28 April 2013

I'm your Angel

Hi folks, happy Sunday to you all I hope you've been enjoying your weekend.  Before I show you my card I'd just like to say a big big thank you for all the kind good luck wishes for our school appeal we had on Thursday they really meant a lot.  Well I can let you all know we had a phone call late Friday afternoon to say that our appeal was accepted and Luke will be going to the school he was so desperate to go to.  Well we all did a little happy dance around the kitchen and there were a few tears as well but very happy ones, but I won't really relax until I have the letter in my sticky little mits confirming it all!
Anway moving on I'd like to show you my card using a very sweet little image from Bildmalarna.  This is another one of those stamps I've had for an age and not used.  I've told myself I'm not allowed to buy any more stamps or papers until I've made good use of the stuff I already have.  The trouble is there are so many new goodies to play with that I would like I'm finding it incredibly difficult not to get any.
Image:  Bildmalarna 'I'm your Angel'
Medium:  copics
Papers:  My Mind's Eye 'Penny Lane'
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies:  Spellbinders 'romantic rectangles'
all matted onto cardstock from The Papermill, ribbon from stash
A little close up.  Isn't she adorable and very easy to colour.  All the papers have been distressed with Tim Holtz 'walnut stain' distress ink and when I cut out the image with the spellbinders frame I just left the image in and went over it with the distress ink to leave a little white border. 

Copics used
Dress:  RV000, R81, R83, R85, R39
Tights/Wings/Flower:  BG11, BG13, BG49
Hair:  E41, E43, E47, E49
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Okay I'm off to rustle up some early tea as I like to have the kiddies bathed and in bed nice and early on a Sunday ready for school.  I can settle down to a little crafting hopefully then unless hubby decides he wants to watch a film or something. 
Take care folks and thank you for swinging by your comments always brighten my day.

24 April 2013

Young Love

Hi folks, I hope you are all well and having a good week.  Sorry if I haven't been around that much but we have had a busy week this week.  I mentioned a few weeks back that our son didn't get into his first preference secondary school for this September so we have gone down the appeals route.  We had an appeal hearing on Tuesday which lasted hours but the panel decided the school had a strong enough case for not accepting us (and at least 15 other children) so we have now gone to stage two which means individual hearings in front of the panel and ours is tomorrow.  I must admit I feel a little daunted and completely out of my depth to say the least.  When we had the first hearing we were all in this room together and you could see some of these parents had hired people to help them but at at least £750 upwards for this advice we couldn't afford this so we have been doing our own research but I feel like we're a step behind before we've even had our meeting.  Well come Friday afternoon we will know one way or the other!
Right enough of listening to my woes I'll move onto a topic far more pleasant.  He's some piccies of my latest card which has taken me days to finish.  I've used a real sweetie by Sugar Nellie called 'Young Love' and coloured them with promarkers. 
Image:  Sugar Nellie 'Young Love'
Medium:  Promarkers
Papers:  K & Company 'Classic K Bailey' (very old)
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies:  Magnolia Doohickey
punched corners using an old Fiskars 4 corners in 1 punch

Okay last piccie is my usual close up of the adorable image.

Promarkers Used:
Skirt/trousers:  vanilla, oatmeal, ginger, burnt orange, burnt umber
Blouse:  ivory
Jumper:  tea green, soft green, grey green
Hair/shoes:  sandstone, umber
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Okay time for me to go its late and I would like to not have dark circles under my eyes or yawn at our appeal tomorrow so I shall bid you goodnight.  Don't think I'll be able to sleep well as my tummy is doing somersaults now just thinking about it.  I don't think we stand much chance I'm afraid as I've heard they only really get overturned on medical or legal grounds and we don't have either but I'll never forgive myself if we don't try.
Take care folks and I will do my best to catch up with you soon.
Take care,

19 April 2013

Love Grows

Good morning folks, how you all doing?  We're in a bright mood this morning as we have a little sunshine here at the moment but it is clouding over a bit, but hey its dry so I'm not complaining.
I've got a poorly chap at home today - it didn't take long for him to pick something up he only went back to school on Monday!!!  So I've popped on quickly to show you my card I finished last night.  I've used a Lili of the Valley stamp and don't they look cute.  They've been coloured mainly with promarkers apart from the greys which were copics.
Image:  Lili of the Valley 'love grows'
Medium:  Promarkers and copics
Papers: My mind's eye 'wild asparagus'
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies:  Magnolia Doohickery border, Cheery Lynn 'fanciful flourish', Marianne Creatables
Sentiments:  Whimsy
A bit of a side view of the card.  My card base is a Craftwork Cards 'pure kraft' 6 x 6 and the inside has been decorated to compliment the front.
Lastly a close up.  I used the ultra fine nibs with the promarkers to colour the images it made it alot easier.

Colours used
Dress/shoes/pot/shirt/chaps hat:  Pros burgandy, coral, sunkissed pink (love this combo makes a lovely reddy pink almost dark salmon colour)
Girls hat/wellies/shorts:  Pros olive green, marsh green, khaki, pastel beige
Watering can/apron/gloves:  copics W00, W1, W3, W5, W7
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Okay, its still all sunshiney out there so I'm off to hang out my washing, so you watch it rain now!!!!
Happy Friday folks and I hope you have a good weekend.
Take care,

16 April 2013

Sweet Blossom

Mornings folks how are you all doing, okay I hope.  The kiddies went back to school yesterday so they are feeling a little blue and the mornings have been incredibly hard not so much the early starts just the getting back into the routine and its really quiet without them.
Anyway, let me show you my card.  I used a Wee stamp this time coloured with a mixture of promarkers and copics and a few pearls.  I hope you like it.

Image:  Wee Stamp 'sweet blossom'
Medium:  promarkers and copics
Papers:  Memory Box 'minuet'
Sentiment:  Craftwork Cards diecut
pearls and ribbon from stash

The close up of the sweet image next.  This has to be one of my favourite Wee stamps she looks so pretty.

 promarkers and copics used

Top/hairband:  promarkers duck egg and petrol blue
Tights/hair:  E41, E43, E47, E49, YG11, YG13, YG67
Bear:  E31, E35, E37, E29
Leaves:  promarkers tea green and grey green

Challenges I would like to enter:

Sketch Saturday  -  great sketch

A Little Bit Crafty  -  anything goes

Okay thats it from me today I'm off to do a little housework duty.

Take care folks and catch up with you later.



13 April 2013

A Sarah Kay for a change!

Hello everyone wishing you all a very happy Saturday.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far.  Well its warmed up here a bit but hence we now have rain, yuk!
Anyway a quickish post from me today as it is just me and my daughter here at the moment and we've decided to have a go at her perfume making kit so she's waiting patiently bless her whilst I finish up here.
My card today is using an older Sarah Kay stamp which is adorable and lovely to colour.  Here's a couple of piccies:-

Image:  Sarah Kay 'Isabelle with puppy Coco'
Medium:  copics
Papers:  My Minds Eye 'Magnolia' collection (quite old now)
All matted onto card from The Papermill Direct
Lace and charms from stash
A quick side view up next.  The inside has been decorated to compliment the front. 

Last up the usual close up of the gorgeous image and a list of the copics used.

Copics used
Reds:  R81, R85, R46, R59
Blues:  B0000, B00, B02, B04
Greens:  YG11, YG13, YG67, G99
Browns:  top/puppy E41, E43, E47/hair E41, E43, E47, E49/ground E31, E33, E37
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Right time to dash got to go make a mess and and some funny smells with my daughter  and her kit!!!!
Catch up with you later folks, take care

11 April 2013

April Showers

Good morning everyone, happy Thursday to you.  I hope your week has been going well, ours is okay here but we're stuck indoors as its keeps raining so we can't do any of the outside stuff we were going to so we may just do some baking instead. 
I thought I'd show you my latest card today which is a criss cross card.  Love making these they're so simple and look lovely.  I decided to hunt out one of my favourite Tilda's and coloured her up with copics.  Here's a piccie of the card all together.
Image:  Magnolia Tilda 'Tilda celebrates summer'
Medium:  copics
Papers:  GCD studios 'Ella Blue'
Flowers:  a mixture from stash and Wild Orchid Crafts
Dies:  Magnolia Doohickey heart, Marianne Creatables border &
Spellbinders 'Fleur de Lis rectangles'
Lace and ribbon from stash
A bit of a close up piccie next of the super sweet image.  I added tiny pink gems to her headress and flower wreath and tear drop gems as raindrops.

Copics used
Dress/shoes:  B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 & W00, W1, W3, W5
Flowers:  R81, RV17 & G20, G24, G28
Hair:  E70, E71, E77
Last piccie shows the inside of the card where you can write your message.  Its quite a large card as I went for an 8 x 8 this time so you can see more of the gorgeous papers.  I so love these and will be so upset when they're all gone.  Everything has been distressed with Tim Holtz walnut stain and the flowers have been Stickled.
Challenges I would like to enter:
Okay time for me to dash catch up with you later peeps.
Take care,

7 April 2013

Rope Swing

Happy Sunday to you folks, I hope you have been enjoying your weekend ours has been fairly quiet but lovely.
Right onto my card.  I decided to make an easel card for a change its been a long time since I made one and I dug out an old Sugar Nellie image called 'Rope Swing' by Elisabeth Bell.  Sometimes I forget I have such beautiful older stamps with all the new ones coming out.  I decided to have another go at colouring on kraft with my Prismas again.
Image:  Sugar Nellie 'Rope Swing'
Medium:  Prismacolor pencils blended with sansador
Papers:  Prima 'Sun Kiss'
Dies:  Tim Holtz on the Edge, Magnolia Doohickey 'vintage daisies',
'vintage tag' & 'dragonflies', Cheery Lynn 'fanciful flourish'
Roses:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Everything was distressed with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink.  I'd forgotten how hard easel cards are to photograph.  My camera seems to have made the colours a bit paler as well they're deeper IRL.

A close up of the cutiepie image.  I so love my vintage daisy die at the moment it makes fab flowers.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Right best dash loads of washing to catch up on which ultimately means more ironing, yuk!!!
Take care and happy crafting everyone.

4 April 2013

Saturated Canary 'Orchard'

Hi everyone from a rather dreary Bournemouth.  Its still so cold here but it doesn't seem to bother the kiddies they've just come in off the trampolene saying its snowing.  They say its going to be a little warmer at the weekend well I think its about time it was a lot warmer!!
Anyway, onto my card.  I've used a Saturated Canary digi called Orchard and I've used  a mixture of copics and promarkers to colour her.  When I saw the sketch over on Sweet Sketch Wednesday I immediately knew what I wanted to do which is so unlike me as I do so dither!!!  Anyway, when I saw it I thought yes I'll use acetate as I wanted the butterflies to look like they were actually flying in the air but wanted to see the paper behind so as to follow the sketch and this is how it turned out.   
Image:  Saturated Canary 'orchard'
Medium:  Copics/Promarkers
Papers:  K & Company 'McKenna' all matted onto kraft
Sentiment:  Whimsy
In the next piccie you can see the flowers and I love how they've turned out.  I used a couple of old punches for these and just layered them up after moulding them a little with a ball tool.  They are actually punched from vellum as are the butterflies.

When the card is open you can see on the left that I added another spellbinders rectangle and a sentiment just to hide the glue from the front panel.

 Next is a bit of a close up of the adorable image and she was lovely to colour and I just dirtied up the edges with Tim Holtz 'walnut stain' distress ink.

Pens used
Reds:  R81, R85, R59
Greens:  YG91, YG95, Pros Lime Zest & Pear Green
Browns:  E41, E43, E47, E49
Challenges I would like to enter:
Sorry that was rather picture heavy and waffly so if you stayed to the end thank you and thank you for visiting I do so appreciate all your comments.
Catch you later folks.
Take care,

2 April 2013

Tilda with Straw Hat

Hello everyone how are you all doing.  I nearly fainted this morning when I opened the curtains to blue sky and sunshine its still very cold but sunshine nonetheless so I'm not complaining.  In fact I apologise my photos seem a little on the dark side but I couldn't take them in the conservatory like I normally do as it was too bright!!!!
Anyway, I've gone back to my Magnolias for this one and did a bit of masking and picked out the yellows in my DPs for the colour combo.
Image:  Magnolia 'Tilda with Straw Hat' & 'stone path'
Medium:  copics/promarkers
Papers:  First Edition 'Blank Canvas'
Dies:  Memory Box 'puffy clouds', Spellbinders 'labels 22'
Flower:  Cherry blossom from WOC
Another piccie to show you the side view.  The semi circle of hearts behind the top layer of papers is not a punch it is in fact a cupcake wrap.  I bought a pack of 20 from Hobbycraft a while back as I liked the filigree hearts.
Lastly a close up of the images.  I'm fairly happy with how they've turned out and with hindsight I should have added some clouds in but this is something I need to practice so is on my 'have a go' list.
Copics used
Dress:  Y21, YR23 + vanilla promarker
Hat/socks:  BG11, BG13, BG15
Flowers/ribbon:  R000, R14, R32
Hair/shoes:  E50, E53, E57
Pebbles:  W1, W3, W5, W7, E47, E49
Challenges I would like to enter:-
Okay time for me to dash we've just come back from seeing The Croods at the cinema and it was great the funniest film I've seen in a while but now they want food so I'm off to do tea.  I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter.
Enjoy the short week folks, take care