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Friday, December 18, 2015

exciting news and who wants cake?

Good morning it's finally snowing here but only lightly and I don't think it's going to hang around until Christmas one place we could almost be guaranteed a white Christmas and for the 2nd year running it is unlikely!

On to my news I have to share - I applied for a guest design team position at Faery Ink in November and left it open when I could design for them. a couple of weeks ago Amanda messaged me offering me a full time position on the team -I was so delighted and of course I said yes immediately.

I officially start designing in January and believe me there are some gorgeous images coming up but in the meantime I am doing for some inspiration for a challenge that is running this month including the baking challenge you can grab the gorgeous Destiny Bakes image set from the website - color her up and add your finished image to the Facebook challenge page.

Destiny is gorgeous and she comes with all sorts of extras to help you create a baking scene with her as well as some great sentiments.

I have used just her image and one of the sentiments. She is colored with my Spectrum Noir markers and I have fussy cut her by hand - I would have used my Cameo but that was busy cutting the card! I then re-sized the sentiment, printed it and matted it onto red card.
The card itself is a cutting file from the Silhouette store, I cut the base using Kraft card, the layers of the mixer in white and finally the dotty design paper. I then used mirror card to cut the bowl and trims of the mixer - I would love a dotty mixer like this one! Once constructed I added Destiny. I had planned to put the sentiment on the top part of the mixer but found it looked best on the bowl.

The challenge closes on the 31st December so you still have plenty of time to enter just add a photo of your image to the Faery Ink Baking Challenge album  and Good Luck!!!

As well as the Faery Ink challenge I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes 
PdE Linky Party - Anything Goes 
Simply Papercraft Challenges - Anything Goes 
Crafting With an Attitude - Anything Goes 
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Have a flipping Great Christmas

Good afternoon! As Christmas draws ever nearer I am finally getting on top of all the jobs I have to do!
Today I'm showcasing my last Christmas card for Jiggery Makery, Percy and Lily are back and once again they are smooching

Percy is getting a real smacker from Lily just look at him blush!!!!

I have colored them with my Spectrum Noir markers and added glitter to their hats and liquid pearls to Lily's necklace.
They have then been mounted onto red card before being matted onto some holly design paper from my stash. This again has been matted onto red card.
I have typed the sentiment on my PC and again matted this with the red card. 

Don't you think they are so cute!

You can find the image - The Kiss over at Jiggery Makery's Etsy shop along with other Percy and Lily images
For more inspiration why not check out the designs created by the rest of my teamies over at the Jiggery Makery Facebook page

Friday, December 11, 2015

Ode to My Brother

Wednesday was my big brother's birthday. He lives in the UK and I do miss him especially on birthday's and other holiday times. 
But its a great time to show him how much I love him and sending him some love in the snail mail. As i can never gauge how long it will take for cards to get back to the UK I've allowed a couple of extra days before blogging about his cards - didn't want him to see them before he received them.

OK let me tell you a bit about him....

He is a LITTLE older than me, is married with some great kids and now grandkids, he's an avid family man and always puts his family first.

Since we left the UK Stephen has become an avid cyclist, and uses this to help people learn to ride and gain experience through a charity called Street Bikes,  who are a non-profit agency they have a bicycle lending library - loaning bikes to people not fortunate enough to own their own and provide training on how to look after your bike or fixing it for you. They also have mix ability cycling rides.

Stephen generously shares his free time with Street bikes and posts on his Facebook page are often of him helping out on the rides or mechanic days in his sexy cycling gear.

As he's getting on a bit (ha ha) I couldn't resist using La Pashe art work for his cards the first one is from a sheet called Grease Lightening

Here he is cycling up a 1:10 hill whilst his passenger takes a rest!!!
The image has been decoupaged and then matted on blue cardstock. I have then chosen a stone wall design paper - a lot of the countryside in Yorkshire, where we are from, has dry stone walling and this paper was perfect for that. Again I have matted this onto blue card before placing my image and sentiment on the card.

When we were growing up Stephen was (and still is) a grease monkey he always had his head under the bonnet of a car or was in the yard dismantling parts of cars so nothing could be more perfect for him for his card from our kids than this decoupage picture also from La Pashe

Just like him butt hanging out of his jeans and covered in oil!!!
Again it is decoupaged and matted onto green card before adhering it the card blank - I'm not sure there should be so much oil on the floor!!!!

So I hope you had a great Birthday Bruv! and here's to many more 
I love you and miss you

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ready for the ball

Good morning, as Christmas draws ever nearer the Christmas parties start happening and what a great time to get dressed up in all your finest!

That's exactly what Victoria from Jiggery Makery has done. Dressed in all her finery she just waiting for her date to arrive.........

She has been colored using Spectrum Noirs and a few Spectrum Aqua pens and the colors are at the bottom of my post.
I matted her onto some black card and some digital design paper from Little Treasures. I added a red organza ribbon tied in a double bow and a few black pearls for embellishment,

You can find Victoria over at Jiggery Makery's Etsy shop
For more inspiration why not check out the designs created by the rest of my teamies over at the Jiggery Makery Facebook page

 Here's the Spectrum Noir and Aqua colors I used:
Skin: TN1,2,3 FS3 CR3
Dress and gloves: DR1,6,7 IG3,5,7,9 plus blender
Hair: GB1,2,8,10 plus Sepia
pearls: Black and a white fineliner
Lips: Scarlet and white fineliner
Eyes: Kingfisher and Black

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee Bowz - Anything goes with a bow
Crafting from the Heart -Anything Goes
Craft your Passion - Anything Goes
Paper Nest Dolls -Anything Goes
Creative Moments -Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Garden Dwellers - pretty dragonfly

Hi it's lunch time on a Thursday and that can only mean one thing - Ok 2 one I'm hungry and need to feed myself but the main thing is it's New release day over at Julia Spiri!!
Wow she has some gorgeous characters for you today -The Garden Dwellers -you can find all of the out in the yard!!!
As we live near a lake we get lots of dragonflies buzzing around our yard so guess who I have colored up!

OK I know the female dragonfly hasn't got the pretty colors that the male has but hey this is fantasy land!!!

I have colored her with my Spectrum Noir makers and Derwent Metallic pencils to give her the shine you see on them as they buzz around the yard.

I have then added Clear Wink of Stella to her wings for a bit of extra sparkle!

I used a blue pearl card blank which I matted with an iridescent mirror card overlayed with a sheet of acetate which has been glitter embossed with butterflies and leaves.  

I used a flower corner punch on my image and matted this onto the same pearl card I made the blank from. and angled this on my card. 

Some blue sheer ribbon and a dragonfly charm just finished the cute look I was trying to achieve.

Dragonfly and her friends are available now over at Julia's Etsy Store along with all of Julia's fab designs so why not add them to your collection and join our challenge with them.

Pop over to Julia's Facebook group for more inspiration by the rest of the Design Team and to see the other newly released stamps from the collection.
I am entering this card into the following Challenges
Crafting by Design - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Missy and her Mistletoe

Good Morning! Christmas is drawing near and we are far from ready but then where would be the excitement of the rush if everything was planned months ahead!
I'm showcasing Jiggery Makery's Missy digistamp today and she is a cutie!

Although she is in a Mrs. Claus outfit I thought I'd use green instead of the traditional red. I have colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers and glittered the edges of her dress and hat. She was then mounted her on red card stock. I have then used a digital design paper from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles for my background again matted on red card.

I have used a Crafter's Companion Sentiment stamp which fitted perfectly with Missy!
The ivy and skittles embellishments just complete the simple look!

You can find Missy over at Jiggery Makery's Etsy shop

For more inspiration why not check out the designs created by the rest of my teamies over at the Jiggery Makery Facebook page

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town

Good evening everyone - well it feels strange only having one post on the first of the month but hopefully this will change very soon - watch this space!!!
In the meantime I can dedicate all my time to the new challenge over at The 12 months of Christmas Link Up.
The optional theme this month is Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Santa will soon be here.  Are you ready for him yet?  To ensure you are not on the naughty list you should probably get all those last minute Christmas cards created and sent out.  Since you have to make them anyway, why not create one according to our optional theme this month for your chance to win yourself some extra presents this Christmas.
In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, we want to see a Santa image somewhere on your card. Now we are looking to see the big old jolly guy himself, no Santa substitutes please.   If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.
Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn a free paper each month, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies.  You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of 3 digital images from Rick St. Dennis.

Remember if you don't want to follow the theme Decosse's Dynamite Doodles also offer a prize One free digital paper to everyone who links up a minimum of two cards to the challenge.  Cards can be anything goes for this prize, they only have to follow the theme if they want a chance at the sponsor's prize.  The mini set of six digital papers called Santa Claus is Coming to Town, will also be offered up as a prize to one random winner.

So onto my make I have chosen to use Isabella last minute gifts digi-stamp:

Yes Santa Claus has made an appearance on my card - Isabella is clutching him tight in her arms!

I didn't want to go with traditional Christmas colors so chose purple as the main color of my design. I have colored her using my Spectrum Noir Markers and added glitter to her boot tops and the fur trim on Santa's outfit.

She has then been matted onto purple mirror card and then I have used a digital design paper from the Snowfest collection at Decosse's Dynamite Designs. Again this has been matted onto purple mirror card before being positioned on my white card blank.

I have used a sentiment stamp from Crafter's Companion and placed some skittles as embellishments

Thank you for stopping by and now come over to the 12 Month's of Christmas Link up and enter your Christmas makes!!!