Sunday, 17 August 2014

Totally Tilda Challenge ~ 102

Good Morning my lovelies.

Today's card is for the new challenge over at Totally Tilda where the theme for the next fortnight is "Get Well Soon". 

This super cute little Tilda (thank you Dawn ) is coloured with Sennelier L'Aquarelle paints.
I'm still getting a feel for them but I'm really enjoying mixing colours and messing about.
The papers are My Minds Eye ~ On The Sunny Side, they certainly are lovely, bright and cheerful colours in this pad.
The sentiment and the clouds and sun dies are all from PTI.

25mm Veronica Lace
3mm and 5mm Adhesive Pearls
Stardust Stickles and White Opal Liquid Pearls.
(The store is closed for the Summer holidays until the 23rd) 

Our generous sponsor for this challenge is

Simon Says Stamp

With the prize for one lucky winner...

Thanks for looking
Love 'n' hugs

Monday, 4 August 2014

Creative Bloggers Hop and Totally Tilda Candy Winner

I've been asked by my friend Amanda to join in with the Creative Bloggers hop.
It's a continuous hop every Monday with a host of different inspirational bloggers taking part each week.

I was introduced to Amanda through my friend Patty not long after Amanda had started her blog. 
She's funny (hilarious is a better description) sweet, sassy, and an amazing crafter who also loves cats and we got on like a house on fire. I was delighted when my BFF Amanda came to stay for a week in May and we talked and laughed and shopped and had very sore feet after pounding the pavements of London!

Onto the questions and answers part:

What am I working on.

I've not had much time to work on anything recently but I bought some new watercolour paints - Sennelier L'Aquarelle - with my birthday pennies, and I want to play with them and get more comfortable using them and mixing colours together to create the required shade. 

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Does it differ? I don't think it does really. 
I do prefer the cleaner and simpler style of card making though I admire and drool over those cards that are loaded with fancy embellishments. 
I like straight lines, symmetry and definitely NO grunge or torn papers!

Why do I write/create what I do?

Pure self indulgence!
I believe everybody should have a hobby or interest outside of work that gives them something to look forward to doing in their spare time. There's nothing I love more than sitting in my craft room playing with stamps, paint and pretty papers. It's total relaxation for me and something I always enjoy doing.
It's my little bit of heaven on earth.

How does your creative process work?

If it's a card for a challenge then the first step is to pick a suitable image. Then I colour all the skin and the hair...I like to get the hair out of the way because I HATE colouring hair!
Then I choose the papers I want to use...which most of the time are Pion or Maja, my two favourite brands, and I finish colouring the image in shades to compliment the papers.
Lastly I play around with embellishments...ribbon, lace, pearls, buttons, occasionally flowers, before sticking everything down.

Now it's my turn to pick 3 bloggers to answer the questions.
In alphabetical order:

I first met Erika through our mutual love of the very sweet stamps by Sugar Nellie.
Erika is the most versatile crafter I know and I think she can turn her hand to anything.
Her cards range from intricate designs to the more clean and simple designs, and she is the Queen of Spellbinder dies. She bakes, she sews, she crochets and she makes me very jealous of all her talents. 
As if all that wasn't enough....Erika is the loveliest, sweetest lady ever.

I've been lucky enough to be the recipient of some of Erika's talents and for my birthday this year I was absolutely delighted to open the parcel that contained these...

I can neither crochet nor sew so I was in absolute awe!!
The bag now holds all my paintbrushes (see the little pockets on the front..perfect for my brushes!) and other painting supplies and the owl nearly didn't make into my craft room because someone - 19 years old and male - wanted it for himself! It's soft and squidgy with googly eyes and perfectly cute!!

Shirley was one of the first people I met when I started blogging. 
She's always been there for me, offering support, helping me with 'technical' blogging stuff when I was stuck, and being a shoulder for me to cry on. 
I can tell her anything and I know she'll only offer me the very best advice.
Shirley is my adopted Mummy and she's the loveliest lady you could ever wish to meet, and I'm proud to call her my friend.
She's also a very talented crafter and she's a whizz with all those fabulous dies, always using lots of them to create her gorgeous cards. 
I was lucky enough to meet Shirley and her lovely husband Ian when they were on their way up to Scotland. 
She's a little treasure.

Wendy is a more recent - but equally valued - friend.
She moved from the UK and now lives in New's that for a massive life adventure!
She's also another Sugar Nellie addict...there are a LOT of them!
She's a super sweet, caring and very thoughtful lady who doesn't have a bad bone in her body. 
Wendy emits pure sunshine wherever she goes.

She creates gorgeous cards, from the clean and simple style to more intricate designs.
Girlie cards and boy cards too - anyone who can make boys cards gets an extra Gold Star from me!
And Wendy is an amazing Mama to her two gorgeous children. 

The best thing about blogging is all the amazing people I've met from all over the world!!

Last thing for today...

Over on the Totally Tilda challenge blog, to celebrate the 100th challenge some of the DT had candy.
The candy was open to anyone that entered the challenge and left a comment on the DT's blogs.

My candy goes to entrant number 111 which is Margreet.
Your parcel is all ready to be popped in the mail as soon as I have your address.

Thanks for looking.
Love 'n' hugs

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Totally Tilda and The Ribbon Girl Challenges

Good morning my lovelies.

I'm here today with a challenge card. I really don't like to make one card to cover two challenges but I've had very little time this last month to spend in my craft room. This year we have been plagued with illness's in the family and my mojo has been well and truly sapped. 
I've waited so long for my new craft room and now that I've got it I just don't have the time to spend in there, but I know things will turn around again.

So, today's card is for the Totally Tilda No 101 challenge where the theme for the next fortnight is "Mid-Summer Christmas" and The Ribbon Girl card challenge where the theme for the next week is "Anything But A Square". Two fabulous themes!

The circular card base was cut with a Lifestyle die.
The paper is from Pion Design "Swedish Lapland" collection and has been cut with Lil' Inker Stitched Circle.

This is my first attempt at colouring with Sennelier L'Aquarelle watercolour paints. You can blame my friends in the Netherlands for leading me into temptation!! 
I'm not so happy with the flesh colour on this Tilda but it's all part of the learning process, and I've since found a different colour combination that I think looks better.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up, and all the embellies are from The Ribbon Girl.


For the Totally Tilda challenge we are sponsored by
Bunny Zoe's Crafts

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and one lucky winner will receive

And for the winner of the Ribbon Girl card challenge.

A £10 voucher from our lovely sponsors at Lili Of The Valley
and from Mary and Andrea

Two fabulous challenges that I hope you'll join in with.
(and it's the Ribbon Girls 4th Birthday so there is a gorgeous giveaway on their Facebook page )

I'll be back tomorrow with the winner of my candy for the Totally Tilda 100th challenge.

Thanks for looking.
Love 'n' hugs

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Ribbon Girl - Candy Winner

Hello my lovelies.

Thank you to everyone that entered my little candy and thank you for all your lovely comments on my craft room makeover.
I've still been putting stuff back in the room and I think I'm about finished now, apart from the notice board.

I just need to find some spare time to spend in there!

So I have a winner, chosen at random...

...and that is MaryJ

If you can please EMAIL ME Mary...I need your email address to arrange for your vouchers to be sent to you.

Love 'n' hugs

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Totally Tilda and The Ribbon Girl Challenges

Good Morning.

At long last I'm back with a card. It's been 6+ weeks since I made anything and it was so nice to use my new craft room for the 1st time, if a little difficult to find where I've put stuff!!

So today's card is for two challenges, Totally Tilda 100th Challenge, where the theme is 'Anything Goes' and The Ribbon Girl card challenge where the theme is 'Summer'. 

Flower Tilda with Bow Knot has been coloured with DI markers.
The card shape was cut with a Go-Kreate die....I wish I could buy some more of these but they never seem to have any stock when I check the website.
The gorgeous papers are the new Pion collection My Precious Daughter, a birthday gift from a special friend ♥
And the sentiment is from a set by Amy R.

All the embellishments are from The Ribbon Girl apart from the 2 little butterflies which are cut out from the Pion papers.

50mm Emily Embroidered Tulle Lace - sorry but this is out of stock due to a problem with quality.


For the challenge at Totally Tilda it's a little different this time.
We have two generous sponsors and so two prizes...

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Also, as it's our 100th challenge some of the DT are offering candy. 
I have a nice little mystery parcel containing stamps, a paper pad, dies and embellies.
To win any of the DT's candy is easy...just enter the challenge.

The Ribbon Girl also has a fabulous prize on offer for the 'Summer' Card Challenge.

A £10 voucher from our lovely sponsors at  Lili Of The Valleyand

Now who wouldn't want to win that? I love a good spend at both these shops :)

Two challenges, both with nice and easy themes and both with fabulous prizes so why not join've got to be in it to win it!

( and I still have candy running for another week on the post HERE )

Thanks for looking
Love 'n' hugs

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Craft Room Photos and Candy

And now for the results of my husbands labour of love.
I totally ADORE my new room, it looks so much bigger - to me - and feels light and airy and it's exactly what I dreamt of...only better.
I owe a massive thank you to my lovely hubby for all his hard work and for giving me free reign with his wallet.

It's going to be a long post again as I wanted to try to add links to the lovely places I bought my goodies from, and I've tried to show the photos in a similar order to the 'before' ones, going clockwise around the room.

The view from the door way.
The paint is from Ecos Organic Paints  I've got White Lily on the wood work and 3 of the walls and Fjord on the back wall. I LOVE that colour so much! The paint is water based, organic and totally solvent free - as used in the Louvre - well if it's good enough for the Mona Lisa....

Behind the door is the new Pax wardrobes from Ikea - I went for 2 single wardrobes rather than one double, with Risdal doors. The doorknobs are off eBay.

The storage boxes are also from Ikea except the wicker ones which are a set from Aldi.

Three drawers on each side of the wardrobes.

Next to the wardrobe we have my lovely oak work tops...oh my goodness I love these too!
We intended to buy them from Ikea but when we went to order them we discovered they take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive so Phil did some research on the Internet and they came from Wood Work Tops
They were so helpful and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.
A shout out to Magic Mike for cutting the worktops to size and rounding them off, he was so very generous in giving up his free time ♥

Paper storage unit from Storage4crafts, also extremely helpful people.

I really didn't need the Raskog kitchen trolley but the colour went so well with the paint that I was having it!
The day light lamp on the desk was bought from Optima for £89.32p with free P+P rather than direct from Daylight Company at £144.99p plus £5.99 P+P.
I'm so good at saving Phil money :)

The two wall shelf units are from Shabby Store
Another store that I will happily buy from again, thank you to James as I think I talked his ears off!

Evie the bunny is a birthday gift from the sweet Miss Dena and will keep Olive the mouse - a gift from an exceptionally lovely lady - very good company. Both were lovingly made by Rachel at Rocky Loves Rosie.

The storage jars with ceramic bird lids are from Live Laugh Love.

Another store I could spend a months wages in and the delivery was faster than the speed of light.

The cake stand was another eBay buy and those cute dolly pegs are hand painted by Suzann at Frillyflowers.

Another storage unit from Storage4crafts.

The Gregor chair is from Ikea and the gorgeous cushion cover is from All The Trimmings UK on Etsy.

And lastly I have my lovely little light from Sainsburys.
Damn it but they've reduced the price of them now pfftt!

I still have birthday gifts that I haven't put in the room yet and I need to put up a notice board and clean up the Distress re-inkers before I put them back.

Thank you very much for looking and for your patience in my absence, and now on to some candy.

I have a £50 voucher from The Ribbon Girl for one winner chosen at random.
Please note: The vouchers can be redeemed against any of the vast products stocked in the shop, but not against the P&P, which can be anything from £2.50 in the UK up to £5.25 for the USA.

To enter just click on the blue frog, candy will run for 2 weeks.
Thanks for looking
Love 'n' hugs

Monday, 30 June 2014

Craft Room 'Before' Photos.

Yep, I'm back and this is going to be a long may need cakes and a cuppa to see you through it all.

The first thing I must say is a HUGE thank you to all my friends and family for all your good wishes, gorgeous cards and far too generous gifts, and for making my 50th birthday a wonderful occasion. I was thoroughly spoilt ♥

My hubby finished my craft room on the Sunday, ready for my birthday on the Monday. Bless him but he's worked so hard to get it finished on time and all his hard work has paid off...I LOVE it so much!!
I took last week off work so I could start sorting through my crafty stash and putting it back into it's new home. I seriously underestimated how long this was going to take! I started on the Tuesday and finished it on  Saturday evening and I was working well past midnight for most of the week. I didn't even turn on my laptop, afraid that once it was on I'd lose half the day reading blogger or Facebook. 

I took lots of 'before' and 'after' photos so I hope you'll see a big change!
Let's start with the 'before' ones...

This is the view into the room from the doorway. It was a perfectly workable space but somewhat cluttered and messy.

Going clockwise around the room, behind the door...

A wardrobe - awwww that's Hal's height chart still on the wall!

And the contents of the wardrobe...the crafty stash overspill and stuff I've been buying for the new room, and things put safely away ready for the move.

Next to the wardrobe is a little worktop with my laptop and TV on and Phil's printers on the shelf above.

Under the worktop.

Back up again, and moving left towards my work desk.
I'd been testing paint colours on the walls.

This is my work desk where I sit and colour.

Under the work desk.

And moving around the room back to the door is the last photo.
Oooo I left my fluffy socks on the radiator, sorry about that!

So those are the 'before' photos. 
The next post will be the 'after' photos and a little candy to celebrate.

Thanks for looking and bearing with me.
Love 'n' hugs