18 June 2019

It's a 'Twinkle Tulips' kind of day

Happy Tuesday crafty peeps.  Again it's a rotten week here weather wise and my conservatory looks like a flipping Chinese laundry as I can't get it out on the line grrrr!

As it's miserable I thought I would make a little something cheerful.  So I coloured up adorable Twinkle Tulips from Polkadoodles in lovely bright and cheery colours.  I struggled to get a decent photo as the light was so ploppy, but here's how it turned out.

Medium:  copics

A little bit of a closer view of the whole card.  It's very simple but I do love it!


A close up of the image.  Isn't she just the cutest thing!  I used my copics to colour her (list below) and I also coloured some white ribbon with the same blue copic as, as per usual, I didn't have the right blue ribbon in my stash.  Isn't that always the way lol!! 

Copic list

Hair/Body:  E000, E11, E13, R20
Hair:  E31, E35, E37, E29
Clothes:  R81, R83, R85/B000, B00, B02/Y11, Y13, Y15/V01, V15, V17
& YG11, YG13 YG17

Right folks gotta dash - my daughter's WW1 history project 'life in the trenches' is due and we've not quite finished the model yet.  We're making a 'trench' and I've been painty and gluey and yep muddy too as we've been mixing up soil with pva and making clay sandbags too - you'd be so proud of me as I don't normally do 'messy' lol.  Wish me luck lol.

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xxx 

Challenges:-


Stamping Sensations  -  show your true colours

Through the craft room door  -  anything goes

Colour Crazy challenge  -  anything goes








14 June 2019

Summer Vacation - Polkadoodles Challenge Wk 24

Hello crafty friends.  Geez what a week the weather has been horrendous.  Where's our summer it's been so chilly here it feels like winter!!

Well as it's Friday that means there's a new challenge up on the Polkadoodles Challenge blog.  This week the DT were challenged to create a Holiday themed project BUT it had to be an invitation and include an RSVP.  However, for all you other crafty peeps the theme is as always 'anything goes' so nice and easy to enter.

So, it took me a while to decide what to make for this one, not because I found it difficult but I just couldn't make my mind up what to make.  I was going to do a pool party, then a BBQ but eventually settled on a beach party and had the idea of little beach hut invites and this is how they turned out.  The paper from Polkadoodles 'Tropical Sorbet' was perfect for these and I used the pre-coloured 'Vacation' Winnie to finish them off.  I'm just a little bit in love with these I think they're so cute lol.


Okay, that's it from me today.  Why not hop over and share your beautiful makes with us I love to see what you've all been making.  There are fab prizes up for grabs and you've got to be in it to win it!!  

I hope you all have a fab weekend, manage to grab some crafty time and I hope the sun shines for you all.

Take care folks.
Ann-Marie
xxx


Challenges

Crafting by Designs  -  summer fun

Crafty Creations  -  anything goes 

Creative Moments  -  anything goes

Crafting from the Heart -  anything goes

Dream Valley  -  summer colours

A bit more time to craft  -  anything goes

Creative Craft Cottage  -  anything goes


















11 June 2019

I beg your pardon, I never promised you .....

…… a 'Winnie's' Rose Garden.  


Sorry, I couldn't help it, this song just popped into my head as soon as I saw the name of this stamp. 

Anyway, how are you all lovely crafty people.  All good here in my neck of the woods.  It's been a dismal day though.  Where has the lovely summery weather gone?

So a little pop in from me as I wanted to quickly share with you a card I've just finished.  A relatively simple one on the whole no fancy flowers or anything it's really just all about the image and pretty pretty papers.  Winnie's Rose Garden, papers and dies can be found over in the Polkadoodles store (direct links under the piccie).

Medium:  copics
Ribbon and twine from stash


My usual close up of the image.  Just adorable isn't she?!

Copics used

Face/Body:  E000, E11, E13
Hair:  E50, E53 E55, E57, E29
Clothes:  V20, V22, V25, V28/V000, V01, V04, V05, V06
Fence:  E41, E43, E44, E47, E49

Right that's all from me today.  I hope you have a fab rest of the week and make sure you grab yourself a little crafty time.

 Take care, 
Ann-Marie
xxx

Challenges:-

Sweet Sketch Wednesday  -  fab sketch

Crafting from the Heart  -  anything goes

Dream Valley Challenges  -  summer colours

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  -  anything goes

A bit more time to craft  -  anything goes

Colour Crazy Challenge  -  anything goes

Cute Card Thursday  -  anything goes

The Sketchy Challenges  -  ribbon, lace or twine















  

1 June 2019

Wedding Fever - Polkadoodles Week 22

Good morning all you lovely crafty people, I hope you have been having a good week.  It's half term here for the kiddies so we're all over the place all routine has gone out the window lol!!

So, as it's Friday I'm popping in to share my DT make for the new Polkadoodles challenge.  The DT this week have been challenged with creating a wedding set to include three different items, so either a Save the Date, Invite and thank you or a place setting, favour box etc. you get the idea and they had to feature a cake image.  However, for all you lovely peeps wanting to play it's an 'anything goes' theme as always and you don't even have to use Polkadoodles goodies to enter.

A great challenge I think and I had such fun creating my little set.  So, what did I make? Well, from left to right - I made a cake box so guests can take home some yummy wedding cake, a place setting (this is my favourite part of the set it's so cute) and then a milk carton Favour box.  

I used the absolutely beautiful papers from Winnie Celebrations 2 Papers 2 collection printed on to Ultimate Graphic paper, inked up the edges and then matted on to kraft card for both of my boxes.  For the little place setting wedding cake card I just used the fabulous 'cake' card template from the Work & Play 9 Love & Kisses download collection and re-sized it to suit.  Isn't it just the cutest little card.  All I did then was to add a few flowers from my stash and a few dots of liquid pearls to fancy it up a bit.  All of these items can be found in the store HERE.  I have popped the links below too.


'Cake' template from Work & Play 9 Love & Kisses collection

It was a nice change to create something that didn't involve colouring and actually it shows just how versatile Nikky tries to make Polkadoodles goodies.  I mean these images and papers are just perfect for creating all of your own wedding stationery.  Pop across to the challenge blog and you will see all of the other amazing wedding sets my teamies have made they're all extremely inspiring.

Okay, time for me to go.  I promised my daughter I'd paint her nails for her and she keeps giving me death stares as if to say 'haven't you finished yet mum, just get a move on will you!' lol.

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xxx

Challenges I'm entering

Simon Says Stamp  -  anything goes

Creative Fingers  -  anything goes

Crafting with an attitude  -  anything goes

Crafting from the heart  - anything goes

Crafty Creations  -  anything goes















17 May 2019

A little bit of tropical - Polkadoodles Wk 20

Happy Friday lovely crafty peeps I hope you've all had a good week.  It's been a busy one here but good so can't complain at that. 

Well as it's Friday it's new challenge day over at Polkadoodles so I'm popping in to share my DT make.  This week the DT were challenged to make a friends themed creation incorporating two images and a pocket, but as always for all you crafty folk it's an 'anything goes' theme so no reason not to enter.

I opted to go for a criss cross card as they're one of my favourite designs to make.  You may need your sunglasses for this one as I chose to use some beautifully vibrant papers from the 'Tropical Sorbet' collection.  I used two images 'Maddie Shy' and 'Piper with Bunches' and layered them together before printing them off and colouring them with my copics.

Image:  Polkadoodles 'Maddie Shy' and 'Piper with bunches'
Medium:  copics
Papers:  Polkadoodles 'Topical Sorbet' collection printed onto


A close up of the images next.  I chose the colour scheme around the papers and love the bold vibrant colours together.

copic list

Skin:  E000, E11, E13
Hair:  E43, E44, E47, E49/E50, E53, E55, E57, E59
Clothes:  RV10, RV13, RV14, RV17, RV19/YR000, YR00, YR02, YR04, E08

Okay so that's all from me today.  Don't forget hop across to the challenge blog and enter we'd love the chance to come visit you and take a peek at your beautiful makes.  There's always great prizes to be had too, even the top 3 get one.  

I hope you all have a fabby weekend. We're off in search of wallpaper and paint for our lounge much to my hubby's dismay lol.

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xxx


Challenges:

Colour Crazy Challenge  -  anything goes

A bit more time to craft  -  anything goes

The Creative Crafters  -  anything goes

Classic Design Team Challenge  -  anything goes

Addicted to Stamps and more  -  anything goes




















9 May 2019

A review !!

Hello lovely crafty peeps.  I have something a little different to share with you today … a product review.  It's quite a long one, so grab a cuppa!!

A little while ago I was approached by the lovely people at Hunkydory to ask if I would kindly review a few of their products.  As you can imagine I was a tad excited to have a go.

So what did I choose to review?  Well here is a little piccie of the items when they arrived.  I chose their 'Colour Me' professional stamping card, Adorable Scorable A4 cardstock - Pinks, one of their fabulous craft stacks 'Tons of Fun' and finally some of their double sided tape.

Hunkdory goodies with links


So, what hit me first when I opened my parcel?

Well to be honest it was the excellent quality of everything.  My eager little hands went straight to the craft stack to flick through and I was not disappointed.  It is beautiful.  The colours are gorgeous, so pretty and I can't fault the foiling.  I was amazed actually at the amount they have managed to get into this 8 x 8 stack.  Lots of toppers and sentiments to choose from in fact you know when you have so many pretty things to play with you can never actually make up your mind what to use first.  Well that was me lol!  You even get matching papers in there too.  I love the fact that everything you need to make a card (apart from your obvious card base and glue etc.) is all in one pad and it is all co-ordinated so all the hard work of trying to match colours and papers is done for you.  Perfect for quick cards too.

The die cutting is fab.  Everything pops out with ease there is no tearing or spoiling of your toppers and the little pips which you inevitably get which can't be helped you can just go around and tidy up with a little pair of scissors.  Also, I don't know about you, but I get quite frustrated when you try and tear papers out of a pad and you end up ripping the top of the sheet.  Well this didn't happen here.  They came out so easily and not so all the other pages fell out either.

I've never used Adorable Scorable and was really impressed.  I chose the 'pink' pack and it had a selection of such pretty shades of pink and no word of a lie each shade in this pack complimented any of the toppers in the stack how cool is that.  What I desperately wanted to do though was to try embossing with it and yep it does that too and beautifully. The card has a great weight to it not this flimsy stuff you can sometimes get and the finish is amazing.

So I've had a little play with my goodies and I just wanted to show you the card I've made.  All I did was add a few gems, a little twine and a rose from my own stash and I had one completed card.


Okay, the next couple of items I chose were, in my opinion, the most important.  They may seem boring but good quality basic materials are a must and I'm always on the look out for a really decent double sided tape and I think I've found it.  If I'm completely honest Hunkydory is not the first place I would have even looked for a tape it just never occurred to me.  Well now I know and I've been using it for a few weeks and its brilliant.  I've used a fair few over the years but I've got to say I'm really impressed with it's staying power.  There is no lifting of your layers at all which some tapes can do after a while.  I also found that it was super easy to lift off the backing sheet there was no fighting for ages with my pokey tool trying to lift the damn back off!!

Lastly, being predominantly a stamper and colourer with my alcohol pens, I was really eager to try out their 'Colour Me' professional stamping card.  Anyone who stamps and colours will know just how important the card you stamp onto is to your end result.  Now I've been stamping and colouring for a number of years and I've pretty much stuck to the same couple of brands for this, so as you can imagine I was pretty intrigued to see how it faired.  

My initial thoughts when I took it out of the pack was it's a really good weight coming in at 250 gsm, it's beautifully smooth and a lovely bright white. I have used it a number of times now and I am pleased to say it faired extremely well I am really impressed.  It is lovely to work with I had no problem whatsoever colouring with my markers.  I was able to lay down a few layers of colour and blend with ease and I encountered no bleeding.  As I've mentioned above it is a lovely bright white so there is no distortion to the colours you lay down either.  I would definitely recommend giving this a try.

Okay folks you've reached the end of my first ever review and I hope you've enjoyed reading a little of what I thought about these products.  You should pop across to the Hunkdory store to have a good old ganders, but grab another cuppa as I can assure you you will be there for a while lol but you most certainly won't be disappointed!!

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xxx 


     

8 May 2019

Love is in the air!!

Hello my lovelies I hope you are all well.  I'm here sharing my Polkadoodles DT make today albeit a tad late.  I'm not quite sure what I was thinking it was meant to be up on Friday but in my head I was sure it was next Friday lol.  In my defence it's been one hell of a week/weekend with work and then a family wedding on Friday so my head was all over the place.  Don't you hate it when you have weeks like that complete and utter madness.  But hey the wedding went really well and she looked stunning. 

So there's a new challenge up on the Polkadoodles Crafting challenge blog.  This week the DT have been given the theme of love and romance to work to, but as always for all you lovely crafty folk it's an 'Anything Goes' theme so come on pop across and join in with us we'd love to see your beautiful makes.

I chose to colour up this little beauty 'cupid' from the Work & Play 9 Love & Kisses download, but you can also get her on her own too.  The fab papers are also from the same collection.

Medium:  copics
Papers:  Work & Play 9 Love & Kisses download collection printed on to Ultimate Graphic paper
Ribbon from stash

A closer look at the image.  I've coloured her up with my copics and I let the fab papers determine my colour choices.  I love the sentiment made up of little scrabble tiles which are also in the download collection.


Copic List

Face/Body:  E000, E11, E13, R20
Hair:  C1, C3, C5, C7, 100
Dress:  RV000, RV52, RV55/C5, C7, 100

Okay, so that's all from me today folks.  Why not pop across to the challenge blog and enter there's always fab prizes up for grabs, even the Top 3 get a prize. 

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xxx

Challenges:-

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge  -  anything goes

Crafting with an Attitude  -  anything goes

Cute Card Thursday  -  anything goes