Sunday, 30 January 2011

Red for Valentines Day

Good morning crafters!
Its Sunday and I am coming to you with another IDIC challenge
This week we are asking you to make a creation on the following theme

Red for Valentines Day

This week we are sponsored by the wonderful JLJ designs!
And I chose to use this cute little ducky!

Now how is that related to love!? Well let me show you my dear friends!
Here is my Shadow box card I created just for the occasion :)

Quackers for you! Ahaha Get it :D
I get amused by the silliest things sometimes :)

Well my fellow craftees I am off to my sister in laws for a belated Christmas party as my family were mostly ill over christmas!

But don't forget....

We have a random draw with every challenge and you might just be the next winner.
Everyone is eligible to win one free digi stamp of their choice from the sponsor of that challenge. Or, if you use one of the sponsor's digi stamps, you could win a $5.0o coupon.

We give a freebie with every challenge also.
Just pick one of the images used by the DT, email Jeanette at
IDIC Freebie Request in the subject line with the name of DT member

Check out the awesome creations by my fellow DT! You can find a link to their blogs on the right!

The card ingredients

Stamp: Ducky Girl by JLJ designs

Inks and things: All paper pieced in Gimp! Check out my tutorial from last week.

Papers: Fairy Dots in Yellow and Love Hearts in Crimson all from Pink Petticoat

Odds and Sods: Sentiment generated in Word and of course my Card Candy :D

Have a great Sunday folks! Lots of Love


Thursday, 27 January 2011

Robyn's Fetish New Store

Morning crafters! I have great news!

Robyn from the Great Robyns Fetish has opened a brand new shiny store!

And for this week only you can get two goodies for free!!! to celebrate the launch of the new store :)

How cute are these two!?

And also this week there is 30% off so go and check out the wide variety of creations she has to offer!

Lots of Love

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

IDIC: Tutorial Wednesday

Paper Saving Paper Piecing

Paper piecing is a great technique which can produce some beautiful effects by using designer papers to colour your images. But it often involves using full sheets of designer paper to print the image over. This technique only means you print what you need!

In this tutorial I am going to be using an image by Robyns Fetish called An Elephant Never Forgets

It is also worth mentioning now that I use a graphics programme called GIMP, its very similar to Photoshop but is free! You can get it from here

So lets begin!
Click on images to enlarge

Step 1:
Choose your image and open it with GIMP like below

Step 2:
For my paper I am using a pink petticoat design. You can use whatever you want! You need to drag the paper icon into your open digital image in GIMP. This picture might explain it better!

Step 3:
Depending on the size of your image and the paper you might end up having something that looks like this!

Don’t be alarmed! You now need to resize your paper layer to something a bit smaller!

You need to right click on the paper layer and choose “Scale Layer”. You need to adjust it so that it fits reasonably with your image! Have a play with the dimensions.

Step 4:
Once you are happy with the size of the paper against your image you just need to copy it.
To do this Right click anywhere on the paper layer itself and choose copy.

Step 5:
The next job is to choose which part of your image you want paper pieced. In this case I want the whole elephant to be coloured. But you can choose any sections!

Firstly you need to hide the paper as this will show on top and we don’t really need to see it anymore. Using the picture below as a guide you need to click on the eye icon on the layer your paper is. It should disappear so you are left with your image.

You now need to select the layer with your image in it. You just need to left click on it in your layers panel. You know you will have it selected as it will be greyed like the image below.

You need to use a tool called fuzzy select in order to choose which bits of your image you want to paper piece.

With this selected you just need to click on the image in the parts you want to colour. Use shift + click to choose more than one section. You will know it is selected as it will have a dotted line appear around the outside.

Step 6:
Once you are happy with the bits you have selected you now need to right click on the image and choose ‘Paste Into’. Like in the picture below!

Once you have clicked on this your paper pattern will now have filled the white space you selected like in this image below!

That is it! All you need to do then is print and assemble as necessary! Have a look at the card I created!

This is based on a wonderful card I saw created by Julia Moss.
Thanks for the inspiration Julia! I love your card :)
I printed the image a couple of times to create a decoupaged look! The possibilities are endless and you can do this technique with multiple papers you just need to copy each one and paste it. As you can see it saves you having to print onto full sheets of designer paper as you just print what you need!

I am always here to help and if you need help at any step using this technique feel free to email me on or leave a comment below :)

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

I'm dreaming in black and white

Good Evening fellow crafters!

I trust you are all well?
Well its good news here as it is nearly payday! The most gratefully received pay day's of all the months is January and I can't wait :)

Now this evening's card is following a great sketch at this weeks Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Gorgeous isn't it!

I also combined it with the challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge which is brought to you by the letter B - Black and White! The challenge is sponsored by the great Dustin Pike so there is added incentive to use one of his awesome images ( of which I have many)

So here is my card:

And here is a side view! :)

I added extra pop in the form of my wonderful Sakura Glaze pens! I couldn't live without those wonderful pens :)

Well I hope you like it people! As always I love your comments just makes my merry little day :)

the card ingredients

Stamp: Heartlines Snowman by Dustin Pike

Inks and things: Promarkers and sakura glaze pens

Papers: Little Big Dots by Pink Petticoat.... In Black :)

Odds and Sods: Card Candy used on the edges of the image. The snowflake is using an X-Cut punch and the ribbon is from The Ribbon Girls.

Thanks for looking peeps!
Back again soon

Lots of Love xxx

Sunday, 23 January 2011

IDIC: Card for A Child

Morning crafters!

It's sunday and you know what that means! Its a new challenge at IDIC and this week is a great one :)

Card for A Child

Great Idea for a challenge! This week we are sponsored by the oh so talented Toucan Scraps and we were given this sweet stamp set called Kicking Leaves

Such a cute set! I chose to make a waterfall card.. kids love things to play with don't they :)
Here is what I came up with!
And here is a look at the images as you pull the magical cord :)

I had never made a waterfall card before! I didn't realise quite how simple and fun it was!
Do come and join us this week! You never know you might just win

We have a random draw with every challenge and you might just be the next winner.
Everyone is eligible to win one free digi stamp of their choice from the sponsor of that challenge. Or, if you use one of the sponsor's digi stamps, you could win a $5.0o coupon.

We give a freebie with every challenge also.
Just pick one of the images used by the DT, email Jeanette at
IDIC Freebie Request in the subject line with the name of DT member

Check out the awesome creations by the DT! You can find a link to their blogs on the right!

the card ingredients

Stamp: Kicking Leaves by Toucan Scraps

Inks and things: None

Papers: Brandy Buffington Boho Chic from 2 Peas

Odds and Sods: Eyelets from stash. Orange cord from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Until next time take care of yourselves :)

lots of love

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sleepy Moon

I have spent all day on this card and alas it has turned out nothing like it did in my head! Bah! I hate it when that happens.... Just not entirely happy with it!

It is based on the sketch from Friday Sketchers:
The second I saw it I knew I wanted that middle circle to be a hole in the card! So I created a tent card using one of my stamps from The Paper Shelter

And here is a front on view of the card! I had to cut the accordian base bit because the fold showed through my circle! Darn it!

Would love to know what you guys think... its just not quite right for me.....

It also fits in with the challenge just about to finish at OSAAT which is new!

That's all from me today!
Stay tuned for another IDIC challenge coming up tomorrow :)

Stamp: Sleepyhead moon from the Paper Shelter

Inks and things: None

Papers: Pink Petticoats Fairy Dots and Gingham in Quartz.

Odds and Sods: Ribbon from The Ribbon Girl, The sentiment was a magazine freebie, the circle one was generated in word. Buttons from Papermania and my good ol' card candy.

Lots of love

Bugaboo Disaster

It is with a very sad face that I have been unable to finish the Bugaboo Challenges *boo hoo*
I intended to finish them off last night but we had a Washing Machine catastrophe and alas that took preference :(

It was a great set of Challenges Bugaboo-ers! I thoroughly enjoyed them and here's to many more birthdays :)


Friday, 21 January 2011

Flying Elephants

Morning crafters...

Super speedy post from me!
Just popped by to show you another card for the Bugaboo Birthday Bash! This is for Mondays Blue and White theme and uses one of their cute balloon critter images! Scrumptious!

It also uses the sketch over at Sketch and Stash this week!
Cute sketch I thought! And I used my scrummy new Dolly Alpha Mixtures on this card :)
I thought this also nicely fitted in with the challenge over at Cards for Men this week which is Lets Party! Nothing says party to me like balloons!

And lastly It also fits nicely with Papertake Weekly challenge which is Ribbons and Pearls.. which is surprising considering its a male card hehe!

So without further ado.. I present a flying elephant!
Okay... its a suspended flying elephant! But flying it is :)
Here is a close up of the 3D Paper piecing! My new favourite thing at the mo!

Hope you like it!

Stamp: Balloon Critters by Bugaboo

Inks and things: None

Papers: Pink Petticoats Fairy Dots in Bluebell and Big Little Dots in Blueberry.

Odds and Sods: Ribbon from Stash and Pearls from Stash. The Yippee is from my Dolly Mixture Alphas from Pink Petticoat... again hehe :)

Have a great day everyone


Happy Happy Happy

Evening crafters!

Just a quickie from me before I head to bed!
A card to contribute to Bugaboo's Birthday Festivities :)
This one is for the Tuesday Challenge! Which is using a beautiful freebie image and adding some bling!

I also used a challenge over at Polka doodle! Where this is also a freebie!
Their challenge is to follow a sketch, and use Red, White and Blue and it must be for a UK or USA recipient! Awesome idea eh!?

Here is the sketch
Cute sketch don't you think! And I stuck pretty much to it! I was really inspired by the card produced by their DT member Nikky. Simply gorgeous!

So without further ado here is my card!

It is very, very bright don't cha think! Hehe I love the brightness tehehe!

Here is a close up of the added bling! :)

And last but not least

Stamp: Clown from Bugaboo

Inks and things: Watercoloured and some inking around the edges

Papers: Paper pieced the clown. The red backing paper is in the freebie from Polka Doodle and the Blue paper is from Creative Cottage

Odds and Sods: Happy text is also in the freebie from Polka doodle! Thanks so much

Lots of love xxxx

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Hope Jacare Doodles

Hello again,

Sorry for posting two in quick succession but I am away all day tomorrow helping a friend move house so I won't be able to post... which leads me nicely into this post :)

This card is for my dear friend Clare who is moving to my home town! Woo Hoo Yay! And this card is a Good Luck/Welcome to the neighbourhood offering :D

This card uses the sketch this week at The Sweet Stop

This week is a sketch with a spin! Thats right a little added twist :)
And this week is to include some dry embossing! Exciting eh!?

So here is what I came up with.

I know its pink and black again.. this just got me in the mood :D
As you can see I turned the sketch on its side but everything else is the same!
The embossing is there... you can probably just about see the flower prints... I haven't photo'd it very well :)

I came across the wonderful designer who is Hope Jacare whilst doing my DT work at IDIC.
Her images are stunning, so whimsical and beautifully created. So I went on a mini spending spree and got some... this one Mouse House was perfect for the occasion :)

This card also fits in with the challenge running over at Charisma Cardz this week which is Good Luck (Good Luck in the new house)

It also also fits in with this weeks challenge at OSAAT which is New (New House)

I hope you like it :)

Stamp: Mouse House by Hope Jacare

Inks and things: Watercoloured and some inking around the edges

Papers: Pink backing paper and black paper from paper mill shop. The patterned paper is from stash.

Odds and Sods: Ribbon from stash and the fower is Prima flower. The buttons are from Papermania. The sentiment was generated in word.

That really is it from me tonight now!

Goodnight all



Evening crafters!

I have a very girly card to show you now!
This card has been designed using a fantastic sketch at Simon Says Stamp (Which I will just about make the deadline for :) )

What a cutezy sketch eh!?
But I have also combined it with an awesome challenge blog I have only recently discovered called Cupcake Inspirations... It is just that.. Inspirations from cupcakes :D

And the cupcake inspiration this week... wait for it... this is awesome!

How deliciously scrummy is this cupcake!! mmmmmm

Now before I come to the big reveal I will also mention that this card is going to be entered into Mel Jens a Square or Circle card.. I'm giving hints away now hehe.

And of course it is the great Bugaboo's birthday! And they have a weeks worth of challenges for you! Keep an eye on my blog as I will be posting all of my entries over the next couple of days! I'm keeping you all in suspense :)

Okay.. okay now for the big reveal!

Tada! Told you it was girly! I picked out the colours from the delicious cupcake. The lines of black and blue and the delicious pink dots contrasted with the white! Scrummy!

Now a close up of my favourite bit!

These scrummy letters are from Pink Petticoat. They are called Alpha Dolly Mixture
I love, love, love them!! :D

Anyway thats all from me folks! Until next time

Stamp: Another of my house mouse stamps from Simon Says Stamp

Inks and things: Water colours and some inking around the edges

Papers: Pink Petticoat Pinstripe in Black. Pink card from Paper Mill Shop

Odds and Sods: Ribbon from stash and those cute Dolly Mixture Alphas from Pink Petticoat.