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Saturday, 31 August 2013

Angels With Crib

Hello everyone, well here I am back from my hols... it doesn't seem five minutes since I was preparing to go!!  We all had such a lovely time, and Europe is so beautiful, we went to some fabulous places will put some pictures on as soon as I can.  We had lots of drama though before we even got on the ferry, as we pulled into the terminal, the timing belt on the Land Rover snapped!!  it's not often you see a Landy being carried back on a tow truck!! to cut a long story short David managed to get it up and running the next day, after a lot of highs and lows as to whether we would be able to go or not!  Well my dear hubby did us proud and we managed to have a wonderful time:)
It's been hectic at work since I got back, as the other girls have been taking there leave too... I have managed to dabble a little in my craft room and have made a Christmas Card... yes it will soon be here lol!!

I won this lovely image last year from LOTV and have never inked it up, it's called 'Angels with Crib' and I'm so glad I saved it to try with my new Distress Inks from Tim Holtz...Yes.. I have bought some! and I just love them, I think I may have found something I enjoy colouring with as much as my Prima Pencils lol!! I've still got a LOT too learn!  I went on utube and watched Tim Holtz and a few other lovely crafters use them, this was one of many attempts with them lol!! You definatly have to have the right card and so I sent for some Tim Holtz watercolour card which seems to work very well..  I've taken some photo's of my first attempts.. you can see that smooth card didn't really work for me with these inks. On some of the card the ink even run!  The last photo was a cheaper watercolour paper, but it didn't let me work for too long before it started to break up.

The first three were on smooth card

This one I tried shading with copics but they made the distress ink
run, also the inks didn't blend the same on the card

On this card the ink actually run, and I did use archival ink

This was a little better but I couldn't blend very well, 
it was a cheaper watercolour card probably not the 
right weight, when I wet it it a couple of times it broke up.

As you can see I didn't have a lot of success, but once I got the right card I was amazed how easy they were, I was a bit put off by the pink at this stage, so tried a different colour lol!! I do like the intensity of colour you get... I am well impressed with them and can't wait to colour up another image!!

The gorgeous papers are by 'Marianne' and are called 'Old-Fashioned Christmas' I also used Gold Bazzill card, and the lovely star in the corner is a Memory Box Die called 'Special Stars' I gave it the treatment with Stickles Gold.  The ribbon is from Germany, I tried a different way of attaching it and left it free style,but I think I prefer it tucked in!

I would just like to say I bought my pens and paper from 'Country View Crafts' it was FREE postage and my word the delivery was so quick, I think they must have had Santa's little elves working with them lol!!

Challenges entered
LOTV Monthly Challenge - Make It Festive
Papertake Weekly - Sketchy Free for All (No.76)
A Gem of a A Challenge - Use 2 Backing Papers

Wow! hope you are still with me, this is such a long post!!  I do believe today is the last day of Summer!  but the weather man says we are still going to get some lovely weather in September... on that note I will sign out lol!!....
Take care,
Love and Hugs,


  1. Beautiful Christmas card Marjorie...super cute image and love how you've embellished your card..wonderful colours


  2. So good to see you back Marjorie and such a gorgeous Christmas card..fabulous colouring and love the sweet image and beautiful rich colours with the bling and stars...gorgeous.

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Gorgeous card. Love the cute image and the backing paper.

  4. Hi Marjorie,
    wonderful to have you back posting your creations. I am so glad you had a great holiday after your problem with transport.
    This is a super card. I love the design and that images is so sweet. You have made a fab job with the inks.
    I have used Country Crafts too and they are great for their delivery and no postage too can't be bad thing.
    Another site I have just found is Sunrise Crafts they don't charge postage if you spend over £7-50, and if you order before 3pm it's next day delivery. Especially good for us crafters who want it
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Such a cute christmas card Marjorie!!
    XXX Heidy

  6. Gorgeous card Marjorie. The little angels are adorable and I love the colour scheme and pretty papers.
    Glad to hear you had a lovely holiday
    Lorraine x

  7. Hi Majorie, this is wonderful and those papers are super.
    Hugs Sue W.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous Marjorie, adorable image coloured beautifully....glad you had a lovely holiday.
    Hugs Wendy xx

  9. Super card Marjorie, and brilliant colouring! I like the rich colours and I know how you must have felt by 3rd attempt! - but worth it in the end. I, like you think I like ribbon tucked in - must be the neat freak in me! lol. Hugs xx

  10. Hi Marjorie! Glad to hear that you had a fabulous time on holiday!!! :) And your card is soooo GORGEOUS! Love the colors .. so rich and elegant! Beauuuuutiful! And of course .. love the image!!!!!!! :)

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

    Big Hugs,

  11. This is a beautiful Christmas card, Marjorie! I love the metallic and sparkly look you've created! GREAT work!

  12. so stunning marjorie.really fabulous colours and details and i love the adorable image :D

    xx coops xx

  13. This is just gorgeous,great colours and fabulous

  14. Hi Marjorie,

    Such a beautiful card, I love the gold accents. The paper colours are so unusual for Christmas but so effective!

    Thanks for joining us at the Lili of the Valley 'Make it Festive' challenge, good luck!


    Erica x

  15. Absolutely adorable card Marjorie! Gorgeous colors and great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

  16. Beautiful card Marjorie, I love the colours it has all come together perfectly.

  17. So glad you had such a wonderful holiday Marjorie. Your card is gorgeous and I love the image. See you had fun playing with the watercolors. It's always so much fun to play and learn new things. Well done my friend! Keep these beauties coming. "Hugs"

  18. Morning sweetie, this is absolutely gorgeous, huggles Pops x x x

  19. Hi Marjorie, Glad to hear you had a super holiday after the mishaps...Your card is Beautiful....Love the beautiful image coloured just perfect....Hugs May x x x

  20. Stunning card Marjorie, the image and papers are gorgeous and I love the rich colour scheme. It was definitely worth persevering with the pens as your colouring is fab!!

    Glad you had a good holiday. Hope your mum is keeping well now.

  21. Beautiful card Marjorie, the image and details are so gorgeous.
    Glad to hear you all had a wonderful on your hols hun.

    Donna x

  22. Beautiful card Marjorie, the image and details are so gorgeous.
    Glad to hear you all had a wonderful on your hols hun.

    Donna x

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  24. Oh wow this is gorgeous. Love the vintage feel to it.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  25. Hi! there Marjorie,oh how lovely are you and it was so nice to chat today.
    Your card is really gorgeous and fantastic colouring. It took me ages to get a bit happy with my colouring and so not as good as lots of crafty ladies...a few went in the bin too.Sounds like you had a lovely holiday and very true I have never seen a Land Rover on a recovery truck,we have a discovery and love it.We visited Germany again this year and love it so much.
    Thank you bless for tidying up for me,really sweet of you and can't wait to see you again with a show and tell :)
    take care,hugs Lou.xx

  26. Glad you got to enjoy your Holiday Marjorie, these things always choose to happen at the most awkward times...its just to spook us!!! but our Hubby's are bigger than that :0))
    Gorgeous card, What a beautiful Christmas ..someone is going to be thrilled with it. Your Colouring is amazing already!
    Huge Hugs Mau xx