Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 58

Happy Wednesday! Just limping through the remaining week, desperate for my holidays now. Work is insane (every deadline seems to be on the same blinkin' day!) and we are also in the midst of a mass restructure and so everything seems extra draining. Which may be the reason that my poor fella went via Waitrose on the way home from work just to buy me a nice bottle of wine! Just have to keep reminding myself that I just have one more day to get through before I can scarper for a whole week :o)

As it is Wednesday, it is also Copic Colour Challenge day. This week, we are sponsored by the incredibly talented Michelle Perkett. Trust me, you are going to want to have a look at this lovely lady's images - very cool! As for the colours this week.... I had to make it all up a bit! I didn't have any of the colours that had been chosen! Consequently, I went for something near-ish......

I absolutely love this cute CC Designs image - it can be used for so many occasions. Just what I like from my stamps! You can buy this lovely little lady from Tracy at Dies to Die For right here.

As the challenge over at Papertake is 'Anything Goes' this week, I will also be entering this card over there. Well, it would be rude not to, wouldn't it?!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Darby & Bumbles by CC Designs, from Dies to Die For.
Sentiment: Whimsy Snippets Set 1 by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: MME Bloom & Grow, available here at Dies to Die For.
Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon and button from stash.

So thats all from me today. See you tomorrow with another little make :o)
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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Whimsy Spring Baby

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm all excited today as I only have 2 days left of work before having a week off. Woo-hoo! I'm scheduling in some crafting, some clothes shopping, some eating, some crafting, some craft shopping and some more eating.... You get the idea!
Today I've got a wonderful Whimsy image to share with you! Our stupendously talented illustrator, Crissy Armstrong, has excelled herself again with this gorgeously clever carousel horse. Don't you just love the way the little foal nestles in against her Mum? Too cute!

I've realised lately that I am ridiculously predictable with colour. I always go for pinks and greens and yellows and turquoises..... Note to self: be more adventurous with colour!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Proud Mamma by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: Doodlebug.
Copic Colours: C1, C3, C5, C7, E31, E33, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG63, YG67, Y17, Y21.
Tools & Embellishments: Card candy.

I'm also entering this card in to a few challenges.....

Simon Says Stamp - Easter or Spring with Some Glimmer
Although you can't see it from this picture, there is actually glitter on the white frilly bit around the saddle. And I used some sparkly Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock too.

One Stop Crafts - Feeling Fruity 
I went for colour scheme rather than edible stuff, obviously!

Charisma Cardz - Spring Has Sprung

Stamp Something - Doodling

I hope everyone is enjoying the week and that you are all looking forward to that fabulous bank holiday weekend!
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Monday, 29 March 2010

Challenge Combo-ing...

Hello all, just a quick one from me today as I am being naughty and posting at work! I did a bit of challenge combining this weekend and knocked up this little card.....

This one follows the sketch over at Whiff of Joy, fits in with the Create for Fun colour scheme (pink, brown and cream) and also ticks the box over at Saturday Spotlight where the DT want you to make something inspired by coffee. 

Goodie List........
Stamps: Whiff of Joy.
Paper: Cosmo Cricket - Earth Love.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Ribbon, roses and card candy from stash.

Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be round your blogs again later tonight to say hello!
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Sunday, 28 March 2010

Anyone for Anya - Sketchy Sketchy

 Dawny P has done it again.... another fantastic sketch for us to play with for this weeks Anyone for Anya? challenge! It's a nice simple one and whilst I could have added stuff to bling it up, I went for CAS instead....

This one is also a bit of a Dies to Die For fest! You can find this gorgeous MME paper in stock here and as for the ridiculously lovely but VERY limited edition TGF stamp.... well you will need to email Tracy to see if she has any still in stock!

Goodie List........
Stamps: The Greeting Farm.
Paper: My Minds Eye 'Quite Contrary - Mary Mary'.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.
Tools & Embellishments: Kraft CS, button and ribbon from stash.

Have a great Sunday one and all!
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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 57

Oh my word, the week is flying past in a total blur. I just can't keep up at the moment! Consequently, this card was made at about 11pm last night.... nothing like a little bit of pressure now, is there?!

The challenge this week at CCC is to use G99, BV08 and E59. This isn't a combo I'd generally use a lot but I actually really enjoyed playing with it :o)
I also used the fab Dawny P sketch over at Papertake this week. I've said it before but I love Dawny's sketches - always so simple yet perfect! The sketch also gave me the perfect opportunity to use one of the gorgeous new images from CC Designs. All of these fab new stamps are available here from Dies to Die For. 

Goodie List........
Stamps: Party Emma - available here.
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: Making Memories.
Ink & Colour: Memento (Tuxedo Black) & Copic markers.

Right, thats it from me. I'm really hoping I am going to get a chance to come and visit you all in the next day or so. I've got withdrawl symptoms from your lovely creations!
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Monday, 22 March 2010

AFA, ASFS and a BIG Growl at Blogger!

Howdy peeps! Well, I made it through the weekend. A fab time was had by all and there was much silliness and giggling - just what you want from a hen night really! Totally cream crackered though so feel I may have to have an early night tonight ☺. I've updated my profile pic with one of the photos of me from the night but, for your entertainment, will try and get another more amusing one on here later in the week.

Now. On to my grumble..... I'm really piddled off with Blogger! Because I've been a bit busy lately, I've scheduled quite a few posts. Every time, I've change the date and time, clicked the publish button and then double checked that it has 'scheduled' next to the post in the 'edit posts' section. The only problem is, Blogger keeps taking it upon itself to change the scheduled post back to draft form and subsequently doesn't bother posting it! GGRRR! Is anyone else having this problem? It's so intermittent, it's driving me crazy!

Because of this, my Anyone for Anya DT card has not posted this week! In addition, whilst trying to sort this out, I realised my GDT card for A Spoon Full of Sugar last Tuesday didn't post either! I'm so annoyed! Huge apologies teamies, so sorry my cards haven't been where they should have been when they should have been. 

So, better late than never, here they are..........!

Anyone For Anya?
This week at AFA we are sponsored by one of my favourite ladies - Tracy at Dies to Die For - and we want you to create something Egg-stra Special! You could make an Easter card or just incorporate ovals in your design. All we ask is that you use your Greeting Farm stamps. 

I was a little bit stumped with this one and so got my thinking cap on! I ended up altering one of the new TGF digi images and adding some Easter eggs. Please don't look too closely at those eggs, there are some very funny shapes in there!

Goodie List........
Digi Stamps: Freaky Flutter by The Greeting Farm
Paper: Pink Petticoat.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, Y17, Y21, YG03, YG63, YG67, B91, B93, B95, B97.
Tools & Embellishments: EK Success border punch, ribbon from stash.

A Spoon Full of Sugar
This week over at A Spoon Full of Sugar, Whimsy are sponsoring the challenge. The lovely Debbie asked all of the Whimsy DT whether we would like to be guest designers and of course, we all jumped at the chance to get involved! The challenge was to make a Easter card and once again, those freestyle Easter eggs made an appearance! This time, I masked off the pear that Peartunia was holding and instead drew in an Easter egg {badly}....! I also designed a little bit of Word Art to finish off the card.

Goodie List........
Digi Stamps: Pretty Peartunia by Whimsy.
Paper: Bloom & Grow - Zoe Pearn.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, Y17, Y21, BG15, BG34, BG49.
Tools & Embellishments: Word Art and ribbon from stash. 

So there we go. Sorry everything is so late - I am totally going to blame my tools on this occasion! Stupid technology! ~♥~

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Friday, 19 March 2010

This will be me this weekend......

... the cocktail part that is, not the turning 18 bit! I think those days are long behind me now, I'm afraid! So yes, this will be me on my friends hen weekend - my night time frock is even red too! Really looking forward to getting dressed up and going out for a good old boogie. It's been way too long!

As you can probably tell though, this card wasn't actually made to mark my drunken weekend away. No, it was really an order from one of my colleages for her neice. Really chuffed with how it turned out though as I'm loving this paper and can see that I am going to get loads of use out of this fab image!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Sassy Studio Designs.
Paper: 'Quite Contrary' by My Minds Eye, available from Dies to Die For.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E50, R20, R22, R27, BG000, W5, W7, Y21, Y28, YR23.
Tools & Embellishments: Gems and computer generated sentiment.

Righty-oh, I'm off to finish my packing. I'm also planning of packing Ali off to bed and then sitting down to watch 'New Moon' which landed on my doorstep today - even though it isn't officially released until Monday! Don't you just love Amazon pre-ordering?!

Hope you all have a splendid weekend folks, I know I will!
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 56

Well, it's Wednesday. You know what that means! Copic Colour Challenge day! I was a happy bunny when this weeks colours popped up - thanks Karen! Karen chose BV02, G02 and B32 - such a pretty combo. This combo also gave me a very good excuse to purchase last year's Pink Petticoat spring papers that I've wanted for ages!

This card went a bit wrong to start with but luckily I was able to rescue it. I tried using chalk to give a funky background to the image but.... it just looked rubbish! So I reprinted my image, recoloured it and bunged it over the top! As good as new, don't you think?!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Girl Singer by InStyle.
Sentiment: Whimsy.
Paper: Spring Wishes by Pink Petticoat.
Copic Markers: BV00, BV02, BV04, G00, G02, G05, B32, W1, W3, W5, W7, YR23, Y21, E00, E11, E50, R20, R22.
Tools & Embellishments: Nestabilities, ribbon and button from stash, EK Success border punch.

Sorry I've been a bit quiet lately. I'm up to my eyeballs at work and have masses to do at home as well. I'm away all weekend on a hen so I'm feeling altogether frazzled! Thanks for stopping by though, I so love reading your lovely comments ☺
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Sunday, 14 March 2010

A Spin on the Merry Go Round - A Whimsy Blog Hop!

Hey everybody and welcome to my 2nd post of the day! Double posting is a bit of a rare occurance for me but it's with very good reason - I'm the 10th stop on the Whimsy Merry Go Round blog hop! If you have spun here from our wonderful illustrator CRISSY'S blog, then keep reading. If not, you are going to want to bounce right back to the fabulous BEV'S blog, right at the start of the hop.
Today, we are each going to show you the latest of Crissy's amazing illustrations in Whimsy's beautiful carousel horse collection. I decided to get Spring Stepping inky first......

Isn't she gorgeous?! I figured that she is so colourful, she just had to be a girl! That's one of the things I love most about these images actually - you can really let loose and colour them just how you want. So much fun. The other great thing about these stamps is that each one comes with an accessory stamp and a couple of sentiments. What a total bargain, huh?!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Spring Stepping by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: Basic Grey 'Urban Prairie'.
Copic Markers: E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E53, B00, B02, B05, Y17, Y21, YG03, YG63, YG67, R81, R83, R85.
Tools & Embellishments: Machine stitching, Prima roses, gems and smaller flowers from stash.

I'm also entering this card in to a number of challenges............

Stamp with Fun - Spring.
Ooh La La - Anything Goes.
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes. 
Paper Cutz - Anything Goes.
Stampin' B's Design Team - Spring or Easter.

Make sure you ride the merry go round to the very end as you may be in with a shot at winning this little lot! The prize includes: Proud Momma Stamp Set, Spring Stepping Stamp Set, Wings of Hope Stamp Set, two pieces are satin ribbon, a package of ICE sticky gems, and 10 two-tone pink Prima roses.  

What's more, Denise has yet another suprise for you.....

Whimsy Stamps will be offering a special promotion from noon EST on Sunday until noon EST on Monday. The first 25 orders placed at Whimsy, regardless of total, will receive free shipping. Shipping will be charged at checkout, but if your order was one of the first 25 orders in that 24 hour period, you will receive a shipping credit. This is a one day only special promotion during our new release!

Phew! Well, that's it from me. Thanks for visiting me today and for any lovely comments you may leave. Now it is time to spin on to CRYSTAL'S blog.....!

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Anyone for Anya? - Spring Time

Happy Mothers Day! For the first time in years, I actually get to spend Mother's Day with my lovely Mum - hurrah! I'm taking the lovely lady herself out for lunch and a spot of shopping. Really looking forward to it. Last year she got fancy glue as her pressie (DON'T ask....!) but this year she has a bundle of handstitched goodness heading her way. I've made her a snazzy little pouch for her phone, a matching little purse and a cover for her handbag tissues. Poor thing won't know what has hit her will she?!

This week at Anyone for Anya, the challenge is Spring Fever! We want to see your spring inspired cards. Now, I appear to have got a little confused with this one.... I went for the idea of fresh new shoots but appear to have ended up with a rather autumnal affair.......!

Not good is it?! I am clearly seasonally challenged. Oh well, at least my stitching is straight...... d'oh! Maybe not ;o)

Goodie List........
Stamps: Miss Anya Dressy by The Greeting Farm, available here from Dies to Die For.
Sentiment: Whimsy Oval Snippets by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: Bloom & Grow by MME.
Copic Markers: E00, E43, E47, E49, E50, E51, Y17, Y21, YR04, YR07, YG03, YG63, YG67.

Hope you have a great day!
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Friday, 12 March 2010

Bright & Sunny Butterflies

I've gone seriously butterfly crazy. I promise I'll stop sticking them on every card soon. But when I saw that they were the challenge over at Charisma Cardz this week, I just had to whip them out again!

Blimey, this is a sugary sweet card, isn't it?! Don't know what happened with the blue tinge on the photo though....! 

Goodie List........
Stamps: Kiki La Rue 'Sweet' by CC Designs, in stock here at Dies to Die For.
Sentiment: Whimsy Oval Snippets.
Paper: A selection of Pebbles Inc.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E50, E51, E53, YR23, Y21, R81, R83, R85, B15, B34, B49, W1, W3, W5, W7.
Tools & Embellishments: Adhesive gems, butterflies from Whimsy Snippets Set 1.

Hope you all have a fun weekend planned!
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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 55

Just a quickie from me tonight folks - I'm cream crackered and I need my bed! Just wanted to share my DT card for todays Copic Colour Challenge. The colours this week are C7, W7 and BG96 and they spoke the word 'boy' to me so I pulled out my trusty Edward!

I know, I actually made a boy card without needing too. Although that may have something to do with these fabulous new MME papers.

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Edward' by TGF, available here from Dies to Die For.
Paper: MME 'Quite Contrary - Little Boy Blue', available here from Dies to Die For.
Copic Colours: E00, E11, E43, E47, E49, E50, G21, G85, G99, W1, W3, W5, W7, B93, B95, B97.
Tools & Embellishments: Buttons and embroidery thread from stash.

Right - night night, sleep tight, mind the bed bugs don't bite.....!
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Monday, 8 March 2010

A Charismatic Whimsy Fairy....!

When I saw that the challenge over at Charisma Cardz was to make a card using fairies, I just knew I had to pull out one of my latest Whimsy stamps! And then, I spotted that Crafty Angels want you to use butterflies somewhere on your creation.... yet more Whimsy goodness to play with!

Don't you just love this little Water Lily image? So sweet and such fun to colour. I'm also in love with these new sentiment sets designed by our very own Ann. They come with cute little accessory stamps... check out those butterflies! Now I've discovered these babies, there is no stopping me - there will be flutterbyes on every card soon ;o)

Goodie List........
Image Stamp: Water Lily by Whimsy Stamps.
Sentiment: Oval Snippets by Whimsy Stamps.
Paper: Earth Love by Cosmo Cricket.
Copic Colours: E00, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, R20, R22, Y17, Y21, G21, G85, G99.
Tools & Embellishments: Butterflies part of Whimsy sentiment set.

Whilst we are on the subject of the wonderful Whimsy, I have a few bits of info to share with you. Firstly, Denise is running a fab sale on some of the stamps at the mo, you really need to check out the specials section! Even more exciting, there is currently a guest designer call running for April/May. So if you love Whimsy, head over to the blog right now for further details.

Thanks for stopping by,
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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Anyone for Anya? - Mum's the Word!

The sun is shining! Woo-hoo! I'm really starting to feel like spring has finally sprung and it has put a very large smile on my chops this morning! Mind you, that could also be something to do with the two chocolate croissants I just scoffed....!

This week over at Anyone for Anya the theme is Mum's the Word and we are sponsored by Hellen Hobby Groothandel. We are challenging you to make a Mother's Day card or a card for a special lady you know. I went really girly for this one.....

See, my springy mood is reflected in my card! Spring-tastic, huh?! Loving this gorgeous Martha Stewart paper, just too pretty :o)

I've also snuck a few other challenges in to this card........... Simon Says Stamp where the theme is Mother's Day / Feminine and also Stamp Something where the challenge is to make something girly.

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Miss Anya' by The Greetings Farm, available here from Dies to Die For.
Paper: 'Baby Girl' by Martha Stewart.
Copic Markers: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, Y17, Y21, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, G21, G85, W1, W3, W5, W7.

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the sunshine!
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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Copic Colour Challenge 54

Happy Wednesday! It's downhill to the weekend from here! Yippee! Today, I have some exciting news to share with you. I made it into the Sugar Nellie Spotlight! I was so chuffed to be asked and thankful that Zoe picked out some of my better efforts to showcase on the blog. Thank you so much for asking me Zoe and for your kind words in the write up. If only the photo could have been better.......! I've got a cold, it's my only excuse! ;o)

As it is Wednesday, it is also Copic Colour Challenge day! I think I picked the colours this week and for the first time ever, I actually enjoyed playing with them! Normally, I end up picking something random and then struggle. However, I'm stunned to say that this is one of my favourite cards that I have ever produced. I love it sooooo much!

Goodie List........
Stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil.
Sentiment: Whimsy Oval Snippets
Paper: Just Chillin' by Making Memories.
Copic Colours: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E51, E53, YG03, YG63, YG67, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, YR07, YR23, Y17, Y21, BG15, BG34, BG49, W1, W3, W5, W7, B91, B93, B95, B97.

Yeah.... I used a LOT of Copic goodness on this one! Loved every second of it though and am mightily pleased with the end result ☺

Thats all from me, thanks for stopping by. Hope to get a chance to stop by your blogs tonight to say a quick hello!
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