Thursday, 23 December 2010

Delicious Doodles #5

Hi girls. Thank you so much for calling in to see my blog at this very busy time of year. I appreciate you making the effort. Wow only two more nights to go until the big day. Well if there is anything still not done it is unlikely to get done now.
I decided that it's well past time that I was entering my blogging pal Teri's challenge over at Delicious Doodles. I have made this card using one of Teri's own images - "Hyacinth" and followed the wonderful sketch given. I stamped the image two or three times and cut out some of the elements to allow me to decoupage the flower and I coloured them using my Copic Ciaos. The papers are all downloads from a CD and the flowers are hand made by me. the gems are all from my stash.


Angled view showing the decoupage.

I hope you like this card. Teris has some wonderful digis available over at Delicious Doodles shop. Her artwork is fabulous. Why not pop over and have a look for yourself.

I hope you like this card and if you have a minute to drop a comment on my blog letting me know what you think, I would be very grateful. I love reading what you say.

If the weather and roads are OK we are travelling down to my son's in Solihull at the beginning of the week to spend New Year down there. I have been given a portable oxygen machine on loan so that we can travel and I am really looking forward to having a break away from my own four walls. I will not be posting any more cards until we get home in January but I will be popping in to my regular blogs to see what you are doing and to leave comments. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you all for your friendship, support and encouragement throughout 2010 and for the wonderful creations you have shared.

Special Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Allsorts Wk 83 - Anything Goes

Hi girls. Thanks for your visit. I know that everybody is very busy with last minute preparations and I appreciate you taking the time to call in. Not long to go now and thankfully I think we are just about ready.
I made this, the last of my Christmas cards, and have decided to enter it into the current Allsorts Challenge. The image is the Stag from Inkadinkado stamped using cranberry Adirondack ink on white hand made paper. The design papers are from a large stack that I have lost the front cover for so I don't know what they are called or who made them. The cord and gems are from my stash and the card has been glittered in red and white. The snowflake are punched using a Martha Stewart punch and an unknown smaller punch. The punched border is by Martha Stewart.
I hope you like this and look forward to hearing your views if you can find the extra time to leave a comment. I get so much out of reading them.
Anyway, stay safe and healthy and take care in this wintry weather.
Love and Hugs,

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Playing with a New Tilda

Hi girls. Getting excited? - less than a week till the big day. I hope you are ready and that you can relax for the next few days. Thanks for taking time out to visit my blog. I hope you find something here that you like. I appreciate your visit.
Today's card is just for the fun of it because I did not make it with a challenge in mind. I received my latest Magnolia Stamp Club kit this week and I couldn't wait to ink up this darling new Tilda. I don't know yet what they are going to call her. I coloured her using a mixture of my Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The paper is an unknown and the mounts are Bazzil Linen and Bazzil Polka Dot. The flowers are Wild Orchid and the ribbon is from my stash.
I hope you like this and that you will be able to find time to leave a comment giving me the benefit of your opinion. I really value what you say.
I hope you manage to avoid the worst of the weather and that you stay safe and healthy. Thank you for calling in.
Love and Hugs,


Friday, 17 December 2010

One Card - No Challenge

Hi girls, thank you for calling in to my blog. It is great to have you here. I hope all is well with you and that you are managing to cope with the winter if you are in the northern hemisphere. The snow has arrived back here again so it will be interesting to see what havoc it creates this time.
I almost feel that today's card is a bit of a cop out because it is far more basic than my normal stuff. The truth is I have not been having a good week and I am easily tired. I did not make this for any challenge but just to try to keep my hand in. I apologise for the quality of the photo but the light has been anything but good for taking photographs and I had to use artifical light which distorts the colours. The image is Lili of the Valley's "Fairies - Bouquet" coloured using a mixture of my Copic Ciaos and Polychromos Pencils. The papers are both printed from a CD I have and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. The punched border is Martha Stewart's Doily Lace.
I hope you like this offering and I would love it if you had time to leave a comment because I love reading them. Take care and stay safe, warm and healthy.
Love and Hugs,


Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Another Multi Fold Card


Hi girls. Thank you for calling in to see my blog. I hope you are not disappointed with what you find here today. This will be a short post because I convinced William that I would be fit to do some Christmas shopping yesterday (Tuesday). I spent 3 hours in my wheelchair and my back was murdering me by the time we got home. I had my friend Kathleen over in the afternoon and although I thoroughly enjoyed her visit and wouldn't have missed it for the world I was a bit shattered by evening.
I made this card without any challenges in mind. I fancied another triangular multifold card because I enjoy making them. I inked up Lili of the Valley's "All Wrapped up" and coloured her with my Copics and Polychromos pencils. The design paper I created on my laptop using a CD package I have. The flowers are by Wild Orchid. The punched border is one of the Martha Stewart range. I am afraid the the daylight had gone by the time I was ready to photograph it and I had to use artificial light, hence the shadows.

This is a close up of the image panel.

and this is a close up of the sentiment and single flower.

I hope you like this and I look forward to reading any comments I am fortunate enough for you to leave for me. I really value you opinions.
I hope that you are all well and keeping safe and healthy. Take care.
Love and Hugs,

Monday, 13 December 2010

Something Different

Hi girls. Thank you for coming in to visit my blog. I am so pleased to have you here and I hope you find your visit worthwhile. I hope you are all keeping well and that those of you in the UK are surviving the snow and the bitter cold. We have had a big thaw here and are down to our last few inches of snow but the temperatures are still freezing.
Today's card was made without any challenges in mid and was a meant as a distraction from the mad rush to finish my Christmas cards. It's not quite my usual style but I enjoyed making it. The image is one of the Lili of the Valley large Square Fairies and I used vellum as a backing because I thought it matched well. The flowers are by Wild Orchid and I used gold gilt and glitter on the edge of the fairy mount.
I hope you like it and that you will be able to find time to leave a comment. I so enjoy reading what you have to say and value your opinions.
I hope that as you start your week that you stay safe and warm and enjoy good health.
Love and Hugs,


Saturday, 11 December 2010

Tilda with Parasol


Hi girls, thanks for calling by again. It's great to have you here. We seem to be enjoying a partial respite from the snow because there has been a definite thaw on here. The bad news is we are told to expect more next week. I hope you are all keeping cosy and warm.
I made this card for the Sketch and Stash challenge and didn't post it in time because I got my days mixed up but then it would be a shame not to post it so here it is.
I inked up Magnolia's "Romantic Tilda with Parasol" and coloured her using my Copics and Polychromos Pencils. the papers are SEI's "Juliette - sweet perfume" and "Claire - eloquent. I used Bazzil Bling as a mount along with some fawn pearlised card.. the embellishments are felt brads and Wild Orchid flowers. the whole card has been sprayed with gold and I have edged her frilly bits in gold as well.
I hope you will find a spare minute to leave a comment because I love to know what you thing and value your opinions. It's also nice to know who has been visiting.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy and have a fabulous weekend.
Love and Hugs,

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Just Magnolia Wk 84 Special Monthly Challenge - Anything Goes with Sparkle

Hi girls. Welcome to the frozen wastes of Scotland. We can put men on the moon but keeping roads clear from snow is obviously a step too far. Still we have had no more snow but it is bitterly cold. Anyway you are guaranteed a warm welcome here. I am so pleased you had time to call in and I hope you like what you find here.
I made this multifold card for the current Just Magnolia's Monthly Challenge where the theme was "Anything Goes with Sparkle".

I inked up Magnolia's "Tilda and Edwin on Ice" and coloured them using a mixture of Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The papers are Bo Bunny's back to back"Tis the Season to be Jolly". The flowers were cut with a Sizzix flower die. I sprayed over the image with Spray & Shine, added liberal helpings of spray glitter and ordinary glitter (I hope I didn't overdo it.

Close up of the central Sentiment

Close up of the bottom Flower
I hope you like this card enough to take a minute to leave a comment to tell me what you think. I really value what you have to say, especially if you see something that could be improved.
I hope you all stay safe, warm and healthy and enjoy your crafting.
Love and Hugs,

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

LOTV #76 - A Few of My Favourite Things


Hi girls, I hope you are all keeping fit and warm. After a day when it seemed as though the snow was about to thaw we had more heavy falls overnight and throughout the day. The temperatures have plummeted again so it looks as though we are in for a few more days of winter wonderland here. Everything has ground to a halt with treacherous roads and many of the normal services unavailable.
Anyway at least we are still able to travel through cyber space unimpeded and I am pleased to have you here. Hopefully you'll find something here to bring a smile and maybe even encourage you in your own crafting.
I made this card for the Lili of the Valley challenge which asked us to use "A Few of My Favourite Things". I inked up LOTV's "Dropping the Shopping" which is one of my favourites and coloured it using my Copics. The design paper is Basic Grey's "Eskimo Kisses - Snow Globe" and I used Bazzil as a mount. I used my favourite Wild Orchid flowers and crystals with one of my favourite ribbons and added lots of glister.
I hope you like this card and would love to hear your opinion of it if you can find a moment to leave a comment. I love reading them. I know that quite a few folks visit my blog and don't leave a comment and I always feel it's such a pity that I don't know who has popped in - it would be nice to hear from you all.
Please stay safe and healthy in this horrible weather.
Love and Hugs,

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Wild Orchid Challenge #11 & An Award

Hi girls. Great to have you popping in to see my blog. I hope you like what you find.
The snow is beginning to thaw a bit - we are left with only 16 inches but it is still chaos in or estate. I know that many of my blogging friends are ill at the minute and I sincerely hope that you are all keeping safe and warm.
I made this card with the Wild Orchid challenge in mind. The theme is an "Old Fashioned Christmas". I inked up one of my Giordana Snowmen. he has been glittered and heat embossed in detail gold. The edges of the circle have been similarly heat embossed in gold detail. I have used the Plaid side of Basic Grey's "Fruitcake" paper along with Penny Black's "Berries". Green Bazzil was used as a mount. The image is coloured with a mixture of Copics and Pilychromos Pencils. The flowers are of course from Wild Orchid but I have heat embossed them in detail gold as well - unfortunately it doesn't show too well in the photograph. The ribbon and glitter are from my stash.
I hope you like this offering and that you might find a little time to leave a comment letting me know what you think. I love to read your views. Every comment is appreciated.
Stylish Blogger Award


I have been given this fantastic award by Joey over at Joey's Stuff. I am really flattered since for the last 12 weeks I have not been blogging every day. Thank you so much Joey. Why not nip over to see here marvellous creations - you will not be disappointed. Now the conditions in accepting this award are that I have to tell you 8 things about myself and then pass it on to 8 blogging friends.
So here are the facts:-

1. My favourite colour is pink.
2. I love Medical Dramas on TV
3. I love Tandoori meals
4. I have been married to my best friend for over 40 years.
5. I love Cruise holidays (when I am able).
6. I have been to Brazil
7. I love gardening (when I am able)
8. I was a nurse in my young days.

The 8 people I want to pass this on to are:-

Kathleen at The Daisy Chain
Barbara at Hunnybunnycards
Mina at Pinkpuds
Sandra at Cherry Pickin's
Sylvie at Gibmiss
Lisa at Mess2Magic
Jane at Jem's Crafting Blog
Juls at The Glitter Chick

Enjoy ladies and thank you for all your support. There are so many more I would have loved to mominate but I am limited to eight and I know that some of you have already received this or will do from those I have passed it on to.

Keeps safe and healthy.
Love and Hugs,

Friday, 3 December 2010

ABC Challenge - I is for Ice and Snow

Hi girls. Thanks for calling in on me. How are things out there in the big wide world. It's ages since I was able to get out. It is difficult at the best of times but this snow has made it totally impossible. It does however, let me craft without a guilty conscience Lol. I also have time to visit all your lovely blogs. I hope your visit brings a smile and might even inspire you in your own crafting.
I made this card to enter it into the current ABC Challenge where the theme is !I is for Ice and Snow"
I have inked up a Magnolia background I got in one of the club sets. I also used "Gingerbread Tilda". They are both coloured using my Copics. The design paper is an unknown scrap and the glitter and ribbon are from my stash. I cut the corners with a Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley and I mounted it on red mirra card.
I hope you like this card and I would love it if you could find time to leave a comment to tell me what you think of it. Your opinions are much appreciated.
Well I hope those of you affected by this weather stay safe and warm and that you all stay healthy. Thanks again for visiting - it is appreciated.
Love and Hugs,


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Charisma Cards #47 - One for the Girls

Hi girls, it's good to have you here. I appreciate you taking the time to call in.
When the weather forecast last week said snow by the weekend I was not expecting what has arrived. We have 15 inches (measured with a ruler) in the undisturbed back garden and it's still falling. The roads round here are chaotic, the shelves in the local supermarket are empty of milk and bread and William has a full time job clearing the driveway. He has been piling it in the front garden which is now so deep I think we'll still have snow in June Lol. It must be terrible further north because we are normally better off than the likes of Aberdeen and Inverness. Maybe we should start a challenge for piccies of everyone's snowy gardens.
I made this card for Charisma Cardz challenge where the theme was "One for the Girls". I have inked up Lili of the Valley's "Time for a Cuppa" and coloured her up using a mix of my Copics and Polychromos Pencils. The background design paper is one I printed out from a CD Rom I have and the two panels are a GDC double sided glittered paper. I used a bazzil base and the scalloped nestie surrounding the image is from the same bazzil. The ribbon and gems are from my stash.
I would love to know what you think of this card so whether you like it or don't like it I would love to hear from you if you have a minute to leave a comment. I love reading what you say and I always find your comments helpful.
I hope you are all kept safe and healthy at this difficult time. Thank you so much for calling in and be sure to come back again.
Love and Hugs,