Thursday 6 December 2012

Dear All,
I am posting to send my upmost appologies for my absence, especially to Deep Ocean & Marvelous Magnolia. My laptop has picked up a virus and has been out of action for almost 2 weeks now. I have tried to post from my Mums computer instead which is what I'm on now, but try as I might I just can't upload my photos onto this computer, so unfortunately I have now given up & can only wait for my laptop to be fixed. I simply cannot afford to take my laptop in to have it formatted at the shop as this cost me £50.00 last time, so am having to get my cousin who works with computers to do this for me. Hopefully it should be done for this weekend when he comes down (he lives in Warrington) so all being well I should be up and running again in a few days. 
Sorry again guys, I am so frustrated & it's starting to get me all upset now I hate to let people down, spoils the blogging buzz to say the least. But thankyou all for being so patient, I will post my cards that I have missed asap the second I get my laptop back & I will then get around to visits & comments as soon as I possibly can, hope to be back in buisness soon.
Bye for now,

Thursday 15 November 2012

Marvelous Magnolia #3 'Traditional X-mas Colours'

Hey all, today it's time for another fabulous challenge at Marvelous Magnolia. Today we'd like to see you use 'Traditional Christmas Colours'. We have some fab prizes in store for the lucky winner from Magnolia-licious & The Ribbon Girl - 2 of my fave shops! We also have some really great inspiration from the design team for you too, so don't forget to head over to the challenge blog & check out their scrummy creations!
Anyhow on to my card, I've done so many 6x6" cards recently that I thought it was about time for one of my more interesting layouts & I haven't done the half circle blank with circular topper thing for quite some time now, so that's just what I made...

This is actually a Summer Tilda stamp, but I thought she looked just as good as a Christmas fairy! She has been coloured with Distress Inks & highlighted with Crystal Glamour Dust.

Distress Inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose, Old Paper
Hair - Antique Linen, Walnut Satin, Scattered Straw
Top, Boots, Flower - Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick
Shorts, boots trim & foliage - Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage
Crown - Pumice Stone
Shading - Pumice Stone & Black Soot
I sprayed the ocversized fairy charm with white primer spray paint & tied her with twine in a double bow. The mini-alphas have been stuck onto kraft cardstock tabs that I made for the sentiment. Shabby ribbon bow made with seam binding & set with a buttin & Santa Rocks brad!
I made some more little scrolls, this time tied with twine, I also made an ornate pin from metal spacers & pearl beads, these flowers are from WOC.
Stunning ribbon flowers above are by Maya Road.
Dies Used:
Magnolia Doo Hickey Lovely Fence & So Wrapped Lovely
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles & Scalloped Circles
I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Magnolia-licious - Stickles or Glitter
Magnolia Mania - Motiv 3D
Fussy & Fancy - Pearls & Flowers
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes 
Stamptacular Sunday - For the love of Tilda
Stamp For Fun - 3 Punches
Songbird - Diamonds are a girls best friend


Tuesday 6 November 2012

Deep Ocean Challenge 'Around the World'

Hey guys, today it's time for my second post over at Deep Ocean Challenge. This time the theme is 'Around the World' so theres loads of scope for individual interperatations & the design team has some FAB cards for inspiration, be sure to head over & check them out. Then don't forget to enter your wordly creations - we'd love to see what you make!
Due to the time of year (it's freezing & me not having got to grips with my festive makes yet this year, I thought I'd do a Christmas North Pole scene & this pretty little LOTV fairy stamp was just the ticket!

The papers are from last years Magnolia collection, I also made a heart tag die using a Magnolia Doo Hickey die & 2 spiral flowers using a Marriane Designs die.
Here's a closer look...
The image has been coloured with Distress Inks on Watercolour Papers & highlighted with Crystal Glamour Dust. I've used my Viva Declor Pearl Pen in Cream on the snowdrops & added Polar White Flower Soft to the snow on the ground, around the edges & elsewhere on the card.
Distress Inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose, Old Paper
Cheeks - Fired Bricks
Hair & Basket - Antique Linen, Walnut Satin
Coat & Shoes - Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Black Soot
Scalf & Bow - Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood & Pumice Stone
Wings - Pumice Stone
Holly & Foliage - Shabby Shitters, Bundled Sage, Walnut Satin
Shading - Pumice Stone, Black Soot
I made 2 paper scrolls from an old book & a banner from kraft & sentiment with Studio G alphabet stamps.
Below is glass bottle with cork that I've filled with Polar White Flower Soft & tied with thread.
Dies used:
Marriane Design - Spiral Roses
Doo Hickey So Wrapped 'Lovely'

Friday 2 November 2012

Lying Tilda - 'Under The Christmas Tree'

Hi all & today I'm posting a card I have been working on for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge. They have a really lovely theme, which is birthstones...
.. I wasn't sure what mine was, so after I looked it up on the chart & found it was Peridot (August), I instinctively thought of a Christmas tree & the shade of green on my new Pion papers that matched the Peridot perfectly. So I decided to use my 'Lying Tilda' & Stamps Away Christmas Tree background to make a cosy, winter night in scene...under the Christmas tree!


Appologies for the photos - my cameras not great unless its nice & bright outside, it really struggles if I take them in the evening under artificial light. Anyways, here's a closer look..

It is coloured with Distress Inks then highlighted with Crystal Glamour Dust.


Distress Inks:
Skin - Tattered Rose, Olp Paper
Hair: Antique Linen, Walnut Satin
Cheecks: Fired Brick
Top & Trainers - Pumice Stone
Pants - Shabby Shutters
Tree - Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Walnut Satin
Shading - Pumice Stone, Soot Black
Doo Hickey Dies: So Wrapped 'Lovely'
Vintage Tag
I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Magnolia Down Under - Birthstones
 Tildas Town - Winter Weather
Midweek Magnolias - Anything Goes
Dutch Magnolia Lovers - Christmas with DMC
Sketch n Stash - Sketch!

Thursday 1 November 2012

Marvelous Magnolia #1 'Anything Goes'

Hi all today I am thrilled to be posting for a brand new Magnolia site called Marvelous Magnolia. It is a weekly challenge that starts today & will run each week on a Thursday. The design team is simply fabulous & there is a wealth of talent and beautiful creations waiting to inspire you, so don't forget to check out their individual blogs too.
The first challenge today is an Anything Goes, so why not enter your latest Magnolia creations? There is a wonderful prize from Magnolia-licious & Creative Treasures for one lucky winner chosen at rondom so what are you waiting for - we'd love for you to join us & we can't wait to see what you create.

I used my new 'Dancing with stars' Tilda from this years 'Little Christmas' collection & she's just gorgeous!!!
The beautiful papers are mainly Inkido and also some by Poin Design. I've coloured Tilda with Distress Inks as usual & then she's been highlighted with Crystal Glamour Dust & Viva Declor Pearl Pen 'Cream'.
Distress Inks:
Skin - Old Paper, Tattered Rose
Cheeks - Fired Brick
Hair - Old Paper, Antique Linen, Walnut Satin
Dress & tights - Spun Suger, Victorian Velvet
Trim & tights: Weathered Wood
Wings: Pumice Stone
Shading: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
The lovel sentiment stamp which I thought was just perfect for this little angel is by LOTV.
I have made above 2 little scrolls & below some butterflies with a Martha Stewart punch using some lovely manuscript paper. I have loads of this stuff from when I used to play piano & love to use it on my cards, I thought it complimented these papers by Inkido perfectly!
Doo Hickey Dies:
Lovely Fence
So Wrapped 'Lovely'
Heart Swirl
 Other Dies:
Marriane Design (the little kraft foliage leaves)
Thanks for stopping by & I hope you wil get involved & enjoy exploring our new Magnolia site at Marvelous Magnolia!
I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Midweek Magnolias - Anything Goes
Songbird - Could it be Magic

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Marvelous Magnolia Design Team Member!

Hi all - today I have some exciting news. There is a brand new Magnolia Challenge launching tommorrow called Marvelous Magnolia, and I am priveliged and thrilled to have been selected to be on there wonderful team...

 ...I'm sure all you die hard Magnolia fans will allready have been there, but if you haven't allready had the pleasure, then give it a whirl using the link above - your in for a real treat & are sure to be impressed! The site looks absolutely stunning...classy & stylish & very, vrey pretty. There are allready well over 100 followers, before the challenge has even started, so no doubt it will soon become a sort after place to be!!!
The site wanted to offer the opportunity to a mixtre of seasoned Magnolia vetrons, to newbies never having served on Magnolia DT's and everything in between! The same ethos is applied to entering the challenges...we would like to welcome ALL levels of ability & experience to come together through their shared love & appreciation of everything Magnolia. So what are you waiting for? Get busy crafting an show us ya Tilda's!!!
The Design Team is just amazing and there are some phenomenal creations lined up for the first challenge, all worthy of drooling over!!! There will be 2 teams, a pink team & a purple team who will alternate weeks and you can visit their individual blogs via the challenge site where all of the pictures are linked. So here's the teams...
Pink team:

Eva Marie
Purple Team:
Nancie Quah
The challenges will run weekly every Thirsday, you can expect from entering a comment from a member of the design team, as well as the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. Sponsers include Magnolia-Licious, Marker Pop, Ribbon Girl and Live and Love Crafts to name a just few. Just follow these simple rules...
1) You may enter any papercrafting item
2) You MUST use a Magnolia Stamp (but we do not require it be Tilda or Edwin)
3) You may enter 2 current creations, no back-linking
4) There is NO limit as to how many challenges you may enter
5) Create, enjoy, win prizes & most of all....have fun!!
The first challenge begins tommorrw Thursday 1st November 2012, it will be an Anything Goes, so why not come along & enter your projects - we can't wait to see what you create!!! 


Friday 26 October 2012

Beautiful Day!

Hi there crafters, today I have a card I made primarily with the Magnolia Down Under Challenge in mind. I wanted to use my new Summer Stamp 'Waterlilly Tilda', and it just reminds me of such a lovely sunny day, which I think we could all use at this time of year!  Don't know what the weather's like where you are, but here in sunny Manchester - it's not so sunny. Although we do keep having a suprise sunny day here & there in the middle of October, so with that in mind...
...the song is 'Beautiful Day!'by U2...
...& here's my card...

I used my new Go Kreate dies to make the shaped card blank & sewed around the edges, I must pick up some better cotton - this one doesn't show up very well on my photos! Stunning papers are by Maja Design - how gorgeous are these papers!!!

Distress Inks:
Skin: Tattered Rose, Old Paper
Cheeks: Fired Brick
Haie: Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Brusched Cordroy, Walnut Satin
Dress: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet
Bloomers & trim: Pumice Stone
Water: Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood
Shading: Pumice Stone, Black Soot

Doo Hickey Dies:
So Wrapped 'lovely'
Vintage Tag
Lovely Fence
Heart Swirl

Pearl swirls byWoodware, metal charms from ebay, metal spiners are by Tim Holtz

Beautiful blue flowers are Miss Godivas by Prima

I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Magnolia Down Under - Fa La La La La (inspired by a song)
Magnolia Mania - 3 dies
The Dutch Magnolia Chickies - Use kraft on your card
Dutch Magnolia Lovers - Chipoard & Metal
Simply Magnolia - Sparkles & Swirls
Word Art Wednesday (Wed!) - Anything Goes


Tuesday 23 October 2012

Deep Ocean Challenges - New Design Team - 'Sporty & Outdoor'

Hello there - today I have a bit of an announcement to make, as I am going to be part of a new design team over at Deep Ocean Challenges. If you've never seen the site, then you're in for a real treat. The style of it is just amazing & their breath taking header really gives you a taste of whats to come. They have some unbelieveably talented designers there, who have fabulous inspirational creations & blogs for you to drool over! ha ha. Anyway - so chuffed to have been asked to be a part of such an accomplished team & can't wait to get started...
...So without further ado, this challenge is 'Sporty & Outdoor'. As an ex-dancer I tend to favour the more pretty, visual sports - so I reached straight for my trusty 'Ice Tilda!'

I used my new Go Kreate dies to make the shaped cardblank, the pretty background stamp is by Stamps Away, all coloured with DI's.
Distress Inks:
Skin: Tattered Rose, Old Paper
Cheeks: Fired Brick
Hair: Old Paper, Walnut Satin
Tilda's Outfit & Skates: Weathered Wood
Ear muffs, socks & hand warmer: Pumice Stone
Thatched roof: Brushed Cordroy, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Satin,
Bushes/ Greenery: Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage, Brushed Cordroy, Frayed Burlap
Windows & Sky: Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone
Path: Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap
Ladies Dress: Fired Brick
Shading: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
Doo Hickeys Dies:
 So Wrapped 'Lovely'
Vintage Tag
Lovely Fence
Heart Swirl
The tags are decorated with metal spacers painted white & set with pearls
Paper, Butterflies & Letters: Pion Design
Sentiment reads 'live from....the heart!'
Out of the box technique using a frame die:
Go Kreate Large Frilly Frame #5
Magnolia Stamp 'Ice Tilda'
Stamps Away Individual Stamp (L 1024)
Staz-on Ink Pad 'Jet Black'
Stamp Tilda as usual leaving enough space to her right.
Stamp the image again onto a piece of scrap paper (cheap printer paper works well!).
Cut out the image & position it over the origional Tilda (you can use removable spray adhesive to hold it in place if you wish).
Now stamp the background image over the top, in this case slightly to the right of Tilda.
Line up the edge of the cutting matt with the 2 points where Tilda meets the background so she is partly outside of the cutting area. (In my case the top point is just above Tilda's left ear muff & the bottom point is the tip of the left ice skate.)
PLEASE NOTE: This will vary depending on where the background stamp is in relation to Tilda.
Run through the die cutting machine, remove the die & finish cutting out the rest of Tilda with scissors or a sharp craft knife.
You should now have your finished image - Colour as desired!

 I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Magnolia Down Under - Fa la la la la (inspired by a song) see below
Magnolia Mania - 3 dies
The Dutch Magnolia Chickies - Use kraft on your card
Song for the MDUC...
...On The Street Where You Live by Andy Williams...


Blog Awards!

Hey all - back in March, just before I went MIA I was kindly nominated for 2 blog awards, so I've just got around to accepting them & ominating who I'd like to pass them on to...

...The first is the Liebster Blog award that was very kindly awarded to me by Laura, an extreemly talented crafter with a stylish & sophisticated blog - be sure to take a look!!!
Many Thanks Laura!!! xxx

Did you know?
The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany.

Liebster means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is love.

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:
*Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog
*Copy and paste the award to their blog
*Reveal the 5 blogs ( with less than 200 followers ) they have chosen to award, commenting on their blog to break the news!
*Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding “The Liebster Blog Award” to bloggers they would like to.
I would like to pass the award onto the following people...
...The next award is The versatile blogger award which was kindly given to me by Jill , who has a lovely colourful blog, packed full of inspiration just waiting for you - go on & take a look!!!
Thanks ever so much Jill!!!xxx
In order to accept the award you must:
Thank the person who gave you this award
Include a link to their blog
Select 15 blogs you recently discovered or follow regularly
Nominate these 15 blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award
Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
I would like to pass this onto the following people...
I very much hope you will enjoy accepting your awards, however I am fully aware just how time consuming the process can be, so please don't feel bad if you are unable to accept!

Friday 19 October 2012

Magnolia card - Dancing with Stars Tilda

Hi there, todays post is a lovely shaped Tilda card I've been working on using my new Go Kreate dies. I've been after these larger dies to make card blanks with for ages & lovin the results!!!

This is dancing with satrs Tilda from the Little Christmas collection 2012, as usual coloured with Distress Inks.

Skin: Tattered Rose, Old Paper
Cheeks: Spun Sugar, Fied Brick
Hair: Old Paper, Walnut Satin
Dress & Tights : Milled Lavender, Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord
Wings & Tights: Pumice Stone
Shading: Pumice Stone, Black Soot 
Highlighted with Crystal Glamour Dust & Viva Declor Peral Pen 'cream'

Card has 2 removable tags made with Doo Hickey Vintage Tag die, both have lovely made with love silver heart charms!

Heart diecut is an old Cuttlebug die, with hole & fancy handmade pin. Also sentiment tab & mini-alphas spell 'love'.
Notice the lovely handmade glass pebble set on a button above.
The die above is Magnolia Doo Hickey So Wrapped Lovely, below is Lovely Fence.
 Flowers are Miss. Godivas by Prima, distressed with white paint.
Thanks for looking!!!
I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Magnolia Mania - Love is in the Air

Saturday 29 September 2012

Magnolia Card & Fancy Box Set

Morning all! Today I'm posting a little card & fancy box set I made a while ago & had forgotton about! I actually made it for a Just Magnolia challenge - then lost my internet before I could post it! So here it is...

The challenge was to use 'Purple & White' if I remember correctly, so I used my Magnolia papers for the job, the box was made using Spellbinders scalloped squares dies & a scoring board. The Tilda is 'Lying Tilda' from the Sweet Rainbow collection 2011 & she's sitting on a Doo Hickey Vintage Tag die
Then I made a matching card with a lovely wishing well background stamp I got I think from the Pixie Cottage for a challenge I won & the Tilda is 'Tilda with Butterfly Dress' from the Butterfly Dreams collection 2011
I've stiched all the edges & inked with Dusty Concord DI then distressed slightly with craft knife, the images are coloured with Distress Inks & higjhlighted with Glamour Dust
Skin: Tattered Rose, Old Paper
Hair: Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Satin
Top & Trousers: Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord 
Shoes & Trim: Pumice Stone
Shading: Pumice Stone, Black Soot
As above then...
Wishing Well: Pumice Strone, Frayed Burlap, Dusty Cncord,
Grass & Foliage: Shabby Shutters, Bundled Sage
Flowers Victorian Velvet
Basket: Brushed Cordroy
Sky Background: Milled Lavender, Weathered Wood
Shading: Pumice Stone, Walnut Satin, Black Soot
I'd like to enter into the following challenges:
Tilda's Town - CAS or Fussy & Fancy (Fussy & Fancy!)
(the CCC link is now working!!! - many thanks to CCC for pointing out it wasn't working.) x



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