Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Rosie Posy in the Pink!

Bracy yourselves, chaps, this is very pink!

I have been experimenting with my new Spectrum Noir pens. It's rather peculiar, after using Promarkers for so long, to be learning once again which colours go together. The colours are more vivid than Promarkers, and the tops on the ends are identical, so I keep pulling off the wrong one and getting the chisel nib instead of the fine nib. I've been playing with colour, which is always an education.

Anyway, to the card! The image is of course LotV Rosie Posy, which I haven't inked up in months! I used a Nestie Labels die, then drew round the outside on pink card and cut out to make the narrow border.

Papers are Pink Petticoat Vintage Rose. I used my NEW Magnolia Doohickey Tilda Lace Die - I've wanted it for ages and finally indulged!

The flowers are the Retro punch, the leaves are a Woodware one which I got last year - it's meant to be a spray of blossom, I think, but it's useful for leaves when you haven't quite got room for a swirl. The butterflies are also an old Woodware punch.

The embellies are punched from the background papers, the flowers covered with Glamour Dust and gems from stash, the butterflies have a bit of blue glitterglue smeared across the wings, and liquic pearls for their bodies. Of course today is so grey that the glitter hardly shows! There's pink glitter on Rosie's hairribbons and the spots on the flower paper, too.

The sketch is from Sketch and Stash The ribbon is recycled from a gorgeous box of Lush bath fizzers I got for my birthday - and it smells lovely! Shame the camera can't pick up scents!

I'm entering this for 2 challenges:

Lili of the Valley Challenge whose theme is 'Thank you'

and Sketch and Stash. My new stash is the Spectrum Noirs, the border die, and the ribbon, everything else is quite old!

Thanks for looking!

luv, Mags x

Spectrum Noirs: Hair - Yellows 33, 35, 38; Skin - skin tones 196, 142, 133; Dress and ribbons, socks, flowers and spots - 196 and Pinks - 137, 147; leaves and stems - Greens 42, 175; Shoes - Browns 100, 104; Ground - Cool Grey 3 and 5; outlining - Cool Grey 1

Monday, 29 August 2011

Jacqui P's blogaversary candy

It's Jacqui P's first blogaversary, and she has this amazing candy on offer. To enter, become a follower and leave a comment on the blogaversary post - like me she doesn't want to faff around with linkys but prefers drawing names from a hat! I like that in a girl!!

Seriously, her cards are lovely!

luv, Mags x

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Jacque has had some wonderful news and is celebrating with this sweet candy!

If you become a follower (and, honestly, her creations are wonderful! So pretty and inspiring!) and post this on your blog and leave a comment, you're in for a chance to win!

luv, Mags x

Church Holiday Club Thank you Card

This card is for my friend Julie, who has been running our Church Holiday Club this week. It's been great - the kids have got on really well together, and there have been lots of opportunities for all the helpers to make fools of themselves - er - I mean, get involved in the drama we put on for the children to enjoy. Today I performed 'Knees Up, Mother Brown' under my stage name, Cherry Cola (said in a Geordie accent. You may have heard of my husband, the footballer Ashtray Cola!)

Unforutunately I haven't got any of the details of the Promarkers written down, but there are Magnolia die-cuts to go with the darling Tilda image, and a Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch, and a Wild Orchid Crafts metal corner. The ribbon is from Hobbycrafts, the gems are from my stash, and the silver stickers are paperchase. The papers are Nitwits Cherry Blossoms and I used a Woodware leaf punch, too. The die-cut circular mat is a Nestie.

I'm entering this card for the Papertake Weekly challenge, where the theme is 'die-cuts.'

Thanks for looking!

luv, Mags x

PS The sketch is one I wrote down a couple of weeks ago and didn't use in time for the challenge, but I really like it anyway!!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Another Fairy Moon card!

It's me again! Here's another card using the Stitchy Bear Fairy Moon digi that I used for my Dream Valley DT card.

The card base is cut with a scalloped Grand Nestie and the paper (which was loose in my paper drawer so I can't say where it came from) is done with a plain one. The background for the fairy was made with Distress Inks, this time Scattered Straw, Broken China and Spiced Marmalade.

I'd seen cards with elegant trellises made from die-cut flourishes some time ago, so I thought I'd try it. It took ages to organise! I used 2 Marianne flourishes, and a Magnolia one (twice.) The bases of the Wild Orchid flowers are also made with a Magnolia die, and the butterflies are Martha Stewart. The only glitz is dots of gold Perfect Pearls on the butterflies' bodies.

Too late I noticed that I stuck the image at an angle instead of straight, but luckily she seems to be admiring the top butterfly, phew! That's my excuse!

I'm entering this into the Flutter By Wednesdays challenge, where, as well as a fairy, butterfly or angel they want punching and/or die-cutting. I think I've fulfilled the criteria lol!

This did take an age to make, but I really enjoyd it! Hope you're all having a good day!

Thanks for looking!

luv, Mags x

Dream Valley Challenge 14 - A Colour Theme.

Lime, Yellow and Orange! Aren't these just gorgeous?!

We had such a lot of lovely creations for our 'Distressing' Challenge last time! It's so inspiring to see so many different variations on the theme!

This fortnight we're sponsored by

The prize for a very lucky winner is a $10 voucher for their store.

The DT was lucky enough to have some wonderful images to work with - hop over to Dream Valley and have a look at my teamies' wonderful creations!

I have used Fairy Moon one of the lovely silhouette digistamps. I immediately thought of the posters by Jan Pienkowski that everyone had on their walls when I was at Uni: amazingly detailed fantasy silhouettes on backgrounds of swirling colour.

So I had a go with Distress Inks (in Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey) and my mini-mister, following Tim Holtz's Youtube tutorial here. I printed the image over the top of the coloured card and cut her out with a Nestie circle die.

I used a Grand Nestie scalloped circle for the base, which is ivory card rather than the usual white, and a plain Nestie to cut the green paper, which is from the 'Bloom and Grow' stack by My Minds Eye.

The orange ribbon, yellow Prima flowers and jewelled Dovecraft brads are from stash. I also used a Martha Stewart punch for the butterflies, which are punched from remnants of the inked card. I also put blobs of mint green liquid pearls around the scalloped mat and on the butterflies' bodies.

So that's that! I enjoyed making this card so much that I did another, but I'll post that separately as I need to take a better photo.

Thanks for looking!

luv, Mags x

Friday, 19 August 2011

Top of the Pops

How sad is it that when BBC4 (which I love!) shows old clips of TotP and old programmes with eg Lulu or Nana Mouskouri, I remember them from the first time round!

Thursday, 18 August 2011


Afternoon, all! It's another cold, grey day here in Hertfordshire - flaming August!

I got out my snippets boxes and made a Christmas card! I cut 3 strips of 2 different papers and wove them into a square, stuck it on a blue mat, and added a die-cut snowflake and a Christmas tree, also out of snippets of plain card. I glamour-dusted them and voila!

The dies are both Marianne, and the tree is new!

I'm going to enter the lovely Jules's Snippets Challenge. On Sundays she challenges herself, and anyone else who wants to join in, to use up papers that have already been used before. If you haven't seen her blog, do go and see!

Thanks for looking!

luv, Mags x

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

'We joined the Navy to see the world...

...and what did we see, we saw the sea!'

Morning, all! My, it's a cold, grey day today! I hope you're all keeping warm!

Just a quick post to show an experiment I did yesterday. I masked the stamps (Woodware) to make the smaller ships look as if they're just coming into view, and to add the waves. I used Faded Jeans Distress Ink, and also some shimmer paints that came free with a mag last year, in green, gold and blue. They shine quite nicely when the light catches them, but of course the camera doesn't pick it up!

The sky has some more ink sponged here and there to give an effect of blue sky and scudding clouds. The frame is silver glitter paper cut with a Nestie with the middle cut out, the sentiment is a peel-off.

Not the most sophisticated or elegant effort, but I had fun! I'm going to enter the Deep Ocean Challenge whose theme is 'Light Blue'

Thanks for looking, and have a good day!

luv, Mags x

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Ravel's 'Bolero' at Glasgow Airport

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing an impromptu concert of the 'Bolero' made famous by Torville and Dean's ice dance routine in the 80s.

This is just amazing!

luv, Mags x

Summertime at Anyone For Anya?

At last Mr Blogger seems to be behaving!

I hope you're having a great weekend! I'm sitting here listening to the England Cricket Team become the best in the world, it's thrilling stuff!

I appreciate that few others share my obsession, so I'll move on! This little cutie is 'Summer' from The Greeting Farm's 'Roll Call' set which I got last year, I think from Quixotic Paperie.

The current Anyone for Anya? challenge is "Summertime", so as well as using the image I chose bright, summery colours and paper with summer roses on it.

Papers are scraps of Craft Creations gingham and Flower Delight by Bearly Mine. The flowers are Prima with adhesive pearls in the middles from my stash. The ribbon is recycled, and coloured with Peach Promarker. I also ran the same colour round the oval card and then stickled.

The sketch is a pretty one from Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Well, I ought to be tidying now - India are now 221 for 9! 1 more wicket and we're No One!! - ahem!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and thanks for looking!

luv, Mags x

Promarkers: Blush, Dusky Pink, Pastel Pink; Buttercup, Canary, Mustard; Peach, Coral, Powder Blue, Denim Blue
Testing Mr Blogger! One... Two.... Three....

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Blog candy draw!

My goodness, what a lot of entrants! Thank you, all, for joining in and WELCOME to my new followers! I have written out all your names on tags, tossed them like a salad in a bowl, and drew out:


Congrats, hun! Drop me an email at Gauroth AT gmail DOT com with your address and I'll pop the candy in the post.

I hope you're all having a good evening!

luv, Mags x

Monday, 8 August 2011

Birthday blog candy!

I want to thank you all for the lovely comments you leave me, the help you give me, and not least the wonderful creations that inspire me!

The candy consists of: a 12 x 12 pack of Pepper and Friends Christmas papers, some glittered; 3 Whiff of Joy stamps (Melinda with Basket of Muffins, Christmas Angel, and Mediaeval Castle); and 4 packs of Papermania toppers.

You can post about my candy in your blog if you like, but it's up to you!! The only requirement is to leave a comment ON THIS POST - I'll be literally throwing names into a hat and drawing them on August 9th, so commenting is the only way I'll know you're interested!

I'll post anywhere!

luv, Mags xx

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Dream Valley Challenge 13 - Distressing.

Good morning! This is quite a long post, so put your feet up with a cuppa and we'll be off!

It's a new challenge at Dream Valley, the last fortnight has just flown by! We didn't have quite as many entries for the 'Surprise' Challenge, which isn't surprising (!) because it's the holidays! All the entries were very imaginative, though, and I certainly picked up a few tips!

This time the Challenge is 'Distressing.' We have TWO sponsors!

The first is One Stop Card Crafts

They're offering a £10 voucher for their lovely shop!

The second is Digi Doodle Shop

The prize is a $10 voucher! Not bad, eh?

The DT were lucky enough to be given some images from Digi Doodles to play with, yay! I used a gorgeous one, Country Path . I coloured with Promarkers and added some purple stickles to some of the flowers.

Now the only distressing I usually do is going round the edges with Distress Ink, but I thought I ought to go further this time! So, after studying many videos on Youtube, after inking the edges with Tea Dye I attacked them with a pair of scissors, scraping until the edges were fuzzy and curled. It was quite satisfying!

I punched the lower bp with a Martha Stewart punch, and distressed that to give a bit more definition.

Then I thought I'd make my own flowers, using a Nesties die and purple scraps from my stash. I sprayed with Old Lace Glimmer Mist and scrunched them then left them to dry. Then I inked the edges, glued them together and stuck a gem in the middle. On the whole, this idea was better in my mind than on the page, but Challenges are meant to encourage experimenting, hey? I think I'm going to replace them with purple Prima blooms before I send the card!

The sentiment is 'The Greeting Farm.' The papers are K and Co, the nice, simple sketch is from Sketch and Stash. The stas I used were the new image, and the papers are from my old stash.

So there it is, a curate's egg of a card ('good in parts.') The rest of the DT have done their magic, do trip across and see their lovely work! It would be terriffic if you could join us this fortnight!

Have a great day!

luv, Mags x

Promarkers: Leaf Green, Lime Green, Lime Zest, Pine, Forest Green, Tan, Caramel, Ivory, Lavender, Orchid, Amethyst.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

I could have danced all night!

Evening, all!

Here's a CAS card I made for a friend's birthday at the end of last month. I'm very pleased with this one - I find CAS cards tough, but this one looks ok, I think. You'll all be shocked to know that I didn't use Promarkers! Well, they bleed through, and this is a one-layer card, so I dug out my stazon and Distress Inks instead.

I'm entering this into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is 'Anything Goes.'

I love this Penny Black ballerina, she makes me smile! I used Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Broken China. Her ribbon is stickled in purple. The greeting is stamped in Broken China.


Thanks for looking, and sleep well!

luv, Mags x

WoJ candy from Jane!

Jane, whose cards are lovely, has candy! Pop over to her blog, add your name, and post about it - you know the drill by now, I'm sure!

Have a look at her work while you're there - I really admire what she does, though it's not a style I can handle myself.

luv, Mags x

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Simon Says Christmas in August!

Hi, guys! The house is slowly getting back to normal - spending most of a fortnight away is great, but if you leave your daughter at home there will be consequences. Ie heaps of laundry beside the washing machine and a factory's-worth of cosmetics scattered over the bathroom. However, I think we're getting there, the ironing mountain has been reduced to a small hill.

On to the card! The image is Penny Black, isn't he cute? I stickled AND glamour-dusted the fur trim and bobble on his hat, and also the double snowflake, which is made with two Marianne dies. The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts, the sentiment is Lili of the Valley. The bright papers are from my 'Christmas'n'card' snippets box - yes I have begun sorting my scraps, though the other box is just labelled 'Other Box.'

And that, as they say, is that.

I'm going to enter the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, which is Christmas in August.

I can't find my Promarker list - and I have a confession to make. You know the new Spectrum Noir pens from Crafter's Companion? I've ordered some. Have a look at Jacqui Dennis's blog and see how she uses them. Or just trot over anyway, she is an inspiration!

'K, time to make a cuppa before shower and bed.

Thanks for looking!

Luv, Mags x