Saturday, 31 March 2012

Candy Time

Tony is home and boy is he hard work!  Stubborn isn't the word, I swear that man thinks he is Linford Christie out of retirement, he will be wearing that hip out long before it should at this rate lol.  He has me run ragged, so much so I did not get a chance to get this week’s candy photographed, so snagged this pic off the internet.

This week’s candy is a 6” x 8” set of clear stamps by Autumn Leaves – Wellies n Brellas. AL3456
As always please pop your name in the linky below and I will draw a winner tomorrow night.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Orchard Love

Did you get any of Krista’s new Saturated Canary images that went on sale this week?  I couldn’t resist them and Orchard Love is a particular favourite of mine.  Love her hair!


I have used those delish Pink Paislee London Market papers again, I am so glad I bought several packs else I could not have brought myself to use them lol.


The image has been coloured with copics and pencils:

Hair: E47, 44, 42, 40, W00 and dark umber pencil
Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20
Dress: R22, 21, 20, 30, 00, 000 and peach pencil
YG63, 61, G20 and olive pencil
E42, 41, 40 and warm grey 50% pencil
Apples: R29, 24, 20 and Tuscan red pencil
Grass, leaves: G84, 46, 43, 20, YG63, 61 and olive pencil
Boots: E47, 44, 42

The gorgeous silk ribbon and large pearl is from Wild Orchid Crafts as is the flowers - 30mm wild rose, 20mm roses, 10mm roses and sweetheart blossoms.


The tiny tag is a Papertrey die and the hugs sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.


That’s all from me today, got to dash



Thursday, 29 March 2012

Mini Taster Candy Winner

We have a winner, picked out by my grandson Ben

Anonymous said...

what more can I say but ME,ME,ME !!!
hugglies K.C.

29 March 2012 11:31

Congratulations K.C., please email me your address so I can post your candy off to you.  Please put Mini Taster Candy in the subject line.

I will be doing more of these candies when I get new products in my DT kits from Wild Orchid Crafts, might as well share the joy Smile



Candy winner and a mini taster candy/give away of the new WOC products!

Sorry I didn’t get round to getting this posted up on my blog last night, this week is whizzing by and I am still trying to fathom out what happened to Monday and Tuesday lol.  Tony is up and walking on crutches (he bypassed the zimmer lol) and is AMAZING.  OMW I can’t believe how fast his recovery is, he’s just a total star (and his consultant and the nursing staff are superstars!!!!) 
The winner of the two Elisabeth Bell (Belles n Whistles) stamps is

Congratulations Traci, please email me your address so I can post your prize off to you.

The winner has now been drawn for the taster candy so no more entries please.

Now then, as promised here is a little give away from me.  Paul and Siri from Wild Orchid Crafts not only stock the most amazing goodies, they send their DT girlies the most amazing kits and when my newest kit arrived this week my jaw hit the floor!  It was crammed full of the usual floral gorgeousness (they are generous to a fault!!) but it was also full of new goodies, most are not even on the website yet so this is hot off the press lol.  Sooooo, I thought I would share their generosity and give away a mini taster candy to one of my followers to be one of the first to try out the new goodies ….. those delish cameos, silver spacers, large chunky faceted acrylic cabochons, large chunky pearls in cream and white, matching pearl chain, gold and silver cording and the sweetest little mini rose organza trim (I’ve popped in three different colours from the large selection).


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Meant to be and thank you

Before I get on to todays’ card I just want to thank all the lovely caring people that have messaged and emailed me about my hubby – you really are the best.  He’s doing well thank you, the surgery was, in the consultant’s words, very difficult but they got a great result and managed to avoid any fractures during the surgery.  I was not in a good place yesterday but after seeing him last night – pain free for the first time in a long, long time (he was uncomfortable as is to be expected after what he went through yesterday … but none of that unbearable pain he has been in for so long.)  He was bright and chipper, something I would not have been after a 3 hour anaesthetic and was even demanding his grub at tea time lol.  So tomorrow the rehabilitation begins (and the pain I guess) but he is determined to be walking by the weekend to come home!  Go Tony!!  This place is way too big and empty without him here.
So on to today’s card – I chose the stamp because of it’s name “Meant to be”.  And now I am going to go all soppy on you (not something that happens very often lol) but I believe Tony and I were meant to be so I went with this stamp.  It’s from the new release that is on sale from today at Lili of the Valley.  I say this every time but I have really loved working with this release although have not posted much on my blog as most of the work I have done with this release can’t be shown yet.
The delish paper is Pink Paislee London Market – what a job I had trying to get hold of this paper because I could not wait for it to be available in the UK lol.  Me and patience are never in the same sentence lol.
The image has been coloured with copics and pencils (mainly black and cool grey 90% to give a vintage look).
Hair (her) E59, 57, 51; (him) E57, 53, 51, 50
Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20
Turquoise: E11, E10, E70 muted turquoise and cool grey pencils
Shirt E42, 41, 40 and black pencil
Pink: R83, 81, RV000, 0000 Tuscan red and black pencils
Grass: G85, 46, 43, 20 YG63, 61 and olive pencil
The seam binding, doily and flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I used trellis rose25mm wild rose, 20mm roses, 15mm roses, 10mm roses and I also added a cameo and silver cord (both are now on the WOC website).  I looped bits of the cord and added them behind the flowers for a bit of subtle bling – me subtle?? Never lol.
The die cut corners are from the Whimsy Corner Die Set.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Lili of the Valley New Release

Just a quick heads up to let you know that the new release from Lili of the Valley goes on sale at midnight UK time.  Get ready to go and fill ya boots girlies!!


Some candy for you

I didn’t get a card done last night, so as promised some candy for you. 


Ice Cream Butterfly - web

Up for grabs are two Elisabeth Bell stamps – Belles ‘n Whistles Ice Cream Butterfly and Belles ‘n Whistles Pepper with Gift.  As always leave your name in the linky below and I will draw a winner tomorrow night.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Picked Sweet

I grabbed some time last night to quickly get this card made – it’s been a manic weekend, almost glad to be going to work this morning for a rest.  It’s the last of the February release from Whimsy Stamps of Elisabeth Bell’s Cottage Cuties, this one is called Picked Sweet and for the UK girls is in stock at Dies to Die For, and for the rest of the world is available at Whimsy Stamps.  Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get them all used, and I just know I will be using them again and again, they are just so stunning.  The sentiment is from one of my favourite Whimsy sets – Fanciful Birthday Notables 1 


And I also managed to get the new Gratitude kit from Nitwit Collections used, OMW I love the colours in this kit.  So pretty!

The image has been coloured with Copics and pencils

Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20, 30
Hair: E57, 53, 51, 50 light umber and black pencils
Pinks: R81, RV000, 0000 rose pale pencil
Burgundy: ER59, 56, R83 mulberry pencil
Greens: G84, 46, 20, YG63, 61 olive pencil
Plant Pot: E18, 15, 13, 11 and sepia pencil
Yellow: YR31, 20
Shadow around image muted turquoise pencil


The flowers, pearls and seam binding are all from Wild Orchid Crafts – I used a trellis rose, 25mm wild roses, 20mm roses and sweetheart blossoms.  The leaves are also from WOC

I decorated the inside to match the front and used bits from the main kit and Lil’ Bits kits for extra embellishment, and apologies for the pants picture, it was early hours this morning that I eventually got round to photographing it and the camera does not like too much white with the lights.


Not sure if I will get a card made tonight, so if I don’t I will have some Elisabeth Bell candy up for grabs Smile

Have a great week (I wish it was already over and I had my hubby back home – I am dreading tomorrow.)



Sunday, 25 March 2012

Wild Orchid Crafts Surprise Candy Winner

This week’s winner of the fab surprise candy kindly sponsored by Wild Orchid Crafts is


Ann mckeown

Congratulations Ann, please email me your address to claim your prize by Wednesday 28 March

Winter Warmth

Anyone for some FOG!!  It’s like pea soup out there today again, hopefully it will burn off like it did yesterday.  We got a TV for Tony – OMW what is it with blokes?  It took him forever to decide (the remote had to be just so and I thought I was picky!!!).  I had Ben and Amy stopping over last night so did not get this card done till really late but better late than never


The stamp is Sarah Kay Winter Warmth, loving the hat and all the folds in the dress and spent ages colouring this one last night with copics and pencils.

Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R30
Hair, boots and wood: E39, 37, 31, 30 Dark umber pencil
Tights, hat and stool E42, 41, 40, W00 warm grey 70% pencil
Dress: B99, 97, 95, 93, 91 Navy and black pencils


The papers are Glitz Vintage Blue, absolutely gorgeous and not my usual colours but am so glad I bought loads of them Smile and talking of papers, there are loads of special offers and sale goodies up for grabs at Dies to Die For this weekend so get in quick!

The flowers and seam binding are from Wild Orchid Crafts, I used 30mm wild rose, sweetheart blossoms, poppies, 10mm roses, 15mm roses and Calla Lilies.  The beautiful lace was a present from a friend, thanks sweetie xxx  And that stunning bling finding and large pearl ………..  new products at Wild Orchid Crafts, they are not on the website yet (Paul and Siri are snowed under with orders and we all know how fast they get them out cuz we can’t wait lol) so as soon as they are up I will pop a post on here to let you know.


And as always I finished off the inside to match the front


And now I am going to go and watch the MAN do his magic in the Grand Prix GOOOOOOOO Jenson!!



Saturday, 24 March 2012

Wild Orchid Crafts candy

It’s candy time again, and this week it’s Paul and Siri from Wild Orchid Crafts turn to sponsor my candy with another of their amazing “Surprise Goodie Bags” of approximately £20 worth of flowers and other goodies from Wild Orchid Crafts.   The first winner was delighted with her goody bag so this week’s winner will be in for a treat I’m sure!


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, 23 March 2012

Folds at Just Magnolia

Get me, I managed to make a card for this week’s Just Magnolia challenge.  Anne is our hostess and has challenged us to have more than one fold on our projects.  Now I had planned on a major folding exercise then gave that idea up and went with an easel card ….. well it does have two folds lol.


The image is Teddybear Love from Dies to Die For, the paper is also Magnolia, from the new Prince and Princess collection.  The fab sentiment is from an Anna Griffin set from QVC.  She has been coloured with Copics and pencils

Skin: E13, 11, 00, 000, 0000, R30
Hair: E44, 42, 40, W00 and Black pencil
Dress: R59, 56, 85, 83 and mulberry and black pencils, R83, 81, RV000, RV0000 and pink pencil
Bear: E35, 31, 30, 37, and sepia pencil
Shadow around Tilda is muted turquoise pencil, underneath is Warm Grey 70% and black


The border die is from Crafty Sentiments and is the Scallop border die again, love it!  The flowers and seam binding are from Wild Orchid Crafts – I am not sure what the largest rose is or the link so will update it with the correct info as soon as I get it.  The smaller roses are 25mm wild roses and 15mm roses and  I also used aster daisies

Oooh and check out that delish silver cord (they also have it in gold) and that dinky little cameo!!!  It’s all pearly and shimmery in real life!  They come in two sizes, I have used the smaller of the two and adhered some of that silver cord around the edges to “frame” it.  I will add the links as soon as they are on the website.


Last pic for now.  I really enjoyed making this card – I had a good few hours just playing Smile


Have a totally fabulous weekend, we are going TV shopping (yuk yuk yukky yuk!!) that is so not my idea of fun lol.  Also will be getting things ready for my Tony going in to hospital on Tuesday morning for his long awaited surgery.  So lots to do but I will be back tomorrow with the weekly candy and this week’s it’s from Wild Orchid Crafts so don’t miss it!



Thursday, 22 March 2012

Patchwork Present–sneak peek

I’ve another sneak peek from Lili of the Valley today.  I have finished all my magazine commissions so can spend the next few days concentrating on DT work and new stuff for my blog.  I have so many gorgeous stamps (old and new) that are begging to be inked up.

Anyway on to today’s card, the image is Patchwork Present and will be on sale at the NEC today and on the website from the 28th March (if you can wait that long!)


I stocked up on those fab stepper cards from Which Craft UK when I was at the GNPE show at Harrogate last weekend, they are definitely my fave style of card at the moment, I love that I can whip up a card in double quick time using these steppers, and at 70p per card an absolute bargain.  There is no way I could hand cut these and get them to come out anywhere near as perfect as the real thing and to be honest I don’t have the time or interest when it’s already done for me – bargain!

Okay so how CUTE is this little bear?!!  I coloured it up with Copics and pencils and didn’t blend out the pencil on the fur so it would show some texture.


The papers are Papermania that I picked up last year, love the little dolly print.  The guipure lace and flowers – carnation and 15mm roses – are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.


That’s all from me today, hopefully I will get a card done for Just Magnolia this week that will actually follow the challenge – unlike last week lol Embarrassed smile



Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Sneak Peek–Ride with me and back to cute

Thank you all so much for the brilliant feedback and comments left on yesterdays sneak peek card, you’re loving the different design and there are quite a few more different ones in this new release from Lili of the Valley and they are amazing so keep an eye on the Ideas to Inspire blog for daily sneak peeks from the DT.

Today’s card is back to “cute”!  This one is called Ride with me.  That scooter is just the cutest!!  This is another stamp that will be great for so many different cards I think.


I have used Bo Bunny Love Bandit papers and shock horror!!  I have actually used more than 3 colours on a card – I tell ya I had the shakes after making this one haha.  But I am really pleased with how it turned out so must try and stretch myself more often to break out into the big bright colour combinations.

I have used a Martha Stewart border punch that my sweet friend in the USA sent me, thanks honeybunch xx.  The heart die is a Marianne Designs die and I have popped a sentiment from the Love Sentiments in the centre.  The satin ribbon and flowers (aster daisies, 25mm wild rose and 10mm roses ) are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

And a close up of the image.  Sorry I did not make a note of the colours – my desk was covered with markers and pencils after this colouring session lol.


That’s all from me today, have a good one Smile



Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Sneak peek of the new Lili of the Valley release

I teased you last week when I mentioned that there is a new Lili of the Valley release looming, well these go on sale on the 28th March although I think they may very well be at the NEC as well.

So today I have something totally different from LOTV, and I love love love these new images.  What a total joy to colour and is perfect for so many different types and styles of card.  And for the cute fanatics, don’t despair!  We have plenty of those too, so do check out the Ideas to Inspire blog each day for new cards and also the sneak peeks page where we will be updating it each day with all the new cards from the DT


A very quick and simple card, a bit of my beloved gingham, those FAB shaped step cards from Which Craft UK, the new Strawberries image and my fave flowers (Sweetheart blossoms and cherry blossoms) and ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts and job done.


Coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers I used (and not a pencil in sight!)

Strawberries:  Burgundy, Red, Salmon Pink, Pear Green, Lemon
Colander:  Ice Grey 5, 3, 1 and Blue Grey 1
Butterflies:  Gold, Yellow and black


I’ll have another sneak peek tomorrow, might just squeeze in a cutie Smile