Thursday, 22 March 2012

It's D'Arcy day !

Gooood morning sweet friends!
Thursday again and we have another fantastic D'Arcy day here with a new release of gorgeous images for us all to play with and we are starting our second challenge!
Thank you so much for all the wonderful entries for our first challenge, we were overwhelmed by the number of entries, but most of all over the standard of your creations!!
D'Arcy friends,- you really are amazing!

The design team loved visiting your blogs and we have picked our winner
for the wonderful prize of five D'Arcy's Diaries images

Overall Winner
And the two runners up are
If you gorgeous ladies could contact Gayle via the D'Arcy website for your prize and your winner badges that would be great
The challenge today is another easy, but very lovely one...

Ribbon and lace
-Use one of them or both on your project
  • You must use a D'Arcy's Diaries image
  • You must follow our theme
  • You may enter more than once
  • Closing date for entries is midnight (UK time) Tuesday 4th April
  • and the prize is
    with 2 runners up each receiving a free graphic....and of course your winner's badges for your blog...x

Now, what's NEW this week?!

And here you can see what the wonderful design team have come up with:
Miss Caroline-My Minds Eye Papers
Glitter Paper
printed sentiment
vintage lace
cream ribbon
ice stickles
star dust stickles
gelly roll clear star
Prisma colored pencils/OMS
Gold Frame-thrift store find

Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby papers
Camel seam binding
Lace from stash
Button - Woodware
Image coloured with Promarkers
Sentiment - Autumn Leaves
Brushed corduroy distress ink
Kraft cs - Stamping Up


Coloured with Copics
Glitter on stars
Seambinding and ribbon from stash and the "dry grass" (halm in norwegian!!!) from Panduro
Flower from WOC, feather from Bikuben and pearls from Edna :)
Lovely sentiment from here


I've used  DARCYSDIARIES_030 on my card as well as lots of die cuts.
Tim Holtz on the edge doily, Cuttlebug sentiment and a few Spellbinders create a carnation.
The paper is a really old piece of My Minds Eye Bohemia.

I lightly coloured D'Arcy with flexmarkers and dabbed the flowers with Mulled Lavender Distress Ink.


Eco park papers
Wimsy bottle die
Ms border punch


DARCYSDIARIES_028 coloured with copic's
I also added clear glitter pen to her eyelids (which I rubbed with my finger to make it very light) and her lips.
Papers are First Edition Summer Breeze
Lace from my stash
Nestabilites fancy labels with matching stamp from Gina K


Image - DD_028 - Coloured in Photoshop
All papers - Gorgeous 2 - Clipart Fairy
Border - Martha Stewart punch - Layered Arches
Lace - stash
Ribbon, charms and pearls - MeiFlower


Aren't they all just beautiful!!?

Thank you for joining us today and we hope you will enter our challenge...x

Catch  you later...Gayle & the D'Arcy Girls...xx

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday - Easter - Team B

Goood Morning Happy Campers....are you all having a good time on this roller-coaster ride called 'life'!??!?!  :O)  I got a new book at the weekend, it's called "The Magic" and it's the follow up to the "The Secret" and it reminds us all to be thankful for everything....for the seat you're sitting on to the computer you're reading this on to the electricity that powers the internet for you......nothing is too small for you not to be grateful for it's existence in your life and the power and independence it gives today I want to say a MIGHTY BIG thank you to you all......for listening to our little tales, for taking the time to look at and visit the Desgin Team's blogs and cards, for taking my little doodles to your heart and for making the most wonderful creations......THANK YOU....x  Please find the time today to remember what you're grateful for....don't just leave it to one day in the year for you to

SO......what's this week's news...well....we have some new Dies going into the store today....our delivery of Die-Versions arrived yesterday and I'm busy in the background getting them on the site.  They are fabulous, sturdy metal dies that will cut cardstock, patterned paper, craft foil, fun foam, think chipboard, wool blend felt, tissue paper cotton fabric, adhesive backed papers, cork sheets, thin transparency sheets and handmade's quite a lot!!!

Beautiful designs, ALPHABETS, GORGEOUS, bunting and LOTS of beautiful shapes.....pop along later today for a wee look...x

We're also making the Teddy Bo Tuesday releases every TWO weeks.
You will still see wonderful inspiration from the DT and I'll be here with all the news but we just want to try this new format to see how it goes...we hope you'll still visit us every Tuesday though....x

Sunday ended our most recent challenge and once again we were blessed with fantastic entries...thank you so much for taking the time to enter....x  But we can only have 3 winners and they are:

Overall winnerWilly

with our runners up being:



Ladies, congratulations and please contact me via the website....x


Our challenge theme this fortnight is 
EASTER and/or
Buttons and Bows

our normal prizes are up for grabs,
with a graphic for our runners, what are you waiting for?!?!
The challenge will run until Sunday 1st April Midnight GMT and as usual the winner will receive the Fabulous Teddy Bo 10, with two runner up prizes of a graphic each.

Let's take a look at what's new in store today

and now, the best bit, the inspiration from the Design Team


Card with matching Egg Basket

A simple layout to use all those scraps.
I have used ME TO YOU - Papers - Spring Chic - LUSH!
I printed Bo & Bea on to linen textured canvas glossy card, which is for photo's.
This was an experiment - just wanted to see how the pro-markers colour on it.
I'm actually pleased with the end results.
Ribbon from my stash.
Sentiment - Scrap-a-licious



I´ve used:
Teddy Bo 188
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Ivy tendrils from memory box



I´ve played with TEDDYBOBEA_117
cardstock in two different green tones
design paper by First Edition Paper
flower punch by EK Success
butterfly punch by Mart ha Stewart
embellies: Buttons

Teddy Bo 188
Prisma Pencils
BoBunny Papers
Twine and buttons



TEDDYBOBEA_118 (pre-coloured)
Papers are DCWV Latte stack
Corner punch by woodware
Wired glittery ribbon off my Mum


sort of hidden hand made see pouch behind the graphic

Image is Precolored Teddy Bo Bea 118
Shading w/Copic
Maya Road Mix It Up Album (altered w/ Ranger distress crackle paint Picket Fence White then with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and sponged
Dp is Color Bok - Pastels
Picket Fence Die,Pedestal Tag Die "Easter Egg" (designed by TLC) ,Celebrations Circle Pennants die are Shapeology at Whimsy
Celebration Circle Pennants Sentiment by Raindrop Echo w/Whimsy
WOC pearl brads, The Paper Studios pearls
Hampton Art letter stamps (mini's)
Recollections Handmade flower "Plaster of Paris" collection
Have a furry hugging day...x

Catch you later.....Gayle and the Gang...x

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Teddy Bo Tuesday Mid-challenge reminder

Good Morning to you all......another wonderful Teddy Bo Tuesday is here.  It really is quite amazing how quickly these weeks are flying by.  Have you entered our challenge's a great one as it's a MENU challenge which gives you choices of what to put on your card....something I always struggle with.

It's Mother's Day this Sunday in the UK...the day after St Patrick's day which is on Saturday 17th March.  I hope those of you that make your cards are getting organised for whichever day you wish to celebrate.

SO....what's NEW this week?!!?


and of course with new graphics there are new cards from the DT and they haven't disappointed.


I have used TeddyBo_186, My choice for this card was Blue and White, Flowers, Ribbon and a little glitter too. I'm really loving the simply style of this card.


My menu choices were;
Starter - Green and Cream
Main - Buttons
Desert - Ribbon
Coffee - Charm

Image TBB_113 coloured in Photoshop - I added go faster stripes!
Papers, road, traffic signs border and driving license - Nitwits Collections - Beep Beep
Ribbon, buttons and charm - MeiFlower


Starter: Green and cind of cream
Main: Flowers
Dessert: ribbon
Coffe: Glitter
I have glued an extra waterpart under,so it´s a little edge where the water starts.....and then i put some glitter there. =)
Coloured with Promakers
The water is distresscolours
Text says: Congrats


Bea is in Windy Paris looking for Bo ( He is in the pub lol) !

Starter- Blue & Cream
Main - Flower
Dessert - Ribbon
Coffee - Glitter

Image is TEDDYBOBEA_113

Starter: Blue and cream
Main: Flowers
Dessert: Ribbon
Coffee: Charms
My papers come from Creative Inspirations, flowers from WOC and Kort og Godt
Charm from Kort og Godt, calendarstamp from LOTV

You still have until Midnight GMT Sunday 18th March to enter the Menu challenge and be in with a chance of winning the Teddy Bo 10.

Catch you later.....Gayle and the Gang...x

Thursday, 8 March 2012

It's D'Arcy day and the Challenge starts!!


Today is a very exciting day here at D'Arcy's Diaries since we are starting our first challenge!
We are so happy to give you our first theme and it is set to

#1 Anything goes!!

We wanted to start easy and we really looking forward to see what you can come up with, so come on and join us!

  • You must use a D'Arcy's Diaries image
  • You must follow our theme
  • You may enter more than once
  • Closing date for entries is midnight (UK time) Tuesday 20th March
Gosh..that wasn't hard was it!!
    and what's the prize?!?!?
    with 2 runners up each receiving a free graphic....and of course your winner's badges for your blog...x
 We really hope you can join us....but in the meantime, here's what's new this week...x

And this is the fantastic inspiration from our design team:

Basic Greys 'Printery' papers
Elegant swirl - Sizzix die
Seam binding coloured with brushed corduroy distress ink
Prisma pencils for colouring
Label die - Tim Holtz
Sentiment - Whimsy stamps

October Afternoon paper and others from my scrapdrawer
wooden flower buttons, red button
colored with promarkers
twine, machine stitching

Coloured with copic's
Papers are First Edition New Leaf
Martha Stewart border punch
Ribbon and card candi from my stash

Paper: Teddy Bo

Coloured with Copics and distressed around image with DI
Papers from Pion
Sentiment about friendship from Papirgleder
Rosette from TH, brand new today :) and some rhinestones from stash

Money box made from an empty gravy granule tub
image - DD_022 - coloured in photoshop
Papers - various - Clipart Fairy
Ribbon, gems, pearls, charms - MeiFlower
Die cut - Nellie Snellen


Thanks for visiting us today....we hope you have been inspired by our designs and visit us again soon....x

Gayle and the D'Arcy Girls...xxxx