Friday 31 October 2008

Double Take - PTW and Sketch Saturday

Oh wow the Fabulous Dawny P has designed a fantastic sketch for Papertake Weekly Challenge this week, I will certainly be using this one again thanks Dawny. If you are stuck for ideas pop over to the challenge blog and check out the great DT cards

I ordered a couple of the new Winter and Christmas Tildas from Crafts u Love, a bit silly really when I am not sure what we will get in the Winter Magnolia Set, but you know me I couldn't resist. This one just reminds me of little red riding hood so she was crying out to be coloured red, I used my copics on this one. The dotty paper was from the FF christmas pad and I have added red stickles to every spot, not sure if you can see it but looks lovely IRL. The BP is from Artylicious Seasons Greetings Cd, The Ribbon and cute Candle brads are from Michelle at Poppicrafts


Jo never disappoints does she another great sketch for us to work with this week on
Sketch Saturday and the Dt also live up to their great reputation there are some fab cards there girls. Thanks

I am going to have to sit on my hands this week, or hid my purse somewhere there are just too many fab stamps out there at the moment. This is another new Stamp from Funky Kits, let me introduce you to Braveheart, isn't he just the most adorable moggie, he reminds me of Thomasina who runs indoors as soon as a blackbird lands in the garden, she is just a big wuss!!! Anyway enough of my rambling Braveheart has been coloured with Distress Inks, paper is BG, Ribbon from Raspberry Ribbons and buttons from stash. The With love sentiment (which I have just noticed is not on straight opps!) has been embossed with the CB border folder. Thanks for staying with me. Have a great weekend

Thursday 30 October 2008

Frosty Pink - Lili of the Valley Challenge

The challenge on Lili of the Valley Challenge an easy one this week.
A Christmas Card
Don't forget you can use any make of stamp or decoupage for this challenge. Pop over to the blog and check out the great cards made by my fellow DT members.
I have used a LOTV Fairy stamp for this card she has been coloured with Copics and Glamour Dust has been added to her wings, she has been mounted on to white card which has been wiped with worn lipstick Distress Ink and a baby wipe then put through the Cuttlebug in the Snowflake folder. I have added glamour dust to the Snowflakes to add a bit of sparkle. The DP are My Minds Eye. The beautiful frosted flowers are by Prima. Rest from stash

Wednesday 29 October 2008

Tilda & Co and Stampavie

New Challenge and Candy Giveaway
The sad news is Tilda & Co / Sarah Kay Challenges are no more, unfortunately there has had to be some changes. Donna has needed to merge both the blogs together to free some time up for herself.
The good news is we have a brand new challenge blog Magnolia Vs Stampavie. We hope you will join in the challenge each Sunday (as before)
The blog is now partnered with Stampaive so you can use Magnolia Stamps, Sarah Kay Stamps and any other stamp made by Stampaive including the ever so lovely Rachelle Anne Miller Designs (these must be the ones made for Stampavie – check out the list on the challenge blog if you're not sure which stamps can be used).
The blog is now live and the first challenge will be set on Sunday 2nd December. Donna has given us some fab Blog Candy for each DT member to give out which she has kindly donated from her craft store Crafty Krafts

So you like what you see in the photo?
Want to get your hands on this yummy candy? This is what you need to do: Firstly please only enter one candy draw – there are 7 DT members and 7 lots of Candy up for grabs, but only one entry per person. The candy is open to all, and Donna will post worldwide. You have until Saturday 1st November 10pm to enter.

  1. Place a link to the new Blog on your blog, you can grab a Logo HERE
  2. Post about the new challenge blog on your blog and link to it
  3. Leave a comment on the new challenge blog with a link to your post and mention which DT candy you have entered, each candy is different so its impportant to state which draw you have entered.

Donna will then use a random number counter on Sunday and go through all the Designers blog comments and choose one winner from all the entries on that blog. We are looking forward to you joining in with the challenges on the new blog.

2 Christmas Cards for 2 Challenges


Our Challenge for you on Whiff of Joy Challenge this week is a colour challenge:

We are not restricting you to just these two colours on your creation but would like them to be the dominate colours. Looking forward to seeing your great creations.

Charlotte and Babycham are going for a night flight to view the lovely wintery scenes below, they are of course a Whiff of Joy stamp available on the WOJ website, they have been coloured with Promarkers with stickles added to the sleigh and harness, then cut out and 3d on to the background. The Background is taken from Artylicious Seasons Greetings CD available from Graphicus, I have addd Glamour Dust to the trees and snow in the sky. The papers are by BG. The snowlakes (Which I am really pleased with) have been punched with Fiskars Snowflake punch fron Red and Green BG paper then covered with Glamour Dust and layered, I have added a bead cap and stickles to the centre of each snowflake.
I had a fabulous day yesterday with Owen and Charlie and should have a couple of update pictures to add to the blog soon. I am afraid I didn't do any blog hopping at all yesterday but I am sure you will understand, and I will try to get round to visiting you all at some stage today.


We have a great sketch for you this week on Stamping with Stampavie. Please come and join us, there are some great DT cards to give you a start.
I was very disappointed when I first tried to stamp up this image, I just couldn't get a good clear and complete impression, after asking advice from fellow bloggers, I did manage to get this image, Annie from InknRubba suggested using Chalk Inks to stamp up, and Rach's advice was to go over the stamp with an eraser to take off any residue left from the manufacture of the stamps. Both do work!!! I stamped this one with chalk ink but was a bit worried about using Distress Inks on it so I just gave it a quick swipe with a DAMP waterbrush to bring in a little of the ink. The brown and Beige papers are from BG and the Flourish paper is from another Artylicious CD - Damask Delights - The Flower is from Prima, I stamped and coloured 2 Forever Friends Parcel Stamps just adding a little Aqua to the bows to tie in with the Flower. Rest from stash. Very Plain but hope you like.
OMG if you are still awake after all this thanks for staying with it.

Tuesday 28 October 2008

Getting ready for Bed - A Spoonful of Sugar

Thanks to everyone who took part in challenge 22 we really loved your spooky creations.
This week we would love to see some:
Sparkle and Bling
on your creations
We have a fab prize this week which has very kindly been donated by Lana From Dotty do crafts

Willow is having her Hot Chocolate just before bed, she certainly needs it in this cold snap we are having. Willow is a Whiff of Joy stamp as is the Pillow, they have both been coloured with distress inks, I stamped the bow on the cushion twice and 3d the second image. The delish papers are BG, although you cannot see on the photos I have used glamour dust on all th swirls, looks really sparkly IRL. I cut the corners with a Sizzix Die on the CB then glittered them and added Crystals by Swratzs (cannot spell it but you know what I mean). I tried to get the idea of swirls trailing from the Prima flower with the crystals, and added some to her trousers, which I think was a mistake lol.

Monday 27 October 2008

I can see a Rainbow - Tilda & Co

*Challenge 41*
This weeks challenge was picked by Julie one of our designers.
The Challenge she chose is:
Over the Rainbow
Now This could be Rainbow Themed, Rainbow Colours etc
Please remember your work must include at least one Magnolia image.

I am all behind this week, even forgot to post my Tilda & Co card Yesterday. I wasn't sure about this card but it is growing on me. The Stitching around the edge of Tilda has been done with some beautiful hand dyed rainbow silk thread, Tilda has been coloured with Copics. The papers are BG the little tickets are stamps from Autumn Leaves. I have carried the rainbow theme on with the different size and colours of the flowers which were all from my stash

Sunday 26 October 2008

Two Cards 2 Challenges - The Secret Crafter & Ismaki

The Secret Crafter

has a great sketch this week and some brilliant DT cards to give us inspiration, so why not pop over there and join in.

Last night the terrible wind kept me awake, so after a week of no inspiration and no real desire to craft, I suddenly had the urge to make a couple of cards, so hopefully I am back to normal (or normal for me). The first card I made was for Secret Crafter, this is the first time I have entered this challenge but will not be the last, great sketch girls. My Christmas Sarah Kay stamps arrived fron Crafty Krafts on Saturday morning, and I fell in love with this one. It has been colourd with Distress Inks and H20's with glitter added on the little boys surpluses and around the candles. The papers are BG. The Corner and swirl were cut with Cuttlebug using Sizzix dies, The Sentiment is from WOJ and the flowers from Poppicraft. The little parcels are a Forever Friends Stamp which I paper pieced. I used my Martha Stewart Doyley punch for the first time. Hope you like.

This second card is for
it is ages since I entered an Ismaki Challenge. This cute image is a High Hopes stamp and has also been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's, with added glitter, the fabulous papers are My Minds Eye, I just adore the new Christmas range of these papers. Snowflakes were punched with a Fiskars Punch, with flattened bead caps and half pearls in the centre. The flowers are Prima fron Crafts U Love. Rest from Stash. May be back later with a few more cards I have on the go. Have a great Sunday everyone and thanks for looking

Saturday 25 October 2008

Terrifying - Penny Black Saturday Challenge


Thank you to everyone who joined us last week for the ATC challenge, we know some of you had not made them before so it was so lovely to see so many of you join in - and what wonderful ATC they were too - we all love visiting your blogs.
We have some sad news this week, the very talented Jovi is leaving us this week for pastures new. We would all like to wish her well and thank her for all her fabulous work she has contributed to the blog.

On this note, we will be looking for some new DT Members, if you are interested in joining this happy little band, pease pop over to Penny Black Saturday Challenge Blog and leave a comment under the post with a link to your card/work, and at the end of your comment clearly type the letters 'DT' - This post will be open until 11pm next Thursday

So onto this weeks challenge

Bump In The Night

As Halloween is approaching we would like to see your spooky cards/projects this week. As always it's entirely up to you what you make - card, atc, altered art etc... As long as you use at least 1 Penny Black Image.

What a terrible picture this is again, my good friend Jo is going to give me some lessons on improving my knowledge of using PSP, so maybe you will see some better photos soon.
This Terrifying witch has been coloured with copics, the pumpkin has been glazed and her little spider has flowersoft sprinkled on his body. The sentiment is also a Penny Black stamp, the BP is a Nitwits download, some fab papers and images on this download package. The spider charm buttons and flowers are from stash.

Thursday 23 October 2008

Think Pink - Sketch Saturday

Thank you Jo for another great Sketch, I love sketch challenges they are so helpful when inspiration is a bit lacking. There are some absolutely stunning cards by the DT on the Challenge blog so just click HERE and join in with this great challenge if you havn't already done so.

Two cards in one morning, looks like I have been busy, but to be honest both these cards were already made, I just hadn't had time to post them.
I loved this sketch as soon as I saw it, but wasn't too sure what image to use, whilst visiting the lovely and talented Nikkis Blog she was promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everything fell into place.
The Cute Tilda and Sentiment are from Magnolias Pink collection if you order direct from Magnolia you have the option of making a donation to The Breast Cancer Charity. The image has been coloured with Copics and the Bp are from Basic Grey. The BC Ribbon Charm came from an umbrella I bought from Marks and Spencer when they were running their Pink Campaign. The rest from Stash.

is also celebrating 30,000 hits on her fantastic blog and is offering some beautiful blog candy so dont forget to pop over there and take a look just click on her name above to take you there.

Don't forgetSquish a boob, Save a Life!"

Wow!! a long post for me thanks for sticking with it

Christmas Princess - Lili of the Valley


This is theme for you this week on Lili of the Valley Challenge, with a great pack of Diecuts, Matching papers and Greetings on offer to one lucky winner. Check out the DT cards and join us in the challenge by clicking HERE

I followed the tutorial on KATHARINAS blog for this great little gift bag, it was very easy to make and just the right size for some extra little goodies, I am planning to place one on the Table for each of my DIL's on Christmas Day.
The bag is made from SU Base Card, the patterned paper is from Lili of the Valley, as are both the cute little Christmas Princess, I very rarely use Diecuts being a stampaholic, but if you have a few to make this is a quick option. The flowers are Prima and ribbon from POPPICRAFTS fab christmas kit. The red card border was punched with Fiskars Daisy Border punch and has little dots of Emerald Stickles in the centre of each daisy

Wednesday 22 October 2008

Two for the Girls - WOJ and Stamping with Stampavie


Thanks to everyone who played along with us last week, it was an amazing response and great to visit all your blog and she you creations.

We have a lovely sketch from our very own Heather this week, so why not come along and join in again, there are some great cards from my fellow Dt members on the blog so click HERE to get started. There is a 2 week Guest Design Spot for one lucky person on offer this week. Looking forward to seeing all your fab creations.

I was in a very girly mood when I started on this card, so hope you are ready for some baby pinks and blues, This gorgeous Whiff Of Joy Stamp has been coloured with Copic Markers, the top of the umberella was stamped and coloured twice then one cut out and 3d over the base image, Crystal Stickles have been added to the raindrops. The Yummy papers are by Little Yellow Bicycle, and have all been edged with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, the sentiments are also from WOJ the brads and flowers are from Poppicraft. Rest is from stash.
Thank you everyone who left comments yesterday on how to photograph red, I will be trying all your ideas.


Blue and Brown are the colours for this weeks theme on Stamping with Stampavie, Pop over and see the great Dt Cards and join in this week. Don't forget you can now use Rachelle Anne Miller Stamps as well as Sarah Kay.

Blue and Brown not my colours at all, so found this one quite hard, but am quite pleased with it in the end The Sarah Kay image has been coloured with Distress Inks and H20's, the base card is pale blue and has been matted with Brown cardstock and Basic Grey Paper, The Swirls are from Stempleglede (I love these stamps) Ribbons and Flowers from Poppicraft.

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Dracula Max - Spoonful of Sugar

is the theme this week on A Spoonful of Sugar and my Fellow DT members have come up with some scary creations to give you inspiration so click HERE to view them and join in the challenge
We have a fabulous prize this week of the cute High Hopes stamp "First Ride". This has very kindly been donated by Bryony from Silly Monkey Crafts. Silly Monkey crafts have some great new products in stock including Pink Magnolia stamps.

Can anyone let me know if there is a secret to taking good photos of red cards, they never seem to show the real colours and my poor little Dracula Max looks quite washed out. He is lovely and bright IRL, he is one of Janets great stamps at Spiral Whisper and has been coloured with Copics, I added glaze to the little pumpkin and some glitter to his lace colour and cuffs. The Ovals have been cut with Nesties, I run pearlised red card through the skull folder on th CB. The bats were cut and embossed with a CB folder and Die and the Boo was cut on the cricut. I added red Stickles to the bats eyes which dosn't show up but looks quite scary IRL, the Spider charm and black ribbon are from stash.
Update thanks so much Jo she took my pictures and "mucked around" with them, they now look much better.

Sunday 19 October 2008

An Evening In - Cute Card Thursday

Thats the theme this week on Cute Card Thursday there are some fantastic DT cards on the blog so pop over and take a look and why not join in.

I love this time of year, curling up in front of the fire with a good book, so my immediate thought was to use this fabulous Whiff Of Joy stamp Willow with Hot Chocolate, I have also used Whiff of Joy Chair and Cushion stamps. They have all been coloured with Copic Markers,
The Cushion and Willow have then been cut and 3d on to the chair. The autumnal Dp are from Basic Grey, everything else was from stash. Hope you have all had a great weekend, I hope to get round to visiting your blogs this evening or tomorrow, thanks for all the lovely comments you have left me. It makes my day reading them.

Saturday 18 October 2008

The Night before Christmas - Penny Black Challenge

Morning everyone, still trying to tidy up, isn't it strange when you start a small job it turns into a VERY large job, have ordered some new storeage for my little bits and bobs so hoping that will come today.
Well its time for Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week the challenge is to make an ATC, and we have some great stickers on offer to one lucky winner. Don't forget to make your way over to the challenge blog to see the fab ATCs made by my fellow DT's. We had a great response last week so hope to see you all back this week.

Sometimes ATC's take as long to make as a card, but I did enjoy making this one, the background paper is from a Forever Friends Paper Pack, I stamped SU sentiment randomly over this then wrapped metallic thread around it. The cute little chrissy mice are coloured with Copic markers with Glamour dust and a little Flowersoft added, then cut out and 3d on to the base with Pinflair gel. The ribbon and brad are from Poppicrafts great christmas range.
I must apologise again for the quality of this photo may try to get a better one later.

Friday 17 October 2008

Baby Love - Papertake Weekly

Another lovely sketch this week from the lovely and talented Katharina on Papertake Weekly Challenge. There are some great DT cards on the challenge site to give us a start so click HERE to check it out.

Another very quick card from me today I am afraid, I am trying to tidy up the storage on my computer and then I need to dig out all my christmas craft bits, how do we manage to accumulate so much stuff, the trouble is I cannot throw anything out as I am sure someday I will find a use for it.
This is a new High Hopes stamp that arrived earlier this week and I couldn't wait to use it. It didn't need much colouring but the little there is was done with Distress Inks, I added Glamour Dust to the star and also round the edge of the nestie oval. The DP are my new favs by My Minds Eye. The sentiment from SU and flowers are Prima (from Crafts u Love) rest is from stash.
Must Dash!!!!!!

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