Sunday, 31 August 2014

All I Want For Christmas...

This image from Digistamps4joy is so cute I didn't think it needed too much more on the card as I didn't want to detract from the image.

I have used the Creata Happy Holidays clear stamp set 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' stamp, Creata sky blue A5 classic paper and Happy Holidays die cutting & embossing set.  I thought this sentiment went perfectly with the pleading face of the image.  The silver ribbon bow is from my stash.

The digi images is mounted on foam pads on to a plain DL pre-scored card.

I like these icy blue tones, it must be because of my love of snow!  I used the following Graph It markers;  Suit; 7105, 7110, 7125, boots; 7130, 7160, 7175, 9502 lips; 6130, hair; 3140, 3160, skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, hat bell; Silver shake

I used Fluffy Stuff (yes that's its real name) on the hat and coat trim.  You simply apply it from the bottle (it has a very fine nozzle) and then heat with a heat gun which causes it to puff up, instant snow.  Think I need to get a huge bottle of this to use in the garden on Christmas Day! :-)

I wish to enter this into the Digistamps4joy monthly Christmas challenge (August)
Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thinking of You

Sometimes we need to make cards for sad occasions and it's not always easy, which is why I was glad to have this image from Sweet Pea Stamps.  It is called Remembrance by Katerina Koukiotis.

I have coloured it with the following Graph It markers; skin, 4120, dress, 9100, 9101, 9102, 9103, Rose, 4135, 4145, 5140, hair, 1210, 1230

The card base is made from Creata Off-White Classic Silky card, for the background I have used a scribbled heart stamp from Creata using Time Holtz Broken China Distress ink, (this card is quite porous so it absorbed the ink really well, so dried quite quickly) I have stamped two hearts each time before reinking, I also made sure to go over the edge of the card to give a better finish to the pattern, I have also taken the pattern around the back of the card.  The image is mounted on foam pads.  The feathers are cut from the same cardstock using Creata Cutting and Embossing Feather die.  These are also mounted on foam pads.  I cut into the wings of the angel so I could give them some shape.

Wherever you are and however you are spending your time, I send you crafty blessings. x

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Scrappers Delight DT Call

If you haven't seen the images from Scrappers Delights you are missing out!  They are so beautiful and so many unique ones from which to pick.  Scrappers Delights recently gave out a Fan Freebie in the Scrappers Delights Facebook group.  Here is my creation using the delightful Genie image.

I have used the following Graph It markers to colour Genie; Hair, 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, Skin, 4120, 4125, Jewellery, 1230, 8110, Clothes, 7105, 7110, 7125, 7130, 7175, 7180, Eyes, 9102, 9103, Shoes, 7130, 7175, 7180, Eyeshadow, 9401, Nails 6110 and gold and silver shaker pens.  I have also added a gem to her belly button!

I have cut Genie's lamp from Creata purple Metallic card, and added gems and a tassel from my stash.  I have attached a small scored card to the underside for room to write in and so Genie and her lamp will stand up.

They are also have a DT call which I have entered so please wish me luck! 

Crafty Blessings. x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Faery Ink Challenge Blog

I'm very excited as there is a new crafty challenge blog starting up!  You can take a peek at the Faery Ink Design Team & Challenge Blog here or click the button on the blog side bar.  You will definitely need to pop over the Etsy shop and admire all the stunning images by Amanda, and I bet you can't resist coming away with one or two purchases either!  I did just that, Funky Faery Princess (which I shall be making into a card to sell on my stall at the fayre at the end of the year to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and the Macmillan Unit at the local hospital) and Wild Woman (I have a plan for this little lady), of course I shall share both my makes with you next week. I also have a couple more images to colour and share.

I have wanted to be part of a digi DT family for a while but I knew I really had to love the images to make the commitment and I really have fallen in love with Amanda's designs, so much so that I am answering the DT call.  If you are fan of Faery Ink and fancy being part of the Faery Ink family then pop along to the Faery Ink blog.  Even if you don't fancy being part of the DT take a look at the blog and pick a banner for your Facebook page or why not have a go at colouring one of the digis, they are a few to pick from, and I guarantee you will be smitten with these images just like me!

Wish Me Luck!!!! Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Art Deco Treisel

I was commissioned to make a 50th birthday card.  I thought 50, that's a pretty big deal, so it needs to be lavish and expensive looking.  Debbi Moore's Art Deco CD-roms immediately sprang to mind, you don't get much more glam than Art Deco.  I love the fact that Debbi Moore provides templates as well, and when I spotted the Treisel card, I just knew that had to be the one. 

I used Creata gold metallic card for the base, as you have probably realised this product has replaced Creata Mirri board as my top Creata product!  It has a beautiful pattern to it and the colours are very lavish.

The images, backing papers, sentiments & strips are from Debbi Moore's Art Deco Bookazine Special Edition CD-rom.  The back easel features a 1920s decoupaged lady, I have added little bling to her bracelet and hair accessory.  The middle easel is a layered flower with a brad from my stash holding it together and I couldn't resist dipping it in a little white glitter.  For the front easel I used an embellishment from Debbi Moore's Art Deco London Bags & Boxes CD-rom, where I was able to add the personalised sentiment.  The circle of pearls is printed from my Craft Artist Professional programme digikit Vintage Valentine, to give a space for writing in the card.  I added a few more bits of bling, and then had the realisation that this was not going to fit into any of my envelopes in my stash! 

My next task was to make a box using my Crafter's Companion Boxer board and some A3 card, I need to find a different supplier for my A3 card as I wasn't entirely happy with the quality of this one, any suggestions do let me know in your comments.  :-)

I added a topper and sentiment to the lid, and decided to throw in a freebie tag, really I just couldn't stop playing with the beautiful images and imaging myself in a different era with a drop waist dress, a feather in my hair and beads around my neck hitting the town for a night of razzamatazz!

I'm now quick stepping to my next project, see you soon Dilettantes!

Crafty Blessings. x

Friday, 15 August 2014

Male Birthday Card

Time for another card for a male birthday!  My first thought turned to hobbies, so I could think of a theme for the card.  This particular man is obsessed with Land Rovers and I just happen to have some male themed postcards which I had scoured Ebay for in preparation of making male cards. 

I created the background for this card using my Serif Craft Artist Programme and digikit Fall Splendour.  The post card was original white so to tone it in with the background I distress it using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  It is mounted on Anna Marie Designs Kraft card.

Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

July's Review and August's Choice

My choice for July was made after hearing the author Neil Gaiman talking about it on Radio 4.  Mr Gaiman was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House to read a story for their Graphic Festival.  The story was original written as part of a collection of stories, All New Tales.  Mr Gaiman read the story live to a sell-out crowd whilst Eddie Campbell's illustrations were shown on large screens.  In addition to the story and illustrations music was composed and performed by FourPlay String Quartet.

Of course another reason for choosing this book was because it is set in Scotland. :-)

Published June 2014 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins

I immediately searched the library catalogue for this book and when I couldn't find it I put in a request, imagine my delight when just a few weeks later I found it on the New Books shelf at the local library!

The front cover gives a very accurate description of the book's story 'A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds.'

This book is beautifully illustrated.  I wouldn't describe it as a graphic novel more like an adult picture book.  It reads almost like a poem as it has a lovely rhythm about it.  The story is sad and somewhat dark and sinister, but there are humorous moments too.  It is a tale of family, betrayal, murder, treasure and creatures from another realm.  A real fairytale for grown-ups!

10 KDS points from me.

August's choice is another Quick Reads book; Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero - Harriet Evans

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Inspired by...

Sometimes when you muse goes on holiday the best thing to do is have a wander around blogland and find some challenge themes to kick start your mojo, and that is exactly what I did to create this card.

For this card I have used Creata blue metallic card as the backing card, the snowflakes are created using Creata winter wishes die and Creata classic silver paper.  The tag is made using a Creata tag die from the Happy Holidays set and patterned cardboard, the 'Dreaming of a White Christmas' sentiment is using a Creata stamp from the holiday set.  The red fuzzy brad is from my stash.  I have trimmed the edge of the card with Creata lace and the digi image is mounted on Creata patterned cardboard.

The image is called Victorian Lizabeth from Lacy Sunshine (Heather Valentin) and I have coloured her using Graph It markers; Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, 4170, Hair; 1210, 1230, 1250, 1280, Eyes; 9102, 9502, Nails & Lips; 5110, Dress & Coat; 6290, 7210, 8110, 8190, 8240, 8260, 8270, 8290, Blouse; 7105, 9100, 9201, Buttons; 2130, Umbrella; 9401, 9501, 9502, 9505, Brooch; Silver shaker, Hat; 3190, 6290, 8190, 8270, 8280, 8290, Flowers; 5220, 5245, 5250.

I wish to enter this card into the following challenges;
Lacy Sunshine Facebook contest

Love to Create Challenge - Inspired by a Song/Book/Movie -

Crafty Blessings. x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Handcrafted Bookmarks

I recently took part in a bookmark swap.  I love books, therefore I love bookmarks! 

The first is made using the My Little Honey Bee, Tea Posy and Pretty Little Tags Hunkydory kits, the ribbon and brad are from my stash and the backing card is Creata metallic card.

I wanted to do something a little different for the second one, and whilst browsing the Dollar Digis at Meljens Designs I came across this Whale of a Tale image which was crying out to be a bookmark.  The image is coloured with the following Graph It markers, 7105, 9100, 9101, 9103 and Silver Shaker.  I have used Creata metallic card for the backing and distressed the edges to look like waves with Tim Holtz Broken China and Faded Jeans distress inks.  The tassel is from Joanna Sheen.

I laminated both bookmarks.

Crafty Blessings.  x

Friday, 8 August 2014

Highlighting with Foil

I love these vintage dies cuts from the Creata die-cuts and patterned cardboard pad, they are really excellent quality and so easy to pop out. I wanted to add a bit of bling and decided it was time to have another play with my Foil Play goodies. I used a zig glue pen, leaving it to go tacky before applying the foil.  It occurred to me today that if I ran the die cuts through my Joy! die cutting machine the pressure would be a lot firmer than doing it by hand, and it worked and they turn out perfectly.  So if you have dexterity problems you can still apply the foil by using your die cutting machine as a sort of mangle!

I used a turquoise special effect foil on the cupid and butterfly - this colour is absolutely stunning, I want to use it on everything!  I highlighted the flowers using pink foil.  It's a really easy and inexpensive way to highlight your die-cuts.

I have used Anna Marie Designs kraft card as the base, Creata pattern card for the first layout.  I used 8 die cuts from the pad and arranged them randomly and added 3 heart gems from my stash.

The three blue flower gems are also from my stash.  I made the bouquet using pink and white flowers from my stash and white stamens from Anna Marie Designs.  The wrapping is white spiders web tied with a blue organza ribbon, both from my stash.


I have deliberately not put a sentiment on this card as I thought again it was one that could cover a multitude of occasions, I would love to know what occasion you would choose?

Crafty Blessings. x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Neverending male card!

I think I've mentioned before that I sometimes struggle with male cards, I guess most of us crafters do.  However today I managed to come up with a neverending male card, yep that's right more than one side to decorate, but I did have a bit of help from Creata.  The neverending card base, papers and toppers are all from Creata, so too are the peel-offs.  The buttons and gems are from stash.  On the fourth side I have highlight the paper elements with Graph It Silver Shaker pen.  I think neverending cards will really appeal to the male folk in our lives, as they seem to love nothing better than puzzles and working out the mechanics of things!  Simples, as they say!

Side 1 with Creata peel-offs and buttons from my stash.
Side 2 with Creata peel-offs
Side 3 with gems from my stash.

Side 4 highlighted with Graph It Silver marker

Crafty Blessings. x

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Time to Rest & Relax

Hello All!

I have made this card with a generic sentiment so it could be used as a birthday, retirement, hello to a friend, a get well card or maybe to get someone through a tough time.  The image is from Chi Chi Memories and is called Spa Time.  I have coloured her with the following Graph It markers;

Towel; 7210, 7220, 7240, 8110
Dressing Gown; 4145, 5115, 5215, 6130
Collar; 7105, 9100, 9101
Slippers; 6130
Wine; 5140,6150
Hair; 1230, 2105
Chair; 2130, 3170
Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4145, 4150, 4155

The image is adhered to the reverse side of a piece of Creata A5 classic wine coloured paper, I decided on the reverse as I thought it draws the eye to the face of the image.  The watch die is cut from Creata A5 classic wine coloured paper using a Creata cutting and embossing die.  I used a nail file to relieve the embossing.  The striped backing paper is from a Creata die-cut & cardboard patterns pad as is the roses die cut.  The spots & bows patterned paper is from a Creata 4 x 8 cardboard pattern pad and I used a Creata stamp with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on to an off-cut from the backing paper.  The buttons and flowers are from my stash.  The sentiment is written on Creata A5 Silky card using a Barbara Grey technique.  Once again I have adhered the whole piece to a pre-scored card blank.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;

Chi Chi Memories Designs Challenge 15th July - 13th August -
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #83 Anything Goes w/optional twist Friendship Day -
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge 112 - Thinking of you type sentiment -

Crafty Blessings. x

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Happy Birthday Chicken!

It is the start of a new challenge over on Through The Craft Room Door and this is my GDT sample.  This quirky original image is Cowboy Birdie from Doodle Pantry and can purchased here.

Of course I have coloured the image using my Graph It markers;

Hat;  3245, 3250
Hatband; 8280, 9201
Scarf; 8110, 8120, 8280, 8290, 9201
Boots; 3120, 3125, 3140, 3245, 3250
Legs; 2210
Beak; 2105, 2110, 1250, 3190
Chicken; 1140, 1150, 2105

I printed the image twice so I could decoupage he hat and boots.  He is mounted using foam pads on to pale green lined paper from Creata which ahs been cut using my Silhouette.  Creata patterned paper the brown is embossing using Billie's Stones Creata cutting & embossing die.  I highlighted the bricks with brushed corduroy Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I have rounded the corners with a punch.  The speech bubble is cut from gold Creata lined paper using my Silhouette, the sentiment is a black peel-off.  The whole topper is mounted on to a pre-scored card blank. (I am gradually getting through my huge stash of slightly lesser quality pre-scored cards, they stand up perfectly but are a bit gaudy to use as card bases.)

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges;

Tuesday Throwdown # 207 - Mellow Yellow -

2 Cute Ink Digital Stamp challenge #112  - Animals -

Love to Create Challenge #127 - Anything Goes -

Crafty Blessings. x

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Vintage Dress Making Card

The base card is Anna Marie Designs kraft card, the corners have been rounded with a punch and I have stamped it with a Creata Script stamp.  This stamp is a really good size stamp approx. 13 x 19 cm, as I don't have an acrylic block this big I leave the stamp on the acetate backing.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink rather than black to give a softer finish.  The measure tape is washi tape from my stash.  I used pink tissue paper tinted with Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink and stamped with Marianne Design Fabulous Fifties Quality stamps.  I folded and creased the patterns to given them a more authentic look.  The Creata lace is adhered with Cosmic Shimmer glue, as are the buttons which are from my stash.  The Suffolk puff was given to me by one of my crafty sisters, the vintage button, pins and safety pin are from my stash.  The dress is made from Creata patterned paper using origami folding and fixed on the card with foam pads, the orange ribbon is also from Creata.  I created the pattern on the dress using a heart stamp from Creata with Cranberry Adirondack ink.

I wish to enter this into the following challenges;

Creata Challenge #33 - Vintage -
Anything Goes - Challenge 29 -
Anything Goes - Challenge 23 -
Crafty Blessings. x

Friday, 1 August 2014

A Little Piece of Autumn

Greetings Friends!
Anyone who knows me well knows Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons, and on really hot summer days (anything above 22 is really hot for me) I long for Autumn and start to look at the leaves willing them to turn their golden colours, feel the first chill in the air and catch a whiff of damp grass, mmmmm! 

So to slake my longing for 'the earth's second Spring' I decided to colour this cute digi, Gusty Oak flower pot pretty by Lacy Sunshine, if I was going to be a flower pot pretty this would definitely be in my top five!  Anyway, back to the card before you think me quite mad!

This darling digi was coloured used my Graph It markers (they really are the best alcohol markers I have used)

Hair; 1250, 1280, 2105, 2110, 2120,
Eyebrows; 3190
Skin; 1230, 1250, 4120
Lips; 8290
Dress; 3245, 8270, 8280, 8290,
Hat; 3120, 3125, 3140
Acorn cup; 1230, 1280, 3160
Leaves; 1230, 1290, 2120, 3125, 8280, 8290

Gusty Oak is mounted on foam pads on to Creata lined paper which I embossed with Sheena Douglass Taste of India embossing folder (this folder is so versatile, you may remember I used it previously on a Yule card), the halfway ribbon and bow from Creata hides the line between the two embossed impressions (this folder is 4" x 6" so I have to do the backing paper in two halves).  The die was cut using Xcut four petal nesting die (the shape reminds me of acorns) from Creata metallic card (I'm so addicted to this) and the black designs are Creata flock peel-offs (I know flock peel-offs - mmmmm) and the sentiment is a black peel-off.  Finally I add flowers cut using Creata 3 flowers die from Creata, yes you guessed it, metallic card and finishing off with brads from my stash.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Lacy Sunshine - Challenge 38 Flowers -
613 Avenue Create - Challenge #82 Anything Goes w/optional use a sentiment  -
Crafting at the Weekend - Challenge 4 - Anything Goes -

Crafty Blessings. x

Guest Designer for Sisters of Craft Anything Goes Monthly Challenge

The Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge is one of my favourites, and not just because it's run by a great bunch of ladies, but you can enter anything crafty and you have the whole month to do it, as their blog says 'A crafting challenge blog where our motto is ""Anything is possible"" and ""Anything goes"" all of the time ! The Sisters of Craft with a Positive Mental Crafting attitude to life.'

I was delighted to be a Guest Designer for the Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge for August.  The theme as always is 'anything goes', so no matter what your craft you can join in!  The sponsor this month is Scrappers Delight.

My GDT inspiration sample is an altered canvas.  The adorable digi image from Scrappers Delight is called The Proposal featuring Lady Jane.  This is coloured using Graph It markers.
Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4150, 4155, 4145, 4170
Dress; 6110, 6120, 6130, 6140, 6175, Silver shaker
Rose; 5215, 5255
Lips, nails & eyes; 3245, 5115, 9106
Ring; 1280, 7105
Ring box; 3190, 5245
Male Hair; 1210, 1230, 1250, 1280
Female Hair; 3120, 3140, 3170, 3190
Tiara; Silver shaker
Suit; 9501, 9502, 9505
Shirt; 9100
Cuff Links; 9501
Shoes; 9403,9405

I have added a gem as a choker and spider's web as a shawl.  The background is a page from a music book and is aptly titled La Serenata (The Serenade), to give it an aged affect I crumpled it and then distress with Tim Holtz distress inks (vintage photo, dusty concord, seedless preserve, Victorian velvet). The title of the sheet music inspired me to use the bird cage which is chipboard piece that I have covered in gilding flakes, I have used a small piece of silver and white cord from my stash as a chain for the bird cage.  I have trimmed the edge with washi tape and embellished the project with 3 resin flowers and a parchment die cut bow (using Create cutting and embossing die) and a large gem heart from my stash.

It is always a privilege to be a Guest Designer for crafty challenges, and I am incredible proud to be a Guest Designer for the Sisters of Craft Challenge, and look forward to seeing all the entries.


Here are a few close-ups of the embellishments and the colouring  (I feel very brave showing close-ups of my colouring!)

Check out the sisterhood blogs;
Gill -
Tina -

Crafty Blessings. x