Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Wedded Bliss

Evening everyone,

I've been working on this order all afternoon, it's a Wedding Card . I have followed the sketch at this weeks "Creative Inspirations" challenge.

Attention To Detail:

The image is "First Dance - Sugar Nellie" and has been coloured with my promarkers: cool grey 1-5, satin, blush, dusky pink, pastel pink,  tan, caramel and cinnamon, I have highlighted it with my Sakura white gel pen and silver stardust pen.

The design papers I have used are "Beautiful Bride Sentiment - Crestwood" it has a beautiful pearl sheen to it under the light  and has been matted and layered on grey and white card from "Papermill". I have used my heart die, birds and swirls  and music embossing folders. The ribbon and lace are from "Ribbon Girl" and the flowers and roses are from my stash.

I have decorated the inside of the card with matching papers and the sentiment is from "LOTV". The personalisation was done by hand.


I'm entering the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations - #127 Sketch.
Crafting for all seasons - #8 Bingo (Ribbons, Glitter/Shine, Flowers).
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Birthdays! :)

Well as today is my birthday, I've not done any crafting. I've been out for the day with my gorgeous other half, we have been to Muncaster Castle (Ravenglass Cumbria) and had some scrummy pub grub on the way home. So I thought I'd share a few photies with you all.

Last week of my holidays, hope to get some crafting done tomorrow, but for now it's a bubble bath and my new book, with a glass of wine and some choccies :)

not bad looking for 33 and 4 quarters lol!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Icing On The Cake

Morning all.

Just wanted to share this card with you all. This card is going to be for the Head Chef at work Julie. She used to have a springer spaniel called "Benji" so it's even more perfect lol.

Attention To Detail:

The stamp and sentiment are from "LOTV" and has been coloured with my promarkers: cool grey 1,2,3,5, tan. caramel. cinnamon, holly, forest green, gold, tulip yellow, mustard, crimson, cardinal red, burgundy, satin, blush, dusky pink, blue pearl, corn flower and black. Parts of the image have been highlighted with my white sakura gel pen.

The design papers I have used are from the "Basic Grey - Wassail" pad, I have embellished the card with red and white spot satin ribbon from my stash, white lace from "Ribbon Girl", Burgundy flowers from "Prima" and ivory buttons from "Ribbon Girl".
The embossed panel was created with my snowflakes embossing folder.

Well thanks for looking, another card ticked off my list.

Saturday, 27 August 2011


Evening all, I wanted to share this Christmas card I've made this afternoon. the image is "poinsettia" from LOTV. I have attempted a shaped easel card, first time I've made a round card, talk about making things simple for yourself lol.

Attention To Detail:

This gorgeous image was coloured with my promarkers: blue pearl, cool grey 1&2, satin, blush, dusky pink, gold, tan, caramel, chestnut, burnt sienna, red, crimson, cardinal red, lime green, pear, forest, emerald and holly.

I've not used any design papers on this card, I've used my "snowflakes" and "Swiss Dots" embossing folders.
I've added some green spotted organza ribbon from "Ribbon Girl" and a snowman charm from my stash.

The snowflakes were created with my "Marianne Die", glittered and attached with foam pads for dimension. I have also added some green gems for extra sparkle. The card has been edged with my silver sakura stardust pen. The sentiment is by "LOTV".


I'm entering the following challenges:

Bah Humbug - #34 Here Come The Girls.
Charisma Cardz - #34 Glitter It.
One Stop Craft Challenge - #146 Anything But Square.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Fairy Kiki

Evening all, hope your well?
How adorable is that image?
It's "Fairy Kiki" by Mo Manning for Stampavie and I jut could not resist giving her a home.
I have followed this weeks "Sketch Saturday Sketch  - #169".

Attention To Detail:

I coloured Kiki with my promarkers: Satin, Blush, Dusky Pink, Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Turquoise, Marine, Apple, Leaf Green, lime green and powder blue. I highlighted he skin with my white gel pen and her wings with my clear stardust pen.

I used my "First Edition - Animal Antics" papers, the ribbon is from "Ribbon Girl" and I used my new "Tonic Studio - Butterfly" punch to embellish the card. The sentiment is by "Lili Of The Valley".


I'm hoping to enter the following:

Creative Inspirations - #126 Text Me ~ they want to see text on your card but not just in the form of a sentiment (text on DP).

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Worlds Greatest

Evening all, this card is for my Dad's birthday which also in August, the day before my Brothers. I have used my "Lili Of The Valley" stamp my new "First Edition - Animal Antics" papers.

I coloured the image with my promarkers: Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Apple, Leaf Green and cool grey 1-5. I have doodled on the world greatest sign and also paper pieced the words and tie.

I have an insert into the card and used my "Lili Of The Valley " sentiment stamp and embellished the card with some beads and buttons.

So thanks for looking. Only got two more weeks of my holidays left and a birthday in 9 sleeps lol. Hopefully will get a good chunk of my Christmas cards done before then, already bought all my christmas presents.....


Hope to enter the following.

Crafts And Me Challenge - #48 Blues or Blue/Greens.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Birthday Bear

This card is for my Brother who has his birthday in August, decided to go with a side stepper fold and used one of my new Lili Of The Valley stamps.

Attention To Detail:

The bear was coloured with my promarkers: Tan, Caramel, Cinnamon, Mustard, Tulip Yellow, Gold, Cool Aqua, Duck Egg, Apple, Leaf Green and cool grey 1,2. I have added a few highlights with my white gel pen.

The papers I have used are from "First Edition - Animal Antics" (bargain 12 x 12 stack found at Dunelm Mill). I added some "Bakers Divine Twine and cream buttons" from "Ribbon Girl" and some gems from my stash.

The sentiments on the front and inside of the card are also "Lili Of The Valley". I always struggle with male cards, but I'm quite happy with how this one has turned out.


I'm entering the following:

Alphabet Blog - O - only 3 embellishments (I took this to mean 3 different types i.e. ribbon, buttons, gems. But if this wrong please scratch me off)

Colour Create Challenge - #77 Blue, Green, White, Red and Brown.

Cards For Men - #17 Anything goes.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Flirty @ Thirty

Well this birthday card is for a fellow Virgoan who like me has a birthday at the end of the month. The colour scheme was easy green to represent the Peridot which is our birthstone and black as it's classy.

Attention To Details:

I used one of my faves "Cheeky Glamour" stamp (Greetings Farm) and coloured her with my promarkers: Satin, Blush, Dusky Pink, Cool Grey 1-5, Black and Mint Green. I cut her out and layered her onto an embossed square, cut with my square nesties and fleur de lys nesties and embossed with my birds and swirls folder. I then coloured the embossed card with my mint green promarker.

The design papers I have used were a mixture of "Prima Melody" and "First Edition Animal Antics". I embellished the front of the card with some black sequins and green gems.

I have decorated the insert and added the sentiment "Flirty at Thirty".
Well I hope she will like it.


Craft Your Days Away - #26 Birthday Celebrations. - Missed the Deadline :(
Creative Inspirations - #125 Use Your Favourite Stamp.

Published Again

Wow - the final surprise of the week came in the post this morning, a letter from Practical Publishing Magazine saying I've been featured in issue 87 of Simply Cards and Paper Craft Magazine.

Soooo chuffed and waiting impatiently for my copy to arrive :)

Monday, 15 August 2011


Morning everyone, hope this works it's scheduled as I'm in the north east.
This is the final part of my "Fairytale Swap" at "Scrappers Delight". I decided on Alice In Wonderland as my theme within a theme lol. The characters represent the fairytale and the text to represent the story (if that makes any sense to you lol).  I used the "Queen Of Hearts" stamp from my "Leanne Ellis Alice In Wonderland" set.

I stamped "Queenie" twice  and raised part of her on foam pads for dimension. I paper pieced her with some scraps of an old book page and coloured parts of her with my promarkers: cool grey 3,4,5, black, poppy red and gold.

I didn't use any DP's on this card. I've used off cuts of black and red card, I embossed the red card with my hearts embossing folder. I used some more scraps of text to create the ruffle and added a red ribbon from my stash.

I decorated the inside of the card to match the front and created a hidden pocket for the ATC's.
For more on my ATC's see here and here.
I didn't add a sentiment to the card, as I didn't really have anything suitable and I wasn't sure where to place it.

This card is now on it's way to Tracy in Scotland. I cant wait to see what I receive now.


I'm entering the following:

Saturday, 13 August 2011


"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" ~ said Alice.

Whoo hoo on a roll with the posts, but this is the last one for this week .This is my second ATC for my "Fairy tale's" project. The photo doesn't quite do it justice as it's leaving a yellow glow. Anyway I used a scrap of white card edged with my "Powder Blue" promarker, layered this with another scrap of "Prima Botanicals" paper. The stamp is "Alice" from the "Alice In Wonderland" set by "Leanne Ellis" available at "Funky kits".

I stamped her onto scraps of an old book page and coloured parts of her dress with my "Powder Blue" promarker. I then added a swirl of blue gems around her and the word Dreamer. Dreamer seemed very apt for Alice, as if you've read the book or seen the films you'll know it was all simply a dream.

I added a scrap of blue card to the back of the ATC and the details.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend and i should hopefully be back towards the middle of next week with the finished project.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts - #116 Anything But A Card.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Tick Follows Tock...Follows Tick Follows Tock...

Morning everyone,

I spent a good chunk of last night looking through old craft stamper magazines and it's sparked my creativity. I wanted to share this ATC I have made, it's part of my project for the "Scrappers Delight August Swap " and the theme is "Fairytales". Well I'm not sure I would quite class "Alice In Wonderland" as your classic fairytale as Lewis Carol is a bit dark in places, especially Alice Through The Looking Glass, but I've loved the books since I was a small girl and decided to give my "Leanne Ellis" stamps another inking.
ATC's are also great for using up scraps of card and paper too. I used ivory card and layered it with "Prima Botanical's Papers". I chose this paper as it has fleur di lys on the pattern (always regal to me) and the cogs and gears which I thought were apt for the "White Rabbit". I distressed the card with my sandstone and caramel promarkers.

I stamped the "White Rabbit" onto a page from an old book. (Now I love my books and I'm so grateful to my parents for encouraging me to read as a child and buying me books to feed my appetite for reading and pure escapism and was always taught to respect my books, don't fold down the pages, don't deface them, don't break the spine etc etc lol. BUT...I've just replaced two well read and completely dogeared classics in my collection and as I couldn't take them to the Charity shop due to the loose pages I decided to recycle).  I coloured in his bow with my Poppy Red (but the crackle glaze has turned it bright orange) promarker and his clock with my Gold Promarker. I then distressed him with crackle glaze.  The letters are hand written and have also been distressed with promarkers and crackle glaze.

I added some gold card to the back of the ATC which had been embossed with my Argyle embossing folder, and to this I added the details for the ATC.

Anyway sorry for waffling on lol.
Off to do some more work on my project.


I am entering my ATC into the following;

Charisma Cardz Challenge - #32 Distressing (distressed with ink and crackle glaze).

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Goodbye Sandy :(

(The following is meant in jest and not to offend)

It's a sad day in the Simpson household, I am mourning the loss of my trusty "Sandstone" promarker pen. Who sadly gave up the fight for life this morning as the colour faded away. Farewell my friend you have served me well.....and when the time is right I will move on to find "Sandy mark 2".


Morning everyone,

I just wanted to share this card with you, it's another Birthday card . I used my new Prima "Melody" Papers.

I used this gorgeous "Lili Of The Valley" stamp and paper pieced her dress, shoes and hat. The rest of her was coloured with promarkers: powder blue, duck egg blue, apple green, leaf green, cool grey 1, maroon, soft peach, oatmeal, pastel pink, dusky pink, satin, caramel and tan. I highlighted her cheeks with my white gel pen.

I used my cuttle bug, square and fleur de lis square nesties, and my roses embossing folder on this card. The sentiments on the front and inside of the card are "Lili Of The Valley" stamps.

I used the same matching DPs to decorate the inside of the card and the ribbon and gems are from my stash.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

If Carlsberg Fitted Baths

Good Afternoon, my mojo has still gone walk-a-bout, I had a brief spell of creativity when I was asked to make this card.
This is a quick make for the M-I-L's birthday next week. There is an ongoing saga with a badly fitted and faulty mobility bath and it's taking a while to get a new one fitted hence the card lol.

Photo is from Google images and I added some blingy bubbles to it. The "Design Paper" is scraps of  "MME Wild Asparagus", and the sentiment is computer generated.

I added some "ribbon girl crinkle edge organza ribbon" and some beads to finish the card.

I'm pretty sure she will see the joke (crosses fingers and toes) lol.


I hope to enter the following.