Thursday, 29 September 2011

4 new Autumn digi images

Tonight I've added 4 new Autumn digis to my can see them with all the others at A Passion for Stamps

Maple Leaf; £1.50

Toadstools; £1.50

Beech Nut; £1.50

Acorns; £1.50

Monday, 26 September 2011


Good evening! I think Autumn must be my favourite season of the year with all the beautiful, rich, warm colours. I just love the oranges, rusts and browns all around us at the moment.
I drew these Pumpkins a couple of days ago and have been enjoying taking my time to colour them with my Promarkers and add some dimension and texture to the card.
The paper is MY Minds Eye and the corners were made using the same paper inserted halfway into a heart punch. I'm still chopping paper at a great rate with my new Tonic Studios Mini Trimmer and  I used it again with the quilling tool but this time  I snipped the lengths of paper and made "sunflower" type flowers.
I used some raffia behind the image to add a little dimension.
You can find the  Pumpkin image with some other new ones at A Passion for Stamps.

Crafty Catz ...Autumn
Crazy4Challenges ...Halloween or Fall
Fussy and Fancy ..Try a new technique (quilling sunflowers)
My Time to Craft .. L is for "leaves"
Paper Playtime ..Halloween
Paper Sundaes ...anything goes
Paperplay ..Autumn leaves



The Promarkers have arrived so  now I can have my giveaway!
The prize is 2 sets of 5 Promarkers.
It's open to followers old and new and all you have to do is leave a comment here and post it in your blog/sidebar. I will choose a random winner on 15th October  and post them to the winner as soon as possible after that.
I have another set of 5 Promarkers to give away as well but I will do that in a couple of weeks to a random commenter! I'll let you know in advance about it.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Tonic Studios Mini Trimmer in action!

Ever since I got my Tonic Sudios Mini Trimmer a couple of weeks ago I've been chopping strips of paper and card at a great rate! I've always used a blade trimmer until now so I've been fascinated by the neat cutting and how narrow I can make the strips now......Then, when I had lots of little strips of paper in a pile in the kitchen, I thought.....I could make little quilled flowers with these!!

I'll show you how I made the card at the top of the post .

1. I printed out several of my Bedside Table digi images and coloured one of them with Promarkers.
I coloured and extra drawer front to decoupage. I added little details such as Glossy Accents on the vase and lamp, a gem for a drawer knob, glitter on the tissue box and beads hanging from the drawer

2. Using my super sharp Tonic Studios scissors I cut out the image.

3. I used the trimmer again to cut the mats for the card, choosing pale pink for behind the table to look like wallpaper. 

4. Back to the trimmer....I marked pale paper at 3mm intervals and cut several for my roses.

5. The quilling strips

 6. Using a small quilling tool I rolled up the strips and made the roses.
7. The quilling  paper is turned at 90 degrees to form the petals.

After I adhered the roses I added little branches from the birdy punch (minus the bird!). I think I'll be using this little punch a lot one way or another. Check out where I  first used it on my ROBIN card.
You might notice,too, that before I stuck the image to the pink paper, I made a slit in the top of the tissue box and popped in some tissue!

Alphabet Challenge  ....Pretty Pastels
Craft Your Days Away ..make your own flowers
Craft your Passion ..something beginning with "F" (flowers)

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Allsorts GDT card

It's another grey day here in Northern'd think I'd be used to it by now! Anyhow, I don't feel so guilty about not cutting the grass when it's drizzling again! Today I'm Guest Designer and joint sponsor on the Allsorts Challenge blog where the theme is "flowers and swirls". I've used Rosebud from my floral collection of digis on A Passion for Stamps and coloured it with Promarkers.

Just while I'm talking about Promarkers ...I  have just had the chance to try out a set of their new FLEXMARKERS.  I must say, they are very impressive!! I love the new brush type nib and, while they do take a little bit of getting used to, I'll definitely be having some more! I hope to upload a card soon showing them.

I have been assured that I'll be able to have another Promarker giveaway on my blog soon (ie as soon as they arrive!) which will be open to followers old and new, so please watch out for this!

Back to the card! I have glittered the swirls but it's not showing up too well in the photo. I find myself saying that  a lot lately - must be something to do with our weather! Maybe I should try a daylight lamp or a light box. Any suggestions are welcome.

The swirls are a mixture of Marianne Creatables and Cuttlebug designs and the paper is My Mind's Eye.
Thanks for looking,
Crafty Catz ..ribbon 
Creative Card Crew  ..anything goes
Marianne Design Divas ...anything goes
Papertake Weekly ...anything goes

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Good morning!
I've been having computer problems which mean my time on the internet has been short and sweet. On top of that work and family commitments seem to have overtaken again and this card has been "in the making" for days now..
The image is Mannequin -  one of my newest digis from A Passion for Stamps and when I drew it I was thinking of a black metal stand which wouldn't need coloured....however if you have a look at the slideshow you'll see a couple of lovely cards made by Nic and Brenda using colour and they look great!!
I have added some spots of glitter around the image to add highlights and some ribbon.
The papers are are real mixture - DCWV Nursery, Forever Friends Retro and Papermania Regency.
I have used a zig zag embossing strip and some doodled stitching.

I have it on good authority that I'll be having another Promarker giveaway soon which will be open to followers (old and new) of my blog, so keep a lookout for this!

The little spool was another little punch idea.

1. Woodware flower pot punch or similar

2. Punch out two shapes

3. Adhere these together as above

4. Wrap embroidery thread around the "spool"

Alphabet Challenge ...P for Pretty Pastels
Crafty Catz  ... monochromatic
Stamp Something  ..digi day
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle  ...labour day
Tuesday Throwdown ...3papers,2 buttons and 1 ribbon
Try it on Teusday ..monochrome

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Crafty Calendar Challenge DT card

"Let sleeping bears lie" is the theme for this month's challenge at Crafty Calendar Challenge and I had just the right digi image.."Baxter flat out". The prize is 4 digis from Crafty Sentiments.  Lately I've been making more cards which lean towards the "clean and simple" way of things but it's probably just a phase!! For this one anyhow I thought I'd show off the image with a bright backing paper and keep the rest quite plain. It was another one made for the birth of little Eva, my newest great neice.

I have it on good authority that I'll be having another Promarker giveaway soon which will be open to followers (old and new) of my blog, so keep a lookout for this!

I love using Promarkers and actually use them for ALL my colouring. Most of my digi images are flowers and for a while I struggled with using Promarkers on the finer parts and stems but now that they have released the new fine tips I'm really happy with the results and have just ordered more..

Crafty Creations ...3 or more dies or punches
Creative Card Crew  ... anything goes
Cute Card Thursday  ...a pinch and a punch
I Love Promarkers  ...anything goes