29 June 2010

Tickled Pink Stamps - Lil Lolita preview - 1960's Mod - Ivy

Welcome to the second preview of the Tickled Pink Stamps Lil Lolita Era girls!! Today we have 1960's mod Ivy to show you. She looks like fun doesn't she?

I just had to give her some mod funky stripe and retro patterns. She is coloured with Copics and.... yes - she too is up for grabs at the Tickled Pink Stamps blog!
So what do you have to do to win? You will just have to go and visit Tickled Pink Stamps to find out!! She and her Era sisters will be up for pre-order on Saturday. You won't want to miss out!

28 June 2010

Tickled Pink Stamps - Lil Lolita PREVIEW - 1920's EVIE

Wow - more excitement is to be had over at Tickled Pink Stamps!! There is a new and exciting range of Lil Lolita stamps being released, The Fashionettes, starting today and going through until Saturday - one per day! The new range of Lil Lolitas has one very special gal belonging to an era! Doesnt that sound very cool?

Today we have the very gorgeous and bound to be very popular Evie! She is from the 1920's.

I have coloured Evie in Copic Markers and teamed her up with some gorgeous Cosmo Cricket papers, some vintage lace and ribbon.

The Lil Lolitas are up for pre-order on Saturday once we have shown you all of these cuties.

But wait - more excitement - Kellie is offering up some CANDY!! So what are you waiting for - click on over to the Tickled Pink Stamps blog to see how to enter to win one of these girls for yourself and to see what the rest of the DT have created with lovely Evie.

27 June 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenges # 52

Wow - is it Sunday already? Don't the weekends go so fast? What do you have planned today?

So this week at Magnolia Down Under Challenges the theme is "Something Sweet" - so you can interpret that any way that you want to - Sweet hearts, babies, fruit, cakes (yum!), or like me, ICE CREAM! So I went with a bit of a chocolate and strawberry ice cream theme.

When I found out what the challenge was for this week, I was quite excited - I have many images I could use for this! But well, it wasn't to be so easy for me was it, I guess I was spoilt for choice. The card below is actually my third attempt at making something inspirational for you. What happened to the first two? Well, they are still alive, not in the rubbish! They are in my little "too hard corner" and I will come back to them later when I figure out what went wrong with them and they can be fixed.

My card is a little hodge podge... I have used stamps from two companies, SU and Magnolia, and from the four Magnolia images I have used, they span two collections , the papers are from three companies, and lace and flowers that were given to me by two gorgeous ladies for my birthday! (thanks girls!). It is a bit hard to photograph, but I have sprayed the entire card with glimmer mist (something else new for my birthday!), just for that little something extra.

Here is a little close up of the gorgeous Tilda

And a side view so you can see her dimension

So you have until Saturday midday Australian EST time to enter (there is a little clock on the sidebar of the challenge blog) so why not go and get started! Oh - after you have checked out what the rest of the creative DT have put together for you!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

25 June 2010

Christmas All Year Round Magnolialicious Blog Hop!

Oh! It is Christmas in June time! I decided to have another play with the Magnolia-licious Christmas All Year Round blog hop again this month. It is nice to have a bit of Christmas in the middle of our cold winter as when Christmas actually falls here in Canberra, it is usually up around 30 degrees and we are all outside having BBQs.

If you are following along, you should have arrived here from Tanya.

For my card, I have used Tilda with Ornament and the Christmas Tree images. The paper is Cosmo Cricket.

Your next stop on the hop is Nadyne. I'm sure she will have something else festive for you to enjoy!

Mad for Markers

Hi and thanks for visiting me today. It is a very grey day here in Canberra today, only 13 degrees so far and I don't think it is going to get any warmer!

My post today is for Mad for Markers. It is our off week for challenges but there is still a lot of inspiration over at the DT blog. Why not swing over and see what Tracy has created for you today.

My little card is made by stamping two Magnolia images. Firstly Edwin with barefeet, then masking him and stamping the Waterfall background image. I have coloured the entire image with my Copics. The frame was made by following the awesome tutorial for faux wood by Debbie P. Because it is a fairly busy image I've left the card a bit plainer than I usually would.

Copic coloured used for this image are:
E 11, 00, 000, 31, 34
B 21, 23, 000
G 12, 14, 16,
YG 05, 23
YR 15
Y 38, 21
C 1

24 June 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges #3

It is Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges time again!! Gosh, we are having fun with these gorgeous girls from Tickled Pink Stamps. Have you seen the little sneak peak preview over at the Tickled Pink Stamps blog? or Store? Well... you will just have to wait until next week to see what is coming.
For now though, I have the lovely Lylah here for you for challenge #3 - NO DESIGNER PAPER! Yup, sorry, you have to make your own or just go clean and simple! I decided to make my own... and I actually did a bit of a Christmas theme for her. I have dry embossed the dark blue cardstock and then sanded it to reveal the white core and I have also used the faux silk technique for the music sheet piece that Lylah is standing in front of.

I think it is fair to say that we all were a little stumped on this challenge... but as we got going, well, I guess it is clear that we ended up all doing something different and fun.
Supplies used:
Stamps: Lil Lolita - Lylah, Magnolia - Large Ornament, Silent Night Background, Heart Seal
Paper: Red c/s - SU, Blue c/s - DCVW, white tissue paper, white c/s - XPress IT
Ink: Copic markers to colour, Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp Lylah and SU! Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel
Other: Lace, ric rak, ribbon, brads - from my stash, charm - WOJ, flowers - iamroses, Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, Stickles Diamond, Circle nestabilities

23 June 2010


Hi everyone!

It is Wednesday so time for another Whats on your workdesk Wednesday (#55) so I thought I would share with you my messy desk - see, I told you the clean desk wouldn't last long!

I have been trying out my new Copic ABS 1 - an airbrush (ABS 1 is the system with the air can, not the one with the compressor... although I hope soon to have one of those as well) so I've been practising and I have sprayed a paper doily red. The rest of the mess is actually covering up something that I am working on that is TOP SECRET... for now anyway... If you want to know what it is you will have to tune in next week.....

So feel free - have a poke around on my desk!

21 June 2010

Hanglar Stanglar gorgeousness for Cute Card Thursday and Lovely Hanglar

How exciting - I have coloured my first ever Hanglar Stanglar image! No, I am not lucky enough to own one of these lovelies myself, but I do have some wonderful crafty bloggy friends who were happy to share theirs with me.

I made this card with a friend's little boy in mind who is turning one this week. I think it is such a perfect image for a little cutie.

I followed the sketch by Claudia from Cute Card Thursday and a new challenge blog has started in the last few weeks "lovely Hanglar only" and their challenge this week is "Shabby Chic", and now, I know my card isn't the shabbiest ever, but I did distress the edges of the image and sponge them with some caramel ink, so there is some shabby going on! Vintage lace just doesn't really work for boys...

20 June 2010

A Magnolia Birthday card for my Dad

Well, it is the season of birthday's in my family! May through July are very busy around here. Last weekend it was my Dad's birthday so I wanted to make a card for him using Magnolia stamps, but he really isn't a Tilda or Edwin kinda person! So I used the accessory stamps again.

I really love this Summer background and Palm tree. I also used the balloon part of the image from Tilda with Balloons to stamp off a few balloons to have floating around.

To make the frame, I followed the fabulous tutorial by lovely Debbie for faux wood. I then added some antique brads for the corners. There is a little starfish charm on the tag with a couple of little heart charms (I couldn't help myself). The stripy blue paper is from the Magnolia Lazy Summer Days pack available at Tickled Pink Stamps.

I am going to enter the card in the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenges - For the Boys
One Stop Craft Challenges - For the Boys
Stamp Something - Summer Somethings


Today I thought I would show you some Artists Trading Cards that I had made for a swap that I participated in recently. They were sent to the lovely KEZ who has now received them so I can safely put them up here.

I used Magnolia images to make these little ATCs and an accessory Kraftin Kimmie stamp that comes with lovely Mae (available at Tickled Pink Stamps, please note that Kellie also ships stamps overseas!). For those of you who haven't heard of an ATC before, it is basically a little card 6.5 x 9cm which is fairly flat and all ATCs in a set are supposed to be of a similar theme. This was my first attempt at making them so I kept them pretty basic on the embellies and concentrated on the images.

So here are my three all together, I used a summer theme

Here is the first one. The images were stamped onto Xpress It Blending card and coloured with Copic markers, both from from Mad for Markers. I've used a silver gel pen on the wooden posts so they look like actual bolts and crystal effects on the water to make it shiny.

Here is the second ATC. Again the water has been coated with crystal effects. The sand has Kindyglitz on it to make it sparkle.

And lastly, the third ATC with more Kindyglitz for the sparkling summer sand!

I've been poking around for some challenges to enter these in as I haven't really been playing in many lately and found these two:

Stamp Something - Summer Somethings, and
ABC Challenges - W for Weather

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tilda on horse for Just Magnolia

Ohh... finally - a card from me! It feels like it has been ages - but its only been a couple of days, hmmm.
I made this card for my Sister-in-law's birthday. She is a very keen horsey girl so I thought this Tilda was perfect for her birthday card. I love the papers, thet are Websters Pages minis. So cute and pretty.

The challenge this week at Just Magnolia is In the Garden so I thought I'd enter her over there. I just love the image. Such a cute horse.

18 June 2010

Sj's Little Musings Friday Freebie!!

Yay! It is Friday Freebie time at Sj's Little Musings again!! And Sj is having an Animal month for June, little Nippy was first and then the gorgeous Father and Son elephants last week - but this week's Friday Freebie is close to my heart - Sj has created not one, but two gorgeous Giraffes! There is the very cute Giraffe that I have used on my project, and the cutest giraffe that I have ever seen - a giraffe in a tutu! As always they are in line images and also coloured.

My family are giraffe fans so I had to make something special. Little Aiden (turns one year old on 1 July! My baby!!) has an animal themed bedroom, which is predominately safari animals. He is also at that cute stage where he dives into cushions and buries his little face into them, then rolls over onto his back with a massive smile, like a little bear cub. If there is no cushion around to amuse him, then he will find the nearest stuffed animal - or his big brother. It is so cute.

So after trying a few other ideas out, this is what I came up with:

I went to a craft fair about two years ago and bought some fabric which has paper backing on it that you can put through your ink jet printer. So after harassing my poor DH for some tuition on photoshop, I finally got the hang of it and lined up a few of these gorgeous little giraffe friends under this cute photo of my little Aiden, printed it out and set about searching through my rather large "fat quarter" collection to find the perfect piece of fabric.

Mad for Markers - colour something other than paper!

Hi, I am here with my post for Mad for Markers to show you how I made custom charms using Shrinky Dinks plastic.

I've stamped my "Shrinky Dinks frosted rough and ready" shrink plastic with all five Lil Lolitas using Staz on ink on the shiny side of the Shrinky Dinks and coloured with my Copics on the frosted side. I've then run each image through the cuttlebug using oval Nestabilities and punched a little hole at the top of each oval... can you see where I am going with this?

Once shrunk, the Shrinky Dinks plastic becomes one third of its original size and 9 times thicker. So..... it makes PERFECT custom charms! When the shrink plastic is heated it begins to warp - a lot - and then as it shrinks to its final size it usually straightens out a bit. You can see on some of my "charms" that they didnt quite flatten properly and I had to reheat them a bit and use tweezers to hold them flat.

As the plastic becomes 9x thicker, it also gives a shaddow effect as the image is stamped on one side of the plastic and the colouring is on the other.

The colours also intensify quite a bit as they become more concentrated having been shrunk.

The frosting on the plastic gives a nice sparkly effect

Copics used:
E11, E55, W3, B21, R85, RV11, V13

The cute images are from the "Lil Lolita Collection" available at Tickled Pink Stamps.

The "Colour something other than paper" challenge runs until Sunday so there is still time to enter!

17 June 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges #2!

Wow - is it time for our SECOND Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge already? The past week just flew by!

Thank you everyone who left a message last week - you were all in the draw for a hidden candy! Yes, I was one of the candy girls - and my lucky winner was commenter # 11 - Lexi! Congratulations Lexi, you have a gorgeous Ivy image headed your way.

This week we have a photo inspiration challenge. And what gorgeous inspiration it is too. It had all of the DT girls keen to create.

Here is my creation for the challenge:

I have used the lovely Willow and my inspiration from the photo were the flowers and the texture. It is a little hard to see in my photo, but the bottom corner of the card has embossing.

My Willow is coloured with Copic markers and I've used Stickles on the edges of all of the papers.

So don't forget to check out the rest of the gorgeous creations from the DT! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

15 June 2010

Creatalicious Challenges June challenge

There is a new challenge set over at Creatalicious Challenges!

This month we have a sketch challenge - with a twist - we would like you to also combine stitching with the sketch! The sketch was designed by our talented team member Linda.

This is my interpretation of the sketch:

I have used my sewing machine to stitch around the oval image and also the foundation pieces of the card.

The image is a Magnolia Stamps image - Tilda skipping. The patterned paper is also Magnolia from last year's Christmas range.

I have pleated the lace behind the image, which is coloured using Copic markers.

It is a lovely sketch to play with so why not head over to Creatalicious Challenges and have a go at it yourself

13 June 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenges # 50

Yay! It is Magnolia Down Under Challenges time again! This week are are asking you to create something with SWIRLY SWIRLS! How easy is that? Think swirly swirl patterned papers, embellishments, your actual image - just go for it swirly swirl style!

I had fun with this challenge. I just received my "Mothers Day" cartridge for the Cricut and cut out the pink swirly panel for the backdrop of my card. Once I'd cut that out I used gold glitter all around the edges. It took a while but it was worth the effort! Behind that sits a lemon glitter card.

I have used Ballerina Tilda from the recent Fairytale collection (one of my favourite collections) and also a Magnolia accessory stamp "swirl" to stamp the pink swirls around her. And to finish off, some Basic Grey pearl swirls!
So there you have her, one glittery and girly, swirly swirl Magnolia card!
You have until midday Saturday 20 June to enter (AES time - see clock on MDUC blog sidebar). We'd love to see what you can come up with!

11 June 2010

SJ's Little Musings - Father and Son Elephants

Hi everyone! It is Friday Freebie time again!! This week SJ has for us these gorgeous little father and son elephants - aren't they cute? It is Fathers' Day over in the UK this weekend so it is appropriate timing!

I decided to make this little card using the pre-coloured image. I've run some Kraft cardstock through the cuttlebug to emboss it with three different folders and then stitched this to some blue cardstock wiht a zig zag stitch. It gives a nice homey feel to the paper doesn't it?

So what are you waiting for? Click HERE to go and visit SJ and grab some little elephants for yourself!! They are a must have for any digi enthusiast!

Mad for Markers - Colour on something other than paper

Mad for Markers has another exciting challenge this fortnight - to colour on something other than paper! Sounds interesting doesn't it? I had some fun colouring on my son's white singlets! I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out as I hadn't done it before, so I thought I'd better try something that wasn't going to matter if I ruined it!

I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then ironed it to ensure it was set before I started colouring. After I finished the first one, I decided I needed to do another one it was so much fun and I liked the effect so much!

I followed the tutorial by Diana which was so easy!

For Edwin and his Lizard, I used Copic markers:
E00, R30, W0,W1, W3, W5, B 21, B23, Y26, Y28, YG 000, G94, G99, E 53, E55, E57

For the rockets I used Copic Markers:
B21, B23, B26, R24, R27, R29, Y35, Y38

So get colouring and enter the challenge!

10 June 2010

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges #1

Hello and welcome to the first Lil Lolita Boutique Challenge! We are all so excited to be a part of this challenge and can't wait to see what you create with Ivy, Evie, Lylah, Lilith or Willow! As part of our opening challenge celebration, we are having a BLOG HOP! So if you were at Kylie C (or Brown as we like to call her) before me, then you are on the right track!!

For our first challenge our Boss Lady has set the challenge to be "Anything goes" - wow free rein!! So it will be interesting to see what pops up in the entries!

Here is my creation for our first challenge! I have used the gorgeous Evie, isn't she sweet?

Stamps: Evie (Lil Lolita collection from Tickled Pink Stamps), Country Sunset (Make It Crafty - sneak peak, due to open 15 June), Sunflowers (Magnolia Stamps)
Papers: Cloud patterned paper (Magnolia Lazy Summer Days, available at Tickled Pink Stamps), Kraft cardstock and Brocade Blue cardstock (Stampin Up)
Other: Birdie charm and Mesh ribbon (Tickled Pink Stamps) and blue checked ribbon from my stash
**Images are all coloured with Copic Markers**

The next talented DT member on your hop is Patricia, but before you go, don't forget to leave a comment! To be in the running to win our surprise hidden candies you must have left a comment at each stop on the blog hop, so if you've forgotten and want to be in the running, why not go back and start at the beginning? There is so much to see with these talented ladies, who wouldn't want to do the blog hop twice?

Thanks for stopping by,

09 June 2010


After my embarrassing revelation of my work desk last week, I decided to clean it up on the weekend and I am pleased to report that it is still fairly tidy!! I am so proud of my relatively tidy desk I'm joining in at WOYWW again this week - before I mess it up again.

My craft room is actually not exclusively my "own space". I share it with my hubby and his computer. He is nice enough to keep his "stuff" (lol, basically his computer and his chair!!) on his side of the room and I try not to spread my clutter outside the room :)

Our craft room (hehe) used to be our baby room. Both of my boys were in here as infants until they were old enough to go down the hall a bit (sleeping through basically) and then at Christmas time little Aiden moved into his new room with his lovely cloud painted wall and we were able to revamp this room so it wasn't "baby" anymore. So now we have the nice warm coffee coloured wall and my clever husband bought flatpack cubpoards and hung them on the wall so I could house all of my embellishments (you can see the bottom of the cupboard doors in the top of the photo). I keep all of my stamps in CD cases in the CD rack on my desk so I dont have to get up (lazy, lazy). The rack on the left is all of my Magnolia Stamps and the one on the right is everything else.

So there you have it, my desk this week! If I manage to keep it reasonably tidy, I'll share it again next week!

08 June 2010

Tickled Pink Monthly Challenges!!

Happy Tuesday! It is time for Tickled Pink Stamps Monthly Challenges! This month we are challenged to make a card following a sketch and a matching bookmark. I used the sketch as parts of my card and made a Joy Fold Card. You should pop over and have a look at the gorgeous creations the rest of the talented DT have come up with - wow!

I have chosen to use the lovely Ivy with her cute hat perched on her pretty little head. Oh I had some fun making this card. The papers are absolutely gorgeous and from the Prima Flights of Fancy Collection (I used Firefly) - and wow, let me tell you I had so much trouble making the first cut. I seem to just hoard beautiful papers and occassionally pull them out of the drawer to admire them and then put them back because they are too pretty to cut up :) But I felt that it had to be done for Ivy, she deserves lovely papers :)

Ivy is coloured in Copic markers - all in warm greys. Kellie has a DT challenge set for us this week as well which is to make a card with black and white images but use coloured papers and embellies. Doesn't it give a lovely vintage feel? It is the first time I've "coloured" a black and white image and I loved it - it really helps if you struggle to find your light source, it is a great lesson in shading.

So here is a close up of Ivy. She is surrounded by gold embossed swirls. And there are gold embossed butterflies behind her which are a little difficult to see in this photo

But are a bit more clear here. I thought they added to the gorgeous paper. I've use the same stamp to make the coloured butterflies for the embellies. And the flowers at the bottom of the piece hold the book bark in place nicely

And here it is open. I found the perfect sentiment (for the sentimentally challenged me) at Rain Drop Echo Designs and printed it on the inside flap.

So, please take part in Tickled Pink Stamps Monthly Challenge #2! and if you like, and want to make a black and white image card, you can enter that on the Tickled Pink Stamps blog on Saturday.
ALSO!! A reminder - The Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges start THIS THURSDAY 10 June at 5.00pm and if you head over and have a look - there is some great candy on offer from Kellie, our Boss Lady.
**Ivy is one of a collection of five "Lil Lolita" rubber stamps EXCLUSIVE to Tickled Pink Stamps. If you would like to own one of your own, you'd better be quick! They are being shipped out all over the world as we speak! They have been popping up on blogs in the UK and USA... how exciting!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCESS!!! A Royal Birthday Blog Hop

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear PRINCESSS
Happy Birthday to you!

Well, it is KRISTY YOUNG's birthday today!! And we are all celebrating around the country today to make sure this is a birthday that she won't forget with a special birthday blog hop!

So Princess Kristy ....below is something every princess should get for their birthdays - a new crown

And hopefully the royal postie arrives to deliver this to you today... your very own Princess card
made by me :)

We all hope you have a wonderful birthday today and to continue on with your birthday blog hop, you need to visit Makeesha.....

06 June 2010


Do I have your attention? Thought so!

Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges start this Thursday, 10 June at 5pm AES time!!

And to celebrate, Kellie is offering up some AWESOME candy - a complete set of Lil Lolitas!

All you have to do to win is:
  1. Become a follower of Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges
  2. Add the Badge to your sidebar, and
  3. Add your name to Mr Linky HERE

You have got to be in it to win it so head over to Lil Lolita Boutique Challenges and follow these steps to WIN!!

05 June 2010

PRE-ORDER your Magnolia Wedding Collection NOW!

Who wouldn't want to get their hands on these gorgeous new images from Magnolia Stamps? That's what I thought!!

Don't wait!! Rush over NOW to Tickled Pink Stamps to pre-order your new Magnolia Wedding Collection.

But wait - there is more - Kellie is offering 10% off this pre-order!

There is also going to be another pre-order for Magnolia Ink No. 4 so keep your eyes open for that too!

So now - what are you waiting for - Order your Magnolia Stamps Wedding Collection NOW!!!

04 June 2010

Embellish your embellishments!!

Hi everyone! It is my day to share something interesting with you all for Mad for Markers!

Today I would like to show you how to embellish your embellishments with Copics. I wish I had known about this earlier, I have so much STUFF and in a rainbow of different colours, and had I known I could "Copic them" I would have one cupboard for my all white embellies and twice as many Copics!!

The list of things you can colour with Copics is endless. So long as they are not pre-dyed you can Copic them. If they are pre-dyed you may still be able to colour over the preexisting colour, but I would be hesitant as this existing colour may just melt with the alcohol in the markerand ruin the tip, so I stick to white, non-coloured items.

Below you can see a few different things laid out ready to customise - rhinestones, lace, ribbon, mulberry flowers, pearls.... the list is really endless. You can colour vellum, acetate and also shrink plastic! I have coloured white feathers before and that also worked quite well. It is best (as always) to have clean scratch paper under your work so you don't "wik" other colours onto your projects. And just like with different cardstocks, the colours show slightly differently on different surfaces.

I am using three different colours - RV 000, RV 21 and RV23

On these rhinestones I have used RV 23 so you can see the depth of colour you can achieve. Lighter colours work just as well, I just wanted to make sure you could see the result on the photos.

Next some nylon ribbon. I have used all three colours on this ribbon to get a bit more of a rainbow effect.

My favourite - flowers! See how you can use one marker to change a white flower into a pink one?

And you can use two markers to change it into a two tone flower. For this I first coloured the entire flower by touching the tip of RV000 to the flower I moved the marker around to soak the colour through the entire flower, then I used RV 21 and lightly touched it to the tips. If you find the colour too intense, just use your lighter colour again to dilute the intensity.

And now for the pearls! They give a nice result.

A silk hydranga also works well. I coloured the edges with RV 23, then did another row of RV 21 just inside that line, and then coloured the rest of the flower with RV000

Mesh ribbon is the easiest of laces/ribbons to alter - you just lightly brush your marker tip across the ribbon and it takes the colour. There is no effort at all required for this one!

And now for my fully co-ordinated PINK card!