Thursday, 30 May 2013

LLF Colour Combo

We have a fab colour combo as our challenge at Lili’s Little Fairies this week - ‘Purple & Yellow’. We also have a fab sponsor who are offering the winner a £10 voucher for their online store.


Purple & yellow are not colours I would normally put together, having said that I’ve just realised that my last card was purple & yellow! Anyway, they go rather nicely, but I decided to do something a bit different from my normal square scalloped card and when I saw this tutorial at Beccy’s Place, I had to have a go. I must admit I had a couple of tries as my Cuttlebug chewed up the first 2 attempts, I realised that I was asking a bit much trying to put through 2 layers of card and some paper! So I changed my white card to a thinner one, changed my Kraft for some thinner Coredinations and it went through fine! I didn’t have the die that Beccy used (it’s been added to my wish list!), but I thought the ‘Labels 25’ from Spellbinders was a good substitute. The photo’s not bad (my son’s camera phone again), but I wish I’d realised that the flourish had got a bit squished! 

 LLF Purple & Yellow

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Image - ‘Balloon Bear’ & dotty purple paper – LOTV coloured with Promarkers
Card (Coredinations), yellow checked paper (Craft Creations), flowers & ribbon – J & C Creations
Gems – Anitas
Dies used: SB ‘Tags’, ‘Labels 25’ & Cheery Lynn ‘Exotic Butterflies’ & ‘Fancy Flourish’

’Dies & Punches’ – That Craft Place
’Anything Goes’ – Lacy Sunshine
’Punches And/Or Dies’ – Creative Card Crew
’Tie A Ribbon’ – Divas By Design
’Use Dies (But No Punches)’ – I ♥ Promarkers

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Magical Birthday

It’s Tuesday again and that means a new challenge at Passion For Promarkers. The theme this week is another nice easy one – just ‘Add Ribbon, Lace or Twine’- simples! We are being sponsored by Clearly Besotted Stamps 


and they are giving away a fantastic stamp set of the winner’s choice. The DT have worked their usual magic and have come up with some fantastic inspiration, so please pop by PFP to have a nose.

My card includes some recent wins. I was picked for the Top 3 at Lacy Sunshine and won 2 of Heather Valentin’s lovely digis. There was far too much choice, but Mostin really caught my eye and so here he is. Over at Here Come The Boys I not only got picked for the Top 3, but I also won the prize which was a bag of beautiful charms for all occasions and when I saw this wizard hat I knew it would be a perfect finishing touch for my card.

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Image - ‘Mostin Mouse’ – Lacy Sunshine Stamps coloured with Promarkers
Papers - ‘Back To Basics II’ – Dovecraft
Twine – Joanna Sheen
Kraft card & buttons from stash
Hunkydory’s Diamond Sparkles ‘Angel Whispers’ glitter
Dies used: SB ‘Labels 2’

’Anything Goes’ – Lacy Sunshine
’Anything Goes’ – I ♥ Promarkers
’Tie It Up’ – Cute Card Thursday
’Happy Birthday’ – Allsorts
’Must Have Buttons’ – Here Come The Boys
’Off The Edge’ – Come & Get It
'Boys' - Cupcake Challenges

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Not Sew Easy!

Evening everyone, I had 5 mins to myself, so I thought I’d post this card I made recently. I have added some sewing to this one, I felt it needed something more, but not too much more being a male card and I always admire the sewing that I see on cards in Blog land, so I got out my needle and thread and had a go. Well, all I can say is - hats off to the sewers out there and now I remember why I don’t do it very often! The thread kept dropping out of my needle and I was all thumbs! I think it was probably worth it in the end, it doesn’t look too bad, but the needle and thread have been put back in their box for now!



Image - ‘Relax’ from the Mulberry Wood range – Crafter’s Companion coloured with Promarkers
Papers - ‘Garden Party’ – Dovecraft
Card, buttons, ribbon, twine & sentiment – J & C Creations
Dies used: SB ‘Leafy Squares’ & ‘A2 Scalloped Borders One’

’Masculine’ – Crafter’s Companion
’Spring Has Sprung’ – Ready-Teddy-Go
’Sew Special’ – Penny Black & More @ Allsorts
’Button It Up’ – Stampin For The Weekend
’Bingo’ – Catch The Bug (button/die cut/sewing)
’Must Have Buttons’ – Here Come The Boys
’Makes For Men’ – That Craft Place
’Animals’ – Dream Valley
’Anything Goes’ – I ♥ Promarkers
'Tie It Up’ – Cute Card Thursday

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Special Anniversary Challenge at Passion For Promarkers!!

We have a fantastic Challenge lined up for you today to celebrate our 4th anniversary at PFP. We have several fabulous sponsors and prizes galore, if that wasn’t enough to tempt you, the theme is ‘Anything Goes’ – so there’s every reason to join in! Check out all the info on the PFP blog – both teams are joining in this week, so there will be plenty of inspiration from all the DT members!

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Letraset are offering one lucky winner a pack of their Limited Edition Spring/Summer Promarker 12 pack
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Whimsy Stamps/Michele R Designs are offering one lucky winner a prize of $10.00 worth of digi papers

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Saturated Canary are offering one lucky winner 2 digi images of their choice

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Bearly Mine Designs are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store

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Dies to Die For are offering one lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their online store

I made my card for the daughter of my best friend – I ummed and arred about something a little older for her as she  turned 13, but opted for Henry in pinks & blues and kept my fingers crossed that it wasn’t too ‘Cutesy’. However, she absolutely loved it and I noticed that it’s the only birthday card still on the mantelpiece at her house!

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Image - ‘Henry Celebrating’ – Whiff Of Joy coloured with Promarkers
Card – Coredinations, ribbon & daisy – J & C Creations shop
Sentiment & papers - ‘Bonnets & Bowties’ – LOTV
Card candi from stash
Dies used – SB ‘Circles’, ‘Scalloped Circles’ & ‘A2 Scalloped borders One’ & Cheery Lynn ‘Tags 4’

’Anything Goes’ – Whimsy Stamps Inspirations
’Recipe’ – Dutch Dare (3 types of embellishments)
‘Animals’ – Dream Valley
’True Blue’ – Allsorts
’Something For Kids’ – Love To Create

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Best Friends

Today is the start of a new challenge at Lili's Little Fairies and we want to see ‘Thank You’ cards. We have a fantastic sponsor this week!


So, every reason to get crafting! But please remember you MUST use an LOTV image (either stamp or topper). Please pop over to Lili's Little Fairies to see what all the fairies have been up to this week.

At the risk of boring everyone, I have turned yet again to my trusty LOTV sketch pad and paper pad for my card and have coloured up Patch & Puss who are obviously the best of friends! Aren’t they just the cutest?! And - another photo I was reasonably happy about and guess what? I took it with my son’s camera, so it would seem that maybe the problem is my camera and not me after all, lol!

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Image from ‘Jack, Patch, Puss’ sketch pad - LOTV coloured with Promarkers
Papers - ‘Perfect Pair’ paper pad – LOTV
Ribbon – Joanna Sheen
Kraft card from stash
Dies used: SB ‘Labels 25’, ‘Floral Ovals’ & ‘A2 Scalloped Borders One’

’Anything Goes’ – Whimsy Stamps Inspirations
’Animal Antics’ – Incy Wincy Designs
'Lots Of Layers' - Cupcake Craft

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Armed Forces Challenge at J & C Creations

Today is the start of a new challenge at J & C Creations and this month we want to see projects inspired by anything to do with the Armed Forces. There is a £20 J & C Creations voucher up for grabs to the lucky winner!
Well, I really panicked when I saw the theme for this challenge, no chance of cute ‘n’ cuddly, pink & frilly for this one, lol! I decided to go for browns & greens, but didn’t have a clue what image I would use and then Denise at J & C found this fantastic stamp set for me, talk about perfect! So, apart from my clouds being a little faint, I was really pleased how my tag came out!

J & C Armed Forces

Items from J & C Creations
Clouds, planes, fields & quote – Hobby Art ‘Flypast’ stamp set
Green card –Coredinations
Brown card
’Tumbled Glass’ distress ink pad – Tim Holtz
White embossing powder
The tag was cut from card using a chipboard shape as a template

’O’s & X’s’ – Crafty Bloggers Network (ribbon/sentiment/tag)
’Shaped But Not Square’ – Anything Goes
’No Squares Allowed’ – Dream Valley
’Makes For Men’ – That Craft Place

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Mum’s The Word!

Today’s card is one I made a while ago for Mother’s Day to sell, but I liked the sweet image so much I decided to keep it and give it to my mum for her birthday! The decoupage is from Joanna Sheen, it’s a lovely size as it doesn’t take up the whole card, but you don’t need too many embellishments either.

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Decoupage – Joanna Sheen
Papers - ‘Perfect Pair’ – LOTV
Pink card (Coredinations), ribbon & pearls – J & C Creations
DMC thread & rub-ons from stash
Dies used: Cheery Lynn ‘Tags 4’

’O’s & X’s’ – Crafty Bloggers Network (ribbon/sentiment/tag)
’Anything Goes’ – Whimsy Stamps Inspirations
’Mother’s Day/Special Lady’ – Whoopsi Daisy
’Mother’s Day’ – Tammys Scrapin Corner
’Mom/Special Lady’ – Love To Create
’Anything Goes’ – Papertake Weekly
’Anything Goes’ – Divas By Design

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Happy Birthday!

We have such an easy challenge starting today at Passion For Promarkers, there really is no excuse not to join in – the theme is ‘Birthdays’ – I said it was easy didn’t I ? There is some fabulous inspiration on the PFP Blog from the DT and we have a fantastic sponsor: LOTV who are offering the winner a £10 voucher to spend in their online shop. I’m so jealous!!!

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The trouble with an nice easy challenge is that there are so many images to choose from and I had a hard time deciding which one to use, however I realised that I’ve been neglecting my Penny Black stash recently and so here is my card. I was quite pleased with my photo – wonders will never cease, lol! I’m not too sure about my wonky ‘stitching’ however!

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Image – ‘Surprise’ Penny Black – J & C Creations coloured with Promarkers
Card & ribbon – Coredinations – J & C Creations
Paper - ‘Perfect Pair’ – LOTV
Red button from stash, green buttons – Dovecraft (part of Kim’s Lovely blog candy prize)
Dies used: SB ‘Labels 25’ & SB Borderabilities ‘A2 Scallloped Border One’, Marianne Designs Creatables ‘Fence’ LR0205 & ‘Layered Flowers’ LR0106 (leaves) & Cheery Lynn ‘Tags 4’

’A Stitch In Time’ – C.R.A.F.T
’No Squares Allowed’ – Dream Valley
’Sew Special’ – Penny Black & More @ Allsorts
’Anything Goes’ – Penny Black Saturday
’Put A Button On It’ – I ♥ Promarkers
’O’s & X’s’ – Crafty Bloggers Network (flowers/stamp/stitching OR ribbon/sentiment/tag)
'Shaped But Not Square' - Anything Goes
'Anything But Square' - Di's Digis

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Let’s Rock!

It’s Sunday again and the start of a new challenge at Joanna Sheen. This fortnight the theme is ‘Music & Lyrics’ and as usual the prize is a fabulous £15 voucher to spend in the Joanna Sheen shop


I was sent the cutest decoupage ever featuring the oh so sweet House Mice who are having a rock concert down on the beach! I sold some of my cards recently and what else would I buy with the proceeds but some more crafty bits!! I splashed out on these sweet little Cheery Lynn tags and the gorgeous Spellbinders Borderabilities which really haven’t been done justice with my naff photos!

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Image – House Mice decoupage, music paper, ribbon & twine – Joanna Sheen shop
Kraft card & peel offs from stash
Dies used: Spellbinders Borderabilities ‘A2 Scalloped Borders One’ & Cheery ‘Lynn Tags 4’

’Punches and/or Dies’ – Love To Create
’Anything Goes’ – Catch The Bug

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Little Boy Blue

I'd like to say thank you for all your lovely comments recently and to apologise for not having visited your blogs as much as I'd like. April and May are really busy months for me at work, throw in lots of family birthdays including my son's 17th (oh, gosh did I say 17?!!!!) among other things and there are just not enough hours in the day!
Today’s card was made just for fun for a change. I was inspired by the challenge at Here Come The Boys and it features yet another LOTV image! This was in my recent fantastic goody bag prize from LOTV and so I thought it only fitting that I enter it into their first new monthly challenge on the Ideas To Inspire blog.

LOTV Monochrome

Image - ‘Astronaut’ – LOTV coloured with Promarkers
Papers - ‘Back To Basics II’ & sentiments – Dovecraft
Blue card – Coredinations
Rocket & planet are clipart
Stars - stamped, cut out and covered with Hunkydory’s Diamond Sparkles ‘Angel Whispers’ glitter

’Monochrome’ – Lacy Sunshine
’Boy Oh Boy‘ – LOTV Ideas To Inspire
’Little Boy Blue – Monochrome’ – Here Come The Boys
’Come Fly With Me’ – Cute Card Thursday
’Pieced Off’ – Little Miss Muffet (flag)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

First DT card for Lili’s Little Fairies

I’m very excited about today’s card as it is my first DT card for Lili’s Little Fairies and I’d like to say thank you again to the girls for taking me on! We have a lovely challenge for you this week - ‘Lace’. That’s it, easy peasy, just add lace to your creation either real or faux and remember to use a LOTV image or topper.
We have a fab prize this week from Stamposaurus

of these two lovely stamps.

I have a fair few LOTV stamps, but at the moment I have to confess to being in love with the ‘Jack, Patch & Puss’ sketch pad, so here is another gorgeous image coloured with my Promarkers. The lace has been in my stash for absolutely ever and I have no idea where it came from, but it seemed perfect for framing the image.

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Image - ‘Big Hug’ – LOTV coloured with Promarkers
Papers – 'Bonnets & Bowties' - LOTV
Sentiment – LOTV
Blue card – Coredinations & pink flowers – J & C Creations
Gems – Anitas
Ribbon - 'Tea Party' - Dovecraft
Lace from stash
Tools used: SB ‘Circles’ & ‘Scalloped Circles’ dies & Cuttlebug ’Swiss Dots’ embossing folder

’Lots Of Layers’ – Tammy's Scrapin Corner
'Bling' - Creative Card Crew

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Kraft It!

Oh wow, 1st May today, where on earth did April go?! The good news is that there is a new challenge at A Little Bit Crafty starting today and the theme is Kraft It’.
We had a fabulous response last month and would love to keep it up and this month we have again three fantastic sponsors.

HobbyCutz are offering a £7.50 voucher

Sarah Hurley is offering a £10 voucher AND  a 'Curio' digi kit

Clare Curd Crafts is offering a £10 voucher

Please pop over to the A Little Bit Crafty challenge blog to see all the different takes on the theme and to get some inspiration from the super DT.
I have used some elements from Sarah Hurley’s ‘Curio’ kit and decided they were perfect for a male card.

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Kraft card from stash
Charm – J & C Creations
Twine – Joanna Sheen
Ticket sentiment stamp - Stamping All Day
Postage stamp die-cut - Cuttlebug
Everything else – Sarah Hurley’s ‘Curio’ kit

’Lots Of Layers’ – Tammy's Scrapin Corner
'Anything But Birthday' - Sweet Stampin

Thanks for looking!