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Thursday, 11 September 2014

First Christmas

Hello lovelies,
So did you read on the last challenge that we will be going to bi-weekly challenges from now on??
Well I just thought I would mention it in case you hadn't noticed.  So now you have two weeks to get your wonderful ribbon creations entered.
Well it is the turn of the Buttons Team to host the challenge this week.
And this week the theme is
FIRST CHRISTMAS
It doesn't have to be Baby's first christmas, it can be your first Christmas card, first christmas as a couple, first christmas holiday so long as it is a Christmas First it will fit our bill. And remember we always like to see a bit of ribbon.
So long as your creation fulfils the challenge you can make whatever you like, cards, layouts, altered items, take your pick and have fun.
So here is my offering for this week:
So my first Christmas card this year, first time I have used this stamp and the first time I have used the fabulous EXCLUSIVE Christmas ribbon.
The stamp is one of a set of four images and one blank stamp from Clarity Stamp.
Stamped in Versamark detailed black ink onto Theuva Card from Clarity Stamp.
I coloured just the breast of the bird red (as in Robins) with my Spectrum Noir pencils and added some gold glamour dust to the bauble cap.  I  clear embossed the black parts of the stamp to make them stand out.
The ribbon is one of the new EXCLUSIVE ribbons at Crafty Ribbons and it finished my card off a treat.
I am looking forward to seeing your lovely creations.
Challenges:

Friday, 29 August 2014

Under the Sea

Hi all,
I am so sorry I haven't been here yet again.
The only post I have put up recently is the DT post for Crafty Ribbons latest challenge. Me Bad!!
Talking of Crafty Ribbons - have you seen their latest challenge???
It's our blog birthday so we are having a bit of a bash.
All the DT girls have joined in for this one and there are some fabulous prizes.
Nice easy challenge - Anything Birthday - how easy is that??
Why not pop over to the challenge blog and have a look and even join in - you never know do you???

So on to my card for today.
This is another image from Aurora Wings - this one is called Ribbon Mermaid.
I have coloured this with my Copics for a change.
I am really pleased with how the skin came out on here - I think my colouring classes may just be paying off!! Lol
The two die cut shapes were made on my Silhouette and then brushed with Distress Ink to try and make it look like waves??
The gorgeous pin is one of my lovely friend Mandy's at A Sprinkling of Glitter and the dotty ribbon is a new one from Crafty Ribbons.  The sentiment is a KaiserCraft stamp which I've had for ages. The gorgeous flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.
So there you go folks.
Going to enter this into:

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Crafty Ribbons Birthday Bash!!

Hello lovelies,
Although the Ribbons Team are hosting this challenge we are all joining in.
And why would that be I hear you ask???
Well this is a rather special challenge for two reasons.
Today is our first challenge after our Summer Break and the other reason:
IT'S OUR BLOG BIRTHDAY!!
So we are having a Birthday Celebration.
We have three lovely sponsors with us for this challenge:
The wonderful 
The fabulous
and
The Lovely
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So on top of some lovely prizes the Top 3 will also get the chance to be a Guest Designer with us.
Each winner will Guest with a different CR Team.
So let's see those Birthday Creations.
Here is what I made:
I have used the Birthday Bears image from Bugaboo and as you can see I went with the Really Bright theme!!
The image is coloured with my Polychromo Pencils, just for a change.
The splashes in the background are done with a Clarity Stamp which comes as part of a set of Dolphins, really cool.
The gorgeous ribbon is one of the new ones from Crafty Ribbons - isn't it fabulous?
So peeps, I am looking forward to seeing your lovely creations.

TTFN

Friday, 15 August 2014

Feeling Sprite-ly!

Hello all
Well, it feels like ages since I have been here.
I am so sorry for not posting more regularly but I promise to try and do better from now on!!
So today I have popped by to show you a card I made featuring one of the gorgeous Aurora Wings Sprites.
This one is called Snapdragon Sprite and is just one of the many Sprite images you can find in the Aurora Wings Etsy store.
So here you go then:
I have coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir Pencils, love how these pencils blend.
I have also added some glitter to the little dragon's wings, not sure you can see it though.
The backing papers are from Lili of the Valley pad called Bonnets & Bow Ties.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid and Sweet Lilac Flowers and the cute polka dot ribbon is a new one from Crafty Ribbons.
So I shall be entering this card into the following challenges:

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Charmed Stamping Blog Candy

Hi lovely peeps.
Oh dear I do seem to be neglecting my blog lately don't I?
What with Baby Shower invites, banners, badges, stickers and Wedding Stationery as well as baby knitting (for a friend) and cross stitch there just aren't enough hours in the day!!
Anyways, I just popped in to tell you about a wee blog candy over at Charmed Stamping. The lovely Regan is giving away a copy of Creative Cardmaking. This copy is issue #42 which has a CD of Saturated Canary images free.  So if you love SC images and want to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous copy then hop on over the Charmed Stamping and join in the fun.
TTFN
xxx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Anything Goes with Ribbon

Hello lovelies,
Well it is the turn of the Buttons Team to host the challenge this week.
Our theme this week is
ANYTHING GOES WITH RIBBON
So that means you can go wild and do whatever takes your fancy.
So long as there is some ribbon on there somewhere the world, as they say, is your oyster.
So here is my offering for this week:
This is another gorgeous Saturated Canary image called Smokin Hot!
She is coloured with Spectrum Noir Prismacolour pencils.
I am really pleased with how she turned out.
The card is for one of my daughter's friends for her birthday.
She is blonde and has a lovely figure.  My daughter chose the image and I think she is perfect.
The lady in question also makes her own cakes so I thought the sentiment was quite apt.
It is one I had in my stash so can't remember where it is from, sorry.
All the gorgeous flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
All the lush polka dot ribbons are from Crafty Ribbons and you can find it here and here.
So there you go folks.
I can tell you that the recipient was chuffed to bits with the card.
Happy Crafty Kitten!!! Lol
Challenges:

xxxx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Questions and Answers for the Creative Blog Hop

Me bad, I should have had this ready to post this morning but time just ran away from me over the weekend so here it is now - better late than never - I hope!!
My lovely friend Clare asked me to take part in this Creative Blog Hop.  It is a continuous blog hop showcasing some fabulous people and their blogs - I am sure you will enjoy the journey.
So first off I have to answer a few questions about me and my work.
1. What am I working on?
Actually, right at this moment I am not working on anything at all.
My DT work is up to date for now and I have nothing really desperate that needs doing right this minute.
I have been so busy recently that unfortunately my card making seems to have taken a bit of a back seat.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Well, how do I answer that one?
My work is just that - my work.
What I can say is that I have been quite heavily influenced by my good friend Mandy at A Sprinkling of Glitter.  Her cards are just adorable and she puts so much work into them - I would love to be as creative as she is.  Then there is the Totally Tilda design team. A bunch of quite nutty but extremely talented card makers and I have picked up a lot of tips from those girlies.  My love for Tilda has waned quite a lot over the last twelve months so I decided it was time to step down from the team and branch out a little bit.  However, I just have to say that I learnt such a lot working with all those lovely ladies and would like to thank Susie for having me as part of her team - I loved every minute of it.
Right now I am rekindling my love of all things Clarity.  I go to a workshop once a month with the lovely Maria Simms - what a teacher and we always have such a fantastic time and such a laugh.
3. Why do I create what I do?
Well, I love to see the look on peoples faces when they receive a hand made card or canvas or whatever it is I have made for them.  It gives me a real buzz to see their reaction and that makes it all worthwhile.  Ideally I would like to set up on my own doing wedding invites and party invites for kids but I don't think that will pay all my bills at the moment - so for now I just have to fit in what I can around my job.
The day I win the lottery though................. well a girl can dream eh??
4. How does your creative process work?
Well I start with the image - depending on what has been asked for. Then I try and find a sketch I like.  I have kept dozens of sketches from different places and often refer back to them if I'm stuck.
Then I think of the person and try to match the colours I use on the image and with my papers etc and then put it all together.  It usually turns out ok - but occasionally there are a few that end up in the bin!!
This is my workdesk. A bit messy right now but I haven't really been in here very much - not even to tidy up!!!  It can be tidy at times - honest!!


So that's enough about me - time to meet my creative blogger friends. Now I am supposed to choose three but time ran out on me so I have two good friends to introduce you to.
If you click on their names it will take you to their blogs.
And don't forget to check back next Monday for their posts too.

My first Creative blogger is Mel and here is a little bit about her
I live in a little village just outside Sleaford in Lincolnshire. We moved here only last year and love our fabby little bungalow with it’s gorgeous views over the farmers crop fields. I love to colour, Tilda’s are my weak spot and I spend many happy hours colouring these delightful images.
Please stop by Mel's blog and have a look at her gorgeous work - she is an inspiration.

My second creative blogger is Stephanie and here is a little bit about her.
Been crafting for about 30 years. Started with sewing and then moved on to scrapbooking and cardmaking. Work full time so creating is done on my down time and is very therapeutic.
Now let me just say that Steph's colouring blows me away and if you stop by her blog you will see just what I mean - you won't be disappointed.