Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 33 - Humour

As you can see, my first attempt a scheduling a post didn't work! Apologies for being late with this fortnight's Dream Valley card.

Hi guys! I hope you're all enjoying lots of lovely sunshine! Once again it's time for another challenge at Dream Valley! The last challenge was quite tricky, but this time we have a lovely simple one - HUMOUR

We have two wonderful sponsors this time each with a fab prize:

Bugaboo is offering $21 to spend on their gorgeous images and

there's a £10 voucher on offer from Crafty Emma's Store

Jodie very kindly let the DT have some of her fab fun images - I used one of her wonderful drawings of Gus, who always makes me smile. I love the sentiments that come with the images, too!

The papers are from the 'Togetherness' stack by Cosmo Cricket. I distressed the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink (it seemed the most appropriate choice!) I used a Woodware corner punch to give a bit of interest. The ribbon and shells are from stash. I put Glossy Accents on the bucket and on Gus's specs. I'm afraid I've lost the list of pens I used, sorry!

Why not stroll over to see the funny cards the DT has made - be prepared to smile a lot! Do join in, remember you gotta be in it to win it!!

I'm entering the Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenge whose theme is 'One for the boys.'

Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 24 May 2012

A little bit of magic might help

Evening, all, I hope you're well. It's been a SCORCHIO! day - summer is here! Hooray!

Unfortunately a dear friend is confined indoors recovering from an operation, but I hope this Whiff of Joy image will cheer her up.

I used Spectrum Noirs to colour her. I'm a bit annoyed, because when I pulled the lid off the green pen to do the final colouring the whole nib came off and the inner tube went flying across my desk! Splodges all over my papers! Luckily none landed on the image, but I had to cut her out instead of using a Nestie. So I shall be a lot more careful with these pens in future.

I'm just glad no ink landed on my background papers, which are from the first Nitwits download I ever bought, eighteen months ago, called 'Cherry Blossom. The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts and the metal spray is from stash. The gold corners are Whiff of Joy, and so is the sentiment. I put Glossy Accents on the potion bottles.

I coloured some white seam binding with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks. Finally I used a Woodware punch to make 2 leaves.

The picture is a bit faded, in reality this is very pink!

I'm entering the following Challenges:

Sunday Sketch and Stamp provided the great sketch
Whiff of Joy Challenge where the theme is 'use metal' (I've used metal corners and a metal spray with the flowers)
Truly Scrumptious Challenge has a theme of 'Pretty in Pink'

Well, it's high time I had a nice cool shower before bedtime. We're off to Shrewsbury tomorrow - I hope I've scheduled my post for Dream Valley - apologies if it doesn't work!

Thanks for looking, and sleep well!

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Paper-pieced Willow

Evening, all! I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while, it's been quite manic here but Ye Olde Manne and I have finally arranged a weekend away in Shropshire to visit our granddaughter. I can't wait!

Unfortunately a good friend hasn't been well, so I've made her a 'cheer you up' card.  I was originally going to enter last week's challenge at Whiff of Joy which was for paper piecing, but I was unexpectedly out today and missed the boat.

I used Willow with Sunhat and she's on clearance sale at the mo, so if you like her, get in quick!

I like paper piecing, it can be fiddly, but I find it relaxing when in front of the tv. I used MME papers that were free last year - or maybe the year before?  I cut out her dress and hat and then glued the scarf and apron over the top, that's a bit easier than cutting out bits that have to be put together like a jigsaw!

The rest is coloured with Promarkers and the flowers are 'stickled pink'. (lol!)

The ribbon and buckle are from stash. The leaves were cut with a Woodware punch. The flowers are Wild Orchid, I edged the petals with n Antique Pink Promarker and then added some Glamour Dust.  The gems in the corners are from stash.

I used a great sketch from Friday Sketch Challenge. I like their sketches very much, they're always fun to follow!

I hope everyone is well and enjoying good weather. It's wonderful to see the sun, everyone was smiling today!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

PS Apologies for the picture, one side is more shadowed than the other!

Promarkers: Gold, Tulip Yellow, Buttercup; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Pastel Pink(a new combo for skin for me, I think it needs more work); Cocktail Pink, Antique Pink, Lime Green

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Dream Valley DT Challenge 32 CASE

Good afternoon! I'm sorry this post is a bit late, we had a big Baptism this morning, and then there was the excitement of a trip to Saino's! Anyway, better late than never, and I'm here with the latest Dream Valley Challenge. (You may want to grab a cuppa, this is a long post!) This time the theme is CASE the DT

Our wonderful regular sponsor One Stop Card Crafts is offering a £10 voucher.

Our other wonderful sponsor this fortnight is Crafty Ribbons who are offering one of their gorgeous 'Bev's Bags' of ribbon.

Ok, I had to have 'CASE' explained to me. Apparently it means either 'Copy And Steal Everything' or 'Copy And Selectively Edit.' I prefer the second definition!

Basically we're asking you to pick one of the DT's cards on the Challenge blog and use it as your source of inspiration. Simples! But PLEASE can you state in your post just whose card you picked and which bits inspired you? Thanks!

I've Kept It Simple Stoopid by making what I always think of as a 'short' Easel card. The front panel of a 5" x 7" card was folded in half lengthwise, covered in Nitwits papers (Breath of Fresh Air is one, but the other had no name :() and the image stuck in the middle.

Here's a sideways look so you can see what I mean:

The image is LotV, of course. I paper-pieced the flower, glittered the spots and stripes, and the centre is a Paperchase sticker. The stopper is a LotV sentiment matted onto a Nestie Blossom die-cut. The twine was free with a magazine this month. The buttons are from my Mother in Law's button tin

I hope there's lots of choice here - easel card, monochrome, buttons, twine, paper piecing, LotV, cute animals... But really you need to go and see my teamies' luscious makes, they are just lovely!

Thanks for looking! And have a great week!

love Mags B x

Flexmarkers: Blue-grey 2,3,4, Green, Sunkissed Pink

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Thank you!

You guys are wonderful! xxx

love Mags B x

Sticky posts - help!

Help! How do I make a "sticky post" in New Blogger?


love Mags B x

Monday, 7 May 2012

Tilda and butterflies

Happy Bank Holiday! Is it raining where you are? We have typical BH weather - wet, grey and cold! So I have spent the day clearing and chucking-out, and a bit of cardmaking in between!

This little Tilda is one of my favourites! She looks so surprised at the butterfly that's landed on her gorgeous bow.

I used some of the new *Summer Limited Edition Promarkers, they are such pretty colours I just couldn't resist them.  The challenge at A Passion for Promarkers is 'Light and Bright' - either use bright papers and soft coloured pens or vice-versa. I went for some bright papers by Raspberry Road that were free with 'Quick Cards' which are also quite shiny, though my naff camera skillz haven't really picked them up.

Following an example by the lovely Jules I used checked paper from the stack instead of plain card for matting. The swirl is a Marianne die, the cute butterflies are a Woodware punch. I coloured them with Promarkers to match the image and added tiny pearls by Whiff of Joy to the bodies. The swirl also has pearls.

The sentiment is LotV, also coloured with Promarkers.

The sketch is from Chocolate, coffee and cards but I had to turn it on its side to make room for Tilda. And I don't know if the swirl and butterflies match the sketch closely enough!

   What do you think, guys?

I'm also entering the Just Magnolia Challenge which is 'Anything Goes' with an option of 'swirls and pearls.'

It was great how all these challenges fell together really nicely and kick-started  old Mr Mojo, who this week hasn't been very active!

I hope you're all having a relaxing time, and my sympathies go out to those of you who are working today!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Tan, Caramel, Cocoa; Sunkissed Pink, Dusky Pink, Blush, Pastel Pink; Lime Zest, *Lime Twist, Pear Green; Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, *Summer Sun; Blossom, Fuchsia Pink, *Tropical Orchid