Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Baby Blocks

Hello to followers 5 and 6, Christina and Tracey.

One of my best friends had a baby girl yesterday, so what better excuse than to combine the card with a challenge, lol. The challenge I've chosen is wild orchid challenge 20 - a sketch.

The image is House Mouse Baby Blocks which I got from Simon says stamp, I love these little mice but can't find a huge collection in the UK. We're off to the States in August, and methinks I may have to have a mooch while I'm there, lol.

The image is coloured in copics;
Mice: E40, E41, E42, E43 and E44, with R20 for cheeksand tails.
Hands, feet and faces: E50, E51 and E53.
Walnut: E33, E47 and E99.
Blanket: RV000, RV02 and RV06.
Blocks: BV000, BV00, BV01 and BV02.

The flowers and stemens are all from wild orchid crafts, as is the seem binding.

The sentiment is from lili of the valley. I've coloured the flowers in with my cherry pink embossing pen, then added clear embossing powder and embossed it, I think this gives a lovely wet look sheen.

I've used my circle and oval nesties along with my Magnolia doohickeys.

The pink card is from my stash. The larger background paper is from Perfect Pair Too from and the other smaller piece, which is actually a lovely pale pink cloud effect, which has not been picked up to well in the photies is from My Baby Girl Love from This is actually a free download. I love paper downloads as I like the flowers to be quite ditsy and small and as an added bonus if you print them out to scale on A5 paper the size is the exact size I need to have as my background on my 15cm x 15cm cards.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Red, White and Black/Grey

First off hello to my third follower Mel, thanks for following.

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since my last post! I started to colour this cutie last Sunday, and as I type the glue isn't quite dry, lol! It's not for lack of inspiration, lack of time has been the problem, such a hectic life.

I saw this challenge Red, white, black/grey with the option to use buttons and immediately wanted to colour a Hanglar image in greys, this is a colour scheme I like doing-I just never get to put it on any cards. Although, I showed it to Hubby and he thought it was rather morbid until I explained the challenge.

I've coloured the image in using the cool grey copics, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, and C9. She's been carefully cut out and place on a nestie cut circle on a die-namics dainty lace doily which has been cut out of the most gorgeous stargem glitter paper. You can't see in the photo's just how gorgeous this paper is.

The black lace is from wildorchidcrafts.

The black pins have had black glitter stuck on it, wish I had german glass glitter, it is on my wish list.

The inside of the card has been decorated to compliment the front. The papers are from my stash, I couldn't believe I had so many black ones to choose frm. Although, I didn't have any suitable flowers so I've made my own roses which have some Martha Stewart leaves punched out of that grogeous glitter paper.

Night shift for me tonight, I hope the people coming in in the morning change their clocks as after 9 years of on-call I've eventually got the little shift, yay!!!

Have a lovely weekend,

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Mother's Day

First off I must say a big hello to my first two followers Jackie and Vicky!! Thank you ladies.

I've had quite a hectic few days, it was my mam's birthday in November and I gave her the option of being taken out for a meal, or come to mine-she chose mine. My dad has a stroke in June 2009 and my mam has to do so much for him, and I have to rely on her to mind my two kids she deserved pampering. Well the snow hit not long after and we couldn't get my dad round in his chair. Then finding a Friday night that fit in with my brother and my shifts was hard we eventually got last Friday. I got home from work at dinnertime to find my parcel from Lili of the Valley, I only had time to stroke the stamps with all of the preparation and school runs and cooking to do. We had a great night, my cooking was a huge success. But, I couldn't get my stamps out on Saturday, it was my husbands nephews 18th Birthday midweek and we went to Glasgow with hubby's side of the family, another great time. I was on nights on Sunday so I eventually had time to ink up my new stamps and took them in with me along with my copics, naughty I know but kills the quiet times, lol.

When I saw this stamp I immediately thought 'Mother's Day', but I must admit this isn't the way I imagined it would be, I love it when the card takes over the design.

When I've been blog hopping I saw on All the things I love two challenges it fits perfectly. Lili of the Valley Thursday challenge say it with flowers and Wild orchid challenge dieing to punch it out.

I can't remember which copics I've used as it was coloured in while I was at work, I've also used prismas to add some depth to the colour.

The flowers are different sized roses and cherry blossoms from wild orchid crafts, the crotchet border die and the doilie die are from my favourite things die-namics and the rose leaves are a magnolia doohickey die. I've used a technique I've just learned to cut the circle out with the image in using one of my nesties so that part of the image 'overhangs', for want of a better word.

The paper is from K & Co with bazzil from my stash. The sentiment is stamped on concentric tag from Go Kreate. 'With all my love' is a Magnolia die, 'Mam' is from stamping all day. Being from the North East I call my mother 'Mam', and couldn't find mam anywhere. I looked on stamping all days website and asked if the could make one, I was over the moon when I got these, at last no more doctored 'Mum' for me.

I'll be back soon,  have a few more cards coming together.

Take care and have a lovely week.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Two Challenges

I've just finished this card, I know-yet another Hanglar one, and I'm entering it into 'Use Stitches' at Lovely Hanglar and 'Anything Goes' with the option to add glitter at Just Magnolia and Hanglar, when I'd finished the card there was only a few stickles on the roses, but when I saw the glitter option I had to get my pots out, lol.

Flowers are all from Wild Orchid to which I subtley added stickles. The gold leaves are a Magnolia Doohickey die, and the tag is from Go Kreate and the sentiment is from one of my Hanglar Kits. The thick seam binding, which you can just see is also fom Wild Orchid Crafts, it's so lovely I must buy some more.

I've used copics and prismacolour pencils for this image, I'm really liking the effect this gives.

The papers are K & Co from Dies To Die For and I've distressed the edges, the irridescent gold and brown bazzill are from my stash. I also dug my sewing machine out to stitch all of the edges. I love the effect this gives, really don't know why I don't use it more often.

Now for a relaxing afternoon colouring while hubby takes kids to watch the rugby, in preparation for a lovely 12 hour shift tonight-yippee!

Take care,

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Isabelle with Puppy Coco

Hello Everyone,

I have an unexpected day off work today, due to sickness I have to cover the night shift, booo!!! It was my friends birthday last Monday, and I made this card for her. She has a ginger cocker spaniel and I've tried my best to match the colour of coco to him.

This is one of Sarah Kays images, 'Isabelle with Puppy Coco'. This is one of the first stamps I bought and must be one of my favourites. I've coloured the image in copics, but I can't remember which colours as I did it a while ago.

I've used seam binding and flowers from my stash, to which I've added a few stickles to give them some life. I also dug my sewing machine out and went round the edges.

I've used Tim Holtz distress ink to gently colour the edge of a butterfly which I cut out using a Martha Stewart punch. I've them embossed this three times using UTEE, each time gently shaping the butterfly so that the wings stay up.

I've matched the inside of the card to the front, I do find this a rather striking look.

I'm sorry I don't know which paper I used either, I just let the image guide me as to what to use and I rummaged through my stuff and decided on these.

Just time to empty the washer, run the hoover over and do the schoolrun. Day off??? A womans work and all of that I suppose, lol.