Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Squirrel and The Fox Birthday Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to my part in the Squirrel and the Fox blog hop!

If you have come here from Mags B's blog, then you’re in the right place. If you just happened to stumble upon my blog, head to The Squirrel and The Fox to start at the beginning and read how the hop works. You can also see all the amazing prizes up for grabs.

To celebrate one whole year of The Squirrel and The Fox, the team are giving away some wonderful prizes. There’s even an individual prize for just landing here on this page.
To showcase their work, each DT member is also showing off some of their favourite creations. I have chosen this card, made by me in July this year.

I love this card for a few reasons. This card uses my first Tiddly Inks image and I made it for my Mum and Dad's 40th wedding anniversary. 

 I love the antique lace that was from my grandmother and the little birdcage charm from Scrap Matrix.

The prize that is being given away from my blog has been generously donated by Designed to Color and it is a one year subscription to their digital magazine - how awesome is that??
If you haven't heard of this magazine, you have to check it out. It's the magazine completely devoted to stampers and paper crafters that love to colour. After seeing it, I am going to subscribe to it myself!
To win this prize, simply leave your comment below (which you are doing anyway as part of the hop), become a follower of my blog and at the end of the hop I will randomly draw one winner.  It's that easy! Remember, to be eligible for any prizes, you must complete the entire hop.
Thank you for visiting. Now you’re off to visit my fabulous teammate Vanessa . Happy Hopping!”

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Celebrate the Occasion with The Squirrel and The Fox

Hello and welcome to another hasty post from me. This will be a quick one as I have many things on the To Do List today, and as the first one is like embarking on Mission Impossible (read: Find New Clothes) I have to get cracking.

It's time for a new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox and this time our theme is


This fortnight's challenge celebrates that The Squirrel and The Fox is turning one. Awww, seems like just yesterday when Linda and I decided to start blogging and to start our own little challenge blog. Since then there's been a few hiccups but overall, we've had a wonderful run.

Bugaboo are sponsoring our challenge this time, and gave the DT some fabulous images to work with. I chose Theodore Birthday Sign, and here's what I made:

Of course the image was coloured with Copics, and I used three new colours to colour little Ted, W0, W2 and W5. They are such nice greys, so glad I added them to my collection.

I hope you'll join us to be in with a chance to win those 7 digi stamps from Bugaboo.

I've also entered this card into the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge Blog  -  Animal Companions
Dream Valley Challenges - Celebration

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Away with the fairies at Sparkles

Hello All,

It's Saturday evening in Australia, and right now, my card making enthusiast friend Linda and I are drinking a very lovely bottle of wine and spending some much needed time together. We live 3 hours apart and don't get much time for just us. But we are keeping a level head (for now), as we are both part of the DT for Sparkles and as conscientious team members, and the fact it's early morning in the UK, means it's also time to tell you about the newest challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenges. Our challenge this month is about those mythical winged creatures from the bottom of the garden, fairies.


As soon as I heard about this theme I went hunting for a particular fairy image I'd seen before. After a lot of googling and blog stalking I finally found her - Fairy 3 from Mo's Digital Pencil.

Isn't she just marvellous? I coloured her with Copics and once again pulled pages from my Kaisercraft Bonjour collection of papers. As I do so very often, I added lace and this time some Kindy Glitz glitter glue to sparkle up those wings.

Our challenge this month is sponsored by

Please see the challenge blog for all the details. I hope you'll join us at Sparkles with your fairy creations.

Entered into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss - Pink and Green
Paper Crafting Journey - My Sentiment Exactly
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Magical
Flutterby Wednesdays - Favourite colour (dusty pink Copics)

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Anything Goes at The Squirrel and The Fox

Hello All,

Happy Spring to those of us on this side of the world and Happy Autumn to those on the other! It's been Spring here for 9 whole days and Sydney has been putting on a wonderful show, with lovely sunny days and blue skies. I want to spend all my time outside enjoying the warmer weather, after my hibernating ways through Winter.

We have a new challenge over at The Squirrel and The Fox, and this one should be pretty popular!


Now I am sure you have just created something that's perfect - so make sure you head over and enter for your chance to win 5 free digis from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More.

I made this card for my friend's sister in law. She's a party girl and seems to attend more than her fair share of dress up parties, she's even been to a Jersey Shore party. I bought this image especially, Kenny K's Freida Flapper - isn't she wonderful? She looks like she's been captured mid Charlston, dancing up a storm with her cigarette in one hand - I guess people must have danced quite far apart in those days with such a high risk of setting your neighbour alight!

I decided to keep my colour combination very simple, just pink and black. I finally had a chance to use the black lace from my grandmother's collection and now I think I will be using it a lot more!

Frieda was coloured with copics, and the papers are Carta Bella "Paris Girl". I thought they fitted the image perfectly. I added some matching pink pearls and black gems. My favourite embellishment was the sparkly gems that I stuck to her headpiece.  I'm not sure the photos do them justice, they sparkle brilliantly under the light.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Kaboodles Doodles Challenges - Music, Dance or Any of the Arts
The Poodles Parlour  - Here come the Girls
Craftymess Challenges - Vintage Paris
Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenges - Take Me Away
The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog - Lace & Pearls
Pile It On - Patterned Paper
The Ribbon Girl - Pearls

I hope you all have a fantastic week. Thanks for visitng and see you again soon.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

A 21st birthday card

Hello All,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. It's Sunday evening here, and it's been such a glorious day today I found myself throwing the idea of doing any housework to the wind and just spending time outside. I took my dog Loki for a run beside my bicycle, and then went back out for a second ride later in the day with my husband AJ. Riding with Loki is far easier, AJ rides so fast it's a bit like torture than pleasure as I try and keep up. I am sure I will lament this 'no housework' business when I have no clean clothes this week though!

I was asked to make a card for a colleague at work whose sister is turning 21. The brief was girly, lacy, fun and to use her name. I purchased my very first Saturated Canary image for the occasion and this is what I came up with:

The image is called "bubbles, coloured with copics and the sentiment was computer generated. I hand-stitched pink wool through the lace to affix a silver key charm. All three background papers are from the Kaisercraft "Bonjour" collection.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - A stitch in time
Craft Room Challenge - Pin or Charm (my key charm) 
Dream Valley Challenges- Something Old (lace), Something New (digi stamp)
PanPastel UK Challenge - All About Stripes
Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful week.