Friday, 12 December 2014

Secret Santa

This fortnight the DT on Polka Doodles Challenges have all become a "Secret Santa" and we each received a secret message from Santa . Guess who Santa wanted me to make a project for?Whoops, can't tell you but see if you can guess from the clues ...
1] They are a relative newbie on the Polkadoodles Challenge  Design Team
2] They have 2 daughters
3] They are on Team B
Please put your idea of whom you think my "secret Santa" is for in the comments section at the bottom of my post. One lucky winner will receive a digi image over and above the normal challenge prize. A random DT blog will be chosen and then a commentator from that blog will then be picked as the winner of a fab Polka Doodles digi image. So don't forget to visit all the DT and see if you can guess who has made for whom to be in with a chance to win,. All the details you need are on the main Polka Doodles challenge blog. You have up to Thursday 18th December (midnight GMT) to enter and the winners will be announced on Friday 19th December (GMT)

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I used the Poinsettia Stamp set, stamped it out a few times for the layers and coloured it with my Graph'it Markers glued the layers together and added a bit of glitter glue to the centres. The backing paper is from Work & Play Festive Hollybobs. I added a scalloped, embossed, contrasting semi circle to the top of the card wrapped some festive bakers twine around it and stamped out my greeting onto a tag, inking the edges. I hope my recipient is happy with her card.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 28 November 2014

A Nordic Christmas

Over at Polkadoodles this week we have a new challenge 'A Nordic Christmas' well the first thing I had to do was 'Google it' lol as I had no idea what it entailed and to to be fair I'm still not sure I got it right but that's the great thing about artistic licence, there is no right or wrong way and is open to interpretation. So here's my creation......

Isn't he cute? Plus he's got legs like me!! He's a digi from the Magical Winter 1 collection and I adore him I coloured him in as usual with my good old Graph'its. The backing paper, sentiment and snowflakes (glittered) are all from the brilliant Work & Play Hollybobs CD.

Feel free to leave me comments I love to read your thoughts on my creations.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Friday, 21 November 2014

Clean & Simple

It's mid challenge inspiration time over on the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog I used the Hollybobs Santa Digistamp, scaled it to the required size in my graphics programme and added my text in the opposite corner. I then coloured the cute little fella up with my Graph'it Markers (1230, 1280skin, 4115, 4155, 4170, 4135, hair, 3210, 3250, 3270, suit, 5250, 5270, 5280,, boots, 9502, 9503, 9504, 9506, sack, holly, 8240, 8260, 8270, beard & fur, 9100 & blender) the presents were coloured in with glitter pens. The topper was just matted onto fractionally larger matching card stock and there you have it a clean and simple Christmas card. I liked them so much I made 15 lol!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'd love it if you left me a comment.....

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Work & Play Samples from

Well what a fab show on today with a selection of the wonderful work and play collections from Polkadoodles. I thought I'd share a few of my design team samples with you.

I think my personal favourite is the male texter from W&P7. He's such a cool dude and reminded me of my son, Tom. 

The image is a digi and coloured with my Graph'it Markers (skin, 4115, 4155, 4170, 4145, 4135, hair, 3210, 3230, 3245, 3250, suit, 1210, 1230, 1270, shirt, blender, 9500, 9501, 9502, shoes, 3210, 3245, 3250, phone, blender, 9100). The funky backing paper is from the CD (I just inked the edges with my distress inks) as is the sentiment and the super cute mini mobile phone is a cutting file also on the disc. I cut it out on my Cameo and triple embossed it with black, Wow, embossing powder to make it all shiny. Isn't it just adorable?

Thanks for stopping by and do feel free to leave me a comment I always enjoy reading them.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Yee Ha

Happy Birthday Ginni!

Today is my 'old' (ahem) school friend's birthday she's managed the half century mark and to celebrate her husband has organised a bit of a surprise get together and there may well be some 'line dancing' involved hence my card....

The image is by Polkadoodles and is available as a digi or CD. As usual I've coloured her with my beloved Graph'it Markers. The backing paper is also from the CD and I used some gingham ribbon from my crafty stash to make the bow. The gorgeous boot, would you believe is a free cutting file. Fab eh? I really do hope Ginni has a wonderful birthday.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Time to Recycle........

It's time for a brand new challenge over at Polkadoodles and this fortnight we are recycling. Once again I found myself out of my comfort zone but it's good to make you push yourself right? I got myself in a right pickle wondering how I could reuse something as I only really make cards.

I went into my local 99p shop and found this clock....

Then I needed to put my thinking head on. I'd coloured a digi of Piper with my Graph'it Markers (skin, 4125, 4150, 3210,4145, 4135 hair, 1210, 1230, 1270, 1280 tights/top blender, 9100, 9101 pinafore, 7110, 7115, 7119. I just added a littlr bit of sparkle to the lacey hem with a glitter gel pen.) I then used the existing clock face as a template, drew and cut around it making the new clock face. I then made a hole in the centre and re attached the hands & clock mechanism

I used my distress inks on the edges of all papers & doilies and cut different sizes to add interest to the clock frame. The papers and flowers are from the oh so versatile Winston CD Rom its also available as a digital download HERE

I think it's certainly brightened up an otherwise rather dull and boring looking clock. I think I'd pay a bit more than 99p for this one too!!

I'd like to enter my clock in the following challenges.

Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to leave me a comment I do love to read them.

Friday, 24 October 2014

It's Christmaaaaaas

It's mid challenge time over at the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and if you're a crafter you're probably well into making your Christmas cards now. I decided to challenge myself by using an everyday image 'Amelia with basket'  and see if I could turn her into something I could use on a Christmas card. I coloured her with my Graph'its (skin, 4115, 4155, 4135, 4170, hair, 1210, 1230, 3110, 4170, tunic, 8250, 8260, 8270, top, 5250, 5270, 5280, jeans, 9100, 9101, 9102, 9103, boots, 9507, 9508, 9509, basket, 3110, 3120, 3140, roses, 8250, 8260, 8270, 5250, blender). The paper, bow and heart are all from the fabulous resourceful Work & Play Festive Hollybobs all I've added from my own crafty stash is a gemstone in the middle of the bow, some glitter glue on the holly berries and some irridescent embossing powder on the heart.

Do pop over and join in the fun!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Friday, 3 October 2014

This is 'Anything But Square'

It's the start of a new challenge over at Polkadoodles and here's my home decor creation.

 I've used a variety of goodies from Polkadoodles. The heart is a cutting file from the Picnix 1 CD Rom which covered with backing paper from Pretty Sweet I printed it onto some printable canvas which added a bit of texture then stuck a piece of ribbon/cord from my crafty stash. The digi is the adorable Piper coloured with my Graph'it's (Skin: 4115, 4155, 4170, 4135. Hair: 3210, 3250, 3270, 3290. Dungarees: 9100, 9101, 9102, 9103, 9104. Blouse: 9108, 9107, 9106, 9100  blender.) The flowers are from Nikky's latest collection Winston purely printed, cut out, shaped and layered up.

I'd like to enter into the following challenge/s.

I do hope you pop over and join in with the fun this week. Please feel free to leave me any comments.

How lovely to win this x

Friday, 26 September 2014


Over at Polkadoodles this fortnight we're using a sketch for inspiration.
Now I'm never sure how or where to go with a sketch. I'm a bit of a chicken when it comes to thinking outside the box so goody two shoes Bev, stuck to the letter of the law and here's my interpretation.

I've used the fabulous Winston CD but thought I'd prove that you don't necessarily need to use a character to make a lovely card. I have a serious addiction to the printable flowers on this CD. I just keep copy, pasting, printing, shaping and gluing them they're just so lush!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Tatty Twinkles

I've been working on this little lady (Swinging Tatty) for a few days now as I've not had a lot of free time. I'm not sure if it's my dodgy eyesight or what ?but I'm not 100% happy with the photograph the card itself looks much more vibrant.

Anyway she's coloured up with my graph'its and at the end I tried to get a little more depth of colour with my pencils. I cut her out with a circle die, inking the edges and mounted her onto an embossed larger, scallopped, inked, die cut.

The backing paper is from Tatty Twinkles CD once again I inked the edges and mounted onto some cream card stock and added  some shiny gold ribbon from my crafty stash. I then added my topper to the centre. The sentiment and frame are all part of the same stamp set too. I finished my card off with some flowers which are all die cuts from the tattered lace range. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sunday, 21 September 2014


By the time this post is published the celebrating will be over and there will probably be a sore head or two this morning!

Last night was the 50th birthday party of an 'old' (I can say that now as mine's six months away!) school friend and Ipswich Town supporter, Tracey Lewis. I wanted to use the club badge as the focal point of her card. So good old google came into play. I copied, pasted and printed several layers of the image and just cut out the bits I wished to decoupage up. To brighten up an otherwise flat image I used spray glue and rubbed & burnished in iridescent glitter.

For the background I stamped a random football pattern and ran it through an embossing folder to give it a bit of texture then inked the edges and layered it onto some matching card stock. I then wrapped some bright red ribbon around the centre before gluing to my A5 card blank. I then added the layered up club badge. I wanted to add a subtle FIVE OHHHHHH! To the front but then thought again lol. Why put it on the card when you can put it on the box! Out came the good old shrink plastic ~ it got a bit scary for a few seconds but ended up ok in the end!

So there you have it an Ipswich Town card and matching box!

Happy Birthday Tracey!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Altered Notebook

Morning all. I've been dabbling in and out of a few bits this week and not actually completed a lot. Although I have completed this little altered notbook. I recently signed up to a (not sure what you'd call it) 'Random Act of Kindness' or a 'Pay It Forward' initiative on Facebook, where by the first 5 people to comment on your status receive a little something handmade by you and in return they too have to pass it on.... so here's my first make and I'm not sure who to send it too yet....

The image is Shy Maddie a digi stamp from Polkadoodles I coloured her with my Graph'it Markers (Skin: 4120, 4115, 4150,4145, 4135, Hair: 4110, 1210, 1230, 1270, DRESS, 9100, 9101, 9102, 9103, Socks: 9100, 9101, blender, Shoes: 3270, 3280, 3290, Flowers: 4150, 4170, 4180, Headband: 3270, 3280, 3290 with a covering of wink of stella)

To make the book cover I cut a piece of Kraft card to size embossed with the 'Tied Together' embossing folder by Couture Creations and inked the edges with Weathered Wood distress ink and then added a few blue gemstones. On top I layered a cm smaller piece of background paper from Pretty Sweet CD Rom which I distressed and aged. I then added Maddie to the top with some foam tape . The flower is from Winston CD Rom. Just to finish off I added a few raffia knots to the spring bound edge.

I'd like to enter my altered notebook into the following challenges:

 I really do appreciate you taking time out of your day to view my blog. 

Thank you!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Tag it!

Morning all, I've had a fairly productive week (Polkadoodles wise) I can't share any of it with you yet but hopefully it wont be too much longer.....

Its the start of a new challenge over at Polkadoodles and this fortnight we'd like you to make a tag. I used the Picnix 2 Gingerbread Twist CD, a bit of ribbon -That's it! Simples... Seriously I had so much fun making this I really don't know why I don't make more of them.

I'd like to enter my tag in the following challenge:

Thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to leave me some blog love.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Getting Organised for Christmas

I really need to start getting myself organised for Christmas and the mid challenge inspiration over at Polkadoodles has hopefully kick started me! I used a digi from Work & Play Hollybobs CD which I coloured with my Graph'its. The image is also available as a digi here The actual card base is in the frame section from the Picnix 2 CD. The cracker and sentiment are also from the Hollybobs CD. I've just added a bit of glitter, ink, twine & gems from my craftbox to bling it up a little. I love cross pollinating with Polkadoodle CD's as they all work together so well.  

Thanks for dropping by it'd be great if you left me a comment x

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 8 August 2014

Hooray... Hooray... Its a Holi Holi Day

Okay now I've got that really annoying song in your head it's time for a brand new theme over on the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Let's see your 'Fun in the Sun' creations. I've opted for a caravan holiday card. Well I do live at the seaside and we are inundated with holiday makers at the moment. I created a side stepper card (details below) using one of the backing papers (printed onto cardstock) from the fabulous Work & Play 3 collection. The ticket sentiment, border, caravan and sun worshipper are all pre coloured from the cd. I just added a yellow flower & brad to mimic the sun.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

If you'd like to make a side stepper card from scratch just follow the instructions below.
  • You will need a piece of card stock 14.5cm wide x 24cm long. Now depending on if you want a left or right handed stepper to where you start scoring. My steps (in above photo) are to the right so you need to score from the left.

  • you need to score (from the left) at 2cm and again at 4cm the full width of the card.
  • then at 8cm, 12cm & 18cm you score BUT only down to 7cm. It may pay at this point to draw a pencil line in from 8 - 18cm and 7cm down as this will be a cut line.
  • From the left at 14cm you will need another score line going back up to that cut line.
  • You then need to use a craft knife and metal ruler to cut your cutline.
  • Fingers crossed if you then follow the diagram below you will end up with a side stepper card.

Many thanks for stopping by. I'd love it if you would leave a comment.
Have a great day!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Clash of the Colours

Wow I'll be honest this weeks Mid Challenge over at Polkadoodles scared the living daylights out of me as I'm normally a very tone on tone crafter but I decided to just go with the flow and see what happened.

I used the fabulous Sugarplum Daisy CD Rom this week you need to have it in your collection as it's so very useful. I made a whacky/clashy background with strips of backing paper, I stuck them down horizontally (carefully butting them up to each other) then cut them vertically then staggered the pattern onto my chosen card stock. The cute little bee digi's were a delight to colour in with my new blendable pencils, the sentiment is also from the same CD. Just a couple of die cut circles & some handmade flowers complete my design.

Many thanks for stopping by please feel free to share your comments.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 11 July 2014

A twinkle.......

....of glitter added for this weeks challenge I've used the brilliant new 'Work & Play Hollibobs' CD there are so many cute little characters to choose from I opted for the gorgeous penguin, I printed him off several times and layered him up adding a bit of glitter as I went.  The papers, sentiment, bow and snowflakes are all on the cd too. Making my Christmas cards is going to be so much fun this year.

Thanks for stopping by I appreciate any comments you may like to leave me.

This week I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges.

Friday, 4 July 2014

First Class Male

So it's mid challenge time over at Polkadoodles and for my DT project I thought I'd make my son a birthday card. I used the postman digi from Work & Play 4  I coloured  him in with Graph'it Markers (skin, 4115, 4155, 4170, hair & shoes, 9502, 9503, 9504, uniform, 9013, 9014, 9015, red sakura glitter pen for trim, postbox, 5210, 5220, 5230,5240, sack, 9502, 9503, 9504, 9506). The papers are also from the same CD. I scaled down some of the digi letters/envelopes to create a border and made my own sentiment.

I would like to enter this card in the following Challenge

Friday, 20 June 2014

Latest Facebook Giveaway

Well done Becky Ivory the latest recipient of a handmade card via my Facebook page. The image is a digital stamp from 'Here Come The Girls' coloured with Graph ' it Markers. Various die cuts bits of foliage & a couple of handmade roses. The backing paper is from my crafty stash and the border is from Lace Doily Accents by spellbinders.

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Floral Tag

Today I decided to just play for once I had no idea where I was going so I played safe & made a tag although the first one did end up in the bin!

I cut a tag shape from kraft card and embossed it using a floral 'Darice' folder I then coloured it using panpastels (violet, phthalo green, copper & bronze). I added a bit of purple ric rac ribbon to the base and some green ribbon through the top.

I then set to work on the flowers, leaves & flourishes using a combination of die cuts and punches in complimentary colours. I tried to add a variety of different textures and I'm really not used to this 'look' but I have to admit although out of my comfort zone I did enjoy myself!

I'd like to enter this tag in the following challenge

Friday, 13 June 2014

Ppppppppp.....Paper Piecing Popout Project

I saw a recent show on Create & Craft with some card kits for 'popout' cads, they looked relatively easy to work out so I thought I'd give it a go. My brain doesn't always like to play ball so I didn't enter into it with great expectation BUT was really pleased with the end result and can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I may actually make a few of these for that (unmentionable) time of year.......

So, what do you think?

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Somewhere Over The Rainbow..........

....Skies are blue, some people just need a little more sunshine in their lives, some hope of better things to come and I used the brand new 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' challenge this week to inspire me for this make.

Firstly, I printed off the rainbow, cloud and sun images from the Picnix 1 cd rom. I then embossed the Thinking of You stamp with black embossing powder onto the rainbow and stuck this to my semi circle shaped, black card blank I then added the cloud image to the left and sunshine to the right hand side raising them on foam pads for dimension. I stamped out the Flying Bird with Momento and coloured it with Graph'it Markers (blender, 7105, 7110) attaching it to the tip of my card again with foam pads.

This week I'm entering into the following challenges:

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Becky Boo!

Its most unlike me to blog twice in one day but now she's opened it I can share a friends 'get well' card with you. Becky had her galbladder removed yesterday and is currently resting up at home.

The image is a digi stamp from Cherryblossom Lane coloured with Graph'it Markers cut out with a circle die & matted onto a scalloped circle in a contrasting colour. Onto an 8x8 scalloped card blank I matted up one of the backing papers from the same cd again onto contrasting card stock. Wrapping a pretty pink ribbon around the middle. I added the topper on foam tape to give dimension and a few pretty flowers, leaves & a flourish to bring the whole thing together.  

Hope youre feeling better soon Becky Boo!

Rose Budd

I was so excited when Nikky Hall sent the files over for the new Rose Budd CDrom. I mean what girl doesn't like 'Pride and Prejudice' and other films of that ilk?

Here's my sample from this morning's show on create & craft. I created a scene in a box, something that really pushed me out of my comfort zone but boy was I pleased with the end result!

I printed a couple of the gorgeous background sheets and laid down a plain sheet of card as lawn. The cute little 3d cottage was adapted slightly by cutting the windows out and adding a bit of acetate and of course some floral embellishments & flowersoft. I also cut out the wall and gate, attached it to the side of the box and the other to the side of the cottage.

The characters were coloured with my Graph'it markers and I made little stands for them so they became freestanding. I finished the front off with a couple of the floral 'roll up' roses & leaves from the cd.

Thanks for stopping by please feel free to leave a comment x

Friday, 6 June 2014

Men In Mind

It'd mid challenge time over at Polkadoodles this week & the subject is... Men in Mind. Now those of you who 'know' me know I've been a little distracted of late by a certain man and those of you who don't a) where have you been? b) here's photographic evidence!

Now since being back on the crafty planet I've been rather busy. For this challenge I used the fabulous Not For Girls double cd rom. The scooter is so versatile from youths to the older 'boys' out there. The backing paper, topper, border and sentiment are all from the cd. I just added a bit of embossed card & ink. Simple but hope you'll agree effective?

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Here Come The Girls

I keep forgetting I have this CD in my collection although how is beyond me, there are some gorgeous characters on it. I made the above card for my fellow crafting buddy Kate.

I won't bore you with how I put her together as to be fair its quite clear but for those interested in the colours used (yes Graph'its - I don't use anything else these days).
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4170, 4175
Hair: 3210, 3245, 3250, 3255
Headband: 2105, 2110, 2140, 2150, 8220, 8240, 8260
Dress: 8220, 8240, 8250, 8260,2140, 2150

Thank you for stopping by have a lovely day & feel free to leave me a comment should you wish x

Friday, 16 May 2014


I just love butterflies and fancied doing something a bit different this week for my Polkadoodles Challenge DT project so I made an inspirational wall hanging using Bonbon Belles cd rom - seriously you need this double disc in your collection its jammed packed! With lots of wonderful sentiments too. To make this I've just used a piece of stiff card layered up with papers from the cd that I distressed. There are loads of lovely flowers to cut out and layer up add your buttons, glitter and inks then there are the lush butterflies in so many colour options .......

Friday, 9 May 2014

Something Old Something New

Hi all, I'm here again with my latest Polkadoodles DT make for our 'Something Old, Something New' challenge. I used the papers and border from It's Not For Girls for something 'old' I just added antique linen and tea dye distress inks to the edges.and for the 'new' a couple of digi's from Work & Play 4 which I've coloured in with my Graph'it Markers.

Skin, 4115, 4155, 4170, 4175. Hair, 3280. Hat, 1149, 1150, 1170, 1180, 3245, 9500, blender. Jeans, 9500, 9502, 9503, 9504. T shirt, 8240, 8250, 8260, 8280. Boots, 9506,9507, 9508, 9509. Bricks, 1210, 1230, 3210, 3230, 3120, 3125. Tray & Trowel, 3245, 9304, 9500. Cement Mixer, 1210, 1230, 1250, 3170, 3180, 3190, 9504, 9505, 9506, 9500, 9501, 9502.

This week I would like to enter the following challenges

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Happy 5th Birthday Polkadoodles

Wow has it really been 5 years since Polkadoodles were up and running? Well Long may they  continue. I have the pleasure of being on the current design team and couldn't wish to work with a better team of peeps. Here's to the next 5! You can join in there blog hop here

Friday, 18 April 2014

Eggsellant Challenge

Happy Easter everyone! 

It's challenge time again over at Polkadoodles and I thought I'd share my DT creation with you. I've used the 'oh so useful' Cherryblossom Lane and created a scene in my graphics programme then printed it off onto water coloured card. I then took the fab freebie Tatty Twinkle Easter digi coloured it with my Graph'it markers, raised on foam pads to add a bit of depth. I've kept to quite a clean and simple design as to be honest I didn't wish to over crowd the delightful scene.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Friday, 11 April 2014

Animal Magic

It's mid challenge time over at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and this is a reminder to join in and show us your gorgeous  'Animal Magic'. I used the very ueseful All Around & Everywhere Cd and chose Sally Snail from the 'Get In Shape' section there are plenty of options for you to choose from and it's just a case of printing off and putting together all I did was add a bit of sparkle. 

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenge.

Many thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Vellum Rose Tutorial

I've been asked a few times lately how I make my vellum roses so thought I'd put together a quick photo heavy tutorial for you to follow.

1. You will need.

Scalloped circle punch
Dries clear glue
Vellum, paper or felt

2. Punch out four flowers. 

3. Now cut into the flowers as per photo, the first one is just snipped to the centre the second, one petal cut out, the third two petals. Until you are left with this...

4. You then need to add glue to one petal on each piece.

5. Making each one into a cone shape it gets a little fiddly the smaller you get.

6. Now leave the biggest layer whole but snip the bottoms off the remaining five pieces.

7. Now put your thumb into the biggest layer and squash it down to give it a flat bottom.

8. Now put a dollop of 'dries clear' glue into the base.

9. Now use the second biggest layer, shape the petals a little with your fingers and place it into the glue.

10. Repeat this process putting layer after layer inside each other adding a little more glue each time.

11. When you get down to the last petal you may find it easier to glue the layer you're inserting

12. That's all there is to it. If you get various sized punches your roses will obviously end up different sizes but please bear in mind the small ones are very fiddly.

Thanks for stopping by I hope I've helped some of you on your way to making your own flowers.