Sunday, 30 June 2013

Dream Valley DT Challenge #60 - Make your own flowers or embellishments

Good afternoon, lovely people! I hope you're all having a relaxing weekend. My hubby and I have just spent a hilarious hour working out how to put our new lawnmower together! I think the instructions were originally written in ancient Chinese and translated into English via Latin! Fun times!

Here is my slightly late card for Dream Valley Challenges
and our theme this time is Make Your Own Flowers or Embellishments.
Our lovely Sponsor is Mulberry Crafts
who sell the most gorgeous, top-quality flowers! They are offering a Goody Bag as a prize to one lucky winner!

I have gone 'Steampunk' with this birthday card for a friend of my daughter. The image is by Papermania, embossed in Detail Black, and sponged with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap inks. The background paper is by Bearly Mine, and the ticket is by Tim Holtz.


I took a leaf (or should that be a cog?) out of my very talented teamie Elaine's
book and made my embellishments from a recycled aluminium can. Elaine was published in 'Craft Stamper' last year with an article on how she makes them, so you may have seen her beautiful work there.

I VERY CAREFULLY cut off the top and bottom of a can, and cut down the side. Beware, it's easy to cut a jagged edge if you're not careful.  Then I used a Tim Holtz die to cut out the cogs and the 3 little circles.

I coloured them by dabbing with Ranger alcohol Inks in Terracotta, Cranberry and Meadow, using a felt applicator also from Ranger. IRL the metal looks gorgeously shiny!

Having been so careful with the metal, I then gave myself a papercut from the backing paper!!!

Go across to Dream Valley
and see the fabulous embellies that my teamies have created, and they have a go yourself!

But be careful not to give yourself a paper-cut!!!

Thanks for looking, and have an excellent week!

love Mags B x

The Squirrel and the Fox DT Challenge #47 Christmas in July

I can't believe it's the end of June already! This year is speeding by! And it's time for another challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox. This time we're thinking about Christmas - yes, I know it's still months away, but if you make a Christmas card for our challenge you'll have one less to make in November and you'll feel soooo proud of yourself for being efficient! Or is that just me lol?

Our sponsor this time is The Paper Shelter who kindly sent the DT some cute images to use. This one is adorable, I love the Victorian vibe!

I used Promarkers to colour the image, then cut it out and layered on green card cut with a Spellbinders 'Holly Accents' die that happened to fall into my basket when I was shopping on Amazon!

I was so excited when it arrived that I used it at once - and oh, dear, the card got stuck and tore and was such a mess! I'd forgotten to rub over the die with a tumble-dryer towel to make the card easier to remove! So I cut it again and the second time the card slid out like a dream!

Tumble-dryer towels should be renamed 'getting card out of dies' towels, I think!

I also used a plain circle die on white card which I embossed with snowflakes as a backing for the die-cut, and I added touches of gold Glamour Dust to the raised lines. The girlie's fur trim also has gold Glamour Dust on it.

The fab paper is 'merry Christmas' by Echo Park, it's delicious! The sentiment is foiled, I think it came from Hobbycraft.

Do have a look at my lovely Teamies' wonderful cards, they are just so inspiring! And join in, too - it's never too soon to make Christmas cards!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink; Raw Sienna, Gold, Tulip Yellow, Buttercup;  Holly, Forest Green, Bright Green, Emerald, Grass; Crimson, Berry Red, Lipstick Red; Vanilla, Ivory;  Ice Grey 1, 3.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The Rover Returns!

Good morning! I'm so sorry I've been MIA recently, my baby girl had her first chemo session last week which rather knocked the stuffing out of her, but luckily by her birthday on Sunday she was feeling much better. I call her my baby girl, but she's just turned 27! It doesn't seem possible!

I have been crafting, I just haven't had time to blog! So today I have abandoned the washing-up in favour of writing this post, and I have 2 cards to share.

First is my daughter's birthday card. The technique comes from This video tutorial by Christina Griffiths. To make the base I used a Spellbinders die and pearlised cardstock from Craft Creations. I used all the dies in the set, alternting blue and white card, and distressed the white pieces while in the die with Broken China Distress Ink.

The sentiment from LotV is stamped in the same ink. I added a white organza double bow, and pearls in the corners. The most difficult aspect was getting the card out of the dies - I rubbed over each die with one of those tumble-dryer fragranced towel-thingys (can't for the life of me remember the proper name!) which makes it all a lot easier.

Sadly, I also had to make a card for a very dear friend whose husband died suddenly last week.

The image is by Stampendous, and I stamped it with a blue Kaleidocolor multi-coloured pad. I matted onto silver paper and then onto a scrap of paper from the snippets box.

I hope you are all well, I intend to have a lovely evening visiting your blogs!

Thanks for looking, and also for all your kind comments, they make such a difference!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Dream Valley DT Challenge 59 Father's Day/For a Man

Good afternoon! if you're looking for my DT card for The Squirrel and the Fox, please scroll down to the last post.

It's time for another challenge at Dream Valley! It's Father's Day today in the UK, so our challenge is to make something for Father's Day or, if you prefer, For a Man.

Now, I know it isn't easy making cards (or anything, really) for the menfolk in our lives. They don't appreciate flowers and ribbons the way we do. However, that's what a Challenge is all about - think outside the box! And my teamies have some totally fabulous inspiration for you, if you go over to the blog and take a look!

This cute chap is Alf, and he's from the fabulous Digistamp Boutique I coloured him with Promarkers - but I can't find the list of the colours I used! I knew I shouldn't have tidied my craft hovel, nothing is where I expect it to be!!

The spotty background paper is a snippet from my stash, and so is the brown matting card. I used Spellbinders Squares and Looped squares dies to cut the image and his mat. The shiny card candi is (are?) stickers from Paperchase. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge 46 - use metal!

Good morning, all! I hope you're all enjoying a peaceful Sunday. I have had my son and his little family staying for two nights, which was lovely! My son still has the ability to annoy his sister within a minute - do our children ever really grow up?! My DiL and I sat on the sidelines, shaking our heads and playing with my gorgeous grandchild, Lillie, who is crawling (very fast!) and loves to explore in rooms she isn't allowed to visit, like the kitchen! It's lovely having a baby about the place again!

Time for my card! This fortnight's challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox is slightly unusual: it's to Use Metal. This could be charms, or brads, or metal flowers or foliage, or corners, or bookplates - anything made of metal that's an intrinsic part of your design. (You may want to Think Tim Holtz!!!)

Our wonderful sponsor is Beary Wishes who are offering 3 of their cute digis to a lucky winner! The site also has free digi stamps, so you can 'try before you buy' - do go over and check the site out, there are some lovely images there! And the DT got to use some, too!!!

This beauty is Floral Vase it is so versatile, and a joy to colour! I used my Promarkers (list below.) The papers are 'Bonnets and Bowties' by Lili of the Valley and the sentiment is also LotV, stamped in Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and with the hearts stickled.

The ribbon is from stash, and the flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts

The all-important Metal additions are the four pink flower brads, and the heart charm, which was an RAK from my daughter.

What are you waiting for? Dig out those brads and charms and anything else that's metal (though perhaps great-aunt Mabel's silver candlesticks might not be suitable!) and join in at The Squirrel and the Fox.

I hope your weekend is going well!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

promarkers: Pastel Yellow, Blender, Burnt Orange; Forest Green, bright Green, Grass; Pine, Apple; Midnight Blue, Aegean Blue, Sky Blue; Crimson, Poppy, Lipstick Red; Ice Grey 2, 1

Saturday, 15 June 2013


Good morning! Huge apologies that I haven't been around much recently, since my daughter's diagnosis with Hodgkin's Lymphoma we have been traipsing from hospital to hospital and from test to scan to test! Her chemo begins on Tuesday and will continue fortnightly for 6 months, after which she will be CURED! Hopefully, having regular appointments will mean that our routine also becomes quite regular!

I am overwhelmed by the kindness of my blog friends, your encouragement and positive thoughts are treasured! Once again, thank you so much!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Dream Valley DT Challenge #58 Sports - and a DT Call!

Hi, again! If you're looking for my DT card for The Squirrel and the Fox please scroll down to the post below. Ta.

I'm a bit late today, it's been a busy Sunday again, but I'm here at last with a card for Dream Valley. Our theme is Sports - nice and easy, and perhaps a chance to get your Father's Day cards sorted!

Our fab Sponsor is Di's Digi Stamps which used to be called 'Di's Digi Downloads' and one lucky winner will receive a $10 voucher to spend in the store! Go over there and have a look, there are some adorable, cute images there!

I admit I didn't use a Sponsor image this time. I had this dynamic Karate Kick Girl from Redonkadoodles - formerly known as Redonkulous. I coloured her with Promarkers: I, like so many, am indebted to Kimberly Brown who posts wonderful videos on Youtube, and I used her recommended colour combo for the hair, I really like it!

Isn't she fab? I used a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle to cut her out. The papers, ribbon and gems are from stash. The scallopped edge is made with an EK Success Edger Punch.

The papers are both, I think, Pink Petticoat, the sentiment is by The Greeting Farm and it's stamped in Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Go across and see the kick-ass creations of my Teamies, and then have a go! You gotta be in it to win it! (Says she who doesn't gamble, not even on the Lottery lol!) It doesn't have to be a card, either, as long as the Sporting Theme is prominent!!

There's also a separate post on the Blog if you want to put your name forward to join the DT! If you've been wondering about joining a DT, do give us a go, we're a mix of experienced carders and newcomers, and it's not scary at all!!!

Challenges I'm entering:

Sketch and Stash provided the fab sketch! I included the optional ribbon but not the lace (it didn't look right!!) Everythin I used is old apart from the gems which I bought a couple of months ago!

Have a good week, everyone, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Cocoa, Raw Sienna, Mustard, Buttercup; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink, Cocktail Pink; Cool Grey 3, 1

The Squirrel and the Fox Dt #45 Winter or Summer

Good morning! One of the most interesting things for me about being on a DT for The Squirrel and the Fox, which is an Australian Challenge Blog, is how I now comprehend how the seasons are reversed between here and Down Under. Yes, I knew it intellectually before, but now I can experience it via the Internet. While we are (supposedly) heading into Summer, Down Under it's Autumn, heading into Winter. I hope your weather is better than our cold and grey Spring, chaps! *waves to Aussie friends*

Our new Challenge is Winter or Spring and we have the fabulous Saturated Canary as our Sponsor! The amazing prize for one lucky winner is 2 - yes, TWO! - digis! I wish I could enter - though to be honest I have a mahoosive file on my laptop of SC images already!!!

This card is made with one of them, this is Picnic and she really speaks to me of Summer with her picnic basket full of goodies to eat and a blanket to sit on!

The papers are an old My Mind's Eye set called 'Bloom and Grow' which is gorgeous! The card I used for matting was rather too bright so I distressed with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, and also used it to stamp one of the LotV Everyday Grungy Messages sentiments. I also used a Martha Stewart punch, which you can just about see, on the horizontal layer towards the bottom.

The orange ribbon, which is glittery, came from Hobbycraft. I also glittered the flowers on the sentiment in orange Stickles. The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and I punched a couple of green leafy branches with a Woodware punch.

Oh, I used a Spellbinders Labels Twenty-five to cut out the image.

I hope you will saunter over to The Squirrel and the Fox to see the fabulous work of my teamies, and then join in!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B

Promarkers and *Flexmarkers: Burnt Sienna, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, March Hare; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink, Antique Pink; Forest Green, Bright Green, Leaf Green; *Pumpkin, Amber, apricot; Gold, Canary, LEMON; cOOL gREY 1, 3