Thursday 31 March 2011

Some Bunny Loves You......

Good morning peeps!

Hope you're having a nice week so far! When I saw that the new challenge over at Crafty Creations was 'Bunnies' I knew just the image I wanted to play with...... awwww, how flippin' cute?! Magnolia's latest range is adorable and perfect for Spring and Easter cards. I don't normally use much lilac but I do love Basic Grey's Kioshi papers and thought the soft pastels would work beautifully.

I coloured Tilda with Prismas and Polys and I edged the image with a Stempleglede stamp.

Here's a flat view of the card to show the dimension and you'll see I made some more of my torn roses after spotting that the new ABC Challenge this week is roses. Have I told you before I just love making these, lol?! I also die cut my fave leaves from Marianne Creatable and finished with a shiny butterfly from my stash and a computer-generated sentiment.

I'm also entering the following challenges:

7 Kids - Seeing Spots

Totally Gorjuss - Spring Is Sprung

Tip Top Tuesday - Nature Inspired

ASFOS - Easter Creations

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Monday 28 March 2011

Spring Bunny Hop.......

Good morning!

This is such a quick post as I'm off to work in a minute..... just posting a card I managed to make yesterday and I'll be back later to add the details....

I'm entering the following challenges:

Just Magnolia - BINGO (Gems, Flowers, Ribbon/Lace)

Magnolia Down Under - White Shabby Chic

Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Ribbon

Cupcake Inspirations - Spring Picture

Colour Create - Pastels (Easter)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fab day ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Sunday 27 March 2011

Candy to celebratee the launch of Laura's new store, The Artful Splodger!

Hiya folks!

Hope you all had a nice weekend..... I'm just getting over a bit of a nasty tummy but feeling much brighter today..... I missed the NEC yesterday because of it but never mind, there's always November!

Anyway, this post is to wish my lovely friend Laura all the best for tomorrow because she is launching a brand new venture...... an online craft store called 'The Artful Splodger'! This is such a brave thing to do and I hope you'll pay her new blog a visit to see what she plans to stock. And you get a 10% discount on your first order!!

To celebrate the launch Laura is offering the gorgeous candy you see pictured above so hop on over and leave her a comment..... and don't forget to spread the word too!

Thanks for stopping by this evening....... it's still light outside, woohooooo!!!!

Hugs Tara xxx

Friday 25 March 2011

Friendship Is The Poetry Of Life.....

Good morning everyone!

Sorry another week has gone by without me posting a card!!! I've been so busy with work and home and of course I've been making the most of our fantastic Spring weather. And Mr Mojo has still been naughty too..... I just can't seem to make anything I'm really happy with!

Anyway, for this card I inked up one of the new Tildas I've just bought and used one of the latest Basic Grey collections, Hello Luscious..... you can buy them both here.

I'm entering the following challenges:

ASFOS - Ribbons, Pearls and Lace (the ribbon is on Tilda's hat, tee hee)

7 Kids - Pink and Flowers

Craft Your Days Away - For Mum or a Special Lady (my sister-in-law)

Crafts and Me - Anything Goes

Crafty Creations - In Stitches

Stamp With Fun - Spring

I'm dashing off to work now as usual so I'll wish you a very happy weekend and catch you later!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Friday 18 March 2011

Happy Retirement......

Good morning!

Woah! It's ages since I last posted!! I've had a serious mojo crisis this week so I decided to leave the crafty stash well alone and do something else for a change! Then I was asked to make a retirement card mid way through the week.......EEEEEKKKK! Nothing worse than a commission when you're not feeling creative!

So I had a long think about which image would work and was relieved when this sweet Magnolia watering can came to mind.... phew! And when I'd chosen the gorgeous Webster's Pages paper the whole card came together with a bit of a bird theme.... spot another of my little nests with eggs in, lol! I used my beloved DooHickey fence die as it works with just about everything!!

I'm entering the following challenges:

Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Use Dies

Magnolia Down Under - Two of Anything (patterned papers)

Charisma - To Die For

Thanks so much for looking and have an amazing weekend!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Sunday 13 March 2011

Wishing You A Lifetime Of Love....

Good morning everyone!

I'm thrilled to be showing you my guest DT card today for Cupcake Inspirations.... I was so happy to be asked to join the team for a week as this is fast becoming one of my fave challenges! The photo inspiration each week is truly delicious and you can't help but be inspired to create something a bit yummy!

As you can see this week's inspiration comes from lots of scrumptious cupcakes and biscuits.... think green and pink, hearts and pearls, shamrocks and good luck.... there's so much you can do!

I've banned my daughter Georgia from my blog today as it's her birthday tomorrow and this card is for her. I thought an easel card would make it special and, as she loves Tilda, I knew this cutie would be well received! My papers are Basic Grey Urban Prairie.... haven't used these for a very long time! I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the middle strips and a heart doily from my stash. And my handmade roses are making an appearance again.... told you I'd be making them alot, lol! I found a cute little shamrock stamp in my stash which I think is by High Hopes, so I stamped and cut a few out to tie in with the St Patrick's Day theme too!

Here's another view of the easel just for good measure.... I forgot how much fun they are to make!

I'm also entering the following challenges with my card:

Daring Cardmakers - Home Baked (flowers)

Tip Top Tuesday - Happy Birthday

PaperPlay - Shades Of Green/Good Luck

Charisma - Easel Card

Shabby Tea Room - Luck Of The Irish

So I'd like to thank the girls over at Cupcake Inspirations so much for having me and I really hope you'll feel inspired to join in too!

Have a lovely Sunday ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Saturday 12 March 2011

Spring Has Sprung..... Yippee!!!!

Happy weekend to you all!

I'm here with my card for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge..... and just in the nick of time too! It is a delish picture again this week and so full of the joys of Spring!

These aren't colours I normally opt for and this led me to have a really good root through my paper stash.... and I came up with these pretty lilac papers made by Papermania. I certainly don't think this is a 'less is more' card do you, lol?! I just couldn't stop adding to it!! I nearly threw it in the bin when I'd just started.... with just the papers and image on it looked mighty bare! But then it all started to piece together when I added the beautiful Prima Hydrangea blooms! I also added lots of my fave DooHickey dies.

Now you might be wondering what a bee has to do with Spring..... well they do start to grace our gardens during this season and then really begin their work in earnest during the early Summer months..... I actually think bees are rather beautiful creatures. They buzz around doing their job and rarely bother us at all..... then you know who takes over don't you?...... those PESKY wasps!!!

I'm entering the following challenges with my card today:

PaperTake Weekly - Lemon Zingy

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Crafty Catz - Yellow and Green

Raise The Bar - G.R.E.E.N. Acronym (Garden, Reeds, Edging Stitch, Embellishments, Nature)

Have a fantastic weekend and make it a crafty one ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Thursday 10 March 2011

A Year Older, A Lot Cuter!.....

Good morning folks!

I have to make this a brief post this morning because I'm running a bit late for work!

I made a card for a dear friend's birthday and followed the lovely sketch over at Waltingmouse. As a result of the layout I've ended up with quite a clean and simple card for me.... can't believe it!!! Well it does show off the design of my gorgeous Fiskars corner and border rose punch at least!

I've used one of the new Hanglar stamps which I was lucky enough to get on EBay, such a sweetie she is and lovely to colour! The papers are Prima and I added pearls and a butterfly from my stash.

Here are the challenges I'm entering today:

Lovely Hanglar - Stitching

Sentimental Sundays - Pearls and Lace (lace effect from the punched border in this case)

Less Is More - Spring Colours

Make It Colourful - Colour With Shine

ABC - 'P' is for Pearls

Creative Card Crew - No Flowers

Thanks so much for looking ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Wishing You Happiness......

Good morning folks!

I was struggling to come up with a birthday card for my sister last night.... do you find sometimes that close family members don't always 'get' the whole cute thing we do with images? Well mine don't, so I knew I had to come up with something a bit different, but what?! When I'm blog hopping and I see something I love I always make a note for future reference, so I looked through my list and came across one which I'd named bird houses...... hmmmmm, intriguing!! So I checked it out and came across this amazing card here..... wow, what a talented lady!!! And I knew this would be perfect for my sister's March birthday.... pretty, feminine and very seasonal.

I obviously put my own mark on the card but would like to say a huge thanks for the inspiration! As you can see I made some more of these little torn roses.... I think they might become my trademark soon as I just love making them!! I also took lots of inspiration from the challenge over at Simply Create as they have a mood board to work with and the colours are just beautiful!

I added in a little fabric bird and used some scraps of Kay & Co paper for the houses.... plus more of my gorgeous fabric vine leaf ribbon..... not sure I'll cope when that runs out, lol!

I'm also entering the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Signs Of Spring

Crafty Calendar - Spring

Crafty Cardmakers - Fabric

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the sunshine if you're lucky enough to get a little!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Monday 7 March 2011

P.S. I Love You.......

Good morning to you all....... I hope you had a lovely weekend!

This is a card I made for the challenge over at 7 Kids College Fund where the theme is Mardi Gras. I certainly learnt something about this celebration I can tell you..... hop over to the blog for a great history lesson about the colours and what they mean. So the brief is to use the Mardi Gras colours of Purple, Green and Gold. Now this was a challenge and a half for me as I would never normally work with these colours all at once..... but do you know something, I kind of like the combination!

I think my card has turned out a bit like a collage really..... I wasn't sure where I was going with it but wanted to created the feeling of everything swirling around, like Tilda is blowing the leaves and butterflies about. The luscious papers are Webster's Pages and the butterflies were cut from them too. The swirl is Magnolia DooHickey and the leaves are from a Martha Stewart punch. I added a Melissa Frances rub-on for the sentiment.

I'd like to enter these challenges too:

Paper Sundaes - Stripes

Paper Play - Shabby Chic/Vintage

Just Magnolia - Anything Goes + Optional Glitter

Tip Top Tuesday - Fave Embellishment/Technique (for me it has to be leaves)

That's all for now...... must dash off to do the school run and then work (groan)!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Friday 4 March 2011

You're Sweet.....

Good morning everyone..... yay it's nearly the weekend! Hope you have something nice planned!

I noticed that the new challenge over at Magnolia-licious Highlites, chosen by the lovely and very talented Janny, is to make a card or project with a frame and thought it would be fun! Oh boy, check out the DT creations if you have a minute..... they're all so fabulous, what talented ladies!!

Now I've seen this idea for framing an image out there in blogland a few times, but can't remember where..... so if you're the person who inspired me then THANK YOU! I simply cut out a circle with a thick border and wrapped my lace around, then stuck it over this sweet Magnolia image..... what a cutie!

I nearly forgot to mention that there is also a recipe with this challenge..... to use at least one of each of these - bling/pearls, trim/ribbon, Magnolia image and flowers!....... CHECK!
The papers I've used are Papermania Blueberry Hill and I added these yummy Sizzix leaves as I love them so much, plus some gorgeous Prima Hydrangeas which I scrunched up a bit for shabbiness, lol! Added a few pearls, a Martha Stewart punched border and a Studio G sentiment and...... finished! I hope you like it! I've had so much fun with my last few creations so I won't be surprised if the old mojo does a crash and burn on me sometime soon!!! You can't stay on a roll forever right?!

Here are the other challenges I'm entering with this one:

Stamptacular Sunday - You've Been Framed

Flutterby Wednesday's - Open Challenge

Totally Papercrafts - Pearls and Lace

Stampin' For The Weekend - Springtime

I'm so grateful you took the time to come over today and check out my work..... thank you sooooooo much for your time ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Thursday 3 March 2011

I'm Stuck On You!......

Good morning everyone!

What a lovely Spring day it is today..... cold and frosty but beautifully bright and the birds are having a good old singsong about it!!

Here's a card I made using the lovely romantic window Magnolia recently released.... I love it! And it works perfectly with these pretty Webster's pages papers! Now I did follow Mina's gorgeous sketch for Just Magnolia, but I know it might be difficult to see that.... I swappped the image circle for a square and my two cross over border strips may not be that recognisable...... I did try, lol! I just seem to go off at a tangent sometimes when following a sketch, that's all!! Well I hope you can work out what I did, hee hee!

Now do you like these little roses? Well I made them myself using Core'dinations cardstock and they were very simple really..... you just tear a spiral shape, roll the whole thing up and then losen and tweak to the desired shape..... oh and pop a pearl in the middle to finish.... and voila! I'm really pleased with how they turned out and will definitley be making more soon!

I used a DooHickey die for the fence and QuicKutz leaves...... everything else is from my stash.

I'm entering these challenges today:

CES - Flowers and Flutterbies

Allsorts - Make Your Own Flowers

MDUC - Flower Power

Corrosive Challenge - Distressing

Try It On Tuesday - Inspired By A Song (Lionel Richie - Stuck On You)

Thanks for visiting today........ be happy!

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx

Wednesday 2 March 2011

Dare To Dream.....

Good morning everyone!

Here's a card I made using the gorgeous Magnolia basket stamp and Tilda from the Apples & Cherries collection. I also used scrummy Basic Grey Curio papers and DooHickey leaf and swirl dies. The sweet flowers are all from Papirloftet and the sentiment is LOTV.

Here's a close up of the image coloured with Prisma and Poly pencils and I added lots of liquid pearl dots too.

Here are the challenges I'm entering today:

PaperTake Weekly - Anything Goes (and something old..... the Magnolia basket)

Simon Says - Recipe (1 image, 2 papers, 3 different types of embellishment)

Creative Inspirations - In The Garden

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful afternoon ;o)

TTFN and TFL, hugs Tara xxx