Sunday, 28 August 2016

Spinning owl


In he latest edition of Papercrafter you will find three cards I made using new Marianne Designs dies and papers. I was asked to make 3 spinner cards and this is the first one I am sharing with you.



The birds, church and owl are all Marianne Designs dies.  I also used my MFT rolling hills dies and IO fir trees dies. The sentiment is LC designs.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland a little bird told me 
Deep Ocean things with wings 
TTCRD anything goes 
Creative Inspirations Christmas in August 
Crafting by Designs Get ready for Christmas 
Noor! Design UK Christmas in August 
Sparkles Christmas shaped Christmas card

Looking forward to meeting up with friends for lunch today. Enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Dream


I need more of these plaques for my stock and whilst I don't share every one of them on my blog I thought it was time to share one again. I love this Inkylicious sentiment. I have gone for a shabby chic look using ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, Studio Light 30 paper from The Ribbon Girl, some crispy lace, a Gorjuss lace bow, flowers from Wild Orchid, a wooden heart coloured with purple Wink of Stella, die cut butterflies tied with string and some pearls.

Challenges
Deep Ocean things with winsg
  Inky Chicks lots of butterflies

Friday, 26 August 2016

In the garden


Apologies that photo looks a bit dark. My laptop is at the repairers so I am using our new one which hubby normally uses and I can see now that the brightness is different to what I am used to. I do like the new laptop, so fast, so I think I will mainly be using that in future even if the other once can be repaired. Thankfully I had everything backed up. So onto my card. I bought this wooden stamp recently from somebody on Facebook as I thought it is a lovely sentiment. I don't know the make of it as it doesn't say.  I had a play round with all sorts of bits and pieces on this one and love the garden feel to the finished card,
Papers - Bo Bunny Secret Garden
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Die - Sizzix doily
Butterfly - Hobbycraft
Other - from stash

Challenges
Allsorts fabulous florals 
Country View hot Summer days 
Dies R Us doily and/or lace
Simon Says it's hip to be square
Deep Ocean things with wings
  Inky Chicks lots of butterflies
Scrap and Craft 3 of stencil, chipboard, album, rose, album, paper (Chipboard frame, paper and roses)

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Wedding Day


I am out of stock of Wedding cards again so I thought I must get some made. I have a stock of the old LOTV diecut topper so that made my card quicker to make than colouring this image. I do love using the stamp of course too.
Image - LOTV diecut topper
Papers - LOTV always and forever
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 3, MFT sticthed scallop border (a new purchase), WOJ heart banner
Lace - Crafty Ribbons
Sentiment - Pink Gem
Punch - MS fern
Flowers - Wild Orchid
Other - pearl pen

Challenges
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Country View hot Summer days 
Dies R us doilies and/or lace 
Dream Valley pretty in pink
Allsorts fabulous florals
Simon Says it's hip to be square

Wow hasn't it been hot the last two days. I did all the housework yesterday morning, far too hot for it really but hubby was decorating and I wanted to get it done. No jobs today, haircut this afternoon and probably lunch out in Norwich first.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Last of three


This is the last of the three Jasmin cards in last month's Making Cards magazine. I love how different images look depending upon the Copic colours used. Previously I have coloured her in grey, black and white but this one is so vibrant to match the MME papers. I used a Spellbinders die to cut her out, added some buttons and some jute ribbon. Again the sentiment is LOTV.

Challenges
Graph'It anything goes 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Sparkles lots of layers

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sweet James


I do love James, one of the cutest bears around and this was a quick Christmas card as I used one of the LOTV art pads with a Christmas embossing folder. I used a Lawn Fawn stitched square die, some velvet ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and some lovely stars from Hobbycraft. I also used my favourite pearl pen around the image.

Challenges
ABC Christmas Q for quick layout 
Simon Says make for the borders (stitched border die, ribbon border) 
Winter Wonderland embossed background 
Noor! Design UK Christmas in August

Monday, 22 August 2016

Maurice!


Dear Maurice hasn't had an outing for a while so when I was sorting out my images to colour I cam across this one printed off and decided to colour him in Norwich City colours. Not my favourite colour combo but that is the colour of the local team and they always sell well.
Image - Pollycraft
Medium - Copics
Papers - American Crafts spots and stripes
Die - MFT inside and outside rounded stitched squares
Other - baker's twine and button

Challenges
Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Crafty Calendar Summer fun
Simon Says make for the borders (stitched border die)

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Vintage


Today I am sharing another of the LOTV car trio cards published in making Cards last month. I cut them out with a Lawn Fawn stitched circle die and coloured them with Copics. The map paper is Docrafts Mr Mister and I used some burlap which I love.I added some string and a car charm to add to the rustic look.

Challenges
Graph'It anything goes
Simon Says make for the borders (stitched border dies) and travelling across country

It's my Mum's Birthday today so we are taking her out for the day.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Avast me hearties


Summer fun is our challenge this fortnight at A Gem of a Challenge and this cutie looks like he is having fun.
Image - pre coloured digi Pirate Barclay
Papers - Docrafts Ahoy there
Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
Die - MFT pierced fishtails, Joy sailor's knot
Sentiment - Hobby House

Challenges
Country View hot Summer days 
Sparkles lots of layers 
Simon Says Monday Summer fun 
Creative Inspirations Seaside, sunshine, Summer holidays
Cute Card Thursday kiddies/babies

Friday, 19 August 2016

Can you see the sparkle?


I don't think you can see how lovely and sparkly my card is today.I have used one of my favourite Christmas stamps from Stampendous printed onto kraft, distressed and sprayed with iridescent sparkle. The paper is Dovecraft North Pole, edged with DI Vintage photo and distressed. As this is a big stamp I kept it simple by adding some Woodware punched holly leaves and pearls. I used white Wink of Stella pen on the leaves and love the effect.

Challenges
Sweet Stampin' your favourite stamp 
Noor! Design UK Christmas in August 
Stamping Sensations anything goes

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Gorjuss butterflies


As you may know my favourite colour is purple but I do struggle with matching the Copics. There are so many variations of purple, some lilac, some pinker so I am really glad I bought a hex chart as recommended by Faye. It helped me to match the colours on this one and it came out better than my usual efforts at purple. You may also know that I love all things Gorjuss and am surrounded by Gorjuss items in my craft room. As I type this I am drinking coffee from my Gorjuss mug.
Image and papers - Santoro Gorjuss
Medium - Copics
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 3, Joy butterflies
Ribbon and lace - Crafty Ribbons

Challenges
Allsorts butterflies 
Sweet Stampin' your favourite stamp (Impossible choice but I love Gorjuss Girls)
Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes with a stamp 
Paper Creators keep it simple
Dies R Us doily and/or lace
Inky Chicks lots of butterflies

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Hello


This is the second of the Jasmine cards I had published in Making Cards. I really love this colour combo inspired by the MME papers. Coloured with Copics, die cut with a Spellbinder die, some doodling and enamel dots and a sentiment from LOTV.

Challenges
Sparkles lots of layers 
Bizzy Becs anything goes

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Robin Redbreast


I like making a variety of Christmas cards and this Woodware robin teamed with the new Dovecraft Winter Blooms papers makes for a traditional style. I used my MS holly PATP set and added some ribbon from Crafty Ribbons. I coloured the image with Copics of course and I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Christmas in August 
Sparkles Christmas shaped Christmas card 
Simon Says go wild
ABC N is for Noel

Monday, 15 August 2016

Guest Designer


I was delighted to join in with The Cutie Pie Challenge this month as a guest designer on behalf of Pink Gem who are sponsoring the challenge. The theme is work, rest or play so lots of scope.
Image - Pink Gem Cricket Dave
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME
Die - Lawn fawn stitched square
Sentiment - The Hobby House
Punches - Woodware stars
Other - suede strip, crimper

Challenges
Country View Hot Summer days 
Crafty Calendar Summer fun

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Is that hat for me?


Whilst sorting out the other day I realised I had lots of these gorgeous LOTV toppers left in my pad so time to use some of them. I love the red, black and white and stuck to that for my colour scheme. I used Go Kreate dies, added a random silver sentiment, from my stash and some silver glitter snowflakes punched with a Crafts Too snowflake punch and used my beloved Stickles and pearl pen.

Challenges
Winter Wonderland silver/gold or embossed background 
Simon Says let's go wild 
The Paper Shelter punches and dies 
Cute Card Thursday dressing up 
Noor! Design UK Christmas in August 
Sparkles Christmas shaped Christmas card

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Let's go


I had a good day selling at the hospital yesterday, looking forward to next month as I have two craft fairs plus the shop. Now I do less fairs I have more stock which is good but do need to crack on with some more Christmas cards. So this is one of the three car cards I had published last month in Making Cards. I really like the LOTV trio stamps as they are so versatile. The gorgeous ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons and was perfect with the images which have been coloured with Copics and die cut with MFT dies. I also used my favourote MFT pierced fishtail dies and dug out a Tim Holtz on the edge die. I have a few of these and haven't used them for ages. The papers are Docrafts Mr Mister.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Stay connected


As the new issue of Making Cards magazine is out today I can start sharing my cards which were published last month. I had 3 Jasmine cards and 3 car cards published, all using LOTV images. I know I am going to be using these images a lot.
Image - Jasmin laptop LOTV
Medium - Copics
Papers - MME
Sentiment - LOTV
Die - MFT pierced rectangle
Other - enamel dots

Challenges
Double D I love polka dots 
Graph'It anything goes 
Stamping Sensations anything goes

Early start today as I am selling my cards and gifts at the hospital so I will link up and catch up with you later.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Flying high


Two days in a row with cards I made to send rather than to sell. I had a good sort out of my images to colour and found this cute Stamping Bella image which a kind friend stamped for me. I coloured her with Copics and found the paper which is Grace Taylor, in my scrapbooking pile. I used a lawn fawn puffy clouds die and added a bird from Hobbycraft. The sentiment is LOTV which has been coloured with Sakura pens.

Challenges
Cute Card Thursday dressing up! 
Bizzy Becs anything goes 
Crafty Calendar Summer fun 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes with a stamp

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gone fishing


I love the vintage LOTV boys images, they are just so cute. I made this for a friend's Birthday and it is also my second inspiration card for the LOTV Facebook challenge which is anything goes.
Image - LOTV Gone Fishing
Medium - Copics
Papers - Echo Park dots and stripes
Dies - MFT pierced fishtails and pierced rectangles
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards

Challenges
Double D I love polka dots 
Creative Inspirations seaside, sunshine, Summer holidays 
Squirrel anything goes
Allsorts spots and stripes
Penny Black and more at Allsorts anything goes with a stamp
Southern Girls anything goes
Graph'It anything goes

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Cupcake


I had a really good sort out of all my toppers and precoloured images. I bought a concertina file in Tesco for £2 and organised them all into it, in categories so I know feel much more organised. I am determined to use them more and now I know exactly what I have. I also bought a smaller file which is meant for cheques. This was £1.25 in Wilko and I sorted all my sentiments into it, again in categories. I tend to stamp a few at a time and I also have some old Craftwork Cards ones and oddments like magazine freebies. It was driving me mad sorting through them all but now they are sorted it speeds up my crafting. Time is precious.
Image - Hobby House Elisabeth Bell topper
Papers - Kaisercraft Miss Nelly
Stamp - Kaisercraft fern
Punch - Martha Stewart simple scallop border
Dies - Lea'bilities flowers
Other - red liquid pearls, pearls, strawberry charm, twine, wooden flower coloured with Wink of Stella

Challenges
Elisabeth Bell's World strawberries and red 
Incy Wincy anything goes 
ABC M is for maiden

Monday, 8 August 2016

Let it Snow


Another of my cute new Woodware snowman stamps which has been coloured with Copics. I used MFT stitched dies for the image and frame. The papers are discontinued LOTV ones, snowflakes punched with old Martha Stewart punches and glitter card and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. New Christmas ribbons coming from them soon, looking forward to that.

Challenges
Noor! Design UK Christmas in August
Stamping Sensations anything goes
Bizzy Becs anything goes
Allsorts spots and stripes

Sunday, 7 August 2016

70th Birthday


I was asked to make a card for a 70th Birthday. The lady makes lace, used to decorate cakes and loves her garden. I used a LOTV topper which I diecut with a Spellbinders labels die. The papers are Dovecraft Serendipity, lace from Crafty Ribbons, flowers from Wild Orchid and I used a Martha Stewart fern punch and some felt numbers from Hobbycraft plus my favourite pearl pen.

Challenges
Simon says Monday celebrate 
  Deep Ocean foto inspiration (cake and flowers) 
Simon Says fabulous florals 
Crafty Friends your favourite embellishments (flowers)

Saturday, 6 August 2016

So cute


Buttons and bows is our new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge and I chose to use this oh so cute image of Ella the elephant. I coloured her with Copics and was really pleased with how the colouring turned out using the W pens and a blender. I kept it very simple using Go Kreate frilly squares 7  and MFT pierced rectangle dies. I added some ribbon and wooden buttons tied with baker's twine. The papers are some lovely ones I bought at Doncaster, blissful pink from Anna Marie.

Challenges
Di's Digis animals acting like humans 
Paper Creator's keep it simple 
Country View hot Summer days
Double D I love polka dots
In the Pink anything goes

Off to see my Mum today to do a few jobs for her and then go out for lunch.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Simply pink


I fancied making a clean and simple card with this image which is LOTV of course, Jasmine phone, coloured with Copics. I have been longing to use my new Die-versions Happy Birthday corner die which I bought reduced at Doncaster. I found an oddment of centura pearl card which matched the colouring, distressed a strip of Bo Bunny Secret Garden paper, added some washi tape and enamel dots which is a current addiction of mine.

Challenges
In the pink anything goes 
Paper Creators keep it simple 
Little Miss Muffet anything goes 
Squirrel's challenge anything goes

Thursday, 4 August 2016

New Shoes


Anything goes with ribbon at Crafty Ribbons so I decided to make a scrapbook layout for my DT project for a change. We nearly always buy new trainers when we go to America on holiday as they are so much cheaper. I really like layout with strips of paper but I decided to use papers, ribbon and washi tape. The denim washi tapes I bought in America and are perfect as they match our jeans in the photo. I used a Joanna Sheen trainer die, lettering from Hobbycraft, isn't it cute, and added some tiny buttons. The journal card is We R Memory Keepers cut with a Clearly Besotted notebook die. The spotty and striped ribbons are of course from Crafty Ribbons

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Skating Snowmen


And another new stamp I bought at Doncaster. I have never been so good at using new stamps so quickly. I also used a lovely new paper pad I bought from The Glitter Pot as they had 30% of everything plus free postage.
Image - Woodware
Sentiment - Woodware from another set
Medium - Copics
Papers - Studio Light Scandinavian
Other - fabric brads with backs removed, glossy accents, pearl pen.

Challenges
Sparkles Christmas in July 
LC Designs anything goes
Craftyhazelnut anything Christmas goes

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Ho Ho Ho


This is my first inspiration post for the new Facebook LOTV challenge and this time it is anything LOTV goes so no excuse not to play along with the chance to win some fabulous LOTV vouchers. I have used another of my new stamps and some new paper. I was so pleased to find some new Christmas paper in Hobbycraft and I used a new die too.
Image - LOTV Ho Ho Ho Bunnies
Medium - Copics
Papers - Dovecraft Winter Blooms
Die - Joy party flags
Punches - Xcut ivy, Woodware holly
Other - doily, red card candi, pearl pen and clear Wink of Stella pen on the snow

Challenges
Craftyhazelnut anything goes

Monday, 1 August 2016

More shabby chic


I made a similar card to this a couple of weeks ago suing the Happy Birthday sentiment. I loved the card so decided to make one with another of the sentiment trio but this time with much softer colours and different embellishments.
Sentiment - LOTV
Paper - Studio Light from The Ribbon Girl
Burlap - The Range
lace - Crafty Ribbons
Flowers - Hobby House
Dies - Joy butterflies tied with string
Wooden butterfly - MDF crafts
Pins - Live and Love Crafts

Challenges
Crafty Friends your favourite embellishment (flowers) 
Fussy and Fancy a walk in the garden 
Deep Ocean foto inspiration (I used flowers and shabby chic style)

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Who's for wine?


The last of three cards published in last month's Making Cards magazine. I used Pink Gem Ernie with wine pre coloured digi along with MME papers, MFT pierced fishtail dies and a sentiment stamp by Stamposaurus. The papers are so colourful I didn't need any other embellishments.

Challenges
Simon says anything goes 
The Paper Shelter anything goes 
As you like it Favourite papers (such a difficult choice but I do love MME papers, so colourful and double sided too. I have buy two packs, something I have never done with other papers)

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Another first magazine commission


I was delighted to be asked to design for Papercrafter magazine and this is my first commission for them. They sent me the Crafter's Companion bow die from the Downton Abbey range to use as the focus on my card. I die cut the bow, cutting two sets of the tails, from Centura Pearl card, and mounted it onto plain card.

I teamed it with papers from The Range, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and some lovely flowers from I am Roses.

Challenges
Simon Says anything goes 
Creative Knockouts anything goes 
Simon Says Monday add some texture
Bunny Zoe Summer florals
Fussy and Fancy a walk in the garden

Should be fine here today so we are planning on spending the morning gardening. Looking forward to visiting friends this evening for a BBQ.