Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Buttons and Bows

Yep, buttons and bows, plenty of them. Needed to make something cheerful because at this very moment and day I was suppose to be in San Mateo, California. Instead I'm here in beautiful Yorkshire, well, who would go to sunny California when they can stay in rainy Yorkshire, eh???

Here is Tilda in lilac.

Ah, now the list:

Card blank - Craft UK
Stamp - Magnolia Tilda
Colouring - Flexmarkers
Buttons, Bows, Pearls, Petals, Papers - all stash

This is made for:
The Ribbon Girls - April Magnolia Only Challenge
Clear It Out - Challenge: Colour - Purple Stash: Purple Things

That's it! Thanks for visiting xx

Sunday, April 27, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different

And Now For Something Completely Different, no, I'm not watching Monty Python, but made this card.

My inspiration was feed with these and many more pictures I saw on Internet:


Beautiful, aren't they. Challenging was to make is black and white only, sort of silhouettes. 

Heh, photos are not too good, and sure I blame reflection on acetate. Never mind, here we go.

There was a challenge I particularly liked, because it wasn't easy. Sort of.

White 5x7 card blank
Black card stock
White card stock
Golden Brown card stock
Cutting files

This is made for couple of challenges. No surprise!

That's Crafty! Challenge Blog - Black, White and just a hint of other colour
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 256 Oriental

Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, April 26, 2014


If you like Make It Crafty digi stamps, this weekend is a great opportunity to stock up, because they have AMAZING 30% OFF!

Crafty Catz were looking for Guest Designer Team member for May, and YES, they chose ME!!! It feels great, because I don't apply DT's often at all, this is the second time ever. I think.

Anyhow, although my GDT post starts on Friday 2nd May, this is sort of warming up blogging :)

This is Adele, and yes, from Make It Crafty. 

White rose is homemade and the others probably from Wild Orchid, not sure, because they were pressie from a friend.

White loopy background is inspired by Martha Stewart with a nice touch of flatback pearls. 

Make Up: Eye shadow is Heather, lipstick Rose Pink, white areas of eyes are coloured with Antique White, her eyes are Cyan and Surf Blue. Nails also have touch of Rose Pink.

Digistamp - Make it Crafty 
Colours - Flexmarkers
Butterflies - Cheery Lynn
DP - from Beatrix Potter Collection 
Leaf dies - Spellbinders
Swirl - Joy Crafts (or Marianne)
Lace, pearls, flowers - all stash

There are couple of challenges I had in mind:

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Things with Wings 
Crafty Catz - #228 Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #91 Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - #112 Pearls and Lace
Creative Fingers - #33 Anything Goes/Bingo (Die Cut - Pearl - Flower)

Thank you so much for visiting :) and I hope you like my latest card. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pucker Up, Buttercup

For a change very Clean and Simple card, no frills.

Flexmarkers works quite okay and over line colouring is almost on purpose. Well, that's my excuse, what's yours? Hihi.

Aww... she is lovely, isn't she. Sentiment came with Mo Manning's latest gorgeous digi stamp "Duckface" but come on, it is just sooooo good for this, too.

Sky is a bit greyish, but it was what it was like this afternoon here in Yorkshire.

Card blank 5x7 (haven't used these for ages!)
Digi stamp Mo Manning
Colours Flexmarkers and a bit of Berol's Verithik metallics
Die Spellbinders
BP Create and Craft
DP First Edition Animal Antics
Embossing folder Beatrix Potter
Sentiment Mo Manning

Challenge or maybe one or two more:
Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge - Challenge #228 - Clean and Simple
Simon Says Stamp - Challenge - CAS

Thursday, April 24, 2014

You Can Keep Your Hat on

Another post and another KennyK digi stamp. Oh, she's a babe.

Tried to make hat look suede with Flexmarkers and Metallic Promarkers.

Stamped sentiment from Lili of the Valley.

Aren't those little hearts beautiful! 

Image KennyK
Colouring Promarkers and Flexmarkers
Dies Sizzix and Spellbinders
Embossing Folder Sizzix
Embellishments (pearls, hearts, corners) all stash

Challenge or two...

I Love Promarkers - #216 - Hats
Crafty Hands - #12 Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - #60 Girly (Some girls and girly with strong stuff)

I have some GREAT NEWS :) Wait till my next post...

Stars in Their Eyes

Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be...
Do you remember? Oh, it was good programme with all performances, miss it :(

Trying to keep posting short, because today late afternoon, I'm going to have MRI scan in hospital! I hope and trust it will bring some light!

Here is light and party shine with proper can't remember what's that called... Disco ball thingy lamp.

Image KennyK
Stamp sentiment Lili of the Valley
Coloring Flexmarkers/Promarkers
Stars stash
Star paper Papermania
Dies Spellbinders
Embossing Folder Sizzix
Silver and Gold cardstock Create and Craft

Couple of challenges, naturally:

KennyK's Krafty Krew - Anything Goes with Stars
Craft Room - Dance

Thanks for popping by :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Around the World Part I

Through the years I've managed to get few Magnolia stamps, although they don't have nose, neither mouth, there is something about them... Backgrounds are fabulous, and suit almost everywhere, windows, doors, furniture for example.

Well, to cut a long story short, here is Tilda in Australia.

Hooray, I got masking right! This fence (barbed, :( not user friendly) is also stamp from Magnolia.

Flexmarkers seem to suit me with Tilda, because of their flexibility, hahah, now I finally got it! (I'm kidding.) Name, I mean. Anyhow, Flexmarkers act very differently than Promarkers, my opinion, not Letraset's.

I LOVE the result. Tilda is in Australia travelling around the world and after lots of raining in April, those fantastic flowers come up. Well, no idea when it is raining in Oz, but this is my back story, heheh.

What did I need: 

Card stock - Papermill, Craftwork Cards, Lidl and Homebargains
Card blank - Craft UK
Stamps Magnolia - Koala Hugs Tilda and Barbed Fence
Ink - Stampin Up Early Espresso and Crumb Cake
Colouring - Flexmarkers
Die cuts - Joy Crafts, Marianne, Spellbinders, Sizzix
Corner - Silhouette freebie
DP - First Edition 
Pearls, twine - stash

Challenge or two or more

Totally Tilda -  #94 Use Fence Die or Stamp
Tilda's Town – # 101 April showers bring may flowers
Marvelous Magnolia - #66 Anything Goes (Beginners category)

One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes no digis 

Ok, that's it! I hope this gets me some encouragement to continue trying to make Magnolia Tilda and Edwin look alive(ish)

It would be lovely to have some feedback. What is good publicly and what is bad, of course in private :D :D Nah, it's just although I have pile of these stamps, I've always found it so very difficult to colour them. Trying to get colours blend. Getting emotions shown. Oh boy. 

Here are my previous colouring attempts:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bright and Shine

First easel for a long time. Well, it was about the to make one, eh? Yes! It is when inspiration hits you...

Beautiful Lili of the Valley stamp and quite minimalistic colouring, because all extras were strong and bright. I didn't want to make too much noise.

All flowers are homemade from scraps and they fitted nicely with the image and frame.

Oh, need to confess. I made a wrong folding first and then I had to cover it up, hahah! Like this: Strong and shiny satin polkadot ribbon around the wrong fold and voila'!

 Bow is spot on.

Stamp Lili of the Valley
Cardstock Lidl
Card blank Craft UK
Colouring Flexmarkers
Flowers by yours truly with great help from Tonic Studios Punches
Frame also from Tonic Studios
Ribbon stash

Yep, here is couple of challenges this is made for:
The Ribbon Girls - Colour Yellow - Lemon
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - #85 Anything Goes with Ribbon

Till next time!

P.S. Aunty Sue wrote: Your Wrong Fold Would Have Given You A Twisted Easel But Still An Easel. 
Me: Brilliant idea! Need to remember. Thank you xx

Best of Friends Part Two

Lovely windy Sunday here is Yorkshire and it would be just fantastic to go for a brisk walk. Or take the washing out to dry. Or sit at the craft room table and make something. Heh, here is the latest from the craft room table!

This is stamp from Art Impressions and all their stamps makes me laugh, designer really has captured the best facial expressions and gestures and postures.

Those beautiful staples are from Tonic Studios.

It was only yesterday when I said that won't be using light lines regularly, but here we are. Crumb Cake from Stampin Up was perfect for this. Really nice lines for this sort of pastel colouring.

Card blank Craft UK
Stamp Art Impressions
Ink Stampin Up Crumb Cake
Colouring Flexmarkers
Punches Tonic Studios
Staples Tonic Studios
Embossing Folder Couture Creations
Frame freebie Silhouette cutting file
Backing Papers and Ribbon stash

Here we go with couple of challenges:

Art Impressions - #133 Best of Friends
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #31 Some Pastel Colours

Thanks for visiting xxx

Friday, April 18, 2014

Little Golfer

Lovely peaceful Friday afternoon and evening. Surely there is nothing better than golf. Seriously?

I thought this really needs some ribbons and I'm truly happy with the result.

Stamp from Lili of the Valley 
Colouring by Promarkers
Die cuts Spellbinders
Embossing folder Darice
Embossed card stock Core-dinations
Card blank Craft UK
All the rest - stash

There are one or two challenges I had in mind:
Crafty Catz -  No.227 - Use anything starting with letter B (Boy stamp, buttons)
The Ribbon Girls - April – Anything Lili of the Valley (Stamp)
Hobby Cutz Challenges - BINGO (diecut - stamp - flowers)
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Anything Goes With Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by :) 

Peach Babe

At Bella and Bronte's Clubhouse an idea came up to recolor stamp lines using light colours/ink before coloring the image . I've tried this method couple of years ago, but for some reason never made anything worth blogging.

It really makes a difference and although I won't start doing this regularly, it is getting you out of your rut (not saying that I'm in the rut, noooooh! Am I? Blimey!).

Usually I print/resize/flip etc digi stamp with either MS Publisher or Gimp, and 4 or 5 images on A4.

Wow, not even one flower! Instead there are "just a couple" of little hearts and couple of pearls. 

Wonderful warm spring, sun is shining here in Leeds, West Yorkshire and sky is bright. Soon if not already, we'll see butterflies and wonderful colours of spring.

I like the image how lines changed it. Totally. 
Those two little legs are imo probably the best part of the card. Heh. 

Lets list the materials:
Card blank - Craft UK
Colouring - Letraset Flexmarkers
Cardstock - Papermill Direct
Embossing Folder - Darice
Ribbons, pearls and hearts - stash

Challenge or maybe more:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Must Be Square #31 Use Some Pastel Colours
Ladybug Crafts  - Here Comes Spring :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Look! There Is a Cat!

Argh, this stamp is so difficult to colour... Here we are, with warts and all. I LOVE these big cat stamps, but feel like it is impossible to get colours/colorine right. Stamp is very very detailed and it might be the problem for me :D Hahah.

I'm drawn to use oranges and browns at the moment, as you can see.

Stamp - 
Colours - Promarkers
Design Papers - stash 
(I cut pile of 12"x12" packs down to 6"x6" and now I have no idea what's what)
Ribbons - stash
Brads - We R Memory Keepers
Embossing - Provo Craft folder

That's it!

Challenge or two ;)
I love Promarkers - #215 Cats and/or Dogs
Crafty Catz - #226 Animals
Passion for ProMarkers - #243 All Creatures Great and Small