Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

Just popping in to wish all you lovely, lovely people a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous, Crafty and FUN 2013!

much love, Mags B x

Sunday, 30 December 2012

The Squirrel and the Fox 34 - Party Time!

Hi, guys! I'm sorry I'm so late with this, I should have scheduled it but time has been running away with me this week! Hopefully things will settle back to normal next year!!

Our final Challenge for 2012 at The Squirrel and the Fox is Party Time! Very appropriate for this time of year, I think! The sponsor is 'Make It Crafty' (the store is closed until Jan 7th for the holiday at the moment) and the prize is an AU$15 voucher to spend in the shop!

I used 'Party Zoe' for my card, which is for a Scottish friend to celebrate New Year, 'Hogmanay' in Scotland!

I used my new Hero Arts Cupcake die for the base - I love it so much! Party Zoe is coloured with Speccies (list below) and I put Stickles on her blower and Liquid Pearls on the stars on her hat.

Isn't she a happy little soul? I love colouring Zoe's MiC digi images, though this one took ages because I just could not  choose the right colour combo! Originally I went with pink but she didn't look right, then I changed the papers I'd intended to use and went with red, and it's a great improvement!!

The papers are Basic Grey 'Life of the Party.' The stars all have a dot of stickles added. The sparkly organza ribbon is from Hobbycraft and the bow was made with a bow-easy!

Do conga across to The Squirrel and the Fox and have a look at my teamies' gorgeous makes, they are so inspiring! It would be lovely to have you joining in and making your own party creation!

My own pre-New Year 'celebration' always includes defrosting the freezer and discovering all kinds of everything tucked away at the back, and then I madly have to cook everything that can't be refrozen. I have 1 small pork chop, half a bag of peas, a quarter of a bag of spinach, and a handful of green beans. Time for a curry, I think!!

Thank you all so much for your amazing encouragement this year, it has been very special.

I hope you all have a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2013

With tons of love, Mags B xxx

Spectrum Noirs: Skin: FS9, 3, 2, CR2; Dress, hat and shoes: DR7, 6, 5; Knickers and Socks: CR2, 3; Hair: GB5, 4, CT4, 3;   Streamers CT4, 3; Outline BG1

Thursday, 27 December 2012

For a Little Angel

Hi, all! I'm so sorry I've been AWOL, my elderly laptop decided to start freezing - so frustrating! Trying to get online with my phone is definitely not the same, I always hit the wrong letters on the teeny-tiny keyboard! Luckily after a thorough clean of the keyboard with a paintbrush the problem seems to be solved - thank goodness for my daughter, I'd never have thought of that on my own!!

So I have to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas but at least I'm in time to say Happy New Year! I hope you all have a wonderful 2013!

Just before Christmas my hubby, daughter and I went down to Shropshire to celebrate our granddaughter's first birthday. Her initials are 'L A' so I always think of her as 'Little Angel'! Oh she is gorgeous! She loved her 'post the shapes in the matching holes' house that we got her - at least, I think she did, she certainly enjoyed bashing the shapes together!

This is the card I made her:
Apologies for the naff picture, the Christmas tree is standing in the corner by the window that I normally use, so the light is even worse than usual. :(

The card is cut with a Cupcake die by Hero Arts from a shop (Craftie Charlie) which is new to me - but the service was great, I ordered on a Tuesday afternoon and it arrived Thursday morning!

I first saw a cupcake card on the fabulous Jules's blog and fell in love!

The image is Cake Glorious Cake by Lili of the Valley. The papers are from an MME pack that was free with a mag, I paper-pieced the background and also her dress. I used Promarkers (and I've lost the list!) for the rest.

The chocolate icing is Glossy Accented. The wings have been stickled, and I also put dots on the pink paper  'icing' on the cupcake. The '1' is a Tim Holtz grungeboard numeral, swiped with Worn Lipstick ink and Glossy Accented.

Thanks for looking, guys, and I hope you're all safe and well and not troubled by all the awful weather and flooding. I feel so sorry for people who've had their Christmas spoiled by the storms and floods, it must be awful. Hopefully 2013 will be better.

much love, Mags B x

Sunday, 16 December 2012

The Squirrel and the Fox DT Challenge #33 Christmas

Huge apologies for being so late with my post, it's been another manic day but the sitting room is clean and almost all the presents are wrapped! I'll have to makes swome more tags, though, 27 wasn't enough because everyone else wanted to use them, too!!

Here is my card for the latest challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and it's a card for Christmas!

Our sponsor is the amazing Bugaboo Stamps and one lucky winner will be rewarded with 7 digistamps!

Here's my card, made with a Bugaboo image of the gorgeous DeDe:
I'm sorry about the naff photo!

I made the easel card base with a Go Kreate Frilly die, and the star die is by X-cut. The snowflakes are cut with Spellbinders Create-a -Flake 4 dies. The papers are from a freebie pack from a magazine.

I Glossy Accented the baubles that DeDe is holding and stickled the red tinsel hanging round her neck. I cut her out and added her with foam pads. Unfortunately I chucked out the list of Promarkers I used :(

I'm entering the challenge at Fetch A Sketch - I hope it's allowed to use the gorgeous sketch on a shaped card!

Go and see the fab work by my teamies, they've excelled themselves!

Thanks for looking, everyone, and I hope you have a great week!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Santa's sleigh

Good afternoon, all! Where has this week gone? I dreamed last night that I got everything ready for Christmas only to discover it was Boxing Day and I'd missed it! It was quite a relief to wake up and realise there is still time to get ready!

Here is a card that I made in various colours for several lovely friends.

Apologies for the glare from the silver mirri card, I was using my Daylight lamp and just couldn't get an unshiny picture!

The sleigh is a big Papermania stamp which I heat embossed, adding a sprinkle of glitter embossing powder to the mix to give a bit more sparkle, which unfortunately hasn't been picked up by the camera. The paper is by LotV.

The sentiment is also LotV. The snowflake is made with a Spellbinders label from the Floral Doily set. I cut 3 of them and layered them, I'm rather pleased with the effect!

I expect to be rather busy this coming week, which includes a trip to Shropshire to see our Granddaughter and celebrate her first birthday.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Newtown. There are no words for what happened there yesterday.

I hope you all have a good week and that all the Christmas preparations are not getting to stressful! I'll see you tomorrow for the next The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 47 - Christmas!

Yes, it's time for the last Dream Valley Challenge of 2012! Because it's such a busy time of year, this challenge is open for an entire month. The theme is Christmas and we have Four Sponsors offering prizes!!!

Well, I thought I'd do something a little different, so here are some tags. They're really quick and easy, which is a good thing because I need 27 of them!!

The base is a Nestabilities circle - not the biggest shape but the next one down. The scalloped red mat and the smaller white circle are also Nesties.

The holly leaves are cut with a Whiff of Joy die, using pearlised green card. I wish I knew where it came from - it's what was left over a couple of years ago when we cut out a mahoosive Prayer Tree at Sunday School, and now I'm running out!

The berries are white card candi coloured with a CT4 Spectrum Noir. I then put some Glossy Accents on top and sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

The ties are all recycled from articles of clothing! I just glued the ends to the largest circle and covered them with the scallops to hide them. Simples!

Do hop across to have a look at my teamies' inspiring work and remember, even if you can't manage to make a card before Christmas, you can always make a start on next year's!!

I'm entering Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge 50 since everything except the berries has been made from snippets yee-haw!

Thanks for looking! Stay warm!

love Mags B x

Friday, 7 December 2012

Saturated Canary freebie!

The amazingly talented Krista Smith has a gorgeous cute image for download on her blog here for 12 hours only!

love Mags B x

Monday, 3 December 2012

Wow! I was one of the winners at Seems a Little Sketchy!!! Yippee!!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Squirrel and the Fox #32 Summer or Winter

eta apologies for the delay, I thought I scheduled this, but something went wrong!

Hi guys! Once again it's time for another challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and this time our theme is either Summer or Winter. Our sponsor the the fabulous Robyn's Fetish who generously let the DT use some of their images.

I chose 'Summer' as a change from Christmas cards!

I'm sorry the picture is so wishy-washy, the colours irl are much brighter.

I coloured the lovely Sunflower with Promarkers and used a Spellbinders Labels 20 20 to die-cut it. The mat is cut with a Nesties trellis die, and the horizontal strip is also edged with Trellis elemants. I distressed with Scattered Straw DI while the image was still in the die. The corners, which I went over with gold Liquid Pearls, are Spellbinders' Parisian Motifs.

I used a Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish and also a Martha Stewart 3-in-1 hydrangea punch for the little flowers, which have gems in the middle of the larger ones and dots of gold liquid pearls in the smaller ones.

The sentiment is LotV and the papers are Nitwits 'Bees Knees Too' I love the bright colours of this set! The ribbon is from Angel Crafts

Do go across to The Squirrel and the Fox and see the fab work the DT has done. Northerners, try not to be envious of the description of the hot summer weather that Sydney is enjoying now!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Raw Sienna, Mustard, Tulip Yellow, Buttercup; Sandstone, Cocoa, Walnut, Henna; Forest Green, Lush Green, Lime Green; Cool Grey 1

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Sugar Nellie Snowmen

Hi, guys! It's been a week of pottering - you know, a bit of housework here, a bit of shopping there, a bit of cardmaking when I have half an hour spare... Though I've bought and wrapped 2, yes, two Christmas presents! Only another 16 to go...

I've made the Christmas card for my son and DiL, this gorgeous Sugar Nellie image is just right for them, it is so sweet!

I'm sorry the picture is so dim, I used my Daylight Lamp to take the picture but the image came out a bit faded :( The papers are Dovecraft 'Tis the Season' they are very bright and cheerful. The snowflakes are from the Spellbinders Create a Flake 4 from J and C Creations and are covered with Glamour Dust. The teardrop gems are from stash. The sentiment is from the Penny Black 'Celebrate the Wonder' stamp set.

I stickled the lady's hat trim and also the snowflakes

I decorated the inside, reversing the papers:
I'm entering this to the Sugar Bowl Challenge where I found the gorgeous sketch!

Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!

Stay warm and dry!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Cardinal Red, Poppy, Lipstick Red; Marine, Turquoise, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua; Tea Green; Ice Grey 1, Ice Grey 3