Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Happy 18th Grandson

I usually like to post something on my blog everyday but I have been busy on DT work which I will be able to share with you all soon.
For today I have a card for an 18 year old boy off his Grandma.  
I would like to enter my card into the Papertake weekly challenge.  They have a great sketch going on, you should go and look.

The image was off a very good friend of mine so I need to go and ask her whose image it i so I can give credit.  I have coloured him with my copic's and I added some white gel pen to his shoes and I coloured the number one on his rosette in blue glitter pen.
The papers are from my stash and the sentiment is computer generated.
I'm very tired so off to bed soon,
H xx

Monday, 26 September 2011

Whoops a Daisy!

You know when you're little you say when I grow up I want to be .....  Well, when I grow old I want to be like my hubby's Gran.  She's a tough old bird, who won't let anything get her down, even falling down.  She's currently spending time some time in a local nursing home getting over a few falls, so I thought I would make her a card to let her know we are thinking of her.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Stamp with fun - sketch used
Critter challenge - anything goes
Sentimental sundays - step out of your comfort zone (I'm a copic's girl and this is only my second go with my new prismacolor pencils)
Teddy Bo - things with wings (Bo has lost his butterflies thru a hole in his net)
Little Miss Muffet - things with wings - see above
Anything goes - anything goes
Sweet stampin - anything goes
Night shift stamping - brads (gem brad in centre of flower)

This cute guy is called Flutterby net Bo and I've coloured him with my prismacolor pencils.  This is only the second image I've coloured with them.  I have used red glitter pen for the escaping flutterbys.
The red spotty paper has been spots of glitter for extra sparkle. The black flocked paper across the centre is a bit of left over wallpaper. The flower is done with my magnolia doo hickey die, I added an american crafts gem brad to the centre.  The swirls are Marianne and are cut in black glitter paper.
The sentiment is computer generated and was something always said to me when I fell as a child.
H xx

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Number 1 Uncle

This card is for baby Ethan to give to his 18 year old for his birthday.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
Sweet Stampin - anything goes plus I also used the optional sketch.
Cuddly Buddly - big number or letter
Digital Tuesday - people images
Top tip - time for the kids
Stamptacular - just sayin
Crafty Emma's Store - recycle - recycled pegs from Christmas decorations

The image is by Sugar Nellie and is called Number 1 fan.  I have coloured him with copic's.  I have added a wobbly faux stitch lines around the image and BP. The papers are from my stash and the red pegs are actually those little pegs you hang your Christmas cards from.
H xx

Happy 18th Birthday Tom

My cousin turns 18 on Friday and so I have a few cards to make for him off various members of the family.  This is my first of 2 cards I want to share with you today.   I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
Sweet stop sketches - really good sketch (I removed the flowers and moved the text to the top)
2 sisters - gingham or plaid
Allsorts - keep it simple
Cuddly buddly - big number or letter
Creative inspirations - lets celebrate
Anything goes - anything goes
Digital tuesday - people images
Top tip - for the kids
Here come the boys - bingo- 2 squares, cute image, twine

The image is by Mo's digital pencil and was coloured with copic's.  It was a tricky image to colour with lots of shading but I'm pleased with how it's turned out.  The gingham paper is off a friend and the twine off another friend (yes, I do have great friends)  All papers have been given the paper distresser treatment.
Thanks for dropping on by today and I want you all to know just how much I appreciate your kind comments.
H xx

Friday, 23 September 2011

Teddy Bo - Things with wings

Yesterday I used my brand new prismacolor pencil's for the first time.  I followed the great tutorial by Nicole that she did for Teddy Bo's top tip tutorial.  Today I made her into a card.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Teddy Bo - things with wings
Little Miss Muffet - things with wings
Anything goes - anything goes
Papertake weekly - creatures
Stamp with fun - anything goes
The crafty pad - bling it up
Crafty emmas store - 4 different embellis - glitter, charm, ribbon, gems

As I said above the Teddy Bo image is coloured with prisma's.  I have added glamour dust to her wings and the star on her wand.  The gems were clear but I coloured them with brown copic.  The PP is from my stash drawer and this is the last lot of it.  The charm is from a bracelet I got from Primark.  The ribbon is done on my bow easy and is a treble bow.
Big hugs
H xx

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Why I love Teddy Bo

When I was on Facebook earlier I noticed on Teddy's Bo bit that my Dad dresses like Teddy Bo or vice versa, as Dad's a little older than Teddy Bo. 
Well there was a card featuring Teddy Bo - Dad's upside down.  In this image Teddy Bo is dressed in hat, tank top, shorts and boots.  Now check out this photo of my Dad 

You can't see it but there's a tank top under his jacket. 
 Now you know why I can't not love Teddy Bo!!
Sorry Dad couldn't resist not telling everyone,
H xx

My fist Teddy Bo stamp I bought coloured for the first time with Prismacolor pencils

It appears my pain medication isn't strong enough and needs upping so I haven't be able to colour or make cards for a few days now but today I have finally got my Prismacolor pencils out and have given them a go.
Today is it Teddy Bo's top tips Thursday and today's lesson is by the super talented Nicole.  I fell in love with Nicole's cards immediately, and it's thanks to her an another amazing designer Femke that I decided to give pencils a go.
The tutorial Nicole has put together is really well and made the process for a complete novice such as myself very easy to follow.
Nicole used in her tutorial the very first Teddy Bo image I ever bought so I printed it off and here is my end result.  I hope you like it.

I had all the same colours as Nicole except for the darkest brown, so my bear is slightly lighter in colour, but I'm happy with it.  I now need to make her into a card and I can then enter the Teddy Bo challenge which is things with wings.
H xx

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Excellent prices and service at Maddy Lisa Crafts

I just wanted to let you know of a great internet craft store I've found.
I wanted some Marianne dies and found a website with the best prices around.
I realised I recognised the name from ebay, months ago.
I can guarantee you will struggle finding better prices and service plus free P&P.
Please pop over to Anne's store, you won't regret it.
H xx

Monday, 19 September 2011

A couple of challenge wins

One of my Teddy Bo cards came top 3 at Paper Sundae's
You can read about it here.

Here is the card :

And here's my new badge. 

I also won at Sunday Sketch and Stamp.  I'm hoping they will email me a badge when they reply about my prize.
H xx

The very first Cutie Pie Challenge

Are you excited?? I am, coz today marks the very first challenge of the Cutie Pie Challenge.
No only do we have one winners prize, we have 2 winners as well as a top 3 picked by the design team!
Our prizes will be awarded to one random winner and the design teams favourite card.
For this challenge we have a brilliant £10 voucher to be spent at our regular sponsor, Crafty Emma's Store
For the card chosen by the design team.
For the random winner we have 

 some amazing stash from the boss lady herself, Woo.  Wouldn't mind winning it myself.
Our challenge this week is a brilliant sketch.  I love sketches and this one is brilliant to work with. 

and here is my card 

The image is Night Nurse Bea from Teddy Bo.  I've coloured her with my copic's .  I added glamour dust to her pom pom's on her hat, clear glitter pen on her red cross, stethoscope and her heart on her sleve.  I also added gold metallic pen to her clasp on her case.
The papers are from my stash, as is the ribbon.  The red gem's were clear gems that I coloured to match with my red copic.  The flower is a Magnolia Doo Hickey die cut.
So what are you waiting for, rush off and enter our challenge!!!
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :

The crafty pad - sparkle
Sweet Stampin - flowers
Crafty Emma's store - 4 different embellies - glitter, ribbon,gems, flowers, 
Cute card thursday - anything goes
Paperplay - punches and dies
Stamptacular - include a sentiment
Craft your passion - Occupational hazard
Big hugs
H xx

Sunday, 18 September 2011

It feels like a Magical Monday

Hello and welcome to another Magical Monday.  Well you definitely liked the anything goes challenge from the past 2 weeks!  When I last checked we had an astounding 100 entries!!!
I hope you all come back again for this challenge, which is .....
Christmas in September

and because it's a Christmas themed challenge you are allowed to use the wonderful Father Christmas and Rudolf images that I've been seeing around recently.
Our sponsor for this challenge is 

I bet you're wondering why I have a photo of a coke box?  Well most of my kraft cardstock is made from the inside's of coke boxes, so I just thought I'd share that tip with you.
My wonderful image is from one of my favourite digi stamp companies Teddy Bo.  They have been coloured with copic's and I then added black glaze pen to Bo's nose to give him a bit of shine. I added glamour dust to Rudolf's hat and then for his nose I applied a thick layer of glossy accents and sprinkled some more glamour dust on that.
I edged the image with faux brown stitching.  The poinsettia is cut using my great friend Kath's marianne die.  I then added ice diamond chips by pinflair to give it a frosty look.  The backing paper is from a DCWV stack. I added some ribbon across the card in red.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Teddy Bo - flowers
The crafty pad - diamonds are a girls best friend
Sweet Stampin - flowers
Allsorts - alter/recycle
Crafty Emma's store - 4 different embellies - glitter, ribbon, glossy accents, flowers, ice diamonds
Cute card thursday - anything goes
Pixie Dust - recycling
Paperplay - punches and dies

H xx

Friday, 16 September 2011

A sneak peek at a Teddy Bea image

So yesterday at Teddy Bo, Gayle showed you how she colours her bears with promarkers and asked for us to share our coloured images.  Well the other day I coloured Teddy Bea, Night Nurse in with my copic's, and as I do with all my coloured images I scanned it so I can keep a visual reference of colours used in case customers of my cards want the same colours.  So today I am sharing with you the coloured image but not the card.  Why not the card?  Well its been made for the launch of a brand new challenge blog called Cutie Pie Challenges on Monday.  There's some amazing blog candy on offer now so why not nip over after reading this.
Here she is and I'm not bragging but she may well be one bear who doesn't leave this house as I've so fell in love with her.

I finished my colouring by adding gold pen to the clasp on her case, clear glitter to her cross on her hat and the heart on her arm and finally by adding glamour dust to her pom poms.
I hope you like her and don't forget to pop back on Monday for the launch of the Cutie pie challenge.
Big hugs
H xx

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Happy First birthday Lilly

Last night my hubby's cousin asked if I could do her a last minute card for a one year old.  She had bought her a stool with a bunny and her name on so wondered if I could match the bunny image.  Luckily I had my Nellie Snellen Christmas with Dawn stamp and thought I could get away with it not looking Christmassy, what do you think??

The image is coloured with copic's.  I have added glamour dust to her skirt, a gem to the flower on her headband and clear glitter pen to the bow on the parcel and some of the hanging orrnaments.
The flower is a magnolia doo hickey die and the the swirls are from Marianne Designs with their ribbon flowers.
The papers are Bo Bunny and the cream netting is Champagne netting from Stamp and Create.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
Bunny Zoe - sketch 
Colour create - pink,brown,cream and white
Cute card thursday - anything goes
Creative inspirations - anything goes
Top tip tuesday - birthday
Pollycraft - baby love
Allsorts - flowers and swirls
Paperplay - punches and dies
Marianne design diva's - bloom and grow

That's all for now,
H xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

This card is one of those that seemed to make itself and I'm really pleased with how its come out.
I would like to enter it into the following challenges :
Marianne design diva's - anything goes
Creative inspirations - anything goes
Craft your passion - the f word - flowers
Sunday sketch and stamp - absolutely brilliant sketch
Bugaboo - punches - Marianne ribbon flower die
2 sisters challenge - black/white and one other colour
Stamp something - anything goes
DYSU - texture - ric rak used on the ribbon flower

The black and white papers are papermania I think.  The ribbon flower is by Marianne. The image is coloured with copic's.Card finished with card candi,
H xx

Good luck in your new job

I was asked by my SIL for 2 good luck cards for her to give to her work colleagues. 
This is the first one,I will post the second after this.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Creative inspirations - anything goes
Craft your passion - the f work - flowers
Tuesday morning sketches - brilliant sketch
Bugaboo - punches or die cuts - punched border
Stamp something - anything goes
Card making mamas - digi stamps

I have used gold decorated velum and black card for all my layers.The border punch used is Fiskars bracket punch.  The image is coloured with copic's. I used clear sakura glitter pen on the flower.
H xx

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Why I havn't posted

Yesterday I went to the Great Northern Papercraft Extravaganza.  I began by doing the Barbara Grey Clarity workshop which was great even though I turned up late.  It was my first go with a brayer and I was quite pleased with my first attempt. I will post a photo of this further down.
Next came the shopping.  I did really well and got everything on my wish list and came home with some pennies!!
On a more exciting note my Niece has tentatively booked her wedding.  I say tentatively as she is currently living in Devon and her wedding will be in her home town, here up north.
She is hoping to come up real soon to check it out.  I can't wait to see her as I have only seen her once this year and have missed her terribly.  She is like a daughter to me as I have no children and I helped bring her up as her Mum (my sis) was killed when she was 21 months old. 
So want to see my Barbara Grey class Christmas scene?

Not bad for a first attempt eh?  Although how anyone could get into the church with such deep snow drifts is anybody's guess.
I will be back tomorrow with hopefully 2 cards,
H xx

Friday, 9 September 2011

Jolly good post-it note holder

On Thursday Teddy Bo launched their first Teddy Bo's Top Tip Thursday, (say that fast after a few vodka and cokes) so off I pootled to Tesco to get myself a post-it not block.  They were only 40pence so I got two, just in case.  In case of what I'm not sure, but definitely something. 
I began by following Jills brilliant instructions.  I already had Jolly the G Jiraffe printed off so thought I would go with a whole Giraffe theme. *And here comes my Top Tip* I didn't have any giraffe papers so I googled giraffe wallpaper and printed this great paper off.

Jolly is coloured with copic's.   The edges of all pieces of card have been edged in rusty hinge distress ink.  I used raffia ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts in a few strips under the image.  The card candi added to the corners is by Craftwork cards.  The three tickets are Tim Holtz one's, I choose word's that I associate with Teddy Bo.
I would like to enter my post-it note easel card into the following challenges : 
Top Tip - easel cards
Teddy Bo - Top tip thursday
Stamp something - anything goes
Card making Mama's - digi week
DYSU - textures - raffia ribbon
Craft us crazy - autumn colours
Simon says stamp - multiple folds
Papertake - anything goes
Stamp with fun - autumn
Stamptacular - the skys the limit
Color me copic - autumn

Big Hugs
H xx

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Happy 70th Birthday

My SIL asked me to make her a card for her work mate who turns 70 next week.  I just saw it as another excuse to do a Teddy Bo card.  I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Teddy Bo - flowers
Top tip tuesday - easel card - My top tip is to use pinflair or silicone glue to mend holes in your wellies, worked brilliantly for me, no more wet feet!!
DYSU - texture (glitter numbers & raffia lace ribbon)
Sweet sketch wednesday - sketch used
Simon says stamp - multiple folds
i-copic - glitter
Bearly mine - flowers
Craft your passion - anything goes with flowers
Mad for markers - springtime
Card making mamas - digi week
Stamp something - digi week
Creative crafts - just charming

Teddy Bea is coloured with copic's. I have added glitter to her pom pom and clear glitter gel pen to parts of her flowers and bow.  The pink glitter 70 was cut on my cricut.  The papers are from my stash and the raffia ribbon is by paper cellar.  If you have any of this in brown that you don't want please email me and I'll buy it off you.  The charm is from a bracelet and I coloured the gems in the centre pink.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

2 hours 2 late

This card was meant to be for the Lili of the Valley Challenge but as the title suggests I'm 2 hours too late, so I would like to enter it into the following challenges instead :
Craft us Crazy - Autumn colours
Bugaboo - anything goes
Secret Crafter - autumn colours
Color me creative - fall or Halloween inspired
Stamp with fun - autumn
Top tip - easel cards
Papertake - anything goes
Simon says stamp - multiple folds
Crating for all seasons - birthday

This card is made up of scraps.  The Kraft cardstock is actually the inside of coke boxes and the PP is from a magazine.  The leather effect panels are actually wallpaper samples thanks to my MIL for those.
The swirly corner is a die cut using a spellbinder die from a Christmas set.
The lili of the valley image is coloured with copic's, his hat is paper pieced with some of the backing paper and the sky is done using a template and distress ink.
Off for a bath to ease my achy bod,
H xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Today has been a rollercoaster of a day

Don't you just hate days like this?  I was on such a high only for me to find out paypal has taken payment for a cancelled payment and I ended up £11 overdrawn and now liable for a £20 bank charge.  Ho hum, you just have to take it don't you?
Anyway last Saturday I was featured on the i-copic blog in their Saturday Spotlight post.  Saturday Spotlight is a special spotlight of some customers' projects!! Every other Saturday you will see some awesome projects that have been posted on their Facebook Page.

I was thrilled when they chose one of my Teddy Bo cards, this one in fact 

Now I'm off for a bit of a bloggy womble,
H xx


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