Sunday, 29 June 2014

Teally-tastic Tilda

Good morning sweet peeps and I hope that you are all having a lovely weekend.

The card I’m sharing with you today is for this month’s Magnolia Only Challenge over at the Ribbon Girl's Challenge Blog and this month we want you to

Add A Die Cut

so it’s very straightforward.

There’s also 2 fabulous prizes - a Magnolia stamp all the way from the home of Edwin and Tilda kindly donated by Magnolia of Sweden and a £10 voucher towards a spending spree at The Ribbon Girl


So ……

… this is what I did.

The image is called Swedish Tilda and I coloured her with the following Copics -

Skin – E000, E00, E11, E13, R00, R02
Hair – E31, E35, E39, E50
The rest – BG0000, BG10, BG15, BG49, BV0000, BV01, BV08, BV13, C00, C0, E50

The papers are Timeless Victorian from Lili of The Valley.

Here’s some pics and I’ll list the lovely Ribbon Girl goodies that I used in a tick …

I stamped the LOTV sentiment from the Sentiments to Fit Scroll set onto one of the dies from a Doo Hickey Events Flags set.

I didn't get it quite right now I look at the pic, and why is it that I don’t see these things till they are on here?

Somebody needs to go to Specsavers!!!

The bits and bobs that I used from The Ribbon Girl are  -

38mm Teal Silky Crush,  ribbon
Wooden Heart Buttons


Teal Cottage Garden Blooms

Mini Dahlia Vintage Teal Blooms

Darjeeling White Mini Blossom Flowers

Jade Tiny Ric Rac Trim

3mm White Self Adhesive Pearls

So that’s me done for today.

I'm off to get everything ready for the two little visitors that are staying tonight and tomorrow night.
Emma's partner’s aunty has sadly died so they are going to the funeral on Monday which is in Wiltshire and the little darling are staying here. I will probably be shattered by the time they go back and I will have a taste of what Emma has trying to get them organised for school / nursery before  starting work myself. I do not know how you working Mums do it – I take my hat off to to you all.

The diet is going well and I am close to 7lbs.
His Lordship has joined me so it’s quite easy with him being on board. I can already see a slight difference and that is spurring me on. I think you know in your heart / head when it’s the right time and this time was the time for me.

Right I’m off.

I will be back in the week with some Papertakey stuff.

Here’s a sneakie peekie ….

…. it’s not at all my usual style – I don't know what’s going on in my creative head at the mo lol!!

Anyhoos, all will be revealed on Tuesday.

Till then, enjoy the rest of the weekend and don't forget to nip over and see the other DT cardage and projects when you get a sec – they are as fab as fabby could be.

Hugs to all xxx

Thursday, 26 June 2014

A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust :)

 Hi lovely peeps and a happy Thursday to everyone : )

The weekend is so close you can smell it – one more day to go, wooohooooo!!

It’s my turn to host the DTDF Cutey Crafts blog today and I’ve gone with a colour theme that is one of my all time faves, namely red, white and black.
It’s so striking I think.

So ….

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… here’s my card.

 The image I’ve used here is a Little Darlings Saturated Canary image and this one is Tilly

I coloured her with the following Copics -

Skin – E000, E00, E11, E13., R00, R02
Hair – C00, C0, C4, C5, C7, C10

The rest – C00, C0, C3, C4, C5, R02, R17, R27, R57

I also outlined the image with Glamour Dust – I like to do this because I think it really does make the image ‘pop’.

These GORGEOUS papers are Fancy Pants - The Good Life and I inked the edges with  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain 

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I did a couple of rolled roses using the plain paper from the pad and also a Spellbinders Blooms Three flower as well.
The leaves are made using a Magnolia Doo Hickey Spruce Twig die.

And that sweet ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl – it’s 15mm Red No 15 Microdot Ribbon.
I am so getting me some more of this bad boy for Chrimbly!!!
I found a scrap of narrow organza ribbon in my stash and topped it with a
Black Small Polka Spotty Button


The sentiment is from Lili of The Valley and it’s from my fave Sentiments to Fit Scroll set.

I used a couple of Cheery Lynn Dies - Francesca Border ….


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... and the beautimous French Pastry Doily Die which you can just about see it this pic, and they are both from Dies To Die For.


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So there we are all done.

My craft desk is looking faintly Christmassy!! From July onwards at our card club, one of the two projects we do, up until the last club of the year, will be for Christmas so that our ladies will have 6 different projects and ideas. So I’m working on that at the mo. It feels really weird when the sun is cracking the flags outside to be thinking about snow and ice lol!!

I may share something festive next week if I get my card club stuff done in time  : )

I seem to also be in fiddling mode at the mo and sometimes it does send the old mojo off kilter a bit. Does anybody else find this or is it just me? I’ve just ordered some stuff which I never ever thought I would and which is about as far removed from my usual fairly cleanish style as you could get.

Wass goin’ on here then?????
I have no idea why I seem to be going off piste peeps but I hope I can get it all to work lol!!

Right, I better get back to the festive stuff.
Have the best day and see you soon.
Huggiest of hugs,

Dawny xx

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Not QUITE Mixed Media !!!!

Morning sweet peeps and hope you are all OK today xx

It’s that time of the week when we nip over to the Papertake Weekly blog and see what’s a happening, and this week we have our usual last challenge  of the month

Sketchie Free For All

And of course,  we are sponsored by those fabulous peeps from over the water, the one and only Simon Says Stamp

As our reggies will know, you can use the new sketch or you can use any of the older ones, and that is what I did this week.

So this is sketch #74    ….

sketch #76

. .. and this ….

.. is my card.

It’s an 8x8 card which I am soooo into at the mo, to the point where 6x6s which I’ve always done in the past,  now just look tiny.

This card is actually for someone in my family – I won’t say who because if she sees this she’ll know.
She may guess anyway as she is the only one with a birthday in July but I don't think she reads my blog so I’m probably safe lol!!

Just for a change, I thought I would do a non image card and try and go for a mixed media sort of look.
I so admire people like
Gabrielle Pollacco and wish I could produce works of art like she does, and that is what they are.
I've never tried and to be honest, I think I’m a little bit scared.
I keep buying all sorts of things that would look nice but never quite get around to doing it.
One day maybe I will set aside a whole day and just have a fiddle with it all lol!!!

In the meantime, this is a sort of halfway house thingie.

I used one of the brilliant Lili of The Valley sentiment stamps and this one is Set 43 - Statements – Fabulous.
Love love LOVE this set.

In an attempt to be a bit arty farty, I stamped the sentiment straight onto the design paper and the papers I used are Antebellum - the more I use this pad, the more I like it.

A mixture of beautimous seam binding, Chocolate Brown Hemp Twine and a 6mm Round Aurora Acrylic Gem from our Mary & Andrea over at The Ribbon Girl.

Now if you saw the last Create & Craft show then you will know for sure that I really am as blonde as they come sometimes, and not just the hair,  because I made my card the wrong way around : ))))

This one wasn't quite in that league but for the life of me, I cannot understand why I would use pretty lace and then cover it up so you can hardly see it.


But it is verrry pretty lace and I actually used 2 lots,  one on top of the other – Phoebe and Flora, both from The Ribbon Girl

The blooms are a mixture of dies -  Die-namics Rolled Daisy from Dies To Die For and a Sissix one whose name escapes me – and Darjeeling White Mini Blossom Flowers, Floribunda White Roses and Darjeeling Pink Mini Blossom Mixture from The Ribbon Girl

I also gave my Die-namics Chicken Wire an outing as well.

So there you have it – lots of proddies on this and I have to say that I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.
It’s verrry different for me but I think it’s good to take yourself out of your comfort zone occasionally.

Right I’m off.
Enjoy the sun (I’m typing this at 22.17 the day before so I am gonna look pretty darn stoopid if it’s peeing down tomorrow,  but hey ho).]

But whatever the weather, have a fabulous day and huggiest of hugs to all xx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Here’s A Shock for Ya!!!

Hi there peeps and hope you are all OK today.

Now I did say on Tuesday that I had a card to share and indeed I have.

And it comes with a bit of news.

I had a lovely email from Lou, asking me if I would like to go back to the Dies To Die For DT so I said a big YES PLEASE.
So poor Tracy has got me back lol.
And it is sooo good to be back as well : ))

So today is my first day doing the DTDF Cutey Crafts blog post and …..

… here’s my card.

I have to say that it felt quite strange colouring a non LOTV image, but nice all the same.

The image is Sweet Elin - Frog on Flower from DTDF and I coloured her with these Copics -

Skin – E000, E00, E11, E13., R00, R02
Hair – E31, E35, E39, E50

The rest – B0000, B00, B05, B97, C00, C4, C7, C10, G99, R05, R14, R17, R59, Y00, Y02, Y08, YG00, YG03, YG95

I also added a sprinkling of Glamour Dust on her wings and some White Opal Liquid Pearls  to her skirt and around the image.


The papers are Fancy Pants Down By The Shore – love the colours.

I made the flowers using a medium Woodware punch and did a couple or 3 rolled roses and a fringed scruffy flower.

And check me out with me inked edges and all that lol.


A lovely bow made from 25mm Black/Cream Rustic Gingham Berisford No 10 ribbon and topped with a red spotty button – both from The Ribbon Girl

And for a change – well it really is this time cos I’ve not used it for ages – I added a strip of paper lace made with the fabby Tilda Lace Die.


I chopped up a bit of  die cut Memory Box Lavish Branch and added that, just because I cannot leave well alone!!!

The sentiment is from my fave LOTV Sentiments to Fit Scroll set.


So there we are all done.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a good one, whatever you’re doing,  and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Making A Pig’s Ear Out Of A Silk Purse lol

Morning sweet peeps and I’ve been a bit AWOL of late but hope everybody is OK today : )

It’s time to head on over to see what’s happening with the Papertake Weekly girlies and talking of girlies we have a lovely theme for you this week, cos it’s all about

Lace & Pearls

We are sponsored by our Mary & Andrea from The Ribbon Girl and there’s a fab voucher up for grabs which you can spend on ever fabbier things if you win.

Now, me being me, I thought I’d try something different, but sometimes I really wish I wouldn’t.
I tried to do a card like our
Kathy at LOTV does – I just love her work, it’s soooo gorgeous.  And I admire al these lovely, pretty shabby chic cards that I see and I long to make something like that.

But I can’t.

But still I had a go and ……..

.. this is what I did.

It’s more shabby than chic I’m afraid but I am a warts and all crafter so on here it must go.

The beautimous papers are from Lili of The Valley and they are the Timeless Victorian designs.

The sentiment is also from Lili of The Valley and this is one of the  Sentiments to Fit Scroll sentiment that I just LOVE.


The paper is made using Sir Tim’s Tattered Florals die set.
I do like making these flowers and I got me a jumbo Tattered Florals set as well but haven't used that one yet. I will do one of these days though : )

All the bits and bobs that I used are from The Ribbon Girl.

The bow is made from Sky Mauve Lilac Seam Binding and the buttons are 20g Bag - Mixed Lilac Purple Theme


This beautiful lace is 75mm 'Dawn' Antique White Lace.
Yes, that’s right, Mary named it after me. She names her lace etc after her DT and I was chuffed as mint balls when she told me about this one.

That's the lace bit and there are pearls of course ……

… which you can see better here. 

I added a strip of 20mm Ivory Lace and Pearl Trim just above the buttons. 
I also added a 
14mm Acrylic Gem which I’d coloured to the centre of the flower.

Finally I added some flat backed gems and made a swirly pattern out of them.

So that’ me and my shabby chick card for today.
I realised that I’ve got cardage which I haven't blogged so I’ll be back soon as soon with that plus a special card on Thursday which I’m dying to tell you about … but I won’t until then lol.

So what’s been happening here then?

Well, I’m on yet another of me diets – good old Slimming World. 
Having seen myself looking a bit like a dumpy little barrel on C&C, I decided that the blubber has to go. They say that the camera adds 10lbs (or something like that) but I look the same in the mirror here  where there’s  not a  camera  in sight, so I am deluded to think that that ‘s the reason. And hugest of thanks btw to everybody who tuned in. We had a great show and Deano was so funny doing his demo. He is doing that a lot of late – maybe we should get them all to have a go, what do you think?  I’ve done loads with the new kits so I will try and share these makes with you. The more I used those kits, the more I found to do with them – they are awesome.

We are getting a load of ‘housey’ jobs sorted because we are probably going to move house – it’s wayyy too big for us now -  so we’ve been painting, gardening, tidying, binning stuff etc, like you do.  And it’s also been that time of the year when we have our baby chicks to look after. We only lost 2 this year which is good but still very sad. It is inevitable that some will not survive but it upsets me so much and I will never ever get immune to it.

Thea was 2 at the end of May and we had a lovely part for her which she enjoyed.
She got a bit embarrassed when we all sang Happy Birthday but in a pleased sort of way –she is sooo cute. She is doing the potty training thing at the mo and she keeps asking us all if we have pooed!!! It’s fine in the house but we get some funny looks when she says it outside!!

Right, that’s enough waffle from moi. I’ll get off and leave you in peace.

Have a great day, whatever you’re doing, and I’ll see you soon as soon.

Hugs to all xxx