Monday, 31 March 2014

Guest designer for Lexi Creations 113: Easter


I'm privileged today to be a guest designer for Lexi Creations 113: Easter.

I used their 'Easter egg Lillie' digital image (available here), colouring with spectrum noir pens. The main background paper was a magazine freebie from last year or the year before and the strip across the bottom was from PDA card and craft, wrapped round with a piece of sentiment ribbon on Poundland.

I tore round the image usingperspex oval templates, inking the torn edges with a spectrum. The glittered eggs were from Poundland.


This is also for:

Hobbycutz 41: Easter
Brown sugar 87: Easter
Simply create too 58: Easter
Whimsy 69: Easter
Creatalicious 61: Easter wonderland
Sparkles 54: Easter parade
Crafty boots: Easter
Kaboodle 217: spring is coming
Melonheadz friends: time for spring
Di's digi designs: welcome spring
Polka doodles 13: spring is in the air
Catered crop: put a bird on it
Hobbybook: spring
The paper shelter 151: spring delights
MilkCoffee: welcome spring
Going grey with Scrap-creations: spring
Feeling crafty 26: use a digi and bling
Card and scrap 72: use lace and/or ribbon
Artistic inspirations 85: Easter colours/anything goes
Crafting from the heart 12: anything goes/cute and cuddly
Simon says Monday: the one with lots of rules - anything goes
One stitch at a time 206: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 15: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 28: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 143: freestyle -  anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 83: add some flowers


It's time for a new Cheerful stamp pad challenge and the theme for this fortnight is 'add some flowers'. The challenge is being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps. Please click here to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and also to add your entries.

For my design card I used  'bug jar caterpillar' by Bugaboo Stamps', colouring digitally in Paint and adding the text. The background was created with some patterned paper and acrylic paint and stencils using my gelli plate.There are strips of washi tape and ribbon down the side, although most of this is covered by the Craftime flowers.



This is also for:

Lacy sunshine 30: add flowers
Pile it on 13: floral fantasy
Cute card Thursday: floral delights
One stitch at a time 206: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 15: anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 143: freestyle -  anything goes
Card and scrap 72: use lace and/or ribbon
Simon says Monday: the one with lots of rules - anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Craftin desert divas 28: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes
DL.ART March

Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Glory of Christmas challenge 30: peace on earth


It's time for the Glory of Christmas challenge 30: peace on earth. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of others in the team and, hopefully, join in with the challenge.

For my card I used offcuts of some unknown papers that have been lurking in my Christmas box (think I got them with a magazine). The glittered angels look much more glittery in real life as does the gold star that has been layered on to the blue foiled star. The piece of ribbon is from Hobbycraft. The Personal Impressions stamp is a favourite of mine.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 118
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 11
Fab n funky 209: Christmas
Creative moments 39: anything goes/things with wings
Crimbo crackers 61: anything goes Christmas
Card and scrap 72: use lace and/or ribbon
My craft creations: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Amusing challenges (stamped blessings): anything goes
Hiding in my craft room 143: freestyle -  anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes

Owl button it for Christmas


The theme for the Christmas Card Club challenge for this fortnight is 'cute Christmas' so I have used some owls from Poundland with offcuts of card found in my Christmas box, a couple of stray sentiments and the remainder of My Mind's Eye 'all is bright' buttons from the pack that I opened the other day.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 118
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 11
Fab n funky 209: Christmas
Crimbo crackers 61: anything goes Christmas
Catered crop: put a bird on it
Inspiration avenue: buttons
Simon says Wednesday: anything goes with buttons
House of cards 2: add a button
Crafting from the heart 11: anything goes/spots or stripes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes

Saturday, 29 March 2014

CHNC challenge 170: going round in circles


I sometimes feel that I'm going round in circles ... but today I have a good reason for that because that's the theme for CHNC challenge 170 - to use circles - any circles, large or small, including round brads, buttons ... anything round. Please click on the link and join in the challenge.

For my card I used an offcut of Bo Bunny paper that's been lurking in my Christmas scraps box for ages (I think I spied another piece that might get used soon). The topper is from Hunkydory, the buttons are 'all is bright' by My Mind's Eye - and I added a couple of circular sentiments for good measure.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 117
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 11
Fab n funky 209: Christmas
Eclectic ellapu 1: wings
Creative moments 39: anything goes/things with wings
Crimbo crackers 61: anything goes Christmas
Crafty catz 224: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 22: spring flowers


It's supposed to be spring here now, but it's actually colder than it has been a week or two ago. Hopefully, it will perk up again soon. It's lovely to see all the spring flowers and blossoms. It's springtime for Suzy Bee's Blooomin' challenge 22: spring flowers- please click on the link and see the lovely designs by the rest of the team and join in with our challenge, which is being sponsored by Paper Pretties who kindly supplied the 'tea rose' image that I've used for my design card. I coloured it with spectrum noir pens. Papers are My mind's eye quite contrary summer papers. The panel down the left is made up of three different papers layered up.

One of our lovely teamies, Erin chose the theme of 'spring flowers'.

This is also for Cupcake inspirations 253: garden:



This is also for:

Di's digi designs: welcome spring
Stampin' for the weekend: spring colours
Polka doodles 13: spring is in the air
A creative romance: spring flowers
Catered crop: spring fever
Stamp dreams 33: spring is coming
Kaboodle 216: dreaming of spring
Whoopsi daisy: welcome spring
Hobbybook: spring
The paper shelter 151: spring delights
MilkCoffee: welcome spring
Going grey with Scrap-creations: spring
Cute card Thursday 314: floral delights
Totally papercrafts 212: think pink
Crafty catz 224: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 84: anything goes
Fitztown 27: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes
DL.ART March
Inky linky 49

Completely Christmas challenge 5


As always, Completely Christmas challenge 5 is 'anything goes' - please click on the link to see the lovely designs of the rest of the team ... and please get that Christmas stash out, get creating and join in (and please don't forget my CHNC challenges as well).

The challenge is being sponsored by Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet and for my design card I have used two of Panda Bear Designs Papers and the Crafty Girls Baubles image. I changed the colour of the baubles digitally and layered on to the two papers, taking them down to a square size, adding the text. Everything was created digitally.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 11
Fab n funky 209: Christmas
The pink elephant 243: favourite colour combo (anything purple and lilac)
Penny's 170: use your favourite colour combo
Bunny Zoe March: monochrome
Digitally sweet 81: add a frame (creation was made 100% digitally)
Crimbo crackers 61: anything goes Christmas
Crafty catz 224: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 84: anything goes
Fitztown 27: anything goes
613 avenue create 64: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes
Inky linky 49

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The sweet pea stampers: distress to the max


It's time for another challenge on the Sweet pea stampers blog: distress to the max - please click here to see the wonderful crafting of the rest of the team and we would love to see you take part in our challenge.

For my design card I used a digital image by Karen Middleton called 'butterfly yellow'. I used a variety of grey spectrum noir pens to colour the image, tore round it and brushed first with squeezed lemonade distress ink and then mustard seed. I then spritzed the whole image so that it looked more distressed. The background card is from the everyday collection of Core Impressions by Jenni Bowlin by Core-dinations sanded to reveal the yellow core.The strip of script paper is from 'fair skies' by Farm House paper company, again torn and inked, with a piece of Tim Holtz tissue tape down the middle. The flowers were from Hobbycraft and I brushed them with mustard seed DI.


This is also for

Timbro scrap mania 90: grey and yellow
Use your stuff 128: ink (I've had the core'dinations card and the Farm House paper for ages, untouched)
Eclectic ellapu 2: flowers and butterflies
Kreativer bastel 43: flowers
Crazy challenge167: flower frenzy
The house that stamps built DCC326: things with wings
Fussy & fancy 110: shabby chic
Red rubber inspirational 113: very vintage
Hiding in my craft room 142: let's get digital
Digi haven: things with wings
Butterfly 4: springtime at last (use yellow)
Creative moments 39: anything goes/things with wings
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
Little Miss Muffet 82: anything goes
Artistic inspirations 84: anything goes
Fitztown 27: anything goes
Crazy 4 challenges 228: shake your thing - any card
613 avenue create 64: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday 28:  anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Party time Tuesday 165: anything goes
Craftitude 61: anything goes
Wordplay Saturday March: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Sister Act 50: anything goes
Inky linky 49
DL.ART March
Just B creative crazy March linky party

Monday, 24 March 2014

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 82: Modes of transportation, week 2


This is my design card for week 2 of the Cheerful stamp pad challenge 82: Modes of transportation. Please click here to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and click here to join in with your entries - we'd love to see them there.

The sponsor for this challenge is Lunagirl. I used Transportation (7) image kindly supplied by Lunagirl, giving it an antique look digitally before layering it on to some unknown paper that I've had in my stash for a while. I've added bits and pieces from various sources, including Teresa Collins and K & Co. I enjoyed putting this card together.


This is also for:

Order of the opus gluei 179: touch me, inspire me - I was inspired by the lovely Lunagirl image to build the card around it
The squirrel and the fox 66: inspired by a book: Flying Crazy, on which the 'Those magnificent men in their fllying machines' film was based
Digistamps4Joy 88: vintage
The male room: vintage
Bunny Zoe March: monochrome
Craft room: transport
A little bit crafty March: are we there yet?
Hiding in my craftroom 142: let's get digital
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
Artistic inspirations 84: anything goes
Fitztown 27: anything goes
Dare to be sassy Thursday 221: it's up to you
Crazy 4 challenges 228: shake your thing - any card
613 avenue create 64: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday 27: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Sister Act 49: anything goes
DL.ART March
Just B creative crazy March linky party

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Mother's Day card for Lily


Last week I made a mother's day card for Hyacinth for a friend to give to her mother. She then asked me to make a similar card for her mother-in-law - her name is Lily. Two floral mother's day cards.

I found a copyright picture of a lily, added the sentiment and faded the edges digitally before printing and mounting on to the green mirror card with the two ribbons down the side.

I used a quickie glue pen to highlight parts of the main lily and sprinkled first pink, then yellow, then black to the various parts of the flower, using Art Institute glitters (I've had these little pots for years - such good value because they have been used time and time again).



I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Simon says Wednesday challenge: glitter it
Pink gem 115: mother's day/female birthday/special lady
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 64: dots
Pink elephant 242: lots of layers, ribbon, pinch of green
Crafting by designs: use a ribbon
Crafty ribbons 81: anything goes with ribbon
Card and scrap 72: use lace and/or ribbon
Sparkle n sprinkle March: anything goes - using loose glitter
That craft place: flowers and/or mother's day

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 21: white on white


It's time for Suzy Bee's Bloomin' challenge 21: white on white. Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and it would be lovely if you could join in the challenge with us.

For my design card I used the 'Happy Easter doodle' image, kindly supplied by the sponsor, Limited runs. This was already coloured, but I digitally faded it to fit in with the 'white on white', although my torn surround card has a gold tinge to it, so I'm cheating a bit - but it is white card really, but with a gold sheen! I matted the torn ovals on to a piece of embossed white pearlescent card using part of the lovely Craftwell 'swirltangle' embossing folder. Everything was then matted on to a pearlescent white card blank with some much neglected white fibres tied around the fold.


This is also for:

Just inspirational: Easter
Crafty creations 259: holiday (Easter)
AnMaCreatief 30 spring/Easter
Whimsy 69: Easter
Fairies 22: Easter
Creatalicious 61: Easter wonderland
Kreativeinkauf 13: Easter bunny
Sparkles 54: Easter parade
Baffies creative: around the Easter bunny
Catered crop: spring fever
Crafty sentiments it's all about spring
Hobbybook: spring
Inky impressions 151: think spring
Delightful: welcome spring
Bloggers challenge: think spring
Polka doodles 12: spring is in the air
My Sheri 129: celebrate spring
The east wind 3: spring
Great impressions March: spring
Really reasonable ribbon 91: welcome spring and ribbon or trim (hope fibres count)
Rhedd and rosies 28: aged/distressed
Fussy & fancy 110: shabby chic
Challenges and candies 30: embossing
Crafter's cafe 55: make a square card
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
Fitztown 27: anything goes
Dare to be sassy Thursday 221: it's up to you
Crazy 4 challenges 228: shake your thing - any card
613 avenue create 63: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 14: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
The shabby tea room 210: anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday 27: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R168: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Sister Act 49: anything goes
Inky linky 48

CHNC challenge 169: all wrapped up


How come it's Saturday again so soon? That means it's time for CHNC challenge 169: all wrapped up. Please click on the link to see what it's all about and join in with your own entries.

I based my card on the sketch given for Mojo Monday 337:


For my card I used  'snowman's gifts' kindly supplied by one of the sponsors, Crafty sentiments - featuring 'all wrapped up' in two ways - the snowman and the gift - colouring the image with spectrum noir pens. All papers were from my Christmas offcuts box.


A better view of the gold foiled sentiment:


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 116
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Crimbo crackers 60: cute Christmas
Crafty creations 259: holiday (Christmas)
PumpkinSpice 64: dots
As you like it: favourite colouring medium and why - alcohol pens (particularly spectrum noir) - so easy to use and blend
Sentimental Sundays 198: cute and cuddly
Crafter's cafe 55: make a square card
Crafting from the heart 10: anything goes/inspired by a movie: The Snowman
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
Lacy sunshine 29: anything goes
Fitztown 27: anything goes
Dare to be sassy Thursday 221: it's up to you
Crazy 4 challenges 228: shake your thing - any card
Pattie's 88: anything goes
613 avenue create 63: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 14: anything goes
Aurora wings 1: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
The shabby tea room 210: anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday 27: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Brown sugar 86: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R168: anything goes
Creative fingers 28: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Wordplay Saturday March: anything goes
Crafts and me inspiration 146: anything goes
DL.ART March
Sister Act 49: anything goes
Inky linky 48
Just B creative crazy March linky party

Completely Christmas challenge 4


It's time for Completely Christmas 4 - please click on the link and see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in with our challenge.

For my design card I used 'pinecone and needles' which was kindly supplied by the sponsor of the challenge, Sparkle n sprinkle. I used the image one way up and then another, joining them digitally. I coloured with spectrum noir pens.

The image was first die cut with a Nestie then matted on to a stamped oval with Briliance pearlescent ivy,matted on to another oval cut out with Fiskars deckle scissors and which was then matted on to a torn oval using a piece of Core'dination card, revealing the lighter green.

I usedKeisercraft background paper, a piece of striped scrap of My Mind's Eye Lost & Found, buttons, sentiments etc from MME 'all is bright'.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets week 116
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
My perfect life festive 48 week 10: Christmas green
Christmas fun: green Christmas trees or anything goes
Jingle belles: the holly and the ivy: festive foliage
Corrosive 195: go green
Craft your passion 205: go green
Kaboodle 215: use green
Lunagirl: shabby green
Take a word: green
Victorine 80: green and 1 neutral colour (browns)
Spectrum noir March: green
Miriam's crafting: shades of green
Everybody art 270: non cute card
Lexi 112: use your punches and dies (die cut)
Cut it up 41: anything goes (I've used a die cut)
Crafty bloggers network March: nature
As you like it: favourite colouring medium and why - alcohol pens (particularly spectrum noir) - so easy to use and blend
Rhedd and rosies 28: aged/distressed
Fussy & fancy 110: shabby chic
Crafter's cafe 55: make a square card
Open-minded crafting 6: use some buttons
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
Lacy sunshine 29: anything goes
Fitztown 27: anything goes
Dare to be sassy Thursday 221: it's up to you
Crazy 4 challenges 228: shake your thing - any card
613 avenue create 63: anything goes
Scribble and scrap 14: anything goes
My craft creations: anything goes
The shabby tea room 210: anything goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday 27: anything goes
Through the craftroom door: anything goes
Brown sugar 86: anything goes
Crafts4eternity R168: anything goes
Creative fingers 28: anything goes
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
Sister Act 49: anything goes
Inky linky 48

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Hope you have a purrfect day ...


Obviously this card had to have some cats on it - an image kindly given by AAA cards who will be starting challenges in May. They are wanting CAS or nearly clean cards, so I think this fits the bill, so this is for their open call.

I've coloured the front cat with a couple of grey spectrum noir pens and the 'ginger' one with another pen. I thought I'd leave the other cat white.

I've mounted the image on to a piece of copper coloured mirror card that matches the 'ginger'. This is then mounted on to a 7 x 5 black card blank.

As there is mirror card involved it was hard to get a photo showing it - this is the best I could do:


I'm also entering this for the following challenges:

Simply create too 57: animals
A random fan 4: brthday
Lawnscaping 78: clean and simple

Monday, 17 March 2014

Cheerful stamp pad challenge 82: modes of transportation


It's time for a new challenge on the Cheerful Stamp Pad and for challenge 82 the theme is 'modes of transportation', which is sponsored by Lunagirl Vintage Images. Please click on the challenge link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and to take part in the challenge which lasts for almost two weeks.

For my design creation I used Lunagirl's transportion (3), kindly supplied by the sponsor of this challenge, digitally changing to black and white and just digitally colouring the hat and flowers. I faded the edges of the picture and digitally mounted it on to the free Lunagirl postcard digital image. I added the digital postage stamp and the wording, including the fictional name and address, although Truelove is a real village in Devon apparently.


This is also for:

Crafting from the heart 10: anything goes/inspired by a movie - 'Wish you were here' (1987) - click on the link to see a still from the film - girl on a bicycle
Digitally sweet 79: black and white with one other colour - this creation was made 100% digitally (I love the fact that this is also being sponsored by Lunagirl)
Melonheadz friends: girly
Mark's finest papers speedy fox and friends 203: black, white and 1 colour
2 sisters 174: black, white and 1 other colour
Musically challenged 21: song with a girl's name in the title: 'Dora Brown' by Nellie Burt (1897) - very interesting article here
One stitch at a time 204: use a digi
Oddball art stamps 1: use a digi
Cards in envy: anything goes (printed out this is A6 size)
Digi choosday 10: all about the girl
Cute card Thursday 312: girls, girls, girls
Allways something creative 71: anything goes
The shabby tea room 210: anything goes
Fitztown 27 anything goes
Lacy sunshine 29: anything goes
QKR stampede 79: anything goes
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
DL.ART March
Sister Act 48: anything goes
Just B creative crazy March linky party

Sunday, 16 March 2014

40th birthday card


My stepson was 40 the other day - this is the card that I made for him using a Docrafts candles stamp (it is a long stamp with 25 candles on it, so I stamped twice and cute 5 off each image). I can't remember where I got the text card from, but I've got lots of it in different colours. The piece on the shape at the top was in my offcuts box - I used another piece to print our message on the inside of the easel strut.I coloured the candles with spectrum noir pens and promarkers.



I'm entering this into these challenges:

As you like it: favourite colouring medium and why - alcohol markers - have lots of copics, promarkers, flexmarkers and spectrum noir (my favourite now)
Graph it week 11: male colours
Hiding in my craftroom 141: colour it - markers
Sunday stamper 299: happy
Dream valley 77: big birthdays
Craftin desert divas 26: birthdays
Whoopsi Daisy: birthday
Paper pretties 301: birthday cards
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Fussy & fancy 109: birthdays
Bloggers challenge: they say it's your birthday
Amusing challenges (stamped blessings): fancy folds
Totally papercrafts 210: shaped cards
Hobby cutz 39: shaped card
Cardz 4 guys 9: typography - words
Pile it on 11: for a guy
Nutcrafters 63: boys, boys, boys - male card
Stempelsnne 110: boys/men birthdays
The artistic stamper creative team blog March: letters, words and numbers
A creative romance: seeing double - I used the same stamp but cut five candles off different ends so they didn't look quite the same
Fairytale 87: an old stamp (one of the first I bought ages ago)
One crazy stamper March: anything goes
Little red wagon 228: truly dimensional
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes

Crafting musketeers March challenge 11: art deco


This is my design card for team B's inspiration for Crafting Musketeers art deco challenge. You can join in the challenge here - we would love to see your art deco crafting. This challenge is being sponsored by Debbi Moore and I have used a background paper download and the images. The image on the front has been printed three times and decoupaged. The gold mirror card matting looks so much better in real life, as does the gold sentiment circle.

I made this for my stepson's girl friend and I think she liked it.


This is an A5 landscape card used as an upright tent card. And I used another image inside the card and wrote on the upper inside.



This is also for:

Craftin desert divas 26: birthdays
Whoopsi Daisy: birthday
Digistamps4Joy 87: add a birthday sentiment
Paper pretties 301: birthday cards
Seize the birthday: anything goes birthday
Fussy & fancy 109: birthdays
Bloggers challenge: they say it's your birthday
Pink gem 115: mother's day/female birthday/special lady
Simon says Wednesday challenge: mother's day/special girl
Cute card Thursday 312: girls, girls, girls
Digi choosday: all about the girl
One stitch at a time 204: use a digi
Little red wagon 228: truly dimensional
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
Craft room: 20th century
That's crafty: anything goes
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
DL.ART March
Sister Act 48: anything goes
Just B creative crazy March linky party

Glory of Christmas challenge 29: cocoa, hot drink


When I knew what challenge 29 was going to be for the Glory of Christmas, I remembered that ages ago I had made a tag using Meljen's 'Christmas cocoa' image. I hunted through all of my Christmas stash ... and I couldn't find it, but I had the image saved on computer, so I printed it, cut round it, mounted on to an offcut of spotty Hunkydory card and then matted on to another piece of Hunkydory card with the lamp post image, adding lots of silver snowflakes and the sentiment.

Please click here to see the crafting of the rest of the team and to join in our challenge - we'd love to see you there.


While I was looking for the Hunkydory card with the lamp post, something suddenly felt out from between two other pieces of card (I had looked right through that box earlier) and it was, of course, the tag that I had made ages ago, so I decided I would make a second design card for the Glory of Christmas challenge 29. This time the background card  is an old Kanban offcut. I used a couple of scraps of Hunkydory and papermania papers to form the border near the bottom. The background of the tag had been stamped randomly with snowflakes using stazon cactus green and the torn edges of the image had been brushed with chalk. The clumps of berries are from a Kaisercraft turtle dove pack of various elements.


These are also for (mainly the second card):

Meljen 201: use green
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Inspiration avenue: green
Crafty sentiments: lots of green
Inky impression 150: go green
Delightful: wearing of the green
Digi haven: at least 3 different shades of green
Pattie's 87: green
Jingle belles: the holly and the ivy
One stitch at a time 204: use a digi
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes

Christmas angels


It was Christine's turn to choose the theme for the Christmas Card Club challenge for this fortnight and she said she would like to see wings. So I've used two lovely glittered stickers raised up with 3D foam mounted on to a piece of Hunkydory card. The ribbon with bow is one that I rescued from someone - it might have been a box of chocolates, I can't remember, but it is definitely recycled. The sentiment is one that got left over from an old Kanban kit.

The photo has made the right hand side of the card look lighter than it actually is, but it's the best I could do.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Ecelctic ellapu::wings
Crafting by designs: things with wings
Crafty little fairies: things with wings
Crafty ribbons 80: ribbon n bows
Card and scrap 72: us lace and/or ribbon
Paper minutes 312: brown with glitter
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Mother's day card for Hyacinth


I was asked to make a card for a mum with the name Hyacinth (love that), so I found a copyright free picture of hyacinths on the internet and played around a bit digitally till I got the effect I wanted and added the text. I then printed stuck the pieces of ribbon down the side, matted and layered on to a piece of lilac/blue mirror card and than a piece of pearlescent card before matting on to the very light lilac card blank.

This is loosely (I hope not too loosely) based on the sketch for Cardabilities 95 (flipping it horizontally):

Sadly, the mirror card looks darker here than it is irl.


This is also for:

Crafting from the heart 9: anything goes/favourite colours - I love anything with a lilac tinge
Creative inspirations 256: favourite colour combination
Simon says Wednesday challenge: mother's day/special girl
Polka doodles 11 mum's the word
Pink gem 115: mother's day/female birthday/special lady
The cupboard trilogy 20: mothers
Card and scrap 72: lace and.or ribbon
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Aud sentiments 102: anything goes

More inspiration for CCAYR mid month



This is my second design card for mid month design team inspiration on CCAYR. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in with the challenge here - please make a step card and, of course, it must be for Christmas.

It's made with another Kanban card blank, using scrap pieces of  Echo Park winter wishe and strips of red Hunkydory card on the sides and bottom. The picture on the inner panel is one from a set I bought ages OK - still have loads of them. This is shiny and glittery although that doesn't show here.


Looking down on the card, you can see the inner panel better:


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 115
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
Totally papercrafts 210: shaped cards
Crafting with dragonflies 21: make a shaped card
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes

Christmas cards all year round mid month inspiration


As we are already now midway through March (it doesn't seem possible, does it?!) it's time for some mid month design team inspiration on CCAYR. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in with the challenge here - please make a step card and, of course, it must be for Christmas.

This is my design card for CCAYR mid month inspiration, using a Kanban card blank, using some scraps of Hunkydory card on the sides and across the bottom. The frame around the opening is an old Kanban one that I've had for ages, as is the scalloped edged picture which is encased in an acetate dome and then mounted on the inner panel of the card.


This is also for:

Pixie's snippets 115
The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 250: Christmas
Creative knockouts 28: border time
Treassured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes

Really going green for CHNC challenge 168


For my second card for CHNC challenge 168 'going green ... a little or a lot' I used 'snowy Christmas tree' kindly supplied by Eureka (another sponsor), changing it from black and white to green digitally and printing on to a piece of Authentiuque peaceful collection paper. I used a couple of sheets of toning paper from the collection and some scrap strips together with a couple of sentiments.



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 250: Christmas
LiaStampz 61: green
Crafty boots: green
Inspiration avenue: green
Crafty sentiments: lots of green
Inky impression 150: go green
Delightful: wearing of the green
Delicious doodles 79: mainly green
Digi haven: at least 3 different shades of green
Pattie's 87: green
Stampin with the dragon: let's go green
Miriam's crafting: shades of green
Stamp dreams 32: tree
4 crafty chicks 185: trees
Oddball art stamps 1: use a digi
Treasured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Aud sentiments 102: anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes
Make it Monday 182

CHNC challenge 168: going green ... a little or a lot


Saturday has come round very quickly again and it's time for CHNC challenge 168: going green ... a little or a lot. It's St Patrick's Day on Monday, so I thought it would be good to 'go green' this week.

For my first card for CHNC challenge 168 I used 'Rudolph letter blank'kindly supplied by one of the sponsors, Melonheadz. For this card I haven't used very much green, but it is there. I cut out the outer part of the digital image and matted on to a piece of Kaisercraft paper, adding the gold foiled sentiment from Craftwork Cards. It's a simple card, but it actually took me ages to do all the cutting out by hand.


This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 250: Christmas
Crimbo crackers 60: cute Christmas
Jingle belles: the holly and the ivy - foliage
Corrosive 194: animals
Use your stuff 126: animals (old paper)
Fab n funky 207: animals
Simply create too 57: animals
Crafty calendar March: animal antics
Craftitude 60: anything goes or add a little green
Dare to be sassy 220: anything goes with a touch of green
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Aud sentiments 102: anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes
Make it Monday 182

Reindeer silhouette for Completely Christmas challenge 3


It's time for an other 'anything goes' challenge (as long as it's Christmas, of course) on Completely Christmas. Please click the link and see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and join in the Christmas fun  (and, of course, you can enter anything Christmas for my own CHNC challenge extra for March at the same time). Today's challenge is being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps.

For my design card I've used the lovely 'reindeer silhouette' kindly supplied by our sponsor, putting the image digitally on to a piece of Bugaboo's 'blue frosty words 2' digital paper (I changed this digitally to black and white) and then on to a background created with Bugaboo's 'blue snowflakes' digital paper (again changing it to black and white). I created the sentiment digitally and printed everything out, matting on to a black card blank and adding a few Express Yourself glittered snowflakes.

Also for Festive Friday 27 photo:



This is also for:

The 12 months of Christmas card link up
CRAFT 250: Christmas
Inky chicks 24: monochromatic
Bunny Zoe March monochrome
Kort o mania 103: colour contrasts - black and white
Corrosive 194: animals
Use your stuff 126: animals (using digital papers I've had for a long time)
Fab n funky 207: animals
Simply create too 57: animals
Crafty calendar March: animal antics
Sweet stampin Christmas March: brrr it's cold outside
Sparkles Christmas 38: more than 3 embellishments (4 glittered snowflakes)
Treassured times 14: anything goes with layering
PumpkinSpice 63: anything goes
Aud sentiments 102: anything goes
Penny's 168: anything goes
QKR stampede 79 anything goes
Sister Act 48: anything goes
Inky linky 47
Make it Monday 182