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Tuesday 29 April 2014

Summer Fairy at Dies to Die for

Good morning and Happy Tuesday to you! I'm here with my Tuesday post for Dies to Die for.  If you popped in on me yesterday, my creation today is just about as different as you can get.  It's not very often that I use really bright colours, but these papers just cry out to be used and hey, she's called Summer Fairy after all. Besides, the last time I used her I coloured her in black & white with just a hint of pink, so it was nice to do her in colours this time.

The papers are a mix of 2 different MME pads, links to products can be found at the end of my post as always. The quality of these papers is lovely to work with.

I coloured her with Copics which are think are the best choice for bright colours and decided to get funky with her hair.  Her hair is absolutely wonderful to colour up, such fun!

Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R11
Hair: BG10, BG11, BG23, BG57, BG18
Clothing: YR20, YR23, YR24
Wings: YR20, YR23, R11, R12, R20, BG 10, BG11, BG23

I didn't over embellish as the papers were bright and busy, just a few flowers and some MME brads in the corners. I finished off with a bow from a scrap of ribbon from my scraps box and popped a little Prima bling on the top. The sentiment is from Whimsy and is cut with a matching die. Lastly I added a flurry of tiny butterflies cut with a Memory Box die.

I decorated the inside as usual with papers to complement the front.

Well that's all from me today, don't forget to sign up for my blog candy here if you haven't already, there's just over 2 weeks now till I draw a winner, and I'll see you all next time.

Enjoy your day! : ) x x 

Monday 28 April 2014

Steampunk Marci - Gothic Style at La-La Land

Goooood Morning everyone! A big welcome to my newest followers, thank you so much for joining me and I hope I continue to provide you with some inspiration from week to week.

Apologies for my absence this weekend, I would normally have been here on Sunday with my Totally Tilda post and hopping through your blogs leaving some love, but my lovely daughter was visiting from London this week as she was delivering some training in Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, so my free time was spent with her instead of crafting and I had a mad rush to catch up with makes this Sunday.

Anyway on to the reason I'm here today, and that's to share my inspiration post for La-La- Land Crafts, I'm soooooo enjoying my guest spot on their design team, this first month has been SO much fun, and lucky me I have another month to go!

The theme this week is Dies Galore, not a difficult one for me, I do love me a die or several!

Now I have to say that the photos are not the best, I love the way this looks in real life but it honestly does not photograph well, I tried different sorts of  lighting, positioning etc and this was the best I could manage , it's such a shame. Anyhoo, enough whining and let's get to sharing, poor as the colours are.

I decided to take a bit of a Gothic twist to Steampunk Marci here and used these fabulous papers from Prima, from a 6 x 6 pack called Cartographer, they were just perfect with the maps and hot air balloons and stuff.  I decided to go with the whole sepia and black colour scheme and just added some red for a pop of colour.  I've popped the links to items from stockists in the UK at the end of my post.

I wanted to keep the whole vintage sepia look going so coloured her up with my copics in Ws, using E30 for a sepia 'wash' and R59, 46 and 20, for some red accents to match in with the background. Unfortunately the colours are not really showing quite right in the photos, and Marci is looking a little green in the face, I wonder if she's airsick? lol

Obviously lots of dies for the theme, I used the following La-La Land Crafts dies:

I also used some smaller gears cut with a Cheery Lyn die, and some metal cogs from Hobby House.

This phot will give you a better idea of the layers, I thought this looked pretty good in a deep box frame and I'll be finding space for this on my wall somewhere. I've had these brads that look like screws for a long time now, but I cannot remember where I got them from, just that they're by Tim Holtz.
The sentiment is from a Steampunk Travels set by Whimsy Stamps. It's cut with a Whimsy slider die and I popped a couple of small rolled roses on either side to cover the slider holes.
For those of you wanting to make a framed picture like this, the frame is from Ikea and they also do it in white.  It has a glass front, I just took that out for the photograph to avoid the glare.

Well that's all from me today, don't forget to pop over the the Blog to see the rest of the team's makes, they are really terrific, fabulous and creative use of dies.
If you use Facebook, you can join the Group page and share your wonderful creations with us!

Have fun everyone and if you haven't signed up for my blog Candy, you still have 17 more days to enter!
Take care and I'll see you here tomorrow with my regular Dies to Die for post. : ) x x

Tuesday 22 April 2014

La-La Land New Release Showcase Day 2

*Please scroll down for my Dies to Die for post 'Butterfly Baby' *
Hello again! I'm back with my second post for today,  this time showcasing some of the new release goodies from La-La Land Crafts.

Today I'm using Bumble Bee Marci and she really is toooooo cute for words

La-La Land Craft Products used:

 I used some wonderful papers from the MME-Lost & Found 2 - Sunshine pad.  I must admit to developing a slight addiction for the Lost & Found papers.  Of course I'll never give up my love of Pion and Maja, but these are becoming just as difficult to resist! Anyway I thought the colours and designs of this pad were perfect for my little bee. The sentiment comes with the stamp.

I coloured her up with my Copic markers:

Skin: E13, E11, E00, E000, R20, R11

Hair: E50, E51, E31, E35. E37
Outfit and flowers: YR20, YR23, YR24, W3,W5, W7, W9. G21, G28

and slathered her wings with stickles. Isn't she Bee-autiful?!

Here you can see some of my layer of paper and die cuts. I love the whimsical nature of the tree and flowers,  and added some pearls and buttons randomly for a quirky look. The pearls, buttons and ribbon along with some of the flowers are from The Ribbon Girl. 
 Love that Bee die, I'm sure I'll find lots of uses for that one in my projects.  I used quite a lot of the Honeycomb die, for texture and added some frantage to it here and there.

Finally I decorated the inside of my card with more paper and dies, and stamped around the blank space with a honeycomb texture die to match in.

If you want to check the full range of items in the new release, you can find them all here

If you're in the UK you can fuel your La-La Land addiction at 

Tracy stocks a huge range of the stamps and dies, she will also ship overseas..

Now hop over to the Blog and check out the makes by the rest of the team, you won't be disappointed, they are stunning!
If you haven't already, do pop here and sign up for my Candy giveaway.

Well, that's all from me for today , I'm off to clean the house as my beautiful daughter is arriving this evening to spend a few days delivering training in my area, so we get to spend some extra time together - yay!
Take care and I'll see you soon. : ) x x

I'm entering this card for The Ribbon Girl's April Colour Challenge 

Butterfly Baby at Dies to Die for

Happy Tuesday everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your Easter holiday, I certainly did!
I'm here with my inspiration post for Dies to Die for . I've made rather a lot of Easter/Spring cards recently with spring colours, so I thought I'd do something completely different, although still kind of spring related.

Spring is a time of new growth and that includes new babies, so I thought I'd make a lovely baby card using the wonderful Sweet Baby collection from Pion Design. Links to products used are at the end of my post.
Everything has been inked with Walnut Stain DI and I've stitched my papers with top stitch thread as I usually do.

I used the Butterfly Baby stamp by Saturated Canary for Little Darlings Rubber Stamps.  Isn't it just the sweetest? and of course suitable for a boy or girl.

I coloured it with my Copics;
Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20, R11
Hair: E50, E51, E33, E35
Outfit: B91, B93, B95, E40, E41, E42

I covered the wings in Rock Candy crackle paint mixed with Glamour Dust, which gives a lovely effect, but doesn't show up very well in the photos.

You can probably see it best here, although the crackle texture is still not showing up sadly.

Isn't that Memory Box Baby Clothes die just adorable?
I decided to go a little Shabby Chic with this one and added a little white acrylic paint here and there.

To finish I added a sentiment made with stickers from the Authentique - Smitten pad, an MME brad fixing my little bow and a little Stork and Baby charm.

I hope you like my share for today, I'll be back later with my second post for today and it's super exciting!  In the meantime, if you haven't already, why not pop your name down here for a chance to win some super blog candy and I'll see you again in a bit! : ) x x

I'm entering this in the following:
Inky Chicks Challenge #27 - Shabby Chic