Thursday, 29 September 2011

Pixie Challenge - What is your favourite Book or Movie?

It's time for a new challenge over at the Pixie Dust Studio challenge blog, and this week it's a great challenge, all you have to do is create a card/project inspired by your Favourite Book or Movie!  I think the hardest bit of this challenge will be deciding on just one book!

After a little thought here is the card i came up with...
I love the plays of Shakespeare, and one of my favourites is Romeo & Juliet, so that is the inspiration behind my card for today's challenge.

I used the Romeo Loves Juliet image from the Pixie Dust Studio.  I teamed this beautiful image up with some gorgeous papers from the Echo Park Be Mine Collection.  For my layout I decided to use this weeks sketch from the Sketch Challenge. I used some of my favourite things on this card, including sequin mesh, pearls, and hearts, along with a lovely 'Love' embellishment I found in my stash.

I hope you feel inspired to join i with the Pixies this week, and share with us your favourite Book or Movie.  If you want some more inspiration then hop over to the Pixie Dust Studio Challenge Blog to see what the other Pixies have created for you.

Have a great day

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Burton Chibis are here...

It's Release day over at Simply Betty Stamps, so you can order your very own Burton Chibis, but before you go, Want to see my cards for today??

Let me introduce Edward, Edward Scissorhands of course...
Isn't he gorgeous, such a sad looking soul, I think he need a big hug :)

Now for my next card, which i warn you is just a little brighter than the previous one; Here's Willy Wonka...
As soon as I saw Willy I knew which papers I wanted to use with him.  My background paper is from a digital paper set 'Geometric Colours' by Pixelpaperprints ,   I coloured Willy to coordinate with the papers, and added a few pearls to give the impression of it raining candy in Willy's Wonderful Chocolate Factory.

Want to see more beautiful cards featuring the Burton Chibis, then hop over to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to check out the gorgeous creations there.

Have a great day

Monday, 26 September 2011

Fancy something Cute and Quirky?

Then Simply Betty Stamps is the place to be this week, as we have a very quirky release for you tomorrow.

Today you get to have a sneak peek at four of the seven images that are in the brand new Burton Chibis Collection.

You may remember me showcasing this image last month, it is of course Emily 'The Corpse Bride'.  Now you can't really have a Wedding without a Groom, so he's a card featuring Emily and Victor the Groom...

What next?  How about everyone's favourite Skellington and Ragdoll, It is of course Jack and Sally...
Here is another picture, showing your the wonderful sparkle on this card, from some shimmer sprays...
That's today's sneak peeks, I wonder who the final three images will be, I'm sure they'll be very inventive and cutting edge, we'll just have to see tomorrow.

Don't forget to hop over to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see the rest of today's truly Burtonesque images.

Bye for now

Friday, 23 September 2011

It's Release Day at Pixie Dust Studio

Release Day is finally here, so you can now get your hands on the absolutely gorgeous, Pixie of OZ Collection of images at the Pixie Dust Studio.

I love the film that inspired this collection, so had great fun creating my card for today's release...
My card features Brainy, Courage and Tin Heart.  I colour my images with Letraset Promakers before cutting them out and adding to my card.  I kept the background of my card very simple, using some black cardstock for my card base, to which i added some red cardstock panels, at the bottom of which I added some gold cardstock to mimic the yellow brick road.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to hop over to the Pixie Dust Studio Store to treat yourself to some truly magical images.

Have a great weekend

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Going Round and Round with another Pixie Peek!

It's Thursday so time for another Pixie Dust Studio Challenge, and another sneak peek.  This week's challenge theme is 'Round and Round' think circles and polka dots.

For my card i decided to focus on the gorgeous image that is 'Pixie D and Prince Toto', I figured that Pixie D had been away from home for a while, so Aunt Em would be missing her, so would have a much loved picture of her on her living room wall.

I kept my card very simply using some polka dot paper for my wallpaper, and used a couple of dies to cut out Pixie D's picture and frame.  I used a brad and some twine to hang Pixie D's picture.  I decided to add the banner, as it needed a sentiment, and I'm sure that's what Aunt Em was praying every time she looked at the picture.

You can get this image and the rest of the Pixie of OZ Collection tomorrow at the Pixie Dust Studio, so not long to wait now.  If you can't wait to see more of the images from this collection, then make sure you visit the rest of the Pixies, they have some gorgeous creations to share with you.

Have a great day

A Simply Betty Stamps Toot from the Crypt

Good Morning Simply Betty Stamps fans, today it's my turn to share a project with you, so i thought i would combine a little Toot with the from the Crypt feature.

Today i'm showcasing the Emo Betty Witch stamp...
Isn't she the most perfect image for your Halloween projects.  Today Betty Witch is having her portrait painted with watercolours; yes i've a little watercolour toot to show you how to make a stamped image look like a watercolour painting.

First of all you need some watercolour paper and a permanent ink, I used Stazon in stable brown to stamp Betty.  I then added a very rough wash of blue for the sky, and some green for the ground.

As you can see my background is very rough, just there to give an impression of colour and some movement.

Next i blocked in the main colours on Betty...

I used a slightly smaller brush for this stage, for Betty's skin I added a wash of pinky red, which was way to red, so using a tissue I removed most of the wet paint, with left a nice rosy colour behind.

Next I added in some mid tones to Betty and her outfit and hair...
I also added some darker green to the ground to give the impression of shadows, and to help plant the image.

I then changed to a smaller brush, and working with slightly thicker paint, started to add some shadows.  I left it to dry before adding my final shadows, and some colour to Betty's lips..
I also added a thin wash of red/purple to Betty's outfit and hat, just to blend it a little more, and warm it up.  I also added some dark red/purple/brown to the cat.

So that's the finished painting, but it still looks a bit rough, that's partly down to my painting style (which isn't the best) and to the fact that it needs a frame.

I used a Spellbinders frame die, and some Co-ordinations cardstock to create a frame.
That's it, a fun little watercolour portrait.  I hope you like it and have time to have some fun with your watercolours.

Bye for now

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

I'm Wicked!!!

Well maybe not Wicked, but definately a little naughty lol!!  Today I get to share with you a sneak peek for the 'Pixie of OZ' Release which is coming this Friday 23rd September, at the Pixie Dust Studio.

I used the 'Wicked Pixie of the West' image for my card today, along with some Echo Park Happy Halloween paper and alphabet stickers.

Want to see more sneak peeks, then you have to check out the rest of the Pixie's blogs, as they have some truly wonderful creations to share with you.

Bye for now

Monday, 19 September 2011

Halloween with a Victorian Twist

Have I got a treat for you today!  It's time to share with you the final Halloween images of this year from Simply Betty Stamps, and oh boy are they beautiful.  Today we are previewing four of the Halloween Steampunk images, and tomorrow we will show you the final three and you'll be able to get them all in store, in gorgeous red rubber.

The Halloween Steampunks will not be available to purchase as digital stamps, a few lucky commentors will win them as digital stamps tho, so make sure you comment on all the DT blogs if you want to win the digital stamp.  You will notice a couple of my images are slightly different to the rest of the DT, as i've flipped them before printing them.  You can do this with the actual rubber stamps using the 'Kissing' Technique. Other than that I've not done anything to the images digitally, so you can re-create my cards with the rubber stamps. If your asking why i get to use the digital stamp and you don't, it's pretty simple, Simply Betty Stamps in based in the USA and I'm in the UK; and the postal systems are very slow, so to meet the release date I use the digital version of images.

Introducing Bella the Vampiress..
Isn't she a beauty, I coloured her with my Letraset Promarkers, and a little white gel pen. I added lots of tiny green gems to the card, and used a couple of them to give her some gorgeous green eyes.

Introducing Draco the Ghostly Gentleman..
I love Draco, such a scary face.  I thought he'd look cool in some bright colours, so went for these rather in your face lime, purple, and fuschia striped papers.  Afterall who said Ghosts had to be pale?  Here's a close up of his face to see, his rhinestud eyes, and the glimmer mist I added to him after I'd coloured him with Letraset Promarkers...

Let me introduce you too Gillian the Ghost...
As soon as I saw Gillian I knew i wanted to use these beautiful vintage rose papers with her, definately not my normal style of papers, but I think she looks stunning, and so sad!

And for today's final introduction, Here's Jacob the Warewolf...
Is he a Sexy Beast or What??  I kept this card quite simple, I used Sketch#350 from for my layout, along with some Echo Park Halloween Paper, and some vintage damask paper.  Jacob is coloured with Letraset Promarkers, and then sprayed with glimmer sprays over a grid mask, before being added to the card.  I love how the grid over jacob echo's the background paper.

That's it from me for today, remember to come back tomorrow to see the final three images in this collection.  In the meantime, why not visit the Simply Betty Stamps Blog to see what the rest of the DT have done with these awesome images.

Bye for now

Sunday, 18 September 2011

“30 Things About My Invisible Illness ” Meme

I've just found out that today is the last week of Invisible Illness Week, and thought it was a perfect opportunity to show my support for other people who suffer with an invisible illness or two, and to let you know a little more about me.

1. The illness I live with is: Fibromyalgia, Hyper-Thyroidism, Depression, Social Anxiety, Hypermobility and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year:  I was first diagnoised with Thyroid problems when i was 18(19 years ago), when it was found I had and over-active Thyroid.  I was on medication for a year or two, which helped settle it down.  But it came back when i was 24.  I then underwent Radio Iodine Treatment, which cured the over-active thyroid, but after a year my thyroid went under-active, and I'm now on thyroid replacement treatment for life.  I was diagnoised with Depression in my mid twentys and after some counselling and medication, I was fine for a couple of years.  I was diagnoised with Fibromyalgia in 2004 which had a dramatic effect on my life, my mother had been living with fibromyalgia for years, so I knew it wasn't going to be an easy illness to deal with.  This lead to a major struggle with depression, anxiety and IBS.  It wasn't until last month that i was diagnoised with Social Anxiety/Phobia.            3. But I had symptoms since: as long as i can remember i've been troubled with Anxiety.
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: I lost my job in 2007, as I couldn't keep up a productive work routine.
5. Most people assume: I'm fine, or just lazy!!
6. The hardest part about mornings are: waiting for the fog to clear and my brain to work!!
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Casualty, although i've not watched it for a couple of years.
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: Internet Access
9. The hardest part about nights are: The Pain, not being able to get comfortable, all the worries running through my head, the loneliness
10. Each day I take 8  pills & vitamins. (No comments, please)
11. Regarding alternative treatments I am open to try most things, I found aromatheraphy and massage can help.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose a visible one, i'm constantly paranoid that people think I'm just fat and lazy, as I don't look ill.  I may look tired, but not ill!
13. Regarding working and career, I lost my job as an administrative assistant back in 2007, as i couldn't cope with either the mental or physical activity.  I have no career!
14. People would be surprised to know: How lonely I feel!!
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: the fact that nothing ever seems to improve!
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: ???
17. The commercials about my illness: Commercials about Fibromyalgia don't exist!!!
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: feeling normal
19. It was really hard to have to give up: my independance
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: I've always been into Arts and Crafts, but have spent alot of time developing my papercrafting skills.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Spend the day at the Seaside with my husband
22. My illness has taught me:  who i can rely on in my life, and how valuable true friends are.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: maybe if you lost some weight your might feel better!!!!
24. But I love it when people: laugh at my humour and wit
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: My favourite motto is, if we didn't have the bad times, how would we know how good the good times are.
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: I'm sorry, wish I had a cure
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: how judgemental people can be!
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: my husband is always there to give me a hug and make me a cup of tea, and a cup of tea makes everything better!!
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: people should not have to suffer in silence, and it's important to make people think about what Invisible Illness's are
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Blessed, that you've taken the time to read and hopefully understand.

I know some of my answer are very long winded, but it's how my life is, and I try not to burden people with my problem too often, but if I'm going to share my thougts and feeling, I'm going to do it in detail.

Thank you for taking the time to read this
I hope it helps someone

Saturday, 17 September 2011

DICC #16 Better late than never!!

Sorry I'm a little late with my Desert Islands Crafts Challenge card for this week.  Not been well, so things have taken me a little longer than usual, but i was determined to get my card finished.

This week's Itinerary comes from Tiffany Call

1- Lined paper
2- Books
3- Chalk
4- Pencils
5- Tape
6- Ruler
7- Name Tag
8- Lunch Money
9- Plaid school uniform
10-Apple for the teacher

Here's my card...
It took me quite a while to decide on what image to use, so i had a little surf around the web, and stumbled across Mo's Digital Pencil; Mo Manning is one very talented illustrator and draws some of the most beautiful images I've seen.  They are usually a little too traditional for my style of cards, but were perfect for this challenge.  I could not decide which of these adorable children to use, so i merged all four of them together in photoshop to create this little scene.  You can buy these images in the All 4 School set.

I coloured the images with my Prismacolor Verithin Pencils.  Used some plaid paper from my stash along with some Echo Park Playground Paper.  The only embellishment i added to the card was some plaid washi tape.

Hope you like it, and find time to play along with us.
Enjoy your weekend

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Release the Zombies

It's Release day over at Simply Betty Stamps, and the Zombies are desperate to escape and come visit you, but before you go ahead and order them, let's introduce you to the final three in the Halloween Zombie Teens Collection.

Here's Lola Bo Peep
Doesn't she look Pretty in Pink, looks like she's having lots of fun collecting Candy too!  I teamed Lola up with some Echo Park Be Mine Papers, along with some black washi tape, and pink gems.  I used the Tim Holtz Rosette Die to make my rosettes, and I couldn't resist adding the cute little pink lamb button I found in my stash.

Here's Dino Christian
Isn't that one of the best halloween costumes you've seen.  I think this is my favourite in the collection.  I just love the expression on his face, and he was so much fun to colour.  I teamed him up with some Echo Park Playground Papers, some paperclips, and a stamped and die cut sentiment.

That's all my cards for today, want to see Zombie Bride Betty, then hop over to the Simply Betty Stamps Blog, and you'll find her there, along with the other awesome cards from the DT and some special Guest Designers.

Bye for now
Have a wonderful day

Monday, 12 September 2011

What's that coming over the hill...Is it a Monster?

No, It's a Zombie!  It's time to preview some more spooktacular new images from Simply Betty Stamps.  Today we are introducing you to three of the new Zombie Teens, all decked up in their Halloween Costumes of course.

Introducing Fairy Princess Rio..

Have you ever seen such a happy looking Zombie (one that's not gnawing on some poor victim) Isn't she pretty too, I'm sure she was the life and soul of the party before the Zombie Apocalypse.  Looks like she's out to have a fun night of Trick or Treating.

Here' Spider Queen London..
Oh dear, Spider Queen London's a Silly Ho ho ho, she's got all dressed up for the wrong holiday, guess she must have a little too much brain matter missing!!  She does look very festive tho, obviously a Zombies not just for Halloween!

and here's  Trick or Treatin' Miller...

Ooops, Looks like he didn't fancy hanging around here, and is off out Trick or Treatin' already, maybe you'll catch him over at the Simply Betty Stamps Blog, you better be quick tho, he's mighty speedy.

That's it from me for today, don't forget to pop back tomorrow, for some more Zombilious images.

Have a great day

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Does Science Drive You Mad?

It is certainly driving Mad Scientist Christian more than a little mad, he doesn't seem to be able to get his experiments to work, they all literally blow up in his face!

Mad Scientist Christian is from the newly released Teen Scene Back 2 Skool Collection of stamps at Simply Betty Stamps.

Continuing on with the Back to School theme, Simply Betty Stamps is sponsoring the new challenge over at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges, where the theme is 'Back to School' and the prize is two stamps from the newly released collection.

So i'm going to enter my card into the following challenges
Fussy and Fancy - Back to School
Fashionista Friday - Back to School
Simply Create - Here Comes the Bus
Stamp Something - Anything Goes - There last challenge :(
Divas by Design - Back to School
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes - Their first challenge :)

That's all from me for today
Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Is it a Boy or Is it a Girl?? Ask Pixie!

Hello Pixie friends!!!
SO sorry to keep you waiting today... 
Are we ready for another Pixie Challenge this week???

This week's challenge is...
"Is it a BOY or Is it a GIRL???" 
Create a baby girl or a baby boy card/project!!! 

I used the adorable Baby Bun Bun image from the Oh Baby Collection at the Pixie Dust Studio.  I love how you can colour this image for a baby boy or baby girl card.  I decided to make a card for a baby boy for a change, I kept it really simply using some paper from the Papermania Sweet Nothings Collection along with some Core-dinations card, which i embossed with a heart embossing folder.  I coloured Bun Bun with my Letraset Promarkers and a little white gel pen.  I then cut him out, cutting away the string for the balloon, as i wanted to add something different for that.    I couldn't find any ribbon or twine in my stash that looked right, so i tore a long piece of washi tape from the roll, and carefully folded it to create a long thin strip.  I then stuck this to the back of my image, and trimmed the end.  I love how the washi tape gives it a little more dimension, and was the perfect thing to hold my little baby boy tag.

Don't forget to pop over to the Pixie Dust Challenge Blog to see the beautiful creations from the other Pixies.
Enjoy the rest of your day
Pixie Hugs

Thursday, 1 September 2011

School is Cool with the Pixies

This week's Pixie Dust Studio Challenge is ... 
"School is COOL!" 
Pixie challenges you to create a card/project using a 
School Theme!!! 

For my card i used the beautiful Pearl of Wisdom image from The Pearl Collection available at the Pixie Dust Studio.  I coloured Pearl with my Letraset Promarkers.  I used a chalkboard background image from Tiddly Inks, and papers from Echo Park, along with some bakers twine, heart buttons, embosssed label sentiment, and some tiny flower gems for Pearl's hair.

This card is also my DT card for the new challenge over at Desert Island Crafts Challenge.  Our Itinerary comes from Maria Matters this week.

Here's Maria's Itinerary
  1. kraft paper
  2. text print
  3. twine
  4. buttons
  5. dimension
  6. flowers
  7. nature inspired
  8. sentiment
  9. add a little green
  10. embossing (wet or dry)
I managed to use 7 of the 10 items on my card, but you only need to use 3 to join in the challenge, we love to see you use more tho.  You have until Midnight 14th September to add you project to the linky tool Here.

Don't forget to pop over to the Pixie Dust Studio Challenge blog to see the awesome creations from the rest of the Pixies.

Have a great day


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