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Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Few Sneaky Peeks of my First 'Proper' Papercraft Inspirations Commission

Good morning my lovely crafty (and non-crafty) friends.

I have some super duper exciting news to share with you today - I have been bursting to shout this out from the rooftops for such a long time :o)

My first 'proper' designer commission for 


will be in the upcoming new issue #138 - due to hit the shops on Tuesday 31st March 

And today I would like to share some sneaky peeks - but I promise I'll be back next week to show the full details :o)





I am sooooooo thrilled to be given this opportunity and I am so looking forward to sharing my makes with you.

Thank you all so much for all your wonderful support and friendship - it really does mean such a lot.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
TTFN

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Easter at Sweet Stampin'

Hello again crafty peeps - as promised I'm back with my second DT make for today - please scroll down to see my first post.

This DT share is for the new challenge over at

SWEET STAMPIN'

and this week Team Abi are sharing inspiration on the theme

EASTER

Here's what I did:




I think the image was a freebie from a craft magazine a long time ago :o)
Colouring Medium: Copics
Design Papers: First Edition 'Spring Drop'
Spellbinders: Triple Tear - one of my NEC goodies
Marianne Createables 'CR1248' and 'CR1250'
Pearl String from The Ribbon Girls
Sentiment and button from stash
Worn Lipstick Distress Ink

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fabulous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies.

Our sponsor this week is the fabulous

offering 1 very lucky winner
2 digi images of their choice

Challenges I would like to enter:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Without Words - Rabbit/Easter
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Spring
Crafty Boots - Spring
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - 'C' for Cute and Cuddly

Thanks for popping by (again).
Catch you all later.

Have a fabulous day.
TTFN

Anything But Square at A Gem of a Challenge

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.
I have two DT makes to share with you today and my first is for the new challenge over at

A GEM OF A CHALLENGE

and this week our very lovely Sue has picked the theme

ANYTHING BUT SQUARE

I thought it was about time I made another circle card as I haven't done one in ages and this is what I came up with:




I created the background by stamping the Easter Egg image with Perfect Medium and then heat embossed with True White Embossing Powder before inking with Distress Inks - the heat embossing acts as a resist :o)

Image: Pink Gem Designs 'Jodie with Easter Egg'
Colouring Medium: Copics
Spellbinders: Lacey Circles - Embossed with Darice Flower embossing folder and inked with Distress Ink
Card Base: Spellbinders 'Grand Decorative Circles'
Sentiment: Pink Petticoat

As always the lovely Janet is offering 1 lucky winner:

2 Individual Digi images
(NO SETS, PERSONALISED WATERMARK'S OR SENTIMENT SETS) 
of the winners choice from PINKGEM DESIGNS.....

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fabulous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Brown Sugar - Easter 
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Something Yummy to Eat or Drink
Crafts 4 Eternity - Easter 
Fun with Shapes - Easter 
Jo's Scrap Shack - Happy Easter
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Easter 
Inky Impressions - Bold and Bright 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the weather stays as nice as it has been the past few days this weekend as we are planning to sort the pots out in the back garden - so a trip to the garden centre after my DH gets back from Yoga - just in time for lunch :o)

Thanks for popping by to see me today - I'll be back in the blink of an eye with my second DT make.

TTFN

Friday, 27 March 2015

Embossing - Wet or Dry at Winter Wonderland

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you've had a good week and are ready for the weekend.
I'm so looking forward it as it's also the start of the Easter Holidays for Jack and my DH has 2 weeks off as well - so lots of quality family time ahead.

Today I have another 2015 Festive Make to share with you as it's the start of a new challenge over at

WINTER WONDERLAND

and the theme this week is

EMBOSSING - WET or DRY

Here's what I did:




Card Ingredients:

Image: Sizzix #658278 Stamps and Die Set - Stamped with Archival Ink, heat embossed then die cut
Sentiment: Stamps Away Written Christmas Greetings - Stamped and heat embossed
Background: Darice Snowflake embissing folder
Stardust Stickles

Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the fabulous inspiration from my DT buddies and to see the wonderful sponsor prize this week.

Thanks for popping by to see me today and for all your encouraging comments left recently - they really mean a lot.

Have a wonderful day.
TTFN

Thursday, 26 March 2015

In the Wild at MAWTT

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.
Super quick post from me today as my squidgilicious Grandson Oliver is here to play - I really must remember to schedule my posts in the evening but by the time I have finished tea and had a little bloggy catch up all I want to do is watch a bit of telly and then go to bed!!!!

Anyway I'm here to share my DT make for the new challenge over at

MOVING ALONG WITH THE TIMES

and this week our lovely Hazel L has picked the theme

IN THE WILD

I thought that would be the perfect excuse to use the gorgeous freebie stamps with last month's Quick Cards Made Easy - aren't they just fabulous?




So I created an inky background using some torn paper and Distress Inks and then stamped the images using Black Aidrondack ink. A mat and layered stamped sentiment and a few black enamel dots to finish it off.

Please pop over to the main challenge blog for full details of the theme and to see the gorgeous inspiration from my DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

TBA

Thanks for calling by today.
Catch you all later this evening.

TTFN

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A Cut Above at Papertake Weekly

Good afternoon my lovely crafty friends.
Hope you are well and those not I wish well soon.

I had a fabulous trip to the NEC on Saturday and it was great to spend some time with my lovely blogging buddy and bestest friend Claire.
It was also lovely to see our Dawny and have a chat and then of course spend some pennies :o)

So today I'm here to share my DT make for the new challenge over at

PAPERTAKE WEEKLY

and this week our lovely Dawny has picked the theme

A CUT ABOVE

So basically we would lke to see die cuts, fussy cutting, punches etc

I had a lovely playtime with some of my scrummy NEC stash and here's what I came up with






Oooh I had sooooo much fun putting this together :o)

I started by painting the bargain priced - just £1.00 - paper mache frame with Gesso and then when dry I added a layer of Crackle Medium from AMD. When this had also dried I repainted with AMD Chalky Paint in Primitive
You can just about see the  very subtle crackle effect in the close up photos.

Other items used:
Tonic Studio Indulgence Affections Heart Vines Base Die 
Tonic Studio Frond Finesse Swirls
Inkylicious Stamp 'I Care'
Heartfelt Creations Delghtful Daisy Stamps and Die Set
Old Paper Distress Ink
Rhinestone Sparklers 'Champagne Aurora' The Hobby House

Dawny is sponsoring the challenge herself this week and 1 lucky person will win



Please pop over to the main challenge blog to check out the gorgeous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies.

Challenges I would like to enter:

All Crafts Challenge - Anything But a Card
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Anything Goes
World Wide Design Team Challenge - Any DT Project
Anything But a Card - Friendship
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Little Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Pile it On - Sentiment as Focal Point

Thanks for popping by to see me today and for all your lovely encouraging comments left recently - I really do appreciate all your continued support.

Enjoy the rest of the day.
TTFN

Monday, 23 March 2015

Lovely NEC Stash

Good evening my lovely crafty friends.
Just thought I'd pop by and share some pics of my gorgeous NEC stash.

I had a fabulous day with Claire and it was so lovely to meet Dawny P on the Crafty Devils stand - think I had my biggest spend there lol!!!

So here's what I spent my Brucie Bonus from my DH on:


Lots of MDF to decorate:

Some more scrummy MDF words from AMD and stocking up on cards:

Some scrummy 8x8 embossing folders:

Lots of gorgeous dies and pleanty of glues and adhesive tapes:

You'll see the first of my makes using some of this gorgeous stash tomorrow when I'm back to share my DT make for Papertake Weekly.

Enjoy the rest of the evening.
TTFN

Friday, 20 March 2015

Hobby House Samples for Create and Craft

Good morning my lovely crafty friends.

As I am typing this post the Solar Eclipse is taking place and the light has become very strange - like twilight in the daytime :o) There also seems to be a stillness in the air and no birds singing - very odd indeed.

Anyway I totally forgot to share some sneak peeks of samples I made for 


 for today and tomorrow's shows on Create and Craft - today at 11am and tomorrow at 4pm 

So here I am with them now :o)

First up is a matching Easter treat box and Easter card using the adorbale new Wee Stamps Toppers 'Sweet Meadow'


Next is another adorable image from another new Wee Stamps Topper sheet 'Polly's Pals'

And finally (for now) another image from the same Topper sheet 'Polly's Pals'

Hope you get the chance to see the shows and treat yourself to some scrummy goodies.

Thanks for popping by.
TTFN