Sunday, 31 May 2009

C4E Sketch challenge 34 & CCT #62

The super talented Michelle of C4E has done it again this week with another super sketch for us all to follow, there is also an the option to use purple/lilac on the card so I had no choice but to drag out my favourite Basic Grey Wisteria DP and as always Stampin Up had the perfect cardstock to co-ordinate with it so i chose Perfect Plum & So Saffron.

The image is Geisha Girl Anya by The Greeting Farm sent to me by my Blogging pal Andie (thanks Hunni), she has been stamped onto SU Whisper white card with Black Impress Ink & coloured with promarker as follows:
  • Face: Ivory, Blush & Dusky Pink
  • Hair: Warm grey 1,2 & 3
  • Clothes & Hair flower: Primrose, Pastel Yellow, Aubergine, Amethyst & Lilac, pastel blue & Cornflower.
  • I outlined her in Pastel blue
Her hair flower is decorated with purple Stickles & finished off with a purple bling dot from stash and the CCT theme this week is 'Bling' so i have entered the card into that challenge to.

The flowers are Prima and their centres are from my stash, the sentiment is Inkadinkado stamped with SU Elegant Eggplant.
I cut out my large circle with my Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge & Anya was cut out with my Rectangle nesties and Cuttlebug.

Well the sun is shining here so I am off out into my garden to help my son who is trying to make our overgrown garden look pretty.........why did I let all those weeds grow!!!!!!!!

Have a great day & don't forget to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by as I love reading them.



Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Passion for Promarkers challenge anything goes

So sorry about the delay in posting this, I have been at work all day and I scheduled this to post at 9am and it never worked.....................why I don't know, them i have had to re-create the post as It would not allow me to take the schedule of it!!!!!! Anyway I got there in the end!!!!!

Yay it's here, the day us promarker fans have all been waiting for......the launch day of the new Passion for Promarkers Blog and all you need to do to enter and be in with a chance of winning the fab prizes on offer is to use just 1 promarker on your card. You cannot combine on this first challenge though but you can from challenges that follow.

For my card I have used summer cool strawberry sorbet DP by Imaginisce and a Miss Anya stamp all available from here, the sentiment is Stampin Up from the One of a Kind set and the card & ribbon are Tempting Turquiose also by SU.....all available from me.

The flowers were punched out of co-ordinating cardstock & DP and i inked and curled the edges, I then finished them with bling dots available in loads of different colours from Stampeezee.

The image was stamped on to SU Whisper white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo black ink & coloured with promarkers as follows:
  • Skin: Ivory & Blush
  • Hair: Sandstone, Cinnamon, cocoa & Burnt umber
  • Dress: carmine, Rose pink, Blossom & Cornflower
  • Flowers: Pastel Yellow, yellow, Grass, Forest green
  • Basket: cinnamon, cocoa & Burnt umber
  • I went around the image with Pastel blue
I do hope you can play along with us....the prizes are well worth it.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Monday, 25 May 2009

Hubby gets creative

Okay who said men don't like colouring hubby has been playing with my stamps and promarkers and the picture above is the result......not bad for a first attempt eh!!!!!

The image is from Stampasourus.....cute eh.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment, you know how men love the ego boost.



My Crafting Space

At long last here they are, the pictures of my crafting space. A few months ago, I posted a question on ILWS asking how people stored their craft items, I got a great response and loads of ideas and from there my craft room got a revamp thanks to my lovely hubby.

The pic above shows my tidy desk (no it's not this tidy really, I moved everything for the photo, normally there is no room to work....LOL).

Pic below shows my SU area, as you can see my colour caddy is a little bare, everytime I place an order I get an ink pad or 2!!! My lovely hubby and his dad created the shelving that hold all 4 SU colour familes, at the bottom of each section is a spare shelf that I use to put white, cream etc.........i really love this idea....thanks Monica (passionflower).

In the 3 big boxes live my SU stamp sets (in no particular order) they are not all full yet but I am working on it.....LOL!!!

In the little boxes lives, SU ribbons, stampin spots, brads and accesories.

This unit houses all my un mounted no SU stamps, magazines, other ribbon, brads, accessories, nesties, flowers etc. In the top right you can se 4 grey each of those lives my lush promarkers.....think I need to move them closer to my desk though!!!
The pic below shows some of my wooden stamps.................most have never seen ink but then neither have most of my SU stamps and unmounted ones..............shock horror.......yes I know I am working on it!!!!

On the surface below the shelf you can see my cricut expression, cuttlebug and my purple cow that cutter.

You may not be able to see that well but the cubes below I keep my unused sewing machine, xyron machine, die's and embossing folders and scrapbooking papers, the boxes just have printer cartridges in and gifts for 3D items.

The pick below just shoes the angle behind desk, you can see a box on the floor, this contains non SU paper I am trying to use up but I can't stop turning to SU as everything matches!!!! Think that box will be there forever!!!!!

Below, a close up of my flowers, brad and embelishment storage

And finally my punch storage...........utensil rails from Ikea......need more as full and I have a box full of other punches in the big storage unit!!!!

I have a few adjustments to make to the room as still need to sort out ribbon storage and move things about so they are more accessible. I also need to label some of the boxes but If I had waited till I had done all that these pictures would never have got posted!!!

Anyway, hope you like it, thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.



Sunday, 24 May 2009

C4E Sketch Challenge #33 & Spoonful of Sugar #52

Quick put your sunglasses on, I have finally used my Black market Paper society Rhythm paper i got from Stampeezee for this weeks C4E sketch challenge, it's a bit on the loud side for me I think!!!

The card also qualifies for the celebration challenge over at a Spoonfull of Sugar, it's their birthday this week so big celebrations of on that blog.......congrats!!!!

The little hunni on the front of the card is Diva Lexi, a digital image from the Teen collection available from Crafts 4 Eternity, designed by the talented owner Michelle, click here to have a look at the collection. I coloured her in with my Promarkers of course, don't forget to check out the new Promarker challenge blog here

I thought she looked a bit of a tomboy so I avoided flowers and ribbon. I also decided to have a go with my Tim Holtz paper distresser that I have had a while and not used............think I went a bit OTT, it's a great little gadget, it has made the paper look like cloth.

The sentiment is by Penny Black, I seem to use it a lot.....if you haven't already noticed!!!! I punched it out with the large SU circle punch and the little distressed circle embellishments were punched out with various sized SU punches, distressed and layered and finished off with buttons and SU linen thread.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.


Saturday, 23 May 2009

Breaking news from Passion for Promarkers - spread the word

Denise and Gina have got some fantastic sponsership from 3 fantastic companies for our fab new challenge blog and for you that can only mean 1 thing!!!!!!!!

Fantastic prizes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Due to this suberb news, there is going to be a change to the first challenge.........DON'T PANIC we just want to launch the new blog with a massive "BANG" so our first challenge will be an open challenge - you can use any colours you like, all you need to do is make a card using ProMarkers. We will then revert back to the challenges as stated on the sidebar i.e. next week (week 2) will be pastel pink and apple so don't worry if you have already bought those colours!

Announcing our sponsers and the prize on offer.................

Angela - Angel Crafts - 3 Ribbon kits

Joanna Sheen - Joanna Sheen - A full set of 92 Promarkers

How amazing are those prizes! All you need to do is make a card using your ProMarkers.

We can't wait to see all your gorgeous creations (and don't forget you can enter as many projects as you like).



Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Passion for Promarkers DT

Yay, great news for me, I made the Passion for Promarkers DT (Thank you Gina & Denise)and what a fab design team I get to work with, a really talented bunch, I am so excited. I hope you can join us for our first challenge on 26th May.....woo hoo.

While you are waiting, check out my fellow DT members blogs..............they are fantastic:

Hope you can all join us on the first challenge.


Colour Create challenge #16 & ILWS swap

This little flower pot has had me up until all hours for the past few nights!!!! I have made 10 of these little cuties for a card swap over on ILWS, where the theme is May Flowers everywhere and I have left it until the last minute...............Far too much decoupage involved for a rush job!!! Still got a little bit more assembly to do.....LOL. I got the idea for the little flowerpot from Stephanie Luman's blog, check it out here

The colours I choose for the card were from this weeks colour create challenge which is Sky blue, tan & ecru (I know I have used more of a brown colour but I saw some of the DT had used slightly darker brown's).

I left the card blank for any message.

Everything used to make this card was Stampin up and is available from me POSTAGE FREE, yes POSTAGE FREE for orders £20 & over (going to same address) so if you are lusting after some SU goodies, please feel free to contact me (addy on side bar).....offer ends June 3oth.

Goodies used:
  • Stamps: Best Yet & Playful Petals
  • DP: Chocolate chip DSP
  • Cardstock: Close to cocoa, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Whisper white
  • Ribbon: Very vanilla 1/4" grosgrain
  • Accessories: Soft subtle brads, linen thread, the flowers have been decorated with dazzling diamonds glitter but the camera does not pick it up that well.
  • Tools: fiskars cutter/scoring tool, small & large tag punch

Hope you like my little pot, please feel free to leave me a message as I love reading them.


Sunday, 17 May 2009

C4E Sketch challenge #32

It's that time of the week again and another great sketch from Michelle at C4E with the option to add stitching, faux or real...............I added my stitching at the very end as made the card then noticed the stitching option...oops, I went for faux stitching and used an SU marker that matched my SU Ink and cardstock...................just love SU. I do have a sewing machine (had it since xmas) but need to learn how to use's collecting dust at the moment!! Anyway here is my card:


  • Image: Gorjuss Girl
  • DP: Basic Grey Marrakesh
  • Sentiment: Penny black
  • Tools: SU oval & scallop oval punches
  • Colouring Medium: Letraset Promarkers
  • Cardstock SU

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them.


Friday, 15 May 2009

Quick Anniversary card

This card was created for some special friends on their anniversary, I was lacking inspiration so I turned to splitcoaststampers for some ideas and stumbled across this simple but elegant card by Babybluegirl (the lovely Alex Hau) you can see it here

I created it in purple as that is my friends favourite colour and I put my own slant on it but the basic idea came from Alex's card....thank you hunni.

  • Stamps: SU SAB set, En Francais background stamp
  • Cardstock SU Elegant Eggplant & white from stash
  • Ribbon: SU Elegant Eggplant 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Tools: Cuttlebug & swiss dots embossing folder

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them


Thursday, 14 May 2009

Just Magnolia challenge #4 & Stamp with Fun

Phew, just in the nick of time for the Just Magnolia challenge #4 where this weeks theme is to use stitching on your card, faux or real.......i opted for faux as I was running out of time and still have not used the sewing machine that I had for xmas..............I know i should but I am a sewing machine novice & I do not know where to start!!!!!!

The sketch I used this week was from Stamp with Fun it was great to work with, anyway here is the card:

I will be back tomorrow to finish this post as it is way past my bedtime and I got work in the morning.

Thank you for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love reading them


Saturday, 9 May 2009

Sunday comes around so quickly, time for another C4E sketch, i loved working with this layout and will be using it again soon........thanks Michelle. This card is also for the Stampeezee gallery, most of the products used to make this card are available on the website.

Card Receipe

  • Stamp - Magnolia Tilda with Bird (available from Stampeezee)

  • Sentiment - Hero arts (available from Stampeezee)

  • DP: Basic Grey Wisteria (available from Stampeezee)

  • Colouring Medium: Letraset Promarkers

  • Accesories: Ribbon (Stampin up)

  • Tools: SU Circle scallop punch, SU 13/8" circle punch, cuttlebug & nestie dies

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love to read them.


Sugar Bowl challenge #10

This card is for the sugarbowl challenge number 10, first time I have played along with this one but I could not resist the fabulous sketch by Marlene, the only other rule was that you had use buttons on the card and obviously a Sugar Nellie image.

Card Receipe

  • Stamp: Sugar Nellie 'A gift for you'
  • Sentiment: Penny Black
  • DP: Basic Grey porcelain (available from Stampeezee)
  • Colouring Medium: Promarkers
  • Tools: Retro flower punches, Stampin up scallop circle & 1-3/8" circle punch
  • Embelishments: Buttons and pearls from stash

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment, I really appreciate it.


Sunday, 3 May 2009

C4E Challenge #30

Sunday again already & time for the C4E sketch challenge with the option to create a card for a child.

My Pink Tilda Ballet princess has been shamefully neglegted since I bought her christmas time (like many of my stamps) so I thought I would use her. My lovely god daughter Amy is a wonderful little dancer so this card is destined for her September......woo hoo, I am early with a card for a change!!!!

Card Ingredients:

  • Stamp: Magnolia PinkTilda Ballet Princess (available here)

  • Sentiment: Pink Gem designs

  • DP: Sandylion TUTI - Ballet

  • Colouring medium: Letraset Promarkers

  • Embelishements: Ribbon SU white Taffeta & flower is a prima hydrangea

  • Tools: Cuttlebug & nestie dies

Thanks for looking, feel free to leave a comment as I really appreciate it.


Saturday, 2 May 2009

Just Magnolia #3, Secret Crafter challenge #30

This card is my entry into the Just Magnolia challenge #3 which is a sketch by the fabulous Bev & the Secret Crafter challenge #30 which this week is a flower theme and yes this card is very similar to my Just Magnolia #1 entry but I love these papers) I have also made this card for the Stampeezee gallery as I have joined the talented Katrina on the DT, and I am thrilled, check out her blog to see her fabulous creations:

All the products used are available from Stampeezee unless otherwise stated:

  • Stamp: Magnolia Tilda with flowers
  • Sentiment: Papermania sentiment collection
  • DP: Basic Grey Wisteria
  • Flowers: Prima Hydrangeas
  • Ribbon: Stampin up Elegant Eggplant grosgrain
  • Cardstock: Stampin Up
  • Tools: Oval & scallop oval punches from Stampin up, Martha Stewart punch (now in stock at Stampeezee)
  • Colouring Medium: Letraset Promarkers

    Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment as I love to read them.