Thursday, 28 January 2016

Pirate bear

Hi everyone

Here's my next post!  I am really trying aren't I! I actually made this on the same day as the previous post, but though I'd spread them out, but unlike the previous card, he is much simpler!

This little cutie is one of my favourite LOTV stamps - I've always adored him!  Little pirate bear. 

I used the remainder of the Pink Petticoat gingham paper left over from the previous project and matted onto navy blue card.

The image was coloured again with distress inks.

The sentiment is a Simon Says Stamp one that I use all the time - its so gorgeous!

I'd like to enter this into:

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my little piece of crafty heaven - it makes it all worth while when you see the lovely comments!

See you all soon


Monday, 25 January 2016

Pretty Bouquet

Hello everyone

My mom has been very poorly recently - hence the distinct lack of blogging.  She has COPD and was in hospital all over the Christmas period and I've been backwards and forwards making sure she had everything.

She is now getting a little better and so I've had a bit of 'me time' back and hope to start up regular posts again.

Here's the first of a couple of posts coming soon using some LOTV images.  I have so many but don't use them often enough.  I've decided to start and make some cards for the box as I know we are going to have plenty of kids parties coming up soon!

The first one is using a stamp called 'Pretty bouquet'

I used distress inks for the base colour and then used my Spectrum noir pencils to add in the highlights (it worked surprising well actually!)

The card was double sided printed centura pearl using Pink Petticoat papers, and then put through my latest gadget, my scan and cut (Christmas pressie from hubby!) to make the card blank.

Other Pink petticoat papers and Kraft card were used for the layers with distress ink edges.  Flowers from my stash finished with ribbon and bakers twine, and paper butterflies also decorated with distress inks and pearls.

I hope you like her!

I'd like to enter this into:

613 avenue create - anything goes, no twist
Crafty Friends Challenge blog - anything goes
Really reasonable ribbon - use pink
simply papercrafts for all occasions - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a message!

See you soon


Friday, 15 January 2016

All dressed up Calender 2016

Hi Everyone

Just sharing a project for our latest blog challenge, this time though I've used loads of lovely images to make a calendar
 A simple idea for the base and then lots and lots of lovely decoration!

To make the base:
1. Using a piece of A4 card (about 300 gsm for strength) score lines at 9cm and 18cm from the left side, like this.

2. Score and fold the card to look like this:
3. Using a hole punch, make two holes at the top for two jump rings so that your pages will turn

4. decorate!

Now this is definitely the most fun.  I have used so many components I couldn't list them all, but each images is an All Dressed Up image, found in the Etsy shop here.  They were all coloured using my trusty Promarkers, and the backgrounds, embellishments and mats are a combination of Digi papers and kits as well as some paper pads.

The calendar was a simple table in word that I typed in the numbers for each month, however if you wanted ones with days on that match the year you can type in free calendar into the search engine and find loads (watch the copyright though and don't use images if you're not sure they're free!)
The months are a stamp set I picked up.

and so here it it....

January using 'Little party girls'

February using 'Love is'

March using 'Easter Bunny'

April using 'Paris'

May using 'Love my puppy'

June using 'Fly away'

July using 'Summer fayre'

August using 'little summer girls'

September using 'Little Autumn girls'

October using 'All dressed up for Mummy'

November using 'Time to share'

December using 'All dressed up for Christmas'

Collage of the images

I hope you love this as much as I've enjoyed making it, it was a lot of work but well worth it.  It's taking pride of place on my desk at work!

Please check out our blog here to enter - its anything goes as long as you use an All dressed up image and if you haven't got one there are loads of freebeis in the tab called Freebies!

If your image is pink - why not also enter our facebook competition too.  Just search All dressed up digital stamps and find more details how to enter there.

My other dressy team mates have made some amazing projects for inspiration, but if you want more, check out Pinterest to see loads of our stuff on there too!

I'd like to enter this into: sorry the college picture was entered onto your fabulous blogs but the project had soooo many lovely pictures I couldn't choose one!  :) 

Crafting with friends - anything goes
As you like it - favourite paper craft.  Any card making I love, however this has taken soooo long its a labour of love so it must be one of my favourite projects ever!
Cardz for gals - something new (new year, new calendar, new image!)
Crafting with attitude - anything goes
Southern Girls - one for the girls
7 kids college fund - anything goes
Creative moments - anything goes (with new Calendar for new year)
I love promarkers - use something new (New images and May was a new paper pad too)

Thanks for stopping by - please leave me some love, I get that warm tingly feeling when I see the comments on my email!!

See you soon


Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Sneaky Peak..... New All Dressed up image

Hello Everyone.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wishing everyone a happy, healthy and crafty new year.

I haven't posted in a while, mainly because my Mom was recently in hospital over the Christmas period and I've spent a lot of time backwards and forwards checking on her.  Thankfully she is now out, but the long term prognosis isn't good.

I've also had a craft room loaded with Santa's goodies.  Having a five year old means I have an awful lot of pressies to hide and the only place we have is my craft room.  It got so crammed I couldn't get to any of my die cutting stuff and could only just squeeze into my chair.

This year I'm going to try very, very hard to post every week.  I may be on the look out for another DT post when things settle down again.

Anyway - the reason why I'm here today is to show you a sneaky peak at a new All dressed up image which will be available on Esty soon.  This was the DT Christmas present from Wendy - thank you Wendy!!

Here is my inspiration.

She was coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. I used a Dreamies stamp set in distress ink to stamp around the image

The flowers are from the same set, stamped in distress ink and coloured with promarkers.  The centre is a cosmic shimmer PVA glue.

The backing papers were from the Works (no idea what the pad was called but it was only a couple of quid - what a bargain!!)

Why not check out this image - or any number of Wendy's other fabulous images, and when you make something please stop by on our blog here, or join in our facebook challenge (the theme for January is 'pink') 

I'd like to enter this into:

Crafting from the heart - Anything goes
Craft your passion - anything goes
Our crafty corner - anything goes
Crafty Friends - use something new
Crafters Café - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by - see you soon!


PS:  thanks for your lovely messages - it lifts my day a little to read them all! :)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

All Dressed up sponsors Kit and Clowder

Hi everyone!

Sorry I've been away - rather busy at the moment with work and Christmas preparations.  I have a ton of photos I need to post but just haven't had time.  I'm popping on here today though for some very exciting news.

All Dressed Up are sponsoring Kit & Clowder for day 16 of their Christmas Advent Calendar. eeekkk - how exciting!

There's a competition to win 3 All Dressed Up images and a massive 20% Discount Code to the whole store! found here!

Find all the details on the All Dressed Up Blog here! But you have to be quick or you'll miss out!

Here's my inspiration for this challenge

She's one of the Christmas girls.  I've coloured her with a combination of promarkers and spectrum noir pencils. I them die cut her out with the nesting Tattered lace circle dies, along with a backing paper from a first edition pad and silver mirri card. I cut a further large white circle in sturdy card, folded in half to make the support for the back

the sentiment is a Crafters companion one that I cut and inked the edges, added some snowflakes die cuts and a bow - and that made a lovely simply Christmas card...

Please check out the blog for the competition and get your 20% discount for today only!


Thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments


Sunday, 15 November 2015

November 15th Challenge

Hi everyone

Its another challenge over at All Dressed Up and with it our winners of the blog hop!  good luck to those who entered and thank you for all the wonderful comments!

Why not now enter our challenge using the Freebie, new releases or in fact any of the gorgeous All Dressed up images.  If you'd like more freebies please click here!

Well Christmas is well underway in our house.  The shopping centre I work at has just switched on the Christmas lights and opened the Grotto so i guess we're officially on countdown.

To help with the Christmas cards I've made this nice and simple one as inspiration.

I used kraft card and stamped some trees and embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.  I coloured the image (found here) with promarkers and fussy cut her out, before stamping and embossing the sentiment.  Its mounted on a piece of scrap white card which I use double sided sticky tape and glitter to match the edges to the embossing

There are loads more gorgeous images here on etsy - or enter our competitions on the blog or Facebook for a chance to win some.  
Our newest challenge (click pic below)

I'd like to enter this into:

Brown Sugar - No patterned Paper
Christmas Stamping -Anything goes
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Creative moments - anything goes
Fab 'n' funky - Clean and Simple

Hope to see you again soon - thank you again for your fabulous comments 
Rachael x

Sunday, 8 November 2015


Hi everyone

Only yesterday I announced on the blog hop that there was a freebie coming... and here it is!

If you want to join the blog hop, click here to leave me a comment.

Here is my card using this little cutie

I have never used yellow and grey before, but fell in love with these pink petticoat papers.

She's been brought to life with promarkers and cosmic shimmer glitter glue.  I die cut a doily (first cut around balloon so it could go over the die) then backed her with grey card.  The happy birthday sentiment is a Simon says stamp, stamp.

If you want to get hold of our freebie you'll find it here

Please check out Facebook for more competitions and inspiration from fellow Dressy girls.  The DT have made some amazing cards, so please pop in on our blog to see the up coming designs!

Thank you so much for taking time to leave me a comment  it makes my day to get them!

I'd like to enter this into:

See you soon

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Blog hop!!!

Hello everyone

we are celebrating a very happy 2nd birthday for the fabulous 'All dressed up' which means new releases, a blog hop and coming soon... a new freebie... watch this space for news!

This is one of the stops on the blog hop, and thank you for landing here!  I'll be choosing a comment in readiness for the winners to be announced on 14th November and each winner will choose an image (including the new releases) as their prize!

The new releases for this month are:

Christmas Deer                                    Christmas Penguins                 Christmas Present

and finally Christmas star

You can find all these images here in etsy to purchase, along with so many others it may be difficult to choose!

If you haven't yet started Christmas cards, these images are perfect whatever your style!

Check out our Facebook page for more competitions or our pinterest page for inspiration.

Here is my card for the hop, I used Christmas penguins

The image is coloured with my trusty promarkers.  The papers and sentiment are from Pink Petticoat, finished with black card for matting and layering and sprinkles of glitter!.

Leave me a lovely message, not only will you be entered into the winners hat for the prize, it also makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know people read my ramblings.

You've made it this far, only a few more to go.  Your next stop should be Sheila - Her card is stunning!

Good luck everyone!

See you all soon