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Friday, 11 March 2011

Oh La La Tres Chic!

Good morning all!!!
It's Friday!!!!! Which means this should have been a DT card for the
Digi's With Attitude Challenge Blog! I had my post all scheduled & ready to go, then I got the message to say....

.....unfortunately the team is no longer & will be taking a break for who knows how long! 
Hopefully it's not for too long & normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!
I've had a great time working with the other girls on the DT & I'm sad to leave but there is good news too!!!
As I know some of you will be looking for a card today I let it run as planned!
The image I've used this week is Grumpy Gretchen, Tres Chic & you can find her here in the
Digi's With Attitude! store! The store I'm assured is still up & running!

I just love her & that posh Poodle!
My Mother-in-Law has had a couple of Standard Poodles for as long as I have known her!
This card design is known as a Pop Out Stepper & it's the first one  that I've made!

For the base card I used a template download, which was designed by the lovely Debbie Lauder over at Craftystash!
She is a very talented lady!
This was simple & quick to use! (Ideal for me as I'm often very slow at crafting.)
The template is printed onto one side of the card & the DP onto the other. (I chose to print my paper onto both sides!)
All the fold & cut lines are there to save you having to measure! There are also 2 sheets of topper elements to which you can add your own detail!
The Designer Papers I have used are from Bearly Mine Designs & the sentiments are from Digi's With Attitude!
The image was coloured with promarkers & to give the card a shabby chic feel I distressed the edges with an Ink It Up ink pad. I sponged the ink onto the background of the image too! Not sure if I got a bit too carried away there???
I  added a strip of ribbon down each side of the image & knotted some little bits of ribbon down each.
 I placed a little pearl on each of the ribbon knots, then a little hand tied bunch of flowers at either side of the front sentiment et voila!
I hope you like her!
Thanks for looking!
Update!!!
Just a quick wave & a hello to my two latest followers
Mary J & Lisa (Lisa Has a giveaway on her blog!) Do pop over & visit both ladies on their wonderful blogs!!! Thanks for joining us ladies!!!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges
Aly's Sunday Challenge Anything Goes (Hope you feel better soon Aly!)
Card Cupids  Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad Use Ribbon
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge Lovely Ladies
KB Cute Monday Use Pink
Little Claire's Challenge Use Flowers
Bearly Mine Birthday Card
Creative Belli Animals
Do You Stack Up Layers
Aud Sentiments Birthday Card Packaging etc
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Lothian Crafts Use Bright colours
Fab'n'Funky Challenges Make It Girly

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Something Different!

Good evening fellow bloggers!
I've got something a little different to show you today!

A while back I had a chat with Derek & Kim when I was in Southfield Stationers factory shop  & they very kindly offered me some bits  from their latest pastels range to play with!!! It took a while to get organised what with one thing & another but finally the stuff arrived just as I was getting ready to go my hols & all my crafty stuff was packed away!!! (Gotta stop the cat sitter playing with it!!! Don't want to be responsible for giving someone the bug!!)
There are a few sheets there but I made a start with these! The first card is made using a backing paper & one image from a whole sheet of toppers! I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with this but it made it's own mind up for me!!!  
It just had to be a little twisted easel card! I kept it simple as I didn't want to overshadow the  image. The base card as you can see is white cardstock! I cut a square from the backing paper, cut in half , inked the edges using a sponge & a distress inkpad, then added to the base & the folded over section. I did the same to the topper then added the image using foam pads for dimension. I'm not sure how well you can see but on the darker stripes of the egg, I doodled with my Sakura Clear Star pen to add a bit of detail! I think it lifted the image which would have been a bit flat otherwise. I added the butterfly which is a peel of simply stuck onto lightweight vellum & cut out, then attached with pinflair glue. ( A technique I originally picked up from a Southfields demo way back when!)
I wrapped a length of ribbon round the base & tied in a knot, added a few irridescent gems & used a button & ribbon flower as the stop!

The second card is made using a pyramage sheet & a coordinating backing paper! The sheet had Valentine sentiments on it but as Valentnes day is well past, I thought it would make an ideal birthday card an 18yr old who's just a bit goth!!! The black & pink colourway is great! It's just girly enough without being OTT. I used an A6 white card for the base. The fold is along the top. I then added a matt of lieghtweight black card with I had punched using a border punch along the bottom edge!
Next I added a matt of the coordinating backing paper which I tied a ribbon around & added a double bow. I added a strip of white card then the pyramage topper which was assembled using pinflair glue.

To finish off  I added a diecut 18 and some black irridescent gems irridescent gems irridescent gems 

 Southfield Staioners, "The Paper People" are the home of the Bits n pieces range which I'm sure many of you will have come across! You can check out the website here! They sell online as well as from their shop!
The shop runs regular events, deonstrations, drop in sessions etc. There is also a little cofee shop which serves great coffee!!! (That's coming from a bit of a coffee snob!!)
You can find them on Facebook too!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

I'm on a new DT!

Good evening all! Just a little post to let you all know that I  am absolutely delighted & very proud to now be part of the Design Team over at



I'm soo looking forward to working with the ladies over there, some of whom I've already worked with!
Thanks soo much for having me as part of the team!
I'll promise I'll be back with a card soon!!!

Can I also take this opportunity to my latest followers! Do check out their fabby blogs if you get a mo!
Tazza  whom I worked with at DWA & will now be working with at My Grafico(Hope this link's okay!)
Lynn  whom I will be working with at My Grafico
& Karen who I almost got to work with on DWA but will now be working with at My Grafico!
Thanks for joining me ladies!
Ooops, Just missed you there Pankti another My Grafico DT member! Will try to find a link for you!!!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

My Versatile Blogger Award!


Whooppee I got another award!!!! Thank you Jacki, I'm honoured! I'll wear it on my side bar with great pride!!
The rules that come with this award are simple
1) Tell 7 facts about yourself
2) Hand the award on to 15 fellow bloggers

Easy Peasy you might say but what on earth can I tell you that you don't already know?????

1) I'm such a sop I cry at the least little thing!!!
2) We're changing internet provider later this week & I'm petrified it goes wrong & I can't get online!
3) I'm supposed to be on a diet but I had a packet of Smatrties this afternoon!
4) I spend far too much time on the pc when I should be doing other things!
5) I love to learn new things.
6) I alway champion the underdog!
7) Although I have a fear of heights, I went on a hot air balloon ride & I loved it!

Now who to pass this award on to...........
1) My good friend Ali who's always there for me!
next my DT friends from Digi's With Attitude! You girls rock & I love you all!
2) Cindy-Lynn
3) Jenny
4) Stacie
5) Tazza
6) Tammylee
7) Jennifer
8) Juelt
9) Jules
10) Tanya

11) Bettina who has sadly moved on from the DWA! DT
12) Karen
13) Linda
14) Katrina
15) Sally



Sunday, 6 March 2011

Jak's Latest Exciting Floral Craft Blog Candy & New Followers

Just got back from Jak Heath's wonderful blog & she's offering up the most amazing blog candy!

There are 16 sheets of Build a Blossom from La Pashe & all the tools to make them look life like!!!
Don't miss your chance to win this amazing prize! Pop on over to her blog soon as you only have until the 10th March! Could you please let her know you came from my blog if you do pop over!
While I'm here, I'd like to say hi & big wave to my latest followers Amy (hope that links okay, you have soo many!) & Linda Thank you soo much for joining us ladies!!!