Monday, 30 September 2013

Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 70: tags


This is my design team tag for Cheerful stamp pad challenge 70:  tags.This challenge is being sponsored by Lunagirl Vintage Images. This is really a fun challenge. You can have any type of theme you wish, just put it on a tag. If you happen to have an Lunagirl images, we would love to see you use them.

For this tag I used one of the pictures kindly supplied by Lunagirl, one of their labels 'woman called Anita', digitally blending this with a Dezinaworld music rose background. I printed this and mounted it on to a tag that I had lightly brushed with mustard seed and fired brick distress inks. Flowers and ribbons from stash.

This is for the colours for Cupcake inspirations 230:



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Little red wagon 204: back in time
The sisterhood of crafters: tag you're it
Everybodyy art 246: roses
Sweet stamps 136: roses
Happy campers 22: show us your flowers
Ooh-la-la: F is for ... flowers
Scrap-cards 52: flowers 4 you
Cute card Thursday 288: pretty ribbons
The paper nest dolls 14: vintage
Whoopsi Daisy: anything but a card
613 avenue create 39: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 30: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 139: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes
A random Thursday 16: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R143: anything goes
2 sisters 163: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Inky linky 31
Sister act 26
Make it Monday 160
Inspire me Fridays 122

Sunday, 29 September 2013

More baubles for The Glory of Christmas 17


Having messed up a bit with the first card I made as my design card for The Glory of Christmas challenge 17,  I inked, stamped and embossed once more and this time it was fine. This was then mounted on to a piece of foiled Hunkydory card and then on to the A5 landscape card blank.

Please click on the link for the challenge and admire the lovely crafting of the rest of the team, including a new member, Tanja - and please join in with our challenge.


This is also for:

Christmas card challenges 44: anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 166: clean and simple
Addicted to stamps and more 64: CAS
Brown sugar 61: black & bling
Bloggers challenge: bling it on
Pink gem 99: use black on your card
Crimbo crackers 51: embossing
Sparkle n sprinkle September: anything goes with glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking
Divas by design: monochrome

The Glory of Christmas challenge 17


This card was going to be for The Glory of Christmas challenge 17, I've used the lovely Papermania Bauble Decoration stamp.

When I stamped the image for the first card the sentiment 'Christmas Cheer' lost a bit of the 'Cheer' on the bottom edge! I didn't want to waste this so I decided to separately stamp the sentiment and mount it on to silver mirror card to match the piece surrounding the image. Everything was inked with versamark and heat embossed with detail silver powder. A couple of strips of glittery silver on the left finished the card off. This is an A5 landscape card - the image is quite large, so needs a large card blank.


This is also for:

Amusing challenges (stamped blessings): anything goes
Tuesday throwdown 166: clean and simple
Addicted to stamps and more 64: CAS
Brown sugar 61: black & bling
Bloggers challenge: bling it on
Pink gem 99: use black on your card
Crimbo crackers 51: embossing
Sparkle n sprinkle September: anything goes with glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking
Divas by design: monochrome

Saturday, 28 September 2013

CHNC challenge 144: use three main colours

This is my card for today's CHNC challenge 144: use three main colours.

I've used red, blue and beige (as well as some white, which doesn't count!) - papers are Echo Park 'winter wishes', Express Yourself stickers, a strip of angel hair and some East of India ribbon.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Facebook Sunday's with Santa week 39: anything goes
Little miss muffet 70: we wish you a merry Christmas
Frosted designs fabulous Friday: add texture to your project
Artistic inspirations 60: anything goes/brght colours
Bunny Zoe September: something blue
2 sisters 163: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 139: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Simon says Wednesday challenge: anything goes
A random Thursday 16: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R143: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Sister act 26

Friday, 27 September 2013

Purple power


This is my design team card for The sweet pea stampers 'purple power' challenge that starts today. This will be open for the next two weeks. Please click on the link and see the gorgeous crafting of the rest of the team. We would love to see your 'purple power', using a Sweet Pea image if you have one, but, if not, join in with any image.

The shaped card blank was already decorated with a lilac pattern.I used Elaine Cox's Black Butterfly Fairy rubber stamp inked with memento tuxedo black and coloured with copics. I mounted the cut out on to two pieces of offcut papers, rounding the corners of the larger one. Organza ribbon and flowers from stash. I didn't add a sentiment, but think perhaps one could be put at the bottom.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Top tip Tuesday 110: get in shape
Creative inspirations 233: your favourite stamp brand - Sweet Pea (but I confess I have other favourites too!)
Nutcrafters 52: your favourite colour combinations - lilac and purple
Kort o mania 93: use your two favourite colours - lilac and purple
Whoopsi Daisy: ribbons and bows
Craft-Dee bowZ September: anything goes and include a handmade bow
Cute card Thursday 288: pretty ribbons
Crafty ribbons 63: monochrome
Anything goes 101: out with the girls

Monday, 23 September 2013

Just for you


The background for the card was cut from the packaging that came with some prima flowers, matted on to a kraft card blank. The decoupaged flowers were from Poundland and the 'just for you' sentiment circle from Craftwork cards.


This is for:

In the pink 28: bling it up
2 sisters 162: recycle
Make my Monday: flowers or trees
Crafters cafe blog 29: flowers
Happy campers 22: show us your flowers
Paper-crafting journey: flowers
Crafty catz 199: decoupage
Sparkles 48: fairies and/or butterflies
Jo's scrap shack funday Friday 18: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Sister act 25
Make it Monday 159
Inspire me Fridays 121
52 card pick up 2.38

Another special day


I rescued the spotted background from a card I received that also had the lovely black and white border - the black is flocked - lovely to feel and a thin piece of ribbon down the side. I added the hearts that had felt on them and the lovely littlespotted birds with the googlie eyes and the spindly wire legs.

Photo taken at strange angle to avoid flash glare on the shiny background.


This is for:

Hobby cutz 17: black and white and 1 other colour
DL.ART thankful Thursday 117: wedding
Challenges and candies 17: romantic
Totally gorjuss 202: dotty
Going grey with scrap-creations: polka dots
Tuesday throwdown 165: things with wings
Emma's cards 20: birds
Creative craft 19: use ribbon
Crafty ribbons 62: anything goes
DRS 88: the eyes have it - googlie eyes
613 avenue create 38: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday Friday 18: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Sister act 25
Make it Monday 159
Inspire me Fridays 121
52 card pick up 2.38

Garden gate


A simple card using a shaped blank with distressed edges. The image is one that I stamped and coloured a long time ago and never used. It's a La Pasche foam stamp that was coloure with distress inks. This is then framed with a frame that was part of a Kanban kit long ago.

Inspired by the gate on the photo for Creative creations 19: down at the bottom of the garden:



This is for:

Top tip Tuesday 110: get in shape
Hanna and friends 180: special cardform
Creative moments 26: anything goes or frame it
Creative inspirations 232: clean & simple
Charisma 37: favourite colour combo - anything with purple/lilac
Lady Anne stamp challenge 11
Pile it on 38: cool or warm colours
Jo's scrap shack funday Friday 18: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes

Birthday flowers and butterflies


This is a quick card made from a background recycled from a card received, a Craftwork cards sentiment panel and some sparkly Poundland butterflies.


This is for:

In the pink 28: bling it up
2 sisters 162: recycle
Pink gem 98: pink, pink, pink & gems
Flutter by Wednesday 253: open + butterflies
Sparkles 48: fairies and/or butterflies
Tuesday throwdown 165: things with wings
Card caravan (the hybrid chick) 48: birthday
Come and get it: birthday theme
The squirrel and the fox 53: happy birthday
Fairies 13: birthday
Tammy scraping corner 81: happy birthday
Victorine 68: birthday
Seize the birthday: birthday with toppings - one particular colour: pink
Totally papercrafts 185: birthday or new baby
Artistic inspirations 60: anything goes/bright colours
Wags n whiskers 113: sparkle
613 avenue create 38: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday Friday 18: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Sister act 25
Make it Monday 159
Inspire me Fridays 121
52 card pick up 2.38

On your special day


This is a quick CAS card using one of my favourite wedding stamps by Anita, just stamped with memento tuxedo black. This and the sentiment were mounted on to silver mirror card and the bling embellishment from Poundland was added - far brighter and more 'blingy' IRL.


This is for:

Hobby cutz 17: black and white and 1 other colour (silver)
Craft your passion 181: no coloured in images
DL.ART thankful Thursday 117: wedding
Stampin with the dragon: weddings
Creative inspirations 232: clean and simple
Through the purple haze: inspired by a song etc - 'I'm getting married in the morning'
Get inky 13: let me tell you about ... and a thing called love
Challenges and candies 17: romantic
Lady Anne's stamp challenge 11
Southern girls 78: the world in monochrome

The cheerful stamp pad challenge 69 week 2


This is my design team card for week 2 of The cheerful stamp pad 69: I love your hat. Once again, I've used the 1935 hat digi stamp kindly supplied by Rick Stdennis, our sponsor, coloured with spectrum noirs, die cut and edged with a purple spectrum. I used a ready decorated shaped card blank on to which I put a horizontal strip of a print that was made with my gelli plate, a stencil and acrylic paint.  Ribbon, flowers and lace/ribbon from stash. Your can enter the challenge here.


This is also for:

Little blue button 9: shaped cards
Ladybug: no squares allowed
Top tip Tuesday 110: get in shape
Hanna and friends 180: special cardform

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Frosty the snowman ...


It's a while since I made a Christmas card featuring a snowman, but that's what Sue J asked us to make for today's Christmas Card Club challenge. So I thought it was about time I used one of my favourite Stampotique stamps by Jo Capper-Sandon, colouring just a bit with spectrum noirs. I stamped this on to an offcut piece of hammered white card to give a bit of texture. The scalloped circles were cut with nesties. The backgrounds were made with my eBosser with the lovely Embossaliious 'star of wonder 8 x 8 embossing folder. The pieces used were all snippets left from earlier makes, so I'm into the playground for Pixie's crafty snippets week 91.

As ever, with mirror card it was difficult to get a photo without too much reflection. You can't really see, but the circular Craftwork cards sentiment says 'with love at Christmas', mounted on to a piece of glittered white ribbon from Hobbycraft.

I've based the card on the sketch given for Christmas card challenges week 43:



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Crafter's companion September: embossing
A creative romance: dies or punches
Just inspirational: die cuts or punches shapes
Oldie but a goodie: dies and punches - the stamp is well over six months old
Fussy & fancy 98: punches and dies
Stuck on u: die cut challenge stars
Creative card crew 45: Christmas
LEJ 71: winter wishes
One crazy stamper September: Christmas
Pile it on 38: cool or warm colours
Flourishes timeless 238: let it shine
Craftitude 49: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday Friday 18: anything goes
Pink by design: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 2: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Inky linky 30
Sister act 25
Inspire me Fridays 121
52 card pick up 2.38

Saturday, 21 September 2013

The vintage dancer


This card uses the digital image 'The vintage dancer by Lady Crevy' put into a frame that I've had for ages and ages (can't remember where it came from). - this is for Our creative corner September: forgotten things. The surround of the frame is made from a faux suede fabric.

Papers are Basic Grey boxer, with the addition of a couple of strips of black trim.

I made this card for Lunagirl: vintage bellydancers.



This is also for:

Paperminutes 287: vintage woman
Nadia 64: 3D vintage
Sugar creek hollow 70: fall is in the air - colours and vintage
Card and scrap 61: vintage/shabby chic
Corrosive 183: maiden, mother, crone - image of girl or woman
Artistic inspirations 59: anything goes or frame it
Creative moments 26: anything goes or frame it
Creative craft 19: use ribbon
Crafty ribbons 62: anything goes with ribbon
The pink elephant 217: digital images or digital papers
Hiding in my craft room 116: LOL! lots of layers
Country view 7: layers
Craftitude 49: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday Friday 18: anything goes
Pink by design: anything goes
Divas by design: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 2: anything goes
Art impressions 119: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Inky linky 30
Sister act 25
Make it Monday 158
Inspire me Fridays 121
52 card pick up 2.38

Another card for CHNC challenge 143


I made a second card for my CHNC challenge 143 with my poor attempt at stamping the angel - I didn't want to waste it and thought it looked a bit ethereal, so I've used it with more MME Lost and Found papers, using some of the scraps from the other card (double sided papers, so useful). The snow angel stamp is Inkadinkado inked with Adirondack currant ink and the one of the Die'sire sentiment stamps is also inked with currant.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Pixie's crafty snippets week 90
Hiding in my craft room 115: super scraps Saturday
Christmas stampin all year long 34: Christmas cheer
Sparkles Christmas 32: non traditional colours
Tuesday throwdown 165: things with wings
Crafty bloggers network September: things with wings
Creative card crew 45: Christmas
LEJ 71: winter wishes
Word art Wednesday 98: anything goes
Stamp dreams 19: stampings
Digi sketch challenge: use a rubber stamp
Simon says Monday challenge: stamping on anything but plain paper
Simon says Wednesday challenge: celebrate STAMPtember and use a product from the Simon Says stamp store: Inkadinkado Christmas silhouettes
One crazy stamper September: Christmas
Papercreators 14: make it Christmassy
Craftitude 49: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday Friday 18: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 29: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 59: anything goes
Pink by design: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Creative moments 26: anything goes
Divas by design: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 2: anything goes
Art impressions 119: anything goes
LiaStampz 49: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
The rubber buggy 11: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Inky linky 30
Sister act 25
Make it Monday 158
Inspire me Fridays 121
52 card pick up 2.38

CHNC challenge 143: stamp, stamp, stamp


This is my first card for CHNC challenge 143 where I'm asking you to use a stamp (not digi) on your Christmas card.

For my card I've used My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas papers, stamping three Die'sire sentiment stamps randomly, inked with versamark and heat embossed with detail gold. The Inkadinkado snowflake angel stamp was inked with Adirondack currant.


This is also for:

Sparkles Christmas 32: non traditional colours
That craft place: things with wings
Crafty cardmakers 100: winged things
Tuesday throwdown 165: things with wings
Crafty bloggers network September: things with wings
Lady Anne September: must have wings
Sparkle n sprinkle September: anything goes with glitter, embossing powder and/or flocking
Creative card crew 45: Christmas
LEJ 71: winter wishes

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hope your birthday is a roaring success


I was invited to join Tammy's scraping corner challenge 80: anything goes - the challenge is being sponsored by Eureka Stamps and skdigis. The digital image 'dragon blowing candles' that I used for my card was kindly supplied by Eureka Stamps. I coloured this with spectrum noirs. Papers are Basic Grey, including the torn strip from my offcuts box. The sentiment was generated on my dymo letratag.

Please click on the link for the challenge and see the super crafting of the regular team at Tammy's scraping corner  and join in the challenge - it's an easy one because 'anything goes'.

Colours are for Eureka 57:



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Pixie's crafty snippets week 90
Hiding in my craft room 115: super scraps Saturday
Stempelsonne 97: orange, green, brown
Animal friends 6: brown, green + colour choice
Sentimental Sundays 172: humorous
Creative fingers 2: add a sentiment
The pink elephant 217: digital images or digital papers
Cute card Thursday 286: hip to be square
Cutie pie 53: a cute one for the boys
Clear it out: let's hear it for the boys
Papertake: child's play
Cardmakin mamas 74: for the kids
Jellypark friends: all about the kids
Emerald faerie garden 47: magical creatures
Card caravan (the hybrid chick) 48: happy birthday
Fairies 13: birthday
Parade our crafts 4: it's all about the birthdays
Seize the birthday: birthday with toppings (option)
Totally papercrafts 184: birthday boys
Victorine 68: birthday
Love to create 83: clean n simple
The sisterhood of crafters: use a digital stamp
Basic grey 102: anything goes
613 avenue create 37: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 29: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 59: anything goes
Pink by design: anything goes
Penny's 144: anything goes
Chocolate, coffeee & cards 48: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Inky linky 29
Sister act 24
Make it Monday 158
Inspire me Fridays 120
52 card pick up 2.37

Monday, 16 September 2013

The cheerful stamp pad challenge 69


This is my design team card for the first week of The cheerful stamp pad 69: I love your hat. Please click on the link and see the gorgeous crafting of the rest of the team and join in the challenge. There is a prize to be won from Rick StDennis

I've based my card on the sketch given for Sketch and stash 121, using up quite a lot of stash that I've had for a long time, including the lovely Basic Grey papers:


I've used the 1935 hat digi stamp kindly supplied by Rick StDennis, our sponsor, coloured with spectrum noirs. I die cut around the image and distressed with peacock feathers ink and embossed a couple of die cuts to mat behind, using 'budding vine' embossing folder and Embossalicious dottie from Crafter's Companion. Papers are Basic Grey majorlaine, again brushed with peacock feathers distress ink. Various other elements from stash including the lace that was coloured with the peacock feathers to match and flowers from Poundland. Although I cut into new papers, I couldn't resist using the offcut piece of Hunkydory foiled card, so this is one for Pixie's crafty snippets


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Crafter's companion September: embossing (I used the bought Embossalicious dottie from Crafter's Companion)
Natali and Amy 12: embossing
The pink elephant 217: digital images or digital papers
Basic Grey 102: anything goes
C is for challenge 6: make it sparkle
Crafts and me: lovely lace
Mema crafts September: ribbon/lace and/or flowers
Just inspirational: flowers
Paper-crafting journey: flowers
Card and scrap 61: vintage/shabby chic
A creative romance: dies or punches
Oozak 21: anything goes/die cuts/punches
Corrosive 183: maiden, mother, crone - image of girl or woman
Paper pretties 275: distress
Simon says Wednesday challenge: emboss it
Flourishes timeless 237: dry embossing
Whoopsi Daisy: use more than 2 patterned papers
Seize the birthday: birthday with toppings - one particular colour
Shelly's terrifically thrilling Thursday: roll'em - I've used 4 layers, dies, dry embossing, flowers (item of choice), markers, 3 different patterned papers, bling
Victorine 67: vintage
Fairies 13: birthday
Parade your crafts 4: it's all about the birthdays
Creative moments 25: birthday/anything goes
The sisterhood of crafters: use a digital stamp
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Pink by design: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 1: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Inky linky 29
Sister act 24
Make it Monday 158
Inspire me Fridays 120
52 card pick up 2.37

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Distressed embossing


A simple Christmas card using part of an 8 x 8 Embossalicious embossing folder run through my eBosser, having first inked the inside of the folder with fired brick distress ink. The piece of white card was from my offcuts box. This was then mounted on to a deckle edged red card blank, with a sentiment added.

I chose this embossing folder for Atalantic hearts sketch 20:



This is also for:

Crafters companion September: embossing
Simon says Monday challenge: embossed
Simon says Wednesday challenge: emboss it
Flourishes timeless 237: dry embossing
Paper pretties 275: distress
Lisa B designs September: Christmas - predominantly white with a splash of colour
Paper creators 14: make it Christmassy
Crimbo crackers 50: quick and easy
Cute card Thursday 286: hip to be square - lots of them
A little bit crafty September: clean and simple
Crafter's cafe 28: no designer paper
Left of center 14: no designer papers
Bloggers challenge: backgrounds
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Sister act 24
Inspire me Fridays 120
52 card pick up 2.37

Time for a male card


This is a simple card made with a tri-boss embossing folder used with a pearlised broonze card that had metallic gilding wax added in places - golden light and deep red, with just the addition of a Craftwork cards sentiment circle. I bought the gilding waxes a while ago, tried them and put them aside because I couldn't get on with them - glad I gave them another try.

Inspired by The shabby tea room 183: time flies - include a clock:



This is also for:

Cards in envy: manly challenge - although this is embossed it is thin enough for regular post
The squirrel and the fox 52: it's raining men - creations for men
Ruby's rainbow 62: it's a male thing
Totally papercrafts 184: birthday boys
The cupboard trilogy 15: male
Whimsy 63: masculine cards
Creative moments 25: hirthday/anything goes
Simon says Monday challenge: embossed
Simon says Wednesday challenge: emboss it
Flourishes timeless 237: dry embossing
A little bit crafty September: clean and simple
Crafter's cafe 28: no designer paper
Left of center 14: no designer papers
Bloggers challenge: backgrounds
Moxie fab world: all that glitters is gold
Designed to color 20: anything goes
613 avenue create 37: anything goes
Challenges 4 everybody 29: anything goes
Kreativer bastel 31: anything goes
Crafty sentiments: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Penny's 144: anything goes
Chocolate, coffee & cards 48: anything goes
Scrap-cards 51: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
Inky linky 29
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Sister act 24
Inspire me Fridays 120
52 card pick up 2.37

CAS sympathy


Having taken on a few design team positions recently, I've been crafting away in preparation for future challenges, but haven't made so many other cards in between. As I have some charity sales coming up quite soon I need to make some other cards. Sadly, I can never make enough sympathy cards - that slot is empty in the box I have at church and I haven't got any left at home.

This is a clean and simple one, made with a ready shaped card blank that has a very light green shaded background. I inked the La Blanche foam stamp with memento cottage ivy and coloured the centre and petals of the daisy with copics. The sentiment stamp is a Dovecraft one that I picked up for 50p at The Works.

Use of the daisy stamp inspired by the photo for Inkspirational 37:



This is also for:

ABC 44: sympathy
House of cards month three: clean & simple
A little bit crafty September: clean and simple
Soartful September: a single flower with a minimalist design
Paper-crafting journey: flowers
Stamp dreams 19: stampings
Digi sketch challenge: use a rubber stamp
Eureka 56: shaped cards
Stamp with fun 223: not square

The glory of Christmas 16: monochrome


This is my design team card for The glory of Christmas 16: monochrome. It was lovely to see so many joining in last fortnight's 'anything goes' challenge - I hope that many will return during this coming fortnight and take part by making a monochrome Christmas card. It doesn't have to be black and white, it can be shades of any colour. And there will be a prize for the randomly chosen winner, so do hop on over to The glory of Christmas and join in - you've got to be in it to win it!

I used an A5 landscape opening card, cutting away half of the front. I randomly stamped the Anita dove stamp inked with stazon black, stamping just one on the inside panel so just the curl of the tail shows when the card is closed. The Personal Impressions sentiment stamp with also inked with stazon.



This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
One crazy stamper September: Christmas
Sparkles Christmas 32: non traditional colours
Emma's cards 20: birds
Creative card crew 44: things with wings
Crafty bloggers network September: things with wings
Lady Anne September: must have wings
House of cards month three: clean & simple
Nutcrafters 51: CAS

Another Christmas fairy with sparkle


This is my second card for the September mid-month inspiration for the CCAYR Christmas fairy with sparkle challenge.

This time I've used 'snappy tots' Christmas fairy, die cut with a nestability bauble and matted on to a larger bauble with a piece of gold Kanban paper. The background paper is Graphic 45 'we wish you a Merry Christmas'. I added some sparkle with the gold stars from Poundland and added a Craftwork cards sentiment circle.


This is also for:

Hobby home: Christmas
Paper creators 14: make it Christmassy
Emerald faerie garden 47: magical creatures
Sparkles 48: fairies and/or butterflies
The sisterhood of crafters: use a digital stamp
A creative romance: dies or punches
Penny's 144: anything goes
Designed to color 20: anything goes
Crafting by designs: anything goes
Get creative September card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September: anything goes
Sister act 24
Inspire me Fridays 120
52 card pick up 2.37

Christmas fairy with sparkle


It's mid-month already and that means an inspiration post on Christmas cards all year round. This is the first of my mid-month cards for the September challenge. Please click on the link and see the lovely cards of the rest of the team ... and you still have until the end of the month to join in the 'Christmas fairy with sparkle' challenge.

 The digital image was a freebie I found on the internet, which I dotted with a quickie glue pen and added silver glitter, then matted on to a couple of offcuts of mirror card. The shaped card blank was already decorated. I added ribbon on to the silver strip, then on to the card, adding the flowers with brad and the silver sentiment.

Colours are good for Festive Friday 17:



This is also for:

Hobby home: Christmas
Creative creations 18: early Christmas makes
Southern girls 77: make believe
Eureka 56: shaped cards
Hanna and friends 180: special cardform
Lady Anne September: must have wings
Joanna Sheen: ribbons
Craft your passion 179: glitter and gloss

Saturday, 14 September 2013

CHNC challenge 142: cut it out


A new Christmas challenge begins this morning and this week's CHNC challenge 142 is all about cutting out. I'm asking you to include something on your card that has been cut out - by hand, die cut or punched - anything you like as long as it has been cut out in some way.

I went for the hard route and chose to cut out by hand with scissors. Now I see the finished card it doesn't look complicated at all - looks as if it would have been made in minutes ... but in reality it took me ages. Firstly I used this Embossalicious 8 x 8 folder with my eBosser and then cut out each bauble. I then painted each on with Papermania precious metals - either the copper or the patinum - this was quite a messy process. I left them to dry, but wasn't that happy with them, so I gave them another coat and impatiently waited for them to dry. I then stuck them on to a piece of  paper from the My Mind's Eye Christmas glitter book and added an Anna Griffin sentiment.

The paper is much more glittery and the baubles much more shiny in reality than they are in the photo:


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Creative creations 18: early Christmas makes
Simon says Monday: embossed
Simon says Wednesday: emboss it
Crafters companion September: embossing
Craft your passion 179: glitter and gloss
Polka doodles 37: one for the boys - think this would be OK to send to a male
Paper creators 14: make it Christmassy

Friday, 13 September 2013

The sweet pea stampers 'kraft' challenge


This is my design team card for The Sweet Pea Stampers: use kraft paper/card on your project, that starts today. The challenge lasts for two weeks - please click here and go over and see the wonderful crafting of the rest of the team. We would love to see you join in  - it would be lovely if you used a Sweet Pea stamp, but any image is allowed.

I stamped the Elaine Cox's 'playing with stars' rubber stamp directly on to kraft paper with memento rich cocoa. I coloured with copics, which was very interesting, firstly to see the colours that emerged on the kraft (I did have a spare piece handy to try them out first) and secondly, the alcohol ink sank quickly into the kraft paper, so I had to be very careful to keep within the lines as best I could.

I used a kraft card blank on to which I matted a torn piece of music paper (can't remember where I got this from), which I had torn and brushed with a mix of antique linen and tattered rose distress inks. I also used these on the torn piece of birthday sentiments card, the Craftwork cards sentiment and also the piece of lace. The flowers are Prima.


This is also for:

Crafty creations 239: let's get krafty
Paper pretties 275: distress
The paper shelter 128: sun, moon, stars
Stampotique 115: lots of layers
Marker pop 30: anything goes (used copics)
Addicted to stamps and more 62: make your mark
That craft place: music
Card crafters circle 91: portrait of a woman
Creative inspirations 231: anything goes

Monday, 9 September 2013

The cheerful stamp pad challenge 68 week 2


The cheerful stamp pad challenge 68 continues for another week, with inspiration from this picture:


Please click on the link and see what the rest of the team have created and, hopefully, join in the challenge - let us see what the picture inspires you to create.

I was inspired to use cherries, cakes and an embossed diamond panel using an embossalicious folder with my eBosser. The plaid background paper mounted on to a red card blank was a magazine freebie. The strip of cherries mounted between strips of gingham ribbon was printed from a digital image from The Crafty Pad, which I coloured with spectrum noirs. The circles of cupcakes were from a Kanban kit. They are glittered around the edge.


This is also for:

Facebook A card a day
Crafter's companion September: embossing (I used the Embossalicious 'argyle' A4 embossing folder bought from Crafter's Companion
Natalie and Amy 12: embossing
Get inky 12: cakes, cakes and cupcakes
Everybody art 243: birthday
Creative moments 25: birthday/anything goes
CCEE 1336: birthday card
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Di's digi designs: birthday
Stamp and create September: birthdays
Delightful: you're a treat - Halloween or something sweet
There she goes 224: cake, cupcakes and birthday treats
Joanna Sheen: ribbons
Just inspirational: ribbons
Penny's 143: spooled items - ribbon
Perfect sentiments 90: ribbon, twine, seam binding or all 3
Crafty ribbons 60: anything goes with ribbon
AnMaCreatief 24: round - circles
Creative craft cottage 6: round like a record - something round includes - circles
One stitch at a time 180: use a digi
613 avenue create 36: anything goes
Addicted to stamps 63: anything goes
Scrap-cards 51: anything goes
Hobbycutz 15: anything goes
Papertake: anything goes
4 krafty girlz 1: anything goes
Totally gorjuss 200: anything goes
Parade your crafts 3: anything goes
Sister act 23: anything goes
Get creative Sept card challenge: anything goes
DL.ART thankful Thursday September linky
Make it Monday 157
Inspire me Fridays 119
52 card pickup 2.36