Happy Bunny!

I have been desperately trying for ages, without success, to buy some of the wonderful Hanglar stamps, but the lovely Debbie took pity on me and sent me some images which are sooo adorable and a dream to colour, so I am indeed a very happy bunny! Thanks again, Debbie, you’re an angel! Here is my first Hanglar card.

A Spoon Full of Sugar

Debbie and Nikki have started a fab new challenge blog called A Spoon Full of Sugar, where you will be able to make use of all your wonderful Sugar Nellie stamps.  The first challenge is up this week, and the theme is ‘Summer Time’. Here is the card I made for this.  I used one of the delightful Lily and Milo stamps, designed by Rachelle Anne Miller, for the image, which was coloured with Prisma pencils, blended with paper stumps and Sansodor.  The ‘Best Friend’ sentiment was printed on the computer, and the summery paper, brads, glossy dots, flower, and ribbon are all from my stash.

Sugar Nellie \'Best Friends\'

Beside the Seaside

We have just returned from a lovely seaside holiday in Devon, and I’m afraid I’ve rather neglected my blog.  As I’m still in a holiday mood, I rather enjoyed this week’s challenge on Tilda and Friends, which is to make a seaside themed ATC.

I used one of the new Shabby Chic Tildas in the foreground of my ATC. She’s coloured with Prisma pencils, using Sansodor and paper stumps to blend.  The background is made from torn coloured papers to give the impression of sky, sea and sand.  I added Tilda’s clouds, which are from the Spring club kit. The little boat is made from snippets of card.  I embellished the ATC with some crystal glitter on the edges of the waves, and some microbeads and real shells at the bottom of the card. 

ATC Magnolia \'Beside the Sea\' by Maria

Come along and have a paddle with us at Tilda and Friends.  We would love to see your seaside ATC. 

Tilda and Friends – Going Green!

This week’s theme over on the Tilda and Friends Challenge Blog is ‘Green’ – very appropriate with the lush foliage and grass in abundance at the moment.  My day-dreamy Tilda has been coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, the DP is by K & Co, the flourish stamp is by Autumn Leaves, and the ‘Dream’ stamp is from Technique Tuesday.  The little green pearl gems were a magazine free gift, as was the green dotty grosgrain ribbon.

ATC Magnolia \'Green\' by Maria

Come along and join in our green challenge!

Another day, another challenge – or two…

I attempted to combine two great challenges with my next card. A fab new challenge blog, Friday Sketchers, have their first sketch, designed by the talented Claudia Rosa, up on the blog.

Friday Sketchers 1

As it is a lovely straightforward sketch, I also decided to use it for the Saturday’s Workout challenge. The theme here is to use handmade linen-look paper on your card. There are a few different techniques for this, but I chose to use glass paper rubbed across cardstock, first horizontally then vertically, to achieve a woven look. My glass paper is quite fine, which gives quite a subtle look, but you can achieve a coarser linen look by using a less fine grade of glass paper.

Then I stippled Distress Ink in Old Linen and Walnut into the grain made by the glass paper, which brings out the texture. The stamps I used are from Autumn Leaves Swirls, and the girl is by Art Journey. The backing paper is from K & Co’s Roam collection of designer papers, and flowers, brads and ribbon are from my stash.

Friday Sketchers \'Smile\'

Ismaki Sketch 18 and CCT

This is the Ismaki sketch for this week. 

Ismaki Sketch 18

As time was short, I decided to combine my card for Ismaki with another challenge on Cute Card Thursday, where the aim this week is to use gems on your card.

I used a turquoise backing card, on which I layered a scalloped Basic Grey paper. Then I took a piece of aqua card that I had embossed with Cuttlebug’s Divine Swirls folder, and added two pink butterfly eyelets before layering it onto the scalloped card.  I attached a length of ric-rac braid about halfway down, and fixed the stamped Penny Black image, matted onto pink pearl card, onto the card with 1mm foam squares.  Lastly I added three pink flower gems to the matted image, and the sentiment to the bottom of the card. 

Ismaki 18 PB Hedgie

 Thank you for looking and for taking the time to comment, which I really appreciate.


This week’s challenge over at Tilda and Friends is to include a bug on your ATC.  Not having much time to spare at the weekend, I decided to keep my ATC simple. Also, I didn’t have much in the way of Magnolia bugs, so I used the bees, magnolia flowers from the Spring Club kit, and a little ladybird, which is a Studio G stamp, as is the Spring sentiment. 

ATC Magnolia Bugs by Maria

CCT Challenge – In The Garden

I’m a little late with the current challenge on Cute Card Thursday, but here is my card for the ‘In the Garden’ theme. 

Whipper Snapper - Garden Angel