Thursday, 2 July 2015

Birdie Bag - Using Cricut® Explore Air

Hello crafty friends!

I hope you get this post as it is a scheduled one. I'm at the Royal Norfolk Show today then my Zumba class tonight - phew!

The wonderful peeps at Cricut® and Ranieri sent me a new Cricut® Explore Air. I went to a sneak peek launch back in March at the Berkeley Hotel where we were treated to the most wonderful afternoon tea.

I will give you my honest opinion and review of the machine in a later post.

I did a charity Zumbathon last weekend and for my raffle prize donation I made a cute shopper bag and a set of fab note cards.

Here is the bag I made...

What you need...

Digital die image: Bird (#M354D9) - Wild Card Cartridge  - Cricut®; Speech Bubble (#M38C10) - Close To My Heart - Artiste Cartridge (Z1790)
Font: Block -  Ashlyn's Alphabet Cartridge - Cricut®
Cricut® Iron-on Glitter - Pink, Silver; Iron-on Lite - Teal
Bag: 100% cotton - white

What you do...

Select the images and add to the Design Space.
Add a text box and create the 'tweet'.
Cut out the bird in pink glitter, the 'tweet' in silver glitter and the speech bubble in teal iron-on.
Apply the images to one side of the bag, following the iron-on instructions.

I hope the photos look okay. Bags are a bit dodgy to arrange. 

I'm going to create a load more with different images to sell on my crafty boot sale later in the summer. Methinks I'll be purchasing lots of rolls of Iron-on...whoop whoop!

I will be back soon as I said before, with my thoughts of the Explore Air and I will be starting to do posts the note cards. 

Until then, thank you for calling by! xx

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cosmic Colours Challenge #15 - Win a £10.00 Gift Voucher from DigiStamp Boutique!

Hello again!

I'm here with this month's challenge - hooray!

For the Winner and Top 3 of Challenge #14, please scroll down to the last post :o)

Okay, I've picked another bright and summery palette for you...

Color Scooped - Design Seeds®

This month the lucky winner will receive a £10.00 Gift Voucher from DigiStamp Boutique!

Here is my card using the colours from the palette...

I used the blues, pinks and the brown on the flower and the green on the leaves (obviously).

The winner can grab a Challenge Winner 'brag badge' to proudly display on their blog.

Three runner up cards will be chosen and they can grab the Challenge Top 3! 'brag badge' to proudly display on their blog.

There is also a 'play along' badge that you can grab if you wish. The codes can be found in the 'Cosmic Colours Challenge Badges' page.

The challenge will run until 31st July 2015 - 23:55 (GMT+1)

Just before I sign off, please read the challenge rules as I have added a new one about the winner claiming their prize.

I can't wait to see what you create - good luck!

Challenge rules...

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Cosmic Colours Challenge #14 - Winner and Top 3!

A bright and sunny hello to you all!

We are basking in sunshine here - Wa-hey! Isn't it lovely after the chilly start to the summer?

Thoughts of bright, sunny days brings me to the bright, sunny colour palette for the Cosmic Colours Challenge #14. There were some fantastic entries and it was difficult as usual to pick the Winner and Top 3, but I managed it :o)

I won't keep you in suspense any longer!

The lucky winner of the $10.00 Bugaboo Gift Certificate is...

#8 - Cornelia!

Congratulations Cornelia! I love the simplicity of this and the colour spots really stand out. If you send me your full name and email address through my contacts page, I will send your scrummy prize to you! Don't forget to grab your 'Winner' badge to proudly display on your blog.

The Top 3 are...

#11 - AJ
#12 - Scrapper Myra
#14 - Olivia

Well done ladies! Please grab your 'Top 3' badge for your blog.

I will be back later with a new challenge for you with another bright, summery colour palette.

Thank you all again for your lovely entries, I do appreciate you taking the time to enter!

Ta ta for now xx :o)

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Berry-Licious - Artbymiran/Incy Wincy

Hello lovelies!

We have a fab challenge for you this week at Incy Wincy, it's Colour Inspiration! Our sponsor is Artbymiran and the very lucky winner will receive 3 digis.

I chose Berry-Licious and here she is...

This is the colour inspiration...

What you need...

Digital stamp: Berry-Licious - Artbymiran
Card stock: bright pink, white
Promarkers: Azure, Blush, Bright Green, Bright Orange, Cerise, Hot Pink, Lime Green, Magenta, Pale Pink, Primrose, Pumpkin*, Satin, Sky Blue, Sunflower, Tulip Yellow
Ink pad: Onyx Black - Versafine
Stamps: Fruitastic - Paper Smooches
Baker's twine: blue

* Limited Edition Colour

What you do...

Re-size the image, print and colour.
Mat onto a 10.5cm square blank so that the image in in the lower right corner.
Add a 1.5cm deep strip of bright pink card across the top.
Stamp the sentiment to the left of the image.
Wrap and tie twine around the pink section of card.

I think she's so cute. I wanted to keep the card CAS, with a fresh white background so that she would really pop out.

Head on over to Incy Wincy where the girls on the DT have come up with some beautiful samples for your inspiration.

Click on the badge below to take you to the Artbymiran store :o)

Before I go, just a reminder that you have until 23;55 (GMT +1) on 30th June to get your entries in for the current Cosmic Colours Challenge. Click on the image in the sidebar to take you to the challenge, link-up and rules.

I'll be back soon with a little bag I made using the Cricut Explore Air - it's so cute! Thanks for stopping by - ttfn! x

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

My Colourful Chameleon (PaperCrafter Issue 83)

Evening peeps!

How are you? Busy crafting I hope :o)

I haven't been around for a while as my mum had a stroke a few weeks ago, she is still in hospital but doing quite well. I have been up to North Yorkshire to visit her, but I got a little bit behind on my magazine, DT commissions and blog. Worrying about my mum didn't help with my creative mojo.

As she is making progress and will hopefully be going home in a few weeks, I feel a bit more relaxed now.

So, onto one of my illustrations I did for the current issue (#83) of PaperCrafter. I absolutely adore chameleons and when Elaine the Editor asked me to come up with a little card with a cute chameleon on it, I couldn't resist.

Here is the little chappie!

Click on the photo for a larger picture
The card itself is approximately A7 in size - perfect for just saying hello or thank you! You can download the image for free from the PaperCrafter website. All you have to do is print it onto card, colour and fold!

I'm going to be busy doing some more illustrations for Crafts Beautiful for future issues - I can't say any more than that at the moment ;o)

Why not pop on over to the PaperCrafter website? There are lots of free downloads, projects, hints, tips and ideas - all for free!

I'm going to be catching up on a few makes just for me, so I will be posting them up soon.

Take care and thanks for popping by! TTFN!xx

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Retro Cupcake - Limited Runs/Incy Wincy + Blog Hop!

Mornin' all!

How was your weekend? It was dull, wet and miserable here in Norfolk, so not a lot doing in the garden :o(

This week over at Incy Wincy we have a fun challenge for you - Tag! You're It! 

Our fab sponsor this week is Limited Runs and the lucky winner will receive 3 digis of their choice, if you use this month's freebie - Bird Brain, then you can win 5 digis of your choice - how cool is that?

Plus we have a blog hop too! If you visit each of the DT's blogs and leave a comment, a winner will be chosen from each blog from all the comments left. Each winner will receive a digi of their choice. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have of winning... and more than once! So pop on in and say hi!

I chose a cute little design called Retro Cupcake....

What you need...

Digital stamp: Retro Cupcake - Limited Runs
Card stock: dark purple, white
Promarkers: Aubergine, Bright Orange, Lime Green, Magenta, Oasis*
Ribbon: bright pink
Gems: clear
Hole punch

* Limited Edition Colour

What you do...

Re-size the image, print and colour.
Carefully cut out the cupcake and mat onto dark purple card.
Cut out again leaving room at the top top punch a hole.
Thread ribbon through for a hanger and add a bow. 
Finish with a few gems.

How bright and zingy is this? It would be great teamed up with a matching card.

Click on the Limited Runs badge below to take you to the store. There are oodles of scrummy images.

The Incy Wincy DT have come up trumps again this week with some fab designs and lots of inspiration. Pop on over and have a look and don't forget to leave some blog lovin' on the DT blogs for the chance to win a digi of your choice!

Thanks for calling by. TTFN xx

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