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Monday, 29 August 2011

DCD Challenge #97 - Make a Gift box or bag.

Good morning my blogging friends.  Here we are at the start of another week so that must mean it is time for a new challenge at Die Cut Dreams.  Thank you once again to all those who entered our last challenge.  Please remember to stop by the Die Cut Dreams challenge blog to see if you were one of our lucky winners.
So, onto the new challenge and this time the theme is:
MAKE A GIFT BOX OR GIFT BAG
So time to get your thinking hats on and get crafting.
Here is my project for this fortnight's challenge:
This little box started life as a perfume box.  Once I had taken the perfume out of it I opened it all out and used a 12 x 12 piece of thick patterned paper to glue it to.  Then I cut it out and re-assembled it.
I added a piece of beautiful ribbon which I bought from Crafty Ribbons in a clearance sale, all around the middle.  The big brown bow is made from wired brown tafetta again from Crafty Ribbons.
The three little tags on the sides came from a Hot Off The Press paper pad called Earth Tones that I have had in my stash for ages and again the three little pieces of narrow brown ribbon came from Crafty Ribbons.
That absolutely gorgeous flower on the top is one that I bought from Suzanne a while back, isn't it fabulous??

So there you have it, a simple but effective little gift box.
Well peeps, I can't wait to see what you all come up with over the next two weeks.  Have fun!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Totally Tilda #30 - Back to School

Hello all,
Well it is Sunday once again and that must mean it is time for another challenge over at Totally Tilda.
Please stop by the Totally Tilda challenge blog to see if you were our lucky hand-picked winner or one of our hand-picked top 3.
The theme this fortnight is:
TILDA BACK TO SCHOOL
So you know by now that I only give you a teaser of my card on the day the challenge goes live, you'll have to wait until next week to see the whole thing.
So here's all you're getting:

Any ideas??
See you all next week with the finished article. 
I do hope you get time to join in with this fortnight's challenge.
Have fun!



Friday, 26 August 2011

My exciting news!!

Hello peeps.
Well, you may remember a few days ago that I did this post showing some of my creations with ribbon as part of my DT application for the new Crafty Ribbons Challenge Blog.
Well, the lovely Mandy contacted me yesterday to say that I was one of the people that had been chosen to be part of this new Challenge DT!!!  Woooooohoooooo!!

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How does the saying go again, "when one door closes, another door opens" and that is how it has been with me.  The lovely Elizabeth from Softpencil closed her digital store and the fabulous Lynne has decided to close down the Do It With Digi's challenge blog due to some current health issues. (Hope you are continuing to improve Lynne - big hugs!!).  So that meant I had a bit more time on my hands and when I saw the DT call for Crafty Ribbons, well I just HAD to go for it. 

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Those of you who have followed me for a while will know that I adore Crafty Ribbons (and their buttons) and that I have always praised their service and delivery.  I am sure you can imagine the whoops and shouts of joy and delight upon reading Mandy's email.  So, thanks Mandy and Ali for inviting me to be a part of the Crafty Ribbons DT, I hope I will do it justice.

Now don't forget people that there is a Candy on offer at the challenge blog and you still have a bit of time to get in on the act and win some gorgeous ribbons as this is open until Wednesday 31 August, the day before we go live with our first challenge.
If you pop over now to the challenge blog you will be able to meet the rest of the Design Team and their links will be on my blog ready for Thursday too.
The first challenge will go live on Thursday 1st September and I do hope you will pop over and join in the fun.  We shall be having a winner and a top 3 but you know what they say - you've got to be in it to win it!
So please come back on Thursday to see my new DT project for the Crafty Ribbons Challenge.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Ooh La La - No Backing Paper!!!

Hello bloggy friends.  Well, it is Monday again and that means it is time for another fabulous challenge at Ooh La La Creations.  Firstly, please let me say a big thank you for all the entries that we had for the last challenge.  Please stop by the Ooh La La Challenge Blog to see who our lucky winners were.  Remember, there is no Random Org here, the Design Team take it in turns to pick their favourite and two runners up - so if you won it's because we loved your creation!!

So, onto the next challenge and this time it is:
NO BACKING PAPER ALLOWED!!!

Here is the card I made for this challenge:
I have used images and DP from the Carnival of Colour CD which you can buy here.  All the embellishments are from my stash.
Please remember to stop by the rest of the Design Team and see their fabulous creations (links on the DT tab at the top of this page).  They have all worked really hard to offer you some inspiration, so please remember to leave them some love if you pay a visit.



Sunday, 21 August 2011

Midway Reminder - Totally Tilda #29

Hello peeps,
Well I just popped in to remind you that you have about a week left to submit your entries for our latest challenge at Totally Tilda.
Don't forget the challenge this time is:
FIT FOR A PRINCESS
Now you know that I always show you a sneaky peek of my card the day the challenge goes live don't you?  So today is the day I can show you the whole thing!  Bet you're excited now aren't you?? LOL
Just kidding, I'm not really that big headed, honest.  So here you go then, my card for this challenge:

I guess I was thinking Snow White when I coloured my image in and the rest of the colour combination just sort of fell into place.  Here are a few close ups:
The sentiment is from Lynne at Sentiments 4 You and was a freebie on the Sentiments 4 You blog a while back.
Ingredients:
Colouring Medium:  Prismacolour pencils
Flowers: from my stash
Pins and velvet brads: stash
Sentiment: Sentiments 4 You
Die Cut - Die Cut Dreams
Papers:  Papercellar Black and White
Crown Charm: Bunny Zoe's Crafts

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Singing in the rain??

Hi all,
Not something I get chance to do very much of these days - a card I made just for challenges. 
I saw the challenge at Make it Colourful which is Make it Wet and knew I wanted to use Tilda Summer Rain. You can't use gloss just your markers or normal colouring medium.  I have used promarkers and I hope I have achieved the wet look on the puddle and the raindrops.
The image has been coloured with my promarkers and I chalked around the edge of the die cut.  The DP are from a Basic Grey pad called Wisteria. 

I used my new ribbon punch down the right hand side of the card and threaded some sheer lilac ribbon through.  All the flowers are from my stash (a new stock of which I have just bought off a friend who has given up her crafting life - can you believe that??) LOL  The gems are from my stash.

Other challenges I would like to enter this into are:
Magnolia Down Under - Inspired by a Song (Singing in the Rain)
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Lots of Flowers
Fussy and Fancy - Use a lot (flowers - way more than 3!)
Thanks for looking folks!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Colour challenge at DCD

Good morning my blogging friends.  Here we are at the start of another week so that must mean it is time for a new challenge at Die Cut Dreams.  Thank you once again to all those who entered our last challenge.  Please remember to stop by the Die Cut Dreams challenge blog to see if you were one of our lucky winners.
So, onto the new challenge and this time the theme is:
PINK GREEN AND COFFEE
So time to get your thinking hats on and get crafting.
Here is my project for this fortnight's challenge:
I sprayed a doily with pink Cosmic Shimmer Mist to match little Tilda's top.  The coffee coloured DP is from a Papermania pad called Regency.  The image is coloured with my prismacolour pencils.  The sentiment is one of Lynne's from Sentiments 4 You.  I used coffee coloured ribbon across the top and threaded it through the image to make it look like Tilda was hanging from the ribbon.
Please hop on over to the rest of the DT blogs and have a look at their fabulous inspiration, you won't be disappointed.
Well peeps, I can't wait to see what you all come up with over the next two weeks.  Have fun!


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Teaser Time for Totally Tilda!

Hello all,
Well it is Sunday once again and that must mean it is time for another challenge over at Totally Tilda.
Please stop by the Totally Tilda challenge blog to see if you were our lucky hand-picked winner or one of our hand-picked top 3.
The theme this fortnight is:
FIT FOR A PRINCESS
(YOU MUST USE A PRINCESS TILDA OR A PRINCESS SENTIMENT OR A CROWN)
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So you know by now that I only give you a teaser of my card on the day the challenge goes live, you'll have to wait until next week to see the whole thing.
So here's all you're getting:
Any ideas??
See you all next week with the finished article. 
I do hope you get time to join in with this fortnight's challenge.
Have fun!





Friday, 12 August 2011

Some fantastic news from Crafty Ribbons

Hi all.
Those of you who know me and my blog will know that I have always championed Crafty Ribbons, their choice of ribbons and buttons and their fantastic delivery.
Well, here's the thing - they have now decided to have their own challenge blog.  The person that is going to be running this blog is none other than Mandy at Crafty Fox Cards and guess what????? She is looking for a Design Team to help with these fantastic new challenges.  Here is what Mandy has posted on the new Crafty Ribbons Challenge blog:


Crafty Ribbons Challenge is a fantastic new challenge blog that will be launching on the 1st September 2011. We will be a fortnightly/bi-weekly challenge blog. At the moment there is only little old me so I'm looking for a few more talented crafters to join me!Requirements:* Have an active blog* Post at least once a week on your blog
* You must be able to take good clear photos of your work which you post on your blog
Commitments:
* Be able to work as part of a team.
* Meet deadlines.
* Post on an assigned number of entrants Cards/ projects for each Challenge
* Make a card/project for every challenge, Please bear in mind this is one card/project every two weeks* Join in with any blog hops or other events running during your term.
* Commit to a 3 month period.There maybe the option to extend your Design Team position at the end of your 3 month period....
* Have fun!

In return:
* You will be a part of a fantastic, friendly team.
* Gain or add to your DT experience.
* Get lots of gorgeous ribbons from Crafty Ribbons please note you will be required to use these on your cards/projects for the Challenge,but you will also be able to use them for other challenges etc that you wish to enter.......

If you are interested in entering the DT Call there are three simple steps to enter:

* Firstly publish a post with a link on your personal blog with information about this DT Call and our launch. Including 3-5 samples of your favourite/best projects. Then link your post up in the linky tool below.

* Secondly please e-mail a brief statement about yourself and any DT experience you have to craftyribbonschallenge@gmail.com. If you do not have any DT experience please still enter! We welcome everyone to enter in our call.

*Thirdly please become a follower of the Challenge blog.

THE DT CALL WILL END MIDNIGHT (UK TIME) 24th AUGUST 2011
The team will be announced after this time

Well, who could resist applying for a DT position like this??  Not me that's for sure.  So here are three projects that I particularly like which feature ribbons I have purchased from Crafty Ribbons in the past.
1.  This is a DT card for Totally Tilda and on here are three different ribbons from CR.  The oriental ribbon down the side, the black bow and the little pink butterfly!!
2.  This is a mother's day card I made following the tutorial for the ribbon rose on the Crafty Ribbons website - it's a bit on the bulky side but it was my first effort.
3.  This is a card I made for my DT project at Totally Tilda for the Ribbons and Roses challenge and features two different ribbons from CR:
So, if you are interested in becoming a member of the DT at the Crafty Ribbons challenge blog then off you go and do your post and good luck.

Monday, 8 August 2011

It;s Christmas at Ooh La La

Hello bloggy friends.  Well, it is Monday again and that means it is time for another fabulous challenge at Ooh La La Creations.  Firstly, please let me say a big thank you for all the entries that we had for the last challenge.  Please stop by the Ooh La La Challenge Blog to see who our lucky winners were.  Remember, there is no Random Org here, the Design Team take it in turns to pick their favourite and two runners up - so if you won it's because we loved your creation!!

So, onto the next challenge and this time it is:
CHRISTMAS
Here is the card I made for this challenge:
I have used images and DP from the Carnival of Colour CD, Waiting for Angels folder, which you can buy here.  All the embellishments are from my stash.
Please remember to stop by the rest of the Design Team and see their fabulous creations (links on the DT tab at the top of this page).  They have all worked really hard to offer you some inspiration, so please remember to leave them some love if you pay a visit.

Belles and Whistles All Customer Blog Hop

A very good Monday morning to you one and all.  I hope your weekend was good.  I would like to welcome you to the Belles ‘n Whistles “All Customer Blog Hop” We are so excited to be a part of this special release. Along this hop you will find those new releases. And we, as customers of Belles ‘n Whistles, get to play along using any of our favorite BnW Stamps…
Today we are celebrating the rebirth of the darling SweetArt girls designed by none other than Artist Elisabeth Bell. Belles ‘n Whistles now has a total of 17 SweetArt girls in their store. They were just too beautiful to be left sitting in the archives. Elisabeth Bells talent deserves better than storage, don’t you think?

If you have just popped in, it would be great if you started in the beginning, and hopped along with us. You will find the master list of participants over on the Belles ‘n Whistles Inspirational Blog. To keep things easy, please follow that list and leave a comment on each blog. Do you know why? Because YOU could win a stamp from Belles ‘n Whistles, just for leaving some love along the way. There will be FIVE winners chosen randomly from comments that have been left along the way. No one knows who’s blog the winners will come from.
Now here is the card I have made for this Customer Blog Hop. 
I have used the "A Pen Friend" image (although it is out of stock there are still some lovely stamps to buy - why not pop over and take a look here) and it is coloured with Copics and Promarkers. 
The DP is some that my TT team mate Christine sent me (thanks Mummy) and all the embellishments are from my stash.
So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or Lemonade and enjoy all the fun and exciting things we, the Belles ‘n Whistles Customers, have to share with you today.
I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Craft Your Days Away - Birthday Celebrations
Elephantastic - Add Some Layers
Card Makin Mamas - Birthday Cards
Raise the Bar - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Birthdays

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Midway Reminder - Totally Tilda Challenge #28

Hello peeps,
Well I just popped in to remind you that you have about a week left to submit your entries for our latest challenge at Totally Tilda.
Don't forget the challenge this time is:
SWIRLS/PEARLS/RIBBON AND LACE
(And you must use them all!)
Now you know that I always show you a sneaky peek of my card the day the challenge goes live don't you?  So today is the day I can show you the whole thing!  Bet you're excited now aren't you?? LOL
Just kidding, I'm not really that big headed, honest.  So here you go then, my card for this challenge:
Tilda is coloured with my Prismacolour pencils and her flowers are done with flowersoft.
The lace was white and I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to match my colourscheme.
I used my Marianne Creatables die for the swirly bits and the backing paper was printed off one of my My Craft Studio CD's.  All the other embellishments are from my stash.
So there you go then.  Please pop over to the Totally Tilda challenge blog where you can see a few more DT inspirational cards.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Friday, 5 August 2011

~Tilda in the Round~

Hello Crafty Peeps!
Just thought I'd pop in a post this little card that I made with the TOMIC challenge in mind.  I just happened to have this Tilda coloured in and new I had a background that I could use too.
I have used one of Susie's fabulous Die Cuts from her shop Die Cut Dreams (which hopefully will re-open sometime in late September - stay tuned for more on that in the weeks to come!)
So here is the card I made:
The image is coloured with Prismacolour pencils and the background has been coloured using mainly chalks but I've used my promarkers on the bench and butterflies.
All the flowers are from my stash as is the bow (yes it is actually a bow!) on the side.
Challenges:
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - No designer paper
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Christmas in August at Do It With Digis

Hi peeps,
Sorry this post is a wee bit late but haven't had chance to get to the computer for the last couple of days.  Anyhoo, it's time for another great challenge at Do It With Digis and this time the theme is:
CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST!
Yes that's right, Christmas has come early to DIWD and we want to see all your fabulous Christmas creations.  Now we are a digital challenge blog so we want to see something digital on your creation, it could be your image or your sentiment or your papers or what the heck - ALL THREE!!
So here is the card I made for this challenge:

Well, what do you know, a Bugaboo image!!  Now that's a surprise isn't it???? LOL
I just love these Bugaboo images and this one is just perfect for this challenge.  It is called Deck the Halls and comes with a sentiment of the same words (I haven't used the sentiment on this occasion but I know it's there if I want to).  You can buy this and many many other fabulous images over at Bugaboo right now!
Papers:  Papermania Classic Christmas
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Brad - Papermania Deck the Halls Holly Brad
Poinsettia - Stash
Colouring Medium - Promarkers and Prismacolour Pencils
Now our wonderful leader Lynne is going to be sponsoring this challenge and here is what you could win:
A selection of Christmas Ribbon
A Marianne Design
"Baboesjka" Russian Christmas Doll


So this card will also fit the challenges at:
Crafty Catz and Fussy and Fancy - Christmas in July
Creative Craft World - Anything but Birthdays
Paperplay challenges, Simon Says Stamp - Christmas in August

Kellie's 7 Days of Candy

Hi peeps,
No card at the moment but will be back with my Do It With Digis post just as soon as I get back from work.

Just thought I'd let you all know that Kellie Winnell is having 7 days (yes that's right SEVEN days) of candy on her blog.  So that's seven days where you can win some fabulous candy.
What are you waiting for - hop over to Kellie's blog right now and get signed up!