Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Bridesmaid Tilda

Hi there

I love this Tilda stamp, and have been waiting to get it for simply AGES!!  It's still on pre-order most places, but my WONDERFUL friend Tasha went to the NEC last Friday, and kindly picked it up for me, so I've made this card especially for her as a thank you.  I guess you could say I've been a bit cheeky, as the lovely patterned paper is one of the ones she gave me, so it's like I'm giving it back!  Tilda has of course been coloured with Copics, and I made up some more of the delightful flowers that I seem to be using on everything at the moment.

I think I might enter it in the Just Magnolia Challenge this week (48). 


Judi xx

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Tilda goes Turquoise


Today I have another Tida bunny to show you.  I have three grandkids, all girls, and they LOVE Tilda, so making cards for them is a breeze.  However, there is only 15 months between the eldest two, so they argue over everything, hence, I've used the same image on both their Easter cards, and even now, I've probably got it wrong, and one of them will want the Tilda in the colour I've given the other one.  They're only 9 and almost 8, at the moment, so heaven only knows what that household is going to be like in another few years!!!

The Magnolia background papers look a bit fuzzy, I have a feeling I might have had the camera in the wrong mode, again!  I cut an oval shape with a Nestie for Tilda to sit on, added a bit of stitching - I'm really getting into this now that I have my new mini machine.  A little bit of lace added with the aid of a Martha Stewart punch, and a butterfly peel off, pretty much make up the card, with the now OBLIGATORY hand made flowers!!

Would love to hear what you think of it.

Judi x

Sunday, 28 March 2010

FAB Candy up for grabs on Blog of a Craftaholic Waffler!!

Good morning everyone,

I've just come across the chance to win this AMAZING blog candy on Kellie's site - Blog of a Craftaholic Waffler .  She's celebrating 100,000 blog hits - how fantastic is that?  Anyway, to have a chance of winning all of the amazing stamps above, pop on over to visit, follow the few simple rules, and who knows, you might be the lucky one!

Judi xx

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Tilda's Easter Bunny

Hi there,
First of all I'd like to start by thanking all of you who have been kind enough to leave comments on my work.  It really is much appreciated.

Today I finished off this card which is for one of my granddaughters.  I used the delightful Tilda in her bunny outfit - isn't she adorable?  The papers were from Papercraft Inspirations magazine, I downloaded copies, as I hate pulling my mags apart!  The lacey doily mat was made with a Martha Stewart around the page punch.  The bunny was also a part of the Easter freebies from the magazine, but I coloured him over with Copics, and added a bit of cotton wool to make him a nice fluffy tail.  Flowers made with the method kindly introduced to me by 'Lil Daffodil', I can't get over how easy these are to make, and they're so effective, too!  A little bit of stitching done on the machine, and a computer generated label to finish off.  Voila!  There you have it.  Hope you like it.

Judi xx

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Mouse in a teacup

Hi peeps

Its a soggy old day here in Hampshire, so I thought if the weather's the same where you are, this bright card might cheer you up!

The image is a Tina Wenke one from Stampavie, called Mouse in a Tea Cup, and as usual I've coloured it with Copics.  I raised it on some foam pads to give it a bit of depth, which I think you can just about see???  The papers are some more from the lovely Tasha (one of my many Docrafter friends).  Flowers - hand made.  Butteflies punched and stamped using one of the Martha Stewart punch and stamp kits that I got from QVC when they were the TSV.  Buttons from stash.  Sentiment - computer generated and then cut out with Nesties. 

I plan to enter this into the Stampavie Challenge #20 which is to make an Easter Card.  Hope they like it.

Hugs to you all, and thanks for checking out my blog.

Judi x

Sunday, 21 March 2010

My First EVER Wedding Card

Hi there peeps

I thought I'd try something different for my very first wedding card, so decided to make a circular easel card.  The stamp I've used is another from Lili of the Valley.  I'm really lovin' these stamps, although they're not quite so easy to colour, as Whiff of Joy, or Magnolias!!  I tried to keep it fairly simple, but added a lot of sparkle with stickles to the wedding image, and the flowers.  The papers were a download, but the company I got them from, have, I believe, ceased trading.  The sentiments were computer generated.  The big rose is from Hobbycraft, the small one from Wild Orchid Crafts, it was ivory, but I tinted it with my copics to make it blend in with the papers and the bridal couple. 

Hope you like it.

Judi x

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

First of my new LOTV stamps!

\Hi again

I've just finished making this card with one of  my new Lili of the Valley stamps called 'Me and my cat'.  I think the new stamps they've just brought out are absolutely fab, so expect to see other cards come through using lots of these stamps - I bought 7!!!!!!!  The background papers are a selection from the 'Nitwits' digital papers and are called 'Butterfly Kisses Too'. 

The flowers were made with a technique which is new to me, and was kindly shared by 'Lil Daffodil' (alias Fiona), check out her blog here.  Her work is GORGEOUS!!  Fiona doesn't take credit for the flower technique, but kindly shared the instructions from her first Magnolia magazine, which I stupidly missed out on, and of course you can't get them now for love or money - well, maybe about £20.00 on Ebay!!!

Leaves were cut with a Martha Stewart punch.  Pearls from The Hobby House.  The sentiment is a stamp from my well used Claire Curd sentiment set, and I glued on a couple of teeny weeny star crystals just to make it stand out a bit.

Hope you have time to leave me a comment

Judi x

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Sending you HUGS!

Afternoon all

I hope you're enjoying your weekend?

I've just finished making this card using one of the new images from Stampavie, called 'Being Together', by Gillian Roberts.  I love this stamp as it reminds me so much of my beautiful little granddaughter, Molly.  She just loves teddy bears, and has great fun playing with mine when she visits. 

The papers are from Doodlebug.  Flowers and ribbon from stash, and the sentiment was computer generated.

I love this colour combo, pink, yellow and green really make me feel like spring has sprung!!

Thanks for looking

Judi x

Friday, 12 March 2010

It's your day!

Evening all

Today I'd like to share a card which I've made with the Whiff of Joy challenge in mind.  I used their sketch, which I found great to work with, and am likely to use again.  The papers are from my wonderful, generous girlfriend Tasha (again!)  I bet she wishes she hadn't given me them now!  The background card is actually a very dark chocolate, and not black as you might get the impression from the pic.  I can't for the life of me remember the maker of the sentiment stamp, and as I'm stuck in bed at the moment, I can't go check them out. The little flowers on the tabs each side of the image are pieces of lace, and I love the way they look, backed with that lovely chocolate brown.  Roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and have been stickled around the edges just to add a bit of bling, as has the beautiful young lady's dress.  I'm realy rather pleased with this one, and hope you like it too.

Whiff of Joy Challenge - 70

Judi x

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

The Serene Night by Ching-Chou kuik

Hi there

Well, having faffed about loads trying to get a good picture of this card, I've given up, and decided to show you the best that I seemed able to get today.  Unfortunately, the colour seems to have drained a bit from one side of the card, and is a little darker than in real life on the other.  You also can't really see the stickles on the butterfly wings, which are really very pretty in the right light.  So I apologise for my bad photography.

Anyway, the stamp - The Serene Night - is one of the Sweet Pea range, and is designed by Ching-Chou kuik.  When I first coloured the image, I was trying to follow the colours used on the website to get a feel for the picture, however, when I'd finished, I suddenly realised that I didn't have a single paper in the right colours, durr!  I eventually decided to give my Anna Griffin, pattern matching stamps an airing, and as luck would have it, had the perfect colour ink pad.  I made the flower by punching and embossing with Nellie Snellen's new punches.  I used both sizes.   Branch punch - Leone Em.  Sentiment computer generated.

Once again, sorry for the poor photography.  Will try to do better with the next one!!



Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Challenge Card

Hello again

Today I'd like to share a card that I've made for the Copic Colour Challenge, among others.  I've not made a card for a challenge in ages, so I hope this fits the bill.  Luckily, I had the exact colours required, and have used a lovely little stamp called 'Ruby' from The Greeting Farm. The yellow paper is another one from my first Papermania purchase, and the delightful teal colours are from the pile of fab papers that my lovely friend Tasha gave me.  I used the MS doily punch to create the border, and a Leone Em punch for the leaves.  Flowers, ribbon, and pearls, from my stash.

Other challenges:

Stamp Something - Something Girly
Paperplay Challenges - Just Because
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays
Simon Says Stamp Challenge

As always, I hope you like it.

Judi x

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Just Rite - flowers 1

Evenin' all,

Hope like me you've been having a lovely weekend? 

I've just finished making this card, and was really pleased with the end result, as it's something a bit different to my usual 'cutesy' style.  I bought the flower stamp at the Stevenage show last weekend, it's part of a set from 'Just Rite' stampers, and is of course beautifully compatible with my nesties.  When I started I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with it, but just fancied colouring it to see how it turned out.  I did try doing this one the other day with watercolours, but made a right pig's ear of it, and so returned to my Copics, with which I believe I did a far better job, although the photo does seem to have faded the flower colour slightly. 

The papers are from the very first set that I bought from Papermania.  Background card - C'ordinations, although on this occasion I didn't feel the need to distress it.  Butterfly punched with the Martha Stewart large punch, glittered with Glamour Dust, and then I added a few sticky backed crystals just to give it a nice bit of sparkle.  Sentiment - computer generated.  Card candy - made from the matching C'ordinations scraps.

As always, I'd be grateful if you could spare the time to let me know what you think.

Judi x

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Flippin' Men - Roger's Birthday Card

Morning peeps,

This is a card that I've made for my hubby's friend Roger, who lives in Australia.  I love the 'flippin men' stamps which I got from Two Cats Crafts.  It's the first time I've shopped with them, but won't be the last, as their service was brilliant!  I thought that having left the UK many years ago, Roger might appreciate a good ol' fashioned beer swillin, English guy on his card.  Let's hope I'm right!!!

Mat cut with one of the new nestabilities which I bought at the craft show last week.  Border - Martha Stewart punch.  Cheers sentiment - part of the 'flippin men' stamp set.

A very simple card, for me, but I think men prefer simple, leastways, I hope so!!

Have a great weekend.

Judi xx

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Tweet Talk

Hi everyone

Today I've had a chance to play with one of my new Penny Black stamps that I bought at Stevenage.  She's from the new 'Slapstick' range, which means she's foam backed as opposed to wooden or a clear stamp.  I absolutely adore this little darling, she's just SO cute!  If you read my post yesterday, you will know that I visited my friend Tasha for the first time at the weekend, and as well as accompanying me to the stamp show, she also gave me a MASSIVE heap of beautiful papers, which she said she'd grown tired of - MAD woman!!!  I decided to use this one because of it's beautiful soft colours, and then just made some matching papers on the computer to compliment it.  Swirl is a Nestie, and the flowers were handmade with various punches, and then topped with a pearl.  The sentiment was computer generated, and the ribbon was from my ever growing collection!!!

Hope you like it

Judi x

Monday, 1 March 2010

Tilda gets distressed

Hi peeps

Well, what a weekend I had!!  I was supposed to be going to the 'Make It' show at Farnborough on Sunday, and had so been looking forward to it, not only because was I going to be able to get my mitts on lots of new crafting goodies, but I had arranged to meet up with my friend Tasha who I met through the Docrafts forum, and who I'd not actually physically seen before.  Hence, you can imagine my disappointment when I heard that the show had been cancelled!!!  However, not to be beaten, we decided that as Tasha lives in Stevenage, we could still go to the Stevenage stamping show, which I'd never been to before.  My darling hubby had been busy all afternoon on Saturday making a curry for us to share with Tasha and her hubby, so we transported the lot up to Tasha's and made a day of it there instead.

The show was fabulous, and bigger than I'd been led to believe.  Needless to say, I spent a fortune, but came away with lots of lovely new toys to play with, including lots of stamps, nesties, MS punches, and some Clarity stamps.  I also met Barbara Grey, who's crafting skills I really admire, and had a lovely chat with her.

Anyway, enough of the waffle, the card I want to share today was made on Saturday.  I hadn't had a chance to give this Tilda an airing before, and fancied doing a bit of a distressed look, so instead of using the usual Copics I decided to try painting with distress inks, and this is what I ended up with .  The papers are from the Porcelain set by Basic Grey.  Flowers made with a Nellie Snellen punch and emboss set, which I then dabbed with Distress Ink, and sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer to make the ink run and give a little bit of sparkle.  The tag, and little clip thing that holds the heart in place were cut with a die from Impress, which I picked up for £1.00 in the after Christmas sales, and I think I will get a lot of use out of.

As always, I'd love you to leave a comment and let me know what you think.