Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Mega mega candy alert!!!

My bestest buddy Jacque is celebrating 4000 followers and in try Jacque style she has candy up for grabs to beat all candy – no less than TEN amazing prizes up for grabs, and not itty bitty prizes either so get yourselves over to her blog now and enter!!


Susie Ponders and workshop news and commenters candy!

Before I get on to todays card I have some workshop news.  I am taking breakfast workshops at The Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza show in Harrogate on both Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2012 using Lili of the Valley images and Promarkers.  The Saturday workshop is sold out but I think there is still availability on the Sunday.  As well as the workshops, we will be holding Mini Make and Takes for most of the day on both days, there's no need to book, just come along to our stand at the show and take a seat and have a play with promarkers and LOTV stamps!

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Now then, it’s been ages since I last gave away some commenters candy so my hubby has picked a winner from yesterday’s comments so …..

Tammy Ortiz please email me your address so I can pop your surprise stamp in the mail.

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Also, the winner of the Mini Magnolia candy has not come forward yet so I will be drawing another winner tonight so keep ya eyes peeled later Winking smile

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And after that missive here’s my card for today, one of the new Sarah Kay images by Stampavie.  This little poppet is called Susie Ponders and I love all the scope for creating folds in her clothes.


The beautiful paper is First Edition Spring Drop – another pad I am totally loving at the mo.  The silk ribbon and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  If you have missed it, I did a video a while back on how I tie these “chocolate box” bows, it’s on my Video Tutorials page (near the bottom).  This silk ribbon was made for these bows!!

I used 10mm roses, 15mm roses, 20mm rose, 25mm rose and that gorgeous Organza Beehive Blossom flower that I added some stickles to the centre.  The butterflies are punched with a MS PATP corner punch and also a Monarch Butterfly punch.  The doily is a Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die.

A close up of that yummy organza flower – love it!


And lastly a closer look at little Susie with the colours I used

Hair: E29, 23, 50
Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20, R30
Dress: R21, 20, 00, 000, 0000 and pale vermillion pencil
Boots: E43, 41, 40 and warm grey 50% pencil.

And the shading around her (not showing up very well here is done with a Prismacolor Pencil – PC1024 Blue Slate.  I have been experimenting with different blues and like this one the best for the more subtle look.  Yesterday’s card was done with PC919, a much brighter blue. 


And the sentiment is from that new Anna Griffin set.  I have had lots of emails for details of the set, you can find it here

That’s it from me today unless the Mini Magnolia winner does not come forward by tonight, in that case I will be back to announce another winner.



Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Stampavie Newsletter

Stampavie’s online magazine Stampavie Creations will be published by the end of this week, and will be packed full of fab projects by the DT, competitions and lots more and best of all ….. it’s FREE! So sign up HERE to get your copy


Whimsy February Rubber & Die Release - Showcase Day 7

Hello and welcome to Day 7 of our February Rubber Die Release Showcase!On Wednesday (22 February) Whimsy Stamps released this month's rubber designs and new Shapeology dies. From then until 28 February the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new stamps and dies with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw. To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy Inspirations blog on 29 February.

For my card today I have used the oh so sweet Easter Bunny by Sylvia Zet, isn’t he just a little poppet!


The gorgeous paper is First Edition Spring Drop.  And I have teamed it with my favourite buttery yellow card stock and yellow silk ribbon (from Wild Orchid Crafts).  The Chrysanthemum, daffodils, sweetheart blossoms and pearls are also from Wild Orchid Crafts.   The sentiment is from the Fanciful Birthday Notables set from the new release.  For the UK girls you can get these stamps now at Dies to Die For, for everyone else they are in stock at Whimsy Stamps.

He has been coloured with Copics and pencils:
Bunny C3, 1, 0, 00 and black pencil; R20, R30
Chick: Y35, 32, YR30 and yellow ochre pencil
Egg: R83, 81, RV000, 0000 and Tuscan Red pencil; BG13, 11, 10 and muted turquoise pencil
Bench: E29, 23, 50 and dark umber pencil
Grass: YG63, 61 and G20 with a touch of Olive pencil to soften the look.  The amazing Dena manages to get this soft look to perfection, I wish I could be half as good!


To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

Erin Bailey
Niki Estes
Bev Rochester – me!
Tammy Louise Cunliffe
Mariska van der linde
Simonne Clay
Heidy Blom

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.



Monday, 27 February 2012


Monday already,  these weekends are getting shorter for sure.  I am still mad about the My Mind’s Eye Be Happy 6 x 6 paper pad so have used it two days on the trot.  I definitely need to stockpile this pad I think (and several more from this collectiion!)

Today’s card features another of the oh so talented Krista Smith of Saturated Canary’s images, this one is called Secrets.


The bling corners are from Flourish with a Bling, on today’s card I chopped off the corners of the Bella Rhinestone flourishes to fit in with the design of the card.  I love how those corners have just finished off and balanced the card.

My flowers, lace and seam binding are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The flowers used are 10mm roses, 15mm roses, 20mm roses, 25mm wild rose and lilies.

Secrets has been coloured with Copics and pencils:

Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20
Hair (left) E31, E53., E51, E50 and light umber pencil; (right) E47, 44, 42, W00 and warm grey 70% pencil
Greens: G00, 000, 0000 and muted turquoise pencil
Peach: YR01, 00, 000, 0000 and pale vermillion pencil
Beige: E43, 41, 40 and warm grey 70% pencil


That’s me done for today, have a brilliant week



Sunday, 26 February 2012

Wild Orchid Crafts Surprise candy winner

Wowzers!  802 entries for this week’s candy!!  I am so glad you are enjoying having different candy up for grabs.  Once again thank you so much to Paul and Siri of Wild Orchid Crafts for being so generous with their prizes for my fab followers.

This week’s winner is


That’s you Suzan!  Huge congrats sweets, please email me your address so we can post your surprise prize off to you.

I’ll be back next week with more awesome candy Smile



Little Blossom

I got stuck in to some serious card making last night and actually managed to complete a couple of cards, this is one of them.  This is the first of the girls from the new Lili of the Valley release that I have had time to colour, me bad!!  So I decided to colour little Blossom, just love that hair lol.


And I have used my favourite pad again, and tomorrows card is made from the same pad – can’t help myself (and for a girl that is not a peach and green fan I’m doing good lol).  It’s the My Mind’s Eye Be Happy 6 x 6 pad and is scrumptious!   The sentiment is from a new Anna Griffin set that I got from QVC on their craft day last week – I just can’t help myself when it comes to AG sentiment stamps, they are just perfect for any card.


The gorgeous metallic resin type leaves are from Flourish with a Bling – OMW they have the most amazing bling embellies.  I cut the Jack Vine leaves up to fit in with my little flower arrangement. 

The seam binding, trellis rose, carnation, 20mm roses, sweetheart blossoms, 8mm semi open roses and 6mm rose buds are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.


The image was coloured with copics and pencils

Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20
Hair and tree trunk: E27, 23, 50
Peach: YR01, 00, 000, 0000 and Pale Vermillion pencil
Greens: G00, 000, 0000 and Muted Turquoise pencil; G46, 43, 20 and Olive pencil

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I am heading off to Hobbycraft shortly to go and buy some wool – I have started knitting again.  Oh dear!  Another hobby to cram into my day lol.



Saturday, 25 February 2012

Mini Magnolia - Candy Winner

I’ve had such a lovely day puttering about the house, sorting out my craft room and generally avoiding making cards today so have only just sat down now to do some DT work and remembered I had not yet announced the winner of the Mini Magnolia candy.

So without further ado, the lucky lady is


Congratulations sweets, please email me your address so I can post them off to you.  Please put Mini Magnolia candy in the subject line.



Linking problems fixed now

Apologies for the problem with entering the WOC candy this morning, I think between Mr Blue Frog and myself we got ourselves tied up in great big knots lol.

I think it's all fixed now, the right linky is up and all the duplicated entries have been removed so if you were unable to enter earlier you should be good to go and enter in the post below now.  If not please drop me an email (link in side bar).

Thanks for bearing with me

Weekly Candy

Paul and Siri from Wild Orchid Crafts are sponsoring candy every second week here on my blog!  The prize will be a “Surprise Goodie Bag” of approximately £20 worth of flowers and other goodies from Wild Orchid Crafts.  
All you need to do is leave your name in the linky below – there are NO silly rules or requests and you don’t even need a blog, just skip past the URL box to enter.  I will draw a winner tomorrow night.
Thanks for the fab prize Paul & Siri!!

Friday, 24 February 2012

Just Magnolia and some candy for you

I managed to get a card done for this week’s Just Magnolia challenge which is a nice and easy one.  All you have to do is use some form doily on your card.  So I have used the Swedish Spring Oval Frame die cut as my doily.


The gorgeous papers are Prima Pixie Glen, I adore the soft pastels in this pad.  Tilda with Flowers has been coloured with Copics and Pencils:
Hair E29, 23, 50
Skin E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20
Dress and shoes B00, 000, 0000 and slate grey pencil
Flowers: R81, RV000, 0000 and tuscan red pencil, G43, G20


The little sentiment charm I got from a little craft shop in the US – and as per I picked up only ONE pack !!  What a fab sentiment it is


The flowers and seam binding as well as the metal corner (that I heat embossed with white embossing powder) are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The flower I have used are Trellis Rose, 25mm wild rose, sweetheart blossoms, 15mm roses.

I’ve popped this card in my Etsy shop


And here’s a wee bit of candy for you, I was clearing my desk last night and found these three mini Magnolia’s that I will never find the time to use so if you think you could put them to use please leave a comment and I will draw a winner tomorrow


Have a fab weekend. 


Thursday, 23 February 2012

Afternoon Tea

It’s Lili’s Little Fairies challenge day today, hopefully Lili’s Little Fairies is back on track this week, we had a bit of a blip last week as Jacqui has been ill.  So this week our challenge is afternoon tea and I thought this Bunny Cupcakes would be perfect for the challenge


I have quite a bit of work on and also lots of samples to make for the new Lili of the Valley shop so when I need a quick card with a lot of impact I reach for my XXL Frames dies by Go Kreate.  They are such fab dies and perfect for something different.  I’m sorry but I have no idea what the make of the paper is, I was having a cardmaking marathon when I made this card before setting off for CHA last month and there was paper EVERYWHERE lol.  I don’t think my paper stash will ever be the same again haha.

The beautiful flowers, organza ribbon and rhinestones are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I used lilies, sweetheart blossoms and a small curly wild rose and blinged them up with my home made glimmer spray and Stickles.

The image was coloured with Promarkers and pencils.




Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Whimsy Stamps Release Day!

Welcome to Whimsy Stamps February rubber stamp and die RELEASE DAY!

Whimsy Stamps is releasing 19 fantastic new rubber stamps and 5 wonderful new Shapeology dies today together with 2 brand new Shape EZ templates! These new goodies are available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

So today I have used Dandelion Girl by Sylvia Zet and the sentiment is from the Friendship Notables 2 set. 


The paper is Pretty In Pink 6 x 6 Pad from Dies to Die ForThe silk ribbon, metal corners, brad, and flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.


From today until 28 February the Whimsy DT and Special Guests will be showcasing these fabulous new stamps and dies with a daily mini blog hop. Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you will have 24hrs to enter each prize draw by leaving a comment on every blog listed for that day. From this release onwards we are doing things a little differently. At the end of release week (Wednesday 29 January) a special Release Round-Up will be posted on the Whimsy blog. This post will include a selection of new release DT work from the previous week together with a complete list of winners from the daily mini blog hops. To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT posts listed below by 12:00PM EST tomorrow:

Bev Rochester {Special Guest}
Jacque Beddingfield {Special Guest}
Finally, here is a full list of the wonderful February release:

3 Crissy Armstrong rubber stamps Bud ~ Gus The Bunny ~ Little Playmates
4 Kenny K rubber stamps Helga Frost ~ Da Bomb ~ Elena K ~ Ryder Cole
3 Meljen's Designs rubber stamps Party Time Cat ~ Dragon's Little Friend ~ Party Penguin
3 Wee Stamps rubber stamps Dandelion Girl ~ Easter Bunny ~ Sympathy Bugs
6 Raindrop Echo Designs rubber stamp sets

Fanciful Birthday Notables 1 (coordinating die available) ~ I Heart You Tabs 2 (coordinating die available) ~ Love Postage Stamps (coordinating die available) ~ Notebook Page background ~ Thanks a Bunch Notables 2 (coordinating die available) ~ Vintage Travel Postage Stamps (coordinating die available)      

4 Raindrop Echo Designs Shapeology dies Corner Dies Set ~ Lamp Post ~ Notebook Spiral ~ Tabs 2    
TLC Shapeology die Heart Tag 
Shape EZ by TLC Flip Cupcake 1 ~ Triple Heart Gift Box Card 

Don't forget to visit today's DT and leave a comment on their blog posts to be entered into the draw to win a new release stamp, then pop back to the Whimsy blog tomorrow for the next list of showcase posts! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy our new release!

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites, they will also be available from Dies to Die For if you are in the UK. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check the Whimsy Inspirations blog tomorrow for more new release creations!


Copic/Promarker Storage for those that have been asking …..

Ever since I posted pictures of my new craft room I have had loads of emails asking where I got my Marker storage from.  Well, a friend got it for me (thanks sweetie mwah xxx) but the company that was selling them stopped doing so as a stand alone unit and if you want the MDF case you need to buy it complete with markers (not even sure what markers they are – never heard of them before).  I was gutted as I wanted a second one to house my Promarkers so I could have both sets of markers on my desk but could not justify paying a £100 odd just for the MDF case, currently my Promarkers and Flexmarkers are housed in a bag.

Well, last night on Facebook I stumbled across THESE!!!!!  Whoop whoopeee dooooo.  And of course I went for the BIG BOY lol, that way I can hopefully house all my Copics and some of my Promarkers/Flexmarkers with the rest in my original box.  Aren’t they fab!!

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And if you want one you can get it at Vixx Craft Storage, it’s okay you can rush across and order yours, I ordered mine last night rofl.
I do have a card for my blog today, but it won’t be up till later ….. it’s a sneak peek Winking smile
So see you then

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Is spring on the way?

I sure do hope so, I am loving the lighter afternoons instead of going to work and coming home in the black dark.  So I decided to help spring on its way today and made a card with one of the new Stampavie images by Penny Johnson.


The stamp is Little Tobi watering the Roses and the sentiment is also one of their new release from the With Love SentimentsThe paper is from the My Mind’s Eye Vanity Fair pad.

The lace, 10mm roses, 25mm hybrid tea rose, aster daisies and large rose are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.


That’s it from me today, I am running late again (serves me right for staying up to watch Sir Tim on QVC last night/this morning!)



Monday, 20 February 2012

White +1 at Wild Orchid Challenge and one I did earlier

Happy Monday!  It’s Wild Orchid Challenge day and this time our challenge is White + 1.  So me being me I opted for Pink plus one.  It’s more of a shell pink, just adore this colour!  And what goes better with this dreamy paper than a Saturated Canary image!  I am so in love with Krista’s work, this girlie is just amazing!  The image is called Dorothy, how cute is that little puppy dog peeking out of the basket with his blankie lol.


The paper is from the Echo Park - Style Essentials - Runway Collection Kit, the image has been coloured with Copics and matted on to a Swedish Spring Oval Frame die cut.

The copics used are
Hair and puppy: E29, 23, 50 and Dark Umber pencil
Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20
Basket: E37, 33, 30
Dress, socks and shoes: R22, 20, 00, 000, 0000 and Rose Pale pencil
Grass: G46, 43, 40 and Olive Green pencil


The butterfly border die is by Tim Holtz.  I inked the edges with Spun Sugar Distress Ink then added some pearls from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I heat embossed the metal corners that started life out as silver with white embossing powder, and I did the same to the frame for the sentiment.  Another item I wish I had bought more of when I was in the States.  The gorgeous flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts as is the lace and seam binding.  Flowers used are sweetheart blossoms, 20mm roses, 25mm rose, trellis rose.  And I finished it off with some white punched leaves, a Crown Pin and a couple of round pins.


And whilst I was photographing this card in the dining room this egg that I decorated a good few years back caught my eye so I thought I would share it here seeing as it fits in with the challenge as well.  This was a total labour of love, the entire egg was marked into a diamond shaped grid pattern, then the area for the clock was cut out with a drill.  I then used pink Swarovski rhinestone chain over the trellis pattern marks then covered each diamond shape with irridescent pearl seed beads.  OMW it too me forever to do (and I made two – couldn’t not do one for my best mate now could I lol).  Then I went and taught this at a convention ….. what was I thinking of????  Even the base has been covered in those wretched pearl beads lol Smile with tongue out


And a close up of the bead work – never again lol.


And on that note I am signing off, I have exhausted myself just explaining what I did rofl.  Have a fabulous week, and if I can be brave enough I will photograph some more of my decorated eggs to show you sometime.

And don’t forget it’s release day at Lili of the Valley so make sure you don’t miss out!