Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Exciting News

Good Evening...

I want to start this post by saying an enormous thank you to my lovely family, friends and new crafting pals (you know who you are!), who so far have helped, supported and followed me since I set off on my 'adventures in blogland' in February.

This is just a quick update to let you all know that I have been chosen to be part of 
a Design Collective, a team of 30 crafty ladies set up by Lili of the Valley to showcase their gorgeous products.

This is really exciting news and I am over the moon and very proud to be part of the team.

I am so looking forward to sharing some LOTV loveliness with you soon...


Love from Sue...xxx
Very Happy Crafting...xxx



Monday, 30 March 2015

Easter Sweeties...

Good Morning...
Easter sweeties...aren't they just!  I absolutely love this stamp from Lili of the Valley and if I had to choose only one of these little chicks to take home it would be the little mischief maker who is after the worm!  Totally adorable!

I stamped this image with Memento Ink on Make It Colour Blending Cardstock.  I coloured it with a selection of my lightest coloured Copics and for the first time filled in the whole background!  That was a wobbly experience...time spent carefully colouring and then I go and 'scribble' around it! 

I thought I would have another go at making a rocker card.  There's something about that layout that really suits an image where the little cuties are on the move.

I used Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities circles to die cut the base of the rocker card and a Xcut ovals die for the image and the top layers.  I tried to position the ovals to make the top look vaguely 'egg' shaped.  

I used plain cardstock from Papermania and embossed the cream layer with dots.  The flowery paper is from Maya Road Vintage Spring Basics.

Finally, I embellished the image with some teeny tiny roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and twine and a heart button from The Ribbon Girl.

Here we are...
Easter Sweeties on an Easter Parade...scrumptious enough to eat!


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
Cute Card Thursday - Easter
That Craft Place - Easter/Spring
A Gem Of A Challenge - Anything But Square
Papercraft Weekly - A Cut Above
Deep Ocean Challenge - Easter/Spring
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring Colours


Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Easter Sweeties
Make It Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Copic Markers
Liquid Pearls - Buttercup
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Dies - Circles
Xcut Dies - Ovals
Crafts Too A4 Embossing Folder - Dots
Papermania Cardstock
Paper from Maya Road Vintage Spring Basics Collection
10mm Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Natural Twine and Wooden Heart Button From The Ribbon Girl
Collall All Purpose Glue

Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Copic Markers - Y000, Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y19
B0000, B00, B02, BG10, BG11, BG13, BV0000, BV00, BV01,
RV10, R20, R23, E70, E71, YG91, YG93, YG63, W0, W1.

Prismacolor Pencils - PC1004, PC1005, PC1097


Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Ahoy There...

Good Morning...


What better way to spend a wet and blustery Sunday than making and blogging!  It is currently so wet in Beckford that we could very well soon be in need of a lighthouse like the one on today's card!

I went on a bit of a 'pencil' flight of fancy when I made today's card; I remained totally sensible with my choice of gorgeous Tiddly Inks Digi - Light My Life; 
I had already decided to go CAS and then... 
I used my Prismacolor pencils in earnest for the first time ever...dreamland or what!  I decided to go for it and use the same colouring method I use with copics, colouring dark to light and respecting the shade... (hopefully)

Anyway, I have to say a big thank you to Jen Nelson at The Tiny Blue Butterfly for being so inspirational.  I saw some colouring Jen had done with Prisma's and really fell in love with it. 

So, today's card is a Tiddly Inks digital image - Light my Life, printed direct to the card and recklessly coloured in with Prismacolor pencils.  I finished off with two strips of card from the Carte bella 'Ahoy There' range and some red and white bakers twine with a sailing ship charm.

so 'me hearties', today's card, here we have it...


I would like to enter this card for the following challenge - 
Tiddly Inks - All About The Boys


Ingredients
Tiddly Inks Digital Stamp - Light My Life
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Prismacolor Pencils
Paper by Carte Bella 'Ahoy There' Range From Pink Tulip Creations
Bakers Twine from Live and Love Crafts
Sailing Ship Charm from my trinket box


Prismacolor Pencils Used - 
Reds PC923, PC924, Yellows PC916, PC917,
Blues PC1023, PC1086, PC1087, PC1088
Green PC999, PC1085, Browns PC941, PC1082, PC1083, PC1099
Greys PC1059, PC1067, White PC938, Black PC935
and Blending Stumps.

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Happy Days...

Good Morning...

Really pleased to report that there is happy news here at the tanglemouse house!

This is my first blog post as a member of the Design Team at Creative Inspirations - I am over the moon to be asked by Natalie to join in and really looking forward to it.

This weeks challenge at Creative Inspirations is Feathered Friends/Animals.  This is such a fun challenge for the week before Easter and a great time to let creativity go into overdrive!  The prize for the lucky winner is a £20 gift voucher from Hey Little Magpie

On we go then - my DT card for this week's challenge -

I used a lovely Lili of the Valley Stamp - 'Armfuls of Daisies', I really like the expression on this little rabbit's face as he resolutely marches on to deliver the flowers, scattering a few on the way!  I thought this image was perfect for a rocker card, which is something I have never made before- first time for everything!  (On reflection, I would probably make the 'rocking' part a bit larger next time though).

I used Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Dies to cut the elements of my rocker card which is all circles.

I coloured the image with Copics and used papers by Lili of the Valley from the Up, Up and Away Pastel Dreams range to mount the image and create layers.

I die cut some floral sprays and a ribbon from the papers and finally I added flowers from The Ribbon Girl along with some adhesive gems by Papermania

...and here we are...my first DT card...armfuls of daisies...everywhere!



I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
Papertake Weekly - A Cut Above
Deep Ocean Challenge - Easter/Spring
In The Pink - Lots of Layers


Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Armfuls of Daisies
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Papers by Nit Wit from the Lili of the Valley Up, Up and Away Pastel Dreams Range
Cardstock by Papermania
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Dies - Circles and Scalloped Circles
Wild Rose Studio Flower Vine Die
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Classic Itty Bitty Bows Die
Paper Flowers From The Ribbon Girl
Shimmer Domes and Adhesive Gems by Papermania
Collall All Purpose Glue



Inks Used
Memento Dew Drop Ink Pad in Expresso Truffle
Copic Markers - E40, E42, E43, E44
R81, R83, R85, G63, Y35

Thank you for visiting...
Happy crafting...
From Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Pink is not just a colour...

Good afternoon...

Pink is not just a colour, it's an attitude...apparently and according to Miley Cyrus!  Well,  they do say you learn something new everyday!

Today's card is made with a lovely Sugar Nellie rubber stamp - 'Fifi Goes Shopping'.
I have coloured her with copics and gone for a more simple layout using die cut card.  I added the sentiment myself using Kristen ITC font in dark grey.

The die cuts are mounted on a 6 x 6 inch card blank by Craft UK - I coloured the edge of the card which peeks out with a copic marker

Finally, I added some pink baker's twine and a heart charm from the The Ribbon Girl and some pink shimmer domes by Papermania.

Here we are then - Fifi, in pink...


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
In The Pink - Lots of Layers
The Sugar Bowl - Sugar Nellie 'anything goes'
Inky Chicks - Movie Star (Elle Woods - Legally Blonde)
A Gem of a Challenge - Pretty in Pink


Ingredients
Sugar Nellie Rubber Stamp - Fifi goes Shopping
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Memento Ink Pad
Pink and White Cardstock by Papermania
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Labels One
Bakers Twine and Heart Charm from The Ribbon Girl
Pink Shimmer Domes by Papermania
Kristen ITC Font
Collall All Purpose Glue


Inks Used
Memento Black
Copics - E000, E00, E11, R20, E50, E53, 
R81, R83, R85, R89, E70, E71, E74,
C0, C1, C3, W0, W1
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Spring has Sprung...

Good Afternoon...

....and what a super one it is for the first day of spring!

I could n't resist making this card, everything about it just seemed to match 'today'.

I have used a lovely Lili of the Valley Stamp 'spring bunny with daffs' which I have coloured with copics.  I really tried to go for a clean and springlike look to match the lovely weather so I resisted the temptation to add lots of layers and embellishments.  (That took a bit of chocolate I can tell you)!

I used a single piece of core'dinations whitewash collection card stock which I embossed with clouds and rubbed down with a sanding tool.  I mounted the coloured image on the card and added a piece of green saddlestitch ribbon from my 'collection'.

Finally I added a pretty green blossom from The Ribbon Girl and some flower buttons and embellishments from my trinket box.

Here we are - a 'sprung' spring bunny...


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges -
The Ribbon Girl - Going Green
Papertake Weekly - Happy....Anything
Cute Card Thursday - Spring Fever
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring Colours
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Lions and Lambs
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Spring Pinterest Inspiration


Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Spring Bunny with Daffs
Copic Markers
Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock from The Whitewash Collection
Die'sire Embossalicious Embossing Folder - Clouds
Ribbon and flower buttons from my trinket box
Green Resin Flower by Papermania
Green Flower - Pastel Mixed Pretty Blooms from The Ribbon Girl
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Tim Holtz Paper Sanding Tool


Inks Used - Memento Black
Copic Markers - E40, E41, E42, E43, R000, R00
YG63, YG91, YG93, Y15, Y38, BG000

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...xxx

(PS - an update for last time's passers by; my son, Als passed his driving test)!

Please leave me a message if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Walking on the beaches...

Good morning...

Happy Monday, I hope everyone has recovered from yesterday's Mum's day excitement.  I am up and at 'em early today as my youngest son Als, has his driving test later and I am definitely more nervous than he is.

Today's card is made with a lovely Tiddly Inks digital image - Bathing Beauty.  

I am a total fan of Tiddly Inks.  (In fact in general I love digi's because there are so many ways to work with them and storage is a doddle which means there is more room left in my cluttered craft space for lots of other goodies)!  

Tiddly Inks digi's are so lovely to craft with.
 I have such a soft spot for them and am quite overwhelmed that I have featured as a winner, and also in the Fabby Friday top three on Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog in my first month of blogging!  I am very certain it is beginner's luck!

Anyway, back to Bathing Beauty.  I have coloured her in with copics and then used card and papers from Graphic 45 'By The Sea' to mat and layer her up.  

I then very lightly distressed the edge of the image with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.  (I still find that a bit scary, it is quite a difficult technique for me but practice as they say makes perfect)

Finally, I have used twine, charms and cheesecloth from The Ribbon Girl, along with buttons, dots and pearls from my trinket box as embellishments.  
And here we are - Bathing Beauty, I can hear the waves and smell the sea already!


I would like to enter this card for the following challenge - 
Tiddly Inks  - Charming
As You Like It - Favourite Type of Stamp 
Deep Ocean Challenge - Vintage
That Craft Place - Add a Charm


Ingredients
Tiddly Inks Digi Stamp - Bathing Beauty
Papers From Graphic 45 - By The Sea
Brown Cardstock by Papermania 
Copic Markers
Twine, Cheesecloth and Seahorse Charm from The Ribbon Girl
Anchor Charm from Pink Tulip Creations
Adhesive Shimmer Domes by Papermania
Wooden Button from Live and Love Crafts
Star Button by Lynette Anderson
Other embellishments from my own trinket box
Collall All Purpose Glue
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool


Inks Used
Copic Markers - E0000, E00, E02, C1, C3, C5, C7,
R20, R000, R02, R05, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, 
B0000, B000
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Tea Dye

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...xxx



Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day...

Thinking today of Mothers, Mother's who are no longer with us here, Mothers who have lost children, women who can't become Mothers or who are trying to become Mothers, Step-Mothers and all Mother figures...a little something from me to wish us all a very special Mother's Day...xxx



(Made with a very lovely image from a Lili of the Valley Taster Pack Art Pad - Beautiful Blooms and LOTV papers, embellished with flowers, pearl trim, cheesecloth and lace from The Ribbon Girl)...

Happy Mother's Day and, of course...
Happy Crafting...xxx

Friday, 13 March 2015

A Pirate King...

Good Morning...

I don't usually post two days running but this little chap deserves an outing!  I really love these Pink Gem Digi's.  They are so lovely to colour and I love the end result which I think just seems to suit the way I colour...

Today's card is made with a Digi Stamp by Pink Gem Designs - 'Pirate Andy'.  I have coloured him with copics then layered him up with Carte Bella Papers from the 'Ahoy There' series.

Finally I added some Bakers Twine from Live and Love Crafts and a little anchor charm from Pink Tulip Creations.

He has made me smile, and on the run up to Mother's day made me think about my own boys (well blokes now really)...They make me smile, particularly when they ask if they can to choose a card from one of those I have made to give me on Sunday!  It definitely is the thought that counts and as I always say...'I didn't have them not to love them"!

Say hello to 'Pirate Andy', his little four legged companion and of course, his parrot...xxx


I would like to enter this card for the following challenge - 
A Gem of a Challenge - Clean and Simple


Ingredients
Pirate Andy Digi Stamp by Pink Gem Designs
Make it Colour Blending Card from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Carte Bella Papers from 'Ahoy There' Range
Spellbinders Card Creator 6 x 6 Square Matting Basics Set B
Red and White Bakers Twine from Live and Love Crafts
Anchor Charm from Pink Tulip Creations
Collall All Purpose Glue


Inks Used
Copic Markers - E0000, E00, E01, R11, E31, E33, E35,
E41, E42, E43, E44, R000, R02, R05, B93, B95, B97, YR00, YR01, YR02, 
YG91, YG93, YG95, YG01, YG03, Y35

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...xxx


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Strolling Along...

Good afternoon...

I just love this Lili of the Valley stamp - Emma - Walkies - such a picture of glamour as she strolls along with her two faithful friends.  I, of course look nothing like that when I walk our pair!  I look more like I have been pulled through a hedge backwards, which is something my lovely girls easily help me achieve!

Todays card, is then, of course, the adorable Emma - Walkies by Lili of the Valley.  I have coloured her with Copics after stamping her with my new discovery, Expresso Truffle coloured Memento Ink. 

I have layered the image up with papers from LOTV Taster Packs - Always and Forever Solids and Country Meadow.

I have punched out some little flowers from the same papers and used those, along with some embellishments from my trinket box to decorate the card.

Finally....(scary bit)! - I used a fine liner to add faux stitching along the outside of the papers to match the die cuts.

Emma - so delightfully pink and girlie! Don't you just want to smile?


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes + Option of a Sketch
In the Pink - For a Special Lady
Papertake Weekly - Mum's the Word
Inky Chicks - Flowers


Ingredients
'Emma' - Walkies Stamp by Lili of the Valley
Expresso Truffle Memento Ink
Copic Markers
Papers from LOTV Taster Packs- Always and Forever Solids and Country Meadow
Spellbinders Borderabilities Scalloped Edge Dies
Die namics Stitched Squares Dies
Xcut Teeny Tiny Petal Punch
Hobby Craft Small Blossom Punch
Bakers Twine and Flower Charm from The Ribbon Girl
Resin Flower and Heart Button from my trinket box
Adhesive Gems by The Hobby House
Collall All Purpose Glue


Inks Used
Expresso Truffle Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers - E000, E00, E01, R000, R00, R20, 
BG0000, BG000, BG01, E41, E42, E44, G21, W0, W1
Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, Black, XS

Thank you for visiting...
Happy crafting...xxx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Tea for Two or A Day At The Races

Good afternoon...

A day at the races has nothing at all to do with today's card but everything to do with the first day of The Cheltenham Festival which is happening about 15 minutes away from my house!  Boy do we love this week - as long as we don't need to drive anywhere!  

On to today's card...
I have used one of the new Stamping Bella 'Woodsies Collection' stamps - 'Maisy and Madeleine have some tea'.  I was so excited when this stamp arrived from Quixotic Paperie on Saturday, I knew it would n't be long before it was on a card!

I have coloured this adorable duo with copic markers and gone for a more clean and simple card using some papers from my stash.  These have been die cut for the border and punched into teeny tiny flowers.  I have used twine and a wooden button from The Ribbon Girl and have decorated the flowers with some silver stickles.  Finally, I have used sentiment tags from lovely Lili of the Valley.

here we are... Maisy and Madeleine....xxx



I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - Birthday Themed Any Image
Cute Card Thursday  - Die Cuts and Punches
Papertake Weekly - Mum's the Word
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring Colours
That Craft Place - Mother's Day/Anything Goes


Ingredients
Stamping Bella Rubber Stamp - 'Maisie and Madeleine Have Some Tea'
Make it Colour Blending Card from Quixotic Paperie
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Spellbinders Borderabilities - Scalloped Borders 2
xcut Tiny 6 Petal Flower Punch
Twine and Wooden Heart Button From The Ribbon Girl
Silver Stickles
Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags - Set 24
Archival Ink Pad
Card From My Stash by Bebunni and Papermania


Inks Used
Expresso Truffle Memento Ink Pad
Watering Can Archival Ink Pad
Copic Markers - E000, E00, E01, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44,
BG70, BG72, BG78, BV000, BV000, BV00, G21, G82, W1

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...xxx

Saturday, 7 March 2015

A Vintage Affair...

Good Evening...

'A Vintage Affair'...that sounds like the title of a Midsomer Murder plot to me! 

You'll be relieved to hear that there will be no murders here!  I chose the title today to reflect the fact that I carefully searched my trinket box to make this card.  I am very lucky to live near to the venue for the annual Cotswold Vintage Fair, and over the years have bought some lovely old bits and pieces, perfect for twiddling with and adding to my cards.  This card has an old piece of vintage lace, a vintage pearl button and vintage flower charm attached.   

Todays card is cut out using a template stencil from Dutch Doobadoo - 'four petals'.  I have used some of the images from a gorgeous set of Stempelglede rubber stamps -  'Postcard from Paris' to decorate the watercolour card backgrounds, and painted the main image with Twinkling H20's, (it is a shame the twinkly effect isn't caught on camera because it looks rather pretty).  I sprinkled a little Frantage around the edge of the image.

I have decorated the card with twine, cheesecloth, a princess pin and flowers from The Ribbon Girl.
The lace, pearl button and flower charm are real vintage findings and the wooden heart button is from Live and Love Crafts.

and here we are...a card that really is a vintage affair...


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - Add Flowers
Creative Inspirations - Something Old
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Noor Design  - Sketch
That Craft Place - Mother's Day/Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - challenge 47 Flowers


Ingredients
Dutch Doobadoo Art Flower Stencil - Four Petals from Noor! Design
Stempelglede Rubber Stamp Set 'Postcard from Paris'
Watercolour Card
Versafine Sepia Ink Pad
Twinkling H20's
Frantage 'aged taupe' embossing enamel
Flowers, Twine, Cheesecloth and Princess Pin from The Ribbon Girl
Wooden Heart Button from Live and Love Crafts
Vintage Lace, Flower Charm, and Pearl Button from my Trinket Box
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool



Inks Used
Vesafine Sepia Ink Pad
Twinkling H20's - Cinnamon Stick, Bamboo Heaven and Hunter Grey.

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...xxx


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I'm dreaming of....

Good evening...!

Well, what could I possibly be dreaming of then?  The would be telling...but loads more time to craft would be a start!

I did n't dare finish the title refrain which is of course from that tip top Christmas Classic!  Far too many days to go for that malarkey!  (296 days to be precise)!

Anyway, on we go.  

I promised myself I would make at least one festive card every month.  (I really love Christmas).  That didn't quite happen in February so I decided to get ahead of the project in March!

Todays card is made with a gorgeous Tilda Christmas Stamp - Winter Tilda coloured with Copics.  I used a little bit of Frantage Chunky White and Aged White Embossing Enamel around the edge of the die cut.  I layered and mounted the image using Kraft Card and papers from Joy Crafts Romance range cut out in the shape of a Dutch Doobadoo Stencil - Four Petals and then distressed around the edge.  

I decorated the card with a selection of white flowers from The Ribbon Girl along with adhesive pearls, ribbon, twine and other embellishments from my trinket box.  Finally I let myself loose with texture paste and a little bit of Angelina Fibre.

And here we are - Winter Tilda...


I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
Simply Magnolia - CAS or Fully Loaded
Time For Magnolia Challenge - Christmas Bingo (Bling, Ribbon, Kraft and a few others)!
Tilda's Town Challenges - Your Favourite Season
Totally Tilda Challenge Blog - Mummy's Bingo Grid (ribbon, pearls/gems, flowers)


Ingredients
Magnolia Tilda Rubber Stamp - Winter Tilda
Make it Colour Blending Card from Quixotic Paperie
Copic Markers
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel - Chunky White and Aged White
Dutch Doobadoo Art Flower - 4 Petals
Papers from Joy Crafts Romance Paper Bloc
Kraft Card by Papermania
White Rose Bud, Carnation, Tulip, Roses, Kort and Godt Rolled Roses, Ribbon, Twine, Mesh, Cheesecloth, Princess Pin all from The Ribbon Girl.
Adhesive Pearls, Shimmer Domes and Other Gems by Papermania
Rusty wire, Jingle Bell and Christmas Tree from my Trinket Box.
Crafty Notions Angelina Fusible Fibre - Aurora Borealis
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool


Inks Used
Copic Markers - E0000, E000, E00, E11, R11, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59,
YG91, YG93, E41, W0, W1, W3, 
Pocsa 0.7mm White Marker

Thank you for visiting...
Happy Craftiing...!


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