Friday, 2 October 2015

Friday Sketch challenge 101

Hello Bloggers!

Hope you are all doing well!  Its the end of the week (Yay happy dance time!) so its time for another challenge over at Friday Sketch Challenge.

How the time is flying - I can't believe we are into October already!

This week you are playing for the chance to win £20 embellishment pack with this fab sketch

Here's my take on it using a stamp from 'The stamping boutique'

She was coloured with promarkers the cut out.  The background was embossed with a sweet poppy stencil, then a border cut with a Martha Stewart punch.  A sentiment, bit of ribbon and some pearl drops later, we have a finished card...

Thanks so stopping by here - please hop over and check out our challenge!

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

New release - Fly away butterfly

Hello everyone

Have you seen the new releases at All Dressed up - some more fabulous images from Wendy that I couldn't wait to use!

The new ones look like this:

       Fly away butterfly                          Follow your dreams                         for you

         Love my teddy

You can get them from etsy here  and here's my inspiration using 'fly away butterfly'.

I coloured her with promarkers.  The background sentiment is a crafters' companion one.  I die cut a circle from pink then a slightly bigger scalloped circle from pearlescent white, before using an embossing plate to give dimension and layering together.

She was fussy cut out and added to the card along with some flowers (a combination of those from my stash and some handmade ones which were die cut and coloured with distress inks)

Please drop over to All Dressed up to check out the other DT inspiration and while there why not enter our latest challenge too for a chance to win some of these fantastic images!

Thanks so much for looking!  please stop by at All dressed up and check out the other DT inspiration for these images - they are just stunning!!

I'd like to enter this into:
Laural craft - lets get girly
Polkadoodles - favourite shape card (Square!)
Cards galore - anything goes
Cute as a button  - anything goes
One stitch at a time - Anything goes with leaves

See you all very soon!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Friday sketch 100

Hello everyone

Ready for another sketch challenge??  Its a great one this time:

we are sponsored by my other DT this week - there's a chance to win some of Wendy's fabulous All dressed  up images!

I used party frock for my card and here it is:

The papers are from a Nitwits digi kit (i think its the dressed= shop one??)  I printed and coloured the image with a promarker and spectrum noir combo, and then all around the edge of the white I stamped little flowers and hearts using purple and pink inks  The butterflies are a Hunkydory stamp set, covered in purple sparkly glitter.

I hope you like it!

Daring card makers - fashion week (party frock)
Aud sentiments - anything goes with a  sentiment
Crafting with a attitude - anything goes
crafty hazelnuts patterned paper - anything goes with patterned paper

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

All dressed up - I heart dogs!

Hi everyone

Well we've survived the first week of school - so much so, that Harrison wanted to go the weekend and was disappointed to find he had to spend it with us!  ha ha - at least he enjoys it.... lets see how long it lasts!

It is once again time for the latest all dressed up challenge available here.  Each month I spend ages looking at Wendy's fab images trying to choose one... this time the very difficult choice was made to go with my other passion - dogs.

We have two German shepherds who look nothing like these cuties, but I love them all for different reasons!

This fab image comes as both the full one with all the doggies and the text, and also with each part separately.  With this in mind I made a set of things this time

So, so cute!  The card was made using backing papers from Polkadoodles Octavia set, with blue and black plain card.  The wiggly lines were made using a spellbinders edger die.

The gift bag was a template cute out again of the backing paper, and the tag - well you guessed it the same paper there too!  The sentiment on the tag and bag were stamped in chalk ink and they are from a crafters companion set.

All of the images were coloured with spectrum noir pencils and blended for shading with a sprinkler of glitter to finish.  I even used the images on the card insert to match!

So why don't you hop over to our challenge at All dressed up - there's no theme, the only rule is that you must use an all dressed up image and you can win some of these gorgeous images.  If you don't have any, then there are freebies available here

I'd like to enter this into:

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Christmas Wreath

Hi everyone

Something a little different for me today!  No card, but a wreath I made last night. This was to distract from the fact that today my baby has grown up and gone off to primary school  It's his first day today and I'm sat here worrying about him... sob sob!

Here it is:

I die cut a large circle and used a smaller circle die to make a ring.  Using an old fosters beer box (it was hard work drinking the contents just to get the box!!) and some white card, I die cut the words 'Merry Christmas' using a x-cut letter set.  I then stuck the two card shapes together and painted them and the ring with gesso.  The letters were then stuck onto the ring as a base.

I then used Antique linen and frayed burlap distress inks on the ring and letters.  The Reindeer were painted and distressed the same.  Then using a bo bunny stamp with music notes I randomly stamped this across the whole thing, finally finishing the cardboard ring with cosmic shimmer glitter glue.

The greenery is die cut from a  Tim Holtz set, coloured with distress inks and stuck around with some fibres.  The poinsettias are a sweet dixie stamp set stamped onto a papermania snowflake paper using versamark.  Then heat embossed using gold glitter 'wow' embossing powder and hand cut out.

All of the die cuts were shaped and added, along with some moss and the reindeer's.  The pine cones are a die that you layer up, I did this and used Gesso to distress the edges. All finished with a bit more glitter and some gold berries!

I took me around 3 hours to make, but I love it!

I'd like to enter this into:
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with twist (Patterned paper, die cut, wet embossing, flowers, twine)
That craft place - Mixed media
We love 2 create - Anything goes mixed media
Brown Sugar - recycle something (the beer box!)
Crafty Catz - anything goes
Crafty Hazlenuts Christmas challenge - anything goes
Crafty time challenges - anything but a card

Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave me a message if you land here - I love the read them!

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 99

 Happy Friday everyone!

You've guessed it, its another sketch challenge over at FSC.  Number 99 as drawn by Christine.

Its a really easy one, but very versatile, have a look - what could you do with this one?

Heres my inspiration, a nice CAS card to say thank you to Harrison's nursery.  He leaves next week to start 'big school' sob sob!

So thank you Treetops in Dudley - you have been amazing!

Enough emotion -and back to the challenge!

The image is a Tiddly inks sheep one (currently only $1 each!)

I coloured the word 'thank' in hot pink promarker, then using a quickie glue pen and some bright pink glitter, covered the word to give it some sparkle.

The sheep were given some texture and dimension using cosmic shimmer PVA shimmer.  I dabbed on a few dots, waited for them to dry before dotting on more (this was to prevent them blobbing together )

Add some matting and layering, a bit of dotty card and a flower punch and the card was complete.  Nice and quick in less than 30 minutes!

I'd like to enter this into:

Drs design blog - sentiment as main focus
Addicted to stamps and more - CAS
Crafting for all seasons - you're having a laugh
Crafty boots - fair and square
Sparkle and Sprinkle creative challenges - Glitter

Thanks for dropping by, if you have happened across my happy place, please leave me a message - i just love reading them.  It always brightens my day!

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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Tiddly inks DT

Hi Everyone

I see that Tiddy inks are once again having a DT call, As I love, love, love these images it would be rude not to enter.

I've already added a previous card, but thought I'dd add two more.

This is the first of these two extras

To make this one, I printed the image adding a sentiment in the corner.  I coloured her in using a combination of promarkers and Spectrum Noir pencils.

The frame is gilding wax that I painted on.  I used a solvent that softens the wax and an old paintbrush.  It doesn't show up very well on the photo but its really metallic.

I then cut the whole thing Square and cut out the middle of the frame using my craft knife.  I mounted it on dotty paper and used the same paper to make three flowers to hang it on.

I hope you love this as much as I do.... watch out for part two tomorrow.

I'd like to enter this into:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

All dressed up challenge

Hi everyone

All Dressed up are back too after a summer break the dressie girls are itching to get started again with the fabulous images by Wendy Burns

As its August, it is of course time to start thinking about Christmas cards, so I used 3 little Christmas girls for this image.  When you purchase this one, you get all three together, but also separate so if you only want them individually, you can.

I actually coloured all three but liked this one best

The back ground is a Sue Wilson Die set.  I used the largest shape to make the card blank, then layered up the next layers after tinting them with Tea Dye distress inks.

The sentiment is from a Crafters Companion sentiment set, and the poinsettias are an old rubber stamp collection I stamped in Distress inks them coloured with the same ink before shaping and layering.

The image itself is coloured with Promarkers and Spectrum noir pencils together.

Our challenge is Anything goes - you just have to use an All Dressed Up image.  If you haven't got one, but would still like the chance of winning one, there are freebies here

Please hop over to the challenge here, check our the Dressie girls inspiration and then enter our challenge to win some images of your choice!

I'd like to enter this into:
Christmas stamping - Anything goes (Christmas)
Wags and Whiskers - Frame it
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Carols and Songs

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Friday Sketch Challenge 98

Hello everyone - Happy Friday

It's back!  The new Friday Sketch challenge is here after a summer break, the team are back sketching and making!  Our sketch this fortnight looks like this...

And we are kindly sponsored by:

Here's my version of this sketch.

As this was about bubbles, i though of circles, however they ended up as vals.  The backing paper are from a Kay Miller digi kit called Cranberry fusion, which i also used to make the insert  The image was coloured with promarkers and spectrum noir pencils.

I've had problem putting embellishments in the right order recently, I am going though a bit of a creative block - I guess it happens to everyone at some point, so on this one, I didn't add anything as everything I tried looked wrong:( The sentiment is computer generated.

I hope you like it, but more to the point I hope you'll hop over to our Sketch Challenge here and give it a go.

Thanks for stopping by - see you soon


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

First of Many Christmas cards

Hi Everyone

Its that time of year again... end of July must mean its time to start thinking about Christmas.  I always make a start early, but this year I'm hoping for a craft stall at the local church Christmas fair, so I'm making extra cards!

My first is a Lili of the valley image that I just adore. I brought it recently when they had their sale.

I coloured him with distress inks and colour washed all around the background, adding frantage for a snowy look.  The Backing papers are from an old set (I can't remember what make they are though - i have so many bits lying about!).  The die cuts are both Britannia dies - one Ivy and the other pine cones, also inked with distress inks.  The sentiment is from an Imagination craft set.  Finished with a bow and a sparkly gem.

I'd like to enter this into:

Crafting for all seasons - Christmas in July
Whimsy inspiration - Christmas in July
going grey with scrap creations - Christmas in July
Craft dee bowz - anything goes with a handmade bow
Crafty Boots - Christmas in July
Ooh-la-la creations - Christmas in July

thanks for taking the time to look, please leave me a message if you stop by here :)

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