Sunday, 21 October 2012

Thank you for your lovely comments yesterday

I got some lovely comments the other day about leaving my DT job and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for them as they really lifted my spirits.

I also want to let you all know that I am selling both my Black Cat Cougar electric die cutter and my Big Shot Pro manual die cutter. They can be found on ebay here.

H xxx

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Good afternoon everyone

Hiya guys. Today I have a couple of reasons for my blog post. 
1 - who won my blog candy
2 - changes to my design team work
and 3 - a card to share

So first off I'm so sorry I'm late in picking my blog candy.  I've been recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and have been struggling with the symptoms.
The winner of my blog candy picked by my dogs Zara and Leah is .......

Sue N !!

Could you please contact me hun with your postal address for the goodies and your email address for the Teddy Bo gift voucher.

So onto reason number 2

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I'm posting less and less. With the medication for my disc degeneration and now the fibro my body won't allow me sit at my desk for very long now so cards are getting made less and less.
Mike has also been going through the mill at work and has had to work more and more hours. You know that point when you want to say "stop the world I want to get off" well that time has come. Not the whole world but the craft world so I am on holiday from my DT responsibilities at Teddy Bo until at least January.

and finally number 3.

"Hanging" digi stamp by Doodle Dragon Studio's
Coloured with copic's for the frog and bullrushes
Glossy accents for the water droplets and waves, and pan pastel for the water.
First Edition Up up and away papers
Ribbon from stash
Circles cut with this die. Bargain set of 20 circle dies for £16.99

And I think thats all for now,
H xxx

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

House Mouse Blog hop

Last month I was asked if I would like to be a guest designer for House Mouse during their blog hop.  Need I say I accepted???

The image we have all used is the House Mouse image of the little House Mouse Juggling leaves off the Joanna Sheen "Tumble" rubber stamp sheet and the papers we have all used are from the Summertime Designs freebie kit "Falling for fall" which you can all download for yourselves here.

The STAR prize for the blop hop is this amazing set

of all 4 Autumn House Mouse stamps

Each DT member also has a fab individual prize of pretty Autumnal ribbons/twine and a gorgeous selection of leafy charms so there are  9 – Yes….. 9 chances to win!!!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is become 
a follower of the Joanna Sheen Challenge blog and then leave a comment on this blog hop post and on every member of 
the DT’s blogs on their blog hop post.   
On sunday 7th October each DT member will pick a winner by from their comments and announce their winner on their own blog on Monday 8th October.  

I will announce the lucky winner of the STAR prize on this challenge blog on Monday 8th October

Don't forget to check back on all the DT blogs to see if you're one of our lucky winners.

As I said before - there is a twist!  All week I will be showcasing other crafters cards who have all kindly agreed to make a creation using exactly the same stamp and papers as the rest of the DT.  

I hope you check back throughout the week to see all the different designs!  

I decided to do a photo frame with a twist and that was to have the "photo" done onto velum so that it could be used as a luminary.
I used the papers supplied (which are really lush) and die cut all my leaves from various papers from the kit.
Thank you to the lovely Brenda for lending me her leaf dies.
I hope you have fun on the blog hop and good luck with winning the amazing prizes on offer, and don't forget to click here to enter my Teddy Bo blog candy.

H xx

Teddy Bo sketch time

Hiya folks and welcome to a brand new challenge 
and brand new graphic's over at Teddy Bo.
We have 4 line art images and 2 pre-coloured images.
I have chosen to go with one of the pre-coloured images.

For the next week's although it's an anything goes challenge we would love you to enter using the sketch below. If that does't fit in with your project then that's fine. It's optional.

And here's my card using Nicole's sketch.

 TEDDYBO_220 pre-coloured

PP is Bo Bunny Whoo-ligans stripe

Spellbinder star circles in red shimmer paper with black glitter background.

Fiskar's border punch across the middle with a strip of black glitter.

Artist board and paint brush handmade using string, tooth pick and glossy accents.

I hope you find the time to join us for our challenge and don't forget to enter my 

blog candy that ends on thursday at midnight.

Click here to enter my candy.

H xx

Friday, 28 September 2012

Good Evening Teddy Bo fans

So have you entered my Teddy Bo first birthday blog candy?
If not click on this link when you've finished reading this post.

I fancied doing something different this week and wanted to do something I've 

never done before.  So whilst wandering Pinterest I found this card  - 

I liked the idea but wanted to work it so it was the same size as my usual ones so 

using just the idea I came up with this card. I'm not sure whether this will be a 

Christmas card or not so I have left it sentiment free. It doesn't show in the photo but her dress and hat are green.

In daylight

With the lights off and just the battery powered tea lights to light it up.

TEDDYBEA_162 coloured with prisma's and copic's.
This card is made using various scraps of papers etc.
Light up with battery powered tea lights.

H xx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Good Evening Teddy Bo fans

And welcome to another Teddy Bo Tuesday.
Here are the newly released images and I bet you'll be just like me and not be able to pick just one favourite.

Did you know as well the sale continuing at The Teddy Bo Store (25% off), you still have plenty of time to enter my Teddy Bo blog candy.
Details of  the draw can be found here.
I am still adding to the candy with some yummy new goodies that will arrive in the next few days thanks to my wonderful friend and boss Gayle.
So pop over to the blog to feast your eyes on the great creations from my team mates,
H xx

Friday, 21 September 2012

Blog Candy Anyone?

On the 4th October not only is it Gran's 90th Birthday 
but it's also my Teddy Bo first birthday!
So to celebrate I have some blog candy to share with one lucky reader.

So here is what's on offer
foiled paw print card in various colours
shiny paw print papers
4 paw shaped apature cards in 2 colours
a selection of bear coloured card candi
a selection of gems
4 meters of bear coloured ribbons
a Teddy Bo 8x8 patterned papers book
Teddy Bo and Bea clear stamps


a £10 voucher for
to spend on digi stamps!!

So how do you enter?
I need you to do a couple of little things. First become a follower if you aren't already, either write a blog post about my candy or display it in your sidebar of your blog or share the photo on Facebook and answer this question
If you could be any of the Teddy Bo characters(Teddy Bo, Teddy Bea, Olifant, or Jolly) who would you be and what would you be doing?
It might be something as boring as doing the washing up or as wild as skydiving.
The winner will be chosen by my hubby so that no favouritism is shown to my batty friends. Yes I do mean you mean Mandz!

Winner will be chosen on the 4th and announced on here and on facebook,

So what are you waiting for????

H xxx

Have you taken advantage of the sale at Teddy Bo?

You 11 days to get your Teddy Bo goodies and at 25% off you can afford to treat yourself, your friends, your team mates etc etc etc.....
And with the sale ending at midnight on a Tuesday you can get the new release images in the sale too!!
Just click on the sale logo and get taken to the shop.

My Teddy Bo card for today is one of three cards I need to make for 
Hubby's Gran's 90th Birthday.
Grandma is one of those ladies that make you 
want to be just like them when you're their age.

Isn't she amazing and so perfect for a Grandma?
TEDDYBEA_216 coloured with copics
Glamour dust on her pom pom, 
glitter pen on her ruffled dress and brolly.
First Edition Isabelle paper
Martha Stewart deep edge punch
Flowers made with Cheery Lynn roses dies.
Just need the sentiment which I haven't been told what to write.

Off to get my goodies together for my blog candy,
H xx

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Woo Hoo A Teddy Bo SALE

Have you seen the amazing images flying from Gayles pen???
They are so brilliant and now you can stock up on some of these goodies in the 

There's 25% off all digi's and best thing is you don't need to put
 in a discount code it's already done for you.

I'm sorry I don't have a card to share today. 
Got lot's of things going on and need three Teddy Bo cards 
for Hubby's Gran's 90th Birthday next month, and stupidly I've said I'll make and decorate a cake for her even though I've never decorated a cake!!

Although I don't have a Teddy Bo card I thought I'd share a card I made for an order last week.

H xx

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

I'm batty about you

Hiya guys. Once again I'm struggling to blog. I don't where the time goes!!
Oh well, never mind.
Now I don't know the boss has been on (rumours have it she's on the potato vodka)
but her images for this weeks release are AMAZING!!
Don't believe me?  Here look

All these are available right now in the shop.
Whilst you're wandering around cyber space why not check out what my teamies have been up to with the new images here.
Plus we are still running our 
Anything Goes challenge.
You have until Sunday at Midnight to enter.

I have used TEDDYBO_213_06Part of the Halloween set.
Coloured with copics.
Spellbinder nestabilities dies.
Purple paper stamped with a swirl stamp as I don't have any halloween papers.
His frame and the black part of his sentiment is black velvet papers.
Bats on the sentiment are done in black glitter.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Good Evening Guys

To say I am excited would be an understatement. 
Gayle has drawn the best-ist EVER Teddy Bo and Bea images.
 See Look!!

How AMAZING are these?!?!?
Quick run to the shop, and if you need any extra inspiration check out what my teamies made with the new images by clicking here.

Today also see's the start of a brand new challenge. Our theme is 
Anything Goes
So get your Teddy Bo or Fairy D images and have some fun. But make sure to enter our challenge. If you don't enter you'll never know if you could win.
I won my very first Teddy Bo challenge just over a year ago, and I never thought I could win. And now look at designing for the best company with girls who are the best in the business.
I chose to step outside of my comfort zone (as in no fur) 
and use one of the FairyD images.

Fairy D image  - Celtic Fae-emb_001

Coloured with glitters

Box was an old perfume box covered with shimmer paper

I couldn't find my black glitter card for matting my image 

so I used thin tape to act as the mat

My red glitter was rubbish and not dark enough so I coloured it with a red copic,

once the glue dried.

I'm really pleased with how this turned and hopefully

 my MIL will like when I give it her tonight

Thanks for dropping by. I will try and remember to post photo's tomorrow 

of the cards I made recently at 

my local Stampin Up demonstrators Christmas card class. 

Big hugs
H xx

Friday, 31 August 2012

Good Evening Teddy Bo Fans

How quick has this week gone by?? It's not so long ago I was writing my last Teddy Bo post.
So today I have another card made with the lovely Teddy Bea.

TEDDYBEA_214 Little Ballet Bea
Coloured with copic's.
I've added glamour dust to her skirt, flock to her pompoms and gems to the centre of her flowers.
Paper is glittered and embossed velum by Papermania
Spellbinder Floral Ovals
Heart ribbon from stash
Butterfly was off a wedding favour I went to the other week

If you need to stock up on all the latest images then here's a link to the store

Don't forget you still have time to enter our challenge which is 

Black, white and one other colour

Thanks for popping over to see me and don't forget to check out my post on tuesday using one of the best-ist ever Teddy Bea theres ever been.
H xx

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Flippin Blogger

I had this post set to go live on Friday but for some stupid reason it chose Friday 2nd of August not Friday 24th August!! Why I don't flippin know. 
But here it is :

Happy Friday Blogger's and I hope you lot's of exciting things coming up this bank holiday weekend. My hubby is working 8am to midnight on the saturday and sunday is 4pm til midnight. Followed by 2 days of 8am til midnight!!

Anyhoo, you're not here to hear me whinge you're here to see another of my Teddy Bo cards. But first did you see the new release of Teddy Bo images?

Who ate all the pies??? Teddy bo did!!

Here's my new card. Please don't forget to enter our new challenge that is called 
Black, white and one other colour

Coloured with copic's
Glamour dust was added to her bubbles
Spellbinder picot edge circles used with a second die cut under the image and sentiments in purple glitter
Papers are First Edition Dreamcatcher
Sparkle ribbon from my local market

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Ohhh we've got lovely new Teddy Bo graphics

Good morning/afternoon or evening Teddy Bo fans.
Today I'm blogging to remind you all to please join us for our challenge
Distress It
I'm not that good at this challenge but I gave it a go so why don't you?

I also have some scrummy new Teddy Bo graphics to show you

Cute or what?!?!?!?!?
Quick run to the store and add them to your collection and at just £1.65 a go and they take up no drawer space you can afford to treat yourself.
So quick run to the store but don't forget to come back and check out what I've made below.

So glad you've managed to get your Teddy Bo fix and so onto my card.

Coloured with copic's and clear glitter pen for his cape.
Making Memories paper distresser used on all the red and blue card
Boom and Bang were found on the net, printed, 
cut out then glazed with glossy accents
Double stepper card by Which craft UK
Stars cut in glitter paper using my spellbinder star circles 

Honestly I was going to colour his undies in but thought he looked so cute with his Tighty Whiteys that I just added some shading.

Thanks for popping by,
H xx

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

I'm sooooooo distressed

Technically I'm not distressed but my card is.
Today see's the start of a brand new challenge over at 
Teddy Bo and we want to see your distressed cards and projects.

Coloured with copic's.
Papers are from MME Lost and found
Lili of the Valley grunge music sheet
I used my making memories to distress ALL the papers.

I am also distressed as we are off to a wedding on Thursday and at this rate their card won't be ready til their 1st wedding anniversary!!!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Good Morning Teddy Bo fans

Good morning/afternoon/evening/night.
Yesterday I decided to colour my favorite bear a little differently.

I chose to simply colour her fur with E31,33,35, 37 
and then warm greys for her clothing.
If you look on her arm you will see a little red heart.
I used sakura red stardust for the heart and the circles on the paper.
PP is by Bo Bunny, enchanted collection
Crochet lace from America
sentiment is papermania.

Are you looking forward to Tuesday?
Its the start of a brand new challenge hosted by our team and hopefully a release
of new images that have been hiding in Gayles pencil,

H xx

Saturday, 28 July 2012

This nearly got ripped up

Today I made 2 cards. One for Hubby for our anniversary tomorrow and this one for my niece's 17th birthday on Wednesday.
It's a big birthday time so hoping to share some of the other cards I've made.

 Image is Tickled Pink,coloured with copics,

 papers are First Edition Summer Breeze,

 spellbinder butterfly circle and Whimsy stamps pennants.

 I added clear glitter pen to her bow and lips,

 sentiment stamp is off the Teddy Bo freebie from the mag.

 I added anitas clear gloss to her glasses but it doesn't show,

 Just noticed I forgot to do her bracelet. 

I followed a sketch from the lovely Woo, who hosts a monthly stretch challenge

on Aly's crafty den group on Facebook

See you tomorrow with Hubby's anniversary card,


H xx

Friday, 27 July 2012

It feels like a Fairytale Friday

Why fairytale friday? Well the ever so clever Colette spills the beans on what we all have been up at Teddy Bo Towers this week. If you've never heard of it and need a good old laugh then click here now!!

Today I have got a card made with the image 
I used for my clouds tutorial the other week.

TEDDYBOBEA115_BEA coloured with copci's and prisma's
Lovely papers by First Edition Up up and away stack.
Memory Box butterfly with liquid pearl body.
Pearls from stash.

I'm sorry my posting is so random. I have quite a few cards to share just no memory to actually post them!!
Whilst you're here did you see the new Teddy Bo Challenge?
No ?? Well we are looking for masculine cards and as our favourite bear is
a boy I'm hoping it's not to hard of a challenge for you.

H xxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Teddy Bo Towers in feeling Christmassy

Hello and welcome to my Teddy Bo Tuesday post..
We have 5 days left on our current Christmas challenge and I'd love to see some more entries.
Today I have used the beautiful Teddy Bea image.
I cut 2 mini milk cartons on my Stampin up die and I followed this video.

Teddy Bo gift box and note card
I've chosen to work with TEDDYBEA_213-CHRISTMAS
Coloured with copics and sakura stardust pens.
Gift box made from 2 Stampin up milk cartons
Ribbon from stash
Whimsy Stamps snowflake die

Thanks for stopping on by,

Monday, 16 July 2012

Especially for Lou

My friend Lou is hosting the current challenge over at Fetch A Sketch and this is her sketch.

Lou also designs for Tiddly Inks and Saturated canary.  The challenge prize is a couple of Saturated Canary digi stamps and I am using a Tiddly Inks image. So I have virtually every base covered so to speak.

Wryn new wings is coloured with copics.
Spellbinder Floral Ovals
Bo Bunny double dots card
cheesecloth from my stash
white card candi

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges 
Fetch a sketch - sketch designed by Lou
Tiddly Inks - red, white and blue

Whilst you're here, have you heard about the news from Tiddly Inks??

How exciting!!!!

H xxx

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Right own up now who stole monday?!?!?

Woo hoo it's time for a new challenge over at Teddy Bo which also means it's time for some new digi's!!!

So can you guess what our challenge is???

It's Christmas in July

I'm struggling at the moment to know what day it so making a Christmas card has pushed my brain to its limits! I lost a whole day this week as I was 24 hours behind everyone else.  
The other day my friend said see you tomorrow. Nothing wrong in that but my brain's going "why are we meeting on a Wednesday, we never meet on a Wednesday, it's always Thursday's??
Turns out that day was Wednesday and we were meeting the day after which was a Thursday!!

TEDYBOBEA_135 coloured with copic's.
I added holographic blu glitter for the tinsel and white flowersoft for his pom pom.
Spellbinder Floral ovals dies
Paper is from Hubby's digi scrap kits but can't remember which one.
Sentiment is from Digital Card Fun website
Ribbon and ems from stash.

Big hugs
H xxx

Saturday, 7 July 2012

A cloudy challenge

If you saw my clouds tutorial on Thursday I hope you found it easy to follow and useful.
Well I've decided to run a small clouds challenge in conjunction with Aly's Crafty Den on Facebook.
You don't need to be a member of either the group or of Facebook to enter.
If you use my tutorial and want to enter into the challenge please leave me a comment with your link to your blogged card and then keep your fingers crossed.
The challenge will run for 10 days so ending on 17th July, and my hubby will pick the winner.

So what do you win??

The prize contains :
a tidy tray,
7 different lengths of ribbon,
a pack of pencils,
an ink pad,
a flower stamp,
a selection of gems and brads
and a selection of die cuts (more than in the photo)

I'd love it if you joined in,
H xx

Thursday, 5 July 2012

My Clouds Tutorial

You will need cloud templates for this technique. 
I have made 4 different ones for you to use if you don't feel confident in drawing your own. 
I use all 4 so there's is very little repetition of shape.
Mine measure around 13.5cm long and around 3.5cm deep. 
The depth is so you can comfortably hold the template in place.

Coloured image
Cloud templates 
Blue ink pads. I use either tumbled glass or broken chine distress ink pads.
Stipple brush. I us 5/16" Royal Crafter's Choice grip 9113 brush.
Scrap paper to practise on.

How To.....
First things first you need to practise until you're happy with it all.
I tap the brush onto the ink pad twice then do about half way and then repeat 
until you are at the end of the image.  Now change the template and continue down.
On your scrap piece of paper practise using the templates. See if you prefer one ink over another, how much ink you want to lay down, how deep you want to add colour before you add your next layer of clouds and how far apart you want the clouds to be.

Once you're happy with your practise clouds you are ready to start on the coloured image.
Begin by placing your cloud template partially off the image.

You now have your first line of clouds.

Keep adding clouds, being careful not to get ink on the image.
Changing the templates, using both the back and front of the templates.
Going into tight spaces, like between her coat and scarf, and between the ribbons on her hat.

Continue until you are around 1cm from the ground.

Now you are near the ground have a couple of cloud bumps popping up above the ground.

And now you're done. I hope you have found this tutorial useful and easy to follow.


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