Monday 30 November 2009

New Guest DT

Morning everyone!
Pink Gem Designs would like to welcome our new Guest DT member Mandy of Crafty fox Cards. Mandy is fairly new to blogging but her cards are wonderful.....she also has some fab candy on there too......but hurry only a few more days left!
A few weeks ago some of you will remember we ran a competion for a stamp draw and the entrants had to make cards using Pink Gem Designs stamps.
We were also on the look out for new Guest DT members (3 month period). We wanted people that were not only good at making cards but also  love our stamps
There were some fabulous entries and it was very difficult to choose but we did narrow it down to a list of favourites so don't be surprised if we contact any of you over the coming months
 The first person to be chosen was Christine aka Nanaseaside who has just served her first month as GDT and if you check out her blog you will see her gorgeous cards!

Sunday 29 November 2009

Friday Sketchers

I followed a lovely sketch this week on Friday Sketchers and turned it into an easel card to give to my parents

I have used my 'Baby Polar Bear' stamp which is a new release from Pink Gem Designs
The image has been coloured with distress inks and glamour dust
DP is from Sweet Shoppe  by Zoe Pearn which I am loving at the moment
Sentiments have been computer generated
If you have never made an easel card take a look  here at my tutorial where I show you a very quick and easy way to do it!

Saturday 28 November 2009

Happy Birthday 'Little Gem'


'Gimme Five'

It is Gems birthday today and she is 6 years old

Happy Birthday 'Little Gem'!

Gem inspired me to design a range of 'Little Gem' stamps for Pink Gem Designs and you can see them here
We even have a 'Little Gem's Birthday' stamp!

Sorry for being such a bad blogger lately but I have been tied up creating new stamp designs for the new year.......things should be back to normal in a few days

Tuesday 24 November 2009

15% Off & Spot Is Back

We have 15% off all fairies until the end of November.......see them here

This includes our ever popular 'Snowy Sprinkles' see her here

Also Spot is back in town!

Yes Max & Milly's favorite little puppy 'Spot' is back in stock at Pink Gem Designs
See him here

Sunday 22 November 2009

Snowy Sprinkles Meets 2 Challenges

My entry for this weeks Friday Sketchers and Allsorts Challenge where the theme is a title of a Christmas carol or song...... my song title is 'Merry Christmas'

I have used 'Snowy Sprinkles' which is available from Pink Gem Designs. I have  coloured her face and hair with Copics & paper pieced her clothes. I have added Flower Soft to the fur on her clothes and Glamour Dust to her wings and snowflakes.
'Snowy Sprinkles' is one of this months special offers!
You will need a large acrylic block as the stamp is a 'good size'.... we also sell these on our website
This is my first attempt at an easel card and I really enjoyed making it
The papers are from Sweet Shoppe by Zoe Pearn

Thursday 19 November 2009

Papertake Weekly / Winter Milly

My entry for this week Papertake Weekly following a sketch by the lovely Dawny.

I have used my 'Winter milly' stamp which is avaiable from Pink Gem Designs

Milly has been coloured with a mixture of Ciao Copic Markers and Koh-I-Noor pencils. I have added Flower Soft to the fur on her clothes and Stickles glitter glue to the snow
Papers are Cosmo Cricket 'Jolly by Golly' - Play Day

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Meg Meets 2 Challenges

My entry for this weeks Stamp Something following a fab sketch by Ann. I am also entering it for a Spoon Full Of Sugar where the challenge is 'Baby's 1st Christmas'

I have used my 'Meg In Hat & Scarf' & 'Big christmas Hugs' stamps which are available from Pink Gem Designs

Meg has been water coloured using Tim holtz Distress Inks with Flower Soft added to her hat & scarf.
Papers are Cosmo Cricket 'Jolly By Golly' - Silly Chilly

Sunday 15 November 2009

Something A Bit Different

 Something a bit different from me today. It is my dearest Mam's 75th birthday on Tuesday so I wanted to make her something a bit more elegant rather than my usual cutsie style of cards

A bit out of my comfort zone here but I did a bit of blog hopping for inspiration and I came across a beautiful card..... see here...... by Julie of 'Julies Inkspot' which inspired me to make this card
If you have never visited Julie's blog then you are in for a treat as her work is breathtaking!!

I used white Core-Dinations Card stock which I have inked up with chalk ink, a dovecraft stamp which I have had for ages and never used, sentiment printed on the computer & punched flowers and pearls

Saturday 14 November 2009

Montain Ash Crafts Demo

Had a lovely time at Mountain Ash Crafts today! I was showing how to watercolour my stamp images with Tim Holtz Distress Inks
I also met a few of the lovely people who frequently  pass by my blog ...... that is the nicest part of doing a demo!
I  managed to pick up a few crafty bits and peices that I have been looking for like Polar White Flower Soft, pale pink Stickles & Cut & Dry Foam.....oh and a few other things too!

Friday 13 November 2009

'Snowflake Mimi' meets 2 challenges!

My entry for this weeks Cute Card Thursday 'Glitter Me Silly' and Sketch Saturday .
I even managed to take a photograph in 'good light' today too!

I have used my 'Snowflake Mimi' stamp which is one of the new releases from Pink Gem Designs

The image has been watercoloured with distress inks and stickles glitter glue added to her shoes and belt
Papers are October Afternoon 'Good Cheer/Sugar Cookies'

Thursday 12 November 2009

By the Cute & Girly Challenge

What a dark and dismal afternoon again! Great card making weather but no good for taking photo's of them after they are finished........popped this one under the daylight lamp again....but it hasn't done it justice!

I am entering this card for the new By The Cute & Girly Challenge which takes place on the 1st of every month. This month the theme is 'Winter Wonderland'.

I have used my new stamp 'Mimi in Coat & Scarf' which is a new stamp just released from Pink Gem Designs. I have water coloured Mimi with distress inks and added lots of stickles to the fur on her clothes and to the snowflakes.

Wednesday 11 November 2009

Happy Birthday Pink Gem Designs!

Pink Gem Designs was launched excactly one year ago today! We started selling from our blog with just 4 Mimi designs and soon things began to snowball. Following our success we launched a website in May last year and the business has since gone from strenth to strenth ......... we now have 138 stamp designs online! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful customers for their support during the last year!

Janet xx

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Good News!

Two brand new Mimi stamps are now onsale on the Pink Gem Designs website......see them here

The other good news is many of you have been waiting for 'Snowy Sprinkles' and our top seller 'Winter Milly' to be back in stock........well they arrived from the factory today and are now on the website!

Ho Ho Ho!

What a dark and dismal day today is! I had to put this card under the daylight lamp to photograph it. Here is another Christmas card made using my 'Santa & Chimney' stamp and 'Ho Ho Ho' sentiment both available from Pink Gem Designs. I have coloured the image with Ciao Copic markers and gone for bright papers to try and cheer the day up! These are lovely  Cosmo Cricket papers and are called 'Jolly by Golly'

Monday 9 November 2009

Introducing Mimi In Coat & Scarf

Here is another sneak preview of a new Mimi stamp coming to Pink Gem Designs soon!...... & I have just had news from the factory that the new stamps are arriving watch out for them on the website tomorrow evening!

Sunday 8 November 2009

Holly Jumper Milly does the Triple Challenge!

I have entered 3 challenges with one card this week. I have followed a lovely sketch by Sonja over at A Spoon Full of Sugar, follwed the Colour Create Challenge by making my card in 'Blue, Silver & White'.........and I am also entering it for the Allsorts Challenge 'Bring Out Your Bling'
I have used my 'Holly Jumper Milly' stamp which is available at Pink Gem Designs. Milly has been water coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and you can see a tutorial on her being coloured Here. I have also added plenty of glamour dust for a touch of sparkle!

Saturday 7 November 2009

Distress Ink Tutorial

I keep being asked to do a tutorial on watercolouring with distress inks so we have put one on the Pink Gem Designs Website.......and here it is!

It was my middle childs 30th birthday last weekend and my older son made this cake for his brothers surprise birthday party. It is a copy of his first ever car, an old Mini which he lovingly restored!

15% Off Fairies

Good morning everyone! The good news is my computer is now fixed and some other good news is .......we have 15% off all Fairies until the end of November including our ever popular Snowy Sprinkles!........see them here

Friday 6 November 2009

A Sneak Peak - Snowflake Mimi

A little peak at one of two new Mimi designs coming soon to Pink Gem Designs.......she is called 'Snowflake Mimi'........isn't she sweet!

Mountain Ash Crafts

I will be at Mountain Ash Crafts on Saturday 14th November. I will be doing a demo on how to watercolour my stamps with Tim Holtz distress inks. I will be there between 1-4pm so if anyone fancies popping by to say hello then please do! Mountain Ash Crafts is located in the Halfpenny Green Vineyards in the beautiful south Staffordshire countryside and is well worth a visit!

Thursday 5 November 2009

Teddy & Snowman

Sorry to have been missing for 24hrs but I have not been able to access my blog at all until this morning. The computer is very iffy at the moment and anything I can connect to in the mornings I lose in the I have quickly posted a card before it dies on me. We have a good neighbour who is a computer expert........he is coming tonight to take it apart and rebuild it. Windows 7 will also be installed if need be so I will be missing from early evening until tomorrow when hopefuly things will be back to normal (fingers crossed)
Anyway the card has been made with my 'Teddy & Snowman' stamp which is available from Pink Gem Designs. The image has been watercoloured with distress inks and stickles added for a touch of Christmas sparkle. I have gone for the 'all white' look again as I am just loving this at the moment!

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Computer Problems

Anyone else having computer problems this last couple of days? I keep getting error messages and then losing internet connection. Have had the computer switch off all afternoon to give it a rest. I can get on my blog now but I can't get into Pink Gem Designs website at the!

Guest Designer!

Morning Everyone.......sorry I am late posting this but I lost my internet connection yesterday morning and things are still a bit hit and miss with my computer
Anyway I am pleased to announce our new GD at Pink Gem Designs is Christine aka Nanaseaside. Christines cards are wonderful and I am sure you will agree when you visit her blog!

Sunday 1 November 2009

Competiton Winners!

The winners of the two competions are:-

Win 6 Pink Gem stamps of your choice (subject to availability) - Lorna of Lorna's Card Corner Lorna was chosen using the random number generator

Where Have I Been? - Jane of Jem's Crafting Blog guessed the correct resort where we had spent our recent Spanish holiday which was Mojacar. Jane wins 2 Pink Gem stamps of her choice (subject to availability)

So girls if you can email me at with your stamp choices and details I will pop them in the post tomorrow

Now as for the guest designer winner I am going to have to keep you all guessing until tomorrow. We have been away all weekend as it was my sons surprise 30th birthday party last night and we have just arrived home. I am feeling very tired and need to study the entries very carefuly before I make a choice. It is not going to be an easy choice to make as there has been so many wonderful entries...... so pop back tomorrow to find out who it is!

Win 6 Pink Gem Stamps / Guest Designer

This post will stay at the top until November 1st:-

Win 6 Pink Gem Designs stamps of your choice, subject to availability!

Here is what you have to do to enter:-

1. Make a card using any Pink Gem Designs stamp and post it on your blog. It's OK to use a stamp that you already have.

2. Post the card on your own blog with a link back to this blog. You can enter as many times as you like. The more cards you make the more chances you will have in the draw.

3. Leave comments here each time you post your cards so I can come and visit your blog as I am also looking for our next 'Guest Designer' for the Pink Gem DT

All the entrants will be entered into a draw which will take place on November 1st and the winner drawn at random will win 6 Pink Gem Design stamps of their choice, subject to availability!

I will also announce the new Guest Designer! Please note that the Guest Designer will be chosen separately. COMPETITION NOW CLOSED!