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Sneak Peak


Lily Bouquet…..

is one of the new images from Ethereal Forest Designs….haven’t coloured in many flowers but this is such a beautiful image that it was very easy to do.

Added digi sentiments as well which is another thing I don’t normally do…. until I am ready to give the card to someone… but this sentiment can be used for anything so decided to add now.

All new images are available on 1st April at Ethereal Forest Designs Store you won’t be disappointed so go and have a browse now.

Coloured with water colours and added diamond stickles.

Entering for:

Secret Crafter – How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hope you have enjoyed visiting

Hugs Shirl

x x x




Another stunning digi image from Ethereal Forest Designs this time it’s Elymira…the name alone is gorgeous.

Pop along and browse here all the other creations from the DT’s they are just stunning.

Coloured Elymira with copics, added loads of micro beads to the circles….they actually remind me of my favourite sweet in the pack of liquorice allsorts…they only come in pink or blue and are sooo yummy.

Used the Tim Holtz grunge board for the letter E which I painted with the Adirondack paint dabbers and then covered with glossy accents. Not sure who this card will be for so have left space above Elymira image for a sentiment.

Pink papers are K & Co Amy Butler and the nestie is Basic Grey, flowers, lace, beads and brads all from stash.

Enjoy looking as much as I did making

Hugs Shirl

x x x




Crafty Angels time and this week we would love to see any of your Easter creations.

Very late last night taking the photo and not very happy with it but best I can do at the moment.

Will have to pop back later with info as I am off to the hospital this morning… fingers crossed today is the day the pins come out of my finger.

Back with Update

Trying to type left handed and with one finger….very frustrating.

Seven months later and the pins in my finger are finally out….yippee.

Bandaged, stitched and strapped up but what a relief to finally be free of pain.

My finger eventually realised there was a foreign body in there and an infection set in about three weeks ago…not very nice.

Andrew says… just like me takes a while to cotton on….he can have that one only because he ordered my pro-markers….now you know why he bought me them, to cheer me up…(broke the mold after him).

What am I like…. still managed to do my papercrafting….taking a lot longer though….. colouring, piecing, cutting paper, making bows, sticking and pasting all kept me happy….little voice in the background says…. well most of the time.

Next hurdle is in 2/3 weeks, medication is being changed,wonder what new challenges that will bring.


Easter Bunny Basket


The Fussy and Fancy Challenge this fortnight is Easter and I have chosen an Ethereal Forest Designs Easter Bunny image…been saving this image especially for this challenge.

The Charm Barn are sponsoring this challenge and all charms used have been donated by them.

Made an Easter basket…one side has the bunny image and the other has the beautiful charm bunny ….sooo cute.

Every time I moved the basket to take a photo an egg fell off…so….as you do… I ate it. Didn’t realise until I saw the photo of the side where the charm is that I had eaten all the eggs on that side… oops.

Long story time……when home in the UK Amber’s Easter egg was sitting in a little box and I realised I could take it apart and make a template of it. It was too big to fit on an A4 sheet so after quite some time…. and a few chosen words….Andrew and I made a new template….had just made the basket up with copy paper… just to make sure it worked OK… when in walked JP and Clare and what had they bought me the same Easter egg but in a smaller basket…again a few choice words were uttered.


Coloured bunny with USArt sparkling pearlescent pastels, added diamond glaze to the eggs and a pearl for his eye…..really lovely effect. His ears and tail are covered with flower soft which I then painted over.

Flowers are made with tissue paper and gives a soft and floaty look to the basket….have placed tiny little flower baubles in the middle of each. At one end of the basket there is a huge chiffon bow and at the other another tissue flower. The string of beads along the scalloped edge are stitched in place and also the lace trim beads at the bottom. Petals and white flowers from stash.

Entering for these challenges:
PaperPlay Challenge – Easter
Colour Create Challenge – Pastels
Cute Card Thursday – Dimensions
KL Stampin N Scrappin – Flowers and Stitching
Stampin for the Weekend – Easter


Jewel Dirt


The face says it all she looks so pleased with herself.

Another gorgeous digi image from Ethereal Forest Designs and this is where you can buy her.

Wow… sneak peak week starts today so keep checking out all the other DT’s blogs to see what they will be creating… don’t forget to check back here also.

A little bit about Jewel Dirt… coloured her with Copics and Promarkers….. also added a little bit of whining because I don’t have enough of either…. and guess what Andrew tells me to stop the moaning because he has ordered me the whole set of Promarkers. Guess who’s walking on cloud nine and can’t wait for them to come…. me silly.

Used the Magnolia Vintage Yellow Quilt for one of the mats… not sure of the other two and used a MS round the corner punch.

Stitched all the layers together, ribbon, brads, flowers and card candy all from stash.




Here is the card which fits into the Box Envelope ….could not show it before because it is my DT card for the Crafty Angels Challenge today. It’s my turn to pick the challenge this week and I have chosen Paper Piecing……ahhh just love it.


Please hop over and see what the lovely DT’s have created and leave a bit of sunshine with your comments….we could certainly do with it.

Laura sent us this gorgeous stamp, the lace, cream flowers and the delish K & Co papers…. so this is what I came up with.

Stella is so pretty she is from The Greeting Farm… you can buy her here. Stencil inked….(used the edge of a scalloped card for this)…. around the edges of the card…. inked the edges of the circle and also the lovely butterfly. Punched out an envelope and also added a butterfly which looks a bit squashed but trust me it isn’t I folded it so when you open the envelope it pops up.

Entering into these challenges:
Allsorts Challenge – Spring is in the Air
Stamp Something – Distressed Something
Quirky Crafts Challenge #24 – Flowers
Frosted Designs – Think Spring
Roses on Paper Challenge – Punch it
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #17 – Spring into Spring
Simon Says Challenge – A Splash of Green


Willow Dressing Up


Entering for the:

Wow just thinking about next weekend when the clocks go forward….all those lovely light evenings how great is that.

Anyway back to the GD call….think I must have missed something… the brief was for 1 card stock, 2 designer papers, 1 button and 1 ribbon… most of the entries seem to have added extra.

I can see all your little minds going at the moment… where is the button… well look harder and you will find it tee hee…. and the ribbon is just one piece.

Used one of the beautiful papers from K & Co Winter Wonderland Collection and the other is a Fancy Pants… think it’s Crush. Did a lot of ripping and tearing… had to sit on my hands… just wanted to ink all those lovely torn edges.

Well what can I say about the image only…..goooooorgeous….

Willow Dressing Up.

Stamped her onto Whisper White card stock… first time I have used this….reserving judgement until I have tried it with Copics and Pro Markers…. but it works beautifully with my water colour pencils which I used to colour her in.

Off to find some challenges:

Totally Gorjuss – Challenge 22 – Ribbon


Box Envelope


I never seem to get time to show you the box envelopes that I make so this time I have decided to show you the box first and if you would like to see the card which I have made for it, then you will have to keep popping back to see if I have posted it.

I adore making these envelope boxes and because they have depth to them it means you can layer the card quite high.


Papers are K & Co, May Arts Ribbon, cream flowers and lace are from the lovely Laura, orange and yellow flowers from stash, lastly leaves are punched. Nearly forgot to mention I have put two little magnet discs under the paper, one top and bottom so that when you close it stays shut…. cool eh.

Sandie asked the question did I have a template…. I don’t… I actually saw this in a magazine and it was made for an ATC. Light bulb moment and decided to adapt. This is for a 6×6 card and I had to join two pieces of card to make sure the flaps overlap but apart from that not hard to make. Maybe do a tutorial if anyone is interested.


Entering into these challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenge – Going Green
Hand Full of Stamps #19 – Lucky 4 (four of the same flowers on the box).
Crafty Catz #24 – Spring
My Time To Craft #83 – Lovely Lace
By The Cute & Girly – March Challenge – Spring is in the Air
The Pink Elephant – Spring
Rosie-D’s Challenge 66 – Think Spring


Sydney Snake


Want to say a huge thank you for the girls at Cupcake Craft Challenge for picking my card Sweetie Bear as one of their top 5. The challenge this week is ***Going Green***


Sydney….wow… he is just too delish… I know, I can hear you all say….he’s a snake… but look at his face soo sweet… even I would give him a cuddle or two. You can find him here and all the other beautiful digi images at Ethereal Forest Design Store.

Have used the new ultra fine flower soft all over him and I am very impressed with the results. Was not really into the original flower soft (stop screaming at me flower soft fans) but I did use it every now and again to hi-light certain areas. Now… the ultra fine is a different matter I can see me using this a lot more (hope your all smiling now).

Papers are from Basic Grey…. Marrakech and used a forked tongue stitch….well that’s what I am calling it.

Used another of the gorgeous Nellie Snellen dies… have five at the moment but want more….they are so much cheaper than the nestabilities… which I still love. Used a nestie for the sentiment… which is also another digi image from Ethereal Forest Designs.

Button, card candy and gems all from stash.

Entering into:

Cute Daisy May Challenge – Anything Goes

PaperPlay Challenge – Good Luck/Thank You


Miss Love Anya


Crafty Angels challenge time andSandie has set this weeks challenge, she has chosen….Lace and Hearts….good one….have a confession to make it should have been me setting the challenge but I was so behind with everything because of just coming back from holiday that Sandie offered to do it for me….owe you one Sandie and thanks

Back to card….Love Anya (Greeting Farm Stamp from Crafty Angels Store) is the image I chose and sat her on a nestie, coloured with copics and pro markers (still haven’t enough of either).

Picked up a pack of the red heart lace doilies when I was in the UK…(came in handy) and the lace is from my stash. Stitched the lace to the doily and also stitched on the papers which are from HOTP.Entering for:

Moxi Fab – Doily and Lace Challenge