Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Day Has Finally Arrived

Suzanne Dean has just released Class 5 of her Copic course..
Suzanne is an amazing colourist and her classes are just brilliant.  She has 5 classes and you can choose which one matches your colouring ability.  You have a full year to complete the class.  Every class has many 30 minute video tutorial's with matching PDF's to help you along the way.  Once you sign up for a class you also have the option to buy the videos for your class so you can always look something up. 
If you are looking to improve your colouring, trust me, she is the best in the business.
What she doesn't know about copic's is just not worth knowing.
Here is Suzanne's blog.  You need to check out it blog, she is very inspiring.

Whilst you are here, did you know the Suzanne also has a Copic Challenge ?
We run bi-monthly challenges and our current one is multi coloured hair.
So grab your pens (you don't have to copic's, you can use promarkers)
and join us, there's some great prizes to be won.

H xx

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

For My Wonderful Husband

On the 24th it was my wonderful Husband's birthday and this is the card I made for him.

This has got to be my most favourite Teddy Bo ever.  Its called TEDDYBOBEA_002, and can be found in the Teddy Bo shop under the bit's and bobs section.
I have coloured them with copic's.
Teddy Bo - E31, 33, 35, - B28, 29, 39
Teddy Bea - E50, 51, 53 - B000, 00, 02
The checker board paper was a gift.  I have layered it with Kanban textured blue mirri card.
The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.  The striped ribbon is from my stash and it's finished with 4 blue gems.
I would like to enter it into the following challenges :
Pink gem - monochromatic, not Christmas plus sentiment
Crafty Emma's store - special birthdays
Card making mamas - sentiments
Here come the boys - your special man
H xx

Monday, 28 November 2011

Funky Hair

We have a brand new challenge over at Color Me Copic  challenge we have a brand new theme.

 ** Multi-Colored Hair / Non Traditional Hair Colors **

This is a FUN CHALLENGE--use colors on hair you wouldn't normally use, mix in lots of colors but just have fun with it! 

You may use any image you like of course but NO BRUNETTES, BLONDES or BLACK Haircolors!!

Here is my image using our super sponsor's Simply Betty Stamps image.

In the image you can see she has a holographic snowflake in her hand.  When you buy the digi she actually comes with a bat on her hand.  I chose to change her into a Christmas image.  I am not happy with this card, and I'm not sure why.
These are the colours I have used.
Skin - E00,13
Hair - V12, 15, 17
Dress - BG32, 23, 34
The papers are Bo Bunny and everything else was from my scrap bit,s drawer.
I would like to enter it into the following challenges :
Creative craft - free for all
Craft your passion - tis the season
Digital Tuesday - a hint of green
Stamptacular - Anything Christmas
2 sisters - holidays

H xx

A brand new Cut Pie Challenge

Hiya and welcome to a brand new challenge at Cutie Pie Challenges.
Our theme for the next two weeks is
My card features a digi stamp that I've only just found and I am so in love with them.
They are by Heather Ellis.

Isn't he just one of the best snowmen around?  I coloured him with my copic's.  The papers are DCWV.  The ribbon was from Tesco's last January, reduced to 30 pence.
I added glamour dust all over the place.
The snowflake is a Marianne designs, coated in stickles and finally a gem in the centre.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Craft your passion - tis the season
Mad for markers - Christmas
Stamptacular - anything Christmas
Sweet Stampin - punches or dies
Dream valley - sparkle
Paper Sundae's - winter wonderland

H xx

Friday, 25 November 2011

Fairytale Friday

Today is fairytale friday over at the Teddy Bo Challenge, and if you don't know what it go n have a nosey, it's a great way to start the day.
Today I have got a card with one of my favourite Teddy Bo Christmas images.

Sorry for the poor quality photo's,I'm writing this post on hubby's birthday and so I have had to sneak a few mins to do this.
I have coloured TEDDYBO_148 prisma's for his fur and the tree,  and copic's for everything else.
I used a green glaze pen on his boots so that they shine.
The gold star paper is off last years Forever Friends paper pack.   The star and moon border is an EK Success punch.  The felt tree's were a freebie off a magazine, with added liquid pearl drops.
I've finished it all off with a glitter peel off sentiment.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges ;
Totally Papercrafts - Christmas
Crafting for all seasons - sketch used and turned on its side
Stamptacular - boy oh boy

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Time for a Teddy Bo Tuesday

These Teddy Bo Tuesday's sure come around quickly these day's.  Before I got my place on the best DT in the world it used to take forever to come round.
So are you ready to see the wonderful new graphic's the boss has been hiding away drawing??

Aren't those "Penguins" just the cutest ever??!!??  I couldn't not use one of them on my card for today.  I've also followed this week's challenge of "Christmas, but no red or green must be seen"

Here he is for his close-up photo.

The gold patterned vellum's are by Papermania Signature collection, "A Christmas Carol".  I got a couple of the A5 packs in the January sale for £1 from the Range.
Teddy Bo is coloured with copic's and prismacolor pencil's.
Using my amazing Bow-easy I created a double bow of satin edged organza ribbon.
It is finished off with a flower spacer bought at a craft show.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Stamp with fun - great sketch, thanks
Pollycraft - Christmas
Night shift stamping - happy holiday
Paper Sundae's - beautiful bows
Bearly mine - favourite things - my Teddy Bo
Creative crafts - free for all
Papertake - christmas crackers
H xx

Monday, 21 November 2011

A brand new shop

Finally after telling my friend she needs to open a website she has taken the plunge and has gone and opened her first website.
You can find her digi stamps here and her paper piecings here.
She also sell's on her friends site - here.
Marion provides wonderful free word arts, digi papers and digi stamps and you can sign up for her news letter and get more freebies.
So please support my great friend and check out her websites,
H xx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

50 Wonderful Years

A couple who I have known all my life celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary last week and this is the card I made to give them.  Of course it has my favourite bears on it and if you have a card with bears on it don't forget that you can enter it into the Cutie Pie Challenge as we have a great Bears challenge on the go and it doesn't close until next Saturday so you have plenty of time to join us.
If you happen to make a Christmas card with  Teddy Bo on it and it doesn't have red or green on it then you can enter it into the Teddy Bo challenge.

I have chosen to use TEDDYBOBEA_081.  I made everything except the bears black and then hubby added the orange fireworks in photoshop.  The 50 is made of tiny dots of glue coated in glamour dust and it catches the light brilliantly and looks like fireworks going off as the light catches the tiny glitter particles.
Teddy Bo and Bea are coloured with prismacolor pencil's blended with sansador.  I added lines of clear glitter pen to the orange fireworks which are great when they catch the light.
Everything has a layer of black, white and silver and the black and white PP is from the Bo Bunny Enchanted collection.
The wording reads "Celebrating 50 years together.  A true love story"
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Stamptacular - boy oh boy
2 sisters - let it sparkle
My time to craft - take 2 - 2 bears
Stamps r us - bling it on
Cupcake carfts - two's company
Creative crafts - minimalistic
So what are you waiting for??  Get making a Teddy Bo Christmas card with no red and green on it and get it entered in both challenges
h XX

Friday, 18 November 2011

Fairytale Friday

Did you know that on a Friday you get to read about all the things us designer's get up to at Teddy Bo Towers?  Trust me you do not want to miss out on these tales between rubber underware, potato vodka and the camel's there's always something "interesting" going on.
My card for today feature's TEDDYBO_123

A very young member of our family will be celebrating his very first Christmas this year and this card is especially for him.  To make the image more Christmassy I have paper pieced his jumper and hat to match the candy cane PP.  I have coloured Bo in with both prisma pencils and copic's.  I have used my distress tool on all my papers.
The paper's used are from the First Edition Christmas joy pad.  The scrap strips are the reverse of the cream paper's that I trimmed off to fit the page.
The ribbon is from Stamp and Create.
The 2 square brad's were made using the papermania build a brad kit and if you look closely you can see the candy canes from the paper on the brads.
The card is then finished with two lots of 3 tiny square gems coloured to match the card.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges ;
Tuesday morning sketches - sketch used
My time to craft - seeing 2 - brads
Digital Tuesday - christmastime
Bearly-mine - one for the boys
Cards for men - christmas
Pile it on - traditional christmas
Paper sundaes - going digital
Totally gorjuss - christmas traditions

H xx

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Congratulations to my Mum

Today my Mum celebrated her very first win with a card she made for my Hubby's birthday.
Here is her card 

This was only the second time she had used my prismacolor pencil's and I think she's made a great job of it.
My Mum always puts her cards down so I'm asking you if you wouldn't mind, would you nip over to the blog she shares with her friends and tell her what you think of her great card.
You can find her blog here.
H xx

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Colours of the sea

A brand new challenge has started over at Color Me Copic.
 ** Our Callenge is..... COLORS of the SEA!! **
Use colors associate with the ocean, its marine-life, shells and mermaids!

You may use any image you like but you must use colors of the sea to color it with your copics!!  (but we'd love to see you use an image that is sea-inspired)

We want to see you use YOUR COPICS, COPIC REFILLS OR COPIC AIRBRUSH SYSTEM (Or ProMarkers if you have them)

We are being sponsored by Michelle Perkett and she as kindly given the DT some mermaid images to play with.  I have chosen to use Serena and here she is.

I have coloured Serena in with the following copic pens - 
G02, 05, 07
V 12, 15, 17
BG 000, 01, 02
E 00, 13
To get the watery background just as I wanted I blended 3 different distress inks together and I gave it a couple of coats of Crafters companion iridescent glitter spray.
After I had coloured her I covered her tail with blue stickles, added white perfect pearls and finally some clear glitter pen to her flowers.
The card is finished off with some beautiful ribbon, and a pearl brad pushed through a spacer.
I would lke to enter my card into the following challenges ;
Mad for markers - anything goes
Stamps r us - bling it on
Craft your days away - bingo - pearls, flower(on the mermaids body), ribbon
Moving along with the times - fairytales - the little mermaid
Little miss muffet - simplicity

H xx

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

It's time for a new challenge

Today see's the start of a brand new challenge over at the Teddy Bo Challenge.  
First I need to show the brilliant new images Gayle has for us, and if you are anything like the DT you will love em all but especially the create a scene stamps.
Also don't forget the current Cutie Pie Challenge is all about bears and so you can enter your Teddy Bo cards there.

I have chosen to go with TEDDYBO_153 coloured with prisma's and copics.

I added black glaze pen to his eyes and nose to give it some shine, and some clear glitter pen to the bow on his candy cane.
I used papers from Dovecraft's Noel stack and my EK Success stars and moon punch across the middle.  I put silver glitter paper behind the stars and moons to match the silver glitter strips. The punched out stars were added around Bo and coloured with the clear glitter pen.
The inside reads " You'll never guess what I bought you for Christmas" as my Dad always tries to guess what we have bought him by feeling the pressie, and then he refuses to open it.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges :
Cards for men - Christmas
Mad for markers - anything goes
Pile it on - christmas
Stamptacular - punch it
Paper Sundeas - digital images
Secret Crafter - spots and stripes
Totally gorjuss - christmas traditions
Charisma cards - cutesy
Digital Tuesday - christmas time
H xx

Monday, 14 November 2011

I'm hosting this challenge

Today it is my turn to host the Cutie Pie Challenge and I want to see your bears.
I'm guessing if you are a regular reader you will know about my obsession with Teddy Bo & Co.  I think Gayle draws the most wonderful images not only of bears, but of Olifant and Jolly the G ...Jiraffe.
Now there has been a serious outbreak of TeddyBo-itus over on the design team blog so be warned, it is contagious and will result in you making lots of Teddy Bo cards.  We have also been joined by some of the super talented girls from the Teddy Bo DT. With so much eye candy you really should go n check out the amazing cards.
Now we have 2 sponsors for this challenge and they are ;

Here is what I made using TEDDYBOBEA_TABS_002
Front cover



Back cover

I followed a brilliant tutorial by my Teddy Bo DT member Jill.  You can find the tutorial here.
This Book card is made especially for my Dad's friend Jack who wanted a something special to give to his wife on their 50th Wedding Anniversary. I coloured Bo and Bea with my prisma's.  I added a heart keyhole to the front and attached a key on some chain.  The book is closed with a ribbon.
The brown shimmer paper is from a craft show I went to earlier this year.  The PP is from the MME pad Lost and found.  I love how I managed to get the word celebrate on the inside cover.
I put some gold holographic hearts inside, ready for Jack to put his letter to his wife in.
I used my spellbinder ironworks die for both the keyhole and the medallion on the back cover.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenge :

Cupcake cuties - 2 boys, girls or both
Stamptacular - punch it
Paper Sundaes - digi stamps
2 sisters - anything goes
Cuddly buddly - 2 characters
Charisma cards - cuties
Little miss muffet - simplicity
Divas by design - use metal - charm keyhole and key
Digital Tuesday - anything goes

H xx

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Happy Birthday Gordy-Poo's

On Tuesday it is my brothers birthday and this is his card.

I choose Gus bday- Old fart from Bugaboo.  He is coloured with copic's.  I have gone a tad overboard on the matting and layering.  The spotty paper's are from my blog best friend Marion. The textured black paper across the middle is a piece of wallpaper.  I added red bakers twine and a red button, plus a couple of card candi to finish it all off.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Dream Valley - anything goes
One stop crafts - 3's - rows of twine, 3 card candi, 3 layers of matting
Bugaboo - anything goes
Paperplay - button up
Simon says stamp - buttons

H xx

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Let's hear it for the boys!!!

Over at the Color Me Copic Challenge Group we have started a brand new challenge.
Your images should be all about Boys, boy themes, boy images,boys having fun.
If you prefer to use promarker's then you too are welcome to join us.
Our sponsor for this challenge is Mo's Digital Pencil and she has kindly provided the DT with a boy image of their own choice.  Challenge closes 11th November.
I have chosen to use I love it and the new boy, Ethan, in our family will be getting this card for his very first Christmas.  I just need to add his Name/title - Grandson, Nephew etc..

I loved colouring this guy in but his provided me with a big problem.  How to get some texture into the hair.  I think I managed it, what do you think?
Here are the colours I used for this card :
Hair - E33, 35, 37
Skin E00, 11, 13, 93
Baby grow - B00, 02, 05
Train carriages - E51, 53, 55, E40, 41, 43
Cord on the train - E57
Train engine B00, 02, 05
Floor W0, 2, 3
The paper's are from Dovecraft Noel stack and Kanban.  The ribbon is from my stash and the gem's were clear so I added a hint of blue to them.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Papertake - anything goes
Digital Tuesday - cute and cuddly
icopic - masculine cards
Stamps r us - masculine cards
Crafty Emma's store - new beginnings
One stop crafts - no sentiments

H xx

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Especially For My Unkul Keef

You remember when you were little and your Mum & Dad's friend's were all called aunties and Uncles?? Well my Mum and Dad met a lovely couple a few year's ago and being the grown up that I am (cough,cough) I chose to call Keith Unkul Keef (my spelling has come along alot in the past 3 years)
Well Unkul Keef has had to be in hospital having some treatment and when we went round for our tea last week Unkul Keef picked up the nickname of Dobby, from Harry Potter.
As soon as I saw the wonderful new Elf graphic that Gayle has drawn to go in the Fairy Doodler's part of the Teddy Bo shop I knew I had to make a card for Unkul Keef.
Gayle has some amazing new images to share with you and if you are like certain friend of mine you will want them all.

Here is the front of my card :

A close-up of the cute guy :

And here is what I put inside the card - 

 In photoshop I merged the elf with TEDDYBEA _161 and then just kept her sign. I have coloured my elf with copic's and added liquid pearl's as snow.  I also went over Wobby's painting with glossy accent's to make it shine like gloss paint.  I have used holographic card and stripy blue paper from my scraps drawer.  The button was made by triple embossing a glued stack of die cut circles and then punching the hole's with my cropaldile.
Don't trap your finger in a cropadile coz it bloody hurts.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :

Totally Gorjuss - I remember........
i-copic - male cards
Stamp with fun - buttons
Craft your passion - bingo - button, sentiment, free
Pink Gem - cold and frosty
Card making mammas - die cuts - circles to make the button
Prairie Fairy - heat embossing - to make the button
Moving along with the times - no girls allowed

Big hugs,
H xx


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