Sunday, 31 October 2010

For my friend Jayne

Over at Passion for Promarkers their challenge this week is a theme of "Best Friends". I've been going to make my friend Jayne a card for a wee while now, so when I saw PfP's challenge I thought it would be a perfect chance to make Jayne a card.
Even though Jayne has her own health issues, she has been and continues to support me. Sometimes we go weeks without texting or chatting but we always pick up where we left off. I can't thank Jayne enough and I'm trully blessed that she is my friend. Hope she like's her card.

Here's what I used:
Stamp - Posh Tilda and coloured with Promarkers.
Papers - Sugar Rush by Basic Grey.
Edges distressed and inked with Victorian Velvet distress Ink by Tim Holtz.
Sentiment - Craft Works.
Cardstock and embellies are from my stash.

I'm entering this one into:
Passion for Promarkers - Best Friends theme.
Mojo Monday - Sketch.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Flying Tilda

The other night my dad asked me to make him a thank you card for a lady at the CAB. I had no idea what to do, so I had a look at a few challenges and as always proved to be such a great help. I'm still not crafting as much but I'm slowly doing a little bit more.

Here's what I've used:
Stamp is as always Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.
Papers - Sugar Rush by Basic Grey.
Flowers and leaves - Wild Orchid.
Pin - Posh Pins & Charms.
Pergamano White Pen
Tilda's wings made using Flex parchment paper by Pergamano.
Tilda's wand - Diamond Sparkle by Hunkydorey.
Bling and white cardstock from my stash.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Friday Sketchers - Sketch. Thanks for the inspiration.
Just Magnolia - Think Pink. Just had to join in as this is very close to my heart.
Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle. Tilda's wing and bling.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Noel, Noel!!

Hasn't this year flown by, can't believe it will soon be Christmas and I've only made 4 Christmas cards!! So I hunted high and low for that crafty mojo of mine and this is what I managed to come up with.

It's been a while since I made a easel card, I think this Magnolia stamp looks good on a easel. As always I've distressed the papers and inked them with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  Anyway better tell you what else I used.

Stamp - Carol Singer Tilda by Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.
Papers and the lettering - Wassail Collection by Basic Grey, bought these last year and didn't use them all.
Diamond Sparkles (wings) - Hunkydorey.
My trusty Pergamano white gel pen for the highlights.
Bling from stash.

I'm entering it into;
Create4fun - Sketch. Hope they like my card, don't forget to pop over and have a look at what the DT came up with.

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my blog xxx

Friday, 8 October 2010

Hello again!

Hello again everyone, I'm really sorry I've not been around lately but yet again my health hasn't been great. Even my crafty mojo hasn't been around for ages, I've only made 6 cards since the 6th of August!! Everything just seems to be so much effort but I thought I'd enter a challenge to try to get my butt into gear.

Here's what I used;
Stamp - Tilda by Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.
Backing Papers - Flowergarden by Tilda (Panduro Hobby)
Eyelet Circles - Spellbinder dies.
Sentiment, bling and lace from my stash.

I'm entering it into;
Create4fun - Sketch.
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Sparkle & Shine.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Still Pink, Green & Tilda!!

I liked the colours I used on "Tilda The Green Goddess" I decided to make another colour using the same colours. I always think to myself that I'll use a different stamp to my Tilda's but I end up just looking at them and go back to Tilda, she's just so cute and irresistible!

Here's what I used:
Papers and Buttons - Koishi by Basic Grey.
Stamp - Tilda Holding Flower by Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.
Standard Circles Small, Big Scalloped Circles LG - Spellbinders.
Flowers - Nellie Snellen Flower Punch and Press.
Edges distressed and inked using my usual method.
Bling, linen thread, Pergamano White Pen and Clear Star Sakura pen.

I'm entering this into Just Magnolia's challenge which this week is a sketch. 

Friday, 30 July 2010

Blogaversary Candy!!

Wow!! Just look at this kind collection of blogaversary candy that Debbi from The Crafty Cuttings of a Wiccababe is offering to us. I love Debbi's work and find it so inspirational, when you get a spare minute pop over and have a look. Happy Blogaversary Debbi. More details on what is in the candy is also on Debbi's blog, so go on, go have a look xx

Tilda The Green Goddess!

Sorry it's Tilda again!! Who can resist her though?? Green is a one of those colours I don't use that often but over at Passion for Promarkers their challenge this week is a colour theme of green. So I thought "Go for it!" and this is what I ended up with.

Here's the goodies:
Papers - Koishi by Basic Grey (again!)
Image - Tilda by Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers (again!)
Distressed and inked the edges with Tim Holtz's distressing gadget and Walnut Stain Distress ink.
Flowers and leaves - Wild Orchid Crafts.
Bling, charm, chain and sentiment all from my stash. Oh and I used the white souffle and clear star pens both by Sakura.

I'm entering this into Passion for Promarkers - Colour Theme of green.
Thanks for looking xx

Thursday, 29 July 2010


I thought I would have a change from making a birthday card, so once I had finished making the card I decided it would make a lovely congratulations card. 

Here's what I used:
Papers - Blueberry Hill by Papermania.
Stamp - Tilda by Magnolia (just for a change lol) and coloured with Promarkers.
Flower - Woodware.
Bling, brad, chain, charm and peel off sentiment are all from my stash.

I'm entering this card into:
Prairie Fairy Fun Friday - Lace It Up!
Totally Gorjuss!! - Congratulations.
Die Cut Dreams - Tilda in Blue.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Happy Birthday!!

So many birthdays!! Here is another card I made for my friends birthday. I hope she likes it.

Here's what I used:

Papers - Koishi by MME.
Image - Tilda by Magnolia and coloured using Promarkers.
Flower and leaves - Wild Orchid Crafts.
Pin - Posh Pins and Charms.
Distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz distressing tool and then inked with Walnut Stain.
Charm, lace, bling and sentiment all from stash.

I'm entering this into Creative Inspirations Challenge - Anything Goes.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Best Wishes

Can you tell that I kind of like Magnolia Stamps?? Here is one of the latest to join the Tilda gang. I don't think there's any of the Magnolia stamps that I don't like. I also think Magnolia stamps are great value for money and they always stamp out really well. I buy most of mine from a wonderful craft shop in the next village to us. It's not a really big shop but it has a quilting department, needlework and knitting department but most of all it's papercraft department is the best, well I would say that wouldn't I?? The staff are lovely but the super talented Katy is soo helpful and since she has been working there they now have a great selection of stamps like Magnolia, Kraftin' Kimmie, Sarah Kay and Mo Manning to name a few. They have even started stocking cotton lace, all thanks to Katy, she knows what we like. So please click here for a look around their online shop and have a peek at Katy's fab blog here.

Anyway back to my card, this is for another friend who also had her birthday this week. I have distressed the patterned paper by cutting the paper to the size I wanted, mounted it onto a piece of watercolour paper, distressed the edges using a little distressing tool by Tim Holtz and finished off by inking the edges with the fabby Walnut Stain Distress ink. I think doing it this way gives a lovely finish, try it, you might like it too. 

Here's what I used:

Stamp - Magnolia coloured with can you guess??? Yay Promarkers!!!
Papers - the freebie MME that came with Cardmaking and Papercraft.
Cardstock - Centural Pearl by Crafters Companion.
Flowers - Prima Marketing Inc.
Rainbow drops (bling) - Craftynotions.
Pin - Wild Orchid Crafts.
Die - Nellie Snellen.
Border Punch - EK Success.

I'm entering this card into:
Passion for Promarkers their challenge this week is distressing, hope they like mine xx

A birthday card for Sue

I was my friend Sue's birthday on the 17th and I realised the day before, yes the day before that I hadn't made her card!!! So it was all systems go to get it done as soon as possible. I finished it on the Sunday and Sue received it on the Monday. I always worry when making cards for fellow crafter's but I was pleased with this one and Sue was over the moon with it, so Happy Birthday Sue and thanks for all your support.

So here's what I used:

Stamp - Butterfly Tilda by Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.
Sentiment Stamp - Hero Arts.
Wings - these are made using the same method as in my tut here.
Papers - Papermania.
Cardstock - Centura Pearl by Crafters Companion.
Flowers - Prima Marketing Inc.
Dies - Labels One by Spellbinders.
Cord/Ribbon, bling, chain and charm all from my crafty stash.

Friday, 16 July 2010

I'm Back!!

Some of you will know from my profile that I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2008. I had a mastectomy the same month, followed chemotherapy and radiotherapy. On the 30th of March this year, I had another mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, using tissue expander's. Apart from the fortnightly saline injections into my chest, everything seemed to be going well, untill the left expander ruptured! My consultant wanted to replaced the ruptured expander and the date was set for 13th of July! So I had surgery on Tuesday, Mr Rhodes removed some more tissue so that there was more room for the new expander and he also filled it up aswell. As you will understand I'm feeling rather sore!
One of my friends sent me a text message, setting me a challenge and that was to make just one card today and it had to be for a teenage girl. Hope you like the card Cher!! If you get a spare minute or two, have a look at Cher's blog, where she has some wonderful decoupage sheets and templates.
Here is the card I made.

Here's what I used:
Stamp - Flying Tilda as used in my step by step.
Cardstock - Centura Pearl by Crafters Companion.
Bling, papers, lace, sentiment peel off, chain and charm are all from my stash.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Parchment Wing Step By Step,

Since I made the christening card using "Flying Tilda" people have been asking me how I made her wings, well I decided to try and do a step by step guide for all off you. It's really easy but the end result looks soooo effective, even if I do say so myself.
So here goes!!

I've used "Flying Tilda" but you could use any image that has wings. Using a white Stazon ink pad, stamp your image twice onto parchment paper, I used Pergamano Flex.

Remember to turn your images over, so that you work on the reverse side. With a tea light gently rub the back of the image, this helps your embossing tool to glide over the parchment paper.

Using an ball tool (I think mine is a 1.5mm), lightly emboss the wings until your happy with how they look. Remember there's no need to emboss all the image, you only need to do the wings.

I've marked both sets of wings, A and B. Set A is the top layer and Set B are the bottom set. Cut out the wings, where you have embossed will act as a cutting guide. Leave set B whole but on set A cut some of the wings off, what I did was look which part of the wings looked as though they were underneath and snipped them off.

We're almost there!! I stamped and coloured the image as normal, cut round Tilda cutting her wings off, aww poor Tilda!! On set A wings put some double sided tape and on set B a foam pad.

Stick set A on top of set B. Then attach the wings to Tilda.

There you go!! Tilda has new wings!

Hope you all find this helpful. Please feel free to use this idea but all I ask is you mention where you got it blog. Please leave a comment and let me know if you think this is helpful.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Tilda and Bumble Bee.

I think these papers are just beautiful and better still they are a freebie with the August issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft! So as you can imagine once I saw that these papers were My Mind's Eye, I just had to buy the magazine.

So here is everything I used:
Stamp - Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.
Papers - Quite Contrary by MME and are free with Cardmaking & Papercraft.
Cardstock - Centura Pearl Snow White from Crafters Companion.
Flowers - Prima Marketing Inc.
Border Punch - can't remember the actual name of the punch but it's by EK Success.
Die used for Tilda's seat - Nellie's Multi Frames (MFD005) by Nellie Snellen.
White Pergamano Gel Pen.
Edges distressed using Tim Holtz's Distressing Tool and inked with the fabby Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Sentiment and bling from stash.
Oh and the leaves are also die cut but again I can't remember the make, sorry.

I'm entering this card into two challenges which are:

Creative Card Crew - Jen has asked us to use dies on our creations.
I Love Promarkers - Distressing.
Don't forget to pop over and see what the design teams have made.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

What A Day!

Well I've been back to hospital again today and it's been such a long day. Mum and I set off from home at 11.45am and we walked back into the house a 7.15pm!! It takes three buses to get to Bradford Royal Infirmary, so as you will guess we are a bit tired.

However when we got home I opened my post and there was a little something that just made the day so so much better :) Would you like to see????

This little beauty is what I'm making such a fuss about! It's a beautiful card made by and sent by the wonderfully talented Tina Cox. Tina is well know for her awesome parchment work and she is sometimes on Create and Craft, so all I say is look out for her shows.  However if you would like to get hold of any of her parchment patterns they are available from Christine Coleman and from a craft shop in Harrogate called Centagraph. The detail is stunning and I just love the little bird, he is sooo cute.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Totally Gorjuss!

It's been a little while since I used any of my wonderful Gorjuss Girls, so here is "Just a girl", isn't she just beautiful?
Over at Totally Gorjuss their challenge this week a sketch, which I have used on this card and I hope the wonderful Gorjussettes like what I have come up with.

Here's what I used:
Papers - Kioshi by Basic Grey
Cardstock - Bazzill
Stamp - Just a Girl, Gorjuss Girl by Sugar Nellie.
Image coloured with Promarkers.
Ink for the edges - Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Sentiment holder and circle dies - Spellbinders.
Bling and ribbon from stash and a dash of Pergamano white pen here and there.

I'm entering this card into:
Totally Gorjuss - Sketch.
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Nice and Girly.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Wild Orchid Challenge Blog

Just look at all the scrummy blog candy to launch Wild Orchid Challenge Blog!! The colours of these flowers are just beautiful, oh I can just imagine the fun to be had with this lot. Pop on over to the Wild Orchid Challenge Blog for more info. Good Luck everyone xx

Sunday, 4 July 2010

A little something.

Well I didn't think I was going to manage to make anything yesterday but look at this little something and it's another one for my box!! I love easel cards and enjoy playing with different Spellbinders to make them, this was made using Labels Nine and are available HERE.

Here's everything else I used:

Cardstock - Bazzill.
Papers and Brad - Kioshi by Basic Grey.
Flower Stamp - Anna's Collection - Floral Greetings by Hobby Art Ltd.
Sentiment Stamp - General Greetings by Hobby Art Ltd.
Ink round the edges with Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

Thanks for looking xxx

Friday, 2 July 2010

Card for America!!!

I've made this card for a lovely woman who lives in America. I have some photos of my cards on Facebook and she always leaves me wonderful comments. It was her birthday the other week so I decided to make her a card as way of a little thank you for her comments. I didn't want to make a birthday card, so I hope this is ok for her.

I tried to take a good picture of Tilda so you could see the "Fairy Dust" that Tilda is blowing, I've used a Quickie Glue pen and added some glitter. Sorry my photography skills are not very good.

Here's what I used:

Stamp - Fairy Dust Tilda by Magnolia and coloured with Copics.
"Sweet wonderful you" stamp - Hero Arts.
Paper - Blueberry Hill by Papermania's Signature range, edges inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.
Cardstock - Centura by Crafters Companion.
Pearls and Flower - Prima Marketing Inc.
Chipboard Letters - American Crafts.
Ribbon and butterfly - Both from stash.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Oh Alice! - Twinkle, used glitter on Tilda's fairy dust. Really sorry about the picture.
Mojo Monday - Sketch.
Thanks for looking and I hope you like my card xx

Hello again!!

I'm so sorry I've not wrote many posts lately, been a little busy and you know when you feel like everything is such an effort, well thats how I've felt this past week, so now I'm getting back into the swing of things!!
This is a card that I've managed to make for my box! Yes thats right my box, so now it holds the grand total of ......two!!! Ha ha ha!!! I've had this Tilda stamp for a little while now, can you tell I kinda like Magnolia stamps?? Got a bit fed up of pinks so I thought I'd have a complete change and had a play with green instead, I think she's turned out fairly good, even if I do say so myself. The whitewas Core'dinations has been put through the Cuttlebug using one of the embossing folders, then sanded down to expose the colour underneath, then distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distressing tool.
Ok here's what I used:
Papers - Bloom & Grow by MME.
Cardstock - The Whitewash Collection by Core'dinations.
Stamp - Charleston Tilda by Magnolia.
Border Punch - Martha Stewart.
Everything else is from my stash.
I'm entering this card into Allsorts Challenge which this week is embossing, hope they like my card.

Saturday, 26 June 2010


Mum & I arrived back home yesterday after spending a week and a half, in Carlisle looking after my aunties' dog for her while she went to her grand-daughters graduation. We had a lovely time and it was great to seeing my crazy cousins, they make me seem sane ha ha ha!

I had forgot to make a birthday card for a friend before we went away, so I rushed to get this made last night so I could post it today. She loved the pirate card I made for my brother so I hope she likes this one.

Here's what I used:

Stamp - Pirate Tilda by Magnolia and coloured with Promarkers.

Cardstock - Bazzill and Coredinations.

Papers - Graphic 45.

Cuttlebug embossing folder.

MS border punch.

Pergamano white pen.

Sakura clear star pen.

Gems and flowers from stash.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Christening Card Number 2

Well what a week I've had making these two cards my brother and his partner wanted me to make for a couple of christenings. My brother said to just put the little girls' name and a flower on the cards, so I did try but you know when you just can't get into the swing of things and you're not enjoying what you're making, that was me. I don't know how many times I've cut their names out and I've wasted so much paper. My brother isn't keen on Magnolia stamps, he things they are weird as they don't have faces! I was getting really fed up, nothing was going the way I wanted it to, so darling brother a bit of tough luck cos Tilda it is, ha ha ha. So much for just having the little girls name on the card eh?
Once I had decided which Tilda would look the best on a christening card, that was it everything else just seemed to fall into place and I was back enjoying myself!! Thank you Tilda!! I've tried to take a close up of Tilda's wings, so I'm not sure if you can see but I've even been Parching! I stamped Tilda onto parchment paper twice, using Cotton White Stazon, embossed the wings, cut them out and decoupaged them. I'm always puzzled how to do wings, so I'm really pleased with how they turned out.
Here's everything else I used:
Stamp - Flying Tilda, coloured with Promakers.
Pearls and little roses - Say It In Pearls by Prima
Paper - Blueberry Hill by Papermania.
Cardstock - Centura White by Crafters Companion.
Deckled Oval Nesties.
Cuttlebug Alphabet dies.
Clear Star and white gel pen - Sakura.
Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.
Pink paper lace, crochet flower and heart brad all from my stash.
I'm entering into these Challenges:
Magnolia Down Under, their challenge this week is "Swirly Swirls".
Stamp With Fun, who has a theme of Myst/Fairytales.

Christening Card

Last week my brother asked me if I would make two christening cards but he only wanted the little girls name on them!!! Well I played around with different styles of letters, layouts, papers and I was getting nowhere. So I decided to have a look at one of Joanna Sheens cdroms and thought this image was soooo cute. Joanna Sheen has some wonderful crafty goodies on her site, always top quality products and service. Well I hope they like it!
Image - Precious Petals cdrom from Joanna Sheen.
Alphabets - Vintage Market by Tim Holtz, his Alterations range.
Martha Stewart border punch.
Everything else is from my stash.