Sunday, 25 November 2012

Different folds

Hey everyone, Happy Saturday! Well, it's the 25th of the month and that means another challenge over at Elisabeth Bell's World blog today! The theme this month is 'A different Fold'. Now I'm not massively into doing folds, I think because years ago I went fold crazy and made every mini book or origami project that ever existed and had a bit of a fold overload lol! So this month i've done a twist...well actually it's a slight fib, I misread the challenge and ended up doing something for the November 2013 challenge instead! I'm normally late, not a year early haha!!

So, join us over at the blog and enter the challenge and you could win a whole lotta goodies from Elisabeth PLUS be invited to join us as a Guest Designer in the New Year! It's a super-talented team! And in the meantime don't forget to join in our Blog Hop over at Digibells too!

Anyway, can you spot my fold? My twist is the flap fold on the top of my card, so you have to open the flap to get inside...I've used the lovely Cinnamon Twist image from Lissy's Little Cottage Cuties collection for Whimsy Stamps (adore this collection) and I decided to go for a monochrome feel to this one too, one of my fave looks at the moment as I'm sure you all know by now! This was quite quick to make again, I already had my image coloured but just took some browns and recoloured her into a single tone, then slapped loads of bits and pieces on there, just whatever I had hanging around my desk to be honest. The papers are from my Gingerbread Twist CD (although it's Christmas there are awesome all year round papers on there).
I used a Marianne's die (right) and coloured it brown with Promarkers and added a few little flowers to the stem. The other embellie (left) is made up of flowers, these amazing picks and I then added some leaves, again colouring with a brown Promarker to make them tone in with everything else. The buttons  at the top are from my stash (I was lucky enough to pickup a bunch of vintage ones from Etsy a while back that has all sorts of gems in there like the single hole one) with some little ones I made myself last year...I just took some air dry clay and pressed my buttons into it to make a mould, then when the moulds were set used Fimo to make my own buttons! The hardest thing is taking them OUT of the mould as they all came out quite rough but I actually LOVE them like this, it gives them tons of texture. Plus, if you make them from white Fimo or clay you can then colour them whatever colour you want, I made loads like this all in a batch to make it easy - only trouble is I like 'em so much i can't use 'em of course haha! I think this must be only the 3rd one I've every used! I'm hopeless, think I'm just a curator of beautiful stash! The other thing I love on here are the Bazzill Boshers - thats the brown donut thing with the string tied through if you've never seen these before...they've been around years but I don't think they ever really caught on much, but they're fab! Again I coloured it with a PM.

Right, that's it from me today! I'll be back soon! xx

Friday, 23 November 2012

Happy News!...

Hey everyone, Happy Friday! Thank goodness it's the weekend!

It's been an up and down kind of week around these here parts (oo-arr) but I try to be as positive as I can and always look at all the ups and try and forget the downs! It would make for a much happier world if more people thought this way!
Anyhow, I just want to share the happy news with you today...I was very lucky indeed this week when I was asked to be a Guest Designer over at Design Memory Craft's blog!

Wooohooo!! I've been admiring this team from afar for a while now and I am totally STOKED to be asked to join in for a while, they have some amazing products, and I can't wait to get creating to share them all with you! My first projects will be in the New Year so make sure you watch out for them soon!

I also had an awesome day yesterday with an extremely exciting meeting geek-stylee which I can't share right now, but 2013 is going to be a great year for sure! I know I'm teasing but as I work pretty much alone each and every day (if you dont count Mr Doodles and the Pixie of course) I literally get to bursting with excitement to share sometimes haha!

In other news, I'll be back on your screens on Create & Craft TV on 14th December - again something else I'm really excited about, haven't been at C&C since August and I have to admit I've been missing it lately! So make sure you tune in, times are 10 and 4pm and I think you might like it....

Right, gotta go, my fishfingers are burning I think! ttfn!! xx

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Holly's Happy Mail

Hi everyone! If you've arrived here from the stunningly talented

then you're in the right place! If not, then read on!

We're celebrating the release of a new Digi today over at Elisabeth Bell's World - which you all know I Looove! Elisabeth packs so much love and emotion into her images, they're fabulous.  So, to coincide with our new digi, we always have a monthly blog hope so I hope you'll join in the fun and you could win a great prize!  I hope you'll enjoy what the DT has in store for you!
We have an absolutely adorable new Digi, she's perfect for any season, crafting with her little scissors in her apron and would also make a great Christmas image as please help us welcome...
Holly's Happy Mail
WANT TO WIN THIS DIGI? Then read on!

Here is what I made with this lovely image, I love Holly! This was such a great image to colour in, pretty quick and the overall card was very quick to make.
I coloured her with Flexmarkers only on this card, love my Flexies! If you covet Copics and can't afford the investment then Flexies are your solution as they are the same as Promarker inks but have a brush tip and are a dream to use. We stock them on some great deals in the Polkadoodles shop, I don't think you can get them for less anywhere else - and FREE worldwide shipping too! All the papers are from Polkadoodles, these were just scraps I had hanging about and I cut down the right hand side of the image to do something different. The die-cut is a new Marianne's we have in the shop too, together with Polkadoodles blooms and a mix of buttons I had in my stash. The red one is actually one I made from Fimo a couple of crimbo's ago so it's all rough and ready and gives a different dimension to the usually smooth shiny buttons, hard to see in the pic.

So, my friends, we are giving away this lovely digi to 2 lucky winners - just hop through the team blogs and leave comments on EACH blog, in order to better the chances to win! Two blogs at random will be chosen, and the winners will be picked from the comments. The hop will end at 9 AM Friday morning Arizona Time November 23rd. 
Are you all set to start hopping?  The winners will be picked and posted to the Digi Bells Blog on Saturday Nov 24th. 

Lets Get Started! From here all you need to do is either visit the lovely Sebrina  or if you've already completed the hop then go back to the Digi Bells Blog. Don't forget to leave me a comment under this post and follow my blog to be entered in the draw for the digi!
See ya soon! xx