Tuesday, 29 June 2010


Well, last Sunday was my baby's birthday (my baby is now 38!!) so I made him this card. The image is from the Digi Doodle Shop and is called 'Boy and Dog'. The reason it brings memories is that when Neil was a small boy, my parents had a Retriever called Sadie and she was inseparable from my children when they were around. They could do anything with her so this image reminded me of her and how patient she was with the kids.

Anyhoo, I cut out the panel for the image with my Nesties (of course!) and distressd the edge with Faded Jeans Distress Ink. The image is coloured with Copics and I very carefully kept a list of them, which is below for you. I wasn't too delighted with the colouring of the boy's hair. My son's hair was virtually white he was so fair (he also had hair then!! LOL) but conveying that in coluring an image is not easy! The papers and button are from my stash, as is the rafia. I drew the star by hand on the reverse of the Bazill card and then cut it out. I made up the sentiment from a group of clear word stamps I bought eons ago from Sir Stampalot - sorry don't know who makes them.

Copics used:
Book - Y17, Y38, Y28
Jeans - B93, B95, B97
Hair - Y00, Y21, E41, E43
Socks/Shadow - W1, W3, W5 then Colourless Blender to fade out the shadow
Dog - E53, E31, E33, E35
Skin - E50, E00, E11, E21, R20
T shirt - R22, R24, R27

I hope you like it.

Bye for now

Diane x

Sunday, 20 June 2010

All Dressed Up

As soon as I saw this image on someone's blog (I'm sorry but I can't remember whose) I knew I had to buy her. She's from Digi Doodle Shop and I just thought that she was so cute. It makes me think of a saying I've heard many times here in the UK - 'Big hat, no knickers' (or is it 'red hat, no knickers' - never sure!!).

What I did know is that the shoes would be red and the rest of it just fitted in with that. The only problem is....and not a new one for me....it's a while since I made the card but it took me some time to find the right sentiment for it and I don't know which Copic colours I used to do the colouring. I've taken a pretty good guess though and listed them for you below.

The hearts were punched from a Sizzix die I've had for years. The image was cut out with my faithful Nesties and the distressing was done with Fired Brick Distress Ink. The leaves were punched from DP that was lying around in my stash and I used my McGill Pine punch for that. The flowers are from the amazing Wild Orchid Crafts (link in my sidebar) and the ribbon is from Fantastic Ribbons who have a wonderful selection of ribbons at really bargain prices. Buttons are from my stash and scured with some crochet thread.

The DPs are from MME Be Loved Dearest Dots and K & Co Sera Sera. Now here goes for the Copics:

Skin: E50, E00, E11, E21, R20
Shoes and flower: R20, R22, R24
Hat: E40, E41, E43
Hat ribbon: G20,G21, G24

I hope you like her.

Diane x

Friday, 18 June 2010

Wow! I've won an award!

The lovely Neet has very kindly given me this Creative Writer Award - in fact, she gave it to me last Sunday but it's been such a busy week that I haven't had a chance to tell you about it. These are the 'rules of the game' that I have to follow:

Proudly display the award - above

Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth, or switch it around and tell six outrageous truths and one outrageous lie.

1. I married my teenage sweetheart
2. I go to the gym regularly
3. I once appeared at the Royal Albert Hall
4. I climbed Mount Snowdon the hard way
5. My latest novel will be published at the end of the year
6. I love to go to the movies
7. My goal in life is to walk the beaches of the world

OK so these sound boring - but ... which is the lie and which are the truths?

Nominate seven creative writers who might be into doing this. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate and let the owners of those blogs know.

Now to seven creative writers who I admire and who I hope enjoy a bit of fun. Most of these people I only 'know' through the wonderful world of blogging, which is an amazing medium for bringing people together.

Debbie whose blog I visit regularly and always enjoy reading. If you haven't seen her work yet hop over and leave her a comment
Kim a very talented lady whose blog is also another regular stop when I'm able to go blogging around
Dyan also known as Dylan, a mega talented lady whose workshops I enjoy enormously
Mina who produces some fabulous work with amazing regularity
Bev whose blog is another regular stop for me on the blogging round and who never fails to share her techniques with us all
Vix who produces some lovely work
Sandra Hammer a wonderful artist and if you haven't seen her work, do visit her blog

Sorry if I have missed anyone off but the rules made me stop

I do hope the talented ladies I have selected play along with the fun but, of course, there's no obligation - we're all such busy people these days and it's hard to fit everything in.