Monday, 30 March 2015

Paperbabes Freebie

Have you seen the free Paperbabes stamp "Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Love' with Craft Stamper magazine, I think it's a lush little stamp and couldn't wait to play with it, if you haven't got it hurry as the new issue is out on Friday!

Over in the Craft Army on Facebook Carley Duff and the DT are showing their support for British crafting businesses including Paperbabes, Bee Crafty and Visible Image.  So obviously when I spotted this stamp with the mag I had to have it!

My first make with it is a tag.  This is a Craftwork Cards kraft card tag which I have inked with Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink through a brick pattern mask (unfortunately it is no longer in it's original packaging so I'm not sure of the brand).  I have used Rich Cocoa Memento Ink to stamp the image around the edge and off the page and a single image in the middle.  I have coloured it with Graph It markers; 5245 and 8290.  The edge has been distress with TH Vintage Photo DI.  I have added a red velvet ric-rac ribbon from my stash which I have distress with Vintage Photo DI.

The second make is card using another mask I don't know the make of - sorry!  I have used TH Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves DI.  I have coloured the stamped image with 6110, 6130, 6140, 6140.  I have used Zig Memory System Calligraphy pen by Kuretake in Aubergine to write the sentiments.

My third make is another card using the image four times but colouring just one with Graph It Markers; 5245, 8290 and 9100.  Each image is mounted on Anna Marie Designs black card, and then mounted on a 5"x 5" Scalloped Edge card.  The coloured image is fixed with 3D foam pads to give it an extra lift.

Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Faery Ink DT Inspirational Project - Fallen Angel

My Faery Ink inspirational this month uses an image from the New Releases, Fallen Angel and is part of the 'Outta this World' collection.  I hope you are enjoying the new releases and challenge this month.

The image is printed on Ryman's White A4 200gsm cardstock.  I cut the image in an unusual shape by using my French curves to draw the lines around the image and cut just inside the lines.  I have then framed it with die cut feathers made from Creata tinted pink metallic card distressed with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  I embossed the card base using Crafter's Companion Vintage Floral Collection Vintage Decor embossing folder, again this is distressed with Spun Sugar distress ink.  The crocheted ribbon is also from Creata.  The image is fixed using Pinflair glue.  The insert sheet is from my stash and I have used another die cut feather as the stopper.

Coloured with Graph It markers;Moon; 7105, 7110, Moon's Eyes; 7125, 7130, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4135, 4155, Nails & Lips; 5125, Eyes; 7130, Wings & Feathers; 5115, 5120, Dress; 7150, 7155, 7160, Hair; 1210, 1230.

Creative Blessings, x

Monday, 23 March 2015

8 Shades of Suited Seduction (Contains slinky, sexy and saucy images!)

I have been massively inspired by this Lelli-Bot kit, it must be all the sexy toppers!  You might remember I made this card for my friend's birthday.  On Friday I made 8 further cards using this kit and still have lots of bits left.  With the exception of some card bases and a few embellishments from my own stash (not because I needed them but because they worked with the kit), these are made entirely from the Suited Seduction kit.  I had so much fun making these and can't wait to make a few more, and then, thanks to my very generous mum, I have a further three kits to play with, so watch this space for photos of those!

Time for some close-ups!

Creative Blessings. x

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Faery Ink Facebook Contest - Pastel Colours

The March Faery Ink Facebook Contest is all about pastel colours, so we want to see all your wonderful Spring coloured creations!

I chose to work with 'Penelope Fairy Dust'.  The image is printed on Ryman's White A4 200gsm cardstock.

Coloured using Graph It markers; Dress; 6120, 6130, 61140, Flower; 1150, 6130, 6140, Eyes; 7130, Lips; 5130, Toenails; 6140, Skin; 4115, 4120, 4125, 4135, 4145, 4150, 4155, 4170, Eyelids; 9401
Wings; 9100, silver shaker, Hair; 3120, 3130, 3140.

Mounted on Creata Silky Mint card stock.
Decorated with Creata rub-on and ribbon, buttons and heart charm from my stash.

The centres of the flowers (also from my stash) are coloured with Graph It marker 1140 and finished off with a flower, butterfly & dragonfly brads.  The edge is embossed with Damask Rose embossing folder and gilded with Phill Martin's Vintage Lavender Metallic Gilding Wax.  I have added gems from my stash to the centre of the flowers.

The dragonflies are made from the same white cardstock coloured with Graph it markers 6110 and 6120, and cut with a Carlcraft punch and a EK Success punch.  I have added gems to the armlet and her midriff.

I used an Xcut punch to cut a flower from the mint card and filled the petals with Phill Martin's Vintage Lavender Cosmic Shimmer Coloured Pearlescent PVA.  The centres are coloured with GI marker 1140 & the leaves with GI 8110.

Why not pop over to the Faery Ink DT & Challenge Blog to see the rest of the DT projects for more inspiration.
Close-up of Faery Ink Image
Creative Blessings x

Friday, 20 March 2015

A Passion for Peacocks

I love Peacocks, and Peacock colours, so when I came across this Lacy Sunshine image I just had to have it.  The basic card is a green pre-folded DL card.  I have used Creata Metallic & Mirri card and paper from Craftwork Cards Vogue kit.  The bow, flourish and feather die cuts are made using Joy! dies and the heart, borders are made using Marianne Designs dies.  I've made a hand rolled flower and the sentiment is from from the same CW kit.  The ric-rac ribbon is from my stash.

The images is coloured with teh follwing Graph It markers; Eyes; 7175, 7180, Tree; 3120, 3140, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, 4170, Feathers, Hair, Outfit; 6175, 6180, 7150, 7155, 8240, 8250, Gold shaker

I would like to enter this into the following challengs;

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #54 - Go Green -

Robyn's Fetish Challenge # 255 - Purple and Green -

Scribble and Scrap Challenge # 40 - Always Anything Goes -

The Ribbon Girl Blog Challenge - Going Green -

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge # 6 - Anything Goes -,

The Outlawz - Twisted Thursday - Anything goes with optional twist - "Your favourite (something)"-

Creative Blessings. x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cats & Dogs

Good Morning!  Are you cat or a dog lover?  I'm sharing two cards today with one of each on so nobody feels left out.  The first is a decoupage cat, I think the image is by Lesley Ivory, I know I have some of her images in my stash. I think she is an incredible artist, the images are so real.  I once did a jigsaw featuring one of her paintings, I used to be a jigsaw volunteer for Oxfam.  I have alternated between tartan and black card layers and decoupaged the image.  I have fixed the topper using tiny red and copper coloured brads, and added a peel-off sentiment.

And so the dog people don't feel left out, here is my iris folded Collie.  I found the outline online and used black and white papers from my stash.  I have given him a felt ear and tail, a ribbon for his collar and string for the lead.  I have added the detail on the face with fine liner pen, stamped footprints and bones and added a peel-off sentiment.

In case your wondering, I love cats and dogs!  This is my current furry friend, Fergus.  You can vote for this photo in the Newfoundland Photography Contest on Facebook and you can follow Fergus' adventures on his own blog.

Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Wishing you well...

I made this card as leaving card.  The Wishing Well stamp is by Flower Soft which I have shaded with coloured pencils and added Vintage Christmas Flower Soft.  I have layered it on two tones of brown card from my stash and added a peel-off sentiment and borders.

I cross stitched this Bluebell bookmark as a leaving gift to go with the card.

Creative Blessings,  x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Lelli-Bot Love!

I just adore the Lelli-Bot kits, they are always so different.  This time I have used Suited Seduction to make a birthday card for a very good friend.

I adhered two 15 x 15 cm cards together, then cut the right hand side on the diagonal.  I covered the panels with the silk sheet style papers from the kit.  I adhered one of the picture panels to the front diagonal panel, adhered one of the sentiments to it and embellished it with a corner from the kit too.

I used a suited imaged for the first inside panel again embellished with a corner and mounted on mirri card.

I mounted one of the 'sexier' images to silver mirri and embellished it with a corner and adhered it to the main panel.

I printed out the sentiment on to one of the textured card sheets, mounted this on silver mirri and embellished it with a gem from the kit.  The feather stuck behind the sentiment is also from the kit.

I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Black Soot and Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I finished the front off using red ribbon from the kit.

The embellishments you get with these kits are just so beautiful and very cute too.  You got a lot of stash for your money.  Apart from the card base everything I have used is from the kit and I still have loads left.  This kit is so on trend at the moment with the release of the 50 Shades of Grey film.  Oh and the papers are gorgeous, they look so real.

Creative Blessings. x

Monday, 16 March 2015

Mother's Day Cross Sitch & Card-io Stamps

Morning all, ready to start a new week?  :-)

Today I'm sharing my Mother's day card with you.  I cross stitched this little kit about a month before the occasion and then a couple of weeks ago I had the idea to use Card-io Stamps around the aperture and in the corners, fortunately I had just the right coloured ink (Dovecraft Hot Pink) to coordinate with the threads in the picture.  I have used first, second and third generation to create the variegated colours of the flowers.  The leaves are made using Lettuce Adirondack ink.

Creative Blessings. x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Art Deco Collection

As we are halfway through National Craft Month I wans to share with you a crafty bargain.  I bought these two kits for under £4.00, and managed to make 4 cards!  The kits are from Docrafts and I still have a few of the sentiments left.  Apart from two black sheets of card, a few brads and a piece of ribbon, everything I have used is from the kits.  I used Pinflair glue for the decoupage.

Creative Blessings. x

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Land Rover Lover!

Yippee!  It's Friday again, I hope you are all ready for the weekend, I know I am!

My brother-in-law to be is a Land Rover enthusiast, I'm not quite sure how many LRs he now has but I do know he receives a lot of birthday cards featuring them!  Remember the Land Rover button on the woven background from a previous post, that was for him and here are another two I made with him in mind.

I printed off an outline from the internet then traced around it and paper pieced the shape using an old map (when hubby buys the current year's map the old one finds it's way to my craftroom, why don't we have a SatNav...where would be the fun in that!).  I have tried to used pieces of the map with where they live in mind.  It's adhered to a black card, and as he also loves off roading I used a green piece of paper to create a hill with some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make it a bit muddy!

The next card uses one of my own photos and the LR pictured is owned by my (almost) brother-in-law.  I have used a white pre-folded DL card blank and printed out the photo in sepia.  I picked this gold peel-off border as I think it coordinates will with the edges of the film strip, and yes that is real film, to which I have added a gold Happy Birthday sentiment.  I then added a gold camera icon peel-off to black card, fussy cut it and adhered this with 3D foam pads.

Creative Blessings. x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Regency & Romance

For this design I followed the Sketch on the Noor! Design Challenge Blog.  Huge fan of Noor! dies and I am slowly building up my collection and I was thrilled to find the challenge blog.

Here is the sketch to follow to enter this month' challenge.
I have yet to purchase any of the Dutch Doobadoo templates (but I have quite a few on my list!). What I do have in my stash is the Xcut four petal nesting die, this is a similar shape but quite smalle hence my little 5x5" card..

I have distressed the edges of the three bases with my Hougie distressing tool and Tim Holtz Spun Sugar & Picked Raspberry Distress Inks.  I have used Anna Marie Design Kraft card for the base, handmade pink paper & spotty paper from my stash.  The layers are adhered to each other with Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue, you can't stick handmade paper with double sided tape - I speak from experience!

The next three layers are Studio Light papers, again edged with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  The circle layer was cut using EK Tools circle scissors from Studio Light paper.

I edged a 5x5" scalloped card with Picked Raspberry and folded the top in half to make an easel I have covered it with pink paper from my stash which I have embossed with Crafter's Companion Vintage Decor Vintage Floral Collection.

I used more Studio Light papers for the insert on the base and adhered pink lace which I have threaded with two pieces of white ribbon from my stash. The sentiment is printed from the Polkadoodles Rose Budd CD-Rom and is coloured with Spun Sugar distress ink.

I have embellished the base with pink pearls, gems, buttons and pearlised hearts.  The topper is embellished with a brad, pearlised hearts, material flowers & brads, flower brad and a string of pearlised flowers.

The image is from Polkadoodles Rose Budd CD-rom and I have coloured it with the following Graph It markers; Skin: 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, 4170, 4135 Hair: 1210, 1230, 1280 Dress: 5110, 5115, 5120 Roses: 6130, 5130, Leaves: 8250, 8260

I would like to enter the following challenges;

Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog - Challenge #5 - Pretty in Pink! -

Graph It Markers Colouring Crazy Challenge - Wk 9 Shabby Chic/Vintage Romance -

Polkadoodles Challenge - Wk 9 Ribbons & Lace -

Crafting Musketeers - Challenge #23 Ribbons & Pearls -

Noor! Design UK Challenge - Challenge # 4 Dutch Doobadoo Sketch -

Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Challenge # 254 - Pearls or Gems -

Whoopsi Daisy -Add a Sentiment Challenge -

Creative Blessings. x

Birthday tea, cake & a card

Morning!  Today I'm sharing another card using one of my own photos.  I have used a pre-folded white card blank and mounted the photo on silver mirri card cut into three sections. I have pinned the photo to the mirri with pearlised brads, and added a ribbon, butterfly gem and sentiment.  Not only is this my own photo but I also made the tea and the cake, staged the display and added my own props!

Creative Blessings, x

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Ribbon Designs

Good Morning  I have lots of DT projects to catch up with today so busy, busy but all good fun.  I have four cards to share today using some beautiful coloured ribbons.  The holes in the cards were pre-cut, and I feel they are a little big, from now on I think I shall use templates and made my own holes in the card.  I have added a few peel-off sentiments and borders.  I like the technique and I think it could be expanded on.

Creative Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

All dressed up!

Hello All!  Today I'm sharing two 'fashionable' cards, using two different techniques.  The first uses iris folding.  This is a really easy technique and I find it quite therapeutic.  The shape was pre-cut into the card blank and  I have used wrapping paper to make the skirt of the dress and the top is black glitter paper.  I cut a hat shape from the same paper and finished it off with a bow.  The shoes are black peel-offs and the gloves are silver peel-offs adhered to black glitter paper.  The design in the corner is made with a punch.  I have added a bust with a gem and pink ribbon to finish.

The second card is made using a pre-folded orange card blank which I have trimmed with decorative scissors and adhered black card to the underside.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is die cut but I'm not sure which brand it is as it was letters I had previously cut and stashed away! They are lots of YouTube videos showing how to make a paper-folded kimono, I added a red ribbon to finish it off.  I have added a few oriental peel-offs to complete the theme.

Creative Blessings. x

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Time to say goodbye to the circus...

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  It's very sunny in Suffolk today, and we have been out on a lovely jaunt through some of the beautiful villages.  I would like to say a big thank you to everyone following and commenting on my crafty makes, really do love reading them and I always pop over to your blog if you have one.

My two cards for today, both have a circus theme...the first one I made some time ago as a leaving card, and if I remember rightly the sentiment says 'You're's time to pack your trunk and say goodbye to the circus!' Anyone who knows me well enough will know that short of a 'big top' my last employer was indeed like working for a circus, all the fiasco and chaos but with none of the fun! Anyway that's another story and not one I want to divulge without my lawyer present! 

This card was made using a shop bought card (one of the team bought it and said 'Can you do something with this as a leaving card?', and I thought 'Oh yeah, I have the perfect idea!') and this is the result.  I cut the main image from the card mat and layered it on yellow (picked out from the dress the little girl is wearing) and black card, printed the sentiments and mat and layered those in the same way, adhered them all to this rather funky background sheet, added some bling in the way of a bow, flower and gems.  I'm pleased to say it was signed with many best wishes and received a lot of laughs. 
As regular followers will know, I am trying to convert the craft world back to using peel-offs, I can hear you groaning from here but bear me whilst I share this slinky little number (it reminds me of the outfits the girls riding the horses would wear).  The bodice is a peel-off which I have adhered to black glittery paper, I made holes to thread the yellow ribbon through and added feathers to the bottom to form the skirt.  The decorative strip is a sticky lace which I have coloured to coordinate with the ends of the feathers.  It is adhered to the card with 3D foam pads.  I had one lonely feather laying on my desk so I popped that in the top.   Personally if I was to wear an outfit like this I don't think I would look slinky as I would be too busy blow that feather out my face and probably have very itchy legs but they make for a very tactile card!
I would like to say at this point that I don't condone the use of animals in circuses, in fact I have very strong views on animal cruelty, and I'm a vegetarian!

Creative Blessings, x