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Sunday, October 31, 2010


Good news today. Cheered me up no end as I have really been under the weather.

I have been asked to join the Design Team for The Crafty Pad. Yay!!!!! I'm really chuffed and start with the next challenge at the end of this week. Pop over and have a look, both at the challenge blog AND the stamp shop.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I'm feeling rather poorly so this is only a quick post. Sorry it's late.

Challenge #38 at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week is a sketch and theme. We are sponsored by DIGI DOODLE SHOP and the prize is $10 to spend in her online store. The DT all used one of her images and mine is Pumpkin Carriage. I designed my own background paper.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! It's cold. Over at I ♥ PROMARKERS this week, the challenge is Autumn. Well, had to be, didn't it? lol. We are sponsored this week by SIMON SAYS STAMP and there is a $15 spend up for grabs.

I'm somewhat limited on Autumnal stuff, but I did have this gorgeous scarecrow. It's a freebie from BECCY'S PLACE. Thanks, Beccy. I didn't have a clue what else I could do with the card other than wanting to do some panels. I've got my first Big and Juicy inkpad 'Spice' and really wanted to use it, so I got out some shiny card and brayered away and then cut the 4 panels. The background paper is from the 'All Fall' pad from Fancy Pants, inked with walnut stain distress ink.
After I'd coloured the scarecrow, I inked around his edges with spiced marmalade and walnut stain.

Once again, I dug deep into the dark recesses of my craft room for stuff I hadn't used (or even looked at) for years and found the skeleton leaves, dried ferns and corn. Old hat, I know...I mean, when was the last time you saw skeleton leaves used on a card, lol. Still, somehow, I think they work and I actually quite like the finished result - for a change.

I'm entering Mr Scarecrow into the following challenges this week:

TUESDAY THROWDOWN #22 - Anything goes.
OUR CREATIVE CORNER - At least 3 embellishments.
THE STAMPMAN #7 - Autumn.
ONE STITCH AT A TIME #35 - Embellish it.
CRAFTY CARDMAKERS #32 - Use a freebie.
PEAR TREE DESIGNS #22 Free for all.
THE CRAFTY PAD - Distressing. Don't know if this fits, but he looks pretty distressed to me with all that ink round him, lol.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


A bit of a yummy theme for challenge #36 at I ♥ Promarkers this week. We want to see your cupcakes or anything related to cupcakes. Our sponsor this week is DIE CUT DREAMS and Susie is offering some gorgeous plate and book card cuts. Pop over to the Promarker challenge blog to see examples of Susie's work and get a better look at the prize. They are gorgeous.

I won the challenge at Other Lovelies a couple of weeks ago and one of the images I chose from the sponsor LIMITED RUNS, was a Cupcake as I didn't have one.

My paper is K & Co 'Sickly Sweet'...oops! sorry. That should be 'Sparkly Sweet'

I wanted some cream on my cake and I remembered that somewhere in the deep dark recesses of my craft room I had some Anita's white 3D paint. It's been there for years, lol but I dug it out and used it and then sprinkled it with clear hole-less beads.

I didn't want to use my beaded nestie for this so I used the scalloped one with the holes. I cut the white, but then put some lilac pearlescent card through my bug with the die and just the embossing mat. I cut it out by hand and placed the bumps under the holes on the white one. I embossed more lilac card and then added some flowers and lace. Job done.

I'm entering it at:
FAB N FUNKY - Yummy, Yummy, Yummy
LITTLE RED WAGON Something old, Something new..new image and very old 3D paint.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thank you, Michelle.

The lovely Michelle, (Thistleblue) has awarded the I ♥ Promarkers team this blog award. Thank you, Michelle it was a lovely thing to do and I'm glad you enjoy our inspiration and challenges.

Thursday, October 07, 2010


Ooooh, two posts in one day. A rarity for me, lol.

I was in the mood for some inking and rubber stamping so I got out my distress ink pads and some of my gorgeous stamps from Onyx Impressions and sat down to see what I came up with. Onyx Impression stamps are just so beautiful. They have some super designs, cut in black rubber and really well made.

I stamped my tiger onto some orange paper from my Fancy Pants 'All Fall' pad but the black background didn't come out as dark as I'd like, so I stamped the tiger again, cut him out and used it as a mask. Then I used my Memento Black and some foam and really deepened the background. Some Marmalade was used to give some patches to the Tiger. That's Spiced Marmalade ink, not the stuff in a jar, lol and I used my black Promarker to draw my own stripes.

The frame is one of the newer Nestabilities...beaded oval.

Then I made a tunnel card. I'm quite fond of these at the moment, but this one didn't come out as well as I'd hoped. I'd actually binned 3 before deciding I'd had enough and going with this one. The black inking around the edges is a bit untidy, but I used a chalk ink pad, which I'd not done before, so I'll not be using one again.

I inked a piece of plain card with my distress inks and then stamped the scene on to it, making sure I had a yellow patch where the sun was. I then inked another the same and stamped the image again. This was cut along the tree and horizon line to make the middle 3D layer. The concertina folds were stamped with an orange swirl on the outside and inked black on the inside. More marmalade ink was added to the panels and then they were stamped with some Basic Grey swirl stamps.

They're really easy to make but just takes a little care (a bit more than I gave this one, lol).


This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so our theme of challenge #35 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS is 'Think Pink'. We are sponsored this week by the lovely JOANNA SHEEN again and the winner will get £10 to spend in her online store.

I chose an image by Mo Manning for my card and made it very girly. My papers are from the Forever Friends 'Pink Parfait' pad. I used Martha Stewart punches and other bits from my stash.

I am also entering this card at:
FAB 'N FUNKY - Use a Digi Image
OTHER LOVELIES - The Letter E and I figured an Easel card would qualify.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Thank you, Dawn...

for my beautiful blogger award.
It's lovely of you to think of me again.

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