30 April 2010

Tickled Pink Stamps - Sneak Peak #3

Welcome to my SNEAK PEAK #3 for Tickled Pink Stamps.....

Interesting isn't it? Only a week to go until you get to find out what this is all about.....

For more snippets of what is to come, also visit Tickled Pink Stamps, Tickled Pink Stamp Blog and Tickled Pink Stamp Challenges

Stay tuned!

Big news Candy from Make It Crafty (Zoe)

Hi everyone!! I just want to show you all this awesome candy that my good friend Zoe is giving away. While I don't feel right entering the candy myself (being buddies makes it look a little cheeky!!) I still wanted to spread the word, so Zoe gets more exposure as she has some exciting news to share soon, but also because I can think of a couple of people who visit my blog regularly who could use a bit of everything that is in this awesome candy!!

Sooooo... what is in this amazing booty?? The real question to ask is WHAT ISN'T?? Zoe has gone all out....

24 Ciao Copic Markers in a Copic fold up fabric case. Zoe hand picked the colours would be a great beginner set for anyone starting out with copics.W-1, E00, E02, E11, E31, E33, E37, R20, R27, R29, YR04, YR07,Y11, Y15, G21, G28, BG15, BG49, B00, B95, B97, BV00, V17 and Blender 0
10 A4 sheets of X-Press It blending paper
Papermania Rose clear stamp set

Clear flourish stamp (great for backgrounds)
Wags ‘n Whiskers unmounted stamp – Angel Whispers
7 colours of hand made paper. 5 sheets each.
3 ply wood stars
5 Silver skeleton leaves
1 sheet of gold edged flower and leaf stickers
I sheet of silver hearts, flower and star stickers
1 sheet 3 dimensional square stickers
Basic Kaisercraft Love/dream circle rub ons
140 x 305mm rub on sheet – doilies
140 x 305mm rub on sheet – grunge
floral4 mini spring boards
5 lengths of my favourite lace
Length of Rhinestone chain
Papermania Mini Gem Brads
Rhinestone buckle
3 min pearl ribbon sliders
6 Prima bling flower centres
1 pack of Prima Pearls
Small bunch of flowers
2 packs of heavy silk flowers
Small selection of Prima Ornement de Floraz flowers
1 pack of Prima glitter Roses

So...caught your interest? I think you'd better go and click over to Zoe's blog Make It Crafty to see whay you have to do to win!!

And good luck!

Extra! Extra! Read all about Mad for Markers Challenge #2!

This week at Mad for Markers we have started our second challenge - colouring with one shade of colour. Most of us seem to have chosen to colour sepia! The girls have all done gorgeous jobs so head on over and have a look. The challenge is open until May 9 so get colouring!

Mad for Markers has also started shipping to New Zealand! And we have some new DT members, Louise, Annette and Tracey!

I've coloured little Tilda with Copic colours E21, 00,000, 57, 55, 53, 31, 34, 50, 51,

This cute little Tilda and the DP, also Magnolia available at Tickled Pink Stamps now!!

29 April 2010

Lovely Tilda

Hi all, and happy Thursday to you!

This little lady is Tilda with three flowers (from the Hoppy Easter 2010 collection) and she is sitting on Watering Can (from the Chasing Butterflies collection 2009).

She has been coloured with Copics:
E11, E00, E000, E57, E34, BG 15, BG13, BG10, R20, C1, C3, C5, C7, YR15, Y21, G12, G14, G16, B000 (background).

The Pink Elephant challenge #64 is AQUA so I thought I'd enter this little sweetie over there. Just Magnolia also has a challenge "Anything Goes" so I will enter her there too.

Enjoy your Thursday!

27 April 2010

Tickled Pink Stamp Monthly Challenges!

Yep - thats right! Tickled Pink Stamps are starting a NEW challenge - Tickled Pink Stamps Monthly Challenge.
Coming May 8 - make sure you become a follower so you dont miss out!! The first challenge has a MAJOR prize give away - gotta be in it to win it!!
Annddddd - just to make it all the more interesting... there is a fabulous stamp giveaway happening at the moment, all you have to do is head over to Tickled Pink Stamps Challenges, add the badge to your sidebar and link your blog to Mr Linky - how easy is that? You have until May 8 to enter.
And what do you win?

26 April 2010

The Town Scrapper BIG BLOG HOP - part two!

It's time for PART TWO of The TownScrapper's BLOG HOP!

For Part One, we shared some of our Scrapettes' fabulous creations using Victoria Case stamps EXCLUSIVE to The TownScrapper! We also gave you a GIRLIE challenge, and invited you to play along. TODAY, drop by The TownScrapper blog to see who WON the challenge (and their choice of TWO exclusive Victoria Case stamps), and who was randomly chosen from commenters visiting all the Scrapettes' personal blogs last week...

And now, PART TWO! :) We're going to continue with the GIRLIE CHALLENGE, and we'll wipe the slate clean and give you ANOTHER chance to create something girlie for your chance to win some gorgeous stamps, PLUS we'll be giving away MORE candy to another lucky commenter, AND the following fabulous GRAND PRIZE, these brand new Victoria Case rubber stamps -

Too Cool Max
Sweet Rose
Sophie Birthday
"Whatever", "Call me", and "Happy Birthday" sentiments
Hockey Lola
Hockey Evan
"Go Team Go", "Puckin' Around", and "Shoots... Scores!" sentiments
hockey stick, puck and ice skates

SOOOOOO, be sure to visit all the stops along the hop, check out our Scrapettes' BEAUTIFUL girlie projects, and leave comments on each blog for your chance to win the grand prize. We'll also be including all challenge participants in the draw, so you have MORE chances to win! Even if you created a girlie-themed project for Week One, you may play along during Week Two and increase your odds of winning!

You have until midnight EST this THURSDAY, April 29th to leave your comments and/or link your projects on The TownScrapper Blog. Remember, your projects must be created NEW for this challenge, and you MUST link back to us in order to be eligible for the prizes. Week Two and GRAND PRIZE winners will be announced next Monday, May 3rd.

If you can't wait to see if you've won, and would like to buy some of these amazing new stamps for yourself, Phebe can be reached by phone at 519-882-0623 or via email at info@TownScrapper.com. She ships worldwide!

Are you ready to HOP?! Here is the list of Scrapettes for this week - remember to comment on EVERY stop along the way, and you could be one of the big winners!

The TownScrapper
Kim S

And here is my "girlie" creation to share with you:

Your next stop is Lisa - don't forget to leave a comment!

HAPPY HOPPIN', and HAPPY MONDAY, crafting friends! :D

Tickled Pink Stamps - Sneak Peak #2 + gorgeous Charlotte

Happy Monday everyone!! Today I have two things to show you - the first is another Tickled Pink Stamps SNEAK PEAK!! Thats right, I have a gorgeous little image just here....and it will be available in rubber for you very very soon.... watch this space!

I also wanted to show you this little Kraftin Kimmie cutie pie called Charlotte - also from Tickled Pink Stamps - as soon as I saw her, I just HAD to have her. Isn't her hair gorgeous? She has the cutest expression on her face and look at those poor dolls! The sentiment is also Kraftin Kimmie "Fun Phrases" from Tickled Pink Stamps. The boss lady, Kellie, challenged us to use buttons this week so I have used this fun paper from Cosmo Cricket "Material Girl" (which you will be able to purchase very soon from Kristy Young's new online store "Delicious Papercrafting" - I'll provide you a link for that in the next couple of days) and added some machine stitching to tie it all together. The little cut out doll on the bottom left corner is an assessory stamp that comes as a BONUS with this lovely Charlotte stamp. So if you have fallen in love with Charlotte and want to buy her, head over to Tickled Pink Stamps NOW!

A little close up of the image which is coloured in Copic markers:
E21, E000, E00, R20, E57, E55, E53, R29, R27, R24, R22, E34, YG23, Y21, Y38 and YR15

And the inside of my card, also decorated with those gorgeous Cosmo Cricket papers and stamped with a little button image which is a retired SU! set called Buttons and Spools

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

23 April 2010

Little Musings Friday Freebie - Alfonzo!

Well, its Friday and you all know what that means - Friday Freebie over at Little Musings!

This week Sarahjane has this cute little guy called Alfonzo. And yup - he is really free! He comes pre-coloured or outline for your colouring pleasure. AND this week Sj has also added a fantastic invitation and bunting template - you guessed it - for free! So click over and have a look at Little Musings and check out what the rest of the fantastic creative team have done. Truly inspiring!

But wait, there is more... Sj made me into a "little musing" as well! What a sweetie! Here I am -

Thanks so much Sj!!

Mad 4 Markers - TUTORIAL: Tip to Tip Blending

Happy Friday everyone! Today is my day for a DT post for Mad for Markers. I have a more complete tutorial on Tip to Tip blending for you today.

Tip to Tip blending is used when you need to create a colour or shade when you don't have that particular colour. It is a good technique to learn when you are just starting out with Copics and don't have very many yet (although, let me warn you - once you have some, there is no going back, you will be addicted and will want many, many more). I just want to add that tip to tip blending will not harm your markers in any way! I promise.

Today I am going to show you how to use the technique on hair and clothing. Here is my little Magnolia Tilda image ready to be coloured. I have stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Xpress It blending card.

I am going to give her brunette hair. To do this I will use marker colours E57 and E53. Normally you would use both of these colours and also E55 as your mid tone but we will do it with just the E57 and E53.

First, I start by putting down some E57 colour (the darkest colour) in areas that would be the shadows - that would be around her face and any low points of her hair (clicking on the image will make it larger if you can't quite see the detail).

Once this is done, then I take my E53 and my E57 markers and touch their tips together. This transfers some of the darker ink onto my lighter marker. When I then put this to the cardstock, the darker colour will bleed off first, becoming lighter to the original colour. So touch your marker tip on the dark colour on your card that you have already laid down and draw it out towards where you would like the colour to be lightest. Continue to do this on all of the darker areas towards the lighter areas.

Here you can see a bit more clearly where I need to blend

If the colours don't look blended enough, go over them with the lighter marker until they fade

And here we have finished hair!

Next, her clothing. I always like to choose my papers before I chose marker colours so the clothing blends nicely with the rest of the project. For her dress and headband I have chosen B23, B21 and B60.

First I decide where the darker shadow and low points will be on her dress and lay some B23 (my darkest shade) down there first.

I have then blended this out with feather strokes with B21. This draws out the B23 colour a little more and the lighter edges of the colour blend a little more easily with the lighter colour. I have also coloured the underskirt of her dress with B23 and B21 as I had decided this part of her dress would be darker.

Next, I touch the tips of markers B21 and B60 together to transfer some darker colour (B21) to the lighter markers (B60).

Then starting at the darker part already coloured, I draw the colour towards the middle so the dark colour runs out and the lighter colour is on the more prominent areas of her dress.

I continue to do this around her dress, working from the darker areas towards where the light would lay (so, from 'seam' outwards, from top of should down, from pleats down). If you've added too much colour or want to blend a little more, you can use your 0 colourless blender on her dress where the light would hit it (down the centre).

And here she is completed! I haven't coloured the "lace" areas of her dress as I plan on adding glitter there on the finished card.

A little closer on the bottom of her dress

Copics used
Hair - E57, E53
Skin - E21, E00, E000, R20
Dress - B23, B21, B60
Flower - BG 13, BG10, B23, B21

Other materials used in card:
Magnolia stamp: Lady Tilda - available for pre-order at Tickled Pink Stamps
Bazill White cardstock for card base, SU Kraft cardstock for matting, Magnolia Hoppy Easter patterned papers, Kaisercraft pearls, lace paper doily and ribbon.

22 April 2010

Tickled Pink Stamps - Sneak Peak #1

Hmmm.... I wonder what this could be?

Welcome to my first SNEAK PEAK for Tickled Pick Stamps!

Something exciting is coming soon...

Are you curious??

Are you wondering??


Kraftin Kimmie - Clara

Welcome back! Today I have the gorgeous Clara to show you. She is a Kraftin Kimmie stamp available from Tickled Pink Stamps. She comes with the cute little bird in flight as a bonus accessory as well. Don't you just love bonuses? I have used her with a sentiment from "Fun Phrases" by Kraftin Kimmie, also available at Tickled Pink Stamps.

I used the sketch from this week's Friday Sketchers, I haven't used a sketch for a little while so it felt a little bit strange! I've also decorated the inside of the card with more DP (which is from Ruby Rock It "Vintage Beauty" if you like it, and I've used both sides of it). The red check is Magnolia from their Christmas papers, also originally from Tickled Pink Stamps.

20 April 2010

Magnolia Ink Magazine #4 - PREORDER

OH WOW OH WOW - Tickled Pink Stamps are now letting us SUBSCRIBE!! This will be for the June issue until April2011 - but is limited so if you want to subscribe, CLICK HERE NOW!!

You can also pre-order Magnolia Ink #4 as a single issue starting from today, which I seriously reccommend!

Oh, by the way - do you like the card on the advertisment for the next issue? It is Kellie's (owner of Tickled Pink Stamps) card! How exciting is that? Well done Kellie!!

19 April 2010

The Town Scrapper - BIG BLOG HOP

Good morning friends and fellow crafters and welcome to The Townscrapper's BLOG HOP.

We are going to showcase some of the new and exclusive Victoria Case images. The HOP will run for 2 weeks and each week will feature the wonderful inspiring creations of half of the Scrapettes on The Townscrapper Design Team. You will notice a recurring theme during the HOP because we've decided to combine the BLOG HOP with our weekly challenge so you can double your chances to win some Victoria Case images. We'd love for you to create something with a GIRLIE Theme. You have until midnight EST on Saturday, April 24, to link your creations on The Townscrapper Blog. Of course one random lucky challenge participant will win a Victoria Case image of their choice along with a some HOP winners for Week 1 of our HOP. Week 1 challenge and BLOG HOP winners will be announced on Monday, April 26.

All the newly released images are in stock and available for purchase from Phebe. Phebe can be reached by phone at 519-882-0623 or via email at info@townscrapper.com. If you can't make it to the store in Petrolia, Ontario (Canada), remember that Phebe also ships worldwide.

Here's the list of hoppers to visit this first BLOG HOP week and be sure to leave a comment on each blog when you are hopping because some lucky random crafters will win Victoria Case rubber stamps. Plus there will be one grand prize winner at the end of the 2-week HOP but we're going to keep you in suspense and show you the grand prize next week ~ hehehe. So start hopping and have a great time!









Jodie's blog candy!!!

Wow!! Check out all of those goodies!! The lovely Jodie (a fellow DT member of Magnolia Down Under Challenges) is giving away all of this gorgeous candy to a very lucky follower! All you have to do is become a follower if you aren't already, write a post advertising her candy and enter! It is that easy!! So click over to Jodie's blog now to enter!! Candy closes May 17.

Introducing the lovely Coriander

I have the pleasure of showing you the lovely Corriander today. She is one of the gorgeous images from the Sweet November range of stamps currently in stock at Tickeld Pink Stamps. I really enjoyed colouring this little beauty. There are 11 different Sweet November stamps currently in stock so if you like Corriander, head over and have a look at the rest - they will not disappoint!

Kellie, the owner of Tickled Pink Stamps, has sweetly allowed me to begin my assignment as Guest DT member a few weeks early - yea!!

Tickled Pink Stamps is currently having a massive 2nd round pre-order of the new Magnolia Fairytale collection, so get in quick so you don't miss out!! But she also has Baby Buds, Kiki la Rue, and Kraftin Kimmie stamps in stock, along with some older collections from Magnolia, Magnolia papers, charms, doilies, I could just go on and on, but you are best to just go and have a looksee for yourself......

18 April 2010

2nd round of Magnolia's Fairy Tale Collection at TICKLED PINK STAMPS!!

That is right - Kellie has been so overwhelmed with pre-orders for this gorgeous new collection from Magnolia Stamps that she has decided to go for ROUND TWO of pre-orders. So if you missed out on a gorgeous stamp on the first round, head over there now to TICKLED PINK STAMPS!!

There are fairies, ballerinas, pirates, princes and princesses, gorgeous backgrounds and accessory stamps. This collection is just gorgeous!

And stay tuned....I have some things to show you over the next couple of days for TICKLED PINK STAMPS!!

Magnolia Down Under Challenges #42

Wow - welcome to my first card as a DT member for Magnolia Down Under Challenges!! I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful challenge and be able to inspire others as the fantastic DT has inspired me since I started participating.

Magnolia Down Under Challenges was the first challenge that I entered and was also the first card that I'd made using a Magnolia stamp. That was in September 2009 - if you really want a giggle, you can see that card by clicking HERE (please be kind, it was my first attempt!). I thought it would be apt to make my first card as a DT member using the same gorgeous little monkey that I used in that first terrible card.

The challenge this week is MASKING. To make my new and improved monkey card, I masked the Monkey stamp then stamped the vine and the tip leaves. The ground is hand done with Copic markers and the background is sponged. I've made a matching criss cross pocket for the card. It is always a little tough working out what embellishments to use on a boys card, but I went with some faux leather, antique brads, twine and a silver dragonfly. The vines hanging on the pocket are cut from card stock on my Cricut using the Zooballoo cartridge.

A little close up of my monkey coloured with Copics. I've added some Spica pen in "olive" on the leaf veins, but it just wouldn't show up in the photo - I took almost 100 to get the right pic!

Copics used are:
Monkey: E57, E53, E34 (fur); E21, E00, E000, E20 (skin)
Leaves: G16, G14, G12
Flowers: YR15, Y35, Y21
Vine/ground: E53, E31, E34
I am also entering this card into Magnolia Stamp Lovers challenge - create a scene!

16 April 2010


Yep - they are on their way!!!

All Magnolia Stamp fans can really begin to get excited now - the new Fairy Tale collection is on its way to TICKLED PINK STAMPS!! There are fairies, ballerinas, pirates, princes and princesses, gorgeous backgrounds and accessory stamps. This collection is just gorgeous!

Don't miss out!! Rush over to Tickled Pink Stamps NOW to pre-order yours before they are sold out!

I've ordered mine.....have you?

Little Musings - Friday Freebie!! Introducing MERRIS

Happy Friday bloggy friends. Its Friday Freebie over at Little Musings again! And this week Sj has the delightful rebellious retiree, Merris up for grabs. She comes as a punk granny or as your run of the mill demure granny, in both outline ready to be coloured by you or already coloured for your convenience!

I had a whole heap of fun with this lassy. Of course, she had to have the lavendar hair, lace, pearls and vintage flowers to go with her grungy, distressed papers.

Copics used:
E00, E000, R20, BV11, B60, 100, C7, C5, C3, C1, Y38, YR15, G12, G14

Have a lovely weekend!

Mad for Markers

Hi everyone! Its Friday again - YEA!!!
I have a card to show you today that I have created for Mad 4 Markers as part of their fantastic Design Team.

We have a colour challenge running currently until 17 April where you are challenged to use the colours E00, R20 and BG 15. Remember though, if you don't have these exact colours, you can use colours similar, so please still enter the challenge. You enter HERE. Sammi has put together an absolutely fantastic prize for the winner including a pack of 10 sheets of X-Press It Blending card and a box of 36 Copic Ciao markers! Now wouldn't that be very handy?

I have used Copic colours:
Skin - E21, E00, E000, R20 (cheeks)
Hair - E357, E55, E53
Dress/socks - BG 15, BG13, BG10
Shoes - E31, E34
Basket/Flowers - R20, RV 13, BG15, E57, E55

Have a great weekend!! I'll be back later with something else fun for your viewing pleasure! And on Sunday is my first DT card for Magnolia Down Under Challenges - I can't wait to show you what I made - stay tuned!!!

15 April 2010

Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenge #9

There is a new challenge over at Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenges!! This month we are looking for "Flowers and things with wings".

You should see the gorgeous creations the rest of the DT has come up with. I have made a card this month with a gorgeous image that was given to me by my good friend Zoe. Isn't this little bear the cutest?

I've tried something a little different and gone for a "scrappy" style card. Not the usual for me, but I was still happy with the result.

Bizzy Becs store has the most amazing flowers in stock! She also stocks CC Designs stamps, Magnolia stamps and Sarah Kay stamps, along with all your other craft needs so pop over and have a browse. She is super fast in sending out your purchases as well - gotta love that!

14 April 2010

The Town Scrapper - Faux Leather Tutorial

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a tutorial for your which I wrote for The Town Scrapper on how to make Faux Leather. You may have seen me use it on some of my cards recently. It is super easy to make and well, after I discovered it I became addicted!

1) You will need:
· Card stock in chosen colour (I’ve done a few colours so you can see the result)
· Co-ordinating inks (I will list what colours I used for each colour card stock)
· Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug embossing folder in “Tiny Mosaic”
· Versamark ink
· Clear embossing powder
· Tidy Tray or folded piece of paper for catching powder
· Heat tool
· Old metal biscuit tray

2) Using your chosen piece of card stock, dry emboss using the Cuttlebug embossing folder Tiny Mosaic.

3) On a scrap piece of paper, place your dry embossed card stock face side up. Using a dye ink pad run the surface of the ink pad directly over the card stock. Don’t press too hard as you only want the embossed raised surface to catch most of the colour. I have used the following ink colours:
· Kraft card stock – sand, caramel
· Green card stock – sand, green
· Rust card stock – sand, caramel, chocolate
· Chocolate card stock – chocolate, burgundy
· White card stock – silver pigment ink

4) Once the coloured inks have dried, using a clean scrap of paper underneath your card stock so you don’t get coloured ink on your Versamark ink pad, dab the Versamark ink directly over the entire piece of embossed and inked card stock, ensuring the surface is covered in the Versamark.

5) While the Versamark is still wet, place your card stock in a Tidy Tray and sprinkle clear embossing powder over the entire piece of card stock. Shake off the excess. If you don’t have a Tidy tray, use a piece of scrap paper folded in half to make it easier to return the left over embossing powder to its original container.

6) Place your card stock on the metal tray and heat up your heat tool. Apply the heat directly over the card stock and melt the embossing powder so it goes glossy ensuring that the powder is melted entirely but don’t scorch your card stock!