Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Teddy Bo Tuesday!

Yes its true - the bears really are back! we have some gorgeous new releases and some exciting news for you -
This week we are starting the Teddy Bo challenges again and this time the theme is
Anything goes
(as long as it's Teddy Bo)
You must use an image from Teddy Bo and Co digital stamps, the winner gets to choose TEN graphics from the store and the two runners up win an image each, so what are you waiting for, pop over and join in the fun.
Of course, with new challenges we need new DT members. We've had a DT call going on in the I Love Teddy Bo facebook group and today we are welcoming the newbies on board, so pop over to the challenge blog and give them a big furry welcome.

Now I know I said that we had some wonderful new releases, (check them out below) but I couldn't resist colouring up this cutie, she may be an oldie, but she's definitely a goody and it's lovely for any new TB fans to meet some of the older images (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it LOL!)

Digital stamp - Teddy Bea_023 - Ladybird, ladybird
Papers - Little LadyBug-a-Boo - Just So Scrappy
Tag- Marianne Creatables LR0154
Circle Frame - Marianne Craftables CR1248
LeCrea Multi dies - Flower 002
Flower centres - Starburst - Punch Bunch
Tonic geared border punch - Victorian Border
Ladybug charm - stash
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

Here are the fabulous new releases, isn't Rudi the reindeer just adorable, you can find them all in the Teddy Bo & Co store.

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the gorgeousness produced by my wonderfully talented teamies.

Colette xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014


It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Creator challenge blog and the theme is
You don't have to use a Paper Creator product to be in with a chance of winning a £10 gift certificate to spend in store, but if you do you get an extra entry into the random draw.

For my challenge card I used a fab kit called Corset 6x6 card kit, I printed out all the pages and then used them to make a centre step card, instead of the intended square card, which is why these kits are so fab, they are really versatile and don't have to be used just as shown.

The card shape and scalloped mat layers were die cut.

Image, papers, sentiment - Corset 6x6 card kit - Paper Creator
Card base and scalloped layers - Step card cutting die -  Presscuts by Crafts Too 
Marietta Buckle - Memory box
Tonic Layering dies - scallop circle
X-cut Palm punch - Large Flower
Wink of Stella - Clear Glitter brush pen
Sparkly black hearts from my friend Donna
Perfume atomiser charm - stash
Ribbon - Meiflower

Pop over to the Paper Creator challenge blog and check out the fab inspiration from the rest of my teamies,

Thanks for dropping in,
have a lovely weekened,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Little Princess

Here's a card I made using a gorgeous Sugar Nellie digi-stamp called Princess and my favourite colour combo, I paper-pieced her dress with one of the papers from the Nitwits kit I used, re-sizing it down so that the pattern would be a better size for the image.

Digital Stamp - Princess - Sugar Nellie at Funky Kits
Digital Papers - Snow Princess and Solids- Nitwit Collections
EK success slim edger punch - Bracket
Flowers - Stash
Ribbons - Meiflower

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
Colette xx

Friday, 19 September 2014

Well the holiday is over!

Eric and I have enjoyed a lovely break in Anglesey over the last few days, we were really lucky with the weather with bright sunshine and warmth every day. The cottage we stayed in was about 20 feet, at most, from the waters edge when the tide was in, and every room had a window overlooking the sea. We came back feeling relaxed and refreshed yesterday, picked Meg up from respite this morning at 10 o'clock and by 11 0'clock there was music blaring all over the house, and toileting and personal care stuff to attend to, and it felt like we had never been away LOL!

When I got home yesterday, I found that the postman had delivered the latest issue of Complete Cardmaking, Magazine. The magazine comes with a free CD containing digi stamps, images and papers from various companies. This time around there are stamps from the Paper Nest Dolls, papers and toppers from Crafters Companion, a Sarah Paris Christmas kit (digi stamps and papers - which I was lucky enough to get to play with) and a couple of Daisy Trail kits for those of you who use Serif Craft Artist. 

Here's one of the cards I made for this issue.

Paper and digital stamps - Sarah Paris Digi-kit - Complete cardmaking issue 52 Free CD
Kraft Card - Anna Marie Designs
X-cut Large Palm punch - Holly Branch
Nellie Snellen Pine branch die
Spray Adhesive
Glamour Dust
Stick on pearls - Meiflower

I still have another eight cards made from this collection so I will be showing them over the coming weeks.

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ribbon, Floss or twine

It's time for a new challenge over at The Paper Shelter, and this time our theme is

If you take part using a Paper Shelter image you could win a $30 gift certificate to spend in store, if you win with any other image you get to choose 3 digital stamps from the store, so you're onto a good thing either way.

When you purchase digi stamps from the Paper Shelter you also get a pre-coloured version and for this challenge I have used the pre-coloured image Vanity. I added the sentiment before printing and printed the image out several times so that I could decoupage it.

Pre-coloured image - Vanity - The Paper Shelter
Papers - Pretty as a Peacock - A-manda Creation
Feather die - Joy Crafts - Billies garden - Feather
Ribbons and gems - Meiflower

Another view to show the decoupage layers.

Pop over to The Paper Shelter challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies, and don't forget to play along with our challenge for a chance to win one of the great prizes on offer.

Thanks for popping in,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Teddy Bo Tuesday!!!

Yes, that's right it does say Teddy Bo Tuesday, and that's because the bears are back today, and on my Silver wedding anniversary too, obviously to join in the celebrations LOL! As hubby and I are away celebrating, this is a scheduled post, written before all the graphics and store links are available, but I'm sure you can find all the info you need on the challenge blog.

We have a couple of new images to get you going and there is also a DT call over on the challenge blog, so pop over and check out all the details as well as the gorgeous inspiration from my teamies.

Here's my card using one of the new images, isn't she bee-utiful!

Papers – Bee-utiful – Crazy 4 Monograms
Oval open scallop doily – Die-namics - Amazon
Tonic layering die sets plain circles and scalloped circles - Craft Superstore
Marianne Design craftables dies – circle and flower stitch CR1248 - Cuddly buddly
Joanna sheen signature dies – medium patchwork shapes
Button-  stash

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look,
don't forget to visit the challenge blog for fabulous inspiration and DT call details,

Colette xx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Bundle of Dreams

I've been wanting to make this style of card for a while, so I finally sat down a couple of weeks ago, worked out the measurements for cutting and folding and set about it.

Image - Bundle of Dreams - Samistamps
Papers - Welcome Home Baby digital scrapbooking kit - Crazy 4 Monograms
Little B's Monogram die set
Tonic Layering die set Scalloped and Plain Squares and Mixed Ovals
Lifestyle Nesting Doily Circles (cut frame and then divided into four for the corners)
Marianne Creatables - Duck Rattle LR0307 and Baby Feet LR0305
Cottage Cutz Baby buggy mini 
X cut Palm punches - Petal medium and small
Ribbon and Gems - Meiflower

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

If only....

...there were more hours in a day and more days in a week, especially this month! September is one of the busiest months for family birthdays and anniversaries, plus a couple of weddings too, that I am just about keeping on top of all the cards I need to make.
Yesterday was my brother-in-law Robert's birthday and about 3 o'clock in the afternoon I suddenly realised I hadn't made him a card, on top of that, it is his son (my nephew) Matthew's birthday on the 18th and Rob and Carole's wedding anniversary on the 20th. As hubby and I will be away that week, celebrating our Silver wedding in a gorgeous cottage right by the sea in Holyhead (check it out here), I decided it would be best to get all their cards made and dropped off last night while we there enjoying cake and wine for Rob's birthday.

A couple of hours later and here's what I came up with.

For Rob
Papers and toppers all came from A Play on Words CD rom by Ella's designs
Ribbon and charm - Meiflower

Matthew is an opthalmologist so I thought this would be perfect for him
Free eye chart maker - Homemade gifts made easy
Ribbon - Meiflower

Rob abd Carole's wedding anniversary

Paper - Forever and Always digital Scrapbooking kit - Just So Scrappy
Sentiment - computer generated
Ribbon, diamante ribbon slider and gems - Meiflower

All quite simple, but serve their purpose.

Don't forget there is a DT call going on at The Paper Shelter at the moment, you can find all the details here.

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Paper Shelter DT Call

It's time for another DT call over at The Paper Shelter, we have come to the end of another 6 month term and a few of the present team members will be stepping down, so if you adore the fabulous Paper Shelter images and would be interested in becoming a member of this fabby design team then head over to The Paper Shelter challenge blog and check out all the details.

Colette xx

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Too cute!

It's the start of another challenge over at Paper Creator today and this time around our theme is...

The randomly drawn winner gets a £10 voucher to spend in store - you don't have to use Paper Creator products, but if you do you will get a second entry into the draw.

I found this book easel card kit in store and the sentiment just made me think of my youngest grandson Charlie, not that he is particularly naughty but he definitely has the cute factor, especially when he looks at you with his puppy dog eyes, it's practically impossible to be angry with him LOL!

I made up the kit adding gold glitter to the edges of each page and using all the decoupage layers for the reindeer (not really showing up in photo), then added some sparkly gold ribbon, red and green jingle bells and snowflakes punched from red glitter card.

Glitter card - stash
Snowflake punches - X cut palm punch - snow crystal small and medium
Gold ribbon, jingle bells and red metallic cord - Meiflower

Don't forget to pop over to the Paper Creator challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies,

thanks for visiting,
have a lovely weekend,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hearts or stars

It's time for another team B challenge over at The Paper Shelter today and this time the theme is

If you win using a Paper Shelter image you get yourself a $30 gift certificate to spend in store, with any other image and you still get to choose any 3 of the fabulous digital stamps that are available, and you are going to be spoilt for choice.

I couldn't resist colouring this fabulous new image, and then when I found the sentiment  and remembered I had the shoe dies,the whole thing just came together.

Image - Mad about shoes - The Paper Shelter
Papers - Daisies and Denim digital scrapbooking kit - Just So Scrappy (only 75 cents in the outlet store)
Shoe dies - Joy crafts - 6002/0320
Plain heart - Marianne Craftables CR1225
Scalloped heart - X-cut nesting dies
Martha Stewart half daisy border punch
Flower on shoe - X-cut palm punch - petal medium and small
Gems, diamante buckle, ribbon - Meiflower

Pop over to The Paper Shelter challenge blog and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx

Monday, 1 September 2014

It's almost the most wonderful....

...time of the year, yes folks not long now to Christmas, only 114 days to go, and they are going to fly by, if the rest of the year is anything to go by.
Have you made a start on your Christmas cards yet? - no? - me neither, even though I have already made 19 Christmas cards! unfortunately they were either Meiflower samples which will be on show on her stall, at all the upcoming craft shows, or a magazine commission, which I won't be able to share with you until mid-September when the magazine goes on sale. I  have photographs of them all, so I am going to be showing the Meiflower samples over the next couple of weeks.

Now as you know I am not a stamper, but I really like the Kraft cards I have seen with white stamping on them, so I decided to do a digital version with snowflakes. 

Digital Kraft card - Organics Kraft pack - Pink Petticoat
Digital snowflakes - PNGraphics - Etsy
Tonic layering dies - Scalloped Squares
Ribbon, gems and jingle bells - Meiflower

Thanks for visiting,
Colette xx