Thursday, 1 November 2012

Pink Princess

Hi Everyone, hope you all enjoyed Hallowe'en, not a big fan myself but the kids love it.

 I was lucky enough to win the Kraftyhands Challenge in September and bought some lovely goodies with my voucher. It's a fab site and well worth a look, you can find it here and also the challenge blog is here. The boys were also on Create and Craft yesterday showing some of their latest products and fab samples from their lovely DT, hope you managed to catch at least one of their shows.

 So far I've only used one of the stamps I got - Belle of the Ball by Crafter'sCompanion, from  the S.W.A.L.K collection - isn't she lovely.

I stamped her using Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and then coloured her with my promarkers. I then die cut the circle and distressed round the edge with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I used a flower shaped card from my stash which is in a lovely pearlescent pink, two doilies that have been heat embossed with red pearl Meltdust. I then added three little ribbon roses from my stash, a bow and a crown charm, also a little bit of glitter for her jewellery.

I would like to enter this into

 the Kraftyhands challenge  where the theme charmed
I love Promarkers, challenge 141 - cute
Simon Says Stamp - Get in Shape
Hope to be back soon to show you what else I got with my voucher.

Take Care
Andrea xx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Across the Miles

Hi Everyone, firstly I'd like to welcome my new followers and also to thank you all for your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Well it's been absolutely miserable for the past few days here, so what better way to spend the day than to craft.

I decided I'd make a Christmas card, well it'll soon be here and I need to get my finger out and I chose to make an easel card.

The image I have used is Across the Miles from Crafters Companion's Mulberry Wood range. I have coloured this with Promarkers and then used a scalloped oval die to cut out and then mounted it on to a larger scalloped oval cut from red card, from my stash. I then printed a backing paper from the Mulberry Wood CD and cut an oval from it to mount my image.

The base of the card has been matted and layered with the same card and paper as has the stopper. I have added a red ribbon and some lace to this stopper as well as a sentiment which has been edged with bundled sage distress ink. I have finished it off with a little red bow and a sprinkle of polar white Flowersoft.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out, it's such a cute image as are the rest in the Mulberry Wood range and I'm loving the CD.

I'd love to know what you think, so please leave me a little comment, don't be shy

Take Care

Andrea xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Krafty Hands September Challenge - ribbons and lace
Linda Simpson's Challenge - Christmas

Monday, 17 September 2012

Pink Fairy

Hi Everyone, hope you're all keeping well. Well my two girls have been back to school for a few weeks now and I had hoped I would manage to get lots more crafting and blogging done but so far things haven't gone according to plan. I've had lots of other things to do but am hoping things will start to settle down soon.

Anyway, the card I would like to share is one I made for a little girl in the lovely colour combo of pink and brown

The image is a wee stamp from Whimsy stamps that came free with a magazine, I have die cut this using my new Big Shot ( finally took the plunge ) coloured it with my promarkers and added some crystal glitter to her wings.

The papers I have used are from Sweet Owl paper pad, the ribbon and pink pearls are from my stash and the flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts. The sentiment was printed on my computer and then die cut.

Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave me a comment, they are very much appreciated.

Take Care
Andrea xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Pink and Brown
Crafts and Me Challenge - In the Pink

Monday, 23 July 2012

BBQ King

Evening one and all, hope your weather has been much kinder than mine today. It's been a thoroughly miserable day here, the rain hasn't let up at all but on the up side, I got some cards made.

I made this card for the sketch challenge over at Penny's paper-crafty challenge blog

Here is my card

The image is by just inklined and is on The Next Big Thing CD or you can find it  here on their website. I have coloured it with my promarkers.

The papers are from cupcakecrafting.

The red card and buttons are from my stash

I'd love to here what you think

I am entering this into Penny's paper-crafty challenge - sketch

Take Care

Andrea xx

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Kitty Thank You

Hi Everyone, still no sign of the Summer yet, I live in hope. My two kids have been off school since the end of June but the weather doesn't seem to be getting them down and boredom hasn't set in yet.

Thought I would share a thank you card today that I made a few weeks ago

The pink card is from my stash, the rose paper is from Wild Rose Studio and came as a free gift with Quick Cards Made Easy.

The double border was punched using a punch from Dovecraft.

The image is a pre-printed one from LOTV that I got free with a magazine, I have coloured this with my promarkers.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the pins from MCS.

The ric rac and sentiment are from my stash

Thanks for looking, I'd love to hear your comments

Andrea xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenge

Joanna Sheen Challenge : Animal Crackers

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone, hope you're all keeping well. I've been having a bit of a busy time recently, lots of birthday cards and teacher thank you cards as the schools finish here at the end of the week. On top of all that I've had the most dreadful cold that turned into a chest infection but I've got some antibiotics now so hopefully it will clear up soon.

Now to the reason for posting. Today I wanted to share a card that I made for a crafty friend who is celebrating her birthday today, she tells me she is 21 today ;-). I also wanted to thank her as she was one of the people who gave me the courage to have a go at blogging. Unfortunately I haven't been able to blog regularly, haven't even had time to check out other blogs ( hope to catch up soon ) but hope to rectify that in future.

Now to the card

The stamp I have used is Garden Bunnies by Wild Rose Studio and I thought it was just perfect for this lovely lady. I've coloured it with my promarkers and used a lilac souffle pen for the flowers, although the definition of the flowers was lost when I did this, not sure I would do it again. The lilac card is from my stash and the pretty patterned paper is from Dreamcatcher by Trimcraft. The card is finished off with flowers from WOC, a sentiment and a shrink plastic butterfly.

Hope she has a wonderful birthday

Thanks for looking, I'd love to hear your comments

Andrea xx

Monday, 21 May 2012

Take it Easy

Hi Everyone .
Well the sun has finally appeared and it is just glorious here, hope it's just as lovely wherever you are.

I've been busy recently with lots of male cards, not my favourite but it has to be done. I thought I would share one of them with you as I was quite pleased with how it turned out.
The card is 14cm x 14 cm and the papers I have used are a free download from Crafters Companion
that I have had for ages and never used, don't know why because the colours are lovely. I have edged the papers with Vintage Photo distress ink and mounted them on to brown cardstock from my stash. The topper is a digistamp from Digistamp Boutique, it can be found here and I have coloured it with my promarkers. The card is finished off with a sentiment from my stash.

Thanks for looking, I'd love to hear your comments

Andrea xx

I would like to enter this in the following challenge

movingalongwiththetimes 208 Keep it real
craftycreationschallenges 82 Male Birthday Card

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Drawer Easel Card - Wedding

Hi Everyone, hope you're all keeping well and the weather isn't getting you down.

Thought I would share a card I made recently for a wedding. I had wanted to try making one of these for a while and thought this was the perfect opportunity.

The trickiest part was sorting out the measurements but once I had  it was just a matter of putting it together.
The topper is from MCS Violet and Alfie, I just adjusted the colours slightly using the graphics program and layered it onto gold mirri. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch round the main body of the card and the matching punch on the stopper. The verse inside the drawer is from Words for Every Occasion by Judith Wibberley. The card is then finished off with flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I'm really pleased with my first attempt at this, hope you like it too.

I'd love to hear your comments

Andrea xx

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Bird Rescue

Hi there, thought it was about time I blogged again.

This time the card I've decided to show you is one I made for the friendly challenge we have over at My Craft Studio Platinum Club. The challenge was to design a card that had a key theme  and this is my offering.

I recently purchased the MCS TSV on QVC and decided that, as I hadn't used any of it yet, now was the perfect time. The diecut birdcages were my inspiration for this one and after lots of browsing the CD I decided on the pink and brown colour scheme.

I picked a lovely pink backing paper and matted and layered it on pink card and brown card. Next I made up my topper using a few images from the CD and also matted it onto brown card and put it to one side. The diecut birdcage was white so I coloured it and the heart doily ( from Wild Orchid Crafts ) with Versacolor in pinecone and then used clear embossing powder for a glossy finish.

I then assembled the card and finished it off with pins ( coloured with promarker to match ), a sentiment ( also from the CD ) and some flowers - these are a free download from MCS and can be found here. Now the only question is - has he got the right key to rescue his true love or will he have to keep trying.

Hope you like it, I'd love to hear your comments

Enjoy your day

A xx

Monday, 19 March 2012

An award

Well, didn't think I'd be blogging again quite so soon but I received a lovely surprise earlier today which really gave me a lift. I had been given an award by a lovely crafty friend, Guilly, The Liebster Blog Award.

For those of you not in the know:
The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany. Liebster means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is love.

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:
*Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog
*Copy and paste the award to their blog
*Reveal the 5 blogs ( with less than 200 followers ) they have chosen to award, commenting on their blog to break the news!
*Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding “The Liebster Blog Award” to bloggers they would like to honour.

So a big thank you to Guilly for this award, pop over to her blog have a look.

The 5 blogs that have inspired me and made me smile over the past months are

1. Sue over at where you will find beautiful cards.
2. Laura over at again with some gorgeous cards and colouring
3. Janine over at , like me she hasn't been blogging for long and her cards are fab.
4. Sharon at, very inspirational work
5. Caz at more very inspirational work

A x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

First Post

Hi everyone, I finally got round to making my first post. I thought today was a good day to start as the first card I ever made was a Mother's Day one. I made a few cards for Mother's Day this year and I would like to share two of them with you.
The first one I made for my mum

The image is taken from MCS CD Floriography and printed on acetate ( love this image and have already used it for a few other cards). This is then mounted onto card coloured with distress inks, wild honey and rusty hinge and attached using brads. I have then placed this on card which has been embossed on my Sizzix Texture Boutique and then finished of with some ribbon, some punched flowers and a stamped sentiment.

 The second card is one I made for my sister from her little boy  
The image is LOTV and I got this as a free gift with a magazine,Papercraft Inspirations, perfect for Mother's Day. I've coloured it with chalks and promarkers and placed it on a diecut shape from my stash. The papers are also from my stash as is the bow.The lovely flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Thanks for looking, I'd love to hear your comments
A x