Monday, 30 June 2014

Tiddly Inks "You and Me" Wedding Congratulations Card coloured with Spectrum Noir pens

Tiddly Inks "You and Me" Wedding Congratulations Card coloured with Spectrum Noir pens


Another Wedding Congratulations card for my Etsy shop. This one features Tiddly Inks You and Me digi stamp and is simple and elegant, to match the lovely couple. It is so far, my favourite card to make. I love the shine on her hair, and their "togetherness", if there's such a word.
Tiddly Inks "You and Me" Wedding Congratulations Card coloured with Spectrum Noir pens
You and Me

Tiddly Inks "You and Me" Wedding Congratulations Card coloured with Spectrum Noir pens
To Have and To Hold


As usual, I've used my Spectrum Noir pens:
Hair: GB8, GB2
Faces: FS2, FS4, FS1 and FS6
Dress: GG1, blender
Suit: IG1, IG2, Blender

Also used Spellbinders Dies, Tonic Embossing folders, as well as pearls, silver ribbon and simple glittered flowers to add a bit of touch of simple elegance to the card.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Tiddly Inks "Forever Yours" Wedding Congratulations Card coloured with Spectrum Noir

Tiddly Inks "Forever Yours" Wedding Congratulations Card coloured with Spectrum Noir pens


New Wedding Congratulations card for my Etsy shop. This one features Tiddly Inks Forever Yours digi stamp and lots of gold and glitter. She's got such beautiful long hair that it took a while to colour her in.

Tiddly Inks Forever Yours Wedding Congratulations Card
Forever Yours

Tiddly Inks Forever Yours Wedding Congratulations Card
Till death do us part

As usual, I've used my Spectrum Noir pens:
Hair: EB2, EB1
Faces: FS2, FS4, FS1 and FS6
Dress: GG1, blender
Suit: IG1, IG2, Blender

Also used Spellbinders Dies, Stamps by Chloe for flower, as well as pearls, ribbons and glitter, which just add simple elegance to the card.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Have a Magical Birthday - Tiddly Inks Wryn Princess Birthday Card coloured with Spectrum Noir

Have a Magical Birthday - Tiddly Inks Wryn Princess Birthday Card coloured with Spectrum Noir

Today I had to make a "quick" card for a short-notice birthday invitation for my daughter's friend. I chose Tiddly Ink's Wryn, as her princess crown went well with the "princess party" theme.

Tiddly Inks Wryn Princess Birthday Card
Birthday Princess
Tiddly Inks Wryn Princess Birthday Card
Pretty in Cool Pinks
Tiddly Inks Wryn Princess Birthday Card
Every Princess needs a crown

I created card base with Tonic's header dies, and coloured the Tiddly Inks Wryn digi stamp with Spectrum Noir pens:
Hair: GB2, TN1
Skin: FS2, FS4, FS6, FS1
Dress & Shoes: PL1, BP2, BP6
Frog: GT1, GT2
Crown & Wand: LY2, LY1

The glitter is from "Stamps by Chloe", sentiment stamp from Lilly of the Valley, and backing papers & ribbon from stash. The card is finished off with a personalised name tag.

I hope she really does have a magical birthday!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Wedding Congratulations Card with Wee Stamps "Love Me Do" digi stamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pens

Wedding Congratulations Card with Wee Stamps "Love Me Do" digi stamp coloured with Spectrum Noir pens


I've been beavering away, creating some cards for my Etsy shop. There's a few more wedding cards in the pipeline, all nearly there, but my latest creation has just been posted so I thought I'd share it with you.

I love this digi stamp from Sylvia Zet - Wee Stamps - Love Me Do - the couple is adorable, and perfect for an elegant Wedding Card.


Wedding Congratulations Card with Wee Stamps "Love Me Do" digi stamp
Together Through Life

As usual, I've used my Spectrum Noir pens:
Hair Girl: GB2, TN1
Hair Boy: BG4, BG3, BG1
Faces: FS2, FS4, FS1 and FS6
Dress: FS6, blender
Suit: BGR1, Blender
Shoes: BGR1, BGR2
Leaves: GT1
Flowers: PL1, PL2, PP1

Also used Spellbinders Dies, Tonic Dies and embossing folders, as well as pearls, ribbons and glitter, which just add simple elegance to the card.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Have a Fabulous Birthday, Dear Friend!

Have a Fabulous Birthday, Dear Friend!

This card, featuring "Louise" from Crafter's Companion Scruffy Little Cat rubber stamps range, was made especially for a very special birthday of a very special friend.

Crafter's Companion Scruffy Little Cat
Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful
Crafter's Companion Scruffy Little Cat
Gold, Pink and Purple, what a combination
Crafter's Companion Scruffy Little Cat
A Glamorous Girl can never have too many earrings



The Spectrum Noir Pens used:
Hair: TN3, TN2, GB1
Skin: FS2, FS4, FS6
Dress & Flowers: PP1, PP4, PP5
Perfume Bottle IB1, IB2
Lipstick DR1, DR2, DR3


To finish the gift card off, a pair of handmade purple Jesse James beads earrings was included, packed in a pillow box made with Tonic dies.


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Happy Fathers Day to all Super Dads!

Happy Fathers Day to all Super Dads!

For all new Dads, or seasoned Dads, and especially my Dad - you are our every day Super heroes!

Enjoy your special day, and take solace in the thought that your children will grow up one day and you will have peace and quiet once again...
Tiddly Inks Super Boy
My Dad - My Super Hero
The card topper is a 'My Super Boy' digi stamp from Tiddly Inks, hand coloured using Spectrum Noir pens:
Skin: FS2, FS4, FS9, CR3
Hair: EB3, EB5, EB8
Cape & Boots: DR1, DR6, DR7, GG4
T-shirt and jeans: TB2, TB3, TB4
Shield: GB1, GB2, GB4

Flowers handmade using Spellbinders Bitty Blossom dies, and 'Dad' sentiment from Tonic sentiments, all stuck on a ready made A6 cardstock, which came free with a magazine.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Always and Forever Bird Swing Wedding or Anniversary Card


Always and Forever Bird Swing Wedding or Anniversary Card

Excitingly, my first card is now on sale in my Etsy shop. Yeepee!

This is a new venture for me, and quite scary, as there is a very steep learning curve, but hopefully all will become less stressful with time.


I love this design by Sylvia Zet from Wee Stamps, and have made a few of those cards, using Spectrum Noir pens. The cards are all different but all featuring this adorable couple.

The inspirational sentiment reads "Always and Forever", stamped and embossed in delicate gold shimmer and placed on a die cut elegant tag, accented with satin white ribbon and pearl embellishments.

The background of the card, made with Centura Pearl Snow White Gold card - superb quality 300gsm Cardstock with stunning "barely there" gold fleck effect pattern finish, features embossed butterflies layered onto silver grey textured card.

The front of the card is beautifully adorned with delicate handmade vellum parchment flowers, coloured with distress inks and touch of glitter, and an elegant layered butterfly, decorated with more pearl embellishments.

The card measures about 6"x6" (15x15cm) and comes in a handmade presentation envelope box, individually crafted to fit the card. 


I'm currently busy preparing next batch of cards, featuring more happy couples - so watch this space....

Friday, 6 June 2014

Tilda Studio Angel

Tilda Studio Angel

This Tilda Studio Angel is one of the biggest Tilda Doll patterns in the Tilda books (although of course you can photocopy and enlarge it for your own personal use). I ended up making two so far - one for the corridor where it "watches" over us, and greets all the visitors, and one for my daughter's bedroom - she likes green. All made with Tilda fabric, because it's a perfect fit.

Tilda Studio Angel Soft Toy
My Corridor Tilda Angel

Tilda Studio Angel Soft Toy
Someone to Watch Over Me

Tilda Studio Angel Soft Toy
Green Glorious Green
Tilda Studio Angel Soft Toy
Enjoying Tilda Fabric Stash


I love this Tilda Studio Angel design because by simply changing the hair and the dress colour, you can adjust it to the recipient's personal preferences or the room colour scheme (my corridor decorations are mainly red). Also, because the dress is actually part of the body, this Tilda Angel doll does not require much skin fabric.

And I love the fact that even though Tilda Angels have no faces (which by the way is perfect for beginners as you only have to mark some eyes with a fabric permanent marker and use some lipstick for cheeks), they do seem to be happy and cheerful.

I'm definitively going to do more Tilda Studio Angels, but next time maybe different hair as I seem to be going for blond all the time. And I do try to put different wings on them every time I do them to see which ones I like best.

* Tilda Studio Angels patterns can be found in Tone Finnanger's Tilda's Studio book, highly recommended!

             

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Tilda Sewing Angel

Tilda Sewing Angel

I love this Marylin Monroe-inspired Tilda Angel. It's called a Sewing Angel, designed by Tone Finnanger, and it was made out of a kit. Although I ended up using a book pattern because there is actually some size difference - the book pattern is a bit bigger than the one included in the kit, and if I'm spending all this time sewing a Tilda doll, I might as well go for the big one.

And let's face it - any sewing room needs a Tilda Sewing Angel to watch over it, so naturally I had to make one!
Tilda Sewing Angel
My Sewing Angel to Watch Over Me
Tilda Sewing Angel
Call me "Bed Hair" Tilda Angel
The kit contained all the fabric for the skin, dress, wings and blanket and some die cut outs for the sewing machine, as well as the Tilda hair and the two wooden bobbins. Plus all the bits you need like glue, embroidery floss, sewing thread and needles, which I ended up not using, as I already had some own stash. I found the instructions ok, but since I had the book as well, I followed both.

This project was only my second Tilda Angel attempt - the first one was not so good, made from some scrap fabric, as a trial run, so I can't really post it here :( - but all was not lost as it ended up being a play toy for the younger daughter. In fact, I did the dress from her old baby dress, so it ended up being a treasured keepsake...

This second attempt at the Tilda Sewing Angel turned out almost ok. The only thing I was not happy with was the hair. I kept doing it several times, but it kept looking awful, so in the end I just arranged it and messed it up randomly - I guess I should call it a Tilda Sewing Angel with "bed hair".

I love the Tilda skin fabric though - it seems different, more stretchy, than normal cotton. It seems dark, especially when compared to the calico that I have been using on other Tilda dolls. But it's relatively expensive per meter, so I have cheated a bit, and cut the pattern in such a way that I managed to make another Tilda Studio Angel out of it.

* Tilda Sewing Angel pattern can be found in Tone Finnanger's Tilda's Spring Ideas book, highly recommended!

   

Tilda Cupcake Angel - The Best Diet Advice Ever

Tilda Cupcake Angel

Most of Tilda dolls I make are tall and slim. But in real life, as much as we strive to be like a Tilda doll, it is not always the case.

Luckily I found the best solution to my nightly fridge raids - I've made a Cupcake Tilda and stuck it on the fridge!


This voluptuous Cupcake Tilda designed by Tone Finnanger is now proudly stuck my fridge with a cleverly hidden magnet under her dress, constantly reminding me what happens if I keep on snacking.

It's a very quick make, just about a couple of hours, and a perfect sewing project for a beginner. The dress is also easy to sew - in the book this Tilda Cupcake Angel has a felt dress, to stop it from fraying. However, I decided to do it in a Tilda fabric, so ended up struggling a bit with doing seems on the very small sleeves opening. The pink gingham wings are actually made from an old baby dress from one of my daughters, so it also acts as a "keepsake".

* Tilda Cupcake Angels patterns can be found in Tone Finnanger's Tilda's Studio book, highly recommended!

             

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Sugar Nellie Mia Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir

Sugar Nellie Mia Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens

This Sugar Nellie Mia card was made for my friend's daughter. The minute I saw this digi stamp at funkykits.co.uk, I just knew I had to do this card for her - she's a perfect fit and the namesake!


Sugar Nellie Mia Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens
Sugar Nellie "Mia" Card with matching box

Sugar Nellie Mia Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens
Handmade Earrings in matching colours

The Spectrum Noir colours used

Hair TN1, EB1, EB2
Skin FS2, FS4, FS9, Cheeks CR3
Lips CR1, CR7
Eyes TB1
Bag BGR1, Blender
Shoes IG1, IG2, IG5
Jeans TB2, TB3, TB4
Jacket GB1, TN2, GB5
Shirt EB1, Blender
Scarf BT1, BT2

Apart from colouring the Sugar Nellie Mia topper with Spectrum Noir pens, I have used Tonic header dies, Crafters Companion Quilling Flowers dies, Tonic Layering butterflies dies, and Tonic Affections and Sentiments dies. To finish the card off, I've added some handmade earings made with Jesse James beads.

Tilda Bunny Soft Toy

Tilda Bunny Soft Toy

My kids requested a Tilda bunny soft toy. Each. That's a lot of bunnies to make in one go...

I love everything Tilda by Tone Finnanger. However, the bunnies are not my favourite Tilda toys, they way they are presented and dressed in her books.

So I had to dress them up a bit in "made up" dresses, all using Tilda fabric, of course, and some handmade crochet flower "headbands". But that's the beauty of Tilda designs - you can make them your own, and each time they will turn out completely different. It took a whole Sunday of sewing (I'm still learning) but they turned out better than I expected :).
Tilda Bunny Soft Toy
Sisters by Birth, Friends by Choice
Tilda Bunny Soft Toy
I like to dress up
Tilda Bunny Soft Toy
I like to be comfy
Whilst Tilda bunnies are fun to make, there is a lot of hand stitching involved, especially around the limbs and ears.  I've had enough after two bunnies, so three more are currently waiting to be done in a half-done state.
Tilda Bunny Soft Toy
We need clothes!!!


* Tilda Bunny Soft Toy pattern can be found in Tone Finnanger's Crafting Tilda's Friends book, highly recommended!



Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Wee Stamps Bird Swing Anniversary Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir

Wee Stamp Bird Swing Anniversary Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir Pens

Today I'm quite chuffed to have finished my first commission for an anniversary card. The topper is done using a digi stamp from Wee Stamps - Birds Swing by Sylvia Zet. These birds are absolutely adorable - they just ooze love, don't they? I love all Sylvia Zet's digis, I've collected quite a few of them now.

Wee Stamp Bird Swing Anniversary Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir
Love is in the air

Wee Stamp Bird Swing Anniversary Card Coloured with Spectrum Noir
Together Forever


The Spectrum Noir pen colours used are:
Birds BT1, IB1, BT3
Cheeks PP3, PP2
Beaks GB1, GB2
Flowers CR4, CR6, CR7 and a bit of glitter glue
Leaves LG1, LG2, LG3
Swing IG1, IG2

Flowers (and butterflies) are made from parchment, which was embossed with Embossalicious Cable Knit folder, and die cut using Crafters Companion Die'sire Quilling Flowers and Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms dies. The card size is 8x8 gold centural pearl, die cut with Tonic Affections Heart Base die and embossed with Chantilly Frame, and decorated with Liquid Pearls.

If I were to do this card again, I would add more butterflies, and I'd use less blush for the cheek (CR2 maybe?) - I think they are blushing so much, as if they're up to something...

My other favourite colours Spectrum Noir pen combination for these birds:
Birds IG1, IG2
Cheeks CR2
Beaks GB1
Flowers CR6, CR8, CR9 and a bit of glitter glue
Leaves LG1, LG3
Swing IB1, IB2, Blender
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