16 September 2017

Feathered Friends

Good morning and a very happy Saturday to you my lovelies.  So how are we all doing with our Christmas makes? I'm doing okay I'm happy I've made a few but I need to get cracking and now that the kiddiewinkles have gone back to school I'm hoping I can get a shift on.

I have my latest make to share with you today and yes it is a Christmas card so that's another off the list.  I've made a criss cross card this time as I haven't made this style in a while.  I used the adorable LOTV image 'Feathered Friends' and coloured it in with my copics.  I made another poinsettia and covered it with Twinklets.  This die really does make a beautiful flower but I've found to get the full effect it is best to double up the bottom layer.  I hope the piccies are clear enough for you I'm struggling to get decent shots lately it's either too gloomy or brilliant sunshine I think a light box is going on my Christmas list this year!!

Medium:  copics
Papers:  First Edition 'Festive Treats'
Dies:  Spellbinders 'Poinsettia', Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals', Spellbinders 'Fleur de Lis rectangles', Dienamics 'Royal Leaf' set, Cheery Lynn 'Holly Flourish'
Twine, ribbon, sentiment from stash


Next up my usual close-up.  This is such a sweet image and really very easy to colour.  Obviously a sprinkling of glitter made an appearance.  Well it is a Crimbo card so it would be rude not too!!


So that's all from me today folks.  I'm off to have a rummage through some stamps so I can have a play.  Not sure what I fancy colouring up so I'll see where it takes me.  I hope you all have a great weekend and manage to get a little crafty.

Take care.
Ann-Marie 
xxx

Challenges I would like to enter:-

Creative Inspirations  -  seasonal

The Ribbon Girls  -  anything goes 'Card' challenge

Winter Wonderland  -  wrap it up

Christmas at Sweet Stampin  -  anything goes

Noor Design U.K.  -  layers

Sweet Stampers Challenge  -  lots of layers




















5 September 2017

A little mermaid magic

Hello and a very happy Tuesday to you all.  Both of my kiddiewinkles have gone back to school now and my youngest has gone off to secondary school.  Not sure how I feel about that one.  Sad I think as they are growing up way too fast for my liking.  On a plus note though I've never seen her so excited about going to school I mean she had her bag packed like weeks ago!!

Anyway, I am here today to share with you a little project I have done using one of Crafty Sentiments Designs adorable little images.  I chose to work with Mermaid Day Dream as both my daughter and I think she is adorable so I  made a little canvas to go on her bedroom wall.


Image:  Crafty Sentiments Designs 'mermaid day dream'
Medium:  Prismacolor pencils
Papers:  Raspberry Road 'Sea Pearls' digi papers
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts and stash



My usual close-up of the image.  I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils blended with Sansador for a change and obviously she needed a little sparkle.


Okay, that's all from me this evening.  I'm off to make myself a coffee and to settle into a little colouring.  Hope you all have a great week.

Take care and happy crafting.
Ann-Marie 
xx

Challenges I would like to enter:-

Simon Says Stamp  -  anything goes

Cute Card Thursday  -  too cute

Noor Design U.K.  -  layers

Stamping Sensations  -  photo inspiration















14 August 2017

Bunnies Ho Ho Ho

Hello my lovelies and a very happy Monday to you.  So we are sort of half way through the school holidays and I think the kiddieswinkles have just about had enough time off now they're just getting a little restless and I've had a couple of 'I'm bored' comments.  It doesn't help that the weather has been ploppy so we've not really been able to plan much but hey my daughter has been having lots of fun making slime and I've just bought some air dry clay so that should be fun!

Anyway, I've finally finished another Christmas card which I've had sat on my desk all weekend.  This time I've used the cute LOTV 'Bunnies Ho Ho Ho' and it really is the most adorable little image.  As usual I've used my copics to colour it up which literally took no time at all once I'd decided to go with brown bunnies rather than grey.

Image:  LOTV 'Bunnies Ho Ho Ho'
Medium:  copics
Papers:  First Edition 'Nordic Christmas'
Dies:  Spellbinders 'Romantic Rectangles' & Layered Poinsettia, Joy Crafts 'Winter Wishes' snowflake border, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Holly Flourish', Marianne Design Creatables Christmas Tree, Crafters Companion 'Decorative Holly'


I went a bit OTT with the Twinklets but I do love them as snow and on the poinettia and pine cones they add some lovely texture.  The little wooden sign was a fab find in Hobbycraft and I got 5 in a pack for something like £2 so a bargain!


Usual close up of the sweet image and you can see the Twinklets a little better too. 

Copics

Bunnies:  E31, E33, E35, E37/E50, E53/R12
Branches:  E31, E33, E35, E37, E29
Leaves:  YG23, YG63, YG67
Berries:  R14, R17, R29

Okay so that's all from me today folks.  I have a little time left still before I have to make it look like I've been doing housewifely things you know the 10 minute dash with the hoover and a quick tidy round!!

Take care and happy crafting.
Ann-Marie 
xxx

Challenges I would like to enter:


Noor Design UK  -  anything goes

Stamping Sensations  -  anything goes














5 August 2017

Crafty Sentiments Designs August new release week - Day 5

Good morning and a very happy Saturday to you.  I was up bright and early this morning before anyone else so I could grab my cup of coffee and chill in peace until everyone rises and I have to go to work.  It's a simple thing I know but I really do appreciate just a little quiet time with my coffee in the morning, just give me that 1/2 hour and I can cope with whatever the day throws at me!

Anyway, I'm popping in to share with you my make for Crafty Sentiments Designs Day 5 of their new digi release and I got to play with the fab 'delivery our presents'.  So when I was hopping around blogland and Pinterest a while ago I spotted a few Christmas cards with doors on and I thought how simple and elegant they looked and thought I would incorporate the two like she was delivering presents someone's house.

I can't remember where I've seen these cards as I was hopping all over the place but I'm pretty certain they used a die of some sort.  Well I don't have a die but thought it can't be that difficult to make one I'll have a go myself.  In all honesty it was easy all I did was decide on the size door I wanted and cut some rectangles and squares to represent the door and panels, inked up the edges for definition, added some foam pads for depth and voila one door made.  For the handle I just cut down a large peel off strip and added a brad.  I thought a wreath would look nice on the door so used my Martha Stewart branch punch to make a circle and added some gems and I'm really pleased with the effect.

The main focus of course is the adorable image which I resized slightly larger and coloured her up with copics.  I cut her out so I could 3d her on my card with some glue gel and I think she looks rather sweet.

Medium:  copics


It's a larger card than normal for me measuring in at 8 x 8 and quite a simple one too but I think it works.  Here's my usual close up the cute image.  She's so sweet I wonder if one of those parcels is for me full of crafty goodies!!

Copics

Skin:  E000, E11, E13, R20
Hair/Boots:  E31, E35, E37, E29
Clothes:  G07, G14, G28/YR31, YR23/R12, R14, R17, R29/E50, E53
Dog:  W0, W1, W3, W5, W7

Right I have some chores to do and I suppose I best feed the munchkins and then hopefully I may get to sneak back into my craft room.  Don't forget to hope over to the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspiration blog where you'll be able to see some more gorgeous makes with this image.

Take care and happy crafting.
Ann-Marie 
xx







4 August 2017

Crafty Sentiment Designs August release week - Day 4

Good morning and a very happy Friday to you folks.  We've woken up to a dry day at the moment so fingers crossed it stays that way.

Anyway I am here today to share with you my make for Day 4 of Crafty Sentiments Designs August release week and today I get to show you 'wishing on a star'.  I was looking through all my Christmas papers and came across an older pad which I'd buried away as you do and thought I'd use up some of that.  So for my card my colour scheme is non traditional but I really like how it turned out.  I decided that the curtains in the image would look great paper pieced so with it being a digi image I cut down some of my designer paper and printed it out on to that.  

Medium:  copics/spectrum noirs
Papers:  My Mind's Eye 'Wonderful Winter'
Dies:  Crafters Companion 'holly', Memory Box 'precious ornaments', Spellbinders 'floral ovals' 
Flowers/Ribbon/Lace:  Wild Orchid Crafts and stash


I cut out some baubles using the Memory Box ornament die and didn't like them cut out of Kraft so I just covered them in Aged Ivory Frantage and love them that way.  I need to get some different coloured frantage now as I can see me using this die a lot.

My usual close up of the image.  She's so sweet just reminds me of my daughter when she was a little younger listening out for Santa's bells.

Copics

Face/Body:  E000, E11, E13, R81
Clothes:  R81, R83, R85, R39
Rug:  BG01, BG45, BG49
Hair:  E31, E35, E37, E29
Sky:  B91, B93, B95, B97
Puppy:  Spectrum Noirs TN2, TN3, EB4

Right that is all from me today folks.  Don't forget to check out the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational blog where you can see some gorgeous makes from my team mates and the images from this week are all available here in the store.

Got to get lively mean't to be leaving for work! 

Take care and happy crafting.
Ann-Marie 
xx

Challenges I would to enter:-

Winter Wonderland  -  use ribbon, twine or lace

Christmas at Sweet Stampin  -  anything goes

Noor Design U.K.  -  anything goes











2 August 2017

Crafty Sentiments August new release week - Day 2

Good morning my lovelies and I hope you are all in fine spirits.  We have another soggy day here today and after such a beautiful and warm day yesterday too.  Seriously you can get whiplash from our good old British weather you never really know quite what you're going to wake up to!

So anyway I've popped in today as it's Crafty Sentiments Designs August new release week yay and it's a digi release this time too so instant gratification even better!!

So it's day 2 and my turn to share with you a little something and I got to play with the gorgeous 'My Little Helper'.  The theme this time is Christmas so I've actually made my first Christmas project of the year.  I saw when I was browsing a little while ago a gift card holder idea (can't remember where unfortunately) but I thought I'd have a little go at one.  These are going to be so useful for giving gift cards so I will be making a few this year I can tell you.

Medium:  copics
Papers:  First Edition 'Nordic Christmas'
Crafters Companion Kraft Card, Neenah 'Desert Storm' kraft colouring card
Ribbon, twine and bells from stash


As you can see the beauty of having a digi is you can resize it.  So here I've got it printed out quite large for the inside and then I made it really small and printed it out on the tag to.


Lastly my usual close up of the image.  I decided to use colour on kraft this time which is a first for me with copics but I love the outcome.

copics

Face/body:  E000, E11, E00, E13
Clothes:  R14, R17, R29, W7/G24, G94, G99, W7/BG72, BG75
Hair:  E41, E43, E47, E49

Okay that's all from me today folks.  Don't forget the release is happening all week so pop over to the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational blog for some lovely projects from my team mates and remember this release is digi so no waiting the images are available in the store now!!!

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie 
xx

Challenges I would like to enter:-

ABC Christmas challenge  -  P, Q, R  - I've gone for People and Red

Creative Inspirations  -  anything goes

Cute Card Thursday  -  anything goes

Christmas at Sweet Stampin  -  anything Christmas goes

Winter Wonderland  -  use a digi














23 July 2017

Sweet Bunny Moon - Noor DT Call

Hello my lovelies and a very happy Sunday to you.  We've had a very soggy weekend here indeed but on the upside more crafting time yay!!

So did you know that Noor Design UK are having a DT call well a couple of calls actually, one for the Design Team and one for a Foamiran Design Team.  This doesn't happen very often (believe me I know as I'm a bit of a blog stalker!!) so when I saw it I was just a tad excited!  So as you've probably guessed my post today is dedicated to the Noor Design UK DT call.  For the call you were asked to make either a card, scrapbook page or mixed media project so as I mainly make cards that's what I did.  All the details are here

I chose to use the LOTV image 'Bunny Moon' and coloured it up with a mix of Copics and Spectrum Noirs.  I was having a rummage through my papers and came across some old Marianne Design baby papers which are just so pretty so they sort of dictated the colour scheme I went with.

Image:  LOTV 'Bunny Moon'
Medium:  Copics and Spectrum Noirs
Papers:  Marianne Design 'Eline's Babies'
Dies:  Crafters Companion Create-a-card 'Emma', CC baby dies
Ribbon/Lace from stash
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts



I used a couple of little baby dies - the rattle and dummy and attached it to the bow to dangle like little charms.

My usual close up of the super sweet image.  The moon has been glittered to within an inch of it's life with Glamour Dust and it looks so pretty and twinkly in real life.  

Copics/Spectrum Noirs

Body:  W00, W1, W2, W3, W5/R20/R81
Clothes:  B32, B23, B18, BV29 (for shadow)
Moon/Stars:  SN's LY1, LY2, LY3 + copic BV00 (for shadow)
Teddy:  E50, E53, E35/G20, G24
Background:  B91, B93, B95, B97, B99

Okay so for the next bit of my post I need to let you know a little bit about myself.   I'll start with the most obvious  - I'm a little bit craft mad bordering on addiction maybe!.  Okay, there, I've said it - it's now officially out in the open.  My closest friends would say I'm a little crazy and oh a tad accident prone, but hey I've yet to injure myself with the craft knife and I haven't glued myself to my chair yet so in my eyes we're all good.  I lurve, lurve, lurve my stamps and copics and, papers well that's a given I need say no more.  Add Christmas into the mix and I'm one happy bunny!

Not sure I have a style so to speak.  I like a little fussy I do love to build my cards up with embellishments but I'm not afraid to go clean and simple.  The common denominator in many of my creations though is colour.  I do love my colour.   

I love to share my creations with other folks.  I have a Facebook page and share on lots of different craft sites.  I also have a Pinterest Board and an Instagram account too.  I can think of nothing better than posting something and to have inspired someone else to either craft or try something new.

Okay, so I've come to the end of my post.  I hope you like my card and all I can do now is wait and see and wish everyone who enters good luck.

So for now that's all from me.  It's late but my head is full of lots of ideas and my fingers are itching to colour so I'm off to stamp up something else.  I have work in the morning but hey who needs sleep it's overrated in my book!

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie 
xxx


Challenges I'd like to enter:-

Creative Inspirations  -  anything goes

Simon Says Stamp  -  we're seeing stars

The Ribbon Girls  -  July 'use any image' challenge

Stamping Sensations  -  anything with flowers





  














8 July 2017

Crafty Sentiments Designs New Release Week - Day 5

Good morning my lovelies and a very happy Saturday to you.  I can't decide whether we're in for another glorious day or not the sun keeps poking it's head out and then it clouds up.  Thought we're were going to get a storm last night but nothing so it's still sticky and humid, yuk!

Anyway, enough of the oh so unpredictable weather ... let me show you my make for the last day of Crafty Sentiments Designs release week.  Here is 'Mermaid Day Dream' and she's beautiful and she will be available in the store HERE from 10th July.  Don't forget you can pop across to Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational Blog to have a little looksie at what wonderful makes my teamies have made with her too.

Medium:  copics
Papers: Bo Bunny 'Powder Blue Vintage', Pion Design 'Shoreline Treasures'
Dies:   Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals', Magnolia leaf spray
Ribbon/Embellishments from stash


The close up of the super sweet image.

Copics

Face/Body:  E000, E11, E13, R20
Hair:  E31, E35, E37, E29
Tail:  B0000, B00, B02/BG11, BG13

Right time for me to dash.  Got to get my daughter up as we have some last minute shopping to do before she goes on her last Junior school residential on Monday.  Nothing like leaving it till the last minute!!

Take care and happy crafting.
Ann-Marie 
xx

Challenges I'd like to enter:-

Allsorts  -  magical and mythical

The Ribbon Girl  -  July card challenge

Let's Craft and Create  -  just beachy/red,white&blue








7 July 2017

Crafty Sentiments Designs new release week - Day 4

Hello peeps and a very happy Friday to you all.  It's been a scorcher of a day today.  A tad uncomfortable to work in but hey at least it's the weekend and I get a day off tomorrow yay!

So I'm here to share with you my make for Day 4 of Crafty Sentiments Designs new release week and the theme this release is Summer Fun and I've got a gorgeous image to show you called 'Happy Floral'.  All the images are in the store from 10th July so don't forget to go fill your booties here.


Medium:  Copics
Papers/Cardstock from stash


The usual close up of the image.  Again another versatile one I think and very easy to colour up.


Okay that's all from me today.  Don't forget to hop over to the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspiration blog where you can see more beautiful creations from my teamies.

Take care and happy crafting.
Ann-Marie 
xx

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:-

The Ribbon Girls  -  July card challenge

Stamping Sensations  -   anything with flowers