Monday, 28 February 2011

I made the Scrapoholic Design Team!

Yay, I made the Scrapoholic Design Team as part of the Sketchy Saturday slot!

My first post will be this Saturday and I’m super exited to be part of such a talented group. I thought I would give all my followers a sneak peek of my first project made using the wonderful sketch. If you want to see more you’ll have to visit me again on Saturday.

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Pink Christmas Wishes

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Here is another card for the competition over at going buggy. I’m also entering this into the LOTV challenge which is to use circles.

Ink: Memento London Fog

Stamps: LOTV- James the bear and Christmas Circular Sentiments 

Colouring: ProMarkers- Ivory, Blossom, Pink Carnation, Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 2 and Cool Grey 3 

Tools: Cricut- George (to make circular card) and Martha Stewart snowflake boarder punch

Embellishments: Ribbon and Flock

Blue Christmas Wishes

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Here is another card for the competition over at going buggy. I’m also entering this into the LOTV challenge which is to use circles.

Ink: Memento London Fog

Stamps: LOTV- James the bear and Christmas Circular Sentiments 

Colouring: ProMarkers- Ivory, Denim Blue, Powder Blue, Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 2 and Cool Grey 3 

Tools: Cricut- George (to make circular card) and Martha Stewart star boarder punch

Embellishments: Ribbon and Flock

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Rosie Posy Card

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Here is another card for the competition over at going buggy.

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress Dusty Concord and Tim Holtz Distress Milled Lavender

Stamps: LOTV- Rosie Posy

Colouring: ProMarkers- Dusky Pink, Lilac, Lavender, Orchid, Amethyst, Leaf Green, Blush, Cocoa and Tan

Tools: Cricut- Paper Lace Cartridge (Butterfly background)

Candy at Lovin’ Ink

The prize consists of-

  • The picture items above
  • 2 Free places of the Lovin’ Ink Craft Retreat on 26th-28th March 2011 at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire worth £330

What a fabulous prize, all you have to do is follow the instructions by clicking here.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

LOTV- Me and my pony card

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As I’m sure my readers already know I adore ProMarkers and therefore would love to win the competition over at going buggy. That why I’m here again with another card for the competition.

Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo

Stamps: LOTV- Me and My Pony

Colouring: ProMarkers- Berry, Henna, Sandstone, Blush, Buttercup, Ivory, Pear Green, Leaf Green, Pink Carnation, Rose Pink, Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 2 and Cool Grey 5

Tools: Martha Stewart Boarder Punch

Friday, 25 February 2011

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Jiminy Cricket

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Here is a card made using the Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge. The majority of Jiminy Cricket was cut using Ice White paper and then inked with distress inks. It was then pieced together and stuck on using foam pads to a decorative background paper which was then in turn stuck to a twisted easel card base.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Rosie with Presents stair step card

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Here is another card I have made to enter into the ProMarker competition over at Going Buggy.

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress- Dusty Concord

Stamps: LOTV- Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments and Rosie with Presents

Colouring: ProMarkers- Orchid, Lavender, Lilac, Blush, Cocoa, Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 2 and black fine liner

Papers: White paper embossed with Divine Swirls embossing folder and Gingham backing paper

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Forever Friends- The first signs of Easter

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Here is another card I have made to enter into the ProMarker competition over at Going Buggy.  The greeting on the card says “Bunnies, chicks & daffodils… the first signs of Easter!”

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa

Stamps: Forever Friends Easter stamps

Colouring: ProMarkers- Vanilla, Ivory, Satin, Tulip Yellow, Rose Pink, Pink Carnation, Cool Grey 2 and Oatmeal

Embellishments: Ribbon and gems

Tools: Martha Stewart Boarder Punch

Monday, 21 February 2011

I met Tim Holtz

Yesterday I was at the craft trade show at NEC Birmingham. Whilst there I had a lot of fun looking around stands but the best part of the show was watching Tim Holtz demonstrate his amazing products. As I already knew Tim Holtz was going to be there I took along my compendium of curiosities book to get it signed.

So here it is my signed book:

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I also got a picture of the master himself creating some fantastic projects:DSCF0187Since seeing him, I have added a few new crafting items to my shopping list. Namely the amazing Perfect Pearls mists which are so different from the other sprays on the market. These sprays have no dye in them just coloured sparkle. I am now debating if I should just try a few or throw caution to the wind and buy the whole set. lol

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Snowy Christmas Wishes

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Here is a card I have made to enter into the ProMarker competition over at Going Buggy.

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress- Dusty Concord

Stamps: LOTV- Christmas Sentiments and James in Bear

Colouring: ProMarkers- Orchid, Lavender, Cool Grey 1 and Cool Grey 2

Papers: White paper embossed with cuttlebug snowflake folder

Embellishments: Glitter and Ribbon

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Happy Birthday Jane!

Here is a card I made for my friend Jane, who’s birthday it is today!

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The image I have used is a LOTV Coffee Break and has been coloured with ProMarkers. The card base was made following a tutorial on the LOTV ideas to inspire blog.

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 18 February 2011

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Tenby LO

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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Monday, 14 February 2011

Stamping 411 sketch challenge #190

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Here is a card I have made following the sketch at stamping 411.

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress Spun Sugar

Stamps: LOTV- Garden of wishes

Colouring: ProMarkers

Papers: Dovecraft Eastern Bloom 6x6

Embellishments: Ribbon, Button and glitter

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Friday Sketchers #141

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Here is a card I have made following the sketch at Friday Sketcher.

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tim Holtz Distress- Shabby Shutters and Spun Sugar

Stamps: LOTV- Christmas Sentiments and James Bear Wrapped in Tinsel

Colouring: ProMarkers

Papers: Dovecraft Fancy Christmas 6x6

Tools: Martha Stewart Boarder Punch

Saturday, 12 February 2011

LOTV Challenge #84

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Here is a card I made following the LOTV sketch which can be found by clicking here. The sketch is gorgeous and so is the the bunny rabbit stamp titled “The Night Before Christmas”. The image was stamped in rich coca Memento ink pad and coloured with ProMarkers. The background papers are from a dove craft pack titled “Fancy Christmas” and I used spun sugar distress inkpad around the edges.

This card is also entered into the following challenges:

Friday, 11 February 2011

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Felt Owl

Here is an owl I made using felt, ric rac ribbon and a couple of buttons. I hand drew the template to make this and then marked it on the felt and cut out. I then stitched the pieces together using blanket stitch.DSC_0068

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Love Struck Easel Card

Thought It was time I posted my Guest Design post that I gave you a teaser of on the 15th January. I produced this for the Cricutolics Forum.Cricutolics ForumSo here is the project I submitted:

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Perfect for those special loved ones on Valentine ’s Day. If you would like the cut file to create this project just email me and I will happily send it to you.


To complete this project you will need:
• Cricut Expression
• Cricut Cartridge Love Struck
• Cricut Cartridge George and Basic Shapes (Only needed for scorelines)
• A4 paper and card in at least 2 different colours
• Gems
• Foam Pads
• Sentiment Stamp
• Thin Ribbon


1. With Design Studio cut a card blank with the cut file and before unloading your mat turn the pressure and blade to 1 and then go to the mat called scorelines and click cut. You can now unload the mat and remove the cut.
2. Reload the mat with paper, I have used Ice white and go to the mat called Focal Image- Ice white and click cut. Again unload your mat and remove the cut.
3. Next reload your mat with card and use the Matt- Card part of the design studio file. You can then unload mat and remove the cut.
4. Now all that is left to do is assemble your card.
5. First take the card blank and fold on the score lines then cover the bottom half of the heart below the score line with adhesive then stick on the cut out of the heart that you have done in card.
6. Then put adhesive on the back of the focal image and stick this on top.
7. Next add the other heart don e in card to the inside base.
8. Take the white small heart and stamp on the front with a sentiment and then attach a foam pad to the bottom and stick on the base of the card so that it will keep the easel part of the card upright.
9. Now all that is left to do is add the finishing touches, I have added gems and a bit of ribbon.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

2nd Forever Friends Easter Card

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Here is another Forever Friends Easter card made using the new stamp sets. The sentiment is also from the set and reads “bunnies, chicks and daffodils… the first signs of Easter!”

The paper is dove craft cupcake collection, boarder made using a Martha Stewart punch and the buttons were made with a Woodware punch.

Monday, 7 February 2011

How I take my photos

I have been asked by few readers how I take my photos of my cards.

My other hobby in my spare time is photography therefore my photos are taken with a Nikon D80 and a macro lens. The rest of my set up is very cheap and inexpensive. The materials I use are a tray with sides from pound land, 4 pieces of mount board and a day light lamp. Please see the picture below:

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Once I have taken my photos, I then edit them. Here is what an image looks like before editing:

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I then take my image and edit using windows live photo gallery. The tools I use are crop, straighten image, adjust exposure and adjust colour until I am happy.

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It is now ready to be blogged about and all I now do is add a watermark via Windows Live Writer (program I write my blog posts in). Hope this has helped.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

The final LOTV Calendar of 2011

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This is the last calendar I have to share for 2011. This year I used the whole pack of 10 calendars. lol what an achievement.

The image is of dandelion clock by LOTV, is coloured with ProMarkers and has a few touches of glitter and flock. The background is from a dove craft 6x6 paper pack.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

I am the Forever Friends Favourite

Just checked the Forever Friends challenge blog and I am pleased to see that my card is their favourite for the current challenge.

Here is the card I made for the challenge which was spots and dots:

You can view my original post by clicking here. I would also like to take the time to both thank the Forever Friends design team and all the lovely people who posted comments on my card.

Flower (from Bambi) Card

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Here is the second card I have made using the Disney classics cricut cartridge.The image is of flower (from Bambi) and is paper pieced.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Bambi Card

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The card above is made using the new Disney Classics cartridge. The image is of the adorable Bambi and is paper pieced. The brown parts of Bambi were cut use ice white paper and then inked with ink dusters and distress inks. I am really pleased with the result and look forward to creating a few more Disney cards.