Saturday, 21 August 2010

My first award!

The lovely Sharon has given me an award! Thank you, hun!

Ok, there are five rules to follow now:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Post it on your blog
3. List three things you love about yourself: I'm quite a good cook, I play videogames, and I love Marmite!
4. Post a picture you love:

I haven't any photos of my kids on the computer yet, so here's a painting I love, 'St George and the Dragon' by Uccello. I love that the Lady has the Dragon on a leash!

5. Tag five other people.


and to be honest I want to add all of you, because you are all so inspiring!!

Please take it if you want to!

luv, Mags x

Thursday, 19 August 2010

In the Spotlight!

I came across a blog for beginning carders at Crafty Cardmakers which has a tutorial on Spotlight cards which look very intriguing.

I made this for the two lovely ladies at my local Art and Craft shop, which is closing today. The latest rent increase was too much for them, so they're going online. Anyway, the stamp, ribbon, circle punch and card are from their shop, the bp is from an old magazine (yes, I'm using up stash!) and the flower is Prima, also from stash.

I used felt tips to colour the circle which is why the colours are so bright and cartoony!

I do like this little mouse, he's so easy to decoupage, too. It's by Funstamps 'Monty's Pot of Violets.'

Where has the sun gone? It's so gloomy today, I put the lights on at lunchtime!

Thanks for looking.

luv, Mags x

Anyone for Anya Challenge

These cute Wild Sprouts are wonderful for little girls' cards! This one is for the Anyone for Anya colour challenge which has a photo of a gorgeous vase of pink, red and purple flowers as inspiration.

I don't know what I'd do without the inspiration from all your blogs, seeing all the different interpretations of the challenges. It's much appreciated!

I used Promarkers, of course (I love my Promarkers!) The papers are from an old magazine (patterned) and Bearly Mine designs (spotted) which has a sale until the 27th - oh dear, my purse is getting so thin!

The dotty paper is lilac irl, not blue.

The sketch is from Sketch and Stash challenge I got the patterned paper last year, so it qualifies as old stash, and the stamp is one I haven't used before. She came from Dies to Die For

I ordered some stuff from Bunny Zoe's Crafts on Sunday night and the parcel arrived first thing on Tuesday morning! I indulged in my first Magnolia stamps.

I'll have another card to post later (I was busy yesterday, crafting and listening to Test Match Special)

Hope your day is going well! Thanks for looking.

luv, Mags x

Recipe: Promarkers: Blush, Dusky Rose, Pink Carnation, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Tan.
Stickles on the flowers, Glossy Accents on the shoes (it never shows properly, but that may be the photographer's fault!
Rest from stash

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Pollycraft Monday Challenge

It's another digi image! I'm getting the hang of these, I hope. It's so helpful to have a daughter or son to explain the mysteries of the digital age!

This is for Pollycraft Monday Challenge whose theme is 'In Stitches.' The image is from Pollycraft's Critters and Cogs set which I think is brilliant for boys, girls and Science Fiction fans like my hubby!

The stitching is doodled, so I hope it counts! I like the effect round the image and sentiment, it gives a nice defined outline without being fussy.

Hubby smiled when he saw this card, so it's not triggered his 'I Don't Do Cute' Meter. Go, me!!

Iused Promarkers: Leaf Green, Lush Green, Tulip Yellow and Gold. The star has been stickled and the card candy is from Paperchase - originally I was going to use star shaped jewels, but because the recipient will be under 3 I had better thoughts!

Paper is Daisy Bucket 'My Little Monsters' which came in a special offer pack from Dies To Die For which I notice has a sale on these papers!

This is one of the birthday cards I'm making for the Toddler Group which I help at, and I'm really pleased with it!

Hope you're all having a good day, and thanks for looking.

luv, Mags

Recipe: I think I mentioned everything in the post! Except for the yellow card for matting, from stash

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Home again!

At last I've sorted the washing from last week's holiday in Scarborough and had a go at making cards! Yippee!

This is for my dear friend Nic, who is expecting twins at the end of November. The image and sentiment are a digi download from Bugaboo Stamps Isn't it great?! She has stickles on her dress andGlossy Accents on her specs and shoes (I must say, stilettos aren't the most appropriate footwear for a pregnant lady, but don't they look good!!!)

The fantastic papers are also a download, from Bearly Mine Designs

The plain purple paper (which shimmers irl!) is from stash.

Even my husband likes the card! He does not do cute. Not One Bit. So now that I've finally made a card that doesn't make him grimace, I'm feeling quite pleased with myself!

I am also following a Rosemary Conley Diet book. Today is Day 3 and so far it's going well. We Shall See.

Have a good evening, people, and thanks for looking!

luv, Mags x

Recipe: Image: JJ Pregnancy from Bugaboo Stamps
Promarkers: Blush, Dusky Pink, Pastel Pink, Lipstick Red; Cocoa, Cinnamon, Tan; Orchid, Amethyst, Mulberry, Leaf Green
Stickles: Xmas Red, Starry Night
Papers: Bearly Mine and stash
Flowers: Prima and stash

Friday, 6 August 2010

Hi ho, hi ho, holiday, the best day of the year

Does anyone else remember Joan Baez' version of the old song 'Matty Groves'? It takes me straight back to the Fifth Form Common Room at school...

Anyway, I'm away to Scarborough (not to the Fair!) for a week. I shall see you guys when we get back - there'll be no internet, so my hubby won't be able to connect to his work computer 'Just checking e-mails, dear!'

luv, Mags x

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Penny Black Baby Hedgie

It's Penny Black Saturday Challenge Week 112 and the theme is a recipe:

ONE circle

TWO papers

THREE flowers.

This is my first 'recipe' challenge and it wasn't nearly as difficult as I feared!

I had a lot of fun with White Flowersoft, stickles, Glossy Accents and Glamour Dust. The gingham paper is from stash (I think it's 'Craft Creations') and the lovely flowered paper is Kanban, from my local shop.

Flowers are Prima, leaves from a Woodware punch. Punch and brads are from my local shop, which is CLOSING in THREE WEEKS! What am I going to do if I can't drop in and chat to Julie and Nina?

If you go to Stamperama in Stevenage, or the Ally Pally, or several other shows whose names I don't know, look for a couple of lovely ladies who specialise in glitter on acetate. Julie is tall and dark-haired and often wears a flower in her hair; Nina is shorter and older and has a lovely German accent. They are sweet and funny and very talented.

Ok, I'm going to watch 'The Normans' in iPlayer and then b****r off to bed. Thanks for looking, peeps!

luv, Mags x

Recipe: Penny Black Stamps: Bundle of Joy (Image and Sentiment)
Promarkers: Satin, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Powder Blue, Duck Egg, Pastel Pink, Tan, Azure, Mint Green
Flowersoft on blanket, stickles on frame
Flowers: Prima
Sentiment distressed with Broken China
Flowers edged with Glossy Accents and Glamour Dust
Rest from stash

I won DawnyP's LotV blog candy!!!!!



Oh my, and the 3 stamps and 20 (20!) die-cuts are the most adorable LotV images.

So exciting!

luv, Mags x (who is still on Cloud Nine!)