Thursday, 29 September 2011

Whiff of Joy Challenge and a new release preview

Good Morning,! I have some 'Sparkles and Swirls' for you today, which is this fortnight's Whiff of Joy Challenge theme, using some of the wonderful new products which will be released in October from Whiff of Joy. Ever since I received the fabulous Nested flowers dies I have been wanting to make a wreath and the new background stamps that will be released next month were perfect to decorate them and I thought the adorable 'Keeper of the Christmas cookies' bird would look great perched on the wreath.

To make the wreath, I covered a polystyrene circle shape with garden string by adding double sided tape to the polystyrene and wrapping the string tightly around and sticking the raw ends down with glue. To make 9 flowers, I stamped a piece of 6x12inch red card with the background patterns using perfect medium and heat embossed them with red glitter embossing powder. I die cut 9 sets of flowers and put them together mixing and matching the different patterns. I pierced through the middle and fastened them with Whiff of Joy brads.
I then shaped them by hand to give them more dimension.

I stamped and coloured the cute little bird stamp and cut him out before glittering and adding him to the wreath with my glue gun. I die cut some swirls from green card and positioned them around the wreath and arranged my flowers on top of them before decorating them with glitter glue. As a finishing touch I added a large green bow topped with a shiny button and a small banner stamped with a sentiment from this set.
I can't wait for Christmas now so I can display my wreath!
Have a great Thursday!
Jane
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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Sugar Nellie DT - Warm Winter wishes

Hello! I am back again with my first card posted on the Sugar Nellie blog since I joined the The Design Team.
I have made a card using the adorable Warm Winter Wishes image which is so much fun to colour.

The papers I have used are by Prima from the North Country pad and go perfectly with my favourite Kraft card and my favourite beige thread for stitching. I die cut some snowflakes from Kraft and dipped them in glitter before topping with some buttons. The sentiment stamp I used is by Paper Make Up.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Jane
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My Pamper pack tutorial on the Whiff of Joy blog

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are having a good week. I am just popping in quickly to let you know I have a tutorial on the Whiff of Joy inspirations blog today to show you how to make a Princess Pamper pack.

I have made a folded pack to hold a couple of face masks and decorated it with The Princess Belle image which is available here from Whiff of Joy. I hope you enjoy the tutorial!
Have a great Wednesday!
Jane
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Monday, 26 September 2011

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Bookmarks and Tags

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are well Sorry my post is a little late today. I had a lovely birthday weekend but have caught the lurgy from my Son so am feeling very under the weather today. Monday is Pollycraft Challenge day and we have something a little bit different for you today. Our theme this week is

'Tags and Bookmarks'.

I have made a corner bookmark using some paper scraps and a Luna Bitterfrost 'Robots Rock' image.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and cut it out leaving a small border. The button and letter stickers are from my stash and the lovely lace is from The Ribbon Girl.

Here is a closing up on my image. The colours on the main photo look a bit funny, this photo looks a bit better! I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge. This week, we are sponsored by The Crimson Cloud and the prize for this week is 3 packs of die cuts.


Make sure you check out the Challenge blog for lots of inspiration from the DT! Have a good Monday.
Jane
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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Whiff of Joy DT - Christmas stamps preview

Good Morning Everyone! I am very excited to be able to share a card made with one of the new images which will be released at the beginning of October at Whiff of Joy. I was happy when I saw the new images as I have always loved the Whiff of Joy Gnomes and these are no exception!

I have made a card using the some new Echo Park Christmas papers and some spotty ribbon and a matching spotty button from my stash. I added a little zig zag stitching around the edges of the layers and a sentiment from the Whiff of Joy Xmas sentiments set which is available here.
The gorgeous image was coloured with Promarkers and embellished with glitter and I then cut the image out leaving a tiny border and mounted it on to the card with Promarkers.
I will see you next week when I will have more cards to share made using some of the new images.
Have a great Sunday!
Jane
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Saturday, 24 September 2011

CES Challenge - Recycle

Good Morning Everyone! I'm so happy it's finally Saturday! It's my Birthday today and I am going away for the night with my Hubby to Bournemouth! I have been looking forward to today for ages! Of course, Saturdays are CES Challenge day so we have a brand new Challenge for you this week. This week we are going green and would like you to......

Recycle!!!

We have been decorating our bedroom this week and my Dad fitted some new blinds for me so I used the offcuts we had to trim off to die cut with a Whiff of Joy flower die and make the flowers I have used on my tag.

After I had die cut them, I stamped them with a Hero arts Text stamp and added some distress stickles to make them sparkle. I have used a new Octopode Factory stamp I bought last weekend from the Sandown Craft show.
I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge. The prize for one lucky winner is a £10 voucher (exc p&p) to spend over at Crafty Emma's Store.


Make sure you hop over to the Challenge blog for some inspiration from the design team...
Have a lovely weekend!
Jane
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Friday, 23 September 2011

A Sassy Hello!

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are having a good week. I have a card to share with you today which I made using one of the gorgeous Simply Sassy girls which are available from Sugar Nellie.

I love this image called 'Luv a Latte', she is lovely to colour and has beautiful eyes! I coloured her with my Promarkers to match these My Mind's Eye papers and added a Hero Arts sentiment which I framed with a metal tag. I added a wooden button and a couple of flowers as a finishing touch.
Have a lovely Friday!
Jane
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sugar Nellie DT - A Guardian Angel

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are well and having a good week so far, I can't believe it is Wednesday already! The week is flying by for me! I have a card to share with you today which I made using The Guardian Angel Gorgeous girl stamp which is available here from Sugar Nellie.

LinkI have quite a collection of Sugar Nellie Gorgeous girl stamps now and I love colouring them in and I love the way they come to life as soon as I add some colour to them with my Promarkers. To make my card, I cut a shaped mini card with my scalloped circle Nesties and covered it with some layered Echo Park Papers. I added the coloured image after I had cut her out with scissors and shaped the bottom with a circle Nestie so it sat nicely on the card. I tucked a swirl die cut behind the image which had been cut from music sheet paper and glittered. I also added glitter to the angel wings and to the edges of the sentiment. I finished with some beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid crafts and a couple of gems.
I hope you have a lovely Wednesday!
Jane
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Monday, 19 September 2011

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Swirls and Pearls

Morning Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was busy, I went to the Craft Show at Sandown Linkyesterday and bought lots of new goodies I am looking forward to playing with this week!
Monday means it's time for a new Pollycraft Challenge and our theme this week chosen by the lovely Anita is

'Swirls and Pearls'

I have chose a Luna Bitterfrost Hearts Rock image to use on my card, it took me over two hours to get this card looking ok and I am still not 100% happy with it! I used a mix of papers from Echo Park and My Mind's Eye some pearls from The Ribbon Girl and a few other bits and bobs from my stash.


I loved colouring this image, her clothes are just so much fun and I love her little crown. I was going to colour her in just greys and red but felt it needed something else so added a little green. The flowers and label holder are from my stash. I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge, our sponsot this week is Crafty Emma's Store and if you take part, you may win a £10.00 voucher to spend on some lovely goodies which Emma has in the shop.


Make sure you check out the Challenge blog for lots of inspiration from the DT.
Have a great Monday!
Jane
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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Ribbon Girl Guest DT card for the new Colour Challenge

Good Morning, I hope you are well and having a good weekend. I am very excited today as I finally get to share my Guest DT card for this month's Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge. The colour theme chosen this month by the lovely Jo is 'Greens and Browns'. I love this colour combo and I always jump at any chance I have to use my Pear Green Promarker!


I have made a card using one of the adorable Swings and slides images from Pollycraft. This image is called Nice Weather for Ducks and is available here from Pollycraft. The image was printed onto textured card.
I used a variety of papers from my stash and a fence die from Whiff of Joy and a cloud die from My Favourite Things. I used Ruffle edge ribbon, twine, button twine, a gorgeous umbrella charm and and button from The Ribbon girl. Make sure you pop over to the Ribbon Girl blog to see lots of gorgeous projects made by the Ribbon Girl DT.
If you take part in the Challenge you may win one of the new limited edition Halloween kits


AND a £5.00 voucher to spend in the Ribbon Girl shop!


I am hoping to go to the Craft show at Sandown today to spend some of my pennies on crafty goodies! I will be missing Alexandra Palace as it falls on my birthday weekend this year and I am going away with my Hubby.
Have a great Sunday!
Jane
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Saturday, 17 September 2011

CES Challenge - Embellish me more!

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all well, I apologise for my late post for this week's CES Challenge but I am preparing my room for decorating and have been very busy! The theme for this week' s Challenge chosen by our lovely teamie Claire is:

''Embellish Me More''
(Use at least 4 different embellishments)

I really enjoyed this them as I do like adding lots of embellishments to my cards! I have used some of the new Crate Paper Farmhouse papers, flowers and a lovely wooden button from Crafty Emma's store with some gorgeous ribbon and a pearl swirl from The Ribbon Girl.



I matted and layered papers to create lots of different layers which I sewed with my machine and topped with a some Odd Girl stamp which I coloured in with my Promarkers. The sentiment came with the image. I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge.
The prize for one lucky winner is a £10 voucher (exc p&p) to spend over at Crafty Emma's Store.


I am also entering my card into the latest Some Odd Girl Challenge who would like to see some stitching!
Have a great weekend!
Jane
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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Whiff of Joy DT for the Whiff of Joy Challenge

Good Morning All! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you have left me Congratulating me on my new DT position! My Whiff of Joy card this week is made following the lovely sketch by Jane for this fortnight's Whiff of Joy Challenge.

I have used My Mind's Eye papers and some scraps from my box layered and stitched onto ribbed Kraft card to create the layers in the fab sketch. I used some Making Memories alpha stickers to create my sentiment and stuck them onto a banner die cut which I embellished with a couple of pearls.


The Henry image I used is called ' Which Direction' and is available here from Whiff of Joy. I coloured him in with Promarkers and then cut him out with a small border and added him to the panel behind which I tucked a tab of gingham bias binding and finished with a few stick on pearls. Make sure you hop over to the Challenge blog to see some wonderful takes on the sketch by the very talented DT. If you take part this fortnight, you may win a fabulous 15% off your next purchase from the Whiff of Joy store!!

LinkHave a great Thursday!
Jane
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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

My first Sugar Nellie card as a DT member!

Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are well. I have been playing with the new Sugar Nellie stamps I bought on the last release and have made a card, my first since joining the DT, using the sketch for the current Sugar Bowl Challenge. The optional theme is 'Use scraps' so I have used up some strips of patterned papers which were in my scraps box.

The papers are mostly My Mind's Eye and Echo Park scraps and I mixed them with some textured Kraft card which I bought at the Stamp show at Newbury this year. I coloured the adorable 'Knitted with love' image to match my papers with my Promarkers and added glitter to the pom poms and the hat. I die cut the image with a Nesties die and inked around the edges with Antique Linen distress inks.

I used a Woodware stamp for the sentiment which I mounted on various label dies and embellished with gems. The flowers are from my stash.

TSB67Erika(use scraps)

Here is the fabulous Sugar Bowl sketch, make sure you pop over to the Challenge blog to see all the wonderful DT cards and all the details you need to take part.
Have a great Wednesday!
Jane
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Monday, 12 September 2011

Very Exciting News!!

Hello again! I am beyond thrilled to be able to tell you all that I have been picked for the Sugar Nellie Design Team! I am still pincing myself and have not stopped smiling since I found out!


I am so thrilled to have been chosen as I LOVE working with the Sugar Nellie images, they are always so wonderful to colour. I cannot wait to get started and feel so lucky to be have been picked!
You can read the post announcing the rest of the DT here.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Jane
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Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Baby Love

Good Morning Everyone! I can't believe it is Monday already! I had a very busy but fun weekend, I went to a Drive in Movie for the first time and saw Grease for the 1st time on the Big Screen which was fab! The best thing about Mondays is that we have a brand new Pollycraft Challenge for you! The theme this week chosen by the lovely Kylie is

'Baby Love'

I love making New Baby cards and decided to go for lovely bright colours for instead of the usual pastels.
I used the adorable Little Stars - Super Star image which is available here from Pollycraft

I used Echo Park and My Mind's Eye papers and took my inspiration from the gorgeous bright colours to colour my image. I used some fabulous bright pink lace from The Ribbon Girl to wrap around my card and some gorgeous flowers from Crafty Emma's Store. The sentiment is an SRM sticker.
I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge. Our amazing sponsor this week is


The lucky winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend in store!

Make sure your take a look at all the fabulous DT cards on the Challenge blog!
Have a great Monday!
Jane
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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Whiff of Joy DT - A Henry Bookmark

Hello Everyone! I had intended to post this much earlier but my Netbook had other ideas! It decided it would choose today to install the largest update ever which took ages to complete! I have something other than a card to share with you today for my weekly Whiff of Joy post.


I have made a corner bookmark from Kraft and embellished it with Echo Park and Basic Grey papers. I sewed through the layers of papers with beige thread and wound some button twine around the rectangular layered papers before adding it to the base with double sided tape.
I stamped and coloured Henry 'Huge Love' and added him to the bookmark with Glossy accents. I finished with a tiny sentiment cut into a banner shape and a tiny chipboard heart. Better go, still have lots to do before bedtime. We are one week back at school and have already had our first incident of missing P.E kit so I have wasted lots of time trying to locate it!
Have a good Evening!
Jane
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Saturday, 10 September 2011

CES Challenge - Make it Magical or Spooky

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are well, I have been very busy already this morning and am going to watch some Rugby while crafting away this morning. I have lots of work in progress to finish and lots of new goodies to play with too so it is going to be a fun packed day!
It is Saturday which means it is CES Challenge day of course and we have a great theme for you this week....

''Make It Magical or Spooky''

This was the perfect opportunity for me to have a play with another one of the new images which were released this week at Pollycraft. I love the Cherry Kisses images and this one has become one of my favourites! She is so much fun to colour and I loved choosing the papers to base my colour scheme on.


The orange dotty paper and the spider web paper are from the Echo Park Apothecary paper pad which is available here . The green striped paper is from The Dots and Stripes Metropolitan Echo Park pad which is available here and the purple paper is from an older My Mind's Eye pad. I layered my papers onto black card and added lots of sewing with a lilac thread. The sentiment is an 'SRM' sticker and I accented it with a pearl. The twine is also from Crafty Emma's store and the charm was from my stash. I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge. There is some fabulous inspiration on the Challenge blog and this week's prize is
a £10 voucher (exc p&p) to spend over at Crafty Emma's Store.

Have a great Saturday!
Jane
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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Too cute to Spook!

Morning Everyone! Did you get your Pollycraft Tuesday treat this week? If you did you will have got this adorable Swings and Slides image as part of your 3 Mystery images for 99p. Don't worry if you didn't get them in time as the images are available in the shop from today.


This image reminds me of my Boys at Halloween when they were smaller and started going Trick or Treating. It didn't matter how much face paint or fake blood we pasted onto them they were still too cute to be Spooky!
I used papers from my stash for the card which I layered on to a black scalloped card base. I wrapped the card with twine which I tied into a bow through a button. I finished with a little green pearl.
Have a lovely Thursday!
Jane
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A card for a Baby Boy

Hi Everyone, I hope you are well. I have another card to share with you today which I made using the cute baby tags from Angie Delarie.

This time, I made a mini shaped card using my Nesties and layered up circles which I sewed around with my machine. I then wrapped around the circles with twine and added a tag and gorgeous baby dummy charm from The Ribbon Girl. The sentiment and tag die is by My Favourite Things and put the baby tag onto the card with foam pads. As a finishing touch, I added a little gingham button threaded with paper string.
Have a good Wednesday!
Jane
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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A spooky Pollycraft Tuesday treat!!

Morning Everyone! It's treat time! We have a spooky surprise at Pollycraft for you today.
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3 Mystery digis for just 99p! I have seen them...trust me....you are going to love them!!!
Have a great Tuesday!
Jane
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Monday, 5 September 2011

The Winner of my blog candy is.....

Picked by random.org is....

DzieƂa Madame said...

oh wow, amazing candy:)i hope im gonna be lucky winner:)
http://dzielamadame.blogspot.com/

Congratulations! Can you please email me at milliesmarvels@gmail.com with your address and I will post your package to you.

Jane
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My Mega stamps and paper candy!!

I have accumulated a large collection of stamps which were given away as freebies with Magazines and I barely have enough time to use the stamps I buy so would like to offer all of these stamps as Candy.


There are some fab images here, Funky Hand Betty Stamps, Polkadoodles, Pink Petticoat...there are 9 sets in total. To be in with a chance of winning, please leave a comment on this post and mention the giveaway somewhere on your blog.

I will also send the winner the 50 6x6 papers above AND....if you are follower, I will add a pack of ribbons, flowers, buttons to the package. I will draw a winner on the 5th of September and the post will remain at the top of my blog until then.
Good Luck!
Jane
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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Guest Designing for The Ribbon Girl and Angie Delarie!

Good Morning Everyone! I hope you are well. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know how much I love shopping at The Ribbon Girl and how much I love using all their scrummy Ribbons and Buttons on my cards. I was beyond thrilled when Mary asked me if I would like to be their Guest Designer this month!

I was also asked by Angie Delarie if I would like to be her Guest Designer this month and she sent me some adorable baby vest tags to play with in some lovely bright colours. I have combined this one with some gorgeous ribbon, gems and a button from The Ribbon Girl to make a 1st Christmas card.

In other Ribbon Girl news....the talented Tab Robinson is joining the permanent Ribbon Girl DT
To celebrate Tab joining the team she's having a giveaway on her blog, just pop on over and leave her a comment and you might win this gorgeous selection of ribbons and embellishments which will be just perfect for all those Christmas crafts. You must leave Tab a message on her blog to be in with a chance to win the prize below


Have a lovely Sunday!
Jane
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Saturday, 3 September 2011

CES Challenge - Raise your glasses

Hi Everyone! Apologies for my late post, for some reason my post didn't publish today! Saturday is CES Challenge day and this week's theme chosen by our lovely Donna is....

''Raise Your Glasses''

I racked my brains for ages trying to decide what image to use and then, luckily, remembered I had this image from Wild Rose Studio which fits the theme perfectly! I have used Basic Grey Oxford Papers, the colours are great for Men's cards!



The lovely little wooden star is available here from Crafty Emma's Store and I used gingham bias binding from The Ribbon Girl. I hope you will be able to join us for this week's Challenge.
The prize for one lucky winner is a £10 voucher (ex p&p) to spend over at Crafty Emma's Store.


The Design team have made some fab Projects to inspire you this week, please pop over to the blog to check them all out.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Jane
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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Whiff of Joy DT - It's release day!!

Good Morning Everyone, I hope you are having a good week so far. Today is release day at Whiff of Joy and if you love girly stamps you are in for a real treat! There are beautiful Princesses and a Mermaid and lots of fab sentiments to match.

I have made a card using of of the beautiful Princess images and sentiments and lots of pink and pearls as 'Pink and pearls' is the theme this week on the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog. I have used some gorgeous Authentique papers which are available to buy here from Crafty Emma's Store.


I coloured my image with Promarkers and then cut her out before mounting her onto my papers which I had distressed and sewed with my Machine. I used a pearl swirl and pin from The Ribbon Girl and some flowers from my stash. The gorgeous flower trim is from The Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn. Make sure you check out all the lovely new releases at Whiff of Joy! Have a great Thursday!
Jane
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