Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Such a scary Mary!

I'm so daft sometimes I really do scare myself! Every week on Inspirational Card Sketches, Dawn provides us with a sketch to follow. This week we also had a sponsor (Lindsay's Stamp Stuff).

I duly downloaded and printed the images we were sent. Chose which one I'd like to put on my card. Got my Promarkers out and coloured my image of the witch in (gorgeous isn't she.. she such a pretty witch!) and then proceeded to finish making my card.

I photographed it in daylight to prevent flare from flash photography and went to email it over to Dawn ready for her to post on the ICS blog.


Anyhoo, I like my card so much that I'm admitting my stupidity and sharing my witch with you! I hope you like her as much as I do.

Image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.
Colouring pens: Letraset Promarkers.
All other stuff from stash.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Kirsty on QVC

For those that missed the lovely Kirsty on TV today, follow this link to catch her (complete with totally temperamental laptop, bless her!)

I'd have been so nervous, but she coped fantastically well don't you think?

Inspirational Card Sketches #36

We have another sponsor this week over on Inspirational Card Sketches ... Lindsay's Stamp Stuff have kindly provided the DT with some images with which to work, and they're absoloutely FAB too! Thanks Lindsay!!!

Dawn gave us this sketch to work with...

And I'm giving you this sneaky peek of what I made. The full reveal is one the Inspirational Card Sketches blog along with the fantastic work of all the DT. Please take a minute or two to pop over and take a look. While you're there, why not take inspiration and join in with us too? you never know, you could be the winner of the prize that Lindsay is kindly offering...

Monday, 28 September 2009

Kirsty Wiseman on QVC

The lovely Kirsty Wiseman will be on TV on Tuesday 29th September 2009 from 12pm. She's showcasing her FABULOUS Patti Picklicious CD which you can buy from her site {here} for the bargain sum of only ten of the Queen's finest pounds!

Now, I've had this CD for a quite a while now and have printed and used lots from it.

Backing printed onto acetate:

I'd made a couple of cards up the other day (which I've previously posted on my blog) and emailed them to Kirsty when I got an email back asking if she could use them during her TV show (er.... yeah, of course she can!!!). So with that in mind, I used some of the other collections on the CD and made her some more. Some of the backing papers I printed out onto acetate using the rough side of inkjet film. This gives an amazingly bright and zingy print.

If you've got the CD then have a go at this yourself. If you haven't got it yet, then pop over to Kirsty's blog and treat yourself, you certainly won't be disappointed!

Good luck on TV Kirsty! Hugs from us all here.

Inspirational Card Sketches #35

Well, here's my card for this week over on Inspirational Card Sketches.

White 4"x8 1/2" white card.
Wood effect paper: DCWV.
Scalloped edge: Bazzill.
Butterfly: Cut on Craft Robo.
Sentiment: Letraset Rub on.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Rosie-Dee's Week 54

The final challenge this month on Rosie-Dee's Challenge Blog continues the theme of SHAPES but this time we'd like to see an arrow or two accompanied by a bow.... ribbon or long bow? Well that's for you to decide!!!

We also have a fabulous sponsor too. The Cutting Cafe have kindly provided the Design Team with some images to work with and are offering a prize of 3 sets of Digi Images of YOUR CHOICE to one lucky winner too! All you have to do to be in with a chance of being chosen is to create your card using the theme of Bows & Arrows, come back and leave your details with Mr Linky and also leave us a comment. A winner will be chosen at random from all comments received for those who have participated, so remember to leave your comment as well as your link.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Rosie-Dee's Week 53

The reveal....

Did you spot Lil' Miss Patti Picklicious on my card for Rosie-Dee's Challenge this week? She's adorable isn't she? I haven't played with Kirsty's digi-daughter in a few weeks and decided it was time to let her out into the big, wide world and onto a card along with her compliment of super-gorgeous papers!

I coloured Patti in with my Promarkers in co-ordinating colours.... well a girl can't go out if she clashes now, can she?! LOL

White 5 1/4" square card.
Papers and images: Kirsty Wiseman - Patti Picklicious CD.
Gems: Patti's Pretties - Kirsty Wiseman.
Ribbon: Ribbon Mad.

Thursday, 24 September 2009


I've just set up a new blog that will hold all my links to favourite shops, challenges and inspirational sites. You can find it {HERE} or by clicking the LINK button under my logo.

There's only a couple there at the mo, but I'll keep working to share with you some of my favourite places.

If you want to suggest a link then drop me an email

Indigo Mill Limited

For all your craft and kit supplies

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Cowling & Wilcox - FANTASTIC shop!!!!

I came across a wonderful group of 3 art shops in London called Cowling & Wilcox recently while trying to find somewhere that had the the new Letraset colours in stock. They seem so popular that no-one seems to have any at the moment.

I received a phone call back from Guy Cowling and I have to say, that I’ve not dealt with such a friendly shop in quite a while. While they don’t have the new colours in stock until the end of next week (Letraset are out of stock and frantically trying to provide supplies to their retailers themselves) they do have in stock the full, original range of 92 colours at the amazing price of £127.95 - that works out at an awsome £1.39 each!!!!

I was chatting to Guy and found out that Cowling & Wilcox were initially set up as an art and graphic supplies shop and were the very first company to be approached by Letraset to sell their products in the 1960’s.

To quote the bio from the company:

The Start of Our Business.
In 1960 Leonard Cowling and Bernard Wilcox went into partnership specialising in supplies for commercial Art and Graphic Studios. An office was obtained near London’s old Billingsgate Market and Cowling & Wilcox Ltd was born.

In 1961 a need for larger premises led to the lease of a small shop at No 61 Broadwick Street, Soho, in London’s West End.

Our move to Soho attracted many young artists to this area where they could find a good source of supplies, affordable rents and like-minded people.

The Art Schools were producing Design Graduates full of confidence and enthusiasm, ready to take on the world.

The expansion of Soho.
The 1960’s gave us The Beatles, Carnaby Street and most important to us Letraset, developed by two young designers just three streets away.

They came to us first to test their Wet Transfer Letters but when they invented the Dry Transfer System we welcomed it with open arms and we were the first in London to have stocks.

Selling at 5 shillings (25p) per sheet it was a huge money spinner for us, everyone wanted it and it changed the way the commercial artist worked.

The 60’s were exciting. We designed the first Artist Portfolio and added Presentation to our range.

With the demolition of our premises at No 61 Broadwick Street we were very fortunate to be able to move across the road to a brand new shop at No 26. We soon overflowed into No 28 and with the two shops combined settled down for the next 40 years.

New times. New challenges.
In the last four years our Soho Shop has been significantly refurbished and modernised. We have obtained a further shop at Shoreditch to supply the expanding East End of London and a larger warehouse/retail shop at Camberwell to look after our customers in South London.

We have kept to the original concept of a Specialist Fine and Graphic Art Shop but have recently added Digital Supplies and Quality Designer Stationery to our range. Our Fine and Graphic Art Lines are as strong and as competitive as ever and a comprehensive Craft Department rounds us off nicely.

Our Portfolio/Presentation department.
Always a strong interest of ours, we have dedicated showrooms at all 3 shops and a very fine web site where you can view and buy on line.”

I’ve got my set of the new colours on pre-order just waiting for the deliveries to come in.

Not only do they sell Letraset products from Safmat, to Promarkers, Tria markers, storage and pads, they sell an AMAZING range of core products that any crafter or artist would give their right arm to get hold of! I personally love to use a Swann Morton type 3 scalpel handle and type 10A blades to cut out and they have the full range of handles and blades on offer. You really want to go over and have a look at the range of products that they sell. Major names such as 3M, Copic, HP, Reeves, Swan Stabilo, Windsor and Newton.

If their delivery service is half as good as their telephone service, they’re onto a real winner in my eyes! I just have to sit and wait for my Promarkers to arrive as soon at they’re in stock now.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #35

Another great sketch from Dawn this week over on Inspirational Card Sketches.

I gave this card a bit of a flip and came up with this...

You want to see the fab work that the other DT members have come up with this week. Just follow the link above to go and see it.


Monday, 21 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #34

For my weekly DT spot over on the fabulous Inspirational Card sketches, which was kindly sponsored by The Cutting Cafe,


Equalled this...

I used the shaped card template, the circular greeting and the sentiment all from The Cutting Cafe.

White cardstock.
Ribbon: Indigo Mill.
Flowers: Prima.
Inkpads: Pretty Colour & Dew Drop.
Flower centre: Kirsty Wiseman.
Brown cardstock: Coredinations

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Rosie-Dee's Week 53

A lil ole rootin' tootin' sneaky peek of my card that I made for this week over on Rosie-Dee's Challenge Blog.

As always, the team have produced some fabulous work this week. Please take a minute or several to pop over and have a look so you know what to make this week! ;-)


Saturday, 19 September 2009

Rosie-Dee's Challenge - Week 52

Our theme for this week on Rosie-Dee's challenge blog was again shapes, but this time it was a recipe.... 2 circles & a rectangle.

Now, I'm using 'rectangle' in the liberal sense that my corrugated card is a shallow rectangle.

The DT produce amazing work each week, they're a truly talented bunch, so I hope you managed to get the time to pop over and take part. Tomorrow at 6pm sees another challeng going live. Don't forget to pop over and see what it is!

White 6"x4" card.
Papers: All offcuts from my scrap packs.
Sentiment: The Cutting Cafe.
Flower punched from shrink plastic(!) and stamped with a Stampin Up stamp using Stazon.
Brad: Stash.
Inkpad: Pretty Colour.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) DT call

This is pinned to stay at the top of my blog until the closing date of 18th September, so please scroll down to view more recent posts.

We're looking for 3 new designers over on Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS) and we'd love you to apply.

Design Team Application Guidelines:

* Previous Design Team experience NOT REQUIRED. If you love card making, we'd love to have you on our team!
* This Design Team call is open to all applicants.

* You as Design Team Member, are required to create a card or project in your style with the provided sketches each week.
* You will be sent 4 sketches the last week of each month to allow you time to work freely with the sketches, have plenty of time for other things.
*Failure to send in your creations for 3 consecutive weeks will forfeit your position as a Design Team Member (unless you've notified me before hand).
* This position is from Oct 2009 - January 2010 (Four (4) months) with an opportunity to continue for additional term.

*At this moment there is no compensation for this Design Team. You will be working with your own supplies. You will be able to add this experience to your resume.

Use the sketch below to create yourself a card or project. Link up in Mr. Linky on the ICS DT call blog with your name and a direct link to your card or creation. If your link doesn't take us to your project it will be deleted.
NOTE: You can not combine this DT call challenge with any other challenges. It has to be exclusive to this call only.

DEADLINE: Sept 18th 11:59 pm CST (USA)

Annoucement: Of the new team will be posted to the ICSketches Challenge blog on Sept 24th. The new teams term will start with their first creation being posted on Oct 6th.

So... what are you waiting for? Get creating and don't forget to link DIRECTLY to your entry on the ICS DT Call blog.


Thursday, 17 September 2009

Indigo Mill - Notebook

I forgot to put this one up on my blog. I made it with 'The Beautiful Life' kit from Indigo Mill.

This will be a place to ground my thought and make my lists... if only I could remember to write them down!

The Beautiful Life kit from Indigo Mill.
Buttons: Stash.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

New stamps

I treated myself to two stamp sets in the Stampin' Up range Sale via the lovely Jo Austin. The 'For Father' set reduced to a bargain £11.48 and the 'Summer by the Sea' set - although I bought the German version of this as it was cheaper in the sale than the English version! £18.71 as opposed to £24.95. (Scrooge I hear you cry, but I wanted the pictorial stamps rather than the sentiments, and it saved me over £6!!).

Anyhoo, the delivery is speedy indeed and the quality is fantastic. They are cut deeply and stamp perfectly.

I've only played with the Summer by the Sea set so far and wanted them simple and vintage in style so I stamped them with Chestnut Roan from ColorBox onto cream cardstock, and for my beach LO, I stamped onto craft cardstock. The couple cuddling are chalked lightly for a bit of added colour.


LO: Beige Bazzill Swiss Dots carstock.
Cards: cream 7"x5" card, white 4"x8 1/2", craft 6"x4".
Ribbons: Ribbon Mad & QVC.
Papers: My Minds Eye.
Corrugated card: Wilkinsons packaging.
Chalks: Craf-T Products.
Frame, bird & Adore sentiment: Cut on the Cricut using Home Accents cartridge.
Buttons: Ebay.
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug.
Flowers: Prima.
Glitter glue: Stickles.
Ink pad: ColorBox Chalk.
Tag: stationers.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #34

Another fantastic sponsor over on Inspirational Card Sketches this week. The Cutting Cafe has sent us some great digi stamps to work with. I chose three to use on this great sketch.

Please take a mo to pop over to see the awsome DT work this week and remember that taking part is a fun thing to do, so we'd love to see what you come up with!

See you over there!


Monday, 14 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #33

ICS was sponsored by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. and we had some gorgeous digi stamps to play with.

I chose this poppy because I simply love it! So significant this year don't you think? 70 years since WWII was declared. All those husbands/fathers/sons/daughters lost including my own great-grandad.

We could never repay their debt to us all in order that we can live our lives in safety and peace. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

White pearlescent 6"x6" cardstock.
Digi stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.
Black & red spotty card/paper - offcuts in my stash.
Colouring pens: Promarkers.
Centre of the poppy filled with Glossy Accents and Accent Beads.
Sentiment cut with Home Decor cartridge on a Cricut Expression.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Passion for Promarkers

WOW!!! Have you seen what Passion for Promarkers are offering...?

Yep!!! Only a full set of 56 of the new colours from Letraset! You'll have to pop over to their blog to find out the rules for yourself though. If I were being nice, I'd tell you what the sentence is that you need to find, but as I want to win them, then I won't! MWAHAHAHAHA!

Rosie-Dee's Challenge - Week 52

It's still 'shapes' month over on Rosie-Dee's Challenge blog. This week it's two squares & a rectangle.

Here's a sneaky of what I made this week.

Please take time to pop over, join in and say Hi to the ladies on the team!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Rosie-Dee's Challenge #51

Well, this was my sketch...

And this is my card...

White 5 1/4"x5 1/4" card.
All cardstock and papers were from the August Kit from Indigo Mill 'The Beautiful Life'
Flowers: Prima.
Butterfly cut on the Craft Robo.
Inkpad: Color box.
Gem: Patti's Pretties from Kirsty Wiseman.
Letter stickers: Adornit and Making Memories.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

I have a shiny new toy...

Look what Santa brought to me (albeit 3 months early!) We sold my 2 year old D40 so that I could upgrade to this...

I'm like the proverbial Cheshire Cat grinning away with my new toy! I can't wait until the real autumnal colours come blazing out so that I can snap, snap, snap and then scrap, scrap, scrap away the images.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #33

We have fantastic digi stamp sponsor this week over on Inspirational Card Sketches in Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Linday's stamps are fantastic!!

I printed this poppy out on photographic paper and then used Promarkers to colour it.

The full reveal of my card is over with the other fantastic designs from the DT on the ICS blog. Hope you can pop over!


Inspirational Card Sketches #32

I hope you've had time to check out our sponsor this week on Inspirational Card Sketches. Bunny Zoe Crafts have some great things in the shop to browse and ooh and ahhh over.

I came up with this card using Dawn's fab sketch this week.

In hindsight, I wish I'd computer journalled my greeting, but I didn't so I'll just have to live with what I've done!

White pearlescent 6"x6" Card.
Glitter glue: Stickles.
White & calligraphy pens: Sakura.
The following items were all taken from the Indigo Mill 'The Beautiful Life' kit:
Brown/cranberry coredinations.
Bird cage: 7Gypsies Pandora.
Bird cut using Cricut Home Accents cartridge from offcuts in the kit.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Rosie-Dee's Challenge #51

We start the month of September off on Rosie-Dee's challenge blog with the theme of shapes. As usual we're starting off with a sketch complete with circles and an oval.

I've made my card and am giving you this sneaky peek...

Please take time to visit the blog to see what our wonderfully talented DT have come up with.

Indigo Mill - The Beautiful Life Kit

Those that know me well, will testify that I'm never far from a lipstick (or several!) I have them everywhere.... handbag / car / craft tote / desk @ work / Will's car / bathroom / bedroom (I'm even sounding obsessed to myself typing up their locations HAHA!) So to celebrate (confess) this fact, I thought I'd make myself a LO of me and my obsession using Indigo Mil's August kit - 'The Beautiful Life'. I added some more Bella! letter stickers along with some from Adornit and cut the bird out using my (new) Cricut Expression using my one and only, very lonely, cartridge.

I'm off to apply my lippy and lie down in a darkened room and search my soul now! (Well, I will later after I've cooked and munched the Sunday roast!

So now... I've shared my obsession. What's yours?!

Bazzill Carstock.
The Beautiful Life Kit from Indigo Mill.
Cricut Expression & Home Decor cartridge.
Letter stickers: Adornit & Bella!
White pen: Sakura.
Black pen: American Crafts.
Flower punch: Woodware.
Brads: Stash.
Shrink plastic: Stash.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Dog bite ... part 2!

Will has a shiny new bike (mountain, not motor) so he went out for a blast for an hour or so this morning. While he took a route through a local country park, there was a couple walking their dog off the lead (we do this with Maisy there too, so it's not a problem as they're allowed off their leads in the park). Anyhoo... I digress.

Will cycled around this couple and their dog was a good few paces in front of them.

As Will passed their dog, it turned and bit his cycling boot and his ankle! It had a right mouthful of his sock and he had to kick out from his bike to make it let go to prevent it making him fall off! Good job he doesn't have toe grips on the pedals of this bike or his new bike would be sporting a scratch or two already.

When I asked him what he did or said to the owners, he said that he could hear them shouting at their dog and rather than stop and get shouted at by them too for kicking out at their dog he cycled away (very fast!!!!)

Hopefully things really don't come in threes or Jacob and I are hiding! HAHA!

Rosie-Dee's Challenge - Week 50

Saturday's reveal of my 6"x12" LO for the Rosie-Dee's Challenge Blog looks a bit like this...

The story behind this LO is that we were on holiday in 2006 and I was painting my toenails when Freya asked if she could have hers done too. This is the first time I'd ever painted them for her and if I'm honest, it's the last time I've done it too. She's still only 8 and too young in my eyes to have them done.

I challenged myself to do a 6"x12" LO every week for August and I managed it too! Woo me! HAHA!

Bazzill swiss dotted cardstock.
Punch: Fiskars Threaded Water.
Alphas: Pink Paislee.
'Beautiful' cut on the Cricut.
Flowers: Prima and diecut with a Woodware punch.
Glitter Glue: Stickles.
Ribbon & Buttons: Stash.
Journalling pens: Sakura & Stabilo.
Gems: Stash.

Friday, 4 September 2009

My poor little poppett!

Freya and I nipped into Lidl on our way home on Wednesday evening. As she walked past a dog that had been tied up outside by it's owner, it turned on her and bit her arm! She was shocked to say the least, I can tell you!

My concern was for her and (very unlike me, I might add) I even stayed pretty calm when the dog's owner came out to collect his nasty little mutt!!! The bloke was totally non-committal about it. When I told him it had bitten my daughter he just said "well, it's never done that before" and proceeded to unclip it's lead and walk away! Still not like me, I called after him, "Excuse me, but your dog has just bitten my daughter's arm!" His reaction? "sorry little one" and walked off!!!

I was as they say totally gobsmacked. Normally I would have been really angry and the guy would have known just how annoyed that I was, but looking at Freya's face which had totally drained of all colour and the shock that replaced her beautiful rosey cheeks, I let it go!

Luckily it didn't break the skin, but there were soft tissue lumps and a cracking bruise where it got hold of her.

I rang the Police to report it and to ask their advice when we got home about 5.30pm and was told to take some photographs of the bruising. They've been round tonight (two coppers in a riot van - the neighbours'll be talking!) to take our statement and are checking out the shop's CCTV to see if they recognise the guy.

There were at least two witnesses, but I was so incredulous that I never thought to take their details or ask the guy for his name and address (not that he'd probably have given it to me anyway) - silly me!

As the dog was tethered up, the only thing that they could do him for is assault on her, but we'd have to get him identified and press charges through the Courts. I really want him told that he can't leave his dog tied up and unattended. I'd truly hate the next bite that dog gave to be worse than it was with Freya.

We've really had to stress to her that although our dog, Maisy, is such a friendly little girl, that EVERY dog that she doesn't know needs to be given a wide berth, just in case!

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Passion for Promarkers

This is the first time that I've dared to join in with the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog. This week (week 15) the theme is Girly & Glittery.

As you can see... I'm not too good at choosing only a few colours LOL!

I'm getting used to using my Promarkers and have to say that I enjoy using them. Colouring is soooooo theraputic! LOL.

It's obviously girlie because it's pink and it's glittery as the cardstock is pearlescent, the scalloped edge is from glittered cardstock and the heart swirls and tails are coloured using a glitter pen.

Did I pass my first ever challenge on Passion for Promarkers do you think?

White pearlescent 6"x6" cardstock.
Pink backing paper: BasicGrey.
Digi stamp: Lily-Boo's Boutique.
Crown & sentiment: Dovecraft stamp.
Happy Birthday stamp: Penny Black.
Inkpad: Stazon.
Ribbon & brads: Stash.
Flowers: Prima.
Glitter pen: Sakura.


This would have been my nan's 100th year if she were still alive today. We'd have been having such a celebration in November to commemorate it. Instead there'll be some special flowers on her grave to mark what should have been her centenary.

I miss this lady so much you know! She only lived round the corner from my parents and could see down the street to watch us play from her back bedroom window. I always remember nan's bed being so high that when I was a little girl, I had to be lifted into her bed for a cuddle when I slept over.

The Easter and school summer holidays that we spent with her and our step-grandad Fred in their caravan near Skegness will always stay with me as special memories. We daren't be late in from playing at night incase the 6 o'clock / 7 o'clock / 8 o'clock horses (they got later as we got older) came galloping down the caravan site and carried us off! HAHA!!

The site was next to a farm where we used to go, jug in hand, to buy some milk, fresh from the vat. Yummy!

We used to walk down the long, straight road into Skegness and nan would always tell us whether it would be a good summer or not by how high the crows were nesting in the trees.

I remember getting the polish and duster out to polish Fred's bald head, bless him! Learning the 'gypsy stitch' in knitting and knitting a bright yellow scarf in the evenings as nan listened to the plays on the radio; the pull down wall bed that my sister and I slept in as children; the gas mantles that she lit every evening and the fire she made in hearth. *sigh!*

This photograph was taken on my wedding day in 1988 and is one of the very few photographs that I've got of my nan. I wish I had more!

The more astute will notice that nan's date of passing isn't on the LO as, to be honest, I'm not 100% sure if it was 1998/1999 that we lost her to be with her two husbands that had passed before and were waiting for her. I'm sure it was 1999, but mum will need to confirm it for me before I finally complete her page.

This LO invoked some very happy memories for me and some sad moments too when I remember just how much she meant to me and how much I miss her. God Bless nan! I'll love you always. xxx

Cardstock Bazzill.
Sentiments and photo frame cut on the Cricut using Home Decor cartridge.
Letter stickers: Making Memories.
Patterned paper: Bella! Sarah Jane.
Inkpad: ColorBox.
Flower: Bazzill.
Button: Stash.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Inspirational Card Sketches #32

This week, we're sponsored by Bunny Zoe's Crafts over on Inspirational Card Sketches (ICS)

We had a fab sketch to work with from Dawn which I really enjoyed using.

Hope you can pop over to the blog to see the fantastic work from all the designers.


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