Friday, 29 May 2015

Cute Birdies

Just about making it on time! This is my entry for From The Heart Digi Stamps Monthly Progressive challenge using Apple Blossom Birds.  I've coloured them with Promarkers and used a rather old and faded inkpad for the background.

I've used an offcut of card for the base and layered an X Cut die cut over the top, inked the edges and then layered the image.  I've added tiny liquid pearl dots around the edge as I didn't want anything too heavy and have used organza baby blue ribbon from my stash along with a heart charm.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

From The Heart Digi Stamps:  Monthly Progressive Challenge
Inky Chicks:  Pearls
Passion For Promarkers:  Come Fly With Me
Craft-Dee Bowz:  Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow
Crafty Cardmakers:  Shaped Card

Thursday, 28 May 2015

CRAFT Challenge - May Guest Designer - Father's Day or Male

The month is almost at an end and this is my final challenge as a Guest Designer for CRAFT Challenges - thank you to Jo and the team for having me!  The theme this week is:

Father's Day or Male

I've used an image from The Stamping Boutique - Prince Lonnie Latte and coloured it with Promarkers.  The card base is a scrap from my stash and I've used a Clearly Besotted die for the wording which I've cut three times and then layered up.

A little bit of faux stitching around the edge of the card base with a silver gel pen and the card is complete!  Good luck with the challenge - for more details pop over to the blog.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Through The Craft Room Door:  Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown:  Anything Goes
Cards In Envy:  Hey, Dude!
Robyn's Fetish:  Anything Goes

Using Scraps

I really don't like to throw anything away and have various boxes to keep all my scraps in. However sometimes these boxes become rather unruly and I make it a priority to use something from them! For this card  I used offcuts of card stock for the base - its the long thin strip cut from a sheet of A4 from making a 13.5cm square card - and the embossed panel is a piece of scrap as well as the die cut words.

All the papers are from Funky Hand V Funky CD - Cottage Linens and I've used my trusty Spellbinders for the circles (long gone are the days when I used to use a compass and hand cut them!) plus some card candy.

The die cut words are Clearly Besotted dies and I've had to be creative with the 'day' as it was part of Birthday but I chopped it down!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Fan-Tastic Tuesday:  Add Some Texture
Party Time Tuesdays:  Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations:  Anything Goes with twist of Die Cuts
Incy Wincy Designs:  Lot's of Layers
The Pink Elephant:  Anything Goes

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Dad's Day Off

I found this challenge whilst looking for something else!  Deedee's Monthly Progressive Challenge - I bought the image and here it is!

I've used Promarkers to colour and the sentiment comes with the set.  Papers are all scraps from my stash and I've had to do some clever joining up as the papers were not as one sheet!

Buttons are from my stash - the little blue one is actually from one of the boys' school tops which has seen much better days so it is now used as a rag for cleaning the kart and the buttons end up in my stash!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Deedee's Monthly Progressive Challenge:  Image Used
Cardz 4 Guyz:  Gingham / Checks
Cards In Envy:  Hey, Dude
AAA Cards:  For The Guys

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Using Scraps

This was a lovely quick card to make!  I've used Birdbrain Brew - a From The Heart Digi Stamps image and coloured it with Promarkers.  For the 'dad' word, I've used a Clearly Besotted die and an X Cut for the stars which have been cut from left over bits of kraft card.

The papers are also scraps and are from Funky Hand - Sleigh Ride download and I think they work perfectly fine for a non Christmas card as well!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Passion For Promarkers:  Come Fly With Me
Cards In Envy:  Hey, Dude
Make My Monday:  Kraft Card
Whoopsi Daisy:  Things With Wings
Pile It On:  Adult Beverage
I Heart Sketches:  Sketch and Twist followed

Lucky Black Cat

I made this card for a work colleague who leaves this week.  Schrodinger is just great to use on a good luck card!  All yours for £1 in the Dr Digi store!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesday:  Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door:  Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown:  Anything Goes

Friday, 22 May 2015

Spring Moments Gift Jar and Banner Card

And now for something a little bit different!  I've had this plastic jar a while and knew it would come in useful at some point!  I've used papers from Funky Hand - V Funky - Spring Moments and made a removable cover for the front, a flower tag for the top of the jar and also a banner thank you card.

My eldest son has written the gift tag and I've attached it to the top of the jar with a funky flower and ribbon.  I've also added glass 'confetti' to the flowers on the pattern.

The banner has been made with left over scraps of card and I've used letters from a word book as templates, threaded ribbon through the tops and used glossy accents as glue to the reverse to stop the ribbon from moving.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Chocolate, Coffee and Cards:  Must Say Thank You
Simply Papercraft:  Anything Goes

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Crimbo Crackers - Challenge 81 - Anything Goes

Time for a new Crimbo Crackers challenge and the theme is Anything Goes.

I've used this fab image from Jellypark - it's not in the store but if you email a request, I'm sure you'll be able to purchase it!  I've enlarged the image and made it into a circle card - the scalloped edges are actually heart punches that I've glued on and then covered the reverse (to make it neat) with another circle layer.

Promarkers to colour and a little glitter glue here and there!  Good luck with the challenge - you can find the full details on the blog.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Aud Sentiments:  Cute and a Sentiment
Creative Knockouts:  Sentimentally Yours
Christmas at Sweet Stamping:  Cute
Whimsy Inspiration:  Anything But Square

CRAFT Challenge - May Guest Designer - Christmas But No Red or Green

Time for another CRAFT Challenge and another as the May Guest Designer.  The theme for the challenge is:

Christmas But No Red or Green

I've used an image by SLS Lines - Wine Drinker and I've made a wine bottle tag.  Image has been coloured with Promarkers plus a little glitter glue.  The wooden snowflake is from my stash along with the iridescent stars.

The oval has been cut with an X Cut die and then glittered around the edge of the image and the oval.

Good luck with the challenge!  I'd like to enter the following:

ABC Christmas Challenge:  J is for Joy
Inspiration Destination:  Anything Goes
Moo-Mania and More:  Bottles
Ruby's Rainbow:  Humour

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Well Deserved Award

A well deserved award and a keepsake card to celebrate.  I've used the trophy digi from the Dr Digi store however, I had a little accident with a sharp pair of scissors and ended up snipping one of the handles off.  So the other one had to go through the same treatment.

Fear not, the one in the store is fully intact!

This has been made for a colleague at work and features his photos from the community from which he lives and has been awarded, the, well, award.  The two charms are from my stash - representing a camera (he takes a lot of photos of the landscape where he lives) and an alarm clock to represent the amount of time he devotes to helping the community.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Citrus Blues

Sometimes the simple ideas are the most striking!  I do enjoy using my X Cut stars dies and here I've combined them with the Citrus Blues collection from the V Funky CD from Funky Hand.  A really great CD and only £1!!

Oh, and plenty of foam pads! Plus Clearly Besotted dies cut from scraps of white card.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Robyns Fetish:  Stars, Stars, Stars
Allsorts:  No Squares Allowed
Simply Papercraft:  Anything Goes
Wags n Whiskers:  Lots of Layers

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Super Dad!

Such a cute stamp - From The Heart Stamps - Super Birdbrain which I've coloured with Promarkers (plus a little glossy accents on the eyes and belt clasp).

I've used rather shiny blue and silver card from my stash for layering and also the stars, for which I've used X Cut dies.  A little bit of faux stitching and the card is complete!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

One Stitch At A Time:  Anything Goes With Appreciation
Robyn's Fetish:  Stars, Stars, Stars
From The Heart Challenges:  Sketch followed

Thursday, 14 May 2015

CRAFT Challenge - May Guest Designer - Blog Hop!

Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday To Us
Happy Birthday Dear CRAFT Challenge
Happy Birthday To Us!

Can you believe it? CRAFT Challenge is already 6 years old. Originally started by Tracy from Just Tracy Crafts and with a DT mostly recruited from Trimcraft forum members (Hence the term CRAFT Challenge, which stood for Crafters Residing Are Friendly Trimmies. Or if you wished alternative meaning of Can't Remember A Flipping Thing) on the 4th of May 2009.

We have now grown to be a large team of Design Team Members from all around the world, supplemented with lots of Guest Designers who join us for a month at a time.

We have always welcomed all kinds of craft, not just paper craft (unless specifically stated so in the challenge at the time) and are happy to have such a large group of faithful followers.  So, how are we going to celebrate this milestone?

Well, how else can we celebrate than to have our yearly Blogaversary Blog Hop?  We all feature one of our sponsors for this blog hop on our blogs and I have the honour of featuring and offering a prize from the following sponsor. You can win this prize by adding your name to Inlinkz at the end of this post. I would love to see your comments as well.

The prize to be won is 2 images
from Doctor Digi House of Stamps.

How can you get to win any of the prizes provided by our sponsors?

That is easy! Just follow the route on our blog hop (you can also find that in our side banner), Our Blog Hop lasts for the duration of this challenge, which means a closing time of Wednesday 6pm GMT on 20 May 2015.

And here are our little rules for this challenge/blog hop:

What can you win on our challenge blog? The winner of the winning sentence wins the special pack by Trimgym's Digital Stamps and Images.

You should have come here from Shona's blog and as you can see your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. The start and finish of this blog hop are at CRAFT Challenge Blog.

And here is my project as Guest Designer for this week, hope you like it. I have used 'Cake and Candles' by Doctor Digi House of Stamps.

And now for our Blog Hop route:

CRAFT Challenge Blog (start of the hop)
ME (you are here now)
CRAFT Challenge Blog (end of the hop)

And here is my letter to be collected:

Your next stop is CRAFT Challenge Blog. Enjoy the rest of your hop! Don't forget to add your name to Inlinkz below to be in with a chance of winning the prize on my blog.

Blue For Boys - Dad

Following on from my previous post last week, I've used the same paper collection on V Funky - Blue For Boys and used the Dad topper this time.  Again, overlaid it with a slightly smaller version (happy accident!) and did a bit of paper distressing!  I've added glossy accents to the top layer of the word to give it a bit of texture.

All embellishments are from my stash including the very cute 3d car charm!  Don't forget that the CD is only £1 - an absolute bargain!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Guys:  Make Your Mark
Crafting From The Heart:  Anything Goes
Brown Sugar:  Layers

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Rock n Roller

There is not much nothing more satisfying than painting a wall with a paint roller and getting that job done in a flash.  Unless you need more than one coat of emulsion to cover the dated chipboard.....

Paint Roller is in the Dr Digi Cheapies section - bargain!  Coloured with Promarkers, I've layered it all with a Spellbinder die and I've made the rolls of wallpaper from leftover scraps.  Bakers twine and bunch of keys charm all from my stash.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesdays:  Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion:  Anything Goes

Thursday, 7 May 2015

CRAFT Challenge - May Guest Designer - Sketch

I was lucky enough a while ago to win a CRAFT challenge and part of the prize was to join the team as a Guest Designer for May, so here is my first challenge with them!

It's a sketch to follow and for full details pop over to the CRAFT challenge blog.

The sponsor I was assigned for the challenge was Sunflowerfields and the image I've used is called Strawberry Muffin.  I've coloured it with Promarkers and found a perfect offcut of patterned paper in my stash.  Everything else is also from my stash.

I hope you can join in with the challenge!  I'd like to enter the following:

Doubleclick Skittles:  For Mum or Girl
I Love Promarkers:  Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty:  Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow:  Anything Goes

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Blue For Boys - Mum

Another set of great papers from the V Funky cd!  I've used the Blue For Boys collection - and printed two sheets A5 size (the top and bottom bands are snipped in half) and then used two of the ATC sheets.

I originally printed the Mum tile direct from the cd and then printed it for a second time via the 'open' option on the cd rather than the 'run' option.  I didn't realise until I was about to layer then up that the second print was slightly smaller than the first.  However, it looks fine!  Everything else is from my stash.

Watch out for more goodness from V Funky this month!

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Paper Minutes:  Blue
Papertake Weekly:  Anything Goes
Get Creative:  For Mum / Mother's Day
Incy Wincy Designs:  Mom's The Word

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

We Will Miss Ewe!

Flossy is always good to use for a farewell or a good luck card. Maybe its because I enjoy the play on words!  Plus its one of my Dr Digi favourites!

Coloured with Promarkers, the sign is handwritten and I've used a Memory Box die for the clouds and the picket fence is from my stash (bought a pile of the die cuts from ebay many moons ago!)  The grass is a Sizzix die cut.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

2 Cute Ink:  Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart:  Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore:  Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers:  Die Cuts

Sunday, 3 May 2015


Sometimes I'm glad I have images coloured up and ready to use!  And this one from From The Heart Stamps - Mixed Bouquet - was perfect.  I've coloured the image with Promarkers and the sentiment came with the digi and I've added some half pearls to some of the flower centres.

I've used some plain card from my stash to layer the image and also sentiment plus some ribbon also from my stash to finish of the From The Heart Stamps sketch.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafts Galore:  Anything Goes
Life In Detail:  Flowers
Our Creative Corner:  April Showers Brings May Flowers
Allsorts:  April Showers Bring May Flowers
From The Heart Stamps:  Sketch and Twist followed