Thursday, 27 August 2015

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 88 - Small and Cute

Time for a new Crimbo Crackers challenge and the theme for the fortnight is:

Small and Cute

I've made this little set of cards using a cute Jellypark image - Penguin With Woolly Hat, coloured them with Promarkers, embossed the card blank with Swiss Dots, added a handcut and inked snow mound background (plus a little sparkle!) and then hand wrote the Sizzix tag, tied together with matching embroidery thread and an iridescence snowflake.

The card blanks were off-cuts from other card blanks plus I have a pile of little envelopes (bought a fair few packs of Christmas cards in the sales for next to nothing!) So cute!  Good luck with the challenge - for more details, pop over to the challenge blog.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Polar Bears or Penguins
Crafting By Designs:  Things With Wings
Fab n Funky:  Things With Wings
I Love Promarkers:  Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon:  Pink, Turquoise and Green
Passion for Promarkers:  Animals

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tea Will Make It Better

I do like the sentiments from the Tea Time Set!  Great for quick cards and for using up scraps!  The set - you get lots - is only £5 in the Dr Digi store.

I've used an X Cut fancy die to cut the sentiment, added a scrap of rope - recycled from a clothes tag and used up some scraps of printed paper from another project.  I've distressed the edges to give it a more rustic look and added some half pearls from my stash.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafty Boots:  Fair and Square
Love To Scrap:  Anything Goes
Not Just Cards:  Anything Goes
Whoopsi Daisy:  Anything Goes

Monday, 24 August 2015

First Day At School

I'm a little late making this as the recipient actually started school last week! I forget that Scotland goes back to school earlier than we do in England, anyway, I'm sure he'll like it! It's for one of my cousins' kids and it doesn't seem that long ago he was being born! I've used a Tiddly Inks stamp - Geekatude, coloured with Promarkers, along with the blackboard digi (I think its retired as couldn't find it in the store) plus Samantha Walker A to Z papers.

I've handwritten the sentiment tag and added some kraft die cut stars and a cute little ruler charm.  Now must remember to get it in the post to him!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Paper Craft Crew:  Sketch followed
Daring Cardmakers:  Let's Hear It For The Boys
Digitally Sweet:  Celebrations
Just Add Ink:  Cards For Guys
Kitty Bee Challenges:  School
Cute Card Thursday:  Back To School

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Froche Weihnachten

** Update - I've changed the sentiment on the card after realising I'd added an extra C - I'd randomly printed two sentiments, one correctly spelt and one not and yep, guess which one I added!  Now all changed!! **

I've got a rather long list of Christmas cards on order to make this year so have made a start, and this is one of them. The sentiment is by request as it is to be sent to a German family.  I've used the August progressive challenge digi by From The Heart Stamps - Candy Cane for Snowman.

I've used Promarkers to colour plus watercolour pencils for the background; added glitter glue and glossy accents.  All the coloured card is from a really nice foolscap sized pad from Lidl (25 sheets for £2!) plus a piece of silver card from my stash.  Both pieces have been embossed with Swiss Dots.

I've added ribbon from my stash, the snowflake is a Marianne Creatables die and I've also used half pearls, again from my stash.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

From The Heart Stamps:  Progressive Monthly Challenge
Sweet Sketch Wednesday:  Sketch followed
Christmas Card Challenges:  Anything Goes
That Craft Place:  Blue
Little Claire's:  Christmas In August

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Teacher Training

Perfect image to use - From The Heart Stamps, Copic Markers Birdbrain for someone who has just been accepted onto a teacher training course!  I've coloured the image with Promarkers, used a blackboard digi from Tiddly Inks and the papers are Samantha Walker - A to Z mega kit.

The wooden stars are from my stash along with the waxed cord (ebay purchases from China!)

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Passion for Promarkers:  Sketch followed
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends:  Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish:  Use A Digi
Crafting With Friends:  Anything Goes

Friday, 21 August 2015

Little Cutie

This is the 10th and last card of the 'age 6' batch that I was asked to make.  Used another Lily of the Valley pre coloured square for this, layered onto silver and lilac card and added a little glitter here and there.

Also used a fancy circles Nestie die and an X Cut circle.  Added liquid pearl dots around the edges of the two panels and glitter glue around the image (photo doesn't really show it)  Everything else including the ballerina charm is from my stash.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Cheerful Sketches:  Sketch followed
Moo Mania and More:  Embellishments
Ruby's Rainbow:  Die Cuts and Punches
Die Cuttin' Diva's:  Celebrate
Papertake Weekly:  To Die For

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Still trying to use up the cute pre coloured squares from Lily of the Valley - thing is, I have loads so it will be some time before they are down to an acceptable quantity!

This one has been layered onto silver card and blue paper which matches the patterned paper behind.  Stars have been cut with an X Cut die, number 6 is a Sizzix die and the sentiment stamp is from my stash.  Remembered I had the cute little boy charm so that got added too!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Creative Blooms:  Sketch and colour palette followed
Papertake Weekly:  To Die For
Sweet Stamps:  Masculine
Crafty Boots:  Fair and Square
Dream Valley Challenges:  Add A Charm
Oh-La-La Challenges:  One For The Boys

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Surprised Chick

A quick card from me today made with scraps of printed papers - Echo Park, Summerdays,  that I had to hand so I had to do some clever joining!  Layered the strips and image onto some chocolate brown card from my stash and then added the ribbon.  The button is from my rather large collection and pleased that I found one fairly quickly that matched the colour scheme!

The image is From The Heart Stamps - Surprised Birdbrain and I've used Promarkers to colour - the sentiment came with the image.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments:  Anything Goes
Paper Minutes:  Celebration
Melonheadz:  Handcoloured image
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper:  Anything Goes
From The Heart Stamps:  Sketch followed and twist!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


There is nothing more satisfying than getting out on the open road, the wind in your hair and the feel of all the flies splattering against your goggles.

Luckily this does not deter Beryl the Biker - anything to get away from the rat race!  The digi is available from Dr Digi and I've coloured her with Promarkers, made the road signs from images on the internet (plus one of my own).  Grass is a Marianne Creatables icicles die, clouds are Memory Box dies and I've hand written the banner myself.

I've added a '2015' charm and also a motorbike charm - both from my rather extensive stash!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Bunny Zoe's Crafts:  Shaped Cards
Dream Valley Challenges:  Add a Charm
Melonheadz:  Handcoloured Image
Glitter and Sparkle:  Stepper Card

Friday, 14 August 2015

Polkadoodle Challenge Week 33 - Use Something New

Still time to enter the current Polkadoodle challenge - the theme is:

Use Something New

I'm making a start on my Christmas cards early and have made these three cuties for my three nieces.  I've used the gingerbread image from the Twiggy and Toots Festive Fun cd - simply enlarged it without any quality issues and then added thick liquid pearls, a banner and half pearls.

I've handwritten the banners with their names and used bakers twine from my stash.  I think the girls will like them!

I've found (through trial and error!) that the Papermania own brand of liquid pearls (although around half the price of proper liquid pearls) has a large nozzle so not good for detailed and fine work but great for replica icing!

I coloured the bunting with Promarkers to match the red bows on the gingerbreads.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday:  Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner:  Any Holiday
Double Click Skittles;  Food
Simon Says Stamp:  Food or Drink
Bunny Zoe's Crafts:  Shaped Cards