Thursday, 31 January 2013

Some sad news.

It is with much sadness & disbelief that I write this post.

Yesterday I had some very sad news. 
I read a post on The Digi Diva's blog from one of my team mates  informing the team of a post they had seen on the home page of The Digi Garden store.
It had been posted by Lisa (Jacqui's sister) advising that Jacqui owner and Artist of The Digi Garden had passed away.

Jacqui had suffered poor health for a while but none of us expected to hear such sad news. All of us are shocked and extremely saddened and I know Jacqui and her cute images will be missed by all.

I have only known Jacqui for a short while since becoming a Digi Diva. However this has been long enough for me to realise that she was a very talented, kind & generous Lady who will be sadly missed.
 I have loved being a part of the Digi Garden Divas and I would like to thank Jacqui for allowing me to  be part of a wonderful team, working with such super cute images.

My thoughts and prayers are with Jacqui's family at this sad time & who was with her when she passed. And who should be very proud of her.


PS For anyone that has bought digi images recently there is a message on the Digi Garden website from Lisa (Jacqui's sister) advising of how to contact her.

Monday, 28 January 2013

New Home

Good Evening,

Just home after my first day back to work after a weeks A/L, still full of cold which is affecting my hearing now, good job I'm learning BSL lol!

I made this card using the sketch I designed for this weeks challenge over @ Sunday Sketch Challenge this week. It would be great to see your interpretation, so come on get crafting!!!
I have used a couple of images from The Digi Garden (listed below) who have a range of super cute images on offer. Also every Friday Jacqui has a freebie on offer on FB where you will also find lots if inspiration from the DT team & customers. So hop on over here & see what you can grab.

Image -  is from Mushroom Pack 2 from  The Digi Garden with flowers from
Spring Duo's - 01 set cut and pasted into the image. 
Colouring medium -  Copics & chalks.
Sentiment - Computer generated
Border & scalloped circle die - Spellbinders

I would like to enter:

Crafty Boots Challenge - New (new home)
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunday Sketch & Stamp #141

Good Morning,

All the white stuff has melted here in Northampton, can't say I'm sorry as I don't like to drive in it & I have to go back to work tomorrow:(

Any way it's time to introduce a new challenge over at Sunday Sketch & Stamp
This week it's my sketch that we are challenging to work with.
And here it is:

Sponsoring us this week is the super Bugaboo

For my card I chose Theodore - Birthday Sign to work with.
I used my new copics to colour in the image, I'm really enjoying using them!
Then I did a bit of doodling round the edge

The paper is a digi that I printed off in grey scale, I edged it with a spellbinder die along one edge before mounting it onto the black mat. The sentiment was stamped using Dimension Fourth alphabet stamps, this was cut out with and mounted onto a mat that was cut with spellbinder dies. A piece of ribbon was wrapped around the mat before it was mounted onto the card blank.
I hope will join in this week's challenge!
For more inspiration hop on over to the challenge blog to see the beautiful creations the DT have been busy making.

I would like to enter:

Ready-Teddy -Go - Something new (new image)
Here come the boys - Bingo board (Blue, free, image)

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Bling it on @ MAWTT

Good Morning,

It's time for a brand new challenge at Moving Along With The Times and this week sees the turn of Team A and it's the lovely Sue's turn to host the challenge and she has chosen the theme:

"Bling it on"
so we would like to see your creations with sparkle, glitter, gems, pearls, metallic etc SIMPLES!!

Here's my card that I made using Nesting Dolls digi on the Russia set from this week's sponsor Digi my World.

I thought the image was ideal to be used shaped as an easle card.. The image was sized to fit a 5.5" square which I cut out, I then cut round the top of the image leaving a white border. This was then mounted onto a larger piece of black card and again this was cut round leaving a black border all round the image.

The image was coloured with copics and to bling it up I added gems to the centres of the flowers and glamour dust under their chins.

Matching polka dot paper was mounted onto a black mat which was used as the stopper. Ribbon, more gems & a stamped sentiment was added to the stopper for that finishing touch.

We are sponsored this week by Digi my World

Prize is $10 dollar Voucher to spend in-store

Hop on over to the main challenge blog to take a look at Team A's fabulous creations.

I would like to enter:

Dream valley challenge - Girls, girls, girls
Created with love - Anything goes

Sunday, 20 January 2013


Good Morning,

Hope you are all well & keeping warm!
It's snowing at the moment here in Northampton, I'm glad I've got a week off & can stay indoors!
Wonder what I'll find to do!!!!!

Thought I would share a card with you that I made to order.
The brief was 'Happy Birthday Mum' & she likes flowers, I think I have both covered.

The flowers were cut with punches & the rolled roses were cut on the silhouette. The leaves were cut with a memory box die & on the silhouette. A mixture of gems & pearls have been added to the centre of the flowers. The butterflies were also cut on the silhouette, coloured with markers and glittered with glamour dust.

The aperture on this 8" card was cut with a spellbinder die, this obviously wouldn't go through all 3 layers so each layer was cut individually (quite tricky to get all 3 to line up) The top layer was then embossed with spell binders 'dainty dots' A4 embossing folder (couldn't do this before cutting the aperture as embossing flattened).
The sentiment is computer generated, cut with the same die as the aperture and placed on the inside of the card.

Quite liked the effect so thought I would make some 6" cards for my stock box.This time, to make it easier I cut the Sentiment out with a scalloped circle mat and mounted this to the front of the card.

Have a great day & stay warm

I would like to enter:

Totally Papercrafts - It's embossing time
Stampin' for the weekend - Something girlie
ATC's & cards with attitude - Add a tag or sentiment
Charisma cardz challenge - punch it (use a least 2 punches)
Creative Inspirations - One for the girls
Divas by design - Make it girlie
Nutcrafters - Flowers & lots of them

Friday, 18 January 2013

Paint it Black @ Songbird Challenge

Good Evening'

A very white one, and no it didn't wait till I got home!
I get very anxious about driving in it so now after  a 2 1/2 hour drive home (usually takes 45min max) I'm in agony with my back through being so tense.
I'm now on 1 week break from work so it can do what it likes, I'll just stay home and play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My card today is one I made for an order a while ago but thought I would post as it fits the brief for the challenge over @ Songbird Challenge which closes a short while so I'll make it quick.

Image - Sassy Studio's (steampunk Victoria)
Colouring medium - Spec's
Black card - Edged with spellbinder die & embossed with spellbinder 'Dainty Dots' folder
This was laced together with red organza ribbon - stash
Flowers - Memory box die (cherry blossom)
Flourishes - Marrianne die (not sure what it's called)
Sentiment - computer generated

I would like to enter:

Songbird Challenge - Paint it black

Friday Sketch Challenge #35

Good Morning,

Thought I was going to get up to a  white & chilly Northampton but the snow hasn't reached us yet!!!!!!
Good cause I have to go to work today:(
Maybe it will be kind to me and wait till I've picked Alisha up from school this afternoon.
I have a feeling sledging will be on her agenda this weekend!!!

Over at Friday sketch Challenge we have a new sketch for you to work with & this week it's Mariska that has designed a stunner for us!

This is what I have come up with

Image - A little bird told me (from Robyn's Fetish)
Colouring medium - Pro Markers
Flowers - extra images were printed off & flowers were cut out
Leaves - cut on silhouette
Papers - MME paper strips/brown wrapping paper
Distressing ink - tea dye
Sentiment - computer generated

Hop on over to Frida Sketch Challenge main blog here to view details of this weeks sponsor, the sketch and the wonderful inspiration from the talented team!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sunday Sketch & Stamp #139

Good Morning,

Well didn't get all the dreaded h*******k done yesterday as I kept getting distracted. I'm gonna try again today, fingers crossed! Then I can have a play.

It's time for team 2 to host their first challenge for 2013 over @ Sunday Sketch & Stamp. This week the lovely Marie has created us a great sketch to work with. Hop on over and check out the sketch and this weeks sponsor.

Here's my card

Image - crafters companion
Colouring medium - Copics & Pro's
Papers - do crafts CD
Sentiment - computer generated
border die - spellbinders
buttons - papermania
Ribbon - stash

Hop on over and see the wonderful inspiration from my talented teamies.
Oh nearly forgot to say, we have a new team member on our team, this is her first challenge,
 welcome Kim
Have a good week everyone

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Pretty Dress

Good Morning,

Well today I should be doing the dreaded h*******k but not getting on very well! I keep ending up in the dining room (where all my stash is) and get a little distracted. Thought I would post this then knuckle down or not!

Today I am sharing a card with you using one of the new images from The Digi Garden . Hop on over and have a look in store at the wonderful images available.

colouring medium - Copics
Papers - DWV
vintage ribbon & 3mm satin ribbon
Button - papermania
Die cut border - spellbinder

Friday, 11 January 2013

Here it is!

Good Afternoon,

And I must say a big 'thank you' to Jacqui who has given me the help I needed to upload my card today after my plea earlier. Anyone else having problems go to my earlier post and read the comment Jacqui left me, Thanks Jacqui you're a star.

Here's my card posted on the Friday Sketch Challenge blog this morning to remind you that you have 1 week left to get crafting. So come on crafters let's see your creations and you may win the prize on offer from:

I have used an image from this fortnights sponsor The Stamp Fairy.
I chose to use Barry Circles that I have coloured with Copics.


The papers are MME, stars were cut on the silhouette and have been embellished with a selection of buttons & brads.


Friday Sketch Challeng reminder #34

Good Morning,

Not sure what's happened , but I don't seem to be able to upload pictures to my blog. I have seen someone else post this a couple of day's ago so I presume it must be a problem with Blogger. If anyone has any tips on how to cure this please let me know'

Anyway it's time to remind you that the challenge over @ Friday Sketch Challenge  has one week left for you to enter. I have made a card to remind you of the sketch please hop on over here to see what I made.

I have used an image from this fortnights sponsor The Stamp Fairy. I chose to use Barry Circles that I have coloured with Copics. The papers are MME, stars were cut on the silhouette and have been embellished with a selection of buttons & brads.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 10 January 2013

My first DT creation for MAWTT

Good Morning,

It's finally here! My first post for MAWTT

They are a bunch of super talented girl's I feel privileged to be joining them, I'm sure to learn a trick or 2 from them, can't wait. The DT have been split into 2 teams, I am on team A & this weeks theme is:

Floral Delights (Anything with Flowers)

Here is my card

The image is from this weeks sponsor A Passion for Stamps who kindly gave the DT a digi of their choice.  I chose Cosmos which I coloured in using distress inks - peeled paint & victorian velvet that I applied with a water brush, the centre of the flower was coloured using a glitter gel pen.

The mats are white paper that have been coloured with the same distress ink, the mat for the image was cut out by hand after drawing round the die as the one for the image was the largest die in the set.
The paper was embossed with spellbinders reversible A4 folder 'dainty dots'
The sentiment is computer generated

The butterflies were cut on the silhouette and glittered with glamour dust.

Hop on over to the main challenge blog here to see what the talented DT have created

Friday, 4 January 2013

Friday Sketch Challenge #34

Good Morning,

I have been  wanting to purchase some copics for a while now but could not justify spending my pennies. On Boxing Day my Daughter was so fed up of hearing me go on about them but doing nothing about it She hyjacked my laptop and ordered me 72 set A & B. Now I just need to get the set of 36 new colours. This is my first attempt with my new pens, not perfect but not too bad!

It's time for a new challenge over @ Friday Sketch Challenge and we have a great sketch for you to work with from the lovely Marie

We are sponsored by The Stamp Fairy this challenge, hop on over and take a look in store at what they have to offer

Here's my card

Image - Lenny Fruits
Colouring medium - Copics
Papers - from my stash that I've had for years
Sentiment - from same set as papers (but don't know the make)
Flowers - punched 2x layers edges dusted with chalk
Leaves - Memory box die, just the end bit

I would like to enter:

Wild Orchid 66 - Anything Goes
Willow Sketchie - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
My Mum's Craft Shop 1  - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations  - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - New Copics
Cute Card Thursday - New copics