Friday 17 December 2010

Freebie from Crafty Sentiments

Over at Crafty Sentiments we are giving away one of our most popular digis

Toby in Basket

Pop on over to the Challenge blog to pick him up.

You'll also notice a bit of a change, what do you think of the new logo?

Thursday 16 December 2010

Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Hi all, today's Crafty Sentiments Challenge is an easy one, Anything Goes and as if to make it any easier you've got a bit of extra time on this one!

This week I made a card using one of the winter releases, Crafty Sentiments Christmas Amy, I also used a really cool frame I bought from a company (HobbyHabitat) who sell on ebid.  I stamped on it and then popped Amy up on top (yes I coloured her with copics!).

Thursday 9 December 2010

Crafty Sentiments - Sketch and and Snowflakes

Morning all, early post this morning as I just cannot get back to sleep which is a great shame as my youngest is finally beginning to sleep past 5.30 - shame my body clock hasn't altered yet!

This is this week's Crafty Sentiments challenge, and before anyone points out the obvious there are no snowflakes on my design, why I hear you ask. Well the simple answer is because I din't read the challenge carefully enough, I was too excited by Suzette's cool sketch, isn't it brill?

Anyway, because I'm a limited layer kind of a crafter I tried to minimise the layers and created this card with just two, sorry, three layers.  I used this gorgeous fence image and I created the circle by masking and inking.  I used the Crafty Sentiments Girl with heart (isn't she sooooo cute, love her.) which I cut out and popped on top with dimensionals (yes, I coloured her with copics, do I ever change?) I finished it off with some sewing thread upon which I placed the panel. Oh, and I handwrote the sentiment down the edge of the panel.

Prairie Fairy

She has fluttered back into our lives (and back to blogger) and is offering an amazing candy, look ...

So why not pop on over and check her out.

Monday 6 December 2010

Digi Blog Hop

How do you feel about winning  load of Digistamps?  All you have to do is join in with our Digi blog hop.

Just in case you're new this is what you have to do! (Ooo, that was almost poetic!)  Start here at the Digi blog hop and then hop round our hoppetts leaving them a little comment and collecting the letter they each have for you.  Once you've collected your letters to make a word pop back to the Digi blog hop and tell us and then you're in the running to win some amazing digis.    

This month my letter is i

If you've arrived here from Adrina's blog then you're in the right place. If not then hop on over to the Digi Blog Hop and start from the beginning.

So, here is my card:

I've used a Digisparkle image, this is Holly, she is one of the Christmas Girls.  I coloured Holly with my copics and used my coloursoft pencils which I blended with mineral spirits to put a blue shadow around the edge and as you can see I've used copious amounts of glitter. I also used a DigiSparkle sentiment that can be found in this Traditional Christmas set.

Right, now it's time to pop on over to Claire's blog and see her super creation.

Friday 3 December 2010

Wild Rose Studio

Look what I won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I joined in the fun over at the Wild Rose Studio blog hop, and I won the grand prize!!!! 

Couldn't resist making a quick card (can't wait to create properly, probably not until Christmas is done with, more's the pity!) This is definitely a big thank you to Dulcie, Matthew and the Design Team at the Wild Rose Studio blog.  A big thank you for an amazing hop and some amazing work from the DT as well as a big thank you for my prize.

but unfortunately nothing remains mine for long in my house and it wasn't long before the girls had spotted 'my' prize and so creating with two 4 year olds began.  To be fair I did have a brainwave and got the Shrinkles out and the girls created these gorgeous little keyrings.

Yes, I have put them on the Christmas tree to photograph and yes it is up, I got way too excited! I'm a big child at heart.

Thursday 2 December 2010

Crafty Sentiments - New beginnings

This week's Crafty Sentiments Challenge is on the the theme of New beginnings ie. new friendships, new home, new job, new baby, new relationship etc.  I went with new home as I had someone in mind for this!  I used the Crafty Sentiments Bird House digi image.

I stitched around the edge with a turquoise thread and then added the image (coloured with copics, naturally!) which was cut and then inked using my circle nesties.  I cut the scalloped circle out of kraft card  and then hand wrote the sentiment in silver ink.

Tuesday 30 November 2010

Dove cards

Here's another round of Christmas cards, I created these by cutting a square of patterned paper, black circles, all with my nesties.  I then used a dove punch and after sticking them all together I hand wrote the sentiments around the edge.

These were made with the Splitcoaststampers Christmas challenge in mind.

Thursday 25 November 2010

Crafty Sentiments - Christmas

This week is my choice of challenge and I've chosen quite a predictable Christmas theme.  Despite trying to be organised and do Christmas cards early I still don't have enough done so ...

I've used the gorgeous Winter Amy from Crafty Sentiments.  I teamed her with a lot of pink snowflakes and used the latest release from Crafty Sentiments - Christmas Circles.

Don't forget to pop on over to the Crafty Sentiments challenge blog and see what the rest of my amazingly creative team mates have created this week.

Wednesday 24 November 2010

Wild Rose Studio blog hop

This card was created by using this Wild Rose Studio blog hop sketch.  It's a gorgeous sketch and I just knew this cute Elzybells Wise men stamp would work perfectly.  I adore the Wild Rose Studio images, I'm hoping one will pop up in my stocking this Christmas! *Hint Hint* (I think hubby reads my blog!!!) My favs are Ella with wand and All dressed up.  

Anyway, hope you like it!

Friday 19 November 2010

Crafty Sentiments - Red and black

This week' challenge at Crafty Sentiments is to use red and black.  I created this weeks card with the adorable Crafty Sentiments Amy with letter, isn't she cute.  Perfect for a winter card.

 I used some of the gorgeous Crafty Sentiments digi papers - Christmas.

Don't forget to check out the rest of DT's amazing creativity a the Crafty Sentiments blog.
Oh and if you pop on over there is the cutest penguin FREEBIE.

Saturday 13 November 2010

Christmas tree

And my final reveal, my Christmas Tree set.  
You can buy it here from my digistamp shop DigiSparkle.

This card is quite CAS.  I've coloured the tree and then added gemstones that I've coloured with my copics.  I was just going to put a green outline but I was knocked (by an enthusiastic child) and so I created a swirly pattern round the edge with a glitter gel pen.  I finished it off with an Elzybells sentiment.

Better late than never ...

for my Crafty Sentiments card. Don't know why I thought I'd blogged this when I hadn't, anyway ...

I used the free digi friom DigiSparkle to create the background and I sat the cute Christmas Amy on it.  As per usual I coloured her with my copics, and used my nesties to create the square and scalloped square.  Also, if you look closely you might be able to spot the flock that I've used on her collar and cuffs, very touchy feely!

Friday 12 November 2010

Gingerbread Man

Another Christmas release.  This is the Christmas Characters digistamp set. 

I've created a card using the gingerbread man from the set.  
He's coloured with copics and I added some liquid pearls for his eyes.  I masked the background and stamped an Elzybells in Memento desert sand ink and finished it off with an Elzybells sentiment.

Thursday 11 November 2010


Here is my first reveal of those sneak peeks.  

This is a card a made using my new Penguin digistamp set, 
you can buy it from mydigistamp shop, DigiSparkle here

I used a hero arts background stamp with Versamark ink, and a scallop nestie to create the border.  I used some Crafty Sentiments digipaper and I handwrote the sentiment.

Tuesday 9 November 2010

A trio of sneak peeks

I just thought I'd give you a glimpse of 3 cards coming up over the next few days that feature some of my soon to be released Christmas DigiSparkle digistamps.

Thursday 4 November 2010

Crafty Sentiments - Make a gift

This week' challenge at Crafty Sentiments is to create a gift.  I made some Pistachio chocolate fudge and popped it in an altered ice cream tub.  I used one of the gorgeous Crafty Sentiments digis.

Don't forget to check out the rest of DT's amazing creativity.

Thursday 28 October 2010

Crafty Sentiments - Male Card

Hi all this is my latest Crafty Sentiments DT card.  This week's challenge is to create a male card.  To be perfectly honest I was struggling until I was sent the Crafty Sentiments new releases and I think you'll have to agree that 'Mike' is absolutely adorable!

I've done my usual CAS styley with this one.  A simplistic, stamp, colour with copics and then write the sentiment (as I don't have many 'male' sentiments) oh and then the hardest bit was embossing this, but I like the embossed lines, especially as they eventually worked!

All you need to do now is pop on over and check out the rest of the teams amazing creations. Oh and if you can why not enter this month, there is a super prize on offer!

Monday 25 October 2010

A tutorial

I created a cloud tutorial over on the Crafty Sentiments Tutorials blog today.  It shows you how I created the sky background on this card, so if you want to check it out, pop on over!

Thursday 21 October 2010

Crafty Sentiments - Anything but a card

Hi all, another Thursday another Crafty Sentiments Challenge but with a twist!!  This week we are all doing a bit of hopping (very appropriate in our house as my little Jess has told me she's just learnt to hop!)

Come an join us for some hopping and you might be the lucky recipient of two of the new releases, some absolutely gorgeous Christmassy characters.  The new stamps are absolutely adorable not to mention checking out the amazing new papers.

If you've arrived here from Axa's blog then you're in the right place if not why don't you start at the beginning at the Crafty Sentiments blog.

 This week's theme is to make something that isn't a card.  I often get bogged down in making cards so this week I made a bookmark using Christmas Amy.  I decided this would be a great Christmas pressie (we're doing things on the cheaper side this Christmas!)  I used Crafty Sentiments Christmas Amy (isn't she just adorable!!) I stamped her on kraft card and then coloured with my copics (after careful testing to see which colours work on kraft!) And I just had to make her pop by using plenty of Stickles.  I finished her off with a Papermania sentiment and a ribbon from my stash (I think it was one I cut out of a t-shirt - you know, the ones that keep it on the hanger but tickle your neck like crazy!)

Right now pop on over to Bev's blog and share some love :)

Monday 18 October 2010

It's a bug's life

This is a card for my nephew, I used a Crafty Sentiments digi - isn't it cute! He was a freebie which you can still find here.

This card is for these challenges:

Sunday 17 October 2010

Fairymoon Challenge

I've been told about this challenge and I just loved the sketch so much I just had to do a card.  Fairymooncrafts (what a cool name!) and don't forget to check out their shop.  

I've used a DigiSparkle digistamp, the cartwheeling boy from the Anyway Up set. I created the background by masking and used the sunrays technique.  I coloured the boy with a mix of copics and a whispers blender pen, so I could use the same inks as the background. I added the border with a black gel pen and added a Papermania sentiment.

Saturday 16 October 2010

Christmas at DigiSparkle Challenge

Just a quick reminder that there are only 4 days left to enter your Christmas card over at the DigiSparkle Challenge.  Remember the winner gets 3 digistamp sets of their choice!

I thought I might leave you with a bit more inspiration, this card uses my Christmas Elf digistamp and you can pop over here for more digistamp Christmasness.

Thursday 14 October 2010

Crafty Sentiments - White

Sorry it's not the best photo in the world, but you get the idea!  I heat embossed flowers on the card base, and used my nesties to layer this cute image from Crafty Sentiments.

Pop on over to the Challenge blog to check out the rest of the teams amazing images.

Sunday 10 October 2010

Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer

♫Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose♫
and if you look closely so does my Rudolph! (thanks to the miracle that is glossy accents)  
I also added some liquid pearls (using my flicking technique to get the pearls rounded - you just flick the other side of the card to help the blobs settle into a pearl rather than a mountain). I used a Pink Gem free digi - pop on over to check out her latest one.

This card is for these challenges
Pink Gem - Sketch
Allsorts - Song title

Pink Gem Candy time

Look at what Janet's cany is, isn't she good to us! Pop on over to see her candy.

Saturday 9 October 2010

A touch of Kraft

I seem to have got my mojo back (yeah!) and so here's a card I really enjoyed making and is for quite a few challenges!  I've used one of  Sliekje's images, they're so cute you just gotta check them out!

This card is for these challenges:
Mad for markers - Digi image
Colour me copic - Clothes
A crafty Little Place - Sketch
Papertake weekly - Cutie Patotie (July)
Pollycraft - Anything goes

DigiSparkle Challenge - Christmas

How would you like to win 3 DigiSparkle digistamps????

Well all you need to do is enter our DigiSparkle Challenge.  This fortnight's theme is Christmas and there are plenty of Christmas themed stamps here.

Here is another Christmas inspired card (pop on over to the challenge to see another!)

Thursday 7 October 2010

Crafty Sentiments Challenge

This is my card for this week's Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Fall colours

Why don't you pop on over and check out the the rest of the team's amazing creations

Monday 4 October 2010

Digi Blog Hop

How do you feel about winning  load of Digistamps?  All you have to do is join in with our Digi blog hop.

Just in case you're new this is what you have to do! (Ooo, that was almost poetic!)  Start here at the Digi blog hop and then hop round our hoppetts leaving them a little comment and collecting the letter they each have for you.  Once you've collected your letters to make a word pop back to the Digi blog hop and tell us and then you're in the running to win some amazing digis.  

If you've arrived here from Adrina's blog then you're in the right place. If not then hop on over to the Digi Blog Hop and start from the beginning.

So, here is my card:

I've used one of my own DigiSparkle creations, Anyway Up which I coloured with my copics I then used my nesties to cut out different papers along with a little heart punch to create the background.  I finished it off with a Papermania sentiment.

Yes my letter is E,you guessed it!

Right, now it's time to pop on over to Vickie's blog and see her super creation.

Thursday 30 September 2010

Crafty Sentiments Challenge - Border Punch

This week's Crafty Sentiments Challenge is to use your border punches.  I'm really liking kraft cards at the moment and I wanted to create a card using Amy from Crafty Sentiments - I think she's sooo cute and looks adorable sat in front of a circle and I just had to add a bit of glitter to her top ;)  So here she is!  I also added some white dots (really like white on kraft!) using my Bazzil stitching template (one of the best things I've bought.)

So if you feel in the mood to use those border punches or just want to be inspired by the Crafty Sentiments DT pop on over to the Crafty Sentiments Challenge blog and check it out.

Card: Kraft
Coloured using: copics
Paper: Papermania, Ikea and errrr, sorry don't know!
Other: Circle & Labels eight nestie, Paper trimmer, Bazzill stitch template, white gel pen, Fiskars scallop border punch

Wednesday 29 September 2010

Top Tip Tuesday

Hi All, it's Tuesday which means time for Top Tip Tuesday, this week the TTT team have been sharing some recycling tips so I thought I'd share mine.  I made this card below by recycling my scraps of paper and recycling some packing brown paper (the thick kind!).  But I guess my main top tip is for recycling packing paper/card, it means you can create using 'kraft' without paying out!

Home sweet home

Okay so I'm a naughty blogger, I realise I haven't blogged anything for ages.  I'm going to blame it partly on my laptop blowing up and partly on my laziness (yes I'll admit it!)  

Anyway, I created this card for a friend a couple of weeks ago and I'm finally sharing it!  I used one of my DigiSparkle digistamps - Fairy homes which I coloured with my copics (and then added liquid pearls to the spots - not my best move but...) the sentiment is my handwriting again - hmmm! Enjoy and hopefully I'll be back soon.

Thursday 23 September 2010

Crafty Sentiments Challenge

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge this week has been punctuated with a major issue this week namely the fact that my laptop blew up (literally, smoke and all!)  Therefore, everything has been harder as I am having to use my DH's laptop but I have nothing.  Oh and I have to apologise for the poor photo - no help from DH!

  This week's challenge is to use up your scraps, as I always have so many paper scraps (my drawer is overflowing) I have tried to use them up by punching out circles from my scraps.  I have used Flopsy with a flower from Crafty Sentiments, I have used the nestie out of the box technique and added a pearl and I finished it off with a sentiment from Elzybells.

Thursday 16 September 2010

Crafty Sentiments Challenge

Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge this week is definitely a challenge for me.  This week's challenge is to use blue, grey and yellow, colours that aren't my forte individually let alone together!  But I gave it my best.  I created this using Fairy Pat from Crafty Sentiments and gave it definition by adding the dots around the edge, I think it works!

Card: White square blank
Sentiment: Papermania clear stamps
Copics: B000, B00, Y06, Y08, E33, E35
Paper: Black tones from Papermania, Yellow paper from my stash
Other: Circle nestie, Paper trimmer, Bazzill stitch template, black gel pen, blue ink with dauber

Sunday 12 September 2010

Top Tip Tuesday

Top Tip Tuesday is a challenge blog with a twist, you don't enter a card but you enter a tip!  So without further ado here's my tip for this week:

How to cut out digi images using your nestie's

I usually arrange as many digi's as I can on a page (keeping in mind how I want to cut them out).  On the picture you can see the top right hand corner of my A4 page.  I place my nestie on the page and then work out where I want it to be (or spend ages trying to decide which shape/size works best.)  I then use masking tape to lightly stick the nestie (on the outside) to the paper.  I trim around the nestie so that it's an ok size to go through my big shot.  You can then emboss.  I also use this technique to create apertures (remembering to put the masking tape on the inside) and to create frames i.e. using more than one nestie.

Friday 10 September 2010

DigiSparkle Challenge

Just a quick reminder that the new challenge has begun over at Digisparkle Challenge.  This fortnight all you have to do is enter a card featuring a DigiSparkle digistamp with a Girls theme.  Here is the card I've chosen for my inspiration for this challenge.