8 November 2013

SBS November challenge, Little Indian Betty and Pilgrim Corinne

Hello! Here are my November challenge cards for the SBS facebook fan page.

Little Indian Betty

and Pilgrim Corinne
I missed out on last months challenge because I was working away, so I had to purchase these 2 image from SBS in order to take part this month. Find the challenge here............
and the digis here..............
I absolutely adore these images, and even though we do not celebrate thanksgiving I simply had to have them!!
So starting with Little Indian Betty (she reminds me of Disney's Pocahontas), you had to use feathers for this particular challenge, so I coloured in some white feathers I purchased from Boyes, using promarkers (and a pink copic) to tie in with the colours I used in the digi stamp. I also used some white fringing, again from Boyes. The image is printed on Neenah Solar White card and matted on some DCWV mulberry paper to match the colour of the pattern in the backing paper. The backing paper is a Christmas paper (I think it was a free one with a magazine) and I finished the card off with some cosmic shimmer pearlescent pva (which lets you create your own pearls in whatever size you want depending on how much of the pva you squeeze out), and a little white ribbon bow in her hair. SIMPLES!!
Here is a close up of the coloured image
Now on to Pilgrim Corinne
She is coloured with Promarkers in an autumnal theme, as this was what was required by the challenge. (I have also entered her into  the current challenge on this promarker facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/groups/157608874367734/ run by Donna Jerrett) Again the image has been printed on to Neenah Solar White card, and matted on American Crafts Earth Tones card in dark brown. The card blank has been layered with a Core'dinations 6x6 embossed paper with a leaf pattern, and I have sanded it back to reveal the white core for a little interest. I have used a gorgeous ribbon with maple leaf pattern that I received in my SBS secret pumpkin swap from Corinne (who this stamp is named after and inspired the design). Embellishments used are some buttons from Hobby craft in colours to compliment the image, some more cosmic shimmer pearlescent pva and finally a rub on sentiment to finish it all off. Another simple, yet effective card, and here is a close up  of the coloured image.
Thanks again for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment.
Happy Thanksgiving for when it comes around!!
Bye for now xxx

31 October 2013

SBS secret pumpkin swap halloween blog hop

Boo! Happy Halloween!

So I took part in a Secret Pumpkin Swap where we were given the name of another person in the group, to buy crafting halloween goodies for. We didn't know who our partners were until we received out package! How exciting! my secret pumpkin was Corinne, and she sent me so many amazing things! Thank you sooooo much!! I love everything in the package, it is all amazing, and I have used bits from it already. I also received a fantastic card made by the very talented Corinne using Kitty Boo from SBS! I received loads of great ribbons and some awesome bright coloured twine which I absolutely LOVE! loads of SBS Halloween stamps, a We R Memory Keepers paper pack which is super! and some washi tape too!!

Thank you so much Corinne! I Love it all!

Here are the photos of my amazing goodies!!
sorry about the first one, I can't work out how to rotate it! :-(

Here is the complete list for the blog hop.  Have fun and if you get lost you can always start back at www.SimplyBettystamps.blogspot.com

Betty Roberts

BreAnn McFarland, Vanessa Bland, Barbara ( Barb ) Ettinger, Carmen Shannon, Lindsey Gehin, Terry Helin

Corinne Jones

Sheri Loatwall

Trish thedish Sakulich

Marie Franklin

Maggie Schoener

Robin Bogle

Ashley Murphy

Lisa Howell

Tanja Charles

Emily Shroom

Kay Mowat

Wendy Billings

Stacey Stratis

Katya Bess

Elisabete Balcavage

Jackie Maunder

Anita Blake

Rio Ford

Summer Hills-Painter

Jo Walker

 Heather Whitlock

Tanya Johnson

Dianna Sowerbrower

Sharette Smith

Melissa Varga

Kathy Gillon

Rochelle Ayris

 Roz Wolfe

I look forward to seeing what everyone else received! Happy Hauntings!! xx

10 October 2013

31st birthday card, using saturated canary's Princess Reading Beauty

Hello again! Sorry it's been so long, but I just don't get as much opportunity to craft as I'd like to when I'm working "on tour".

But I did manage to make this for my wonderful friend Jemma who turned 31 this month. Now unfortunately Jemma was poorly sick on her 30th so couldn't celebrate the way most people would want to celebrate the big THREE O, so this year we made up for it by having afternoon cream tea at Thornbury Castle. It was soooooooooooo posh, any tea you could think of, finger sandwiches, and cakes and scones galore!!! We all surprised Jemma by being there, so it was lovely to see her, and celebrate with her!

One more thing I found out that I won second prize in Kim at Justwordz.ca's big giveaway! I am soooo THRILLED to have won! I haven't received my package yet, because I'm not home now until November, so hopefully it will be waiting for me!! whoop whoop! If you don't know who Kim is, she is a wonderful lady from Canada, who uses letraset promarkers, and she is kind enough to post video tutorials of the images she uses! You absolutely MUST check her out. http://www.youtube.com/user/kimbob271?feature=g-high-u 

Anyway, enough about cake and competitions! This is another 8x8 card using Saturated Canary's Princess Reading Beauty, which can be found here


Yet another gorgeous image by the wonderful Krista Smith!

The digi is printed onto Neenah Solar white card stock and coloured with promarkers. (still working out colour combos. I forget to write down which colours ive used each time I colour something in!! Naughty Rochelle! *slaps back of hand)

Continuing on, I layered the card black with a generic turquoise polka dot paper (from a paper pad magazine type thing I bought from WHSmith for £9.99)

The little pink arrow and the green 31 is made of DCWV cardstock, as too is the pink mat behind the digi image.

The twine around the side edge of the card base is American Crafts (from TK Maxx), and the little butterfly charm is the same as I used on the previous card, from Dunelm Mill, but this one is turquoise.

The stars along the right hand edge, are cut from the same paper pack as the turquoise spotty background paper, and I just matted them onto some white card to make them stand out a little bit more.

The pink bracket at the side of the image is just a sticker I got in a kit years ago from Create and Craft (something about birds, and Sara Davies was selling it).

Jemma's name on the pink arrow are alphabet rub ons and the celebrate celebrate celebrate is also a rub on (I think a 7 gypsies one, if that is even a brand)

And finally to finish off the card, I added some stick on gems to the arrow, some stick on pearls to the edge of the image, and 3 super cute buttons to tie in with the colour scheme.

Hope you like it as much as the recipient did!

Bye for now.

Rochelle xx

20 September 2013

Birthday card with Krista Smith's Saturated Canary Ava


what better thing to do on a Friday than CRAFT! yey!

So here we have an 8x8 birthday card, featuring Saturated Canary image; Ava, which can be found here


slowly but surely I feel my promarker colouring is improving (feel free to tell me different if you disagree) I tried out some new colours for me with the promarkers, because I had recently purchased a selection of buttons from Hobbycraft (as seen on the bottom right of the card) with a gorgeous colour palate that I couldn't say no to.

so down to business.......... I covered the card in a DCWV homespun textured paper (a theme appearing in my posts, that I use a lot of dcwv papers!) the pink "happy birthday" paper is also from a DCWV stack, and the orange floral is again from the Homespun stack.

I'm afraid that I don't remember who the paper was by that the brown "months" topper came from, but it is cut from a 12x12 sheet, and has an orange K&Co smash tag to indicate the month October, as that's when the birthday is.

"special sister" is created from alphabet rub ons, and is on bazzill basics brown cardstock.

I have also used some little white rub on flowers to add some interest to the background paper, and I have used stick on gems in the centres of those flowers.

And to finish the card I used some American Crafts twine behind the image as if it were attached to the balloon, and also some of the same twine tied in a bow around the side of the card with a tiny little orange epoxy butterfly charm. Very cute! (not sure who they are by, but I managed to get a pack of 10 different little butterfly charms for 62p from Dunelm! 62p! what a bargain!!

Now here is a close up of the Saturated Canary image that I am rather proud of.

Thanks for stopping by! Have fun and i'll see you all soon! HAPPY CRAFTING! xx

5 September 2013

A couple of posts in one, cos I haven't blogged for a while!

Well Hello again everybody!

it's been far too long since I last blogged so I thought i'd better get posting, so with a bit of luck I should be posting a few different things I have been working on.

Firstly the above image is for a Simply Betty Stamps challenge, using an awesome digi called "Mercedes" the witch. find the challenge below


Now in the UK we don't really send cards etc at Halloween, but I just love Betty's stamps I literally have hundreds of her digis and over 50 rubber stamps, (they are THAT good) so I just HAD to have this one to add to my collection!

Now I have coloured her using promarkers, and was inspired by Elphaba from the musical "Wicked" (musical theatre is another passion of mine alongside crafting)

She is backed on papermania capsule collection paper; the card is covered in DCWV street lace patterned matstack, with more DCWV patterned and plain cardstock; the ribbon along the bottom is a Berisford ribbon (I think) bought from my local Boyes store; the spider web and spider is a sticky backed felt embellishment purchased from Hobbycraft, I found the "trick or treat" rub on in the Range and I finally finished of the card with 3 super cute buttons in orange purple and green to tie in with the colours used on the image.

here is a close up of the image, as I was quite proud of my colouring (like I said on my last post, I am still getting to grips with blending and colour combos)

 And that is the end of the Mercedes challenge, with about 7 days to spare, just need to link her to the challenge blog now.

so moving on to another project I have recently made, a paper cut! A new craft for me, but I absolutely love it! Hand cutting a design from a single sheet of paper.

this was made as a wedding gift! I love it! its so personal and beautiful at the same time. fiddly to do, and rather time consuming, but the results are great! here is a pic of what I am talking about

So here it is, in case you had absolutely no idea what I was babbling on about! (which wouldn't be a first)

the design was designed on my computer on a program called inkscape (I am not good with computers!) you can also hand draw images, or I guess if you are ridiculously good, just go for it without following a design. Now you must remember to flip the image before printing it out on the the back of the paper otherwise you cant read it when you turn it round the right way. (yes I am speaking from experience!!lol)

I created this on Cadbury purple paper to tie in with the bride and groom's colour theme (to add that extra personal touch) the hearts are backed with a purple glitter paper (extremely fiddly to glue into place), and the whole design is backed onto white glitter paper, then mounted into this gorgeous heart frame, and finally a little plaque added to the frame!

I love crafting!!!

so I think that's all for today, although I should have some more for you soon, if I can craft on my days off from rehearsing my next show!

thanks again for stopping by!

Take care and see you soon x

18 August 2013

1st Birthday Girl - Redonkadoodles Image

Well hello again everybody. It's been a couple of weeks since I last blogged because I've been busy working away (I sing in a one woman show that tours Care Homes across the length and breadth of the UK) and have finally returned home for a couple of weeks, so can get some crafting done!! Hooray!

So for this 1st birthday card I have used the Redonkadoodles Baby Serina digi stamp. The image can be found here

I absolutely love this image!! It is so so so cute, and lovely to colour, and I was lucky enough to get her at 50% off!!! BARGAIN!

I have used Promarkers to colour in the image Ii am still trying to find good colour combinations and generally get better at colouring. Still a way to go)

This card was put together very quickly as it was a last minute request, so I didn't have time to use as many different papers, embellishments and techniques as I normally like to use, but I'm still pleased with the overall result.

So very simply, I have used a 6x6 patterned paper to cover my card blank, that coordinated with the colours I used in my image. (I cant remember what brand the paper is, but I think it was a freebie with a magazine I subscribe to).

The image is backed on Papermania premium textured cardstock in a lovely purple to match the Promarker colours, and then set against a contrasting DCWV pink cardstock to make the image pop. I free handed the number 1, and added a couple of Papermania stick on glittery star gems to tie in with the colours.

I used some alphabet rub ons to write the "TODAY" and backed that onto more Papermania premium textured cardstock, and finally finished with a Trimits flower craft button in purple. Quick and Easy.

Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to leave a comment.

See you soon xxx

30 July 2013

Christening Card - using Lili of the Valley Stamp

Well Hello again, and thanks for dropping by.

I had some very positive comments on my first post, and hopefully I have sorted out any problems and issues raised. if not, please do comment and help me out.

So this is a Christening card made for my boyfriends Goddaughter (our niece).

it is a 6x6 twisted easel card featuring a Lili of the Valley rubber stamp, coloured with Promarkers and backed using ek success scissor circle (and AMAZING tool) on create and craft satin card and then a cute doily.

I have then used some DCWV girl power backing paper and more create and craft satin card.

I used organza ribbon around the middle, more create and craft satin card for the bunting, and American Crafts twine to hang the bunting from.

I embellished the bunting with micro buttons, and added a couple of little purple buttons on the bottom right hand edge

Finally I used wrapping paper to line the bottom of the card, and finished it off by adding 3 coordinating paper flowers/buds to make the card stand up.

Well that's all for now folks.

Thanks again for popping by

Rochelle xxxx

27 July 2013

My very first blog post, using SBS Roxie mermaid

Well hello there!

This is my very first blog so please excuse any faults. I literally have no idea what im doing, so any help or advice would be appreciated.

So here is an 8x8 twisted easel card I made for the Simply Betty Stamps July Challenge, Good versus Evil. I chose to use Roxie the good mermaid, because she's beautiful with her flowing hair, and her cute little seahorse pal! I love to use SBS stamps because they're so fun, and easy to work with.

find the challenge here

I used Promarkers to colour the image, and enhanced the bubbles by using some rangers glossy accents (which I LOVE) I matted and layered my image onto some dcwv card that complimented the colours I'd used in the image itself.

I made the shell from Hunkydory adorable scorable card and also the wave card is from Hunkydory. The paper used on the bottom of the card is from the First Edition Paper pad "New Bloom", and for added embellishment I used some corrugated paper strips from The Range to make the bow along the bottom; some yellow sticky back pearls; some purple papermania sticky back star gems; some purple organza ribbon; some gold rub ons for the sentiment and a little glittery foam fish (also from The Range)

Finally to give the card some movement I added a strip of acetate with a Hunkydory seahorse dangling from it.

Cute eh!

You can find the digi here http://simplybstamps.net/item_2267/Roxie-the-Good-Mermaid-Digi.htm

Well thank you for stopping by, and please feel free to add a comment below. Thanks peeps.

Rochelle xxx