Thursday, 31 December 2009

Monday, 28 December 2009

Butterfly and Beads

A card I made following Claudia's sketch on Friday Sketchers. I twisted the sketch round on its side .  The butterfly stamp was stamped on kraft cardstock with brown stazon then glossed with glossy accents, while this was wet I added a few beads. The antennaes are wire with a bead threaded onto it. I have had the punched branches for ages they were punched out of plain white paper then coloured with a copic pen.
The ribbon was from a Liz Earle gift I got for Christmas.

I apologise for the terrible quality of picture, its taken under artificial light tonight,, it is more turquoise in real life.
Cardstock - SU  Kraft and sage shadow , corregated card from my stash
Patterned paper - Cosmo cricket, Jolly by Golly
Miscellaneous - Papertrey button and twine, butterfly stamps (make unknown) Brown stazon, glossy accents, beads, wire, ribbon from a gift I was given at Christmas (Liz Earle), Branch punch coloured with copics to match the paper.
Tools- Machine stitching

Sunday, 27 December 2009

ABC Christmas Challenge

Welcome to ABC Christmas Challenge Blog!

What a fabulous idea ..........

After speaking to many people it seems to be a common problem that Christmas creeps up on us every year! So this challenge will run on a fortnightly basis, on alternate weeks to our Sister blog ABC Challenge. The Idea is to have fun and create 25 cards or Projects in time for Christmas 2010 your projects will be based on a theme or technique using the letters of the alphabet in turn. We ask that you create a new piece of work for the challenge,Please do not add items published before the challenge date. When a prize is offered we ask that you contact us by the Monday so we can arrange for your prize to be sent out. If you do not collect your prize by Wednesday of the week following the challenge we will re-draw it. I am sorry we are unable to accept entries by email. We hope you enjoy this new challenge and have fun creating those projects you promised yourself you would get done for this year and did not have time 
The challenge can be found here

Hope you join in I know I will be trying to xx

Tuesday, 22 December 2009


A card I made for a friends mother. I used Gingerbread  Tilda but instead of colouring the gingerbread  as if it was a gingerbread biscuit I coloured it red as if it was a heart :) The bow and hearts stamp is one of the new Magnolia collection. All coloured with distress inks, lots of machine stitching and glitter. The chipboard 60 is mounted on acetate to make it jump out.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Copic Challenge 43

This week I was a guest designer for the

Colours we were asked to use were Sarah's choice which were BV23, R59 and YG63.

I used one of the fabulous Magnolia stamps. The card shape is from the Cutting Cafe . It is covered in Magnolia papers with the edge machine stitched. I hand cut a star shape, again covered it in Magnolia paper and machine stitched the edges. I slotted check ribbom through the card , tied it into a bow and added a hand cut star coloured with R 59 copic pen then tied two little bells onto it  with string. I mounted the large star and again mounted the magnolia image onto it. I made another little star, attached it to wire then coloured it with YG63 and sprinkled it with glamour dust.

I would like to thank the copic challenge blog for this opportunity .
       Materials used:

  • Stamp - Magnolia

  • Medium - Copic pens in BV23, R59, YG63, R20,E50,Y00, E37,E33,E11,BV31,R35,E51,R46,BV02,E43,Y02 and YG23

  • Tools - Sewing machine

  • Miscellaneous- Bells, twine,wire, ribbon, Kraft cardstock.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Copic Challenge 41

This weeks colours in Copic challenge  are :

E29 Burnt Umber, YR16 Apricot and  G99 Olive.

I used Bo Bunny papers, magnolia image, ribbon coloured with  YR16 copic pen, chipboard letters also coloured with this weeks colours.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


Quick card using another Magnolia Image  and papers. Coloured with distress inks a splatter of stickles on the halo and a burst of glimmer mist.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Hidden Message

The ABC challenge this week is to have something hidden on a card/project. I had made the base for this card absolutely ages so pulled it out. I used three Magnolia images  on the card, coloured them with distress inks and added a bit of glossy accents to the berries.

I made a little pocket on the bottom fold and slotted in a piece of card stamped with Merry Christmas.

Materials used:
PP - No idea- I found it in my stash
Stamped images - Magnolia and David Walker for the Merry Christmas stamp
Ribbon - Gisella Graham
Medium - Distress inks

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Just Magnolia week 31

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This week on the Just Magnolia challenge is a sketch by Mina. I love sketches :)

For this card I used my Tilda with Xmas tree stamp and Holly leaves which I bought from the NEC. Coloured them with distress inks. The berries have added shine with blobbing glossy accents onto them and the bottom of the image has a dusting of diamond dust to make it look like Tilda is standing on an icy path.
For the sentiment I layered card up added some shhhh ....peel offs.... and slotted it into a plastic tab that I have had for years sitting in a box. The berries and ribbon are from a local garden centre. I have no idea who the paper is by (again I have had it for yonks).

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Just Magnolia challenge

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Simon Says Stamp, Monthly Challenge - Distressing. This months challenge is to distress your card or project. I decided to make a card with the new Magnolia stamp that I bought from the NEC. I love the papers so thick and scrumptious.
I coloured the image with distress inks, roughed up the edges, added more distress inks, twine, eyelets,staples and to top it off a little charm and machine stitching.......
Papers - Magnolia
Card - Papertrey Kraft
stamp - Magnolia
Inks - Distress inks
Tools - Machine stitching

Sunday, 1 November 2009


I was asked to make a Birthday card for a young man who is soon to be 60. Well here it is...... I have picture of the birthday boys face to pop on top of the face on the digi image later but didnt think he would appreciate his face plastered over the www :)

Anyway I got the star card template from the cutting cafe as well as the Happy Birthday circle. The digital image is from Victoria case Art designs. The image was coloured with copics. The paper is cosmo cricket.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Just Magnolia & ABC Challenge

I am not sure whether this card is Zingy enough for the Magnolia challenge or 'flying' enough for the ABC Challenge - lets hope so. In real life the orange is really vibrant. I made a round card for a change, then hand cut two hearts and stiched them together and gave them a spritz of glimmer mist ( Pearl). The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch that have either been coated in glossy accents crackle glaze or glitter. The magnolia image has been coloured with distress inks and again the hearts covered on glossy accents.

Image- Magnolia
Paper- Bo Bunny
Cardstock - su in regal rose and pumkin pie
Tools- Sewing machine, MS butterfly punch
Embellishments - glitter, glossy accents, flat backed blue pearls, ribbon, tulle and twine. Heart charm

Monday, 5 October 2009

Friday sketchers 72

I love these sketches especially this one. I have used my faves at the moment, Daisy D papers, the fantastic Digital Pencil Too digital image, hand cut hearts and machine stitching(which is a must for me). Again I added flock to the nappy for texture and a baby pin for good measure and to hold it all up !

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Oh baby

A friend of mine is having a little girl soon so thought I would be prepared and get a card ready for the imminent birth. I just love the digital images from Mo at and are just ripe to colour with my copics. The nappy is covered in flock to give some texture.
Card - Forever Friends elemant blank card
Paper - Daisy D
Image - Digital pencil too
Embelishments - from stash - buttons, ribbon, twine and doodlebugs flock for the nappy.

Friday, 2 October 2009

40 something

A friend asked me to make a 40th Birthday card. She asked for elegant :o I hope she will be happy with this card.I embossed a stamping up Manhatten flower image onto whitewashed cardstock then sanded the image to let the background colour come through. Although you cant see much of the patterned paper it is a beautiful blue rose on a cream background.

Materials used:
Paper- Blueberry hill by papermania
Cardstock- SU Bashful blue, Bazzill cream and coredinations whitewash collection
image - SU Manhatten flower (embossed)

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

2 Challenges

A bright and colurful card (on a dull and dreary day) I made for this weeks Stamp for Fun and Simon Says challenge . Again lots of stitching although the machine is being a little blighter today and will not play for me ! The image is coloured with distress inks and glazes with Glossy accents.

Materials used:
Image Little Claire Designs
Paper Cosmo cricket
Accessories Twine from papertrey, small bell from stash and doodlebug (I think)tag

Monday, 28 September 2009

Just Magnolia

This week the challenge over at Just Magnolia is a colour combo Grey and Pink with Black as an optional colour. I searched through my papers and found this black, grey and white patterned paper by Junkitz which I think have had for years. Image coloured with distress inks,paper is machine stitched.Buttons and gems added along with a couple of blossoms by prima and a princess charm. The card is tied at the side with black and pink ribbon.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Friday Sketchers 71

Card made using my new Peechy Keen stamp and MME papers bought from Hobby House.The image is coloured with distress inks. The charm on the card was made with shrink plastic coloured with copics. Again lots of machine stitching with an overall sprinkling with gold glimmer mist a bit of liquid applique and little jingley bell :)

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Just Magnolia

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Card I made for the Just Magnolia challenge - a sketch by Bev

Unfortunately I cannot remember what paper I used - I did have it written down but Hubby has had a splurge with the cleaning and I think its on the way to the landfill site !

Anyway apart from the unnamed patterned paper I used flowers from stash which I have glittered and the gorgeous magnolia stamp from the Autumn 09 collection. I have coloured it with distress inks. I cannot remember the colours as i mix and matched to try and match the same colour of the paper.