Sunday, 30 January 2011

New Baby

Hi there! What a glorious day?! Hope you are outside and enjoying yourself. I have to admit that I've actually been wrapped up indoors crafting. Well, I had to.... it was an emergency! One of my best friends gave birth to a little girl late last night and I just realised that, despite 9 months warning, I hadn't yet made a card! Now, some people love making baby cards. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them and really struggle to make them. I hope this one fits the bill though...

I decided to whip out my sewing machine and I'm really glad I did as I had forgotten how much I enjoy playing with it! 

As this card is for a special occasion, I also decorated the inside. Not something I would normally do but I really like how it has turned out. Simple but effective :o)

Goodie List........
Stamps: 'Smile' - Popcorn the Bear - available from Dies to Die For.
Paper: 'Ducks in a Row' -  October Afternoon.
Copic Markers: E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E59, R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG23, YG63, YG67, BG15, BG23, BG49, YR23, Y17, Y21, W1, W3, W5, W7 - available HERE from Dies to Die For.
Tools & Embellishments: Sewing machine, Whimsy Stamps Sentiment, pearls from stash.

I am going to enter this in to this weeks Simon Says Stamp challenge - 'Animal Antics'. As I've used quite a few DP's here, I think I am also safe to enter this one in to Do You Stack Up's 'Patterned Paper' challenge.
Okey-dokey, time for me to skiddaddle and get the roast chicken on!

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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Simply Betty Sketch

Another super quick one from me, I'm afraid! I just don't seem to be getting any time to do anything at the moment! However, I do have a little something to share with you......

I'm so chuffed with this card! I followed the sketch over at Simply Betty Challenges (yes, the obsession continues!) and really love the layout as it's more busy than I can normally pull off. I also covered the challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend, 'Getting Warmed Up'. Well, surely this is bright enough to make you feel toasty, right?! The abundance of hearts also make it suitable for the 'Valentines' challenge at A Spoon Full of Sugar.

Goodie List........ 
Stamps: Betty Valentine - Simply Betty.
Paper: Quite Contrary by My Minds Eye, available HERE from Dies to Die For.
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E50, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG63, YG67, BG15, BG23, BG49, YR23, Y21, Y26, Y28, B00, B02, B05, W1, W3, W5, W7 - available HERE from Dies to Die For.
Tools & Embellishments: Whimsy Ticket Sentiment.

Right I'm off. My colleague is getting married tomorrow and as there are only a tiny handful of people attending the wedding, he hasn't had a stag do. So..... he and us 5 girlies in the office are going for a stag lunch today!!!

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A New Obsession.....

Ooh... I just love these little babies! Simply Betty.... have you heard of them?! So super funky and I just lurve colouring them! I also whipped out some more October Afternoon papers that I bought ages ago and just haven't got round to using.

Goodie List........ 
Stamps: 'Betty' from the My Kids Emo World - Simply Betty.
Paper: Thrift Shop by October Afternoon.
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, BG01, BG05, BG09, BG15, BG23, Y21, Y26, Y28, YR23, BG49, W1, W3, W5, W7 - available HERE from Dies to Die For. 
Embellishments: Sentiment from Whimsy Stamps.

Ooh, before I forget, I followed the sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday for this card. I must point out though that I rotated the sketch clockwise 90 degrees and then flipped it along the top axis....  I'll show you a piccy of how the sketch looked after I'd done all this!

Hope that makes sense :o) Anyway, gotta dash, at work being naughty again. Lets hope this week goes quickly, huh?!

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Star Light, Star Bright

Hi everyone, hope you are as happy as I am that it is the weekend! I have a quiet one planned and am planning on crafting up a storm! My first creation of the day can be seen below....

I'm really chuffed that I used some really old stash on this card. The rub-on sentiment is ancient, as are the leaves which are cut from a 3x3 DCWV pad - items both bought/acquired when I first started crafting!

Goodie List........ 
Stamps: 'Star Bright Tia' by Some Odd Girl.
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, RV06, RV34, BG15, BG23, BG49, Y21, Y17, YR23 - available HERE from Dies to Die For
Tools & Embellishments: Martha Stewart 'Wing Border Punch - Cloudy Hearts', Prima Hydrangea, Fancy Pants rub-on, pearls and buttons from stash.

There are a few little challenges hidden in here... did you spot them?!

Stamp Something - Cute Somethings.
Totally Gorjuss - Hot, Hot, Hot.

I'm off to do some more crafting!
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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Tiddly Inks!

A mega speedy one from me today as I'm at work and everyone is slowly phoning in sick! Eek! Anyway, as you've probably realised from my recent post, I went on a bit of a digi-shopping-spree the other day! One of those which I picked up was this super cute Tiddly Inks image.... So cute!

Goodie List........ 
Stamps: 'School Girl' by Tiddly Inks.
Paper: 'Report Card' by October Afternoon.
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, R20, R22, R32, R35, R37, R59, YG03, YG63, YG67, B32, B39, B45, W1, W3, W5, W7 - available from Dies to Die For. 
Tools & Embellishments: EK Success Punch, ribbon and pearls from stash.

I'm going to enter this little one in to this weeks Tiddly Inks challenge. The challenge is 'Just Be Me' and the team want you to make a card which reflects your personality. Well, I thought that this little lady was pretty representative of me as..... 

a) I work in a University and so am  generally surrounded by books and academia.
b) At home, when I'm not crafting, I permanently have my head buried in a book (or my Kindle!). 
c) I love bright and bold colours!

The only thing on my card that isn't like me is that I am actually blonde, not a brunette! I'm afraid I went for what would look better with my lovely papers, rather than how I actually look in real life! In addition, my legs are unfortunately 4 times the size of this pretty little thing....!

Hope you are having a good week. At least it's nearly the weekend! ~♥~
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Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Crikey, I'm doing well on the posting front at the moment! I guess it helps that I've been making lots of cards and so actually have something to show you! I'm so thankful that the craziness of September-December last year has finally died down and I finally have my life back!

I really enjoyed making today's card. I've fancied this Motivet image for ages and so was overjoyed the other day when I realised that it was now available in digi form!

Isn't she the cutest?! I also got to exercise my other new paper pad which I wasn't technically supposed to buy! What can I say? I have a weakness when it comes to Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon!

Goodie List........ 
Paper: 'Fly a Kite' by October Afternoon.
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, R20, R22, R27, R29, R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG63, YG67, B00, B02, B05, Y17, Y21, YR23, W1, W3, W5, W7 - available HERE from Dies to Die For.
Tools & Embellishments: Whimsy Oval Sentiments Set and gems from stash.

If you look closely, there are also a few challenge boxes ticked in this card too......

Sketch Saturday - Sketch..... obviously! ;o)
Stamp Something - Anything Goes...Stamp Something!

Can you believe it is only Tuesday?! It's mental at work because the exams have now started and I am literally counting down the minutes until it's the weekend again!

Hope you are all fine and dandy,
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Sunday, 16 January 2011

A Christmas Card... at Last....!

If only I could have managed a few more of these BEFORE Christmas?! Oh well, luckily it comes around every year which means that I have officially started my Christmas cards for 2011! Woohoo for me :o)

I've just realised that I need to take back what I said yesterday about purple papers.... I love these bad boys too! Well done Cosmo Cricket - I knew you were one of my fave paper manufacturers for a reason!

Goodie List........ 
Stamps: 'Polar Bear Ice Skating' by Pink Cat Studio.
Paper: 'Mitten Weather' by Cosmo Cricket.
Copic Markers: V12, V15, V17, W1, W3, W5, W7, C1, C3, C5, C7 - available HERE from Dies to Die For. 
Tools & Embellishments: Martha Stewart Die Cut Felt Snowflake Ribbon, available HERE from Dies to Die For, Stickles and gems from stash.

I managed to fit in a few challenges  too......
Papertake - Cold & Frosty Morning.
Cute Card Thursday - Monochrome.
Totally Gorjuss - Cuddly.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend so far. Hope to see you again soon!
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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Mmm... New Papers!

As I mentioned in my last post, I am truly useless when it comes to resisting pretty papers....! My latest order arrived this morning and I just couldn't wait to get stuck in. I had 2 new pads and now 2 new cards have been created ;o)

This is the first of the two and I'm really pleased with it. I love purple cards but find it hard to find decent purple papers. Well, my search is over. I am totally loving this Pixie-licious stuff!

I also altered my hair colouring technique and it actually worked pretty well. I need more practice but I'm on my way to being satisfied with the overall effect. 

Goodie List........ 
Stamps: Tiny Tina by Some Odd Girl.
Paper: Pixie-licious by Cosmo Cricket.
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, YG03, YG63, YG67, BG01, BG05, V12, V15, V17, W1, W3, W5, W7 - available HERE from Dies to Die For. 
Tools & Embellishments: EK Success Punch and buttons from stash.

I've done quite well on the challenge front with today's makes and have managed to squeeze 4 into this card.....

Fussy & Fancy - Sketch.
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Thank You.
Crazy 4 Challenges - Thank You.
PaperPlay - Cutie Patootie.

OK, I think that is enoough waffle from me for one day. I'll pop back tomorrow to share another of today's creations with you :o)

Thanks for dropping by,
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Some Little Notelets

I was totally rubbish with Christmas cards this year. I made about 4. Useless. So, I decided to make a few {super quick} notelets to send as 'New Year' greetings. {You can click to make them a bit bigger ;o) }

I was keen to use up some of my lovely, but older, Doodlebug papers. As most of you know, I am a complete paper fiend and am constantly eyeing up more papers. However, I've made a deal with myself that I can buy some new papers in February, as long as I start using up some of my older ones in January. That's a fair compromise, huh?!

I also had these mega cute Elzybells stamps which I bought yonks ago but which have never seen ink. What a travesty?! Anyway, I had loads of fun colouring these mega simple images. We all need simple cards sometimes, right?

And a few more, this time with a chocolatey theme.....!

I was going to enter these into a few challenges but have just realised that I have missed the deadline by about 4 minutes. Nothing changes does it?!

By the way, before I go, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the very warm welcome back that you all gave me! I really appreciated it and it has made me realise just how much I missed you guys during my blogging break :o)

ETA: Oh dear... I broke my resolution already. I didn't wait 'til February. I just bought 2 new papers pads!!! ARGH! Well, tell me, who can resist Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon ON SALE?!?! ~♥~ Pin It

Sunday, 9 January 2011

It's Been a Long Time Coming.....

... but I am finally updating my blog! So sorry I've been away for so long. Life has been hectic to say the least over the couple of months and I have had very little free time. However, New Year, new start. I'm desperate to get inky so hopefully you will see a few more creations over the coming weeks and months. That's the plan anyway.....!

This year is a scary year as me and my best friends turn 30. ARGH! Here is the first 30 card of the year which I made the other night.

Although this card came together quickly, I think it is safe to say that my colouring skills are a little rusty. Oh well, more practice needed and maybe even a few more sneaky Copic purchases! My babies! I've missed you! ;o) 

Goodie List........ 
Stamps: Kenny K.
Paper: 'Urban Prairie' by Basic Grey, Bazzill Kraft card.
Copic Markers: E00, E02, E11, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E50, E57, R20, R22, R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG63, YG67, YR23, B12, W1, W3, W5, W7 - available HERE from Dies to Die For. 
Tools & Embellishments: Nestabilities, Thickers and gems from stash.

I also managed a squeeze a few challenges in to this card which I was really pleased about as I've so missed playing along with everyone. 

Sketch & Stash - I followed the sketch and used my favourite 'old' stash, my beloved BG Urban Prairie. 
Cute Card Thursday - Out with the Old - I used up some really old Thickers which have just been gathering dust!
Charisma Cardz - Birthdays and Celebrations - Well, you don't get much more of a celebration than the big 3-0 do you?!
Stamp Something - Digi Day - I used Kenny K, my fave digi company of the minute. 

So that's it from me today. I'm off to do a little bit of blog hopping now and to see what you have all been up to since I've been AWOL!

Thanks for stopping by today :o)
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