Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hello one and all!

Hope you are all with those you love this festive season! Seeing as I have given these to friends and family, I thought I would share the little easel cards that I made this year - plenty of Copics were used in the making of this production!! The papers are a mix of Cosmo Cricket and Prima, and Dream Street. The stamps are the friendship jar collection from Papertrey Ink. I love these stamps and don't use them often enough!

Have a wonderful Christmas, and see you in 2012. Kx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

The Paperlane Challenge - Unconventional Christmas Colours

Hello All! A really quick post from me today! This is the card that I have made for the 6th The Paperlane Challenge. This one is all about 'Unconventional Christmas Colours', and I really enjoyed playing!

I chose the palette of light fawn and pink, with lots of white. This was inspired by the sentiment ribbon and the small smowflake that you can see! I have seen a lot of decorative snowflakes used around blogland, so I thought I'd give it a go! Gotta love B and Q - the snowflakes were on 3 for 2!! I got a bit waylayed when I should have been buying paint!! Lol!
The sentiment ribbon is from American Crafts. There is no design paper on this card, I used some Basic Grey Christmas stamps to make the paper to match the colours I needed. The cute Nellie Snellen image has been coloured with my trusty Copics!

Here is a close up of the image and details. I love me bit of sparkle!!

Thanks for looking! Kxx

Friday, 25 November 2011

30 Days!!!!

Hello all! I'm back today with another 'Project Christmas' challenge for Wendy at The Stamp Attic!
This simple project is a quick and easy gift card holder. All of the decoration has been kept really simple to make sure I can reproduce it quickly! This is made from one sheet of  Bazzill French Vanilla 12" x 12" card, so it is so simple to make! The inside card fits snugly inside, with a small pouch to keep the gift card safely tucked in.
The stamps are again the Hero Arts / Sizzix collaboration of stamps and dies. I stamped the images onto the French Vanilla cardstock, then used the dies to cut out the image. I used the fabulous Winter Limited Edition Colours to stamp the images. The trees are 'Iced Spruce' and the snowflakes are 'Festive Berries'. Both of these coordinated perfectly with the colours of the Prima 'North Country' papers. These pads have been popular! The border on the pouch has been edged with a Fiskars border punch, just to give it a bit of decoration.
Here is a close up of the detail. It wasn't until I saw this photo that I realised that the snowflake pattern on the papers closely matched the shape of the snowflake stamp. I love it when a plan comes together!! Lol! The lovely limited edition inks matched the colours of the papers really well too! The mount for the beautiful Cats Life Press sentiment circle has been mounted on a nestie.
Thanks for looking - will be back soon with another project! Kxx

Monday, 14 November 2011

41 days and counting.........

Hello Everyone! back again with my second festive project for Wendy at The Stamp Attic using the new Hero Arts and Sizzix dies and stamps set! Sorry about the title of the post being such a stark reminder, but seeing it is only 41 days to go to the day, it is time to get organised, so hope this project helps!!
For today's project I have made an easily reproducible tag, that can be made in bulk. All my crafty friends will faint when they see this post - there is no designer paper! I wanted to keep the colours centred around the colours of the reindeer, with a bright blue background. I might have even crept slightly into CAS territory, which is really unknown for me!
The tag has been cut from Bazzill Kraft cardstock, using the Tim Holtz 'Movers and Shapers' tag die. The red strip has been cut from Bazzill Dotted Swiss card stock. All the edges have been given a bit of fuss using a Fiskars Threading Water edger punch.  I had to add a liberal bit of Stickles in Star Dust, to give it a bit of festive sparkle!

The snowflake has been cut using the die from the Hero / Sizzix set, and so has the reindeer. He has been coloured using Copic Markers. The background panel has been coloured with a blending pair of blue Copics. The snowflakes on the panel are a stamp from the set, coloured with Copic colourless blender, and pressed into the blue panel. The blender 'pushes' the coloured ink, leaving a lovely snowflake pattern! I'm going to have to start photographing the colours that I use, because my memory is shocking!! The sparkle on the blue panel is from the Rock Candy crackle paint that I coated the panel with. The sentiment again is from the same set - talk about versatile!
Thanks so much for looking! See you soon! K :-)

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sticky Notes & Snowflakes for The Stamp Attic

Hello! Hope you are all ok!

For my DT projects this season, Wendy has tasked me with creating projects other than cards - so here is my first project for The Stamp Attic using the gorgeous and so clever Sizzix & Hero Arts Christmas Stamps and Dies, and the delicious My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas papers.
I have made a wrap around for a pack of sticky notes, just to make a small gift that I could give to a friend in the run up to Christmas. The front of the wrap has trees stamped and gilded using gilding flakes, and a sentiment from the really versatile CL343 Holiday Sayings. Who does not need help in the memory / list department in the run up to the festive season! I kept the inside simple, just keeping a space where I could pop a message.

The trees have been stamped with the trees and snowflakes from the Hero Arts / Sizzix set, and cut with the Framelits dies that are included. The snowflake is also a die from that set too! They were then gilded with gilding flakes to complement the colours of the delicious MME papers. I just love the way that the gilding flakes sparkle - they have shown up really well here.
Thanks for looking! Will be back soon with more projects! K :-) 

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Snowflakes and Sparkle!

Hello All! A really quick post from me today, I'm running out of typing time, so my fingers need to work fast! Lol!

Here is my sample for the new challenge 'TPLC05 - Snowflakes and Sparkle'. I have been playing with a few new things on this - FlitterGlu & Silver gilding flakes for one! I love the detail it has given my text stamps! This is not a card, it is more a gift card / notelet card for Christmas.  I have also used Washi Tape from East of India for the inside.

The image has been coloured with my trusty Copic markers, using DCWV Christmas Stack papers. The borders have been punched using an EK Success Punch, and Martha Stewart Snowflake punch. The image is of course a Magnolia image from last Christmas, and a Personal Impressions circular sentiment stamp.

 Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

Back again! This is the second card that I have made this weekend just for pleasure, so I am going to enter this for a couple of challenges too! I picked up this Nellie Snellen image weeks ago from The Paperlane, and this is the first time that I have been able to ink her up. I just love this image, her outfit is very cute! I am going to enter this card in Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes with the option of something punched. I have punched the snowflake border and used the waste snowflakes as embellishments. I am also going to enter this card into the Secret Crafter Challenge - Anything Goes as long as it Sparkles!

The Nellie Snellen image has been coloured with Copic markers, and highlighted here and there with Hero Arts Prisma glitter. The papers are Authentique - Journey. These are not Christmas / winter papers per se, but I thought the colours were so perfect for this image. The image is mounted on a Nestie die, and the snowflake border is punched with a Martha Stewart punch from a few years ago, however, the small snowflakes that the punch makes as waste are such cute embellishments! They are near the seam binding bow, covered in star dust stickles! The lovely sentiment is a Whimsy Stamp letter seal, and there are dots of stickles, smooch pearl and Viva Decor pearl pen dotted liberally about!

Thanks for visiting! Kx

It's Your Day!

Hello All! Thanks for coming to visit. I have been lucky enough to have some time this weekend to play, so I have been able to enter a couple of challenges with some cards that I have made just for fun, rather than for a purpose! I don't get enough time to do this to be honest, and it really annoys me! Lol! I'm going to have to try and do something about that. Avoid housework looks like the best option! I am going to enter this card into the Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Happy Birthday. I am a little last minute in entering but hey ho! I am also going to enter this card into the Sentimental Sunday - Anything Goes Challenge

This card is made with the gorgeous MME Stella & Rose 'Hazel' 6x6 papers. I love this Magnolia Tilda. Think it is her little boots and balloon. She has been coloured with Copic Markers. The embellishments are seam binding ribbon, a single pearly button with linen thread and some rhinestones to underline the Papertrey Ink sentiment. I love the size of the sentiment, it really is bold! Her boots have a touch of glossy accents, and the sentiment plate has been embellished with Viva Decor Pearl Pen. The ovals were cut using Nestabilities, and the Frilly Square behind are by Go Kreate.

So there you have it! Thanks for visiting! Kx

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Defying Gravity

Hello Everyone! Hope all is well with you, and you are getting to see as much sun as we are at the moment. I can't help but think that Mother Nature might have a sneaky surprise tucked up her sleeve. Snow in October anyone?? Lol!
Today's post is for The Paperlane Challenge. Our challenge this month was 'Glitz and Sparkle'. This was a great challenge for me - I just love a bit of bling here and there!!
This card kind of appeared out of nowhere. I have been suffering a touch of busyitis with no mojo complications, and the idea for this card hit me as I drove to work! I love the song 'Defying Gravity' from Wicked, and as this played in my car, I remembered that I had picked up a fabulous Graphic 45 Wizard of Oz 8x8 paper pad from The Paperlane. So, Molly got a touch of the green!! I think she shows just the right amount of attitude to carry the sentiment off! She had to have sparkly ruby red wellies too - Dorothy isn't getting hold of them!

The die cuts are Spellbinders Iron Works Accents (border die) and Magnolia Doo Hickey Swirls. All of these elements have been touched up and coated with Black Diamond Stickles. Molly has been coloured with my trusty Copics!

Thanks so much for visiting! Please leave a comment, would love to visit you too :-) Kx

Thursday, 1 September 2011

TPLC03 - Anything But A Card!

Hello Everyone! Welcome to the third TPLC Challenge - Anything But A Card! Thanks for visiting if you have hopped over from The Paperlane Challenge blog, and welcome if you haven't!! Lol!

This challenge was set by DT Klare! I found this challenge a real challenge - I had so many birthday cards to make! Lol! Anyhow, I made a gift tag for a wine bottle, as I needed to say 'Thank You' to my next door neighbour!

I have coloured Molly with copics - this lovely image is from the Summer 2011 collection. The doily and the mat for the sentiment have been made using Nellie Snellen dies. The papers are the completely gorgeous My Minds Eye Stella & Rose - Hattie Collection. These papers are so wonderful - I think I am on my third 6x6 pad!! Lol! I just love the colours!
The detail around the doily has been made with the Hydrangea flower punch from Martha Stewart, with the centre made using the Viva Decor Cream pens.  Hope you like it! Really simple to make - but just says 'Thanks' in a more personal way!

I have got to apologise - I have lost my bit of paper with all my Copic numbers on - if I find it, I'll update the post!

Hope you come and join in - look forward to visiting you!


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Happy Anniversary Mum & Dad

Hello All! Just wanted to share the card that I made for my parents for their ruby wedding anniversary. It is Paris themed, as they are going to there to celebrate!

The stamp is a Papertrey Ink Stamp, which has been coloured with Copic Markers (Petals : R59, R39, R29, R27 & R24. Flower centre : YR24, YR23, YR21 & YR20). I then rubbed the whole image with old paper distress ink to mute the colours and help blending with the paper. I used the R59 marker to colour my clear rhinestones, so it looked like there were a few rubies on there!

Punches are Martha Stewart,with nesties and glimmer mists to sparkle up the die cuts! The small lock and key embellishments are Prima vintage treasures. I just love these!
I was pleased with the way the vintage seam binding has turned out, as I died it with Copic ink (YR21), colourless blender and then sprayed it with Tattered Angels Creme Rouge glimmer mist. It dried so quickly I was able to use it almost immediately, which was a good thing! You can see the different colours in the picture above!

Thanks for coming to visit! Kxx

Monday, 1 August 2011

TPLC02 - Shades of Sunshine

Hello Everyone! Back so soon! Here is my card for The Paperlane Challenge - TPLC02 Shades of Sunshine. I have got to confess to absolute panic when I got this brief! Lol! I just don't 'do' yellow - which my brain said was the colours I needed!
So, after raking through the DP that sits beside my desk, I found the delicious Echo Park Springtime papers that just work so well with, you guessed it.....Bazzill Kraft cardstock!! Lol! (If anyone wonders why they can't get hold of any of this is because I have got it all!! Love it!!!) Seriously though, Caz stocks this wonderful stuff at The Paperlane.

I have opted to not use a character stamp today, which is unusual for me! I have chosen the lovely flowers from the Summer Fun collection. They are really cute, and look lovely coloured. The layout is really simple as I wanted the colour to be the standout thing on the card, rather that the layout and embellishments.
Here is a close up of the detail of the stamps. The flowers have been stamped and coloured the twice so that they would stand out. The image has been coloured with Copic markers, and the frames are all Nesties! Like I asked in this post yesterday, would you like to see the Copics that have been used for each image? If you think it would be useful, please let me know in the comments....I'm not sure if there might be enough 'out there' if you know what I mean!

The lace effects down the side are both Martha Stewart border punches, which I picked up at The Paperlane. They are really delicate and break up space nicely, with small touches of Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and pearls hand coloured with Copics to match the DP. The sentiment is from Hero Arts, one of a 'go to' set that I have had for a while!

Hope you like what you see! Look forward to seeing all of your entries!

Back Soon! Kx

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sunday, Sunday...

Hello one and all! Hope we are all ok! The sun has peeped out from behind the clouds today, and I managed to have a lovely walk in the woods before breakfast in the garden. Little things like that make me endlessly happy!
So, here is the card of the day. This is the card that I made for my MIL. It is her 60th birthday today, so lots of love was sent her way from chez nous!

The papers are the lovely Memory Box Minuet collection. I picked these lovelies up from The Stamp Attic last week. Just love the colours. I was stuck as to what image to use, until I spied the little parasols on the paper - Magnolia Asian Tilda it was! She has been coloured using Copic markers, mounted on a frame made using Nesties Labels 14.  The gardenia flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The cardstock is Bazzill Kraft - I love that stuff! Everytime The Paperlane has a restock, i'm stocking up! Lol! The sentiment is a Hampton Arts sentiment.
Ooo! Whilst I remember - I have been toying with the idea of posting the colours that I use for colouring my images? Would that be useful? Or is there enough info out there? Lol! Let me know in the comments either way :-)

I am going to enter this in Allsorts 'Week 114 Free & Easy' Challenge.

Will be back tomorrow with the second The Paperlane Challenge, and my DT card. Thanks for looking! See you soon! Kx

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Summer Day, Weekend Away!

Hello Everyone! Firstly, I want to say 'Thank You' to all the lovely ladies at The Stamp Attic! It was great to share my love of Copic Markers with you all! Here is the sample for the session - Wendy has shared this on The Stamp Attic blog, but I thought I would share it here too!
There is lots of Copic use all over this card, from the image itself to the hand coloured ribbons and embellishments. The sentiment is a Hero Arts sentiment. The layout for this was kept really simple so that we could focus on the colouring.
I had a wonderful time at the shop, and with Wendy. I also managed to pop into Oxford - I thought we were never going to see anything  - the rain was so heavy, and all the inside visitor attractions around the University were closed due to graduations, however, the sun eventually peeked through at lunchtime! The place was so lovely, will have to go back! Just to catch up on all the sights that we didn't see....and to visit The Stamp Attic again! Lol!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

A Lovely Day at The Paperlane

Hello lovely friends and followers! I have spent the day teaching today at The Paperlane, all about the sheer wonderfulness of Copic markers! I think I could talk for Britain about them, if I'm honest!! Wish I could choose it as a chosen subject on Mastermind - but I'd be useless at the general knowledge!! Lol!

Here is the sample that I made for the class. As the new Molly Bloom stamps arrived in store recently, I thought it would be nice to make a door hanger - so everyone knows your status! At the Beach, or At Home!

The Paperlane has just got in a great consignment of Bazzill Kraft cardstock - it is just a dream to work with. I love the colour, and it blends so well with any colours really. I love the look of Copics brushed over it too. Kraft and Copics work so well!

The papers are Echo Park Springtime on the Beach side, and My Mind's Eye Lost and Found papers. The letters are die cut from a Tim Holtz 'Extended Cut' alphabet, called Typeset. It has a really lovely look about it. The Martha Stewart Punch has a lovely lacy effect.

Hope you like what you see! Thanks so much for looking! Kx

Friday, 1 July 2011

TPLC 01 - Anything but Square!

Hello lovely readers! Thanks for visiting - hopefully you will have hopped over here from the Paperlane Challenge! Our first ever challenge! This has been set by our DT team mate, Clare.

We were challenged to use Molly Blooms stamps, and create a project that was Anything but Square. I'm sure you will agree that the work of my fellow DT members is really stunning. If you haven't already, please have a look at their individual blogs too!

Here is my DT submission. I went a bit bonkers and made a kind of mini book. I just could not decide which stamps I wanted to use, so thought I would use as many as I could squeeze in! Lol!
I just love these Beach Huts. They are so pretty, and can suit any colouring- I added Glossy Accents just to accentuate the windows. I chose brights to match the delicious Echo Park 'Splash' papers. I love the bright, zingy combination of colours.
The pearls that I have used for embellishment are originally white, and I have coloured them using Copics to match the colours of the main images. I have done the same below with ribbon, like on the first picture - this is just what I love about Copics! You can use them for so many different things! Absolutely brilliant!
Hope you like what you see! Come and join in the challenge - we will be setting challenges on the first of the month!

Thanks for looking! Kx

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Krafty Molly!

Hello! Hope you are all well! The weather here has been absolutely brilliant - barbecues were most definitely the order of the day! I cannot believe that it is nearly the end of June already, and that July is almost here. Summer hols - here we come! I was able to take photographs of this project outside today, which really helped! I am really glad to have my crafting mojo back - I think it flew south when the weather turned bad, but now that the sunshine is back it seems to have reappeared!!
This project is a little different for me. I had seen the use of little jotters for stamping on a few blogs over the past few months. So, I love Kraft, and found some plain ruled Moleskine jotters in Waterstones that have Kraft covers. They are really lovely to stamp on, and you can colour with Copics on them. Bonus! The ink works slightly differently, but the look that you get is so pretty. This is as about as clean and simple as I get!
The sentiment is a Papertrey Ink sentiment, which is nice and plain. I just love this image from the new Summer Fun Molly Bloom Collection - her little outfit is so lovely - and the bunting is just too cute! Molly is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and as I said before, coloured in with Copics.

Here is a close up of the detail. I am so pleased with the way that these look - think I might be whipping up a few of these for birthdays and little presents.

Thank You so much for looking! Please leave a comment - it really makes my day! Kx

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Just for Mum

Hello! Thought I would share a card I made for my Mum's birthday.

The image has been coloured with Distress Inks to blend in with the lovely My Mind's Eye papers. These are the Stella and Rose collection - Gertie I think! The image was from the Butterfly Dreams 2011 collection. I just love the her wings, and the way that she is sitting.

The doily has been cut from thick vellum, using the Cheery Lynn Doily Die, which is just so lovely. I'm so pleased that this has cut out so well - think I might be treating myself a little more often to these dies!
Here is a close up of the detail:
You can see a little bit of the twinkle from the stickles, and the detail of the butterfly, which is usually joined to the main image! The flowers are a mix of Wild Orchid Crafts and The Hobby House. The sentiment is by Polka Doodles.
See you soon!


Saturday, 28 May 2011

Molly Blooms - You Brighten My Day!

Hello Friends! Hope you are all well - it's a Bank Holiday weekend again, so even if the sun does not shine, I've got an extra day I can spend crafting! (That makes me so happy!!) How are you spending yours?

This is a sample for a class that I am running at The Paperlane next week. We are looking at using distress inks to colour in stamped images. Just love that technique. Can't wait to spend the day with lovely like minded people!
The seam binding has been altered with Distress Inks. The images used are of course, Molly Blooms. They are really lovely, and little ducky with his welly boots? Just too cute!! Made me smile colouring him in.
The papers are My Minds Eye Hattie. You have seen a lot of these recently - so sorry, but I just cannot get enough of the colour combination. Love it! A generous dose of MS punches and Nesties was in order, as was a Hero Arts sentiment which really complemented these lovely images.
Well, that is all from me at the minute. Hope to be back soon though, as I WANT to enter some challenges this weekend, if my great crafting plan goes to plan - and not to pot like it usually does! Lol! Off to do a bit of blog hopping and comment leaving!

Hope the sunshines for you this weekend! Kxx

Tuesday, 24 May 2011


Hello Everyone! No cards today, just thought I would share a few pics that have got my creative ideas crackling!

I had the fortune to go to London last weekend, and managed to nip to Columbia Road market on Sunday morning. Thank you so much Wendy for the pointer towards this absolute treasure trove! As well as some fabulous shops (more on that later!)
Now, call me weird, but if I was given an arrangement of flowers, of different types, I would say 'Thank You' and think that they are a lovely bunch of flowers. But, if I am given a bunch of a single variety of flowers, all the same colour it really makes my heart sing. I don't know why. It just does. Thinks it just makes me appreciate the perfection of nature.
Right, enough of me waxing lyrical! I managed to grab a few snaps in the flower market. The whole site in Shoreditch is just fabulous, and I loved every minute - even though you had to get there early! I just loved the colours - particularly the variety in pink! And all single variety bunches!! Lol!
Beautiful, massive heads of hydrangeas. Loved these.....
Rows and rows of pink peonies, waiting for a buyer with large arms to carry the ample stems home.....
And finally, vintage looking roses. I just loved these. Wish I could have taken them all home with me. They were all so beautiful. Really made me feel happy and contented. Don't be surprised after looking at all of this that every creation out of me in the coming weeks is pink!!
The market was the length of a street that was bordered with lots of shops selling beautiful wares, some vintage, some shabby, some art, some edible! The Cake Hole was most definately my favourite - vintage from floor to ceiling, with the most wonderful cake and tea shop out the back! Over 10 different types of cake! All served on vintage bone china! My kinda place!!

Thanks for visiting! Kxx

Monday, 16 May 2011

Molly Blooms at The Stamp Attic

Hello everyone! 
Thought I would share a sample that has just arrived at The Stamp Attic, into the TLC of my lovely friend Wendy. Wendy has started to stock the lovely Molly Blooms Stamps, and I thought that they would look fabulous with the beautiful My Mind's Eye 'Hattie' collection. I love this mini stack! The colours are just gorgeous. This is a paperbag card - so plenty of scope to play with the lovely images. Warning! It is a bit of a photo marathon!

This is the front of the card. The wired heart is a steampunk charm, which I just love. It is nice and flat on the back, so it is so easy to adhere to the tag.

This is the inside of the card, on the left hand side. This is the bottom of the bag that has created the two panels. You can use this for slotting a tag in for a personal message. I chose to use this for an image of George, as I had a hard choice in choosing which ones to use! I've used some of Tim Holtz' tape and ribbon to embellish. The sentiment is by Cats Life Press. I love a round sentiment (you can probably guess!!). You will be able to see liberal doses of Fiskars border punches too!
I love playing with these stamps and being able to build layers of images. The pie is seperate from Chef Molly, so she could hold a birthday cake instead!
This is the insert from the card. The image was masked and the herb boxes stamped so she has something to sit on. The flower is a Prima Melody bloom.
Last one! Phew! This just shows the lovely 'Hand Stamped' Molly Blooms sentiment, which is an absolute must! Again, it shows the really gorgeous papers!
Thanks for sticking with me all the way to the end of the post. Please leave a comment - truly makes my day.
Have a lovely day :-)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter! Part Two!

Ah! A bus-like blog post from me today! (None in ages, then 2 in quick succession!! Lol!) Here is a second card that I made this Easter. This has some Forever Friends images on - I don't normally go for these kinds of images, but there was something about those ears that were totally irresistible!!

There are touches of Pearl Pen around the layout, and the border punch used was an older Martha Stewart punch that I came across in my drawer. The sentiment is a Lili of the Valley stamp - I just love circle sentiments! The papers are again Echo Park - Springtime - I can't get enough of these. They are really lovely. The whole image has again been spritzed with Perfect Pearls, to give the whole card  a subtle shimmer. Sadly the light does not show this up! The flowers are a mix of the Hobby House (Cherry Blossoms) and Magnolia (Vintage Tulips). Just love the pretty colours!

I would like to enter this card for a couple of challenges. These are:

My Time to Craft: Challenge - Easter Wishes - The card is 'Happy Easter'
Fussy and Fancy Friday: Challenge - Springtime - The card is Easter themed using 'Springtime' papers

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! Please leave a comment - makes my day if you do! Kx

Happy Easter!

A whole day to officially indulge in chocolate. My kind of day! Hope you are all well. I've had a little bit of holiday, so have taken the chance to have a play!

I've made the card below using some absolutely gorgeous Echo Park papers , which are quite aptly called 'Springtime'. The colours on these are so beautiful. Tilda is new from the Butterfly Dreams collection this year. I really loved colouring her in. I have been playing a little with getting a more 'washed out' look to the colouring this week - hope you think so too!

I've used a lovely new 'Vintage Floral' Martha Stewart punch  and Nellie Snellen Doily dies  The sentiment is from a Lili of the Valley set. I just love the little daffodils - it has taken me ages to open this packet to use them, as I am frightened that I will run out! Lol!

There is some of my favourite seam binding on there too - I didn't want a distressed look, so this has been left without any scrunching! (Is that even a word??!) The whole card had a spritz of Perfect Pearls mist to give it a bit of a twinkle. I think you can just make it out on the flowers in this next photo. I just love the really subtle sparkle that the mist gives, without depositing any colour on the project. Really lovely.
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges :

The Shabby Tea Room  Challenge Week #58 - Pastels (Project Colours) and Stripes (Background DP)
PaperPlay Challenges Challenge Week 16 - Eastertime (Happy Easter Card)

Thanks so much for visiting! I'm off to enjoy some Mini Eggs!


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Springtime Paperbag Book

Hello All! Hope you are well - the sun is shining in North Yorkshire - so life is good!

I have been asked to run a few workshops for The Paperlane in Northallerton - this is a sample of what we will be doing! Can't wait to spend the day with lovely like minded people who are not afraid of being covered in glitter in public!! I LOVE making these - they take longer than the usual 6x6 card, but for someone special they are most definately worth it!
The front cover - with ties to close the book. The main image here is from the new Butterfly Dreams Collection by Magnolia Stamps. The detail die cut is a Tim Holtz 'Elegant Flourishes', decorated with Hydrangea flower blossoms, punched with a Martha Stewart punch.

The main image again is from the Butterfly Dreams Collection. The sentiments are all Hero Arts, with a Magnolia Doo Hickey tag.

Again, the image is from the Butterfly Dreams Collection. The sentiments are all Hero Arts. The detail punching has been done with a Cherry Blossom Martha Stewart 'Punch Around The Corner' set.

The back cover - decorated to show who sent it! Lots of glitter and Viva Decor Pearl Pens just add a few finishing touches.

All the images have been coloured using Copic Markers....i'm a bit excited - I've got a copy of Marianne Walker's 'Shadows and Shading' book winging its way to me - I have not been as excited about colouring in since my Aunty bought me an M&S bumper colouring book, Christmas 1981. She also bought me a pair of gold spandex socks, but they got accidentally chewed by the dog! Too much information - I know!

Enjoy the sunshine! Kx