Wednesday, 24 February 2010

DigiStamp Boutique Spring Candy

Now there's candy, and there's absolutely gorgeous candy! Here's what's on offer....

- the new DigiStamp Boutique Offer of the Month for March...5 digi images in total, including the cutey rabbit shown above/below. These images will also be available on the website on Monday.

- 36 sheet paper stack - wonderful, bright and cheery Polka Dots - 6x6

- 20 sheets - whitewash ColorCore Cardstock - 6x6

- 50 square(148mm x 148mm) scallop edge, 250 gsm ultra smooth white cards with envelopes

Sally-Ann (owner of the DigiStamp Boutique) used all these products in her card above.

So to be in with a chance of winning take yourself here.....but be quick the candy closes at midnight on Monday 1st March (UK time).

Especially for You

You can always tell when my darling hubby is away, cos when he's away I get to play! So here is my third card from last nights efforts. Ahh, last night, full control of the remote (on QVC craft day, of course), glass of red, creme egg, three cards made and a long bubble bath, bliss(....I miss him really).

This is for two challenges....

Cute Daisy May....Flowers.

Sunday Sketch and Stamp....Sketch.

I have used my Liddie image from the Lil Poppets range at the DigiStamp Boutique. I used Copics to colour and the papers are from a Daisy and Dandelion pad.

Just Swinging By

My second card tonight is for two challenges...

Penny Black Saturday...Pink, Green and Yellow.

Pink Elephant....Sketch.

I'm not too sure about those big flowers but they are well and truly stuck down now! I sat them on I took them off, I sat them on get the picture. My creative advisor (DH) is away to London on business until later tonight, but I can hear him say it now ' you know those big flowers are a mistake, don't you?'

Easter Tweetings

I am happily crafting away my evenings using lots of bright sunny colours for Spring and Easter cards and it is a blizzard outside. It hasn't stopped all day and apparently is with us until the weekend!

Anyways, here is my card for this weeks Willow Sketchie, I'm at the coo's tail as usual and hoping that I can get this in just under the wire.

I have used the Willow image I won in the challenge a couple of weeks back, it is pre-coloured so nice and easy does it for this one.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Hand Made with Love....

.....that's what the little heart charm says on today's card. Now I love my Copics but these Lili of the Valley stamps just cry out to be water coloured (well, that's what I think anyway). So, on a restful sunday morning I was happy to oblige.

This fits 2 challenges...

Cute Card Thursday....metal mania.

Simon Says....3 embellies, 2 papers, 1 image.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Fairy Wishes

My second card tonight features Isabella Fairy Princess, perfect for a little girls birthday don't you think? You can find her here at the DigiStamp Boutique.

This is for two challenges...

Digital Tuesday...all things girly.

I Love Digi...think pink. This is a brand new challenge blog so if you love your digis give it a go!

The papers are by Doodlebug and I have used copics to colour.

It's Friday, yay!

You're a Good Egg!

Spring is just around the corner (we hope) and I for one can't wait. The challenge blogs have also turned to thoughts of spring and so this fits three...

A Spoon Full of Sugar....spring is in the air.

Papertake....check this out.

Stamp Something....touch of spring.

The image is Easter Chick from the DigiStamp Boutique and if you think he is as cute as I do then you can find him here. I coloured with copics and the papers are by Doodlebug.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Shop till you Drop

Now let me think? What goodies are in Connie's bags? My guess is some smellies from Molton Brown, a box of Guylian chocolate seashells and a good bottle of red! What d'ya think?

Connie is available now from the DigiStamp Boutique and would be perfect for Mothers Day. I used Copics to colour and the paper is Sweet Nothings by Papermania. The sentiment stamp is from one of those little 99p sets 'Doodle me Pink'.

I am entering this into 2 challenges...

Sketch and image is new and my papers had been neglected.

Dare U2 Digi...punches. I used my MS daisy punch.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Hello Cheeky Monkey

So meet Mikey the cheekiest monkey in town!

Mikey is from the DigiStamp Boutique and has been coloured with copics. The papers are from a Daisy and Dandelion pad 'Some bunny loves you'. This card is for 3 challenges...

One Stop Craft...super sketch.

Cupcake Craft...keep it simple.

The Pink Elephant...ribbon.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Monster Wishes

What's that coming over the hill? Is it a monster? Is it a monster?

No! It's Freddie and Dino. Perfect for the little men in your life. Freddie and Dino are from the DigiStamp Boutique and coloured with Copics. The papers are Archaic by Basic Grey (don't they go perfectly?) and buttons and cord finish the whole thing off.

I am entering this card into Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Isabella says Happy Birthday

Here is my third card to share with you today. I have to say I am pleased with this one. But if you start off with such a cute image as Isabella then you are half way there!

The papers are Forever Friends Pink Parfait by Docrafts. I embossed the top half of white card with my daisy CB folder. I inked all round the edges with baby blue ink and stitched. Isabella from the DigiStamp Boutique has been coloured with copics and a ribbon, flowers and buttons finish the card nicely.

This fits four challenges....

Truly Scrumptious...thanks for a fabby sketch.

Crafty Catz...Buttons and Bows.

Allsorts...321...3 papers, 2 buttons and 1 ribbon.

C.R.A.F.T Challenge...Digi Colouring.

Beary Happy Birthday

This one is for sis-in-law number 2 (they both have birthdays within one week of each other). She loves and collects those little cherished teddies so this Lili of the Valley stamp fits perfectly. Once again I have used watercolours and to finish off the bear theme I attached a cute bear charm. The other charm behind it says 'made with love'.

I am entering this card into the PaperPlay challenge which this week is 'Birthday for Someone Special'.

Especially for You

You may recall the other week I got some new Lili of the Valley stamps. Well, here is the first of a couple of cards I have made using them. This one has already been given to it's recipient, my sister-in-law. I water-coloured the image and the papers are My Minds Eye.

It follows the super sketch over on Just Christmas and Birthday cards, although I have switched things round and done things back to front a bit.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Suzie and Jake 'Best Friends'

Here we have tonights second card and it fits a more modest two challenges...

Sketch Saturday....nice straightforward sketch that works really well.

Digital Tuesday....It's all about the Animals.

I have used the exceptionally cute Suzie and Jake from the DigiStamp Boutique and coloured them both with Copics. How smug does that cat look?

Love Owls

It truly is the month of love in blogland. I rarely do a card that fits more than two or three challenges but this one fits seven, all with a love theme (well, except the sketchie one).

So here we go...

Papertake...fab sketch.

Lili of the Valley...Valentines.

Stampin' for the Weekend...Valentines.

Pink Elephant...Mushy Gushy Valentine.

My Time to Craft ...Hearts and Kisses.

Creative Card Crew ...Valentines.

Simon Says...Love.

Whew! I can now link for Scotland!

The papers are My Minds Eye and the Love Owls are from the DigiStamp Boutique. I coloured with Copics and finished off with a felt flower and a couple of buttons.

Monday, 8 February 2010

My Adventures with Soap

So here is how my little lavender guest soaps turned out. Not half bad eh?

They started off life as a brick of melt and pour soap base. And as these little ones were to be lavender I also needed some lavender fragrance and some violet colouring.

I used a little less than half of the melt and pour and cut it into small cubes. I then melted it in a jug inside a pot of hot water. It took about 30 minutes to melt.

Once it was melted I added a few drops of the fragrance and colouring. I don't think you are supposed to stir as much as I did 'cos I got a few bubbles round the edge.

The soap was then poured into the fairy cake tray and left to set. I managed to skim the bubbles of the top. It took about three hours to set.

Once it was set I couldn't get the blighters out the tray. So I
'googled' it and then put the whole thing in the freezer for 20
minutes. After that they slid out easily.

I have picked out the best eight and made two packages of four. I gathered the cellophane and tied with rafia. The tags are stamped using 'tapestry' stamps I hardly ever use, but ideal for this. Finished off with a flower and 'Lavender Soap' written by my own fair hand.

So there you have it, easy peasy. Please let me know if you have a bash at making soap I'd love to come and take a nosey.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

A Bundle of Wonderful

Meet the new babe in town. Her name is Ellie and she can be found here at the DigiStamp Boutique, isn't she adorable?

I love gingham but DH says it's 'twee'. How wrong is he? I have stitched a bit again and used glossy accents on the bubbles.

This follows the excellent sketch over on Sketch and Stash, my new element is Ellie.

Friday, 5 February 2010

With Love

I wanted to try something a bit different from my usual style and so I trawled blogland and saw this and was totally inspired (although my effort is definitely second best). I am quite pleased with how it turned out and hope to develop this style more in the coming weeks.

I originally made this card for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge which is 'Special Someone'. I may have left it a little late, but maybe I can just get in under the wire.

But it also fits 4 other challenges all with a 'love' theme....

Delightful Sketches

Let's Be Friends

Here is my card for my design team duties with Crafty Calendar Challenge. This month's challenge is 'Love or Friendship' with an optional extra of hearts.

We had a brilliant response to January's challenge and we hope that you can join in again this month.

For my card I used My Mind's Eye papers and one of my favourite Penny Black stamps.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Love Birds

Oh my, two posts in one night. It's been a while since I pulled that off!

For this creation I used 'Kissing Birds' from the DigiStamp Boutique and coloured with Copics. The little glittery hearts and dots are from Accessorize. Sometimes you can pick up little handy packets of small stickers in there....if you can take your eyes off the gorgeous bags.

So there we have it, two posts, two birds and two challenges...

Crafty Catz....brilliant sketch.

Pollycraft....things with wings.

Alfie says Happy Easter

Roll on Easter and Spring. It's snowing here again and I wish it would stop. I can't remember there being such a long cold spell, so much for global warming.

This was a nice quick card to do as I have used a pre-coloured Alfie (from WillowDesigns). And look, there's that MS punch again. I think you will be seeing a lot of that punch!

This fits two challenges....

Willow Sketchie.....fab sketch.

ABC challenge....N for New, I have used my new Alfie image.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Just for You

I've used Coco again, he's just so darn cute! And stitching is improving. The papers are by Doodlebug and you can get hold of Coco here at the DigiStamp Boutique (oh, and there are some fabby new releases for February.....card to follow). I have used Copics to colour.

Well, the soap making stuff finally arrived. Don't ever order anything from the Soap Kitchen, well not if you want anything fairly fast and you don't want to pick it up from the couriers depot over 30 miles away!

I have trawled Glasgow for a fluted tartlet baking tray, no luck. I then tried online, still nothing. So my little lavender guest soaps will just have to be plain.

Anyway back to this fits 4 challenges...

Friday Sketchers.....great sketch, thanks.


Secret Crafter....Hearts.

Sweet Stampin'....Scallops (I used my brand new MS punch).