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Saturday 30 October 2010

Cute alert, cute alert!

No, it's not a photo of my Lulu the cutest dog ever, but a card using those ultra cute Pollycraft Twiddly Wings fairies!  The Pollycraft Monday challenge this week was to use a mega hard sketch.  I dismissed it [cos it scared me] but it's been on my mind all week!  Hating to admit defeat, I decided to have a crack at it and I came up with this...

I didn't mean it to turn out this cute but I love it!  And it doesn't even have my fav colour orange in it!  You can just see how the top of the tree and the fairy's hand on the left both overlap the flaps.   I printed the image below twice, coloured the images I wanted and and cut them out separately and positioned them on the card so they overlapped exactly like the original image.  You can see where I shaded the tree trunk at the bottom in a really dark brown so you can't see the original hand and hair on it. 

You can't see it from the photos, but I added Glamour Dust on the fairy wings, the blue flower, stripes on the dress and lightly shaken on that web ribbon so it all lightly glimmers with those pretty little pearls.  I am going to give it to one my very best friends who has cancer of the throat - she's feeling very low at the moment so I hope it's going to cheer her up.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill white cardstock
Image: Pollycrafts Twiddly Wings digi stamp, Hero Arts wavy sentiments
Mediums: ProMarkers, Glamour Dust
Accents: pink flat backed pearls and web ribbon (both from Bunny Zoe's Crafts)
Tools: Fiskars border punch, Nestabilities label die (inside card), Scor-Pal (to make my gate fold card - so no measuring, easy peasy!)

Being spooky at Totally Gorjuss!

Yay, another Totally Gorjuss Saturday!  This week's challenge is none other than "spooky" (of course!) sponsored by Wild orchid Crafts who sell those lovely mulberry flowers and other gorgeous embellies.  I loved this challenge - another excuse to make another Halloween card and this was extra fun!


I used the pumpkin and kitty freebie digi by Michelle Perkett Studio - a true scaredy cat!!  Sooo cute!  I also wanted to use up some acetate from my stash.  I first tried stamping a cloud background with white Staz On onto it but it just looked blotchy and rubbish so I used an embossing folder instead - I think it came out really fab!  Gotta try that again!   I made the bats by just knotting some sturdy black ribbon - I was surprised how well they turned out.  Anyway, I hope you like!  Go check out the other DT cards - they are really fab!!

If you'd like to be a Guest Gorjusette (and who wouldn't want that uber cool title?!), then you still have time to email Net at  Just provide a few details about yourself and she'll be in touch.  DT call open until 14 November.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock
Image: Melissa Perkett Studio freebie digi stamp
Mediums: ProMarkers, black pen (to outline the border punch and faux stitching)
Accents: Stampin Up ribbon, black flat backed pearls and silver and black velvet ribbon from stash, black ribbon to make bats from stash, printed greeting from pc
Tools: Martha Stewart grass border and punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Xcut punch border system

Friday 29 October 2010

A birthday card and a reminder

A change from making Halloween cards, although not perhaps the last yet!  Today's card is a birthday card using lots of cupcakes for Kraftin Kimmie's challenge sketch!

I would love to scoff all of those cupcakes right now, lol!!!  And aren't those new DPs by My Minds Eye just scrummy?! 

And the reminder - the day is ever drawing closer and I am getting [a bit too] excited!  Next Tuesday is the launch of the new Totally Ladybug Tuesday challenge blog - AND not only that, but we will also be celebrating a NEW RELEASE at Ladybug Crafts Ink with a blog hop!  Come and check out the DT cards that will be showcasing the release of 5 new stamps.  There will also be prizes to win if you join in with either the blog hop or join in the challenge - or do both for double the chance of winning!  I'm very jealous cos I won't be allowed to participate, lol!!!

You also still have time to win the blog candy if you follow these 3 simple steps:
  1. Display the Promo Banner above on your blog
  2. Become a follower of our new challenge blog
  3. Leave your name with Mr Linky in the post here

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, My Minds Eye Fine and Dandy Tickled Pink paper pad

Image: Kraftin Kimmie Frandesca stamp, TGF sentiment
Mediums: Copics, Glamour Dust (on cupcakes)
Accents: web ribbon
Tools: Nestabilities rectangle and scallop rectangle die (inside card)

Wednesday 27 October 2010


I'm really getting into this Halloween marlarky!  I blame my blog mate and DT colleague Lisa Jane who just keeps on about how much she loves this event!  But they are such fun cards to make, I'm gonna make some more so watch out for more! 

Not sure if you can see from the close up photo, but I used Stickles black diamond glitter glue along that wobbly border punch - it's really pretty!  I think it's going to flatten out though when it dries, nevermind.  And what about that web ribbon?!  I wasn't sure what I'd do with purple web ribbon, but it's perfect for Halloween!  That is also a purple, not blue but I just couldn't get the photo right, hmmph.  I also used a freebie from Meljen's Designs.  Melissa Jenkins, the designer, posts a new freebie every Monday and they are very sweet!  I'm entering it into their challenge this week for "anything goes".

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill black, orange and purple cardstock
Image: Meljen's Designs "boo" digi stamp (you can download it for free here)
Mediums: ProMarkers, Stickles black diamond glitter glue
Accents: web ribbon (got mine from Bunny Zoe's Crafts here)
Tools: EK Success border and corner punch

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Totally Ladybug Tuesday - DT challenge to make our own design paper!

It's Tuesday which means it's another Totally Ladybug Tuesday and this week our guest designer Ang challenged the design team to make our own design paper.  What a great challenge - I had so many ideas floating around my head I got dizzy!  I ended up making a design for Xmas as I really need to get my skates on with them, so here is my card...

I am loving those Nikki stamps more and more each time I use them!  She's sassy, funky and living life to the full - just like me in my other reality!!  I used white pigment ink on some snowflake stamps from CC Designs, first creating a border on the kraft cardstock and then randomly stamping it over the blue cardstock.  I also used Core'dinations whitewash cardstock on the bottom matting to "roughen" it up a bit - I'm trying to be less neat and tidy with my cards - I blame that Hayley and her shabby chic challenge last week...!

You can see from the close up that I used lots of mediums on this - ProMarkers, Glamour Dust and some Fluffy Stuff.  Did you see Kerry's tutorial here on using Fluffy Stuff?  The best part is that you don't have to wait for it to dry to puff it up - that's gonna save me a lot of time with my xmas card production line!  Off now to see what the gals made for this challenge, come and join me...!

Kerry - Head Ladybug
Lisa J - Deputy Head Ladybug
Ang - our lovely guest designer!
Don't forget that our new Totally Ladybug Tuesday challenge blog starts next week!  I will be hosting the very first one and I hope you can join in to support me.  And don't forget you can win some blog candy if you follow these 3 simple steps:
  1. Display the Promo Banner on your blog (you can find it on the right hand side)
  2. Become a follower of our new challenge blog
  3. Leave your name with Mr Linky in the post here
The winner will be announced on 2nd November in the first challenge post. 

I am also submitting my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill kraft and blue cardstock, Core'dinations whitewash cardstock, DCWV glitter card (the punched snowflakes)
Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink Nikki & buttercup running in the snow (you can buy it here), CC Designs sentiments and snowflake stamps
Mediums: ProMarkers, white pigment ink, Glamour Dust, Fluffy Stuff
Accents: white ric rac from stash
Tools: EK Success deep edger punch, Nestabilities label die (inside card), Woodware snowflake punch

Kinda spooky!

A mega fast one from me!  This card is for the Lil Lolita Boutique challenge, using their super sketch...

I don't really celebrate Halloween, what with having a more Chinese and Portuguese background, but hey everyone's doing it, lol!!

Saturday 23 October 2010

Totally Gorjuss sparkle!

It's Saturday which means it's another Totally Gorjuss challenge!  This week we challenge you to make your creation **SPARKLE**!  Well, I know you all love your glitter so this should be an easy one and it's sponsored by Crafters Companion (and I'm sure you NEED more stash, right?!). 

I got my trusty Glamour Dust out and went a little mad with this one.  I know Kerry is going to LUUURVE this card - she just can't get enough of shiny things!  

Unfortunately, the camera always lies - well, alright my photography skills suck so you can't see the sparkle that well, but I promise you it's sparkling away!  I even used my precious Bazzill Bling cream cardstock to add to the shimmer.  Not sure if I like this card much, perhaps because I love my bright strong colours, but it is growing on me.  Can't help thinking that it needs something else, but not sure what - any advice gratefully received pleased!

Before I go, just wanted to remind you that you can win some [much needed] Xmas stash if you sign up for the new Ladybug Crafts Ink challenge blog here - you know you need want it!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill textured and bling cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Earth Love paper pack
Stamps: Magnolia Fairytale Danelion background

Mediums: Promarkers, Glossy Accents, Glamour Dust
Accents: none!
Tools: Nestabilities label die and EK Success border punch for inside card

Friday 22 October 2010

Hot, hot, hot!

A quickie tonight with two cards (that makes that every day this week, a record for me!).  I saw that Die Cut Dreams has a challenge to use orange and hot pink - as you know, my two favourite colours!!!  So I knocked up this 10cm x 10cm card for it...

I don't know what I'll use it for yet so I haven't added any sentiments.  I also used a Hero Arts background with clear pigment ink and white embossing powder to create that background.  Making this card really got my creative juices going so I then made this card for Flutter by Wednesday with an "anything goes" theme...

Fab sentiments, huh?  These are from a Ladybug Crafts Ink set - I've got loads of fairy stamps so they are going to be so handy!  And if you are looking for a bargain, Kerry is selling some sets (to make way for new stamps!!) on QVC Create & Craft [oops, sorry for original mistake in the post and thx to Lisa for noticing!].  They are fantastic value - I got the Xmas set for myself!  Anyway, if you want a bargain, you can find them on this page here.

See you tomorrow for another Totally Gorjuss challenge!

Orange and pink card
Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock
Stamping Bella Ketto's Dolly, Hero Arts background stamp
Mediums: Copic Sketch markers, white embossing powder, clear pigment ink
Accents: buttons from stash, Bazzill floss
Tools: EK Success border punch, Nestabilities label die (inside card), corner chomper

Pink, grey and black card
Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, K&Co Amy Butler Belle paper pack
Stamps: CC Designs Twisted Sisters Jessamine, Ladybug Crafts Ink Fairy sentiments (you can buy here)
Mediums: Copic Sketch markers, Glamour Dust

Accents: black velvet ribbons and pearls from stash

Tools: EK Success border punch, Nestabilities label dies

Thursday 21 October 2010

Because of you...

Don't fall off your seat - another card from me this week!  That's EVERY day this week so far!  Today's card uses a cute Claudia & Company sweetie - those pigtails remind me of me (when I was a little girl of course!).  I was so pleased to see this month's Claudia & Company challenge to use orange, ribbon and a button - and you know how much I love my bright colours!  So here she is...

Wooo, get those sunglasses on, lol!!  I also created loads of depth on this card by putting the matting, the label die, the images AND the sentiment on foam pads - it literally POPS off the page!  Back tomorrow with another card!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg paper pack
Stamps: Claudia & Company Puddle Jumpers Daisy
Mediums: Copic Sketch markers, white gel pen
Accents: American Crafts ribbons and rub on sentiments, BasicGrey buttons, Bazzill floss
Tools: Nestabilities label dies, corner chomper

Wednesday 20 October 2010

Friends are the sunshine of life

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's Totally Ladybug Tuesday - weren't the DT cards amazing, as usual!!  That Kerry is lucky to have such a fab and friendly team!  (I am sure she will agree, or else!)  And isn't it fab news about our new challenge blog starting from 2 November?  I am hosting the very first one so I'd love it if you could pop by and support me!

Anyhoo, onto today's card which is a lovely fairy friend one - the attention to detail to the Michelle Perkett Studio images are amazing - look at those flowers and leaves around the ankle, the perfect finishing touch! 

You can't really see it from the photos, but I've added lots of Glamour Dust to the wings and flowers - it shimmers beautifully!  I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
  • Crafty Ann's challenge - use a digi and favorite medium (Copics of course!)
  • abc challenge - F is for flowers (background and the delicate flowers on the image)
  • Sarah Hurley - colouring (I've already entered a card so I hope 2 is okay!)

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, sei Jocelyn paper collection

Stamps: Michelle Perkett Studio Juniper and Cecilia digi (got mine from Bunny Zoe's Crafts here)
ediums: Copic markers, Glamour Dust (on wings and flowers)
Accents: Paperchase ribbon
Tools: Tim Holtz border die, Corner Chomper, Nestabilities label die (inside card)

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Totally Ladybug Tuesday and a very special announcement!

Hoorah, another Totally Ladybug Tuesday!  Hayley's challenge to the DT this week is "cats versus dogs in a shabby chic/vintage theme".  Boy, did I find this one difficult!  For those who are familiar with my style, I like my clean lines and bright bold colours - totally not shabby chic or vintage!  I knew it would have to involve a big bow, softer colours, rough edges and lace so here is what I came up with...

Better than I thought it would turn out when I first started it, thank goodness.  Of course I had to choose dogs over cats cos I love my Labradors!  Isn't that Buttercup In the Doghouse image soooo cute?  I love buttercup because she's (he's?!!) is suitable for all ages - a baby card, a child's card or even a grown up - versatile, don't you think?  You can buy her here plus you can get 15% if you use this voucher code CB2010 before the end of November - bargain!  I saw Meahni's beautiful version of the stamp here so I just had to buy the stamp, didn't I?!!  I love the way she looks a little sad so thought that {hugs} sentiment would be a great match.  I also really enjoyed creating that wooden slat effect with my Copics. 

I can't wait to see the DT's creations for this challenge - perhaps I can pick up some shabby chic tips!  Why not join me now for some inspiration?

Kerry - Head Ladybug
Lisa J - Deputy Ladybug
Ang - our lovely guest designer!


Yes, we have set up our very own Totally Ladybug Tuesday challenge blog open to everybody!  How exciting is that?!  It will go live on Tuesday 2 November and little old me is hosting the very first challenge!  (Oh my goodness, performance pressure setting in...)  And as an incentive to encourage you to join us, we are offering blog candy as per the piccie below...

All you need to is 3 simple steps:
  1. Display the Promo Banner above on your blog
  2. Become a follower of our new challenge blog 
  3. Leave your name with Mr Linky in the post here

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!  The winner will be announced on 2nd November in the first challenge post.  I hope you can join us!

I am also submitting my card into the following challenges:

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill kraft cardstock, Crate Paper Twirl paper collection

Stamps: Ladybug Crafts Ink In the Doghouse, CC Designs sentiment
Mediums: Copic markers, Distress Antique Linen ink, VersaMagic in Pixie Dust
Accents: crochet flower and lace from stash, Laura Ashley fabric brad, Stampin Up ribbon, Bazzill floss
Tools: EK Success deep edger punch, Cuttlebug polka dot embossing folder, Tim Holtz distressing tool, Nestabilities label die (inside card)

Monday 18 October 2010

Doggie wishes

A quick one today!  You know, I own far too many dog stamps, but I love them all including this little fella from Lili of the Valley - isn't he to die for?!  He's a little cutsy for most people I send cards to, but there are a few children in my wider family that he is still suitable for - just!  I used this week's Lily of the Valley's sketch.

Back tomorrow with Totally Ladybug Tuesday and a very special announcement - that's all I'm gonna say now so you'll have come tomorrow and find out all about it!

I am also entering this card into the Papertake Weekly challenge of 3 of a kind.

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey Max & Whiskers paper pack

Stamps: Lili of the Valley Party Pup, Elzybells sentiment, CC Designs sentiment (inside card)
Mediums: Copic Sketch markers
Accents: velvet and jute ribbons from stash, BasicGrey buttons
Tools: Tim Holtz distressing tool, Nestabilities circle die and rectangle die (inside card)

Sunday 17 October 2010


What a lovely weekend - took Friday and tomorrow off work so I'm very relaxed today, not at all thinking about what I need to do for a usual Monday!  Which also means more time to do more crafting, yay!  Today's card is a rather groovy one, using the gorgeous Lil Lolita 60s Mod Ivy stamp again...

I was going to use a lot more patterned paper with her, but I loved how the embossed card came out so I decided to showcase that instead!  I'm gonna have to make another orange card to use up my DP stash - any excuse to create!

We don't celebrate Halloween what with growing up in a more Chinese/Portuguese culture.  The closest we get is my hubby Steve buying a ton of sweets to hand out on the night and then scoffing most of it himself!  Still, I'm going to enter my card into this week's Stampin' Celebration photo challenge - lots of pumpkins!  Well, my card has none but it is pumpkin in colour and I used stripes too - I think it's close enough!

I am also entering this card into the Sweet Stampin challenge to use ribbons - and that is a mega ribbon, I'm sure you'll agree!  Will hopefully be back tomorrow with another orange creation!

Paper/cardstock: Bazzill cardstock, Core'dinations whitewash cardstock, Black Market Paper Society Rhythm paper pack (striped paper inside card)
Stamps: Tickled Pink Lil Lolita 60s Mod Ivy, CC Designs sentiments

Mediums: Copic Sketch markers
Accents: Stampin Up ribbon
Tools: EK Success deep edger border punch, Quickutz Retro Squares embossing folder, Nestabilities rectangle die (inside card)


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