White on White..

You don’t want to know how hard it was for me
not use any other colour but white on my card!
I’ve seen them about in blogland and
always thought how gorgeous & classy they looked.

So, here is my first WoW attempt.
Another first for me was the Stair Step fold that I seen on Pam’s lovely blog.
If you fancy a go, her post with the template is here.

The gorgeous buggies are digital stamps from Bugaboo,
I have used two of the wee cuties to make a scene

The challenge over at Fab n Funky is ‘digi delight’,
so I’ll enter my card over there..

There are two Challenges asking for WoW cards:

* DoubleDutch Challenges
* Flutterby Wednesday

I’ve really enjoyed challenging myself making this card,
and am sure I’ll use only white and this fold again and again!


Quick reminder of my Copic Candy:

You have until tomorrow evening to enter to
be in with a chance to win a whole set of Ciao Copic pens..
Plus 3 runner up hAnglar & StAnglar stamp prizes.

Click the picture at the top of my sidebar for all the details.

Hugs, Marlene x


My altered ATG gun

Yayyy.. I’m soo excited to show you my ‘new’ tape gun..

I’m absolutely over the moon with it!

The ugly yellow ATG was going to be white with black and lots of bling,
but after the hubby incident I had to re-think.

My friend Sonia mentioned that nail polish remover might help
to smooth some of the scratches, it did help heaps!

Then I added silver glitter as the texture would hide most of the scuffs..
Any that were still visable I would try and cover with Rub-ons and gems.
Thankfully this idea worked a treat
and hubby is forgiven [for now!]


Isn’t it gorgeously blingy??

After the white and sparkle coats,
I’ve added my name and lots of
swirl rub-ons that I had for absolute ages [TLC]
Then added sticky pearls & gems around
my name, flower centers and base.


Flipped the gun over and carried on decorating..
Because of the texture of  the clear lid,
the rub-ons don’t stick to this part at all!
So I got my big Prima bling Swirls out
and used some bling to spell the word ‘Create’

Once I was happy with all the embellies
I sprayed the whole thing with fast dry clear enamel,
this really gives a fabulous shine to everything
plus it is also an extra adhesive for all the embellishments.

Click the pic below to see a close up of the glittery clear lid.

.. and eventho it is decorated,
I’m still able to see through how much tape I’ve got left.


Quick run through of the materials I used to alter:

* Plasti-Kote ~ white
* Plasti-Kote ~ Glitter Silver
* Plasti-Kote ~ clear Enamel
* Masking Tape
* Sandpaper
* Embellishments
… and a little of imagination!!


It’s funny..
It took me over a year to finally get my act together
and get to altering my ATG gun,
I am now looking around my craft space thinking
what object is gonna be my next victim.. lol

Hugs, Marlene x

Sugar Bowl ~52~ Love

Good morning and welcome to a brand spanking new challenge from the

Maria Therese has provided the lovely sketch for you all to use
and the optional theme is ‘Love’

Once again there is a fabulous prize up for grabs,
a pic & mix of 6 Sugar Nellie stamps of your choice..
and what with some fabby new ones in stock you’ll be spoilt for choice!!
But .. wait for it!
There are going to be 2 winners this fortnight, 6 stamps each!!


On to my card:
I finally got around to inking up this yummie stamp ‘Worried
and stamped him in brown onto water colour paper.
Took a waterbrush and smudged some of the lines of the image.

I then scored vertical lines all over the image,
and inked the edges with distress inks.

The other background papers I also made myself
by using the embossed white papers by SU!,
sponged distress inks all over,
this really makes the embossed patterns stand out.

Huge silk bow threaded through the image finishes off the card a treat.

As always.. please visit the blog for all the details
and gain lots of inspiration from my DT Sweeties


On another note..

I’ve decided to alter my ATG yesterday.
I took the tape wheels off and covered up the bit’s I didn’t want painting with masking tape.

Then sprayed on the first layer with plastic compatible paint.. looking gooood!
I wanted to do 3 coats and had to wait an hour between each one..
Then 24 hrs for the last coat to totally set.
Talk about watching paint dry!

When the 3rd coat was on,
I quickly nipped out to take Lolly to brownies and when I got back hubby only decided to have a clean up and chucked the whole caboodle to one side ready to be skipped!!

Needless to say all the tacky paint was scoffed & scratched..
tell you, I was about to kill him!

Will have to wait till this evening,
sand down as much as I can and start again..
with hopefully no interfering hubby’s about!

Hugs, Marlene x

Candy with a Twist IV




It’s time for the last draw of  my Blogoversary Candy..

How would you like to be in with a chance of winning this set of Ciao Copic pens?
But that is not all..
As I’ve been blogging for 3 years,
THREE runners up will each win a surprise stamp of the hAnglar variety!
I love surprises.. don’t you?

before I get into details there is the little matter of announcing Candy III winner,
and that lucky person is:

HEATHER, or Hev to her friends 😉

Congratulations hunnie!
Please contact me by email with your details so you can stroke your goodies!


This Candy will close on Sunday 30th of January,
To join in.. please leave a message under this post.


For the Bonus Candy players
[Only the bloggers that have played all along please!]
The word is “Fairy

Fingers Crossed and Good Luck!

Marlene x

What’s on your workdesk 86

Time for another WOYWW over at The Stamping ground
and this is what greeted me on my work space this morning..
an itty bitty ladybird!

Sorry about not being much ‘Desk space’ mess in the photo,
but had to take the pic quick before he flew away.

Off to look at some other crafty desks..

Hugs, Marlene x

Teddybo challenge two

Back with a card to show you that I was going to show you earlier..
but got a call out so am behind once again!

I’m supposed to let you all know the winner of my Blog Candy with a Twist
and announce the new candy..
but I’m gonna leave you in suspence a little longer and do it tomorrow.

I just had to have a couple of more Teddybo digi’s
and when I seen that the challenge at the blog is ‘seeing double’,
I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

The sketch from Papertake Weekly fits perfect with my idea so I got started.

I wanted the main front panel image to ‘hide’ the inside image,
so that when it is opened, it would reveal teddybo number two!

I’ve flipped Teddybo for the inside and added a circle,
it makes a great space for my message.

Open the card fully, it looks like this:

As always, you can click the pictures to see a larger view.

Other challenges my card fits in to:

Teddybo Challenge: Seeing Double,
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Valentines,
My time to Craft: Embossing [tickets],
Everybody Art: Fav Things [copic colouring]


Papers I used are MME,
Nellie Snellen, MS border and Nesties for die cutting..
Tickets are heat embossed with white and used
Heart ‘love’ stamp from Daisy Designs for inner heart.


Thanks so much for looking,

Hugs, Marlene x

a Sassy Blog Hop..

Just a quick post from me this morning before I shoot off to work,
but want to point you in the direction of the first

Maria and the Sassy DT done a fabulous job with the new release,
and just know I’d want them all!!

The cuties are available from Funky Kits

Have a gorgeous day,

Hugs, Marlene x