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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Kitten Fairy

Hello my new crafty friends and followers

Today I am late in posting but time has just flown today.  I hope you are all keeping well and life is being good to you all.  Postie bought me some lovely parcels today.  Two from Joanna Sheen and another from Kanban.  I have incorporated the two to make this card as I was just itching to use them both.  Now as some of you know I have a cat called Tiggy whom I absolutely love and when I saw Joanna Sheen showcase these on Create & Craft I just had to have them!!!!!  I have made this for my friend Lesley's Birthday!  She will love this as she is crazy about cats like me!!!!



Recipe & Method


1.  Card base is from Kanban.  The layer of yellow card if also from Kanban called Kandi Core Card which has a yellow core.  I embossed this using one of my new Spellbinder Mbossing board which I then using a sand block sanded the layer off.  I added a green ginham ribbon and then adhered to the card.  I tied some of the same ribbon  in the middle.
2.  The image is from Joanna Sheen and can be bought here.  They are called Cup Kitties and are decoupage sheets.  This little kitty looks a little like my Tiggy.  I have layered this onto gold pearlescent card and placed it at a jaunty angle.  I have used Pinflair Glue Gel to layer up. 
3.  The finishing touches the flower, gold stems and wasp is from my stash.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Amy's Birthday Blog Hop

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY

Yes my friends I am in a blog hop today and tomorrow to help Amy celebrate her birthday.  If you have arrived here from Angela then you are on the right track.  If not then you need to start at Amy's blog and hop through all the participants as there is blog candy up for grabs. 

Here is my Birthday card for Amy which I have sent to her in Colarado.


Now when Amy sent out the invites to her fellow crafty bloggers she gave us a list of what she likes.  One of them was Alice in Wonderland.  The digi above is Mad Hatter by the Artist Heather Valentin over at Scrapbook Stamp Society.  This is the second time I have used her and it is similar to the last one except I have added a feather to her hat and coloured it predominantely black and pink with some Zebra print card.

My next project is an idea I have been playing with and I am really pleased how it turned out.  I made a book using A4 pearlescent card as the base and scored at the centre and then 1 cm either side twice.  I added another piece of pearlescent card and below is the result.  I have used the paper pack from My Craft Studio which is all about Alice in Wonderland, it was so difficult to choose and I hope Amy liked this.





Now it is time to hop on over to Yolie and see what fabulous creation she has produced in honour of Amy's birthday blog hop.

Thank you for stopping by Today and Hope to see you again Tomorrow. 
Hugs
Linda xxxx



Monday, 27 February 2012

Butterflies and Flowers

Good Afternoon my crafty friends and followers

I hope you are all well today.  I can't believe it is afternoon already, where has this morning gone?  Busy doing some DT work and thought it was time to post a little creation I made yesterday for you all today.
I love purple in all its many hues and I was really struggling to make a card at all yesterday, I think because my head was full of ideas for DT work that making a card just for me was hard.  Anyway I hope you like this card I have made for you all.


Recipe & Method

1.  My card base and topper are from Kanban Crafts.
2.  I have used Dew Drop Brilliance Pearlescent lavender to ink around the edges of the card.  I have used a butterfly from on of Kanban stamp kits which I have embossed using Silver embossing poweder.
3.  To the topper I have added the matching acetate as a dome and attached to the base of the card.
4.  I have added gems and an acetate butterfly to the frame.
5.  The flowers and the sentiment are from my crafty stash.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Birds of a Feather

Afternoon my crafty friends and followers

Well had a lovely meal out with my sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter Alice and hubby.  Alice is now walking and is just a little cutie.  Back home now and in my craft room and I have got a busy 4 days ahead of me getting DT work done and some more admin to finish off.  I hope you are all keeping well and here is my offering for you today.


Recipe & Method

1.  Kanban 5 x 5 shaped card which I have distressed using Dew Drop VersaMagic Aloe Vera.
2. Using Spellbinder Lattice Rectangle Dies I have cut out 3.  I have distressed 2 of them using Dew Drop VersaMagic Thatched Straw and on of the using the Aloe Vera.  The larger of the dies I have threaded cream ribbon through and tied in a bow.
3.  The stamps came free with my Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine.  Using Adirondack in Lettuce I have stamped the image onto the central panel and another bird on the bottom right hand corner.
4.  The flock of birds at the top of the card are from a collection of Tim Holtz.  I have stamped the greeting from my crafty stash onto a small rectangle "Let's Celebrate".

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Saturday, 25 February 2012

WOW Look what I received!!!!

Evening to all my lovely crafty friends and followers

I am sat here doing my blog hopping and commenting on blogs I follow when I went to Nataliya's blog!  Well I got a lovely surprise, she has awarded me the following for my blog!!!!


Thank you so much Nataliya, you can visit Nataliya's blog here.  In return I would like to pass on the award to a couple of my friends whose blogs inspire me too and they are:

Lexie - http://lexiesblogstardate.blogspot.com
Lou  - http://l00pyscraftcreations.blogspot.com
Lindsay - http://craftymonster81.blogspot.com
Nana Connie - http://grammysattic.blogspot.com

Thank you my followers and friends I create on my blog for you all as you inspire me!  I wish I could have given this Award to everyone.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Blog Candy Winner

Good Evening everyone

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner of my blogaversary candy.  I have spent today visiting my parents who both celebrated their birthday last week. 

Before I announce the Winner chosen my Mr Linky I would like to take this opportunity to THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!!  It is you my crafty friends and both old and new followers who have given me so much inspiration when visiting your blogs and your comments really humble me!!!  I had 116 comments and 94 people take part in my candy giveaway so thank you so much in your congratulations.

So without further ado the Mr Linky choose

No 31
 
That is you Jane Adams

Please email me at lasimpson60@gmail.com

Thank you all for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Friday, 24 February 2012

Hugs

Afternoon to all my crafty friends and followers

Well it is a year to the date that I started my journey into blog land.  How time flies when you are having fun.  My blog candy finishes tonight and I will be posting over the weekend the winner.  I have a busy weekend visitng my parents and my sons and granddaughter.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for visiting and leaving such wonderful comments. 

I would like to wish my Dad a very happy birthday for today and my mum too whose birthday was on Wednesday.  Love you both xxxx
I hope you are all well and having a crafty Friday.  As usual I am busy in my crafty piece of heaven.  Brain is buzzing with lots of ideas I have!!!  So many ideas so little time.  I can't believe it is nearly 1 o'clock already where has this morning gone?  Here is a quick card I have made and I hope you like it.  I do so love my Elisabeth Bell stamps and this is one I have used before but just love it!


Recipe & Method

1.  Card base is from Kanban which has a curved edge. 
2.  First layer is white card stock which I have covered using black lace and layered onto the base.
3.  I stamped the image and then cut out using Spellbinder fleur-di-leis rectangle die.  I have coloured the image in using my watercolour pencils.  Distressed the edges using pastels Magneta from PanPastelUK.
4.  Down the right hand side I have added some lace and then added flowers and swirls.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Digi Bells DT BH - Lots of Lace
Totally Gorjuss #119 - Lace
Cooking it up with Katie #90 - 3 favourite things (Stamp, flowers and lace)
4 Crafty Chicks #78 - Colour inspiration
Stampin 4 the Weekend #4 - Bingo (Pink, Lace & Flowers)

Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Lavender Flower Fairy

Hello my dear Friends & Followers

Today is just a quick card I made today while catching up on things that needed my attention from while I was away.  I am still shattered as yesterday we had the plasterer in and you know the mess and dust that creates so I spent all afternoon and early evening cleaning up the whole of the house to bring it back up to my standard :).

Another bit of news again for you is that Marie has asked me to be part of her design team over at Desmet Designs.  Also I am now the International Coordinator for Scrapbook Stamp Society so guess who is going to be very, very busy.  I am so excited about all this and as a couple of my friends have said "It is my lucky year"  long may it continue :)


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is 8 x 8 pearlescent in white.  I have matted silver holographic card but before adhering to the card I have added lilac lace and then matted onto the white card.
2.  Using Neenah card I have cut out using Spellbinder labels 23 and stamped the lavender flower fairy and coloured her in using a combination of watercolour pencils and Sakura glitter pens.
3.  I distressed the edges using pastels from PanPastelUK in violet.  I adhered this to the holographic card using different depths of shaker tape so give it dimension.
4.  I have added gems to 3 of the corners and a ribbon with a butterfly charm.  The flowers and the gem spray were added using Pinflair glue gel.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge #120 - Favourite Things (Fairies, Lilac, Lace & Flowers)
Allsorts Challenge #142 - Anything Goes
Stamp-n-Doodle - Lace & Flowers
The Cutie Pie Challenges #12 - Flowers
Stamptacular Sunday #152 - Charm me
Always Crafting #2 - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - Ribbon & Bling

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxx


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

WOW Have I got News For You!

Well my dear blogging friends and followers

What a weekend this has been.  I have been walking on cloud 9 since Sunday and still there!  As some of you may be aware I am so proud to announce that I have been asked by the lovely Susan Andrews and Linda Ormsby to be part of their Design Team, Jem's Designs.  As many of you know I am very much a fairy and butterfly girl and proud of it too so when I was asked to send them samples so they could see my designs in the flesh so to speak and they were so delighted with them that now I am part of this fabulous company's Design Team.  I was really lucky to meet these two lovely ladies at the Trade Show on Sunday and we hit it off straight away.  So you can all imagine that I was on a high all weekend.


My next bit of news is that Mike and Ian over at Krafyhands put out a call asking for bloggers if they were interested in joining their design team.  You can see these two lovely lads at most of the big shows up and down the country.  I have known them for quite a while and of course put my name down.  Wow I was so surprised that they offered me the position and of course I said YES!!!!  I love their CD's and have already used them on some of my cards which have appeared on my blog already.  Especially in one of the blog hops I have done!  You can check out their website here.  They also have their own blog to http://kraftyhands.blogspot.com.  I am looking forward to working with the other new members of the design team too.


Now for my third bit of news which was only confirmed today!!!  Sharon who is the owner of Glitter Perfect has asked me to be part of her Design Team making samples for the shows.  She has the most amazing glitters and I LOVE glitter!  You can see Sharon all over the country as she does the craft shows and this is how I met Sharon!  Once I have the blog button on my blog if you go to her website from my blog you will automatically get discount on any of her products!  She has the most amazing range of glitters as well as stamps, dies, embossing folders and of course glitters.

Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Trade Show Birmingham

Good Morning to all my lovely crafty friends and followers

First off I would say thank you for all your visits to my blog while I have been away.  It was lovely to come home after a hard 3 days to sit and read you lovely comments.

Well I got to Birmingham late afternoon on Saturday and met up with Kay and Karen.  Booked into the hotel and then went for tea.  It was an early start on Sunday as the show opened at 9.00 am and finished at 6.00 pm.  It was lovely to see a lot of my crafty friends too.  Below are a couple of photographs of Kay, Karen and myself taken on the first day where we look fresh as daisies.  By last night we were all shattered.


This is Kay Rutter the lady behind the Hougie Board.  You can check out her website here.


This is Kay and I, I have known Kay now for about 3 years and we have been firm friends since I took one of her workshops.  We have such a fun time at shows and long may this continue.  She is a real inspiration to me and I just love this woman's sense of humour and we have such good banter.

Well folks that is it from me for the time being I will be back later with some News for you all.  Enjoy the rest of your day and have fun no matter what you are doing.

Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Get Well Soon

Hi All

Another quick post for you to have a look at.  This is a get well soon card so if you have been or are poorly then this is for you.  I hope you are all well and I will be back tonight after the Trade show and look forward to viewing all of your blog posts that I have missed while I have been away.


Recipe & Method

1.  Card base is from Kanban
2.  Topper is from Dawn Bibby's Flower Patch kit as are the leaves, flowers and butterfly.
3.  I have attached ribbon to the buttons and put them on the top right hand corner.
4.  From my stash I have added the sentiment, the gems and ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Monday, 20 February 2012

Butterfly in Pink

Hello everyone,

As you all know I am at a Trade show in Birmingham so I have posted a couple of cards for you all while I am away.  I hope you are well and enjoying your weekend.


Recipe & Method

1.  Base of card is from Kanban which I have scored and made an A5 card.
2.  Attached pink iridescent ribbon from my stash and made a bow.
3.  The topper, frame, butterfly and sentiment are also from Kanban.
4.  I have added pearl gems from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Sunday, 19 February 2012

My Last DT project for Gingerloft

Good morning my crafty friends

Well today I am showing my last project for Gingerloft Challenges.  I would like to thank Tami and all the Design Team for being fabulous and I wish them lots of luck for what will be a fabulous year for them .

Today's challenge is all about animals, the challenge is called "It's a Zoo".  We look forward to seeing your creations


Recipe & Method

1.  Cream A5 base card.
2.  Backing paper from My Craft Studio Papercraft Library Men-y Happy Returns.
3.  Second layer is cream patterned pearlescent paper from my crafty stash.
4.  Lion cub Digi from Gingerloft which I cut out using one of my Spellbinder dies.  I then traced the lion onto tracing paper and then used it as a mat so I could stamp trees and grass.  I coloured the lion in using my watercolour pencils.
5.  Using My Craft Studio graphic programme I have manipulated the backing paper and the punches to create a sentiment and cut it out using circular Spellbinder die and then using rafia I have cut out some of these to place behind the sentiment.

Now it is over to you!  Let us see your fabulous creations.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Canterbury Bell Flower Fairy

Hello my crafty friends and followers especially my new followers :)

Today is just a quick post before I travel down to Birmingham for the Trade Show.  I made this card yesterday so I could post this today.  I hope you like it!  As many of you know I love fairies and butterflies and I haven't used this little fairy in a long time.  Even though I won't have access to a computer while I am away I have ensured that there is a post everyday for you to see.  Have fun!!!!

Recipe & Method

1.  Base Card is 8 x 8 pearlescent card. 
2.  Printed off two backing papers from Flower Fairies CD from Crafter's Companion one in brown and the other blue.  Matted the brown layer first and I have used one of my punches to punch a fancy border on the blue and then added brown and cream ribbon around the border and layered this down. I have added 3 blue buttons.
3.  Stamped Canterbury Bell using Momento ink then coloured in using my watercolour pencils.  I have highlighted his wings with Sakura glitter pen.  Cut him out using Spellbinder Scalloped Oval die.  Distressed the bottom of the oval with Dew Drops Versamark in wheat and the top using Adirondak cloudy blue.  To finish off I have added brown gems around the scalloped edges.
4.  Looped some blue ribbon and fastened down using brown and cream buttons.  The sentiment is from my stash to which I have added to brown pearls.


Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Friday, 17 February 2012

Garden Nellie By Sherri Baldy

Wow Friday already!  I hope all my followers and friends are well and keeping warm, we are in for another cold snap this weekend brrrrrrrrr.

As you all know I am on the Design Team for Scrapbook Stamp Society and I was asked to make a card using one of the new Digi's by Sherri Baldy who is an amazing American artist.  Please check out the blog and the digi shop to see what fabulous digi's there are not only from Sherri  but also from Heather Valentin, Morgan Fitzsimons to name but a few.  If you love this image as much as I do you can purchase it here




Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is white pearlescent measuring 8 x 8.
2.  The arch and green backing is from Dawn Bibby's Flower Patch Kit.  I have coloured the arch using Dew Drop VersaMagic ink Tattered Straw.
3.  I have added daisies from my stash as well as the roses to the swirls which I coloured in using Aloe Vera VersaMagic Ink.  The bee I have left white so it stood out.
4.  Down the right hand side this is paper self adhesive ribbon which is I have coloured in using my Spectrum Noirs in yellow and green.  The sentiment is from my stash.
5.  I have printed off Garden Nellie onto Neenah card and coloured her in using my new watercolour pencils.  I have fuzzy cut around her and attached her to the card.


Thank you for Stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Night at the Premier

Afternoon to all my crafty friends and followers

Well I had to put my thinking cap on for this card as I wanted to showcase these 2 new digi's from Scrapbook Stamp Society.  I fell in love with these 2 digi's and I hope you like them too.  I had an idea on how I wanted to display these images, I played around with some copy paper to see if it would work, I tweaked here and there then it came together, I am really pleased with this card.  These digi's are drawn by the lovely Heather Valentin!  They are called Hollywood Starlet and Charlette Chaplin.  You can purchase Charlette here and Hollywood Starlet here. 



Recipe & Method

1.  The base card consists of card depicting a curtain which is from Kanban and came in the Dance kit from a few years ago.  The pink card is textured and also from Kanban which I have cut into the shape of drawn curtains.  I have sanded the pink card and then using Dew Drops Brilliance in Platinum distressed over them.  I have added silver grey ribbon and a tassle to each side of the pink then attached to the base.
2.  Using My Craft Studio graphic programme I have printed off a star after adding the names of the digi's.
3.  I printed Charlette and Hollywood Starlet onto Supersmooth card and then coloured then in using a combination of watercolour pencils and Sakura glitter pens.
4.  Finally using my star punch I punched stars out using holographic silver card and glitter card.
5.  I threw roses at the card and photographed them where they landed, just like in real life!!!!

Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Playing with Clarity Stamps

Afternoon All

I hope you have all had a lovely day today.  Hubby went back to work today so I was determined to get some crafting done for me as well as DT work.  I have made 5 cards today and thought I would show this one to you as this I made because I wanted to have a play with some of my Clarity stamps.  I haven't used the flower stamp before so had a play.  I am quite pleased with how it turned out.


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is pearlescent bronze card which I have scored and folded to make the base for an easel card.
2.  Using my Spellbinder scalloped rectangle die I have cut out the first layer in cream pearlescent and attached to the card.
3.  Using my Spellbinder scalloped rectangle die I have cut out in Neenah card.
4.  I stamped "Flower" and using scrap piece of paper stamped it again and cut out the "O" to use as a mask.  I then stamped some flowers and leaves inside the "O".  I then stamped the sentiment and using the large swirl stamp stamped part of this on the left hand side.  Then distressed around the card using Big & Juicy Foilage, the yellow ink.
5.  The inks I have used for this are, Big & Juicy Foilage to stamp all the images.  I have used Adirondak in Lettuce, Mountain Rose and Butterscotch.
6.  The stopper on the base of the card is a piece of textured card with a strip of pearlescent cream.  I have coloured the twine using Big & Juicy  and made a bow.  The 2 sunflowers are from my stash.
7.  To finish off I have added pearls and gems from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Be my Love

Happy Valentine's Day to all my crafty friends and followers

Today I have made a card for you all as a thank you for all your support.  I hope you have all had a lovely day and got a card and present.  My hubby and I still treat each other even though it is the day after our Wedding Anniversary. 


Recipe and Method

1.  Card base is from Dawn Bibby's Flower Patch Kit.
2.  I have cut out a piece of holographic card the shape of the base card which is pink with hearts.
3.  I have stamped  the image which is from Bells & Whistles by Elisabeth Bell onto Supersmooth card and cut out using one of my Spellbinder dies.  I then coloured her in using my watercolour pencils.  I have distressed the edges using Pan Pastels UK pastels in red.  I have added 2 gem hearts to the top corners.
4.  The heart shape doily I have had for a very long time and found them when I was sorting out!!!  I have covered this with Red pastel.  I then added a heart, red and cream roses with pink ribbon and a large heart gem.
5.  The sentiment say's "With Love"  unfortunately it doesn't show up too well on the photograph.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Monday, 13 February 2012

Pearls and Lace

Good Morning my dear crafty friends and followers

Today is my 13th Wedding Anniversary and my dear hubby is taking me out for the day.  We are going to have a day together as I have been out at the show last weekend and then this weekend coming up I am going to the Trade Show at the NEC.  I can't believe how time has just flown by but I have a very loving and supporting hubby.  Well less about me going on and here is my card.



Recipe & Method

1.  Centura pearlescent card in lilac.  I cut out and embossed using roses border Spellbinder.  I coloured this with chalks and used hairspray to prevent it wiping off.  I attached to the end of the card.
2.  First layer is a piece of floral paper from Dawn Bibby's Flower Patch collection and cut out an oval.  I have attached white lace ribbon around the oval the attached to the card base.
3.  Stamped one of my SWALK stamps onto Neenah card and cut out using Spellbinder scalloped oval.  I coloured the image using my watercolour pencils and then using Dew Drops Brilliance in Pearlescent lavender distressed the rest of the card.  I attached purple pearls around the edges.
4.  I have added a sentiment from my stash.  I have used one of my floral charms and attached this to a lilac bow.



Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Fairy & Butterflies

Good Evening my crafty friends and followers

Well I have been busy today catching up on some DT work and I still have a lot more to do.  I have a fabulous few days at Manchester catching up with old and new friends.  I was really shattered last night so just spent the night going through my emails and posting comments on my fellow bloggers posts.  I have managed to do a card for you today and I hope you like this.


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is 5 x 5 scalloped card from Kanban
2.  The design is from My Craft Studio CD Walk in Wonderland 1.  I have used the graphics programme and layered this beautiful topper onto sky backing paper which I changed the colour and then using the digital punch punched out the topper as a scalloped square. 
3.  I have glittered the fairies wings with glitter.
4.  The butterflies are cut using my Spellbinder butterfly dies.  Before laying down the topper I have added a piece of acetate to which I have attached the black butterfly which has been embossed with WOW black glint powder.  The white one (although it doesn't show on the photo) has been glittered on the embossed areas.
5.  To finish off I have added 4 black pearls to the 4 corners.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Carl the Snowman

Wow where has the last 2 weeks gone????????  We had a fabulous response to our first challenge.  Thank you so much for entering.  It is time for our 2nd challenge over at Ditzy-craftymess Challenge and this time we want to see your Winter and Snowmen.  This fortnight we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish who gave us a selection of her winter theme collection of digi's to choose to make our card.  I chose Carl the snowman and here is my project.


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is 6 x 6 which I have added the back of a card that I had in my stash which has lots of little dots in soft grey's white and blue which reminded me of snow.  I have sprayed the front of the card using Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle in Silver.
2.  I printed Carl the Snowman off onto Super smooth card and using my Spellbinder lacey ovales cut him out.
3.  I have coloured Carl in using watercolour pencils and used Sepia Accents on his cheeks and Cosmic twinkles on the edge of his gloves and bobbles of his scarf. 
4.  Punched out snowflakes using my Martha Stewart snowflake corner punch in pale blue and royal blue mirri card.

Now it is over to you!  I look forward to seeing what you create for our 2nd challenge. 

Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Friday, 10 February 2012

Love Me Love My.........................................FAMILY

Hello My Crafty Blogland Friends and Followers

Today we are having a blog hop which is hosted by Gill over at Creations by Gill M.  If you have arrived here from Gill you are on the right track.  If you have just visited then why not take part in the hop and go back to Gill's and start the hopping as I can guarantee there are some fabulous projects to see.

Well this has caused me no end of headaches! What shall I do?  What do I love?  I went through a long list but found I had already done them and wouldn't want to repeat myself so after having a chat with my hubby (he comes in handy sometimes!!) I decided that the most important thing for me is my immediate family.  As a lot of you know I became a grandmother for the first time last January and I have made 2 scrapbook pages.  I am still a novice at this but I hope you like my attempts.

The first page is of Alice immediately after she was born.  Isn't she just a cutie, she is growing so fast but this is my first page and I plan to do a lot more.



The second scrapbook page is about my 50th birthday in September 2010, gosh where do the years go!  The photograph is of my hubby Rick, my sons Korhan and Veli, Veli's partner Holly, Lesley my best friend whom I regard as my sister and my stepson Luke.  My family all joined me for a fabulous night of celebrate.  This is a night I will definitely never forget.


Well now that I have chewed your ears off about my family I hope you will now hop on over to Lisa and thank you for stopping by.

We are also sponsored for this fabulous blog hop by Scrapbook Stamp Society who are offering 3 digis to one lucky winner.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Pink & Blue Butterflies

Morning my crafty friends and followers

First of I want to say welcome to all my new followers and thank you so much for joining my little piece of crafty heaven.  To all my crafty friends and existing followers, thank you for all your suport and lovely comments.  I do ready every single one and they mean a heck of a lots.  Thank you all xxxx

Today is a quick post before I go and spend the day at Manchester assisting Kay.  If you do come along please pop by and say hello it would be lovely to meet you.


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is from Kanban and is A6.  I have wound pink and blue ribbon around the card base.
2.  First made is a piece of card which is embossed card which I have covered in Dew Drop Versa Magic Pixie Dust.
3.  I have used a Kanban stamp which has script and butterflies on I have stamped using Perfect Medium and embossing powder baby blue.  I have then used my chalk and coloured it in pale blue.  To set the chalk I have sprayed some hairspray and then layered over the 1st layer.
4.  I then stamped 3 butterflies using Perfect Medium and WOW embossing powder magenta twinkle.
I have attached the butterflies and used gems from my stash.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Your comments mean a lot
Hugs
Linda xxx

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Cute as a Lady Love Bug

Hi my crafty friends and followers

Well just a quick post from me as I am heading off to help my good friend Kay Rutter (Hougie Board) at the Manchester Show until Saturday.  If you are going please pop by and say hello!  It would lovely to meet you if you go.  Anyway less of me going on you want to see my card.  I have used Heather Valentin's Cute as a Lady Love Bug which you can buy here. Without further ado here it is.


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is 8 x 8 Pearlescent card.  I have used 2 patterned papers from K & Co (The Best of).
2.  Down the diagonal edges where the papers joined I have added lace.
3.  The image has been printed on White Supersmooth card and then coloured in using watercolour pencils and Sakura glitter pens.  I then cut out using Spellbinder oval die.  Around the oval I have run the Dew Drops Brilliance Silver
4.  I have sewn around the oval with some Bakers twine and then I have tied it in a bow adding a heart charm.
5.  To finish off I have added Happy Anniversary sentiment (this is for my husband).  I have added red pearls and a spray of white pearls and red roses.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Birthday Cake Party

Afternoon my lovely crafting friends and followers

Well another cold one here in Warrington!  Spent the morning crafting and taking photographs of DT work and uploading them on my computer.  Where has the time gone today!!!  Anyway I have a lovely spring-like card for you all today, just to bring a little colour into our lives.  Enjoy!!!!


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is from Kanban and the 2 layers are card from the White Wash Coordinations which I purchased from Crafter's Companion.
2.  The green layer I have cut out using my Spellbinder scalloped rectangle die.  The yellow layer I have used an embossing folder from Darice.  I then distressed both cards and the green card has been distressed around the edges using Dew Drop Versa Magic in Aloe Vera and the yellow card in Thatched Straw.
3.  The digi is called Birthday Cake Party and is drawn by the fabulous artist Heather Valentin you can purchase this here.  I printed her off onto Supersmooth card then run it through my Grande Calibur using Spellbinder lacey oval.
4.  I have coloured the digi using my watercolour pencils and highlighted some areas using my Sakura glitter pens.  The icing on the cake I have used precious pearls to give it dimension.
5.  I have laced the die with green ribbon and added a yellow bow which is from my stash.  Highlighteed the flowers on the yellow card using gems and the finishing touches are 3 buttons again from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Monday, 6 February 2012

Here Kitty Kitty

Good morning my crafty friends and followers

We today for you I have made a card using one of my new Elisabeth Bell's stamps called "Here Kitty Kitty".  I bought them from the Polka Doodles website and there mailing service is fabulous.


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is an A4 card from Dawn Bibby's Flower Patch kit which I have made into a square card.
2.  I have matted a circle doily which I have inked up using Dew Drops Brilliance pearlescent orchid.
3.  Stamped the image onto white Neenah cardstock and cut out using one of my Spellbinder dies which I have distressed the edges with the above mentioned ink.  I have coloured the image in using my water colour pencils.
4.  The sentiment, butterfly and flowers are from the above mentioned kit.
5.  The hat pin and gems are from my stash.


Thank you for Stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Gingerloft Challenge - Love DT

Morning dear crafty friends

It is time over at Gingerloft Challenge Blog for our second challenge of the month and the theme is all about LOVE!


The base card is from Kanban which measures roughly 8 x 8.  The image of the lovers kissing I have printed onto Neenah card.  I have used my red Sakura glitter pen to outline the heart.  I then cut this out using Spellbinder circle die and using PanPastel Artist pastel covered the rest of the circle around the heart.  Taking my black Spectrum Noir pens I then ran round the edge of the circle which defines the circle.  I took one of my heart doilies and again using PanPastel in black dusted the heart.  The embellishments are from my stash.  I look forward to seeing your projects for this challenge.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Creations by Gill M Challenge

Good morning fellow crafters

Today over at Creations by Gill M it is time for our new challenge for this month.  This month's challenge is colour inspiration and we would love to see your interpretation using the colours below.


Below is my card using the colour inspiration.  I do so love blue and brown together.


I have used another of the Hunkydory cards for my base card.  The backing paper and the lovely image I took from Beautiful Dreamers which is a CD with the Glitter Girls and Jems Designs working in collaboration.  I have added a blue feather under the decoupage and a brown ribbon down the side.  I have used peel offs around the base of the decoupage and added blue flowers in a spray and to finish off added a birthday greeting.

Now it is over to you!  We would love to see your interpretation for the colour inspiration challenge.


Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Friday, 3 February 2012

Tippy Toes

Good morning my crafty followers and friends

Well it was -3 degree's here this morning when I got up!!!!  I am sat here typing this post up looking out of my craft room window and the sky is blue and the shed at the bottom of the garden's roof is covered in ice except for where the sun is shining onto it and the heat coming of the fencing as the ice melts.  The birds are flying around and all is quite.  Here is my offering for you today.  I have used Heather Valentin's Tippy Toes and you can buy this here.  As soon as I saw this digi I just had to have it as my granddaughter goes to baby ballet classes and she just looks so adorable in her little tutu!


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is Centura pearlescent in yellow which I have folded to make an A5 card.
2.  The first matt is a deeper yellow card which has a lovely texture to it.
3.  The second matt is a pale green card which has a lovely silver foiled swirl on it.  Before laying this down I have attached yellow polka dot ribbon across the bottom and matted it.  I added Happy Birthday sentiment.
4.  The frame and paper I have taken from Dawn Bibby's Flower Patch kit and this forms the top layer.
5.  I have printed Tippy Toes onto Neenah card and coloured her in using my watercolour pencils.  I have distressed the edges using Dew Drops Versamagic thatched straw.
6.  I have added pearl gems, flowers and leaves from my stash to finish off.
7.  This card was made using the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is the sketch below.


Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxxx

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Once Upon a Time...............................

Hello my new followers and friends

Well here I sit in my craft room at 1.00 am Thursday morning just finished off doing a bit of admin while all was quiet and finishing off a couple of DT cards.  Today over at Scrapbook Stamp Society it is time for our next fortnightly challenge which is "Once upon a Time".  I chose to use Rowan 2 by Morgan Fitzsimons for this and you can buy her here.


Recipe & Method

1.  8 x 8 pearlescent card.  On the front of the card I have scored diagonally from top left to bottom right to make a twisted easel card.
2.  On the base of the card I have added pearlescent silver card and printed of from My Craft Studio Floriography CD the backing paper which before matting I have added purple ribbon then layered over the silver.  I have added a Sentiment as the stopper to help the front of the card stamp upright.
3.  I have adhered Silver pearlescent card measuring the exact size of the front of the card to the bottom half leaving the top half adhesive free so it will stand when twisted.
4.  I have matted and layered rainbow pearlescent card and purple silk art card.  The topper I took into My Craft Studio graphics programme and added a base colour before printing this off and colouring her in using Watercolour pencils and Cosmic Shimmer paints.
5.  I then layered her onto silver mirri card and then layered over the purple silk card.  I have added ribbon and a bead spray to the left and added a purple butterfly from my stash.
6  To 3 of the corners I have added arora burealis gems.


Thank you for stopping by today
Hugs
Linda xxx

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Snow Baby

Good morning to all my crafty friends and followers
another busy day ahead!  Today here in Warrington we have lovely blue skies but oh my gosh it is freezing.  Went out shopping first thing and it was 0 degrees!!!!
I think this card is apt for today.  I have used Elisabeth Bell's Snow Gear Snowbaby stamp which I bought from Polka Doodles website.  There service is very quick I ordered Sunday afternoon and it arrived yesterday.  So of course I had to use one of them didn't I!!!!!


Recipe & Method

1.  Base card is from Hunkydory which I have added backing paper which I have printed from My Craft Studio Papercraft Library Bunny Snuffles Christmas.
2.  Using my Martha Stewart snowflake border punch I punched out the border on white pearlescent card and place diagonally on the card and then added to pearl gems at each end and on the other 2 corners.
3.  Piece of white card put through my Cuttlebug and embossing snowflake folder which I then coloured using Dew Drops Brilliance Sky Blue ink pad, then placed this diagonally too.
4.  The snowman is from a Hunkydory kit which I have coloured using a combination of watercolour pencils and Cosmic Shimmer paints.
5  Stamped snowbaby onto white card and coloured in using watercolour pencils and used Cosmic Twinkles to highlight her hat, hem of coat and button then cut out using my Spellbinder scalloped oval.  I distressed the edges using Dew Drops VersaMagic Aspen Mist.
6.  The snowflakes left over from the border I have attached randomly over the card and the sentiment is from Hunkydory too.



Thank you for stopping by Today
Hugs
Linda xxx