Saturday, 30 June 2012

In the jungle, the mighty jungle!

Evening, all! Who's enjoying Wimbledon? Normally it just seems like a procession, but this time the upsets have made it really interesting! Come on, Murray!

I made this card for a young lad who is besotted by science - specially biology! So this chameleon, from the Woodware stamp set 'In the Jungle', seemed right. It's not an animal that appeals to me much in real life, but this one is just so cute!

I used a nestie to cut him out then drew round the edge of the die on pearlised charcoal card by Papermania and cut out the narrow mat. He's coloured with Speccies, and there are stickles on the fly's wings and Glossy Accents on the ridges of his crest. I distressed the edge lightly with Scattered Straw DI.

Papers are Paislee Road by Prima. The tags are Lili of the Valley. The leaves and flowers and butterflies are all made with Woodware punches: I used scraps of multicoloured, shiny green and copper paper.

I hope the young man will like it - the card's meant to evoke a scene in the jungle around a pond (gosh that sounds so arty-farty!!.

Anyway, thanks for looking, and I'll see you tomorrow with some exciting news!


love Mags B x

Speccies: CG 1 - 4; JG 1 - 3; EB 6 - 8; BP3

Friday, 29 June 2012

The Rain it Raineth Every Day

Evening, all! I have spent a wonderful afternoon crafting and listening to the cricket - England vs Australia in a One Day International. We won! Sorry, my dear Aussie friends, but the novelty hasn't worn off yet!

This is what I made:

The cute Tatty Button image is called 'Rainy Days' and she came from Angel Crafts. I'm going to send her to my son's MiL (shouldn't there be just one word to describe relations-in-law?) She lives in Shropshire, where there's been a lot of flooding - luckily she lives on a hill, but the main road to Shrewsbury was flooded yesterday and she is so sick of the wet! I hope this will cheer her up.

I used Promarkers to colour her in watery tones. I stickled the raindrops and puddles, and put Glossy Accents on her button. I used a Nestie to cut her out, then drew round the outer edge of the die onto the mat and cut out by hand to give a narrow border. I distressed round the image with Broken China Distress Ink.

The papers are Papermania Capsule Collection, 3 pages of the Aqua set and one of the Sunshine set. The ribbon is Docrafts, from Hobbycraft and I made a double bow with my Bow-Easy.

The lovely sketch is by Sunday Sketch and Stamp

I used a Magnolia Doo-Hickey die for the flowers, and another for the swirl, which has been stickled with Waterfall. The tiny brads in the middle of the blossoms are Woodware, and I blobbed some Glossy Accents on them. The sentiment is one of the new ones from Lili of the Valley.

So there you have it. Now I'm going to watch Simon Schama on Shakespeare - he's got a gift for explaining complicated ideas in straightforward language.

I'm really looking forward to the BBC's new series of Shakespeare's History Plays which start tomorrow night! An ex of my daughter who's a mediaeval re-enactor was involved in some of the battles!

Enough of this waffle! Have a great weekend, hopefully without rain and flood. Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Petrol Blue, Marine, Turquoise, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua; Gold, Mustar, Tulip Yellow, Buttercup; Chestnut, Cinnamon; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink; Cool Grey 1

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Mr Blogger falls down on the job again.

Maybe he's watching the footie? He doesn't want me to leave any comments, chiz.

I'll invoke the Mr Blogger mantra: if at first you don't succeed, reboot, reboot and reboot again.

love Mags B x

Strawberries and Cream Giveaway from The Ribbon Girl

Aren't these gorgeous? It's a giveaway from The Ribbon Girl on their blog. It ends next Saturday 30 June. Delicious!

love Mags B x

Dream Valley Challenge 35 - Things with Wings

Hello, my dearios! I hope you're all enjoying a good weekend, in spite of this crazy weather. Flaming June!

It's time for another challenge at Dream Valley and we'd love to see your creations using Things with Wings Our sponsor this fortnight is Digi Doodle Shop

There's a voucher for $10 to spend at their online shop for one lucky winner!

I used one of their images, Butterfly Blossoms for my card and cut it out with a Nesties die. The card base and background papers were also cut with Grand Nesties on Excalibur, my wonderful Grand Caliber die-cutting machine. I coloured with Promarkers - the new pen tips are just brilliant for colouring a delicate image like this! I covered the butterflies' wings with glitter.

The papers are a mix of Funky Hand and Nitwits. I used a Martha Stewart Deep Edger Punch for the bit across the middle. The flowers are made with Retro punches and covered in Glossy Accents, and the orange centres are shiny stickers from Paperchase.

The sketch is from Friday Sketch Challenge - but like a numpty I miscalculated that challenge's dates, so I missed the boat! What a plonker!

Go over and have a look at the DT's offerings, they are lovely!

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

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Bright Green, Forest Green; Gold, Sunflower, Buttercup; Orchid, Warm Grey 4; Bright Orange

Saturday, 23 June 2012


Good evening, my lovelies! I hope none of you has been troubled by the flooding in some parts of the UK, the pictures on the News have been awful. And, look, it's raining again! I think I'm going rusty.

Twenty-six years ago tonight, after a very hot and dry day, I was in hospital with my brand new, gorgeous baby daughter asleep beside my bed. She was so tiny and cute! Now she's all grown up, but she can still be cute now and again, when she's in the mood lol! She also bakes amazing cupcakes, which do my diet no good at all!

So when I saw this Whimsy stamp by Meljen at Angel Crafts I just had to buy it! This week, Sacha's favourite colours are red and blue, which is convenient because I could use Nitwits Tour of London papers. They are so pretty! Though every time I go on the website there seem to be more and more totally irresistable papers!

The doily, which is Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die from Dies to Die For (they have a sale at the moment! But I have no room for extra stash! This is tragic. Tragic!) - anyway, the Doily uses a scrap of dark blue starry paper from stash but I don't know its provenance. Sorry!

The spotty ribbon is from stash, and I used my Bow-Easy to make a double bow. The gold corners are from stash - they might be from Wild Orchid or from Whiff of Joy? The hat pin is also from stash.

The sentiment is lovely LotV stuck on card cut with a Nestie.

I used Promarkers on the image, which I popped onto foam pads for dimension as usual, and Glossy Accented the stars. The sprinkles are dotted with Berry stickles, the ribbon has Waterfall stickles and the dots around the cupcake are gold Liquid Pearls.

My daughter said 'It's Awesome!' Hee hee, I love it when a card comes together!!

It's Dream Valley Challenge time again tomorrow, I'll see you then!

I hope you're all having a good weekend. Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Pastel Blue, Denim Blue; Lipstick Red, Berry Red; Sunflower; Buttercup; Tan, Caramel

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Willow with Baby Chocobo!

Hi, guys! I hope you're all making the most of the sunshine, there's heavy rain forecast for tomorrow. Apparently it'll be worst just as I walk down to the Church Hall for my slimming club... :(

On to more cheerful things! This Whiff of Joy image is Willow with Turkey Chick and she's coloured with Promarkers. Now, there's a well-known videogame series called 'Final Fantasy' which features big yellow birds called Chocobos that are used for riding, and I owe a fan of the games a thank you card, so this seemed appropriate!

The current challenge at Sketch and Stash is a free choice from the archive. I've used Number 17

The Nitwits papers, flowers and gems are from stash. The leaves are a Magnolia Doo-hickey die which is NEW! The sentiment is a recent buy from LotV.

Ok, chaps, I'm off to do the washing up. Have a good evening, everyone, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers Walnut, Henna, Tan; Bright Orange; Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink, Cerise, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Ivory

Monday, 18 June 2012

Penny Black butterflies

Firstly, welcome to my new followers! Glad you could make it - take a pew, I'll put the kettle on!

Evening, all! I hope you all had a good weekend, and that that Monday morning feeling hasn't been too bad.

This is a larger card than I usually make, because it's for one of our ladies at the Toddler Group, so there will be a lot of signatures on it! The lady has brought her 3 grandchildren to us over the last 3 years, and the youngest goes to nursery school in September so we'll sadly be saying goodbye.

The papers are ancient, they are from the days when Lakeland did craft materials as well as kitchen and homeware. The pink gingham ribbon, which hides the join between the two papers, is from stash, and so are the Papermania gem brads in the middle of the chrysanthemums (of which more anon!)

The pretty butterfly is a Penny Black, I picked it up at the very first craft show I went to, nearly 3 years ago! I cut the mats with a Nestabilities die, using a patterned green-and-aqua paper which was in the snippets box along with the Lakeland ones (I think the card was Tilda, but don't quote me.) There are stickles on the dots on the butterflies' wings.

Now for the flowers, which are from a video by Jak Heath which is on youtube here I hope. (If the link doesn't work, it's on the tutorial section of her blog.) Jak uses a special tool, or you can use a teaspoon, she says, but I used the blunt end of a knitting needle.

Now you're all consumed with curiosity, aren't you?

I'm entering the Challenge over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is 'Five Circles'

Since I've used up quite a lot of snippets (the chrysanth is good for that!) I'm also going to hop along to the Playground and At Primary School when it was a 'Wellies Day' we used to compete to see who could splash the puddles the most...

Thanks for looking and have a good evening!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Baby Pink, Cerise, Orchid, Amethyst

Thursday, 14 June 2012

A card for a friend who keeps chickens!

I made this card last week for a very special friend but our paths haven't crossed until tonight. She keeps chickens so I thought this was just the right image! It's a Saturated Canary image by Krista Smith called Murray who, as you can see, also keeps chickens!

I coloured her with Promarkers, but unfortunately I can't find the list. I'm usually dissatisfied by my hair colouring, but this time I think I've almost cracked it. We Shall See!

The papers are Nitwits Bees Knees Collection. The colours are so pretty, for once I chose the papers first and then matched the Promarkers. I know that's what you're supposed to do, but I'm rarely that organised!!

The corners are cut and embossed with Spellbinders Floral doily set, the card is cheap'n'cheerful gold card for children's crafts which came from our lovely Art and Craft shop which closed 2 years ago - I miss it so much :( But I think my bank manager is quite happy that it closed lol!

The gingham ribbon is from stash and the sentiment is a new Girlie Banner by LotV with the flourish trimmed off.

I'm entering the Sketch Saturday challenge because this great sketch is from Sketch Saturday though I've replaced the three spots below the image with the banner, so I hope that counts!

Right, it's past time I went to bed. Not long till the weekend, guys!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Arrrrrrr me hearties!

Morning, all!

I want to thank you for your lovely comments! Yesterday I had a very minor op and when I got back from the surgery I was feeling rather shaky, but when I read your comments they made me feel so very much better. so - THANK YOU!!!

I wasn't allowed to do the ironing (shame!) so I made this. It's the first attempt at masking two images together that has turned out quite reasonably! The stamps are Magnolia, of course. I used Promarkers and Glossy Accented both skulls.

The papers are digis by Creative Cottage, and I've had these scraps hanging around for about 2 years! I used baker's twine from The Ribbon Girl. The skull charm and pearls are from stash.

The buttons are from my Mother in Law's button tin - the big one has lines on it rather like the points of a compass, so I thought it was appropriate!

Here's the inside with more skulls:

And here's a close-up of the button:

I'm entering Just Magnolia Challenge whose theme is Father's Day/Edwin.

I'm also entering Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge because the papers are Snippets from my stash.

Must dash, I'm being collected for the Toddler Group in a mo!

Have a great day, everyone, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarker list to follow....

Monday, 11 June 2012

Willow with Hot Chocolate

Well, after yesterday's debacle I made certain that I posted this picture!

The weather has been so cold and damp today! I've had the heating on - in June! Can you believe it! Anyway, this wintry card and the Whiff of Joy image, 'Willow with Hot Chocolate,' seems appropriate. Brrrr!

I used Nitwits papers from the 'Joyful Hearts' and 'Still Joyful Hearts' collections, they are such a pretty blue. The doily is a Marianne die, and the label is from Spellbinders' Floral Doily Accents set. I added icicle stickles to both die-cuts.

Willow is coloured in Promarkers and her mug is Glossy Accented. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley, stamped in Broken China Distress Ink. I also distressed the edges of the papers with Broken China.

The gorgeous lace is from The Ribbon Girl. The stars are from stash.

I'm entering three challenges: Whiff of Joy Challenge which provided the great sketch;

and The Ribbon Girl Challenge which is to use lace or ribbon;

and finally The Squirrel and the Fox whose theme is either winter or summer! There's also a DT call which I'm applying for!

So that's that! I'll be a footy widow tonight, so once I've tidied my craft hovel I shall be playing with paper! Isn't it great to be a grownup yet have an excuse for getting covered with glue, ink and glitter?!

Thanks for looking, and have a good evening.

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Walnut, Chestnut, Cocoa; Coral, Oatmeal, Blush, Pastel Pink; Putty, Satin; Blue Pearl, Cornflower, China Blue; Forest Green, Antique Pink, Sunflower


Silly me, I only forgot to post a picture of my card in yesterday's post! It's there now!

Thanks for pointing out the mistake, guys - I think my memory must be going rusty because of all the rain!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 34 For That Special Guy.

Afternoon, all! It's time for another Dream Valley Challenge! This time we'd like to see something for a special man or boy in your life.

We have two sponsors this time: one lucky person will win a £10.00 gift voucher from One Stop Card Crafts

A second lucky person will win 4 images of their choice from Sassy Studios

I made a card for my daughter to give my hubby for Father's Day. The inspiration comes from Rubber Stamping by Kim Reygate which was one of the books that got me into cardmaking.

Anyone who has read the book or visited her blog will recognise the technique of embossing and sponging on the torn paper. I used a background stamp by Great Impressions which I think came from Sir Stampalot and stamped on white card with embossing ink, then covered it with glitter embossing powder. A wave of the heat gun and a Harry Potter chant of 'Meltiamus!' and there was the white-on-white pattern.

Next came the fun bit, sponging Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, a touch of Mustard Seed) over the top and seeing the pattern appear as if by magic.

The text is a Papermania stamp, done in Peeled Paint DI and also embossed, though not so successfully this time as the image is too intricate. However, there are specks of glitter here and there which add just enough interest.

The mat was sponged in the greens and an abstract pattern added by printing lines in Peeled Paint using the edge of the distressing sponge.

Finally (and this is where Kim's influence really shows!) I punched 6 triangles of the original paper as decorations.

I really enjoyed making this, I happily got ink all over my hands!

Do go and have a gander at my teamies' creations! Cards for men are quite difficult, I know, but you're certain to get inspiration from 'the DV gang!' Then give it a go - it doesn't have to be a card! Maybe you've always wanted to make a model of The Golden Hind for your Grandad - now's your chance!!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Edited to add: oh what a numpty! I forgot to post the picture! How embarrassing!!!!!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Blog candy winner!

Evening, all! It's time to announce the name that my hubby drew for my blogaversary candy and it is:

Lynne in NI

Congrats, hun!

Thanks, everyone who joined in. I'm sorry all you lovely people couldn't win - but it's my birthday next month so I'll be offering more candy for that!

Have a good evening!

love Mags B x

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Blogaversary Candy

This is a sticky post, please scroll down for other posts!

Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades: Damask and Regal Flourishes Set

Woodware Acrylic Stamp Set: Celebrating Christmas

Small Christmas tags

Docrafts: Hot Diggity Dog Decoupage plus foam pads

Assorted metallic and glittered stickers

There wasn't room to show: 3 packs of coloured cards and envelopes (mango; yellow; and lilac)

Two years ago I didn't know what the future would bring when I started this blog. In fact I've got to know wonderful, kind, creative people. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration.

There is only one rule for my candy: leave your name on this post! On June 8th I'll write down your names, toss them in a bowl, and withdraw one at random. I'll post anywhere

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Red, White and Blue for a Confirmation!

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope you've all recovered from any Jubilee celebrations in the rain. Wasn't it a shame the weather was so awful! I hope the Queen has had a lie-in today to recover!

Next week the 5 lads and lasses from my Sunday School class are being confirmed, so I have made each of them one of these cards. I didn't want them to be 'religious' because the family of one of the candidates just isn't interested at all and I don't want to put the kid in an awkward situation. So instead I used this gorgeous Poppy stamp, which I bought at Ally Pally this year.

I used red Promarkers for the image, and the sentiment, which came with a Forever Friends stamp yonks ago, is stamped in Faded Jeans Distress Ink. The white bows are from stash.

It took me quite a while to make 5 of these - actually I made 9 altogether, but the stamping went wrong on 4 of them so they were Binned With Extreme Prejudice!

I'm entering the Less is More Challenge which is 'Red, White and Blue' - I do find CAS cards tough, and I really admire those people who make beautiful, simple cards!

I'm also entering the current Passion for Promarkers challenge which is also 'Red, White and Blue.'

Oh look, it's raining. Where has the summer gone?

Thanks for looking, and take care!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Crimson, Cardinal Red, Poppy, Lipstick Red

DT Call for a New Challenge Blog

Songbird Challenge in a Challenge that will be opening its doors on August 6th. Challenges will be fortnightly, based around a theme of music (eg song titles or lyrics.) It sounds different!

There's a DT call on until June 15th.

love Mags B x

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Rainbow Wedding.

Hi, guys! Happy Jubilee holiday to those who have celebrated!

I was asked to make a card for a lady whose bridesmaids are going to be wearing the colours of the rainbow! That's one colour each, by the way, not all seven at once!

This is a big card (8" x 8") because the LotV die-cut is large. I used a Martha Stewart punch around the die-cut to give the lacy border. The striped paper is Funky Hand (it was a freebie last year) - aren't those colours lovely?!

Flowers are Wild Orchid, and the leaves are a Whiff of Joy die. The ribbon is recycled one of my colleagues at the Toddler Club was going to chuck it because it's not very long - so I snapped it up instead! It makes me feel so virtuous when I recycle!

The sentiment is also LotV, the butterflies and flowers coloured with Sakura Stardust pens, and matted onto a piece cut with a Spellbinders Floral Doily die. All the paper lace has been distressed with Spun Sugar DI. The pink roses and hearts on the image are stickled.

I'm entering the Lili's Little Fairies Challenge, which this week is 'Anything Goes.'

So there you have it! Thanks for looking, and the best of British luck to everyone who has to return to work tomorrow!

love Mags B x