Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Merry and Bright

Morning girlies! Today is going to be very brief! I have been called for Jury Duty and it begins tomorrow. So I do not know how long it will last or anything...hopefully I'll be back home before lunch tomorrow and not be needed, but we will see.....

So today I am trying to cram in everything I needed to do this week and get the house ready for my MIL arriving tonight. She will be looking after the kids while I am away.

So please excuse me if I am a little absent this week ! You will know why!

Anyway this card is the made using Mistletoe and is one of the new Christmas Manga stamps from Sugar Nellie. These cuties are coloured with copics and highlighted with a white ink pen.
I had started using the sketch from this weeks Mojo Monday but as often happens with me I ended up placing some of the elemnets in different places!

The papers I have used are Cosmo Cricket 'Jolly by Golly'...mmmm..yum! Bot much else to say about this card!

I will be back tomorrow with a challenge from Janny, Dena and myself! Which will be scheduled of course as I might be sitting in a courtroom!

Chat soon, Judy xx

Monday, 28 September 2009

Blog Candy Winner and weekend chat!

Thank you to all of you who entered my one year celebratory candy and well, there can only be one winner!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your

random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-09-28 07:31:55 UTC

And after counting down to number 71 I get Craftingandy!

Yeah congatulations Andrea! Email me with your snail mail address and I will get the parcel off to right away!

Well done and I hope you enjoy the goodies.

Thank you to everyone who entered and especially to those of you who told me you visit my blog everyday. Thank you for all your support!

On Saturday I had the great privelage of attending a couple of classes with the very talented Melodee Langworthy. She has come all the way over from the US and is teaching classes here in little old Scotland and in Alford, Aberdeeshire. So how could I NOT go with it being just a few miles down the road!

She was doing mini albums with us...scrapping is something I have never really dabbled in but I thoroughly enjoyed putting these albums together. They are still a work in progress. I do not have photos to add yet but they will not be left as unfinished projects!! Melodee is such a great inspiration and a wonderful lady to work with.

Thanks for stoppin by. Have a great Monday!
Judy x

Friday, 25 September 2009

Sugar Nellie DT - Autumn Kit

Hellooooooooo crafty friends..just a quick one I want to share today. I have a ragingly sore throat and I feel zapped off all energy. Typically the kids are off school today for the September weekend. I had planned lots of things to do with them today but poor little things have played the Wii for hours and jumped on the trampoline for the rest...not being very entertaining today I'm afraid :(

I am so loving the Sugar Nellie Autumn kit and just had to colour the remaining images. I also have some gorgeous Autumny papers from Pink Paislee that just had to be used!! For the layout I used the sketch from this weeks A Spoon Full of Sugar....thanks it was brill!

For the image I have used a mixture of prismas and copics and as usual have used my trusty sewing machine for adhering the layers together.

Just a wee close up of the prima flower I used. it is spritzed with glimmer mist..but it is not showing up too well in the photo.

Before I toodle off I want to thank the lovely girls over at The Divine Influence for featuring me today as their Divine Crafter! What a real honour!!I will display my badge with pride :)Not sure if my hubbie would agree with the staement or not!! LOL!!

A few people have asked about the instructions for the Chocolate Box I made for the Sugar Bowl yesterday. I am putting together some intructions and I will have them ready in a day or two!

Have a nice weekend everyone! Don't forget to enter my blog on the piccie on the sidebar! 2 days left to enter!

Stamp: Autumn Kit from Sugar Nellie
Medium: prismas and copics
Papers: Pink Paislee 'Amber Road' Collection
Tools: sewing machine
Embellishments: prima flower, Pink Paislee die-cut sentiments, rub-on, adhesive pearls, ribbon, metal butterfly

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Sugar Bowl #20 - Gayle's Sketch

Good morning and welcome to Challenge #20 at the Sugar Bowl!! The weeks are just flying in!
This week Gayle has created for us another super sketch with the extra option of paper piecing. Thanks my dear! Loved it!

This time you can win a pick 'n' mix of your choice of stamps from Sugar Nellie. Woooo!

Now, I decided it was high time I stepped out of my comfort zone of square cards and made a 3D project. I want to thank Tab for the inpsiration. A few weeks ago on her blog I spied a wonderful chocolate box that she had made and I knew I would have to try one of them very soon!
So I had a go! Now all my presents are going to have to arrive in a box ...I can't go back to plain old wrapping paper again.

For my chocolate box I used one of the 'It's a Girl Thing' fundraiser stamps from Sugar Nellie from which 100% the proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.

I used the beautiful stamp donated by Diane Duda called 'Pure of Heart'.

I sooooooo love this stamp and I will use it again and again!! I paper pieced it with some glittery Doodlebug paper and coloured the rest of her in with copics and prismas. I love using a mixture of them both on my images now!

The stitching round the image is faux. My sewing machine was playing up and making everything it is in disgrace for the time being!

The flowers have been glimmer misted and I scrunched up a Tim Holtz ticket for the sentiment.

Don't forget to stop by the other girls blogs for some fantastic inspiration! You won't be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by! I love to read all your lovely comments :)

Judy x
Stamp: 'Pure of Heart' from Sugar Nellie
Medium: copics and prismas
Papers: MME 'Wild Asparagus'
Tools: scor-pal, piercing tool, Martha Stewar Doily Lace punch,
Embellishments: flowers, roses, Tim Holtz ticket, ribbon, adhesive pearls, alpha stickers

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

A Week of Whimsy

This week on Quixtoic Paperie we are spotlighting some of the stamp ranges held in the shop. This week it is the turn of Whimsy stamps. I just adore the quirky animals!

For my project today I needed a card for my Dad. It is his birthday really soon. I loved the theme on Cute Card Thursday of hidden elements and decide to go with that! I used the whimsical duck image and he is coloured with prisma pencils. I added some glossy accents for the water.

The papers are all MME 'Oh La La ' for Him...perfect colours to match my duck and are available at Quixotic Paperie.

My first hidden element is the tag at the front and the second is the pocket I made for his Amazon gift voucher. The tag element is made using Verve stamps that I ordered for Father's day but arrived too finally I get to use them now!

Nothing too complicated or fancy on this card! I think my Dad will apreciated the clean and uncluttered look!

Oh..the sentiment is one I computer generated myself!

Have a fab day and thank for checking out my Whimsy project! You can check out the rest of the Quixotic Paperie DT Whimsy projects over on Elaine's blog!

Don't foget to enter my blog candy on my sidebar!

Catch you all tomorrow for the Sugar Bowl! Still one day left to get your cards in to be in with a chance of winning all the cute new Mary Hall stamps!

MUM, RACH and VICK...if you are reading this ...shhhhh!!

Judy x

Monday, 21 September 2009

Crafty Cardmakers Guest DT

Hiya! Hope you are all doing well today! I have been very lucky and have been asked to be a Guest DT for a fairly new blog called Crafty Card Makers. It has been set up with new card makers in mind and features very helpful tutorials and techniques. Vix approached me and asked me to be Guest DT for this week.

Their theme this week is 3D elements. I decided to use Apple Emma which is available at Quixotic Paperie. I had decided to make an Autumy card but this has ended up as very summery fresh colours!! I'm not complaining! The weather has given us one last blast of summer over here in the UK , so why not with my card!!

I stamped the image 3 times and coloured, cut and layered the elements. This photo her shows the 3D effect. All the apples are covered with glossy accents.

The inside has been decorated and I have stamped the extra apple on the inside. I have followed the sketch from Truly Scrumptious and followed the extra option of using 3 stamps, not including the sentiment. My 3 stamps are the Apple Emma and the 2 extra apples that you get with the image....does that count as 3??

Sorry about the bad inside piccie..took it today and it is sooooooooo grey!

Anyway enough blethers. Thanks for stopping by.
Don't forget to have an apple today!

Judy x

Stamp: Apple Emma available at Quixotic Paperie
Medium: copics, Glossy Accents
Papers: Fancy Pants 'Delight'
Tools: labels nesties, sewing machine
Embellishments: flowers and dew drops from Crafty Feeling, crochet ribbon from Quixotix Paperie

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Autumn Leaves

Well hello there! How are you this morning? I hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead...mine is full of 'to do' jobs but then it will be great when they are all done.
Now what to watch tonight...Strictly or X Factor??? So shallow I know!! The big decisions of life eh??

Anyway this morning I have to show you another of the gorgeous images from the Sugar Nellie Autumn Kit. This time I coloured in the little boy. He is coloured with prismas but I did the grass with copics. I just adore these images.. ..must be one of my favourite illustrators for Sugar Nellie.

Over at the Sugar Nellie forum on Splitcoast Stampers there is a little thread going on about who might the 'Home Grown' artist be......mysterious! I wonder if we will ever know. But we can sure appreciate his/her talent!

Most of the card is self-explanatory, but I will tell you about the leaves on the left hand corner of the image. These are little accessory stamps from the Autumn kit. I stamped them and coloured with prismacolor pencils then painted over with Shimmerz Blingz for a subtle sparkle! Not too much as it is a boys card!

I just want to let you know that today the new 'Belles and Whistles' stamps go on pre-order today at Quixotic Paperie. These stamps are beautiful and designed by the wonderfully talented Elisabeth Bell. You can also grab yourself some of the Prima flowers new E line and some of their gorgeous pearl centre and swirls. (I already have!)

Don't forget to enter my one year blog candy! Click on the image on the sidebar to enter!

Judy x
Stamp: Autumn Kit by Sugar Nellie
Medium: prismas and copics, white ink pen, Shimmerz Blingz
Papers: Little Yellow Bicycle
Tools:sewing machine
Embellishments: buttons, twine, ribbon, tag, rub-on

Friday, 18 September 2009

One Year Celebratory Candy!

Well one year has come and gone since I started on this blogging adventure! Little did I know when I started what opportunties I would have been given in this time and how many friends all over the world I would have made!

So I want to thank all my readers and commentators and wonderful blogging friends.

Here is a little candy offering that one of you could win!

In this very pink stash is:

  • New Sarah Kay-Noel - 'Joy' Stamp
  • New Helz Cuppelditch - Ruffles 'Get Well Soon' Stamp
  • New Sugar Nellie -'Trimming the Tree'

  • DCWV Pink Christmas Stack
  • Martha Stewart Hydrangea Pop up punch
  • Martha Stewart Cornflower Pop up Punch
  • Tube of Prima Espirit flowers
  • 15 fimo flowers in purple and pink
  • 1 set of aplha stickers
  • 10 cream roses
  • 10 pink roses
  • packet of pink crushed velvet Doodlebug brads
  • christmas ribbon
  • packet of Hero Arts cards and envelopes in Holiday Colours

The candy will close on 27th September at midnight GMT and I will announce the winner on the 28th on my blog.

To enter this candy draw just leave a comment under this post and feel free to spread the word, but not a requirement to enter. Feel free to become a follower but again not a requirement!

This is just a wee thank you to you all who visit my blog and make checking my e-mails so much fun!

Judy x

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Quixotic Paperie Monthly Mini Challenge!

Good afternoon my friends!

Welcome to the very first Quixotic Paperie Monthly Mini Challenge. The way it works is that all the DT plus the months Guest DT will all be given the same image but with different embellishments to play with. We all post on the same day and a prize will be given to a random commentator. The prize draw will close at 1pm on Wednesday 23rd September (GMT), so you have one week to hop around the DT blogs and post your comments to be in with a chance of the prize!

The prize this month will be the following package:

1 x Shaela Fairy & Sentiment stamp
1 x Shimmerz Pixie Dust
1 x Pack of Mixed Charms

So obviously this month we were all given the Shaela Fairy image and sentiment by Paper Makeup Stamps to play with!

Now this stamp calls for a lot of sparkle so I used stickles for the wings and wand and the rest was coloured with copics. The papers are all MME 'Laundry Line' and I followed the sketch on Create4fun. Always nice to have a sketch to follow!

I had planned on making a matching notebook to make a little gift set but the klutz that I am managed to drop a black inkpad on my other image that Elaine has stamped for us! DOH!! So just a card it is! Maybe next time I'll do a little gift set!The cardstock I used is core'dinations cardstock so you can sand the edges to reveal a lighter core and a slightly distressed effect. You can see the effect on the flowers and the edge of the sentiment.

So if you want to be in with a chance of this months prize you need to leave a comment here and on the other DT blogs. You won't be disappointed..these girls work is all so different and so fabulous!

So here are the blogs to visit:
Elaine, Kim, Carole, Rowena and Jo (our guest DT). is my fast does a year fly! Tomorrow I will be posting up my one year candy!

Thanks for stoppin by!

Judy x

Stamp: Shaela Fairy and sentiment by Paper Makeup Stamps, available at Quixotic Paperie
Medium: copics, stickles, 'Walnut Stain' Distress Ink for edges
Papers: MME 'Laundry Line' available at Quixotic Paperie
Tools: circle nesties, EK success flower punches
Embellishments: Flower spacers from Quixotic Paperie, ribbon, brads and bling from stash

Monday, 14 September 2009

An Autumn Day

Well, hello my lovely crafty friends! I hope you can feel my excitement through the internet!! I was sooooo chuffed to receive my Sugar Nellie DT kit through the post on Saturday. The anticipation has been killing me!! I also knew that I had people coming over for Sunday lunch so I would not be playing on Sat night or all day on finally last night I got a chance to ink up some of my fabulous new Autumn kit!

I just adore this set and I think autumn is my fave time of year for card making. I love the deep rich earthy colours...even MORE than I love the sparkle of Christmas! Without further ado I would like to present to you my Sugar Nellie DT card.

I have coloured the image with a mixture of copics and pencils. The image is done with pencils and the background is done with copics. The papers are all from the DCWV 'Crafty Stack' and I have loosely followed the sketch from this weeks Sketch Saturday.
The autumn kit has some gorgeous little additional images which are perfect for decorating the insides of your cards. This cute hedgehog is coloured with prismas and then cut out with nesties.

Thanks for popping by and I hope to be back tomorrow for some Quixotic Paperie fun! And I have just noticed that my blogaversary is racing towards me fast...I will have some blog candy to share real soon!

Thanks for stopping by. Catch you all again tomorrow!

Judy xx

Stamps: Sugar Nellie Autumn Kit
Medium: prismas and copics
Papers: DCWV ' Crafty Stack'
Tools: sewing machine, nesties
Embellishments: crochet ribbon from Quixotic Paperie, felt leaves from Hero Arts, candy dots and bling from stash

Warmest Wishes

Hello everyone! How are you all ? Oh, I have had a busy weekend and have missed popping round to see all your lovely creations. I hope to do some blog hopping today to catch up.

Today is another day where Janny, Dena and myself will share a card we have each made using the same image. We decided this week to use one of Mo's fabulous digital images. After some deliberating on which one to use we plumped with Noelle Bearing Gifts.

This is such a beautiful image but it stretched me on my colouring skills! This was attempt no.2. Number 1 ended in the bin.....the colours just didn't look right together! I am happier with this attempt.

The papers are all from SU 'Ski Slope' series. The snowflakes are made with Spellbiners dies and I borrowed a tip from my friend Kathy. I added white acrylic paint to the tips of the snowflakes just like she has done on some of her cards. Finally, the tag is made fom stamping a magnolis script stamp and then it is inked with 'Tea dye' for the aged look.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have time to check out what Janny and Dena have done with the image.

My first ever Sugar Nellie DT kit laned on my doormat this weekend, so I hope to have my 1st ever DT card to show you tomorrow. Yippee!

bye for now,

Judy x

Stamp: Noelle Bearing Gifts by Mo manning, sentiment by hero Arts, Silent Night by Magnolia
Medium: prismas and copics, stickles, 'Tea Dye'
Distress Ink
Paper: SU 'Ski Slope'
Tools: sewing machine, spellbinders snowflake dies, crop-o-dile
Embellishments: button, bling and ribbon all from stash

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Sugar Bowl #19 Marlene's Sketch

Good Morning and I hope you are all well today! It is time again for another Sugar Bowl challenge. This time Marlene has given us a gorgeous sketch to work with the extra option of pink and brown. A beautiful classic combination.
I chose to colour 'Demure' which I have coloured with copics. The papers I have used are all Basic Grey 'Blush' collection. The flowers you can probably recognise as the ones Rach has recently shown a tutorial for on her blog. I loved them and decided to have a go making them. They are spritzed with pearl glimmer mist...hopefully you can see a little sparkle! They are all made from the scraps of the Basic Grey paper. I love it when you can economical with everything!

I even managed to find time to finish and photograph the insides....I must have been organised this week! Oh I know what it was.....Peter started nursery this week so I have a few extra hours to play with!
I hope you manage to find time to play and create something with this sketch as the fantastic prize this time is the brand new set of Mary Hall stamps which have been previewed earlier on this week on the Sugar Nellie blog. These images are just super cute!!!

Be sure and go and check out the other girls cards on the Sugar Bowl blog..they have made some amazing cards this week. So totally gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by! I love to hear your comments...don't be shy!!

Judy x
Stamp: 'Demure' by Sugar Nellie, Sentiment by Hero Arts,
Medium: copics, white ink pen,
Papers: 'Blush' by Basic Grey,
Tools: sewing machine, large and medium retro punches, small stapler
Embellishments: glimmer mist, candy dots, adhesive pearls, ribbon, doily,

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

A little birdie told me.......

Hello my crafty friends...well here with us today it is dull and dreich! A very autumnal day!

Today I have a card to show which Janny and Dena, my fellow Sugar Nellie DT members, will also be sharing. We decided this week to colour 'A Little Birdie Told Me' from Gorjuss set 1.

I decided I wanted to try a scrappy look which Tiets does so fantastically. So my card is inspired by her style. I am really pleased with how it turned out and I don't often say that about my own cards!!

The image is coloured with prisma colour pencils and blended with sansador. All the edges have been inked with 'Walnut Stain' Distress Ink.

You will have seen a lot of these circular sentiments recently. I just love them and my dear friend Kathy kindly sent some to me.I chose to decorate the inside in the same layout and papers as the outside.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have time to check out the blogs of Janny and Dena. You won't be dissappointed!

Before I go I want to let you know about the adorable new Stampavie stamps that Elaine now has over at Quixotic Paperie. She has the new Helz Cuppleditch and Sarah Kay stamps in stock NOW!

Judy x

Stamp: ' A Little Birdie Told Me' by Sugar Nellie
Medium: prsima color pencils and distress ink
Papers: MME 'Wild Asparagus'
Tools: medium and small retro flower punches
Embellishments: brads and bling!

Monday, 7 September 2009

You Make Me Smile!

Just a quickie today! I have my sister staying today and she is leaving later on so don't want to spend the morning on the computer!

My card today features a very cute hAnglar boy who has been coloured with prismacolor pencils and blended with sansador. I have followed the sketch on this weeks Friday Sketchers which is nice and simple which I like so you can put your own take on it.

The edges have been inked with Hero Arts Shadow Ink called 'Soft Stone'. I am not very happy with the inking on the edge of the image. I noticed a little tiny black smudge on it. So I took a rubber to try and rub it out, but the paper started tearing and leaving it worse than it looked before. So I tried to cover the ripped off parts by inking it a bit more! It doesn't show up too much on the photo but I had wanted my inking to be a bit more subtle! I should have just left it as it was!!

You might have been expecting a card from me today where you could go and visit Janny and Dena's blog to check out how they have done the same image.....well you might just have to check back tomorrow!!

Before I go, have you seen the gorgeous new sneaky peeks from Sugar Nellie? These are 2 of the new stamps that are coming out in the next few weeks from Mary Hall.Perfect! Can't wait for all this new rubba!

Thanks for popping by and I will be back tomorrow!

Have a very sunny Monday!

Judy x

Stamp: hAnglar and stAnglar, Penny Black sentiment, Verve star stamps, circle sentiment from Kathy
Medium: prisma pencils, Sansador, Hero Arts 'Soft Stone'
Paper: SU
Tools: sewing machine
Embellishments: baby blue candy dots, twine,


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