Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mini

I do like printing directly onto Kraft card as it sometimes takes away the need to colour!  I've used Mini Cooper from Dr Digi, cut it out with an X Cut die and layered it onto some chocolate brown card from my stash.  The papers are Trimcraft - Travel Notes 6x6 stack and I've also layered onto chocolate brown card.


A bit of inking here and there plus a wobbly line around the edge of the card with a black fine liner pen.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Cheerful Sketches:  Sketch followed
Dragonfly Dreams:  Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft:  Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore:  Anything Goes

Monday, 24 April 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge - Recycling 2

It's time for a new sketch at From The Heart Stamps and we've gone right back to the beginning with the sketches as Faith is still recovering from her treatment.  The sketches are without twists so just follow the sketch and as long as you use a FTHS then all is good!

I've used Birdie and Balloon and the sentiment comes with the image.  Coloured with promarkers then I distressed the edges of the image along with the freebie papers from a magazine that I've had for quite some time.  Buttons are from my stash along with the organza and satin pink ribbons.


And here is the sketch!


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

Cutie Pie Challenge:  Bunnies or Chicks
Incy Wincy Designs:  So So Cute
Stamps + Fun = Creativity:  Animals
International Art and Soul:  Wings
The Ribbon Girls:  Ribbon

Friday, 21 April 2017

Polkadoodle Challenge - Anything Goes or Use A Design Sheet

There is a new Polkadoodle challenge starting this week and the theme as always is:

Anything Goes

The Design Team were challenged to use one a design sheet from one of the collections.  I've gone with Work and Play 12 and all I've added are some buttons and black card from my stash.  The brads on the banner are made with a black fineliner pen and glossy accents, so I cheated a little!


Good luck with the challenge!  For more inspiration, pop over to the blog!  I'd like to enter the following:

Creative Knockouts:  Lots of Layers
Crafty Gals Corner:  Embellish It
The Paper Shelter:  Sentimental
Come And Get It Challenges:  It's A Girl Thing
Crafting When We Can:  One For The Girls

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 131 - Kraft Card

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

Kraft Card

I've printed the topper directly onto kraft card - I've used one of the Christmas download collections from Polkadoodles.  The stripy card behind is from a Graze box which I've recycled and ribbons are from my stash.


I've cut the main panel with an X Cut fancy die and then added a dotted line of gold 3d paint around the edge.

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

CRAFT Challenge:  Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs:  Vintage
The Paper Shelter:  Sentimental
A Snowflakes Promise:  Anything Goes

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Easter Pouch

I've used a fab image from Dr Digi - Cuddly Critters Rabbit to make this Easter egg pouch; actually I made three more or less the same for each of my nieces.  The image has been coloured with Promarkers and I cut it out with an X Cut die.

The top of the pouch is a strip of printed card left over from making a word book (I don't like to throw off cuts away as you never know when you'll need them - I think this is around 4 years old!) - Retro Fun word book collection from Funky Hand, which is now retired and no longer available.


The button is from my stash and I've added a faux running stitch around the edge of the image and pouch top with a black fine liner pen.

Cutie Pie Challenge:  Bunnies / Chicks
Incy Wincy Designs:  So Cute
Stamps + Fun = Creativity:  Easter
Angie's Digital Stamps:  Easter
Glitter and Sparkle:  Easter

Monday, 17 April 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge - Recyling 1

It's time for a new From The Heart Stamps sketch challenge. As Faith is still recovering from her treatment we don't have any new sketches to share, so we've decided to go all the way back to the first sketch from 2013!

There are no twists with these sketches - just the sketch.  Please remember that you need to use a FTHS in your creation - there are some freebies in the store if you don't have any of Faith's images.

I've used Spectacular Birdbrain and coloured her up with Promarkers, the sentiment again is a mix between Spectacular Birdbrain and Five Party Birds - I've used PicMonkey to merge the two together.  I've also used buttons from my stash and a charm plus vellum and card that I found; embroidery thread also from my stash.


And here is the sketch for you to follow:


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

Come and Get It Challenges:  It's A Girl Thing
Crafting When We Can: One For The Girls
International Art and Soul:  Wings
Crafty Friends:  Animals
My Time To Craft:  No Designer Paper

Friday, 14 April 2017

I'm Not Over The Hill.....

Bugaboo images are always quick and easy to colour up - this one is Gus Birthday - Over The Hill.  I've used Promarkers and watercolour pencils to colour.  I've used chocolate brown card from my stash for layering plus some brown half pearls.  Papers are Papermania For Him 6x6 stack.


I'd like to enter the following:

Stella Says Sketch:  Sketch followed
CCEE Stampers:  Humour
Lemon Shortbread:  Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft:  Anything Goes
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge:  Anything Goes

Polkadoodle Challenge - Anything Goes or Anything But Square

We are part way through the current Polkadoodles challenge which is (as always)

Anything Goes

The DT were challenged to make Anything But Square and here is my effort.  I've used papers from the Fredericka Mini Collection.  I've used my own large number templates and dotted around the edges with liquid pearls.  I made the banners using wooden skewers and off cuts of card - the letters are all hand written and I finished them off with dots made using a fine liner black pen.


I've added star die cuts (X Cut) from shiny silver spotty card I found in my stash.  Good luck with our challenge - pop over to the blog for lots of wonderful inspiration!

I'd like to enter the following:

Aud Sentiments:  Birthday Sentiment
Crafting With An Attitude:  Anything Goes
Crafty Girls:  Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge:  Pastels
Words 2 Craft By:  Numbers

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Wilbur The Whale

Here is a cute digi from Dr Digi - Wilbur The Whale!  I've coloured him with Promarkers plus added glitter glue to his splash and glossy accents over his eye.

Papers are all Echo Park - Splash and I've hand written the sentiment and the buttons and embroidery thread are all from my stash.


I'd like to enter the following:

Sketch Aunts:  Sketch followed
2 Crafty Critter Crazies:  Anything Goes
Crafty Animals:  Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge:  Anything Goes

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Vintage Truck

It's been a long long time since I joined in with a Tiddly Inks challenge.  If I'd have been a tad more organised I would have entered the challenge prior to the current one - I even made two cards but forgot to blog them in time!  Doh

Anyway, here is one using up some scrap paper I found in my stash - I have a sneaky feeling that it is Funky Hand and it just went so well with all the kraft.  The image is Father's Day Vintage Truck and I printed it directly onto the kraft card, inked the edges (with a very worn inkpad!) added glossy accents over the word Dad and tied a little clock charm with waxed cord - both from my stash.


I'd like to enter the following:

Tiddly Inks:  Road Trip
Brown Sugar:  Anything Goes
Creative Fingers:  Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments:  Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society:  Anything Goes with Kraft

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 130 - Bells

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

Bells

I've used a felt reindeer which was originally a tree decoration and added a little gold jingle bell to his antler.  Papers are Papermania - A Wonderful Christmas Time 6x6 stack and I've layered the center panel onto gold card from my stash.  Added a button and bakers twine and the sentiment has been cut with a combination of Clearly Besotted dies and Sizzix.

To be honest, all the elements on the card I've had for quite some time!


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

Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Anything Goes
Fab n Funky:  Buttons and Bows
Shopping Our Stash:  Tie One On
The Holly and The Ivy:  Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges:  Our Four Legged Friends

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Quick New Home

A quick card to share - using Paint Can from Dr Digi (only 50p!), coloured with Promarkers and added to the Kraft card blank (10 for £1 from the Pound shop) with foam pads.

I've added two little Yale key charms from my stash, tied on with waxed red cord.  I've added a faux running stitch around the edge of the card with a black fine liner pen.  I've handwritten the sentiment.


I'd like to enter the following:

Crafty Sentiments:  Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread:  Anything Goes
Passion For Promarkers:  Metal

Monday, 3 April 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge 169

Time for another Sketch with a double twist challenge over at From The Heart Stamps.  You can either follow the sketch or either of the two twists or a combination of three or all of them!  The only stipulation is that you must use a FTHS image - there are freebies in the store if you don't have any!

I've followed the sketch and both twists (go me!) and I've used Birdbrain Hula Chick and coloured her up with Promarkers with watercolour pencils for the background.  I've used Spellbinder dies to cut the circle and the fancy edging.


The ribbons and pins are from my stash.  The sketch along with the twists are below:

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

Crafting From The Heart:  Anything Goes
Crafting When We Can:  Animals
Stamping Sensations:  Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girls:  Anything Goes plus Ribbon
A Bit More Time To Craft:  Anything Goes

From The Heart Stamps Blog Hop - Spring Chickens

It's time for a From The Heart Stamps blog hop!  The theme for this month is

I'm No Spring Chicken

I've used Spectacular Birdbrain and coloured her up with Promarkers plus glossy accents on the glasses.  The sentiment is a mix between Five Party Birds and Spectacular Birdbrain and I merged the two using PicMonkey.  Papers are from a rather old collection from Funky Hand which is now no longer available.  Ribbons and charm are from my stash.


As this is a hop, you should have arrived at me from Michelle - if not, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss any stops on the way!  Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog as you hop through as you could be a random winner of a FTHS digi from the store!  After you've commented on this post, please hop over to the FTHS blog which is your last stop.  The hop ends on Sunday 9 April at 6am PDT and the winners will be posted on the blog on the following Wednesday.

Good luck!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Daring Cardmakers Guest Designer - Grocery Packaging

This is my last week as Guest Designer for Daring Card Makers - I've really enjoyed the two month stint and I've been taken out of my comfort zone once or twice and I've also firmly been in it too!  Thanks for having me!  This week, the dare is:

Use Grocery Packaging

Now this one had me stumped a little as I couldn't think what to use or how to use it.  Until I washed a pork loin chop packaging from Lidl and realised how nice the middle bit was at the bottom!  So I've cut a shape with the packaging, following the handy guidelines that were already there and added it to a top from a Graze box.

 

The sentiment rosette I recycled from an old Birthday card and the stars are cut from the Graze box and also packaging from a box of chocolates.  Good luck with the challenge!  I'd like to enter the following:

Crafty Girls Creations:  Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts:  Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner:  Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday:  Anything Goes

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Colour Sundae

Made a quick card using the Colour Sundae digi image from Dr Digi - I've simply printed it, cut it out and added it to an off cut of card for the base and found some buttons in my stash that complemented the colours.


I'd like to enter the following:

Artistic Inspirations:  Anything Goes
Crafting From The Heart:  Anything Goes
Paper Nest Dolls:  Anything Goes

Monday, 27 March 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge 168

It's time for a new From The Heart Sketches with a double twist challenge!  You can either follow the sketch or one of the twists, or both or all three!  The only stipulation is that you use a FTHS in your creation - there are freebies in the store if you don't already own any.

I've used one of the images from the Birdbrain Football Fanatics set, coloured him with Promarkers, added glossy accents to the eyes and popped him up with foam pads before attaching to the card blank.  I've added a faux running stitch around the edge of the card with a black fine liner pen and hand wrote the sentiment.


And here is the sketch and twists.

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

CAS On Sunday:  Sentiment
Gem of a Challenge:  Boy's Birthday
Crafty Friends:  B is for....... Bird, Banner, Birthday, Bold
Crazy 4 Challenges:  Feathered Friend
Alphabet Challenges:  A is for Anything With Wings

Friday, 24 March 2017

From The Heart Stamps - Stamp Of The Month - Lucky Lil Birdie

The current From The Heart Stamps progressive Stamp of the Month challenge is ongoing and the cute image this month is Lucky Lil Birdie.  I've coloured it with Promarkers plus added tiny iridescent green gems to the centres of the shamrocks.


The sentiment also comes with the image and I've used some green and black card from my stash to layer the image.  The scalloped card blank is from The Works and I've used some green checkered ribbon from Lidl along with bakers twine and a charm from my stash.

If you play along each month with the progressive then you'll receive the next months image for free!

I'd like to enter the following:

As You Like It Challenges:  Favourite Colouring Medium - Promarkers because they are so easy to use (and I have quite a lot of them!)
Aud Sentiments:  Any sentiment except Birthday
CRAFT Challenges:  Add A Charm
Come And Get It Challenges:  Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl:  Anything Goes With Ribbon

Daring Cardmakers Guest Designer - Up In The Air

Almost my last week as Guest Designer over at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge. And the theme for this week's challenge is:

Up In The Air

I've used a random sheet of printed paper I found in my stash (I have a feeling it is from Funky Hand and probably one of the early cd's) along with a great From The Heart Stamps image and sentiment (I shaped it to look like a cloud) - Super Birdbrain which I've coloured with Promarkers.


The clouds have been cut with a Memory Box die and from scrap card and the cityscape scene is a Clearly Besotted die.

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

4 Crafty Chicks:  Punches or Dies
Southern Girls:  Die Cuts
Double D Challenges:  Things That Fly
Watercolour Wednesday:  Anything Goes Masculine

Polkadoodle Challenge - Anything Goes or Add Flowers

It's time for a new Polkadoodle challenge!  The theme as always is

Anything Goes

But the DT were challenged to add flowers.  I've used Work and Play 11 and made a card for a work colleague who was moving teams, and she actually does look like the image!  I've also used the Bubbleicious Frames and flowers die.


I've added ribbons, half pearls and a little cat charm from my stash.  Good luck with the challenge!  I'd like to enter the following:

Aud Sentiments:  Any Sentiment Except Birthday
Cardz 4 Gals:  Pretty In Pink
Craft Rocket:  Make It Feminine  TOP FIVE
Moving Along With The Times:  Handmade or Die Cut Flowers

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Score!

A really quick card to make using the Lili of the Valley Simply Print sheets - I printed this one as two on A4 card and then layered it onto some pale blue card I found in my stash and some kraft card (The Works, £2 for 10 sheets of A4).

I've coloured the background using inks and watercolour pencils and then added the banners down the side, letters cut using a Cuttlebug die and then added a button and waxed cord to the bottom right corner.


I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday:  Sketch followed
Crafting With An Attitude:  Anything Goes
Watercooler Wednesday:  Anything Goes Masculine
AAA Cards:  Die Cuts
Corrosive Challenge:  Anything Goes

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 129 - Snowflakes

It's time for a new Crimbo Crackers challenge and the theme for the fortnight is:

Snowflakes

I've used a wooden glittered snowflake that I bought quite some time ago as it was supposed to be a tree decoration, added a bow at the top and fixed it with a half pearl (I have that many colours I can usually find one to match the papers!)  I've added another snowflake to the centre which was a charm but the shank was damaged and rather than throw it away, I knew it could be used on something!


I've added a sentiment using Sizzix Tim Holt Thinlet dies and covered them with glossy accents.  The paper I found in my stash and it was the perfect size for the card so just added a faux running stitch around the edge with a black fine liner pen.

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

Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Anything Goes  WINNER
Creative Moments:  Anything Goes
Wonderful Wednesdays:  Anything Goes
A Snowflakes Promise:  Anything Goes

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Quick Birthday

A quick card from me using Comic Sentiments Sheet 01 from Dr Digi - I've selected one of the sentiments and enlarged it, coloured with Promarkers plus a chinagraph white pen to highlight and then added it to an off cut of card for the base.


I've added a black solid line around the edges of the card with a black fine liner pen, tiny punched silver stars have also been added

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Lemon Shortbread:  Anything Goes
CAS on Sunday:  Sentiment
Come And Get It Challenges:  Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges:  Anything Goes

Monday, 20 March 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge 167

It's time for a new From The Heart Sketches with a double twist challenge! You can either follow the sketch or one of the twists, or both or all three! The only stipulation is that you use a FTHS in your creation - there are freebies in the store if you don't have any of the stamps.

I've used Precious Gift, coloured with Promarkers and a little glitter glue; I've hand written the sentiment on the tag.  All the papers are from my stash along with the embroidery thread and half pearls.


Good luck with the challenge - the sketch and twists are below.

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Come And Get It Challenges:  Anything Goes
Glitter and Sparkle:  Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations:  Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers:  Special Woman
Ooh La La:  Spring Is In The Air

Friday, 17 March 2017

Daring Cardmakers Guest Designer - Green and A Glimmer of Gold

Time for another new challenge at Daring Cardmakers and I'm the Guest Designer for March. Good theme this week which is:

Green and A Glimmer of Gold

Just in time for St Patrick's day!  I've cut a frame with my X Cut dies and then added a very thin veneer of gold around the edge.  The image is a From The Heart Stamps - Wee Bit and Lots O Luck set and I've coloured it with Promarkers.


The half pearls are from my stash.

I'd like to enter the following:

Cute Card Thursday:  Celebrations
Through The Purple Haze:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp:  Bit O Green
The Crafty Addicts:  Clean and Simple
Colour Throwdown:  Green, Black and Gold

Polkadoodle Challenge - Anything Goes or Use A Design Sheet

We're part way through the current Polkadoodle challenge which is:

Anything Goes

The Design Team were challenged to use a design sheet from one of the collections - I've used Work and Play 12.  I printed the sheet out and then cut out the elements that I wanted to use and added a wooden stick to add the pennants to plus some shiny silver star die cuts made using an X Cut die.


Really quick and easy - the hard bit is trying to decide which elements to use!  Good luck with the challenge!  The main image has had foam pads added underneath so that it rests on top of the wooden stick.  The big silver star has also been lifted with foam pads.

Cardz For Gals:  Pretty In Pink
Craft Rocket:  Make It Feminine
Crafty Girls:  Anything Goes
Southern Girls:  Pop It Up  WINNER
Sisterhood of Crafters:  Celebrating Women

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Birthday Beer

A quick card from me today - I've used a colour digi from Dr Digi - Pint - colour, enlarged it to approx A5 size, mounted it onto a card blank and then cut round it then added the kraft tag with a handwritten sentiment.


Nice, quick and easy!  I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments:  Any Shape
Lemon Shortbread:  Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door:  Anything Goes
Cards In Envy:  Keep It Simple
The Crazy Challenge:  Masculine  TOP THREE

Monday, 13 March 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge 166

It's time for a new From The Heart Sketches with a double twist challenge!  You can either follow the sketch or one of the twists, or both or all three!  The only stipulation is that you use a FTHS in your creation - there are freebies in the store if you don't have any of the stamps.

I've used Monster Sundae and coloured it with Promarkers.  The spotty paper is from a paper pack from The Works - M&C Boutique - some are embossed (as is this) and others are glittered.  The red shiny card, embroidery thread and half pearls are from my stash.  The sentiment comes with the image.


The sketch is below along with the twists - colour and brief.

Good luck with the challenge!  For more inspiration pop over to the blog.  I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Corrosive Challenge:  Anything Goes
Crafty Friends:  For A Child
Colour Crazy Challenge;  Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft:  Anything Goes

Friday, 10 March 2017

Daring Card Makers Guest Designer - Rough With The Smooth

Time for a new Daring Card Makers Challenge!  I'm the Guest Designer for March and the theme for this week:

Take The Rough With the Smooth

After having The Big Clear Out before Christmas, I found some coloured card blanks that I'd forgotten I had so I've used one of the purple ones for this card and have run it though an A4 Sizzix dotty embossing folder which has taken away some of the surface of the card which I quite like!

Before I embossed, I added a line around the edge with a silver gel pen (I think it 'contains' the elements within the card).  The big number 7 is one of my own templates, again, added a silver gel pen line around the edge before embossing with a From Me To You star folder.


I've added X Cut star die cuts using some left over silver card and some spotty stuff I found in my stash.  The sentiment has been cut with Clearly Besotted dies again with some shiny silver card.  Good luck with the challenge!

I'd like to enter the following:

Craft Rocket Challenge:  No Patterned Paper
Little Miss Muffet Challenge:  Anything Goes
Seize The Birthday:  Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze:  Anything Goes

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 128 - Die Cuts

It's time for a new Crimbo Crackers challenge and the theme for the fortnight is:

Die Cuts

I've used a Sizzix die cut for the main panel and then bout the reindeer head and hooves from ebay - adding shadow and depth with Promarkers, the nose is a glitter pom pom from my stash.

I've also added a sentiment and attached it with a half pearl.  Patterned paper from my stash.



Good luck - pop over to Crimbo Crackers to enter your creation!

I'd like to enter the following:

Crafting With An Attitude:  Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge:  F is for Family  TOP THREE
Crafty Girls Creations:  Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Anything Goes 
Crafty Gals Corner Challenge:  Polkadots or Stripes
Fab n Funky:  Inspired By A Song (Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer)  TOP THREE

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge 165 - Inspiration

It's part way through the current From The Heart Stamps Sketch with a double twist challenge!  Don't forget that you can either follow the sketch or either of the two twists or any combination of the three that you want, the only stipulation is that you must use a FTHS. If you don't have any of the images, pop over to the store as there are some freebies available.

Plus, there is a progressive Stamp of the Month challenge - if you buy the image for March, you will receive the one for April for free and so on. The sketch is below which I've used and also both the twists!


I've used Loves Me Birdbrain and coloured with Promarkers and watercolour pencils.  I've handwritten the sentiment and added to half pearls.


The image has been layered onto a Spellbinders fancy scallop die and I've gone around the edge of the image and card with a black fineliner pen, dotting it as I went.

Charm from my (rather extensive) stash.  The sketch is below.



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

Crafty Creations:  Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters:  Celebrating Women
Stamps + Fun = Creativity:  Die Cuts
The Crazy Challenge:  We Love Animals

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Blunder Woman

Here is Blunder Woman from Dr Digi in all her glory!  I've coloured her with Promarkers and added her to a star card - my own template.  Faux stitching has been added with a white gel pen.

Nice n simple!


I'd like to enter the following challenges:

Cards In Envy:  Keep It Simple
Crafting From The Heart:  Anything Goes
Pile It On:  Humour  SWEET SPRINKLES AWARD
The Paper Players:  Fussy Cut

Monday, 6 March 2017

From The Heart Stamps - Spring

It's the first Monday in the month so it's time for a FTHS hop!  So, we kick off the month with a hop - the theme is:

Spring

You need to start at the beginning of the hop which is the blog, as you hop through the team, don't forget to leave a comment on each of our blogs as you could be a random winner to choose a stamp from the store!

I've used Spring Medley, coloured it with Promarkers and layered it up using foam pads for depth.  The Cadbury purple ribbon is from my stash along with the half pearls.



You should have arrived at me from Michelle, don't forget to leave me a comment before you hop back to the FTHS blog.

Good luck!  The hop will end on Sunday 12 March at 6am EST and winners will be announced on Wednesday 15 March.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Daring Card Makers Guest Designer - Inspiration Photo

There is a new challenge over at Daring Card Makers and I'm also the Guest Designer for March!  Rather pleased to be asked to do another month!  As it's the first challenge of the month, there is an inspiration photo that at least 3 elements needs to be incorporated into your creation.

I've gone for stripes, black and white, kraft colour and circles.  So more than 3 achieved!  I had A Big Tidy Up and Clear Out just before Christmas and found I had a rather large 12x12 paper pack that has only had light use - Papermania Clare Curd Signature range.  So the stripy paper has come from that plus kraft card from my stash and an offcut of white card.


The card candi is also from my stash (found also during the tidy up) plus half pearls.  I made the sentiment myself (rather pleased with it too!) on Pic Monkey - saved it as a jpeg so it can be used again.  I used an X Cut square die to cut out the sentiment and then freehand layered it.

The inspiration photo is below.


Good luck with the challenge - lots of inspiration on the blog - amazing to see all the different interpretations!  I'd like to enter the following:

Crafty Girls:  Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday:  Anything Goes
Star Stampz:  Make It Monochrome
Through The Purple Haze:  Male Colours
Crafting By Designs:  Anything Goes

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Soothing Sundae

I'm needing one of these after spending the day shouting, screaming and cheering Jacob's school athletics team on in Blackpool.  They were representing the borough at the Lancashire finals where they finished 7th out of approximate 1,000 schools that took part.  So proud parent!

This is Sundae from Dr Digi.  I've coloured it with Promarkers and added glossy accents to the cherry and seed beads on the top of the ice cream.  It's been added to the card blank with foam pads for depth and I've scored a border around the edges.

Nice n simple!


I'd like to enter the following:

Digi Choosday:  Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread:  Anything Goes
Passion for Promarkers Challenge:  In The Pink

Monday, 27 February 2017

From The Heart Stamps Sketch Challenge 164

Time for a new sketch with a double twist challenge at From The Heart Stamps! Don't forget that you can either follow the sketch or either of the two twists or any combination of the three that you want, the only stipulation is that you must use a FTHS. If you don't have any of the images, pop over to the store as there are some freebies available.

Plus, there is a progressive Stamp of the Month challenge - if you buy the image for February, you will receive the one for March for free and so on. Hogs and Kisses is the SOTM for February and a new one will be available for March  The sketch is below which I've used and also both the twists!

I've used Birdbath Chick, coloured with Promarkers and a little glitter glue and then cut the image with an X Cut oval die and then cut the card base with the largest die.  All the 'bubbles' are from a fab bubble plate metal die I bought from ebay - there are quite a few different sized bubbles and great for a card like this and uses up scrap card from my stash.


I've used a Sizzix scalloped edge die and hand wrote the sentiment.

The sketch is above - good luck with the challenge!

I'd like enter the following:

Make My Monday:  Birds
Stamps + Fun = Creativity:  Die Cuts
Di's Digi's:  Die Cuts / Punches
Morgan's Art World:  For The Ladies

Friday, 24 February 2017

Daring Card Makers Guest Designer - Tear It Up

Another new challenge over at Daring Card Makers and the theme for the week is:

Tear It Up

I've used a free chalkboard stamp I found on the internet and have carefully torn the edges.  The patterned paper is a no longer available Funky Hand creation and are left overs from making wordbooks and I've layered it onto some more torn card.


I've made the bunting and added the bakers twine bows plus half pearls are from my stash.  Good luck with the challenge!  I'd like to enter the following:

Crafts and Me:  Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges:  Anything Goes Plus Twine
Sweet Stampers:  Add A Sentiment
Crafty Girls:  Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts:  Anything Goes

Polkadoodle Challenge - Anything Goes or Add Some Lace or Ribbon

Morning!  Time for a new Polkadoodles challenge.  The theme as always is:

Anything Goes

But the Design Team were challenged to Add Some Lace or Ribbon.  I've used Belle Papillon papers, distressing the edges and also used one of the tags as the focal point.  The butterfly is left over from a previous project and I've curled the wings slightly for extra depth.


Waxed cord, lace and pearl heart ribbon slider are all from my stash.  Good luck with the challenge!  I'd like to enter the following:

A Bit More Time To Craft:  Anything Goes
Crafty Hazlenut's Patterned Paper Challenge:  Anything Goes
Open Minded Challenges:  Flowering In February
Cute Card Thursday:  Florals

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 127 - No Squares Allowed

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

No Squares Allowed

I've used a Tinsel Tots decoupage sheet from La Pashe, layering up with foam pads.  The stripy card is left over from a previous project and its from Funky Hand which is no longer available.  Ribbon, embroidery tread and bell from my stash.


The holly and berries are X Cut die cuts and I've made the banner from scrap card and wooden sticks plus beads from my stash to cap the sticks.  I've hand written the sentiment.

Good luck with the challenge - for more details pop over to Crimbo Crackers.

I'd like to enter the following:

Crafty Girls Creations:  Anything Goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin':  Anything Goes Christmas
Fab n Funky:  Christmas  TOP THREE
The Paper Shelter:  The Boys Are Back In Town
Watercooler Wednesday:  Masculine

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Chalkboard Birthday

A quick card which actually took quite a while as I couldn't get the bow to look right.  I've used a free  chalkboard download I found on the internet, printed it onto linen effect white card, trimmed it, leaving a white border and then layered it onto hot pink card and then again onto black card from my stash.


The ribbon is from my stash and actually matches the layered card although the photo colour doesn't show that.  Shoe charm from my stash.

I'd like to enter the following:

The Paper Players:  Sketch followed
Sunday Stamps:  Sketch followed
Through The Craft Room Door:  Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations:  Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenges:  Add Some Metal

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Spider Stan

A quick card from me using Spider Stan pre-coloured from Dr Digi, teamed with papers from my stash - the red has been embossed with a Me To You star folder, half pearls added along with two comic sentiments and a Birthday sentiment from Funny Sentiments sheet 02.


Some freehand faux stitching with a black fine liner pen and the card is complete!

I'd like to enter the following:

Cards In Envy:  Red and Blue  DT PERSONAL FAVOURITE
Crafty Cardmakers:  Add some Texture
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends:  Anything Goes
Allsorts:  Anything Goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday:  Sketch followed