Sunday, 25 November 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 46 - Non-Traditional Christmas

Good evening, all! I hope none of you is being threatened by the floods, it looks dreadful on the News.

Thanks so much for all your kind words about this $%£*&&& tonsillitis, I was feeling very sorry for myself but you cheered me up. Thank you!!

Amazingly, the last fortnight has flown by and once again it's time for a new challenge at Dream Valley This time the theme is 'Non-Traditional Christmas' so put away all those red and green Christmas papers and go for something completely different!


What do you get when you add yellow to Red and Green? Orange and Lime! This cute Cozy Cap Mouse is by Meljen for Whimsy Stamps, he came from Bunny Zoe's Crafts I used Promarkers (the list is below) and stickled the fur trim on his hat. The heart has been Glossy Accented and there are dots made with a 'Perlen-Pen'.

The papers are Basic Grey 'Life of the Party'. I used a Memory Box Frostyville border on each side, both glittered, and the LotV sentiment is on a die-cut from the Spellbinders Floral Doily Accents set. Pearls and twine are from stash.

Scamper along to Dream Valley and see the gorgeousness that my talented teamies have produced, then put your thinking caps on and join in!

Challenges I'm entering: Seems a Little Sketchy provided the lovely sketch, thank you, it's a corker!

and Divas by Design want at least 2 patterned papers.

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Forest Green, Bright Green, Lime Green; Peach, Coral; Burnt Orange, Spice, Ginger, Honeycomb; Cool Grey 1, 3

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may

Hi guys! I can't tell you how glad I am this week's over, I've been laid-up with tonsillitis and it was vile! I've been living on soup while the Old Man tucked into steak, pork chop, bacon sarnie... all cooked by me, please note, but just too painful to eat!

My neighbour has been a Tower of Strength, she even noticed I was running low on hankies and bought me some more when she was out shopping. So I have made her a thank you card.


The image and the papers were both magazine freebies, they are taken from 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' - such a beautiful book, Edith Holden was an incredibly talented artist!

I used Speccies to colour the image and added stickles to the flower centres, and distressed with Bundled Sage ink while still in the die. The butterflies are made with a Martha Stewart punch and also stickled. The flowers are made with two sizes of Woodware Daisy punches and have a tiny pink gem in the middle, the leaves are also from a Woodware punch, and the gems and ribbons are from stash.

The sentiment is LotV, also distressed in Bundled Sage while still in the die, I like the effect it gives, and also it saves cutting out a contrasting mat!


Here's an inside shot, on this pic you can more clearly see the Spellbinders Parisian borders that edge the ribbon.

I hope none of you is having to cope with yet more flooding, it's crazy how a bit of rain can cause such trouble. Stay dry and warm, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Speccies: LG2, 3, 4, 5; PP1, 2, 3, 4; CT1, 2

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Holy Family

This is one of half a dozen identical cards I made when I had no Internet, using Nativity, a Woodware stamp by Francoise Read. Mine is an acrylic stamp, part of a set which I have had for about 4 years but it now only seems to be available as a wooden one from Woodware

I heat embossed the image in gold.  I used Promarkers but I can't find the list :( - sorry! The mat is gold card, the paper is by Bearly Mine, but it's a snippet so I don't know which collection. I layered it onto blue card because more gold detracted from the emphasis on the image. The haloes have been edged in gold stickles and that's all the embellishment I used.

I'm entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge where the theme is 'Use something more than six months old.'

I'm going to love you and leave you, lovely bloggers, because I have managed to come down with tonsillitis and a nice warm bath and an early night with a bad book are calling me!

I hope you're all doing well and having a good week!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The Squirrel and the Fox #31 Anything Goes

Hello, my lovelies! It's time for another Challenge from The Squirrel and the Fox and this time our theme is 'Anything Goes'!  Our wonderful regular sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps.  If you haven't yet come across them, do go over and browse their website, their images are great and the sentiments are often very funny indeed!

See what I mean? This is Ruby don't you love her hair? I coloured her in Promarkers (list below). Ruby lurves chocolate! So does the friend I made the card for!

My friend and I were at a very, very long meeting last Monday night and I wanted to cheer her up. Obviously I had to go with purple for Cadbury's Dairy Milk (is it me, or has Cadbury's chocolate changed in flavour since Kraft took over? It seems rather greasy to me!) I added some silver mirri card as an extra mat for the background paper.

The paper is Funky Hand Rainbow Polka Dots in lilac. I used a corner rounder punch on the image and sentiment. I stickled the paper round her chocolate and Glossy Accented her phone.

here's an inside shot, which gives a better idea of the colour of the paper.

Do go and have a look at the marvellous creations made by my fab teamies and then I hope you'll be inspired to join in!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Walnut, Henna, Warm Grey 4; Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink, Cocktail Pink; Aubergine, Violet; Tan, Satin; Grass Green, Lime Green; Cool Grey 1, 3

Friday, 16 November 2012

New Challenge Blog!

Inky Chicks will have a new challenge fortnightly on every other Tuesday. There is amazing candy on the site!

love Mags B x

Icing the Cake

Good evening, all! I have the Internet back, huzza! I've missed you!!

Here's a Christmas card for a lovely friend of my daughter. She's a baker, so I used Icing the Cake by LotV, isn't she cute?


I coloured her with Promarkers and stickled the flower in her chef's hat. I used a Nestie that was only just big enough, so I cut round the dog's tail so that I could ease the die underneath while I cut it out. (Does that make sense?)

The sketch is from last week's Sketch Saturday, but I couldn't upload it in time. :( The papers are by Raspberry Road, they came free with a magazine - they are gorgeous! The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I used a Woodware punch for the leaves.

The flourish is a Magnolia die, with Hobbycraft pearls on the ends. The gingham ribbon also came from Hobbycraft. The sentiment is also LotV - since there wasn't really enough room to mat it, I went round the edge with a Burgundy Promarker. I love that you can do that with these circular stamps because there's a narrow border around the edge.

So there we go! My daughter says her friend will like it, she's not a girly girl ('NO PINK!' my daughter said).

I'm entering the Lili's Little Fairies Challenge whose theme is 'Food, Glorious Food!' Icing sugar is food, isn't it? Certainly my kids used to eat a lot of it at Christmas!!

Thanks for looking, my dearios, and have a fantastic weekend!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Pastel Blue (and Blender), Burgundy, Berry Red; Pine, Forest Green; Walnut, Cocoa, Henna; Gold; Cool Grey 1, 4

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

internet problems :(

oh dear  it is hard to type on this phonr! I won't have thr internet until fridayso i won' t be aroind your lovely blogs. see yoi at the weekend i hope
love Mags B x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Caroling Snowmen

Hi, guys! I hope you've all had a good day! Welcome to my new followers! I'm so glad to have you along!

I meant to post this card yesterday but I was at an e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y l-o-n-g meeting last night and didn't get home until bedtime!


I love these Caroling Snowmen by Meljens Designs They are really putting their heart into their singing, aren't they?

I used Promarkers to colour them - how did I manage without the removable fine nibs? The fur on their hats has been covered with glitter, and so has the fab snowflake, which is from the Spellbinders 'Create a Flake 4' which is candy I won from J and C Creations

I used Nesties to cut the image and the mat and also the label, which is a trimmed-down Fancy Tag. The Postmark sentiment is by Whimsy Stamps.

The papers are another freebie pack from 'Quick Cards Made Easy.' I have so many of these packs! The star stickers were a RAK from my daughter, and the ribbon is from stash.

I decorated the inside, too, swapping the papers around as is my wont:

I'm entering these challenges:

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - the theme is 'For a man or boy' and this is for our Choirmaster at Church - I think he'll appreciate it!

Christmas Card Challenges want 'Snowmen'

and Sunday Sketch and Stamp provided the fab sketch!

Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Burgundy, Poppy, Lipstick Red; Tea Green, Mint Green, Pastel Green; Holly, Lush Green, Green; Ice Grey 1, 3; Blender

Die Cuttin Divas Card of the Week!

Oh wow, look what I've been given!

It's for my card with Humphrey and the huge bouquet of flowers. I am over the moon! Thank you so much, ladies!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Dream Valley Challenge 45 - Anything Goes!

Good evening, all! I'm sorry this post is so late, we've had Internet problems, but my daughter is now home from a weekend away and she found the wire that had become unplugged! Next week we're going to buy a new Router - exciting times!!

Just as exciting is our latest challenge at Dream Valley which is the perennial favourite Anything Goes

Our sponsor is Joanna Sheen who is offering a £10 voucher to spend at her online shop. Isn't that a fab prize?!

Her shop sells Crafter's Companion gear, inclucing the cute 'Humphrey' stamps and Spectrum Noir pens, so that is what I used.


This sweet image is called 'Flowers for You'. I apologise for the naff picture, the green Nitwits papers are brighter and prettier in real life! I got out my Spellbinders dies for this card: the flower is made with the Rose Creations set, the oval is the largest of the Floral Ovals, and the sentiment is on a Fancy Tag.

Here's an inside shot:


I coloured the ribbon for the bow with one of the Speccies I used for the flowers, and the red pearls are from Hobbycraft. The gem brad in the middle of the flower is by Papermania.

I'm entering this card into a new-to-me Challenge, Die Cuttin Divas where I found the fab sketch.

And Pixie's Crafty Snippets since the papers and the white card all came from the Snippets Hoard!

Do go and see what my lovely and creative Teamies have made, then join in the fun!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

love Mags B x

Speccies: IG1 - 4, LG3, 4, 5, CR5, 6, 7, 8, CT1, 3, 4, IB1 - 3, TN5, 7, 9

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Christmas Robins

Afternoon, all! I hope you're all having a good Saturday. My, it's cold! A good day to stay indoors and be crafty!

I'm cracking on with the Christmas cards, I'm up to 19 now! I bought this sweet Lili of the Valley stamp last year but found it quite hard to colour because of all the tiny details. This year I have fine nibs for my Promarkers and it was much easier! I put dots of red Stickles on the holly berries and some gold Liquid Pearls on the hanging star.

I apologise for the wishy-washy image, I was using a Daylight Lamp and the inks look a bit faded :(

The papers are also Lili of the Valley, from their 'Classic Christmas' pad. I got out my dies for this one - a Marianne Christmas tree which I covered in white and gold glitter; a Marianne Christmas sentiment, also glittered - it shows up better irl, but I really should have used a slightly brighter paper; and a Whiff of Joy holly die, the paper is pearlised and I Glossy Accented the berries.

I'm entering the Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge, it's a lovely sketch, so useful! Though I hope it's ok that the central image is oval and not round;

and Lili's Little Fairies are askink for 'All things bright and beautiful' - in other words, bright colours. What a great challenge for a gloomy day!

Time for a cuppa now, and a spot of ironing to keep warm!

Stay well, and thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Tan, Caramel, Cocoa, Henna, Chestnut, Walnut; Pastel Blue, Denim, Cobalt Blue; Hot Pink, Cardinal Red; Bright Green, Forest Green, Holly, Pine

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Ivy for Christmas

Evening all! And welcome to my new followers! Pull up a chair, pour out a glass of your favourite tipple, you are very welcome to this Manor of Madcapness!!

While waiting for the supermarket delivery yesterday, I made 4 Christmas cards to this design:

Hooray! It's a CAS card! I find CAS cards quite difficult, because if you make a mistake you can't cover it up with embellishments! I'm so pleased with this one that I made 4!

The image is a Woodware clear stamp from the 'Christmas Greenery' set by Francoise Read. I stamped with Embossing Ink and then embossed with Evergreen 'Heat It Up' embossing powder. If you squint hard you can almost see how it shines! The leaves looked a bit stark left white, so I gave them a very light wash of Evergreen Boughs Distress Ink.

I used a square Woodware punch to cut the images out (it JUST fits!) and glued them onto ridged gold card from the Pinflair Shop in Hertford. The ribbon came from the same place, the gold trim is very glittery. The sentiment is stamped in Evergreen Bough, too.
I hope you're all having a good week and staying warm (in the Northern Hemisphere) or cool (in the Southern Hemisphere!) Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x

Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Squirrel and the Fox #30 - Horses, Hats or Flowers.

This weekend in Oz it's the Melbourne Cup, their equivalent of the Grand National, and there are big celebrations! That's the reason for this fortnight's theme of Horses, Hats or Flowers

Our sponsor is the wonderful http://www.makeitcrafty.com/">
Make It Crafty - if you haven't visited them yet, do go along, there are fabulous digis, colouring tutorials and much more!I already had this lovely image which is http://www.makeitcrafty.com/summer-dreams-digi-stamp.html">Summer Dreams

I coloured her with Speccies, but I've lost my list I'm afraid. :( Her hatband has dots of orange stickles on it to match the bow, made with ribbon from my stash. I used a corner punch to round two of the corners of the image. The sentiment stamp is by Woodware.

The bunting was paper-pieced, the stamp is by Molly Blooms and was a magazine freebie. The flourish is a Die-namics die, the pearls are from stash. I tinted a white Wild Orchid rose with my pens to match the dress.

The papers were free with 'Quick Cards' magazine.

The fab sketch is from http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.co.uk/">Tuesday Morning Sketches
and I'm entering this card into their challenge.
Now please gallop across to http://thesquirrelandthefox.blogspot.co.uk/">The Squirrel and the Fox
and have a look at my teamies' gorgeous creations, and have a go. You could even include all 3 of the theme - go on, I dare you!!!
Thanks for looking!

love Mags B x


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Vibrant colours for Christmas!

Good afternoon, all! I hope you're well, and enjoying the weekend.

I am finally getting into the swing of making my Christmas cards. Here's another one using the cute LotV image 'Dancing in the Snow.' In fact, I found the coloured image while sorting my stash - she was coloured in Spectrum Noirs earlier this year, so no list, I'm afraid.

The papers are from an old Dovecraft stack, 'Tis the Season.' They are nice and bright! I used a Spellbinders Star Circle die for the image mat, a Whiff of Joy die for the glittered snowflakes, and a Memory Box Holly border die with a scrap of pearlised green card. The holly berries are pearls from Hobbycraft.

The gorgeous ribbon is from the Pinflair shop in Hertford (only 50p a metre!) and so is the gold star. I glittered the little girl's fur trim and also the snow, though it isn't showing too well in the pic.

I'm entering http://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/">ABC Christmas Challenge
whose theme is 'Vibrant Colours.'

I missed the boat for http://www.comeandgetitchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/">Come and Get It Challenge
where I found the great sketch!!
Thanks for looking!


love Mags B x


Friday, 2 November 2012

Twins! And a warning about a computer scam.

Evening, all! I've spent most of half term tidying, cleaning and chucking things out - whatever happened to my plans for several days' intensive crafting?! Alas, they went the way of all flesh! However, I have managed to make birthday cards for twins who will be two next week - and a right mischievous pair they are!


I used these cute Lili of the Valley stamps, they are perfect for toddlers! The banners are also LotV. I coloured both with Promarkers. In this one, the wheels of the toy are Glossy Accented, and the stars in the paper have been stickled. I used a Go Kreate Frilly Square #6 die to cut out the image and emboss it with Excalibur (my gorgeous Grand Caliber machine) and distressed all the edges and papers with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.



For this one, I used a Spellbinders Heart Circles die and distressed with Worn Lipstick but left the papers undistressed because they're more contrasting. The pram has been Glossy Accented. Who else had a toy pram like that with a folding hood? I suppose the kids all play with toy modern buggies now!

The papers are DOCrafts Tatty Teddy, from a pad free with a magazine this year. The shiny stickers are by Paperchase.

I'm entering the Friday Sketch Challenge - though I turned it round by 90 degrees. This is such a good sketch, I really like it!

Before I go I must WARN you all about a COMPUTER SCAM! I got a phonecall from a 'Mr John Murphy' who had a heavy Indian or Pakistani accent, claiming that something was wrong with 'the software-hardware interface' of my PC. I did my ditsy middle-aged trout impersonation and begged him to hold on while I booted up the machine.

Instead I called the police. All they could do was advise me to spread the word - give these people any info and they can steal your identity details from your computer and STEAL ALL YOUR MONEY! Even if they claim to be from Microsoft, they are lying.

I kept this person hanging on for 5 minutes, I hope he was calling from the Sub-Continent and it cost him a lot of money!

Please spread the word, especially among your older friends and family who may not realise it's a fake.

Phew! What a long post! Thanks very much for looking, and have a fab weekend!

love Mags B x

Promarkers: Coral, Sunkissed Pink, Blush, Baby Pink; Azure, Sky Blue, Arctic Blue, Powder Blue; Walnut, Henna, Chestnut; Indigo Blue, Royal Blue; Fuchsia Pink, Carnation Pink, Blossom, Rose Pink; Pastel Beige, Satin, Caramel, Tan; Cool Grey 2 - 5, Black