29 January 2013

Toot toot - doing the happy dance!

Yesterday I said I had some good news...
....well do you remember before all the silly shenanigans in the snow I posted my entry for
the Kraftin Kimmie GDT competition
believe it or not they picked me as one of the
(hee hee I am chuffed to bits)
All 10 of us now have to produce a second card with the theme
"Pretty in Pink"
 here is mine:
Oh boy as soon as I saw this young ladies face I knew she was the image I wanted to use - her expression is "priceless"
and I could not resist making her a red head
The caption was the bit that stumped me......initially I was playing around with
Swan Lake and Swine Lake but I just could not get it to quite work!
Angry Ballerina by Kraftin Kimmie
Pablo Pencils
Magnolia border die
Webbing and pearls from stash
DP: HOTP Paper Pizazz Pink/Yellow Plaid
Word Art by Box of Colours
I thought I would enter this adorable young lady into some challenges too -
you never know if I win one she might crack a smile!!
Dream Valley Challenges - Girls, girls, girls
So artful Challenge - Time, Neutral/Vintage or Pink
House of Gilli - Anything goes with pink and bling
Stamping for the weekend - Something girlie
Totally Papercrafts - Lets dance
Thanks for dropping by today
Crafty Hugs

28 January 2013

Ahoy there matey!

Another stamp has been inked
woo hoo!!
This is an adorable one by Nellie Snellen called
"Brave Captain"
and for me this is quite a "busy" card
not quite up to my friend Tracy's standard, but at least I have tried.
Brave Captain by Nellie Snellen
Vintage Garden by Stempelglede
Celebration Pennants by Whimsy Stamps
Corner & Buckle by Quickutz
Swirls by Memory Box
DP Noahs Ark by Debbie Mumm
Polychromos & Pablos pencils
Distress & Memento Ink
Allsorts Challenge - #191 Masculine
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything goes
Sugar Creek Hollow - Lots of Layers
Challenges for Everybody - Anything goes
Come and get it Challenges - Tic Tac Toe (Blue/Free/Gems)
Glitter and Sparkle - Male card
Back tomorrow with some great news and another card

23 January 2013

Lets face it!

How many of you out there have created a beautiful card using
a Magnolia stamp only for the recipient to ask....
Why does it not have a face?
Well I have and if I am honest it has led to me ignoring my Magnolia and Hanglar collections!
Magnolia/Hanglar purists please look away now!!
what do you think?

I am reasonably pleased with the results....however, I feel it is a little too early for me to produce a tutorial at present, I would like to master the technique first, but I intend to share with you how I do it in the not too distant future.
and here is a Magnolia
Although I am pleased with Tilda's face I am not so happy with either her hair or fingers.....I need to work much harder on these areas, but as they say "practice makes perfect".
This one is already calling for a re-do - so I may very well pull the image off the card and have another stab at it!!
Oh and apologies for not visiting your blogs over the last few days but I have been a little preoccupied with other things but normality should resume shortly.
It was never my intention to offend, I merely wanted to share with my readers how I had attempted to solve the one issue that had led to my Magnolia & Hanglar Stanglar collections being ignored and unused.
Ny on every time I gave a non-crafting friend or family member a card or gift with one of these characters on it I heard the same comments regarding the lack of features.
But I never expected the reaction I got from Magnolia luvvies,
some were very positive, whilst others were quite frankly downright rude.
There have also been questions raised regarding the copyright of stamped images - a grey area at the best of times.
(Please note that I have never been contacted by either Magnolia or Hanglar regarding the above pieces of work)
So I thought it prudent to withdraw my offer of a tutorial and
the stamps I am sad to say continue to gather dust!

21 January 2013

Snow Day

What do you get if you combine the following:

Quad Bike
Plastic Sled
Snow Boogie Board
3 big kids




laughter, smiles
a wet and extremely numb bum
and some wonderful memories

....normal crafting activities will resume later this week.....


14 January 2013

Kraftin Kimmie GDT entry

Whilst blog hopping over the last few days I have seen some stunning creations by the
Kraftin Kimmi Design Team and found that there was an opportunity to try for a GDT spot!

I umm'd and aah'd and thought rats I cannot enter as I do not own any
Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.....
............then I delved into my box of as yet uninked rubbah and to my delight found
"The Toymaker"
woo hoo I exclaimed and set to work with ink, Copics and pencils.....

Not only was I required to use a Kraftin Kimmie image but I had to include a metal embellishment/paper/colour - as you can see I opted for gold colours in my image and gold metallic cardstock for both mounting and embellishment.
Here is the little toymaker in more detail:

He was coloured using a combination of Copics with a dash of pencil enhancement with DPs from the Festive Treats paper pad by First Edition Papers
Ooh I have got my fingers crossed

13 January 2013

Party on Bip Bip

Oh I have been naughty, splurging on some new stamps, DP's and dies so soon after Christmas!
But in my defence the new toys have kickstarted my creativity and I am having a blast!! 

Guess I should list the "new" bits first:
Nestabilities Grand Scalloped Circles
Bip Bip Birthday by Mo Manning
Hero Arts - Birthday Sayings
He's coloured using Caran D'Ache Pablo Pencils
and the DP is Lime Rickey by Basic Grey
cardstock coloured with silver Versa Color ink
Colouring shiny surfaces is always a challenge, but fun nonetheless!
I even added reflections...see if you can spot them
Mo's Challenge Blog - Something New
2 Sisters Challenge - #126 Celebrations
Allsorts Challenge - Dies and Punches
Catch the Bug - Anything Birthday
Crazy for Challenges - Shape it up
Di's Digi Designs - Try something new
Crafty Hugs

12 January 2013

Saturday Snigger!

I will see how it goes....
......this may become a weekly event!
So here is my first
Saturday Snigger  

OK, confession time, who did this as a child? 
Anyone have a kid whose creativity has landed them on the naughty step?
(if my son was naughty he got a time-out on the bottom step of our stairs AKA"The Naughty Step")
And which looks like art to you?
Beatrice's crayon creations or my landscape and abstract??
(for me it is the landscape....and to think it took me about 5 mins to do!!!)
Beatrice's Crayon - CC Designs
This is what Art looks like - Cats Life Press
Animal Antics paper pad - First Edition Paper
Wall art (doodles & sketches) - Box of Colours
Sakura Souffle pen
Not sure which part of this card was the most enjoyable to do
I had a blast colouring Beatrice...
......and as you can see I have tried to give her a more realistic expression than on the original stamp.
But I also had fun drawing the landscape and abstract artwork on the walls
 not to mention the kiddie doodles!
ATC's with attitude - #31 Add a sentiment/anything goes
Stampin for the weekend - Anything goes
Stamping with the dragon - Anything goes
CCEE Stampers - New toys
Craft us Crazy - Something new
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes
Hope I have managed to put a smile on your face!!


10 January 2013

Bright & Cheery

............more like dull and dreary
and according to the weatherman we may have a dusting of snow this weekend!! 
So I thought it was time to grab some zingy yellows
make my own sunshine!!

As you can see I opted for pencils on kraft, teaming it with a lovely DP from Craft Creations Ltd called Green Meadow Buttercups.
Now having cut down on my DT's one of my intentions for 2013 is to work my way through all the stamps & images that I have shamefully never used - this little sweetie being one of them.
(she's part of the Pergamano Flower Girl set)
and I've been taking advantage of the sales to add a few sentiment stamps to my collection,
on this occasion I used Hero Arts Birthday Sayings

I have also invested in a portable soft lighting tent from Maplins 
which I am illuminating with my bargain bendy floor lamps from Ikea.
In fact the most expensive part of this set up were the two economy daylight bulbs!!!
.....pretty pleased with the results so far, even with me operating the camera

Crafting for all Seasons - Something new
Divas by Design - Anything goes
My Mums Craft Shop - Anything goes
Inky Impressions Challenges - Add a sentiment
As always thanks for dropping by my blog today
Crafty Hugs

8 January 2013

MIC Advent Calendar Winner

As you may recall my final post for the
Make it Crafty Design Team was the Christmas Advent Blog Hop
my prizes were:
Snowball Fight Digital Stamp Set
Snowflakes Chipboard Embellishments
Woo hoo, congratulations!!
Lorianna please contact Zoe HERE with your details so she can get your prize to you!
Thank you to everyone who kindly took the time to leave a comment, I hope you had fun playing along with us and congratulations to all those who won a prize!

7 January 2013

Without Words - January

Here is the first challenge of 2013
This months theme is
"Baby it's cold outside - featuring snow"
and we are being sponsored by
Elaine at
who has kindly donated a
£10 Store Voucher
Here is my Design Team creation to inspire you:
Snowman by Mo Manning
DP: Harvest Dot by Bo Bunny
Liquid Applique
ribbon from stash
With this theme I took the opportunity to get a head start on this years Christmas cards!!!
Unfortunately last month some entries that did not follow our rules and had to be disallowed.  
The Design Team appreciate how much time and effort you put into your creations
so please make sure your entry is:
 Clean and Simple
(No bling, keep layering to a minimum but a sentiment is allowed)
Hand Coloured Images Only
(pencils, distress inks, markers etc ...you choose)
Follow the Challenge Theme
(Baby its cold outside - Featuring snow)
and you could be the winner of
the £10 Voucher!!!
Post your entries HERE
We look forward to seeing your creations

3 January 2013

Better late than never!!!

 I thought I'd begin the New Year with a blog spring clean....
.....what do you think?
Now that the techy stuff is sorted I can finally start visiting your blogs, get inky again and begin posting new creations as well as a selection of tutorials.
If anyone has a request for a particular tutorial please either email me
or leave a comment on this post and I'll see what I can do!