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Thank you for visiting me today, I hope you see something here that you like. I love colouring digital images and I am on a few Design Teams.I am taking art classes with Kit and Clowder, and Make it Crafty. I hope maybe you will get some new ideas here or you can leave comments and links so I will be picking up new ideas from you. Anyway I will put on the kettle and have some cupcakes at the ready...

Saturday 28 December 2013

Hat Shop

These gorgeous hats are By Rick St. Dennis and are from one of his lovely design sheets. I have tried to find the link for the exact sheet I have used but until then the hats are available on a sheet here at Rick's Zibbet shop. I have printed the image onto neenah and coloured it with promarkers. The frame has been cut using my cricut and a Christmas present called Fancy Frames cartridge then just layered up with sticky fixers. The cardstock is adorable scorable from Hunkydory.
I hope you have had a happy time over Christmas, we had two of our grandchildren to stay Christmas night and through Boxing many giggles. I was fading fast by the evening, still, I think I have caught up with my sleep now. All ready to see them all on Thursday for games night. We have a wii with a racing day I said something about a wiiing competition. My grandson insists I said a weeing competition... ho hum (note to self, be careful to engage brain before mouth takes over).
I nearly forgot...there is a gorgeous freebie available with Rick's newsletter, the link is on my sidebar. I have already coloured mine - please don't miss out, they really are very special designs.

Thursday 26 December 2013

Beautiful Faerie

This lovely young faerie is called Star Fairy you can find her at Rick's Zibbet store. She is posed sitting so I was able to use one of Rick's chair designs which come in a sheet full of different chair digis. I am not sure what they are called but as soon as I can find out the info I will update my post.. I have used my promarkers to colour her and the chair, with the background made with mcs. I have a wonderful new cartridge for my cricut so now the frantic side of Christmas has been survived I am gonna play, play, play!!! 

Monday 23 December 2013

Creepmas Tree Lights

On this card I have this cruel monster called Creepmas Tree Lights which can be found here and a super sweet dragon from My Paper Shelter...will they ever forgive me allowing him to be treated so by this mean monster. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Well...I hope you have all enjoyed the Creepmas blog hop as much as I have. It's been great fun visiting everyone, so many different techniques, so much to learn.

Saturday 21 December 2013

Be Quiet!.... (Pretty mermaid next post down)

Here we have Rick's Panicky Pirate Well, the warning had been on Jaydn's door since Halloween.. the jingle bell was there as an early warning system in case any trick or treaters should call expecting sweets instead of leaving them for the occupant. It would also warn of any little sisters who might 'accidentally' walk into the room.
Now with Creepmas coming up there is the added problem of a shifty looking fella with a sack and oh yeh...he's leaving presents not taking them??? For a start...this reindeer pretended to be a he...he can't be...males lose their antlers, the females keep theirs - therefore Rudolf was a female (as were the rest of the team)

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year (the only members of the deer family, Cervidae, to have females do so), male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.
Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolf to Blitzen ... had to be a female.

Rudolfina then ate my carrots,, just walked right in without a by- your- leave and ate my supper. So Rudolfina was roughed up a could have been a passing elf what did it guv'.   The mincepies that were left by the bedtime milk were also stolen, only crumbs were left. So, this year we are ready for you, the rats who ambushed the elf a couple of days ago have been recruited. There is still a supply of squishy pumpkins ready as ammo, the witches and the cats and bats are standing by. Ready. You have been warned. 

Friday 20 December 2013

My very first Mermaid

This beautiful mermaid is Eleganza by Rick St. Dennis and can be found here, the bench she is sitting on is a background digi from Make it Crafty and can be found here. Printed on neenah and coloured with promarkers. I used twinkling H2O's in different shades of blue and green for her tail. The shells and the fronds in the foreground are made in mcs.

Thursday 19 December 2013


The mice have been caught in the act, there must have been a witness, the elf was going about his normal working day and no-one shouted STOP! The Bizzy Elf was on his way from Ricks Zibbet store, there are loads of elves there along with such cute children and mice and faeries. Printed on neenah, coloured with promarkers. Extras including Christmas lights, holly, parcels frame etc all made using mcs. Background made with chalks.
This is going into the bloghop (see sidebar) I hope you will have time to hop with us.

Tuesday 17 December 2013


So here's spooky house again...this time with witch, you can tell she's a christmas witch...she has baubles!So... here is Haunted Houses Phantom Manor digi image and here is the Witch Tree digi image...I didn't know I could make 'broken' baubles, I think I may be learning something here. Anyway, printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. frame and background mcs and bauble manipulation by me and mcs.

Monday 16 December 2013

Sleepy little chap found again

Once I find an image which is easy to colour and to fussy cut I love to it use as often as I can. So here we have that little elf caught sleeping on the job again. Just hope that Santa's doesn't need him in a hurry! So, you can find sleepyhead or, as he is known at Rick's Zibbet shop Happy Elf Snooze here. The stunning background with the bench, trees and lamp-post as by Make it Crafty (on my sidebar) and can be found here.

Sunday 15 December 2013

Smeared and Smudged, poor Santa (Cute elf next post down)

This is one of Smeared and Smudged own digis, I will find the link and add it to the post. As always, printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. All frames and papers mcs.
I always knew sat nav's have a lot to answer for! Mind you...we wouldn't be without ours.
I seem to have been quite a busy bunny this week, I think it's the first time that I have posted an image every day of the week. Note to self....need more promarkers!

Saturday 14 December 2013

Candy Land Elf

This gorgeous little chap certainly doesn't mind getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar. His name is Candy Land Elf and you can find him here at Rick's zibbet shop. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, glossy accents on the cherries and lollipop. The cardstock is Hunkydory arorable scorable from their Christmas selection as is the frame and sentiment.

Friday 13 December 2013

Snowman tag

Another tag for the special Creepmas Bloghop arranged by Smeared and Smudged gang. This image is the very scary snowman called Early Thaw and can be found found here on Rick's Zibbit shop.Snowman printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and embellished with Diamond Dust snow. The tag has holly and snowflakes made with my cricut. This tag has been tied onto Lisa's Christmas goodies.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges     Challenge 95 tags                          Challenge 145 tag it      Challenge 20 Winter or holidays         Week 228 Mega Christmas challenge

Thursday 12 December 2013

Mr & Mrs Claus

Isn't this couple just adorable? Here we have the man of the moment dancing with his Missus. They are called Christmas Couple and can be found here. They are very easy to colour with Rick drawing the cross hatching to help with the shading. The are also exceptionally easy to fussy cut.
Onto family news...Colin and I had an appointment this evening at the hospital to get the results of his scan last week. Colin's tumour has shrunk to about a third of what it was. All that chemo and tablets and care and all those side effects and now he only has one more treatment which will be a double dose then the next week a single and then hopefully an op to remove the tumour. I may stop grinning just long enough to have a cuppa and a mincepie.

Wednesday 11 December 2013

scary tree

I am really having fun with this image, it's called Creepmas Tree Monster and is here on Rick's Zibbet shop. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers with glittered 'fur' on his hat (my puffy snow stuff has clogged up so I had to make do) Well...the Creepmas Blog Hop is going well, the days are just speeding by and I'm seeing so many really clever images and scenes and sentiments that my head is spinning! I hope you do have a moment to visit some of the bloggers I can tell you now-you won't be bored.

Monday 9 December 2013

Ho Ho Ho

This has been so much fun to colour. The skeleton is of course Midnight Watch I just removed his hat and replaced it with a Santa hat, The tombstones are Graveyard Phantom Rest and can be found here and the bats here all by Rick St. Dennis. The foreground is a scene by Make It Crafty. The walls, stockings and Christmas lights are made using mcs. The pebblestone path is by Make it Crafty and can be found here. The night sky is made using chalks.

I am entering this into the following challenges     189 Anything goes          Anything goes

Saturday 7 December 2013

Sugar plum fairy/ Hannah's been good

My Creepmas bloghop entry follows this post

I am so happy I have this little mouse in my collection. She is this month's freebie from Rick St Dennis so you can see the quality of his digis. I have made this door hanger for my little grand-daughters...I placed this little mouse into mcs and then flipped the image and made it a bit smaller. I bought the door hanger from Hobbycraft just for a few pounds and painted it with gesso. The images were printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and glittered. I used my cricut to make two frames and leaves and dipped into my stash for the w.o.c. flowers.

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This is Hannah...she is actually a Halloween digi from Rick to be found on his Zibbet shop here but I have used her as part of the creepmas blog hop. I do like to get more use out of the digis in my collection if I can and she does look like she's trying to be good.. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. I am using some frames from mcs...with a bit of altering they make the design look a bit aged and worn.

Friday 6 December 2013

Sugar Plum Fairy mouse

I am so happy I have this little mouse in my collection. She is this month's freebie from Rick St Dennis so you can see the quality of his digis. I have made this door hanger for my little grand-daughters...I placed this little mouse into mcs and then flipped the image and made it a bit smaller. I bought the door hanger from Hobbycraft just for a few pounds and painted it with gesso. The images were printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers and glittered. I used my cricut to make two frames and leaves and dipped into my stash for the w.o.c. flowers.

Thursday 5 December 2013

Scary go round

Well I think this digi image would be great as part of a scary scene. It's called Scary go Round and can be found here on Rick's Zibbet shop site. There is so much detail with cross hatching so you know where the shading could go. I've printed this image onto neenah paper from Crafters Companion, I find this particular paper easy to use with promarkers but it really is a personal choice. As always I have used promarkers to colour the image. Background and embellishments made with mcs.
I hope you are all following the creepmas hop over at Smeared and Smudged. It is totally different to anything I have ever taken part in before... it's not a cute hop, it's a totally 'out there' Christmassy hop.

Wednesday 4 December 2013

The gypsy in my soul


I would like to introduce Esmarelda 2 - you can find her here in Rick's Zibbet shop. I think later I will try a project including both of these ladies.The Esmarelda with the fortuneteller tent can be found here. So, back to the lady on the left...she has been

printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Then framed, background added and clasps.

Tuesday 3 December 2013

First Creepmas Tag

This is attached to our son-in-law Manwai's Christmas goodies. The scary Creepmas Tree Monster by Rick can be found here on Rick's Zibbet shop. I added some ordinary Christmas parcel images but you can find some really creepy ones here as well as many more Creepmas images just for fun. This is printed onto neenah, coloured with my promarkers, glittered hat band and bobble, extra parcels and fairy lights using mcs and swirls and holly with my cricut. 
Onto family stuff...we went to the hospital Monday afternoon for Colin's Chemo. He had a canula fitted and bloods taken but they came back showing Colin's white cell count isn't strong enough for Chemo so we had a cup of tea and went home. This does happen now and then...I think it was about a month ago the same thing happened, I think I am just pleased they are keeping an eye on his treatment. Wednesday we are back at the hospital for a scan to see if the Chemo is working then back again next week for the results. Some weeks I don't know if I'm Arthur or Martha! 
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Monday 2 December 2013

Can there ever be too much green?

This lovely little elf is scattering stardust as he skates along. He has been drawn by Rick and can be found here at Rick's Zibbet shop. These little elves are so easy to colour and this little chap fits so well into wintery scenes. Printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. I then used mcs to make the bauble to go over the elf and the background and bow and changed the colours to match the elf. Another flat card for posting... and it gives me a little light relief from Creepmas which I seem to be enjoying a bit too much!

Sunday 1 December 2013

Creepmas Angel Dark Lady

I am joining in with the Smeared and Smudged Creepmas blog hop with this gorgeous Creepmas Angel Dark Lady image by Rick St. Dennis to be found here at his Zibbet shop. This time I have actually written down the promarker (with fine tip) colours
Hair     Burnt Sienna/Caramel
Skin    Sunkissed Pink/Blush
Wings  Aubergine/Purple
Dress  Orchid/Violet
Some frantage around the image to age it a bit. And a scattering of bats. Frame made using mcs with a colour change. This is probably the prettiest of Rick's Creepmas images...there will be another the day after tomorrow. If you want to follow the Creepmas blog hop the list is on my sidebar.

Friday 29 November 2013

Busy Little Elf (2) Lemon Curd

This little elf is another from Rick's Busy Elves Sheet 1 to be found at his Zibbet shop here. I thought this little fella went perfectly on the tag I had made for my homemade lemon curd. I printed the digi onto neenah and coloured him with promarkers in shades of lime green and citrus yellow. A bit of festive frantage round the edges. The adorable scorable tag cut with my cricut. The ribbon a great buy from Lidl's.
So, the recipe...
3 large juicy unwaxed lemons
4 large eggs plus 1 extra yolk
9ozs caster sugar in a bowl
5ozs unsalted butter, cut into small cubes in a bowl

 2 kilner jars 
some peace and quiet

Put a small, deep pan of water on to boil. It should be of a size that will comfortably support the bowl you are going to beat the curd in without its base touching the water. Try a few out before you go any further.
I always prepare all the ingredients in bowls before I start then I can take my time, this is not a quick throw together of ingredients but a beautifully scented time spent quietly musing whilst stirring.
Grate the fine yellow zest from the lemons into a bowl taking care not to remove the white pith with it. Now halve the lemons and squeeze them into the bowl with the zest.
Crack the eggs into a heatproof china or glass bowl then add the extra yolk. Avoid steel bowls...they get too hot. Add the sugar and whisk until the mixture thickens. Now mix in the lemon juice, zest and butter.
Place the bowl over the boiling water, turn the heat down to a fair simmer so that only a little steam pushes around the edge of the bowl, then start gently stirring. This is not something to be rushed. Take your time, daydream a bit, and make figure-of-eight stirring motions in the 'custard'. The point is not to try and rush things, when there is a much higher chance of disaster.
At first nothing much will happen, then the butter will melt, then, eventually, the curd will start to thicken. You want it to be heavy on the spoon, but it must still be able to drip off it. It is worth remembering that it will set more on cooling. Having said that, this is not a solid curd, but a voluptuous one. Once the curd starts to thicken, pour it into the clean warmed jars, cool slightly, then seal with a lid. Yummm!!!

I am trying something new this Christmas...there is a Creepmas bloghop listed on my sidebar (I'm The Nanny) so I will be posting something a bit creepy every other day in December.

I would like to enter this into these challenges       Anything goes     Anything goes

Sunday 24 November 2013

Busy Little Elf & Christmas Chutney

One of my first tags for this Christmas. Rick has a whole sheet of busy little elves here and this one goes perfectly with my home made chutney, especially as one of the buckets has Spice on it and one has Sugar.
As always the image is printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers. Fran-tage around the edges adds a bit if ageing and 'snow'. I made the tag with my cricut using adorable scorable card.
And so to the recipe

Tomato and Onion Chutney

2 lbs tomatoes
2 lbs apples (peeled weight)
1 lb onions
12 ozs sultanas
1/2 pint of vinegar
1 level teaspoon mixed spice
12 ozs soft brown sugar
pinch of salt

Top and tail and peel the onions, cut each onion in half, and leave cut side up away from your working area. This will lessen the chance of tears.
Place the tomatoes in a large bowl, I use my plastic mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over the tomatoes, this will loosen the skins. Now prepare the apples and cut into smallish chunks. Place apples into a very large saucepan. Cut up the onions into roughly the same size as the apples and place with the apples in the saucepan. Very carefully tip the water out of the bowl-it could still be fairly hot. Fill the bowl with cold water to cover the tomatoes. Peel the tomatoes, this is a bit messy but fairly easy,  chop the tomatoes and place with the apples and onions. Add the vinegar, mixed spice and salt.
Simmer over a low heat with a lid on for about 35 minutes until the vegetables are cooked and the flavours are starting to blend. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve, bring to the boil stirring frequently. Should take about another 20 to 30 minutes, just keep an eye on it so it doesn't catch on the bottom of the pan. When the chutney is thick with no extra liquid take the saucepan off the heat. Let the chutney cool slightly and, if you can, tip it into a very large jug.
Prepare the jars...rinse and fill them with hot water. Tip the water out of the jars and fill them with the chutney. Place a greaseproof or waxed disc on top of the chutney (personally I don't do this but perhaps I should) when cooled put the lids on the jars. Label and date.

That was the first of this Christmas's recipes from Peck Towers.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges                  anything goes                 snowflakes                     mix it up                  Christmas is coming        W for Winter Wishes

Thursday 21 November 2013

A Stitch in Time

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I just thought 'what a cute image' then as I was colouring it I suddenly realised (lightbulb moment)... it does what it says on the picture. Honestly, at least no one has ever accused me of being brainy!  Anyway, I'm loving this busy little chap and will certainly know of someone who may like to get this in the post. You can find Rick's digi A Stitch In Time here at Rick's Zibbet store.
Image printed onto neenah (on my wishlist for Christmas) coloured with promarkers with neon yellow promarker for his hi-vis jacket...'elf and safety doncha know. Brickwork made with a fiskars embossing plate. Backing papers by mcs colour changed and embellished.
I have just received  this month's newsletter from Rick...the most beautiful ballerina mouse digi for free (my favourite price) Please do sign up for the free newletter as every month you will receive a very nice surprise.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges         Anything goes

Saturday 16 November 2013

Happy Elf Snooze


Well...who could resist this little chap? You can find Rick's Happy Elf Snooze here I was going to use this image as part of the diorama which wouldn't behave for my camera so I have lots of little elves scurrying around finding other jobs. He was so easy to colour with some crosshatching to show where the shadows would be. I then used mcs to make the frames and the little letters to Santa, which I think turned out quite well.
I am entering into the following challenges                   Merry Christmas for a man or boy             Anything with a twist of Christmas    Add a sentiment

Thursday 14 November 2013

Holiday Cottage Scene

I think this beautiful Holiday Cottage Scene image by Rick is the digi I have had the most fun with...I have put together a diorama with this lovely cottage and the elves but taking photos have really not done them justice. If you can imagine your 'snowy' images..Santa, Elves, Snow people, Winter Faeries...they could all be at home here. I cut out the windows and put a battery tealight behind the image and it really looks beautiful.
You can find this digi here on Rick's Zibbet site. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, crystal glitter and ice diamond snow. Frame and greeting by m.c.s.

I am entering this into the following challenges     Red and Green

Sunday 10 November 2013

Midnight Watch

Well, a bit spooky........ this was so much fun to colour I built up a scene using three digis from Rick available from his Zibbet shop.. you can find the Ghost Town Church in the background here, the Graveyard Phantom Rest (tombstones) here and the Midnight Watch (scary chap) here. Printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. The sky was coloured using chalks and the sentiment and background was manipulated in my craft studio.

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Mama Mumba Voodoo Woman

This wonderful lady drawn by Rick St. Dennis is called Mama Mumba Voodoo Woman and can be found here on Rick's Zibbet site. I was unsure about using digital images as I thought my colouring really shouldn't be seen outside my craftroom. But with digital images you can resize them, flip them horizontally or vertically (perhaps not with this image...but you get the idea) and place them on a background of your own choosing. Of course you can buy background images, resize them and use them time and time again with different main images.
Anyway...printed as always on neenah, coloured with promarkers, sky made with blending chalks. The frame by my craft studio as is the backing paper.
I will be entering this into the following challenges

For those who know about Colin...Yesterday we had an appointment at the hospital where they checked Colin's bloods. This time everything was as it should be and Colin was able to have chemo. I had been so very worried last week when they had said the chemo was too toxic for Colin's liver and I was frightened that the cancer had spread but this week is a good week and we're back on track. Thank you for your kind wishes.   

Friday 1 November 2013

Priscilla Pilgrim

Isn't this an absolute cutie! This is the November freebie from Rick which anyone can have just by signing up for the free newsletter. There are several new mouse digis on Ricks site and they are all adorable.
This has been printed on neenah and coloured with promarkers. I have used my cricut to make the leaves round the that toy! The design team have been colouring up this image so if you pop over to the Sparkle and Glitter blogsite you will see loads of inspiration also a challenge for items made with this image.
I am entering Priscilla into the following challenges    Bugs and little critters            Anything goes  Anything goes

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Esmeralda and the Fortune Teller tent

I think this lady might be one of my favourites and here she is at work on a stormy night at the carnival. Esmeralda is by Rick and can be found here at Rick's Zibbet store and here at Rick's etsy store. The Fortune Teller Tent is here on Zibbet
Printed on neenah, coloured with promarkers. The sky is shaded with chalks on my own stencil. The necklace is made with liquid pearls.

I went with Colin to the hospital yesterday for his chemo treatment. He had blood tests and a canula fitted in his hand. The appointment was 11.30. Just after 12 we were fed and watered...very nice sandwiches, crisps, cheese and biscuits, yoghurt and cups of tea. But then about an hour later Colin was told he wouldn't be able to have any chemo as it had proven too toxic for his liver. We are now due to go back next Monday for a double dose of, hopefully, a different chemo mix. Well, it was a day out, comfy chairs, nice lunch, no problem.

Friday 25 October 2013


This is my first try at colouring one of Rick's ladies. This is Adriana and you can find her here at Rick's Zibbet store and here on Etsy. She was an absolute dream to colour as the drawing had slightly shaded parts to hint at a deeper colour. Now then, if I can create something like this just imagine what someone who can actually colour would be able to do with this image.
As always, I have printed her onto neenah...Crafters Companion had or still has an 50 sheets of neenah and get 20 free sheets plus a little selection of unmounted bunny stamps and free postage.
I used my promarkers...three new shades (at least to me...) and just framed her and we're good to go.
As I have written many times....Rick has a newsletter every month and if you signup to receive it you will also receive a free digi, well, November's digi is the most beautiful mouse-a pilgrim mouse so prettily dressed and as cute as a button!

I would like to enter her in the following challenges  'give me a p'

Saturday 19 October 2013

Three Chimneys

I am really loving this scenery image, it is so pretty and I have had fun using it as the background in many of my projects. The Three Chimney Cottage is of course by Rick St Dennis, it really is worth looking at his zibbet shop as it is being updated continually.
I can't believe that I am actually writing this, but, the image in the foreground is me . Rick has drawn each of the elite design team and this one just happens to be yours can find my image in the Zibbet shop under EURO GIRLS.
So the image is printed onto neenah which I find works really well with promarkers. A bit of flowersoft along the path edges, chalk clouds using my own cloud template and an mcs frame.

I am entering this into the following challenge        Autumn   Colour challenge

Friday 18 October 2013

Hannah and Hedwig


These two ladies are part of a very special offer over at the  Airless Chamber  If you visit the blog you will see the design team's take on these fantastic images and a special price. Hannah is in front of Haunted Houses Phantom Manor so you can see how easy it is to build a complete scene.
As always I have printed the images onto neenah, coloured with promarkers.
I am entering these into the following challenges    Halloween  Stash: anything orange                         To cute to spook  Halloween

Thursday 17 October 2013

Eek a mouse 2 Halloween

I am having an absolute blast colouring these Halloween images...see I did need that Burnt Orange promarker! I know I said that before but until this month I hadn't used it that much...but now with Autumn leaves and pumpkins and er....... well you know what I mean. This fantastic image by Rick St Dennis is called Eek a mouse 2 Halloween version... and is available  here at Rick's zibbet store and  here at Rick's etsy store. There is such a lot going on with all the spooky creatures.
I have printed the image onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, chalked the background and framed with m.c.s.
I am entering this into the following challenges

Colin has now had his second chemo session, he really is coping with the side effects remarkably well. When we had the last appointment at the hospital we popped into the Big C center...really nice people there and a great cup of tea and cake. We were given some more info and just had some time to relax before the treatment. 

Tuesday 8 October 2013

Que Sera Sera

I just adore these images from Rick. I printed the digi's larger than normal as there is so much detail I wanted to enjoy every bit. Gypsy Wagon is available from Rick's etsy store and from his zibbet  store,  and Esmeralda the fortune teller is available here at the etsy store and here  at Rick's new zibbet store.      
I also used a one scene digi called pebblestone patch  and one called cobblestone path from Make it Crafty. I really love the idea of building up scenes using different digis.
I just adore these images from Rick. I printed the digi's larger than normal as there is so much detail I wanted to enjoy every bit. Gypsy Wagon is available from Rick's etsy store and from his zibbet  store,  and Esmeralda is available here at the etsy store and here  at Rick's new zibbet store.    
I also used a one scene digi called pebblestone patch  and one called cobblestone path from Make it Crafty. I really love the idea of building up scenes using different digis.
Digis were printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers. Esmeralda was fussy cut and layered, swirls cut with my cricut, flowers from WOC.
Thank you for all the thoughtful comments about Colin, he had his first chemo day before yesterday and still feels ok...should feel the effects in another seven days or so.

I am entering this in the following challenges                         Brown and Orange     Create a scene   Use a Digi

Friday 4 October 2013

Calista at home

I'm having fun again with this little witch and over at you will see so many ways to use this digi along with scene/ background digis. This time I have used Calista with Graveyard Phantom Rest and Haunted Houses Phantom Manor  scene digis all from  Rick printed on neenah coloured with promarkers. I am loving this time of year as I get to use my Burnt Orange promarker and I have proof that I really, really needed it!
I'm looking forward to seeing how the EDT work with Calista. There will be a lot of mischief going on here so I hope you visit all the EDT blogs and leave some messages on the way.
I am entering this into the following challenges        Two colours     Colours of Autumn  Use promarkers

Thursday 3 October 2013


A song springs to mind.....'It;s witchcraft'
This gorgeous young lady is called Callista and she is Octobers free digi from  Rick. Just visit Rick and sign up for his newsletter and you get a free digi each month. Do have a look through the digi's on sale... everything from sweet to spooky and everything in-between.
Callista is printed on neenah, coloured with promarkers. The frame was made with my cricut, 'wild orchid' flowers.
I am entering Callista in the following challenges    challenge 188     Songs 'It's witchcraft'  halloween            anything goes

We have heard from the hospital...Colin starts chemo on Monday, at last things are moving.

Monday 30 September 2013

Panicky Pirate

I had so much fun with these images. It was totally out of my comfort zone but I kept away from the glitter and lace and...well...I love it! I do find that Rick's images are so easy to colour...there is 'cross hatching' already on the designs so you can work out where the shading goes. The main image is Panicky Pirate by Rick available at, the little girl Bad Bitsy was a freebie it was part of a double set with Buddy  (now available in Rick's etsy store just subscribe to the newsletter and you receive a brilliant freebie every month) the background by make it crafty just doubled up and the rats are a free digi ...sorry can't remember where I found it. Printed on neenah, coloured with my promarkers and made into an easel card. The scrolls using My Craft Studio. I could have been more careful with the placement of the extra rats but ho hum...must try harder. 

Friday 27 September 2013

twas the night before christmas.....

This fantastic image is by Rick there is always such a lot going on with this series, colouring them is a delight. I have only recently found the website and there are so many amazing digis my wishlist is filling up fast. This is printed onto neenah, coloured with promarkers, glittered and glossy accented.
I have the new cricut cartridge by Anna Griffin and I am loving it!!! this time I used neenah through the cricut and then coloured it with matching promarkers. I will be using my Christmas scraps to build up some images to complete my stack of Christmas cards.
I heard this evening that I am on the Rick St Dennis design team and I am totally over excited and raring to go and I've tidied up my pens and everything, oh boy this is going to be great!.
Colin and I had an appointment with the oncologist a couple of days ago...there is a mass on Colin's brain but it is benign so now we can concentrate on chemo for his lung. Huge relief that it hasn't spread! Chemo will start within the next two weeks and the waiting room is really very nice so I will have my pens and digis and settle down for however long it takes.
I would like to enter this into these challenges
Christmas with a twist

Thursday 15 August 2013

My very first clouds.....

This cute little boy picking flowers for his mum, or his nannie or just 'cos he can, is a digi from I have sat him on a path, also a digi, this time from  I love being able to do this, it gives so much scope to use the digi's in different ways. I have used my promarkers on the images and blending chalks for the clouds with a template of my own making.. I set the chalks with hairspray. The digis printed on neenah, cardstock by Hunkydory, ribbon from Lidl.

I am entering this in the following challenges challenge 32 cute and cuddly week 211 sketch   summertime        anything goes mixed media anything goes

Update on Colin...he was wired up at the hospital Wednesday for a exercise bike ride to see if he was fit enough for an operation to remove the mass on his lung and later he will need another biopsy to check the status of the lymph nodes in the middle of his chest. We have an appointment with another specialist next Friday to discuss the way forward. We are taking each appointment as it comes and are positive we are going to beat this.

Saturday 10 August 2013


My lovely stepdaughter Lisa opened a facebook account for me so I I like playing castleville. Anyway, the trouble is that now I am known as May Brian so if you see me on facebook that's me..if you see what I mean.

Saturday 3 August 2013

Such pretty ribbon

I don't know if the photo is showing up as well as I had hoped...the colours should be brighter, there's glossy accents on the clock faces and glitter on the wings and flowersoft  in the grass with lidle ribbon!!!
The faerie is from and the background is all coloured with my promarkers. I have really enjoyed colouring these as they settle my mind a bit.
I am entering this into the following challenges  anything goes   anything goes anything with pearls  clean and simple

We had a very long hospital visit yesterday. Colin had a biopsy on his lung, the whole visit took five hours. Colin spent his recovery time listening to the gossip between the doctors and nurses and I sat with his mum watching all the coming and going and reading all the magazines and sampling the cuisine of the University hospital in Norwich. It was quite a tiring day for us all. Next Friday we have another visit to sort out treatment...I think once it all starts we are going to feel a bit better about it all.

Thursday 1 August 2013

Lidl alert!

I have just been to lidl in Attleborough and they have the most stunning ribbon. 3m of gift ribbon 2 for £3.00
the ribbon is threaded through with beads and butterflies on the brown/orange,  leaves and beads on the green, flowers and beads on the blue and hedgehogs on the red/brown. It is good quality and I wish I had bought more. Must not be greedy. 

Thursday 25 July 2013

Happy Birthday Manwai

A birthday easel for our dear son-in-law. I thought the image was perfect till I realised this chap is a bit, shall we say, casual. Manwai goes to work very smartly dressed and has black hair not brown but maybe this is him at the weekend, relaxed, playing World of Warcraft into the night! Phew.... he did like the card anyway thank goodness.
So, the recipe...
Adorable scorable cardstock for the all of the base.
Image from mo's digital pencil printed onto neenah and coloured with promarkers.
The frames, greeting and little message 'book' made using m.c.s.
Buttons from a huge button box (thank you mother-in-law)
Ribbon from stash.

I think there are a few challenges I would like to enter with this project so I'll have a look round see what's about. “easel does it”     Best Dressed....a bit ironic (thanks Dips)

Thank you so much for all the kind messages (I even passed on the hugs) about Colin. We have a hospital visit next Friday for a biopsy to see which treatment is best for him. Today we have had the horrible news that Manwai's father has been taken into hospital suddenly with bowel cancer, no warning, no symptoms except for a bit of a stomach ache. This, in an elderly man is so worrying and really very frightening..Manwai's father passed away last night. This has frightened me.

Sunday 21 July 2013

On the beach...

This beautiful digi image is by the very talented Elizabeth Dulemba at (just click on the 'colour' option for a free digi) coloured with my promarkers, the summer collection really has some gorgeous colours. I printed the image onto neenah which I think allows blending easily. The background digi is by a company I have only recently found out about, Make it Crafty the link is on my sidebar. The flowers and pins are wild orchid craft and the shells are from a hidden stash of goodies...I say hidden 'cos I have only recently found them in a box in the craft room. The cardstock is Hunky Dory and the base card is Adorable Scorable.
I am entering this into the following challenges..    make a scene the beach the great outdoors Summertime

Monday 14 January 2013

Simply Perfect Princess Party

Colin and I took our lovely grand daughter Jasmine to a Princess Party just a few days before Christmas. This is Jasmine giving Belle a hug. The party was just for two hours and was fantastic. For £10.00 (plus £2.00 for Granddad) the little girls had glitter put on their cheeks and pale pink nail varnish and fairy dust completed their transformation into princesses. Then they played games, watched the Beauty and the Beast film, learned how to move like a princess and danced with Belle from Beauty and the Beast and met Cinderella. It really was a special time for us and we took loads of photos and videos.  I don't think I have ever heard someone talk like Belle...all tinkly (a bit stepford wives but in a cute way) Colin said that was how a princess would speak but Princess Diana spoke to my daughter when she was little and I can honestly say...she didn't speak like that! If any of you have little ones I would recommend these parties, Jasmine is 4 in a few weeks and I think she was just the right you can see from the little girls in the photo. If you are interested their website is