Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Babies and blankets

Hi, guys! And a warm welcome to my new followers! Thanks for coming by!

I hope your week is going well. We had an exciting day yesterday, as the new tv digi-box, phone and Internet were installed! Everything seems to be working a wee bit faster and, even more importantly, we haven't lost the Internet in the last 24 hours!

I took the afternoon off, since the ironing is always with ye, and set up a mini-assembly line to make 4 baby cards:


It wasn't much quicker than doing them individually, since as usual I kept putting things down and being unable to find them a minute later! I also managed to sit on a pencil and stab myself in the bum! Now, that takes real talent!

Here's my favourite of the cards, I love the soft green Promarker colours:


I used a different colour combo for the face and hands, since I saw this video on skin tones by Kimberly Brown yesterday.

The image and the sentiment are both by Lili of the Valley The papers are all snippets, even the green card, the ribbon is white seam binding coloured with a Mint Green Promarker, and the broderie anglaise is from my sewing box. I added stickles round the sentiment, and that was that!

Challenges I'm entering: Lili's Little Fairies Monochrome

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge

Right, I'm off to decorate a pizza with tomatoes and olives for our tea tonight. Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Mint Green, Pastel Green, Tea Green; Saffron, Vanilla, Ivory, Sunkissed Pink; Ice Grey 2, 1


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Dream ValleyDT Challenge 62 Summer Days

Good afternoon, my lovelies!

(Please scroll down for my DT post for The Squirrel and the Fox)

It's Dream Valley Challenges time again! Our new Challenge is Summer Days - now, how many of you are humming the song from 'Grease'?

Our sponsor is the wonderful and witty Bugaboo Stamps - I love Bugaboo! I have had Sunbonnet Sue Strawberry Basket and Sunbonnet Sue Strawberry Jam in my files for a while now, and this challenge was ideal to print them out! In fact, there's a whole section on the Bugaboo site devoted to 'Sunbonnets' and they aren't all cute little girls!


I used Spectrum Noir pens this time (the list is below) and I Glossy Accented the strawberries. I used a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle die to cut out the image, and drew around the edge of the die on my green card and cut it out to make the narrow mat. The papers are by Raspberry Road and came free with a magazine.

(Honestly, I have so many of these freebie pads, I really must get a move on and use them up! But they are so pretty, how can I cut them???)

I used a Martha Stewart PATP punch for the border, and a Tonic Studios Retro flower punch for the strawberry flowers, which I edged with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and which have pearl flowers from my stash as centres. Underneath the flowers is a pale green Marianne swirl die-cut.

The sentiment is from the 'Messages' clear set by Hero Arts, stamped in Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and with 2 little gold pearls from The Hobby House. The gingham ribbon is from Hobbycraft.

The fabulous sketch is from this month's The Cupboard Trilogy Challenge

Here is the inside...


... using more papers from the same pad, and a smaller Strawberry Jam image. This time the jam jar has been Glossy Accented.

Go and see the wonderful creations that my Dream Valley teamies have made, you will be very impressed and full of enthusiasm to join in! Dig out your most summery images and papers and have a go!

"Summer Days, drifting away to oh, oh, those Summer Nights!"

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Spectrum Noir: DR5, 3, 2; LG5, 4, 2; TN10, 9, 6; CT4, 3, 2; TN2, FS2, 3

The Squirrel and the Fox DT Challenge 49 Nautical/Sea Life

Ahoy there, me hearties! It's time for another Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and this time we want you all to put on your cute Sailor Suits and make a card with a Nautical or Sea Life theme! Arrr!

Our sponsor is Oak Pond Creations who are offering a lucky winner 3 free digistamps of your choice! Go and have a look-see at their fabulous images!

The DT were given some digis to play with, I chose the adorable Beach Crabs they are so cute!


I can't remember what this kind of card is officially called, but the front has been trimmed into a triangle.


The papers are 'Splash' by Echo Park, they're gorgeously bright! I coloured the image with Promarkers, and added gold stickles here and there to the sand. The image is cut with a Spellbinders' Deckled Rectangle die, the deckle looks a bit like waves! or is that just me?

The dancing starfish were cut from a Nitwits paper from the From the Sea collection, and I used gold stickles round the edges. The seaweedy leaves are cut with a Nellie Snellen punch.

Do sail or swim across to The Squirrel and the Fox and see my teamies' fun cards!

Splice the mainbrace! Hard a'starboard! WHERE'S ALL THE RUM GONE??!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Forest Green, Bright Green, Leaf Green; Spice, Bright Orange, Mandarin, Apricot; Gold, Canary, Yellow; French Navy, Aegean, Sky Blue; Caramel, Tan; Cool Grey 3, 1

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Decoupage

Evening, all! While our Internet was down last week I tidied my craft hovel (again!) and came across a set of decoupage sheets that were free with a magazine. The sheets are from Crafts U Print and I used two of them to make some quick cards.

The first is a New Home card:


The top flap has been cut round with my Xacto knife and the decoupage has been put together with thin foam pads to give just a slightly raised effect:


A bit of gold stickles and it was done!

The second card is very Art Deco:


The background paper is made by me: I sponged Weathered Wood and Faded Jeans Distress Inks onto card, then stamped with a small flourish stamp in Weathered Wood and also Silver Color Box ink. Again I used thin foam pads:


I used Waterfall Stickles this time, along the borders of the image and the sentiment.

It took longer to cut out all the elements than to assemble the cards!

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow with 2 DT cards - if Mr Blogger posts them for me, that is!

Stay cool!

love Mags B x

Friday, 26 July 2013

Rosettes thank you!

Evening, all! I must apologise again for being MIA: we have had a most frustrating time with our Internet coverage, in fact after 15 years with Virgin we are changing to BT next week. I hope that will be an improvement, it costs a bit more but at least you get the service you pay for!

Rant over!

This rather vibrant Thank You card has been received by the person who it was made for, so now I can blog it. Brace yourselves, chaps, it's bright!


The papers are all snippets, even the orange and white card. The purple paisley is from a Papermania Capsule collection pad, and I think the orange papers are from the orange pad in the same series.

I used a Tim Holtz die to cut out both rosettes, folded them and glued the ends together and added the circle in the middle.

Does anyone else get excited when you press down on the middle of this frankly boring concertina and then - pop! - it all squishes together into a rosette? No? it must be just me, then!

The orange die-cut is made with a Spellbinders Parisian Accents die, it's so pretty! The sentiment was a loose acrylic one from my 'sentiments' file which means it was a freebie from somewhere. I like the clean font.

I used a Perlen pen to make rows of dots along the outer edges of the sentiment strip, and that, as they say, is that!

While we had no Internet last week I made a few more cards, I'll blog them over the next few days - assuming I can get online. Grrr!

How soon we adapt to new technology, even 10 years ago I wouldn't have cared about getting online, now it seems a necessity!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone, and thanks for looking!

Challenges I'm entering: Pixie's Crafty Snippets Playground

love Mags B x

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Dream Valley DT for Challenge 61 - Fancy Folds.

Good afternoon! I'm sorry I'm a few hours late with my card for Dream Valley I just had to listen to the cricket: we won, but it was a damn' close-run thing!

Anyway, this time we would like you to show off your Fancy Folds. Our sponsor is Whimsy Farm Twine and one very lucky winner will be able to choose 3 spools of the most gorgeous twine!

I also used twine (from The Ribbon Girl) on my easel card.


The image is by Hero Arts, Clear Design - Layered Flowers. I stamped the big bloom 3 times on orange paper and decoupaged them with thin foam tape. The leaves were stamped and fussy cut from a scrap of green Nitwits paper from the snippets box.

More Nitwits papers, from the Bees Knees set, were used for the background paper and also the Memory Box Spring Border die. The sentiment tags are LotV and the orange tag is by Spellbinders, from 'Framed Tags One.' They all have orange gems added to them to look like fasteners.


I glittered the edges of the petals with Glamour Dust, and the centre is filled with Glossy Accents and seed beads. The stem is made by taking 2 lengths of twine and twisting together from both ends - one hand twists forward and the other back - until it's really tight. then bring your hands together so the twine folds in half, and let go of one end. It twists together!

So there you have it! Do go across to Dream Valley to see the ASTONISHING work my teamies have produced! Make sure you don't miss the balloon! Then select a Fancy Fold - maybe there's one you've always wanted to try - and have a go yourself!

Right, I'm off to gather my strength before the next Test Match starts, at Lord's on Thursday. I'm a little bit obsessed, perhaps!

Take care, my lovelies, and have a great week! Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #48 Something Spooled.

Good morning! The new challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and the theme is to use 'something spooled.' That can be lace ribbon, twine, string - anything that comes of a spool.

Our sponsor is the fab Robyn's Fetish and a lucky winner will be able to choose 5 digis from the shop!

The DT could also use some images, I chose English tea cup isn't it pretty?


I used a Go Kreate large Frilly Die to make the shaped card blank. The background paper is by Bearly Mine, I love the roses! I used a Spellbinders Stately Circles die for the mat. The image is coloured with Speccies, and the roses have been Glossy Accented.

The flowers are by wild Orchid Crafts, and the fern is made with a Memory Box die (it was a pain to cut, even in Excalibur, my gorgeous Grand Calibur!)

I used two spooled items - a length of lace, and some organza ribbon.

Do go and see what my teamies have made, they will inspire you to dig out your spools and have a go!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Spectrum Noirs: IB3, 2, 1; TB4, 3, 1; CR6, 5, 3

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Oriental Collage.

Good evening, all! Phew, what a scorcher it's been today! Here at the Manor we are in danger of running out of suncream, and the Olde Manne has been wearing his straw trilby to protect the bald spot on his crown that he swears is not there because he can't see it!

I sheltered in my craft hovel to make this card:


The stamp is by Personal Impressions and is called 'Oriental Collage.' I coloured with Spectrum Noirs, there's a list below this post. The blue flower has been stickled.

The little blossoms in the corner were punched with a Tonic Retro Daisy punch, and the leaves were done with a Woodware punch. The pearls are from Hobbycraft. The seam binding came from The Ribbon Girl.

The background paper is from an old Dovecraft set called 'Oriental' and the script is a scrap of handmade paper, which has a lovely matte texture.

I'll be back tomorrow with DT cards for The Squirrel and the Fox and Dream Valley

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Spectrum Noirs: IB4, 3, 2, 1; LG3, 2, 1; CR6, 5, 3

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

A Wedding card.

Evening, all! I hope you're all keeping well. We have had glorious sunshine for several days in a row, it's wonderful!

My nephew was married on Saturday, so I can at last share the card I made for him and his lovely missus.


The delicate, romantic image is by Whiff of Joy and I used Promarkers, with the fine pen nibs, to colour it. The hearts have Glossy Accents on them, and the centres of the blue flowers and the bride's tiara have been stickled in gold.

I used gorgeous Spellbinders Decorative Labels Twenty Two, in pink and purple, to mat the image and also some very pretty paper from Pink Petticoat's Vintage Rose Collection. The label is another Spellbinders die, from the Parisian Motifs set, and the sentiment is by Stampendous.

I tied a triple bow with ribbon from my stash and added a very sparkly sequinned flower. The gorgeous 3D butterfly stickers are by K & Co.

I really enjoyed making this, I love creating something special for friends and family!

Coming to the end of this post I have to mention Andy Murray, the first British Wimbledon Champion since Virginia Wade in 1977! I'm not a huge tennis fan, but I was riveted by the match on tv last Sunday! Hopefully Our Brave Lads can also do the business in the cricket - the First Test against Australia starts tomorrow! Come on, England!!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Raw Sienna, Gold, Tulip Yellow; Powder Blue + Blender; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink; Ice Grey 1, 3, 4, 5; Umber, Walnut, Cocoa, Caramel, Tan, Putty; Berry Red; Holly, Forest Green, Bright Green, French Navy, Sky Blue, Purple, Orchid

Monday, 1 July 2013

Musick has charms to soothe a savage breast

Good evening! It's been a busy day today, the most important event was when we (well, my Olde Manne) fired up the new Flymo (which we struggled yesterday to put together with much study of the instructions and helpless giggling.) It worked! Hallelujah!!!

I love the fresh smell of cut grass.

Well, it's July, and my sister's birthday happens on Friday. I'm very pleased with myself for wrapping and posting her presents in good time, usually it takes me by surprise and I have to apologise for being late! My sister teaches music (piano and flute) and I decided to make her a picture.


The gold frame came from a charity shop, it's really pretty!

I stamped and embossed the lady at the piano and the chandelier, both by Stampendous, using Versamark ink and Detail Black embossing powder. Then I sprayed Ranger Colorwash onto my craft sheet and used it to paint my background with up-and-down strokes. The Stampendous music background was stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

The flowery border is from a Dylusions Stencil, I sprayed Colorwash over it to make the pattern. The script was done on the computer, distressed and edged in Vintage Photo.

Finally I sprayed Old Lace Glimmer Mist over the top.


Here's the pic before framing. (Click on it to get a closer view.) The black background is a patterned card from my stash, it has an embossed design that doesn't really show!

Is this Mixed Media, do you think? I don't quite understand what Mixed Media is, but it sounds very artistic lol! Anyway, I really enjoyed creating this! I've discovered Youtube videos by Dyan Reaveley who works for Ranger and who is wonderfully eclectic! Her methods definitely influenced me!

Enough waffle, it's time for bed. Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x