Sunday 20 July 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone!
I hope you had a lovely weekend.  
I am here today with something a little different.  The gorgeous Hazel from Didos Designs asked me to join in with the Creative Bloggers Hop. 

Its a continuous Hop every Monday with a host of different inspirational bloggers taking part each week .  Thank you Hazel for asking me, it is an honour to be here!

I have known Hazel for almost as long as I have had my blog.  She run's Moving Along With The Times challenge blog and it was the first Design Team I was asked to be on!  She has created such an amazing team!

 So onto the questions.

1. What am I working on?
I am actually not working on a particular project just at this moment.  I have taken a step back from producing lots and lots of DT work and am focussing on improving my techniques.  I have wanted to improve my colouring skills for such a long time.  I, like lots of others, have invested lots of money in copics and pens and was frustrated that a lot of the time I just couldn't do them justice.  I am now taking colouring classes through Kit and Clowder and am learning so much and I can actually see some improvement in what I am doing.  I have a lot more to learn but its a continuous learning process and its actually, very slowly, giving me my confidence back!  So, back to the original question, I am currently working on my practice sheets for colouring hair!! 

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I don’t think my work differs much from other crafters out there!  I just work with images and papers that inspire and that I enjoy to work with.  I take lots of inspiration from other bloggers and try to create my own style. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
 I started creating a long time ago when my mum taught me to cross stitch!  Cross stitch then moved into card making and then card making completely took over!  Although I do still dabble in cross stitching!  I love to craft as it allows me to use the creative part of my brain.  I think I would go mad if I didn't have an outlet for that somewhere! 
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
I get the inspiration from the image I am working with.  That leads me to chose the papers and the style that I want.  I usually have a theme that I am working towards depending on what is required by the Design Team.  As I said earlier I am focussed on getting my colouring just right and if that comes together then the card/project usually comes together quite quickly.  

I now need to nominate three fellow craters to carry on the Hop

 I met Kate through the Hobby House Design Team.  She is an amazing creative person and her work is very inspirational.  Its wonderful to be working on the same Design Team as her.

 Mary is one of the first people who I met when I first set up my blog!  She was amazing at offering her advice and she was a real role model for me when I started!  She has her own unique style which is easily recognisable! 

 I first met Amanda when we were both on the Design Team for Ladybug Crafts Ink, only my second Design Team!  Amanda’s colouring is amazing and a real inspiration for me at the moment!   

Well, that’s it from me, I have you have enjoyed my Creative Blog Hop and that you have enjoyed finding out a bit more about me! 

Have a wonderful day

Love and Hugs
Thursday 17 July 2014

Colour Inspiration at MAWTT

Hi Everyone!

I am late posting this, bad me!  We have a new challenge over at Moving Along With The Times.  Our fabby leader Hazel is the hostess this week and we have a colour theme for you:

summer brights

So use nice bright summery colours.  This is my card:

I am taking the Kit and Clowder Skin and Hair lessons at the moment and this image was for a competition that Alyce was running on the facebook page.  I made top 3!  The image is called Floral Kiss from The East Wind.  

The papers are just from my stash, I can't remember the name I am afraid.  The colours were perfect for this challenge and I wouldn't normally use them so it was nice to do!  I just added some ribbon, mulberry flowers and pearls, from the Hobby House to finish off.  I didn't want to make it too fussy.

OK, that's it from me today.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your afternoon.  See you soon!

Love and Hugs

Card Ingredients
Wednesday 16 July 2014

Secret Box - Hobby House Inspiration

Hi Everyone!

Well I have never had such a busy week on my blog!!  I hope you don't get bored of me!  I hope you are well! Its getting very warm here, they say 30 degrees in London on Thursday, won't be very pleasant on the trains!! 

Anyway, I have another project to share using the gorgeous products from the Hobby House.  There are quite a few photos as it was a little tricky take.  Its called a Secret Box:






The idea originally came from Norma at From My Craft Room. She has loads of fabulous tutorials on her blog, its worth checking them out! Thank you Norma for this one.  

Once the box was made up I covered it with papers from the gorgeous Nordic Christmas 6 x 6 pad from the Hobby House.  I love the Wee Stamps toppers as well, they are so sweet. Other products from the Hobby House are:

It was great just to relax and decorate this and made a change from the other projects I have been doing recently.  Its quite a sturdy box when its completed.  You can put all sorts of treats or gifts into the drawers.  

Pop on over to the main inspiration blog for more gorgeous projects!

Well that's it from me today.  I will be back tomorrow (yes I know, again!!) with my card for the new challenge at MAWTT.

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Poodle Skirt Avery - Paper Nest Dolls!

Morning Everyone!

I am back again today to share another gorgeous image from the Paper Nest Dolls!  This lovely lady is called Poodle Skirt Avery and is available now in the store.

Isn't she gorgeous!  I have coloured her with copics.  She is teamed with Echo Park papers called Everyday Electic and also Dots & Stripes Candy Shoppe.  All the embellishments are from the Hobby House and finished off with some glamour dust and my Precious Hearts Memory Box die.  

Check out all the other gorgeous inspiration on the Paper Nest Dolls blog and you can also check out the store here

Before I go I just want to mention the MarkerPOP and Paper Nest Dolls blog hop.  You need to pop on over to the MarkerPOP blog to start the hop.  There are some fab prizes to be won!  Have fun!

Well that's it from me today, I will see you tomorrow with another project for the Hobby House.

Have a great day
Love and Hugs

Card Ingredients
Stamp/Image - Poodle Skirt Avery - Paper Nest Dolls;
Paper/Card - Echo Park - Everyday Eclectic;  Dots & Stripes Candy Shoppe; Papermania CS;
Colouring Mediums - Copics
Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20;
Hair - E21, E25, E29;
Clothes -R83, R85, R39, R89, C3, C4, C5, C6, C8, C10;
Dies/Punches - Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles; Memory Box Precious Hearts;
Other - Glamour Dust; Pearls, Mulberry Flowers, Rhinestone Sparkler - all form the Hobby House
Monday 14 July 2014

Another Ribbon Wreath - Hobby House Inspiration!

Good Morning Everyone

I hope you all had a great weekend, they go so quickly :-(  

Well I am here today to share some more inspiration using products from the Hobby House.   Its still Christmas over on the inspiration blog so I am sharing another ribbon wreath:

I started this one the same as the previous wreath by wrapping a polystyrene half ring with red ribbon.  Then instead of looping pieces of ribbon and pinning them in place, I wrapped the ribbon around the ring and tied.  I then trimmed the ends to make them look neat and worked all the way around.  I wasn't sure about it at first but actually now I quite like the look of this one!  

I am thinking I might make some of these for Christmas gifts, they are so easy to do just sitting in the of the TV in the evening.  Especially with this one as there is no glueing or measuring!

The ribbon is from the Hobby House and is called The Christmas Ribbon Collection.

I hope you like it.  Please pop on over to the Inspiration Blog for more wonderful projects!

OK, I will see you later in the week, for now have a great day!
Love and Hugs
Wednesday 9 July 2014

Paper Nest Dolls - GDT

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope your week is going well!  I am here today with some exciting news.  The fabulous Christine from Paper Nest Dolls emailed me to ask if I would like to Guest DT for 4 months.  Of course I said yes, her images are just too cute!!  So here is my first card:

This little beauty is Roller Waitress Avery and you can find her in the store here.  She was fun to colour and I have decoupaged her up a little to give some extra dimension.  The papers are Echo Park Dots & Stripes and the dies are La La Land Heart Banner and Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle.  I dug out my gorgeous SU ribbon which I never use cos its just too nice!!  The pearls and fancy button are from the Hobby House.

Please check out the main inspiration blog for more details!

OK, that's it from me today, have a fabulous day!

Love and Hugs

Card Ingredients
Stamp/Image - Roller Waitress Avery - Paper Nest Dolls;
Paper/Card - Echo Park Dots & Stripes - Metropolitan Collection; Papermania CS;
Colouring Mediums - Copics - Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20;
Hair - E21, E25, E29;
Clothes - R39, R37, R35, R32;
Ice-cream - R85, R83, R81;
Burger - E29, E25, YG09, R27;
Dies/Punches - Lil Inker Stitched Rectangle; La La Land Heart Banner;
Other - Glamour Dust; Stamping Up Ribbon; Pearls, Fancy Button
Friday 4 July 2014

Winner of my MAWTT 5th Birthday Candy

Hi All

Just a very quick one from me today.  I am announcing the winner of my MAWTT 5th Birthday Blog Candy. 

Thank you to everyone who joined in and left lots of lovely comments for the Design Team.

The winner is

"Jacky - Paddington Fan's Blog"

Congratulations honey.  If you could pop me an email with you details to I will get it in the post to you as soon as possible.

See you soon!
Tuesday 1 July 2014

Christmas in July at the Hobby House

Happy 1 July everyone!!  We are show casing Christmas over at the Hobby House this month and here is my project to kick the month off. 

If you saw the recent show on Create and Craft you will have seen this project which showcases the Christmas Ribbon Selection.  I did a similar one using spring colours but this is great for Christmas and you can get this out year after year.  I have done a tutorial which I will post in a few days.

The only other thing I used was a polystyrene ring and some pins.

Please pop on over to the main inspiration blog and also check out all the Christmas products in the store here.

Have a great day everyone, I have an appointment with the dentist at lunchtime so I hope he can sort out my horrible toothache which I have had since Saturday!!

Love and Hugs