Sunday, 30 January 2011

ABC Christmas - B

This card using a free image from the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog
I coloured the image with my pro markers
Cut with the curved rectangle nestabilities
I embossed the white card with me snowflake sizzix embossing folder
The sentiment was done on my brother labeller

This is for the following challenge


Thanks for looking

x Nicky x

Christmas Cards All Year Round - January

These five christmas cards using the wonderful Christmas Bratz from Bugaboo
This is what I spent my voucher on that I won from the
I have coloured them using my pro markers
Added a little bit of stickles glitter
Cut them using my Curved Recangle Nestabilities
Cut a mat of green card using the same nestabilities
I edged the images with some poppy red pearlized brilliance ink
The papers used all came free with magazines

This is for the following challenge


Thanks for looking

x Nicky x

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Ready To Party

This card uses a new digi image that I brought from Just Inklined Digital Stamps
I have coloured him using my pro markers
The papers come from my Just For Man paper pad
The squares are some brads I forgot I had
I just them on using my new pink cordless glue gun

This card is for the following challenges

Sketch and Stash - The sketch I have followed
Cards for Men - let's Party

Thanks for looking

x Nicky x

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

WOYWW 86 - Goodies

Its Wednesday and that means the its time to have look around the desks of the world
If you wonder why I am showing your my desk pop over to the Queen of the Desk
Julia at the Stamping Ground Blog
 On my desk this week is some lovely blog candy from Laura from Airing Cupboard Crafts
Look at all that lovely paper and the snowflake stencil is stunning
Can you see the bookmark and lovely card she made as well
Arent they stunning
Thank You Very Much Laura
 The drawers this week are the ones on the inside of my desk again but this time the righthand side
The large drawer holds all my gems and sparkly bits
The two labelled drawers hold the sleeve and blank for my ATC
(have not made an ATC in ages must give it another go)
You can also see a small shelf at the top that holds 6x6 papers and underneath a small pen drawer
Next to the pen drawer is my twines for the its so easy
This is a picture of my new toy its pink and its great
I have had problems with silicon glue going off and bursting out the tube
So when I saw this cordless glue gun I could not resist
It takes a couple of minutes to warm up and then it is ready to go
So far I love it and its pink lol
No cards on the go at the moment as we have a really busy time at work
But hopefully will get a chance to play towards the weekend

Thanks for looking have a great Wednesday

x Nicky x

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Thinking Of You

This card uses a digi image from Pollycraft
As normal I have coloured her using my trusty promarkers
I cut her out using my oval nestabilities and also cut a couple of mats
I used my sizzix Stars/Swirls./Dots embossing folder
Where the join of the embossing folder is I used two bits of ribbon to cover it
One plain pink the other has swirls and dots of pink on it
The finished with a piece of ribbon tied into a bow
Sentiment was done using my brother labeller

This is for the following challenges:

Pollycraft ~ Sweet Pastel Colours
My Time to Craft ~ Spots and Dots
Simon Says ~ Bingo - My line was Die Cut/Embossing/Ribbons
Cute Card Thursday ~ Recipe 123 - 1 image 2 paper 3 ribbons
Speedy Cats ~ Sympathy Card

Thanks for looking

x Nicky x

Friday, 21 January 2011

Shoes

I thought I would show another image from Bugaboo
Just to prove I can do girls cards as well
Remember you still have a chance to get Bugaboo images with an amazing
discount as they are celebrating their 1st Birthday
I have coloured her again with my pro markers
The sentiment was done in word
The dotty card came from my local craft shop
For a little interest I added faux stitching to the sentiment and image
I think its a simple but effective card
This is for the following challenge
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Like A Classic Car!

Ok I admit it I am hooked on the Gus collection from Bugaboo
I just love this charater his so much fun to make those men cards
I have coloured him with my pro markers
added a fun verse
The background paper is from the Just for Men Papermania pad
This is for the following challenge
Thanks for Looking
x Nicky x

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Any Colour Goes!

This card uses an image and sentiment from Bugaboo
If you want some bargins everything has 60% off on the site as it their Birthday
I love this image as it reminds me of my dad who used to wear red speedo and a loud shirt
and yes us kids were very embarassed lol
I have coloured him using my promarkers
The back ground paper was free from a magazine
The orange and blue was from a Quickutz Pad of self adhesive paper
This card is for the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday - Tropical Warmth
Bugaboo Mini Birthday Challenge - The sketch I have followed
Thanks for Looking
x Nicky x

WOYWW 85

Its that time of week again
It's Wednesday and thanks to Julia that means
we can go all over the world nosing at peoples craft spaces
If you have not got a clue what its all about pop over to
Stamping Ground - have a look around you will be amazed a what you will find
On my desk this week is my card I am making for the Wednesday Bugaboo Mini Challenge
If you want to see if I will post it later
You can also see my new paper trimmer - this was a treat because I broke my purple cow cutter
and this on is a Pink Finger Guard trimmer - its great and takes up less space
Now the picture above is all Julias fault
Since I have joined WOYWW Julia has mentioned her glass cutting mat just a few time
I looked at them in the craft shops and although not really expensive more than I wanted to pay
Then I went in BHS (Department store in Britian) and there was this kitchen
glass top chopping board - thats also heat resistant
Best of it was reduced from £12 to £4.80 - Bargain
and it got pink on it
lol

The drawer this week is inside my desk under the roll top
This one is on the left hand side
It hold my scissors, my Its Sew Easy Tool
and decorative blades for my paper trimmer
Oh and my distressing tool just peeping out
Above are two little drawers that hold my ATC backs and Blanks
You can also see a little leather book - this was given to my Dad when he was 21yrs old
Its a birthday book and I now use it since to keep dates in

Thanks for looking and all your lovely comments

x Nicky x

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Clowning Around


This card uses a lovely free image from Bugaboo
I have coloured her using my promarkers
Cut her out with my label nestabilities
The mat I embossed with my sizzix stars and swirls
The spotty paper came free with a magazine
I have added glitter strips and a gems
Then with my pink stickles I have edges the picture
This card is for the following challenge:
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Monday, 17 January 2011

Wagon of Love


This card uses an image drawn by Sliekje Digi Stamps
I have coloured it using my promarkers
The cut it out and used my fiskars corner scissors to round the corner
I then made a mat and rounded the corners in the same way
The heart embossed paper is actually wall paper
I picked up as a sample from the local DIY store
The hearts have been in my stash for ages and are simply stickers
I mounted them onto card so I could glue with some dimension
This card is for the following challenges:
Secret Crafter - With Love
Speedy Cats - Hearts
Sketch Saturday - The sketch I have followed
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

A Recount Please!

This card uses another Gus image and sentiment from Bugaboo
I have coloured him using my promarkers
Cut out the sentiment and image with my nestabilities
I cut them so they would fit together
Took a little bit of trial and error but worked it out
and I am quite pleased with the result
The paper are from my stash
Tore the edges of the dotty on for some texture interest
This is for the following challenge
Bugaboo Birthday Mini Challenges - Monday Blue and White
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Bugaboo Birthday

This card uses a Digi Image and Sentiment from Bugaboo
I have coloured him using my promarkers
I then cut him and the sentiment out using my nestabilities
I inked the edges with my Brilliance Pearlize ink pad
The Striped paper is from my Just for Men Pad by Papermania
The paper at the bottom was embossed using my sizzix birthday texture plate
I lightly sanded this bit so show the core colour of the card
This is for the following challenge
Catch the Bug - Birthday Card
Thanks for Looking
x Nicky x

Boys and their Toys!

This card uses a wonderful Digi Stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil
I have coloured him using my promarkers
His cut using my circle spellbinder nestabilities dies
I have edges the circle using my chocolate brilliance pearlize ink pad
I then mounted onto some mats
One mat I used my sizzix embossing folder to add some texture
Sentiment was done on my PC in word
This card is for the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Monochrome
Mo's Digital PLinkencil - 'Playtime'
Friday Sketchers - The sketch I have followed
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Thank You

This card uses a House Mouse stamps
I stamped it using Stazon black ink then coloured with promarkers
I used Spellbinders Labels 3 to cut and stencil the image
and also to cut to the mat
The paper is from the Daisy and Dandelion pad
I cut so I just had the purple edge and label
On the label I used a Thank You sticker
The butterflies came free with a magazine I was given by a friend
To finish it I added some small pearls to the flowers
This card is for the following challenge
Crafty Catz - Thank You
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Chocolate!

This card uses a Digi Stamp and sentiment from Bugaboo
I have coloured her with my promarkers
I then cut them out using my spellbinders nestabilities labels
For the mats I draw around the nestabilities I had used
I then mounted some metallic grey card onto a cream base card
Matted some paper and ribbon
Then fixed the image and the sentiment
On the image I then used two flowers that have bit fixed together with a brad
and glued on top and bottom
I wanted to bling the card abit so but gems around the sentiment
This card is for the following challenges:
My Time to Craft - Chocolate
Simon Says - The sketch I have followed
Colour Create - Pink, Blue, Grey & Cream/White extras flowers/Gems
Thanks for Looking
x Nicky x

Baby Boy

This card using a digi stamp from Pollycraft
I have coloured him with the following promarkers
Buttercup
Ivory
Satin
Powder Blue
Arctic Blue
I then cut him out using my nestablities labels
The label behind I then debossed using my
new sizzix stars and swirls embossing folder
I used my holographic embossing power to add interest to the edges
The charm is my new sizzix charm frame with star
I mounted a piece of card behind that I embossed the words
New Baby in freehand again using holographic embossing powder
The paper at the back was embossed with the stars and swirls embossing folder
The sentiment was embossed using my new Docrafts Papermania sentiment
embossing folder
I finished the card with some white ribbon that came of pressies at Christmas
This card is for the following challenges
Pollycraft - New Things
Digital Tuesday - All White except for the image
Thanks for Looking
x Nicky x

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Over the Hill

This card uses an image from Bugaboo
I have coloured him using my promarkers
Cut with the the Quickutz Round Corner Square Die
The oval and the rectangle was cut using spellbinders dies
Once I had cut the shape I used a Tim Holtz Embossing folders
To emboss the large square and the rectangle
I then sanded them slightly so show some of the white core
The sentiment was also from Bugaboo
and was printed in word
This card is for the following challenges:
Cards for Men - Sketch that I have followed
Catch the Bug - Let's Emboss It
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

WOYWW 84

Its that addictive time of week when we get to go on a trip around the world
nosey oops looking at everyones desk
If you would like to join in the fun pop over to
On the top of my desk this week is a lot of goodies I brought from the sizzix sale
(I only found out about the sale through someone blogs on WOYWW)
This little lots cost me £24 which was some birthday and Christmas money I had
I haven't opened them yet as I had a card to finish before
I can up pack and find a tidy home for my new stash
On my desk you can see a card that I have finished just behind
my new dies storage that I made earlier this week
If you want to see how I made it click HERE
You can also see a plastic storage box that holds all my embossing folders
There are also the sheets that I print challenges onto that I want to do
See I just cannot help being organised
In fact looking at my desk in this photo is properly the most messy it gets
This is the final large drawer of my desk
It hold an organisor to store all the non Christmas Cards I make
My letterpress
Some sizzix texture plates
The plastic storage box on my desk at the moment normally lives in that space you can see
Theres my making memorys tag maker
My ribbon box
Some adhesives and my glitter glues
Under the glitter glues is a small box that holds all the metal tag rings
Thats it for this Wednesday
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Old Age Grump

This card uses an image from Just Inklined Digital Stamps
I have coloured him using my promarkers
He was then cut out using my circle spellbinders
The background card was embossed using a Tim Holz brick effect embossing folder
The sentiment was done in word and then edge with ink for effect
The new stash was the image and the embossing folder
This card is for the following challenge
Sketch and Stash - Sketch that I followed
Thanks for Looking
x Nicky x

Monday, 10 January 2011

Best Friends - Share

This card uses a image from Mo's Digital Pencil
He is coloured using my pro markers
The blue swirly paper has been in my stash for ages and I no longer remember the make
The orange card was embossed using a cuttle bug embossing folder
The sentiment was done in word
I edged the image and sentiment using an ink pad and a cotton bud
This cards is for the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - Food or Drink
Sketch Saturday -The sketch I have followed
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Sunday, 9 January 2011

All Shopped Out!

This card uses an image from Charmed Craft
I have coloured her using the following promarkers
Fushia Pink
Orchid
Purple
Lilac
Lavender
Amethyst
Denim Blue
Cornflower
Midnight Blue
Cool Grey 1
Cool Grey 2
Cocoa
Burnt Umber
Cinnamon
Sandstone
Ivory
Blush
Burnt Sienna
I then did the sentiment in word and cut the image and sentiment using my nestabilities
I have used pink and purple Brilliance Pearlized ink to add abit of interest to the edge
The dotty papers were off cuts from my previous project
The flower paper came from a Daisy & Dandelion Pad
This is for the following challenges
Passion for Promarkers - Thank You Card
Digital Tuesday - Anything to do with shopping
Friday Sketchers - The sketch I based my card on
Thanks for Looking
x Nicky x

Getting Organised!

Those who have followed this blog will now that I am an very tidy crafter
I like everything to be easy to get to and neat
My Spellbinders and other thin dies have been driving my nuts as they were all just still in their orginal packing in a box - neatly but it was not working well
So I have made a new book to hold my dies
I used mount board that I had left over from some framing I did
I cut it down to size and then I used some of my 12 x 12 stash of paper to cover it
I have had this paper about 18months and have not used it
I then stamped my Little Suzy stamp that I have had since I started card making
I love this little duck as he seems to be jumping for joy
He is coloured using promarkers
I then cut him out using my Spellbinder Nestabilitie label die
I inked the edge to destress it a bit
I then dry embossed some black card
using my sizzix with a new embossing folder from Prov Craft
It came with the black card that when sanded has purple showing through
This is a first for me as I have never sanded my work before
I then used the left over bit to make the label to cover the words
I then thought I would get out my heat gun and embossing powders
as its been ages since I have used them
Again I did a first for me I used clear embossing power and embossed it three times
To give both label a glossy finish and I hope this will project them a little
I used my bind-it-all and some left over wire to bind the book
My crop-a-dile was used to putch the holes for the ribbon to go through
so I could tie the book shut
Ribbon again is from stash
Inside the card I used some magnetic kids sheets of the world that I brought from Tescos
I cut it into two inch strips and attached it to the centre of the page
The dies then sit nicely on this and are held securly
Then as I am a little OCD I have labelled each set of dies
by doing them in word and the cutting them out.
It has taken me quite a few hours this evening
thats why I am blogging it at this time in the morning lol
(2.45am British Time)
I am really pleased with how this turned out
I am entering it into the following challenges:
My Time To Craft - Up in the Air ( the ducks jumping)
Simon Says - New Beginnings ( New Storage for my Dies)
Cute Card Thursday - Out With the Old ( Lots of old stash used)
Art Walk Friday - Share Some Art
Secret Crafter - Tons of Texture
Speedy Cats - Embossing
Simply Create - Embossing
Winter Wonderland - Lets go Dotty
Sorry for such a long post but it you have lasted all the way to here
Thank You
x Nicky x

A - Anything Christmas

A- Anything as long as it for Christmas
This the first challenge of the year for the ABC Christmas Challenge
If you were rushing to finish off Christmas cards get ahead and join in HERE
On this card I have used an image from Mo's Digital Pencil
I have coloured it with my pro markers and sakura gel pens
The image was cut using my Quickutz Nesties
The sentiment has been in my stash for a few years and I think it came from a QVC set
The papers are all from my stash
The little ribbon just finished it off
This is for the following challenge
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

WOYWW 83 - Oops Nearly Forgot

Oops with the bank holiday I forgot what day it was
so here a later than usual
What On Your Workdesk Wednesday
There nearly was no workdesk to show as when I sat down on Monday to do some
crafting I noticed the desk top seems to be moving and then my large paper
drawer in the centre landed on my lap!
I took the desk to bits and realised that over the years lots of screw had come out
so out came the drill for some new holes with some new screws
and now my desk is nice and sturdy and ready to face the next 50 years or so!
If you have not got a clue what I am talking about pop over to
and hop around the world having a nose out how everyone works
But I warn you it is addictive
My desk this week a few projects on the go for some different challenge blogs
I have just been using my nestabilites to cut out some images
One is coloured the others need colouring
An yes that is a custard cream on the desk a girl has to keep up her stamina whilst crafting
I have been working out what embellishments I am going to use of these cards
This is a shot and my embellishment case - yes like my desk very organised
I am unable to craft in a mess
You can also see my box of oddments of ribbons lots of these come out of clothes
and off pressies
The drawer this week is my Christmas drawer
In here I keep all my Christmas papers and a few Christmas Embellishments
I also keep my long bind it all wires in the drawer
Have a happy Wednesday everyone
love
x Nicky x


Monday, 3 January 2011

Getting Ready For Christmas 2011!

As my Christmas Card box is now looking empty I thought I better start making them for Christmas 2011!
This image is from Polly Craft
She is coloured using my pro markers and the a little glitter added using my Stickles
The paper triangle came from a paper mania pad I have had for ages
The three stars came from Hobby Craft bargin bin!
This card is for the following challenge
Sketch Saturday - Sketch I have followed
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Lets Celebrate

This card using a House Mouse stamps
I love House Mouse stamps they are so cute
I have coloured it using my pro markers
The papers used are all scraps from my bits and bobs drawer
This card is for the following challenges:
Simon Says - Lets Party/Celebrate
Friday Sketchers - The sketch I have followed
Thanks for looking
x Nicky x