12 February 2018

Is that spring calling?!?

Hello my crafty friends I'm popping in today to share my latest make with you.  Now down here on the good old south coast I've given up any hope of seeing a flake of the old white stuff this year and some days feel decidedly spring like.  So with spring obviously just around the corner I've put away my winter colours for today and chosen to make a card in a colour scheme which I rather like and to me feels like spring. 

So I chose a beautiful little image from Whimsy called 'September Rose' and I think she's so sweet and pretty.  I've coloured her up with my Derwent Inktense pencils again.  Not so happy with the colouring but it's a learning curve and I'm enjoying the challenge.

Image:  Whimsy Stamps 'September Rose' by Elisabeth Bell
Sentiment:  LOTV 'Everyday Grungy' messages
Medium:  Inktense pencils
Papers:  First Edition 'blank canvas'
Flowers:  Wild Orchid Crafts
ribbon and pearls from stash


Okay so I don't mind winter really but what I do find hard is the poor light.  Trying to get a decent photo is a pain in the bum to say the least so when the lighter days come rolling in will be lovely.  Up next is the usual close up.


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

Sweet Stampin  -  girly

Stamping Sensations  -  anything with flowers

Let's Craft and Create  -  anything goes (option of mother's day/mothers)

Crafters Castle  -  anything goes

Right I'm off now.  It's half term week here and I've got my youngest munchkin in the middle of making herself a Harry Potter wand as you do.  So she's been let loose with paper mache and I just want to make sure that the wand is the only thing getting covered lol. 

Take care folks and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xx














3 February 2018

Squirrels Ho Ho Ho

Good morning my lovelies I hope you are all well.  I'm so pleased it's finally the weekend it's been a long week so I fully intend to make the most of the time even though I've finally succumbed to this blinking cold bug doing the rounds, damn, but hey I shall work it to my advantage ... can't do any chores best thing is to hide out in my craft room all day ... see always a silver lining lol!

I've decided not to tidy away all my Christmas crafting but instead make Christmas cards through the year as and when the mood takes me.  So, I've made my first Christmas card of 2018 with the cutest little LOTV squirrels.  Now I very rarely colour up animals but LOTV animal images are just the cutest ever and I just couldn't resist them.  I coloured them up with my copics and used some gorgeous Raspberry Road digi papers and went for a sort of crisp wintery theme with them.

Image:  LOTV 'Squirrels Ho Ho Ho'
Sentiment:  LOTV Christmas Grunge messages
Papers:  Raspberry Road Designs
Dies:  Spellbinders 'Romantic Rectangles', Crafters Companion 'Christmas Garden' Edgeable, Cheery Lynn 'Holly Flourish', Joy Crafts Winter Wishes Snowflake border


My usual close up of the sweetest little squirrels.  Lots of Stickles used and for a change and keeping with the frosty theme I've used clear gems instead of pearls.  I found the gorgeous ribbon in my stash so I've no idea where that came from.


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

Simon Says Stamp  -  anything goes
Cute Card Thursday  -  anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin  -  anything goes
Sweet Stampers  -  winter/snow
Noor Design UK  -  celebrations (Christmas)
Crafters Castle -  anything goes

Okay, that's all from me folks.  I'm in the mood for some colouring so off to have a play.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Take care.
Ann-Marie
xxx
















29 January 2018

Sweet 'Maya'

Good evening my lovelies and a very happy Sunday to you all.  I'm here writing up my blog post on my new laptop which I had to get myself.  My old one was getting a tad long in the tooth and when it started making peculiar noises and little puffs of smoke would shoot out from the side (I kid you not lol!!) I decided it was time I sucked it up and got a new one.  I love my new baby I'd be lost without it but it's taking me a little while to find my way around Windows 10 and photos are taking longer to edit but I daresay I'll get there in the end.

We've had a quiet weekend here really so I've managed to do some chores and still squeezed some crafting time in.  I've got a poorly munchkin though as my daughter has come down with this cold/flu that's going around and I've spent a night making hot water bottles one minute and stripping covers off the next at one point I think the poor little mite was shivering so much her bed was rattling!

So my crafting has got off to a slow start this year but hey I've actually got a finished card to share with you today.  I pulled out one of my favourite Wee stamps images to play with the sweet little 'Maya' and I've coloured her up with my new Inktense pencils.  I must say I'm loving these pencils I've found them so easy to use and such beautiful colours.  

Image:  'Maya' Wee Stamps
Medium:  Derwent Inktense pencils
Papers:  Couture Creations 'Hearts Ease'
Dies:  Crafters Companion Die'sire Edgeables 'Doily Lattice', Spellbinders 'Floral Ovals',
Cheery Lynn 'Fanciful Flourish, Dienamics 'Royal Leaves'
Flowers/Ribbon/Lace:  a mix from stash and Wild Orchid Crafts


I've added some 'diamond' Stickles to the flowers for a little accent and popped a few pearls here and there just to pick up some of the detail.  A little close up of the image.  


Challenges I would like to enter my card into:-

Creative Inspirations  -  something new (Inktense                     pencils)

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge  -  fussy and fancy

Allsorts  -  old favourites (Wee Stamps image)

Noor Design  -  anything goes

Okay, so it's taken me ages to write up this post I've had so many interruptions and it is no longer Sunday evening but rather Monday morning.  So I hope you enjoy your Monday and have a great start to your week.

Take care folks.
Ann-Marie
xxx

8 January 2018

Happy New Year

Hello my lovelies.  So gorgeous peeps how was your Christmas I hope you had a good one and Santa brought you some nice goodies.  It was busy but wonderful in our little Santa's grotto and I do say grotto as you can't move for decorations in my house.  It was wonderful to have some much needed down time and quality family time too.

I know it's been a little while since I last popped in and shared anything with you.  Life has been extremely busy and then throw Christmas into the mix and hey presto zero craft time.  Plus the fact that my craft room became a dumping ground for everything over the festive period meant that I actually had to have a bit of clear out before I could even think of making anything.  It was nice to have a little break from crafting as my little old mojo was flagging but boy did I miss it and by a week ago I was climbing the walls desperate to get creating again.  

I haven't got a card to share with you today but I do have some colouring.  I was treated to some pencils for my birthday last week by my hubster.  I'd been looking at these Derwent Inktense pencils for well over a year so I decided to bite the bullet and get them.  Now I'm a copic girl at heart but it's nice to have a change every so often and have a play with a different medium.  I've never really mastered watercolouring and if I'm honest it's a bit wishy washy for my liking but oh my these pencils are amazing.  They are easy to use and the colours are so vibrant I just love them.  So I inked up a small Penny Black image and had a go at colouring it up.  Here's what it turned out like:

Now I have a long way to go and a lot of practice to put in with them but for a first attempt I'm really pleased which is a first as normally my first attempt with anything ends up in the bin but this will actually make it on to a card.  So if you like water colouring and working with pencils I would definitely recommend them.  They are obviously a considered purchase and like I say I've been looking at them for well over a year.  I got mine from Amazon at a great price I think.  I decided to go for the largest set which was 72 as what I was going to pay for 24 it was worth paying just a bit extra and getting them all.  So for roughly £67 I had the whole lot which is fab in my eyes.

Okay that's all from me today.  I will pop back with my finished card at some point and then I'll do as I normally do and list all my colours and everything but for now I'll love you and leave you and would wish you all a very happy New Year.

Take care folks.

Ann-Marie
xx

5 October 2017

Trick or Treat

Hello my lovelies I hope you are all well.  I'm back tonight to share with you my make for Crafty Sentiments Designs release week Day 3, albeit a little later than planned due to pesky internet problems.

So let me introduce you to this cute little dude he is 'Trick or Treat' and he's a digi so perfect for lots of different size projects.  I love it when I can resize to whatever I'm working on don't you.

I've made a milk carton treat holder with my nephew in mind.  He will love this if my daughter doesn't grab it first!!

Medium:  copics


My usual close-up.  I decided to cut him out and 3d him with some glue gel. 

Copics used

Skin:  E000, E11, E13, R30
Hair:  E43
Clothes:  C1, C2, C3, C5, C7, 100
Treat Bag:  Promarkers Amber, Pumpkin, Bright Orange, Burnt Orange

Okay, this cute little dude can be found over in the Crafty Sentiments Designs store here and if you fancy and a little looksie at some gorgeous inspiration pop across to Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspiration blog here where you can see lots of gorgeousness from my teamies.

Okay time for me to go.  I've a list of stuff to get sorted as my son is off on his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award this weekend and it's his birthday on Sunday so I've that to sort for when he gets back to and as usual I'm not organised lol. 

I hope you have a fab weekend and if it's ploppy weather you have a perfect excuse to craft more!!

Take care.
Ann-Marie
xxx



Challenges I would like to enter:-

Cute Card Thursday    -  anything goes

Let's Craft and Create  -  anything goes (optional witchy/autumnal)





4 October 2017

Halloween Outfit

Good morning my lovelies I hope your day is getting off to a good start.  We have the usual rushed school routine here before I head out to work on this absolutely beautiful autumnal morning.

So before I dash out the door, I wanted to pop in and share with you my latest creation for Day 2 of Crafty Sentiments Designs new release week.  I got to play with 'Halloween Outfit' and she is adorable and she is a digi so you can resize for any number of projects which is just fab.  Now apart from the usual trick or treating I do with the kiddies we don't really go all out for Halloween which is a shame as I do love it and I think that just has to change.  So I decided last year that I would make myself a new decoration each Halloween to put up rather than buy any and this year I opted to make a fun Halloween wreath.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out I may just make another.

Medium:  copics/spectrum noirs
Papers and ribbon from stash
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

I thought I'd have a go at making myself a silver glitter cobweb to go at the back of the wreath.  I made this with my hot glue gun.  I just found myself a cobweb image to print off from Google, put some greaseproof paper over the top and used it as a template.  It was so simple and it turned out really effective.


My usual close-up of the cute image and I've used a mixture of Copics and Spectrum Noirs to colour her in.

Copics/Spectrum Noirs

Face/Body:  E000, E11, E13, R20
Hair:  Y21, YR31, YR23
Pumpkin:  YR00, YR02, YR07, E08
Outfit:  TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5/EB3, EB5, EB6
Candy:  PL1, PL3, PL5

Why not pop across to Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspiration blog here and have a good old gander at some of my teamies makes, you won't be disappointed I promise and don't forget this new release week are digis and can be found over at Crafty Sentiments Designs store here.

Okay, time for me to dash.  I'll be back tomorrow to share with you another little Halloween make I've made.

Take care and happy crafting.

Ann-Marie
xxx



I would like to enter my card into the following challenge:- 

Cute Card Thursday  -  Trick or Treat

Craftaholics are us  -  Halloween












24 September 2017

Christmas Melodies

Good morning and what a beautiful autumnal morning it is.  I'm sat doing my post with my first coffee of the day, nobody else in the house is up and my back door is wide open and all I can hear are the birds and its beautiful.

So my post today is to share with you another Christmas card made using a gorgeous Crafty Sentiments Designs image called 'Christmas Melodies'.  I decided to get my prismacolor pencils out for this one and to work on Kraft for a change and I'd forgotten how much I love pencils on Kraft.

Medium:  Prismacolor Pencils

As you can see I've kept it nice and simple so it's all about the image and I love it.  Next up is  the usual close up of the image.  I didn't blend the pencils this time with Sansodor and paper stumps like I normally do I just used the lightest pencil each time.  Love how vibrant it's turned out.  Obviously there's a little glitter there on the snow but the photo's are not picking it up very well.


Okay so that's all from me today folks.  I hope you're having a lovely weekend and the weather is staying kind for you, but hey if it's not it's a perfect excuse to get crafting!

Don't forget this image is available over at the Crafty Sentiments Designs store here and you can always visit the Crafty Sentiments Designs Inspirational blog here where you can get tons of inspiration from my team mates.

Take care.
Ann-Marie 
xxx

Challenges I would like to enter:-

Creative Inspirations  -  seasonal

The Ribbon Girls challenge  -  September 'use any image' challenge

Winter Wonderland  -  wrap it up