Saturday, 28 July 2012

Fishing Fun! - My Crafty Heart DT Card

Here's a card made with some lovely My Crafty Heart goodies... The image is by Gillian Roberts and is called 'Fishing Fun' - isn't it a gorgeous image... it brought back some happy memories of childhood... we live near some Meadows and so my dad or grandfather would often take my brother and I pond dipping on hazy summer days... we would come back with jam jars of tadpoles etc...

So, I've made this card for my dad as it's his Birthday today! I know he will love the image.. and I've added some lovely leaves and a 'manly' flower LOL - my dad likes flora and fauna... so know he will be ok with these embellies.... the gorgeous papers are Kaisercraft and you even get little borders included like the one that I've added here...

All from My Crafty Heart....

STAMP: Gillian Roberts - 'Fishing Fun
PAPERS: Kaisercraft - 'Hunt and Gather'
DIES: Memory Box - 'Willow Dragonfly
LEAVES: Marianne Design - 'Anja Leaves 2'
FLOWER: Prima Lucerne - 'Fairy Belle'
GEMS: Hero Arts - 'Small Mixed Gemstones'
STICKLES: 'Star Dust'

Pearl on dragonfly from stash
Sentiment... from Lili of the Valley

I've coloured the image with Promarkers and Flexmarkers and kept it quite soft to give a watercolour effect.... added Star Dust Stickles to the water and jam jar...

I would like to enter the following challenges:-

Creative Craft Challenges2 - 'Summertime' ends 30th July 2012
My Time to Craft - Challenge 183 - 'Make it Wet' ends 30th July 2012
Scrap Creations - 'Water' ends 30th July 2012
Divas by Design - Challenge 45 - 'Happy Birthday' ends 31st July 2012
Simon Says - 'Anything Goes' ends 31st July 2012
Delightful Challenges - 'Dog Days in Summer' ends 1st August 2012
Digi Doodle - Challenge 118  - 'Let's Get Stripey' ends 1st August 2012
Crafts & Me - Challenge 94 - 'Anything Goes' ends 3rd August 2012
Dream Valley - Challenge 37 - 'Summer' ends 4th August 2012 

Thank goodness it's a bit cooler here in Manchester today... I've been suffering with the heat Embarrassed smile this week and couldn't or do anything... every time I moved away from my Fan... I was dripping and felt faint...
Wasn't the Olympic Ceremony fab last night! Loved the Industrial Revolution part where they forged the Olympic Rings! and Mr Bean was hilarious! I'm not keen on Hey Jude though ... it's so whiney!! ..would have preferred Yellow Submarine or Ticket to Ride.... everybody knows them to singalong to.... but anyway, it was a good opening ceremony!! it was great to look back on all the good things that are British!!
Just gave my dad his card and he loved it!! Winking smile
Off to get something to eat and then later I'm going to watch a film with my daughter.. maybe Jane Eyre!!
Thank You for all your lovely comments!
Hope you all have a good weekend!
Love and Hugs

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Chrissy the Christmas Spirit Fairy...

I found some gorgeous images on Etsy and have been itching to colour them for ages.. so finally managed to find some time to colour this beautiful image... she's called 'Chrissy the Christmas Spirit Fairy' and is by Michelle Perkett... just click on the links to see more of her gorgeous images...

I've coloured her with Copics, Promarkers, Flexmarker and Spectrums. Star Dust Stickle on her wings... Viva Decor Pen in Silver for snow...

The scrummy paper is 'Nordic Holiday' by Basic Grey... and the sparkly border is Memory Box 'Frosty' Border.

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Scrap Creations - 'Christmas in July' ends 23rd July 2012
Delightful Challenges - 'Christmas in July' ends 25th July 2012
Digi Doodle - Challenge 117  - 'Anything Goes' ends 25th July 2012
PaperPlay - Challenge 29 - 'Christmas in July' ends 25th July 2012
Willow Sketchie - 'Sketch and/or Christmas in July' ends 25th July 2012
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge 84 - 'Christmas in July' ends 31st July 2012
Creatalicious Challenges- Challenge 36 - 'Christmas in July' ends 14th August 2012

Hope you are all doing ok and enjoying the sunshine! I have another idea for a Christmas Card so might start that later this evening.... I'm going through a Christmassy phase... LOL ... I think it must be all the 'Christmas in July' Challenges... 
Love and Hugs

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Unknown Beauty...

I really felt like doing a vintage card.... and so bought some photos from e-vint. This gorgeous lady is from their Unknown Beauties collection... isn't she lovely?

From My Crafty Heart....

PAPER: Prima 'Pixie Glen'
FLOWER: Prima Vinetta 'Fairy Belle'
GENIE STONE: 'Bright Mix'
PEARLS: Melissa Frances 'Trinkets & Baubles'

Sentiment: Molly Blooms (freebie with magazine)

I've added a Bail to the Genie Stone from my Jewellery Stash... and I've attached the Stone with a Glue Dot... I thought it would be nice idea if it could be taken off ... then just thread a chain or leather cord through and you could wear it as necklace...

Quite a simple card but hope you like it...

I would like to enter it into the following Challenges:-

Bearly-Mine - Challenge 44 - 'Girly Birthday Card' ends 23rd July 2012
Papertake Weekly - 'All Things Girlie' ends 23rd July 2012
Divas by Design - Challenge 44 - 'Anything Goes' ends 24th July 2012

Well we have had some sunshine over the last two days. I sat out in the garden for a while yesterday and it was lovely... the Day Lilies are just coming out.. and the Geraniums and Carnations all look lovely... all the shrubs and bushes are SO huge with all the rain... it's a bit like Jack and the Beanstalk.. and of course the weeds are huge too!!
I've just had yummy pizza and now I'm going to read some of my book on Anne Boleyn!
Thanks for all your lovely comments - I really appreciate them all
Hope you are all keeping well... and if not then I really hope you feel lots better very soon!!
Love and Hugs

Thursday, 19 July 2012

MAWTT Challenge 156 - 'Celebration - Pink, Pearl and Pretty'

Good Morning! ... hope you are all doing ok.. Big Hugs to those of you that are not feeling too well ...I know a lot of horrid viruses are doing the rounds again! so I hope you feel better very soon!!  it's  time for a new Challenge over at

and the lovely Mau is our hostess this week and she has chosen the fab theme of...

'Celebration - Pink, Pearl and Pretty'

So we want to see creations made for a Special Celebration and with a Pink Theme... and some Pearls... and of course it has to be Pretty!!  it doesn't have to be a card... you could make a Tag, Gift Box etc... as long as it follows our theme! This challenge will also run for a fortnight... so closing date is 8pm BST - 1st August 2012.

As the theme is Pink and Celebration.. I thought I would do an 18th Birthday 'Girlie Girl' Card! Looking at it now - it's a bit Loud!! LOL - very Barbara Cartland !! Winking smile

The Feathers drove me nuts!!! LOL - they seemed to get static in them.. I kept trying to get them to calm down so I could arrange them to look nice!!! The lovely roses were a Birthday gift from Mau - thanks hun! The little white flowers, lace and pearl stems are all from Wild Orchid Crafts. The handbag charm, the pink pearls, the little white hearts and bows are from My Crafty Heart. The Feathers have been in my stash for years and can't remember where they were from!! Sentiment was made on computer. Now there is going to be a huge gap because Mr. Blogger says so!!!!

Image is Hannah Lynn's 'Forever Rose' from Crafts and Me and I really enjoyed colouring her!  I've used Promarkers and Flexmarkers. Lots of Icicle Stickles on the Background and on the Crystal Ball thingy!! 

Wanted to try and show the sparkle.. as it doesn't show up at all in the other photos... not sure if you can see.. but I used a pin to put some stickle bits on the iris of her eye!! 

We are sponsored this week by Crimson Cloud and they are giving a very generous prize of 3 Packs of Die Cuts...!!!

Hope you can hop on over to MAWTT for more details of the Challenge and to see my Teamies wonderful Pink Creations!! they are all Scrummy!!!

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Bearly-Mine - Challenge 44 - 'Girly Birthday Card' ends 23rd July 2012
Papertake Weekly - 'All Things Girlie' ends 23rd July 2012
Divas by Design - Challenge 44 - 'Anything Goes' ends 24th July 2012 GDT
I Love Promarkers - Challenge 126 - 'Sparkle' ends 24th July 2012
ABC Challenge  - 'T for Two' ends 28th July 2012
(Two Feathers..)
MishelFlo's Challenge - 'Blooming Birthday Wishes' ends 31st July 2012

Sorry about the font keep changing size and the huge gaps!! Mr Blogger is being naughty again!!
Not long until the weekend... I don't know what the weather forecast is... I've given up watching it... but let's hope we get some sunshine!! We could do with some to cheer us all up and top up our Vitamin D levels before the Autumn sets in!!
Thank you for all your lovely comments!! I will catch up with you all very soon!
Love and Hugs

Sunday, 15 July 2012

My Crafty Heart DT Card - New Baby...

Hello! Hope you are all having a nice weekend! Thank you for your kind wishes re. my dad... he is doing ok except for a very painful shoulder which we think may have happened when he had the seizure. So sleep has been a bit disturbed. But managed to grab some quality sleep last night and feel a bit better today. So... thought I would post this card that I made for My Crafty Heart....

Here's another of the wonderful Whiff of Joy images available from My Crafty Heart - this image is called Buggy Ride and it's perfect for New Baby Card.. 

STAMP: Whiff of Joy - 'Buggy Ride'
PAPERS: Prima - 'Alla Prima'
DIE: Memory Box - 'Wrought Iron Fence'
FLOWERS: Prima - 'Vinetta Flowers /Fairy Belle' and MCH - Resin 'Ocean Breeze'
CHARM: 'Pram Charms'
PEARLS: MeiFlower 'Stick on Pearls' - 5mm

All the above are available from My Crafty Heart.... :-)

The Sentiment is from Pink Gem Designs and mounted on Nestie...

I've coloured little Henry and his mum with Promarkers Cool Greys and a touch of Blossom on the ears and nose. I'm really not keen on brown mice!! don't ask me why... brown bears are ok but mice... I prefer them to be grey or white!! LOL I know I'm doing a lot of paper-piecing lately but I really love that you can tone it so well using the papers... it really is 'My Crafty Passion' at the moment and so I am entering this into the Sir Stampalot Challenge!!!

This image reminds me of when you are a proud mum taking your new baby to the Park... I think this is a Silver Cross Pram - top notch suspension!!! LOL 

Blogger is being a B****r  again!!! I apologise for the huge gaps... I've tried everything to correct it and I'm not starting again from scratch.... and what is with Blogger when you add a link now... it jumps up to the top of the page every time and you have to scroll down after every link you do... Very annoying!!! Now I'm getting a pink band saying an error occured...I'm not clicking on 'ignore warning'  - I am just completely ignoring it and hey... it takes the hint and goes away!!!! ROFL... I actually looked at Word Press last night... when I get time I might try it out....

Anyway,  hope you like my card...

I would like to enter the following Challenges:-

Totally Papercrafts - Challenge 125 - 'Lots of Layers' ends 19th July 2012
The Crafty Pad - Challenge 179 - 'Paper-Piecing' ends 21st July 2012
Ooh La La Creations - Challenge 109 - 'Whiskers' ends 22nd July 2012 
By the Cute & Girly - July - 'A Day At… The Park! ' 
Sir Stampalot - July - 'My Crafty Passion'

Wow! it's not raining today!!! my daughter has gone to Tatton Park to see Open Air Shakespeare Play Henry V. They are taking a picnic... so fingers crossed that it stays dry for them... so many events are having to be cancelled due to the rain!

I'm really sorry for my lack of commenting... I'm hoping to catch up with you in next few days all being well. But just doing this post has made me SO tired... I think I need a lie down... LOL

P.S. My Crafty Heart is 6 months old!!! and to celebrate... this weekend you can get 10% discount on First Edition pads just by entering MCHFIRST so if you head on over there today you can grab a bargain - I love First Edition pads!!!

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday!
Love and Hugs

Thursday, 12 July 2012

MAWTT Challenge 155 - 'Make it Sentimental' Reminder

Hi I just wanted to remind you of our fab Challenge over at 

As this challenge is running for 2 weeks.. you have until 8pm BST Wednesday 18th July 2012 to get your entries in...

This week the lovely Debs chose the fab theme of...

'Make it Sentimental'

So we want to see your creations with No Images!! and the SENTIMENT as Focal Point!! Hope you can pop on over to MAWTT Blog for more details of the Challenge and to see the Team's Fab Creations!

Also wanted to say I'm sorry I've been absent in Blogland - my dad had a bad seizure on Monday night and has been in hospital. It was really scary and they thought he might have had a stroke also.. he lost his speech and movement for several hours.. but thankfully he has come through it ok... he is home now but seems very tired and so we are all keeping a close eye on him.. he is being referred to a Neurologist for further tests.. but fingers crossed he is ok. 

My mum has been sick today - she is ok - but needs to rest. I think we are all tired and stressed ...hopefully things will settle down soon. I hope you will forgive my lack of commenting.. I will try and visit some of you when I feel able though as I really miss you all !!! and thank you to my MAWTT Teamies for helping out with my DT Commenting!!  

Hope you are all ok and keeping well 
Love and Hugs

Saturday, 7 July 2012

My Crafty Heart DT Card - 'All Gold'

Here's a card made with one of the wonderful Whiff of Joy images available at My Crafty Heart.  She is called 'Willow in the Summer Breeze'. I decided to go with an 'All Gold' theme and picked out some gorgeous golden and spice coloured papers from My Mind's Eye 'Nutmeg' Pad.  Oh I do love these papers...

STAMP: Whiff of Joy - 'Willow in the Summer Breeze'
PAPERS: My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 Pad - 'Nutmeg'
FLOWER: Prima Dollhouse Collection - 'Goddess'
GEMS: Hero Arts Pearls and Gems - 'Sunshine - Mixed Accents'

I have loads of Organza Ribbon in my stash which I never use mainly because it scares the heck out of me and I never know what to do with it ... but... as this was the perfect colour... - I looked over the wonderful tutorial that Jules did on ways of using ribbon. I was quite pleased with how it turned out... :-)) 

The frame is a Nellie Snellen Die Cut. 

I've paper-pieced the lovely Willow using paper from the Nutmeg pad. I know that I do loads of paper-piecing but I love how you can make it tone with the whole card. Skin, Hair and Shoes are coloured with Promarkers. I also masked and dusted around the image with Tim Holtz 'Wild Honey' Distress Ink.

Quite a simple card but hope you like it...

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

Bearly-Mine - Challenge 42 - 'Ribbons and Bows' ends 9th July 2012
Papertake Weekly - 'Anything Goes' ends 9th July 2012
Sweet Stampin' - 'Paper Piecing' ends 13th July 2012  
Ribbon Girl - 'Girlie Card' ends 14th July 2012

Thanks for all your lovely comments - I'm feeling a lot better now. I had a few days off from the internet. I find it really hard to do but it's nice to take a break from it every now and again... 

Hope you are all staying safe in this awful weather... 
Off to get something to eat and then watch Jesus Christ Superstar... I'm not sure about the judges though... hope they don't annoy me too much LOL 
Edit: I lasted ten minutes.... then had to switch off tv...ROFL... 

P.S. I was asked for the links to Jules Ribbon Tutorials... I managed to find them again.. it's in three parts and you have to scroll down as they are at the end of each post!!! they are really fab and easy to understand ... lots of lovely photos!
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Love and Hugs

Thursday, 5 July 2012

MAWTT Challenge 155 - 'Make it Sentimental'

Good Morning! Hope you are all doing ok... Thank You for all your wonderful entries into our Birthday Challenge last week!! so many stunning creations and we really enjoyed looking at them all - don't forget to check and see if you were a winner!! Today it's time for a new challenge over at

This week it's the lovely Debs who is hosting our Challenge and she has chosen the fab theme of...

'Make it Sentimental'

So we want to see your creations with No Images!! and the SENTIMENT as Focal Point!! This challenge will run for 2 weeks.. so you have until 8pm BST Wednesday 18th July 2012

I have chosen to use a digital kit called 'Brown Paper Packages' by Karen Funk that I bought from Design House Digital... 

The paper is 'White Winter' and I've also used some of the elements from the main kit... the branch with berries... the sprinkling of snow... and of course the sentiments!!

I think this was one of the quickest cards that I've ever made! but I really like it... I've added a Poinsettia from Wild Orchid Crafts... used a gem flower from stash for centre...

and that's it really... hope you like it...

We are sponsored this week by the wonderful Di's Digis
Please do pop on over to our main MAWTT Blog for more details of the challenge and to see my Teamies wonderful creations!!!

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenges:-

Totally Papercrafts - 'Use a Digital Image' ends 5th July 2012
52 Christmas Card Throwdown 'Anything Goes' ends 6th July 2012
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - 'Acrostic Christmas' ends 9th July 2012
(using M for Merry and R for Red)
Papertake Weekly - 'Anything Goes' ends 9th July 2012
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Challenge 64 - 'Christmas in July' ends 30th July 2012 

I'm feeling pretty drained again due to yet another IBS flare up... so I'm going to try and rest for a couple of days and maybe read my book.... and No! I'm not reading 'that' book !!!... LOL but a factual one about Anne Boleyn!!! 

Sick of all this rain... all the blooming Spiders in Manchester seem to be coming over to my place for shelter!! I was just lying in bed nearly asleep and saw something move out of the corner of my eye... the cheeky blighter was only on my pillow and it was as big as my hand (shudder...) I have to kill them or else I can't sleep... not knowing where they will go next... Ukkkk!!! No more Incy Wincy's pleeeeaase!!!!!

Not long until the weekend... Fingers and Toes crossed for Andy Murray!!! ;-))
Love and Hugs