Sunday, 28 February 2010

What would have been..................

...............my next DT project for Digital Ink Co which has sadly had to close!  I had this project ready made for the next challenge so am going to post it anyway.  The theme was to be Anything Goes so I made a door hanger for a baby's bedroom. 
The image I have used is from Stampen with CJ and I just thought it looked so cute and peaceful that it would be perfect for a door hanger on a baby's room.  I didn't have any ready made door hangers so I made my own from two pieces of heavy cardstock which I covered in shocking pink card.  I added a frill around the image which is coloured using a mixture of pencils, promarkers, sakura gelly glaze pens and Marvy markers and then pearlescent chalk on the background.
I then adhered it all to the hanger with silicone glue.  I added a couple of butterflies at the top to compliment the one in the image and some self adhesive pearl gems in decreasing sizes around the cut out.  I am quite pleased with it considering I had to make it from scratch.

I shall enter this into the challenges at:
I Love Digi which this week is Think Pink.
Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges - Create a little something
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - ribbons and sparkle (the pearlescent chalks give a sparkle all of their own I think!)
Crafty Catz - A fancy edge and ribbon (my ribbon does both at once here I think)
Cute Card Thursday - Ribbon-tastic
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Pearls
One Stop Craft Challenge - Optimistically Pink

Saturday, 27 February 2010

YNS are having a blog hop on 3rd March - you gotta be in it to win it!!

Want to be in with a chance of winning some YNS stamps??????  Then you should take part in the:


Yep you guessed it! It's time for another amazing YNS Starlet Blog Hop! YIPPEE!!!

To join in the fun and be entered in our Grab Our Cute Badge Contest all you need to do is...

1. grab the cute badge from Karen's side bar

2. put the cute badge on your blog

3. Go back to Karen's blog and let her know you've done steps 1 and 2

Then your name will be entered in a random draw for some YNS stamps!!! YAY!!! I'll announce the winner of this contest at the end of the hop on March 18 along with the hop winners.

Ok now off you go, they need your help to spread the word about their super fun blog hop coming up on March 3rd!
Thanks everyone!

Friday, 26 February 2010

Introducing a whole New Generation of Crafters!!!!

Hello everyone,
I just had to let you all know about a challenge blog with a difference. 

This little challenge blog has been started by Morgan.   Morgan is a 9 yr old boy and loves to craft with his mom, his 6 yr old sister Alexis and his 5 yr old brother Jesse.
His mom helped him set up this blog so they can show everything they make.
*Note from mom*
We would like to get as many little crafters together as possible so we can do 'kids craft' challenges ...no matter how young we would love to see them join in
Do you have a little person? Create them a little blog so they can follow and join in the challenges :D
If we can have this much fun crafting...hey...why can't they :D
Our challenges will be posted on the first Wednesday of every month and close on the first Tuesday of the following month  
Now Morgan is getting a little disheartened because he didn't get many entrants into his last challenge and he works so hard to keep things going (obviously Mom helps a little bit here).  So please if you have a little person in your house who can't keep their hands off your stash - encourage them and get them to submit their projects to Morgan's challenge blog - you never know they might even win!!  How proud would you be then eh??
So let's make it easier for the next generation to get into what we all now is a great fun and very rewarding hobby!!  Become a follower of Morgan's blog and get your talented little ones to join in his challenges!!

Preview time for the New Releases at Digital Delights.

Good morning my blogging buddies,
I have scheduled this post to appear on Friday morning - so fingers crossed it works!! Anyhooo - Wendy has another new release at Clear Dollar Stamps on 1st March and this is a sneak peek at two of the three fabulous sets being released this time.
The first set is Daisy - shown here:
is on sale at Clear Dollar Stamps for $7.99
This was just such a cute set with so many uses I knew I had to have it.  Here is the card I made for this release:
I used five of the 8 stamps in the set and tried to make it look as though Daisy was sitting on her stool with her toys on the floor (mind you I think I've made it look as though the stool is actually squashing the bunny!! LOL).  I coloured the image using my promarkers and Marvy Markers with a little bit of watercolour pencil here and there.  The DP is from a K&Co paper pad called Classic K and I have backed this onto brown cardstock which I have also used as my base.  The gems are from my stash and the roses are a recent purchase from Hobbycraft.
I shall enter this card into the challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenges which is Friendship.
The second of the three sets that Wendy is releasing is called Dylan and I have shown that set below and this is again priced at $7.99   
I used four of the 7 stamps from this set and sat Dylan on the wall next to his "best buddy" Mr Frog - cute isn't it? 
I decided to go with just the one DP for the backing which is from Cosmo Cricket's Mini Deck called The Boyfriend, and layered this onto green cardstock which again I used as my background.  Dylan is coloured using ordinary pencils and the frog is coloured using Marvy Markers.  The little dragonflies and butteflies are from Hobbycraft and were a freebie in a goody bag for the opening of the new Hobbycraft store in Stafford (bad bad move for my bank balance me thinks!!!!)
Again I will enter this into the challenge at Cupcake Craft Challenges which is Friendship and also at ABC where O is for one paper.
Keep an eye out for other posts tomorrow by the other members of Wendy's DT which will preview the third and final set of Wendy's March releases featuring one of Wendy's favourite little characters - they are soooo cute - you won't want to miss them!!

Inktegrity's Spring Blog Hop

Hello again crafting friends and Welcome to Inktegrity's Spring Hop!

Oooh I love it when talk turns to Spring.  Hopefully it means that Summer won't be far behind!!
Well it is that time of the year again when Joni is saying farewell to one design team and welcoming in another.  I was proud to be a Guest Designer on the Winter Design Team and was chuffed to bits when Joni asked me if I would like to be a part of the Inktegrity Spring Hop - you bet I would.

So you have probably just visited Melissa's blog. If not, the entire blog hop is listed in order below. This is a celebration of the awesome Design Team and all of you who create with Inktegrity!  All of these images that you see on our blogs were created by request of each member. Along the hop, there is a letter for you to collect - no need to unscramble as it is spelled out for you. Simply email the phrase to jonjinko@hotmail.com with the phrase in the subject line and she will email the freebie image to you.  In addition, be sure to leave a comment on the Inktegrity blog (the last on this hop) so that you are eligible to win your choice of 5 of these images!!!

Now on to my card and image:
The image Joni gave us to work with is called Farmer Girl and this is the image you will be getting if you get the phrase and email it to her.  This is the card I made:
I used some yellow backing card for the base and the DP I used were from a pack called Cupcakes by Crafts House.  I thought they were bright and springlike to go with the image.  I coloured the image with my promarkers and used watercolour pencils for her hair.  The white card was chalked using pearlescent chalks and this was backed onto a piece of the same yellow card which I inked around the edge using a Chalk Ink Pad in Olive Pastel. 
I printed out the Spring sentiment (also part of the image) and chalked the background in pale green and pale yellow chalks and added a yellow rose in the middle to lift it a bit and I stuck three pearl gems at the bottom of the image.  I added two strips of ribbon down the side in complimentary colours and I am really pleased with the result. The bird is coloured using watercolour pencils. (Yes I know it is supposed to be a chick but I couldn't use any more yellow so I made him into a little bird instead!!)   I used the sketch over at Sketch and Stash but changed the shape from square to oval because it fitted the image better - hope that's ok girls!
This image (and all the others I have worked with) are the reason I enjoyed my time with Joni at Inktegrity.  She produces such fun little characters that you just can't help falling in love with.  Thanks Joni for asking me and keep up the good work.
For this hop, my letter is E. Now you can continue on to Tenia's blog to see another special image. Thank you so much for coming by!
GD Tammy
Laura Jean
GD Dawn
GD Mary
Inktegrity Blog

Monday, 22 February 2010

Digital Ink Co - Challenge No 17

Hello everyone
Oh my word, I have to say thank you once again for all your fabulous entries into the Digital Ink Co challenge last time.  All I can say is I'm glad we use the Random Number Generator to chose a winner because I wouldn't want the job of choosing a winner from all your fabulous entries!  So were you the lucky winner? - hop on over to Digital Ink Co Challenge site and have a look see.
Remember our sponsor for this month is the fabulous Paper Wishes and for this challenge they are giving a mystery prize
So on to this week's challenge.  This challenge is to do with "Peace".  Now you can take this in whatever way you want to.  It can be World Peace, that special something that brings you peace or you could take it from a completely different angle and go with "piece of cake"!  The choice is completely yours my friends.  So please don't be daunted by the challenge title, just give it a little thought and give it your best shot. Sometimes the challenges we don't want to enter are the ones we win!!

Now my project doesn't meet this week's challenge, and there is a very good reason for this.  My project features a digital image from one of the creators who are sponsoring our three prize winners images. 
This image called "Happy Dayz" is from Lexi's Creations and is priced at $1.50.  You can see this and all of her other wonderful digital images at the Digital Ink Co Store, so hurry on over and grab your little "piece" of Lexi.
So I've told you what the name of the image is and here is a piccy to go with it:
I decided to make not one card but 10, yes ten!!!  This image is just such a sweet simple image I really didn't think it needed to be "overdone".  I wanted to use it as a stand alone image and decided to make a pack of Thank You cards complete with their own presentation box.
So first off I printed out 10 cards with Lexi's image and the words Thank You underneath.  Then I coloured in the images all the same.  I coloured the image with ordinary pencils and added some gold stickles to the middle of the flower where the seeds would be.
I cut 10 lengths of dark yellow ribbon and added a "tie" at the side.  I was going to add a single gem to each card too but couldn't decide where to put it!  So eventually I decided - if I don't know where it should go - then it shouldn't go!!
Then I made a box for the cards to go in.  Using my multiscore board, I cut a base from plain white card and a box lid from sage green card to compliment the cards.  I cut an aperture in the lid and added a piece of acetate so that you could see the cards inside the box.  I added a sage green ribbon across an angle at one corner of the box and then added a flower to the top right of the box for balance.  I also added a piece of bubble wrap to the inside of the box so that the cards wouldn't slide about.
So there you have it - a fabulous little gift or selling item with a fabulously simple image.  So hurry on over to the Digital Ink Co challenge blog site and add your project to Mr Linky to be in with a chance to win one of the fabulous creator images on offer this week along with our sponsor prizes.
Remember if your entry features a Digital Ink Co image - you get two entries instead of one - how cool is that?
Remember also, if you haven't already signed up for the Digital Ink Co Newsletter - you really are missing out!!  Just for subscribing you get a free digital image every week - and what's more these images are not available in the store, they are purely for our Newsletter subscribers.  It also gives you news about Digital Ink Co and it's Creators and Designers.  Not only that it is the first place that our new releases are shown in our TGIW (Thank God it's Wednesday) features so you will be ahead of everyone else when it comes to knowing what is on the release shelf.  Of course you now have the added incentive of being spotted by our little owl friend here:
Your blog will then feature in our Newsletter and on the store blog and you get to put this cute little fella on your sidebar telling everyone you've been spotted by Digital Ink Co!
I would love you to become a follower of my blog - then you will get a heads up
on any sales:
special offers;
or new ideas:
that are happening at the Digital Ink Co store and if you want to become a follower of the Digital Ink Co Challenge blog then that will also give you advance information on all of the above too.
So, having had a quick peak at my project for this week, hop on over to Digital Ink Co Challenge blog and have a look at what the rest of the DT have put together to give you some inspiration.  Clicking on their names will take you to their blog for more detailed information on their projects, and you could also become a follower of their blog too!! Then there'll be no excuse for you to miss out on any of the fantastic offers and sales that we have at Digital Ink Co.
Well my friends, I hope you have enjoyed a look at my project this week and I hope it has given you some inspiration to join in with ths week's Digital Ink Co Challenge. 

Ooh La La Creations - Last GDT card......but some fabby news!

Hello everyone,
Well this is my final card as a Guest Designer for Ooh La La Creations.  I have really enjoyed my time as a Guest Designer and so was very sad that this was to be my last card for them. 
W R O N G!!!!!!!
Imagine my delight when Wendi, Emma and Anne asked me if I would like to join the team as a full time Design Member!! Woooooohoooooo!!  Would I?????  You bet I would!  So thank you Wendi, Emma and Anne for asking me to join your fabulous DT - I look forward to working with you all on a permanent basis.
So jubilations aside, this fortnight's challenge was to include Acetate somewhere on your project.  Well, this was well out of my comfort zone I can tell you!  I'm not a big acetate fan at the best of times and when I couldn't get it to go through the printer I thought I was going to cry! So I went away, had a glass of wine and came back to it another day and used the acetate in a different way.
So here is the card I made for this challenge:
I made a tri-fold card from a piece of light sage green card and cut an aperture out of the middle panel.  I put a piece of acetate over the aperture and then placed a piece of backing paper on the opposite card inner.  I then printed off my image which for this challenge is taken from the Shoes in Bloom CD and is called Daffodil.  You can find this and all the other fabulous CD's at the Ooh La La Store.  I cut out the shoe (quite fiddly but well worth it) and stuck this to the acetate on the inside of the card. 
Then I cut two slits in the folds to incorporate my ribbon across the middle of the card, then stuck down the outer third of the card.  Then I cut the same image of the shoe and adhered it to the front (on top of the inner image) of the acetate with silicone glue so that it looked like decoupage.
I tied a piece of yellow ribbon across the middle into a bow (ribbon was from Crafty Ribbons) and added four green gems to each corner of the aperture.  I then added some mulberry daffodils to the left of the ribbon and added a small lemon bow as though they were tied in a bunch.  Finally, I added a gold peel off across the top.
Remember, if you don't have any of Ooh La La's CD's and you're not sure what they are like, there are some freebies on the store site for you to download and play with as an introduction.  You might just find something you like whilst you're there.
Other challenges this card will fit are:
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Think Spring
Die Cut Dreams - Easter (Daffodils are the Easter Flower!!)
Inky Impressions - Think Spring
Raise the Bar - No stamped images

Creative Inspirations DT card - challenge 27!

So my friends, have you been having a good year so far - isn't it going quickly?  Must be getting old eh????
Anyway, time once again for another challenge over at Creative Inspirations.  This fortnight's theme is to make a Thank You card.  I'm sure we've all needed alot of these recently what with Christmas not far behind us so I think this is a perfect challenge for this time of year.
So, here is the card I made for this challenge:
I have used an image from Lil Diva at Digital Ink Co and you can see more of her creations by visiting the Digital Ink Co store.  I have coloured her in using three different shades of blue pencil and used Marvy Markers (thanks Jude!) to highlight the edges and the feathering on the body of her dress.  I used a red Sakura Gelly Glaze pen for the flower centre in her hair. 

The ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons (their service is amazing and the choice is outstanding!) 

The flower is made up from my stash and candy wins.  The gems are also from my stash.  The Thank You stamp is a Clarity Stamp which I stamped using an Impress Ink pad in Cerulean Blue.

I will also be entering this card into the challenge at ABC which is O for One paper.  (This paper is a Stampin Up paper and is double sided but it is still one piece of paper so I hope it counts.)

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Sweet treat time....... coming soon!!

Hello my good friends,
This is just a quick post to let you all know that I will be doing a Blog Candy very very soon.  Now I would like the number of followers to reach that magical 100 mark and I'd like the hit counter to reach 20,000 - it currently stands at 18,466 so a little way to go yet I feel.
I have been gathering goodies to put into my candy and the pile is slowly growing!!
Watch this space blogging buddies - I think you might like it!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A woman's work is never done!!!!

So we just have to fit it in around our crafting as best we can!!!!
Seriously folks, I thought the post title summed up this little image I have used from Stitchy Stamps called Chores which you can purchase at the Digital Ink Co store for $3.00
Now I based my card on the sketch over at Sketch Saturday (which I have used before and I liked it so much I decided to use it again!)
First off I coloured her in using ordinary pencils and my La Plume markers (thanks Jude!!)  I used pearlescent chalk around the edge of the image to soften it. 
I layered this onto an old disused CD (not a craft one obviously!!)  I added a ribbon hanger to the CD and added a sentiment bottom left. 
I added a handmade flower from some peel offs stuck to red paper and two other smaller flowers from my stash. 
Instead of using paper or strips of ribbon for the three little lines I decided to use two small bows and 1 peg in the appropriate colours.  The pale lavendar DP is from a Hot off the Press paper pad called Amethyst and the checkerboard red paper is from a Crafter's Companion CD (I think - printed it off ages ago and now can't remember which CD it's from).

So the challenges I will enter this card into are:
Sketch Saturday - sketch as shown above
Play Date Cafe - Red/Lavender and Silver
Saturday Spotlight - Around the House - Use an everyday household item (not a craft item)
Digital Tuesday - All things girly (well it is called A Woman's work!!!)
I'd love to know what you all think of this card my friends so please if you pop in for a look see please leave me a comment.
Huge hugs to you all.

Romance in the air??

Hi all,
This is a card I made using Inktegrity images whilst doing my guest DT spot for them in January.  Thank you Joni for asking me - I had alot of fun and loved the blog hop.
Anyway, this card is made using images from the "Dream Big" series that you can find at Inktegrity.  I wanted to do a valentine card with a difference and here it is:
Ain't that the cutest little ladybug you ever saw, I love how she is holding on to her "Love Bug".
I coloured most of the image with Sakura Gelly Glaze pens and ordinary pencils.  I used DP from Pink Paislee and added a funky ribbon across the top just for good measure.  So there you have it a nice simple little Valentine card for a girl to give to a boy.
So the challenges I shall enter this for are:
Allsorts - Recipe 3,2,1 you decide (3 layers, 2DP and 1 Ribbon)
Artful Inkables - Naughty or Nice (Mine's nice)
C.R.A.F.T. - Digi Colouring
Charisma Cardz - Think Male (I think this would be perfect for a woman to man Valentine card - well it has a car on it doesn't it?! LOL)
Cupcake Craft challenge - Keep it simple
Cute Card Thursday - In the name of love
Delightful Sketches and Challenges - Love
Lily of the Valley - Valentine
Lots to do - Love is in the air
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges - Love/Valentine
Rainbow Lady's Challenges - Have a heart/wear red (there are hearts on the card and...well my ladybird has a red coat!!)
Simon Says Challenge - What's love got to do with it?
I think that'll do for this one.  Please let me know what you think buddies.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

One for the fellas!! (Well one won't hurt will it?)

Good afternoon everyone.
Just one card to show you today - but it did take some colouring!!
I based this card on the sketch over at Sketch Saturday as shown below:
I wanted to do a male card to fit in with the challenge over at Rosie D's challenge which is Just for Men.  By chance this also fits the challenge at Charisma this week which is Think Men.
So here is the card I made for these challenges:
I have used an image from M&M Designz which Judy's Mom has drawn - clever lady!!  You can see all of Judy's images at the Digital Ink Co Store along with the other six creators.  Just click on the Creators tab to see the different creators' images.
I coloured in the image with ordinary pencils and then went over the whole image with a Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Tea Dye) to soften the colours.  I backed this onto some black card and then used a piece of Stampin Up paper as the background piece.  The dark brown card is from a Hot off the Press paper pad called Ivory.  I stamped the Just for You sentiment using an Adirondack ink pad called Rust and then distressed the edges in the same ink.  The little pieces of paper are the reverse side of the Stampin Up paper.  The flowers are all from my stash and are made up from some I won in a Candy and some I already had.
I'm also going to enter this card into:
Fab n Funky - Shabby Chic (Well I did distress it so that counts doesn't it??)
Paperplay  - Birthday card for someone special (this is for my Dad - hope my Mum doesn't tell him!!)
So there you have it guys - hope you like it.