Wednesday, 28 August 2013


I am ashamed that I have had this digi since it was released and this is the first time I have coloured it. I wanted to try and recreate the messy look that this meal would create and I have managed to add a bit of spaghetti sauce to his face, hands and feet but I think I could/should have done more. I really struggled though as I didn't want to ruin my image and sometimes I forget it is just card and paper lol.

I just noticed that the notched border is on offer at MFT stamps at the moment for $1.50, this is my most used border die and is perfect for those awkward male cards, not trying to tempt anyone but this is a bargain.

Image: "Buskettie" Mo's Digital Pencil
Cardstock: "limeade ice" and "blueberry sky" both Papertey Ink and both snippets
Die: "notched border" MFT stamps
Papers: "party animal" Nit Wit

 Skin: E11, E00, E000, E50, R00, R02,
 Nappy: N1, N0
 Bowl: YG25, YG23, YG21
 Bib: B00, B01, Y32, Y35, YR04
 Spaghetti & Sauce (even on skin): R05, R02, E51

Challenges: Snippet Playground
Digital Pencil 2 Challenge - Happy Birthday

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Who borrowed my shoes?

This was a common phrase when I was growing up, my cousin was 9 years older than me and she had the most fantastic high heeled shoes that I would borrow when she was out, one pair in particular still bring a smile to my lips, they were teal suede with red lining and as it was the seventies incredibly high and I nearly broke my neck in them but it didn't stop me trying them on again and again and again lol.

As soon as I saw this image I knew who it was going to be for and I knew I had to colour the shoes the same as those ones from my escapades.

I am entering the snippet playground too as the red is all from the snippet folder, although I kinda wish I had gone with black instead lol.

Image: "big shoes" Mo's digital pencil
Sentiment: computer generated using "freehand 591" font
Papers: "circa 1934" Cosmo cricket
Card: "real red" stampin up
Dies: MS punch and tonic corner rounder

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A Congratulations Card

My good friend and former work colleague has just secured her dream job so I thought a card would be a good way of showing her how pleased I am for her. Before she starts her new job we are organising an afternoon of"Magic Mike" wine and chocolate lol.

Image: "wishing you luck" a la mode by MFT stamps
Cardstock: "early expresso" stampin up
Paper: "keita" sassy designs
Dies: "blueprints 3" and "notched border" both MFT stamps
Nailheads: Josy Rose

 Skin: E11, 00, 000, R02
 Hair: E43, 42, 40
 Top and shoes: B04, 02, 01
 Trousers: E49, 47, 44
 Clover: G46, 24, 43, 40

Challenge: Snippet Playground

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Inspired by

Last year I tried the paper piecing/ tolling technique that Mariska and Debby both use. I really enjoyed it and decided to use it again for this gorgeous image from Wee Stamps called "Wee One".

It is time consuming but very therapeutic and it helps that Mariska puts the pieces you need to colour and cut on her blog, think the hardest part would be working those out, even though that is done for me I still sometimes put them on in the wrong order so have learnt to build it without glue first then assemble.

Image: "Wee One" Wee Stamps
Papers: "bundle of joy girl" echo park at Jessica Sprague
Cardstock: "sweet blush" Papertrey Ink
Dies: "eyelet" Martha stewart punch, "flagstak" MFT stamps, "baby wonderful words" Papertrey Ink
Sentiment: "baby wonderful words' papertrey ink

Hair: E53, 51, 50, 34
Skin: E11, 00, 000, 50, R00, 02
Bird: E74, 71, 70, R05, 02
Pram Pinks: R22, 21, 20
Pram Brown: E44, 43, 42, 41
Wheels and handle: YR24, 23, 21
Horse: R22, 21, 20, BG13, 11 10

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New Home

One of my crafty friends from the Bristol playdays has moved house recently and I am hoping that it all went smoothly for her. I wanted to make her a card but time was limited so I went with a tried and tested card style. Unusual colours for me too but I am trying to use some of my patterned papers before I get to buy more.

Image: "Country House Duo" Sassy Cheryl
Papers: "paper pretties" stampin up
Cardstock: "Gumball green" and "Midnight muse" both Stampin up
Dies and Tools:"button border" MFT stamps and Perfect layers

E71, 74, 77, R27, 24, E08, 13, G40, 43, 46, 24, B99, 97, 95, 93, YR24, 23, 21, 20

Monday, 12 August 2013

A Very Big Thank you

I know I have good neighbours but last Tuesday I put that to the test by nearly cutting off my little finger whilst making a sandwich, I rang for a taxi and it was going to be 25 minutes and I knew I couldn't wait that long so I went next door and my neighbour wasn't home but her teenage daughter was, she helped me get the bleeding under control then went to my neighbour over the road who kindly took me to the local hospital and waited with me while they cleaned it and put sterile strips to close the wound, she then took me home and made me a coffee. I wanted to thank them and hubbie bought them both some chocolates and I made two little thank you cards.

It was quite difficult to make them as my hand is still healing but it was good therapy it  as  took my mind off the pain. All the ingredients were in my snippet draw, which is just as well as my printer has gone to printer heaven.

Images: Free with a magazine ages ago
Papers: "little check" and "gingham" both Pink Petticoat
Cardstock: "basic grey" stampin up
Sentiment: stampin up

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Friday, 9 August 2013

Owl I want for Christmas

Still on a roll with the christmas cards with another to add to the growing pile, maybe I won't be making them on the last posting day this year. I bought the stamp last year but was a bit intimidated by the background but decided to just go for it and see what happened and I really enjoyed it, I did originally colour the yellow stocking blue but it just blended in with the background so I paper pieced a new one.

I used the new xcut hexagon to cut out the image and my perfect layers to layer it, this is such a useful bit of kit and I hadn't thought of using it on anything other than a square/rectangular before.

The red card and the white card the image is stamped on are both snippets so am off for a dip in the paddling pool over at the snippet playground.

Image: "Wish upon a Star" Mulberry Wood by Crafters Companion
Dies: "hexagon" papermania, "notched border" MFT stamps
Papers: "christmas in the country" papermania
Brads: Stash
Cardstock: "real red" stampin up
    Owls: E49, 47, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40
    Tree: E79, 77, 74, G24, 46
    Stockings: Y32, 35, 38, R29, 27, 24, G46, 24, 43
    Background: B32, 34, 37, 39

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Monday, 5 August 2013

Christmas Wrapping

Another Christmas card, there is no stopping me now, except I have four birthday cards and a new baby card I need to make, better get into gear. You can bet though as soon as I start on the birthday cards the christmas mojo will disappear.

I have also been enjoying paper piercing and the lovely effect but this time I decided to try piercing every other hole and running my pen along the lines afterwards and it really looks stitched and is much easier than learning to use a sewing machine lol.

It just needs some nailheads or candy dots to finish it off and I will add them nearer the posing date.

These images have been so much fun to colour and I have several others ready to go so maybe more cards will get made soon.

I still need to decide on my mass produced design though, at the moment I am thinking I will use the Papertrey Ink stockings but that may change.

Image: "SCP103" Simply Cards and Papercraft
Paper: "Merry and Bright" Carta Bella at Jessica Sprague
Cardstock: " Simply Chartreuse" Papertrey Ink

Santa: R29, 27, 24, Y38, 35, 32, YG09, 07, G94, 99, R59
Elf: YG09, 06, 03, 01, R29, Y38, 32, N5, E00, 11, R02

Challenges: Snippet Playground

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Movie Date Night

I don't know about anyone else but life sometimes gets busy and the small things get left out, things have been like that for a while so I decided to try something different. Hubbie loves the cinema and apart from the dine in experience I can take it or leave it, but I decided that we needed a night out together and the cinema seemed the idea place to start.

I made this card as a kind of coupon to be redeemed once there was a film he wanted to see, it didn't need to be one I was particularly interested in but no horrors was my only condition.

Image:"movie ants" Doodle Pantry
Papers: "Twill Tape" Crimson red by Pink Petticoat
Dies: "ticket border" and "ticket" both MFT
Sentiment: MFT
Cardstock: "rela red" stampin up and black snippets

Challenges: Doodle Pantry
                   Snippet Playground

Friday, 2 August 2013

Christmas in August?

Not sure the title is as catchy as Christmas in July but I can't use that anymore cos July is gone lol.

I have wanted this stamp since last year and finally bought it with last weeks new release. It was the first one to see ink but the other two I bought are equally cute so expect to see them soon too. I really enjoyed colouring this and can see it being a go to stamp.

Although it doesn't look it this image is quite large and I had difficulty finding a way of cutting it out so went with a different look instead. I wasn't sure at first but now I really like it. It still needs some embellies but will add them nearer the posting time.

Image: "Merry Christmas Penguins" LOTV
Papers: "Merry and Bright" carte Bella at Jessica Sprague
Cardstock: "tempting turquoise" stampin up

Challenges: Snippet Playground