Monday, 22 September 2014

Autumnal Alva Music.....

sentiment made up by me in word!!
Hi everyone!

Lou in with a squidge of an autumnal make today!! we have had a busy weekend after a water leak in our downstairs loo and I needed to escape into fantasy land after all the painting, new floor, new skirting and hum drumness of repair were done!!

I dove into my Bildmalarna bulk paper pack like an excited child into their christmas stocking when it arrived, its wonderful, all 12x12 and all very stroke only but I broke into one sheet to make this card!! ....and I still have a 6x12 bit left to make another day!!!

The sentiment I made up myself and printed off in word on my computer and then cut it out with the stitched circle die from Blueprints 18 set.

Thank you for peeking in
huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Yoga Mama.....

First of all A Huge Happy Birthday! to the wonderful Boss Lady Tracy!! xx I hope you are managing to have a fab day!!

My card today features the lovely Yoga Mama from Little Darlings Saturated Canary range ......I got me pencils out again! The papers are from Glitz Designs very funky 77 pad....I do love a combi....whenever we are all out and about in the car and one passes there is a bit of competition to be the first to shout much so that I have been known to shout it even when I am in the car myself!!

Don't forget there is 15% off everything in the store this weekend!


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ducks in a Row and 15% OFF this weekend!

Hello Everyone

 I have some great news! There is 15% off everything at Dies to Die for this weekend!
This includes loads of fabulous new products that have just been added from Whimsy, MFT Die-namics, Paper Smooches and Lawn Fawn.

My card today features a fabulous stamp from Taylored Expressions, which includes the brilliant sentiments that I have used too. The circle has been cut with a Cheery Lynn die and the wonderful papers are from Doodlebug Designs, I love the bright colours and patterns on these papers.

Items Used:
Cheery Lynn Reflections Boutique Dies Mini Pearl Circle Mega Doily

Thank you for stopping by to look at my card today.
 I hope you get the chance to take advantage of the 15% off deal and have a great weekend.
Bye for now

Friday, 19 September 2014

Emma with Glitz and Sparkle

Happy Friday everyone, it's Linda here with my make for the week.

I have another Saturated Canary design from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps to share and I've coloured up Emma again, but whereas last time she was soft and subtle, today she has some zing in her step.

She's stamped on to some Fabriano watercolour paper and coloured with a mix of Distress Ink pads and markers and some Inktense Pencils, I've popped the colours on my blog for you. I cut her out with the MFT Pierced Ovals Stax.

The gorgeous, gorgeous papers are by Glitz, and called Hoopla.  Green isn't a colour I usually use much, but I do love a pop of acid lime green and against the black and white I thought that these were so striking.

They've been edged with Black Soot distress ink and hand stitched with top stitch thread.

I've decorated the inside to match up with the front and with plenty of room for a message on the larger oval from the Pierced Ovals Stax again.

That's all from me today, I'll see you again next week with something new to share.

Have fun! : ) x x 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Pion Design - My Precious Daughter

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you and I hope your week is going well so far.  

It's Ann-Marie popping in today to share a bit of crafting love with you all and for my make I couldn't resist playing again with Pion Design papers 'My Precious Daughter' I am smitten with these I really am.  I used mainly My Precious Daughter - Alma's Dress and a wee slice of My Precious Daughter - Baby Doll at the top of my card just to offset the stripes and a little border dividing them up with some ribbon woven through.  To set off the gorgeous image from the My Precious Daughter image sheet I used a Tonic Studios Butterfly Die 'Summer Azure' and whilst it was still in the die inked over with some Tim Holtz 'Walnut Stain' Distress ink to give it a little more definition and finished off with some 'Star Dust' Stickles.

Items Used

Okay time for me to go.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and manage to grab yourself some crafty time. 

Take care.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Everyday Magic....

Stamp- Everyday Magic by Tiddly Inks.
Paper- Inkido papers from the Inkido bulk box deal.
Morning everyone!

Its Lou in with a share for you today! I am a day late and not done with the make I was going to share yet so I will save her for thursday and share my Everyday Magic fairy with you oday.

There really is something just magical about her and I love using her. I coloured her with my promarkers and then I paper pieced up her dress and wings, her wings are popped up on a squidge of foam tape.

Thank you for popping in
Hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Backyard General....

Morning!! DT Jane checking is Backyard General for you today....ain't he adorable!
I have cut the dog tags by hand but you can find a die here.....I have added it to my wish list!
be sure to go check out all the new stock and special offers in the store!!


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Elegant Happy Birthday

Good Morning Everyone.
It's Sue here today with a simple card I made to showcase some stunning papers from Authentique, from the Classic Elegant pad. I love the delicate designs in this pad and the colours are gorgeous.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Champagne Lucy

Happy Friday everyone! It's Linda here,  I'm back from my little holiday in Bath and here today with my latest make for Dies to Die for.

Today I'm using Champagne Lucy, from Mi Ran Jung  made by Whimsy Stamps.  I must admit that when I saw this stamp in my DT pack from Tracy I was soooo happy, I've been itching to colour up some of Mi Ran's artwork.

I teamed her with these gorgeous papers from Authentique, Elegant.  I know I've used these papers a few times now, but the Turquoise, White and Black colourway is just so striking. As usual I've inked, distressed and hand stitched my layers.

I've put the list of items used, with links where possible at the end of my post. I added plenty of glitter to her feather boa and for once you can actually see it in the photos lol!

Champagne Lucy has been coloured in Copics and you can find a list of colours used on my blog. I fussy cut her out and mounted her on some foam tape.

The inside is simply finished with a couple of sheets from the same pack.

            Bazzil Basics Artesian Pool
          Jumbo Banner Stax - MFT

That's all from me today, enjoy your Friday and I'll see you again next week :) xx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Li'l Montana

Hello everyone and wishing you all a very happy Wednesday and I hope it's been a good one for you so far.  It's Ann-Marie here today popping in to share with you some inspiration and for my make this week I have made a card using some really pretty papers from Authentique called 'Flourish' and decided to colour up an older Whimsy image called 'Li'l Montana' as she's so cute and adorable.

Items used

Medium:  copics

Okay that's all from me today.  I'd like to say thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Take care.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Rose in simples!!!!

Morning everyone!!
Its a monday make with Lou again this morning and I made myself go simples because I was desperate to try out my Blue Prints 18 die set!! oooh I know I always say it peeps, but its a GOOOOOOOOOD one!!!

I grabbed a stamp, coloured her up and then cropped her out with the solid circle die, then a layer for her with the stitched circle and onto the card base! One sheet of my Doodlebug designs Sugar Shoppe paper was all I needed for this one (which is good because that pad is very stroke only!!! he he he!!!) I used the two section dies and cut the same paper to keep it simples, just using the dotted border die in between the 2 layers on my atlantic blue mat to add some umpfles!!!

I cut the fishtail and then stamped my sentiment onto it, then cut the little button and added a little twine. It was just so relaxing to play with this Die Namics set,it really is a great one, going to have another play with it this week!!

Thank you for popping in
Hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Christmas Cocoa.....

Afternoon!! DT Jane here with my first Christmas card of the year!!
I have used the lovely Cocoa from LDRS's Saturated Canary Collection..... the scrumptious papers are from MME you can find them here at a special price!
I haven't added a sentiment yet as I will wait until nearer the big day to decide who I will be sending it too ;)
Thanks for popping by and have a lovely afternoon!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Crisscross Applesauce...

Morning everyone!!

Its Lou in with a share for you today using one of the stunning new rubber stamps from the Little Darlings rubber stamps Saturated Canary new release.

I popped myself out of my normal colours safety zone when I coloured her up because I fancied a bit of a challenge and soooo wanted her to match my gorgeous new Doodlebug design papers. I never normally colour to match my papers but its sooo good to challenge yourself now and again!!

right, got to go,its Mo's first day back at school and I am feeling a bit anxious for him...he on the other hand is currently bouncing his basketball around the living room....!! lol!!

Hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sweet Blossom

Hello everyone, Ann-Marie popping in today with my usual Wednesday inspiration albeit a little later than I originally planned.

I was feeling all pink and girly when I made this one which may have had something to do with the most adorable Bo Bunny 'Isabella' papers.  Ooh these are so pretty and very stroke'able I so love their colour palette which is how I ended up with my pink and grey colour scheme.  Anyway, I chose a Wee Stamps image called 'Sweet Blossom' to play with from Whimsy Stamps and she still remains one of my all time faves she's just so sweet and adorable.  I haven't over embellished my card in fact I've kept it quite simple as I wanted the image to be the main focal point so only added a little ribbon and pearls and she was finished.  

Items Used

Okay that's my share for you this week and I hope you like it.  Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week folks.

Take care. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Carved Tree....

Morning everyone!

Hope you all had a fabby weekend! I fancied doing something a bit different this week and have had this stunning woodgrain stamp in my stash for a few months now and forgot about it until I was clearing my desk up some a couple of weeks ago.

I inked it p using the wonderful new Hero Arts Shadow inks, oh my!! they are fabulous!! (especialy if you are pretty pants at backgrounds like I am lol!!!) I used 'cup o Joe' on some Bazill Kraft cardstock and then you leave it to dry, while it is drying it smoooshes together and fills any gaps you missed!! WOW!!!!
Here's a video to watch about cool!!!!

Thank you for popping in
Hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Red Riding Hood....

DT Jane here with a make using the beautiful Red Riding Hood which you can grab for a special price just now over at the shop!
Black and Grey pencils again and I have used my copics for her cloak and kept the card nice and plain to emphasise the her and loved the story when I was a kid xx
Have a lovely Sunday!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Hippie Birthday Man!

Good Morning Everyone
I hope you are having a good weekend.

For my card today I have used a fabulous fun stamp from Whimsy Stamps Crissy Armstrong Collection and some colourful papers by Doodlebug. I have also used one of my favourite flower dies - Die-Namics Upsy Daisy and the sentiment is from a set by Paper Smooches.

Items Used:

Thank you for stopping by to look at my card.
bye for now
Sue xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Days of Winter

Happy Friday everyone! It's Linda here. Well I'm so glad that the weekend is almost with us, I've been struggling to shake off this cold all week, thought I'd got rid of it but it seems to be lingering so hopefully I can relax and shrug it off completely with some rest at the weekend.

Anyhooooo on to why I'm here and unusually for me my card does not have a stamped and coloured image, that's really rare for me, I do it from time to time but I think in a year of blogging this is only the 3rd time that my project does not have a hand coloured image on, but I was in need of saving some time as being ill had really put me behind with my makes.  Having said that, I really love the look of this vintage Christmas card and it was certainly a time saver, so you may well see more like this from me in the future, now and then.

As usual I  hand stitched my layers, I also distressed them and inked them with Walnut Stain DI.

The beautiful papers are the new Days of Winter collection from Pion Design.

There are links to products available in the store at the end of my post.

Products used

I do hope you like my share today, why not give it a try yourself?

Happy crafting! : ) x x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Mimosa - Winter Birds

Hello everyone it's Ann-Marie here popping in to share some Christmas inspiration with you.

I've gone all traditional today and used a colour palette of red and green with a splash of gold inspired by some My Mind's Eye papers 'Vintage Christmas' and these are beautiful.  For my image I used a Bildmalarna stamp 'Mimosa - Winter Birds' and she is definitely one of my favourites I can see her being used quite a bit.  To embellish my card I added some beautiful ribbon, twine and a few little jingly bells and those gorgeous roses were made from the Cheery Lynn 'Tea Rose Small' die and the fab leaves were on the same die and they cut so well.  I was really impressed with how they turned out and how easy they were to make.

A close up of the gorgeous roses.  Just love them think I may spend an afternoon just making lots of them in different colours!

Last piccie is a close up of the image.  She is so adorable and as usual she has been coloured with my copics and I'm really happy with how she turned out.

Items Used

Okay so that's all from me today enjoy the rest of your week folks.

Take care.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Yoga Mamma....

Stamp - Yoga Mamma.

Morning all! its Lou in with a calm and relaxing make for you today!!

Our Jane has got me all hooked on smaller projects this week after her ATC's ans I was in a Blueprints 9 tag  die kind of a mood!!
I actually adore this set because you can dress the tag up with the little border dies, I just flipped my double sided Doodlebug paper to do that. The bottom layer is the die cutting some packing corrugated card ( thankies Amazon!!) then I cut my patterned paper and trimmed of 1/4cm on every edge to get that wonderful border layer feel with the brown.

There was enough left to cut the little stitched border strip and the 'breathe' letters.
I coloured her up with my promarkers and I was in funky hair mood!! so pink hair she got! romfl!! well, it matched the papers!! he he he!!

Have a wonderful day everyone, thank you for popping in
hugs Lou xxx 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Quick and Easy Make.....

Goodness Sunday has come round fast again! DT Jane here and I have a pretty quick and easy make today as the contents of my cupboard are currently all over the place as I am having a clearout and tidy up!
I don't know how many of you use Pinterest....I spend hours on it pinning crafty ideas and so far have tried none!! My Home/Garden/Etc should be perfect with all my pins and boards! lol So I am determined to try and have a go at one, at least, every week!
And this is my first one.....
 Little light shades made from paper and sat on a wine glass! We have some gorgeous 12x12 sheets in the shop and some are reduced too!!
Here is a pic with the candles lit, I punched a few wee holes into the paper to let some light come through.
I really hope you like them and feel inspired! I am thinking some lovely Festive papers for the dining table at Christmas!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Happily Ever After - Again

Happy Friday everyone! It's Linda here.  If you're in the UK I hope you're looking forward to a lovely long 3 day weekend, so glad I no longer have to work bank holidays like a few years back.

Today I'm showing a wedding card that I made at the request of my daughter's friend, using Tiddly Inks' Happily Ever After ...and yes I know I've used this a few times now, but I actually don't have many 'wedding' or couple stamps and this stamp is on of my favourite images ever.

I used some lovely Pion Papers from the Flower Frame collection. I also paper pieced the brides Dress. All papers were edged with Distress Ink and then hand stitched. I coloured the stamp with distress inks (apart from a couple of Copics on the paper pieced dress), all the colours used and several more pics and all details can be found on my blog here.
 I finished her dress with a glue pen and some glamour dust to simulate sequins and beads.

I mounted the couple on a couple of Pierced Oval frames and slipped a couple of Heart Doily die cuts behind it. Can you spot the little love bird charm nestling beneath the flowers at the top right? I used one of the Fairy Tale Dreams sentiments and the matching die.

I decorated the inside with more of the same papers, the piece with the flower frame makes a lovely place to write a message.

Items used from the store:

Well that's all from me today, enjoy your weekend and I'll be back next Friday with some more inspiration to share :) xx

Monday, 18 August 2014


Hi everyone!
Monday again so its little ole me, Lou, in with a share for you today. 

I decided to go with 'Yvonne'. I don't know why I love this rubber stamp so much but she is just so fabulous and I love that she has a real woman figure! I love that!!

I coloured her up with my promarkers and then it was time to sploosh some papers together. The MME 6x6 Unforgettable pad made that super easy so a bit of roughing up the edges and a few of those delicious Prima Camille flowers to the bottom corner. I tucked in a La La Land heart doily too, well its too cute to miss out!!!

Recently I have been trying to ease myself out of adding sentiments to my cards, its a really tough thing to teach myself to do but I do love the fact that its an open event card if you do that! then you can just add the sentiment when you need it!!

Thank you for popping in
hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

SC Shay.....

 Good Norning! DT Jane here.......horrible windy wet day here in Fort William, a day for hiding in my cupboard making cards I think! One more day and then I am back to work after being off for the summer!
Anyways on to my card!  I have used the cute wee Shay for my card today from the Little Darlings Saturated Canary Range....and I have coloured her with my pencils....I have kept it all pretty simple as these papers are gorgeous and I couldn't bear to cover them up with embellishments! They are BoBunny Isabella....the tiny details on the papers are so beautiful, I don't know if you can make out in the pic below the wee cluster of butterflies in the corner......just gorgeous....can you tell I love papers!
Thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Home is Where the Heart is

Good Morning Everyone
I hope you are well and having a good weekend.

For my card today I have used some gorgeous papers made by Simple Stories. They have been cut with  Die-Namics Blueprints 12 and 13 and the beautiful flower is the wonderful Die-Namics Gerbera Daisy.

Items Used:

Thank you for stopping to look at my card today.
Bye for now
Sue xx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Twinkle Toes for a Special Someone

Happy Friday! DT Linda here. This is my first post for Dies to Die for in my new Friday spot, I've moved from Tuesday since Friday became vacant as it works out a little easier for me with other postings and my family and social stuff.  Talking of family, the card I'm sharing today was made for my beautiful daughter's birthday which was on Monday.  She's 25, blimey that really makes you feel old when your 'baby' turns a quarter of a century lol.

Anyway, this is what I made for her, I thought Twinkle Toes form Whimy's Time for Tea collection, was quite appropriate as she did loads of dancing and dance competitions when she was younger, so she really was a Twinkle Toes hehe.

I used the My Precious Daughter collection from Pion Design (love this collection and also the new Pion Christmas collection, Days of Winter,  which Tracy now has in stock in the store here. Expect a make from me with these new papers soon, they're lush!), I thought these papers were very fitting for a card for my daughter as well as being downright gorgeous. I mostly used the 12 x 12 versions. The beautiful border at the top is cut with the MFT Crown Border

I coloured her with distress inks, full colours used plus more photos and details can be found on my blog.

She's mounted on some pierced ovals cut with the Pierced Ovals Stax from MFT. I dotted her around with some Liquid Pearls.

I inked all the edges of my papers with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, before distressing them and hand stitching them with top stitch thread. The little banners on the top left were cut with the Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax from MFT. Flowers are a mix of Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts.
I cut a little butterfly and a pair of tickets from the element sheet and added them to my card. 

Finally I decorated the inside with a piece from one of the 6 x 6 sheets to match the front and stamped a Happy Birthday to You sentiment from the Impression Obsession  Life Stuff Sentiments set.

Well that's all from me today but I'll be back next Friday with something new for you.
Have fun! : )  x x