Sunday, 20 October 2013

Dream Valley Challenges #68 Halloween

For my DT card for The Squirrel and the Fox please scroll down to the previous post. Thanks!

This fortnight's challenge at Dream Valley is a seasonal one - Halloween! Our sponsor is Di's Digi Stamps (which was Di's Digi downloads but she has a new site.) I used one of her adorable images for my card, this is called 'All Aboard' and she's available from the 'Halloween' section of the website here

I love the traditional orange and black colours used for Halloween and Autumn cards! I couldn't actually decide what paper to use for my background, so I dug out various papers from my snippets Box and glued them at an angle to a snippet of white card. The vertical piece looks white in the photo (my camera skillz are not the best!) but in real life it's a pale blue.

I used nesties to die-cut the image,which is coloured with Promarkers, and the mat is done with a Lacey Circle Nestie, using pearlised black card from Paqpermania. The spiders are cut with a Die-namics die from their 'Spiderweb' set. The sentiment uses memory Box alphabet dies - I was going to cut 'Happy Halloween!' but in the end went for the name of the digi image instead. The ribbon is from Hobbycraft.

I'm really enjoying my die-cutting recently - you may have noticed!!

Do hop onto your broomsticks and fly across to Dream Valley to see the gorgeous creations my teamies have made, you'll be dead impressed!! Then you can join in with your own spooky creations - remember, it doesn't have to be a card, or even made of paper! A carved pumpkin would go down a treat lol!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Cool Grey 5, 4, 3, 1; Raw Sienna, Mustard, Buttercup; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink; Spice, Mandarin, Bright Orange; Cocoa (just a bit along the broomhandle)

The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #55 - Pink for Breast Cancer

Good morning, all! I hope you're all enjoying a good weekend!

It's time for another Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox - and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our theme is Pink for Breast Cancer Although this disease is not quite the scourge that it was some years ago, it is still very horrible and dangerous. So CHECK YOUR BOOBIES, LADIES AND GENTS! Yes, men can fall foul of breast cancer, too.

Our sponsor this time is Delicious Doodles and one lucky winner will be able to choose 4 Delicious digis! Here is Fairy Fae isn't she magical?

I was inspired by the work of Christina Griffiths who makes gorgeous cards with Spellbinders die-cuts.

The pink card is pearlised, and came from Craft Creations it has a lovely sheen. The white card is Rymans 200gsm coated card, which I use for all my stamping. I embossed the background with an M-Bossabilities folder (I don't have the name but it's number EG-003).

The next pink layer is cut and embossed with the biggest Enchanted Labels 28 die, then I die-cut it again and trimmed off the pattern. On top of that is a Fleur-de-Lis Rectangle in pink, and finally the image has been cut with a deckle-edged rectangle!

I love how the Spellbinders work so well together!

Fairy Fae is coloured in Promarkers and her wings are covered with Baby Pink Stickles. I printed her twice and cut out the butterflies, gluing just their middles so the wings give dimension. I used Magenta Stickles to make them sparkle! The pink organza ribbon is from stash, and the sentiment is a sticker from the 'Paris Girl' papers by Carta Bella.

I had such fun making this card!

Go and see what my lovely teamies have created, then get out your pinkest pink papers and inks and join in!!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Antique Pink, Cocktail Pink, Pastel Pink; Magenta, Cerise, Dusky Rose; Saffron, Vanilla, Ivory, Sunkissed Pink (a new skin combo via Kimberley Brown's video Colouring Skin Tones with Promarkers)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Full of Eastern promise!

Good evening, all! I hope you're having a good week. Does anyone else remember the advert for 'Fry's Turkish Delight - full of Eastern promise'? It's a slab of not-very-authentic Turkish Delight covered in milk chocolate. I used to love the stuff when I was young, but when I grew older it seemed soooo sickly-sweet!

We have had work done on our roof, and hopefully that will be finished tomorrow - IF the rain stays away! What with one thing and another (making tea for the builders and DT work) I've only managed to complete one card to share this last week, but I'm rather pleased with it!

The delicious image is Arabian Spell from The Paper Shelter. Isn't she elegant??? i wish I had that figure lol!

The papers are by K & Co 'Sparkly Sweet' pad, the pastel colours are lovely! I used a fair amount of Spellbinders: Labels Five for the image mat, and Floral Doily Motifs for the long die-cut strip. The die-cut along the top of the horizontal strip is the 'negative' left after I used the die: I rather like the effect. I used Magenta Stickles along the bottom die-cut.

The sentiment is LotV. The gorgeous silky ribbon is from Hobbycraft, as is the gemmed flourish in the corner. The flowers are from wild Orchid Crafts, and I used a Woodware punch for the leaves peeping out behind.

I have to apologise - I've lost the list of Promarkers! Honestly, though, my craft hovel is in such a state, I wouldn't be surprised to find a baby elephant hidden in there!!!!!

Ok, I'm off to visit you, supposing that mr Blogger allows it: has anyone else been told recently that you follow no blogs? Or am I especially honoured like that???!!

Take care, and thanks so much for visiting!

love Mags B x

Winner at Challenges 4 Everybody!

Oh my, I won at Challenges 4 everybody with my new home card here!!!!! This has brightened up a rather grey and depressing week!


love Mags B x

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A New Home card - and a family photo!

Hi, guys! I have New Home card to share, which I made for a dear friend who is moving away Up North. I used a cute sketch from I {heart} sketches

And here's my card:

The paper is a freebie by Jennifer Ellory, I love the little birds! The image is by Funstamps, coloured with Spectrum Noirs (sorry, I lost the list!)I used a Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles die, and also a Die-namics Fishtail Banner die for the sentiment.

The flower is punched with a small and medium Retro punch (by Tonic Studios and EK Success) and the leaf spray is from a Woodware punch: I stamped it with a Stampendous flourish in green Color Box pigment ink. Finally, the sentiment is by LotV.

Challenges I'm entering: I {heart} Sketches

Crafty Sentiments have a theme of 'Anything Goes!'

Challenges 4 Everybody is, as always, 'Anything Goes!

I can't go without posting a photo from Sunday. Hubby, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter all travelled to Derby to visit my Dad. I cooked steak and chips! Here we have my son John on the right, Lillie in the middle, and my Dad, who will be 94 at the end of this month!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Dream Valley Challenges DT #67 Buttons!

For my DT card for The Squirrel and the Fox please scroll down to the previous post. Ta.

Good afternoon! And welcome to my new followers! Take a pew, have a cuppa and a slice of virtual chocolate cake!

Our Challenge at Dream Valley is Buttons and our lovely sponsor is Freckled Fawn Go and take a look at the fantastic embellishments they sell! Yummy!

I have seen a number of Christmas cards that have wreaths on them, and thought I'd have a go:

I drew around a circle Nestie to make the outline of my wreath. I used a Spellbinders Foliage die and two snippets of green card for the leaves, which are only glued down the middle to give a bit of dimension. The buttons are from stash, in several shades of red. The bow is made with ribbon I bought from the Pinflair shop in Hertford, which is full of gorgeous stuff! The sentiment is stamped in gold Color Box pigment ink, using a very old stamp.

Ok, now it's over to you! Go across to Dream Valley and see the gorgeousnesses that my teamis have made! Dig out some buttons and be creative - it doesn't have to be a card, remember!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

The Squirrel and the Fox DT Challenge#54 Things With Wings

Good morning! I hope you're all having a splendid weekend! We have had a wonderful time with our lovely little Granddaughter (and her Mum and Dad, too!) I love being a Grannie!

Today it's time for another Challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox. this time we have a lovely theme - 'Things With Wings'. Our fab sponsor is Hobbybook and a lucky winner will be able to choose 5 digi images!

I used this little cutie, she is 'Pearlsticks Fairy.'

The papers were free with a magazine a long time ago! I used a Spellbinders Gold Labels Four die for the mat. I distressed round the image with Tattered Rose DI.

The flourish, the flowers and the corner piece are all Marianne dies, and the butterflies are a memory Box die. The fairy's wings are glittered with Diamond Stickles. The sentiment is by LotV. The crochet lace is from stash. I also added clear gems to the flowers and to the fairy's hair sticks.

Do flutter over to the blog to see my Teamies' fab creations!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Petrol Blue, Marine, Turquoise, Duck Egg, Cool Aqua; Saffron, Vanilla, Ivory, Sunkissed Pink; Peach, Oatmeal

Friday, 4 October 2013

Shadow stamping and brads!

What a week! It began with a builder coming to look at a cracked gutter. It ended with urgent work to repair rotten timbers in the roof. ARRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!

However, my son and his family are on their way to us to stay for the weekend, and there is a delicious chick pea curry simmering on the stove, so all is not lost. And I made a card!

While sorting through my old wood stamps I came across this shadow stamp, by Anita's. I stamped it in Olive Versacolor ink and added three brads that came from Lakeland in the days when they still did crafts. The borders are a stripy paper from the snippets box, and the sentiment is by Docrafts.

The trickiest bit was cutting the white stamped card to the right size so that it would be balanced! CAS cards often take me just as long as more complicated cards, and I always have to chuck out my first efforts before I get it right!

I'm entering The Glitter n Sparkle Challenge who want metal on your submission - the brads are all metal.

Thanks for looking, I hope you all have a great weekend!

love Mags B x