Friday, 31 December 2010

Doodle Dragon Card and New Year Thoughts

Firstly I just want to wish all of you out there a happy and healthy new year.
Since I started card making nearly a year ago I have made some of the best friends I have ever had.
My biggest find on the net was the website UKScrappers.  Its filled with some of the most wonderful, kind and generous people around.  Through UKS I have joined a circle journal group, joined a points collecting team which I have now taken leadership of and I've just done a stocking swap.
I've found out I'm a stampaholic both in the physical and digital formats.  I've joined the Tiddly Inks Papercraftplanet group and through that have made friends all across the globe.
Of all the craft stash I have gained over the past year I think my favourites are my new set of copic ciao's, my craft robo and my stamps.  My favourite stamp companies are Lili of the Valley, Doodle dragon studios and Tiddly Inks.  Its very rare I go a few days without colouring on of their images.
And that leads me onto my card I'm showing you today.

I made this card today for my husband Mike, for no other reason than I love him.
The image is one from my large collection of doodle dragon images, he's called squirrel 2.
He's coloured with my copic's and the papers are just from my scrap bag.
I hope you like him and he's made you smile.
Lot's of Love n Hugs,
H xx

Ps : if you have a cricut expression you no longer use and you are interested in selling it please drop me a line.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Its been so long since I've blogged....

For those that didn't know, I went to Egypt on the 3rd of this month for a wonderful 11 night holiday.
The hotel we went to in Sharm was The Reef Oasis Blue Bay resort.  Heres a link to the hotel on trip advisor.
Unfortunately our trip also coincided with the shark attacks and so the sea was out of bounds for our whole trip.
Everyone has asked if we saw the shark when we were there.  Well we did.  The day the shark killed the woman swimming, we were in the restaurant that looks across the sea and saw something very large thrashing around just out to sea.  A short time after the military boat went along the beach-front.  We later learned the woman was attacked just 2 hotels up from ours, so we are pretty certain that it was the shark we saw.

I am obsessed with photographing sunsets, and around 75% of our holiday photos are sunsets.  Here are just a few :

As well as having a very relaxing holiday we also meet a great couple who really made a holiday a much more fun time.  Though how we took 40 minutes to walk the 5 minute walk to our room on our last night, or should I say last morning.  We left the lobby at 12.50am (i have photographic proof of the time as we had a few to drink) and arrived at our block at 1.30am.  We spoke to them on skype on Christmas day and we are planning to meet up around my birthday.

Today has been a good crafting goodies day.  This morning Mike took me to the range to check out their sale.  I got a pad of s25 a5 christmas vellum in gold and in silver £1 each, an xcut reindeer silhouette punch for £2.95, an embossing stencil saying silent night for £1.99 and a pack of brads for £1.
I also got 2 packs of glittered gold snowflake tree decorations at half price from wilkinsons which will look great on cards.
I also got my stocking from the stocking swap I was a member of UKScrappers.  There were lots of gifts but I think my favourite was either the stickles or the the charms.

Hopefully I will be able to get back to crafting after a little new years party.

I'm currently getting bits n pieces together to do a blog candy that will run for 2 weeks with the winner being drawn on my birthday on the 1st February.  I hope you all join in.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Lili of the Valley Challenge 77 – a sketch by Dena

My entry for the latest challenge over on the Lili of the Valley challenge blog. is not a card this time, its a note card holder that I have made for my husbands Grandma's for Christmas.
Here is the sketch:

And here are the note card holders I made:

Sorry the photos not too great, it was taken in a rush.
I bought one of those notecard thingies that come in a plastic holder, and split the notecards into 4, with 2 lots for each holder.  
I have used the sketch for the cover of my holders and have used a jewelled brad instead of a sentiment.
The fairy is coloured using my copics.  The holder is secured together with a piece of pink voile ribbon.

If you have been wondering why I havn't been blogging much, its because I have been enjoying the sun in Egypt.  The holiday was amazing and I had blog posting scheduled while I was away, and have so very busy since coming home 8 days ago that this is my first chance to blog anything.

If I'm unable to post again before Christmas, can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year,
H xx   

Monday, 13 December 2010

The clipart fairy

The other whilst shopping on bury market I bought a cd rom from the craft stall.
I don't normally use cd roms but loved the Christmas examples they had on show so thought I'd give it a try.
Well I love this cd and can't help but keep making more and more cards from it.
This is the cd I bought, Book a easel cd.
If you go to this page  you can see lots of examples of the cards you can make from the cd.
Some are ready to print and others are interactive so you can add names, photos or other clipart images.

I think this is my favourite card so far

I forgot to take a photo of my completed card so this one is off her website.
Also if like you love digi stamps then check her out here, they are also the cheapest I have seen.

Antway, hope you are all on the way to being ready for Christmas, I'm not 
H xx

Saturday, 11 December 2010

More copic classes

One of my friends over on Paper Craft Planet told me about a great website that has free copic tutorials as well as classes that you pay for.
Her blog address is and her copic classes can be found at
Apparently her class are brilliant and you learn loads so once I have gone through her video's I may give her classes a try.  If I do I'll let you know how I get on.
I will hopefully have some cards to share with you all soon but at the moment Christmas shopping is taking up all my time,
H xx

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Copic Classes over on Simplyscrappingcrafts.ning

Today I don't have any cards to show so I thought I'd tell you about some free copic classes I found out about off a friend form the states.
If you click here you will be taken to a page that has all the details.  The class has already started but you may still be able to join in and catch up.
I'm hoping to be able to concentrate more on learning all about my copic ciao's after Christmas.
Short and sweet today, as life keeps getting in the way of crafting!!
H xx

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

C.C designs first birthday card

When I was asked to do a little girls first birthday card I knew straight away the image I was going to use.

Sorry for the poor picture, I had to use my iphone.
The image is called Lil' bug emma.  I had to put a nose and smiley mouth on her as my MIL doesn't like them with no mouths.
I have coloured her with my copics and have added glamour dust to make her wings sparkle.
The fancy bow was made with my amazing bow easy.  If like me you are rubbish at bows then get yourself one of these.  The wording was done on my craft robo in Sakura stardust pens and the card is finished off with my usual card candy.
H xx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Doodle Dragon Studio New Baby cards

If you read my blog at all last week you would have read about the amazing sale on over at Doodle Dragon Studio's.
Well when I was asked to do 2 cards for the birth of 2 different baby boys, I couldn't believe how few digi baby images there are around.  Luckily there was one in the bundle dustin had in the sale so I coloured the images in the same but wanted the cards to look different.
Here are the cards :

I love colouring Dustin's images in, they are just a joy to do.
I used the following copic's : G00,Y17,B05,B60,B32,C1,G02 and YR20.
Both the images are doodled around with my blue sakura stardust pen.
Thanks for dropping by,
H xx

Friday, 3 December 2010

Lili of the Valley Get Well Card

My bset friend Mandy's mum is in hospital at the moment, so I made this card for her.

The image is Get Well Bunny and this is the first time I've coloured him.
I used my new copic ciao's to colour him.  The PP is by dove craft I think.  The embossing folder used is my all time favourite, D'vine swirls by cuttlebug and the punch is the MS double loops punch.
Thanks for stopping by,
H xx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Candy cane mice

I have two favourite blogs, Its all fiddle fart and A day in the life of a craft fairy.
Both have excellent gift idea's at the moment, so well worth popping over to see whats going on.
The other day Helen over on fiddle fart showed some amazing candy cane mice.
Well I just had to have a go, and here are 2 of my little critters.

Hope you like them.  The candy canes are from Aldi, think they are 89p for 12, and the googly eyes are from wilkinsons, 99p for for over 2 pairs in 2 sizes,
Keep warm if you are out in the snow,
H xx


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