Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Quixotic Challenges - My Sketch!

Good afternoon and today sees the return of the Quixotic Challenges! Yeah! We have had a little creative break and are back with some revised rules and guidelines. I hope they are clear and simple to use and understand! We would love to have you come and join us :)

This week it was my turn and I made a sketch fro you all to try out !

My card today features 'Little Danni' from SCACD available from Quixotic Paperie. She is coloured with prismacolour pencils and copics for the skin tones. I cut her out using a nesties die and then inked around the edges with 'Wild Honey' distress ink. To finish off I glittered around the edges using a new product available at Quixotic Paperie. I have used one of Viva Decor's Glitter Liners. It is so easy to use, with a fine nib point you can create lines with ease and it dries quickly. I know I won't be messing about with stickles anymore ! The papers are Basic Grey 'Capella' collection. The flower are a combination from Wild Orchid Crafts and from Quixotic Paperie. The little pearl spray is from Quixotic Paperie as well as the brown Prima E-line flowers.

Thanks for your time today!

Back tomorrow!

Hugs Judy x

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Creative Cardmaking #17 - Simply Stamping with the Gorjuss girls

Good morning and apologies for my absence! I have had a lovely weekend with my family, who have been staying with us, having BBQ's and going for walks. Not a stamped image in sight :0
I just wanted to let you know about an article I have in the lastest Creative Cardmaking, Issue 17 magazine! Out now!I have written a feature with some of the Gorjuss Girls from Sugar Nellie using prismacolor pencils and the gorgeous new Fancy Pants papers 'Rusted Sun' available from Quixotic Paperie.

Now I think you can only get this magazine in local craft stores. If you have not yet seen it, it has some lovely features in it each month and there are always some really good quality papers for you to use in each issue, with some ideas for inspiration. I always love the articles by Kirsty Wiseman!So I have included a few sneaky peeks of the cards here for you to whet your appetite! Go and see if you can get your copy at your local craft store!

Thanks...back soon!

Judy x

Friday, 25 June 2010

SCACD Blog Hop - Gone Fishing!

Good morning!

Finally,it is time for the big SCACD release day blog hop! We have all been dying to show you the gorgeous new collection by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps - Sampler Edition #5, and we know you've been just as eager to see them!

There is a fabulous line up for you today, with the SCACD Design Team, the Quixotic Paperie Design Team and our very special guest - Susanna Boyd of CardoftheWeek and Papercraft Planet! Lots of lovely inspiration!

The new collection is now available over at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design in the Elisabeth Bell section! And for those of you in the UK/Europe, the collection is also available at Quixotic Paperie, in stock and ready to go!

You should have hopped over here from Jacqui

If you're only just joining us, you may want to start at the beginning over on Suzanne Dean's Blog, as you definitely don't want to miss any of the gorgeous creations! If you get lost at any point, or just want a recap on all the info, pop on over to the SCACD Store Blog!

My card is made from the adorable 'Gone Fishing' image and is coloured with a mixture of copics and pencils. I have also used the MME Papers-'Ooh La La'-For Him. The ticket and the photo corner are die-cuts from this set. The rest are my standard embellishemnts for a boy card ...twine, charm, brads...LOL!!

Here is a little close-up of the image...
Thank you for joining us on the hop! Your next stop is KIM!

And here is the hop order again complete with links.

Suzanne J Dean
Marti Wills
Rowena Barnard
Dianne Prewitt
Carolyn Bounds
Kim Costello
Lori Aragon
Aud Nordheim
Danni Bindel
Simonne Clay
Alex Lundgren
Anki Bargman
Susanna Boyd
Elaine Hughes
Kim Dellow
Jacquie Heffner
Kim Gruetzmacher

Well done for making it this far! Only one more stop to go! I hope you have been truly inspired with all the wonderful projects and gorgeous new images. You have now hopped from one side of the Atlantic to the other. Time for a cuppa :)

Back soon!
Judy x

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Quixotic Paperie - Best Buds!

Firstly, a big apology for not managing to make the Sugar Nellie blog hop this morning. Life is busy! I hope to be able to show you one of these new cuties really soon. You can purchase them right now, here!The card I am sharing today is one of the new Mo Manning rubber stamp now available at Quixotic Paperie. This gorgeous image is called Best Buds - Girl and is coloured with copics.

Almost all the products used are available at Quixotic Paperie and I will leave a list of links for you at the end of the post! The layout comes
from the fabulous Mojo Monday and is my fav sketch site :)
I also want to tell you about a really fab blog hop that is going to be happening on Friday!

Susana over at Susana's Custom Art & Card Design has just announced that another fabulous Elisabeth Bell for SCACD Stamps collection is on the way! You won't have long to wait either, because release day is June 25th! That's just a week away!

The new designs are as gorgeous as you would expect, but you will have to wait till June 25th to see them! Susana is keeping them under wraps till the big day, but they are totally worth the wait!

As always, Susana has got some awesome candy coming up - check in with the SCACD Store Blog on Sunday 20th June to see how you could join in for FOUR chances to win the whole set!

If that isn't enough excitement for you, there will be a big release day blog hop on Friday 25th June, and the fabulous Quixotic Paperie DT will be joining in, along with more fantastic guests! Don't know about you, but I can't wait!

If you're an Elisabeth Bell fan you definitely won't want to miss it, so make sure you pop June 25th on your calendar!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hope to see you again soon,

Judy x

Stamps: Best Buds - Girl, Stempelglede Grunge Collection
Papers: Girls Paperie
Medium: copics, Distress Ink for Flourishes
Tools: sewing machine, fiskars leaf punch, labels nestie die
Embellishments: heart pins, lace, prima roses

Friday, 18 June 2010

Stamping Bella! - Globetrotta Bella

Happy Friday to you all!

I just wanted to share with you a card that has been on my desk for over a week now. It has been put together a little bit each day and finally last night I nailed it! I have been soooooo tired in the evenings lately (which is my prime crafting time) that I just haven't been able to lift a finger.

So i bought these Bella's .....ooooo.....maybe over a year ago and this is the first time I have inked one of them up. Other things have just always been taking priority. So I was happy to colour in Globetrotta Bella with copics. So quick and easy...not much to it at all!

Papers are gorgeous new ones from Bo Bunny. The flowers and pearl flourish are from Quixotic Paperie and all the rest of the embellies are from my stash! The sentiment was a freebie with a past Scrapagogo kit.

Thanks for popping by to say 'Hello' today!

Have a wonderful weekend one and all!

Judy x

Oh P.S. Hubbie loved his Chiminea and spent the evening outside with his fire, a book and a glass of wine. I was cold so I crafted and watched him through the patio doors :)

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Sugar Bowl 37 - Marlene's Sketch

Good morning and welcome to another Sugar Bowl Challenge!

What was I thinking ??? A Christmas Card in June!!!

, I was looking around my vast collection of Sugar Nellie stamps and this image just kind of jumped out at me! And I thought 'Why not?' ..... it fits with the sketch and a girl can never make too many Christmas cards eh???So I coloured the image with prisma pencils ....though I think I will go back and add a little more shading and contrast onto her coat. Not enough depth me thinks!The papers are all MME 'So Sophie' collection and I used my Tim Holtz Scallop Edge die to create the border. I found the snowflakes in my Christmas box..all yummy and glittery and sparkly. I left a little room on the bottom right corner for a sentiment. I am really short on Christmas I will be on the look out for some in the near future.

I just love the little mini sprays from Quixotic Paperie.....this one looks very Christmassy don't you think? And it totally matches the pattern on the bottom layer of patterned paper...which of course I have totally covered up!

Anyway, I hope you have time to join in with this fabulous challenge! Marlene has chosen the extra theme of 'Girly'......which I think is a pretty easy one for most of us!

And one very lucky winner will receive 6 fabulous Sugar Nellie stamps AND a set of nestabilities! WOW!! So make sure you drop by the Sugar Bowl and take a look at the other sweeties work....totally inspirational and then have a go yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Have a super day! It is hubbies Birthday today and we bought him a Chimenea for the garden. So I think we might be out tonight sitting by the patio while he does manly stuff like chop wood and make fire!

Judy xx

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Hugs to you!

Hello guys! I have been absent for a few days.....June is a busy month isn't it?? I know everyone else finds that too. So my posts will be less frequent I am sure for the next couple of weeks.

But it is all good stuff...sports days, trips to be with friends, taking classes, family visiting and dare I mention I should be getting to grips with what is looking more and more of a jungle...our garden!! Maybe if the sun would come out I might feel more in the mood. My parents arrive home on Thursday from South America, (where they live and work), for a couple of months and I think they hope they are arriving for British Summer Time. I have warned them to bring jumpers and jackets!Anyway very quickly, this card is a custom request for an Etsy customer and I had the opportunity to use one of the lovely hAnglar stamps I won in Elaine's blog candy. The image is coloured with pencils and stickles for wings. The papers are Fancy Pants 'Rusted Sun' available from the Quixotic Paperie. Just fabulous summer colours! I love this collection!

The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse and the flowers are prima !

Thanks for popping by!

Catch you soon!
Judy xx

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Sugar Nellie - Leanne Ellis

Morning everyone! Well what a dreich week it has been here! No all :(

It is looking better for the weekend which is always a bonus. I am off to St.Andrews with some girly friends for a lovely day out with good food, good company and hopefully lots of good chat! I am really looking forward to it, while hubbie holds the fort with the kids!

I want to show you today the 2nd instalment of the cards I will be doing with my class at Simply Create on Mon night ( June 14th). I am using another stunning Sugar Nellie image from Leanne Ellis called 'Wild Rose'.The image is again coloured with prisma pencils and once finished I have spritzed the whole image with Pearl Glimmer Mist.
Now this card shape is called a z-fold card and i saw the idea on the Whiff of Joy Inspirations blog. It is very simple to make. You need a normal 12 x 12 card base. Score at 3 inches and then at 6 inches to created your z-fold.The papers are the same as the card I showed you on Monday, MME 'So Sophie' collection and I have used the same techniques as on that card where I painted the edges with Distress Crackle Paint.

Thanks for popping by today! If you live in the Aberdeenshire area and would like to come and make these 2 cards and are free on Monday night don't hesitate to get in touch with Jacqui! (01975564010)

Back soon,

Judy xx

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Quixotic Challenge # 26 - Fold It

Yeah is Wednesday and that means it is time for another Quixotic Challenge. This week Rowena has chosen the theme of 'Fold It' -create a something with more than one fold (e.g. fancy fold cards or boxes etc)
So for today I decided to make a Gatefold card. I haven't made one of those in an absolute age. I used the brand new stamps from The Greeting Farm called 'My Favourite Thing' . The set arrives with 2 images stamps and 4 sentiments! The image is coloured entirely with copics. I will post a list of the ones used at the bottom of the post. I tried for the very first time the dotty background technique. It was so simple to do..not sure about it yet, but it might grow on me ! But is nice to try something new. And I added stickles to the stars and the cupcake in her hair ! LOL!

The papers are from Pink Paislee '365 degrees' collection and come in 6 x6 pads and are available in Quixotic Paperie. Full of gorgeous bright fun papers.
Here is a wee view of the inside of my gatefold card. I have carried the same papers through and just stamped and image and sentiment from Hero Arts and added a wee blingy swirl :)

I hope you have time to check out the fabulous DT samples and maybe even join in with us this week! Before entering this week's challenge, I just want to remind you that the rules for entering have changed slightly. Notably that entries must feature stamps or other focal products stocked at Quixotic Paperie.

Hope you have a great day!!


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Sugar Nellie - 'Searching'

Good Morning folks!

This morning the Sugar Nellie DT are going to do another little friendly hop. We are going to share with you the truly gorgeous Kathy Hare images and we are each going to show a different one from Saturday!

I would like to share with you 'Searching'. I just love this summery image! I coloured the image with prisma pencils and I just loved the way Dena glittered her clouds, so I did the same! I kept the card pretty simple as I really wanted to show off the image.

I don't need to explain much except to tell you I got the lovely wooden flowers from Quixotic Paperie. They can be altered but I kept them plain as they matched the colours of the raffia and sentiment circle.

I hope you have time to check out the rest of the girls' work! You are sure to be inspired!

Here is a link to all to the other girls blogs!
Thanks for visiting today!

Enjoy the rest of your day,
Judy x

Monday, 7 June 2010

Sugar Nellie - Leanne Ellis and Simply Create Class

Happy Monday to you all!

Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a super day on Saturday down at Simply Create demo-ing prisma pencils and pens! It was a lovely day and it was great to have Kath pop in and say 'Hello'. Now I didn't let her just watch .... she and some of the other ladies had a try at colouring some images themselves and they made a really super job! For some of them it was their first time with pencils and alcohol markers.

Now it wasn't all plain sailing..we had some drama...first of all was the thunder and lightening and them boom a power cut! Now try colouring in the dark! Thankfully it only lasted a few minutes and we were able to carry on :)

Now onto the card. The card today I am showing you is one of the cards we will be making at my next class at Jacqui's on the 14th June @ 7pm. I think there may still be a few spaces left! If you want to re-create this card then phone 01975-564010. I will preview the other card later on in the week.

The card features the stunning image from Sugar Nellie, drawn by Leanne Ellis called 'Tell Me Something'. The image is coloured with prisma pencils and the papers are all MME 'So Sophie' collection. My inspiration for the card has come from the super talented Kathy. I love how she distresses her edges with crackle paint. Just beautiful! The flowers are all made with retro flower punches and the edges painted with 'Picket Fence' Crackle Paint
Thanks for stopping by today. And thank you for all your generous comments on the new Kathy Hare release. Tomorrow the DT will be showing their take on another of the stamps they received!

And just one more thing.... do you love Hero Arts???? Make sure you stop by the Simply Create blog...Jacqui is giving away some super blog candy to celebrate her 1st (shop!) birthday!

Judy xx

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Sugar Nellie - Kathy Hare Release

Good morning and welcome to a very special Sugar Nellie blog hop. We are very excited today to bring you a brand new illustrator to the House of Sugar. Now it has been no secret that we have the amazingly talented Kathy Hare joining the illustrating team at Sugar Nellie. I have been very excited about this and was not disappointed when I saw her beautiful images.

So today the DT are here to show you each and every image that is going to be released!
If you have just joined me you might want to go back and start at the beginning of the hop, which starts at the Sugar Nellie blog.

Then follow this order:

Now my card today features the adorable boy hugging his teddy bear.This one is called 'Worried'. Isn't it just gorgeous? I have coloured him with prisma pencils as I thought it looked like he deserved the softer look. I tried to make the Bear look a bit textured, so therefore did not blend with mineral spirits.

The papers are from the DCWV 'Linen Stack'...boy I hunted high and low to get hold of them! I eventually found them at Crafty Charlies! The star is a Sizzix die and the ticket is from Tim Holtz.

Did you spot my little secret tag??

Well I just thought it would add a little extra dimension to the card. The sentiment is from Paper Pretties.

Now if you love these images just pop over to Funky Kits where they are available to buy right AWAY!

Your next stop on the hop is Sarah!

Thank you for stopping by
Judy x

Friday, 4 June 2010

Demo Days

Good morning! How are you all on this glorious Friday morning?

Sorry I have no card to share but I wanted to let you know that I will be demo-ing all Saturday down at Simply Create !

I am going to be having lots of fun demonstrating with prisma pencils and pens and of course Sugar Nellie stamps :)

So if you are in the Alford area make sure you plan a wee trip to Jacqui's shop to sample all of the wonderful goodies she has in store and I will be sharing some hints and tips on how to use all these wonderful prisma goodies.

Jacqui also has some very special offers for Saturday:

  • Buy one Sugar Nellie stamp get one half price.
  • Buy sansador get a paper stump free and
  • Sign up for my shabby chic/ vintage class and receive a discount.
Please come over and say 'Hi' and introduce yourself if you are a blog reader :) Don't be shy !!

Right I am off for a marathon 'Sport's Day' session... Jude in the morning, then Peter and Daniel in the to go pack the camera and the suncream ...oh and the umbrella (it is Aberdeen you know!)

Don't forget to pop by tomorrow for a very special Sugar Nellie blog hop where we introduce the work of the super talented Kathy Hare!
I am VERY excited adn can't wait to see what the rest of the DT have created.

Judy xx

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Sugar Bowl...we're back!!

Good morning and welcome back to our Sugar Bowl challenges. We are back with a brand new look and some brand new sweeties. So first of all a very warm welcome to Sarah and Elaine. We are thrilled to have you on board !

We also have some brand new rules for entering the Sugar Bowl. Please check out the blog for all the info you might need. This week we have a super sketch from Gayle and the theme for this challenge is Pink, White and Black.

Now onto the exciting part..... the prize for this challenge is 6 Sugar Nellie stamps and 6 Distress Inks!

My card today features one of the new Leanne Ellis releases called 'Belle Flower'. She is coloured with prisma pencils. The papers are are all from Little Yellow Bicycle.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to have time today to do a little bit of blog has been in short supply recently !
Judy xx

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Quixotic Challenges # 25 - Go Wild!

Good afternoon :) Nice to have you here!

First of all thank you so much for those of you who came by and commented on our very special Quixotic Paperie 1st Birthday blog hop! Don't forget that for the whole month of June there is 10% of your order at Quixotic Paperie, you just need to enter the special dicount code! Also Elaine will be choosing very special prizes for 3 commentators from yesterdays blog hop.

This week for the Quixotic Paperie Challenge Elaine has chosen the theme of 'Go Wild!' - so all you need to do is create a project/card featuring animals, or alternatively create a project for an animal (i.e. a treat package for dogs/cats).

I have chosen to colour a gorgeous image from Stampavie. If you check out the sale section here you will find lots of the Stampavie by Helz Cuppledich stamps with up to 50 % off! It is really worth having a look round the sale section as there are many treasures to be found!

My image is coloured with copics and the papers are the gorgeous Basic Grey 'Bittersweet' collection. ALL of my flowers, brads and pins can be found at the Quixotic Paperie.

I hope you can stop by and check out the other DT's stunning work. There are also a few new rule changes, so make sure you stop by and check them out.

Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. They are much appreciated. This card will be in my Etsy shop later on this afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by!


Copics used:

Ruffles: C1, C3, C7, C9
Sofa: R81, R83, R85, R89, E70, E71, E74, E79, YG67, BG93
Slippers: G21, YG67, G99

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Quixotic Paperie 1st Birthday Blog Hop!!

Today is the 1st Anniversary of the Quixotic Paperie online store, and we're having a celebratory blog hop! If you're already following the hop, you should have hopped over here from Kim. If not, then hop back to the beginning at the Quixotic Paperie Store Blog. You won't want to miss a stop, as in addition to lots of fantastic inspiration, there are some prizes on offer (full details on the Quixotic Paperie Blog).

Quixotic Paperie was started on June 1st 2009 by Elaine Hughes. Having been an avid crafter (and craft shopper!) for a number of years, Elaine wanted to share her passion and see where it might take her - so, Quixotic Paperie was born! Since then, the store has grown, and now stocks a fabulous range of rubber stamps from around the world: The Greeting Farm, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, SCACD Stamps, Paper Makeup Stamps, Belles 'n Whistles, the Mo Manning for Stamping Bella range, Stempelglede and more! In addition, the store carries a large range of charms and embellishments, and a host of gorgeous papers for all your crafty projects! If Elaine loves it, you will probably find it at Quixotic Paperie!
In November 2009 the Quixotic Challenges blog was started, where you can find weekly inspiration from the wonderful Quixotic Paperie Design Team, and join in for the chance to win a monthly prize.
It has been a fabulous and wonderfully crafty year and I am delighted to have been part of the fabulously talented team! Here's to another one and hopefully many more to follow!
So for this very special birthday hop I have made a card with a matching gift box. I won't go into too much detail but feel free to ask any questions! The image is from Belle's and Whistle's and is called 'Sunshine and Apples' and is available at the Quixotic Paperie. The papers are Girls' Paperie and are utterly gorgeous.The gift box is an altered match of the slighly larger ones. I used the same papers and embellishments so it would co-ordinate with the card. The roses and the spray are both found in Quixotic Paperie.
Thank you for joining us on the hop! Don't forget to leave comments if want to be in with a chance of winning one of the 3 amazing prizes!

Your next stop is Rowena.

Judy xx


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