Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Have a 'HOOT'...

Something a bit different today :)
I love these new images by talented illustrator Carol from 'Orange Bird Studio'
You can find them all {HERE}
I particularly love these little owls which I think look rather retro! So I decided to colour them using a 70's palette of orange, yellow, green and brown :)
The papers are MME Bloom and Grow and the 'Hoot' sentiment is computer generated.
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Sketch & Stash #38 - I have used a new image and papers from my stash!
Cute Card Thursday #118 - Reuse, recycle - I have used some leftover embroidery thread.
Stamp With Fun #65 - Birthdays..
A Spoonfull of Sugar #110 - Animal Crackers...
Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Just Cute Bears #23 - Open Theme...

Time for a new challenge from Just Cute Bears :)
This week we have an Open Theme... so you can create any card/project you would like as long as it features a cute bear!
I have used this very cute Penny Black relaxing bear having a wee drink, perfect for a lovely sunny day :)
The image is coloured with promarkers and I have chalked around the image with shimmery chalks.
The papers are MME and I have created a patchwork background as I am also entering my card into the following challenges -
Teddy Stampers #14 - Summer Bears
Penny Black Saturday # - PaperPatch - a patchwork/quilt effect
It's Gala Day here today in our village so a fun afternoon is planned :) Although I think it may get rather quiet mid afternoon!! I wonder why?? Good Luck England :)
Thanks for looking xx

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fairy Gifts...

A Squiggle card to share today :)
I have used a cute Fenella Fairy stamp called 'Fairy Gifts'.
Squiggle Stamps are this week's sponsors of the Allsorts blog and there is a fab sketch to follow for a chance to win a £15 voucher to spend over in the Squiggle Shop!
I have used the sketch as inspiration for my card, I love this layout as it's great for using up all your paper scraps :) I wont be entering the challenge as I have lots of Squiggle Stamps :)
I have coloured the 'Fairy Gifts' image with promarkers and the papers are Doodlebug.
I am entering my card into this week's
'Sugar and Spice' challenge from Totally Gorjuss...
Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Just Cute Bears #22 - Monochrome...

Time for a new challenge from Just Cute Bears :)
This week we would love to see your Monochrome cards...
(One colour, or shades of one colour)
I decided to go with shades of brown for a sepia look.

I have used this cute fishing Elzybells bear coloured in various shades of brown promarkers -
{sandstone, caramel, cinnamon, tan and cocoa}
The squares are embossed with an argyle cuttlebug folder, love this folder for male cards.

I am entering the following challenges with my card -

Crafty Cardmakers #23 - Cards for Men...
Cupcake Craft Challenges #95 - One for the Boys...
Passion for Promarkers #56 - fab sketch by Debbi and a male theme..
I love Promarkers #19 - Bears..

My son has claimed this card for his dad for Father's Day :) So it's already on display on the coffee table!
Busy day today as my son has an all-day football tournament! Wish them luck!

Do check out the Just Cute Bears blog to see all the different monochrome cards and I look forward to seeing all your creations.

Thanks for looking xx

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sunshine Hedgie....

After all my Penny Black excitement on Wednesday!! I just had to find some time to enter this week's fabulous sketch challenge over at Penny Black Saturday.

It's a wonderful sketch by Janneke and one I will definitely use again :)
I have used this ever so cute Watering Can Hedgehog called 'Yearning' (I love PB hedgies!)
I have coloured the image in promarkers to co-ordinate with the lovely, sunny papers which are a mix of MME and Provocraft.

I am also entering my card into the 'Sunshine inspired' challenge from A Spoonfull of Sugar.

Just a quick post as I have lots to do today and a busy weekend ahead!
I will be back on Sunday with my Just Cute Bears card x

Thanks for looking xx

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Exciting news!!!

I just have to share my exciting news with you all!!!!
I am so happy!
I have one of my cards being featured on the official
Penny Black blog!!
How thrilled am I!!! I just love Penny Black and have quite a few in my collection!
My card is up today on the blog, I would love it if you took a look :)
There are some fabulous cards on the blog for Penny Black inspiration and you can also check out the Official Website -
for more card ideas, tips & techniques and to browse through all the catalogues to make your wish lists :) You can also join the Penny Black club so you will never miss updates on new products, catalogues and upcoming artists.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to see my card featured today!! I hope I sleep tonight LOL!
Thanks for looking xx

Mint Choc Daisy...

Today I have used the lovely 'Daisy with Flowers' from Squiggle Stamps in a gorgeous colour combo of mint & chocolate!
I am entering my card into the
Icecream Flavours challenge from PaperTakeWeekly :)
I have tried out a different fold to the norm, I have seen this fold a few times whilst browsing the www and I've been wanting to try it for a while.
I love the way it stands, making it a little more special when on display.

I have coloured Daisy with promarkers and paper pieced the dress and hairband.

I have added a plain mint panel inside to add a birthday message and stamped the swirls around the panel with sage green ink.
To finish I have added the pearls and little gems to the centres of the mini retro flowers.
Dont forget to enter the Squiggle Stamps June {Birthday Best} challenge for a chance to join the Squiggle Design Team.
And do check out the Squiggle blog for news and previews of the fabulous new 'Miss Evie' range of digi stamps by the very talented Evelina Wikberg.
Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Just Cute Bears #21 - Here comes summer!

A 'Summer' challenge today from Just Cute Bears!!
Show us your 'summer' themed teddy bear cards and creations :)
I have used summery colours and lots of flowers as I love all the brightly coloured summer bedding plants.
The cute little teddy is Penny Black and I have coloured the image with promarkers in hot, bright colours.
I punched the flowers around the image with my retro punches and placed the plaid paper underneath, an idea I saw and loved at my local craft shop :)
I added the buttons and scored the outer lines around the card for finishing touches.
I am also entering my card into the following challenges -
Stampin for the Weekend #40 - Summer/Travel...
Allsorts #56 - Lace and/or Buttons...
Do hop on over to the Just Cute Bears blog to see all the DT cards and check out this week's fabulous stamp prize from CUDDLY BUDDLY CRAFTS :)
Thanks for looking xx

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tea Party Time....

A pastel Squiggle creation today using the fabulous 'Tea Party' .
digi stamp from the 'Animal Antics' range.
Love this little kitty and rabbit enjoying tea & cakes :)

I dont often use pastel colours but I love how this image turned out in pastels.
I have coloured the image with promarkers to coordinate with the new Henbury Lane papers from Papermania, gorgeous pastel papers with a touch of glitter.
I have used my retro punches to make the flowers finishing with a little heart gem.

I am entering the following challenges with my card -

Colour Create #46 - Baby Pink & Pastel Blue
PapertakeWeekly - Sketch #42
A Spoonfull of Sugar #107 - Floral delight
I am busy making more cards using these papers so look out for more pastel cards!!
Thanks for looking xx

Monday, June 7, 2010

Just Married...

A cute Forever Friends wedding card today :)

I have used a favorite layout/style of mine! You may have seen some of these white embossed cards before!
I have used my new rose embossing folder along with the lovely hearts and finished with the pretty pearls.
The bear image is coloured with promarkers, highlighted with a white gel pen and I have glittered all around the image, it's lovely and sparkly IRL :) The photo does'nt capture that! it's a dull ole day today!!

I am entering my card into the following challenges -

Spoonfull of Sugar #105 - Celebrations
Teddy Stampers #13 - Movie Inspiration - I have gone for Four Weddings & A Funeral..
CupCake Craft Challenge #94 - Dazzle Us - Use glitter..

It's a local holiday here today and although the sunny weather seems to have disappeared for now!! A little trip out with hubby/son/dog! is planned for later and hopefully tea out so no cooking for me today :)

Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Just Cute Bears #20 - Father's Day....

We've reached Challenge #20 already over at Just Cute Bears!!
This week we would like to see your cards/projects for Father's Day which is the 20th June here in the UK :)
For my card I have used this cute Elzybells bear relaxing and taking it easy in his favourite chair!

The image is coloured with promarkers in the following colours -
Bear - oatmeal, honeycomb and ginger
Chair - powder and cobalt blue
Book - amber and pumpkin
The papers are a mix of Papermania and MME.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges -

Cute Card Thursday #115 - Colour combo of black, blue & orange
Friday Sketchers #105 - Fab sketch by Janneke

We have another fabulous stamp on offer this week from our very generous sponsor

How cute is this little gardening bear!!

Do check out the Just Cute Bears blog to see all the DT inspiration and welcome our newest DT member Sandra and also our guest designer for June - Cherie :)

Looking forward to seeing all your Father's Day creations x

Thanks for looking xx

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Squiggle Stamps!!

Just a quick post to wish a big Happy 1st Birthday to

To celebrate there is a fantastic 20% off everything in the Squiggle {SHOP} until the 6th June, so grab yourself a bargain!!

And for something different for the Monthly Challenge this June, simply make a card/project with a 'Birthday' theme using your Squiggle stamps/digi images for a chance to join the
Squiggle Stamps Design Team :)

You can read all the details {HERE}

I shall leave you with one of the 1st cards I made for Squiggle Stamps using 'Cupcake Girl', perfect for bright, fun birthday cards!!

Thanks for looking xx