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Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom
This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

You're a Love Bandit.

Ahhh, just the sentiments from this set are enough to make me die. This cutie is from the Love Bandit set, which you can buy over at the Some Odd Girl store NOW! I've coloured him up using ProMarkers to be all grey and fluffy - it didn't really end up how I'd imagined it. A lot more practice is needed with this little guy! ;)

I kept the card very simple as I wanted him and that lovely plaid paper to shine through.


I stamped the sentiment onto some Pure Poppy cardstock from SU! and laid it over the top of my scalloped circle just slighty. I've stamped the heart from the set in Real Red ink so it peeks out from underneath the image panel. I added some Christmas Stickles to the heart that he's stolen from me and finally finished the design off with some blue liquid pearls.

That's all she wrote! 

Head over to the Some Odd Girl Blog NOW and catch up with what's been happening. xo

Love Me, Love Me Not.

I'm a couplea days late with this little beauty. I apologise. :)

Have you guys been over to the Some Odd Girl Blog this week?! Uh huhhh!! We're on DAY TWO of the new clear stamp release!

So this little dreamer is Love Me Not Mae, she is available over at the Some Odd Girl Store, along with the rest of the new release from this week. 

She has been coloured using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match my papers from My Minds Eye. Not typically Valentine's papers, but you know how I roll! ;) I've teamed the papers up with some lace trim and gorgeous organza ribbon from The Ribbon Girl.

I stamped a sentiment from the set onto the image panel using Pretty in Pink ink from SU! as well as stamped and colouring a few more of the lose petals. I've used some textured cardstock and die cut a fence to place behind the image panel. Finally I added some gems and pearls onto the image panel for a touch of interest and bling!!


That's all I got for ya this time round, I'll be back in a mojo with my gorgeous Racoon! ;) xo

LLLC Valentine's Release

Guess who's back? Back again?
Only ME on the La La Land Crafts Team!! Yeeeehaaa! ;)

I'm hitting it off with a bang by sharing some projects from the brand new VALENTINES RELEASE! There are four new stamps and three new dies, and they're all available in the LLLC Store NOW! Ahhh you guys, each and every one of these cuties makes my heart melt, and I hope they do yours too!!


 

So who's up first?! It's gotta be MARCI!!

This is the gorgeous Sweet Friends Marci. She has been coloured using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match my papers from My Minds Eye and that gorgeous slice of Hambly print from my LLLC goodie bag! ;) Thankies, Irina!!

I've added a banner which I've die cut from vellum using the gorgeous new Hearts Banner Die and added some bling to the corners. Hmm, what else? I've added a couplea stripes of striped washi, some chit chat words from Tim Holtz and used the cut out hearts from the die and covered them with Christmas Stickles.


Her outfit and that little panda make me wanna die! I've stamped the sentiment onto a slice of Pure Poppy cardstock from SU! and laid it over the image just slighty. I added a pearl brad and a gemstone brad to either side.

Who's up next?! ;) 


This handsome little fella and his pooch is Best Friends Luka, who has also been coloured using the standard ProMarkers and FlexMarkers. I've used more Pure Poppy cardstock from SU! to match my My Minds Eye papers. This time the sentiment has been made into a flagged banner and I've used more of the same cardstock to die cut a border using the Heart Border Die and some embellishments using the Heart Treble Clef Die. :)

How's about that for ya? Head over to the La La Land Crafts Blog NOW to see what the other awesome ladies have came up with for ya to oogle over!! xo

It's a MEGAHH Christmas Challenge

Last week we launched our Mega Christmas Challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers, I hope you guys have already been joining in?! If not, let Team One refresh ya memory! ;)

So this challenge is gonna be running for a whole month, ending on January 1st 2013 - wow, not far away, huh? So, since us guys will be prepping for Christmas behind the scenes during our time off DT duties, we've got a HEAP of prizes up for grabs - you don't wanna miss out!

So, you gotta be in it to win it, I know. I guess you wanna know what you've gotta do? It's an easy peasy one, we're hoping to get as many entires as possible, let's blow the roof off!!

include the word HAPPY in your sentiment”, 

You project can be anything, for any type of occasion that includes the word “happy”, i.e. Happy Christmas, Happy birthday, Happy Anniversary.. it's pretty much never ending. We always wanna be HAPPY, right? :)

There is only one restriction, only three entries per person this time round - we don't wanna be spending our festive season drooling over Blogger now, do we? :) Please remember to be eligible for our prizes you must use your promarkers, flex markers, tria markers, metallic or aqua markers. 

So now for the exciting bit – the prizes!

Letraset are generously offering 3 x Season’s Gift Sets – so that means 3 winners!

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Joanna Sheen is generously offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in her online store.

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DigiStamp Boutique are generously offering one lucky winner a prize of 6 digi images of their choice from her store.

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Bugaboo stamps are generously offering a prize of 7 digis (which we are going to split into 2 prizes) 

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Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of $15.00 worth of digi papers, which are available at Whimsy Designs.  

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Now come on? Fantastico, no?

Here comes some inspiration in the form of a Kraftin' Kimmie cutie!! Out there shovelling snow, which is what I was doing about a week ago, but it seems to be warming up a little now. Shame. I wanted to white stuff for Christmas.


I've coloured her up using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match my papers from Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses. Love that paper. SO MUCH. So much so that when I realised I had almost used up one pad.. I ordered another one. Heh! ;)

Both of my sentiments have been stamped in Old Olive ink onto Blushing Bride cardstock, both from SU! I've layered up papers, a die cut cardstock fence and some gorgeous ribbon and trim from The Ribbon Girl.

I've added a bunch of flowers and snowflakes, and all that good stuff, and finally some pink liquid peals finish up the scene.

I hope you can take some time out to pop over to the Passion for ProMarkers blog and join in with us, there are plenty of prizes up for grabs and some amazing inspiration from the girls!! xo

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Make it Like.. POPS!!

Here's me falling WAAAY behind with my blog posting again. I've been so busy working on Christmas orders to get them out within a reasonable 'Christmas' kinda time scale that I don't really know whether I've been coming or going these past few weeks *grins* 

I'm finished up now though, just a few more DT projects to work on then I'll be done for the holiday season and I can sit down, chill and get my mojo topped back up! ;) Hopefully in the new year I'll be in some kinda frame of mind to try and have a small purge of some of my craft stash that I seem to have been collecting rather than using over the past year.

After promising myself I wasn't gonna buy much more stuff, which I have kinda stuck to.. it has sorta made me more frugal with stuff. So now I've got that to overcome - and I'm getting there slowly but surely. Again, it's with paper.. if it's discontinued I don't wanna use it up if I really like it, because chances are I'm never going to see it again.. but if I take a step back and look at the bigger picture - this could turn into a vicious circle. FAST! So time to stop being such a dork about stuff and get it used up so I have room for new goodies if ever I fancy spending my monies on more craft stash. HAH!

So, I betcha wish I hadn't made an appearance back in blog land tonight huh? What with that little script. Ramble out of the way let's get down to the bones of this post. 

Yesterday over at Tiddly Inks we posted a brand new challenge for you guys to join in with. I'm super excited to tell you all that it's another 'Make It Like..' and this time round it's 

MAKE IT LIKE POPS

Yippeee. This is Pop's gorgeous card she made for us to draw some inspiration from. 

 

I decided to take the size of the card and the way she had her embellishments laid out as inspiration this time round, and this is what I came up with - as part of a commission would you believe. *wink, wink*

So I'ma keep this short and sweet as I wanna hit the hay some time before 10:30 again tonight. I'm pooped.

I used the adorable Wryn - Fairy Friends and coloured her up using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match my patterned papers from My Minds Eye. I printed the image out pretty large so that it would take up a generous portion of my 6x6" card. I love how it turned out. I just wish I'd stamped the 1st Birthday onto a seperate piece of cardstock, but meh. Picky.
 

All of the ribbon and fibres are from The Ribbon Girl, I've used a heap load of bling - a mixture of Kaisercraft, Papermania, Liquid Pearls, Prima and Stickles and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. There are a lot of horizontal layers on this card, which have ended up pretty much covered, but I know they're there. Heh. I double bow-ed the.. bow?! UHHH!! and added a pretty Stickle-d snowflake with a button in the centre to the knot. The specifications for this card included pink and snowflakes, whatcha reckon?!

That's all I got for ya tonight. Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow night to post and schedule a few more bits and pieces here and there before I totally log off for Christmas - not that I've been around much anyway. HAH!

Over and Out. xo

Saturday, 1 December 2012

SOG Dec Challenge

Howdy doody!! Nip and a punch for the first of the month. Gawwwd. Can you believe it's DECEMBER?! Somebody save me. 2012 has zoooomed it's way passed in the blink of an eye. I dunno what it is - after September is done with and the kids are back to school after the summer time just seems to speed up. I wish it was winter for longer! :( Anywho, I digress.

It's time for a new challenge over at Some Odd Girl today. We've another inspirational sketch for ya to use. Banners are still raging out there in the world of craft, so we've decided to incorporate them into our landscape style sketch this month.


I just had to use this opportunity to colour up Cuppa Mae again. Love this girl. I dunno what it is about her but she looks so peaceful and serene and is perfect for loads of occasions around these cold winter months. I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little and try and colour Mae with more pastel colours. I think I succeeded - kinda. :/ What do you think? I even changed her skin tone up a little.

She has been coloured using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match my papers from My Minds Eye Howdy Doody collection. Not neccessarily winter patterns/ papers - but I've seen a few videos on YouTube where crafters have challenged themselves to make Christmas cards with none-themed paper. I thought I'd give it a go. There are so many 'modern' Christmas colour combos bouncing about now, that you can get away with just about anything, and I think pink and white is about as crisp as it gets!


I've stamped an Amy R sentiment in Pretty in Pink ink from SU! (say that three times fast) and created my top most banner with it. I tied a little bow with some white grosgrain ribbon, added a mint button threaded with some pink natural twine, 'sprinkled' some gemstones and pearls from Kaisercraft here and there, and it was job DONE!

Off to make myself a hot cup of cocoa now! ;) 

Be sure to stop by the Some Odd Girl blog and see the other jaw droppingly beautiful creations from the rest of my ODD teamies.

Over and out. xo

Friday, 30 November 2012

Tiddly Inks and Funky Hand Blog Hop

It's time for the daddy of all blog hops right now!! Us girlies at Tiddly Inks and Funky Hand have teamed up to bring you some of the most delicious inspiration floating out there in the interwebs right now. Are you all ready for some goodness for your corneal delectation?! I sure hope so.

Everyones creation will be a mash up of Tiddly Inks digi image goodness, and Funky Hand digi paper fun-ness. Uh huh!!

You should have arrived here from KAREN'S BLOG, but if not and you want to start at the beginning.. because that's always a good place to start.. then head over to the FUNKY HAND BLOG WITH ANICE.

So here's what I came up with using Wryn goes Caroling from Tiddly Inks and the gorgeous Stylish Tree Paper from Funky Hand. I printed my digi paper onto cream cardstock to tone down the teals and reds and make the image pop out more. I really love how it turned out.


I kept the layout pretty simple and added a sentiment in the blank space at the bottom of the card base in Real Red ink from SU! I chose three of the papers from the set and layered them up. LOVE that hollyberry one. Gahh!! Oh, and the teal snowflake one is pretty gorgeous too. Anyway, I digress. I kept the layout pretty simple, die cut a fancy border on the teal paper and punched out a decorative label from the red paper as a base for my embellishments clusters. The cherry blossoms and red roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the snowflake charm that I hung from a length of red twine is from The Ribbon Girl, as is that lovely cream taffeta. That's about it from me. Oh, and the Wryn was coloured using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers of course. :) Heh.

Hope you likey.

Next stop is SAM'S BLOG.

Here is the full HOP LIST in case you make a wrong turn somewhere!!
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Enjoy the rest of your journey.

Over and out. xo

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Don't DISTRESS

Sorry I'm a little late with my card for Passion for ProMarkers - I haven't really been on the ball this week. A touch of sleepy sickness a.k.a laziness. :/ I just cannot seem to get my butt motivated these days.

On a brighter note.. we have a new challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers for you, set by yours truly! ;)

DISTRESSING

You can interpret this any way you wish. You can use those treasured Tim Holtz Distress Inks, a paper distresser, some scrumpled paper.. or a mixture of all three. If you have any new, fresh ideas then be sure to throw them our way and join in with our challenge.

This week we were spondsored by the generous Pink Gem Designs, and we each got to choose an image to work with - I went for Baby's 1st Christmas. :) Adorable, and a good image to have on hand this time of year.

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I coloured my image to be a little girl and matched it with my papers from Echo Park. I decided to try something a little different with regards to the 'glow' around the image, it's something I have seen on C&C with the SWALK stamps - I've just added it to the very centre of the image instead of all the way around - I kinda like the effect, but not sure that this was the right image to try it out on. :/ What do you think?

I've added some shading to the 'fluffy' parts of the image using three Cool Grey pens. I was gonna add Stickles over the top.. but guess what?! I couldn't friggin' find them - typical.


So as for the distressing on this card, I've roughed up the edges of my green chevron paper with my paper distresser as well as layered some brown wrapping paper underneath the main image panel and the background patterned paper after scrumpling it up and adding as much texture and as many creases to it as I could. There used to be a time when I inked and tore/distressed all the edges of my paper - but you know how it is.. we all go through phases. I guess one day I might get back into that look, but for now my TH Distress Inks and sponge applicators have taken a back seat.

How do you like to distress your projects?! Please link up over at Passion for ProMarkers and let us see what you've got!!

Thanks for stopping by. xo

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Make it Like.. MARLENA!!

It's time for a new challenge over at Tiddly Inks and today it's another 'Make it like..'

So we want to see you make a card like..

MARLENA 

Here is her gorgeous card which you can use for inspiration in the form on colours, layout, image, embellishments - it's entirely up to you. :)

 

I've taken some inspiration from Marlena's layered circles and the placement of her gorgeous flowers. I just had to use Cocoa Wishes with this purple and pink combo. I've upcycled, if that's the right word.. some brown packaging paper. I scrumpled it up and added a heap of texture to it before adding double sided tape about half and inch from the edges and adhering it to my card base. Moving the adhesive further into the middle means you can ruffle up the edges a little more.

I've used papers from Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather collection and coloured Wryn with my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match. I cut her out using a circles spellbinder, layered some purple plaid behind her and some cream/greyish floral kinda paper cut with a scalloped circle behind that. A lot of layers for me, I think? :/ LOL! I coloured the 'floor' beneath Wryn far too dark for the rest of the card, so I've adhered some gathered ivory ribbon beneath her instead. Problem solved! ;)


I then took a bunch of Wild Orchid Craft flowers and layered them on top of some die cut vellum snowflakes which I've added Stickles to to give them a little more texture. That makes up the 'square' portion of my card, just like Marlena's design, and to fill the rest of my card I've stamped the sentiment from an Amy R set and added some gemstones to either side to ensure it stands out enough. :) Job done. Hope you likey.

Has this given you enough inspiration to get creating something with Marlena's creation in mind? I sure hope to see you over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog with your projects.

I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:
- Creatalicious Challenges - Winter
- Crafts and Me - Circles

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday! xo

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Happy Birthday to a Shopaholic

Third day. Third commission. Do you see a pattern forming here? Uh huh. I may be part of DT's, but I also work behind the scenes creating stuffs for 'customers' too. Customers in inverted commas, because it isn't really a business. It's just something I do to try and fund my craft addicition. I just forget to share these projects with you all sometimes! :P Heh.

So here is the fantastic Sarah Shopper from Kraftin' Kimmies Everyday Girls 2 collection. She was perfect for a recent order, so I couldn't wait to get her coloured up to match some papers from Echo Park Springtime collection. She has been coloured using the usual ProMarkers and FlexMarkers. I added some Warm Greys underneath her to look like a pavement and the standard blue glow around her. I trimmed out the image panel and added some stitching using a Melon Mambo marker from SU!


The pinks and purples in the Echo Park paper work so well. I love them. I've used up a load of the scraps by die cutting some flowers using a PTI die and adding them around the main image panel. The sentiments have been created using my alphabet stamps from Lawn Fawn. I've added a bunch of buttons threaded with pink natural twine and some Kaisercraft gemstones. Bosh.

Hope you likey. xo

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

I Love You. Always.

You guys all know what once in a while, although not as often as I'd probably like.. I get to work on a card with no image!! This time round I got an order from a man who wanted an anniversary card for his partner, who I know very well through my Cartolinas FB page. She is lovely and always orders from me. One of my regulars I guess. So he told me the colours he wanted included on the card, and let me run with the rest. Just how I like to roll.. or run. HAH!

So here is another card using my diminishing stash of my American Crafts I Do collection. Gaaah!! I've looked all over for another pack of this deliciousness and cannot find it. Anywhere. I am so sad! It's a gorgeous collection and perfect for those anniversary and wedding cards. Gender neutral and it also has some embossed papers. So pretty.

Uhh. Anyway. I've used Say It Loud from Waltzingmouse Stamps for my sentiment as my focal point and cut it out using a Labels 18 nestie. I've stamped 'always' in Pool Party, Sage Shadow and Old Olive ink from SU! and the 'i love you' in Brilliance Graphite Black ink.


I've used some yummy fabric from The Ribbon Girl to bring some texture to the card. I've created a double bow with my Bow-Easy using some gorgeous sage satin ribbon and added a length of olive crochet lace atop of my scallop border.

I've added a few flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts around the bow and a few hearts punched from some left over patterned paper with an SU! punch which I've added to a banner in the top right hand corner to fill in some of the blank space. 

Some groups of white liquid pearls here and there, an olive button threaded with black bakers twine on top of my bow, and it was job done! ;)

Hope you likey as much as the couple did. xo

Monday, 19 November 2012

Car Crazy

Here's another commission I received for the beginning of this month, for a car crazy boy. As soon as my friend gave me the order I knew what image I wanted to get my hands on for it!!

I only own two Kenny K images, and they're both rubber, and both girls - I often browse the digi store, but can never justify buying any of the images. Well I didn't have to wait any longer! ;)

This is Need for Speed!! How cool is he?! Very. *grins* I've coloured him using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to meet hair and eye colour specifications and coloured the rest to match my papers from Ech Park.

Can I just take a moment to point out that.. there.. is.. NO STAMPING on this card. I know. Am I going crazy?! Perhaps. HAH! It consists of my digi stamp, and bunch of letter/ number stickers and a couplea rub-ons.


My cardbase is some yummy Wild Wasabi from SU! I've used a Real Red SU! marker to add some dashed lines around my image panel and along the edges of my patterned paper. I've also used a few SU! punches to create some embellishment areas where I've added the sentiment. Some colourful brads to match from my stash and that was that! :)

That's all from me for now. I'm tryna get ahead and share a few projects which I've been working on but haven't had the time to blog over the past month or so. Stand by! ;) xo

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Want some Hugs?!

Wryn's got a heap loads for ya! ;)

This post is going live WAY late. I didn't even realise that it hadn't posted. How bad am I?! I really should keep up with my own blog, huh? So here it is..

Today is Friday, which can only mean it's time for more fabulousness from the Tiddly Inkers! Ready?!

I've used the gorgeous Wryn - Happy Heart which I've coloured using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match some pink and purpleness! :)  Oh, and that lime green heart which just adds another pop of colour along with the black embellishments I've used.


I've cut Wryn out using a Labels 18 spellbinder, you may recognise this card as it looks similar to one I made a while a go. I had a lovely lady place an order in which she wanted a card like the one I made a while a go. I had to explain to her that no two of my cards are ever the same, she was fine with that - so this is what I came up with. The same, but different. Heh.

That's all I've got for ya today. Be sure to stop by the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog to see what the other awesome ladies have came up with to inspire ya this Friday!! xo

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Some Odd Girl November Release

Hey guys and girls! :) I'm back, waaay late.. *grins* with my projects from the Some Odd Girl November digi release. This is how I roll these days, right? I just hope my projects are worth the wait for you all.

So I'll get right to it. Just a heads up, you might wanna grab a drink, I waffle. A lot. :/

Back on Monday we kicked off the show with the adorable Snowfall Kaylee, and the amazing samples from the team can be seen HERE. I love her scarf and hat, so stylin'!!  

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Yesterday we had Winter Bear. Is he not the cutest thing ever? You can see the DTs creations HERE. I love his accessories and that cute little face of his. Don'tcha just wanna chub him?! Uh huh! Now, I know he's a Polar Bear, but I wanted to do something a little different to match my patterned paper and make him stand out a little more.. I coloured the fella brown. Why the hell not, right?


I've coloured him up using my beloved ProMarkers and FlexMarkers which I'm feeling even more attached to after watching some wack Copic Show over on Create and Craft. Don't get me wrong, I know some peoples who ROCK the Copics, many of them are on the Some Odd Girl DT - BUT there are people who bang on about Copics making your work so much better and dissing all other alcohol markers. Shoot me. I believe the more you practice, the harder you work, the more you experiment - THE BETTER YOUR RESULTS - whatever your medium. Okay, I'ma step off my soapbox now. *grins*

So my patterned paper is from an older collection from a couple Christmas' ago from Crate Paper - Snow Day collection. Love the quirky colours. I stamped my sentiment from Paper Makeup Stamps in Pumpkin Pie from SU! and punched it with a Decorative Label punch. I added a couple vellum snowflakes and attached them with various SU! brads.

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Earlier TODAY we had the last of our release in the form of Cuppa Mae. Heh, Mae isn't actually in the cup but she has a delicious cup of hot cocoa? coffee? what's your brew? You can see how the other ODD girlies switched Mae up HERE.

Okay, hold on to your hats. Lou Mac went.. PURPLE. Uh huh!! This is the girl who openly admits to purple being her least favourite colour to work with. Paper wise, colour wise, everything - wise. Heh. Refer to previous rant ^^ if you don't push yourself and practice, what's the point?! So Cuppa Mae has a rich purple jumper on. Uh huh. She matches the paper I used from another older collection from Cosmo Cricket - Mitten Weather. 

I've stamped my sentiment from Amy R in Soft Suede ink from SU! - I think Mae would make a perfect Christmas card for a friend or even a winter birthday. That's what I love about these images - so freakin' versatile. You just gotta think outside the box a little. 


What else? Uhhh, more vellum snowflakes. I mentioned a while back that I was addicted to them. They finish off my cards perfectly and are so my style. :) I've attached them using some little beige brads from my stash. Some delicious cotton stripe ribbon and polka dot button threaded with purple twine - all from The Ribbon Girl, and it's job done!!

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I hope these have been worth the wait - I'm such a bad DT member lately. Life has been getting in the way of my hobby and it's making me mad - so all of the spare time I have I'm busying myself with colouring/ creating. Head over to the Some Odd Girl blog now and see what the ON TIME DT members came up with! ;) Heh.

Okay. Bed time for me - says the girl who wanted an early night. That sorta stuff never happens these days. Over and OUT! xo

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Yumi and Fumi Handmade Winter Preview

A pretty late post for me, but it's only 11am PST, so I'm all good to go with this one. Heh.

Today marks the release of the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Winter Preview!! You excited?! I know I am. I was over the moon when Sandie asked me to design a card with these cool and quirky images. 

Meet.. YETI. Is he not the cutest thing ever? I can just imagine the struggle he had with those lights. Although, I think he pulls them off better than some Christmas trees I have seen! LOL.


I have used one of the adorable.. (can you call a yeti adorable?! LOL!!) yeti images from this release.I know Yetis are not traditionally green, but hell - I went with it and I love how he turned out! He's such a big guy that not much else was needed on my card, so I kept it pretty simple. The Merry Christmas is from an Amy R set and has been stamped across that wide belly of his. Heh. I've coloured him up using ProMarkers and gave him a cool blue glow.

There are other images from this release too, like Winter Yumi, Winter Fumi and there is Yeti Yumi and Yeti Fumi, which can be used individually or as a pair. How cute! Not forgetting that big guy up there, Yeti.

You can check them all out over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Blog. They will be available to buy from the 26 November, but for now you can head over to the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Store and take a browse at the other images on offer. It's all a waiting game! ;) Heh.

That's all from me for today. I hope I haven't bombarded you with too much stuff. I'll be back tomorrow for the last day of previews from Some Odd Girl! :) Over and Out. xo 

Oh, the Moons and the Stars

I literally have zero concept of time. Seriously. WHERE has this year GONE?! It's actually pretty scary.
Since I took time out to visit my sisters over the weekend, I am totally behind with everything, not to mention knackered. So last night I was up LATE tryna catch up, and I'm still not quite there.

Today is *hopefully* going to be a busy day on my blog if all goes well. There is a new challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers, day TWO of a new digi release over at Some Odd Girl and I'm a guest at Yumi and Fumi Handmade as they have a new release happening too. So let's roll.

This post is gonna be for my Passion for ProMarkers project, where we have a brand new challenge set by our very own Lisa

She want's to see all of those moons and stars! We're gonna be pretty linient with this one, it can be moons and/ or stars. We wanna see those entires piled in and this sorta criteria is perfect for an array of cards, from new beginnings, birthdays and even Christmas. So get your thinking caps on if you want a gold star of Miss Mac! ;) LOL!!

I went down the stars route and created a cute little Christmas card using an image that isn't traditionally for Christmas from The Greeting Farm. This was the first time I had coloured this girl up - I love that hair of hers!


Gonna keep this a quick and simple post as I have to head off for work. I'll fill you in on the details when I'm finished.

Head over to the Passion for ProMarkers blog now and see what the other ladies have come up with this week! xo

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Gift of Joy

Hey ODDies! It's me, back with a new card to share with you to hopefully inspire you to join in with our brand new monthly challenge for NOVEMBER.

Uh huh. November already. A nip and a punch for the first of the month and all that! So, on with the SKETCH. You can keep it CAS or you can jazz it up like some of the other awesome ladies on the team have done. They always hit this OUT of the PARK!


You likey? Remember you can change the shapes to suit your style. :) Here's what I came up with using the adorable Deer Gift Mae - digi format. Because she comes in a clear stamp too ;)

I've coloured her up using PMs and FMs to match my papers from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses - yep, I'm making the most of what is left from that pack. Some crispy green cardstock from Core'dinations forms my cardbase - love the texture of that stuff.


I've added a strip of cardstock and stamped my sentiment from the clear Deer Mae set in Garden Green ink from SU! I then found the perfect matching polka dot button from.. uh huh.. The Ribbon Girl. Pretty CAS for me, I know. Me likey. Hope you do too.

Need some more inspiration? Head over to the SOG blog NOW and see what my awesome ODD teamies have come up with!!

Kisses. xo

NEW in NOVEMBER at The GREETING FARM!


Hey, everyone!  We are pumped for the NEW November Releases available RIGHT NOW at The Greeting Farm and rest assured it is more TREAT than trick today!

You've seen the previews, and we are so glad that you're all sharing in the excitement as we move into November with FIVE new "must haves" in your TGF collection!   From the LARGER than life "Anya Styles", a bean who twinkles more than stars, two VERY fabulous (or, is it vamptabulous?  ;) Creepers in our crew and a festive Holiday Anya 2, there's something for EVERYONE...and they're all in the TGF STORE waiting for you!

You know it wouldn't be a party if we didn't have a BLOG HOP with a BIG prize, right?  This blog hop is special to us, too because it marks our last hop as a current Premiere team.  
So here are my final projects as a Premiere Farmer (que puppy dog eyes and pet lip).

You guys already know who this handsome fella is, right? James is a heartbreaker. If I was his girl, I'd be claiming that jacket right away. I wonder how long git takes him to do that hair in the morning? It sure is impressive. I've coloured him with the usual ProMarkers and FlexMarkers - I've given him a bit of a roset cheeked look this time round - to match papers frm an older Cosmo Cricket called Boyfriend.

I've added the slightest green glow around James to match his eyes, it doesn't show up much on the photo but it really makes him pop off the long panel I've cut around him. To finish the card off I've added some polka dot buttons from The Ribbon Girl and a yummy polka dot brad from Stampin' Up! Oh, and that sentiment, guess where it's from?! Of course.. My Guy Ian! ;) stamped in Real Red ink. Hope you likey.


I'll add my Anya Styles card when I get home today - or try to. Blogger is too busy being an idiot to let me add anymore to the post! :(

.. and here she is. In all of her pink and purple glory.


Love this girl. Perhaps a little too much. She's so stylish and is a dream to colour. I've paired her up with some papers from Echo Park Springtime collection. The sentiment is from PTI and layered on top of a mini doily from MFT.

Before I go, I wanna take a minute to thank each and everyone one of you for making this such a fantastic experience. From the excitement of receiving new, surprise, rubber in the post, to colouring up the new images and sharing them with the crafting world, and our CCN which I trooped through until the early hours of the morning - it has all been a blast!! *grins*

Ok... on with the NEW! Here's the list you've been waiting for...will YOU be the lucky one who walks away with ALL FIVE RELEASES?  You have until 11:30pmCST tonight to enter and FIND OUT tomorrow!

back to the TGF BLOG to let us know you hopped!

Have a blast and HAPPY NOVEMBER! xo

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

It's FRIGHT NIGHT!

..well. Almost. :)
One more day 'til Halloween!!
How do you celebrate? It isn't as huge in the UK as I'd like it to be.. so I don't find myself making much Halloween stuffs.. today is an exception though.

Over at Passion for ProMarkers we got a SPOOKY kinda challenge for you all to join in with. I've gone more.. CUTE than SPOOKY! LOL! Total opposite ends of the spectrum, but I do hope you like it!!

FRIGHT NIGHT

This is "just for you" - Halloween-y guys. I kept the layout of this card pretty simple. I used a few papers from an older Cosmo Cricket pack called Boyfriend if I remember rightly. Some texture in the form of crinkle organza and a slice of fluffy orange stuff? LOL! :)


I used a gorgeously cute? LOL! new image from Tiddly Inks, this is Monstrous Party. I've coloured these guys up using bright, bold colours. I tried to add some.. texture to their furs.. :) I also gave the 'purple glow' another go. That rhymed. LOL! I like how it turned out this time - a lot more vibrant. Yayyy!

Enough from me and my bright, furry friends - head over to the Passion for ProMarkers blog NOW and see the other ladies amazing creations!

Make it Like.. LOU!!

Morning Tiddly Inkers! :) It's Tuesday once again, and that means it's time for a new challenge over at Tiddly Inks. Like you didn't already know.

This week we have another Make it Like.. LOVE these challenges. It's interesting to see how you guys interpret out DTs projects. So this week we want you to

MAKE IT LIKE LOU

Our lovely Lou whipped up this creation a while back..


and we want you to take some inspiration from it for your card, whether it be in the form of the layout, the colour combo, the image or the detailing!! We can't WAIT to see what you come up with.

I used the same image as Lou for my card, this is Wryn - Joy Ride, and I've coloured her using one of my all time fave colour combos - turquoise, lime green and orange. YUM!


I've added some seam binding, Prima flowers a big button and some brads from Doodlebug. Oh, and that mini orange ric rac that's been popping up on a lot of my projects lately! :) The sentiment from Amy R has been stamped in some Island Indigo ink from SU! Love. :)

Please head over to the challenge blog and see what my other teamies have come up with using Lou's cute project for inspiration. Kisses. xo

Monday, 29 October 2012

James, you so Swaggg!!

Hey guys- it's DAY THREE of releases over at The Greeting Farm. Are you loving what you've seen so far?! I know I am!

Today we've a new guy on the block. I'd like to introduce you to..

JAMES

Is he hot? Uh huh. I'm loving his big hair and that jacket. Sooo swag! 

Here's my offering.

I kept this card pretty simple using a few papers from Echo Park - This and That collection, adding some pops of yellow to bring some colour and stamping a sentiment from My Guy Ian set, also from The Greeting Farm. I've been practicing my.. greys? So i decided to colour his jacket white.. well.. at least try. I think it could do with a little more definition. We live and we learn, right? :)


And this creation is a little more out of the box.. It's CHRISTMAS themed. Heh. I had to!! All wrapped up in the leather biker jacket. I had to. Oh, and that bright red mop of hair. Uh huh. I went ALL OUT. I've used some yummy papers from Basic Grey and matted them onto Island Indigo cardstock from SU! Another sentiment from My Guy Ian finishes this card up.
 

Oh, and before I forget - woah. I tried out a different skin combo of.. lemme think. Nutmeg, Dusky Pink, Oatmeal, Blush and Linen. Kinda paler, I like it. Should done a side by side comparison. Next time. :)

Talking about looking swag ;) - I've got a few events to attend next month, so I'm off for a spot of internet shopping! ;) I mean.. "window" internet shopping of course! ;)

Take it easy, and be sure to check by the The Greeting Farm Blog each day to see the new characters being released each day! xo

Saturday, 27 October 2012

The girl is STYLIN'!!

Oh where to begin? Perhaps with an apology? Or perhaps I could just stop putting it off and get on with the rest of the post? Uh huh. I'll do that.

So aside from the fact I'm way late with my projects for the latest release over at The Greeting Farm, you guys will have already laid eyes on the gorgeous new Anya Styles, so..

Here are my offerings.

This girl is an absolute dream to colour, and that hair! BOY! Wanna know who I think nails it? Our very own Rachel - check out her Anya with the glossy black hair.. AH-mazing. I decided to give my first Anya Styles bright blonde hair to stand out against her biker chic clothes. She's soo stylin'!


My second Anya got coloured up to represent a little more of the girlie girl in her style. Pinks and yellows are my new pinks and greens. I love the combo - and papers from My Minds Eye make it all the more gorgeous. I'd like to say this card is a little back to front, in the sense that the white space on the image panel takes up a lot of the card - and I kinda like that. I've stamped the largest sentiment from the set over the bottom of the image in Brilliance ink (so crisp) and added a few banners, hearts and buttons to finish it off. It has been matted onto some mustard coloured Core-dinations cardstock and voila. 


So there ya have it!! My late edition of Anya Styles. Don't forget there is a new stamp released each day up til November 1st - which is release day, and their will be a coinciding BLOG HOP you won't wanna miss out on.

Be sure to head over to The Greeting Farm BLOG each day to see what goodies we've got for ya!! I'll be back on Monday with a new boy on the block! ;)

LOVES. xo

Friday, 26 October 2012

Sing me a Carol

Oh, you don't wanna sing? What's that? You sound like a cat being strangled? Gosh, okay.. keep those noises to yourself. Instead.. Wryn will sing us a lovely carol.

Ready?

Heh! :) It's time for another dose of Fabulous Friday from our AH-mazing Tiddly Inks team! Head over to the challenge blog to see what the other ladies have created to inspire ya this week!! 

This is Wryn Goes Caroling. She's been coloured up using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers to match my papers from an old collection from Basic Grey - Wassail. I know I'll be asked what colours I used for her hair - so Oatmeal, Honeycomb, Ginger and Spice. :) One step ahead of ya!


I haven't followed any particular layout for this card, I've just tried to use up the scraps of papers I've already cut into. I've inked the edges using Frayed Burlap DI - the first time I've done this in forEVAH. I've outlined some areas with an Old Olive marker. The little sentiment ticket is a mixture of Whimsy stamps and Amy R. Some yummy olive grosgrain from The Ribbon Girl, and old BG button aaand some random beige coloured brads finish this card off.

Oh, and.. I've been tryna use up my.. flatter? less dimensional? dimensional foam adhesive. It's like 1mm, maybe 2mm thick.. and well.. I have like two who A4 sheets to get rid of. Hell, you can't even tell that the image panel is popped up on this card, can ya? Meh. I gotta start using stuff up before buying new, so I'ma have to stick it out. Get it? Stick! LOL! Seriously though - why don't we think ahead before we purchase this stuff? :/

Don't forget to head over to the challenge blog!

Thank you for stopping by! xo

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Bee Happy

This post didn't go live when it should have. Sorry.

Oh hell yeah. I'm actually ahead of schedule. So it's Tuesday and it's time for another challenge over at Passion for ProMarkers. This week the theme has been set by our lovely Jane. She wants to see you all HAPPY!!

BEE HAPPY

Heh. So cute. This can be interpreted any way you wish. I know yellow and grey is a massive trend at the moment, so why not try yellow and black? You could have a scene with little bees in the background, or you could have the bee.. be.. centre stage. Which is what I've chosen to do.

The lucky winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend over at Joanna Sheen.

 

So here is the last SMASH* page I made.. like two months ago. Ridiculous, I know. My poor SMASH* books are going so unloved right now, but for me it's all about CHRISTMAS right now! How about you?

So the cutie featured on this page, as I'm sure you all already know is the gorgeous Annabelle from Tiddly Inks. Happy Bee Day. She's been coloured up.. to look like a bumble bee ;) with my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers. I've added her to a SMASH* page about my fear of bees and wasps. I got stung all. of. the. time when I was younger, and I will never forget the feeling. That buzzzz sound puts the fear of death in me and I'd run a mile! LOL. It's like an involuntary reaction - I can't just stand still and let it pass.. I totally freak out.

BUT. Annabelle in her adorable bumble suit is different. I luffs her.


Here is an 'artistic' shot - HAH! I love how her red hair turned out. I've added a little pocket by upcycling a soap packet. I know, I know. :/ 


Please head over to the Passion for ProMarkers blog and JOIN US. There is plenty of inspiration over there to inspire you to getting buzzing!! xo

It's HALLOWEEN at Tiddly Inks

Goodness me. Neither of my posts actually went live yesterday. So here is my new challenge card for Tiddly Inks a day late! *sweet, sorry face*

Morning Tiddly Inkers! :) Tuesday has come around again.. and another Tuesday can only mean one thing.. a new challenge over at Tiddly Inks!!

Over two weeks of October have disappeared into thin air.. and in another two short weeks it'll be HALLOWEEN. So.. we want to see you whip up your bestest HALLOWEEN CREATIONS with the gorgeous images available over at Tiddly Inks.

Christy has been a busy bee and has drawn up a bunch of new Halloween images for us to use - head over to the shop to pick up yours now!!

I decided to use Witchy Wryn, because I loves her! :) I love her little friends even more - the frog and kitty! I've coloured her up using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers - I didn't want to make her cloak super black, so I've used Cool Grey 2-5. I've made her a little blonde, with green highlights, heh. You can't really tell on the picture, but it looks so cool IRL. Another thing the picture hasn't really picked up on is the purple glow I've added around her - gotta work on that to get it to stand out more.


I've kept the layout of the card pretty simple. I've embossed the bottom of the cardbase with a Sizzix EF, added a few stripes of My Minds Eye patterned paper, a length of polka dot ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, a cute bow and a threaded button. Voila! The sentiment has been created using Amy R stamps and punched out using an SU! punch.

Thank you for stopping by! :)

I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:
- Sassy Cheryl's Digi - Orange and Black
- Forever Friends - Halloween/ Autumn
- Hooked on Craft - Halloween

Be sure to stop by the Tiddly Inks Challenge BLOG and share your HALLOWEEN creation with us! xo

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Some new threads for Kaylee..

.. so she can dress up for Halloween! ;)

So last.. but by no means least it's..

WITCHY WEARS

This is a 3x4 to compliment Kaylee's Closet Wardrobe set. Who doesn't love this little girl?! Perfect for little doses of colouring, paper piecing or just practicing when you don't fancy a whole character. This Witchy Wears set comes with a hat, a dress, a broom and the cutest little sentiment to make your project perfect down to the last detail.


I've used some papers from My Minds Eye, I love the pop of blue this collection has, so I've brought that in with my colouring too. How cute is her little dress? I think next time I use this little Kaylee, I won't fussy cut her out. The white trim around her makes her pieced clothes look a little funny.. me thinks. :) 

I've added some black stitched grosgrain to the design (I forgot how easy this stuff ties into cute bows) and added a white button threaded with some mini orange ricrac ribbon - all from The Ribbon Girl. I used the broomstick as an accent piece, as opposed to placing it with Kaylee, to draw some attention to the sentiment which I've stamped on a flagged piece of cardstock in Pumpkin Pie ink from SU!

That's all we've got for ya for this release! Be sure to stop by the SOME ODD GIRL BLOG and looksie at the projects the ODDies have created with this neat little addition.

All of the stamps from this weeks sneaks will be up for sale over at the SOME ODD GIRL SHOP TODAY!! Grab yours while you can, you know they're a must for your collection. xo

Hey you, Candy Avenger

Hey Tiddly Inkers! :) It's time for another OLDIES post over at Tiddly Inks. Today it's my turn to show off another Avenger.

This little girlie is Candy Avenger and she is perfect for Halloween!! She's been coloured with PMs and FMs to match my papers from My Minds Eye. 

I've stencilled some cloudy night sky behind the little Avenger, using Bashful Blue and Perfect Plum ink from SU! I've created the sentiment using a set from Amy R and punched it out using a 1"circle punch. I've adhered it to an orange Prima flower I had lying around in my stash and folded a length of mini orange ricrac behind it. For another added layer I've punched some polka dot patterned paper with a tab punch from SU! and folded that round the image panel.

I've layered up some of the patterned paper from the My Minds Eye collection and wrapped some grosgrain stitch ribbon and mini ricrac ribbon around for some added texture. I've created a bow using my Bow Easy and layered an orange button otop the knot - all from The Ribbon Girl. To tie the layers together, I've added some Pumpkin Pie doodles around the edges.


For finishing details I've dotted a few Doodlebug brads here and there. I'm not usually big on Halloween, but I love the dramatic black and orange combo! Plus, this Candy Avenger makes Halloween feel super fun! I hope she shares her bounty with her friends, her pumpkin looks like it's bursting with goodies! 

I'd like to enter this card into these challenges:
- Scrap Creations - Pumpkins
- Hooked on Craft - Halloween
- Make in Monday - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by today. xo

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