Tuesday 28 April 2015

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - Duo

Hi Crafters,
Some of you may have caught a glimpse of this card I am about to share with you when I had a slight boo - boo with the schedule button the other day. I wasn't quite quick enough to stop it posting on Facebook but these things happen and so here is my card for the new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday - 'Duo'.
This is what the dictionary says about the word 'duo'
(du ou, dyu ou)
n., pl. du os.
Two persons commonly associated with each other; couple, pair of performers,
Two things ordinarily placed or found together; a pair: a duo of lovebirds
for this challenge however it can also be:
Black and white
Scones and Jam
Sausage and mash
Lock and Key
...that type of thing.
I chose to use an image from our Sponsor All Dressed Up called Love My Sister.
All Dressed Up image - Love My Sister
Grand Labels One for the card base and frame
First Edition Love Letters papers
Spellbinders Oval Floral Die
Memory box Shrewsbury Stem, Chandra Stem and Heart Ribbon Dies
Joycrafts Bille's Flourishes 6002/0264 Die
Hobby House Pearls
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Sentimental Sundays - #256 Colour Inspiration Board
OSAAT - #235 ATG - with Daughters/Girls
 Our sponsor is offering two free digi's to the winner this week, let's see what duo's you can come up with, I look forward to checking them out.
See you soon,

Monday 27 April 2015

Christening Cards

Hi Crafters,
It's such a lovely day here today, not meant to last the week but I will make the most of it while it's here. I have been busy washing and pottering in the garden this morning but now it's crafty time. Before I get stuck in to some orders -and I do hope Mr Mojo is coming to play today - I have a couple of Christening cards to share with you ...
... two completely different styles but cute none-the-less I think.
 This first one uses an array of Spellbinders dies layered up in blue and white cardstock with a little bit of Distress inking through the dies for added interest. The cross however is a Cottage Cutz die. A computer generated sentiment cut out with another SB die, grosgrain ribbon and plenty of gems.
This second card was created using images and papers from the Forever Friends New Arrival CD-Rom, together with some more grosgrain ribbon an LOTV sentiment stamp which I heat embossed, an MFT border die and more gems.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Papertake Weekly - Cute As A Button
Crafty Creations - #287 Seeing Spots
Crafty Girlz Challenge - #1 ATG/April Showers
Scribble & Scrap - #43 ATG
Later in the week I will share with you the album I made as a memory book of the Christening day for the family.
See you soon,

Sunday 26 April 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge #9 - Stars

Hi Crafters,
Hope you are all having a great weekend.
Thank you to all my visitors here recently for the lovely comments left, I really do appreciate you popping in and saying Hi!
So on to why I am here today...  ...two weeks have whizzed by again and it is time for another Christmas card challenge with my bunch of crafty friends. This time it was Valerie's turn to choose a theme and here is my card for the 'Stars' theme.
Embossed Cardstock - Limetree Crafts
Merry Christmas Die - Joycrafts
Mirri card
X-Cut Star Die
Silver Christmas paper - Anita's Classic Christmas Papers
Bows - Scribble & Scrap Store (now closed)
Gosh, white and silver cards are very difficult to photograph, the glare from the mirri card was a tricky one to overcome but this is the best I could do.
It was quite a simple card really, just matting and layering the beautiful star embossed card on to the mirri and cutting out the stars and sentiment die in mirri also. Then I cut the same size stars from the silver Christmas papers and scored them at each point so I could fold and make them dimensional. Then I adhered them to the mirri stars. A piece of silver cord and a bow to finish.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
ABC Christmas Challenge - H is for Happy Holiday
Brown Sugar - #143 ATG
Sister Act - #103 ATG
Well that's another one for the box, it's filling up quickly and I'm confident that I will have enough Christmas cards made now to alleviate the frantic making session I had a couple of years ago when December crept up and bit me before I knew it. If you want to join in with our friendly challenge each fortnight just get in touch with Margaret who will tell you the ropes.
I hope you enjoy your Sunday, I am going to a Christening today so I will be round to comment later in the day.
Bye for now,

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Football Crazy

Hi Crafters,
How is everyone today - good I hope?
The lovely weather we have been having is only meant to last another couple of days here and then I think it's back to rain and lower temperatures, blah :(
I definitely feel better for a little sunshine though.
Todays card was Pinterest inspired and fills a gap I have in my stock for those tricky male cards...
Stampin' Up Hexagon Punch
Stampin' Up Goal Stamp Set
Stampin' Up Binding Trim
Dotty Embossing Folder
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Cardz 4 Guyz - #67 Football Crazy
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge - #76 Use a Die or a Punch
Crafty Cardmakers and More - #137 Dots (embossed dots)
Take care and thanks for visiting today,
See you soon,

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #293 - Spring Blooms

Hi Crafters,
It was my turn to choose the theme over at Passion For Promarkers this week and I picked ' Spring Blooms'. Now this is a nice easy challenge for you all, just use your Letraset markers on your project to be in with a chance of winning a £10 DigiStamp Boutique voucher.
Here is my cute little Bently Bunny, I just love him...

Spring Bently - DigiStamp Boutique
Papers - First Edition Spring Feast 8 x 8 pad
Spellbinders nestabilities - Oval Floral
SB Corner Die - Gold Elements One
Sentiment - Papermania stamp set
Challenges I would like to enter:
I Love Promarkers - #265 Many Happy Returns
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #76 ATG + Use a Die/Punch
Fussy & Fancy - #137 Springtime Flowers
DigiStamp Boutique - April Challenge
Addicted To Stamps - #102 Girly but no Pink
Sentimental Sundays - #255 Animal Love
Come and Get It - Things That Start with 'B' (Bunny + Blooms)
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - #8 ATG
Crafting From the Heart - #56 ATG
Thanks for visiting me today and for your kind comments and encouragement. Please visit the DT members and share the love.
I'll be round to comment later folks,

Sunday 19 April 2015

613 Avenue Create Challenge #120 - Diamonds

Hi Crafters,
Happy Sunday to you all!
It's time for another Anything Goes Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. This week the optional twist is to use diamonds or clear gems as April's birthstone is Diamond. So I have dotted my clear gems all around this fantastic large Birthday parcel...
Stamplorations image
Happy Birthday Embossing Folder
Diamond Bling
Computer generated sentiment
I Love Promarkers - #265 Many Happy Returns
Sister Act - #102 ATG
Creative Fingers - #76 ATG 
We have two sponsors this time -
   and the winner will receive 3 digital images.
  and the winner will receive either 3 digital images or a $10 gift certificate for the Stamplorations store.
Now I know that you all have clear bling in your stash so there really is no excuse not to enter is there? ... and if by any chance you have run out of clear bling, then there is always the 'Anything Goes' option. See you there!

Saturday 18 April 2015

Friday 17 April 2015

Sharing an 'Oldie on Friday'

Hi Crafters,
Friday has arrived again - how quick was that week? - so it must be time to share an oldie with Erika from Snappy Crafts.
This week I am sharing two cards as they are virtually the same, they were for two brothers who are only a year apart in age and their mum wanted the same card for them.
Crafters Companion CD Rom Angelica & Adam
Spellbinders Lacy Circles Die
Cottage Cutz Alphabet Die
All Occasions Numbers Die
Such a sweet image and a typical young boy image too don't you think?
Thanks for dropping by today and see you soon,

Thursday 16 April 2015

A Belated Easter

Hi Crafters,
I know Easter has been and gone but I still have a few Easter cards and projects that haven't been shown yet so as there are some challenge themes still running that ask for Easter I thought I would go ahead and post them, why not?
These are some 3d decoupaged cards made using CraftsUprint images..
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge - #75 ATG - Add some Spring Flowers

Creative Moments - #66 ATG - Spring/Easter
This next one uses a Crafts Too embossing folder and a Spellbinders Filigree Cross die with my EK Success flower punches.
OSAAT - #234 ATG - Easter/Passover
The last two projects are for Easter egg gifts.
Below I used a Magnolia Grass Edge die and some Stampin' Up punches for the bunny...
...and the bag of mini eggs sits on his tummy :) 

Not Just Cards - #17 ATG
This bunny box was cut on my Cameo and although quite fiddly to put together - getting those side tabs to fit around the corners was the worst part - I think it turned out great though and measured 8" x 5", so ample space for lots of the medium sized eggs that I filled it with. I added some acetate behind the swirls to stop the eggs from escaping.

Not Just Cards - #17 ATG
I hope you liked my Easter projects today, I hope it hasn't sent you all to the fridge for a bar of choccy, lol.
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Happy Anniversary!

Hi Crafters,
What a gorgeous day we had yesterday and today is set to be even better :)
I've just looked at the date and we are half way through April! - where did that go?!!
I have been busy in my craft room though completing lots of orders and thought I would share a couple with you today.
They each had certain remits to fill and I am pleased to say that both customers were very happy with their respective cards.
 With this one I used lots of Spellbinder dies to create the layers and a very pretty glittered rose background card. The corners are a La, La Land die.
This next one uses an ample sized Inkylicious stamp which I have heat embossed with silver EP.
The die is also from Spellbinders and is called 'Gold Elements One'. I have cut the corner die four times and turned it around to make a complete background with it. The inner mat that has the sentiment stamped on it is from the Deco Oval Trellis Base die set from Tonic.
This card was a devil to photo with all the silver mirri card on it, I kept getting a reflection and glare from my light, but after a few attempts I managed a decent picture I think.
Papertake Weekly - Words, Words, Words.
Well I hope you all have a great craftylicious day!
See you soon,

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - 3 of Something

Hi Crafters,
Today is a new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday. We would like you to use '3 of Something'. I made a set of cards using 3 butterflies on each, here are two of the cards for you to look at...
Stampin' Up Label Love Stamps and Punch
Stampin' Up Mixed Melody Stamp
Stampin' Up Small Butterfly Punch
Chevron Embossing Folder
Our sponsor this time is
and as you can see they are giving away a fab prize.
Do come and join in the fun we love to see what you create.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Addicted To Stamps - #102 Girly but no Pink
Scribble & Scrap - #42 ATG
Crafting From The Heart - #55 ATG

The forecast for today is supposed to be beautiful sunshine so fingers crossed I hope you all get some.

Sunday 12 April 2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge # 8 - Vintage

Hi Crafters,
I'm back today to share my card for the Christmas Card Club Challenge. The theme this fortnight was chosen by our lovely Rachel, she has given us the challenge to make a 'vintage' Christmas Card. I know that vintage doesn't necessarily mean distressing but I fancied another go at distressing the edges of my card and DP's. It's quite subtle but I enjoyed doing it and felt it added to the look.
Image - Stampendous Christmas Cottage Stamp
Coloured with Distress Inks (get me!)
Go Kreate Oval Dies
Go Kreate Large Frilly Frames #10 Dies
Kraft Card
DP's - Magazine freebies
Cheery Lynn Snowflakes Die
Lea'billities Pine Branches Die
Sentiment - Crafters Companion
Dovecraft brown doily
Anna Marie Designs festive berries
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Button Cabochon
Gold Pearls
Like the distressed edges, colouring my image with Distress Inks is something I don't normally do. I love my Promarkers but they didn't seem right for the look I was after. I struggled a bit to begin with, I'm not happy with the watercolour paper I have, it is very textured and I found it difficult to move the ink around, but as I only use it once in a blue moon I don't think I will bother to get any more. For the snow drifts I brushed on some frosted lace stickles for a thin sparkly layer but I don't think you can see it very well in the photo. The pine leaves were given a coating of white embossing powder for their snowy look and there is a subtle touch of glitter around the oval and snowflakes but as it was meant to be vintage I didn't over do it.
Here is a side on view to show the layers:
The other ladies in our group will also have their beautiful projects on their blogs today so if you would like some inspiration to make a start on your own Christmas cards then why not give them a look, you can find the links in the page tab at the top of my blog. 
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Crafty Creations - # 286 ATG
Completely Christmas - #58 ATG + Add A Touch of Gold (Gold oval mat and cabochon)
Brown Sugar - # 141 Distress (Edges and Inks)
Sister Act - #101 ATG
Creative Fingers - #75 ATG
One Crazy Stamper - April ATG
Country View Challenge - Use Kraft Card
Little Claire - #56 Use Kraft Card
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add A Sentiment
CHNC Extra - April ATG
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for visiting today and I will be round later to do a bit of commenting.

Friday 10 April 2015

Sharing an Oldie on Friday

Hi Crafters,
What lovely weather we have had this week, I hope you have all been able to enjoy some sunshine.
I've popped in today to share an 'Oldie' with you, joining in with Erika at Snappy Crafts.

InkyDoodles background stamp
Distress Inks
Memory Box Die - Bella Bouquet
Joanna Sheen Die - Butterfly Flourish (cut up)
Spellbinders - Fancy Framed Tags and Labels Fourteen
Waltzingmouse Stamps Sentiment
I made this get well card so long ago now it really is an 'Oldie'.
If you want to join in with us just leave Erika a comment to let her know that you have played along.
I'm off to do some crafting now, I have a few projects on the go and some things I can't share right now but I will be back on Sunday with my Christmas Card Club post, so look forward to seeing you all then.

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Passion For Promarkers Challenge #291 - All About Birthdays

Hi Crafters,
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last post, I was thrilled that you liked her as much as I did.
Now on to business for today - It is a new challenge at Passion For Promarkers and this week it is 'All About Birthdays' so we would love to see your Birthday makes using your Letraset markers of course. The winner will receive 3 digital images from Crafty Sentiments Designs.
Here is a CAS card from me this time...

Melonheadz - Girl 1 Image and Sentiment
I've been waiting for the opportunity to colour her up since I made a boy version of this card a few weeks ago, you can find it here.
Challenges I'd like to enter:
I Love Promarkers - #263 Kids Have Fun
Addicted To CAS - #60 Cute
I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend and I will see you soon,

Sunday 5 April 2015

613 Avenue Create Challenge #118 - Anything Goes / Easter

Hi Crafters,
I hope you are having a lovely day and not too many Easter Eggs.
I am here to share my DT card for the new challenge at 613 Avenue Create. This week it is, as always, Anything Goes but if you wish it can also be Easter themed and that can mean so many different things to different people so we look forward to seeing your makes. Our sponsor is Aurora Wings so I am using this beautiful image called Little Elf Kia for my Easter card.
Little Elf Kia - Aurora Wings
Papers - Spring Feast by First Edition
Sentiment - Magazine Freebie
Martha Stewart border punch
Stampin' Up Word Window punch, Oval and Scalloped Oval punch.
MME Enamel Dots
Challenges I'd like to enter:
Deep Ocean Challenge  - #100 Easter/Spring + Celebration
Crafty Catz - #273 Happy Easter
Sister Act - #100 ATG
Creative Fingers - #74 ATG
Bunny Zoe's - March - Spring Colours
Little Claire - #55 Springtime
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add A Sentiment
There are some fabulous inspirational pieces from the DT Ladies over on the blog so why not take a look and join in with us, the more the merrier!
I look forward to seeing your creations this week, so until next time...
...bye for now,

Friday 3 April 2015

Fairy Wishes

Hi Crafters,
Hope you are enjoying your Easter weekend.
Today I thought I would share with you another card made using my distress inks and a selection of stamps. I created the background with Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire and Dusky Concorde DI. The main spiral verse stamp is a favourite one of mine from Lavinia Stamps, the others are from Kanban, Inkylicious and some magazine freebies that I have had for a while. These have been stamped with black archival ink and heat embossed.

Scribble & Scrap - #41 ATG
OSAAT - #233 ATG with Nature
Creative Fingers - #74 ATG
I hope you like my little fantasy scene card, I will have to make another one with just Lavinia stamps for it to be eligible for their challenge but that is one for another day.
See you all soon,