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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Rainbow smiles!

Grrrrr, our bloomin' internet is down AGAIN!  Sorry I haven't been around to visit you all - fingers crossed it will get sorted before our long UK bank holiday weekend!!!  Speedily doing this in the local library...they'll be kicking me off soon!!

Anyhoo, it's time for a new challenge over at Little Miss Muffet and this fortnight we want to see Rainbows, Clouds or Wings!  Here is my card, which I hope is self explanatory!


I have used cutie Licorice and matched her up with My Minds Eye Darling Dear papers and a Paper Makeup sentiment, My Favorite Things rainbow die and Memory Box Wrought Iron fence die - a perfect little scene!

You can see more gorgeous inspiration over at the Little Miss Muffet challenge blog!



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Button it up!

Hi everyone!  I'm so sorry I haven't been around to see you all still - my internet is STILL playing up!  The engineer told us that "something-I-don't-know-what-but-is-made-of-metal" overheated and melted over in the exchange box (whatever that is?!!)!   He said he fixed it but we're still experiencing intermittent issues!  Hey ho....bloomin' hot UK weather...

But I've managed to get on to share my showcase MilkCoffee Stamps card!  Fingers crossed....  This week over at the MilkCoffee Stamps blog, we are showcasing one of our more recent newbies to the family - the very sweet Lisbeth with buttons!  And here is my make using Lisbeth Walks In The Rain...




Lisbeth must be a pixie or that is one MEGA HUGE leaf!!  Such a sweet image and a pleasure to colour in what with all those folds and shaded areas!  I matched her up with gorgeous digi papers from Cupcake Cards and Crafts called Adorable (and they really are!) and a delicate organza ribbon. 

You can see more lovely Celine inspiration over at the MilkCoffee Stamps blog and you still have time to join in with the current fortnightly buttons and bling MilkCoffee challenge - hope you can join in for a chance to win your very own MilkCoffee gorgeous digis!!

Right, this post seems to have saved okay - better go so I don't tempt fate and the internet fails me again!  Back later with my Little Miss Muffet DT post!









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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Getting crabby!

Not that kind of crabby!  Today we are reviewing the new Sugarplums Beach Kit and here is my make...



I just love this sweet set - just look at that sweet lickle ickle crab - adorable!  Anyhoo, the kit is still under offer - get a whopping 20% off the kit to the end of the month - you may want to go and put it in your shopping now!  ;)

Okay, you can check out more beach sweetness over at the All That Scraps blog!  That is it from me today. thanks for visiting and I'll be around to visit you all later!





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Birdie Brown challenge with a freebie!

Did you see that Torico is having her first Birdie Brown challenge this month?  And she has provided a very lovely stitched rose freebie for it!  So here is my entry...



They're so pretty!  I had loads of ideas of how to use them but decided to go for a more grown up card rather than my cutesy cards!  There's still time to join in!  Take a look at all the deets (and grab the freebie!) here!

Sorry I haven't been to see you all again - keeping losing my internet connection!  Will be back later with a  ATS review post.  TTFN!

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  • Waste Not Wednesdays - used up the last of that sweet ribbon!
  • Bunny Zoe's - anything goes
  • Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
  • Crafts and Me - fabulous flowers
  • Mayzy Arts - flowers
  • Allsorts - birthday card for someone special (for a special friend)
  • Kraftin Kimmies - get sentimental
  • Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - blooms and butterflies
  • Crafty Calendar - things with wings
  • Sundays with Crissy - things with wings
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    Monday, 28 May 2012

    End of an era over at Make It Monday :(

    No, don't worry - Make It Monday isn't going anywhere!  But I am :(   I am stepping down from the team due to work commitments but this is very sad for me - I was one of the original MIM team members when it first began back in March 2011.  The team are wonderful too - I will miss every single one of them!  But only for a moment cos they will remain on my regular blog rounds anyway!  I'd also like to thank our fab boss Michelle who founded MIM - not only is she a fab boss, she has become a dear friend to me too!

    Anyhoo, let's get down to business and here is my last DT card for Make It Monday...


    Ain't he fun?!  This is Birdie Brown's Clown Balloon and I matched him up with the few Echo Park papers from this collection that I have left!  I love how this card turned out so I'm going to give it to my lovely nephew!

    So this week we are being sponsored by the lovely DigiDoodle Shop who are giving away a $10.00 Store Gift Certificate to the lucky random winner!



    Okay, that's it from me now - I hope you can link up your creations to the Make It Monday party!




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    Sunday, 27 May 2012

    Blondes have all the fun

    Happy Sunday everyone!

    Instead of my usual DT card for Quixotic Inspirations, I thought I'd share something different today!  I have a lot of people asking me about the colours I use for blonde hair so I'm going to show you my colours.  To demonstrate I have used Adele by Make It Crafty that I got from yummy stash store Quixotic PaperieAdele is such a dream to colour in and I spent ages on her hair - it just draws you in!  Here she is...


    First off, I should say that I use Make It Colour Blending Card - I have used all sorts of brands and Neenah used to be my fave, but no longer!  Okay, onto colouring!  So the base colours I use are E50, E51, E53 - usually starting with the lightest E50 all over as this gives me a feel of the movement of the hair.  I then use E53 where I want the shadows.  Only then do I use E51 to blend the two colours together.  

    Now, take a closer look...


    In the darkest areas it looks almost green - well, that's because it is!  I used YG93 and then blended with E51.  I'm trying to be braver with my Copics, using colours that aren't in the same colour groups together and I was pleased how my experimenting turned out on this!  For the moment though, I am going to share this over at Sassy Cheryl's Share Me Thursdays.

    Okay, well I hope that was useful - any questions, leave me a comment and I'll get back to you!  Now to make something with this beauty....














    Saturday, 26 May 2012

    Picture perfect!

    I have been trying for months to enter the My Favorite Things guest designer contest but I always seem to be making just DT cards!  So determined to do it this month, here is my card for it...



    It was really hard to make this card - not because I wasn't inspired, but because I didn't realise how much MFT goodies I own- I just couldn't decide what to use!!  And I did feel a bit of performance pressure - I would love to be chosen as a guest designer - the MFT design team are all so talented so what a coop it would be to be on the same team as them - albeit just a month!!

    So, about the card I am entering - I used the a la modes Picture Perfect stamp set, Die-namics Pretty Posies, Die-namics Prima Donna Petals (the flower stamen), Die-namics Upsy-Daisy (the leaves),
    Die-namics Mini Tabs Foursome and my fabby newest buy Die-namics Chevron Stripes (these are SUPER cool!).  And of course I used the sketch they provided us!



    Well, keep your fingers crossed for me!  Thanks for visiting me and I'll see you on my blog rounds later!

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    Friday, 25 May 2012

    New challenge and new release blog hop over at Take the Pixie Challenge!

    A new Take the Pixie challenge started yesterday with the theme of FOOD!  Well, we all love food so this should be an easy peasy one!  And not only is there a new challenge, we are also doing a blog hop to celebrate the new Pixie's Favorite Things collection - available in the store now!  I hope you can join us on the hop for a chance to win prizes!  Unfortunately I couldn't join the hop because my stooopid internet is down and couldn't get my post up in time....grrrrr!

    This is also a sad day as I am stepping down as a Pixie  :(  due to work commitments, but I will keep on making with Pixie Dust Studios images as I LOVE Kathy's designs to much.  Big pixie kisses to Kathy who is a great boss and even better friend!  So here is my last DT make as a pixie {sniff, sniff}...



    This is Pixie Loves Popcorn - and I do love the yummy stuff!  And I only get to eat it when we go to the cinema so I love the cinema too - so this is the perfect birthday for ME!

    If you want to join the hop, start from the beginning at the store blog here, where you can also check out all the deets! 
    Okay, that's it from me today - thanks for popping in and I'll be as soon as I can on my blog rounds!



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    Thursday, 24 May 2012

    New Little Miss Muffet release!

    Oh no!!  Our internet is down so I won't be able to visit you until it's back on (maybe a few days!).  I feel so lost!  Sitting in our local library posting this - think they will kick me out soon as I'm hogging a precious machine!!  Anyhoo, bear with me friends!  Now onto why you're really here.....!


    Today we are showcasing more of the new Little Miss Muffet release so here is my make...



    Awww, ain't he cute?  He is called Squirt and I also use the new Daisy Rock and Cloud digis - available in the store here!  I used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch #159 and My Minds Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlestick papers.




    You can check out more DT inspiration over at the blog here - go check them out if you have a spare few minutes!



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    Wednesday, 23 May 2012

    Pixie Dust Studios preview time!

    There's a new Pixie Dust Studios release this week called Pixies Favorite Things and the team are previewing some of these cuties!  Here is my make using Cherry O' Teacup Pixie...




    I'm on a roll with my mini circle cards this week - but I couldn't resist again cos she fits so neatly in one!!  I used October Afternoon papers, a touch of doily (my goodness, I have hundreds of these!) and some gorgeous red lace for a bit of a bright shabby chic look!


    I really love this new kiddie look by illustrator Kathy - I used to have pigtails when I was a little girl too!  This little gal will be available in the store on Thursday.  And talking about Thursday, you'll wanna come back as it will be the start of a new challenge AND a blog hop where you'll have a chance to win some newbies!  See you then!




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    Tuesday, 22 May 2012

    Mashi's Muffins review time over at All That Scraps!

    It's time to review the All That Scraps Mashi's Muffins May release and today I have a Father's Day easel card using Mashi's Muffins Gnome...

     
     

    Ain't he sweet?!  My dad is a keen fisherman so this will suit him perfectly!  The sentiments are from the AmyR All About Dad and I created a simple background using the C.C. Designs Cutter Flower Border Die and C.C. Designs Cutter Grass Border Die.

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    Cupcake Craftroom monthly challenge reminder!

    (Don't forget to scroll down for the mega Pixie Dust Studios giveaway!!!)


    Hi all!  There is still time to join in with this month's photo challenge over at the Cupcake Craftroom!  It's the perfect theme for today what with the sun actually visiting us in the UK - woo hoo!  Here is my sunny make...



    Ain't he cutest penguin EVER?!!  This is Penguin in Summer 1 by Birdie Brown and I matched him up perfectly with the new Last Summer digi paper collection (only £3 for 31 papers!) and I used my newbie My Favorite Things Sun die (much better than my flower punch that I usually use!).

    You can link up your sunny creations here!

    Thanks for visiting and see you later with my All That Scraps review post!







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    Giveaway..Pixie's Favorite Things!

    The wonderful and talented Kathy, illustrator of one of my long standing faves Pixie Dust Studios is doing a giveaway!  And is it a MEGA giveaway where one lucky winner will get the WHOLE stash of yummy scrappy treats!!

    Value of this Giveaway is $160+
     
     
    You have until June 1st to enter the giveaway!!  A random winner will be picked by Pixie On JUNE 2nd!!!

     
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    Monday, 21 May 2012

    Make It Monday sponsored by Scrapbook Sisters!

    A new Make It Monday linky party has opened today!  So a happy Monday to you and here is my DT make to kick off the week...




    This little lady is called Step On It and is illustrated by Torico of Birdie Brown fame - she just makes me smile!!  The papers are from The ScrapCake Happiness paper pad (for mine from Dies To Die For). This card is going to a very special friend who has lost a lot of weight recently and I know she'll love this cheeky gal!  I really enjoyed colouring this sweetie's hair and skirt in too - here's a closer look...






    What a doll!  Anyway, this week we are being sponsored by the lovely Scrapbook Sisters and the prize is 5 digis from their store!







    So for my pick of the week, I have chosen this lovely age card by Julie of Rainbow Days...

    Created by by Julie of Rainbow Days



    I just love the way Julie used the shades of pink and red together, along with the embossing and doodling - beautifully put together!  Thanks for sharing with us Julie!



    Right, I'm off!  Thanks for visiting me and hope your week starts off well!






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