Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inky Impressions - Black, White and 1 other Colour Challenge

Hi everyone. Wow, Christmas is getting so close. Have you all finished your chrissy shopping? I'm a little bit more organised than previous years, which is unknown for me, because I'm so unorganised. I try hard but it certainly doesnt come naturally for me.
The challenge this time at Inky Impressions is Black, White and 1 other colour. Jump on over there and have a look at the wonderful creations from the Design Team. I promise you'll love what you see.
Did you see the new Inky Animal Stamps? OMG, they are soooo cute and I gotta tell you, the quality of these stamps are fantastic. They stamp beautifully. They are the deepest etched stamp I have ever seen. Truly, I kid you not. (Nicole, your a legend, girlfriend).
For my card today, I used All Bundled up Lili (tell me she's just not the cutest) and coloured her with copics. I punched the poinsettia from a Marianne Creatables die and the flourish is a Tim Holtz die. The North Pole sign is a quickutz die and the hills with the snow is just torn paper with stickles. 
I also entered this into the following Challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Non Traditional Christmas
Abc Christmas Challenge - Z is for Zero ( you can do any one of the alphabet challenges, I did X is for Xmas.
Crazy Challenge - Use at least 3 Dp's
 I hope to see you joining in our Challenge this fortnight
Until next time, everyone.
Hugs to you all
Lorraine xxx 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Welcome to Inky Impressions Blog Hop

Hi everyone and  Welcome to the Inky Impressions Winter Release Blog Hop.   If you've arrived here from Marleys blog your in the right place but if you need to go back to the beginning go to our gorgeous Inky's Mama, Nicole's blog.
Your going to love these little beauties, so prepare to fall in love.
I have been so inspired the last few days by Tim Holtz tags so I decided to try one for myself.
I used the gorgeous Rachels Gingerbreads Christmas which you can find Here.
I embossed the tag with the textiles cuttlebug folder, and enlarged and printed Rachel on the computer and just used a portion of her. I then printed her again onto Designer Paper and cut out her dress. So much fun.
For the next bit of fabulous inspriation, and to see more of these little gems,  jump over to Joeys blog.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Inky Impressions.
Hugs and see you all soon.
Lorraine xxx

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Inky Impressions Christmas Challenge

Greetings everyone. Its time for my first card as an Inkette. How exciting. Our first challenge over at Inky Impressions is Christmas. You can create anything at all with a Christmas theme. I used Rachels Gingerbread Christmas which is available as a Digi Image. Its Rachel when she was younger. How cute is she!!! 
I stamped and coloured her with Copic markers and paper pieced her dress and gift. Of course there's quite a bit of glitter on and I've used Atyou Spica pens for more bling.
Come over and join in the Christmas Cheer. We'd love to see your Christmas creations.
I entered it into the following challenges:
One stitch at a time - Glitz it up
Stamps r us Challenges - Holidays
Stamp with Fun - Advent
Wild Orchid Challenge - Old Fashioned Christmas
Have a great week and I'll see you all soon.
Hugs. Lorraine xxx

Another Show and Tell

G'day everyone. Just a quick today.  I've gone mad on making tags so you'll probably be seeing a few of those in the future. I find them soooo much easier than making cards when time is short. Its hard to find a hallween challenge at this time of year but, find one I did!!! I entered this into:
Haunted Design House - use at least 2 patterned papers
Here's another one I made with a Red Back Spider.

For anyone outside of Oz, the Red Back spider is one of our most venemous spiders. At least they are noticeable with their red back, hey?
Incidentally, and this is a true story,  my friend, Natalie, got a nasty bite on her foot while driving. It was under the peddle of her car. Luckily for her she felt the bite, and saw the spider, and she pulled over and went into a big hotel here in Perth, where they called an ambulance who took her to hospital and gave her the anti-venom serum. She was still extremely ill in hospital for a while and if she's sees a Red Back now, she panics. Anyway, now I've told you that little story, I'll be off to get some shut eye. Its 12.15am and my eyes are closing. I cant go to bed without reading at least 2 pages of my book. More if I can manage it. Mmmmmm, I'll probably still be up at 2am. I'm a terrible insomniac. Arnt all us crafters?????
See you all soon.
Lorraine xxx

Monday, November 22, 2010

Tilda's Blue Christmas

Hi guys. Well, I hope Tilda's Christmas is not blue!!! I made an Easel Card this time. I've only made a couple of these and I always like how they turn out. I used the Martha Stewart Snow Flake Punch and I coloured Tilda with copics. The tree behind her is a Sizzix embossing folder. I just cut around the tree. Here's another closer pic:

I've entered this into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas Challenge - X is for Xmas
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - No Red or Green
Just Magnolia - White and 1 other colour
Totally Papercrafts - Snow and snowflakes
Die Cut Dreams - Christmas Anything Goes
Creative Inpirations - Anything Christmasy
Phew there are loads of Christmas Challenges going on at the moment. Why dont you join in with some. I'm having loads of fun.
See you all next time.
Hugs, Lorraine xxx

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Show and Tell

Hey Ladies. Hows things? The technique used on this card is 'feathering'. So much fun and one of my favourite ways to colour with Copics.  Here's another one.

I made four of them in the end, because I loved them so much.  I have entered the purple one into the following challenges.
 Crazy 4 Challenges - Circles
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Mad about Markers

See you all soon.
Hugs, Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Some Exciting News

Hey Everyone. I have some exciting news to tell you.
 I am now on the Inky Impressions Design Team!!!! Woo hoo, how totally cool is that? I've been dying to tell you all, but today is the first time I've had the chance since I found out. Nicole very kindly invited me to join her fabulous team and I'm still trying to get my head around it. I've been buying Nicoles stamps for about 2 years now and I just love them soooo much. If you havnt seen them, jump over to the Inky Impression  shop and take a look. Maybe come and join in some of our challenges. We'd love to see you. Just to celebrate my place on the team, I made a really quick card. Its a gate opening card with a twist and I've used the gorgeous Nickies Birdie stamp.
I entered this into the following challenges:
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Marker Madness
The Crazy Challenge - Thankyou or Thanksgiving
Crafts and Me Challenges - Glitter
Hope to see you all soon.
Hugs, Lorraine xxx

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dreaming Tilda and Happy Birthday Indei-Lou.

Well hello everyone. I hope you all had a 'scary' Halloween. I've just put all my halloween goodies away until next year. My punches, die cuts, stamps, cricut cartridges, etc etc. What a pity we only get them out once a year?
I made this card for my neice. Its her birthday today. Happy Birthday, Indei Lou. I actually made her a Waterfall Card, but can I find It!!??? It is nowhere to be seen. I cant believe it. So I had to throw something together in about 10 minutes. Still, I entered it into these challenges, just for the fun:
A Pocket Full of Poses - Champagne and Roses
Stamp with Fun - All that can Fly

  Phew, I'm now off to go and catch her after school, She has been going mad for a chocolate fountain, so I bought her one for her birthday. I cant wait to see her face. 
See you all next time.
Hugs, Lorraine xxx

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Christmas Pretties

Hi Everyone. Today I thought I'd show you these super cute images from Lily of the Valley. I saw them on someone's blog and I thought "what a great idea". Superb for when you are in a rush. I wish I could remember whose blog I saw them on and then I could give her credit for alerting me to these. I remember she made a gorgeous card, but when I went back to look for it I couldnt find it. Thank you anyway.  I just love them. The images are already cut and coloured all ready for you to use. All you need to do is design the card. Simple stuff, hey??? Now, I love to colour, but, if I'm to be completely honest, my colouring is Terrible, yes, with a capital T....... so I thought I'd give these a go and have an easy Christmas this year, as far as cardmaking goes anyway. Its a pity you cant see the sparkles on these because they are 'really' sparkly. Also there are other images, not just Christmas and they are all extremely cute. Nip over to lilliofthevalley and take a look. By the way, the postage was SuperFast.
On to the card. I used my very favourite Snowflake punch from Martha Stewart. I only just found this and I know I'm going to use it soooo much for Christmas, so get ready for seeing it lots on my postings in the future. The holly is also a Martha Stewart Punch. I added a bit of ribbon and 'hey, presto', finished. Too cool. I have already made a bunch of these so take a look underneath for the different images. I entered this into 3 challenges: - sketch (optional extra - easel card) - Winter Fun - Snow, snowflakes and glitter.
 See you all soon.
Hugs to you all.
Lorraine xxx

Easy, hey!!!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cute Witch

Hello all you wonderful bloggers out there, how are you all? Not long to Halloween now. I hate having to put all my goodies away when its all over. Lets face it, its another year before I get them all out again!!! I dont know about you guys, but if I see anything to do with Witches, Pumpkins, spooky trees and houses,  I just have to have it and for some reason I cant think out of the box with halloween. Some of you creative girls seem to be able to use them  throughout the year. I just cant. There's a challenge for you. Keep you halloween stuff on the shelves and see if you can use them during the year for other stuff!!!!!!! Mmmmmm, maybe I should take my own challenge up. Nah, maybe not. Anyway, I'm entering this into a few challenges just for the fun. Here are the challenges:
Copic Oz (wow, thats my 2nd card!!!)

Wow, thats a lot for me. Enjoy your day (or evening) depending on where you are and I'll see you all next time. P.s Sorry, I have the usual problem. The colours are all washed out on this photo and I took 20 photos!!! Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?
Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hallweens Coming

Hi everyone. Well I'm back after quite a spell away from the computer. Halloweens coming, and though we dont celebrate it much here in Oz, I'm originally a Pom and we did celebrate it in England so I still love everything about it. A very dear cyber friend sent me this Witchy Poo stamp all the way from France. Isnt she just the sweetest? My friend AND the stamp, I mean. I thought I'd better get her stamped up before its all over for another year. I just love this image.
I'm not the savviest of computer people, so keeping up this blog work is quite difficult for me, but I promise to try harder. Even taking a good photo is a challenge for me!!! I think I've told you all that before. 
I entered this into the City Crafter Challenge Blog and Incy Wincy Designs and Copic Oz (I hope). I've only entered a couple of challenges before and its been that long I cant remember how to do it!!!
I hope your all well and creating lots of good stuff. 
See you again, soon!!!
Hugs to you all.
p.s If someone could tell me how to put this signature on top of my card  I would REALLY appreciate it. Isnt that where its supposed to go? See, I told you I was hopeless!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Hi all. Quick posting today. I had time to make a card, but not enough time to chat to all my stamping friends!!! How bad is that? Hope your all crafting and creating. See you all soon.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Challenge #7 - Recipe


Hiya ladies. Well I've just learnt how to do this from my iPhone so this will be a short post as I'm just practicing. Desperate measures because I'm still waiting for my laptop to come back. So, how exciting is this. Anya Ink are now opening the Challenges to use  any image. So as well as CC Designs and The Greeting Farm, you can now use Magnolia, Kraftin Kimmie, Inky Impressions.....  absolutely any image you like. Woo Hoo. I love it. I can now put to use all my other stamps. Onto this Challenge. I made this for the new challenge  which was a recipe challenge - 3 flowers, 2 buttons and 1 bow. We are being sponsored by the fabulous Tickled Pink Stamps. If you havnt been to her site, you gotta go.  See you all next time. Hugs. Lorraine xxx

Friday, August 6, 2010

Inspiration week - Black, White and one other colour

I'm working off a really old computer at the moment so If you see loads of mistakes, please forgive!!! This card is for Inspiration Week over at Anya Ink. I havnt yet seen what the other DT members have done but I just KNOW they will be awesome. I made an Easel card as I have only done 1 before and wanted to give it another go. They are surprisingly really easy. Love them. I didnt exactly get my punching correct, though, so please dont look too closely.  I used a Martha stewart corner punch and punched around a whole circle instead of the edge. I think next time I will get better. If you are patient and line it up correctly you can get it spot on, but I obviously havnt got much patience ( I will NEVER admit to that!!!). Hope you all have a great weekend.
See you all next week, if not before.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Black, White and one other Colour challenge

Hi to everyone. I'm a bit late posting this as I have been having BIG computer problems (for the next 3 weeks until my laptop comes back from the repair shop). Ouch, it really hurts, ha ha! Just a quick post, because the computer I'm on has a terrible keyboard and I have to type one fingered. The keys are sticky. Anyway, less of my problems and more about my card which was to use Black, White and one other colour of your choice. I actually really enjoyed it. I though it would be a real challenge for me, but once I started, it was great fun. Nip on over and check the Dt's fabulous cards.  Our sponsor this week was the FAB Bizzy Becs. Thanks, Bec, we really appreciate it. See you all next time.
Hugs and have a great weekend.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Hi Everyone. Just a quick post today as I've got loads to do. I decided to make a Snow Globe card for the Christmas in July challenge over at Anya Ink. I used my copics to colour in Santa Anya and used lots of glitter on this one.  The challenge was sponsored by the fabulous Bizzy Becs. If you havnt been to her store yet, ya gotta go. She has everything our little hearts desire.
Thanks for looking and have a great weekend, ladies.
Hugs. Lorraine xxxx

Friday, July 16, 2010

New Challenge - Challenge #5 Christmas in July

Hi Everyone. Hope your having a great week so far. Here comes the weekend. Yippee....
I made this card for a Christmas in July Challenge 
This week the challenge is being sponsored again, by Bizzy Becs. She's made up a gorgeous pack for the winner this week. If you havnt been before, go and take a look at her site. You will not be disappointed. She has the best goodies in there. Here is the prize pack for this weeks winner (yes, thats a brand new Sweet November mermaid stamp):

  Well, I really enjoyed this challenge, seeing as its been more than half a year since I made anything to do with Christmas. Who loves Christmas? Oh my goodness, I LOVE CHRISTMAS, so this was a perfect challenge for me. You probably cant see, but the little village I stamped at the back is all glittered. We HAVE to have glitter at Christmas, dont we!!!  I coloured everything, including the flowers and corners, with Copic Markers.
 Thanks for visiting and dont forget to take a look at all the Christmas Inspiration at AnyaInk. Bye for now.
See you soon.
Lorraine xx

Friday, July 9, 2010

Challenge #4 - Make a Scene

Hi Everyone. Well, I've had loads of fun making this card for Challenge #4 over at Anya Ink. The background paper is Kaisercraft and the barrels are downloaded from Justin Pike. Cant get much easier than this!!! Hope your all well and fitting in lots of 'craft' time. Bye for now and see you next time.
Hugs. Lorraine


Friday, July 2, 2010

Challenge # 4 - Make a Scene

                        Welcome everyone. Welcome to another wonderful Challenge with Anya Ink.

"Make a Scene"
The DT girls have created some fabulous cards for your inspiration. Check them all out over HERE
Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to seeing your entries for this challenge.
 Thanks for stopping by and see you next time. Lorraine

Friday, June 18, 2010

#3 Challenge

Hi everyone. How was your week? Mine was 'eventful'!!! I'm hoping this week is a LOT more relaxed. Ok, I made this card for the 3rd Anya Ink Challenge which was Bling. I used the Spring Couple from CC Designs, coloured with Copic Markers and the papers I used was actually in my "throw pile". I went through some of my papers and was throwing away a heap that came free with magazines over the years!!! Then I started flipping through and just 'trying' this and that. Needless to say, the bin hasnt seen that pile of papers, they are now sat on my desk!!! The shame of it...... I'm such a HOARDER.... ha ha.  Bec from Bizzy Becs has very kindly sponsored us for this challenge and she's giving away a fabulous prize so I hope you can all join in the fun. THANKS BEC, your a real star. Ok, guys, hope you all have a great fortnight. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs to you all and a bigger hug for anyone that needs it. Lorraine xxxx

Friday, June 4, 2010

Challenge # 2 - Buttons and Bows

Hi guys. I made this card for the Anya Ink Challenge, Buttons and Bows. I had so much fun with this. I even used my copic blender pen to make the little circles on Trevors tie. I'm well proud of myself (sorry, a bit of English slang there!!!). If you could hear me, I talk just the same way!!! Anyway, I think the rest speaks for itself. Hope to see you in this next Challenge, girls. Thanks for stopping by. Lorraine

Friday, May 21, 2010

Picking Apples

Hi everyone. I made this card for the challenge over at Anya Ink Challenge blog which was to Make an Easel card. The image is the very cute 'Twinkle Tots' Lottie from The Greeting Farm and I used a Martha Stewart punch for the edges of the card.  Why dont you nip over to the 'new look' Anya Ink Challenge site and take a look at the fabulous cards the DT Members have created for your inspiration. Hey, why not have a go at the Challenge? The winner  receives one of the DT members cards. What fun....
                       Thanks for stopping by and see you next time.     

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Friends to the end.

Hi everyone. Well, I was so excited using these colours for Sammi's Mad for Markers Colour Challenge that I decided to make another card. I just LOVE these colours together. Every now and then we get to do something that really inspires us, and, for me, these colours really did that. Thanks for the challenge, Sammi. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope its ok to enter 2 cards!!! Thanks for stopping by. See you next time. Hugs. Lorraine

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Bird in the Sky

Hi all. Wow, 3 cards in 3 days..... gee, put the flags out. I coloured Tilda's clothes with Sakura Gelly Roll pens. Yes, you heard correct. They watercolour beautifully and leave a real shimmer. If you click on the photo you might see that gorgeous sparkle. If not, trust me, they are gorgeous. Try it and let me know what you think. Dont colour directly onto paper, put the colour down first onto a piece of acetate or something and pick up the colour from there. Have fun!!! Sorry folks, I have just edited this so that I can add something. I cannot get the shimmer to show up on the photo. Even enlarging the photo doesnt help. Give it a go and see for yourself.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Summer Flowers

Hi everyone. Well, I have been WAY behing the times, I'm afraid. I have never worked off a page map before so my friend printed us some out and we decided to have a play day and give them a go. Wow, what have we been missing? I love them. They are so easy to do. Here's the one I made. I'm off now to try another one, because I've been so slack the last 2 weeks. Hope your all having plenty of creative time.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wishing you a Sweet Day

Wow. Another post so close to my last one. More to the point, another card, so close to my last one. I'm feeling extremely proud of myself for sticking to my "new year promise" of finding more time to craft!!! Guess what? I actually sewed on my machine. Now if you knew me, you would know that sewing is like an extreme sport to me. I'd rather go and jump out of an aeroplane. I never learnt to set up a sewing machine. When all the kids in my class was sewing, I was sat at the back of the classroom, knitting. (My Mum and Dad owned a wool store).  I was always in disgrace with my teacher because I flatly refused to learn to sew. So at 44 years old, this was no easy task for me. Anyway, apart from the sewing, nothing new on this card. Thanks for coming to take a look. Have a great day.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi guys. Now I know this is really lame, BUT, Christmas went by sooooo fast I didnt get chance to update my blog. Now your not going to believe this but I only made 2 (yes ,two) cards this Christmas. I'm ashamed to say I bought the rest (shock, horror). This is one of them that I made for my very dear friend, Deb. I would NEVER give her a bought card. I think she would throttle me, what with all the shopping trips we have to go buy new goodies!!! I used Flower Soft on the tree and underneath the ribbon I used a technique I found on someone's blog called paper lace. I wish I could remember her name. It was so cool. If I remember I will let you know. Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I would like to wish  you all a very crafty 2010. Happy New Year to all you crafters out there. May we all have more time in our craft rooms than we really need..... hehe.