Thursday, 30 April 2015

Decoupage Delivery!

I'm so pleased I found the CD Sunday challenge blog as it's made me dig out my CDs which have been languishing at the back of the cupboard for far too long.  The theme this week is layer it up and I've gone for another Yule card.  At this rate I shall be so far ahead with my Yule cards that I will have Christmas 2016 sorted too!

This little snowman delivering his Christmas parcel, the backing paper, paper ribbon and sentiment are made from elements of the Snow Days! CD-rom by Debbi Moore.  I have used Pinflair glue for the decoupage, hence the height!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

CD Sunday - Layer It Up -

Papertake Weekly - Take Your Pick - Technique (decoupage) -

Weekly Christmas Card Challenge - Challenge #21 - Anything Goes -

ABC Christmas Challenge - I is for I Love You/For A Loved One -

Simply Papercraft - Challenge 3 - Anything Goes or Lots of Layers -

Creative Blessings.  x

Digital Scrap Page - "Birds"

Extra post from me today as I have been playing with Serif Craft Artist and some of my photos of the birds that visit our garden.  I used elements from the Daisytrail Garden Aviary and Fall Splendour digikits.

I've used the punch function and material to create the tree trunk and the cutout studio to cut the robin from my photo.  I increased the transparency tool on the duck photo to blend it with the background.

I would like to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Digitally "Sweet" Challenge - # 136 - Things with Wings -

Creative Blessings.  x

Playing House!

Gosh it's the last day of April today and almost the weekend, for me this has been the quickest month this year!

I spent a lovely afternoon last weekend make a digitally crafted card using Serif Craft Artist Programme and the following Daisytrail digikits; Fairy Garden, Fall Splendour, Garden Aviary, Natural Landscape, Night Garden, Peacock Summer and Water Garden.

The digital version...
The background watercolour cottage and garden is from the Natural Landscapes digikit and the rest of the elements are from the above mentioned digikits.  I have made reflects in the water by copying the original item, flipping it and then taking the transparency level up.  I have also added shadows and tints to objects.

and the printed version.
I had so much fun make this little scene, it took me back to my childhood when I used to play with my dolls house.

The printed card was for my Grandmother's birthday at the end of April.

I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s):

Digitally "Sweet" Challenge - #137 - Anything Goes -

Creative Blessings. x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

An 80th birthday card commission

I was recently asked to make an 80th birthday card for a male.  Cards for males can be tricky, my customer did give me an idea of what this particular male enjoyed, which made it a little easier.  One of the things was birds so I took this as my main idea.
  • Sheena Douglass stencils: As the Land Lies, Forest Trees and Landscape.
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks; Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Seedless Preserve & Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot on Splodgeaway card.

  • Corrugated H and B from my stash and letters die cut using Quick Kutz Abigail Alphabet from Anna Marie Designs kraft card distressed with Brushed Corduroy.  I scrunched up the letters of Dad to lift it from the page and add some texture.
  • Black card from Anna Marie Designs.
  • Numbers are cut using Baby Face Cuttlebug Alphabet. 
  • String from my stash.
This post is linked to Handmade Monday at Lucy Blossom Crafts, please pop along to see all the fabulous makes!

I wish to enter this into the following challenges;

Fan-tastic Tuesday Challenge 83 - Anything Goes with a twist - use string or twine -

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 27 April 2015

Faery Ink DT Inspirational - Mama, Owl Love U Forever

Firstly I would like to say "Hello and Welcome" to my new followers and hope you will enjoy your visits to my little slice of the web.

Today I'm bringing you my inspirational Faery Ink post.  I have used Mama, Owl Love You 4 Ever which I have coloured with the following Graph It markers; Owls; 3120, 3250, 3245, 3125, 3160, 3140, 3150, 3130, 1250, Heart; 1130, 1140, Branch; 8270, 8280.
Base card is Anna Marie Designs kraft card using EK Success circle scissors.
Real feathers and skeleton leaves to make the nest.
Material leaves down the side from my stash and crocheted style ribbon from Creata.
Die cut flourishes cut from Creata mirri card using a Joy! die and flower from my stash.
I would like to enter this into the following challenge;

The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Challenge #110

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Mixed Media Tag

Before I get on with detailing my make I would to give a shameless plug for myself and my crafty sisters.  If you have already entered The Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge - Anything Goes, you still have time, you can find the challenge here and our sponsor this month is Crafter's Companion, so if you get your skates on you still have time to be in it to win it!

This is a long post, no need to read it all but I do have a quick question at the end.  Now on to my make;
The base of my make is a Craftwork Cards Kraft card tag.  I have created a background using bubble wrap (yes I watch all the Ali Reeve from Stamps Away demos) and Tim Holtz Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The cogs & small feather poked out from behind the Queen (oo er!) are cut using Noor! dies (these dies are ideally suited to steampunk but also look great on masculine projects) and coordinations cardstock.  The central image is from 100 Beautiful Sepia & Tinted Images CD by Debbi Moore.  I have distressed the image using TH Vintage Photo and Black Soot DI.

The mini playing card is from a set I picked up a boot sale, you can find so many hidden little treasures at boot sales!  The peg was from my stash I have distressed it using a emery board.  The main image is adhered to the tag using Pinflair glue and I pushed in some pins (picked up in a charity shop) and a few strands of hessian (I'm a bit addicted to using hessian at the moment) and the flowers (also from a car boot sale).
The round charm style image is from a set in The Works which cost me 100 of your British pennies and the string, star, furry brad and face brad are from my stash.  The pocket watch & egg timer are cut using Noor! dies from Creata mirri.  The buckles are cut from funky foam (another current addiction) and the string style ribbon through the top buckle is also Noor!  It's finished with a ribbon from my stash through the precut hole in the top.  Phew...that's a lot of info but as you can see I used a lot of bits and pieces!

Just one more thing I'm not sure what to do with this little creation now, when I make my cards I usually make then for friends, family or commissions or to sell to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and the MacMillan Unit at out local hospital, may be this shoudl remain as an inspiration piece?  So what do you do with your mixed media creations? No need for answers on a postcard, just comment below! :-)

I wish to enter this into the following challenges;

Lunagirl Moonbeams - Creative Challenge: Fascinating Faces -

Noor! Design Challenge - Challenge # 5 - Anything Goes -

Simply Papercraft - Challenge 2 - Anything Goes/Steampunk -

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A Girlie Birthday Card

I made this card using the Serif Craft Artist Programme, Debbi Moore's All Girls Are Princesses CD and various digikits.

The princess and backing papers are from the CD, I have added elements, such a blooms to the trees, flowers & mushrooms in the foreground pearls, bows, etc to the image from the following digikits; Daydream, Dreaming in Chalk, Fairy Garden and From This Day Forward.  I used the Craft Artist Programme to create the shadow effect, the coarse glitter spray brush and used the shaped text facility for the speech bubble.
This is the digital version...
and this is the printed and folder card.
I wish to enter this in to the following challenges;

Craft Gals Corner - Challenge #16 - Girls, Girls, Girls -
Digitally 'Sweet' Challenges - Challenge  #133 - Anything Goes -

Creative Blessings.  x

Saturday, 18 April 2015

A Regency Christmas

My favourite colour is purple and my favourite time of year is Christmas, so here's a purple Christmas card.

To make this card I dug out a CD I haven't used for ages, Regency Season Baubles from My Craft Studio.  I cut six baubles so I could slightly off-set three behind the main baubles to give a more 3D effect, they have been mounted using Pinflair glue.  I added a couple of brads to the sentiment also printed from the CD and adhered to the card with Pinflair, and added a sprinkle of glitter to the top of each bauble.  I have 'attached' the baubles with hand drawn string.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Christmas Cards All Year Round - April Challenge - Ornament -

CD Sunday - Purple Crazy - A Tribute to Wendy -

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas -

Creative Blessings. x

Friday, 17 April 2015

Mixed Media(ish) Pennant

This make is for another competition over on the Visible Image Facebook page.  The challenge this time was to use the Grunge Flourish stamp that came free with Craft Stamper magazine.  I decided to make a Pennant rather than a card.
I die cut a piece of hessian using an Xcut Bunting die, and covered it with a layer of Gesso.  Once the Gesso was dry I used the free stamp and Memento Cocoa Ink to stamp on to the pennant, I have also used another VI freebie the word 'Believe', unfortunately I think it was a little too small so it's really difficult to read.  This is my first attempt at anything mixed media and I'm quite pleased with it, it makes a nice little hanging for my craft room.  I think I need to invest in some Grunge paste as I think the Gesso is a little to thin for this type of material.

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

Use the Grunge Flourish freebie - Visible Image Facebook competition.

Inspiration Destination - Challenge No. 28 - Anything Goes -

Creative Blessings. x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A Clean and Simple Vintage Yule

I love vintage images, Yule ones in particular.  This image is from 100 Vintage Images by Debbi Moore.  I matted and layered it on red Anna Marie Designs paper, this paper has a lovely sheen and slight sparkle to it as does the pre-scored base card (brand unknown-bought years ago).  I used Kirstie Allsopp ribbon.  I'm super pleased with the high quality feel of this ribbon, you get three different styles on a big old fashioned wooden reel - so something to keep and display after you have used all the lush ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped, using See-D's coordinating Christmas stamp set, (I've had these for an age, the See-D's were one of my very first stamps sets bought from The Range in the late 90's!) on gold AMD paper, again it has a slight sheen and sparkle

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

CD Sunday Challenge - Clean and Simple -

Merry Monday Challenge #154 - Let's Get Vintage -

The Ribbon Girl - Any image: Add Ribbon or Lace -

Cafty Gals Corner - Challenge # 15 Vintage -

Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #102 - CAS -

Creative Blessings. x

Just for You!

I have used the sketch from the current Digi Stamps 4 Joy challenge for this card, the image 'Flower Pots is from DS4J.  The image is coloured using the following Graph It markers; 7210, 7220, 8110, 8120, 1170, 6140, 6180, 5125, 5130, 5160, 2105, 4170, 7180, 1250, 4175 and Spectrum Noir Pencil 002.
The basecard is Centrua Pearl and the backing papers are from Papermania Creative tones Venetian Skies pad. The circle is cut from Bazzill Basics card stock as is the butterfly ring, using a Marianne Designs die.  The ribbon is from my crafty stash.  I have added a stamped sentiment from a Forever Friends stamp set to a die cut Crafter's Companion Die'sire Tags 1 edged with GI marker 7105 and affixed with two flower brads from my stash.  I have adhered the bigger vases with Pinflair and the smaller two with Cosmic shimmer, to add to the depth.

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

Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Challenge #111 - Use our Sketch -

Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

My favourite Visible Image stamp

Is it too early for a little Yuletide crafting?  For me its never to early to think about that sparkly time of year, its my favourite holiday season, but I do have a really good excuse for making this Christmas card in April.  Visible Image recently hit 3000 likes on Facebook and in celebration they have a competition to create something using your favourite VI stamp, and the Poinsettia Set is mine.  When I've used it in the past to make cards the recipient has always been very complimentary, and I even had a couple of commission requests for this particular stamp.
I have stamped and embossed all three sizes of the poinsettia three times and coloured them using Tim Holtz Fired Brick, Barn Door and Festive Berries Distress Ink, and layered them up using Cosmic Shimmer glue.  They are mat and layered on to Anna Marie Designs green and kraft card inked with TH Bundled Sage DI.   The background is created using Memento Cocoa Ink to stamp the poinsettia in the medium size. The card is embellished with four strands of string, and the Poinsettia's are adhered using Pinflair.  I have drawn a freehand board around the edge and written the sentiment 'From our home to Yours' in brown fine 0.4 Stabilo pen.

I would like to enter this into the challenges;

Visible Image 3000 likes Competition - Create something with your favourite stamp -

Weekly Christmas Card Challenges - Travel theme (hence my sentiment) -

Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge No. 51 - Use Kraft card -

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - No. 224 - Add texture -

Dream Valley - Challenge 104 Let's Get Krafty! - Use Kraft card -

Craft you Passion - Anything Goes - Challenge 257 -

My Craft Creations - Anything Goes -

Creative Blessings. x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Recycled Rabbits!

No rabbits were harmed in the making of this card!   The recycled image is from an RSPCA 2014 calendar, I have a folder full of old calendar images waiting to be made into greeting cards.

I have used a coffee coloured ribbon over the corner and hand tied a bow in cream ribbon.  The image is mat and layered on cream card, kraft card and hessian.    The sentiment is from 7 Gypsies, stamped using Memento Cocoa ink on cream card and mat and layered on kraft card.  I have looped some strands of hessian behind the sentiment.  The topper & sentiment are mounted on funky foam which has a lovely soft feel just like a bunny's fur!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes - optional twist bunnies -

Ruby's Rainbow Challenge - CH#101 - Bunnies -

Craft-Dee Bowz - April Challenge - Anything Goes add a handmade bow -

Creative Blessings. x

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Merry Weather!

I absolutely adore this image by Elizabeth Bell, and it reminds me of a friends little girl.  The image is called Merry Weather and I have coloured her using my Graph It markers; Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, Hair; 1210, 1230, 1250, Dress; 5120, 5125, 5130, Flowers; 2110, Grass; 8270, 8280, Puddle; 7105, 7110, Butterflies; 2110, 1250.  I coloured her a few weeks ago and have finally made her into a card. I used a sketch from Quirky Crafts Challenges to give me the layout.
The decorative edge card base is a pre-scored card from my stash, the papers are from Lily of the Valley, and I have inked the edges with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.  The strips of lace and pearl hearts are from my stash.  The sentiment is from Visible Image and is stamped in Cocoa Memento ink.  I have raised the image and the sentiment using Pinflair glue.  I used this sentiment because it matchs my friend's little girl's attitude, and I love the way Merry Weather is playing out after it's rained.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

EB World March/April 2015 Challenge - Pearls and Lace -

Creative Blessings. x

Friday, 10 April 2015

Butterfly Kisses

I was inspired to make this card for the Lacy Sunshine Challenge.  I have used the Sweet Pea Flower Pot Pretty coloured in with my Graph It markers; Pot; 9102, 9101, 9100, 7105, Hair; 6110, 6120, 6130, Flowers; 6110, 6120, 6130, Leaves & Vines; 8240, 8250, 8260, Eyes; 9103, Lips; 5125, 4125, 4150, 4155, Skin; 4125, 4150, 4155

I have mat and layered the image on Lily of the Valley patterned paper and Bazzill Basics.  The butterfly rings are cut from funky foam using Marianne Design dies.  The backing paper is from my stash, as are the butterfly button, ribbon and brads.  I have die cut the sentiment plaque using a Crafter's Companion Die'sire Tags 1 die.  The "Butterfly Kisses and Special Wishes" sentiment is from Visible Image, stamped in Ink It Up pink ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Lacy Sunshine - Buterfly Kisses and Springtime Wishes Challenge #55 -

The Ribbon Girl - April Card Challenge - Pastel Colours -

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #118 - Anything Goes -

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Challenge #7 - Anything Goes -

Creative Blessings. x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

I've been a 'Lelli-Bot' busy!

Morning all!  I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend.  Today I'm sharing six cards all made using Lelli-bot Crafts kits.  I think I'm a 'Lelli-bot' addicted to these!
All of the shapes have been made using my Hougie board.

The first is a diamond spring card using the Gothic Lace kit.  I used Anna Marie Designs black card to make the card base, the edges of the topper and paper are inked with Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. The butterfly embellishment is also from the kit.
Moving on to make number two, this is a double pocket card, again from the Gothic Lace kit.  Everything is from the kit apart from the brad which is from my stash, and I have inked the papers, topper and sentiment, which is mounted on 3D foam pads, with TH Picked Raspberry DI.  I've added colour to the topper using my Graph It markers; 5115, 5120, 5125, 5160.
Next is a tri-fold shutter card.  Everything is from the Painted Posies kit including the card with the exception of the flower brad.  I have inked the edges of the topper and sentiment with TH Victorian Velvet DI and mounted them on 3ddfoam pads.
This grid-effect card is made using items from the Painted Posies kit and finished off with flower gems from my stash.  The topper edges are inked using TH Bundled Sage DI and the sentiment with TH Vintage Photo DI, mounted on brown card stock from the kit.
The fourth card is double easel card using card, papers, toppers, sentiment and paper embellishments from the Fairy Magic kit.  I have added a couple of gem embellishments from my stash.  The edges are inked with Seedless Preserve.
The final card is a Book Spine Gate fold.  I have inked the paper and topper with TH Black Soot DI.  Everything is from the Fairy Magic kit.
I really think these are some of the best value for money kits on the market.

Creative Blessings. x

Friday, 3 April 2015

Altered Jars

I have had these little jars stashed away in a drawer for years, and cam across them the other day when I was having a declutter.  Unusually for me, instead of procrastinated about what to do with them I grabbed my jar of buttons and a handful of ribbons and got stuck in!  And this is how thye turned out.

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Whoopsi Daisy Friend card

I have had this Whoopsi Daisy image coloured up for a while and when I came across this gorgeous mirri board in my stash I decided to put them together.  The wooden element, coloured up with my Graph It markers, and the gems are from my stash.  The bird and Wish are stamped using 7 Gypsies Stamp set which came free with Papercraft magazine. The To a Special Friend sentiment is from a unknown stamp set!  I have stamped everything in Ranger Earthtones Stream Adirondack ink.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Add a sentiment -

Creative Blessings. x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Faery Ink - New Releases Flora and Fauna

It's new releases day and the start of the monthly challenge over at Faery Ink and here's my make.
I have used Gabbie Fauna, coloured with Graph It makers; Hair; 1210, 1230, 3245, Skin; 4120, 4125, 4150, 4155, 4170, 4135, 9401, Eyes; 2120, 2130, Lips; 4175, Wings; 8110, 7105, Dress; 2105, 1250, 4170, 7175, 4180, Flowers;1250, 2110, 4170, 4175, 4180, Leaves; 8110, 8120,   Grass, 8120, 8150, Deer; 4125, 4135, 3190, 3140, 3150 and 087  Spectrum Noir pencil.  I'm quite pleased with the colouring on the dress, I like the firey oranges.
The image is mounted on to kraft card using Pinflair glue. The string ribbon is from Creata.  The wooden flower embellishment I bought in The Works.  It was a pack of 16 elements and cost a whole £1.00, I've told a slight fib there as I got mine for 5p as I had some reward points!  I have coloured it with Tim Holtz Dried Marigold and Bundled Sage Distress Inks.  The owl button, wooden mushroom and paper flowers are from my stash.
The flower is from my stash, inked in the middle with Dried Marigold Distress Ink.  I have looped string from my stash behind the flower.  The toadstools are cut from Anna Marie Designs kraft card (inked with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Dried Marigold distress inks), hessian & funky foam cut using a Joy! die.
The base card is green Anna Marie Designs card.  The edges are inked with Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Ink.  I cannot take credit for this design I spotted it on Annie's Style which lead me to the tutorial here which is really easy to follow.

Graph It Markers - Colouring Crazy Challenge - Springtime -

Polkadoodles Challenge - Week 13 - Use a die -

Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring Colours -

Simply Papercraft Challenge 1 - Anything Goes -

Scribble & Scrap Challenge #41 - Anything Goes -

Creative Blessings. x

DT Project - The Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge - April 2015

Today's is April Fools Day, I hope you don't get tricked by anything horrid!  Today also sees the launch of the next Sisters of Craft Blog Challenge.  We had some great entries last month and it was tough picking a winner, if you took part last month don't forget to check the blog to see if our choice was you!

Our sponsor this month is Crafter's Companion so for my project I decided to use my Brambly Hedge CD-roms.   Our winner will receive a £10 Crafters Companion Coupon!

I'm a die-hard Brambly Hedge fan, I have Brambly Hedge books, DVDs, soft toys, stamps and lots of ornaments.
Here is a photo of my Brambly Hedge cabinet!  If anyone is fond of dusting do get in touch!!!
I've just realised why there is a gap on the second shelf, my vase is currently on the kitchen window sill full of flowers, no photo as the flowers are looking rather sad!

And this is Mrs Toadflax my first every piece of Brambly Hedge.
I think if I every go on mastermind my specialist subject will be Brambly Hedge...

And finally on to my project. The disc is jam-packed full of Brambly goodness, I was spoilt for choice but in the end I decided to make an exploding box, using a Sea Story image.  It was simply a case of printing the pieces and building it, it was quite time consuming but I think it was worth it.

I have embellished the lid with a ribbon, image from the disc and metal starfish and dolphins from my stash.

The second layer is embellished with die cuts made from funky foam using Joy! dies.

For the third layer I cut letters using my Silhouette Cameo from a design sheet from the disc, the sentiment is FAREWELL.  My only regret is I forgot to ink the edges of the letters so unfortunately they look a bit lost but that's what I love about craft you always learn from your mistakes!
So what are you waiting for, grab your crafty stash and let us see what you create!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;

Simply Papercraft Challenge # 1 - Anything Goes -

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

CD Sunday Challenge - Sentiment - (Sentiment is FAREWELL on the third layer, cut from papers from the Brambly Hedge disc)

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #117 - A true anything twist! -

Scribble & Scrap - Challenge #41 - Always anything goes -

Creative Blessings. x