Wednesday, 27 August 2014


I'm off to Cornwall for a week tomorrow, and won't have the Internet. Be good while I'm away!

love Mags B xx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dream Valley Challenges #89 - Flowers

Hi, guys! Our theme at Dream Valley Challenges is a lovely one - Flowers

Our sponsor is The Paper Shelter - I love their sweet images! They are offering a $20 voucher for the digital shop - what a great prize!

I have had the adorable Keeper of my Enchanted Forest for a while, but had not yet printed her out - so this challenge was ideal to colour her up with my Promarkers!

I used a Spellbinders Picot Edge circle die for the mint green mat. Behind it I put some cheesecloth (I've seen it used on so many pretty cards, and finally thought I'd have a go!)

The papers are from stash (once again, they were magazine freebies!) The flowers are by Prima and by Wild Orchid Crafts, and I used a Woodware punch for the leaves. Finally, the sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

Shoot over to Dream Valley to see the gorgeous creations my teamies have made! They will inspire you to make a floral card!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

The Squirrel and the Fox DT - Challenge #76 Spring or Autumn

Oh dear, I'm sorry I'm late again! Here at last is my card for the challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox and our theme is Spring or Autumn. Our fab sponsor is Oak Pond Creations who will reward a lucky winner with 3 free digis from their store!

The DT were privileged to use images from OPC - I fell for Hide and Seek Ladybirds I think it's so pretty, and perfect for decoupage!

So that is what I did!

I went for 'Spring' (even though in the Northern Hemisphere we are heading towards Autumn!)

The photo is at an angle to show the layers. I coloured everything with Promarkers and fussy cut the ladybirds and flower before layering with foam pads. The cute ladybirds have all been Glossy Accented!

I layered the image on blue pearlised card, and used my Corner Chomper to chomp the corners! The papers are a magazine freebie, they are Raspberry Road 'Love Lives Here.' I used a Cheery Lynn flourish die for the vines, and the flowers are made with Woodware punches, with gems and pearls in the centre.

The sentiment is gold embossed, cut and layered with spellbinders Nestabilities, and comes from the Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler. I love the fun script!

I hope you are all having a good week! I am involved with the annual Holiday Club that my Church runs at the end of August - we expected 20 children under 10, and 34 arrived! It's always a very fun week!

Do go and see the lovely creations that my teamies have made, I'm sure they will inspire you to have a go yourselves!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

My Time to Craft dt Challenge #256 Food and/or drink

Good morning, good morning! I hope your weekend is going well! After thoroughly cleaning the kitchen (and scrubbing the floor!) I am settled in my craft hovel, listening to the cricket! Bliss!

And my hubby has just provided a cup of coffee!

Which brings me to the current challenge for My Time to Craft which is Food and/or Drink Let's see lots of yummy grub on your creations, possibly with lashings of lemonade!!!

This little cutie is Strawberry SB basket and is one of the gorgeous 'Sunbonnet' digi images from Bugaboo Stamps

I coloured her with Promarkers and added Glossy Accents to the seeds on her bonnet, and stickles to the strawberries and the heart on her skirt. The background paper is from my box of 'magazine freebies.' I used a Fiskar's 'Apron Lace' punch on the green horizontal strip. The sentiment is by Lili of the Valley from their Girlie Banners sentiment set.

Mmmm.... strawberries.... I'm feeling quite peckish now!

Do go and see the yummy creations of my teamies at My Time to Craft Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Love Heart

Good evening! I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Here is another card inspired by the lessons at Online Card Classes 'Stretch Your Stamps 2'. I took the suggestion from Debby Hughes of stamping appropriate words on a die-cut with a Distress Ink colour, then blending the same colour lightly over the top, as you can see on the heart:

The background is stamped in Wet Cement Hero Arts Shadow Ink, using a Hero Arts 'Tweed' background stamp. I cut 2 banner shapes from Pink Petticoat 'Vintage Rose' digi papers (sadly discontinued, but there are so many gorgeous new papers to substitute!) The pink spotty ribbon came from Hobbycraft. The pearly hearts and clear gems are from stash.

The sentiment is stamped in the same Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick.

This is not my usual style, my Mojo seems to be moving towards a more CAS, stamping-focused style. Which is bad news, really, since I have SO MUCH PATTERNED PAPER!!!!! My Mojo really needs to do something about that lol!!!

Thanks so much for looking!

love Mags B x

Friday, 15 August 2014

Sparkly Daisies

Good evening, all! Yay, it's Friday! Hooray for the Weekend!

I signed up for a class at Online Card Classes called 'Stretch Your Stamps 2' - UK pals, the exchange rate between the £ and the $ is pretty competitive, so if you've ever considered one of these classes, now is the time to investigate!

Gotta admit, I'm addicted lol! I've been experimenting with some of the techniques shown this fortnight, and it's been such fun!

This is a better photo than the original, I hope you can see the glitter embossing over the Darling Daisies line image by Chrissy Armstrong for Whimsy Stamps. Click on the pic for a clearer view!

The technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire involved using different colours of embossing powders on an image stamped in Versamark in tiny amounts to give a multi-coloured image. I don't have a variety of embossing powders, so I followed a suggestion she made using markers, a Stamp-a-ma-jig, Versamark and clear glitter embossing powder.

I coloured the stamp itself, using Marvy LePlume water-based markers - NOT alcohol pens! I 'huffed' on the image to moisten the ink and stamped using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up my acrylic block. Here is a video on the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I didn't use the transparent mat, just lined the tool up against the corner of my card and stamped down.

Then I cleaned the stamp and used Versamark to stamp directly over the coloured image, guided by the Stamp-a-ma-jig. Then I could add my embossing powder and heat-emboss. It was a bit fiddly and took several tries!

The pink background is a Hero Arts background stamp, heat-embossed in white, and sponged with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar Distress Inks in a shaded Ombre effect. The card base was run through a Spellbinders Lattice Embossing folder to give a bit more 'oomph!'

It's so pretty in real life, and so dull in the photo!!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dream Valley DT Challenge #88 - Wedding

Good morning! Mahoosive apologies for the lateness of this post, I was so convinced I had scheduled it for Monday that I forgot to check!! Don't you hate it when that kind of thing happens? Or is it just me that it happens to??!

Anyway, welcome to another Challenge at Dream Valley and it's a romantic theme this time - Wedding. My children's friends are all at the age when weddings loom on the horizon, so these cards are becoming increasingly useful - in fact, my card was made with a very special wedding in mind!

Our sponsor is the adorable Lacy Sunshine Stamps and the lucky winner will be able to choose THREE of Heather's cute digi stamps! A fabulous prize!

So what did I do? I made an easel card!

I used a 6 x 6 inch card for the skeleton of the card with the fold at the top, just folding down the top flap to meet the fold. Then I mounted card and paper cut with varying sizes of Nestabilities Labels One and Grand Labels One dies. The pale blue card is Centura Pearl, the dark blue is by Bazzill, and the patterned paper was yet another magazine freebie! I cut a blue doily with the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die and distressed the edges with Broken China Distress Ink.

The cute couple (the digi is Waltz it's so sweet!) were coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and I added Waterfall stickles to the Bride's dress and the Groom's buttons. The sparkly organza ribbon is from stash. There is a pocket left behind the image for a label cut with a Whiff of Joy die, mounted onto blue Centura Pearl.

All the flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, and the green leaves are made with a Woodware punch. I also added glitter to the flowers. The ones that form the Stopper are offset to continue the line of the flowers in the bottom right corner, which gives room for the Marianne Creatables Butterfly 2 which has pearls on its body.

Phew! Well done if you've read this far, this is quite a long post!

Go and see the beautiful work of my teamies at Dream Valley and be inspired!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Squirrel and the Fox DT Challenge #75 Anything Goes

it's one of those all-time favourites at The Squirrel and the Fox - Anything Goes!

Our wonderful sponsor is the amazing Make it Crafty And if you use one of their fab images you will get an extra shot at the prize of a $10AUS voucher for the store!

I have had this gorgeous guy, Floppy for quite a while, but never got around to using him. (Shame!) And when presented with an 'Anything Goes' Challenge my default is to go with a Christmas card!

I think he is so cute!

The sentiment is silver-embossed: it came from another Australian stamp firm, Tickled Pink Stamps - sadly, they no longer trade as such, but CCDesigns now have some of their fab stamps by Christina Dee (she is so talented!)

I used Promarkers to colour Floppy, and added Glossy Accents to his bell and Glamour Dust to the fur on his hat. The green mat is edged with a Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Snowflake Punch. The background paper is a snippet from an old digi set by Lili of the Valley, and I added stickles to the centre of each snowflake. The red ribbon is from stash.

Now, you'd think that a fairly simple card like this would be fairly simple to make, and I suppose that, in the end, it was. But I had already tried 2 separate designs, adding glittery snowflakes, and lace, and bling, - but elaborate cards only took attention away from this little cutie, and eventually I realised that I needed to be much more CAS!

Do any of you guys go through that kind of faff before producing the final, finished article?!

Go and see what my teamies have made, they will inspire you!

Thanks for looking!

love, Mags B x

Saturday, 9 August 2014

My Time To Craft DT Challenge #255 - Unusual Coloured Hair!

Hiya! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I've just had a really good week, my sister has been staying with us while she attended at course in London, which has been lovely!

Now it's time to do all the cleaning and tidying that I neglected last week! But it's also time for a new challenge at My Time To Craft! Our theme this time is HAIR - no, not the risque musical from the 1960s (if you can remember that far back!) We'd like to see images coloured in non-traditional colours! That means PINK or BLUE or Any other colour that isn't brunette, blond, black or auburn

I went for Turquoise I love these colours of Promarkers! And this image was the natural one to use, too: she is 'Windswept' by Krista Smith, and she is a rubber stamp from Sugar Nellie/Funky Kits and sadly she seems to be discontinued.

The Promarkers for her hair are: Marine, Turquoise, Duck Egg and Cool Aqua, and her dress is Burnt Orange, Bright Orange, Mandarin and Soft Peach.

I die-cut the image with a Spellbinders die, trimming round the hair so as to ease it over the die so that it wasn't cut off.

The kite paper came free with a magazine a long time ago! The embossed piece is made with the 'faux letterpress' technique, where you ink an embossing folder before embossing your card. The felt flowers and leaves were die-cut with Spellbinders dies, and centred with buttons from my old button-tin!

The sentiment is by Penny Black from the 'Gratitude' stamp set.

I'm entering this into the current Challenge at A Passion for Promarkers - Button It!

Go and see the gorgeous and original hair-colours on the cards made by my teamies, they will inspire you to get out your pens and colour some unusual hair for our Challenge!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x