Thursday, May 31

Marianne Design Divas - Followers Candy

It is that time again where thanks to the brilliant Marianne we at Marianne's Design Divas  are able to offer our great followers a chance to win some candy.....

This is what is up for grabs and it will end when we reach 750 followers.

We want to let everyone know that Marianne Designs is a lot more than just dies so here you have a chance to get yourself a selection of the great fun stamps that are available. Don't forget though that there are also a great range of flowers, gems, papers, ribbons and much much more.

To enter you will need to do the following:
- Put a link back to the Marianne's Design Divas blog on your blog using the picture of the candy.
- Be a follower of the Marianne's Design Divas blog .

And then if you want extra entries you can also get an extra entry if you do any of this...
- Share this post on your twitter/ facebook account with the buttons at the bottom of the candy post.
- Follow Marianne D on Facebook and/ or twitter (see the links in the sidebar of the Marianne's Design Divas blog )

So if you do all of that you can have up to 3 entries for this candy. All you need to do now is jump over to the Marianne's Design Divas blog and spread the word :D Good luck to you all.

Wednesday, May 30

Midweek Magnolias #13 Bling It On

A very good morning to you all.  It's Wednesday and time for another new challenge over at 

This time our theme is super duper easy, we would like to see you BLING IT ON.  Now who doesn't like a bit of bling/glitter/gems etc on their creations.  lol 

I've chosen to decorate a little gift bag to hold my gift for a little princess who will be 16 in a few days time.  I've chosen sweet Ballet Tilda from the Prince & Princesses collection, coloured her with my Copics and used pretty ballerina paper from K&Co.  I have listed a full recipe of my bag below this post.

Do please pop over to Midweek Magnolias as take a peek at the amazing examples the DT have created for you this week, they are stunning.

We look forward to seeing all your lovely creations over the next week but do please remember that to be included in the surprise prize draw from Magnolia Sweden you can only combine your entry with 4 other challenges.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

It's a Magnolia Challenge:  The theme this time is for you to decorate a paper bag.
Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge:  This fortnight are having a game of Bingo. I've chosen the middle line of ribbon&lace/Flowers/Pink
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge:  Have an amazing picture as inspiration this week with lovely cream/pink/blue/aqua colours with Flowers and a Fabric element.

Thank you for popping in to visit, I hope you got a wee bit of enthusiasm to take away.  Wishing you all a wonderful day ahead.


DP: K&Co bumper pack of mixed papers
Image: Magnolia Tilda with Ballet shoes from the Prince & Princesses collection.  Lovely balloons stamp from Sweet Crazy  Love collection.
Medium:  Copics Skin. E000 E00 E50 E93 Hair Y21 Y11 Ribbon/flower/shoes E93 Dress YG11 YG03
Glamour dust for the Tutu
Magnolia Doohickey vintage tag die & small dragonfly die
Marianne D's Lacey oval
Pink Mesh, green braid, princess ribbon, wedding petals from Stash
Flowers & Pink crystal Hearts: Wild Orchid Crafts
White paper bag from hobbycraft.

Tuesday, May 29

Splish Splash - Having Fun

Hello my dears  I wanted to show you one of my new Magnolia stamps from the Summer Memories collection.  Just how cute is this sweet Waterlily Tilda.   I've coloured her with a mixture of Copics for her skin and hair and Derwent water colour pencils for her dress and pretty hair bow.  The sky is Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink. There is a full recipe of my ingredients below this post.

It's a very overcast day here today, the sun hasn't popped out once but it's so muggy. I popped out to the garden to have my lunch and it was like opening the oven door.  

Anyway I digress!!!  I would like to enter the following Challenge with my sweet Waterlily Tilda.

Tilda's Town Challenge:  The theme this week is Water Fun.

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


DP: Prima (Chiaro) & K&Co mixed pad
Image: Magnolia Waterlily Tilda from Summer Memories collection
Medium:  Copics & Derwent Water colour pencils, Tim Holtz broken china distress ink.
Marianne Designs  Fancy Lace Circle die and Fence Die.
Magnolia doohickey vintage tag die
Flowers, Ribbon and pins from my dear friend Quackers over at Duckpondcrafts
Sentiment: Whimsy stamps
Sentiment Die: Whiff of Joy

Sunday, May 27

Wohoo!!!! First ever Scrapbook pages

London 1980

Paris 1987

Hello my dears, I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather we are having,  I've been popping in and out of the garden so I don't get frazzled. lol.  I wanted to show you my first ever scrap page layout.   I've been meaning to try this for a long time as I have some wonderful pictures from my travels around the world.  

It's a bit like making a giant card really, this is an 8x8 layout and I am definitely going to be making up a full scrapbook, it was really enjoyable and much nicer to look at than just plain photographs. I think this may become my other crafting passion.   

I would like to enter The Happy Scrappers 1st Challenge with the theme of Anything goes.

Hugs to everyone and do keep safe in the sun.

Friday, May 25

Red White and Blue

Good morning my dears,  We are still in the midst of a heatwave here and I'm loving it.   

I was having a wee browse through blogland yesterday and came across a few challenges asking for either patriotic colours/crowns/medals etc.  Now I must be honest and admit that I don't have much in the way of these items ready made to produce anything credible.  But I did purchase 2 packets of tissues at the weekend with the Union Jack flag on them from poundland with the idea of using them for something. !!!!!  

Well here it is. I used  my TH alterations Sewing room BigZ die to cut out the mannequin and then cut it out again using my tissues which I glued onto the mannequin. It then fell apart because I forgot they were 3ply, so I had to separate them very carefully and apply only the coloured flag part.

 I then remembered that I'd won some fabulous Basic Grey inspire me stamps from Simon Says Stamp blog and I knew there was a queen and smaller sentiments within the set, along with hearts and flourishes.  The blue background paper is actually little notelets and all I've done is layered them on top of each other.  Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, I did have to colour one of them with my indigo blue pro marker and the pretty lace has been coloured with pro markers ruby red and indigo blue.  I can't believe this all started with a packet of tissues. !!!!  lol

I would like to enter the following challenges please:

Sir Stampalot Challenge:  Medals & Monarchs this Month, I don't actually have a medal on my project but I think I deserve one. lol  I'm hoping this qualifies as I haven't missed a challenge yet!!!! but if it doesn't then it's fine just delete it girls.
Papertake Weekly Challenge: True Colours this week
Moving Along with The Times: Celebrations this week but not Birthdays.

Hugs to you all and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, May 23

Midweek Magnolias #12 Chic/Romantic + DT CALL

Good morning my dears,  It's Wednesday and that means another wonderful challenge over at 

Midweek Magnolias 

 This week we have the theme of Chic/Romantic  

I've chosen this sweet Tilda&Edwin summer wedding stamp as my image.  They look so in love don't they.   They've been coloured with copics and Tilda's dress has had a layer of glamour dust sprinkled all over it.  Papers are from MME and the flowers are from my stash. The sweet dove and sentiment are from Dovecraft.

I hope you can join us this week to be in with the chance to win the wonderful Surprise gift from Magnolia Sweden.  Do remember that you can only combine 4 other challenges with your entry to be included in the prize draw.  

I also want to let you know that we are having a DT call over at Midweek Magnolias.  Do please pop over and take a look at the requirements needed to come and join this amazingly friendly and relaxed challenge blog.  We are looking forward to seeing all your beautiful creations and so excited to hopefully be welcoming some new enthusiastic Magnolia loving DT members to our family.

I would like to enter the following Challenges:

Bearly Mine Challenge:  Anything Goes this week

Guylou's Inimitability Challenge:  Have the theme of Hello Doily this week and would like to see you use a doily on your creation

Bizzy Becs Store Blog Challenge:  Would like to see Vintage this month.

Hugs n Love

Sunday, May 20

HoneeBee Tilda & Meadow Daisy

Hello again my dears.  I've had fun today playing with some of my new Magnolia Stamps,  the sweet Honeebee Tilda and the Meadow Daisy.  Please don't look to closely as my masking techniques needs some work yet.!!!! so I'll keep practising. 

Tilda and the Daisy petals were coloured with Copics and the rest with my Derwent water colour pencils.  My papers are a mixture of Prima and K&Co. I will put a list of ingredients for you below this post if your at all curious.

If you read my earlier post I told you it was lovely and sunny this morning!! well guess what????  It's disappeared again and is very dull and getting quite chilly.  

That's all from me for today my lovelies, I hope you all have a very nice day ahead.  See you all soon.

Challenges Entered:

Magnolia-licious Highlites:  Would like to see a Summer theme project with this twist of colours Orange/Yellow/Blue
Magnolia Down Under Challenge:  Make your own embellishments from scratch. My flowers are from a die and coloured with Tim holtz distress inks.
It's a Magnolia Challenge:  Are having a game of Bingo this week and I've chosen Lace/pearls/punches
Tilda's  Town Challenge:  How exciting to have a new Magnolia challenge in town (literally Tilda's Town)  This is their first challenge so Anything Goes this week.  

DP:  Prima and K&Co
Image:  Honeebee Tilda and Meadow Daisy from Magnolia
Medium:  Copics  & Derwent Water colour pencils
Tim Holtz Die:   on the edge flutterby's   
Flowers from Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Garland
Sentiment: Whimsy stamps  Sentiment Die: Whiff of Joy
Cotton Lace:
Martha Stewart lace doily border punch.

Ice cream Anyone!!!

Good morning everyone,  what a lovely sunny day we are having here in Scotland.  We haven't seen a lot of that lovely big bright shiny yellow orb recently so I'm hoping it's here to stay for a while.

Anyway on to my delicious ice cream card. Yummy!!!  This is a digital stamp from Make it Crafty (my first one to be coloured) I bought three of them because they are so cute and a dream to colour.  I've used my Copics and listed them under this post. My papers from Basic Grey (cupcake) were just perfect for the image.

My card was made for an online swap that we do monthly in one of our forums, my partner this month has received it so it's safe to post.

I would also like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Basic Grey Challenge: Anything goes so long as you use a Basic Grey product.
CMC Copic Challenge:  Have the theme of anything goes this month  so long as you use your copics/promarkers/pencils 
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge:  Would like to see something Girlie this week
Delightful Challenge:  Would like you to add Ribbon.
Totally Gorgeous Challenge:  Have a colour theme of Pink & Green 

Wishing you all a wonderful day


DP: Basic Grey - 6x6 cupcake stack
Image:  Frenchie Valerie from Make it Crafty 
Cheery Lynn Italian flourish doily die

Friday, May 18

Craft All Day - Altered Canvas DT project

Hello my dears,  Yeah!!! it's Friday!!!  Another weekend looms ahead.  I've had such fun today playing in my craft room and creating something a little different for my DT project to post at

The majority of my ingredients came from Sarah's lovely on line store.  She has some gorgeous goodies to suit everyone from sizzix dies' to Magnolia stamps and beautiful furniture.  You really should pop over and take a peek.

I started out with a plain white canvas that I bought with the intention of altering.  Painted it with white acrylic paint then I chose some of Sarah's 6x6 paper variety packs. I ripped and distressed the black paper and used my EK Swiss cheese punch on the blue paper before mounting it onto white distressed card.

The little blue dots on the right of the canvas are the punched out pieces from the blue paper.  I have put a picture block at the bottom of my post to show the items used from Craft All Day.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead of you. I'm off to another all day crop tomorrow which I know is going to be such fun.

Hugs to you all  x

Challenges Entered:

Paper Crafting Journey Challenge:  Would like to see Black and one other colour.
PaperPlay Challenge:  Would like you to do some Destruction this week. i.e. tearing, distressing etc.
Tando Creative Challenge:  Would like to see you alter something this month.
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge: Would like you to use some fabric on your creation. I've used lace and gauze


7 x 5 Canvas
white acrylic paint
Stick Pin: made by me
White gauze: Chemist!!!
Beautiful Lace:  Partly coloured with copic B95 the lace was a gift from my dear Crop friend Betty McDonald thank you so much Betty Mwaaah!!
EK: border punch Swiss Cheese

Other products used in the project are available over at

Wednesday, May 16

Midweek Magnolias #11 Big White Space

Good morning All,   I'm here to let you know that a new challenge has just begun over at 

This week our theme is Big White Space, some of us have gone for just white, a coloured image and some embellishments in white. It's amazing the diversity you can achieve when all you've got in front of you is the words of Big White Space.  You will need to pop over to Midweek Magnolias and see the amazing creations that my dear teamie friends have made for you as examples.

I've used my designable embossing and cutting board from Marianne Designs along with a few of her die cut roses and flourishes. Some pretty lace and of course sweet Summer Flower Tilda from the  summer memories collection.  I have listed the full ingredients of my card at the bottom of this post with links where possible.

Our Sponsor is again Magnolia Sweden who will be sending our winner a surprise package.  The only stipulation we have is that you combine your entry with no more than 4 other challenges (making a total of 5 including ours).

I'm really looking forward to seeing all your takes on our theme this week.  In the meantime have a wonderful crafting day.

Challenges Entered:

Cupcake Craft Challenge:  No Designer Paper
2 Sisters Challenge:  Make it Girly this week
Fab n Funky Challenge: Use Fabric on your card
Whimsy Stamps Challenge:  Anything Goes this week.
CES Challenge:  Anything Goes this week


White card stock
Image:  Magnolias Summer Flower Tilda from the Summer Memories collection 2012
Medium:  Copics - Skin E000 E00 E51 E50 E93 R02 Hair E33 E53 Dress & Shoes RV21 colourless blender 0
Above available Here 
Marianne D's products:  Designable punch and emboss board vintage anja DS0913  Creatable Lacy oval CR1204 Chinese Rose LR0163 English Rose LR0162
Forest Branch LR0LR0150  Garden Branch LR0151
All of the above die's available Here
Lace: Local haberdashery store
Extras used:  Glamour Dust for wings and flowers

Tuesday, May 15

The ABC Challenge - P is for Pocket

A very good morning all,   Today starts our new fortnightly challenge over at ABC.  Our theme this fortnight 

P is for Pocket(s)    

This is my first pocket card and I must say I totally loved making it, what a great idea for holding a gift to give to someone.  I will certainly be making more of these.

I've used two Tilda's from my collection and some beautiful Prima 12 x 12 card/paper stock to make the card.  A full recipe list is available at the bottom of my post.

Our sponsor is the lovely Nikki from Bunny Zoe's Crafts

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Nikki has a fantastic array of crafting goodies for all needs, I use her store for lots of my stash and love visiting when the pennies allow. lol.   Please pop over to ABC where you will find out all about the prize up for grabs for one lucky winner.

Challenges Entered:

Bunny Zoe's Crafts Challenge:  Have an Anything Goes theme this month.

Just Magnolia & Hanglar Stanglar Challenge: Would like to see more than 1 Magnolia image this week.

CMC Copic Challenge:  This month is Anything Goes so long as your use your Copics, Pro/Flex markers pencils 

Deep Ocean Challenge: Have the theme of What a Wonderful Woman, my card/gift is for my dearest friend who is a wonderful woman and friend.

Magnolia Stamp Lovers Challenge:  Have the theme of using a magnolia image that has a flower in it.  My inside image is holding a flower.

Stamp & Create Challenge:  Would like to see One for The Girls this month. 

Wishing you all a wonderful day.


DP: Alla Prima collection"Chiaro" 
Image: Front panel - Magnolia's Princess Party and inside Tilda with hat 
Medium:  Copics & Derwent water colour pencils.  Tilda on the inside has had her dress paper pieced but her skin hair etc are Copics
Nesti's: oval small
Die's Used:  Marianne D's oval lace - Doohickey small dragonfly and Tag die.  Spellbinders Grand Calibur die creative book pages.
Large Thank You stamp: Hero Arts Clings
Sentiment inside:  MSE friends
Flowers: Prima & Petaloo
Ribbon: Angelcrafts
stick pin: made by me

Marianne Design Divas - Spread your Wings

A very good morning to you all,   it's the 15th of the month which means it's time for another fabulous challenge over at 

This month our theme is Things with Wings and as you can see I have lots of lovely Marianne D's Beautiful butterfly's on my large tag which is recycled corrugated card from a box which I've painted and distressed, everything else is Marianne's die cuts, well nearly everything, I've used TH distress inks. You will find a complete list of all the dies used at the bottom of my post.

Onto our Sponsors and boy do they have some amazing prizes for the two winners.  First we have

Who is giving our first random winner two of Marianne's fabulous die - Ticket and Tag die &  Leaves die along with 3 fabulous Cuddly digital stamps.

Our second prize winner will received this amazing package from Marianne herself.  Wow!!!

Fantastic prizes and all you have to do is include at least one Marianne Design Product on your card/project.  It could be her paper, stamps, die's, lace, flowers etc.  Don't forget to tell us what you've used.

Challenges Entered:

Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge:  Would like to see a Tag this week

Paper Sundaes Challenge: Have the theme Things with Wings

Thank you so much for popping in to visit,


Marianne Design products used:  
larger of the butterfly's  LR0153 - Small Butterfly's LR0158 
 Anja Border LR0201 - Creatable Tulips LR0209 
Bird & Ivy LR0206 - Bird & Fence LR0205 
 Bird & Grass LR0204  
 Creatable die Thanks LR0224 
 Vintage Lace JU0824

Other items used:  small oval nesti
Tim Holtz:  old paper & forest moss distress inks.

Sunday, May 13

Joanne Sheen Challenge #8

A very good morning to you all,  this is a scheduled post because I am hopefully heading towards Ayrshire with my Daughter for an all day Crop (not much cropping done mind you)  but lots of laughs and wonderful company.

Anyway it's the second Sunday of the month so that means a new challenge begins over at Joanna Sheen Challenge  and our lovely Carol has chosen the them of Birthdays - Guess who's Birthday it is then - lol  Yeah!!! Happy Birthday Carol, I hope you have a wonderful day.

I've used this sweet HM Birthday stamp which is ideal for my Masculine card and is available over at Joanna's on line store HERE.   
Copics were used to colour my image, my papers are a mixture of Papermania and Tim Holtz Vintage shabby.  I have listed the ingredients of my card at the bottom of my post.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamps Challenge:   Have the theme of Sweet Tooth this week.
Southern Girls Challenge:  Would like to see something for the Boys this week
Cute Card Thursday Challenge:  Would like to see Food or Drink this week.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge:  Are celebrating their 3rd blogaversary  this week with a Celebration theme. Congrats to Jo and the team. 
Craft Your Days Away Challenge:  Have the theme of All Creatures Great and Small this week.

DP: Papermania Christmas collection & Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby
Image: House Mouse - Joanna Sheen
Medium:  Copics
Wool Fibres:  Papermania
Buttons:  old clip on earings with the backs removed
Script & Sentiment:  Lili of the Valley
Mouse charm:  Stash.

Wednesday, May 9

Time for Tea and Cakes

Hello my dears,  I needed to wait to show you this card that was sent to a friend as a RAK card,  now she has it I can make a post with it.  It's that utterly adorable image from Lili of the Valley, one of my favourites.  I find her so suitable for lots of occasions.

She has been coloured with  Flex and Promarkers  and I've used lots of lovely die cuts, punches and embellishments around her. 

I will put a full recipe at the bottom of my post if you're interested.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Lili's little Fairies Challenge: have the theme of Anything Goes this week.
Simon Says Stamps Challenge:  Would love to see something SWEET this week,  cake, biscuits, candy etc.
Crafts & Me Challenge:  Would like you to use Die cuts and Punches this week.
The Paper Shelter Challenge:  Anything Goes this week.

Wishing you all a great day


DP: Dovecraft cupcake
Image: Lili of the Valley
Medium:  Promarkers & Flex Markers
Die's used:  Marianne Designs Corners, Cheery Lynn Italian Flourish doily,  Magnolia doohickey tag, Tim Holtz BigZ tattered flower garland.  
Martha stewart double edged lace punch
Extras used: Flowers all coloured with either copics,  TH distress inks and  chalks. Xcut crimper
Brads: Prima

Midweek Magnolias #10 Monochromatic

Good Morning my dears,  It's Wednesday and time for another fantastic challenge over at MIDWEEK MAGNOLIAS  
This week we would like to see your Monochromatic cards/projects just to clarify it means that only shades of 1 colour should be used.

We had a fantastic response to last weeks May Flower challenge but alas some people didn't read the challenge rules and therefor couldn't be included in the prize draw or in the Top three Magnolia Marvels.  PLEASE!!!! do remember that you can only combine your entry with 4 other challenges.  

Anyway onto my DT card.  I've gone with shades of Black/grey for my card.  I'm loving this colour combo, I think it looks quite dramatic.  I've used sweet Ballerina Tilda from the Princes & Princesses collection and she has been coloured with Copic markers.

My papers are a mix of Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby and K&co. My flowers are Prima and have been coloured with Copics, the stick pin I made myself and the beautiful ribbon with the embossed Happy Birthday I won in a candy a long time ago.

Do please pop over and take a peek at the amazing examples my lovely DT buddies and our very talented new Guest Designer Chanelle have made for you this week.

I would like to enter the following challenges:

It's A Magnolia Challenge:  Are looking for Monochromatic this week
Copic Marker Europe Challenge:  Are asking for the Monochromatic Technique this time
The Cutie Pie Challenge: Are also asking us to get Monochromatic

Thank you for popping in to visit I wish you all a wonderful day.


DP:  Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby & K&Co multi pack
Image: Tilda with ballet shoes from Princes & Princesses collection 2012
Medium:  Copic Markers:  Skin E000 E00 E51 E21 E93  Dress & Shoes W3 W1 
Nesti: oval small - oval scallop
netting: stash
Stick Pin: hand made by me
Flowers: Prima coloured with Copics & glamour dust added to edges
Brad: stash
Ribbon: Won in a candy last year.
Black metal accents: Stash

Monday, May 7

Fairy Princess Teddy Bea

Hello everyone,  Happy bank holiday Monday to your all,  as per usual it's dreary and wet.!!!!  Oh well I suppose that's nothing unusual her in the UK.  Anyway I hope my wee card brightens up your day a little.

I bought myself some digital images over the weekend after seeing this adorable teddy on a card over at face book.  It took me ages to choose which ones to buy and this sweet Teddy Bea jumped right into my basket, she comes as a duo in sepia and Grey png format.  I printed off the sepia one and used my copics to colour her and the same colours were used to colour the white flourishes and little corner accents that I cut out from a cheery Lynne die. I will jot down a full list of ingredients used at the bottom of my post.

Thank you for popping to visit,  I wish you all a lovely day ahead.

Challenges Entered:

Teddy Bo Challenge:  This fortnight they would like to see Buttons and of course a Teddy Bo image
Crafting Life's Pieces Challenge:  I followed the fabulous Sketch for the May Challenge.
The Paper Variety Challenge:  Would like to see at least one hand made flower on your creation. My rosette was hand made using the same papers that are behind my image.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge:  Would like you to use Buttons this week.


DP: Basic Grey - K&Co
Medium:  Copics Teddy skin: E43 E00 E000 Dress & Shoes RV10 Hat and wand YG11 
Flourishes: all coloured with YG11 & RV10 Cheery Lynn corner flourish cut into sections.
Mesh Ribbon: Bunny Zoe's crafts
Lace and printed Princess ribbon: Stash
Extras used: Glamour dust for wings and raffia for buttons.