Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sweet Girl


  • Rock'n'Roll Tilda (Magnolia)
  • Nalie Teddy for envie (Magnolia)
  • Stich Stamp
  • Vintage Alphabet
  • White cardstock (Prism)
  • Green cardstock (Bazzill)
  • Brown cardstock (Scrapbook Sally)
  • Pink Glitter paper pack 6x6 (Craftwork Cards)
  • Art Print Brown Permanent Ink (Memories)
  • Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Pixie Dust Versamagic Dewdrop
  • Orange Check Ribbon
  • Cream Check Ribbon
  • Corner Punch & Corner Rounder
  • Scor-it Board
  • Cricut Trimmer (Provocraft)
  • Crazy Daisy "Jasmine" & "Alyssa" (Prima)
  • Butter Popcorn Zoomz
  • COPIC Markers & Sugarloaf Markers

Going to be drawing the Blog Candy later

but am just catching up on a bit of paperwork.

Lydia and I have just popped into Tonbridge to grab a few bits, and I managed to find a great CD case to store the ever growing family of Magnolia stamps. Got a few more coming from a UK shop, and have (hopefully) ordered the Stamp Club Magnolia release for November/December.

Just had a quick go at decorating it, 'cos I don't do black rubber under any circumstances.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Magnolia November/December Stamp club

I can't be sure for certain, because my Swedish is poor (well to be honest non-existent), and fingers crossed that it all worked so well.....I joined the Magnolia Stamp Club for November/, no, don't blame me.........blame Caz as she got me started on these stamps - love 'em, need 'em...every last lovely little bit of rubber.

I've found their inspiration blog now, and will put a link in the side bar on Sunday at some point....oh yummy, yummy.

Off to Ally Pally tomorrow with Kerrin. Hopefully, I will see Petra there and some other UK STampers that track me down. It will be great to catch up.

Thank the F&%^& I am not alone

thank you Roo, so glad I'm not alone.......most people have never heard of him.

I find him the funniest bloke around, and am VERY jealous that you get to see him quite a bit. Off to have a look at the page - there again, I easily amit that I have OCD issues too, so may be that is why...or is it because he's hot (shame on me old enough to be his Mother too).

Maybe you can tip me the wink about which comedy club, and we can meet up and enjoy him together.

For anyone who still doesn't know who I'm on about, check out Roo's page here.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Another version of the Umbrella Tilda

I did a draft of the first one earlier in the day, and have just published it, but it's below this morning's published post for some reasons. Anyhoo....

Supplies for this one are:

  • Orange Bazzill cardstock
  • White Prism cardstock
  • Scrap of Red Bazzill cardstock
  • Raining Cats & Dogs 6x6 pad (English Paper Co) for the cat/dog image and the striped paper
  • Girl with Umbrella (Magnolia)
  • Corner Rounder
  • COPICs (E31Brick Beige; E00 Skin White; B21 Baby Blue; C1 Cool Gray)
  • Scor-it Board

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I've done a couple more cards, but it's too dark

to take photos. Both of them are using the lovely Magnolia stamp that Stampingcaz kindly sent me. Unfortunately, she is having to wait for the one from me, as it's not in stock yet.

Oh how did love colouring in the stamp, it's bigger than a Bella, so a bit more of a meaty project.

I promised some of the girls on UK STampers that I would do a quick colouring tutorial (such as my colouring is) just to show how ease the whole process is with COPICS. Obviously, I can't yet achieve the same look as some of the lovely USA gals, but I'm trying.

The other thing that I'm loving at the mo is the English Paper "Raining Cats & Dogs", it's oh so sweet.

It's raining - Magnolia


  • Orange Bazzill cardstock

  • Dotty Paper from "Raining Cats & Dogs" 6x6 pack (English Paper Company)

  • Brown dotty paper (Sweetwater)

  • Blue cardstock (PM River Deep 8x8 collection)

  • Magnolia Girl in Rain

  • Memories Art Print Brown Permanent dye ink

  • Azure Seas Whispers Dye Ink

  • Orange Prima Daisy

  • Butter Popcorn Zoomz (for centre of Prima)

  • Striped ribbon (Scrap Goods kit)

  • COPICS (Y15 Cadmium Yellow, YR24 Pale Sepia; E00 Skin White; R20 Blush; Y21 Buttercup Yellow; BV04 Blue Berry; C1 Cool Gray)

  • Gold Sakura Gelly Roll

  • Star Corner punch (to make ticket corner)

  • Corner rounder punch

  • A5 Purple Cow Cutter (with flutted blade fitted)

  • Scrapbook Adhesive

  • Scor-it Board

How to:

  1. Cut the 12x12 Orange cardstock in half, and score with the Scor-it board to make a 6x6 card.

  2. Stamp out the Magnolia image and colour with the COPICS. Trim around the image with the Purple Cow cutter and the flutted blade.

  3. Matt this image onto blue cardstock, and put aside until later.

  4. Take the dotted paper from the Raining Cats & Dogs pack, and trim to 5x5, then using the star corner punch make ticket corners. Run the Azure Seas ink around then edges, and matt onto dark brown spotted Sweetwater paper and add to the front of the card.

  5. Add the matted magnolia image slightly off centre.

  6. Tie the stripped ribbon around the left hand side (not quite into the spine).

  7. Add a Prima Daisy to the bottom left of the stamped image, with a Butterpopcorn Zoomz in the centre.

Another Bella card

  • Pink Bazzill
  • Blue cardsock (PM River Deep collection)
  • Dark Pink Bazzill
  • Green Paper from "Ladies at Leisure" by English Paper Co
  • 4 heart brads
  • Parisbella (Stamping Bella)
  • Happy Birthday (Stamping Bella)
  • Blue Marvy Metallic Marker
  • Memories Art Print Brown Permanent Dye Ink
  • Small corner punch (for scallops)
  • MM Mono Ribbon collection in Pink

  • Bella was coloured in with COPICS (E21 Brick Beige; E00 Skin White; B21 Baby Blue; C1 Cool Gray; RV34 Dark Pink; Y21 Buttercup Yellow; R20 Blush & YR14 Caramel) plus I used Blue Sakura Gelly Roll

this time a special order from the Parental Control element here for my cousin in the States.

Not sure I like the quirky edge to the was a scallop thing that went a bit astray. The lovely green paper is from the "Ladies at Leisure" 6x6 pack by English Paper Company. I really don't understand why this company is not way more popular than it is. The quality is great, and they are fabbie value for money.

Big thank you to Stamping Caz for my lovely Magnolia stamp - my first ever - thank you hun, she is lovely. I sat and coloured it last night, and will do something with it when I get home.

I'm eagerly anticipating the arrival of the ones I ordered direct from the Magnolia site, and also the arrival of the one I got for Caz (which is currently on pre-order).

Happy Birthday to Jon Richardson

who is 25 today I think......and most definitely the funniest (and best looking I might add) comic around at the moment.

My tickets arrived the other day for his gig down in Brighton on 7th October, so looking forward to that. Hope he's as funny as anticipated as I've persuaded a friend to come....and as she had never even heard of him, she's quite under-excited about the whole experience.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Tinkerbella card (custom order)

One of the girls at work asked me to make a card (well quite a few actually), but this one is a rush job for Wednesday for a little girl who is going to be 5 I think (need to check that).

How to:

Pretty much like most of the cards I make really, but briefly here we go:-

  1. Cut piece of 12x12 white cardstock in half, and with scor-it board make into a 6x6 cardblank.
  2. Take a piece of the Fairy Fun yellow flower paper, and cut to around 5x5 using the Purple Cow cutter and the flutted blad. Matt onto dark pink cardstock, and punch all corners with the star corner punch. Add to the white card.
  3. On white cardstock stamp the Tinkerbelle image with Art Print Brown ink, and heat set. Colour in with COPIC Markers and Sakura Gel and Mettalic pens. Trim the edges of this image with the Purple Cow and flutted blade. Matt on yellow sparkle paper and then dark pink cardstock. Run the Pixie Dust Dewdrop around the edge, and then add to centre of card.
  4. Stamp "happy birthday" at an angle in Perfect Pulmaria Dewdrop.
  5. Add pink Prima Daisy to bottom left of image, and add a Zoomz in the centre.
  6. Tie a piece of pink satin ribbon around the top of the spine and, then tie two extra small pieces of the same ribbon.
  7. Inside, and on the envie stamp "Wishing you a birthday that is just your style".

I will probably add a number to this card, but I can't remember if it was 3 or five. I may well get fancy and cut a larger number out of shink with Dave the Cricut and shrink it down, and then tie onto the pink ribbon...I will wait and see for that bit tomorrow.

I've been mega, mega busy at work, with no sign of it letting up, but at least the day goes by quickly.

Whilst working on this card, I've been listening to Russell Howard and the oh, so funny Jon Richardson.....he's just the funniest thing ever, and just a little bit foxy.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hi Card - another Caardvark entry

Supply list:

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Thank you all for your lovely comments

Pattyjo, I made it for the Caardvarks challenge (the link to their site is on the righthand bar of the blog, under Challenge Sites).

Thank you all so much for your really lovely comments.....always make me smile.

Caardvark - Chipboard entry

Basic Grey "Mellow" 6x6 paper pad
Jo Sonja's Amethyst Paint
Jo Sonja's Rich Gold Paint
Chiaro Flo Clear Embossing Power
Hero Arts Original Definitions set
Small Flower Stamp (PSX)
Embroidery Stich Stamp (Scrap Goods Kit)
Whispers Rich Plum Dye Ink
Timber Brown StazOn
Pixie Dust Versmagic Dewdrop
Green Bazzill cardstock
Dark Plum Bazzill cardstock
Dovecraft Large Corner Rounder Punch (with wings taken off)
Star Corner Punch (with star cut off)
Brown Satin Ribbon
Off White lace
Interferance Seed Beads (pressie from Angel)
Scor-it Board

Benna buying Bellas again

sorry, most terrible of pictures, but I have a mega day ahead.

I really love the Bella text stamps, and so have gone overboard on more of them. I also snapped up the Wreathabella and Tinkerbella, two of my favourites.

A larger corner rounder (with removal wings) also fell into my basket for scallop edging.

I have a Caardvark entry which I started this morning, so fingers crossed I can get that finished today too.

Friday, September 21, 2007

12,000+ it will be Blog Candy time

I can't believe I've had that at some point next week, I will use my random number generator (bits of cut up paper with each comment on in a hat and Lydia picking one out) to give away some packets of Zoomz.

All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog, and I will draw out 3 winners on Sunday week.

Happy posting....night, night, sleep tight.

Been mega busy tonight since I got home

and you could well find me stuck to my keyboard coming morning.

I hopped over to Creative Living and got more Bellas' as Caz let slip that they had more in.

Then when I got home our new superdooper label printing machine had arrived, and Guy and I had to set it up and design the new Zoomz labels. Then I started to transport all my old files into the new contact database that came with it.

Next I've made a start on Aileen'ing my new Bellas, hence the reason I'm sticking to the keyboard.

Thanks as always for the lovely comments.

Hopefully more artwork over the weekend, and I also need to do the Caardvarks challenge.

By the way, the Zoomz really are living up to their name, as they nearly take my head off as the wing their way out to you all. Thank you everyone who has given me such lovely feedback.

Also a BIG thank you to Angel for my lovely beads, bookmark and cute button. To Stampingcaz for all her great artwork with the Zoomz and Harpie for being a great support and sterling admin on UK STampers. Love you guys and girls.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Nothing fancy in the way of an entry tonight

just the images of the cards that I did for Lisa yesterday.
So busy, packing orders, doing paperwork and looking after my kidlett, that's all I have time for really.
It's been mega, mega busy at work as well, so I am cream crackered, and need a lie down.
Fingers crossed that I will perk up a bit tomorrow.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Busy, busy, busy

but nothing to share with you.

I took a whole little shopping basket full of cards into work today, and they sold oh, so fact, they were fighting over them!

My mate Lisa, wanted two blue cards for her Mum's birthday, so I took a commission, and am busy doing them - I can't share 'cos the Stickles are drying.

I just have the other card for her kids to send to their Nan, and I'm done.

It's been mega, mega busy at work today, as I'm completely on my own, but hey, I got through and I'm now listening to Russell Howard & Jon Richardson on 6 Music Listen Again...funny, funny guys, if a little disturbed.

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Another quickie card, with "thanks" cut from Dave the Cricut and the Mini Monograms Cartridge.
Paper is BG Skate Shoppe.
Been looking a motors today, and I have fallen in love with a sporty cheeky chap, who is a top of the range Panda. I'm taking Guy to see it later in the week so what he thinks.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Caardvarks Micro Challenge

was to make a small card the size on an ATC.

This is my entry. It's made from a scap piece of Wild Asparagus paper, trimmed to front lefthand side with the Purple Cow flutted blade, and the bit that was cut off I added the other way round as a border, with a Zoomz (Chiaro).

The scallop was sitting on my desk, and I used one of Aud's Circle Sentiments and coloured with my COPICS. Then I punched holes all around the scallop.

Inside has "Celebrate" stamped from my Hero Arts definition set.

Friday, September 14, 2007

How frustrating are car web sites?

for a bit I've been thinking about changing my card, and I really love the Crysler Dodge, but it's quite expensive.

So today as I toddled out of Tesco's laden with shopping I happened to see a sweet little Panda 4x4.....and I loved it, it was the prettiest blue colour.

So tonight I skipped over to the Fiat website, and became very frustrated not being able to see exactly how much it is, and what comes as standard, and what is snap on goodie, and how much snap on goodie would be.

We've got dreaded relations coming for lunch tomorrow, and then I'm keping Aunt with scrapbook shee neds (which basically means that I will do the whole thing), so on Sunday I am venturing out to the dealer ship for a actually look at one close up........and also to interrogate a salesperson about the cost of it.

Actually T/Wells dealership has a nearly new on for sale, so I might be able to get a test drive too.

It's not a Dodge, but is a viable alternative I think....there again, I've got a certain amount of comfort at the mo, with electric everything, air con and leather dash....and the Dodge comes with leather and electric as I might still end up with the Dodge because by the time I snap on to the Panda...but hey ho.....

This is where my OCD'ishness sometimes is a problem....I can agonise over something like this for ages........and that includes the colour of the thing. Especially, as I don't actually need a new car (rather my son needs a different and more reliable motor........which I have the pleasure of paying and upkeeping - it's the acceptable face of mugging, being a parent, you have a kid and then basically pay through the nose the whole of your life, it never ends - they don't actually explain that bit in the kid manual when you get them either!) so it makes the whole process more agonising.

I tend to have more efficient thought processes when something goes wrong, and therefore materially affects my life in some way and I therefore have to make an instant decision on the whole and do a go get it tiger exercise - does any of that make sense?

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sketch This Card Entry

my entry for the new Sketch This Card sketch.

I'm tired so not sure if I can get finish the supplies and how to's done for it tonight... but this is the start of it:


I also need to book the tickets for Jon Richardson's Spatula Pad gig at the Brighton Comedy Festival - don't want them to be sold out!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Intense Pink Stickeroos card - Caarvarks - 3rd one


How to:

  1. Take a piece of the 12 x 12 Intense Pink cardstock, and cut in half. Using Scor-it make it into a 6x6 card blank. Round the two lefthand corners. Take the small border from the Stickeroos set, cut in half and add the two piece about halfway down the card on each side (that way you can't see a join).
  2. Cut a piece of the watercolour pattern paper and cut to around 5x5. Use the star punch to make the ticket corners (see previous posts about this). Run the Gingerbread Versamagic around the edges.
  3. Add a Candyfloss Zoomz to all of the corners, except the bottom righthand one.
  4. Take a piece of the BG Brown paper and cut to approx. 41/4 x 41/4, and use the star punch to make the ticket corners.
  5. Take the flower image from the Stickeroos sheet, and add Glossy Accents to some of the flowers and sprinkle on microbeads. Set aside to dry.
  6. Once dry matt onto the Green BG pattern paper and trim using knife and clear ruler to 1/4 edge. Use the Star punch on the corners, but leave intact this time. Run the Gingerbread Versamagic around the edges.
  7. Add a Green Crazy Daisy from the "Jasmine" bottle, and place a Chiaro Zoomz in the centre.
  8. Tie the piece of green fibre around the spine.

All done.

Thank you by the way for all your lovely comments. They are so appreciated. BTW Lauren, email me your addy (address in the side bar), and I will send you a card.

** I've just got really irritated with my eldest - he's 19 if I let him live - he's always taking my stuff and doing inappropriate things with it. My beloved MM knife has gone missing and he's probably whittling bloom bits of wood with it again ** Am I the only one who experiences a red mist when kids touch my precious stuff?

BTW, I've still got four more stickers to use from the Stickeroos sheet - they are such bloomin' marvellous value for mone - and lush into the bargin.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Thanks a bunch - Caardvarks & Sketch This Card


How to:

  1. Take one of the PM pink cardblanks, and edge with the Gingerbread Versamagic ink pad.
  2. Take a piece of the brown BG "Mellow" paper, and cut to 3 1/4 x 4 3/4", then use the star punch on the corners. To turn it into a ticker corner style, cut off the stars as per the image.
  3. Stamp the swirls from the Flower & Swirls sheet at top left and right hand corners in the Gingerbread Versamagic. Run the same ink around the edges of the whole piece before adhering as per the picture.
  4. Take 4 Rudolph's Nose Zoomz and place one into each corner.
  5. Take a piece of the green BG "Mellow" paper, and cut to approx. 2" x 3 1/2". Stamp with the Hero Arts stamps using Gingerbread Versamgic ink. Edge around the edges before you adhere it to the righthand side of the brown layer, just overlapping slightly.
  6. Take the swirl sticker from the Stickeroos sheet, and matt onto some green and then red BG paper from the "Mellow" stack. Place this matted sticker over both the brown and green layers.
  7. Using the Cricut cut out a circle at 2 1/2" in the Lilac Rain (Lily Kate) and a 2" scallop in White Prims cardstock.
  8. Stamp "Thanks a bunch" circle sentiment from the Circle & Sentiments Aud Sheet. Colour in the small flower in the centre with the Rose Copic, and the Lime Green for the flower centre. After I took the picture I added a tiny self-adhesvie pearl to the centre.
  9. Stamp "celebrate" from the Hero Arts set in the card, and also on the envie in Gingerbread Versamagic.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Caardvarks - Sticker Challenge


How to:

  1. Take a piece of 12x12 Prism cardstock, and cut in half to measure 6x12". Use the Scor-it board to make a fold in the centre so that it's a 6x6" card.
  2. Take a piece of the green paper from the BG Mellow stack, and cut to 5 1/2 x 5 1/2". Use the star corner punch, and then cut off the stars to make turn them into Ticket Corners. Run the Perfect Pulmeria Versamagic all around the edges.
  3. Take a piece of the red paper from the BG Mellow stack and cut to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4", and do the make the same ticket corners. Stamp all over with the Hero Arts Friends, Family, Celebrate stamps using Perfect Pulmeria Versamagic. Run the Perfect Pulmeria Versamagic all around the edges. Layer this on top of the green paper.
  4. Take the long stripped sticker from the Flower Field Stickeroos sheet, and place about 2/3rds of the way down across the whole card, and trim the edges.
  5. Take the flower image from the Stickeroos sheet, and matt onto the BG Brown paper. Trim to 1/4" on top, bottom and righthand sides, leave a 1/2" border down the lefthand side.
  6. With glossy accents, stick three Ginko Zoomz down this larger border at equal distance.
  7. Stamp "best wishes" onto some of the small leftover bit of BG Green paper, and matt onto BG Brown paper. Run the Perfect Pulmeria around the edges. Place this on the righthand side over the stripped border.
  8. Take one of the Prima Daisy Crazy Jasmine flowers and place on the corner of the main image. Add a Rudolph's Nose Zoomz in the centre with glossy accents.

Zoomz have landed

They've landed at the Galaxy, and the images have now been uploaded.

This is the Lime Parfait Mix. You can check out the rest here.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Zoomz colours

They are lovely small flat-backed gem embellishments, perfect for all your card, papercraft and scrapbooking projects.

Singles will be:-

Rudolph's Nose
Panna Cotta
Butter Popcorn

Mixed sets will be:-

Berry Pie (Mix of Rudolph's Nose & Panna Cotta)
Lime Parfait (Mix of Ginko and Candyfloss)
Gin Sling (Mix of Lupin and Chiaro)
Calypso (Mix of Butter Popcorn & Mermaid's Tears)

There are approximately 180 to 200 in each pot, and have an RRP of 2.25. Pictures should be up on the Galaxy tomorrow.


I've been packing Zoomz, that's why I've been quiet.

Lovely scrummy pots of Zoomz. A perfect addition to your card and scrapbook projects.

Count down begins 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - Zoomz!

ETA at the Galaxy 3 days and counting.

Thursday, September 06, 2007



How to:-

  1. Take a piece of 12x12 Wizard Medium cardstock, and cut in half. Using the Scor-it board score this 6x12 piece of cardstock in half, and fold to make a card blank.
  2. Stamp the daisy from the Paper Salon Tin over the top half of the card. Colour them in with the dark green sugarloaf marker and the Stardust Pen.
  3. Cut a piece of the pattern paper from the Mellow pack and add across the bottom half of the card.
  4. Place a strip of ribbon across the join. I used a glue line for stability.
  5. With the white cardstock (I used the triangle from another card), stamp the Cruisabella with the Black Memories ink. Colour in with the COPIC markers.
  6. Matt this triangle onto the Intense Kiwi cardstock, and stick over the card centrally using the Scrapbook Adhesive. Cut off the excess from the edges of the card.
  7. Add a Prima Daisy to the apex of the triangle with with Scrapbook Adhesive. Add three Hero Arts gems to the centre.
  8. Also stick a gem to the centre of the largest wheel, and also three as if they are coming from the exhaust.
  9. Stamp the "wishing you a birthday that is jsut your style" on the inside of the card.
  10. I also added glossy accents to the windscreen portion of the stamp, but after I'd taken the picture.
  11. Stamp a pearl 6x6 envelope with the Build a Bloom stamps for a finishing touch.

This card is for my friend Karen, who has a birthday on Saturday, so I also added a bit of Chinese Orange to the Bella's hair (as Karen has the most beautiful auburn hair). She also, like me, adores purple.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Humpty Dumpty Sat on the Wall


How to:

  1. Take a piece of 12x12 white cardstock, and cut in half to measure 6x12. Using the Scor-it board, score in half. With the front facing cut the card diagonally.
  2. Line the inside of the card with the paper from English Paper Company, and stamp "A Big Happy Birthday" down the side in Black Memories Ink.
  3. Stamp the circle from the Paper Salon Tin on each of the squares on the paper with the Whispers Azure Seas ink.
  4. Take the green with blue dots border strip from the Get Groovy English Paper Border pack, and add to the front of the card.
  5. Stamp the swirl from the Paper Salon Tin using Grand Cranberry on the right side of the front.
  6. Take a spare piece of white cardstock and stamp the Humpty image in Art Print Brown Memories. Zap with a heat gun to set, and colour in with COPIC markers.
  7. Matt this onto a piece of bright blue from the River Deep Papermania pack, and punch the corners with the star punch. Add 3-d pads to the back, and mount across the front of the card over the green/blue dots paper. Run the Grand Cranberry Whispers Ink down the diagonal of the card.

Loving my Humpty Dumpty Stamp

I stamped it out last night, and coloured two different versions with my COPICS (what else I hear you say, the girl doesn't use anything else recently).

I love him, he is so very, very cute. Just waiting for my Pearlidoodles to dry, and I will upload a piccie.

I broke out some more the English Paper Company paper - I don't understand why it's not selling, it really is lovely..... - I just wonder if maybe nobody realises what fabulous quality it is, and the designs are just super.

Back in a bit with the photo. Actually I had to patch the card up, 'cos I did one corner version and them accidentally dropped a stamp block on the Pearlidooles and smudged it - so the corner you will be able to see is an alternative (and cover up one).

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Bed for Sale

this is for some of my Aunt's friends....we have this unit up for sale due to Lydia being more grown up and having fitted wardrobes being done. So rather than print out and post her a picture for anyone to look at, I have just given her the blog address.

I have been a bad, bad crafter again today

and decided to treat myself and pop to Creative Pastimes.

I came back with:

Bellas' a plenty: "best wishes" (ese247); "a big happy birthday" (ese3); "wishing you a birthday that is just your style" (ese212); cruisabella (kbe67) and parisbella (kbe17).

Also picked up some brown DMC covered wire - same as the pink I used on the Caardvarks Bead Challenge card (it's really nice try some).

A Humpty Dumpty Stampington (K5259)

and two corner punches (buy 1 get one free offer) one star, and one that gives you two wavy lines so that you can use it as a matt for an image.

I've just painted the backs of the Bellas' with my Aileene's Tack it Over and Over, and used the A5 Purple Cow Cutter (which has a cold lamination bit on it) to create my little storage sheets. See Hazel, another reason to get one!

All I do is take the image that comes with the stamp, trim it slightly to take account of the lamination sheet (plus I like a nice flutted edge), and then take a sheet place the images in between, feed it into the little laminating slot and wind - hey presto, clear sheet with the image encased inside, that the Tack'd over and over stamp then sticks too. I then slide the sheet with the stamp stuck to it back in the bag. I just need to get a Cropper Hopper box or similar to store them in. At the moment I just have them on a book ring.

Smile - done over

that's better, it's just amazing what bit of Pearlidoodles and Stickles does for the bling factor. Much happier with it now, plus it's really touchy feely.

Thank for the lovely comments about the bead Caardvarks card, actually it probably took about 25 minutes tops to do, the worst bit was stringing the beads. I am really lucky though to have most of what I need at my finger tips. The trouble I have is using different stamps....I tend to stick to what is on my desk till I completely tidy away, and then I will go searching for other ones for a project.

That style of card is so quick, and very effective, and the beauty of it is that because I use a lot of the 6x6 pads, I can get a very different look each time by adding a different paper to the inside - plus, there is no cutting to be done...other than sometimes my sticking abilities leave a lot to be desired and I have to trim a little around one of the edges.

Scoring too (now that I'm used to the Scor-it) is a breeze. I have to say that it took me a bit of practice with the Scor-it, but I am really glad (a) that I bought it even though it was devillishy expensive and (b) that I kept on plugging away 'til I got the knack with it.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Only one person seems to have noticed

I've added a poll to the blog, just so I can get a feel if you all like what I do? Please, please just do a quick vote to spur me on.

Thank you to Hazel by the way, who always takes the time to put such lovely comments .



How to:-

  1. Take white card blank, fold and stamp on blooms and swirls from the Build a Bloom Tin in the Savoy Green and Whispers Dye Ink
  2. With the Rain pattern paper, cut the "Smile" word at 2.5".
  3. Cut the blackout for it in grey cardstock.
  4. Assemble the two together, and layer the Primas and Brad over the dot of the i.
  5. Stick onto the cardblank with the Scrapbook Adhesive, being careful that you don't get any squeeze out.
  6. Tie around some of the yellow ribbon from the MM mono ribbon set.

I think that I may well go on to add either some gems or glitter on some of the blooms....'cause I like bling.


Yep, I was right, when I looked at it again, it was just toooooo plain. So I added some Pearlidoodles (I love them and use them loads, but very few people have discovered them, they are a much cheaper, and IMHO better option than other dimensional paint that you can get), and I also added some Diamond Stickles, now I feel happier. It's all drying, so I will add a new picture tomorrow.

How vexing

I made a really lovely card for my friend Lisa, as she moved to a lovely new house at the weekend...........would you adam'n'eve it, I forgot to put the memory card in the camera, and now I've sent it off, so no picture - it was lovely too!

Still never mind, I will do another one for sale.

Anyhoo, long and short of it, no picture to upload now, but I will off to my table and create something.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Caardvarks Micro Challenge - Beads


How to:-

  1. Cut a 12x12 piece of Light Blue Bazzill Cardstock in half and with the Scor-it board, score at 6" and 8". Fold the 6" score in half, then the 8" score back on itself.
  2. Line the inside of the card with a piece of paper from the BG Mellow Pack. Stamp the two righthand corners with one of the Quatro Corner Stamps in Barn Brown Whispers Dye Ink
  3. Cut out a silhouette monogram shape in white cardstock.
  4. Stamp this shape the Anemone flower with Art Print Brown and colour in with COPICs'. Stamp the Silken Knots around the edges using the Antqiue Linen Distress Ink.
  5. Mount this onto pale blue cardstock from the PM River Deep pack, and then matt again on a larger piece of brighter blue from the pack. Make sure that you flute the edges with the A5 Cutter. Make a hole on either side and secure the pale blue brads. On the other side, add a piece of pale blue cardstock to cover the brad ends (as this will show).
  6. On the piece of the card blank that you folded back, using the Silent Setter set a metallic blue brad either end. Thread the beads onto the Pink DMC wire, and secure towards the bottom of the card. Tie on a couple of pieces of KI Sashes along side this knot.
  7. Using the Paper Salon Build a Bloom Tin, stamp flowers, swirls and leaves in Whisper Dye Inks as appropriate.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Another Build a Bloom (Wednesday Stamper entry)

without a doubt (but after a bit of a wobbly start) Paper Salon's Build a Bloom tin is one of my very favouritest stamps. Wobbly, why? Well because I nearly ripped off the backing by mis-reading the instructions, and I have a little bit of trouble with them dropping off the block.....but apart from that, love 'em.
Staples on this card, my Purple Cow A5 cutter, which I essentially only use for cutting the flutted edge...........also my COPICS, Whisper Dye Inks and DCWV paper stack.

Birthday gift card

pushing on with the 4x4" cards. This is another one done with the Doodlebug Celebration Clear set, the COPIC's and a bit of the Lucia Baja Journey paper from 7g's.
We've been crazy busy today clearing out Lydia's bedroom in readiness for the carpenter to come. We had to take down the sofa bed unit, deep clean (I'm a housework slut and really do not do my corners at all often!), then move her bed up the other end.
I popped out to get some paint, we've gone for Duck Egg Blue by Laura Ashley, and now Guy's started painting the walls white.........we thought it would be the cheaper option to paint it white, and then paint it with the Duck Egg Blue. He's done one coat on a wall, and you can still see the pink through.
I've got some lovely fresh beetroot on the hob at the moment, can't wait to have a munch on that later this evening.........I love the stuff.
Right ho, off for more housework. See yas.