Thursday 29 January 2015

Recipe Card Caddy

Hi Crafters,
A little 3d project for you today, I love making things like this, when time allows.
I saw a beautiful example on this blog which inspired me to use a cutting file I had on my Cameo for the apron shape and then I set about making it into a folder with pockets. It measures 21cm x 14cm and holds 12 recipe cards with room for more. This post is a bit photo heavy but I thought it needed to be shown from a few angles.
Side on showing the depth of the caddy...

Opened up...

...and the recipe cards themselves out of the pockets.
 The papers used were from a couple of digital kits - 'Pinch/Dash' by Just So Scrappy  and  'Cookin' Cookies Too' by Nitwits. The Cutlery were also a Cameo cut file along with the apron shape.
I used a Magnolia lace border die to edge the pockets, gingham ribbon and buttons from my stash and the cute little wooden rolling pin is from The Ribbon Girl, I won a set of them in a blog candy. I also made an oven glove tag using a mittens cut file and some quilted effect paper. You can just see the pair of oven gloves dangling from the side.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Come & Get It - Ribbon and Bows
Not Just Cards - #11 ATG
Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick - ATG

It's just started to snow after a rather heavy hail storm here, it's not laying though so hopefully it will be short lived.
Take care,
Bye for now,

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #281 Garden Life

Hi Crafters,
Another week, another challenge at a Passion For Promarkers. The theme this time is 'Garden Life' and we would love to see what beautiful creations you come up with.
We are sponsored by Michele R Designs and she is giving away a €10 voucher for her store.
This is my card, hope it gives you some inspiration to pop over and enter our challenge.

Image - Tree House - Lili of the valley
Papers: Karen Foster - Cute as a Bug
Paper Cellar - Checks
LOTV Sentiment Tags
SB Circle and Scalloped  Circle Die
Kraft Cardstock
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday - #357 Colourful
CHNC patterned Paper Challenge - January Challenge
Come & Get It - Ribbons and/or Bows
Thanks for taking the time to join me today and for the comments and encouragement given, it means a lot to me.
Bye for now,

Sunday 25 January 2015

613 Avenue Create Challenge # 108 Create Your Own Challenge

Hi Crafters,
I'm here today to share with you my DT card for 613 Avenue Create.

Image - Fire Fairy - Poppy Seed Illustrations
Plain pearlescent cardstock
MB Whimsical Flourish die
Magnolia Swirl Die
SB Grand Large Labels Die
WOC Flowers
Diamond Stickles
Sakura Glitter Gelly roll Pen
Organza Ribbon
This time we would like you to use the grid below to create your project and use something from each column. I used #1 image - #2 die-cut - #3 solid colour paper - #4 flowers - #5 ribbon.

We are sponsored this time by three fabulous companies each giving away a great prize.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday - #357 Colourful
Sister Act - #90 ATG
Creative Fingers - #64 ATG
Fussy & Fancy - #131 Things With Wings
Little Claire's Designs - Bright And Beautiful
Well I hope you enjoy your Sunday and that the weather is being kind to you where ever you are. Don't forget to check out the inspiration on the blog, and hope to see you there soon.

Saturday 24 January 2015

Going Places

Hi Crafters,
It's quite bright and sunny here today which certainly lifts the spirits, although it is also quite cold. We have been very fortunate and missed all the snow that lots of you have been getting, I'm thankful for that. I can't wait for spring to arrive and this leads me on to todays card. I fancied a change from Christmas and wintry scenes so I made this colourful card with a new stamp that arrived yesterday (oops I had a little spend) it was a bargain along with a few others for just a £1 each at Funky Kits.

Image - Going Places by Sugar Nellie (something new)
Papers - Up, Up & Away First Edition
Wired green organza ribbon - (Something old, from a bouquet)
Netting Trim
K&Co layered sentiment sticker
WOC and Ribbon Girl flowers
Sentiment - Waltzingmouse Stamps
She looks like she's having great fun doesn't she? I'm quite happy with how this turned out except for the hair and the camera isn't doing it any favours either, it seems to have picked out tones in the markers that aren't there on the actual card. Never mind, just concentrate on the flowers mmm.
I decorated the inside too to match the layout on the front.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
The Sugar Bowl - #120 ATG
Little Claire's Designs - #53 Bright and Beautiful
Suxy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #64 ATG + Add Layers
Creative Fingers - #64 ATG
Sister Act - #90 ATG
Cute Card Thursday - #357 Colourful
Crafty Creations - #281 Something Old, Something New (Stamp and Ribbon)
Try It On Tuesday - Add Some Fabric (Net Trim)
Papertake Weekly - Get in Shape (Square, Oval, Banner)
Scribble & Scrap - #36 ATG
Thanks for joining me today and a big thank you to all the new followers who have joined my blog recently - It's lovely to have you on board and I hope you enjoy what you find here.
Well I wish you all a lovely weekend, I will be back tomorrow for my 613 Avenue Create DT post, so see you then.

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Something New

Hi Crafters,
Thanks for joining me here today and I hope that you are well.
Today it is a new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday  - Something New. It could be a new baby card, new home, using new stash or a new technique to you, so come and join in the fun.
Here is my card using some new stash that I won from The Ribbon Girl Facebook page giveaway and a new technique (for me anyway) - hand stitched edges.

Image - Hannah Lynn, Rainbow Sky Mermaid
Distress inks for background - Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough & Salty Ocean
Rusty Hinge DI - Seahorse and Starfish
All edges inked with Vintage Photo
Stamp Set - Pink Paisley - Nantucket
Perfect Pearls Shimmer Spray - Turquoise
Guttermanns Top Stitch Thread - Nutmeg
Cheese cloth
Silhouette Cameo Files - Starfish, Seahorse & Under the Sea
Liquid Pearls - White Opal
I had great fun making the background using my distress inks. I pressed the ink pads on to my craft sheet and sprayed some water on to it until the colours merged. Then I laid my backing card on top and soaked up the ink, swirled it about a little and dried it with my heat tool. Using the stamp set I then inked a seahorse, shell, the small starfish, some text and the word Beauty with the same colours of DI and randomly stamped them all over the background. Unfortunately I then covered up the seahorse with the cut-out seahorse :/ Again I sprayed water all over the card and the images began to blur and fade. After drying this again I sprayed it with the Perfect Pearls shimmer spray. When it was dry I stitched around the edges - this is my NEW technique for the challenge and my NEW piece of stash is the cheese cloth.
A peek at the inside where you can definitely see the all of the stamping technique.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Brown Sugar - #129 Birthday for a Girl
Sister Act - #89 ATG
Creative Fingers - #63 ATG
Country View Challenge - Use Something New To You ( Cheese cloth)
Scribble & Scrap - #36 ATG
Crafty Cardmakers and More - #130 Something Old, Something New (Old - Distress Inks, New - Cheese cloth)
Try It On Tuesday - Add some fabric (cheese cloth)
I hope you like my little mermaid card, she was a lovely image to colour up.
Please take a look at the other DT's creations, they have produced some fabulous makes to get the ideas flowing.
We are sponsored by Hannah Lynn Art
..and the winner will receive a $10 voucher for the store.
Look forward to seeing what you create!

Sunday 18 January 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge #2 - The Real Reason For The Season

Hi Crafters,
Here I am again with my CCC card. This time the theme was chosen by Christine and she has picked ' The Real Reason For The Season'.
I have gone for a cute look this time rather than the traditional Nativity scene using a fabulous digital download from Pink Gem Designs which creates the whole shaped 3d card.

 I printed this on white pearlescent cardstock but I'm not sure that it shows up here. It is a tent fold card and hinges behind the star. The images were cut out, layered up and I added white matt glitter to the lambs for their wool. This side view might give you more of an idea of the layers...

There is a panel on the back to put your message or greeting and it fits inside an 8" x 8" envelope.
Hope you can join in with us for this challenge and get your Christmas cards started for this year, it's a great way to spread the load of all the Christmas cards that we have to make. Please visit the other ladies in the team who have some fabulous inspirational cards on their blogs today, link in the tab above.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafting From The Heart - #42 ATG
ABC Christmas - 'A' is for Anything Christmas
Completely Christmas - #46 ATG + Make it Cute
Sister Act - #89 ATG
Creative Fingers - #63 ATG
Christmas Cards All Year Round - ATG Christmas Card
CHNC Christmas Challenge Extra - ATG Christmas
Sweet Stampin Christmas - Nativity
See you all again soon,

Wednesday 14 January 2015

2014 Catch Up

Hi Crafters,
Whilst sorting through some of my files on my computer I found a few pics of cards that I had not had a chance to share so thought I would show you now.

 This first photo is of a card I made for my husbands' Birthday using a decoupage sheet from Craft Creations but I really liked making the background best. I used a Spellbinders deep embossing folder and inked the cardstock afterwards with black soot distress ink picking up the embossing and then carefully applied Versamark clear embossing ink and clear powder over the raised parts, giving this gorgeous industrial effect.
 A close up view to show the embossing.

I thought I would do this again on another card but this time using an X-Cut embossing folder covered with tiny cogs.

Another close up

And in true Monty Python style -  now for something completely different...

 ... a Wedding Card. I made my own rolled roses with  an MFT die and used a Martha Stewart border punch for the accent piece.

This card was rather fun, inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the spectacles a few times and layered them up to be a sturdy weight and popped them on foam pads.
I'd like to enter this last one in to the challenges at
 Come And Get It - Humorous Cards.
Quirky Crafts - #1 Clean & Simple
Well that's it from me today, thank you to everyone who has popped in here recently and left some fabulous comments, I really do appreciate it.
See you all soon,

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Passion For Promarkers Design Team ~ YAY!!!

Hi Crafters,
I have been sitting on some awesome news for some time now and don't quite know how I have kept it to myself until now. I have had the great honour of being asked to join the fabulous design team at Passion For Promarkers .
I am so delighted to be creating along side the most fabulous and talented team of ladies.
So let's get straight to the challenge which is #279  - Teddy Bears, here is my inspiration for you...'s a stepper card featuring these gorgeous little bears - Teddy Bo and Teddy Bea.
Magazine Freebie Stamps (can you believe I've had these in my draw for at least 2 yrs and not inked them up - I need a good slap) 
LOTV/Nitwit Papers - Bonnets and Bowties
Cheery Lynn and Magnolia Grass Dies
X-Cut Star Dies
Embossalicious 'Clouds' Emb. Folder (letterpress technique)
Sentiments came with stamp set
Star Buttons
Gingham Ribbon
We are sponsored this week by...

Display our badge... Polkadoodles

Please hop over to the challenge blog and check out the inspiration there and give the rest of the DT some love. We look forward to seeing what gorgeous Teddies you have stashed away in YOUR craft room.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday - #355 What's New? (Clouds Emb. Folder)
Sister Act - #88 ATG
Creative Fingers - #62 ATG
Country View Crafts - Use Something New To You (Clouds Emb. Folder)
Crafty Calendar Challenge - What's New? (Clouds Emb. Folder)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #1 ATG
See you soon,

Sunday 11 January 2015

613 Avenue Create Challenge #106 - 2nd Annual Block Party!

Hi Crafters,
It's a special week at 613 Avenue Create this time, all the DT are here to inspire you for the challenge and there are mega amounts of prizes to be won from lots of sponsors too, so come and check out....

The theme this week is '1,001 Techniques' and as it's always 'Anything Goes' at 613 Ave. C. the sky's your limit, just let your imagination flow. We would like you to mention in your post what technique you used on your project though. The fabulous sponsors are

Here is my offering...using various techniques...

Image - 'Amore' - All Dressed Up
Dies - Jus-Cutz Nested Decorative Shapes No5
X Cut Nesting Hearts
Cheery Lynn English Tea Party Doily
Magnolia Romantic Lace Border
Magnolia Heart Swirl
Sizzix 'Love' Die
Papers - Summer Driggs -  Apples & Almonds
Anna Marie Designs Flower Buds
Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Walnut Stain
Glamour Dust, Clear Embossing Powder, Heart Gem and Satin Ribbon
A close up of some details for you...
 You can just see the inking and heat embossing on the dry embossed background and that gorgeous doily die...

... and here is the 'Love' embellishment I made from a Sizzix die which I cut three times and glued together, then heat embossed with both a red glitter embossing powder and a clear coat to give it a sparkly glaze. It's a nice chunky word embellishment without being heavy. I paper pieced her dress but coloured everything else with my Promarkers.
 Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafting From The Heart - #41 ATG
Papertake Weekly - ATG
Country View Challenge - Use Something New (Jus-Cutz Die)
Little Claire Designs - #52 Special Card
Noor Design Challenge - With Love
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - #1 ATG
Crafty Catz - #261 Polka Dots
Sister Act - #88 ATG
Creative Fingers - #62 ATG
Come and join the Party at 613 Avenue Create we'd love to see you there.

Tuesday 6 January 2015

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #27 - Keep It Simple

Hi Crafters,
Today I am here to share my DT card for Top Tip Tuesday.
The theme this time is 'Keep It Simple'.
Funnily enough I had made a New Years resolution to try my hand at making more CAS cards as I find them quite tricky and then low and behold both my Christmas Club Card and Top Tip Tuesday Design team challenges were for this theme. I went for a simple Thank You card as we have lots to make after receiving our Christmas gifts.

A6 Card Blank
Hero Arts Dot Flower Pattern Stamp
Holographic Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
(Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Festive Berries)
Justrite Banner Die
Justrite 'Timely Banners' Stamp
I love making backgrounds with distress inks and a resist technique and for this one I used Versamark ink and holographic embossing powder on the detailed hero Arts stamp, heat embossed it to give the white sparkly areas and then inked over it with three colours of Distress inks. Buffed off the ink from the embossing and voila - a beautiful background. Then I added the stamped and die cut Thank You banner. Very CAS I think this time.
Join in with our theme at Top Tip Tuesday and be in with a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate for
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cute Card Thursday - #354 ATG
Crafty Catz - #260 ATG
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #1 ATG +CAS
Scribble & Scrap - #35 ATG Clean & Simple
Thanks for stopping by,
See you all soon,

Sunday 4 January 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge 2015 #1 - CAS in Red, Green and White

Hi Crafters,
Hope you all had a wonderful New Year and didn't over indulge too much.
The new year is in full swing now and we have started our bi-weekly Christmas card challenge again and this time it was Carol's turn to choose our theme of CAS in Red, Green and White.
Now I have mentioned before how difficult I find CAS cards and this one filled me with dread but looking back at some last minute Christmas cards that I had made and not had the chance to blog yet, I found this one...

Penny Black - Christmas Hat Cat Stamp
MFT Vertical Stitched Strips Die
Britannia Dies - Merry Christmas
I was attempting to create some flat cards for posting when I came up with this design and I think this counts as CAS, well as CAS as I can manage anyway :)
CHNC Christmas Extra - January ATG
ABC Christmas Challenge - Z is for Zebra (Use Stripes)
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #1 ATG +CAS

Please visit the other CCC members blogs and leave them some love (links in the tab at the top of my blog)
I know we have just gotten over Christmas and it seems a bit soon to be making Christmas cards again but making them all year round really helped me last year to have enough cards at the ready when I needed them and not be in the last minute panic as I have been other years. Maybe you'd like to give it a go too?
See you soon,

Friday 2 January 2015

James Bear 2015 Calendar

Hi Crafters,
I do love James from Lili of the Valley and I've used one of the art pad images to make my easel card calendar.

Kraft card and envelope
Anita's Calendar pack
Dovecraft Krafty Christmas Paper Pad
Lili of the Valley Art Pad
Spellbinders Floral Ovals Die
Ribbon and bling
As you can see from the watermark this photo was taken at the end of 2014 and I still have a few that I haven't blogged yet. :/
I love this paper pad and when I went back to The Range for another they had sold out :( It is a really lovely colour palette on the Kraft background.
Crafty Catz - #260 ATG
Brown Sugar - #127 Bears
Thank you for all the New Years wishes that everyone has sent me, I hope I have been round to you all and reciprocated but if I haven't I would just like to wish all of you THE most wonderful year ahead.

Bye for now,