Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wedding invitation samples 1

Every year I make Meiflower some wedding invitation samples using her gems, pearls, ribbons and diamante embellishments, and I normally show them on my blog much earlier in the year, but this year, even though the samples have been made for some months I am only just getting around to posting them.

Here I've used 25mm satin ribbon and a double heart diamante slider.
the silver glitter panel is actually wallpaper!

As well as a Sizzix heart die and LaLaLand crafts heart corner die I have once again used 25mm satin ribbon, diamante heart buckles and stick on gems in varying sizes.

I will be back with more in a few days,

thanks for dropping in,
hugs,
Colette xx


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Die cutting essentials Special Vol 5.

Today I have some cards to show you made using the free dies that come with the Die cutting Essentials Special, which will be on the shelves today. The commission was to use the dies to make 3 card blanks using shades of blue, teal and gold.

The digi stamp is called Sunshine and is available from The Paper Shelter, the flowers are made using an x-cut daisy punch, the lattice panels and leaf strip are freebies in the magazine and the sentiment is computer generated.

The papers on all the cards are from various Nitwit kits and the large flower above is made using LeCrea multi dies - multi die flower 002.


The punched border uses Tonic Simplicity geared punch - Dotty Border.

Thanks for dropping in,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

Ted, Unicorn, penguin and cards

Over the last 18 months or so I have rekindled my love for crochet, it has been my therapy, helping me get through the days since my youngest daughter passed away in 2015.

I have been crocheting since I was 10 years old, self taught from a leaflet I was given in school, at the time I didn't know anyone else who crocheted and so for a long time I have always wondered if I was doing it right. Fast forward to the present, with the internet, Pinterest and You tube, and not only have I finally discovered that I was doing it right, but I have learnt sooo much more in the past 18 months than I did in the previous 40 odd years.

One of the techniques I have learned is Amigurumi, thanks to some fabulous You tube tutorials. I though you might like to see a few of the things I produced.


Pink ted was the first Amigurumi item I made, I sat in front of THIS youtube video for hours, following along step by step until it was done. The lilac baby blanket in the background is another one of my makes and is currently sitting in a box in a wardrobe along with half a dozen other blankets I've made.



My penguin was made from a pattern in Crochet Now magazine and lives in my house with me, 'cos I have a thing for penguins.


The unicorn was a pattern in Love Crochet magazine and now lives with my oldest daughters six year old niece, 'cos she has a thing for unicorns LOL!

I also have the two remaining cards from the May Tonic Bookazine to share with you,

The panels on this card are embossed using the folder that comes in the free kit, unfortunately the embossing on the yellow panel doesn't show up too well in the photo, but it has diagonal rows of happy birthday in different fonts embossed on it.


This card uses some of the stamps from the free kit, (balloons, bunting and sentiment) the background papers are also included in the kit.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx 





Monday, 29 May 2017

It's been a while...

I have been soooo busy over the last couple of months that I am meeting myself coming back, On top of quite a few magazine commissions and two sets of wedding stationery I also now go to a couple of local knit and natter groups (I am a crocheter rather than a knitter but the groups I go to have a mix of each) and a hand sewing group which takes place at the local library, and tomorrow I am going on a home maintenance workshop which should be interesting.

My hubby is now semi-retired and his sister and husband are both retired, so we also often pop out for the day whenever we have a fancy.

I do have some cards to show you though, these are from a commission I did for the Tonic studios design collection Bookazine which came out last month, the kit included dies, stamps, papers and an embossing folder and all the cards are made from the kit with a few extras from my stash.




Thanks for stopping by,
take care, 
hugs,
Colette xx





Wednesday, 26 April 2017

More Masculine Monograms

Today I have the second part of my masculine monogram cards from Simply Cards and Papercraft 162 using the Simply Creative Around the world 12"x12" paper pad and First Edition alphabet dies.

 Tonic layering dies – Circles and Scalloped circles
Taylored Expressions - Golf ball and tee die set

 Tonic layering dies sets – circles and rectangles
Spellbinders Labels 40 – decorative accents

Tonic layering dies set – plain and scalloped ovals
Tonic layering dies set – circles

Phew! that's enough masculine makes for a while, give me girly, glittery and pretty any day!

Thanks for stopping by,
hugs,
Colette xx


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Summer vibes

The latest Joanna Sheen bookazine is out now and I was lucky enough to be given a commission to make a set of  bright summer birthday cards (summery vibe rather than specific summer motifs). I was given the free kit from the bookazine to use which included a gorgeous ribbon lace die, pretty stamps and embossing folder.

I made 5 cards in total, here are three of them.

As well as elements of the free kit I used
Papers - Bonnets n bowties - Nitwit collections
blue and white ink pads
Joanna sheen signature dies - Lace Edger 1
X-cut corner punch
Ribbon and stick onGems - Meiflower


 Memory Box Darla and Vivienne butterfly dies
Tonic scalloped circle and plain circle layering die sets
First Edition Pick'n'mix 8x8 paper pad
black and red ink pads
Ribbon and stick on Gems - Meiflower



Sue Wilson craft dies - Canadian Collection - Toronto
First Edition Pick 'n' mix 8x8 paper pad
blue ink pad
Ribbon, gems and diamante buckle - Meiflower

Check out the bookazine in the shops now it contains loads of brilliant ideas for using the included kit.

Thanks for dropping by,
hugs,
Colette xx

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Masculine Monograms

Hi there, in February I did a commission for Simply Cards and Papercrafts magazine, the brief was masculine and monograms, using the paper pad and dies I was supplied with. as the magazine goes on sale in the shops today I thought I would show you a couple of my cards.



Simply Creative Around the World 12”x12” paper pad
First Edition Alphabet Dies
Tonic layering dies set – Circles
X-cut small and large corner punches
Digistamp Boutique - Beer set
Buttons - stash
Ribbons - Meiflower

I will show off the other three cards in a couple of days,

Thanks for dropping in,
hugs,
Colette xx

Monday, 27 March 2017

Still Dancing

Here are a couple more cards made for this month's Die Cutting Essentials Magazine, using the First Edition Dancing dies. The needle and cotton came out again to make a pretty organza ribbon skirt for the bottom card.

First Edition Dancing die set
Stardream Pearl silver card - Craft Creations
Pink glitter card - The Range
Gem - Meiflower

First Edition Dancing die set
First Edition nesting doily set
Paper - Craft Sensations Romantic Pink 14.8 x 21cm design pad
ribbons and gems - Meiflower

Friday, 24 March 2017

Dancing

Here are a few cards I made for the latest edition of Die-cutting Essentials, which hit the shops yesterday, I got to play with some fab First Edition dies- a dancing set, and a set of nesting doilies, the dies cut beautifully and were a pleasure to work with.

First Edition Dancing die set
First Edition Nesting doily dies
Papers - Craft sensations Looks to Love - The Range
Silver glitter card - The Range
Signature Collection - English country garden -  Floral duo
Papermania glitter dot stickers - Flourishes
Ribbon and pearls - Meiflower

I even dug my needle and cotton out a did a little bit of sewing (and when I say little, I mean about 10 stitches), to make my dancer a floaty organza skirt.


First Edition and Tonic dies - as above
Craft Sensations Romantic pink 12.8 x 21cm design pad - The Range
X-cut medium daisy punch
Ribbon and gems - as above


First Edition Dancing die set
Tonic layering scallop square die set
Romance and Roses digital scrapbook collection - Nitwits
Lace - Abakhan
Ribbon, satin rose and stick on gems - As above

Thanks for stopping by,
hugs,
Colette xx






Wednesday, 22 March 2017

For the birthday girl

The theme of  the new challenge starting today at the Paper Shelter is...


a pretty easy, self explanatory theme I think.

There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

As I am mega busy at the moment I decided to use an image that I had coloured previously and pair it up with a fabulous word art that I cut on my Silhouette Cameo. I had cut the background image away from the digi stamp before printing and knew that she would be just perfect for perching on the top of one of the letters in the word art. I printed the rest of the sentiment straight onto the background paper, added the Fabulous word art and used foam pads behind the digi-stamp to give a bit of dimension. I then punched out, shaped and layered some daisies before finishing it all off with bling and a bow.


Digital stamp - Retro Chic (altered) - The Paper Shelter
Paper from my scrap box
Fabulous - Silhoutte digital cutting file
X-cut med and large daisy punch
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

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

Thanks for stopping by,
hugs,
Colette xx



Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Peeking Bella

I'm off to see Olly Murs at the Livepool Echo Arena tomorrow evening and then early Friday I'm heading to Bournemouth for a weekend break, we are going with a group of people we became friendly with on our holiday to Lake Como last year and have kept in touch since, (we are actually going to Lake Garda with them in September this year too).
While I'm away I thought I would leave you with a mid-challenge reminder for the Paper Shelter and our All About Mum theme. I have once again made a Mother's day card, this time using one of the Sassy Cheryl pre-coloured images, called Polka Dot Bella.

I re-sized and printed Bella out 3 times and then fussy cut her so that I could arrange her in die-cut windows across the front of my card.


Polka Dot Bella - Sassy Cheryl at Paper Creator
Papers - Hello Sunshine collection - Nitwits
Ribbons and gems - Meiflower

You have until the end of the month to enter the challenge and be in with the chance of winning a £10 gift voucher to spend in store, so what are you waiting for?

Thanks for dropping in,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

So Casual

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


There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice

I've coloured up the So Casual, So Beautiful digital stamp along with dotty and stripey papers, and also added a circular sentiment just for good measure.


Digital stamp - So Casual, So Beautiful - The Paper Shelter
Papers - Fiesta - Just So Scrappy
Arch Scallop border punch - EK success
Ribbon - Meiflower
Flowers and gems - Stash

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

Thanks for stopping by,
hugs,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Time MARCHes on!

It really does, can you believe that we are at the beginning of March already, and that can only mean one thing here at Digiredoodah, a new Paper Creator monthly challenge. Our theme for March is...


pretty handy seeing as we have mother's day here in the UK towards the end of the month.

The challenge winner will receive a £10 store credit to spend in the Paper Creator store.

Paper Creator products are not essential, but you will gain an extra entry into the random draw if using them. The challenge runs for the whole of the month and the winner is announced at the start of the next month's challenge

I have used the gorgeous Flutterby Wishes 6x6 card kit, layering the elements up onto a blue card blank. The kit contains both a printed and blank sentiment panel so that you can add your own message if you prefer, which is exactly what I did, I also added ribbon across the top corner of the butterfly panel, with a bow, and shaped and layered up 3 of the flowers in the kit, to make a 3D flower, I finished off with gems in flower centre, at sides of sentiment and in a couple of the corners.

ribbon and gems - 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 stopping by,
hugs,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hello Handsome!

Today is the start of a new challenge over at the Paper Shelter and this week our theme is...


Show us your masculine cards to be in with a chance of a fab prize.
If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

I used the ridiculously smarmy Prince Charming pre-coloured image from the Paper Shelter, made a sentiment for the background in Photoshop using various fonts, and then gave him pride of place right at the front. I also printed out a second version of the Prince, fussy cut him and used foam pads to fix him over the original image (not showing very well in photo). A couple of regal looking photo corners and gold studs (card candi) was all it needed to finish off.


Digital image - Prince Charming - The Paper Shelter
A5 Landscape Kraft card blank - Craft Creations
Argyle paper, photo corners- all from scrap box
Gold card candi - Stash

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

Thanks for calling,
hugs,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Sittin' and thinkin'

We are halfway through our February challenge over at Paper Creator so I thought I would give you a quick reminder, the theme for the month is obviously Love is in the Air and you still have plenty of time to get your love related cards entered and in with a chance of winning a £10 voucher to spend in store.

I used one of the cute Sassy Cheryl illustrations to make today's card.

Bad Hair Day - Sassy Cheryl digital illustration - Paper Creator
Paper - Scrap box
Nesting circle doily - First Edition
Ribbons, cord and pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping in,
hugs,
Colette xx


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Oh no! who stole the lamp post?

There is a new challenge starting today over at The Paper Shelter and the theme is...

(Birthday, Easter, Anniversary, New baby etc.)

There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

I decided to use the Magical Light image, which would normally be used for Christmas, but I wanted to use the girl to make a special birthday card. My plan was to have her leaning against a die-cut number rather than the lamp post, so I only coloured up the girl and then cut her out leaving the lamp post behind.


Digital stamp - Magical Light - The Paper Shelter
Papers from scrap box (think they are Nitwits)
Lace - Stash
Die-cut numbers - Tonic essentials chevron number one and stripes number two
Ribbon, gems and diamante key charm - Meiflower

Pop over to the challenge blog and check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the team.

Thanks for stopping by,
hugs,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Love is in the Air!

It's February, the month of everything LOVE related, so I can't wait for the 28th cos I Luv pancakes - especially filled with Nutella, shortbread biscuit crumbs and strawberries - mmmm pancake heaven!

I suppose I should also mention the other little love related day that occurs this month too, so yaaaay Happy Valentines day and all that mushy stuff!

As it's the first of the month and time for a new challenge over at Paper Creator what better theme to choose than...

Pancakes  Love is in the Air

The winner will receive a £10 store credit to spend in the Paper Creator store.
Paper Creator products are not essential, but you will gain an extra entry into the random draw if using them. The challenge runs for the whole of the month and the winner is announced at the start of the next month's challenge

After searching the store and finding nothing pancake related (totally gutted), I finally decided to use the Oh so Huggable gatefold card kit to make a sweet, lovey card suitable for Valentine's day. I cut out and made up the card, adding the layers of decoupage to the front, I used ribbon down the left hand gate and three die-cut glitter hearts and some gems down the right hand gate to jazz it up.


Die-namics Rustic hearts die
Ribbon and Gems - Meiflower

Pop over to the Paper Creator challenge blog and check out the fabulous non-pancakey?!?! inspiration from the rest of my teamies.

Thanks for dropping in,
take care,
hugs,
Colette xx


Monday, 30 January 2017

More Sweets

Here are the rest of the cards I made for the latest edition of Die-cutting Essentials using the First Edition Sweets die set and papers designed by myself.



The square card is a shaker, the 'sweets' in the jar rattle around beautifully.
Don't forget if you like the papers you can download them for free from HERE.

Thanks for stopping by,
hugs,
Colette xx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

How Sweet!

The latest edition of Die-cutting essentials magazine hits the shelves today and this time around I have 6 cards using the fabulous First Edition Sweets die set, perfect for children's birthday cards and party invitations. I made all the papers I've used on the cards and if you would like them you can go HERE and grab them for free, there are 25 in total, 6 plain and 19 patterned.

Here are a few of the cards I made for the magazine.
First Edition Sweets die set
Papers - free download (link above)
Lollipop Princess pre-coloured image - The Paper Shelter.





Check out the magazine for more fabulous inspiration and as usual there is a fantastic free gift.

Thanks for dropping in,
hugs,
Colette xx


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Pure Innocence

Team B's turn for the challenge over at the Paper Shelter this week and our theme is super easy!


There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

I coloured up the beautiful Pure Innocence - who can resist a pretty fairy with butterflies, I certainly can't! I printed out papers (the blue came from my scrap box, but was also printed) and made my own sentiment in Photoshop, so definitely plenty of digi going on.

Digital stamp - Pure Innocence - The Paper Shelter
Papers - From Laughter to Memories - Nitwits
Doily Circle die
Tonic Layering circles die set
Ribbons, gems and diamante ribbon slider - Meiflower

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

Thanks for popping by,
hugs,
Colette xx




Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Blue Moon!

Haha! bet you're singing that now, aren't you?

Bluuuuue Moooon,
you saw me standing alone,
without a dream in my heart,
without a love of my own,

You must definitely be singing it by now LOL!

and after all that my card for today has absolutely nothing to do with the song hehe!

I wanted to remind you that the Paper Creator challenge is about half way through, so still plenty of time to get your entry in, for my first card on the 1st I used the Little pink mouse on the moon ultimate kit, so for my reminder I thought why not go with the Little blue mouse on the moon kit, there's definitely blue and moon in there, so the blog post title did have a little relevance 😀



Square Kraft card blank - Craft creations
X-cut palm punch Daisy medium and large
Ribbon and Pearls - Meiflower

Thanks for dropping by,
hugs,
Colette xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Art Nouveau Bloom

Team B are kicking off the first challenge of the New Year over at the Paper Shelter and our theme is


There are great prizes up for grabs! If you are our randomly selected winner and play with a TPS image then you have a chance of winning a $30 gift certificate, any other image and you will win three digis of your choice.

I decided to colour up the gorgeous Art Nouveau Bloom, she is just sooo pretty.


Digital Stamp - Art Nouveau Bloom - The Paper Shelter
Papers - Promises Collection - Nitwits
Tonic geared punch - Victorian Border
Build a butterfly - Splendour - Tattered Lace
Lace - stash
Ribbon and gems - Meiflower

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

Thanks for calling,
hugs,
Colette xx

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!

As it's the first of the month it's time for a new challenge over at Paper Creator, and to gently ease us into the New year it's the super simple theme of


The winner will receive a £10 store credit to spend in the Paper Creator store.
Paper Creator products are not essential, but you will gain an extra entry into the random draw if using them. The challenge runs for the whole of the month and the winner is announced at the start of the next month's challenge.

As the New Year is a time for new beginnings I thought I would make a new baby card, using the gorgeous Pink Little Mouse on the Moon ultimate kit, which is on sale at the moment for only £1, the kit contains everything you need to make a variety of cards using the cute image. Here's what I came up with...


Pink Little Mouse on the Moon ultimate kit - Paper Creator
Nesting doily circles die set - We R Memory Keepers
Crafts too- Swirly
Tonic geared border punch - dotty border
ribbon and pearls - Meiflower

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

Thanks for popping in,
hugs,
Colette xx