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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Lazy little boy : )


The card for today is made with a Lili of the Valley stamp, a lovely lazy little boy!

I coloured him with copics and prismacolor pencils.  The die cut circles are spellbinders and the leafy swirl is from my cricut expression - home decor cartridge.  The flowers are cut with an EK success retro flower punch.  The tickets are Tim Holtz and the pearls from kaisercraft.  I can't remember where the papers are from but they fit the bill for me.

I'm entering this card for the following challenge
Lilis little faries - Oh boy

Monday, 30 January 2012

Friends - what could be nicer

Hi there!

I've been away for the weekend - just a nice little break in a lovely old country hotel called the Cook and Barker in Northumberland - not far from Alnwick -Harry Potter country!  It's only an hour or so from home but a really beautiful part of the world, the coast is lined with little towns and fishing villages and further inland its so green and peacful and quiet, I just love it up there.....  So thats why I did no crafting or cards since Thursday. 

Todays card is a pretty lili of the valley girlie stamp, its (another) one of my favourites.  I really liked this K & Co paper and knew it needed to be a lovely blue and pink card today, with my favourite butterflies and pearls and a few flowers and ribbon just for good measure!

I coloured this with copics and prismacolor pencils, the lacey butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch and the die cuts are spellbinders. The ribbon is a really pretty check from carnmeal cottage - it doesn't show up so well on the photo, all other embellies are from my stash.

I decorated the inside to match with butterflies from another Martha Stewart punch and a spellbinders die for the greeting  - I just love those colours!

I'm entering this card for the following challenges

Winter wonderland - pearls and swirls
Saturday challenge - Ribbons
Fab and funky challenges - its all in the eyes
Moving along with the times - blooming marvelous
Creative Inspirations - Anything goes

See you soon


Thursday, 26 January 2012

A card for a baby boy

Hi again

I was lookig through my stamps today to decide what to do and came up with this cute Lili of the Valley baby stamp,  I've only used it once before and that was at Christmas when I did a completely different colourscheme  to this card and made it into a babys 1st christmas card for my new grandson - he's a really old baby now that he's got to 6 weeks old!!

I wanted to keep this one very "clean" and bright like a traditional baby boy card, and I think it worked. I decided to use my promarkers to colour this one and shaded with prismacolor pencils as usual, the dies are spellbinders ovals and the " baby boy" is Sizzix skoosky font dies, they are a bit fiddly to work with but because they are so thin they are easy to fit on most cards without dominating it.  The spotty ribbon came from Sam Pooles Creative Studios and the pearls from my stash

I'm entering this card for the following challenges

Stampavie - Blue and white
Sundays with Chrissie - beat the winter blues - nothing like a new baby for that!
Sunday sketch & stamp

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Little country girl - Adele

Hi there!

I have a lovely little girl by Stampavie today - Adele enjoying fresh apples.  I probably had more problems making this card than any other, becuase I did it backwards! I coloured the image ages ago when I went to a colouring class held at Papercuts in Whitley Bay by the talented Bev Rochester.  Beause I was trying to match the colours I had used to papers instead of the other way around it took me an age to find the right thing - I thought I was saving time by using an image that was coloured - how wrong can you be. After I had finally finished it I had bigger problems photoghraphing it because the flower is so big it cast shadows all over the place!  Anyway enough moaning! 

I had coloured her with copics and prismacolour pencils and shaded the spellbinders die cut with Tim Holtz distress ink, The papers are all K & Co and the flower and leaves were cut from spellbinders,  I filled the centre of the flower with a Martha Stewart large grade glitter and topped it off with a pearl to highlight.  The red pearls are all from kaisercraft, I love how you can get the different sizes and colours.  The sentiment is from craftwork cards and the gold lace from my stash.  I love the red/pink combo and these papers are just the right style for this little country girl.

Thats me for now!

I'm entering this card for the following challenges

Papertake weekly challenge - Happy highlights (highlighted flower)
Totally papercrafts - make your own flowers
Creative card crew - seeing red
Saturday challenge - food and drink (Apples)

Monday, 23 January 2012

Messy Rabbit

Hi again

I made this little card as a change from all the girlie types, keeping it plain and bright, it is a Joanna Sheen messy rabbit stamp, I bought this stamp years ago and used it for fathers day and birthdays a couple of times but I don't think he's been out of the drawer in at least 2 years so not before time!

I coloured him with copics and prismacolor pencils and shaded the die cut with Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink.  The green paper is from craftwork cards as are the sentiment tags and the little card candy studing them together also the scalloped card  The gingham paper was from my stash, I die cut the swirl on my cricut expression with the Cindy Loo cartridge - a really nice cartridge with lots of swirls and cute shapes and die cuts for all kinds of things as well as a really good font - its one of my best used favourites.  The buttons and ribbon are from my stash and I can't remember where the bakers twine came fom - but it finishes it off nicely.  It's a nice change sometimes to move away from the ribbons, lace, flowers and bling and just make a cute card, it probably took me longer trying to decide what not to put on, rather than the embelish it to death cards I usually make!!

Thats me for today - off to think about tomorrows project!

I'm entering this card for the following challenges

Sentimental Sundays - die cuts
Dream Valley challenges - Animals
Card Makin Mammas - something old (the stamp)
Truly Scrumptious - something forgotten  (the stamp)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sexy Suzy!

Hi again

Today I have a very sexy lady stamp on my card-it's the first time my husband has ever stopped to look at me making a card - typical man, he'll get an even bigger suprise when he gets this card for his birthday!!
As soon as I saw her I just knew she was a husband card, its so hard to find a card that's not sport, cars or too cute for husbands so for me she fit the bill perfectly. She is a digistamp from Saturated Canary, I loved them so much I got six altogether so you'll be seeing a few more from me. I was a bit unsure about how to tackle the colouring when I started but all in all I felt quite happy with my first attempt - especially as I chose red which is a difficult colour for a large area anyway, I used copics and prismacolor pencils and shaded the edges of the spellbinders diecut with a distress ink.

Suzy Stockings from Saturated Canary

I kept it fairly plain and simple but still added a bow because I thought she deserved it and that my husband would appreciate it too! The card candi from craftwork cards had been stamped with the new candi stamps that I got when they were on QVC last week - they're really good clear stamps and I think I'll get a lot of use from them. The ribbon and swirl embelishment (that I cut up to fit in with my card) I got from Sam Poole's creative studios, the paper is a K & Co, anything else is from my stash.

That's me for today

I'm entering this card for the following challenges

Saturated Canary Challenge blog - dies and or punches
My mums craftshop - favourite colour combo  black and red
Stamp scrap and doodle Saturday - have a heart
Paper creations ink - love and romance
Robins fetish challenge blog - love
Just Tracys Crafts challengr - love is in the air
The Poodles Parlour -love/valentines
Crafters companion -love is in the air

Friday, 20 January 2012


Hi again
Todays card is a bit different from my usual, I found these stamps when I tidied out my craft stuff (still a work in progress!) can't remember them at all or where I got them but there's a couple of sheets of different flower images so decided to put them to good use!  The card is an 8x8 craftwork card shaped card with a kim & co paper in the background, other than that it was quite simple just matting up and a few sparklies and coloured with copics and prismacolor pencils,  The edges of each square were inked upwith distress ink and thatys about it.  The sentiment is another mystery - note to self - I must use the things I buy!! 

Its a pretty plain card really, but i dont think it needed to be loaded up with bling sometimes you've just got to keep it simple!

Decided to see if it firt any current challenges and came up with

Truely Scrumptious - something forgotten

Well thats me for today


Judith x

Thursday, 19 January 2012

The pick of the bunch

Hi again

I have another pretty little Lili of the Valley girlie today, I've made so many cards with this one in all colours and I always go back to her.  She's quite a compact little stamp so tends to fit the smaller dies.

I coloured this with copics and prismacolor pencils and shaded the edges with Tim Holtz. distress ink.
The die is from spellbinders, the border punch is Martha Stewart as are the large butterfly and the flower shapes.  I made the flowers and butterflies with a Kim & Co paper and some small pearls. The centre of the flowers is a woodware punch - these flowers are so easy to make and always look pretty plus you can make them to match exactly.  The tiny butterflies are from a Dovecraft punch that I picked up in a local craft shop, I've had it for ages but haven't ever used before - I was so surprised at how pretty they were for such tiny little punches.  The sentiment is a craftwork cards one - I like these a lot - they have such a variety and ink up nicely to tone in - everything else is from my stash. 

I am entering this card for the following challenges

Lilis little fairies - lavendar and lace
Fab N Funky challenges - bingo - 2 different papers/lace/butterfly
Truly, Madly crafty challenge - anything goes
Thats me for today - in fact its almost tomorrow!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Fairy card

Hi again

Todays card is a little fairy from Lili of the Valley.  She is infact the only fairy stamp I own and has never been inked-up before, I'm not big on fairies most of the time but this one is a bit out of the ordinairy and I rather like her.

the photograph doesn't quite do the lovely glitter card and paper justice try as I might I just couldn't capture it - but I promise there is a lot of sparkle on this card!  This is such a cute little stamp, I really enjoyed colouring her and spent ages blending with copics then prismacolor pencils to get her wings the way I wanted them, I also wanted to use my absolute favourite butterfly spellbinder die.  I cut it twice to give it dimension, this butterfly is my favourite at the moment - though butterflies in general are top of my list!  The flowers and gemstones were bought on ebay and just finish it off nicely.  The "happy birthday" was cut on my cricut expression machine with the 3 birds -lifes a party cartridge.

I am entering this card for the following challenges

My time to craft - favourite embellishment - butterfly
Dream Valley -anything goes
Sweet stampin challenge blog - glitter, bling etc
Wishcraft - Wastenot Wednesdays
Try it on Tuesday - do you beleive in fairies?
MAWTT - things with wings
Paper Pretties - glitter

Hope you like it

See you soon
Judith x

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Pretty pretty pink

Hi again

Haven't managed to get any time for my cards these past two days but it gave me time to think about my next creations. 

Todays card is a Lili of the valley stamp and not the first time I've used this one - its one of those stamps that fits all

I used copics and prismacolor pencils to colour her, all of the die cuts are spellbinders, the pretty fancy ones are parisian accents and the flowers were made with a Martha Stewart Punch and a woodware craft punch.  The papers are I think Dovecraft and the lovely sparkly pink scalloped pink (to be fair it doesn't look very sparkly!) is from create and craft.  The ribbon is from Carnmeal Cottage and the little Happy Birthday tag is from craftwork cards, the pearls were bought on ebay.

I have entered this card for the following challenges

ABC challenge - H is for happy birthday
Totally Papercrafts - Friday challenge - spots and stripes
Papertake weekly challenge - Buttons bows bling and blooms

Thats it for today - I'm away to make more cards while I've still got my creative head on!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Its a snow day!

Hi again

It was so cold today that I didn't think it was worth venturing out, so we watched an old film on the TV and I did a bit of crafting at the table while I watched, I enjoyed the day far more than if I'd been trailing around the shops - and it was cheaper!
This is the card I rustled up this afternoon

Its a Lili of the Valley stamp that I didn't get round to using when I made my Christmas cards so at least I can jusify buying it now!  I coloured it with copics and prismacolor pencils and added a little sparkle with stickles.  The eyelet square die is a spellbinders and the snowflakes and bunting were cut from my cricut expression machine - cartridges Christmas and Tie the knot.  The ribbon is from carnmeal cottage and all other bits and bobs from ebay.  The card definately fits today - it might not be snowing but it feels cold enough and taking the afternoon to make this card cheered me up no end!

I'm entering this card for the following challenges

Sweet sketch Wednesday
Stampavie and more - Winter
Sundays with Chrissy - Beat those mid-winter blues

Thats all from me for today

see you soon

Friday, 13 January 2012

Hooray for Fridays!!

Hi again

Todays card is a little Magnolia Tilda girlie that I coloured a while ago and did nothing with, so here she is on her own card!

I coloured her with promarkers and layered the card up with papers from Creative expressions, the butterfly is from a Martha Stewart punch, the ribbon and pearls and flowers are from ebay. The image is stamped onto card die cut witha a spellbinders die and shaded with a Tim Holtz tea die distress ink.  Shes a pretty little girl, though I have to say I don't have a lot of these stamps because they are expensive compared to a lot of makes.

Thats me for today - hooray for Fridays!!


Thursday, 12 January 2012

A Cinderella story!

Hi again

You might think I'm extra keen posting twice today but in truth I was so late last night that - just like Cinderella - I missed midnight and my Wednesday post hit Thursday, but I told my self - you shall go to the ball- so here I am again!

Todays post is my favourite Lili of the Valley stamp - how could I not like the shopping one lol

I coloured this with copics and prismacolor pencils - I wanted a bit of drama in the pink, gave her rosy "shopping" cheeks and also used by favourite colour green to contrast.  The card is a pearly green that I got from a local card factory, its some of the leftovers from my daughters wedding invitations and always makes me smile when I use it.  The paper is from Kim and Co.  The pearl swirls are from Sam Poole Creative impressions and the butterflies were cut with a Martha Stewart punch ( also from the wedding invitations).  All of the other die cuts are spellbinders and the lace, ribbon and flowers are from ebay. I haven't taken the best of pictures of it but it was a struggle to get that to be honest.

I'm entering this card for the the following challenges

Lillis little fairies - favourite stamp
Creative Inspirations - pearls and swirls
My Mums craftshop - here come the girls

Thats me for now  - I need an early night tonight!

See you soon

Judith x

Life's like a box of chocolates....

Hi again

Another Sarah Kay stamp today - can't believe that I haven't used this one before, I started off with a pretty pink and lemon card in mind and ended with something not quite like that, a bit more vintage looking I think.

I coloured this with promarkers, I like promarkers pinks better than copics so I tend to go between the two depending on what I want it to look like and highlighted with prismacolor pencils.  The papers are all Kim and Co and I used a Martha Stewart butterfly border punch for the butterflies and cut out the ones I wanted to use, the corners are a new Martha Stewart punch I just got- I like the pattern, it makes the card less plain without going OTT- not that theers anything wrong with OTT!  The coloured pearls are Kaisercraft - I like the assorted colours and sizes they do.  The sentiment is from craftwork cards that I coloured with Tim Holtz teadye distress ink - I also used that around some of the papers to  give a bit of definition, the lace and flowers I think were fom ebay and the leaves are a tiny papermania punch - think thats everything. This card is different to what I would normally make - not a ribbon in sight for a start! but I quite like the way it turned out, its good to experiment - a bit like Forrest Gump and the box of chocolates - you never know what you get!.

I am entering this card for the following challenges 

The Dream Valley Challenge
The Everybody Art Challenge
Cupcake craft challenge

Thats it for now

See you soon

Judith x

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Love, hearts and a first kiss!

Hi  again

 I knew straight away today I had to use my  absolute favourite Stampavie stamp - first kiss, I just love this stamp.

 I went looking for some papers in my stash with a heart theme and found these from Dovecraft called Glamour Prints.  I've had them for ages and haven't used them all that much because some of them are very bright - like these ones!  But I decided to rise to the challenge.  I used purple card to tone in from bazzill and toned it down a bit using a pale pink chalk.  The image was coloured with promarkers and prismacolor pencils and the heart and frame were cut with spellbinders die.  The border is a new Martha Stewart punch and the "Love" and swirl were cut with my cricut expression machine from Tie the knot and Cindy Loo cartridges.  The flowers are from Prima and the crystal embelishments bought from ebay.  The best bit of all - the lovely little embellie in the middle of the large flower - recycled from a christmas card I received - thank you M&S!  I was really pleased with this when it was finished having been very unsure about the colours at the start - it just goes to show that you have to just go with it some times. 

Challenges entered with this card
Stampavie and more: Challenge #159 - Hearts  -love stampavie - great stamps - great challenges
Card Makin Mamas - for my new Martha Stewart Punch
Simon Says challenge - my new Martha Stewart Punch
Passion for Promarkers - inspired by a song - "sealed with a kiss"
Papertake weekly challenge - die cute!
Challenge up your life - Bingo (purple, die cuts, sparkle)

Hope you like it

See you soon

Judith x

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A green card

Hi again

Today I have a green card to enter in the ABC challenge - under G is for green!

I used a stampavie stamp for this card - I think she is called Bernadette, I love this stamp her clothes and hair are just perfect and she has a sexy little sticky out bottom!!  I used copics and prismacolor pencils to colour her.  The papers and little greeting tag are all from craftwork cards and the green pearls are fom Kaisercraft. I bought the flowers and vintage seam binding ribbon on ebay. 
Finally the punch on the border is from Martha Stewart and the little watering can to finish off was cut on my cricut expression machine from the everyday paperdolls cartridge.

Thats all for today

See you soon

Judith x 

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Its a jungle out there!

Hi again

Today I have some pictures of a work in progress!  The nursery in my daughters house "needed" some jungle animals for the wall to finish off the jungle theme, so we planned out a scene to cut out on the cricut expression machine mainly using Zooballoo, Stretch your imagination and Paper dolls cartrigdes.  Its far from finished, still needing some lions, tigers and elephants and all the trimmings but its getting there. 

We will be getting down to some more creativity to finish it off - it takes ages because we have to stop to admire each little bit that goes on the wall!!   I'll update when we do our next session.

See you soon


Friday, 6 January 2012

Busy busy day

Hi again

Had such a busy day today but still had time for my walk on the beach with my trusty hound!  It was such a beautiful morning and the tide was right out - just perfect

Glenn on the beach at Whitburn

Another card for another challenge today this one's for the Joanna Sheen challenge and the Truly Scrumptious challenge

This is a card for a 30th Wedding Anniversary, the stamp is a Joanna Sheen Messy Rabbit which was coloured with promarkers.  The paper is from K and Co and the card is a manilla cardstock shaded with Tim Holtz distress ink.  The border is punched with a Martha Stewart punch and the leaves also from a Martha Stewart punch and the frame cut out on my cricut expression machine, the ribbon is from Carnmeal Cottage, all other embellies are from ebay.  I love these two little rabbits and have used this stamp often for "couples" cards for all kinds of occassions, its so simple but effective and can be dressed up nicely as you can see.

I've enjoyed my first week of blogging, I just need to find some time to work a bit more on the blog setup, when I find out how to find out how to do what I want to do - I'll be fine!!

Thats all for now

Judith x

Thursday, 5 January 2012

An engagement card

Hi again

I decided to post this card today for entry to some of this weeks challenges.

I used a lili of the valley stamp for the image and coloured it with copics and prismacolur pencils.  The edges were then shaded with a Tim Holtz distress ink (I think spun sugar), the tag was also shaded to match.  The background paper is from Kim and co and the ribbon is dusty pink sheer wrinkled edge ribbon from Sam Poole creative studios as are the pearl swirls.  The lovely flowers were bought from ebay and the leaves behind are a Martha Stewart punch as is the trim behind the ribbon and the butterflies.  The border along the bottom of the card is a spellbinders border die and the square behind the image and on the inside are also spellbinders die.  The pearl trims were bought from ebay.  The inside was decorated to match and thats about it phew! 

Thats it for today
Thanks for stopping by

Judith x

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A welcome for our little boy

December was a funny old month and definately one of the best last year. We arrived back from a holiday in Florida on 1st December complete with all of our Christmas shopping and feeling full of Christmas spirit.  We were looking forward to Christmas and the birth of our first grandson to our eldest daughter Alison and husband Steven, due on Christmas Eve and even the weather was pretty good. 

Lo and behold our little boy was in such a rush to get here and see Christmas properly that he decided to put in  an early appearance on 13th December and so Jacob was born!  So disorganised I was and up to my eyes in Christmas cards that a grandson card had to be rustled up quickly! Out came my trusty Cricut Expression together with card from my stash and a card was promptly made.  I love making cards personalised with names - it always looks so special.  The little baby on the card was coloured with copics with a lock of jet black hair - just like Jacobs, two great grandparent cards later and things were back on track! 

The card photo could be better - preferably without my shadow but I'm sure my skills will improve!

The year ended so perfectly with a lovely family Christmas and New Year - lets see what 2012 brings

Judith x

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Year - New Blog

Here we go this is my very first blog post - have had a hankering for a while now so here goes.  I'm going to post regularly - or what I think I mean is, if I can find the time I will!!

I love to craft particularly cards and make cards by all kinds of different methods.  I stamp and colour with copics and prismacolor pencils as well as die cut cards with lots of flowers, ribbons bows and bling - the more the better, less is definately not more.

Well this is just the start - its taken me all night to set this blog thing up!  - so off I go to bed full of good intentions for the new year.  Happy New Year and Happy New Blog, see you soon
Judith x