Thursday, 31 March 2011


The theme this week on Cute Card Thursday is for couples, but you don't have to have boys and girls together, it could be animals or as I have done, a Sarah Kay image of a couple of little girls. Our sponsor for this challenge is Whimsy Stamps.

For my card I've used the sketch from the Sketch and Stash blog with a mix of digi papers from Cuddly Buddly. I coloured with my Copics, but when I went to take the picture the pinks didn't show up so I tweaked it in Photoshop but that's meant the creamy-brown papers are now looking green! I was going to enter another blog challenge to use pink and brown together, but perhaps I'd better try again for that one. I've some new stash I've played with on this card - a pink pearl maker pen, a Nellie's Choice border die and I borrowed my friend's new Marianne die too - but now I've gone and ordered my own! I've added the little stamped text and snips of brown punched fronds and AB pearl strings then finished with a pink satin bow.

Copics for colouring:
skin tones - E000, 00, 21
browns - E30, 31, 33, 35, 55, 39
pinks - RV000, 00, 34
kitty and shading on dresses - W2 & 3
shadow - C0, 1, 3

I have to get back to the accounts now, but I do have a couple of cards in various stages of completion so hopefully can squeeze in the time to finish one to share with you tomorrow. Sorry for not visiting again .. .. I need to have at least 2 of me to fit everything in!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Birthday Boy!

I thought I was going to have to let them down again on the Creative Inspirations blog - it's my last week as a guest designer and thankfully I realised I had this card already made but not blogged and, as the theme this week is for manly creations, it should fit the bill nicely. Also, with the stars in the image and as embellishments I can enter The Corrosive Challenge. The image is from Kim's Eliza and Bro range with papers from the Denim Portfollio digi papers by Cuddly Buddly matted with purple cardstock. I've punched a Martha Stewart zig zag edge, added pricking stitches and Quickutz corners. To embellish I've stamped and coloured the little circle greeting, added a navy organza ribbon, punched stars and fixed little star gems and the button Happy Birthday.

Gotta rush away now and get back to the books!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Yummy Honey

I am so busy helping out my hubby with his end of year accounts that I've not had a chance to create anything new for a few days now. But, I realised I've not shared this little lass with you - she's one of Kim's own designs for Cuddly Buddly and is one of the cards I made for the show last month - consequently I can't remember the Copic colours I used to colour in the image. The papers are digi designs from Cuddly Buddly and I've added Stardust Stickles to the inked edges, plus a band of cream gross grain ribbon, diecut Marianne swirls, punched out the fronds and found the daisy flowers in my stash. The pearls are made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen and the little bee is from my local art store.

The theme at Crafty Catz is for pearls and swirls so I can enter my card with them. I'll be back to catch up with you once the accounts are put to bed .. .. now where's the G&T .. ..!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Spring bouquet

I've created another card with Czes' Spring Bouquet digi design, coloured with Copics of course. I found a piece of paper in my stash and inked the edges with Tea Leaves Versamagic chalk ink as well as stamping a leafy swirl around the edge. On the image I've inked with Magnolia Bud as well as the Tea Leaves then cut mats from green cardstock, stamped the text and embellished with tiny gems, a little heart charm, pretty coral pink ribbon and the punched butterflies. I've used my gold Waco pearl maker pen to add the bodies to the butterflies and the flight trails. A simple little spring birthday card.

My Copic colours:
R21, 22, 24, 27
Y11, 13, 15, 17
YR02, 04, 07
B21, 24, 26
YG21, 23, 26, 67, 91
E40 for shadow

Everybody Art are looking for birthday cards and A Spoonful of Sugar are asking to see, ribbon, pearls or rhinestones and flowers - I hope they will accept my spring floral bouquet image for the flower part of the challenge. The Paperplay challenge is for distressing - well I've inked all my edges so I hope that will count.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Get Well Toby

Poor sick little Toby Tumbles is tucked up in bed with his teddy bear, I do hope he feels better soon. This digi design was created by Czes on Tuesday for his 'one a day' until BST begins on Sunday, and they are all 20% off right now too! I've coloured with Copics then cut out with slim oval Nesties - Kim designs with these sets in mind so I usually find that one of the sizes fits the image perfectly. I've used various bits of Cuddly Buddly digi papers , also at 20% off, adding extra interest with a faux stitched edge then finishing the card with ribbons and flowers from my stash.

Copic colours I used:
E30, 31, E50, 51, 55,
E0000, E40, 41, 42, 44
B91, 93, BV13, 17
YR31, 23, Y35, 38, YG63, 67

The Corrosive Challenge blog have a recipe theme this week - 3 papers (yellow gingham, blue check and blue stripe), 2 ribbons (white gross grain and pale blue organza) and 1 image. Totally Papercrafts have a cute and cuddly theme, perfect for little Toby cuddled up in bed!

Things are not too good with the ME here just at the moment so I'm trying to rest - that means I'm not getting around to blog hopping often but I am trying to visit everyone who leaves me a comment - it might take a day or two for me to catch up though. Enjoy the weekend, whatever you are getting up to!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Rose Bouquet

This is another of the new digi floral designs Czes has created for Cuddly Buddly. I've chosen very pale Copics to colour my roses and ribbon then cut out the image with a slim oval Nestie. I kept things nice and simple for this card, the base is an American A2 size thick ivory pearl cardstock, so I've simply added a pale pink pearl panel embossed with the rose Cuttlebug folder and tied with an ivory piece of organza ribbon. I've matted the image and 3d mounted over the base to give a little more interest, then finally finished with the pearls made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen.

Copic colours I used:
E0000, 000, 00, 02, E95
YG91, 93, 95, 97

Paper Sundaes and Incy Wincy Design challenges have been running embossing challenges this past week, so here's my card for both of them.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

CCT sketch challenge

Today at Cute Card Thursday we have a sketch by Deb for the challenge, and both Deb and I have chosen to use this cute little lass from Mo Manning that's been on sale with proceeds going to the Japan earthquake appeal. Our sponsor for this challenge is Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.

As I tend to make smaller square cards, fitting the image and the sketch together called for a little artistic licence! The papers are from my stash and for the circlar element I die cut a Nellie's Choice doily from vellum then stamped a swirl design in pink Brilliance ink - saying that you can hardly see it as I then went on and covered most of the side up with the bloom decoration.

The Make It Colourful blog challenge has been to blend yellow and green together - not as easy as it sounds - I've gone from dark green G28, through to YG 23 and 25 and into the yellows with Y02 and Y00. Go and take a look at Deb's card as she has also done a similar blending technique on the little lassies piny. Deb has also done a fabulous job of shading - something I didn't do on my image, this time at least - although I wish I had given it a go. I've coloured her dress with R20, 21, 22 and 24 then the spoon, pan and her socks with warm greys 0 - 5. Her skin tones are my usual choice of E000, 00, and 21 and her hair is Y21, YR23 and E55. I've added a little E40 and 41 beneath her feet, but might darken that as it's hard to see.

There are a few challenges calling for buttons just at the moment, so I can also enter my card into the Totally Papercrafts, Totally Gorjuss and Digital Tuesday challenges.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Spring Bouquet

Today I have another of Czes' digi designs to share with you. This one is called spring bouquet, and is perfect for creating cards for those who don't do the cute characters - plus there's 20% off all of Czes' digi creations in Kim's Cuddly Buddly Spring Sale! I've coloured the bouquet with Copics then inked the edges with Pretty Petunia Versamagic chalk ink. I've inked the edges of the Cuddly Buddly digi patterned paper too and matted with plain lavender textured card. To embellish I've used my last piece of pure silk lavender ribbon, Quickutz corners, Martha Stewart punched butterflies and a Nellie's Choice die cut heart and lace layer. The pearls are created with Ranger's Lavender Lace Liquid Pearls .. .. should I add them to the scallops around the image as well? What do you think?

Copic colours I used:
pink tulips - RV10, R81, 83, 85
yellow blooms - Y11, 15, 17, YR16
lavender flowers - BV000, 01, 13
green leaves - G40, 82, 94, 99
shadow - B60

I'm entering my spring bouquet into a some of the spring themed blog challenges - Cutie Sunday, and Stamp with fun. Over on the A Spoonful of Sugar blog the challenge is for ribbon, pearls or rhinestones and flowers - I think I can tick those boxes!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Just for You

It's time for another challenge over on the Oldie but a Goodie blog, this time Liza has chosen a colour combination theme of pink, blue and brown. Our sponsor for this challenge is the Scandinavian shop Stampelkallan. Just remember, to join in the challenge you must stamp with a design that is more than 6 months old.

On my little card I've used my cute Zoe stamp by Sarah Kay for Stampavie, coloured with Copics. I've used papers from my stash along with punched flowers and little frond sprays and a couple of corners I found in a bargain bucket at my local craft store. I've inked the edges of the papers and my image with Magnolia and Sahara Sand Versamagic chalk inks and have added Tiara Glitz Stickles too. The little text tag is a Cuddly Buddly stamp given the same treatment.

The Copic colours I used:
skin tones - E000, 00, 21
hair and basket - E30, 31, 34, 37
pinks - RV10, R81, 83
blues - B91, 93, 95, 97
green - G82
shadow - E40, 41, 43

The Stamp Something challenge blog are looking for sweet somethings so just perfect for my Sarah Kay card! Let's Ink It Up are looking for die cut or punched elements with your stamped creations - I have both on this card with my die cut image and mat and the punched lace layer, flowers and sprays.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Birthday Cake

Sorry for the washed out picture today, I'm not used to taking pictures in sunshine! This is a little Nellie's Choice stamp called Dawn and cake, coloured with Copics and with various digi papers from Cuddly Buddly with edges inked with Versamagic chalk ink. The pearls are made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen and the pink gems are from my stash. Here's the list of Copic colours:

skin tones - E000, 00, 21, 02
hair - E30, 31, 55
pinks - RV000, 00, R81, 83
blues - B0000, 000, 00

I've used the sketch from the A Spoonful of Sugar blog and am getting in at the last minute again! The Paperplay challenge is for embossing, I have a Swiss dots embossed layer beneath the image and the Joy die cut butterflies are also embossed. Charisma Cardz are looking for die cuts so as well as my butterflies I've also die cut my image and mat with Nesties.

I'm in a bit of a recovery mode again today, it was great going out to the craft demo on Saturday and for lunch afterwards with my friends. But, I seem to have picked up a bit of a tummy bug and spent most of Saturday night and yesterday in the bathroom. Fortunately I have a few images already coloured up so I just need to potter about in the craft room and create a card or two then I can share on my blog later in the week. I'm still not getting around to doing much commenting either, so apologies again for not visiting you after you have kindly left me a comment. Hopefully I will get caught up as the week goes on.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

More of Little Star

Good Morning, and what a lovely sunny weekend it's turning out to be! I have a couple more Little Star cards to share with you today. The first one is a simple layout with just the pretty matching papers matted with soft grey/lilac cardstock and a sumptuous pure silk ribbon as embellishment. I've added 3 stamped little stars to my digi image called 'out of the blue' as that corner was looking a bit empty and I couldn't decide on a text greeting. I've coloured with Copics, not many - E50, 51, 53 and R00 for Little Star, then G20, 40, 82 for green shades, RV91 & 93 for the soft lavender and Y0000, 000, 00 & 02 for the soft yellows. I used B60 as a shadow.

I just noticed a stray eyelash on my next card - ooops! This time I've used the cute Little Star flying high digi image, and again coloured with Copics. I used papers from Eline's baby designs at Cuddly Buddly and inked the edges with Aspen Mist Versamagic chalk ink. I've used the layout from the Flutterby Wednesday challenge blog, but not the optional green part of the challenge. And I can enter the Cupcake Craft Challenge for things up in the air, but again I've not done the optional green! Not many Copics for colouring in this one either - E50, 51, 53 and R00 on Little Star, then B41, 91 and the blender pen for the blue balloon, RV00, R81 & 83 for the pinks, and E41 & 44 for shadow. I've die cut a Marianne leaf branch then used Nellie's punch and emboss sets for the butterflies and poinsettia flowers. The white pearls are made with my Waco pearl maker pen.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Little Star

Have you been popping over to the Cuddly Buddly store to see what Czes has been creating each day? Yesterday was the launch of a new character, meet Little Star the cute mouse. Czes has designed 4 digi stamp designs, plus coloured decoupage sheets and a matching set of pale pastel papers, and no doubt there will be more to come!

For my first card I used a piece of the pale pink star paper, unfortunately it's looking a bit washed out in my picture. My piece of cake image is coloured with Copics and I kept things simple with just a piece of satin ribbon, a cluster of butterflies and a text stamped in Orchid Brilliance pearlescent ink. I couldn't resist adding a little bling with the Stardust Stickles around the edge of the image and the bodies of the butterflies, although they are still wet in the picture!

I coloured with these Copics:
E50, 51, 53, E40, 41, E0000
R00, R81, 83, 85
Y0000, 00, 02

Crafty Catz have a Mother's Day theme challenge, and so do Crafty Creations and Die Cut Dreams - so here's my entry to their challenges.

This next Little Star digi image is called Just For You and coloured with Copics C1, 3, 5, R00, 20, 22, E0000, E40 and G20. The papers are various digi designs from Cuddly Buddly matted with pale pink cardstock from my stash. I've added a punched lacy edge, a piece of ribbon and a flowery embellishment created from a bloom I coloured with a darker coral pink Copic pen and punched and die cut bits and pieces, and the pearls are made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen. The stamped text is also from Cuddly Buddly and the stars are from the bargain bucket at my local art store over in Kelly Bray. They have a craft demo day today, so that's where I'm at .. .. I have a list of Copic Ciaos to add to my collection and hopefully there will be some more bargains in the buckets!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Sweet Hello

I started this card ages ago .. .. but it got lost amidst the newer creations I've been working on recently. However, the sketch I used for the card layout is from the Create 4 Fun blog and there'll be a new challenge with them tomorrow, so I had better post this today.

The image is one of Eline's baby designs from Cuddly Buddly and my papers are from the pink Patchwork collection. For the circular elements on the sketch I've added rows of peals made with my white Waco pearl maker pen. The cute baby is coloured with Copics and I've embellished with sparkly green flowers from my stash with more pearls in the centres. It's just a simple little 4" square card but I added a piece of Martha Stewart punched lace at the edge to make it a little more interesting.

Cutie Sunday would like to see your favourite colour combination, well I love pink with anything, so here's pink and green together.

A couple of cuties

This little cutie is one of the special designs from Czes Pacehella over at Cuddly Buddly. Czes is creating something new every working day until British Summer Time starts on 27 March. This precious little pup was from a couple of days ago and is also available as a coloured decoupage sheet. I've coloured the digi image with my Copic pens, not many so here's the list:

warm greys W1, 3, 5 & 7 and a little R00 on his muzzle,
reds R24, 27, 29 & 59
and shadow in E40, 41 and 42.

I've used the sketch from the Sketch and Stash blog and sort of kept to the CAS style, but added a big daisy and some little pearl blobs made with my white Waco pearl pen. The blobs at the bottom are in lieu of the sentiment that I repositioned under the image.

My second cutie is from yesterday and introduces a new character to the Toby Tumbles range, this cute little squirrel digi is also available as a coloured decoupage sheet. I've coloured with my Copics, but kept layering the green shades until I was happy with the oak leaves. I've used YG21, 23, 25, 91 93, 95, & 97 then for the squirrel I've used E11, 13, 35, 39 and 08. For the branch and acorns I used E42, 44 & 47 plus the darker YG greens. The background is shaded with the warm greys, W1, 3 5 & 7 plus Magnolia Versamagic chalk ink sponged on afterwards. The background papers are digi downloads from Cuddly Buddly, and also the stamped text - but it's all looking a bit bright in the picture, in real life it's more olive green and cream. The Papertake Weekly challenge is called Trio Tastic, to have sets of 3 on your card. I have 3 layers and 3 flowers, plus 3 different types of embellishment - the flowers, die cut swirls and brown gems.

Now to go and see what Czes had created for us today .. ..

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Music and Dance

This week our theme at Cute Card Thursday is music, and I've added in the dance! And as it's also St Patrick's Day today, and there are so many green challenges about, I've chosen this little Irish dancer digi from Mo's new shop. She's coloured with my Copics plus a touch of Lace Stickles and I used the sketch from the Everybody Art challenge blog for the layout with lucky clover digi papers from Cuddly Buddly. The ribbon, lace, gems and bloom are from my stash and the little greeting is from a Cuddly Buddly circular stamp set.

Copic pens I used:
E000, 00, 21, RV11
YR31, 24, E35
G12, 14, 17
V000, 12, 15, 17
E50, 51, Y15

The other challenges I can enter with this little green creation are: Allsorts challenge for luck o' the Irish, Moving Along With The Times for good luck, Lollipop Crafts for lace, then Fab 'n' Funky, Creative Card Crew and For Fun challenges are all looking for green.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Rose's Bike Ride

Another little Wee stamp digi design for you today, this one is called Rose's Bike Ride and is available at Cuddly Buddly for just £1.89. My card is for my guest DT spot over on the Creative Inspirations blog where this week it's a sketch challenge. I've used papers from the Toby Tumbles Hearts & Flowers digi set and a piece of pink Coredinations cardstock that I've embossed with a Cuttlebug rose folder then sanded back. I've used Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to edge everything for that shabby chic feel. My image is coloured with Copics, and here's a close up for you:

So sorry I've no list of colours - I must tidy the desk! I've embellished with a layer of Martha Stewart lace, gross grain ribbon, pretty roses, punched ivy leaves, pearl snips and pearls made with my cream Waco pearl maker pen.

I'm also entering my card into the Totally Gorjuss blog challenge for pearls and lace, and the Creative Craft blog challenge also for lace (and it can be punched).

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Christmas list

It's another Wee stamp today! this one is actually called 'a letter for me' and isn't supposed to be a Christmas design, but for some reason that's what I kept seeing. I think the little lad is going over his Christmas wish list and kitty is standing by with the envelope to send it off to Santa! I've coloured with my Copic pens and made up the card using the sketch from the Fussy 'n' Fancy Friday challenge blog, but I moved the text onto the image as it fitted better, then put the flower embellishment where the text should be. The patterned paper is a digi design from Cuddly Buddly and I've used red card for matting and to punch out the poinsettia flowers with a Nellie's Choice punch and emboss set. The white layer behind the image is embossed with Swiss Dots folder, the fronds and the lace edge are both Martha Stewart punches and the white pearls are made with my Waco pearl maker pen.

I did make a note of the colours, but I've misplaced the bit of paper .. .. I think it's time to tidy the desk again! Moving Along With The Times and Incy Wincy are both looking for men/boys cards or projects so I'll enter my little boy's Christmas card with them, and Paper Sundaes are Keeping it Simple so perfect for them too.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Bath Time!

I'm back and with a new internet connection box so hopefully things will go a bit smoother from now on - just as well I scheduled my posts over the weekend as I couldn't get on line, consequently I've tons of catching up to do! Today I'm sharing one of Czes' Toby Tumbles designs for Cuddly Buddly - there'll be a new something every working day up until we start British Summer Time. This cute Toby Tumble bathtime digi image you colour in yourself, or you can buy the ready coloured set to cut out and create your own decoupage creation. I've made an easel card for the Charisma Cardz challenge, and as I've stuck to two main colours I can also enter the Creatalicious challenge for two tones - I think they mean two colours as that seems to be what their DT have done. My paper is from the duck egg Cottage digi collection matted with plain aqua card from my stash. I've coloured with Copics and here's a close up of the image:

Copics I used:
E50, 51, 53, 40, 41, 42, 43
R000, 11, 81, 83, E04
Y11, YR24
B0000, 000, 00, B52

I've also added Stardust Stickles around the edge of the image and all over the bubbles, quite a bit of bling going on with this one! I've embellished with sparkly flowers from my stash along with pretty pink gems, Marianne swirls, and a Martha Stewart punched edge mat for the text threaded with white organza ribbon. The text is from a Serendipity set in my stash, stamped in blue pearlescent Brilliance ink. Now I had better start a little blog hopping - and I suppose think about feeding the family!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Puff the Magic Dragon

Well that's what I've nicknamed this cute little dragon from Sylvia's Wee stamps digi collection available at Cuddly Buddly - he's actually called 'Autumn Happiness' but I've used a pretty blue and tan patterned paper and coloured him to match. When it came to colouring I used Copics, chalk inks and Polychromos pencils, as well as a clear glaze pen over the berries and his tiny little wings. I think you might see a bit better in the close up below .. .. ..

To colour little Puff I used Copics YG91, 93, 95, 00, 21, E40, 41, 42, R12, B52, B0000, 000, 00 and C3. To add shading I used white, dark blue and sky blue pencils as well as Sea Breeze Versamagic chalk ink. I'm happy with the darker shading but wish I hadn't put a layer of Copic blue around little Puff first - it was difficult to add the sky blue pencil on top without going dark to cover it up. Ah well, a lesson learnt for next time!

The Creative Card Crew challenge is for no flowers so here's my entry for them. The Anything Goes challenge is for die cuts - I've die cut the rectangular scallop nestie for my image mat and also used a Nellies Choice lacy die on the edge of my beige horizontal strip of patterned paper. This is another scheduled post as I'm recovering from the family visit yesterday!

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Sweet Blossom

I love the Wee stamps digi designs by Sylvia Zet that you can now get at Cuddly Buddly, this one is 'Sweet Blossom', so aptly named! I've coloured with my Copics and edged with Stardust Stickles, but the colours look a little washed out in my first picture, so I've tweaked a close up in the hope you can see them better.

Copic colours:
E000, 00, 21, 30, 31, 34
RV000, 00, 34
Y0000, 000, 00
G20, 21, B60, 63

The candy stripe paper is a digi design from my stash and I've simple added a Martha Stewart punched heart layer then matted the image with textured pink cardstock before fixing it to the card with 3d foam. The pretty silver heart button I found in a bargain box at my local art and craft shop and the little pale pink polka dot ribbon is a snip from my stash. I've embellished with Nellie's punch and emboss mini butterflies and a few punched flowers with AB gems to finish them off.

Paper Sundaes have been running a challenge for stripes this past week so I'm entering my card at the last minute! My Time To Craft's theme is for jewels and Fab 'n' Funky want you to make it girly. I've scheduled this card so hope it appears .. .. the family are coming to dinner today so I'll be busy in the kitchen, whatever you are doing, have a fun weekend and I'll catch up later.

PS - thanks to Lisa for letting me know I can enter the spring colours challenge over on the Ladybug Crafts Ink blog!

Friday, 11 March 2011

New Home

Today I have a cute little Toby Tumbles card to share with you - this is one of the daily designs that Czes is creating for Cuddly Buddly all this month. Sometimes it might be digi paper packs, or decoupage, or like here, a digi image. This one is also available as a pre coloured decoupage sheet.

The image is quite detailed, but I do love to colour in with my Copics - putting the card together is the difficult bit! I've used a busy patterned violet paper from Czes Floral Bouquet digi collection matted with purple cardstock from my stash. I die cut the image with a lables 1 Nestie and cut a strip of purple card with one of my Nellie's Choice dies, they come 2 in a pack for just £7.49 - a bargain! I've used the sketch from the Critter Sketch challenge blog and used the little punched 'holes' for the embellishments, together with purple satin ribbon. I stamped out a little circular home sentiment but it didn't look right so I've stuck it on the corner of the envelope - I might even print another piece of violet paper and line the envelope too - I can do posh, see!

Copic colours I used:
E50, 51, 53, 55, R00
E40, 41, 42, 44
YG91, 93, G12, 14, 17
YR07, 14, 15, 16
BV02, 04, 20, 23, B60, B000

The Lollipop Crafts blog challenge is for critters this week, I hope they like Toby Tumbles! My friend Linda reminded me that Just Tracy's Crafts have started up a challenge blog and the theme is for new beginnings. Just Tracy's is a craft shop over in Plymouth that I will have to try and find .. .. ..

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Happy Birthday CCT

Well I can hardly believe it - we are 3 years old! When Cute Card Thursday first started we were a group of friends who wanted somewhere to share our cute cards - and I'm happy to say we still are just that! So this week it just has to be a birthday theme, and Caz is offering an extra prize if you include a number 3 on your creation. We are being sponsored by Simon Says this week, stop by the CCT blog to find out all about it and to see the DTs fabulous birthday cards.

My card isn't exactly a birthday card .. .. but at the last minute it was all I had finished on my desk to share with you today. I've printed out this cute little chap from Sylvia's Wee Stamps collection over at Cuddly Buddly - and I've more new Wee creations in the pipe line to share over the coming days. I've coloured him in with my Copic pens and took inspiration for the shadow background from my friend Claudia's blog - I've been fortunate to know Claudia for more than 3 years and have always admired her colouring skills. My background papers are digi designs by Cuddly Buddly and I've added a strip of white paper punched with a Martha Stewart edger then added a length of gross grain ribbon around. I've combined two little text stamps to create the message, stamped with Orchid Brilliance Pearlescent ink, and I've inked the edges of the papers with Aspen Mist Versamagic chalk ink. The embellishments are created with Marianne die cut flowers, Martha Stewart punched leaves edged with Aspen Mist and Nellie Snellen punch and emboss butterflies from pearl paper. And the white pearls are made with my Waco pearl pen.

Copic colours:
E000, 00, 21, 02
E30, 31, 34, 35
E40, 41, 43
B91, 93, BG 91, 93, G20, 21
R81, 83, 85
C1, 3, 5

A couple other challenges I can enter with my card today are, Incy Wincy Designs for pastel colours and The ABC Challenge with P for pearls.