Monday, 27 February 2012

Create and Craft TV

Just a quickie reminder - I will be on Create & Craft tomorrow Tues 28th Feb at 10am with more Candy Doodling goodness!
This is my last hour until later in March so make sure you check it out! xx

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Stitches 'n Swirls at Elisabeth Bell's World

Hello peepsicles! HOW many posts this week? Oh my! I can't keep up, think I need a bloggy PA lol!
Today is Challenge day over at Elisabeth Bell's World with my wonderful teamies - and my first EBW post, yay!! Exciting! I am loving being on the GDT over at EBW and Digibells, it's really pushing me into making lots of cards for me,me,me!!  This month we had the theme of Swirls and Stitches - two of my favourites!
I used this adorable Li'l Princess image which is a digi over at Elisabeth Bell's gallery for a snippet of casheroo.
 I love this image and I have to say I was well pleased with the colouring on this one, it's so soft. I must admit I did spend longer than my usual rushy 5 mins colouring this and you can tell, it does take a little while to get colouring spot on I think. I wish I always had hours to spend on one image LOL! I used a mix of Promarkers and Flexmarkers on this.
 The Papers are a mix - the blue gingham is from Magical Winter (although a wintery CD there are so many bits of it that can be used all year round), and the pink dot and check is again from Pretty Sweet, I am so in love with that Strawberry colour it may well inspire a whole collection of it's own I think!
 We got lots of new Marianne Design creatables in the shop this week and I am loving these pretty flowers...
 The sentiment ticket is from the brand new revamped Candy Doodles collection - looove these cute little tickets, watch out for lots of stamps coming with these...

hmm, piccie overload maybe, but who cares LOL! Have a great weekend everyone - you can catch me on Create and Craft Tuesday morning at 10am with more Candy Doodles - so I will be prep prep prepping all weekend! xx

Friday, 24 February 2012

Summer Fever

My blog seems to have turned into a Digibells blog LOL!! I've made tons of cards lately but I can't share any of them at the moment, I'm so sorry! There are good things to come though!
Over on the Polkadoodles blog today we have a Summer Fever challenge going on to blow away the winter blues and a chance to win my brand new Candy Doodles Collectors edition CD - make sure you're in it to win it!
You can get the new CD here. Candy Doodles was my second ever collection but it has been supervamped and now has a brand new collection of digi characters and paper called Candyland, together with some great new sentiments too - you'll LOVE it! And if you already have the old CD, we have a special UPGRADE version for you to trade in!! What a fab idea!! 
On another point, just a reminder about issue 2 of the Pen & Paper Circle too! We are now taking orders for this and you only have until 7th March to get your order in and snag yourself a copy! I have to say I love the stamps and CD on this issue, the papers are totally SCRUMMY, and the stamps are sooo versatile!! I've lost count of how many people have asked me if we're reprinting Issue 1 and can we bring it back because they missed it...the answer is a big NO! The whole idea of the Circle kit is that you pre-order and know exactly what you're getting up front in terms of stamps - I don't know another kit club that offers you that peace of mind, so what do you have to lose!?? Get ordering now!x

24 Feb - Creative Genius!

It's Friday, yay! And it's my turn to host the post over at Digibells today! Have you done the blog hop yet? See below or over on the Digibells blog!
This week I picked one of my fave images "Creative Genius" from the Elisabeth Bell gallery (lets face it, they're all my faves really!).  In a fit of laziness at not being bothered to bring my pens back upstairs from the weekends shows I decided I would go back to basics instead and picked up a plain old cheapo HB pencil.
Now, the trick with doing this technique is that you really do need to pay attention to the shading but there are a few different things you can try too - I love the texture you can achieve with pencils of any kind. On this image I used a crosshatch pattern... 
The card itself will be my Mothers Day card this year I think. I decided that to really show off the image and the shading it was best surrounded by white so I got out my Marianne Design swirl dies and this GORGEOUS new Anja die which isn't shown to it's best in this photo I have to say, it's been swamped a bit by the flowers. Its one of the new Creatables and only cuts on one side so you can use it as a border or a pocket, it's so versatile, I love it!  Talking of the flowers - see on the photo how they look blue against the rest of the card? They ARE white, they're made from our Ultimate Graphic and considering that I thought the other elements and the card were all made from a brilliant white cardstock the flowers are showing a true blue white against them - it never cease to amaze me at how great this card is! 

Have a great weekend everyone! x

Sunday, 19 February 2012

19 Feb - Patti's Kisses

It's a Lissy Bee & Digibells day! Yay!
Today I decided to use this beauty of an image for this week's post. This is called Patti's Kisses - isn't it adorable?...

I haven't done much doodling lately on cards so I went a little overboard on the border here but it's nice to have a change I think! These papers are all from the Magical Winter CD yet again and are the most DELISH auberginey purpley fact, if you have Promarkers, this colour is called SHALE. It's one of those tones that changes colour depending what else you put it with - it can be purple or brown or even blue-grey, loooove this colour so much and I have to say I blummin' love this card too! I think the whole colour scheme works really well.

I'm still in need of that light meter, am heading off to track one down right now! In the meantime make sure you checkout the Digibells blog this week for lots of inspiration and go download your Patti's Kisses right now!

Friday, 17 February 2012

17th Feb - Digibells Blog Hop - win some candy! LINK UP IMAGE!

Hey everyone - woohoooo!!! 
It's blog hop time over at Digibells today! 

The hop will start at 9 AM today, ARIZONA TIME ( 7hrs behind the UK!)

If you got here from the Digibells blog then you're in the right place!
This month Elisabeth has created the most gorgeous digi image which is inspired by nothing else but loooove of course! What else would it be in February, huh?  Ooohh I love this image, her little clouds and cherubs are so cute!!

You have 2 chances to win this lovely digi so read carefully! ...
1.To be in with a chance of getting your mitts on this adorable digi image, you must hop through and  leave comments on EACH team member's blog. To improve your chances to win Lynda will pick 2 blogs at random that the winners that will be picked from in the comments - so do make sure you leave a comment on each blog! You have until March 2, 2012 at 9 AM (Arizona time) to leave comments. The winners will be picked and posted to the  Digibells blog  on Saturday March 3, 2012.

2. The second way to win will be to do the hop as above, leave comments and then to make a card and post it on the  Digibells blog. Your theme must be " Lots of Lace" and you can use ANY Elisabeth  Bell image. This challenge will also end on March 2, 2012 at 9 AM Arizona Time and the winner will be posted on the Digi Bell's blog the next morning. (Saturday March 3)

So, you have 2 ways to win so make sure you get in quick and don't miss the deadline - I know lots of you Polkadoodlers already have Elisabeth Bell stamps anyway, so come on, get creating!.....Good luck everyone - keep reading to the bottom of this post to get your next hop link!...

Here is what I did with this adorable image...hope I did it justice...

So, now you need to hop on over to see the lovely Lynda and leave her a comment too!

(I'll let you into a secret, the first time I coloured the heart it looked so real it kinda freaked me out a little so I had to colour the whole thing again so it didn't look like the little cherub was sat on top of roadkill LOL!)...ttfn xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

15 Feb - Digibells First Post - Click!

Oo exciting! 
Today is my first official post on the Digi Bells blog!
Woohoo, get me and checkout the post here! So much inspiration in one place, the Digibells team are just awesome!
To mark the occasion I have a card to share today and I really quite like this one.  I chose the gorgeous 'Click' image from the Elisabeth Bell digi collection. This is a new image and I think it's just fabulous! Elisabeth always really thinks about her designs and they each have a proper tale and character behind them, something I totally understand as I have to do that with my own characters too or they are lifeless drawings with no meaning.  You can get the digi stamp here and in my opinion it's worth every cent...

I love the whole way this card turned out. As soon as I saw Janiel and Lynda use this image the other week, even before I was picked to Guest for the Digibells team, I knew what I wanted to do with it. I bought this Tim Holtz camera film many many moons ago but as it's such precious stash it has remained squirried away in my speshy drawer for at least a year or so waiting for a perfect moment like this!

I coloured her with Pro and Flexmarkers, must sort out my lighting a bit, the camera seems to be washing out my images slightly so I clearly have my light wrong, I must get a new light meter. (if you don't know what this does, it's a very simple gadget that basically makes sure you always take a photo with the right setting - I haven't used one in 25 years and I keep promising myself to get one again - no more photoshopping ever!).

The strawberry paper is from Pretty Sweet (again) and the blue spotty is from Magical Winter. Tee hee, the little paper flowers were made last week whilst I was in the hairdressers! They do laugh at me, in I went armed up with sheets of paper, scissors and glue and started making flowers sat there with my hair covered in bleach and foils! I think the other customers must just think I'm some big old crazy weird lady with some kind of OCD sat there cutting paper with big orange scissors! Well, it's 3 hours of total boredom I can put to better use every 6 weeks! I might go in with supplies and make some cards they can sell for me next time, who knows! It's always so embarassing because the girls tell whatever customers are in there that I am this big shopping TV star LOL - I could literally die with shame!
Anyway, back to the card - I finished this as ever, with gorgeous Marianne Design swirlie wirlies. The sentiment is one of the stamps from our first issue of Pen & Paper Circle - if you missed out on it then hard cheddar, it was an exclusive but man o man have I used it loads lately! The next issue of PPC is on saleNOW so make sure you catch it quick!

Make sure you check into the Digi Bells blog on 17th Feb because we have a big Blog Hop, woohooo!! See you there!! xx

Sunday, 12 February 2012

12 Feb - Digibells Little Best Friends

Hello everyone! Time for another lovely Elisabeth Bell creation today! I decided to go all summery to try and snap us all out of the wintery weather and I've been dying to colour these cuties who are called Little Best Friends in for ages.  This image is available from Elisabeth Bells digi shop - adorable aren't they! I'm sure I had a red bucket like that and that is so me and my little best friend Bella, we were inseparable until we were 16! I got so carried away colouring this one that I ended up doing the seaside to match.
I made this last weekend and had the post all scheduled in advance (get me, so organised!) and then this morning I woke up at 6am with seashells and starfish in my head! This happens to me quite often and once the thought was there and I was visualising how much better it would look, I couldnt fall asleep again! So much for a Saturday lie-in!  The little starfish were just cut from some scrap paper and coloured with a ginger and spice promarker. I added a few little white highlights with a white pen then went back over with ginger once it was dry - this takes the edge of the harsh white but still leaves a slight highlight, I do this little trick a lot, but make sure you let it dry! Then I made a little pearl in a shell, again with scrap paper and coloured with pastel beige. Cute huh, it really did finish the card off.
I kinda wish I'd chosen a different colour to the peach as it looks a bit too dirty for my liking but it was a little late once I'd glued it all down! Make sure you head on over to the Digibells blog - we have posts almost daily over there with loads of inspiration galore for you all. We also have some exciting news about our upcoming Blog Hop soon so make sure you check it out! Don't forget you can also buy Elisabeth Bell's clear stamps from Belles n Whistles or if you're in the UK, you can buy almost all the Belles n Whistles range from Polkadoodles if you want it a little faster. I'm so pleased we're working with Summer over at Belles n Whistles now, she's soo lovely!

Friday, 10 February 2012

10 Feb - More exciting News!

No card from me today, been really busy this week! BUT, over at the Polkadoodles challenge today we are all about lovey dovey hearts and there is a lovely digi up for grabs all free, free, free so get on over there pronto!

I do have some really exciting news though and I'm still getting over the shock - I found out yesterday that Polkadoodles has been nominated in the Craft Business Trade awards as Best UK Manufacturer! Woohoo! This is amazing news, I had no idea until someone gave me a heads up about it! We are up against Personal Impressions, Sizzix and Woodware who are all really big hitting companies so I'm truly flattered that enough people know who we are and what we do to have nominated us up there in the top 4! In fact, I'm still reeling about the whole thing. I guess sometimes you just get caught up in your own little universe so much you sometimes need a reality check - and what a nice one it is too! I don't think we'll win but quite honestly I really don't care, I consider it a real achievement to be on the same platform as the other 3 brands up there and it means a lot that these nominations have also come from the UK trade - I think we all want to be recognised by our peers at some time for the work we do, don't we. Of course, I've said it before and I will again a million times - we are nothing without our lovely customers and that is YOU, so a huge thanks to you all for helping us reach this point. Right, I'm welling up now *sniff*. Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Craft Stamper Feb issue

I am very lucky to be asked to contribute to Craft Stamper magazine occasionally and I'd totally forgotten about this project until someone told me they'd seen it!
The gallery this month is all about Home and whatever your interpretation of that is, so here's mine, sorry if you find it boring that I use these stamps over and over again but I just don't tire of them, I have to say...

The sentiment is one i found online and as I didn't have anything else around me at the time I just quickly typed it up in Word and then cut the words out - I do this a lot when I don't have the right stamp to hand and need a quick sentiment, I love putting them all criss crossy at jaunty angles...

I coloured the images with a mixture of Promarkers and Flexmarkers and then also added some Wink of Stella sparkles to the lights. Again my camera has washed it out a little, I think it looks much nicer in the magazine, there's much more depth to the colouring.

If by some chance you've never seen the stamps before, they are from my Neighbours range and you can find them here on the Polkadoodles website

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Exciting news!

Hi everyone! I have exciting news today!
I don't get much 'me' time to craft for me these days as I'm always so busy making samples for Polkadoodles and everything else, but I am determined to make time for my own crafting this year, I'm particularly fed up of never having a card when I need one LOL! It's really important that you don't become stale with creativity and when you work with your hobby sometimes you can get in a rut, especially if you only craft with one particular type of product. Much as I love my own designs I also love loads of other designers' work too and Elisabeth Bell is truly one of my favourite designers on the planet, she just evokes my memories of childhood with her gorgeous images.Last year we started to stock the gorgeous Belles n Whistles range of Elisabeth's designs and I adore them so much but she also has her own exclusive digi range too. Anyway my news is that the girls on the Digibells team have kindly asked me to join them as a Guest Designer until April and I am sooo pleased!! I consider this a great honour as the girls on the team are such talented designers so it's extremely exciting and make sure you follow the Digibells blog, it's great for inspiration! I'd just like to wish Wendy and Rosie a big well done for making the GDT spot too, looking forward to seeing these girls work, the whole team is just fab!
So today is my first official GDT post!  So here we go...

This gorgeous image is called I Love You This Much. To me she looks like she has the wind running through her hair and is just full of joie de vivre! I coloured her with a mix of Pro and Flexmarkers and wanted to get some lovely soft blending to make her look all vintagey and shabby chic (cant you just tell I am in such a craze of this right now!). I used one of my Grand Nesties and an Ironwork nestie for the message, then finished off with Marianne's flourishes which are some of my favourites I have to say. The Papers are from Pretty Sweet (again, groan! sorry but I have a big pile to hand which just seem to suit everything I'm making right now!) 

The actual card shape is a parentheses (brackets) shaped card which I folded in half, I adore this shape right now. I added stickles for some sparkles and that's it!
So don't forget to head on over to the Elisabeth Bell digishop where you can pickup this image for a snippety snip!
bbs xx


All mine.
Minnie, move over girlfriend, you have nothing on me!
; )

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Show me the light...

Hello again! It seems I am keeping my promise to blog more in 2012!

Just a quickish post today to show you my project from this month's issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine. As you may or may not know, I was asked to join the design team as a regular contributor for 2012 and after much discussion we now bring you a "hopefully interesting and useful" colouring tutorial each month. SCP is one of my favourite craft mags as I find it caters for absolutely everyone and is informative as well as bringing lots of good quality freebies and news you want to know.
So this issue I am concentrating on Directional Light within colouring and this is something I know a lot of people do struggle with. There's a really great technique in there which will get you working out your light and where it should be easy peasy stylee so if it's something you want to be better at then make sure you get a copy as it's out now.
This is my project...
I have to say I forgot all about posting this until I saw a reminder from someone about it and now I've refound the piccies I love the way the light is really soft on this image...

The image and the papers are of course from the much coveted Pretty Sweet CD (yes, yes, we will be making them into stamps as soon as we physically have the time to do so!)...this CD is sooo usable, I just reach for it time and time again, the papers really are to die for on here I think...
The flower is made from lots of hearts, creased down the centre and shaped and glued to a big blob of Pinflair glue. Some Marianne's dies of course and a little fringey fringe and that's it. The image was coloured with Flexmarkers, love the softness of it.

Right, well I'll be back Sunday with a very special post! x

Friday, 3 February 2012

Polkadoodles Challenge Wk4 - Looove!

Hi everyone! I've managed to join in the PD challenge this week - very last as usual but better late than never hey! We are giving away a £10 voucher to the winner of this challenge so get yourself over there and enter as many times as you can!  So as Valentine's is coming up the theme this week is to show some looove and hearts. Now, it's my Momma's birthday today so a big up massivo Happy Birthday Mum! I was a naughty tinker and kinda forgot to make a special card so I had a root about in my little stashbox to see if I had one that nice enough that was befitting my lovely mother. Indeed I did! Phewee! But as I was rooting about I had a great idea - I pulled out a card I'd made a few weeks back for something or other and decided to deconstruct it masterchef stylee and make it into something different. Ok, so it's not rocket science, but it meant I could make a card for today in 15 mins when I probably would have ended up not entering the challenge. So, cue card...
Now you can see this way back before Crimbo somewhere on this here blog, but to change it was not quite so easy as you think because of how certain elements are glued down originally.
First thing I did was twist it on it's side, originally the ribbon crossover was along the bottom. Next I had to pull off a load of die-cuts which didn't now work. I cut a heart from some paper and then distressed it up with some Ranger Crackle paint and grunged it a little. I took some new die-cuts from the adorable Marianne's and added them so they're twisting around the heart. I just happened to pickup a pile of printed stuff from the Pretty Sweet CD (the large gingham is from Magical Winter) and the girl was in it so I quickly cut her out and her feet are hiding a glue patch and then the bright pink dotty bit is actually some fabric which I'd made up into a ribbon length thanks to my new "Seambinder" gadget I bought off C&C for myself for Christmas (I made OH pay for it). Cut out some quick letters by hand from some scrap white paper and added a bow and a couple of  buttons and that was it! Considering it was all a recyled card I quite like it! Why not give it a go? Root out those cards that are ok but you would change things if you could - and change them! It's quite therapeutic really, I was quite smug afterwards! x