Saturday, 22 April 2017

Birthday Candy

Good morning everyone. Today is my birthday, and I thought why should I be the only one to celebrate and get something nice. So, I thought I would share my day with you all and offer someone the chance to win some crafty stash. As most of you know I've had a few tough years for one reason or another so for me now every year older I get is a bonus, so while some may not like getting older I see it as a privilege that some aren't given. So I'm 49 today, it's always just been a number to me but now I'm starting to appreciate them, and I'm really looking forward to celebrating my big FIVE-O next year. Anyway you lot don't want to hear me waffling on do you, you want to know whats's in the candy. So here are some photos to give you an idea.

I will let this run for one month and may add more to it over that time. So far in it there is:

All these are brand new and unused items.
13 Templates
MCS Academy magazine and CD 
MCS Papercraft Collection CD 1 
MCS Papercraft collection CD 2 
MCS Wishes and Whispers CD 
Dutch Doobadoo stencil
Embellishment Attic pack of buttons
Docrafts Neon paper pack and tape
Docrafts Notelets
Docrafts Capsule Collection stickers
Docrafts Capsule Collection cards
Docrafts die cuts - 2 sheets
2 packs of ribbon
2 ink pads
2 pearl wheels
4 reels of variegated cottons
Mini Bow Maker
Washi tape
6 A4 die cut shapes
7 A4 die cut backgrounds

So what do you have to do to be in with a chance to win it? Simple, all you have to do is leave me a comment below this post and be a follower of my blog. And due to postage costs you will have to live in the UK, sorry.
Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Use some Kraft Card

Good morning and Happy Choosday everyone, yes it's
again already. And I'm a year older, where does the time go, this time next year I'll be 50, wow, I swear it's only a couple of years since I was 21 lol
Anyhoo, onto today's challenge from the Digi Choosday blog. This week we challenge you to use some Kraft card. Now if you are a regular follower of mine you will know I love Kraft card and use it a lot. So this seemed the perfect challenge for me to do a tutorial. I'm going to show you how to extend a border die, and show you how I put the whole card together. So this post if picture heavy so you may want to grab a cuppa while you're looking and reading.
This is what I am going to show you how to make.

So to start with choose what you are going to use on your card, so your image, your papers and card layers. Use your border die on the piece of card you want it on. As you can see the die isn't long enough for what I want so I need to extend it.
 To do this I lay the die on it's back and slide the card over it until I feel it "lock" into the design.
 Carefully hold in place, turn over and tape into place so it doesn't slip in the die cutter.
 Run through your machine and there you have it, it's as easy as that. If you don't want to ruin your piece of card if it's the first time you're trying this, try it with copier paper a few times first.
Then stick down your designer paper leaving the border showing.
 So now I have all the layers I need, the extended border piece and my coloured image. The cute image is Smile from the adorable Sticks and Bones collection. You can get the image HERE on her own, or you can get the full collection HERE.
 Because I'm using Kraft card I decided it also called for some distressing of the papers. You can use whatever you like to do this with, you can use a metal file or an emery paper one.
 Here are all the edges distressed.
 I wanted the give them a more aged look as well so instead of the usual distress inks I decided to use some Gesso. I just put a bit on my finger and rubbed it around the edges of all the card and paper layers.
 If you don't like getting messy you can use a brush if you like.
 Then with a fine liner pen I added my usual scribbled lines around everything. Something else I love and have done for years lol
Then stick everything in place and you have your card.
I have added a few die cuts, a message, some pearls, some lace and some raffia tied in a bow to finish it off.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Swirls and Flourishes

Good morning everyone, did you manage to catch Nikky's show on Create and Craft on Wednesday? If not you can catch it HERE. It's well worth a watch as there are some fabulous new products on there that you won't want to miss!
So today I have some mid challenge inspiration for you from the challenge at the Polkadoodles challenge blog that started last week, and the challenge is "Swirls and Flourishes" and here is my make.
I've used the fab new Little Kingdom collection that was on the show on Wednesday. The whirls and flourishes are on the fabulous toadstools and I have added some dried flowers as added flourishes to the little scene. To create this I used a box that had some little shot glasses in and started off my painting it black to frame the lovely bright colours I knew I was going to use. I cut out lots of flowers, embellies, toadstools and houses. I layered up some of the items to make them pop out. Then I decided on the arrangement in to box and stuck everything down with either 3D foam or glue. I added some Wink Of Stella pen to the butterfly and home sentiment to make them sparkle. I then added some dried flowers along the bottom of the box and behind the flowers. Finally I finished it off by adding a bow of bakers twine.
Here are a few close ups for you to see the detail better.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Shabby Chic

Good morning everyone. It's time for a new challenge at the Graph'It Markers colouring challenge blog, and the challenge this time is Shabby Chic. We have the fabulous Lemon Shortbread sponsoring us this week and I got to use the delightful Beehive and Roses image, which I adore! And here is my make.

 The papers are from a LOTV stack and the flowers are from my stash.
 The Graph'It's I have used are:
Skin: 4120, 4125, 4150, 3210
Hair: 1210, 1230, 3110, 3140
Pinks: 5125, 5115 & Mix It Palette
Blues: 7220, 7210
And here is my colour inspiration chart. I soooo wish my craft room looked like this!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Things with wings!

No not those things with wings lol 
It is our latest challenge over at the Digi Choosday blog. So of course that means that it's also
So after you're done here get over to the team blog and grab your discount code and go shopping to Polkadoodles.
So as I said the challenge is Things With Wings and here is my make.
I've used the oh so cute Lily Bug Love collection. I've used a pre-coloured image but you can also get her in black and white for you to colour in HERE. The papers and embellies are also from the same collection.
 I've used a distress tool to slightly distress the edges of the card and paper layers, and mounted the image and the embellies onto 3D foam.
So don't forget to go grab your code and check out my fabulous teamies makes.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tic Tac Toe

Good morning and Happy Choosday everyone. Yes of course that means that it's
So after you've done here get over to the blog and grab your code for today. It runs out at midnight so don't forget it!

So this weeks new challenge at Digi Choosday is Tic Tac Toe and here is the grid to choose from.

I chose to use the bottom row of wings, tag and flower.
So I created this cute gift tag. I've used the fab Winnie Fruit Punch collection again, and that cute fat Bee I'm in love with! I fussy cut the Bees, the sentiment and flowers and leaf. I used a clear Wink Of Stella pen on the Bees wings to make them sparkle, you can just about see it on the photo. It may be quick and simple but I think it's effective, what about you?
 The tag is a Tattered Lace set.
I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Friday, 15 April 2016

Spring florals.

Good morning everyone. It's time for a new challenge at the Graph'It Markers colouring challenge blog, and the challenge this time is Spring Florals. We are being sponsored by the fab Patties Creations, and I got to use the Watering Can with Daisies image. So here is my make. I've used a Tattered Lace Die to cut the image with and the papers are from an old DCWV Floral stack.
The Graph'Its I have used are:
Watering Can: 8220, 8250, 8145, 1250, 2120, 2150
Flowers: 5160 & mix it palette
Background: 4147, 4145, 4125 & White

This was my inspiration colour chart.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Emboss it!

Good morning and Happy Choosday everyone. Yes of course that means that it's
So after you've done here get over to the blog and grab your code for today. It runs out at midnight so don't forget it!

So this weeks new challenge at Digi Choosday is to use some embossing. I've chosen to use dry embossing. I cut this card out and then used the A5 Honeycomb Tattered Lace die to emboss the background of the card. Then I printed lots and lots of embellies from the fabulous new Winnie Fruit Punch collection. Of course I adore this kit as I do all Polkadoodles kits, but I think I'm a little bit in love with this little fat Bee, he's just so adorable! So I spent a very enjoyable hour or so fussy cutting all the bits out. I glued the honeycomb border on and put all the rest of the bits onto 3D foam to give some dimension to them 
 Here is a close up so you can see the embossed background, and get a closer look at that cute Bee!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Thanks for your visit and don't forget to go check out all my fabulous teamies makes over on the blog.