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Friday, 12 January 2018

Tilda with Winter Flowers

Good morning everyone,

I hope you have had a good week. Its been a  bit gloomy here in the south this week although we were lucky enough to see some sunshine on Wednesday.

I thought I would pop in to share a card I made a little while ago which I forgot to share.

This is an older Maggie called 'Tilda with Winter Flowers' which I have coloured up with DI reinkers.

I stamped her onto Artistico extra white water colour paper with a timber brown Stazon ink pad. and cut the shape with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Elegant Ovals die finishing off with some pearl string around the outside.

I've cut a few Joy Crafts dies in coordinating papers, and the swirl is a Magnolia Doohickey die links where possible are at the bottom of this post.

The decorative pin was a gift from a crafty friend , the flowers, pearl trim, pearl rose, ribbon and lace are from my own crafty stash.

The smaller pearl string and the pearl cluster is from the Ribbon Girl.

DI list:
Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
Hair: Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Black Soot
Cardigan, Pocket, Hair Bows, and Shoes: Victorian Velvet
Dress: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Flowers: Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Bundled Sage

That's all from me today.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thank you for popping in.

Gina xx

Sunday, 7 January 2018

New Challenge Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia

Hi everyone,

Happy Sunday to you, I hope you are all well and had a good week. It is a bit colder here today, but thankfully the strong winds have now subsided. 

Our first challenge of the 2018 begins at Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia today and we have a popular challenge of:

Anything Goes

Before I get onto my card we are looking for a couple of new teamies to join our Mid-way team, so if you are a Maggie lover and would like to join a friendly family, there are two ways you can enter:

Put DT after your name when you link up your card OR email either Jay or myself (our addresses are in the side bar) including a link to your blog.

All we ask is that you make a card once a month following the set theme, comment on the challenge entries (you will be given a number)  and if possible share on Facebook, Instagram etc.

I have coloured up London Tilda, but omitted the phone box die that comes with it. I have coloured her with DI reinkers.

The trees in the background have been drawn by myself - yep no stamp, I am quite pleased with how they have turned out.  I used a mixture of watercolour paints and DI reinkers to colour the background scene.

To make the shape of the card, I have cut a create-abilities rectangle die in white card and then cut my chosen papers which are Marja and distressed the edges using a paper distresser tool.

I also cut two Joy Crafts dies,  Border Edge and Scalloped Edged Die with Flowers and finished off with some pearl gems. 

The pink lace is from my crafty stash.

The flowers are a mixture from the Ribbon Girl and again my own stash. The pearl string is also from the Ribbon Girl.

DI list:
Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
Hair: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Coat: Weathered Wood, Black Soot
Umbrella and Boots: Victorian Velvet, Black Soot
Trees: Gathered Twigs, Black Soot

Background - mixture of watercolour paints.

Our wonderful sponsor for the next four weeks is

Wild Orchid Crafts

You could win a £20 voucher to spend in their on line store.

So that is all from me for today, if you have a chance pop over and take a peep at what my teamies have made for the challenge, they are gorgeous.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Thank you for popping in.

Gina xx

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Some Exciting News!

Hi everyone,

The new year is off to a very exciting start for me! You probably haven't noticed, but I have a shiny new badge on the right hand side as I was so lucky to be selected to join the 
Creative Inspirations DT. When Natalie emailed me with the exciting news it took me a nano second to respond I am so excited - thank you Natalie!

So on with the challenge and our theme for this month is:

Something New
Whether it's something new from your crafty stash or the celebration of a New Baby we want to see your creations with a new theme!

I didn't have long to make this card, but hopefully I have done the beautiful image justice!

This little beauty is from The Paper Shelter who are sponsoring us this month and is called MoniqueI have coloured her with distress ink reinkers.

For my 'something new' part of the challenge I have used a new die I was lucky to receive for Christmas, of course it is by my favourite brand Joy Crafts, which you can see on the left hand side of the pic and of course the image is new too.

The cheesecloth, pearl string, double row pearl trim, berries and pearl and diamante heart are from the Ribbon Girl, everything else is from my crafty stash.

DI list:
Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Liptick
Hair: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Coat: Victorian Velvet, Black Soot
Tights: Victorian Velvet, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Tassels and Shoes, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Lips: Aged Mahagony

Our fabulous sponsor for this months challenge is:

The lucky winner of the challenge will win 3 images of their choice.

That's all from me today.

Thank you for popping in.

Gina xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Ally's Angels
The Paper Shelter

Happy New Year! Digi Doodles Studios GD Card - Isabella

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year, I hope it will be a happy, healthy and creative one!

Did you all have a good Christmas?  Mine was the best I have had in years. We spent it with our youngest son and his girlfriend in Wiltshire and I couldn't have asked for a better time. Then on Boxing day we headed to our eldest sons' and had another fabulous day.

I must have been a very good girl last year as Santa brought me everything I could have wished for and more including a sewing machine so I can now stitch my papers:) 

Anyway enough of my waffling as today I am sharing my GD card for Digi Doodles Studios

I have made a shaker card for a change. The cute image is called Isabella. I have coloured her with distress ink reinkers and added some stickles star dust to her wings.

A good crafty friend of mine made me a 12 days of Christmas advent, each day I opened up a crafty package and in one of the packages were some beautiful purple and blue heart gems which I thought would be perfect for the shaker element of this card.

The papers are from the the Hobby House.

The die cut peeping out of the top of the card and the gorgeous flourish have been cut from Joy Craft dies.

The little heart shaped bottled has been filled with pink glitter.

The flowers, pearl string, ribbon, heart embellishment and lace are a mixture from my own crafty stash and the Ribbon Girl I have put the links to the products that I can at the bottom of this post.

DI list:
Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered rose, Worn Lipstick
Hair: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Dress: Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot
Wings: Victorian Velvet, Weathered Wood
Sock and Flowers: Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord,  Bundled Sage, Black Soot

Before I go, I just wanted to let you know that there is now a Digi Doodles Studios challenge underway which you can find here. The theme will always be 'Anything Goes'. 'There will be two winners, the first winner must have entered using a Digi Doodle Studio Image and will receive a prize of two digi images from the shop. The second winner will have entered using any image and will receive a prize of one digi image from the shop.

First, Second and Third Places are picked by the DT and these will be announced at the start of the New Challenge post.  

That's all from me for now, but I will be back later this afternoon.

Thank you for popping in.

Gina xx

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Dreamerland Crafts - Holiday Greetings

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all ready for the big day, not long now. I am almost ready, I've still got some wrapping to do and one more card to make.

Well only a few hours left and then the school holidays begin yay!! I am currently making my last Christmas card and I've saved the hardest one until last as it is for my hubby! I have decided to try and paint a scene - my first attempt went in the bin, so wish me luck for my second attempt.

Anyway before I sign off for Christmas I thought I would share one more Christmas card using another of the Dreamerland Crafts  stamps from the 2017 Fall collection. This fabulous stamp is called 'Holiday Greetings'.

Holiday Greetings
I have coloured the image with DI reinkers and I have used glamour dust for the bobble, trim on the dress, cuffs and hat and also for the lying snow.

The papers are by Maja.

The pine branches have been cut from a fantasy die and I've painted on some white gesso. The stars have been cut from an Yvonne Creations die called 'TwinklingStars'. I've also tucked a winterfun die cut and some corrugated cardboard  in between the layers.

The pine cones, pearl string, lace and pearl cluster are from the Ribbon Girl.

DI list:
Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose 
Hair: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Dress, Sack, Hats: Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Stormy Sky, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Scarf: Forest Moss, Shabby Shutter, Black Soot
Bear and Dog: Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Box: Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Black Soot

Links to most of the materials I have used are at the bottom of this post, just click on a picture to be taken directly to the product.

I will still be creating behind the scenes, but I am signing off for a while to have a bit of rest, but I will back either after Christmas or early in the New Year once I have recharged my batteries.  

Thank you to you all for the wonderful support you have given me this year and for the wonderful comments you leave me, it means such a lot.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Santa brings you what you hope for and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Gina xx
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Monday, 18 December 2017

Digi Doodles Studios Inspirational Card - Aurora

Hi everyone,

I hope you are well and looking forward to the Christmas festivities!

Well I am super excited, I have two more full days at school as we break up at lunchtime on Wednesday for the Christmas holidays wahoo. We have a few fun things to do before they let the staff go home, like Secret Santa and the hamper prize drawer, but its all good fun!

Anyway I am popping in to share an inspirational card for Digi Doodle Studios. Dina has recently released a range of Masquerade Ball images and this is one them, she is called Aurora.

I have coloured her with DI reinkers.  I used 'Star Dust' stickles to make the mask all lovely and sparkly.

The wispy bits underneath the flowers is called sisal.  

The lacey border has been cut from a Fantasy die and underneath the image is a Joy Crafts die. The swirl on the right hand is an old favourite of mine cut from a Magnolia Doohickeys die.

The pearl string, lace butterfly, pearl trim and guipure lace are from the Ribbon Girl.

The feather, flower, bronze key charm and ribbon are from my own crafty stash.

DI list: 
Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
Lips: Aged Mahogany
Hair: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Dress and Feathers: Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Black Soot

Before I go, in the run up to Christmas, Dina is currently offering 25% off ALL digi stamps, so pop on over to Digi Doodles Studios and grab yourself a bargain.

That's all from me today.

Thank you for popping n.

Gina xx

Friday, 15 December 2017

Reminder card for the Paradise of Stamps

Hi everyone,

If you are looking for the Fussy and Fancy card, please scroll down.


I am popping back in with a reminder card for the current 'Anything Goes' challenge at

I have coloured up one of my favourite Christmas Maggies, she is called Tilda with Little Snowy Snowman.

I have sprinkled glamour dust onto the rim of her hat,  pom pom, cape and lying snow. Around the image I have sprinkled some white frantage and heat set it.

I stamped her onto Artistico extra white watercolour paper, cut the shape which is a Spellbinders die (Venise Lace) and coloured her with DI reinkers.

The pretty border on the left hand side is a Precious Marieke Winterfun die and the snowflake banner has been cut from a Lala Lands die. I have sprinkled twinkles over the banner die to give it a lovely icy look and added some pearl string.

Tucked underneath the flowers are a couple of sprawling fern dies cut from a Magnolia Doohickeys die and I've also added some twinklets.

Most of the flowers and snowballs are from my own crafty stash.

The white guipure lace, pink rose, pine cones, silver glitter embellishment and beautiful silver flake web ribbon are from the Ribbon Girl.

DI list:
Skin: Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
Hair: Walnut Stain, Antique Linen
Cape, Hat and Boots: Victorian Velvet, Black Soot
Snowman: Hickory Smoke, Black Soot,

That's all from me today.

Thank you so much for popping in.

Take care.

Gina xx