Monday 28 May 2018

Away with the Fairies

Morning all.  I have a very busy bank holiday ahead of me but I couldn't resist having a play before the chaos starts.  This week's challenge at Cardz4galz is Mythical or Fantasy.  I have to admit I don't really have many images that would fit the bill.  I've got a couple of unicorns and a dragon or two but I had a desire to colour a Fairy.  Strangely, I don't have many but the ones I do have are awesome.  My particular favourite is this image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I have a bit of a soft spot for her and a desire to look that good in a skimpy frock.  I've glittered her wings and the star but, unfortunately, it doesn't really show up on the scan.  I keep looking at it and thinking it needs something else adding but I'm at a loss as to what.  Anyway, here she is.  I hope you like her.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Science Fiction

It's time for a new challenge over at Cards4Guyz and for this one you have a choice - either Science Fiction or Steam Punk.  I'm afraid I'm not very good with the Steam Punk thing so I've gone with Science Fiction.  I've been doing some colouring classes recently and one of them was for sky so I decided to have a go at a night sky.  I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.  All I needed was a suitable image to put on it.  I did think about a flying saucer but couldn't find one I liked so I've gone for this cute little robot from  Tiddlyinks.  I think he fits the bill.  I know there are robots being developed but in my little corner of the planet everything still has to be done by me.

I hope you like him.  Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Friday 18 May 2018

Decisions Decisions

The current As You Like It Challenge is Pink or Blue and why.  Pink or Blue?  Let me think.  You may as well ask me which is my favourite child.  Don't worry, I've only got the one so I'll never have to choose.  I would have preferred if they'd asked which is my most hated colour.  Dead easy - yellow every time (or maybe orange).  Anyway, I did eventually choose an image to make a card with and then chose a colour to colour it with.  So possibly I'm getting the best of both worlds here.  It's blue because I'm the only girl in the house but I am still a girl.

Here's my card.

The image is an old one that is no longer available.  It's From the Heart Stamps but, tragically, Faith passed away last year so her shop no longer exists.  I still think about her and what a generous soul she was and I still love her images.

I hope you like my card.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday 17 May 2018

Geisha Girl

There's an 'anything goes' challenge this week at the I love Promarkers Challenge blog so I cracked out my Promarkers and Trias.  I have a favourite combination for reds that I always tend to use but I'd never tried them on pearlised card before.  I like the effect but they were really hard to blend on pearl card.  I had to go over the colours several times before I was really happy with the result.  I didn't think it needed much faffing about with so I embossed the boarder with a folder and just added some obsidian gems.  The image is a rubber stamp from Crafter's Companion.  Get me...that's three in a week.  My digis will be feeling neglected.

I hope you like her.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Cherish Each Other

Morning all.  I'm off today as my son has returned from University and I wanted to spend a little time with him before he goes off on holiday with his mates.  However, as it is still way before midday, he's not up yet so I get to play in the craft room for a while.  I have a stack of images printed and ready to colour and I was just in the mood to mess about so I'm entering this one in the 'anything goes' challenge at Crafting from the Heart.  

The image is from 2 Cute Ink but I can't find it in the store.  Heidi has a tonne of cute and adorable type images and I really love this one.  The background is actually a scrap of pretty packaging that I save and I love how it goes with this image.  Anyway, I hope you like it.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Monday 14 May 2018

All Dressed Up - Or Not, As The Case May Be

There's a new challenge over at Cardz4Galz this week and the theme is 'All Dressed Up'.  So I created a card, but I'm in a bit of a rebellious mood.  My lady is dressed - just! I'm taking the stance that the focal point would be on the costume or clothing so this is what I did.

As with my last card, I've been digging about in my ancient stash of rubber stamps.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the stamp brand.  I've tried searching the Internet but, as I can't remember what she's called, it has eluded me.  Anyway, I hope you like what I've done with her.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

I've just found out that the stamp company is Rubbernecker Stamps.  And she's still available on the website along with some new ones.  I may need to update my collection.

Saturday 12 May 2018


Morning all.  I spent yesterday afternoon making a card for this week's  'Cars' challenge over at The Male Room.  I loved colouring the central image and I had my card all done and perfect when I stuck an inky fingerprint right in the middle - Argh!  So I rescued my coloured image and started again.  I had a couple of mishaps with the background so I have several other images that I can now colour for future cards and finally had something that was similar to what I had planned.  Pity it's a bloke card.  I could have stuck a couple of sequins over the splodge for a girly card and it was just in the wrong place to deal with it with any blokey accessories.  Believe me, I tried.  Anyway, here's my card.

Of course, having spent so long on it yesterday, I have today realised that it is a camper van rather than a car but I'm hoping it still counts (pretty please).  In my defence, we have a Mazda Bongo camper van and it is my husband's daily driver.  

I can't remember who's stamp it is.  I think it may be a Docrafts brand.  My husband bought me a couple of sets donkey's years ago and they are far too under used.  So thanks to the Male Room Team for giving me an excuse to dig them out.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Men's Hobbies (and Mine Too)

Morning all.  My card this morning is my DT project for the new challenge over at Cardz4guyz.  The challenge runs for 2 weeks so there is plenty of time to get your thinking caps on and join in.  The new challenge is 'Men's Hobbies' so there is plenty of scope for subject matter.  

To be honest, anyone that knows me would probably have put money on what I would chose as a hobby as it's my hobby too.  I have been coaching cricket for about 12 years.  I've coached it, played it, scored for it and if all else fails turned up and done the cricket teas (an essential job if ever there was one).  The image I've used is from Just Inklined and I originally chose it because I needed a card for one of my female cricketers but it does make a fabulous male card too.

Here's what I've done with it.

I hope you like it and I hope you will join in with us.  I am loving my excuse to stalk more blogs.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Monday 7 May 2018

Another Birthday Card...Oh Joy!

I was pretty gutted recently to learn that yet another digital image company was closing down.  I love the quirky images over at Bloobel Stamps they are so unique and always fun.  I had a wish list as long as my arm so I've bought some and will go back after payday for the rest (she's closing at the end of the month).  I love the image called Bureau of Complaints.  I think he's perfect for a male card - although I think the recipient would need to have a sense of humour.  He's what I've done with him.

I've contrasted him on some bright and fun papers to try and cheer him up a bit.  I'm not convinced he's happy to be another year older. I'm entering him into this weeks challenge at Crafting from the Heart which is always anything goes.

I hope you like how he turned out.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Thursday 3 May 2018

A bit Washed Out

Evening all.  I finally got around to colouring an image for the current Cardz4Galz Challenge which is April Showers.  I had printed an image from one of Cristy's Colouring book downloads over at Tiddly Inks.  It's from the 'Everyday Fun' set I think and it seemed perfect for the challenge.  I coloured the image and then used a blender pen to remove some colour from the dots in the background which gives it a sort of washed out look where it's pushed the colour to the edges.  I've gone over the dots with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen but, as usual my picture doesn't show the detail well.

When I put the card together I wasn't sure about a layout but I had a look at one of my many Pinterest boards and had an idea.  I did need to trim the image down to make it fit the layout but I still think it was OK.  In order to see where I came up with the layout you need to go and visit Pauline's Blog.  I pinned her super cute owl card (it's not the first I've pinned and I'm sure it won't be the last) and I've tried my best to do it justice but I'm not sure I will ever live up to Pauline's amazing standards.  The reason I chose that layout was to say a big thank you to Pauline herself.  Absolutely every time I post on my blog Pauline is always the first to comment and I am so grateful for her constant encouragement.  So, thank you Pauline.  Here's what I did with your layout - I really hope you like it.

Thanks for reading.

Love Dawn x

Wednesday 2 May 2018


Just a quick post this morning which I intend to enter into this week's Tiddly Inks Challenge of florals and plants.  I bought the image from the Tiddly Inks store a while ago and coloured it last week.  After cutting it out it went missing.  I looked everywhere for it.  I think it must have known I would need it this week.  I eventually found it on Patrick's stairs.  Totally bizarre!  Anyway, it meant I already had an image for the challenge.  The photo doesn't really show it but the background has a subtle creamy pattern to it. I hope you like it.

Thanks for reading.  

Love Dawn x