once, I kept the card pretty simple.  The paper was from my stash, which I thought was perfect for this image, and I printed a larger version of the image and coloured and cut out the leaves to pop on top of the jute fabric border with 3D pads.

A little close up of Autumn's Memoirs
I absolutely loved colouring this little lady and love her gorgeous beret :)  
You can find more of Mi Ran's fabulous art work HERE and you certainly won't be dissapointed!  Every image is just as beautiful as the next and the only struggle you'll have is to choose which one to colour up!

We hope you can join in with the Challenge this next fortnight and look forward to seeing your fab creations!  We have a gorgeous line up of my amazing DTeamies' creations for inspirational ideas for these beauties, as well as a fabulous card created by our GDT this time.

I would like to enter into the following:

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a little peek!
Big hugs xx

Friday, 27 June 2014

Pretty Molly and a DT Call

Hiya lovely crafty peeps! Hope you're all well and happy :)  I'm super happy right now .... it was my birthday on Wednesday and I got extremely spoilt!  My daughters treated me to my first ever Pandora charm bracelet!! Oh my word! How excited was I?  They are both very lucky to already have one of these beautiful little gems and I was always a little envious LOL .... they probably just wanted to shut me up hehe!

Another reason for me being super happy right now is that I'm finally off for my very own wedding dress fitting tomorrow!! Eeeeek! I'm so happy right now I could burst!  Wedding plans are well underway .... let's just hope I don't turn into Bridezilla .....

Anyway, enough of me!  It's time for Challenge 9 at Art By Miran and, as always, it's 
(with a hand coloured image)

The hugely talented Mi Ran has been working up an absolute treat for you all with her newest images.  I love all of her images, which you can find HERE, and it's always such a difficult choice of which one to use!  I decided to colour up the adorable  PRETTY MOLLY and here she is ......
She's certainly pretty for sure!
I coloured her up with Prismacolor Pencils (love playing with these at the moment) then fussy cut her out and popped her onto the card 3D style.  The papers are from LOTV and I die-cut the top edge using a Lace Edge Signature Die from Joanna Sheen.  The Butterfly Die is also Joanna Sheen and the flourish is an XCut 'Leafy Flourish' Die.

The flowers are a mixture from WOC and the Hobby House and the little adhesive gems are from my stash.
A little close up for you ..... I know I need more practice on blending the pencils together to get a much smoother look, but I am trying .... honest!! ;)

One more exciting announcement before I go ...... Art By Miran are in the process of having a DT Call, which ends on June 30th!  If you love these images as much as we do and would love to work amongst Mi Ran's fabulous team of ladies, head on over HERE to apply!

I would like to enter into the following:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big love xx 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Hobby House - Spring Flowers Colour Your Own Art Pads

Hi everyone and a gorgeous, sunny morning to you all.  I'm running a little late with this post today so I'm going to make it short but sweet, as school run and work will soon be calling! Ahhhh!  I'm planning on chilling out this eve when I'm back from work seeing as it is my birthday hehe!! Ooooh! Another year older .........

Today I'm sharing one of the beautiful images from the new Art Books available here at the Hobby House.  This little girly can be found in the 'Spring Flowers' book - all printed on beautiful cardstock and ready for you to colour up and bring to life!
I coloured this beauty with Copics in the following:
Skin:  E000, E00, E11
Blacks:  C0, C1, C3, C5, C7
Purples:  B60, BV00, BV02, BV04, V12

The papers are from LOTV called Promises and all of the gorgeous embellies from the beautiful rhinestone flourishes, adhesive gems, lace and ribbon to the blingtastic diamante spacer are all from the Hobby House and are listed separately on the HH Blog HERE.
My fabulous DTeamies have been showcasing daily inspiration this month, all created with these fabulous new pads.  Make sure you pop by the Hobby House Blog again tomorrow for another gorgeous make.

I do apologise for the super quick post, but do hope you like my little piece of inspiration for you all today!

Thanks so much for popping by!
Big hugs & enjoy the rest of your day!