Saturday, 20 May 2017

To bee or not to bee...

Hello everyone!

I'm here today as part of a super fun blog hop in honour of the beautiful bee! We want to support bees and to raise public awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products. 20 May is declared World Bee Day by the United Nations (UN) and the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association has just been started to further support bees.

This hop has been arranged by my lovely blogging friend

We are celebrating everything bee-ish!

Milka has managed to find some fab sponsors for our hop and there are lots of prizes!

Here are some of the fab prizes you could win...

Crafty Sentiments Designs; 3 digital images of winner's choice 
Create a Smile; 25€ Gift Certificate to the store 
Gerda Steiner$15 Gift Certificate to the store
Happy Little Stampers; $20 Gift Certificate to the store
Jane's Doodles; 3 (in stock) stamp sets of winner's choice
Kitty Bee Designs; 1 digi of winner's choice
Lawn Fawn; $20 Gift Certificate to the store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps; $10 Gift Certificate to the store
Me! 6x6 Paper Pad
Milka; Jane's Doodle Daisies Stamp Set
Paper Smooches; Bee Mine Stamp Set
Sasayaki Glitter; 1 digi of winner's choice
STAMPlorations; $20 Gift Certificate to the store
Uniko; Clear (in stock) Stamp Set of winner's choice

14 prizes will be given away to 14 winners. For your chance to win, all you have to do is hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop. You can enter the giveaway until Saturday, 27 May (12 AM, CEST +2 UTC). Milka will announce winners on her blog on Wednesday, 31 May. Winners have to confirm prizes in a week. Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn.

I couldn't resist these gorgeous HoneyBear Stuffies by Stamping Bella...
This is a wonderful image!  There are bees, bears, honey, and a Winnie the Pooh sentiment!

You can say aaaahhhhh! <3 
Now, this is the important bit!

Here is the blog hop order, if you have come to see me first you need to go all the way around the list of blogs until you are back with me!

There are some fabulous designers taking part so pull up a chair, grab a coffee and start hopping!

There's a real buzz about this don't you think! (-;

Sue Hastead (That's me so you are now here)!
HoneyBear Stuffies by Stamping Bella (from Dies To Die For)
Make It Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black
Tonic Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle Layering Dies 
Victoria Park 6x6 Paper Pad by Lillybee Designs (from Dies To Die For)
Whimsy Stamps Honeycomb Die (from Dies To Die For)
Collall All Purpose Glue

Copic Markers
Bears E30, E31, E34, E35, E37, R01, R02
Honeycomb Y23, YR23
Honey Pot B21, B23, B45
Branch and leaves, E44, E79, YG13, YG25, G94
Background BG10, BG70
Thank you for popping by.
Happy crafting and happy hopping!

love from

Monday, 15 May 2017

Sparkle and shine with Copic Glitter Pens...

Hello everyone!

I'm here today to tell you something about Copic Glitter Pens and show you an image that they help to colour beautifully!

If you love sparkly shiny things then these gorgeous pens are just for you!
Copic Glitter Pens are available in 24 colours which are sold in two sets of 12 pens. 

The pigment-based archival ink is transparent and can be used over other pens and the beautiful subtle glittery effect is produced by micro glass flakes which really reflect the light. 

The important thing to remember about Copic Glitter Pens is that they must be stored lying down otherwise the teeny tiny glass flakes will sink to one end of the pen and clog the nib. This is different of course to Copic Markers which can be stored anyway up.

I absolutely love these pens.  The nib is really fine which makes them perfect for colouring the tiny details some images have.

I have put together a tutorial where I have used the glitter pens to colour a lovely image by Stamping Bella - Giftabella.
I stamped the image on Make it Colour Blending Card with black Memento Ink and selected my Copic colours.  You can see that Giftabella has an armful of presents with some fine details which are perfect for colouring with Copic Spica.
I coloured the image with Copics and left the tiny details until the end to colour with Copic Glitter Pens.  I chose five glitter pens to go with the Copics I have used - Lipstick, Turquoise, Orange, Pink and Clear.  (The clear pen is my favourite because you can use it over the top of any colour).
I carefully coloured the fine details of the image with a Copic Glitter Pen.
...and I coloured over some of the Copic colours with the clear Spica pen.
This is the image when I had finished colouring it and adding the lovely glittery details with the Copic pens.

I had great fun making this card and here is the finished design.
and this picture shows how sparkly the Copic Spica Pens are and just how they can make an image shimmer and shine!
I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  It would be great if you could try this technique and show your cards to us at Copic Marker Europe on Facebook.
To find us just follow the link

Copic Markers - 
Skin V20, E00, E000, E0000
Skirt & Shoes BV08, B69, B66, BV13, B63, B60
Gifts BG09, BG49, BG45, BG15, R59, R56, R45, R14, RV66, RV17, RV55, YR09, YR07, YR04, YR14, Y38, Y35, Y32
Ground W5, W3, W1
Copic Spica Glitter Pens -
Lipstick, Turquoise, Pink, Orange, Clear
Other Ingredients
Giftabella by Stamping Bella
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Memento Ink Pad in Black
MFT 6x6 Paper Pad Dots and Stripes Brights 
Lawn Fawn Stitched Oval Stackables
Whimsy Hand Stitched Rectangle
MFT Stitched Labels
(all from Dies To Die For)
Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring!
love from

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Chrysanthemum Collage...

Happy Sunday lovely friends...
I'm whizzing by today with a gorgeous card made with a beautiful Memory Box die from 

This card is one of a set I made for our Tracy for Die Cutting Essentials magazine.

The card design is something a bit different for me and I really loved making it!

Here is a little tutorial for you which describes how I made the blended background and put the card design together.

 1. Create a 14.5cm x 17cm card blank with the fold at the side.  Create a panel of purple card the same size, fix it to the card blank and set aside.  Cut a strip of polka dot card x 16cm, and a piece of white hammer card measuring 12cm x 16cm, set aside

2. On a piece of white card measuring 10cm x 14cm blend the Tim Holtz Distress Inks in an ombre effect light to dark, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. Set aside.

3. With the Chrysanthemum Collage die cut the panel of white hammer card set aside earlier.  Fix this card panel on top of the ombre effect card.  Using Onyx Black ink stamp the sentiment in the bottom right hand corner of this panel as shown.  Set aside.

4. Fix the strip of polka dot card and the card design to the front of the card blank set aside earlier as shown.
White card
Hammered white card
Polka Dot Card 
Purple Cardstock 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad in Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves
Versafine ink pad in onyx black

Collall All Purpose Glue
Thank you for popping by.
Happy Crafting

love from

Don't forget to pop straight to the Dies To Die For inspiration blog to look at the lovely DT creations there, and then straight to Dies To Die For for some essential retail therapy!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Wanna hang out?...

Happy Sunday everyone,
While you read this I will be at Sincerely Yours at Newark with our Tracy and Faye!

Here is my card for 
fabulous new Card Challenge! 

There are some gorgeous prizes available for the lucky winners and all the details can be found
I could nt resist sweet Wryn - My Happy Thought
I have coloured Wryn with Copics, cut her out and set her on a card design created with oodles of gorgeous goodies from The Ribbon Girl
...and here we are, gorgeous Wryn asking if you wanna hang out?
Ingredients from The Ribbon Girl

Other Ingredients
Copic Markers
Wryn - My Happy Thought Digi Stamp by Tiddly Inks
Mama Elephant Framed Tags from Dies To Die For
Cut Small Butterfly Punch
Sentiment from Stamping Bella's Upside Down Squidgie
Archival Ink in Cobalt Blue
Collall All Purpose Glue
Pinflair Glue Gel
Inks Used
Copics - 
Skin E71, E21, E00, E50
Hair B21, C5, C7, C9
Clothes BG45, BG15, BG11, B37, B34, B32
Thank you for visiting,
happy crafting!

...and remember to pop straight to
The Ribbon Girl
to look at the wonderful DT inspiration and join in the fun
and then straight to 
The Ribbon Girl Store
for some essential retail therapy!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Never wake a sleeping dragon...

Happy May Day lovely friends!

It's official!  The months are just going by too quickly and here I am again with a new card for 

Our theme this time is 'Fantasy Creatures'
This is a great theme, there is so much inspiration... fairies, dragons, mermaids, sons (and husbands)! that put their clothes in the laundry basket!  I was also going to say unicorns but they're real...right?

I went with dragons and made a card with a gorgeous digi I found recently by Andrea at
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes - Marker Geek
Copic Markers
Inks Used
Copics - 
Morpeus Dragon, R59, R89, R83, R81, RV11, W1 Copic Spica Clear Glitter Pen
Flower, V25, BV11, BV00, BV000, W3, W1, W0
Stem, G21, YG11, W1
Background B01, B00, B000, White Uni-ball Gel Pen
Thank you for visiting...

Happy Crafting...

Don't forget to pop to Squirrel's Not So Random Challenge to look at the gorgeous cards by the other nutty acorns and join in the fun!


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