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!

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Drive Guy

Hi all, hope you're all keeping well and happy!  Today I am sharing a quick post with you all to show a card I made for a friend's son who passed his driving test - I always feel it's a huge milestone as it is the perfect ticket for that extra bit of freedom.  No more relying on public transport, friends or family ...... and the option to go where you want, when you want!  I remember passing my test (a whole 25 years ago ...... yikes).  It's such an amazing feeling and one which deserves celebrating :)

For my card I used a digi image from Bugaboo Stamps called Guy - car

I coloured this fab image up with copics and matted him on to my Maja Design papers.

I distressed the edges of the papers and added card candi around the sides.  
I added a little bit of fun by making up road signs on my computer to personalise the card for John :)

The 'L' and 'P' plates are also both coloured with copics.

I apologise for my super quick post today, but hope you all like my fun little take on this card :)

I would like to enter into the following:

Allsorts Challenge - Week 191 - Masculine
Cards for Men - Ch 2 - Transport
Here Come The Boys - Ch 44 -Bingo (I used Patterned Paper, Distressing, Image)
Joanna Sheen - 3-2-1 
Lady Anne's Challenges - Sentiment - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for those who stop by - it means so much!  Big hugs,

Sunday 20 January 2013

Sassy Sweet Tooth

Hi everyone! Don't know about you all but the snowy heavens definitely opened on Friday around our way - the little fluttering of snow I was expecting turned into an all out blizzard!! (Well, not quite ..... but there was certainly lots of it! ) The little ones have had an absolute whale of a time :) We've built a snowman with a little wall around him to protect him from the wind; had a go at snow trampolining; been sledding and, of course, the all important snowball fights .... my son's aim is not the best so most of his snowballs ended up in next door's garden or on my windows!! Oops! ;) All good fun though and, this morning, there appears to be more on the way ........

On to my card now and, today, I'm sharing with you another brand new design by the fabulous Redonkadoodles and this little sexy chick is called 'Sassy Sweet Tooth'.

How fun is she?! I've once again used up a mixture of Christmas paper pads - as long as there are no Santas or Snowmen on there I figure I can get away with it :)  The sentiment is, of course, the words from the well known song ...... it popped into my head as soon as I saw her with her heart shaped lollipop and thought it would be kinda cute to put it alongside her.

I coloured Sassy Sweet Tooth up with Copics and here's my list of ingredients:

Skin: E00 E11 E21 R11
Hair: E31 E35 E37 E47
All blue tones: BV08 BV17 BV29
All green tones: G94 G85 G21
Lollipop: R59 R37 R11 + a touch of glitter to make it sugar coated :)

I'd like to enter this cheeky little number into the following:

ATC's and Cards With Attitude - Ch 31 Add a Tag or Sentiment/Anything Goes
Copic Marker Europe - Ch 13 Anything Goes
Craft us Crazy - Ch 35 Celebrate Love or Are you seeing red
Lady Anne's Challenges - Friday sentiment - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - New Year New Goodies

Hope you all have a fun rest of the weekend!  Thanks so much for popping by!
Big hugs xxx

Thursday 17 January 2013

Miracle Baby

Hi all, hope you're all keeping warm what with all of the white stuff falling everywhere! Apparently we're in for a big flurry this weekend too!!

Before I show my card I'd just like to share some amazing news with you all .....

My beautiful eldest daughter & son-in-law are, at long last, expecting their second baby!   They already have a gorgeous little boy who is now almost eight years old and they feel absolutely blessed that they have him, however, they sadly lost a baby four years ago and, after months of trying, which ultimately turned into years,  were told that their only hope to fulfill their dreams of having another child was to undergo IVF.  It's been an absolute rollercoaster for us all and they have truly felt every emotion you could possibly feel but, after deciding to go ahead with the IVF in October last year, I am so proud and delighted to tell you that all went as perfect as can be and they are expecting their little miracle baby in July of this year!  My daughter had her second scan today and baby is as bouncy as ever :) Eeeeeek!! Soooo super excited!!!

So, onto my card and today I'm sharing with you all the most beautiful new image created by the very talented Sheryl of Redonkadoodles.  This one is called Pregnancy Glow and I squealed with joy when I saw her!  The timing of this release was absolutely perfect!  I made this card especially to congratulate them on this fantastic news and the very apt sentiment was a free stamp last week from Create with TLC, which I merged with Pregnancy Glow.  

I coloured this gorgeous gal up with my Copics - think I went a bit heavy on the red but hey, I'm still practising with these new markers - am sure I'll get the hang of them soon :)  My copic ingredients are:
Skin:  E00, E11, E21    Cheeks: R11
Hair:  E35, E47, E53 E57
Eyes:  B97, B95, B12    Lips:  R37, R11
Top:  R59, R37 (Copic) & DR7 (Spectrum Noir)
Skirt:  B39, B97, B95

I used some old Christmas backing papers from my stash, added cheesecloth to the back of one of the mats and coloured the cute little feet charm with copics.  Ribbon, brads and chipboard flower were also from my stash and, I've gone copic mad as each of them had a little copic colouring added to them all :) 

I really hope you like my take on this gorgeous image and thanks so much for popping by today and sharing our good news with me!  I would also like to say a massive HELLO to my lovely new followers too - it really does mean so much to me to have you on board :)  

I'd like to enter my card into the following:

By the Cute and Girly - Cute and Girly
Creative Creations Challenges - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Make it Girlie
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox - Anything Goes

Huge, happy hugs to all :)

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Flowery Fifty

Hiya all ..... again! Wow! Get me! Two posts in one day ..... I feel a bit like public transport! You can wait ages for it to arrive and then two come along at once!

I nearly didn't blog this card as it's not one of my usual types at the moment but, as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life!  I was asked to make an 8" x 8" card with flowers on so I thought I would literally make the flowers the focal point .... with a few added butterflies (of course).

Firstly, I scored my pearlescent cardstock at diagonals - I have seen a couple of projects using this technique and felt inspired to try it.  I added some sheer ribbon with grosgrain ribbon on top (both from my stash) and attached my diecut greeting.

The beautiful flowers and leaves are all from Wild Orchid Crafts - I purposefully added a couple of carnations as, if google serves me correct, it is the flower for January birthdays ...... I think :)

I added some gems to the greeting and liquid pearls to each cross over point of the diagonals.  I physically had to hold myself back from adding too much more as my intention was to make this card as elegant and simple as I possibly could, but couldn't resist punching and die-cutting a couple of butterflies - well, butterflies DO love flowers don't they!

I would like to enter this card into:

Wild Orchid Challenge 66 - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge 11 - Clean and Simple

Thanks so much for popping by and taking a peek! Big hugs,

Red Wine Party

Hi everyone and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you! Hope you all had the best Christmas and here's looking forward to a bright and exciting 2013 along with (hopefully) more regular posts from Yours Truly :) 

I have no excuses as to not being on here over the festive period apart from the fact that I just totally chilled with my lovely family. Yesterday was my first day back at work number crunching and little one's first day back at school today so, sadly, normality resumes ...... I did get an extra special prezzie from 'The Big Man' at xmas though ..... a whole 144 copic ciao markers! Oh my gosh, I was beside myself and did massive happy dances :D ..... Whoop! Whoop!

Today I'm sharing a card I was commissioned to make by a friend of mine for a fun loving lady's 50th who happens to enjoy a glass of red wine .... or four ;)  Whilst scouring for a digi stamp I came across this fab image from Bugaboo Stamps ....

I used my sparkly new copics to colour this up .... yep, I know, practice needed but I'm having fun doing so :) I was a tad scared to colour such a large space in red (the card is 8" x 8") and I could have added more of a deeper shading but I'm fairly pleased with my first take on it :) Hmmmm .... I think, actually, that Julie may be a little inconsiderate .... why couldn't she have preferred white wine instead??!! Ha ha! ;)  I used 3D crystal laquer to give the glassy effect and added Julie's year of birth using good ole fashioned peel offs lol. For the corners I used my lovely Memory Box die and added liquid pearls to add a bit of depth.

The fab quote comes with the digi .... I just changed the font to match the birthday greeting.  My little floral arrangement consists of the gorgeous roses/buds from WOC and the pretty gold and white stamens from Live & Love Crafts.  

My first post for 2013 .... hope you like :)

I would like to enter into the following challenges - two of which are brand new, so huge congrats and best wishes to the Inky Chicks and Creative Creations on the start of their new ventures :)

Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
Creative Creations Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
Divas by Design Challenge 66 - Anything Goes
The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge 34 - Party Time

Thanks so much for popping by, big hugs to all ...