Monday, October 31, 2011

a glittery bike ride...

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a fantastic weekend...I was very naughty and spent loads of money on goodies from the wonderful shopping world of the internet last week and they all arrived late last week so I have had fantastic fun playing with them all weekend so much to use and not enough time...but I have my internet head on this week as I do some serious blog hopping to catch up with all your lush work, I missed my hopping this weekend...we spent yesterday afternoon going around the shops looking at all the glittery gorgeous Christmas decorations and decided we are going to have a new tree and decs to go on it, but we are going to go very traditional and green and red with apples and gingham and oooooohhhhhh so much yumminess, and yes it was Phil's idea and no I didn't have to drag him round in fact he dragged me into a couple of shops to look...can you guess we love Christmas lol...anyway onto my card for today which is using this beautiful little sweetie Whimsy Wee Rose's bike ride, I love this perfect stamp and its such a clear crisp one too, perfect to colour...I used distress inks and glittered all those stunning roses...the paper is another 12x12 paper from the new Magnolia Sweet Christmas collection this one is called Vintage Swirl and it just goes to show they aren't just for Christmas, this is a beautiful soft colour too...Nikki has a 10% of everything special offer on at Bunny Zoe's Crafts until midnight tonight so you could pick them up at a bargain price, I finished with a pale green ribbon and bow and some swirls of pearls with teeny tiny roses on from Prima...the fab sketch is from Inkspirations challenge and I'm entering this for the Dutch Dare challenge and Simon says stamp challenge too...we are off out today as Phil is rarely off work so we want to make the best of it...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one
Mina xxx

colours used
hair - antique linen
skin - antique linen. frayed burlap & tattered rose
bike - pumice stone, crushed olive
flowers - dusty concord
leaves - peeled paint

Sunday, October 30, 2011

No Tricks just treats...

The lovely Nikki at Bunny Zoe's Crafts is having a 10% of everything celebration for Halloween until Midnight 31st hop on over for a bargain or two
Mina xxx

Im bbbbbaaacccckkkkkk...

Thingy replaced so Im back in business for photos although I had to retake the photos as I loved this sketch and made this one this morning, sorry the photos are a little dark but I just caught the last of the daylight for them...Happy Halloween everyone did you all go trick or treating and if you did have you eaten it all...we were kinda shocked as we only had two fabulously dressed little girls (with parents in tow) coming for goodies, mind they did get a lot because we had loads of goodies...oooohhh and they got an orange to keep up the vitamin c lol...this fabulous little fella is just perfect for Halloween isnt he, hes one of Mo's Digital Pencil's older images and is called Mummy, I love all those bandages and his eyes peeping through, you wouldnt think you could get that much expression into two dots would you, I coloured him with distress inks and you can see from this why I dont colour backgrounds, it just looks dirty to me not coloured, but I wanted to add a contrast to the light from the torch and lantern...the lush papers are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts and is from the 6x6 Bo Bunny VickiB paper pad, I love these lush colours together dont you...the added web and spiders are from a sheet of stickers I bought last year in a sale but dont they work well on this card, I finished with some sparkly letters to wish you all Happy Halloween...the lush sketch is from Sunday Sketch and Stamp challenge and Im also entering it for the DYSU challenge and Crafty Catz challenge which are both Halloween...right Im off to do a bit of crafting while Phils having forty winks, hes on holiday tomorrow so we get an extra day together this weekend...whatever your up to this evening have a good one
Mina xxx

these are the fabulous roses Phil bought me on Friday...I will have to make sure we miss a few more meals out if this is what I get lol

my thingy is broken...

Good morning everyone and no card yet today as my usb thingy for my camera is broken...I was starting to download some photos for today's card and it just stopped working, haven't a clue why, tried everything I could think of but it just wont will have to go this afternoon and buy a new one I you think they will know what I mean when I ask for a camera usb thingy...ooohhhh of course they will...btw we didn't go out to dinner on Friday as Phil got delayed at work, which really doesn't bother me as it cant be helped can it, but my lovely Phil brought me red roses home and made my breakfast Saturday morning...croissants mmmmmmm and savoury ones too...cream cheese and bacon with them yum yum yum...hes a real keeper isn't he...I will hopefully be back later with a card to show you so enjoy your Sunday everyone
Mina xxx

Saturday, October 29, 2011

a steampunk babe, finished jacket and a top hat...

Good morning everyone, I hope you all have something wonderful planned for the weekend or are you going trick or treating lol...phew I finished my Daughters costume in the nick of time...a little hint for the future if your eyes aren't 100% never elect to use invisible thread on something because it really is invisible unless its on the just vanished before my eyes, it took me five goes with a needle threader to thread a needle then I had to keep checking to see if it was still reminded me of a magic trick I used to show my Daughter when she was small lol...I took a couple of photos of the jacket and cute top hat but because it was dark I'm sorry but they aren't very good but I think you can just about see them...anyway my card for today, how sassy is this gorgeous Kenny K image shes called Scarlett West, I love KK images don't you they always make me smile...I coloured her with distress inks (sorry I keep forgetting to add a list of colours but will when I remember I promise) and teamed her up with this amazing Graphic45 paper, its from The Steampunk Debutante collection and is called Mechanical Mind...its a perfect match for this babe isn't it...I added just a teeny bit of dusky pink ribbon and some circles cut from the paper...the lush layout is from Cute Card Thursday challenge and I'm also entering it for the Charisma Cardz challenge and I'm not sure it fits the Kenny K's Krafty Girlz challenge which is dots, but I think the paper is sorta dotty with all those circles

here's the top hat I was much easier than I thought it would be and its made from black card and I put a gold ribbon around it to match the jacket

the jacket turned out really well don't you was a blue cropped jacket, amazing what a bit of dye and adding some tails and a few added bits and pieces will do isn't it...well she is delighted with it and that's what counts isn't it...she left all smiles and really looking forward to the party and she has promised she will have some photos taken on her in the whole outfit so I can show you all...I'm not sure though it depends how many Halloween cocktails she has I think lol...well I'm off the opticians today to help pick my lovely Phil's new glasses, whatever your up to have a brilliant Saturday
Mina xxx

Friday, October 28, 2011


Good morning everyone, its was gorgeously sunny and crisp here yesterday, well for most of the day anyway then of course the rain started again...we just needed a heatwave to complete the set...well I hunted town for a top hat, I could have got any hat you could think of including a bowler hat but a top I took a executive decision and decided to make one and it turned out fantastically, I made a small one attached to a headband with a gold ribbon attached as my Daughters Halloween outfit will be gold and black, she was so delighted with it when I showed her last night she took it with her to show her friends at work so I didn't even get time to photograph it but will hopefully tonight...the jacket is half done, the tails are made but need attached and I bought gold braid and brass buttons to jazz it up, she has her black hotpants and high heels and will look fantastic, just a shame I wont get to see her as the party is in Belfast...I am so enjoying making her outfit it reminded me of when she was living at home and I did it every year...anyway enough waffling Mina onto today's card which is for our new challenge at Just Magnolia & hAnglar & sTanglar challenge and this week our challenge is Christmas and we are sponsored by The Cutting Cafe who kindly sent the team a set of Santa Hat shapes and loads of Christmas sentiments and verses...I used this fantastic Tilda from the new Magnolia Sweet Christmas collection called Holding Tilda, shes fantastic for holding sentiments or behind ribbon or paper isn't she, I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with this lush Sweet Christmas 12x12 paper called Holly Christmas Song, you can buy this either separate or for extra value in a pack...I distressed the paper which is really easy with Magnolia papers as they are such fabulous look at all that fab holly how could I resist cutting some out and using it as decoration with a few red pearls from the 3mm mixed pearl bag...the stamp, paper and pearls are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I finished with a tag punched from the paper and a ribbon and bow...the fab sketch is from Mojo Monday and I'm also entering it for the Simon Says Stamp challenge and The Ribbon Girl challenge too...I'm finishing off my Daughters outfit today and then out to dinner with my gorgeous Phil tonight...have a brilliant day everyone and when you have the time pop on over to Just Magnolia to check out what gorgeous creations the rest of the fabulous team came up with this week
Mina xxx

Thursday, October 27, 2011

whats going on...

Good morning everyone...its rant day I'm afraid...whats going on with Crafty Blogs? over the last few days I have watched my blog go up and down like a lift...first I was 34, then 29, 31, 38 back up to 30 and last night 45?...whats up with that, I know it will fluctuate but that much in a few days seems crackers...I think someone doesn't like me lol...I will keep an eye on it and if it carries on like that I think the only thing to do is delete it before it makes me cross eyed, because the cross eyed look isn't good on someone my age and my eyesight is bad enough already lol...right its safe to come out rant lovely Daughter has decided that two days before a Halloween party her Halloween costume needs a revamp so I have to put tails on a jacket and make a top hat as shes decided to be a ringmaster...ok no problem lol...I haven't a clue where to start...right onto my card for today which is using this fabulously cute Stroppy Beth a Ragamuffin from Saturated Canary, I love that look on her face don't you, its a real strop face that any teenager would be proud of...I coloured her with distress inks and yes I had to use the dreaded red, that stuff gets everywhere doesn't it...the lush lush papers are digi papers from Nitwit Collections and are from the GingerFellas Too collection...they printed really well didn't they and are a gorgeous mix of colours for Christmas...ok now everyone make sure they are sitting down as this is not for a challenge today, I made it just because I wanted to colour her in...right I'm off to buy fabric and card today to hopefully manage to make something that looks semi ok for her...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and keep your fingers crossed that my Daughters outfit doesn't fall to pieces before she gets to her party lol
Mina xxx

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

a cold and frosty morning...

Good morning everyone its getting so close to Christmas isn't it, I'm going to have to start thinking about the Christmas present list aren't I, there's no putting it off any longer, last night was so cold, clear and frosty it gave me a push...I love giving Christmas presents don't you, I think its a woman thing we love the look on peoples faces when they open them...I love the late night shopping by myself and going for speciality coffee and mince pies half way through and all the glitz and sparkle and carols....ooohhhh I'm getting that Christmas feeling card for today I had so much fun making, I love these Ragged Carolers from Mo's Digital Pencil, they are amazing to colour too, did you know you can get all three Carolers and the lamp in a bargain set...I used two of the Carolers and the lamp on the front and the other little girl inside...

isn't this paper just perfect for the images, I bought it at the Kings Hall craft show and it by Teresa Collins Design and is called Noel Sheet music...I teamed it up with some fantastic Kaisercraft Acetate shapes called 13th Hour, pleated ribbon (lush isn't it) and a collection of poinsettia, I love these they are so fab...I'm entering this for the Winter Wonderland Vintage Christmas challenge, Secret Crafter Saturday Wrap up warm challenge and DYSU Trees challenge too...I'm off out today and you never know I might start the shopping today if I can think what to buy...whatever your doing have a wonderful day
Mina xxx

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

a bit of gold on a soggy day...

Good morning everyone...ok which one of you turned the tap on because you left it on and we have more than enough water now so whoever it was could you turn it off please, it has been pouring down and doesn't seem to want to poor Daughter had a 30 minuet detour going to work because of flooding and of course the same back...I didn't get my snuggle day yesterday, my gorgeous Nephew, the one who was supposed to come here Saturday came yesterday so we went out and then to dinner with my lovely Dad last night so I didn't get home until after 9 last night...I know I'm a dirty old stop out lol...I ate far too much as they have the lushest Caramel apple crumble with custard and it is so so yummy so of course I had to have some and it was worth it...right now onto my card for today which is using this poor little long neglected Home Grown Manga stamp called Goldilocks from Funky Kits...I love her hair don't you so it had to be gold didn't it...I coloured her with distress inks and just a little bit of glitter, I so want a pair of glittery shoes can you tell lol...they remind me of a party outfit my Mum bought me when I was little, it was a beautiful cream dress with loads of layers under the skirt for it to stand out and a pair of silver glittery shoes, I felt like a real Princess in it...the lush paper is from Fancy Pants All Fall range and is called Recess...I perched her on top of this fab chipboard sentiment I found in one of my stash boxes and added loads of blue buttons to bring the blue out of the paper...the fab sketch is from The Sweet Stop and I'm also entering this for the Totally Paper Crafts Layers challenge too...I am having my snuggle day today come rain or shine, ooohhhh what movie will I watch...have a wonderful day whatever your up to
Mina xxx

Monday, October 24, 2011

ventician lace and a fairy...

Good morning everyone, did you have a fab weekend?...can you believe its nearly the end of October, how fast are the months flying by this year...we had a yummy Sunday lunch yesterday and it was fantastic catching up with my beautiful Daughter, although we only live a few miles away from each other I have been rarely seeing her lately as she works so hard and when she gets home late it doesn't seem right to take time away from her and her partners time together, I bet all you Mums know exactly what I mean don't you...Phil slept like a log last night, I think he needed it as the weather while he was camping was shocking and its a long day in the rain at the racing, I know I know he must be mad card for today is using this amazing digi stamp from Crafts and Me called Into the Word, shes by the amazing Sara Burrier...I coloured her with distress inks and I printed her faded again, there will be a tutorial on the Crafts and Me blog and the Crafts and Me shop online classes section on Wednesday...I teamed this beauty up with this incredible paper from Graphic45, this is from the Renaissance Fair collection and is called Venetian Lace, the Fairy sentiment is cut from the reverse which is the alphabet...I finished by cutting the edge of the card to match the paper and added a satin ribbon and bow...I'm entering this for the Monochromatic Creative Inspirations challenge...I'm having a day in today I feel in the need of a snuggle day, you know the sort with a blanket and a good film, although truthfully I will probably end up crafting lol...whatever your up to have a fab one
Mina xxx

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Good morning everyone I hope you all had a good day yesterday and have an even better one planned for today...well my Sister didn't come so instead I made some warming beef stew for Phil coming home as I knew he would be wet through and he was at it poured from the heavens all day long and I made three cards to get ahead so I can concentrate on sorting my papers out next week, watch this space as I will be doing some paper giveaways over the next few weeks, well you gotta share the stash haven't you the day didn't go to waste although I would have preferred to spend it with my Sis and her family, but never mind I'm sure they will make it another day...right onto my card for today which is using the gorgeous Fifi Goes Walkies from the new Fairy Glen Sugar Nellie release...isn't she so cute...I coloured her with distress inks and some glitter (of course)...the paper is from Prima but I'm not sure what its called but will try to find out for you...I made a tall card for a change, I have made a few of these for the next week or two, well a change is as good as a rest isn't it...I finished with some of the flowers from the paper cut out and added to the edges and a huge massive deep pink satin ribbon and bow and finished with a few punched butterflies...I'm entering this for the Flutter By Wednesday and Lollipop Crafts challenges...well we are having a huge Sunday lunch today with my Dad and our Daughter and her other half, love them but we always end up eating too much lol...whatever your up to have a fantastic Sunday everyone
Mina xxx

Saturday, October 22, 2011

the snowman...

Good morning everyone, what you all up to this weekend? anything exciting...Phil is away at the races again, can you believe he has been camping in this weather for the last two nights the madman...well rather him than me Sister and her family from Belfast and my lovely Nephew from Newcastle are visiting today, oooohhhhhh I love visitors don't card for today is using this stunning little Peek-a-Boo snowbaby from Belles and Whistles, I used her totally in monochrome, I have never coloured an image totally in black and white before, but I couldn't resist colouring her little face in and had to give her some bright blue eyes too...of course hes a snowman so there had to be glitter for a bit of frost didn't there...

I teamed these two up with these amazing papers from the My Minds Eye Meadowlark paper pad...I scored my card every 3cms to make three steps to add the torn paper too to try and make it look like a snow topped landscape...what do you think did it work?...I finished my card with some frosting all over the hill and added three holly leaves from some ribbon and added two black pearls for berries, the stamp and pad are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts...I'm entering this for the Christmas Stampin' All year long Sparkly challenge, Creative Inspirations Monochromatic challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Nursery Rhyme and Fairy Tales challenge, my Fairy Tale is The Snowman by Hans Christian Anderson...right I'm off to tidy up and securely close my craft room door before my Sis arrives...whatever your doing today have a wonderful time
Mina xxx

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pretty in Pink...

Good morning everyone, I hope your all well and happy...I was sitting having coffee with my wonderful Dad yesterday and he was going through a newspaper putting the world to rights as normal, you know if they put someone with just a little common sense and a sense of justice and fairness like my Dad in charge of running the country, life would be I think we should start a campaign for my Dad as the next Prime Minister...all us crafter's voting for him he would so win wouldn't he lol...he is such an intelligent, kind, caring individual and I cherish the time I spend with him every day which is just the way it should be shouldn't card for today is for our new challenge at the Just Magnolia & Hanglar & Stanglar challenge and because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month our choice this week is Pink of course...this is a cause very close to my heart, luckily my two lumps were successfully removed last year and I needed no further treatment but for all the fantastically brave women who go through this horrendous disease every day...this is for you...I used one of the new Magnolia Sweet Christmas stamps and it just goes to show they aren't just for Christmas, this is the beautiful Tilda with Winter Flowers, look at her super sweet cardigan and I love those shoes...I coloured her with distress inks and teamed her up with my new favourite Prima Madeline 6x6 paper pad, I love this collection it is stunning...the tag is from the same pad and I also used some cut out flowers from it too, I finished with a lush pink velvet ribbon...the pad and stamp are from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, btw don't worry if your favourite new Christmas Magnolia stamp was out of stock Nikki has the restocks coming in today...I'm entering this for the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge and the Ribbon Reel challenge...I just remembered I forgot to take photos of the stash I bought at the Kings Hall so I will do this weekend...I'm off to Town today as I have to go to the Docs...whatever your up to today have a brilliant one and when you have the time pop on over to Just Magnolia and see all the pink loveliness the rest of our team came up with
Mina xxx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

a doubler...Mo's Digital Pencil Dreamteams Blog Hop and Colour Create challenge DT

Good morning everyone I hope your all card for today is a doubler, I love it when I can combine 2 DT posts, it makes me feel really clever where its really just chance lol...anyway back to the point my card is for our new Colour Create Challenge and also for the Mo's Digital Pencil Dreamteams blog hop...I'm the last stop on the hop this month and you should have arrived here from the amazing DEBBIE'S blog, if you didn't you can start the hop by popping over to JAK'S blog...did you enjoy our hop this time and I hope you remembered to leave everyone a comment so you stand a chance of winning one of two $5 vouchers for Mo's Digital Pencil...our host this month is our wonderful Jak and she chose the Colours of Autumn...I love the colours at this time of year don't you, they are so beautifully faded and vintage, I used the gorgeously cute Kai for my card, hes coloured with distress inks and I teamed him up with some papers from the cART-Us 6x6 paper pad Speciality Green, I bought this from a local store but you can get it at Bunny Zoe's Crafts too...I used some lush ribbon that was a gift from a very good friend and a scattering of leaves I bought at the Kings Hall craft fair, I so wish I had bought more of these but then again I wish I had bought more of everything lol...our challenge this week at Colour Create challenge is our wonderful Sharon's choice and she chose the colours Burgundy, Cream, Green and Gold and the extra option is to add dimension...don't forget to leave a comment to stand a chance of winning a voucher and when you have time pop on over to Colour Create to see what the rest of the DT came up with, the lush sketch is from Inkspiration Challenge and Im entering this for the CES challenge and Stamp, Scrap & Doodle challenge too...I'm off to the supermarket today with my lovely Dad...whatever your up to have a wonderful day and I hope you manage to stay warm as its freezing cold here
Mina xxx

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Good morning everyone...bbbbbrrrrrr its cold here, winter has arrived I it just as cold where you are, the weather here is really strange, we can actually get all four seasons in one day and I have seen it many times lol...I had a great crafting day yesterday, you know the kind of day when everything you do works out...I even finished a project early, now that's a rarity...I feel that paper sort getting closer and closer...that's scary the thought of searching through my paper stack, I could be crushed under the weight lol...I admit I have a serious addiction to paper...oh and ribbon too, cant resist it...whats your crafting addiction, tell me please so I don't think I'm the only one...right onto my card for today which is for our new challenge at Crafts and Me Challenges...this week its the digi teams turn and I'm the host, oooohhhh that sounds posh...I chose a colour combo of Pink, Green & Blue, I rarely use these colours together but always love the look of them together, they look so fresh and bright don't you think, so why not have a go and join in, you don't need to use a Crafts and Me stamp or digi for it..I used the beautiful Blessed digi stamp for my card, isn't she gorgeous and such a dream to colour, I used distress inks, the papers are scraps would you believe, the flowered one is from the Tilda Kitchengarden paper pad I have had for ages...I'm gutted that this is all I have left of the pattern...I cut the roses from a scrap of a different paper from the same pad, I finished with a lush Satin Saxe Blue satin ribbon from the The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop...the sketch is from Pink {INK} sketch challenge and I'm also entering this for the DYSU Use your scrap challenge and Heart Song Inspirations challenge too...I haven't a clue what I'm up to today except if its this cold again I'm hibernating till spring...whatever your up to today stay warm
Mina xxx

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a touch of black...

Good morning everyone, how you all doing? has tiddled down here for 24 hour, the heavens just opened and it didn't seem to want to you know every single week when my lovely Phil goes back to work he forgets something, one week its his glasses, work shoes, all his shirts, you will never guess what he forget this week, his blood pressure tablets...duh and I think I'm scatter brained...well its sorted now so panic over thank goodness...I seriously will have to check his bags before he leaves wont I...bless him hes a real sweetie you know and I wouldnt swap him for the world...I was out for coffee yesterday with my Dad and I am happy to report that despite the weather everyone's moods seem to have lifted a little bit and thank goodness the hot water machine is fixed so no squabbling over kettles lol...right now onto my card for today which is using another of the amazing new Fairy Glen release from Funky Kits, this little sweetie is called Let Them Eat Cake, I coloured her with distress inks and because she has wings of course there's....glitter lol...the paper is a half sheet scrap of a Fancy Pants paper called Pink Paisley and because I only had a piece I backed it with plain black card which I think really brought it to life...what do you think? I added another of these stunning Bunny Zoe's Crafts wired ribbons, this is in fact the dark blue one but it goes well doesn't it, I scrunched it up which is easy when its wired...I finished with three punched butterflies...the fab sketch is from Sketch Saturday and I'm also entering this for the DYSU challenge and Lollipop challenge too...I'm having a craft catch up day today as I'm trying to clear some time so I can sort out my papers for my new storage boxes....oooohhhhh I feel a giveaway coming up lol...whatever your up to today have a wonderful one and I hope you all stay dry
Mina xxx
p.s. do my photos look kinda fuzzy to you sorta pixelated (is that a word even)?, they do to me but I think it might be my computer

Monday, October 17, 2011


Hi everyone how you all has been hammering it down with rain all day today and everything is soggy and damp...but never mind we have a winner of this months Bunny Zoe's Crafts monthly candy....drum roll please, whenever I say that I always have visions of people drumming on their computers lol.....the random number thingy says its no 11 and that is....

huge congratulations Deb, could you email me your details please and I will pass them for you...never worry if you didn't win this time as I will be having some lush candy to celebrate my blogaversary pretty soon and there will be another Bunny Zoe's candy next month...sleep well everyone
Mina xxx

Swimming for Katie...

Good morning everyone, welcome to our part of the blog hop and fundraiser for Katie, if you aren't aware of who Katie is, she is just like us all, a Wife, a Mother of 3, and a Crafter, except what makes Katie different from the rest of us is she was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight. A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer. Her first post about it is here. The idea of the “Swimming for Katie”Blog Hop and Fundraiser came from her recent post here, Katie's story started just before Christmas last year and she is now in Hospital again and is very ill, her wonderful family are with her constantly. You can read all about the hop and her story here
I'm sure you have all heard of the Swimming for Katie campaign but we are just a little reminder just in case you haven't...I'm the first link on this blog hop chain so it all starts here

I used the Keep Swimming Octopus digi for my card, printed out four in different sizes and cut them out, these gorgeous papers are from Magnolia would you believe...I love the spots as they look like bubbles...I used the Keep Swimming flag from the same digi attached to a pin and stuck it into my lush striped ribbon bow

this is not the only digi available to buy for the fundraiser, there are more, each drawn by a different designer and there are stamps for your rubber lovers...hop on over and check them out here there is bound to be something you love...or if you would just like to donate there is a donate button too
This is such a worthy cause, we have all been touched in some way by this horrible disease and this is a way to help in some way, so please is you can please help...but if you cant could you help spread the word that would be fantastic too
your next stop on our hop is to the wonderful
who will have something amazing to show you I'm sure

heres the blog hop list just in case you go astray
Mina (Me)
thanks for taking the time to join in our hop everyone and for reading my long post
Mina xxx

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Faded digis tutorial...

Hi everyone me again, see I didn't forget and as promised here the tutorial of how I faded my digis as used here, the only way your printer has of printing faded is to miss out parts, so your image will appear in line or pixels...there are a few other ways to do this, you can either just make the image brighter which fades it out but I found this also faded some of the finer lines of the image and lost some of the detail or you can print it on draft, I found this way looked really fuzzy, but both of these might work on your printer so give them a try, this is the way I did it though...I use MS Office Word for my printing but I would imagine all programmes have similar ways of doing the same things...right first add your image and click on text wrapping and behind text to make your image go behind what you add next, you can resize at this stage

then I went into Insert and Shapes and clicked on the square you of course can use any shape you need it doesn't have to be a the page and add your square, resize it to what you need

then do the same as you did above format, text wrapping and this time make it in front of text so it is above your image covering it totally

click format again and choose white as your shape fill, then click more fill colours

this brings up the colours box, at the bottom is the gauge for transparency, I chose 50% but you can make it darker or lighter of course

when you have finished choosing that you can choose if you want a shape outline to edge your box or shape or leave clear...then its just print as normal...hope this was easy to understand but if you need anymore info please just ask
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone
Mina xxx
p.s. feel free to link to this post but remember dont lift or copy any of the images or info as it is copyrighted...thanks

lazy days and more fairies...

Good morning everyone, did you all have a fabulous day yesterday?...we didn't do anything at all, just lazed around and chilled really, but the weather was horrible here yesterday, drizzling, cold and windy...I hate days like that don't you, so the old heating went on and I made lunch and then we did nowt at card for today is using this amazing new Sara Burrier digi stamp from Crafts and Me, isn't she stunning, Sara Burrier does the best fairies don't you think, they always remind me of the Flower fairies...I still have a set of them somewhere I think I stashed them sonewhere... I used to read them with my Daughter when she was growing up, we spent many many hours reading together, I think that's why she could read before she started school...or maybe shes a child genius and we didn't know it lol...I coloured this Lady of the Field with distress inks and teamed her up with more of the stunning Michele R Designs papers digi papers, this one is called Vintage Flowers with Lace, I printed three and cut them to add some dimension to the corners...I finished with a sprinkling of gorgeous green gems...ooohhhhh I have realised I didn't make this for any challenges at all, ok ok don't all faint at once lol...I haven't a clue what we are up to today but if the weather is as bad as yesterday, we will have to be wrapped up to do it...have a brill one everyone
Mina xxx

mushrooms - pumice stone and grayed burlap
dress - tattered rose, lipstick pink and crushed olive
wings - tattered rose
hair - antique linen and frayed burlap

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Good morning everyone, I hope your all well and happy, we had a great day out yesterday, I bought ribbons, papers, loads of finger lift tape (ssssoooo cheap) and lots of goodies but just little goodies, I will take a photo for you to see them all when I have a bit of time...oooohhhh and my gorgeous Phil bought me two 12x12 paper storage boxes with files from the Really Useful Box Company to store some of my papers (oh no does this mean I have to sort out my papers now)...notice I said some lol...then we went for lunch and he bought me a new coat from Marks & Spencer' I did very well didn't I

my card for today isn't a card, its a book using one of my favourite Christmas carols and two of my very favourite new images from Mo's Digital Pencil...I knew when I saw Urchin with Bird and Ragged Angel I would make something different than a card with them, do you liked the faded look of them, I printed them like this, if you would like to know how to let me know and I will do a separate post on it tomorrow evening as I think this one is long enough lol

LinkI coloured them with distress inks and glittered the wings (there's a list of colours at the end of this post)...aren't the papers I used so beautiful, distressed and faded...these are amazing digi papers from Michele R Designs, I bought every single one of Michele's papers as they have such a beautiful faded vintage feel to the...stunning, these two are Winter Blues 1 and 6...I added some glitter and the words to the papers and printed them on linen card then mounted them on pearlised card

I had an awful job punching the holes for the ribbon as I only have a rubbish hole punch, it took so much work I gave myself two blisters...I finished with some beautiful glittery mesh ribbon that I used to tie my book together

I'm entering this for the Truly Scrumptious challenge and Stamptacular Sunday challenge, I'm sure there was a anything but a card challenge I was going to enter too but cant remember it...and even worse cant remember where my list is...thanks for sticking with me for this long post but believe me it could have been longer as I had more photos so think yourselves lucky lol...I'm off out with my Dad and Phil today, dont know where yet but I'm sure we will manage a trip somewhere..whatever your up to today have a fantastic one
Mina xxx

blue shades - Stormy Sky

pinks - Victorian Velvet
Hair and boots - Frayed Burlap
shadows - Pumice stone
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