Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's a Creative World SPRING blog hop!

It's time for the "It's a Creative World" blog hop
 and you should have arrived to me from the lovely
Eleanor's blog here. 

Spring is in the air. 
The weather is brighter, the nights are lighter so that means more time to craft! 
So what do I have for you......?
Well as it is Easter I thought rather than a card a couple of bunnies would be in order;

And of course bunnies wouldn't be bunnies without a little white tail;

The poem on the tags reads;

I'm running short on eggs this year
My chickens flew the coop
I'd give you something better
But here's some bunny poop!

I thought with the present real egg problem it was quite apt. 
The bunny bag has been made using my Cricut cartridges Plantin Schoolbook "Tall ball" bag and New arrival "Bunny". 
Just a little something to add to your Easter egg hunt. 

Enjoy our bunny hop and next up is the lovely Ifa.

In case you get lost here are the links;

I also have some candy to share but I'm going to keep you in suspense....
you'll need to pop back tomorrow to find out more...
oh I'm bad!
Now where did I put that chocolate.....?
Will there be any left for you tomorrow?!  MMMMM.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Just the ticket!

Morning all, another sunny but a tad windy day up in the North of Scotland.  Great drying weather so my machine is on working hard.  My relatives have arrived and my big boy comes home from school later today, yippee!
Before I forget tomorrow and Sunday I am involved with this;

Some of the girls from It's a Creative World are running an Easter blog hop tomorrow it is worth a look as everyone makes different crafts plus there will also be some great prizes up for grabs. 

You've got to be in it to win it!

I digress, on to today.....

Supply list;
Hero Arts NEW Big tickets.
Spellbinder shapeabilites Mix'd media elements for the rectangle tag, hearts and crown.
K & Company Papers SW Spring Blossom and die cut seed packet.
American craft textured card stock.
Distress stain Bundles sage.
Distress crackle paint rock candy.

I have stamped the large tags along the bottom of a 12" sheet of card matching up the perforated line, both sides.  Then added the centre "Happy birthday" with 3d foam on the front but made pockets at the back for tags.  The K & Company paper has been torn and added to the layers and the seed packet tags have been added to the tags.  The hearts and crown have rock candy added which has made them go all wrinkly, I love that.  Distress stain has been added to bring the whole card together.
I thought this would make a change to a regular card.  "A change is as good as a rest!"  Or so it is said.

That's all from me today.  I have the hop to get ready for and my next Sugar bowl card in production.  Have a great weekend or if like us you are breaking up for Easter holidays today...have fun!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Simply stylish!

Morning and firstly a big thank you to the lovely ladies who visited my work desk yesterday. 
I was hoping to get on to playing with my Tim Holtz class in the afternoon but I have some orders due today so I was beavering away with that instead. 
On to today.....

Items used;
Spellbinders M-Bossibilities hearts.
Martha Stewart PATP Swirling lace.
Sentiments from K & Co Wedding sentiments grand adhesion's.
Ribbon and coloured card from stash to match.

The above cards are simple with all the work being done by the lovely embossing plate and punch. 
I have to admit I am sold on the M-Bossibilities plates.  The one thing I didn't like about the smaller embossing folders was that you were limited to a C6 size card or matting and layering.  With these new folders you can easily cut a 5" square which works fabulously with a 6" card's hip to be square!
I love them.

I have my MIL and FIL coming today to stay for a week so I better crack on and get organised.  More tomorrow and don't forget this is coming up at the weekend....

Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Fork handles!" Plus WOYWW 147

Hi everyone it's that time of the week again WOYWW.  So without further's mine;

On the left there are a few nearly finished samples from recent demo's awaiting finishing touches to be sent to my boss.  On the right a few purchases from my weekends gallivanting....loving the zip ribbons.
My desk isn't too bad today.  I've got a couple of cards I need to make then I hope to have some fun with Tim Holtz on line class later.  But first I have to finish my "spring clean" of my conservatory I started last night.  Now why would I tell you this?  Well earlier in the year I removed a candle stand from my front room whilst decorating.  Not very exciting in it's self but it made me giggle when I ventured in the room after the unseasonal warm weather we've had this week.  See if it makes you smile too.....

"Four candles" or should I say four very limp candles.  I did have to smile to myself as it reminded me of the great sketch by the Two Ronnies about "Fork handles!"  I love that sketch and so very clever.  I have added it below if you haven't seen it.  It really makes me giggle, how they both keep straight faces!
That's all from me for this What's on your Work desk Wednesday why not pop on over to the lovely Julia's blog and find out what other like minded crafters are up to.  It only remains for me to say thanks for the visit today, have a good one and I hope you leave me with a smile.

The two ronnies - Fork handles

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Today I have a card made using the new Spellbinder dies and embossing folders. 

Supply list;
Spellbinder shapeabilities Damask motifs and Ribbon buckles.  Spellbinder M-bossabilities Patchwork.
Martha Stewart edger punch Garden rail.
Bling and ribbon from stash.

I personally love the simplicity of black and white when using very decorative Spellbinder dies and Martha Stewart punches because there is so much going on with the die shapes.  I find less is more creates a more elegant classy finish.  Or that is my theory anyway!   The ribbon and bling just bring the card together.

Today I have had to crack on with some housework much to my disgust as the weather is glorious outside again today, we are so not used to this in the North of Scotland. 
On the upside the lovely weather has brought the dolphins to our shore and I took great delight in seeing them bobbing about yesterday when out for a walk in the sunshine.  I never tire of seeing them.  There is just something magical about them.  It fairly made my day.
I'm going to crack on with some more housework now...don't you just love having visitors!  Boo!  I'd much rather be outside or crafting.  Still if I'm good and get it all done I can play tomorrow instead.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

What a mad weekend I had. 
First demo of the year at Howden's Garden centre Inverness on Saturday, then first demo of the year at The Papeterie Aberdeen for their birthday celebrations yesterday.  Great fun was had by all!
Oh and the weather....yesterday was the hottest March day on record for Aberdeen, it was a beautiful day and it was so lovely to make it home in daylight.
Bring on those light nights more time to craft!

I'd like to thanks all the lovely ladies who came to visit both stores especially on such lovely warm days, we so have to make the most of sunshine up here in Scotland! 
I really appreciate your visit and lovely comments and hope you went away happy after our little chat and craft!  I also hope you enjoy playing with your new toys, sorry I mean crafting goodies.  x

As I mentioned in previous posts I have been taking part, well watching, Tim's on-line class running now.  Whilst I was making my demo samples at the back end of last week I decided to incorporate a little of what I have learnt with these tags;

Craft supplies;

Spellbinder shapeabilities dies; Mix'd Media Elements, Bauble blossoms 1 and Foliage.
Stamps;  Stampers Anonymous Attic Treasures, Personal Impressions Polkadot background and Love story script, Hero Arts A little note, PI Marion Emberson Find joy everyday and Build a tree.
Distress stains;  Fired brick, Wild honey, Vintage photo, Broken china, Forest moss and my new favourite Picket fence.
Distress ink;  Mustard seed, Broken china, Scattered straw, Brushed corduroy, Tea dye and Vintage photo.  Plus black Archival ink.
I used PI clear embossing powder, Distress crackle paint Rock candy, Stickles Diamond and Le Plume alcohol pens to colour the wee birdie, top.
I finally added some ribbons, lace and thread from my stash.

I really enjoyed getting all inky with these tags and layering up the backgrounds. 
The new Spellbinder flowers are just fab to play with....they remind me of quilling, which was one of the first card making technique I did with my mum many years ago...I even found my original tool!  This is why you should never throw things away, LOL.  It's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

This time of year in the craft industry is just great as all the new products from Stitches in February are starting to hit the craft shops, mmmmmm, we all love new stash don't we?  I'm sure I am not alone on that front?
Please tell me I am not the only collector of fine crafting products?! 
Playing with them all......well that is another matter, ha, ha! 

I have visitors arriving later in the week and a few card orders to crack on with today.  What to do first?  Well I can tell you this....I ain't doing housework whilst the sun is shining outside...that would be criminal.

Enjoy your Monday whatever you are up to and I will catch up with you again tomorrow.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nearly ready!

Hi folks I'm still beavering away ready for my trip to Howden's in Inverness tomorrow and then to the Papeterie in Aberdeen on Sunday. 
I've had great fun making all my samples and can't wait to share them next week with you all. 

Have a super weekend whatever you are up to and I will be back to catch up on Monday.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sweet Sugar bowl challenge 80

My, my....doesn't time fly when you are having fun, it's time for another Sugar Bowl challenge. Today we are working with a sketch from the lovely Cathy and the theme spots and strips.
Here is my take on the sketch;

And the sketch;

I have used the lovely digital image Flora with my copics. The papers are DCWV The cherry limeade stack. Martha Stewart punch Scalloped dot. Spellbinder nestabilities dies Classic scalloped rectangles large and Small deckled rectangles. SU flower punch, Stickles diamond, brads, findings and ribbon from my stash.
The DCWV papers are glittered which is why I've added more to tie together, it's just a pity you can't really see that from my picture.

Up for grabs are 4 of your choice Sugar Nellie stamps rising to 6 if we get more than 100 entries. So it only remains for me to wish you all the best, enjoy the sketch and remember you've got to be in it to win it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Hi everyone I''m busy getting ready for demo's this week but managed to slip in a quick post whilst waiting for my parcels.  I have shown you more of my workspace than normal this week as I class this as clean!  I know some of you will still find it messy but believe me the fact I have desk and floor space is a miracle.  So much so my youngest dragged his dad in last night saying, Mummy has a surprise for you!
To which my husbands reply was "OMG someone has been in your craft room and knicked a load of crafting stash!"

I am eagerly waiting for my PI goodies for the up coming weekend so have been tidying, houseworking and ironing making sure I'm all up to date in order to play for the rest of the week.  Can't wait!

It only remains for me to wish you a happy WOYWW and why not pop over to Julia's blog to see what other like minded crafters are up to.  Thanks for visiting my crafting space. 
Julia thanks also for my badge I shall look forwards to wearing it at my next crafting event....see if anyone picks up on it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mmmm what is happening this week?

Hi, I'm back after a lovely weekend away with my boys.  We had a great time in Sterling.  My eldest had a great birthday weekend playing rugby, swimming, shopping and the cinema and my youngest finally got his trip to Build a bear!  We now have a new member of the family, a cuddly stuffed bunny!  At least this one doesn't need feeding. 

On to this week and I'm afraid that I will be somewhat quiet on my blog as I have a demo coming up at Howden's Garden centre in Inverness on Saturday 10 till 4.

Plus I am also at the Papeterie in Aberdeen on Sunday 11 till 4.  Now the Papeterie had special events on all this weekend coming as it's their birthday!!

It should be a fun packed weekend so I am looking forwards to taking part in the celebrations.
I am hoping that my mojo will be in full flow this week with two parcels of goodies on route from Personal Impressions for both demo's...what will I be doing?  I can't wait to get cracking on my samples which of course I will share on here next week too.  I think it's going to be a busy fun filled week.

Also this week the lovely ladies over at the Sugar Nellie blog are hosting a Sherbet Pips week.  Lots of yummy sherbet cards on show and well worth a visit.

Finally this week and how excited are we all........

Today Tim starts his first on-line classes, whoop, whoop!  Unfortunately as I have other commitments I won't have much chance to take!  But the beauty of the class is that you can go back at anytime and work at your own pace, which is what I will be doing.

A fun packed week ahead so it only remains for me to sign off and tackle some housework and tidy this craft room before all the fun starts later in the week.
Have a great week and "happy crafting!"

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

To all you mum's in cyberland I would like to wish you a

"Happy Mother's Day"

I am spending time with my boys today so I thought I'd leave this with you. 
A few weeks ago I was asked by one of my crafting buddies (who is 6 years old!) if I would do a little crafting at her birthday party with her and a few close friends.  How could I not?! 

As Mother's day was fast approaching this was what we made;

The girls were a delight, such a great little group of listeners, they did really well and all went home with beautifully finished cards and bags.
I think I should teach smaller ones more often.
I also got sausage rolls and jelly beans!  Nomm, nomm.  Oh and cake to bring home.  I really enjoyed myself.
Have a great Sunday and I'll be back soon.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pigging sick!

A couple of weeks ago my dad went into hospital for an operation, all went well and he is now recuperating at home.  I sent him this get well card...

The image is by Meljens Design and has been coloured direct to card with prisma pencils.  I am so loving this technique working with kraft plus the less is more theme.
He is a very cute pig.

Why the pig?

My parents are Harley bikers and the are members of "HOG"  Harley Owners Group....hence my father gets lots of piggy things from me, well I can't afford to get him a new Harley bike!
I also sent him one of these...

It's a walking pig balloon which is apparently fab.  He has even been named!  Just proves a point, balloons can be enjoyed by any age.
Get well soon Dad.  xxx

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy birthday Teen!!

Oh my where does time go?
Today I find myself with a teenager....move over Kevin you have a rival!
Now I couldn't let this day go without a special card so here it is....

The image is so him and is from Mo Mannings digi range for teens.  The papers are by Sassafraslass "Monstrosity" Mash and Take note.  I have coloured with copics and stitched by machine.

I would like to enter this into the Anything goes challenge and Cards & things challenge.

My boy does love his X box very much...don't most boys? 
In honour if his birthday I thought I'd share this sketch from Youtube with the wonderful Ronnie Corbett.  My two found this very, very funny as did I and we now often call the X Box an egg box. 


My Blackberry Is Not Working!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mote tagtastic fun!

Oh I missed my What's on your Workdesk Wednesday yesterday but in my defence you can't see my desk just now.  Time for a quick tidy after posting today before cracking on with my ironing! 
In truth my craft room needs more than a quick tidy. 
My husband has got me some fabulous map tables to go into my craft space but first I need to paint them and make room for them.  I will keep you informed of my progress but don't expect it to be fast.  I have a demo coming up in Inverness next weekend so I am waiting with anticipation to see what I will get in my wee box of goodies for then.  That will come first.  Me thinks I may need to have a bit of a clear out to make space too.  Time to be brutal!
Back to today and I have the last of my tags from the Elgin demo, this technique proved to be popular on the day;

To create the tag background I ran Weathered wood ink pad direct to the tag and then embossed it with clear embossing powder then heat.  I took my distress tool with Walnut stain and covered the entire tag wiping back off the embossed areas when finished....this seems to create a sort of leather's really "sick" (as my kids would say) or "awesome" (Americanism) or "neat" if you are me!
I distressed the edge of the tag and added more stain before stamping with Marion Emberson stamps "Birds and trees"and "Just because".  The bird and the leaves are added separately.  Finally I added ribbons from my stash to co-ordinate.
I think I could really get into this tag art....I can see the appeal.....a convert for definite. 
Another post done and dusted now down to the fun part of clearing, hiss!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Busy as a little bee

No time for me to WOYWW today I'm a busy little bee with a deadline to meet.  Will hopefully post another tag for you tomorrow if I get all done I need to today.

Happy crafting. x

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tagtastic fun!

Oh I'm a little late today.  In my defence I've been making Mother's day cards for my local shop for local people!  Better late than not at all.  All done and dusted now just drying ready to be dropped off this evening. 
Today I have another tag for you and this technique is the first one on the link I posted yesterday, Tim Holtz instructions on working with Distress inks.
Here is my take on that idea.....

I have used an Inkssentials manila tag together with Distress inks Walnut stain, Gathered twigs, Vintage photo and Broken china.  The background stamp is by Hero arts "Happy", the leaves by PI Marion Emberson "Just because" and the sentiment is also from Marion "Birthday kisses".  The flower die is Spiral blossom 1 by Spellbinders shapeabilites as is the butterfly. 
I distressed the tag and the flower then added gold embossing powder around the edges of both.  The butterfly was embossed with powder after embossing it in the calibur first so that only the raised area is gold.  I then added some stickles over the top and some black bling to finish it off.  The ribbons again were added to co-ordinate from my stash.
I loved playing with this tag and can't wait to have a go at Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2012 now.  I know it has already started but I need to catch up on a few things first before I can play.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tag you're it!

Before I share with you my tag this morning I want to just mention a little "sweetness" going on this week.

The Sugar Nellie blog this week at 9 a.m. each morning are running a special feature week with the latest Ribonita girls.  Pop on over and see what the design team have been up to.  You won't be disappointed.

Back to today and I have a tag for you;

With this tag I stamped the dandelion and seeds with clear embossing powder from Marion's stamp set "Birthday kisses."  I then added Victorian velvet and Crushed olive distress in to my craft sheet and sprayed it with my mini mister I then placed the tag down on to the inks and moved around to cover in ink.  Dry the ink carefully so not to remove your embossed dandelion then rub kitchen roll over will remain clear.
You can see Tim explain adding ink to a tag technique plus another one I will show you tomorrow here.
I then have taken Walnut distress ink and added around the edge, I also stamped the spots from stamp set "Build a tree".  The grass has been added at the bottom as per previous cards using green distress inks Crushed olive, Pine needles and Peeled paint. 
Time to take 3 fragments and stamp dandelions on then stick with glossy accents to the left top of the tag.  An idea-ology tag "wish" has been covered with ink as has the sentiment "a dream is a wish" (Find joy everyday set) then stapled to the bottom of the tag.  Finally ribbons have been added.
It's great fun playing with the inks in this manner and every tag will be different.  Be warned mind....if you don't like to get messy you won't like it....but to me that's all part of the fun!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

All tied in knots!

My boys are away playing rugby and I should be making some Mother's day and birthday cards or even ironing but I thought it would be more fun to update my blog.  Blogging is most definitely addictive!

Today I am taking a break in my demo samples to share with you a wreath I made up whilst chilling one evening last week. 
I picked up a metal heart ring at Papercraft's boutique in Elgin having had a moment!  The light bulb in my head went on and I had to have the ring.  Now the usual occurrence is that the said item bought then makes it's way home to my craft room to be lost for ever more....only to be founds months or years later to be looked at thinking...."why did I buy that?!"  This was not the case this time.  I promptly got it home and set to work that evening.  Not at all like me.
Here is what I did;

This is such an easy wreath to make although it does take a lot of ribbon.  Guess I could have used less but I like it looking quite messy.  I did wonder about adding something more like a butterfly or flower but I do like the less is more approach in my home...for one it means less things to dust!

To all my crafting buddies who were lucky enough to get to the SECC for the craft event this weekend I hope you had a great time and picked up lots of yummy bargains.  One of these days I will make the trip down to Glasgow for a wander myself and maybe meet up with a few folk.

It only remains for me to wish you all a happy Sunday, enjoy whatever you are up to.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Find joy in everyday!

I did promise you yesterday that I would post my favourite card from last weekend.  I know I shouldn't have favourites but I do.

For this card I have used Distress inks Stormy sky,  Broken china, Peeled paint and Pine needles together with stamps from PI Marion Emberson sets "Find joy in everyday", "On your Special day" and "Create a tree".  I masked a Spellbinder circle to create the sun and also used a Spellbinder Ribbon tag to add the sentiment.  The ribbon is white seam binding which has also been coloured using my distress inks.
Once I'd created the picture I then cut it into four parts and re-assembled on a black background.
As Alexander would say "simples" squeak!

I have a wee man to myself this weekend as my husband is working and my eldest is busy so I am away to have some quality time.  Let's hope he fancies a bit of crafting at some point!  Mind you I think haircuts might be in order first.  He keeps saying to me "mom you're always crafting!" 
Mmmm I'm not an X box expert or into gaming gadgets, give me paper any day of the week "thank you!"

Friday, March 09, 2012


Hi, yesterday it was my husbands 50th birthday....he's feeling old this week!  LOL. 
I saw this new stamp at Sugar Nellie and thought it was just the ticket for him so I thought I'd share it.

The stamp is called Aviator, how cute is he?  The papers I have used are by Making Memories "Sam" and I have also used Spellbinder circle dies and star plus Martha Stewart edger punch Traditional scalloped.  I have coloured him with copics and used my Distress inks Weathered wood, Peeled paint, Crushed olive and Pine needles to create the background.
I am entering this into Cards and Things sketch challenge.

I think I will save my favourite card from the weekend till tomorrow...I'm so bad! 
Late blogging again today as I had a school assembly to attend this afternoon to watch my "ant!"  I also had a couple of cards that needed making this morning.  Now I'm away to play catch up before starting tea....let the weekend commence.  Have a good one!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Sugar bowl time again. 79

Hello back again with another Sugar bowl for you.  This time it is my sketch with the theme SPRING, ever hopeful that we've seen the last of the bad weather and snow with sunny days on the horizon!

My take on the sketch;

I have used "So What" from the Simply Sassy range at Sugar Nellie.  The papers are by DCWV The preppy princess stack.  The flower is made using SU punches and the sentiment by PI.

And my sketch;

Now don't be put off by the pentagon, I just wanted to use something different to a square or circle, when in reality we usually always have a square, circle or oval.  It is your interpretation anyway at the end of the day and a sketch is only for guidance.
The prize.....Up for grabs are 4 Sugar Nellie stamps of your choice going up to 6 if there are more than 100 entries.

It only remains for me to say "you've got to be in it to win it!"
I hope you have fun with the challenge.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tweet, tweet! What's on your workdesk Wednesday 144?!

It's that time again and it's what's on your work desk Wednesday?

First my next card from the demo at the weekend.  I had lots of fun making this one. 

I am liking this style of making up your own scenes just now.

For this card I first hand drew some clouds on paper and attached them to my white card with low tack tape.  I then created the sky using Stormy sky distress ink removing my cloud masks when finished.  The Marion Emberson stamps are from the PI sets Birds and trees plus Build a tree and the sentiment is from Find joy in everyday.  I created a stencil with the tree stamp so I could colour the green without marking the sky and used Distress inks Peeled paint and Crushed olive.  I also used the same two greens for the grass with a stamp from the Birthday kisses stamp set.  The frame was cut and 3d foamed over the image and a Spellbinder shapeabilities fancy tag was added with a sentiment also from Find joy stamp set.  Phew!
It is much easier just to show you how to rather than try and write out basic instructions, LOL.  :)

Now on to the fun bit and my desk...what state is it this better I'm afraid...

Still in the process of unpacking after the busy weekend crafting.  Distress inks waiting to go away as is my heat gun.  Samples waiting to be completed and sent off to my line manager. 
I also have a few big family birthdays over the next week so really should be cracking on with some personal cards.

Why not pop on over to Julia's blog to see what other like minded crafters are up to.  Every week I promise I will go along and check out lots of other blogs, I tend to start with folk who leave comments with me and work of these days I will get around everyone.
Enough waffle from me....have a great Wednesday whatever you are up to.
I'm away to be a "lady wot lunches!" 
Then I must get back and crack on with some more cards....housework?!  What's that?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Are you a purple girl or a pink?

Whether you are a purple or a pink girl I've got a couple of crafty bits for you today.  Personally I'm a blue/green girl with teal being my favourite colour at the moment, but enough about me.
The first card....

With this card I have used my Spellbinder Big scalloped circles nestabilities die to create a stencil which I attached to the front of the card.  I then used Distress inks Seedless preserve and milled lavender over the top to create the scalloped circle shape starting dark around the outside going lighter to the middle. 
The Spellbinder shapeabilities butterfly die was cut and embossed in my calibur and left in the die again to stencil the ink on the embossed area only.  The body of the butterfly was then added to the card and wee bling applied over the top. 
The black butterflies are from Marion's stamp set On your special day by PI and the sentiment is from Find joy everyday. 
A very simple card to create with the right tools.

The next item is a wee purse with a cellophane insert filled with sweeties.

This purse is created using an A4 sheet of card cut 4" wide.  I then scored 4" in from either end to make the front and back of the purse, followed by scoring the centre point between the two 4" marks so that it will fold up into an envelope if need be. 
I have used Victoria velvet and Spun sugar distress inks to cover the white card stamping with water to create a blotchy effect.  The flowers are from Marion's stamp set Find joy everyday, I inked the stems and leaves with a journalling pen and added bling to the centre of the flowers.  The cover in black card was punched with Martha Stewart traditional scalloped edger punch and attached with tape at the back and Velcro at the front.  The wire adds a handle to the purse and the little embellishment is from Spellbinder shapeabilities Ironworks motif.  The ribbon is from my stash.
Inside I have put a bag of chocolate Easter eggs but you could do what you want.

More tomorrow!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Get those fingers dirty!

Back again today with more inking.  I would have been on earlier but I had to make a quick stop at the "local craft shop for local people!"
(Another project I'm working on that I needed a few more bits for!)
As for the next card from my it is;

For this card I blended Distress inks together and masked the sun.  However I started by Distress embossing the foliage from Marion's stamps Find joy every day with Shabby Shutters distress powder.  The sun is Distress ink Mustard seed then the sky is Fired brick, Festive berry, Ripe persimmon, Spiced marmalade and finally more Mustard seed.  All of which are blended together using the distressing tool.  The sentiment is again Marion's stamps On your special day by PI.  The butterfly is from Birds and trees again my Marion which is cut twice and layers with paper from Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper stash kraft resist pad to which I've added a wee bit of Diamond stickles on the edge of the wings. 
Top tip!!  I also realised by swiping the distress tool across the foliage from right to left it created a slight shadow....I quite like the effect....of course I meant to do this and didn't come across by a happy accident!  Cough, cough!

Today I also have the last of my pictures from the Show in Birmingham and it is some work by the lovely Andy Skinner.  I love is mixed media style of work, it's very masculine and steampunky, if that is indeed a word! 
Why not let me know what you think?

He also happens to be a very nice chap and I had a lovely chat with him on both days at the show.  I'm looking forwards to later in the year when he will be up in the area to teach.

Well, that's all from me today I have 13 family and friends birthdays over the next fortnight so I need to actually crack on with those....I don't get away with sending bought cards anymore! 
As well as that I have been asked for some Mother's day cards locally. 
Plus my lovely dad was in hospital last week so I really should do him a Get Well Soon card.  Isn't it bad when you make cards and family are the last to get?!
More tomorrow, happy crafting if you get chance.
Goodbye from a lovely bright and sunny day up here in Spring finally on it's way?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

A big thank you!

To all the lovely ladies who visited Papercraft's Boutique in Elgin I'd like to say a big THANK YOU!
I had a lovely day playing with ink, sorry I mean crafting...sharing inking techniques and styles. 
I hope you all had as much fun as I did?
Thanks also for your comments on here and Facebook, I really do appreciate hearing your feedback.
Oh and I enjoyed my glass of wine last night, hick!

Today I was going to be really good and crack on with housework and other exciting jobs....don't get me wrong I have pottered about but don't really have much to show for it.  I did however enjoy a wee catch up with Christel this afternoon, thanks for the lovely cake and chat...that's what Sunday's are all about. 
I'd also like to say thanks to my best none crafting pal Gill who brought around a wonderful coconut loaf this afternoon, nomn, nomn!

So what did we get up to yesterday?
I was mainly using Tim Holtz Distress inks and Personal Impression stamps.
Here is my manly card!

This is a simple looking card...first I added the ornate frame from Marion Emberson Birds and Trees with distress embossing ink and Distress embossing powder Mustard seed.  Then I created a mask and covered the frame.
The whole area of white card is then covered with Black soot distress ink using the Distress tool.  Once happy with the cover I used Hero Arts stamp "Happy" with water to remove some of the ink then sprayed with a mini mister to remove a bit more ink and add texture.
The card is then mounted on a mat of gold then black card, surrounded with gold ribbon and the sentiment added from Marion's set Find joy everyday.
I love the texture that the distress embossing powder creates together with the removal of some of the ink.  A none complicated card to show a couple of inking and stamping techniques.

Before I go a couple more pictures from Stitches and today from the Sizzix stand.  Mmmmmm!

Nice "Timtastic" products.
I love how the middle photo is set.
Loving all the new dies.

It would also have been so wrong to not go and have a look at the cupcake display....mmmmm good enough to eat, might be a chewy mind!

A late post for me today so better go and crack on with tea, homework and that order, more tomorrow.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Mmm nice samples on Bramwell Stand

Whilst I'm beavering away in Elgin I thought I'd show you some more pictures.  This time from the Bramwell stand.
Got to love these altered paper bags;

How about some stamps?

Some samples now....

But these next two were my favourites;

Both beautifully layered and colour co-ordinated.  More from me again tomorrow.  Have a great weekend everyone and I hope you get some crafting time in.

Friday, March 02, 2012

I just love Tilda.

Hi folks back again with a couple more pictures from the show and today it's Tilda time!
I just love their papers and materials but especially the cute.

And the doll.....

I'm loving this style and the stand was set up beautifully.

I'm away to finish my samples for tomorrow's big demo day in Papercraft's Boutique, Elgin.  Do pop by and say hi if you live locally.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

My surprise!

White rabbits!

I did promise yesterday that I would share my lovely surprise from earlier in the week didn't I?  But first I wanted to thank everyone who left comments yesterday for my Anniversary, it was very kind of you all and I had a lovely curry out at lunch too.
What you want to know is WHAT was my surprise!

From my boss Jan at PI, thanks very much for organising it for me.  What a wonderful surprise.  I know I should already have this book but I have just never got around to getting it...needless to say it has already be read from cover to cover.  I was so excited!  Better still......look.....

OMG how lucky am I?!  I know....I had to sit down too!
I will treasure it and one thing is for sure I'll be ordering the second book as soon as it arrives in the UK.  Convert tick!

Back to Stitches how about a bit of Paper Artsy?

I'm loving this latest trend of matching die cuts to stamps oh I think I'm so going to NEED some of these!

And some lovely samples too.

Steam punk still seems to be big this year.

More from me again tomorrow.