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!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Shy Fairy

Good evening lovelies! Yay!! My FIRST Christmas card this year - and it's for my gorgeous little Granddaughter, Lola Blu :)

I couldn't wait to get home from work tonight to show you my latest make which features the beautiful, most adorable little 'Shy Fairy' which is a brand new digi by the very fabulous Redonkadoodles.  I have merged her with 'Gift Way' digi stamp from the just as fabulous Make it Crafty to create a little Christmas scene.  I asked permission from both designers prior to merging and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to both Sheryl and Zoe for allowing me to do so :)  Of course, Shy Fairy can be used for various occasions - I just fell in love with her and immediately thought of our little Lola for Christmas!  

 I used promarkers, copics and spectrum noirs to colour up little fairy and spectrum noirs for the posts.  I glittered fairy's gorgeous wings - sparkle is a must when using this image! Actually, any excuse for me - I would add it everywhere! ;) 

I also added sparkle to her dress ..... well, as I said, any excuse ......

The snowflakes are Marianne Design Dies, which I rather foolishly decided to add Snow-Tex to - oh my life .... how long did it take me?? Have you seen how intricate those little snowflakes are?? Of course, I had to finish once I started so, as you can imagine, it took a while! Quite pleased I did it afterwards though as I think it looks quite effective :) 

In fact, I think I got a little carried away with the snow ..... the Nellie Snellen Christmas tree got it; the posts got it; even the floor around the presents got it - there was quite clearly a blizzard going on in the making of this card!!! 
I added some gorgeous flowers from WOC and added a few scattered stamens around them and a little sentiment from Pink Gem Designs, which I printed in my chosen colour to match. 

The blue papers are Xmas Bella from Wild Rose Studio and the beige snowflake paper is It's Christmas Time by Maja Design.  I paper pieced the parcels .... just because I LOVE paper piecing :)  I added gorgeous jute, ribbon from my stash and a few flat backed pearls coloured up with my SN's!

The Maja Design papers, jute and snow-tex all came from my new found favourite online store at Live and Love Crafts.

Well, I hope you like my little Christmas card - one down .................. handfuls to go!!! Best get a move on otherwise it'll be summer before I know it ...

I would like to enter my card into the following:

Creative Card Crew - Challenge 24 - Anything Goes
Live and Love Crafts - Christmas Challenge No. 5

Thanks so much for popping by today and your comments mean so much,
Big hugs,


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Birthday Princess

Hiya everyone! Hope you are all keeping nice 'n' cosy and dry!  What awful, dire weather we're having -rain, rain and more rain!! Oh well, just another excuse to stay indoors and craft :) 

It's just a quick post from me today as I really need to start making Christmas cards .... no time like the present I guess!

Tomorrow is my youngest daughter's 24th birthday and bless her heart, I asked her what she'd like for her birthday and her reply was "Just to come over to yours Mum for a yummy lamb roast"!  Awww! I know that, apparently, no-one can cook like your own Mum but I was secretly chuffed that, after all these years, she actually still CHOOSES to taste my home cooking!!! ;) 

Well, onto my card .... I have made this cute little number for her little bro to give to her.  This little beauty is called Princess Rose Red from Saturated Canary.  How adorable is she?

I coloured Rose Red up using a mixture of Copics, Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs.  I thought I'd give green a go this time.  I usually stay away from green - who knows why, as I have no reason for this - and I think it turned out not too bad :)

I treated myself yesterday and bought a distressing tool (as I've been using my scissors up to press and have scars on my fingers to show for it) and now I want to distress everything!! It's so much fun and a lot less pain....

I bought the gorgeous jute, metal corner embellishment and the gorgeous stamens from Live and Love Crafts and wow, what an amazing little treasure trove it is there!   I coloured up some white ribbon with my Ivory promarker and added a large pearl brad on the bow.  The purple carnations and leaves are from WOC and the roses from The Hobby House

Okay, I apologise .... this post wasn't as quick as I expected it to be .... but I did try to keep it short and sweet :)

I would like to enter into the following challenges:

Creative Card Crew - Challenge 24 - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 244 - Girls Only
Saturated Canary - Challenge 31 - Lou's Sketch
Unique Crafters Challenge - November Challenge - Sugar and Spice

Thanks so much for popping by and big hugs to you all,

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Steampunk Annabelle

Hiya everyone! Well, I am so seriously slacking with my blogging ....... I have been so inundated at work with catch up after my hols (it makes you wonder why you go on holiday as you REALLY need one once you're back)!! LOL! Feeling a bit under the weather too - in fact, it feels like my very own throat is going to strangle me at any minute!!  Oh the joys of this oh so cold time of year matched with VAT quarters and month end!! Yuk!

Anyhows, enough of my woes and moaning and on to a happier note .... it has taken me days to complete this card as I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it but, at last, here is the beautiful Annabelle from MIC looking all kind of vintage/steampunky, made for my youngest daughter's 24th birthday this coming Sunday.  Not sure if I've got the right feel to the theme but I did have fun trying :)

I coloured up Annabelle using a mixture of Spectrum Noirs and Copics and, boy, did I have fun doing those pleats ..... I coloured her dress quite brightly so that she'd hopefully POP from the background and, plus, how gorgeous is teal?

I used some fantastic downloadable Vintage Papers and Vintage Tags from Etsy, which I distressed with my scissors, and added some Tim Holtz die cut gears.  The metal gears, clock hands and vintage stamps were all from Crafts-Too.  I then finished off with some large pearl brads and small pearl adhesive gems (coloured up).  NO glitter was added whilst making this project!! Gasp!! Shock!!

Well, I hope you like my recent make and I really hope my daughter does too :)

Thanks for popping by and all comments are, of course, so very welcome! 

Big hugs


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sweet 16

Hiya all!  Well, I think my crafty mojo has finally revitalised herself ...... about time too!! She was obviously quite at ease with her bikini and shades on even though I was desperately prodding her to get motivated again ;) 

Today I thought I'd share another fabulous design by Redonkadoodles called 'Goth Birthday'.... and here she is .......

I thought I'd colour her up in my favourite colours and wanted to make a statement with her beautiful hair! Initially I was going to just colour black with a touch of colour but then thought I'd reverse it and add colour with a touch of black instead!  I would have loved to have had my hair like this when I was younger ..... would never have been brave enough though hehe! 

I used Spectrum Noirs for her hair and clothing plus accessories and I used Promarkers for her boots.  I know Goths don't necessarily 'do' sparkle but I couldn't help myself and HAD to add a bit of glitter to her headband and cushion :) 

For the background papers I printed each separate mat from my various Pink Petticoat downloads.  I die-cut the 'Sweet' sentiment, added glitter (of course) and some little liquid pearls around it. 

I didn't want to make the card too flouncy this time by adding ribbon and bows etc but I do hope I've done this fabulous image some justice ...... although, I think she could quite easily make a card look fab just as she is naturally in black and white!!

Spectrum Noirs - Teal colouring:   BT3, BT4, BT5
Spectrum Noirs - Purple colouring:   PL2, PL4, LV1, LV2
Promarkers - Boots:   Black, Cool Greys 5, 4 and 1

Thank you so much for popping by today and I'd love to hear what you think of my colourful Goth :) 

Big hugs to you all and Happy Crafting!! 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Pretty in Pink

Hiya ladies! I hope you are all keeping well and still happily crafting!  I'm back from my amazing holiday in the very beautiful, unspoilt island of Boa Vista, Cape Verde.  Feeling so relaxed I'm almost horizontal - albeit a tad chilly ..... what a shock to return to England with its very nippy low temps! Just trying to get into the swing of things again - number crunching at work all day Weds & Thurs was a shocker too ha ha!

As I'm still kind of in holiday mode (my little crafty mojo is not yet fully awake) I thought I'd blog one of my cards I made back in the summer when I first started using my promarkers.  The colouring is not fab on this one but I always think it's a good thing to look back on things to see how far you've progressed - hopefully I've come on a bit since June but there's always room for improvement!

Here is the gorgeous Whispy from Saturated Canary all Pretty in Pink ......

The backing papers are from the Papermania Capsule Collection from Docrafts. I stitched the edges of each mat and added onto the card at various angles to give the card an interesting layout!  I coloured and glittered the beautiful Whispy and adhered her at yet another angle.  I punched the little butterflies and added glitter and gems to pretty them up even more.  The gorgeous doily is from WOC.  The sentiment and age were printed from my PC - took a while to get the right colour pink hee hee! but I got there in the end. 

All in all I think butterflies, glitter, gems and fairies make an all round girly girl card - not forgetting the pink :)

I would like to enter this little creation into the following:

                                             Unique Crafters Challenge - Sugar and Spice

I shall be having a little hop around within the next couple of days to have a peek at everyone's lovely creations since I've been away - thank you so much for stopping by my little space today.

Big hugs,