Thursday 23 August 2012


Hello Pinkies  and bloggers everywhere - hope your week is  going well ?
WOW -  you certainly turned out in your dozens to enter our very first challenge at IN THE PINK!
A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and to those who helped to spread the word on their blog.  Christine and I have been overwhelmed by your support and kind messages.   
Choosing the Perfect Pinkies has been extremely difficult, as there were so many stunning entries.  
You can find out who the Perfect Pinkies are, by clicking the link above!  Details of next fortnight's challenge can laso be found there.  
I hope you will  share more of your  fabulous creations with us - you have two weeks to create something wonderful!   Our theme for this fortnight's Challenge is "THINGS WITH WINGS" (and plenty of PINK!)  and here are my two inspiration projects - (it just had to be fairies for me)! Hope you like them!
(Please click the pics. to see the detail)

The easel card was created with Nestabilities  Circles (Scalloped and Standard).
The gorgeous image is "Talking With The Moon" from A Day for Daisies, coloured with Copics.  
Edges and background inked with DI - Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar.
Lots of glitter on this  one! (SU Dazzling Diamonds).
Sentiment - Crafty Individuals
Pink pearls - Hobby House.
Starry pink paper on the easel base - Kaisercraft.

This is another fabulous image from A Day For Daisies - "Morning Dew Fairy".
Image printed onto watercolour paper then painted with Distress Inks - 
Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Old Paper, Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint.
Background sponged with Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar.
Other items:-  
Nestabilities Lacy Squares. 
Memory Box Wrought Iron Fence cut from Rose Red SU card.
Base card - Pink Pirouette, also from Stampin' Up.
Hero Arts sentiment.
Love to all ~

Thursday 16 August 2012


Hello my lovelies!  Hope your week is going well? 
This will be the last  FYI challenge for a while  - Steph has decided to have a much-needed  break for a few months, but hopes to return in January.

There are some amazing colours in this fortnight's inspiration photo,
 and as soon as I saw it , Alcohol Inks sprang to mind!  
(oooh - messy and inky - how fab)!
So out came the gorgeous colours - Wild Plum, Butterscotch, Willow, Aqua, Denim and  Stream.  The bottles of ink were  swirled and dabbed onto acetate in a very abstract way  (great fun!),  then the acetate was layered onto white and black cardstock.. 
Sentiment  from the SU Curly Cute set.
Do pop over to FYIfor all the challenge details and some fab. DT inspiration! 

~Have a happy happy day ~ 
~ Hugs ~

Thursday 9 August 2012


Good morning lovely bloggers - the PINK day has arrived at last !  I hope you are all poised with PINK crafty stash in hand,  ready to join in the fun at our very first  fortnightly Challenge at IN THE PINK 
All the details can be found on the Challenge Blog, but in case you are wondering what the first Challenge is all about ,  it's everyone's favourite - ANYTHING GOES, (with plenty of pink), or as Christine calls it - FIFTY SHADES OF ..... PINK! (no, I haven't read that book - have you??)!!!!!!!

We are really looking forward to seeing what you create - it can be anything you desire - card, scrapbook layout, box, book - I'm sure you get the idea!  
Each fortnight,  Christine and I will both be posting two projects on the Challenge Blog,  and here are my two cards for this first challenge ~  

Two layers of white card, on a white base card, machine stitched around all edges.
The image is stamped on the centre layer, and coloured with Copics.
I cut an aperture on the top layer, with a Nestie Labels 4 die, then attached over the image with 3-d foam pads.
Stamp - "Sunrise" by  Rachel Anderson at Sweet Pea Stamps.
Sentiment - Penny Black.
Swirls of  very pale pink chalk for the  sky.

"Botanical" clear stamp from Kaisercraft, inked with Coffee Archival.
Image painted with Distress Inks.
Borders  punched with MS  "Eyelet Lace"  Punch Around the Page.
Pricking tool used around the edges of top layer of white card
Seam binding - Wild Orchid Crafts.
Sentiment - Hot off the Press.
One last thing - it's Christine's birthday today so do pop over to her blog and leave her some lurve!!  

Love to all ~

Thursday 2 August 2012


Good morning peeps - hope you are well and enjoying the Olympics?
The amazing photo Steph has chosen for us at this fortnight's  For Your Inspiration Challenge,  is a night-time view of  Cologne Cathedral  -love the turquoise  and gold!

and here is my take on the photo - a very clean and simple design, inspired by the architecture and the colours.

Cream cardstock.
My Minds Eye, Stella Rose spotty papers.
A paper Crimper was used on the ovals to replicate the lines on the bridge.
 It's the first time I've used this crafting tool for years!  What ancient craft tool have YOU got hidden away, unloved and unused? I would love to know!
I used  two sizes of Nestie Ovals, and the Lacy Squares die.
Corner rounder punch.
The banner was cut by hand, sentiment an old favourite from Hero Arts.
Tim Holtz brads and Distress Inks to finish.
 Have a great weekend - 
Love and Hugs  ~