Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Good afternoon, peeps!
That's what happened yesterday at my son's house - the tea party, I mean! Number two granddaughter is 11 years old tomorrow and yesterday she had a few friends home for an Alice in Wonderland themed party - hence the reason I chose this fantastic Mo Manning image for her card. The image is called 'Hatter' and you can buy him here. There are other Alice in Wonderlad character images as well, all with Mo's unique touch!

Isn't he a picture of sartorial elegance in his multi-coloured outfit? I'm sorry I don't have the Copic colours for you because this is another image that I coloured whilst on hols recently. The DP is Basic Grey Kioshi, the pearls are from The Hobby House and the sentiment is another from Pink Petticoat Girly Curly Sentiments Collection, which was one of my better investments, I feel. The flowers are, of course, from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaves were punched with a McGill punch. The ribbon is from my stash and here is the inside of the card:

The tags were punched with a Sizzix punch, edged with Adirondack Dabbers in Cool Peri and Purple Twilight and I think you can see that the one on the left is just for the greeting (a Clarity Stamp) but the one on the right is my homemade attempt at a voucher providing funds for the birthday girl to spend at the craft show at Harrogate in March. She's following Granny and Mummy and becoming a crafter - way to go, Lucy!
Well I'm just about to follow the Mad Hatter and have a cup of tea that my darling hubby is presntly making for me.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you again soon!
Thank you for looking at my blog today and I hope you enjoy what you see!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Digi Doodle Shop Challenge #44 Swirls

Good morning, peeps! Here I am again but this time with the latest challenge from Digi Doodle Shop's Best and, this week, we'd like to see swirls on your project! Here is my DT card, which I really enjoyed making:

The image is called 'Fairy 1' and you can buy her here in the store. Isn't she gorgeous? I think that the artist must have used me as a model (I wish)!!
She's coloured with Copics and I may even be able to remember some of them but I coloured her whilst I was on holiday last week. The DPs are Papermania 'Rose Garden' and the swirly stem and vines are cut in pearlised card from 2 different Marianne D dies. The roses and stamens are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the sentiment is again from Pink Petticoat - it's from the Girly Curly Sentiments collection.
I think she looks lovely perched there on her rose with the her rainbow wings glittered with Glamour Dust. I hope you like her and that you come and join us with your very own swirly project!

Bye for now

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Another tissue box cover

Good afternoon, peeps!
I was teaching a workshop yesterday at my local craft shop (Samuel Taylor in Brighouse) on how to make a tissue box and the original sample is here further back on my blog. I made this sample because I wanted to show that you don't have to have the flowers to make the box look pretty. The images are, of course, from Lili of the Valley and I really do love their images.
Here's the first close up of one of the little poppets:

The little butterfies are all punched from a multi-colur DP with a Martha Stewart punch and the pearls on their bodies are from The Hobby House:

This one is everyone's favourite, I think:

All of these images are coloured with Copics and Prismas:

Well, that's it for today, peeps. I'll be back tomorrow with this week's Digi Doodle Shop Challenge. Have a great afternoon!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Anything goes at Digi Doodle Shop's Best

Good morning, peeps from the edge of the Northumberland National Park! Yes, I'm here on a week long holiday and enjoying the beautiful scenery and I'd better get on with this post because I'm dependent upon mobile broadband and it has been known to drop the connection!! So, before that happens I'd better get on with telling you about the challenge this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best, which is 'Anything Goes' so it's a really easy one - why not come and join us?
This card is my contribution this week. I've used the image 'Tug of War', which is available here in the store. That pooch is certainly trying to keep that sock!
The image is coloured with Copics and the flourish is a Marianne D die. The DPs are from the wonderful Mr Tim Holtz and buttons are from my stash.
Thank you for looking today and I'll 'see' you all when I get back!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Fussy & Fancy Challenge 28 - Mindy's Sketch

Good morning, peeps!
This is my first post as DT member for the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog so how exciting is that?! Our lovely sponsor this week is Digi Doodle Shop and I have used their fabulous image Basket Full of Love, which you can find here because, now that Christmas is well and truly over, that love season is upon us again!

and here is Mindy's sketch, which was wonderful to work with:

This is another fairly clean and simple design for me with no flowers - how did I manage that? Have I found a new style? I suspect that there will be the return of the flowers some time soon since I have drawers full of them and more on the way!!
The DPs are some oldies but goodies from my stash and the ribbon is from the boys at Fantastic Ribbons. The group of hearts in the bottom right-hand corner is a Magnolia stamp, the sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set (I think!) and the heart charm is from the Hobby House.
The image was coloured with Copics, Promarkers and Prismas and here are the Copic/Promarker colours:
Basket: E31/33/35/37/51
Hearts: R20/22/24/29
Flowers: Promarkers Blossom, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink
Flower centres: Y00/02
Bow and basket lining: B21/23/24
Leaves: YG11/13/25
I really enjoyed my first Fussy and Fancy Challenge project and I hope you'll join in with us.
Until the next time.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Pink and Green - Clean and Simple!

Good morning, peeps!
Yes, that's the title of the challenge this week at Digi Doodle Shop's Best and, as you can see, I most certainly stayed with that theme!

I've used the lovely 'Spring Gathering' image,which you can find in the store here. I really had great fun colouring all the folds in her lovely dress!
The whole card design is very much a change for me in that it doesn't look like a florist's shop window! It's simply finished with ribbon and DP from my stash (I think the DP may be Anna Griffin but really not sure) and pearls from the Hobby House. I distressed all the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress ink. Of course my DH asked me if it was meant to be ripped! The corners are cut with a Cuttlebug die.
Copics used:
Skin: E000/00/21, R11/20
Hair: E50/51/53/33
Dress: R11/20/21/22, C1
Flowers: YG11, Y00/13, BG11/13
Grass/leaves: G20/24, YG67, G82
I hope you ike this one, peeps and that you'll join us for this week's challenge because pink and green are such a wonderful colour combo.
See you again soon with another challenge but, in the meantime, take care of yourselves!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Help for Katie

Many of you will already have read about this but I have only just become aware of this heart rending situation.

Katie Emmerson Renz married to Kevin with 3 beautiful boys, the twins Nate & Will aged 5 and Hunter aged 10, had some news just before Christmas that has rocked their world as they know it.

Katie has been diagnosed with stage 4 Stomach Cancer and is currently undergoing her only option which is Chemotherapy.

The crafting community is a wonderful and generous group and I would appeal to you all to go to Jak's blog to read more of Katie's story and to please consider making a donation to help with Katie's treatment.
A group of talented artists has gathered together to create wonderful digital images and sentiments and in return for a donation of £15 you will receive an amazing package of goodies as well as an entry into a prize draw. I know that at this time of year, we have all overspent and are feeling the pinch but, if you possibly can, please go to Jak's blog and help Katie and her family.

Friday, 7 January 2011

I've been given an award!

Good evening, peeps!
My good friend, the lovely Alison has passed on an award to me - apparently my blog has attitude! So that's what the problem is!! Seriously though, mwah, mwah hun and thanks for the award. This is no ordinary award either because it brings with it a $5 gift certificate to spend in the shop on their fabulous digis. To find out all about it go here.
In order to qualify for the $5.00 Digi’s With Attitude! Gift Certificate you must state 3 things that make you different from everyone else and you must nominate 5 blogs to also receive the award. Lastly, you must display the Blog Award Badge in your sidebar and link it back to the Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge Blog.
OK, first things first, what makes me different from everyone else? I asked my wonderful hubby for help with this and I think he's wearing his rose tinted specs so we'll skip what he said and think again!
1. I believe honesty is definitely the best policy but not to the degree of cruelty
2. I'm something of a perfectionist - not always easy for me or anyone else to live with!
3. I think that laughter is the best medicine and try to put laughter into every day
Now to choose 5 blogs. I get lots of inspiration from so many wonderful blogs and I really appreciate those who leave comments on my blog and it's these two areas that have affected my choice. Not everyone is into Digital Images but I'm passing this award on to:
Mina of Pinkpuds
Dana of Dana's Inspirations
Mindy of Stampin' Mindy
Annika of Another Messy Crafter
Donna of Bearly Mine Crafts
If you haven't seen these ladies' work already, do pay them a visit because they all do wonderful work and you'll find their blogs very inspirational. Also, don't forget to enter the Digis with Attitude Challenge each Friday.
See you soon!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Birds' nest tea?

Good morning,peeps!
Well, you've heard of birds' nest soup I expect, but on my card today the birds are making a nest in a teapot!!

I made it for the new challenge on Digi Doodle Shop's Best, which is to use buttons on your project - a nice easy one so I hope you'll all come and join us!
I think this is a great image that can be used for anything from birthday to anniversary and new home, a truly versatile one that can be used over and over again and you can find it here and while you're in the store, have a look around because the 50% off offer has been extended for another 2 weeks!
I coloured this image with Copics and Prismas and I'll leave the Copic numbers at the bottom of this post. The DP's can hardly be seen on the outside of the card but I have used the lovely Basic Grey Kioshi collection again. You can see them better on the inside of the card:

The ribbon and button are from my stash and the lace is cut from a Magnolia Doo Hickey die. The leaves are from a Marianne D die that I bought just before Christmas and was very glad for the opportunity to use because I just love the shape of these leaves! The flowers are from Prima and the pearl brad and spacer bead that form the centre are from The Hobby House. On the left side of the inside of the card, I used a MS Around the Page punch that I think is called 'Cherish' that I got from Oyster Stamps. The butterflies are also MS punches and the circular sentiment is from LOTV.
The 'purple haze' around the image and on the greeting tag inside was created with VersaMagic 'Spring Pansy' and a make-up sponge.
I'm also entering this card in the Papertake Weekly Challenge, which is Anything Goes with the option of adding lace to your work.
Copics used:
Main part of teapot: E40/41/42/43
Base and front of teapot: YR21/23/24
Flowers: V01/12/15/17
Leaves: YG93/95/97
Roof: R11/21/22
Birds: B12/21/23/24
Flower centres and birds' beaks: Y13/15
Well, that's all from me for today....loads of stuff to get on with and might also have to do some work in between - bummer!