Thursday 28 February 2013

Saturated Canary Good Vs Evil

Hi everyone! I wish I could say the sun is shining and I'm feeling great, but alas I have managed to get a stinking cold in the last couple of days and I feel rotten! I'm sure it will trudge it's way out of my system soon and it had better as I just don't have the time to be sitting around feeling sorry for myself!
I do wonder at all those people that say "If I didn't work I would get bored"! I love my job and it gives me the social side of my life that I need out of the house, and of course the money! However, I could NEVER get bored around here! If there isn't a tonne of things to do around the house, there is the dog to walk, all the lovely cards to make for DT work, all the commissions I'm making through my facebook page business, the pay it forward makes and alterable swaps, and even then I'm sure I could find a new hobby to start if I didn't have all this! I'm just glad my job is part-time!
On to the crafty stuff though..... the new challenge over at Saturated canary this time is GOOD Vs EVIL. Mmmmm I wasn't sure where to go with that either! It could be an evil(ish) image in cutesy colours or 2 opposing characters, or maybe just do something for the good or something for the evil, here is what I did.
I chose to use Vampire rose, a vampire is kinda evil but she is just too cute! I went down the dark side of monotone black & white but added a splash of lilac as the good trying to take over!
I used Black market paper society papers, flowers from WOC, butterfly from Kays and sentiment from SU.
Here is the cute vampire rose who is available in digi at the SC store or can also be purchased in rubba at Crafty Boots store. I have coloured her with prisma pencils and have added a stempelglede flourish stamp in black around the edge of the image.
I also wonder what pens people use when colouring B&W images with copics or pro markers. I only use pencils and I use ALOT when colouring an image like this. Below is a picture of my pencils out before colouring grouped into warm greys, french greys and cool greys, and yes, I did use all of these colours not including the lilacs! 
I would like to enter this card into..
Whoopsidaisy add a sentiment, Love to create use twine, Bearly mine anything goes, My time to craft song or film inspired (Vampire rose is based on Rosalie from Twilight of course!), Party time tues anything goes and Simon says stamp anything goes.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again everyone
Big hugs

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Anything goes at Divas by Design

Hello everyone! It's the middle of the week and time is just running by too fast for me!
Have I stuck to my schedule/to do lists?! Well, I was doing so well and then we had half term! But I have been on top of a few cleaning duties this week, I just haven't managed to get any relaxing time in and I have a good few commissioned card orders to make behind the scenes!
However, it's challenge time again at
and this time we have the super easy challenge of 
and we are sponsored by the wonderful Shape EZ templates at Whimsy who have given the DT some fabulous templates to play with for our challenge.
I have used the Gift pouch Template and have used some cheery Stampin up papers with a butterfly from E crafts, flower from Mulberry crafts and sentiment from SU. My handle is made from ribbon taped around wire to make it sturdy, though it looks a bit bent in these photos!
This is an adorable little template to make this cute pouch which is so perfect for a little gift like chocs or sweets.
Do check out the rest of the DTs creations at Divas they have made some absolute stunners and Tammy Louise from Shape EZ has joined in with us this week too!
Thanks so much from coming by my blog again everyone!
Big hugs

Monday 25 February 2013

Card Mania GDT

Morning everyone, hope you had a fabulous weekend! It's still really cold here and we even had more flurries of snow but luckily nothing settled!
It is going to be eerie quiet here today (yay!) as hubby is in work and all the kiddies are back to school. I would like to say I am going to spend the day crafting, but normally when I get some quiet time I just want to chill out in front of the TV and have a warm drink! Of course that will be after I take that energetic husky for a walk!
Today, though, I have had the priviledge of being asked to be Guest DT over at Card Mania and they have the fabulous theme of fairies/butterflies this month and are sponsored by the brilliant Milk and Coffee.
Here is what I made for them..
I have used papers from Pink Paislee, flowers and cameo from WOC, butterfly from little snippets, Love letter stamps from Whimsy and sentiment from LOTV.
I have used this beautiful wee stamps fairy for my card (also available at Whimsy)and have coloured her with prisma pencils. I have used a stempelglede grunge swirl stamp around the edge of the image in victorian velvet DI.
Do check out what the rest of the talented DT have made and why not join in with the challenge?
I would like to enter this into..
Sweet stampin for a special lady, Whoopsidaisy make it girlie,  OSAAT use a digi, Sentimental sundays flowers, The squirrel and the fox fantasy, Alphabet challenge A is for anything with wings, Totally papercrafts a hope for spring, Delicious doodles flowers for spring and Simply create too mothers day. 
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again everyone!
Big hugs

Thursday 21 February 2013

Marvelous Magnolia - flowers

Happy Thursday everyone!
I hope everyone is having a good week so far! Mine is surprisingly shooting past even though the house is full of kiddies on half term! All we need now is for it to get a little warmer, the sun is often out but it's still pretty chilly out there!
We have a wonderful new challenge for you over at Marvelous Magnolia this week and it has to be one of my favourites, it's FLOWERS!
So I figured it was about time I started on some mothers day cards..
I just adore these Bazill basic vintage market papers sooooo pretty! I have also added lace and flowers from WOC, twine from dovecraft, pearls from prima and butterfly from Kays Kreative Korner.
My sweet Tilda with flower pot has been coloured with prisma pencils. My colours seem to be really washed out at the moment in my photos despite my photo software! I have used stempelglede stamps around the edge of my image in vintage photo DI.
Do check out what the rest of the team have created for this challenge and don't forget to join in with us this time for this easy challenge!
I would like to enter this into..
OSAAT make it girlie, Sentimental sundays lace and pearls, Bunny zoes flowers and pearls, Cutie pie pretty pastels, Bearly mine lace/ribbon/twine and The inky chicks mothers day.
Thanks for coming by my blog again everyone!

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Divas by design Fancy fold

Hello everyone!
Just a quick post from me today to let you know about the new challenge over at 
Which this week is 
and is sponsored by the lovely LOTV
So do join in if you can!

Friday 15 February 2013

Stampin for the weekend Distressed

Happy Friday everyone I hope you are all well out there in blogland!
I hope you all had nice Valentines day yesterday, those of you who choose to celebrate it!
We have a new challenge over at Stampin for the weekend today and we are super lucky to be sponsored by the superb Lilli of the Valley.
Our challenge this time is to get DISTRESSED so get out your inks, tear your edges and rough up your stash! We are also looking for a couple of new DT members so why not give it a go?!
As I said in my post yesterday I would be showing you what Valentines I made for the kiddies yesterday and here they are (warning a bit more photo heavy today!)
Here is my hanging valentines string ball! I saw something similar to this on PInterest for Easter baskets and wanted to try it for valentines. They are a bit bigger than I planned but I love how they have turned out! My distressed element is the handmade tag.
I made 3 of these as I have 3 kiddies, actually I made 5 balls but only made 3 tags. There are some tiny chocolates inside too but how did they get there?!
It's simple, although fiddly lol!
Just take a balloon and push inside the chocolates, small egg shaped ones work best to get inside the non inflated balloon. Then you blow up the balloon and the chocs are rolling about inside!
The string is crochet string (size3) soaked in sugar water. Boil 2 parts sugar to 1 part equal water for the solution. Then you wrap the string around the balloon, this part is icky sticky! Leave to dry for 24 hours then pop the balloon and take out the bits through the string holes. This part is also fiddly as I found my popped balloon wrapped itself around the chocs but with a lot of prodding and fiddling I managed to get out the bits of balloon, leaving the chocs inside the string balls!
Here you can just about see some chocs inside! There aren't many as it is hard to get them in non inflated balloons! I then tied a piece of ribbon to form a loop for the top and added a bigger ribbon for a bow to hide any unsightly knots.
I guess I should show you my tag though! I have used Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet DI along with a stempelglede flourish stamp and prima script stamp to the edges. I painted some white crackle paint in the middle and stamped over that with the "I love you" stamp which is Papertrey Ink. My heart is a TH Alteration die and my butterflies are Cheery Lynn which have all had Tea dye ink and crackle paint on them. I have added a rose, ribbon and lace to the top of the tag and some bling and pearls too.
I am entering this today into...
Paper shelter be my valentine, Addicted to stamps and more bingo (heart stamp love), flutterby weds hearts,  Charisma anything goes, MAWTT love is in the air, Crafty sentiments valentines, Sarah Hurley anything but  a card, Happy campers shabby chic and In the pink pink valentines.
Do check out what the rest of the team have made for this excellent challenge and please join us you have 2 wks to enter!
Thanks so much for coming by my blog everyone
Big hugs

Thursday 14 February 2013

Love at Saturated Canary

Happy Valentines everyone!
We have never much been into the valentines thing here (me and hubby that is) but the kids love it and it is fast becoming a tradition that I make little valentines for them lol! I have also been making cupcakes etc but I have made them pre valentines.... maybe I will go and finish some more off this evening!
I have made some lovely gifts for the kiddies but you will have to wait until tomorrows post for that so do come back!
However I got up this morning to find a red rose at the bottom of the bed (aww) Hubby is on nights so I left him sleeping as he came in at 6am this morning and as I made way down the stairs so I followed a trail of roses! There was one in a plant, one at the PC desk, one at my crafting desk, in the bathroom etc etc. There was a little heart post it on my lappy saying I love you and even some gingerbread LOVE cookies by the TV with a heart post it saying for the kids! When Amelia went to school (she leaves first) and we opened the door another rose fell on to the floor! But this made 11 roses and I figured he bought the dozen but just couldn't find the other rose for the life of me! I searched everywhere but no rose and decided I would probably just have to ask him when he got up but on taking the other kiddies to school, I put on my coat and out popped number 12 rose from the sleeve of my jacket! Hubby has def out done himself this year!
So, following on our love theme for today that's what our challenge is over at Saturated Canary and I have the card I made for my hubby to show.
I have used lovely papers Basic Grey True love collection, Some flowers from Wild Orchids, a butterfly from little snippets, bling from Prima and a sentiment ticket from Wild Asparagus.
I have used this stunning digi image from Saturated Canary called love letters and I have coloured her with prisma pencils. I have edged in victorian velvet DI and used an SU flower stamp around the corners.
Do check out what the rest of the amazing team have made for this challenge, such pretty cards to look at!
I would like to enter this into..
Kaboodle doodles valentines, Card mania is this love, Daisy doodles valentines, Love to create feeling the love, Papertake weekly hearts and flowers, Tuesday throwdown anything goes, LCI Pink & ? (teal), Sweet stamps romance, Stampavie and more lots of layers and crafty creations love/hearts.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again everyone.
Big hugs to you all and happy valentines!

A giveaway!!!

Hi folks!!!
A quick post from me (I am back real soon with my Saturated Canary post) to let you know about a fab give away, 6 sets of handmade stick pins!
Just pop across to the Black with 2 facebook page and "like" us, as simple as that and you could be in with a chance to win!
Big hugs

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Divas by Design Love & Romance

Good morning friends!
Well I have already started operation proactive and so far it's not doing too bad! I have a list of jobs, of which I have already crossed off 3! I also have a daily schedule but I'm not stressing if I don't mange to keep to it, it's just a guideline and on each day I have a housework job assigned to myself, an exercise/workout and a period of relaxation. Just small stuff like bleach the sinks, 20 mins zumba and 30 mins book reading. It gives me reminders so I make sure I spend a little time relaxing as well as getting some of the other stuff done! I have also factored in some family time, like movie night and treasure hunts so watch this space!
Well it's valentines tomorrow so we are on a romantic theme at Divas by Design this week and wow do we have the most amazing prize from the fabulous store Craftie Charlie, pop across to the blog to see the stunning Prima prize they have on offer for you!
And here is my card for the challenge...
This is for my daughter to give to a boy at school (awwww) can't believe she is actually sending a valentine this year!
I have used the most stunning papers from Bazill Basics Vintage market place, just love them! Along with a prima bling swirl, heart dies from Memory box, flowers from Wild orchids and a sentiment from Stampin Up.
Now isn't it just typical that you go and leave a design team and then Janet produces the most adorable Chloe digi stamps that I have ever seen so I just had to run across to pink gem designs and buy them, they are so seriously cute, isn't this perfect?! My teamie Debs at Divas has also used one this week and she is so super cute too! I have coloured Chloe with prisma pencils of course.
I would like to enter this into..
OSAAT anything goes, Dream valley valentines, Sentimental sundays love is in the air, Corrosive hearts and flowers, The squirrel and the fox love, Lexis valentines, Craft your passion my valentine and A Gem of a challenge hearts/valentines.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog. We do hope you will join us in our challenge this week for a chance at the superb Prize. Please do pop across and see what the rest of the team have made for this challenge.
Massive hugs

Friday 8 February 2013

Divas by Design - late!!!

It's Friday again!!!!
I am at work today so I have scheduled this post but I am super late with it anyway!
Over at Divas by Design this week we have the challenge of "winged things" so butterflies, birds, faeries that sort of thing and we are so lucky to have the fabulous sponsorship of the uber talented Teri of Delicious doodles. I did have my card ready yesterday but figured that I would wait until today to pop it on as I already had a card on yesterday.
I have made a thank you card with these lucious papers from Black market paper society, such rich colours! I have used flowers from WOC, Butterfly from Prima, tags cut with nesties and alpha stickers from Adornit.
I have used this stunning Ivy fairy image from delicious doodles and have coloured her with prisma pencils. I have used forest moss DI around the edge and have used an SU foliage stamp.
I would like to enter this into..
Flutterby Weds open, Ruby's rainbow roses, MAWTT only girls allowed, Crafty sentiments anything goes, Craft us crazy cutting machines (used cuttlebug with nesties) and addicted to stamps pearls and swirls.
Thanks for coming by my blog, do check out what the rest of the team have made with Teri's beautiful images and join in for a chance to win some of them too!
Big hugs

Thursday 7 February 2013

Marvelous Magnolia Hearts

Hello friends!
Happy Thursday to you all!
I've not been feeling very organised at the moment, in fact, I have a hundred and one ideas floating about in my head of all the things I want to do. Crafty things, food type things, house type things etc etc. Maybe it is just a creative mind but I have all these good intentions and never seem to follow up on any of them, is anyone else as bad as me?!
I get all these fab ideas via pInterest and think "I'm def gonna do that" but do I?!!!
I want to do creative things other than make cards. I want to create photos with quotes and words on for art around the home. I want to make more home cooked foods (I even bought a slow cooker on monday!) I want to help my kids more with their education. I want to create moments in everyone's lives that they will remember forever! I want to be healthier and fitter. I know I'm a crazy woman!
Maybe this is why I got ill recently!
But I need to make lists so I can tick these things off. I need to plan out my day so I don't procrastinate and end up doing none of the above!
But I know I also need to find time to chill out and relax, I need to factor this into my list too!
If I manage to succeed in any of this I will let you know and I will let you know how I've managed it, maybe this is my late resolution to "be more pro active!" LOL
I do have a DT card for you today! We have a new challenge over at Marvelous Magnolia which is
Especially for the impending Valentines day! I have made a card on commission today, a friend who requested a valentines card from me.
My pretty papers are MME lost and found with love ticket from Tim Holtz,  flowers from WOC, butterfly from Kays and sentiment from SU.
I have coloured Edwin with prisma pencils. I love him for cards that are from men to women he is such a sweetie. I have used a kaisercraft postage stamp around the edge in vintage photo ink.
I would like to enter this into...
Papertake weekly anything goes, Bearly mine anything goes, Tuesday throwdown heart strings, Party time Tuesday love and romance,  Pinspirational challenges picture inspiration here..
Sweet stamps think pink, The Inky chicks Valentine and Simon says stamp have a heart.
Do check out what the rest of the team have done with this challenge. We are sponsored this week by Tildas Town so please join in for a chance at a great prize!
Thanks so much for coming by my blog and I will let you know how my life sorting goes lol!
Big hugs

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Saturated Canary Rubber at Crafty Boots

Hello again friends!
I hope anyone that has another sprinkling of snow is keeping warm! Here it is very cold and icy but no sign of snow, thank goodness!
Today I am letting you know about some of the fab new stamps available at the Crafty Boots store
There are some adorable Sylvia Zet stamps, Meljens, Some odd girl and pf course fabulous Saturated Canary Rubber like this gorgeous Nevaeh stamp that I have worked with today.
I have used the most stunning Pink Paislee London Market papers, a memory box heart die, Whimsy banner die and  Tim Holtz heart dies. I have also used flowers and cameo from Wild Orchids, Ribbon from the lovely Krista, my "love" tab is from stash and another stunning butterfly from Kays Kreative Korner.
My wonderful Stamped image has been coloured with prisma pencils. I have inked around the edges in Vintage photo and used an SU flourish stamp for the corners.
Do pop across to the Crafty Boots store blog and follow us so you don't miss any of the inspiration from the DT on all of the new products that are making their way into store now!
I would like to enter this into...
Cupcake Inspirations Inspired by this picture..
Dream Valley Valentines, Corrosive hearts and flowers, Glitter n sparkle valentines, No matter which ribbons and bows, Incy wincy love is in the air, Crafty cardmakers vintage love, Stamp with fun brown and creative stamp friends valentines/hearts.
Thanks for coming by my blog again folks
Big hugs

Saturday 2 February 2013

SFTW Use some Metal

Hi again friends, happy weekend to you all!
We started a new challenge over at Stampin for the weekend yesterday, but as I already had a post up yesterday I thought I would wait until today to share my creation with you.
Our challenge has been set by the lovely Gunn and she wants us to use some Metal on our creations. This could be a charm, brad, ribbon slider, clip etc etc.
We are also super lucky to be sponsored  by the wonderful Krista at Saturated Canary so the DT have all had the priviledge to use her stunning images!
Here is my card..
I have used prima Madeline papers from a pad I have had for ages and never even opened!!! (I know terrible isn't it!) I never had any idea how much I would love these colours too! My film tape and sentiment card holder are Tim Holtz, my charm from stash, my flowers and seam binding WOC and my butterfly from Kays.
My beautiful image is saturated Canary Roses are red, violets are blue, she is from a new range of digis just launched! I have coloured her with prisma pencils and edged in vintage photo ink.
Do check out what the rest of the team have made, all using different SC images!
I would like to enter this into...
Paper playtime use some brown, Party time tues anything goes, Pennys paper crafty one for the girls, Paper pretties square cards, Crafts and me your fave embellies (flowers and butterflies) and Stamp n doodle ladies birthday.
Thanks so much for coming by my blog again everyone!
Big hugs