Wednesday, November 30

CANDY ALERT!!!! Marianne Design Divas midway card - Sparkle

Good morning my dears,  First I wanted to remind you that you still have time to enter our current challenge over at

This month the challenge is all about sparkle.  I've used the sweet MD image Christmas Presents HM9433 colouring with my flexi markers and pro markers.  A full recipe with links are below this post. 

Do remember that to be included in the prize draw this month you must use at least ONE Marianne Design Product on your creation.  

 But that's not all Folks!!! There's more.

Marianne is so happy that we are nearly at 300 followers that she has given us some great candy for one lucky follower. All you have to do to enter is
1. Be a follower of Marianne Design Divas challenge blog
2. put a picture of the candy on your blog with a link back to the challenge site (so we can get even more followers)
3. add your name to the little blue frog linky thing over at the Marianne Design Divas Challenge Blog

How easy is that!! And one person picked at random on the 1st of January will win all this lot....

So what are you waiting for get yourself over to Marianne Design Divas and get linked up
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Anything Goes this week
Craft Your Passion Challenge: Tis' the Season theme this week
Divas by Design Challenge:  Anything Goes this week.


DP: Marianne D A5 bloc Merry Little Christmas
Image: Marianne D Christmas Presents HM9433
Medium: Pro markers & Flexi Markers
Nesti: oval & oval scallop
Marianne D Creatable Circles
MS: border punch snowflakes
Glitter snowflakes: Marianne D  Finish Ice Star
small snowflakes from Marianne D frame Circle
Pink Dew Drops and ribbon from Stash.

Saturday, November 26

Christmas Time - Tilda with Presents

If you are looking for the Joanna Sheen Blog Hop then please click HERE

Hello my dears,  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  It's blowing a gale here in the west of Scotland so definitely a day for staying in and crafting.

I have another Christmas card to show you today with sweet Tilda sitting on her presents.  I've masked both images and then cut them out as one to mount on the lovely Fleur de lis nesti, both images have been coloured with flexi markers and pro markers.

A full recipe of my card is below this post along with some links to the products used.

I'm making this post short and sweet so I don't bore you too much.  I would like to welcome my new followers I hope you have a pleasant stay when you come for a visit.

Challenges Entered:

Magnolia Licious Challenge:  Have a wonderful pictorial incentive to follow chosen by Pat.  Gorgeous picture it is too.

Totally Tilda Challenge:  Would like to see Masking for this fortnights challenge

Dutch Magnolia Challenge:  Back in Time is the theme this week, you need to use a stamp from before 2011.

Truly Scrumptious Challenge:   The challenge this week is Christmas with pearls or Vintage. I've gone with a little of both.

I love Promarkers Challenge:  Anything Goes this week.


DP: Papermania's A Silent Night
Image: Magnolia wrapped presents & Tilda with large bow.
Medium:  Flexi markers - Pro Markers
Nesti:  Spellbinders Fleur de lis square
Snowflakes (4)  Marianne Design Finish Ice Star LRO125
Flourish: Marianne Design Branch Garden LRO151
Flowers made with Spellbinders die (create a flower)
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps
Pearl Brads: Dovecraft
fabric tassel: LLB

Thursday, November 24

Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog Hop !!!

Hiya everyone and welcome to the

Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog Hop!!!

Our blog hop is to Celebrate the launch of the Brand New Joanna Sheen challenge blog!!!  How exciting is that!!!
I am totally delighted and thrilled to have been invited to be a Design Team member for such an exciting new venture.

If you have landed here from Paula's Blog  then you are hopping in the right direction - If not then you need to pop over to Paula’s blog to begin.

Our DT have had a great time creating with loads of fab Joanna Sheen images for our first challenge which starts on Thursday 1st December.

As there is a week before our first challenge starts we have decided to do a blog hop where we have some scrummy prizes up for grabs!!!

Each DT member has a fab prize of pretty ribbons to be won so there are 9 – Yes… 9 chances to win!!!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is become a follower of the Joanna Sheen Challenge blog and then leave a comment on every member of the DT’s blogs on their blog hop post.

On 30th November each DT member will pick a winner by from their comments and announce their winner on their blog on the 1st December when the 1st challenge goes live so don't forget to check back on all the blogs to see if you're one of our lucky winners.

To continue your Joanna Sheen Blog Hop experience I'm sending you over to the lovely Wendy so that you can leave her some love
We are all so excited to be a part of this wonderful new venture and delighted to be representing Joanna as part of her Design Team.  Really looking forward to seeing you all joining us over at
Joanna Sheen challenge which starts Thursday 1st December.

Happy Hop, hop, hop!!!!

Wednesday, November 23

Wish upon a Star

Hi All,  I wanted to share another Christmas card with you today. It's taken me forever to make it for One simple reason, I caught my index finger in a mechanical contraption yesterday and it's torn my full nail off.  I've never squeeled in such a high pitch before in my life.

I'm all bandaged up and didn't sleep well last night, it throbbed like the devil.  That'll teach me not to poke my finger into a machine when it's still live. lol xx

Any way my wee card is for a very special lady.   I've kept the card as simple as I could, she's not in fussy n fancy but I know she is going to love this sweet Sugar Nellie image (Wish upon a Star)  I've coloured her with flexi markers and pro markers, distressed around the edges with TH old paper ink. 

 Papers are from Papermania's A Silent Night and the sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps. The lovely icicle die cut is a Marianne Design Creatable,

I would like tgo enter the following Challenges:

Quixotic Inspiration Challenge:  I followed the lovely sketch from Kim Dellow. 

Creative Craft Challenge:  Have a Free for All theme, so anything goes.

I hope you are all having a lovely week.


Monday, November 21

My Nieces Xmas Cards x 16

Good morning all,   Well I've managed to finish my Christmas cards for my Great Nieces all 16 of them!!!!   Phew! 

To save myself an awful lot of work I've opted for the ready coloured squares from Lili of the valley,  although I did colour in little ted with light fawn flexi marker and put a pro marker blush colour over those sweet faces and touched up the hair.

I used glossy accents on Ted's eyes and nose and the sweet hanging fairy (it's quite hard to see in the pictures) for the fur trim I've used glossy accents and polar white glitter.  I also used red/green/gold glitter on the little accents of the images. 

On the second card I've used seam binding to make the little scarf, this was my sweet Daughter's idea (she is a clever girl) Anyway a full recipe for my cards are below this post.  I hope my Niece's appreciate them. lol x

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley Challenge:  A Christmas Card for someone special.
The Craft Pad Challenge:  Would like to see Festive Cheer this week with Red/Green/Gold or Silver.
Paper Sundaes Challenge: Would like to see Beautiful Bows. My double bows were made using two fingers. There is a fab tutorial over at Jak's blog
2 Sisters Challenge: Would like to see Sparkle this week.

Thank you so much for popping in to visit, I hope you all have a lovely Crafty week ahead.


DP:  Trim crafts Pepper's Christmas Party
Images: Lili of the Valley
Marianne Designs Creatables: Circles
Marianne Designs Creatables: Icicles
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps
Extras:  Glossy accents. Glitters, Pro markers, wooden holly leaves, red dew drops. Red seam binding ribbon, snowtex.

Friday, November 18

Praire Fairy Fun Friday #66 Fall

Hello my dears, Well it's Friday and that means another wonderful challenge over at

Prairie Fairy Fun Friday.

Our Hostess is the lovely Kendra and the theme she chose for you this fortnight is Fall.

I chose to use the gorgeous digital image of Fall Harvest from Prairie Fairy Designs (available Here)  coloured it with Pro markers and pencils, mounted onto some corrugated card.

My papers are from Basic Grey Boxer and Archaic 6x6 pads. Stem flowers are from One Stop Crafts store and the little flowers are Making memories, my raffia ribbon is from Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

A very simple card but I love the warm earthy colours of papers and image. I haven't added a sentiment yet as I'm not sure whether I'll use it as a thank you/birthday card.

Do pop over and take a peek at the wonderful creations that the  sweet princess's have made for you this week.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you.

Challenges Entered:

Basic Grey Challenge: Would like you to Mix and Match this week, using different papers/chipboard etc.  You must use some Basic Grey products though. I've used papers from Basic Grey Boxer and Archaic 6x6 pads.
Our Creative Corner challenge:  Would like to see Pumpkins/pumpkin colours this week.


Thursday, November 17

Exciting News!!!! - Joanna Sheen has a New Challenge Blog

Good Morning my dears,   I am so thrilled to announce The  new Joanna Sheen challenge Blog starting Thursday December 1st. 

I was utterly thrilled when Paula invited me to be part of the Design Team and It took me all of 1 second to say YES PLEASE!!

We will be celebrating the launch with a Blog Hop on Thursday 24th November, so make a date in your diary cause you don't want to miss it.  There will be 9 prizes to be won ..... yes 9 prizes, as each Design team member has a prize to give away to one lucky winner.

I invite you to pop over to Joanna Sheen Blog and become a follower, then you won't miss out on all the wonderful hops and challenges that we have in store for you.

Thank you so much for popping in to visit and I look forward to seeing you at the Blog Hop next Thursday 24th November.


Wednesday, November 16

Gift Bag with sweet Tilda

Good morning everyone,  Well this is my second post today and it's only 10.30am.  I've been working on this gift bag for a couple of days now and finally finished it this morning.

I've used sweet Tilda with small gift from the Christmas Dreams collection 2011, coloured her skin and hair with pro markers but paper pieced her little frock with the same paper I've used as my backdrop.  Her wings and little dots on her dress have been sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

There is too many items to list here but if you're curious then I have a list at the bottom of my post.

I took lots of inspiration for my bag from various Challenge blogs so thank you all for the inspiration, here are the challenges I would like to enter:

TOMIC: (The official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge)   Would like you to use a paper bag on your creation this week and there is a wonderful picture incentive, just pop over and find out all the details.
Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge: This month the girls would like to see a Christmas creation with Pearls.
Simply Magnolia Challenge:  Have the theme of Anything Goes this week.
Creatalicious Challenge:  Would like a Christmas creation with lots of Sparkle.
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge:  Would like you to recycle an object. My recycled object is my paper bag.


DP: Papermania Let it Snow & Silent Night
Image: Tilda with small gift. Christmas Dreams collection 2011
Marianne Designs Creatables large circles
4 small paper Doilies: Stash
 Luxury gem Brads: Dovecraft
Tassel: LLB
Pearl stamens: Wild Orchid Crafts
Flower (coloured with Magenta pro marker) One stop Crafts
Extras Used:  Gold stickles, frosted lace stickles. Tim Holtz old paper distress ink. Glamour dust
Ribbon: Stash.

Tuesday, November 15

Emerald Faerie Garden #13 Christmas Green Dt card

Hello my dears,  It's time for another bi-weekly challenge over at The Emerald Faeries Garden  The theme for this fortnight is Christmas Green. Nice and simple,

I've chosen the adorable little Faerie called Ashee available HERE and positioned him onto my Magnolia Sleigh stamp, both images have been coloured with a mixture of Letraset pro markers and flexmarkers. The large Christmas word stamp is from Kaban and the small sentiment stamp and die are from Whiff of Joy. 

I've used a couple of Marianne Designs Creatable die's to finish off my card.  Tree Branch LRO181 and Sign Post LRO18.  Flower soft polar white was used to create the snow effect.

Thank you for popping in to visit, I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Challenges Entered:

Cardmadfairy Challenge:  Would like to see a digi image and texture this week
Craft Your Passion Challenge: have the theme of Let It Snow

Lothian Crafts Challenge:  Would like to see a Christmas creation this month.
Make it Monday Challenge:  As always, Anything Goes.

Digital Tuesday Challenge:  Christmas theme this week.

Marianne Design Divas - Sparkle DT card

Marianne Designs Products Used.

Good Morning All,   Wow!!! what a fabulous response we had to our Dying to Die Cut challenge over at
 Marianne Design Divas.  Such fabulous creations every one of them. 

Today we start a new monthly challenge and this time we want to see all your SPARKLE so long as you include at least one Marianne Design Product you will be included in the draw for the fabulous prize.

We are being sponsored this month by Cuddly Buddly, the prize is from the New Marianne Designs November Collection, gorgeous flower die's and 2 beautiful lace collections.  Hey!!! it doesn't end there, oh no!! Cuddly Buddly are also giving you 3 digi images of your choice. What a fantastic prize this is and someone has to win it, so why not you.!!!!

Our second prize is from the lovely Marianne herself, just take a peek at what could be winging it's way to you.

I do hope you will pop over to see the amazing creations that the Dt have made to enthuse and motivate you.  We look forward to seeing all your sparkly creation over the new few weeks.

I would like to enter the following Challenges:

CES Challenge:  Roses and Ribbon this week

2 Sisters Challenge:  Anything Goes this week

Oh La la Challenge:  Bingo this week, I've chosen the line with
Ribbon, die cuts and Sparkle.

Truly Scrumptious Challenge:  A game of Bingo this week and I've gone with Ribbon, Glitter/Glimmer, Punch/Die.

Craft your days Away Challenge:  A game of Bingo this week and I've chosen Pearls, flowers, ribbon.

Southern Girls Challenge:  Do you hear the Music this week, be inspired by a song. My song is "I'm getting married in the morning"

Sunday, November 13

Corner Bookmark

Good morning everyone,  I've been a busy girl this week and have been making little stocking fillers for Christmas.  So far I have 7 bookmarks, 10 gift boxes and 10 sweetie bags all ready to give as token gifts.

I used sweet Tilda with large bow for this bookmark, glittery papers, seam binding ribbon, gems and little flowers.  I hope the recipient will enjoy using it.  A full recipe for my creation is below this post.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Magnolia-licious Challenge:  The theme this week is a stunning picture chosen by Pat of silver and sapphire/Topaz.  Oh how I wish someone would buy me a necklace just like it. lol.

Crafty Ribbons Challenge:  Anything but a card this week

Thank you so much for popping in to visit and a very warm welcome to my new followers, I hope you get a little inspiration from my crafty makes.   Thanks for the lovely comments and constant encouragement you give me.


DP: Papermania Let it Snow
Image: Magnolia Tilda with large Bow
Medium: Pro markers and Derwent water colour pencils
Ribbon & Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
Gems: Stash.

The Craft Barn Candy ALERT!!!

Morning my dears,  I wanted to let you know that there is some serious candy on offer over at The Craft Barn Blog.  I've been a customer for a long time and a subscriber to their newsletter and yet I didn't know they had a blog. Duh!!!!!!  I've now rectified that mistake.   Just click HERE for all the details.  You know what they say "If you're not in it then you can't win it"  Good luck everyone.


Friday, November 11

Winter Wonderland- A Christmas Mouse. DT card

Good Morning All,  Friday again!!!  how quick the days and weeks seem to be going just recently.  Before we know it Christmas will be upon us, not that I'm complaining, it's my favourite season of the year.  I love Christmas and all the festivities that go hand in hand with it.

Today we have another wonderful challenge starting over at Winter Wonderland.  Our hostess is the lovely Lynsey and she has chosen the theme of A Christmas Mouse.  So bring out all those lovely little mice stamps.  Please make sure that the mouse is part of your main image and not just stuck in a corner somewhere.

Our Sponsor this week is the Fabulous Crimson Cloud who are giving one lucky winner a choice of 3 packs of their Die Cuts.

Kindly Sponsored By

Do pop over and take a peek at the wonderful creations my team mates have made for you this week. They are adorable.

That's all from me just now but I may be back later with a little something I'm finishing off.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Midnight Madness Challenge (MMSC129)  I followed the wonderful sketch
Bearly Mine Challenge:  One for the boyz this week
Papertake Weekly Challenge:  First Christmas challenge this week so it can be either a Christmas card or 1st Christmas card.
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge:  Would like to see your Christmas creations this week.
Cards for Men Challenge: It's Nearly Christmas this time, so a card for a man with a Christmas theme.

Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead.


K&Co and Kars X-Mas Collection
Image: House Mouse Winter Cocoa
Medium:  flex markers & Pro markers
Puff Paint for snow and snowflakes.
Nesti:  Spellbinders Fleur De Lis square
Snowflakes & present with bow: Sizzix Sizzlets die
Ribbons, Buttons & Sentiment:  Stash.

Tuesday, November 8

Elaine's Story - affects all Women (Men) Young and Mature

This is more an appeal to all Women (and some Men) it's so important please read the post  Elaine  (Technophobas Bkig) has written.

She is also giving someone the chance to win her fab blog candy which has been disigned solely for the purpase of raising money for a very worthwhile charity and more important there is a message to be read and listened too.  Please pop over to her blog and read the amazing story she has to tell.

Monday, November 7

Recycled Brown Paper Bag

Hello All,  First let me say sorry for so many photo's but I wanted you to see my paper bag from various angles.  I took my inspiration from the wonderful Claudia Rosa, I love and admire Claudia's work so much and I know my bag isn't as amazing as the beautiful one Claudia created but I just had to have a go at it and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

I used sweet Tilda with hellebore's from the new Christmas Dreams Collection, coloured her with my new Letraset Flex Markers (I love them).  There are lots of elements on my gift bag so I won't bore you with all the details, you can find the full recipe below this post.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Just Magnolia & Hanglar Stangler Challenge:  This Month Special Challenge is Anything Goes with the option of Lace and Pearls. My pearls are centred in my little paper roses.
Dutch Magnolia Lovers Challenge:  Would like you to alter some type of packaging this week.
The Maggie Lovers Challenge:   The girls would like to see Anything but a Card with a Christmas theme.
Magnolia Stamp Lovers Challenge:  Have a Christmas Tilda theme this week.
Stamping Scrapping Central Challenge:  Have the theme of Christmas this week and the new Tilda collection can be found in store.
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge:  Would like to see you Up cycle/recycle something this week.
I Love Promarkers Challenge:  Would like to see Glitter and Glitz this week.
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge:  Have the theme of Christmas this time round.

DP: Kay &Co
Papermill 350gm smooth white card for layering
Image: Tilda with Hellebore's
Nesti: 2 ovals, 1 oval scallop distressed with TH Old Paper inks.
EK: Snowflake border punch (punched out twice and stuck back to back)
Doohickey Vintage Tag die also distressed with TH inks
Sentiment: Whimsy Stamps stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and placed onto a scallop circle nesti.
Paper Roses:  English Rose Die from Marianne Design Creatables No. LRO162
Large 40mm white rose and Gardenia from Wild Orchid Crafts
  Vintage seam binding: Angel Crafts
Chipboard Heart, painted with white acrylic paint and dusted with Glamour dust.
Stick Pin: made my me
Lace: Stash.