A big welcome to all of my lovely followers and visitors to my little space in the crafting world of blogland! I love colouring, drool over every embellishment and love to 'look' at papers (never mind using them) - some are just TOO good to use lol. 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!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Saturated Canary - Reader

Good Morning Everyone! 

Today I'd like to share with you all another adorable image from Saturated Canary called Reader.
She is just so beautiful and I had a lot of fun colouring her up and creating a little background for her!  I'm still getting to know my Distress Inks and so, I know the colouring isn't perfect, but I'm pretty pleased with the overall effect :)


I just love the soft feel these DI's achieve and used embellishments to compliment both the image and colours.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the little rolled flower is from The Ribbon Girl and the beautiful Shabby Pearl Rose Organza Trim if from Live & Love Crafts.  The lace was a bargain from Ebay any the little pom pom trim I bought from my local craft shop.  

I decided to create a little book shelf to complete the look - a little fiddly to be honest, but I wasn't going to be beaten!  I folded papers here and there to make the 'books' and 'pages', then added a little 'shelf' made from paper to which i added metal embellishments to the edges.



I typed the sentiment onto Kraft cardstock and distressed the edges.  Thought it was quite apt for the overall theme :)

I would like to enter into the following challenges:

A Random Fan - #16 Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Use a Sentiment
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #58 AG with a Twist - Add some flowers
Kit and Clowder - October Challenge - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Cheerful/Uplifting Message
Scribble and Scrap - #29 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Oct 21 - 27 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for popping by today!
Take Care and Big Hugs xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Violet Vintage

Hey lovely peeps!! I hope you are all keeping well and happy!

I can't believe it's been almost two months since I created a blog post!! I've taken some time out from DT work for now as, apart from working and spending quality time with my beautiful family, I'm in the process of planning a wedding!! Yep!! MY WEDDING!!  Eeeek!! Oh, and obviously it's my fiance's wedding too LOL.  

A couple of weeks back, I got an amazing bargain on some Distress Re-Inkers!  I didn't want to let this bargain slip by and so went in, full throttle, and bought them.  Bear in mind I've never used them in my entire life, but was desperate to have a play.  I'm so pleased I took the plunge as I'm absolutely loving them!  I have so much to learn, but, I'm being extremely patient with myself and having a little go every now and then when I get the chance.

The card I'm showing today is the very first one I created using an image coloured up with my new inks!  My previous attempts of colouring ended up in the bin!!! Heehee!  I played it safe and made this one for my eldest daughter's 28th birthday. Yep!!  She's 28 but she'll always be my 'little princess' .....

Here's my little version of the very beautiful Violet Vintage
I absolutely love Saturated Canary images and this beauty is no exception!


I decided to go with the Shabby Chic effect and am hoping that's how this card comes across ...... and not just plain Shabby LOL!

My papers are from Lili of the Valley called Country Lady, which I distressed.  The flowers are a mixture from Wild Orchid CraftsThe Ribbon Girl and Live & Love Crafts.  The pearls are from The Hobby House and the little rolled flowers I made myself.  The twine borders are from The Range - another little bargain I got :), and the little charm was from my stash, which I coloured up with a Copic pen.



  And there you have it ..... lots of practice is still needed to get to where I want to be with these inks, but I'm pretty pleased with the overall outcome at the moment.

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks - #216 Happy Birthday
Crafting Musketeers - #18 Autumn Colours
Divas by Design - Texture
MilkCoffee Challenge - Lots of Layers
Ppinkydolls Challenge - Anything Goes or Fall Colours
Scribble and Scrap - #29 Anything Goes

Thanks so much for popping by today!
Big hugs xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Sugar, Spice and Betty Boots have arrived!! NEW Digi Release

Hiya lovely peeps! I hope you're all keeping well and ship-shape! 

I have a couple of fabby, brand new, shiny, digi images to share with you all today!! Woohooo!!!


I was so excited to be asked to join in on this gorgeous new release of 
SUGAR & SPICE 
and, of course, I jumped at the chance!  I absolutely adore these fab, fun images!!  

The two creations I'm about to share with you all feature the very cute, Sugar ..... however, there are more digis available, which feature both Sugar AND Spice, along with the gorgeous new release of 
BETTY BOOTS!!  

You can find the whole array of these brand spanking new digis at That Craft Place Ltd's Etsy Store HERE
  
Firstly I'd like to introduce 'Sugar Frosted' ........
Isn't she just AMAZING!!!  I love the fact that these images allow you to be as creative and adventurous as you dare to be!  I coloured Sugar Frosted up with Prismacolor Pencils and went for non-traditional Christmas colours (as you can tell lol).  The sentiment can also be found from That Craft Place Ltd and, of course, I coloured it up to match Sugar Frosted :)



Now to introduce 'Love from Sugar'......
Also coloured up with Prismacolors :)

Don't forget to head on over to That Craft Place Ltd to see ALL of the new releases!  You can also grab yourself a discount by joining in on That Craft Place Natter & Chatter page on fb!

Hope to see you there and thanks for popping by here today!
Big hugs xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Cupid's Little Helper

Hi Everyone! Happy Friday to you all!

I'm here today to share with you my LAST project as a DT member for the fabulous Mi Ran of Artbymiran!  With so much going on in my personal life at the moment, I took the really difficult decision to step down from her fabulous DT! I feel her beautiful images should be showcased to the fullest but, alas, for the time being anyway, I just simply don't have the time to be able to do them justice and feel it's only right to step away for a little while.  
So, a massive THANK YOU goes out to Mi Ran for being so brilliant to work for and to the fabulous Artbymiran DT girls! You Rock!!

So, for Challenge 13, which, as always, is ANYTHING GOES using a hand coloured image, I have created with the very sassy Cupid's Little Helper who takes centre stage in this cute little shadow box!
I coloured this little cutie in Prismacolors and thought the cute little sentiment from Create with TLC was perfect for her!
I bought the wooden shadow box from Wilkinsons, painted it black and adhered patterned paper from my stash onto the inside 'walls' of the box, along with adding a couple of gorgeous flowers from WOC on the inside.  The little bead heart was 'painted' black with a Copic pen.
A little side view just to show the dimension on this cute box.
I attached the gorgeous pearl string from the Hobby House around the edge and popped the little white hearts to each corner.  Added a couple more flowers to the edge and the cute little diecut banner from Joanna Sheen and voila!! All done :)

I hope you will join Mi Ran and her fabulous DT girls in the Challenge this time!
Good Luck and Big Hugs to you all!

I would like to enter into the following:
Divas by Design - Pretty Pearls
Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge - #92 - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy's Challenge - #23 - Die Cuts and Flowers
Paper Pretties - #324 - White/Black/+1

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