30 July 2016

Hippo get well!

Hi Everyone, I have the most exciting new for me anyway, I have been a fan of of Paulette at Create with TLC for a number of years and you may have seen me taking part as Guest Designer recently in her blog hop. WELL - I am thrilled to say that I have had the chance to become one of the DT and I am over the moon.

My card today so happens to include the sentiment from Create with TLC, it is a Get Well card for a friend of mine who was on an away day, helping people with arthritis to get around (she's nearly 80 but quite active). She had a bad fall and was taken into the local hospital where she had an emergency operation to insert a new hip! her husband had to travel 200 miles and stay in a B&B until she could come home 10 days later, after succumbing to a chest infection after her operation.

Anyhow the card - you know when you say you have uninked stamps? well this is one of a few hundred (at least) of digital stamps I haven't used. It's by Anne Fenton, I have had it for 5 years, shame on me.  I thought it apt with the sentiment from Create with TLC and a note added from me! I hope the cheery colours in the DP's by Melo Vrijhof cheer her up and get her on the road to recovery.

DP's by Melo Vrijhof at Pixelscrapper.

28 July 2016

Brighten my Day!

Hi Everyone.

It seems like my faux vellum card from yesterday needs a tutorial, so I will be adding a tutorial page soon.

My card today is for the Progressive Challenge at Outlawz, the lighthouse has been drawn beautifully by Laurien at the Outlawz. I digitally coloured the image and was then stuck with what to do for the background. I suppose I could have left it and made it a truly CAS card, but it didn't seem right to me, so went searching my files - again! - for sea images.

I came across a picture from a magazine that used to give out digital images and this was amongst them, it's a lovely scene but I didn't want "real life" image with the lighthouse. I recently learned how to create a sketch from a photograph, so that is what I did, and it turned out exactly how I wanted it. I added a sentiment from Create with TLC. After printing onto basket weave card, I added 3D gloss to the lighthouse.

26 July 2016


Hi Everyone, my card today is very simple and is for the progressive challenge at the Digistamps4joy FB page. We have had a lovely floral corner digital image, which I, for some reason, wanted to have as a white embossed stamp on vellum. I found a way in PS and I am thrilled with the result. I can now have a digi "stamped" in white onto any background, any of you want to know how, give me a shout!

I used a CAS design, as I wanted the focus to be on the stamp and the glittered vellum! Both of which are digital. After printing, I cut them out and layered them onto the base paper and added a sentiment using the same effects as the main image. then added pearls to hold down the "vellum".

This closeup shows the "glittered vellum"!
Corner images Digistamps4joy
Glittered vellum Elle Designs
Background papers Paper Garden Projects


25 July 2016

Spaceman in a frame!

Hi Everyone. Firstly I have to say thank you to my new followers, I appreciate your support and your encouragement to me, I hope you will like what I have for you. Big hugs to ALL of my followers, you Very Special people, who share my blog and the things I attempt.

Now onto what you have come here for. My son wanted me to colour a "manga" image for him as he loves the images. I have done this for his 40th birthday which comes up in a couple of weeks. I went online to see what I could find and found this. He is a "gamer" so this is just up his street. He rarely visits here, so he shouldn't see it.  I HOPE! LOL

You know I colour digitally which I love to do, but this was out of my scale completely, it was so very detailed. Luckily the artist (Link below) had painted it, so I attempted to copy his work, "attempted" being the operative word. I got nothing like the detail he had, but I was happy with it.

I have learned a lot about digital colouring with this, BUT so much more to learn. I used 25 layers and LOTS of hours to get this effect, I should think the artist probably used at least 3 times that.

The background frame was done with assorted PS brushes, which were colours picked up in the painting. Hope you like this VERY different project. I've added the photo and the original painting, as the details are not good, because of the glass reflection. (I tried every room in the house and outside to get a decent photo)

The image is from Joverine at Deviant Art. 
Starcraft and all related elements copyright © Blizzard Entertainment
Image copyright © UDON Entertainment

23 July 2016


Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Outlawz Sketch challenge and the Twisted Thursday "Make Something Funny" well it gives a smile!

I used ready coloured cat and mouse and added paw paper by Laurie Furnell, which I had at PC Hugware a long time ago. The girl and cat is from Dearie Dolls, that I digitally coloured to match the centre image, the "meow" paper is an overlay from Pixelscrapper. The girl and mouse on the ball are 3D'd.



22 July 2016

Scrapbook page

Hi Everyone, you know I don't usually do scrapbook pages, but occasionally something comes up and I find it something I have to do. Today I have a photo of my Mum, taken days before she had a small stroke and went into hospital in February 2004, she never came out, she had a fatal stroke and died in the April aged a wonderful 91. She is with the eldest of her grandchildren. I enlarged the photo for the centre panel and used blending options of "luminosity" and opacity of 42% .
 Of course you know what means LOL.

The papers are the current Dragon Lair Sunday Showcase freebie kit. Girlz World. It's a digital layout with a template by Our Misadventures.

20 July 2016

Just Chickin' on you!

Hi Everyone the challenge at The Male Room is

I have gone for something I think is quite different, for me anyway, to match with the red and blue. I chose beige!

I coloured and paper pieced the chicken in PS. I added chicken wire behind him, I did a print and cut on the Cameo of the the shaped circle and extra layers of the chicken, wings, beak, wattle and comb, adding an off cut to make them sticker like.  I did a play on words with the sentiment. I added embossing to the red paper and a little heart to the check paper. Hope you like my unusual colour combo.

The digital stamp chicken was a freebie by Heartily Farm at Cuddly Buddly 
Heart die was a freebie from a magazine
chicken wire is from Pixelscrapper
I think the paper is from Pixelscrapper 
For some reason I didn't save the file, except in my Silhouette files and that doesn't tell me who designed the papers or the circle shape.  I could kick myself. Sorry.

19 July 2016

Christmas card with different colours

Hi Everyone my card today is using the FREEBIE "Scents of Christmas" Card Kit from the Miss Daisy Stamps . I'm afraid the freebie was only until the 18th, but may be still available if you want to visit and see! My card was a last minute make.

Using the papers and following a sketch I coloured the bird and holly in PS. I added Nuvo silver glitter around the edge and Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels on the cap and around the sentiment. It has a lovely sparkle in real life. Very different colours to what I would normally make, but I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

18 July 2016

Duck and joke

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Outlawz Sketch Challenge, I have just made it!, where does the week go? Anyhow, here is the magnificent Mitzi, I haven't used one of these images for YEARS and I love them all. I cut and print her and the wonderful Dearie Dolls lipstick image on the Cameo, I followed the sketch and added a joke I saw in a newspaper recently, I had to use it somewhere and this was it. LOL. Both were ready coloured images. I layered the papers onto black card.

Mitzi Duck PC Hugware no longer available.
Lipstick Dearie Dolls
DP's Digi Dewi

Dragonslair card

Hi Everyone my card today is made for Dragons Lair Designs Facebook Monthly Fan Challenge. The very pretty papers and elements are from the "Spring Medley" Freebie supplied to enter.   I followed a sketch and added the cherry blossom from our garden as a centre piece. I thought it suited the paper colours. 

17 July 2016

Create with TLC Blog Hop

Here it is the long awaited and anticipated blog hop from the one and only -

Blog Hop
Vintage Vacation

Paulette has given all the DT and us Guest Designers a freebie to play with and for you to have FREE, just click on the image below my card, right click and save as, it's a SUPER image such fun, don't you just love all those little images and links to the State?
The closest I've been, is knowing a wonderful West Virginian gentleman who is now 97, we have sent Christmas cards and occasional letters to one another each year for 30 years, after meeting him when we had a small hotel.

It wasn't until after thinking about what to do with this image I thought of all the things that would have sent me to Virginia, SO, if I had gone what would I have bought as a memento that would fit into my case and be enjoyed for a few, if not many years. (If I hadn't lit it LOL). This is what I would have bought. I coloured the image digitally and used the State colours of blue and gold. I hope I have done it and the State justice.

Image freebie above from Create with TLC
digitally coloured
label die free from magazine

I have a freebie of the digitally painted image, if you would like to have it, 
with generous permission of Paulette at Create with TLC

You have come from Edwina .........  http://edwinascreations.blogspot.com/
Your next stop is Jen ...............  http://jencraftsa.blogspot.com/

If you get lost here is the list OR go back to the beginning at Create with TLC

Deanne  .........  http://littlebitopaper.blogspot.com/

Desire  .......... http://desiref.blogspot.com/

Hetty  ..........  http://craftchaos.blogspot.com/

Karen ..........  http://busyinspirations.blogspot.com/

Lisa D........ http://decossesdynamitedoodles.blogspot.com/

Lisa Lynn  .........  http://lisalynncard.blogspot.com/

Lynne ..........  http://slasewcraftiness.blogspot.com/

Rhonda Sue  ........... http://craftymumzcreations.blogspot.com/

Edwina .........  http://edwinascreations.blogspot.com/

Faith ............  http://daffodil-faitha.blogspot.com/

Jen ...............  http://jencraftsa.blogspot.com/

Patti ...........  http://cherisheachpreciousday.blogspot.com/

Shelly .........  http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Please leave a comment at each person's blog along the way we'd love to know you have visited and enjoyed the hop. You can get lots more fabulous images from Paulette at Create with TLC

16 July 2016

Summertime and the livin' is easy!

Blog Hop Reminder
        17 July 

From now until the Vintage Vacation Hop....these cute little vacation guys are available as a GIFT, when you purchase any one SET from the store.  Hurry while they last~!  Vacations gone Wild!~

My card today is number 4 of the freebie, I made it for my Great Niece who's birthday is tomorrow, she is a Teacher, so this has a tease in the sentiment, as if she had nothing to do all Summer! Digitally coloured with DP's fussy cut, (I embossed the 2 bottom layers) and layered, a little ribbon, 3D gloss on the glasses and ball and a crab to finish.

Image and sentiment by Create with TLC
DP's Kelleigh Ratzlaff
Oval die Tonic
Crab die First Edition 

15 July 2016

Lion get well

Blog Hop Reminder
        17 July 

From now until the Vintage Vacation Hop....these cute little vacation guys are available as a GIFT, when you purchase any one SET from the store.  Hurry while they last~!  Vacations gone Wild!~

My card today is number 3 of the freebie, I have had such fun with these and going through the sentiments from TLC to find those that match each one. My card today was matched with a get well sentiment, I thought it perfect for the image. Coloured digitally with DP's fussy cut and layered. Sounds like it didn't take long doesn't it? LOL. 

Image and sentiment Create with TLC
DP's Marisa Lerin at Pixelscrapper
Circle die Tonic

14 July 2016

Sailing Hat!!!

Blog Hop Reminder
        17 July 

From now until the Vintage Vacation Hop....these cute little vacation guys are available as a GIFT, when you purchase any one SET from the store.  Hurry while they last~!  Vacations gone Wild!~

Another reminder for you about the Blog Hop at Create with TLC. Here's number 2 card from the freebie, they are such great images. For my card today, I have digitally coloured the mouse in the hat and added digital papers, printed them out following a sketch. die cut the image and added a die cut dolphin, which I coloured with markers. and a few Nuvo drops.  I loved the sentiment it suits the image so well and I know just who it will go to!

Image and sentiment fro Create with TLC
Dolphin First Edition Dies
DP's Carin Grobe
Circle die Tonic

13 July 2016

Create with TLC reminder with freebie!

Blog Hop Reminder
        17 July 

From now until the Vintage Vacation Hop....these cute little vacation guys are available as a GIFT, when you purchase any one SET from the store.  Hurry while they last~!  Vacations gone Wild!~

Here is my number 1card with  the cute mouse surfing. The image is coloured digitally with a gradient overlay for the surf board. I printed it out onto card, then printed it again with extra layers for the mouse and the surf, then Tonic circle die cut the sentiment. I die cut a star fish by First Edition, coloured with markers and added silver glitter and 3D gloss to his nose. He deserved to be a CAS card I thought. Image and sentiment from Create with TLC.

12 July 2016

Christmas Card Hedgehogs

Hi Everyone a Christmas card, Yep! I've made one. LOL. I saw this digital stamp by Di's Digis and loved it, it will be perfect for my overseas cards, being it includes a Royal Mail post box, I hope it will remind them of home. I coloured it digitally and then followed a sketch. I printed it on cross hatched card and it gives it a lovely texture, somewhat like a canvas. I then added Stickles to the snow and a die cut snowflake by Die'sire. I hope it will make posting a little cheaper. It cost me an absolute fortune last year.

EDITED I won Top 3 at Di's Digis for this card.



11 July 2016

Jaguar cat

Hi Everyone, my card today is a Jaguar cat, a freebie of the month from Morgan's Art, I LOVE him, I coloured him digitally and used digital papers, printed out, cut the circle with a die, to make sure it was a circle LOL. Layered the papers and die cut the sentiment from Tiddly inks, after I added it, I thought, I suppose it should have been for a fish, but I could just see the Jaguar creeping up on it's prey and saying just that! Handy for a Valentine or birthday card me thinks. Just a few drops of Nuvo Crystal drops and a card is born!

DP's Striped paper Stitchy Bear
other DP's Misty Cato

Morgan's Art World Facebook group and
http://morgansartworld.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-14-animals.html  Animals

http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/july-challenge-7-natureanimals.html Nature or Animals

http://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-115-four-legged-friends-05th.html Four legged friends.

10 July 2016

Summer martini!

Hi Everyone, my card today is for the Outlawz sketch challenge. I had reason to colour this digi by Andrea Norris at Sheepskidesigns, and, well, I couldn't let it go to waste so here it is on a card following the sketch.

coloured digitally
Image and sentiment Andrea Norris
DP's by Marisa Lerin Pixelscrapper
Lime Amanda Creations
Leaves Die'sire die



08 July 2016

TLC Blog Hop

Blog Hop
17th July

Hi Everyone I am absolutely thrilled silly and excited to be included in this hop. 
Paulette has amazing vintage images and the most wonderful sentiments in her shop. I have been a fan for quite a number of years, so being included is an extra special privilege for me.

 Put it in your diary and take part in this awesome Vintage Travel themed blog hop.
 There will be plenty of freebies on each of your station stops, so 
TRAVEL with us on July 17th.

Dragon card

Hi Everyone, I'm still a little sad at Wales losing to Portugal in the Euro Football Cup, but so happy they got so far. Well done Boyo's

My post today is a get well card. I saw a challenge that asked for flag colours, which set my mojo off, it's been in the doldrums lately. I used Morgan's Art Dragon "silvertrace dragon baby in egg" which I had used before as a digital "painting" Here. This time I changed the background colour to suit the challenge. I followed a sketch, (I find it easier) printed the Dragon layer and layered it and added a circle die cut of pearlised card. The white strip is cross hatched card. I added a Tonic die butterfly to balance the sentiment from Create with TLC.

It will go to my Niece who has dislocated and broken her elbow very badly, she lives in England so it will be a bit of Wales for her. I think I will let you know how she did it (in a shortened version). She was getting out of the shower, slipped, went to save herself by putting her hand on the toilet seat lid, the seat lid was up, her arm went into the bend, SNAP! She had 5 hours of surgery and lots of pins and plates to hold her elbow together. Due to the break, she was told after surgery, she has Osteoporosis. Moral of the story ALWAYS put the lid down after using!
Here is my Welsh flag 

http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/color-throwdown-400.html Red Green and White.

06 July 2016

Male flowers?

Hi Everyone, the challenge over at The Male Room is to "Make Flowers Masculine".

My DT card was to make for a friend of ours, so a great opportunity to do a card for him with flowers! He doesn't garden so didn't want to use that theme. My first thoughts? I chose a sketch to follow, then for the papers. I searched for flowers in my files and this beauty came up. Then realised it was all in a blog hop, so used the papers from the hop.

I made the clock in PS with PS shapes, I cut it out on the Cameo twice, removing the circle for the top layer, the 75 was also cut on the Cameo, I then die cut some small flowers to add "wood carving" to the clock face and to place in the corners. I added a spot of Uniball gold pen to the flowers and covered the 75 with the pen too. I edged the papers with my markers. The sentiment is mine. I hope I have fulfilled the brief.

Papers from the June Yesteryear blog Hop at Pixelscrappers by Anitebellum Design House
Clock face Shapes4FREE
Wood overlay on clock Jane Scott Pixelscrapper
Die mini flowers Tattered Lace

http://ttcrd.blogspot.co.uk/ Anyhting Goes

http://artisticinspirationschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/challenge-160.html Anything Goes

http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/prismaandothermediums/forum/topics/twisted-thursday-challenge-for-june-30-july-6-optional-twist-is Anything Goes

03 July 2016

Baby Girl

Hi Everyone, I was asked by my Son to make a baby girl card for his found full Sister, I showed him a few images and he chose this super one from Some Odd Girls, I chose bright colours and a feet overlay, to finish it off, I added a nappy (diaper) and pin cut on my Cameo, I also cut her out with the print and cut on the Cameo. 

She is coloured and she and baby paper pieced, the Baby Girl date stamp was finished in PS. All layered and lace added underneath the middle layer, a die cut of the Baby Girl date stamp. For the inside I copied the top layer papers and added a greeting sentiment on the right side, on the left I copied and played in PS with the baby from the arms of the main image and added it with a cute quote. I'm glad to say he was happy with it.

I had added her name and DOB, but thought it better to delete these from the calendar for posting, for privacy reasons.

Image Some Odd Girls
digi papers from a blog hop by KMRD at Pixelscrappers.
Baby Girl date stamp Create with TLC
The nappy (diaper) and pin are from Lettering Delights
cute inside quote NibbleScribbles Designs

01 July 2016

Follow Your Dreams

It's time for the Monthly challenge at

the Theme is 
sponsored by the fabulous

This is my DT contribution, the image is named as "Follow Your Dreams" which I thought as a great quote for the title of my layout. This was a simple layout, no real changes to anything, apart from colouring this beautiful image, a few shadows and a PS dissolve filter for the cloud background, I added an inner shadow and an outer glow to the text. I loved playing with this image and in my imagination I am flying away in colour and, if I could remember my dreams, to where they go LOL.
This will make a great congratulations for a graduate, job or moving card when printed out.

Go see what my Team mates have for you with these awesome stamps from All Dressed Up stamps. Have a try at 100% digi yourself, see how easy it is and enter our Travel challenge.

I followed these colours
Clouds are free images by Nuchy Lee from Photoshop Creative Magazine.